MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Boston at NY Yankees PPD
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 4 Omaha 3
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00
Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 13
Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00
Dallas at Arizona, 10:00
Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1:00
Denver at Minnesota, 4:00
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Green Bay, 8:00
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00
Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00
Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00
Saturday, August 21
Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25
Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00
Atlanta at Miami, 7:00
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Dallas, 8:00
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Denver at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30
Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
Yankees-Red Sox ppd after 3 NY pitchers test COVID positive
NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees’ post-All-Star break opener against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night was postponed because of positive COVID-19 tests among vaccinated New York pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta.
“It’s a fluid situation that could spread. It has spread to some degree,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “We have three positives and we have three pending that we’ve had rapid tests on. … We’ll wait now for the lab tests to come back, which I’m assuming is going to be positive, as well. So that would increase our number to six, but we’re not at six yet. We’re at three confirmed.”
Loaisiga went on the COVID-19 injured list Saturday, when the Yankees were in Houston, and he did not travel home with the team Sunday. Cortes and Peralta went on the COVID-19 IL on Thursday.
Cashman said all three were fully vaccinated, as are most of the players on the team. Among the three, two received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and the other was either Pfizer or Moderna, according to Cashman.
“Those players are doing well thus far,” he said. “And that would speak again to the belief that those vaccinations are working and ultimately they’re to protect us from severe illness and/or death.”
The three players awaiting lab results are in quarantine. Cashman would not say whether they include the Yankees’ All-Stars who were in Denver: Aaron Judge, Gerrit Cole and Aroldis Chapman.
MLB was conducting contact tracing under its protocols.
“The vaccines that we encourage everybody to get guarantee not getting hospitalized and not getting death coming from COVID, which is important, but it doesn’t prevent you from contracting COVID,” Cashman said. “It just obviously protects you from the severe worst-case scenario effects from COVID.”
Cashman said Major League Baseball had not yet decided whether to postpone Friday’s second scheduled game of the four-game series.
“The last year, year and a half, has kind of in some ways kind of prepared you for this kind of stuff,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Certainly disappointing and frustrating.”
This was the eighth COVID-related postponement this season but the first in nearly three months. Also put off were a three-game series that had the New York Mets at Washington from April 1-4, and Atlanta’s game at the Nationals on April 5, two Minnesota at Los Angeles Angels games on April 17-18 and a Twins at Oakland game on April 19.
There were 45 regular-season games postponed for virus-related reasons during last year’s pandemic-shortened season but just two were not made up, between St. Louis and Detroit.
New York, fourth in the AL East at a disappointing 46-43, was among the first MLB teams to reach the 85% vaccination threshold that triggers a lessening of coronavirus protocols such as dropping mask use in dugouts and bullpens.
MLB said in its last announcement June 25 that 23 of it 30 teams had reached 85% vaccinations among tier 1 individuals such as players and on-field staff. The Red Sox were not among them.
Despite all those vaccinations, the Yankees had more than a half-dozen positive COVID tests in May involving staff, including pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin and first base coach Reggie Willits. Nevin, despite being vaccinated, became seriously ill with a kidney infection that kept him away from the team for more than three weeks.
No Yankees players tested positive then, though shortstop Gleyber Torres had a false positive, according to Boone.
New York players were on the field taking early batting practice about 3 1/2 hours before the scheduled start Thursday when the Yankees asked media to leave the field while the team conducted COVID testing.
Boston, whose 55-36 record matched Houston for best in the AL, came onto the field as the postponment was announced, then took batting practice until 6 p.m.
Braves acquire OF Joc Pederson in trade with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) The Atlanta Braves acquired Joc Pederson in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, bolstering their outfield after losing Ronald Acuna Jr. to a season-ending knee injury.
Atlanta sent minor league first baseman Bryce Ball to Chicago for Pederson, who is batting .230 with 11 homers and 39 RBIs in 73 games. The 29-year-old Pederson spent his first seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers before signing with the Cubs in free agency in February.
The Braves are looking to return to the playoffs, but their pursuit of a fourth straight NL East title took a hit when Acuna tore the ACL in his right knee during Saturday’s 5-4 victory over Miami.
Atlanta hit the All-Star break in third in the division, four games back of the first-place New York Mets.
Pederson could be in the lineup when the Braves return to the field Friday night against Tampa Bay. The lefty-batting slugger played in the postseason in each of the previous six years with Los Angeles, batting .382 with two homers in 16 games in the Dodgers’ run to the World Series title in 2020.
Atlanta assumes the $1,935,484 remaining of Pederson’s $4.5 million salary. The deal includes a $10 million mutual option with a $2.5 million buyout and allows Pederson to earn $125,000 each for 500, 525, 550 and 575 plate appearances.
The Pederson deal could be the first of many for Chicago before the July 30 trade deadline. The Cubs dropped 13 of 15 before the break, moving the team into sell mode after it was once on top of the NL Central.
All-Stars Kris Bryant and closer Craig Kimbrel, along with slugging infielders Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo, are among the top names that could be headed out of Chicago. Baez, Bryant and Rizzo are eligible for free agency after this season.
Ball, 23, was selected by Atlanta in the 24th round of the 2019 amateur draft. The 6-foot-6 Ball batted .207 with six homers and 30 RBIs in 53 games for High-A Rome this year.
All-Star slugger Gallo wants to stay in Texas at deadline
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Joey Gallo has repeatedly said he wants to stay with the Texas Rangers. The All-Star slugger is also well aware that he could be traded in the next two weeks by the team that drafted him.
The still-rebuilding and last-place Rangers are certain to get inquiries from contending teams before the July 30 trade deadline about the big left-handed hitter and Gold Glove-winning right fielder just back from his second All-Star Game and first Home Run Derby appearance. All-Star right-hander Kyle Gibson, a veteran with one year left on his Texas deal after this, will also get plenty of interest.
“At the end of the day, in my head and my heart, I feel like I’ll be a Ranger,” Gallo said while in Denver this week. “It’s all I’ve ever been my whole life, so I can’t really think about ever not being a Texas Ranger. But at the end of the day, it’s a business. If the team feels moving me might fit them better, then I understand that.”
Among potential suitors for Gallo could be the righty-heavy New York Yankees or the San Diego Padres, whose general manager A.J. Preller was in the Rangers organization when they got Gallo with the 39th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
The Rangers could also opt to keep the 27-year-old Gallo, who has two 40-homer seasons in his career. The 6-foot-5 slugger is under team control through next season, eligible for salary arbitration again this winter, before possible free agency after the 2022 season.
First-year general manager Chris Young said a possible contract extension for Gallo is one of many scenarios the Rangers are considering.
Gallo, who is making $6.2 million this season, insisted he is not worrying about what he can’t control. There will be a hefty pay raise coming, though the player whose agent is Scott Boras said last month any perception that he is seeking an “insane amount of money” is wrong.
Gallo is hitting .239 with 24 homers and 52 RBIs in 84 games this season. His MLB-leading 72 walks, 12 more than any any other player and not including the one he drew in his only All-Star at-bat his week, boost his on-base percentage to .402, fourth-best in the majors.
In his last 12 games before the All-Star break, Gallo had 11 homers and was the first Rangers player ever to go deep 10 times over a span of 10 games. He had homers of 462 and 450 feet in the same game.
The Rangers, 20 games under .500, resume play after the break against Toronto in Buffalo on Friday night. Gallo talked in Denver about them building toward the future with players like All-Star rookie center fielder Adolis Garcia and Gibson.
“I think we have a lot of really good pieces that we’re kind of trying to see, `Hey is this going to be part of our our new nucleus and part of our future?’ And with guys like Adolis and Gibby and whatnot, it’s awesome to see these guys kind of blossom,” Gallo said. “And moving forward we’ll be able to be a winning team and hopefully make the playoffs at some point. So I think it’s just finishing the season strong.”
But Gallo and Gibson (6-1, 2.29 ERA) could instead be finishing this season in a playoff chase with other teams.
Gibson, who pitched a scoreless inning in his first All-Star Game appearance, is scheduled to make his next start Monday night in Detroit. That means there would be only one more start after that before the trade deadline.
The Rangers last winter dealt Lance Lynn, now the AL ERA leader ahead of Gibson, to the Chicago White Sox when he had one year left on his contract. Texas had kept the workhorse starter and Gallo at the 2020 trade deadline. The 33-year-old Gibson is now in the same situation, making $10 million this season and with one year left for $7 million after this.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Indy Rains On Omaha’s Parade, 4-3
INDIANAPOLIS – In a rain-shortened, five-inning contest on Thursday night, the Indianapolis Indians came back from a 3-1 deficit in the fifth inning to beat the Omaha Storm Chasers, 4-3. The game featured three separate rain delays for a total time of one hour and 40 minutes.
With one out in the bottom of the fifth, T.J. Rivera singled to right-center field to score Ethan Paul and Dee-Strange Gordon for the lead. With the rain escalating, Christian Bethancourt was picked off at first base to end the inning and, following a 38-minute delay, the game was called due to wet playing conditions.
Omaha (38-23) took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning with back-to-back doubles by Kyle Isbel and Jimmy Govern. Two frames later, after T.J. Rivera reached second base safely on a two-base fielding error by Edward Olivares in right field, Bligh Madris doubled to tie the game.
Facing a 3-1 deficit following two Storm Chaser runs scored off Shelby Miller (W, 1-0), Chris Sharpe and Ethan Paul each singled to put the tying runners on base. Strange-Gordon doubled to drive in Sharpe before Rivera sealed the Indianapolis (31-30) win. All three of the Indians fifth-inning runs came off Jace Vines (L, 3-4).
The five-inning game was the Indians seventh in Victory Field history and first at home since May 6, 2018 vs. Gwinnett.
The Indians and Omaha face off again tomorrow night for the first night of Victory Field’s 25th anniversary celebration weekend, presented by Meijer. RHP Beau Sulser (4-2, 3.02), who holds the second-best ERA among qualified pitchers in the Triple-A East, will face off against RHP Jackson Kowar (5-2, 2.25).
Judge orders NFL’s Richard Sherman released without bail
SEATTLE (AP) A judge ordered former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman released from jail without bail Thursday following his arrest on suspicion of trying to break in to his in-laws’ home.
King County District Court Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai found probable cause that Sherman committed criminal trespassing, malicious mischief, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. Prosecutors did not ask the judge for a finding on a felony residential burglary allegation for which he was initially booked. They have not yet filed charges.
Masaniai declined to set $10,000 bail as prosecutors requested. The judge called Sherman, who did not attend the hearing, a “pillar of the community” and noted that it was presumed he would be released because this was his first arrest. He ordered that Sherman not have contact with his father-in-law and that he not use alcohol or nonprescription drugs.
“I love and support my husband,” Sherman’s wife, Ashley Sherman, said in a statement after the hearing. “I am committed to helping Richard get the support and care that he needs. Richard has always been a loving father and husband. And we are looking forward to seeing him at home with his family.”
Sherman was belligerent, had been drinking heavily and had spoken of killing himself when he left his home in the Seattle suburb of Maple Valley late Tuesday, according to police reports. Ashley Sherman called 911 to try to have police stop him.
He was arrested early Wednesday after police said he crashed his car in a construction zone along a busy highway east of Seattle and then tried to break into his in-laws’ home in the suburb of Redmond.
His father-in-law, Raymond Moss, told officers that he armed himself with a handgun and fired pepper-spray at the NFL cornerback to protect his family as Sherman tried to bust in the door with his shoulder.
As she spoke with a 911 operator, another daughter of Moss pleaded for officers to arrive quickly and told her children to hide in a bathroom behind a shower curtain, according to audio of the call released Thursday.
“The family began to yell in fear,” Moss told police. “I used pepper spray on Sherman’s face through the partially opened door as he was still banging and attempting to gain entry. I told him to stop. I armed myself with my handgun at this time fearing for the safety of myself and my family.”
Officers were cautious about arresting Sherman because of his size, strength and belligerence, according to police reports released Thursday. After trying to deescalate the situation, they decided to use less-lethal force after warning Sherman that they would if he didn’t comply with their orders.
They could not use a Taser because they worried about igniting whatever chemical Sherman’s father-in-law had sprayed him with and could not fire a bean-bag round because they were too close to him. Instead, they released a police dog, which bit his ankle and caused a minor cut, as other officers wrestled with him on the ground, the reports say.
In February, King County prosecutors and the sheriff obtained an “extreme risk protection order” for Sherman, which barred him from having guns after a judge determined he posed a danger to himself or others. Details of the case were sealed, and it was not immediately clear if any weapons had been seized from him.
Panthers, Moton agree on reported 4-year, $72M extension
The Carolina Panthers and right tackle Taylor Moton have agreed on a multi-year extension, the club announced Thursday.
The deal is for four years and worth $72 million, including $43 million guaranteed, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Panthers placed the franchise tag on Moton earlier this offseason. His extension comes just before Thursday’s 4:00 p.m. ET deadline to sign tagged players to long-term contracts.
The 26-year-old offensive tackle has started every game for Carolina since 2018. Moton was PFF’s 13th-ranked tackle in 2020, and he was called for only one penalty last season.
Newton: 2021 season is time to ‘put up or shut up’
Following a disappointing first season with the New England Patriots, and with a rookie quarterback on his heels, Cam Newton knows the 2021 campaign will be a crucial one.
“I know who I am,” Newton told ESPN Radio’s Keyshawn, JWill, & Zubin show, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “At times, I do remind myself people forget who you are and what you’ve done. So, now I’m in a position where I need to be my best self. It’s really put-up or shut-up time.”
Questions arose in April regarding Newton’s role after the Patriots drafted Alabama signal-caller Mac Jones in the first round. The former MVP is set to be the team’s starter, but Bill Belichick previously said Jones could challenge Newton when he’s ready.
Newton was benched mid-game multiple times during 2020 and missed time due to COVID-19. He finished the season with eight passing touchdowns and 10 interceptions but was re-signed to a one-year deal.
“For me, the Patriots organization has been impeccable. … My time there has been everything I could have asked for,” Newton said. “I guess it’s now time for me to uphold my end of the bargain, through and through.”
Newton has been praised by New England’s staff this offseason, with both Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels pointing out his progress from a year ago.
But despite his preparation and confidence, Newton knows only his results will matter.
“Me having this conversation in July is irrelevant. … We play in a sport that is strictly based off the final product,” Newton said. “And the final product is on game days. With that being said, it’s just going to come down to winning and losing.”
Jets, Maye unable to reach long-term deal by deadline
NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets and Marcus Maye were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term contract Thursday, so the star safety will play this season under his franchise tag tender.
The sides had until 4 p.m. to work out a deal, per NFL rules. Maye will make $10.6 million this season and is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
The Jets could try to work out a long-term deal after the season or allow Maye to explore free agency. New York could also opt to use the franchise tag on Maye again, preventing him from becoming a free agent for one more year – which would likely cause more tension between the sides.
The 28-year-old Maye signed his franchise tag tender in March and the sides had some talks during the offseason, but couldn’t get a deal done.
Chicago wide receiver Allen Robinson, New Orleans safety Marcus Williams, Jacksonville offensive tackle Cam Robinson, Tampa Bay wide receiver Chris Godwin and Washington guard Brandon Scherff also received franchise tags and were unable to come to agreements on long-term deals with their teams by the deadline.
Maye was drafted by the Jets in the second round out of Florida in 2017 and has been a steady playmaker and leader for New York. General manager Joe Douglas said in January that Maye’s contract situation would be a top priority for the team this offseason.
The safety reported for the team’s mandatory minicamp in June, but declined to speak to reporters. So it was uncertain whether Maye was optimistic – or otherwise – about a deal getting done with the Jets.
Maye was the first Jets player to be tagged since Muhammad Wilkerson in 2016. Unlike Maye, Wilkerson signed a long-term contract later that offseason.
Maye is expected to team with veteran Lamarcus Joyner, a free agent signing in March, as New York’s starting safeties this season. Maye’s versatility has made him a valuable part of the secondary, including playing in coverage and close to the line of scrimmage – taking over the role previously held by Jamal Adams. That makes him an ideal fit in the defense of coach Robert Saleh and coordinator Jeff Ulbrich.
Maye, voted the Jets’ MVP by his teammates last season, had 78 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a team-leading 11 passes defensed. A team captain, the safety has six career interceptions, 22 passes defensed and 257 total tackles.
TOP INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL RETURNING RUNNING BACKS (STATS) IN 2021
Colton Brown -Heritage Christian 1,734
Tyler Dollar -Lapel 1,722
Trey Gibson -Wheeler 1,569
Peyton Guerzini – Castle 1,526
Lavarion Logan – Merrillville 1,492
Cody Mikulich -Bloomington North 1,397
Colin Price – Zionsville 1,394
Myles Johnson -New Albany 1,378
Collin Bergquist – La Porte 1,374
Traven Crawford -Scottsburg 1,329
Dylan Kidd – Rensselaer Central 1,323
Joseph Heuer -Lowell 1,306
Ray Crawford – Triton Central 1,303
Laban Davis – Eastside (Butler) 1,270
Riley Goodnight -Frankfort 1,229
Carson Campbell -Mississinewa 1,213
Rhett Sheren – North Knox 1,208
Reid Messer -North Decatur 1,203
Robert Lamar -Clarksville 1,149
Noah Mungia – New Prairie 1,112
Brock Robinson – Pioneer 1,104
Grayson Thomas – New Palestine 1,101
Kyle Turanchick -Oak Hill 1,091
Garrett Yoon -Lawrenceburg (QB) 1,083
Luke Switzer -South Putnam 1,056
Camajay Terrell – Gary West 1,043
Christian McDonald – Owen Valley 1,039
Jamari Pamplin – Centerville 1,036
Samuel Smith – Caston 1,035
Eli Carter -Tipton 1,027
Travon Hegler -Lawrence North 1,020
Juan Nieto III – Plainfield 1,002
Payton Jordan -Gary West (QB) 1,001
Caleb Marcus Brownsburg 1,001
YARDS PER GAME (MIN 8 GAMES)
Colton Brown -Heritage Christian 173.4
Myles Johnson New Albany 153.1
Peyton Guerzini – Castle 152.6
Joseph Heuer – Lowell 145.1
Tyler Dollar – Lapel 143.5
Trey Gibson – Wheeler 142.6
Cody Mikulich – Bloomington North 139.7
Noah Mungia – New Prairie 139.0
Lavarion Logan – Merrillville 135.6
Rhett Sheren – North Knox 134.2
Traven Crawford – Scottsburg 132.9
Colin Price – Zionsville 126.7
Collin Bergquist – La Porte 124.9
Riley Goodnight – Frankfort 122.9
Carson Campbell -Mississinewa 121.3
Ray Crawford – Triton Central 118.5
YARDS PER CARRY (1,000 YARD RUSHERS)
Payton Jordan – Gary West 13.2
Carson Campbell -Mississinewa 10.1
Rhett Sheren -North Knox 9.4
Brock Robinson -Pioneer 8.8
Cody Mikulich – Bloomington North 8.3
Travon Hegler – Lawrence North 7.8
Myles Johnson -New Albany 7.5
Traven Crawford -Scottsburg 7.5
Garrett Yoon – Lawrenceburg 7.4
Colton Brown – Heritage Christian 7.3
Trey Gibson – Wheeler 7.3
Tyler Dollar – Lapel 7.2
Caleb Marcus -Brownsburg 6.8
Eli Carter – Tipton 6.7
Peyton Guerzini -Castle 6.6
Robert Lamar -Clarksville 6.5
Jamari Pamplin – Centerville 6.4
Kyle Turanchick – Oak Hill 6.4
Dylan Kidd – Rensselaer Central 6.4
Ray Crawford – Triton Central 6.4
Laban Davis – Eastside 6.4
Colin Price – Zionsville 6.3
Samuel Smith – Caston 6.2
Camajay Terrell – Gary West 6.1
Joseph Heuer -Lowell 6.0
Noah Mungia – New Prairie 6.0
Lavarion Logan – Merrillville 5.9
Collin Bergquist -La Porte 5.9
Lavarion Logan – Merrillville 254
Tyler Dollar – Lapel 239
Colton Brown – Heritage Christian 236
Collin Bergquist -La Porte 232
Peyton Guerzini – Castle 230
Riley Goodnight – Frankfort 226
Colin Price – Zionsville 220
Joseph Heuer -Lowell 219
Trey Gibson – Wheeler 214
Grayson Thomas – New Palestine 211
Brad Gagnon – McCutcheon 210
Dylan Kidd – Rensselaer Central 206
Reid Messer -North Decatur 206
Ray Crawford – Triton Central 204
Laban Davis -Eastside 200
Colton Brown – Heritage Christian 23
Lavarion Logan – Merrillville 23
Dylan Kidd – Rensselaer Central 23
Trey Gibson – Wheeler 22
Tyler Dollar -Lapel 20
Nicholas Patterson – Mooresville 20
Keagan Labelle – Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 20
Jamari Pamplin -Centerville 19
Cody Mikulich – Bloomington North 18
Kyle Turanchick – Oak Hill 18
Maximus Webster -Westfield 18
Carson Campbell – Mississinewa 18
Jordan Landkrohn -Calumet Christian 18
Traven Crawford – Scottsburg 17
Joseph Heuer – Lowell 17
Luke Switzer -South Putnam 17
Eli Carter – Tipton 17
Aidan Leffler – Roncalli 17
Laban Davis -Eastside 16
Peyton Guerzini -Castle 15
Samuel Smith – Caston 15
Brock Robinson – Pioneer 14
Grayson Thomas – New Palestine 14
Garrett Yoon – Lawrenceburg 14
Hunter Gennicks – Linton-Stockton 14
Ali Richardson – Lawrence North 14
CP3 blames his ‘bad decision-making’ for Suns’ turnovers in Game 4 loss
Chris Paul is taking the blame for the Phoenix Suns’ turnover woes in their 109-103 Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Phoenix committed 17 turnovers Wednesday, with Paul recording five. The Bucks only turned the ball over five times as a team. Two of Paul’s turnovers led to Milwaukee buckets late in the fourth quarter, resulting in the Bucks trimming the lead to one with 3:40 remaining and taking a four-point advantage with 27.2 seconds left.
“It was me,” Paul told reporters postgame, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “I had five of them. It was bad decision-making.”
“The turnovers just crushed us tonight,” Suns coach Monty Williams said. “When you have that kind of a lead in the fourth, if we can just hold on to the ball and get good possessions, you feel like you can at least hold it there. … We certainly had a lot of self-inflicted stuff tonight.”
Phoenix outshot its opponents 51.3% to 40.2% from the field but registered 19 fewer attempts due to both turnovers and offensive boards. Milwaukee’s 17 offensive rebounds led to 19 second-chance points.
“They got a significant amount more shots than us, so for me, I got to take care of the ball,” Paul added. “We got 17 turnovers, we shoot the ball too well not to have those opportunities to score.”
Paul posted just 10 points on 5 of 13 shooting and seven assists to go with the five turnovers.
However, Devin Booker had a bounce-back game for Phoenix with 42 points on 17-for-28 shooting, though he was lucky to be on the court for the final minutes.
After Paul turned the ball over with 3:40 to play, Jrue Holiday sprinted down the court before being met by Booker. Booker was credited with a block on the play, which saw Giannis Antetokounmpo follow up with a lay-in, but crew chief James Capers says the refs got it wrong.
“During live play, I saw a clean sweep of the ball and thought it was a no-call,” Capers said. “However, after seeing the replay, I now realize that I missed Booker’s right arm around the waist of Holiday, and it should have been a defensive foul on the play.”
Game 5 of the 2-2 series goes Saturday evening in Phoenix. The home team has yet to lose in this NBA Finals matchup.
Beal ruled out for Olympics
Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal won’t compete in the men’s Olympic basketball tournament due to health and safety protocols, USA Basketball announced.
Team USA forward Jerami Grant is also self-isolating “out of an abundance of caution,” the team added.
Beal’s status came into question on Wednesday when the three-time All-Star isolated from his teammates during the pre-Olympic training camp in Las Vegas.
He’s one of five guards on the team’s 12-man roster alongside Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, Devin Booker, and Jrue Holiday. Booker and Holiday are competing in the NBA Finals and expected to join the team prior to their July 19 flight to Tokyo.
A 17-man USA Select Team – comprised primarily of emerging young stars – works alongside Team USA, though it’s not immediately clear if Beal’s replacement will come from that group.
Beal averaged 10.3 points through three appearances for Gregg Popovich’s Team USA.
Team USA’s Grant enters health and safety protocols
Team USA forward Jerami Grant has entered health and safety protocols at the U.S.’s pre-Olympic training camp in Las Vegas “out of an abundance of caution,” USA Basketball announced Thursday.
The news comes on the same day the U.S. national team ruled out Bradley Beal for the upcoming men’s basketball tournament in Tokyo due to protocols.
Team USA is scheduled to fly to Tokyo on July 19 for the men’s basketball tournament, which is set to kick off July 24.
It’s unclear if Grant will be cleared to travel with the team or if the U.S. will need to name a replacement.
Grant, 27, is coming off a breakout campaign with the Detroit Pistons. A finalist for the Most Improved Player of the Year, he averaged a career-best 22.3 points per game in 54 outings.
Team USA is also currently without Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton, as they’re participating in the NBA Finals. They’ll join the team following the end of their series.
US-Australia basketball game canceled because of protocols
LAS VEGAS (AP) The United States’ men’s basketball exhibition game against Australia scheduled for Friday night in Las Vegas has been canceled because of health and safety protocols.
USA Basketball cited “an abundance of caution” in making the decision Thursday night. The U.S. women’s game against Australia will be played as scheduled Friday in Las Vegas.
The decision to cancel the game came hours after Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal was ruled out of the Olympics after being placed into health and safety protocols. The team also said Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant also was in health and safety protocols “out of an abundance of caution.”
The Americans are still scheduled to play Spain on Sunday before heading to Tokyo, with their opening game against France set for July 25.
The U.S. lost its opening two exhibition games to Nigeria and Australia and beat Argentina in the third Tuesday night.
Oosthuizen, Spieth lead way as normalcy returns to Open
SANDWICH, England (AP) Jordan Spieth rolled in putts like it was 2017. Louis Oosthuizen put those runner-up finishes in the last two majors out of mind and soared to the top of the leaderboard. They gave the British Open a familiar feel on Thursday.
Normalcy returned to the wind-swept links at Royal St. George’s in other ways, too.
The roars and cheers of the biggest golf crowd since the pandemic rumbled around this quirky course off Sandwich Bay, just like pre-COVID times.
For Spieth, that was as welcome as being an Open contender once again.
“It feels inside the ropes, from the first tee forward, the most normal of any tournament we have played thus far relative to that same tournament in previous years,” Spieth said.
His 5-under 65 certainly turned back time to four years ago when he lifted the claret jug at Royal Birkdale – the last English venue to host the British Open – when he was hitting the ball better than he ever has.
Spieth was a shot off the lead held by Oosthuizen, who saved par from a fairway bunker on No. 18 for a 6-under 64. That tied the lowest opening round at Royal St. George’s, previously set by Christy O’Connor Jr. in 1981.
That didn’t look as though it would be the case after the South African opened with seven straight pars. He followed with six birdies in his next nine holes.
“I’ve learnt over the years playing major championships that patience is the key thing,” said Oosthuizen, who hasn’t won one of them since the British Open at St. Andrews in 2010. There have been six runner-up finishes in the majors since then, including in the last two.
Oosthuizen and Spieth were among the morning starters who enjoyed the best of the conditions, notably soft bounces on the most undulating fairways and greens on the Open rotation.
Yet many of the world’s best couldn’t take advantage.
Patience already might be wearing thin for U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm, who slapped his thigh in frustration after making a double-bogey at No. 9, where he took two shots to get out of a pot bunker in the fairway. He shot 71, like Bryson DeChambeau, who spent much of his first round up to his knees in deep grass – and cursing his driver, saying it “sucks” – after being unable to use his power to overwhelm Royal St. George’s.
Shane Lowry, the Open winner in 2019, also shot 71 in front of a crowd that has a daily capacity of 32,000 this week. Not since Royal Portrush, where Lowry won, has any golf tournament seen so many spectators through the gates.
With last year’s event canceled because of the pandemic, Lowry could finally be announced at an Open as the reigning champion golfer.
“It was a very special day for me,” he said.
Not so for the majority of the afternoon starters, who encountered more prolonged gusts off the English Channel and slightly drier conditions.
Rory McIlroy birdied the last to salvage a 70 in his bid for his first major title in seven years. Justin Thomas shot 72. Phil Mickelson shot 80, his highest start ever in the British Open, that left him tied for last place.
Benjamin Hebert and Webb Simpson, with rounds of 66 that tied them for fourth place with three others, had the best scores from the afternoon. Former PGA champion Collin Morikawa, in his first links test, and English favorite Tommy Fleetwood were at 67.
Fleetwood would like nothing more than to become the first Englishman with his name on that silver jug since Nick Faldo in 1992.
“It’s been a long time since an Englishman has won the Open, and I would love to be the next one. So we’ll see,” Fleetwood said.
Novak Djokovic posts he is in for Tokyo Olympics
(AP) — Novak Djokovic is going to the Tokyo Olympics, keeping alive his chance for a “Golden Slam.”
Djokovic, 34, posted Thursday on Twitter that he had booked his flight and was proud to represent Serbia at the Olympics. After he won Wimbledon on Sunday for his record-tying 20th career Grand Slam title, Djokovic said he didn’t know if he was going to play in Tokyo.
If the top-ranked Djokovic wins gold in men’s singles and at the U.S. Open, he would be the first male tennis player to complete a “Golden Slam” – all four Grand Slam tournaments and the Olympics in the same calendar year.
Steffi Graf is the only woman to have done it, in 1988.
While Djokovic is headed for Tokyo, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios are among the top men’s players who won’t be competing in the Olympics.
Panthers buy out Yandle, re-sign Forsling and Duclair
(AP) — If Keith Yandle breaks the NHL consecutive games played record, he will almost certainly not reach that mark in a Florida Panthers uniform.
The Panthers bought out the remainder of Yandle’s contract Thursday, giving the veteran defenseman a chance at a fresh start and providing the team some extra salary cap space and protection in the Seattle expansion draft.
Yandle was signed for two more seasons at a cap hit of $6.35 million. The buyout saves Florida $4 million against the cap next season, just under $1 million in 2022-23 and costs an extra $1.2 million in 2023-24 and 2024-25.
The 34-year-old holds the longest active ironman streak in the NHL at 922 consecutive regular-season games played – 42 short of Doug Jarvis’ record. The Panthers made Yandle a healthy scratch for half of their first-round playoff series, but that does not affect his streak.
Yandle immediately becomes an unrestricted free agent. Like Minnesota’s Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, he did not need to go on buyout waivers because Yandle had a no-movement clause in his contract. He can sign with another team when free agency opens July 28.
“We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Keith for all that he’s contributed to the Florida Panthers organization and to the South Florida community over the past five seasons,” general manager Bill Zito said. “While a decision of this kind is never an easy one to make, we believe that this shift is necessary as we look towards the 2021-22 season and our club’s future.”
Buying out Yandle allows the Panthers to protect another player in the Seattle expansion draft next week. Protected lists are due Saturday.
The Boston native has skated in 1,032 regular-season and 58 playoff games for the Coyotes, Rangers and Panthers since making his NHL debut in 2006. Yandle joins Suter among the experienced left-handed-shooting defensemen available this summer.
Using part of the buyout savings, the Panthers re-signed 25-year-old defenseman Gustav Forsling for $8 million and forward Anthony Duclair $9 million on respective three-year contracts.
Zito said the Panthers are looking forward to watching Forsling develop after setting career highs with five goals, 12 assists and 17 points in 43 games last season. Forsling played all six playoff games, unlike Yandle.
Duclair finally gets some stability with his sixth NHL team after playing each of the past four seasons on one-year deals. Duclair put up 32 points in 43 games last season with Florida.
“Anthony brought great speed and skill to our club this season,” Zito said. “We look forward to seeing him continue to be a creative playmaker for us on the ice and a valuable member of our community. We are thrilled to have him as a part of the Panthers family for years to come.”
Goalie Ben Bishop to be available in Seattle expansion draft
(AP) — Dallas Stars goaltender Ben Bishop has waived his no-movement clause to be exposed in the Seattle expansion draft next week after approaching his team with the idea.
The move, which the team confirmed Thurdsay, allows Dallas to protect veteran goalie Anton Khudobin from the Kraken. Jake Oettinger, the 22-year old who is considered the Stars’ goalie of the future, is exempt from the expansion draft because he is still on his entry-level contract.
Any player with a no-movement clause must be protected from the expansion draft unless he waives it. Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner is among the players who have agreed to waive that clause and be exposed to Seattle, while Minnesota bought out Ryan Suter and Zach Parise and Florida bought out Keith Yandle – all players with no-movement protection in their contracts.
Each team’s protected list – seven skaters, three defensemen and a goalie or eight skaters at any position plus a goalie – is due Saturday. The NHL is expected to release them to the Kraken, other teams and the public sometime this weekend.
Bishop, 34, will not be on Dallas’ list and gives Seattle general manager Ron Francis something to think about when considering his options in net. Vancouver’s Braden Holtby, who won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s best goalie in 2016 and backstopped Washington to the Stanley Cup in 2018, is also expected to be among those available.
Taking Holtby from the soon-to-be-rival Canucks could give the Kraken a recognizable face of the franchise like Vegas had with three-time Cup-winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Bishop, an American from Denver with a impressive resume, also fits that bill.
Bishop is signed for two more seasons at an annual salary cap hit of $4.9 million. He missed last season recovering from right knee surgery.
For the previous three seasons, Bishop was Dallas’ No. 1 goaltender and one of the best in hockey. His 2.33 goals-against average ranks second and his .923 save percentage third among NHL goaltenders during that stretch.
Bishop helped Tampa Bay reach the 2015 Cup Final before going down with an injury, and his health could scare off Francis. But he has also only played three games since March 2020 and could be fresh in the fall after another brief NHL offseason.
Austin Cindric to drive Penske’s iconic No. 2 next season
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Austin Cindric will replace 2012 NASCAR champion Brad Keselowski in Team Penske’s flagship No. 2 Ford next season.
Roger Penske had planned to put the reigning Xfinity Series champion in a Cup car next year fielded by Wood Brothers Racing in a technical alliance with Team Penske. Those plans were upended when Keselowski decided to leave Team Penske at the end of his 12th season with the organization, a move widely believed to be happening but not confirmed until Thursday.
Keselowski’s departure opened the iconic No. 2 seat in-house for Cindric, the 22-year-old son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric.
“Austin is a champion and has proven his abilities both on and off the track,” team owner Penske said. “The Cup Series is a big step for any rookie but making this move now, in conjunction with the introduction of the new NextGen car, makes sense.”
Keselowski had not announced his 2022 plans as of Thursday, but he’s presumed to be moving to Roush Fenway Racing with an ownership stake in that organization.
“Making the decision to part ways with Team Penske to embrace a new opportunity and challenge was a difficult one, and one I did not take lightly,” Keselowski wrote on social media. “I know that I am leaving in a good place though, and I am both excited and eager to share the details of what’s next for me soon.”
Keselowski noted that when he arrived at Team Penske in 2010, the organization had 65 Cup Series wins and was still seeking its first Cup title. He gave Roger Penske the championship in his third season, won 34 of his 35 career Cup wins with the team and is a perennial title contender.
He heads to Sunday’s race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as the defending race winner, and he currently is ranked 10th in the standings with a playoff-qualifying victory.
“Over our years together we developed into a formidable force,” Keselowski said. “Today the team has more than 130 Cup Series wins, two Xfinity Championships and two Cup Series Championships. I am so proud to have played a role in these wins and milestones.”
Cindric, meanwhile, was to replace Matt DiBenedetto in the No. 21 Ford for the Wood Brothers. That seat will now go to Xfinity Series driver Harrison Burton.
Burton is the 20-year-old son of retired racer and NBC Sports analyst Jeff Burton. He won four races last season and currently is fifth in the Xfinity Series standings.
Cindric has 12 career Xfinity victories and is leading the championship standings. He already has made six Cup starts this year in preparation for next season.
“The No. 2 car is iconic to this sport and is a number that represents the foundation of this team,” Cindric said. “It is a great honor and a great responsibility to continue that role.”
The shuffling puts DiBenedetto out of a ride after two years in the No. 21. He made the playoffs last season and had hoped to keep his seat with Keselowski’s impending departure.
The journeyman driver posted a nine-minute video venting his frustration at losing yet another ride. DiBenedetto said the No. 21 team had been “broken” for some time, but he’d hoped a recent crew chief change would improve performance and help him keep his job.
“It’s OK to have human emotion,” DiBenedetto said in his video. “It doesn’t make it not suck.”
Wood Brothers co-owner Eddie Wood said the decision to go with Burton paired him with Cindric as two young Cup rookies at the same time NASCAR rolls out a new car.
“Everyone who drives for us is family,” Wood said. “Matt is still family.”
Pogacar wins final Tour mountain stage, cements overall lead
LUZ ARDIDEN, France (AP) After Tadej Pogacar won the final mountain stage of the Tour de France on Thursday to cement his grip on the race, the young Slovenian had four more climbs to complete.
Unlike the two mammoth ascents he mastered earlier in the day, these ones were small: Pogacar stepped four times atop the podium in the Luz Ardiden ski resort as his rewards for winning the stage and retaining the leader’s yellow jersey, as well as for leading the standings as best climber and best young rider.
Just call it total dominance.
Only 24 hours after winning another climbing classic at the Col du Portet, the 22-year-old Pogacar became only the fourth rider in Tour history to win consecutive summit finishes at cycling’s biggest race.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s crazy,” Pogacar said. “It’s been a game for me since I started (my career) and I’m enjoying playing it.”
The defending champion has indeed been toying with his rivals this summer. He had waited until the penultimate stage to take control of the Tour last year but did it after only five stages this summer with a stunning display in the first time trial. He was untouchable in the Alps – where he seized the yellow jersey – and wrapped up the demolition work in the Pyrenees.
Barring an accident, the UAE Team Emirates rider should be crowned Tour champion for the second straight year when the race ends in Paris on Sunday.
Before Sunday’s processional ride leading to the Champs-Elysees, there is just one difficult stage remaining – a time trial through the Bordelais vineyards scheduled Saturday. Pogacar excels in the race against the clock and won the first time trial of this year’s Tour, beating the pure specialists.
Pogacar has a huge lead of five minutes, 45 seconds over Vingegaard in the general classification. Carapaz is in third place, 5:51 off the pace.
“Still three days, but it looks good,” Pogacar said.
The short trek in the Pyrenees featured a daunting combination of the Col du Tourmalet and the final sharp climb to the Luz-Ardiden, two classics of the Tour.
Pogacar’s main rivals did not take advantage of the brutal course and he was never under threat. Pogacar surged away from a reduced group of four riders in the last kilometer. After Enric Mas attacked, Pogacar countered the move and dropped Jonas Vingegaard and Richard Carapaz to claim a third stage win this year and win his second straight mountaintop finish.
The stage start was overshadowed by the news that the Bahrain Victorious team had been raided by French police as part of a doping investigation. The team confirmed that riders’ rooms were searched by officers at the hotel it stayed in on Thursday in the southwestern city of Pau.
In a statement to The Associated Press, the Marseille prosecutor in charge of the case said a preliminary investigation targeting members of the team was opened on July 3 “for acquisition, transport, possession, import of a substance or method prohibited for use by an athlete without medical justification.”
The team’s seven remaining riders were allowed to start the stage. A group of three competitors formed early as Christopher Juul-Jensen led over the first climb of the day, with world champion Julian Alaphilippe and Pierre-Luc Perichon chasing hard behind.
The French duo joined the breakaway before the 17-kilometer ascent of the iconic Tourmalet, but the fugitives did not collaborate well as Juul-Jensen and Matej Mohoric refused to take turns.
Juul-Jensen was the first to stop his efforts, with Sean Bennett and Pierre Rolland also waiting for the peloton, leaving Alaphilippe and Mohoric alone at the front at the foot of the mountain. They were joined by counter-attackers six kilometers from the summit.
Alaphilippe was dropped in the last three kilometers as Pierre Latour, David Gaudu and Ruben Guerreiro went away, with the peloton led by Carapaz’s teammates on their heels, just 40 seconds behind.
Under a bright sun, Gaudu went solo in the downhill but his one-man show did not last long. The Frenchman was swallowed up by the yellow jersey pack in the final climb, 9.5 kilometers from the finish.
3rd fight for Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder postponed to Oct. 9
LAS VEGAS (AP) Tyson Fury’s third heavyweight title fight with Deontay Wilder has been postponed to Oct. 9 after Fury tested positive for COVID-19.
The promoters announced the new date for the pay-per-view show Thursday. Fury and Wilder will still fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and tickets already purchased for the show will be honored on the new date.
Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) and Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) had been scheduled to meet July 24 to complete their entertaining fight trilogy.
Fury, the English champion considered the pound-for-pound best heavyweight in the world, tested positive earlier this month along with several members of his camp. Fury was already in the U.S. to complete his final preparations for the bout.
Fury and Wilder fought to a thrilling draw in Los Angeles in December 2018. Although Fury largely outboxed his powerful American challenger, Wilder knocked down Fury twice to split the scorecards.
Fury then trounced Wilder in their rematch in Vegas in February 2020, knocking down Wilder twice and finally forcing Wilder’s corner to stop the bout.
Wilder, who is from Alabama, exercised the rematch clause in his contract even after Fury’s emphatic victory. After an arbitration judge ruled in Wilder’s favor, Fury resignedly agreed to the matchup.
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: MASON GILLIS CHARGED WITH DRUNK DRIVING
On June 6th Purdue sophomore Mason Gillis drove drunk and now he is being charged with misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a minor consuming alcohol and disregarding an official traffic control device.
The initial hearing is now set for July 26 in Tippecanoe Superior Court.
According to court documents Gillis was pulled over by West Lafayette police at 12:30 a.m. June 6 after responding to a call of a reckless driver in the area of Sagamore Parkway and Nighthawk Drive. The report stated Gillis nearly struck the curb as he drove into the left-turn lane at Yeager Road and Sagamore Parkway, according to police reports. Gillis then ran a red light turning onto Yeager Road, prompting officers to stop Gillis.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: School nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year Award named
NCAA member schools nominated 535 female student-athletes for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award is rooted in Title IX and recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their NCAA eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The nominees competed in 24 sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 251 nominees from Division I, 107 from Division II and 177 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 141 of the nominees.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female college athletes by nominating them for the Woman of the Year award. Schools can recognize two nominees if at least one is a woman of color or international student-athlete.
Next, conferences will select up to two nominees each from their pool of member school nominees. All nominees who compete in a sport not sponsored by their school’s primary conference, as well as associate conference nominees and independent nominees, will be considered by a selection committee. Then, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose 10 women from each division to make up the Top 30.
The selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30, and the nine finalists will be announced this fall. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will choose the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year later this fall.
Ali Patberg Indiana University
Lena van Bergen Purdue University Northwest
Stefani Deschner University of Notre Dame
Giavanna Paradiso Saint Mary’s College (Indiana)
Brynna Sentel Franklin College
Emily Smatlak Anderson University (Indiana)
Rebecca St. Germain DePauw University
INDY ELEVEN: Road Contest at OKC Energy FC Rescheduled for Sept. 29
TAMPA/INDIANAPOLIS (Thursday, July 15, 2021) – The USL Championship announced today the contest between OKC Energy FC and Indy Eleven that was abandoned prior to completion on July 10 due to heavy rain and lightning in the vicinity of Taft Stadium and a subsequent power outage at the venue has been rescheduled.
The teams will now meet on Wednesday, Sept. 29, with kickoff scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET. Under USL Championship rules, the game will be replayed in its entirety from the opening kickoff.
The game will be the second in the Oklahoma capital in a four-day span for Indiana’s Team, which will first meet OKC Energy FC at Taft Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 26, for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff.
Indy Eleven (4W-5L-3D, 15 pts.; 4th in Central Division) returns to action this Saturday, July 17, when it hosts Community Heroes Night presented by Community Health Network against Memphis 901 FC. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff are limited but still available and can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours. Fans who can’t make it to “The Mike” can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 FM/exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s Soccer Releases 2021 Schedule
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Following a unique spring season to kick-off the 2021 calendar year, University of Evansville head women’s soccer coach Chris Pfau and his team are set for a more conventional fall season as his program released its upcoming schedule today.
Evansville now offers digital, mobile ticketing that allows fans to buy tickets ahead of time. Single game tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for youth and seniors and can be purchased here. Fans can also purchase season passes for women’s soccer for $40, available here.
The Purple Aces return each of their starters from the 2020-21 season, including all-MVC second team goalkeeper Michaela Till, all-freshman team honoree Rachel Rosborough and honorable mention team Emilie Hill and Abby Phelps.
“UE has done a great job over the past year to make things safe and allow our team to have a full conference season in the spring,” Pfau said. “It will be great to be back to doing things normal and having a normal season going into this fall. It has been a long year for everyone and to start to get back to what we love to do is very exciting.”
Evansville’s fall schedule features 18 matches with two exhibition, eight non-conference, and eight MVC contests. The Aces will kick-off the fall on August 10 at Arad McCutchan Stadium in exhibition action against Murray State at 5 PM (CT). The home opener will consist of three thirty-minute periods with unlimited subs.
UE will then hit the road to finish up pre-season play against Saint Louis on August 14. Five days later the Aces open the regular season at Bellarmine (August 19). The Aces will then return home to take on Belmont on August 22 at 1 PM (CT). That match will be a doubleheader with the men’s team which kicks-off at 5 PM (CT) in exhibition action with Hanover.
Then UE goes on the road again to Morehead State (August 27) and Middle Tennessee State (August 29).
On the 2nd of September, Evansville will take on SEMO at 6 PM at home before going on the road again to Northern Kentucky (September 5) and Austin Peay (September 10). Then the Aces will wrap up non-conference action against SIUE on September 12 back on their home field.
“We will have a great schedule that will challenge us in many ways,” Pfau said. “This will allow the coaching staff to continue to push our team and get ready for our MVC. We have everyone coming back from the spring season and added some very talented players. As long as we play for each other and work for each other we can do really good things this fall.”
Conference play opens on September 17, on the road to Cedar Falls, Iowa with a match up against UNI, before a two-game home stand against Drake (September 25) and reigning MVC champion Loyola (September 29).
Back-to-back road games follow at Indiana State (October 3) and at Illinois State (October 9). The final three regular season matches for the Aces includes Southern Illinois (October 13), Valparaiso (October 23) and Missouri State (October 28) for senior night.
The 2021 MVC Women’s Soccer Championship will be conducted at sites of the higher seeds, and six of nine teams will qualify for the field. The top two seeds will receive byes, and the regular-season champion will host the semifinals and final Friday-Sunday, Nov. 5-7. Seeds 3-6 will compete in quarterfinal matches Sunday, Oct. 31.
MARIAN BASEBALL: AJ BORDENET SIGNS WITH MARIAN BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian baseball team has announced the signing of Lafayette product AJ Bordenet, as released by head coach Todd Bacon on Wednesday evening.
AJ Bordenet comes to Marian University from Lafayette Central Catholic High School in Lafayette, Ind., where the 6’2″ infielder was a three-year varsity starter. For his career, Bordenet batted .260 in his high school career, recording 61 hits in 327 plate appearances. Bordenet recorded 16 career extra base hits in his career, flashing the power as a senior posting four doubles, four triples, and one home run while scoring a career-best 30 runs. Additionally at the plate, Bordenet had a lifetime .474 on base percentage with LCC, holding a prep-best .505 percentage as a senior.
For his work on the field, Bordenet has been named to the All-Hoosier Conference team twice, including first team honors as a senior. Additionally, Bordenet closed his senior year with Academic All-State honors as well as being named to the Indiana North-South All-Star game. The Knights’ team MVP was also named to the National High School Baseball Coaches Association Academic All-American list.
ANDERSON VOLLEYBALL: Anderson Releases Fall 2021 Volleyball Schedule
Anderson University released its volleyball schedule for the Fall 2021 season on Thursday.
The Ravens kick off the season by hosting Albion College in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. Anderson begins the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season by hosting Franklin College in the Dig for the Cure on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.
The Ravens are set to clash with Manchester University for Senior Night in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. Anderson is also scheduled to host Trine University (Sept. 8), Bluffton University (Oct. 13) and Earlham College (Oct. 16).
The Ravens finished 4-13 with a 1-8 HCAC record during the Spring 2021 season.
FALL 2021 VARSITY SCHEDULE
|Wednesday, Sept. 1||vs. Albion||7 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)|
|Saturday, Sept. 4||at DePauw||11 a.m.||Greencastle, Ind.|
|Saturday, Sept. 4||vs. Defiance||1 p.m.||Greencastle, Ind.|
|Wednesday, Sept. 8||vs. Trine||7 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)|
|Friday, Sept. 10||vs. Wilmington (Ohio) (Mount St. Joseph Tourney)||6 p.m.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Friday, Sept. 10||vs. Manchester (Mount St. Joseph Tourney)||8 p.m.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Saturday, Sept. 11||vs. Greenville (Mount St. Joseph Tourney)||12 p.m.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Saturday, Sept. 11||at Mount St. Joseph (Mount St. Joseph Tourney)||2 p.m.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Friday, Sept. 17||vs. Capital (Bishop Invitational)||5 p.m.||Delaware, Ohio|
|Friday, Sept. 17||at Ohio Wesleyan (Bishop Invitational)||7 p.m.||Delaware, Ohio|
|Saturday, Sept. 18||vs. Otterbein (Bishop Invitational)||10 a.m.||Delaware, Ohio|
|Saturday, Sept. 18||vs. Mount Union (Bishop Invitational)||2 p.m.||Delaware, Ohio|
|Friday, Sept. 24||vs. Baldwin Wallace (Franklin Tournament)||7 p.m.||Franklin, Ind.|
|Saturday, Sept. 25||vs. Bethany (W. Va.) (Franklin Tournament)||10 a.m.||Franklin, Ind.|
|Saturday, Sept. 25||vs. Fontbonne (Franklin Tournament)||12 p.m.||Franklin, Ind.|
|Saturday, Oct. 2||vs. Franklin (Dig for the Cure)*||1 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)|
|Wednesday, Oct. 6||at Defiance*||7 p.m.||Defiance, Ohio|
|Friday, Oct. 8||at Mount St. Joseph*||7 p.m.||Cincinnati, Ohio|
|Wednesday, Oct. 13||vs. Bluffton*||6:30 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)|
|Saturday, Oct. 16||vs. Earlham*||1 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)|
|Wednesday, Oct. 20||at Rose-Hulman*||7 p.m.||Terre Haute, Ind.|
|Saturday, Oct. 23||at Hanover*||2 p.m.||Hanover, Ind.|
|Wednesday, Oct. 27||Manchester (Senior Night)*||7 p.m.||Anderson, Ind. (O.C. Lewis Gymnasium)|
|Saturday, Oct. 30||at Transylvania*||1 p.m.||Lexington, Ky.|
*indicates HCAC contest
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | French Honored as CoSIDA Academic All-District
UPLAND, Ind. – The honors continue to roll in for Taylor French of the Taylor women’s golf team as the senior has been named a College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District performer, earning a spot on the NAIA Women’s At-Large District II Team recently.
French was one of four women’s golf student-athletes out of 11 total individuals to be honored from NAIA District II, which includes all NAIA institutions from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. The At-Large Teams include the sports of lacrosse, rifle, skiing, fencing, swimming, tennis, golf, men’s volleyball, gymnastics, water polo, hockey and wrestling.
French earned the honor with a 3.76 cumulative grade-point average in graphic art. The O’Fallon, Missouri native enjoyed a stellar senior campaign, serving as a key cog for the Trojans throughout their run to a fourth-straight Crossroads League Championship and a historic runner-up finish at the NAIA National Championships this season. French won the Crossroads League Individual Championship in dominant fashion with a seven-shot victory, before taking 10th place at the NAIA National Championships.
French received plenty of honors after finishing top-10 in 13 events this season and closing the year with six-straight top-five showings, before taking 10th at Nationals. In addition to setting TU’s single-round scoring record with a four-under 68 in the second round of the CL Championship, French was named an All-Crossroads League and NAIA Second-Team All-American standout.
The honor for French moves TU’s NAIA-leading total of CoSIDA Academic All-District selections for the 2020-2021 year to 27. French will now advance to the ballot for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, which is set to be announced on August 3.
The CoSIDA Academic All-District award is designed to showcase student-athletes for outstanding work in the classroom, as well as on the field of play. In order to be eligible for the honor, an athlete must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30, must have reached sophomore status academically with at least one full year at their current institution and must have participated in over half of the team’s competitions as a key contributor during the current season.
Student-athletes are nominated for the award by their institution’s Sports Information Department and selected via a national vote by members of CoSIDA.
VALPO ATHLETICS: Kostouros Joins Valpo Men’s Golf Program
The Valparaiso University men’s golf program has added to its roster for the 2021-2022 season as Northwest Indiana native Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) has joined the program as a transfer.
Kostouros posted a 76.56 scoring average over nine rounds this season at Ball State with a season-low 72 occurring in the third round of the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational on April 4. Kostouros competed in six events totaling 15 rounds during the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season as a sophomore. He posted a 74.60 average that season.
“Our players and coaching staff are thrilled to welcome Yianni Kostouros to our team,” Valpo head coach Dave Gring said. “Yianni brings a wealth of experience, having competed at the Division-I level for the past three years. He has a tremendous amount of tournament experience and his leadership on and off the golf course will be welcomed and fit very well with our program.”
Kostouros also played in nine events as a freshman, bursting onto the scene with a 74.95 stroke average over 22 rounds. The Crown Point High School product earned all-state as a senior, winning the State Preview at Prairie View Golf Club. He also won his sectional championship and qualified for the IHSAA state finals twice, garnering conference and regional medalist honors as a junior.
Kostouros set the Duneland Athletic Conference Tournament scoring record with a round of 67 and was named the Post-Tribune Golfer of the Year in 2016. The 2013 Greece Junior national champion in Athens, Kostouros placed in the top 10 in the 2017 Golfweek Junior Tour and won the 2016 Rocky Mountain Junior Tour Tournament of Champions.
“Yianni has an exceptional family and the support and encouragement that his parents provide every year has certainly made him into the talented player that he is today,” Gring said. “He’s a mentally-strong player, he has outstanding course management and his work ethic will be an excellent complement to our team. Yianni has performed very well in the classroom and that will fit well with the academic standards of our team culture. I love the positive attitude that he seems to carry with him every day and the young man loves to win.”
Kostouros joins a Valpo team that finished with a 296.5 team scoring average in 2020-21, ranking second in the program’s modern history. At season’s end, five of the top 10 career scoring averages in program history belonged to members of the 2020-21 squad and two individuals posted single-season scoring averages that cracked the program’s top 10. The 2021-22 roster will feature four newcomers and four returning players.
“We are blessed with a well-balanced team and eight guys who really relish the opportunity to compete every day,” Gring said. “Yianni is already looking forward to getting to work with the team and he will be an energetic and active member of our program.”
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1897 Colts first baseman Cap Anson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles off George Blackburn. The 45 year-old infielder’s historic hit comes in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore at Chicago’s West Side Grounds.
1909 The Tigers and Senators play the longest scoreless game in American League history. Detroit’s Ed Summers, who gives up just seven hits, goes the distance but doesn’t get a decision when the 0-0 contest at Bennett Park ends after the 18th inning.
1913 In a game against the Cubs, Superbas’ second baseman George Cutshaw handles 14 chances without an error. The infielder’s defensive prowess helps Brooklyn beat Chicago at Ebbets Field, 4-2.
1920 After pitching 16 scoreless frames, Earl Hamilton and the Pirates lose to the Giants in the 17th at Forbes Field, 7-0. New York starter Rube Benton tosses 17 shutout innings to get the victory.
1932 Tommy Thomas collects his third victory in three days, all against the same team, when the Senators rout St. Louis at Griffith Stadium, 11-0. The 32 year-old right-hander, who will defeat the Browns seven times this season, picked up two of three wins of the streak as a reliever, before going the distance in today’s contest.
1933 Reds right-hander Red Lucas beats the Giants and Roy Parmelee, 1-0, in a 15-inning game that both starters go the distance. The Redland Field contest ends when Rollie Hemsley’s single to right field plates George Grantham with the winning run.
1948 Branch Rickey and Giants owner Horace Stoneham agree on a deal that releases Brooklyn manager Leo Durocher to become the Giants’ skipper, replacing the popular Mel Ott. Burt Shotton will take the ‘Lip’s’ place in the Dodger dugout.
1956 Radio executives John Fetzer and Fred Knorr buy the Tigers and Briggs Stadium for a record $5.5 million from a reluctant Walter Briggs, Jr., who was ordered by family estate administrators to sell the ownership that he inherited from his father. The deal includes an agreement to retain Briggs, who will become the team’s general manager, as executive vice president, but the former owner will resign from both posts at the start of next season.
1966 Horace Clarke hits his second career home run, a tenth-inning grand slam, giving the Yankees an eventual 9-5 win over the A’s at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium. The New York shortstop’s first-ever round-tripper was also hit with the bases full last season.
1968 After making a running catch of Chuck Hinton’s blooper, Indians’ center fielder Jose Cardenal continues to move to the infield, doubling up Jim Fregosi at second base to complete an unassisted double play. The Cleveland outfielder becomes only the fourth flychaser to record two unassisted double plays in one season, joining Socks Seybold (1907 A’s), Tris Speaker (1918 Indians), and Adam C
1969 Rod Carew steals home for the seventh time, establishing a new American League record and tying Pete Reiser’s major-league mark for swiping the plate in one season. After further research in 1991, Ty Cobb retains the record, having stolen home eight times in 1912.
1969 At Jarry Park, Willie Stargell becomes the first major leaguer to homer into a swimming pool when his 495-foot blast splashes into a recreational pool located beyond the right-field fence. When Pirates’ first baseman retired in 1982, the Expos presented him with a life-preserver in tribute to the homers he hit into what became known to the locals as “Willie’s pool” or referred to in French as la piscine de Willie.
1970 On precisely the same spot as Exposition Park, the Pirates’ home from 1891-1909, Three Rivers Stadium makes its debut. Cincinnati’s first baseman Tony Perez hits the park’s first home run as the Pirates lose to the Reds, 3-2.
1975 The owners re-elect Bowie Kuhn to his second term as the commissioner of baseball. Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley attempted to persuade others to vote to remove Kuhn, who had become his adversary on many issues during his first seven years in the position.
1978 Tulsa southpaw starter Dave Righetti, who doesn’t get the decision when the Drillers lose in the tenth, strikes out 21 Midland Cubs over nine innings, establishing a Texas League record. In the off-season, the 19 year-old Ranger farmhand becomes part of a ten-player trade that sends him to the Yankees..
1985 The All-Star Game telecast at Minnesota’s Metrodome becomes the first-ever program to be transmitted in stereo. NBC, which broadcasted the first professional baseball game in 1939, airs Midsummer Classic.
1985 The National League beats the AL, 6-1, marking its 21st victory in the last 23 All-Star Games. Sparky Anderson, the first manager to win 100 games in both the National and American Leagues, becomes the first skipper to lose a Midsummer Classics in each league.
1988 In the longest game ever played in Texas League history, the San Antonio Missions beat the visiting Jackson Mets in 26 innings, 1-0, when Manny Francois ended it with a bases-loaded single to center. The V.J. Keefe Stadium contest, which started on July 14th, was suspended at 2:25 a.m. the following day and continued on July 16th, taking seven hours and 23 minutes to complete.
1990 Steve Lyons slides headfirst into first base to beat out a bunt. The play becomes memorable when the White Sox first baseman drops his pants to brush away the dirt inside his uniform in front of 14,770 surprised fans at Tiger Stadium.
1999 Yankee closer Mariano Rivera blows the save, giving up four ninth-inning runs in the team’s 10-7 loss to Atlanta, after hearing Enter Sandman played as his entrance song for the first time. The ownership, seeing the San Diego fans’ enthusiastic reaction to Trevor Hoffman was getting during the World Series with AC/DC’s Hell’s Bells, comes up with the iconic Metallica heavy metal rock song for the quiet Panamanian, who is devout Christian.
2000 A 1919 Chicago’ Black Sox’ autographed baseball fetches $93,666 at an eBay.auction. The ball’s value, believed to be the most for such an item, was unusually high because it included the signature of Shoeless Joe Jackson, a player considered illiterate who usually just signed legal documents.
2000 The Twins announce the possibility of playing a home series outdoors in a temporary stadium next season. The move away from the Metrodome, however, would require the approval of major league baseball, the players’ association, the opponents, broadcast affiliates, and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission.
2001 Fred McGriff invokes his no-trade clause, blocking a deal that would have sent him to the first-place Cubs from the last-place Devil Rays. Later in the day, the ‘Crime Dog’ homers, helping Tampa Bay to beat the Braves 6-5.
2003 At the age of 77, Minnie Minoso becomes the first player to play professional baseball in seven decades. The Cuban native, who played his last full season in 1963 with the White Sox, walks as the designated hitter for the St. Paul Saints against the Gary SouthShore RailCats in Northern League action, an independent minor league.
2003 The Yankees send pitching prospects Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia, and Ryan Bicondoa to the Mets for hard-throwing embattled closer Armando Benitez. The 30 year-old All-Star reliever, slated to be the setup man for closer Mariano Rivera, blew seven of 28 save opportunities and became the object of much booing at Shea Stadium.
2005 The Northern League initially approves having fans, along with the Kansas City T-Bones and Schaumburg Flyers players looking on from their dugouts, watch the video stadium monitor as two kids determine the action of the first two innings using an X-Box and the MVP Baseball software. Although individual player statistics generated by the video game would not have counted, league officials later decided against the promotion, having instead the final two innings of the game replayed on the game system.
2005 To bolster their injured pitching rotation, the Yankees acquired recently released Al Leiter from the Marlins. The 39 year-old $8-million southpaw, who posted a disappointing 3-7 record and a 6.64 ERA with the Fish, will quickly pay dividends, limiting the Red Sox to one run and three hits in his first start back as a Bronx Bomber.
2006 At Wrigley Field, Mets outfielders Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran both hit grand slams during a franchise-record 11-run inning in the sixth of the 13-7 defeat of the Cubs. The pair of four-run homers marks only the seventh time in baseball history a team has accomplished the feat in one inning.
2006 Chipper Jones ties a major league record by collecting an extra-base hit in his 14th straight game. The Braves’ third baseman’s fourth-inning home run equals the mark established in 1927 by Pirates outfielder Paul Waner.
2006 Mariano Rivera records his 400th career save, pitching two innings in New York’s 6-4 victory over the White Sox. The Yankee closer becomes the fourth major league reliever to reach the milestone, joining Lee Smith (478), Trevor Hoffman (460), and John Franco (424).
2006 The Reds honor perfect game hurler Tom Browning and slugging first baseman Lee May with induction into the team’s Hall of Fame. Cooperstown and Mets Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, who spent five-plus seasons with the team, hurling a no-hitter with Cincinnati in 1978, is also included as an inductee.
2008 In Washington, D.C., the United States Post Office releases the Take Me Out to the Ball Game commemorative stamp, marking the 100th anniversary of baseball’s official anthem. Scottsdale (AZ) graphic artist Richard Sheaff designed the 42-cent postage stamp based on an image of a circa-1880 “trade card” from his personal collection that features a baseball scene promoting a product made in Michigan.
2009 In Miami, Ryan Howard, playing in his 658th game, becomes the fastest player to hit 200 home runs when he goes deep off Marlin right-hander Chris Volstad with his solo shot in the sixth inning in the team’s 4-0 victory. Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner, who played in 48 more contests than the 29 year-old Phillies first baseman to reach the plateau, had previously held the mark.
2009 The Diamondbacks and Rockies announce the teams will share an Arizona spring training home, beginning in 2011. The Pima-Maricopa Indians, according to a 25-year agreement, plan to build an 11,000-seat ballpark and a complex, making the major league facility the first to be located on a site believed to be tribal land.
2010 Bengie Molina becomes only the eighth major leaguer, and the first backstop since 1900, to hit a grand slam and a single, double, and triple in the same game. The slow-footed catcher, the eighth Ranger to hit for the cycle, legs out an improbable triple in the eighth inning to complete the feat.
2010 In the first home game played at Yankee Stadium since the death of Bob Sheppard, the team honors his memory with the players donning commemorative patches on the left sleeve of their uniforms as a tribute. No public address announcements are made from the empty PA booth during the game against Tampa Bay.
2013 In the first All-Star Game played in the Queens in 49 years, the American League pitchers hold their National League opponents to just three hits, blanking the Senior Circuit at Citi Field, 3-0. Yankee closer Mariano Rivera, voted the game’s MVP, receives a standing ovation from the enthusiastic 45,186 fans in attendance when he enters the contest in the eighth inning en route to retiring three consecutive NL batters.
2013 In the All-Star Game played at New York’s Citi Field, Salvador Perez, who replaced Joe Mauer behind the plate in the last inning, leads off the eighth with a single to right field off Atlanta’s Craig Kimbrel. The Kansas City catcher becomes the first Royals’ player to get a hit in the Midsummer Classic since Bo Jackson blasted his memorable moonshot at Anaheim Stadium in 1989.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS
|Boston||55||36||.604||–||28 – 19||27 – 17||21 – 10||12 – 6||11 – 16||5 – 5||L 2|
|Tampa Bay||53||37||.589||1.5||28 – 17||25 – 20||24 – 14||8 – 4||13 – 15||6 – 4||L 1|
|Toronto||45||42||.517||8||19 – 20||26 – 22||21 – 22||4 – 6||7 – 12||4 – 6||W 1|
|NY Yankees||46||43||.517||8||23 – 22||23 – 21||17 – 24||13 – 6||12 – 7||5 – 5||L 1|
|Baltimore||28||61||.315||26||13 – 30||15 – 31||11 – 24||4 – 16||11 – 14||3 – 7||L 4|
|Chi White Sox||54||35||.607||–||31 – 14||23 – 21||13 – 7||30 – 15||7 – 10||7 – 3||W 5|
|Cleveland||45||42||.517||8||24 – 19||21 – 23||7 – 10||26 – 16||5 – 9||3 – 7||W 3|
|Detroit||40||51||.440||15||21 – 22||19 – 29||4 – 5||18 – 30||13 – 11||4 – 6||L 4|
|Minnesota||39||50||.438||15||22 – 25||17 – 25||6 – 7||20 – 23||9 – 16||6 – 4||W 4|
|Kansas City||36||53||.404||18||21 – 22||15 – 31||8 – 12||17 – 27||5 – 11||3 – 7||L 4|
|Houston||55||36||.604||–||29 – 19||26 – 17||16 – 12||12 – 6||25 – 13||7 – 3||W 1|
|Oakland||52||40||.565||3.5||27 – 22||25 – 18||13 – 13||12 – 2||19 – 20||4 – 6||W 2|
|Seattle||48||43||.527||7||29 – 20||19 – 23||13 – 8||12 – 13||19 – 14||6 – 4||L 1|
|LA Angels||45||44||.506||9||26 – 20||19 – 24||11 – 11||13 – 7||15 – 22||7 – 3||W 1|
|Texas||35||55||.389||19.5||22 – 25||13 – 30||11 – 10||8 – 11||14 – 23||4 – 6||L 2|
|NY Mets||47||40||.540||–||28 – 14||19 – 26||19 – 18||9 – 9||14 – 6||6 – 4||L 1|
|Philadelphia||44||44||.500||3.5||24 – 16||20 – 28||20 – 22||12 – 6||6 – 9||7 – 3||W 2|
|Atlanta||44||45||.494||4||24 – 22||20 – 23||23 – 23||16 – 9||3 – 3||6 – 4||L 1|
|Washington||42||47||.472||6||24 – 22||18 – 25||17 – 16||9 – 10||8 – 17||2 – 8||L 4|
|Miami||39||50||.438||9||22 – 21||17 – 29||17 – 17||6 – 13||14 – 10||5 – 5||W 1|
|Milwaukee||53||39||.576||–||27 – 21||26 – 18||8 – 11||24 – 17||19 – 6||4 – 6||L 3|
|Cincinnati||48||42||.533||4||23 – 20||25 – 22||6 – 4||25 – 13||10 – 20||8 – 2||W 3|
|Chi Cubs||44||46||.489||8||28 – 17||16 – 29||11 – 14||20 – 21||10 – 7||2 – 8||L 1|
|St. Louis||44||46||.489||8||23 – 18||21 – 28||14 – 13||15 – 18||13 – 10||5 – 5||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||34||56||.378||18||19 – 25||15 – 31||8 – 10||11 – 26||7 – 13||5 – 5||W 1|
|San Francisco||57||32||.640||–||30 – 13||27 – 19||13 – 7||12 – 6||23 – 14||7 – 3||W 4|
|LA Dodgers||56||35||.615||2||30 – 14||26 – 21||13 – 7||10 – 10||24 – 12||6 – 4||W 2|
|San Diego||53||40||.570||6||33 – 19||20 – 21||6 – 8||16 – 14||23 – 17||4 – 6||L 2|
|Colorado||40||51||.440||18||31 – 17||9 – 34||5 – 8||11 – 16||17 – 24||6 – 4||W 2|
|Arizona||26||66||.283||32.5||15 – 28||11 – 38||8 – 15||7 – 13||11 – 31||4 – 6||L 2|
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER STANDINGS
|Orlando City SC||12||6||3||3||20||12||8||3-2-1||3-1-2||21|
|New York City FC||11||5||2||4||19||13||6||3-1-2||2-1-2||17|
|Inter Miami CF||11||2||2||7||9||17||-8||0-1-4||2-1-3||8|
|Los Angeles FC||12||5||3||4||15||12||3||3-2-1||2-1-3||18|
|Real Salt Lake||11||4||4||3||18||12||6||2-3-2||2-1-1||16|
|Connecticut Sun||14||6||.700||—||8-1||6-5||9-3||6-4||2 W|
|Chicago Sky||10||10||.500||4.0||3-6||7-4||8-4||7-3||2 L|
|New York Liberty||10||11||.476||4.5||5-5||5-6||5-8||4-6||2 L|
|Washington Mystics||8||10||.444||5.0||5-4||3-6||5-6||5-5||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||6||13||.316||7.5||3-7||3-6||5-6||2-8||4 L|
|Indiana Fever||4||16||.200||10.0||3-8||1-8||4-9||3-7||3 W|