INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-REGIONALS NCC/AREA (SATURDAY)

@KOKOMO

Harrison vs. Northrup 11:00

@ CASCADE

University vs. Centerville 11:00

Parke Heritage vs. Knightstown 1:00

@ CARROLL FLORA

Union City vs. Cowan 11:00

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL SEMI-STATE-NCC/AREA (SATURDAY)

@ FOREST PARK

Union County vs. South Vermillion 11:00

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GOLF-2020-21 Boys Golf State Tournament

Dates: Friday, June 4; Saturday, June 5; Monday, June 7, 2021.

Advancement from Sectionals to Regionals: Top 3 teams who post a team score.  Ties for top 3 teams must be resolved in order to advance. Top 3 low individuals excluding those individuals who advance with a team. Ties for 3rd place must be played off in order to advance.

1. Valparaiso (13) | Forest Park Golf Course | Fri, 9 am CT

Boone Grove, Chesterton, Hammond, Hammond Bishop Noll, Hammond Clark, Hammond Gavit, Hammond Morton, Hebron, Hobart, Morgan Township, Portage, Valparaiso, Wheeler.

2. Lake Central (12) | Palmira Golf & Country Club | Fri, 8 am CT

Andrean, Calumet, Crown Point, Griffith, Hanover Central, Highland, Illiana Christian, Lake Central, Lowell, Merrillville, Munster, Whiting.

3. LaPorte (10) | Beechwood Golf Course | Fri, 8 am CT

Knox, LaCrosse, LaPorte, Marquette Catholic, Michigan City, New Prairie, North Judson-San Pierre, River Forest, South Central (Union Mills), Westville.

4. Logansport (12) | Dykeman Park Golf Course | Fri, 9:30 am ET

Caston, Covenant Christian (DeMotte), Kankakee Valley, Logansport, North Newton, Pioneer, Rensselaer Central, Rochester, South Newton, Tri-County, Twin Lakes, Winamac.

5. Harrison (West Lafayette) (13) | Coyote Crossing Golf Course | Fri, 9 am ET

Benton Central, Carroll (Flora), Clinton Central, Clinton Prairie, Delphi, Faith Christian, Frontier, Harrison (West Lafayette), Lafayette Central Catholic, Lafayette Jefferson, McCutcheon, Rossville, West Lafayette.

6. Westfield (10) | Ulen Golf and Country Club | Mon, 9 am ET

Bethesda Christian, Carmel, Frankfort, Guerin Catholic, Lebanon, Sheridan, University, Western Boone, Westfield, Zionsville.

7. South Bend Riley (12) | Erskine Golf Course | Mon, 8 am ET

Elkhart, Elkhart Christian Academy, Glenn, LaVille, Mishawaka, Mishawaka Marian, Penn, South Bend Adams, South Bend Clay, South Bend Riley, South Bend St. Joseph, South Bend Washington.

8. Northridge (12) | Meadow Valley Golf Club | Fri, 8 am ET

Bethany Christian, Bremen, Concord, Fairfield, Goshen, Jimtown, Lakeland, Northridge, NorthWood, Prairie Heights, West Noble, Westview.

9. East Noble (12) | Noble Hawk Golf Links – Kendallville | Fri, 8:30 am ET

Angola, Carroll (Fort Wayne), Central Noble, Churubusco, DeKalb, East Noble, Eastside, Fort Wayne Northrop, Fremont, Garrett, Hamilton, Leo.

10. Warsaw Community (12) | Rozella Ford Golf Club | Fri, 8 am ET

Columbia City, Culver Academies, Culver Community, Huntington North, Manchester, Northfield, Plymouth, Tippecanoe Valley, Triton, Warsaw Community, Wawasee, Whitko.

11. Fort Wayne Canterbury (13) | Chestnut Hills Golf Club | Fri, 8:30 am ET

Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers, Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian, Fort Wayne Canterbury, Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran, Fort Wayne North Side, Fort Wayne Snider, Fort Wayne South Side, Fort Wayne Wayne, Heritage, Homestead, New Haven, Woodlan.

12. Peru (11) | Rock Hollow Golf Club | Mon, 9 am ET

Eastern (Greentown), Kokomo, Lewis-Cass, Maconaquah, North Miami, Northwestern, Peru, Southwood, Tri-Central, Wabash, Western.

13. Norwell (12) | Timber Ridge Golf Club | Fri, 9 am ET

Adams Central, Bellmont, Blackford, Bluffton, Eastbook, Madison-Grant, Marion, Mississinewa, Norwell, Oak Hill, South Adams, Southern Wells.

14. Indianapolis Cathedral (9) | Maple Creek Golf Club | Fri, 8 am ET

Heritage Christian, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, Indianapolis Cathedral, Indianapolis Scecina, Lawrence Central, Lawrence North, North Central (Indianapolis), Park Tudor, Warren Central.

15. Noblesville (12) | Fox Prairie GC | Mon, 8 am ET

Alexandria Monroe, Anderson, Daleville, Elwood Community, Fishers, Frankton, Hamilton Heights, Hamilton Southeastern, Lapel, Noblesville, Pendleton Heights, Tipton.

16. Monroe Central (12) | Hickory Hills Golf Course | Mon, 9 am ET

Cowan, Delta, Jay County, Monroe Central, Muncie Burris, Muncie Central, Randolph Southern, Union City, Wapahani, Wes-Del, Winchester, Yorktown.

17. Greenfield Central (12) | Hawk’s Tail of Greenfield | Mon, 9 am ET

Blue River Valley, Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central, Knightstown, Morristown, Mt. Vernon (Fortville), New Castle, New Palestine, Shelbyville, Shenandoah, Southwestern (Shelbyville), Triton Central.

18. Richmond (12) | Forest Hills Country Club | Mon, 9 am ET

Cambridge City Lincoln, Centerville, Connersville, Franklin County, Hagerstown, Northeastern, Richmond, Rushville, Seton Catholic, Tri, Union (Modoc), Union County.

19. Attica (11) | Harrison Hills Country Club | Fri, 9 am ET

Attica, Covington, Crawfordsville, Fountain Central, Greencastle, North Montgomery, North Putnam, Parke Heritage, Seeger, South Vermillion, Southmont.

20. Indianapolis Crispus Attucks (13) | South Grove Golf Course | Mon, 9 am ET 

Beech Grove, Ben Davis, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Central Christian Academy, Covenant Christian (Indianapolis), Decatur Central, Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter, Indianapolis Crispus Attucks, Indianapolis Shortridge, Pike, Riverside, Speedway, Victory College Prep.

21. Martinsville (12) | Foxcliff Golf Course | Mon, 9:30 am ET

Avon, Brownsburg, Cascade, Cloverdale, Danville, Martinsville, Monrovia, Mooresville, Owen Valley, Plainfield, South Putnam, Tri-West Hendricks.

22. Linton-Stockton (12) | Phil Harris Golf Course | Mon, 9 am ET

Bloomfield, Clay City, Eastern Greene, Linton-Stockton, North Central (Farmersburg), Northview, Shakamak, Sullivan, Terre Haute North Vigo, Terre Haute South Vigo, West Vigo, White River Valley.

23. Vincennes Lincoln (13) | Country Club of Old Vincennes | Fri, 9 am ET

Barr-Reeve, Gibson Southern, North Daviess, North Knox, Pike Central, Princeton, South Knox, Tecumseh, Vincennes Lincoln, Vincennes Rivet, Washington, Washington Catholic, Wood Memorial.

24. Evansville Mater Dei (13) | Helfrich Hills Golf Course, Thurs, 7 am CT

Boonville, Castle, Evansville Bosse, Evansville Central, Evansville Day, Evansville F.J. Reitz, Evansville Harrison, Evansville Mater Dei, Evansville Reitz Memorial, Evansville North, Mount Vernon, North Posey, Signature.

25. Franklin Community (12) | The Legends Golf Club | Mon, 9 am ET

Center Grove, Edinburgh, Franklin Central, Franklin Community, Greenwood, Greenwood Christian Academy, Indian Creek, Indianapolis Lutheran, Perry Meridian, Roncalli, Southport, Whiteland.

26. Bloomington North (14) | Cascades Golf Course | Mon, 8 am ET

Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington North, Bloomington South, Brown County, Brownstown Central, Crothersville, Edgewood, Lighthouse Christian Academy, Medora, Mitchell, Salem, Seymour, Trinity Lutheran, West Washington.

27. Greensburg (12) | Greensburg Country Club | Fri, 8:30 am ET

Batesville, Columbus East, Columbus North, East Central, Greensburg, Hauser, Jac-Cen-Del, Lawrenceburg, Milan, North Decatur, Oldenburg Academy, South Dearborn.

28. Madison Consolidated (11) | Sunrise Golf Course | Mon, 11 am ET

Austin, Charlestown, Henryville, Jennings County, Madison Consolidated, New Washington, Rising Sun, Scottsburg, Shawe Memorial, Southwestern (Hanover), Switzerland County.

29. Jasper (12) | Sultan’s Run Golf Club | Fri, 11:30 am ET

Crawford County, Forest Park, Heritage Hills, Jasper, Loogootee, Orleans, Paoli, Perry Central, South Spencer, Southridge, Springs Valley, Tell City.

30. Providence (12) | Covered Bridge Golf Club | Mon, 8 am ET

Borden, Christian Academy of Indiana, Clarksville, Corydon Central, Floyd Central, Jeffersonville, Lanesville, New Albany, North Harrison, Providence, Silver Creek, South Central (Elizabeth).

INDIANA BOYS TRACK-2020-21 Boys Track & Field State Tournament

(FRIDAY)

Order of Events

3:00 p.m. – Pole Vault, Long Jump and Discus

3:30 p.m. – High Jump; Shot Put

4:15 p.m. – 3200 M Relay Finals

5:00 p.m. – 100 M Dash Trials

5:15 p.m. – 110 M High Hurdle Trials

5:40 p.m. – 200 M Dash Trials

6:10 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

6:15 p.m. – 110 M High Hurdles

6:25 p.m. – 100 M Dash

6:35 p.m. – 1600 M Run

6:45 p.m. – 400 M Relay

7:05 p.m. – 400 M Dash

7:20 p.m. – 300 M Int. Hurdles

7:45 p.m. – 800 M Run

8:05 p.m. – 200 M Dash

8:15 p.m. – 3200 M Run

8:30 p.m. – 1600 M Relay

Advancement from State Meet Trials to Finals

1.   110 and 100 Hurdles, 100; 200

      a.   3 heats with 9

      b.   1st, 2nd from each heat plus next 3 best times.

2.   400 Relay, 1600 Relay, 400, 300 Hurdles

      a.   no trials

      b.   3 sections timed; 9 per section

3.   3200 Relay, 800

      a.   no trials

      b.   2 sections; 1 with 13, 1 with 14

4.   1600 and 3200

      a.   no trials

      b.   1 race timed

5.   Field Events

      a.   top 10 qualify plus ties

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS TRACK-STATE FINALS

(SATURDAY)

3:00 p.m. – Pole Vault, Long Jump and Discus

3:30 p.m. – High Jump; Shot Put

4:15 p.m. – 3200 M Relay Finals

5:00 p.m. – 100 M Dash Trials

5:15 p.m. – 100 M High Hurdle Trials

5:40 p.m. – 200 M Dash Trials

6:10 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

6:15 p.m. – 100 M High Hurdles

6:25 p.m. – 100 M Dash

6:35 p.m. – 1600 M Run

6:45 p.m. – 400 M Relay

7:05 p.m. – 400 M Dash

7:20 p.m. – 300 M Low Hurdles

7:45 p.m. – 800 M Run

8:05 p.m. – 200 M Dash

8:15 p.m. – 3200 M Run

8:30 p.m. – 1600 M Relay

Advancement from State Meet Trials to Finals

1.   110 and 100 Hurdles, 100; 200

      a.   3 heats with 9

      b.   1st, 2nd from each heat plus next 3 best times.

2.   400 Relay, 1600 Relay, 400, 300 Hurdles

      a.   no trials

      b.   3 sections timed; 9 per section

3.   3200 Relay, 800

      a.   no trials

      b.   2 sections; 1 with 13, 1 with 14

4.   1600 and 3200

      a.   no trials

      b.   1 race timed

5.   Field Events

      a.   top 10 qualify plus ties

INDIANA STATE FINAL-GIRLS TENNIS (FRIDAY/SATURDAY)

Evansville Memorial vs. SB St. Joseph

Fishers vs. Jasper

Homestead vs. Sullivan

Carmel vs. Park Tudor

MLB SCOREBOARD

Interleague
Miami5Final
Toronto6
 
Texas3Final
Colorado6
American League
Chi White Sox Postponed
Cleveland 
 
Minnesota3Final
Baltimore6
 
Tampa Bay3Final
NY Yankees4
 
Boston1Final
Houston2
 
Oakland6Final
Seattle0
National League
San Diego1Final
Chi Cubs6
 
NY Mets7Final
Arizona6
 
Philadelphia Postponed
Cincinnati 
 
Washington5Final
Atlanta3
 
St. Louis3Final
LA Dodgers14

NBA PLAYOFFS

Washington112Final
Philadelphia129
 
Atlanta103Final
New York89
 
Memphis110Final
Utah126
 
Dallas105Final
LA Clippers100

NHL PLAYOFFS

Montreal5Final
Winnipeg3
 
Vegas2Final-OT
Colorado3

TOP HEADLINES

Duke’s Krzyzewski to coach 1 final year, hand off to Scheyer

(AP) — Mike Krzyzewski will make a final run at a national championship with Duke.

The Hall of Famer and winningest coach in the history of Division I men’s basketball announced Wednesday that next season will be his last with the Blue Devils program he has built into one of college basketball’s bluebloods. The school also named former Duke player and associate head coach Jon Scheyer as Krzyzewski’s successor for the 2022-23 season.

“My family and I view today as a celebration,” Krzyzewski said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

Stadium first reported news of the 74-year-old Krzyzewski’s final season with Duke, which he has led to five national championships, most recently in 2015. He has 1,170 career wins going back to his time at Army, with 1,097 wins coming during 41 years with the Blue Devils and their frantic fans who have made playing at famously hostile Cameron Indoor Stadium so difficult.

Now Krzyzewski will have make a final lap – “The Last Ride,” as the program billed it in a social-media post – around the Atlantic Coast Conference and the sport where he has piled up an incredible run of success before handing off to Scheyer, currently 33.

“He is clearly ready for this opportunity and has shown it repeatedly throughout his playing career and as a coach on our staff the past eight seasons,” Krzyzewski said. “Jon is a rising star in our profession and Duke basketball could not be in better hands in the future.”

The school has scheduled a news conference for Krzyzewski on Thursday at Cameron, followed by one Friday for Scheyer.

Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to 12 Final Four appearances and a record 15 ACC Tournament championships, while his teams have spent a record 126 weeks ranked at No. 1 in the AP men’s college basketball poll.

Hired at Duke in March 1980, “Coach K” won national championships in 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010 and 2015. He broke Army mentor Bob Knight’s career victory record in November 2011.

Krzyzewski has tailored his approach to adapt with the times and his personnel. He won that 2010 title with a senior-laden roster, then claimed the 2015 one after pivoting to more “one-and-done” talent that headed to the NBA after a lone college season.

His image became synonymous both with the elite private university in Durham, North Carolina, and the sport as a whole. And along the way, he took over the U.S. men’s national team – with NBA All-Star rosters featuring names such as the late Kobe Bryant and LeBron James – and led it to Olympic gold in Beijing in 2008, London in 2012 and Rio de Janiero in 2016.

“What he means to the countless players he has coached, both collegiately and professionally, is simply immeasurable,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said in a statement.

Duke missed the NCAA Tournament this past season for the first time since 1995, but the Blue Devils welcome one of the nation’s top recruiting classes for the coming season.

Scheyer played for Krzyzewski from 2006-10, with his last season resulting in his mentor’s fourth NCAA title. Scheyer joined the Duke staff for the 2013-14 season and rose to his current role following the 2017-18 season.

Scheyer served as interim coach last year for Duke when Krzyzewski was sidelined for a January win against Boston College due to COVID-19 protocols. Scheyer has never been a college head coach.

“Duke University has been a central part of my life for more than a decade, and I could not ask for a better place to continue my career,” Scheyer said in a statement. “This is absolutely humbling. … (Krzyzewski) has set a standard that every coach at every level should strive to achieve.”

The news comes almost two months to the day that another Hall of Famer in the state – North Carolina’s Roy Williams – announced his retirement after 33 seasons as a head coach with Kansas and the rival Tar Heels. UNC also turned to a former player on the bench, elevating Hubert Davis to take over in his first time as a major college head coach.

Stevens replacing Ainge as team president in Celtics shakeup

BOSTON (AP) Danny Ainge, who helped bring two NBA titles to Boston as a player and another as the team’s basketball boss, stepped down from the Celtics front office just hours after they were eliminated from the postseason, and coach Brad Stevens is giving up his job on the bench to replace him.

Stevens will lead the search for his successor, the Celtics said in a news conference Wednesday. He leaves as the fourth-winningest coach in franchise history, but one who failed to hang a championship banner from the rafters.

“Hiring a new coach will give us a great opportunity to hire somebody that will be … a new, fresh voice with a new, fresh perspective,” Stevens said. “They don’t have to fill Doc Rivers’ shoes, like I did. And they don’t have to fill Danny Ainge’s shoes, like I do. They just have to figure out a way to be better than the last guy.”

Stevens, who left Butler in 2013 after leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back trips to the NCAA championship game, ends his only NBA coaching job with a 354-282 record that included three trips to the conference finals in the previous four years.

This year’s team flirted with a top-four seed in the East before losing 10 of its last 15 games and falling into the play-in round. The moves came about 12 hours after the Celtics lost to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series.

“One person’s leaving, and we have one job opening. It’s a very important job opening – head coach of the Boston Celtics,” owner Wyc Grousbeck said. “It’s following Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Tommy Heinsohn, Brad Stevens, Doc Rivers. It’s following an illustrious group. And we’re getting started today.”

Ainge, 62, won championships with the Celtics as a player in 1984 and ’86 and took over as the president of basketball operations in 2003. He was voted the league’s top executive in 2008, when Boston won its 17th championship – an NBA record that has since been matched by the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Danny has meant so much to Celtics pride, the reinvigoration of the franchise,” team owner Steve Pagliuca said. “The great news is we have continuity, with Brad, who has been side-by-side (with him) the last eight years.

Ainge said that after having a heart attack two years ago, “I started thinking about what I was doing with my life.”

“You’re surrounded by your six children in the hospital and they say, `Hey, you need to stop doing this,'” he said. “I don’t know what my future holds. I don’t have any plans. Right now my goal is to get Brad up to speed on the draft … put the Celtics in the best place they can be. I’ll make the decision on the future somewhere in the future.”

Celtics staff were informed Wednesday morning of the moves, which were first reported by ESPN and The Athletic.

Stevens’ 354 wins trails only Red Auerbach, Heinsohn and Rivers on the team’s all-time list. He said the search for his replacement will be “wide-ranging and comprehensive.”

“I’m excited for Brad. I feel like he was born for this: Indiana kid, basketball junkie, smart, lives the game, has many resources and has a great staff,” Ainge said. “This is a great day for the Celtics. I think actually this is a big step forward.”

After reaching the conference finals last year, losing to Miami in the NBA bubble, the Celtics struggled with injuries and COVID-19 this season to fall to seventh in the East. They beat Washington in the play-in game but could only manage one win against the Nets and former Celtic Kyrie Irving.

Although he made one All-Star team and was the starting guard on two Celtics champions, Ainge’s greatest accomplishment in Boston was constructing a new Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen that won it all in 2008 and ended the longest title drought in franchise history.

Since then, he has had success in the draft, especially with emerging stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. But even with the addition of established stars like Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Irving and Kemba Walker, Ainge has not been able to build another championship team.

76ers’ Embiid sits out Game 5 with meniscus tear in knee

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia star Joel Embiid is out with a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee, a potentially critical blow as the 76ers chase their first NBA championship since 1983.

Embiid sat out Game 5 against Washington on Wednesday night. He isn’t scheduled to have surgery, and the Sixers will treat his injury with physical therapy. He is considered day to day.

Sixers coach Doc Rivers said only that he was “hopeful” the All-Star center could return at some point in the postseason.

“He’s a competitor. The fact that he’s not playing tonight, or whenever he can play, it bothers him,” Rivers said. “He’s not in a great place that way. But he’s good. He’s fine.”

The Sixers held a 3-1 lead over the Wizards in the first-round Eastern Conference series and a victory would certainly give Embiid more time to rest before the next round.

Embiid walked out to big cheers for pregame warmups and shot mostly jumpers around the perimeter and some free throws. He hit fadeaways and appeared to move side-to-side with ease – putting on a little show perhaps to prove to fans and the league the big man just might not miss much time after all.

Matisse Thybulle got the start and the Sixers moved Ben Simmons to center.

Losing Embiid for a prolonged length of time could end Philly’s run at the title – the Sixers played well in spurts without Embiid but went 10-11 without him in the regular season. The Sixers finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and the 27-year-old Embiid led the way. He averaged 28.5 points and 10.6 rebounds, and Rivers said they would not play Embiid unless he could handle big minutes and avoid further damage to the knee.

“He’s willing to go through whatever it takes to get back on the floor,” Rivers said.

Embiid scored a postseason career-high 36 points in 28 minutes in a 29-point win for the 76ers in Game 3 on Saturday

Sixers guard George Hill said Embiid had “high hopes” for a postseason comeback.

“His mindset is to come back, his mindset is to always be here and play for us and compete,’ he said. “He’s very ecstatic of doing what he has to do to get back on this court, and that’s all you can expect from a leader like him.”

Embiid, who has a long injury history that includes missing his first two full seasons, was injured in Philadelphia’s Game 4 loss. He wound up on the floor behind the baseline after having his shot blocked by Washington’s Robin Lopez on a drive to the basket in the first quarter.

After staying down for a moment, a wincing Embiid rose and then put his hand on his lower right back. He remained in the game briefly before eventually heading to the locker room in the last minute of the period.

Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, had surgery in March 2017 to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.

“Our job is to keep his spirits up and keep pushing him to get ready,” Rivers said.

Doncic scores 42, leads Mavs over Clippers 105-100 in Game 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) Something’s got to give between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers. Neither team has won at home yet, and now it’s the Mavs’ turn.

Luka Doncic scored 42 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. hit two free throws with eight seconds left, and Dallas won 105-100 at Staples Center on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in the first-round playoff series.

It’s the third playoff series in NBA history – and first since 1995 – in which the road team won the first five games, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

“It’s always easy to play on the road because you’re the enemy,” Kristaps Porzingis said.

The Mavs can close out their first series victory since winning the 2011 NBA championship with a victory in Game 6 at home Friday in front of a full house.

“We’ve got to keep that road mentality when we’re back at home,” Hardaway said “We’ve just got to make sure we do a phenomenal job of staying poised, staying patient, attacking when the opportunities present themselves.”

Hardaway added 20 points, the only other Mavs player in double figures, playing three more minutes than Doncic. Doncic’s points were two off his career playoff high. He had a career-high 14 assists and added eight rebounds.

“Very intense up and down game. A lot of emotions,” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. “I thought our guys did a great job with composure.”

Doncic shot 17 of 37 from the floor – three more than the 34 combined taken by Clippers stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

“It was too much,” he said. “I shot some shots that I shouldn’t have shot.”

George led five Clippers starters in double figures with 23 points and 10 rebounds after playing the fourth quarter with four fouls. Leonard and Reggie Jackson each added 20 points. Leonard missed a potential tying 3-pointer from the right corner at the final buzzer.

“Just was off-balance and was leaning back and ended up shooting it,” Leonard said. “Got to do a better job.”

Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said, “We got to win in seven now.”

The Clippers bounced back after falling behind by 16 points early in the fourth. They outscored the Mavs 16-6 to get to 95-91, despite turnovers and misses by George and Leonard.

But Hardaway stole the ball from George and hit a 3-pointer. Porzingis followed with another 3 and the Mavs led 101-91.

Still, the Clippers weren’t done. They ran off nine straight points to get to 101-100 on consecutive 3-pointers by Jackson and Marcus Morris, and a three-point play by Leonard.

Terance Mann stole the ball, drawing roars from the masked crowd of 7,428, but Nicolas Batum missed a layup during a wild scramble in which Morris fouled Hardaway. He made both for a 103-100 lead.

Dallas got outscored 25-16 in the fourth, when Doncic sat out for a couple minutes.

“In the fourth, I didn’t play great,” he said. “But we won the game and that’s all that matters right now.”

Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Wizards and into 2nd round

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ben Simmons challenged Seth Curry during an afternoon “Call of Duty” session to score 30 points and send the 76ers into the next round of the playoffs. With Joel Embiid hurt, Simmons told Curry he would do his part and get a triple-double.

Maybe there’s something to this pregame gaming hobby.

“Clearly Seth listens to Ben so we’re going to use Ben as a translator for Seth from this point forward,” Sixers coach Doc Rivers said.

Fire up the console for another round.

Curry scored a playoff career-high 30 points and Philadelphia beat Washington 129-112 on Wednesday night to end the Easter Conference series in five games, overcoming Embiid’s absence because of a knee injury.

Atlanta awaits after beating New York in Game 5 later Wednesday. Game 1 is Sunday in Philadelphia.

Sixers fans couldn’t wait, chanting “We want Brooklyn!” as the seconds ticked off in Game 5.

Embiid gets a few extra days of rest.

With an NBA title still in sight, the 76ers will need their injured franchise center – healthy and ready to roll – in the second round against Atlanta.

“Jo’s been huge for us all year. It’s only right we give him as much time as he needs to get right and come back and help us win it all,” Curry said.

Tobias Harris added 28 points and teamed with Curry and Simmons to carry the offensive load with Embiid out. Simmons had 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to keep the top-seeded 76ers in the hunt for their first championship since 1983.

Embiid is day to day with a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and he was reduced to Philadelphia’s biggest cheerleader as the Sixers put the misery of last season’s first-round sweep behind them.

Embiid gave a sneak peek that the injury suffered in a Game 4 loss might not keep him out very long. The NBA MVP candidate had the crowd going wild when he hit the court for pregame warmups. He shot jumpers around the perimeter, fadeaways, even some free throws – all without any sort of noticeable knee brace under his white leggings — and put on a show that proved his absence might not last beyond Game 5.

Rivers, in his first season, said he expected Embiid to return in the postseason.

“I don’t know when or how early,” he said. “I’m hopeful. I think that’s a better way of putting it.”

Led again by Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, the Wizards were hopeful they could the could take advantage of Embiid’s absence and force a return home for Game 6.

“Nobody expected us to take them to five,” Beal said. “I strongly in my heart believe we could have taken them to seven.”

With the first capacity crowd this season allowed at Wells Fargo Center — there were 15,523 in the house – the Sixers shook of a slow start and had the place rocking late in the first half when Simmons hit Harris for a 3 and their first lead of the night. Ben Simmons – staunchly defended by Rivers after a slew of missed free throws in Game 4 — hung tight from the line when the Wizards tried to Hack-A-Ben him again.

He also did what he does best, create plays and make his attacks to the rim look silky smooth. He even made 5 of 8 from the free-throw line.

Simmons, who missed 15 of 20 free throws over the first four games, drew Westbrook’s third foul in third. Westbrook complained to the referees all night and had four fouls through three quarters. Beal scored 32 points and Westbrook had 24.

Young scores 36 points, Hawks finish off Knicks in Game 5

NEW YORK (AP) In his first time on stage, Trae Young was already the star of the show.

And just like an actor on nearby Broadway, he closed his impressive debut performance with a bow, after making a long 3-pointer in the final minute.

“Leading up to this game, I know where we are, I know there’s a bunch of shows around this city and I know what they do when the show is over,” Young said.

Young closed it with 36 points and nine assists, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the New York Knicks 103-89 on Wednesday night in Game 5.

Clint Capela backed up his confident words from a day earlier with 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Hawks, who will play the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers in their first trip to the Eastern Conference semifinals since 2016. That series begins Sunday.

Young never looked like a playoff rookie, hitting the winning shot with 0.9 seconds left in the opener and averaging 29.2 points and 9.8 assists.

The profane chants toward the point guard continued Wednesday, though less frequently than in Games 1 or 2. Young was never rattled by the fans, one of whom was banned after spitting on Young in Game 2.

Now he has silenced them for the summer.

“I texted him before the playoffs started and told him he’s built for this time of the season with the confidence he brings to the floor, his skill level for scoring the basketball and creating opportunities,” Hawks interim coach Nate McMillan said. “It’s really tough to game plan against him.”

Julius Randle had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Knicks to finish his disappointing first postseason. The winner of the NBA’s Most Improved Player award shot 8 for 21 from the field and finished 28 for 94 (29.8%) in the series.

Randle said he was proud of the team the Knicks were.

“It’s tough for me to process that right now the way things ended, but we’ll be back,” he said.

Randle led the Knicks to a 41-31 record in their first season under Tom Thibodeau, with a pair of 40-point games during a three-game season sweep of Atlanta. But the Hawks were by far the better team in this series, with only a poor second half of Game 2 keeping them from a sweep.

Jazz advance to 2nd round, beating Grizzlies in Game 5

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Donovan Mitchell hasn’t stopped thinking about the Utah Jazz blowing a 3-1 lead to Denver in last season’s playoffs.

Even as allergies woke him up every hour a night before the Jazz played with another 3-1 series advantage against the Memphis Grizzlies, Mitchell focused on starting fast and finishing strong.

Mtichell scored 26 of his 30 points in the first half and the Jazz advanced to the second round of the playoffs, beating the Grizzlies 126-110 on Wednesday night in Game 5.

“I think setting the tone was huge. We did that as unit on both ends of the floor and understanding that you can’t give a team like that life,” Mitchell said about Utah’s quick start.

Mitchell also had 10 assists and six rebounds in 29 minutes, getting a little rest before facing the winner of the Los Angeles Clippers-Dallas Mavericks matchup.

“These allergies have been kicking my butt, probably the worst I have ever had,” Mitchell sniffled.

On the court, Mitchell was doing all the butt kicking and made sure this playoff outcome was different than last season.

“Donovan’s got better every single year since he’s got here and obviously having him back was key and was huge for us because of the way we’re playing now. It’s fun to play with Donovan,” said Rudy Gobert, who had 23 points and 15 rebounds for Utah.

Jordan Clarkson scored 24 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 17 points to help power the top-seeded Jazz to their fourth straight victory.

Even after a cool fourth quarter, the Jazz shot 53%.

“We really moved the ball, and when we do that, the first thing that has to happen is we have to space — we can’t be standing next to each other — to move the ball the way we want. We had the willingness to pass and to shoot,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said.

The Memphis big three all played effectively on offense, but got little help from the supporting cast. Ja Morant finished his record-setting first playoff series with 27 points and 11 assists. Dillon Brooks also had 27 points, and Jonas Valanciunas added 18.

“Ja has grown up so much this year. I know he’s going to be highly motivated going into the offseason to take it to the next level as a player (and) continue to help this team take the next step. His words going into the locker room were `We will be back’ and that’s a great mentality. … He’s only continuing to scratch the surface of what he can become as a player,” Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said.

Mitchell capped Utah’s big first half with two contested 26-foot jumpers to make it 75-51 and bring the 13,000 fans to their feet.

The Jazz out-passed the Grizzlies’ slow rotations and scored on 16 of 19 possessions to start the game, highlighted by shooting 8 for 10 from 3-point range. Mitchell scored 14 points in six minutes and the Jazz led 47-27 at the end of the first quarter – two more than previous team postseason record for any quarter of 45 set in 1991.

“We attacked the rim. We shared the ball, and we played defense. When we move the ball, we get in the paint and we move the ball like we did, I don’t think there is a one defensive scheme that can really stop us. We’ve seen them all,” Gobert said.

Clarkson’s 3-pointer midway through the third quarter gave the Jazz their largest lead at 91-56

“We got to see how we matched up against a No. 1 seed and we gave them every single fight that we could. Our defense got tested. We could have played with the pass a little better during this series. Guys just got to watch film and make their weaknesses their strengths so when we come back, we’re gonna be that unstoppable team,” Brooks said.

The Jazz have played all season with the bitter taste that blown lead to Denver but they didn’t even give Memphis a glimmer of hope to repeat history in this elimination game and led wire-to-wire as they reached the second round for the first time since 2018.

“This game is over, this series is over and we didn’t come this far to just win one series . we got to go out there and do it again and again and again,” Mitchell said.

The Grizzlies believe they grew throughout the series and will be ready to take a similar step to Utah’s next year.

“None of us like losing. We definitely didn’t want our season to end the way it did. But, I mean, we have a lot to be proud of — our fight,” Morant said. “Everybody is hungry for more.”

Rantanen scores OT winner, Avs up 2-0 in series vs. Knights

DENVER (AP) Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal 2:07 into overtime, Philipp Grubauer outdueled fellow Vezina Trophy finalist Marc-Andre Fleury and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.

Rantanen took a cross-ice pass from Nathan MacKinnon and sent a liner over the glove of Fleury. The goal came with Reilly Smith in the penalty box for slashing Rantanen.

Brandon Saad and Tyson Jost also scored for the Avalanche, who’ve won six in a row to start the postseason, tying the franchise mark set in 1987 when the team was based in Quebec.

Grubauer had 39 saves in becoming the first Colorado/Quebec goaltender to pick up six straight postseason victories.

Alec Martinez and Smith had goals for the Golden Knights, who controlled large portions of the action after two full days off following a 7-1 loss in Game 1. A fresh Fleury provided a big boost. He didn’t play in the series opener following a grueling seven-game series with Minnesota. Fleury stopped 22 shots.

The series heads to Vegas for Game 3 on Friday.

This was more like the tight series that everyone was expecting. The Avs and Golden Knights split the eight games in the regular season and finished tied for the most points in the league. The Avalanche earned the Presidents’ Trophy – along with home ice throughout the postseason — on a tiebreaker.

Vegas vowed to bounce back from the penalty-filled first game, with William Karlsson commenting after the morning skate: “The sun is shining today.”

The Golden Knights clanged three shots off the post in the third period.

Colorado finished 2 for 6 on the power play and was outshot by a 41-25 margin. The top line of MacKinnon, captain Gabriel Landeskog and Rantanen was held in check – until overtime. The trio combined for five goals and three assists in Game 1.

Vegas defenseman Shea Theodore had two assists – and a spectacular play on a breakaway from Rantanen late in the third. Theodore was able to disrupt the play at the last moment.

Colorado remains tough to beat at home, winning its 13th straight at Ball Arena dating to the regular season.

Smith tied the game at 2-all when he broke free and lifted a backhanded shot past Grubauer.

Jost gave the Avalanche a 2-1 lead in the first with a power-play goal. His score was after Vegas tied the game on a power-play score from Martinez. It marked the first time in this postseason the Avs have surrendered a goal in the opening period.

Saad started the scoring at 3:39 of the first when he barely got anything on a wide-open shot but the slow roller caught Fleury by surprise and the puck trickled between the veteran goaltender’s pads.

Saad extended his goal streak to five games, which is tied for the third-longest string in Avalanche history for a playoff year. The record is seven straight by Claude Lemieux (1997) and Joe Sakic (’96).

Canadiens’ Game 1 win tempered by late hit on Jake Evans

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Eric Staal scored early goals and Montreal beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the second-round series, a victory tempered by a scary late-game hit on Canadiens center Jake Evans.

Playing on his 25th birthday, Evans was taken off the ice on a stretcher with 57 seconds left after being crushed in the head and shoulder area by Jets center Mark Scheifele an instant after tucking in an empty-net goal.

Evans chased down the puck behind the net, tightly circled back around the goal cage and scored just before Scheifele’s sent him crashing to the ice.

Scheifele was given a major for charging and a game misconduct.

Montreal interim coach Dominique Ducharme called the hit “vicious” and “useless,” and said Evans had not yet been taken to a hospital.

“No, he’s still here, he’s being evaluated,” Ducharme said. “He’s doing better, but before I came here he was still being evaluated.”

In 2018 during a Canadiens’ rookie showdown game, Evans was hit and taken off the ice on a stretcher to a hospital and then put in concussion protocol.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Friday night in Winnipeg.

“It was a dirty hit, but the league’s going to take care of it,” Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson said. “If he gets back in the series, we’re going to make his life miserable, but I think the league’s going to do a good job with that.”

Nick Suzuki and Brendan Gallagher also scored for Montreal, Edmundson and Jeff Petry each had two assists and Carey Price made 27 saves. Adam Lowry, Derek Forbort and Kyle Connor scored for Winnipeg, and Connor Hellebuyck stopped 28 shots.

Fans were allowed inside Bell MTS Place for the first time this season. The Manitoba government allowed 500 fully vaccinated health-care workers to attend.

It was Winnipeg’s first game since May 24, when it swept the Edmonton Oilers. Montreal overcame a 3-1 series deficit and eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night in Game 7.

Kotkaniemi described the hit on Evans as “disgusting.”

Medina Spirit drug test confirmed; Baffert suspended 2 years

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Bob Baffert is on track to have his record seventh Kentucky Derby victory taken away and won’t be able to run any horses in the prestigious race for the next two years.

Churchill Downs on Wednesday suspended the Hall of Fame trainer for two years after an additional drug test of Medina Spirit confirmed the presence of the steroid betamethasone in the Kentucky Derby winner’s system. The next step could be the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission disqualifying Medina Spirit, and now Baffert won’t be able to enter any horses in the Derby or other races at the storied track through the spring of 2023.

“Reckless practices and substance violations that jeopardize the safety of our equine and human athletes or compromise the integrity of our sport are not acceptable and as a company we must take measures to demonstrate that they will not be tolerated,” Churchill Downs Inc. CEO Bill Carstanjen said in a statement. “Mr. Baffert’s record of testing failures threatens public confidence in thoroughbred racing and the reputation of the Kentucky Derby. Given these repeated failures over the last year, including the increasingly extraordinary explanations, we firmly believe that asserting our rights to impose these measures is our duty and responsibility.”

Churchill Downs initially suspended Baffert indefinitely pending the investigation and now said it reserves the right to extend Baffert’s suspension if he has any other violations in other states. Baffert has had five in the past 13 months.

Maryland racing officials allowed Medina Spirit and Baffert-trained Concert Tour to run in the Preakness on May 15 only after undergoing three rounds of prerace testing. New York banned Baffert indefinitely and prevented him from entering any horses in the Belmont Stakes.

The stunning ban by Churchill Downs could have a domino effect that takes off the trail completely the only trainer to win the Triple Crown since 1978.

A Maryland Jockey Club spokesman did not expect to make any kind of formal announcement Wednesday. New York Racing Association spokesman Patrick McKenna said its suspension remains in effect and that the NYRA “will make a determination regarding the length and terms of Mr. Baffert’s suspension at the appropriate time and based on information generated by the ongoing investigation in Kentucky.”

Earlier Wednesday, lawyers for Baffert and Medina Spirit owner Amr Zedan confirmed the split-sample test came back positive for betamethasone.

Baffert’s attorney, Craig Robertson, said the second test showed 25 picograms of the steroid, after 21 picograms were found in the first sample. Even a trace amount of betamethasone – a picogram is a trillionth of one gram – is prohibited on race day in Kentucky, Maryland and New York, which are home to the sport’s Triple Crown races, and considered a violation.

Robertson said additional testing is being conducted to try to trace the source of the drug to an ointment to treat a skin infection and not an injection. He and Zedan attorney Clark Brewster said they expect tests to show the ointment is responsible and not injections into one of the horse’s joints.

“I think that will shed the light most prominently on the issue here for us,” Brewster told The Associated Press by phone. “The whole basis for listing betamethasone is because it’s injected into a joint and they want you not to inject the joints too close to the race, so the whole substantive basis is out the window if it’s a salve, and it can be proven scientifically and empirically to be the salve.”

Rules in Kentucky do not differentiate punishment based on the source of the substance, which can be given to horses to help their joints and Baffert believes came from the dermatitis ointment. Churchill Downs said Medina Spirit would be disqualified if the split sample came back positive for betamethasone.

A spokeswoman for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation. Sherelle Roberts-Pierre said the commission “values fairness and transparency and will provide information to the media and public at the close of an investigation.”

Brewster said he hoped the additional tests would come back in a week to 10 days.

“At the end of the day, we anticipate this case to be about the treatment of Medina Spirit’s skin rash with Otomax,” Robertson said. “We will have nothing further to say until the additional testing is complete.”

If Medina Spirit is disqualified, Mandaloun would be elevated as the winner of the May 1 Kentucky Derby.

Last-place Sabres win draft lottery; Kraken get No. 2 pick

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres won the NHL draft lottery and the expansion Seattle Kraken jumped up the order to take the No. 2 pick Wednesday night.

The Sabres have the No. 1 pick for the fourth time in franchise history and second in three years. It marks a turnaround for a team that finished last in the overall standings for the fourth time since 2013-14, and lost the draft lottery in both 2014 and ’15.

Seattle, meantime, can get, ahem, Kraken in preparation for its first season after jumping ahead of Anaheim. The Ducks finished 30th in the overall standings, but will be selecting third overall.

The Kraken were provided the third-best odds at 10.3% – tied with New Jersey – to win the lottery.

The Vegas Golden Knights were placed in the exact same position entering the 2017 draft lottery in advance of their opening season. Vegas wound up selecting sixth after failing to win three lottery drawings.

The only change this year involved the NHL reducing the number of drawings to determine the top two slots.

The Sabres had a 16.6% chance of landing the top pick, which was 1.9 points lower than the previous three lotteries, including 2018 when Buffalo maintained its spot to select defenseman Rasmus Dahlin at No. 1.

“It’s a great moment for our franchise. It’s obviously been a tough year,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said. “We’re very excited, we’re proud to have this selection. It’s a step in the right direction.”

The Sabres are coming off a calamitous season in which they fired coach Ralph Krueger in mid-March while in the midst of an 18-game winless streak, which matched the NHL’s 14th-worst drought. Buffalo also missed the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season to match the NHL record.

Overall, Buffalo became the 10th last-place team to retain the top pick in the draft since the lottery was first introduced in 1995.

The Arizona Coyotes, who finished 22nd, were barred from winning the lottery after the NHL stripped the team of its first-round selection for violating league rules by physically testing draft-eligible players before the 2020 pre-draft combine. Though Arizona was included in the lottery process to maintain the odds, the NHL would had a redraw if the Coyotes’ number came up.

The Coyotes were also stripped of their second-round pick in last year’s draft.

The remaining 12 teams retained their order in the draft by virtue of where they finished in the standings, with the New Jersey selecting fourth and the New York Rangers 15th.

The two-day draft will be held virtually for a second consecutive year, with the first round being held on July 23 – two days after the expansion draft, during which the Kraken will select one player from each of the 31 teams.

The coronavirus pandemic has added more uncertainty to this year’s class of prospects, due to shortened or even canceled seasons, and because of travel limits placed on scouting staffs.

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau has three Michigan players listed among its top six North American prospects, and led by 6-foot-6 defenseman Owen Power, the top-ranked player, who is current representing Canada at the World Hockey championships in Latvia. From Mississauga, Ontario, Power had three goals and 16 points in 26 games in being named to the Big Ten’s All-Rookie team last season.

Central scouting director Dan Marr referred to Power as “a fluid and agile skater, who can transition quickly on plays and separate himself from checking.”

The Wolverines are rounded out by centers Kent Johnson, ranked third, and Matthew Beniers, ranked sixth.

The second-ranked North American skater is Canadian junior center Mason McTavish, who played in Switzerland last season.

Central scouting ranks Swedish-born left wing William Eklund as its top international skater.

Practice makes perfect: Serena’s serve leads to win in Paris

PARIS (AP) Her superior serve back at its unreturnable best, Serena Williams was in full control of her French Open match – until, suddenly, that stroke wasn’t as dominant and neither was she.

And then, pushed to a third set by an opponent offering up all sorts of spins and speeds and angles, Williams regained her form and forged to the finish.

Williams got back to the third round at Roland Garros, where she has won three of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles, by pulling away to beat 174th-ranked Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 Wednesday on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Her serving, especially at the outset, was much better than in her first-round win. In that one Monday, she only put 51% of first serves in play and got broken three times in 10 games.

“I’ve been practicing my serve a lot. I’ve been playing, in practice, unbelievable on my serve. The other night was, `Wooooow,’ she said, rolling her eyes. “I’m glad it came better today. My coach told me it’s good that I’m doing it well in practice, because eventually it will be good in the match.”

It sure was, especially at the outset against Buzarnescu, who didn’t manage to put any serves in play in the first game.

By the end of the first set, Williams had won 20 of 23 points she served.

In the second set, things changed.

Buzarnescu made the measure of those powerful offerings and managed to get herself right back in the thick of things, breaking twice in a row.

“She’s one of the best servers in the world. It’s not easy to read her serve. Being the first time playing against her, it took a while for me to adjust my position in the court on the return,” said Buzarnescu, who called it “a dream” to be able to face Williams. “I’m just happy I was able to figure it out. I hope next time, I can do it earlier.”

After a bit of a reset, Williams got going back in the right direction.

“I knew going into the third, I just had to zero in on those important points,” she said. “If I could just take those, it would be an easier time for me.”

Last year, Williams withdrew before the second round in Paris because of an injured left Achilles. No such issues so far this time, and the 39-year-old American covered the court well, although she did have some tape on her right thigh.

Next for the No. 7-seeded Williams is an all-American matchup against Danielle Collins, who overwhelmed Anhelina Kalinina 6-0, 6-2.

It was a strong French Open afternoon for the U.S., including victories in the women’s draw for No. 23 Madison Keys and in the men’s for No. 31 John Isner, No. 32 Reilly Opelka and unseeded players Stevie Johnson and Marco Giron.

It’s the first time that four American men made it to the third round at Roland Garros since a half-dozen got there in 1996 – and Taylor Fritz still has to play his second match on Thursday.

Another American, Tommy Paul, got off to a good start against No. 2 Daniil Medvedev, a two-time Grand Slam runner-up, in the night session Wednesday. But Medvedev, who was 0-4 for his career at the French Open until this week, came back to eliminate Paul 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-3.

Medvedev will take on Opelka for a spot in Week 2.

Bengals sign Chase, all draft picks now under contract

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals on Wednesday signed their remaining two draft picks, including fifth overall selection Ja’Marr Chase, a wide receiver who won the national championship at LSU with quarterback Joe Burrow.

The Bengals also signed defensive end Joseph Ossai, a third-round selection. All 10 of their picks are now signed.

Chase, who opted out of the 2020 college season, is expected to make a difference for the Bengals right away in an offense in need of playmakers to complement the dynamic Burrow. Chase won the Biletnikoff Award as the top receiver in college football in 2019.

Ossai played three seasons at the University of Texas. He is expected to be in the mix on a defensive line that was beset with injuries and struggled to get sacks as the Bengals limped to a 4-11-1 finish last season.

49ers center Weston Richburg retires

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers center Weston Richburg has retired after a knee injury derailed his career.

The 29-year-old Richburg officially announced his retirement Wednesday. He missed the entire 2020 season recovering from knee surgery and remained on San Francisco’s roster until now to delay some of the salary cap impact until 2021.

Richburg signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Niners in 2018 after spending his first four seasons with the New York Giants.

The former Colorado State lineman played 15 games in 2018 as the anchor on San Francisco’s line and 13 more the following season before going down with a torn right patellar tendon in a Week 14 win at New Orleans.

Richburg missed the Niners’ run to the Super Bowl that season and never played again as he was also hampered by shoulder and hip injuries.

“I consider myself extremely blessed to have played in this league and am so grateful for the experiences over the last seven years,” Richburg said in a statement. “Injuries are an unfortunate part of this game and I’ve reached a point where my body won’t allow me to continue playing and competing at a high level. I was able to play some good football all over the country and was fortunate enough to finish my career with the greatest franchise in sports.”

The Niners will carry dead cap hits of about $3.5 million for Richburg in both 2021 and ’22 because of his retirement.

The 49ers also signed linebacker James Burgess Jr. and tight end MyCole Pruitt.

Burgess has played 31 career games for Green Bay, the Jets and Cleveland. He has 157 tackles, eight passes defensed, 4 1/2 sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Pruitt has 32 catches for 343 yards and four TDs in six seasons with Tennessee, Houston, Minnesota and Chicago.

Dalton says ‘mindset didn’t change’ when Bears landed Fields

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Andy Dalton insisted he understood the situation when he signed with the Chicago Bears and wasn’t blindsided when they drafted Justin Fields.

The three-time Pro Bowl quarterback knows he is the starter for now. How long he stays in that spot remains to be seen.

With voluntary offseason workouts underway, the two new quarterbacks are starting to get acclimated to the system and their surroundings.

“I already knew I was going to do everything I can to be the best player I can for this team and to help us win a lot of football games,” Dalton said Wednesday. “And that’s been my goal from the very beginning. And so whatever happens after this year happens. But my mindset didn’t change just because they drafted Justin.”

The Bears assured Dalton he would not be competing with veteran Nick Foles for the starting job when he agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract in March. But there were no guarantees they wouldn’t bring in a young quarterback.

That’s exactly what they did when they traded up nine spots with the New York Giants to draft Fields with the No. 11 pick. With that bold move, they made it clear who is the quarterback of the future.

“I’ve had a lot of different conversations with everybody here,” Dalton said. “I knew there was a possibility of it. And so, when it happened, it is what it is. Justin is a great guy, getting to know him the last couple weeks, being around him. He’s going to make the quarterback room better.”

Fields was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2019 and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year each of his two seasons at Ohio State after transferring from Georgia. He threw for 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions for the Buckeyes.

The Bears are counting on Fields to deliver in a way Mitchell Trubisky never did after being drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in 2017 and solidify a position that has historically been a sore spot for them. They’re also hoping Dalton produces in a way Mike Glennon never did when they signed him that same year.

Glennon struggled through the first four games in 2017 before getting benched. And Trubisky got thrust into the starting role when the Bears hoped to give him a sort of redshirt season.

There are some differences this time. Fields comes with more experience than Trubisky, who started 13 games at North Carolina. And Dalton, who made Pro Bowls playing with Cincinnati from 2011 to 2019, is more accomplished than Glennon.

“He is doing a great job of making anticipatory throws, throwing the ball early,” coach Matt Nagy said. “If there’s one thing that these wide receivers are going to come out of this OTAs and obviously from training camp, too, they’re going to see that when that ball is supposed to be there, that ball is gonna be there. So they better get ready to put their hands up to catch it, you better be at right spot, at the right depth, and be doing your route adjustments accordingly.”

Dalton has thrown for 33,764 yards, 218 touchdowns and 126 interceptions over nine seasons with Cincinnati and one with Dallas. He led the Bengals to the playoffs his first five seasons after they drafted him out of TCU in the second round in 2011, but never won a postseason game.

Dalton was released after Cincinnati drafted Joe Burrow with the No. 1 pick in 2020 and signed with Dallas to back up Dak Prescott last season. He wound up making nine starts with Prescott suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

Now, he’s embracing his opportunity in Chicago.

Dalton said he is “absolutely” a willing mentor for Fields.

“I’m trying to give him advice on certain things, how I would view certain plays, what I’d do with my eyes on certain things, different things that come with experience,” Dalton said.

Reggie Bush among 1st-timers up for College Hall of Fame

Former Southern California star Reggie Bush, who had his Heisman Trophy victory in 2005 vacated for committing NCAA violations, is among the players making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.

The National Football Foundation announced on Wednesday the players and coaches eligible for election into the Hall of Fame, and 26 of the 78 FBS players will be debuting on the ballot.

Hall of Fame ballots go to more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers. The votes are considered by the NFF’s Honors Courts, which then deliberates and selects a class of about a dozen players and two or three coaches.

College Football Hall of Famer and two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin from Ohio State is the chairman of the Honors Court, which includes athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media from all over the country.

Other first-timers on the ballot included quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Stanford and Kellen Moore of Boise State, Penn State star linebackers LaVar Arrington and Paul Posluszny and former California running back Marshawn Lynch.

Bush’s Hall of Fame case is most intriguing. Based solely on his play, he would be a slam dunk. Bush helped USC win two national championships and won the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 2005.

He averaged 7.3 yards per carry in his career at USC, including 8.7 yards during his Heisman-winning season.

But his Heisman was later vacated after USC was hit with NCAA sanctions when it was found that Bush and his family received money and gifts during his time with the Trojans from fledgling marketing agents who were hoping to represent the rising football star.

The Heisman Trophy Trust asked Bush to return his trophy in 2010 and stripped him from its record books because he had compromised his NCAA eligibility while playing for USC.

The NCAA imposed a 10-year ban on Bush associating publicly with USC. That ended last year. USC joyously welcomed Bush back into the Trojans community and started making plans to honor him.

When the NCAA-imposed disassociation ended, it allowed USC to nominate Bush as a Hall of Fame candidate.

“That was good enough for us,” said Steve Hatchell, president and CEO of the National Football Foundation.

Bush otherwise could have been eligible for the hall and appeared on the ballot as early as 2017, a year after his 11-year NFL career ended.

The Atlanta-based College Hall of Fame has shied away – at times – from honoring players and coaches who have been attached to NCAA or other off-the-field scandals.

But there are no clear-cut guidelines.

Last year, Eric Dickerson, who played at SMU in the early 1980s, was finally elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Dickerson played during the era in which cheating was rampant at SMU and the program eventually was given the so-called death penalty by the NCAA for paying players. Dickerson himself was never proved to have broken any NCAA rules.

Bush might not have to wait as long as Dickerson to make the hall, but he is unlikely to make it on the first ballot.

The NFF tends to steer away from having a school represented in consecutive classes, and former USC quarterback and 2002 Heisman winner Carson Palmer made it last year.

End of recruiting pause has football programs catching up

Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck spoke for many coaches nationwide last December when he noted he still hadn’t shaken the hands of about half the prospects who were about to sign with his program.

Those days finally are coming to an end.

The NCAA has lifted the recruiting dead period that has been in place since March 13, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA returned to its usual recruiting calendar Tuesday, allowing prospects to meet coaches in person and coaches to conduct live evaluations of recruits.

That means programs across the country are going to make up for lost time.

“It’s going to be crazy,” South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said.

The change is a relief for high school football players such as Max Reese, a wide receiver from Fenwick High School in the Chicago suburbs. Reese has offers from Bowling Green and Northern Illinois, and he has visited both Mid-American Conference schools. But he couldn’t meet the coaching staffs at either program during his visits because of pandemic-imposed restrictions.

Now he finally gets to speak face to face with the coaches who have been Zooming with him for the last year. That should give both the prospect and the staff a better idea of their interest in each other.

“It’s like dating a girl online,” Reese said. “You don’t know what you’re really getting until you see them in person.”

Ohio State assistant athletic director for player personnel Mark Pantoni uses a different analogy as he discussed how tough it has been for prospects to evaluate schools based on virtual campus tours.

“It’s cool when you see the commercial of the nice flashy car, but you don’t really know until you test drive it how cool it really is,” Pantoni said. “That’s what we’re about to do. These kids are about to test-drive the car finally after seeing the commercial for so many months.”

College staffs have been gearing up for this moment.

Florida State was welcoming recruits to campus just after midnight as part of its “Midnight Madness” event to mark the end of the dead period.

At Ohio State, director of campus recruiting Erin Dunston said the Buckeyes have 51 official visits scheduled for June. Pantoni said Ohio State’s yearly total of official visits normally is in the “high 40s to low 50s.”

“So this is pretty extraordinary, but not unexpected either,” Pantoni said.

This month is particularly important for players in states such as California and Illinois, which didn’t have traditional fall seasons and instead played abbreviated schedules in the spring. Prospects in states without fall seasons generally didn’t get as many opportunities to show what they can do on tape.

“The advice I’m giving my people is to go to as many camps as they can and get as much exposure in front of as many people as they can,” said Jon Ellinghouse, the coach at Sierra Canyon School in Carlsbad, California.

Ellinghouse said the pandemic-imposed restrictions haven’t been particularly costly for players such as Sierra Canyon safety Kamari Ramsey, who is rated as the nation’s No. 107 overall 2022 prospect, according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports.

The players who’ve been hurt the most, according to Ellinghouse, are the potential late bloomers or lower-tier prospects who needed the exposure they could have received from camps or spring evaluations.

Yet even the top recruits are welcoming the long-awaited opportunity to visit the schools they’re considering, though the virtual tours offered by schools have proved beneficial.

College coaches have said they would like to continue offering Zoom tours of campuses to prospects even in a post-pandemic world. As it became apparent the dead period would last longer than just a few months, football staffs got creative and made these tours increasingly sophisticated.

“It’s hard to know how long a person could stay on Zoom, particularly in the front end of the (pandemic),” Missouri recruiting coordinator Casey Woods said. “Nobody knew what your attention span was, so we were building visits kind of in two or three parts. (We’d say), `Hey, we’ll talk from 1 to 2 on this, take a lunch break and come back and meet from 3-4 on this or whatever.’ Once we realized all of our tolerance for being on those things, we realized what we could get done.”

But no virtual presentation could compare with the real thing. Washington State recruiting coordinator John Richardson acknowledged how difficult it was this past year to see prospects sign with schools they’d never gotten a chance to visit in person.

“It’s just like you’re taking a job somewhere and you have no idea what it looks like, what’s around, anything like that,” Richardson said.

Now they will have a better idea of exactly what to expect.

Full bowl lineup returns after pandemic-shortened 2020-21

After the pandemic cut the college football bowl season almost in half last year, a full lineup of 44 postseason games is scheduled for 2021-22.

The Bowl Season schedule was announced Thursday. The bowls will begin on Dec. 17, with Bahamas Bowl kicking off at noon ET and the Cure Bowl in Orlando later in the day.

Two new bowl games are set to be played this season after canceling their scheduled debuts last year. The LA Bowl at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, is slated for Dec. 18 and the Fenway Bowl in Boston is scheduled for Dec. 29. SoFi Stadium will also host Super Bowl 56 next February to conclude the NFL’s season.

The LA Bowl will feature teams from the Mountain West and Pac-12 conferences. The Fenway Bowl, at the home of the Boston Red Sox, will match the Atlantic Coast Conference and American Athletic Conference.

The College Football Playoff national championship is scheduled for Jan. 10 in Indianapolis, the first time the title game will be played in the Midwest. The semifinals will be played at the Orange Bowl in South Florida and Cotton Bowl in North Texas on Friday, Dec. 31.

Last year only 26 postseason games were played, including the CFP title game. The pandemic forced some bowls to cancel during the regular season, including the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The Sun Bowl is the second-oldest major college bowl behind the Rose Bowl.

Other games were forced to cancel because there were not enough teams that wanted to participate in the postseason, following an arduous regular season filled with postponements and COVID-19 testing for players and coaches.

Still, others, such as the Music City Bowl, were canceled days before the game was set to be played because COVID-19 issues forced a participating team to withdraw.

“Last year dealt us many challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we have expectations that stadiums will be operating at full capacity again which will undoubtedly mean a memorable experience for student-athletes, fans, universities and communities,” Nick Carparelli, executive director of Bowl Season, said in a statement. “College football and Bowl Season is back, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

The 44 bowls in 2020-21 includes the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on Dec. 18, matching the champions of the Southwestern Athletics Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

ESPN is scheduled to televise 40 of the games on its networks. CBS has the broadcast rights to the Sun Bowl on Dec. 31 and Fox or FS1 will carry the Holiday Bowl in San Diego on a date still to be determined.

The RedBox Bowl in San Francisco and Tucson Bowl in Arizona do not yet have television partners or dates set.

Alabama at Florida starts ‘SEC on CBS’ schedule for 2021

Defending national champion Alabama’s game at Florida is scheduled to kickoff the Southeastern Conference’s game of the week slate on CBS on Sept. 15.

The network announced on Wednesday several kickoff times and dates for the upcoming college football season.

Air Force at Navy will be its first game of the season on Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The “SEC on CBS” begins the following week with the Crimson Tide traveling to The Swamp to face the Gators at 3:30 p.m. Georgia-Florida on Oct. 30 is also scheduled for the 3:30 p.m. game of the week slot.

The remaining Saturday SEC games on CBS will be determined during the season.

CBS will have a doubleheader of SEC games at 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 9. Alabama is scheduled to play at Texas A&M on that day. The Aggies finished last season ranked No. 4 in the nation.

The SEC championship game is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. and Army-Navy will be played Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.

Ohio State pondered playing football without Big Ten in 2020

The president of Ohio State University asked athletic director Gene Smith if the Buckeyes could “go independent” in a text message sent the day after the Big Ten announced in August it would not play a fall football season.

The text from Ohio State President Kristina Johnson to Smith, dated Aug. 12 at 8:04 a.m., was among more than 2,500 pages of documents the school released Wednesday night in response to public records requests by media organizations.

The documents included numerous email messages from Buckeyes supporters to Smith and Johnson, criticizing both leaders and the Big Ten’s decision to postpone the season on Aug. 11 because of the pandemic.

“As an alumni I have slowly been losing my faith in the direction of Ohio State, oh to go back to the days of the leadership we had under Gordon Gee,” one emailer wrote, referring to the former Ohio State President, currently at West Virginia University.

There were also email exchanges between athletic directors in the Big Ten proposing alternative football schedules for both a traditional season that would start in September and winter/spring options.

The Big Ten canceled fall football on Aug. 11 and said it would attempt to play all traditional fall semester sports in the spring semester.

The next day, Johnson texted Smith: “Anyway to go independent?”

Smith responded: “I am trying to understand our contracts and if we can play independent this year. Nebraska is trying too and gone public with it.”

On Sept. 16, the Big Ten reversed course – citing the development and availability of rapid COVID-19 testing as a major factor – and decided to schedule an eight-game football season that started on Oct. 24.

The condensed schedule included no room for makeup dates and Ohio State ended up having three of its regular-season games canceled because of virus issues with either the Buckeyes or their opponent.

The Buckeyes went undefeated in the regular season, but Big Ten officials had to change conference rules on the fly to allow Ohio State to play in the conference title game.

The Buckeyes won the Big Ten, made the College Football Playoff, and beat Clemson in the semifinals before losing to Alabama in the national championship game.

Virginia Tech LB Isi Etute facing murder charges

Virginia Tech linebacker Isi Etute is facing second-degree murder charges, according to Blacksburg Police.

Etute, an 18-year-old freshman from Virginia Beach, was arrested on murder charges on Wednesday stemming from the death of a 40-year-old Blacksburg man. An investigation is ongoing and investigators have spoken to witnesses, the Blacksburg Police Department said in a statement.

Police said they responded to a welfare check in Blacksburg on Tuesday and found a deceased male victim, identified as 40-year-old Jerry Smith. The death was ruled a homicide, and police ultimately identified Etute as a person of interest. Police added that Etute was an acquaintance of Smith. The linebacker was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail.

Virginia Tech said in its own statement that Etute had been suspended from the football team indefinitely, and that the university would assist the police investigation in any way possible.

Etute had yet to play a game for the football team. A member of the school’s 2021 recruiting class, he had been on campus since January. 247Sports rated him as a three-star recruit and listed him as the No. 166-ranked linebacker in the 2021 class.

Michigan’s Dickinson enters draft, leaves option to return

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Michigan freshman center Hunter Dickinson has entered the NBA draft while giving himself the option of staying in school.

Dickinson made the announcement on social media on Wednesday. Dickinson earned second-team All-America, Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year and all-conference honors last season.

Dickinson, who is from Alexandria, Virginia, helped the Wolverines reach as high as No. 2 in The Associated Press Top25 and finish No. 4 after a 19-3 regular season. The team led by coach of the year Juwan Howard fell one game short of the Final Four, losing to UCLA by two points.

The 7-foot-1, 255-pound Dickinson averaged team highs in points (14.1), rebounds (7.4) and blocks (1.4) during the pandemic-shortened season.

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

The NBA draft is July 29.

UCLA’s Cody Riley enters NBA draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) Cody Riley has entered his name in the NBA draft after helping UCLA to the Final Four.

The redshirt junior forward averaged career highs of 10 points and 5.4 rebounds while starting all 31 games for the Bruins this season. In six NCAA Tournament games, Riley averaged nine points, six rebounds and 1.3 blocks. UCLA lost to eventual runner-up Gonzaga in the national semifinals.

Riley submitted his name for consideration in the draft just ahead of Sunday’s deadline.

“I’ve encouraged Cody to take advantage of this time and this evaluation process,” coach Mick Cronin said. “I know that he wants to see where he fits at the next level and where he needs to improve.”

Riley joins teammate Johnny Juzang in entering the draft. Riley has left open the possibility of returning to Westwood. The NCAA’s deadline for a player to withdraw his name is July 7.

Cronin said Riley has been working out with the Bruins this spring and is close to graduating. Riley turned his college career around after being suspended as a freshman for his involvement in a shoplifting scandal during the team’s visit to China under former coach Steve Alford to begin the 2017-18 season.

“Cody has been at UCLA for four years, has grown up a lot on and off the court, and has been a joy to coach,” Cronin said. “He’s been a warrior for us.”

Kansas officially signs 2 of top college hoops transfers

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Kansas coach Bill Self acknowledged in the aftermath of one of the worst NCAA Tournament losses in program history that the Jayhawks had to get more athletic and more dynamic if they wanted to once again be title contenders.

They took a big step toward accomplishing that goal Wednesday.

The Jayhawks announced high-scoring Arizona State transfer Remy Martin and versatile Iowa State guard Jalen Coleman-Lands had officially signed their transfer paperwork to join the program. Martin and Coleman-Lands are considered two of the top players in the portal – and that’s saying something given more than 1,000 players on the market.

They join a combination of transfers and high school recruits represents a wholesale makeover of the Jayhawks.

Also transferring to Kansas are Joseph Yesufu, one of the breakout stars of the NCAA Tournament for Drake, and 6-foot-9 forward Cam Martin, who averaged 25 points a game for Division II program Missouri Southern. Prep forwards KJ Adams and Zach Clemence and guards Kyle Cuffe Jr. and Bobby Pettiford are all top-150 recruits.

Meanwhile, junior college forward Sydney Curry is reopening his recruitment after committing to the Jayhawks, and they are still awaiting decisions from Jalen Wilson and Ochai Agbaji on whether they will remain in the NBA draft.

One reason to return? Remy Martin and Coleman-Lands and the rest of the newcomers should make Kansas a contender.

Martin, who also made himself draft-eligible, is a three-time All-Pac-12 pick who led the league with 19.1 points per game last season. As a freshman in 2017, Martin had 21 points in leading the Sun Devils to a rare win over Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, and he had 10 points and four assists in another win over the Jayhawks the following year in Tempe.

“We believe Remy to be one of the best lead guards in America,” Self said. “He is preparing for the NBA Draft but we know if the decision is made to return to school, we will welcome his talent and experience. His competitiveness will elevate others overnight. He would be a very high-energy leader on our team and within this campus.”

Coleman-Lands has taken a long and winding road to Lawrence. He began his career at Illinois, then transferred to DePaul and spent one year redshirting and another playing. Then he headed to Iowa State, where Coleman-Lands started 22 of 23 games last season and averaged 14.3 points while lighting it up from the 3-point line.

“I’m not even talking about Remy’s maturity because Jalen is two years older,” Self said. “Jalen is a college graduate who is pursuing his master’s degree. He’s very bright and can really shoot the basketball. This past season against us he scored 20 in both games and one of the games was a low-scoring game. We think he will give us great depth shooting the basketball on the perimeter. That is something we needed last year and we are addressing that which he is a big part of.”

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Randle El on College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El (1998-2001) is on the 2022 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame for the 10th-consecutive year, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Football Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday. He is one of 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 99 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks.

Randle El earned All-Big Ten distinction in 1999, 2000 and 2001, and he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1998. The Big Ten MVP and a first team All-American in 2001, Randle El was also sixth in Heisman Trophy balloting after he finished 13th in 2000.

The Riverdale, Ill., native was the first player in NCAA history to score 40 touchdowns (45) and throw for 40 TDs (42), the first to record over 2,500 total yards in four seasons, and the first to both pass for over 6,000 yards and rush for over 3,000 yards.

He played in the NFL for 10 years with Pittsburgh and Washington, and was a member of the 2005 Super Bowl champion Steelers.

Randle El received the Big Ten’s 2018 Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award, which recognizes a Big Ten student who has achieved success in the area of leadership following his academic and athletic career.

“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.47 million people have played college football and only 1,038 players have been inducted,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game, and we look forward to announcing the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class early next year.”

The ballot was emailed today to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. The FBS Honors Court, chaired by NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin from Ohio State, and the Divisional Honors Court, chaired by former Marshall head coach, longtime athletics director and NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel, include an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media.

“Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of the College Football Hall of Fame inductees is one of the most cherished NFF member benefits,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Mississippi. “There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our membership, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the lofty responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in our sport.”

The announcement of the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2022, with specific details to be announced in the future.

The 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6, 2022, and permanently immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2022 season.

The criteria for Hall of Fame consideration include:

First and foremost, a player must have received First-Team All-America recognition by a selector that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise its consensus All-America teams.

A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s Honors Courts 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree.

Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years.* For example, to be eligible for the 2022 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1972 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.

A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head football coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.

Nominations may only be submitted by the current athletics director, head coach or sports information director (SID) of a potential candidate’s collegiate institution. Nominations may also be submitted by the president/executive director of a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

*Players who do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Veterans Committees. Veterans Committee candidates must still meet First Team All-America requirement.

Once nominated for consideration, all FBS player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school’s geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame but received significant votes in the final selection, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee may make recommendations to the Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago. The Honors Court annually reviews the Hall of Fame criteria to ensure a fair and streamlined process.

Of the 5.47 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 1,038 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have played the game during the past 151 years. From the coaching ranks, 223 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.

PURDUE BASEBALL: Summer League Plans for Purdue Baseball

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – June brings with it the sights and scents of summer. Baseball weather in all its glory also arrives with summer. Purdue baseball players continue to play the game they love throughout the summer as collegiate summer leagues resume their full schedules this year.

Returning and incoming players are slated to represent the program in the second season – wood bat summer leagues from Cape Cod to California. Most of the league started as early as possible this season in late May or June 1. Cade Hohl hit for the cycle as part of a 4-for-4 night for the O’Fallon Hoots in a Prospect League game on May 29.

RETURNING BOILERMAKERS
BoilermakerTeamLocationLeagueFirst Game
Mike Bolton Jr.Rochester HonkersRochester, Minn.NorthwoodsMay 31
Avery CookLakeshore ChinooksGrafton, Wis.NorthwoodsMay 31
Pat ClohisyBag BanditsWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkJune 1
Nolan DanielSavannah BananasSavannah, Ga.Coastal PlainMay 27
Jack FirestoneLocal LegendsWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkMay 31
Weston GingerichPark RangersWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkJune 1
Tanner HastonPark RangersWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkJune 1
Cade HohlO’Fallon HootsO’Fallon, Mo.ProspectMay 27
Ryan HoweBomb SquadWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkJune 1
Griffin LohmanTropicsWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkJune 1
Jacob MroskoWisconsin Rapids RaftersWisconsin Rapids, Wis.NorthwoodsMay 31
Jake ParrHoptown HoppersHopkinsville, Ky.Ohio ValleyJune 4
Steve RamirezWillmar StingersWillmar, Minn.NorthwoodsMay 31
Jeremy SchorkBag BanditsWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkJune 1
Jake StadlerMoon ShotsWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkJune 1
Calvin StarnesHarwich MarinersHarwich, Mass.Cape CodJune 20
Cam ThompsonRochester HonkersRochester, Minn.NorthwoodsMay 31
Kyle WadeKokomo JackrabbitsKokomo, Ind.NorthwoodsMay 31
Joseph WhitmanHolly Springs SalamandersHolly Springs, N.C.Coastal PlainMay 27
INCOMING BOILERMAKERS
Future BoilermakerTeamLocationLeagueFirst Game
Will AllenTurf MonstersWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkMay 31
Pablo LanzaroteHattiesburg Black SoxHattiesburg, Miss.Mississippi Baseball CongressMay 8
Robby ManninoGamblersNew JerseyAtlantic ConfederationJune 1
Khal StephenBomb SquadWestfield, Ind.Grand ParkJune 1
CJ ValdezLincoln PottersLincoln, Calif.California CollegiateMay 27
Troy ViolaBrazos Valley BombersBryan, TexasTexas CollegiateMay 28
Curtis Washington Jr.State College SpikesState College, Pa.MLB Draft LeagueMay 24

BUTLER MBB: Butler MBB and Oklahoma to Meet in 2021 BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle

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The BIG EAST and Big 12 Conferences have announced the dates and match-ups for the third year of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. Butler will travel to Oklahoma for a Tuesday, December 7 game in Norman.

The television designation and game time will be announced at a later date.

The BIG EAST-Big 12 match-ups, which will be played in December, were jointly determined by the two conferences. Broadcast arrangements for the games will be determined by the national television rights holder of the home team, which is FOX Sports for the BIG EAST and ESPN for the Big 12.

Butler and Oklahoma have met five times previously with the Sooners owning a slight 3-2 advantage. The teams last played in the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis. Two of the match-ups have been on campus, a Butler win at home during the 1965-66 season and an Oklahoma win in Norman during the 1967-68 campaign. Current Butler Athletic Director Barry Collier led the Bulldogs to a win over Oklahoma in the 1997 Big Island Invitational in Hawaii.

The most notable match-up in the series came in the 2003 Sweet 16 when Oklahoma defeated Butler, 65-54, in Albany, N.Y. That was Butler’s first Sweet 16 appearance since 1962. The 2003 contest was the final game in a Butler uniform for a talented senior class that included the late Joel Cornette, who was inducted into the Butler Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017.

Butler is 0-1 in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle, falling at Baylor in 2019. The Bulldogs were scheduled to host Kansas State in 2020, but the game was canceled due to COVID issues within Butler’s program at that time.

Oklahoma has been part of the field in each of Butler’s three most recent multi-team events (MTE), but the two teams did not play in any of those three Thanksgiving Week tournaments (2019 Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, 2018 Battle 4 Atlantis, the PK80 in Portland in 2017).

Season tickets for the upcoming 2021-22 Butler men’s basketball season are on sale now. Additional non-conference games will be announced in the coming weeks. Season ticket information can be found here.

Coach LaVall Jordan enters his fifth season guiding the Butler program. The Bulldogs return their top 11 scorers from a season ago. Oklahoma advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, falling to top-seeded Gonzaga in a game played at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Porter Moser, who spent the last 10 seasons leading the Loyola Chicago program, begins his first season at Oklahoma.

The four-year agreement between the two conferences will continue through the 2022-23 season with an equal number of games played in each conference’s home market each year.

2021 BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle Schedule

Dec. 1 – Texas Tech at Providence

Dec. 2 – Kansas at St. John’s              

Dec. 4 – Iowa State at Creighton

Dec. 5 – Xavier at Oklahoma State

Dec. 7 – Butler at Oklahoma

Dec. 8 – Marquette at Kansas State

Dec. 8 – Connecticut at West Virginia

Dec. 9 – Texas at Seton Hall                                      

Dec. 12 – Villanova at Baylor

Dec. 18 – TCU at Georgetown  

BALL STATE MBB: Cardinals Add TCU Transfer Mickey Pearson     

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After adding a pair of versatile guards this spring, the Ball State men’s basketball team added some size in transfer Mickey Pearson. The 6-7 forward will join the Cardinals this year after spending two seasons at TCU, and he will come to BSU with four years of remaining eligibility.

Pearson, from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, redshirted as a true freshman in 2019-20 and played in 19 games last season before coming back to the Midwest. He is described as a versatile player who can rebound and guard multiple positions. He can score inside and out, and the Cardinals coaching staff sees him being able to attack mismatches with his versatile style of play.

Prior to his time at TCU, Pearson played a season at powerhouse prep school Hargrave Military Academy. Playing on a team with 11 Division I players on it, he averaged 11.2 ppg and 4.4 rpg and made 49 3-pointers. That Hargrave team, which had former Muncie Central star Tommy Freeman on the staff as an assistant, went 38-4 during Pearson’s year.

Pearson played his high school ball at John Hardin in Kentucky, where he was two-time area player of the year and was a finalist for 2018 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. He played on the 2018 Kentucky All-Star team that beat Indiana to snap Kentucky’s 17-game losing streak in the series.

In addition to Pearson, the Cardinals also added transfers Tyler Cochran and DeMarius Jacobs. Ball State also has three incoming true freshmen arriving this season in Jaylin Sellers, Payton Sparks and Basheer Jihad.

BALL STATE BASEBALL: Baker, Sebby Headline Ball State’s All-Conference Baseball Honors

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After a successful 38-18 season, the Ball State baseball team placed six players on the all-conference teams that were announced after the season. John Baker was a first team all-league pick for the second time and Chase Sebby was voted MAC Defensive Player of the Year for a second time. Baker and Sebby were also on the league’s all-defensive team.

Baker, one of the most accomplished pitchers in college baseball, was the Friday ace for Ball State. He went 9-3 with four saves and was fourth in the conference in league play with a 2.41 ERA. He finished his excellent career as a three-time All-MAC player (2nd team in 2018 and 1st team in 2019 and 2021) with 27 wins, a 3.00 ERA and 404 strikeouts.

Sebby captured the conference’s defensive player of the year award for the second time in a row, directing the Cardinals from behind the plate. He had a .996 fielding percentage and threw out 18 baserunners. With Sebby primarily keeping an eye on the basepaths, the Cardinals allowed just 38 stolen bases. In contrast, Ball State stole 59 bases on offense. He was also the DPOY in 2019.

Ryan Peltier, Nick Powell, Noah Navarro and Chayce McDermott all earned second team all-league honors. Peltier was among the best third baseman in the league at the plate, hitting .275 with 15 extra-base hits and 38 RBIs. He also scored 33 runs and stole nine bases. Powell was the team’s breakout player, standing among the league leaders in several offensive categories. He led the team in average (.351), runs (45), hits (65), extra-base hits (21), total bases (98), slugging (.530) and on-base percentage (.450). His .377 batting average in conference play was fourth among all players and first among outfielders.

McDermott, in his only complete season for BSU, enjoyed a dominant season that displayed why he’s expected to go early in this summer’s MLB Draft. McDermott went 8-2 with a 3.05 ERA and finished the regular season fifth in the nation with 125 strikeouts. Batters hit just .207 off McDermott, who had five starts with double-digit strikeouts. He had 13 strikeouts against Toledo and Ohio and 12 against Northern Illinois.

Navarro was among the league leaders in hitting while playing a solid second base for the Cardinals. He hit .341 with a .439 on-base mark in conference play, both numbers ranking him 10th in the conference. He was eighth in the conference in total bases and fifth in slugging. Navarro finished his career as a .317 hitter with 37 extra-base hits in 94 starts.

The complete list of conference award winners is below:

2021 MAC Specialty Award Winners

Coach of the Year: Jordan Bischel, Central Michigan

Freshman of the Year: Kyle Gurney, C, Bowling Green

Freshman Pitcher of the Year: Andrew Taylor, RHP, Central Michigan

Player of the Year: Chris Meyers, 1B, Toledo

Pitcher of the Year: Andrew Taylor, RHP, Central Michigan

Defensive Player of the Year: Chase Sebby, C, Ball State

2021 1st Team All-MAC

C – Connor Charping, Western Michigan

1B – Chris Meyers, Toledo

2B – Mario Camilletti, Central Michigan

SS – Drew Devine, Western Michigan

3B – Nathan Rose, Bowling Green

OF – Zach Gilles, Central Michigan

OF – Ben Carew, Kent State

OF – Cam Touchette, Kent State

SP – John Baker, Ball State

SP – Andrew Taylor, Central Michigan

SP – Sam Bachman, Miami

SP – Joe Rock, Ohio

RP – Eddie Kutt, Ohio

DH – Mike Monahan, Eastern Michigan

At-Large — Taylor Hopkins, SS, Eastern Michigan

2021 2nd Team All-MAC

C – Jake Dunham, Northern Illinois

1B – Sean O’Keefe, Western Michigan

2B – Noah Navarro, Ball State

SS – Michael McNamara, Kent State

3B – Ryan Peltier, Ball State

OF – Nick Powell, Ball State

OF – Kam Smith, Northern Illinois

OF – Collin Mathews, Kent State

SP – Luke Albright, Kent State

SP – Jordan Patty, Central Michigan

SP – Chayce McDermott, Ball State

SP – Davis Feldman, Eastern Michigan

RP – Grant Frazer, Central Michigan

DH – Cole Andrews, Miami

At-Large — Justin Miknis, C, Kent State

2021 All-Defensive Team

C — Chase Sebby, Ball State

1B- Adam Furnas, Bowling Green

2B – Will Vogelgesang, Miami

SS – Michael McNamara, Kent State

3B – Jimmy Allen, Western Michigan

OF – Zach Gilles, Central Michigan

OF – Chase Rollin, Central Michigan

OF – Ben Carew, Kent State

P – John Baker, Ball State

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: SWEET NAMED JWOS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICAN

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame senior outfielder Abby Sweet has earned first-team All-American honors from Justin’s World of Softball (JWOS), the site announced Tuesday.

Also a two-team captain, Sweet was a first-team All-ACC and first-team NFCA All-Region (Mid-Atlantic) selection this season. She was a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year, as well as a three-time ACC Player of the Week in 2021 alone.

Sweet was one of the nation’s best at the plate in 2021, leading the ACC with a .455 batting average for the season, which currently ranks 13th in the nation. She also leads the conference in doubles (18), ranking ninth nationally, and doubles-per-game (0.38). Her .547 on-base percentage ranks second in the conference and 19th in the country, while her 0.91 runs-per-game are second in the ACC.

The senior made the most of her time in the batter’s box, as she was the second-toughest player to strike out in the ACC at a clip of 15.9 at-bats for every strikeout. In addition, Sweet ranks 11th in the nation with 0.40 hit-by-pitch per game, the second-highest rate in the conference. She holds the single game 2021 record among all NCAA Division I players with four HBP in one game (March 27 vs. NC State), which matches the all-time NCAA single-game record.

NOTRE DAME SOFTBALL: SWEET EARNS NFCA SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICA HONORS

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame senior outfielder Abby Sweet was selected to the NFCA All-America Second Team, earning the first All-American honor of her career.

Sweet is the 20th Irish player in program history to earn All-American honors, and adds Notre Dame’s 29th All-American selection.

Also a two-team captain, Sweet was a first-team All-ACC and first-team NFCA All-Region (Mid-Atlantic) selection this season. She was a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year, as well as a three-time ACC Player of the Week in 2021 alone.

Sweet was one of the nation’s best at the plate in 2021, leading the ACC with a .455 batting average for the season, which currently ranks 13th in the nation. She also leads the conference in doubles (18), ranking ninth nationally, and doubles-per-game (0.38). Her .547 on-base percentage ranks second in the conference and 19th in the country, while her 0.91 runs-per-game are second in the ACC.

The senior made the most of her time in the batter’s box, as she was the second-toughest player to strike out in the ACC at a clip of 15.9 at-bats for every strikeout. In addition, Sweet ranks 11th in the nation with 0.40 hit-by-pitch per game, the second-highest rate in the conference. She holds the single game 2021 record among all NCAA Division I players with four HBP in one game (March 27 vs. NC State), which matches the all-time NCAA single-game record.

MIAMI BASEBALL: Three RedHawks Named to All-MAC Teams

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced its 2021 postseason baseball awards on Wednesday. For Miami, junior pitcher Sam Bachman earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team. Junior designated hitter Cole Andrews earned Second-Team All-MAC honors, while senior second baseman Will Vogelgesang was named to the MAC All-Defensive Team. All three earned their second career MAC postseason honor.

Bachman had a tremendous junior campaign, making 12 appearances (all starts) for the RedHawks. He posted a 4-4 record with a 1.81 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 59.2 innings pitched. Opponents recorded a batting average of only .222 against him. In MAC games, Bachman was 3-3 with a 1.35 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 42.2 innings pitched. His ERA of 1.81 ranks second in the MAC while also ranking among the top-10 nationally, and his WHIP of .77 ranks second in the NCAA.

Andrews appeared in 46 games and made 40 starts at designated hitter. He ranks fourth on the Miami roster with a .267 batting average and also belted three home runs and amassed 19 RBI. He posted a .393 slugging percentage on the season and his on-base percentage of .390 is a team-high for Miami.

Vogelgesang, who started 53 games for Miami this season, ranked first on the team with a .320 batting average. Vogelgesang tied for the team lead in triples with six and also added 12 doubles and three home runs. He has also collected 35 runs scored and 13 RBI. Vogelgesang was big for Miami’s offense this season as well, notching 63 hits on the season, which ranks top-10 in the MAC.

The RedHawks went 25-31 overall in the 2021 season, including an 18-22 MAC record.

2021 MAC Baseball Specialty Award Winners

Coach of the Year: Jordan Bischel, Central Michigan

Freshman of the Year: Kyle Gurney, C, Bowling Green

Freshman Pitcher of the Year: Andrew Taylor, RHP, Central Michigan

Player of the Year: Chris Meyers, 1B, Toledo

Pitcher of the Year: Andrew Taylor, RHP, Central Michigan

Defensive Player of the Year: Chase Sebby, C, Ball State

2021 First Team All-MAC

C – Connor Charping, Western Michigan

1B – Chris Meyers, Toledo

2B – Mario Camilletti, Central Michigan

SS – Drew Devine, Western Michigan

3B – Nathan Rose, Bowling Green

OF – Zach Gilles, Central Michigan

OF – Ben Carew, Kent State

OF – Cam Touchette, Kent State

SP – John Baker, Ball State

SP – Andrew Taylor, Central Michigan

SP – Sam Bachman, Miami

SP – Joe Rock, Ohio

RP – Eddie Kutt, Ohio

DH – Mike Monahan, Eastern Michigan

At-Large — Taylor Hopkins, SS, Eastern Michigan

2021 Second Team All-MAC

C – Jake Dunham, Northern Illinois

1B – Sean O’Keefe, Western Michigan

2B – Noah Navarro, Ball State

SS – Michael McNamara, Kent State

3B – Ryan Peltier, Ball State

OF – Nick Powell, Ball State

OF – Kam Smith, Northern Illinois

OF – Collin Mathews, Kent State

SP – Luke Albright, Kent State

SP – Jordan Patty, Central Michigan

SP – Chayce McDermott, Ball State

SP – Davis Feldman, Eastern Michigan

RP – Grant Frazer, Central Michigan

DH – Cole Andrews, Miami

At-Large — Justin Miknis, C, Kent State

2021 All-Defensive Team

C — Chase Sebby, Ball State

1B- Adam Furnas, Bowling Green

2B – Will Vogelgesang, Miami

SS – Michael McNamara, Kent State

3B – Jimmy Allen, Western Michigan

OF – Zach Gilles, Central Michigan

OF – Chase Rollin, Central Michigan

OF – Ben Carew, Kent State

P – John Baker, Ball State

XAVIER MBB: Xavier, Oklahoma State Set to Play in BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle

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NEW YORK – Xavier men’s basketball travels to Oklahoma State on Dec. 5 for the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. The two conferences announced the matchups on Wednesday afternoon, the third year of the series.

The Musketeers and Cowboys will be meeting for the first time in program history.

The matchups, which will be played in December, were jointly determined by the two conferences. The home school has the right to determine the venue of its game. Broadcast arrangements for the games will be determined by the national television rights holder of the home team, which is FOX Sports for the BIG EAST and ESPN for the Big 12.

The four-year agreement between the two conferences will continue through the 2022-23 season with an equal number of games played in each conference’s home market each year. Television designations and game times will be announced when available.

EARLHAM BASEBALL: Dopp named to D3baseball.com All-America team

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RICHMOND, Indiana – Earlham College senior Danny Dopp became the first All-America honoree in Earlham Baseball history when he was named a Third Team selection on the D3baseball.com All-America team, which was announced Wednesday.

The accolade comes just a day after Dopp earned First Team All-Mideast Region honors from both D3baseball.com and the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). In addition to being Earlham Baseball’s first All-America selection, Dopp is the first non-track & field All-America for Earlham Athletics since 1998.

“This is well-deserved recognition for Danny,” said Steve Sakosits, Earlham’s head baseball coach and interim director of athletics. “Earlham Baseball will be entering its 135th season next year, so that tells you how difficult it is to earn an All-America award and just how outstanding his season was.”

The honor caps a magnificent career for the Quakers’ designated hitter and occasional third baseman from South Haven, Michigan, which ended with Dopp holding multiple career and single-season records.

Dopp completed the 2021 season as Earlham’s team leader in hits (59), doubles (17), home runs (10), and runs batted in (41), and completed his career with a wholesale renovation of the Earlham Baseball record books.

He was among HCAC leaders in hits (fifth), doubles (third), home runs (second), and RBI (ninth), and among Division III statistical leaders Dopp currently ranks 25th in doubles and 36th in home runs. He tied Earlham’s single season HR record with 10, and ranks among Earlham single season leaders in hits (fifth), RBI (fourth), and doubles (second). Dopp was named HCAC Hitter of the Week on May 10, 2021, after helping Earlham secure a home opening round series over Manchester University in the HCAC Baseball Tournament.

Dopp finished his career with Earlham career records for hits, doubles, and RBI, and also ranks among career leaders in at bats, home runs, and runs scored. A three-time All-HCAC selection, Dopp earned Second Team All-HCAC honors in both 2018 and 2019, and was a 2017 HCAC All-Tournament selection. He graduated on May 22 with his Master of Education degree.

Dopp was one of only two Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference players named to the D3baseball.com All-America teams. Joining Dopp on the squad was Franklin College’s Ryan Bixler, who was a first team selection.

Earlham Baseball finished its 2021 season with a 25-20 overall record, the program’s sixth 20-win campaign over the last eight seasons, and were the 2021 HCAC Baseball Tournament runners-up.

The D3baseball.com All-America teams are selected by the D3baseball.com staff and contributors off first team all-region selections made from nominations by each institution’s sports information director. The 2021 selections mark the 13th year that D3baseball.com has named All-America teams, with a total of 940 players entering the process as all-region nominees.

EARLHAM BASEBALL: Dopp and Gerbus named to Rawlings/ABCA All-Mideast Region teams

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RICHMOND, Indiana – The list of accolades for the 2021 Earlham College baseball team grew a second time with the announcement that Danny Dopp and Joey Gerbus were both selected to the Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-Mideast Region teams.

Dopp was a First Team All-Mideast Region honoree on the Rawlings/ABCA squad, matching his selection to the D3baseball.com squad earlier in the day.

Gerbus was a Third Team All-Mideast Region selection by the coaches association.

“What a prestigious honor for two young men who represent this program so well both on and off the field,” said Steve Sakosits, Earlham’s head baseball coach and interim director of athletics. “They had extraordinary seasons leading our program.”

A 2021 HCAC All-Tournament Team selection, Gerbus was Earlham’s no. 1 starter throughout the 2021 season. He finished with an 8-1 record, tied for most wins in the HCAC and 25th among Division III leaders. Gerbus posted a 2.69 ERA with 27 earned runs over 90.1 innings pitched and 86 strikeouts in 2021, and he finished second in the HCAC in strikeouts and is currently 21st among NCAA Division III leaders. His .238 opponent batting average currently placed him fourth among HCAC leaders. Gerbus completed the 2021 campaign ranked second among Earlham single season strikeouts leaders, and second among program single season leaders in innings pitched.

A two-time All-HCAC selection, Gerbus was previously tabbed for First Team All-HCAC honors in 2019. He graduated on May 22, 2021, with his Bachelor’s degree.

Dopp completed the 2021 season as Earlham’s team leader in hits (59), doubles (17), home runs (10), and runs batted in (41), and completed his career with a wholesale renovation of the Earlham Baseball record books.

He was among HCAC leaders in hits (fifth), doubles (third), home runs (second), and RBI (ninth), and among Division III statistical leaders Dopp currently ranks 36th in doubles and 36th in home runs. He tied Earlham’s single season HR record with 10, and ranks among Earlham single season leaders in hits (fifth), RBI (fourth), and doubles (second). Dopp was named HCAC Hitter of the Week on May 10, 2021, after helping Earlham secure a home opening round series over Manchester University in the HCAC Baseball Tournament.

Dopp finished his career with Earlham career records for hits, doubles, and RBI, and also ranks among career leaders in at bats, home runs, and runs scored. A three-time All-HCAC selection, Dopp earned Second Team All-HCAC honors in both 2018 and 2019, and was a 2017 HCAC All-Tournament selection. He graduated on May 22, 2021, with his Master of Education degree.

Earlham Baseball finished its 2021 season with a 25-20 overall record, the program’s sixth 20-win campaign over the last eight seasons, and were the 2021 HCAC Baseball Tournament runners-up. The tournament championship game appearance marked the third time in the last five full seasons that the Quakers have reached the final game of the HCAC baseball tournament.

The Rawlings/ABCA All-Region teams are selected by members of the American Baseball Coaches Association through a process led by the ABCA NCAA Division III All-America Committee.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1888       The first publication of Ernest L. Thayer’s poem Casey at the Bat appears in the San Francisco Examiner. The work is originally published under the pen name ‘Phin’ because the poet feels embarrassed by what he considers to be bad verse and decides to keep his identity a secret until others come forward to claim the work to be their own.

1902       Cardinal right-hander Mike O’Neill hits the first pinch-hit grand slam in major league history. The hurler’s ninth-inning blast off Beaneater Togie Pittinger proves to be the difference in the Redbirds’ 11-9 victory over Boston at South End Grounds.

1914       The court of appeals awards $3,500 to Charles A. Edling, a lawyer hit in the nose with a foul ball that broke through a wire netting while he was attending a Kansas City Blues game at Association Park in 1911. The legal ruling states had the American Association team “kept their eye on the ball with the accuracy that they contend Edling should have exhibited, and they would have attained a higher place in the pennant race.”

1918       Dutch Leonard, facing only 28 batters, tosses his second career no-hitter when he holds the Tigers hitless in the Red Sox’ 5-0 victory at Navin Field. ‘Hub’ had also pitched a no-no against the Browns two seasons ago at Fenway Park.

1921       Crip Polli strikes out 28 batters in a ten-inning contest against Cushing Academy at Mountaineer Recreation Field in Montpelier, Vermont. The Goddard Seminary student’s performance, highlighted in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, is no fluke as the high schooler will fan 105 batters in a five-game span.

1932       In Philadelphia, Lou Gehrig becomes the first player in the twentieth century to blast four home runs in one game, and barely misses hitting a fifth. The Yankees hammer out a major league record with 50 total bases in a 20-13 slugfest with Philadelphia.

1932       Citing poor health, the Giants announce the resignation of long-time skipper John McGraw. During his thirty-two year tenure, the fiery manager won three World Series and nine National League pennants, including a record four consecutive flags.

1932       Tony Lazzeri blasts a grand slam to complete his natural cycle, with his four hits accomplished in sequential order: single, double, triple, home run. Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig’s four home runs in the same game, and the announcement of long-time Giants manager John McGraw’s retirement on the same day overshadows the second baseman’s rare and fantastic feat.

1933       The Yankees survive the visiting A’s 11-run outburst in the second inning, beating Philadelphia 17-11. The Bronx Bombers also enjoy a big inning, putting up a 10-spot in the fifth frame.

1939       Joe Sprinz, known as ‘Mule,’ to his teammates. fractures his upper jaw in twelve places and has five teeth knocked out, when he attempts to catch a ball dropped 800 feet from a Goodyear blimp. The San Francisco Seals catcher, who will spend two months in the hospital, had been participating in Baseball Day at the Golden Gate Exposition on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay when the ball smashed into his face through his upraised glove.

1951       With two outs in the second inning of an eventual 1-0 loss to the Giants, Cardinals’ southpaw Max Lanier walks Monte Irvin, gives up a double down the right-field line to Willie Mays, and then intentionally walks Hank Thompson to load the bases. The St. Louis lefty will get out of the early jam by striking out opposing pitcher Dave Koslo, but the frame will mark the first time in major league history that a trio of black players occupies three bases at the same time.

1952       The Red Sox deal Johnny Pesky, Walt Dropo, Fred Hatfield, Don Lenhardt, and Bill Wight to the Tigers in exchange for Hoot Evers, George Kell, Johnny Lipon, and Dizzy Trout. Pesky will return to Boston to serve as a coach, manager, announcer, and assistant general manager and will have his uniform number 6 retired by the organization in 2008.

1958       In the largest turnout for a non-presidential election (62.3%), Los Angeles voters approve “Proposition B,” supporting the previously agreed-upon contract between the Dodgers and the city. The referendum result, which removes a significant hurdle for Walter O’Malley to build a modern stadium in the Chavez Ravine area, is passed with the final margin of victory of 25,785 votes.

1967       Harmon Killebrew launches the longest home run ever hit in Metropolitan Stadium, a 503-foot shot that travels deep in the second deck of the left-center field bleachers. The stadium chair the ball hit by the Twins’ outfielder is mounted high on a wall overlooking the flume ride at Nickelodeon Universe in the Mall of America, the former site of the Met, in the precise spot the ball landed in the upper deck in deep left-center field.

1969       Over eight innings, Tom Seaver strikes out 14 Dodgers en route to the Mets’ 5-2 win at Shea Stadium. The victory, fueled by Ed Kranepool’s two home runs, improves the second-place team’s record to 24-23, the latest they have been above .500 in franchise history.

1977       Dennis Eckersley’s no-hit string of 22.1 innings ends when Ruppert Jones homers with two outs in the sixth frame, accounting for the Mariners only run in a 7-1 loss to the Indians 7-1 at the Kingdome. The 22 year-old right-hander’s hitless streak falls three innings short of the major league mark established in 1904 by Cy Young while playing for Boston Americans. (Ed. Note: Although many sources list Young’s total at 23, discrepancies reveal the still-standing record is 25.1 consecutive hitless innings; 3 innings on April 25, 7 on April 30, 9 on May 5, and 6 1/3 on May 11. -LP)

1977       Leading by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Orioles escape a no-out, bases-loaded jam when John Wathan hits into a run-scoring triple play to end the game, giving the team a 7-6 victory over Kansas City at Royals Stadium. The Kansas City pinch-hitter’s sac fly to right field (1) is deep enough to score Al Cowens from third base, but Freddie Patek, the runner on first, is caught in a run-down on the throw (2) and Dave Nelson, stranded off third base, is tagged out (3) by Mark Belanger, completing the 9-6-4-6 triple killing.

1978       Davey Johnson’s ninth-inning bases-loaded home run off Terry Forster gives the Phillies a 5-1 walk-off victory over Los Angeles at Veterans Stadium. The 35 year-old second baseman is the first major leaguer to pinch-hit two grand slams in one season.

1978       The Braves and the Cubs tie a major league record, using 14 hurlers in a single game. Each team uses seven pitchers when Chicago beats Atlanta at Wrigley Field, 8-6.

1980       The Expos’ first-round selection in the amateur draft is the University of Arizona standout Terry Francona, who will be signed by the team’s general manager John McHale for $100,000. In 1958, McHale, then the G.M. of the Tigers, had refused to give a $1000 raise to their top pick’s dad, Tito, who had asked for a salary increase to help support a new addition to his family, a son named Terry.

1980       The Mets select 18 year-old Darryl Strawberry as the team’s number one pick in the June draft. During his stormy eight-year tenure with the team, the 6′ 6″ outfielder will establish franchise records with 252 homers and 733 RBIs.

1981       Returning as a free agent after a two-year absence from the game, Royals catcher Jerry Grote hits his first home run since 1976. The former Astro and Mets backstop’s grand slam helps Kansas City overcome the Mariners, 12-9.

1987       Three players hit grand slams in the Cubs’ 22-7 rout of the Astros at Wrigley Field. Chicago’s Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett go deep with the bases loaded, and Billy Hatcher adds one for Houston.

1989       In a 22-inning game played at the Astrodome, Houston beats the Dodgers, 5-4, when Rafael Ramirez’ run-scoring single plates Bill Doran to end the contest at 2:50 a.m., seven hours and 14-minutes after it started. The longest game in National League history features L.A. center fielder John Shelby going 0-for-10 and southpaw Fernando Valenzuela finishing the game at first base.

1989       Nolan Ryan pitches his 11th career one-hitter, beating the Mariners, 6-1. The Alvin, Texas native breaks Bob Feller’s record of 15 low-hit games, having now thrown a combination of 16 no-hit and one-hit games.

1990       Dave Liddell, playing in his only major league game, appears as a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth inning, singling in his lone plate appearance. The Mets’ 23 year-old catcher will stay in the contest, catching the remainder of the team’s 6-3 loss at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium.

1993       Although Alex Rodriguez called and asked the team not to choose him, the Mariners still select the standout scholastic shortstop with the first pick in the amateur draft. The Westminster Christian High School (FL) senior, who hit .417 with 17 homers along with 90 stolen bases, told club officials that Seattle was too far away, and he wanted to play in the National League.

1995       In a scoreless tie, Expo hurler Pedro Martinez hurls nine perfect innings against the Padres. After Montreal goes ahead in the top of the tenth inning, the 23 year-old Dominican right-hander gives up a leadoff double to Bip Roberts in the bottom of the frame but gets the 1-0 victory when Mel Rojas secures the final three outs for a save.

1996       At the Huggins-Stengel complex in St. Petersburg, the expansion Devil Rays begin their first mini-camp in franchise history. Twenty-four free agents, signed before the June draft, work out in front of the recently assembled Tampa Bay coaching staff and Tom Foley, the team’s field coordinator.

1998       Orlando Hernandez gets the victory in his major league debut when the Yankees defeat the Devil Rays in New York, 7-1. ‘El Duque,’ who escaped from Cuba by boat six months ago, allows a run on five hits in seven innings.

2001       Manny Ramirez’ fourth-inning solo blast into the fifth deck off Blue Jay right-hander Chris Carpenter is the longest home run ever hit in the history of the SkyDome. The Red Sox DH’s 491-foot moon shot eclipses A’s first baseman Mark McGwire’s 1996 mark by three feet.

2002       The 20-33 Blue Jays dismiss Buck Martinez, making him the fifth major league manager fired since the beginning of the season. The former catcher and broadcaster will be replaced by third-base coach Carlos Tosca, who will pilot the team to a 58-51 (.532) record during the remainder of the season.

2003       In one of the minor league’s strangest giveaways, the first 500 fans attending Ted Williams Night at the Bisbee-Douglas Copper Kings game receive popsicles. Many are critical of the event, believing the promotion mocks the recently cryogenically frozen Red Sox Hall of Fame outfielder.

2003       Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is named the 11th captain in club history. The 28 year-old joins Hal Chase (1912), Roger Peckinpaugh (1914-21), Babe Ruth (for six days in 1922), Everett Scott (1922), Lou Gehrig (1935-41), Thurman Munson (1976-79), Graig Nettles (1982-84), co-captains Willie Randolph and Ron Guidry (1986-89), and Don Mattingly (1991-95).

2003       Slugger Sammy Sosa is ejected from the game during the first inning after his bat shatters, exposing a cork center. The Cub outfielder will be suspended by major league baseball for eight games (reduced by one game after an appeal) for his offense.

2004       After calling 4,306 consecutive regular-season games, and another 41 during the postseason, Tom Cheek’s 27 1/2 season streak ends. The modest broadcaster, who misses his first game due to his dad’s death, had done play-by-play of every Blue Jays game since the team’s inception on a snowy day in 1977.

2008       In a Grand Prairie AirHogs promotion, Elaine Fulps wins a certificate for a casket and a funeral at the Chapel of Roses Funeral Home, as well as a cemetery plot and a headstone. The American Association minor league team’s $10,000 giveaway will not expire until the 60 year-old winner from Arlington (TX) resident does, according to Ron Alexander, the sales manager at Oak Grove Memorial Gardens.

2009       At Safeco Field, Mariner outfielder Ichiro Suzuki singles off Baltimore’s Brad Bergesen in the third inning of the team’s walk-off 3-2 victory over the Orioles, establishing a franchise record by hitting safely in his 27th consecutive game. The streak, which he is batting .402 (47 for 117), marks the seventh time the 35 year-old All-Star has compiled a hitting streak of at least 20 games, including the previous team mark of 25, set two seasons ago.

2010       A day after Jim Joyce called Jason Donald safe, who appeared out, ruining Armando Galarraga’s perfect game, Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm issues a proclamation stating the Tigers right-hander indeed pitched a perfecto against the Indians, dismissing the blown call. Also, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow reports she is lobbying baseball commissioner Bud Selig to declare Galarraga’s performance a perfect game, and U.S. Representative John D. Dingell says he is planning to introduce a resolution in Congress asking for the call’s reversal.

2010       The day after he loses a perfect game on a blown call, Armando Galarraga presents the lineup card at home plate to Jim Joyce, the ump who made the infamous call. In a display of outstanding sportsmanship, applauded nationwide, the two shake hands, and when the pitcher walks away, the apologetic arbitrator pats the Venezuelan right-hander on the shoulder.

2012       In a pregame ceremony at Citi Field, John Franco becomes the 26th member of the Mets Hall of Fame. The former southpaw reliever, who also played for Cincinnati and Houston, leads all lefties in all-time saves with 424, which includes 276 for the Mets, a franchise record.

2017       Albert Pujols becomes the ninth major leaguer to hit 600 home runs and the only player to reach the milestone with a grand slam. The 37 year-old Los Angeles DH, the fourth youngest to accomplished the feat behind only Babe Ruth, Alex Rodrigues, and Henry Aaron, goes deep in the fourth inning off Ervin Santana in the team’s 7-4 victory over the Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

2017       Allowing only two base runners while striking out ten hitters, Edinson Volquez no-hits the Diamondbacks at Marlins Park, 3-0. In his 98-pitch masterpiece, the 33 year old Miami right-hander faces the minimum 27 batters after double plays erased both players he walked.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay3522.61415 – 1320 – 915 – 104 – 29 – 97 – 3L 2
Boston3223.582216 – 1316 – 1012 – 67 – 46 – 115 – 5L 3
NY Yankees3125.5543.517 – 1214 – 1314 – 179 – 45 – 24 – 6W 2
Toronto2925.5374.512 – 1117 – 1410 – 113 – 45 – 86 – 4W 2
Baltimore1937.33915.58 – 1911 – 188 – 152 – 88 – 82 – 8W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox3322.60020 – 913 – 136 – 518 – 116 – 47 – 3L 2
Cleveland3024.5562.514 – 1216 – 122 – 521 – 123 – 46 – 4W 2
Kansas City2726.509514 – 1313 – 135 – 513 – 184 – 27 – 3W 3
Detroit2332.4181013 – 1510 – 174 – 510 – 186 – 45 – 5W 1
Minnesota2233.4001112 – 1710 – 165 – 510 – 134 – 126 – 4L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland3325.56917 – 1716 – 811 – 99 – 110 – 135 – 5W 2
Houston3124.5640.520 – 1211 – 128 – 40 – 321 – 125 – 5W 4
Seattle2829.4914.517 – 1411 – 156 – 56 – 713 – 107 – 3L 2
LA Angels2530.4556.513 – 1412 – 163 – 77 – 612 – 156 – 4W 1
Texas2235.38610.513 – 139 – 2210 – 84 – 68 – 142 – 8L 8
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2721.56315 – 512 – 1613 – 82 – 510 – 36 – 4W 1
Philadelphia2629.4734.515 – 1011 – 1913 – 159 – 42 – 44 – 6W 1
Atlanta2528.4724.514 – 1611 – 1212 – 1410 – 41 – 25 – 5L 2
Miami2430.444612 – 1212 – 1810 – 93 – 69 – 84 – 6L 5
Washington2329.442613 – 1510 – 148 – 106 – 104 – 64 – 6W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi Cubs3223.58221 – 1011 – 138 – 616 – 146 – 09 – 1W 3
St. Louis3125.5541.515 – 1016 – 1510 – 1013 – 77 – 65 – 5L 1
Milwaukee2926.527313 – 1516 – 117 – 912 – 98 – 37 – 3L 1
Cincinnati2429.453712 – 1412 – 153 – 211 – 106 – 144 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh2034.37011.510 – 1510 – 191 – 37 – 197 – 72 – 8L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco3421.61815 – 819 – 136 – 48 – 316 – 116 – 4L 1
San Diego3423.596118 – 1016 – 130 – 09 – 1117 – 114 – 6L 4
LA Dodgers3323.5891.519 – 1014 – 135 – 14 – 917 – 85 – 5W 1
Colorado2234.39312.518 – 124 – 224 – 63 – 711 – 215 – 5W 3
Arizona2037.3511511 – 169 – 218 – 156 – 46 – 162 – 8L 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England852111744-0-01-2-117
Philadelphia84229542-1-22-1-014
Orlando City SC73318442-2-01-1-112
New York City FC732213761-1-12-1-111
CF Montreal832310911-1-12-1-211
Columbus73227612-1-01-1-211
Nashville SC72509632-3-00-2-011
Atlanta72419722-1-00-3-110
New York7304101003-0-10-0-39
D.C.8305811-32-0-21-0-39
Inter Miami CF8224813-50-1-32-1-18
Toronto FC7124812-41-1-00-1-45
Chicago7115411-71-1-20-0-34
FC Cincinnati6114615-90-0-21-1-24
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle8530143113-2-02-1-018
Sporting KC8512151053-1-02-0-216
Los Angeles7502111104-0-01-0-215
Colorado741212843-0-11-1-113
Houston83231112-13-1-00-1-311
San Jose83051112-12-0-31-0-29
Portland7304911-22-0-11-0-39
Real Salt Lake62319721-2-11-1-09
Los Angeles FC722389-12-1-10-1-28
Vancouver721469-32-0-10-1-37
Austin721458-30-0-02-1-47
Minnesota7214611-52-0-20-1-27
FC Dallas7133811-31-3-00-0-36