MLB SCOREBOARD

NY Mets at NY Yankees postponed

Toronto 11 Tampa Bay 1

Houston 6 Cleveland 3

Chicago White Sox 8 Detroit 2

Kansas City 7 Minnesota 4

LA Angels 8 Baltimore 7

Boston 3 Oakland 2 (10)

Seattle 5 Texas 4 (10)

Philadelphia 4 San Diego 3 (10)

LA Dodgers 10 Washington 5

Milwaukee 7 Pittsburgh 2

Cincinnati 2 Chicago Cubs 1

Atlanta 1 Miami 0

St. Louis 9. Colorado 3 (10)

San Francisco 11 Arizona 4

FRIDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

NHL SCOREBOARD

Tampa Bay 6 Montréal 3

FRIDAY’S BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/boxscore.asp?gamecode=2021070210&home=10&vis=20&final=true

WNBA SCOREBOARD

Dallas 100 Chicago 91

Las Vegas 66 Los Angeles 58

Seattle 91 Atlanta 88

FRIDAY’S BOX SCORES: https://www.wnba.com/scores/#/07/02/2021

PGA LEADERBOARD

Rocket Mortgage Classic
Jul. 1-4, Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, Michigan
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Davis Thompson63  -9 (63)1:50 PM ET
2tJoaquin Niemann65  -7 (65)7:55 AM ET
2tRoger Sloan65   -7 (65)F
2tBrandon Hagy65  -7 (65)12:00 PM ET
2tTom Lewis65  -7 (65)1:30 PM ET
6tTroy Merritt67-1  -6 (67)1
6tSeamus Power66  -6 (66)12:10 PM ET
6tJ.J. Spaun66  -6 (66)1:40 PM ET
9tScott Stallings68-1  -5 (68)2
9tPat Perez67  -5 (67)7:35 AM ET
9tRobert Streb67  -5 (67)7:45 AM ET
9tChris Kirk67  -5 (67)8:05 AM ET
9tJason Day67  -5 (67)12:30 PM ET
9tKevin Kisner67  -5 (67)12:30 PM ET
9tSatoshi Kodaira67  -5 (67)12:30 PM ET
9tMatthew Wolff67  -5 (67)1:00 PM ET
9tSi Woo Kim67  -5 (67)1:20 PM ET
9tFabian Gomez67  -5 (67)1:40 PM ET
9tHank Lebioda67  -5 (67)1:40 PM ET
9tMichael Gligic67  -5 (67)1:50 PM ET
21tJonas Blixt68E  -4 (68)3
21tWill Zalatoris70-2  -4 (70)2
21tDanny Willett68E  -4 (68)1
21tChez Reavie68  -4 (68)7:25 AM ET
21tGarrick Higgo68  -4 (68)7:55 AM ET
21tLucas Glover68-4  -4 (68)8:05 AM ET
21tBeau Hossler68-4  -4 (68)8:05 AM ET
21tJoseph Bramlett-4   -417
21tWillie Mack III68   -4 (68)F
21tCameron Davis68  -4 (68)12:10 PM ET
21tBo Van Pelt68  -4 (68)12:10 PM ET
21tHenrik Norlander68  -4 (68)12:20 PM ET
21tBrendon Todd68  -4 (68)12:50 PM ET
21tLanto Griffin68  -4 (68)1:00 PM ET
21tBubba Watson68  -4 (68)1:00 PM ET
21tRichy Werenski68  -4 (68)1:10 PM ET
21tPatton Kizzire68  -4 (68)1:20 PM ET
21tMaverick McNealy68  -4 (68)1:30 PM ET
39tChesson Hadley69E  -3 (69)3
39tAaron Baddeley69E  -3 (69)2
39tJosh Teater70-1  -3 (70)1
39tJimmy Walker69  -3 (69)7:25 AM ET
39tDylan Frittelli69  -3 (69)7:35 AM ET
39tJ.B. Holmes69  -3 (69)7:35 AM ET
39tJason Kokrak69  -3 (69)7:45 AM ET
39tPatrick Reed69  -3 (69)7:45 AM ET
39tWebb Simpson69  -3 (69)7:45 AM ET
39tKramer Hickok69  -3 (69)7:55 AM ET
39tCurtis Thompson69   -3 (69)F
39tSebastian Munoz69  -3 (69)12:30 PM ET
39tLuke Donald69  -3 (69)12:50 PM ET
39tTed Potter, Jr.69  -3 (69)12:50 PM ET
39tCharles Howell III69  -3 (69)1:00 PM ET
39tSung Kang69  -3 (69)1:00 PM ET
39tPhil Mickelson69  -3 (69)1:10 PM ET
39tSungjae Im69  -3 (69)1:20 PM ET
39tJustin Suh69  -3 (69)1:50 PM ET
58tCameron Percy71-1  -2 (71)3
58tMartin Laird70E  -2 (70)1
58tTyler Duncan70  -2 (70)7:25 AM ET
58tKyoung-Hoon Lee70  -2 (70)7:25 AM ET
58tAndrew Landry70  -2 (70)7:45 AM ET
58tAndrew Putnam70  -2 (70)7:45 AM ET
58tPeter Uihlein70  -2 (70)8:05 AM ET
58tCamilo Villegas70  -2 (70)8:05 AM ET
58tDoug Ghim70   -2 (70)F
58tScott Brown70   -2 (70)F
58tMichael Gellerman70   -2 (70)F
58tPatrick Rodgers70  -2 (70)12:00 PM ET
58tMark Hubbard70  -2 (70)12:10 PM ET
58tTyler McCumber70  -2 (70)12:10 PM ET
58tAlex Noren70  -2 (70)12:20 PM ET
58tSean O’Hair70  -2 (70)12:20 PM ET
58tJoel Dahmen70  -2 (70)12:40 PM ET
58tHarrison Frazar70  -2 (70)12:40 PM ET
58tMatt Jones70  -2 (70)12:50 PM ET
58tBrandt Snedeker70  -2 (70)12:50 PM ET
58tMichael Thompson70  -2 (70)12:50 PM ET
58tMax Homa70  -2 (70)1:00 PM ET
58tRickie Fowler70  -2 (70)1:10 PM ET
58tHideki Matsuyama70  -2 (70)1:10 PM ET
58tKevin Stadler70  -2 (70)1:10 PM ET
58tKyle Stanley70  -2 (70)1:30 PM ET
58tBo Hoag70  -2 (70)1:40 PM ET
58tRory Sabbatini70  -2 (70)1:40 PM ET
58tMark Anderson70  -2 (70)2:00 PM ET
58tChris Baker70  -2 (70)2:00 PM ET
88tHarold Varner III71E  -1 (71)3
88tSepp Straka72-1  -1 (72)2
88tGary Woodland72-1  -1 (72)1
88tWilliam McGirt71E  -1 (71)1
88tDanny Lee71  -1 (71)7:25 AM ET
88tKeegan Bradley71  -1 (71)7:35 AM ET
88tKevin Tway71  -1 (71)7:35 AM ET
88tCameron Champ71  -1 (71)7:55 AM ET
88tRussell Knox71  -1 (71)7:55 AM ET
88tK.J. Choi71   -1 (71)F
88tCameron Tringale71   -1 (71)F
88tJohn Pak71   -1 (71)F
88tByeong Hun An71  -1 (71)12:00 PM ET
88tBrian Stuard71  -1 (71)12:20 PM ET
88tRyan Armour71  -1 (71)12:40 PM ET
88tMackenzie Hughes71  -1 (71)1:20 PM ET
88tAnirban Lahiri71  -1 (71)1:30 PM ET
88tMatthew NeSmith71  -1 (71)1:30 PM ET
88tRyan Brehm71  -1 (71)1:50 PM ET
88tVincent Whaley71  -1 (71)1:50 PM ET
108tDenny McCarthy71+1  E (71)2
108tBryson DeChambeau72  E (72)7:55 AM ET
108tAdam Hadwin72E  E (72)8:05 AM ET
108tHunter Mahan72   E (72)F
108tNelson Ledesma72   E (72)F
108tConnor Arendell72   E (72)F
108tRob Oppenheim72   E (72)F
108tMito Pereira72   E (72)F
108tDoc Redman72  E (72)12:00 PM ET
108tD.J. Trahan72  E (72)12:00 PM ET
108tAdam Schenk72  E (72)12:20 PM ET
108tNick Taylor72  E (72)12:30 PM ET
108tNate Lashley72  E (72)1:20 PM ET
108tSebastian Cappelen72  E (72)2:00 PM ET
108tAustin Eckroat72  E (72)2:00 PM ET
123tTom Hoge71+2  +1 (71)3
123tAustin Cook73  +1 (73)7:35 AM ET
123tDavid Hearn73   +1 (73)F
123tGrayson Murray73   +1 (73)F
123tRafa Cabrera Bello73   +1 (73)F
123tBen Taylor73   +1 (73)F
123tTain Lee73   +1 (73)F
123tKristoffer Ventura73   +1 (73)F
123tRobby Shelton73  +1 (73)12:10 PM ET
123tJason Dufner73  +1 (73)12:30 PM ET
123tMichael Kim73  +1 (73)12:40 PM ET
123tAdam Long73  +1 (73)12:40 PM ET
123tHarry Higgs73  +1 (73)1:30 PM ET
123tBronson Burgoon73  +1 (73)1:40 PM ET
123tRhein Gibson73  +1 (73)1:50 PM ET
123tDaniel Wetterich73  +1 (73)2:00 PM ET
139tBen Martin75-1  +2 (75)3
139tVaughn Taylor74E  +2 (74)3
139tMatt Every74E  +2 (74)2
139tNick Watney74   +2 (74)F
139tTim O’Neal74   +2 (74)F
139tJames Hahn74  +2 (74)12:00 PM ET
139tEmiliano Grillo74  +2 (74)12:20 PM ET
139tMartin Trainer74  +2 (74)12:40 PM ET
147tPeter Malnati74+1  +3 (74)2
147tBrice Garnett75  +3 (75)7:25 AM ET
147tBrian Gay75  +3 (75)1:10 PM ET
147tScott Piercy75  +3 (75)1:20 PM ET
151tSam Ryder75+1  +4 (75)3
151tScott Harrington76E  +4 (76)2
151tRafael Campos76   +4 (76)F
154tWill Gordon77E  +5 (77)3
154tJeff Roth77  +5 (77)2:00 PM ET
156Chase Seiffert77+1  +6 (77)3

LPGA LEADERBOARD

Volunteers of America Classic
Jul. 1-4, Old American Golf Club, The Colony, Texas
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Matilda Castren6666  -10 (132)F
2tJeongeun Lee6470  -8 (134)F
2tJin Young Ko63E  -8 (63)3
4tCeline Boutier6867  -7 (135)F
4tGerina Piller66-2  -7 (66)4
6tCeline Herbin6868  -6 (136)F
6tIn Gee Chun6472  -6 (136)F
6tEsther Henseleit6670  -6 (136)F
9tPaula Reto6869  -5 (137)F
9tHyo Joo Kim6968  -5 (137)F
9tAna Belac68-2  -5 (68)8
9tEmma Talley65+1  -5 (65)8
9tGaby Lopez69-3  -5 (69)3
9tMin-G Kim65+1  -5 (65)1
15tJackie Stoelting6969  -4 (138)F
15tSsu-Chia Cheng6771  -4 (138)F
15tNanna Koerstz Madsen6870  -4 (138)F
15tYu Liu7068  -4 (138)F
15tPornanong Phatlum6969  -4 (138)F
15tPerrine Delacour6672  -4 (138)F
15tLauren Coughlin68-1  -4 (68)7
15tKatherine Perry-Hamski68-1  -4 (68)7
15tAndrea Lee68-1  -4 (68)7
15tJasmine Suwannapura66+1  -4 (66)5
15tStacy Lewis68-1  -4 (68)3
15tSarah Jane Smith66+1  -4 (66)2
15tRoberta Liti67E  -4 (67)1
28tDana Finkelstein6772  -3 (139)F
28tKendall Dye70-2  -3 (70)7
28tLindy Duncan69-1  -3 (69)6
28tJaye Marie Green68E  -3 (68)3
28tKatherine Kirk68E  -3 (68)3
28tKris Tamulis68  -3 (68)9:21 PM ET
34tJeong Eun Lee6872  -2 (140)F
34tClariss Guce6971  -2 (140)F
34tYealimi Noh7070  -2 (140)F
34tMin Seo Kwak7169  -2 (140)F
34tPeiyun Chien7070  -2 (140)F
34tCydney Clanton68+1  -2 (68)4
34tMarissa Steen68+1  -2 (68)4
34tAngela Stanford69E  -2 (69)3
34tSei Young Kim70-1  -2 (70)3
34tBrynn Walker69  -2 (69)9:21 PM ET
44tBrianna Do6972  -1 (141)F
44tPavarisa Yoktuan7071  -1 (141)F
44tSung Hyun Park7467  -1 (141)F
44tJenny Coleman6873  -1 (141)F
44tLizette Salas7071  -1 (141)F
44tAyako Uehara6972  -1 (141)F
44tLauren Kim7071  -1 (141)F
44tHaley Moore70E  -1 (70)8
44tCaroline Inglis71-1  -1 (71)6
44tBianca Pagdanganan70E  -1 (70)6
44tTiffany Joh69+1  -1 (69)6
44tEun-Hee Ji70E  -1 (70)5
44tElizabeth Szokol69+1  -1 (69)5
44tJenny Shin71-1  -1 (71)4
44tMarina Alex69+1  -1 (69)3
44tElizabeth Nagel70E  -1 (70)2
44tLinnea Johansson70E  -1 (70)1
61tVicky Hurst6874  E (142)F
61tAlbane Valenzuela7072  E (142)F
61tCarlota Ciganda7270  E (142)F
61tAnna Nordqvist7171  E (142)F
61tLindsey Weaver7171  E (142)F
61tAditi Ashok7171  E (142)F
61tFarah O’Keefe6973  E (142)F
61tKristen Gillman69+2  E (69)8
61tMaia Schechter69+2  E (69)7
61tIsi Gabsa67+4  E (67)7
61tPannarat Thanapolboonyaras69+2  E (69)7
61tKatelyn Dambaugh71E  E (71)5
61tKristy McPherson70+1  E (70)5
61tPaula Creamer72-1  E (72)4
61tCheyenne Knight71E  E (71)3
61tBenyapa Niphatsophon70+1  E (70)2
61tFatima Fernandez Cano71  E (71)9:21 PM ET
61tCindy LaCrosse71  E (71)9:21 PM ET
79tMind Muangkhumsakul7271  +1 (143)F
79tAlana Uriell7172  +1 (143)F
79tJing Yan7667  +1 (143)F
79tMirim Lee7370  +1 (143)F
79tElin Arvidsson7469  +1 (143)F
79tYujeong Son70+2  +1 (70)8
79tNuria Iturrioz72E  +1 (72)5
79tNatalie Gulbis70+2  +1 (70)5
79tNa Yeon Choi71+1  +1 (71)5
79tTiffany Chan71+1  +1 (71)2
79tEsther Lee71+1  +1 (71)2
79tGreta Isabella Voelker72E  +1 (72)1
79tLaura Gonzalez Escallon72  +1 (72)9:21 PM ET
92tLuna Sobron7470  +2 (144)F
92tMariah Stackhouse7569  +2 (144)F
92tAlejandra Llaneza7272  +2 (144)F
92tJuli Inkster73E  +2 (73)4
92tMi Jung Hur75-2  +2 (75)3
92tDani Holmqvist72+1  +2 (72)3
92tStephanie Meadow73E  +2 (73)2
92tDottie Ardina70+3  +2 (70)2
92tLee Lopez73E  +2 (73)1
101tLinnea Strom7174  +3 (145)F
101tWichanee Meechai7372  +3 (145)F
101tA Lim Kim7174  +3 (145)F
101tAlena Sharp7273  +3 (145)F
101tMaddie McCrary7372  +3 (145)F
101tLouise Ridderstrom7372  +3 (145)F
101tAvery Zweig7273  +3 (145)F
101tFrida Kinhult7471  +3 (145)F
101tGemma Dryburgh75-1  +3 (75)7
101tMaria Torres73+1  +3 (73)7
101tAnnie Park76-2  +3 (76)4
101tSuzuka Yamaguchi72+2  +3 (72)2
101tDaniela Darquea74E  +3 (74)1
101tJulie Aime73+1  +3 (73)1
115tSarah Burnham7076  +4 (146)F
115tJanie Jackson7076  +4 (146)F
115tBailey Shoemaker72+3  +4 (72)17
115tAnne van Dam75E  +4 (75)2
115tSydnee Michaels75  +4 (75)9:21 PM ET
120tJacqui Concolino7374  +5 (147)F
120tJillian Hollis7572  +5 (147)F
120tKristin Coleman7572  +5 (147)F
120tKyung Kim7176  +5 (147)F
120tCaroline Hedwall7572  +5 (147)F
120tBrittany Lang7473  +5 (147)F
120tMi Hyang Lee74+2  +5 (74)5
127Kelly Tan74+3  +6 (74)6
128Ya-Ni Tseng75+3  +7 (75)4
129tMaria Fassi7377  +8 (150)F
129tJane Park7377  +8 (150)F
129tRachel Rohanna7575  +8 (150)F
129tKatelyn Sepmoree78+1  +8 (78)1
133Laetitia Beck7675  +9 (151)F
134tJaclyn Lee7775  +10 (152)F
134tAmelia Lewis80+1  +10 (80)1
136Meredith Duncan7677  +11 (153)F
137Kris Tschetter7880  +16 (158)F
Jiwon Jeon77WD

TOP HEADLINES

Lightning beat Canadiens 6-3, take 3-0 lead in Cup Final

MONTREAL (AP) Victor Hedman wants nothing to do with talk about how the Tampa Bay Lightning can secure their place in NHL playoff lore by becoming the second team in 22 years to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.

Putting last season’s title in the past, Hedman and the Lightning are focused solely on finishing the job this year.

“Obviously, what we did in the bubble last year was very special, and you want to relive that moment,” Hedman said, referring to the Lightning beating Dallas in six games in the final played in Edmonton, Alberta. “But at the end of the day, we’re not there yet. We need to win one more game. … And we’re not satisfied until that’s done.”

The quick-strike Lightning took one major step closer on Friday night with a resounding 6-3 rout of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Tampa Bay caught the Canadiens flat-footed by scoring twice in the opening minutes of each of the first two periods to take a 3-0 series lead. Game 4 is Monday night in Montreal.

Tampa Bay is in position to join Pittsburgh (2016 and ’17) and also has an opportunity to complete the first sweep in the final since Detroit beat Washington in 1998.

In showing how much depth the Lightning have, Tyler Johnson led the way by scoring twice in his second game since moving up from the fourth to the second line to fill in for injured forward Alex Killorn.

Rather than allow Montreal to build off the momentum it generated in a 3-1 loss in Game 2, in which Tampa Bay won despite being outshot 43-23, the Lightning took it to the Canadiens. Tampa Bay has scored the opening goal in all three games and has yet to trail in the series.

“We didn’t want to sit back, especially in the neutral zone,” Johnson said. “I think a lot of it is just our team wanting to be on the attack, and kind of being close. We’re just trying to go for it.”

Hedman and Nikita Kurcherov each had a goal and assist. Jan Rutta and Blake Coleman, with an empty-netter, also scored for the Lightning, who also won the Cup in 2004. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots

Vasilevskiy inexplicably whiffed in allowing Nick Suzuki’s shot from the right circle beat him through the legs to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 4-2 with 1:56 left in the second period. The goalie responded by stopping the first eight shots he faced in the third period, including Joel Armia from in close, before Johnson scored his second goal to put the Lightning up 5-2 with 4:41 left.

It’s on the Canadiens to muster a response.

“We don’t have a choice,” goalie Carey Price said. “We’ve overcome adversity all season long, and our backs are obviously against the wall, so we’ll have to start bringing our best.”

The Canadiens face elimination for the second time this postseason after rallying from a 3-1 first-round series deficit to beat Toronto.

A 3-0 hole is even more daunting. In NHL playoff history, only four teams have rallied to win a series after losing the the first three games, with Toronto the only one to do so in the final in beating Detroit to win the Cup in 1942. The Los Angeles Kings were the last team to overcome a 3-0 series deficit by beating San Jose in a 2014 first-round series.

Phillip Danault and Corey Perry also scored for a Montreal team that felt disrespected in making its deepest playoff run since winning its 24th Cup.

“Kind of like the whole season, we’ve been underdogs,” Danault said of a team that entered the playoffs with the worst record of the 16 qualifiers. “We didn’t quit the whole year, no matter what was being said. And I can guarantee that nobody on the team is going to quit now.”

The game was the NHL’s first played in the month of July, a year after playing its first games in August.

Playing the first Stanley Cup Final since their championship-winning 4-1 victory over the Wayne Gretzky-led Kings in Game 5 at the Montreal Forum on June 9, 1993, did little to spark the Canadiens. Neither did the return of interim coach Dominique Ducharme for the Canadiens, who were outscored 8-2 in two games at Tampa Bay.

One of Ducharme’s first moves was to spend Montreal’s only timeout after the Lightning scored 1:35 apart to build a 2-0 lead 3:27 in. Ducharme spent the past two weeks in mandatory self-quarantine in Montreal after testing positive for COVID-19.

“I can definitely play better. it’s just not good enough so far,” said Price, who gave up five goals on 25 shots.

He’s not the only one.

Down 2-1 after one period, Montreal unraveled to open the second period.

Defenseman Erik Cernak caught the Canadiens sleeping on a line change to set up Kucherov scoring on a 2-on-0 break 1:40 into the period. From deep in his own zone, Cernak sent a pass intended for Ondrej Palat at Montreal’s blue line. Palat chased down the puck at the left circle and fed Kucherov, who flipped it in the open right side.

Johnson scored 1:53 later on a 2-on-1 break and after Price got his blocker up to stop Mathieu Joseph’s shot from the left circle. The rebound caromed off Joseph’s skate and directly to Johnson who backhanded it into the open right side.

Giannis doubtful for Game 6, Trae questionable due to foot injury

The biggest stars in this year’s Eastern Conference finals have yet to be ruled out for Saturday’s Game 6 matchup.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful for the tilt due to a hyperextended left knee, the team announced Friday. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks listed guard Trae Young as questionable with a deep bone bruise in his right foot.

Antetokounmpo missed the Bucks’ 123-112 Game 5 win after sustaining a knee injury in Game 4, but there’s a belief he’d be cleared to play Game 7 if the Hawks extend the series, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.

The two-time MVP is averaging 26.5 points, 10 boards, 5.5 assists, and 1.5 steals across four appearances in the conference finals.

Young missed the past two contests after injuring his foot in a freak accident with an official during Game 3. The 22-year-old is averaging 32.7 points on 47.9% shooting over three matchups in the conference finals.

Milwaukee can clinch its first Finals berth in 47 years with a victory Saturday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Trevor Bauer put on administrative leave

(MLB RELEASE)

WASHINGTON — Major League Baseball announced on Friday that Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has been placed on seven-day administrative leave while the league continues its investigation into sexual assault claims brought against Bauer earlier this week. Bauer, according to his representatives, will not appeal the decision at this time.

Bauer, who will receive pay and service time during the leave, had been scheduled to start against the Nationals on Sunday.

Under the joint domestic policy agreed upon by MLB and the MLB Players Association, the Commissioner’s Office can also ask the Players Association to consent to extending the initial seven-day administrative leave period for an additional seven-day increments. Placement on administrative leave is not a pronouncement of guilt.

Bauer is under investigation following assault claims from a woman who alleges that the pitcher got physical with her during recent encounters. The Pasadena (Calif.) Police Department has opened a criminal investigation, and the alleged victim was granted a temporary ex parte restraining order.

Bauer was given a formal hearing, set for July 23. His representatives told MLB.com that they plan to refute and defend him against the allegations at the hearing.

“Her basis for filing a protection order is nonexistent, fraudulent, and deliberately omits key facts, information, and her own relevant communications,” said Bauer’s attorney, Jon Fetterolf. “Any allegations that the pair’s encounters were not 100% consensual are baseless, defamatory and will be refuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten discussed Bauer’s administrative leave with reporters on Friday afternoon.

“I think that the procedures that are in place, which have been agreed upon with the union, are the correct, the proper, the best way to get all the facts, and to get the right outcome,” said Kasten. “All of us have personal opinions and views, all of us with the team, all of us on our staff, all of our fans, all of our families, we all have personal views. But for now, I think it is best the way it is being handled — professionally by the Commissioner’s Office. … I trust that process to get us where it needs to go.”

The alleged victim’s attorney, Marc Garelick, told TMZ that his client “sought and obtained an order for protection from the court against Mr. Trevor Bauer under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.”

“Our goal is to keep Mr. Bauer from contacting our client in any way possible,” Garelick told TMZ. “We anticipate there will be criminal action against Mr. Bauer, and it is our hope law enforcement will take our client’s allegations and case seriously.”

López ejected after hitting Acuña on 1st pitch

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Friday night marked the return of the Marlins pitching vs. Braves All-Star Ronald Acuña Jr. saga.

Right-hander Pablo López was ejected after his first-pitch sinker hit Acuña’s left elbow guard to open the bottom of the first inning between the National League East rivals at Truist Park. López visibly reacted when the pitch caught Acuña, who turned away from the mound and began to walk toward first base.

Braves manager Brian Snitker came out of the dugout to express his displeasure, and the umpiring crew conferred. Crew chief and second-base umpire Dan Iassogna then made the decision to eject López without issuing a warning. Marlins manager Don Mattingly and pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr., who were also ejected, pleaded López’s case alongside him. There was a delay of 12 minutes and 15 seconds before left-hander Ross Detwiler took over for Miami on the mound.

This is a well-documented storyline that stems from José Ureña hitting Acuña with his first and only pitch on Aug. 15, 2018, which led to a benches-clearing incident. Ureña went on to serve a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine. At the time, Acuña had become the youngest player to go deep in five straight games, with leadoff homers in each of the first three contests against the Marlins. Acuña has been hit five times in 237 plate appearances vs. the Marlins, who lead all opposing teams in this category. The next closest is the Red Sox, who have hit Acuña three times in 59 plate appearances.

The past two instances of a starting pitcher throwing exactly one pitch in a game and getting ejected have been Marlins hitting Acuña: Friday and Ureña (Aug. 15, 2018). Ureña is no longer with the club and now pitches for the Tigers.

White Sox send Mercedes down, bring up INF Jake Burger

DETROIT (AP) The Chicago White Sox demoted slumping slugger Yermin Mercedes on Friday and recalled Jake Burger from Triple-A Charlotte, putting the infielder in the majors after two Achilles tendon injuries and a stint with a local Missouri league.

The AL Central-leading White Sox also reinstated outfielder Adam Eaton from the 10-day injured list and optioned right-hander Zack Burdi to their top farm club. Eaton had been sidelined by a strained right hamstring.

Mercedes, 28, was one of baseball’s biggest surprises early in the season, batting .415 with five homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games in April. In May, Mercedes angered manager Tony La Russa by homering on a 3-0 pitch in the ninth inning of a game the White Sox led 15-4.

The rookie has struggled of late, hitting .150 (16 for 107) over his last 31 games.

The 25-year-old Burger was selected by Chicago with the No. 11 overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft out of Missouri State. He hit .322 with 10 homers and 36 RBIs in 42 games with Triple-A Charlotte this season.

Burger was considered one of the team’s top prospects before he tore his left Achilles tendon during a spring training game in February 2018. The same injury happened again in the backyard of his home in May of that same year.

When the minor league season was canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Burger decided to play in the O’Fallon, Missouri-based CarShield Collegiate League. The White Sox approved the plan, wanting to help Burger get some game action.

Burger could help the White Sox at second base or third. Second baseman Nick Madrigal is out for the year after he tore his right hamstring last month. Third baseman Yoan Moncada is expected to miss the team’s three-game series at Detroit after he left Thursday’s 8-5 victory over Minnesota with a bruised right hand.

The 6-foot-2 Burger was selected Wednesday for the AL team for the All-Star Futures Game on July 11 in Colorado.

Schwarber exits with apparent leg injury

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WASHINGTON — Hot-hitting Kyle Schwarber exited Friday’s game against the Dodgers in the second inning.

After singling to center field, the Nationals’ left fielder rounded first base and pulled up with visible discomfort in his right leg, which appeared to be the hamstring area. More information will be provided following the game.

Earlier that afternoon, Schwarber was named National League Player of the Month after slugging 16 homers (seven leadoff dingers) in June. During last month, he topped the NL in home runs, slugging percentage (.760), OPS (1.122) and RBIs (30).

Aaron Judge, Yankees teammates took time out to ‘be honest with each other’ in players-only meeting

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NEW YORK — The New York Yankees held a players-only meeting earlier this week, called by All-Star outfielder Aaron Judge, to air out their issues amid a deepening slump.

Judge said that he requested the sit-down on Tuesday to speak to the struggling Yankees as a group but declined to offer specifics on what exactly was discussed.

“Just [had] some things on my mind, some things I’ve been seeing over the course of the year,” Judge said Friday afternoon ahead of the first game of the 2021 Subway Series. “Usually around the All-Star break is the time where you have a meeting and guys kind of address things going into the second half. But I felt like there’s some things that couldn’t wait until the All-Star break to get brought up.

“It was a good time for a lot of us to be honest with each other,” he added. “Maybe [say] some things on our mind. … All the best teams I’ve been on, you’re able to say what you need to say to somebody and not let somebody’s feelings get hurt. It was a good meeting. There was a lot of emotion, but I think overall it was great for the team.”

Judge did not elaborate, but the meeting happened two days before owner Hal Steinbrenner addressed the media and singled out his players as responsible for the Yankees’ season spiraling downward. The Yankees (41-39) entered Friday’s game fourth in the AL East, nine games behind their archrivals Boston Red Sox.

Steinbrenner alluded to the meeting Thursday, described it as “fiery,” and said the message could be more effective coming from a player than it would be from a coach or a front-office executive.

“They had a team-only meeting a couple days ago which, in my opinion, is always the best type of meeting,” said Steinbrenner, who also threw his support behind manager Aaron Boone and GM Brian Cashman, saying he would not have a “knee-jerk reaction” to the Yankees’ woes.

“In my opinion, the majority of the responsibility lies with the players. They’re the ones on the field,” Steinbrenner added. “They need to fix the problem because everyone, including our fan base, rightfully so, has had enough. … We all can share the blame, but the majority of the blame lies with them.”

Judge was in complete agreement.

“That’s ultimately what it comes down to. No matter what anybody says,” Judge said. “We’re the ones out there on the field. We’re the ones out there competing. I know the front office and other guys have their hands in it, putting players on the field, but ultimately [it] comes down to the work and the results you get on the field.”

Also ahead of the start of their interleague play against the New York Mets on Friday, the Yankees placed left fielder Clint Frazier on the injured list with what Boone said was “vertigo.” Frazier, who was taken out of Wednesday’s game after complaints of dizziness, is still undergoing “a battery of tests,” Boone said.

Boone has not said this stems from Frazier’s previous concussion issues, but he did not discount it either. Frazier was diagnosed with a vestibular concussion in 2018, which took him a significant amount of time to recover and can have an extended effect on spatial recognition and balance.

“We’ve kind of started that battery of tests here these last couple of days, and it’s been pretty extensive. When we have all that information, full clarity, we’ll have a better answer for you,” Boone said of placing Frazier on the IL. “Not a lot of detail right now for you other than a number of tests — doctors, hospital, things like that, just trying to [see] if we can uncover something or get to the bottom of anything. So it’s a litany of tests that he’s going through.”

According to Boone, Frazier did not alert the club of any dizziness until he was taken out in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game vs. the  Los Angeles Angels.

The move to the injured list is retroactive to Thursday, and outfielder Tim Locastro was added to the active roster ahead of Friday’s game.

Reds deal Cubs seventh straight loss behind Gray, Votto

CINCINNATI (AP) Heath Hembree says relievers need to have short memories to survive the grind of the long season.

For one night at least, this one was pretty sweet.

Hembree closed out a strong performance by Cincinnati’s beleaguered bullpen, and the Reds handed the Chicago Cubs their seventh straight loss with a 2-1 victory on Friday.

Joey Votto hit a two-run double in the sixth, and that was more than enough for five Reds relievers who combined for four scoreless innings.

“We kind of just passed the ball off to each other,” Hembree said. “Each guy who came in did his job.”

Cincinnati also got a strong performance from Sonny Gray, who struck out eight in five innings in his first big league start since June 8. He had been sidelined by a strained right groin.

After Gray departed, Art Warren and Josh Osich (1-0) combined to work the sixth. Amir Garrett got two outs and Brad Brach worked 1 1/3 innings. Hembree finished the six-hitter for his second save.

It was a huge boost for a revolving-door bullpen with the worst ERA in the majors.

“Maybe we turned the corner here and can get on a roll,” Brach said.

Ian Happ singled for Chicago with two out in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega struck out swinging for the final out.

“They were above and beyond tonight,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “We asked a lot of each guy. All of them were just outstanding. To hold them right there for that many innings was impressive.”

The Cubs wasted a solid start by Alec Mills (3-2), who breezed through the first five innings, allowing just one hit.

With two on in the sixth, Chicago manager David Ross called on left-hander Adam Morgan to face the lefty-batting Votto with two outs. Votto responded with a liner into the right-field corner.

Jason Heyward drove in the only run for the Cubs with a two-out double in the fourth.

Brewers run win streak to 10 with 7-2 victory over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) Willy Adames’ latest home run celebration makes Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell’s heart skip a beat.

Counsell will tolerate the momentary discomfort as long as his dynamic shortstop keeps sending the ball over the fence. And his team keeps winning.

Adames slid down the dugout railing after his first-inning home run, a long shot to the seats in left-center that set the tone for a 7-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Friday night that extended Milwaukee’s win streak to 10 straight.

“It’s not dangerous, it’s fun,” Adames said with a laugh.

Maybe for everyone but Counsell, though he promised to deal with it considering the way Adames is playing for the hottest team in the majors.

“I’m rolling with Willy man,” Counsell said. “He seems to have the right answer for a lot of things right now.”

So do the rest of the Brewers.

Jace Peterson and Jackie Bradley Jr. added solo shots of their own – minus the dugout parkour – and Adrian Houser scattered four hits in 6 2/3 innings as Milwaukee matched its longest regular-season win streak since 2003. The Brewers ripped off 12 straight in 2018, but four of those victories came in the playoffs.

This group appears to be heading in that direction. The Brewers are a season-best 17 games over .500 at 50-33, fueled by a 29-10 surge since May 22.

“That’s why I got traded here, to try to help the team to win more games and thank God that’s been working and we’ve been winning a lot of games,” said Adames, who was acquired in a May 21 deal with Tampa Bay. “I’m happy about that.”

Houser (5-5), allowed one run, struck out five and walked two while throwing a career-high 103 pitches. Pittsburgh managed to get a runner on base in all but one inning while Houser was on the mound, but he had little trouble keeping the slumping Pirates at bay. Pittsburgh couldn’t stop hitting Houser’s sinker into the dirt. Houser recorded 13 groundball outs.

Adames figures Houser is trying to keep up with the rest of a pitching staff that is the main reason the Brewers have seized control of the NL Central.

“We have such a great starting pitching,” Adames said. “I don’t even know what to tell you because they’re so nasty when they get on the mound, we know they’re going to do a tremendous performance every time. We’ve gotten used to that.”

Vaughn, Lynn lead White Sox past Tigers 8-2 for 5th straight

DETROIT (AP) Andrew Vaughn homered and made two key defensive plays in left field as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-2 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.

Lance Lynn (8-3) allowed one run on four hits and five walks in six innings, striking out nine.

“This was a weird night. There were times when I felt locked in and other times when everything was a little squirrely,” Lynn said. “Luckily, Vaughn made two great plays for me and the guys scored a bunch of runs.”

Chicago, which leads the AL Central, has won nine of 11 against Detroit this season – including five in a row.

Casey Mize (5-5) gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in three innings. Mize, pitching as an opener to limit his workload, struck out four.

“Obviously I want to get as many outs as I can, so it was strange warming up and knowing I was only going to get three innings,” Mize said. “I understand this is a unique situation, and I’d rather do this than get shut down completely in September.”

Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said his plan is to give Mize a quiet July. The rookie has thrown 91 1/3 innings after pitching only 28 1/3 in seven starts last season.

“We can keep him to three innings until the All-Star break, give him the break, and then be careful with him again coming out of the break,” Hinch said. “That should allow him to pitch all season.”

The White Sox took a 2-0 lead with two outs in the first. Yasmani Grandal’s single scored Tim Anderson, and Brian Goodwin followed with a triple into the left-center gap.

Jonathan Schoop nearly put the Tigers ahead in the fifth, but Vaughn made a leaping catch at the wall in left field to turn a possible three-run homer into a sacrifice fly. Vaughn also made a diving catch to rob Daz Cameron of extra bases in the sixth.

“I’m still learning out there, but I’m getting more comfortable,” said Vaughn, who came through the White Sox minor league system as a first baseman. “There’s no way to practice diving catches, but I could tell I was going to be short, so I just tried to stretch out for it.”

Chicago took advantage of a defensive mistake to make it 3-1 in the seventh. With one out and a runner on first, rookie Jake Burger lifted a routine fly to center, but Cameron appeared to lose it in the lights. The ball dropped for a double – Burger’s first career hit – and Danny Mendick followed with a sacrifice fly.

“I’m going to tell my grandkids that I hit a double off the top of the wall,” Burger joked. “They will probably find the video and know I’m lying, but I’ll stick to my story.”

Vaughn and Gavin Sheets homered in a five-run ninth as Chicago scored at least seven times for the fifth consecutive game.

“We’ve got a lot of young guys up here who aren’t just getting hits – they are winning games for us,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Vaughn gets a homer, Jake makes a perfect swing to get another hit, then Gavin hits a bomb. Danny Mendick drove in some runs, too.”

Ohtani homers twice, scores winning run, Angels beat O’s 8-7

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Angels fans have seen plenty of Sho-time during the first half of the season. On Friday night, they might have witnessed The Greatest Sho.

One day after being named to the All-Star Game for the first time, Shohei Ohtani went deep twice to reach 30 home runs on the season and then scored the winning run on Jared Walsh’s two-out single in the ninth inning, giving Los Angeles Angels an 8-7 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

It is the third time in Ohtani’s four-year career in the majors that he has homered twice and also had a stolen base.

Ohtani’s transcendent play over the past month has even caused manager Joe Maddon searching the dictionary for new ways to describe his play.

“Maybe supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” said Maddon, which is appropriate considering Disneyland is a stone’s throw from Angel Stadium.”Everytime he swings the bat it looks like it could be a home run. He has the patience to draw a walk and then is a really aggressive and astute base runner. And then he pitches. He’s always prepared and under control. It’s an All-Star performance above and beyond.”

Ohtani drew a walk off Paul Fry (2-3) with one out in the ninth. After Anthony Rendon was caught looking for the second out, Ohtani stole second with Walsh up for his 12th stolen base of the season. Ohtani then scored on Walsh’s single to right, sliding home and beating the tag of Pedro Severino at home.

“I knew I was going to be waved home but watching Walsh, that was a hard hit so I wasn’t 100% sure. I had no doubts though that I was going to try and score at full speed,” Ohtani said.

The Japanese two-way sensation is the first player in AL history to reach 30 homers and at least 10 stolen bases in the team’s first 81 games of the season according to Stats. The only NL players to have accomplished it are Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa (1998) and Albert Pujols (2009 with St. Louis).

It is also the 22nd time a player has reached the 30 homer mark at the 81-game mark in a team’s season. Pujols was the last to do it in 2009. The last time it happened in the AL was Jose Canseco with Tampa Bay in 1999.

Ohtani, who was named the AL Player of the Month for June earlier Friday, shows no signs of slowing down. He has 13 homers in the past 15 games.

Ohtani’s solo shot to right on the first pitch of the third inning was No. 29 and set an Angels record for most homers by the All-Star break. When he hit a two-run drive on a 2-1 sinker by Dillon Tate in the fourth inning to put Los Angeles up 7-6, he surpassed Babe Ruth’s 1919 mark of most round trippers by a batter with at least 10 games pitched in a season.

“He pretty much single handedly beat us. He’s the hottest hitter on the planet right now,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s deep home runs. You walk him and he’s going to steal second on you. It’s plus plus speed and plus plus power and he’s locked in.”

Rendon had three hits while Jose Iglesias homered and drove in a pair of runs for the Angels, who have won two straight and four of their last five. Raisel Iglesias (5-3) pitched 1 2/3 innings and helped anchor a Los Angeles bullpen that allowed only one run in 6 1/3 innings after starter Griffin Canning struggled.

Trey Mancini and Domingo Leyba homered while Anthony Santander drove in three runs for the Orioles, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Baltimore jumped out to a 2-0 lead on two-out solo shots in the first and second innings by Mancini and Leyba before the Angels evened it in the second when Iglesias had a two-run drive to left field.

The Orioles put up four in the third to chase Canning and go up 6-2. Austin Hays and Mancini reached on singles before Ryan Mountcastle drew a walk to load the bases. Santander followed with a three-run double to the right-field wall and scored on Severino’s double to left.

Los Angeles drew within 6-4 in the third on Ohtani’s solo shot and Max Stassi’s RBI single before taking the lead in the fourth. David Fletcher’s RBI base hit got the Angels within a run before Ohtani gave them the lead with a two-run drive to left.

Hayes’ double to left-center in the sixth scored Cedric Mullins to even it at 7.

Hernández helps Red Sox beat A’s 3-2 in 10 with bat, glove

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kike Hernandez drove in the go-ahead run with a broken-bat single in the 10th inning and then made a tremendous defensive play to throw out a runner at home plate from center field as the Boston Red Sox held off the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night for their eighth straight win.

All-Star slugger Rafael Devers had two hits and an RBI for Boston. Alex Verdugo added a run-scoring single.

“The way we play defense in the outfield is elite,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “I know a lot of people had their doubts coming into the season, but these three guys are playing elite defense. One of the best outfields in the big leagues, if not the best. It wasn’t deep enough and (Hernandez) getting behind the ball was the key.”

Hernandez was 0 for 3 before before hitting the first pitch from Lou Trivino (3-3) softly into right field to drive in Michael Chavis as pieces of his shattered bat flew around the infield.

Chavis made the final out of the ninth and began the 10th at second base.

The A’s had runners at the corners with no outs in the bottom of the 10th against Adam Ottavino when a charging Hernandez made a running catch of Sean Murphy’s fly to shallow center and fired a strong throw to get Seth Brown sliding into home.

“I didn’t think he was going to send him,” Hernandez said. “In my baseball clock, I came in a lot and wanted to make sure I made a good throw.”

Ottavino finished it off for his sixth save.

“Their guy made a great throw,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “A well-pitched game on both sides. It comes down to a couple of inches again.”

The Red Sox won after closer Matt Barnes (4-2) allowed Elvis Andrus’ tying home run leading off the ninth, his fourth blown save in 21 chances.

Jed Lowrie homered for the A’s. Oakland has lost three of four.

The Red Sox made their first visit to Oakland in 820 days a memorable one and improved to 4-0 in extra-inning games on the road.

The breakdown by Barnes in the ninth spoiled a tremendous outing by starter Eduardo Rodriguez. The left-hander pitched one-hit ball over six scoreless innings with six strikeouts and two walks in his best outing this season.

“His stuff is there,” Cora said. “The pitch mix has been outstanding and you can see it.”

Devers doubled in Xander Bogaerts in the fourth when the ball sailed past a diving Tony Kemp in left field. Verdugo’s single in the fourth made it 2-0.

Lowrie homered off Garrett Whitlock in the seventh.

A’s starter Frankie Montas allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Correa keys Astros’ big inning in 6-3 win over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Carlos Correa sparked Houston’s four-run third inning with an RBI double and the Astros beat the injury-riddled Cleveland Indians 6-3 for the second straight night on Friday.

Houston came to town having lost five of six, including a three-game sweep at home to Baltimore, but have looked like the team that won 11 in a row before hitting the rough patch.

“We scored early and we held on,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “That was a big game for us to win.”

The Indians, who have lost six of seven, added third baseman Jose Ramirez to their injury list that gets longer each day. He was scratched shortly before the game because of a sore left elbow that occurred diving for a ball Thursday. Ramirez returned after missing a game Wednesday when he fouled a ball off his left cheek.

“He has a pretty good bone bruise, so when he gets to extension in his swing, it was kind of grabbing at him a little bit,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He got treatment pretty much most of the night. We’ll see how he shows up tomorrow.”

Lance McCullers Jr. (6-1) won his fifth straight decision. The right-hander was charged with two runs in 5 2/3 innings. McCullers was pulled with two runners on in the sixth and Cesar Hernandez followed with a three-run homer off Brooks Raley.

The Indians loaded the bases against Blake Taylor with two outs in the eighth, but Harold Ramirez struck out. Ryan Presley allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, but recorded his 13th save in 14 chances.

“Those losses against Baltimore were not ideal but we’ve been playing good baseball and we’re back to winning ballgames,” McCullers said.

Designated hitter Franmil Reyes was activated Friday after being out since May 23 with a strained oblique and was 3 for 5. Oscar Mercado also had three hits but the Indians left 15 runners on base.

“That’s a hard way to play against the Astros,” Francona said. “They didn’t give in. We stranded a ton of runners and that’s not what we’re shooting for.”

Houston scored two runs in the second and four times in the third off starter Sam Hentges (1-3), who allowed six runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The Progressive Field fans continued to boo Jose Altuve and his teammates. Altuve, who hit a grand slam in Thursday night’s win, got his team going in a different manner when he pushed a bunt past Hentges to lead off the third.

Altuve stole second and scored on Correa’s double inside the right-field line. Houston sent nine batters to the plate and led 6-0 by the end of the inning.

The Astros didn’t miss designated hitter Yordan Alvarez, who blasted a 446-foot home run into the center-field bullpens Thursday. Alvarez was placed on the paternity list, but Taylor Jones, called up to take his place, had two hits, including an RBI double in the second. Chas McCormick drove in two runs.

Left fielder Eddie Rosario was also out for the Indians after leaving Thursday’s game with right abdominal tightness.

Bader back in swing, slam in 10th carries Cards past Rockies

DENVER (AP) Harrison Bader hit his first career grand slam to cap a six-run 10th inning and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied past the Colorado Rockies 9-3 Friday night.

Pinch-hitter Jose Rondon lined a tying single with two outs in the ninth for the Cardinals, and Yadier Molina hit a go-ahead single in the 10th.

Elias Diaz homered in his fourth consecutive game for the Rockies, whose four-game winning streak was snapped. “It was a very gritty win,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said, noting the Cardinals were down to their final strike in the ninth when Rondon came through.

“You know, grit is an amazing attribute in individuals and in teams,” Shildt added. “It’s something this organization has had in its players and in the people that get the blessing to coach and manage them. It’s just, `Fight your tail off.’ That’s what we did tonight.” That scrappy, determined approach is part of the Cardinals’ mindset, Rondon said.

“Even though we fall behind with two strikes, we’re still an offense that can put the ball in play and get the job done,” he said through an interpreter. “It felt really good to contribute to the team (in that situation) and it’s something I’m never going to forget.”

Molina, who hit a two-run homer in the second inning, had an RBI single with two strikes and two outs in the 10th off Yency Almonte (2-1) that scored the automatic runner.

Tommy Edman followed with another run-scoring single and a walk set up Bader. Activated from the injured list Thursday after missing more than a month with a rib injury, Bader connected for his fifth home run of the season.

Alex Reyes (5-2) worked two scoreless innings.

Diaz, who also doubled, became the first catcher in Rockies’ history to homer in four consecutive games. His homer streak is the longest by a Rockies player since David Dahl homered in five consecutive games from Sept. 24-28, 2018.

Arenado, the former Rockies star traded to St. Louis in the offseason, was greeted with a standing ovation from the sellout crowd before his initial at-bat. He doffed his helmet to the crowd in acknowledgement. He had a single in four at-bats and was intentionally walked in the 10th.

Trailing by a run going into the top of the ninth, the Cardinals rallied to tie it at 3-all. Justin Lawrence walked Tommy Edman and Bader, and Rondon delivered. Lawrence, a rookie, was on the mound because the team’s closer, Daniel Bard, had been used frequently in recent days.

“He had two good sliders to get ahead and then hung the 0-2,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “It’s a learning experience for a young pitcher. He has 11 major league innings, but he has a good arm for sure. He’ll learn from that and be better off for it down the road.”

Ryan McMahon and C.J. Cron had successive doubles off Johan Oviedo in the sixth that put Colorado ahead 3-2.

Rumors: White Sox, Gallo, Padres, Mets

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July 2: White Sox reportedly considering Escobar, Frazier

The White Sox were close to acquiring infielder Eduardo Escobar from the D-backs on multiple occasions over the past few weeks, but more teams have gotten involved in the bidding, putting a snag in Chicago’s plans, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman.

Per Heyman, the White Sox are also “taking a close look” at Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier.

Escobar, 32, owns a .291 on-base percentage this season, but he can supply some pop from both sides of the plate. The switch-hitter has recorded 17 homers (12 from the left side, five from the right) over 326 plate appearances this season. He also can provide defensive versatility, as he has extensive experience at second, third and shortstop, although he hasn’t made a start at short since 2018. The veteran infielder is in the final season of a three-year, $21 million contract with Arizona.

Frazier is a different type of player, having hit four homers while posting a .326/.393/.468 slash line in 2021. He’s controllable through 2022, so he’d presumably cost considerably more to acquire than Escobar.

July 2: Gallo a fit for Padres?

Padres general manager A.J. Preller has built a reputation as one of the most aggressive executives in the Majors. Prior to the 2020 Trade Deadline, San Diego’s GM made six deals, and he traded for Blake Snell, Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove in the offseason. Rival execs expect more of the same this month.

Jayson Stark of The Athletic (subscription required) polled MLB execs about which teams they think will be aggressive buyers this year, and the Padres were frequently mentioned. According to Stark, Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo has been the Friars’ most-rumored target.

The 27-year-old continues to boost his trade value, as he’s hitting .400 with nine homers and a 1.705 OPS over his past 11 games. The left-handed slugger is under control through 2022.

The Padres reportedly pursued Gallo last season. While they balked at the Rangers’ asking price, The Athletic’s Dennis Lin wrote in June that the team was still “particularly interested” in the outfielder. Preller and manager Jayce Tingler know Gallo well, as both used to be part of the Rangers organization.

July 2: Are these stars on Mets shopping list?

Rival execs expect the Mets to be one of the most aggressive Trade Deadline buyers this year, according to a report from Jayson Stark of The Athletic (subscription required), and a controllable starter is believed to be at the top of their shopping list.

The club may also be eyeing a star third baseman, according to SNY’s Andy Martino. More >

June 30: Twins likely to trade Berríos?

The Twins have played better of late, going 7-3 in their past 10 games, but the club is still 12 1/2 games out of first and 12 games behind in the race for the second AL Wild Card berth. Minnesota is expected to be a Trade Deadline seller, and ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports in an article for ESPN+ (subscription required) that “an increasing number of executives believe Minnesota will deal” right-hander José Berríos.

Berríos is under control through 2022, so the Twins aren’t under any pressure to trade him now, but the club could capitalize on a trade market that lacks a true ace.

With the Nationals unlikely to move Max Scherzer after getting back into the NL East race, Berríos could be the best starting pitcher available. And as Passan notes, his market won’t be limited to top 2021 postseason contenders, given the extra year of control.

Berríos, 27, has been terrific this season, posting a 3.41 ERA with 96 strikeouts and 23 walks in 89 2/3 innings.

June 30: Blue Jays reportedly eyeing Bucs closer

The Blue Jays are among the clubs with interest in Pirates closer Richard Rodríguez, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, who notes that the market for Rodríguez is “heating up.”

FanSided’s Robert Murray reported Monday that the Blue Jays and Braves have been two of the most aggressive teams in search of relief help. Toronto acquired submariner Adam Cimber in a trade with the Marlins on Tuesday, but the Jays apparently aren’t done looking for bullpen upgrades.

Rodríguez has recorded a 1.78 ERA (229 ERA+) with a 0.69 WHIP in 30 1/3 innings this season, and he owns a 149 ERA+ in 188 appearances since the beginning of 2018. MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand named him the best available reliever Wednesday. While Rodríguez is under control through 2023, the rebuilding Pirates will likely look to trade the 31-year-old while his value is at its peak.

June 30: Could sliding Cubs sell after all?

After dealing Yu Darvish in the offseason, the Cubs entered the 2021 campaign amid expectations that they would be Trade Deadline sellers, with Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Báez all eligible for free agency after the season.

Chicago quieted the trade chatter with a 27-12 stretch from May 1-June 13, but the club has gone 4-11 over its past 15 games and is now five games out in the National League Central, prompting renewed questions about its Deadline plans.

As MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal notes in an article for The Athletic (subscription required), the standings won’t be the only consideration for Cubs ownership, which has to worry about the club’s new television network as well as attendance at Wrigley Field coming out of the pandemic.

A complete rebuild may be unlikely, but the Cubs could shop Bryant if they fall further out of the NL Central race, as he’s widely considered the least likely of their big three free agents to re-sign.

There’s also closer Craig Kimbrel, who has rediscovered his dominant form over the past year. If the Cubs opt to sell, Kimbrel seems like a good candidate to be moved, given the widespread need for bullpen help around the Majors. However, the team can retain Kimbrel next season for a reasonable $16 million club option. Even if the Cubs decide to punt on 2021, they might prefer to retain Kimbrel with an eye on contending in ’22, Rosenthal notes.

June 30: A’s reportedly unlikely to pursue Story

Given Elvis Andrus’ offensive struggles this season, the A’s have been mentioned as a potential suitor for Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, who is eligible for free agency after 2021. However, Oakland may be an unlikely fit for the 28-year-old. More >

June 30: What’s the market for Cruz?

If the Twins end up selling at the Trade Deadline, as they are expected to do, they will likely look to move designated hitter Nelson Cruz, who will turn 41 on July 1 and can become a free agent after 2021.

Hitting .303/.373/.567 with 17 homers over 68 games this season, Cruz would help boost any lineup. The problem? There are a limited number of places where he could conceivably fit.

Cruz’s status as a full-time DH eliminates the NL teams right off the bat, and there are an additional 10 AL teams that either aren’t in contention or already have a full-time DH of their own, as Jeff Passan notes in an article for ESPN+ (subscription required).

Passan lists the White Sox, Rays, Blue Jays, A’s and Mariners as the five teams that could make a play for the veteran slugger.

June 28: Duffy an option for Padres

Left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy will start for the Royals tonight against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The San Diego Padres will probably be watching the proceedings closely. MLB Network Insider Jon Morosi tweeted Monday that Duffy is an option for the Padres, who are looking to upgrade their rotation.

San Diego has the eighth-best rotation ERA in baseball thanks to the likes of Yu Darvish and Joe Musgrove. But with Blake Snell struggling and Dinelson Lamet back on the injured list because of more forearm issues, the Padres could make a move for reinforcements to help them gain ground in the NL West.

Duffy recently came back from a six-week stint on the IL due to a flexor strain in his left forearm. He has made a couple of short relief appearances leading into tonight’s start. Prior to his injury, Duffy posted a 1.94 ERA and a 0.89 WHIP through seven starts. The 32-year-old Duffy is an impending free agent and just surpassed 10 years of service time. As a player with 10-and-5 rights, he can veto any trade scenario.

June 28: Numerous starting pitchers could fit with Cubs

The Cubs remain in the thick of the NL Central race, trailing the first-place Brewers by just three games. If they decide to make improvements prior to the Trade Deadline, upgrading the starting rotation may be their highest priority. On Monday, The Athletic’s Sahadev Sharma and Patrick Mooney listed a handful of pitchers (subscription required) who could aid the Cubs without costing them too many dollars or prospects.

Among the options listed are former Cubs workhorse Jon Lester, and the Rangers’ Kyle Gibson, who has an AL-best 2.00 ERA across 90 innings this year. Chicago’s 4.60 rotation ERA ranks 23rd in MLB.

June 28: Could Nelson Cruz be reunited with Mariners?

Nelson Cruz has hit 84 home runs at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park, the second-most among all players. His most recent one came on June 16 as a visitor with the Twins, but most of those homers occurred during his stint with the Mariners from 2015-18. MLB Network Insider Jon Morosi said on Monday’s edition of “MLB Central” that a reunion with Cruz would make sense for the Mariners if they decide to be buyers at the Trade Deadline. Seattle has won 10 of its past 13 games and sits at 41-38 for the season.

“The Twins, to me, look like sellers,” Morosi said. “And Cruz, of course [the Mariners] know him very well. You would really see how he could potentially make that younger lineup fit together.”

The 40-year-old Cruz is having yet another strong season at the plate, with 17 home runs and a .299/.371/.564 slash line. By comparison, the Mariners’ designated hitters have posted a .250/.326/.451 line. Seattle’s lineup has baseball’s lowest batting average (.217) and second-lowest on-base percentage (.291). Cruz will be a free agent after this season.

June 25: Could Brewers be in play for Story?

Logic would hold that the Rockies will look to trade star shortstop Trevor Story before the Trade Deadline, rather than see him potentially sign with another club this offseason and receive nothing more than a Draft pick as compensation. But the question remains: where could Story be moved to?

The offensively challenged Brewers could be one possibility, as The Athletic’s Nick Groke and Will Sammon discussed Friday (subscription required). Per Groke, who covers the Rockies, Colorado is listening to all offers right now when it comes to Story. Milwaukee might seem like a strange destination, particularly since the Brewers only recently acquired shortstop Willy Adames (who has been a sparkplug for the Crew since his arrival) from the Rays. But given Adames’ athleticism, Groke and Sammon ponder whether he could move over to third base (where the Brewers have lost Travis Shaw to a long-term shoulder injury) to make room for Story at shortstop. While 2021 has not been Story’s best season at the plate, a change of scenery could energize his bat and charge up a Brewers lineup that ranks among the five least productive units in MLB.

A major roadblock could be money; Groke notes that the Rockies will likely not be willing to take on any of Story’s remaining salary in the wake of Nolan Arenado’s trade to the Cardinals, meaning a trade partner would be on the hook for the prorated portion of Story’s $18.5 million salary.

June 25: Seager could draw interest in coming weeks

Veteran third baseman Kyle Seager is in the midst of his 11th big league season, but despite his incredibly consistent production throughout, he has yet to enjoy a taste of the postseason. Could that change this year?

While the Mariners are keeping their heads above .500, it would be a bit surprising to see them punch an October ticket. Meanwhile there are several other contenders that could use a third-base upgrade, MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand notes in his most recent Trade Deadline inbox, including the Blue Jays, Brewers, Mets and the surging Nationals. Seager, aside from his typical home run production, is carrying a sub-par .279 OBP and .696 OPS. But Feinsand wonders whether a change of scenery could provide an extra kick to his game down the stretch.

June 25: With Nats surging, is Scherzer likely to stay put?

After a doubleheader split with the Giants on June 12, the Nationals were 26-35 and 8 1/2 games out in the National League East, and it was looking more and more likely that impending free agent Max Scherzer would be available at the Trade Deadline. A lot has changed in just two weeks. Washington has won five straight games and 10 of its past 11 to move to second place in the division, 3 1/2 games behind the first-place Mets.

We’ve seen this before from the Nats, who started out 19-31 two years ago before going on a run that culminated in a World Series title. Washington has played so well lately that Scherzer is now likely to stay put. In fact, the club could be positioned to buy, writes MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand in his latest Trade Deadline inbox.

On Friday, Scherzer’s agent, Scott Boras, hinted to NBC Sports Chicago’s Gordon Wittenmyer that a team might have to commit to a contract extension beyond 2021 in order to convince Scherzer to waive his 10-and-5 rights that enables him to veto any trade proposal — another factor that could make it unlikely that Scherzer pitches for any club besides Washington this year.

Kazmir, Frazier highlight USA Baseball’s Olympic roster

USA Baseball announced its 24-man roster for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The team doesn’t include any active major leaguers, although it features former All-Stars in Scott Kazmir and Todd Frazier. Multiple top prospects, including Boston Red Sox slugger Triston CasasToronto Blue Jays pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson, and Tampa Bay Rays righty Shane Baz, also made the squad.

The roster includes 12 position players and 12 pitchers:

Position players

PLAYERPOS.TEAM/LEAGUE AFFILIATION
Nick Allen2B/SSAthletics
Eddy Alvarez2B/3B/SSMarlins
Tyler AustinOFNPB
Triston Casas1B/3BRed Sox
Tim FederowiczCDodgers
Eric Filia1B/OFMariners
Todd Frazier1B/3BNA
Patrick KivlehanOFPadres
Mark KolozsvaryCReds
Jack LopezIF/OFRed Sox
Bubba StarlingOFRoyals
Jamie Westbrook2B/OFBrewers  

Pitchers

PLAYERPOS.TEAM/LEAGUE AFFILIATION
Shane BazRHPRays
Anthony CarterRHPMEX
Brandon DicksonRHPCardinals
Anthony GoseLHPIndians
Edwin JacksonRHPNA
Scott KazmirLHPGiants
Nick MartinezRHPNPB
Scott McGoughRHPNPB
David RobertsonRHPNA
Joe RyanRHPRays
Ryder RyanRHPRangers
Simeon Woods RichardsonRHPBlue Jays

Team USA opens the Olympic tournament July 30 against Israel.

Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test

(AP) — American champion Sha’Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana.

Richardson, who won the 100 at Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19, spoke of her ban Friday on the “Today” show. She tested positive at the Olympic trials and so her result is erased. Fourth-place finisher Jenna Prandini is expected to get Richardson’s spot in the 100.

Richardson accepted a 30-day suspension that ends July 27, which would be in time to run in the women’s relays. USA Track and Field has not disclosed plans for the relay.

The 21-year-old sprinter was expected to face Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in one of the most highly anticipated races of the Olympic track meet.

On Thursday, as reports swirled about her possible marijuana use, Richardson put out a tweet that said, simply: “I am human.” On Friday, she went on TV and said she smoked marijuana as a way of coping with her mother’s recent death.

“I was definitely triggered and blinded by emotions, blinded by badness, and hurting, and hiding hurt,” she told NBC. “I know I can’t hide myself, so in some type of way, I was trying to hide my pain.”

Richardson had what could have been a three-month sanction reduced to one month because she participated in a counseling program.

After the London Olympics, international regulators relaxed the threshold for what constitutes a positive test for marijuana from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng/m. They explained the new threshold was an attempt to ensure that in-competition use is detected and not use during the days and weeks before competition.

Though there have been wide-ranging debates about whether marijuana should be considered a performance-enhancing drug, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency makes clear on its website that “all synthetic and naturally occurring cannabinoids are prohibited in-competition, except for cannabidiol (CBD),” a byproduct that is being explored for possible medical benefits.

While not weighing in on her prospects for the relays, USATF issued a statement that said her “situation is incredibly unfortunate and devastating for everyone involved.” The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it was “working with USATF to determine the appropriate next steps.”

Richardson said if she’s allowed to run in the relay, “I’m grateful, but if not, I’m just going to focus on myself.”

Her case is the latest in a number of doping-related embarrassments for U.S. track team. Among those banned for the Olympics are the reigning world champion at 100 meters, Christian Coleman, who is serving a suspension for missing tests, and the American record holder at 1,500 and 5,000 meters, Shelby Houlihan, who tested positive for a performance enhancer she blamed on tainted meat in a burrito. Also on Friday, defending Olympic 100-meter hurdles champion Brianna McNeal had a five-year ban for tampering or attempted tampering with the doping-control process upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Now, Richardson is out as well, denying the Olympics of a much-hyped race and an electric personality. She ran at the trials with flowing orange hair and long fingernails.

“To put on a face and go out in front of the world and hide my pain, who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with pain and struggles you’ve never had to experience before?” Richardson said.

Davis Thompson shoots 63, takes lead at Rocket Classic

DETROIT (AP) Davis Thompson, in his third PGA Tour event as a professional, is leading the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

He’s not excited about that fact. Yet.

“Sounds good on Sunday,” Thompson said after matching a Detroit Golf Club record with a 9-under 63 to take the early first-round lead. “It’s only Thursday. I know I’ve got a long way to go.”

Brandon Hagy, Tom Lewis and Joaquin Niemann were two shots back. Seamus Power and J.J. Spaun shot 66, putting them another stroke behind the surprising leader.

Thompson is in the field as a sponsor exemption after sending an email to tournament officials, asking for a spot. The 22-year-old former University of Georgia star missed the cut last week at the Travelers Championship after tying for 35th in his pro debut at the Palmetto Championship earlier in June.

It is unlikely anyone saw his breakthrough round coming after he was a combined 6-over par in six previous starts – four as an amateur – on the PGA Tour. Thompson did show a flash of promise when he competed in the 2020 U.S. Open as an amateur, opening with a 69 before missing the cut at 7-over 147.

Thompson took advantage of favorable conditions with rain-softened greens and light wind Thursday morning at Detroit Golf Club, missing only one green and needing just 26 putts in his bogey-free round with nine birdies.

“If the putter gets hot, you can just kind of ride that wave throughout the day,” he said.

Thompson resumed his round after play was suspended due to inclement weather for three-plus hours. He tied the course record shared by Nate Lashley, who won the inaugural event in 2019, and J.T. Poston.

“I’ve played in a few pro events now, so you’ve just got to keep your emotions in check,” Thompson said. “Anything can happen. I know I’m playing well, so I’m just going to have some confidence going into (Friday) and hopefully I can play another good round.”

Players with afternoon tee times had to endure a long wait to begin playing and wind that was 5 to 10 mph stronger than it was in the morning. Twenty-seven players will finish their first round early Saturday morning before playing the second round.

Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau got off to a shaky start, a day after parting ways with caddie Tim Tucker. He replaced him for this week with Cobra-Puma Golf tour operations manager Ben Schomin, who said he was a caddie in competition for the first time.

DeChambeau, No. 6 in the world ranking, is trying to successfully defend a PGA Tour title for the first time. He had a chance two weeks ago to repeat at the U.S. Open, but went from leading the major with nine holes left to faltering and finishing in a tie for 26th.

And now, the big hitter might not make the cut and that would be a blow for him and the Detroit-based company that pays him as part of an endorsement deal.

DeChambeau missed the fairway to the right at Nos. 2 and 3, leading to bogeys. At the par-3, 184-yard ninth hole, he was short off the tee, on his chip and 10-foot putt to put another bogey on his card that dropped him to even-par 36 at the turn.

DeChambeau had nine pars on the back nine, closing with a 72 to leave him nine shots behind Thompson. He declined to be interviewed Thursday night.

Phil Mickelson entered the Rocket Mortgage Classic for the first time in the event’s three-year history and said it will be his last appearance.

Mickelson said he will not come back due to a report by The Detroit News that was published this week. The newspaper obtained federal court records from 2007, detailing how a Michigan-based bookie was accused of cheating Mickelson out of $500,000.

“It was so much effort for me to be here and to have that type of unnecessary attack,” he said. “Not like I care, it happened 20-something years ago, it’s just the lack of appreciation.”

The 51-year-old Mickelson shot a 69, marking the sixth time he has been under par out of 11 rounds since he became the oldest major winner at the PGA Championship in May.

Ko leads in Texas after losing No. 1 spot in women’s ranking

THE COLONY, Texas (AP) Her nearly two-year run at No. 1 in the women’s world golf ranking over, Jin Young Ko was back on top Thursday in the Volunteers of America Classic.

Ko shot an 8-under 63 in hot conditions at Old American to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean major champions and area residents In Gee Chun and Jeongeun Lee6.

The 25-year-old Ko lost the No. 1 ranking when Nelly Korda won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday for her second straight victory.

“That’s fine,” Ko said about dropping to No. 2. “And I’m still alive. So doesn’t matter really.”

Ko started her morning round with seven pars, made a 15-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th and played the final nine in 6-under 29 as the temperature climbed into the mid-90s.

“Shot wasn’t good, but putting was really good,” said Ko, who has a home in nearby Frisco. “And then I read the break really well today, so I had confidence on the green. I made a lot of putts today.”

Chun and Lee6 each had seven birdies in a bogey-free 64 in the afternoon. They both live in Irving.

“Feel comfortable staying in the house,” Chun said. “It’s the first time to be like home during the tournament week and playing like tournament. So it feel a little different, but it’s really good. I’m so happy to play with my fans and my friends and my neighbors here.”

Lee6 won the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open for her lone LPGA Tour title.

“These days my feel is not best, but I’m trying my best every day,” Lee6 said. “I played well today.”

Emma Talley and Min-G Kim were two strokes back at 65, and Lake Merced winner Matilda Castren was at 66 with Perrine Delacour, Esther Henseleit, Sarah Jane Smith, Gerina Piller and Jasmine Suwannapura.

“I’m an Alabama grad, live in Nashville, and am from Kentucky,” Talley said. “So this heat, it’s terrible, but I am used to it.”

Stacy Lewis, the Texan who won the 2014 event, opened with a 68.

Defending champion Angela Stanford, the local favorite playing alongside Ko the first two rounds, shot 69. The tournament was played in early December last year when the schedule was reconfigured because of the pandemic.

Lizette Salas, coming off a second-place finish in the Women’s PGA, birdied the final two holes for a 70.

“I’m a little fatigued and maybe a little mentally drained, but I still know I can play some good golf,” Salas said.

Maria Fassi opened with a 73. The Mexican player missed the cut by a stroke in the Women’s PGA after getting a two-shot penalty for slow play.

Cowboys to make their 3rd appearance on HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’

(AP) — The Dallas Cowboys will be featured for the third time in the 20th anniversary season of “Hard Knocks.” HBO and NFL Films announced Friday that the five-episode season will debut on Aug. 10 at 10 p.m. Eastern.

The Cowboys are the first team to make three appearances on the training camp documentary series. The first was in 2002 and most recent was in 2008.

“America, America’s game and America’s Team had a tough 2020. I feel like this is a perfect happenstance of football, the Cowboys and hopefully the country,” said NFL Films’ Ken Rodgers, the senior coordinating producer of “Hard Knocks.” “I’m sure the Cowboys want to put their difficult season behind them more than anyone.”

Dallas went 6-10 last season in Mike McCarthy’s first year as coach. Quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a dislocated right ankle and compound fracture that forced him to miss the final 11 games.

Prescott’s return from injury will be one of the storylines to watch, as well as how McCarthy can rally a team to believe in him and his staff.

The show is also likely to feature running back Ezekiel Elliott along with wide receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb. On defense, first-year coordinator Dan Quinn tries to mold a group that includes defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and linebackers Jaylon Smith and Micah Parsons, who was picked in the first round in April’s draft.

This will mark the first time that the series has its first episode air after a team has played a preseason game. The Cowboys play the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, on Aug. 5. The trip to Canton will also be special for everyone associated with NFL Films because Steve Sabol was recently enshrined posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The longtime NFL Films president, who died in 2012, is part of the third father-son duo in the Hall; his father, Ed, was inducted in 2011. “Hard Knocks” was a Sabol brainchild and remains as relative today as it was when it started.

“He loved what this show represents because it shows how our business and company could change and adapt,” Rodgers said. “So many people had seen NFL Films for what he had created in the 1970s – the slow motion, ball in the air, wired for sound and orchestral music style. What `Hard Knocks’ proved more than any other program, maybe in our history, is that we are not one type of filmmaking company. We are filmmakers that can adapt to any style, any format and on any network.”

This will be the 16th season for the show, which started in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens. HBO and NFL Films have an agreement to continue the series through 2024. Last year featured two teams for the first time when the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers shared equal billing.

Report: Josh Gordon files for NFL reinstatement

Josh Gordon filed his reinstatement letter with the NFL in hopes of returning to the league he once led in receiving, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The wide receiver last appeared in an NFL game for the Seattle Seahawks in 2019. He re-signed with Seattle in 2020 but violated the terms of his previous conditional reinstatement and returned to the suspended list before making his season debut.

Gordon has struggled with substance abuse throughout his career, but he reportedly passed every random drug test the NFL gave him over the last three months. The 30-year-old has missed three full seasons and parts of others due to various drug-related suspensions.

A former second-round pick in the NFL supplemental draft, Gordon topped the league with 1,646 receiving yards as a member of the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He had 426 yards and one touchdown over 11 outings in 2019 while splitting time between the New England Patriots and Seahawks.

Gordon played in the Fan Controlled Football league’s inaugural 2021 season. He caught two touchdowns, including a Hail Mary pass, in his debut for the Zappers and played alongside former Browns teammate Johnny Manziel.

Former Georgia, Miami coach Richt says he has Parkinson’s

ATLANTA (AP) Former Georgia and Miami football coach Mark Richt has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Richt, who guided the Bulldogs for 15 seasons and closed out his coaching career at alma mater Miami, made the announcement on Twitter.

“I have been waddling around lately and people have been asking me what’s wrong,” he wrote Thursday. “I’ve decided to tell everyone at the same time. I have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.”

The 61-year-old Richt said he is relying on his deep faith to cope with the condition.

“Truthfully I look at it as a momentarily light affliction compared to the future glory in heaven,” he wrote. “Thank you Jesus for promising us a future blessing of a glorified body that has no sin and no disease.”

Richt said he intends to continue in his role as an analyst on the ACC Network.

Parkinson’s is a progressive nervous system disorder that causes shaking, stiffness and difficulty with walking, balance and coordination. The symptoms usually begin gradually and worsen over time, and often include difficulty talking. While there is no cure, medication can help alleviate the symptoms.

Richt’s announcement was met with encouragement from coaches and former players.

“Saddened after hearing the news about Coach Richt,” Kirby Smart, who succeeded him as Georgia coach, wrote on Twitter. “Coach Richt embodies everything that a (hash)DGD (Damn Good Dawg) represents. My thoughts go out to Coach, (his wife) Katharyn & his whole family. Dawg Nation will be behind you the whole way.”

Former Georgia defensive star David Pollack said Richt “has always prioritized his faith. In winning, losing, and now in the face of adversity. The Pollack’s are praying for you! Love you coach!”

Richt, who first made his mark as Bobby Bowden’s offensive coordinator at Florida State, compiled a 145-51 record at Georgia until his dismissal at the end of the 2015 season.

He led the Bulldogs to a pair of Southeastern Conference championships, including in 2002 to break a 20-year drought. Georgia made five appearances in the SEC championship game, compiled nine seasons with at least 10 wins and was invited to 15 consecutive bowl games.

Shortly after parting ways with Georgia, Richt landed the head coaching job at Miami, where he was a backup quarterback from 1978-82.

He was 26-13 in three seasons with the Hurricanes, which included a 10-0 start in 2017 and a climb to No. 4 in the rankings before they lost their final three games. After being routed by Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, Miami lost to Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl.

The Hurricanes began 2018 ranked in the top 10 but slumped to a 7-6 mark. Richt surprisingly announced his retirement at the end of the disappointing season and was quickly replaced by Manny Diaz, who had been set to take over as Temple’s head coach.

“The entire U Family is behind you!” Diaz tweeted after hearing of his predecessor’s condition. “God will equip you with what you need for this battle!”

In 2019, Richt revealed that he had suffered a heart attack but was expected to make a full recovery.

Now, he’s dealing with another health issue.

“I am going to enjoy the blessings that I do have,” Richt said. “See you on the ACCNETWORK!”

With family ties, Korda of US heads to Wimbledon’s 4th round

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) When Sebastian Korda struck his last competitive shot as a 20-year-old – an overhead winner that closed out a third-round victory over Wimbledon’s No. 22 seed on Friday – the American raised both arms, then doubled over and rested his hands on his knees.

Up in a Centre Court guest box, the body language of his father, 1998 Australian Open champion Petr, was strikingly similar. Arms in the air, then leaning forward, reaching for the railing in front of his seat.

The younger Korda’s family bloodlines are serving him rather well at the moment. He is the son of two former professional tennis players – he credits his mother, Regina Rajchrtova, with teaching him to be calm on court – and the brother of two current stars in women’s golf – one of whom, Nelly, is ranked No. 1 and just won her first major – and is looking as if he very well could be the men’s tennis star his country has been awaiting for quite some time.

With an aggressive style that’s built for grass courts, Korda got past Britain’s Dan Evans 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to become the youngest U.S. man to reach the round of 16 at the All England Club since Andy Roddick got to the semifinals in 2003.

“Just felt incredibly comfortable,” Korda said. “And, yeah, it was perfect today.”

His father’s take? Essentially: Not so fast.

“It’s not over,” Dad said. “Let’s not celebrate until this is done.”

Wearing a black baseball hat and occasionally draping a white towel over his shoulders on the warmest day of the tournament so far, with the temperature rising toward the mid-70s Fahrenheit (20s Celsius), Petr was in a state of perpetual motion Friday. Any parent whose kids play sports at any level could relate, really, as he squirmed in his spot in the stands.

“It was nerve-wracking. I tell you, honestly, it’s easier to be on the golf course, because I can walk always,” he said, referring to watching his two daughters compete. “But with Sebi, I had to be sitting still, you know? That’s not easy.”

One, tiny measure of how quickly his son is developing: He is only the eighth man since 2001 to reach the fourth round at both the All England Club and Roland Garros before turning 21.

Of the other seven, four went on to be ranked No. 1 and win multiple Grand Slam titles: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Lleyton Hewitt. Another won one major (Marin Cilic), and the other two were Slam runners-up (Stefanos Tsitsipas, still only 22 himself, and Tomas Berdych).

Roddick’s triumph at the 2003 U.S. Open remains the most recent Grand Slam singles title for an American man, the longest drought in history for a nation that produced Bill Tilden, Arthur Ashe, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.

Eight-time major champ Agassi just so happens to be a mentor of sorts for Korda; they spent two weeks working together in Las Vegas late last year and speak on the phone frequently.

“The most important thing he told me yesterday was just to enjoy it,” Korda said. “It’s your first time on Centre Court at Wimbledon, just enjoy it, embrace it, have a lot of fun.”

Check. Check. And check.

On Monday, Korda’s 21st birthday, he’ll face No. 25 seed Karen Khachanov, a Russian who eliminated Frances Tiafoe of the U.S. in straight sets.

“I played a little tight. I knew it was a good opportunity,” said Tiafoe, who beat No. 3 seed Tsitsipas in the first round but now has lost to Khachanov at Wimbledon twice since 2018. “I just wanted to win too bad.”

Other men’s fourth-rounders: No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 17 Cristian Garin, No. 5 Andrey Rublev against Marton Fucsovics and No. 8 Roberto Bautista Agut against No. 10 Denis Shapovalov, who ended Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon singles appearance since 2017 by defeating the two-time champion 6-4, 6-2, 6-2.

“I can’t say that I’m too pleased with the way I performed. I felt like today I was a bit off, especially with serving,” said Djokovic, who was broken twice in a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory over American qualifier Denis Kudla that made him 17-0 in Slam matches this season.

Women’s matchups on Monday: No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka vs. No. 18 Elena Rybakina, No. 7 Iga Swiatek vs. No. 21 Ons Jabeur, No. 8 Karolina Pliskova vs. Liudmila Samsonova and No. 23 Madison Keys vs. Viktorija Golubic.

Korda is making his Wimbledon debut and participating in any Grand Slam tournament for only the third time. He made a splash at the French Open last year by getting to the fourth round before losing to his idol, Nadal (Korda’s cat is named after the 20-time major champion).

He’d never been to Centre Court until Friday, as a player, fan or otherwise, and resisted the temptation to pull out his cellphone to shoot some video.

“They always show how the players are walking through all the rooms, then walking down the stairs,” he said. “I just thought to myself: `This is nuts. What’s about to happen is going to be something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.'”

Korda showed off a useful serve he varies well, groundstrokes that are strong off both sides and a willingness – well, desire – to go to the net, where he won the point on 30 of 43 trips.

“All credit to him. He played some strong tennis,” said Evans, Britain’s top player at the moment, who was backed by a partisan crowd but found himself muttering toward his coach and cursing enough to earn an official warning. “He’s obviously going to be a very good player.”

Italy beats Belgium 2-1, advances to Euro 2020 semifinals

MUNICH (AP) Italy’s defenders celebrated their stops like the attacking players celebrated their goals.

Both had plenty of reason to be happy on Friday.

Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne scored a goal each while Leonardo Spinazzola make a key second-half block to give Italy a 2-1 win over Belgium and a spot in the European Championship semifinals.

“Everyone, myself included, is really playing with a smile on their faces,” said Insigne, whose team extended its national record unbeaten run to 32 games.

Romelu Lukaku kept his team in the game with a penalty right before halftime but the Belgians missed further chances to equalize in the second half as Italy’s defenders excelled.

Barella put Italy in the lead in the 31st minute when Jan Vertonghen failed to properly clear the ball. Marco Verratti passed to Barella, who eluded two Belgium defenders before sending it in off the far post.

Insigne got the second in the 44th when he put a curling shot inside the far top corner after skipping past one defender and facing two more.

Belgium was awarded the penalty when Giovanni Di Lorenzo pushed Jeremy Doku shortly before halftime. Lukaku then made it 2-1 by sending his shot down the middle. It was only the second goal Italy has conceded at the tournament.

“I didn’t see the penalty,” Italy coach Robert Mancini said. “The defense told me it was rather cheap, but that aside, it was very important to produce a top-class performance, and we did just that.”

Italy will next play Spain in the semifinals on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in London. The Spanish defeated Switzerland on penalties in St. Petersburg.

“We will now savor this moment. We’ll try and rest up because it will be another tough match,” Mancini said.

In the second half, Spinazzola just did enough to deny Lukaku on the line with what seemed to be a certain equalizer when Kevin De Bruyne played the ball to the far post. Spinazzola was kissed by his grateful teammates, but he was later carried off on a stretcher with a leg injury.

“We’ll try and go all the way in this tournament, above all for him, because Spinazzola has been a crucial component of this team,” Insigne said.

De Bruyne started the match after recovering from a left ankle injury, but Eden Hazard remained out with a leg injury.

“We gave everything that we could. I couldn’t be prouder of my players and the staff,” Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said after the end of his top-ranked team’s 13-game unbeaten run. “Everything in this tournament has been fantastic and the application and dedication of everyone has been at the highest level.”

Belgium played as it had in the 1-0 win over Portugal with defense a priority. A back three quickly became a back five whenever Italy had the ball as Thorgan Hazard and Thomas Meunier retreated to help out.

Martinez brought on Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli with about 20 minutes remaining. Chadli nearly set up an equalizer within seconds of coming on, but his cross was too high for Lukaku and it fell behind Thorgan Hazard.

Chadli then had to go off with what appeared to be a hamstring injury after being on the field for only about five minutes. Spinazzola followed in the 79th after he pulled up sharply while chasing the ball.

“We’re gutted about Spinazzola’s injury. He didn’t deserve that,” Mancini said. “Because he was playing extraordinarily well, he’s been one of the best players at Euro 2020. We are absolutely gutted and we’d like to send him our best wishes.”

Spain beats Switzerland, reaches Euro 2020 semifinals

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) As Spain’s jubilant players sprinted onto the field to celebrate a penalty-shootout victory at the European Championship, Luis Enrique stood alone and simply pumped his fists.

Amid the tension and rising pressure inside Saint Petersburg Stadium, the Spain coach might have been the calmest person around.

“I’d tried to convey a message that what would be, would be,” Luis Enrique said, revealing what he’d told his team ahead of the 3-1 shootout victory over Switzerland in the quarterfinals on Friday. “I told them to relax … and to enjoy the moment as much as they could.”

Easier said than done for a team that had missed its last five regulation penalties in matches, two of them at Euro 2020. For a team that had squandered chance after chance in extra time as Switzerland’s energy-sapped players hung on for a 1-1 draw through extra time. For a team that had come into the match as the favorite and had taken an eighth-minute lead, only to see that wiped out by a defensive mistake.

So imagine the relief when Mikel Oyarzabal stepped up to convert the decisive spot kick past goalkeeper Yann Sommer, whose save on Kylian Mbappe’s shot in a shootout win over France got Switzerland to the tournament’s quarterfinals for the first time.

After seeing the ball hit the back of the net, Oyarzabal headed straight to Spain goalkeeper Unai Simon, who had made two saves in the shootout. They were soon consumed by their teammates as “Y Viva Espana” blasted out from the stadium’s loudspeakers.

“When it goes your way,” Luis Enrique said, “it feels very good indeed.”

Of course, the Swiss know that feeling. But unlike against France, when they scored all five of their penalties in the shootout, they failed with three of their four attempts this time. Fabian Schar and Manuel Akanji had shots saved by Simon, while Ruben Vargas fired the ball over the crossbar.

“Penalties are a bit 50-50,” said Switzerland captain Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored his team’s goal in regulation time. “I think we just lacked a little bit of luck today.”

Spain will play Italy in the semifinals on Tuesday at Wembley Stadium in London. The team is two wins away from emulating the country’s golden generation, which captured European titles in 2008 and 2012.

After the wild fluctuations of “Manic Monday,” when Spain and Switzerland won chaotic games in the round of 16 that both needed extra time and featured a combined 14 goals, their quarterfinal match was perhaps unsurprisingly a more labored affair punctuated by big moments.

Among them was a red card in the 78th minute for Switzerland midfielder Remo Freuler, whose studs connected with the ankle of substitute Gerard Moreno in a sliding challenge.

Yet a rearguard effort – requiring a string of diving saves by Sommer and a number of last-ditch blocks by sprawling defenders – kept the Spanish at bay in the extra 30 minutes that were played almost entirely in Switzerland’s half. A crowd made up of mostly Russian spectators was fully behind Switzerland, even to the extent of jeering Spain’s players when they had the ball.

Moreno, in particular, squandered four chances with poor finishing or the acrobatics of Sommer, though the striker made amends by converting one of Spain’s kicks in the shootout.

The Swiss initially missed the energy and authority of suspended captain Granit Xhaka, whose replacement – Denis Zakaria – had the misfortune of scoring the 10th own-goal of the tournament when he sliced the ball into his own net. Jordi Alba sent in the shot after latching onto a corner from the right that had sailed over everyone’s heads in the area.

A defensive mix-up brought about Shaqiri’s equalizer in the 68th, which came just as Switzerland’s players had started to assert themselves.

Aymeric Laporte came across to cover a pass over the top but touched the ball onto the leg of his center back partner, Pau Torres. Freuler pounced on the ball and laid it off to Shaqiri, whose first-time shot crawled into the bottom corner.

Freuler’s red card ensured a penalty shootout was the best ending Switzerland could realistically hope for, and the team just about made it thanks to the misses from Moreno.

Switzerland bowed out in the same stadium where the team was eliminated from the 2018 World Cup. Then, the Swiss lost to Sweden 1-0 in the round of 16.

PURDUE // Boilermaker Trio Ready for FIBA U19 World Cup in Latvia

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RIGA, Latvia – Three current Purdue men’s basketball players will begin their quest for a gold medal on Saturday when the group phase portion of the FIBA U19 World Cup begins in Riga, Latvia.  

Action gets underway Saturday as Canada will play at 8 a.m. ET, against Lithuania, while the Americans will play at 10:30 a.m. ET, vs. Turkey.

Caleb Furst and Jaden Ivey are representing the United States while Zach Edey is on the Canadian squad. The two countries have won the last four U19 World Cups, with Boilermakers having a hand in two of the titles. Caleb Swanigan helped the Americans win the title in 2015, while Trevion Williams lifted the USA to the 2019 title. Carsen Edwards was on the 2017 squad that won bronze, losing to Canada in the semifinals. The Canadians would go on to win the Gold medal in 2017.   

Furst and Ivey led the United States in one of their two pre-tournament scrimmages. In a loss to Australia, Ivey (14 points, 2 rebounds) and Furst (11 points, 6 rebounds) combined for 25 points and eight rebounds in just 30 minutes on Wednesday.   

Edey joined his team in Latvia after being one of the final cuts for the Canadian National Team that is going through Olympic qualifying in British Columbia.   

Saturday, July 3 (All times Eastern)

8 AM – Canada vs. Lithuania

10:30 AM – USA vs. Turkey

Sunday, July 4 (All times Eastern)

5 AM – Canada vs. Japan

1:30 PM – USA vs. Mali

Tuesday, July 6 (All times Eastern)

5 AM – Canada vs. Senegal

1:30 PM – USA vs. Australia

Edey, a 7-foot, 4-inch center from Toronto, was one of the nation’s biggest surprises as a freshman in 2020-21.

He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team, after averaging 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 59.7 percent from the field, the second-best percentage by a freshman in school history. He also shot 71.4 percent from the free throw line.

He was named to the freshman All-America team by CollegeInsider.com and was twice named Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Nov. 30, March 8).

Ivey was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team a year ago and has been mentioned as a preseason All-American for the 2021-22 season. He averaged 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, but over the last six contests averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 37-of-79 (.468) from the field in that span. He scored 26 points against North Texas, the second-most ever by a Big Ten freshman in an NCAA Tournament debut.

Furst, a 6-foot, 10-inch freshman from Fort Wayne, Indiana, was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball and a MaxPreps Honorable Mention All-American after a standout career at Blackhawk Christian. Furst led Blackhawk to the 2021 and 2019 Indiana State Championships, scoring 2,087 career points while becoming the school’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. He averaged 21.4 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocked shots as a senior.

Purdue Track & Field: Charlton and Colebrooke Named to Olympic Team 

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue track & field senior Samson Colebrooke and alumna Devynne Charlton have been named to The Bahamas Olympic Team and will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, The Bahamas Olympic Committee announced.

Charlton and Colebrooke each won their events at the Bahamas National Championships last weekend at Thomas Robinson National Stadium in Nassau, Bahamas. Charlton officially qualify for the 2020 Games in the 100-meter hurdles, and Colebrooke will race in the 100-meters.

Four Boilermakers will represent the Purdue track & field program in Tokyo, as Colebrooke and Charlton will be joined by 2009 graduate Kara (Patterson) Winger and 2016 alumnus Chukwuebuka Enekwechi. Winger will compete for Team USA in the javelin and Enekwechi qualified in the shot put for Nigeria.

Winger is making her fourth Olympic Games appearance, while Charlton, Colebrooke and Enekwechi are making their Olympic debuts.

Charlton won the 100m hurdles in 12.87 seconds at the national championships on June 27. The win came by 0.05 seconds to send her to Tokyo.

Colebrooke was victorious in the 100m with a time of 10.31 in the final on June 25. His 0.08-second win came after he ran a qualifying time of 10.29 seconds earlier in the day, the second-fastest mark in the prelims. On June 26, Colebrooke ran in the 200m prelims and was ninth overall in 21.63, and he competed in the 4×100 relay on June 28.

Also at The Bahamas trials, current Purdue junior Tamar Greene won the triple jump on June 27. His mark of 16.37 meters is a personal-best and ranks No. 3 in program history. Alumnus Kinard Rolle ran in the 400m, where he was fifth in the finals in 47.01 on June 26 after a prelims time of 47.48 a day earlier. Rolle also ran in the 4×400 relay on June 27 and was third in 3:10.74.

In an illustrious Boilermaker career, Charlton earned nine All-America honors and broke the school record in the 100 hurdles (12.70) and 100m (11.22). She also holds the sixth-fastest time in the 200m (23.61) and was a member of seven of Purdue’s nine-fastest 4×100 relay teams. Charlton was the NCAA runner-up in the 100m hurdles in 2018 and in the 60m hurdles in 2017. An 11-time Big Ten champion and three-time Big Ten Athlete of the Year, Charlton is a two-time World Championships qualifier and competed twice at the Pan American Games.

A 2021 Purdue graduate, Colebrooke was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American outdoors in 2021, in the 200m and 4×100 relay. A six-time All-America honoree as a Boilermaker, Colebrooke has the second-fastest 200m (20.46) and third-fastest 100m (10.18) times in school history. He also contributed to three of the four-fastest 4×100 marks and three of the six-fastest 4×400 times, highlighted by the 4×100 record of 38.75. Colebrooke is a five-time Big Ten medalist and two-time champion in the 4×100.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Eleven Home Contests Highlight Butler Women’s Soccer Fall Schedule

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The Bulldogs have announced their always-challenging slate for the upcoming 2021 fall season. Butler will host 11 matches at the Sellick Bowl and will return to the normal conference schedule that will see the Bulldogs face off with all 10 BIG EAST opponents.

Butler’s non-conference schedule features three Big Ten foes and a visit from Utah in addition to several local and regional foes.

Butler is coming off a 10-2 record this spring as the traditional 2020 season was pushed back a semester. The Bulldogs went 6-1 in conference play, facing only the BIG EAST’s Midwest teams, before advancing to the championship match of the BIG EAST Tournament.

The Bulldogs will open the fall campaign with their lone exhibition, an August 8 match at Illinois State. Butler’s home opener is set for August 12 when Bellarmine visits the Sellick Bowl.

From the Big Ten, Butler will host both Michigan (August 19) and Northwestern (August 26), and will travel to Illinois August 29. Utah comes to the Sellick Bowl on Sept. 5. The two teams played in Salt Lake City in 2019.

Butler’s final 10 matches of the regular season are all BIG EAST contests. The stretch begins Sept. 23 with a road trip to Marquette. The Bulldogs host UConn Oct. 3 in a rematch of the BIG EAST semifinals, which was a 2-0 Butler victory. Butler then travels to defending BIG EAST champion Georgetown Oct. 7 in a rematch of the BIG EAST title game.

Butler closes the regular season Oct. 28 with a home match against Creighton. The 2021 BIG EAST Tournament begins several days later as the top six teams in the league standings will fill out the bracket in search of the BIG EAST’s automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.

Co-head coaches Tari St. John and Rob Alman return an experienced and talented squad this fall, including All-BIG EAST first team selections Anastasia Savich and Katie Soderstrom and second-team picks Stephanie Rodriguez and Aliya Diagne. A highly-touted incoming class is set to arrive in Indianapolis in the coming weeks as well.

U OF INDY MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball Rounds Out 2021-22 Roster

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INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s basketball Head Coach Paul Corsaro is putting the final touches on the 2021-22 roster with the addition of Division I transfer Jack Ballantyne.  A native of Shelby Township, Mich., Ballantyne spent the previous two seasons at Long Island University in the Northeast Conference (NEC) where he appeared in 42 games for the Sharks.

“I’m excited to welcome Jack to our UIndy basketball family,” said Corsaro.  He will provide us with a tremendous amount of maturity and experience, having already played at two Division I schools.  Jack has a very unique skill set; for a person his size, he handles the ball, dribbles, and passes at an incredibly high level.”

Ballantyne averaged 3.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for LIU last season.  In February 2020, he recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds, marking career highs in both categories and the first double-double of his career. Prior to Long Island, Ballantyne spent his freshman season Division I University of Detroit Mercy of the Horizon League.  He appeared in 24 games, grabbing 35 rebounds.

“We will be able to utilize his unique skills offensively,” Corsaro noted.  “Jack rebounds at a high rate.  His rebounds per minute played last season is a stat that impressed me when recruiting him.

“Most importantly, Jack is a young man of high character, and he excels in the classroom.  He has already earned his undergraduate degree, and will enter the two-year MBA program here at UIndy.”

The Hounds finished last season at 11-12 and made a GLVC semifinal appearance after upsetting No. 2 Truman in the quarterfinals.

VALPO CROSS COUNTRY: Valpo Unveils 2021 Cross Country Schedule

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The Valparaiso University cross country program has announced its schedule for the 2021 season, which begins with the annual home meet on Friday, Sept. 3 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso.

For the first time, the home meet will be known as the Winrow Open in honor of former Valpo head cross country coach Ed Winrow, who passed away in March 2020. This will mark the 32nd running of Valpo’s home meet, which returns after a one-year hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The women’s 5K will begin at 5 p.m., while the men’s 6K is slated to get underway at 5:45 p.m.

After opening the season at home, Valpo will visit Normal, Ill. to compete in the Illinois State Invite on Friday, Sept. 17. Another familiar meet is on the docket for Friday, Oct. 1 as Valpo returns to the Joe Piane – Notre Dame Invitational in Notre Dame, Ind.

The season will continue on Friday, Oct. 15 as Valpo will participate in the Bradley Pink Classic in Peoria, Ill. again this season. That will serve as the final tune-up prior to the MVC Championship hosted by Illinois State on Oct. 29 in Normal, Ill., then Evansville will host the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Nov. 12.

Under the direction of head coach Mike Straubel, who is entering his 35th season at the helm, the program’s distance runners thrived during MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, boasting 15 personal records. The 2020-21 slate saw sophomore Eric Carothers earn cross country All-MVC honors in addition to garnering the MVC Elite 17 Award, while senior Dominic Paoletti achieved Indoor All-MVC status in track & field and shattered the school record in the 10,000-meter run.

OHIO STATE WOMEN’S GOLF: Lisa Strom Named Women’s Golf Head Coach

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State announced on Friday the hiring of Lisa Strom as the next head coach of the women’s golf program. Strom returns to Ohio State following head coaching stints at Texas State and Kent State over the past five seasons.

Strom is back home! She played for director of golf Therese Hession as a member of the Ohio State team from 1995-99 and then returned as an assistant coach from 2011-16 following her professional playing days. Strom will run the women’s golf program and will work along side Hession who will remain the director of golf for both the men’s and women’s programs.

“We are excited for the Ohio State golf program and in particular women’s golf,” said Dan Cloran, executive associate athletic director. “We’re thrilled to welcome Coach Strom back to Columbus. She is one of the brightest coaches in the game of golf and has made a positive impact on the programs she has been associated with. Coach Strom will be reunited with Coach Hession who will be able to utilize her role as the director of golf to continue to impact both the men’s and women’s teams. Coach Hession has been a part of Ohio State golf for over 30 seasons, and while she’ll still have an instrumental role teaching and coaching the women’s program, this shift will allow her to also focus and build upon the impression she has already made within the men’s program as well.”

Hession has been with the women’s program since 1991 and has led the Buckeyes to 11 Big Ten Championships and 25 NCAA Regional appearances. In 2015, Hession was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame and was then promoted to the director of golf in 2018.

“I am thrilled to have Lisa Strom rejoin our Ohio State golf program,” said Hession. “Her knowledge and now 10 years of coaching experience will benefit both our men’s and women’s golf teams in a big way. Lisa has been a part of Buckeye golf as a student-athlete, an assistant coach, and now returns as head coach after developing student-athletes at Texas State and Kent State. We are grateful to welcome her home!”

As an assistant for the Buckeyes from 2011-16, Strom helped guide the program to six straight NCAA Regional appearances and four appearances at the NCAA Championships (2011, 2012, 2014, 2016). She was also instrumental in the team’s nine tournament victories, including back-to-back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“It’s just a dream come true to be able to come back to my alma mater and return to Columbus,” said Strom. “It just feels like home and I’m super excited. I don’t think that can put it fully into words, but I can’t thank Gene Smith, Dan Cloran and obviously Coach Hession enough. I now get a chance to return and give back to a university that has given me so much.”

During her OSU playing days, Strom was a two-time All-Big Ten and four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. In 2000, she earned a first-place finish at the NCAA East Regional Championship and was a member of the 1999 Big Ten Championship team.

Following her time as an assistant at OSU, Strom was the head coach at Texas State from 2016-19. She led the Bobcats to a runner-up finish at the 2019 Sun Belt Conference Championship and two team tournament titles. The 2018-19 season, her last in San Marcos, was a historic one for Strom and the Bobcats as the team set seven program records and finished with the highest final season ranking in program history.

She then returned to Ohio to take the reigns at one of the top programs in the area at Kent State. In her two seasons with the Golden Flashes, Strom led the team to nine tournament titles and helped continue the program’s dominance in the MAC, winning Kent State’s 22nd consecutive conference crown. This past May, Strom and the Golden Flashes came to the OSU Scarlet Course for the NCAA Regional and the team finished tied for fifth in the 18-team field to advance to the NCAA Championships.

Strom played professional from 2000 until 2011 and competed in more than 50 LPGA sponsored events as a member of the LPGA Tour (2003, 2007-2010). In 2007, she earned a career-best finish of 13th at the Navistar LPGA Classic. In addition to her time on the LPGA Tour, Strom competed on the Futures Tour for seven seasons, recording her best finish at the 2002 El Paso FUTURES Golf Classic where she finished second overall. Strom is a three-time winner of the Ohio Women’s Open and a two-time winner of the Michigan Women’s Open.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1912       Giants’ southpaw Rube Marquard wins his 19th consecutive game from the start of the season, beating Brooklyn at the Polo Grounds, 2-1. The 25 year-old future Hall of Famer, completing the campaign with a 26-11 record, compiles the most victories any pitcher has ever had to begin a year without suffering a defeat.

1925       Milt Stock sets a National League mark by having his fourth consecutive four-hit game, going 16-for-23 during the span to compile a .696 batting average. The 31 year-old second baseman’s offensive output, which includes three singles and a triple, helps the Robins beat the Giants at Ebbets Field, 6-3.

1929       The Cubs and the Reds become the first teams to turn nine double plays in a major league contest collectively. Chicago, responsible for five of the twin killings, beats Cincinnati at Wrigley Field, 7-5.

1932       With a Boston law that prohibited games from being played within 1000 feet of a church on Sundays now rescinded, the first Sunday game takes place at Fenway Park with the Red Sox dropping a 13-2 decision. The team played its Sunday games at Braves Field on Commonwealth Avenue until the law was changed, having played their first home contest on the Christian day of worship on April 28, 1929.

1936       San Diego minor leaguer Ted Williams, pinch-hitting for the pitcher in the seventh inning in a game against the Angels, gets his first professional hit, a long single off the right-field fence at LA’s Wrigley Field off Glen Babler. The 17 year-old Padres player stays in the PCL contest to replace the hurler he batted for, retiring the side in order, but will be removed from the mound in the next frame when he gives up two home runs.

1939       Cardinal first baseman Johnny Mize accumulates 13 total bases, hitting two home runs, a triple, and a double. The ‘Big Cat’s’ offensive output contributes to the Redbirds’ 5-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

1939       At Briggs Stadium, Ben Chapman ties a major league record when he collects three triples in the team’s 4-2 victory over the hometown Tigers. The Cleveland center fielder’s three-baggers today will account for a third of his total for the season.

1940       The Red Sox complete a 12-11 comeback over the A’s, scoring six times in the bottom of the ninth in the Fenway Park afternoon tilt. Boston, having trailed by seven runs after seven innings, ties the game in the final frame thanks to Ted Williams’ three-run homer, and wins with Jimmie Foxx’s walk-off round-tripper.

1945       At Braves Field in Boston, the Cubs tally the most runs in their post-1900 history when they blast the Braves, 24-2. Phil Cavarretta, Don Johnson, and Stan Hack each score five times, tying a major league mark.

1947       The Indians purchase Larry Doby from the Newark Eagles. In two days, the 22 year-old center fielder will become the first black to play in the American League, appearing as a pinch-hitter against Chicago at Comiskey Park.

1948       Dick Lane hits five homers in a Fort Wayne Central League game. The Muskegon slugger will finish the season with a dozen round-trippers, but he will never go deep in a major league game.

1949       At the Polo Grounds, New York southpaw Monty Kennedy, en route to a 16-0 rout of the Dodgers, hits a grand slam. Another 51 seasons will pass by before Shawn Estes becomes the next Giants hurler to go deep with the bases loaded in 2000.

1952       In a 14-2 victory over Brunswick, Cordele A’s third baseman Ralph Betcher goes deep for the Philadelphia farm club, accounting for the only home run the team will hit this season. ‘Froggie,’ a moniker given to the infielder because of his deep voice, records the only round-tripper in the 4,679 at-bats that the Class D team will take during the 139-game Georgia-Florida minor league season.

1958       In their 35th home date in L.A., the transplanted Dodgers reach the one million mark in attendance. Last season, the team drew only 1,028,258 fans, playing games at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, New Jersey and Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.

1965       As part of the Farmer’s Night festivities, which attracts the largest crowd in nearly two years, at Municipal Stadium, A’s pitcher Diego Segui rides Charlie O., the team’s mule mascot, to the mound at the start of the game against the Twins. The promotion, features a milking contest between Kansas City first baseman Ken Harrelson and Minnesota right-hander Al Worthington as well as a greased pig competition for the fans.

1965       After pinch-hitting a home run in a 10-8 loss to Cincinnati, Frank Thomas is placed on waivers by the Phillies as the result of his confrontation with Dick Allen, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, who is presently batting .341. During batting practice before the Phillies’ game against Cincinnati at Connie Mack Stadium, the veteran outfielder and third baseman Dick Allen exchange words resulting in their infamous fistfight, with teammates forbidden to provide details of the incident to the press without facing a stiff fine imposed by the club.

1966       Tony Cloninger hits two grand slams in the same game and collects nine RBI’s , in the Braves’ 17-3 rout of the Giants at Candlestick Park. The 26 year-old pitcher becomes the first National League player to hit two bases-loaded home runs in the same game.

1967       Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Randy Hundley all homer for the Cubs in the first, and Rico Carty and Felipe Alou also go deep for the Braves in the same inning in Chicago’s 12-6 victory at Atlanta Stadium. The five round-trippers at the ‘Launching Pad’ tie a major league record for home runs hit by two teams in the same inning, but the barrage marks the first time the feat occurs in the opening frame.

1968       Luis Tiant strikes out nineteen Twins and scatters six hits in a ten-inning 1-0 complete-game victory against Minnesota at Cleveland Stadium. ‘El Tiante,’ who equals Sandy Koufax’s record for 41 strikeouts for three consecutive games, becomes the second hurler to whiff more than 18 batters in an American League contest, behind only Tom Cheney of the Senators, who recorded more when he punched out 21 Baltimore batters in a 16-inning game in 1962.

1970       All-Star Angels southpaw Clyde Wright, who improves his record to 12-5, no-hits the visiting A’s, 4-0, issuing three walks and recording one strikeout to the 29 batters he faces in the Anaheim Stadium contest. Skeeter, throwing only 98 pitches, completes his gem in one hour and 51 minutes.

1972       En route to a 15-3 rout of Detroit, the Orioles collect 17 hits and score 15 runs in the last four innings of the Tiger Stadium contest. During the nationally televised game, the O’s set a franchise record when the team bangs out 21 hits.

1973       Although neither starter will finish the game, the Perry siblings oppose one another for the only time in their careers. Jim gets a no-decision while his younger brother Gaylord takes the loss when the Tigers beat the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, 5-4.

1973       After waiting three hours to begin the game due to rain, the Reds beat San Francisco at Riverfront Stadium, 6-3. At the end of the contest, the Cincinnati fans are treated to the nation’s earliest Independence Day celebration, when the team begins launching fireworks at two o’clock in the morning.

1977       On his 24th birthday, Angel left-hander Frank Tanana tosses his 14th consecutive complete game with his 6-4 victory over Oakland at Anaheim Stadium. The win improves the southpaw’s record to 12-5, but he will finish the season at only 15-9, due to a ‘tired’ arm.

1983       At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, the Rangers score 12 times in the 15th inning, making it the most runs scored by a team in extra innings. Texas beats the A’s in the previously tied game, 16-4.

1987       Paul Splittorff, the team’s all-time leader in victories, is inducted into the Royals’ Hall of Fame, along with late manager Dick Howser and infielder Cookie Rojas. The slender southpaw was the first player selected by the franchise to appear on its major league roster.

1987       On ‘Dick Howser Day’ at Royals Stadium, the former manager, who died last month from brain cancer, is inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. The club honors their late former manager (1981-86), by retiring his uniform number 10, the first digits retired in the history of the franchise.

1994       In a ceremony considered by many to be long overdue, the Indians retire the uniform number 14 that was worn by Hall of Famer Larry Doby, the first black to play in the American League. On this date exactly 47 years ago, Cleveland owner Bill Veeck purchased the 23 year-old from the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League.

1995       In a slugfest at Coors Field, Andres Galarraga enjoys a 6-for-6 performance at the plate when the Rockies collect 21 hits. The first baseman’s offensive output, which includes two homers and five RBIs, contributes to Colorado’s 15-10 victory over Houston.

1996       In a 10-6 Mets victory over Philadelphia, Alex Ochoa enjoys a 5-for-5 day at Veterans Stadium. With his eighth-inning homer, the 24 year-old right fielder becomes the sixth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle.

2001       The Padres tie a National League record, hitting four sacrifice flies in one game. The last one, lifted by shortstop D’Angelo Jimenez in the sixth inning, gives the Friars a 6-5 victory over Colorado at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.

2002       Indian first baseman Jim Thome, in the team’s 11-8 loss at Yankees Stadium, homers in his seventh consecutive game. The seventh-inning solo shot, off southpaw David Wells, leaves the Indians’ slugger one shy of the major league record shared by Dale Long (1956, Pirates), Don Mattingly (Yankees, 1987), and Ken Griffey, Jr. (1993, Mariners).

2005       During the fireworks display at Pawtucket’s McCoy Stadium, two shells misfire, landing in the stands. Four or five employees of the Telstar Display Fireworks suffer minor burns, and some fans are injured when they stumble escaping from the mishap.

2006       Barry Bonds (41), Steve Finley (41), and birthday boy Moises Alou (40) become the first trio of 40 year-olds to start a game in the same outfield. The senior flycatchers combine to go 4-for-11 along with two stolen bases to help the Giants defeat Philadelphia, 5-3.

2009       Albert Pujols’ 8th-inning home run with the bases loaded proves to be the difference in the Cardinals’ 7-4 victory over the Reds. The grand slam, the tenth of his career, establishes a new franchise record, moving ‘El Hombre’ past Redbird Hall of Famer Stan Musial.

2010       With homers in his first two at-bats, Twins’ DH Jim Thome passes franchise legend Harmon Killebrew with 574 round-trippers and moves into tenth place on the all-time home run list. The team plays a previously recorded message from the much-beloved Hall of Famer in which he congratulates the designated hitter on the career accomplishment.

2013       Max Scherzer becomes the first pitcher in 27 years to begin the season 13-0 when the Tigers beat the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, 6-2. In 1986, Red Sox right-hander Roger Clemens started the year with 14 victories and no losses.

2013       CC Sabathia, throwing 121 pitches in seven innings, collects his 200th career win when the Yankees beat the Twins at Target Field, 3-2. With the victory, the 32 year-old southpaw continues his nearly six-year winning streak over Minnesota, compiling an 11-0 record, along with a 2.01 ERA, in his last 12 starts against the team.

2013       In his final attempt to play major league baseball after being given a 100-game suspension in 2011 for taking performance-enhancing drugs, Manny Ramirez agrees to a minor league deal with the Rangers. Due to his decreased bat speed, while playing for the PCL’s Round Rock Express, the 41 year-old outfielder/DH will be released by Texas next month, effectively ending his controversial 19-year major league career with a lifetime .312 batting average.

2013       Yasiel Puig becomes the first player to be named Player of the Month for the first month he plays in the major leagues in the 55-year history of the award. The Dodger outfielder played in 26 games in June, compiling a .436 batting average, with his 44 base hits being the second-most ever by a first-month player, only behind Joe DiMaggio’s total of 48 in 1936.

2014       Used car salesman Andrew Rector files a $10 million defamation suit in the Bronx Supreme Court against the Yankees, MLB, ESPN, and the broadcast’s play-by-play man Dan Shulman and commentator John Kruk. The 26 year-old claims the commentary and photos of him at the April 13th nationally televised at Yankee Stadium showed him in a false light, damaged his reputation, and the fact that he was napping was not an issue of legitimate public concern.

2014       Rays manager Joe Maddon, known for keeping his team loose throughout the long season by implementing fun and innovative ideas, uses Tommy Tutone’s song, 867-53O9 Jenny, as the inspiration for his lineup. The last-place team’s batting order against Detroit has the center fielder (8) leading off, followed by the shortstop (6), then left fielder (7), with the third baseman (5) batting cleanup, and so on, with the second baseman and catcher to bat in the eighth and ninth position.

2016       The first regular-season MLB game is played in North Carolina when the Marlins beat the Braves 5-4 at Fort Bragg. The contest, witnessed by 12,500 spectators made up of mostly current or former service personnel jammed into a temporary stadium constructed in a little less than four months, was staged on a military base to pay tribute to America’s Armed Forces.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston5231.62727 – 1725 – 1421 – 1012 – 69 – 138 – 2W 8
Tampa Bay4735.5734.523 – 1624 – 1921 – 125 – 413 – 154 – 6L 4
Toronto4238.5258.518 – 1924 – 1918 – 184 – 67 – 127 – 3W 1
NY Yankees4139.5139.522 – 2019 – 1917 – 2413 – 68 – 54 – 6L 1
Baltimore2755.32924.512 – 2615 – 2910 – 234 – 1311 – 124 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox4932.60531 – 1418 – 1810 – 728 – 127 – 106 – 4W 5
Cleveland4237.532621 – 1721 – 207 – 723 – 165 – 73 – 7L 4
Detroit3646.43913.519 – 2217 – 244 – 516 – 2611 – 106 – 4L 1
Kansas City3447.4201519 – 1915 – 288 – 1216 – 235 – 111 – 9W 1
Minnesota3347.41315.517 – 2316 – 246 – 714 – 209 – 164 – 6L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5033.60226 – 1624 – 1715 – 1010 – 623 – 125 – 5W 2
Oakland4836.5712.526 – 2122 – 1512 – 1212 – 216 – 174 – 6L 2
Seattle4439.530625 – 1619 – 2312 – 612 – 1316 – 127 – 3W 3
LA Angels4041.494922 – 1918 – 227 – 1013 – 714 – 204 – 6W 2
Texas3250.39017.520 – 2112 – 2911 – 107 – 912 – 206 – 4L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets4136.53224 – 1117 – 2519 – 185 – 614 – 64 – 6L 2
Washington4040.5002.524 – 2016 – 2017 – 169 – 106 – 106 – 4L 2
Atlanta4041.494323 – 2117 – 2020 – 2115 – 73 – 36 – 4W 3
Philadelphia3841.481423 – 1515 – 2620 – 229 – 55 – 84 – 6W 1
Miami3446.4258.518 – 1816 – 2815 – 146 – 1311 – 93 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5033.60226 – 1824 – 157 – 922 – 1319 – 610 – 0W 10
Chi Cubs4240.5127.526 – 1316 – 2710 – 1119 – 1810 – 72 – 8L 7
Cincinnati4140.506821 – 2020 – 206 – 420 – 1210 – 206 – 4W 2
St. Louis4142.494923 – 1818 – 2414 – 1314 – 1711 – 75 – 5W 1
Pittsburgh2952.3582016 – 2313 – 294 – 710 – 257 – 133 – 7L 5
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco5130.63026 – 1125 – 1910 – 711 – 421 – 146 – 4W 1
LA Dodgers5131.6220.528 – 1323 – 1810 – 410 – 1022 – 117 – 3W 7
San Diego4935.5833.530 – 1519 – 203 – 516 – 1422 – 157 – 3L 2
Colorado3548.4221729 – 176 – 315 – 89 – 1614 – 215 – 5L 1
Arizona2361.27429.513 – 2510 – 368 – 157 – 138 – 262 – 8L 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England11722181355-0-02-2-223
Orlando City SC10631187113-2-03-1-121
Philadelphia11542151053-1-22-3-019
New York City FC10523181173-1-22-1-117
Columbus104339723-1-01-2-315
Nashville SC10361131123-4-00-2-115
New York10415141314-0-10-1-413
D.C.114161013-33-0-21-1-413
CF Montreal10343111011-2-12-2-213
Atlanta10262111012-3-00-3-212
FC Cincinnati9315917-80-0-33-1-210
Inter Miami CF10226916-70-1-42-1-28
Toronto FC101271220-81-1-20-1-55
Chicago10127717-101-2-30-0-45
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle11740207134-3-03-1-025
Sporting KC12723221575-2-02-0-323
Los Angeles10703171524-0-13-0-221
Colorado9513151143-0-12-1-216
Minnesota104241012-23-0-21-2-214
Houston113531516-13-2-00-3-314
Portland114161419-53-0-21-1-413
Real Salt Lake9342141132-3-11-1-113
Austin123451012-21-2-02-2-513
Los Angeles FC10334121203-2-10-1-312
San Jose113171220-82-0-41-1-310
FC Dallas102441115-42-4-00-0-410
Vancouver102261016-62-0-20-2-48

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun125.7067-15-47-26-44 W
Chicago Sky109.5263.03-57-48-38-21 L
New York Liberty89.4714.03-45-54-63-71 L
Washington Mystics79.4384.55-42-54-55-53 L
Atlanta Dream610.3755.53-63-45-42-81 L
Indiana Fever116.05911.01-80-81-90-1012 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Las Vegas Aces134.7657-16-37-28-23 W
Seattle Storm134.7656-37-15-37-31 W
Minnesota Lynx87.5334.05-33-44-47-33 W
Dallas Wings99.5004.54-45-56-56-41 W
Phoenix Mercury78.4675.02-65-24-55-51 L
Los Angeles Sparks610.3756.54-52-51-83-73 L