INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Avon 35, Noblesville 21
Ben Davis 52, North Central 14
Bloomington North 42, Southport 14
Brebeuf Jesuit 44, Terre Haute North 13
Brownsburg 31, Hamilton Southeastern 28
Cascade 30, Cardinal Ritter 8
*Carmel 14, Lawrence Central 0
*Center Grove 21, Cathedral 6
Danville 10, North Montgomery 0
Decatur Central 42, Franklin 7
Fishers 49, Zionsville 46, 2OT
Franklin County 28, Beech Grove 26
Gary West 40, Crispus Attucks 0
Greenfield-Central 27, New Castle 26
Guerin Catholic 25, Culver Academy 20
Hamilton Heights 14, Rensselaer Central 0
Indiana Deaf 42, Southside HomeSchool 12
Kokomo 28, Tech 0
Lapel 42, Eastern Hancock 21
Lebanon 12, Western Boone 7
Lutheran 43, Traders Point Christian 6
Mooresville 56, Perry Meridian 27
Mt. Vernon 63, Yorktown 13
New Palestine 55, Delta 6
North Decatur 28, Covenant Christian 25
Northview 44, Indian Creek 0
Park Tudor 52, Edinburgh 10
Pendleton Heights 42, Shelbyville 0
Pike 10, Lawrence North 7
*Roncalli 35, East Central 21
Scecina 42, Monrovia 0
Sheridan 28, Carroll 21
Speedway 24, Triton Central 21
Tri-West 42, Southmont 13
Westfield 42, Franklin Central 28
Whiteland 42, Greenwood 28
Adams Central 62, Woodlan 0
Batesville 40, Connersville 13
Bluffton 33, Lakeland 29
Brown County 12, Edgewood 0
Carroll (Fort Wayne) 59, Fort Wayne Wayne 0
Castle 21, Evansville Memorial 7
Centerville 46, Knightstown 0
Central Noble 8, Garrett 0
Charlestown 35, Eastern (Pekin) 7
Churubusco 26, Fairfield 0
Clarksville 69, Rock Creek Academy 8
Columbus East 31, Bedford North Lawrence 15
Columbus North 36, Terre Haute South 0
Concord 26, Warsaw 22
Covington 52, Riverton Parke, 18
Crawfordsville 18, Frankfort 8
East Noble 56, Bellmont 7
Eastbrook 62, Madison-Grant 13
Eastern (Greentown) 14, Clinton Prairie 7
Eastside 49, Angola 14
Elkhart 21, New Prairie 14
Fort Wayne Dwenger 42, Fort Wayne Northrop 21
Fort Wayne Snider 27, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers 15
Frankton 28, Alexandria 0
Gibson Southern 37, Boonville 6
Goshen 28, Wawasee 25
Greencastle 49, North Putnam 13
Greensburg 62, Rushville 7
Hammond Central 51, East Chicago Central 12
Hanover Central 28, Calumet 6
Harrison 44, Richmond 22
Heritage 39, Jay County 7
Heritage Hills 43, Princeton 0
Highland 27, Kankakee Valley 14
Homestead 48, Fort Wayne South 0
Jasper 42, Vincennes Lincoln 6
Jeffersonville 40, Jennings County 14
Jimtown 35, South Bend Riley 0
Knox 19, Caston6
LaVille 19, Culver 6
Lawrenceburg 56, South Dearborn 7
Leo 14, DeKalb
Lewis Cass 42, Twin Lakes 27
Linton-Stockton 48, South Putnam 12
Lowell 17, Andrean 7
Marion 20, McCutcheon 13
Merrillville 40, Chesterton 6
Michigan City 41, Crown Point 28
Milan 47, Switzerland County 6
Mishawaka Marian 16, South Bend St. Joseph 6
Mishawaka 58, Northridge 14
Mississinewa 63, Elwood 3
Monroe Central 49, Shenandoah 7
Mt. Vernon (Posey) 54, Washington 6
New Albany 35, Floyd Central 16
New Haven 57, Huntington North 27
North Central (Farmersburg) 46, Eastern Greene 12
North Harrison 28, Providence 6
North Posey 52, Pike Central 16
North Vermillion 14, Seeger 7
North White 14, West Central 0
Northeastern 60, Hagerstown 27
Northfield 35, North Miami 0
NorthWood 42, Plymouth 14
Oak Hill 49, Blackford 0
Parke Heritage 54, Fountain Central 18
Penn 38, South Bend Adams 0
Peru 33, Manchester 13
Pioneer 22, North Judson 14
Portage 35, LaPorte 13
River Forest 63, Bowman Academy 0
Rochester 44, Maconaquah 12
Salem 61, West Washington 0
Seymour 34, Madison 0
Silver Creek 61, Corydon Central 7
South Adams 49, Southern Wells 6
South Central (Union Mills) 62, Hammond Noll 14
South Decatur 54, Lincoln 0
South Newton 12, Frontier 0
South Spencer21Tell City14
South Vermillion 42, Attica 0
Southridge 26, Forest Park 6
Springs Valley 38, North Daviess 7
Sullivan 28, West Vigo 7
Tecumseh 36, Crawford County 3
Tippecanoe Valley 56, Southwood 25
Tipton 28, Lafayette Central Catholic 13
Tri-Central 12, Clinton Central 6, OT
Tri 41, Union County 7
Valparaiso 42, Lake Central 7
Wabash 12, Whitko 9
West Lafayette 44, Western 0
West Noble 26, Prairie Heights 12
Wheeler 28, Griffith 7
Whiting 7, Boone Grove 6
Winamac 27, Triton 7
Winchester 44, Union City 34
INDIANA BOYS REGIONAL SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Noblesville vs. Fort Wayne Northrop
South Bend Adams vs. Chesterton
Castle vs. Bloomington South
Cathedral vs. Carmel
Fort Wayne Dwenger vs. Fort Wayne Canterbury
West Noble vs. West Lafayette
Heritage Hills vs. Gibson Southern
Speedway vs. Brebeuf
Carroll (Flora) vs. Park Tudor
Westview vs. Illiana Christian
Forest Park vs. Providence
Southwestern vs. Cascade
Park Tudor 5 Liberty Christian 0
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Homestead vs. Harrison
South Bend St. Joseph vs. Valparaiso
Castle vs. Bloomington South
East Central vs. Carmel
Hamilton Heights vs. Leo
Mishawaka Marian vs. West Lafayette
Evansville Memorial vs. Jasper
Cathedral vs. Brebeuf
Fort Wayne Blackhawk vs. Tipton
Westview vs. Andrean
Forest Park vs. Providence
Heritage Christian vs. Cascade
INDIANA STATE BOYS TENNIS FINALS
Match 1: Columbus North 3 Munster 2
1. Nathan Lin (12) Columbus North def. Joseph Foster (9) Munster 6-0, 6-1
2. Hank Lin (9) Columbus North def/ Ryan Muntean (12) Munster 6-1, 6-0
3. Michael Fesko (10) Munster def.. Anvay Atram (12) Columbus North 5-7, 7-5, retired
1. Charles Morton (12) | Daniel Sroka (12) Munster def. Amrit Kar (10) | Matthew Liu (12) Columbus North 7-6 (10), 7-6 (6)
2. Parth Shah (9) | Eric Stavnheim (12) Columbus North def. Adam Muntean (10) | Nicholas Stephen (12) Munster 7-6 (7), 7-5
Match 2: Carmel 4 North Central 1
1. Alex Antonopolous (10) North Central def. Broc Fletcher (12) Carmel 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
2. Eli Mercer (12) Carmel def. Mace Shoults (12) North Central 6-3, 6-2
3. Rocky Li (9) Carmel def. Owen Larrimer (10) North Central 6-2, 6-3
1. Jack Jentz (11) | Srisanth Malpeddi (12) Carmel def. Akshay Guttikonda (10) | Maurquis Willingham (11) North Central 7-6 (3), 6-3
2. Braedon McIntyre (10) | Adrien Qi (12) Carmel def. Andrew Hagerstrom (12) | Caden Lesnick (12) North Central 7-5, 6-2
Match 3: Zionsville 5 Covington 0
1. Cole Chappell (12) Zionsville def. Evan Norton (11) Covington 6-0, 6-1
2. Steven Narva (11) Zionsville def. Calvin Springer (12) Covington 4-6, 7-5, 10-7
3. Peyton Guider (12) Zionsville def. Urban Roarks (9) Covington 6-0, 6-0
1. Ryan Betz (12) | William Cramer (10) Zionsville def. Myles Potter (11) | Nolan Potter (12) Covington 6-2, 6-3
2. Jonah Everson (10) | Emerson Holifield (12) Zionsville def. Emmett Reynolds (11) | Jackson Kindell (11) Covington 6-0, 6-2
Match 4: Jasper 5 Westview 0
1. Max Sternberg (12) Jasper def. Isaiah Hostetler (11) Westview 6-4, 6-3
2. Justin Shultz (12) Jasper def. Elijah Hostetler (12) Westview 6-2, 6-2
3. Reece Lampert (11) Jasper def. Brennan Beachy (12) Westview 6-0, 6-4
1. Trey Gutgsell (10) | Noah Hanneman (12) Jasper def. Isaac Rogers (12) | Kendall Schwartz (12) Westview 3-6, 6-0, 6-2
2. Caleb Schnarr (9) | Noah Schue (11) Jasper def. Kylen Bender (11) | Jethro Hostetler (11) Westview 6-4, 7-5
Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET
Match 5: Columbus North (18-1) vs. Carmel (22-0)
Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET
Match 6: Zionsville (18-3) vs. Jasper (20-2)
State Championship | Carmel HS | Sat, 2 pm ET
Match 7: Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner.
INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL SITES
1. Crown Point | 10:30 am CT; 11:15 am CT
Feeder Sectionals: Highland, Hebron
2. Chesterton @ Sunset Hill Farm County Park | 10:30 am CT; 11:15 am CT
Feeder Sectionals: New Prairie, Rensselaer Central
3. Harrison (West Lafayette) | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Benton Central, Harrison (West Lafayette)
4. Culver Academies | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Manchester, Logansport
5. Elkhart @ Ox Bow Parks | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Elkhart, South Bend Riley
6. West Noble | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Fort Wayne Northrop, West Noble
7. Marion @ Indiana Wesleyan | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bellmont, Marion
8. Delta @ Muncie Sportsplex | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Delta, Pendleton Heights
9. Ben Davis | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Ben Davis, Brownsburg
10. Noblesville | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Noblesville
11. Rushville Consolidated | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Connersville, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)
12. Franklin Community | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Franklin Community, South Dearborn
13. Columbus North | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Brown County, Austin
14. Bedford North Lawrence | 10:30 am ET; 11:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bedford North Lawrence, Terre Haute North
15. Crawford County | 11 am ET; 11:45 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Crawford County, Jasper
16. Pike Central | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Evansville Mater Dei, South Knox
COLLEGE FOOTBALL FRIDAY
#9 Oregon 24 California 17
#24 San Diego State 19 San Jose State 13 2OT
HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE SATURDAY
Defiance at Hanover (Indiana SRN game of the week)
Manchester at Mt. St. Joseph
Bluffton at Franklin
Anderson at Rose Hulman
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SATURDAY
Saturday, Oct. 16
No. 10 Michigan State at Indiana | 12 p.m. | FS1
No. 20 Florida at LSU | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Auburn at No. 17 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | CBS
No. 21 Texas A&M at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Rutgers at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Ohio at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
UCF at No. 3 Cincinnati | 12 p.m. | ABC
Tulsa at South Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Nebraska at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Yale at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas | 12 p.m. | FOX
Duke at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | RSN
Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Akron at Miami (Ohio) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Troy at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+
Toledo at Central Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Purdue at No. 2 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Western Kentucky at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Arizona at Colorado | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Kent State at Western Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Miami at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network
Pitt at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network
Bowling Green at Northern Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 19 BYU at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Vanderbilt at South Carolina | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Texas Tech at Kansas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+
Rice at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 5 Alabama at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Colorado State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium
Liberty at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Utah State at UNLV | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 13 Ole Miss at Tennessee | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Stanford at Washington State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
Iowa State at Kansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2
TCU at No. 4 Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
No. 22 NC State at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Army at Wisconsin | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network
UCLA at Washington | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Louisiana Tech at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 18 Arizona State at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN
Hawai’i at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Air Force at Boise State | FOX, FS1 or FS2
Fresno State at Wyoming | FOX, FS1 or FS2
NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 6
Sunday, October 17, 2021
Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a CBS
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX
Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS
Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*
Monday, October 18, 2021
Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
Houston 5 Boston 4
MLB PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Saturday, Oct. 16
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 2 (FOX & FS1, 4:20 p.m. ET)
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 1 (TBS, 8 p.m.)
Sunday, Oct. 17
• Dodgers at Braves Game 2 (TBS, 7:30 ET)
Monday, Oct. 18
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 3 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Tuesday, Oct. 19
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 3 (TBS)
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 4 (FS1)
Wednesday, Oct. 20
• Astros at Red Sox, Game 5* (FS1)
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 4 (TBS)
Thursday, Oct. 21
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 5* (TBS)
Friday, Oct. 22
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 6* (FS1)
Saturday, Oct. 23
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 6* (TBS)
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* (FOX or FS1)
Sunday, Oct. 24
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 7* (TBS)
Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day
Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)
Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)
Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)
Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*
Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)
Miami 121 Boston 100
Detroit 112 Philadelphia 108
Cleveland 110 Indiana 94
New York 115 Washington 113
Chicago 118 Memphis 105
Dallas 114 Milwaukee 103
San Antonio 126 Houston 98
Golden State 119 Portland 97
New Jersey 4 Chicago 3
Vancouver 5 Philadelphia 4
Minnesota 2 Anaheim 1
TOP NATIONAL NEWS
Correa’s time: Late HR helps Astros top Bosox in ALCS opener
HOUSTON (AP) Carlos Correa paused a few seconds at the plate and tapped the spot on his wrist where a watch would be.
“It’s my time!” the Houston Astros star screamed.
That it is.
And if his time with the Astros runs out at the end of this season, the star shortstop sure is making this an October to remember.
Correa hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, hollering toward his dugout before beginning his trot around the bases and propelling the Astros over the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Friday night in the AL Championship Series opener.
“When the playoffs start, (my teammates) always tell me: `It’s your time. Now to go out there, hit homers,'” Correa said. “They told me to hit the watch when I hit the homer.”
Correa teamed with Jose Altuve to do just enough to overcome the heroics of Kike Hernandez, who starred with his bat and glove for the wild-card Red Sox.
“I’ve been watching them for years, and it’s a pleasure to be watching them up close and personal,” manager Dusty Baker said. “And, boy, they are some clutch guys.”
Altuve tied the game with a two-run shot in the sixth before Correa connected off losing pitcher Hansel Robles with two outs in the seventh to put the Astros ahead 4-3.
Correa, who has been with the Astros since being selected first overall in 2012, becomes a free agent at season’s end and it seems likely that he won’t remain in Houston.
Correa has a history of big hits for Houston that includes 18 postseason home runs, several of them in key, late situations.
“Playoff time, baby,” Correa said.
“We want to be in the spotlight,” he said. “We want to be in the moment.”
He had three hits, and his performance gave him 55 postseason RBIs, passing Albert Pujols for the most among active MLB players.
Hernandez, who won a World Series with the Dodgers last year, homered twice among his four hits and likely saved multiple runs with two terrific catches.
His second homer came off closer Ryan Pressly to start the ninth and cut the lead to 5-4. But Pressly retired the next three batters to get the save.
“It would have been a lot cooler if we won the game,” Hernandez said.
Game 2 is Saturday in Houston.
Ahead 4-3, the Astros loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth when Hirokazu Sawamura plunked Martin Maldonado. Houston added some insurance when Yuli Gurriel slid in just before the tag to score on a sacrifice fly by Altuve that made it 5-3, beating a terrific throw by Hernandez.
Hernandez has been red hot for the Red Sox this October, with 13 hits in his last four games to set an MLB record for most hits in a four-game span in one postseason. He passed Billy Hatcher (1999), Marquis Grissom (1995), Hideki Matsui (2004) and Randy Arozarena (2020), who all had 11.
“Enrique is en fuego,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.
Chas McCormick singled with one out in the sixth before Altuve became the fourth player in MLB history to hit at least 20 postseason homers with his shot to left-center off Tanner Houck that tied it at 3.
Hernandez opened a three-run third with his soaring homer to center field to tie it at 1-all.
Xander Bogaerts walked with one out and Rafael Devers singled. J.D. Martinez hit a grounder to Altuve for what should have been a routine play. But the ball grazed the second baseman’s glove and rolled between his legs for an error that allowed Martinez to reach and Bogaerts to score to put Boston up 2-1.
Hunter Renfroe then hit an RBI double to left field to extend it to 3-1 before Houston’s two brightest stars came through late.
“Experience matters,” Correa said.
Altuve and Correa, connecting again for a team trying to reach the World Series for the second time in three years. The Astros also won the championship in 2017, a crown tainted by the team’s sign-stealing scandal.
Both teams leaned heavily on their bullpens after both Boston starter Chris Sale and Houston’s Framber Valdez were chased in the third.
Ryne Stanek got the last out of the seventh for the win.
Sale, who was tagged for five runs in one inning in his previous start against Tampa Bay in the AL Division Series, permitted five hits and a run in 2 2/3 innings Friday. Valdez gave up six hits and three runs – two earned – while also getting just eight outs.
“Everything as a whole clicked a little bit better tonight. My command was spotty at times, but when I really needed it, I could bear down and grab what I’ve been looking for,” Sale said.
The Astros led 1-0 after Altuve scored on a sacrifice fly by Yordan Alvarez in the first.
For the next few innings it looked like it wouldn’t be the Astros’ night.
Houston loaded the bases with one out in the second, but Altuve struck out before Sale escaped the jam with a huge assist from Hernandez in center field. Hernandez, whose MLB debut came when he subbed for Altuve late in a game in 2014, sprinted to rob Michael Brantley with a diving catch in shallow center to end the inning.
The Astros had runners at first and second with two outs in the fifth when Hernandez struck again. He made a back-handed grab in right-center on a ball hit by Kyle Tucker to leave them empty-handed once more.
Hernandez even seemed surprised he made the grab, contorting his face into a shocked look after the ball hit his glove.
Hernandez said the fly flew like a knuckleball.
“Tim Wakefield, R.A. Dickey, they’ve got nothing on that ball,” he said.
Houston ace McCullers left off ALCS roster against Red Sox
HOUSTON (AP) Astros ace Lance McCullers Jr. has been left off the team’s roster for the AL Championship Series against Boston, a huge blow to a team looking to advance to the World Series for the second time in three seasons.
McCullers was great in a Game 1 win against the Chicago White Sox in the Division Series, pitching scoreless ball into the seventh. But the right-hander left Game 4 after four innings because of forearm tightness, and general manager James Click said Thursday that he was being evaluated as they made final decisions on their roster.
No announcement has been made on the severity of his injury, so there is a possibility he could return if the Astros advance to the World Series. He is listed as being part of Houston’s taxi squad for the ALCS.
Replacing him on the roster is right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who was left off the division series roster after a disappointing first season in Houston. The only other change to Houston’s roster from the ALDS is the addition of left-handed reliever Blake Taylor in place of catcher Garrett Stubbs, who will be on the taxi squad.
The Red Sox retained the same roster from the ALDS except for replacing pitchers Matt Barnes and Austin Davis with left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez and right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura.
Both teams will have 13 pitchers, two catchers and 11 other position players for this series.
Dodgers’ Scherzer planned NLCS Game 1 starter against Braves
ATLANTA (AP) Max Scherzer is lined up to throw the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first pitch in the NL Championship Series only two days after delivering the final pitch in their NL Division Series-clinching win.
Unusual? Yes. And yet no one is surprised.
“That is Scherzer being Scherzer,” teammate Cody Bellinger said.
Scherzer is expected to face Braves left-hander Max Fried in Game 1 on Saturday night in an NLCS rematch. The Dodgers beat the Braves in seven games in last year’s NLCS before winning the World Series.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he plans to start Scherzer even after the NL Cy Young Award contender earned his first career save in a 2-1 victory over San Francisco on Thursday night in Game 5 of the NLDS.
On Friday night, Roberts couldn’t confirm Scherzer definitely will start.
“He’s going to go out and play catch and get treatment and if says he’s good to go he’ll be our Game 1 starter,” Roberts said.
Roberts said his backup plan would be a bullpen game, with Tony Gonsolin one of the pitchers used.
Following Thursday night’s game, Robert said he understood “there might be a cost” in using Scherzer in the closing role as the Dodgers faced the quick turnaround before opening the NLCS.
Whatever that cost, the plan is for Scherzer to start the opener.
“That won’t surprise me,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said Friday before Atlanta’s workout at Truist Park.
Snitker said Scherzer’s 13-pitch ninth inning was like an off-day session in the bullpen.
“That’s kind of like a side for him right there,” Snitker said. “The guy is just a different animal. I mean, he’s a Hall of Famer and those guys, man they’re cut from a different cloth than normal guys so it won’t surprise me at all if he shows up and is on the mound.”
Scherzer recorded two strikeouts, including a controversial check swing by Wilmer Flores to end the game. First base umpire Gabe Morales ruled Flores swung, though TV replays indicated Flores held up.
Scherzer was 15-4 with a 2.46 ERA for Washington and Los Angeles this season, including 7-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 11 starts for the Dodgers. He has pitched 12 1/3 innings over three appearances in the playoffs, allowing two runs and six hits with 16 strikeouts.
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman said he was wondering who would pitch the ninth inning for Los Angeles on Thursday night as he watched the game on TV.
“And then they showed Max running up and I said, `That’s the guy,'” Freeman said. “I don’t think anybody else would want anybody else other than Max in that game. He’s a bulldog, facing him for years.”
Freeman said he never doubted Scherzer would want the ball in the NLCS opener even after the relief appearance.
“He’s going to come back, I bet, tomorrow, and pitch against us and he’s going to be Max Scherzer,” Freeman said.
Roberts planned to confirm his rotation plans with Scherzer after the team’s arrival in Atlanta and workout Friday night to “just kind of see where he’s at. But as of now that’s kind of where we’re at.”
Fried moves up as Atlanta’s Game 1 starter after Charlie Morton pitched on short rest in the Braves’ 5-4 clinching win over Milwaukee in the NL Division Series on Tuesday night.
Fried joins Morton and Ian Anderson to give Snitker a reliable three-man rotation. Snitker plans to have a bullpen game that could include Huascar Ynoa and Drew Smyly.
When the Braves lost to the Dodgers in last year’s NLCS, Fried was joined by three rookies – Anderson, Kyle Wright and Bryse Wilson – in the rotation.
Led by Morton, Fried and Anderson, the Braves recorded two shutouts in the division series against Milwaukee. Atlanta limited the Brewers to six runs in four games.
“I feel really good about all three of the guys we’re going to be featuring,” Snitker said. “I’d say it’s a significant difference than a year ago when we started this tournament.”
Bellinger hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth and Mookie Betts set a postseason career high with four hits in the decisive win over the Giants.
The Braves are preparing to be without outfielder Jorge Soler in the series as they await his clearance following his positive COVID-19 test.
Dansby Swanson replaced Soler as the leadoff hitter Tuesday against the Brewers. Snitker said Friday he was still considering Swanson and other options for his leadoff hitter Saturday night.
Chicago Cubs hire Carter Hawkins as general manager
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs hired Carter Hawkins as general manager on Friday, dipping into Cleveland’s front office in an effort to bolster their own player development system.
The 37-year-old Hawkins spent 14 seasons with Cleveland, including the last five as an assistant general manager. He also supervised the team’s player development department.
While Chicago has struggled when it comes to turning its pitching prospects into successful major leaguers, Cleveland has flourished.
It selected Shane Bieber in the fourth round of the 2016 amateur draft, and the right-hander won the AL Cy Young Award last year. Aaron Civale, a third-rounder in 2016, went 12-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 21 starts this season. Zach Plesac and Triston McKenzie also have had some positive moments.
The Cubs plan to formally introduce Hawkins as the franchise’s 16th general manager at a news conference on Monday.
“I am thrilled to bring Carter into our organization,” Cubs President of Baseball Operations Jed Hoyer said in a release. “He has earned a fantastic reputation as a leader through hard work, open-mindedness, humility and intelligence. I enjoyed getting to know him throughout the interview process, and it quickly became clear that we share the same passion for team building.”
Hoyer had been looking for a GM since he was promoted to the top spot almost a year ago, replacing Theo Epstein. Hoyer put off the search after it was hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Hoyer and Hawkins are looking to rebuild Chicago after it went 71-91 this season for the club’s worst record since it went 66-96 in 2013. It had a string of six consecutive winning seasons before faltering this year.
Pitching likely will be the team’s top priority over the winter. The Cubs had a 4.87 team ERA in 2021, ranking 27th in the majors.
Hawkins was a four-year letter winner as a catcher for Vanderbilt, graduating in 2007 with a degree in human and organizational development. He got his start with Cleveland as an advance scouting intern.
Cardinals coach Kingsbury, 2 others to miss Sunday vs Browns
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury, quarterbacks coach Cam Turner and defensive tackle Zach Allen will miss the Cardinals’ game Sunday at Cleveland after testing positive for COVID-19.
The news adds to the virus woes for the NFL’s only unbeaten team, which also put star linebacker Chandler Jones on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday.
Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph, who has head coaching experience in Denver, and assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers will split head coaching responsibilities for Cardinals, who are 5-0 for the first time since 1974. Additional offensive duties will be assumed by other members of the offensive coaching staff, the team said Friday.
Kingsbury said earlier this week that the team has been 100% vaccinated for quite a while, but that hasn’t stopped the virus from upending their plans.
“It’s just the way it goes,” Kingsbury said Wednesday, one day after Jones was put on the list. Kingsbury said Jones was experiencing symptoms.
The third-year coach did his usual Friday morning media availability at the team’s practice facility, several hours before the news came that he’d tested positive.
The Cardinals should be in good hands with Joseph and Rodgers. Joseph was the Broncos’ head coach in 2017 and 2018 and has helped Arizona make steady improvement on the defensive style of the ball. Still, the team will likely miss Kingsbury’s play calling, which has been among the league’s most creative since he came into the league.
Allen – a third-year pro – is a key piece to the Cardinals’ defense and had a sack last week in a win over the 49ers. Jones was the NFC Defensive Player of the Week after a five-sack performance in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.
AP source: No one else in NFL cited with email violations
(AP) — The NFL has found no other current team or league personnel to have sent emails containing racist, homophobic or misogynistic language similar to messages written by Jon Gruden that led to his resignation as Las Vegas Raiders coach, according to a person familiar with the documents.
The person familiar with the investigation as well as emails told The Associated Press on Friday that the league “did not identify other areas and other individuals it has to contact at club leadership or league leadership levels.” The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league has not publicly released what is in the 650,000 emails the independent investigators collected during an investigation of sexual harassment and other workplace conditions at the Washington Football Team.
“The NFL did not identify any problems anywhere near what you saw with Jon Gruden,” the person said. The person did not address any other areas of potential issues found in the emails beyond similarities with Gruden’s comments.
Gruden resigned Monday as Raiders coach after the denigrating comments expressed in emails written from 2011-18 to then-Washington club executive Bruce Allen were reported. Gruden was not in the NFL during those years, when he was an analyst for ESPN.
The NFL would conduct a probe of Allen, who was fired in December 2019, should he attempt to return to the league, the person said.
The NFL also has categorized comparisons of Gruden’s correspondences with Allen to those by top league counsel Jeff Pash as a mischaracterization. The person said that the league finds those emails “in a different category” as a part of Pash’s job, and “appropriate.”
Pash has been a conduit between the NFL office and teams for years.
There were a number of topics Pash discussed with Allen in emails, but the NFL found the attorney had not been “too chummy” with the Washington team president, nor was there anything that “led to any sort of undue influence that resulted in any gains by the Washington Football Team,” the person said.
That franchise was docked $36 million in salary cap room in 2012 and ’13 by the league, with Pash heavily involved in the probe leading to that discipline.
The timeline of when the NFL was made aware of the content of the emails also has come into question. Such knowledge came toward the end of the investigation of the Washington franchise, with the investigating firm viewing the emails as beyond the scope of their probe. When the league became aware of some emails potentially of concern, it began to review those.
That led to the Gruden emails.
Confidentiality has been cited by the NFL and by the investigating firm in the Washington Football Team case for not publicly releasing specifics. The majority of those who participated in the investigation were promised they would remain anonymous.
But the league certainly is upset that detailed emails to and from Allen have been leaked, though the only comments it has made have been on the content of Gruden’s emails.
“The league definitely is concerned about it, not happy what is viewed as confidential emails and part of confidential investigations show up in the newspaper,” the person said.
Browns star RB Chubb to miss matchup against 5-0 Cardinals
BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns star running back Nick Chubb will miss Sunday’s game against the unbeaten Arizona Cardinals with a calf injury.
Chubb, who ran for 161 yards last week in a loss to the Chargers, is one of several prominent Cleveland players dealing with injuries.
He hasn’t practiced all week, and coach Kevin Stefanski ruled Chubb out Friday along with linebacker Malcom Smith (abdomen).
Chubb is second in the NFL with 523 yards rushing. He has scored four touchdowns.
Paired with Kareem Hunt, Chubb leads the league’s most potent running attack. The Browns lead in total yards rushing (938), yards per attempt (5.36), rushing first downs (51) and touchdowns (12).
Hunt is listed as questionable to play Sunday.
The Browns (3-2) could be without other starters as well, most notably defensive ends Myles Garrett (ankle, knee) and Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, knee) along with starting offensive tackles Jack Conklin (knee) and Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle). They are all listed as questionable – a 50% chance to play.
End Takk McKinley (ankle, knee) is also questionable, along with cornerbacks Denzel Ward (neck), Greg Newsome II (calf) and A.J. Green (shoulder, knee).
Center JC Tretter (knee) is expected to play.
Cardinals acquire TE Ertz in trade with Eagles
(AP) — The Arizona Cardinals acquired tight end Zach Ertz in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.
The undefeated Cardinals sent cornerback Tay Gowan and a 2022 fifth-round pick to the Eagles for the 30-year-old Ertz, a three-time Pro Bowler.
Ertz had four receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown during Thursday night’s 28-22 loss to Tampa Bay.
Ertz was selected by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2013 draft. He has 579 receptions for 6,267 yards and 38 touchdowns in 123 career regular-season games.
Ertz also caught the winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of the Eagles’ 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in the 2018 Super Bowl.
Gowan was selected by the Cardinals in the sixth round of this year’s draft. The 6-foot-2 Gowan has yet to appear in a regular-season game.
Barring setback, Dolphins say Tagovailoa is ready to return
(AP) — Barring a setback, Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is ready for his comeback.
Tagovailoa returns to his starting role Sunday when the Dolphins play the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, after missing most of the last four games – all of them Miami losses – with fractured ribs.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores made the announcement Friday, a few hours after the team made the overnight flight from Miami to England.
“Assuming everything goes well in practice, Tua’s going to start the game,” Flores said.
Not all the injury news was good for Miami on Friday, though. The Dolphins ruled cornerback Xavien Howard (shoulder, groin) and wide receiver DeVante Parker (shoulder, hamstring) out for Sunday.
Tagovailoa being back sets up a rematch of the quarterbacks from the College Football Playoff national championship game from the 2018 season, when Clemson topped Tagovailoa and Alabama 44-16. Trevor Lawrence played quarterback for Clemson in that game; the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft is in line to start for Jacksonville (0-5) on Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
“I know they’re hungry for a win as a team, and for us as a team, we’re hungry for a win as well,” Tagovailoa said.
He said this was his first trip out of the U.S.; one of his initial takeaways was how he’d never seen driving on what Americans would consider “the other” side of the road, as is done in England.
“It’s awesome. It’s different,” Tagovailoa said.
The Dolphins can only hope his return brings different results, too.
All signs were pointing toward Tagovailoa’s return to the lineup throughout the week, starting with the Dolphins designating him for a return off what was a three-week stint on injured reserve. He was hurt during the second series of Miami’s Week 2 loss to Buffalo, fracturing the ribs on a first-quarter sack by A.J. Epenesa.
He practiced Wednesday and Thursday, without major issues, which put him in line for the start.
“Tua has stepped in and just been him,” Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle said.
Jacoby Brissett started each of Miami’s last three games while Tagovailoa was on injured reserve. The Dolphins beat New England in the season opener with Tagovailoa playing, and are 0-4 since – plummeting to near the bottom of the NFL in virtually every major offensive category.
“We’re excited to have Tua back, there’s no doubt about that,” Flores said. “But there’s 53 guys on the team, 48 can play on game day, so it’s never one person that’s the reason. We have to play together as a team. It’s 11 guys on offense, 11 guys on defense, 11 guys on special teams. It’s never one person.”
Tagovailoa clearly thinks the same way.
“The way I kind of look at it, all 11 have to go out there and do our jobs,” Tagovailoa said.
Seahawks put Russell Wilson, Chris Carson on injured reserve
RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks placed quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Chris Carson on injured reserve Friday, a move that will keep both players out until at least mid-November.
Coach Pete Carroll had said earlier in the day that Wilson would be placed on IR and the team was considering a similar move with Carson due to a lingering neck issue.
Both players will be unavailable at least until Seattle’s game on Nov. 14 against Green Bay.
Wilson is recovering from surgery on his right middle finger. Wilson has started every game of his career – 165 games regular season and playoffs combined – until now.
The Week 10 matchup with the Packers will be five weeks following Wilson’s surgery. Geno Smith will start this week for the Seahawks.
“I’m hoping that he’ll feel really comfortable in the game, because he looks great in practice and everything’s gone well,” Carroll said of Smith.
While the move with Wilson was expected, the week started with optimism that Carson would be able to play after he missed last week with a neck issue. At first, Carroll was hopeful that Carson would practice late in the week, but he was a nonparticipant all week.
“It is a delicate thing. He’s got something going on in his neck, so we’ve got to make sure that we do it really well,” Carroll said. “And so we’re going to take care of him and this just seems like the right decision.”
Carson is Seattle’s leading rusher with 232 yards and three touchdowns in his four games played. Alex Collins will start for the second straight week and Seattle expects Rashaad Penny to return from injured reserve in the next couple of weeks.
Seattle activated offensive lineman Ethan Pocic and rookie cornerback Tre Brown from injured reserve to take the open roster spots. Both could end up getting playing time against the Steelers.
Giants QB Daniel Jones cleared to play against the Rams
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Less than a week after sustaining a scary concussion against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones has been cleared to play against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.
Jones was a full participant in practice on Friday, the next-to-last step in the NFL concussion protocol. He was examined by an independent neurological consultant after the workout and cleared to play in the game at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants (1-4) will not have running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Kenny Golladay in the lineup against the Rams. They were hurt in the same game as Jones and were ruled out.
Barkley has a sprained left ankle and Golladay has a knee injury. Neither practiced this week.
The Giants also listed left tackle Andrew Thomas as questionable with a foot injury. He did not play last week. Wide receivers Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Darius Slayton (hamstring) and guard Ben Bredeson (hand) also are questionable.
Wide receiver Sterling Shepard and safety Jabrill Peppers are expected to return from hamstring injuries.
Jones increased his workload throughout the practice week, from a non-participant Wednesday to limited work yesterday to a normal load Friday. Jones was not allowed to talk to the media this week because he was in the protocol. He was hurt in a goal-line collision just before halftime.
“Obviously, Daniel is a critical part of this team,” coach Joe Judge said. “He’s done a good job. He’s improved consistently throughout his time here. He’s obviously playing at a high level for us right now. He’s doing a lot of things to facilitate the offense.”
Rookie linebacker Justin Hilliard went on injured reserve with an Achilles tendon injury. Hilliard was awarded off waivers to the Giants on Sept. 1, a day after he was waived by the San Francisco 49ers. He played on 15 special teams snaps in the last two games but had no tackles.
NFL WEEK 6 CAPSULES
MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-4) VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-5)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 9:30 AM ET // TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY
LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 5-4
STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/24/20: Dolphins 31 at Jaguars 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/24/20 (Jacksonville)
PTS. FOR/AGAINST: 15.8/30.8
PASSING: Jacoby Brissett: 103-158-858-4-2-82.2
RUSHING: Myles Gaskin: 34-167-4.9-0
RECEIVING: Jaylen Waddle (R): 27-231-8.6-1
QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 27 of 39 passes (season-high 69.2 pct.) for season-high 275 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.6 rating last week. Has 4 TDs vs. INT for 100.8 rating in his past 2 starts. QB TUA TAGOVAILOA has 200+ pass yards in 2 of his past 3 starts. • RB MYLES GASKIN had season-high 99 scrimmage yards (74 rec., 25 rush) & career-high 10 catches last week, incl. 2 rec. TDs. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. Had 95 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 29 rec.) in last meeting. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 69 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with 65+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 69 yards in last game in London (10/1/17 vs. NO at Wembley). WR PRESTON WILLIAMS had season-high 60 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting. WR JAYLEN WADDLE leads all rookie WRs with 27 catches this season. TE MIKE GESICKI aims for 4th in row with 4+ catches & 40+ rec. yards. Had rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. LB JEROME BAKER had 7 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. Had 8 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with PD. Rookie LB JAELAN PHILLIPS aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 0.5+ sacks.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST: 18.6/30.4
PASSING Trevor Lawrence (R): 104-175-1,146-6-8-71.3
RUSHING James Robinson: 67-387-5.8-4
RECEIVING Marvin Jones: 21-243-11.6-2
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) completed 23 of 33 passes (season-high 69.7 pct.) for 273 yards & TD vs. INT for 92.1 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rating. Leads all rookies with 6 TD passes & ranks 2nd with 1,146 pass yards. • RB JAMES ROBINSON rushed for career-high 149 yards & TD last week. Aims for 4th in row with 75+ rush yards & rush TD. Had 129 scrimmage yards (career-high 83 rec., 46 rush) & 6 catches in last meeting. Ranks 6th among AFC RBs with 475 scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for 160 yards in his last game in London (11/3/19 w/ Hou. vs. Jax. at Wembley). • WR LAVISKA SHENAULT aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches in last meeting. WR MARVIN JONES has 50+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 7 vs. AFC East. WR TAVON AUSTIN set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (54) in Week 5. WR JAMAL AGNEW set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (41) last week. TE DAN ARNOLD set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (64) in Week 5. • LB MYLES JACK has 6+ tackles in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 19 tackles (9.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. Mia. Aims for his 3rd in row in London with 5+ tackles. DE/LB JOSH ALLEN tied for team lead with season-high 7 tackles last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. Has 3 sacks in 2 career games vs. AFC East. DE DAWUANE SMOOT had season high 1.5 sacks in Week 5. DE K’LAVON CHAISSON had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (9:30 AM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Mia.), 85 (Jax.) | XM: 386 (Mia.), 228 (Jax.) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 814 (Jax.)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-1) AT BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-1)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // M&T BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH
LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 7-5
STREAKS: Ravens have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 12/22/18: Ravens 22 at Chargers 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/15: Ravens 29, Chargers 26
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 28.4/23.2
PASSING Justin Herbert: 139-207-1,576-13-3-104.7
RUSHING Austin Ekeler: 67-349-5.2-4
RECEIVING Mike Williams: 31-471-15.2-6 (1L)
QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for season-high 398 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 122 rating & rushed for TD last week, his 11th-career game with 300+ pass yards, most-ever by player in 1st 2 seasons. Aims for 4th in row with 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating. Has 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 113.4 rating in his past 4 on road. Has 44 career TD passes, 4th-most by QB in 1st 20 career starts. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 119 scrimmage yards (66 rush, 53 rec.) & tied career high with 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) last week. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 3rd in row with TD. Ties for NFL lead with 7 TDs in 2021 & is only player with 3+ rush TDs (4) & 3+ rec. TDs (3). • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 6 catches for 75 yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 16 catches for 156 yards (78 per game) & 3 TDs in 2 career games at Bal. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 8 catches for career-high 165 yards & 2 TDs in Week 5. Has 120+ rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in 2 of past 3. Has TD catch in 5 of past 6. Leads NFL with 6 rec. TDs. TE DONALD PARHAM aims for 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE JOEY BOSA has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of past 3. Had 0.5 sacks in last meeting. LB DRUE TRANQUILL had 10 tackles & TFL in Week 5. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. S DERWIN JAMES led team with career-high 17 tackles, sack & 1st-career FF last week, most tackles by safety in single game since 2016. Had 6 tackles & PD in last meeting.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 27.2/23.4
OFFENSE 440.6 (1L)
PASSING Lamar Jackson: 112-167-1,519-8-3-104.4
RUSHING Lamar Jackson (QB): 56-341-6.1-2
RECEIVING Marquise Brown: 28-400-13.8-2
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed career-high 37 of 43 passes (86 pct.) for franchise-record 442 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.5 rating & rushed for 62 yards last week. Became 1st player in NFL history with 400+ pass yards, 4+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 50+ rush yards in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 315+ pass yards & 95+ rating. Passed for 204 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 101.3 rating in last meeting. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has 85+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAC. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC West with TD. RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 100 scrimmage yards (58 rush, 42 rec.) in only career game vs. Chargers (10/23/16 w/ Atl.). • WR MARQUISE BROWN had career-high 9 catches for 125 yards & 2 TDs last week, 4th-career game with 2 rec. TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. Aims for 4th in row at home with rec. TD & 3rd in row at home with 100+ rec. yards. TE MARK ANDREWS set career highs in catches (11) & rec. yards (147) in Week 5 & had 2 rec. TDs, 5th-career game with 2 rec. TDs. Aims for 5th in row with 5+ catches. Leads all TEs with 400 rec. yards this season & ranks 2nd with 29 catches. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY has PD in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 5 PD in his past 3 at home. Had INT in last meeting. CB TAVON YOUNG had sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3. Had TFL & FR in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. Rookie LB ODAFE OWEH aims for 3rd in row with sack. Ties for lead among rookies with 3 sacks this season.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (LAC), 211 (Bal.) | XM: 387 (LAC), 229 (Bal.) | SXM App: 817 (LAC), 802 (Bal.)
MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-3) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD
LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 9-6
STREAKS: Vikings have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 11/29/20: Panthers 27 at Vikings 28
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/10/17: Panthers 31, Vikings 24
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 22.6/21.8
PASSING Kirk Cousins: 133-191-1,396-10-2-103.7
RUSHING Alexander Mattison: 65-258-4.0-0
RECEIVING Justin Jefferson: 33-462-14.0-3
QB KIRK COUSINS completed 25 of 34 atts. (73.5 pct.) for 275 yards & TD vs. INT for 94.6 rating last week. Passed for 307 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with 300+ pass yards. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK had 82 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 21 rec.) in last meeting. Since 2020, has 1,091 scrimmage yards (121.2 per game) & 11 TDs (10 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 9 on road. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 85+ scrimmage yards. RB ALEXANDER MATTISON had career-high 7 catches, 153 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 40 rec.) & 2nd-career TD catch in Week 5. Is 1 of 2 RBs (DERRICK HENRY) with 2 games of 150+ scrimmage yards in 2021. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 7 receptions for team-high 124 rec. yards last week. Has 9 games with 100+ rec. yards since 2020, 2nd-most in NFL (DAVANTE ADAMS – 10). Had 7 catches for 70 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. WR ADAM THIELEN has 9 rec. TDs in his past 9 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 6 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 6th sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row overall & 5th in row on road with sack. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 12th-career game with 2+ sacks (2) last week & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Has 6 sacks in his past 4 vs. Car. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 8 tackles & 1st INT of season last week. Has 12 tackles & INT in last meeting. S HARRISON SMITH aims for his 5th in row with 8+ tackles.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 23.0/17.4
PASSING Sam Darnold: 120-183-1,366-6-6-85.1
RUSHING Chuba Hubbard (R): 56-220-3.9-0
RECEIVING DJ Moore: 35-440-12.6-3
QB SAM DARNOLD has 275+ pass yards in 4 of his 5 starts in 2021. Leads all QBs with 5 rush TDs this season. Has 95+ rating in 2 of 3 home starts with Car. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY has 2,820 scrimmage yards (148.4 per game) & 21 TDs (16 rush, 5 rec.) in his past 19 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 135+ scrimmage yards. Has 364 scrimmage yards (121.3 per game) in 3 games in 2021. Rookie RB CHUBA HUBBARD had 5 catches & career-high 134 scrimmage yards (101 rush, 33 rec.) in Week 5, his 1st-career game with 100+ rush yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR DJ MOORE had 5 receptions for 42 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row at home & 9th in row overall with 5+ receptions. Ranks 4th in NFL with 35 receptions this season. Had 61 rec. yards in last meeting. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 2,808 rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 94 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Rookie TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 1st-career rec. TD in Week 5. • LB HAASON REDDICK had team-high 8 tackles & 2 sacks in Week 5. Has 1.5+ sacks in 4 of 5 games this season & aims for his 4th in row at home with Car. with 1.5+ sacks. DE BRIAN BURNS has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. CB DONTE JACKSON has 11th-career INT & 2nd-career FF last week. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 at home. S JEREMY CHINN had 3rd-career FR in Week 5.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Min.), 83 (Car.) | XM: 383 (Min.), 225 (Car.) | SXM App: 820 (Min.), 804 (Car.)
GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-1) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS
LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 100-94-6
STREAKS: Packers have won past 4
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Packers 35 at Bears 16
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 24.0/24.4
PASSING Aaron Rodgers: 107-163-1,241-10-3-101.3
RUSHING Aaron Jones: 70-309.4.4-2
RECEIVING Davante Adams: 42 (1L)-579 (1L)-13.8-2
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 344 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 102.9 rating in Week 5, his 66th-career 300-yard game. Has 422 career TD passes, 5th-most in NFL history. Passed for 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140 rating in 2 starts vs. Chi. in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 4+ TD passes & 5th in row vs. Chi. with 0 INTs. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ rating. • RB AARON JONES rushed for season-high 103 yards in Week 5, his 12th-career 100+ rush yard game. Has 3 rush TDs in his past 3 vs. Chi. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with 85+ scrimmage yards. Since 2019, ranks 2nd in NFL in scrimmage TDs (35). RB A.J. DILLON had 79 scrimmage yards (49 rec., 30 rush) & 1st-career rec. TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 11 receptions for career-high 206 yards & rec. TD in Week 5. Since 2015, is 1 of 3 WRs (ANTONIO BROWN & MICHAEL THOMAS) with 15+ games (15) of 10+ catches. Has 14 rec. TDs in his past 14 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road in 2021 with 10+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & TD catch. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 6+ catches & rec. TD. TE ROBERT TONYAN aims for his 3rd in row vs. Chi. with TD catch. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL had 8 tackles & 5th-career INT last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 8+ tackles. LB PRESTON SMITH had 2nd sack of season last week & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. S ADRIAN AMOS had 8 tackles & 1st INT of season in Week 5. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ tackles.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 16.8/20.0
PASSING Justin Fields (R): 37-72-458-1-2-64.5
RUSHING Damien Williams: 32-137-4.3-2
RECEIVING Darnell Mooney: 20-261-13.1-0
QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) passed for 111 yards & had 1st-career TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 91.9 rating last week. • RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS had season-high 84 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 20 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in his last game vs. GB (10/27/19 w/ KC). Rookie RB KHALIL HERBERT had 75 rush yards in Week 5. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON has 37 receptions for 525 yards (75 per game) & 2 rec. TDs in 7 career games vs. GB. Has 7+ catches in 3 of his past 4 vs. GB & 50+ rec. yards in 6 of 7 career games vs. GB. WR DARNELL MOONEY had career-high 11 receptions for 93 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ receptions & 60+ rec. yards. TE JESPER HORSTEAD had 2nd-career TD catch last week. TE JIMMY GRAHAM had 93 receptions for 1,083 yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2 seasons (2018-19) with GB. • LB KHALIL MACK had 8 tackles & sack last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home & 5th in row overall with sack. Has 5.5 sacks, 6 TFL, 2 FFs, FR & INT-TD in 7 career games vs. GB. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 10 tackles in Week 5. Aims for his 6th in row with 9+ tackles. LB ROBERT QUINN aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. LB TREVIS GIBSON had 2nd-career sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DB DEANDRE HOUSTON-CARSON had 2nd-career INT in Week 5. CB JAYLON JOHNSON has 7 PD in his past 5 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Joe Davis, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (GB), 82 (Chi.) | XM: 384 (GB), 227 (Chi.) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 805 (Chi.)
CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-2) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-5)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI
LEADER: Bengals lead all-time series, 9-3
STREAKS: Bengals have won past 6
LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Lions 17 at Bengals 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/20/13: Bengals 27, Lions 24
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 22.8/20.0
PASSING Joe Burrow: 104-145-1,269-11-6-106.4
RUSHING Joe Mixon: 93-386-4.2-3
RECEIVING Ja’Marr Chase (R): 23-456-19.8-5
QB JOE BURROW completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 pct.) for 281 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 275+ pass yards. Has 75+ comp. pct. & 120+ rating in 2 of past 3. Aims for 3rd in row on road with 2+ TD passes. • RB JOE MIXON aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. RB SAMAJE PERINE had season-high 83 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 24 rec.) & TD catch last week. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) had 6 catches for season-high 159 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. Is 5th rookie ever with 50+ rec. yards in each of 1st 5 career games. Leads rookies with 5 rec. TDs & is 3rd rookie since 1990 with 5+ rec. TDs in team’s 1st 5 games of season. WR TYLER BOYD had 5 catches in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3 on road. WR TEE HIGGINS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 games in 2021. TE C.J. UZOMAH had TD catch in last meeting. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had season-high 2 sacks last week, 5th-career game with 2+ sacks. Has sack in 3 of past 4. Had sack in his last game vs. Det. (10/4/20 w/ NO). LB LOGAN WILSON aims for 6th in row with 6+ tackles. Leads all LBs with 3 INTs in 2021. S VONN BELL had 9 tackles & career-high 3 TFL last week. Had 5 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on road with PD. S JESSIE BATES has 9 tackles in 3 of his 4 games this season.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 19.6/27.6
PASSING Jared Goff: 131-196-1,303-7-3-91.0
RUSHING Jamaal Williams: 55-244-4.4-2
RECEIVING T.J. Hockenson (TE): 24-237-9.9-2
QB JARED GOFF passed for 203 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home in 2021 with 90+ rating. Passed for 372 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.3 rating in his only career start vs. Cin. (10/27/19 w/ LAR). • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 6 catches, 104 scrimmage yards (53 rec., 51 rush) & rush TD last week. Leads all RBs in receptions (29) & ranks 2nd in rec. yards (252). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row at home with TD. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS aims for his 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with Det. with rush TD. Swift (442 scrimmage yards) & Williams (345) are 1 of 2 pairs of NFC RB teammates (EZEKIEL ELLIOTT & TONY POLLARD) with 300+ scrimmage yards each in 2021. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON ranks tied-4th among TEs with 24 receptions in 2021. WR QUINTEZ CEPHUS has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Rookie WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had career high 7 receptions for 65 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. • LB CHARLES HARRIS had sack last week, his career-high 4th sack of season. Is 1 of 3 NFC LBs (KHALIL MACK & HAASON REDDICK) with 4 games with 1+ sack in 2021. Aims for his 5th in row with sack. LB TREY FLOWERS had 1st full sack of season last week. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had career-high 9 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. LB ALEX ANZALONE had 1st INT of season last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Cin.), 113 (Det.) | XM: 388 (Cin.), 230 (Det.) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 810 (Det.)
HOUSTON TEXANS (1-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (1-4)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER
LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 29-9
STREAKS: Colts have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 12/20/20: Texans 20 at Colts 27
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/20/20
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 17.8/28.2
PASSING Davis Mills (R): 59-96-669-5-5-78.0
RUSHING Mark Ingram: 68-212-3.1-1
Brandin Cooks: 31-392-12.6-1
QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 21 of 29 passes (74.4 pct.) & set career highs in pass yards (312), TD passes (3) & rating (141.7) with 0 INTs last week. Became 1st-ever rookie with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 140+ rating in single game. • RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 143 yards & TD in his last game vs. Ind. (10/25/15 w/ NO). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ind. with 90+ rush yards. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. RB DAVID JOHNSON had season-high 5 catches for 46 yards last week. Had 133 scrimmage yards (career-high 106 rec., 27 rush) & career-high 11 catches in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with TD. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 76 scrimmage yards (59 rush, 17 rec.) in only career game vs. Ind. (10/27/19 w/ Den.). Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 5+ catches in 4 of 5 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row vs. division with 130+ rec. yards. WR CHRIS CONLEY had season-high 84 rec. yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 5. WR CHRIS MOORE set career highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (109) & had 5th-career rec. TD last week. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had PD last week. Has 7+ tackles in 3 of his 4 games this season. Had 10 tackles & TFL in last meeting. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY led team with season-high 12 tackles & had PD in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had 11 tackles & INT in his last game vs. Ind. (11/22/20 w/ GB). DE JONATHAN GREENARD had 2 TFL & sack last week & has sack in 2 of past 3.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 21.6/25.6
PASSING Carson Wentz: 113-173-1,322-7-1-99.4
RUSHING Jonathan Taylor: 73-327-4.5-2
RECEIVING Michael Pittman: 29-368-12.7-1
QB CARSON WENTZ completed 25 of 35 passes (71.4 pct.) for career-high 402 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 128.5 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ comp. pct., 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 115+ rating. Has 280+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had season-high 169 scrimmage yards (career-high 116 rec., 53 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, 4th-career game with 2 TDs. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. Has 230 scrimmage yards (115 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush. 1 rec.) in 2 career games vs. Hou. RB MARLON MACK rushed for season-high 47 yards in Week 5. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 6 catches for 89 yards & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR ZACH PASCAL had 5 catches for 79 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. WR PARRIS CAMPBELL had 4 catches for season-high 46 rec. yards in Week 5. TE MO ALIE-COX had 50 rec. yards last week. • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with season-high 13 tackles & had FR last week. Aims for 4th in row with FR. Has PD in 3 of past 4. Had 15 tackles & FF in last meeting. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 vs. Hou. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had season-high 9 tackles last week. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Had 6 tackles, FR & PD in last meeting. DT TYQUAN LEWIS had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 5. Had 0.5 sacks in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely (field reporter) SIRIUS: 98 (Hou.), 111 (Ind.) | XM: 389 (Hou.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 813 (Ind.)
LOS ANGELES RAMS (4-1) AT NEW YORK GIANTS (1-4)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP
LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 27-16
STREAKS: Rams have won past 2
LAST GAME: 10/4/20: Giants 9 at Rams 17
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/5/17: Rams 51, Giants 17
PASSING Matthew Stafford: 117-172-1,587-12-3
RUSHING Darrell Henderson: 60-294-4.9-3
RECEIVING Cooper Kupp:37-523-14.1-5
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 365 yards & TD vs. INT for 97.2 rating in Week 5, his 52nd-career 300-yard game. Has 2+ TD passes in 4 of 5 starts in 2021. Aims for his 6th in row with LAR with 275+ pass yards. Passed for 342 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 129.4 rating in his last game vs. NYG (10/27/19 w/ Det.). • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 99 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 17 rec.) & 3rd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD & 5th in row overall with 80+ scrimmage yards. RB SONY MICHEL had 113 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 27 rec.) in only career game vs. NYG (10/10/19 w/ NE). • WR COOPER KUPP had 7 receptions & 92 rec. yards last week. Has 54 receptions (9 per game) & 649 rec. yards (108.2 per game) in his past 6 on road. Had 5 catches for 69 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ catches. WR ROBERT WOODS led team with 12 catches for 150 rec. yards in Week 5, his 7th-career game with 10+ receptions & 5th-career game with 150+ rec. yards. Has 10+ catches in 3 of his past 5 on road. Had 2 rec. TDs in last road meeting. TE TYLER HIGBEE has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. Had rec. TD in last road meeting. • DL AARON DONALD had sack, FF & FR in last road meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 on road. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TFL. CB JALEN RAMSEY aims for his 4th in row on road with PD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with TFL. LB LEONARD FLOYD has sack in 3 of his past 4. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. LB TROY REEDER aims for his 3rd in row on road with INT.
PASSING Daniel Jones: 101-157-1,282-4-1-95.6
RUSHING Daniel Jones (QB): 30-197-6.6-2
RECEIVING Kadarius Toney (R): 20-281-14.1-0
QB DANIEL JONES has 90+ rating in 4 of his past 5 home starts & aims for his 4th in row at home with 90+ rating. Ranks 3rd among QBs with 197 rush yards in 2021. Had 235 yards (190 pass, 45 rush) in last meeting. QB MIKE GLENNON completed 16 of 25 atts. (64 pct.) for 196 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. • RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 58 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 16 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5, his 3rd-career 2 TD game. • WR KADARIUS TONEY (rookie) set career-highs in receptions (10) & rec. yards (189) last week, the most rec. yards by a rookie since JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER (193 rec. yards on 10/29/17). Is 1 of 3 rookies (NAJEE HARRIS & JAYLEN WADDLE) with 10+ catches in single game in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR STERLING SHEPARD has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 5+ receptions. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 6 catches in last meeting. Had 70 rec. yards & TD catch in last home meeting. • DB LOGAN RYAN had 8 tackles last week & leads all DBs with 42 tackles in 2021. Aims for his 6th in row with 7+ tackles. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had PD in Week 5 & aims for his 7th in row with PD. Is 1 of 4 DBs with PD in each of 1st 5 games. Ranks 3rd among DBs with 70 PD since 2016. LB TAE CROWDER aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles. DL AUSTIN JOHNSON had 3rd sack of season & career-high 2 TFL in Week 5. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Rookie LB AZEEZ OJULARI aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (LAR), 81 (NYG) | XM: 385 (LAR), 226 (NYG) | SXM App: 818 (LAR), 823 (NYG)
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (2-3) AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL
LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 9-1
STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 7
LAST GAME: 10/2/17: Chiefs 29, Washington 20
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/8/13: Chiefs 45, Washington 10
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 30.8/32.6
PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 135-195-1,490-16 (1L)-6-106.1
RUSHING Clyde Edwards-Helaire: 65-304-4.7-0
RECEIVING Tyreek Hill: 37-516-13.9-4
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 272 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (JOE BURROW) with 2+ TD passes in 5 games this season. Aims for 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes & 4th in row on road with 3+ TD passes. Leads NFL with 16 TD passes this season. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with 45+ scrimmage yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with rush TD. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had 6 catches for 57 yards & TD last week. Had 7 catches for 111 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of past 4 on road. Has 70+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC East. Leads TEs with 30 catches this season. WR TYREEK HILL had 7 catches for 63 yards last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches in last meeting. Has 53 catches for 458 rec. yards (108.3 per game) & 11 TDs (10 rec., 1 rush) in his past 7 on road. Is only player in AFC with 500+ rec. yards (516) & 4+ rec. TDs (4) this season. WR MECOLE HARDMAN had career-high 9 catches for season-high 76 yards in Week 5. WR BYRON PRINGLE had 2nd TD catch of season last week. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 9 tackles & sack in his last game vs. Was. (11/18/18 w/ Hou.). Has 4 PD in his past 2 on road. CB L’JARIUS SNEED had TFL & PD last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Has sack in 2 of past 3 on road. Rookie LB NICK BOLTON had 6 tackles & career-high 2 TFL last week. Leads all rookies with 31 tackles. LB ANTHONY HITCHENS had career-high 15 tackles & 3 TFL in his last game vs. Was. (11/30/17 w/ Dal.).
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 24.6/31.0
PASSING Taylor Heinicke: 102-159-1,208-8-5-90.9
RUSHING Antonio Gibson: 79-313-4.0-3
RECEIVING Terry McLaurin: 29-400-13.8-3
QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 248 yards last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 starts. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 60 yards & had 2 rush TDs, his 3rd-career game with 2+ rush TDs. Aims for his 4th in row with TD & 7th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. RB J.D. MCKISSIC ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (93) & rec. yards (739) since 2020. McKissic (150 rec. yards) & Gibson (119) are 1 of 5 RB pairs with 100+ rec. yards each in 2021. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 4 catches & 46 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 4+ receptions. Has 60+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 7 at home & 6 of his past 7 vs. AFC. WR ADAM HUMPHRIES led team with season-high 73 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in his last game vs. KC (11/10/19 w/ Ten.). WR DEANDRE CARTER had career-high 73 scrimmage yards (62 rec., 11 rush) in Week 5. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES led team with 5 receptions last week, his 3rd-career 5+ catch game. • DE CHASE YOUNG had 1st sack & 1st FF of season in Week 5. Is 1 of 3 DL (AARON DONALD & DEMARCUS LAWRENCE) with 5+ FFs (5) since 2020. DE MONTEZ SWEAT has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. DT DARON PAYNE had 1st sack of season & 3rd-career FR last week. LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with 7 tackles & had 2nd-career INT in Week 5. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 6+ tackles. Rookie CB BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE aims for his 4th in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 99 (KC), 132 (Was.) | XM: 390 (KC), 232 (Was.) | SXM App: 815 (KC), 831 (Was.)
ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-0) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS
LEADER: Browns lead all-time series, 33-15-3
STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 4
LAST GAME: 12/15/19: Browns 24 at Cardinals 38
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/15: Cardinals 34, Browns 20
31.4/19.0 PTS. FOR/AGAINST
PASSING Kyler Murray: 124-165-1,512-10-4-113.0
RUSHING Chase Edmonds: 49-270-5.5-0
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 23-312-13.6-4
ARIZONA advanced to 5-0 for 1st time since 1974. • QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 239 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 104.1 rating in Week 5. Became 3rd QB (DREW BREES & HOFer PEYTON MANNING) with 1,500+ pass yards (1,512) & 75+ comp. pct. (75.2) in team’s 1st 5 games of season. Is 1 of 2 QBs (RUSSELL WILSON) with 90+ rating in 5 games in 2021. Aims for his 5th in row with 70+ comp. pct. Had 265 yards (219 pass, 56 rush) & TD vs. INT for 98.6 rating last meeting. • RB CHASE EDMONDS has 320 scrimmage yards (106.7 per game) in 3 road games in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMES CONNER ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 5 rush TDs. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ rush TDs & 4th in row overall with rush TD. Has 584 scrimmage yards (116.8 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 5 vs. Cle. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had season-high 87 rec. yards & 4th TD catch of season last week. Has 770 career catches, most ever by player prior to his 30th birthday. Rookie WR RONDALE MOORE had 97 scrimmage yards (59 rec., 38 rush) last week. WR A.J. GREEN has 5 rec. TDs in 7 career games at Cle. • LB CHANDLER JONES had sack in last meeting. Has 5 sacks, 2 FFs & FR in 3 road games in 2021. DE J.J. WATT had 2 TFL & PD last week. S BUDDA BAKER had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ISAIAH SIMMONS aims for his 4th in row on road with 6+ tackles. LB JORDAN HICKS aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 28.4/22.8
PASSING Baker Mayfield: 97-145-1,240-4-2-96.9
RUSHING Nick Chubb: 90-523-5.8-4
RECEIVING David Njoku (TE): 14-260-18.6-1
QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 23 of 33 passes (71.9 pct.) for 305 yards & season-high 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 122.5 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 0 INTs. Aims for 4th in row at home with 95+ rating. Completed 30 of 43 passes (69.8 pct.) for 247 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 90 rating in last meeting. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for season-high 161 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 148 scrimmage yards (127 rush, 21 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 517 scrimmage yards (129.3 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. NFC West. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 523 rush yards in 2021. RB KAREEM HUNT aims for 4th in row with 85+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 75+ scrimmage yards. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 5 rush TDs this season. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 8 catches for 66 yards in only career game vs. Az. (12/15/19 w/ NYG). Aims for his 5th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (70) in Week 5. TE DAVID NJOKU had 7 catches for career-high 149 yards & 1st TD of season last week. • DE MYLES GARRETT had sack & PD last week & aims for 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 4 sacks & 2 FFs in 3 career games vs. NFC West. Leads NFL with 7 sacks in 2021. DT MALIK MCDOWELL had 1st-career sack & FR in Week 5. CB GREEDY WILLIAMS led team with career-high 10 tackles & had 1st-career FF last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Az.), 81 (Cle.) | XM: 385 (Az.), 226 (Cle.) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 807 (Cle.)
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-2) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-2)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT
LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 66-53-2
STREAKS: Raiders have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Raiders 32 at Broncos 31
LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21
22.6/24.0 PTS. FOR/AGAINST
PASSING Derek Carr: 131-205-1,605-8-4-92.8
RUSHING Peyton Barber: 37-143-3.9-1
RECEIVING Darren Waller (TE): 28-319-11.4-2
QB DEREK CARR completed 22 of 35 passes (62.9 pct.) for 206 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 371 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 91 rating in last meeting. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4 vs. Den. • RB JOSH JACOBS had rush TD last week & has rush TD in 2 of his 3 games this season. Has 338 scrimmage yards (112.7 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 3 career games vs. Den. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with 2+ rush TDs. Has rush TD in 6 of his past 7 on road. RB KENYAN DRAKE had 141 scrimmage yards (120 rush, 21 rec.) in only career game vs. Den. (12/3/17 w/ Mia.). • TE DARREN WALLER had 4 catches for 45 yards last week. Had 9 catches for 117 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at Den. with 6+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 on road. Ranks 3rd among TEs in catches (28) & rec. yards (319) this season. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 6 catches for 56 yards last week & is only player in AFC with 5+ catches in 5 games this season. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. WR HENRY RUGGS aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE MAXX CROSBY aims for his 4th in row vs. Den. with sack. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 on road. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had 1st 2 sacks of season last week, 11th-career game with 2+ sacks. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN had 12 tackles in Week 5 & is only player in NFL with 10+ tackles in 5 games this season. Leads league with 60 tackles in 2021. Had 7 tackles & TFL in last meeting. LB CORY LITTLETON aims for 4th in row with 6+ tackles.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 20.4/15.2
PASSING Teddy Bridgewater: 104-149-1,180-7-1-106.1
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 60-282-4.7-2
RECEIVING Courtland Sutton: 25-377-15.1-1
QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 24 of 38 passes (63.2 pct.) for 288 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 92.9 rating last week. Has 90+ rating in 4 of 5 games this season. Has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 98 rating in 2 career starts vs. Raiders. Has 7 TDs (5 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 101.2 rating in his past 5 starts vs. AFC West. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 110 scrimmage yards (93 rush, 17 rec.) in last meeting. Has 1,011 scrimmage yards (101.1 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.) in 10 career games vs. Raiders. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 86 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 25 rec.) last week. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 247 rush yards this season. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 7 catches for 120 yards & TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of past 4. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Raiders & 7th in row overall vs. divison wih 50+ rec. yards. WR TIM PATRICK had 7 catches for 89 yards in Week 6. Has 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. WR KENDALL HINTON had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB VON MILLER has 0.5+ sacks in 4 of 5 games this season. Had sack in his last game vs. Raiders (12/19/19). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with sack. Aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. LB MALIK REED had sack & 1st FF of season last week. Has sack in 2 of past 3. S JUSTIN SIMMONS aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (LV), 83 (Den.) | XM: 383 (LV), 225 (Den.) | SXM App: 816 (LV), 809 (Den.)
DALLAS COWBOYS (4-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN
LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 7-6
STREAKS: Patriots have won past 6
LAST GAME: 11/24/19: Cowboys 9 at Patriots 13
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/24/19
34.0/23.4 PTS. FOR/AGAINST
PASSING Dak Prescott: 122-165-1,368-13-3-116.9
RUSHING Ezekiel Elliott: 85-452-5.3-5
Amari Cooper: 25-318-12.7-4
QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 302 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT & 116.9 rating last week. Is only QB with 4 games of 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 2021. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 4th in row with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 110 yards & had 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 5. Aims for his 4th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 5th in row with TD. Had 126 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 40 rec.) in last meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (8,848). RB TONY POLLARD had 103 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 5. Aims for his 5th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had team-high 84 rec. yards & 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 80+ rec. yards & 4th in row on road with 5+ receptions. WR AMARI COOPER aims for his 3rd game in row with rec. TD. Needs rec. TD to become 8th player ever with 5+ rec. TDs in each of 1st 7 seasons. TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 6 catches for 79 yards in Week 5. Has 6+ catches in 5 of his past 6. • CB TREVON DIGGS has league-high 6 INTs & became 3rd player in SB era to record INT in each of his team’s first 5 games. Rookie LB MICAH PARSONS had season-high 8 tackles in Week 5. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4. S JAYRON KEARSE has 5+ tackles in 11 of his past 12. CB ANTHONY BROWN had 1st-career INT-TD in Week 5. Aims for his 5th in row with PD.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 19.2/18.4
PASSING Mac Jones (R): 135-190-1,243-5-5-86.4
RUSHING Damien Harris: 63-230-3.7-2
RECEIVING Jakobi Meyers: 31-302-9.7-0
QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 23 of 30 atts. (76.7 pct.) for 231 yards & TD vs. INT for 95.3 rating. Has 135 career completions, tied with JOE BURROW (2020) for most by rookie QB in 1st 5 career starts in NFL history. Has 100+ rating in 2 of 3 home starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 270+ pass yards. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for 58 yards & had 2nd rush TD of season in Week 5. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 5 games in 2021. • TE HUNTER HENRY led team with 6 receptions for season-high 75 yards & rec. TD in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. Had 5 catches for 76 yards & rec. TD in his only career game vs. Dal. (11/23/17 w/ LAC). Is 1 of 4 AFC TEs with 20+ catches (20), 200+ rec. yards (216) & 2+ rec. TDs (2) in 2021. TE JONNU SMITH had rec. TD in only career game vs. Dal. (11/5/18 w/ Ten.). WR JAKOBI MEYERS had 56 rec. yards in Week 5. Had 74 rec. yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 5 AFC WRs with 30+ receptions (31) & 300+ rec. yards (302) this season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 8+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had 2 sacks & FR in Week 5, his 8th-career game with 2+ sacks. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 6.5 sacks & aims for his 5th in row with sack. LB JAMIE COLLINS had sack in NE season debut last week. Had 10 tackles & FF in last meeting. DB J.C. JACKSON aims for his 3rd in row with PD. DB KYLE DUGGER had team-high 10 tackles last week.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Dal.), 82 (NE) | XM: 384 (Dal.), 227 (NE) | SXM App: 808 (Dal.), 821 (NE)
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-3) AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-3)
SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // HEINZ FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH
LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 10-8
STREAKS: Seahawks have won past 2
LAST GAME: 9/15/19: Seahawks 28 at Steelers 26
LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/19
24.0/25.2 PTS. FOR/AGAINST
PASSING Geno Smith: 10-17-131-1-1-78.3
RUSHING Chris Carson: 54-232-4.3-3
QB GENO SMITH completed 10 of 17 atts. (58.8 pct.) for TD vs. INT & 78.3 rating & had 23 rush yards last week. Making 1st start since 12/3/17 w/ NYG. • RB CHRIS CARSON has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3. RB ALEX COLLINS had 72 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Pit. with TD. • WR DK METCALF had 5 catches for team-high 98 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week, his 4th-career 2-TD game. Had 61 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road & 4th in row overall with TD catch. WR TYLER LOCKETT had 5 catches & 57 rec. yards in Week 5. Had 10 catches for 79 rec. yards in last meeting. Metcalf (22 rec. TDs) & Lockett (21) are 1 of 2 pairs of teammates (TYREEK HILL & TRAVIS KELCE) with 20+ TD catches each since 2019. • LB BOBBY WAGNER leads NFC with 58 tackles in 2021. Has 19 tackles (9.5 per game), 2 PD & FF in 2 career games vs. Pit. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 7+ tackles & PD. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 10+ tackles. LB JORDYN BROOKS aims for his 8th in row with 7+ tackles. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had sack in last game vs. Pit. (11/24/19 w/ Cin.). DE DARRELL TAYLOR is 1 of 4 NFC DL with sack in 4 of 1st 5 weeks. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. S QUANDRE DIGGS aims for his 3rd in row with INT. S JAMAL ADAMS had 2 TFL in last meeting.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 18.8/22.4
PASSING Ben Roethlisberger: 124-195-1,286-6-4-84.3
RUSHING Najee Harris (R): 78-307-3.9-2
RECEIVING Chase Claypool: 20-341-17.1-1
QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 253 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 120.9 rating last week. Has 100+ rating in 2 of 3 career home starts vs. Sea. Has 3,894 pass yards (324.5 per game) & 30 TDs vs. 11 INTs for 102.3 rating in 12 career home starts on SNF. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 142 scrimmage yards (career high 122 rush, 20 rec.) & 2nd-career rush TD in Week 5. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD & 5th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Leads all rookies & ranks 2nd among NFL RBs in receptions (28). Leads all rookies in scrimmage yards (505). • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL led team with 5 receptions for career high 130 yards & rec. TD in Week 5, his 3rd-career 100-yard game & 10th-career TD catch. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 70+ rec. yards. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 72 rec. yards & 3rd TD catch of season last week. Has 8+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 70+ rec. yards. • LB T.J. WATT had sack & FF in last meeting. Has 8 sacks & 3 FFs in his past 6 at home. Since 2017, is 1 of 3 (AARON DONALD & CHANDLER JONES) with 50+ sacks (54.5) & 15+ FFs (19). LB DEVIN BUSH aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DT CAMERON HEYWARD had 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with TFL. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had season-high 10 tackles last week. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. CB JOE HADEN aims for his 3rd in row with PD.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Ryan Harris SIRIUS: 81 (Sea.), 211 (Pit.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Sea.), 225 (Pit.), National (88) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 826 (Pit.), National (88)
BUFFALO BILLS (4-1) AT TENNESSEE TITANS (3-2)
MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN
LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 28-17
STREAKS: Bills have won 3 of past 4
LAST GAME: 10/13/20: Titans 31 at Jaguars 10
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20
34.4 (1L) / 12.8 (1L) PTS. FOR/AGAINST
DEFENSE 251.8 (1L)
PASSING Josh Allen: 114-183-1,370-12-2-102.5
RUSHING Devin Singletary: 55-284-5.2-1
Stefon Diggs: 28-374-13.4-1
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 315 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 139.1 rating & rushed for 59 yards & TD last week, his 6th-career game with 3+ TD passes & rush TD, most in NFL since 2018. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has rush TD in 2 of past 3. Aims for 7th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Has passed for 695 yards (347.5 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 139.9 rating in 2 career games on MNF. • RB ZACK MOSS had career-high 92 scrimmage yards (career high 55 rec., 37 rush) last week. Has TD in 2 of past 3. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 69 rec. yards in Week 5 & is 1 of 3 in NFL (JUSTIN JEFFERSON & COOPER KUPP) with 60+ rec. yards in 5 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 3 on MNF. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 54 rec. yards & 2 TD catches last week. Has 2 rec. TDs in 2 of past 3. Has 50+ rec. yards in 4 of 5 games this season. Had 11 catches for 100 yards & TD in his last game at Ten. (12/11/16 w/ Den.). TE DAWSON KNOX had career high 117 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 5. Aims for 5th in row with rec. TD, longest active streak in NFL. Leads all TEs with 5 rec. TDs this season. • S MICAH HYDE had 26-yard INT-TD last week, 1st-career TD. Aims for 4th in row with INT. CB TARON JOHNSON had career high 12 tackles last week. Rookie DE GREGORY ROUSSEAU had sack & 1st-career INT in Week 5. Only rookie with INT & sack in single game this season. Aims for 3rd in row on road with sack.
PTS. FOR/AGAINST 26.4/26.0
PASSING Ryan Tannehill: 110-173-1,251-6-3-89.5
RUSHING Derrick Henry: 142-640 (1L)-4.5-7 (1L)
RECEIVING Julio Jones: 12-204-17.0-0
QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 197 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for season-high 107.6 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 0 INTs. Completed 21 of 28 passes (75 pct.) for 195 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.3 rating & rushed for 42 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. Buf. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 130 yards & 3 TDs last week, 5th-career game with 100+ rush yards & 3+ rush TDs, tied for 3rd-most by player in 1st 6 seasons in SB era. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rush yards, longest active streak in NFL. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Buf. with rush TD. Leads NFL in scrimmage yards (765), rush yards (640) & rush TDs (7). • WR A.J. BROWN had 7 catches for 82 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. WR JULIO JONES has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on MNF. WR MARCUS JOHNSON led team with 52 rec. yards in Ten. debut last week. TE MYCOLE PRUITT had 5th-career TD catch in Week 5. • S KEVIN BYARD had season-high 10 tackles, 2 PD, INT & FR last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles & PD. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with PD. Has INT in 2 of past 3 at home. LB HAROLD LANDRY led team with 2 sacks last week, 2nd-career game with 2 sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles, 2+ TFL & sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with sack. Has 3 TFL in 3 career games on MNF. LB DAVID LONG tied career high with 12 tackles & had TFL in Week 5. Has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had FF in last meeting.
ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:20 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Ron Jaworski SIRIUS: 81 (Buf.), 83 (Ten.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Buf.), 225 (Ten.), National (88) | SXM App: 803 (Buf.), 830 (Ten.), National (88)
INDIANA FOOTBALL: Game Notes: Michigan State
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program returns home after a three-week hiatus to No. 10/9 Michigan State on Homecoming on Saturday (October 16) inside Memorial Stadium . The Hoosiers and Spartans will battle for the Old Brass Spittoon at Noon ET on FS1.
No. 10/9 MICHIGAN STATE (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten)
Saturday, Oct. 16 | Noon ET
TV: FS1 | RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network
Setting The Scene
• Indiana (2-3, 0-2 B1G East) welcomes No. 10/9 Michigan State (6-0, 3-0 B1G East) for IU’s 108th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 16. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on FS1.
• The Hoosiers own a 45-56-6 record on Homecoming.
• Indiana will host Michigan State for the ninth time on Homecoming and for the first time since 2014.
• The Old Brass Spittoon has been awarded to the IU-MSU victor since its inception in 1950.
• Last season the Hoosiers blanked the Spartans, 24-0, for their first win in East Lansing since 2001.
• The 24-point victory was the largest margin for Indiana at Michigan State in the history of the rivalry.
• IU is currently in possession of both of its rivalry trophies, the Old Brass Spittoon and the Old Oaken Bucket.
• The Spartans are the Hoosiers fourth ranked opponent and third Top-10 foe in six games.
• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-25 (.510) in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 16)
• Mel Tucker is 8-5 (.615) in his second season at Michigan State. Tucker served as Colorado head coach in 2019 and carries an overall record of 13-12 (.520).
News & Notes
• Indiana is 16-10 overall and 11-7 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019.
• IU’s 16 wins share sixth and 11 victories share fourth in the B1G during that span.
• The Hoosiers have won 11 of their last 16 league games.
• Indiana was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969.
• IU appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11th-straight week, a program record.
• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.
• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.
• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
• Indiana’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).
• IU has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.
• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).
PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS IOWA
WEST LAFAYETTE – After an off weekend to stand with a 3-2 overall record and 1-1 mark in Big Ten Conference action, Purdue Football is back to it with a big-time road matchup at No. 2-ranked Iowa (6-0, 3-0), at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 16, is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The game serves as the latest road test against a ranked opponent for the Boilermakers.
MORE ON SATURDAY’S MATCHUP
- Saturday’s Purdue-Iowa game puts the Boilermakers on the field against a Big Ten Conference West Division opponent they’ve seen positive results against, recently. Purdue is 3-1 against Iowa under head coach Jeff Brohm‘s leadership, including last year’s 24-20 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium (Oct. 24, 2020) to begin the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 season.
- Coach Brohm missed the Iowa game last season due to a positive COVID-19 test. Offensive coordinator Brian Brohm served as acting head coach for the win.
- Purdue and head coach Jeff Brohm battled, but ultimately yielded a 27-13 result at No. 12 Notre Dame (Sept. 18) earlier this season. Saturday’s matchup against the second-ranked Hawkeyes marks the 11th game against a ranked opponent under Brohm’s watch. Purdue is 3-7 against Top 25 teams since 2017.
- The Boilermakers are 5-10 all-time against opponents ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
PURDUE-IOWA SERIES HISTORY
- Purdue is 49-39-2 all-time against Iowa in a series that dates back to 1910. The Boilermakers have seven regularly scheduled opponents with earlier first meetings than 1910: Illinois (1890), Michigan (1890), Indiana (1891), Wisconsin (1892), Minnesota (1894), Northwestern (1895) and Notre Dame (1896).
- The last three matchups in the series have been decided by one score, with Purdue coming out victorious in two of those three games.
- In West Lafayette, Purdue holds a 29-17-1 series advantage over the Hawkeyes. On road trips to Iowa, the Boilermakers hold a nearly even 20-22-2 record. Since 2012, Purdue has gone 2-2 inside Kinnick Stadium.
- Junior WR David Bell crossed the milestone 2,000-yard barrier in receiving production for his Purdue career with his efforts against Minnesota (Oct. 2), hauling in six catches for 120 yards to bring his career totals to 166 receptions and 2,099 receiving yards.
- Bell is the 12th 2,000-yard receiver in school history and the fastest Boilermaker to crack the mark (22 games). He is the first to do so since WR Greg Orton during the 2008 season. Orton finished his career (2005-08) with 2,356 receiving yards.
- Notable Purdue receivers who Bell beat to the 2,000-yard mark include: Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04), 27 games; Dorien Bryant (2004-07), 29 games; John Standeford (2000-03), 31 games. Bell’s career (22 games) currently averages out to 95.4 receiving yards per game.
- Bell is also the fastest active FBS receiver to crack 2,000 receiving yards. Western Kentucky’s Ben Ratzlaff (20 career games) would pose a slight threat to accomplish the feat in 22 games if he were to produce 433 receiving yards in the Hilltoppers’ next two contests.
HELLO, NUMBER TWO
- The aforementioned 5-10 all-time record against No. 2-ranked opponents should ring an immediate bell for Purdue Football fans.
- The last time Purdue took on the nation’s No. 2 team was a night to remember at Ross-Ade Stadium, as the Boilermakers took down No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20, on Oct. 20, 2018. In other recent history, the Boilermakers battled at No. 2-ranked Michigan State (Oct. 3, 2015), but ultimately fell, 24-21, during the 2015 season.
RING THE BELL
- We need to talk about David Bell. The junior WR from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 13 of his 22 career games at Purdue.
- Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). No. 10 Notre Dame (Sept. 18) held Bell seven catches and 64 receiving yards.
- Bell missed the Minnesota (Oct. 2) game due to being in concussion protocol after taking a hit to his upper body in the second half at Notre Dame (Sept. 18).
- The Boilermaker star ranks seventh nationally in receiving yards per game (109.8), and first in the Big Ten Conference.
- For his career, Bell is averaging 7.6 catches per game, 95.4 yards per game and 0.8 touchdown receptions per game. His 95.4 receiving yards per game is No. 1 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.6 receptions per game is currently the second-most for an active NCAA career, only trailing Western Kentucky’s Jerreth Sterns (8.6).
- The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).
- In the win at UConn (Sept. 11), Bell scored on an electric 59-yard catch and dash to the end zone, weaving through Huskies and diving to the goal line. The snag was the second-longest catch of his Purdue career, with the longest being an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5).
WE HAVE LIFT OFF
- Fifth-year senior QB Aidan O’Connell threw for an outstanding 357 yards on 33-51-1 passing, including one touchdown toss, in the setback to Minnesota (Oct. 2). The effort was the third 300-yard passing game for O’Connell in his Boilermaker career.
- For O’Connell, 357 yards would seem like a career-best type of performance, but the Boilermaker signal caller actually threw for a career-high 408 yards (28-49-1) and three touchdowns vs. Indiana to close the 2019 season (Nov. 30, 2019).
- With five career 300-yard passing games, junior QB Jack Plummer is tied for No. 8 in program history with Billy Dicken.
- The effort was the 19th 300-yard passing performance during head coach Jeff Brohm‘s tenure with the Boilermakers.
300-YARD PASSING GAMES UNDER BROHM
A SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER
- Head coach Jeff Brohm guided the Boilermakers to their best season start since 2012. Purdue’s 3-1 start matched the school’s 2012 group and was the best since Purdue’s 5-0 start to the 2007 season.
- The 2012 squad, led by former head coach Danny Hope, started 3-1 on the year with wins over Eastern Kentucky (48-6, Sept. 1, 2012), Eastern Michigan (54-16, Sept. 15, 2012) and Marshall (51-41, Sept. 29, 2012).
Bucks sign general manager Jon Horst to contract extension
MILWAUKEE (AP) Bucks general manager Jon Horst has signed a multi-year contract extension after helping Milwaukee win its first NBA title in a half-century.
The move comes less than two months after the Bucks signed coach Mike Budenholzer to an extension. Milwaukee won the NBA Finals over the Phoenix Suns in six games to win its first championship since 1971.
“I am blessed and excited to continue with the Bucks,” Horst said Friday.
Horst has worked as Milwaukee’s general manager since 2017. His notable moves have included the hiring of Budenholzer in 2018 and the acquisition of guard Jrue Holiday last year.
He was named the NBA’s executive of the year in 2019.
“Jon’s preparedness, decision-making and leadership have been instrumental in the Bucks’ success during his tenure, and he has earned this extension,” Bucks owners Marc Lasry, Wes Edens and Jamie Dinan said in a statement.
Horst is entering his 14th season with the Bucks. He arrived in Milwaukee as director of basketball operations in 2008 before eventually getting promoted to general manager.
Right on Cue: NBA finds high-tech option for virus testing
(AP) — If so inclined, an NBA player could now test himself for the coronavirus and get results on his phone in no more than 20 minutes.
And the league is convinced those tests are both fast enough and accurate enough.
It’s a high-tech answer to the issue of waiting for test results. The NBA has partnered with a company called Cue Health, which is providing the league with technology that allows anyone to essentially test themselves for COVID-19. A person applies the swab to the inside of their nose, places it in a reader – roughly the size of two decks of cards – connected wirelessly to their smartphone and gets the results back much faster than most other alternatives can deliver.
The NBA, based on a study done by the Mayo Clinic, says the tests are right 97.8% of the time. Cue was in the process of using the technology for flu tests when the pandemic began, then pivoted quickly when the scope of the world’s global fight against the coronavirus became clear.
“We were in clinical studies when COVID hit,” Cue CEO and co-founder Ayub Khattak said. “It was a pretty quick transition for us because the platform is really modular, so making COVID-19 tests was relatively routine for us.”
Testing results last season, in some cases, kept NBA teams and players waiting for hours.
The relationship with Cue and the league has now touched parts of three seasons. It essentially began when the league was assembling plans for the NBA’s restart bubble to finish the 2019-20 season, and the technology has only continued evolving since. The test is of the molecular diagnostic variety and is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration.
“We have great experience with the Cue test and are confident in its effectiveness to identify cases when testing is necessary in our highly vaccinated population,” said Jimmie Mancell, the team physician for the Memphis Grizzlies and vice president of the NBA Physician’s Association. “The Cue test’s accuracy is more than acceptable for point of care screening, as no test is 100% accurate. If clinical suspicion remains high, we are capable of validating the results with additional testing.”
For now, it doesn’t seem likely that many in the NBA will have to use the Cue test on a regular basis.
Those who are fully vaccinated will not be tested regularly; only the players who are unvaccinated – roughly 4% of the league, or basically one per team on average – will be subject to taking the tests on practice, meeting and travel days. Game-day clearance for those players will still require a conventional PCR test.
South Carolina awards Staley 7-year, $22.4 million contract
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Dawn Staley and South Carolina have agreed to a new, seven-year contract that will pay her $2.9 million this season and grow to $3.5 million in the final season.
The school’s Board of Trustees approved the deal worth $22.4 million on Friday to keep the national championship coach with the Gamecocks through the 2027-28 season.
The school said in a statement the new deal makes Staley the highest-paid Black coaches in women’s basketball and one of the highest paid coaches in the sport.
Staley’s salary is the highest in the Southeastern Conference, surpassing newly hired LSU coach Kim Mulkey, who will make $2.5 million in her first year with the Tigers.
Staley was set to make $2.1 million this season under her old contract.
She’ll receive a base salary of $1 million a year over the life of the deal with her guaranteed outside compensation starting at $1.9 million this season and growing by $100,000 each subsequent year.
Staley can also earn up to $680,000 in incentive bonuses. The school would owe Staley $3 million if it terminated her without cause this season, an amount that falls to $250,000 by the end of the deal.
Staley would pay the university $5 million if she left on her own this season. That amount falls to $2 million by the contract’s end on April 15, 2028.
Staley “has built our women’s basketball program from the ground up, and her teams have produced champions, both on and off the floor,” South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said in a statement. “The ability to keep Coach Staley at the University of South Carolina is great news for all Gamecocks.”
Staley arrived at South Carolina in the 2008-09 season after coaching at Temple and built a program that won the national title in 2017.
The Gamecocks have won five SEC regular-season titles and six league tournament crowns. They reached the Final Four at the NCAA Tournament this past spring before falling to Stanford in the national semifinals.
In the offseason, Staley led the United States’ women’s basketball team to a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
And the Gamecocks are expected to have another strong season, adding the No. 1-ranked recruiting class to the team featuring all-SEC players Aliyah Boston and Zia Cooke.
“Contract negotiations are challenging, but this one was especially important as I knew it could be a benchmark, an example for other universities to invest in their women’s basketball programs, too,” Staley said. “Our game continues to grow and the time is ripe to make a big step forward, but only if universities foster that growth by committing resources that are equitable to those given to their men’s programs.”
Bruins sign D McAvoy to 8-year, $76 million extension
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins signed Charlie McAvoy to a contract extension on Friday, securing their No. 1 defenseman for eight more years at a cost of $76 million.
The 23-year-old McAvoy was fifth in Norris Trophy voting last year. He had five goals and 25 assists in 51 games last season and led all Bruins defensemen with a plus-22 rating. In the playoffs, he had 12 points in 11 games.
The 2016 first-round draft pick has 24 goals and 98 assists in 235 regular-season games, to go along with another 32 points in 65 playoff appearances. He is plus-80 for his career – second among all NHL defenseman since he entered the league in 2017.
The Bruins open their season on Saturday night against the Dallas Stars.
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The Pacers got their final practice run in before the real thing on Friday night, hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse for the fourth and final game of the preseason.
Indiana’s starters played two quarters, then sat out the second half in a 110-94 loss to the Cavs.
Third-year center Goga Bitadze led the Blue & Gold with a team-high 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting (4-of-7 from 3-point range), six rebounds, and three blocks in the win.
“I really liked the way Goga played. He was aggressive, he was forceful, he was a factor at both ends,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said after the game. “He stepped into his shots with decisiveness and aggression and he protected the rim and rebounded.”
Rookie Isaiah Jackson also impressed at times, finishing with 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting (2-of-4 from 3-point range), three rebounds, two steals, and a block.
Two-time All-Star Domantas Sabonis tallied 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting, six rebounds, and three assists in 18 first-half minutes. Fellow big man Myles Turner added 10 points and three boards in 15 minutes.
Indiana was already without six key pieces heading into Friday’s final exhibition. Veteran guard Jeremy Lamb (sore right wrist) was ruled out in the hours before the game, joining Malcolm Brogdon (left shoulder sprain), Justin Holiday (sprained left ankle), Caris LeVert (sore lower back), Kelan Martin (strained left hamstring), and T.J. Warren (left toe fracture) on the sidelines.
Lamb and Brogdon appear on track to be back for next week’s season opener, but the status of the others is less certain (save for Warren, who remains out indefinitely).
The Pacers jumped out to an early 6-2 lead thanks to a pair of Torrey Craig layups and led 13-10 following Turner’s 3-pointer with 7:16 remaining. But the Cavaliers surged ahead from there, hitting three threes during an 11-0 run over the next three minutes.
The visitors maintained the advantage for the rest of the opening frame. Despite seven points from Turner and six from Sabonis, Indiana trailed the Cavs after one, 35-26.
The Pacers made a small surge early in the second quarter thanks to their two first-round picks. Chris Duarte drained a step-back three and then Jackson threw down off an alley-oop from Sabonis to trim the margin to seven with just under nine minutes remaining in the first half. But the Cavs held Indiana without a point for just under three minutes and pushed the lead back to 13.
The Blue & Gold had another mini-run later in the frame, as Duarte drilled another three and then T.J. McConnell dished to Craig for a dunk that trimmed the margin to 51-43 with 3:15 remaining. But again, the Cavs answered, this time with a Mitch Ballock trey and Lamar Stevens layup to push the lead back to 13, a margin they maintained entering the intermission with a 60-47 lead.
Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle opted to sit his starters in the second half, shutting them down with the regular-season opener looming in five days.
Bitadze provided an early spark for Indiana’s reserves, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the second half.
“It felt great obviously to finally make some shots,” Bitadze said. “Just got to stay consistent with workouts and just believing in your shot, which is hard when you’re not playing and you see shots miss. You’ve just got to keep working and stay ready.”
But the Pacers went the next 4:48 without a point, as Cleveland reeled off 10 unanswered points to push its lead to 22. Cedi Osman hit two 3-pointers in that sequence and three in the first five minutes of the half to help the Cavs break the game open.
Cleveland led 83-67 after three quarters and the Pacers never seriously threatened in the fourth quarter as both teams went deep into their benches down the stretch.
Osman had a team-high 14 points for Cleveland, going 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Dean Wade added 12 points and seven rebounds, while Ballock also scored 12.
The Pacers will open the 2021-22 season on Wednesday night in Charlotte and then visit Washington on Friday to close out their first road trip of the year. The Pacers will host the Miami Heat at the Fieldhouse on Saturday, Oct. 23 for Opening Night presented by Gainbridge.
Inside the Numbers
The Pacers shot just 41 percent from the field, while Cleveland converted 52.5 percent of its shots.
Jackson reached double figures for the first time this preseason.
Indiana forced the Cavs into 19 turnovers, but the Pacers had 17 giveaways themselves.
All 14 active players saw the floor for the Pacers on Friday, with all but Terry Taylor (5:12) logging 12 or more minutes.
Two-way guard Duane Washington had eight points and five assists in 19:21, while fellow two-way guard DeJon Jarreau tallied seven points, three rebounds, and three assists in 12 minutes of action.
You Can Quote Me On That
“Confidence booster for him. I think that you can practice it all you want, but to actually execute in a game, it does nothing but bode well for your confidence, especially the last game of the preseason. It will hopefully build some positive momentum for him.” -Turner on Bitadze’s big night
“Definitely it’s hard, I’m not going to lie, when you don’t know when you’re going to get in the game. But you’ve got to stay professional. It’s the NBA. Whenever you get a chance, you’ve got to stay ready.” -Bitadze on having limited playing time in the preseason prior to Friday
“We’ve got four guys that are very good players. Really, all of them are young. The oldest guy is 25, Domas and Myles are 25 years old. I was a rookie in the NBA when I was 25. Isaiah is 19, Goga’s 22…these guys are exciting young players. We have a great luxury there. We have a lot of depth and we know they’re all ready.” -Carlisle on the Pacers’ big men
“I love it. This is as involved as I’ve ever been. I’m happy with it so far. I know we still have a ways to go, but from the preliminary stuff, I like what he’s put in…From a personal standpoint, I feel like I have more opportunities to be aggressive. I’m more involved and I’m encouraged to go out there and shoot the ball.” -Turner on Carlisle’s offense
Stat of the Night
All of Bitadze’s 18 points came in the second half. His four 3-pointers over the final two quarters were one more than his career high for a game (he made three threes at Utah on April 16 of last season).
- The Pacers went 2-2 in the preseason, picking up wins at Cleveland on Oct. 8 and on Wednesday against Memphis and dropping their opener in New York on Oct. 5.
- Duarte failed to score in double figures for the first time this preseason, tallying eight points on 3-of-9 shooting in 16:36 in the first half.
- Cleveland was without starting guard Collin Sexton (right shoulder sprain) and Indianapolis native Dylan Windler (sore right hip).
The Pacers open the regular season in Charlotte against Gordon Hayward and the Hornets on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 PM ET.
Indiana Dominates Michigan State 5-0 in Record-Setting Fashion
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Field Hockey team obliterated Michigan State 5-0 on Friday afternoon, setting a number of program records along the way. This win sets IU one step closer to securing a bid to next month’s Big Ten Tournament in Piscataway.
With the victory, IU moves to 8-7 (2-4) while the Spartans fall to 7-4 (0-4) on the season.
• Indiana came out on the front foot, earning two penalty corners within the first minute.
• On the seventh shot of the afternoon, IU finally found the back of the net. Sophomore forward Anna Gwiazdzinski tapped a deflected ball out of midair into the goal to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead.
• In the second period, freshman midfielder Kira Curland put three-straight shots on frame before finally scoring on the third to give IU a 2-0 lead at the break.
• Just one minute into the second half, IU’s intensity gave Michigan State struggles once again. Senior forward Hailey Couch tapped in a cross from freshman forward Kayla Kiwak to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
• Freshman goalie Arabella Loveridge made a crucial save with her right pad to preserve the clean sheet.
• Senior midfielder Peyton Becker and sophomore forward Meghan Dillon scored just moments apart in the fourth period to deal the final blow to Sparty on the afternoon.
• IU pounded 30 shots on the afternoon including 18 on frame.
• Curland scored her sixth goal of the season, tying her for the most goals by a freshman in the Big Ten with six. Curland also recorded eight shots on the afternoon.
• Becker’s goal was the first of her season and second of her career. She marks the 12th IU player to grab a goal this year.
• Couch scored her 13th-career goal, bringing her into 21st on the all-time goals list in Hoosier-program history.
• Loveridge’s shutout was the fifth of the season for her.
• Today’s clean sheet was the sixth of the season for IU, setting a new-program record for the Hoosiers.
• IU’s 5-0 victory over Michigan State was the biggest-conference win in program history. It also tied the record for most goals scored against a Big Ten opponent.
• IU continues the homestand Sunday afternoon for a matchup with the No. 2 Michigan Wolverines.
Cross Country Completes Last Regular Season Meet On Friday
MADISON, Wisc. – Indiana Cross Country completed its final regular season meet on Friday afternoon. For the second meet in a row, Sarah Schmitt and Arjun Jha led the way for the Hoosiers at the Nuttycombe Invitational.
Iowa State took the championship 8k men’s team title with 88 points while the Indiana men garnered 21st place, recording 479 points. New Mexico was the championship women’s 6k team winner on Friday afternoon with 93 points. As a team, the Hoosier women finished in 26th overall and tallied X points.
Arjun Jha led the way for the Indiana men with a 25th place finish and a time of 23:49.7. Ben Veatch placed in the top-100 in 91st and secured a time of 24:26.9.
Jake Gebhardt crossed the finish line in a time of 24:36.5 to place 115th. Gabriel Sanchez finished right behind Gebhardt in 116th and saw a time of 24:36.8. Austin Haskett picked up a time of 24:44.4 to place 136th. Skylar Stidam was next across in 157th and nabbed a time of 25:00.3. Rounding out the field, Dustin Horter completed the 8k in a time of 25:20.0 to finish in 192nd.
Sarah Schmitt led the Indiana women for the second meet in a row with a time of 21:16.7 to place 96th overall. Mariah Wehrle was the next Hoosier across the line as she finished in 119th and clocked a time of 21:25.8. Maddie Dalton crossed in a time of 21:47.0 to place 164th followed by Hannah Stoffel in 176th who notched a time of 21:50.1.
Gracie Sprankle picked up a time of 233rd and saw a time of 22:35.0. Ana Barrott finished two spots behind in 235th while also garnering a time of 22:37.6. Lauryn Mick rounded out the field of eight Indiana runners with a 261st finish and a time of 23:28.2.
Indiana Men— 21st (479 Points)
Arjun Jha – 23:49.7 (25th)
Ben Veatch – 24:26.9 (91st)
Jake Gebhardt – 24:36.5 (115th)
Gabriel Sanchez – 24:36.8 (116th)
Austin Haskett – 24:44.4 (136th)
Skylar Stidam – 25:00.3 (157th)
Dustin Horter – 25:20.0 (182nd)
Indiana Women – 26th (676 Points)
Sarah Schmitt – 21:16.7 (96th)
Mariah Wehrle – 21:25.8 (119th)
Mikaela Ramirez – 21:29.1 (129th)
Maddie Dalton – 21:47.0 (164th)
Hannah Stoffel – 21:50.1 (176th)
Gracie Sprankle – 22:35.0 (233rd)
Ana Barrott – 22:37.6 (235th)
Lauryn Mick – 23:28.2 (261st)
No. 5/11 Indiana Visits No. 24/16 Northwestern
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 5/11 Indiana swimming and diving faces ranked opponent No. 24/16 Northwestern in the first Big Ten Conference dual meet for both squads. Coming off three wins in its opening meet, IU will look to keep its early momentum going on the road Saturday (Oct. 16) when they visit the Wildcats inside Norris Aquatics Center.
“Northwestern poses a very stiff test for our first Big Ten Conference dual meet the season,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “They are particularly strong protecting their home pool. It has been many years since we have competed in Evanston, and we look forward to the challenge.”
“We are looking forward to the competition with Northwestern this weekend,” Indiana head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “We have three freshmen competing on the men’s side and six of our veteran women heading to Chicago. The team has already qualified six divers for the postseason, and we are focused on adding more this weekend as we take on Northwestern.”
Saturday, Oct. 16 | 11 a.m. ET
Norris Aquatics Center • Evanston, Ill.
Opponents: (M) No. 24 Northwestern; (W) No. 16 Northwestern
Live Results: https://bit.ly/30tPt9i
200 Medley Relay, 3-meter dive, 1,000 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 50 Freestyle, 1-meter dive, 100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 200 Breaststroke, 500 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 200 IM, 400 Freestyle Relay
HOOSIERS COMPETE FOR U.S. NATIONAL TEAM
The IU swimming and diving program sent 13 current, former, and Indiana Swim Club trainees, and two coaches to the Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo. The athletes returned with 11 medals. Three Hoosier Olympians, Michael Brinegar, Andrew Capobianco and Tomer Frankel, are on the roster for the 2021-22 campaign. Capobianco earned silver in the 3M Synchro Springboard.
Five athletes with Indiana ties were named to the 2021-22 U.S. National Team roster: Zach Apple, Michael Brinegar, Blake Pieroni, Lilly King and Annie Lazor.
Last weekend (Oct. 8-10), three IU student-athletes excelled in Team USA events. Freshman diver Carson Tyler won two gold and one silver medal to help USA Diving win its first Pan American Diving Championship since 2011. Then, Brinegar and freshman Mariah Denigan each placed top-3 at the Las Vegas Open Water Championships, qualifying both for the 2021-22 U.S. Open Water National Team.
LAST TIME OUT: IUSD OPENS SEASON WITH THREE WINS
In its first meet of the 2021-22 season, Indiana came away with three wins against reigning SEC Champion Kentucky and Indiana State at home in Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center on October 6. The IU men won every race to defeat Kentucky, 171-115, as the women’s team pulled out a 162-138 win over Kentucky and a dominant 253-47 performance over ISU.
Both Indiana teams dominated the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay. The men’s quartet of Rafael Miroslaw, Jack Franzman, Van Mathias and Tomer Frankel posted a 2:56.44, the top time in the country. For the women, Anna Peplowski, Ashley Turak, Ella Ristic and Elizabeth Broshears finished in 3:21.59, the nation’s second-best mark.
Three IU swimmers and six divers qualified for postseason in the season-opening meet. Four of those divers, Andrew Capobianco, Quinn Henninger, Tarrin Gilliland and Anne Fowler, qualified in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
Senior Gabriel Fantoni and Miroslaw each won three races to lead IU. Fantoni’s 46.43 time in the 100-Yard Backstroke is the nation’s fastest to-date.
Purdue Mourns the Passing of Otis Armstrong
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -Purdue Football mourns the passing of First Team All-American and 1972 Big Ten Conference Most Valuable Player Otis Armstrong at age 70. He was surrounded by his family when he passed Wednesday (Oct. 13, 2021).
Nearly 50 years after his final game at Purdue, Armstrong remains one of the best running backs to ever wear the Old Gold and Black. The Chicago native amassed 3,315 rushing yards over three seasons from 1970-72 in West Lafayette, still good for third in program history. He holds the program all-time mark for rush attempts in a career with 670 carries to average nearly five yards per rush.
His 276-yard performance on the ground against Indiana on Nov. 25, 1972, remains the greatest single-game rushing total by a Boilermaker.
Following a standout collegiate career that would earn him entry into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012, Armstrong was drafted ninth overall in the 1973 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
Over an eight-year career with Denver, Armstrong was named a Pro Bowler twice and First Team All-Pro in 1974. He picked up 4,453 rushing yards and 25 scoring carries to go with 1,302 receiving yards on 131 career receptions from 1973-80.
In 1974, Armstrong led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,407 and yards per carry with 5.3 to earn All-Pro honors. His rushing total stood as a franchise record for more than 20 years, and he currently ranks fourth in Bronco’s history in rushing yards and attempts.
Armstrong was inducted to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2014, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and the Purdue Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997. He also was named a member of Purdue’s all-time team in 1987.
Armstrong’s family has asked that all cards be sent to Fairmount Mortuary, 430 S. Quebec Street, Denver, CO 80247. In lieu of flowers, they have requested donations to the Otis Armstrong Scholarship Fund to honor Armstrong’s memory. To donate, text GIVE to 312-809-5226.
Butler VB Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker to Villanova
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team dropped a heartbreaking five-set match to Villanova (16-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 15-9) Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs (9-11, 3-4 BIG EAST) fell to the Wildcats (11-8, 3-4) for the second time this season. They will be back at it Saturday afternoon against Georgetown.
Set 1: Butler 25-16
After a 3-0 Bulldogs run on kills by Melody Davidson and Destiny Cherry followed by an ace from Jaymeson Kinley, the Wildcats responded with a 4-0 run to go up 7-6. Later kills by Davidson, Mariah Grunze and Amina Shackelford comprised a 4-0 Butler run to put the Bulldogs back on top 15-13. After a Villanova point, the trio of Davidson, Grunze and Shackelford again recorded one kill each as part of a 6-0 run to give Butler a commanding 21-14 lead, and the Bulldogs would cruise from there. Davidson and Grunze led Butler with four kills, while Marissa McKelvey added seven digs and five assists in the opening frame.
Set 2: Villanova 25-20
The Wildcats got out to an 11-4 lead and would extend the lead to as much as 11 at 20-9 and 21-10. Butler responded with a 5-0 run on Caroline Cleveland’s serve, including back-to-back aces from her, to get back to within 21-15. The Bulldogs climbed back to a four-point deficit on Davidson’s kill to make it 24-20, but Villanova clinched the set on the next point. Grunze led Butler with four kills in the second frame.
Set 3: Butler 25-23
The Bulldogs started with a 5-2 lead thanks to three Davidson kills, but the Wildcats responded with a 5-0 run. The two teams subsequently traded 4-0 runs to put Villanova on top 11-9. Two Brittany Robinson kills and one from Grunze helped Butler regain the advantage at 14-12. The Wildcats put together a strong stretch and regained the lead at 21-18, but a 3-0 Bulldog run tied it, and then they took 4 of the next 5 points to clinch the set. Davidson led Butler with five kills in the frame.
Set 4: Villanova 25-21
Consecutive Grunze kills followed by one from Davidson put the Bulldogs ahead 3-1 early. A later 4-0 Villanova run put the Wildcats ahead 12-9, and Butler quickly responded to tie it at 14-14. However, Villanova took 9 of the next 11 points to build a 23-17 lead. Butler fended off three straight set points to get within three at 24-21, but Villanova clinched the set on a Riley Homer kill to even up the match at two sets each. Davidson and Grunze each had five kills in the fourth frame to pace the Bulldog offense.
Set 5: Villanova 15-9
Villanova started fast for a 6-1 lead, but the Bulldogs slowly climbed back into the game with a 3-0 run cutting the deficit to three at 12-9. The Wildcats would put away the match by winning the final three points. Megan Sheridan came off the bench to provide a spark with four straight Butler points on her kills midway through the fifth and final frame.
Stat of the Match
Butler (.202) and Villanova (.205) had almost even hitting percentages in the closely contested match.
Inside the Box Score
– Grunze tied a career high with 18 kills and added seven digs, an assist and a block.
– Davidson tallied 17 kills, two digs and a block assist.
– Cherry put down a career-best five kills and contributed a block assist.
– McKelvey had a double-double with 28 assists and 14 digs.
– Cleveland tied her season-high of 13 digs while serving up two aces.
The Bulldogs play Georgetown at Hinkle on Saturday at 4 p.m. to wrap up the weekend.
Butler MBB Blue-White Scrimmage Scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23
Fans will be able to get their first look at the 2021-22 Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 23 when Butler hosts a men’s basketball blue-white scrimmage.
The event is free and open to the public, leading into the Butler Football game that afternoon.
Coach LaVall Jordan’s Bulldogs will scrimmage from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Fans should enter Hinkle Fieldhouse via Gate 1. At 11:30 a.m., fans will be able to enter the main arena. Parking will be available on the Hinkle Fieldhouse main lot or the Sunset Avenue Parking Garage (event rates will apply).
Fans are encouraged to stay for the Butler Football game against Davidson, which will kick at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or at the Butler Ticket Office on gameday.
Butler’s ticketing staff will be on-site to assist those Bulldog fans who are interesting in purchasing tickets for the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons.
Single-game tickets for Butler Men’s Basketball home games are currently on sale. Fans can purchase tickets online at Butlersports.com/buytickets or in person at the Butler Athletics Ticket Office at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
A limited number of season tickets for the upcoming 2021-22 basketball season remain on sale now. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can contact the Butler Athletics Ticket Office at (317) 940-DOGS.
Butler will host 18 home contests this season. The schedule includes a visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse by all 10 BIG EAST opponents. Butler’s non-conference slate is highlighted by a Nov. 17 match-up against Michigan State as part of the Gavitt Tip-Off Games.
Butler’s first exhibition is slated for Saturday, Oct. 30. The regular season opener is Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Cardinals set for MAC West tilt at Eastern Michigan
MUNCIE, Ind. – When Ball State lines up for kickoff at Eastern Michigan Saturday afternoon, it will do so having won 12 of the last 16 duels against the Eagles, including seven of the last eight at Rynearson Stadium. However, the last two tilts have been one-possession games with the Cardinals needing to produce comeback efforts of at least nine points.
Last season, Ball State, down 24-13, outscored Eastern Michigan 25-7 across the final 19:30 to secure a 38-31 victory inside Scheumann Stadium. Caleb Huntley punched it in from six yards out with six seconds remaining in the game to highlight the win.
In 2020 in Ypsilanti, Mich., the Cardinals overtook the Eagles in the fourth quarter and held off Eastern Michigan in the closing seconds for a 29-23 win. Ball State trailed 23-14 midway through the third quarter and scored the game’s final 15 points to secure the victory.
Something that would help mitigate the need for a comeback yet again this Saturday would be to get off to a fast start, which is what the Cardinals have been able to do each of the last two games against Army and at Western Michigan.
“It’s something you always talk about every game,” Ball State head coach Mike Neu said. “You want to get off to a good, fast start. You want to establish great effort and physicality. Those are things that you always focus on that are very important to start a game. As we know, not every single game goes the way you try to script it or set it up, but the last two weeks have been awesome.
“Against Army, you start with an opening kickoff for a touchdown, the defense does a tremendous job, then on the first offensive play you score a touchdown. When you script it, that’s what you hope for. It was great to be able to do that the last two weeks.”
A stout opponent awaits Saturday afternoon as Eastern Michigan brings the Mid-American Conference’s second-best scoring offense (29.3 points per game) and scoring defense (22.8). The Eagles have also converted at an impressive 44.9 percent on third downs this season.
The game will be carried on 104.1 WLBC, online at BallStateSports.com and on the Varsity Network app with the Ball State Radio Network trio of Joel Godett, Rich Spisak and Jack McMullen breaking down the action. The game will also be available on ESPN+ with Michael Reghi and Je’Rod Cherry on the call.
Inside the Series: Eastern Michigan
Ball State and Eastern Michigan are set to square off for the 63rd time in series history Saturday in Ypsilanti. The Cardinals have won 12 of the last 16 meetings overall, including seven of the last 10. In addition, Ball State has won seven of the last eight on the road at Eastern Michigan. Since the turn of the millennium, the Cardinals are 15-6 against the Eagles, including 8-2 inside Rynearson Stadium.
Coach Neu on Eastern Michigan…
“Eastern Michigan is a good team. They’re 1-1 in the conference. They’ve done a good job at home and haven’t lost a game at home yet. We’ve had battles with them the last two years. It’s another MAC West opponent. You’re going to get their best shot, so we’ve got to be ready to play. They’ve got a lot of guys that have played a lot of football. Coach Creighton and his staff have done a great job there. They are consistent. You know what you’re going to get from them week in and week out. It’s a great challenge for us and we’ll be ready to go.”
Fast Starts … Like, Really Fast
Over the last two games, Ball State has been up 7-0 before some fans have reached their seats. Against Army, WR Justin Hall returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in just 12 seconds. At Western Michigan, QB Drew Plitt connected with WR Jalen McGaughy for a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage that took only 11 seconds.
The defense has showed up in a big way since the beginning of the second half at Wyoming. Over the 14 quarters played since then, the Cardinals have allowed just 61 points defensively, which does not count a pick-6 and two safeties. That averages out to 17.4 points per game, which would rank 19th in the country.
Risi Sets The Tone in Friday’s Volleyball Sweep of NIU
MUNCIE, Ind. – – After playing the last eight matches at libero, Natalie Risi returned to the outside in Friday’s Mid-American Conference showdown with Northern Illinois.
She wasted little time making a statement, registering solo blocks on two of the matches first five rallies to set the tone early in a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-17) sweep at Worthen Arena.
“We executed at a high level and played consistent tonight, which is what I expected us to do,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said after the win. “I think we had everybody focused and locked in, and we just execute our game plan.”
It was the Cardinals’ (16-3; 6-1 MAC) sixth consecutive victory and moved the team to 5-0 at home this season. It is a big home spark for Ball State, which played its first of seven matches out of the next nine in “The Nest”.
“I think we have an unbelievable fan base and that’s something we’ve been talking about a lot since we have been on the road a ton so far this season,” Phillips said. “Counting tonight, seven of our next nine are at home, so we want to use our home court and our fans to our advantage. I thought we did a good job with that tonight.”
The win also snapped a two-match losing streak to the Huskies (9-9; 3-5 MAC), which is the only league program to own a lead in the all-time series versus Ball State, currently at 38-35.
Going back to Risi, she finished the first set with three solo blocks, after entering the contest with just five over her first 70 career matches. She also tallied seven kills to help the Ball State offense connect for a .321 (42-8-106) hitting mark in the win.
“I thought Risi did a great job tonight,” Phillis said. “She is always prepared to do anything and everything we ask her to do. She works hard in practice and she’s always ready to go. She knew she needed to set the tone for us tonight and she did that with those three big blocks. She had great block touches, hit well, and was a huge presence for us. I thought she really stepped up in the leadership role tonight.”
Risi’s three solo blocks were part of seven the Cardinals had in the opening set, and the team finished the contest with 13.0 overall to tie for the second-best blocking effort of the season.
Opposite Natalie Mitchem would ultimately lead all players in the match with seven total blocks, while middles Lauren Gilliland and Marie Plitt added five and three, respectively.
Setter Megan Wielonski rounded out Ball State’s blockers with two, to go along with 32 assists as she guided the offense to its fourth above .300 hitting effort of the season.
Jaclyn Bulmahn led the Cardinals with 12 kills, while Plitt was not far behind with 10. Plitt also hit .529 (10-1-17) in the win and now leads the MAC with a .366 attack percentage on the year.
Mitchem would add seven kills to her seven total blocks, to go along with a .438 (7-0-16) rate of success.
In the backcourt, libero Maggie Huber paced all players with 17 digs, while defensive specialist Havyn Gates was second on the squad with nine digs and served up two of the team’s three aces. The third ace went to Risi.
Nikolette Nedic paced the Huskies with 11 kill on the night, while Francesca Bertucci had a team-high 16 digs. Thanks in part to Ball State’s 13 total blocks, the Huskies hit .133 (38-23-113) as a team.
“In practice, we’ve really focused on being disciplined at the net, loaded and we’ve been tracking our hitters a lot more,” Risi said about the team’s blocking effort. “I think we really put that in effect tonight. We need to keep this momentum through the next matches, and thankfully we are staying at home for a while, so we can take advantage of playing in Worthen.”
The Ball State women’s volleyball team will look to extend its winning streak to seven match Saturday afternoon, when it battled Northern Illinois for a second time. First serve is set for 7 p.m.
Men’s Tennis Closes Day One At Ball State Invite
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s tennis team was forced to begin its 37th Fall Invitational indoors today due to inclement weather. The Cardinals are hosting Butler, IUPUI and Marquette.
Today’s competition was a combination of singles and doubles matches. In the A Singles Flight, Danilo Kovacevic, Nathaniel Webster and Thibault de Negri all advanced to Saturday’s winners’ bracket.
The Cardinals also had three players move onto Saturday’s quarterfinal round in the B Singles Flight after Abe Wojtalik, Vince Orlando and Petar Petrovic defeated their respective opponents.
After singles, there were two rounds of doubles in which two Ball State duos moved onto the winners’ bracket.
Kovacevic and Chris Adams took down IUPUI’s Blessing Benibo and partner Noah Viste by a score of 6-4 in the Doubles A bracket. Also, in B Doubles the BSU twosome of Wojtalik and Petrovic took down Marquette’s Pablo Dale and Nathan Balthazor, 6-3.
The Ball State men’s tennis team continues action at its fall invite on Saturday at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center beginning at 10 a.m. ET.
Cardinals complete strong 6k run at Bradley Pink Classic
PEORIA, Ill. – In its first 6k run of the season, the Ball State cross country team ran a strong race at the Bradley Pink Classic Friday afternoon. The Cardinals placed 14th out of a 37-team field at the Newman Golf Course.
Ball State was paced by Elka Machan and Sarah Mahnensmith, who finished seventh and 36th, respectively. Machan clocked in at 21:06.7, while Mahnensmith finished at 21:47.9.
Kylee Mastin and Juliana Stogsdill were next among the Cardinal contingent, crossing the line 22:32.5 and 22:49.3, respectively.
In the White Race, Jessica Velez finished 14th and timed in at 23:19.2.
“It was my first 6k, so I was a bit nervous, but it was not all that different from the 5k,” Velez said following the race. “I was pretty proud of my performance and the team’s performance. We did very well for our first 6k and it will just get better from here.”
Ball State was the highest-finishing team among Mid-American Conference foes, besting the likes of Central Michigan (17th) and Western Michigan (26th), among others. Nebraska won the team title.
“We pulled together as a team,” Velez added. “We really focused on what we wanted to do as individuals and as a team, and tackled those goals well today.”
BURKE LIFTS IRISH TO 2-1 OVERTIME WIN AT MICHIGAN TECH
HOUGHTON, Mich. — Cam Burke’s first career two-goal game lifted No. 17 Notre Dame to a 2-1 overtime win at No. 16 Michigan Tech on Friday night at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena.
Burke’s second goal of the night came with just 5.3 second left in overtime, with the assists going to Max Ellis and Spencer Stastney.
Junior goaltender Ryan Bischel made 26 stops to earn the win, while the Irish penalty kill went 6-for-6 on the night including killing off 1:27 of a Michigan Tech power play to start the overtime period.
Burke opened the scoring at 10:43 of the second period, when he tapped in a rebound at the far post for his second goal in as many games. Ryder Rolston had the shot on goal that Michigan Tech goaltender Blake Pietila fought off, while Grant Silianoff had the second assist on the play.
Michigan Tech’s Ryland Mosley tied the game at 1-1 with 54 second left in the third period to force the overtime.
Pietila finished with 28 saves. Notre Dame was 0-for-4 on the power play, while Michigan Tech was 0-for-6.
- Freshman forward Tyler Carpenter made his Notre Dame debut.
- Notre Dame played at Michigan Tech for the first time since the 1981-82 season.
- Junior goaltender Ryan Bischel made his first start of the season, marking his first start since Feb. 13, 2021.
- After scoring once in 14 games last season, Cam Burke now has three goals in two games to start the 2021-22 season.
- It marked Burke’s first career two-goal game and his second career multi-point game.
- Burke now has 10 career goals with four of those proving to be game winners.
- Notre Dame continues its two-game road trip with a Saturday night game at Northern Michigan (6:30 p.m. ET).
IRISH DROP DECISION AT WAKE
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Lauren Tarnoff collected a match-high six blocks, but Notre Dame fell in three sets to Wake Forest (22-25, 23-25, 21-25) on Friday night inside Reynolds Gymnasium.
Charley Niego led the Irish with 10 kills while Lindsey Miller added eight kills with a mark of .462 and Zoe Nunez dished out 27 assists.
Defensively, Hattie Monson led Notre Dame with 12 digs and Caroline Meuth added five blocks of her own behind Tarnoff’s match-high six.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The two sides opened play with a tight start to the first set before Wake Forest used a 4-0 run to go up 14-9. After the hosts earned a 20-13 lead, the Irish rallied with a 9-2 streak that included two kills and a block by Miller to even the frame at 22-22.
However, the Demon Deacons earned the next three points after the Irish tied it to take the first frame, 25-22.
A pair of blocks by Tarnoff helped the Irish jump out to a 4-1 lead in set two before Wake Forest worked to tie the set at 11-all. The sides worked to a 16-16 deadlock before the Irish went on a 3-1 spurt, capped with an ace by Niego, to go up 19-17.
The Irish kept the two-point advantage at 23-21, but Wake Forest earned the final four points of the stanza to take the second set, 25-23.
Wake Forest jumped out to an 8-1 lead to open the third frame and force an Irish timeout.
A trio of blocks by Tarnoff sparked an Irish 5-1 run that put Notre Dame back within three at 12-9 before an ace by Aubrey Hamilton finally evened the frame at 15-15.
Notre Dame used a 3-0 run to take a 21-20 lead, but the Demon Deacons converted the next five points to win the third set, 25-21.
- The Irish close the weekend with a road matchup at Virginia Tech this Sunday (Oct. 17) at 1 p.m. ET in Blacksburg.
- That contest will be streamed live via ACC Network Extra.
IUPUI Takes Horizon League Match From Purdue Fort Wayne
INDIANAPOLIS – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team fell to IUPUI 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 27-25) on Friday night (Oct. 15) in the IUPUI Gymnasium.
In the opening set, the ‘Dons built up a 21-17 lead after a 4-0 run that was capped off by a kill from Madelyn Wurster. IUPUI rattled off an 8-1 run to close the set.
The second set was made up of significant run after significant run. The ‘Dons had a 5-0 stretch with three straight kills from Katie Crowe, Sidney Schiller and Ramei Jackson. IUPUI took a 7-1 run to get a set point chance. The ‘Dons held off three of them, thanks in part to an ace from Alexandra Traciak. The Jaguars got a block to take a 2-0 lead, after Maggie Castleman solo blocked the third set point opportunity.
Purdue Fort Wayne looked its best in the third set, which saw the Mastodons got on a 13-3 run. Wurster capped off this run with a pair of aces. The ‘Dons had a .286 hitting percentage, which was the highest of the night.
In set four, the ‘Dons used a late run to establish a set point opportunity. Castleman had back-to-back aces in this stretch. The Jaguars won the match with an ace that clipped the net to fall into the middle of the court.
Crowe had a team-high 13 kills, and Rachael Crucis had a match-high 15 digs.
IUPUI improves to 3-18, 1-9 Horizon League while the Mastodons fall to 5-18, 3-7. Purdue Fort Wayne has six days off before its next match: a Thursday, October 21 contest at Milwaukee.
KAISER SETS NEW 8K RECORD AS JAGS PLACE THIRD AT BRADLEY
PEORIA, Ill. – IUPUI sophomore Nate Kaiser set a new program record in the 8K and led the Jaguars to a third-place finish at the Bradley ‘Pink’ Classic on Friday (Oct. 15). Kaiser clocked a time of 24:06.5, clearing IUPUI’s previous record by 15 seconds in placing fourth of 248 runners.
Just behind him was Nick Perkins at 24:13.2, placing seventh overall to help fuel a strong IUPUI performance.
“Kaiser and Perkins were awesome today. Those guys went out and went for it. They both got out pretty good and were in good position the whole race,” head coach Chuck Koeppen said. “There were some good runners and good teams here, so it was cool to see our guys in the mix and out there competing with them.
“I’m proud of our whole group. I thought we ran tough and just had a really good day.”
The Jaguars stayed fairly well bunched as their gap from one through five was less than a minute and the gap from one through seven was just over 70 seconds.
Mitchell Rans placed 31st at 24:50.2 and Eric Hoffman clocked a time of 24:54.7 to place 40th. Eric Petersen rounded out the group at 25:05.1 and Alex Ratkovich was just off his pace at 25:14.1.
Mitchell Gits capped the top seven at 25:17.6 and Keith Bye was eighth among IUPUI’s entries at 27:06.2.
Kaiser displaced Damon Pruett for the school record time while Perkins’ time is the second-quickest in program history. It was easily the fastest-ever run by an IUPUI student-athlete at this event, previously held by Miguel Lozano who ran 23:34 in 2013.
“We knew going in we were capable of hanging with some of the better ranked teams in the Midwest in No. 5 Wichita State and No. 6 EIU,” Kaiser said. “We really wanted to go for it, so we got out well and Perkins and I worked together up front.
“Hoffman really stepped up today as well. It was a good day, but we know we’re capable of closing our 1-5 gap. We’re putting this one behind us and focusing on conference in two weeks.”
Wichita State won the event with 104 points, followed by Eastern Illinois’ 125 points. IUPUI placed third at 137, immediately ahead of a pair of Big Ten teams in Iowa (151) and Nebraska (160). Nebraska’s Dais Malebana won the race in a time of 23:41.1, finishing more than 10 seconds ahead of his closest competition.
In the white race, Justin Amburgy was IUPUI’s top finisher in 13th overall of 198 runners at 26:01.1. Wilson Whicker spun a time of 26:13.4 and Conor Fagan closed at 26:32.8.
IUPUI will host the Horizon League Championships at Northview Church in Carmel on Saturday, Oct. 30. Selected IUPUI runners will compete in the Bulldog Invitational at Northview next Saturday, Oct. 22.
FRY LEADS SHORT-HANDED JAGUARS AT BRADLEY PINK CLASSIC
PEORIA, Ill. – Sophomore Madison Fry led the way as an undermanned IUPUI women’s cross country team as the Jaguars competed at the Bradley ‘Pink’ Classic on Friday (Oct. 15). Fry finished the 6K race in a time of 22:43.7 and placed 119th of the 286 runners competing.
Head coach Antonio McDaniel‘s squad opened the day limited to just seven entries due to injury and had just six finish Friday’s race.
Fry had a breakout performance, slashing 42 seconds off her prior best to lead the Jaguars to the finish line.
“It was great racing today – some really great racing weather,” Fry said. “It was nice to get a PR and I was happy to help contribute to the team as much as possible.”
Behind her, Illinois-native Sabrina Elder clocked a time of 23:17.7 to finish 194th and freshman Laci Provenzano closed at 23:48.8, missing a personal best by just more than a second.
Sophia Taylor notched a time of 24:20.8 in her first career 6,000m race and Alexandra Schwartz rounded out the scoring five in a time of 24:30.7, taking 35 seconds off her previous best. Kara Krol was just outside IUPUI’s scorers at 24:53.9 and sophomore Ellie Cates was forced to drop early in the race due to dizziness.
Collectively, IUPUI finished 34th of the 37 teams with 954 points.
Nebraska won the team title with 122 points, followed closely by Big Ten foe Iowa at 136. Host Bradley (207), South Dakota State (229) and South Dakota (242) rounded out the top five.
Wichita State’s Yazmine Wright earned the individual tape in a time of 20:35.5, finishing just ahead of Xavier’s Rachel Butler.
IUPUI will now turn attention to the Horizon League Championships, which the Jaguars will host at Northview Church on Oct. 30.
Mastodons Head To Wisconsin For Horizon League Game Against Green Bay
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer heads to Green Bay, Wis. for a Horizon League game against Green Bay on Sunday, Oct. 17 (noon).
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (5-6-4, 4-4-0 Horizon League) vs. Green Bay (6-1-5, 3-1-4 Horizon League)
When: Sunday, October 17 | 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Aldo Santaga Stadium | Green Bay, Wis.
Live Stats: Link
Weather: Sunny, high of 64 degrees
Horizon League Standings: The Mastodons are in fifth place with 12 points. The top six teams make the Horizon League tournament. Seeds three and four host an on-campus game for the Horizon League quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 31.
Scouting the ‘Dons
The Mastodons are coming off a 1-0 win against Youngstown State on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the Hefner Soccer Complex. Heading into Thursday’s match, the Mastodons and Penguins were tied for fifth place in the Horizon League standings. Their four wins in the Horizon League is the most in conference play since 2012 when the ‘Dons went 5-2-1 in Summit League play. As a team, the ‘Dons are fourth in saves (85) and fifth in goals scored (18) in the Horizon League. The ‘Dons are led by the sister duo of Morgan Reitano and Bella Reitano. Morgan leads the ‘Dons in goals (six) and points (13), Bella is second on the team in goals (three). The two have combined for half of the Mastodons’ goals this season, scoring nine of the team’s 18 goals. The ‘Dons are 5-1 when either Reitano sister scores a goal. Morgan’s six goals is tied for sixth in the Horizon League. Kelsey Gallagher leads the ‘Dons in assists with five and has scored two goals as well. Her five assists is tied for sixth in the Horizon League. Samantha Castaneda started all 15 games for the ‘Dons this season. She is first in the conference in goalkeeper minutes (1394:40), second in saves (83), and tied for second in shutouts (four).
Scouting Green Bay
Green Bay is coming off a 0-0 tie on Thursday, Oct. 14 against IUPUI. The Phoenix are undefeated at home this fall, going 4-0-3 at Aldo Santaga Stadium. Green Bay has gone unbeaten in their last six Horizon League games. GB’s last loss came against Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 19. The Phoenix have allowed the second-fewest goals in the conference (12). They are led by McKayla Kertscher (five goals, 12 points) and Madeline Cruz (five assists). Annie Mason has started in 11 games for the Phoenix this season. She leads the Horizon League in shutouts with five.
The ‘Dons and Phoenix have met twice prior to Sunday’s match. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since 2006. The Phoenix own a 2-0 series lead over the ‘Dons.
The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 23 (3 p.m.) against Detroit Mercy in Detroit, Mich.
Mastodons Set To Compete In Evansville Invitational
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne cross country teams travel to Evansville, Ind. to compete in the Evansville Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 16.
Meet: Evansville Invitational
When: Saturday, October 16 | 10:00 a.m. (men’s 8K) | 10:45 a.m. (women’s 6K)
Where: Evansville, Ind. | Angel Mounds State Historic Site
Weather: High of 64, sunny
Teams Competing: Evansville, Kentucky State, Milwaukee, Morehead State, Vincennes, Purdue Fort Wayne
Meet information: Link
The Mastodons are coming off their best performance of the season at the Live In Lou Classic back on Saturday, Oct. 12. The men’s team average time of 25:37 was the best team time in program history. In addition, Andrew Whitinger (25:18.3), Draven Thompson (25:29.9), JT Hodges (25:33.6), and Husam Saleh (25:53.4) all finished with top 10 8K times in program history.
On the women’s side, both Madison King and Brooke Neal broke into the top 15 at the Live In Lou Classic. For King, her third-place finish was her best finish of the season. She has finished in the top 10 in all four races she’s competed in. In addition, her 5K time of 17:59.8 is a career-best as a Mastodon, and is good for sixth all-time in program history. For Neal, her time of 18:45.9 is her second-fastest 5K time in her Mastodon career. She’s also finished in the top 25 in three races this season.
Saturday’s race will be the last race before the Mastodons compete in the Horizon League Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Carmel, Ind. The ‘Dons ran at the Northview Church Course earlier this season on Friday, Sept. 10 at the IUPUI Jaguar Invite.
Mastodon Men’s and Women’s Golf Set to Compete in Dayton Flyer Invitational
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s and women’s golf teams will head to Kettering, Ohio next week to compete at the Dayton Flyer Invitational.
Event: Dayton Flyer Invitational
When: October 18-19 | Shotgun start at 9 a.m. for men, 10:30 a.m. for women on Monday
Where: NCR Country Club | Kettering, Ohio
Men’s Par: 71
Women’s Par: 70
Men’s Yardage: 7,055
Women’s Yardage: 5,968
Men’s Format: Play 5, take 4, 54 holes
Women’s Format: Play 5, take 4, 36 holes
Live Results: Men | Women
Men: Ball State, Bradley, Cleveland State, Dayton, Loyola Chicago, Marshall, Ohio, Purdue Fort Wayne, Youngstown State
Women: Butler, Purdue Fort Wayne, Northern Kentucky, Youngstown State, Eastern Illinois, Indianapolis, Bellarmine, Dayton, Valparaiso
NCR Country Club
NCR Country Club, located in Southwest Ohio, proudly boasts two Dick Wilson signature golf courses. Our famed architect is credited with such historic designs as Bay Hill, Cog Hill, Doral, and Laurel Valley to name just a few. NCR’s South Course currently ranks #68 on Golfweek’s Top 100 Classic list. The South Course, an extremely demanding par 71 layout covering 7,055 yards of wooded, rolling terrain, has long been considered a championship caliber golf course. The South Course has been a host site for many state, regional, and national golf championships in its almost 70-year history. In contrast, the North Course is a prairie style, links type golf course with a par of 70 covering a total of 6,828 yards. The North Course is a perfect complement to the South Course, offering a welcomed change of pace while still offering a stern test of golf for golfers of any ability level. Our Indoor Golf Studio is equipped with a Tru-Golf simulator giving the ability to play up to 85 championship golf courses and allows for 30+ varieties of play. Lessons, leagues, clinics are available year-round.
Men: Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green, Brett Seward, Burke Pitz, Reece Compton. Hunter Mefford will play as an individual.
Women: Anna Olafsdottir, Laura Caetano, Emma Schroeder, Taylor Norman, Kennedy Brooker. There will be no individuals.
Let’s Talk About Kasey
Kasey Lilly holds all of the primary records in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf history. He also has seven top-10’s, four top-5’s, and won one tournament: the Tom Tontimonia Invitational.
Career Scoring Average: 72.45 (2019-22)
Career Winning Percentage: .818 (2019-22)
Season Scoring Average: 69.4 (2021-22)
Season Winning Percentage: .950 (2021-22)
18-Hole Record: 64 – Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational (9/14/21)
36-Hole Record: 135 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/17/21)
54-Hole Record: 204 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/18/21)
I Wanna Be The Very Best
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team has the best four-player average in program history this season by a significant margin. The Mastodons are averaging 287.2 shots per round, topping the previous best from 2011-12 by 10.9 shots per round.
The Three Best
Kasey Lilly (69.4 – 1st), Tyler Green (72.2 – 2nd) and Brett Seward (73.5 – 4th) have three of the four best season averages in program history in the 2021-22 season. The third-place spot is also held by Lilly.
One in a Brazilian
Laura Caetano, a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second-best career scoring average in Mastodon women’s golf history. She has a career average of 78.29, only trailing Holly Anderson’s average of 77.39.
The Next Best One
Emma Schroeder has the third-best scoring average in program history, behind Caetano. Schroeder’s average of 80.16
Last Time Out
Men: Kasey Lilly won the Tom Tontimonia Invitational, leading the team to third of the 13-team field.
Women: Taylor Norman led the Mastodons at the Rocket Classic, finishing in 13th place in the 62-player field. The ‘Dons finished 10th.
Next Time Up
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team has one more tournament this fall: the Daniel Island Intercollegiate on October 31. The women’s golf team’s next tournament will be in the spring.
Sycamores fall to Illinois in Home Opener
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State fell to the University of Illinois in the Sycamores 2021-22 home opener at the Vigo County Aquatic Center on Friday night, 184.5-98.5.
The night featured a number of strong performances from the Sycamores with multiple athletes setting either personal-best or season-best marks in front of their home crowd.
“We raced tough and had great energy throughout the whole meet and had some big step up swims,” Coach Christensen commented. “Unfortunately, we lost several really close races, so the score didn’t really represent how competitive the meet was. Almost every single event was close.”
The Sycamores picked up their first three event winners in the 2021-22 season with Carmen Alard Vegas sweeping the backstroke events, while Marni Gray built on a strong start last week to take the 100-yard butterfly event.
Vegas set personal marks in both the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke events on the evening. Her 56.90 in the 100-yard back was four-hundredths better than Illinois’ Athena Salafatinos to claim her first title of the night. She followed up in the 200-back by topping teammate Olivia DiRuzza by nearly a half-second with her winning time of 2:04.80.
Gray out-touched teammate Sarah Moreau in the 100-yard Fly event with a time of 56.62 to set a new season-best mark on the day as the Sycamores went 1-2 in the event.
Overall, Indiana State put 15 different athletes in the top-three in their respective events on the evening. This included second-place finishes by Chloe Farro (50 Free, 100 Free), Alexandria Cotter (100 Breast, 400 IM), Moreau (100 Fly, 200 Fly), Emily Webb (200 Free), DiRuzza (200 Back), and Jordan Gruce (500 Free).
Top ISU Performers in Each Event
100-Yard Backstroke: First place – Carmen Alard Vegas (56.90)
100 Yard Breaststroke: Second place – Alexandria Cotter (1:06.34)
100-Yard Butterfly: First place – Marni Gray (56.62)
1000-Yard Freestyle: Third place – Rhiannon Wozny (10:44.05)
200-Yard Freestyle: Second place – Emily Webb (1:54.74)
50-Yard Freestyle: Second place – Chloe Farro (24.03)
400-Yard IM: Second place – Alexandria Cotter (4:31.66)
200-Yard Butterfly: Second place – Sarah Moreau (2:07.10)
100-Yard Freestyle: Second place – Chloe Farro (52.30)
200-Yard Backstroke: First place – Carmen Alard Vegas (2:04.80)
500-Yard Freestyle: Second place – Jordan Gruce (5:07.09)
200-Yard Breaststroke: Third place – Elle Gilkerson (2:24.73)
400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Second place – Kaimi Matsunmoto, Emily Webb, Sarah Moreau (3:29.92)
One-Meter Diving: Sixth place – Bailey Betzer (211.27)
Three-Meter Diving: Fourth place – Sarah Montgomery (239.55)
The Sycamores have a quick turnaround to get ready to face a deep field at the Indiana Intercollegiate tomorrow.
“We have to sharpen up some details and learn to get our hand on the wall first as we move through the season,” Coach Christensen said. “We got better tonight and we’ll take these lessons forward with us.”
Indiana State is back in action on Saturday, October 16, at Purdue University for the Indiana Intercollegiate. The meet is set to begin at noon ET at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center.
Sycamores Win at Drake for First Time Since 2013, 3-1
DES MOINES, Iowa – Indiana State volleyball picked up its first win on the road at Drake since 2013 with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-17, 16-25, 25-16) victory inside the Knapp Center Friday night in Des Moines. The win helped the Sycamores improve to 11-6 overall and 3-4 in Missouri Valley Conference action. Drake fell to 8-7 overall and 3-4 in MVC play.
Kaitlyn Hamilton led all players and went for a career high 16 kills as she paced the Sycamore offensive attack on the night with a .154 hitting percentage. Freshman outside hitter Karinna Gall joined Hamilton in double-digit kills with 13 as ISU outhit the Bulldogs .166 to .097 in the match.
Terre Haute native Chloe Mason picked up yet another double-double with a 25 assist and 10 dig performance. Libero Melina Tedrow led the Sycamores with 20 digs to go with four assists.
Indiana State was strong on the serve picking up seven aces in the match led by Mason’s three while Ashley Eck added two of her own. Madeline Williams (1 BS, 5 BA) and Hamilton (1 BS, 4 BA) were stout at the net, accounting for 6.5 of the 10 Indiana State blocks.
Mariana Rodriguez was the lone Bulldog to reach double figure kills with 10 while Emily Plock added seven.
Set One – Indiana State 25, Drake 20
- Indiana State jumped out to a 10-7 lead early and led by as many as eight points at 20-12
- ISU outhit Drake .150 to .025 led by Hamilton’s five kills
- Mason assisted on eight points while Tedrow led defensively with seven digs
- ISU recorded three aces in the set as Ashley Eck’s two aces
Set Two – Indiana State 25, Drake 17
- After taking a 3-2 lead Indiana State never looked back
- Indiana State converted 83 percent of its sideout chances (15-of-18)
- Gall recorded a set high seven kills
Set Three – Drake 25, Indiana State 16
- Drake outhit ISU .324 to .000 in the set
- ISU committed 10 attack errors
- Rodriguez led Drake with seven kills
- Drake recorded four blocks to Indiana State’s one
Set Four – Indiana State 25, Drake 16
- Four Sycamores recorded three or more kills led by five from Hamilton
- ISU outhit Drake .244 to .105
- the Sycamores converted 64 percent of their sideout attempts (11-of-17)
- Mallory Keller hit .375 in the set to lead the Sycamores
The Sycamores are back in action on Saturday with a 7 p.m. ET matchup with Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Sycamores close out fall season at Ozarks National Invitational
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back on the course this weekend for the Ozarks National Invitational as the Sycamores take on the field in Hollister, Mo. at the Big Cedar Lodge. The three-day, three-round event will take place on October 18-20.
The 54-hole tournament will be played at the Big Cedar Lodge’s Ozarks National course with teams teeing off for 18 holes on all three days. The course measures 6,107 yards and will be a par-72. The 18-hole layout features challenging carries and a variety of visually-appealing approach shots that are highlighted by their native habitat.
The Sycamores prepare to take on the field after a tough week of practice with the weather not cooperating in the Terre Haute area.
“We had a rough week with the weather for our practice, but it allowed us to work on tidying up our mental approach and some work in the bunkers,” Head Coach Greg Towne said. “Ozark National is one of my favorite courses in the U.S. and the Coore/Crenshaw design hits all the aesthetics with elevation changes, water, and the other neat things they do with the green complexes. I’m very grateful to Kevin Kane (MSU Coach) for making this event happen and I can’t wait to see the girls reaction when they step out onto the course.”
The Sycamores are coming off one of the best tournaments in program history as the team carded two of their lowest-scoring rounds in the Greg Towne coaching era. Indiana State (+51) sat among the tournament leaders throughout the majority of the two-day, 54-hole event at the Highland Golf and Country Club as the Sycamores went 291-304-296 on their way to finishing fifth overall in the field.
The two sub-300 rounds were marked two of the best round scores in program history and featured strong play once again from Lauren Green and Madison Branum. Green posted her second top-five finish of the regular season, while Branum finished sixth overall in the field.
Green earned her second Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week recognition following the tournament with her final-round 70 (Even) marking her lowest round of the 2021 fall season. Branum also continued her recent stretch of play that has featured her posting a seven-over-par score over her last 72 holes of competitive play.
Kristen Hobbs, Iyoun Chew, and Chelsea Morrow are also back in the lineup for the Sycamores in their final competition in the fall schedule. All three athletes have been mainstays in the lineup this fall and have seen their scores counted among the totals at the Redbird Invitational, F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate, and the Butler Fall Invitational.
Hobbs has gotten better every tournament this fall with a season-best 12th-place result at the F&M Bank APSU Intercollegiate. Morrow’s top result of the season came in the same tournament as the sophomore placed 19th overall in the field. Chew has also been consistent in her scoring this season with her top result, a 35th-place finish, also coming at the APSU.
The Sycamores close out the fall season this weekend following the three-day event. The 2022 spring schedule will be announced at a later date.
Quiles Highlights Sycamores at Bradley Pink Classic
PEORIA, Ill. – Veteran Jocelyn Quiles cemented her name in the Indiana State cross country record book Friday afternoon as the Sycamores continued their preparation for the MVC Championships later this month at the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Illinois. The Sycamore men placed 23rd while the Sycamore women placed 24th. The Sycamore men tallied 516 points while the women finished with 540 points.
Quiles, a redshirt senior from O’Fallon, Mo., placed eighth in the women’s 6K to lead the way for the Sycamores. Her time of 21:10.9 was the fourth-fastest completion of the event in program history and the best finish since 2017 when Taylor Austin finished in 21 minutes flat.
Sydney Partyka finished with a time of 22:10.4 to place 58th in the field while Erica Barker (115th – 22:41.7), Morgan Dyer (178th – 23:11.5) and Maggie Falater (215th – 23.36.6) also scored for ISU.
Indiana State freshman Cael Light paced the men with a time of 25:18.1 in the 8K to finish 83rd overall. Senior Cale Kilian finished just seven seconds behind (25:25.5) to take 98th overall.
Logan Pietzrak (25:26.7), Negus Bogard (25:28.3) and Jay Dworak (25:37.9) finished 102nd, 108th and 139th respectively to round out the scoring for the men.
After an off weekend, the team will return to action on October 29 at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Normal, Illinois.
UE volleyball makes history in win at UNI
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – It was an historic evening for the University of Evansville volleyball program, which earned its first-ever win road win over UNI on Friday at the McLeod Center.
Entering Friday’s contest, the Purple Aces (14-4, 4-3 MVC) were 0-26 in road matchups against UNI (7-13, 2-5 MVC) and 2-54 overall. That all changed as Evansville rebounded from a loss in the first set to earn a 3-1 win. Friday’s result also marked the fourth consecutive Missouri Valley Conference victory. It is just the second time UE has won four league matches in a row since joining in 1994. The previous streak came in 1998 with wins over Drake, Creighton, Southern Illinois and Indiana State.
“We are happy with the win because we did not have our best game, but we still pulled off the win,” UE head volleyball coach Fernando Morales said. “That is what great teams do! After the first set, I told our team that we are going to lose sets and that is okay. The important thing is to keep playing our game because that is the only way we can get out of a hole.”
Perhaps the biggest point of the night came from Laura Ruiz. With her team in front by a 28-27 score in the third set, Ruiz came through with one of her three service aces to clinch the set and give her team a 2-1 lead. Giulia Cardona led all players with 19 kills while Melanie Feliciano and Alondra Vazquez recorded 16 and 10, respectively. Rachel Basinski reset her season mark with 15 digs while Vazquez recorded 11 on the way to her 10th double-double of the season and fourth in a row.
Taya Haffner paced the team with 42 assists while fellow freshman Madisyn Steele added five block assists. UNI saw Kira Fallert lead the way with 14 kills while Payton Ahrenstorff tied Basinski’s mark with 15 digs to lead all players.
Set One – UNI 25, UE 17
It was the Panthers who grabbed the early momentum, cruising to a 25-17 win in the opening frame. UNI broke a 3-3 tie with two in a row and they would not trail again. Evansville showed its fight after falling into a 17-12 hole, scoring three in a row to get back within two. Vazquez picked up a kill in the rally, but UNI answered, finishing on an 8-2 run to take a 1-0 lead.
Set Two – UE 25, UNI 16
Falling into an 0-1 hole on the road is usually tough to overcome, but that was not the case on Friday for the Aces. Putting together its most dominant set of the night, the Aces turned a 5-5 tie into a 9-5 lead and would never look back. Cardona, Steel and Feliciano all had kills in the initial run. Up by a 15-10 score, Evansville padded its lead when consecutive Feliciano kills extended the advantage to 19-11. Laura Ruiz would later record her first ace of the night before Vazquez picked up the kill that clinched a 25-16 win to tie the match.
Set Three – UE 29, UNI 27
Game three was the difference-maker with neither team willing to give in. Evansville had the early momentum and looked to be well on its way to a 2-1 lead. A Rachel Basinski ace, coupled with a kill by Steele, gave UE a 7-3 lead. The Panthers stormed back with three in a row to get within one, but UE countered and took a 13-9 edge as Hannah Watkins picked up a kill. The Aces continued to remain in front when a Cecilia Thon ace was followed by consecutive UNI errors that gave the Aces a 20-15 lead. The Panthers were not ready to give up and scored five in a row to tie the score. Evansville jumped back in front at 22-21 thanks to a Feliciano kill, but the Panthers continued to battle back. With the score tied at 26-26, Coach Morales challenged a call that resulted in a Feliciano kill to put his team in front. After UNI tied it up, Evansville took control. Alondra Vazquez put her squad back in front with a kill before Ruiz came through in the clutch with her second ace of the night to clinch the set by a 29-27 final.
Set Four – UE 25, UNI 20
On the cusp of its first road win at UNI, the Aces knew the opposition would not go away easily. UE jumped out to a 7-4 lead but a huge Panther run saw them score seven out of eight tallies to take an 11-8 lead. Giulia Cardona took matters into her own hands, picking up three kills in a row to help her team retake the lead at 12-11. Both squads dueled it out down the stretch, battling to a 17-17 score. That is when another Cardona kill, coupled with Thon’s second ace of the match, began a 4-0 run that was capped off when Vazquez tallied her 10th kill. From there, the Aces held strong on the way to a 25-20 decision and a 3-1 match final.
Another road tilt is on tap Saturday when Evansville faces Drake in a 5 p.m. match at the Knapp Center.
Three Pool Records Fall As Aces Extinguish Beacons
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Roy and Mary Wyttenbach Pool at the University of Evansville has seen a lot of history through the years. On Friday, it witnessed more, as the UE swimming and diving teams set three pool records during a dominant sweep of the visiting Valparaiso Beacons.
Junior Riccardo Di Domenico (Johannesburg, South Africa) set his second pool record in the last seven days, as he set a Wyttenbach Pool record in the men’s 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.85. Junior Sarah Jahns (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) also rewrote the UE pool record book with a time of 2:02.54 in the 200-yard backstroke. The UE men’s 400 free relay team of freshmen Daniel Santos Lopez (Madrid, Spain) and Jakob Grundbacher (Long Beach, Calif.), senior Zeke Metz (Topeka, Kan./Seaman) and Di Domenico also set a new pool record with a time of 3:06.60.
“We had some great swims today, and I thought that everyone swam out of their comfort zone and swam great,” said UE swimming and diving coach Stuart Wilson. “Setting three pool records is always fun to see, especially this early in the year.”
In addition to the three pool records, a pair of UE freshmen joined UE’s top 10 fastest swimmers in the 200-yard breaststroke. Freshman Carlos Souto Vilas (A Coruna, Spain) became the 10th-fastest male swimmer in event, as he cruised to an individual title with a time of 2:08.47. Fellow freshman Mari Mueller (Aschaffenburg, Switzerland) also became the eighth-fastest female at UE in the 200-yard breaststroke, as she clocked in at 2:23.42 to take first place. Overall, UE placed first in every single individual and team event in the meet.
“Like I said, I thought that we had some great swims across the board,” said Wilson. “Obviously, the records were impressive, but we also had other swimmers step up and really shine, like Jessie Steele in the women’s 100 free (individual winner with a time of 53.02). Across the board, I was pleased with how both teams did.”
Friday’s meet also was the first meet for the six UE divers, as they competed in both the one-meter and three-meter boards. Honorable mention all-Missouri Valley Conference diver Maggie Franz (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) picked up right where she left off in the spring, as she won both the one-meter and three-meter competitions with scores of 229.12 and 228.60 respectively. She was able to hold off fellow senior Fae-Siri Keighley (Johannesburg, South Africa) in the one-meter competition, as Keighley posted a score of 227.85 to place second. Sophomore Madison Rollett (Evansville, Ind./Reitz) finished second in the three-meter competition with a mark of 219.83.
“This being the first meet for the divers this year, I feel very encouraged in the direction that we are headed and look forward to Illinois State next weekend,” said first-year UE diving coach Dustin Bredemeier. “Having once stood on the same boards as my divers, it was a very reflective moment and, yet, very exciting to coach my first meet, and once again be on the pool deck for a competition at UE.”
The UE men will take the next week off from competition, while the women will be in the pool once again next Saturday, as they travel to Normal, Illinois to take on the Redbirds of Illinois State at 2 p.m.
Volleyball Falls at Bradley Friday
After falling behind two sets to none, the Valpo volleyball team attempted to put together one of its trademark rallies to come from behind for a victory Friday, but host Bradley thwarted the comeback attempt in extra points in the fourth set as the Beacons fell to the Braves by a 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 19-25, 24-26) final.
How It Happened
- The first set’s decisive moment came around the halfway mark, as Bradley scored six straight points to go up 14-8. Valpo cut the deficit to three points four times after that point, the latest coming at 22-19, but the Braves scored the final three points of the set to claim the opener.
- The second set was Bradley’s from the start, as the Braves scored the first four points and extended their lead to double figures at 15-5. Valpo came back with eight of the next 10 points to close to within 17-13, but was unable to get any closer than four the rest of the way.
- The third set saw the two squads vie for control, as it contained nine ties and three lead changes. Through the first half of the frame, it was Bradley maintaining a narrow lead.
- With the Braves up 15-12, Valpo unleashed a seven-point spurt to take control. The 7-0 run featured two kills and a block from fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) and two kills by junior right side Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), the second of which forced Bradley’s second timeout of the set with Valpo up 19-15.
- Kills from junior right side Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) ended three of the final six rallies in the third set, including Valpo’s second set point chance as the Beacons sent the match to a fourth set.
- Again in the fourth frame, the two teams battled to take control. Valpo put together the first big run of the set, scoring five in a row to take a 15-11 lead.
- It was still a 19-15 lead for Valpo before four straight from Bradley evened things up at 19-all. After the teams traded sideouts, however, Valpo scored four of the next five — two coming courtesy of kills from freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) — to earn set point at 24-21.
- On the verge of forcing a fifth set, where they’ve dominated all season, the Beacons fell victim to one final Bradley run, as the Braves scored the final five points of the match to close out a four-set win.
Inside the Match
- The defeat was just Valpo’s second of the year when claiming at least one set, as it entered Friday 13-1 when winning at least one set.
- McCarthy moved into sixth place in program history in career blocks with a rejection late in the third set. She tied for team-high honors Friday with four blocks, to go with 10 kills, and ended the night with 390 career blocks.
- Fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) dished out 22 assists Friday and now owns 4,234 career assists, just 22 away from cracking the top-20 in MVC history in the category.
- Boyer tallied a team-high 11 kills on .304 hitting, her third career effort in double figures in the kills department.
- Swistek joined Boyer and McCarthy in double figures with 10 kills and matched her season high with 16 digs as well to finish with her third double-double of the year.
- Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) tied for match-high honors with 23 digs, while junior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) added 14 digs.
Valpo (13-5, 4-3 MVC) closes out the weekend Saturday night at Illinois State with a 7 p.m. first serve. The match can be seen live on ESPN3.
Swimming Returns to Action Friday at Evansville
The Valpo men’s and women’s swimming teams returned to the pool Friday afternoon with a dual meet at Evansville, the first of back-to-back meets this weekend for the Beacons. The dual against the Purple Aces was the first of three against conference opponents for both the men and the women this season.
How It Happened
- Four individuals posted second-place finishes to lead Valpo on Friday, three of which came on the women’s side. The Beacons claimed runner-up honors in both of the distance swims, as junior Sophie Morelock (Milan, Mich./Milan) took second-place points in the 1000 free with a time of 11:37.91 and sophomore Trinity Springer (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township) placed second in the 500 free with a time of 5:43.14.
- Also earning a second-place finish on the women’s side was freshman Haley Hume (Ballwin, Mo./Marquette), as she touched the wall second in the 200 back with a time of 2:16.32.
- On the men’s side, sophomore Brett Little (Princeton, Iowa/North Scott) was second-quickest in the 50 free, posting a time of 22.22 for the sprint.
- Valpo’s 400 medley relay squad earned a second-place finish as well with a time of 3:38.73. Senior Dominic May (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) recorded the fastest final split of the race, completing his 100 free in 47.35.
- Hume added a third-place individual finish to her second-place showing in the 200 back, as she touched the wall in 2:03.48 in the 200 free to lead Valpo in that event. Also leading the Beacons with third-place individual finishes were freshman Bridget Pollard (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) with a time of 2:20.99 in the 200 IM and senior Chiara Robinson (Castle Pines, Colo./Rock Canyon) with a time of 56.15 in the 100 free.
- The men had five different individuals lead the way for Valpo in their respective events with third-place showings. In the distance races, freshman Alex Koetter (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller) touched third with a time of 10:31.88 in the 1000 free and senior Derek Eidson (Ventura, Calif./Ventura) came home in 5:11.12 in the 500 free.
- May added a third in the 100 free to his impressive relay split, posting a time of 48.90. Freshman Ethan Welker (Clear Spring, Md./Saint James School) touched third in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.88, while sophomore Ian Jaegers (Los Alamos, N.M./Los Alamos) posted a time of 2:08.42 in the 200 back.
- The Purple Aces won the team scoring on both fronts — 155-50 on the men’s side and 166-53 on the women’s side.
It’s a quick turnaround for the swimmers, as Valpo returns to the pool Saturday at the Indiana Intercollegiates in West Lafayette, hosted by Purdue. The meet is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT, and links for live video and scoring are available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Cross Country Competes in Final Pre-Championship Tune-Up at Bradley
Valparaiso University men’s cross country junior Eric Carothers (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) improved his 8K time that already ranked fourth in program history as the Beacons returned to action on Friday. The men’s and women’s squads competed in the Bradley Pink Classic, which was held at Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Ill. The women were part of a 37-team field and the men were among 31 competing teams in a meet that featured numerous Missouri Valley Conference compatriots.
How It Happened
- Carothers led the way for the Valpo men in the red race, enjoying a top-50 finish in the event. He placed 48th in a large and talented field by running the 8K course in 24:59.1. He improved upon his previous season-best time in the 8K, which was 25:04.4 at Illinois State. Carothers bettered his fourth-place time in the Valpo record book and was just over two seconds away from third, held by Gary Schroeder with a 1973 time of 24:57.
- Elsewhere in the race, Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy) crossed the finish in 25:51.9. The team’s third-best runner was Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage), whose time of 26:05 shaved 1.6 seconds off his previous season best, which came at Illinois State.
- Sophomore Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland) led the way in the women’s red race by turning in a 23:14.2 in the 6K.
- Aurand was followed by Brianna Splaine (Sussex, Wis. / Arrowhead), who crossed the finish in 23:55.9, and Alaina Carpenter (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville), who clocked a time of 24:22.2
- Sean Curran (Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North) led Valpo in the men’s white race with a season-best 27:46.7. The women’s white race was led by Danielle Durak (Joliet, Ill. / Joliet West) at 26:04.9.
Valpo will gear up for the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 29 at Weibring GC in Normal, Ill.
MARIAN STEAMROLLS SAINT FRANCIS TO CLOSE SEASON SWEEP
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Marian volleyball team needed less than an hour to earn their 26th win of the season Friday night, sweeping the Cougars with three consecutive 25-13 set wins. Marian is now 26-0 overall this season, and 14-0 in Crossroads League play.
The Knights got off to a great start in the opening set starting the night on a 4-0 run, fueled by two blocks and an Averi Lanmankill. The lead continued to swell as multiple Saint Francis errors aided the Marian cause, and another 4-0 run that featured two more blocks and a Gianna Feldservice ace pushed them ahead 13-6. Two kills from Lanman gave the Knights their first double-digit lead at 20-10, and a solo block from Jai-Lyn Norwoodended a 5-3 swing to give Marian a 25-13 win.
Marian again rolled to a 25-13 win in the second set jumping out to an early 12-5 lead, with a 4-0 run capped by a Skyler Van Notekill helping the surge. Another 4-0 swing in the set paced by two kills and a solo block from Madison Brooksgave Marian a 20-10 double figure lead, and a Van Note solo block closed the second set win. In the third set Marian repeated the forumla building a 10-7 lead, and after securing their lead six straight points pushed the Knights ahead 16-7. St. Francis was unable to slow down the attack in the final game after falling behind double-digits, and Van Note ended the match with a 25-13 win closing the set on a 4-0 run.
As a team the Knights hit .500, scoring 37 kills with just six attack errors while their counterparts had 29 kills and 30 attack errors. Marian forced 10 of those errors, recording 10 blocks in the win. Norwood and Lanman led the hitters with eight kills each, with Norwood adding four total blocks including a pair of solos. Van Note had five kills and nine digs while adding two total blocks, and Maggie Meyerhad a team-high 10 digs. Lexi Spenceled the setters with 19 assists, and rotating in Brooks had four kills and two total blocks.
Marian will close their weekend on Saturday with a 2 PM home match against Grace College in the PE Center.
GAMEDAY GUIDE: NO. 14 MARIAN HOSTS ST. FRANCIS IN FRANCISCAN BOWL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Franciscan Bowl rivalry will be renewed Saturday, Oct. 16 at 6:05 p.m. when No. 14 Marian hosts St. Francis at St. Vincent Field in Indianapolis. Marian enters the game with a 4-2 record coming off a loss to Indiana Wesleyan, while the Cougars enter with a 2-2 record defeating Madonna last Saturday.
The Franciscan Bowl is renewed in 2021 with the all-time series in favor of Marian nine wins to seven losses. The Knights are winners of five of the last six, including last season’s 41-34 win in Fort Wayne to help push Marian into the NAIA postseason. In the last meeting at St. Vincent Field in 2019, Charles Salary ran wild on the Cougars, gaining 183 yards on 42 carries and three touchdowns in a 28-10 Marian win. Eight of the 16 meetings have been decided by two touchdowns or less, including the four of the last five meetings.
WHERE TO WATCH
Fans unable to attend the game can watch live on ISC Sports Network or on Comcast channel 81. Live stats will also be available at marianstats.com. Live updates throughout the game will be provided on the official Marian athletics Twitter page @MUKnights.
TICKETS AND TAILGATING
Fans are highly encouraged to purchase tickets prior to their arrival at St. Vincent Field. Tickets can purchased online here. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Fans wishing to tailgate at Saturday’s game should click here to purchase a spot and click here to view all rules and regulations.
Before and after Saturday’s game, fans can enjoy a variety of activities around campus, with Marian women’s soccer and volleyball competing on campus early in the day. After the game, there will be a postgame fireworks show presented by the Michaelis Corporation.
COLTS IN MOTION
The Indianapolis Colts traveling museum, Colts in Motion, will make an appearnace on campus this Saturday, parking the trailer outside of Doyle Hall. The exhibit will be open from 3 PM to 7 PM, with a chance to take a look at the Colts history and memorabilia.
Marian and St. Francis will kick off at 6:05 p.m. at St. Vincent Field. A full report will be available postgame on MUKnights.com.
Cross Country Competes in Final Pre-Championship Tune-Up at Bradley
Valparaiso University men’s cross country junior Eric Carothers (Fishers, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern) improved his 8K time that already ranked fourth in program history as the Beacons returned to action on Friday. The men’s and women’s squads competed in the Bradley Pink Classic, which was held at Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Ill. The women were part of a 37-team field and the men were among 31 competing teams in a meet that featured numerous Missouri Valley Conference compatriots.
How It Happened
- Carothersled the way for the Valpo men in the red race, enjoying a top-50 finish in the event. He placed 48th in a large and talented field by running the 8K course in 24:59.1. He improved upon his previous season-best time in the 8K, which was 25:04.4 at Illinois State. Carothers bettered his fourth-place time in the Valpo record book and was just over two seconds away from third, held by Gary Schroeder with a 1973 time of 24:57.
- Elsewhere in the race, Ignacio Veloz Bonilla (San Juan, P.R. / American Military Academy) crossed the finish in 25:51.9. The team’s third-best runner was Simeon Ehm (Castle Rock, Colo. / Heritage), whose time of 26:05 shaved 1.6 seconds off his previous season best, which came at Illinois State.
- Sophomore Grace Aurand (Highland, Ind. / Highland) led the way in the women’s red race by turning in a 23:14.2 in the 6K.
- Aurand was followed by Brianna Splaine (Sussex, Wis. / Arrowhead), who crossed the finish in 23:55.9, and Alaina Carpenter (Grandville, Mich. / Grandville), who clocked a time of 24:22.2
- Sean Curran (Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield North) led Valpo in the men’s white race with a season-best 27:46.7. The women’s white race was led by Danielle Durak (Joliet, Ill. / Joliet West) at 26:04.9.
Valpo will gear up for the Missouri Valley Conference Championship, which will take place on Friday, Oct. 29 at Weibring GC in Normal, Ill.
Sauceda Scores Three, Hounds Shutout Southwest Baptist
BOLIVAR, MO. – Kiki Sauceda cannot be stopped. The senior midfielder added her second hat trick of the season by scoring all three goals for the Greyhounds as they defeated Southwest Baptist, 3-0 on Friday night.
Sauceda, who entered the game ranked sixth in the nation for goals per game, earned her second hat trick of the season, bringing her total goals to 13. She posted six shots to lead the Hounds, five landing on goal. Dana Youssef assisted the first, while the second and third were unassisted.
“Sauceda worked extremely hard today and was critical in front of the goal,” added Head Coach Holly Cox.
Sophia Saucerman earned four saves in getting the shutout, playing all 90 minutes in net.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-The Greyhounds committed 10 fouls and drew five.
-UIndy outshot SBU 19 to five.
– The Hounds earned seven corner kicks.
The Greyhounds will continue their trip to Missouri with their match against Rockhurst on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Volleyball Opens Crossover with Pair of Losses
HAMMOND, IN – The University of Indianapolis opened the 2021 Midwest Region Crossover with a pair of losses on Friday. The Hounds suffered 3-0 losses versus No. 17 Hillsdale and Grand Valley State to move back to 10-10 on the season.
MATCH 1 vs. No. 17 HILLSDALE
The Chargers took a two-set lead after a 25-16 win in the first set and 25-10 win in the second. Hannah Huppenbauer opened up the third set with a kill for the Hounds followed by a service ace from MaKenna Barnhart gave UIndy a 2-0 lead.
UIndy utilized a 5-1 run to jump out to a 12-9 lead. Huppenabuer and Elizabeth Eads both tallied kills in the run. The Chargers used an 8-0 run to regain the lead and take the set 25-16.
MATCH 2 vs. Grand Valley
UIndy dropped the first two sets 25-16 and 25-7 to fall into a two-set deficit. The Hounds went on a 5-0 run early in the third set to take an 8-2 lead. Grace Hegwood served up back-to-back aces in the run. Madi Rosenberger served up another ace to put the Hounds ahead 14-10 but the Lakers scored the next five points to regain the lead. Trailing 21-18, Emma Jones halted Grand Valley’s momentum with a kill to cut the deficit to two. The Hounds hung tough in the end, not allowing the Lakers to tally any consecutive points but Grand Valley held on for the 25-22 victory.
UIndy closes out against the Midwest Crossover against Trevecca Nazarene on Saturday. First serve is set for 1:45 ET on court State Farm B inside the Hammond Sportsplex and Community Center.
Hounds 13th in preseason edition of NWCA DII Coaches Rankings
MANHEIM, Penn.- The 2021-22 UIndy wrestling team will open the year as the 13th-ranked team in the country, as announced in the preseason edition of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) Division II Coaches Rankings Friday afternoon.
The Greyhounds, who finished 15th as a team at the 2021 NCAA Division II National Championships to close out last season, find themselves in the 13-spot by virtue of four ranked individuals. Redshirt sophomore Dawson Combest headlines the UIndy ranked wrestlers, coming in at #4 at 157. Combest earned his second All-American honor a season ago, taking fourth at the NCAA Championships. Redshirt junior Andrew Sams comes into the season ranked in the five spot at 174, after his fifth-place finish at the NCAA tournament last year.
Freshman Logan Bailey will start the year as the nation’s #10 at 149, after making his first trip to the NCAA Championships last season. Redshirt sophomore Jack Eiteljorge, a 2020 All-American, is the #12 wrestler at 165 in the preseason poll.
Reigning National Champions St. Cloud State sit atop the team ranking to start the year, with 81 total points behind six ranked individuals. Nebraska-Kearney, last season’s runner-up team, sits at #2 nationally with 80 points with a nation-high eight ranked wrestlers, while GLVC-foe Lindenwood, Central Oklahoma and West Liberty round out the top five. The GLVC features three ranked squads, with McKendree joining Lindenwood and the Greyhounds in the poll taking the 6th spot. Drury is also receiving votes in the preseason edition of the rankings.
UIndy’s new region – Super Region 4 – tops the six regions with 23 total ranked wrestlers and four teams in the Top 25. Three top-ranked wrestlers in Lindenwood’s Abner Romero (174), Central Oklahoma’s Heath Gray (184) and Central Oklahoma’s Dalton Abney (197) also come out of Super Region 4, with Romero and Gray coming back this season to defend national titles from a year ago.
The #13 Greyhounds open their season Nov. 2 with a home dual against Division III Defiance, prior to heading to Maryville’s Kaufman/Brand Open Nov. 6.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Volleyball Becomes Second NAIA Program to Reach 1,300 Wins
GOSHEN, Ind. – The Taylor University volleyball team dominated Friday’s match at Goshen, notching a seventh-straight sweep of the Maple Leafs to reach 1,300 all-time victories and become the second NAIA volleyball program to reach that milestone.
The Trojans continue to rank second in the NAIA in all-time volleyball wins, joining Columbia College (1,394 wins) as the only two programs in the nation with at least 1,300 victories.
Taylor had no trouble with Goshen (3-26, 0-14 CL), breezing to a 25-12, 25-15, 25-14 win and hitting. 398 in the contest. TU posted 47 kills in the match, compared to just 16 for the hosts.
Grace Isaacs led the charge with 12 kills in 17 swings for a .588 percentage and added three blocks. Ryan Czerniak had nine kills and just one error and Amanda Adams tallied eight terminations.
Kacy Bragg ended with 37 assists and three blocks, Stephaney Fifield had 18 digs and Chloe Holtz recorded a pair of service aces.
No. 18 Taylor (24-4, 12-2 CL) will face a quick turnaround for its next match, with a 3:00 pm start at Spring Arbor (11-16, 4-10 CL) awaiting the Trojans on Saturday.
WILDCATS RECORD 30TH CONSECUTIVE WIN IN LUCKEY ARENA
MARION, Ind. – No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball defeated Spring Arbor 3-0 to kick off Homecoming weekend while hosting a Play for the Cure event to help raise funds for Grant County Cancer Services. This win marks the 30th consecutive win in Luckey Arena dating back to October 12, 2019. Another streak remains alive with the Wildcats stretching to 25-straight wins over Spring Arbor.
WIN 3-0: 25-16, 25-22, 25-22
- After being tied 13-13 in set one, the Wildcats took control and went on a 12-3 run to finish out the first set 25-16.
- The second set was a battle, IWU came from behind to tie it at 17-17. Once tied, Martina Demarchi recorded back-to-back aces which lifted the Wildcats to finish the game 25-22.
- Set three never saw more than a three-point difference between the two teams. Wildcats pulled out a 25-22 finish.
- Wildcats posted 46 kills led by Courtney Watkins and Ana Collar with 12 a piece and Demarchi with 10 kills.
- Paige Thibault led the defense with 15 digs followed by Zawadzki with 14 of the team’s 62 digs.
PLAY FOR THE CURE
- IWU hosted a Play for the Cure event which helped raise funds for Grant County Cancer Services. The team took a moment prior to the match to honor their family members and close friends who have lost their battle with cancer, currently battling cancer, and survivors of cancer.
- “Tonight, was a special night as we were able to support Grant County Cancer Services. It also was special for me as my college coach attended the match! Thank you, Catalyst, for your support and all who came out to cheer for the team! You guys were awesome!!”
NEXT TIME OUT
- Wildcats have a short trip up to Huntington University for a 3pm start tomorrow afternoon.
Anderson 2021 Women’s Tennis HCAC Tournament Semifinal Preview
The second-seeded Anderson University women’s tennis team clashes with third-seeded Hanover College during the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Tournament semifinals on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Nicholasville, Ky. at Top Seed Tennis Club.
Anderson (9-4, 4-1) fought past Hanover (3-4, 3-2) with a 6-3 victory last Saturday at the Riviera Club in Indianapolis to clinch second in the HCAC standings.
Fans can tune into the full conference tournament semifinal preview with head coach Matt Moore here.
Trine Picks Up Three Set Win Versus Simpson
DECATUR, Ill. – The Trine University women’s volleyball team began the Millikin 5 State Classic with a three-set victory against Simpson College on Friday night.
The Thunder improve their record to 14-12 this season, while Simpson falls to 6-8.
Trine took advantage of six errors by Simpson in the first 10 Thunder points to jump out to an early lead. Rachel Campbell [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] and Jacqueline Baughman [Lake Orion, Mich. / Lutheran Northwest] had aces early in the set as well. Trine scored five of the last six points in the first to claim a 25-19 victory.
The Storm were in control of set number two in an effort to tie the match, but Kacie VanKalker [Dyer, Ind. / Illiana Christian] served up eight straight points to overcome a 20-17 deficit to win 25-20.
An 8-1 run mid-set highlighted by kills from Jocelynn Nicholls [Montgomery, Mich. / Camden-Frontier] and Baughman gave the Thunder a commanding 14-6 lead and held on for a 25-19 victory.
Nicholls and Baughman tied for the team lead with six kills each and Baughman had 11 assists and 10 digs.
Trine continues action at Millikin tomorrow with two more matches at noon and 2 pm.
Men’s Golf Completes Day One of the MIAA Fall Championships
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The Trine University men’s golf team completed day one of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Fall Championship at Pohlcat Golf Course on Friday and is in fourth place after 18 holes.
Trine finished round one with a team score of 317. Hope College and Calvin University are tied for the team lead at an even 300.
After five of six rounds, Trine is averaging a score of 309.40 and is in third place. The Thunder need to stay above fifth in tomorrow’s round in order to qualify for the spring championship event to earn an automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Championships. Trine is eight strokes ahead of fourth place Kalamazoo College and 13 up on fifth-place Adrian College.
Mitch Lowney [Fenton, Mich. / Clarkston Everest] had the lowest team score for Trine with a 78. He is currently on the outside looking in on receiving an All-Conference honor, and needs to pick up three strokes on the current 12th place placeholder.
Jack Brockie [Jackson, Mich. / Hanover Horton] and Mark Civanich [Valparaiso, Ind. / Valparaiso] tied with rounds of 79. Civanich is currently in line to be named All-Conference, but is on the fringe of being a First Team nominee.
Individual Carter Rang [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Concordia Lutheran] laid down the lowest round of any Thunder athlete with a 77.
The fall season concludes tomorrow for the men’s golf team in day two of the MIAA Fall Championship. Tee time is scheduled for 10 am.
Trine Voted #7 in D3hoops.com Preseason Poll
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s basketball team begins the 2021-22 season as the seventh-ranked team in the nation, according to D3hoops.com. The Thunder received 386 votes, coming off the back of their 17-1 season one year ago.
The D3hoops.com Top 25 is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly throughout the season. Trine is the only Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) member school listed in the top 25. Randolph-Macon was voted as the preseason favorite and secured 19 of the 25 first-place votes.
The defending MIAA regular and tournament champions return all but 53 points from last season, with senior Reese McGinsie being added as a Student Assistant Coach for the program in 2021-22. He joins the coaching staff of Brooks Miller, who is entering his 11th season at the helm of Trine men’s basketball. He is assisted by Drew Lehman, John Wysong and Mike Cretens as well.
D3hoops.com All-American Nick Bowman [Angola, Ind. / Hamilton Southeastern] is back for his senior season. He averaged 21.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.5 steals per game last season, and shot 53.5% from the field and 41.0% from three. Brent Cox [Kendallville, Ind. / East Noble], Aiden Warzecha [Milford, Mich. / Milford], Bryce Williams [Archbold, Ohio / Archbold], Connor Jones [Danville, Ind. / Danville] and Mitchell Geller [Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North] all started at least eight games last season and look to make it two MIAA championships in a row.
The season-opener for the Thunder is on Saturday, November 6 against Mt. St. Joseph’s. That game tips-off at 2 pm in the MTI Center.
Women’s Cross Country places 16th at Jenna Strong Classic
WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Panthers captured a 16th place finish as part of the Jenna Strong Classic hosted by Wilmington College on Friday afternoon.
Hanover was led by senior Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) finishing 17th overall in the 258 runner field. The senior completed the 5k race in a time of 19:46.4.
Teammate, sophomore Amberleigh Sorensen (Yorktown, Ind.) crossed the finish line in 83rd place overall with a time of 21:33.3. Freshman Allie Thomas (Edmonton, Ky.) also added a top 100 mark as she placed 85th in a time of 21:35.0.
Junior Leah Anders (Rising Sun, Ind.) completed the race in a time of 22:06.5 to finish 114th, while freshman Eliza Weston (Milton, Ky.) finished 142nd with a time of 22:46.3.
Rounding out the field for the Panthers were junior Alexis Gurr (Charlestown, Ind.) and freshman Kaylie Magallanes (Memphis, Ind.). Gurr finished 160th with a time of 23:18.4, while Magallanes took 169th in a time of 23:29.3.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 30 when they compete as part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
Weston leads Men’s Cross Country as part of the Jenna Strong Classic
WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Hanover Panthers competed as part of the Jenna Strong Fall Classic on Friday afternoon finishing 24th overall in the 33-team field.
Sophomore Ethan Weston (Louisville, Ky.) paced the Panthers finishing 10th overall out of 325-runners. Weston competed the 8k race in a time of 26:17.4.
Following him across the finish line was teammate freshman Carson Kitchens (Salem, Ky.) who captured a top 100 mark placing 92nd. Kitchens competed the race in a time of 28:15.4.
Junior Robert Hoegeman (Monroe, Ohio) crossed the finish line in a time of 29:56.0 finishing 190th overall, while freshman JJ Stenger (St. Leon, Ind.) finished 249th with a time of 31:37.9.
Rounding out the field for Hanover was freshman RJ Thalls (Richmond, Ind.) finishing 271st in a time of 32:48.6.
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 30 when they compete as part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships.
Cougars Struggle to Find Momentum as they Fall to No. 7 Marian in Three
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (5-20; 3-10 Crossroads) faced a tough challenge Friday evening when they played host to the No. 7 Marian University Knights (25-0; 13-0 Crossroads) at Hutzell Athletic Center and lost in three sets by the same score of 25-13.
As the first set got underway, the Cougars played a little catch up in the early going closing an early 8-2 deficit to within three points on several occasions. But then the Knights ran the table and built upon their lead to claim the opening frame 25-13.
The second set started as a back-and-forth battle between both teams. But then with the score tied at four, the Knights went on a four-point service run to build a lead over Saint Francis and never looked back, claiming the second set by the same score.
Opening the third set the Cougars started strong again. They took their first several leads of the match as the frame opened back-and-forth.
However, with the Cougars leading 5-4, the Knights had a five-point service run to overtake and build a lead over Saint Francis, forcing them to take a timeout.
And the Cougars never recovered, falling 25-13 in the final frame as Marian stays undefeated.
Throughout the match, freshman setter Alexa Sparks was the leader in assists with 16, while sophomore right side Haidyn Carrico led the way with nine kills, and junior libero Maile Steckelberg had a team-leading nine digs.
The Cougars resume play Saturday afternoon when they travel to Mishawaka, Indiana for a road conference match against the RV Bethel University Pilots (23-6; 8-5 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm.
GRENADIERS SWEEP OHIO CHRISTIAN FRIDAY
The Grenadiers (11-9, 7-3 RSC) led 9-5 to open the first set and used an 11-5 run to take a commanding 20-10 lead. IU Southeast was aided by six errors during that stretch by Ohio Christian.
A late run by the Trailblazers cut the lead to 23-18 but a service error and an attack error secured the first set for the Grenadiers.
In the second set, neither team could pull away until the Grenadiers closed the period on a 9-0 run. Santina Schembra served the final eight points of the set and recorded four-straight aces. A kill by Macy Graves forced set point and an attack error gave the Grenadiers a two sets to none lead.
Emilee Organ had four kills apiece in the each of the first two sets.
In the third set, the Grenadiers saw their comfortable lead cut to 16-12 after a pair of attack errors. A kill and ace by Emilee Organ restored the lead at 18-12 and the Grenadiers put the set out of reach with a quick three-point burst later in the period: two OCU attack errors sandwiched around a kill by Audrey LaMaster extended the lead to 23-16.
After a service error, LaMaster won the match with a kill, one of her six on the night.
After Organ’s team-leading 11 kills, LaMaster followed with six kills and Macy Graves and Izzy Stallard each had five. Lexie Fisher had 19 digs and three Grenadiers recorded double-figure assists: Hannah Brown (13), Brandy Eisenback (12) and Cate Murphy (10).
IU Southeast concludes its homestand Saturday at noon against Ohio Valley.
Volleyball Gets Key Conference Win to Extend Winning Streak to Seven
RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball teams’s sweep streak came to an end on Friday night but their winning streak lived on as the Cougars took down River States Conference for, Indiana University East, 3-1 for the seventh straight victory.
“I am very proud of our team,” said head coach Heather Hayes. “We had a slow start to our season but have steadily gotten better each week. I am proud they have stayed the course and believed in the process. Their hard work is showing, and we are starting to play better volleyball at the right time of the year.”
Hayes’ group dropped their first set in nearly three weeks against the Red Wolves tonight, but the Cougars earned their 10th RSC win of the year and currently hold a 1.5 game lead over Midway for the top spot in the West Division.
“Starting with tonight we have seven tough conference matches left,” continued Hayes. “It was great to get a good win against a good team on the road. Both teams have strong offenses when they are in system. The match became a serve and pass match and whoever was in system and serving aggressively was the team that won each set.”
IU Kokomo had three players with double figure kills in the win led by Sidney Gerig with 14. Erinn Adam and Audrey Strawsma each added 10.
The two sides opened the first set by trading points, but the Cougars used a 5-1 run to open an 11-7 lead. Strawsma had two kills and a block assist during the short IUK run. IU Kokomo built its largest lead of the set after an IU East attack error made it 21-14.
Gerig ended things in the first set with a kill to give the Cougars the 25-17 win and a 1-0 match advantage.
Three kills and a service ace helped the Cougars jump out to an early 4-1 lead in the second set. A kill from Adam would extend the IU Kokomo lead to 8-2. Kaley Lyons put IUK up 22-12 with a kill but the Red Wolves starting to mount a comeback, going on an 8-2 run to make it a 24-20 set but Morgan Weir closed out the set with a kill to give the Cougars a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
The third set is where the Cougars’ sweep streak came to an end as the Red Wolves defeated IU Kokomo 25-18 to extend the match.
Though their sweep streak was ended, the Cougars were not going to let their winning streak come to an end. IUK trailed briefly in the fourth set but regained the lead on an IU East attack error and never looked back.
The Cougars used a 5-1 run to run away with the fourth set. Gerig scored the final two points of the match for IUK to lead them to their 18th victory of the season.
Lyons was a dig away from a double-double as the setter had 26 assists and nine digs on the night. Kendal Williams added 21 assists.
Alexa Roberts led the Cougars with 13 digs while Alyvia Smith added 12.
IU Kokomo will continue their final road swing of the year on Friday, October 22 when they travel to West Virginia Tech to take on the Golden Bears.
Lexi Jackson Wins the JennaStrong Invitational; Cougars Earn 10th Place
WILIMINGTON, Ohio – The IU Kokomo women’s cross country team competed at the JennaStrong Cross Country Invitational on Friday. The Cougars finished 10th out of 35 teams in a very large and competitive meet that included 258 runners.
Lexi Jackson was the fast time of the entire meet, earning a first place finish with a time of 18:21. The senior crossed the finish line over 30 seconds ahead of the second place runner.
Next for the Cougars were junior Casey Lechner, who ran 20:53, finishing in 47th place. Senior Audrey Benefiel finished in 66th place with a time of 21:14 while freshman Ella Kantz finished in 86th place with a time of 21:35. Junior April Chrisman rounded out the top five for the Cougars, finishing in 112th place, running a time of 22:04.
The Cougars will be back in action on Saturday, October 23rd at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Pair of late goals doom the Pride in first trip to St. Cloud
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The Purdue Northwest men’s soccer team fell 4-2 to St. Cloud State on the road Friday night in the Pride’s first trip to Husky Stadium.
PNW had its three-match win streak snapped and moved to 6-5-0 (5-3-0 GLIAC). It was the Pride’s first setback this season decided by more than one goal. The homestanding Huskies improved to 4-7-1 (3-5-0 GLIAC).
St. Cloud State took an early 2-0 lead with goals scored in the 16th and 20th minutes, before PNW finally caught a break with a Ryan Moran (Attadale, Australia) goal to make it 2-1 at halftime. Both teams had several chances with a combined 21 shots on target in the match. PNW tallied a 12-5 edge in corner kick attempts.
Moran scored in the 41st minute, a left-footed strike off the bounce from a perfect through-ball sent in by Diego Luna (Hanover Park, Ill.). It was Moran’s team-leading fifth goal and Luna’s first assist of the season.
Then, the game-tying goal was eventually scored by Pau Aran (Spain) in the 77th minute. Aran made a run down the right side of the box and fired his second goal of the season into the top of the net from close range.
However, the Huskies were able to respond with the game-winner in the 81st minute and tacked on another goal in the 89th.
Moran, Isaiah Nieves (Lyons Township, Ill.) and Lucas Bravo Ollé (Barcelona, Spain) each registered multiple shots on goal for the Pride.
Goalkeeper Sebastian Contreras (Joliet, Ill.) logged a season-high six saves.
PNW is right back in action Sunday when it travels for a 2:30 p.m. match in Fayette, Iowa against Upper Iowa University – exactly one month after the Pride shutout the Peacocks 3-0 in Hammond.
CROSS COUNTRY: IU EAST AT JENNA STRONG CLASSIC RECAP
WILMINGTON, Ohio – Several runners from the Indiana University East cross country program had season-best times at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic on Friday, Oct. 15.
Savannah Hart was the top runner for the IU East women’s team finishing 39th in the 5K with a 20:36.8. Hart was followed by Hannah Markeson, who was close to being the seventh runner with a season-best time as she was just three seconds off with a 21:08.4 in 62nd.
“The women ran really well and executed, especially late in the race,” IU East coach Cam Tiberg said. “They probably saved us 40 points in the last 200 meters.”
Klipstine led the men with a 28:05.4 in the 8K race to lower his time from 28:19. Nelson was next at 28:20.8 matching his top time of the fall to finish 92nd.
“We can really take a lot from the men’s race as a full team,” Tiberg said. “It’s a great building block for Grand Rapids.”
The College of Wooster won the women’s event that featured 24 complete squads as well as runners from nine others schools. The Red Wolves were 11th overall.
Lexi Jackson of Wooster led the field of 258 runners with a time of 18:21.0.
On the men’s side, Wilmington was first in a field of 30 complete teams with seven other schools having individual competitors. IU East was 27th.
With a time of 24.44.9, Wilmington’s Simon Heys won the men’s race that had 311 runners.
Next up for the Red Wolves is the Great Lakes Challenge at Riverview Park in Grand Rapids, Mich. The meet is Saturday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.
VOLLEYBALL: IU KOKOMO 3, IU EAST 1
RICHMOND, Ind. – In a matchup of River States Conference division leaders, the Indiana University East volleyball team fell in four sets against Indiana University Kokomo on Oct. 15.
Final score before an enthusiastic crowd on Lingle Court: 25-17, 25-20, 18-25, 25-18.
RSC East Division leader IU East is 12-9 overall and 7-2 in the league. RSC West Division leader IU Kokomo is 18-8 overall and 10-1 in the league.
It was a rematch of the 2020 RSC Championship title game, with the same final result.
Early in the first set with IU East leading 6-3, it was IU Kokomo that swung the momentum in their favor by scoring eight of the next nine points that gave them an 11-7 lead that they would not relinquish. The visiting Cougars carried their momentum into the second set by jumping out to an 8-2 lead that they continued to build upon.
IU East’s bright spots came in the third set, when the Red Wolves used a 7-1 run to build a 14-8 lead they would not relinquish. IU East served up four of its seven aces in the third set. Teah Barrett Matthews put away five of her 10 kills in the third set.
IU Kokomo sealed the match in the fourth set, when they went on an 6-2 scoring spree that saw the score go from 14-12 to 20-14. This mini run was enough for the Cougars to spoil the Red Wolves attempt to send it to a fifth set.
“Well first IUK is a great team that has a lot of depth”, said head coach Kim McConaha. “They always come out full force in the first set especially on our home court. Our gameplan was not executed as well as we would have liked, but we mad adjustments during the game and they did a good job. Moving onto tomorrow, we have to forget this match and have a short term memory and we need to bounce back with a big win.”
It’s a quick turnaround for the Red Wolves, who host Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College on Oct. 16. Match time is at noon on Lingle Court.
MEN’S SOCCER: WVU TECH AT IU EAST PREVIEW
The Indiana University East men’s soccer team looks for its second straight win as the Red Wolves entertain WVU Tech on Saturday, Oct. 16.
The River States Conference affair is the second match of a doubleheader with the Golden Bears at Centerville High School. The Senior Day contest starts at 3:30 p.m. The women’s match begins at 1 p.m.
IU East is 1-10-1 overall and 1-3 in the conference, while WVU Tech is 6-4-1, 2-1-1.
WVU Tech is coming off a 2-2 draw in double overtime at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Thursday, Oct. 14.
FOLLOW THE MATCH
Admission to home matches for IU East soccer is free.
The GPS address for Centerville High School is 507 Willow Grove Road in Centerville, Ind. The soccer field is in the southwest portion of the CHS campus, adjacent to the tennis courts and baseball field.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for the postmatch recap and box score.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* Alex Visscher was named the RSC Defensive Player of the Week after recording eight saves in a 3-2 victory in double overtime against Brescia University last weekend.
* Tristan Thomas scored a pair of goals against Brescia, including the game-winner in the second extra session.
* Thomas tops IU East in scoring with five goals and one assist this season for 11 points.
* Dixie Davies leads WVU Tech in scoring with 12 points on five goals and two assists.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1909 Behind the complete-game shutout thrown by Babe Adams, the Pirates beat the Tigers, 8-0, in the seventh and deciding game of the World Series. Pittsburgh wins its first Fall Classic in franchise history with the help of their rookie phenom, who also won Games 1 and 5.
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World Series of 1909
1910 American League president Ban Johnson declares Tigers outfielder Ty Cobb the league’s batting champ after questioning Nap Lajoie’s suspicious multi-hit performance in a season-ending doubleheader against the Browns. With the Georgia Peach sitting out the last two games of the season, hoping to hold onto his thin lead, the Cleveland second baseman, with the St. Louis shortstop playing deeper than usual, collected eight hits, six of which were bunts.
1912 Fred Snodgrass’ 10th inning two-base error of pinch-hitter Clyde Engle’s routine pop fly in center field sets up the tying run en route to the 3-2 Red Sox victory over the Giants and a World Championship for Boston. The play, which becomes infamously known as “Snodgrass’ Muff,” is followed by his spectacular catch of a long drive hit by Tris Speaker, but the 20-year-old outfielder historically becomes known as the goat in the Fall Classic.
1939 With Mayor Fiorello La Guardia on hand, the City of New York swears in Lou Gehrig as a member of the Parole Commission. Although the term is for ten years, the former Yankee slugger will eventually become too ill to sign his name and asks for a leave of absence next year.
1949 Brooklyn does not renew Branch Rickey’s contract as president of the Dodgers. The ‘Mahatma’ will join the Pirates as the team’s executive vice president and general manager, with his son, Branch Jr., assuming the post of Pittsburgh’s vice president and farm system director.
1950 After five seasons at the helm, Eddie Dyer, who Marty Marion will eventually replace, resigns as the Cardinals manager. The former St. Louis skipper won a World Championship as a rookie pilot with the Redbirds in 1946, compiling an outstanding 446-325 (.578) record during his post-war tenure with the club that never included a losing season.
1957 With a year left on his contract, the Indians dismiss Hank Greenberg as general manager, citing the lack of fan support for the team’s former slugger. The disgruntled Hall of Famer, who remains on the Board of Directors, urges the team to move to Minneapolis before being bought out in 1958.
1957 The Giants extend Bill Rigney’s contract for two more seasons, making him the team’s first skipper in San Francisco. The former franchise infielder, an Alameda native, replaced Leo Durocher in 1956 while the team still played in New York.
1961 After he compiled a 234-199 record during his 14 seasons in Philadelphia, the Yankees purchase Robin Roberts from the Phillies for slightly more than the $20,000 league waiver price. The right-hander, who will not appear in a regular-season game for the Bronx Bombers, will be released in May, but on the same day, will sign as a free agent with the Orioles, staying with Baltimore until July 31, 1965.
1962 With the tying and winning runs in scoring position at Candlestick Park, second baseman Bobby Richardson snags Willie McCovey’s hard line drive for the final out of the World Series. The Yankees win Game 7, beating the Giants, 1-0, capturing the franchise’s 20th World Championship.
1964 After deliberating for four hours, the Indians’ Board of Directors decide to keep the team in the Forest City after exploring options to possibly shift the franchise to Seattle, Oakland, or Dallas. The Tribe signs a ten-year lease to use Cleveland Stadium at a reduced rent, including an escape clause for the city and the club after any season.
1969 The Mets, thanks to Ron Swoboda’s double and two Oriole errors in the eighth inning, win their fourth straight World Series game to become World Champions. Jerry Koosman tosses a five-hitter, beating Baltimore 5-3 in Game 5, in a contest best remembered for manager Gil Hodges winning the ‘shoe polish’ argument.
1976 In Game 1 of the World Series against the Yankees, Dan Driessen, batting fifth in the Reds lineup, becomes the first National League player to be used as a designated hitter. The DH was not employed before this year’s Fall Classic, although the concept had been adopted and used in the American League since 1973.
1983 The Orioles win their fourth straight contest against the Phillies and take the World Series in five games. Scott McGregor pitches a five-hit complete game in the 5-0 victory at Veterans Stadium, and Eddie Murray hits two home runs.
1985 In Game 6 of the NLCS, Cardinal first baseman Jack Clark’s dramatic come-from-behind two-out, three-run home run in the ninth inning stuns a sold-out Dodger Stadium. St. Louis wins the game, 7-5, and captures the National League flag.
1985 The Royals, coming back from a 3 to 1 game deficit, capture their first American League pennant, beating the Blue Jays in Game 7 of the ALCS, 6-2. Dick Howser’s squad will beat the Cardinals to win the franchise’s first World Series championship.
1988 At Dodger Stadium, Don Baylor becomes the first player to participate in three consecutive World Series for three different teams when he pinch-hits in the eighth inning of the A’s 6-0 loss to L.A. in the second game of the Fall Classic. The 39 year-old veteran played with the pennant-winning Red Sox in 1986 and the World Champion Twins in 1987.
1990 The A’s ten-game postseason winning streak ends when the Reds take Game 1 of the World Series at Riverfront Stadium, 7-0. Reds’ outfielder Eric Davis becomes the 22nd player to hit a homer in his first Fall Classic at-bat.
1999 In a game slated to be a battle between the respective aces of each team, the Red Sox crush the Yankees in Game 3 of the ALCS, 13-1. The dream pitching duel between Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens at Fenway Park doesn’t materialize when the ‘Rocket’ fails to get out of the third inning, giving up five earned runs on six hits.
2000 In Game 5 of the NLCS, the Mets capture their fourth National League pennant when Mike Hampton throws a complete-game three-hit shutout, blanking the Cardinals at Shea Stadium, 7-0. Bobby Valentine’s team joins the 1997 Marlins as the only other wild-card team to advance to the World Series.
2001 Diamondback southpaw Randy Johnson strikes out 11 batters en route to throwing a three-hitter, beating Greg Maddux and the Braves 2-0 in Game 1 of the NLCS. The matchup at Bank One Ballpark features starters who have collectively combined for 457 career victories and have won seven Cy Young Awards.
2003 In Game 7 of the ALCS, the Yankees capture their 39th American League pennant, beating the Red Sox, 6-5, thanks to Aaron Boone’s 11th inning home run at the Bronx ballpark. The defensive replacement becomes the fifth player to end a postseason series with a homer, joining Bill Mazeroski (’60 Pirates, WS Game 7 vs. Yankees), Chris Chambliss (’76 Yankees, ALCS Game 5 vs. Royals), Joe Carter (’93 Blue Jays, WS Game 6 vs. Phillies), and Todd Pratt (’99 Mets, NLDS Game 4 vs. Diamondbacks).
2005 The White Sox, after a 46-year absence from the Fall Classic, will represent the American League in the World Series. The Pale Hose’s starting rotation threw four consecutive complete-game victories against the Angels to capture the ALCS in five games to earn an opportunity to play for the World Championship for the first time since 1959.
2006 Former Manager of the Year (1995 and 2001 Mariners) Lou Piniella inks a three-year contract worth approximately $10 million, including an option for a fourth year to manage the Cubs. The 64-year-old fiery skipper replacing Dusty Baker (66-96) has a 1,519-1,420 record during his 18-year managerial tenure with the Yankees, Reds, Mariners, and Devil Rays.
2006 After winning the AL West and sweeping the Twins in the ALDS, the A’s fire Ken Macha when the Tigers eliminate the team from the postseason. Oakland GM Billy Beane cites a lack of communication between the players and the manager, who compiled a 368-280 record and brought the team to the playoffs twice in his four-year tenure in the dugout.
2007 Bill Stoneman, citing he wants to spend more time with his wife, retires as the general manager of the Angels, a post he has held since the end of 1999. The 63-year-old executive, who was at the helm for the team’s only World Championship (2002), will remain with the club as a senior advisor.
2008 The first pitch of a potential Game 6 of the World Series will begin eight minutes later to accommodate Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama’s desire to purchase the 8-8:30 pm slot on the Fox network, the same airtime the campaign as CBS and NBC. The Tropicana Field game now has a scheduled start time of 8:35 pm.
2008 The Red Sox, behind 7-0 in the bottom of the seventh inning, score eight runs in the three last frames to beat the Rays in Game 5 of the ALCS at Fenway Park, 8-7. Boston’s comeback victory is the biggest postseason rally since the 1929 A’s tallied ten times in the seventh inning to wipe out an eight-run deficit against the Cubs in their 10-8 victory in Game 4 of the World Series.
2010 The Rangers record their first playoff win at home in the franchise’s 50-year history when they take Game 2 of the ALDS, defeating the Yankees, 7-2. The victory in Arlington ends a ten-game postseason losing streak against New York that includes yesterday’s heartbreaking loss in which Texas had an early 5-0 lead over the Bronx Bombers.
2011 The Cardinals capture their 18th pennant with a 12-6 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park in Game 6 of the NLCS. The Redbird relievers toss 28.2 innings, accounting for three wins while compiling a 1.88 ERA.
2014 Giants’ journeyman Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off three-run homer ends the NLCS, giving the team a 6-3 pennant-clinching victory over Cardinals in Game 5. San Francisco will face the Royals in an all wild-card World Series, their third all Fall Classic appearance in the past six seasons.
2020 The Astros, staving off elimination, beat the Rays in Game 6 of the ALCS at Petco Park, 7-4, marking only the second time a team climbs back from a 3-0 playoff deficit to force a Game 7. In the 2004 ALCS, the Red Sox, down three games to none, came back against the Yankees, advancing to win the World Series over the Cardinals in four games.
2020 The sixth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS was the best of times and the worst of times for Will Smith, the Dodgers catcher, who smacks a three-run homer off Will Smith, the Braves reliever. The Globe Life Field matchup marks the first time in postseason history that features a hitter facing a pitcher with the same first and last name
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||4||1||0||.800||0.0||172||64||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|New England Patriots||2||3||0||.400||2.0||96||92||0-3-0||2-0-0||2-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Miami Dolphins||1||4||0||.200||3.0||79||154||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||1-1-0||4 L|
|New York Jets||1||4||0||.200||3.0||67||121||1-1-0||0-3-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Los Angeles Chargers||4||1||0||.800||0.0||142||116||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||3 W|
|Denver Broncos||3||2||0||.600||1.0||102||76||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||3||2||0||.600||1.0||113||120||2-1-0||1-1-0||3-1-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2||3||0||.400||2.0||154||163||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Baltimore Ravens||4||1||0||.800||0.0||136||117||2-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||0-0-0||4 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||3||2||0||.600||1.0||114||100||2-1-0||1-1-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Cleveland Browns||3||2||0||.600||1.0||142||114||2-0-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||2||3||0||.400||2.0||94||112||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tennessee Titans||3||2||0||.600||0.0||132||130||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||2-0-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||1||4||0||.200||2.0||89||141||1-2-0||0-2-0||1-3-0||1-0-0||4 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||1||4||0||.200||2.0||108||128||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-2-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||0||5||0||.000||3.0||93||152||0-3-0||0-2-0||0-4-0||0-2-0||5 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Dallas Cowboys||4||1||0||.800||0.0||170||117||3-0-0||1-1-0||3-1-0||2-0-0||4 W|
|Washington Football Team||2||3||0||.400||2.0||123||155||1-2-0||1-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Philadelphia Eagles||2||4||0||.333||2.5||137||152||0-3-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|New York Giants||1||4||0||.200||3.0||103||139||0-2-0||1-2-0||1-3-0||0-2-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Arizona Cardinals||5||0||0||1.000||0.0||157||95||2-0-0||3-0-0||3-0-0||2-0-0||5 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||4||1||0||.800||1.0||141||116||2-1-0||2-0-0||3-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||2||3||0||.400||3.0||120||126||0-2-0||2-1-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||3||0||.400||3.0||117||119||0-2-0||2-1-0||2-3-0||0-2-0||3 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Green Bay Packers||4||1||0||.800||0.0||120||122||2-0-0||2-1-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||4 W|
|Chicago Bears||3||2||0||.600||1.0||84||100||2-0-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Minnesota Vikings||2||3||0||.400||2.0||113||109||2-1-0||0-2-0||2-1-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||0||5||0||.000||4.0||98||138||0-2-0||0-3-0||0-4-0||0-3-0||5 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||1||0||.833||0.0||195||144||3-0-0||2-1-0||3-1-0||1-0-0||3 W|
|Carolina Panthers||3||2||0||.600||1.5||115||87||2-1-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-0-0||2 L|
|New Orleans Saints||3||2||0||.600||1.5||127||91||1-1-0||2-1-0||2-2-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|Atlanta Falcons||2||3||0||.400||2.5||105||148||1-2-0||1-1-0||1-3-0||0-1-0||1 W|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage
|Orlando City SC||28||11||9||8||41||41||0||8-4-2||3-5-6||42|
|New York City FC||28||11||7||10||44||32||12||8-3-3||3-4-7||40|
|Inter Miami CF||28||9||5||14||25||43||-18||5-2-7||4-3-7||32|
|Real Salt Lake||28||11||6||11||45||44||1||8-4-2||3-2-9||39|
|Los Angeles FC||28||9||7||12||40||41||-1||6-5-3||3-2-9||34|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Conference
|1 Pittsburgh Penguins||2||1||0||1||3||1||10||7||—||1-0-1||1-0-1|
|2 Buffalo Sabres||1||1||0||0||2||1||5||1||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|3 Columbus Blue Jackets||1||1||0||0||2||1||8||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|4 Washington Capitals||1||1||0||0||2||1||5||1||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|5 Ottawa Senators||1||1||0||0||2||1||3||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|6 Toronto Maple Leafs||2||1||1||0||2||1||4||4||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|7 Carolina Hurricanes||1||1||0||0||2||1||6||3||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|8 Florida Panthers||1||1||0||0||2||1||5||4||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|9 New Jersey Devils||1||1||0||0||2||1||4||3||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|10 Tampa Bay Lightning||2||1||1||0||2||1||9||12||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0|
|11 Detroit Red Wings||1||0||0||1||1||0||6||7||0-0-1||—||0-0-1|
|12 Philadelphia Flyers||1||0||0||1||1||0||4||5||0-0-1||—||0-0-1|
|13 New York Rangers||2||0||1||1||1||0||3||8||0-0-1||0-1-0||0-1-1|
|14 Boston Bruins||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|15 New York Islanders||1||0||1||0||0||0||3||6||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|16 Montreal Canadiens||2||0||2||0||0||0||2||7||—||0-2-0||0-2-0|
|1 Vancouver Canucks||2||1||0||1||3||0||7||7||—||1-0-1||1-0-1|
|2 Colorado Avalanche||1||1||0||0||2||1||4||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|3 Los Angeles Kings||1||1||0||0||2||1||6||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|4 Minnesota Wild||1||1||0||0||2||1||2||1||—||1-0-0||1-0-0|
|5 Anaheim Ducks||2||1||1||0||2||1||5||3||1-1-0||—||1-1-0|
|6 Dallas Stars||1||1||0||0||2||1||3||2||—||1-0-0||1-0-0|
|7 Seattle Kraken||2||1||1||0||2||1||7||7||—||1-1-0||1-1-0|
|8 Vegas Golden Knights||2||1||1||0||2||1||6||9||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0|
|9 Edmonton Oilers||1||1||0||0||2||0||3||2||1-0-0||—||1-0-0|
|10 Chicago Blackhawks||2||0||1||1||1||0||5||8||—||0-1-1||0-1-1|
|11 Calgary Flames||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|12 San Jose Sharks||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|13 St. Louis Blues||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||—||—||—|
|14 Nashville Predators||1||0||1||0||0||0||3||4||0-1-0||—||0-1-0|
|15 Winnipeg Jets||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||4||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|
|16 Arizona Coyotes||1||0||1||0||0||0||2||8||—||0-1-0||0-1-0|