MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD THURSDAY
TEXAS 8 MIAMI 0
HOUSTON 3 NY YANKEES 2
DETROIT 7 OAKLAND 2
HOUSTON 7 NY YANKEES 5
OAKLAND 5 DETROIT 0
LA DODGERS 9 SAN FRANCISCO 6
THURSDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FRIDAY
NY YANKEES AND BALTIMORE
ST. LOUIS AT CINCINNATI
TORONTO AND BOSTON
CHICAGO CUBS AT PHILADELPHIA
CLEVELAND AT CHICAGO WHITE SOX
MIAMI AT PITTSBURGH
TAMPA BAY AT KANSAS CITY
SAN DIEGO AT NY METS
TEXAS AT OAKLAND
COLORADO AT MILWAUKEE
HOUSTON AT SEATTLE
WASHINGTON AT ARIZONA
LA ANGELS AT ATLANTA
SAN FRANCISCO AT LA DODGERS
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SATURDAY
NY YANKEES AND BALTIMORE
ST. LOUIS AT CINCINNATI
TORONTO AND BOSTON
CHICAGO CUBS AT PHILADELPHIA
CLEVELAND AT CHICAGO WHITE SOX
MIAMI AT PITTSBURGH
TAMPA BAY AT KANSAS CITY
SAN DIEGO AT NY METS
TEXAS AT OAKLAND
COLORADO AT MILWAUKEE
HOUSTON AT SEATTLE
WASHINGTON AT ARIZONA
LA ANGELS AT ATLANTA
SAN FRANCISCO AT LA DODGERS
WNBA SCOREBOARD THURSDAY
WASHINGTON 78 NEW YORK 69
LOS ANGELES 85 ATLANTA 78
LAS VEGAS 90 INDIANA 77
THURSDAY’S BOX SCORE: https://www.wnba.com/game/20220721/INDLVA/#/box-score
PGA LEADERBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=PGA
LPGA LEADERBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=LPGA
NFL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/fb/wire.asp
NBA WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/wire.asp
NHL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/wire.asp
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WIRE: http://hosted.stats.com/cfb/wire.asp
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SATURDAY
NEW YORK CITY AT MIAMI
CINCINNATI AT NASHVILLE
COLUMBUS AT NEW ENGLAND
TORONTO AT CHARLOTTE
BC AT MONTRÉAL
HOUSTON AT MINNESOTA
KANSAS CITY AT LOS ANGELES
SALT LAKE AT DALLAS.
SEATTLE AT COLORADO
VANCOUVER AT CHICAGO
PORTLAND AT SAN JOSE
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 1-AUGUST 19
COLTS TRAINING CAMP
JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.
AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET
AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.
AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M.
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|THURSDAY, AUGUST 4||NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME, CANTON, OH JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NBC (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 1|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 11||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||ATLANTA FALCONS AT DETROIT LIONS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||NFLN (8:30 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CHICAGO BEARS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||DALLAS COWBOYS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 14||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NFLN (4:25 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 2|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 18||CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS||FOX (8:00 PM)|
|MONDAY, AUGUST 22||ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 3|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS||PRIME VIDEO (8:15 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 26||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS||NFLN (3:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||CBS (4:30 PM)|
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TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
ALVAREZ HOMERS AS ASTROS DOWN YANKEES 7-5 FOR DH SWEEP
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros opened the second half of the season by sweeping the New York Yankees in a doubleheader Thursday to inch closer in the standings to the team with baseball’s best record.
Yordan Alvarez and Alex Bregman both homered and combined for five RBIs as the Astros completed the sweep with a 7-5 win in Game 2.
Chas McCormick added a two-run home run for the Astros, who won the season series 5-2.
The Yankees are 64-30 and Houston’s two wins Thursday improved the team to 61-32.
“You want to get off to a good start, and I think everybody came in ready to play,” Bregman said. “This is what we expect out of this ball club every single night … and hopefully we can continue that for the second half.”
Yankees manager Aaron Boone seemed bothered by a question equating this season’s results against the Astros to their struggles against them in the playoffs in recent years.
“I understand it’s a big story,” he said. “I understand the season we’re in. It’s not going to matter unless (it’s) October. If we happen to come back here in October we’re going to show up. We’re going to expect to win. We think we’re really good. They’re really good. Don’t overstate this.”
Rookie J.J. Matijevic’s pinch-hit RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Astros to a 3-2 win in the opener of the day-night doubleheader between the American League’s top teams.
“This is huge for us to start out 2-0, to take our lead back to double digits,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said of his team’s lead over the Mariners in the AL West.
Aaron Judge hit his MLB-leading 34th homer on a three-run shot off Brandon Bielak to the train tracks atop left field to cut the lead to 7-5 with one out in the ninth in Game 2.
Rafael Montero, who pitched an inning in the first game, took over and was greeted with a single by Gleyber Torres. But Matt Carpenter grounded into a double play to end the game and give Montero his seventh save.
Alvarez, who returned from the injured list Thursday, smacked his 27th homer to the seats in left field with two outs in the first to give Houston an early lead. The Astros went back-to-back when Bregman connected off Domingo German (0-1) four pitches later to make it 2-0.
“The guy hasn’t swung a bat against live pitching and hits it out on his first at-bat, he’s pretty awesome,” Baker said. “And Bregman is heating up.”
There were runners on second and third with two outs in the second when Alvarez doubled off the wall in left-center to score two more and extend the lead to 4-0. Bregman singled to left field to send Alvarez home and make it 5-0.
Judge walked with one out in the third before the Yankees cut the lead to three on a home run by Torres.
The doubleheader coming out of the All-Star break was scheduled to help make up a series that was postponed because of the lockout. Houston won the first game of the series on June 30.
“It’s definitely news to watch us play each other,” New York’s Giancarlo Stanton said. “But at the end of the day, we’ve got to stay ahead of them for home-field (advantage).”
German allowed six hits and five runs in three innings in his season debut after missing the first half of the season with a shoulder injury.
Houston starter Luis Garcia (8-5) yielded three hits and two runs in five innings for his fifth straight win after losing his previous four decisions.
In Game 1, Bregman led off the Houston ninth with a single against Michael King (6-3). Bregman advanced to third on Aledmys Diaz’s double. After Yuli Gurriel struck out, pinch-hitter Alvarez was walked intentionally to load the bases.
King looked as if he might be able to escape the jam after he struck out McCormick, but Matijevic drove in Bregman with an infield single to shortstop.
“The bullpen did a great job and boy, that was an exciting win for us and the fans and for J.J.,” Baker said. “I was happy for J.J.”
The Astros carried a 2-1 lead into the ninth. But Aaron Hicks singled against Hector Neris (3-3) and scored on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s two-out single, a grounder that rolled just past shortstop Jeremy Pena for the tying hit.
DJ LeMahieu homered in the fifth, but the Yankees were just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Jordan Montgomery tied a season high with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and walked one.
Cristian Javier tied a season high by issuing four walks while allowing one run and two hits in five innings. It was Javier’s first start against the Yankees since he pitched seven innings in a combined no-hitter at New York on June 25. Neris and Ryan Pressly finished the historic gem.
It was just the third doubleheader for the domed Minute Maid Park, which opened in 2000.
Yankees: German was activated from the 60-day injured list before Game 2. RHP Ryan Weber was designated for assignment.
Astros: OF Jose Siri was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land. … Pressly was not with the team after going on the paternity list following the birth of a daughter Wednesday. LHP Parker Mushinski was reinstated from the 15-day IL.
Yankees: Jameson Taillon (10-2, 3.86 ERA) starts for the Yankees against Baltimore’s Tyler Wells (7-5, 3.38) in the opener of a three-game series against the Orioles on Friday night.
Astros: Houston’s Jose Urquidy (8-4, 4.09) opposes Seattle’s Marco Gonzales (5-9, 3.50) on Friday night in Game 1 of a three-game series against the surging Mariners, winners of 14 straight.
DODGERS RECOVER, BEAT GIANTS 9-6 ON BETTS’ 3-RUN HR IN 8TH
LOS ANGELES (AP) Mookie Betts broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Thursday night after blowing a five-run lead in the seventh.
The streaking NL West leaders won their fifth in a row and 12th in 13 tries, with the All-Star Game logos on the field nearly obliterated two nights after the Dodgers hosted the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1980.
Betts also made a spectacular diving catch on Joc Pederson’s liner in the right-field corner for the final out.
San Francisco tied it on a grand slam by Darin Ruf in the seventh, then went ahead 6-5 in the eighth.
Trayce Thompson’s RBI triple off Dominic Leone (3-2) tied it 6-all with two outs in the bottom half. Cody Bellinger drew a walk from left-hander Jarlin Garcia to set up Betts, whose 406-foot shot landed in the left-field pavilion, triggering a raucous reaction from what was left of the sellout crowd of 53,165.
Evan Phillips (4-3) worked one inning for the win, and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 16th save.
The Giants tied it at 5 with a five-run seventh when the Dodgers’ bullpen crumbled.
Phil Bickford gave up a solo homer to Evan Longoria. Facing a 2-2 count with two outs, Ruf blasted a grand slam to left-center off Alex Vesia to even the score.
Phillips came on in the eighth and promptly walked Wilmer Flores before Pederson doubled to deep left. After Longoria grounded out, Luis Gonzalez was intentionally walked to load the bases. Phillips walked Thairo Estrada, forcing in Flores for a 6-5 lead.
Austin Slater grounded into a fielder’s choice to third and Max Muncy threw out Pederson at the plate for the second out. Pinch-hitter Joey Bart struck out to end the inning.
Freddie Freeman homered for his NL-leading 115th hit in the first.
Mitch White took a no-hit bid into the sixth as the Dodgers were cruising with a 5-0 lead.
White didn’t allow a baserunner until consecutive two-out walks to Austin Wynns and LaMonte Wade Jr. in the third. The right-hander got his only strikeout in the fifth, when Gonzalez went down swinging leading off.
Caleb Ferguson followed with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Giants starter Carlos Rodon gave up five runs and six hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out seven and walked two.
Giants: INF Tommy La Stella (COVID-19 IL) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. He’s expected to get time at second base, designated hitter and third base. … LHP Jose Alvarez (left elbow) remains in San Francisco for rehab. … C Curt Casali (oblique strain) started hitting to go with the running he’s already doing. … RHP Mauricio Llovera (right flexor strain) was transferred to the 60-day IL. … RHP Zack Littell (left oblique strain) threw a bullpen in Arizona. … SS Brandon Crawford (right knee inflammation) began light baseball activity.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner left the game with abdominal tightness. … Manager Dave Roberts said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that RHP Walker Buehler (right flexor tendon strain) will return in September. … RHP Dustin May (Tommy John surgery) will pitch three innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Roberts expects him back by mid-August. … LHP Andrew Heaney (left shoulder) will make a start in Arizona. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (right shoulder) is pain-free and should return soon. … OF Chris Taylor (left foot) is swinging a bat and throwing, but not able to run yet.
Bellinger’s father, Clay, a three-time World Series champion with the Yankees, handled first pitch duties while holding his 7-month-old granddaughter in his left arm. Clay bounced the pitch in the dirt but his son deftly handled it while Caiden appeared nonplussed.
Giants: RHP Logan Webb (9-3, 2.83 ERA) struck out five over six-plus innings against Milwaukee in his previous start before the All-Star break.
Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (10-1, 2.96) makes his first start with the Dodgers against the rival Giants. He’s 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in eight career starts against them.
MURPHY’S 3-RUN HOMER HELPS A’S SPLIT DH WITH TIGERS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Sean Murphy clobbered a baseball and sent it directly through the window of a suite in center field, an impressive drive the Oakland Athletics hope will provide some much-needed momentum to start the second half.
Crazy thing, manager Mark Kotsay even had a suite in that very area – “I might have had the one next to it,” he noted – while a player for the A’s back in 2006.
Murphy’s three-run homer highlighted Oakland’s five-run sixth inning that broke up a scoreless game, and the A’s beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Thursday to split a doubleheader.
“That was a pretty good shot,” Murphy said with a smile after a drive that was projected at 447 feet.
In the first game, Jeimer Candelario homered and Robbie Grossman doubled twice and drove in three runs against his former team as Detroit won 7-2.
Murphy connected for his 10th homer – his second straight season in double digits – off Garrett Hill (1-2), a rookie making his third major league start.
Stephen Vogt added a sacrifice fly and Tony Kemp an RBI single in the fifth for the A’s, who started an eight-game homestand Thursday to begin the second half.
“Splitting a doubleheader’s good – you don’t want to lose both,” Murphy said. “That was a good team win. Everybody contributed.”
Frankie Montas started the second game, returning from missing two turns with inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He went three innings before Domingo Acevedo (2-2) worked the sixth for the win. He was the third of six Oakland pitchers in a four-hit gem that took 2 hours, 45 minutes.
It was the sixth shutout of the season for the A’s.
Montas said he was pain-free and felt great. He had been forced out of his last outing July 3 at Seattle and wasn’t expected to work deep into the game.
“Just want to make sure he’s good and healthy,” Kotsay said.
In the opener, Candelario connected leading off the seventh to help back Tarik Skubal (7-8), who struck out nine and didn’t allow an earned run over six impressive innings while pitching back home in the East Bay.
He is back on track after losing five straight starts from June 12 to July 3, utilizing his steady slider.
“My slider’s my best pitch and I kind of just didn’t have a great feel for it. It kind of wasn’t doing what I want it to do,” Skubal said. “I was able to get it back to the movement I like, and I think that’s why my results have been a little bit different than prior.”
Grossman’s two-run double in the third put Detroit ahead, then he doubled again two innings later as the Tigers added an unearned run after second baseman Sheldon Neuse’s fielding error. Jonathan Schoop provided insurance runs with an eighth-inning double and a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Riley Greene added an RBI single in the ninth.
Tigers reliever Alex Lange gave up a home run to Seth Brown in the seventh. Stephen Piscotty had a sacrifice fly for Oakland.
A’s lefty Zach Logue (3-5) allowed three runs on five hits over six innings, struck out four and walked one. He’s yet to win back-to-back starts or decisions in 2022. He was called up before the game from Triple-A Las Vegas for his fifth stint of the season with Oakland and will return to the minors.
“I’m just trying to be where my feet are,” he said.
Detroit played its seventh doubleheader this season – second most in the majors behind Cleveland’s eight – and still has two more scheduled. This one was necessitated by the lockout-delayed start to the season.
The A’s went 5-2 against the Tigers to take the season series for a fifth straight year. This matchup came after a previous doubleheader between the clubs on May 10 in Detroit during which the A’s were the home game for opener. This marked another quick trip West for the Tigers after playing in the Bay Area with a two-game series at San Francisco from June 28-29.
“It’s a weird thing to come for one day, but we knew this in April,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “When the lockout ended, we knew we’d have a quick trip. We’ll go home, regroup with a day off and then get (ready for) Minnesota.”
Tigers: RHP Matt Manning, on the 60-day injured list retroactive to April 17 with right shoulder inflammation, is scheduled for a minor league rehab appearance Friday. … RHP Beau Brieske went on the 15-day injured list with soreness in his right forearm that Hinch called a muscle strain. Brieske tried playing catch after the All-Star break and experienced discomfort. … RHP Jose Cisnero returned from the bereavement list.
Athletics: RHP Dany Jimenez, who went on the 15-day injured list June 21 with a strained pitching shoulder, threw a 30-pitch bullpen Tuesday. He could face hitters as soon as Tuesday. … Rookie INF Jonah Bride (shoulder) will continue his rehab assignment Friday with Class A Stockton at Fresno. “Jonah’s doing great,” Kotsay said.
The Tigers recalled INF Zack Short and INF/OF Kody Clemens from Triple-A Toledo and placed RHP Will Vest on the paternity list after he welcomed a baby boy. Vest is expected back Saturday.
Following Friday’s off day, RHP Michael Pineda (2-5, 5.22 ERA) will pitch Saturday for the Tigers back home against the Twins.
LHP Cole Irvin (4-7, 3.21) will take the mound Friday night for the A’s in the opener of a weekend series at home with the Rangers.
GRAY PITCHES 6 INNINGS AS RANGERS BEAT REELING MARLINS 8-0
MIAMI (AP) Jon Gray pitched six innings of four-hit ball, Adolis Garcia homered and the Texas Rangers beat the reeling Miami Marlins 8-0 on Thursday.
Garcia drove in three runs, helping Texas stop a four-game slide in the opener of an 11-game trip. Marcus Semien had two hits and reached base four times.
“Our players were excited to get back off the break and ready to play ball,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “We’re going to be challenged, obviously, on this road trip travel-wise.”
The Marlins lost their fourth straight, and their scoreless streak reached 34 innings. They last scored in the second inning of their 2-1 loss against Philadelphia on July 15.
Miami also tied a club record with its ninth consecutive game without a home run. Marlins teams in 1993 and 2019 had similar droughts.
“We’re in a stretch where you’re hoping the three-day break was going to be something that we’d bounce back and come out of this with some energy and it would look a little different, ” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “But it hasn’t so we’ve got to keep going and keep fighting.”
Gray (7-4) struck out five and walked two. Matt Moore, Matt Bush and Dennis Santana each got three outs, finishing the Rangers’ seven-hitter.
“We had a great mix working, I don’t think we relied too much on one thing,” Gray said. “We’ve been on attack mode, not walking as many people.”
Rangers shortstop Corey Seager rejoined the team in Miami after appearing in the All-Star Game. But he got the day off.
Texas jumped in front on consecutive RBI singles by Nathaniel Lowe, Jonah Helm and Garcia in the third. Garcia added a two-run shot in the fifth, driving the first pitch from Miami starter Pablo Lopez over the wall in right for his 16th homer.
“I was looking to make good contact, put the ball in play,” Garcia said in Spanish. “Thankfully, I made a good swing and the ball took off.”
The Rangers’ lead changed Gray’s approach for the rest of his outing.
“It takes a little stress off of me,” Gray said. “If we’re able to plate two or three runs early, that kind of put me in another mode. It didn’t feel like I was on my heels.”
Lopez (6-5) was lifted after five innings. The right-hander was charged with five runs and five hits.
The Rangers recalled infielder Ezequiel Duran from Triple-A Round Rock and sold the contract of outfielder Zach Reks to the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization. Reks was designated for assignment Saturday.
The Marlins placed right-hander Elieser Hernandez (undisclosed) on the injured list and recalled right-hander Tommy Nance from Triple-A Jacksonville.
ANOTHER MIAMI VISIT
The clubs originally were scheduled to meet in a three-game series. But the schedules were altered after the lockout ended in March, and the Rangers will make a separate trip to Miami. The additional two games will be a day-night doubleheader Sept. 12.
Jacob Berry, Miami’s top pick and the sixth-overall selection in the 2022 draft Sunday, took batting practice and fielded grounders prior to the game. The Marlins already signed the infielder to a contract and will assign him to a minor league club soon.
“I’m thankful to get this opportunity to meet everybody in the Marlins organization,” Berry said. “It’s been unbelievable. There’s not even one word I could use to describe this moment.”
Rangers: INF-OF Brad Miller (neck strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Monday. … RHP Dane Dunning (right ankle impingement) will make a rehab start Thursday in Arizona.
Marlins: LHP Jesus Luzardo (left forearm strain) is scheduled to throw four innings Friday at Jacksonville. … RHP Edward Cabrera (right elbow tendinitis) is scheduled for a rehab outing on Friday at Double-A Pensacola.
Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard (1-1, 6.97 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series Friday at Oakland.
Marlins: LHP Braxton Garrett (1-3, 3.70 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series Friday at Pittsburgh.
MURRAY, CARDINALS AGREE TO CONTRACT THROUGH 2028 SEASON
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The drama is over and the decision is in: Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals have made a long-term commitment to each other with a new contract that would keep the quarterback in the desert through the 2028 season.
The two-time Pro Bowl selection was taken with the No. 1 overall pick out of Oklahoma after he won the Heisman Trophy and has largely delivered in his quest to make the Cardinals a better franchise.
The team announced the new contract on Thursday. ESPN reported that the contract could be worth $230.5 million, with $160 million guaranteed.
Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment.
Murray’s new contract puts him on par with other young star quarterbacks throughout the league like Buffalo’s Josh Allen, who signed a deal worth more than $250 million last season. Murray will make an average of more than $46 million per season, which is similar to other elite quarterbacks such as Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes and Allen.
Listed at just 5-foot-10, some around the NFL worried the 24-year-old Murray was too short to be a dominant pro quarterback, but his stats through three seasons prove otherwise.
He’s completed nearly 67% of his passes through 46 career games for 11,480 yards and 70 touchdowns while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 TDs. Murray is particularly good at extending plays with his feet, using his scrambling ability for spectacular gains.
Arizona had a 5-10-1 record during his rookie season in 2019 but the Cardinals improved to 11-6 last season before losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card round during the playoffs.
The deal brings an end to a strange, passive-aggressive offseason contract squabble. At one point, Murray wiped his social media accounts of all references to the Cardinals and it wasn’t clear whether the franchise was ready to make a long-term investment.
The two sides appeared to be on a path toward reconciliation over the past few months. GM Steve Keim said that there was “zero chance” Murray would be traded and the quarterback put on social media that he wanted to win Super Bowls with the Cardinals and called Arizona “home.”
The Cardinals had already picked up Murray’s fifth-year option for the 2023 season, further easing tensions, but Thursday’s news puts an end to any lingering questions.
Now Murray can take the field for training camp next week knowing his football future is secure. The Cardinals face plenty of challenges in 2022, including navigating the first six games without star receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who was suspended for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
Murray and fourth-year coach Kliff Kingsbury are under significant pressure to produce this fall after last year’s late-season collapse. The Cardinals looked like one of the NFL’s best teams in 2021 after starting with a 10-2 record, but lost four of their last five regular-season games before getting beat 34-11 by the Rams in the wild card round.
AP SOURCE: BROWNS TO SIGN ROSEN AS TEAM AWAITS WATSON RULING
CLEVELAND (AP) The Cleveland Browns reached an agreement Thursday with free agent quarterback Josh Rosen on a one-year contract, giving them another veteran as they await a ruling on Deshaun Watson, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Rosen, who was on Cleveland’s radar before the 2018 draft, will officially sign the contract Friday, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal.
The 25-year-old Rosen worked out this week for the Browns along with A.J. McCarron as they make contingency plans in case Watson is suspended by the NFL.
The Browns want to open training camp next week with four quarterbacks, according to the person.
Watson is facing a possible NFL suspension after being accused by two dozen female massage therapists of sexual misconduct during sessions while the three-time Pro Bowler played for the Houston Texans.
Former federal judge Sue L. Robinson, the league’s disciplinary officer, is deciding whether Watson, who was traded to the Browns in March, has violated the personal conduct policy.
If Watson is suspended, the Browns intend to go with veteran Jacoby Brissett as their starter and Rosen as his backup.
Brissett has started 37 games during his pro career with New England, Indianapolis and Miami. He signed as a free agent one day after Cleveland enticed Watson to waive his no-trade clause with a five-year, $230 million contract that’s fully guaranteed.
Josh Dobbs is also on Cleveland’s roster, but the 27-year-old has never started an NFL game and the Browns wanted to bring in another veteran in case Watson is out for multiple games.
Rosen was one of several top college quarterbacks the Browns considered drafting with the first overall pick in 2018 before choosing Baker Mayfield. Cleveland dealt Mayfield to Carolina earlier this month after agreeing to pick up $10 million of his salary for 2022.
Rosen was drafted 10th that year by Arizona. He went 3-13 in starts for the Cardinals and Miami. He was with Atlanta last season and appeared in four games.
The 31-year-old McCarron nearly came to Cleveland in a 2017 trade from Cincinnati, but the deal was voided when the Browns failed to file the appropriate paperwork with the league on time. McCarron also has played for Oakland and Houston.
HARTUNG, WHITWORTH, TALIB JOIN ‘THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL’
Prime Video’s crew for “Thursday Night Football” is nearly set, less than two months before its first regular-season game.
Kaylee Hartung has been hired by Amazon as the sideline reporter while Andrew Whitworth and Aqib Talib have signed on as contributors for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
Prime Video’s regular-season debut as the exclusive home of the primetime package comes on Sept. 15 when Kansas City hosts the Los Angeles Chargers.
“It has been an amazing opportunity to start from scratch, to really bring some new perspective,” said Marie Donoghue, Amazon’s vice president of Global Sports Video. “We’ve got great veterans who are at the top of their profession while at the same time, bringing incredible personalities who have recently left the game. So that’ll bring unique current input.”
Hartung returns to sports after five years with ABC News and CNN. She previously was a sideline reporter for ESPN, primarily for SEC football and college basketball.
In a phone interview, Hartung said she didn’t leave sports five years ago, but moved on to become a more versatile reporter.
“The range of opportunities has been cool, and I think it just helped better prepare me for this next step,” she said. “This is the next great opportunity for me to tell great stories. The storytelling, whether it’s news or sports, it’s the same craft. And that’s what has been so exciting about this opportunity, because it is the biggest story in sports, and we’re talking about the NFL and a primetime game that’s going to have so many eyes on it.”
Hartung will be paired with play-by-play announcer Al Michaels and analyst Kirk Herbstreit for the game coverage. Hartung and Herbstreit did a few events together for ESPN, but were never part of the same weekly crew until now on Prime Video.
While Herbstreit will continue with college football for ESPN, Hartung’s final day at ABC News was last Friday.
“I’ve heard the excitement from both of them about being a part of building something new. And I think for us, to get to do that together will be a bonding experience, for sure,” said Hartung of Michaels and Herbstreit. “Just getting to learn from them, the ways in which they go about doing their jobs and handling their business, it’s an incredible learning opportunity for me.”
Whitworth, who capped a 16-year NFL career by helping to lead the Los Angeles Rams to a Super Bowl championship, joins Ryan Fitzpatrick and Richard Sherman as part of a studio crew who played last season. The former offensive tackle and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year recipient received plenty of interest from networks before deciding on Prime Video.
“I was really excited when I got a chance to kind of get a little bit of a vision of what they want to do — to be a little innovative and change it up and create a new and exciting experience. It was right there with who I am in creating a culture and an atmosphere and really an experience,” Whitworth said.
Talib played 12 years in the NFL — including winning a Super Bowl title with Denver — before retiring after the 2019 season. He had done some NFL games for Fox the past two seasons.
It was announced earlier that Charissa Thompson and Tony Gonzalez also will be on pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
Donoghue said plans are still being finalized for some of the alternative feeds that will be available during the games. Prime Video will have a few practice games before carrying the preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans on Aug. 25.
GEORGIA’S SMART GETS 10-YEAR EXTENSION, RAISE TO $10.25M
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) Georgia’s Kirby Smart has agreed to a contract extension through the 2031 season, a 10-year agreement worth more than $110 million that makes him the latest coach to land the type of megadeal that is becoming increasingly common in college football.
The deal announced Thursday has been expected for weeks.
Coming off a national championship season, Smart will be paid $10.25 million this season in base salary and supplemental compensation. He will receive raises each season, which lead to total compensation of $12.25 million in 2031.
Smart joins Alabama’s Nick Saban, Ohio State’s Ryan Day, LSU’s Brian Kelly, Michigan State’s Mel Tucker and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher as college football coaches who will make at least $9 million in 2022.
The extension comes after Smart led the Bulldogs to Georgia’s first national championship since 1980.
“Coach Smart’s impact on the University of Georgia extends far past his significant accolades as our head football coach,” athletic director Josh Brooks said in a statement. “He and his wife are Bulldogs through and through, and it is evident that Athens and UGA mean as much to him as he means to us.
“I am excited for our football program’s continued success under his direction. The future of Georgia football remains bright with coach Smart as its steadfast leader.”
The new deal came one day after Smart confirmed at the Southeastern Conference Media Days in Atlanta that he was close to an extension. He is 66-15 in six years at Georgia.
Smart receives a raise of more than $3 million for this season. He was set to earn $7.1 million on his old deal, which ran through the 2024 season.
Under Smart, Georgia has finished first in the SEC East four times and has won six bowl games. Georgia lost in the 2018 national championship game before finally breaking through with its win over Alabama in last season’s title game.
Smart is a former Georgia defensive back.
“This is home for us, our roots run deep here,” Smart said. “My commitment to this university and our football program is unwavering. I’m thankful to President Jere Morehead and Josh Brooks for their continued support of Georgia football.”
Smart said he is “certainly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish” but added “I’m confident the best is yet to come.”
QB PETTY, WHO LED HOLTZ’S GAMECOCKS TO 2 BOWL WINS, HAS DIED
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former South Carolina quarterback Phil Petty, who led Lou Holtz’s teams to consecutive Outback Bowl wins, has died. He was 43.
The university announced Petty’s death on Thursday. No cause of death was given.
Petty was a part-time starter in 1999, when the Gamecocks went 0-11 in Holtz’s first season. Petty took over the job full time the next season and engineered a turnaround: South Carolina went 17-7 with a pair of Outback Bowl victories over Ohio State after the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
Petty spent a season in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans before moving into coaching. He was a South Carolina grad assistant, and then spent five seasons on staff at East Carolina under Skip Holtz, Lou’s son and South Carolina’s former offensive coordinator.
Petty was among the top 10 in several career categories at South Carolina, including sixth with 454 pass completions, seventh with 5,652 yards passing and ninth with 28 passing touchdowns.
CHARLES JOHNSON, FORMER COLORADO, NFL RECEIVER, DEAD AT 50
RALEIGH. N.C. (AP) — Charles Johnson, the former Colorado receiver who won a Super Bowl title with New England in a nine-year NFL career, has died. He was 50.
The university confirmed Johnson’s death Wednesday through Heritage High School, the Wake Forest school where he was an assistant athletic director.
WNCN-TV in Raleigh reported Wednesday that police found a body in a hotel room Sunday during a welfare check at a Hampton Inn and Suites and that a preliminary investigation indicated no signs of foul play.
Johnson was selected 17th overall by Pittsburgh in the 1994 draft. He spent five seasons with the Steelers, two with Philadelphia, helped New England win the Super Bowl in the 2001 season and ended his career with Buffalo in 2002.
“Words simply can’t explain or identify who C.J. was to many,” said former quarterback Kordell Stewart, Johnson’s Colorado and Pittsburgh teammate. “I’m not sure how to process this properly — we’ve been friends for over 30 years — but just know C.J. will be missed. My heart goes out to Tanisha (his wife), their kids and family. May God bless them and keep them during these trying times.”
In 133 career regular-season NFL games, Johnson had 354 receptions for 4,606 yards and 24 touchdowns.
At Colorado, Johnson was a freshman on the Buffaloes’ 1990 national championship team and finished with 127 receptions for 2,447 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell, who was Johnson’s receivers coach in 1992 and 1993, released a statement Wednesday, saying:
“I was shocked and very distraught hearing the news about CJ. He was a great person, teammate, and had a infectious personality. He wore the pride and tradition of the Buffaloes on his sleeve. One of the best competitors I’ve coached at the WR position. Rest In Peace CJ.”
Johnson starred at Cajon High School in California.
JIMBO FISHER SAYS ‘NO ILL WILL’ TOWARD NICK SABAN AFTER FEUD EARLIER THIS YEAR
ATLANTA — Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher put to rest any concerns of lingering tension between himself and Alabama coach Nick Saban on the final day of SEC media days.
“We saw each other at the SEC meetings [in Destin, Florida]. I have great respect for Nick, had a great friendship with Nick,” Fisher told ESPN on Thursday. “I respect him very much, and we all learn from different circumstances in which we have, and I have no ill will, no anything to him.
“I have great respect when we coached and done a lot of great things together, [we’re from the] same part of the country. You know what I’m saying? But we never talked that way. We never called and talked and did anything. We’re just like we always were.”
At the podium, Fisher said: “Unfortunately, our thing went public. Sometimes that happens in this world. Nothing is private anymore, is it?”
Saban created a stir in May during a meeting with local business leaders in Birmingham, Alabama, where he claimed that Texas A&M “bought every player” in its top-ranked recruiting class with name, image and likeness deals.
Fisher held a news conference the following day and called Saban’s comments “despicable,” while also challenging reporters to look into Alabama’s recruiting practices. Fisher also said at the time that he declined to take a call from Saban, saying, “Not going to — we’re done.”
Saban later attempted to clarify his comments, saying his frustrations were with what he called the “unintended consequences” of NIL and that regulation is needed.
Texas A&M visits Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 8, but Fisher told ESPN that the feud wouldn’t be motivation for that game.
“The game’s about the players,” he said. “Our emotion — we’re out of it. I’m too old to and I’m not on that field myself.”
HARSIN EMBOLDENED BY PLAYERS’ SUPPORT, SAYS AUBURN HAS UNITY
ATLANTA (AP) — Auburn coach Bryan Harsin took on what he called “the gorilla in the room” when he stood behind the podium at the Southeastern Conference Media Days on Thursday.
Following an offseason of uncertainty that threatened his job status, Harsin insists there is more unity than ever on his Auburn team.
Harsin said an inquiry into his program following his 6-7 debut as coach “was uncomfortable. It was unfounded. It presented an opportunity for people to personally attack me, my family, and also our program. And it didn’t work.”
Auburn President Jay Gogue sought answers after the program lost 18 players and five assistant coaches.
A group of players, including defensive end Derick Hall, talked with Gogue and Auburn trustees in support of Harsin.
“It most definitely brought us closer,” Hall said Thursday. “A few of the guys … talked to the board and talked to the president of the university just to give our respect and our support for coach Harsin. It definitely brought our team closer together after that.”
Auburn lost its final five games last season, leaving Harsin on the hot seat for 2022. He said he enters the season emboldened by what he described as “a silver lining in all of this.”
“What I saw from our players and our coaches was leadership opportunities for them to step up, which is exactly what they did,” Harsin said. “You got a chance to see guys provide leadership. You got a chance to see coaches provide leadership. What it did is it united our football team, our players, our staff, our football team. I’m really proud of our guys.”
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher had no update on the status of senior wide receiver Ainias Smith, who was arrested early Wednesday on charges of driving while intoxicated, unlawful carrying of a weapon and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Smith had been listed as one of three Texas A&M players scheduled to attend the SEC Media Days. Instead, two Aggies — safety Demani Richardson and left guard Layden Robinson — represented the school.
Smith was suspended following the arrest, per athletic department policy. Fisher said he couldn’t comment on Smith’s chances of returning for the season.
“We’re gathering all the evidence and the things going on,” Fisher said. “We have no comment at this time.”
Robinson said he wasn’t worried about the effect of the arrest on team chemistry so close to the season.
“Ainias Smith, that’s my brother,” Robinson said. “We grew up together. He’s a great leader. He’s a great person. He’s been very helpful for our team since day one. He’s been an impact since day one.”
Smith is Texas A&M’s top returning receiver. He had 47 receptions for 509 yards and six touchdowns last season.
Smith, 21, was arrested by Texas A&M police and was booked into the Brazos County jail. He posted $8,000 bond and was released later Wednesday, according to jail records.
“I’ll reach out to him, like check up on him when we get back,” Robinson said. “But he knows since we grew up together, he knows I’ve always got him, I’m always here for him and I’ve always got his back and will do whatever.”
NO ONE TO BLAME
Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada is a leading contender to win Auburn’s quarterback job that was left vacant following the transfer of Bo Nix to Oregon.
Calzada was slowed in spring practice by a shoulder injury. He suffered the injury in Texas A&M’s 20-3 win over the Tigers last season.
“We appreciate his leadership,” Harsin said. “We appreciate just his work ethic. He has experience. He’s played. The only unfortunate thing is we didn’t get a chance to have him in spring because of his shoulder going through all the team periods because we hurt him during the season.
“It’s one of those that you go back and look on it, you’re like, damn, I wish that hadn’t have happened. But he’s with us now and he’s getting his opportunities in the summer.”
Running back Tank Bigsby said Calzada provides toughness, leadership and “everything a quarterback is supposed to bring.”
“That dog,” Bigsby said. “You want to play with somebody that’s got that dog in him, who doesn’t back down.”
Calzada is competing with LSU transfer T.J. Finley, who started the final three games last season, for the starting job.
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS LOOK TO BUILD NEW $1.3 BILLION ARENA
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday announced plans to take the first steps toward building a privately funded $1.3 billion sports and entertainment arena.
The team’s managing partners, Josh Harris and David Blitzer, unveiled the creation of a new development company led by business leader David Adelman to create its future home in the city’s Fashion District. They said the new arena, 76 Place, is anticipated to cost approximately $1.3 billion.
The location is a busy downtown area with lots of shopping and entertainment and it is near popular Philadelphia destinations such as the Reading Terminal Market.
“The Philadelphia 76ers are a storied Philadelphia institution with a proven track record of investing in their community. That’s why we’re committed to building a world-class home in the heart of the city and creating a privately funded arena that strengthens ties within the local community through investments that prioritize equity, inclusivity and accessibility,” Harris said in a news release.
The site was selected primarily due to its access to transit, the release said. The team also cited the “ability to redevelop an existing commercial space.”
But a coalition of Chinatown community members is organizing opposition to the project, which would be built about one block away from the enclave.
“The proposed development would be yet another in a long history of attempts to diminish Chinatown,” said local business owner Xu Lin.
Groundbreaking is not expected for several years and the project is expected to be finished in time for the 2031-2032 NBA season.
The Sixers have called the Wells Fargo Center home since it opened in 1996. “We’ve had a terrific partnership with the Sixers for decades and look forward to hosting the team in this world-class facility until at least 2031,” the arena’s owner, Comcast Spectacor said in a statement Thursday.
The venue is also home to the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, and hosts concerts.
Despite an ongoing $350 million project to renovate the arena inside and out, the Sixers are looking to go their own way.
“We’re dedicated to making sure this development is a win for our fans and Philadelphia at large,” said Adelman.
MYSTICS HAND LIBERTY 5TH STRAIGHT LOSS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, Ariel Atkins added 16 points and the Washington Mystics beat New York 78-69 on Thursday to extend the Liberty’s losing streak to five games.
Leading by six late in the game, Atkins disrupted a pass along the 3-point line and Alysha Clark grabbled the loose ball and raced for a fast-break layup to extend Washington’s lead to 77-69 with 36.7 seconds left. After a timeout, Sabrina Ionescu missed a long 3-pointer and Clark secured the rebound before making 1 of 2 free throws at 24.1.
Myisha Hines-Allen had 13 points and Clark finished with three points for Washington (17-11). The Mystics have a week off before playing at Dallas on July 28.
Natasha Howard had 17 points and 10 rebounds for New York (9-17). Ionescu scored 15 points and Marine Johannes added 12. The Liberty were playing their third consecutive day game.
Washington scored 12 unanswered points late in the first half until Ionescu completed a three-point play with 3.5 seconds left to pull New York within 40-37 at the break. The Mystics added a 18-6 run in the third quarter and led 61-48 early in the fourth quarter until New York scored 10 straight to get back in it.
New York scored the first 10 points of the game and also led 15-2.
PREDS SIGN NINO NIEDERREITER TO 2-YEAR, $8 MILLION DEAL
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Nino Niederreiter to a two-year, $8 million contract in their biggest free agency move since keeping forward Filip Forsberg off the market.
General manager David Poile announced the signing Thursday.
The 29-year-old Niederreiter had 44 points in 75 games with Carolina last season and ranked third on the Hurricanes with 24 goals. He has scored at least 25 points in nine of his 12 NHL seasons. The 6-foot-2, 218-pound forward also has played for the New York Islanders and Minnesota Wild, with 181 goals and 187 assists in 732 games in his career.
The native of Switzerland won silver medals with Predators captain Roman Josi at the 2013 and 2018 World Championships. Niederreiter also played with Nashville center Ryan Johansen with the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL. Niederreiter’s best scoring season came in 2016-17 with 57 points with his 25 goals, one off Mikael Granlund, again a teammate in Nashville.
Niederreiter was the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NHL draft. He made his debut with the Islanders during the 2010-11 season and wound up playing 64 games over two seasons with New York. He played six seasons with Minnesota where he scored 228 points in 434 games.
Niederreiter has played in each NHL postseason since 2014 and has 15 goals and 15 assists in 82 playoff games. He finished second with four goals in 14 games for Carolina this last postseason.
PENGUINS RE-SIGN KAPANEN TO 2-YEAR PACT WITH $3.2M AAV
The Pittsburgh Penguins avoided arbitration with restricted free-agent winger Kasperi Kapanen after signing him to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $3.2 million.
Kapanen’s arbitration hearing was set for July 30. He just wrapped up a three-year contract with an identical cap hit.
The 25-year-old put up 11 goals and 21 assists in 79 games during his second season in Pittsburgh in 2021-22. He also chipped in with five power-play points.
Kapanen has eclipsed the 30-point mark in four straight campaigns. His best statistical season came in 2018-19 when he scored 20 goals for the first time in his career, but he hasn’t replicated that same success since.
The speedy Finn also logged 11 goals during the 2020-21 season, but he did it in 39 fewer games compared to 2021-22.
Kapanen said one of his goals this offseason is to regain his confidence.
“Just kinda get my swagger back and get back to the things that make me feel confident,” he said, according to team beat reporter Michelle Crechiolo. “Work on those, come out next year and try to be dominant.
“I think I have all the tools for it. As long as I’m better mentally, then I think I’ll be really dangerous.”
The Penguins selected Kapanen in the first round of the 2014 draft before trading him to the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Phil Kessel deal in 2015.
Kapanen has 152 points in 321 career NHL games.
REPORT: LIV GOLF PLANS TO OFFER BROADCASTING JOB TO CHARLES BARKLEY
Charles Barkley could become the next person poached by LIV Golf.
Barkley met with LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman for dinner in Atlanta on Wednesday, during which they discussed the NBA Hall of Famer joining the Saudi-backed golf tour as a broadcaster, according to Andrew Marchand of the New York Post. Norman is now reportedly preparing to offer him the job.
In the meantime, Barkley has signed on to participate in next week’s LIV Golf event at Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey.
“I’m going to play in the Pro-Am,” Barkley told The Post.
Barkley revealed last week that he would meet with LIV Golf about a potential role, though he stressed that “nothing is imminent.”
The 59-year-old has worked as an analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” for over two decades and is under contract with Turner through the 2024-25 NBA season. However, Barkley reportedly told sports radio host Dan Patrick that he might have to leave TNT if he accepts the LIV Golf job.
Barkley’s meeting with Norman came just days after it was reported that David Feherty is leaving NBC Sports to join LIV Golf as an analyst for 8-to-10 tournaments annually. Feherty had been at NBC since 2015.
JONAS VINGEGAARD DROPS POGACAR IN FINAL TOUR MOUNTAIN TEST
HAUTACAM, France (AP) Barring a crash, Jonas Vingegaard is likely to be wearing the yellow jersey when the Tour de France ends in Paris on Sunday.
Vingegaard responded to a series of attacks from defending champion Tadej Pogacar on Thursday and ultimately dropped his main rival in the last big mountain stage of this year’s race to increase his overall lead to three minutes, 26 seconds.
With only one big test left – a 41-kilometer (25.5-mile) time trial scheduled for Saturday – the Jumbo-Visma leader from Denmark seems all but guaranteed to win his maiden Tour title after reaching the Hautacam resort on his own.
“It’s incredible. I told my girlfriend and daughter this morning that I wanted to win the stage for them. I’m happy and proud that I won for them,” Vingegaard said. “I need to stay focused and keep taking it day by day. I don’t want to talk about winning the Tour yet. Let’s talk about it in two days.”
Pogacar, the two-time defending champion, took all the risks and crashed on a downhill as he relentlessly tried to isolate Vingegaard. Back on his bike, Pogacar cracked about four kilometers from the finish in the final ascent, with his hopes of winning a third consecutive title all but dashed.
“I went all in for the yellow,” Pogacar said. “I did not give up, I pushed my limits and I’m proud of today. Today the best man won.”
Vingegaard then went solo to claim a second stage win following his success at the Col du Granon last week in the Alps on the day he took control of the race. Pogacar crossed the finish line more than one minute behind Vingegaard.
The final big mountain stage of this year’s race got off a lively start with a myriad of attacks outside the city of Lourdes.
Vingegaard’s Jumbo-Visma team managed to put the powerful and versatile Belgian Wout Van Aert in the day’s breakaway. By sending the strong all-rounder up front, the mighty Dutch team made sure he would be available later in the stage to pace Vingegaard.
And it was indeed Van Aert who made Pogacar crack with his frenetic tempo in the last climb. Van Aert completed the stage podium.
Earlier, Pogacar had asked Brandon McNulty to set a fast pace on the narrow and winding roads leading up to the Col de Spandelles, the only unprecedented climb of the 2022 Tour.
Pogacar launched his first attack in that climb. But Vingegaard looked unfazed and immediately took the wheel of his rival. The duo was later joined by Vingegaard domestique Sepp Kuss, who positioned himself at the front to guide his leader.
Standing up on his pedals, Pogacar tried in vain to drop Vingegaard with another sharp attack closer to the summit before Geraint Thomas accelerated. Pogacar waited patiently in Vingegaard’s wake then went off again with Vingegaard responding as they overtook and dropped Thomas in the grueling ascent.
Pogacar went full speed in the technical downhill and Vingegaard was forced to ride hard to follow the pace. The Danish rider had a scare when his back wheel swerved but it was Pogacar who made a mistake. He misjudged a curve and went down in the gravel on the side of the road.
“It took me a little bit by surprise, and there was gravel on the side and I hit the ground, but I’m OK,” Pogacar said.
The crash took place at a moderate speed and the UAE-Emirates rider was quickly back on his bike with road rash on his left thigh. Vingegaard then waited for Pogacar and both men shook hands before their final showdown on the road to Hautacam.
Thomas, the 2018 Tour champion, finished the stage in fourth place, 2:54 off the pace. The Ineos-Grenadiers leader was third overall, eight minutes behind Vingegaard.
BREEDERS’ CUP RETURNS TO SANTA ANITA FOR RECORD 11TH TIME
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) The Breeders’ Cup will return to Santa Anita for a record 11th time in 2023.
The world championships will mark their 40th anniversary next year on Nov. 3 and 4 at the Southern California track.
Santa Anita last hosted in 2019 when a wagering record of over $175 million was set. That year’s final race was marred by the death of Mongolian Groom in the Classic. He was euthanized after suffering a broken bone during the race. The accident came after dozens of horse deaths at the track in less than a year. As a result, major safety overhauls were completed and the track’s safety record improved.
The 2016 event at Santa Anita set the event’s all-time attendance record, with 118,484 fans over two days.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup will be at Keeneland in Kentucky on Nov. 4-5.
MOSCOW SAYS US MUST RESPECT RUSSIAN LAW IN GRINER CASE
MOSCOW (AP) — The spokesperson for Russia’s Foreign Ministry lashed out Thursday at the United States characterizing basketball star Brittney Griner’s jailing on drug charges as “wrongful detention,” saying it shows disrespect for Russian law.
Griner has been jailed since she was arrested in mid-February at a Moscow airport after vape canisters containing cannabis oil were found in her luggage. The Phoenix Mercury standout and two-time Olympic gold medalist acknowledged in court this month that she had the canisters, but said she had no intent to break the law.
She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Her trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday.
The State Department in May designated Griner as wrongfully detained, moving her case under the supervision of its special presidential envoy for hostage affairs – effectively, the government’s chief hostage negotiator.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Thursday that the legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational use in parts of the U.S. has no bearing on what happens in Russia.
“If a U.S. citizen was taken in connection with the fact that she was smuggling drugs, and she does not deny this, then this should be commensurate with our Russian, local laws, and not with those adopted in San Francisco, New York and Washington,” Zakharova said.
“You understand, if drugs are legalized in the United States, in a number of states, and this is done for a long time, and now the whole country will become drug-addicted, this does not mean that all other countries are following the same path,” she added.
Russian media have persistently speculated that Griner could be exchanged for prominent Russian arms trader Viktor Bout, who is imprisoned in the United States, and that Paul Whelan, an American imprisoned in Russia for espionage, may also figure in an exchange.
U.S. officials have not commented on the prospects for such a trade. Russian officials have said no exchange could be discussed until the conclusion of the legal proceedings against Griner. It is unclear how long the trial will last, but a court has authorized Griner’s detention until Dec. 20.
SEMENYA FINISHES 13TH, DOESN’T ADVANCE IN 5,000 AT WORLDS
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — In one way, this race was like so many in the past for Caster Semenya. When she crossed the finish line, there wasn’t anyone near her.
This race, though, was the 5,000 meters — not her specialty, the 800 — and when Semenya crossed the line all alone, she was in 13th place.
She failed to advance through the opening heat at world championships Wednesday, an expected result for the South African who is barred from her best event because of rules that demand she take hormone-reducing drugs to enter races between 400 meters and one mile.
Semenya finished the 12 1/2-lap race — run in blistering 91-degree (32 Celsius) heat — in 15 minutes, 46.12 seconds, 54 seconds behind the winner, Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia. Given the circumstances, Semenya said this did not feel like defeat, and she was nowhere near giving up.
“I think it is great to be able to run here,” she said. “Just being able to finish the 5K, for me, it is a blessing. I am learning and I am willing to learn even more. It was hot, I could not keep up with the pace, I tried to stick as much as I can. But it is a part of the game.”
Semenya lost an appeal of a World Athletics regulation that made women with certain intersex condition ineligible in races between 400 meters and a mile. Since 2019, she hasn’t raced in a major 800-meter race, the event in which she has won two Olympic and three world titles.
But there’s nothing keeping her from the 5,000, and even though she had virtually no chance of winning, she came to Oregon anyway. Her personal best in the race is 15:31.50, which is outside the world-championships qualifying standard. But she moved into the race after some higher-ranked runners did not enter.
American Karissa Schweizer, who finished fifth in Semenya’s heat, said “it’s pretty inspiring that she’s making most of her effort and she’s still out here competing at a world level.”
“She’s in obviously a different situation,” Schweizer said. “She can’t control that. She has to move up to a different event and the 5K is a tough event. We just have to look it as that regard — that she’s at a world-level in a 5K.”
Semenya’s case is the most recognizable of a handful of instances involving intersex and transgender athletes in sports.
Semenya is not transgender, but her case carries strong implications for how transgender athletes are treated and classified. Semenya has never publicly identified herself as intersex or having the intersex condition called 46,XY difference in sex development (DSD). But she essentially acknowledged having the condition when she appealed the World Athletics rules.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe, who has hinted that the rules could be updated later this year, but probably not in a way that would restore Semenya’s eligibility in the 800, said science regarding the effects of testosterone on athletes has guided all World Athletics’ decisions.
“The issue for me is very simple,” Coe said in an interview the day before Semenya’s race. “Of course, I recognize that both with DSD and with transgender, these are societal issues. I don’t have the luxury, however, of being intimately involved in that debate. My responsibility is to protect the integrity of women’s sport.”
42-YEAR-OLD VENUS WILLIAMS ACCEPTS WILD CARD TO MAKE HER SINGLES COMEBACK AT CITI OPEN
Former world No. 1 Venus Williams will make her singles comeback after nearly a year at the Citi Open, which begins next week in Washington, organizers said Thursday.
The seven-time Grand Slam champion accepted a wild card for the July 30-Aug. 7 WTA 250 event a day after announcing she will also compete at next month’s WTA 1000 event in Toronto, where she will be joined by her sister Serena.
Venus, 42, last played a singles match at the Chicago Women’s Open in August 2021, losing in the first round to Hsieh Su-Wei.
Her most recent return to the court was when she teamed up with Britain’s Jamie Murray and reached the second round in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.
3M LEAD SHARED BY IM, SMOOTH-PUTTING PIERCY AFTER 1ST ROUND
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Scott Piercy shot a 6-under 65 to share the 3M Open lead with Sungjae Im after a windy first round Thursday.
Tony Finau was two strokes back, with three near misses of birdie putts over his last four holes, along with Brice Garnett, Doug Ghim, Emiliano Grillo and Tom Hoge.
On a dry, 86-degree day at the TPC Twin Cities in suburban Minneapolis, the course’s penchant for producing low scores held up once again.
Playing in the second group of the day off the first tee, Piercy made 151 feet worth of putts. He birdied four of the first five holes on his back nine.
The 43-year-old Piercy, who led the 3M Open in 2019 by two strokes after the first round, is one of several on-the-fringe players in the field this year seeking a late-season lift in the FedEx Cup race. Piercy arrived in Minnesota in 138th place, with the cut for the playoffs at 125 and two events left after this to qualify. In four of his last six starts, Piercy has failed to advance to the weekend.
On tour since 2009, Piercy has four career wins. Just last week, he switched his caddie, his swing coach, his driver and his putter – an uncharacteristically drastic series of decisions for him.
“Every shot counts, and it’s time to buckle down,” Piercy said. “Not that we don’t try to buckle down all the time, but there’s extra buckling down, I guess. To start off this way is really nice.
“The results with the putter today, I couldn’t be happier. It actually made me smile, and I don’t smile much. Sometimes you’ve got to make a change to get better.”
Im, who’s 19th in the FedEx Cup standings and 24th in the world, birdied four of his last six holes. The 24-year-old from South Korea tied for eighth at the Masters this year but tied for 81st last week at the British Open.
Finau, the lone member of last year’s U.S. Ryder Cup team and the 17th-ranked player in the world, has two top-five finishes this summer.
He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on 15 and left a 4-footer for birdie just short on 16. Then on the 18th, his tee and approach shots were spot on, but an 8-foot birdie putt lipped out and settled 4 inches from the cup. Making two of those three would’ve put him in a tie for the lead.
“There was enough wind up there to kind of affect every shot, putting and hitting, but I steadied the ship pretty good,” Finau said. “I bogeyed the first hole, which is not the start you want on a day where it’s playing kind of tricky, but I was able to hole some putts in the middle of that front nine and kind of get going in the middle of the round.”
Hoge, who grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, about a 3 1/2-hour drive northwest, won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February. He has missed the cut in each of his last six starts.
“I just feel comfortable being in the area. I think it helps having played in a lot of this wind growing up,” Hoge said, “just to understand how much it will affect some of the shots out there.”
The highest-ranked player in the field, Hideki Matsuyama, withdrew. He cited a sore wrist after shooting a 77 to match his worst round of the season, his Saturday at the Masters on April 9.
Entering the week in eighth place in the FedEx Cup race and the world’s No. 14 player, Matsuyama hit into the water three times on the unforgiving and lakeside 18th hole and took a quadruple-bogey 9. Matsuyama, the 2021 Masters winner and a fourth-place finisher at the U.S. Open this summer, tied for seventh at the first edition of the 3M Open in 2019.
Mardy Fish, the former tennis star who’s playing on a sponsor exemption, was tied for last at 81. The best underdog story among the sponsor exemptions belonged to Jeff Overton, who’s making his first start in five years after recovering from a life-threatening spine infection that stemmed from an injection to treat a herniated disc.
Overton, who has more than $12 million in career earnings and played on the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team, shot a 77.
“It was definitely emotional. Definitely teared up a couple times out there,” Overton said. “Nothing crazy, but yeah, it’s a win.”
KORDA HAS WET RIDE ON WAY TO OPENING 64 AT EVIAN CHAMPS
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) Nelly Korda is just trying to enjoy herself at the Evian Championship after a four-month injury layoff that has given her more perspective about her golf.
Not that she felt so great taking a shot while standing barefoot in a slimy lake.
“I’ve never done anything like that and I must say, it was really gross,” Korda said about her adventure at No. 18 midway through an 7-under 64 that left her a stroke behind first-round leader Ayaka Furue on Thursday in the fourth major of 2022.
Korda’s approach shot at the par-5 18th hole – her ninth of the day after starting at No. 10 – ended up rolling down a bank on the front right of the green and into the water. Her caddie ran up to the green and saw it was possible to make contact with the ball, so Korda removed her golf shoes, waded into the lake, and splashed out to the edge of the green.
Korda went on to make par.
“It was really slimy,” Korda said, making a face before laughing.
The American missed a 12-foot birdie putt at her last hole but still shot her lowest round of the year, continuing her impressive comeback after time out following surgery on a blood clot in her arm.
This is her fifth event since returning to competitive action on June 16 and she has three top-10s in that time. She was No. 1 in the world when she stopped playing and now is No. 3.
“I think I’m a little more chill about it all,” she said. “I’m trying to enjoy myself as much as possible on the golf course.
“I don’t know if my caddie will agree because I do obviously get frustrated here and there but I am trying to remind myself that I’m lucky to be out there. Just enjoy every moment.”
That’s pretty much what Furue did.
A seven-time winner in her native Japan, the No. 31-ranked Furue is looking to back up a fourth-place finish at the major in France last year and rolled in nine birdies after her solitary bogey, at No. 13.
She responded by making birdie at six of her next eight holes and then three of her last four. The one at No. 9, her last hole, was from 8 feet and ensured she shot 63 for her lowest round at a major.
Korda was tied for second place with No. 10-ranked Brooke Henderson of Canada, who posted 64 by holing a double-breaker for eagle at No. 9, also her last hole.
American golfer Cheyenne Knight was in the clubhouse in fourth place at 6 under, a stroke ahead of top-ranked Jin Young Ko and another two-time major champion, Lydia Ko. Also shooting 66s were Japan’s Yuna Nishimura, France’s Perrine Delacour and England’s Charley Hull.
In Gee Chun, who won the Women’s PGA Championship last month, was in a nine-way tie for 10th place at 4 under.
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GAME RECAP: TIFFANY MITCHELL FINISHES WITH SEASON-HIGH 22 POINTS IN LOSS AT SPARKS
LOS ANGELES – Fever guard Tiffany Mitchell has notched three games scoring in double figures in her last five outings. The seventh-year guard came off the bench in Tuesday’s 86-79 loss at the Los Angeles Sparks to finish with a season-best 22 points on a career-high nine made field goals. Mitchell scored 16 points in the first half as well to tie her best first-half point total in her career.
Tuesday’s loss dropped the Fever to 5-23, while LA improved to 11-14 after taking two of three regular season matchups against the Fever.
Neither team owned a lead larger than six through the first three quarters on Tuesday night at Crypto.com Arena and was tied 68-68 with 8:09 remaining in the game. Los Angeles put together a 10-0 run over the next 3:48 to eventually solidify the victory.
Fever forward NaLyssa Smith added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in a team-high 32:04 of action. Tuesday was Smith’s 17th game this season scoring in double figures. Kelsey Mitchell added 12 points and tied a team-high five assists.
Emma Cannon came off the bench to pitch in 10 points for her fourth game this season scoring in double figures. Indiana reserves outscored the shorthanded Sparks bench, 34-17.
Los Angeles was paced and guided by Nneka Ogwumike’s season-high 35 points on 12-of-20 shooting and 9-of-11 free throw shooting clip. Jordin Canada added 11 points and a game-high eight assists, while Chiney Ogwumike was inserted into the starting lineup to finish with eight points and 10 rebounds.
The Fever conclude the roadtrip on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET at the Las Vegas Aces.
Thursday’s game will be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page and broadcast on NBA TV.
VOTE FOR THE 2022 USL W LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
The USL W League saw a historic and thrilling regular season with 44 teams from seven divisions playing in over 250 matches. Below are seven standout players who are in contention for the regular season award and they need your help to be crowned the first-ever USL W League Player of the Year.
The Player of the Year will be decided by fans, coaches and technical staff and USL Executives – each group being awarded one third of the overall vote. Voting closes Thursday, July 21 at 10a.m. ET.
Who has had the best regular season? Read up on each nominee and cast your vote below!
(Listed in alphabetical order)
Amy Andrews, F, South Georgia Tormenta FC: Tormenta FC’s Amy Andrews was this year’s Golden Boot winner, leading the league with 16 goals in 10 matches. The England native recorded five braces, the most in the league. Andrews led her team to a 7-1-4 record and a spot in the postseason.
Mia Asenjo, F, Queensboro FC: University of Central Florida sophomore Mia Asenjo netted 11 goals in 12 matches for Queensboro FC this season. Asenjo scored in every match of Queensboro’s eight match winning streak during the regular season.
Christian Brathwaite, M, Greenville Liberty SC: A staple in Greenville’s midfield, 17-year-old Christian Brathwaite appeared in 11 matches, recording four goals and four assists. Braithwaite won the USL W League Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week in weeks 3 and 6, the only W League player with two GOTW wins.
Bailey Korhorn, F, Kalamazoo FC: Bailey Korhorn appeared in all 12 regular season matches for Kalamazoo, tallying 12 goals. The Western Michigan University forward recorded two braces and finished the season with 25 points, second-most in the USL W League.
Makenzie Langdok, D, Minnesota Aurora FC: Defender Mackenzie Langdok, a University of Minnesota product, anchored the Minnesota backline in eleven matches, helping the team only allow eight goals against on the season. Langdok also found herself in the attacking third quite a bit, netting four goals and a pair of assists.
Katie Soderstrom, F, Indy Eleven: Katie Soderstrom led Indy Eleven with 11 goals and an assist on the season. Soderstrom was nominated for the USL W League Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week in week 1+2. The Butler University forward was a part of a dynamic duo with Maddy Williams that combined for 21 goals on the way to a Great Lakes Division title.
Nicole Waters, M, Wake FC: Midfielder Nicole Waters appeared in every match for Wake FC, recording nine goals and five assists. Waters was nominated for the USL W League Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week in weeks 4 and 6. The Canadian helped Wake FC beat Greenville Liberty SC with two assists in the final match of the regular season.
FEINSON EARNS ALL-AMERICA SELECTION
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year, Indiana rowing’s Laura Feinson, was named to the Pocock Racing Shells Honorable Mention All-America Team on Thursday (July 21).
Feinson, a senior from Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand, and the No. 6 seat for IU’s Varsity 8 crew, is the 10th All-American in program history and first since 2019 when Abigail Bogovich (first team) and Antonia Frappell (second team) were both selected. IU has totaled 13 All-America honors.
For her efforts, Feinson also received the Most Valuable Rower Award within the IU program. Additionally, Feinson was the rowing program’s recipient of the Indiana University athletic department’s Hoosier Award, which recognizes a student-athlete for bringing honor and distinction to Indiana University in their representative sport during the academic year.
In April, Feinson and the Varsity 8 set a course record at Lake Lemon on their way to a fifth straight Dale England Cup title. The 1V8 finished in 6:27.6, part of five Indiana wins in six contests that day. On April 12, the crew was named Big Ten Boat of the Week after winning two races at the OSU Invitational.
The IU rowing team concluded the 2022 season with a fourth-place performance Sunday (May 15) at the Big Ten Rowing Championships. Feinson was a first-team All-Big Ten selection after helping her Varsity 8 boat to a bronze medal. In a photo finish, the top Hoosier boat held off Rutgers by 25 hundredths of a second to cross the finish line in 6:20.752.
WOMEN’S HOOPS RELEASES NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – This week for the Notre Dame women’s basketball squad served as a preview for the upcoming season in a multitude of ways. It not only marked the end of a successful summer session of workouts but also the finalization of a non-conference schedule for the 2022-23 season.
The official season opener will take place inside Purcell Pavilion on Nov. 7, with the Irish welcoming in Northern Illinois. The Irish will then partake in a special neutral site game on Nov. 12, which will be announced next month.
The Irish will keep it local with a short road trip to Northwestern on Nov. 16, followed by a home game versus Ball State on Nov. 12. Then, it’s off to the Bahamas for the Goombay Splash, squaring off against American and Arizona State over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Next, an exciting Protect Purcell week on campus starting with the ACC/B1G Challenge game versus Maryland on Dec. 1. Then just three days later, it’s the Jimmy V Women’s Classic versus UConn on Dec. 4. The Terps are ranked 18th in ESPN’s Way Too Early Top-25, while the Huskies are ranked second.
The Irish then return to the road, Pennsylvania to be exact, to challenge Lafayette on Dec. 8. Up next, home games versus Merrimack (Dec. 10) and Western Michigan (Dec. 21) to end it before the Christmas Break.
In addition, Notre Dame will travel on Dec. 18 for its first ACC game of the conference season, with the opponent to be named at a later time.
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Northern Illinois – ND leads 8-5 // Last meeting: Dec. 30, 2004
Northwestern – ND leads 2-1 // Last meeting: Nov. 29, 1988
Ball State – Cards lead 2-1 // Last meeting: Jan. 28, 1982
American – First meeting
Arizona State – Tied 2-2 // Last meeting: March 24, 2014
Maryland – ND leads 5-4 // Last meeting: Dec. 3, 2014
UConn – Huskies lead, 39-13 // Last meeting: Dec. 5, 2021
Lafayette – First meeting
Merrimack – First Meeting
Western Michigan – ND leads 9-0 // Last meeting: Nov. 19, 2006
IRISH SCHEDULED FOR 2022 GOTHAM CLASSIC
PRINCETON, N.J. – The 2022-23 non-conference schedule for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team continues to come together as the field for the 10th Gotham Classic was announced. The Irish are making their third appearance in the Gotham Classic, previously competing in both 2013 and 2018.
The Fighting Irish will first play two games inside Purcell Pavilion, starting with Southern Indiana on Nov. 16, followed by Bowling Green on Nov. 22. Notre Dame then heads to UBS Arena at Belmont Park for the Gotham Classic Showcase Game against St. Bonaventure on Nov. 25.
It’s been 28 years since Notre Dame and St. Bonaventure have clashed on the hardwood, with the Irish boasting a 5-2 series lead. It dates back even longer for Bowling Green – Feb. 14 in 1972. The lead there is 5-2 as well. Lastly, ND and Southern Indiana have never met.
MICHAEL MAYER NAMED TO BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST
The Tallahassee Quarterback Club (TQC) Foundation, Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the prestigious Biletnikoff Award, has released the 2022 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List. Junior tight end Michael Mayer was among the nominees named to the prestigious list.
Michael Mayer Information:
As a sophomore in 2021, led the Irish with 71 catches, a school record for tight end receptions in a season.
Also set school single-season records for tight end receiving yards (840) and touchdown receptions (seven) in 2021.
His 840 receiving yards were the fourth-highest for any FBS tight end in 2021.
Averaged a team-high 70.0 receiving yards per game in 2021.
Matched the Notre Dame record for tight end receptions in a game with nine (for 120 yards) in the 2021 season opener at Florida State.
Notre Dame career ranks – 18th in total receptions (113), third in tight end receptions (113, record is 140), 10th in receiving yards per game (53.8), third in tight end receiving yards (1,290, record is 1,840), third in tight end touchdown receptions (nine, record is 15)
2022 Walter Camp and The Sporting News Preseason All-American
2022 Maxwell Award Watch List
2021 Associated Press Third Team All-American
2021 Mackey Award Semifinalist
2021, 2022 Biletnikoff a preseason Watch List
2020 The Athletic Freshman First Team All-American
2020 All-ACC Third Team
The Biletnikoff Award annually recognizes the college football season’s outstanding FBS receiver. Any player, regardless of position (wide receiver, tight end, slot back, and running back) who catches a pass is eligible for the award. As such, the Biletnikoff Award recognizes college football’s outstanding receiver, not merely college football’s outstanding wide receiver.
The semifinalists, finalists, and award recipient are selected by the highly distinguished Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee, a group of 640 prominent college football journalists, commentators, announcers, Biletnikoff Award winners, and other former receivers. Foundation trustees do not vote and have never voted. For a list of voters, please see BiletnikoffAward.com/voters.
The 2022 Biletnikoff Award winner will be presented the Biletnikoff Award trophy by TQC Foundation Chairman Mark Ryan and the banquet keynote speaker at the black-tie Biletnikoff Award Banquet & Celebration at the Dunlap Champions Club, at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee on Saturday, March 4, 2023. The banquet was hailed by 2014 keynote speaker Dick Vermeil, as well as by 2013 keynoter Larry Csonka, as “the best banquet in college sports.”
VOLLEYBALL ADDS LAUREN PLUM TO COACHING STAFF
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Head Coach Salima Rockwell has announced the addition of Lauren Plum to her staff as the volunteer assistant coach for the 2022 season. Plum joins the staff after playing her collegiate career at the University of Oregon, and spent six years playing overseas.
“We are so excited to welcome our new volunteer, Lauren Plum to the Irish Volleyball family!” Rockwell said, “She is one of the all-time great setters in the NCAA and internationally and we are beyond lucky to have her here at Notre Dame. Lauren was not only a phenomenal player, but she is an excellent coach that has an amazing way of communicating with her players and a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. We can’t wait for her to arrive on campus to help make our young women better and bring new and fresh ideas to our staff. Welcome to the family, Lauren!”
“I want to thank Salima for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the incredible staff that she has united.” Plum said, “I am excited to help establish a culture of empowerment and a tradition of continued excellence for this new era of Notre Dame Volleyball.”
Plum joins the Irish after spending time as an assistant coach at the University of Arizona and Villanova. Before entering the college coaching ranks, she played from 2014-2020 in France, Germany and Puerto Rico.
During her collegiate career, Plum played at Oregon from 2010-2014, earning American Volleyball Coaches Association’s (AVCA) and Volleyball Magazine All-America honors twice She was the 2012 PAC-12 Setter of the Year and led Oregon to the 2012 National Championship match before falling to National Champion Texas.
Plum’s name is scattered through the Oregon record books, holding the record for assists in a single match (75), and assists in a season (1,618). She ranks first in career assists at Oregon (5,213) and assists per set while ranking sixth in career service aces. She was chosen as a member of the PAC-12 All-Star Team that competed against China in 2013.
She graduated from the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in sports marketing.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1905 In the first game of a doubleheader, A’s pitcher Weldon Henley no-hits the Browns, 6-0. During his four-year big league career, the Georgia native will compile a 32-43 won-loss record.
1906 Without a single assist registered by his Cincinnati teammates, Bob Ewing beats the Phillies, 10-3. ‘Long Bob’ will post a stellar 2.38 ERA this season, but he will finish the season with a 13-14 record for the sixth-place Reds.
1909 Ty Cobb steals three bases in one inning when the first-place Tigers beat the Red Sox, 6-0 at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Grounds. The 22-year-old Georgia Peach will lead the major leagues with 73 stolen bases this season.
1913 In a game against the Superbas (Dodgers), Slim Sallee becomes the first pitcher in Cardinal history to steal home. In the third inning, the Redbird southpaw scores the first run in St. Louis’s 3-1 victory over Brooklyn at Ebbets Field.
1923 At League Park, the Indians complete a 31-game homestand in which every American League team pays a visit. After a slow start, the Tribe finishes with a 16-15 record during their month at home.
1923 At Cleveland’s Dunn Field, Walter Johnson fans the Tribe’s Stan Coveleski to become the first pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters. The Senator legend’s milestone remains unmatched until Cardinals right-hander Bob Gibson reaches the plateau in 1974.
1926 With the help of four triples, the Reds score 11 runs in the second inning en route to a 13-1 victory over the Braves. Curt Walker ties a National League record for most triples in an inning by hitting two in the frame.
1926 At Long Island’s Mitchell Field with the media well represented, Babe Ruth, wearing an Army uniform, catches the last of seven baseballs dropped from a plane piloted by Captain Harold McClelland traveling 100 mph at the height of about 250 to 300 feet above the ground. Major Benjamin Foulois arranged the publicity stunt to bring more attention to the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and the Citizens Military Training Camp.
1935 The Red Sox end a game for the second consecutive day with Wes Ferrell hitting a walk-off home run. As a pinch-hitter yesterday, his round-tripper beat the Tigers, 7-6, and today, as a starter, his game-ending homer gives Boston a 2-1 victory against the Browns.
1941 Dick Wakefield becomes baseball’s first ‘bonus baby’ when he signs with the Tigers for $52,000 and a new car. The University of Michigan standout will get one hit in seven at-bats (.143) this season.
1945 In front of a sellout crowd at Fenway Park, Red Sox right-hander Dave Ferriss, known as Boo, goes the distance, beating the Browns, 3-2. The 23-year-old rookie improves his record to 17-2 en route to finishing the season with a 21-10 (.677) mark and a 2.96 ERA.
1954 In the ninth, Yankee skipper Casey Stengel shifts center fielder Mickey Mantle to shortstop to replace weak-hitting Willy Miranda, moving Irv Noren to center to take the Mick’s place with pinch-hitter Hank Bauer staying in the game in right. The move proves unnecessary when the ‘Commerce Comet’ hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the tenth, giving the Bronx Bombers a 4-3 victory over the White Sox.
1962 Floyd Robinson goes 6-for-6, helping the White Sox defeat the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 7-3. All of the Chicago outfielder’s hits are singles.
1962 During a twin bill with the Reds at Crosley Field, the Mets manage to have four runners thrown out trying to score at home plate. The new National League expansion team from New York loses both games, 11-4 and 4-3, en route to a record-setting 120 defeats this season.
1966 The Mets left fielder learns he is a new dad when the Dodger Stadium scoreboard relays the message, “Congratulations, Ron Swoboda. Your new son is born tomorrow morning”. Cecilia Swoboda gave birth to Chipper, the couple’s first child, at 12:02 am eastern standard time, making it the next day on the West Coast.
1966 Lew Burdette, tossing the final two frames of scoreless ball in relief, earns his 200th career victory when the Angels score two runs in the top of the ninth in the team’s eventual 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium. The veteran right-hander, a one-time Bronx Bomber, traded to the Boston for Johnny Sain, is best remembered for winning three games for the Braves against his former team in the 1957 World Series.
1966 Clay Dalrymple breaks up Giants hurler Gaylord Perry’s no-hitter with an eighth-inning single. It’s the second time the Phillies’ catcher has spoiled a no-hit bid in the eighth inning at Candlestick Park, as he collected the only hit in Juan Marichal’s debut in 1960.
1967 The Braves use five pitchers in the same inning, establishing a major league mark for the number of hurlers used in one frame. Ken Johnson, Ramon Hernandez, Claude Raymond, Dick Kelley, and Cecil Upshaw all face batters in the ninth inning of the team’s 5-4 defeat to St. Louis in 13 innings at Busch Stadium.
1968 After grounding out to first base unassisted in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 7-6 loss to the Red Sox, Mickey Mantle’s lifetime batting average falls and stays below .300 (.29946). The future Hall of Fame slugger, who finishes his 18-year tenure in the major leagues with a .298 batting average, often laments in later years that his greatest regret in baseball was not ending his career with a .300 BA.
1969 The All-Star Game, for the first time since its inception in 1939, is rained out due to the soggy conditions at RFK Stadium caused by a torrential rainstorm that pelted the nation’s capital during the day. The postponement of the 40th Midsummer Classic disappoints President Nixon, scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch, but he needs to leave Washington to greet the returning Apollo 11 crew, expected to splash in the Pacific Ocean in the next twenty-four hours after their historic trip to the moon.
1973 Reds shortstop Dave Concepcion will miss the rest of the season after fracturing the fibula of his left leg, sliding into third base two days before the Midsummer Classic. The All-Star infielder hit .287 in the 89 games he played for the eventual National League Western Division winners.
1983 Angels’ outfielder Brian Downing’s American League record consecutive errorless streak ends at 244 games when he misplays Chet Lemon’s line drive in a 13-11 loss to the Tigers. The ‘Incredible Hulk’ will never win a Gold Glove during his 20 years in the major leagues.
1986 Due to a series of maneuvers by Mets’ manager Davey Johnson and the late-game ejections of Darryl Strawberry, Ray Knight, and Kevin Mitchell, the team runs out of position players. The lack of regulars makes for some interesting juggling by the skipper when catcher Gary Carter plays third base, right-handed reliever Roger McDowell plays left field when Jesse Orosco pitches to lefties, the southpaw hurler moving to right when McDowell comes in from the outfield to face right-handers, and Mookie Wilson moving from corner to corner as needed.
1987 At Comiskey Park, Harold Baines surpasses Bill Melton to become the White Sox’s all-time leading home run hitter when he goes deep off Mike Boddicker during the third inning of a 10-5 loss to Baltimore. The 28-year-old Chicago DH/OF has hit 155 home runs in his eight seasons with the Pale Hose.
1993 Giving up four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning at Three Rivers Stadium, the Braves lose to the Pirates, 8-7, to fall ten games behind the division-leading Giants. In a remarkable turn-around, Atlanta posts a 54-19 record after the All-Star break, finishing with 104 victories, and will win the National League West historic race on the last day of the season by a single game.
1995 On the day the Yankees celebrate Babe Ruth’s hundredth birthday as part of the team’s Old Timers’ Day, a frail Mickey Mantle bids the fans a farewell in a recorded message on the Bronx ballpark’s Jumbotron. The diminished former superstar, who will succumb to liver cancer in 22 days, tells the crowd, “I feel like Phil Rizzuto in Babe Ruth’s uniform.”
1999 Cleanup batter Manny Ramirez, listed as the designated hitter in the lineup posted by Indians’ manager Mike Hargrove, plays in the field in the top of the first inning, mistakenly taking Alex Ramirez’s position in right field. The blunder will result in the Tribe losing a DH during their 4-3 loss to Toronto at Jacobs Field.
2000 Rain delays the Ranger-Mariner game when Safeco Field’s retractable roof fails to close. The contest is continued after 54 minutes, giving the roof time to overcome its electrical problem and providing the groundskeepers an opportunity to dry the field.
2002 Although the Los Angeles Times has reported MLB players had tentatively set a strike date of September 16, union leader Donald Fehr, through a memo sent to players, denies the reported decision about a timeframe. The work stoppage would be baseball’s ninth since 1972.
2002 Over 20,000 Red Sox fans gather at Fenway for a tribute entitled, “Ted Williams: A Celebration of an American Hero,” for a two-hour salute of the man many considered to be the greatest hitter in baseball history, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a generous supporter of the Jimmy Fund. In addition to moving music and video, the ceremony includes comments from present and former Red Sox players and broadcasters, historian Ken Burns, and the pilot Ted served as wingman on some of the missions he flew in Korea, former U.S. Senator John Glenn.
2005 Nationals outfielder Jose Guillen, armed with a measuring tape and the help of a few teammates, finds inaccuracies when he checks the distance from home plate to the fences at RFK Stadium. The club had brought in a surveyor earlier in the day due to the findings, moving the green pads with the “380” markings closer to the respective foul lines to be more accurate.
2005 Yhency Brazoban records his 18th save when he works a perfect ninth inning as the Dodgers beat the Mets, 6-5. The Los Angeles freshman, who is filling in for injured closer Eric Gagne, breaks Steve Howe’s club rookie record for saves established in 1980.
2007 Devil Rays’ right-hander Shawn Camp yields nine hits in his 1.1 innings of relief during the Yankees’ 21-4 rout. The 34-year-old Tampa Bay reliever allows three home runs to the 13 batters he faces at the Bronx ballpark.
2007 Tulsa Drillers’ first-base coach Mike Coolbaugh instantly dies when struck in the head by a line drive in the top of the ninth inning at Dickey-Stephens Field in North Little Rock, home of the minor league Arkansas Travelers. The 35-year-old dad, who leaves behind a pregnant wife and two small sons, becomes the second on-the-field fatality in professional baseball history.
2008 After pitching two scoreless frames in relief in the A’s 8-1 victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field, Brad Ziegler establishes an American League record when he extends his consecutive scoreless inning streak to start a major league career to 23. The 28-year-old breaks the Junior Circuit mark set in 1945 by Red Sox rookie right-handed starter Dave Ferriss.
2012 Ron Santo, who died at the end of 2010, disappointed about not being selected for Cooperstown, is inducted posthumously into the Hall of Fame. In tribute to the team’s former third baseman and beloved broadcaster, the Cubs click their heels as they jumped over the third-base line to begin the bottom of the first inning during their game in St. Louis, invoking the memory of the infielder’s signature move after a victory.
2012 Barry Larkin, who spent his entire 19-year career with the Reds, is inducted into the Hall of Fame. The former 12-time All-Star shortstop, a lifetime a .295 hitter, won the Gold Glove Award three times and is a nine-time Silver Slugger Award winner.
2012 After tying the game with a ninth-inning run, the A’s sweep the Yankees with a 12th inning walk-off victory. The 5-4 loss marks the first time the Bronx Bombers have been swept in a four-game series while losing all four by one run.
2013 The Rangers trade three prospects, third baseman Mike Olt, pitchers C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, to the Cubs for Matt Garza, a player the team has attempted to land for the past two seasons. The deal also includes the Cubs receiving a player to be named later, most likely Neil Ramirez, if his shoulder is sound, or two other minor-leaguers if the right-hander is still injured.
2014 Chase Headley, obtained by the Yankees less than 12 hours ago, hits a single in the 14th inning, giving the Bombers a 2-1 walk-off victory over Texas in the Bronx. New York acquired their new third baseman earlier in the day, trading minor league pitching prospect Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte to the Padres and receiving $1 million to pay part of the $4 million still owed to the infielder this season.
2015 In Anaheim, Huston Street becomes the 27th pitcher in the major league to record 300 saves when he tosses a scoreless ninth inning in the Angels’ 5-2 victory over the Twins. The 31-year-old right-handed closer is the second-youngest player, only behind Francisco Rodriguez, to reach the milestone.
2019 At Minute Maid Park, the Astros, wearing caps featuring the official emblem of the historic NASA mission, celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The festivities include fans having the opportunity to take a photo with a statue of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit, participate in interactive displays, and purchase an Orbit Moon-Landing bobblehead.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY – 1931
St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs Philadelphia Athletics (3)
Baseball’s relentless dynasty, the Philadelphia Athletics, once again topped the American League on their way to a possible “three-peat” against their previous Series rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Once again, the A’s had dominated the standings with outstanding play by Al Simmons, who won his second consecutive American League batting title with a .390 average (nine points higher than in 1930) and added twenty-two home runs and one-hundred twenty-eight runs batted in.
His equal on the defensive side was Lefty Grove, who won sixteen consecutive decisions and was 79-15 over the last three seasons. Both players continued their pace in Game 1 with Grove throwing a twelve-hit, 6-2 opener that was complimented by a Simmons’ two-run blast in the seventh.
One standout on the Cardinals side was centerfielder Pepper Martin who had managed three hits off the A’s veteran lefthander. After playing seven minor-league seasons and making two small appearances in the majors, Martin had finally been given a shot at the big leagues and he responded with a .300 batting average. Both he and Series veteran “Wild” Bill Hallahan teamed up to even the score with Philadelphia on both sides of the plate. Martin got things rolling in the second, when he doubled, stole third and then scored on a long fly ball. In the seventh, he singled, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a squeeze bunt. Hallahan did his part too and held the A’s hitless for five innings for a three-hit, 2-0 victory.
St. Louis veteran Burleigh Grimes, a seventeen-game winner in the regular season, was given the start for Game 3. His specialty pitch “the spitball” had been outlawed by the league in 1920, but pitchers who were using the technique at the time, were allowed to continue for the remainder of their careers. Grimes, thankful for the league’s generosity, had used the wet ball as an advantage for eleven seasons and many younger batters resented the thirty-eight year-old as a result. The pitch served him well as he threw a two-hit, 5-2 masterpiece that put his team ahead two games to one. Down, but far from out, Connie Mack’s Athletics were determined to even the score in Game 4. The ’30 Series hero, George Earnshaw (a twenty game-winner) returned to the mound for a two-hit, 3-0 triumph that put his team back in the hunt. Hitting had definitely taken a backseat to pitching throughout the Series and both bullpens were filled with talent. It was anyone’s game and many fans felt that it would be a matter of who blinked first.
Philadelphia’s skipper knew that Game 5 called for something special. Mack turned to a thirty-two year-old veteran who he had signed on waivers from the Detroit Tigers in June. Waite Hoyt, who had pitched in six World Series for the New York Yankees and compiled a 6-3 record in the fall classic, was chosen to go up against “Wild” Bill Hallahan. In a shocking turn of events, it was Hoyt who blinked first in a 5-1 loss that featured more extraordinary play by Pepper Martin. Once again the centerfielder had dominated the scorecard with a run-scoring fly in the first, a bunt in the fourth, a two-run homer in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the eighth. After five games, Martin had obtained a .667 batting average (going twelve-for-eighteen at the plate), five runs scored, four doubles, one homer, five runs batted in and five stolen bases.
For the first time in three years, the Philadelphia Athletics had found themselves as the underdogs. Fortunately all was not lost as Lefty Grove came up clutch with five-hit, 8-1 victory over rookie Paul Derringer. The A’s had once again evened it up at three games apiece, but they were running out of chances. For the final outing, two unlikely heroes stepped up to the plate and made every at bat count. The Card’s third-baseman Andy High and right-fielder George Watkins had been having a miserable Series while going for a combined three-for-twenty two.
All that changed in Game 7 as they collected all of the Cardinals’ hits. After a wild pitch and an error helped St. Louis to two first inning runs, High singled in the third and Watkins followed with a home run that staked pitcher Burleigh Grimes to a 4-0 lead. The master of the “spitball” was strong through eight innings, but needed relief from Hallahan in the ninth. Surprisingly, the last out of the 4-2 triumph, came on a fly ball to Pepper Martin who had left his mark all over the Cardinals second World Series title. Although he had gone hitless in the final two outings, the “minor-league workhorse – turned major league thoroughbred” finished with a .500 batting average.
ALL -STAR GAME HISTORY – 1942
By the time that the tenth All-Star Game was played in 1942, the United States had been at war for seven months. Military enlistment and the draft had not yet begun the serious depletion of big-league teams that would take place over the next several years. However, enough players had entered the service to warrant a game July 7 in Cleveland between the winning All-Star team and the Service All-Stars, with proceeds going to the Army-Navy relief fund.
American League manager Joe McCarthy and National League manager Leo Durocher went into the game with very different strategies. Durocher used virtually his whole squad, all twenty-two players, while McCarthy played only eleven. McCarthy used only two pitchers, while Durocher used four. Lou Boudreau led off the first inning with a home run and Tommy Henrich doubled. Mort Cooper looked impressive when he retired Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio, but Rudy York sliced a line drive down the right-field line and into the bleachers. The American League maintained their lead and went on to win for the seventh time in ten All-Star Games.
TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY JULY 22
July 22, 1943
Don Hutson Will Quit Pro Football Ranks
The article stated that Green Bay Packers star receiver Don Hutson confirmed that he would not be returning to the NFL to play in the upcoming season after setting 16 different records the year prior. Speculation was that Hutson made his decision to retire after quarterback Cecil Isbell announced that he was leaving the pro circuit to coach at Purdue. Hutson refuted these claims and said his decision to leave the playing field was made long before Isbell’s. Despite these reports the Alabama Antelope played all the way through the 1945 season. We will assume the war effort limiting the amount of Pro players available and the persuasive manner of one Coach Curly Lambeau could have helped sway Hutson to return to the Packers.
Nixon Makes the News & We Tell His Ties to the Gridiron
July 22, 1955 – Richard Millhouse Nixon becomes the first Vice-President of the U.S. in history to oversee a cabinet meeting. Nixon was a great fan of football. He did not play much but was on the football team at California’s Whittier College. In old photo’s he was seen wearing the jersey numbers of 12 and 23. Later when he became POTUS he is creditted with signing legislation to force the NFL to televise all playoff games in all markets, much to the chagrin of then NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle. So though “Tricky Dick” may have been a “crook” despite his claims that he was not, he did force the NFL to put playoff games on TV for all us to watch for free in our homes.
Hall of Fame Birthday for July 22
July 22, 1966 – Tim Brown Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined wide receiver that played for the Raiders along with a short stint with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. Mr. Brown had a stellar college career at the University of Notre Dame even earning the covetted Heisman Trophy in 1987, and because of his fine play he was selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009 per the National Football Foundation. As a pro Brown recorded 9 consecutive 1000 receiving yard seasons from 1993 through 2001.
FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 22
1 – 47 – 25 – 22
July 12, 1945 – Boston Brave outfielder Tommy Holmes, in his Number 1 Uniform was on a mission during this 1945 MLB season. Going into the game againt the Chicago Cubs on this day he had hit safely in a National League record of 37 games. The Cubs beat Boston, 6-1 and put a stop to Holmes’ streak. The record of Tommy H. from 1945 stood all the way to 1978 when Pete Rose (Number 14) sailed past it with 44 games, eventhough a couple of players reached 31 including Willie Davis (Number 3)in 1969, and Rico Carty (Number 25) in 1970.
July 12, 1946 – Vance Dinges, Number 47 hit the only Philadelphia Phillies pinch hit inside-the-park Home Run in franchise history.
July 12, 1949 – The NFL’s Los Angeles Rams signed Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to a contract. The Dutchman played for the Rams through the 1957 season. In his last three seasons of 1958 through 1960 he played with the Philadelphia Eagles even winning an NFL Championship with each team, the Rams in 1951 and the Eagles in 1960. He wore Number 25 for his first few years on the Rams and then switched to the number he would wear the reaminder of his career, Number 11.
July 12, 1951 – The New York Yankees pitcher known as Allie Reynolds, Number 22 threw a no-hit masterpiece in Cleveland against the Indians, his former team, in a 1-0 Yanks win.
July 12, 1954 – The MLBPA was founded to help players have their rights protected in an organized union.
July 12, 1979 – In one of the most bizzare forfeits of all time, “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park was the promotion in between the games of a double header between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The promotion was a success in the fact that fans actively participated , however when the crowd went wild and stormed the field destroying the disco records it caused game officials to declare that the White Sox had to forfeit second game of the twinbill. FOr the promotion local Chicago DJ Steve Dahl promised to blow up disco records in between games. It did not go to plan as midway through the first game records started to fly out of the stands frisbee style on to the playing field causing delays while attendants had to remove them so that players would not get hurt. Police arrested 39 people after the mob stormed the field setting fires that destroed a batting cage, pulling up bases and other vanadlism.
THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1921 US Open Men’s Golf, Columbia CC: Englishman Jim Barnes wins the 3rd of his 4 major titles by 9 strokes ahead of runners-up Walter Hagen and Fred McLeod
1923 Washington Senators future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson becomes 1st to reach 3,000 career strikeout milestone (en route to 3,508) with 5 K’s in 3-1 win over Cleveland Indians
1925 NY Yankees buy future Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop Leo Durocher from Hartford Senators (Eastern League)
1926 Cincinnati Reds right fielder Curt Walker ties National League record of 2 triples in an inning in a 13-1 rout of the Boston Braves
1936 Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Johnny Moore hits 3 straight home runs in a 16-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates
1955 Philadelphia Phillies beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-3 to complete a team record 11-game winning streak; longest win-streak since 1892
1962 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Aronimink GC: Gary Player of South Africa wins by 1 stroke from Bob Goalby
1962 Chicago White Sox outfielder Floyd Robinson goes 6 for 6 (all singles) as WS defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-3 at Fenway Park
1963 In their second clash Sonny Liston once again KOs Floyd Patterson in round 1 at the Convention Center, Las Vegas to retain the world heavyweight boxing title
1967 Atlanta Braves establish MLB record for number of pitchers called upon in one inning; 5 used in 9th inning of 5-4 defeat to St. Louis Cardinals
1972 59th Tour de France: Eddy Merckx of Belgium takes 4th consecutive general classification title as well as points and combination events
1973 US Open Women’s Golf, CC of Rochester: Susie Maxwell Berning wins by 5 from Gloria Ehret & Shelley Hamlin for her third national title
1973 60th Tour de France won by Luis Ocana of Spain
1979 66th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
1983 MLB California Angels outfielder Brian Downing’s error ends his record streak at 244 games
1984 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Seve Ballesteros of Spain wins his 2nd of 3 Open titles by 2 shots from Bernhard Langer & Tom Watson
1984 22nd Federation Cup Women’s Tennis, São Paulo, Brazil: Czech pair Hana Mandlíková & Helena Suková beat Australians Elizabeth Sayers & Wendy Turnbull 6-2, 6-2 for a 2-1 victory
1990 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Englishman Nick Faldo wins the 2nd of his 3 Open Championships by 5 strokes from runners-up Mark McNulty & Payne Stewart
1990 90th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Phil Mickelson
1993 NY Yankee Don Mattingly hits his 200th HR
1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson pleads “Absolutely 100% Not Guilty” of murder
1997 Greg Maddux throws a complete game with just 76 pitches
2001 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes: David Duval wins his only major title by 3 shots from Niclas Fasth of Sweden
2007 British Open Men’s Golf, Carnoustie: Irishman Pádraig Harrington beats Sergio García of Spain by 1 in a 4-hole aggregate playoff to claim his first major championship; first Irishman to win the Open in 60 years
2012 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St. Annes: South African Ernie Els wins his 2nd Claret Jug, 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Adam Scott of Australia
2012 99th Tour de France won by Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain
2012 Hashim Amla smashes 311 not out in South Africa’s inning and 12 run 1st Test win over England at The Oval; first South African to score a triple-century in Test cricket
2013 Mike Babcock is again named head coach of Team Canada, this time for the 2014 Winter Olympics (they would repeat as gold medalists)
2017 South African golfer Branden Grace records lowest round for a men’s major championship – 62 in 3rd round at British Open, Royal Birkdale, England
2018 British Open Men’s Golf, Carnoustie: Francesco Molinari holds off a pack of players including favourites Rory McIlroy & Justin Rose to win by 2; first Italian to win a major title
2018 Seattle basketball guard Sue Bird plays record 500th WNBA game as Storm go down 87-74 to the Atlanta Dream; finishes career on 508 games for Seattle
2019 NFL Dallas Cowboys named most valuable sports team in the world worth $5 billion, MLB New York Yankees 2nd at $4.6 billion, Real Madrid 3rd with $4.2 billion according to Forbes
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|LPGA Tour: Evian Championship||5:00am||GOLF|
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|First Division A: Standard Liège vs Gent||2:45pm||ESPN+|
|UEFA Women’s Euro Quartefinals: Sweden vs Belgium||3:00pm||ESPN2|
|Canadian Premier League: Pacific vs Cavalry||10:00pm||FS2|
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|Dallas at Chicago||8:00pm||CBSSN|
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|Club Friendly: Borussia M’gladbach vs Real Sociedad||9:30am||ESPN+|
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|UEFA Women’s Euro Quartefinals: France vs Netherlands||3:00pm||ESPN2|
|Africa Women Cup of Nations Final||4:00pm||beIN Sports|
|Club Friendly: Bayern München vs Manchester City||7:00pm||ESPN|
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|Florida Cup: Arsenal vs Chelsea||8:00pm||ESPN+|
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|Los Angeles at Las Vegas||10:00pm||NBATV|
|NY Yankees||64||30||.681||–||37 – 12||27 – 18||30 – 15||19 – 6||10 – 6||3 – 7||L 2|
|Tampa Bay||51||41||.554||12||31 – 18||20 – 23||23 – 17||6 – 9||12 – 9||6 – 4||W 1|
|Toronto||50||43||.538||13.5||30 – 19||20 – 24||16 – 18||13 – 10||15 – 11||5 – 5||W 3|
|Boston||48||45||.516||15.5||23 – 20||25 – 25||12 – 26||12 – 7||19 – 7||3 – 7||L 2|
|Baltimore||46||46||.500||17||25 – 17||21 – 29||16 – 21||11 – 13||12 – 8||8 – 2||L 1|
|Minnesota||50||44||.532||–||27 – 22||23 – 22||13 – 10||23 – 19||10 – 9||3 – 7||L 1|
|Cleveland||46||44||.511||2||25 – 19||21 – 25||6 – 10||23 – 19||9 – 8||6 – 4||W 3|
|Chi White Sox||46||46||.500||3||19 – 25||27 – 21||14 – 15||18 – 19||7 – 9||7 – 3||W 1|
|Detroit||38||56||.404||12||23 – 24||15 – 32||7 – 14||19 – 24||4 – 11||2 – 8||L 1|
|Kansas City||36||56||.391||13||19 – 27||17 – 29||5 – 12||18 – 20||9 – 16||5 – 5||L 3|
|Houston||61||32||.656||–||30 – 14||31 – 18||8 – 8||16 – 4||29 – 16||6 – 4||W 2|
|Seattle||51||42||.548||10||24 – 20||27 – 22||12 – 15||7 – 6||24 – 16||10 – 0||W 14|
|Texas||42||49||.462||18||21 – 26||21 – 23||5 – 11||11 – 8||17 – 23||4 – 6||W 1|
|LA Angels||39||53||.424||21.5||22 – 27||17 – 26||6 – 18||9 – 5||18 – 19||2 – 8||L 3|
|Oakland||33||62||.347||29||12 – 32||21 – 30||10 – 16||10 – 16||11 – 25||5 – 5||W 1|
|NY Mets||58||35||.624||–||28 – 15||30 – 20||28 – 12||12 – 5||13 – 10||6 – 4||L 1|
|Atlanta||56||38||.596||2.5||31 – 20||25 – 18||22 – 14||17 – 10||13 – 11||7 – 3||L 1|
|Philadelphia||49||43||.533||8.5||24 – 21||25 – 22||18 – 19||8 – 5||16 – 11||6 – 4||W 3|
|Miami||43||49||.467||14.5||22 – 23||21 – 26||24 – 19||5 – 8||9 – 14||3 – 7||L 4|
|Washington||31||63||.330||27.5||15 – 36||16 – 27||8 – 36||9 – 8||9 – 11||1 – 9||W 1|
|Milwaukee||50||43||.538||–||21 – 19||29 – 24||11 – 13||28 – 19||4 – 8||3 – 7||L 3|
|St. Louis||50||44||.532||0.5||29 – 20||21 – 24||10 – 14||24 – 14||10 – 7||6 – 4||W 2|
|Pittsburgh||39||54||.419||11||20 – 23||19 – 31||6 – 9||18 – 27||13 – 11||5 – 5||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||35||57||.380||14.5||18 – 32||17 – 25||4 – 6||20 – 21||7 – 18||1 – 9||W 1|
|Cincinnati||34||57||.374||15||18 – 28||16 – 29||5 – 9||12 – 21||8 – 21||6 – 4||L 2|
|LA Dodgers||61||30||.670||–||31 – 13||30 – 17||11 – 9||17 – 6||22 – 11||9 – 1||W 5|
|San Diego||52||42||.553||10.5||25 – 21||27 – 21||12 – 9||19 – 10||20 – 20||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Francisco||48||44||.522||13.5||26 – 22||22 – 22||14 – 13||11 – 10||16 – 15||7 – 3||L 1|
|Colorado||43||50||.462||19||28 – 23||15 – 27||8 – 19||8 – 5||21 – 18||7 – 3||L 1|
|Arizona||40||52||.435||21.5||22 – 26||18 – 26||12 – 10||10 – 11||12 – 27||3 – 7||W 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spo