MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL:
Tampa Bay 14 NY Yankees 0
Kansas City 5 Chicago White Sox 0
Toronto 13 Boston 1
Detroit 6 Baltimore 2
Oakland 4 LA Angels 0
Washington 3 Philadelphia 1
Atlanta 6 NY Mets 3
Cincinnati 7 Chicago Cubs 4
Philadelphia 11 Washington 8
San Francisco 5 LA Dodgers 0
Milwaukee 12 Pittsburgh 0
San Diego 3 Colorado 0
THURSDAY’S BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
St. Paul 3 Indianapolis 2
Lansing 6 Fort Wayne 3
Quad Cities 11 South Bend 3
2021 NBA DRAFT:
|1.||Detroit Pistons||Cade Cunningham||Oklahoma State|
|2.||Houston Rockets||Jalen Green||G League Ignite|
|3.||Cleveland Cavaliers||Evan Mobley||USC|
|4.||Toronto Raptors||Scottie Barnes||Florida State|
|5.||Orlando Magic||Jalen Suggs||Gonzaga|
|6.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Josh Giddey||Adelaide 36ers, NBL|
|7.||Golden State Warriors (from Minnesota)||Jonathan Kuminga||G League Ignite|
|8.||Orlando Magic (from Chicago)||Franz Wagner||Michigan|
|9.||Sacramento Kings||Davion Mitchel||Baylor|
|10.||Memphis Grizzlies (from New Orleans)||Ziaire Williams||Stanford|
|11.||Charlotte Hornets||James Bouknight||UConn|
|12.||San Antonio Spurs||Josh Primo||Alabama|
|13.||Indiana Pacers||Chris Duarte||Oregon|
|14.||Golden State Warriors||Moses Moody||Arkansas|
|15.||Washington Wizards||Corey Kispert||Gonzaga|
|16.||Houston Rockets (from OKC)||Alperen Sengün||Beşiktaş, Turkey|
|17.||New Orleans Pelicans (from Memphis)||Trey Murphy||Virginia|
|18.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Tre Mann||Florida|
|19.||Charlotte Hornets (from New York)||Kai Jones||Texas|
|20.||Atlanta Hawks||Jalen Johnson||Duke|
|21.||LA Clippers (from New York)||Keon Johnson||Tennesee|
|22.||Indiana Pacers (from Lakers, Wizards)||Isaiah Jackson||Kentucky|
|23.||Houston Rockets||Usman Garuba||Real Madrid, Spain|
|24.||Houston Rockets||Josh Christopher||Arizona State|
|25.||New York Knicks (from Clippers)||Quentin Grimes||Houston|
|26.||Denver Nuggets||Nah’Shon Lee Hyland||VCU|
|27.||Brooklyn Nets||Cam Thomas||LSU|
|28.||Philadelphia 76ers||Jaden Springer||Tennessee|
|29.||Brooklyn Nets (from Phoenix)||Day’Ron Sharpe||North Carolina|
|30.||Memphis Grizzlies (from Utah)||Santi Aldama||Loyola (Maryland)|
|31.||Washington Wizards (from Bucks, Pacers)||Isaiah Todd||G League Ignite|
|32.||New York Knicks||Jeremiah Robinson Earl||Villanova|
|33.||LA Clippers (from Orlando)||Jason Preston||Ohio|
|34.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Rokas Jokubaitis||FC Barcelona/ Lithuania|
|35.||New Orleans Pelicans||Herbert Jones||Alabama|
|36.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Miles McBride||West Virginia|
|37.||Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit)||JT Thor||Auburn|
|38.||Chicago Bulls||Ayo Dosunmu||Illinois|
|39.||Sacramento Kings||Neemias Queta||Utah State|
|40.||Memphis Grizzlies (from New Orleans)||Jared Butler||Baylor|
|41.||San Antonio Spurs||Joe Weskamp||Iowa|
|42.||Detroit Pistons||Isaiah Livers||Michigan|
|43.||New Orleans Pelicans||Greg Brown III||Texas|
|44.||Brooklyn Nets||Kessler Edwards||Pepperdine|
|45.||Boston Celtics||Juhann Begarin||Paris Basketball|
|46.||Toronto Raptors||Dalanao Banton||Nebraska|
|47.||Toronto Raptors||David Johnson||Louisville|
|48.||Atlanta Hawks||Sharife Cooper||Auburn|
|49.||Brooklyn Nets||Marcus Zegarowski||Creighton|
|50.||Philadelphia 76ers||Filip Petrusev||MegaBasket, Serbia|
|51.||Memphis Grizzlies||Brandon Boston Jr.||Kentucky|
|52.||Detroit Pistons||Luka Garza||Iowa|
|53.||Philadelphia 76ers||Charles Bassey||Western Kentucky|
|54.||Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana)||Sandro Mamukelashvili||Seton Hall|
|55.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Aaron Wiggins||Maryland|
|56.||Charlotte Hornets||Balsa Koprivica||Florida State|
|57.||Detroit Pistons (from Charlotte)||Scottie Lewis||Florida|
|58.||New York Knicks||Jericho Sims||Texas|
|59.||Brooklyn Nets||Raiquan Gray||Florida State|
|60.||Milwaukee Bucks (from Indiana)||Georgios Kalaitzakis||Panathinaikos, Greece|
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TV SCHEDULE WEEK 1
Saturday, Aug. 28
Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Wednesday, Sept. 1
UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 2
Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 4
UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5
Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX), 8:00
Thursday, August 12
Washington at New England, 7:30
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 13
Tennessee at Atlanta, 7:00
Buffalo at Detroit, 7:00
Dallas at Arizona, 10:00
Saturday, August 14
Miami at Chicago, 1:00
Denver at Minnesota, 4:00
New Orleans at Baltimore, 7:00
Cleveland at Jacksonville, 7:00
New York Jets at New York Giants, 7:30
Cincinnati at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Green Bay, 8:00
Kansas City at San Francisco, 8:30
Seattle at Las Vegas, 9:00
Los Angeles Chargers at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Sunday, August 15
Carolina at Indianapolis, 1:00
Thursday, August 19
New England at Philadelphia, 7:30
Friday, August 20
Kansas City at Arizona (ESPN), 8:00
Cincinnati at Washington, 8:00
Saturday, August 21
Buffalo at Chicago, 1:00
New York Jets at Green Bay, 4:25
Baltimore at Carolina, 7:00
Atlanta at Miami, 7:00
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7:30
Tennessee at Tampa Bay, 7:30
Houston at Dallas, 8:00
Indianapolis at Minnesota, 8:00
Las Vegas at Los Angeles Rams, 10:00
Denver at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 22
New York Giants at Cleveland, 1:00
San Francisco at Los Angeles Chargers, 7:30
Monday, August 23
Jacksonville at New Orleans (ESPN), 8:00
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
TOP SPORTS NEWS: THE BIG 4
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 21:47:03 EST Bears TE Jake Butt retires at age 26
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 20:52:46 EST Report: Packers agree to void ’23 from Aaron Rodgers’ deal
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:52:18 EST NFLPA president JC Tretter rips NFL’s ‘scarlet marking’ for unvaccinated
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 15:19:13 EST Dan Campbell: John Penisini had ‘softballs’ removed from shoulders
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:45:47 EST Cardinals’ COVID-19 list grows to eight players
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:53:31 EST Jets reach deal with top pick Zach Wilson
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:26:15 EST Injured QB Dak Prescott dressed for padded Cowboys practice
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 13:18:31 EST WFT QB Ryan Fitzpatrick willing to take team lead on vaccination info
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:16:38 EST Eagles claim QB Jalen Hurts ‘still in competition’ to be starter
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:32:01 EST Packers GM: Randall Cobb here only because Aaron Rodgers wanted him
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 23:01:23 EST Curt Schilling denied request, will remain on HOF ballot in 2022
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 22:27:50 EST Manny Pina homers twice as Brewers cap sweep of Pirates
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 23:05:09 EST Blue Jays roll up 16 hits in rout of Red Sox
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 21:55:08 EST Miguel Cabrera homers twice as Tigers down Orioles
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 21:44:09 EST Reports: Dodgers near blockbuster trade for Max Scherzer, Trea Turner
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 20:36:46 EST Mariners LHP Hector Santiago suspended 80 games for PEDs
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 20:13:53 EST Cards might be spared facing Jose Berrios in series opener
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 20:07:45 EST Mariners, red-hot acquisition Abraham Toro visit Rangers
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 19:47:13 EST Mariners get closer Diego Castillo from Rays
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 19:40:32 EST Terry Francona steps down for rest of season for health reasons
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 20:44:39 EST Reports: Wizards trade Russell Westbrook to Lakers in blockbuster
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 20:40:32 EST Pistons trade Mason Plumee, 37th pick to Hornets for 57th pick
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 21:49:25 EST Pistons select Cade Cunningham first overall in NBA draft
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 19:40:04 EST Trail Blazers emerge as favorites to land Ben Simmons
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 18:28:22 EST Report: Cavaliers get Ricky Rubio from T’wolves
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 17:52:46 EST Report: Nets trade Landry Shamet to Suns
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 14:02:40 EST Reports: Pistons drafting Cade Cunningham No. 1
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 11:07:32 EST Sixers acquire second-round pick from Pelicans
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 19:11:42 EST Pelicans’ Jaxson Hayes arrested after altercation with police
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 12:35:50 EST Report: Mike D’Antoni stepping away from Nets
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 23:01:22 EST Rangers add Ryan Reaves in deal with Knights
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 17:37:42 EST Lightning sign F Corey Perry to 2-year deal
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 17:12:16 EST Blues sign F Brandon Saad to five-year deal
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 13:26:29 EST Stars sign D Jani Hakanpaa and F Michael Raffl
Thu, 29 Jul 2021 12:08:49 EST Penguins sign F Michael Chaput to one-year deal
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 23:43:32 EST Hurricanes sign oft-troubled D Tony DeAngelo
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 22:08:51 EST Avalanche acquire G Darcy Kuemper from Coyotes
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 20:59:16 EST Ducks retain C Ryan Getzlaf on one-year deal
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 19:48:27 EST Capitals recoup expansion pick G Vitek Vanecek in trade with Kraken
Wed, 28 Jul 2021 19:37:16 EST Bruins sign F Nick Foligno, G Linus Ullmark
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY:
- 1874 – First baseball teams to play outside US, Boston-Philadelphia in British Isles.
- 1909 – John A Heyder becomes president of baseball’s National League.
- 1930 – Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 for FIFA soccer’s first World Cup in Montevideo.
- 1932 – (to August 14) The Games of the X Olympiad are held in Los Angeles, California, USA.
- 1937 – Philadelphia Phillies’ Dolph Camilli plays first base and registers no put outs.
- 1960 – First AFL preseason game: Boston Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills in Buffalo, New York (28-7).
- 1962 – American League beats National League 9-4 in 33rd All Star Game (Wrigley Field, Chicago).
- 1966 – England beats Federal Republic of Germany 4-2 for soccer’s 8th World Cup in London, England.
- 1968 – Washington Senators’ Ron Hansen makes first unassisted triple-play in 41 years.
- 1973 – Texas Rangers’ Jim Bibby no-hits Oakland Athletics, 6-0.
- 1976 – Japanese beat Russian for Olympic gold in woman’s volleyball.
- 1983 – Weight lifter Sergei Didyk of USSR jerks a record 261kg.
- 1988 – Cincinnati Reds’ pitcher John Franco sets a record of 13 saves in one month.
- 1990 – George Steinbrenner is forced by Commissioner Fay Vincent to resign.
- 1991 – Boston Red Sox player Carlos Quintana is 11th to get six RBIs in an inning (third).
INDIANA PACERS: Pacers Draft Chris Duarte, Isaiah Jackson
After an active night, the Pacers added two key pieces on Thursday in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft, Oregon guard Chris Duarte and Kentucky big man Isaiah Jackson.
First, the Pacers selected Duarte with the 13th pick. A 6-6 guard, Duarte shot 42.4 percent from 3-point range as a senior at Oregon, where he was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and an All-American after averaging 17.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.9 steals.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, the 24-year-old came to the United States in high school and spent two years in junior college before enrolling in Oregon in 2019.
“A kid from the Dominican Republic…not a lot of kids make it out,” Duarte said. “So me being one of those kids, it’s a blessing. I’m grateful for my family and the people that helped me to get here. I’m grateful for the work I put in…I’m really excited about the future.”
Duarte told the media after being drafted that he felt good about the fit with the Pacers after visiting the team last week.
“I went to Indiana and I had a great, great workout there. I met with the front office and we really connected well…When I left Indiana, I was confident in myself. So I knew if I was on the board by Indiana coming to pick, I knew that there was a high chance that they were going to take me.”
The feeling was definitely mutual. The Pacers also came away impressed from Duarte’s workout and interview and were thrilled to see him on the board at 13.
“I think he’s got a great chance to crack our rotation right off the bat,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “One of the reasons that we were drawn to him was the fact that he was more of a finished product than a lot of the guys in the draft and we’re trying to get healthy and win games.”
“His athleticism is underrated. His skillset is unique. At 6-6, he has both length, speed, and quickness. We just feel like he can do a lot of things at both ends of the floor.”
“Chris is somebody that’s really grown over the last two years at the University of Oregon…great work ethic, great toughness,” Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan added. “He’s got a very unique story to where he’s got tonight. He’s a guy we’ve tracked over the last two years. His shooting’s improved, his ballhandling’s improved.
“He may be 24 years old, but he really started playing basketball as a teenager, so he’s relatively young to the game.”
Speaking with ABC after being drafted, Duarte was joined by his young son and reflected on how being a father has impacted him.
“Chris is everything for me,” the elder Duarte said. “Since he got here, since he got to my life, he means everything to me and my family. I love him. He makes me work harder every day.”
Drafting in the lottery for the first time since 2015, the Pacers hope they have landed another impact player. Their last lottery pick, Myles Turner, has been a starter since midway through his rookie season and led the NBA in blocks twice.
Duarte has the potential to have a similar two-way impact with his ability to shoot and attack on offense while also guarding multiple positions defensively.
“We’re really happy to have him,” Carlisle said. “I think he’s a guy that Indiana Pacer basketball fans are going to fall in love with because of his passion, the kind of teammate he’s going to be, and the way he’s going to represent the city.”
The Pacers also acquired the rights to Jackson in a trade to be finalized later and took him with the 22nd overall pick. The 6-10 forward from Pontiac, Mich. turned pro after a freshman year where he averaged 8.4 points on 54 percent shooting and 6.6 rebounds in 25 games.
Jackson is best known for his shotblocking. He averaged 2.6 blocks in just 20.7 minutes per night. He blocked eight shots against Kansas in the Champions Classic in just his third collegiate game and also had seven blocks in 23 minutes against eventual SEC champions Alabama on Jan. 23.
“He comes from a terrific program that is notorious for producing great NBA players,” Buchanan said. “We feel like his energy, his motor is a great foundation to work with.”
Jackson said he felt an immediate connection with the Pacers at his July 7 workout, where Carlisle pulled him aside and worked with him individually on his shooting form. He couldn’t believe it when he found out Indiana was acquiring him.
“It lived up to everything, just having my name called, getting drafted, it’s just, it’s mind blowing,” Jackson said. “Like I’m still right now trying to — I don’t feel anything right now but I’m still trying to — it just feels like a dream in a way. Like it’s just crazy right now, like I’m just trying to bottle all my emotions.”
Report: Lakers acquire Westbrook in blockbuster trade with Wizards
The Los Angeles Lakers acquired star guard Russell Westbrook, a 2024 second-round pick, and a 2028 second-rounder from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the No. 22 pick in Thursday’s draft, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports.
Harrell recently exercised his $9.7-million player option for next season, paving the way for a potential trade.
Westbrook desires a change of scenery after one season in Washington, and his preferred destination is the Lakers, sources told Charania. Meanwhile, the Wizards were motivated to make this trade in order to create salary-cap flexibility in hopes of building a talented roster around franchise star Bradley Beal, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Westbrook, who was born in Long Beach, California, averaged 22.2 points, 11.7 assists, and 11.5 rebounds across 65 starts in 2020-21. The floor general has 184 career triple-doubles and surpassed Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson’s previous record of 181 this past season.
The trade cannot be completed until Aug. 6 due to the poison pill provision associated with Kuzma’s contract, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks. This provision is triggered when a team extends a player’s rookie-scale contract then trades him before the extension officially begins.
Detroit Pistons grab Cade Cunningham at No. 1 in NBA draft
(AP) — Cade Cunningham sure looked like the No. 1 overall draft pick all year at Oklahoma State with his fluid game, scoring ability and passing – all in a 6-foot-8 frame.
So it was no surprise the Detroit Pistons would grab the freshman All-American with the top pick as they did to open the draft Thursday night in New York. And it was the start of multiple teams spending high picks on playmakers with size, including Florida State forward Scottie Barnes and Australian teenager Josh Giddey climbing a bit higher than expected as top-six picks.
It comes at a time when the game has evolved to a more position-free flow, making players like Cunningham, Barnes and Giddey more valuable than ever with their ability to roam all over the court.
Cunningham had been widely expected to be the first name called in New York, though Pistons general manager Troy Weaver wouldn’t reveal plans earlier this week and said the team would look at every scenario, including trades. In the end, Detroit stuck with the 19-year-old mentioned as a potential top pick before ever stepping foot on the Oklahoma State campus.
The point guard from Arlington, Texas, lived up to expectations to become a first-team Associated Press All-American. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists with a game that allowed him to hit from 3-point range, score off the dribble or find teammates out of traps.
“It’s still pretty surreal to me,” Cunningham said. “I know how much responsibility comes with being the No. 1 pick. I know how much responsibility a city will put on the guy that they take No. 1. I’m more than excited to take on those tasks and try to deliver to the city of Detroit.”
Barnes had risen mock drafts but offered the first surprise by going to Toronto with the No. 4 pick ahead of Gonzaga freshman point guard Jalen Suggs. Barnes is a long-armed 6-8 forward who ran the Seminoles’ offense and has the capability to be an elite defender with his length and ability to chase smaller ball handlers on the perimeter.
That’s why Barnes felt he could “fit right in doing different things” with the Raptors.
“A lot of what we like is his versatility,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He’ll rebound it, he can guard, he can switch and guard multiple positions and he’s big enough to guard bigs down inside. He’s big enough to rebound with bigs. And we like to get out and go with the guys who are grabbing the rebound a lot.”
Two picks later, Oklahoma City grabbed Giddey, who was considered a potential lottery pick as a 6-8 floor leader known for his passing touch. He had played in Australia’s National Basketball League with an all-around game (10.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.2 assists) and has been part of the NBA Academy program designed to develop elite international prospects.
“It was really something I wanted to be a part of and kind of start from the bottom and move our way up in the league,” Giddey said. “It’s a great young team and I can’t wait to get down there and get started.”
The draft included numerous trades, including one set to send All-Star Russell Westbrook from Washington to the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of the night.
The draft started with Cunningham, who attended the draft wearing a dark suit, shirt and tie with sparkles on his collars and cuffs. When the pick was announced, Cunningham kissed 2-year-old daughter Riley, sitting on his lap, then hugged family members and took the stage alongside NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to don a blue Pistons hat.
Houston followed at No. 2 by grabbing preps-to-pros teenager Jalen Green, who bypassed college basketball to play in the G League. The 6-foot-6 Green averaged 17.9 points on 46% shooting 15 games, showing off high-flying dunks, a willingness to attack the rim and a promising shooting touch.
Next up was Southern California freshman big man Evan Mobley, who went to Cleveland at No. 3. Suggs and G League forward Jonathan Kuminga were the other players considered to be in the draft’s top tier, with Suggs going fifth to Orlando and Kuminga seventh to Golden State.
Michigan forward Franz Wagner (to Orlando), point guard Davion Mitchell (Sacramento) of NCAA champion Baylor and Stanford forward Ziaire Williams (New Orleans) rounded out the top 10. And by the midway point, Gonzaga (Suggs and forward Corey Kispert) and Tennessee (guards Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer) were the only two schools to produce multiple first-round picks.
The second round included three AP first-team All-Americans in Illinois guard Ayo Dosunmu (No. 38 pick by Chicago), Baylor point guard Jared Butler (No. 40 by New Orleans), and Iowa high-scoring big man Luka Garza (No. 52 by Detroit) after he was named AP national player of the year.
There also was a tribute to Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke, who died after an April car accident after declaring for the draft. Silver announced Clarke as an honorary draft pick midway through the first round, bringing Clarke’s mother, sister and brother to the stage.
American gymnast Sunisa Lee takes Olympic gold
TOKYO (AP) Sunisa Lee wanted to quit during quarantine.
It all had become too much. The lingering pain from a broken foot. The deaths of two family members from COVID-19. Her father’s slow recovery from an accident that left him paralyzed.
The urge eventually passed. It always does. Still, less than two months ago the 18-year-old gymnast hobbled around the podium at the U.S. championships, getting by more on grit than anything else.
Tokyo seemed far away. The top of the Olympic podium, even further.
Then suddenly, there she was on Thursday night as a tinny version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” echoed across Ariake Gymnastics Centre. Gold medal around her neck. A watch party back home among the Hmong-American community in her native Minnesota raging. A victory she never envisioned not yet sinking in.
“It’s crazy,” Lee said after winning the Olympic all-around title following a tight duel with Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade. “It doesn’t seem like real life.”
Even though the pain in Lee’s foot eased – funny how it seemed to get better the more she trained – she arrived in Japan figuring her best shot was at a silver medal. Sure, she’d beaten good friend and reigning Olympic champion Simone Biles during the final day of the U.S. Olympic Trials last month, but that was an anomaly, right?
Then Biles opted out of the all-around competition to focus on her mental health following an eight-year run atop the sport.
Everything was on the table. Gold included. Lee took it with a brilliant set on uneven bars, a nervy performance on beam and a floor exercise that made up for in execution what it might have lacked in aggression.
Her total of 57.433 points was just enough to top Andrade, who earned the first gymnastics all-around medal by a Latin American athlete but missed out on gold when she stepped out of bounds twice during her floor routine.
Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova added bronze to the gold she won in the team final. American Jade Carey, who joined the competition after Biles pulled out, finished eighth.
Biles’ decision to sit out led to the jarring sight of the gymnast considered the greatest of all time cheering on Lee and the rest of the 24-woman field from the stands with the gold that’s been hers for so long now in play for everyone else.
Still, Lee did her best to not think about the stakes. She FaceTimed with her father John – who was paralyzed from the chest down during a freak accident in Minnesota just days before the 2019 national championships – before the meet, just like always. He told her to relax. So she did. Or at least, she tried.
Lee admitted she was getting “in her head” a little bit while prepping for her bar routine, the one that’s currently the hardest in the world. She didn’t exactly look nervous. The 15.300 the judges rewarded her for a series of intricate connections and releases tied Andrade’s near-perfect Cheng vault for the highest score of the night.
Yet it wasn’t Lee’s brilliance that made the difference but her guts. She nearly came off the balance beam while executing a wolf turn – basically a seated spin – needed to suction cup her toes to the 4-inch slab of wood to stay on. Her score of 13.833 moved her in front of Andrade heading into the floor exercise.
Going first, Lee opted for a routine with three tumbling passes instead of four, hoping better execution would override any potential tenths she surrendered by not doing a fourth pass. Her 13.700 was steady, but it left an opening for Andrade.
The 21-year-old Brazilian, two years removed from a third surgery to repair a torn ACL in her knee, had the best floor score of the contenders during qualifying. Yet she bounded out of bounds with both feet at the end of her first tumbling pass. And her right foot stepped off the white mat and onto the surrounding blue carpet.
Needing a 13.802 to win, Andrade received a 13.666 instead. Not that she particularly cared. She wasn’t even sure she would make it to Tokyo until she won the all-around at the Pan American Championships two months ago. She was in tears as she watched her country’s flag raised during an Olympic gymnastics ceremony for the first time.
“This medal represents all Brazil,” she said.
The gold, however, remains in possession of the Americans. Lee’s victory marked the fifth straight by a U.S. woman, with the past three Olympic champions all being women of color.
Biles and 2012 gold medalist Gabby Douglas are Black. Lee’s parents are Hmong, an ethnic group who have historically lived in the mountains of Southeast Asia. Lee’s parents emigrated from Laos to Minnesota, which has the largest concentration of Hmong in the U.S. A large group of friends and family gathered in Minneapolis to watch her make history. She hopes the image of a Hmong standing in front of the world and on top of her sport resonates in a community she sometimes feels can be too restrictive.
“I want people to know that you can reach your dreams and you can just do what you want to do,” she said. “Because you never know what’s going to happen in the end.”
AP source: Yanks acquire Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo
(AP) — The New York Yankees acquired Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and cash for prospects Thursday in their second major trade this week for desperately needed left-handed bats.
A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press the deal for Rizzo was done. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no official announcement.
The swap came ahead of the Major League Baseball trade deadline Friday at 4 p.m. Earlier in the day, the Yankees announced they had gotten All-Star slugger Joey Gallo from Texas.
Rizzo is batting .248 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs. The 31-year-old had been a fixture at Wrigley Field for a decade, and helped the Cubs break their long World Series drought with a championship in 2016.
Popular in the clubhouse and with Cubs fans, Rizzo didn’t play in a 7-4 loss at home to Cincinnati on Thursday. The three-time All-Star is making $16.5 million this year and can become a free agent after the season.
Both Rizzo and Gallo are both left-handed hitters, which the Yankees had seeking to add to a lineup that was predominantly right-handed – not a good mix at Yankee Stadium, with its short porch in right field.
New York began the day fourth in the AL wild-card chase for two spots and then lost 14-0 at Tampa Bay.
The Yankees had been using a mix at first base this year with DJ LeMahieu getting a lot of time. Luke Voit led the majors in home runs last year during the pandemic-shortened season, but the big first baseman has been injured for much of the year.
Rizzo began his career with San Diego in 2011, then went to the Cubs in 2012. He is a career .269 hitter with 243 home runs and 793 RBIs.
AL East-leading Red Sox get Schwarber in trade with Nats
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Red Sox got All-Star slugger Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals for a minor league pitcher late Thursday night.
The trade was announced after the AL East-leading Red Sox lost to Toronto 13-1 at Fenway Park. Boston is 1 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay.
Schwarber had just finished a historic homer barrage when he strained his right hamstring on July 2. The left-handed hitter has been on the injured list since then, but could be playing again within a couple weeks.
The 28-year-old outfielder was off to a smashing start in his first season with Washington, hitting 25 home runs with 53 RBIs in 72 games. He was chosen as an All-Star for the first time, but unable to play in the showcase event.
Schwarber tied a major league record by hitting 12 home runs in a 10-game span from June 19-29. He also set a record for a leadoff hitter for homers in a month, connecting 15 times to start games in June.
With Boston, Schwarber could see time in the outfield and also at designated hitter, where J.D. Martinez usually fills the role for the Red Sox.
Schwarber joined the Nationals on a $10 million, one-year contract after six seasons with the Chicago Cubs. In 2016, he played only two games in the regular season after a severe knee injury, then came back to help the Cubs win the World Series by going 7 for 17 (.412) in five games.
The big league trade deadline is 4 p.m. Friday. Earlier Thursday, the Nationals sent closer Brad Hand to Toronto.
The Red Sox sent right-hander Aldo Ramirez to Washington. The 20-year-old Ramirez was 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA in eight starts for Low-A Salem.
To make roster room for Schwarber, the Red Sox designated right-hander Brandon Workman for assignment.
The 32-year-old Workman was a combined 1-2 with a 5.46 ERA in 29 games with the Cubs and Boston this season.
Dodgers get Royals left-hander Danny Duffy for playoff push
LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers got Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy in a trade Thursday as the World Series champions boosted their rotation for a playoff push.
The Royals sent their longtime staff member and cash to the Dodgers for a player to be named.
The 32-year-old Duffy is on the 10-day injured list with a strained left flexor and last pitched on July 16. He missed more than a month earlier this season with a similar injury.
Duffy is 4-3 with a 2.51 ERA this season. He got off to a super start, going 4-1 with an 0.60 ERA after five outings.
Duffy began his major league career with the Royals in 2011, helped them win the 2015 World Series and was 68-68 with a 3.95 ERA while with Kansas City.
With 10 years in the big leagues and the last five with the same team, Duffy could have vetoed a trade. Instead, he’s going back to Southern California, where’s he from, and leaving a team out of playoff contention for a club in the thick of the race.
The Dodgers are three games behind San Francisco in the NL West after losing to the Giants 5-0 on Thursday. Los Angeles holds the top wild-card spot.
Duffy could fill the rotation spot that Trevor Bauer held. Bauer was played on administrative leave by Major League Baseball and the players’ association on July 2 under the sport’s joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.
Police and MLB are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against the pitcher, and his leave has been extended through Aug. 6.
The Dodgers designated outfielder DJ Peters for assignment to make room for Duffy.
Scherzer takes care of Phils in his possible Nats finale
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Max Scherzer delivered a signature performance in what might be his last start for the Nationals, allowing three hits in six innings as Washington beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-1 in the opener of a doubleheader on Thursday.
Yan Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning for Washington, which is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that forced Wednesday night’s game at Philadelphia to be postponed. Before the game, the sputtering Nationals traded closer Brad Hand to the Toronto Blue Jays, and there are plenty of contending teams who’d love to have Mad Max for the last two months of the season.
Scherzer (8-4) allowed a fourth-inning homer to J.T. Realmuto while striking out five and walking three on 88 pitches. Kyle Finnegan stepped into the closer’s role and struck out two in the seventh for his first career save.
“Today was a wacky start because of everything going on, but you put the blinders on and go and compete,” Scherzer said. “Even when you are at your worst, you want to go out and do your best.”
As Scherzer received handshakes in the Washington dugout in the top of the seventh, Gerardo Parra doubled past diving center fielder Odubel Herrera and Gomes – who was reinstated from the 10-day injured list before the game – drilled a sinker from Zack Wheeler into the trees beyond the center field fence for his ninth homer of the season.
“I wanted that pitch (to Gomes) on the outside,” Wheeler said. “I threw it down the middle and he made me pay for it.”
Wheeler (8-6) went the distance in the seven-inning game, allowing seven hits, walking two and striking out five on 100 pitches.
“We need to win some games,” Wheeler said. “That was a big game for us and I needed to go out and post some zeros, especially against Max because he’s going to hold us or try to and I let us down out there.”
Scherzer – a three-time Cy Young Award winner and a stalwart of Washington’s 2019 World Series-winning squad – will become a free agent at the end of the season.
“I don’t want to look at this as a negative thing. I really look at it as a positive thing,” Scherzer said. “I signed a seven-year deal here to win a World Series. And we won. We won a World Series. That’s a lifelong dream come true.”
The Nationals have fallen out of contention in the NL East thanks to a 7-16 record this month, making Scherzer by far the best starting pitcher on the market before the trade deadline on Friday.
Scherzer was asked about his expectations for the 24 hours before the deadline.
“I’ve got nothing,” he said. “I don’t know. How does this go? This is new to me. I’ve only been traded during the offseason. I’ve never had to deal with this during the season. For me, you put the blinders on, go out, compete and have fun with your teammates.”
Scherzer had made only one start since starting the All-Star Game and was scratched from his last outing with tightness in his right triceps. While players in trade talks are often rested to avoid injury, Scherzer took the ball anyway – and he was in fine form, changing speeds and inducing soft contact.
“I asked (general manager Mike) Rizzo last night if I was pitching,” Scherzer said. “He said, `Yes’. And then I told him I wanted to pitch Game 1. And I was ready to go.”
Riley homers again as Braves win series, inch closer to Mets
NEW YORK (AP) Austin Riley concluded his big week at Citi Field by hitting a two-run homer and finishing with three RBIs, and the Atlanta Braves inched closer to the NL East-leading New York Mets with a 6-3 victory on Thursday.
The Braves won three games in the unusual four-day, five game series to move within four games of the Mets.
Riley made it 2-0 in the fourth when he took Taijuan Walker deep to left-center. He added an RBI single in the fifth. Riley had four homers and seven RBIs in the last three games of the series, and has eight longballs in 20 career games at Citi Field.
The 24-year-old also made a handful of impressive plays this week at third base. He snared a sharp grounder by J.D. Davis to rob the Mets’ third baseman of a third-inning hit on Thursday.
Abraham Almonte and Dansby Swanson also homered for the Braves.
Jesse Chavez (1-2), the second of five Braves pitchers, worked a scoreless fifth. Atlanta starter Drew Smyly allowed three runs in four innings, including Pete Alonso’s two-run homer to the third deck in left field – a blast estimated at 453 feet.
Tyler Matzek and Luke Jackson combined for three scoreless innings before Will Smith worked the ninth for his 21st save.
Walker (7-5) allowed five runs on six hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over five innings. He’s 0-2 with a 15.43 ERA in his last three starts.
Jonathan Villar had three hits for the Mets.
Votto homers in record 6th game in row as Reds beat Cubs 7-4
CHICAGO (AP) Joey Votto set a Cincinnati Reds franchise record with another powerful show at Wrigley Field, while Kris Bryant was only a spectator in what might have been his last game with the Chicago Cubs.
It was the last game in a Cubs uniform for popular first baseman Anthony Rizzo.
Votto went deep for a Reds-record sixth game in a row. That includes his six homers in the four-game series against the Cubs that Cincinnati wrapped up with a 7-4 win Thursday, the day before the MLB trade deadline.
“It’s cool,” Votto said. “I’m just glad we came out with wins and are playing good baseball. I just want to be a part of that.”
Like Bryant, Rizzo wasn’t in the Cubs lineup and never appeared in the game.
Moments after the final out, 2016 NL MVP Bryant was seen sitting on the bench in the Cubs dugout and staring out at the field that has been his home for all seven of his big league seasons. The 2015 NL rookie of the year was an All-Star for the fourth time this season.
While Bryant waited to see if he would be dealt, the New York Yankees acquired Rizzo and cash from the Cubs for two minor leaguers. The 31-year-old Rizzo had been a fixture at Wrigley Field for a decade, and with Bryant helped the Cubs break their long World Series drought with a championship in 2016.
Votto’s 20th homer of the season was a two-run shot in the first, when he hit a fastball from Alec Mills (4-4) into the center field bleachers. It was the eighth homer for the 37-year-old first baseman in his six-game streak for a record that dated back to 1900.
Chicago went ahead 3-2 lead before the Reds roughed up Mills in the sixth to go ahead to stay. After loading the bases with no outs, Tucker Barnhart drove in two runs on a soft groundball that went through the middle of the infield for a 4-3 lead.
“There’s some tough things laying, kind of heavy on our shoulders, over our heads,” Mills said, referring to the trade deadline. “We’re still trying to win ball games, we’re still at the end of the day, in the dugout doing what we can to win that day.”
The Reds have won five of their last seven games to stay in second place in the NL Central behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
“We have a great team that’s going to lead us into the latter half of the season and hopefully to a World Series as well,” winning pitcher Luis Castillo said.
Cincinnati added three runs off the Cubs bullpen in the seventh, with Kyle Farmer and Aristides Aquino each driving in a run and a Chicago error allowing a third to score.
The Cubs scored three runs off Castillo (5-10), who had only given up three runs total in his previous four starts. Patrick Wisdom hit his 16th home run in the fourth, and Wilson Contreras belted a two-run shot in the fifth.
Castillo finished with eight strikeouts in six innings, allowing seven hits.
Ian Happ hit a home run in the ninth off Reds reliever Heath Hembree.
Patiño blanks Yanks as Rays pound Cole, bullpen in 14-0 rout
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Luis Patino outpitched Gerrit Cole, Brett Phillips hit a grand slam during a 10-run sixth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep by routing the New York Yankees 14-0 on Thursday.
Patino (2-2) allowed three hits in six innings. The 21-year-old right-hander, acquired in the trade that sent Blake Snell to San Diego last December, struck out eight and walked two.
“Today was a marvelous day for me,” Patino said through a translator. “I felt good since I got here, even in the bullpen I felt pretty good right from the get-go. My pitches felt really good and I thought it was a very beautiful outing.”
Cole (10-6) gave up a season-high eight runs – seven earned – on six hits over 5 1/3 innings and saw his ERA jump from 2.74 to 3.11. He had 10 strikeouts and two walks.
“Sweeps are tough,” Cole said. “In respect to this series, this one is on me.”
Austin Meadows homered twice and drove in five runs for the Rays. Louis Head and Ryan Sherriff completed a four-hitter.
The Yankees began the day 8 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East. The Rays trailed the Red Sox by 2 1/2 games.
“Clearly we have a little bit of an uphill battle,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “We’ve got to play really good baseball the final two months of the season to give ourselves a chance to get into the dance. But there’s no question in my mind, we get hot at the right time, that we’re capable of not only playing with but beating anyone in the sport.”
Before the game, New York acquired slugger Joey Gallo, left-hander Joely Rodriguez and cash from Texas for four minor leaguers.
Both are expected to join the team for Friday night’s game at Miami.
Cole departed after left fielder Brett Gardner dropped Kevin Kiermaier’s drive to deep left in the sixth, allowing two runs to score.
Albert Abreu entered and allowed Phillips’ slam and two-run homers by Ji-Man Choi and Meadows. All six batters Abreu faced scored.
“First of all, innings like that, games like that are few and far between,” Phillips said. “That’s what makes baseball so fun right there.”
All nine batters in the Rays’ lineup reached base in the sixth. It was the biggest scoring inning by Tampa Bay since a 10-run fifth at Miami on June 5, 2008.
It was the most lopsided shutout win ever by the Rays.
Brandon Lowe drove Cole’s first pitch in the first inning down the right field line near the pole. It was ruled a homer, but the umpires gathered and changed it to a foul ball, which brought Rays manager Kevin Cash onto the field. After talking with Cash, the umpires opted for a video review that found the drive was foul.
Lowe then reached on an infield single and later scored. Meadows’ three-run drive completed a four-run inning.
Cole, who’s 1-6 against the Rays in the regular season, then retired 16 of 17 before Meadows had a one-out single in the sixth.
Hernandez 6 innings for Royals in 5-0 win over White Sox
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Carlos Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings, Salvador Perez homered again and the Kansas City Royals beat the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox 5-0 on a blistering Thursday afternoon.
Perez put the Royals ahead with his 25th homer, a two-run shot in the first inning off Carlos Rodon (8-5). The Royals catcher hit a game-tying solo shot in the ninth Wednesday night before they won in 10 innings.
“Sal did what Sal does,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said.
Kansas City won three out of four games in the series that ended with a hot matinee. It was 95 degrees at the start of the game, with a heat index of 106 that increased to 109 by the last pitch.
“When it’s 120 degrees on the field you have to minimize efforts,” Matheny said. “That’s something the young pitchers have to understand. Carlos did a great job of that. .. All four games we were right there in it. I believe this about this team, they need to realize how good they can be when they put things together.”
Hernandez (2-1) allowed just four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. The right-hander allowed two baserunners in an inning only once, and only one runner reached third against him.
“I knew it was going to be a hot day,” Hernandez said through a translator. “I just stayed on top of it. It’s always about attacking the hitters, and that’s what I did.”
Rodon gave up four runs on eight hits over four taxing innings – the Royals had two hits in each of those innings. He struck out four without a walk.
The White Sox offense was dormant without three starters in the lineup, getting shut out for the sixth time this season. Jose Abreu (stiff neck) and Eloy Jimenez (right groin tightness) missed because of injury while Tim Anderson had a scheduled day off.
Perez hit his first-inning homer 446 feet to left-center. Michael A. Taylor, who had the game-ending RBI single the previous night, led off the second with a 432-foot homer to the same general area. Hunter Dozier and Taylor each added a sacrifice fly.
Richard Lovelady had two scoreless innings of relief for the Royals and Wade Davis pitched a scoreless ninth to wrap up Kansas City’s fifth shutout.
Musgrove fans 11 in 7 scoreless innings, Padres beat Rockies
SAN DIEGO (AP) Joe Musgrove struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings, leading the San Diego Padres to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.
Musgrove (7-7), who threw a no-hitter earlier in the season, was dominant throughout. The right-hander gave up an infield single in the first inning to Brendan Rodgers and a single in the first and a double in the fourth to Charlie Blackmon, and that was the extent of the Rockies offense.
Padres closer Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his major league-leading 32nd save.
Against losing Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (1-6), the Padres seized a 1-0 lead in the first after Tommy Pham (2 for 3, walk, 2 runs) hit a leadoff ground-rule double to left-field, followed by a sharp line drive double to left-field by Fernando Tatis Jr. that scored Pham.
The Padres extended their lead to 3-0 in the eighth after Pham walked and Jake Cronenworth hit a towering two-run homer high off the right-field foul pole against Rockies reliever Daniel Bard.
Freeland pitched well in the tough-luck loss. He lasted six innings, giving up one run and eight hits with four strikeouts.
The Padres had two runners thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning. First, Manny Machado, was tagged out by Freeland after trying to score from third base on a past ball by Rockies catcher Dom Nunez. Machado was originally called safe, but after the umpires conferred, the call was reversed.
Will Myers was the second runner thrown out at home after he tried to score from second on an infield single by Eric Hosmer. Rockies shortstop Trevor Story pulled first baseman Rio Ruiz off the bag with his throw, but Ruiz alertly saw Meyers trying to score and threw a strike to Nunez to get Myers in a close play.
The Padres have 35 wins at home this year, the most of any NL team. Conversely, the Rockies are 11-39 on the road, the second-worst road record in the majors behind Arizona. Colorado has lost five of its last six games.
Guerrero hits 3-run homer out of Fenway as Jays rout Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a three-run homer all the way out of Fenway Park, Hyun Jin Ryu held Boston to two hits over six innings and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the Red Sox 13-1 on Thursday night.
Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run double for the Blue Jays, who tagged the Red Sox for 16 hits and scored in six of the first seven innings while building a 12-0 lead. Every Toronto starter had at least one hit and drove in at least one run as the Blue Jays went 9 for 20 with runners in scoring position. Cavan Biggio was the only Toronto starter who didn’t score a run.
Ryu (10-5) held the Red Sox to just two hits in six innings, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.
“Every one of his pitches was locating well tonight. He executed greatly tonight – just a lot of weak contact,” Toronto catcher Reese McGuire said. “He did a great job with some quick innings to get the offense back into the dugout.”
Bobby Dalbec hit an RBI double in the seventh for Boston. The Red Sox finished with just six hits.
The Blue Jays led 6-0 in the fifth with two runners on for Guerrero, who crushed his 33rd homer of the season when reliever Phillips Valdez started him with a change-up. The ball cleared the Green Monster as well as a billboard above it by several yards on its way to Lansdowne Street.
The Blue Jays split the four-game series at first-place Boston, which still leads the AL East heading to second-place Tampa Bay for a weekend series.
The Red Sox didn’t score until the seventh inning, when Dalbec doubled off the wall in center field to score Christian Vazquez, whose one-out double off of reliever Tayler Saucedo was just the third hit of the night for Boston.
Eduardo Rodriguez (7-6) got roughed up early, allowing Teoscar Hernandez’s bases-loaded double as Toronto scored three in the first inning on four hits and a walk. Rodriguez pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out eight.
Before getting pulled in the fourth, Rodriguez walked George Springer with one out and a runner on base, then walked Guerrero to load the bases before walking Marcus Semien, adding another run for Toronto.
“It was up and down,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “That last inning, that’s what we’re trying to avoid – the walks. He had all types of walks.”
Crawford back with 2-run double as Giants blank Dodgers 5-0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Brandon Crawford doubled home two runs in his first at-bat after coming back from a left oblique strain and the majors-leading San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Thursday in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Wilmer Flores, Austin Slater and LaMonte Wade Jr. also drove in runs for San Francisco, which extended its NL West lead over Los Angeles to three games. The Dodgers were shut out for just the third time this season.
“We have so much respect for those guys, obviously,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’re a very good ball club. They’ve earned this right now to this point.”
Johnny Cueto (7-5) earned his first win since June 25. He struck out five in 5 2/3 innings while walking two and allowing four hits.
“I kept telling myself that I needed to be very aggressive against these hitters because they’re difficult and hard hitters,” Cueto said through a translator.
“I thought it was Johnny’s best outing in a long time,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “I also thought his stuff was especially crisp. … The fastball was as good as we’ve seen it in a long time.”
Relievers Jarlin Garcia, Dominic Leone, Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee combined for 3 1/3 perfect innings with six strikeouts to close the Giants’ 12th shutout.
San Francisco jumped on David Price (4-1) for four runs, three earned, in 4 1/3 innings. He is 0-3 in his career against the Giants.
Crawford, who missed nine games while on the 10-day injured list, put the Giants up with his double to left in the first.
“The crowd was into it already there in the first,” Crawford said. “To be able to do something in that at-bat was pretty fun.”
Flores added an RBI double in the second and Slater singled home a run in the fourth.
The Dodgers were down 4-0 when they loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth, but lefty Garcia struck out Cody Bellinger on three pitches to end the threat.
“That was a pivotal spot,” Roberts said. “Could’ve changed the game, but they made the pitch when they needed to.”
Wade tacked on an insurance run for the Giants with an RBI double in the seventh, his first career hit off a left-handed pitcher. He was previously 0 for 31.
Blue Jays get closer Brad Hand from selling Nationals
PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays acquired closer Brad Hand from Washington on Thursday, getting some bullpen help from a skidding Nationals team that has turned into a trade-deadline seller.
The 31-year-old Hand is 5-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 21 saves in 26 opportunities for the Nationals, who entered Thursday’s doubleheader at Philadelphia eight games under .500 and in the midst of a COVID-19 outbreak that has sidelined four players. Washington is 6-16 in July.
The Blue Jays sent catcher Riley Adams to Washington.
Toronto entered Thursday at 50-48, good for fourth place in the tough AL East, but the Blue Jays are 4 1/2 games back of the second AL wild card as they prepare to begin their first true homestand of the season on Friday. Toronto had played home games in Dunedin, Florida, and Buffalo, New York, this season because of pandemic-related travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada.
Hand signed a one-year, $10.5 million contract with Washington in the offseason. Before that, he spent parts of three seasons with Cleveland, where he had 58 saves. The 11-year veteran has also pitched in the majors for Miami and San Diego.
The 25-year-old Adams hit .239 with seven homers and 17 RBIs in 35 games or Triple-A Buffalo. He has appeared in 12 games this season for Toronto, batting .107.
The Nationals have reportedly been in trade talks involving several players, including three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer. Scherzer started the opener of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Phillies, an unusual move for a player who is likely to be traded.
“I told him to do whatever he does best, which is compete and not to worry about anything,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s going to go and pitch. He wants to go pitch and compete.”
Washington recalled outfielder Yadiel Hernandez from Triple-A Rochester to fill the vacant roster spot.
Cubs trade Tepera to White Sox in crosstown deal
The Chicago Cubs traded reliever Ryan Tepera to the Chicago White Sox for pitching prospect Bailey Horn, the Cubs announced Thursday.
When asked about the potential deal on Wednesday, Tepera said he was open to being moved to the crosstown rival.
“That wouldn’t be too bad. Just a little further of a drive. I don’t have to move. .. Mid-season is different than offseason. Comfort factor plays a part in it,” The right-hander said, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.
The 33-year-old owns a 2.91 ERA with 50 strikeouts over 43 appearances for the Cubs this season.
Meanwhile, Horn has accrued a 5.63 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 14 appearances (10 starts) in Single-A. The 23-year-old left-hander was the No. 23-ranked prospect in the White Sox system, according to MLB Pipeline.
White flag: Indians trade 2B Hernandez to 1st-place Sox
CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians probably can’t catch the Chicago White Sox, so they’re helping their AL Central rival.
Cleveland traded second baseman Cesar Hernandez to the first-place White Sox on Thursday for minor league pitcher Konnor Pilkington – a move that signals the Indians are conceding the division.
“We made the trade that we felt made the most sense for us and this is the direction we went,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. “Just as we tried to be realistic in assessing where we are, we’re going to continue to do our best to win as many games as possible.
“But the reality is the White Sox are a number of games in front of us and we’re intent on improving. If they didn’t acquire Cesar, we were pretty confident they were going to acquire another talented player from another team.”
The White Sox, who lead the Indians by 8 1/2 games and open a series with them Friday, have been in the market for a second baseman since starter Nick Madrigal suffered a season-ending hamstring tear on June 10.
The intra-division swap created an oddity. With the Indians playing this weekend in Chicago, the team agreed to transport Hernandez’s gear before they’ll face him for the first time.
“We’ve done a lot of unique trades and had some interesting circumstances around them,” Antonetti said. “But I don’t think we’ve had that one before.”
In Hernandez, Chicago is getting a Gold Glove defender who can bat leadoff and drive in runs for manager Tony La Russa. The 31-year-old Hernandez is hitting .231 in his second season with the Indians with a career-high 18 home runs and 47 RBIs in 96 games.
“Cesar Hernandez provides our club with a valuable combination of a power bat in the middle infield and Gold-Glove quality defense,” Chicago general manager Rick Hahn said. “Adding a player like Cesar gives Tony a strong and proven option at second base for the stretch run of the season and hopefully into October.”
Hernandez had been viewed as the player most likely to be dealt before Friday’s deadline because of the Indians’ depth with middle infielders. Antonetti said it’s possible the Indians could make more deals as they begin to look toward 2022.
Andres Gimenez, who was acquired from the Mets in the offseason as part of the Francisco Lindor deal, is ready at Triple-A, and Owen Miller, Tyler Freeman and Gabriel Arias are among the top infield prospects in Cleveland’s organization.
Antonetti said Miller, who was up earlier this season, will join the Indians in Chicago and take Hernandez’s spot. Gimenez was in the mix, but he’s currently in the process of applying for permanent U.S. residency and can’t travel outside the country. The Indians will play a series at Toronto next week.
Cleveland is without reigning Cy Young winner Shane Bieber because of a shoulder issue and starter Aaron Civale, who was leading the league in wins earlier this season before hurting his finger against the Cubs.
Antonetti said the trade has no bearing on how the Indians will move forward with their two starters.
“I don’t think our time frames will be too affected by that,” he said. “We’ll continue to be guided by what’s in Shane’s and Aaron’s best interests. And if that’s coming back to pitch this season, then great. We’ll welcome them back and hopefully they can help us win games.
“And if their timetables don’t dictate that, then they won’t pitch.”
The 23-year-old Pilkington has pitched at Double-A Birmingham, where he went 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 14 starts. He did not pitch in 2020 because the minor league season was canceled by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We think he’s got a chance to start,” Antonetti said. “It’s a physical lefty with a four-pitch mix. He’s got a fastball that’s 90-93 (mph). His best secondary pitch at the moment is a changeup, but he also has a slider and a curveball. He’s got multiple weapons to attack hitters.
“Hopefully he can continue the success he’s had in Double-A and can be an option for us moving forward.”
Pilkington was drafted in the third round by the White Sox in 2018.
Left turn: Boone says Yankees ‘a lot better’ with Gallo
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Yankees have answered questions about how they would proceed heading into Friday’s trade deadline.
They are big-time buyers.
All-Star slugger Joey Gallo’s trade to New York from the Texas Rangers was completed Thursday, giving the heavily right-handed Yankees a much-needed powerful lefty bat.
New York acquired Gallo, left-hander Joely Rodriguez and cash from the Rangers for minor league right-hander Glenn Otto and infielders Ezequiel Duran, Trevor Hauver and Josh Smith.
With switch-hitting center fielder Aaron Hicks hurt, second baseman Rougned Odor and outfielder Brett Gardner have been the only left-handed hitters to see substantial playing time.
“Sign me up for the guy that’s on base almost 40% of the time and has power and provides the kind of potential balance for our lineup,” Boone said before New York played Tampa Bay. “And on top of it, he’s a two-way player. This is a guy that really defends, can run and do all those things. It’s hard to argue that we’re not a lot better team adding Joey Gallo to us.”
Boone didn’t rule out the Yankees making additional moves.
The 27-year-old Gallo is hitting .223 with 25 homers, 55 RBIs and a major league-leading 74 walks. While was a Gold Glove-winning right fielder for Texas, Boone envisions Gallo playing a lot in left for the Yankees, who have Aaron Judge as their regular right fielder.
Boone talked on the phone for about five minutes with Gallo, who will join the team during a weekend series at Miami that starts Friday night.
“We’re excited to add an All-Star,” Boone said. “I let him know how excited we are.”
Gallo is owed $2.2 million from his $6.2 million salary. He is eligible for arbitration next winter and can became a free agent after the 2022 season.
Jon Daniels, Texas’ president of baseball operations, said it was emotional to trade away a homegrown player who had become an All-Star. He said there had been some discussions about a contract extension, but the former GM said it was clear the chances for a deal now were unrealistic, making a trade the best alternative for the last-place Rangers.
“Obviously if we’re in a different competitive spot, we weren’t in a rebuilding situation, which we are and have acknowledged and talked about, this could look a little different,” Daniels said.
Daniels said the Rangers included cash in the deal to offset the bulk of the remaining salaries for Gallo and Rodriguez, who is owed about $887,000 from his $2.5 million salary and has a $3 million team option next season that includes a $500,000 buyout.
Gallo, a two-time All-Star, is a career .211 hitter in seven seasons, but launches a lot of longballs. Gallo hit 41 home runs in 2017 and 40 in 2018.
“We’re going to have nights where we punch out double digits but if our guys do what they’re capable of, we’re going to be on a base a ton,” Boone said.
The Yankees began the day 8 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East and trailing Tampa Bay, Oakland and Seattle in the wild-card race for two spots.
Rodriguez, 29, is 1-3 with one save and a 5.93 ERA in 31 relief appearances this season, holding left-handed batters to a .176 average. He is 2-5 with a 5.05 ERA in 81 relief appearances over four seasons with Philadelphia (2016-17) and Texas (2020-21), and he was 3-7 with a 1.85 ERA over 90 relief appearances in 2018-19 for the Chunichi Dragons of Japan’s Central League.
Duran, 22, hit .290 with 15 doubles, six triples, 12 homers and 48 RBIs this season in 67 games with High-A Hudson Valley.
Hauver, 22, made his professional debut this season with Low-A Tampa, hitting .288 with 17 doubles, nine homers and 49 RBIs in 66 games.
Otto, 25, was 7-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 12 starts and one relief appearance with Double-A Somerset and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season.
Smith, 23, hit .324 with 12 doubles, nine homers, 24RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 39 games with Low-A Tampa and High-A Hudson Valley.
Daniels said the Rangers acquired three players they see as eventually becoming everyday bats in the big leagues, along with a young Texas-born starting pitcher who could get his first shot in the majors later this season. Daniels said all four were critical to getting the deal completed.
“Overall, it’s a really good value, four players that we’re excited about,” Daniels said. “It made sense to us, and we believe it’ll make sense to our fans in time.”
Indians’ Francona steps down for rest of season, surgeries
CLEVELAND (AP) Terry Francona pushed his battered body to its absolute limit, doing even more damage.
He needs to give himself a break – and time to heal.
Cleveland’s popular manager is stepping down for the remainder of this season to address some lingering health issues, which have put his future leading a team and Hall of Fame career in jeopardy.
“I’ve got to get healthy or I can’t do this job,” Francona said Thursday.
The 62-year-old Francona has been wearing a boot on his right foot all season after undergoing toe surgery for a staph infection in February. The toe issue has exasperated his hip problem, which will require surgery.
Francona, who was only able to manage 14 games last season because of health reasons, will have his left hip replaced Monday at the Cleveland Clinic, and once he recovers from that procedure, he’ll have a rod inserted into his foot.
He’s agonized for weeks over his inability to manage the way he wants, and Francona said the decision to step down was difficult.
“It had gotten to the point where I didn’t feel like I was doing my job appropriately and I didn’t feel like I was being fair to the organization,” Francona said on a Zoom call. “But at the same time I almost didn’t feel like I was being fair to myself, either.”
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale will take over on an interim basis for the rest of this season while Francona focuses on his health. Third base coach Mike Sarbaugh will take Hale’s spot and assistant coach Kyle Hudson will move to third.
First base coach and former Indians All-Star catcher Sandy Alomar filled in for Francona a year ago.
Francona had deep, sometimes difficult conversations with team president and close friend Chris Antonetti before they mutually decided he needed to take a pause.
Francona’s issues have rendered him physically unable to do simple tasks, and he finally came to the realization he couldn’t go on.
“It’s been really hard,” he said. “I’ve had this internally battle on like, `Am I letting people down? Am I letting people down by staying? Am I being fair?’ It’s been beating me up. I admit that. Everything I do is hard, whether it’s getting to the airport or getting to the clubhouse. You’ve seen me taking pitchers out, that’s not even easy.
“It doesn’t make it very enjoyable and I miss that. All I do is go to the ballpark and then come home and get off my feet and lay in bed. And I got to give myself a a chance to have a little bit of a life.”
Antonetti marveled at Francona’s determination to push through the pain.
“I am in awe of Tito’s toughness and perseverance,” Antonetti said. “I know if it was me, I wouldn’t have been able to make it as far as Tito has with all the things he’s been dealing with. So I care for him.
“We talked about it a lot but in the end, I was going always leave that decision to Tito, and he would be the one to do it on his terms and on his time. The best way to answer it as a I said at the outset is that we arrived at this decision like so many others: together.”
Francona, a two-time World Series champion manager with the Boston Red Sox, dealt with serious health issues a year ago, when a gastrointestinal ailment – followed by blood clotting problems – led to spending an extended period in intensive care.
Francona is in his ninth season with Cleveland. He’s had a winning record each year and he’s just five wins from tying Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau (728) for the most wins in team history.
Mariners’ Santiago banned 80 games for positive drug test
NEW YORK (AP) Turns out Hector Santiago was using more than sticky stuff.
The Seattle Mariners pitcher was suspended for 80 games Thursday by Major League Baseball following a positive test for external testosterone, exactly one month after he was banned for 10 games when he became the first player penalized under the sport’s crackdown on grip-enhancing substances.
While the sticky substance penalty was with pay, the suspension under MLB’s drug program will cost him about half his $700,000 major league salary.
“In 2020, while I was not on the roster of a MLB club, I consulted a licensed physician in Puerto Rico who diagnosed me with a condition and recommended hormonal replacement therapy,” Santiago said in a statement issued through the Major League Baseball Players Association.
“Because I did not play in 2020, I did not consider that this therapy could ultimately lead to a positive test under MLB’s joint drug program. That said, I alone am responsible for what I put in my body, and I was not careful. Therefore, I have decided for forgo my right to an appeal in this matter and accept the suspension. I apologize for any harm this has caused the Seattle Mariners, Mariners’ fans, my teammates, and most importantly, my family.”
A 33-year-old left-hander, Santiago is 1-1 with a 3.42 ERA in 13 relief appearances this season. He is a 10-year big league veteran, going 48-51 with a 4.12 ERA and six saves for the Chicago White Sox (2011-13, 2018-19), Los Angeles Angeles (2014-16), Minnesota Twins (2016-17), New York Mets (2019) and the Mariners.
Santiago was the fourth player suspended this year under the major league drug program after Miami pitcher Paul Campbell, Colorado third baseman Colton Welker and San Francisco pitcher Daniel Santos.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians Lose In Walk-Off Fashion, 3-2
ST. PAUL, MINN. – The Indianapolis Indians dropped their fifth straight game after the St. Paul Saints walked it off in ten innings on Thursday night, 3-2.
The Saints (40-34) jumped out to an early lead with a solo home run from Keon Broxton in the bottom of the third inning. With St. Paul threatening with runners on first and third, Bligh Madris robbed a home run over the left field fence to end the inning and hold the Saints to one run.
Jimmy Kerrigan doubled to right-center field in the bottom of the seventh frame and moved to third on a ground out from JT Riddle. Kerrigan then scored on a wild pitch from relief pitcher Blake Weiman to extend the Saints lead, 2-0.
The Indians (34-39) refused to go down without a fight and tied the game in the top of the eighth. Bligh Madris reached base after being hit by pitch and T.J. Rivera tied the game with a two-run home run over the left field fence.
After a scoreless ninth, the Saints loaded the bases in the bottom of the tenth. With two outs, Shea Spitzbarth (L, 3-2) threw a four pitch walk to Tomas Telis to score Riddle and give St. Paul the 3-2 walk-off win.
Major league rehabber, Steven Brault made his third start with Indy and threw four one-run innings and fanned one batter. Spitzbarth took the loss after giving up the game winning walk. He entered in the ninth inning and threw 1.2 innings of relief with two strikeouts.
Nick Vincent (W, 3-1) entered in the ninth and shut down the Indy offense with two strikeouts to earn the win.
The Indians continue the six-game series Friday night with a 8:05 PM ET start at St. Paul. RHP Mitch Keller (1-1, 3.21) will take the mound for Indy and face LHP Andrew Albers (4-3, 4.43).
Colts add another veteran
Cornerback Holton Hill was signed by the Colts Thursday. Hill played in 28 games in Minnesota, but his stay with the Vikings was marred by a pair of four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.
Hill also spent time on the commissioner’s exempt list in 2020.
Hill made 73 tackles, had an interception and 11 pass breakups in 28 career games in Minnesota.
AP source: Jets give QB Wilson 4-year, $35.15 million deal
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Breathe easy, Jets fans. Zach Wilson is on his way.
After missing the first two practices of training camp, the rookie quarterback agreed to terms on his four-year rookie contract Thursday, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.
Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft in April, gets a fully guaranteed deal worth $35.15 million, including a signing bonus of $22.9 million, and has a fifth-year team option.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced the deal. NFL Network first reported that the sides reached an agreement.
Offset language in the contract was among the issues causing a hang-up. That practice, shared by most NFL teams, provides clubs with financial protection if they release the player before the end of a contract.
NFL Network and ESPN reported the sides compromised with Wilson receiving his signing bonus within 15 days and the team keeping its offset language in the contract.
Wilson is the last of this year’s first-rounders to get his deal after San Francisco signed quarterback Trey Lance, the No. 3 overall pick, on Wednesday.
New York coach Robert Saleh didn’t seem overly concerned about Wilson’s deal still not being done two practices into training camp.
“You’re not going to see me panic,” he said after practice Thursday. “Like I’ve said, there are 89 guys that are counting on us to prepare them the best way we know how. And right now, they’ve got our full attention.
“Zach’s going to sign. And when it happens is when it happens. I don’t try to worry about things I have no control over. So when it gets done, it’ll be awesome to get him back.”
About 30 minutes later, the agreement was hammered out. So Wilson should be with the team for its next practice Friday.
Fans who were starting to fret about the quarterback not yet signing took to social media to express relief. Even offensive lineman Greg Van Roten tweeted a gif of WWE wrestler Daniel Bryan doing his familiar “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chant.
Wilson is expected to start Week One for the Jets, who moved on from Sam Darnold in the offseason by trading him to Carolina a few weeks before the draft. Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas zeroed in on Wilson after being thoroughly impressed by the former BYU star at his pro day.
Wilson became the Jets’ highest-drafted quarterback since Joe Namath went No. 1 overall in the 1965 AFL draft. New York has been looking for a consistently successful franchise quarterback since Namath’s last game for the Jets in 1976, and the team is hoping Wilson can be that player.
Wilson made some terrific plays during offseason workouts, organized team activities and minicamp, but was also shaky at times – as expected for a quarterback getting a crash course in life as an NFL rookie. He also quickly gained a reputation for wanting to fully understand offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur’s playbook, often putting in extra work at the facility during the offseason and watching lots of film.
“I look back in college, you’re running the same offense for three years, so you know it like the back of your hand,” Wilson said last month. “Out here, you’re always just a step slow at first. It’s just how fast can I get through my progressions to where I don’t even have to think about it? If something’s covered, I instantly know how to move on. I think that’s the key and that’s what I’ve gotten better with.”
Saleh said he last spoke to Wilson earlier this week, but added that LaFleur has regularly been texting with the quarterback about the playbook and installation of plays.
“We’ll be excited when he gets here,” Saleh said before smiling. “And it’ll be good to not have to answer questions about it.”
Packers GM says they added Cobb because Rodgers wanted him
(AP) — Randall Cobb can thank MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers for triggering the veteran receiver’s return to the Green Bay Packers.
Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst was straightforward Thursday in saying that the team acquired Cobb from the Houston Texans for an undisclosed draft pick because Rodgers wanted him. The Packers have added both Cobb and offensive tackle Dennis Kelly since opening training camp Wednesday.
“Obviously without Aaron, I don’t think we would probably be pursuing that, but he’s still a really good player,” Gutekunst said of Cobb. “Seeing him last night just kind of reminded me of what kind of impact he’ll have in our locker room for our football team. This is a very important thing for Aaron, and that’s why we did it.”
Gutekunst added that the move probably wouldn’t have been possible “without Aaron adjusting his contract and kicking some money out.”
Even as he said this, Gutekunst noted that he isn’t relinquishing control over any personnel decisions. Gutekunst said Rodgers always has been part of those conversations and the difference this year is in how they incorporate his input.
Rodgers joined the Packers for training camp this week after skipping the team’s organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. He noted Wednesday he’d like more input in the team’s decision-making process.
Cobb, who turns 31 on Aug. 22, played alongside Rodgers for eight seasons in Green Bay and earned Pro Bowl honors in 2014. He caught just 38 passes for 441 yards last year and missed six games with a toe injury.
Kelly, 31, started at right tackle for all 17 of the Tennessee Titans’ games last season but got released in March. Kelly adds depth on the line as the Packers await word whether All-Pro left tackle David Bakhtiari will be ready for the start of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31.
“We already have a strong locker room, but when you talk about adding Randall and Dennis, that always gets you excited,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said.
Cobb was one of the players Rodgers mentioned Wednesday while criticizing the way the Packers have treated some veterans who “weren’t offered a contract at all or were extremely low-balled or were in my opinion not given the respect on the way out that guys of their status and stature and high character deserved.”
Gutekunst addressed that criticism Thursday. He said that “keeping players maybe longer than we should” has a domino effect in that it prevents the team from adding players who could provide a boost.
“Obviously this is a hard business,” Gutekunst said. “It’s a tough business. And when it comes to an end for any player, I don’t think it usually goes well. I don’t think you feel very good about it. We are always very sensitive to what those players have given the organization, and when we go through that, it’s always with class and dignity.”
Gutekunst also said he doesn’t view Rodgers as a “lame-duck quarterback.” The Packers selected Utah State quarterback Jordan Love in the first round of last year’s draft, before Rodgers produced his third MVP season.
Rodgers said Wednesday the Packers wouldn’t make a long-term commitment to him and noted that he didn’t want to become a lame-duck quarterback.
“Obviously, at the moment, he’s got three years left on his contract, so we certainly don’t look at it as a lame duck,” Gutekunst told reporters. “We may alter that, but even at that stage, it’s not going to be a one-year contract. Never looked at it like that. As you guys know, in this business, everything’s year to year.”
Rodgers isn’t the only Packers star who has issues with the organization right now. Davante Adams is entering the final year of his contract and wants to be the league’s highest-paid receiver.
“I wish that thing was like the NBA, where you get a max contract if you’re that type of guy, and it’s simple,” Adams said. “But apparently it’s not as simple as what it should be.”
Gutekunst says he wants to sign Adams to a long-term deal.
“It’s how you interpret what the highest receiver in the National Football League is getting paid, you know what I mean?” Gutekunst said. “Certainly, I agree with him that he’s definitely worth that. We believe that, as well. I think there might be just a little bit of difference in what we believe is the highest paid receiver and what he might.”
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS: SEC invites Oklahoma and Texas to join conference — in 2025
(AP) — Southeastern Conference university presidents voted Thursday to invite Texas and Oklahoma to the league and create a 16-team powerhouse on the field and at the bank.
But how soon?
The latest step in a move that has potential to help reshape college sports came two days after Texas and Oklahoma requested to join the SEC in 2025. That’s when the schools’ media rights agreement with the Big 12 expires.
The SEC said its leaders voted unanimously to extend invitations to the Longhorns and Sooners and bring them into the conference effective July 1, 2025. Texas A&M at first bristled about letting its old Big 12 and Southwest Conference rivals from Austin, Texas, into the SEC, but the Aggies ended up falling in line.
“Today’s unanimous vote is both a testament to the SEC’s longstanding spirit of unity and mutual cooperation, as well as a recognition of the outstanding legacies of academic and athletic excellence established by the Universities of Oklahoma and Texas,” Commissioner Greg Sankey said.
Adding Texas and Oklahoma to a conference that already includes such football powerhouses as Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Florida gives the SEC eight programs that have won national championships since 1980.
“It’s already the greatest, toughest conference in America. And with those two teams attempting to join this league, it will only get tougher,” South Carolina coach Shane Beamer told reporters.
Now the process goes back to the schools. Texas and Oklahoma both have board of regents meetings schedule for Friday with conference affiliation on the agenda. Whether the boards will move to accept the invitations at those meetings is unknown, but it is almost certain they will at some point.
Then the question becomes: Can Texas and Oklahoma find a way to join their new conference sooner than 2025? It has the makings of being a messy divorce with the Big 12 that could include ESPN.
Earlier Thursday, ESPN responded to Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s accusations of attempting to destabilize his beleaguered conference by saying it has done nothing wrong.
“The accusations you made are entirely without merit,” ESPN executive Burke Magnus, president of programming and content, said in a letter to Bowlsby that was released by the network.
“To be clear, ESPN has engaged in no wrongful conduct and, thus, there is nothing to `cease and desist,'” Magnus wrote, adding: “We trust this will put this matter to rest.”
Bowlsby sent a cease-and-desist letter to Magnus a day earlier, alleging ESPN was incentivizing at least one other conference to raid the league in an effort to hasten the departure of Texas and Oklahoma to the Southeastern Conference.
Bowlsby told AP on Wednesday he had “absolute certainty” ESPN was acting inappropriately behind the scenes and that he suspected ESPN was involved in Texas and Oklahoma’s months-long planning to exit the conference.
“It’s intentional deception,” Bowlsby said about Texas and Oklahoma’s actions.
ESPN holds a rights agreement with the Big 12, sharing the conference’s football games with Fox, through the 2024-25 school year.
An early exit could cost Texas and Oklahoma a buyout worth tens of millions of dollars – if the Big 12’s other eight schools keep the conference going.
The conference bylaws state that schools departing before the grant of rights runs out are on the hook for penalties worth the equivalent of a year’s conference distribution for every year it breaks the agreement.
This past year the Big 12 distributed $34.5 million per member, down from recent years because of the pandemic. Pre-pandemic, the Big 12 annual distributions were approaching $40 million per school.
A windfall awaits Texas and Oklahoma in the SEC. The conference is projected to start distributing about $67 million per year to its members in 2024, when its latest deal with ESPN kicks in.
Those projections don’t take into account Texas and Oklahoma, two of the biggest brands and most successful programs in college sports.
ESPN also owns the SEC Network and the Longhorn Network, the cable home of Texas’ athletics.
As the College Football Playoff moves toward expansion from four to 12 teams, the SEC will be adding the only Big 12 team to ever reach the playoff in Oklahoma. The Sooners have won six straight Big 12 titles and have four CFP appearances.
Texas won a national championship in 2005 and played for another in 2009, but the program has struggled to consistently contend for Big 12 titles in the last decade.
This offseason the Longhorns hired former Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian to be their head football coach, hoping to inject some SEC juice into the program.
Texas is now taking it one step further, renewing its rivalry with Texas A&M and relocating one of the wealthiest athletic departments in the country into the most competitive – and potentially the most lucrative – conference in major college football.
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Duke lands Filipowski as 1st recruit of Scheyer era
Duke head coach-in-waiting John Scheyer signed his first recruit since being named Mike Krzyzewski’s successor in June.
Center Kyle Filipowski committed to Duke on Thursday and will join the Blue Devils for Scheyer’s first season in charge in 2022-23.
“At the end of the day, they just checked all of the boxes for me,” Filipowski told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello and Adam Finkelstein. “They are a national-level team, my academics were very important to me, and I had a good feel for the environment and campus.
“Just being around that type of environment and having those relationships, I really feel like when I’m done with my time at Duke I’ll be the best version of myself, both on and off the court. I can just envision myself growing there with the people I’m surrounding myself with.”
The 6-foot-11 Filipowski attends Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts and is ranked No. 20 on the ESPN 100 for 2022. A playmaking big with excellent handles, Filipowski is considered a top-five recruit among centers in his class.
“Coach K retiring didn’t change how I felt about Duke,” Filipowski said. “I’ve been building this relationship with coach Scheyer for over six months now, and the vision he has, not just for me but for my class, is something that I can envision myself in.”
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INDIANA FOOTBALL: Ziemba Nets Spot on Wuerffel Trophy Watch List
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana senior outside linebacker Michael Ziemba collected a spot on the Wuerffel Trophy Watch List, the award announced on Thursday morning.
Named after 1996 Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from the University of Florida, Danny Wuerffel, the Wuerffel Trophy is presented in February annually in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The trophy exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society, and inspire greater service in the world.
IU’s 2020 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree graduated with a criminal justice degree in May 2021. He has volunteered with The 2nd & 7 Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Riley, and the Cocoa Couture Fashion Show.
Ziemba has played in 43 career games with 10 starts. He owns 54 tackles, 34 solo, with one sack, 8.5 stops for loss, and two fumble recoveries.
Nominations for the Wuerffel Trophy are made by the respective universities’ Sports Information Departments and will close on Oct. 15. An up to date list of nominees can be found at www.wuerffeltrophy.org beginning on Aug. 1. Semifinalists for the award will be announced on Nov. 2 and finalists will be announced on Nov. 22.
The formal announcement of the 2021 recipient will be made on Dec. 9 and the presentation of the 2021 Wuerffel Trophy will occur in Feb. 2022 in Fort Walton Beach.
Past recipients of the award are: Rudy Niswanger – Louisiana State University – 2005; Joel Penton – Ohio State University – 2006; Paul Smith – University of Tulsa – 2008; Tim Tebow – University of Florida – 2008; Tim Hiller – Western Michigan University – 2009; Sam Acho – University of Texas – 2010; Barrett Jones – University of Alabama – 2011; Matt Barkley – University of Southern California – 2012; Gabe Ikard – University of Oklahoma – 2013; Deterrian Shackelford – University of Mississippi – 2014; Ty Darlington – University of Oklahoma – 2015; Trevor Knight – Texas A&M University – 2016; Courtney Love – University of Kentucky; 2017; Drue Tranquill – University of Notre Dame; 2018; Jon Wassink – Western Michigan University – 2019; Teton Saltes – University of New Mexico – 2020.
INDIANA WRESTLING: IU Wrestling Signee Henry Porter Named USA Senior All-American
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Incoming freshman Henry Porter earned Wrestling USA Senior All-American honors.
Porter is a California state finalist in the 145 lb for Gilroy high school. He placed second as a freshman and third the last two seasons. He was also named a California State Invite Champ.
A native of Gilroy, California, Porter was among six California high school wrestlers that were recognized. He finished his high school career with a 135-15 record.
INDIANA BASEBALL: Ashley Tabbed CoSIDA Academic All-All-America Third Team
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (July 29) that Drew Ashley has earned Division I third-team Academic All-America honors for his work in the classroom and on the field.
A three-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, Ashley is the fourth Hoosier baseball student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in program history for five total honors. It is the first Academic All-America honor for IU since a three-year stretch with an honoree from 2004-06. The Chandler, Indiana, native is a two-time first-team Academic All-District pick (2020-21) and finished with a 3.97 GPA in biology.
Ashely joins Clint Crosier (2006; second team), Joe Hillman (1988; first team) and two-time honoree Ryan Parker (2004; second team & 2005; first team) as Hoosier baseball student-athletes to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
In 151 career games played, Ashley started 140 of those in various spots on the field – outfield, second base, third base and designated hitter. A .283 career hitter, Ashley collected 149 hits with 40 of those going for extra bases – and scored 105 runs.
In 2021, Ashley led the team in plate appearances (206) and hit-by-pitch (10), finished No. 2 on the team in runs scored (35), hits (47) and walks (21) and was No. 3 in on-base percentage (.380) and total bases (72).
BUTLER FOOTBALL: Pioneer Football League Announces 2021 Composite Schedule
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Pioneer Football League’s 11 members will play a combined 76 games, including 44 conference outings, during the upcoming fall 2021 season.
The upcoming 2021 season marks the 29th year for the Pioneer Football League – the nation’s only non-scholarship, football-only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision conference. The league will feature 11 teams with both Presbyterian and St. Thomas joining the league for their inaugural season in 2021s. Each member plays an eight-game schedule to determine the league champion and recipient of the automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
The 2021 schedule gets underway Thursday, Sept. 2, when Drake hosts West Virginia Wesleyan, and the rest of the league gets underway Saturday, Sept. 4. The 2021 PFL race starts in Week 4 (Sept. 14) with a full five-game slate of league outings.
2021 Pioneer Football League Composite Schedule
(as of July 29, 2021)
Thursday, Sept. 2
West Virginia Wesleyan at Drake
Saturday, Sept. 4
Robert Morris at Dayton
Marist at Georgetown
Davidson at VMI
St. Andrews at Presbyterian
Valparaiso at Indiana Wesleyan
Morehead State at James Madison
Warner at Stetson
Butler at Illinois State
Cal Poly at San Diego
St. Francis (Ill.) at St. Thomas
Saturday, Sept. 11
Eastern Illinois at Dayton
Union (Ky.) at Morehead State
Valparaiso at North Dakota State
Fort Lauderdale at Presbyterian
DePauw at Butler
Ave Maria at Stetson
Shaw at Davidson
Drake at Montana State
St. Thomas at Michigan Tech
UC Davis at San Diego
Off Week: Marist
Saturday, Sept. 18
Marist at Columbia
Morehead State at Austin Peay
Drake at North Dakota
Presbyterian at Campbell
Dayton at Southern Illinois
Butler at Taylor
San Diego at Montana State
St. Thomas at Northern Iowa
Dartmouth at Valparaiso
Off Week: Davidson, Stetson
Saturday, Sept. 25
Butler at St. Thomas
San Diego at Davidson
Presbyterian at Dayton
Valparaiso at Drake
Stetson at Princeton
Bryant at Marist
Off Week: Morehead State
Saturday, Oct. 2
Drake at Butler
Davidson at Stetson
Dayton at Morehead State
St. Thomas at San Diego
Marist at Valparaiso
Off Week: Presbyterian
Saturday, Oct. 9
San Diego at Butler
Stetson at Marist
Dayton at Drake
Morehead State at Presbyterian
Valparaiso at St. Thomas
Off Week: Davidson
Saturday, Oct. 16
Marist at Dayton
St. Thomas at Stetson
Butler at Morehead State
Drake at San Diego
Presbyterian at Davidson
Off Week: Valparaiso
Saturday, Oct. 23
Morehead State at Marist
Davidson at Butler
Stetson at Drake
San Diego at Presbyterian
Dayton at Valparaiso
Off Week: St. Thomas
Saturday, Oct. 30
Butler at Dayton
Stetson at Presbyterian
Davidson at Morehead State
Valparaiso at San Diego
Marist at St. Thomas
Off Week: Drake
Saturday, Nov. 6
Drake at Marist
St. Thomas at Davidson
Dayton at Stetson
Morehead State at San Diego
Presbyterian at Valparaiso
Off Week: Butler
Saturday, Nov. 13
Valparaiso at Butler
Davidson at Dayton
St. Thomas at Drake
Stetson at Morehead State
Marist at Presbyterian
Off Week: San Diego
Saturday, Nov. 20
Butler at Marist
Drake at Davidson
San Diego at Stetson
Presbyterian at St. Thomas
Morehead State at Valparaiso
Off Week: Dayton
Saturday, Nov. 27
NCAA Division I Football Championship
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Justin Hall Named To Second National Football Watch List
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State fifth-year senior Justin Hall (Douglasville, Ga./Alexander High School) has been recognized on a national football award watch list for the second time in just over a week. This time the Biletnikoff Award candidate made the preseason list for the 2021 Paul Hornung Award presented by Texas Roadhouse.
Now in its 12th season, the Hornung Award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission to pay tribute to football legend and Louisville native Paul Hornung.
Hall enters the 2021 season as the nation’s active leader in career receptions. He sits atop the Cardinals’ all-time career receptions list (257) and ranks fifth in BSU history in career receiving yards (2,772), entering the 2021 campaign 258 yards shy of Dante Ridgeway’s school record.
Hall holds the nation’s longest active receptions streak at 43 straight games (every game of his career). He led the Cardinals last season with 49 receptions and 665 receiving yards, ranking second in the MAC in both categories.
Hall earned All-MAC First Team honors at both receiver and return specialist in 2020 while finishing the season ranked fourth nationally in all-purpose yards at 169.9 per game and 13th in the country with 7.0 receptions per contest. He earned MAC West Division Player of the Week honors (12/14/2020) in helping Ball State move past Western Michigan for the division title and was tabbed three times to the Hornung Honor Roll which recognizes the nation’s most versatile performances.
The Ball State football team officially reports to campus for its fall camp Tuesday, August 3.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: WILLIAMS NAMED TO PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Sophomore running back Kyren Williams has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. The award recognizes the most versatile college football player.
Already named to the 2021 Maxwell Award Watch List, honoring the nation’s top college player, and a candidate for the 2021 Doak Walker Award, recognizing the top running back in college football, Williams comes off a redshirt freshman season being selected to the 2020 FWAA Freshman All-America Team, and was one of three finalists for the Shaun Alexander/FWAA Freshman Player of the Year Award.
The ACC Rookie and Offensive Rookie of the Year, Williams made a definitive mark on Notre Dame’s offense, and created a challenging matchup for defenses from across the FBS, in 2020. He was the only freshman to surpass 1,000 rushing yards on the year, totaling 1,125 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, the most rushing TDs among any freshman player. Williams reached the 100-yard rushing mark in six games in 2020.
Williams also added 35 receptions (ranking third on the Irish offense) for 313 yards and a touchdown. His 14 total touchdowns led all FBS freshmen.
Among all FBS players, Williams was tied for 10th in rushing TDs, tied for 11th in total TDs and ranked ninth in rushing yards. In the ACC, Williams ranked fourth in rushing yards per game (93.8), fourth in scoring – TDs (7.0 points/game) and fifth in all-purpose yards per game (119.83).
Williams earned an ACC weekly honor five times out of ten possible weeks in 2020, and was named All-ACC Second Team running back by the conference, also claiming honorable mention for the all-purpose slot. He was also selected to the Phil Steele All-America Third Team.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VB: Mastodon MVB Alum Frederico Santos Joins Professional Ranks at Sporting Clube de Portugal
LISBON, Portugal – Former Purdue Fort Wayne setter Frederico Santos has returned home to Portugal to play professional volleyball for Sporting Clube de Portugal (SCP).
Santos, who played for four seasons with the Mastodons, will find a new volleyball home in Lisbon, Portugal, around three hours from his home city of Porto. Sporting is a six time champion of the Portuguese Volleyball First Division, the best league in Portugal. Their most recent title came in 2017-18. In 2020-21, Sporting won the Portuguese Cup.
“I’m very excited for this new adventure,” Santos said. “Purdue Fort Wayne helped me a lot because it helped me learn how to give it everything I have every day. I have to thank everyone at Purdue Fort Wayne. It was honor to represent the ‘Dons.”
As a junior at Purdue Fort Wayne, Santos was second in the nation and led the MIVA in assists per set with 10.75. He was a member of the Portuguese Men’s National Volleyball Team system since 2013, where he won six national championships with A.A. Sao Mamede.
VINCENNES BASKETBALL: Shilo Jackson signs with VU after strong AAU season
VINCENNES, Ind. – The 2021 Vincennes University men’s basketball recruiting class made another addition this week with the signing of 6-foot 9 forward Shilo Jackson.
Jackson comes to VU from North Central High School in Indianapolis. Jackson really began to shine on the court this summer while playing for the Eric Gordon All-Stars (EG10) AAU team.
“Shilo is very young, he just turned 18 about a month ago and has grown three to four inches in the past two years,” VU Hall of Fame head coach Todd Franklin said. “I think he’s still growing. If not, he will begin to fill out. At the moment he weighs 195 pounds, but we look for him to be around 205 to 210 before he leaves here.”
“Jackson’s a wiry guy,” Franklin added. “He’s not feeble at 195. I think he can play either of the two post positions for us, as either a true power forward or a light center and those positions are critical at our level.”
“He blocks shots well, he has great timing, talks well on defense. You can see he has great footwork on the back end, he’s fairly advanced in that area,” Franklin said. “He’s a really good screen-and-roll guy, really good catch and dunk guy right now. But I think he’s got a little bit more to him than that.”
Jackson’s impressive summer playing on his AAU team helped put him not only on VU’s radar, but has drawn interest from many Division I programs.
“When I first started watching him, I thought he might be a project-type player with real upside, but the more I’ve watched him as he has developed he might be a guy that comes in and helps us right away,” Franklin said. “I had a lot of mid-major Division I scouts who watched him with me this past weekend come up to me and say ‘we’re going to recruit him coming out of your place’.”
The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Shilo to the 2021 recruiting class.
VALPO BASEBALL: Valpo Baseball Garners ABCA Academic Excellence Award
The Valparaiso University baseball program has earned recognition for its success in the classroom as head coach Brian Schmack’s team was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association as a Team Academic Excellence Award recipient for the second consecutive season.
Programs coached by ABCA members that posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale during the 2020-2021 academic year were recognized.
Valpo had a pair of individuals earn Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete Team status this season as Steven Fitzsimmons (Golden Valley, Minn. / Robbinsdale Cooper) was named to the first team and Jon Tieman (Crystal Lake, Ill. / Prairie Ridge) earned honorable mention. In addition, 21 members of the program were named to the MVC Academic Honor Roll.
On the field, Valpo accrued its highest league winning percentage since joining the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference and finished the season on a high note with two victories in the MVC Tournament for the first time since joining the league.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s basketball to play in 2021 Gulf Coast Showcase
ESTERO, Fla. – A trip to Southwest Florida will be on tap for the University of Evansville men’s basketball team in November when the Purple Aces make their second appearance in the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Set to take place from Nov. 22-24, the tournament will be held at Hertz Arena in Estero, Florida. Fan travel information, including preferred hotel rates at the official tournament resorts, and ticket information can be found at the official event website – www.gulfcoastshowcase.com and on social media at @GCShowcase.
Tournament play for UE opens at 11 a.m. on the 22nd versus Rice University. This will be just the second-ever meeting between the programs and first since the 1997 San Juan Shootout. The Owls took that game by a final of 59-54 in Puerto Rico. In the second game of the event, Evansville will face either Vermont or Oakland. The Aces have not faced either squad in its history. Vermont does have ties to Evansville as senior guard Robin Duncan is a native of Evansville and graduated from Harrison High School.
In its third and final game of the event on Nov. 24, the Aces will be paired against either Akron, Fordham, Appalachian State or Delaware.
This will be the second time the Aces have participated in the Gulf Coast Showcase. In 2014, Evansville earned victories over Fresno State and San Francisco while falling to eventual tournament champion Green Bay in the second game of the tournament.
Evansville’s full non-conference schedule is being finalized and will be released upon completion.
MARIAN FOOTBALL: TYLER STINN PROMOTED TO MARIAN FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
INDIANAPOLIS – Marian football head coach Mark Henninger has announced the promotion of assistant coach Tyler Stinn to defensive coordinator. Stinn, a tenured member on the coaching staff and former Marian football student-athlete, will replace former coordinator David Elson.
Tyler Stinn is entering his sixth year on the Marian coaching staff, joining the staff in 2016 as a graduate assistant. Stinn began his collegiate coaching career working with the outside linebackers in 2016 and 2017, and in 2018 was made a full-time assistant. After taking on the full-time role, Stinn switched positions to the defensive line, coaching the unit in both 2018 and 2019. As the defensive line coach, Marian’s defense ranked top-10 in the NAIA in sacks, with the Knights finishing eighth in 2018 and sixth in 2019. Stinn developed the 2018 MSFA Defensive Player of the Year Chad Scaggs, and also coached Marian’s all-time leader in sacks Mac Dutra. Stinn switched positions prior to the start of the 2020 season, moving to his playing position as the safeties coach where he coached Ricky Kwak to MSFA Mideast Second Team honors.
In his time on the defensive staff, Stinn has coached seven different players that have earned All-MSFA honors, including Dutra who was a two-time first team winner and a 2019 NAIA All-American honoree. In addition to his duties with the defense, Stinn has been the Knights’ equipment manager since 2018, and has been the supervisor for film and student managers. Stinn also spent three seasons as a volunteer assistant with the women’s lacrosse team at Marian, working with the team during their first NAIA National Invitational appearance in 2019.
Stinn earned his bachelor’s degree from Marian University in 2015 majoring in accounting and finance. The former Marian student-athlete was a member of the Marian football team from 2010-2014, and was a two-year starter who started at safety as a member of the 2012 NAIA National Championship team. Stinn helped the Knights to three MSFA Mideast titles in his playing days, and earned three MSFA All-Academic team honors. After graduation Stinn worked at Somerset CPAs as a staff accountant while also coaching the defensive backs at Lebanon High School in 2015 before returning to Marian as an assistant coach
Stinn replaces former defensive coordinator David Elson, who coached on the Marian staff for one season before leaving to take a coaching role with Purdue.
The Marian football season kicks off on September 4 at 1:05 p.m. when the Knights host Tiffin University.
HCLC Announces addition of Four Men’s Lacrosse Teams
CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference (HCLC) announced Thursday that four colleges have accepted a membership invitation to immediately join the men’s league.
Centenary College (LA), Colorado College, the University of Dallas, and Southwestern University (Tex.) become the HCLC’s new members. The four schools had previously held membership within the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) but will compete within the framework of the HCLC beginning this spring.
The new members will join the current HCLC men’s members of Anderson University, Earlham College, Hanover College and Mount St. Joseph University which will make up the ‘north division’. The four new members will comprise the ‘south division’. The top-two teams from each division following the regular season will meet at a neutral location for the HCLC Championship. The winner of the HCLC Championship will earn the automatic qualification to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament as the HCLC representative.
For more information on all things HCLC, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCLC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Lacrosse Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1913 Ivey Wingo swipes second, third, and home in the Cardinals’ 9-1 rout of Boston at Robison Field in St. Louis. The Redbirds’ catcher accomplishes the stolen base cycle in the same frame, stealing all three bases in the bottom of the second inning.
1917 At Griffith Stadium, the Tigers collect 21 hits during a 16-4 rout of Washington. Ty Cobb, Bobby Veach, and Ossie Vitt batting second, third, and fourth, respectively, each enjoy a 5-for-5 day at the plate.
1930 In the first night game ever played by a major league team, the American Association’s Indianapolis Indians defeat the Reds in an exhibition game, 17-5. The big floodlights used to illuminate West Washington Street Park make it difficult for the players to judge distances when fielding balls in play.
1933 Dizzy Dean sets a modern major league record when he strikes out 17 in the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory over the Cubs. Batterymate Jimmie Wilson also sets a new mark by recording 18 putouts in the Sportsman’s Park contest.
1947 Ewell Blackwell’s 16-game winning streak ends as the Reds are defeated by the Giants in ten innings, 6-5. During the streak, ‘the Whip’ completes every game and throws five shutouts, including a no-hitter
1951 Retired Hall of Famer Ty Cobb testifies in front of Emanuel Celler’s Congressional committee in Washington, D.C. The ‘Georgia Peach’ denies the reserve clause makes ‘peons’ out of baseball players and says that it is necessary to keep the competitive balance in the game.
1959 At Seals Stadium, Willie McCovey collects four hits, including two triples, in four at-bats in his major league debut. The Giant freshman first baseman, who will be selected the league’s Rookie of the Year despite his late call-up, will hit 13 home runs in just 52 games.
1960 “Most people my age are dead at the present time.” – CASEY STENGEL, quipping about being a septuagenarian. Despite the rainout at Yankee Stadium, Yankee manager Casey Stengel celebrates his 70th birthday in the Bronx ballpark, with his wife Edna and GM George Weiss enjoying the festivities. The ‘Old Professor’ and Connie Mack will be the only two skippers to manage into their seventies until being joined by Jack McKeon, who pilots the Marlins to a World Championship in 2003, as well as Frank Robinson (2002-2006) and Davey Johnson (2011-2013), both leading the Nationals.
1962 After mysteriously disappearing off the team bus to use the restroom three days ago and trying to fly to Israel, pitcher Gene Conley returns to the Red Sox and is fined $2000. Yesterday, the right-hander sent a telegram to manager Mike Higgins explaining he was tired and had other plans.
1966 In the fifth season of the franchise’s existence, the Mets experience their first winning month when they beat Chicago at Shea Stadium, 6-3. With another victory tomorrow, the Amazins will finish July with an 18-14 record.
1968 In a 10-1 loss to the Indians, Senator shortstop Ron Hansen becomes the eighth major leaguer, and the first since 1927, to execute an unassisted triple play. All five American League unassisted triple killings have included a Cleveland player.
1969 Mets manager Gil Hodges, with his team trailing 8-0 in the third inning of the nightcap against the Astros, walks past Nolan Ryan on the mound and continues into the Shea Stadium outfield, where he asks Cleon Jones to leave the game after a brief conversation with the left fielder. At the time, reports indicate the star player suffered a leg injury fielding Johnny Edwards’ double, with many believing the skipper demonstrating he would not tolerate lack of hustle on his team.
1969 Braves’ catcher Bob Tilllman hits three consecutive home runs, going deep in the second, fourth, and sixth-innings, all hit off southpaw starter Grant Jackson. The 32 year-old light-hitting backstop’s offensive output helps Atlanta beat the Phillies in the opener of a twin bill at Connie Mack Stadium, 6-3.
1969 The Astros, nursing a slim two-run lead starting the top of the ninth, rout the Mets,16-3, scoring 11 runs thanks to seven hits, four walks, one passed ball. Houston becomes the third major league team to hit two grand slams in one inning when Denis Menke and Jimmy Wynn each go deep in the first game of a Shea Stadium twin bill. (Ed. Note: Jimmy Wynn and Norm Miller score on each bases-loaded home run -LP.)
1971 John Kennedy comments, ‘Looks like we’ve got our own spaceman,’ when he is unable to get to his locker through the crowd of reporters talking with southpaw Bill Lee about the Apollo 15 moon landing, The Red Sox utility infielder’s nickname Spaceman sticks, a moniker his eccentric teammate never fully embraces, claiming Mother Earth as always been his priority.
1973 Freshman Ranger right-hander Jim Bibby, a Vietnam veteran, becomes the 14th rookie to throw a no-hitter and becomes the first hurler in franchise history to accomplish the feat. The 28 year-old right-hander, obtained in a June 6th trade with the Cardinals, strikes out 13 batters while holding the World Champions A’s hitless in a 3-0 Texas victory at the Oakland Coliseum.
1975 Jose Sosa becomes the first Astros player in the 14-year history of the franchise to hit a home run in his first major league at-bat. The relief pitcher belts a three-run homer off Danny Frisella during an 8-4 victory over the Padres at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium.
1975 Pat Darcy goes the distance, beating San Francisco at Riverfront Stadium, 6-1. The contest is the first complete-game thrown by a Reds’ pitcher in 45 consecutive starts by the Cincinnati staff, snapping their record streak without one.
1980 During a workout at the Astrodome, Houston hurler J.R. Richard, who had complained about a dead feeling in his arm on several occasions, suffers a stroke attempting to throw for the first time since being hospitalized for tests. Emergency surgery removes a blood clot behind his right collarbone, but the Astros’ fireballer will never pitch in the major leagues again.
1982 The first-place Braves remove Chief Noc-A-Homa’s tipi from the unoccupied section of the bleachers so that the team can make more seats available during sellouts. After the team blows a 10.5 game lead, losing 19 out of its next 21 games, the fans will pressure the management to reinstate the mascot’s home, a move that appears to end the skid for the eventual division champs.
1987 Although Bulova promised a watch to any player hitting the clock high above the Ebbets Field scoreboard, Bama Rowell, of the Braves, didn’t receive the timepiece, whose 1946 blast inspired the glass-shattering homer by Roy Hobbs, Bernard Malamud’s hero in the The Natural. The company corrects the injustice more than 40 years later when the former outfielder receives his wristwatch on ‘Bama Rowell’ Day in Citronella (AL), the honoree’s hometown.
1988 John Franco establishes the major league record for the most saves in the month when he records the final two outs in Cincinnati’s 2-0 victory over San Diego at Jack Murphy Stadium. The Reds’ reliever, who retires future Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar and Tony Gwynn to record his 13th save in June, betters the mark he had shared with Sparky Lyle, Bruce Sutter, and Bob Stanley.
1990 In a stunning decision made by George Steinbrenner, the Yankee owner agrees to go on the permanent ineligible list, amounting to a virtual lifetime ban from the team’s day-to-day operation. ‘The Boss,’ reinstated in 1993, agrees to the dire consequences of the “agreement,” not wanting to jeopardize his relationship with U.S. Olympic Committee if he were to be “suspended” from the game.
1990 As word begins to circulate at Yankee Stadium about the permanent removal of George Steinbrenner as the owner of the team, many of the 24,037 fans in attendance start chanting, “No More George! No More George!” After a long day of turmoil, the ‘Boss’ learns of the fans’ glee, much to his chagrin, when he watches the 11 p.m. local television news.
1996 The Giants trade starting pitcher Mark Leiter to the Expos in exchange for Kirk Rueter. ‘Woody’ will compile a 105-70 record during his ten-year tenure with San Francisco, while Al’s right-handed brother will post a 4-2 mark during his one season playing north of the border.
1999 Paul Byrd of the Phillies plunks Braves catcher Eddie Perez on the back, precipitating a bench-clearing brawl between the two already unfriendly ball clubs. With the battle raging on, the angry batter overhears the two instigators praying together when the pitcher’s prayer for forgiveness.
2001 The Twins get Mets starter Rick Reed for outfielder and leadoff batter Matt Lawton. The 36 year-old right-hander, a member of the National League All-Star team this season, had compiled an 8-6 record with a 3.86 ERA with New York before the deal.
2003 Battling a 5-for-36 slump, Jose Valentin hits three home runs in a 15-4 victory over the Royals. The White Sox shortstop becomes the first switch-hitter in baseball history to have three-homer games in both the American and National Leagues, having accomplished the feat with the Brewers in 1998.
2003 The Cubs obtain center fielder Doug Glanville from the Rangers in exchange for cash and outfielder/first baseman prospect Jason Fransz, who will not appear in a major league game. The Chicago flychaser will play in only 28 games, hitting just .235 for his new ball club.
2004 In a blockbuster trade, the Marlins deal Brad Penny, Hee Seop Choi, and southpaw prospect Bill Murphy to the Dodgers for backstop Paul Lo Duca, relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, and much-traveled outfielder Juan Encarnacion.
2006 The Yankees trade four minor leaguers, shortstop C.J. Henry, southpaw Matt Smith, catcher Jesus Sanchez, and right-hander Carlos Monasterios to the Phillies for outfielder Bobby Abreu and right-hander Cory Lidle. New York assumes the responsibility of Abreu’s contract, which includes the remaining portion of the $13.5 million for this season, $15.5 million for next year, and a $16 million option for 2008 with a $2 million buyout.
2006 Eighteen individuals, the largest number ever selected, are inducted into the Hall of Fame. The group consists of 17 persons who had participated in the pre-Negro Leagues or Negro Leagues, including Effa Manley, the first woman to enter the Hall, and Bruce Sutter, the fourth reliever to be enshrined in Cooperstown.
2007 The Hall of Fame induction of Cal Ripken and Tony Gwynn takes in front of a record crowd of an estimated 75,000 fans and an unprecedented number of 53 Hall of Famers. Joining the ballplayers on the dais are Denny Matthews, the longtime radio voice of the Royals, the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award given to outstanding broadcasters, and Rick Hummel, beat writer for the Post-Dispatch, the J.G. Taylor Spink Award honoree for his exceptional coverage of the Cardinals.
2008 The Yankees, in need of a catcher due to Jorge Posada’s season-ending surgery, obtain 13-time Gold Glove winner Ivan Rodriguez from the Tigers in exchange for reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The 36 year-old All-Star backstop waives his no-trade clause to go to New York, which completes the deal a day before the trading deadline.
2008 The Royals, with a 4-3 victory at McAfee Coliseum, sweep the A’s in Oakland for the first time in two decades. The last time Kansas City broke out the broom in O-town was in June of 1988.
2008 In a slugfest at Progressive Field, the Tigers defeat the Indians in 13 innings, 14-12. Cleveland catcher Kelly Shoppach’s five extra-base hits in one game, two home runs and three doubles ties a major league record.
2010 The Rockies establish a major league mark by banging out 11 consecutive hits, four singles, four doubles, two homers, and a triple, in the team’s 17-2 clobbering of the Cubs at Coors Field. Colorado sends 18 batters to the plate in their twelve-run eighth inning, collecting a total of 13 hits to set a franchise record in a single frame.
2011 The Orioles trade Derrek Lee to the Pirates in exchange for minor-leaguer Aaron Baker, who will report to Class A Frederick. The Bucs hope their new good-fielding first baseman can provide some pop to the lineup as the team tries to stay in contention in the competitive NL Central Division race.
2011 The Indians announced the team has completed the trade with the Rockies for Ubaldo Jimenez. The deal sends highly-touted minor league pitchers Alex White and Drew Pomeranz, along with right-handed prospect Joe Gardner, and utility player Matt McBride to Colorado, for the Dominican ace that the Tribe hopes will anchor their rotation down the pennant stretch.
2011 The Indians trade veteran infielder Orlando Cabrera (.244, 4, 38) to the Giants for minor league prospect Thomas Neal. In 60 games with Triple-A Fresno, the Tribe’s newest outfielder hit .295, along with two homers, and drove in 25 runs.
2013 In a three-team, seven-player deal made just before the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox obtain Jake Peavy from the White Sox, with third baseman Jose Iglesias sent to the Tigers as part of the transaction that includes Avisail Garcia, the player the Red Sox acquired from Detroit, going to Chicago. Boston’s new right-hander gives the eventual World Champs another proven starting pitcher in their rotation, helping to fill the void created by the injury suffered by Clay Buchholz.
2014 Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in major league history to make 14 consecutive starts of at least seven innings pitched, allowing two runs or less. The Mariners right-hander, known as ‘King Felix,’ breaks the record previously held by Tom Seaver, who established the mark in 1971 while pitching for the Mets.
2016 In front of 2,000 fans at Fayetteville’s JP Riddle Stadium, the Coastal Plain League’s SwampDogs became the first team to play nine starters at nine different positions when the team rotates the players during the nine-inning game. The exhibition game against the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League’s Kernersville Bulldogs ends in a 5-5 ten-inning deadlock when both sides run out of players.
2016 “With all due respect to Tom Hanks, there is crying in baseball.” – MIKE PIZZA, responding to his emotional state about being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having his number retired by the Mets. Mike Piazza, considered by many the greatest-hitting catcher in baseball history, has his number retired by the Mets, a team he played with for eight seasons, batting .296 and slugging 220 home runs. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductee is the second person, along with right-hander Tom Seaver (41), honored for what he accomplished as a player for the team, joining managers Gil Hodges (14) and Casey Stengel (37) and baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s (42).
2016 The Indians induct Jim Thome, Albert Belle, Frank Robinson, and Charlie Jamieson into the team’s Hall of Fame, bringing the number of honorees enshrined to 44. Thome, the team’s all-time home run leader; Belle, the first 50-50 major leaguer; Robinson, the first black manager in baseball history; and Jamieson, a .303 hitter during his 18 years with the Tribe, are feted during a ceremony at Progressive Field.
2017 Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre collects his 3000th hit when he doubles in the fourth inning in the Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Orioles at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The twenty-year veteran, who has also spent time with the Dodgers, Mariners, and the Red Sox, is the first-ever Dominican-born player to reach the coveted milestone.
2017 Ryan Zimmerman becomes Washington D.C.’s all-time home run leader with his 238th career round-tripper, surpassing former Senator outfielder and first baseman Frank Howard. The Nationals first baseman’s third-inning 341-foot dinger, a three-run shot, ties the score in the team’s eventual 10-6 loss to the visiting Rockies in the first game of a twin bill.
2020 Indian right-hander Shane Bieber matches a major league mark for strikeouts through two starts in a season, equaling Dodger Karl Spooner’s record, who fanned 27 batters in consecutive games at the beginning of his rookie season in 1954. The 25 year-old Cleveland hurler, who whiffed 14 batters on Opening Day, punches out another 13 batters en route to throwing eight shutout innings in the team’s 2-0 victory over the Twins at Target Field.
|Boston||63||41||.606||–||33 – 22||30 – 19||29 – 15||12 – 6||11 – 16||7 – 3||L 1|
|Tampa Bay||61||42||.592||1.5||31 – 20||30 – 22||27 – 17||11 – 5||13 – 15||6 – 4||W 1|
|NY Yankees||53||48||.525||8.5||27 – 23||26 – 25||22 – 29||13 – 6||12 – 7||6 – 4||L 1|
|Toronto||51||48||.515||9.5||22 – 22||29 – 26||23 – 26||4 – 6||10 – 12||4 – 6||W 1|
|Baltimore||35||66||.347||26.5||17 – 31||18 – 35||12 – 26||6 – 18||11 – 14||6 – 4||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||60||43||.583||–||35 – 17||25 – 26||13 – 7||33 – 20||9 – 11||4 – 6||L 2|
|Cleveland||50||49||.505||8||26 – 23||24 – 26||8 – 13||26 – 16||8 – 12||4 – 6||W 1|
|Detroit||50||55||.476||11||29 – 22||21 – 33||5 – 5||23 – 34||17 – 11||6 – 4||W 3|
|Kansas City||45||56||.446||14||28 – 25||17 – 31||9 – 14||23 – 28||5 – 11||8 – 2||W 2|
|Minnesota||43||60||.417||17||24 – 30||19 – 30||6 – 7||23 – 30||10 – 19||3 – 7||L 2|
|Houston||63||40||.612||–||34 – 20||29 – 20||16 – 12||15 – 9||30 – 14||7 – 3||W 2|
|Oakland||58||46||.558||5.5||30 – 24||28 – 22||13 – 13||13 – 4||23 – 23||5 – 5||W 2|
|Seattle||55||48||.534||8||33 – 23||22 – 25||13 – 8||12 – 13||25 – 18||6 – 4||L 2|
|LA Angels||51||51||.500||11.5||29 – 24||22 – 27||11 – 11||16 – 8||16 – 27||5 – 5||L 1|
|Texas||36||66||.353||26.5||23 – 26||13 – 40||11 – 13||8 – 15||14 – 26||1 – 9||L 1|
|NY Mets||54||47||.535||–||32 – 18||22 – 29||21 – 21||12 – 12||14 – 6||5 – 5||L 1|
|Philadelphia||51||51||.500||3.5||31 – 21||20 – 30||27 – 27||12 – 6||6 – 9||4 – 6||W 1|
|Atlanta||51||52||.495||4||26 – 25||25 – 27||28 – 27||16 – 9||4 – 4||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||47||55||.461||7.5||27 – 25||20 – 30||21 – 19||9 – 10||9 – 19||4 – 6||L 1|
|Miami||44||58||.431||10.5||24 – 23||20 – 35||19 – 22||6 – 13||16 – 12||4 – 6||L 1|
|Milwaukee||61||42||.592||–||29 – 24||32 – 18||8 – 11||30 – 17||19 – 6||7 – 3||W 3|
|Cincinnati||54||49||.524||7||26 – 26||28 – 23||7 – 6||30 – 18||10 – 20||6 – 4||W 3|
|St. Louis||51||51||.500||9.5||28 – 20||23 – 31||14 – 13||19 – 21||15 – 11||6 – 4||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||50||54||.481||11.5||31 – 21||19 – 33||11 – 14||22 – 27||14 – 9||4 – 6||L 3|
|Pittsburgh||38||64||.373||22.5||21 – 29||17 – 35||10 – 11||11 – 29||9 – 17||2 – 8||L 4|
|San Francisco||64||38||.627||–||33 – 16||31 – 22||13 – 7||14 – 10||28 – 16||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||62||42||.596||3||33 – 18||29 – 24||13 – 7||10 – 10||30 – 19||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Diego||60||45||.571||5.5||35 – 20||25 – 25||11 – 12||16 – 14||24 – 17||5 – 5||W 1|
|Colorado||44||59||.427||20.5||33 – 20||11 – 39||5 – 8||11 – 16||19 – 29||4 – 6||L 2|
|Arizona||32||71||.311||32.5||19 – 30||13 – 41||8 – 15||12 – 17||11 – 31||6 – 4||W 1|
|Orlando City SC||15||7||4||4||23||19||4||4-2-1||3-2-3||25|
|New York City FC||14||7||2||5||26||15||11||5-1-2||2-1-3||23|
|Inter Miami CF||13||2||3||8||10||23||-13||0-2-5||2-1-3||9|
|Los Angeles FC||16||6||5||5||22||19||3||4-4-1||2-1-4||23|
|Real Salt Lake||14||5||5||4||24||16||8||3-4-2||2-1-2||20|
|Connecticut Sun||14||6||.700||—||8-1||6-5||9-3||6-4||2 W|
|Chicago Sky||10||10||.500||4.0||3-6||7-4||8-4||7-3||2 L|
|New York Liberty||10||11||.476||4.5||5-5||5-6||5-8||4-6||2 L|
|Washington Mystics||8||10||.444||5.0||5-4||3-6||5-6||5-5||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||6||13||.316||7.5||3-7||3-6||5-6||2-8||4 L|
|Indiana Fever||4||16||.200||10.0||3-8||1-8||4-9||3-7||3 W|