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First Round

1. Spurs draft Victor Wembanyama (Metropolitans 92)

2. Hornets draft Brandon Miller (Alabama)

3. Blazers draft Scoot Henderson (G League Ignite)

4. Rockets draft Amen Thompson (Overtime Elite)

5. Pistons draft Ausar Thompson (Overtime Elite)

6. Magic draft Anthony Black (Arkansas)

7. Pacers draft Bilal Coulibaly (Metropolitans 92) – Traded to Wizards

8. Wizards draft Jarace Walker (Houston) – Traded to Pacers

9. Jazz draft Taylor Hendricks (Central Florida)

10. Mavericks draft Cason Wallace (Kentucky) – Traded to Thunder

11. Magic draft Jett Howard (Michigan)

12. Thunder draft Dereck Lively II (Duke) – Traded to Mavericks

13. Raptors draft Gradey Dick (Kansas)

14. Pelicans draft Jordan Hawkins (Connecticut)

15. Hawks draft Kobe Bufkin (Michigan)

16. Jazz draft Keyonte George (Baylor)

17. Lakers draft Jalen Hood-Schifino (Indiana)

18. Heat draft Jaime Jaquez Jr. (UCLA)

19. Warriors draft Brandin Podziemski (Santa Clara)

20. Rockets draft Cam Whitmore (Villanova)

21. Nets draft Noah Clowney (Alabama)

22. Nets draft Dariq Whitehead (Duke)

23. Blazers draft Kris Murray (Iowa)

24. Kings draft Olivier-Maxence Prosper (Marquette) – Reportedly traded to Mavericks

25. Grizzlies draft Marcus Sasser (Houston) – Traded to Pistons

26. Pacers draft Ben Sheppard (Belmont)

27. Hornets draft Nick Smith Jr. (Arkansas)

28. Jazz draft Brice Sensabaugh (Ohio State)

29. Pacers draft Julian Strawther (Gonzaga) – Traded to Nuggets

30. LA Clippers draft Kobe Brown (Missouri)

Second Round

31. Pistons draft James Nnaji (FC Barcelona) – Reportedly traded to Celtics

32. Pacers draft Jalen Pickett (Penn State)– Traded to Nuggets

33. Spurs draft Leonard Miller (G League Ignite) – Traded to Timberwolves

34. Hornets draft Colby Jones (Xavier) – Reportedly traded to Kings

35. Celtics draft Julian Phillips (Tennessee) – Reportedly traded to Bulls

36. Magic draft Andre Jackson Jr. (Connecticut) – Traded to Bucks

37. Thunder draft Hunter Tyson (Clemson) – Traded to Nuggets

38. Kings draft Jordan Walsh (Arkansas) – Reportedly traded to Celtics

39. Hornets draft Mouhamed Gueye (Washington State) – Reportedly traded to Hawks

40. Nuggets draft Maxwell Lewis (Pepperdine) – Reportedly traded to Lakers (via Pacers)

41. Hornets draft Amari Bailey (UCLA)

42. Wizards draft Tristan Vukcevic (Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade)

43. Blazers draft Rayan Rupert (NZ Breakers)

44. Spurs draft Sidy Cissoko (G League Ignite)

45. Grizzlies draft Gregory Jackson II (South Carolina)

46. Hawks draft Seth Lundy (Penn State)

47. Lakers draft Mojave King (G League Ignite) – Reportedly traded to Pacers

48. Clippers draft Jordan Miller (Miami)

49. Cavaliers draft Emoni Bates (Eastern Michigan)

50. Thunder draft Keyontae Johnson (Kansas State)

51. Nets draft Jalen Wilson (Kansas)

52. Suns draft Toumani Camara (Dayton)

53. Timberwolves draft Jaylen Clark (UCLA)

54. Kings draft Jalen Slawson (Furman)

55. Pacers draft Isaiah Wong (Miami)

56. Grizzlies draft Tarik Biberovic (Fenerbahce Beko)

57. Wizards draft Trayce Jackson-Davis (Indiana) – Reportedly traded to the Warriors

58. Bucks draft Chris Livingston (Kentucky)


BROOKLYN — The 2023 NBA Draft supplied hope, promise, tears, a few trades and a dozen or so sharp-dressed men, but suspense? There was none of that Thursday, at least at the very start.

This was always going to be the Victor Wembanyama Draft, much as 2003 was the LeBron James Draft, 1992 the Shaquille O’Neal Draft, and so on. In other words, a generational Draft, with a first overall selection being a simple and automatic decision. Therefore: Wembanyama to the Spurs, and yet another era of projected greatness, following previous No. 1 picks David Robinson and Tim Duncan, officially begins in San Antonio.

The second and third selections were always projected to be Brandon Miller and Scoot Henderson in some order, which was the case. After twins Amen and Ausar Thompson made history with the next two selections, the real fun and suspense began.

The Wizards, the most active team in the trade market — and that’s just over a few days — made another swap. Five of the top seven selections didn’t play college basketball. Two guys named Kobe were taken in the first round (Bufkin, Brown).

Oh, and the most fitting outfit was the sequined red jacket worn by Gradey Dick. He’s from Kansas, played at Kansas, so he wore it to honor the magical slippers worn the Wizard of Oz by Dorothy, who of course was from Kansas. And just by coincidence, he was drafted by the Raptors, who aren’t based in Kansas but do wear red.

Another NBA Draft came and went and the summary of the night was spoken by the player with the highest Draft position and expectations.

“I waited so long for this day,” said Wemby. “And now I can’t wait to see what’s next.”

Here are five takeaways from the Draft, including the surprises, the oddities, and a projection of how it might change the fortunes of a few teams.

Brandon Miller over Scoot Henderson

One day in the near future, historians will have to power of hindsight and be able to say, with certainty, whether the Hornets made the right decision with the No. 2 pick.

From a positional standpoint, this choice — the first big one of the night — made sense. The Hornets are already set, perhaps for many years, at point guard with LaMelo Ball. That’s Henderson’s preferred spot, although Ball seems capable of playing off the ball.

Besides, at 6-foot-8 Miller provides frontcourt balance for the Hornets and brings an obvious variety of skills and shot-making at the forward spot.

The Hornets, from all indications, didn’t sweat this much. Miller made a strong impression on the club during workouts and convinced Michael Jordan, who had sway in the decision-making even though he recently agreed to sell the majority of his stake in the franchise.

“Brandon was our favorite all along,” Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak said.

Maybe it’s a win-win for both the Hornets and Blazers. Henderson might be the eventual replacement for Damian Lillard in Portland, or perhaps the young talent Dame needs to one day win that elusive championship.

The Hornets were in this similar No. 2 position before, back in ’92, the Shaq Draft, and they made the right call. They took Alonzo Mourning over Christian Laettner, who went third to the Timberwolves. Laettner was the premier player in college basketball and a national champion who played on the Dream Team, but that (wisely) didn’t move the Hornets.

In the LeBron Draft, the Pistons, holding the second pick, weren’t so lucky. They took Darko Milicic over Carmelo Anthony (and Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh) and, well, everyone knows how that turned out.

Brothers go back to back

The bragging rights in the Thompson family once again belong to Amen. He was born first, by one minute, over his twin brother Ausar — which Amen never hesitates to tell anyone who asks, with a smile.

And now, he was taken first in the Draft, by the Rockets — five minutes ahead of his brother, by the Pistons.

The neatest development was the historical back-to-back selection of brothers, never done before at the Draft. This time, Amen Thompson didn’t hold that against his brother.

“Man, this was cool, just the greatest thing for us to be able to do that,” Amen said. “This means a lot to our family. One brother right after the other.”

He added: “We didn’t talk about that happening before the draft. It just happened that way and I really can’t put it into words how special it is, to be the first to do that.”

Ausar said: “It’s crazy to go back-to-back and make history with him.”

Now comes the hard part for the two products from Overtime Elite. For the first time in their lives, the brothers won’t be teammates, and as guards they’ll probably match up against each other on the court. But that uncomfortable situation will only happen twice next season. And they landed in good situations. The Rockets and Pistons are under construction and turning their teams over to youth. If the Thompson twins prove worthy, they’ll see ample playing time as rookies and position themselves for solid NBA careers.

Orlando is on guard

The conversation in Orlando isn’t the two guards they drafted in the first round, but the guard(s) they’ll likely ship out as a result. Like, someone’s obviously getting traded, right?

Anthony Black (No. 6 overall) and Jett Howard (No. 11) were somewhat surprising choices for a team that had a surplus at that position even before the Draft.

That makes it six guards, most of them young and still reaching for their prime, on the roster and good enough to be in the rotation. That’s an obvious overload. Unless the Magic went into this Draft with the idea of taking the best available player regardless of position, they’ll be in trade discussions regarding one or more of them.

Last season, Markelle Fultz started 60 games and Gary Harris 42 of the 48 he played. Cole Anthony and Jalen Suggs, a No. 1 pick just two years ago, came off the bench. And now a pair of incoming first-rounders?

Of the four holdovers, Fultz and Anthony are the most likely to be moved. Harris doesn’t hold much trade value and the Magic are too invested in Suggs, who has yet to play a full season because of injuries. Fultz is a former No. 1 overall pick who is experiencing a rebirth after enduring shooting problems his first few seasons in the league, and Anthony averaged 13 points last season in 26 minutes.

It’s a nice problem to have — assuming there’s a decent trade market for those guards.

So, who fluctuated the most in this Draft? Well, the prime riser, especially over the last month, was Jaime Jaquez, the former UCLA forward who was, fittingly, taken at No. 18 by the Heat.

He stayed four years at UCLA (where he had good success) because scouts weren’t high on him, mainly citing his lack of athletic ability. So each time, Jaquez returned to campus.

Back in March, during the height of visibility for college basketball, Jaquez was slotted as a second-round pick. But that was before the Draft Combine and individual workouts. Jaquez was especially impressive in the latter (same for Ben Sheppard of Belmont, who went to the Pacers at 26), with teams raving about his court savvy, improved skills and all-around ability. He’s the type of player Miami often finds, and while Jaquez wasn’t undrafted like a handful of players who saw rotational minutes for the Heat last season, he was unheralded, until lately.

On the flip side, Cam Whitmore of Villanova lasted until pick No. 20, where the Rockets took him. He was once projected as high as fourth and was considered consensus top-10 pick. And Nick Smith Jr. of Arkansas was the last of players invited to the Draft to be selected — always a lonely place to be — by the Hornets at No. 27.

Oh yes, about Wembanyama

It was a whirlwind week for him. He finished up his season in France, flew to New York City, threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, rode the subway (passengers were shocked) and then walked … to the stage to shake NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s hand.

Ever since his plane landed in the states, Wembanyama has had a TV camera in his face. But the French sensation is wiser beyond his years after playing professionally in his home country, being schooled by former Spurs Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, and at 7-foot-4, you simply can’t hide even if you wanted to.

Therefore, he knows where he’s been and what lies ahead.

“The road for me is going to be very long to reach the top,” Wembanyama said, “but I’m ready for it.”

What an amazing time for the 19-year-old. And what an equally amazing opportunity that awaits him in San Antonio with a young nucleus, the winningest coach in NBA history and a franchise considered one of the best models in professional team sports.



OMAHA, Neb. – LSU third baseman Tommy White launched a two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to walk off the No. 1 overall seed Wake Forest and lift the Tigers to a 2-0 victory and clinch a spot in the CWS Championship Series versus Florida starting Saturday night.

With the victory, LSU improved to 52-16 on the season and moved into the finals for the first time since 2017 and the eighth time in program history. The Demon Deacons dropped to 54-12 as their season came to an end.

The Tigers return to action Saturday night at 6 p.m. CT to take on SEC foe Florida. The contest will be televised on ESPN and broadcast on LSU Sports Radio Network affiliates.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our team,” said LSU coach Jay Johnson. “I think that exemplifies the talent on this roster, but more importantly, the character and the people. That was the best-pitched college baseball game I’ve ever seen from both sides.”

LSU centerfielder Dylan Crews led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a single against Wake Forest reliever Michael Massey. The Deacons inserted closer

Camden Minacci into the game, but White launched his first pitch into the left field seats to give the Tigers the win.

The homer was White’s 23rd of the season and increased his season RBI total to 100.

LSU reliever Thatcher Hurd (7-3) earned the win, working the final three innings and blanking Wake Forest on one hit with one walk and one strikeout.

LSU starter Paul Skenes was brilliant through the first eight innings, as he allowed no runs on two hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. He extended his season strikeouts total to 209, establishing the SEC single-season mark for strikeouts.

The former record-holder was LSU All-American Ben McDonald, who recorded 202 strikeouts in 1989.

“Obviously what Paul did was spectacular,” Johnson said. “What Thatcher did was spectacular. You might see four pitchers that were on that mound tonight from both teams that will pitch in Major League Baseball All-Star Games.”

Massey (3-1) suffered the loss, as he was charged with one run on one hit in 2.2 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.

Wake Forest starter Rhett Lowder also delivered a superb outing, firing 7.0 shutout innings with three hits, two walks and six strikeouts.



Blake Snell struck out 11 and did not allow a run for the fourth time in his last five starts as the visiting San Diego Padres avoided a four-game sweep and ended the San Francisco Giants’ winning streak at 10 games with an easy 10-0 victory Thursday afternoon.

Gary Sanchez, Manny Machado and Ha-Seong Kim all hit home runs for the Padres, while Sanchez had three hits, three RBIs and two runs. San Diego absorbed a pair of walk-off losses and a two-run defeat in the first three games of the series.

Staked to a 3-0 lead on a Sanchez homer in the top of the first, Snell (4-6) coasted through six innings, allowing three hits and no walks. His 11-strikeout performance came after a pair of 12-strikeout games in his previous two starts.

Giants starter Alex Wood (2-2), who walked two batters in front of Sanchez’s home run in the first, also yielded Machado’s three-run shot in the third. He gave up six runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings with four walks and two strikeouts. Patrick Bailey had two of the Giants’ three hits, both singles.

Twins 6, Red Sox 0

Byron Buxton hit a pair of tape-measure home runs and Joe Ryan scattered three hits while tossing Minnesota’s first complete game shutout in more than five years in blanking Boston to earn a split of their four-game series in Minneapolis.

It was the first nine-inning complete game by a Twins pitcher in 1,842 days since Jose Berrios did it against the Chicago White Sox on June 7, 2018 and the first shutout in 1,909 days when Berrios blanked the Baltimore Orioles on April 1, 2018.

Ryan (8-4) didn’t walk a batter and allowed just three singles. He struck out nine. Buxton hit a towering 466-foot drive down the left field line in the first inning and a 465-foot drive deep into the second deck above the bullpen in left-center in the third.

Mariners 10, Yankees 2

Rookie Bryan Woo took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Seattle hit four home runs in cruising past host New York to avoid a sweep of their three-game series.

Woo (1-1) lost his no-hit bid by allowing a single to Gleyber Torres and was lifted after allowing a single to Anthony Rizzo on the next pitch. Woo, who entered with a 7.30 ERA, walked three and struck out five. Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Yankees after pitching in the top half of the inning. New York is 6-9 since losing Aaron Judge to a right toe injury.

Kolten Wong, Ty France, Teoscar Hernandez and Cal Raleigh homered off Yankees starter Domingo German (4-5). German was chased in the fourth inning after allowing eight earned runs (a career-high 10 overall) on eight hits. He walked two and struck out four.

Braves 5, Phillies 1 (10 innings)

Michael Harris II had two hits, including a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning to break open a scoreless deadlock, as visiting Atlanta extended its winning streak to eight games with a victory over Philadelphia.

Marcell Ozuna added a two-run home run in a five-run 10th for the Braves, while right-hander Bryce Elder gave up three hits with six strikeouts and two walks in seven shutout innings. Raisel Iglesias (3-2) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning.

Brandon Marsh had two hits for the Phillies, who received a sacrifice fly from Alec Bohm in the 10th.

Diamondbacks 5, Nationals 3

Ketel Marte’s three-run home run broke open a one-run game in the seventh and powered Arizona to a delayed series sweep over host Washington.

Tommy Henry (4-1) went 6 2/3 innings for the Diamondbacks. He allowed just one run on seven hits and struck out five while retiring seven of the final eight batters he faced.

The Diamondbacks had won the series’ first two games in early June; Thursday’s tilt was the makeup of a June 8 postponement due to air quality issues. This marked Arizona’s 11th win in the past 16 games, while the Nationals lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Riley Adams pushed across consolation runs for Washington in the ninth with a two-run homer.

Guardians 6, Athletics 1

Josh Bell homered as Cleveland swept the three-game series over Oakland, while extending its winning streak to four games.

Myles Straw had two hits and an RBI for the Guardians, while starter Logan Allen pitched four scoreless innings with two hits, five strikeouts and three walks. Nick Sandlin (3-3) threw two innings of scoreless relief.

A’s starter JP Sears (1-5) went seven innings for the second straight outing. He allowed two runs and four hits, striking out eight and walking one on 106 pitches. The A’s have lost eight in a row following a seven-game winning streak.

Marlins 6, Pirates 4

Garrett Cooper slugged a three-run homer in the eighth inning, lifting host Miami over Pittsburgh, which lost its 10th straight game.

The Marlins got a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven strong innings from starter Braxton Garrett, who left with a no-decision. The win went to Huascar Brazoban (2-1), and A.J. Puk handled the ninth for his 10th save. Miami’s Luis Arraez, who went 1-for-3 with a walk, saw his major-league-leading batting average drop a point to .397.

Pirates starter Mitch Keller, who allowed one run on five hits and no walks in seven innings, was in line for the win before Cooper’s homer off reliever Carmen Mlodzinski (0-1) capped a five-run eighth. Keller owns Pittsburgh’s most recent win, a 2-1 victory over the New York Mets on June 11.

Royals 6, Rays 5

MJ Melendez’s two-out infield single in the ninth inning drove in the tiebreaking run as Kansas City rallied past Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Melendez, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, a run, a walk and two stolen bases, chopped a ball near first that Yandy Diaz failed to flip to pitcher Pete Fairbanks (0-2) covering first base. That plated Maikel Garcia, who led off with a walk and then stole his second and third bases of the game. The Royals finished with seven steals.

Aroldis Chapman (3-2) earned the win by striking out the side in the eighth. Scott Barlow notched his ninth save. Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Diaz finished with three hits and two runs. Seeking his major-league-leading 12th win, Rays starter Shane McClanahan instead was removed in the fourth with mid-back tightness.



STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn men’s basketball coach Dan Hurley has cashed in on the Huskies national championship, agreeing to a new six-year, $32.1 million contract, the school announced Thursday.

The deal, which runs through 2029, will pay Hurley an average of $5.35 million per season and includes incentives that could push his compensation higher, the school said. The school originally said the deal was worth $31.5 million, but said later that it had miscalculated the value.

The contract replaces a package signed in 2018 when Hurley was hired that paid him about $3 million per season.

“I am thrilled to have Dan Hurley leading our men’s basketball program,” David Benedict, the school’s director of athletics, said. “The work he and his staff have done over the past five years in rebuilding our program, which culminated in the Huskies once again reaching the pinnacle of college basketball, has been nothing short of remarkable. I know all of UConn Nation is ecstatic that Dan will continue to lead this program for the foreseeable future.”

The 50-year-old Hurley is 104-55 at UConn, a program he took over in March 2018 following three losing seasons and the firing of former coach Kevin Ollie amid NCAA violations.

The Huskies went 31-8 this past season on the way to the program’s fifth national title, winning each game in the NCAA Tournament by double digits. Hurley’s 13-year coaching record, which includes stints at Wagner and Rhode Island, is 255-160.

“I want to thank the players and staff who helped make this climb possible,” Hurley said in a statement. “Coaching at the University of Connecticut is an honor and we intend to build on our success as one of the premier programs in college basketball.”

Hurley was in New York Thursday to watch the NBA draft, which is expected to include UConn prospects Jordan Hawkins, Adama Sanogo and Andre Jackson Jr.

The school said the salary increases in Hurley’s contract will be covered by donations to the Husky Athletic Fund and increased ticket sales revenue.


(AP) — Former LSU and current McNeese State men’s basketball coach Will Wade received a two-year show-cause penalty and a 10-game suspension Thursday for multiple rules violations, ending a slow-moving case originally rooted in a federal corruption investigation into the sport.

The ruling came from a panel of the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP). It determined Wade failed to report potential violations, as well as making payments to the ex-fiancée of a former player – who he had coached before arriving at LSU in 2017 – to prevent the disclosure of potential violations.

Additionally, the panel found Wade failed to cooperate with the investigation running from December 2018 to August 2021, specifically by delaying full production of requested records and knowingly providing false or misleading information.

While Wade’s case grew from the federal corruption probe, chief panel member Bruce Meyerson said the majority of allegations brought in this case were unrelated – and ultimately no violation was determined from an oft-cited FBI wiretap involving Wade.

LSU fired Wade in March 2022 and he was hired by McNeese State earlier this year.

Wade’s show-cause penalty through June 2025 means Wade cannot perform any off-campus recruiting activities during April and summer evaluation periods. There are also additional recruiting restrictions against Wade, who was determined to have committed three Level I violations – considered a severe breach of conduct – that include the rule governing overall head-coach responsibility for conduct within a program.

The case also included violations tied to the Tigers’ football program and the school had self-imposed penalties for both sports, though the panel added three years of probation to begin this fall after the expiration of a school probation term already in place. Meyerson, a retired appeals court judge, said in a Zoom call with reporters that the panel sought to avoid imposing penalties hitting LSU athletes uninvolved in cases from years earlier.

The federal corruption investigation became public in September 2017. The cases that grew from that eventually entangled numerous schools, then notably touched Wade after 2019 reports about leaked wiretap excerpts that captured him speaking with someone convicted of funneling illegal payments to the families of recruits.

In transcripts of the phone call, Wade discussed presenting a “strong” offer to an apparent third party who represented then-LSU player Javonte Smart.

Meyerson said the panel didn’t find sufficient evidence beyond the excerpt alone to conclude a violation. NCAA vice president of hearing operations Derrick Crawford said investigators were unable to obtain a full version of the wiretap.

“The NCAA made a number of efforts to obtain that piece of evidence from the federal government and they turned us down,” Crawford said.

In a statement posted to its athletics site, McNeese State said the penalty would replace a five-game suspension and one-year show-cause penalty it had imposed after Wade’s hiring.

“We accept and respect today’s decision by the IARP in regards to Coach Wade,” athletics director Heath Schroyer said. “We are all happy this is finally behind us and we have clarity moving forward. We have been proactive from the beginning in respecting the NCAA’s process and in regards to protecting the integrity of our institution. That will not change moving forward.

“The enthusiasm around this program is at an all-time high and we are all excited about the future of McNeese Basketball with (Wade) leading the way.”

LSU president William F. Tate IV and athletics director Scott Woodward issued a joint statement, saying they were “pleased that our current men’s basketball student-athletes will not be punished for the acts of others” and that the panel accepted self-imposed football penalties.

“We are grateful to the members of the panel for their time and fairness,” they said. “LSU is now moving forward along with our passionate fans supporting our current coaches and student-athletes in both men’s basketball and football.”

The panel’s ruling included a fine for both the men’s basketball and football programs in addition to probation, vacated records and the self-imposed penalties.

The IARP was created to handle complex cases and emerged out of proposals from the 2018 commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to reform the sport. It will be eliminated after completing its slate of referred cases, a move announced last summer as the NCAA attempts to modernize its infractions process and make it move more efficiently.

The IARP took on six cases, five of which – Arizona, LSU, Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina State – had ties to the federal probe. The other involved Memphis and the recruitment of one-and-done big man James Wiseman.

N.C. State was the first of those cases to push through the system and reach a ruling in December 2021, while the LSU ruling leaves only Kansas with a case still pending in the IARP.



CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) Denny McCarthy came inches from shooting a 59, settling for a 10-under 60 on Thursday for the lowest round of his PGA Tour career, and Rory McIlroy made his first ace on tour on a day of low numbers at the Travelers Championship.

Keegan Bradley and Adam Scott also made runs at golf’s magic number – on a course where Jim Furyk set the PGA Tour record with a 58 in 2016 – but faltered late. Each shot 62.

Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world, finished with a 7-under 63.

The 30-year-old McCarthy, who started on the back nine, had five birdies on his first six holes and five more coming in.

The Maryland native’s last birdie came on the 403-yard ninth hole after his 169-yard approach shot skirted just left of the cup, eliciting a gasp from the crowd. He holed a 5-footer for birdie.

“I felt positive from the second I woke up this morning,” said McCarthy, who is winless on tour despite several close calls, including at the Memorial this year. “So, everything just kind of clicked today. It was obviously just a great day.”

Adam Scott was at 9 under when his second shot at No. 17 found the lake. He made double bogey, then finished with a 20-footer for birdie on No. 18.

“It’s a shame, but it’s hard to be disappointed with a 62,” the 42-year-old Australian said.

Shane Lowry, Eric Cole and 2019 champion Chez Reavie each finished with bogey-free 64s.

Eight players shot 65, and 91 players broke par on a day where the expected rain and wind held off and the sun broke through in the afternoon.

Bradley got things started in the morning with birdies on his first five holes. Those included a 75-foot downhill putt from just off the green on the 17th hole, which kept gaining speed, but hit the flagstick and dropped.

The TPC River Highlands is known for low scoring. In addition to Furyk’s 58, Patrick Cantlay shot 60 as an amateur in 2011 and Mackenzie Hughes matched it in 2000. Hughes withdrew with an illness Thursday after shooting 76.

Bradley, a 37-year-old Vermont native, said he could not help but think about matching Furyk’s record.

“When I made that really long putt on 17, and it could have gone in the water, I don’t know, it crossed my mind,” he said. “I wasn’t thinking about it a lot, but I certainly was going to try and do it.”

The shot of the day came from McIlroy, whose tee shot on the 214-yard eighth landed just below the hole and rolled into the cup. McIlroy, the runner-up at last week’s U.S. Open, finished with a 2-under 68.

It was McIlroy’s second ace in competition. He made one in Abu Dhabi on the European tour in 2015.

“That was the best shot of the day that I hit,” he said. “It’s obviously a bonus for it to go in the hole, but it was really cool.”

Wyndham Clark, fresh off his U.S. Open win, shot 68.

The 29-year-old Denver native, who won his first PGA Tour event last month at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, said he got emotional after being introduced on the first tee as the U.S. Open champion.

“It kind of caught me off guard a little bit,” Clark said. “I actually got a little nervous. But then I hit a great shot and I hit it farther than I think I would have, just because of the nerves.”

Clark hit a spectator in the head after slicing his tee shot on the par-3 fifth hole. He holed a 16-foot putt to save par.

The Travelers Championship became one of the PGA Tour’s designated events this year, with the purse raised from $8.3 million to $20 million.

The tour’s top players are essentially required to play in 16 of the 17 designated events, which meant a flight across the country from Los Angeles after the U.S. Open.

“We traveled all day Monday and then I played nine holes Tuesday and that’s pretty much it,” Scheffler said. “Didn’t practice at all.”



SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) Lee-Anne Pace isn’t playing a lot of competitive golf these days at 42-years-old and her practice habits have tailed off. She enjoys the game, and every once in a while, the South African really enjoys it.

The first round of the Women’s PGA Championship at historic Baltusrol on Thursday was one of them.

Pace made a two-putt birdie on the final hole in fading daylight to cap a bogey-free 5-under 66 and grab a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the second major of the year in women’s golf.

“Honestly, I just came over because I like to come over every now and then for one or two events,” Pace said. “I honestly did not expect to be leading the tournament after day one. It’s a very, very difficult golf course. To be in my position, I’m just really happy that I had a good score.”

Teeing off at 2:28 p.m., Pace made seven pars to start her round, then finished with five birdies in her final 11 holes, hitting the par-5 18th in two and getting down in two. She also made a key par save from the bunker at the par-3 16th.

She joked about the last birdie.

“Yeah, at my age, the darkness isn’t your friend,” said Pace, who turned pro in 2007 and has one win on the LPGA Tour, the Blue Bay event in China in 2014. “But like I said, I felt very comfortable on the greens.”

She’s playing in her second event in the United States this year. She tied for 30th two weeks ago at the ShopRite Classic near Atlantic City.

Two-time major winner Brooke Henderson of Canada and Ruoning Yin and Xiyi Lin of China were a shot back as Baltusrol’s historic Lower Course yielded 16 under-par rounds to the field of 156 players.

Henderson, who won this event in 2016 and the Evian last year for her majors, had a bogey and five birdies, the last from about 35 feet on the ninth hole, her final one.

“Everything was working pretty well,” Henderson said. “I would like to hit a few more fairways tomorrow, but when I needed to I was able to get up-and-down a few times and the putter was rolling, and it’s nice to make five birdies out on this golf course. Hopefully just do something similar over the next few days.”

The 20-year-old Yin, who won this year in Los Angeles, had two birdies and an eagle in a bogeyless round. Lin, who finished third last week, had four birdies in search of her first win on tour. The 27-year-old lost in a playoff earlier this year in California.

They are looking to become the second Chinese player to win a major. Shanshan Feng won the LPGA Championship in 2012. That event became the Women’s PGA Championship in 2015.

Yin is not surprised she and her friend played so well.

“Janet (Xiyu), she has a pretty solid game, too, and I’m not surprised she can shoot 4 under at this course, maybe 5 under,” Yin said.

Wichanee Meechair of Thailand was alone at 68. Leona Maguire of Ireland, the winner last week in Michigan, was at 69 with Ayaka Furue and Yuka Saso of Japan, Jenny Shin of South Korea, Celine Borge of Norway and Esther Henseleit of Germany.

Rose Zhang, the two-time NCAA individual champion at Stanford who became the first player in 72 years to win an LPGA Tour event in her pro debut this month at nearby Liberty National, opened with a 70.

The 20-year-old Zhang had bogeys on the second and fourth holes, but played steady after that and made three birdies the rest of way, settling for a birdie on the 18th after missing an 8-foot eagle attempt.

“I knew when you’re going to be out here, it’s going to be very difficult, and you’re going to have to try to claw your way back when things aren’t going your way,” Zhang said.

World No. 1 Jin Young Ko and Lilia Vu, the only two-time winners on the LPGA Tour this year, shot 72. No. 5 Minjee Lee also had a 72.

Defending champion In Gee Chun was 2 under at the front nine, but had five bogeys on the back nine and finished at 74.

Second-ranked Nelly Korda and No. 9 Lexi Thompson each shot 76.




As it turned out, Jarace Walker’s first pre-draft workout was the most consequential.

The University of Houston forward visited the Indiana Pacers on June 7 for an individual session to meet with the franchise ahead of the 2023 NBA Draft Lottery. During his time in the Circle City, Walker impressed both on and off the court; propelling himself to the top of the organization’s list leading up to draft day.

As the picks fell into place on Thursday night in New York City, the Pacers got the man they wanted by the time they were on the board. In a trade still to be finalized, Indiana agreed in principle to acquire Walker after swapping the seventh overall pick, Bilal Coulibaly of France, to the Washington Wizards for Walker at eighth.

“I was super excited,” Walker said. “Just to know where I’m going, just to take that deep breath. The butterflies let loose. I was definitely happy.”

This summer, the Pacers worked out 62 different players in Indianapolis leading up to the draft. From the start, a special connection formed between the 19-year-old from Baltimore and the Pacers staff.

“It was my first visit, but I feel like it was one of my better ones for sure,” Walker said. “Just being able to show them my versatility, what I could bring to them immediately, just having an immediate impact, ready to go from the jump. I definitely felt like it could be a good fit.”

The American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and All-AAC Second Team member averaged 11.2 points per game on 46.5 percent shooting (34.7 percent 3-point range), 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. Walker is the first Houston player to be selected in the top 10 since Hakeem Olajuwon went first overall in 1984.

In his lone season at Houston, Walker helped lead the Cougars to a 33-4 record which included an AAC regular season championship and helping UH to the Sweet 16.

Walker, 6-foot-8 and 248 pounds, showed advanced defensive skills and versatility during his time with the Cougars. Thanks to his physical attributes, which includes a 7-3 wingspan, Walker has the ability to play at both the power forward position or as center in a small-ball lineup, and switch onto guards as needed. He also has a 38-inch vertical, the second-best mark of any big man who took part in testing before the draft.

Already considered a high-level shotblocker, Walker will get to work with veteran center Myles Turner, who has the second-most blocks in Pacers franchise history and has led the league in swats twice.

Walker could make an immediate impact on the Pacers’ defense. On the defensive end, the Pacers ranked 29th in opponent points of second chances and were 26th in defensive rating, according to NBA.com.

On offense, Walker has been praised for his playmaking ability – especially in transition – offensive rebounding and midrange game. He will benefit from the playmaking ability – including in the pick and roll – with All-Star point guard Tyrese Haliburton.

“I feel like I definitely fit in with the group, just being able to defend multiple positions, keep the ball in front of me, protect the rim, play passing lanes, get steals,” Walker said.

Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said Walker has the chance to be a “special” player at the four with the skills he’s bringing to Indiana.

“He’s a guy that’s almost impossible not to like when you watch him play,” Carlisle said. “His defense is very very good, his rebounding is very good; those are areas where we need to improve. He played in a great system at the University of Houston for Kelvin Sampson … whose teams are always known for hard, unselfish play.”

During pre-draft interviews, Walker said he felt like he wanted to continue improving on his outside shot, and felt like he would fit in “perfect” with the Pacers thanks to his size and playing style.

“In a league where defensive versatility (and) the ability to switch and contain is so important, we believe he can do that,” Carlisle said. “And then offensively, there’s a chance here that he could really evolve into a special kind of four man in this league. A guy that can rebound it and take it coast to coast and make plays and finish at the rim and do all that stuff.”

Belmont’s Ben Sheppard selected at 26

With the 26th overall pick, the Pacers selected wing Ben Sheppard from Belmont University.

In his senior season, Sheppard, 21, averaged 18.8 points per game on 47.5 percent shooting (41.5 percent 3-point), 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Sheppard was First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference as a senior and First Team All-Mountain Valley Conference in his junior season.

The Atlanta native is listed at 6-6 and 190 pounds, is a highly efficient shooter from both close and long range, and was a three-year starter at Belmont and a finalist for the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award in 2023 which is given to the most outstanding mid-major college basketball player. He is only the third player from Belmont ever drafted to the NBA.

Since the end of his final collegiate season, Sheppard boosted his stock with a strong showing at the NBA Draft Combine. In the first game of the draft combine, Sheppard led all scorers with 25 points (8-for-10 shooting) in his final scrimmage in Chicago.

Sheppard came to Indianapolis on June 8 and worked out for the Pacers, and Carlisle said that during his workout the prospect “showed out” on both ends of the floor.

“He’s a unique prospect in that he has length, he has quickness, he has really good ball skills,” Carlisle said. “It appears to me that he could play some point guard in a pinch, but his natural position is two and three. But that kind of versatility is very important in today’s game.”

Carlisle has high hopes for both first round picks.

“These are the kind of guys we want to build this roster and this organization with, so we’re really thrilled with the first round,” he said.

Indiana finished 11th in the Eastern Conference last season with a record of 35-47, missing the postseason for a second straight season. The Pacers last made the Play-In Tournament in 2021 and haven’t earned a playoffs berth since finishing fourth in the East 2020.

Pacers pick ACC POY in second round

Concluding the night’s picks for Indiana, the Pacers selected University of Miami guard Isaiah Wong with the 55th overall pick.

After earning Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors, the fourth-year junior made headlines in March by helping lead the Hurricanes to the program’s first Final Four.

In his final season at Miami, Wong played in 37 total games and averaged 16.2 points on 44.5 percent shooting (38.4 percent 3-point), 83 percent from the free throw line, 4.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game. The high-scoring guard with a motor worked out for the Pacers on May 31.



SEATTLE – The Indiana Fever (5-7) defeated the Seattle Storm on the road Thursday night, 80-68, after closing out the game holding Seattle to 3-of-22 shooting from the floor in the final ten minutes. Following wins at Minnesota and Chicago, Thursday’s win for Indiana marked the first time winning three straight road games for the franchise since July 2016.

Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell led all scorers in the matchup as she contributed a season-high 25 points and knocked down a season-high seven three-pointers. NaLyssa Smith followed behind as she recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Smith also set a new career-high with 12 defensive rebounds.

Fever rookie forward Aliyah Boston had nine points and 11 rebounds on the night, while Erica Wheeler pitched in 10 points. Boston, Wheeler and Kristy Wallace each distributed five assists. Emma Cannon also provided support off the bench as she recorded a near double-double with 10 points and eight rebounds, which were both season-highs.

To open the game, five players contributed in the scoring effort in the first quarter and were guided by Mitchell who pitched in eight points. In addition, Smith and Wallace both pulled down four rebounds each. The Fever gained a small lead as they pulled away midway through the quarter, but a Storm 6-0 scoring run erased the gap as the first frame ended with a tie game, 23-23.

The back-and-forth play continued throughout the second quarter, as the first five minutes of the quarter featured four lead changes. After being held scoreless during the first ten minutes, Smith rattled off 10 points in the second frame on 4-of-5 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. Indiana took possession of the lead with roughly six minutes remaining in the half and sustained it to go into halftime ahead, 48-44.

In the third quarter, Mitchell shot 3-of-4 from behind the three-point arc as she pitched in six points within the quarter. A completed three-pointer from Mitchell with seconds to go gave the Fever an eight point lead and entered the final minutes of the game, 67-59.

Indiana extended its lead with a 17-0 scoring run that started midway through the third quarter and stretched into the first six minutes of the fourth quarter. During the scoring drought beginning with 4:11 left in the third quarter, Seattle did not score over the next 10:23 of game action and went 0-for-22 during the stretch. The Storm were held to 3-of-22 shooting and nine points total in the fourth quarter.

For Seattle, the Storm were led by guard Jewell Loyd with 19 points and Ezi Magbegor with 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Ivana Dojkíc added 11 points and dished out a team-high six assists. The Storm offense was held to 29.7 percent shooting (22-of-74) and Loyd, who was averaging 26.2 points per game entering Thursday, was held to 5-of-21 shooting.

Indiana, the league’s third-best rebounding team, recorded a season-high 47 total rebounds as they outrebounded Seattle, 47-29, in the win.


The Fever face the Las Vegas Aces for a pair of games starting on Saturday 10 p.m. ET. Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page.



INDIANAPOLIS – Cam Alldred recorded his second career quality start and the Indianapolis Indians bullpen held the Columbus Clippers to just three baserunners in the final innings en route to a 6-2 win on Thursday night at Victory Field.

Alldred (W, 3-1) made his seventh start of the season and ninth of his career, tossing a career-high tying 6.0 innings with just two runs allowed and four strikeouts. J.C. Flowers, Yohan Ramirez and Hunter Stratton relieved him, with Stratton striking out Daniel Schneemann looking for the final out of the game.

The two teams traded runs in the second inning before Indianapolis (31-40) took the lead on a three-run third. After a leadoff triple by Nick Gonzales and back-to-back walks, Ryan Vilade singled through the middle of the infield to plate two. Mark Mathias drove in another with a sacrifice fly.

Columbus (32-39) plated another with a sacrifice fly by Marcos Gonzalez in the fourth inning, but the Indians quickly countered with a run of their own courtesy of Miguel Andújar’s 19th double of the season. Andújar then tacked on an insurance run with an RBI single in the eighth for his third hit of the night.

Evansville, Ind. native and former Indian Jerad Eickhoff (W, 0-1) took the hill for Columbus and surrendered five runs over 5.0 innings.

The Indians will look to take a series lead tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. LHP Joey Cantillo (1-1, 5.72) will take the mound against Ball State product RHP Kyle Nicolas (0-1, 11.25).



LEXINGTON, Ky. (Thursday, June 22, 2023) – Three different players scored as Indy Eleven defeated Lexington SC, 3-0, Thursday night on the road. With the win, Indy improves to 7-1-1 to stay atop the USL W League’s Valley Division, while Lexington falls to 2-6-1. The Eleven also earned the season series over LEX 3-0, with wins at Lexington on May 21 (3-0) and at home June 9 (2-0).

Sam Dewey got the scoring started, just as she did in the last match-up in Lexington, with her fourth goal of the season as a Hal Hershfelt cross found Dewey alone on the back post for an easy tally in the 29th-minute. The assist was the first for Hershfelt in 2023.

The Eleven tacked on a pair of back-to-back unassisted goals to close the first half with Katie Soderstrom (43’) first taking it herself into the 18-yard box and playing a ball back across the goal line and into the back of the net for her fourth of the season. Maddy Williams (45+1’) then took advantage of a Lexington giveaway in the back to score her third of the season and in consecutive matches.

The result was decided in the first half as neither team found the back of the net in the second frame. The teams were deadlocked with nine shots apiece in the match, with Indy holding the 4-2 advantage in shots on target. Nona Reason earned her fourth clean sheet of the season making three saves.

The Girls in Blue are back in action next Friday, June 30 for the final regular season match of 2023 when they host St. Charles FC for the third time this season. The teams have split the season series so far, with each team winning on the road. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. ET and will stream on Eleven Sports.

USL W League

Lexington SC 0:3 Indy Eleven

Thursday, June 22, 2023

Toyota Stadium | Lexington, Ky.

2023 USL W League Records

Indy Eleven: 7W-1L-1D (+21GD), 22pts

Lexington SC: 2W-6L-1D (-8GD), 7pts

Scoring Summary

IND – Sam Dewey (Hal Hershfelt) 29’

IND – Katie Soderstrom 43’ (also scored opening goal last time at LEX)

IND – Maddy Williams 45+1’

Discipline Summary


Indy Eleven lineup: Nona Reason, Jenna Chatterton, Grace Bahr, Annika Creel (Greta Kraszula 45’), Grace Kugler (Trinity Watson 45’), Sam Dewey (Susie Soderstrom 61’), Hal Hershfelt (Lizzie Sexton 66’), Ella Rogers, Addie Chester, Maddy Williams (Kristina Lynch 61’), Katie Soderstrom (Sam Slimak 76’)

IND substitutes: Emily Edwards



BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Former Indiana guard Jalen Hood-Schifino was selected with the 17th pick by the Los Angeles Lakers, while forward Trayce Jackson-Davis was picked with the 57th pick by the Washington Wizards and traded to the Golden State Warriors, pending league approval, in the 2023 NBA Draft.

The Hoosiers have had a Big Ten-best 79 players (Michigan ranks second with 78) selected in the NBA Draft since the inception of the event in 1947. Of the 79 players selected, 27 have heard their name called during the first round.

The draft marked the first time since 2017 in which two Hoosiers earned selections. Both O.G. Anunoby (23rd overall by Toronto) and Thomas Bryant (42nd overall by Utah) were picked in ’17. Indiana has produced multiple draft picks in the same class on 14 occasions, including a program record five selections in 1983.

Jalen Hood-Schifino, G, Los Angeles Lakers

Hood-Schifino, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, averaged 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Cream and Crimson. He finished fourth on the all-time Hoosier freshman assists list with 117. JHS ranked third in the Big Ten in scoring among freshmen players, fourth in rebounds, and second in assists. He produced three 20-point games and two 30-point outings, including a career-best 35 points at No. 5 Purdue on Feb. 25.

The Pittsburgh native earned second team All-Big Ten plaudits, was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team, earned a spot on the USBWA All-District V list, and was a Kyle Macy National Freshman of the Year finalist. He also claimed Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times and was named the league’s Player of the Week on Feb. 27.

Indiana men’s basketball head coach Mike Woodson on Jalen Hood-Schifino

“His ceiling is very high. When I recruited him, I thought he had all the pro tendencies. When he came in here, he did everything so professionally, on and off the court, that you knew he had an opportunity to play at the next level. I thought the process was sped up because we did a lot of things to help him from an NBA standpoint. And he excelled. We kind of threw him to the wolves after Xavier Johnson got hurt and he never let us down. He did a lot of wonderful things during that time that has put him in this position. I think the sky is the limit for him. Los Angeles Lakers got a solid player on and off the floor that’s going to work his tail off. That’s all you can ask from a rookie coming in. He’ll learn the NBA and we’ll be talking about him probably 10 years down the road because he’ll have a solid career in the NBA.”

Jackson-Davis, a consensus All-American, led the Hoosiers in points (20.9), rebounds (10.8), assists (4.0), and blocks (2.9) per game during his senior season to become the first player in over 25 seasons of NCAA basketball to averaged 20/10/4/2 in the same season. He posted the highest scoring average by an IU player since 2008 (Eric Gordon), highest rebounding rate since 1972 (Steve Downing), and highest block production since 1988 (Dean Garrett).

He finished his career as the school record holder in career rebounds (1,143) and career blocks (270), while claiming the third spot in both career points (2,258) and career double-doubles (50). TJD tallied 11 30-point games, 24 games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds, 112 games with double-digit scoring performances (including 45-straight to end his career), 105 games with at least one block, and 78 games with two-or-more blocks.

The former Mr. Basketball in the state of Indiana won the Karl Malone Award for the nation’s best power forward, was selected to the John R. Wooden Award Men’s national ballot, earned a semifinalist spot for the Naismith Men’s Defensive Player of the Year, earned All-District honors from both the NABC and USBWA, was unanimously selected first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media, made both the All-Big Ten Defensive Team and the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, and was named the league’s player of the week on five occasions.

Indiana men’s basketball head coach Mike Woodson on Trayce Jackson-Davis

“It is scary how far Trayce Jackson-Davis has come. The things I have shown him, he’s done. He rebounded the ball, he had high assists, he had blocks, he had big nights scoring the ball, rebounding the ball. There is nothing he cannot do. He has been questioned about his jump shot, but I think this summer he has been proving people wrong there in the camps that he’s attended, where he had to work and show these general managers and presidents of these teams, these scouts, that he can shoot the basketball. So, again, the sky is the limit for him. He is ready for the NBA because he is so athletic and can do a lot of things. He can get up and down the floor and finish around the rim. Golden State got a hell of a player.”



ROSEMONT, Ill.  – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2023-24 single play and two-play conference opponents. League play will feature an 18-game format once again this season.

Each team will play five opponents twice, four opponents only at home and four opponents only on the road. Times, dates and TV designations for the matchups will be announced at a later time.

Indiana heads into the 2023-24 season with four starters returning from a team that went 28-4 overall, was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and won the program’s first-ever outright Big Ten regular season championship. Headlining the list of returnees is graduate student forward Mackenzie Holmes, who earned First-Team All-America honors after ranking seventh nationally in scoring (22.3) last season. Four other All-Big Ten selections will also be back for the Hoosiers including seniors Sydney Parrish and Chloe Moore-McNeil along with graduate student Sara Scalia and sophomore Yarden Garzon.

Reserved season tickets will be available for the upcoming IU Women’s Basketball season on the east side of the Main Level of Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Rows 1-30. Adult reserved season tickets are $112, while reserved senior season tickets (65+) and youth season tickets (18-and-under) are $48. IU faculty and staff can purchase reserved season tickets for $80.

The remainder of the arena will remain general admission for 2023-24, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. Adult general admission season tickets are $96, while general admission youth and senior tickets are $48.

2023-24 Big Ten Conference Opponents

Home & Away – Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Northwestern, Purdue

Home Only – Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Penn State

Away Only – Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers, Wisconsin



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team received its matchups for Big Ten Conference play, as the league announced the opponent lists for the 2023-24 season, its final as year as a 14-team conference.

Head coach Katie Gearlds guided the Boilermakers back to the postseason for the second consecutive season in 2022-23, earning Purdue’s 27th trip to the NCAA Tournament and first since 2017. Purdue finished the year with a 19-11 record, including back-to-back wins over No. 22 Illinois and No. 2 Ohio State, the latter being the program’s first true road win against an AP Top-5 team.

Purdue returns five players from last season’s roster including Second Team All-Big Ten and Big Ten All-Defensive Team selection Jeanae Terry. Gearlds’ and her staff, which welcomed associate head coach Kelly Komara and assistant coach Mark Stephens into the fold during the offseason, added eight newcomers.

The program added transfers Mila Reynolds from Maryland and Alaina Harper from Grand Canyon. Five of Purdue’s freshmen who signed their national letters of intent in November were tabbed No. 21 by ESPNW, before the addition of top-60 signee Amiyah Reynolds in May.


Indiana | Michigan State | Nebraska | Penn State | Wisconsin


Illinois | Iowa | Ohio State | Rutgers


Maryland | Michigan | Minnesota | Northwestern

Dates, times and broadcast assignments will be announced by the Big Ten at a later date.

The remainder of Purdue’s non-conference slate will be unveiled in the coming weeks. To date, the schedule features three announced games. The Boilermakers will open the 2023-24 season on Nov. 6 at UCLA, before going to the Baha Mar Hoops Pink Flamingo Championship in the Bahamas for two games on Nov. 20 and 22.



After a 2022 season that saw Butler face four ranked opponents and advance to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Tournament, Coach Paul Snape and his staff have lined up another challenging slate for the fall 2023 season. The 18-game schedule begins with three exhibition matches and includes eight home contests in the Sellick Bowl or at Varsity Field. The Bulldogs will face seven opponents who qualified for last season’s NCAA Tournament.

The BIG EAST portion of the schedule has been altered from previous years with the addition of Akron to the conference contenders. A pair of six-team divisions has been created, with the East Division consisting of Connecticut, Georgetown, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall and Villanova, and the Midwest Division including Akron, Butler, Creighton, DePaul, Marquette and Xavier. Each team will play all five divisional members once, in addition to three cross-over matches each year. Overall, the league will transition from a 10-match conference season to eight matches.

Butler’s home opener will be the first of three exhibition matches to start the season. Prior to regular-season contests, the Bulldogs will host Huntington on August 10 and will then travel to Bradley (Aug. 13) and Notre Dame (Aug. 19).

The seven-game non-conference portion of the regular-season schedule includes four 2022 tournament qualifiers: a home match with Ohio State (Sept. 9) and road trips to St. Louis (Aug. 24), Western Michigan (Sept. 4), and Indiana (Sept. 19). Butler will also host cross-town opponent IUPUI on Tuesday, Oct. 3 and travel to SIU-Edwardsville on Sunday, Aug. 27.

The eight-match BIG EAST schedule begins on Friday, Sept. 15, when the Bulldogs travel to Villanova. The first home conference foe will be Marquette on Saturday, Sept. 23. Additional home opponents are Creighton (Oct. 7), Providence (Oct. 21), and Akron (Oct. 28). With Akron joining the BIG EAST for men’s soccer, the conference will no longer play a round-robin schedule. Butler will not see UConn, St. John’s, or Seton Hall during the regular season.

A few days after the conclusion of the regular season, the 2023 BIG EAST Tournament will begin. The top eight teams in the league standings will battle in search of the conference’s automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.

Entering his 13th season, Coach Snape and his program are looking to build on the success of the previous teams. The Bulldogs have qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament six times since 2016 and competed in the NCAA Tournament in three of those seasons. The 2017 side finished atop the BIG EAST standings and won two matches in the NCAA Tournament.

For the fall 2023 season, Coach Snape returns an experienced and talented squad that includes several athletes who received weekly and postseason awards in 2022. Sophomore forward Palmer Ault was the 2022 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and was also on the All-BIG EAST First Team and the United Soccer Coaches All-East Region First Team. Redshirt-senior midfielder Tommy Visser received a BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honor last November, and graduate student Jack Streberger was on the Weekly Honor Roll in October. After the 2022 BIG EAST Tournament, redshirt-senior DJ Hooks was named to the All-Tournament Team. Additional returnees who were regular starters last season include Joost de Schutter and Vygo Verkooijen.

In addition to these returnees, the incoming Bulldogs recruiting class will be announced in the coming weeks.



CLEVELAND – The MAC-SBC Challenge, a scheduling alliance in the sports of men’s and women’s basketball, will kick off during the opening week of the 2023-24 season this November with 12 Mid-American Conference (MAC) men’s basketball programs hosting 12 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) teams, while the 12 MAC women’s basketball programs will visit 12 SBC teams.

The Ball State men’s basketball team will face Old Dominion in the initial crossover. The Cardinals and Monarchs will meet for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 11, in Muncie.

The Ball State women’s team opens the challenge on the road at Troy on Saturday, Nov. 11. The Cardinals and Trojans will faceoff on the hardwood for the first time.

The second MAC-SBC Challenge contest for each team will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024, with the matchups based on real-time NET rankings and announced in January. The MAC women and Sun Belt men will host the February matchups.

Each MAC and Sun Belt team included in the MAC-SBC Challenge, currently scheduled to take place during the 2023-24 and 2024-25 campaigns, is guaranteed one home and one away game each season.

Scheduling assistance is provided by Ordinal Sports Group. In addition to relevant NET data, geography and frequency of past contests are considered in determining the matchups.

Each MAC-SBC Challenge game will be carried on an ESPN platform.

MAC-SBC Challenge Women’s Basketball Matchups

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Toledo at James Madison

Thursday, Nov. 9

Northern Illinois at Arkansas State

Central Michigan at South Alabama

Friday, Nov. 10

Western Michigan at Georgia State

Saturday, Nov. 11

Ball State at Troy

Eastern Michigan at Georgia Southern

Akron at Southern Miss

Buffalo at Old Dominion

Bowling Green at Texas State

Ohio at App State

Miami at ULM

Sunday, Nov. 12

Kent State at Louisiana

MAC-SBC Challenge Men’s Basketball Matchups

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Troy at Ohio

Thursday, Nov. 9

James Madison at Kent State

Saturday, Nov. 11

Southern Miss at Akron

Louisiana at Toledo

Old Dominion at Ball State

South Alabama at Buffalo

Arkansas State at Bowling Green

App State at Northern Illinois

Texas State at Miami

Georgia Southern at Eastern Michigan

Georgia State at Western Michigan

ULM at Central Michigan



GREENSBORO, N.C. — After a breakout season that gained national recognition, Olivia Markezich has been named the 2023 ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Year.

Markezich, a senior who hails from outside of Seattle, won the women’s 3000M Steeplechase at Outdoor NCAAs earlier this month. Her time of 9:25.03 broke the facility record for the Mike A. Myers Track and Soccer Stadium at the University of Texas and shattered her previous best time of 9:35.80. It is her first national title after being the NCAA runner-up in the 3000M at Indoor NCAAs this winter.

The distance specialist entered the meet as the most recent ACC champion in the event, having won the conference steeplechase title less than a month prior.

Markezich will run for the Irish next season, taking advantage of a final year of eligibility granted as a result of COVID-19. Her twin sister, Andrea, is headed to Notre Dame this fall for her final season of collegiate track after graduating from the University of Washington this year.



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer program has announced its schedule for the 2023 season.

The 2023 season will feature a pair of exhibitions, eight non-league games and 10 Horizon League contests.

The Mastodons will open the 2023 season with an exhibition against Illinois State on August 6 at the Hefner Soccer Complex. A second exhibition will be at Kent State on August 12.

The regular season begins on August 17 at Chicago State. The regular season home opener for the Mastodons will be against cross-town foe Saint Francis on August 20. A pair of road games on SIUE (Aug. 25) and Southern Indiana (Aug. 27) will precede a three-match homestand with Eastern Illinois (Aug. 31), Valparaiso (Sept. 3) and Eastern Michigan (Sept. 7) at the Hefner Soccer Complex. The ‘Dons’ last non-league game of the year will be at Central Michigan on September 10.

Horizon League play opens with Robert Morris coming to the Summit City on September 14. Purdue Fort Wayne will head to Oakland three days later before coming back home to play Cleveland State (Sept. 21). A game at Northern Kentucky (Sept. 24) will come before home games against Youngstown State (Sept. 30) and defending league champion Milwaukee (Oct. 5). Detroit Mercy (Oct. 8) and Green Bay (Oct. 12) will welcome the Mastodons before the ‘Dons do the same to Wright State (Oct. 15). The regular season finale for Purdue Fort Wayne will be at IUPUI on October 25.

The Horizon League Championship will begin on October 29 with the quarterfinal rounds on campus sites. The top two seeds earn byes to the semifinal rounds, which will be held at the No. 1 seed.

The Mastodons return 19 players from the second-place squad a year ago, including Horizon League Goalkeeper of the Year Samantha Castaneda. Reigning league Coach of the Year Jason Burr will be at the helm of the program for his 10th season.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville swimming and diving coach Stuart Wilson announced the addition of 14 newcomers to the Purple Aces’ swimming and diving roster on Thursday, with eight men and six women joining the squad this upcoming season.

“I am really excited to be adding these 14 individuals to our program this year,” said Wilson.  “We lost a very talented senior group this past season, but these 14 individuals will help us fill some of those departures this year.  They are all strong, both in the pool and in the classroom, and I think that they will be great fits with our returning student-athletes.  I am excited to begin working with them when the new school year begins.”

Below are brief bios on each of the 14 newcomers, starting with the six newcomers on the women’s side and concluding with the eight newcomers on the men’s team, all in alphabetical order based off last name:


Evelyn Chin
Butterfly and Sprint Freestyle Swimmer from Beijing, China (International School of Beijing)
Currently swims for LJ Swimming Club and the International School of Beijing in China.  Set personal-best marks in both the 100 SCM (Short-Course Meters) and 100 LCM (Long-Course Meters) Butterfly events this year with times of 1:02.81 (SCM) and 1:06.36 (LCM).
Coach Wilson on Evelyn:  “Evelyn is going to be a great addition to our fly group.  Evelyn has a lot of upside potential, as her underwater kick is very strong.  I think that she will fit in nicely with the team.”

Luana Carrotta
Backstroke and Mid-Distance Freestyle Swimmer from Italy
Backstroke and freestyle swimmer with personal-best times of 58.57 in the 100-Yard Backstroke and 2:03.46 in the 200-Yard Backstroke, which would both challenge for spots on UE’s all-time top ten chart currently.
Coach Wilson on Luana:  “Luana is coming from Italy, and will join fellow newcomer Rebecca Lago and current swimmer Sveva Brugnoli as squad members from Italy.  I really think that Luana is going to help us in the backstroke events, and I can see her getting stronger for us in the sprint events as well during her time at UE.”

Hannah Krings
Distance Freestyle Swimmer from Madison, Alabama (Westminster Christian Academy)
A three-time state finalist in the 500-Yard Freestyle at Westminster Christian Academy in Huntsville, Alabama.  Also competes for the Madison Swimming Association, and has posted personal-best marks of 5:15.91 in the 500 Free and 10:51.34 in the 1,000-Free.
Coach Wilson on Hannah:  “Hannah is going to help us in the distance events.  I think that she has a lot of untapped potential, and I think she will see big improvements in her distance events at UE, as she hasn’t really scratched the surface when it comes to distance training.  She will be a great addition to the team, and she is a team player.”

Rebecca Lago
Sprint Freestyle and Backstroke Swimmer from Italy
A strong sprint freestyle swimmer from Italy, who has posted a personal-best short-course meter time of 58.70 in the 100-Meter Freestyle, which would convert to a time that would rank in UE’s career top ten times.
Coach Wilson on Rebecca:  “Rebecca is joining Luana and Sveva as Italians on our women’s swimming team.  She is going to help us in both the sprint and backstroke events.  I think that she will be a great addition to the team.”

Rafaela Makariewicz
Breaststroke Swimmer from Porto Alegre, Brazil (Colegio Monteiro Lobato)
A Brazilian medalist and south Brazilian record holder in the breaststroke events.  Competes for the club team Grêmio Náutico União in Brazil, and owns personal-best marks of 1:04.14 in the 100-Yard Breaststroke and 2:23.29 in the 200-Yard Breaststroke, which would both rank in UE’s all-time top ten.
Coach Wilson on Rafaela:  “Rafaela is going to make an impact in the breaststroke events for us.  She is very strong and quick.  I’m looking forward to using her in other events as well, as she can help the sprint freestyle group.”

Ane Madina Garate
Backstroke and Sprint Freestyle Swimmer from Onati, Spain (Elkar Hezi Ikastetxea)
A Spanish Championship finalist in both the 50-Meter Freestyle and 100-Meter Backstroke events this year, competing for the Aloña Mendi K.E club team.  Has posted personal-best times of 57.87 in the 100-Yard Backstroke, and 2:08.40 in the 200-Yard Backstroke, which would both challenge for spots on UE’s all-time top ten list.
Coach Wilson on Ane:  “Ane is another person who I think will help us in the backstroke events this year.  She will fit in well with the team, as her personality and attitude is very positive.  I can see her making an immediate impact on our team.”
Joseph Capo
Freestyle Swimmer from Luling, Louisiana (Jesuit High School)
The Louisiana state champion in the 500-Yard Freestyle, who is ranked 392nd on Swimcloud.com’s Top 1,000 recruiting rankings.  Rated as the third-best swimmer in Louisiana by Swimcloud.com, and owns personal-best marks in both the 500-Yard Freestyle (4:34.19) and 1,000-Yard Freestyle (9:23.09) which would challenge UE’s school record times currently.
Coach Wilson on Joseph:  “Joseph is going to help the distance group tremendously.  Having both Jackson (Caudill) and Joseph together will be a strong combo in the Mid-American Conference.”

Omar Hassan
IM and Breaststroke Swimmer from Doha, Qatar
Claimed the silver medal in the 200-Meter IM at the 2021 Arab Championships and is ranked 758th in the world in Swimcloud.com’s Recruiting Rankings.  Currently has long-course meter times of 2:08.59 in the 200 IM and 4:36.48 in the 400 IM, which would convert to times that would rank in UE’s career top ten fastest times.
Coach Wilson on Omar:  “Omar and Yousef are twins.  Omar will be a big help in the IM events, and another addition to our breaststroke group.  I can see him improving in a big way in our program.”



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Ohio Valley Conference released the 2023 conference schedule Thursday morning with University of Southern Indiana Volleyball hosting nine matches at Screaming Eagles Arena this season. The 18-match season will take place over a nine-week period, ending with the conference championship in late November.

The Screaming Eagles take flight on Monday, September 18 at Eastern Illinois University to face the Panthers in a home-and-home match. USI will then host EIU on Tuesday, September 26 to close out the series.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will kick off the Eagles’ home portion of the conference schedule on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. The entire home conference schedule will follow with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (October 6 & 7), Tennessee Tech University (November 3 & 4), and University of Tennessee at Martin (November 15 & 16).

The Eagles will be on the road against the reigning OVC Champion, Tennessee State University, on Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30. USI will continue the stretch with Morehead State University (October 13 &14), OVC’s newest inductee of Western Illinois University (October 20 & 21), and Lindenwood University (November 10 & 11).

The newly formatted conference schedule will feature one bye week for every member with USI’s being October 27 & 28. With the schedule ending a week later than normal, the OVC Championship will take place for three days at the discretion of the host. That event could be played Sunday thru Tuesday or Monday thru Wednesday, or split over the Thanksgiving break (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday or Wednesday, Friday, Saturday) if necessary.

The Eagles will hit the court for USI’s second season in NCAA Division I play after finishing 2022 with a 1-28 overall record, going 1-17 in the Ohio Valley Conference and missing out on the postseason tournament.

USI will welcome newly hired head coach Jeffrey Aucoin as the 13th head coach in USI Volleyball program history. Aucoin takes over the reins of the Eagles after spending 10 years at Harvard University’s women’s volleyball program as an assistant coach.


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American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay5226.66732 – 920 – 1717 – 1012 – 28 – 54 – 6L 1
Baltimore4528.6164.522 – 1323 – 1514 – 914 – 58 – 66 – 4L 1
NY Yankees4134.5479.523 – 1818 – 1611 – 158 – 810 – 64 – 6L 1
Toronto4135.5391019 – 1322 – 227 – 1711 – 59 – 75 – 5W 2
Boston3937.5131221 – 1818 – 1913 – 1110 – 65 – 56 – 4L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota3838.50023 – 1915 – 1910 – 1313 – 115 – 45 – 5W 2
Cleveland3638.486119 – 1717 – 217 – 88 – 1113 – 66 – 4W 4
Detroit3241.4384.517 – 1915 – 222 – 1414 – 94 – 56 – 4W 1
Chi White Sox3244.421618 – 1914 – 254 – 1215 – 116 – 103 – 7L 1
Kansas City2154.28016.510 – 2811 – 263 – 86 – 144 – 113 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Texas4628.62224 – 1322 – 159 – 79 – 315 – 85 – 5W 1
Houston4134.5475.522 – 1919 – 155 – 58 – 1113 – 64 – 6W 2
LA Angels4135.539620 – 1621 – 198 – 99 – 615 – 126 – 4L 2
Seattle3637.4939.521 – 1715 – 204 – 87 – 612 – 105 – 5W 1
Oakland1958.24728.59 – 2910 – 293 – 113 – 64 – 232 – 8L 8
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta4826.64924 – 1524 – 1119 – 66 – 010 – 78 – 2W 8
Miami4333.566623 – 1520 – 1811 – 126 – 49 – 106 – 4W 1
Philadelphia3836.5141019 – 1319 – 235 – 106 – 411 – 127 – 3L 2
NY Mets3440.4591417 – 1517 – 2512 – 114 – 118 – 84 – 6L 2
Washington2846.3782013 – 2715 – 197 – 155 – 57 – 122 – 8L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cincinnati4035.53320 – 1820 – 177 – 911 – 127 – 510 – 0W 11
Milwaukee3836.5141.522 – 1816 – 183 – 011 – 58 – 154 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs3638.4863.520 – 1716 – 216 – 109 – 89 – 88 – 2W 3
Pittsburgh3440.4595.518 – 1916 – 214 – 310 – 139 – 60 – 10L 10
St. Louis3144.413913 – 2118 – 234 – 510 – 137 – 134 – 6L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Arizona4630.60523 – 1823 – 1211 – 118 – 416 – 95 – 5W 2
San Francisco4233.5603.521 – 1821 – 159 – 713 – 711 – 89 – 1L 1
LA Dodgers4133.554422 – 1419 – 199 – 612 – 1112 – 105 – 5W 2
San Diego3639.4809.519 – 2017 – 199 – 76 – 812 – 135 – 5W 1
Colorado2948.37717.516 – 1913 – 2911 – 148 – 104 – 152 – 8L 8


1915      In his major league debut, Bruno Hass tosses a complete game but loses to the Yankees at Shibe Park, 15-7. The 24-year-old southpaw, known as Boon, issues 16 walks during the nine-inning contest, establishing a post-1900 major league record.

1917      After Red Sox starter Babe Ruth walks leadoff man Ray Morgan on four pitches, home plate umpire Brick Owens ejects him when their shouting match concerning called ball and strikes digresses into a physical confrontation. Ernie Shore comes into the contest, retiring 26 consecutive batters, with Morgan thrown out trying to steal second on the reliever’s first delivery in the team’s 4-0 victory over the Senators at Fenway Park, a game considered baseball’s first combined no-hitter.

1930      The Dodgers get twelve consecutive hits in a 19-6 win over the Pirates at Forbes Field. Two of the dozen hits in the eight-run sixth inning include a pair of homers hit by Brooklyn outfielder Babe Herman.

1933      With his 2-for-5 performance at the plate in Washington’s 7-3 victory over Chicago, Joe Cronin sets a major league record by collecting 15 hits in four consecutive games. The Senators’ player-manager’s recent offensive output includes two four-hit games and another with five.

1943      Due to the civil unrest in Detroit, government officials deploy 350 armed troops at Briggs Stadium during a twin bill between the Indians and hometown Tigers. The recent race riots in the Motor City have claimed 29 lives, prompting an investigation by the House Un-American Activities Committee, looking for evidence of subversive and racial propaganda spread by the Axis nations.

1946      At the Polo Grounds, Eddie Waitkus and Marv Rickert hit back-to-back inside-the-park home runs in the fourth inning. However, the Cubs still lose to the Giants, 15-10.

1950      Luke Easter, obtained by Indians’ owner Bill Veeck from the Kansas City Monarchs last season, blasts the longest home run ever hit in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. The 34-year-old first baseman’s 477-foot shot into the upper right deck will be one of two round-trippers he hits in the team’s 13-4 rout of Washington.

1950      The game’s eleventh round-tripper, a ninth-inning home run by Hoot Evers, gives the Tigers an eventual 10-9 victory over the Yankees. The decisive four-bagger in the Bronx sets the major league record for the most homers ever hit in a single game.

1961      During the Twins’ first season in Minnesota, Sam Mele replace Cookie Lavagetto as the manager of the ninth-place team. As a coach, the Astoria (NY) native filled in as the club’s skipper while Lavagetto took a seven-game leave of absence earlier in the month.

1962      Larry Doby becomes one of the first players with major league experience to sign with a Japanese team. The future Hall of Famer will play with Chunichi in the Nippon Professional Baseball League, but the former Indians’ outfielder will hit only .225 for the Dragons.

1963      The Colt .45s’ forty consecutive innings without scoring a run end with Howie Goss’s second-inning RBI-single in an 8-1 loss to Cincinnati at Crosley Field. Houston will immediately begin another scoreless streak of 30 innings before scoring again.

1963      After taking Phillies right-hander Dallas Green deep, Jimmy Piersall runs around the bases in the correct order, but backward, to celebrate his 100th career home run. The Mets’ outfielder, who thought of the stunt after being disappointed by the lack of attention Duke Snider’s 400th round-tripper received, will be released two days later by manager Casey Stengel.

1971      In addition to hitting two home runs and driving in three runs, Rick Wise throws only 95 pitches to 28 batters to no-hit the Reds, 4-0. The Phillies’ hurler will hit two home runs in the same game again this season against San Francisco in August.

1973      Jesse Jefferson loses his shutout in his major league debut when Red Sox’s third baseman Rico Petrocelli’s two-out, ninth-inning solo home run ties the Fenway Park contest. However, the 24-year-old rookie right-hander will hang on to get the complete-game victory after the Orioles score a run in the tenth to beat Boston, 2-1.

1973      In a complete-game 7-2 victory over Montreal at Parc Jarry, Phillies’ hurler Ken Brett hits a home run in the fourth consecutive game he pitches during June. The right-hander will end his 14-year career with ten round-trippers, 307 less than his brother George.

1977      Eddie Stanky, Frank Lucchesi’s replacement when the former Ranger skipper got off to a 31-31 start, quits after being at the helm for only one game, a 10-8 victory in Minnesota. The 60-year-old ‘Brat’ cites homesickness for his short tenure with Texas, returning to Mobile (AL) to rejoin his family and resume his baseball coaching duties for the University of South Alabama Jaguars.

1984      In a game best remembered for Ryne Sandberg’s two late-inning game-tying home runs, Willie McGee hits for the cycle in St. Louis’ 12-11 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs. With his triple in the second inning, a fourth-frame single, a sixth-inning home run, and an RBI double in the tenth, the Cardinals center fielder drives in six runs in the Wrigley Field contest.

1984      The Roger Maris Museum opens in the West Acres Shopping Center in Fargo (ND). Nearly 2,000 visitors are attracted to the 72-foot showcase, which features memorabilia from the slugger’s 12-year big league career, including a ticket stub from the 162nd game of the 1961 season, the contest he hit his historic 61st home run.

1984      In a nationally televised game, Cubs’ second baseman Ryne Sandberg hits a leadoff solo home run in the ninth off Cardinal reliever Bruce Sutter to tie the score 9-9, then hits a two-run, two-out homer in the tenth, knotting the game at 11. Chicago wins the Wrigley Field contest, 12-11, in the next frame on an RBI single by Dave Owen.

1986      Including leaving the bases full in four of the nine innings, the Braves establish a National League record, stranding 18 runners. However, enough Atlanta players cross the plate to give the team a 6-5 victory over L.A. at Dodger Stadium.

1993      At the Kingdome, Jay Buhner becomes the first player in Mariners’ history to hit for the cycle. The right fielder triples in the 14th inning to complete the task, scoring the winning run in the team’s 8-7 victory over the A’s.

1994      Former major league first baseman Marv Throneberry, best known for appearing in Miller Lite beer commercials in the 1970s and 1980s, dies from cancer at his home in Fisherville (TN) at 60. ‘Marvelous’ Marv’s blunders on the field, including missing first and second base while legging out a triple, symbolized the 1962 Mets, the hapless new National League franchise.

1996      The Yankees score nine sixth-inning runs en route to an 11-9 victory over the Tribe at Jacobs Field. The win marks the first time the Bronx Bombers have completed a four-game sweep of the Indians since 1964.

1996      In a 5-4 Cubs loss in San Diego, Brant Brown continues his torrid pace at the plate, collecting two hits in three at-bats at Jack Murphy Stadium. The rookie first baseman has collected 15 hits, including four home runs, in his first 34 career major league at-bats.

2000      Bret Boone drives in six runs when he hits three home runs in the Padres’ 10-7 victory over Cincinnati. Ruben Rivera’s three-run homer in the top of the tenth inning off Scott Williamson proves to be the difference in the Cinergy Field contest.

2003      Stealing second base at Pacific Bell Park in the 11th inning, Barry Bonds becomes the first player to hit 500 homers and steal 500 bases. Many people believe, including Giants’ left fielder, he may not only be the charter member of the 500-500 club but most likely be the only member, as no one else may ever reach this plateau.

2005      Making his professional debut, Yakima Bears hurler Ryan Doherty pitches a perfect sixth and seventh, striking out three of the six batters he faces during a 3-2 loss to the Vancouver Canadians. At 7’1″, the right-hander from Toms River (NJ), who signed a free-agent contract with the Diamondbacks after pitching for Notre Dame, becomes the tallest pitcher in professional baseball history, surpassing six feet-11 inches Jon Rauch.

2006      White Sox starter Jose Contreras establishes a franchise mark, surpassing LaMarr Hoyt and Wilson Alvarez, winning his 16th consecutive decision when Chicago beats the Astros 7-4 in a matchup of last year’s World Series rivals. The Cuban right-hander, whose previous defeat occurred on August 15th last season against the Twins, hasn’t been beaten in his past 21 starts.

2006      The Mets, defeating the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre, 6-1, set a club record, winning their ninth straight decision on the road. The team had won eight decisions on a ten-game road trip, including stops in Los Angeles, Arizona, and Philadelphia.

2006      University of Washington right-hander Tim Lincecum, the Giants’ #1 pick (tenth overall in the June draft), wins the Golden Spike Award, an honor bestowed on the country’s best college baseball player. The 22-year-old Huskie, a two-time Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, posted a 12-4 record with a 1.94 ERA, striking out a nation-high 199 batters in 125⅓ innings this season.

2007      During a Class AA Southern League contest against the Montgomery Biscuits, Mobile BayBears right-hander Matt Elliott cannot return to the mound to pitch the ninth inning when he locks himself inside a Riverwalk Stadium bathroom. The relief pitcher, who broke the lock after he angrily slammed the door, upset about giving up the tying run on a sac fly in the previous inning, will be stuck in the restroom for 47 minutes, missing the rest of the game.

2008      In an interleague contest against the Mets at Shea Stadium, Mariners’ right-hander Felix Hernandez becomes the first pitcher in the 31-year history of the franchise to hit a home run. The round-tripper, which comes off fellow Venezuela ace Johan Santana, is also the first grand slam hit by an American League pitcher since Steve Dunning of the Indians homered off A’s moundsman Diego Segui in 1971.

2010      In a move that surprises its players, the fourth-place Marlins (34-36) fire their manager, Fredi Gonzalez, bench coach Carlos Tosca, and hitting coach Jim Presley. Edwin Rodriguez, the skipper of the team’s Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, is named as an interim to fill the position.

2011      Upset by the management’s lack of commitment about his future with the team, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman resigns abruptly after the team beats Seattle, 1-0. Having won 11 of their last 12 games, the club is 38-37 at the time of their skipper’s departure.

2012      Jim Thome sets a major league mark with his 13th career walk-off home run, a solo shot over the left-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Phillies a dramatic 7-6 victory over Tampa Bay. Before today’s historic round-tripper at Citizens Bank Park, the 41-year-old five-time All-Star Thome had shared the record with five Hall of Famers: Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, and Frank Robinson.

2014      Devin Mesoraco becomes the first major leaguer to hit a solo, two-run, three-run, and grand slam homer sequentially in consecutive games when he blasts a ninth-inning four-bagger in the Reds’ 6-1 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. The backstop extends his streak to five straight games, hitting a solo shot tomorrow to accomplish the unusual feat of homering at PNC Park (solo HR), Great American Ball Park (two and three-run HRS), and Wrigley Field (grand slam).

2017      The Red Sox retire David Ortiz’s uniform number 34, making Big Papi the 11th player to be honored along with Bobby Doerr (No. 1), Joe Cronin (4), Johnny Pesky (6), Carl Yastrzemski (8), Ted Williams (9), Jim Rice (14), Wade Boggs (26), Carlton Fisk (27), Pedro Martinez (45) and Jackie Robinson (42). The MVP of the 2004 ALCS and the 2013 Fall Classic played a pivotal role in the three World Series championship teams during his 14-year tenure in Boston.


June 23, 1888 – Yale faced Harvard for a share of the league baseball championship with future legendary gridiron coach Amos Alonzo Stagg on the mound according to an excerpt in Jennifer Taylor Hall’s; Amos Alonzo Stagg: College Football’s Man in Motion. The athletic Stagg was quite the coveted pitcher in college even attracting attention from multiple professional organizations of the era. The Yale squad won the game 8-0 behind the arm of Football’s Grand Old Man!


The article underneath it tells of the June 23, 1939 bout where future Pro Football Hall of Famer Bronko Nagurski defeated Lou Thesz in Houston, Texas to become The National Wrestling Association’s World Heavy Weight Champion. The piece tells how Nagurski scored the first fall via an airplane spin and subsequent drop kick in the wrestling ring, a move he took from his football training. Later Bronko is reported to have used a reverse slam and a series of “flying mares” to overcome Thesz and pin him to take the title. Nagurski was later during World War II coerced to come out of retirement and rejoin the Chicago Bears when there was player shortages on the pro gridiron. He even helped lead the Bears to an NFL title in a triumphant return. Bronko Nagurski is not only in the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames but is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame as well.


June 23, 1996 – The World League of American Football’s World Bowl 4 was played at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland. The outcome of the game found the Scottish Claymores garnering the title by defeating the Frankfurt Galaxy, 32-27 in a thriller. According to the WorldLeagueofAmericanFootball.com, the Scottish team was a worst to first champion going 7-3 in their championship season after have a dismal 2-8 record at the end of the 1995 season. In the 1996 World Bowl, the Claymores wide receiver Yo Murphy was voted MVP for his 163 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. 38,982 fans were in attendance that day, the highest in Claymores history and the largest crowd ever assembled for an American football game in Scotland.



Position: Tailback
Years: 1975-78
Place of Birth: Galveston, Texas
Date of Birth: Jul 28, 1957
Jersey Number: 4
Height: 6-1
Weight: 213
High School: Galveston Ball (Galveston, Texas)

One of the truly great runners of his era, Charles Alexander dominated the Southeastern Conference in the late 1970’s. He becomes the eighth Tiger to enter the College Football Hall of Fame and third running back in the last five years, following Billy Cannon in 2008 and Jerry Stovall in 2010.

Nicknamed “Alexander the Great”, he left Baton Rouge as the most accomplished rusher in SEC history, holding the league’s career records for rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns. He became the first back in SEC history to break the 4,000-yard barrier and record 40 rushing touchdowns. Alexander earned consensus All-America honors and was named team MVP in 1977 by setting school and league records with 311 attempts for 1,686 yards and 17 touchdowns. His carries and yards marks remain single-season records at LSU. Alexander followed that up by again receiving consensus All-America accolades in 1978 by rushing 281 times for 1,172 yards and 14 touchdowns. His stellar efforts as a junior and senior helped lead the Tigers to back-to-back bowl games, rushing for a combined 330 yards in the 1977 Sun Bowl and the 1978 Liberty Bowl.

The Missouri City, Texas, native was chosen in the first round of the 1979 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He amassed 2,645 rushing yards and 1,130 receiving yards during seven seasons in Cincinnati, helping the Bengals reach Super Bowl XVI.
A former member of the Tiger Athletic Foundation Board of Directors, Alexander worked with the Louisiana State Youth Opportunities Unlimited. He also regularly volunteered with the United Way in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a member of the Bengals. He was named to the LSU Modern Day Team of the Century and is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, the 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team and the Houston Area All-1970’s Team.


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June 23, 1915 – The New York Yankees were gifted an MLB record. The Philadelhia Athletic’s pitching staff surrendered an MLB record 16 walks to go along with 3 wild pitches in just one game against their rivals from the Bronx. Oh and did I mention the 3 errors by the Athletics in the field that day? The Yanks defeated the A’s 15-7 that day as Pitcher Bruno Haas, was on the mound for Philadelphia for the duration.

June 23, 1917 – It was at the near beginning of a game and Boston Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth was ejected for throwing punch at an umpire! According to a story on ProSportsOutlook.com, the Great Bambino was a bit awnry on this day. Babe if you remember early in his MLB career was quite a fine pitcher for the Boston franchise. On a day when the Red Sox were hosting the Washington Senators his temper got the best of him. batting leadoff for the Senators was second-basemen Ray Morgan. He took four pitches from the Babe, each called ball by umpire Clarence “Brick” Owens. The young arm on the mound getting more and more riled up with each non-strike called, and after a slew of insults, Owens threatened to boot the Babe from the game! This really infuriated Ruth, who soon yelled back, “Throw me out and I’ll punch ya right in the jaw!” Both men kept their word. Owens tossed Ruth, and Ruth apparently charged at Owens and fed him a knuckle-sandwich. After the ejection, Boston sent Ernie Shore in to continue pitching the game. Covering well for Ruth and probably giving the legend much satisfaction, Shore retired all 26 batters he faced to provide the Sox with a 4-0 victory over the Washington Senators. The pitching performance of the Ruth/Shore combo was tabbed as a combined no-hitter in the record books.

June 23, 1927 – New York Yankees future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig, who would soon wear Number 4 for the Pinstripes, hit three Home Runs in a Yankees’ 11-4 victory over the rival Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park

June 23, 1963 – New York Mets hitter Jim Piersall, wearing Number 34 hits his 100th Home Run of his career. In celebration he ran the bases backwards, third through home.



Right Fielder

“I may have got (Paul) Waner out, but I never fooled him.” – Burleigh Grimes

For 14 seasons, brothers Paul and Lloyd Waner were synonymous with Pittsburgh Pirates baseball. Paul “Big Poison” Waner patrolled right field for the Pirates from 1926 through ’40, while younger brother Lloyd, known as “Little Poison,” manned center for all but one of those seasons.

Led by the Waners, the Pirates of the 1920s and ’30s consistently ranked among the National League’s top run-scoring outfits. Paul and Lloyd Waner combined to strike 5,611 hits, the most ever by two brothers. Paul owned 3,152 of those hits and became just the seventh member of the 3,000-hit club in 1942.

Even in an era of high offensive production, Paul Waner stood out from the crowd. The left-handed hitting Waner, who finished his 20-year career with a .333 lifetime average, won three National League batting titles and totaled 909 extra base hits.

In his second season with Pittsburgh, Waner batted .380 in 1927 to claim his first batting title en route to the NL Most Valuable Player Award. He also led the NL with 131 RBI and 237 hits in ’27, a pennant-winning year for the Pirates. Waner also collected NL batting titles in 1934 (.362) and ’36 (.373).

Few players were as well-rounded as Waner was at his peak. During his time in Pittsburgh, from 1926-40, he batted .340 and led all players with 2,868 hits, 558 doubles and 187 triples.

Released by the Pirates on Dec. 5, 1940, Waner played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and New York Yankees during his final five seasons. He became the seventh member of the 3,000-hit club on June 19, 1942.

“He had remarkable agility, like an acrobat. Fifteen or 20 minutes of backflips and he was cold sober, ready to go out to the ball park and get his three hits,” said teammate Buddy Hassett.

Waner was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1952. He passed away on Aug. 29, 1965.


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