***Luka Doncic and P.J. Washington scored 29 points apiece while leading the Dallas Mavericks to a 119-110 victory over the host Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, evening their Western Conference semifinal series at one win apiece.

The Mavericks hit 18 3-pointers, their highest total in the 2024 postseason.

Doncic added 10 rebounds and seven assists as he rebounded from recent shooting struggles to go 11 of 21 from the floor, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

Washington’s 29 points were a playoff career high, as he hit 7 of 11 3-point attempts and added 11 rebounds before fouling out late in the fourth.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the Thunder with 33 points on 13-of-24 shooting, and he added 12 rebounds and eight assists. Jalen Williams put up 20 points.

The series heads to Dallas for Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday.

With just less than 10 minutes left in the fourth, the Mavericks got a scare when Doncic came up hobbling after colliding with Oklahoma City’s Cason Wallace.

Despite limping through the next two possessions, Doncic remained in the game and drilled a 3-pointer, his fifth of the game, to stretch Dallas’ lead back to nine and quiet any chances of a Thunder comeback.

Doncic had gone just 5 of 35 from beyond the 3-point arc over the previous four games, including 1-of-8 effort in the Mavericks’ Game 1 loss on Tuesday.

The difference in Doncic was apparent from the start, as he buried a 3-pointer on his first shot of the game, fed Daniel Gafford for an alley-oop dunk on the next possession and hit two more shots in the Mavericks’ 13-2, game-opening run.

Luguentz Dort, who helped keep Doncic in check during the series opener, picked up two fouls in the first eight minutes.

Doncic scored 16 points in the first quarter.

After trailing by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, the Thunder came back to take their first lead of the game early in the third quarter. Oklahoma City went up 72-71 on Aaron Wiggins’ jumper.

However, Dallas ripped off a 15-2 run, with the last 11 Mavericks points during that stretch scored by Tim Hardaway Jr. The Dallas reserve finished with 17 points in 19 minutes, while Kyrie Irving added nine points and 11 assists.

The Thunder not only took their first loss of the playoffs but also allowed more than 95 points for the first time.

***Donovan Mitchell tossed in a game-high 29 points and the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers pulled even in the Eastern Conference second round by beating the Boston Celtics 118-94 in Game 2 on Thursday night.

Mitchell had six points at halftime, but scored 16 in the third quarter and seven in the fourth. He was 10 of 19 from the field, including 5 of 7 from 3-point territory. Mitchell tossed in a game-high 33 points when Boston earned a 120-95 victory in Game 1 on Tuesday.

Cleveland led by 12 after three quarters, and pushed the lead to 25 after a Caris LeVert three-point play with 4:58 remaining. Boston coach Joe Mazzulla pulled his starters off the court at that point.

Despite being in foul trouble for much of the second half, Cleveland’s Evan Mobley had 21 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. LeVert (21), Darius Garland (14), Isaac Okoro (12) and Max Strus (12) also scored in double figures for the Cavaliers.

Jayson Tatum had 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Celtics, who shot 8 of 35 from 3-point territory. Jaylen Brown added 19 points for Boston, but was 0 for 6 on 3-pointers.

The series will shift to Cleveland for Game 3 on Saturday.

Cleveland center Jarrett Allen missed his fifth straight game with a rib injury. The Celtics were without center Kristaps Porzingis, who has missed the last three games because of a right calf injury.

The Celtics led by nine early, but Cleveland had a nine-point lead, 30-21, after LeVert capped an 11-0 run by making a layup with 58.3 remaining in the first quarter. The Cavaliers had a 30-24 edge after 12 minutes.

Boston owned an eight-point lead late in the second quarter, but Cleveland closed the quarter on an 11-3 run to tie it at 54 at halftime.

The Cavaliers outscored the Celtics 36-24 in the third and had a 90-78 lead when Mitchell made a 3-pointer that just beat the buzzer at the end of the quarter.


***Miro Heiskanen scored twice and Roope Hintz tallied once in a four-point performance to lead the host Dallas Stars to a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

The Western Conference semifinal series is tied 1-1 with Game 3 of the best-of-seven series set for Saturday in Denver.

Tyler Seguin and Esa Lindell also scored for the Stars, who held a 4-0 lead through two periods and clung on for the victory. Goaltender Jake Oettinger made 28 saves, including a handful when it was a one-goal game and during a late Colorado power play.

Joel Kiviranta, Brandon Duhaime and Valeri Nichushkin found the net for the Avalanche, who had won five consecutive games. Goalie Alexandar Georgiev stopped 26 shots.

Heiskanen’s power-play goal opened the scoring 14:46 into the contest and provided the Stars a much-needed lead. After taking a cross-ice feed from Hintz, Heiskanen buried a one-timer.

Hintz doubled the lead 1:57 into the second period with his second of the playoffs. Within a minute after Game 1 overtime hero Miles Wood was denied on a partial breakaway, the Stars enjoyed an odd-man rush that ended with Hintz burying a sharp-angled shot.

Heiskanen’s second power-play goal, at 15:54 of the middle frame, extended the edge. Heiskanen had hos point shot tick off a defender’s stick and into the top corner for his third of the playoffs.

Seguin’s short-handed goal at 18:06 of the second period made it a 4-0 game. During an odd-man rush, Seguin buried a rebound chance for his first of the postseason.

Kiviranta, who returned after missing the past three games, put the Avalanche on the board at 4:06 of the third period when he pounced on a rebound for his first of the playoffs.

Duhaime halved Colorado’s deficit four minutes later when he netted his first career payoff goal by joining a rush and ripping a high shot

Nichushkin netted his ninth of the playoffs to make it a one-goal game with 3:44 remaining in regulation when a shot banked off his leg.

Lindell’s empty-net goal with 21 seconds remaining sealed Dallas’ victory.

***Artemi Panarin scored at 1:43 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Thursday in Raleigh, N.C.

The Rangers hold a commanding 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series and can eliminate the Hurricanes with a victory in Game 4 in Raleigh on Saturday.

New York is a perfect 7-0 in the postseason, having swept the Washington Capitals in the first round.

After double overtime was required in Game 2, the Rangers struck early in Thursday’s OT period. Carolina defenseman Dmitry Orlov couldn’t control a loose puck around the boards, and Vincent Trocheck’s pass found Panarin for the redirection.

Panarin also had an assist in the game, and Trocheck had two assists. Chris Kreider and Alexis Lafreniere provided New York’s other goals.

Rangers goaltender Igor Shesterkin was again spectacular, stopping 45 of 47 shots in an encore to his 54-save outing in Game 2. Shesterskin has allowed three or fewer goals in 30 consecutive playoff games, the second-longest such streak in NHL history.

Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, and Jake Guentzel scored Carolina’s other goal.

Pyotr Kochetkov stopped 22 of 25 shots in his first game of the postseason. Frederik Andersen started Carolina’s first seven playoff games, but his underwhelming .871 save percentage in the first two games against the Rangers inspired the Hurricanes to start Kochetkov in Game 3.

The Hurricanes outshot the Rangers by a 47-25 margin, the fifth-highest postseason shot total in Hartford/Carolina franchise history.

The Rangers’ penalty-kill unit was a perfect 5-for-5 showing for the third straight game. A new wrinkle to this dominance came with Kreider’s short-handed goal in the second period.

Kreider’s tally at 8:30 evened the score after a dominant first period from the Hurricanes, which included Guentzel’s goal at the 10:14 mark.

Lafreniere, who scored New York’s first two goals in Game 2, continued his breakout series by putting the Rangers ahead at 6:25 of the third period. Svechnikov equalized with 96 seconds remaining in regulation to force overtime.


Manuel Margot doubled and matched a career high with five RBIs as the Minnesota Twins cruised to an 11-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in Minneapolis.

Max Kepler and Ryan Jeffers homered and drove in two runs apiece for Minnesota, which won three of four games in the series. Carlos Santana and Edouard Julien each drove in one run.

Twins starter Pablo Lopez (4-2) limited Seattle hitters to one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Lopez walked none and struck out 10.

Luke Raley finished 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead Seattle at the plate. Logan Gilbert (3-1) gave up eight runs on nine hits in four innings.

Brewers 7, Cardinals 1

Rhys Hoskins’ two-run shot in the first inning was one of three homers off Sonny Gray as Milwaukee handed visiting St. Louis a fifth straight loss.

Jake Bauers and Joey Ortiz also had solo homers off Gray (4-2), who entered with a 0.89 ERA and had allowed just one homer in his first five starts. William Contreras and Christian Yelich each had three hits and an RBI for Milwaukee.

Lars Nootbar homered for the Cardinals. Gray allowed six runs on seven hits, a walk, a wild pitch and a hit batter in five innings.

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4

Tucker Barnhart haunted his former team by starting a game-winning rally with two outs in the eighth inning as visiting Arizona completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati.

Corbin Carroll broke a 4-4 tie with a two-out hit off Fernando Cruz (1-3) in the eighth to score Barnhart and give the Diamondbacks their season-best fourth straight win. Joc Pederson homered with two outs in the first to snap Cincinnati starter Hunter Greene’s career-high scoreless streak at 14 2/3 innings.

Elly De La Cruz went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Cincinnati, which lost its eighth straight. De La Cruz had two more steals to give him a major-league-leading 23.

Rockies 9, Giants 1

Brenton Doyle homered among his two hits, Ezequiel Tovar tripled and doubled in the fourth inning and finished with three hits, and Colorado beat San Francisco in Denver.

Charlie Blackmon tripled, doubled, singled and drove in two runs, Elias Diaz had two hits for the Rockies, who sent 11 batters to the plate in a seven-run fourth inning. Cal Quantrill (2-3) tossed six innings of one-run ball to help Colorado end a four-game skid.

Michael Conforto homered for the Giants, who failed in a bid for a three-game sweep. Keaton Winn (3-5) allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings.

Astros 4, Yankees 3

Jon Singleton hit a 442-foot, two-run homer to cap a three-run first inning as visiting Houston stopped a nine-game, head-to-head losing streak against New York.

Singleton helped the Astros strike early against New York’s Marcus Stroman (2-2) by hitting a 1-0 sinker off an advertisement on the third deck in right field. Yordan Alvarez preceded Singleton’s blast with a 395-foot drive into the second deck in right field.

Anthony Volpe hit a two-run homer that just cleared the right field fence in the third, but the Yankees saw a five-game win streak stopped. Aaron Judge hit a 473-foot homer in the eighth off Ryan Pressly, but Josh Hader closed it out, getting four outs for his fourth save.

Royals 10, Angels 4

Michael Wacha took a shutout into the seventh inning, Vinnie Pasquantino and Dairon Blanco homered and Kansas City downed Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.

Wacha (2-4) wound up going six-plus innings, allowing three runs, two earned. Maikel Garcia had three hits, scored twice and drove in two. Pasquantino finished with three hits and three RBIs, and Blanco had three hits, four runs and two RBIs.

Cole Tucker knocked in two runs for the Angels, while Reid Detmers (3-4) gave up six runs in five innings.

White Sox 3, Guardians 2

Erick Fedde held visiting Cleveland scoreless over six-plus innings as Chicago won the opener of a four-game series.

Fedde (3-0) allowed six hits and no walks while striking out three. Eloy Jimenez broke out of a 4-for-33 slump with two hits for Chicago, which won for the fourth time in six games.

Josh Naylor, Will Brennan and Bo Naylor each had two hits for Cleveland, which went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Ben Lively (1-2) allowed three runs over 5 2/3 innings.


Three-time American League MVP Mike Trout said Thursday that his left knee is progressing well from surgery performed six days earlier, but the 11-time All-Star offered no timeline for his return.

Trout had the meniscus repaired after getting injured on April 29 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He still doesn’t know how he hurt the knee.

“I’m feeling good,” Trout told reporters in his first comments since the procedure. “Surgery went well. Just taking it day by day and feeling better every day, so it’s been good. No timeline. Just come in, rehab and hopefully it feels better every single day, see how it feels the next day and go from there.”

Trout, 32, said he was given the option to delay the surgery and serve as a designated hitter for the rest of the season. He weighed the situation and decided getting fully healthy was the better move.

“It was an option they put out there,” Trout said, speaking before the Angels hosted the Kansas City Royals. “It would have been just maintaining the pain level of it. The day I got the MRI and it showed that, I was in a lot of pain, so it would have been a tough road for the rest of the year to bear that. I felt the best option for me was to get it right and be fully healthy to come back soon.”

Trout led the majors with 10 homers at the time of his injury. However, he was batting just .220 with 14 RBIs and six steals in 29 games.

The injury was frustrating to Trout, who has been derailed by health issues in recent seasons. A calf injury limited him to 36 games in 2021, a back injury helped hold him to 119 games in 2022, and a broken hand last season limited him to one game after July 3 and 82 contests for the season.

“Obviously it’s frustrating, but you can’t really do much about it,” Trout said. “It is what it is. I play the game hard and stuff happens. I try to prepare my body and go out there and play every night and give 100 percent for the team, the fans, for everybody, and stuff just happens. I play the game hard.”

Trout is a career .299 hitter with 378 career home runs, 954 RBIs and 212 stolen bases in 1,518 games over 14 seasons, all with the Angels after he was a first-round draft pick (25th overall) in 2009.

The Angels are also without infielder Brandon Drury and injury-prone third baseman Anthony Rendon, both sidelined due to left hamstring strains.

Drury was placed on the 10-day injured list shortly before Thursday’s game. Drury is batting just .173 with one homer and six RBIs in 30 games this season. He smacked 26 homers last season.

Rendon was moved to the 60-day injured list on Thursday. Rendon is batting .267 with no homers and three RBIs in 19 games this season. He has played in just 219 games since joining the team prior to the 2020 season.

“We can’t approach it that we can’t play baseball because we don’t have this guy or we don’t have that guy,” Los Angeles manager Ron Washington said. “We’ve got to approach it where the guys we have, they’re good enough to do what the game asks of them to do. And we can still be successful. We miss the guys that aren’t here, no doubt about it. But our job is to hold things down until they return.”

The Angels acquired infielder Luis Guillorme from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

Los Angeles also claimed first baseman Niko Goodrum off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays and recalled shortstop Kyren Paris from Double-A Rocket City. The team also recalled right-hander Kelvin Caceres (lat) from Triple-A Salt Lake and placed him on the 60-day injured list to open up a 40-man roster spot.


Chris DiMarco and Irishman Padraig Harrington shared the early lead at 7 under through 13 holes when play was suspended at the Regions Tradition on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala.

The first major of the PGA Tour Champions season was halted Thursday afternoon due to lightning in the area. The tour decided not to resume play until Friday at 8 a.m. local time, with all 78 players needing to complete their first rounds before beginning Round 2.

DiMarco and Harrington are two strokes ahead of Steve Flesch, Fiji’s Vijay Singh, Australia’s Rod Pampling and South Korea’s Y.E. Yang. Flesch was 5 under through 16 holes while Singh, Pampling and Yang were 5 under through 11.

DiMarco, 55, has yet to win on the PGA Tour Champions. He’s never finished better than T33 at the Regions Tradition, yet he had a red-hot start Thursday with seven birdies in 13 holes, including three straight at one point.

While newer to the PGA Tour Champions than DiMarco, the 52-year-old Harrington already has seven wins and one major (the 2022 U.S. Senior Open) in his back pocket. The former World No. 3 started his round on the back nine and racked up four straight birdies at Nos. 13-16 to get going.

Shane Bertsch (15 holes completed), Lee Janzen (15), Marco Dawson (12) and South Africa’s Ernie Els (12) are tied at 4 under.

Steve Stricker, the three-time Tradition winner who won in 2022 and 2023 by six shots, was 3 under through 11 holes when play halted.

“I enjoy coming here,” Stricker said Wednesday before the tournament. “It’s the first major of the year. So, you get fired up to play here. The weather is usually warm and good. And the course is in great shape. I try not to think about it too much and just try to go out and play and continue to play well here.”

Also tied at 3 under were John Daly, Germany’s Bernhard Langer and Charles Schwab Cup leader Steven Alker of New Zealand.


Beau Hossler and Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre each fired a 7-under-par 64 to share the lead after the first round of the inaugural Myrtle Beach Classic on Thursday in South Carolina.

Hossler and McIntyre said this week was the first time they had seen the Dunes Golf and Beach Club, but that apparent handicap didn’t keep them from forging a one-stroke advantage. They each are seeking their first win on the PGA Tour.

Four players are tied at 65: Davis Thompson, Alistair Docherty, China’s Zecheng Doug and Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti.

Hossler opened with a birdie at No. 1, and added more birdies at Nos. 4, 5, 11 and 12, before making a 75-foot eagle shot out of a left fairway bunker at the par-5 No. 13.

“I couldn’t see it,” Hossler said when asked about the eagle. “I saw it go up and then I heard people say, ‘good shot.’ Yeah, it was nice. I left it right at the spot where I wanted. I thought the left bunker would be a good place, and obviously I’d never expect to make it, but hit a good one, and I couldn’t help — obviously I didn’t see it go in, so I don’t know how much speed it had, but it felt like a pretty good shot.”

He gave back a shot with a bogey at the par-4 No. 14, but rebounded with his final birdie of the day at No. 15.

“It’s been a good start and then very mediocre the last couple months,” Hossler said of his year. “Game just hasn’t felt great. Wasn’t hitting it great, wasn’t putting great. Felt a bit out of it.

“No, I feel like I’m trending, got some stuff that I’m working on that I feel pretty excited about. It’s peaks and valleys in this sport. It’s really frustrating. I think it’s like that for pretty much every player in the world except for one at the moment, and I’m trying to just accept the fact that it is what it is and try and have a little better attitude when it’s down because it’s tough to ride that emotional roller coaster for a career.”

MacIntyre started on the back nine and put together a run of five birdies over seven holes (Nos. 12, 13, 15, 16, 18) for a 31, then followed with a 33, including a bogey at the par-4 No. 8 when two shots found the rough and he sank a 23-inch putt.

The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, a Robert Trent Jones-designed course, formerly hosted the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour from 1994-99.

“It’s unbelievable. It’s a great track,” MacIntyre said. “I didn’t know what to expect coming here obviously with the other tournament (Wells Fargo Championship) going on just now. I thought we might have a lesser golf course. But this is top drawer.”


Rose Zhang carded a career-best and tournament-record 9-under 63 to grab a two-shot lead in the first round of the Cognizant Founders Cup on Thursday in Clifton, N.J.

While all eyes in the sport are on Nelly Korda as she vies to run her personal winning streak to six straight starts, it was her fellow phenom Zhang who conquered Upper Montclair Country Club with nine birdies and no bogeys. Korda posted a 3-under 69 and is tied for 18th.

Zhang is two in front of Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom. Ireland’s Leona Maguire is three back at 6-under 66, tied with South Korea’s Narin An and Australia’s Stephanie Kyriacou.

Zhang, 20, made her professional debut last June at the Mizuho Americas Open in nearby Jersey City and won the tournament.

“It’s almost the one-year anniversary I guess for me being on tour,” said Zhang, who recently finished up her final exams at Stanford. “I still feel like I’m learning every single week about myself, about how I should approach the golf game, and the lifestyle out here on tour.”

Her return to New Jersey saw her post a 6-under 30 on the front nine with four straight birdies at Nos. 6-9.

“It was almost just auto-command kind of golf,” Zhang said. “I feel like in the last couple weeks it’s been a little bit difficult. I’ve been struggling a little bit with the golf swing and gaining confidence in my preparation.

“But going into this week I kind of let it all go, let the expectations go a little bit more. I was able to free myself up a little bit, which was really nice to see some shots go in, especially on the greens.”

Sagstrom began her round on the back nine and quickly found some momentum by eagling the par-5 12th. She added six birdies and only one bogey on her day and was the leader in the clubhouse before Zhang passed her by.

“It was kind of a little bit of our bonus,” Sagstrom said of her eagle putt. “Traditionally I am a good putter. For some reason I putted well here all the years we been here. For me, my game plan has been to be a bit more consistent with my ball striking, giving myself some chances and, I really did that and took advantage of the some of the putts I had.”

Korda also started on the back and went birdie-bogey at Nos. 12 and 13. Though she left some birdie putts on the course, she holed her chances at Nos. 18, 2 and 9 to finish on a positive note.

“I have not thought about the streak at all, honestly,” Korda said. “I think that’s only going to do more harm for me than do good. Big thing for me is taking it a shot at time and being present and in my own bubble. That’s what I’m focusing on.”



The Pacers are 3-0 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse so far this postseason and will need to continue to protect homecourt this weekend if they want to even their Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the New York Knicks.

The Knicks held serve at Madison Square Garden this week, winning Game 1 on Monday and Game 2 on Wednesday. In Wednesday’s game, the Knicks outscored Indiana 67-48 after halftime to come away with a 130-121 victory.

The Pacers had built a 73-63 lead heading into the intermission and pushed the margin to 12 on Andrew Nembhard’s layup on Indiana’s opening possession of the third quarter. But the Knicks seized control from there, stringing together a 27-6 run over the next seven-plus minutes to seize control of the contest.

Donte DiVincenzo scored eight points on two threes and a dunk in an initial 11-4 run that prompted a timeout from Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle. After the stoppage, the Knicks reeled off 10 unanswered points to move in front and they never relinquished the lead.

One positive for the Pacers in the loss was the play of All-Star guard Tyrese Haliburton. After only scoring six points on six shots in Game 1, Haliburton made a point of being more assertive in Game 2. He scored 13 points in the first quarter on Wednesday, had 22 at halftime, and finished with a playoff career-high 34 points on 11-of-19 shooting (7-of-11 from 3-point range) to go along with six rebounds, nine assists, and two steals.

While Haliburton had a big night and the bench continued to contribute, outscoring the Knicks’ reserves 46-12, it was a relatively quiet night for some other Indiana starters. After scoring 23 points in Game 1, Pacers center Myles Turner only tallied six in Game 2 while going 3-for-11 from the field. Star forward Pascal Siakam finished with 14 points but need 18 shots to get there.

Defensively, meanwhile, the Pacers have struggled to slow down the Knicks. New York shot 57 percent from the field in Game 2 and went 14-for-30 (46.7 percent) from 3-point range. For the second straight game, all five New York starters reached double figures, with Jalen Brunson, DiVincenzo, and OG Anunoby all scoring 28 or more points and Josh Hart and Isaiah Hartenstein both recording double-doubles.

The biggest question heading into Game 3 is the health of a couple of the Knicks’ stars. Brunson missed the entire second quarter of Game 2 after injuring his right foot, though he returned to play the second half, scoring 24 points over the final two quarters. Anunoby then hurt his left hamstring in the third quarter and did not return. If the Knicks — who are already shorthanded without Julius Randle, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Mitchell Robinson — do not have either or both of Brunson or Anunoby this weekend, that would be a significant blow.

The Pacers can take comfort in knowing that it has been very difficult for teams to win in Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Indiana is the only team in the NBA that has not lost a home game in the last 50 days, as the Pacers’ last home loss came on March 18. The Blue & Gold swept three home games in the first round against the Bucks in front of a raucous crowd and with the rival Knicks in town, the atmosphere should be even more electric this weekend.

Projected Starters
Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Andrew Nembhard, F – Aaron Nesmith, F – Pascal Siakam, C – Myles Turner

Knicks: G – Jalen Brunson, G – Donte DiVincenzo, F – Josh Hart, F – Precious Achiuwa, C – Isaiah Hartenstein

Injury Report
Pacers: Tyrese Haliburton – questionable (lower back spasms), Bennedict Mathurin – out (right shoulder labral tear)

Knicks: Jalen Brunson – questionable (sore right foot), OG Anunoby – out (left hamstring strain), Bojan Bogdanovic – out (left foot surgery), Julius Randle – out (right shoulder surgery), Mitchell Robinson – out (left ankle stress injury)

Last Meeting
May 8, 2024: The Pacers took a 73-63 lead into halftime on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden, but the Knicks outscored Indiana 36-18 in the third quarter and never relinquished the lead en route to a 130-121 win in Game 2.

After missing the entire second quarter with a sore right foot, Jalen Brunson returned for the second half and scored 24 of his team-high 29 points over the final two quarters. OG Anunoby added 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting (4-of-9 from 3-point range) despite missing the whole fourth quarter with a hamstring injury and Donte DiVincenzo scored 28 to go along with six rebounds and four assists while going 6-for-12 from 3-point range.

Tyrese Haliburton led Indiana with 34 points, six rebounds, and nine assists in the loss, going 11-for-19 from the field and 7-for-11 from 3-point range. Obi Toppin scored 20 points off the bench, while fellow reserve T.J. McConnell recorded a double-double with 10 points and 12 assists.

Haliburton’s seven threes in Game 2 were tied for the most by a Pacer in a playoff game in franchise history, joining a list that includes Chuck Person, Reggie Miller (twice), Paul George, Bojan Bogdanovic, and Myles Turner. His seven 3-pointers were also tied with Tyrese Maxey for the second-most in a playoff game at Madison Square Garden. Ray Allen holds the record with eight threes for Boston against the Knicks in 2011.
The Pacers have outscored the Knicks 128-112 in the first half of Games 1 and 2, but New York has outscored Indiana 139-110 in the second half.
The Pacers are 0-8 when dropping the first two games of a best-of-seven playoff series. They have rallied to force a Game 7 in three of those series: the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals against the Knicks, the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic, and the 1998 Eastern Conference Finals against the Bulls.
Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)
TV: ESPN – Mike Breen (play-by-play), Doris Burke (analyst), JJ Redick (analyst), Lisa Salters (sideline reporter)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)

The Pacers will host the Knicks for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 10.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever secured an 83-80 victory against the Atlanta Dream in its only 2024 preseason home game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Thursday night. Fever forward NaLyssa Smith had her second 20-point preseason scoring game, leading the Fever with 21 points. Fever guard Grace Berger ended with a game-high seven assists, while rookie guard Caitlin Clark posted 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Fever center Aliyah Boston and forward Katie Lou Samuelson each added 11 points in the Fever win, while Boston tallied a game-high four blocked shots as well.

Thursday’s attendance at Gainbridge Fieldhouse – 13,028 – was the largest home crowd at an Indiana Fever home preseason game in franchise history, surpassing 9,024 on May 18, 2000 – the team’s first preseason home game, per Elias Sports Bureau.

Atlanta attacked the Fever early, building a lead as large as 15 in the first half and Indiana trailed 30-24 at the end of the first quarter. To end the first half, Fever rookie guard Celeste Taylor’s put back off of a missed field goal reduced the first-half deficit, 49-48, heading into the locker room. Taylor ended the night with eight points and six rebounds.

Indiana responded out of the locker room and held Atlanta to only 31 points in the second half as the Dream shot less than 29 percent from the floor in the final 20 minutes. Indiana outscored Atlanta, 38-28, in paint points, and the Fever held a strong advantage inside recording 11 blocked shots on defense in Thursday night’s preseason finale.

Atlanta concluded its preseason slate with guard Allisha Gray, guard Aerial Powers and center Tina Charles, all ending the night with 10 points. Guard Rhyne Howard led Atlanta with 13 points, while forward Cheyenne Parker-Tyus added 11 points.

The Fever tip off the 2024 regular season against the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Mohegan Sun Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN 2, Disney+, the WNBA App and on WNBA League Pass.


IOWA CITY, IOWA. –––– Just four days after facing playing each other in the weekend’s final regular season series, No. 8 seed Indiana and No. 1 seed Northwestern met up again on Thursday afternoon in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal at Bob Pearl Field.

The Hoosiers triumphed, defeating the Wildcats, 4-3, to advance to the semifinals. They will face off against No. 4 Seed Nebraska at 5 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (CT)

No. 8 Seed INDIANA 4, No. 1 Seed NORTHWESTERN 3


  • Northwestern struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second on an RBI double from Cunnea to score Donahey.
  • Indiana freshman Alex Cooper would tie the game on one swing in the top of the fourth inning, hitting a home run to dead center field to make it a 1-0 game.
  • The Hoosiers would add on two more runs to make it 3-1 in the top of the fifth as they got the bases loaded and drew two consecutive walks. Senior Aaliyah Andrews and Cooper each walked to score junior Sarah Stone and sophomore Avery Parker, respectively.
  • After the top of the fifth, the game went into a rain delay that spanned a little over an hour.
  • Coming out of the delay, Indiana’s defense was ready to go, turning in a three-up, three-down inning.
  • With two outs in the top of the sixth, freshman Aly VanBrandt would hit an RBI single up the middle and score junior Brianna Copeland to make it a 4-1 game.
  • Northwestern would add on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning from a home run and RBI double to draw closer at a 4-3 score.
  • The Wildcats would get one runner aboard in the bottom of the seventh, but Indiana collected three outs to seal the win.


  • With the win, Indiana is 39-17 on the season.
  • Copeland eclipsed 20 wins on the season in the circle.
  • This is Indiana’s second consecutive year reaching the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.
  • Cooper’s home run was her sixth of the season.
  • Eight different Hoosiers recorded a hit.
  • Cooper (2), VanBrandt (1) and Andrews (1) all accounted for an RBI.
  • Indiana’s upcoming game against Nebraska will be the first time that the teams have met this season.

Indiana’s semifinal game against No. 4 seed Nebraska will be tomorrow at 5 p.m. (ET)/4 p.m. (CT).


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana track and field heads north to Ann Arbor, Mich. for the Big Ten Outdoor Championships at U-M Track and Field Stadium.

Big Ten Outdoor Championships (All times ET)
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Host: Michigan
Venue: U-M Track and Field Stadium
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Indiana has 13 top-five marks across 10 events in the outdoor Big Ten season.

Antonio Laidler ranks fourth in the 100 (10.24) and 200 meters (20.56). Micah Camble recorded the third fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.15 at the Billy Hayes Invitational.

Kenisha Phillips leads the women with a top-five mark to rank fourth in the 400-meter sprint (53.45).

The men’s 4x100m relay is fifth in the conference. Novo Onovwerosuoke, Laidler, Otto De St Jeor and Trelee Banks ran a time of 39.91 for the sixth fastest time in program history.

Camden Marshall holds the second fastest time in the 800 meters (1:46.23). He ranks 10th in the nation in the event.
He is the reigning 800-meter champion after he won the event with a time of 1:46.57. He earned another title at the 2024 Indoor Championships.

Marshall has made all five finals, indoors and outdoors, in the 800 meters at the Big Ten Championships in his career. He holds three titles in the event, two indoors (2021, 2024) and one outdoor (2023).

The distance crew is holding their own as Austin Haskett is ranked third in the conference with a time of 13:49.64 in the 5000m. Teammate Skylar Stidam follows him in fourth with a time of 13:50.65.

Stidam also ranks second in the 10,000m with a school record time of 28:32.41. Abe Eckman is fourth in the event after running a time of 28:58.56.

In the field, Tyler Carrel and Nathan Stone are ranked second and third with a height of 5.45m/17-10.5. Carrel and Stone are tied 16th in the nation.
Nathan Stone and Tyler Carrel went 2-3 in the 2023 Outdoor Big Ten Championships. Stone claimed the 2024 Indoor Championships title for his fifth gold medal and his sixth top-two finish.

Carrel finished with a bronze medal in the 2024 Indoor Championships as well as last years outdoor meet to mark the highest finish of his career.

The Hoosiers have scored 15 points for two second-consecutive seasons in the men’s pole vault after Stone and Carrel went 1-4 in 2022 and 1-3 in 2023. Stone now owns six medals in seven Big Ten pole vault competitions during his college career.

Sean Mockler is second in the Big Ten in the Hammer after he broke his own school record with a throw of 68.82m/225-9. Mockler ranks 17th nationally in the event.

Mockler broke his own school record in the Hammer throw at the Billy Hayes Invitational with a mark of 68.82m/225-09. He currently ranks in the top-20 in the NCAA, with the 17th best mark.

The Hoosiers went to work on the track and field as they led in seven events from: Alex Smith (Long Jump), Grayson Rolen (High Jump), Antonio Laidler (100m), Micah Camble (400mH), Otto De St Jeor (200m), Mariah Wehrle (1500m) and the men’s 4x100m relay.

Laidler had the fastest time of the day in the 100m dash with a time of 10.34 in the final heat. De St Jeor had a great win in the 200m race as he crossed the finish with a personal best of 20.95. Novo Onovwerosuoke finished in second with a time of 21.31.

The sprinters improved on their 4x100m relay as they entered the top-10 all-time performance list. Onovwerosuoke, Laidler, De St Jeor and Trelee Banks ran the sixth fastest time in program history of 39.91 for the win.

Micah Camble had his best race of the season with a win and a personal best in the 400mH. He clocked a time of 51.15 in his lap around the oval. On the women’s side, Ryann Parrish added a top-three finish with a PR of 1:00.68.

Nico Colchico had a lifetime personal best of 1:47.59, as he entered in the top-10 list with the sixth fastest time.

Cole Raymond finished second in the 3000m Steeplechase with a big personal best time of 9:13.52. Mariah Wehrle added a win in the 1500m with the fastest time of 4:21.12.

In the field, Smith and Rolen led the men’s jumpers in their respective events. Rolen posted a season best mark of 2.06m/6-9 while teammate Deepak Laungani finished second after clearing the same height for a personal best. Kelly Moran placed second in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 12.13m/39-9.75.

Big Ten Outdoor Championships: May 10th
Time (EDT) Event: Athletes
12:00 PM Decathlon: 100 Meters: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
12:45 PM Women’s Hammer Throw (trials & finals): Bridget Beyer
12:45 PM Decathlon: Long Jump: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
2:00 PM Decathlon: Shot Put: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
2:45 PM Men’s Hammer Throw (trials & finals): Sean Mockler, Tyler Reyna
2:45 PM Decathlon: High Jump: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
4:45 PM Women’s Javelin (trials & finals): Shanna Esters
5:00 PM Decathlon: 400 Meters: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
5:35 PM Women’s 400 Hurdles (Prelims): Ryann Parrish, Kai Snell
5:55 PM Men’s 400 Hurdles (Prelims): Micah Camble, John Colquitt
6:15 PM Women’s 200 Meters (Prelims): Kristina Vincic, Symone Adams
6:30 PM Men’s 200 Meters (Prelims): Novo Onovwerosuoke, Otto De St Jeor, Trelee Banks, Antonio Laidler
6:45 PM Women’s 1500 Meters (Prelims): Lily Myers
7:05 PM Men’s 1500 Meters (Prelims): Aidan Lord, Martin Segurola, Andrew Mangum
7:30 PM Women’s 10,000 Meters (Finals): Claire Overfelt
8:15 PM Men’s 10,000 Meters (Finals): Skylar Stidam, Abe Eckman
Big Ten Outdoor Championships: May 11th
Time (EDT) Event: Athletes
9:30 AM Decathlon: 110m Hurdles: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
10:10 AM Decathlon: Discus: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
11:20 AM Decathlon: Pole Vault: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
1:15 PM Decathlon: Javelin: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
1:20 PM Women’s Long Jump (trials & finals): Serena Bolden
2:15 PM Women’s High Jump (trials & finals): Mahogany Jenkins, Taylor Schoonveld
3:10 PM Decathlon: 1500m: Max Grangier, Garrett Messer
4:00 PM Women’s 400m (trials): Kenisha Phillips, Morgan Snow
4:15 PM Men’s 400m (trials): Micah Camble,
4:30 PM Women’s 100m (trials): Kristina Vincic, Symone Adams, Serena Bolden
4:35 PM Men’s Long Jump (trials & finals): Alex Smith
4:45 PM Men’s 100m (trials): Antonio Laidler, Trelee Banks
5:00 PM Women’s 100m Hurdles (trials): Olivia Gee
5:15 PM Men’s 110m Hurdles (trials): John Colquitt
5:30 PM Women’s 800m (trials): Maddie Russin
5:55 PM Men’s 800m (trials): Camden Marshall, Nico Colchico, Keefer Soehngen
6:45 PM Men’s 3000m Steeplechase: Austin Haskett
Big Ten Outdoor Championships: May 12th
Time (EDT) Event: Athletes
11:00 AM Women’s Triple Jump (trials & finals): Mahogany Jenkins, Serena Bolden
12:00 PM Men’s Pole Vault (trials & finals): Tyler Carrel, Nathan Stone, Riley Johnston
12:30 PM Men’s High Jump (trials & finals): Deepak Laungani, Grayson Rolen
12:45 PM Women’s 4×100 Relay (Finals):

  • Vincic, Adams, Snow,
    12:55 PM Men’s 4×100 Relay (Finals)
  • Novo Onovwerosuoke, Antonio Laidler, Otto De St Jeor, Trelee Banks
    1:05 PM Women’s 1500 Meters (Finals): Top 12 Qualifiers
    1:15 PM Men’s 1500 Meters (Finals): Top 12 Qualifiers
    1:25 PM Women’s 110 Hurdles (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    1:30 PM Men’s Discus (trials & finals): Drew Franklin, Tyler Reyna
    1:30 PM Men’s Triple Jump (trials & finals):
    1:35 PM Men’s 110m Hurdles (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    1:40 PM Women’s 400 Meters (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    1:45 PM Men’s 400 Meters (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    1:50 PM Women’s 100 Meters (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    1:55 PM Men’s 100 Meters (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    2:03 PM Women’s 800 Meters (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    2:08 PM Men’s 800 Meters (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    2:18 PM Women’s 400 Hurdles (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    2:28 PM Men’s 400 Hurdles (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    2:35 PM Women’s 200 Meters (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    2:42 PM Men’s 200 Meters (Finals): Top 9 Qualifiers
    2:49 PM Women’s 5000 Meters (Finals): Grace Tyson, Lily Myers, Claire Overfelt, Mariah Wehrle
    3:11 PM Men’s 5000 Meters (Finals): Skylar Stidam, Abe Eckman, Austin Haskett, Aidan Lord
    3:33 PM Men’s 4×400 Relay (Finals):
  • Indiana
    3:45 PM Women’s 4×400 Relay (Finals):
  • Indiana


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – One of the biggest weekends in recent Big Ten baseball memory will take center stage this weekend with the top six teams in the league all meeting each other in the penultimate week of conference play. Part of that slate features a massive series in Lincoln as the Indiana Baseball team (27-19-1, 12-6 B1G) meets Nebraska (12-6 B1G) at Haymarket Park.

The Hoosiers are fresh off a comeback series victory at Purdue and have won their past five Big Ten series, three of those on the road. IU is looking to win all four road series in conference play since going 8-for-8 in weekend sets in the magical 2014 season.

IU has won 11 of its past 14 Big Ten games and only dropped one conference series the entire year, against Illinois in mid-March. On the outside of the bubble, looking in, the Hoosiers have four big quad one opportunities in the next week with road games at Nebraska (x3) and Louisville. The Big Ten title is well in reach but a series victory in Lincoln would go a long way.

A number of players have returned to the lineup to help the Hoosiers down the stretch. Junior Brock Tibbitts started all three games at first base last weekend while sophomore Connor Foley resumed his role as the Saturday starter. Freshman Andrew Wiggins is expected to work back into some at-bats in the coming games in his journey back to full health.

Sixth-year senior Ty Bothwell will get the ball on Friday night in one of the best environments in all of the Big Ten Conference. This will be the first time head coach Jeff Mercer has led an IU team into Lincoln. The two teams haven’t played at Haymarket Field since 2018. Friday will have a first pitch of 7:05 PM ET/6:05 PM CT while Saturday (7:05 PM ET) and Sunday (1:00 PM ET) will be featured on the Big Ten Network.

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Probable Starters
Indiana at Nebraska

  • Friday – Ty Bothwell, LHP (IU) vs. Brett Sears, RHP (NU)
  • Saturday – Connor Foley, RHP (IU) vs. Mason McConnaughey, RHP (NU)
  • Sunday – TBD (IU) vs. TBD (NU)

Player and Stat Trends
Tibbitts Chases 200

  • Brock Tibbitts made his return to the lineup after missing a month with a lower-leg injury. He had four hits in the weekend series win over Purdue including the hit that kickstarted an amazing ninth-inning rally. Tibbitts now has 186 for his career and is 14 away from becoming the 25th member of the 200-hit club at Indiana.

Turned the Tables in West Lafayette

  • Down to its final two outs on Sunday, the Indiana Baseball team pulled off a miraculous comeback, using three singles, three walks and a fielding error to score four runs in the ninth and take the lead. Jacob Vogel recorded the final three outs to secure the series win.
  • IU scored 15 runs in the seventh inning or later this weekend, including all 10 in Saturday’s victory, taking the series in West Lafayette for the first time since 2002. Potentially a season-defining win, the Hoosiers remain just a game back of league leaders Illinois with six to play.

Massive Seven-Game Stretch in May

  • Now comes the fun part of the schedule. Despite injuries, and a rough month of March, IU has kept its head above water with a chance at a conference title. The Hoosiers have seven games left, all against power five schools.
  • After a midweek against Cincinnati was canceled, there are seven chances left to boost the RPI in the right direction. The Hoosiers then head to Lincoln for a massive Big Ten road series against Nebraska, a fellow 12-6 team in the league.

DT Shines in Leadoff Role

  • Head coach Jeff Mercer moved Devin Taylor to the leadoff role before the Rutgers series to spell the struggling Carter Mathison. Taylor, who hardly sees any pitches to hit, has made opposing pitchers pay in the last six games.
  • In that stretch, the sophomore is hitting .462 (12-26) with four home runs, seven RBIs, nine runs, a double and a triple. Most of those outs have been hard hit balls right at defenders. He has his season average up to .356 and is seeing the ball with confidence right now.

How ‘Bout the Bullpen?

  • IU’s bullpen, which has been forced into uncomfortable positions this season, has finally begun to turn the corner. Pitchers, who are in weekend roles due to injury, have taken big leaps including the likes of Aydan Decker-Petty, Drew Buhr and Jacob Vogel.
  • In 26 innings this past weekend, the Hoosiers allowed just nine earned runs. Eight different pitchers threw. The bullpen threw 20.1 of those innings and only allowed five earned runs. Jacob Vogel gave IU four scoreless while Drew Buhr handed the Hoosiers 4.2 innings of no-run action.

The Big Ten’s Biggest Weekend

  • When the Big Ten schedule was released, this weekend wasn’t necessarily circled. However, the top six teams in the league will all meet as the Big Ten title picture potentially becomes clearer.
  • Indiana and Nebraska will meet in Lincoln, Purdue and Michigan play in Ann Arbor and Illinois hosts Iowa in Champaign. All six teams are separated by no more than 1.5 games in the conference standings.

Road Series Wins

  • When IU heads to Nebraska this weekend, it will be looking to win its fourth and final Big Ten series on the road this year. IU hasn’t won all four Big Ten road weekends in the same year since dominating the league in 2014.

Big Ten Road Series Wins (Perfect 4/4 – Current Scheduling Format)
2024: at Maryland (2-1), at Minnesota (2-1) at Purdue (2-1), at Nebraska (TBD)
2014: at Ohio State (3-0), at Iowa (3-0), at Illinois (2-1), at Penn State (3-0)

Scouting the Opponent
Nebraska (30-17, 12-6 B1G)

  • Nebraska is one of the most well-balanced teams in the entire country and has worked an RPI into the top-25 for a majority of the season. The Cornhuskers are tied with Indiana, and Purdue, for second in the Big Ten Standings.
  • Case Sanderson is hitting a whopping .352 across 38 games and 29 starts as of May 8th. Nebraska has worked 19 games into the lineup this season with only one player (Cole Evans) playing in all 46 as of Wednesday. Josh Caron works the power in the order with eight home runs and 48 RBIs.
  • The pitching has been a strong point for the Cornhuskers this year. Brett Sears is the best pitcher in the Big Ten. Nebraska’s Friday man has a 7-0 record and a 2.18 earned run average in 12 starts. He’s worked 78.1 innings and allowed just 19 runs.
  • As a staff, Nebraska has a 4.41 ERA, before Wednesday’s game, the lowest in the conference. IU has played, and beaten, the other four teams with the lowest team ERA’s in the conference. Nebraska will be the fifth team IU has played in the top-5 of team ERA.

Inside the Series
Indiana at Nebraska

  • IU will make its first trip to Lincoln since 2018 this weekend. Head coach Jeff Mercer has never taken an IU team to Haymarket Park in his tenure. The two teams last met in a three-game set in 2022 in Bloomington with the Hoosiers taking two of three.
  • Nebraska and IU met four times in the conference-only COVID-19 season with Nebraska winning three of four including clinching the Big Ten title on IU’s field. The teams played two of their four games in Piscataway that season at Rutgers.
  • IU won the Saturday and Sunday games the last time they played in Lincoln. Each game in that series was separated by three-or-fewer runs.


Purdue (32-17, 12-6 Big Ten) at Michigan (26-23, 11-7 Big Ten)
Friday to Sunday, May 10-12 / Watch B1G+
Series Opener: Friday at 6 p.m. ET
Middle Game: Saturday at 2 p.m. ET
Series Finale: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
Ray Fisher Stadium / Ann Arbor, Michigan

All-Time: Michigan Leads 151-65
All-Time in Ann Arbor: Michigan leads 71-26
Last Series: Purdue won 2 of 3 (April 29-May 1, 2022 in West Lafayette)
Last Series in Ann Arbor: Michigan swept a 3-game set (April 2015)
Purdue’s Last Series Win in Ann Arbor: Purdue swept a 4-game set (April 1993)

Friday: Jordan Morales (Grad, LHP) vs. TBA for Michigan
Saturday: Luke Wagner (Sr, LHP) vs. TBA for Michigan
Sunday: Kyle Iwinski (Sr, RHP) vs. TBA for Michigan

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As one of three spotlight series around the Big Ten for the penultimate weekend of the conference season, Purdue Baseball rides an eight-game road win streak into Ann Arbor for its first appearance at the University of Michigan since April 2015.

First pitch at Ray Fisher Stadium is slated for 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. The Boilermakers have played 446 games, including 14 vs. Michigan, since their last trip to Ann Arbor. Around the Big Ten, it’s believed to be the longest active stretch between visits to an opponent’s stadium.

Purdue was scheduled to open Big Ten play in Ann Arbor in mid-March of 2020. Instead, Ray Fisher Stadium is the last Big Ten ballpark the Boilers will experience with Greg Goff as head coach. Coincidentally, four of Purdue’s players have already played at the Wolverines’ ballpark during the college careers – headlined by Huntingburg, Indiana, native and U-M transfer Camden Gasser. Jordan Morales pitched there last season for Penn State. Thomas Green (Oakland) and Aaron Dolney (Eastern Michigan) also played at Ray Fisher Stadium at their previous schools before joining the Boilers as grad transfers.

WEEKEND #8 OF BIG TEN PLAY (Penultimate Weekend)

  • Purdue (12-6) at Michigan (11-7)
  • Iowa (13-8) at Illinois (13-5)
  • Indiana (12-6) at Nebraska (12-6)
  • Michigan State (9-9) at Minnesota (7-11)
  • Northwestern (2-16) at Ohio State (8-10)
  • Rutgers (4-14) at Penn State (7-11)
  • Maryland (10-11) at Boston College – Non-Conference

Since Purdue’s last weekend series at Michigan in April 2015

  • 14 Games vs Michigan – 9 at Alexander Field, 4 in Greenville, S.C. in 2021, 1 in Omaha at 2018 Big Ten Tournament
  • 221 Big Ten Games
  • 232 Games vs Big Ten Teams
  • 446 Total Games

Since Purdue’s last trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan has been to the College World Series (2019), won two Big Ten Tournament titles (2015 and 2022) and undergone a coaching change. Kentland, Indiana, native Tracy Smith returned to the Big Ten after Erik Bakich left for Clemson in the summer of 2022. Smith was the head coach at Indiana from 2006-14, but the last time Purdue played one of his teams was also 2015 – Smith’s first season at Arizona State. The Boilermakers were 17-12 against Smith’s IU teams – winning of seven of the eight meetings from 2010 to 2012. Purdue had a combined overall record of 115-58 in those seasons.

The Boilermakers have won eight consecutive road games for the first time since the 2012 Big Ten championship team opened its team-record 45-win season 8-0 in true road games. This season, the victories have come against Ohio State, Rutgers (3), Northwestern (3) and UIC during the streak. Like Rutgers and UIC, Michigan has also been good at home this year. The Wolverines are 16-7 at home, winning Big Ten series vs. Maryland, Minnesota and Ohio State. They also swept Long Beach State during their last home weekend (April 26-28) and enter the Purdue series having won six straight in Ann Arbor.

Final exams and the 2024 spring semester on campus have concluded. The Boilermakers excelled in the classroom once again, compiling a 3.06 team grade-point average for the semester and 3.13 GPA for the 2023-24 school year. Purdue had 26 players earn 3.0-plus GPAs, 10 of whom had 3.5-plus marks. Team Madia won the team’s Academic Bowl for the semester. Connor Caskenette, Avery Cook, Camden Gasser, Weston Gingerich, Thomas Green and Brayden Olsen teamed up for a 3.21 GPA.

Commencement ceremonies are being held on campus this weekend. Purdue’s 14 graduates – plus six more on track to officially earn their degrees this summer – will receive their diplomas Thursday at Alexander Field as part of the program’s annual on-field ceremony.


  • Luke Gaffney: .448/.484/.759, 3 HR, 2 BB, 11 RBI, 8 R
  • Mike Bolton Jr.: .393/.514/.643, 4 2B, HR, 7 BB, 4 RBI, 10 R, 2 Sac, 6 SB
  • Jo Stevens: .371/.421/.800, 2B, 3B, 4 HR, BB, 2 HBP, 13 RBI, 9 R, SB
  • Connor Caskenette: .364/.462/.758, 2B, 4 HR, 5 BB, HBP, 15 RBI, 11 R
  • Camden Gasser: .333/.484/.333, 5 BB, 2 HBP, 3 RBI, 8 R, 2 Sac, 4 SB
  • Jordan Morales: 2 GS, 13 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 9 K, .178 B/Avg
  • Avery Cook: 5 App, 9 2/3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 14 K, .121 B/Avg
  • Carter Doorn: 3 App, 9 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 6 K, .133 B/Avg
  • Aaron Suval: 3 App, 7 1/3 IP, 8 H, 3 R, BB, 5 K, .286 B/Avg


  • Mike Bolton Jr. – 28-game on-base streak; 24-game on-base streak in Big Ten play (since 4/29/23); 12-game hit streak in Big Ten play
  • Connor Caskenette – 11-game hit streak in Big Ten play; 16-game on-base streak in Big Ten play; 9-game hit streak in all games
  • Luke Gaffney – 7-game hit streak in Big Ten play; 14-game on-base streak in Big Ten play
  • Couper Cornblum – 6-game on-base streak; 102 consecutive games started (since start of 2023)
  • Carter Doorn – 15 consecutive scoreless innings in Big Ten play


  • Luke Gaffney – 1st in OPS (1.175), 1st in Slugging (.698), 1st in Total Bases (125), 1st in Runs (55), 2nd in RBI (62), T-2nd in Triples (3), 3rd in Batting Avg (.391), 4th in Hits (70), 6th in OBP (.476), T-8th in HR (12)
  • Connor Caskenette – T-1st in RBI (66), 4th in Slugging (.628), T-8th in HR (12)
  • Camden Gasser – 1st in Walks (48), 1st in OBP (.532), 4th in Runs (49), 4th in Steals (17), 7th in Batting Avg (.366)
  • Luke Wagner – T-1st in Wins (7)
  • Couper Cornblum – T-2nd in Triples (3), 5th in At-Bats (195)
  • Jackson Dannelley – T-3rd in Saves (6)
  • Mike Bolton Jr. – 3rd in Steals (21), T-9th in Runs (48)
  • Jordan Morales – T-1st in Wins (7), 6th in Innings (67 2/3), 8th in Walks per 9 IP (2.1)
  • Logan Sutter – 4th in Slugging (.661), 6th in OPS (1.115), 8th in Doubles (15), 9th in OBP (.465)


ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Purdue track & field team begins the championship portion of its outdoor schedule at the 2024 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from May 10-12.

The weekend gets underway on Friday, May 10, at noon ET, with the decathlon and heptathlon. Field events begin at 1:30 p.m., and Purdue’s first running event is at 6:30 p.m. The opening day will conclude at approximately 9 p.m. On Saturday, May 11, the decathlon continues at 9:30 a.m., with the heptathlon resuming 45 minutes later. The Boilermakers’ field events start at 2:15 p.m. and the opening running event is at 4 p.m. The day will finish at approximately 7 p.m. The meet wraps up on Sunday, May 12, with field events at 11 a.m. and running events at 12:45 p.m. The championships will finish at approximately 4 p.m.

Fans unable to cheer on the Boilermakers in person can follow along with live results, and watch all of the action live on B1G+ (Friday Track | Friday Field | Saturday Track | Saturday Field | Sunday Track | Sunday Field), with a B1G+ subscription required. Additional championships information, including tickets and the complete schedule, is available at and Updates from Ann Arbor can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Direct links to follow along also are available on the schedule page at

Forty-three Boilermakers, 28 men and 15 women, have made the trip to Michigan for the three-day competition.

Michigan will host this year’s outdoor championships for the first time since 1988. Held at the U-M Track and Field Stadium, which opened in 2018, the Wolverines served as hosts of the Big Ten indoor championships in 2019. The Boilermakers last competed in Ann Arbor indoors earlier this season, while they are making their inaugural visit to UM’s new outdoor track.

Among those donning the Old Gold and Black this weekend, now-junior Praise Aniamaka will look to defend his triple jump title from a year ago. Sophomore Bryanna Craig also returns after taking silver in the heptathlon as a freshman in 2023, and two members of Purdue’s men’s 4×100 relay team are back in 2024 after claiming a bronze medal outdoors last season. Aniamaka, Craig and graduate student Cameron Miller will look to add to their medal total in 2024, after Aniamaka (triple jump) and Craig (pentathlon) won silver medals and Miller (200-meter) took bronze indoors in February.

The Purdue women have won three Big Ten outdoor championships, in 1987, 1999 and 2017, and the men have three runner-up finishes, most recently in 2003. The women’s squad has placed in the top-four in four of the last nine seasons, and the men’s squad has two top-six finishes in the last four championships.

At the 2023 Big Ten Championships, the Boilermakers won four medals, one gold, one silver and two bronzes, and the team totaled 12 top-eight podium finishes and notched four top-10 marks in school history. Along with Aniamaka’s triple jump title and Craig’s runner-up finish in the heptathlon, the men’s 4×100 and the women’s 4×400 relays placed third.

The Boilermakers are represented twice in the top-25 in the sixth weekly national TFRI individual rankings, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Miller is ranked No. 10 in the 200-meter and sophomore Seth Allen checks in at No. 21 in the discus. Miller earned his spot in the rankings with a school-record time, and Allen is in the top-25 thanks to a throw that is No. 3 in program history.

In the Event Squad rankings, the women’s 3,000m steeplechase is No. 7, the men’s 3,000m steeplechase is 12th and the men’s pole vault is 14th.

Purdue concluded the outdoor regular season with four top-10 times in program history at the Drake Relays from April 25-27 in Des Moines, Iowa, and at the Desert Heat Classic in Tucson, Arizona, on April 27.

The Drake Relays began with a pair of record-book marks in the steeplechase, by senior Caleb Williams and junior Jaelyn Burgos. Another top-10 time came in the 10,000-meters from senior Caroline Jordan, while junior Jason Polydoris added a win in the 10,000m to highlight the distance runner’s weekend at the nationally-renowned meet. In Arizona, freshman Alexia Smith entered the record books in the 400m.

A complete recap from day one, two and three, including full results, can be found at

In two weeks, qualifying Boilermakers will compete at the NCAA East Preliminary Round in Lexington, Kentucky, from May 22-25. The list of those that qualified for the regional meet will be announced next week.


DURHAM, N.C. – The University of Notre Dame softball team dropped its Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal tournament game to the No. 13/16 Florida State Seminoles Thursday night in Durham. Notre Dame closes the season 27-23 overall.

Alexis Laudenslager started in the circle, throwing 5.1 innings. The graduate student allowed just four hits and two earned runs to go with a pair of walks as she limited one of the top offenses in the country. Shannon Becker was on in relief, throwing the final 0.2 innings, giving up a hit and a walk without allowing a run.

Notre Dame’s offense managed just four hits in the contest. Mickey Winchell, Addison Amaral, Jane Kronenberger and Emily Tran all recorded hits. Kronenberger was the lone extra-base hit, doubling in the second inning.

How It Happened

The Irish applied pressure early, getting two runners on with one out, but a ground ball to the left side erased the threat as the Florida State defense turned a double play to get out of the jam.

Laudenslager faced some drama in the bottom of the first, giving up a single and a walk to put two on before inducing a ground ball to third. Cassidy Grimm fielded the bouncing ball, stepped on the third and relayed to first for the double play. A fly out ended the threat as the first frame ended with zeroes on the scoreboard.

Florida State took the lead in the bottom of the third inning, getting a lead-off homer to go up 1-0.

The Irish again had something cooking in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with two outs. A ground ball extinguished the threat as Florida State wiggled off the hook again.

FSU doubled up its lead in the sixth inning, hitting a one-out homer to take the 2-0 lead.

Notre Dame went down in order in the seventh as the offense never quite found its footing against the Florida State pitching staff.


WASHINGTON, D.C. – University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse graduate students Liam Entenmann and Pat Kavanagh have been selected as two of five finalists for the 2024 Tewaaraton Award, as announced Thursday by The Tewaaraton Foundation.

Kavanagh is the first player in program history to be named a finalist three times as he previously earned the distinction during the 2023 and 2021 seasons.

Entenmann is just the third goalie in history on the men’s side to be named a Tewaaraton Finalist and first since the 2011 season. No goalie has ever been selected as a Tewaaraton winner in the award’s illustrious history.

The Irish now have had seven Tewaaraton finalists in program history, as Entenmann has earned the honor once, Kavanagh has achieved the honor three times (2024, 2023 & 2021), joining his older brother Matt (2015), defenseman Matt Landis (2016) and attackman Tom Glatzel (2001).

The Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the pre-eminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States.

The winner will be announced in Washington, D.C., at the annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on May 30 at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

The three other finalists are Matthew Brandeau (Yale), Brennan O’Neill (Duke) and Connor Shellenberger (Virginia).

Entenmann is set to go down as an all-time great at Notre Dame, as he has been the best goalie in college lacrosse the past few seasons. The graduate student is the back-to-back winner of both the ACC Goalie of the Year and ACC Defensive Player of the Year. In 2023 Entenmann was named the USILA Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Outstanding Goalie, which is presented to the top goalie in the country.

The standout was also named the 2023 NCAA Championships Most Outstanding Player after he put on a masterclass performance in cage in the title game with a season-high 18 saves while allowing just nine goals to propel the Irish to the championship.

Kavanagh will join his brother Matt, another Notre Dame legend, on the Boston Cannons. A two-time Tewaaraton Finalist and the 2024 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Pat Kavanagh is the most decorated attacking player in Notre Dame men’s lacrosse history.

The graduate student holds the all-time career Notre Dame points (281) and assists (173) records. Kavanagh helped lead the Irish to their first national title in program history, capturing the 2023 championship. Kavanagh is also the only player in program history to record 10 points in a single game, a feat which he has achieved three times in his career.

Entenmann, Kavanagh and the Irish open up the NCAA Championships with a first round matchup against Albany at Arlotta Stadium at 5 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 12. The game will air on ESPNU. To purchase tickets, click here.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Jackie Wolak continues to write her name into history as a five-year member of the University of Notre Dame’s women’s lacrosse program. After a strong fifth season with the Irish in which she leads the team in nearly every scoring category and ranks among the nation’s best in points, points per game and goals, Wolak has been named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award, presented annually to the top collegiate lacrosse player. Wolak joins the likes of Crysti Foote, Jillian Byers and Barbara Sullivan as Irish Tewaaraton Finalists, and is the first since Sullivan was honored in back-to-back years (2015 & 2016).

“Jackie is a special player and so deserving of this recognition,” head coach Christine Halfpenny said. “Her selfless play and team-first mentality is inspiring to the entire team. She makes us better every day. We’re all so very proud of Jackie.”

The graduate attacker was named to the award’s watch list prior to the start of the season before going on to earn numerous accolades over her final season with the Irish. The 2024 ACC Attacker of the Year and First Team All-ACC honoree, Wolak leads the team with 92 points and currently ranks second all-time in career points at Notre Dame. This season she has helped the Irish to one of the top-rated offenses in the nation as they average 16.61 goals per game while outscoring their opposition by a 7.72 margin. Her 54 goals and 38 assists also both lead the team while her point total ranks fifth nationally and leads the ACC.

In 18 games started this season, Wolak is averaging 5.11 points per game and has scored 3+ goals in 11 games this season, six of which came against conference foes and one of the nation’s toughest schedules. With five game-winning goals this season, Wolak is tied for a team-best in the category. Perhaps most notably, she scored the game-winning goal over No. 1 Northwestern when they clashed inside Loftus Sports Center in mid-February. The win was the team’s first over a top-ranked team in program history.

In the team’s final game of March, Wolak tied a program single-game record with six assists while adding five goals to come one point shy of the Notre Dame record for points in a game. The 11-point performance led her team to a 26-5 victory and capped off a 6-1 record in March, including three road wins over ranked teams.

Earlier this season she became just the third woman in program history to eclipse 300 career points and now boasts 323 for the Blue and Gold.

Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Wolak boasts 17 multi-point games with her lone single-point game coming in a loss to then-No. 13 Virginia.

The Tewaaraton committee will host its five female finalists at the end of the month with the winner named at the award ceremony following the conclusion of the NCAA Tournament.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – After a successful regular season and a run to the ACC Semifinals in the conference tournament, a record seven Irish women have been named All-American by USA Lacrosse Magazine, as announced by the committee Thursday, May 9. The honorees include a pair of First Team recognition in Jackie Wolak and Kasey Choma while MK Doherty was tabbed to the Second Team. Madison Ahern, Kelly Denes, Olivia Dooley and Keelin Schlageter were all recognized as Honorable Mention in the 2024 edition of the award.

The ACC Attacker of the Year and one of the nation’s top scorers, Jackie Wolak earns her third USA Lacrosse Magazine All-American nod, having been named to the Third Team in 2023 and honorable mention in 2021. The graduate attacker boasts a team-best 92 points this season, including 54 goals and 38 assists. As the team’s leading scorer, she has helped the Irish to one of the top-rated offenses in 2024 and ranks fifth nationally in points while leading the ACC. She averages 5.11 points per game, having started all 18 contests for the Irish as they head into the NCAA Tournament play. Wolak boasts 11 games with a hat trick or better goal total, six of which came in conference play against one of the hardest schedules in the nation.

Fellow graduate student, Choma joins Wolak as a First Team honoree and has her third overall nod to an USA Lacrosse Magazine All-America award. Choma was previously recognized as a First Team-All-ACC honoree and ranks third on the team in total points with 70. A midfielder, Choma boasts 48 goals on the season and has recorded 3+ goals in 10 games this season, including a sock trick performance in the regular season finale at Louisville. On the defensive side of the ball, Choma has 21 ground balls on the season and has caused five turnovers in 18 games started.

A Second-Team All-ACC award winner earlier this season, Doherty earns her first All-American nod as a member of the USA Lacrosse Magazine Second Team in 2024. A senior midfielder, Doherty has made a big impact this season, averaging 4.87 draw controls per game as part of one of the nation’s best draw control units, while also adding 42 points to her resume with 27 goals and 15 assists. In addition to helping the team retain possession each game, Doherty has been a force at reclaiming possession with nine caused turnovers and 18 ground balls this year. She also leads the team in game-winning goals with five, including four over ranked opponents. Doherty’s game-clinching performances late in contests led her to be named Player of the Week on multiple occasions this season, including by USA Lacrosse Magazine, IWLCA, ILWomen and the ACC.

Ahern ranks second on the team in points (72) while her 53 goals is one shy of the team-high. A 2024 First Team All-ACC honoree, the graduate attacker averages just under 1.00 free position goals per game and sits among the conference bests in the category. She leads the team in shots on goal average with 4.83 shots on target per game and boasts three game-winning goals. In 2024, Ahern boasts a minimum of one goal per game and has started all 18 games for the team this season.

The team’s draw specialist, Denes leads the team with 131 draw controls this season, just four shy of her career best. She is the only woman in program history to eclipse triple digit draw controls in three seasons and set the Notre Dame record for career controls in her most recent outing (370). Earlier this season, Denes tied the single-game program record with 16 draw controls when the team hosted Pitt on March 30. Her 7.28 draw controls per game ranks 13th nationally and is second in the ACC. In addition to her performance at the dot, Denes boasts nine caused turnovers, 15 ground balls, five goals and two assists for the Irish heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Honorable Mention recognition is the second of her career, having earned the distinction a season ago as well.

On the defensive side of the ball, Dooley made an immediate impact on the Irish upon her arrival earlier this year. A 2024 All-ACC Tournament Team honoree, the graduate defender boasts a team-best 1.89 caused turnovers per game and has 34 caused turnovers on the year. In addition to forcing the turnovers, Dooley also leads the team in ground balls with 33 and set a career best five ground balls and six caused turnovers earlier this year at Liberty.

Having started all 18 games, Schlageter earned All-American Honorable Mention honors for the first time in her career. Her 24 ground ball recoveries ranks third on the team while her 23 caused turnovers in 2024 ranks second behind Dooley. She also boasts 15 points with 11 goals and four assists en route to the recognition.

The Irish women return home this weekend to host the First and Second rounds of the NCAA Tournament with game one set to take place at 1pm on Friday, May 10.


The Butler men went 1-2-3 in the 10,000 meters Thursday night, opening the 2024 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships in style.

Will Minnette captured the conference title in a time of 28:54.78. He was followed by teammate Florian Le Pallec (28:59.11). Jack McMahon took third in 29:13.59.

For Butler, it is the fifth consecutive BIG EAST title in the 10,000 meters. Barry Keane claimed the 10k title at the previous four championships (2019, 2021, 2022 and 2023 with the 2020 championships not being held due to the COVID-19 pandemic).

Only one BIG EAST champion – Geoff Smith of Providence in 1983 at 28:41.3 – ran a faster time than Minnette at the BIG EAST’s outdoor championships. The BIG EAST championships date back to 1980.

The combined 24 points from Minnette, Le Pallec and McMahon, coupled with two points from seventh-place finisher Matteo Rosio (30:07.07), have the Bulldogs at the top of the team standings at the conclusion of the first day of the championships. Men’s finals in the 10,000 meters and the hammer throw were contested Thursday.

On the women’s side, Abby Olson posted a fourth-place finish for the Butler women in the 10,000 meters earlier in the evening Thursday. She crossed the finish line in a time of 35:05.18. Georgetown’s Chloe Scrimgeour won the event in 32:36.25.

The championships run through Saturday. Friday’s action starts with the second day of the multis beginning at 11 a.m., while the first event on the track is slated for 2 p.m. The final event of the day will be the men’s 5,000 meters at 9 p.m.

The BIG EAST Digital Network will stream Friday’s competition on FloSports. Friday’s coverage begins at 2 p.m.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Butler softball team bowed out of the consolation bracket of the BIG EAST Tournament with a loss to St. John’s on Thursday night. The No. 5 seed Red Storm used a huge second inning, scoring seven runs, en route to a five-inning, 12-2, victory over the No. 6 seed Bulldogs.

Both of Butler’s runs came in the fourth inning when Makena Alexander hit a single up the middle that allowed Olivia Roberts and Ella White to cross home plate.

Rylyn Dyer started in the circle for Butler and took the loss. She was replaced in the second inning and then returned in the fourth to finish the game. In 1.2 total innings, she allowed four runs on five hits. Sydney Cammon (0.2IP, 3R, 2H, 2BB) and Kayla Noerr (1.2IP, 5R, 4ER, 5H, BB) provided relief, with both entering in the second inning.

Bulldog Bits

· Cate Lehner’s stolen base was her 26th of the season and the 43rd of her career.

· Ella White’s double was her 14th of the season and the 34th of her career.


The Ball State baseball team begins its final home series of the year on Friday at 3 p.m. when it hosts Central Michigan for a three-game set.

Subsequent games are on tap for 1:45 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Each game will be broadcast on ESPN+, and links to the broadcasts and live stats can be found above and on the schedule page. Saturday’s game will feature a Senior Day ceremony pregame and First Merchants Ballpark Day which is highlighted by giveaways throughout the day.

The Cardinals (28-19-1, 14-10 Mid-American Conference) are winners of five straight MAC series and are coming off a 24-7 triumph over Butler on Tuesday in seven innings that was their highest offensive output of the year.

The Chippewas (15-33, 6-18 MAC) are last in the league after being picked third in the preseason coaches poll. Central Michigan lost 9-5 at Michigan on Wednesday after being swept at home by Akron last weekend to form a four-game losing streak. The Chippewas have power conference wins at Michigan State (10-0 on April 9) and Notre Dame (2-0 on April 24) over the past month.

SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN: CMU is led by Jake Sabol in his first year in charge of the program after previous head coaching stints at NCAA Division III member Alma and Division II member Northwood.

The Chippewas lead the league and rank Top 25 nationally in pitching shutouts (four, No. 15) and stolen bases (93, No. 22) while ranking third in the MAC with a .974 fielding percentage.

Senior outfielder Jacob Donahue’s .367 batting average is sixth in the MAC and his 15 steals are fifth. The duo of senior Keegan Batka and junior Adam Mrakitsch are second and fifth in the league with 79 strikeouts and 66 strikeouts, respectively.

BIG DAY AT BALL DIAMOND: Ball State pounded out 24 runs on 25 hits in Tuesday’s 24-7 run-rule win over Butler, marking the first time in more than five years that the Cardinals’ offense put together 20+ runs or 20+ hits in a game.

The 2019 team scored 20 against Western Michigan on March 24 after notching 28 hits vs the Broncos on March 20.

WHO WILL WIN HOMER CROWN: Senior shortstop Michael Hallquist and junior catcher Hunter Dobbins enter the weekend tied for the team lead with 17 home runs each.

The duo are in a tie for third among Mid-American Conference sluggers while ranking No. 51 on the NCAA Division I leaderboard in homers.

BUZZSAW BLAIN: Senior right-handed pitcher Nate Blain earned his first two wins of the year on Friday and Sunday at Northern Illinois after combining to allow three runs (none earned) and striking out 12 in 9.2 innings of work to propel the Cardinals to a series win.

Blain was named the MAC Pitcher of the Week for his effort, becoming the third Ball State hurler to earn the honor this year (Keegan Johnson on March 25 and April 8 and Merritt Beeker on April 1). The senior swingman leads the team in ERA (4.53) and innings pitched (59.2) to begin the week.

SERIES HISTORY: Central Michigan leads Ball State 107-68 in the all-time series after sweeping a three-game set last April 14-16 in Mount Pleasant, but the Cardinals got revenge with a 7-6 win on May 24 in the MAC Tournament.

The Chippewas have won 5 of the last 6 in the head-to-head matchup after the Cardinals won seven straight from May 8, 2021 to May 27, 2022.

LEAGUE LEADERS: The Ball State pitching staff paces the MAC with 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings, ranking No. 43 nationally, and stands at fourth in the league in ERA (6.12). The Cardinals’ bats lead the league in doubles (91) and rank second in home runs (78, No. 38 nationally) and slugging percentage (.502, No. 53), third in hits (466) and fourth in batting average (.289) as a team.

Junior left-handed pitcher Merritt Beeker is tops in the MAC in strikeouts (92) and strikeouts per nine (14.1), ranking No. 15 and No. 9 nationally in those categories, respectively. Hallquist is near the top of the MAC leaderboards in total bases (132, No. 2), slugging (.673, No. 5) and hits (64, No. 7). Dobbins is second in slugging percentage (.719) and eighth in total bases (115), while the duo of Hallquist and Dobbins are tied for third in the league in homers and doubles (15 each).

SCHEFF COOKING UP HITS: Senior outfielder Decker Scheffler went 5-for-5 at the dish with two doubles, a home run, four RBI and three runs scored in Tuesday’s romp of the Bulldogs.

It was the second five-hit day of the year for Scheffler after he went 5-for-6 on March 30 against Ohio in what was the first five-hit performance by a Ball State player since 2018 (Jeff Reidel on March 9 vs Western Carolina).

Up Next
Ball State is scheduled to host nationally-ranked Indiana State at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind.- Indiana State Softball had three Sycamore seniors recognized as All-MVC performers in the 2024 season, the league announced on May 8.

Isabella Henning (1B), and Abi Chipps (2B) were both named to the All-MVC First Team, while Kennedy Shade (SS) was named to the All-MVC Second team and Abi Chipps (2B) was also named to the All-MVC defensive team.

Entering the 2024 season as the Number 15-ranked first basemen in Division I by D1Softball, Isabella Henning has received multiple accolades throughout her career including being named MVC Freshman of the Year, a four-time All-MVC selection, two-time NFCA All-Region selection, and MVC All-Tournament team honoree. She’s posted a .356 batting average over her career with 205 hits, 53 doubles, 28 home runs, and 124 RBIs. Off the field, Henning is an engineering major with a 3.93 GPA.

In her career at ISU, Abi Chipps has been named three time MVC All Defensive Team and MVC All-Tournament Team. Known for her bat control, Chipps was honored as the NCAA’s toughest player to strike out in her junior season. She finishes her final season with a career-best .344 batting average while setting new season-highs with 56 hits, 32 runs, and 12 stolen bases. Over her career, she’s played 199 games with 191 starts. Off the field, Chipps is an elementary education major with a 4.0 GPA.

Kennedy had the best season of her career, sitting among the team leaders with a .338 batting average and a .520 slugging percentage, while also sitting among the conference leaders with 40 RBIs. Over her career at Indiana State, she has posted a career .300 batting average over 151 games played while earning 136 career starts on the field. She’s added 120 career hits, 25 doubles, and 12 home runs. Off the field, Shade is a special education major with a 3.83 GPA.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State track and field sets its sights on the 2024 MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which the Sycamores host Friday through Sunday at the Gibson Track and Field Complex.

Friday and Saturday’s events will start at 10 a.m. with the combined events, while Sunday’s action will start at 11:30 a.m. Gates will open one hour prior to the start of each day’s events.

Trees On Top
Indiana State was selected as the pre-championship favorites to hoist the trophies on its home track in the MVC Pre-Championship Poll, which was unveiled Monday.

The Sycamores were tabbed unanimous favorites on the men’s side, garnering all 10 first-place votes for 100 points. Indiana State received nine of the 12 first-place votes on the women’s side and earned 141 out of a possible 144 points.

Men’s Championship Outlook
Indiana State seeks its third straight MVC Outdoor Championship title and third consecutive indoor/outdoor title sweep, and the Sycamores once again have a deep group with 28 top-five marks in the conference. The Trees feature a trio of field athletes ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA East Region in Elias Foor (discus, 59.51m/195-04), Shomari Rogers-Walton (long jump, 7.89m/25-10.75) and Will Staggs (pole vault, 5.50m/18-00.50) while also boasting the top-ranked athletes in the 400m hurdles (Quincy Armstrong, 52.66), high jump (Kevin Krutsch, 2.10m/6-10.75) and triple jump (Rogers-Walton, 15.33m/50-03.50) to go alongside a school record-setting 4x100m relay team of Casey Hood Jr., Daunte Majors, Isiah Thomas and Tahj Johnson (39.64).

The Sycamores remain deep with multiple top-five conference marks in seven different events, including three in the 100m, pole vault, long jump and triple jump. 2023 NCAA East First Round qualifiers Lawrence Mitchell (high jump, 2.04m/6-08.25) and Brett Norton (shot put, 18.37m/60-03.25) add to a strong group of field athletes, while Thomas (100m, 10.47), Napoleon Hernandez (800m, 1:50.89), Jason Dworak (1500m, 3:43.69) and Logan Pietrzak (steeplechase, 9:03.70) all cracked the program top-10 charts this season on the track.

Women’s Championship Outlook
Fresh off its second MVC Indoor Championship in the last three years, Indiana State looks to take it one step further and complete an indoor/outdoor title sweep with 20 top-five marks in the conference leading the way. 100m hurdles school record holder Rachel Mehringer (13.38 wind-legal/13.34 all-conditions) leads a deep group of athletes on the track, which also features two of the top four 100m sprinters in the conference in Michelle McDonald (11.65) and Angel Thomas (11.72).

The Trees also feature a trio of field athletes in prime position to qualify for the NCAA East First Round in Lillian Gibbs (javelin, 45.32m/148-08), Brooklyn Giertz-Pfaff (pole vault, 4.15m/13-07.25) and Grace Quinlan (high jump, 1.75m/5-08.75), while Faith Frye also tops the conference in the long jump (5.97m/19-07.00). 2023 NCAA East First Round qualifier Selene Weaver (pole vault, 3.92m/12-10.25) has produced her best results of the season in recent weeks, while Rachel Conhoff (1500m, 4:26.72/steeplechase, 11:03.13) and Niesha Anderson (hammer throw, 55.13m/180-10) have added their names to the program top-10 charts this season.

Last Time Out
Will Staggs cleared 18 feet for the first time at an outdoor meet Friday at the Billy Hayes Invitational, breaking his own program record in the pole vault as part of another productive meet for Indiana State.

Staggs’ mark of 5.50m (18-00.50) marked the first time since 2007 that an MVC athlete cleared a mark of that height or better in the pole vault. He was one of three event winners on the day for the Sycamores, alongside Napoleon Hernandez in the 800m and Rachel Mehringer in the 100m hurdles.

In addition to the first place finishes, Rachel Conhoff and Jason Dworak both climbed their way up the program top-10 charts in the 1500m with strong showings in the invitational section. Indiana State finished the meet with 13 top-five finishes, despite not competing with a full squad with the MVC Outdoor Championships just one week away.

Top Of The Charts
Heading into the MVC Outdoor Championships, Indiana State currently has 10 marks that rank first in the MVC, along with 20 additional top-three marks in the conference. Included in those marks are the top spots in the men’s and women’s pole vault and long jump.

Indiana State’s conference-leading marks heading into the weekend are:
Rachel Mehringer – 100m hurdles (13.34)
Quincy Armstrong – 400m hurdles (52.66)
Casey Hood Jr., Daunte Majors, Isiah Thomas, Tahj Johnson – 4x100m relay (39.64)
Kevin Krutsch – high jump (2.10m/6-10.75)
Will Staggs – pole vault (5.50m/18-00.50)
Brookyln Giertz-Pfaff – pole vault (4.15m/13-07.25)
Shomari Rogers-Walton – long jump (7.89m/25-10.75), triple jump (15.17m/49-09.25)
Faith Frye – long jump (5.97m/19-07.00)
Elias Foor – discus (59.51m/195-03)

All of Indiana State’s event groups (sprints/relays, hurdles, distance/mid-distance, jumps, throws, combined events) feature at least one athlete ranked in the top five of the conference in an event, with all but the combined events having multiple top-five entries in The Valley.

Sycamores on the National Stage
Entering the final stretch of the season, Indiana State is poised to send double-digit entries to the NCAA East First Round for the third straight season under program director Angela Martin.

Heading into the 2024 MVC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Sycamores currently have 12 entries in qualifying position. To qualify for the regional round, athletes must be ranked in the top 48 in an event or on a relay team ranked in the top 24.

The Sycamores’ current marks in qualifying position are:
Rachel Mehringer – 100m hurdles (35th, 13.34)
Casey Hood Jr., Daunte Majors, Isiah Thomas, Tahj Johnson – 4x100m relay (18th, 39.64)
Kevin Krutsch – high jump (44nd, 2.10m/6-10.75)
Grace Quinlan – high jump (42nd, 1.75m/5-08.75)
Will Staggs – pole vault (seventh, 5.45m/17-10.50)
Brooklyn Giertz-Pfaff – pole vault (24th, 4.15m/13-07.25)
Shomari Rogers-Walton – long jump (fourth, 7.89m/25-10.75), triple jump (33rd, 15.33m/50-03.50)
Brett Norton – shot put (31st, 18.31m/60-01.00)
Elias Foor – discus (10th, 59.51m/195-03), hammer throw (39th, 62.16m/203-11)
Lillian Gibbs – javelin (42nd, 45.32m/148-08)

The Forest Runs Deep
One thing that has propelled Indiana State back to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference in recent years is depth, and this year’s Sycamores are no different. Indiana State features five different groups ranked in the top 25 nationally in the latest #EventSquad rankings.
Men’s long jump – 17th
Women’s heptathlon – 17th
Men’s shot put – 18th
Women’s pole vault – 20th
Men’s steeplechase – 23rd

The Sycamores also have eight more groups ranked in the top 50 nationally, those being the women’s 100m hurdles (27th), men’s hammer throw (27th), women’s discus (28th), men’s pole vault (30th), women’s javelin (42nd), men’s 100m (44th), men’s 110m hurdles (44th) and women’s high jump (44th).

Up Next
Following this weekend’s meets across the country, the NCAA will announce the qualifiers for the NCAA East and West Preliminary Rounds. Indiana State’s qualified athletes will compete in the NCAA East Preliminary, slated for May 22-25 in Lexington, Kentucky.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State heads into their final home weekend of the 2024 season as the Sycamores are set to host Evansville for a key Missouri Valley Conference series at Bob Warn Field over the May 10-12 weekend.

Game times for the weekend include a 4:30 p.m. ET first pitch on Friday, while Saturday’s contest will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday’s series finale and Senior Day is set for a 1 p.m. start time. Friday’s game will be carried live on ESPNU, while Saturday and Sunday will be streamed on ESPN+. All three contests will also be carried on 105.5 The Legend.

The Sycamores are set to recognize 2024 seniors Josue Urdaneta, Joe Kido, Grant Magill, Adam Pottinger, Mike Sears, Cam Edmonson, Kyle Cortner, Zach Davidson, and Cameron Holycross prior to Sunday’s contest.

Indiana State Baseball Weekend Promotions
May 10 – Rally Towel Giveaway, Trading card giveaway, set 5 of 5, (sponsored by Refreshment Services Pepsi) for the First 100 Fans.
May 11 – Nine Innings of Winning – Prizes Given Away Every Inning for Fans
May 12 – Senior Day, Mother’s Day Carnation Giveaway (sponsored by Refreshment Services Pepsi)
The Sycamores (34-10, 17-4) head into the weekend series looking to keep a 17-series conference winning streak alive dating back to the 2022 season after sweeping this past weekend’s series in Terre Haute against Belmont. Indiana State has posted a 43-7-1 overall record in Valley competition over the stretch and hold a three-game lead in the conference standings heading into the two weeks of the regular season.

ISU currently leads Evansville (14-7) and UIC (14-7) atop the Valley standings with two weeks to play in conference competition. The Sycamores travel to Valparaiso to finish the 2024 regular season schedule, while Evansville hosts UIC over the final week to close out conference competition. Illinois State (12-9) and Murray State (11-10) also have double-digit wins in conference play.

The Sycamores extended their conference lead this past weekend after sweeping Belmont at Bob Warn Field this past weekend. ISU took the series opener on Friday night, 15-5, while rallying back in both Saturday (8-5) and Sunday’s (6-4) contests to secure their third home conference sweep of the 2024 season.

The Sycamores hit .361 as a team over the weekend series against Belmont as Indiana State claimed the sweep over the Bruins. Mike Sears (.700) and Parker Stinson (.500) paced the ISU offense at the plate leading five players hitting above .300 from the plate over the series. Sears (3), Luis Hernandez (3), Randal Diaz (2), Adam Pottinger (1), and Dominic Listi (1) all homered as ISU combined for 17 extra-base hits over the three-game series.

Indiana State’s pitching staff combined to post a 4.32 ERA over 25.0 innings on the mound paced by Zach Davidson (0.00 ERA, 4.1 IP, 8k), while Simon Gregersen (0.00 ERA, 2.2 IP), and Jacob Pruitt (2.45 ERA, 3.2 IP) all picking up wins out of the bullpen. ISU posted a 29:16 strikeout-to-walk ratio while limiting Belmont to a .222 batting average.

Indiana State was ranked in all five major NCAA Division I polls for the third time in the 2024 season as ISU climbed in the D1Baseball, USA Today Coaches, and NCBWA polls, while holding strong in the Baseball America and Perfect Game polls. ISU moved up to No. 20 in the D1Baseball poll and climbed to No. 18 in the USA Today and No. 17 in the NCBWA polls. ISU remained No. 24 in the Baseball America poll for the third consecutive week, while sitting No. 14 in the Perfect Game poll for the fourth consecutive week.

The Sycamores also remained inside the top-10 in the NCAA Rating Percentage Index (RPI) standings sitting at No. 10 overall boasting the No. 21 non-conference strength of schedule and No. 62 overall strength of schedule through 43 games. The Sycamores boast a 14-1 mark at Bob Warn Field this season and a 20-9 record in road or neutral site games.

Sears was named this week’s Missouri Valley Baseball Player of the Week as announced by the conference office on Monday afternoon following his performance on the week. Sears became the second Sycamore to claim the conference’s weekly Player of the Week honor in the 2024 season following his performances against Illinois and Belmont over the last week. He joins Luis Hernandez (Mar. 25) who also earned the MVC’s weekly recognition this year.

Sears hit an impressive .615 on the week with eight hits over 13 at-bats with six hits going for extra-bases and driving in 10 RBI as the Sycamores posted a 3-1 week. The redshirt senior third baseman posted a .688 on-base percentage and a 1.538 slugging percentage as he connected on a trio of doubles and three home runs, while also drawing three walks.

Luis Hernandez (.371), Dominic Listi (.353), Randal Diaz (.332), and Parker Stinson (.32) lead an Indiana State offense that has risen the team batting average to a season-high .293 from the plate in the 2024 season. Adam Pottinger (.281), Grant Magill (.277), and Mike Sears (.270) have all seen their averages rise over the last few weeks as well in joining the everyday lineup.

Sears (18) paces four different Sycamores to hit double-digit home runs in the 2024 season leading Hernandez (15), Stinson (13), and Diaz (12), while Pottinger has connected on seven home runs this year. The Sycamores are coming off a 12-homer week with Stinson, Sears, Diaz, and Hernandez all posting multi-homer games in contests against Illinois and Belmont.

The Sycamore pitching staff continues to pace the Missouri Valley and sits among the nation’s best with a 4.49 ERA over 370.0 innings pitched on the year. The ISU staff features sixteen different pitchers who have combined to post a 440:194 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while limiting opponents to a .241 batting average on the year.

The Indiana State weekend rotation of Jared Spencer (5-0, 3.96 ERA), Brennyn Cutts (6-1, 2.94 ERA), and Luke Hayden (6-1, 2.92 ERA) have all been among the Valley’s leaders in multiple statistical categories on the year including wins, ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and opponent batting average. Cam Edmonson (5-1, 3.55 ERA) and Zach Davidson (2-1, 3.37 ERA) have also been lights-out coming out of the bullpen, while Jacob Pruitt (2-2, 2.05 ERA) and Simon Gregersen (1-0, 4.50 ERA) have also been consistent arms for ISU this season.

Indiana State has been even more impressive in Missouri Valley play this season with the Sycamores pacing the conference with a team .306 batting average while leading the MVC in hits (221), walks drawn (111), hit by pitches (37), on-base percentage (.422) and sitting second in slugging percentage (.550). ISU is also second in team home runs (43), doubles (41), and runs scored (164) through the first 21 games of the conference season at the plate.

Grant Magill (.363) and Luis Hernandez (.360) have been the team’s offensive leaders at the plate in conference competition, while Mike Sears boasts a .795 slugging percentage with 10 home runs in Valley play. Luis Hernandez (9) and Randal Diaz (8) are also in the top-10 on the home run leaderboard in conference competition with Hernandez tied for the Valley lead with 33 RBIs.

The Sycamore pitching staff has kept pace with the offense as ISU’s team ERA (3.37) is nearly two runs lower than second-place Evansville (5.30) with Indiana State posting a league-best 216 strikeouts over 184.1 innings. Indiana State has limited all seven Valley opponents played this year to under a .230 team batting average over the weekend and has held MVC opponents to hitting at just a .210 clip from the plate.

Four Sycamore pitchers sit among the MVC leaders in conference competition with Cam Edmonson (1.21 ERA), Brennyn Cutts (2.22 ERA), Luke Hayden (3.11 ERA), and Jared Spencer (3.80 ERA) all among the top-10 in the Valley. Cutts is the conference leader in opponent batting average (.168), while Hayden (42) and Cutts (41) are fifth and sixth in strikeouts on the year.

The Indiana State defense is the best in the Valley in conference competition this season as the Sycamores have posted a 0.986 fielding percentage over 21 conference games. Catcher Grant Magill has been the toughest to run against in the conference this season again as the redshirt senior has thrown out six of the 12 attempted base-stealers against him this season in Valley play. Overall, Magill has thrown out 12 runners this year and added three pickoffs to his name.

Scouting Evansville
Evansville enters the weekend series with a 28-20 overall record on the season including a 14-7 mark in Missouri Valley play. The Aces are 14-7 at home at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium and have posted a 14-13 record on the road in the 2024 season. Evansville has won four of their last five contests including taking two of three this past weekend at Valparaiso.

Evansville currently sits tied with UIC for second overall in the conference standings with their Valley schedule highlighted by a 7-2 mark in road conference competition. The Aces took two of three at Belmont, swept the series at Bradley, and took two of three at Valparaiso, while posting home series wins over Illinois State, Southern Illinois, and Missouri State. Evansville’s lone conference series loss came in the opener as Murray State took all three games in Evansville.

The Aces were selected third overall in the Missouri Valley Baseball preseason poll receiving 81 total points and one first-place vote after a 2023 season that featured a 37-24 overall record and 15-12 conference mark, as well as a berth in the MVC Championship Game. Evansville first baseman Chase Hug represented the team on the preseason All-Conference squad.

Experience highlights the Evansville roster as the team returned seven position starters and 10 pitchers from last season’s team with five earning All-MVC honors over their collegiate careers. The team features five graduate students, a fifth-year senior, and five additional seniors to the roster as a battle-tested group.

Evansville’s offense boasts a .295 batting average to sit second in the MVC team standings headlined by Mark Shallenberger (.392), while Kip Fougerousse (.325) and Harrison Taubert (.300) are also hitting above the .300 mark on the year. Shallenberger paces the team with 14 home runs and 53 RBIs, while Taubert is the team leader with 18 doubles as the Aces have combined on a Valley-leading 121 doubles in 2024. Fougerousse has also posted 11 home runs and 15 doubles to his name this season.

The Purple Aces’ pitching staff has combined to post a 6.07 ERA with 14 different pitchers posting 407.2 innings on the mound. Likely Friday night starter Kenton Deverman (7-1, 3.70 ERA) leads the way, while Donovan Schultz (3-1, 6.01 ERA) is an experienced weekend starter. Overall, Evansville has combined for a 375:194 strikeout-to-walk ratio, while allowing opponents to hit .269 from the plate.

Series History
­­Indiana State and Evansville have met 183 times over the respective programs’ histories dating back to the inaugural meeting back in the 1946 season. The teams have lined up against each other in Terre Haute 78 total times including three times last season in the MVC Championships held at Bob Warn Field. The Sycamores hold the 44-34 all-time edge against the Purple Aces in home competition.

Evansville took the series in Terre Haute back in the 2022 season as the Purple Aces rallied back after falling in the Friday game, 7-6 (10 inning), to take the Saturday (14-0) and Sunday (12-9) contests at Bob Warn Field.

The last time Indiana State won the series in Terre Haute against Evansville came back in the 2018 season when ISU rallied back after Evansville won on Friday night on May 11, 2018, 10-6, before the Sycamores took the final two contests by scores of 3-2 and 14-9 over May 12-13.

Dating back to the 2018 season, the team that has won the opening game has lost the next two contests in the series. In the 2021 season when the teams played four games, Indiana State won the first and last contests, while the Aces took the middle two games to split the series in Evansville.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne (16-31, 9-15) hits the road to Northern Kentucky (28-20, 15-9) this weekend to face the second-place Norse.

Game Day Information
Friday, May 10 | 2 PM ET
Saturday, May 11 | 1 PM ET
Sunday, May 12 | Noon ET
Where: Highland Heights, Ky. | Bill Aker Baseball Complex
Live Stats:Link
Watch: ESPN+ (Friday) | ESPN+ (Saturday)
Weather: Friday: High of 59, partly cloudy | Saturday: High of 57, chance of rain 70 percent | Sunday: High of 63, partly cloudy
Series History: Northern Kentucky leads 24-18

Probable Starters:
Purdue Fort Wayne: RHP Mac Ayres, RHP Carter Sabol, TBD
Northern Kentucky: TBA

Scouting the Norse: Liam McFadden-Ackman leads the league with a 1.304 OPS and 18 home runs. Trevin Moss has a league-best 72 hits. Tanner Gills owns a 5.51 ERA, fifth best in the league among qualified pitchers. He has limited opponents to a .244 batting average. The Norse took 2-of-3 from Youngstown State last week after losing four straight Horizon League series.

‘Dons & Ends:

  • Jacob Walker leads the team with 60 hits and 18 doubles ranking in the league’s top 10 in both categories.
  • Kevin Fee leads the Horizon League with a 3.04 ERA. Carter Sabol (5.71) joins Fee as two of six pitchers with an ERA under six. They are two of seven in the league holding opposing hitters below a .300 average among qualified pitchers.
  • Kevin Fee is also tied for second in the league lead with five wins. He is also second in saves with five. His five wins has him tied for sixth in Division I era for pitching wins in a season in program history and his five saves has him tied for sixth.
  • Jacob Walker and Nick Sutherlin are tied for the team lead in multiple hit games with 18
  • The ‘Dons are 65-of-74 in stolen base attempts this season.
  • Ten Mastodons have thrown 20 or more innings this season.

We Play The Hits: Jacob Walker’s 60 hits has him nearing the top 10 in program history for hits in a season. If he gets to 65 he will reach tie for ninth.

Leave ‘Em Looking: Carter Sabol is second in the league with 20 strikeouts looking.

Answering the Call:Kevin Fee has set the program record for career pitching appearances with 84. Fee moved ahead of Adam Feris (2002-05) on the pitching appearance leaderboard. Feris finished his career with 78 visits to the mound.

Up Next: The ‘Dons welcome Oakland next week to close out the regular season. The series is set for Thursday-Friday-Saturday.


NORMAL, Ill. – Just one day after earning their first Missouri Valley Conference Championship victory since 2013, the University of Evansville softball team fell short against the #2 seed Northern Iowa by a score of 12-3 at Marian Kneer Stadium.

After UNI took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, Marah Wood drilled a 3-run home run to left to get UE within one. Unfortunately, the Panthers added eight more runs to their tally to finish the game in five innings. Evansville notched four hits in the contest with Wood, Taylor Howe, Zoe Frossard and Niki Bode picking up one apiece.

UNI had a big start, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning including two scoring on a wild pitch. Despite the early deficit, the Purple Aces stormed back in the top half of the second. Hannah Hood led off with a walk while Taylor Howe had a 1-out single. With two outs, Marah Wood approached the plate and connected on a 3-run home run to left field to get the Aces within one.

It did not take long for the Panthers counter as three runs crossed the plate in the bottom half of the second, highlighted by a 2-run home run from Alexis Pupillo. A walk by Taylor Howe and infield single from pinch hitter Niki Bode saw UE look to cut into the deficit before three quick outs ended the threat and kept things at 7-3.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Panthers put the finishing touches on the game, adding five runs as they pulled away to take the 12-3 victory. Taylor Hogan paced the UNI offense with a 3-for-3 day with two RBI and a run while Madison Parks went 2-3 with two runs and an RBI.

Sydney Weatherford made the start on short just one day of rest while Megan Brenton recorded the final out of the game.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — After another program record-breaking outdoor season, the University of Evansville track and field team begins its postseason at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships.

The Purple Aces return to Gibson Track and Field Complex this weekend for the MVC Outdoor Championships. In the pre-championship poll voted on by Head Coaches across the conference, UE was picked to finish 10th for both the men’s and women’s teams. Reigning Indoor Champions and hosts of the Outdoor Championships, Indiana State has been tabbed as the pre-championship favorites for both the men and women. The Sycamore men were picked as the unanimous favorite with all 10 first-place votes while the women had nine of 12 first-place picks.

The Aces head into the Championships after breaking three more program records at the Billy Hayes Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. UE has broken a total of 11 program records in the 2024 outdoor season including eight records on the track and three in the field from multiple student-athletes. At the Billy Hayes Invitational, Evansville reset two records and broke a third.

The first record set was the men’s hammer throw by graduate thrower Zach Dove (Princeton, Ind. / Princeton Community HS). After teammate Jaden Hayes (Huntingburg, Ind. / Southridge HS) set the record earlier in the season, Dove took back the top spot with a throw of 52.90 meters for 13th in the event. Hayes finished the event in 14th with a throw of 50.20 meters while freshman Cole Johnson (Salem, Ill. / Salem Community HS) had a throw of 35.26 meters.

UE’s other program record that was reset in the 2024 outdoor season came from freshman sprinter Taylor Johnson (Evansville, Ind. / Reitz HS). She became the third runner this season to set a new 400-meter dash program record with a time of 57.70 seconds for sixth place. Teammate Eilen Brenne (Skien, Norway) finished 17th in the event with a time of 59.71 seconds.

Evansville’s only new 2024 outdoor season record of the day came from freshman Rafael Rodriguez (Segovia, Spain) in the men’s 800-meter. Rodriguez broke the 2018 record from Stanley Chepchieng by over a second with a time of 1:52.39 for a fifth-place finish. The Aces also had top 15 placements for freshman Tommaso Losma (Lombardia, Italy) and junior Adam Oulgout (St. Paul, Minn. / Central HS) with times of 1:54.19 and 1:54.35 for 12th and 14th.

UE will begin their day at the MVC Outdoor Championships on Friday morning with the women’s hammer throw at 11 a.m. with track events beginning at 4:45 p.m. with the men’s 400-hurdles.


Women’s Hammer Throw – 11 a.m.
Men’s Hammer Throw – 1 p.m.
Women’s Javelin Throw – 3 p.m.
Men’s 400-Meter Hudles – 4:45 p.m.
Men’s Javelin Throw – 5 p.m.
Women’s 1500-Meter – 5 p.m.
Men’s 1500-Meter – 5:15 p.m.
Men’s 200-Meter Dash – 5:40 p.m.

Women’s Shot Put – 2 p.m.
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles – 4:20 p.m.
Men’s Shot Put – 4:30 p.m.
Women’s 400-Meter Dash – 4:40 p.m.
Men’s 400-Meter Dash – 4:50 p.m.
Men’s 100-Meter Dash – 5:10 p.m.
Women’s 800-Meter – 5:20 p.m.
Men’s 800-Meter – 5:30 p.m.

Women’s Discus Throw – 10:30 a.m.
Men’s 4×100 Relay – 12:05 p.m.
Men’s Discus Throw – 12:30 p.m.
Men’s 5000-Meter – 2:30 p.m.
Women’s 4×400 Relay – 2:55 p.m.
Men’s 4×400 Relay – 3:05 p.m.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Two of the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference will square off this weekend at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Indiana, as the University of Evansville Purple Aces will do battle with the #14 Indiana State Sycamores. The three-game series will begin on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. central time in a contest that can be seen nationwide on ESPNU.

Evansville will bring a 28-20 overall record and 14-7 MVC mark into this weekend’s series.  The Purple Aces posted their 19th victory in its last 24 games on Tuesday night with a decisive 10-0 victory over crosstown Southern Indiana.  Evansville has won six-straight MVC series in a row entering this weekend’s action.

Indiana State, meanwhile, will bring a 34-10 overall record and 17-4 MVC mark into the series.  The Sycamores are nationally-ranked in all five major collegiate baseball polls, ranking as high as #14 in the Perfect Game Top 25.  Indiana State will put a 17-series winning streak on the line this weekend, as the Sycamores have not lost a Valley series since getting swept at Southern Illinois in May of 2022.

Graduate outfielder Mark Shallenberger will lead the UE offense into this weekend’s series, as he currently paces the Valley with a .392 batting average.  Shallenberger has hit safely in each of the last nine games, launching five home runs in UE’s last six contests.  He has also reached base safely in 19-straight games entering Friday’s series-opener, and ranks fifth nationally in on-base percentage at .536.

Senior outfielder/designated hitter Kip Fougerousse posted his first multi-home run game of 2024 on Tuesday night to help UE to its 10-0 win over USI.  Graduate third baseman Brent Widder and junior outfielder Ty Rumsey also both homered for the second-straight game, as Evansville has been on a power surge lately, hitting a home run in each of the last eight contests.

Indiana State, meanwhile, is led offensively by junior designated hitter Luis Hernandez, who will bring a team-best .371 batting average into the series.  Senior third baseman Mike Sears currently paces a potent ISU lineup with 18 home runs, and he is the current MVC Player of the Week after launching three home runs last weekend to help the Sycamores sweep Belmont in a three-game series in Terre Haute.

This weekend’s series will be a rematch of the 2023 MVC Tournament final.  Evansville forced the “if necessary” final game last May with a dramatic walk-off grand slam by current graduate first baseman Chase Hug with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to post a 6-5 victory.  The Sycamores would bounce back to win the tournament title with a 6-0 victory later that night.  All-time, Indiana State holds a 115-71 advantage in the all-time series over UE.

Friday’s game can be seen nationwide on ESPNU, and streamed on-line via ESPN+.  All three games of the series can also be seen live on ESPN+ and heard live in the Tri-State area on 107.1 FM-WJPS.  Freshman LHP Kenton Deverman (7-1, 3.70 ERA) will get the start in Friday’s opener for UE, and he is expected to be opposed by Indiana State LHP Jared Spencer (5-0, 3.96 ERA).


EDMOND, Okla. – The UIndy men’s golf team began play at the NCAA DII Midwest/Central Regional Thursday, finishing day one with a three-over 283. Led by freshman Simon Engman, the Greyhounds sit at T-7 after 18 holes. The 20-team, three-day event is being held at the par-70 Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond, Okla.

The top five teams along with the top two individuals not with an advancing team will move on the to NCAA DII Championships, set for May 21-25 at the Orange County National Golf Club in Winter Garden, Fla. The Hounds currently sit three stokes back of an advancing spot with twi rounds to go.

The newly-named GLVC Freshman of the Year, Engman fired a two-under 68 to share 11th place. He carded five birdies in the round and will enter day two three back of the lead.

Ben Keil shot even-par on the day, sharing 23rd place. Alexander Nestun (+2) and Cameron Young (+3) are at T-46 and T-57, respectively, while Maverick Conaway is at +11.


INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 29-ranked University of Indianapolis women’s tennis is starting it return to the NCAA National Championship tournament on Saturday after earning their fifth-straight GLVC Championship. The Hounds are once again touted as the No. 1-seed in the bracket, earning a first-round bye. The Hounds will face the winner of Findlay (14-7) and Grand Valley State (13-9), two teams the Hounds have already blanked once before this season.

The regional site is going to be Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind., with admittance being free of charge. The Hounds’ match is going to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, with the match between the Oilers and Lakers taking place the day before on Monday May 10 at 10 a.m. In the event of unfavorable weather, the tournament will be moved inside to the UIndy Tennis Center, updates will be posted to X via @UIndyAthletics.

Last year at the regional, the Hounds saw a similar story to what they face this year, seeing only one match in the regional. They faced the Drury Panthers where the Hounds suffered a heart-breaking loss. This year, the Hounds will look to avenge that loss and punch their ticket the spring sports festival in Orlando, Fla.

Live updates will be provided via IonCourt for UIndy’s matches, a link will be posted here on and on X via @UIndyAtheltics once it is available.


INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 2-ranked and top-seeded UIndy softball team opened the 2024 NCAA DII Midwest Regional with a convincing 8-0 win versus eight-seed Missouri S&T. The victory was good for No. 54 for the Greyhounds on the season, matching the program record for most in a season.

UIndy remains in the winners’ bracket and will face the victor of the Lewis and Saginaw Valley matchup tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET. The Miners, meanwhile, head to an elimination game versus that same game’s loser tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Facing the team that defeated them in a winner-take-all GLVC championship game last Sunday, the Hounds plated two runs in the bottom of the first inning and didn’t look back. They kept pressure on with a solo homer from Braxton Downs in the third before hanging a four-spot in the fourth inning to blow it open.

In the circle, Kenzee Smith was her usual nearly-unhittable self. The reigning GLVC Pitcher of the Year strung together four scoreless frames, with a first-inning single and a second-inning walk accounting for the only base runners she allowed. Junior Jayden Casebolt came on in relief to handle the fifth, completing the shutout.

Downs had a day at the plate. The Louisville, Ky., native and All-GLVC performer went 3-for-3, driving in three runs and coming a triple shy of the cycle. Megan Nicholas added a pair of hits, while Smith had a double and a run scored in her first game holding a bat since the season-opening weekend.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches Association released its 2024 All-Midwest Region Softball Team Wednesday, with UIndy prominently featured on the list. The Greyhounds earned a total of five all-region nods—most in the Midwest.

UIndy grabbed three spots on the first team, including Kenzee Smith (P), Emily O’Connor (3B) and Jocelyn Calvin (2B). Lexy Rees (C) and Megan Nichols (OF) were named to the second team. All five Hounds repeated as NFCA all-region honorees, with O’Connor and Smith earning their second and third straight first-team nod, respectively.

The quintet headlines a now 54-win UIndy club that is hosting the NCAA DII Midwest Regional this week. The Hounds kicked things off with an 8-0 rout of Missouri S&T Wednesday afternoon. Click/tap here for to see when the Hounds play next.


INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy’s Simon Engman has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Men’s Golf Freshman of the Year, while his head coach Brent Nicoson was chosen by his peers as GLVC Coach of the Year, it was announced by the Conference office on Thursday. In addition, five individuals completed the 11-member All-Conference team.

Per GLVC Bylaws, each of the top-five finishers – extended to include ties – at the GLVC Championship automatically earn an All-Conference selection, with the remaining five individuals and major award winners nominated and voted on by the head coaches. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players. Engman and Maverick Conaway joined top-five finisher Cameron Young on the All-GLVC list.

Freshman of the Year: Simon Engman, Indianapolis
Becomes UIndy’s sixth Freshman of the Year and first since Ian Carroll in 2018.
Played in 31 rounds during the 2023-24 season with a 72.3 stroke average.
Earned pair of top-three tournament finishes and four top-10 results.
Ranked sixth in the GLVC, 14th in NCAA Midwest Region, and 109th in NCAA Division II.
Helped Greyhounds to three tournament wins, including GLVC Championship, to go along with one runner-up finish, a third-place result, and five other top-10 efforts.
Finished tied for ninth at GLVC Championship (74-67-78–219) with a tournament-low score in the second round.

Coach of the Year: Brent Nicoson, Indianapolis
Wins fifth Coach of the Year award and 15th overall for UIndy.
Led Greyhounds to top seed in GLVC Championship medal/match play and league-best 17th Conference title with team of all freshmen, earning 3-2 wins against both fourth-seeded McKendree in the semifinals and third-seeded S&T in the finals.
Mentored UIndy to three tournament wins, including GLVC Championship, to go along with one runner-up finish, a third-place result, and five other top-10 efforts.
Guided Engman to his major award and two others to All-GLVC recognition, including freshmen Cameron Young and Maverick Conaway.

Along with Engman and Conaway, University of Illinois Springfield sophomore Alex Seibal, McKendree University graduate student Rasmus Nilsson, and S&T senior Jeppe Thybo were voted by the league coaches as the five additional honorees on the All-Conference team. Those earning an automatic spot on the postseason team included GLVC Individual Medalist Cyril Henault (70-68-75–213) from UMSL, runner-up Hunter Jowers (70-71-73–214) from Drury University, Miltun in third, and a three-way tie for fourth place between McKendree University junior Thomas Tollefsen (71-71-74–216), UIndy’s Young (71-69-76–216), and William Jewell College sophomore Bryson Oots (71-73-72–216).

The league also recognized 12 GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award honorees for the sport and the team award winner between, William Jewell. Conaway was the Greyhound honoree, as he has distinguished herself through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. All the honorees must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The student-athletes are now eligible to become one of their school’s two Spalding Sportsmanship Award winners, which will be announced later this month.

A complete list of All-GLVC performers and major postseason award winners can be found below.

GLVC PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Carl Miltun, Sr., Missouri S&T
GLVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Simon Engman, Indianapolis
GLVC COACH OF THE YEAR: Brent Nicoson, Indianapolis

Hunter Jowers, Jr., DU ^
Alex Seibal, So., UIS
Maverick Conaway, Fr., UINDY
Simon Engman, Fr., UINDY
Cameron Young, Fr., UINDY ^
Rasmus Nilsson, Gr., MCK
Thomas Tollefsen, Jr., MCK ^
Carl Miltun, Sr., S&T ^
Jeppe Thybo, Sr., S&T
Cyril Henault, 5th-Yr., UMSL ^
Bryson Oots, So., WJC ^
*extra Member Due to Tie
^top-five finishers – including ties – at GLVC Championship

Clayton Kaiser, DU
Daniel Edwards, UIS
Maverick Conaway, UINDY
Ty Doty, LEWIS
Hsiang Chih Hsu, MU
Rasmus Nilsson, MCK
Connor Benjamin, S&T
Zach Unnerstall, UMSL
David Hutson, QU
Caleb Schmid, RU
Tate Carlson, UIU
Evan Highfill, WJC

William Jewell


KOKOMO, Ind. – A weather impacted first day of the 2024 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) baseball tournament was held on Thursday at Kokomo Municipal Stadium, with No. 1 Hanover College advancing unbeaten into the second day of the championship and No. 2 Transylvania University still waiting on their first tournament at bat.

In the first game of the day, the No. 3 seed Rose-Hulman Fightin’ Engineers took care of No. 6 Franklin College by a score of 5-0. The Engineers were set to face face No. 2 Transylvania in the nightcap, but the game was postponed due to weather and now moves to Friday, May 10 at 10 AM.

In Thursday’s game two, No. 4 seeded Mount St. Joseph defeated No. 5 Anderson 11 – 10 in a thrilling back-and-forth contest that featured enough drama to keep the crowd entertained even through the three weather delays that the game featured.

In the third matchup the top seed, Hanover, took the field to take on game one’s winner (Mount St. Joseph). Again, the Lions proved pesky and fought hard to counterpunch an four run Hanover first inning, retaking the lead from Hanover in the fourth inning. Hanover used a sixth run seventh inning to show why they are the tournament’s top seed and ultimately defeat MSJ by a final score of 10 – 7.

The final contest of the day was posponed until Friday morning at 10 am and will be the first of four Friday games. The fully updated tournament bracket and adjusted game times can be found on the baseball championship page.

For more information on HCAC baseball, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.



5 – 44 – 4 – 7 – 6 – 8 – 23 – 44 – 15 – 9

May 10, 1946 – Joe DiMaggio hit a Grand Slam to provide all of the offense for the New York Yankees but it wasn’t quite enough as the streaking Boston Red Sox won their 15th straight game of the young season and beat the Yanks 5-4.

May 10, 1967 – We all probably remember Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, Number 44 for his launching balls over the wall, and rightfully so. But on this day we can recant a feat of sports history where he used his wheels to make the game exciting. Aaron hit his only inside the park Home Run of his illustrious career againt the Philadelphia Phillies and their man on the hill, Jim Bunning in Philadelphia. Yes out of the record 755 HRs of Hammerin Hank, this was the only one that didn’t go over the wall.

May 10, 1970 – At the Stanley Cup Final played in the Boston Garden. Number 4, Bobby Orr scored the legendary Over Time winner to lift Boston over the St. Louis Blues for a 4-3 victory and 4-0 Bruins series sweep. Beantown went crazy as this was the first Bruins NHL title since 1941.


Football History Headlines May 10
May 10, 1890 – Rules convention put in place that an injured player removed from the game could not return to the contest. Players were getting injured but still staying on the field when they should have been being treated by medical staff. Note this was of course eventually overturned. But there was a substitution rule that lasted until about 1941 where the players could be substituted for during the game but unlike today’s rules they could not return to the game during the same period or intermission they left in. (Spaldings NCAA Rule book 1933.) When they did return they had to report to the Umpire prior to replacing another player. So players leaving the field for whatever reason had to be careful.

Hall of Fame Birthday for May 10
May 10, 1917 – Montreal, Quebec – Charlie O’Rourke the Boston College quarterback of 1938 through the season of 1940 was born. The National Football Foundation selected Charlie O’Rourke for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972.


May 10

1909 — Pitching for Winchester in the Blue Grass League, Fred Toney worked 17 no-hit innings before winning 1-0 over Lexington.

1934 — Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees played five innings before removing himself from the game because of illness. By that time, he had two homers, two doubles and seven RBIs against the Chicago White Sox.

1944 — Cleveland’s Mel Harder became the 50th player to win 200 games as the Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4.

1946 — The Boston Red Sox take their 15th straight game, a 5-4 win over New York in front of a Friday Ladies’ Day crowd at Yankee Stadium of 64,183. Earl Johnson got the win with four innings of scoreless relief. Joe DiMaggio’s grand slam accounted for the Yankees’ scoring.

1962 — Minnesota’s Lenny Green and Vic Power hit back-to-back home runs off Cleveland’s Jim Perry to start the game. Cleveland came back to win 9-4.

1967 — Braves outfielder Hank Aaron hit an inside-the-park home run. It was the only one of his 755 homers which did not clear the fence.

1970 — Hoyt Wilhelm pitched his 1,000th major league game, but the Atlanta Braves lost 6-5 to the St. Louis Cardinals.

1981 — Charlie Lea became the first French-born pitcher to throw a no-hitter as the Montreal Expos beat the San Francisco Giants 4-0 in the second game of a doubleheader.

1999 — Nomar Garciaparra hit two grand slams and a two-run homer to become the first AL player with 10 RBIs since 1975, leading the Boston Red Sox past the Seattle Mariners 12-4.

2008 — Greg Maddux of the San Diego Padres became the ninth pitcher in big league history to win 350 games, allowing an unearned over six innings in a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

2012 — The Orioles became the first AL team to open a game with three straight home runs, and Baltimore added two more long balls against Colby Lewis en route to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers in a doubleheader opener. Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis began the bottom of the first inning with homers to give Baltimore a lead it would not relinquish. The previous team to homer in its first three at-bats was the Milwaukee Brewers on Sept. 9, 2007. Hardy was also the middle man in that assault. Milwaukee was the third major league team to accomplish the feat, all from the NL.

2013 — Two one-hitters with no other baserunners were pitched. Shelby Miller and Jon Lester each accomplished the feat. St. Louis Cardinals rookie Miller and Boston Red Sox left-hander Lester allowed just one hit and faced only 28 batters — no walks, hit batsmen or errors — in complete-game shutouts.


May 10

1913 — Donerail, ridden by Roscoe Goose, comes from fifth place in the stretch to upset Ten Point by one-half length and win the Kentucky Derby, paying a record $184.90.

1919 — Sir Barton, ridden by Johnny Loftus, leads the whole way to win the Kentucky Derby by five lengths over Billy Kelly. Sir Barton, the first to capture the Triple Crown, is one of three maidens to win the Derby.

1929 — British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Walter Hagen wins 4th Open title, by 6 strokes from fellow American Johnny Farrell.

1941 — Whirlaway, ridden by Eddie Arcaro, wins the Preakness Stakes by 5½ lengths over King Cole.

1967 — Hank Aaron hits his only inside the park HR off of Phillies’ Jim Bunning, in Philadelphia.

1969 — The plans for the NFL-AFL merger are completed. The NFL will consist of two conferences of 13 teams, the AFC and NFC. The NFL will move three franchises, Baltimore, Cleveland and Pittsburgh, to the AFC.

1970 — Bobby Orr’s goal gives Boston its first Stanley Cup in 29 years. The Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 for a four-game sweep.

1973 — The New York Knicks win the NBA title in five games with a 102-93 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

1973 — Stanley Cup Final, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL: Yvan Cournoyer has a goal and 2 assists as Montreal Canadiens beat Chicago Blackhawks, 6-4 to take title, 4 games to 2.

1974 — 7th ABA championship: NY Nets beats Utah Stars, 4 games to 1.

1978 — 22nd European Cup: Liverpool beats Club Brugge 1-0 at London.

1989 — FC Barcelona of Spain win 29th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Sampdoria of Italy 1-0 in Bern.

1993 — Bill Walton is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

1995 — Real Zaragoza of Spain win 35th European Cup Winner’s Cup against Arsenal of England 2-1 in Paris.

1997 — Ato Boldon speeds to a mark of 9.89 seconds in the 100 meters at the Modesto Relays, becoming the sixth man in history to go faster than 9.90 seconds.

2001 — The XFL folds after one season. The football league, founded by the World Wrestling Federation and jointly owned by NBC, was a TV ratings disappointment.

2002 — Boston and Detroit play the lowest-scoring game in the NBA playoffs since the shot clock was introduced in the 1954-55 season. The Celtics edge the Pistons 66-64; the 130-point total is far below the previous low of 142 registered three times.

2005 — Miami’s Dwyane Wade becomes the fifth player in NBA history with at least 30 points, 15 assists and five rebounds in a playoff game, joining Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Walt Frazier and Oscar Robertson. Wade’s 31 points, 15 assists and seven rebounds lead the Heat to a 108-102 victory over Washington.

2006 — Cam Ward makes 28 saves in Carolina’s 3-2 win over New Jersey to become the second NHL goalie to win his first seven postseason starts. The 22-year-old rookie joins Tiny Thompson, who did it for Boston in 1929-30.

2009 — Russia defends its gold medal at the world ice hockey championship, beating Canada 2-1 on in a rematch of last year’s final.

2009 — PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Henrik Stenson of Sweden shoots a bogey-free final round 66 to win by 4 strokes from Englishman Ian Poulter.

2013 — Joe Sakic is hired by his former team, the Colorado Avalanche, as Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations.

2014 — Michael Sam is picked by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the NFL draft, becoming the first openly gay player drafted by a pro football team. Sam, who played at Missouri and was the Southeastern Conference defensive player of the year, is taken with the 249th overall pick out of 256.

2015 — PGA Players Championship, TPC at Sawgrass: Rickie Fowler wins beating Kevin Kisner and Sergio García by 1 stroke in a playoff.

2016 — Stephen Curry becomes the first unanimous NBA MVP, earning the award for the second straight season after leading the defending champion Warriors to a record-setting season. Curry is the 11th player in league history to be voted MVP in consecutive seasons and the first guard to do so since Steve Nash in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Curry received 1,310 points from the 131 media voters.

2018 — Rafael Nadal breaks John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface after beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open. Nadal extends his winning streak to 50 consecutive sets on clay, eclipsing the mark McEnroe established on carpet in 1984.

2018 — The Winnipeg Jets advance to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season. Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny score 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stun the Nashville Predators 5-1 in their first Game 7.

2022 — Tom Brady agrees to record 10-year, $375m deal to be Fox Sports’ lead analyst when he decides to finally retire; surpasses $303m the quarterback earned in salary during his NFL career.


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