Cleveland 4 Detroit 3 (10)

Kansas City 5 Chicago White Sox 3

Houston 7 Texas 3

Boston 4 Baltimore 3

Miami 3 Philadelphia 0

Colorado 8 St. Louis 6

Arizona 9 Pittsburgh 3

Chicago Cubs 4 Cincinnati 2



Indianapolis 8 Memphis 7

Memphis 7 Indianapolis 0


New York Giants 23 New England 21


Baltimore 23 Tennessee 10


Las Vegas 89 Chicago 78

Connecticut 93  Los Angeles  69


North Central (Farmersburg), Parke Heritage, Riverton Parke at Cascade (four-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

Tech vs. Crispus Attucks (at Northwest Middle School), 7 p.m.

Homeschool Crimson Knights at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.

Eastern Hancock at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.

Hagerstown at Lapel, 7 p.m.

Brown County at Monrovia, 7 p.m.

Tindley at Traders Point Christian, 7 p.m.

Milan at Triton Central, 6 p.m.

Sheridan at Crawfordsville, 7 p.m.

Tri-West at Plainfield, 6 p.m.

Eastbrook at Hamilton Heights, 7 p.m.

Southport at Decatur Central, 7 p.m.

Muncie Central at Greenfield-Central, 7 p.m.

Franklin at Roncalli, 7 p.m.

Greenwood at Columbus North, 7 p.m.

Danville at West Lafayette, 7 p.m.

Brebeuf Jesuit at Lebanon, 7 p.m.

Covenant Christian and Guerin Catholic at Cardinal Ritter (three-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

Jeffersonville at Whiteland, 7 p.m.

North Putnam at Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Shelbyville and Salem at Madison (three-team jamboree), 6:30 p.m.

North Central at Noblesville, 7 p.m.

Zionsville at Kokomo, 7 p.m.

Bloomington South at Lawrence Central, 7:30 p.m.

Mooresville at Pendleton Heights, 7 p.m.

Warren Central at Avon, 7 p.m.

Fishers at Lawrence North, 7 p.m.

Scecina at New Palestine, 7 p.m.

Martinsville at Columbus East, 7 p.m.

Speedway at Western Boone, 7 p.m.

Indian Creek at Beech Grove, 7 p.m.

Heritage Christian at Park Tudor, 7 p.m.

Pike at Lafayette Jeff, 7 p.m.

Cathedral at Franklin Central, 7 p.m.

Hamilton Southeastern at Bishop Chatard, 7 p.m.

Mt. Vernon at Perry Meridian, 7 p.m.

Center Grove at Brownsburg, 6:30 p.m.

Westfield and Carmel at Ben Davis (three-team jamboree), 7 p.m.



  1. Westfield
  2. Brownsburg
  3. Center Grove
  4. Whiteland
  5. Ben Davis


  1. Lafayette Harrison
  2. Zionsville
  3. Valparaiso
  4. Hamilton Southeastern
  5. Fishers


  1. Mount Vernon
  2. Roncalli
  3. Evansville Memorial
  4. Mooresville
  5. Tri-West


  1. Chatard
  2. Danville
  3. Gibson Southern
  4. Owen Valley
  5. Brebeuf


  1. Evansville Mater Dei
  2. Eastbrook
  3. Heritage Christian
  4. Scecina
  5. Lafayette Central Catholic


  1. Monroe Central
  2. Indianapolis Lutheran
  3. Adams Central
  4. Covenant Christian
  5. Parke Heritage


  7. TEXAS A&M
  8. UTAH
  10. BAYLOR
  12. OREGON
  15. USC
  17. MIAMI
  18. TEXAS
  24. OLE MISS

Also Receiving Votes: Iowa 248; Penn State 246; Tennessee 163; BYU 152; LSU 143; Auburn 98; UCF 55; North Carolina 34; San Diego State 25; Fresno State 21; Mississippi State 19; Florida 17; Utah State 12; Air Force 12; UCLA 10; Boise State 10; Appalachian State 10; Minnesota 6; South Carolina 5; Kansas State 4; Iowa State 3; Army 3; Louisiana 2; SMU 2; Purdue 2; Oregon State 2; Coastal Carolina 2; UTSA 1; Louisville 1; Florida State 1.














Sunday, September 11, 2022

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Commanders 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MST) 4:25p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

New York Giants at Tennessee Titans 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 12, 2022

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC


Thursday, September 15, 2022

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 19, 2022

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (Mon) 7:15p (ET) 7:15p ESPN

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ABC


Tom Brady taking 11-day break from Bucs for personal reasons

AMPA, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady was excused from training camp on Thursday, the first day of what Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said was a planned, 11-day absence from the team to address “personal things.”

Bowles said the 45-year-old quarterback’s break from practice was arranged before camp began, adding that Brady won’t return until after the Bucs’ preseason game at Tennessee on Aug. 20.

“Tom has been excused today. … He’s going to deal with some personal things. This is something we talked about before training camp started. We allotted this time because he wanted to get in and get chemistry with the guys with two weeks of training camp, knowing he wasn’t going to play the first two (preseason) games,” Bowles said after the Bucs concluded two days of controlled scrimmages against the Miami Dolphins.

Tampa Bay opens the preseason Saturday night against the Dolphins. The Bucs will also travel to Nashville for two days of practice ahead of their game against the Titans.

Backup quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert, Kyle Trask and Ryan Griffin will share snaps during Brady’s absence.

“He didn’t want to take away reps from Blaine, Kyle, as well as Griff, as far as going into these next two games. That’s something he can handle,” Bowles said. “We trust him. We talked about it. It was scheduled way before training camp.”

Brady, who retired in February only to change his mind six weeks later, was also excused from practice for personal reasons last Friday – two days after getting a scheduled day off for his 45th birthday.

Bowles said his confidence level is “pretty high” that Brady will be in the lineup for next month’s regular-season opener at Dallas.

“Per our conversation, I’m not worried,” Bowles said.

James White, hero in Patriots’ Super Bowl rally, retires

AP Sports Writer (AP) James White, who scored the game-winning touchdown in the New England Patriots’ historic comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl 51, announced his retirement on Thursday.

White won three Super Bowls in eight seasons – all with the Patriots.

“This chapter has been one that I will cherish. I look forward to what is next,” White wrote on Instagram.

White set Super Bowl records for points scored in a game (20) and receptions (14) as the Patriots rallied from a 28-3 third-quarter deficit to beat the Falcons 34-28 on Feb. 5, 2017, the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

The 30-year-old White was trying to work his way back from hip surgery that abruptly ended his 2021 season. He dislocated the hip during the Patriots’ Week 3 matchup with New Orleans.

White also struggled in 2020 while he was dealing with the aftermath of his father’s death and his mother’s severe injury in a car crash.

He spent seven months rehabilitating from the hip surgery before signing a new two-year deal in March to remain in New England. But he began training camp on the physically unable to perform list and was never cleared to resume full-contact practices.

Though undersized at 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds when he was selected out of Wisconsin in the fourth-round of 2014 draft, by his second season he had become the Patriots’ go-to receiver out of the backfield – particularly on third down.

He appeared in 95 regular-season games and had 1,278 rushing yards on 319 attempts with 11 touchdowns. As a receiver his numbers were more impressive: 381 catches for 3,278 yards and 25 TDs. He also appeared in 12 playoff games, scoring eight TDs (five rushing, three receiving).

In a statement, Patriots coach Bill Belichick called White “one of the most respected, best team players I have ever coached.”

“James defines the term consummate professional,” Belichick said. “His dependability, consistency, unselfishness and performance under pressure are elite. Combining great intelligence, quickness and elusiveness, James was a perfect fit for our pass offense. While soft-spoken, he brought exceptional leadership and competitive toughness to the team.”

Many of White’s former teammates sent him well wishes on social media.

“Teammate, champion, football player through and through. Congrats on the perfect career,” former Patriots quarterback Top Brady posted on Instagram.

“My brother on and off the field. Third-and-James White,” said retired Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.

As much as White became emblematic of the Patriots’ culture, he will be remembered most for how he helped rally New England to the franchise’s fifth of six Super Bowl titles.

New England trailed 21-3 at halftime, and teammates said a speech by White in the locker room helped spark the comeback. With the Patriots down by 25 points, White scored two TDs and had a 2-point conversion run to send the game to overtime. He then ran for the game-ending score in the extra period.

AP source: Jets signing OT Duane Brown to 2-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets and offensive tackle Duane Brown agreed to terms on a two-year contract Thursday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press

The move came three days after the Jets learned they likely lost Mekhi Becton for the season because of a knee injury suffered in practice.

The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing. ESPN first reported the agreement between the Jets and Brown. NFL Network reported the deal is worth $22 million.

Brown, who turns 37 on Aug. 30, visited the Jets and attended their scrimmage at MetLife Stadium last Saturday night. Coach Robert Saleh acknowledged there was “mutual interest,” and Becton’s injury made a deal even more likely.

Becton suffered a chip fracture to his kneecap during the second play of 11-on-11 team drills Monday. The initial prognosis was optimistic, but an MRI later revealed more damage to the knee than first expected.

After Becton injured the same knee in the season opener last year, George Fant slid from right tackle to the left side and played well. Fant retained the starting spot at left tackle entering camp, with Becton moving over to the right side for the first time.

Saleh praised Fant’s play in Becton’s absence and said the versatile veteran was “much more comfortable” playing left tackle. But the addition of Brown – Fant’s former teammate in Seattle – means Fant could again move to the right side.

Brown, who made his fifth Pro Bowl appearance last season, has played left tackle his entire NFL career.

The Jets were working Chuma Edoga and rookie Max Mitchell at right tackle in Becton’s absence. Conor McDermott was also considered to be in the mix, but he will be sidelined at least another week with a lower ankle injury.

Brown was a first-round pick by Houston out of Virginia Tech in 2008. He was selected an All-Pro in 2012 and made three straight Pro Bowls from 2012-14 before being traded to Seattle during the 2017 season.

Chiefs’ Mahomes to buck NFL trend, play preseason opener

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes will start the Kansas City Chiefs’ preseason opener in Chicago on Saturday, bucking a trend across the NFL of coaches sitting their starting quarterbacks for the first of their three exhibition games.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday he would stick to his usual routine of having each of the four quarterbacks in camp play for a quarter of the preseason opener. And while he acknowledged the number of snaps could change based on the way the game is going, Reid thinks it’s important for everybody – stars and backups alike – to get onto the field.

“I think it’s good to get the juices going, get yourself out there, even if it’s a limited amount of plays,” Reid said after the Chiefs wrapped up Thursday’s practice at Missouri Western State University.

“I’m not saying it’s wrong what others are doing,” Reid said. “That’s just where I’m at.”

The Raiders sat Derek Carr and the Jaguars played without Trevor Lawrence in last week’s Hall of Fame Game, though that’s typical given the game occurs a week earlier than the rest of the preseason openers. But plenty of teams are choosing to sit their starting quarterbacks this week, too, rather than risk an injury by subjecting them to unnecessary hits.

The Patriots planned to sit Mac Jones for their preseason opener against the Giants on Thursday night, when the Ravens were expected to have Lamar Jackson wearing a headset rather than a helmet for their game against the Titans.

Others sitting out include the Cowboys’ Dak Prescott, Bills starter Josh Allen and the Buccaneers’ Tom Brady, who is beginning an 11-day absence to deal with “personal things.” Aaron Rodgers also is unlikely to play for the Packers given that the four-time and reigning league MVP has not played in a preseason game for Green Bay since 2018.

“I like to get in there and get hit like, on time,” said Mahomes, who has played the preseason opener every season but 2020, when there wasn’t any because of the pandemic. “Once you get hit one time, you see what it is. Then you’re good to go.”

Mahomes threw only two passes in last year’s preseason opener against San Francisco before giving way to backup Chad Henne and the rest of the Kansas City quarterbacks. Mahomes had more extensive time in the second and third games.

When there was a four-game preseason schedule, he usually played the first three before sitting out the finale.

“It’ll be good this time to get in there with the new group of receivers we have, all the new running backs, and show how we do it in the game,” Mahomes said. “We’re doing it here in practice but we want to show how we do it in the game.”

Reid said his quarterbacks will be accompanied by their respective line on the depth chart, meaning Mahomes will play with the starting offense before Henne takes over with the backups. Shane Buechele and Dustin Crum will finish things out.

“It’s definitely about getting into rhythm. It’s getting into the game, seeing how the clock is running – everything in the game speeds up,” Mahomes explained. “So the guys need to think, execute, show off their talent. It’s going to be important to be in the game and see how all these guys do.”

As much as Mahomes wants to see how new wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and second-round pick Skyy Moore fare on Saturday, most of the attention will be on the revamped defense.

First-round pick Trent McDuffie is expected to start at cornerback along with Justin Reid, who arrived from Houston in free agency. The Chiefs also expect to give plenty of work to another first-round pick, defensive end George Karlaftis, along with rookie defensive backs Joshua Williams, Jaylen Watson and Bryan Cook.

“It’s bare-bones football,” Justin Reid said, when asked what to expect when the playbook is condensed and the game plan largely nonexistent. “We know what you’re going to do. You know what we’re going to do. Let’s line up and do it. It’s a test of wills. This is about giving guys a chance to show what they got.”

NOTES: DE Frank Clark missed practice with an illness. DB Zayne Anderson (shoulder), WR Greg Jennings and OT Lucas Niang (knee) also remained out. WR Omar Bayless left early when his lower back tightened up. … TE Jody Fortson returned after hurting his quad earlier in camp. The plan is to slowly get him up to speed. … Andy Reid said he’s looking forward to getting DT Danny Shelton in camp after the Chiefs agreed to a contract with him this week. The 345-pound Shelton has not been added to the official roster yet. “I think we’ll get a lot out of him,” Reid said. “He’s a big guy. There’ll be a lot of him here.”

Report: Browns to consider Garoppolo if Watson suspension increases

The Cleveland Browns will consider trading for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo if Deshaun Watson’s six-game suspension becomes significantly longer upon appeal, sources told Mary Kay Cabot of

NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson issued Watson a six-game suspension last week following numerous allegations of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. The league has appealed the decision.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, who’s pushed for Watson to be suspended for at least a year, appointed former New Jersey Attorney General Peter C. Harvey to hear the league’s appeal of the suspension.

Jacoby Brissett is next on the Browns’ quarterback depth chart behind Watson. On Aug. 1, two days before the NFL appealed Watson’s ban, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Cleveland planned to start Brissett in the first six games of the 2022 season.

The 29-year-old started five games for the Miami Dolphins last season, posting a 2-3 record.

The San Francisco 49ers named Trey Lance their starting quarterback this year and have been looking for a trade partner for Garoppolo. The 30-year-old was expected to be dealt earlier in the offseason, but shoulder surgery left the passer in limbo. He’s already been cleared to practice without restrictions.

Garoppolo passed for 20 touchdowns to 12 interceptions during the regular season while starting 15 games for San Francisco in 2021.

Broncos name NFL exec Damani Leech as team’s new president

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos’ new owners have tabbed NFL International CEO Damani Leech as the team’s new president.

Owner and CEO Greg Penner made the announcement Thursday, his second day on the job.

Leech has a quarter-century’s worth of experience as a sports executive at the college and professional levels and spent the last three years as CEO of NFL International.

Leech takes over from Joe Ellis, who stepped down this week as CEO and team president after the Walton-Penner group’s $4.65 billion purchase of the team was unanimously approved by the league’s other owners.

Leech will lead the business operations of the team and Stadium Management Co., which operates Empower Field at Mile High.

He will report directly to Penner, as does general manager George Paton, who is in charge of football operations.

“As we sought to identify a dynamic, forward-thinking and inspiring leader to guide the Broncos into this exciting new chapter, Damani stood out among several very qualified candidates,” Penner said in a statement. “There was a high degree of interest in this opportunity with the Broncos, which speaks to the reputation of this organization and Damani’s strong credentials.”

In a statement, Leech said, “Greg and the other partners are visionary leaders, and the trust they have shown in me is deeply humbling. I’m thrilled to support our world-class ownership, leadership team and staff on this journey to drive innovation and growth throughout every area of the Denver Broncos.”

Leech spent 17 years at the NCAA’s national offices in Indianapolis before joining the NFL as vice president of football strategy and business development in 2015. He served as chief operating officer of NFL International from 2019 until this year.

Leech was a three-time first-team All-Ivy League selection as a defensive back at Princeton, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in arts and public policy in 1998. He got a Master’s degree in higher education administration from Indiana University in 2004.

Like the three limited investors in the Broncos’ new ownership group, Leech is Black. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has set forth a goal to bring more racial diversity into ownership groups, front offices and coaching staffs.

Tagovailoa on Miami tampering with Brady: ‘I’m still here’

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa would rather chat with Tom Brady than answer questions about him taking his job.

Tagovailoa spent time talking with Brady while the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a joint practice Wednesday. He had a simple reply when asked about Miami being penalized for tampering with Brady.

“I’m still here. To me, that’s all noise at this point,” Tagovailoa said.

Last week, the NFL suspended Dolphins owner Stephen Ross through Oct. 17, fined him $1.5 million and docked the team a first-round pick in the 2023 draft and a third-round selection in the 2024 draft for talking to Brady while he was under contract with the Patriots in 2019 and Buccaneers in 2021.

The league’s investigation determined the Dolphins had impermissible communications with both Brady and his agent, Don Yee, no later than early December 2021 and after the season, while he was under contract to the Buccaneers.

Those discussions focused on Brady becoming a limited partner in the Dolphins and possibly serving as a football executive, although at times they also included the possibility he would play for the Dolphins. The league says Ross and Dolphins vice chairman/limited partner Bruce Beal participated in the discussions.

Panthers propose to pay $82M over failed practice facility

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper’s real estate company has promised to pay more than $82 million to creditors over an abandoned practice facility project in Rock Hill under a new plan proposed Thursday.

The plan would require approval from courts and creditors. The development of the Panthers’ state-of-the-art $800 million practice facility — which would have served as the team’s new headquarters — fell apart after highly-publicized disputes between Tepper and the City of Rock Hill and York County.

GT Real Estate Holdings, a Delaware limited liability company, announced it has filed a comprehensive plan of reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Under the terms of the plan, GTRE would resolve claims by paying $60.5 million in cash funded into a settlement trust for the benefit of contractors, subcontractors and general unsecured creditors, $21.1 million to York County and $20 million or more to the City of Rock Hill.

DT Sports Holding, LLC, a Tepper entity, previously funded $20 million in debtor-in-possession financing.

Michigan State gives Tom Izzo new deal worth $6.2M per year

Michigan State has signed coach Tom Izzo to a new deal valued at $6.2 million per season, giving him about $2 million more each year.

The school announced the deal Thursday, saying that the five-year rollover contract will need to be approved by its board next month.

“Michigan State has been a home to me and my family for 40 years and I’m ecstatic to sign this contract,” said Izzo, who was hired at the school by the late Jud Heathcote as a part-time assistant in 1983.

Izzo, 67, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016, won a national championship in 2000 and leads all active coaches with eight Final Four appearances. He led Michigan State to a Big Ten-record 24th straight NCAA Tournament last season. He has won the Big Ten title 10 times in the regular season and six conference tournament championships.

“We have worked hard to maintain championship standards and I’m as energized to coach now as I was when I started as the head coach in 1995,” Izzo said.

Izzo was promoted from assistant to head coach to replacing the retiring Heathcote.

After a slow start, the hard-driving coach turned the program into a national powerhouse by focusing on rebounding, defending and playing top-flight competition each season before Big Ten play.

Izzo, who is from Iron Mountain, Michigan, in the state’s Upper Peninsula, has won more games (666) than any coach at a Big Ten school. He has lost 267 times, averaging fewer than 10 losses per season.

“We greatly appreciate Coach Izzo’s commitment to our outstanding university and his competitive drive to keep Spartan Basketball as a national powerhouse,” school president Samuel Stanley Jr. said.

Izzo has had multiple chances to leave Michigan State for the NBA and to coach at other colleges and turned down each opportunity, including one from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2010.

“Twelve years ago, Tom Izzo said he would be a Spartan for life, and today’s announcement further demonstrates and renews this commitment,” athletic director Alan Haller said.

Minnesota’s Ihnen has 2nd straight season-ending knee injury

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota junior forward Isaiah Ihnen will miss the upcoming season after reinjuring the surgically repaired left knee that sidelined him last year.

The Gophers revealed the news on Monday, 382 days after making the same announcement about Ihnen after he was hurt then in summer practice. His latest injury occurred last week.

“It’s disappointing to see Isaiah go through this after he worked hard to get back on the court this year and made significant strides to his game this summer,” head coach Ben Johnson said. “We will be with him every step of the way in his road to recovery.”

Ihnen tweeted, “I’ll be back, story’s not over!”

The 6-foot-10 native of Germany played in 50 games over his first two seasons, averaging 3.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 13.1 minutes. Ihnen and fellow junior Parker Fox would have been two of the most experienced frontcourt players for the Gophers this season, but Fox is also out for a second straight year after a major knee injury requiring surgery.

Arkansas to open against Louisville in Maui Invitational

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Arkansas will face Louisville in the opening round of a loaded 2022 Maui Invitational bracket.

The eight-team bracket announced the November event will include six teams that went to the 2022 NCAA Tournament, including three that reached the Sweet 16.

Arizona faces Cincinnati in the opening round after reaching the Sweet 16 in coach Tommy Lloyd’s first season. Texas Tech, another Sweet 16 team last season, plays Creighton and San Diego State faces Ohio State in the tournament’s return to the Lahaina Civic Center on Nov. 21-23.

The 2020 tournament was held in Asheville, North Carolina, and last year’s was played in Las Vegas.

Arkansas has reached the Elite Eight the past two seasons under coach Eric Musselman.

Under Armour agrees to $67.49 million settlement with UCLA

LOS ANGELES (AP) Under Armour has agreed to pay UCLA $67.49 million to resolve a lawsuit filed two years ago.

UCLA filed a lawsuit against Under Armour in August, 2020, in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for breach of contract, seeking damages in excess of $200 million. The settlement was reached in late May and approved by the University of California’s Board of Regents.

Under Armour announced two years ago that it was ending its deal with UCLA. The two sides were four years into a 15-year deal worth $280 million, which was the highest in college athletics.

The company cited force majeure due to the coronavirus pandemic as one of the reasons it was terminating the deal. Another was UCLA’s struggles in its flagship sports.

UCLA eventually agreed to a new apparel contract with Nike, which began last July. That deal is for six years and is worth $46.45 million.

Proposed NCAA transfer rule changes kicked back to committee

A recommendation to change transfer rules for Division I college athletes that included unlimited opportunities to switch schools with immediate eligibility was bounced back to a committee for more research by the NCAA’s D-I Board of Directors on Wednesday.

The transfer rule proposals were among several that came out of the NCAA’s Transformation Committee and were moved along by the Division I Council two weeks ago.

“We have some questions about the proposed transfer package, and we will take up this topic again on Aug. 31 at our next meeting. Many of us have concerns about the impact name, image and likeness is having on the transfer process, and we want further analysis on that issue and its potential impact on graduation rates before taking action,” University of Georgia President and board chairman Jere Morehead said in a statement.

The board did adopt Transformation Committee recommendations that would allow schools to provide more financial benefits to athletes.

“Schools can now pay for more to support a student’s academic pursuits, purchase insurance such as critical injury or illness and loss-of-value, and fund participation in elite-level training, tryouts and competition,” Transformation Committee co-chairs Greg Sankey, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, and Julie Cromer, athletic director of Ohio University, said in a statement.

The proposed changes to transfer rules also included implementing sport-specific windows during an academic year when athletes would be required to enter their names in the transfer portal to be immediately eligible the following year.

Athletes in winter and spring sports would be required to provide written notification of transfer for 60 days following the NCAA championship selections in their sport.

In fall sports, including football, there were two entry windows proposed. The first would begin the day following championship selection and last 45 days. The second would be from May 1-15.

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee raised concerns about the transfer windows.

“SAAC fully supports several aspects of the transfer concept, but we believe that transfer windows unnecessarily restrict student-athletes’ freedom of movement,” Missouri volleyball player Brynn Carlson said.

The proposal that raised a red flag among coaches and administrators was changing the rule to allow athletes to transfer as often as they wanted and play immediately, as along as they are academically eligible and progressing toward a degree.

Currently, all athletes are given a one-time exception that allows them to transfer and be immediately eligible at their new school.

For athletes in high-profile sports such as football and basketball, that one-time exception was granted only last year. It had been in place in other sports for years.

“Based on that dialogue, we will work to refine our proposal to address how transfer policies align with ongoing academic eligibility and degree progress requirements and deal with current and emerging issues facing college athletics,” Cromer and Sankey said. “Additionally, we will have the chance to learn more about the latest input from student-athletes around transfer windows.”

Colorado State AD Parker signs 5-year contract extension

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State athletic director Joe Parker has signed a five-year extension through 2027.

The extension for Parker, who is entering his eighth year as the Rams’ top athletic administrator, was announced Thursday by the university’s interim president, Rick Miranda.

In a statement, Parker thanked the school’s board of governors, Chancellor Tony Frank and Miranda “for their continued trust in me leading this department.”

“We are at a pivotal moment in college athletics, and I believe Colorado State athletics is poised to play a significant part in the future of the development of student-athletes,” Parker said in the statement. “We serve a world-class university, provide an incredible college experience and strive to have a championship culture in everything we do. I could not be more energized and excited to continue to work alongside the fantastic student-athletes, coaches, and support staff we have assembled here in Fort Collins.”

The Rams have won 21 Mountain West championships under Parker’s leadership.

USA Basketball picks roster for August World Cup qualifiers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — USA Basketball has picked its 12-man roster for the opening second-round window of World Cup qualifying, as the Americans look to move closer to clinching a spot in the field for next year’s event.

Jim Boylen will return as coach, assisted again by Ty Ellis and Othella Harrington.

The roster will include six players — Michael Frazier II, Langston Galloway, David Stockton, DaQuan Jeffries, John Jenkins and Eric Mika — who were with the Americans for the last qualifying window in July.

The other six players for games on Aug. 25 in Las Vegas against Uruguay and at Colombia on Aug. 29 are Tyler Cavanaugh, Malik Ellison, Dewan Hernandez, Mac McClung, Robert Woodard II and McKinley Wright IV.

The Americans went 5-1 in the opening round of qualifying from the FIBA Americas Region, easily becoming one of the 12 teams that moved on to the second round.

Of those 12 advancing nations, seven will make next year’s World Cup, which will take place in the Philippines, Indonesia and Japan. The World Cup is the primary qualifier for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

There are three two-game windows in the second round of qualifying — for the Americas Region, they are Aug. 25 and 29, Nov. 11 and 14, and finally Feb. 23 and 26. If the U.S. tops Uruguay and Colombia, it likely could clinch a World Cup berth in the November window.

Canada (6-0) is the only team from the Americas Region that went unbeaten in the first round of qualifying. Also in Canada’s group for the second round: Venezuela (5-1), Argentina (5-1), the Dominican Republic (4-2), Panama (2-4) and the Bahamas (2-4).

The U.S. is in a second-round group with Brazil (5-1), Uruguay (4-2), Mexico (4-2), Puerto Rico (3-3) and Colombia (2-4).

The top three teams from each group will advance to the World Cup from the Americas Region, along with the best overall fourth-place team.

Russell’s No. 6 jersey retired across NBA, a 1st for league

(AP) — Bill Russell’s No. 6 jersey is being retired across the NBA.

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association made the announcement Thursday, permanently retiring the number worn by the 11-time champion, civil rights activist and someone good enough to have been enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Russell becomes the first player to have his number retired leaguewide.

“Bill Russell’s unparalleled success on the court and pioneering civil rights activism deserve to be honored in a unique and historic way,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “Permanently retiring his No. 6 across every NBA team ensures that Bill’s transcendent career will always be recognized.”

Players who currently wear No. 6 – including the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James – may continue doing so. But the number cannot be issued again, the league said.

All NBA players will wear a patch on the right shoulder of their jerseys this season, the league said, and every NBA court will display a clover-shaped logo with the No. 6 on the sideline near the scorer’s table.

The Boston Celtics have “separate and unique recognition for him on their uniforms” planned, the NBA said.

Russell died on July 31 at the age of 88. He was the most prolific winner in NBA history, an 11-time champion during a 13-year career – winning the last two of those titles as a player-coach – and the first Black coach in any of the major U.S. pro sports to win a championship.

He marched with Martin Luther King Jr., stood with Muhammad Ali and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

And having his number retired leaguewide puts him in a very exclusive club.

Major League Baseball permanently retired No. 42 – in honor of Jackie Robinson, who broke the big league’s color barrier – with the understanding that those who were wearing that number could continue to do so. Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees was the last in the majors to wear No. 42, doing so through his final season in 2013.

The NHL, upon Wayne Gretzky’s retirement in 1999, said his No. 99 would be retired leaguewide in honor of that sport’s all-time scoring leader.

And now, Russell gets the same treatment. It also seems fitting that he and Robinson – both barrier-breakers – are linked again. Russell called Robinson a hero, once saying that “he showed me the way to be a man in professional sports.”

Robinson, clearly, held Russell in high esteem as well. Rachel Robinson, his widow, asked Russell to be a pallbearer at her husband’s funeral in 1972.

“This is a momentous honor reserved for one of the greatest champions to ever play the game,” NBPA Executive Director Tamika Tremaglio said. “Bill’s actions on and off the court throughout the course of his life helped to shape generations of players for the better and for that, we are forever grateful. We are proud to continue the celebration of his life and legacy alongside the league.”

There have been more than 250 players in NBA history to wear a No. 6 jersey, including 24 who did so in at least one game last season – most notably, James, who has alternated between 6 and 23 throughout his NBA career.

Nobody has worn No. 6 for the Celtics since Russell’s final season, 1968-69.

Russell is one of 12 players currently enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame who wore No. 6 at least some point in their careers. The others: Julius Erving, Patrick Ewing, Ben Wallace, Don Barksdale, Chuck Cooper, Larry Costello, Tom Gola, Cliff Hagan, Alex Hannum, Buddy Jeanette and Neil Johnston.

Smyly stars as Cubs beat Reds in 2nd ‘Field of Dreams’ game

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) Standing among rows of Iowa cornstalks, Nico Hoerner had Johnny Bench on his left and Billy Williams right next to him.

“Pretty incredible,” Hoerner said.

For sure. Even for a “Field of Dreams.”

Led by Drew Smyly and a 10-hit attack, the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 on Thursday night in Major League Baseball’s second “Field of Dreams” game.

Nick Madrigal had three hits and two steals for Chicago in a throwback ballpark a short walk away from the main field for the 1989 movie. Smyly (5-6) pitched five scoreless innings and Ian Happ had two hits, including an RBI double that drove in Hoerner during a fast start for the Cubs.

“The atmosphere was amazing,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “Really cool event.”

The night began with Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and his father emerging from the iconic outfield cornstalks for their own version of a memorable scene from the film, delighting the sellout crowd of 7,823.

“Hey dad, do you wanna have a catch,” Junior said.

“I’d like that,” Senior said.

The Griffeys then played catch as more parents and children joined them on the field with their own balls and gloves, followed by the Cubs and Reds, dressed in special uniforms inspired by how the franchises looked in the early 20th century.

Williams and Bench were among a group of Hall of Famers from each franchise that also joined the festivities. Bench stood behind the plate for a ceremonial first pitch from Fergie Jenkins.

“What they’ve done here is incredible. … I think every baseball player should experience this,” Reds third baseman Kyle Farmer said.

Backed by Chicago’s three-run first, Smyly improved to 3-1 with a 2.49 ERA in his last four starts. The left-hander allowed four hits and walked two while celebrating the fifth birthday for his daughter, Parker.

Rowan Wick worked the ninth for his seventh save.

“A game like this … you just feel like a kid again,” Smyly said. “You’re just out there playing baseball in the middle of Iowa.”

Cincinnati dropped its fourth straight game. Matt Reynolds hit a two-run double in the seventh, but the last-place Reds went down in order in the final two innings.

Major League Baseball returned to Dyersville – population of about 4,400 – after its first “Field of Dreams” game was a smashing success. The Chicago White Sox topped the New York Yankees 9-8 on Tim Anderson’s electric homer last year in the first MLB game in Iowa.

But the sequel lacked the drama of the original version. Chicago and Cincinnati dropped out of contention a long time ago, and the Cubs grabbed control right at the start against Nick Lodolo (3-4).

Seiya Suzuki and Happ each hit an RBI double in the first, and Hoerner had a run-scoring single. The rally started after Lodolo retired the first two batters.

“I didn’t make pitches when I needed to when I was ahead in the count,” Lodolo said.

Madrigal tacked on an RBI single for a 4-0 lead in the fourth.


The 1989 movie starred Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta and Amy Madigan. Liotta, who played the ghost of Shoeless Joe Jackson, died in May at age 67.

Costner narrated a tribute video for Liotta that was aired in the first.

“Long live Shoeless Joe and long live Ray,” Costner said.


Hall of Fame right-hander John Smoltz was on the broadcast for FOX Sports after his father, John Adam Smoltz, died earlier Thursday.

“He lived by his faith, he loved family and he would be so mad if I didn’t do this game,” the 55-year-old Smoltz said during the broadcast.


Cubs: Willson Contreras appeared to roll his left ankle when he tried to scurry back to second after rounding the bag on Patrick Wisdom’s single in the third. He was tagged out, but he was back behind the plate for the bottom half of the inning.

Reds: 2B Jonathan India (leg contusion) was replaced by Reynolds before the start of the fourth. India was hit on his lower left leg by a pitch in the first. Manager David Bell said India is day to day.


Following an off day, the three-game series resumes on Saturday in Cincinnati. Graham Ashcraft (5-2, 3.94 ERA) pitches for the Reds, and fellow right-hander Adrian Sampson (0-3, 3.83 ERA) starts for the Cubs.

Guardians top Tigers in 10 innings, extend win streak to 5

DETROIT (AP) Rookie Oscar Gonzalez knocked in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the 10th inning and the Cleveland Guardians extended their winning streak to five games, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 on Thursday.

Gonzalez’s hit off Gregory Soto (2-7) allowed the Guardians to escape after they squandered a two-run lead in the ninth. Cleveland is 9-2 in extra innings.

“We have a lot of guys in our lineup that are very good at getting guys over, getting guys in,” reliever Bryan Shaw said. “We’re not a team that’s hitting all the home runs. We get base hit after base hit. We do the little things on offense to get guys in. You put a guy on second and we’re really good at getting that guy in.”

Cleveland reliever Trevor Stephan opened the ninth by allowing a walk, a single and Jonathan Schoop’s RBI double that got Detroit within 3-2. Enyel De Los Santos (3-0) came in with one out and gave up Eric Haase’s tying fielder’s-choice grounder.

Shaw worked the 10th for his first save of the season.

The AL Central-leading Guardians increased their lead over idle Minnesota to 1 1/2 games.

Cleveland starter Zach Plesac limited Detroit to one run and four hits while striking out seven in 6 1/3 innings.

“This is real right now. We have a lot going on right now, you can tell,” Plesac said. “We have a winning streak – the guys know how to win and we’re playing together and finally hitting. Seems like everything is coming together right now.”

The Guardians’ staff has posted four quality starts during the streak.

“You have all these guys just getting better and better as they get older and more mature,” Shaw said. “With more games under their belt, they’re learning how to pitch, they’re learning how to attack guys and learning how to manage games. It’s great to watch.”

Rookie Steven Kwan hit a solo homer and Andres Gimenez scored two of Cleveland’s runs.

Javier Baez hit his team-leading 11th homer for the Tigers but also committed two errors at shortstop. Willi Castro had three hits and scored a run.

Detroit starter Garrett Hill allowed three runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings.

The Tigers have lost four straight and 10 of 12. Their batters struck out 14 times, compared to two by the Guardians.

“You’ve got to get the ball in play,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “If you watch the two teams in the games that are close, it’s just a lot more pressure when you put the ball in play. We didn’t put as much pressure on them as they put on us.”

A throwing error by Baez allowed Cleveland to score its first run during the second inning.

The Guardians got another unearned run in the fourth after an error by third baseman Willi Castro. Luke Maile drove in Gimenez with a two-out single.

Kwan hit his third homer this season to lead off the fifth. Detroit broke through on Baez’s two-out homer in the sixth.


Tigers: OF Austin Meadows (Achilles strain) had two hits and two RBIs in six at-bats while beginning a rehab assignment for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday. He’s expected to continue the rehab assignment for at least a week. … RHP Michael Pineda (right triceps tendinitis) will begin a rehab assignment at Toledo.


Guardians: RHP Peyton Battenfield will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus and RHP James Karinchak will be placed on the restricted list. Karinchak cannot travel to Toronto for this weekend’s series because he is unvaccinated.

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo and start the opener of a three-game series at the Chicago White Sox on Friday. RHP Luis Castillo was optioned to Toledo. Norris, who was traded by Detroit to Milwaukee last year, was designated for assignment by the Chicago Cubs last month. The Tigers signed him to a minor league contract on July 26.


Guardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (8-5, 3.88 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series at Toronto on Friday. Quantrill tossed six scoreless innings against Houston on Saturday while notching his fourth victory in his last six starts.

Tigers: Norris (0-4, 6.90 ERA) will start Friday’s series opener at the White Sox. He has made two starts for Toledo since being signed to a minor league contract, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He has a career 4.59 ERA in 139 games (77 starts) with Detroit.

Greinke helps Royals beat Cease, White Sox 5-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Zack Greinke worked out of trouble to hold Chicago scoreless into the seventh inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat Dylan Cease and the White Sox 5-3 on Thursday.

Greinke allowed nine hits but didn’t walk a batter, striking out five while throwing 95 pitches in 6 1/3 innings.

The White Sox loaded the bases with no outs on three straight singles in the third, but Grienke struck out Eloy Jimenez and Jose Abreu and induced Yasmani Grandal’s inning-ending grounder.

“I don’t think you’re going to see a pitcher put on a display of tough pitches in a bigger spot than what he did right there with who was coming up,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “He just found a different level. We’ve seen him do that a couple of times, but I don’t know that it was like that.

“He mixed it up, knowing how to stretch the zone, taking a little off, it was really impressive. He just looked good all day. He had a nice rhythm. It didn’t look like he was working hard today.”

Greinke downplayed his performance as usual.

“I didn’t really think about it too much,” he said of the third-inning jam. “I was just trying to make some pitches. I got lucky to get out of it.”

Vinnie Pasquantino homered and Nicky Lopez had a two-run single for the Royals, who won back-to-back four-game series for the first time since Aug. 11-18, 2014. Kansas City took three of four from visiting Boston before doing the same to Chicago.

Cease (12-5) allowed three hits and one run – on Pasquatino’s homer leading off the second – in six innings as his ERA dropped to 1.96. He has not given up more than one earned run in a game since May 24, a span of 14 starts.

Scott Barlow allowed Andrew Vaughn’s homer in the ninth but closed it out for his 18th save in 21 chances.

Pasquantino hit a 3-2 slider into the Royals’ bullpen in right field, the 10th homer Cease has allowed this season.

“I’m sure if you would ask (Cease) he would have wanted to locate that slider in a different spot,” Pasquantino said. “He missed his spot and I was able to take advantage of it.”

Lopez put the Royals ahead 3-0 in the seventh with his single against Jose Ruiz, who came on after Joe Kelly allowed two baserunners.

Grandal hit a two-run homer in the eighth against Jose Cuas to get the White Sox within 4-2. Michael A. Taylor had an RBI single for the Royals in the bottom half.


Chicago OF A.J. Pollock was held out of the lineup again Thursday after fouling a ball off his foot Tuesday. Manager Tony La Russa said Pollock was available if necessary, but he would prefer to wait until Friday when the White Sox host Detroit. … RHP Kelly left with lightheadedness.


White Sox: Open a weekend series against visiting Detroit on Friday, with RHP Michael Kopech (4-8, 1.98 ERA) facing Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (0-4, 6.90).

Royals: Welcome the major league-best Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series starting Friday. The Dodgers will start RHP Tony Gonsolin (13-1, 2.30), while the Royals will hand the ball to LHP Daniel Lynch (4-7, 4.79).

Valdez throws 7 scoreless, AL-best Astros beat Rangers 7-3

HOUSTON (AP) After moving one-half game ahead of the slumping New York Yankees for the AL’s best record with a win over the Texas Rangers, the Houston Astros were already looking ahead to their next challenge.

They are determined to play better against the visiting Athletics this weekend after the AL West bottom-dwellers swept them in Oakland late last month.

“There’s a lot of baseball left and we’ve got to keep working,” catcher Martin Maldonado said. “We’ve got a new series coming up and we’ve got to take that series more seriously after we got swept by them last time. We’ve got … to have that winning mentality, especially in those three games.”

Framber Valdez threw seven shutout innings, Maldonado and Alex Bregman homered with three RBIs each, and the Astros beat the Rangers 7-3 on Thursday in manager Dusty Baker’s return after he missed five games with COVID-19.

Valdez (11-4) allowed four singles and struck out eight to get his third straight win as the Astros improved to 72-41.

“It was outstanding to be back,” Baker said. “Especially when you come back with the win and come back with Framber throwing the game that he threw.”

Houston roughed up rookie Cole Ragans (0-1) for five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

“He didn’t have his best command and his best stuff today,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “But I will say he battled through the game.”

Jeremy Pena and Jake Meyers hit consecutive singles with one out in the second inning before Maldonado’s soaring shot made it 3-0.

Yuli Gurriel singled to start Houston’s fifth, and Bregman’s one-out home run clanged off the wall in left field, extending the lead to 5-0 and chasing the 24-year-old Ragans, who made his second major league start.

Ezequiel Duran singled with no outs in the third before Valdez hit Bubba Thompson with a pitch. A single by Adolis Garcia with two outs loaded the bases, but Valdez retired Jonah Heim to escape the jam.

Heim was the first of 11 straight batters Valdez sat down before Leody Taveras singled with one out in the seventh. Charlie Culberson sent Taveras to third with a single, but Valdez struck out Duran and Thompson to end the inning and his day.

“He pitched an outstanding game,” Baker said. ” He’s very serious about his work and was very composed.”

Thursday was Valdez’s 19th straight quality start, which is the longest streak in the majors this season and ranks second in franchise history. He has thrown a career-high 142 innings this season, which leads the AL.

Bregman helped the Astros pad the lead with an RBI single in the seventh inning and Aledmys Diaz extended it to 7-0 with a sacrifice fly.

Gurriel, who entered the game in an 0-for-12 slump, matched a season high with three hits.

Nathaniel Lowe and Taveras both hit RBI singles in the eighth inning to cut the lead to 7-2. Marcus Semien homered with two outs in the ninth.


Rangers: RHP Joe Barlow (right index finger blister) is scheduled to make one more rehabilitation appearance before the team decides if he’s ready to return.

Astros: LHP Blake Taylor (elbow inflammation) was set to begin a rehabilitation assignment at Houston’s spring training complex in Florida.


Rangers: Texas has yet to name its starter for Friday night’s opener of a three-game series against visiting Seattle.

Astros: Luis Garcia (8-8, 3.93 ERA) will start for Houston Friday night in the series opener against Oakland. Adam Oller (1-5, 7.63) is scheduled to start for the A’s.

Rodgers, McMahon go deep, Rockies top Goldschmidt, Cards 8-6

DENVER (AP) Brendan Rodgers and Ryan McMahon hit back-to-back home runs in a six-run seventh inning, and the Colorado Rockies held off the St. Louis Cardinals 8-6 on Thursday to secure their first series win since the All-Star break.

The Rockies overcame three more hits from Paul Goldschmidt, including his 27th home run, to improve to 7-14 since July 22.

Former Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado hit his 24th home run to extend his hitting streak to nine games, but struck out looking with two on in the ninth to end it for the Cardinals. They lost for the second time in three tries since winning seven straight.

Jordan Hicks (3-6) walked two with one out in the seventh and was relieved by Genesis Cabrera. Charlie Blackmon pulled a grounder through the right side to snap a 2-all tie and Jose Iglesias followed with an RBI single up the middle.

Rodgers then belted a first-pitch changeup an estimated 407 feet. The three-run homer made him 10 for 19 over his past four games.

“He kind of pulled a changeup and it cut on him a little,” Rodgers said. “It’s a big homer against a really good team. A good series win.”

McMahon’s solo shot to right ended the day for Cabrera, who threw just 13 pitches.

“Tough outing. Obviously goes in and can’t record an out,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “Just overall not like him.”

Goldschmidt, who improved his NL-leading batting average to .332, hit a two-run homer and Arenado followed with a solo shot in the eighth off Alex Colome. The Cardinals, who also got a solo home run from Nolan Gorman, saw their lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central sliced to a half-game ahead of their three-game series in St. Louis starting Friday.

Brian Serven added a two-run double and Lucas Gilbreath (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for Colorado. Daniel Bard loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but got Goldschmidt to ground into an RBI forceout before getting Arenado with a slider on his 30th pitch for his 24th save in 26 chances.

Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson allowed four hits and four walks in five innings, while Rockies right-hander German Marquez worked around eight hits and struck out six. He got out of a jam in his sixth and final inning when he fanned Paul DeJong and Tyler O’Neil with runners on second and third.

“My slider was very good today,” Marquez said.


Rockies OF Kris Bryant remained in a walking boot Thursday with left plantar fasciitis. That and earlier back trouble have limited Bryant to 42 games after he signed a $182 million, seven-year free-agent deal in March.

Bryant said he’s not had a discussion about shutting it down for the season, but has ruled out a cortisone shot to get back sooner because it only masks the problem.

“It’s something I didn’t want to risk because I don’t want to walk flat-footed the rest of my life,” Bryant said.

After not selling at the trade deadline, manager Bud Black believes the Rockies can contend for a playoff spot in 2023 with a healthy Bryant and other players staying healthy and meeting expectations.

“I think we’d have a really good team that could play with anybody,” Black said.


Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) allowed four runs – three earned – in one inning while throwing 35 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Memphis. One of his four hits allowed was a home run. He struck out two.

Rockies: CF Yonathan Daza made a running catch of Arenado’s fly to right center in the first, then tumbled to the ground on his left shoulder. The right-handed Daza said he popped his shoulder back into place before being assisted off the field through the Rockies’ bullpen. “It happened before in Double-A,” said Daza, who hopes to avoid the injured list. … Black said an MRI on C Elias Diaz’s left hand showed ligament issues a day after he was injured on a swing. He could face IL time.


After homering and collecting four hits Wednesday while playing first base, St. Louis’ Albert Pujols had the day off in his last appearance at Coors Field. Pujols began his major league career in Denver on April 2, 2001, going 1 for 3.

The retiring Pujols’ next game will be his 3,035th and move him past Ty Cobb for fifth in major league history.

A day after tripling twice, Lars Nootbaar led off with a double in his first game atop the Cardinals’ order. Tyler O’Neill, who struck out four times, started in center field ahead of struggling Dylan Carlson.


Cardinals: LHP Jordan Montgomery (4-3, 3.53 ERA) starts Friday night against Milwaukee LHP Eric Lauer (8-3, 3.59).

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (3-6, 4.68) starts Friday night at Coors Field against Arizona RHP Zach Davies (2-4, 4.03) as Colorado seeks consecutive wins for the first time since July 15-16.

Trevor Bauer’s accuser files countersuit to defamation claim

LOS ANGELES (AP) A San Diego woman who alleges Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer sexually abused her has filed a countersuit to his defamation claim, alleging the baseball star beat her and left her bruised, according to a court filing.

Bauer has denied abusing the woman he met through social media. He sued her for defamation in April, claiming she lied about details involving their sexual encounters in order to destroy his reputation and career while enriching herself.

Major League Baseball has suspended Bauer for two years, a ruling made after Bauer sued the woman. Bauer has said he engaged in consensual rough sex with the woman but did nothing to warrant a suspension.

The woman’s battery claim filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles alleges again that Bauer punched and choked her on two occasions during sex in 2021. The Associated Press generally does not name people who claim to be victims of sexual assault.

Bauer’s attorneys released a statement Thursday pointing to a judge’s decision last year denying the woman a restraining order. The judge said she had been “materially misleading” in part of her request.

“She `materially misled’ the court and could not meet the lowest burden of proof in our justice system – because her claims were false,” attorneys Shawn Holley and Jon Fetterolf said. “She is being sued for defamation to be held accountable for her lies and the damage it has caused. Her countersuit is a regurgitation of her judicially disproven claims and yet another attempt … to defame Mr. Bauer and seek to profit from her lies.”

The woman’s lawsuit says her life has been “turned into a nightmare by a powerful man who mercilessly battered her and counted on facing no consequences whatsoever for his despicable conduct.” After one encounter, the woman ended up with two black eyes, according to the filing.

The lawsuit demands a jury trial and unspecified damages.

In her response to Bauer’s defamation suit, the woman denied allegations by his lawyers that she made a “false, misleading or defamatory police report” and denied she had altered or filtered photographs in requesting a restraining order in June of 2021.

The woman denied she had a plan to destroy Bauer’s reputation or career, or exploit him for money, although she admits “she was angry at Plaintiff because he had sexually assaulted her.”

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge declined to grant the restraining order. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office declined to file criminal charges against Bauer.

Bauer is also suing two media outlets for defamation over their coverage of the allegations.

Bauer is appealing his suspension by MLB. There is no timetable for a ruling.

Cabrera, Marlins end Phillies’ 7-game streak with 3-0 win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Edward Cabrera pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Tanner Scott worked in and out of trouble in the ninth, and the Miami Marlins ended the Philadelphia Phillies’ seven-game winning streak with a 3-0 victory on Thursday.

Scott struck out pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto with two men on to end the eighth. In the ninth, he loaded the bases on two singles and a walk, but he struck out Edmundo Sosa and Matt Vierling and got Brandon Marsh to weakly ground out, earning his 16th save in a 39-pitch outing.

Cabrera (3-1) struck out six and walked two in 5 2/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a seven-hitter.

The Phillies were coming off arguably their best win of the season, when they rallied with three runs in the eighth inning against NL ERA leader Sandy Alcantara to beat the Marlins 4-3. NL home run leader Kyle Schwarber had three hits and drove in two runs in Wednesday night’s game.

Schwarber was pulled Thursday for a pinch-runner after he walked with two outs in the fifth. The team said after the game he had a mild right calf strain. Brandon Marsh was immediately caught stealing at second by catcher Nick Fortes.

The Phillies, who hold the second NL wild-card spot, finished their homestand 6-1 and are 12-2 in their last 14 games as they prepare for a weekend series at the NL East-leading New York Mets.

Mets announcer Keith Hernandez, who won 11 Gold Gloves in his playing career, said he would not call the weekend series because, “I hate doing Phillie games.” Hernandez added of the Phillies this week on a TV broadcast, “as far as fundamentally and defensively, the Phillies have always been, just, you know, not up to it.”

Hernandez might have had a point, especially if he watched the second inning Thursday.

First baseman Rhys Hoskins failed to scoop a routine grounder for an error that let Lewin Diaz reach. Two batters later, second baseman Jean Segura lost Luke Williams’ routine popup in the sun and the ball dropped on the infield grass for a single. Joey Wendle, a star collegiate player at nearby West Chester, ripped an RBI single to left for a 1-0 lead — and an unearned run charged to starter Kyle Gibson.

Gibson (7-5) escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first, then watched the Phillies fail to get a clutch hit for him. The Phillies left two runners stranded in the first and second innings.

In the sixth, Gibson retired the first two batters but then gave up two straight hits and threw a run-scoring wild pitch. Diaz then hit an RBI double to make it 3-0.


The Phillies announced a crowd of 25,444 for the afternoon game a day after franchise great and 2007 NL MVP Jimmy Rollins tweeted there were too many “empty seats” at Citizens Bank Park. “Where are the sellouts that get the bank rocking and make Philadelphia the best sports town in the world?!!!” he wrote.

Rollins remembers the heyday when the Phillies set an NL-record sellout streak of 257 straight games from 2009 to 2012. But the Phillies haven’t made the playoffs since 2011 – now the longest drought in the NL – played bad baseball for most of the last decade, and must compete against soaring ticket and concession prices.

The Phillies entered 15th in MLB in attendance with 28,703 fans per game.


The Marlins return home Friday for a four-game series against Atlanta. They send RHP Pablo Lopez (7-7, 3.57 ERA) to the mound against Braves RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-4, 3.76).

It’s off to New York, where LHP Ranger Suarez (8-5, 3.68) gets the start Friday against Mets RHP Max Scherzer (8-2, 1.98). The Mets are 9-2 against the Phillies this season, with all games played from April 11 to May 29. The Phillies are 40-20 since June 3, when Rob Thomson took over as the interim manager for the fired Joe Girardi.


Padlo Homers in Indianapolis Debut, Indians Split Doubleheader

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Indianapolis Indians split a doubleheader with the Memphis Redbirds on Thursday night at AutoZone Park, taking Game 1, 8-7, and falling in the nightcap, 7-0.

After a 20-minute delay ahead of the opener, the Indians (52-54) wasted no time jumping on major league rehabber Jack Flaherty (L, 0-2) with a three-run home run down the left field line from third baseman Kevin Padlo, who was making his Indians debut after being claimed off waivers by the Pirates from Seattle on Sunday. The 26-year-old Padlo finished a triple shy of the cycle in his first game with Indianapolis, going 3-3 with two runs scored and four runs driven in.

The Indians added one run in both the second and third before pouring on three more runs in the top of the fourth in support of right-hander Roansy Contreras (W, 1-1). Contreras, in his fourth start back with Indianapolis after being optioned in early July, threw 5.0 innings and struck out six while walking just one Redbird hitter.

Trailing 8-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning in the first game, the Redbirds plated two in the fifth and struck for four runs in the seventh and final inning before pinch hitter Alec Burleson lined out to center fielder Jack Suwinski with the tying run at third base to end the game against Indians reliever Eric Hanhold (S, 6).

The Indians and Redbirds combined for 27 hits in the high-scoring affair, with Indianapolis supplying 14 of them. Seven of the nine Indians hitters reached base multiple times in Game 1, including center fielder Jack Suwinski reaching three times, and Padlo and catcher Jamie Ritchie reaching four times.

In Game 2, it was Memphis (57-50) that struck first for a pair of first-inning runs against Indians starter Osvaldo Bido (L, 1-7) when first baseman Luken Baker ripped a two-run double to the opposite field. An RBI double for right fielder Clint Coulter extended Memphis’ lead to 3-0 in the third, and after two more crossed in the fifth, designated hitter Moises Gomez and Burleson hit back-to-back home runs to finish the scoring in the sixth.

Redbirds’ left-hander Connor Thomas (W, 6-5) didn’t need much run support, throwing a 7.0-inning complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts and just one walk. It was just the fourth complete-game shutout in the International League this season.

The Indians and Redbirds move into the back half of their six-game series on Friday night at 8:05 PM ET at AutoZone Park. RHP Johan Oviedo (4-2, 5.47) will make his first start for the Indians against his former team after he was traded from the Cardinals to the Pirates at last week’s trade deadline. Memphis has yet to announce a starting pitcher.

IU Athletics Announces New Partnership With Molson Coors Beginning With 2022-23 Season

Bloomington, Indiana – IU Athletics announced a new partnership with Molson Coors Beverage Company today that will make Coors Light the exclusive domestic beer sponsor of IU Athletics beginning with the 2022-23 season.

The multi-year sponsorship agreement was secured by IU Athletics multimedia rightsholder LEARFIELD.

As part of the agreement, Molson Coors Beverage Company will be able to utilize IU’s script mark in its promotion, and it will be a visible part of the gameday experience at various IU athletics venues, including Memorial Stadium. The Rooftop at the Rock presented by Indiana Kitchen, located in the south end zone of Memorial Stadium, will include a Molson Coors branded beer garden. In addition to those facility-related items, IU Athletics’ new partner will also have increased visibility on IU Athletics’ official social and digital platforms, and on the IU Radio Network.

Molson Coors has also established a $10,000 annual grant earmarked to support Indiana University and Bloomington community campaigns and initiatives centered on responsible drinking.

“Improving the gameday experience for Hoosier fans has been a high priority for our department, and we are excited to team with a great sponsor with a proven track record of working with other schools,” said IU Vice President and Director of Athletics Scott Dolson. “We are also excited that Molson Coors shares our commitment to encouraging people to drink and behave responsibly before, during and after our events.”

“At Molson Coors, we are all about people making great memories and getting the most out of every moment, whether that’s supporting your local sports team or relaxing with friends and family. We want to be part of responsible refreshment moments, because we believe that we’re successful when our products are enjoyed the right way,” said Tami Garrison, Community Affairs Manager, Molson Coors.

How to Watch IUMS this Fall

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana men’s soccer will have at least four televised matches during its fall 2022 season, the Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday (Aug. 10). Additionally, all non-televised home matches will be streamed on the Big Ten Plus digital platform.

IU’s four televised matches will appear on the Big Ten Network and will include the matches versus Northwestern (Sep. 27), at Michigan (Oct. 2), versus Penn State (Oct. 14) and at Wisconsin (Oct. 18). The kickoff times for those matches have been updated to allow for TV scheduling, and the time changes are reflected on the IU men’s soccer schedule. 

Each round of the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament will also be featured on the Big Ten Network.

Indiana men’s soccer is coming off a 15-6-1 record in 2021, resulting in the program’s 46th overall and 35th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. IU was the No. 15 national seed in the tournament, making it the only program to earn a top-16 seed in each of the last eight seasons. IU returned to the round of 16 for the seventh straight season, where its campaign ended from a 3-2, golden goal result against No. 2 Washington.

Sekne to Represent Norway at World Amateur Team Championships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – All-America candidate Herman Sekne has been chosen to represent Norway at the 2022 World Amateur Team Championship, announced recently by the Norwegian Golf Federation.

The World Amateur Team Championships are a biennial international amateur golf competition conducted by the International Golf Federation which comprises 151 national governing bodies of golf in 146 countries and 22 international professional tours and organizations conducting major championships.

The IGF is recognized by the International Olympic Committee as the international federation for golf. In addition to the World Amateur Team Championships, the IGF also organizes the golf competitions at the Olympic Games and the Youth Olympic Games.

The competition for the Eisenhower Trophy will begin on Aug. 31, near Paris. Sekne will be one of three Norwegians competing at Le Golf National (Albatros Course) and Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Breteche (Red Course), as the event features the world’s leading amateurs playing more than 72 holes of stroke play.

Le Golf National was the site of the 2018 Ryder Cup and will also play host to the Olympic Games Paris 2024 while Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Brèteche hosted the prestigious Trophée Lancôme for 34 years.

Sekne becomes the second Purdue golfer to play in the event, after Jarle Volden competed in 2018, also for Team Norway.

Sekne, a junior from Oslo, has one of the top-statistical seasons in Purdue history, ranking second (behind Williamson) in stroke average (71.17) and his nine rounds in the 60s were the fourth most in school history. He won back-to-back events at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate and Purdue Fall Invitational and was selected as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week four times – the second most honors in Big Ten history. Sekne had three tournaments this year of 205 or lower, the most in school history, and had five top-10 finishes in 10 events.

For his career, he ranks first in stroke average (72.25) by over half-a-stroke in front of Eoff (72.82). Sekne was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Sekne finished the 2022 season ranked 64th nationally by Golfstat and is currently ranked No. 145 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

Purdue Invite Highlights Swim-Dive’s Home Schedules

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The three-day Purdue Invitational and three more home meets with a spotlight on the state of Indiana headline Purdue swimming & diving’s 2022-23 schedules.

The Boilermakers have five home meets on their schedules, with the potential to add a couple more for the men. The annual rivalry dual with Indiana is set for Saturday, Jan. 21 and doubles as Senior Day at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center again.

Meanwhile, the three-day, six-session Purdue Invitational (Nov. 16-18) moves to a full weekday schedule this year. It will be contested from Wednesday to Friday due in part to a home football game on Saturday, Nov. 19.

The Boilermakers are set to host the midseason showcase for the 10th time as a co-ed meet since the Burke Aquatic Center opened in August 2001. The Purdue Invite was also held in November of 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021. It debuted as a men’s only meet in November 2003. Louisville, Northwestern, Missouri State, Cal Baptist, Navy, Illinois State, Indiana State and Marshall are expected to have student-athletes in attendance. The Purdue men won the meet last season.

The Boilermakers are set to host the Purdue Invite in consecutive years for the first time ever.

The weekend of Oct. 21 to 22 is slated to be a busy one at the Burke Aquatic Center as the Boilermakers host UIndy for a co-ed dual Friday evening and the annual Indiana Intercollegiates at noon the following day. Featuring numerous schools of all sizes from around the state, the Indiana Intercollegiates is always the largest single-day meet of the home season.

Michigan is set to host both the men’s and women’s Big Ten Championships in February. It will mark the first time the same school has hosted both conference championships since Iowa in 2012. Michigan’s Canham Natatorium has not hosted either meet since the women’s championships in 2016. The Purdue women are in line to host again in February 2024, for the first time since 2017.

The Purdue men will go to Ann Arbor the first Friday of November for a Big Ten dual that will also feature the U-M women racing against Eastern Michigan and Ohio.

The Boilermakers open their seasons with their first trip to Columbia, Missouri. It’s a co-ed, two-day dual vs. Missouri the weekend of Oct. 14 to 15.

Other two-day meets on the schedule include a women’s dual at Rutgers (Oct. 28-29), the annual Big Ten Triple Duals/Big Ten Quad (Jan. 27-28), and an expanded edition of the women’s Boiler-Make-It NCAA last chance meet (Feb. 25-26). Northwestern is hosting the dual finales in January this year, with Iowa also in the mix to make it a quad meet on the women’s side. Purdue is in line to host Minnesota and Northwestern for the two-day meet next season.

A new edition to the schedule for the Boilermakers is the CSCAA’s National Invitational Championships in March. The three-day showcase is slated to be held in-state at the Beacon Health Aquatic Center in Elkhart.


• Home Meets: 5 (4 Co-Ed)

• Season Opening 2-Day Dual: at Missouri (Oct. 14-15)

• Senior Day: Annual Saturday dual vs. Indiana (Jan. 21)

• Purdue Invitational Moves to Weekday Format: Boilermakers host the 3-day, 6-session meet (Nov. 16-18)

• Big Ten Triple Duals & Quad: Northwestern hosts Purdue, Minnesota & Iowa Women (Jan. 27-28 in Evanston)

• More Big Ten Duals: Women at Rutgers (Oct. 28-29), Men at Michigan (Nov. 4), Women at Illinois (Jan. 7)

• Indiana Intercollegiates: Boilermakers host schools from around the state for large Saturday meet (Oct. 22)


• Big Ten Championships: Michigan hosts both Women (Feb. 15-18) & Men (Feb. 22-25)

• Zone C Diving Championships: Location TBA (March 6-8 dates still pending)

• CSCAA National Invitational Championships: Beacon Health Aquatic Center in Elkhart, Indiana (March 9-11)

• NCAA Championships: Tennessee hosts Women (March 15-18), Minnesota hosts Men (March 22-25)


• USA Swimming’s Toyota U.S. Open: Selected Men race in Greensboro, N.C. (Nov. 30-Dec. 3)

• USA Diving Winter Nationals: Annual December showcase in Morgantown, W. Va. (Dec. 11-18)

• CSCAA Open Water Nationals: Selected Women race outdoors in South Florida (Dec. 18)


• Co-Ed: Purdue, Louisville, Northwestern, Missouri State, Cal Baptist

• Men: Navy

• Women: Illinois State, Indiana State, Marshall


• Oct. 21: University of Indianapolis

• Oct. 22: Indiana Intercollegiates

• Nov. 16-18: Purdue Invitational

• Jan. 21: Senior Day vs. Indiana

• Feb. 25-26: Women’s Boiler-Make-It NCAA Last Chance

Soderstrom and Diagne Earn BIG EAST Preseason Honors; Butler WSoccer Selected Third

The Butler women’s soccer team was tabbed to finish third in the 2021 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll, as announced by the conference office on Thursday, August 11. Fifth-year forward Katie Soderstrom was selected as the 2022 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous pick for the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Also representing the Bulldogs on the team is redshirt-junior Aliyah Diagne.

The major awards and Preseason All-BIG EAST Team were voted on by the conference head coaches who could not cast ballots for their own team or their own student-athletes.

Georgetown garnered 8 of 11 first-place votes, finishing with 98 points. Xavier came in second, with 91 points and two first-place votes, while Butler was third, with 83 points and the remaining first-place vote. Providence (69) landed in the fourth position, while St. John’s (59) rounded out the top five.

Soderstrom, from Carmel, Ind., is a three-time All-BIG EAST First Team honoree (2021, 2020-21, and 2019). She combined 12 goals last season with eight assists, finishing second in the BIG EAST in points (32), goals (12), and shots (73), and tied for fourth in assists (8). The midfielder/forward currently sits fourth in career assists (24) and sixth in career goals (28), on Butler’s all-time lists.

Diagne, from Neunkirchen, Germany, started 19 matches for the Bulldogs in 2021, primarily in an outside defensive back position. In addition to her role in the back line, she pressed forward and tallied 10 shots on the season. On September 23rd, she scored the game-winning goal in the 90th minute against Marquette from a set piece.

Soderstrom was one of only three student-athletes to be unanimous selections to the preseason team. The conference-favorite Hoyas had three student-athletes placed on the preseason list, while Xavier joined Butler with two each. UConn, Creighton, Providence, and St. John’s had one each.

The BIG EAST saw an impressive five teams receive NCAA Tournament berths in 2021, the most for the conference since 2010. Georgetown was joined by Xavier, Butler, Providence, and St. John’s in the field for the fourth-most bids by any Division I conference last fall. In national rankings this season, Georgetown was picked 19th in the United Soccer Coaches NCAA DI Preseason Poll, while Xavier was tabbed in the 24th spot.

In addition to school-provided non-conference coverage, all regular-season BIG EAST matches not selected for national television will stream live on the BIG EAST Digital Network presented by SoFi, available on FloSports. The Conference recently announced a three-year agreement with the streaming platform.


BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll

(First-place votes)

1.       Georgetown          98 (8)

2.       Xavier                     91 (2)

3.       Butler                     83 (1)

4.       Providence            69

5.       St. John’s               59

6.       Connecticut           57

7.       Creighton               43

8.       Marquette             42

9.       DePaul                    31

10.     Villanova                22

11.     Seton Hall              10

BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year

Katie Soderstrom, Butler, R-Sr., F

BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

Julia Leas, Georgetown, Sr., M               

BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year

Allie Augur, Georgetown, Sr., GK

Preseason All-BIG EAST Team

Aliyah Diagne, Butler, R-Jr., D

*Katie Soderstrom, Butler, R-Sr., F

Jaydah Bedoya, Connecticut, Jr., F

*Aida Kardovic, Creighton, Sr., M

Allie Augur, Georgetown, Sr., GK

*Julia Leas, Georgetown, Sr., M

Gia Vicari, Georgetown, Jr., F

Meg Hughes, Providence, Jr., F

Jessica Garziano, St. John’s, Sr., M

Molly McLaughlin, Xavier, Grad., M

Ella Rogers, Xavier, So., M

*unanimous selection

Taylor’s 20 Gives Butler MBB Another Win to Close European Tour

Butler closed the final game of its European Tour with a 24-13 fourth quarter to take an 81-66 win over a team comprised of professional players from leagues in Greece and Spain. The result gives the Bulldogs a 4-0 mark on the tour.

The game was played Thursday afternoon at the Eurohoops Dome in Athens, Greece.

Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs with 20 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter. After leading by as many as 15 earlier in the game, Butler saw its lead dwindle to only one (60-59) for a second time in the final quarter with 6:36 remaining. The Bulldogs responded with the next 12 points, including eight straight from Taylor, to re-claim control of the contest at 72-59. The 12-0 run took less than three minutes.

Chuck Harris, behind a perfect 4-for-4 performance from three-point range, had 16 points. Myles Tate added 13 points and six assists.

Butler out-rebounded the pro team by a margin of 39-24, but struggled to overcome 23 turnovers.

Twenty-nine of the Greek Team’s 66 points came from Stathis Papdionisiou (15) and Petros Mellisaratos (14).

The Bulldogs beat the same team by a score of 86-76 Tuesday. Butler opened the trip with a pair of commanding wins in Rome against several members of the Stellazzurra Basketball Team, who were joined by additional professional players from the area.

The game was played under FIBA rules, which included four 10-minute quarters. Simas Lukosius and Ali Ali missed all four games of the tour due to injury. Neither injury is expected to impact their preseason work once the team returns to Indianapolis. Jalen Thomas started the game for Butler, but did not play in the second half after aggravating a muscle strain from earlier in the trip.

Butler spent Thursday morning touring the Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Panatheniac Stadium. The team will enjoy a farewell dinner this evening before traveling back to Indianapolis Friday.


GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference released its Preseason All-ACC selections for women’s soccer, along with the head coaches’ predicted order of finish. Super sophomore Korbin Albert made the 12-person Preseason All-ACC list, while Notre Dame was picked to finish sixth. Last season, Albert was an ACC All-Freshmen Team honoree, while also picking up Third Team accolades as well.

Albert finished with the second most goals on the team with 12, which ranked fourth in the ACC. Nationally, amongst Division I freshmen, Albert’s 12 goals ranked second, just one goal behind Radford’s Kat Parris. Albert finished the season strong, scoring eight goals over the final 11 games, including four in the last four.

Albert will miss the first few weeks with the Irish but for good reason. She is currently in Costa Rica vying for the U20 World Cup title with Team USA.

Aug 11 – 1pm EST vs. Ghana

Aug 14 – 7pm vs. Netherlands

Aug 17 – 7pm vs. Japan

2022 ACC Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll

1. Duke (3), 156

2. Virginia (4), 153

3. North Carolina (4), 150

4. Florida State (3), 143

5. Clemson, 115

6. Notre Dame, 108

T7. NC State, 90

T7. Wake Forest, 90

9. Virginia Tech, 79

10. Pitt, 66

11. Louisville, 47

12. Boston College, 36

13. Miami, 21

14. Syracuse, 20

2022 Women’s Soccer Preseason All-ACC Team

Megan Bornkamp, Jr., D, Clemson

Michelle Cooper, So., F, Duke

Sophie Jones, Sr., M, Duke

Jenna Nighswonger, Sr., M, Florida State

Clara Robbins, Gr., M, Florida State

Cristina Roque, Jr., GK, Florida State

Maycee Bell, Sr., D, North Carolina

Sam Meza, Jr., M, North Carolina

Jameese Joseph, Jr., F, NC State

Korbin Albert, So., M, Notre Dame

Lia Godfrey, Jr., M, Virginia

Alexa Spaanstra, Gr., F, Virginia

*Note: one additional honoree because of a tie in the voting

Free Soccer Saturday When The UE Women Host Saint Louis At 1 PM

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville women’s soccer team will play its lone exhibition match of the 2022 season on Saturday when the Purple Aces host preseason Atlantic 10 Conference power Saint Louis University at Arad McCutchan Stadium.  Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. and the match is free and open to the public.

Evansville is coming off of a strong 2021 campaign, as the Purple Aces posted a 7-5-7 record and advanced to the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament final.  UE returns 21 players from a year ago, led by first team all-MVC forward Emily Ormson (Folsom, Calif./Vista del Lago | team-best seven goals in ’21) and honorable mention all-Valley defenders Emilie Hill (Indianapolis, Ind./Franklin Community) and Rachel Rosborough (Mt. Brydges, Ontario/Strathroy District CI).  UE also welcomes a talented group of ten new faces, including Evansville natives Ryleigh Anslinger (Memorial HS/Indiana University) and Kaylee Woosley (North HS).

Saint Louis is coming off of a 13-9-1 2021 campaign which saw the Billikens win its fourth-straight A-10 Tournament title and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  SLU returns 22 players from a year ago, including fifth-year senior midfielder Hannah Friedrich, who ranks second all-time in Saint Louis history in scoring.  Sixth-year defender Brionna Halverson anchors the SLU defense after earning third-team All-Region honors a year ago.

Saturday’s exhibition match will be UE’s lone friendly prior to the start of 2022 season.  UE will open the regular-season at home on Thursday, August 18 against Southeastern Conference power Vanderbilt.  Overall, Evansville will play nine regular-season matches at home this year, and season tickets are currently available for just $45.  A combined UE women’s and men’s soccer season pass is also available for $70, which includes access to 18 regular-season home matches.

USI Women’s Soccer projected 8th in OVC

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer is projected to place eighth in the Ohio Valley Conference in a vote submitted by the league’s head coaches and communication directors. USI heads into its first season as an OVC member and NCAA Division I program.

The nine-team OVC will feature a schedule with each team playing each other once for an eight-match conference schedule. The conference’s 25th season concludes with the OVC Soccer Championship Tournament taking place at campus sites on October 28, 30 and November 4, 6.

SIU Edwardsville topped the OVC preseason poll with 123 points and 11 first-place votes. UT Martin was picked second with 119 points and seven first-place votes.

Tennessee Tech picked up 96 points for a third-place predicted finish. Little Rock, one of three new members in the OVC this season, is picked to finish fourth with 72 points while Southeast Missouri earned 71 points for fifth place. Morehead State (58), Eastern Illinois (51), Southern Indiana (42) and Lindenwood (16) round out the poll.

As part of the OVC’s preseason announcement, senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) represented USI on the 2022 OVC Soccer Preseason Players to Watch List. Coming off a strong 2021 season in net, Etienne recorded 54 saves and a 0.81 goals against average in 16 matches played last season. She also set the USI career record with 29 shutouts after recording eight in 2021.

The 2022 USI squad features 34 players – 19 returning players and 15 newcomers, beginning its seventh season under Head Coach Eric Schoenstein, who has a 65-36-14 record leading the last six seasons. USI was a Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament Finalist in the 2021 season.

Three of USI’s top goal-scorers from a season ago return in 2022 for the Screaming Eagles. Senior midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois), junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio), and junior forward Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio) lead an experienced front for USI. DiTusa led the team with six goals, while Schone scored five goals and Beyer found the back of the net four times in 2021. Schone was an All-GLVC selection last season.

USI plays one final preseason tune-up match at Murray State on Saturday before opening the 2022 regular season on the road at North Dakota August 18. The Screaming Eagles will host their home-opener at Strassweg Field August 25. The first OVC contest of 2022 is September 18 when the Screaming Eagles travel to Morehead State.

2022 OVC Soccer Predicted Order of Finish

(as voted on by the league’s head coaches and communication directors)

1. SIUE (11 first-place votes) – 123

2. UT Martin (7 first-place votes) – 119

3. Tennessee Tech – 96

4. Little Rock – 72

5. Southeast Missouri – 71

6. Morehead State – 58

7. Eastern Illinois – 51

8. Southern Indiana – 42

9. Lindenwood – 16

2022 OVC Soccer Preseason Players to Watch

Amanda DaSilva, Eastern Illinois

Sam Blazek, Lindenwood

Natalee Geren, Little Rock

Michelle Jerantowski, Morehead State

Elizabeth Rater, Southeast Missouri

Lily Schneiders, SIUE

Maya Etienne, Southern Indiana

Chloe Smith, Tennessee Tech

Maria Castaldo, UT Martin

Sander, Sim Join Valpo Men’s Golf Program

Valparaiso University head men’s golf coach David Gring has announced the additions of Owen Sander (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) and Padraic Sim (Spanish Fort, Ala. / Spanish Fort [Oregon / Washington]) to his program for the 2022-2023 season.

Sander joins the team as a true freshman, while Sim has transferred to Valpo from the University of Oregon.

Sander, who plans to pursue a degree in engineering, qualified for the 2022 Indiana High School state finals as an individual after serving as a co-captain at Carmel during his senior season. He earned all-county honors in 2021 and 2022 while also achieving 2022 academic all-conference, receiving 2021 all-conference, helping his team finish third in the state finals in 2021 and playing for the state championship winning team in 2019.

“Owen loves to compete in tournaments and he’s a terrific competitor,” Gring said. “He comes to us with a lot of tournament experience, playing an excellent schedule in both high school and during his summer months. His family has always provided a wonderful support system for him, so he brings a lot of confidence, desire and an awesome attitude to our team. He was well respected with his high school teammates and opponents, and he was a tremendous leader on that team. He’s going to fit in very well with the culture of our team.”

Sander’s other golf feats include a 2022 age group championship, finishing as the medalist at the 2022 Indiana boys state junior qualifier and winning the 2021 Golfweek Junior Tour Purdue Kampen Tournament. He was a six-time member of Team Indianapolis in the annual Yestingsmeier Cup (Ryder Cup Format), serving as a captain and going 3-0-0 in the 2021 victory over Team Evansville. In addition, Sander finished as the runner-up in the 2020 Golfweek Junior Tour Rock Hollow Tournament, the runner-up at the 2020 Indiana Age Group Championship and won the 2013 Indianapolis Junior Golf Age Group Championship.

The three-year varsity letterwinner on the course also played one year of high school soccer in addition to club soccer and baseball. His academic honors include Carmel’s scholar-athlete award, selection to the school’s leadership conference and academic all-conference honors.

In his spare time, Sander is an avid fisherman who enjoys camping. He volunteered with the Woodland Christmas Club in the Good Samaritan Network, coordinating, shopping for and delivering holiday meals for children.

“Owen has an exceptional short game, with a terrific knack to get up and down from all around the green,” Gring said. “His iron game is very sharp and he demonstrates a lot of consistency in hitting both fairways and greens. He’s a disciplined player, staying within himself and playing to his strengths. He’s a smart young man and he will perform well for us both on the golf course and in the classroom.”

Sim started his collegiate career by competing at the University of Washington, where he saw action in seven events including six as part of the lineup during his freshman season. He joined the Oregon program in 2019-20 and competed in one event before seeing action in two events as a junior in 2020-21 and being sidelined in his fourth collegiate season in 2021-22.

“Padraic comes to us with a wealth of experience from his years of junior golf and on the D1 collegiate golf level,” Gring said. “He has a ton of tournament experience, both as a former state champion on the junior golf level and playing at the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. When you have that type of experience, you bring an important level of leadership to our team and I’m excited to see that from Padraic. He’s extremely personable and very articulate, demonstrating great detail in his activities both on and off the golf course.”

Sim won the 2017 Alabama State Junior Championship, closing with a final round of 64 to win by three strokes. He claimed the title at the 2016 Golfweek Southeast Junior Invitational at three under. He also placed eighth at the 2019 Washington State Amateur Championship following his freshman year at Washington.

“Padraic brings a lot of talent to our team,” Gring said. “He’s not only gifted with distance, but he has tremendous accuracy into the fairways and greens. Like Owen, he possesses an outstanding short game and his distance control with wedges is exemplary. He also has been blessed with an exceptional support system around him, with wonderful encouragement from his parents and a lot of great coaching over the years.”

The two newcomers will join six returnees as the Beacons look to build on a strong season that saw the program finish as the runner-up at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship.

“Both Owen and Padraic are coming into our golf program well-prepared, and I can tell that they are hungry to take the next step with us, both athletically and academically,” Gring said. “These young men are going to be tremendous fits within our program and they’re winners. We welcome them to our team with great enthusiasm, and we look forward to not only their impact on our team, but their personal growth on the golf course, in the classroom and leading others.”


MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan volleyball will open the 2022 season ranked No. 16 in the NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

The team is coming off a 24-6 record and an appearance in the NAIA National Tournament. The Wildcats will open their season against Bellevue University in the Columbia College Tournament.  The team returns to Luckey Arena for their home opener on September 7 against Mount Vernon Nazarene University at 7:00 PM.

Fans can purchase tickets to home games at

For the full NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll click HERE.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7141.63441 – 1530 – 2632 – 1622 – 712 – 102 – 8L 2
Toronto6050.5451034 – 2126 – 2920 – 2118 – 1315 – 115 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay5852.5271233 – 2125 – 3125 – 2111 – 1412 – 95 – 5L 2
Baltimore5853.52312.533 – 2125 – 3222 – 2511 – 1315 – 87 – 3L 1
Boston5558.48716.527 – 2928 – 2913 – 2915 – 1221 – 84 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland5952.53229 – 2230 – 3010 – 1328 – 2111 – 107 – 3W 5
Minnesota5753.5181.531 – 2526 – 2815 – 1227 – 2010 – 94 – 6L 3
Chi White Sox5656.5003.525 – 2931 – 2714 – 1523 – 2511 – 125 – 5L 2
Kansas City4766.4161328 – 3219 – 3411 – 1722 – 2310 – 186 – 4W 2
Detroit4370.3811726 – 3317 – 379 – 2020 – 314 – 112 – 8L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7241.63736 – 1836 – 239 – 1018 – 637 – 215 – 5W 1
Seattle6152.5401131 – 2630 – 2616 – 177 – 630 – 246 – 4W 2
Texas4962.4412223 – 3126 – 315 – 1413 – 1022 – 313 – 7L 1
LA Angels4963.43822.524 – 3225 – 316 – 1811 – 625 – 266 – 4W 3
Oakland4171.36630.517 – 3824 – 3310 – 1611 – 1818 – 302 – 8L 5
National League
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NY Mets7339.65238 – 1835 – 2137 – 1415 – 514 – 128 – 2W 6
Atlanta6646.589737 – 2229 – 2425 – 2117 – 1016 – 115 – 5W 2
Philadelphia6249.55910.532 – 2630 – 2327 – 2212 – 816 – 118 – 2L 1
Miami5061.45022.523 – 2827 – 3325 – 2411 – 159 – 143 – 7W 1
Washington3776.32736.517 – 4020 – 369 – 4211 – 1212 – 142 – 8L 1
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St. Louis6150.55035 – 2026 – 3012 – 1528 – 1611 – 98 – 2L 1
Milwaukee6050.5450.529 – 2231 – 2811 – 1329 – 247 – 94 – 6W 2
Chi Cubs4665.4141524 – 3422 – 3111 – 823 – 248 – 215 – 5W 2
Pittsburgh4567.40216.524 – 2921 – 387 – 1521 – 2914 – 145 – 5L 1
Cincinnati4467.3961724 – 3320 – 349 – 1516 – 248 – 214 – 6L 4
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San Francisco5457.48623.529 – 2725 – 3014 – 1314 – 1117 – 274 – 6L 2
Arizona5160.45926.532 – 2919 – 3114 – 1413 – 1217 – 286 – 4W 1
Colorado5064.4392932 – 2818 – 368 – 1911 – 924 – 274 – 6W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1921       In the nightcap of a twin bill, Phillies’ right-hander George Smith gives up 12 hits but manages to pitch a shutout, blanking the Braves in Boston, 4-0. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Philadelphia hurler wasn’t as fortunate, leaving in the second inning after yielding three runs on four hits.

1927       The PCL’s Oakland Oaks trade infielders Lyn Lary and Jimmie Reese to the New York Yankees for $125,000. Reese will become Babe Ruth’s roommate, famously quipping he really “roomed with Ruth’s suitcase.”

1948       The Indians set a major league record when 14 different players get a hit in the 26-3 rout of the Browns. The Tribe finishes the Sportsman’s Park contest with 29 hits, including nine extra-base hits.

1964       At Yankee Stadium, Mickey Mantle goes deep from each side of the plate in the same game, helping rookie pitcher Mel Stottlemyre win his big league debut. The ‘Mick’ has homered batting both left-handed and right-handed in the same game ten times, extending his major league record.

1965       At Candlestick Park, right fielder Jesus Alou homers in the sixth inning. Two innings later, another Giants’ outfielder playing right field, also named Alou, goes deep when Jesus’ older brother, Matty, hits the decisive dinger in San Francisco’s 4-3 victory over Pittsburgh in the first game of a twin bill.

1966       In a contest that featured a total of 11 home runs, the Reds’ Art Shamsky, who came in as a defensive replacement, hits three round-trippers in a 14-11, 13-inning loss to the Pirates at Crosley Field. Cincinnati’s new left fielder’s eighth-inning home run put the team ahead and his 10th and 11th inning shots, equaled the major league mark for dingers hit in extra innings

1969       Ed Kranepool becomes the Mets all-time home run leader for the young franchise when he goes deep off Don Wilson in the fourth inning of the team’s 8-7 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. The 24-year-old first baseman passes Jim Hickman, who had 60 round-trippers for the Amazins from 1962-66.

1973       The A’s even the score with the Yankees, reaching closer Sparky Lyle and Tom Buskey for six runs in the top of the seventh inning. Oakland scores the eventual winning runs in the team’s 13-12 victory in the next frame when New York commits its fifth error of the game.

1974       Angels’ right-hander Nolan Ryan, en route to a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox, strikes out 19 batters, matching the modern-day record shared by Steve Carlt (1969) and Tom Seaver (1970). The right-hander’s outing is the second of three 19-K performances this season for the fireballer from Alvin, Texas.

1976       The Directors of the new American League franchise in Toronto announce the team will be known as the Blue Jays. The selection comes from a list of ten names presented by a 14-member jury that garnered their nominations from the 4,000 suggestions and 30,000 entries submitted in the club’s “Name the Team” contest.

1980       At Tiger Stadium, 48,361 fans witness the return of an injury-plagued Mark Fidrych. The Bird, giving up 11 hits and three earned runs in eight innings of work, loses the game against the Red Sox, 5-4, in a game that will mark his last real attempt at a comeback.

1984       The Hall of Fame inducts Dodger right-hander Don Drysdale, Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew, and perennial All-Star shortstop Luis Aparicio, the players selected by the BBWAA. Inductees also include the Veterans Committee’s choices of catcher Rick Ferrell and Brooklyn’s captain Pee-Wee Reese.

1984       The stage is set for a literal ‘slugfest’ when the first pitch of Atlanta’s 5-3 victory, thrown by Braves’ hurler Pascual Perez, hits Padres leadoff hitter Alan Wiggins. The fighting begins in the second inning when Ed Whitson throws behind the starter’s head, with more brawls in the fifth, which included several fans, eighth, and ninth innings when the Friars continue to use Perez for target practice every time the pitcher steps to the plate.

1986       The Angels retire jersey #39, making Rod Carew the first player recognized with the gesture in franchise history. The perennial All-Star first baseman, who batted .314 in seven seasons and collected his 3000th hit with the team, joins Gene Autry, as the second person to receive the honor.

1987       At Veterans Stadium, Juan Samuel hits a leadoff triple to right field off Rick Sutcliffe in the Phillies’ 13-7 victory over Chicago. The Philadelphia second baseman’s three-bagger makes him the first player to reach double digits in doubles, triples, home runs, and stolen bases during his first four seasons in the major leagues.

1987       The Tigers obtain Doyle Alexander from the Braves for right-handed prospect John Smoltz. The exchange will be ideal in the short run for Detroit when their new hurler goes 9-0 with a 1.53 ERA down the stretch to help the team win the AL East, but the minor leaguer they trade away will compile 213 wins and 154 saves during a stellar 21-year major league career.

1988       The Red Sox beat the Tigers 9-4 for their 23rd consecutive win at Fenway Park, establishing a new major league record [the streak will end after one more home victory]. The 1931 Philadelphia Athletics had previously set the league mark with 22 straight home victories.

1990       The postponement of the White Sox-Rangers game occurs after a seven-and-a-half-hour rain delay, believed to be the longest in baseball history. Although owner Jerry Reinsdorf did not regret making fans wait for a game that never resumed, the team announces rain checks remained valid regardless of the team playing, serving drinks and sandwiches for five hours to the few hundred remaining fans.

1994       Baseball suffers its eighth and worst work stoppage in 22 years. The 232-day player strike will lead to the cancellation of the World Series and the delayed opening of next season.

1997       In tribute to Rex Barney, who died of cancer today, the Orioles play their game against Oakland at Camden Yards without a public address announcer. The team’s beloved PA announcer, who became well-known for such phrases as “Give that fan a contract!” after a patron caught a foul ball on the fly and for saying “Thank youuuuu” to the fans at the end of the game, had entertained Baltimore patrons for 24 years.

2000       At Shea Stadium, the Giants get two unusual runs in the fourth inning as the Mets outfielder Benny Agbayani catches what he thinks is the third out and gives the ball to a kid in the stands. The mental lapse of not knowing there was only one out in the frame allows both runners on base to score, but the Mets will prevail, beating San Francisco, 3-2.

2000       The Expos induct Tim Raines, who broke in with the team in 1979 and represented Montreal in All-Star Games from 1981-1987, into their Hall of Fame. The BBWAA selects the 21-year veteran outfielder for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.

2001       When Braves’ manager Bobby Cox orders an intentional walk to Steve Finley, Greg Maddux’s National League record of consecutive innings without giving up a base on balls ends at 72.1. The major league record is 84.1 innings, set in 1962 by A’s hurler Bill Fischer.

2006       The Beavers honor Rodney McCray, the former Vancouver Canadian who gained everlasting notoriety in 1991 when he literally ran through the right-field plywood fence trying to catch Chip Hale’s fly ball in Portland’s Civic Stadium. The PCL team commemorates the memorable play with a bobblehead promotion, which features the moment of impact and renames the right field area of their current ballpark “McCray Alley.”

2007       Bobby Jenks breaks David Wells’s American League record (38) and ties the major league mark established in 1972 by Giants right-hander Jim Barr when he retires his 41st straight batter. The White Sox closer reached the record book by pitching a perfect ninth inning against the Mariners.

2007       The Astros honor Craig Biggio with a pregame ceremony for collecting 3,000 hits and his 20-year tenure with the team. The scrappy second baseman, who announced he plans to retire at the end of the season, adds to the special day by homering in the fifth inning of Houston’s 6-4 victory over the Brewers.

2008       Over a thousand fans attend Skip Caray’s public tribute at Turner Field on the day the play-by-play announcer would have celebrated his 69th birthday. Known for his witty and sometimes sarcastic style, the Braves’ longtime nationally acclaimed broadcaster, who started broadcasting games for Atlanta in 1976, died on August 3rd.

2008       After the Red Sox tally ten times in the first inning, powered with a pair of three-run homers by David Ortiz, the Rangers rally back and take a 15-14 lead with eight runs in the fifth and five in the sixth. Kevin Youkilis’s eighth-inning three-run homer over Fenway Park’s Green Monster gives Boston an eventual 19-17 victory, with the slugfest’s 36 runs tying an American League record.

2010       Milwaukee’s Casey McGehee’s last hit, a seventh-inning single, during his 4-for-4 performance in the team’s 8-4 victory over Arizona at Miller Park, establishes a franchise record. The Brewer infielder’s ninth consecutive hit breaks the club mark set by teammate Ryan Braun in 2008 but is three shy of the major league record of 12, accomplished by Pinky Higgins (1938) and Walt Dropo (1952).

2010       Major League Baseball suspends Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto for seven games for his “violent and aggressive actions” when he kicked at players with his spikes after being pushed against the backstop during a recent brawl with the Cardinals. Other penalties include the suspensions of managers Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker, with fines being handed out to the Reds’ second baseman Brandon Phillips and pitcher Russ Springer and Redbird backstop Yadier Molina and right-hander Chris Carpenter.

2011       It’s V-Day for Detroit when the Tigers’ 4-3 victory in Cleveland snaps a 13-game losing streak at Progressive Field. The team avoids being swept by the Tribe thanks to starter Justin Verlander’s 100th career win and Jose Valverde’s 33rd consecutive save, breaking a team record established in 1984 by Guillermo Hernandez.

2012       The Rangers retire uniform No. 7 to honor Ivan Rodriguez, considered one of the best catchers in the game who spent his prime years with the club from 1991-2002. The 1999 American League MVP teammates called Pudge appeared in ten All-Star games representing Texas and won 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves and six of his seven Silver Slugger Awards wearing the Rangers cap.

2013       Charlie Manuel, the winningest pilot in 130 years of Phillies baseball, became the 58th manager in baseball history to win 1,000 games. During his 12-year managerial career, the 69-year-old skipper, who Ryne Sandberg will replace in six days, has compiled 780 wins with Philadelphia and had another 220 with the Indians to reach the plateau.

2014       Tim Pinkard, attending his first game at Minute Maid Park, catches two home runs balls, both off the bat of the Astros’ DH Chris Carter, getting his first souvenir of the night when the ball rebounds off a sign in left field in the third inning of Houston’s 10-4 victory over the Twins. The Springfield (VA) resident and then in the fifth frame, against astronomical odds, catches the second round-tripper stroked by the same batter, a laser shot hit directly at his seat.

2014       The Giants honored 63-year-old longtime fan and friend Robin Williams, a cultural icon who died suddenly yesterday. The team pays tribute to the legend of screen and stage by having a moment of silence before the game against the White Sox and playing a clip from the movie Mrs. Doubtfire on the AT&T Park scoreboard.

2015       Hisashi Iwakuma no-hits the Orioles, facing 29 batters in the Mariners’ 3-0 victory at Safeco Field. The 34-year-old Japanese right-hander’s 116-pitch gem is the franchise’s fifth no-hitter and the first since Felix Hernandez threw a 1-0 no-no against the Rays in 2015.

2017       In a pre-game ceremony, the Mariners retire the number 11 worn by Edgar Martinez, who spent his entire 20-year career with Seattle, making the team’s former designated hitter only the second player in franchise history to be honored with the distinction. The future Hall of Famer’s (2019) digits join Ken Griffey Jr.’s No. 24 on Safeco Field’s center-field fence.

2018       David Bote hits a pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam, the first Cub player to accomplish the feat since Earl Averill’s blast in 1959, delivering a Ryan Madison 2-2 pitch over the center-field wall in a nationally televised Sunday Night ESPN game. The 25-year-old infielder’s sayonara slam, a walk-off round-tripper with the bases loaded and the home team down by three runs, gives Chicago a 4-3 victory over the Nationals in front of a frenzied crowd at Wrigley Field.

2021       The Romines become the first siblings to be battery mates since Dodgers’ Norm and Larry Sherry (1960-62) when Andrew, an infielder by trade, takes the mound in a mop up role, throwing the ball to his younger brother, Austin, in the Cubs’ 17-4 loss to the Brewers at Wrigley Field. The sons of Kevin, an outfielder with the Red Sox (1985-1992), join Jim & Ed Bailey (1959 Reds) and Bobby & Billy Shantz (1954-55 A’s), who also appeared in the same major league game as pitcher and catcher, playing at the same time in the contest.

2021       “But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it’s a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh… people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come.” – TERRACE MANN, a recluse author assuring farmer Ray Kinsella people will come to the ballpark built in the cornfield. The Field of Dreams Game, the most-watched regular-season contest in 16 years, pays homage to the 1989 movie classic where farmer Ray Kinsella turns his ordinary cornfield into a place where dreams can come true. In Dyersville (IA), just a few feet away from the site where the filming occurred, the White Sox beat the Yankees, 9-8, thanks to Tim Anderson’s two-run walk-off home run into the corn stalks.


In a classic rematch of the previous year’s classic, “The Bronx Bombers” and “The Bums from Brooklyn” returned for yet another “Subway Series”. The Yankees were poised for their fifth consecutive championship title and the Dodgers were ready for revenge. Brooklyn had given their cross-town rivals a run for their money, but had come up short in Game 7 thanks to a miraculous catch by Billy Martin that stopped a late inning comeback. Many felt that this was their year as the pitching staff had come up big during the regular season. Carl Erskine led the rotation with twenty victories, Russ Meyer went 15-5 and Billy Loes boasted a 14-8 record. Preacher Roe posted an 11-3 total, boosting his three-year mark to 44-8 and Clem Labine won ten games in relief and eleven outings overall. The veterans weren’t the only ones contributing as rookie pitchers Johnny Podres and Bob Milliken both combined for a 17-8 mark. This solid line-up on the mound enabled Charlie Dressen’s team to win the National League pennant race by a staggering thirteen games over the newly moved Milwaukee Braves.

The ’53 American League representative was the typical Yankees team that featured strong performances on both sides of the plate throughout the regular season. Yogi Berra (who hit .296) and Mickey Mantle (who batted .295) both combined for two-hundred runs batted in and Gene Woodling (.306) and Hank Bauer (.304) led the line-up in hitting. The Yankees top five pitchers were even better with a 74-30 record. Whitey Ford, who had returned from a military tour of duty, led the staff with eighteen victories and veteran Eddie Lopat, who topped the league with a 2.43 ERA.

Game 1 of the ’53 Series began as Game 7 in ’52 had ended with Billy Martin knocking the wind out of the Dodger’s sails. The second baseman nailed a three-run triple in the first and went on to collect three more hits in the 9-5 opening victory. Berra and Joe Collins both hit homers for the Yankees, and Jim Gilliam, Gil Hodges and George Shuba contributed for the Dodgers. On a side note, Shuba’s shot was the first “pinch homer” by a National League player in World Series history, but the record did little to numb Brooklyn’s pain. Martin continued to plague the Dodger’s pitching rotation in Game 2 by adding a game-tying, bases-empty homer in the seventh. Mantle also continued adding to his ever-growing, post-season stats with a two-run drive that nailed down Lopat’s 4-2 win over Preacher Roe.

Things changed dramatically in Game 3, as it was the Dodgers besting the Yanks on the phenomenal arm of Carl Erskine. Brooklyn’s leading ace set a World Series record of his own with fourteen strikeouts (four of them versus Mantle) and MVP Roy Campanella finished the job with a tie-breaking homer in the eighth that lifted Brooklyn to a 3-2 victory. Hitting was the decisive factor for the Dodgers in Game 4 as the ever-present Duke Snider contributed two doubles and a homerun along with Gilliam who had three doubles of his own for the 7-3 victory. Unfortunately, that was all they could muster and the Yankees would have little resistance for the rest of the contest.

Game 5 once again belonged to Billy Martin and Mickey Mantle who both knocked one out of the ballpark on the way to an 11-7, twenty-five hit blowout (Mantle’s was a grandslam). Game 6 was a closer effort, but unbelievably, it would be Martin again who would seal his second Series victory in a row with the game-winning run in a 4-3 triumph. The combative second baseman had tallied twelve hits (a record), eight RBIs and a staggering .500 average against the Dodgers who had lost the Series for the seventh time in seven outings. The Yankees on the other hand, had won a record fifth consecutive title, were fifteen for sixteen in World Series appearances and had kept the trophy in the American League clubhouse for the seventh year in a row.


Once again, America’s All-Stars traveled to the nation’s capital to celebrate the best-of-the-best from America’s favorite pastime. President Kennedy was the second president to attend the event and threw out the first pitch.

However, the spotlight on this game belonged to Maury Wills. Entering the lineup in the sixth to pinch-run for Stan Musial, he ran the game into the era of the stolen base by breaking Ty Cobb’s forty-seve year-old record of ninety-six. Wills stole second then scored the first run of the game off a Dick Groat single. In the eighth inning, Wills reached base by a single. He rounded second on a short single hit by Jim Davenport to left field, and when the throw came to the cutoff man, Wills took third with blazing speed and scored on a foul to right field moments later. This performance earned him the first All-Star Most Valuable Player Award.

Both teams moved on to Wrigley Field for Game 2. The day belonged to the American League as they finally broke out of a five game slump with nine runs (equaling their total for the previous five games) and ten hits. Even better, their victory kept the National League from tying the All-Star series at 16-16. Little did they know, however, that nearly a decade would pass before they would win again.


August 12, 1949 – The 16th annual NFL Chicago College All-Star Game was played at Soldier Field as the Champion Philadelphia Eagles blanked the All-Stars 38-0 in front of 93,780 paying fans. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Bill Fischer. the offensive lineman from Notre Dame.

August 12, 1950 – The very first time that an NFL team played outside of the United States as the New York Football Giants defeat the CFL’s Ottawa Roughriders, 20-6 at Ottawa’s Lansdowne Stadium.

August 12, 1955 – The 24th annual NFL Chicago College All-Star Game was played at Soldier Field as the Champion Cleveland Browns fall to the All-Stars 27-30 with 75,000 in paid attendance. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Ralph Guglielmi, the quarterback from Notre Dame.

August 12, 1960 – The 27th NFL Chicago College All-Star Game was played at Soldier Field as the Champion Baltimore Colts flatten the All-Stars 32-7 with 70,000 in paid attendance. The MVP award, always given to the college player team, happened to be Jim Leo, an end from the University of Cincinnati.

August 12, 1967 – The New Orleans Saint earn their first franchise win in the preseason game against the St. Louis Cardinals 23-14.

August 12, 1978 – We were all reminded about the dangers of playing football as New England Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley collided with Oakland Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum during a preseason game at Oakland Coliseum per Stingley’s helmet collided with Tatum’s shoulder, and the impact compressed Darryl’s spinal cord and breaking his fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae. Although Stingley regained some movement in his right arm, he spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic.

August 12, 1915 – Alex Wojciechowicz was a two way player (center & linebacker) from Fordham University. He is celebrated both in the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Mr. Wojciechowicz is the founder and the first president of the NFL Alumni Association. He was only the third playerin history to receive the Order of the Leather Helmet, which is a prestigious salute for individuals that have made significant contributions to the game of professional football. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 1938 and played there until 1946 when the Lions sold his rights to the Philadelphia Eagles. Wojciechowicz went on to earn two NFL Championships with his Eagle teammates in 1948 & 1949.

August 12, 1930 – Jack Scarbath was a quarterback from the University of Maryland. Mr. Scarbath finished second in the 1952 Heisman Trophy voting. His accomplishments under center earned him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame in the induction ceremonies of 1983. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the 1953 draft and played two seasons there. He went north of the border in the 1955 season playing for the Ottawa Rough Riders before returning to the NFL in 1956 to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Not Yet in the Hall of Fame birthdays include:

August 12, 1977 – Norfolk, Virginia – Former Michigan State University wide out Plaxico Burress was born. The 6′-5″ tall 232 speedster, Burress was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2000 NFL Draft. Plaxico played five seasons in the Steel City before moving on to the Big Apple to play with the New York Giants and helped them to win a Super Bowl Title inhis four seasons there. He later moved across town to play with the Jets and had a return trip with the Steelers before retiring after the 2012 season. For his pro career Burress had 553 receptions for 8499 yards and 64 touchdowns.


6 – 7 – 30 – 16 – 3 – 8 – 53 – 1 – 11 – 14 – 18 – 48

August 12, 1963 – Stan Musial, the long time Number 6 of the St Louis Cardinals, announced he would retire at end of season. Stan the Man came up into the Redbird organization in 1941, helped the franchise earn 3 World Series Titles, while becoming a 3 time League MVP and taking 7 batting titles during his Hall of Fame career.

August 12, 1964 – Mickey Mantle, Number 7 of the New York Yankees pounded two home runs over the wall of Yankee Stadium, that is special in and of itself but it is even more spectacular when one finds out that he hit one from each sie of the plate. It was a switch-hits HR record as Mantle did it for 10th time in his career and final time in a single game. It is amazing to think that Mantle always said he was a better right handed hitter when he put more out of the park from the left side of the plate.

August 12, 1965 – The Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc applied for a National League franchise after the cities former team the Braves left for Atlanta.

August 12, 1974 – Nolan Ryan, Number 30 struck out 19 batters and walked only 2 as the Angels doubled up the Boston Red Sox, 4-2

August 12, 1974 – New York Yankees Mickey Mantle (Number 7) and Whitey Ford (Number 16) became the first teammates inducted to Hall of Fame on same day

August 12, 1984 – Harmon Killebrew (Number 3), Rick Ferrell (Number 8), Don Drysdale (Number 53), Pee Wee Reese (Number 1), and Luis Aparicio (Number 11) were all inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

August 12, 1985 – Baltimore Orioles Wayne Gross, Number 14 and Larry Sheets wearing Number 18 were sixth pair to hit consecutive pinch home runs in Major League Baseball history.

August 12, 1986 – The American League has had a Designated Hitter since a January 11, 1973 decision at the League meetings. That is what makes this next story so amazing. The Boston Red Sox pitcher Tim Lollar, Number 48 got a pinch-hit single.


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La Liga: Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: PSG vs Montpellier3:00pmbeIN Sports
Brasileirão: Goiás vs Avaí3:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Lanús vs Independiente5:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Corinthians vs Palmeiras6:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: León vs Mazatlán6:00pmUnivision
MLS: New York RB vs Orlando City SC6:00pmESPN+
MLS: New England vs DC United7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Philadelphia Union vs Chicago Fire7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Toronto FC vs Portland Timbers7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Cincinnati vs Atlanta United7:30pmESPN+
Argentina Primera División: River Plate vs Newell’s Old Boys7:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Cuiabá vs Juventude7:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Botafogo vs Atlético Goianiense8:00pmParamount+
MLS: Inter Miami vs New York City8:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Pumas UNAM vs América8:05pmUnivision
NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs Kansas City Current8:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Juárez vs Pachuca8:05pmFS1
MLS: Colorado Rapids vs Columbus Crew9:00pmESPN+
MLS: Dallas vs SJ Earthquakes9:00pmESPN+
MLS: Austin vs Sporting KC9:00pmESPN+
MLS: Houston Dynamo vs CF Montréal9:00pmESPN+
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps10:00pmESPN+
Liga MX: Guadalajara vs Atlas10:05pmTelemundo
MLS: Los Angeles FC vs Charlotte10:30pmESPN+
NWSL: San Diego Wave vs Orlando Pride10:30pmParamount+