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Chris Paul leads Suns past Clippers 130-103, into NBA Finals
LOS ANGELES (AP) Tears welled in Chris Paul’s eyes. A message in black ink on his shoes said it all: Can’t give up now.
Not when, after 16 years, he will finally play for an NBA title.
Paul led the Phoenix Suns into their first NBA Finals in 28 years, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 130-103 on Wednesday night to close out the Western Conference finals in six games.
“I was on a don’t-lose mission,” Paul said. “Just a lot of emotion. A lot of (things) going on.”
Paul scored 41 points and Devin Booker added 22 to send the Suns to their third finals appearance in franchise history. They will face either the Atlanta Hawks or Milwaukee Bucks, who are tied 2-2 in the East finals.
“He was tired,” Suns coach Monty Williams said of Paul. “He was still making those kind of plays, getting to the basket, 3s, orchestrating everything.
“He has persevered through a lot – injuries, playoff heartbreak.”
Paul missed the first two games against the Clippers after testing positive for the coronavirus. He injured his shoulder in the first round against the Lakers. Add in numerous surgeries and making the conference finals one other time, only to fall short.
“It’s been a lot, I’m telling you,” he said.
Paul reached the NBA Finals for the first time on the same Staples Center court where he helped bring the Clippers to respectability over six seasons that ended in 2017 without ever getting past the second round. The 36-year-old guard punished his old team with 31 points in the second half and tied his playoff career high of 41 – the same amount Paul George had in pushing the Clippers to a road win in Game 5.
“I’m just so happy for all the people around me,” Paul said on the court after the game, “and the Clippers are my family, too. These fans, Billy Crystal, that’s my family. This is a team I have the utmost respect for, I’ll always be a Clipper.
“But this group right here, this group right here,” he said, gesturing at his Suns teammates wearing NBA Finals hats.
The West trophy glinted under the arena lights as orange-clad Suns fans outcheered boos from Clippers fans. Paul’s family, including leaping 12-year-old son, Chris, celebrated in a suite.
“This is what we set out to get tonight, so we didn’t want to go back to Phoenix without it,” Booker said.
Phoenix is the first team to reach the NBA Finals after a 10-year playoff drought. The Suns had the league’s second-best record in this pandemic-interrupted season. They knocked off the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round and swept Denver in the semifinals.
The Suns last made the NBA Finals in 1993, when they were led by Charles Barkley and lost to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in six games.
Their only other finals appearance was in 1976, a loss to the Boston Celtics in six games.
Things got chippy in the fourth. Going into a timeout with 5:48 remaining, Paul stared at Patrick Beverley as he walked by. Beverley turned around and shoved Paul hard in the back, sending him to the floor. Beverley was ejected.
“We knew we broke them,” Jae Crowder said. “There’s no better sign. That’s a great feeling to have.”
Marcus Morris led the Clippers with 26 points despite playing with a sore knee. George had 21 points and nine rebounds coming off his career playoff high that staved off elimination and brought his team back home for another chance.
But the exhausted Clippers – who rallied from 0-2 series deficits in getting to the West finals for the first time in franchise history – had little left in the tank. They were again without two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who has been out with a right knee spain, and center Ivica Zubac. He missed his second straight game because of a MCL sprain in his right knee.
Leonard moved from a suite to the bench for the game, his eyes staring from behind a black mask.
George said the series would have been different with Leonard available.
“You are talking about one of the best players being out and we are inches from being to the next round,” he said. “It’s a lot of what-ifs, but we didn’t make it.”
Clippers coach Tyronn Lue said, “I thought we ran out of gas. For that first half, we made a lot of mistakes mentally. That tells you guys are tired.”
Bucks say Antetokounmpo doubtful for Game 5 with Hawks
MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is doubtful for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday after undergoing an MRI on his injured left knee.
Bucks officials said the two-time MVP hyperextended his left knee in the third quarter of a 110-88 game 4 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. The Bucks announced Wednesday that an MRI confirmed that diagnosis and said he’d be listed as doubtful for Thursday’s game.
“We’ll just take it day by day and see how he’s doing,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.
“When you talk about the range of possibilities, I think where this has landed has to be looked at as a positive,” Budenholzer added. “It’s still a really difficult fall.”
Antetokounmpo was attempting to block a dunk attempt by Atlanta’s Clint Capela when he landed awkwardly. He clutched his knee in obvious pain and remained down for several minutes before walking slowly to the locker room.
He briefly went back to the Bucks’ bench and then returned to the locker room shortly afterward.
The Bucks and Hawks are tied at two games apiece in the Eastern Conference finals heading into Game 5 on Thursday in Milwaukee.
Antetokounmpo has been averaging 28.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the postseason. Milwaukee went 6-5 in the 11 regular-season games Antetokounmpo missed, including a stretch of six straight games in April when he also was dealing with an injured left knee.
“Guys get a chance to step up,” Bucks guard Jrue Holiday said after Game 4. “Guys get a chance to make big plays and on the biggest stage. I feel like us playing without him has given us some rhythm and just knowing what it’s like, making some adjustment that will be made. But at the end of the day, we’d rather play with him.”
This is the second straight year that Antetokounmpo has dealt with an injury during the postseason.
Last year, the Bucks already trailed Miami 3-0 in the second round when Antetokounmpo sprained his ankle in Game 4, knocking him out for the rest of that series. The Bucks won Game 4 in overtime, but a Game 5 loss eliminated them.
The Hawks have their own injury issues.
Star guard Trae Young missed Game 4 with a bone bruise in his right ankle, and center Clint Capela took an elbow in the face late in the game. Hawks coach Nate McMillan didn’t have an update on either player when he spoke to the media Thursday morning.
NCAA clears way for athlete compensation as state laws loom
DALLAS (AP) The NCAA Board of Directors approved one of the biggest changes in the history of college athletics Wednesday, clearing the way for nearly a half-million athletes to start earning money based on their fame and celebrity without fear of endangering their eligibility or putting their school in jeopardy of violating amateurism rules that have stood for decades.
The decision, expected for months as state after state passed laws intended to render NCAA rules moot on the topic, came on the eve of the market opening Thursday for athletes in a dozen states, including giants like Texas and Florida.
“This is an important day for college athletes since they all are now able to take advantage of name, image and likeness opportunities,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said.
The decision effectively suspends NCAA restrictions on payments to athletes for things such as sponsorship deals, online endorsements and personal appearances. it applies to all three divisions or some 460,000 athletes.
The NCAA will also allow athletes to enter into agreements with agents, though all athletes are expected to keep their school informed of any and all NIL arrangements. The NCAA said schools are responsible “for determining whether those activities are consistent with state law.”
The NCAA had hoped to have broad NIL rules in place months ago, but that process bogged down, as did efforts on Capitol Hill to have Congress pass a law addressing the issue. Emmert said the NCAA will continue to push for a federal law to “provide clarity on a national level.”
The NCAA was forced to seek a temporary solution rather than have athletes in some states eligible for compensation while others were not. More than 10 states have laws set to go into effect Thursday that would have undercut or simply declared inert existing NCAA rules regarding NIL earnings.
Without NCAA action, athletes in some states could be making money without putting their college eligibility in jeopardy while their counterparts in other states could be in danger of breaking NCAA rules.
The NCAA’s stopgap measure comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against the association in a case involving education-related benefits. That 9-0 ruling is expected to impact issues related to compensation for athletes.
While the NCAA has been fighting court battles and debating rules for compensation for years, the sudden pivot is jarring, if not perfectly clear on how it will affect recruiting and competitive balance.
For now, the NCAA has largely left the issue in the hands of more than 1,100 member schools.
“The current environment – both legal and legislative – prevents us from providing a more permanent solution and the level of detail student-athletes deserve,” Emmert said.
In a letter to member schools last week, Emmert stressed the high court still puts authority to govern college sports in the hands of the association. However, he warned schools that “existing and new rules are subject to antitrust analysis and we should expect continued litigation., particularly in the area of `play for pay.'”
The NCAA said the temporary policy addresses “play for pay” and the continued ban on improper inducements tied to choosing a school.
“The new policy preserves the fact college sports are not pay-for-play,” said Division II Presidents Council chair Sandra Jordan, chancellor at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. “It also reinforces key principles of fairness and integrity across the NCAA and maintains rules prohibiting improper recruiting inducements.”
Now that it’s time for NIL to go, how much money will flow?
(AP) The companies that will connect college athletes with endorsement deals are ready. State laws are set, and where they’re not, the NCAA has given the green light.
It is go time for college athletes across the country who want to cash in on their celebrity and fame.
Just how much of a market there might be for so-called “name, image and likeness” compensation is unknown, but the next few months will say a lot.
Even before Thursday’s grand opening — when a dozen state laws take effect allowing NIL deals without fear of NCAA rules violations — the jostling had begun:
In Nebraska, fast food chain Runza offered “compliant payment opportunities” to college athletes willing to promote an app to their social media followers. Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz unveiled his own personal logo. DePaul announced an “entrepreneurship and brand development program” for athletes eager to cash in on NIL — even without an Illinois law in place at the time.
Opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence, whose company works with dozens of schools on NIL programming and education and provides a service connecting athletes with endorsements (including Runza’s), said the change will be eye-opening.
“What I’m most excited about,” Lawrence said, “is that everyone is underestimating how deep and wide the opportunities are going to be in terms of athletes getting NIL opportunities on Day 1 and Day 101.”
Rick Karcher, associate professor of the sports management program at Eastern Michigan, said it is too early to predict what the market will be like for everyone from star quarterbacks to a Division III golfer.
“Economic theory would tell you that there’s a limited pie of money that’s going to spent,” he said. “There’s only so much money that’s going to be spent on college athletes in terms of endorsements. They’ll be competing for that money.”
Michael Rueda, head of U.S. sports and entertainment for the Withersworldwide law firm, predicted a flurry of initial activity.
“It’s going to be a bit of chaos,” he said.
Gopuff, a consumer goods and food delivery service operating in 650 cities, is offering athletes in any NCAA division a chance to make some money right away. An athlete with the Opendorse app will receive a pitch to promote the Gopuff brand on social media. Gopuff declined to disclose how much a participating athlete will be paid.
“Beyond the biggest stars and household names, there are countless student-athletes across the country who are pillars of their communities and appeal to broad, devoted fan bases,” said Marshall Osborne, Gopuff’s head of business development.
Platforms such as Opendorse and INFLCR make money off transaction fees and through NIL education programs, brand-building and compliance services they provide universities. At least 23 Power Five schools that responded to an Associated Press survey in May had contracts with those service providers. More schools have announced deals since.
Rueda said there is a wide variance when it comes to NIL preparedness for schools and athletes. Some are more than ready to jump right in.
“Over the course of doing this for many years, my client tends to get younger and they are very savvy and proactive,” Rueda said. “The ability to monetize yourself, the ability to build a brand, student-athletes of this generation are ready.”
But the nitty gritty of making a deal can be cumbersome, and he said athletes need professional guidance to navigate the fine print of contracts that could include, among other things, no-compete clauses barring them from promoting similar brands, morals clauses and copyright language.
Rueda said schools, if they aren’t already doing it, need to teach their athletes how to protect their rights and recognize and avoid bad deals.
“Some of the small deals are dictated by legal documents,” he said. “There are clauses in there that can trip you up, and you have to be aware of at least what it means. You may not be able to sort of dissect the nuances, but you have to understand what the impact is because brands are savvy enough to stick that stuff in there.”
Karcher remains uncertain on how much the rank-and-file college athletes stand to gain — beyond the right to make money off NIL. Most experts believe athletes stand to earn hundreds of dollars, not hundreds of thousands.
Karcher said in many cases, the athlete will be the one pursuing opportunities with brands, not the other way around.
“If an athlete can say I’m going to make 500 bucks a year, is it worth all the time and thought and effort trying to get it?” Karcher said
As for the well-known college athletes or those with a large social-media presence and a strong desire to build their brands, they might make some money.
“But I don’t know how you can predict today what they’re going to make,” Karcher said. “They’re competing, the companies are competing against each other to get the athletes what they want locally and at a national level. To me, the big question mark is how much are they willing to pay?
“How much is someone willing to pay for college athletes. We assume, ‘Oh gosh, they’ll generate so much money from whoever.’ To me the jury’s out on that.”
Mississippi St shuts down Vandy again for 1st national title
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Mississippi State’s first national championship had been building since 1985, when “Thunder and Lightning” – Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro – were the stars on what’s known as the best team to not win a College World Series.
The 2021 Bulldogs got the job done. Finally.
Will Bednar and Landon Sims combined on a one-hitter, the Bulldogs scored early and built on their lead, and at the end they were in a dogpile celebrating a 9-0 victory over Vanderbilt in the deciding third game of the College World Series finals Wednesday night.
There to see it was Ron Polk, the godfather of Mississippi State baseball and the coach of that ’85 team.
“Coach Polk is the one who built this and started it,” coach Chris Lemonis said. “We run out there and play in front of the big crowds, but Polk was a big reason why, and our former players, too. This is a lot of years in the making, and a lot of fun. And I know our fans will enjoy this.”
Oh, they enjoyed it. It seemed the whole town of Starkville, Mississippi, was at TD Ameritrade Park – loud and proud – for all three games of the finals.
When third baseman Kamren James threw to first for the final out, the Bulldogs’ dugout emptied and about 100 fans jumped out of the stands to celebrate. The players walked the warning track and reached up to high-five the fans.
“I couldn’t be more happy for a team, a town, a fan base, the whole state of Mississippi, except Oxford, of course,” SEC player of the year Tanner Allen said. “Those guys are always on my back. So I had to take a shot at them.
“This team overcame everything, man. From getting swept at home in front of 10,000 versus Arkansas to Missouri coming in and taking a series from us and then getting embarrassed at the SEC Tournament. We just kept playing and playing. You blink an eye, we’re national champions.”
Bednar, working on three days’ rest, walked three of the first five batters he faced before retiring 15 in a row. He turned the game over to Sims to start the seventh, and Vandy broke up the no-hitter when Carter Young singled into center field with one out in the eighth.
“I’ll probably bust his chops tomorrow,” a laughing Bednar said of Sims losing the no-no. “Win a national championship, I don’t really care about that. I’m on cloud nine.”
It was the first one-hitter at the CWS since 2014 and the climax of an Omaha run that seemed to get easier for the Bulldogs the longer they were here. The three wins they needed to reach the finals were all decided by one run.
“When you’re going to do something legendary for the first time, it was going to have to be tough,” Lemonis said. “The reason we are champions is we just have a really tough, resilient group. It’s been built over time. It’s the accumulation of the last three years.”
Bednar (9-1), whose 15 strikeouts in his Omaha debut against Texas on June 20 were the most here in 25 years, fanned four against Vandy (49-18) and was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player.
“Just every time he’s taken the ball here in the postseason, he’s just been a champ,” Lemonis said. “You need somebody to get hot for you in the postseason, and we had that with Will tonight.”
The national championship is the first in a team sport for Mississippi State (50-18) and it came in the Bulldogs’ 12th CWS appearance. Only Florida State (23) and Clemson (12) have been to Omaha at least as many times without winning a title.
Logan Tanner and Kellum Clark homered in the four-run seventh inning to put the game out of reach against a Vanderbilt offense that managed just seven hits and three runs over the last 25 innings of the finals.
“We didn’t play our best baseball toward the end,” Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. “Getting through regionals was emotional, getting through the super-regional was emotional, and this wasn’t easy here. And then there was the groundswell of momentum on the other side. You could feel it and it was real.”
Mississippi State knocked out Kumar Rocker (14-4) in the fifth. It was the second time in three CWS starts that the projected top-10 draft pick wasn’t at his best, in part because of more shaky defense behind him.
The Commodores committed six errors in the second and third games of the finals and 13 in seven CWS games. The Bulldogs were error-free in their seven games.
Coleman, Vasilevskiy give Lightning 2-0 lead in Cup Final
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy tried not to think about needing to outduel Carey Price while the Montreal Canadiens were making him make one difficult save after another.
Blake Coleman had no time to think when the clock was running out in a terrible second period for the Tampa Bay Lightning before singlehandedly putting his team on top.
No thinking, just winning turned out just fine for the defending champions. Vasilevskiy made a playoff career-high 42 saves to keep Tampa Bay in it, Coleman scored a one-armed, diving buzzer-beater for the winning goal and Tampa Bay took a two games to none lead in the Stanley Cup Final by beating Montreal 3-1 on Wednesday night.
“Whatever happens win or lose, I’m just trying to go out there and play my best game, and now we’re up two games,” Vasilevskiy said. “It doesn’t matter: up two games, down two games, it’s the same routine, same compete level.”
As defenseman Ryan McDonagh said, “Thankfully, there was one guy that had his level where it needed to be” when the rest of the Lightning did not. The Canadiens outshot Tampa Bay 43-23 and dominated long stretches of play, but they head home for Games 3 and 4 in Montreal needing to win at least one to avoid being swept by an opponent that can win many different ways.
“The message is, ‘Don’t stop doing what we’ve been doing all playoffs,” said Canadiens veteran winger Corey Perry who lost to the Lightning in the 2020 final with Dallas. “You continue to play your game, continue to do the things that got you here, you’re going to be successful.”
It was more Montreal’s style of play to give up a ton of shots, rely on Price to bail them out and buckle down with any kind of lead. Days after coach Jon Cooper said, “Part of our success has been trying not to rely on Vasilevskiy,” they did just that in Game 2 of the final, and it worked.
Chants of “Va-sy! Va-sy!” from the crowd of 17,166 echoed through Amalie Arena after the Vezina Trophy runner-up made one difficult save after another and finished with a . No player got a bigger roar during pregame introductions, and he was the focus all night with the Canadiens flinging the puck at him from all angles in a much better performance than the series opener.
“It’s no secret he’s the reason we were still in this game,” Coleman said about Vasilevskiy. “(Then) we made the big plays when it mattered.”
But the Lightning showed again why they’re the champs and favorites to repeat by taking blow after blow and responding. Missing fourth-leading scorer Alex Killorn because of an injury from Game 1 and with defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and forwards Tyler Johnson and Ross Colton wincing in obvious pain, Tampa Bay managed to beat Price three times on goals by Anthony Cirelli, Coleman and Ondrej Palat despite a major shot discrepancy.
Cooper said, “Our team game was off.” And the Canadiens were on.
“I thought we played a pretty solid game all around,” Montreal captain Shea Weber said. “We did make a couple of mistakes that obviously hurt us. They’re an opportunistic team that can make you pay. But I definitely thought we deserved a little bit better.”
Coleman’s goal made all of that moot. With the clock running down at the end of the second, Barclay Goodrow put the puck around Montreal defenseman Ben Chiarot and sent the puck over on a rush to Coleman, who fought off Phillip Danault to bat the puck past Price and put the Lightning up 2-1 at the end of one of their worst periods of the playoffs.
“I knew the clock was winding down,” Coleman said. “I don’t think anybody’s planning to dive anywhere on the ice, but at that time it’s all we had.”
The Lightning didn’t have much going at that stage of the game. Turnovers, lost puck battles and other mistakes added up – but not to a loss for Tampa Bay because of the dominant play of Vasilevskiy, who was perfect except for another fluky bounce goal when Nick Suzuki’s shot pinballed in midway through the second.
Vasilevskiy has allowed two goals.
Grisham hits grand slam, solo shot, Padres beat Reds 7-5
CINCINNATI (AP) Trent Grisham hit a grand slam and a solo shot and the San Diego Padres rallied for their 11th win in the last 12 games, beating the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Wednesday night in a game called in the sixth inning due to rain.
Grisham’s first career grand slam in the fifth inning came off reliever Josh Osich and gave San Diego the lead and its sixth straight win over Cincinnati in the past two weeks.
“A lot of resilience by the guys tonight,” Grisham said.
The game was stopped with one out in the Padres’ half of the sixth amid a thunderstorm. It was declared official after a 93-minute delay.
Grisham and Wil Myers hit back-to-back solos shots in the Padres’ second. Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his National League-leading 26th homer leading off the third.
Nick Castellanos, second in All-Star voting among National League outfielders, hit a three-run homer as part of the Reds’ four-run first inning.
Joey Votto homered to right leading off the third inning – the 1,000 RBI of his career – but the Reds bullpen, the worst in the majors, promptly blew the 5-3 lead.
Osich relieved Reds starter Vladimir Gutierrez (3-3) with one out and the bases full in the fifth. Reds manager David Bell said he chose the left-handed Osich especially to face the left-handed hitting Grisham, but it backfired when the Padres center fielder lined a slider into the right-field seats.
“He put a good swing on a two-strike pitch,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “I thought it was in the gap at first, and it kept carrying.”
Joe Musgrove (5-6) was the winning pitcher, despite allowing five runs and four hits through four innings.
Musgrove, who pitched seven scoreless innings against the Reds in a no-decision on June 17, settled down after the rough first, allowing only a walk and Votto’s homer in the next three innings.
“He’s been an absolute warrior for us,” Tingler said. “Tonight, to give up the runs early, he kept his hands up and kept fighting. He didn’t have his best stuff.
Reds manager David Bell lamented the shortened game.
“For sure it’s disappointing,” he said. “You can’t do anything about the weather, but the way the game was going, we would have had opportunities to get back into it.”
Washington Nationals’ Trea Turner becomes first player to hit for cycle on birthday in modern era
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Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner celebrated his 28th birthday in style on Wednesday by hitting for the cycle, doing so by the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Nationals Park.
He is the first player in Major League Baseball’s modern era (since 1900) to hit for a cycle on his birthday, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
It’s the third cycle of Turner’s career, which is the most in Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise history, and ties the major league record for most cycles in a career.
He joins Adrian Beltre, Babe Herman, Bob Meusel and John Reilly as the only players to hit for three cycles in their career, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Turner singled to right-center in the bottom of the first inning, doubled to left in the third, hit a 400-foot home run to right-center in the fourth and completed the cycle by tripling to deep right in the sixth.
It’s the first cycle since Sept. 17, 2019, when the Toronto Blue Jays’ Cavan Biggio did it. There were none in the pandemic-shortened season last year.
Turner also stole second and third after his first-inning single and scored four runs. The surging Nationals led 11-5 after six innings.
The Nationals then pinch hit Ryan Zimmerman for him in the bottom of the seventh, giving him the rest of his birthday off.
Turner is hitting .318 this season with 14 home runs, 38 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Ashby tagged, but Brewers sweep Cubs for 8th straight win
MILWAUKEE (AP) Highly touted Milwaukee prospect Aaron Ashby got roughed up for seven runs in the first inning of his big league debut, but Luis Urias homered twice as the Brewers rallied to rout the Chicago Cubs 15-7 Wednesday for their eighth straight win.
The Brewers swept the three-game series and increased their NL Central lead to six games over Chicago. The Cubs lost their sixth in a row.
“Definitely an emotional roller coaster during that game,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We were not our best today.”
Willy Adames hit a grand slam during an eight-run burst in the fourth inning that put Milwaukee ahead 14-7. His error at shortstop helped the Cubs break loose at the start against Ashby.
The 23-year-old Ashby was charged with seven runs, four of them earned, on four hits and three walks. Of his 39 pitches, only 18 were strikes.
“I can’t really put a finger on it,” Ashby said. “Just sneaky hit after sneaky hit. Then, I couldn’t find the strike zone there at the end. But that’s baseball. I’ve got to lock in, in that situation and make some pitches. I wasn’t able to do that.”
Called up from Triple-A to start, the leftt-handed Ashby — and nephew of two-time All-Star pitcher Andy Ashby — was in trouble right away.
Willson Contreras led off the game with a single and the Cubs loaded the bases with no outs. Javier Baez hit a two-run single, Adames’ misplay let another run score and bunt single produced a run.
After a double steal, a run-scoring wild pitch and two walks, Ashby exited with the bases loaded, two outs and trailing 5-0. Miguel Sanchez relieved and gave up a two-run single to Patrick Wisdom.
Five Brewers relievers combined for 8 1/3 scoreless innings. Trevor Richards (3-0) wound up with the win.
“The job our bullpen did, the job specifically Sanchez and Richards did, to just kind of stop them in their tracks really was just brilliant today,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “That was the game.”
Milwaukee, meanwhile, bounced back against Jake Arrieta and the Chicago bullpen.
“Everything that can go wrong has gone wrong for us lately,” Arrieta said. “It’s been tough. I had an opportunity to end that. We had a seven-run lead, I just performed poorly.”
Urias had his first multi-homer game in the majors and finished with three hits and four RBIs.
“It was just a crazy game,” Urias said. “It was wild.”
Jace Peterson drove in three runs with a pair of singles.
Slumping outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. had his second multi-hit game in the series and just his fifth of the season.
Kim ends skid, helps with 2-run double, Cards sweep D-Backs
ST. LOUIS (AP) Kwang Hyun Kim won for the first time in 11 starts, pitching five solid innings and helping himself with a two-run double as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-4 Wednesday for a three-game sweep.
Kim (2-5) had lost five straight decisions since his last win on April 23. He stranded six runners through his first four innings, giving up just an RBI single to Asdrubal Cabrera.
“Today I tried to focus each batter and I think that was something that I got lucky and I got the win today,” Kim said through an interpreter.
Kim retired his last five batters. He struck out five, walked three and allowed three hits as the Cardinals won for the fourth time in their last five games.
“Thought his whole day was really positive, a pitch maker, did a great job,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said.
Alex Reyes earned his 20th save in as many opportunities. Arizona lost its fourth in a row.
Kim’s opposite-field double to left in the second scored Yadier Molina and Edmundo Sosa to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. The two RBIs were Kim’s first in the majors, and it was also the first extra-base hit for the 32-year-old lefty – he was 1 for 15 in the big leagues before that.
“I changed my bat to a lighter one and practiced with it,” Kim said. “I was lucky today.”
Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill each doubled twice and singled, and Molina had a pair of hits. All three players drove in a run.
“I think we just talked about having good at-bats, you know, taking what the pitcher gives you,” Goldschmidt said. “You can still have good at bats, just not get the results. So, I think the focus has definitely been processed driven . if you do that then you know you’re going to eventually get those results like we did today.”
The Diamondbacks scored three in the eighth on just one hit. Two runs scored on a walk and a wild pitch by Ryan Helsley after he inherited a bases-loaded, one-out situation from Roel Ramirez, who was making his season debut. It is the 20th bases loaded walk allowed by Cardinals pitching this season.
Riley Smith (1-4) gave up four runs over three innings in his first start since May 14. The Diamondbacks were swept for the 13th time this season.
“To not keep my team in the ballgame, and to not make quality pitches at the time that I needed to, I’m very disappointed myself,” Smith said.
Arizona lost its fourth straight on the road since winning Saturday at San Diego to end a record 24-game road losing streak. The Diamondbacks are a major league-worst 22-60, including 10-36 away from home.
“Fundamentally, we just got to execute at a better level,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “We do a lot right and again, when we do two or three things wrong, it costs us the ballgame and those stick out.”
With his run scored in the second, Molina moved past Ted Simmons for most by a Cardinals catcher in franchise history with 737.
Castro, Schoop drive in 3 each, Tigers beat Indians 9-4
CLEVELAND (AP) Harold Castro and Jonathan Schoop each drove in three runs, powering the Detroit Tigers past the Cleveland Indians 9-4 in the first game of a doubleheader on Wednesday night.
Castro’s two-out single off Bryan Shaw (2-3) in the fifth inning scored Nomar Mazara and broke a 4-4 tie. Schoop had a two-run single in the seventh as the Tigers banged out 15 hits in the seven-inning game.
Kyle Funkhouser (2-0) retired all five batters he faced in relief of starter Jose Urena, who allowed a career-high four home runs in 3 1/3 innings. Detroit won at Cleveland for the first time in five games this season.
“It’s always good to throw up zeros as a bullpen, and hats off to our guys for coming out and getting it done,” Funkhouser said. “Momentum swings are huge and they wound up on our side.”
Rookie Bobby Bradley hit two of the four homers off Urena, connecting in the second and fourth innings. Bradley has eight home runs and 17 RBIs in 20 games since his June 5 recall from Triple-A Columbus.
Jose Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez also went deep for Cleveland. Ramirez, who leads the Indians with 18 homers, fouled a pitch off his left cheek in the fifth and was taken to a hospital after the game.
“Everybody thinks Jose is going to be fine, but it’s nothing to mess around with when you get up in your face and your head,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “He started to swell, so they’re going to get him checked really good.”
Castro went 3 for 3, scored two runs and drew a bases-loaded walk in the second. Leadoff hitter Akil Baddoo was 3 for 5. Schoop, Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario had two hits apiece.
Indians starter Cal Quantrill allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings, remaining winless since last Aug. 10. The teams traded the lead three times and were tied on four occasions.
The first pitch was delayed by 2 hours, 29 minutes because of intermittent rain, pushing the doubleheader to an evening start. The AL Central foes were rained out Tuesday.
“It’s summer, it’s baseball season, so you’re going to get some delays,” Funkhouser said. “Whatever you do, it’s a waiting game, so you just try to decompress and chill before you’ve got to crank it up. It’s a long day at the ballpark.”
Cleveland has won 8 of 12 head-to-head games this year, outscoring Detroit 65-40, and is 73-24 against the Tigers since 2016.
Grandal hits 2 of White Sox 6 HRs to rip Twins 13-3
CHICAGO (AP) Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run shot and a towering two-run drive, and the Chicago White Sox went deep six times to pound the Minnesota Twins 13-3 Wednesday night.
Rookie Andrew Vaughn smacked a two-run homer and had three RBIs. Gavin Sheets hit his first career home run in his second game as Chicago won its third straight.
Jose Abreu and Brian Goodwin added solo shots to help first-place Chicago expand its lead over Cleveland in the AL Central despite missing injured sluggers Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert for most of the season.
“Everybody is the lineup is just competing and good things happened, including home runs,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We’re getting whacks up and down the lineup and lot of fireworks because some guys took some great swings.”
Grandal’s 14th career multihomer game gave him 14 homers for the season. The White Sox catcher is batting just .186, but his timely power along with 59 walks have helped.
“Obviously we know what we can do on the offensive side, with the guys who are out now,” Grandal said. “It also shows what we can do with the guys we have here.”
Dylan Cease (7-3) cruised to his fourth victory in five starts, allowing three hits and striking out seven in six innings. Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz connected for solo homers off the 25-year-old right-hander, but Cease mixed a repertoire that ranges from 97-plus mph fastballs to 77 mph changeups.
It helped that he was staked to a big lead.
“Long outs, long fly balls and lot of home runs,” Cease said of Chicago’s offense. “That was a beat-down pretty much. To do that, it gives me more confidence to attack and pretty much carry the game into the late innings.”
Gilberto Celestino added a solo shot in the eighth.
Abreu’s homer was just the second for the slumping 2020 AL MVP in 26 games. Sheets, who made his major league debut Tuesday, also had a single and is 4 for 8 with four RBIs so far.
Twins rookie Bailey Ober (0-1) lasted just 3 1/3 innings in his sixth career start, allowing five runs on four hits, including three homers.
“It was tough night in a lot of different ways,” said Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, whose team dropped to 1-7 against the White Sox this season. “We didn’t probably pitch well enough, that’s what it came down to.
“We’re going to have to hold these guys down to beat them. We’re going to have to execute on the mound to beat a good team like this.”
Donaldson homered in the first inning for a second straight day, then struck out twice before exiting. He was booed loudly during his first two plate appearances after touching off a war of words with White Sox ace Lucas Giolito on Tuesday.
Donaldson appeared to yell “not sticky anymore” after a two-run drive off Giolito on Tuesday in Chicago’s 7-6 win and suggested that Giolito had benefitted from the use of foreign substances prior to Major League Baseball’s crackdown last week.
On Wednesday, Donaldson smacked a 1-1 pitch deep to left for a solo shot and early 1-0 Twins lead. The crowd of 16,803 chanted profanely at Donaldson as he trotted quickly around the bases – then directly and silently to the dugout.
Giolito and Donaldson met after Tuesday’s game. Donaldson claimed on Wednesday that Giolito was among “like 150 guys” on a list of pitchers he suspected had been using illicit grip enhancers to generate more spin on their pitches.
Goodwin and Vaughn homered in the second to give Chicago a 3-1 lead. Abreu went deep in the third, and Vaughn’s sac fly in the fourth made it 5-1.
Grandal’s first homer got the White Sox rolling during a six-run fifth that put the game away. Twins center fielder Nick Gordon leaped at the wall and had the ball in his glove, but it rolled out and over the fence.
Tim Anderson singled in a run, and Sheets went deep to right-center to make it 11-1.
After Cruz homered in the sixth, Grandal blasted his second homer in the bottom half.
Albies hits 2 HRs, drives in 7 as Braves blast Mets 20-2
ATLANTA (AP) Ozzie Albies was eager to claim his first five-hit game. He made it a good one – his second homer of the night.
Albies drove in seven runs with five hits, including two home runs, and the Atlanta Braves battered the New York Mets 20-2 on Wednesday night for a strong finish to a disappointing month.
The Braves (38-41) were 13-15 in June. They trail the first-place Mets (41-35) by 4 1/2 games in the NL East after enjoying a rare offensive highlight with 20 hits.
Albies’ big opportunity came in the eighth with Mets outfielder Albert Almora serving mop-up duty on the mound.
“When they put him I just said `Let me go in and try to get another knock,'” Albies said. “I’ve never had a five-hit game.”
Mets left-hander David Peterson exited due to right side soreness in the fourth inning, leaving his status for his next start unknown. Manager Luis Rojas said Peterson, who complained of “sharp pain” in his side, was being tested and results were not yet available.
“We’re waiting on the results on the severity of this and we’ll have our contingency plan,” Rojas said.
Peterson (2-6) allowed six runs and eight hits, each matching his career high.
The Braves led 14-2 when Almora entered the game in the eighth with the bases loaded. Almora walked Ender Inciarte and hit Pablo Sandoval with a pitch to force in runs.
Almora then gave up a three-run homer to Albies, who set career highs for hits, RBIs and by scoring four runs.
“It’s special,” Albies said. “It’s great for us. A night like this can turn the whole team around, so it’s special for the team.”
Albies had three singles before hitting a two-run homer off Thomas Szapucki in the fifth.
Austin Riley drove in three runs on three hits, including a two-run single in the third to give Atlanta a 4-2 lead. Freddie Freeman had three hits and scored four runs.
Braves left-hander Max Fried (5-4) recovered after giving up a two-run homer to Pete Alonso. Fried came off the 10-day injured list to make his return from a blister on his left index finger and allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.
Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the Braves first by hitting a sinker from Peterson 447 feet into the left-field seats for his 22nd homer. Ehire Adrianza added a pinch-hit homer for Atlanta in the seventh.
New York’s Kevin Pillar led off the game with a double over left fielder Abraham Almonte, who appeared to turn the wrong way and couldn’t make the catch. Fried recovered with two strikeouts before Alonso’s two-run homer landed about halfway up the left-field stands.
Acuna extended his franchise record with his 23rd career leadoff homer, including four this season. Freeman singled and scored on Albies’ single to tie it.
The Braves sent 12 batters to the plate in the fourth, when they scored seven runs on six hits. Almonte doubled and scored on Kevan Smith’s single. Sean Reid-Foley replaced Peterson and gave up five runs while recording only one out. Guillermo Heredia’s double drove in two runs.
Walsh slams Chapman as Angels stun Yanks after Ohtani flops
NEW YORK (AP) Jared Walsh hit a tying grand slam off Aroldis Chapman in a seven-run ninth inning for his second homer of a long night, and the Los Angeles Angels stunned the New York Yankees 11-8 in a rainy game that finished after 1 a.m. on Thursday.
Shohei Ohtani’s highly anticipated first pitching appearance at Yankee Stadium was a wild wreck that ended early. He was charged with seven runs in the first inning, but the Angels persevered through two weather delays that lasted more than two hours and broke loose for seven of their own in the ninth.
Chapman, who hadn’t pitched in a week, entered in a non-save situation to protect an 8-4 lead. But he walked three batters to load the bases with one out and Walsh launched an 84 mph slider into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center for his second career slam and the first Chapman ever allowed.
The fireballing lefty hadn’t given up a home run to a left-handed batter since August 2017.
Pinch-hitter Luis Rengifo broke the tie with a two-run single off Lucas Luetge (2-1) with two outs, and Taylor Ward added an RBI single.
Raisel Iglesias got three quick outs for his 15th save as seven Angels relievers helped bail out Ohtani, handing the Yankees perhaps their most demoralizing loss of an extremely disappointing season so far.
After the Angels rallied, some of the few fans who remained expressed their displeasure with manager Aaron Boone by chanting “Fire Boone! Fire Boone!”
Mike Mayers (2-3) got the win after giving up a solo homer to Brett Gardner in the eighth.
It was the first time the Yankees served up a tying slam in the ninth inning or later since Toronto slugger George Bell connected off Dave Righetti in June 1986.
Chapman hadn’t walked three batters in a game since July 2019.
“Terrible loss,” Boone said.
It was the fourth time the Yankees scored at least seven runs in the first inning and lost. The previous occasion came in 1954 against Cleveland.
The last time New York led by four in the ninth and lost was in August 2000 against the Angels.
Chapman has given up four home runs to left-handed hitters in his career. The last one was a go-ahead shot by Yonder Alonso for Seattle on Aug. 25, 2017.
DJ LeMahieu hit an early three-run double for the Yankees, who have dropped five of six.
Play was delayed a total of 2:13 during a pair of stoppages, pushing the finish to 1:06 a.m. The teams were scheduled to square off again in 12 hours – weather permitting.
“About as bad as it gets right now,” Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton said. “As crushing as it is, this can’t linger.”
Ohtani got only two outs during his highly anticipated pitching debut against the Yankees, going bust with his Babe Ruth impersonation in the Bronx – at least on this night.
The two-way phenom, who leads the majors with 28 home runs, was chased after four first-inning walks and charged with a career-worst seven runs.
Making his career-high 12th pitching start of the season on a 92-degree night that cooled off later, Ohtani flopped long before the showers arrived.
He was handed a 2-0 lead on Phil Gosselin’s two-run homer in the top of the first but quickly gave it back. The 26-year-old right-hander walked his first three batters and threw just 20 of 41 pitches for strikes – though it wasn’t the shortest start of his major league career. He gave up five runs without getting an out on 30 pitches last July 26 at Oakland during his first pitching appearance in almost 23 months following Tommy John surgery.
Aaron Slegers, just called up from the minors, gave up a three-run double to LeMahieu, who punched a grounder inside first base on a half-hearted swing. That made it 7-2 and closed the book on Ohtani, whose ERA jumped from 2.58 to 3.60.
It was New York’s biggest first inning since May 25, 2015, against Kansas City.
Ohtani also batted leadoff and flied out against Domingo German to begin the game. The slugging designated hitter/pitcher had 11 homers in his previous 13 games.
He became the first pitcher to start one game after hitting two home runs for his team since Ruth did it for the Yankees on Sept. 28, 1930. Ohtani socked three homers in the first two games of the series.
By the third inning, the taxed Angels were on their fourth of eight pitchers – and without a designated hitter. Two of them besides Ohtani wound up batting in his leadoff spot.
Dylan Bundy, who vomited on the Yankee Stadium field in the heat Monday night and lasted only 1 2/3 innings, was summoned for his first relief appearance since 2016 with Baltimore.
The game was halted for 42 minutes in the bottom of the third because of rain. Play was stopped again for 91 minutes in the middle of the fifth with New York leading 7-4, thinning a season-high crowd of 30,714.
Walsh led off the Angels fifth with a homer against Luis Cessa.
PURDUE RECEIVES ANOTHER COMMITMENT FOR 2022
New Orleans offensive lineman Malachi Preciado made a verbal commitment to the Purdue football program Wednesday. Preciado is now the fourth OL of the 12 recruits.
Preciado is a 6’3” 284 pounder from Warren Easton HS and named first-team All-District last season.
Fired Mets GM Porter suspended by MLB through 2022 season
NEW YORK (AP) Fired New York Mets general manager Jared Porter was suspended by Major League Baseball through at least the end of the 2022 regular season following an investigation that began after a report that he sent sexually explicit text messages and images to a female reporter in 2016 while he was working for the Chicago Cubs.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline Wednesday without saying specifically what the investigation had found.
“My office has completed its investigation into alleged inappropriate conduct by Jared Porter,” Manfred said in a statement. “Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Porter violated MLB’s policies, and that placement on the ineligible list is warranted.”
Porter is eligible to apply for reinstatement after the final game of the 2022 regular season, a timetable that could allow him to apply for front-office openings that October.
Porter was fired by the Mets on Jan. 19, about nine hours after ESPN reported that he sent dozens of unanswered texts to the woman, including a picture of “an erect, naked penis.” ESPN said it obtained a copy of the text history, and some of the messages and photos Porter sent were displayed in the report online.
Porter was fired by the team for cause, and MLB started its investigation.
“We are committed to providing an appropriate work environment consistent with our values for all those involved in our game,” Manfred said.
Porter did not immediately reply to a text message from The Associated Press seeking comment.
Former Mets manager Mickey Callaway was suspended on May 26 through the end of the 2022 regular season and was fired from his latest job, pitching coach of the Los Angeles Angels. Manfred cited Callaway for violating MLB policies following an investigation that began when The Athletic reported Feb. 1 that Callaway “aggressively pursued” several women who work in sports media and sent three of them inappropriate photos.
The 41-year-old Porter was hired by the Mets on Dec. 13 and given a four-year contract. He spent the previous four seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks as senior vice president and assistant general manager under GM Mike Hazen.
Porter was hired by the Boston Red Sox as an intern in 2004 and was promoted to player development assistant from 2006-07, coordinator of professional scouting from 2008-09, assistant director of professional scouting from 2010-11 and director of professional scouting from 2012-15.
He followed Theo Epstein to Chicago and spent 2016 as the Cubs’ director of professional scouting, helping the team to its first World Series title since 1908.
AP source: Saints’ Ramczyk agrees to 5-year, $96M extension
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Saints right tackle Ryan Ramczyk, who once quit football during college to pursue a career in welding, has agreed to a five-year contract extension making him one of the highest-paid offensive linemen in the NFL.
“It’s a huge relief,” Ramczyk said on a video conference call hosted by the Saints after he’d agreed to his new contract. “Extremely happy with how everything played out.”
The new contract for the 2019 All-Pro selection is worth up to $96 million, a person with knowledge of the situation said.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday because financial terms have not been announced. The person said the extension, which was first reported by ESPN, guarantees Ramczyk $60 million.
While the 6-foot-6, 314-pound Ramczyk did not discuss specifics about financial terms, he acknowledged that it represented one of the most lucrative contracts yet for an NFL right tackle.
“Obviously, it’s awesome. But at the end of the day, I’m going to go out and do what I always do,” Ramczyk said. “I’m still me. I’m still going to be the same guy, same work ethic.”
Ramczyk was a late first-round draft choice out of Wisconsin in 2017, five years after he quit football at Division II Winona State and enrolled at Mid-State Technical College with intentions of becoming a welder.
“I was taking the classes to go into it, but I took that year off and I just missed the game of football,” Ramczyk recalled. “Ultimately, that had more pull on me and I went back to my hometown D-III school and asked if I could play some football again.”
That hometown school was Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where Ramczyk played two seasons before transferring to Wisconsin and blossoming into a bona fide pro prospect in 2016.
The 27-year-old has now started 63 regular-season games in his four NFL seasons.
Extending Ramczyk’s deal was among New Orleans’ offseason priorities because he was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next year.
The deal helps the Saints secure one of their top blockers for the long term at a time when they are making a transition at quarterback.
With Drew Brees, the NFL’s all-time leader in yards passing, having retired after last season, New Orleans enters training camp with a quarterback competition between 2020 backups Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill.
Ramczyk’s extension also continues a Saints pattern of investing considerably in those who block for an offense that has ranked among the NFL’s most prolific since coach Sean Payton took over in 2006.
Of the Saints’ five projected 2021 starting offensive linemen, three are first-round draft choices, including Andrus Peat (2015) and Cesar Ruiz (2020). Center Erik McCoy was a second-rounder in 2019. Left tackle Terron Armstead was a third-round find out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff in 2013, who three years later signed a five-year, $65 million extension.
“They’ve dedicated a lot of resources to the offensive line, so it means a lot,” Ramczyk said. “We have a really solid group of guys here.”
But the Saints also still have several prominent players on both sides of the ball with uncertain futures beyond 2021.
Armstead, now entering his ninth season, is scheduled to become a free agent next season.
The Saints have placed their franchise tag for this season on safety Marcus Williams, a second-round pick in 2017, and have until July 15 to reach a long-term extension with him.
Marshon Lattimore, the club’s first of two first-round selections in 2017, is entering his final season under contract in a year when New Orleans has seen depth at that position thinned by the loss of one starting cornerback – Janoris Jenkins – in free agency.
More slipping and sliding at Wimbledon as Djokovic wins
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Novak Djokovic slid, slipped, skidded and stumbled into the third round on Wimbledon’s slick grass Wednesday by beating Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.
Djokovic didn’t face a break point and committed just six unforced errors, including one with his forehand.
But footing continued to be an issue on the third day of the tournament, and Djokovic went sprawling several times, as did players in other matches and at least one ball kid.
“I didn’t slip just once; I slipped like six times,” Bianca Andreescu said after losing her first-round match. “The courts are super slippery. I have only played here once before, but they weren’t like this at all. I spoke to a couple other players, and they said it’s not that normal. But this is something we can’t really control.”
Seven-time champion Serena Williams retired from her first-round match Tuesday with a leg injury after she slipped. Roger Federer’s opponent, Adrian Mannarino, had to call it quits after he fell and twisted his knee.
Persistent rain the first two days of play created slick conditions. The weather also caused a scheduling backlog, with 27 first-round matches pushed into Wednesday.
The retractable roof was open when the top-ranked Djokovic was first on Centre Court for his rematch against Anderson, who also lost when they played in the 2018 final.
While Djokovic endured an up-and-down performance on the slippery surface and rose from one spill muttering in frustration, he had little trouble with Anderson. The preternaturally limber Djokovic extended one rally by hitting a forehand while down on his knee – and won the point.
Djokovic seeks his sixth Wimbledon title and third in a row. By winning the championship, he would also match the record total of 20 majors shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, and would need only a title at the U.S. Open to sweep all four Grand Slams in 2021.
Andreescu made another early Grand Slam exit when she lost to Alice Cornet 6-2, 6-1. The Canadian won the 2019 Open but is 2-5 in majors since, including three opening-round defeats.
Andreescu, who has battled injuries but was seeded fifth, committed 34 unforced errors to seven for Cornet.
“I tried to stay positive the whole match,” Andreescu said. “I tried to figure it out, how I can play her better. But honestly, she played really well.”
Yoshihito Nishioka overcame a 15-inch height disparity to beat 6-foot-10 John Isner 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-4. The match took place on Court 18, where Isner won a record fifth set 70-68 in 2010.
Also advancing was Queen’s Club tournament champion Matteo Berrettini, who hit 20 aces and pulled away from Guido Pella 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. American Sam Querrey upset No. 11 Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (6), 6-4, 7-5.
Former U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori ousted Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his 100th Grand Slam match win. No. 10 Denis Shapovalov moved into the third round when Pablo Andujar withdrew because of a rib injury.
In other women’s play, French Open runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Ana Bogdan 6-2, 6-2.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Tim Verschuren and Kevin Schenk Join Indiana Women’s Soccer Coaching Staff
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s soccer head coach Erwin van Bennekom announced two new additions, Tim Verschuren and Kevin Schenk, to his staff early Wednesday afternoon. Verschuren comes to Indiana as a full-time assistant coach with over a decade of experience. Schenk, who will serve as a volunteer assistant Goalkeeper coach, hails from the University of Dubuque.
Verschuren served as an assistant coach for Farleigh Dickinson for the last two seasons. He helped lead the Knights to an overall record of 14-9-6 and posted a 12-2-3 record in conference play. In 2019, FDU reached the Northeast Conference Championship game for the third time in program history after defeating Bryant in the NEC Semifinal 2-0.
“I am very excited to be here at Indiana University and to work alongside Erwin,” said Verschuren. “It is an honor and privilege to be a part of this team, staff and Bloomington community. The program has made some incredible steps in the last two years, and I am looking forward to aiding in the continued development of this program and our student athletes on and off the field!”
Additionally, Verschuren serves as the Academy Director for the STA Girls Development Academy, based in Morris County, N.J., for US soccer. In his seven years at STA, he aided in the development and growth of hundreds of players and more than 25 staff members. During his time four players were called in to US Youth National teams, more than 15 players called to regional US National Team Centers, and over 10 players that committed to Division one programs since he became the Academy Director in 2019.
“I am very excited for Tim to begin with our program,” said van Bennekom. “Extremely hard working, intelligent and a great communicator, Tim will be a huge asset on and off the field. We are looking forward to getting started and welcoming Tim and his wife Kelly to Bloomington.”
Verschuren is currently working towards his master’s degree in soccer coaching from Ohio University. In addition, he is finishing an academy director course with US Soccer in July 2021. He also has achieved a USSF “A” Youth License as well as a NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. Verschuren graduated from University of the Hague in the Netherlands in 2009 with a degree in sports management.
Prior to Indiana, Schenk spent the last two seasons as a Graduate Assistant Goalkeeper coach for the University of Dubuque women’s soccer team where he was responsible for goalkeeper training, scouting opponents, and video breakdown. Other duties included organizing recruiting events, highlight videos, team travel and other administrative tasks.
“I’m so excited to be joining the coaching staff at Indiana University,” said Schenk. “I want to thank head coach Erwin and assistant coach Emily Basten for the opportunity to lead our goalkeepers. I’m looking forward to this new challenge and contributing to a program that’s trending upwards. Go Hoosiers!”
During his time with the Cougars, Schenk helped lead them to a 6-3-1 record with four shutouts. In 2019, the Spartans went 12-5-6 shutting out eight opponents and advanced to the semifinals.
“It is great to have Kevin on board with us.” said van Bennekom. “He is a young, up and coming goalkeeper coach with the knowledge, ability and drive, that is going to get the best out of our goalkeepers. We are looking forward to getting him started!”
A native of Cary, IL, Schenk holds a Federation D License from the USSF along with a Level 3 Diploma United Soccer Coaches Goalkeeping License. He was also a goalkeeper at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 2013-2015 where he was a part of two teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Schenk earned his bachelor’s degree in business education from Illinois State after he transferred in 2016. In May of 2021, he completed his master’s degree in sports management from the University of Dubuque.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Bethancourt Walks-Off Cubs in 10th
INDIANAPOLIS – Christian Bethancourt hit his third walk-off single in an afternoon game at Victory Field on Wednesday to clinch the Indianapolis Indians’ comeback win over the Iowa Cubs, 2-1.
After stranding Iowa’s automatic runner on second base in the top of the 10th inning, the Indians threatened for the win in the bottom half. With T.J. Rivera on second base, Taylor Davis placed a perfect bunt between third base and the mound to move the runner over. Bethancourt then roped a single to right field to score the winning run.
Iowa (18-29) got the scoring started early when the first three batters of the game reached base safely off Indy starter Mitch Keller. Keller escaped the inning with just one run allowed on a sacrifice fly by Michael Hermosillo to score Ian Miller.
The game remained in a 1-0 I-Cubs lead until the bottom of the seventh inning. Wilmer Difo reached base safely on a throwing error by pitcher Justin Steele to begin the inning and came around to score on a wild pitch, ground out and sacrifice fly by T.J. Rivera.
The Indians (26-23) held Iowa to just two hits in the final six innings of the game while the offense heated up. After recording just three base knocks through the first eight innings, the Indians had three hits, two in the 10th inning, for the win.
Braeden Ogle (W, 1-2) tossed two innings with just one hit allowed to hold off the Cubs offense. Ryan Meisinger (L, 1-2) entered for the 10th inning and surrendered the winning run.
The Indians and I-Cubs will face off again on Thursday night at 7:05 PM ET in the Circle City. RHP James Marvel (3-1, 4.40) is set to face RHP Cory Abbott (1-3, 5.94).
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1859 In the first college baseball game ever played, Amherst defeats their archrival, Williams College, 73-32 (66-32 by some reports). The game, played under Massachusetts rules (a square field with no foul territory) takes place near the corner of North Street and Maplewood Avenue in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
1902 En route to a 2-0 victory over Baltimore, left-handed hurler Rube Wadell, playing in his first game for Connie Mack’s A’s, faces the minimum 27 batters, striking out 13 in the Oriole Park contest. In the sixth frame, the 25 year-old Philadelphia southpaw becomes the first American League pitcher to toss an immaculate inning when he fans Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell, and Jack Cronin on nine consecutive pitches.
1903 Cy Young drives in the contest’s lone run when he blanks the Pale Hose at Chicago’s South Side Park, 1-0. The shutout, his fourth consecutive complete game without allowing a run, is the Boston American right-hander’s third 1-0 victory in nine days.
1910 In front of a full house, the Browns spoil the White Sox debut at Comiskey Park, when Barney Pelty beats Ed Walsh and the hometown team, 2-0. The new ballpark, called initially White Sox Park for three years and later renamed for White Sox founder and owner Charles Comiskey, replaces an obsolete wooden South Side Park that had served as the home for the Pale Hose since 1901.
1914 Henry Kingman becomes the first person born in China to play in a major league game when he pinch-hits in the Yankees’ 7-4 loss to the Senators at Griffith Stadium. The 22 year-old first baseman, born in Tientsin to missionary parents, will appear in a total of four games, playing the field in only one contest.
1916 The 42 year and four-month-old Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner becomes the oldest player to hit an inside-the-park home when he goes deep in the fourth inning off Reds’ right-hander Elmer Knetzer in the team’s 2-1 victory at Cincinnati’s Redland Field. The round-tripper will prove to be the Flying Dutchman’s last four-bagger of his storied career, finishing with a total of 101, including 41 inside-the-parkers, hit during his 21-year tenure in the major leagues.
1920 Leaving Robison Field in midseason, the Cardinals make their debut as the home team at Sportsman’s Park, also the home of the American League’s St. Louis Browns, bowing to the Pirates, 6-2. After signing a ten-year lease for $20,000 annually with Browns’ president Phil Ball, the team moves six blocks to play its home games in a modern ballpark.
1920 At Fenway Park, Walter Johnson pitches the season’s only no-hitter, defeating the Red Sox, 1-0. Bucky Harris’s error ruins the ‘Big Train’s’ bid for a perfect game, but it’s the Senator second baseman’s hit which drives in the game’s only run.
1920 At Cincinnati’s Redland Field, Reds right-hander Fred Toney goes the distance in both ends of a twin bill, defeating the Pirates 4-1 and 5-1. The 28 year-old Nashville native’s two three-hitters set the mark for the fewest hits given up in a doubleheader by a pitcher.
1934 Bill Terry leads all vote-getters in All-Star balloting, with Babe Ruth of the Yankees getting the most votes in the American League. The Giants’ first baseman will also be the skipper of the National League team.
1934 St. Louis defeats Cincinnati, 8-6, in an 18-inning game that features both starting pitchers, Redbird right-hander Dizzy Dean and Reds southpaw Tony Freitas, throwing the first 17 frames for their teams in the Crosley Field contest. After the Cardinals score two runs on three hits off Paul Derringer in top of the final frame, the home team fails to score with the bases loaded, ending the four-hour and twenty-eight-minute marathon.
1941 The WNBT broadcast of the Dodgers’ 6-4 loss to the Phillies at Ebbets Field features television’s first commercial. The station, formerly known as W2XBS, airs a one-minute spot before the first pitch, promoting Bulova that consists of a static image of a watch with the company’s name.
1941 In a rain-shortened nightcap against the Red Sox, Joe DiMaggio ties Wee Willie Keeler’s 1897 major league record consecutive game hit streak of 44 with the help of a difficult decision by the official scorer. Red Sox third baseman Jim Tabor makes a poor throw, but the ‘Yankee Clipper’ is given a hit by Dan Daniel of the New York World-Telegram.
1943 Although the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will not have an All-Star Game until 1946, two teams, one composed of South Bend Blue Sox and Rockford Peaches, and the other from the Kenosha Comets and Racine Belles, put on an exhibition game. The AAGPBL contest is the first night game ever played in the historic Chicago ballpark at Wrigley Field.
1943 To save newsprint, the Sporting News begins using a tabloid format. “The Bible of Baseball,” established in 1886, became the dominant voice and major source of information for serious fans of the national pastime.
1945 Away from the game for the longest tenure by any major leaguer, Hank Greenberg, the first player in the American League to register for the peacetime draft in 1940 in the U.S. Army, makes a dramatic return forty-seven months, homering in his first game back from the Armed Forces. ‘Hammerin Hank’s round-tripper helps the first-place Tigers beat the A’s at Briggs Stadium, 9-5, in front of an emotional crowd of 47,700 fans.
1950 Southpaw ‘Eddye’ Ford’s Yankee debut is less than impressive when he gives up five runs on seven hits and walks six in 4.2 innings of relief against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 21 year-old lefty born in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, better known as Whitey, becomes the winningest pitcher in franchise history, posting a 236-106 record during his 16 with the Bronx Bombers.
1951 Indian right-hander Bob Feller becomes the third pitcher in major league history, joining Larry Corcoran and Cy Young, to pitch three career no-hitters when he defeats the Tigers, 2-1. Detroit scores its run in the fourth frame on an error, a stolen base, an errant pick-off throw, and a sac fly.
1953 Mel Parnell wins his 100th career game when Boston blanks the Bronx Bombers at Yankee Stadium, 4-0. Joining Cy Young, Joe Wood, Lefty Grove, and Joe Dobson, the southpaw from New Orleans becomes the fifth Red Sox hurler in franchise history to reach the milestone.
1957 Orioles’ pitcher George Zuverink and catcher Frank Zupo form the first ‘Z’ battery in major league history. Both Zees enter the Yankee Stadium contest in the tenth and final inning of the Bronx Bombers’ 3-2 victory over Baltimore.
1958 At Wrigley Field, Cubs relievers trick San Francisco’s outfielder Leon Wagner into looking under the bullpen bench for Tony Taylor’s ball, which is in play, instead of 45 feet away from a rain gutter where the ball landed. In the meantime, the batter scurries around the bases for an inside-the-park home run when the rookie is unable to find the ball.
1960 H. Gabriel Murphy’s option of first refusal to buy the Senators from current owner Calvin Griffith expires. The chief minority stockholder, to stop the club from moving to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to become the Twins will lose two court decisions, preventing him from keeping the team in Washington, D.C.
1962 In the second game of a doubleheader sweep of the Indians, the White Sox become the first team in major league history to record three run-scoring sacrifice flies in one inning. Three fly balls hit by Juan Pizarro, Nellie Fox, and Al Smith to Gene Green, two of which are dropped by the Cleveland right fielder, set up the unprecedented occurrence.
1964 Five thousand cabbies and their families are on hand at Yankee Stadium to celebrate ‘Taxi Day’ at the Bronx ballpark. Billy Bryan’s 11th inning solo home run is the decisive blow in Kansas City’s 5-4 Wednesday afternoon victory.
1966 Woody Fryman faces the minimum 27 batters in the Pirates’ 12-0 rout of the Mets at Shea Stadium. New York leadoff hitter Ron Hunt singled to center to start the bottom of the first inning but is tagged out trying to swipe second base.
1968 Bob Gibson’s scoreless inning streak ends abruptly at 47 when a wild pitch allows Len Gabrielson to score in the first inning of the Cardinals’ 5-1 victory over the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. The Redbird right-hander, who will blank San Francisco in his next start, would have been within three innings of breaking the mark of 58 scoreless frames established in June by Don Drysdale, tonight’s losing pitcher. (Ed. Note: Gibson’s streak may have reached to 55 innings without allowing an earned run if the questionable wild pitch had been ruled a passed ball by the official scorer. – LP)
1982 Mark Fidrych, attempting to return to the majors, and Dave Righetti, the AL Rookie of the Year, sent down by the Yankees to Triple-A Columbus after a slow start in his sophomore season, match up in one of the most memorable minor league games ever played. The chanting and cheering overflow crowd at McCoy Stadium, of 9,389, packed into the ballpark designed to accommodate 5,800 fans, vocally displays their support for the ‘Bird’ throughout the game and becomes delirious when he strikes out Butch Hobson for the final out in his improbable complete-game 7-5 victory.
1982 Considered a questionable decision at the time because of his height, Cal Ripken is moved from third base to shortstop by Oriole manager Earl Weaver. The 6’4″ future Hall of Famer takes over the job from veteran 6’1″ infielder Mark Belanger, an eight-time Gold Glover.
1984 Paul Splittorff announces his retirement from baseball. The 37 year-old southpaw, who be an analyst on pregame and postgame shows for KMBZ radio, leaves the Royals as the all-time leader in victories/losses (166/144), innings (2,554.2), and games started (392).
1990 As Comiskey Park celebrates its 80th birthday, Yankee hurler Andy Hawkins throws a no-hitter against the White Sox but loses the game, 4-0. The right-hander is not credited with an official no-hitter, because the home team doesn’t need to bat in the bottom of the ninth.
1991 During a 14-7 Orioles rout of the Angels, the teams tie a major league record, slugging 11 home runs during the Memorial Stadium contest. O’s starter Mike Mussina gives up all of the Halos’ round-trippers, tying Jim Palmer’s club record of giving up five gophers in an outing.
1997 Collecting his 26th save in 27 chances this season, Randy Myers records the 300th save of his career when he strikes out the side in the Orioles’ 4-1 victory over Philadelphia at Camden Yards. The 34 year-old closer, who will finish with 347 saves during his 19 years in the major leagues with six different teams, is the ninth reliever and the second southpaw in the history of the game to reach the milestone.
1997 After hitting a bouncer down the Astrodome’s first-base line, Tim Bogar comes all the way around to score when Manny Ramirez doesn’t play the ball after it comes to a stop under the bullpen bench. The Indians outfielder, unaware of the park’s ground rules, begins signaling to the umpire that the ball is out of play as the Astros infielder circles the bases for an easy inside-the-park home run.
2000 On the country’s 133rd birthday, a Canada Day pitching matchup features a pair of Canadian starters. At Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Marlins right-hander Ryan Dempster, a native of British Columbia, defeats Mike Johnson of Edmonton and the Expos, 6-5.
2000 Whitey Herzog, the winningest manager in the franchise’s history with 410 victories during his five years at the helm, and Willie Wilson, a speedy outfielder who was an offensive spark plug for the team, become members of the Kansas City Royals’ Hall of Fame. They are the 17th and 18th person to be honored by the club since inductions began 1986.
2000 BARK, Baseball Aquatic Retrieval Korps, debuts at Pac Bell. Six Portuguese water dogs will be used to retrieve Splashdown home runs hit by the Giants and their opponents, which land in McCovey’s Cove.
2003 After spending a disappointing season and a half in New York, Roberto Alomar is traded by the Mets with cash to the White Sox for prospect Andrew Salvo, right-hander Edwin Almonte, and southpaw Royce Ring. The 12-time Gold Glove second baseman’s funk continues in the American League when the former All-Star infielder hits just .253 with Chicago.
2003 After being activated from the disabled list by the Dodgers, first baseman Fred McGriff bats cleanup and goes 2-for-4, including a double, in the team’s 7-1 loss to the Padres at Chavez Ravine. The Crime Dog’s trip to the DL was his first during 18 years in the big leagues.
2003 Just a few hours after obtaining Roberto Alomar from the Mets, the White Sox acquire outfielder Carl Everett (.274, 18, 51) from the Rangers. Texas will pick two or three players from a Chicago minor league pool, and the team will also give money to help pay part of the former outfielder’s $9.15 million deal.
2003 The Marlins set a franchise mark for runs scored and tie a team record with 25 hits, with Miguel Cabrera, Ivan Rodriguez, and Luis Castillo collecting four each. An injury to a photographer, who is injured and airlifted to a hospital as a result of being hit by Darren Bragg’s bat, which slips from the outfielder’s hand and flies into the stands, subdues the celebration of the 20-1 victory over the Braves.
2005 After walking 2,100 miles from Camp Verde, Arizona to reach Wrigley Field, Bill Holden throws the ceremonial first pitch and leads the crowd singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch at the Nationals-Cubs game. Inspired by This Old Cub, a documentary about former third baseman Ron Santo, who lost his legs to diabetes, the 56 year-old school teacher, with two bad knees, pounded the pavement for 172 days during his ‘Walk the Walk’ campaign raising $250,000 for juvenile diabetes research.
2007 During a seven-game winning streak, Mariners’ manager Mike Hargrove unexpectedly resigns. A personality difference between the skipper of the second-place Seattle club and the team’s superstar Ichiro Suzuki appears to be the actual reason for the sudden departure.
2008 In the shortest nine-inning game in the history of Coors Field, Aaron Cook throws only 79 pitches in the one hour, 58-minute contest. The right-hander’s five-hitter snaps the Rockies’ eight-game losing streak with the 4-0 victory over the visiting Padres.
2009 Jonathan Papelbon, in the Red Sox’ 6-5 victory at Camden Yards, retires the Baltimore batters in order in the 11th inning to become the franchise’s all-time leader in saves. The 28 year-old closer, surpassing Bob Stanley for the club record, has compiled 133 saves during his four years with the club.
2010 The first-place Rangers acquire catcher Bengie Molina and cash from the Giants for reliever Chris Ray and a minor league right-hander, Michael Main. Texas’ acquisition of the veteran backstop fills the void created by the off-season loss of Pudge Rodriguez to Washington and the inconsistent play of Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
2010 On an interim basis, Kirk Gibson, the team’s bench coach, is promoted to be the Diamondbacks’ manager, replacing A.J. Hinch, who piloted the team to an 89-123 record in a little more than a full season in the dugout. In addition to letting go of their manager, the last-place team also fires general manager Josh Byrnes.
2011 In the seventh inning of a 5-0 interleague victory of the Angels in Anaheim, Dee Gordon steals second and third base and then completes the stolen base cycle by swiping home. The Dodger shortstop becomes the 40th major leaguer to accomplish the trifecta in the same frame.
2011 The Mets pay Bobby Bonilla $1,193,248.20 and will do so every July 1st through 2035 when the former player will turn 72. The team’s management agreed to buy out the remaining $5.9 million on the contract, opting to make annual payments of nearly $1.2 million for 25 years, including 8% interest, believing significant funds were available due to their investments with Bernie Madoff, that turned out to be a Ponzi scheme.
2013 With a moment of silence before the game at Citi Field, the Mets and Diamondbacks honor the 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona. Additionally, each team hangs a jersey with the word Yarnell stitched on the back above the number 19 in their respective dugouts.
2014 Rick Porcello becomes the fourth pitcher in Tiger history, and the first since Dizzy Trout in 1944, to throw a shutout without issuing a walk or registering a strikeout when he blanks Oakland, 3-0. The Detroit right-hander, who records 17 groundball outs and 10 in the air in his 95-pitch outing, is the first major league hurler to accomplish the rare feat since Jeff Ballard’s August 21, 1989 performance for Baltimore.
2016 The Indians win their 14th consecutive game, establishing the team’s longest winning streak in franchise history when they beat the Blue Jays, 2-1, in a 19-inning marathon played at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. Next season, the Tribe will shatter their club mark and set an American League record with 22 consecutive victories.
2016 The first co-ed pro team in nearly 20 years takes the field when 17-year-old outfielder Kelsie Whitmore and 25 year-old pitcher Stacy Piagno play for the Sonoma Stompers against the San Rafael Pacifics in front of an enthusiastic and supportive sellout crowd at Arnold Field. The two former members of the USA women’s baseball squad are the first females to play in a professional game since Ila Borders pitched for the St. Paul Saints in the independent Northern League in 1997.
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|Indiana Fever||1||15||.063||10.0||1-7||0-8||1-8||0-10||11 L|