Race: Gallagher Grand Prix 

Format: 85 laps (207.32 miles) 

When: Green flag is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, 2022 

TV: NBC; Leigh Diffey, anchor; James Hinchcliffe, Townsend Bell, analysts. 

Radio: IndyCar Radio, with Mark Jaynes as anchor; Channel 160 on SiriusXM 


Race: Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard 

Format: 62 laps (151.2 miles) 

When: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, 2022 

TV: NBC; Rick Allen, anchor; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, analysts. 

Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network; Channel 90 on SiriusXM 


Race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard 

Format: 82 laps (200 miles) 

When: 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 31, 2022 

TV: NBC; Rick Allen, anchor; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, analysts. 

Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network; Channel 90 on SiriusXM


Friday, July 29 

8:30 a.m. ET: Gates open 

9:30-11 a.m.: IndyCar practice 

1-2:15 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying 

3:05-3:35 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity practice 

3:35 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity qualifying 

5 p.m.: Gates close 

Saturday, July 30 

7:30 a.m.: Gates open 

8:15-8:45 a.m.: IndyCar warm-up 

9:35-10:35 a.m.: NASCAR Cup practice 

10:35-11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Cup qualifying 

12:30 p.m.: IndyCar race 

3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity race 

Sunday, July 31 

11 a.m.: Gates open 

2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Cup race 



CINCINNATI (AP) — Daniel Castano was hit on the forehead by a 104 mph line drive off the bat of Donovan Solano in the first inning of the Miami Marlins’ 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

The ball hit the bill of his cap and ricocheted off the crown, manager Don Mattingly said. The team said Castano showed mild concussion symptoms and was bruised, and a CT scan was normal.

“I’m not sure what happened,” Castano said after the game, wearing a bandage on his forehead where some skin had scraped off. “I was down for a second. I was a little out of it. When I woke up, I asked, ‘What happened?’ I’m much better now. I’m a little bit tired, but I’ll be all right.”

The 27-year-old left-hander fell to the field on his knees and held a hand to his head as Mattingly, catcher Jacob Stallings and athletic trainers went to the mound to check on him. Castano did not appear to lose consciousness, and the door on the outfield fence opened as a cart prepared to enter the field before Castano walked off on his own.

“It’s a little bit scary,” Mattingly said after talking on the phone with Reds manager David Bell, who called to check on Castano. “Your biggest fear is damage. He’s about as good as could be expected.”

“It is really awful to see that happen to anyone,” Bell said. “I’ve seen it happen before. I had a conversation to see that every thing was OK. It is just a major relief to hear that. It’s very scary for everyone involved, certainly for their pitcher and their home team and our team. You almost want to stop playing the game. When he was kneeling and walked off on his own, we all felt a little better.”

Castano rose to his feet about 90 seconds later and left the field under his own power, a towel draped over his neck, after Solano walked over, put a hand on his shoulder and spoke with the pitcher.

The ball was hit so hard it caromed to third baseman Joey Wendle, who caught it for the out.

“I’m just glad we got the out,” Castano said, smiling.

Castano faced just five batters before getting hurt. He is 2-7 in 17 starts and five relief appearances in his big league career. He was recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville to make the start.

“They say the farther it goes, the better off you are,” Mattingly said. “If it hits you and drops straight down, that means you caught it flush.”

Castano said he had never before been hit by a comebacker.

“That’s terrifying,” Reds starter Graham Ashcraft said. “You never want to see a player hurt like that. I was waiting to see blood coming out. I thought he got hit in cheek or his eye bone or something. I am hoping he’s OK. My prayers go out to him and his family. I hope he can come back and make his next start.”

Before the game, the Marlins said 23-year-old right-hander Max Meyer will have Tommy John surgery. Meyer left his second major league start on Friday in Pittsburgh after throwing 10 pitches.

Miami earned a split of the four-game series by overcoming a 5-4, ninth-inning deficit. Pinch-hitter Jesús Sánchez led off the inning with a home run off Hunter Strickland (2-3), who walked Luke Williams and hit Stallings with a pitch.

Wendle hit a go-ahead double against Buck Farmer, and Jesús Aguilar followed with sacrifice fly for his fourth RBI. Aguilar finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Zach Pop (2-0), the sixth of seven Marlins pitchers, threw a perfect eighth.

Tanner Scott overcame a pair of two-out walks and Tommy Pham’s RBI single for his 14th save in 18 chances, striking out Joey Votto for the final out with two on.

Strickland blew a save for the third time in nine chances.

Ashcraft allowed four runs — three earned — and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Tyler Naquin homered for the Reds.

The crowd of 14,506 was Cincinnati’s 24th under 15,000 this season.


Marlins: RHP Jordan Holloway was put on the 15-day IL with a right elbow impingement.


Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (9-4, 1.81) starts Friday against the New York Mets in a home series opener. He allowed six hits over seven scoreless innings in his last start against the Mets, on July 10.

Reds: LHP Mike Minor (1-7, 6.65) is scheduled to be on the mound Friday in a series opener against visiting Baltimore. He is 0-4 in five starts since winning at Arizona on June 13.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Wood took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Thursday night to stop a seven-game slide.

Yermín Mercedes hit an early two-run single, and four Giants pitchers combined on a three-hitter to snap Chicago’s six-game winning streak.

An umpire’s ruling that appeared to give the Cubs a break instead contributed to San Francisco’s three-run third.

Wood (7-8) allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking two.

“He’s really deceptive, mixes pitches really well,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “We chased a little bit out of the zone in some hitter’s counts at times, but he’s a really tough pitcher.”

The left-hander got help from his defense as first baseman Darin Ruf scooped a short-hop throw to retire Patrick Wisdom in the fifth, and right fielder Mike Yastrzemski ran hard to catch Christopher Morel’s sixth-inning line drive.

“When we play good defense, we have a chance to win every night,” Wood said.

Wood’s no-hit bid ended in the seventh on Ian Happ’s leadoff single. Two outs later, Wisdom belted his 18th homer of the season, a drive to left field on an 0-1 pitch.

That trimmed San Francisco’s lead to 4-2 and prompted Giants manager Gabe Kapler to summon right-hander Dominic Leone, who struck out Frank Schwindel to end the inning.

John Brebbia threw eight pitches in a hitless eighth and Camilo Doval struck out three in a one-hit ninth for his 13th save.

The Giants opened the scoring against starter Justin Steele (4-7) in the third, which began with Wisdom’s misplay of Yastrzemski’s grounder to third for an error.

With runners at the corners and two outs, Steele uncorked what appeared to be a wild pitch that allowed Yastrzemski to score from third base. But a replay review requested by the Cubs determined the pitch grazed the right pants leg of batter Wilmer Flores, loading the bases.

Mercedes’ bloop single to center scored Yastrzemski and Austin Slater. Thairo Estrada’s infield single brought home Flores to make it 3-0.

Slater added an RBI double in the fourth.

“I think over this last stretch of about a month, it seems like we’ve been playing sloppy ball,” Slater said. “It’s only a matter of time before we start taking advantage of other teams’ mistakes instead of it being the other way around.”

All four runs Steele permitted in 3 2/3 innings were unearned. He allowed five hits and walked one while striking out six.

“One of those outings he had to work hard in some moments but we didn’t play well behind him,” Ross said. “Starting pitching and defense go together, so you get usually good outings when the defense plays well behind you. We didn’t today. Made some mistakes that cost us a lot of runs.”


Cubs: SS Andrelton Simmons (right shoulder) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa. … RHP Adbert Alzolay (lat strain) could begin throwing bullpens next week. Alzolay has been out since March with an injury originally sustained in spring training.

Giants: 3B Evan Longoria (hamstring strain) fielded grounders before the game. … OF Luis Gonzalez (back) was held out of the starting lineup.


Marcus Stroman (2-5, 4.38 ERA) takes the mound Friday night for the Cubs seeking his first win since coming off the injured list July 9. The right-hander hasn’t won since May 24 overall.

Giants RHP Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.26) has lost his last three decisions and will be going for his first victory since May 17.


DENVER (AP) — Tyler Anderson and two relievers — including infielder Hanser Alberto — combined on a seven-hitter, and the Los Angeles Dodgers used another quick start to rout the sloppy Colorado Rockies 13-0 on Thursday night.

Trea Turner had three hits for Los Angeles, including a three-run double. Gavin Lux also had three hits, and Will Smith finished with two hits and three RBIs.

A day after racing to a 6-0 first-inning lead against Washington while snapping a two-game skid, the MLB-leading Dodgers scored two runs in the first and four in the second against José Ureña (1-3). LA’s 10th win in 12 games extended its NL West lead to a season-high 12 games over San Diego.

Anderson (11-1) allowed four hits and struck out four against his former team, the only club he has lost to this season. About the only trouble the All-Star had in lowering his ERA to 2.61 was when plate umpire Andy Fletcher forced him to wipe a light-colored substance off the bill of his cap before he threw a pitch.

“I usually wipe my hand with rosin and then I’ll either wipe it on my pants or hat afterward, so there’s some residue,” Anderson said. “People have asked about it before, but it’s just rosin. He just said to wipe it off. No big deal.”

Jake Reed pitched the eighth and Alberto, making his third pitching appearance of the season, worked around two hits in the ninth in the opener of a four-game series. It was Los Angeles’ seventh shutout of the season.

“He works fast and throws strikes,” a smiling Lux said of Alberto.

Turner extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a first-inning single. He advanced on Freddie Freeman’s walk, stole third and scored on catcher Elias Díaz’s throwing error.

First baseman Connor Joe’s throwing error on a potential double-play grounder in the second extended the inning for Turner, who sent a bases-clearing liner down the left-field line to give him 72 RBIs.

Ureña’s wild pitch scored another run and he made a throwing error in LA’s five-run fourth. Turner singled in the big inning and made a nifty slide at home to avoid the tag on Smith’s two-run single for his 59th run.

“Since the middle of May, he’s really amplified his level of play on both sides of the baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Turner. “He’s a hit collector, loves to play. On the margins, he’s become an even better player than he already was.”

Smith added an RBI double and Cody Bellinger and Freeman each had two-run doubles for the Dodgers, who have beaten last-place Colorado five straight times after a 1-4 start.

Ureña got nine outs and was charged with 10 runs — seven earned — and eight hits in the Rockies’ sixth loss in eight games.

“Behind in the count. Not too many first-pitch strikes” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Battling 2-1, 3-1 counts a lot, and against this lineup that’s tough.”

Catcher Brian Serven pitched a hitless ninth for Colorado.


Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner didn’t play, a day after his return from an abdominal injury. “I wanted to slow-play him back into the lineup, so we don’t give him consecutive days,” Roberts said. … Edwin Ríos (hamstring) was hit by a pitch, walked and struck out while playing five innings at third for Triple-A Oklahoma City. … RHP Dustin May (elbow) allowed two hits and struck out six with no walks in three scoreless innings for Oklahoma City. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) will throw live batting practice Friday in LA to several hitters, including OF Chris Taylor (foot). … RHP Walker Buehler (elbow) has started playing catch.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela’s left shin swelling had subsided a day after being hit by a comebacker. Senzatela played catch and said he should make his next start. … Joe returned after a three-game absence he said was due to back and neck stiffness. … LF Kris Bryant (plantar fasciitis) doubled and made a sliding catch in his first game in the field since Sunday. “This is something he has to manage,” Black said. “But he feels very capable of playing defense.” … OF Charlie Blackmon was out of the lineup to rest.


Closer Daniel Bard confirmed there has been informal discussion with Colorado about a contract extension.

“I just know there’s been some interest,” Bard said.

The impending free agent has been mentioned as a trade candidate ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.


Rockies RHP Chad Kuhl (6-5, 4.48 ERA) faces LHP Julio Urías (9-6, 2.72 ERA) on Friday night.


BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts was listening when the Red Sox brass said they weren’t shopping him around at the trade deadline.

“I think I started playing better after that, right?” he said after hitting a three-run homer to lead Boston to a 4-2 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Thursday night.

“It has been (tough)” dealing with trade rumors, said Bogaerts, a four-time All-Star who is eligible to opt out of his contract and become a free agent in the offseason. “But I mean, we’re professionals in the end. You sign up for this. You’ve got to deal with it.”

Kutter Crawford scattered three hits over 5 2/3 innings, and Alex Verdugo had a pair of hits to help the Red Sox win for just the fifth time in 20 games. The slump has led to talk that the team will sell off its best players before Tuesday’s trade deadline, including Bogaerts and third baseman Rafael Devers.

But Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom told reporters on Wednesday that there were no plans to do so. Bogaerts said he also received a similar message in person.

And then on Thursday he hit his first homer in 19 games. Despite sitting in last in the AL East, the Red Sox are at .500 and only 3 1/2 games back in the wild-card race. (Cleveland is 2 1/2 games out.)

“It can be really tough — some days more than others,” Bogaerts said. “But get this thing over with and keep rolling.”

Guardians starter Triston McKenzie, who had allowed one run total in four previous July starts, took a one-hit shutout into the sixth before putting two on with one out for Bogaerts. The Red Sox shortstop hit an 0-2 slider out to center field to turn a one-run deficit into a 3-1 lead.

“That was a huge win for us,” said manager Alex Cora, whose team hadn’t hit a three-run homer since July 7. “We haven’t had one of those in a while and we’re able to breathe.”

Boston scored another off McKenzie, who hadn’t allowed an extra-base hit all month, when Franchy Cordero led off the seventh with a double and scored on Bobby Dalbec’s hard line drive off the Green Monster.

In all, McKenzie (7-7) allowed six hits and walked one in seven innings in his first loss since June 27. He was 3-0 with a sparkling 0.34 ERA over his previous four starts.

Jake Diekman (2-0) got the win, retiring each of his four batters. Garrett Whitlock pitched two innings for his third save.

Crawford’s only mistake was a solo homer by José Ramírez in the fourth that sailed high over the top of the Pesky Pole.

The ball curved far to the right of the foul pole and Cora challenged whether it was fair, but replays gave no evidence that could say either way.


The Red Sox honored broadcaster Joe Castiglione before the game for his 40 years on the air with the team. A surprise guest was Roger Clemens, who was a rookie in 1984, the year after Castiglione debuted on the team’s radio call.

Clemens brought out a replica of the new plaque that marks the “Joe Castiglione Booth” in the Fenway press box.

Castiglione called Clemens’ record-setting 20-strikeout game against Seattle in 1986 and the game where he matched the record 10 years later against Detroit. The Connecticut native was also on the mic, exclaiming “Can you believe it?” when the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series to end an 86-year drought.

Before Thursday’s game, he said it again: “Forty years. Can you believe it?”


Guardians: OF Oscar González rested after going 1 for 5 in two minor league rehab appearances as he tries to come back from an abdominal strain. He will make another start for Double-A Akron on Friday.

Red Sox: 2B Trevor Story rested Thursday after feeling pain when he swung a bat on Wednesday for the first time since he went on the IL after being hit by a pitch on the right wrist.


Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (4-6) faces Tampa Bay LHP Jeffrey Springs (3-2) when Cleveland and the Rays open a three-game series on Friday night.

Red Sox: Rookie RHP Brayan Bello (0-2) faces Brewers RHP Brandon Woodruff (8-3) in the opener of a three-game series at Fenway on Friday night.


NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge is turning walk-off home runs into a routine.

Judge hit his major league-leading 39th home run for his third walk-off long ball this season, lifting the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Thursday night.

New York was held to one hit before Judge drove a first-pitch fastball from Scott Barlow (4-3) into the Kansas City bullpen with one out in the ninth, a 431-foot drive.

“I just try not to think too much in those situations,” Judge said.

Judge sent the crowd of 43,836 into a frenzy, joining Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees with three walk-off home runs in one season. Tommy Henrich had two in 1949 plus another off Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe in the World Series opener.

“I just got done watching the video and it just leaked right back middle,” Barlow said. “It’s what he hits really well.”

Judge had never hit a big league walk-off homer before May 10 against Toronto’s Jordan Romano, then hit another on June 26 off Houston’s Seth Martinez. He became the first Yankee with four walk-off hits of any kind in one season since Claudell Washington in 1988.

“It doesn’t cease to amaze the season he’s putting together. Barlow’s obviously really tough,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Just gets a pitch and to put it up in the air where he did is just, not many people can hit it like that and ride it out like he did.”

Judge also stole his 10th base, a career high.

The Yankees had not won a 1-0 game on a walk-off homer since Ruben Sierra connected off the Blue Jays’ Vinnie Chulk on July 22, 2004.

New York’s 12 walk-off wins are tied for second-most through a team’s first 100 games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, one fewer than the 1959 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Andrew Benintendi went 0 for 4 with one strikeout in his Yankees debut, facing Kansas City one day after the Royals dealt him to New York for three minor league pitchers.

“Definitely looking forward to getting some rest tonight but it’s been crazy,” Benintendi said. “Meeting a lot of people, running all over the place but I’m glad to be here and I wouldn’t change it.”

Clay Holmes (5-1) worked around two walks in a hitless ninth, combining on a four-hitter with Jameson Taillon and Ron Marinaccio.

New York has an AL-best 67-33 record but had lost 10 of its previous 15 games, getting swept this week in a two-game Subway Series at the NL East-leading Mets and losing both games of a doubleheader last week at AL West-leading Houston. The Yankees won with two hits for the second time, following a 5-1 victory at the Chicago White Sox on May 15.

Taillon struck out a season-high eight and allowed four hits in six innings. Rookie Ron Marinaccio got six outs with two hitless innings and has not allowed a run in 19 innings. Batters are 1 for 57 against him in that span.

“Confidence has been growing so I’ve been a little more convicted with some of the decisions I’m making and the pitches I’m throwing,” Marinaccio said.

Brady Singer struck out 10 and allowed one hit in seven innings, a two-out single in the fourth by Gleyber Torres. Kansas City, last in the AL Central, dropped to 39-60.

“Brady responded as good as you could ever ask any pitcher against an offense like this,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “This is the best we’ve seen him.”

Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo heard loud boos, striking out three times for the 12th game this season. Gallo, hitting .159, also fanned four times in a pair of games.


With a 2-2 count in the sixth inning, Judge looked at ball three. MJ Melendez apparently thought the pitch was a strike, emphatically firing the ball down to third base. Judge remained in the box while plate umpire Ramon De Jesus informed the rookie catcher he was mistaken, but Singer fanned Judge swinging on the next pitch.


The Yankees paid tribute to the late Buck O’Neil prior to the game. Public address announcer Paul Olden read the Kansas City legend’s many accomplishments followed by a touching tribute video shown on the center field scoreboard. A two-time All-Star first baseman in the Negro Leagues and the first Black coach in the National or American leagues, O’Neil played a key role in Kansas City Monarchs championships as both a player and manager. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.


Royals: Recalled SS Maikel Garcia from Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Yankees: Optioned OF Tim Locastro to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


Royals: SS Bobby Witt Jr. (hamstring) took batting practice and fielded ground balls. He has missed four straight games. … C Salvador Perez (left thumb) continued his rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha, going 0 for 1 with a walk as the designated hitter. “He’s getting close,” Matheny said.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (strained right lat) could start throwing soon. A decision on whether or not he’s ready to do so is expected Thursday or Friday, according to Boone. … INF DJ LeMahieu was given a night off.


Royals: LHP Kris Bubic (2-6, 5.53 ERA) has allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings over his past two starts.

Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (9-3, 3.09 ERA) makes his seventh start against Kansas City. The five-time All-Star has a 2.04 ERA over 39 2/3 innings in their previous encounters.


Shohei Ohtani might not be untouchable.

The Los Angeles Angels are listening to offers for the reigning American League MVP, Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. Though a blockbuster trade still appears unlikely to happen before Tuesday’s deadline, the Angels are fielding offers on all of their players and aren’t outright saying no to teams calling about Ohtani, according to Heyman and Sherman.

While Ohtani’s continued to dominate the majors with his unparalleled two-way success, the Angels haven’t been able to take advantage of his brilliance. Los Angeles, heading toward missing the playoffs for an eighth straight season, currently sits fourth in the AL West. The team’s promising start was upended by a 14-game losing streak in May that cost manager Joe Maddon his job, and their other superstar, Mike Trout, is out indefinitely with a back issue.

Ohtani is continuing to produce through all the chaos. As a designated hitter he sports a .256/.350/.489 slash line with 21 homers, 59 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases across 96 games. On the mound, he’s been even more dominant, coming into Friday’s start with a 2.80 ERA, 2.42 FIP, 1.00 WHIP, and 134 strikeouts across his first 93 1/3 innings.

Ohtani was at it again Thursday, striking out 11 Rangers for his sixth double-digit strikeout start this year, one shy of the Angels’ single-season record. Despite his brilliance, the Halos lost to Texas 2-0.

The 28-year-old, who has only one year of arbitration remaining before free agency, addressed the rumors following his start.

“Regardless of where I’m playing, I want to give it my all, try to win the ballgame that’s right in front of me,” Ohtani said, according to Sam Blum of The Athletic. “I’m with the Angels right now. And I’m very thankful for what they’ve done. I really love the team. I love my teammates. Right now I’m an Angel, and that’s all I can really focus on right now.”

Other Angels who could potentially be traded before the deadline include relievers Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup, plus former All-Star starter Noah Syndergaard.


The New York Mets acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin and reliever Phillip Diehl from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed pitching prospect Jose Acuna and young infielder/outfielder Hector Rodriguez, the teams announced Thursday.

Naquin, much like the recently acquired Daniel Vogelbach, will give the Mets another left-handed bench bat who can platoon in the outfield against right-handed pitching. He owns a .811 OPS with five homers and 28 RBIs against righties this year, compared to a meager .459 OPS in very limited appearances against southpaws.

The 31-year-old began his career with Cleveland in 2016 and has spent the last two seasons in Cincinnati. Naquin has experience at all three outfield spots and is a lifetime .269/.323/.450 hitter with 56 homers and 222 RBIs across parts of seven big-league seasons.

Diehl, 28, only made five appearances for the Reds this season and has been pitching at Triple-A Louisville since May. The left-hander owns a lifetime 9.47 ERA with 15 strikeouts and six walks over 21 big-league appearances with the Reds and Colorado Rockies.

Neither of the minor leaguers headed to Cincinnati were ranked among the Mets’ top 30 prospects.

Acuna, 19, was promoted to Low-A St. Lucie this month after starting his season with the Mets’ Rookie affiliate in the Florida Complex League. The native of Bejuma, Venezuela, owns a combined 2.67 ERA and 1.01 WHIP with 48 strikeouts and 12 walks across eight outings in 2022.

Rodriguez is hitting .342/.378/.532 with three homers, 16 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases across 28 games this year, primarily with the FCL Mets. The 18-year-old has primarily played center field this season but is versatile, with experience playing second base, third base, and the corner outfield spots.

To make room for Naquin on their 40-man roster, the Mets designated right-hander R.J. Alvarez for assignment.


The Boston Red Sox aren’t trading Xander Bogaerts before the Aug. 2 trade deadline, the All-Star shortstop said following Thursday’s win over the Cleveland Guardians, according to The Boston Globe’s Julian McWilliams.

Bogaerts said the Red Sox told him he won’t be dealt, and it’s allowed him to relax some. The infielder hit a three-run homer during Boston’s 4-2 victory over Cleveland.

“I don’t know if I’ll get in trouble for saying that,” he said.

Bogaerts, who can opt out of his contract following the 2022 season, had been mentioned as a trade candidate with the Red Sox losing seven of their last ten and posting a 7-17 record in July.

The shortstop’s comments confirmed what Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said on Tuesday in regards to Boston potentially trading some of its stars.

“We haven’t had any discussions internally or with any other club about moving (Bogaerts). We don’t plan to,” Bloom said, echoing Red Sox president Sam Kennedy’s comments that Bogaerts and Rafael Devers haven’t been discussed in trade talks, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

Bogaerts and the Red Sox have been unable to reach an agreement on a potential extension, with the two sides reportedly more than $100 million apart in talks as of last April.

The 29-year-old Bogaerts owns a .318/.393/.463 slash line with eight homers, 27 doubles, and 42 RBIs this season.

He’s posted a .292/.356/.459 line with 149 homers and 652 RBIs over the course of his 10-year career with the Red Sox, which has included four Silver Sluggers and two World Series wins.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Miami Marlins right-hander Max Meyer will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, the club announced Thursday.

Los Angeles Dr. Neal ElAttrache is scheduled to perform the arthroscopic procedure sometime in the near future. Meyer could miss most or all of the 2023 season.

The 23-year-old Meyer, one of Miami’s top prospects and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, left his second major league start on Friday in Pittsburgh after throwing 10 pitches. He missed a month earlier this season with right ulnar nerve irritation.

Meyer (0-1) was a combined 9-8 with a 2.77 earned-run average in 35 minor league starts before being called up by the Marlins.

Also, Miami left-hander Daniel Castano had to leave the Marlins’ game at Cincinnati on Thursday in the first inning after being hit near his left eye by a line drive off the bat of Donovan Solano, the Reds’ fifth batter. Castano walked off the field under his own power after being looked at by Miami medical personnel. There was no immediate word on his condition.


The Steelers earned a wild-card spot in the playoffs last year, but their pass-heavy attack likely will look slightly different following Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement. However, young offensive threats like Najee Harris and Diontae Johnson still should have plenty of chances to thrive this season.

For the first time since 2005, the Steelers are preparing for a season with someone other than Ben Roethlisberger under center. The team still rosters Mason Rudolph, who appeared in 17 games over the last three seasons, but it appears more likely that the Week 1 starter will be either veteran Mitch Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett.



Opposing defenses might have more problems stopping the Miami Dolphins than Tyreek Hill first thought.

On Thursday, Hill expressed how impressed he’s been by wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who’s been one of Miami’s biggest stars of training camp.

“Oh, they’re (going to be) scared shitless,” Hill said when how asked how defenses will react to him and Waddle playing together, according to NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe.

“He’s faster than I thought. When I first got here, I was like, ‘OK, he’s a 4.3 (in the 40-yard dash).’ Typically, guys don’t run as fast on the football field, but he actually runs a 4.3 on the football field.”

Hill added: “I’m very excited for the season. I can’t wait to see him blossoming (and) continue to move his game forward, which I know he will because he comes out here every single day and works hard and wants to get better.”

Miami put together one of the NFL’s most dynamic and explosive offenses this offseason. The Dolphins acquired Hill in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs and signed running back Raheem Mostert and receiver Cedrick Wilson, among others. Waddle, who showed off blazing speed at Alabama, is entering his second year in the league after being drafted sixth overall in 2021.

When asked what cars he and Waddle would be on the field, Hill said they’re a “Lambo and a Ferrari,” according to Deen.

Many consider Hill the NFL’s fastest receiver. The six-time Pro Bowler has established himself as one of football’s most explosive weapons, combining for 198 receptions, 2,515 yards, and 24 touchdowns over the last two seasons.

Meanwhile, Waddle posted a strong rookie campaign in 2021, racking up 1,015 yards and six touchdowns on 104 catches.


GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray burst through the locker room door Thursday morning, marched up to the podium for an impromptu media session, and declared that there have been no “shortcuts” to success during his football career, no matter what strange addendums are on his new contract.

Then the Arizona Cardinals quarterback paused and grinned for a moment: “No pun intended.”

In a rare show of public emotion, the 5-foot-10 Murray vociferously defended his study habits a few days after the NFL Network reported there was a unique addendum to his $230.5 million, five-year contract that mandates at least four hours of “independent study” during game weeks each season.

It also says the quarterback can’t be distracted by “watching television, playing video games or browsing the internet.”

Murray — just like every quarterback who has ever played at a high level — is used to criticism about his game. That’s part of the territory. He’ll take heat for a bad throw, bad decision, bad body language or even his average genetics in the height department.

But his work ethic?

“To think I can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished in my career and not be a student of the game, and not have that passion and not take this serious, it’s disrespectful and almost a joke,” Murray said. “I’m honestly flattered that y’all think that, at my size, I can go out there and not prepare for the game and not take it serious.”

So that begs the question: Why was the addendum needed in the contract?

Murray didn’t really have a clear response.

“If you want to talk about football, we’ll talk about football,” Murray said.

The addendum was unexpected for several reasons, including that coach Kliff Kingsbury and teammates have never voiced public displeasure with Murray’s preparation for games. The quarterback has certainly had a few bad games during his three-year pro career, but knowledge of the playbook was never in question.

Even Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was surprised when he heard about Murray’s study mandate.

“I think I just raised my eyebrows up like this,” Rodgers said, demonstrating. “That was the reaction. Yeah, I was happy to see him get paid. One thing I did see was I think his average salary per year was about on par with the salary cap of the Oakland Athletics, so I think he can definitely smile knowing he made the right choice.”

Murray — and the team — have endured a lot of criticism and jokes over the past few days. Fans and pundits have wondered why the Cardinals would spend nearly a quarter-billion dollars on a quarterback if there are questions about his study habits.

Murray said there’s nothing wrong with the way he prepares. Teammates seemed to agree, with tight end Zach Ertz saying that “Kyler knows the playbook better than anyone on this team.”

“There’s multiple different ways to watch film,” Murray said. “There’s many different ways to process the game, there’s many different ways quarterbacks learn the game and break the game down. Of course, I watch film by myself. That’s a given. That doesn’t even need to be said.

“But I do enjoy and love the process of watching the game with my guys, the quarterbacks, my coaches.”

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Oklahoma, Murray took time Thursday to list his ample accomplishments on the football field over the past decade, from a 43-0 record in high school, to a Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma to his Pro Bowl selections in the NFL.

He said none of that would have happened if he didn’t have a good work ethic.

“I’m not 6-7, 230, and I don’t throw the ball 85 yards,” Murray said. “I’m already behind the 8-ball and can’t afford to take any shortcuts.”


Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder testified before a congressional committee investigating the NFL team’s history of workplace misconduct Thursday, speaking for hours in a deposition conducted virtually rather than a public hearing.

A spokesperson for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform confirmed Snyder began giving his deposition around 8 a.m. EDT Thursday. It was still going more than eight hours later.

The spokesperson said in a statement on behalf of the committee: “Snyder has committed to providing full and complete testimony, and to answer the Committee’s questions about his knowledge of and contributions to the Commanders’ toxic work environment, as well as his efforts to interfere with the NFL’s internal investigation, without hiding behind nondisclosure or other confidentiality agreements.”

Snyder, who is in Israel, agreed to testify voluntarily after committee members worked out some issues with his legal team on the terms of his deposition. The committee had previously agreed to have Snyder testify under the terms of a subpoena it had initially issued.

The committee has the discretion to decide what, if any, information it releases from Snyder’s deposition. The hearing was not recorded, though a transcript is expected to be produced.

Snyder testified a month after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared before the committee via Zoom to discuss Washington’s workplace culture and the league’s investigation into it. Snyder was invited to testify at the same hearing and, through a lawyer, declined.

The committee launched this investigation last year after the league fined Washington $10 million following its review of workplace misconduct but did not release a written report of attorney Beth Wilkinson’s findings.

Snyder’s testimony came on the second day of practice of Washington’s training camp in preparation for the 2022 season, which begins in September. While players and coaches are trying to focus on football, the congressional investigation was just one of a few off-field story lines around the team that made headlines in recent months, including an assistant’s comments about the Jan. 6 insurrection and a deal for a new stadium falling through.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson’s contract negotiations are lingering into training camp, and the Baltimore quarterback says at a certain point, it could be time to put those talks aside.

“There’s probably going to be a cutoff at some point, yes,” Jackson said Thursday.

The latest update from the Ravens’ star quarterback wasn’t exactly earth shattering: Yes, negotiations are ongoing. No, he wasn’t going to publicize details about topics such as guaranteed money. Yes, he thinks a deal will eventually get done, and yes, he hopes that will be before the season.

The most significant takeaway was probably the fact that Jackson seems willing to put a deadline on negotiations. That’s not a huge shock — contract talks during the season can be a distraction — but it suggests that if the Ravens don’t reach a long-term deal with him soon, this saga could stretch into next offseason.

“I get to talk to both sides, and both sides are very motivated to get the job done,” coach John Harbaugh said. “So, I feel like that’s kind of where it’s at.”

This season is Jackson’s fifth-year option, and it’s surprising that his contract status remains so uncertain. Josh Allen, another star quarterback drafted the same year as Jackson, signed his big extension last offseason. Kyler Murray received one earlier this month, and he was drafted a year after Jackson.


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Tyreek Hill runs fast, talks fast, thinks fast. The standout wide receiver was not, however, a fast learner when he came to the Miami Dolphins.

The playbook may as well have been in a different language when Hill arrived in Miami from Kansas City this spring. He eventually went to receivers coach Wes Welker and revealed that he didn’t initially understand anything he was seeing.

“But once I learned the offense,” Hill said, “everything began to click.”

Hill’s days of not grasping the concepts within Miami’s playbook are over. And with Hill and Jaylen Waddle forming perhaps the NFL’s top speed duo at receiver, Miami hopes it has found a pairing that will give defenses nothing but headaches.

“Oh, they’re scared,” Hill said of those defenses, adding an expletive for good measure.

Hill has been in the NFL for six seasons, getting picked for the Pro Bowl all six times. And he has not been sitting idly during his first couple months as a member of the Dolphins.

There was his introductory news conference in March in which he said the value of his new contract — $120 million over four years, $72.2 million guaranteed — nearly made him cry. There was the podcast in June that ruffled some feathers when he said Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was a more accurate thrower than Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes, who has a Super Bowl ring and is generally considered one of the NFL’s best at his position.

And now the Dolphins are in camp, where Hill is making — what else? — a fast impression, opining on everything from those on the Miami roster who think they’re faster than he is (“He’s always chirping and talking about he’s the fastest,” running back Raheem Mostert said) to why he thinks linebacker Melvin Ingram shouldn’t wear jersey No. 6 (“you’re not LeBron, bro,” Hill said, though it fairness it should be noted that LeBron James switched from No. 23 to No. 6 again only last year).

“That’s just Tyreek’s personality,” Tagovailoa said. “He’s going to speak how he feels at that very moment. He just believes what he says every time. If he feels he’s the best at this, he’s going to let you know out there on the field. If he feels someone is talking too much and he wants to go against them, he’s going to let them know what he’s going to do to them. That’s just his personality. I think it’s fun to have that kind of personality on the team.”

The personality is enormous, without question.

Challenge him, and Hill will stand his ground. Challenge the Dolphins, and Hill stands up for everybody. Case in point: When asked Thursday to describe what kind of cars he and Waddle would be, Hill made sure to point out that he would be the faster model — but that together, they’d be a couple of speed racers.

Perhaps it’s fitting that the Dolphins play their home games at a Formula One track.

“If we were cars and we were racing you would compare him to like a 2003 Honda Civic and then I would be like a Maserati or something. You know what I’m saying?” Hill said. “But realistically, if me and him are on the same side, same football field, teammates side by side, it’d be like a Lambo and a Ferrari.”

As long as either the Lamborghini or Ferrari wins on game day, Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel will be thrilled. He says that in a short time with Hill he’s already ready to rank him as “one of the most competitive players I’ve ever been around in my life.”

“He is brash, extremely committed and competitive and that’s his driving force,” McDaniel said. “And if Tyreek is saying it, it’s because he believes it. … I can promise you that Tyreek didn’t get to where he is by thinking that he was an average receiver.”


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Justin Fields showed up to training camp with his sights set squarely on his future and his mind on a notable failure.

The quarterback comes into his second season with the Chicago Bears hoping to convince a new general manager and coach that he is the right person to lead the NFL franchise for years to come.

He’s looking to take a big step coming off a difficult rookie year. And he’s letting his failures give him an extra nudge.

“Failure pushes me to go even harder,” Fields said.

Failure, he said, can be a great motivator. One in particular stands out to him.

It happened during the 2019 College Football Playoff semifinals, in the closing minute of Ohio State’s 29-23 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.

Trevor Lawrence had just led the Tigers on a four-play, 94-yard touchdown drive, finishing it with a 34-yard pass to Travis Etienne. Fields took the Buckeyes 52 yards to the 23 when the season ended in crushing fashion.

He waited in the pocket on second-and-7 before firing to the end zone for what he hoped would be the winning TD on a post route to Chris Olave. The problem was Olave broke left as the ball was released and fell.

That led to an easy interception for Nolan Turner, sending runner-up Clemson to the championship game against LSU. As the Tigers celebrated, Fields stood with his hands on his head.

“That catapulted us that next offseason into a whole different mindset,” he said. “So just stuff like that. Responding back to that and knowing how to respond from failures and stuff like that.”

The Buckeyes bounced back to beat Clemson in the semifinals the following year before losing to Alabama. And Fields is banking on the lessons he learned from his difficulties as a rookie to help propel him in a big way this season.

The Bears are, too.

“We’re going to continue to add things to the offense,” general manager Ryan Poles said. “And he’s going to have to continue to grow based on what he sees and (what) the defense throws at him, continue to make plays and I think he’s doing everything he’s supposed to. We’re excited in that direction. And I think one of the most important pieces is that command. Continue to bring that command and that leadership.”

Fields is in a far different spot than he was a year ago.

The plan under the previous regime was to have him essentially redshirt the season after the Bears traded up with the New York Giants to draft the former Ohio State star with the No. 11 overall pick. That changed after Andy Dalton suffered a knee injury against Cincinnati in Week 2.

Fields got thrust into the starting role and finished with more interceptions (10) than touchdown passes (seven) and an unimpressive 73.2 passer rating. Chicago’s offense ranked among the worst in the NFL.

The Bears finished 6-11 and missed the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. That convinced chairman George McCaskey to make sweeping changes and fire former GM Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy.

Now, Fields needs to show Poles and coach Matt Eberflus he’s the right quarterback.

“He’s a natural born leader type of guy,” offensive coordinator Luke Getsy said. “So we’re lucky to have a guy like that leading this thing.”

The Bears didn’t make any splashy acquisitions on offense and bring in a playmaking star to help their young quarterback. They’re banking largely on improvement from within and contributions from newcomers such as receiver N’Keal Harry, a 2019 first-round pick acquired from New England two weeks ago.

But Fields can take comfort knowing he is the starter, that he’s working with the first team from the get-go. That’s another big change from a year ago.

“Every situation you’re going to be put in is not going to be ideal,” Fields said. “So even if it wasn’t, you just kind of have to deal with it.”

Now, Fields is a big question mark. It’s up to him to show he can also be the answer.

“I’m not really worried about showing the league anything,” Fields said. “I’m just worried about winning games. I’m not trying to prove myself to anybody.

Note: Getsy had no update on C Lucas Patrick, who left practice Thursday with an unspecified injury. Getsy said he didn’t see what happened.


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen injured his left knee and was carted off the field near the end of practice on Thursday.

Neither coach Todd Bowles nor general manager Jason Licht would speculate on the severity of the injury, which occurred with players wearing shorts, shirts and helmets during a non-contact two-minute drill on the second day of training camp workouts.

“It’s unfortunate right now because there was nothing fancy going on in there,” Bowles said. “We’ve got to look at the tape and see what happened. It didn’t look like anything.”

Licht said it could be a few days before the Buccaneers learn how long Jensen might be sidelined.

Second-year pro Robert Hainsey replaced Jensen for the remainder of the drill. Another backup offensive lineman, Nick Leverett, will also take some snaps in practice while the starter is out.

“Right now, we feel terrible for Jensen. Don’t have any update on that. We won’t for some time,” Licht said. “We have some tests you have to wait a couple of days before you can get them. You have to wait for swelling and things like that to go down.”

Jensen, a ninth-year pro beginning his fifth season with Tampa Bay, was a first-time Pro Bowl selection in 2021.


The Kansas City Chiefs are signing free-agent pass-rusher Carlos Dunlap to a one-year contract worth up to $8 million, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.

Dunlap reportedly met with the Chiefs on Wednesday for his second free-agent visit. He had a workout with the Carolina Panthers in June.

The Chiefs needed to add experience to their defensive end group, which includes Frank Clark, rookie George Karlaftis, and Mike Danna.

Dunlap began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals as a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He racked up 83.5 sacks in 10-and-a-half seasons before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks midway through the 2020 campaign.

The 33-year-old produced 13.5 sacks in 25 appearances before Seattle released him in March.


HOUSTON (AP) — A former NFL player was charged with murder Thursday in the killing of his girlfriend, whose remains were found months after she was reported missing last year.

Kevin Ware, who played tight end in 2003 and 2004 for Washington and San Francisco, is also charged with tampering with evidence, specifically a corpse, in the death of Taylor Pomaski. If convicted of murder, he faces up to life in prison.

Pomaski, 29, was last seen in April 2021 at a house party in the Houston suburb of Spring. Her remains were found in December.

“We encourage anyone who has knowledge about what happened between Kevin and Taylor to come forward,” said Lacy Johnson, the prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office handling the case.

Ware, 41, has been jailed since June 2021 in neighboring Montgomery County on unrelated drug and gun charges.

Ware’s attorney, Coby DuBose, didn’t immediately reply to a phone message or email seeking comment.


Mike Aresco says athlete compensation, the transfer portal and conference realignment have created a perfect storm for an unsettled situation, and the American Athletic Conference commissioner believes all FBS conferences need to have a coordinated approach toward stability while finding a middle ground between an amateur model of college athletics and increasing professionalism.

“The amateur model we have embraced for decades is gone. We can’t pretend that it still exists,” he said Thursday. “But at the other end of the spectrum is pure NFL-style professionalism. Is that what we want? Is there a reasonable middle ground that retains the student-athlete experience and does not make our student-athletes employees or union members? I believe there is.”

Using prepared remarks in a nearly half-hour statement at the start of his league’s football media day, Aresco addressed key issues facing college sports. He described a pivotal moment with so many critical issues at the same time, including FBS conferences potentially splitting from the NCAA.

Aresco said football “is clearly a separate and distinct entity within the NCAA” that could benefit from its own governance structure. He said that makes sense because of the interconnection with the regular season and the College Football Playoff, but has to include all 10 FBS conferences, not only the Power Five leagues.

“The autonomy designation and conference governance model is no longer needed,” he said. “Disappearing along with it should be the Group of Five moniker. That label has been destructive. It should all be FBS, I’ve said it many times. The recent realignment of the past two years makes the autonomy concept and the accompanying Power Five media branding even less meaningful than it was before.”

While Aresco has long abhorred that G5 label, he acknowledged that reigning AAC champion Cincinnati last season becoming the first such team to make the College Football Playoff was “a singular and historic achievement.”

But the Bearcats are headed into their final AAC season before next summer joining with Houston and UCF into the Big 12. Six teams from Conference USA will move into the American at that time.

The Southeastern Conference and Big Ten are both set to expand to 16 teams. Oklahoma and Texas are going from the Big 12 to the SEC no later than the 2025 season. Southern Cal and UCLA in 2024 will leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten, which will be a coast-to-coast conference stretching from Maryland to Southern California.

“We can lament realignment all we want, but we have to deal with it,” Aresco said. “The realignment we have seen is of course driven by money and competitive positioning. … Nevertheless, the health of our enterprise lies in the diversity of competition. We are not the NFL. We are not consolidated in one league or two leagues, regardless of that trend.”

Aresco expressed concern about a dramatic shift of conversations, which he said have been more about money and branding while the well-being of student-athletes is rarely mentioned.

“College football is entertaining and fun. Its popularity is clear and has been clear for some time,” Aresco said. “But will something irreplaceable be lost in this new world of super conferences and professionalized players?”

As for athletes being compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses, Aresco said that isn’t a bad thing if done properly.

“It wouldn’t be an issue if in fact it really was NIL. But it’s not at the current time,” he said. “We’ll have to see how the collectives that have been set up play out. Perhaps we can put some restrictions on them down the road, basically to ensure that NIL is rooted in a rational, fair-market value system. Otherwise, NIL is simply paying to entice recruits and paying to retain current roster players, regardless of their true NIL value.”

The CFP is still only four teams after a failed attempt to expand to a 12-team format before the current 12-year contract with ESPN expires after the 2025 season. But there is no playoff plan beyond that.

Aresco said it was shortsighted not to adopt a 12-team playoff that would have included the top six conference champions and six at-large teams. He said the recent realignment has only strengthened the need for that, or at least a similar model with a balanced mix of automatic spots for conference champions and at-large bids.

His ultimate goal is to get rid of the G5 label, saying the pending move for Cincinnati, Houston and UCF to the Big 12 only emphasizes that case.

“Houston and UCF were clearly playoff contenders during many of their years in our conference, as was Cincinnati, which actually made it last year,” Aresco said “Those teams were not given the respect they deserved over the years. But now that they’ve signed a piece of paper, they’re suddenly P5 and worthy of serious playoff consideration, according to various accounts I’ve read. Transformed by signing a piece of paper, it makes no sense. ”


New Orleans Pelicans superstar Zion Williamson will need to undergo regular weigh-ins as part of his new contract extension, sources told’s Christian Clark.

Williamson must reportedly keep the sum of his weight and body fat percentage below 295. If he exceeds that limit, the Pelicans can reduce the amount of guaranteed money in his deal, Clark adds.

The 22-year-old’s weight has been a talking point since he entered the league. He’s currently listed at 284 pounds, which would rank as the fourth heaviest among players who suited up last season.

Despite those concerns, the former No. 1 pick signed a five-year, $193-million maximum extension with the Pelicans earlier in July. He could earn as much as $231 million if he makes an All-NBA team or earns either MVP or Defensive Player of the Year honors next season, per Clark.

Williamson missed the entire 2021-22 campaign after an offseason foot fracture. His rehab was haltered multiple times before he was finally cleared in May following New Orleans’ surprising playoff run.

Over three seasons, Williamson has only suited up in 85 games.

However, the electric dunker has been productive when on the floor. Williamson has averaged 25.7 points, seven rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game on 60.4% shooting.


If Stephen Curry has his way, he’ll finish his career with the Golden State Warriors.

“Honestly, I don’t want to leave ever. I want this to be my one and only home,” Curry said during Wednesday’s Oakland Athletics broadcast on NBC Sports Bay Area. “And even thinking about what happens when basketball is done … we’ll still have roots here. We’ll still have a presence here. We’ll still call this place home.”

Golden State selected Curry seventh overall in 2009. The Davidson product changed the Warriors’ fortunes, leading the club to four NBA titles in the last eight seasons.

Curry is the franchise’s all-time leader in multiple categories, including points, assists, steals, and games played. The reigning Finals MVP surpassed Ray Allen as the NBA’s top 3-point marksman in December.

Curry averaged 25.5 points, 6.3 assists, 5.2 boards, and 1.3 steals over 64 appearances during the 2021-22 campaign. The eight-time All-Star agreed to a four-year, $215-million extension last summer, becoming the first player in league history to sign a second $200-million contract. He’ll be 38 when his contract ends in 2026.


UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored 19 points and the Connecticut Sun spoiled former UConn star Sue Bird’s final scheduled game in the state, beating the Seattle Storm 88-83 on Thursday night.

Brionna Jones added 13 points, and Courtney Williams and DeWanna Bonner each had 12 for the Sun (20-9).

The 41-year-old Bird finished with 14 points and seven assists for the Storm (18-11). Two other former UConn stars, Breanna Stewart and Gabby Williams, had 17 and 16 points respectively.

The arena was awash in UConn gear, Bird national team jerseys and her familiar No. 10 Storm jersey.

The game was the first sellout in Uncasville since the 2019 WNBA Finals and many of the fans were there to see Bird. They gave the 41-year-old a standing ovation during a pregame ceremony and another during player introductions.


COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) —Aerial Powers scored 25 points and Minnesota Lynx started fast and cruised past Atlanta.

Moriah Jefferson finished with 14 points and seven assists for Minnesota (11-19), which ended a three-game skid. Sylvia Fowles had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Kayla McBride scored 11.

Powers had 10 points and Minnesota shot 65.6% (21 of 32), including 4 of 6 from 3-point range, to take a 49-29 lead at halftime. Atlanta (12-17) shot 34.4% and made just 2 of 9 from distance before intermission.

Tiffany Hayes scored 24 to pace the Dream, Rhyne Howard added 18 points, while Cheyenne Parker scored 14 with six rebounds.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Natasha Cloud and Ariel Atkins scored 14 points apiece and Washington beat Dallas.

Cloud had seven assists and Atkins handed out six for Washington (18-11). The other three starters — Alysha Clark, Myisha Hines-Allen and Shakira Austin — all scored 13. The Mystics have won three straight and five of six.

Teaira McCowan had season highs of 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Dallas (12-16), which fell to 5-9 at home. Arike Ogunbowale added 19 points and six boards, while Allisha Gray scored 12.

The Mystics used a 32-point second quarter to turn a 24-14 lead into a 56-36 advantage at halftime.


PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 30 points, Skylar Diggins-Smith added 27 and Phoenix rolled past Los Angeles.

Taurasi hit five 3-pointers and added six rebounds, while Diggins-Smith grabbed five rebounds with six assists for Phoenix (13-16). Shey Peddy scored 12 as the Mercury won their second straight and moved into third place in the Western Conference — passing Los Angeles and Dallas.

Chennedy Carter led the Sparks (12-16) with a season-high 23 points. Nneka Ogwumike had 19 points, while Kristi Toliver and reserve Jordin Canada scored 10 apiece. Los Angeles has lost two straight and five of seven.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — IndyCar champion Alex Palou, who has contracts signed with two different race teams for 2023 and is being sued by Chip Ganassi Racing, declared Thursday: “I will be in the McLaren family next year.”

The soap opera over Palou’s future continued with more twists and turns than the Spaniard will face in Saturday’s road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ganassi this week filed a lawsuit in Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis that names as defendants both Palou and ALPA Racing, which is listed as Palou’s “racing entity.”

At issue is the contract Ganassi holds with the 25-year-old driver. The team owner says he picked up his exclusive option on Palou to bring him back next year for a third season; Palou says he informed CGR he’s leaving and signed a contract with McLaren Racing.

McLaren boss Zak Brown has not decided if he will use Palou in a third IndyCar seat or in Formula One, but Palou for the first time since the saga began July 12 firmly stated he will be wearing McLaren’s papaya orange next season.

“We are disappointed that Chip Ganassi Racing would attempt to keep Alex from an opportunity to compete in Formula One, and even more so with CGR’s public court filings and continued commentary to the press on this matter,” Palou’s attorney, Rachel Epstein of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, said Thursday. “We would hope the parties can resolve this amicably, but if not, we look forward to resolving this matter in a private arbitration, as CGR has requested.”

Epstein is the first to acknowledge that a shot in F1 is a primary reason for Palou wanting to leave Ganassi. Palou has not divulged much about his reasoning to jump from the No. 10 car after only two seasons.

He has never driven or tested an F1 car before but does hold the super license required by governing body FIA to compete in the world’s top motorsports series. Asked if it was McLaren’s ability to get him into F1, a salary dispute or something else that was luring him away from Ganassi, Palou declined to say. But does he want to drive an F1 car?

“Everybody wants to,” he said.

How does he make that happen?

“I’m not a lawyer; I’m a racing driver,” Palou shrugged.

The entire paddock is watching the Palou situation play out as drivers are unsure if Ganassi’s No. 10 car will be open.

The situation emerged too late for rookie Callum Illot, who began talks in April with Juncos Hollinger Racing on a contract extension that was formally announced Thursday. The 23-year-old British driver who has been part of the Ferrari Formula One development program said other teams have reached out to him over the last two weeks. It was too late for Illot to move on to a bigger program.

“The last couple weeks have been interesting for the whole paddock I think. It’s been quite entertaining,” Illot said. “I’m a man of my word. Of course, there was a lot of interest from other people, but I was very honest from the very beginning if anyone approached me.”

Palou certainly sounds as if he expects his current seat at Ganassi to be available next year to another driver, but in the meantime is in the thick of another title race. He lost ground last weekend during the Iowa Speedway doubleheader and heads into Saturday’s race sixth in the standings, 44 points behind leader and teammate Marcus Ericsson.

Asked if he can still win the championship amid all the distractions, Palou said “it will be amazing when I do.”

Ericsson said he will continue to speak to Palou and work with his teammate until directed to stop, but CGR has cut back Palou’s access to team data. He and Ganassi have not spoken since the fallout began three races ago.

“People are going to have opinions, but I am not afraid of people thinking I’m a monster for being in the middle of this because at the end of the day they don’t really know what is going on,” Palou said.

Among those who aren’t sure about Palou’s character are star Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward, who could be teammates in IndyCar with Palou next year.

Palou’s contract is specifically with McLaren Racing, which means Brown can use him anywhere in the organization. O’Ward’s contract is with Arrow McLaren — and both drivers want a shot at F1.

“I think many drivers thought we knew who he was,” O’Ward said. “I feel like he’ll say a lot of things but then he does the complete opposite, which I don’t think is a secret. We’ve all seen it. It kind of seems like reverse psychology, so whatever he’s saying, expect the absolute difference.”


NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Kaapo Kakko on a two-year contract worth $4.2 million.

The deal with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft carries an annual salary cap hit of $2.1 million. General manager Chris Drury announced the agreement Thursday.

Kakko played in 43 games last season, recording seven goals and 11 assists with a plus-nine rating. The 21-year-old Finn also had two goals and three assists in 19 games during the Rangers’ unexpected run to the Eastern Conference final.

Kakko has skated in 157 career NHL games, putting up 26 goals and 32 assists. His best season was his rookie year in 2019-20, when he had 10 goals and 13 assists in 66 games.


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Sean Crocker shot a course-record 9-under 63 to lead by one shot after the first round of the Hero Open on the European tour on Thursday.

It was the American’s lowest round on the tour, featuring eight birdies and an eagle at Fairmont St. Andrews — just up the road from the storied Old Course where the British Open was held two weeks ago.

Crocker went on a run of birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie from the third hole and had four birdies in five holes from No. 11.

“That was fun,” said the No. 241-ranked Crocker. “I don’t get too many days like that on the greens but when I get it going, it seems to end in a nice low round. Which is nice, because I’m not as used to it as some of these guys.”

Crocker had a run of nine missed cuts at the start of the season, describing that as “the toughest thing I’ve gone through.”

“People speak about the mental side of sport,” he said, “but that’s probably the darkest I’ve been in life on a golf course.

“It’s the first time I’ve had bad things happen to me on the golf course. And it’s just a case of having to grow up. Just said to myself, ‘OK, you’ve been lucky to play good golf your whole life and now you’re going to get a taste of what this game is really like.’”

Five players were in a tie for second place after rounds of 64s: Romain Langasque of France, English pair Ben Stow and Ashley Chesters, Jens Dantorp of Sweden and Adrian Otaegui of Spain.



WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Matt Ryan spent 14 seasons winning over coaches, teammates and fans with his sensational play in Atlanta.

Now, he’s trying to do it all over again — in Indianapolis.

For the first time since his rookie season, Ryan is learning a new playbook at a new training camp facility and developing a new routine. After just two days of workouts, the Colts couldn’t be more impressed with the results.

“When you’ve got a guy with Matt’s experience you can kind of say ‘Hey, here’s what we want but trust your instincts. If you see it, call it, don’t flinch, do what you’ve done your whole career,‘” Colts coach Frank Reich said after practice Thursday. “It’s a mentality, it’s a confidence, it’s ‘we’ve got to get up and play’. We’re dictating the tempo from the huddle to the call and we’re going.”

This is what Reich and general manager Chris Ballard anticipated when they traded a third-round pick to Atlanta for the 37-year-old quarterback in March.

The Falcons were rebuilding, making the league’s 2016 MVP and the best quarterback in franchise history suddenly available.

Indianapolis, meanwhile, needed someone who could add stability and leadership after using five opening day starters in five seasons and then missing last season’s playoffs by losing its final two games.

Ryan came with a strong resume that included four Pro Bowl selections, one Super Bowl appearance and top-10 rankings on the NFL’s career list for yards passing (59,735) and touchdown passes (367).

But the game tape also convinced Reich and Ballard that Ryan was still in command, still playing at an elite level and still able to make a difference on a young team.

Naturally, he hasn’t disappointed.

“Whenever he breaks a huddle, he’s ‘hurry up, get to the line, get to the line,’” left tackle Matt Pryor said. “To have a dominant offense, you want the offense getting to the line quick cause then the defenses are like, ‘We’ve got to hurry up,’ and maybe that’ll throw them off a little bit.”

The first part of Ryan’s grand plan began in April when he won over teammates and coaches by quickly mastering the offense, adding confidence and humility to the locker room and building relationships.

Ryan’s progression continued through the summer as he worked with other Colts players outside from the team complex. Through it all, he convinced everyone, he was the right man for the job.

“Whatever he’s about to say, everyone’s tuned in because you know it’s going to be nothing but beneficial,” defending NFL rushing champ Jonathan Taylor said in the spring. “So just having that leadership, that kind of person in the building. Being able to hear and learn from him and see how detailed he is, it makes you want to be that detailed.”

It’s been more of the same since the Colts reported to Westfield, Indiana, a northwestern suburb of Indy on Tuesday.

One key difference: Indy got in all of its scheduled offseason work for the first time in three years.

Another is Ryan’s ability to adapt. Indy opened camp with four players, including three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Shaquille Leonard, on the physically unable to perform list following back surgery in June. Leonard told reporters Tuesday he wanted to be referred to by his middle name instead of his first name, Darius.

Since then, three players have been activated — though receiver Michael Strachan remains out. Indy also signed two receivers Tuesday.

But it hasn’t slowed down Ryan.

While one fan tried to catch his attention by shouting “Iceman” on Thursday, Pryor and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue challenged themselves to keep up with Ryan.

“Can’t waste any time and that’s one of the messages for young guys is you can’t wait,” Ryan said. “That’s one of the keys in training camp. One of the most difficult things is to stay mentally sharp day in and day out when it’s the same thing over and over and over. The good teams, the teams that develop this time of the year are the ones that can do that.”

So Ryan intends to keep the offense on its toes, the defense on its heels and fans entertained with the kind of speedy pace Peyton Manning would embrace.

“We had the same number of plays we’ve had in the past, but we actually finished 10 minutes earlier both days. That’s because the quarterback is pushing the tempo,” Reich said. “It’s unbelievable. We’ve never practiced that fast.”


TOLEDO, Ohio – After the Indianapolis Indians took a 6-5 lead, courtesy of a four-run rally in the eighth, the Toledo Mud Hens responded with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to walk it off on Thursday night, 7-6.

Facing a 6-5 deficit, the Mud Hens rallied after Eric Hanhold (L, 2-1) recorded the first two outs of the inning. Spencer Torkelson walked on four straight pitches before Kerry Carpenter flied the would-be final out to left field that Travis Swaggerty misplayed to keep the rally alive. With runners on second and third, Brendon Davis roped the first pitch he saw into the gap to score both runners and walk it off, 7-6.

Torkelson opened up the scoring with a solo home run in the first inning to put the Mud Hens (48-46) up early. Tucupita Marcano answered for the Indians (44-49) when he grounded a ball down the line that took a generous hop off first base and into the outfield for a game-tying RBI double.

Derek Hill broke the tie in the fifth with a solo home run, that was shortly followed by Swaggerty’s RBI triple that evened the score once again for the Indians in their following at-bat.

The Mud Hens surged for three runs in the seventh – highlighted by a two-run double by Josh Lester to give Toledo their largest lead of the game, 5-2.

Down three runs, a Hoy Park walk and Rodolfo Castro double set up a two RBI double by Swaggerty to put the Indians within one. Now facing a 5-4 deficit, with two outs and runners on the corners, Mason Martin lifted a ball deep into the night sky in left field that was lost by left fielder Kerry Carpenter and plated the tying and go-ahead runs for the Indians.

LHP Sam Howard (W, 1-2) worked around a walk to Park and a single by Castro to hold the Indians scoreless before the Mud Hens made their comeback in the bottom of the ninth.

Swaggerty’s sixth inning triple was his seventh of the season and the team’s 30th three-bagger. The last time the Indians clubbed 30 triples in a season was 2018.

The Indians and Mud Hens will continue their six-game set tomorrow at 7:05 PM ET at Fifth Third Field. RHP Miguel Yajure (2-2, 8.10) will toe the rubber for the Indians, countering for the Mud Hens is RHP Elvin Rodriguez (4-2, 4.03).


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden was cleared Thursday to practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway following his collapse after crashing at Iowa.

Newgarden will be re-evaluated Friday after practice to determine if he can compete Saturday on the road course at Indianapolis.

Newgarden was leading and headed to a sweep of the Iowa doubleheader Sunday when the suspension on his Team Penske car broke and he smashed hard into the wall. The driver from Nashville was evaluated in the Iowa medical center and cleared, but was required to undergo a second check Thursday by IndyCar officials at the speedway.

But not long after leaving the care center, Newgarden lost consciousness and collapsed in the motorhome lot. He hit his head on the pavement, opening a wound, and was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital and held overnight.

Team Penske stated all tests on Newgarden had been negative and he was held overnight as a precaution. The 31-year-old returned to Nashville on Monday and visited a specialist this week ahead of traveling to Indianapolis.

Team Penske had Santino Ferrucci on standby in case IndyCar said Newgarden can not race Saturday on the road course.

He arrived late afternoon at the speedway for another round of tests and was cleared Thursday evening to race.

Newgarden, who won Saturday’s race, dominated and led 148 of the 300 laps while trying to sweep the doubleheader weekend. He was shown as the points leader ahead of the hard collision — IndyCar confirmed his hit into the wall registered more than 80 G’s of force — and he was visibly rattled by the crash that he said “definitely rocked me. I got a little bit shaken from it, but I’m OK.”

The crash dropped Newgarden to a tie with Scott Dixon for third in the standings with five races remaining.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Dual-threat Indiana football wide receiver/return specialist D.J. Matthews Jr. has been named to the preseason watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given annually to the most versatile player in major college football.

Matthews Jr. enrolled at IU in 2021 spring classes and participated in practice, before suffering an injury in the fourth game of the season in 2021. In four games, he caught 13 passes for 165 yards, returned four punts for 83 yards and rushed twice for 28 yards. He accounted for two scores, a rushing score against Cincinnati and a punt return for a touchdown versus Idaho.

His punt return touchdown versus the Vandals covered 81 yards to mark the 10th-longest in program history and was his second career punt return TD. He had his best all-around game against No. 8 Cincinnati when he pulled in five passes for 120 yards, his second career 100-yarder and first as a Hoosier. He added the rushing score and 28 yards on the ground for 148 all-purpose yards.

At his previous school, Matthews is 10th at FSU with 582 career punt return yards and 56 returns, and he holds two of the Top-4 single-game marks. In 35 games (16 starts), Matthews Jr. owns 84 receptions for 809 yards and five touchdowns to go along with one punt return TD. He earned an interdisciplinary social science degree in Dec. 2020.

The Paul Hornung Award is given annually by the Louisville Sports Commission (LSC) to the most versatile player in major college football. The Award was created by the LSC in January 2010 with the support of the Golden Boy himself, Paul Hornung, a native and lifelong resident of Louisville and member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

Hornung is considered by many the most versatile player in the history of college and pro football. He won the 1956 Heisman Trophy at quarterback for Notre Dame and was the number one pick in the 1957 NFL draft. He played every position in the backfield during his career with the Irish, where he also punted, kicked, returned kicks, and played defensive back. While in the NFL, Hornung was a multi-threat offensive back and prolific kicker. He was a member of four NFL championship teams as an all-pro halfback for the Green Bay Packers and led the NFL in scoring 1959-60-61, set the single season scoring record in 1960 with 176 points, and was named League MVP following the 1961 season.

In the spirit of partnership with Paul Hornung, the LSC oversees and administers all aspects of the Award including budget, selection process, marketing and PR, banquet, trophy, sponsorships, and hospitality. An Advisory Committee comprised of the LSC President and CEO, board leadership, and local business leaders provides guidance to insure the integrity of the Award.

Indiana Football 2022 Preseason Watch Lists

AFCA Good Works Team – Jack Tuttle

Doak Walker Award – Shawn Shivers

Wuerffel Trophy – Jack Tuttle

Paul Hornung Award – D.J. Matthews Jr.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Wuerffel Trophy announced Indiana redshirt-senior Jack Tuttle as a member of its preseason watch list on Thursday (July 28). It is the second service-related watch list that the California native finds himself a part of entering the 2022 season.

Tuttle is also among the preseason nominees for the America Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. A Wuerffel Trophy nominee in 2021, he has been a part of numerous initiatives in both the Bloomington area and around the country. Tuttle worked with the Red Cross this year on disaster relief and blood drives, while also donating plasma and blood himself.

A volunteer at the Tim Tebow “Night to Shine,” the San Marcos, California, native has also worked with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on multiple initiatives, volunteered at Riley Children’s Hospital, teamed up with the 2nd & 7 Foundation and handed out water in the community to homeless.

A 2001 IU graduate with his degree in supply chain management, Tuttle is working towards his MBA in management and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. Two separate injuries limited Tuttle to six games in 2021 – including two starts – as he threw for 423 yards and five touchdowns. In 2020, Tuttle earned the program’s LEO Award after stepping in and staring the final two games of the season. His first career start came in a road victory over No. 16 Wisconsin, which earned the Hoosiers a spot in the Outback Bowl.

Established in 2005, The Wuerffel Trophy honors college football athletes who are serving others, while also achieving greatness on the football field and in the classroom.  As part of the National Football Federation’s Collegiate Awards, The Wuerffel Trophy was the first major award honoring the character of service to others.

Named after Hall of Fame quarterback Danny Wuerffel, who led the Florida Gators to their first National Championship in 1996, receiving the Heisman Trophy, Johnny Unitas and Campbell awards, this award represents that which is good in the world of college sports.  As a nationally recognized humanitarian, Wuerffel inspires leaders to use their influence to make a positive impact.

The award will announce semifinalists on November 1 and the finalists will be unveiled on November 22. The announcement of the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy recipient will be made on The Home Depot College Football Awards show December 8, while the trophy will be presented to the winner on February 24 as part of the 53rd Annual All Sports Association Awards Banquet in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida.

Indiana Football 2022 Preseason Watch Lists

AFCA Good Works Team – Jack Tuttle

Doak Walker Award – Shawn Shivers

Wuerffel Trophy – Jack Tuttle


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The most dangerous kick returner in the Big Ten a season ago, as well as a contributing wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball, transfer Charlie Jones was named to the 2022 Paul Hornung Award Watch List (July 28). The 2022 Preseason All-American landed on the watch list ahead of making his debut for Purdue Football this fall.

The Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission in the memory of the late football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.

The reigning Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year, Jones made the move from Iowa to Purdue to provide a spark to the Boilermakers’ return game and receiving corps. His 2021 campaign with the Hawkeyes featured 1,251 all-purpose yards, including 920 return yards (635 kick, 285 punt) to rank second in the nation. In a 33-23 win over Illinois, Jones took a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown. Along with being named the best returner in the Big Ten, Jones collected first team all-conference honors.

Jones caught 21 passes for 323 yards, averaging 15.4 yards per catch last season. Three of those receptions were in the end zone as he led Iowa in touchdown catches. Against Minnesota, Jones went over the century mark with 106 receiving yards to help the Hawkeyes secure the victory. His big game featured a 72-yard touchdown catch in the second half that put Iowa on top for good.

Jones and the Boilermakers kick off the 2022 season at home, hosting Penn State in a Thursday night matchup (Sept. 1). The Big Ten battle is slated to begin under the Ross-Ade Stadium lights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell not only makes a difference on the field, but he impacts the community as well. Entering his sixth season at Purdue and showing love to the West Lafayette community throughout his career as a Boilermaker, O’Connell landed on the watch list for the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy.

Named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world.

Since he arrived on campus, O’Connell has helped with the annual Special Olympics Camp. He has also coached Tippy Stars Baseball, a special needs summer baseball program. Making trips to the Boys and Girls Club, O’Connell has spent time there as a mentor to the children. He continues to be a role model for youth by reading to students at local elementary schools, emphasizing the importance of reading and academics overall.

O’Connell has extended his service beyond the local community, providing an impact in different parts of the world. As one of the leaders of Purdue’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter, the Boilermaker quarterback has joined the organization on two mission trips to South Africa. O’Connell spent time at an orphanage, interacting with children and providing a friendly face to brighten their day. While there, he put up a playground fence and also helped with a variety of other landscape projects.

The Wuerffel Trophy Watch List is O’Connell’s second recognition for community service heading into the 2022 season. The Purdue quarterback has also been nominated for the 2022 Allstate Good Works Team, which will be finalized later this fall.

Semifinalists for the Wuerffel Trophy will be announced on November 1, and finalists will be announced on November 22. The formal announcement of the 2022 recipient is scheduled to be made on December 8, and the presentation of the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy will occur on February 24, 2023.


Coach Matt Roe has announced the addition of Luke Finnegan to the Butler men’s track and field team.

A graduate transfer from Miami (Ohio), Finnegan is a two-time MAC Champion and one-time NCAA First Team All-American, as his distance medley relay unit finished eighth at the 2021 Indoor Championships. The MAC championships were in the 200m dash at the 2022 outdoor meet and the 4x400m relay at the 2021 outdoor meet.

“This is an exciting day to be a Butler Bulldog!” exclaimed Roe. “We were holding an offer for an immediate impact athlete. Luke was our top choice, and we pursued him with the same energy that we are going to pour into him when he arrives on campus. As an elite student and elite sprinter, he had considerable interest from several top Division I programs.”

Finnegan also qualified for the NCAA Outdoor East Preliminary in the 200m this past season, running his heat in a personal best 21.02 seconds to finish in 32nd place. The Westerville, Ohio, native earned four other medals outside of his two golds at MAC Championship meets, with runner-up finishes in the 4x400m relay in 2022 and the 400m dash in 2021. Finnegan had third place performances in the 4x100m relay in 2022 and the 200m dash in 2021.

“Luke has great range as an athlete and is a versatile and consistent performer,” added Roe. “We see some untapped potential in Luke. We believe with the combination of our sport performance staff, our fast rising sprint group, and Coach Burns’s mentorship, he will go to the next level as Butler Bulldog.”

Finnegan’s Top Collegiate Times

60m – 6.92

100m – 10.50

200m – 21.02

400m – 47.16


INDIANAPOLIS – Training camp for the Butler football team will begin in August, but many of the players on the roster have already started to prepare for the upcoming 2022 season. Over 70 student-athletes were on campus this summer training for the 11-game schedule.  

“The goal of summer training is to build culture, increase performance, and prepare the football team for the upcoming August practices,” Strength and Conditioning Coach TJ Greenstone explained. “Thanks to our strong internship network in Indianapolis and summer class selection, over 70 football players, (including over half of the incoming freshmen class) returned to campus for summer training which is the largest group in recent history. Being on campus for training allows our student-athletes to spend time together in the weight room, on the field, and outside of Hinkle Fieldhouse. The group was able to build chemistry and comradery as they prepare for the rigors of Saturdays in the fall.”

Members of the Butler football team recently broke 21 strength and conditioning records. The highlights are below:

– AJ Deinhart (RB) – Bench Press, 365lbs (20+ year old record)

– Bret Bushka (QB) – Cleaning 330lbs

– Kody Leach (DB) – Cleaning 340lbs

– Isaac Kolosik (LB) – 15 Pull-up

– Tyler Adams (WR) – 21 Pull-up

– Adam Cipriano (DB) – 3.88 short shuttle

– Jared Suchevits (TE) – Set position records in Bench, Squat, Clean, Pull-Ups, and 40-yard dash

Suchevits achieved the level of Block 2, the highest level of training that a Butler football player can receive. He achieved goals in movement capacity, strength, power, and body composition to reach Block 2.

As July winds down, the team will focus on their ability to sprint repeatedly. Conditioning includes reactive agility and rest times that mirror the game of football. The work in the weight room begins to focus on the speed of movement utilizing velocity-based training technology sensors that are placed on the barbell when needed.

Additionally, a dual force plate system was used to track progress and readiness of the team as the summer progressed. The strength and conditioning staff utilizes this information to track health of players returning from injury and adjusting programs based on the student-athletes ability to decelerate and reaccelerate.

The team will finish their summer training by rescreening the Functional Movement Screen, retesting body composition, and scaling back to set the Bulldogs up for a great first preseason camp for Coach Uremovich and his staff.

Once camp is complete, the Bulldogs will host St. Thomas (Fla.) on Sept. 3 to signal the start of the 2022 campaign. Kick-off is slated for 1 PM.


Headlined by two past winners and three other former finalists, it’s a highly competitive year on the thirty-player Watch List for the 2022 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, as announced by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and graduate student kicker Blake Grupe was among the student-athletes selected for the list.

Blake Grupe Information:

Graduate transferred to Notre Dame in the offseason after an all-conference career at Arkansas State where he became the all-time leading scorer in school history.

2022 Lou Groza Award Watch List

Connected on 20-of-25 field goals in 2022, setting a single-season record at Arkansas State

2021 Athlon Sports Preseason Fourth Team All-Sun Belt Conference

2021 Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference

2019 Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference

2019 Lou Groza Award Semifinalist

The 31st Annual Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award, presented by the Orange Bowl, recognizes the three finalists during a celebration in Palm Beach County, culminating with a gala awards banquet at the West Palm Beach Marriott on December 5th.

The Award is named for National Football League Hall of Fame kicker Lou “The Toe” Groza, who played 21 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Groza won four NFL championships with Cleveland and was named NFL Player of the Year in 1954. Although an All-Pro offensive lineman as well, Groza ushered in the notion that there should be a place on an NFL roster for a kicker.


Now in its 13th season, the Paul Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission in the memory of the late football, Louisville native and Notre Dame Hall of Famer Paul Hornung. Junior running back Chris Tyree was among the student-athletes listed to the award’s preseason watch list.

Chris Tyree Information

Dangerous with the ball out of the backfield or as a passing target, was fourth on the team with 827 all-purpose yards as a sophomore in 2021.

Scored three touchdowns, one on special teams and two through the air.

Finished the year with a career-best 115 receiving years and a touchdown against Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl.

Flipped the momentum in the Irish victory over Wisconsin in the Shamrock Series game at Soldier Field in 2021 with a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown – the first such return for the Irish since 2016.

Posted 1,017 all-purpose yards as a freshman 2020 while leading the ACC in kickoff return yard average (20.7) and rushing for 6.8 yards per carry.

2022 Doak Walker Award and Paul Hornung Award Watch Lists

2021 Phil Steele Second Team All-Independent

The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville in March 2023.

Notre Dame Football Preseason Award Watch List Selections (as of July 28): 

JD Bertrand – Butkus Award, AFCA Good Works Team

Blake Grupe – Lou Groza Award

Brandon Joseph – Thorpe Award

Jack Kiser – Wuerffel Trophy

Josh Lugg – Outland Trophy

Michael Mayer – Maxwell Award, Biletnikoff Award, Mackey Award

Chris Tyree – Doak Walker Award, Paul Hornung Award

Jarrett Patterson – Rimington Award, Outland Trophy


The Wuerffel Trophy, College Football’s Premier Award for Community Service, today announced its watch list of 115 players from college football’s

Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Senior linebacker Jack Kiser was among those named to the list.

Jack Kiser Information:

Played in all 13 games for the Irish in 2021-22, including eight starts.

Finished seventh on the defense with 45 total tackles, 26 of which were unassisted.

One of just two Irish players with multiple interceptions in 2021.

Became first Irish player with two defensive scores in the same season since Julian Love in 2017.

Forced two fumbles, created five pass breakups and two QB hurries, while adding one tackle for loss.

Tackled raising funds and being the team relation representative for the Fighting Irish Fight for Life (FIFFL) campaign, where a patient in the pediatric hematology/oncology unit of South Bend’s Beacon Children’s Hospital became a teammate of the football team. Raised a total of $56,500 for the FIFFL Food Pantry at  South Bend’s Beacon Children’s Hospital

Also served as a representative on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was named executive lead for the Irish On 3 campaign, where he coordinated events and marketing projects to promote the unifying of all student-athletes at the University of Notre Dame to support one another on and off the court.

Named after Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Florida, the Wuerffel Trophy is presented each February in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The trophy honors college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society and inspire greater service in the world.

The formal announcement of the 2022 recipient is scheduled to be made on December 8, and the presentation of the 2022 Wuerffel Trophy will occur on February 24, 2023.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame head softball coach Deanna Gumpf announced that Kris Ganeff  will be promoted to Associate Head Coach. Ganeff will enter her 22nd season on staff in 2023, having served as an assistant coach from 2002-2012 an associate coach from 2013-22. She will be the second associate head coach in Notre Dame softball history, joining Gumpf as the only individuals to earn that title.

“Kris has been alongside me for 21 years here at Notre Dame.” Gumpf said, “She has been offered countless opportunities to leave and take over other programs. Instead, she has been loyal to Notre Dame and has given her heart and soul to this program. I’m grateful to have her by my side to lead our team and I am thrilled that she is being honored with this promotion. No one is more deserving.”

Over the past 21 seasons, Ganeff has been instrumental in making Notre Dame softball one of the most consistent programs in the country. With Ganeff on the bench, the Irish have never had a losing season, qualified for NCAA Regionals in each year the tournament was held, won four conference tournament championships and seven conference regular season championships.

 Ganeff is one of the longest tenured assistant coaches in the nation. She spearheads the Irish recruiting efforts, which attracts players from every corner of the United States. She also runs and directs all of Notre Dame softball’s camps and clinics and served as the third vice president on the board of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

In her coaching career, she’s helped tutor three USA Softball National Player of the Year Finalists, two NFCA Freshman of the Year Finalists, 19 NFCA All-Americans, 81 NFCA All-Region honorees (50 First Team Choices), eight Conference Players of the Year, four Conference Pitchers of the Year, and a pair of Conference Freshmen of the Year.

On the field, she works closely with each player on hitting and defense, and specializes in the development of the Irish infield and catchers. With her guidance, Notre Dame has finished among the top 25 programs in fielding percentage consistently over the past 12 seasons, and broke into the top 10 nationally with a .974 team fielding percentage in 2016.

With the catching staff, the Irish routinely have some of the premier backstops in the NCAA. Last season, the Irish were second in the ACC in runners caught stealing, and earned a .694 stolen base allowed percentage. She tutored Cassidy Whidden to two NFCA All-Region selections and two All-Conference honors. Whidden one of just eight Irish hitters to hit 10 or more homers in consecutive seasons. She also helped hone Amy Buntin skills to become the top defensive catcher in the country in the Irish’s final season in the BIG EAST. She recorded just one error in nearly 400 chances behind the plate, and earned a .997 fielding percentage.

Ganeff, formerly McCleary, was a four-year monogram winner in her playing career. Here she  earned All-BIG EAST and All-NFCA Mideast Region honors as a senior in 1999 and was also an all-conference honoree in 19987.. She hit a career-best seven home runs in her final season while throwing out 16 attempted base stealers. She earned second team all-conference selection in 1997 and was a team captain on the 1999 team. She was selected in the eighth round of the 1999 Women’s Professional Softball League draft by the Virginia Roadsters and ranks fifth all-time in career putouts at Notre Dame. In lieu of playing professionally, Ganeff began her coaching career at UNLV before coming back to South Bend.


Notre Dame Director of Golf John Handrigan has announced the addition of Caroline Powers Ellis to his staff as the head women’s golf coach. Powers Ellis is joining the Irish after spending six seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater Michigan State.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Caroline to the Irish golf family as she epitomizes Notre Dame’s core values and will be a great representative of our University,” Handrigan said.

“Caroline has proven she can recruit elite student-athletes who compete for championships while having great success academically and in their local communities. The opportunity to combine Caroline’s recipe for success with our resources at Notre Dame will lead to a championship-level program.”

A former Michigan State All-American and Big Ten Golfer of the Year, Powers Ellis has made a lasting impression in the coaching profession over six years with the Spartans. 

Michigan State qualified for an NCAA Regional appearance in every season Powers-Ellis was on staff, advancing to two national competitions and while claiming three Big Ten titles during her tenure in East Lansing. The Bowling Green, Ohio, native played a major role in the recruitment and growth of players while assisting with all areas of developing the Spartan players and program which included practice plans, tournament preparation, coordination of camps and clinics and organizing the annual Spartan Golf Classic Fundraiser.

“Thank you to Jack Swarbrick, Jim Fraleigh and John Handrigan for the opportunity to lead the Fighting Irish Women’s Golf Team,” Powers-Ellis said.

“I am honored to be joining this premier institution; one that holds the highest standards for student-athletes in the classroom, on the golf course and as leaders in the community.  Notre Dame is a special place and when I stepped on campus I could feel the passion and enthusiasm in everyone I met.

“There is no limit to what this team can achieve and I am excited to work alongside Coach Handrigan as our two teams become united as one program. I am eager to get started and to advance the legacy of Notre Dame Golf.”

As a member of the Michigan State coaching staff, Powers Ellis helped develop multiple All-Americans, all-conference players and two student-athletes who earned the Big Ten’s Mary Fossum Award for the lowest stroke average to par during an individual season. 

Powers Ellis was named to the WeCOACH Coaches Council for the 2019-20 season. Previously known as the Alliance of Women Coaches, WeCOACH has become the premier membership organization committed to recruiting, advancing, and retaining women coaches across all sports and levels.

Before entering the coaching profession, Powers Ellis had established herself as one of the greatest golfers in Michigan State history – as she is one of just two women’s athletes to earn the Alderton Award (MSU Athlete of the Year) three times.

Named the 2013 Big Ten Women’s Golfer of the Year, Powers Ellis completed her career as the school’s all-time record holder in scoring average (74.26) and owns three of the top four single-season scoring averages in program history.

A three-time honorable mention All-American and All-Big Ten First Team selection, Powers Ellis helped lead the Spartans to back-to-back Big Ten Championships in 2011 and 2012 and a school-record finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships as the team tied for ninth place. She qualified as an individual for the 2011 NCAA Championships and placed sixth, tied for the highest ever by a Spartan at nationals.

In addition to winning the Alderton Award for the third time in 2013, Powers Ellis also was named the female winner of the Big Ten Conference Medal of Honor and the recipient of the Chester Brewer Leadership Award. She became the first student-athlete in MSU history to receive the Alderton Award, Brewer Award and Conference Medal of Honor in the same year.

In the classroom, Powers Ellis graduated in 2013 with a 3.87 GPA in elementary education and earned All-America Scholar honors from the NGCA four times and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades twice. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree was named the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Dinah Shore Trophy Award by the LPGA Foundation, which is awarded to a female collegiate golfer who excels in both academics and athletics, while demonstrating outstanding leadership skills and community service.

In addition, Powers Ellis was the recipient of Michigan State’s Gwendolyn Norrell Community Service & Leadership Award in 2013. The award is presented to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the goals of the PACT (Putting Athletes and Community Together) program, excelling in the field of community service and outreach. As the President of the 2012-13 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Powers Ellis actively participated in numerous events throughout the Greater Lansing area, including March is Reading Month, Chuck A Puck, Teddy Bear Toss, and the Student-Athlete Food Drive.

After graduating from MSU in 2013, Powers Ellis played on the Symetra Tour. She recorded 11 top-20 finishes, including a career-best fourth place at the 2014 Firekeepers Casino Hotel Championship in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Powers Ellis married Michigan State men’s golf associate head coach Dan Ellis in the summer of 2020.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head volleyball coach Ashlee Pritchard unveiled the Sycamores’ 2022 schedule Thursday. The 26-match schedule features eight non-conference matches and 18 Missouri Valley Conference matchups. The Sycamores will play nine home matches at ISU Arena, with all coming in conference play.

“I am looking forward to what this season has in store for Sycamore Volleyball,” Pritchard said. “We have som great non-conference matchups to get us ready for our conference season. I am excited to build off of the success of last season and continue to elevate the level of Indiana State Volleyball. This team is going to be fun to watch this season.”

Indiana State opens its regular season at the Indiana Invitational. The Sycamores will play Indiana in the season opener August 26 before facing Jacksonville State and Chicago State August 27. Indiana State will also play in tournaments at Western Michigan (Sept. 2-3) and Kentucky (Sept. 9-10). The Sycamores will face North Dakota, Wright State and Western Michigan at the Discover Kalamazoo Invitational, while playing Campbell and 2020 National Champion Kentucky at the Bluegrass Battle.

The Sycamores open MVC play at home Sept. 23-24 against Bradley and Illinois State, respectively, with Indiana State slated to play five of its first seven conference matches at home. Trips to Murray State (Sept. 30) and Belmont (Oct. 1) are followed by a three-match homestand against Missouri State (Oct. 7), Southern Illinois (Oct. 8) and Evansville (Oct. 10).

ISU hits the road for matches at Illinois State (Oct. 14) and Bradley (Oct. 15) before returning to ISU Arena for Homecoming Week matches against Northern Iowa (Oct. 21) and Drake (Oct. 22). The Sycamores close out October with matches at UIC (Oct. 28) and Valparaiso (Oct. 29).

Indiana State opens November on the road at Southern Illinois (Nov. 4) and Missouri State (Nov. 5) before returning to ISU Arena for its final two home matches of the season Nov. 11-12 against Belmont and Murray State, respectively. The Sycamores close the regular season Nov. 15 at Evansville.

The 2022 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament is slated to take place Nov. 20-23 at Meeks Family Fieldhouse in Evansville, Indiana. The top eight teams will qualify for the conference tournament.

Indiana State returns three starters and its libero from the 2021 team that went 18-13 and reached the postseason for the first time in the Division I era. Ashlee Pritchard enters her first season at the helm after previously turning Marian (Ind.) into an NAIA power.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Brooks LeCompte announced the 2022 cross country schedule on Thursday, a five-meet slate that includes the 20th-annual University of Evansville Invitational in mid-October.

LeCompte’s first season as head coach at UE will begin in Terre Haute, Indiana, as Evansville will kick off the 2022 campaign at the John McNichols Invitational on Saturday, September 17.  The UE men will take the course at 8 a.m. in the 8-K event, before the women will compete in a 5-K at 8:45 a.m. central time.

“With this being my first cross country season at Evansville, I felt it would be best to start our season a couple of weeks later than normal,” said LeCompte.  “This will allow for some much-needed time for me to get a good grasp of where the student-athletes are at fitness-wise to ensure that we aren’t getting ahead of ourselves, and time for them to adjust to the new training stimulus.”

The season will continue on Saturday, October 1 when the Purple Aces take part in one of the nation’s largest cross country events with the annual Live In Lou Classic in Louisville, Kentucky.  Last year, over a thousand runners and nearly 100 schools from the various NCAA and NAIA levels competed in three races at the Live In Lou Classic.

Evansville will then return home to the Angel Mounds Cross Country Course to host the 20th-annual University of Evansville Invitational on Saturday, October 15.  The men’s 8-K race will kick-off the UE Invite at 10 a.m., with the women’s 5-K race set to begin at 10:45.

“I am really excited to be able to host the 20th-annual UE Invitational,” said LeCompte.  “The Angel Mounds course was one of my favorite courses to visit as a visiting coach, and to now be able to host an event there is exciting.”

The 2022 season will then conclude in the same place that it started, as both the Missouri Valley Conference and NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championships will take place in Terre Haute, Indiana.  The Valley Championships will take place on Friday, October 28, with the NCAA Great Lakes Regionals taking place two weeks later on Friday, November 11.


1908       Rube Waddell fans sixteen of his former teammates when the Browns defeat the A’s at Sportsman’s Park, 5-4. During the off-season, a frustrated Connie Mack, Philadelphia’s owner/ manager, traded his talented but free-spirit hurler to St. Louis.

1911       In the first game of a twin bill at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, Red Sox right-hander Joe Wood whiffs twelve Browns en route to a 5-0 no-hitter. ‘Smokey,’ a nickname coined due to his blazing fastball, throws the fifth hitless game in franchise history and the last accomplished in the Boston ballpark.

1911       The Giants establish a franchise mark with nine stolen bases in the team’s 8-0 rout of the Redbirds at Robison Field in St. Louis. Eight different New York players contribute to the record, with seven of the nine bags pilfered off Cardinals backstop Jack Bliss.

1915       Pirates third baseman Honus Wagner reaches Robins hurler Jeff Pfeffer for a grand slam in the eighth inning, helping Pittsburgh beat Brooklyn at Forbes Field, 8-2. The inside-the-park round-tripper makes the 41-year-old infielder the oldest player ever to hit a home run with the bases full, a record which will last until 1985.

1919       At Navin Field, Dutch Leonard decides to pitch around Bob Roth with two outs in the ninth inning to face Babe Ruth. Although the Boston slugger, who has already reached the Detroit southpaw with two doubles, responds by tying an American League record with his ninth homer of the month and sixteenth of the season, the Tigers prevail, 10-8.

1928       The Indians follow-up their eight-run first inning with nine more tallies in the next frame in their 24-6 rout of the Yankees at Dunn Field. The Tribe’s third baseman Johnny Hodapp collects two singles in both the second and sixth frames.

1938       On the WGN’s White Sox pregame radio show, Yankee outfielder Jake Powel responds to a Bob Elson question concerning his offseason employment as a Dayton, Ohio policeman, quips, “I crack n*****s on the head.” Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis downplays the incident, describing the ballplayer’s comments as acting not “intentionally, but carelessly,” and will suspend the reserve flychaser for ten days.

1944       Annabelle Lee, the aunt of future major leaguer Bill Lee, pitches the first of five perfect games in the 12-year history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Minneapolis Millerettes southpaw knuckleballer, who will toss a no-hitter for the Fort Wayne Daisies precisely one year from this date, doesn’t allow any batters to reach first base in the 18-0 rout of the Kenosha (WI) Comets.

1955       Smoky Burgess hits three home runs and drives in nine runs in the Reds’ 16-5 rout of Pittsburgh at Crosley Field. In addition to his grand slam and pair of two-run round-trippers, the Cincinnati catcher also collects a run-scoring single.

1968       At Connie Mack Stadium, Reds’ right-hander George Culver faces 34 batters, throws a no-hitter, and beats the Phillies, 6-1. Philadelphia tallies an unearned run in the second inning when Dick Allen reaches base on a throwing error by the third baseman, goes to second on another miscue on the same play, gets to third base on a groundout before scoring on a sacrifice fly.

1969       Major League Baseball proclaims Joe DiMaggio as its greatest living player, a title the Yankee Clipper will proudly embrace until he died in 1999. Sportswriters determined in a poll conducted to coincide with the centennial of professional baseball.

1978       The Yankee Stadium crowd is pleasantly surprised as recently resigned manager Billy Martin returns to join in on the Old Timers’ Day festivities. Much to their delight, the fans respond with a seven-minute standing ovation when informed ‘Billy the Kid’ will return as the team’s skipper in 1980.

1983       Due to a dislocated thumb suffered in a collision at home plate in an attempt to score in the first game of the Padres’ doubleheader against Atlanta, first baseman Steve Garvey’s consecutive game streak ends in the nightcap at 1,207. At the time, the span is the third-longest in major league history without missing a game.

1986       Sparky Anderson, the first manager to win the World Series in each league, also becomes the first to win 600 games in both the National and American Leagues when Detroit beats the Brewers, 9-5. The future Hall of Fame skipper finishes with a 2194-1834 (.545) record during his 26-year tenure in the dugout with Reds and Tigers, capturing five Pennants and three World Series.

1988       The Orioles deal pitcher Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling. Boddicker will have two successful years with Boston, and Anderson will become a productive leadoff hitter for Baltimore, with Schilling becoming one of baseball’s most dominant pitchers of his era.

1988       After home plate umpire Mike Reilly doesn’t grant his request for a time-out, Bo Jackson recovers in time to hit a home run despite not being set in the batter box when the pitch is delivered. The Royals left fielder’s fourth-inning three-run poke off Jeff Ballard contributes to Kansas City’s 6-3 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium.

1989       The White Sox trade left fielder Fred Manrique and franchise home run leader Harold Baines to the Rangers for outfielders Scott Fletcher and Sammy Sosa and southpaw Wilson Alvarez. Three seasons later, the Pale Hose will send Slammin’ Sammy to the Cubs, where the Dominican slugger will hit 545 home runs during his 13-year stay with their crosstown rivals.

1989       Rickey Henderson steals five bases and scores four runs without getting an official time at-bat. The improbable offensive output occurs when the A’s leadoff hitter is issued four bases-on-balls by Randy Johnson, the winner in the M’s 14-6 victory at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

1996       After a mild heart attack last month, Tommy Lasorda, 68-year-old Dodger manager of twenty years, announces his retirement due to his health. The future Hall of Fame skipper named the National League Manager of the Year in 1983 and 1988 led Los Angeles to four pennants and two World Series championships during his 21 seasons at the helm.

1996       Chris Sabo will be suspended for seven games, losing approximately $70,000 in salary, and the Reds will be fined $25,000 due to his use of a doctored bat in today’s 2-1 loss to Houston at Cinergy Field. The Cincinnati third baseman will claim the bat, which was hollowed out and filled with pieces of rubber balls, wasn’t his, but one of three offered to him by the batboy after he had broken his bat during a plate appearance in the second inning.

1996       The Mets deal Jeff Kent along with Jose Vizcaino to the Indians for Carlos Baerga and Alvaro Espinoza. The trade, one of the worst in franchise history, will be a bust when Baerga hits only .267 in three non-productive seasons in the Big Apple, and Kent goes on to win an MVP award and posts Hall of Fame numbers for a second baseman during his 17-year tenure in the major leagues.

1998       Jon Garland, the Cubs’ first-round draft pick last season, is traded in a deadline deal for White Sox reliever Matt Karchner, who will struggle with a 5.14 ERA in 29 appearances for the crosstown rivals. The Pale Hose’s rookie right-hander will spend the first eight seasons of his career with the South Siders, compiling a 92-81 (.532) record and an ERA of 4.41 for his new team.

2000       The Brewers hold Bob Wickman All-Star Poster Night a day after the team trades him along with Jason Bere and Steve Woodard to the Indians for a player to be named later (Marco Scutaro), Kane Davis, Paul Rigdon, and Richie Sexson. The Brew Crew distributes 30,000 pictures of their former closer, a member of the team for the past five seasons, on a night they are routed by the Rockies, 10-2, with Rigdon, one of the players in the trade, allowing four runs on seven hits over five innings in his Milwaukee debut.

2000       Recently acquired from Baltimore, the new Mets make a good first impression. Mike Bordick goes 2-for-3, including a home run on the first pitch he sees with the team, Rick White pitches a scoreless inning to get the win, and the other newcomer, Bubba Trammell, will homer in his first at-bat in his Met debut tomorrow.

2000       The White Sox trade catcher Brook Fordyce and three minor league pitchers to the Orioles for catcher Charles Johnson and designated hitter Harold Baines. The deal brings Baines, who will retire after playing a very part-time role with the team for two seasons, back to Chicago, where he played a dozen of the most productive years of his 22-year tenure in the major leagues.

2000       With two outs in the ninth inning at Olympic Stadium, Eddie Taubensee knots the score at 3-3 with his game-tying home run off Expos starting pitcher Javier Vazquez. The Reds catcher then homers again in the 11th off Julio Santana for the game-winner in Cincinnati’s 4-3 win over Montreal.

2001       Texas rookie Craig Monroe homers in his first major league game, going deep in his second at-bat off Joe Kennedy. The 24-year-old right fielder’s fifth-inning blast contributes to the Rangers’ 2-0 victory over the Devil Rays at The Ballpark in Arlington.

2002       “To protect the game we all love and have given so much to, we suggest you agree to a qualified mediator that will allow you to find the common ground necessary to avoid a work stoppage.” – TEXT FROM 40 HALL OF FAMERS, sent to Bud Selig and Donald Fehr. A letter signed by 40 Hall of Famers and sent to baseball commissioner Bud Selig and union head Donald Fehr urges all sides ‘to protect the game we all love and have given so much to, we suggest you agree to a qualified mediator that will allow you to find the common ground necessary to avoid a work stoppage” is released. The former outstanding players, including Reggie Jackson, Willie Mays, and Warren Spahn, believe another work stoppage in baseball would be a terrible mistake.

2002       After playing the annual Hall of Fame exhibition game in Cooperstown, the White Sox and Rockies announce a trade that sends veteran catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. to Colorado, with right-hander class A minor-league pitcher Enemencio Pacheco going to Chicago.

2002       The Phillies trade 27-year-old third baseman Scott Rolen, along with minor league reliever Doug Nickle, to the Cardinals in exchange for infielder Placido Polanco, southpaw Bud Smith, and reliever Mike Timlin. The former Philadelphia third sacker reportedly rejected a ten-year pact estimated to be worth $140 million due to his feud with manager Larry Bowa.

2003       Bill Mueller becomes the first switch-hitter, batting both left and right-handed, to blast two grand slams in the same game. Not known for his power, the Red Sox third baseman, batting eighth in the Boston lineup, also goes deep in the third inning, collecting 9 RBIs in the team’s 14-7 victory the Rangers at The Ballpark in Arlington.

2004       In a 10-1 victory over the Expos, Eric Valent becomes the eighth player in franchise history to complete the cycle. After singling in the second, doubling in the third, and homering in the fifth, the Mets’ utility player triples in the seventh to join Phillies David Bell, Pirates Daryle Ward, and Chad Moeller of the Brewers to accomplish the feat this season.

2006       With a 19-6 rout of the Yankees at the Stadium, the Devil Rays tie a franchise record for runs. Batting last, Tampa Bay third baseman Tomas Perez adds to the barrage with four doubles, equaling the major league mark for two-baggers hit in one game.

2006       Julio Franco becomes the oldest player to pinch run when he takes Carlos Delgado’s place on the basepaths after a pitch hits the Mets’ infielder in the fourth inning. The 47-year-old pinch-runner, who will stay in the game to play first, steals second base and will advance to third on the catcher’s error in the Mets’ 11-4 win over Atlanta at Turner Field.

2008       With a tip of his helmet for the ovation from the Rangers fans, Ichiro Suzuki acknowledges his achievement of reaching 3,000 hits in professional baseball. The 34-year-old Mariners outfielder had collected 1,278 hits with the Orix Blue Wave in Japan’s Pacific League, and his first-inning single off Texas right-hander Luis Mendoza was his 1,722nd hit with Seattle during eight seasons with the team.

2008       In a 4-1 win over the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium, Mets’ third baseman David Wright scores in his 13th consecutive game, establishing a new franchise record. Teammate Carlos Beltran had set the previous team mark in 2006.

2008       In a surprising pre-deadline trade, the banged-up Braves and the first-place Angels exchange first basemen. Atlanta sends switch-hitting slugger Mark Teixeira, acquired from Texas last July in a seven-player deal that included backstop Jarrod Saltalamacchia, to Los Angeles for Casey Kotchman and minor league pitching prospect Steve Marek.

2009       In an attempt to upgrade their starting rotation, the first-place Phillies obtain Cliff Lee from the Indians. The defending World champs also get outfielder Ben Francisco in the deal, trade pitching prospects Carlos Carrasco and Jason Knapp, infielder Jason Donald, and catcher Lou Marson to get last season’s AL Cy Young Award Winner.

2009       The Pirates spend a busy day on the trading block, sending 2006 batting champ Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for 20-year-old former first-round draft pick Tim Alderson, a right-hander with excellent control. The Bucs also deal shortstop Jack Wilson and pitcher Ian Snell to the Mariners for shortstop Ronny Cedeno and four minor leaguers, including triple-A catcher-first baseman Jeff Clement.

2009       The Royals play an entire game without registering a single defensive assist for the first time in franchise history in their 7-3 loss to Baltimore at Camden Yards. During Kansas City’s eight innings in the field, the team records 24 outs via nine strikeouts, 13 fly outs, and two unassisted groundouts handled by first baseman Billy Butler.

2010       After Roy Oswalt gives his approval to a trade from the Astros to the Phillies, Philadelphia sends J.A. Happ, outfielder Anthony Gose, and shortstop Jonathan Villar to Houston for the three-time All-Star hurler and a considerable amount of cash. The 32-year-old right-hander compiled a respectable 3.24 ERA but posted only a 6-12 record due to a severe lack of run support.

2010       The front-running Padres trade Double-A right-hander Wynn Pelzer to the Orioles to obtain veteran infielder Miguel Tejada. San Diego hopes the 36-year-old former American League Most Valuable Player can help the potential playoff team, both in the field and at the plate, with his 14 years of experience in the major leagues.

2010       The Orioles hire 54-year-old Buck Showalter to become the club’s 19th skipper. The two-time American League Manager of the Year (1994 Yankees and 2004 Rangers) takes over a team with the worst record in the major leagues at 31-70 but guides Baltimore to play 11 games over .500 in the remaining 57 games of the season, after taking the reins on August 2nd.

2010       The Twins acquire Matt Capps (3-3, 2.74 ERA, 26/30 saves) and $500,000 from the Nationals for highly touted catching prospect Wilson Ramos and southpaw minor leaguer Joe Testa. Minnesota will use Washington’s only All-Star as its closer, filling a void created during spring training when Joe Nathan underwent Tommy John surgery.

2011       The Phillies acquire Hunter Pence from the last-place Astros for a trio of highly-touted minor leaguers, Jarred Cosart, Jon Singleton, and Josh Zeid. The 28-year-old right-fielder joins Philadelphia with a .309 average, 11 homers, and 62 RBIs.

2013       Jason Giambi (42 years, six months, 22 days) becomes the oldest major leaguer to stroke a walk-off homer, pinch-hitting a two-run blast off Ramon Troncoso in the Indians’ 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the White Sox at Progressive Field. Hank Aaron (42 years, five months, seven days) previously held the distinction with his game-winning round-tripper against Texas on July 11th, 1976.

2014       In the longest game (by time) in Cubs’ history, John Baker becomes the first position player to earn a victory since Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis accomplished the feat in 2012. In the six-hour and 27-minute marathon played at Wrigley Field, the backup catcher tosses a scoreless 16th inning and then scores the winning run in the bottom of the frame, giving Chicago a 4-3 victory over Colorado.

2016       The Nationals accomplish the first 3-3-5 triple play in major league history when, with the bases loaded, Brandon Crawford lines out to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who steps on the bag for the second out before throwing to third baseman Anthony Rendon to catch Denard Span for the third out. Washington’s eighth-inning triple killing, the team’s first since moving from Montreal twelve years ago, contributes to the first-place club’s 4-2 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.


After a six-year hiatus, the Chicago Cubs managed to top the National League, despite making it there by the slimmest of margins. After a ninth-inning, 6-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates (who had led the National League for 2½ months) on September 28th, the Cubs managed to hold onto first place while winning the pennant by a mere two games. Rip Collins led the team in homers with thirteen, and outfielder Augie Galan topped the Cubs in runs batted in with sixty-nine. Stan Hack batted .320 and led the National League with sixteen stolen bases, and Carl Reynolds hit .302. Bill Lee and Clay Bryant were the staff pitching aces with twenty-two and nineteen victories. Dizzy Dean, who tried to come back too soon after his All-Star Game toe injury of 1937 and hurt his arm, had been obtained from the St. Louis Cardinals in April and won 7-of-8 decisions.

Their opponents, the 2x-defending champion Yankees were still dominating things on the American League side. This time five New Yorkers compiled RBI totals over ninety, and those five; Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, rookie Joe Gordon and Tommy Henrich had home run totals ranging from thirty-two to twenty-two. Red Ruffing led the American League in victories with twenty-one, followed in the rotation by Lefty Gomez (eighteen wins), Monte Pearson (sixteen wins) and Spud Chandler (fourteen wins). The result was a 9½ game lead over the Boston Red Sox for the American League pennant.

Bill Lee got the call for the Cubs in the Series opener and while the big right-hander pitched well, he did not pitch well enough to win. Bill Dickey went four-for-four against him; scoring a run and driving home another as the Yankees pulled ahead with a “predictable” 3-1 triumph. Nothing changed for Game 2 although the Cubs’ Dizzy Dean appeared in control almost till the end. He contained the Yankees for seven innings at Wrigley Field and had given up only three hits while leading the contest, 3-2. George Selkirk added the Yankees’ fourth hit as the leadoff man in the eighth, but two force-outs left Dean in a position to escape with one more out. Frankie Crosetti (who was on the bottom of the Yank’s home-run list with nine) stepped up with Myril Hoag leading off of first base. Swinging at the first pitch, the unlikely hero sent a shockwave through the stands with a bomb over the left-field wall. Dean and his teammates stood in disbelief and were unable to answer the call in the ninth as the Yankees held on for the 6-3 victory.

Ahead two-games-to-none with the Series shifting to Yankee Stadium, the New Yorkers seemed to be a lock. Game 3 and 4 were quick (and painful) as the home team’s momentum carried them to 5-2 and 8-3 finales that featured solid hitting by Crosetti who added a double, triple and four runs batted in to his stats. On a somber note, the ailing Lou Gehrig, went four-for-fourteen (all singles) for his last Series appearance. The Yankees had completed their fourth Series sweep in their last six appearances and became the first team to win the World Series in three consecutive years. The American Leaguers appeared unstoppable and most felt that the Cubs never had a chance.


This historic game marked the first time that black players were selected for an All-Star Game. Appropriately, the game was held at Ebbets Field, where Jackie Robinson had democratized Major League baseball two years previously. These players included Robinson, Roy Campanella and Don Newcombe for the National League and Larry Doby for the American Leagie. Most felt that the new diversity of talent would finally tip the scales to the National League.

However, this game belonged to Joe DiMaggio, who had a single, a double and three runs batted in. American League manager Lou Boudreau had received a bit of heat for adding DiMaggio to the squad. He was battling a heel injury, hadn’t played until June 28 and was a non-contender in fans’ balloting. However, Boudreau chose him as a reserve and put him in the starting lineup when Tommy Henrich injured his knee. It turned out to be one of the smartest and sneakiest moves ever in an All-Star lineup.


1751 1st international world title prize fight: Jack Stack of England, beats challenger M. Petit of France in 29 mins in England

1874 Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court

1899 Southern California Golf Association forms

1906 4th Tour de France won by René Pottier of France

1908 St Louis Browns’ future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia A’s in 5-4 win against his previous team at Sportsman’s Park II, St. Louis

1911 Boston Red Sox Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0

1915 Pirate Honus Wagner at 41, hits a grand slam HR

1921 Cleveland’s 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, 54, pitches 2 inn

1924 Paul Runyan wins PGA golf championship

1928 Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game

1928 23rd Davis Cup: France beats USA in Paris (4-1)

1928 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Home team retains title as Henri Cochet beats American Bill Tilden 9-7, 8-6, 6-4 for 3-1 lead; ends 4-1

1934 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Park CC: Paul Runyan wins first of his 2 PGA crowns, defeating Craig Wood in 38 holes

1934 28th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France

1935 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Wimbledon: 3rd straight GB title as Pat Hughes & Raymond Tuckey beat Americans Wilmer Allison & John Van Ryn 6-2, 1-6, 6-8, 6-3, 6-3 for unassailable 3-0 lead; ends 5-0

1938 Olympic National Park established in Washington state, longest undeveloped coastline in America

1948 King George VI opens the XIV Summer Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium in London

1950 Pee Wee Reese, hits the 3,000th Dodger home run

1951 38th Tour de France won by Hugo Koblet of Switzerland

1956 US Open Women’s Golf, Northland CC: Kathy Cornelius wins her only major title in an 18-hole playoff by 7 strokes over amateur Barbara McIntire

1957 Floyd Patterson TKOs Tommy Jackson in 10 for heavyweight boxing title

1961 Philadelphia Phillies lose, 4-3 to SF Giants at Connie Mack Stadium; 1st of MLB record 23 straight defeats

1965 Major league record 26 strikeouts, Phillies (16), Pirates (10)

1968 Cincinnati Red George Culver no hits Phillies, 6-1

1974 MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock steals his 700th base

1978 On Old Timer’s Day, NY Yankees announce that Billy Martin will return as NY Yankee manager in 1980 and Bob Lemon will become GM

1979 Canadian Open Women’s Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), St. George’s CC: Amy Alcott wins by 3 from Nancy Lopez for her first major title

1983 Steve Garvey ends his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak

1984 Canadian Open Women’s Golf (du Maurier Classic), St. George’s CC: Juli Inkster wins by 1 from Ayako Okamoto of Japan

1984 American cyclists Alexi Grewal and Connie Carpenter take out the road race double around the streets of Mission Viejo at the LA Olympics

1986 NY jury rules NFL violated antitrust laws, awards USFL $1 in damages

1988 Baltimore trades Mike Boddicker to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling

1988 Rick Sutcliffe swipes home, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez in 1984 to steal home

1989 Javier Sotomayor of Cuba sets high jump record (8’0″) in San Juan

1989 MLB Philadelphia Phillies retire Steve Carlton’s # 32

1989 Vince Coleman, record streak stopped at 50 straight stolen bases

1989 White Sox trade Harold Baines to Rangers for Scott Fletcher & Sam Sosa

1990 26th Curtis Cup: US wins 14-4

1990 28th Tennis Fed Cup: USA beats USSR in Atlanta Georgia (2-1)

1990 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Bethesda CC: Beth Daniel wins her only major title by 1 stroke from fellow American Rosie Jones

1990 Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game

1990 Federation Cup Women’s Tennis, Norcross, Georgia: US retains title with 2-1 victory over Soviet Union; Gigi Fernández & Zina Garrison-Jackson clinch final with 6-4, 6-3 win against Larisa Neiland & Natasha Zvereva

1991 1st Sunday Night game at Shea Stadium (Mets beat Cubs 6-0)

1991 Yankee Stadium fans throw cups and blowup dolls at Jose Canseco

1992 Yevgeni Sadovyi of the Unified Team swims world 400m record (3:45.00) to wrap up 200-400m freestyle double at the Barcelona Olympics

1992 Arkadiusz Skrzypaszek of Poland (5,559 points) beats Hungarian Attila Mizsér by 113 points to win the Pentathlon gold at the Barcelona Olympics; Poland also wins teams gold

1993 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Thomas Browning arrested for marijuana possession

1995 Monica Seles beats Martina Navratilova in her return to tennis

1995 Carolina Panthers beat Jacksonville Jaguars in their 1st NFL exhibition game 20-14

1996 MLB Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda retires, with a record of 1599-1439, 4 National League Pennants, and 2 World Series championships.

2001 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal County Down: Australian Ian Stanley wins in a playoff with Bob Charles of New Zealand

2001 Copa América Final, Estadio El Campín, Bogotá: Defender Iván Córdoba scores winner as home team Columbia edge Mexico, 1-0

2007 94th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain

2007 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd Open Senior title by 1 shot from Mark O’Meara and Stewart Ginn

2012 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Turnberry: Fred Couples wins by 2 strokes from fellow American Gary Hallberg

2013 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale: American Mark Wiebe wins in a playoff with Bernhard Langer of Germany

2014 Chicago Cubs player John Baker scores the win against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field in the longest game in Cubs history

2018 Tour de France: Geraint Thomas becomes the first Welshman and only 3rd Briton to win the Tour; beats Dutchman Tom Dumoulin by 1′ 51″; Peter Sagan wins green points jersey

2018 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, St. Andrews: Spaniard Miguel Ángel Jiménez wins by 1 shot from defending champion Bernhard Langer of Germany

2018 Chipper Jones, Alan Trammell, Trevor Hoffman, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome and Jack Morris are inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY

2021 South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker sets new women’s 200m breaststroke WR 2:18.95 at the Tokyo Olympics beating the American pair of Lilly King and Annie Lazor

2021 Australian swimmer Emma McKeon wins the blue riband 100m freestyle gold medal in OR 51.96 at the Tokyo Olympics; her 8th career Olympic medal

2021 Russian backstroke swimmer Evgeny Rylov wraps up the 100/200m double with OR 1:53.27 in the longer event at the Tokyo Olympic Games

2021 Australian canoeist Jessicas Fox with 109.96s wins inaugural women’s C-1 slalom gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games

2021 Following Simone Biles’ withdrawal, teammate Sunisa Lee becomes first Hmong-American Olympic champion in any sport when she wins women’s artistic individual all-around gymnastics gold in Tokyo

2021 Croatian rowing brothers Martin and Valent Sinković team to win coxless pair gold at the Tokyo Olympics; pair’s second Olympic gold after winning double sculls in 2016


July 29, 1941 – Edwin M. “Jim” Lookabaugh patents Football Shoulder pads US Patent 2251018. Mr. Lookabaugh was a former player and coach at the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (now known as Oklahoma State University at Stillwater). He was always thinking of player comfort and safety. In his shoulder pad patent he claimed that the design was for; “The principal objects of my invention are to provide a device of this character which is new, novel, useful and of evident utility; which consists of but few sturdy parts, can be slipped over the head and immediately adjusted to the body; which cannot easily get out of order…” Many of his design elements are still present in today’s version of the shoulder pad.

July 29, 2000 – Three big stars of football in the 1980’s were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott & Howie Long were all deservedly represented with bronze busts placed in the Canton, Ohio’s famous Gridiron museum of legends.

July 29, 1986 – The United States Football League won their antitrust lawsuit against the National Football League after forty-two days in court. The Jury declared that the NFL was a “duly adjudicated illegal monopoly” however, it was a shallow victory as the USFL was awarded a settlement of $1. Allegedly Wellington Mara the NFL’s New York Giants owner was sitting in the court room near USFL’s New Jersey Generals owner Donald Trump and Mara proceeded to pull a crisp dollar bill from his wallet and handed it to Trump in a symbolic victory lap. Trump, spearheaded the lawsuit in an attempt to force the NFL to merge with the USFL and cash in on his investment and desires to be an NFL owner. The Raiders’ Al Davis, was the lone NFL owner who was not a co-defendant in the lawsuit as the former AFL Commissioner broke ranks and testified on behalf of the USFL. The NFL was required to pay the USFL more than $5.5 million in attorney’s fees and $62,000 in court costs. A article states that; “Four days after the verdict came down, the USFL’s owners voted to suspend operations with the goal of returning in 1987. However, many of the USFL’s teams were in no shape financially to operate. The USFL appealed the decision but it was rejected by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. That decision effectively shut the USFL down for good. The NFL also appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court but the verdict stood. The check received by the USFL in 1990 was in the amount of $3.76, triple the amount of the verdict with $0.76 interest. It was about $1.5 billion less than the USFL sought in the lawsuit.” Rumor has it that the check was never cashed. I am sure at a memorbilia auction someday that this small bank note will be worth a fortune!

July 29, 1991 – The Buffalo Bills defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 17-13 in ninth edition of the American Bowl at London’s Wembley Stadium according to

July 29, 1995 – The Carolina Panthers and the Jacksonville Jaguars each play their first live action as an NFL franchise. Carolina defeated the Jaguars 20-14 in Pro Football Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio in a battle of brand new expansion teams.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for July 29

July 29, 1897 – New York, New York – Tim Mara Pro Football Hall of Fame was the owner and founder of the New York Football Giants. Mr. Mara purchased the G-men franchise on a whim in 1925 for $500. Tim Mara would often say that he founded the Giants on “brute strength and ignorance.” He attributed the strength of his players and the ignorance of the game was his. He had never seen a football game when then NFL president Joe Carr talked him into buying the franchise. Carr felt sure football would succeed if it had a New York City outlet. Mara later told reporters that he was willing to risk $500 and that is what he did. Not a bad investment as the Giants were reported to be worth $3.9 billion in 2019 according to at least one source. It did not start out well as Mr. Mara suffered some great financial set backs that first year, that is until the Bears came to town with a rookie named Red Grange to play the Giants. That one game brought people in through the stadium gates and the Giants gained traction in attendance and in the financial books. In 30 seasons at the helm, Mara watched his Giants teams claim 3 NFL titles and won their division 8 times according to the website. The club’s founder turned over the control of the team to his sons Wellington and John during the 1940’s.

July 29, 1902 – Far Rockaway, New York – Herbert Sturhahn a guard from Yale who played for 1924 through the 1926 season for the Eli was born. The National Football Foundation states that on the gridiron, “Cobbles” a strong player with great quickness. As a sophomore in 1924, Sturhahn became a starter and played an important role in Yale’s defensive success which limited Yale opponents to only 52 points in posting a 6-0-2 record, including a 14-14 stalemate with Dartmouth and a 7-7 knotted game with Army. In his junior year, Sturhahn claimed national recognition when Walter Camp named him to his All-America squad after Yale had finished 5-2-1. Sturhahn lettered in each of his three varsity seasons and repeated his All-America honors in his final year. His fine play garnered him a selection into the 1981 class of the College Football Hall of Fame.

July 29, 1950 – Columbus, Ohio – Howard “Hopalong” Cassady was a halfback from Ohio State University. Per the, Hopalong rushed for 958 yards and 15 touchdowns in 1955 and was also an All-American. In addition to the Heisman trophy, he claimed the 1955 Maxwell Award and was named the Associated Press Athlete of the Year. He played offense and defense and in 1955 had four 60-minute games. He earned All-America honors in 1954 as well. He entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979 as he scored 37 TD’s in just 36 games! He helped lead the Buckeyes to a perfect record in 1954 and a consensus National Championship. Mr. Cassady was a two time consensus All-American in the 1954 & 1955 seasons. He played in the NFL for 8 seasons with the Detroit Lions and was a member of the 1957 NFL Championship team.

July 29, 1950 – Tommy Casanova the cornerback from LSU was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1995. As a Tiger he was a 3 time first-team All-American. The Sports Illustrated edition published on September 13, 1971 touted, “Tommy Casanova of LSU, Best Player in the Nation.” He went on to earn 3 trips to the Pro Bowl as a member of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals where he played for 6 seasons. After football he served as a Louisiana State Senator from 1996 until 2000.


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July 29, 1908 – St Louis Browns’ future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell strikes out 16 Philadelphia A’s in 5-4 win against his previous team at Sportsman’s Park II, St. Louis

July 29, 1911 – Boston Red Sox Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0

July 29, 1915 – Pirate Honus Wagner at the ripe old age of 41, hit a grand slam home run.

July 29, 1921 – During the City of Cleveland’s 125th anniversary celebration: Cy Young, at the age of 54, pitches 2 inn

July 29, 1928 – Cleveland Indians score 17 in 1st 2 inns to beat Yanks 24-6 at Dunn Field they also set a record with 24 singles in 1 game

July 29, 1950 – Pee Wee Reese, Number 1 hit the 3,000th Dodger franchise home run

July 29, 1968 – Cincinnati Red George Culver, Number 39 no hits Phillies, 6-1

July 29, 1974 – MLB St Louis Cardinals base running demon, Lou Brock, wearing Number 20 stole his 700th career base

July 29, 1983 – Steve Garvey, Number 6 ended his NL record 1,207 consecutive game streak

July 29, 1988 – The Baltimore Orioles traded Mike Boddicker, Number 52 to the Red Sox for Brady Anderson (Who wore Number 16 that season) and pitcher Curt Schilling, Number 43

July 29, 1988 – Rick Sutcliffe, wearing Number 40 stole home plate, 1st pitcher since Pascual Perez, Number 27 in 1984 to steal home

July 29, 1989 – MLB Philadelphia Phillies retired Steve Carlton’s Number 32

July 29, 1989 – The Chicago White Sox traded Harold Baines (Number 13 & 3 with the Rangers that year) to the Texas Rangers for Scott Fletcher (Sox Number 7) and Sammy Sosa (Number 25)

July 29, 1990 – Boston Red Sox set major league record with 12 doubles in a game

July 29, 1996 – MLB Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda retired, with a record of 1599-1439, 4 National League Pennants, and 2 World Series championships.


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BALTIMORE5049.50516.529 – 2021 – 2920 – 2411 – 1312 – 85 – 5W 1
BOSTON5050.5001725 – 2525 – 2512 – 2914 – 919 – 73 – 7W 1
MINNESOTA5246.53127 – 2225 – 2413 – 1025 – 1910 – 94 – 6L 2
CLEVELAND5048.510225 – 1925 – 298 – 1225 – 219 – 86 – 4L 1
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DETROIT4060.4001325 – 2715 – 337 – 1519 – 264 – 113 – 7L 1
KANSAS CITY3960.39413.522 – 3017 – 307 – 1418 – 2010 – 183 – 7L 3
HOUSTON6535.65031 – 1434 – 218 – 816 – 433 – 196 – 4W 1
SEATTLE5446.5401127 – 2327 – 2312 – 157 – 627 – 206 – 4L 1
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