INDIANA SRN BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Fri Oct 296:50p#7 Warren Central @ #13 Lawrence Central6A Sectional 13 Football
Fri Oct 296:50p#4 Mt Vernon vs #11 Greenfield Central4A Sectional 21 Football
Fri Oct 296:50pTindley vs #9 Covenant Christian1A Sectional 46 Football
Fri Oct 296:50p#15 Carroll @ #19 Traders Pt1A Sectional 42 Football
Sat Oct 301:15pAnderson @ Mt St JosephCollege Football
Tue Nov 26:20pLiberty Christian @ Central ChristianBasketball
Fri Nov 56pIHSVCA Annual BanquetVolleyball
Fri Nov 56:50pTBASectional Championship Football
Sat Nov 61:15pRose-Hulman @ FranklinCollege Football
Sat Nov 61:50pHCAC Conference Semi Final 1College Volleyball
Sat Nov 64:50pHCAC Conference Semi Final 2College Volleyball
Sat Nov 67:20pTriton Central @ Greenwood ChristianBasketball
Sun Nov 712:50pHCAC Conference ChampionshipCollege Volleyball
Thur Nov 117:20pLapel @ Heritage ChristianBasketball
Fri Nov 126:50pTBARegional Football
Sat Nov 1311:20aTraders Pt @ Indpls LutheranBasketball
Sat Nov 131:15pFranklin @ HanoverCollege Football
Fri Nov 196:20pAnderson Prep @ Central ChristianBasketball
Sat Nov 201:20pMartinsville @ ChatardBasketball
Sat Nov 201:20pBloomington North @ Covenant ChristianBasketball

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS

SECTIONAL 1

Crown Point (5-4) at Merrillville (9-0)

Lafayette Jeff (6-3) at Lake Central (3-6)

SECTIONAL 2

Portage (2-7) at Chesterton (6-3)

Penn (4-5) at Elkhart (5-4)

SECTIONAL 3

Homestead (6-3) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (8-1)

SECTIONAL 4

Westfield (8-1) at Noblesville (2-7)

Fishers (6-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (7-2)

SECTIONAL 5

Carmel (8-1) at Avon (1-8)

Brownsburg (7-2) at Pike (1-8)

SECTIONAL 6

Southport (0-9) at Ben Davis (4-5)

Perry Meridian (2-7) at Indianapolis Tech (5-4)

SECTIONAL 7

North Central (Indianapolis) (1-8) at Lawrence North (5-3)

Warren Central (5-3) at Lawrence Central (3-6)

SECTIONAL 8

Center Grove (9-0) at Franklin Central (4-5)

SECTIONAL 9

Munster (2-7) at Hammond Central (2-7)

Hammond Morton (1-5) at Valparaiso (8-1)

SECTIONAL 10

Michigan City (6-3) at South Bend Adams (4-6)

Mishawaka (7-2) at Concord (9-1)

SECTIONAL 11

Fort Wayne Northrop (3-6) at Fort Wayne Snider (7-1)

Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (5-4)

SECTIONAL 12

Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-1) at Zionsville (5-5)

Anderson (2-4) at Kokomo (7-2)

SECTIONAL 13

Plainfield (4-5) at Indianapolis Cathedral (9-1)

Decatur Central (8-1) at Terre Haute South (1-8)

SECTIONAL 14

Columbus East (4-5) at Whiteland (5-3)

Franklin (3-6) at New Palestine (6-3)

SECTIONAL 15

Bloomington South (6-2) at Castle (7-2)

Evansville North (5-4) at Bloomington North (6-3)

SECTIONAL 16

New Albany (6-3) at Floyd Central (4-6)

Seymour (3-5) at Bedford North Lawrence (4-5)

SECTIONAL 17

Gary West (6-2) at Lowell (7-3)

East Chicago Central (2-6) at Hobart (7-3)

SECTIONAL 18

Kankakee Valley (4-6) at South Bend St. Joseph (3-7)

New Prairie (8-2) at Culver Academy (7-3)

SECTIONAL 19

DeKalb (2-8) at Leo (10-0)

Columbia City (5-5) at Northridge (6-4)

SECTIONAL 20

Fort Wayne Wayne (3-7) at Delta (5-5)

Mississinewa (7-2) at New Haven (5-5)

SECTIONAL 21

Connersville (2-8) at Richmond (2-8)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (9-1) at Greenfield-Central (7-3)

SECTIONAL 22

Indianapolis Shortridge (3-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (6-4)

Lebanon (7-3) at Indianapolis Roncalli (10-0)

SECTIONAL 23

South Dearborn (7-3) at Martinsville (6-4)

East Central (8-2) at Mooresville (8-2)

SECTIONAL 24

Evansville Central (2-7) at Evansville Memorial (8-2)

Evansville Reitz (4-6) at Northview (8-1)

SECTIONAL 25

Benton Central (1-6) at Hanover Central (9-1)

River Forest (5-3) at Knox (4-6)

SECTIONAL 26

John Glenn (5-4) at Jimtown (8-2)

Mishawaka Marian (7-3) at Tippecanoe Valley (10-0)

SECTIONAL 27

Fort Wayne Concordia (2-7) at Norwell (9-1)

Peru (7-2) at Oak Hill (8-2)

SECTIONAL 28

Brebeuf Jesuit (8-2) at North Montgomery (4-4)

Guerin Catholic (3-7) at Western Boone (6-4)

SECTIONAL 29

Tri-West (8-2) at Indianapolis Ritter (1-9)

Danville (9-1) at Indian Creek (3-7)

SECTIONAL 30

Vincennes Lincoln (2-8) at Edgewood (2-7)

Owen Valley (8-1) at Brown County (5-5)

SECTIONAL 31

Brownstown Central (10-0) at Batesville (6-4)

Lawrenceburg (9-1) at Greensburg (4-4)

SECTIONAL 32

Heritage Hills (8-2) at Evansville Bosse (3-7)

Salem (6-2) at Gibson Southern (9-1)

SECTIONAL 33

Rensselaer Central (6-4) at Andrean (7-3)

Boone Grove (2-6) at Whiting (4-6)

SECTIONAL 34

Delphi (7-3) at Pioneer (8-2)

Bremen (7-3) at LaVille (7-2)

SECTIONAL 35

Eastside (10-0) at Central Noble (8-2)

Fort Wayne Luers (9-1) at Prairie Heights (4-6)

SECTIONAL 36

Tipton (9-1) at Alexandria (4-5)

SECTIONAL 37

Lafayette Central Catholic (6-4) at Southmont (6-4)

Monrovia (7-3) at Speedway (8-2)

SECTIONAL 38

Shenandoah (4-4) at Indianapolis Scecina (7-3)

Centerville (9-0) at Northeastern (6-4)

SECTIONAL 39

Paoli (6-2) at Providence (5-5)

Clarksville (3-7) at Triton Central (6-4)

SECTIONAL 40

North Knox (8-2) at North Posey (8-2)

Evansville Mater Dei (8-2) at Linton-Stockton (10-0)

SECTIONAL 41

South Central (Union Mills) (5-3) at Culver (3-5)

North Judson (6-3) at Winamac (8-0)

SECTIONAL 42

Tri-County (0-8) at Clinton Prairie (5-4)

Carroll (Flora) (7-3) at Traders Point Christian (5-5)

SECTIONAL 43

Monroe Central (10-0) at South Adams (8-2)

Taylor (1-5) at Union City (5-4)

SECTIONAL 44

Triton (3-6) at Northfield (7-3)

Southwood (5-5) at Adams Central (9-1)

SECTIONAL 45

South Putnam (8-2) at Parke Heritage (8-2)

Covington (8-2) at Riverton Parke (3-6)

SECTIONAL 46

Indianapolis Tindley (4-4) at Covenant Christian (6-4)

Indianapolis Lutheran (10-0) at Park Tudor (8-2)

SECTIONAL 47

Milan (4-6) at North Decatur (5-4)

Tri (8-2) at Knightstown (1-7)

SECTIONAL 48

West Washington (4-4) at Springs Valley (8-1)

Tecumseh (3-6) at North Central (Farmersburg) (4-5)

INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER STATE FINALS

Friday, October 29, 2021
6 pm ET | Boys Class 2A | West Lafayette (18-1-2) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-2) 
8 pm ET | Boys Class A | Westview (16-5) vs. Providence (15-3-3)

Saturday, October 30, 2021
11 am ET | Girls Class A | Andrean (15-3-3) vs. Heritage Christian (14-8)
1:30 pm ET | Girls Class 2A | Mishawaka Marian (20-3) vs. Evansville Memorial (19-3-1)
4 pm ET | Girls Class 3A | Homestead (20-0) vs. Carmel (18-2-2)
6:30 pm ET | Boys Class 3A | Noblesville (19-1-1) vs. Carmel (16-3-2)

IHSAA PREVIEW: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/ihsaa/documents/news%20media/2021-22/2021-22%20Soccer%20Preview.pdf

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

North

1. Huntington North
Class 2A | Andrean (30-5) vs. South Adams (28-8) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | West Lafayette (27-2) vs. Bellmont (29-5) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

2. Frankfort
Class A | Kouts (27-7) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (25-9) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Penn (36-1) vs. McCutcheon (28-6) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

South

3. Columbus East
Class A | Bloomfield (20-11) vs. Trinity Lutheran (29-4) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | Brebeuf Jesuit (30-3) vs. Silver Creek (23-11) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

4. Jasper
Class 2A | Western Boone (26-8) vs. North Posey (27-5) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Roncalli (28-5) vs. Castle (30-2) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

STATE CROSS COUNTRY FINALS

Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN  47803.

WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE

Friday, Oct. 29
• Astros at Braves, Game 3 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THURSDAY

#24 Coastal Carolina 35 Troy 28

East Carolina 29 South Florida 14

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

HCAC SCHEDULE

Manchester at Hanover, 1:30 PM

Bluffton at Rose-Hulman, 1:30 PM

Anderson at Mount St. Joseph, 1:30 PM

Franklin at Defiance, 1:30 PM

Friday, Oct. 29

Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

UNLV at Nevada | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 30

No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 2 Cincinnati at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Fox

Miami at No. 17 Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Indiana at Maryland | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Bowling Green at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

UCF at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UMass at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas at No. 16 Baylor | 12 p.m. | ABC

Texas State at Louisiana | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Rutgers at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Iowa State at West Virginia | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Texas at Rice | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Hawai’i at Utah State | 3 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

Washington State at Arizona State | 3 p.m. | FS1

Missouri at Vanderbilt | 3 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, Florida) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

FIU at Marshall | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Colorado at No. 7 Oregon | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Florida State at Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Boston College at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

TCU at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Minnesota at Northwestern | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Purdue at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Duke at No. 13 Wake Forest | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Wyoming at San Jose State | 4 p.m. | FS2

Charlotte at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Arkansas State at South Alabama | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

UTEP at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Georgia State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kansas at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | FS1

No. 19 SMU at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

Arizona at USC | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Oregon State at Cal | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Boise State at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Louisville at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

UCLA at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN

Virginia at No. 25 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

NFL THURSDAY

Green Bay 24 Arizona 21

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 8

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 01, 2021

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

NBA SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 110 Detroit 102

Washington 122 Atlanta 111

New York 104 Chicago 103

Utah 122 Houston 91

Dallas 104 San Antonio 99

Memphis 104 Golden State 101 OT… Desmond Bane 19 pts, 6 reb

NHL SCOREBOARD

Tampa Bay 5 Arizona 1

Calgary 4 Pittsburgh 0

Colorado 4 St. Louis 3

Carolina 3 Boston 0

Philadelphia 2 Vancouver 1

Buffalo 4 Anaheim 3

Winnipeg 3 Los Angeles 2

Seattle 4 Minnesota 1

Montréal 4 San Jose 0

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS NEWS AND HEADLINES

Packers beat Cardinals 24-21 after Murray throws late INT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Rasul Douglas was living the life of an NFL journeyman just a few weeks ago, bouncing between camps and practice squads in a frustrating process that is football’s version of purgatory.

Finally, the Green Bay Packers liked what they saw.

Now he’s a Thursday night hero for the league’s hottest team – at one of his former team’s expense.

Douglas corralled an interception with 12 seconds left in the fourth quarter that helped the Packers knock off the previously unbeaten Arizona Cardinals 24-21 in a thriller that featured two of the NFL’s top quarterbacks.

“Blessed,” Douglas said. “You’re in a crazy mental state being in the league for five years, never been on the practice squad before. You feel like you are working for nothing kind of. Then you get a call and you are somewhere else and you’re playing.”

The Cardinals looked like they were going to rally to win their eighth straight game but Kyler Murray threw the stunning interception on second-and-goal as the home crowd groaned in disbelief. A.J. Green didn’t expect the pass to come his way, never turned around and Douglas was there to snatch the ball in the corner of the end zone.

“We weren’t on the same page,” Murray said. “And it cost us.”

It was a big night for some lesser-known Packers players. Douglas was added to the active roster just three weeks ago when the team needed help in the secondary. He was signed off the Cardinals practice squad, where he spent a few weeks earlier this year.

“This is why I love this squad,” Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “The guy that made the pick was with them (pointing to Cards sideline) for four weeks. He was on the street. We brought him in. He’s starting for us. He’s a great dude. He’s really meshed well with our team. To come up with a play like that with 15 seconds left is incredible.”

Cobb’s clutch night was much needed since Green Bay was playing without their two top receivers. Davante Adams and Allen Lazard were put on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier in the week, but the 31-year-old Cobb responded with two touchdowns that were both tough catches in traffic.

“It was tough in the passing game at times, but Cobby came up with a couple of big touchdown catches,” Rodgers said.

Cobb’s 6-yard touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth quarter put the Packers up 24-14. He was once one of the NFL’s top receivers – making the Pro Bowl in 2014 with 1,287 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns – but has settled into more a secondary role late in his career.

He only caught three passes on Thursday, but they were important ones.

The Cardinals trailed for most of the night but rallied to pull within 24-21 on James Conner’s second touchdown run of the game with 10:45 left in the fourth. Arizona then had a crucial goal-line stand late in the fourth – capped by Devon Kennard swatting down Rodgers’ fourth-down pass – giving them the ball back at the 1-yard line and an opportunity to go 99 yards for the win.

They almost made it.

Green Bay (7-1) has won seven straight games after dropping the season opener. Arizona (7-1) was trying to set a franchise record for longest winning streak to start a season but instead tied the mark set in 1974.

Both teams were hampered in the early going by a lack of healthy receivers. The offensive pace picked up in the second half.

Green Bay’s offense was a little more conservative without Adams and Lazard. Arizona’s top receiver DeAndre Hopkins made a 55-yard catch in the first quarter but tweaked his sore hamstring on the play and didn’t play for a big chunk of the game.

Green Bay grabbed a 10-7 halftime advantage by making a field goal after Cardinals rookie Rondale Moore mishandled a punt deep in Arizona territory.

Early in the third quarter, Murray threw a pass that was deflected by Moore into the hands of Green Bay’s Henry Black at the Arizona 14. Five plays later, Rodgers found Cobb in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown and 17-7 lead.

The Cardinals responded, but fell just short of the win. Murray finished with 274 yards passing and two interceptions.

“We didn’t play very well in the first half, I didn’t call a very good game, couldn’t get into a rhythm, took some negative plays,” Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. “In the second half, guys responded and they’ve done that all year when we’ve struggled, to be able to come back and answer the bell.

“We just weren’t able to finish this time.”

AP source: Padres hire Oakland’s Bob Melvin as manager

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Padres have hired Bob Melvin away from the Oakland Athletics to be their new manager, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the hiring hadn’t been formally announced. The 60-year-old Melvin will receive a three-year contract, the person said.

Melvin replaces Jayce Tingler, who was fired Oct. 6 after a second-half collapse dropped the Padres from a solid grip on the NL’s second wild card spot to finishing with a losing record for the 10th time in 11 seasons. San Diego finished 79-83 for third place in the talented NL West.

“Bob is the manager in the big leagues that allows you to be you,” said Atlanta Braves catcher Stephen Vogt, who played for Melvin in Oakland. “He doesn’t put any expectations on how you need to play, he lets you go out and be you. All he asks is that you play hard and you play hard for each other.

“He’s an unbelievable communicator, an unbelievable motivator, obviously a genius of a baseball mind, and he puts every single one of his players into a position to succeed.”

The hiring of Melvin is a complete 180 for general manager A.J. Preller, whose previous two managerial hires had no experience as a big league skipper.

Melvin comes into the job with 18 seasons of big-league managerial experience and a 1,346-1,272 record with the A’s, Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. He has been named Manager of the Year three times, including in both leagues.

This year, Melvin became the winningest manager in Oakland team history, but the A’s missed the playoffs following three straight postseason berths. He was 853-764 with the Athletics.

Melvin managed the Mariners for two seasons and the Diamondbacks for five seasons.

It’s unknown whether uncertainty over Oakland’s ballpark situation led Melvin to head to San Diego, but it might have, given the A’s allowed him interview with the Padres with a year left on his contract. Oakland exercised his contract option for 2022 in June.

“As Dr. Seuss says … don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. 10+ years Oakland was able to call Bob Melvin their manager,” A’s ace Chris Bassitt tweeted Thursday night. “He’s truly the best manager in the sport. Be grateful. I sure as hell am.”

Preller also hired Ruben Niebla from Cleveland as pitching coach on Wednesday.

The A’s turned to Melvin midway through the 2011 season to replace Bob Geren, whom they fired, and Melvin provided stability the club so desperately needed. He gained respect from his players for being fair, personable and unafraid to take chances on youth.

Melvin takes over a fun-loving team that had five All-Stars – including Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Jake Cronenworth – but badly underperformed down the stretch.

“He’s somebody that trusts you from the day you walk in, and that only gets stronger,” Vogt said by phone from Atlanta late Thursday. “He’s somebody that I look up to probably more than anyone in this game, and he is just such a special person and special manager, just an unbelievable leader. The Padres are getting one of the best, if not the best, leader in the game coming into their dugout.”

Oakland won the AL West during the pandemic-shortened, 60-game 2020 season following consecutive wild-card finishes. In the playoffs, the the A’s beat the White Sox in the wild-card round to stop a nine-game losing streak in winner-take-all postseason games – a major league record that dated to the 1973 World Series – before losing to the rival Houston Astros in a four-game AL division series.

In 2012, Oakland became the first team in major league history to win a division or pennant after trailing by five games with fewer than 10 to play, sweeping three games against Texas to win the division.

Ohtani voted player of the year by fellow major leaguers

NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani was voted player of the year and the American League outstanding player by fellow major leaguers in the annual Players Choice Awards from the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Philadelphia outfielder Bryce Harper was voted National League outstanding player, the union said Thursday.

Toronto infielder Marcus Semien was selected Marvin Miller man of the year, given to a player whose leadership inspires others.

Mark Belanger, the first former player hired by the union, was given the Curt Flood Award for advancement of players’ rights and devotion to the union. Belanger, a former big leaguer shortstop, died in 1998.

The Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray was selected the AL outstanding pitcher and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Scherzer the NL outstanding pitcher.

Baltimore first baseman and outfielder Ryan Mountcastle was picked as outstanding AL rookie and Cincinnati second baseman Jonathan India as outstanding NL rookie.

Orioles outfielder and first baseman Trey Mancini won AL comeback player after returning from coklon cancer, and San Francisco catcher Buster Posey won NL comeback player after opting out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and adopting premature twin girls.

Walker, Knicks hang on, deal Bulls first loss 104-103

CHICAGO (AP) Kemba Walker scored 21 points, RJ Barrett added 20 and the New York Knicks hung on to hand the Chicago Bulls their first loss of the season, 104-103, on Thursday night.

Julius Randle had 13 points, 16 rebound and nine assists. Derrick Rose came off New York’s bench to score 12 points against his former team as the Knicks won their second straight and improved to 4-1.

This one wasn’t as easy for New York. It boiled down to a stop of Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan as time expired after Bulls went on a 12-0 run in the final minutes to nearly tie the score in a game the Knicks seemingly had wrapped up.

“Right now, we’re still getting a feel for each other,” New York coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Every game we’re getting better and better.

“I love the fact that everyone is sacrificing for the team and putting the team first. That’s how you win big in his league.”

The Knicks had to settle for a narrow victory.

Chicago star Zach LaVine scored 25 points, despite playing with a torn ligament in his left thumb.

LaVine’s dunk with 9.5 seconds left trimmed New York’s lead to one point after the Knicks held a 104-91 advantage with 2:59 left. LaVine’s thumb was taped up after he was injured Monday in Toronto.

Randle missed a pair of free throws with 4.7 seconds left to give Chicago the final possession, but DeRozan missed a 15-foot, pull-up shot with Barrett helping to cover him.

“Like any team at home, they have their fans and they don’t want to lose,” Barrett said. “They’re undefeated and a good team and they’re going to make a push.”

Barrett, a 21-year-old Toronto native, had an idea of what DeRozan might try to do. Barrett said he idolized DeRozan, 13-year veteran and four-time All-Star, when DeRozan played for the Raptors.

“He was one of my favorite players and the pride and joy of Toronto,” Barrett said. “Thankfully, I was able to stay down and was just able to help”

Nikola Vucevic had 22 points and DeRozan added 20 points for Chicago, which fell to 4-1 The Bulls’ 4-0 start was their best since 1996-97.

New York shot 45.9 % and just was a touch quicker and sharper from the floor for most of the game than Chicago, which shot 42.9%. New York pulled ahead by as many as 13 points in the third in a game that went from run-and-gun to deliberate and scrappy.

“It was a good game. It was our first real test and it came down to that last shot,” LaVine said. “We fought back. I just wish we got into it a little sooner where we could take a lead.”

Immanuel Quickley made a long jumper with 1.3 second left in the first quarter to give New York a 27-25 lead.

The Knicks managed to stay ahead the rest of the way, although the Bulls made charges. When Chicago narrowed the lead – to as little as one point early in the third quarter – New York responded with scoring spurts.

The Knicks went on a 14-0 run early in the game to take a 16-6 lead. The Bulls responded with a 15-3 spurt and went ahead 21-19 on Alex Carusos’ 3-pointer from the right baseline.

The Knicks had the edge in the second quarter, never lost the lead and were ahead 55-51 at the half. New York outshot Chicago, 53.5% to 51.3% from the floor in a mostly up-tempo opening 24 minutes.

The Bulls narrowed New York’s advantage to two points twice in the second quarter, but never caught up. LaVine led all scorers with 17 points in the half.

Patrick Williams narrowed the Knicks’ lead to 57-56 with a pair of free throws early in the third quarter. New York responded with a 10-0 run.

Embiid scores 30 on bad knee, 76ers hold off winless Pistons

PHILADELPHIA (AP) His right knee aching, Joel Embiid could have easily skipped a game against winless Detroit. As the 76ers watched another 20-point lead shrink to almost nothing down the stretch, Embiid instead got to work.

Embiid shook off lingering pain in his right knee and scored 30 points, grabbed 18 rebounds and hit a step-back 3-pointer in the final minute to help the Philadelphia 76ers stave off another collapse in a 110-102 win over the Pistons on Thursday night.

“He imposed his will in several parts,” coach Doc Rivers said.

Embiid remains hampered by a right knee that hasn’t been right since he suffered a torn meniscus during last season’s playoffs. Embiid’s numbers were off a bit compared to his careers bests, yet the 7-footer has played in every game with the Sixers still without fellow All-Star Ben Simmons.

Embiid’s health was debated to the point that some fans and media believed the center should take the game off against the Pistons and give him one more day of rest before the Sixers play Saturday.

“There’s no excuses. I’m fine,” Embiid said.

With their habit of blowing large leads again haunting the Sixers, Embiid came back in the game late in the fourth when a 22-point lead was whittled to single digits. He hit a free throw to push the lead back to 10.

The 76ers watched a 14-point edge evaporate in a loss to Brooklyn in the home opener and last season’s Eastern Conference semifinal loss to Atlanta was plagued by lost leads, notably blowing a 26-point lead in a Game 5 defeat.

It almost happened again after former Villanova standout Saddiq Bey buried a 3 that pulled the Pistons to 101-94 and another that made it 103-97.

Embiid, though, sank four free throws and buried a 3 from the top of the arc in the waning moments that saved the Sixers – who had 20 turnovers – from a complete meltdown.

“You’ve just got to bury a team,” Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey said.

Embiid went through shootaround and a pregame workout feeling healthy enough to give the game a try. Embiid, who has a history of injuries, was NBA MVP runner-up last season and one strike against him was games played: He played in 51 games while Denver’s Nikola Jokic played all 72. Embiid had plenty of reasons to play — and made the Pistons pay.

“Every single year, I come in with the mindset of trying to play every single game I can,” Embiid said. “I’ve got to play more games than I have in the past. So far this year, I’m on the right path.”

Bad knee or not, he was his usual dominant self. Embiid crashed on the court several times and was even whistled for a technical foul for trash-talking Luke Garza after a rim-crushing dunk.

Embiid dumped a behind-the-back pass to Maxey for a baseline 3-pointer and a 48-43 lead. Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds in the first half to send the Sixers into the break with a 52-46 lead.

“I’ve never seen that before and I’m so glad I made it,” Maxey said of Embiid’s pass. “If not, oof, oof.”

Bey led the Pistons with 19 points. Detroit used a 16-1 run late to make the game interesting and fell to 0-4.

“I didn’t start off the game well and missed some early reads and easy shots,” Bey said. “The rhythm was a little off at the beginning. I want to win so bad that I’m going to find the rhythm and help the team as much as possible.”

Tobias Harris scored 17 points and Maxey had 16 for the Sixers.

Atlanta star Trae Young speaks out on officiating changes

WASHINGTON (AP) Trae Young paused in the middle of his postgame comments, perhaps wondering if he was going too far – or sensing that he already had.

“I don’t want to get fined too much, but it’s frustrating,” the Atlanta star said.

There’s no telling how the league will receive Young’s latest words. This wasn’t some unhinged rant, but he certainly had plenty to say about the officiating after the Hawks lost 122-111 to Washington on Thursday night. Young was one of five players who received a technical foul during the game, and another one was given out for delay of game.

“There’s a lot of missed calls,” he said. “It’s basketball. It’s just, it feels that they’re learning, and they’re just – I don’t know. It’s frustrating.”

Young went into more detail moments later. There’s a new crackdown this season on non-basketball moves designed to draw contact. Officials aren’t supposed to call defensive fouls when that happens, and Young and James Harden are often mentioned as players who could be significantly affected.

Young averaged 8.7 free throw attempts a game last season. He’s averaging 4.4 this season after taking only three Thursday.

“I saw James said it’s about him, but it’s not targeting just one player or two players,” Young said.

Young mentioned Damian Lillard and Devin Booker, a couple other star scorers off to relatively slow starts.

“You can watch basketball. Damien Lillard’s never averaged 17 points probably since his rookie year,” Young said. “There’s a couple guys. I mean, Book’s averaging 18. There’s a lot of things that, when guys are driving straight and guys are getting knocked off balance – it’s still a foul, whether they’re using their lower body or their hands.”

Young said he isn’t completely against the changes, but he still wants certain contact to be whistled.

“Veering back and jumping into guys — that’s different,” he said. “There are certain things that, I agree with the rule changes, but then there’s things that are still fouls, and guys are going to get hurt. Especially a smaller guy like me who’s going up against bigger and stronger defenders, they’re using their body and they’re using their legs and their hands to stop me.”

Jazz put 7 in double figures as Utah routs Houston 122-91

HOUSTON (AP) Bojan Bogdanovic scored 19 points and seven Utah Jazz players reached double figures in a 122-91 win over the Houston Rockets on Thursday night.

Utah is off to its first 4-0 start since the 2006-07 season.

Joining Bogdanovic, Rudy Gobert, Donovan Mitchell, Eric Paschall, Hassan Whiteside, Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles also scored in double figures for the Jazz.

“I think every night, it’s going to be a different player playing good basketball, but at the end of the night, as long as we’re getting the (win), we’re all going to be happy,” Bogdanovic said.

Christian Wood led Houston with 16 points and Jalen Green had 13 points on 3 of 16 shooting. He missed all eight of his 3-point attempts. Rockets rookie Alperen Sengun had 14 points.

Houston’s shooting struggled, particularly from behind the 3-point line. The Rockets made just 9 of 44 from beyond the arc, just 20.5%.

Utah, on the other hand, frequently had wide-open looks against Houston’s inexperienced defense and made 16 of 46 for 34.8%. Ingles made 4 of 9 from 3.

“They’re a young team, and regardless of the score, they’re going to play hard every possession,” Ingles said. “They play really hard. At the end of the day, they’re all NBA players so the minute you take a relaxing approach to what’s going on, anyone can score on you.”

Utah owned the perimeter but also had the edge inside, outscoring Houston 46-40 in the paint and outrebounding the Rockets 58-41. Gobert, who entered the game as the league’s leading rebounder with 19.0 per game, led Utah with 14 rebounds in just 28 minutes.

The Jazz led 61-40 at halftime and led by as many as 36 points in the game.

“I thought our guards did a really good job of containing,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “They’ve got some guys who are fast and can play off the dribble. I thought that was the best we’ve run and shared the ball. I thought that was reflected in our catch-and-shoot, too.”

Utah has won five of the past six meetings against Houston.

Houston shooting guard Kevin Porter Jr. suffered a left ankle sprain in the second quarter and did not play in the second half. Porter had five points and two assists in 19 minutes.

Doncic scores 25, Mavs beat Spurs 104-99 after wild swings

DALLAS (AP) Luka Doncic scored 10 of his game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks beat the San Antonio Spurs 104-99 on Thursday night, after some wild swings in the first half before turning into a back-and-forth game.

The Mavericks finally went ahead to stay on Doncic’s alley-oop pass to Dwight Powell for the finish that made it 86-84 with 8:33 left. They stretched that to an 11-point gap by the time Doncic hit a step-back 3-pointer about 3 1/2 minutes later.

“I was way more aggressive in the fourth than I was in the first three quarters,” Doncic said. “That’s what I’ve gotta do the whole game.”

Jalen Brunson added 19 points for the Mavs, while Dorian Finney-Smith had 14 and Maxi Kleber 12. They all had at least three 3-pointers, the same as Doncic. Kleber also had 10 rebounds and six blocked shots.

Dejounte Murray (23 points and 10 rebounds) and Jakob Poeltl (14 points and 13 rebounds) had double-doubles for the Spurs. Murray also had a game-high eight assists. Bryn Forbes had 15 points on five 3s. Lonnie Walker IV, starting in place of the injured Doug McDermott, scored 14.

An early 20-point lead wasn’t enough for the Spurs, an inexperienced group of players that coach Gregg Popovich said continues to compete night after night.

“But the experience and the mistakes we might make in shot selection or transition defense, or whatever, it adds up, because we’re not that potent an offensive team where we can just score at will,” Popovich said. “We have to be more perfect in real fundamental ways because we’re not going to have that guy to give the ball to and say go score now. That’s not who we are. We’ve got to do everything together, and they’re trying their best to do that and they’ll get better at it, and just got to stick with it.”

San Antonio jumped out to a 25-5 lead to start the game, and the Mavericks didn’t have a field goal until Doncic scored with 6:33 left in the first quarter to get within 18-3.

“We were just a little slow to start the game, and it’s been like that since the season started,” Mavericks coach Jason Kidd said.

Doncic was a bit more harsh in his assessment.

“It was just a bad start, a really bad one,” he said. “No energy, everyone was sloppy. It was terrible.”

After the scorching start for the Spurs, Dallas went on a 31-4 run to take a 36-29 lead. Coming off the bench, Brunson made three 3-pointers and Kleber added two in that span

“Just the pace, I thought they were moving a little bit faster than that first group,” Kidd said. “That bench got us going, and then everybody else started to participate there in the second half.”

Kleber had a bigger role with Kristaps Porzingis out because of as swollen right knee.

“Maxi was everywhere,” Kidd said. “He was big for us behind the line and also defensively with the blocks and just trying to change shots and rebound. We were down a guy, and he stepped up.”

The Spurs closed the first half with a 20-11 spurt, taking a 49-47 halftime lead when Forbes made his fourth 3-pointer to beat the buzzer.

Morant, Memphis win a thriller on Curry’s home court again

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) In his third NBA season, Ja Morant is speaking up during timeouts and showing his growth with every big basket.

He and his supporting cast are defending with energy and doing all of the important little things.

Morant made a driving layup with 57.9 seconds left and shined in Stephen Curry’s home building once again, scoring 30 points as the Memphis Grizzlies made it two straight thrilling overtime wins against the Golden State Warriors with a 104-101 victory Thursday night.

“He’s just taken huge steps all around, as a player, as a leader, he’s finding his voice,” coach Taylor Jenkins said. “… His voice is just resonating throughout.”

Curry wound up with 36 points, but went scoreless in the fourth quarter and overtime – 0 for 6. He missed two key 3-pointers late in a rematch of the play-in game from five months ago that Memphis won 117-112 in OT on May 21 at Chase Center.

Curry couldn’t convert a 3 to end regulation, leaving the teams tied at 98, then another with 1:18 remaining in the extra period to finish 7 for 20 from deep in the Warriors’ first loss following a 4-0 start.

“The last two shots in regulation, the last one, the game-winner, looked good,” Curry said. “Those are two shots I’d take every day of the week. Overtime, I think I pressed a little bit, maybe settled a little bit, especially when I didn’t have it going from 3, and not getting into the paint and getting my runners off, getting the ball moving. Little critical of myself on those last three shots.”

Desmond Bane scored 19 for the Grizzlies, who ended a two-game skid and concluded their four-game West Coast trip with a back-to-back following a 116-96 defeat at Portland on Wednesday night. Morant shot 11 for 22.

“He figures out how to score late game,” Jaren Jackson Jr. said.

Damion Lee added 14 points off the bench for Golden State.

Jackson’s 3-pointer got the Grizzlies within 86-84 at the 7:45 mark of the fourth, then Memphis capitalized on a turnover by Andre Iguodala and tied it the next time down on De’Anthony Melton’s short jumper.

That started a furious, back-and-forth finish reminiscent of the thriller from five months earlier.

“We talked a lot better. We just responded really well,” Jackson said of making things happen on the defensive end. “Overtime win is huge.”

Draymond Green gave everyone a scare when he went down grabbing his knee with 2:50 left before halftime but he was fine and wound up with a key block – one of his five on the night – and rebound in the final 18.3 seconds. He had 12 boards and seven assists.

“I thought we had an easy start to the second quarter and then we got a little crazy,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.

Curry, playing 12 years to the day after making his NBA debut, shot 11 for 29 and also contributed eight assists and seven rebounds as the Warriors began an eight-game homestand. They had their best start since beginning 24-0 in 2015-16.

Golden State committed 22 turnovers.

“It’s tough, when you lose you start nitpicking pretty quickly,” Curry said.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Six Big Ten teams appear in the Associated Press Poll this week, highlighted by four of the top 10 teams in the country. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 5, followed by No. 6 Michigan, No. 7 Penn State, No. 9 Michigan State, No. 11 Iowa and No. 25 Purdue. 

• Two Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Michigan State and Michigan are 7-0 and 6-0, respectively. Additionally, Ohio State is 3-0 in conference play and 2-0 in the East Division. 

• No. 9 Michigan State defeated Indiana, 20-15, to improve to 7-0 on the season, marking the first time that the Spartans have started 7-0 since 2015 and just the eighth time in program history that they have won their first seven games. Additionally, the Spartans are now 4-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since 2017.

• No. 25 Purdue upset then-No. 2 Iowa, 24-7, marking the second time in the last four seasons that the Boilermakers have defeated a team ranked No. 2 in the nation. Prior to Saturday’s win over Iowa, Purdue defeated then-No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20, on Oct. 20, 2018. Senior QB Aidan O’Connell completed 30 of 40 passes for 375 yards and two touchdowns, while junior WR David Bell was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week following a performance that included 11 receptions for 240 yards (21.8 avg.) and a touchdown. Bell’s 240 receiving yards marked the second-highest single-game total in school history and are the second-most receiving yards in a game by a FBS player in 2021.  Defensively, Purdue registered four interceptions — two by Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Cam Allen — and four sacks. 

• After holding Iowa to just 7 points, Purdue now ranks fifth in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering just 14 points per game. Additionally, the Boilermakers rank third in the country in red zone defense (60 pct.), fifth in defensive passing efficiency (103.41) and sixth in first downs allowed (89). Offensively, Purdue ranks 10th in the country in passing (334.0 yards per game). 

• Minnesota improved to 4-2 overall on the season with a 30-23 win over Nebraska. The Gophers were led by QB Tanner Morgan who completed 20 of 24 passes — including a school-record 16 consecutive completions — and threw two touchdowns. WR Chris Autman-Bell caught a career-high 11 passes for 103 yards and RB Bryce Williams carried 17 times for 127 yards (7.47 avg.), including a 56-yard touchdown run. 

• In the final non-conference matchup of the season, Wisconsin topped Army 20-14 at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers were led defensively by three players who registered double-digit tackles: junior LB Leo Chenal (17), senior LB Jack Sanborn (12) and senior S Scott Nelson (11). Chenal added 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble in the victory. Offensively, sophomore QB Graham Mertz tallied two rushing scores, while RB Braelon Allen was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following his 108-yard rushing performance. 

• Northwestern improved to 3-3 overall with a 21-7 victory over Rutgers. The Wildcats were led on defense by junior DL Adetomiwa Adebawore who tallied seven tackles, four TFLs, a sack, two QB hits and a forced fumble. Adebawore’s four TFLs marked the most by a Northwestern defender since 2018. Offensively, sophomore QB Ryan Hilinski finished 18-for-33 for 267 yards and two touchdowns.

• The Big Ten boasts four teams who rank among the top 10 in the nation in scoring defense: Penn State (4th, 13.8 ppg), Purdue (5th, 14.0), Iowa (7th, 14.6) and Michigan (9th, 15.5). The conference has three teams in the top 10 in terms of defensive passing efficiency: Iowa (3rd, 101.70), Penn State (4th, 102.12) and Purdue (5th, 103.41). Additionally, three Big Ten teams rank in the top 10 in the nation in run defense: Wisconsin (3rd, 64.3 ypg), Minnesota (6th, 86.8) and Iowa (7th, 89.7).

• Ohio State has scored more than 50 points in its last three games and leads the nation in total offense (563.2 ypg), while ranking second in scoring offense (48.5 ppg.) and second in team passing efficiency (187.76). The Buckeyes offense also ranks second in the country in third-down conversion percentage (.565 pct.).

• In 2021, the Big Ten has seen top-5 single-game FBS rushing-yard performances from Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (2nd, 270 vs. Tulsa), Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (3rd, 264 at Northwestern) and Illinois’ Chase Brown (4th, 257 vs. Charlotte). Walker III also eclipsed 200 yards rushing at Rutgers (8th-most in a single game in 2021), while Northwestern’s Evan Hull rushed for 216 yards vs. Ohio (tied for 14th).

• Additional top-5 single-game FBS performances in the Big Ten include: Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud (4th, 266.174 passing efficiency; and 5th, 484 passing yards vs. Oregon), Purdue’s David Bell (2nd, 240 receiving yards at Iowa), Northwestern’s Brandon Joseph (3rd, 111 punt return yards vs. Indiana State), and Michigan State’s Jayden Reed (5th, 285 all-purpose yards vs. Western Kentucky; and 5th, 88 punt return yards vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2). 

• On October 10, for the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State.      

• Eight Big Ten standouts were named candidates for the 2021-22 Senior CLASS Award: Illinois’ Blake Hayes, Indiana’s Ty Fryfogle, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson and Andrew Vastardis, Minnesota’s Conner Olson, Nebraska’s Ben Stille, Ohio State’s Chris Olave and Penn State’s Sean Clifford. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior students in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during football bowl season in December.

• The 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 4, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.

NFL WEEK 8 CAPSULES

CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (3-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 33-19

STREAKS: Falcons have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 10/29/20: Falcons 25 at Panthers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Panthers 23, Falcons 16

QB SAM DARNOLD has 300+ pass yards & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Is 1 of 2 QBs (JALEN HURTS) with 5 rush TDs in 2021. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 56 scrimmage yards (28 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 7. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Is only NFC rookie RB with 400+ scrimmage yards (419). • WR DJ MOORE led team with 6 catches & 73 rec. yards in Week 7. Had 93 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Atl. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games at Atl. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 112 yards in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 5+ receptions. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack in only career game at Atl. (12/16/18 w/ Az.). Leads NFC in sacks (6.5) & TFL (9). DE BRIAN BURNS had 4th sack of season last week. Has 5 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 5 on road. Had sack & FF in last road meeting. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row at Atl. with 10+ tackles. S JEREMY CHINN led team with 8 tackles & had TFL in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 9+ tackles & PD. Since 2020, is 1 of 3 DBs (BUDDA BAKER & VONN BELL) with 150+ tackles (154). CB STEPHON GILMORE makes Car. debut. Is 1 of 4 active players with 100+ PD (114) & 25+ INTs (25). DT DERRICK BROWN had 1st sack of season last week, his 4th-career sack. CB DONTE JACKSON aims for his 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting.

QB MATT RYAN passed for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.4 rating last week. Has 72 career games with 300+ pass yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2008. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 1,937 pass yards (322.8 per game) & 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 106.7 rating in his past 6 home starts vs. Car. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON rushed for 60 yards & TD last week. Has 297 scrimmage yards (99 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 home games in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB MIKE DAVIS had 59 receptions, 1,015 scrimmage yards (642 rush, 373 rec.) & 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.) in 15 games with Car. in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row at home in 2021 with TD. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 551 rec. yards (91.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 6 career games vs. Car. TE KYLE PITTS had 7 catches for 163 yards in Week 7, 4th-most rec. yards by rookie TE in single game all-time. Has 471 rec. yards, most by TE in 1st 6 career games in NFL history. Became 2nd rookie TE ever with 100+ rec. yards in consecutive games. • LB DEION JONES led team with 15 tackles, 3 TFL & had 2nd sack of season last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Car. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 13 tackles & 3rd-career INT in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Car. with 10+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Car.), 85 (Atl.) | XM: 385 (Car.), 228 (Atl.) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 801 (Atl.)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-6) AT BUFFALO BILLS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-50-1

STREAKS: Bills have won past 6

LAST GAME: 9/19/21: Bills 35 at Dolphins 0

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21: Bills 56, Dolphins 26

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 32 of 40 passes (career-high 80 pct., min. 10 atts.) for 291 yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for season-high 109.5 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 275+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Passed for career-high 361 yards in last road meeting. • RB MYLES GASKIN rushed for season-high 67 yards & had TD catch last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 77 scrimmage yards (57 rec., 20 rush) & rush TD in last road meeting. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. RB SALVON AHMED rushed for TD in last road meeting. • TE MIKE GESICKI had 7 catches for team-high 85 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Buf. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 7 catches for season-high 83 yards in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 48 yards in Week 2 meeting. Leads all rookies with 44 catches, 2nd-most ever by WR in 1st 7 career games. WRs ISAIAH FORD & MACK HOLLINS each had 1st TD catches of season last week. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 3 PD & 2nd INT of season in Week 7. Aims for 6th in row with PD. Had 3 PD & INT in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with INT. S ERIC ROWE led team with 9 tackles & had PD last week. Has 7+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 35 of 47 passes (season-high 74.5 pct.) for 353 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 107.8 rating in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rating & 3rd in row with 315+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 116.3 rating in 3 career home games vs. Mia. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had season-high 82 rush yards & only rush TD of season in Week 2 meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Mia. RB ZACK MOSS has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 2 rush TDs in Week 2 meeting. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 9 catches for 89 yards & TD in Week 6. Has 60+ rec. yards in every game this season & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in Week 2 meeting & has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Mia. Has 6+ catches in 10 of 11 home games since joining Buf. in 2020. Has 4 rec. TD in his past 3 vs. division. WR COLE BEASLEY had 7 catches for 88 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 6. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for 91 yards in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE TOMMY SWEENEY had 1st-career rec. TD in Week 6. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with season-high 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles & TFL. Has PD in 2 of past 3 at home. S JORDAN POYER had INT in Week 6 & has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had 4 tackles & PD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TFL. CB TARON JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 4 of his 5 games this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Mia.), 206 (Buf.) | XM: 386 (Mia.), 229 (Buf.) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 803 (Buf.)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-4) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 32-31-1

STREAKS: Bears have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/23/18: Bears 14 at 49ers 9

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/3/17: 49ers 15, Bears 14

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 111.4 rating in 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Passed for 293 yards in last road meeting. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) rushed for career-high 107 yards & 2nd-career rush TD last week. Is only rookie with 2 games with 100+ rush yards in 2021. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL led team in receptions (7) & rec. yards (100) & had 4th rec. TD of season last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & COOPER KUPP) with 3 games with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards this season. Has 44 receptions (6.3 per game) & 810 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7 on road. Has TD catch in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NFC North. • DL NICK BOSA has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in 3 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. LB FRED WARNER had 9 tackles, 2 TFL & 4th-career FR last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR had 9 tackles & 1st-career FR last week. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. DL KENTAVIOUS STREET had 2nd sack of season & 1st-career FF in Week 7. CB JOSH NORMAN led team with 10 tackles, had careerhigh 3 TFL & 2nd-career game with 2 FFs last week. Is only player with 15+ FFs (16) & 15+ INTs (15) since 2012. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY had career-high 4 PD. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4.

QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) completed 22 of 32 attempts (careerhigh 68.8 pct.) & rushed for 38 yards last week. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 3 of his past 4 starts. • RB KHALIL HERBERT (rookie) had career-high 133 scrimmage yards (career-high 100 rush, 33 rec.) & career-best 5 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with 75+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches & 94 scrimmage yards (85 rec., 9 rush) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC West with 4+ receptions. WR DARNELL MOONEY has 27 receptions (6.8 per game) & 329 rec. yards (82.3 per game) in his past 4 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions. WR MARQUISE GOODWIN had 91 receptions for 1,543 yards & 7 TDs in 36 games (2017-19) with SF. TE COLE KMET had 5 receptions & team-high 43 rec. yards last week. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for his 6th in row at home with sack. Has 2 sacks & 3 TFL in 2 career games vs. SF. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in NFL with 76.5 sacks. LB ROBERT QUINN has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 13 tackles last week. Is 1 of 2 LBs (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 6 games of 10+ tackles in 2021. Had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row with 9+ tackles. DE EDDIE JACKSON tied his career-high with 11 tackles last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (SF), 83 (Chi.) | XM: 384 (SF), 225 (Chi.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 805 (Chi.)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 75-60-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Steelers 22 at Browns 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 29 of 40 passes (seasonhigh 72.5 pct.) for 229 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rating & 0 INTs. Passed for 501 yards & 4 TDs in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Passed for 335 yards in last road meeting. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 127 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 46 rec.) & TD catch in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with TD. Ranks 2nd among all rookies with 632 scrimmage yards (388 rush, 244 rec.) in 2021. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 9 catches & 96 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 70+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 11 catches for career-high 117 yards in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Had 96 rec. yards in last road meeting. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle., incl. playoffs, with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (58) in Week 6. TE ERIC EBRON had 3rd-career rush TD in Week 6. Had TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. • LB T.J. WATT had 3 PD, 3 TFL, 2 sacks & FF in Week 6, 3rd game this season with 2+ sacks, most in NFL. Became 4th player with 2 sacks in single OT period since 1994. Has 13 TFL & 9 sacks in 7 career games vs. Cle. LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had career-high 1.5 sacks in Week 6. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied for team lead with 9 tackels & had 1st FF of season in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with PD.

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 263 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.2 rating in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.6 rating in his past 8 on road. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. QB CASE KEENUM passed for 199 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 90.3 rating in Week 6, 1st start of season. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his last start vs. Pit. (11/25/18 w/ Den.). • RB NICK CHUBB aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 145 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 69 rec.) & TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON led team with career-high 168 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 22 rec.) & rushed for 1st career TD last week. FB JOHNNY STANTON had 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • JARVIS LANDRY had team-high 5 catches in Week 7. Had 5 catches for 92 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had season-high 42 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT led team with 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had PD in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in his past 3 at home. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. Had FF & PD in his last game vs. Pit. (10/25/20 w/ Ten.). LB ANTHONY WALKER aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. S JOHN JOHNSON had 1st INT of season in Week 7.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Pit.), 82 (Cle.) | XM: 388 (Pit.), 227 (Cle.) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 807 (Cle.)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-5) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-7)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 16-15-2

STREAKS: Lions have won past 3

LAST GAME: 9/22/19: Lions 27 at Eagles 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/9/16: Lions 24, Eagles 23

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 236 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating & rushed for 61 yards in Week 7. Has 30+ rush yards in each of his 1st 11 career starts. Has 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 91.9 rating in 4 road starts this season. Aims for 5th start in row on road with 2+ total TDs. • RB MILES SANDERS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 7 games this season. RB BOSTON SCOTT had 1st rush TD of season last week. Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 61 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 20 rush) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT led team with 70 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Rookie WR DEVONTA SMITH had team-high 5 catches & 61 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 career road games. Is 1 of 3 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE & KYLE PITTS) with 30+ catches (32) & 400+ rec. yards (406). WR JALEN REAGOR had 3rd-career rec. TD last week. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 9 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 9+ tackles. Since 2020, ranks 5th in NFL with 188 tackles. DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks in 4 road games this season. DT FLETCHER COX had sack in last road meeting. CB DARIUS SLAY had 341 tackles, 104 PD & 19 INTs in 103 games (2013-19) with Det. Since 2013, leads NFL with 113 PD. S MARCUS EPPS led team with career-high 11 tackles in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB AVONTE MADDUX had 1st INT of season last week, his 3rd-career INT.

QB JARED GOFF passed for 268 yards & had TD pass last week. Passed for 267 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.1 rating in his last start vs. Phi. (9/20/20 w/ LAR). Has 90+ rating in 2 of his 3 home starts in 2021. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had season-high 144 scrimmage yards (career-high 96 rec., 48 rush), tied his career-high with 8 receptions & had 4th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row at home with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. Leads all RBs in receptions (42) & rec. yards (391) in 2021. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 57 yards last week. Has 50+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 6 catches & 48 rec. yards last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 38 catches in 2021. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 6 catches for season-high 115 yards in Week 7, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 6+ catches. • LB JULIAN OKWARA had sack & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB JALEN REEVES-MABIN had season-high 8 tackles last week & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ALEX ANZALONE has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT & 4th in row at home with PD. S TRACY WALKER had 8 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Phi.), 211 (Det.) | XM: 389 (Phi.), 230 (Det.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 810 (Det.)

LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-1) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (1-6)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 3-1

STREAKS: Rams have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Texans 7 at Rams 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Rams 38, Texans 13

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 334 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating last week & became 13th QB in NFL history with 300+ TD passes (301). Is 1 of 2 QBs (KYLER MURRAY) with 4 games with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 95+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 64 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 7. Has 288 scrimmage yards (96 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR COOPER KUPP had 10 receptions for 156 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 7 & became 4th player in SB era with 2+ rec. TDs in 4 of his team’s 1st 7 games. Is 1st player in SB era with 800+ rec. yards (809) & 9+ rec. TDs (9) in his team’s 1st 7 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ catches, 125+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. WR ROBERT WOODS had 6 catches & 70 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had 8 catches for 171 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with TD catch. • DL AARON DONALD has 3.5 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had sack & FF in last meeting. LB LEONARD FLOYD has 4.5 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 2nd INT of season last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 11 PD in 4 career games at Hou. & aims for his 5th in row at Hou. with PD. LB TROY REEDER had season-high 8 tackles in Week 7.

QB TYROD TAYLOR had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97 rating in only career start vs. LAR (10/9/16 w/ Buf.). Rookie QB DAVIS MILLS completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 pct.) for 135 yards last week. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119 rating in 2 home starts this season. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 64.9 comp. pct. this season. • RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 111 yards & had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. LAR (11/25/19 w/ Bal.). Leads all active players in rush yards (7,618) & ranks 2nd in rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 66 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 18 rush) in only career game vs. LAR (10/14/18 w/ Den.). Has 50+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 5+ catches in 6 of 7 games this season. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had 122 catches for 1,787 yards & 7 TDs in 2 seasons (2018-19) with LAR. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with TFL. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had 2 sacks & 1st PD of season in Week 7. Aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. DE DEMARCUS WALKER had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. DE MALIEK COLLINS had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 8 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. CB LONNIE JOHNSON led team with season-high 9 tackles & had INT last week. Has INT in 3 of past 4 & PD in 4 of past 5.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jen Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (LAR), 81 (Hou.) | XM: 387 (LAR), 226 (Hou.) | SXM App: 818 (LAR), 812 (Hou.)

TENNESSEE TITANS (5-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 35-18

STREAKS: Titans have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/26/21: Colts 16 at Titans 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20: Titans 45, Colts 26

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 21 of 27 passes (season-high 77.8 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. INT for 105.2 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 105+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for season-high 3 TDs & tied career high with 56 rush yards in Week 3 meeting. Has 11 TDs (8 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 108.7 rating in his past 5 vs. division. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 102 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 16 rec.) last week & aims for his 7th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 125+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4. Rushed for 113 yards in Week 3 meeting & aims for his 5th in row vs. Ind. with 100+ rush yards. Has 886 rush yards (177.2 per game) & 10 rush TDs in his past 5 vs division. Leads NFL with 1,023 scrimmage yards, 869 rush yards & 10 rush TDs this season. • WR A.J. BROWNset season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (133) & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Had 4 catches for 98 yards & TD in last road meeting. WR JULIO JONES has 125+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Ind. TE MYCOLE PRUITT had TD catch in Week 7. • S KEVIN BYARD had 1st FF of season last week. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 & INT in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles & 2 PD in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 5+ tackles. LB RASHAAN EVANS had FR & 1st-career INT last week. Had TFL in Week 3 meeting. LB BUD DUPREE had 1st sack & FF of season last week. Aims for is 3rd in row vs. Ind. with sack. DT DENICO AUTRY had season-high 2 sacks in Week 7.

QB CARSON WENTZ aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 105+ rating, longest active streak in NFL. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 119.5 rating in past 4. Has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. Ten. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (RUSSELL WILSON) with 1 or fewer INTs this season (min. 100 attempts). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 107 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD, longest active streak in NFL. Rushed for 64 yards in Week 3 meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 579 rush yards & tied-3rd with 5 rush TDs this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had 79 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 25 rush) & only rush TD of season in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB MARLON MACK has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. • WR T.Y. HILTON has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. Has 70+ rec. yards 7 of his past 8 at home vs. division. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 105 rec. yards & TD last week. Has 85+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 6 catches for 68 yards in Week 3 meeting. TE MO ALIE-COX aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • LB DARIUS LEONARD tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 6 tackles, INT & FR in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with PD. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & sack. Has 2 TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC South. CB XAVIER RHODES had 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 7. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 98 (Ten.), 132 (Ind.) | XM: 390 (Ten.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 813 (Ind.)

CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-2) AT NEW YORK JETS (1-5)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 15-10

STREAKS: Bengals have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/1/19: Jets 6 at Bengals 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/11/16: Bengals 23, Jets 22

QB JOE BURROW completed 23 of 38 passes (60.5 pct.) for career-high 416 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 113.5 rating last week, his 2nd-career game with 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Is 4th player ever with 2 such games within 1st 20 career games. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Is only player in NFL with 2+ TD passes in 7 games this season. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 59 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with TD. Had 70 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with 70+ scrimmage yards. RB SAMAJE PERINE had 75 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 23 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) led team with 8 catches for 201 yards & TD last week, becoming 2nd-youngest player ever with 200+ rec. yards in single game. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches, 150+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 754 rec. yards, most-ever by player in 1st 7 career games. TE C.J. UZOMAH had 91 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Ties for lead among TEs with career-high 5 rec. TDs this season. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for 4th in row with sack. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (MYLES GARRETT & T.J. WATT) with 20+ sacks (20) since 2020. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 7. LB SAM HUBBARD had PD & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting.

QB MIKE WHITE expected to make 1st-career start. Completed 20 of 32 (62.5 pct.) for 202 yards & TD in NFL debut last week. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had season-high 104 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 37 rush) with 8 catches last week, tied for most catches by NYJ rookie RB in single game since 1970 (BLAIR THOMAS in 1990). Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 333 scrimmage yards (202 rush, 131 rec.) this season. RB TY JOHNSON had 6 catches for career-high 65 rec. yards in Week 7. • WR COREY DAVIS had 4 catches for 47 yards & TD last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cin. (11/1/20 w/ Ten.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • S MARCUS MAYE led team with career-high 12 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had TFL last week & has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had TFL in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TFL. LB C.J. MOSLEY has 72 tackles (7.2 per game) in 10 career games vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. LB DEL’SHAWN PHILLIPS had 1st-career sack in Week 7.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 99 (Cin.), 121 (NYJ) | XM: 391 (Cin.), 232 (NYJ) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 824 (NYJ)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-4) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 23-14-2

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 5

LAST GAME: 12/6/20: Patriots 45 at Chargers 0

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7 pct.) for season-high 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.7 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating & 5th in row with 95+ rating. 4th rookie ever with 225+ passing yards & TD pass in 5 straight games. Leads all rookies in completions (174), passing yards (1,779), TD passes (9) & rating (92.8). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for season-high 106 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) in last meeting. RB BRANDON BOLDEN led team with 6 catches for 79 yards & had 1st rec. TD of season last week. RB J.J. TAYLOR rushed for 1st 2 career TDs in Week 7. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for 3rd in row overall & 7th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 68 rec. yards & 25-yard TD pass last week, 1st-career pass attempt. Had TD catch in only career game vs. LAC (9/30/18 w/ SF). WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 7. TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 5th in row with rec. TD. Had 196 catches for 2,322 yards & 21 TDs in 5 seasons (2016-20) w/ Chargers. • CB J.C. JACKSON had INT last week. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 10 PD this season. CB MYLES BRYANT had 1st-career sack & FF in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. S KYLE DUGGER led team with 8 tackles & had INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 5 tackles in last meeting.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 22 of 39 passes (56.4 pct.) for 195 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 6. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 3 of past 4. Passed for 209 yards in last meeting. Has 620 pass yards (310 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 115.3 rating in his past 2 at home. • RB AUSTIN EKELER has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & TD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for 4th in row at home with 115+ scrimmage yards. Had 68 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 32 rec.) & 4 catches in last meeting. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Is only player in NFL with 3+ rush TDs (4) & 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 games this season. Had 5 catches for 48 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 43 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 7+ catches, 90+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE JARED COOK had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • DE JOEY BOSA set season highs in tackles (5) & TFL (2) & had sack in Week 7. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with TFL. DT LINVAL JOSEPH had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 7+ tackles. LB UCHENNA NWOSU had season-high 5 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. S DERWIN JAMES aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & FF. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. Ties for lead among safeties with 2 FFs & ranks 3rd with 50 tackles in 2021.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (NE), 206 (LAC) | XM: 386 (NE), 229 (LAC) | SXM App: 821 (NE), 817 (LAC)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-5) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-5)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 5-3

STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Seahawks 24 at Jaguars 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Seahawks 45, Jaguars 17

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 319 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.2 rating in Week 6. Is only rookie with 300+ pass yards in 2 games this season. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ rating. Has 0 INTs in 2 of past 3. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 101 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 458 scrimmage yards (114.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 4. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE had 449 scrimmage yards (356 rush, 93 rec.) & 4 rush TDs in 2020 with Sea. • WR MARVIN JONES set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (100) & had rec. TD in Week 6, his 13th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 117 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Sea. (10/28/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC West with 50+ rec. yards. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 54 yards in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. WR JAMAL AGNEW had 5 catches for career-high 78 rec. yards in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN aims for 4th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. LB DAMIEN WILSON led team & tied career high with 12 tackles in Week 6. Aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had 248 tackles, 48 PD & 6 INTs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Sea. CB NEVIN LAWSON had 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 6.

QB GENO SMITH passed for 167 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.3 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with TD vs. 0 INTs & 90+ rating. • RB ALEX COLLINS has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Rushed for 82 yards in his only career game vs. Jax. (9/25/17 w/ Bal.). • WR DK METCALF had 96 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 6+ catches in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. WR TYLER LOCKETT has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. Had 4 catches, 100 scrimmage yards (90 rec., 10 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Metcalf (23 rec. TDs) & Lockett (21) are 1 of 3 teammate pairs (MARK ANDREWS & MARQUISE BROWN; TRAVIS KELCE & TYREEK HILL) with 20+ TD catches each since 2019. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 7 tackles in Week 7. Had 9 tackles, TFL & INT in last home meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 79 tackles in 2021. Since 2012, leads league with 1,290 tackles. LB CARLOS DUNLAP had 5 tackles & 0.5 sacks last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 4 vs. Jax. S QUANDRE DIGGS aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS has 5+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 5+ tackles. DE RASHEEM GREEN had 2nd sack of season last week. LB JORDYN BROOKS had 1st-career FR in Week 7. Has 7+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Jax.), 85 (Sea.) | XM: 385 (Jax.), 228 (Sea.) | SXM App: 814 (Jax.), 828 (Sea.)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-5) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Broncos 11 at Washington 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: Broncos 45, Washington 21

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 268 yards & TD vs. INT for 86.3 rating & had career-high 95 rush yards last week. Has 40+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 starts. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 51 yards last week. Has 9 scrimmage TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career road games. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 4 catches & 56 scrimmage yards (34 rec., 22 rush) in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 3rd among RBs with 249 rec. yards in 2021. Is 1 of 2 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA) with 100+ receptions (105) since 2020. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 7 receptions for 122 yards & had 15th-career rec. TD in Week 7, his 9th-career 100-yard game. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 6+ catches, 120+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had career-high 6 catches for 51 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 20th-career sack & 6th-career FF last week. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had 2nd 2-sack game this season, his 5th-career 2-sack game. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 12th in row on road with 6+ tackles. S LANDON COLLINS led team with 7 tackles & had 4th-career FR last week. CB KENDALL FULLER has PD in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Den.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 23 of 33 (69.7 pct.) passes for 187 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 91.4 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 75+ comp. pct. in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. NFC East. Ranks 5th in NFL with 70.1 comp. pct. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 1st TD catch of season last week. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in only career game vs. Was. (12/10/17 w/ LAC). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 6 catches, incl. 1st-career rec. TD in Week 7. Aims for 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs with 442 scrimmage yards, 320 rush yards & 20 catches this season. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. WR TIM PATRICK has 40+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD catch. TE NOAH FANT aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • LB VON MILLER aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with FF & TFL. Had sack in last home meeting. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 10 TFL, 7 sacks & 3 FFs in 6 career games vs. NFC East. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles in Week 7. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ tackles. Had 10 tackles, sack & PD in his last game vs. Was. (11/18/18 w/ Hou.). S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 5 tackles & PD last week. DE SHELBY HARRIS had 2nd sack of season last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Brandon Gaudin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Was.), 81 (Den.) | XM: 387 (Was.), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 809 (Den.)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 37-21

STREAKS: Saints have won past 5

LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Saints 38 at Buccaneers 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Saints 34, Buccaneers 23

QB TOM BRADY had 4 TD passes last week & became 1st player in NFL history with 600+ TD passes (602). Has 37 games with 4+ TD passes & 97 games with 3+ TD passes, both tied with DREW BREES for most all-time. Has 3,514 pass yards (319.5 per game) & 28 TDs (24 pass, 4 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.2 rating in 11 road starts with TB. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) at NO in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21). • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims for his 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 107 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 44 rec.) & TD catch at NO in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21). Is 1 of 3 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA & JONATHAN TAYLOR) with 400+ rush yards (413) & 200+ rec. yards (222) in 2021. • WR MIKE EVANS had 2nd-career game with 3 rec. TDs last week. Is 1 of 2 WRs (COOPER KUPP) with 3+ games with 2+ rec. TDs in 2021. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at NO, incl. playoffs. WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 8 catches & 111 rec. yards & had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 reg. season games at NO. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 10 tackles & had 6th-career FR last week. Had 11 tackles, INT & FR in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21) at NO. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NO, incl. playoffs, with 11+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 21st-career game with 2+ sacks (2) & 21st-career FF last week. Had sack in last reg.season road meeting. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack, FF & FR last week. Had sack & FF in last reg. season meeting.

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 222 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in Week 7. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138 rating in 2 home starts this season. Was selected No. 1 overall by TB in 2015 NFL Draft. Is TB franchise all-time leader in pass yards (19,373) & pass TDs (121). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 10 catches, season-high 179 scrimmage yards (128 rec., 51 rush) & 19th-career rec. TD last week. Has 5 games with 10+ catches, tied-4th most by RB all-time. Has 351 career catches & can surpass ROGER CRAIG (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 5th in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Has 850 scrimmage yards (106.3 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.) in 8 career games vs. TB. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had TD catch in last meeting. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 1st sack of season last week. Has TFL in 6 of his past 7 at home vs. TB. Ranks 4th in NFL with 94.5 sacks since 2012. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 10 tackles, careerhigh 4 TFL, 2 sacks & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 8 PD in his past 5 vs. TB. Had sack in last home meeting. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE aims for his 8th in row vs. TB & 12th in row overall with PD. Is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 1st sack of season last week. Had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Davis, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews/Kristina Pink (field reporters) SIRIUS: 133 (TB), 83 (NO) | XM: 384 (TB), 225 (NO) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 822 (NO)

DALLAS COWBOYS (5-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-12

STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Cowboys 28 at Vikings 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for season-high 445 pass yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 108.7 rating in Week 6. Has 9 games with 400+ pass yards since 2018, most in NFL. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 road starts. Passed for 397 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.4 rating in his last start vs. Min. (11/10/19). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 119 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 50 rec.) & season-high 7 receptions in Week 6. Aims for his 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,576 scrimmage yards (121.2 per game) in 13 career SNF games. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB TONY POLLARD had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (149) & 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs in Week 6. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ rec. yards & 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. WR AMARI COOPER has 22 receptions for 307 yards (102.3 per game) & rec. TD in 3 career games vs. Min. Has 10+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has 5+ catches in 5 of 6 games in 2021 & aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • CB TREVON DIGGS became 2nd player since 1970 (HOFer ROD WOODSON) with 7 INTs in team’s 1st 6 games of season & 2nd player in SB era (BRIAN RUSSELL – 2003) with INT in each of his team’s 1st 6 games of season.

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for season-high 373 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in Week 6. Has 20 career games with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating, most by QB in 1st 10 seasons in NFL history. Passed for 314 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.1 rating in last meeting. Has 2,172 pass yards (310.3 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 113.6 rating in 7 starts on SNF. • RB DALVIN COOK rushed for 140 yards & TD in Week 6. Has 343 scrimmage yards (171.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 games vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 160+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with TD. RB ALEXANDER MATTISON has 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 8 catches for 80 yards in Week 6. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ receptions. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 10 at home. WR ADAM THIELEN had season-high 11 receptions for 126 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 6. Had 8 catches for 123 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Has 31 catches (7.8 per game) for 374 yards (93.5 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on SNF. WR K.J. OSBORN had 6 catches for 78 yards & rec. TD in Week 6. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had 2 sacks in only career home game vs. Dal. (12/1/16). DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4 sacks in 3 home games in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. Has 1.5 sacks, FF & FR in 3 career games vs. Dal. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 2nd sack of season & 5th-career FR in Week 6.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dave Pasch, Mike Golic SIRIUS: 81 (Dal..), 211 (Min.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Dal..), 225 (Min.), National (88) | SXM App: 808 (Dal.), 820 (Min.), National (88)

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-5) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-4)

MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 11-3

STREAKS: Giants have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Chiefs 9 at Giants 12

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Chiefs 31, Giants 7

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 203 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in Week 7. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 25+ completions. Ranks 3rd among QBs with 229 rush yards in 2021. • RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 66 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 15 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ catches & 75+ rec. yards & 3rd in row on MNF with 6+ receptions. WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 5 catches for team-high 63 yards in Week 7. Has 100+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 5+ catches. WR DANTE PETTIS had 5 receptions & 9th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. TE EVAN ENGRAM had season-high 6 receptions in Week 7. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with sack & 4th in row on MNF with TFL. LB AZEEZ OJULARI had career-high 2.5 sacks last week & leads all rookies with 5.5 sacks. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 3rd INT in Week 7 & is 1 of 2 DBs (J.C. JACKSON) with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. Aims for his 5th in row on MNF & 9th in row overall with PD. Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 73 PD. DB LOGAN RYAN had 13 tackles & 3 PD in his last game vs. KC (11/10/19 w/ Ten.).

QB PATRICK MAHOMES has 250+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 6 games this season, tied-most in NFL (MATTHEW STAFFORD). Aims for his 5th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 36 TDs (35 pass, 1 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 108.1 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 18 TD passes this season. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 3 rush TD in 2 career games vs. NFC East. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had team-high 7 catches for 65 yards last week, his 79th-career game with 5+ catches, 4th-most ever by TE. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads all TEs with 45 catches & 533 rec. yards this season. WR TYREEK HILL aims for 6th in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 68 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 9+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 52 catches in 2021. WR BYRON PRINGLE set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (73) last week & aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & PD in his last game vs. NYG (9/23/18 w/ Hou.). Rookie LB NICK BOLTON had season-high 15 tackles & 4 TFL last week. Has 7 TFL in his past 3. Leads all rookies with 55 tackles & 9 TFL this season. LB BEN NIEMANN had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB WILLIE GAY had 1st-career INT last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (NYG), 83 (KC), National (88) | XM: 226 (NYG), 225 (KC), National (88) | SXM App: 823 (NYG), 815 (KC), National (88)

BIG 10 HOCKEY: 2021-22 Big Ten Network Wrestling Schedule Announced

CHICAGO, Ill. – Led by the reigning Hodge Trophy winner Spencer Lee, Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Gable Steveson and a group of six wrestlers returning after individual titles at last year’s NCAA Championships, the Big Ten returns for the 2021-22 season as the nation’s most dominant wrestling conference.

The Big Ten’s race to a 15th consecutive NCAA Championship begins on Wednesday, Nov. 17, as No. 12 Nebraska welcomes No. 17 North Carolina at 9 p.m. ET. Conference wrestling begins in 2022 with a Friday night rivalry when No. 8 Minnesota visits No. 1 Iowa at 9 p.m. ET on Jan. 7. Additional schedule highlights include a pair of Friday night doubleheaders in January. On Jan. 21, No. 2 Penn State visits Ann Arbor to take on No. 5 Michigan, while top-ranked Iowa visits No. 10 Ohio State. On Friday, Jan. 28, No. 8 Minnesota travels to No. 5 Michigan at 7 p.m. ET and at 9 p.m. ET, No. 2 Penn State travels to take on No. 1 Iowa.

Shane Sparks and Ray Flores will call the action this season on the Big Ten Network, with analysis from Jim Gibbons and Tim Johnson.

All televised matches can be streamed exclusively on the FOX Sports app, while more than 60 additional duals will be available for streaming on B1G+. Additional coverage details for the 2021-22 wrestling season will be announced at a later date.

According to Intermat’s rankings, the Big Ten has 10 teams ranked in the top 25. Defending national champion and No. 1 Iowa leads the way, followed by No. 2 Penn State, No. 5 Michigan, No. 9 Ohio State, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 13 Northwestern, No. 14 Rutgers, No. 16 Nebraska, No. 21 Illinois and No. 23 Wisconsin.

The Big Ten Network’s wrestling schedule is below and is also subject to change.

2021-22 Wrestling Schedule

DayDateVisiting TeamHome TeamTime (ET)
WednesdayNovember 17, 2021North CarolinaatNebraska9:00 PM
SaturdayNovember 20, 2021Oklahoma StateatMinnesota*TBD
FridayJanuary 7, 2022MinnesotaatIowa9:00 PM
SundayJanuary 9, 2022PurdueatIowaTBD
SundayJanuary 9, 2022IndianaatPenn State*TBD
SundayJanuary 9, 2022NorthwesternatMinnesota*TBD
FridayJanuary 14, 2022MichiganatOhio State7:00 PM
FridayJanuary 14, 2022NebraskaatMinnesota9:00 PM
SundayJanuary 16, 2022IowaatIllinoisTBD
MondayJanuary 17, 2022Michigan StateatIndiana3:30 PM
FridayJanuary 21, 2022Penn StateatMichigan6:00 PM
FridayJanuary 21, 2022IowaatOhio State8:00 PM
SundayJanuary 23, 2022WisconsinatPurdue4:00 PM
FridayJanuary 28, 2022MinnesotaatMichigan7:00 PM
FridayJanuary 28, 2022Penn StateatIowa9:00 PM
SaturdayJanuary 29, 2022PurdueatIndianaNoon
SaturdayJanuary 29, 2022NorthwesternatIllinois2:00 PM
FridayFebruary 4, 2022Ohio StateatPenn State7:00 PM
FridayFebruary 4, 2022MichiganatNebraska9:00 PM
SaturdayFebruary 5, 2022WisconsinatIowa3:30 PM
SundayFebruary 6, 2022NebraskaatPenn StateNoon
FridayFebruary 11, 2022Ohio StateatMinnesota9:00 PM
SaturdayFebruary 12, 2022MarylandatRutgers2:00 PM
SundayFebruary 13, 2022IllinoisatNebraskaNoon
SaturdayFebruary 19, 2022PurdueatNorthwestern1:30 PM
SundayFebruary 20, 2022IowaatNebraska7:00 PM
SaturdayMarch 5, 2022Session 1 B1G Championships11:00 AM
SaturdayMarch 5, 2022Semifinals B1G Championships8:30 PM
SundayMarch 6, 2022Championships B1G Championships4:30 PM

*Will air on BTN or B1G+ depending on event timing and broadcast windows

BIG 10 WSOCCER: Big Ten Announces 2021 Women’s Soccer Postseason Honors

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced the 2021 Women’s Soccer All-Big Ten Teams and individual honors Thursday, with Big Ten champion Rutgers earning four individual accolades, according to a vote of the conference’s 14 head coaches. The Scarlet Knights’ Frankie Tagliaferri was selected as the Midfielder of the Year, Gabby Provenzano collected Defender of the Year honors, Riley Tiernan was chosen as Freshman of the Year, and Mike O’Neill was voted Coach of the Year. In addition, Purdue’s Sarah Griffith was named Forward of the Year and Michigan State’s Lauren Kozal earned Goalkeeper of the Year accolades.

Griffith is the second Boilermaker in five seasons to be chosen Forward of the Year, following in the footsteps of 2017 recipient Maddy Williams. A senior from Naperville, Ill., Griffith leads the Big Ten this season in goals (13), goals per game (0.76), shots (82) and shots per game (4.82), while ranking second in the conference in both points (28) and points per game (1.65). During Big Ten play, she led the conference in goals (8), goals per game (0.80), points (18), points per game (1.80), shots (51) and shots per game (5.10).
 
One of seven Big Ten student-athletes on the preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List, Tagliaferri has made the most of her lone season at Rutgers, finishing atop the conference in points (31) and points per game (1.82), second in goals (12), goals per game (0.71) and fourth in assists (7), assists per game (0.41), shots (64) and shots per game (3.76). The Colts Neck, N.J., native is also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and is the first Scarlet Knight named the Big Ten Midfielder of the Year.

In her final season in Piscataway, Provenzano was an integral part of a Rutgers defense that has allowed just 12 goals in 17 matches and tied for second in the Big Ten with nine shutouts. Dating back to 2019, RU has also held its last 45 opponents to single-digit shots on goal. A candidate for this year’s Senior CLASS Award, Provenzano is originally from Sergeantsville, N.J., and is the second Rutgers student-athlete to garner Defender of the Year honors, the first since Erica Skroski in 2015.

Kozal has been a key contributor to a resurgent Michigan State squad that finished fourth in the Big Ten standings with a 5-4-1 conference record, its best Big Ten finish and record since 2011 when MSU placed third with a 7-4-0 mark. Kozal leads the conference with an .862 save percentage, while ranking second in saves (75) and saves per game (4.41), third in goals against average (0.68) and fourth in shutouts (7) and shutouts per game (0.41). A junior hailing from Ada, Mich., Kozal is not only the first Spartan to receive Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year honors, but the first MSU student-athlete to earn one of the conference’s current individual women’s soccer awards since 2008, when Laura Heyboer was the unanimous choice as Freshman of the Year.
 
Tiernan wasted little time in contributing to Rutgers’ offensive success this season, as the playmaking forward leads the Big Ten in assists (10) and assists per game (0.59), in addition to ranking seventh in points per game (1.06) and eighth in points (18), shots (52) and shots per game (3.06). Half of Tiernan’s 10 assists (0.50 per game) came in conference play, also good for tops in the Big Ten. The Voorhees, N.J., resident continues a string of Scarlet Knights voted Big Ten Freshman of the Year as the fourth RU student-athlete in six seasons to secure the award, along with Nicole Whitley (2016), Amirah Ali (2017) and Meagan McClelland (2018).
 
O’Neill is the first Rutgers coach to be selected as Big Ten Coach of the Year by his peers. Now in his eighth season at the helm in Piscataway, O’Neill has guided the Scarlet Knights, who are up to No. 6 in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, to a 15-2-0 record, including a 10-0-0 mark during the Big Ten slate. Rutgers won not only its first Big Ten title (and the first for the school in any sport), but also became the first conference team to go undefeated and untied in Big Ten play since 2005 (when Penn State finished 10-0-0).

Griffith, Tagliaferri, Provenzano, Kozal and Tiernan earned spots on the All-Big Ten First Team and were joined by Michigan’s Raleigh Loughman and Alia Martin, Penn State’s Kerry Abello and Sam Coffey, Purdue’s Emily Mathews and Rutgers’ Amirah Ali. The complete All-Big Ten teams, including the Big Ten All-Freshman Team, can be found below.

The Big Ten also recognized 14 Sportsmanship Award honorees. The students chosen are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting. The complete list of honorees can also be found below.

The Big Ten Tournament kicks off Sunday with four quarterfinal matches at campus sites around the conference. Big Ten Network and the FOX Sports app will televise a 3 p.m. (ET) quarterfinal featuring second-seeded Purdue welcoming No. 7 seed Ohio State, with the other three quarterfinals (to be played at No. 1 seed Rutgers, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Michigan State) will be broadcast live on BTN’s digital subscription service, B1G+ (more details available at bigtenplus.com).
 
The highest remaining seed following the quarterfinals will then play host to the semifinals (Nov. 4; 1:30 and 4 p.m. ET) and championship match (Nov. 7; 2 p.m. ET), with all three contests televised live on BTN and the FOX Sports app. The winner of the 2021 Big Ten Tournament will earn the conference’s automatic berth into this year’s NCAA Tournament.

Amid scandal, Quenneville resigns as Florida Panthers coach

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Joel Quenneville resigned as coach of the Florida Panthers on Thursday, two days after the second-winningest coach in NHL history was among those implicated for not swiftly responding to allegations by a Chicago Blackhawks player of being sexually assaulted by another coach during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The announcement was made shortly after Quenneville met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York to discuss his role in the Blackhawks’ response to claims from Kyle Beach that he was sexually assaulted by then-Blackhawks assistant Brad Aldrich.

“I admire Kyle Beach for his courage in coming forward, am appalled that he was so poorly supported upon making his initial claim and in the 11 years since, and am sorry for all he has endured,” Bettman said.

Andrew Brunette – an assistant coach under Quenneville in Florida – was hired as the team’s interim coach, and is expected to make his debut when the unbeaten Panthers play at Detroit on Friday night. Brunette has never been a head coach.

Quenneville resigned with about three years and $15 million remaining on his contract with the Panthers. In a statement released to TSN, Quenneville said he resigned “with deep regret and contrition.”

“I want to express my sorrow for the pain this young man, Kyle Beach, has suffered. My former team, the Blackhawks, failed Kyle and I own my share of that,” Quenneville said. “I want to reflect on how all of this happened and take the time to educate myself on ensuring hockey spaces are safe for everyone.”

Bettman said he agreed with Quenneville’s decision to resign. If the 63-year-old Quenneville ever wants to return to the NHL, Bettman said the league would need to meet with him first and approve his hiring.

“Joel made the decision to resign and the Florida Panthers accepted that resignation,” Panthers President Matthew Caldwell said.

The fallout likely isn’t over. Bettman will meet Friday with Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff, who also worked for the Blackhawks when Beach made his allegations.

“Joel Quenneville made a decision to resign his position with the Florida Panthers and as association we understand and respect the decision that has been take,” a statement from the NHL Coaches Association said. “This decision is only one step in a long journey we must take together – one that must include learning from the incredibly painful experiences of Kyle Beach.”

An investigation released Tuesday said Quenneville – who coached Chicago at that time – and others in the Blackhawks organization did not prioritize addressing Beach’s allegations, presumably because they did not want to take away from the team’s push toward a championship.

Quenneville has said he was unaware of the allegations until this summer, a stance he reiterated as recently as Wednesday morning. Beach, in an interview that aired Wednesday evening on TSN, said there was “absolutely no way” the then-Blackhawks coach could deny knowing about the allegations.

The Panthers allowed Quenneville to coach Wednesday night in a game that started about an hour after Beach’s interview aired. At that point, the team’s investigation into what to do and how to proceed was already underway.

“We thank the Panthers’ organization for working with us to ensure that a thorough process was followed,” Bettman said.

At 7-0-0, the Panthers are off to their best start in the franchise’s 28-year history, looking very much like the Stanley Cup contender that Quenneville was hired in 2019 to build.

If they get there, it’ll be without him now. Players on Wednesday insisted their focus was solely on the ice; some of the team’s leaders like captain Aleksander Barkov and defenseman Aaron Ekblad even said they did not know much about the investigation or the massive fallout.

“It should go without saying that the conduct described in that report is troubling and inexcusable,” Caldwell said. “It stands in direct contrast to our values as an organization and what the Florida Panthers stand for. No one should ever have to endure what Kyle Beach experienced during, and long after, his time in Chicago.

“Quite simply, he was failed,” Caldwell added. “We praise his bravery and courage in coming forward.”

Quenneville is the second-winningest coach in NHL history, his 969 victories trailing only the 1,244 amassed by Scotty Bowman – the father of now-former Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, who resigned Tuesday when the investigation’s findings were released.

The investigation determined that Quenneville was among those attending a May 23, 2010 meeting regarding Beach’s claims. That was the day Chicago won the Western Conference title and moved into the Stanley Cup Final. Chicago won the Cup that season, the first of three titles the Blackhawks won under Quenneville.

“Stan Bowman has quoted Joel Quenneville saying – and this is not a quote, this is my words – saying that the playoffs, the Stanley Cup playoffs and trying to win a Stanley Cup was more important than sexual assault,” Beach told TSN. “And I can’t believe that. As a human being, I cannot believe that, and I cannot accept that.”

Buffalo Sabres coach Don Granato, who considered Quenneville a mentor, said Thursday night that “my only thoughts are for Kyle. … I really can’t think past that.”

Florida plays at Detroit on Friday, looking to become the fifth franchise – and seventh team – in NHL history to begin a season with eight consecutive victories. The others that have done it: the 1934-35 and 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs, the 1975-76 and 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres, the 2005-06 Nashville Predators and the 2015-16 Montreal Canadiens.

Andersen’s SO sends Hurricanes to franchise-best 6-0-0 start

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Frederik Andersen made 33 saves for his first shutout with Carolina, giving the Hurricanes their best six-game start in franchise history with a 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night.

The Hurricanes are 6-0-0 – an opening streak that’s one game longer than two seasons ago.

“It’s a good feeling winning games and we want to continue to do that,” Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal said. “We’ve strung together a great and we want to keep banking the points.”

They’ve also only used Andersen in goal this season. He became the seventh goalie in NHL history to win each of his team’s first six games of a season.

“One of those games where you battle and I think I got a lot of good help from the guys,” Andersen said.

Tony DeAngelo and Nino Niederreiter scored for the Hurricanes, and Andrei Svechnikov added an empty-net goal.

The Bruins lost to an unbeaten team for the second night in a row after falling 4-1 to the Florida Panthers a night earlier in the start of a two-game road trip.

“You have to think both games were very winnable,” Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said. “A little different luck around the net and I think it’s a different outcome.”

Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman stopped 21 shots.

The Hurricanes killed all three of Boston’s third-period power plays, including 61 seconds of a two-man advantage. That allowed Andersen to secure his first shutout since March 2020, when he was with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“You’re not going to win that many games in a row without having great goaltending,” Staal said.

The Hurricanes hold a 92% rate (23 for 25) on penalty kills this season.

DeAngelo, who was signed in the offseason, recorded his first goal with the Hurricanes.

Niederreiter’s goal came 18 seconds into a second-period power play. He made a pass toward the crease, with the puck bouncing off Boston defenseman Derek Forbort.

“We got the bounces,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “We got the crazy goal. Really, two goals bouncing off things and go in the net. If it goes the other way, we don’t win the game.”

That goal included an assist for Andersen for his first point of the season and the 10th point of his NHL career.

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PACERS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Game Preview: Pacers at Nets

Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7:30 PM ET at Barclays Center

Matchup

After a tough loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday, the Pacers (1-4) hope to bounce back against a star-studded Brooklyn Nets (2-3) team on Friday at Barclays Center.

Although the Pacers own a 10-5 record against the Nets in Brooklyn, defeating the hosts will not be an easy task. Brooklyn will be looking to bounce back after not hitting the century mark in a loss to the Miami Heat on Wednesday. James Harden shot just 33.3 percent from the field.

Additionally, Indiana will be without two more players due to injury. Malcolm Brogdon suffered a left hamstring injury in the third quarter and did not return, while rookie Isaiah Jackson appeared to hyperextend his knee after contesting for a rebound. With both unavailable, the Pacers will have to find a way to cover up the lost physicality in the frontcourt and their defensive length in the backcourt. T.J. McConnell, Chris Duarte, and Justin Holiday will have the tough task of keeping Harden, Joe Harris, and Kevin Durant in check. Durant currently ranks second in the NBA in scoring (29.8 points per game).

Through five games, both teams have struggled on the defensive side of the ball. Brooklyn currently ranks 19th in defensive rating (107.3 points per 100 possessions) while Indiana ranks 26th, surrendering an average of 112.5 points per 100 possessions. However, the teams differ on the offensive side of the ball. Surprisingly, despite the star talent, the Nets are currently averaging the league’s third-worst offensive rating, tallying just 100.6 points per 100 possessions. Meanwhile, Indiana ranks eighth in the NBA, scoring an average of 108.6 points per 100 possessions.

Nonetheless, given the on-paper talent between the two teams, fans could expect a high-scoring affair, especially since both teams vastly underperformed in their previous games.

Injury Report

Pacers: Caris LeVert – questionable (sore back), Malcolm Brogdon – out (left hamstring strain), Isaiah Jackson – out (left knee injury), Kelan Martin – out (sore left hamstring), T.J. Warren – out (left foot stress fracture)

Nets: Nic Claxton – questionable (non-COVID illness), Kyrie Irving – out (personal reasons)

Last Meeting

April 29, 2021: It was a night to forget for Blue & Gold fans during their rough 2020-21 campaign. Already undermanned, the Pacers saw three more players leave the game due to injuries. Indiana fell to the East-leading Nets, 130-113.

Caris LeVert did his best to give Indiana a shot. The guard tallied 36 points, four rebounds, and five assists against his former team. However, Kevin Durant could not be stopped in the second half. The star forward notched 32 of his 42 points in the third and fourth quarters.

Late in the fourth, the Pacers gave it one final prayer. Playing with a lineup that featured four bench players and Oshae Brissett, the squad rattled off a 13-2 run to close the deficit to 113-106 game with 7:08 to go. However, the Blue & Gold then cooled off, connecting on just two field goals for the rest of the way.

Noteworthy

  • The Nets have won the last four matchups in the series, including all three games last year.
  • The Pacers hold a 108-77 record in the all-time regular-season series.
  • The Brooklyn roster features seven players with 10 years of NBA experience or more.

Tickets

The Pacers will tip off a three-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 30, when they host Fred VanVleet and the Toronto Raptors at Gainbridge Fieldhouse at 7:00 PM ET. Find Tickets »

Broadcast Information TV & Radio Listings »

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (studio host)
Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Pat Boylan (studio host)

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MARYLAND

INDIANA NOTES:

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (2-5, 0-4 B1G East) heads on the road to face Maryland (4-3, 1-3 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium (51,802; FieldTurf) on BTN. • IU leads the all-time series, 7-2, including a 3-1 mark in College Park. • The Hoosiers won the last meeting at Maryland Stadium, 34-28, on Oct. 19, 2019. • Indiana has won three-straight in the series following a 27-11 victory in Bloomington on Nov. 28, 2020. • IU is 7-3 over its last 10 road games. • The Hoosiers have faced five ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 31-4 in their first seven games. • Redshirt junior offensive lineman Aidan Rafferty (Kensington) is the lone Hoosier from the state of Maryland. • Peyton Hendershot became Indiana’s tight ends receptions leader with his 119th career catch against No. 5 Ohio State. His 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 1,337 and 15 from 2010-13. • Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares fourth nationally with 12 TFLs. THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-27 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15) • Michael Locksley was named Maryland’s 37th head coach in Dec. 2018. The Washington, D.C., native has nearly 30 years of coaching experience, including 13 seasons over two separate stints in College Park. NEWS & NOTES • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

MARYLAND NOTES:

The University of Maryland football team is set to host Big Ten East foe Indiana on Saturday, October 30. The game is set to kick at Noon and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network and the Maryland Sports Radio Network. In his time as a Terp beginning in 2020, QB Taulia Tagovailoa has averaged 270.5 passing yards per game, the seventh-highest over that time span of any Power Five quarterback that has played in 2020 & 2021 and the most in the Big Ten. Tagovailoa, who has totaled 2,976 yards in 11 game as a Terp, trails only Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong (313.9 per game), Ole Miss’ Matt Corral (308.8 per game), Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett (290.3), USC’s Kedon Slovis (287.6 per game), UNC’s Sam Howell (286.2 per game) and Mississippi State’s Will Rogers (282.8). Tagovailoa is 14th in the country and second in the Big Ten, averaging 280.7 passing yards per game this season and is on pace to set the all-time Maryland record for passing yards in a season (Scott Milanovich, 3,499 in 1993). DB Jakorian Bennett stands ninth in the country and first in the Big Ten with 1.3 pass breakups per game and has the most per game of any Power Five player. In only six games played, Bennett has eight total pass breakups (six pass breakups and two interceptions), the second most of any Power Five player (Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford). Maryland has won 63-percent of its homecoming games all-time, a 59-35-4 record. The Terps have won four of their past five homecoming games, defeating Purdue in 2016, Indiana in 2017, Rutgers in 2018 and Minnesota last season, while falling to Michigan in 2019. This will be the second time the Terps have hosted Indiana for homecoming, defeating the Hoosiers, 42-39, in 2017 behind two fourth quarter touchdown runs by Jake Funk. Maryland’s homecoming football game will be a celebration of the 2001 ACC Champion Terrapins. Twenty seasons ago, under then-first year head coach Ralph Friedgen, the Terps captured the attention of the nation by winning a conference championship for the first time since 1985 and playing in the Orange Bowl in posting a 10-2 overall record. The Terps will welcome back many members of that 2001 team including ACC Player of the Year E.J. Henderson and ACC Coach of the Year Ralph Friedgen. Current head coach Michael Locksley was a member of that staff, serving as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NEBRASKA

PURDUE NOTES:

PURDUE HITS ROAD FOR NEBRASKA • Purdue Football (4-3, 2-2) continues Big Ten Conference play at Nebraska (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday, Oct. 30, looking to keep up its successful road trips (2-1) this season. The matchup kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. • Head coach Jeff Brohm holds a 2-2 record against Nebraska in his tenure leading the Boilermakers, including a 2018 win, 42-28, at Memorial Stadium (Sept. 29, 2018).

PURDUE – NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORY • Purdue and Nebraska began their regular meetings as part of the Big Ten Conference schedule in 2013, having only met one other time in either program’s history back in 1958. • That 1958 game went to the mighty Boilermakers of Purdue by a score of 28-0 on Sept. 27, 1958, with a season-opening 42,914 crowd in attendance to cheer on head coach Jack Mollenkopf’s group. Mollenkopf’s program posted a record of 6-1-2 that season. • Since 2013, Purdue is 3-5 against Nebraska, with two of the matchups under Brohm’s watch finishing as one-score games. In Brohm’s first matchup against Nebraska at home in Ross-Ade Stadium in 2017, the Cornhuskers held on for a 25-24 result (Oct. 28, 2017). Purdue returned the favor in 2019, edging Nebraska at home by a score of 31-27 (Nov. 2, 2019).

LAST TIME AT NEBRASKA • Purdue’s last visit to Memorial Stadium was controlled by the Boilermakers from start to finish, with Brohm and crew turning a 20-7 halftime lead into the eventual 42-28 road victory. • Former QB David Blough threw for 328 yards on 25-42-0 passing and one score. Former TE Brycen Hopkins caught five passes for 103 receiving yards and one touchdown. • The Boilermakers rolled up 188 rushing yards as a team, which included 87 yards and two touchdowns from former RB D.J. Knox, who now serves a graduate assistant with the program. • Current team members Zander Horvath (2 rec., 28 yds.) and Jackson Anthrop (2 rec., 6 yds.) both made two catches in the win.

BRING THE PAYNE • For the second time this season, junior TE Payne Durham recorded more than 100 receiving yards in a game with his nine-catch, 112- yard, one-touchdown effort vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 23). The nine grabs are a career high for the Suwanee, Georgia, native. • Previously, Durham started the 2021 season with a seven-catch, 120-yard outing in the win vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4). Two of Durham’s seven receptions were for touchdowns.

PURDUE’S GREEK FREAK • The Athens, Greece, native’s impact was on full display in the game against Wisconsin (Oct. 23), with junior DE George Karlaftis recovering a Badger fumble and returning it 56 yards for a touchdown. • The play was the third fumble recovery of Karlaftis’ career at Purdue, and the first he has taken back to the end zone for a score. Karlaftis finished the game with five stops (1.0 TFL). • The 2020 season did not go as planned for Karlaftis. An injury and COVID-19 derailed his sophomore campaign despite getting off to a good start (2.0 sacks in the first two games). • Prior to the season, Karlaftis was named to watch lists for the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy. In 22 career collegiate games, Karlaftis has 24.5 tackles-for-loss and 11.5 sacks.

RING THE BELL • If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16), now you have. The junior from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999). • Bell’s effort against Iowa sets him as the eighth Boilermaker to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game and the first since Rondale Moore had 220 vs. Vanderbilt (September 7, 2019). • Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5). • Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 24 career games at Purdue, which ties the program record held previously solely by John Standeford. • Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). • Bell missed the Illinois (Sept. 25) game due to being in concussion protocol after taking a hit to his upper body in the second half at Notre Dame (Sept. 18). • The Boilermaker star ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards per game (118.7), and first in the Big Ten Conference. • For his career, Bell is averaging 7.3 catches per game and 101.7 yards per game. His 118.7 receiving yards per game is No. 6 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.3 receptions per game is currently the 10th-most for an active NCAA career. • The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).

NEBRASKA NOTES:

Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to begin a two-game homestand in Lincoln. The Huskers will play host to the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten West battle, with kickoff set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and heard on the Huskers Radio Network. Nebraska is coming off a bye week and begins the homestretch of the season, which includes three of the final four games in Lincoln. Nebraska enters the Purdue game with a 3-5 overall record, including a 1-4 mark in Big Ten play, after a 30-23 setback at Minnesota on Oct. 16. The Huskers rallied from a 12-point deficit, but could not convert on multiple red-zone chances in the road setback. Each of Nebraska’s five losses this season have come by eight or fewer points. Purdue heads to Lincoln with a 4-3 overall record, including a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play. Purdue’s past three games have come against a tough Big Ten West stretch of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The highlight of that run for Purdue was a dominant 24-7 victory at then-No. 2 Iowa on Oct. 16, pushing the Boilermakers into the national rankings, before a home loss to Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. Coach Jeff Brohm’s team features one of the nation’s most improved defensive units. Purdue allows 301.6 total yards and just 16.3 points per game to rank in the top four in the Big Ten in both of those categories. Offensively, the Boilermakers once again feature one of the nation’s top passing attacks, averaging 317.6 yards per game through the air, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally. Receiver David Bell ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards per game at 118.7 yards per contest, including a 240-yard effort at Iowa.

NEBRASKA

• 2021 Record: 3-5, 1-4

• Last Game: at Minnesota (L, 30-23)

• Streak: Lost 2

• AP Rank: Not Ranked

• Coaches Rank: Not Ranked

• Head Coach: Scott Frost

• Nebraska Record: 15-25 (4th year)

• Career Record: 34-32 (6th year)

• Record vs. Purdue: 1-2

• All-Time Series: Nebraska leads, 5-4

• In Lincoln: Nebraska leads, 2-1

• Last Game: Nebraska 37-27, 12/5/2020

in West Lafayette

• Win Streak: Nebraska, 1 game

SERIES HISTORY: NEBRASKA VS. PURDUE Nebraska and Purdue will meet on Saturday for the 10th time overall and the ninth time as Big Ten opponents. Nebraska owns a 5-4 edge in the series, including a 2-1 advantage in Lincoln. • It marks the ninth straight season the Huskers have met Purdue, including the past eight years with both schools in the Big Ten West Division. • Before the first meeting after Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the schools had played just once previously, a 28-0 Purdue win in 1958. • Nebraska’s victory last season at Purdue was on Dec. 5, marking the Huskers’ first regular-season victory in December since 1992. • Nebraska held Purdue to minus-2 yards in last year’s game, the fewest by a Nebraska opponent in seven seasons. • Nebraska has scored at least 25 points in all eight meetings since 2013, including four games with 35 points or more.

BLACKSHIRTS PLAYING AT HIGH LEVEL IN 2021 The veteran Nebraska Blackshirt defense has shown its teeth in 2021, beginning with dominant efforts in home victories over Fordham and Buffalo. The Blackshirts have carried that momentum forward and rank among the Big Ten’s best defenses. • Nebraska held five straight opponents to 23 or fewer points before Michigan scored 32 points against the Huskers. That marked the first time Nebraska held five straight opponents to 23 points or less since games 4-8 of the 2016 season. • The Blackshirt defense has held three Big Ten opponents to 326 or fewer yards. Dating back to last season, NU has held four of its last six Big Ten opponents to 350 yards or less. • The Blackshirts’ most impressive defensive effort of the season came at then-No. 20 Michigan State. The Huskers held MSU to 254 total yards in an overtime loss. In the final 30 minutes of regulation, Michigan State had no first downs and gained just 14 yards on 15 offensive plays. • Nebraska held Oklahoma’s high-powered offense to 408 total yards in a 23-16 setback on Sept.18. OU’s offensive output ended a streak of seven straight games with the Blackshirts limiting opponents to fewer than 400 yards. It was the first time NU held seven straight foes to less than 400 yards of offense since an eight-game streak spanning the 2009 and 2010 seasons. • The Blackshirts posted one of the best defensive efforts against Oklahoma in recent years. Nebraska limited the Sooners to 23 points, ending OU’s FBS record streak of 65 straight games with at least 27 points. • Oklahoma was held to seven points in the first half, marking the first time the Sooners were held to single digits in the first half of a home game since 2012. • The Blackshirt defense allowed 33 points in a three-game stretch from Fordham to Oklahoma. That was the fewest points Nebraska had allowed in a three-game stretch since the 2010 season. • Nebraska defeated Fordham (52-7) and Buffalo (28-3) in consecutive home wins. The defensive efforts in its two victories marked the first time Nebraska held back-to-back opponents to single digits since 2010 when NU defeated Kansas 20-3 and lost 9-6 at Texas A&M. • The three points allowed against Buffalo were Nebraska’s fewest allowed since a 24-3 win over Michigan State in 2011. Nebraska held the Bulls scoreless in the first half, the first opponent NU has blanked in the first half since taking a 34-0 halftime lead at Maryland in 2019. • Nebraska went more than seven quarters without allowing a touchdown before Oklahoma’s first quarter score. Nebraska also went 79:57 of game action without allowing a point prior to Buffalo’s third-quarter field goal. • Nebraska did not allow a point in the fourth quarter of its first three games before an Oklahoma touchdown in the fourth quarter. Nebraska has outscored the opposition 69-36 in the fourth quarter. • The defense has also set the tone in the first quarter. Opponents have scored just 23 first-quarter points, with the Blackshirts surendurring just three first-quarter touchdowns through eight games. • The Husker defense forced four turnovers against Fordham and Buffalo, with all four takeaways leading to Nebraska touchdowns (28 points). NU’s three takeaways against Fordham were its most since forcing four turnovers at Maryland in 2019. Nebraska intercepted three passes vs. Fordham, the first game with three picks since the 2019 season opener against South Alabama.

NEBRASKA OFFENSE SHOWING EXPLOSIVE ABILITY The Nebraska offense has shown good balance and posted several impressive statistics in 2021. Nebraska posted one of its best offensive performances in recent memory in a 56-7 victory over Northwestern on Oct. 2. The Huskers backed that up with a 29-point second half against a Michigan defense that ranks among the nation’s best. • Nebraska’s recent surge has helped the Huskers rank 12th nationally in total offense (479.0 ypg), 22nd in rushing offense (212.6 ypg) and 36th in passing offense (266.4 ypg). Nebraska is one of only FBS eight teams to rank in the top 40 in both rushing and passing, joining Ohio State, Ole Miss, Coastal Carolina, SMU, Duke, North Carolina and Oklahoma. • Nebraska is one of only three FBS teams to average better than 210 rushing yards and more than 250 passing yards per game. The other teams in that group are Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina. • Nebraska’s 56 points against Northwestern were its most under Scott Frost, and also its most in a Big Ten game in 11 seasons in the conference. It was the most in any conference game since also scoring 56 at Kansas State in 2008. • The Huskers posted 21 points in the first quarter against Northwestern and 35 points before halftime, marking their best first quarter and first half scoring outputs since 2018. • NU rushed for 427 yards against Northwestern, its second-highest rushing total in a Big Ten game and its most in any game since 2014. • Nebraska’s 657 yards of total offense marked its second 600-yard outing of the 2021 season, and its sixth 600-yard game in Scott Frost’s four seasons as head coach. It was Nebraska’s best offensive output since posting 674 yards at Illinois in 2019. Among Big Ten teams, only Ohio State (10) has more 600-yard games over the past four seasons. • Against Fordham, Nebraska finished the game with 329 rushing yards and 304 passing yards to roll up 633 yards of total offense. • Nebraska’s 300-300 offensive output was a rare statistical feat in school history. The Huskers had reached that mark just twice previously (vs. South Dakota State in 2013 and at Illinois in 2019). • Nebraska has accounted for two of the seven 300/300 games by Big Ten teams over the past four years (Ohio State-3; Maryland-1; Penn State-1). • Nebraska had rushes of 64 and 83 yards against Northwestern, in addition to a 70-yard pass on the game’s first play. It marked the second time this season Nebraska has had three plays of 60 yards or longer in a game, after also accomplishing it against Buffalo. Prior to this season, Nebraska had not had three 60-yard plays in the same game since 2010 at Kansas State. •Nebraska averaged 8.9 yards on 74 offensive snaps against Northwestern. For the season, Nebraska averages 6.66 yards per play to rank third in the Big Ten and 21st nationally. • Nebraska has nine plays of 50 yards or more in 2021, its most in a season since having 11 in 2014. Nebraska’s nine plays of more than 50 yards ranks fifth in the nation. Nebraska is tied for the national lead in plays of 60 yards or more (7) and 70 yards or more (4), and also ranks in the top six nationally in plays of more than 20, 30 and 40 yards. • Nebraska opened the season with a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in each of the first three games. Adrian Martinez had two 100-yard rushing games (Illinois, Buffalo), with Markese Stepp adding a third 100-yard game (Fordham). Samori Toure topped the century mark in receiving yards in back-to-back weeks (Fordham, Buffalo), after Oliver Martin surpassed 100 yards at Illinois. • Research indicates it was the first time in school history Nebraska has had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in three straight games. • Nebraska has had four different players top 100 yards receiving this season (Toure, Martin, Johnson, Allen). It is the first time four players have recorded 100-yard receiving games in the same season since 2007.

NOTRE DAME WBB: Notre Dame’s Sam Brunelle on Katrina McClain Watch List

Springfield, Mass. — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today the 20 watch list candidates for the 2022 Katrina McClain Award. For the second consecutive year, Notre Dame forward Sam Brunelle was recognized on the preseason national watch list. 

Named after the two-time All-American and 1987 National Player of the Year, the annual award in its fifth year recognizes the top power forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates. 

Brunelle is poised for a breakout season. The 6-2 forward averaged 13.9 ppg as a freshman and was named to the 2020 ACC All-Freshman Team. Brunelle was riddled by a leg injury last season but still managed to average 8.7 ppg while raising her shooting percentages significantly. 

She went from shooting 31.5 percent from three as a freshman to 38.3 percent. She also went from 39.7 percent overall to 48.4 percent. 

Furthermore, over her last six games of the 2020-21 season, Brunelle really began to hit her stride, averaging 10.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 3.0 apg during said stretch.  

College basketball fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. In late January, the watch list of 20 players for the 2022 Katrina McClain Power Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to 10 and then in late February to just five. In March the five finalists will be presented to Ms. McClain and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee where a winner will be selected. 

The winner of the 2022 Katrina McClain Award will be presented on a to be determined date, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, in addition to the Men’s Starting Five.

For more information on the 2022 Katrina McClain Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com.

2022 Katrina McClain Award Candidates*

NaLyssa SmithBaylor
Lauren GustinBYU
Lorela CubajGeorgia Tech
Maddi UttiLong Beach St.
Olivia CochranLouisville
Naz HillmonMichigan
Sam BrunelleNotre Dame
Nyara SaballyOregon
Taylor JonesOregon St.
Sania FeaginSouth Carolina
Cameron BrinkStanford
Alexus DyeTennessee
Dorka JuhaszUConn
Aaliyah EdwardsUConn
Alissa PiliUSC
Bethy MunungaUSF
Maddy SiegristVillanova
Kari NiblackWest Virginia
Esmery MartinezWest Virginia
Raneem ElgedawyWestern Kentucky

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #11 IRISH SET FOR BATTLE WITH NORTH CAROLINA

IRISH VS. TAR HEELS – BY THE NUMBERS

3              The Irish have wins over teams from three of the Power-5 leagues after the win over Southern Cal.

8.0          Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for third in the NCAA with 8.0 sacks on the season. It is the most sacks since Jerry Tillery and Julian Okwara had 8.0 during the 2018 season.

8              Eight different Irish players have recorded an interception this season after Bo Bauer tallied his first pick of the season against Southern Cal. It marks the most players with an interception since the Irish had nine players during the 2014 season.

9              The Irish have won nine-straight night games at home after the win over Southern Cal.

11           Notre Dame is currently tied for fifth nationally with 11 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the season.

16           The Irish have totaled 16 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for eighth nationally.

22           22 of tight end Michael Mayer’s team-leading 37 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.

23           Notre Dame is 23rd nationally for third down defense as it has held opponents to 35-for-104 (34%) on third down this season.

32           Notre Dame has won 32-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.

37           With the win over Southern Cal, the Irish have won 37-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.

38           Notre Dame has won 38-straight games when it has scored 30 or more points after the 31-16 win over Southern Cal. The Irish are 71-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 or more points.

55           Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 55 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Following the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the previous record of 52 career games.

777         Combined career games coached by Brian Kelly and Mack Brown. They are the most experienced active head coaches in the FBS.

IRISH CONQUER TROJANS

  • Notre Dame retained the Jeweled Shillelagh Trophy with its fourth-straight win against the Trojans after the 31-16 win on Oct. 23.
  • The four-straight wins over Southern Cal is the longest-win streak for the Irish against the Trojans since 1983-93 when they won 11-straight games.
  • With the win, the Irish continue to hold all five of their traveling rivalry trophies, a feat they have held since the 2018 season.
  • Head coach Brian Kelly improved to 8-3 all-time against Southern Cal. He tied Frank Leahy for the second-most wins all-time against the Trojans.
  • With the win, Notre Dame extended its winning streak to 37 over unranked opponents, a mark that is the longest active streak in the FBS.
  • The Irish scored 31 points in the win, their 38th-straight win when they have scored 30 points or more. Notre Dame is 71-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 points or more.
  • Notre Dame also extended its win-streak to 32 games when allowing fewer than 20 points.
  • The 16 points marked the fewest points Southern Cal has scored in a game since Sept. 28, 2019, when they were limited to 14 points against Washington.
  • It was the ninth-straight home night win for the Irish, a streak that dates back to the 2017 season.
  • Notre Dame had five drives of 70 yards or more in the win. The last time they had five 70-yard drives or more in a game was Oct. 10, 2020, in a win over Florida State
  • The Irish improved to 10-2 all-time under Kelly coming off the bye week.

FREAKY FOSKEY

  • Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks and tackles-for-loss.
  • He has 8.0 sacks on the year, a number that ranks third in the country.
  • His 8.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Julian Okwara and Jerry Tillery had 8.0 during the 2018 season.
  • Foskey also ranks in the top-five in the country in forced fumbles and fumbles recovered. He is tied for fourth with two fumble recoveries and tied for fifth with three forced fumbles.
  • He has contributed on a team-high five turnovers this season (three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries).
  • In the win over Southern Cal, Foskey set a career-high with two forced fumbles and tied a career high with 2.0 sacks.
  • Foskey forced his first-career fumble against Cincinnati after recording his first-career fumble recovery in the win over Wisconsin.
  • Foskey began the season with a career-high eight tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks in the road win over Florida State.

CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN

  • Running back Kyren Williams broke out with season-best numbers across the board in the win over Southern Cal.
  • He had a season-best 138 yards on the ground, which was the most by an Irish player this season.
  • It was the most rushing yards in a game for Williams since he had 140 in a home win over Clemson last season.
  • Williams finished the game with two rushing touchdowns for the first time this season and the sixth time in his career.
  • His 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) against the Trojans was also a season-high by an Irish player this year. It was his most all-purpose yards in a game since he had 196 in a home win over Florida State last season.
  • The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week 8 and he was just one of three players in the top-10 this week who faced a power 5 opponent.
  • Williams leads the team with 805 all-purpose yards and  508 rushing yards and he is second on team in receptions with 25.

BE LIKE MIKE

  • Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-five among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game.
  • Mayer ranks third in receptions with 37 and fifth in receiving yards per game with 69.0.
  • For the season, 22 of his 37 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
  • He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has had at least five receptions in five of his six games this season.
  • The performance against Southern Cal moved him into 10th all-time in program history for most receptions by a tight end in a single season (37).
  • He led the Irish against Cincinnati with eight receptions and 93 yards on the afternoon.
  • Mayer has led the team in receptions four times this season and it was the fourth time this year he has hauled in seven or more passes.
  • Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.
  • In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team-high marks in receptions with seven, yards with 81 and touchdowns with two.
  • It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he tallied a multi-touchdown game.
  • Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three-straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8;  Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).

CREATING HAVOC

  • Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 16 takeaways this season. The 16 takeaways are tied for eighth nationally.
  • Of those 16 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 11 interceptions from eight different players.
  • The eight players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they had nine different players for the whole season.
  • The 11 interceptions is currently tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the entire season.
  • The Irish are also stout defensively on third down, as they are 23rd in the country with a 33 percent (35-104) conversion rate.
  • Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that is tied for seventh nationally.
  • Hamilton and Cam Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
  • The Irish have 19 sacks this season and rank 31st in the country with 2.71 sacks per game. Eight different players have a sack so far this season.
  • The depth of the defense has been on full display as 14 different players have recorded a tackle for loss this season.
  • The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for ninth nationally.

SUPER SPECIALISTS

  • The Irish entered the 2021 season with the same kicker and punter for the third straight season with the return of kicker Jonathan Doerer and punter Jay Bramblett.
  • Doerer is currently tied for 36th nationally in field goals per game with 1.29.
  • Bramblett has played in every game (32) for the Irish since he came to campus prior to the 2019 season.
  • He sits eighth all-time in Notre Dame history with 142 punts in his career.
  • He is ranked fourth all-time in Notre Dame history with a 41.9 career punting average.
  • Bramblett launched a career-long 72-yard punt in the win over Wisconsin this season. It was the longest punt by an Irish player since Hunter Smith had a 79-yard punt against Arizona State in 1998.

BALLIN’ BERTRAND

  • Linebacker JD Bertrand continues his streak of leading the Irish in tackles with a team-high seven in the win over Southern Cal.
  • He has led or tied for the lead in tackles in each of the seven games this season for the Irish.
  • Bertrand has 41 solo tackles on the season and is tied for ninth in the nation with 5.9 solo tackles per game.
  • He has 65 tackles on the year and his 9.3 tackles per game ranks 20th in the country.
  • He has totaled double digit tackles in four of the seven games this season after having 10 in the win over Virginia Tech.
  • Bertrand tied a career high with 12 tackles in the win over Purdue after he tallied 11 against Toledo and also had 12 in the season-opener against Florida State.
  • The sophomore from Marietta, Georgia was the first Irish player to begin a season with three-straight double-digit tackles games since Courtney Watson back in 2001.
  • He is also the first Irish player to have three-consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi Gilman in 2018-19. Gilman had 10 tackles against Southern Cal and then 18 against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2018 and followed it up with 10 tackles in the 2019 season opener against Louisville.
  • In the win over Toledo, Bertrand set a career high in sacks (1.0) and recovered his first career fumble to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
  • Bertrand got his first career start in the opener against Florida State and his 12 tackles were the most by an Irish linebacker since Te’von Coney had 16 on Dec. 28, 2018 against Clemson.

AMONG THE NATIONS BEST

  • Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 39-6 (.867). That rate ranks fifth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.
  • Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just five teams that have totaled six or fewer losses since the beginning of 2018.
  • The Irish are one of five teams who have made playoff appearances in multiple seasons.

IRISH IN THE POLLS

  • The Irish checked in this week at No. 11 in the AP and Coaches poll.
  • Notre Dame has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 71-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1994 season (124 weeks).
  • The 71-week run currently ranks third among all FBS active streaks, which do not include teams who were not listed in the initial AP polls at the beginning of the 2020 season (Big Ten and Pac-12).

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: IRISH OPEN EXHIBITION PLAY AGAINST NAZARETH FRIDAY NIGHT

he University of Notre Dame men’s basketball team welcomes Nazareth College for the first exhibition game of the 2021-22 season • Friday night marks the return of exhibition games and fans to Purcell Pavilion, after both  were not allowed during the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic • there will be no limited attendance numbers at Purcell Pavilion this season and all non-team personnel will be required to wear masks • the exhibition game is the first of two scheduled this season• the Irish will face St. Norbert next Friday at 7 p.m.

2021-22 FIGHTING IRISH – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

BACKCOURT

PRENTISS HUBB – Preseason All-BIG EAST Second Team • leads all returning ACC players in career assists (445) • the 445 career assists are the fifth-most for any active NCAA player entering their fourth sesason of action • led the Irish in scoring (14.6) and three-point field goals made (65) last season • one of five major conference players to reach 100 assists in league play last season.

CORMAC RYAN – Started 16 of 25 games in his first year with the Irish last season • scored 21 points in the first half in the victory at Duke last year, eventually scoring career-best 28 points • shot .344 from 3FG range last season.

DANE GOODWIN – Has seen action in 91 career games, making 30 starts • posted career highs of 11.8 ppg and 5.2 rpg in 2020-21 • one of the best free throw shooters on the team, boasting a .821 career average from the stripe.

TREY WERTZ – Planned to sit out 2020-21 season after transferring from Santa Clara until all underclassmen transfers were given immediate eligibility in December of 2020 • appeared in 21 games making 14 starts, shooting .429 from three-point range • hit the game-winning 3FG at the buzzer vs. WF in 2021 ACC tournament.

BLAKE WESLEY – First South Bend, IN, public school MBB prospect to sign with Notre Dame since 1985 • consensus four-star prospect • athletic backcourt player expected to be an immediate key contributor.

J.R. KONIECZNY – (pronounced Ko-NEZZ-knee) All-time leading scorer in St. Joseph County history (1,996) • joins classmate Blake Wesley as the first Northern Indiana Conference players to sign with Notre Dame since 2012 (D. Jackson, A. Torres).

TONY SANDERS JR. – Athletic wing player who saw action in 14 games during his rookie season.

ROBBY CARMODY – Has suffered season-ending injuries in his first three seasons on the Irish roster • continues to rehab and has started some limited basketball activities • started his first two career games at ND before injuries.

ELIJAH MORGAN – Walk on member of the program has earned the staff’s trust to be inserted into the lineup at any time • has played in 22 career games with one start.

ALEX WADE – First-year walk on joined the Irish in the summer of 2021 • four-year varsity captain at Cathedral Catholic.

FRONT COURT

NATE LASZEWSKI – Posted 12 games with nine or more rebounds in 2020-21 • improved FG% 19 percent, 3FG% 11% and RPG by 3.1 last season • scored over 20 points four times last season and has five 20-point games in his career.

PAUL ATKINSON, JR. – 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year at Yale • did not participate in 2020-21, as the Ivy League cancelled all intercollegiate athletics • ranked by ESPN+ as the fourth-best transfer prospect in 2020-21 • boasts a .661 career field goal percentage – top for any returning NCAA Division I player this year – and led Ivy League in FG% all three seasons in which he competed.

MATT ZONA – Saw action in 14 games last season • developing into a key rebounder, screener on the Irish front line.

ELIJAH TAYLOR – Missed 2020-21 while recovering from ankle surgery • athletic front court player will provide depth on the Irish front line.

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

1Since 2000-01 (first year of the Mike Brey era), Notre Dame has led the NCAA in assist/turnover ratio (1.44).
7Notre Dame will confer an NCAA Division I men’s basketball-best seven degrees in the spring of 2022 – undergraduate degrees to R. Carmody, D. Goodwin, P. Hubb, N. Laszewski, C. Ryan and T. Wertz, along with a graduate degree to P. Atkinson Jr.
21Games played by senior Trey Wertz in 2020-21 –  21 more than anticipated at the beginning of the season. Wertz, who transferred from Santa Clara during the 2019-20 offseason, expected to sit out last season, but the NCAA ruled all transfers immediately eligible on Dec. 16, 2020 – to help with roster management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wertz eventually started 14 games for the Irish, scoring 8.3 ppg and shooting .429 from three-point range.
40Notre Dame has won all 40 exhibition games in which they have competed during the Mike Brey era.
66Or .661 to be precise – graduate student Paul Atkinson Jr.’s career field goal percentage – which leads all returning NCAA Division I players this year. The 2019-20 Ivy League Player of the Year graduate transferred to Notre Dame during the offseason.
73Notre Dame’s free throw percentage during the Mike Brey era, the best in the ACC and third-best of any power conference program. 
255Games won by Notre Dame with Mike Brey and Associate Head Coach Anthony Solomon on the coaching staff. Solomon returns for his third stint with the Irish this season and with him on the sidelines, Mike Brey has won .676 percent of the games he has coached at Notre Dame.
445Career assists for senior Prentiss Hubb, the most for any returning ACC player and the fifth-most that any active NCAA player has compiled in three season of action.
448Wins at Notre Dame for Mike Brey, the most in school history and the ninth-most for any NCAA coach at his current school.
5294The 2021-22 team will be the most experienced, statistical-wise, of the Mike Brey era (2000-01 – current), with the most returning GS, MP, FGM, 3FGM, FTM, AST and points (5294).

BALL STATE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MIAMI

BALL STATE NOTES:

Ball State and Miami are set to square off for the 45th time in series history Saturday

afternoon at Scheumann Stadium in a matchup between the last two MAC champions. The

Cardinals and RedHawks were granted rivalry status by the MAC in 2017. The cross-division

foes play each year for the Red Bird Rivalry trophy.

The Cardinals are scheduled to host their annual Homecoming game for the 95th time

in program history Saturday. Ball State is 54-37-2 on Homecoming all-time and won its last

event 52-14 over Toledo on Oct. 19, 2019. The Cardinals did not host a Homecoming game

last season due to COVID-19. Ball State is 2-1 against Miami on its Homecoming all-time,

earning wins on Oct. 1, 1988 (45-14) and Oct. 7, 1989 (37-9). The RedHawks got the better

of the Cardinals in the last Homecoming battle on Oct. 18, 2003 (49-3).

Seven weeks into the 2021 season, fifth-year WR Justin Hall is averaging 144.7 allpurpose yards per game, good for 12th-most in the country and first in the Mid-American

Conference. Hall is second in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who

have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return only

to Jayden Reed (Michigan State). In addition, Hall is one of just four players nationally to

score a touchdown via rush, receiving and kickoff return this season, joining Devon Achane

(Texas A&M), Rasheen Ali (Marshall) and Chris Tyree (Notre Dame).

In his first career start at Eastern Michigan last week, true freshman RB Carson Steele

had a career-high 138 rushing yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. He became the first

Ball State player to have over 100 yards on the ground this season and is the first to eclipse

the 100-yard plateau since Tye Evans at Toledo on Nov. 28, 2020 (101 yards, 25 att.). Steele

had 117 yards on 15 carries in the second half alone, including 59 yards on 11 carries in just

the fourth quarter to help ice away the game.

Ball State has three of the top 10 tacklers in the Mid-American Conference in S Bryce

Cosby, ILB Jaylin Thomas and ILB Clayton Coll. Cosby and Thomas are tied for sixth in the

league with 56 tackles apiece, while Coll is tied for seventh with 55 stops.

In total, 13 different players have recorded at least 1.0 TFL this season, including seven

with 3.0.

MIAMI NOTES:

FIRST AND TEN • Miami football ranks first all-time in the Mid-American Conference in wins (703), conference wins (301), MAC Championships (16) and bowl wins (7). The RedHawks also captured the 2019 MAC Championship with a 26-21 win over Central Michigan. • Although Miami was 4-26 in Coach Martin’s first 30 Mid-American Conference games, the RedHawks are 27-10 in the last 37 games versus schools from the MAC, the best record in the conference during that span. • Miami went 2-1 in 2020, missing the final three contests of the year due to COVID. The RedHawks beat Ball State, the eventual MAC Champions, to open 2020, 38-31. • The RedHawks clinched the MAC East Division Championship with a 6-2 record in 2019 and went 2-1 in 2020. Miami has now had a winning conference record in four of the past five years. • Martin, in his eighth year leading the RedHawks, has had many of the same coordinators in the previous six seasons. Offensive Coordinator Eric Koehler has been with Martin all eight years on the offensive side of the ball. Spence Nowinsky (fourth year) and John Hauser (eighth year) manage the defense. • Miami is 8-2 in one-score games, dating back to the 2018 campaign. The RedHawks were 5-0 in one-score games in 2019, including a 26-21 victory over Central Michigan in the MAC Championship Game. Miami’s 31-26 loss to Minnesota earlier this year ended Miami’s consecutive one-score win streak at eight. • In its last 32 contests, Miami has had a lead at some point in 28 of those games. The only four setbacks were a 42-10 loss at Buffalo in 2020 and three different losses in 2021. • Miami competed in the 2020 LendingTree Bowl, its fourth bowl eligible season in the last five years. From 2006-15, Miami was bowl eligible just twice. • Miami’s defense has forced a turnover in 32 of its last 48 games and is 20- 12 in contests when it forces a turnover. The RedHawks’ defense has also recorded a sack in 37 of its last 48 games.

ABOUT BALL STATE Ball State is 4-3 overall and 2-1 in MAC played, tied for second in the MAC West. Offensively, the Cardinals average 25.6 points per game and are led by quarterback Drew Plitt, who has thrown for 1,364 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021. His top receiver, Justin Hall, has 44 grabs for 474 yards and three scores. Defensively they allow 28.4 points and 398.8 total yards per contest. Tavion Woodard and Bryce Cosby have a combined 9.0 sacks on the season. SERIES VS. BALL STATE Saturday marks the 35th meeting between the two schools with Miami up 20-13-1 in the all-time series, including a 38-31 win last season in Oxford. The RedHawks are 8-7-0 in Muncie, which includes a 41-27 defeat back in 2019. REDBIRD RIVALRY The RedBird Rivalry trophy game between Ball State and Miami, two Mid-American Conference universities separated by a little more than 70 miles, is in its fourth year. The rivalry between the schools dates back to a 1931 meeting in Oxford, Ohio, but didn’t blossom until Ball State joined the MAC in the mid-1970s. The two teams played each other in football every year from 1985 through 1998. MAC expansion in the late 1990s changed league scheduling as the conference had too many teams to play every team on an annual basis. Because Miami is in the MAC East and Ball State is in the MAC West, they have only faced off 10 times since 2000. NOTES FROM AKRON • Miami’s balanced offensive attack rolled up its highest rushing total of the season with 245 yards on the ground to go along with AJ Mayer’s 229 passing yards. • Miami sacked Akron three times, gaining one apiece for Ivan Pace Jr., Lonnie Phelps and Nasir Washington. • Through three quarters of play the Zips had 19 yards rushing on 17 attempts before Miami played most of its second string the final 15 minutes of play. Akron ended the contest with 65 yards rushing on 24 attempts. • Jack Sorenson had five catches for 113 yards, his second-straight 100-yard performance. • Jaylon Bester, finally back from several leg injuries, scored a first half touchdown versus the Zips. He now has 15 touchdowns in his last 12 games, dating back to the start of the 2019 campaign.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Defeats Creighton, Prepares for BIG EAST Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team ended its regular season schedule with a 3-1 win over visiting Creighton. The Bulldogs (14-3-1, 7-2-1 BIG EAST) scored in the 16th minute and held the lead at halftime, but the Bluejays (7-10-2, 1-8-1 BIG EAST) responded after the break with a PK, leveling the score at one. Butler then regained control, countering with two additional goals to win its seventh conference match.
 
The Bulldogs now set their sights on the postseason, beginning with a BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinal match this Sunday at the Sellick Bowl. The No. 3-seed Bulldogs will host No. 6-seed UConn for a 1 pm kickoff, with the winner moving on to a semifinal match with No. 2-seed Georgetown in Cincinnati on Thursday, November 4.
 
Key Moments

  • 16′ | Katie Soderstrom streaks down the left side and sends a low ball to the center. Anastasia Savich gets just a tap on the ball to nudge it past the Creighton keeper, and Alli Leonard who is wide open on the right side, easily knocks it into the goal. Bulldogs take the early, 1-0, lead.
  • 58′ | Emma Martin comes off her line and out to the right side of the penalty area to collect a Creighton pass. She and a Bluejays player make contact, just inside the box. Martin is assessed a yellow card, and Creighton converts on the penalty kick, leveling the score, 1-1.
  • 62′ | Amanda Kowalski takes a pass on the left side from Alexei Whittaker in the center. She drills a shot from the left side of the box over the Creighton keeper’s hands, giving Butler a 2-1 lead.
  • 87′ | After a Bluejays foul, Amanda Kowalski takes a free kick from the left goal line and finds the head of Katie Soderstom. Her re-direction finds the upper right corner of the goal, and Butler takes a 3-1 lead. 

Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Alli LeonardAmanda KowalskiKatie Soderstrom
ASSISTS: Katie SoderstromAnastasia Savich, Alexie Whittaker, Amanda Kowalski

Bulldog Bits

  • Alli Leonard’s goal, her third in as many matches, was her fourth of the season and the ninth of her career.
  • Amanda Kowalski has now scored two goals this season, both game-winning goals. She has six in her career. Her assist was her fifth of the season and the sixteenth of her career.
  • Katie Soderstrom’s goal was her 11th of the season and the 27th of her career. She is now tied with Anastasia Savich at 6th on Butler’s all-time list for goals. Her assist was her seventh of the season and 23rd of her career, moving her into a tie for fourth on Butler’s all-time career list for assists.
  • The assist from Anastasia Savich was her fourth of the season and the 13th of her career.
  • Alexie Whittaker recorded her first career assist and point.
  • Emma Martin improved to 14-2-1, making seven saves in the match.
     
  • Butler outshot Creighton 16-11. The Bulldogs put nine shots on frame while the Bluejays had eight.

Up Next
No. 3-seed Butler hosts No. 6-seed UConn a quarterfinal match in the BIG EAST Tournament on Sunday, October 31, at 1 pm.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Battle Xavier and UConn this Weekend

The Butler volleyball team is scheduled to play its first split weekend of the BIG EAST season with matches at Xavier on Friday night at 6 p.m. and at home vs. UConn Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The Bulldogs (12-11, 6-4 BIG EAST) look to continue the momentum from last weekend when they won matches at Seton Hall and St. John’s. The two matches will have conference standings implications as the Musketeers (5-5 BIG EAST) and Huskies (7-3) are both within one game of Butler.

Bulldog Bites
– Melody Davidson was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after leading the conference with 2.71 blocks/set (19 total) over the weekend. Her 11 blocks at St. John’s set a new season-high for any BIG EAST player in a match.
– Davidson also added 19 kills on a .356 hitting percentage combined in the two matches. She ranks second in the conference in scoring (350.5 points) and total kills (296) this season.
– Jaymeson Kinley leads the BIG EAST in total digs (431) and digs per set (5.19), ranking No. 10 and No. 16 nationally in those categories, respectively.
– Butler totaled a season-best 14 blocks at St. John’s, which ties for the fifth-most by a BIG EAST team in a conference match this season and ninth-most for a conference team in any match.
– The Bulldog defense combined for 24 blocks at Seton Hall and St. John’s, which was the most in a conference weekend by eight (16 combined vs. Creighton and Providence in late September).
– The Bulldogs lead the BIG EAST in total attacks (3,181) and rank second in both total digs (1,382) and digs per set (16.65).
– Caroline Cleveland has upped her game in conference play, averaging 2.5 digs and 0.4 aces per set in BIG EAST matches compared to 1.6 digs and 0.24 aces per set in nonconference matches.
– Cleveland ranks No. 7 in the BIG EAST in aces per set in conference matches, while her 12 total aces in conference play is tied for sixth.
– Closest to Home: Jaymeson Kinley’s hometown of Lexington, Ky., is only 73 miles (straight-line distance) from Cincinnati, or about an 82-mile drive.

SCOUTING XAVIER: The Musketeers check in with a 10-11 record (5-5 BIG EAST) following last weekend’s roadtrip where they were swept by Seton Hall and St. John’s. The Musketeers have a 4-1 record in five-set matches this season. Sophomore MB Delaney Hogan leads the team with 169 kills (2.28/set), while sophomore L Stevie Wolf (267) and senior MB Ellie Chaffee (68) lead Xavier in digs and blocks, respectively.

Xavier leads the all-time series 23-16 after winning both matches in the Spring 2021 season in four sets. The Bulldogs swept both matches between the teams in 2019.

SCOUTING UCONN: The Huskies check in with a 15-7 record (7-3 BIG EAST) after losing to Marquette in four sets before sweeping DePaul to split last week’s matches. Senior MB Kennadie Jake-Turner leads the conference in attack percentage (.349) while being tied for seventh in the BIG EAST with 26 aces. Senior OH Caylee Parker leads the Huskies with 260 kills while junior L Karly Berkland (342) has totaled the most digs on the team.

This will be the first-ever matchup between Butler and UConn in volleyball.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES: Mariah Grunze (seven), Madison Friebel (seven) and Marissa McKelvey (four) have each recorded multiple double-doubles in the first 23 contests of the season. Grunze averages 9.4 kills and 8.0 digs, while Friebel has averaged 31.8 assists and 8.5 digs per match.

McKelvey averages 25.5 assists and 8.5 digs in BIG EAST matches this season.

KINLEY PLAYING WITH CONFIDENCE: Libero Jaymeson Kinley recorded 17 digs at St. John’s last Sunday while adding four assists. She has now recorded double-digit digs in every match but two so far while averaging 5.19 per set, which is within striking distance of breaking Megan Knightly’s single-season program record set in 2005 of 5.29 digs/set.

Kinley has reached the 20-dig mark in 11 matches this season.

DAVIDSON DOMINATES: Melody Davidson posted 19 blocks (five solo, 14 assist) last weekend to earn BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Davidson has tallied double-digit kills in 16 of 23 matches this season and double-digit points in all but three of them. She is hitting .334 on the season (fourth in the BIG EAST) and on pace to have the third-best hitting percentage in a season in Butler volleyball history.

CAN YOU DIG IT: Butler’s defense features four players averaging at least two digs per set, with Kinley (5.19), Friebel (2.33), Grunze (2.26) and  McKelvey (2.16). Caroline Cleveland (1.99) and Jillian Ziemba (1.98) average just below two digs per set.

In addition to Kinley, Friebel, Grunze, McKelvey, Cleveland and Ziemba, Bulldogs with double-digit digs in a match this season include Hannah Kelly and Brittany Robinson.

STEADY SCORING: Robinson (159 kills) and Amina Shackelford (144) have been consistent contributors for the Butler offense. Robinson averages 2.69 points per set, while Shackelford has scored 2.41 per set.

Robinson tied a season-high of 15 kills at St. John’s on a season-best .464 hitting percentage. She added three block assists and an ace for 17.5 points (another season-high).

STEPPING UP: Destiny Cherry and Megan Sheridan have provided steady offense in recent weeks for the Bulldogs. Cherry has totaled 23 kills (1.6/set) over the last four matches while Sheridan has posted 46 kills (2.4/set) since the beginning of BIG EAST play.

Sheridan hits at a .276 efficiency in conference matches.

MOVING ON UP: With the three consecutive wins, Butler has improved its position in the conference standings to alone in fourth place.

The top four in the conference standings travel to Milwaukee in late November for the BIG EAST Tournament.

UP NEXT: Butler will hit the road for matches at Providence on Friday night and at Creighton on Sunday afternoon.

The Bulldogs have a 14-0 record against the Friars after sweeping them at home on Sept. 25. The Bluejays lead the all-time series with Butler 16-1 after winning in four sets in Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sept. 24.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Cardinals End Season on High Note

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returned to the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex for the 2021 season finale against Miami on Thursday. Jenna Dombrowski and Lexi Fraley led the Cardinals to a 2-0 victory over the RedHawks.
 
Miami came out of gates swinging as it notched a shot on goal in the first minute of the contest, but Alex DeRuvo was up for the challenge and made the stop. In the 10th minute, the RedHawks posted another ball on target, but DeRuvo was able to make the save. DeRuvo added another save at the 18th-minute mark.
 
Chelcy Ralph recorded Ball State’s first shot on frame of the match in the 27th minute but was unable to beat the Miami keeper.
 
The RedHawks added two more shots on goal in the 32nd and 37th minutes, but like shots before, DeRuvo kept them out of the net.
 
Ralph helped the Cardinals add some pressure in the 39th minute when she sent a shot on goal, but the Miami goalie came up with a stop. The match was a draw after the first half of play.
 
Ball State came out strong in the second period and in the 53rd minute Kennedy Metzger ripped a shot on goal. She managed to beat the Miami keeper, but the shot hit the post and stayed out. Metzger controlled the rebound but sent a shot just wide. Melissa Diceman placed a shot to the far post but was stopped by the Miami goalie in the 57th minute. Lexy Smith ripped a shot to the far high post but was unable to beat the RedHawk keeper.
 
Miami finally put a shot on goal in the second half in the 66th minute, but DeRuvo made a huge save to keep the RedHawks off the board.
 
In the 71st minute, the Cardinals earned a corner kick. Smith stepped up to take the corner and sent a well-placed ball into the box. Ralph headed the ball directly to the foot of Dombrowski, who drilled a shot into the back of the net.
 
At the 79th-minute mark, Sammi Corcoran set an outstanding through ball from midfield in the direction of Fraley. Fraley outran her defender and gained control in the box. Fraley blasted a shot past the Miami goalie and into the back of the net to give BSU a 2-0 advantage.
 
DeRuvo improved to 6-9-2 in goal for the Cardinals and had six saves for the match. She finished the season with 64 saves. Dombrowski picked up her first goal of the season, while Fraley tallied her fourth. Smith and Corcoran each notched their second assists on the year, while Ralph earned her first assist on the season.
 
The Cardinals finished the season with an overall record of 6-9-2 and a 4-5-2 mark in the Mid-American Conference. The RedHawks ended the year with an 8-8-3 overall record and a 5-6-0 record in conference play.
 
From the Coach – Head Coach Josh Rife
“We played really well. In the first 10-15 minutes we were struggling to get a little rhythm, but I thought we started to gain ahold of the game and from that point on I felt like it was going our way. I thought we played great. I think the way we’ve been playing and the performances we’ve put together, we expected a few more results like this one.”
 
From the Student-Athlete – Senior Midfielder Jenna Dombrowski
“I’m really proud of the way we played today. We knew the position we were in in the conference and just the way we wanted to end the season. We really ended on a strong note. I’m proud of our performance from start to finish. It felt really good to get one today. It was already a special day with everyone celebrating our careers. It felt really good to get it in the back of the net. Fraley’s goal was the cherry on top, it was such a great goal.”
 
From the Student-Athlete – Freshman Forward Lexi Fraley
“I think we did a good job. It was a special day, and it was meaningful. There are a lot of people that aren’t going to play soccer again and we wanted to end it on a high note. Obviously, we didn’t have a chance to make it to the tournament and we just wanted to end it well. I’m honestly just happy we ended with a win. We had a tough season for results, so that was a good way to end it.”

NOTRE DAME WSOCCER: NO. 22 IRISH TAKE DOWN WAKE FOREST 2-1 ON SENIOR NIGHT

NOTRE DAME, Ind. –  The No. 22 Notre Dame women’s soccer team (13-4-1, 7-3-0) ended the regular season with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-3-0, 6-3-0) Thursday night inside a wet Alumni Stadium. 

With the win, the Fighting Irish secured the No. 4 seed in the ACC Tournament and will host Clemson on Sunday, Oct. 31, at either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. That match will air live on ACC Network. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Ashley Naylor was certainly the star of the match, recording diving save after diving save tonight to notch a career best 10 saves.  

On the offensive end, Sammi Fisher earned her 11th goal of the season, while Olivia Wingate earned her fifth assist, tying Kati Druzina for the most assists on the team. 

However, the gamewinner belonged to Maddie Mercado, marking her third of the season and fourth goal overall. Mercado tallied the go-ahead goal in dramatic fashion, scoring directly off a corner kick in the 83rd minute.  

How It Happened

Naylor was tested early and made a huge save in the seventh minute, diving to her left to block a shot from Wake Forest’s Ryanne Brown. Naylor later handled some pressure in the 21st and 28th minute but stood her ground to keep the Demon Deacons at bay. All-in-all, she recorded six saves in the half.

On the offensive end, it was the Wingate/Fisher combo that struck again, as the latter scored in the 20th minute. A back-heel pass from Druzina found Wingate who then slotted a thru ball past a few Wake Forest defenders. Fisher outran the final defender and poked it past the keeper for the goal. 

Naylor continued her strong play into the second half, recording more diving saves in both the 55th and 65th minutes.

Unfortunately, Notre Dame got a tad unlucky in the 70th minute when Wake Forest found the equalizer. Shayla Smart recorded the goal off a deflection from an Irish defender.  

Yet, the Irish showed fight by battling back and getting the go-ahead goal and game-winner from Maddie Mercado in the 83rd minute. Mercado bent the ball perfectly to the far post and over the keeper, directly off the corner kick. 

Up Next

It’ll be a rematch from Oct. 10 when No. 4 Notre Dame hosts No. 5 Clemson in the quarterfinal round of the ACC Tournament. Only the top-six seeded teams made this year’s ACC Tourney.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Welcomes Bowling Green & Miami for Weekend #MACtion

Match 24: Ball State (20-3; 10-1 MAC) hosts Bowling Green (15-6; 11-0 MAC)
   Friday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. ET – Worthen Arena
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Match 25: Ball State (20-3; 10-1 MAC) hosts Miami (5-16; 3-8 MAC)
   Saturday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. ET – Worthen Arena
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MUNCIE, Ind. – – All season, the biggest match for the Ball State women’s volleyball program has been the one in front of it. This weekend, that mantra still rings true as the Cardinals battle for the top spot in the Mid-American Conference and a bid to host the upcoming MAC Volleyball Championships.
 
While Friday’s 6:30 p.m. showdown in Worthen Arena with MAC overall leader Bowling Green could be billed as the de facto MAC regular season championship match, Ball State knows there is still a lot of work to be done following the matchup of division leaders.
 
With just seven matches remaining in the regular season, the Cardinals (10-1 MAC) and Falcons (11-0 MAC) have built a sizable lead in the league standings. The next closest teams are Western Michigan (7-4 MAC) and Toledo (7-4 MAC) in the West Division and Ohio (6-5 MAC) in the East Division.
 
That advantage gives the winner of Friday’s tilt the best odds of taking home the MAC regular season title and hosting the league’s postseason tournament. A BSU victory would give the Cardinals a half-match lead in the standings by virtue of the head-to-head victory. Meanwhile, a BGSU win would give the Falcons a 2.5-match edge in the standings.
 
The slim lead Ball State would get in the standings with a win Friday makes Saturday’s 6:30 p.m. serve versus Miami just as important. While the RedHawks enter the weekend with a 5-16 (3-8 MAC) record, they have the third-longest active winning streak in the league at two matches, trailing only Bowling Green’s 11-match streak and Ball State’s 10-match streak.
 
After the Miami match, the Cardinals host Central Michigan (Nov. 4-5), travel to Eastern Michigan (Nov. 12-13) and visit Toledo (Nov. 17) to close the regular season.
 
Bowling Green follows Friday’s matchup with a trip to Toledo (Oct. 30), before battling the other top two teams in the MAC East Division: hosting Kent State (Nov. 5-6) and traveling to Ohio (Nov. 12-13). The Falcons close the season at home vs. Miami (Nov. 11).
 
As mentioned to earlier, the Cardinals enter the Friday’s match versus the Falcons with the second-longest winning streak in the MAC at 10 matches. The biggest of those wins came last week, starting with a 3-1 home victory over Toledo last Tuesday (Oct. 19). BSU followed with back-to-back sweeps of Western Michigan (Oct. 22 & Oct. 23) to take a three-match lead in the MAC West Division standings. 
 
Once again, it was Ball State’s offense which shined over the three matches as the team hit a combined .279 for the week, including a .336 effort in the opener at WMU. 
 
That has been a big key to the Cardinals’ success this season, as BSU has successfully been able to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Five different Ball State players enter the weekend averaging at least 2.00 kills per set, while six are smashing at least 1.78 kills per set.
 
Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn leads the club with a 2.90 kills-per-set average, while opposite Natalie Mitchem is not far behind at 2.85. Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers are outside Emily Hollowell (2.41), middle Marie Plitt (2.26), middle Lauren Gilliland (2.00), and outside Cait Snyder (1.78).
 
The BSU’s offense is also connecting at a league-best .267 clip this season, well ahead of Bowling Green in second which is hitting .251 as a squad. In fact, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in 23 of its 24 matches this season, including above .300 marks seven times.
 
Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been setter Megan Wielonski who is fourth in the MAC with a 10.37 assist-per-set average. In fact, Wielonski set Ball State to a .476 attack percentage in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.
 
Defensive specialist Kate Vinson leads the Ball State defense with a 3.14 dig-per-set average, while Maggie Huber, who has served as the team’s libero in each of the last five matches, is second at 2.96.
 
At the net, Gilliland leads the squad and is 10th in the league at 0.91 blocks per set, while middle Marie Plitt and Mitchem are not far behind at 0.73 and 0.71, respectively.
 
As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .204 attack percentage, which ranks as the fourth-best defense in the MAC. BSU also ranks fourth in the MAC at 2.03 blocks per set and seventh in the league at 15.33 digs per set.
 
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

  • The first MAC team to reach 20 wins this season, thanks to its 3-0 sweep at Western Michigan last Saturday, Ball State enters the weekend as one of only six 20-win teams in all of NCAA Division I women’s volleyball … In addition, Ball State’s .870 (20-3) winning percentage is tied for ninth among all 332 ranked NCAA Division I programs.
     
  • In addition to leading the MAC and ranking 26th nationally with a .267 team hitting percentage, Ball State features the top two attackers in the league based on attack percentage … Middle Lauren Gilliland ranks first in the conference and is 47th nationally at .378, while middle Marie Plitt is second in the MAC and 80th nationally at .352.
     
  • Setter Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked eighth nationally with her 892 total assists, while her 10.37 assists-per-set average is 41st … Wielonski is also putting up big numbers in the backcourt with 13 assist/dig double-doubles this season … In fact, her 233 total digs, including a career-high 21 at Wright State (Sept 3), are second on the squad.
     
  • In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, Megan Wielonski has also proven to be the league’s top server ranking first at 0.46 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 39 service aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30), are first in the league and rank 11th among all NCAA Division I players nationwide.
     
  • Outside Jaclyn Bulmahn has made her presence felt in the Ball State lineup, leading the squad with a 2.90 kills-per-set average … A First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at Valparaiso last season, Bulmahn has reached double digits in 15 matches so far this season, including a season-high 19 kills in the Sept. 25 sweep at Kent State … The 19 kills tie as the most in a three-set match in the MAC this season and are four shy of her career-high 23 set versus Southern Illinois (Feb. 14, 2021) during her 2021 spring season at Valpo.
     
  • Jaclyn Bulmahn enters Friday’s match at Western Michigan with 900 career kills, including 241 so far in her first season at Ball State … Her career-best for kills in a season is 277 set her junior year at Valpo, while she averaged a career-best 3.05 kills per set for the Beacons last season.
     
  • Opposite Natalie Mitchem has gotten off to a strong start in 2021, ranking second on the team with a 2.85 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in 14 of BSU’s 23 matches, including tying her career high with 21 in last Tuesday’s win over Toledo (Oct. 19) … She has also turned in a strong effort at the net this season, averaging 0.71 blocks per set with at least one block in 21 matches, including tying her career high with seven blocks versus Northern Illinois (Oct. 15).
     
  • So far this season, the Cardinals have turned to three different liberos, most recently having Maggie Huber suit up in the off-colored jersey for the last five matches … Huber has done a solid job in the role, averaging 4.94 digs per set … Defensive specialist Kate Vinson was BSU’s libero for the first 10 matches of the season and currently leads the Cardinals with a 3.14 digs-per-set average … Natalie Risi took over the role for the next eight matches, and is 11th in the league with 253 total digs … Risi averages 2.94 digs per set.
     
  • Natalie Risi move back to the left side for the Northern Illinois series and did not disappointed … She set the tone for the Ball State block in the series-opening win over the Huskies (Oct. 15), registering solo blocks on two of the first five points … She tallied three total solo blocks in the match and added another late in the third set of the Oct. 16 sweep to help the Cardinals stomp out an NIU rally attempt … Risi, who entered the NIU opener with just five solo blocks in her first 70 career matches, has five solo blocks in the last five matches after adding a solo block in the series-opening sweep at Western Michigan (Oct. 22).
     
  • Ball State enters Friday’s match with a 961-623-2 (.607) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play … In addition, the Cardinals own a 411-212 (.660) all-time record in Mid-American Conference play … The only program with a better all-time league mark is Western Michigan at 413-210 (.663) … Bowling Green is fifth based on winning percentage at 356-267 (.571), while Miami is third at 391-232 (.628).
     
  • With a 7-0 record at home so far this season, the Cardinals own a 288-93 (.756) all-time record in Worthen Arena … BSU is even more dominate in Worthen Arena in MAC play, with a 210-57 (.787) mark … Bowling Green is 7-15 (.318) all-time in Worthen Arena, while Miami is 8-15 (.348)
     
  • Ball State owns a 43-20-1 overall lead in the all-time series versus Bowling Green, despite the Falcons winning both matches played in the COVID-19 adjusted 2020-21 spring season … The Falcons earned sweeps in both those contest, winning 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-20) on Feb. 11 and 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-21) on Feb. 12, to improve to 12-18 all-time in matches played in Muncie … In fact, BGSU enters Friday’s contest with a three-match winning streak in Worthen Arena thanks to a 3-2 (19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-20, 15-13) win on Oct. 26, 2019 … Ball State answered, however, with a 3-2 (21-25, 25-17, 25-18, 18-25, 15-5) victory on Nov. 24, 2019 in the championship match of the 2019 MAC Tournament played at Bowling Green’s Stroh Center.
     
  • Ball State holds a 45-39 advantage in the all-time series versus Miami, having won two of the last three meetings … The teams split a home-and-home series during the 2020-21 spring season, with each squad winning on its home floor … The Cardinals scored a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-18) victory March 16 in Worthen Arena to improve to 23-15 all-time in home matches versus the RedHawks … Miami earned a 3-2 (25-13, 23-25, 23-25, 25-22, 15-11) win in the latest meeting, played March 23 at Millett Hall.

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: Sycamores Score Three in Second Half to Beat Salukis in Season Finale

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Indiana State women’s soccer finished their regular season with a 3-1 victory over Southern Illinois on Thursday night. The Sycamores end the regular season slate with a 6-7-3 (4-2-2) to finish third in the MVC.

First Half
Indiana State got off to a quick start with CeCe Wahlberg putting a shot on goal less than a minute into the match but the Salukis were able to control possession for the majority of the period.

The Sycamores were able to put four more shots on goal in the first half but were kept off the board by Saluki goalkeeper Ary Lougher.

Southern Illinois took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute on a goal from Sam Dodd. Dodd got free behind the Sycamore back line and put one in the back of the net for her first goal of the season.

Indiana State outshot the Salukis 6-5 in the first half. Audrey Stephens led the Sycamores with two while Christy Murauskis recorded two for Southern Illinois.

Maddie Alexander finished the half with three saves.

The Salukis led 1-0 at the half.

Second Half
The momentum swung back towards the Sycamores in the 55th minute when CeCe Wahlberg drew a foul in the box. That allowed for Chloee Kooker to tie the match on a penalty kick for her first goal of her Sycamore career.

The Sycamores took the lead less than five minutes later on Alise Emser’s first career goal off a corner kick from Audrey Stephens which was her first assist of the season.

Chloe Tesny gave Indiana State a 3-1 lead with her third goal of the season on a CeCe Wahlberg assist.

Indiana State recorded five shots in the second half to finish with 11 for the match. Stephens, Tesny and Emser each had two shots to pace the Sycamores. Southern Illinois finished with nine attempts led by Liz Brechtel who had three.

Maddie Alexander added two more saves in the second half to finish with five.

Stats and Notes
-Indiana State clinches the No. 3 seed in the MVC Tournament with the win.

-Eight different Sycamores attempted a shot in the match. 20 different players saw game action.

CeCe Wahlberg now has 70 career shots on goal which ranks second all-time in Sycamore history.

-The Sycamores four wins on the road this season are tied for second most in program history.

Up Next
Indiana State clinched the No. 3 seed in the MVC Tournament and will host Evansville in an MVC Quarterfinal match at Memorial Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: FB Preview | Sycamores travel to No. 2/2 North Dakota State

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State faces a tough task this weekend as the Sycamores head up to Fargo, N.D. and the Fargodome for a Missouri Valley Football matchup against No. 2/2 North Dakota State. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Bison is set for 3:30 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
 

Football at No. 2/2 North Dakota State
DateSaturday, October 30 | 3:35 p.m. ET
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Game Notes
Final Stretch of the Season
The Sycamores head into the final stretch of the 2021 season looking to secure their first above .500 record since 2018. However, Indiana State will face a tough task as the Sycamores will take on two teams ranked in the top-five in FCS with four weeks to play, while a road date against Illinois State also highlights the schedule. First up, the Sycamores travel to No. 2/2 North Dakota State this weekend in the Fargo Dome as ISU faces off against their highest-ranked opponent in the 2021 season. Following a bye week, ISU will welcome current No. 3/3 Southern Illinois for Senior Day at Memorial Stadium on November 13. The Sycamores will wrap up the year against the Redbirds on November 20.
 
Back on the Road
It has been a tale of two seasons for the Sycamores this year as Indiana State boasts a 3-1 record inside the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium this year, while posting a 1-3 record away from Terre Haute. The Sycamores have recorded wins over Eastern Illinois, Western Illinois, and Youngstown State on the year with a home date still against Southern Illinois (Nov. 13) on the horizon. Indiana State’s lone road win of the 2021 season came against a surging Eastern Kentucky team that made its debut in both the national polls as the Colonels clocked in at No. 19/25 this weekend. The Sycamores topped EKU back on September 18 in Richmond, Ky., 23-21, thanks to a last-second touchdown connection from Kurtis Wilderman to Phazione McClurge.
 
Against Ranked Opponents
Indiana State is looking for its first win against a ranked opponent this season as the Sycamores make the trip to Fargo, N.D. to take on the No. 2/2 North Dakota State Bison. Indiana State fell to then-ranked No. 2/3 South Dakota State on September 25, 44-0, and No. 23/20 Missouri State, 37-7, on the road. The Sycamores last win over a ranked opponent came back in the 2018 season when ISU topped Illinois State on November 10, 28-23. The win came during a five-game winning streak as Indiana State wrapped up the year 7-4 overall with a 5-3 mark in MVFC play.
 
Series Matchup
North Dakota State leads the all-time series over Indiana State, 9-1, dating back to their first matchup in the 2008 season. The Bison won the first four contests before the Sycamores picked up their first win in the series in the 2012 season at the Fargo Dome. The Bison enter this weekend on a five-game winning streak in the series with the latest coming in the 2017 season, a 52-0 NDSU win.
 
Indiana State’s lone win in the series came in the 2012 season under former head coach Trent Miles as ISU took down the top-ranked Bison in the 17-14 win. The Sycamores utilized a strong game from Shakir Bell (96 rushing yards), while Johnny Towalid recorded a pick-six in the second quarter in ISU’s win.
 
First Three
November 1, 2008 – at North Dakota State – L, 34-7
November 14, 2009 – vs. North Dakota State – L, 56-17
October 23, 2010 – at North Dakota State – L, 27-15
 
Last Three
October 24, 2015 – vs. North Dakota State – L, 28-14
November 12, 2016 – at North Dakota State – L, 41-17
October 7, 2017 – vs. North Dakota State – L, 52-0
 
On This Date
Indiana State has played seven games on October 30 in program history and has posted a 3-4 record on the date dating back to 1971. The Sycamores have never faced off against North Dakota State on October 30 and five of their seven contests have come at home on the day prior to Halloween. Indiana State has lost both road contests on October 30 with the latest coming in 2004 at Youngstown State.
 
On This Date
1971 – vs. Southern Illinois – W, 17-3
1976 – vs. Southern Illinois – L, 21-2
1982 – vs. Illinois State – W, 24-7
1993 – vs. Southern Illinois – L, 35-26
1999 – at Northern Iowa – L, 44-21
2004 – at Youngstown State – L, 45-20
2010 – vs. South Dakota State – W, 41-30
 
Opponent Information
North Dakota State was selected second overall in the MVFC Preseason Poll as voted on by the conference’s head coaches, SID, and select media members. The Bison finished with 18 first-place votes and 435 total points as the perennial power was selected once again to be among the conference leaders this year.
 
The Bison had 10 players selected on the preseason MVFC All-Conference team with eight members earning First Team status. Wide receiver Christian Watson was recognized both among the conference’s best as a wide receiver and a return specialist. Overall, NDSU’s 10 players on the team marked the fourth-most honorees in the conference behind just Southern Illinois (13), South Dakota State (12), and Northern Iowa (11).
 
NDSU sits No. 2 in both the major FCS polls heading into this weekend’s game. The Bison are the lone MVFC team to sit undefeated on the year with a perfect 7-0 mark, while NDSU and Southern Illinois are both tied atop the conference standings with matching 4-0 marks in conference play.
 
North Dakota State has paved the way with both a dominant defense (9.0 PPG) and a strong offense (32.0 PPG) this season as the Bison have outscored the opposition 224-63 on the year. NDSU is currently fourth in FCS in run defense (72.1 ypg) and 15th in pass defense (167.9 ypg), while also sitting third in FCS in third-down conversion defense (21.7%). The Bison have allowed 20 points in two of their last three games with three of their last four contests decided by less than two touchdowns.
Quarterback Quincy Patterson paces the Bison’s rushing and passing efforts on the season. Patterson is averaging 60.3 yards per game on the ground and 116.1 passing yards per game. He’s recorded at least 50 rushing yards in five games, including his first 100-yard mark at Illinois State two weeks ago. He’s also added passing touchdowns in five of the seven games on the year.
 
Wide receiver Christian Watson is back among the conference leaders as the senior wide receiver paces the team with 22 catches for 483 yards and five touchdowns. After a quiet first four games, Watson has broken out in a major way with a pair of 100-yard efforts (106 this past week vs. Missouri State), and touchdowns in each of the last three contests.
 
Defensively it has been a team effort for the Bison this season. Looking at the statistics, 21 different players have been a part of a tackle for loss, while 16 players have recorded at least a half-sack. The Bison have also seen 17 different players post a pass defended on the year as they have taken teams out of their comfort zones all season.
 
Eli Mostaert is the team’s leader at the line of scrimmage with NDSU-leading five sacks and six tackles for loss. Jackson Hankey is the tackling leader with 44 stops, while Brayden Thomas (6.0 TFL, 4.0 sacks) has also made an impact on the year. Jasir Cox leads the team and sits among the MVFC leaders with three interceptions.

INDIANA STATE VOLLEYBALL: Set for Busy Homestand Beginning Friday

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball is set to continue Missouri Valley Conference action with three matches inside ISU Arena beginning Friday. The Sycamores host Loyola Friday at 6 p.m., Valparaiso Saturday at 4 p.m. and Missouri State Monday at 6 p.m. All three matches will air on The Valley On ESPN with Friday and Saturday on ESPN3 and Monday’s match airing on ESPN Plus.
 
» The Sycamores enter the weekend on a two-match skid after dropping matchups with Northern Iowa and Evansville. Over ISU sits at 11-8 on the season and 3-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  The latest edition of the NCAA RPI report (Oct. 25) has four MVC teams featured in the top-100. Loyola leads the League at No. 64, while Evansville (No. 73), Valparaiso (No. 86) and Missouri State (No. 91) are also among the nation’s top-100. Four other teams rank in the Top 160 (Illinois State, Indiana State, Bradley and UNI). The Valley ranks 10th as a league in RPI.
 
» Melina Tedrow continues to climb the Indiana State record book — now in fifth place in program history with 1,520 career digs. Tedrow sits behind Stephanie Bindernagel (1,677), Kiya James (1,706) and Cheryl Berg (1,713). Kristy Cox (2005-08) sits as the all-time leader in digs with 1,841 over her career.
 
» Indiana State has crept their way into the top-50 nationally in digs — ranking 50th overall and fourth in the MVC with 16.22 digs per set. Melina Tedrow is leading the way at libero with 4.62 digs per set as an individual to rank 59th nationally.
 
» Sophomore Karinna Gall has been a consistent force for the Sycamores this season, finishing with eight or more kills in 15 of 19 matches played. The Belleville, Illinois native has had 12-or-more kills in six matches, including a season-high 16 kills in a win over Eastern Michigan. At 6-foot-1, the middle blocker has also made her presence known on defense with 35 blocks on the season.
 
» Indiana State ranks third in the MVC as a team, hitting .224 while on the flip side holding opponents to a .185 hitting percentage which ranks second in the League. Karinna Gall (189 K) and Madeline Williams (153 K) rank 11th and 14th, respectively in the MVC.
 
» Chloe Mason ranks third in the MVC and 25th nationally with .47 aces per set. She has totaled 27 aces in 60 sets overall and has recorded at least one ace in all but three matches this season. The setter has put up a season-high four aces on two separate occasions this fall with the last happening during a 3-1 victory over Southern Illinois (10/11).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Returns Home With Robert Morris and Youngstown State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will return home this week after playing 9-of-10 matches on the road. The Mastodons will face Robert Morris and Youngstown State on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 29-30).

Game Day Information
Who: 
Robert Morris | Youngstown State
When: Friday, October 29 | Saturday, October 30
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: Robert Morris | Youngstown State
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Robert Morris | Youngstown State

Series History
Purdue Fort Wayne has never lost to Robert Morris or Youngstown State, holding a 6-0 edge over both squads. The Mastodons are 3-0 against both teams since joining the Horizon League in 2020, and the ‘Dons beat both already this season. Purdue Fort Wayne beat the Colonials 3-1 and the Penguins 3-0.

Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne finished up its stretch of 9-of-10 on the road with three matches at Milwaukee, Green Bay and UIC. The ‘Dons picked up a 3-1 win over the Phoenix and went to five sets with UIC.

Coming Up
The Mastodons will remain at home for the rest of the regular season, which is two more weeks. Next week, the ‘Dons will welcome Wright State and Northern Kentucky. The following week, Senior Night will be on November 12 against IUPUI.

Know Your Foes
• Robert Morris is 9-15, 2-10 in the Horizon League. The Colonials’ two league wins came over IUPUI (3-0) and Youngstown State (3-2). Abby Ryan is leading RMU with 2.25 kills per set from the left side. Allena Carmody is digging out 3.13 attacks per set to pace RMU’s back line. Against the Mastodons earlier this year, Alyssa Hudak and Annie Monaco led the Colonials with 13 kills each.

• Youngstown State is 4-19, 1-11 in league play, and is riding an eight-match losing streak into this weekend. The Penguins’ only win in the Horizon League came against IUPUI, which YSU plays before coming to Fort Wayne. Freshman Paula Gursching is leading Youngstown State with 3.70 kills per set. No Penguin recorded more than seven kills in their first match against the ‘Dons this year.

No One Has Played More
No Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season. The Mastodons have played 100 sets this season. Eastern Kentucky is second, having played 97 sets.

Nearing 100
Head coach Steve Florio is nearing 100 wins in his career. He is currently sitting at 97 wins since taking over the head coaching duties of the program in 2014.

Leader For a Reason
Katie Crowe has led the Mastodons in kills in all but three matches this season. She has 338 kills, 101 more than the next player on the team: Maggie Castleman.

Saturday Night Five
The Mastodons have played seven five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC, Oakland and at UIC). Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.

Double Trouble
Katie Crowe has 11 double-doubles this season, with 56 total in her career. She had three consecutive against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She then got back to her double-double ways with one at Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 digs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs. Most recently, she got one against Cleveland State with 12 kills and 10 digs.

That Tends to Happen When You’re Around Forever!
Katie Crowe ranks 21st among active Division I players in career kills with 1,530, 12th in the country in career sets played with 505, and 18th in matches played at 137.

Heavy Hitter
Ramei Jackson is in the top 10 in program history in career hitting percentage.
8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)
9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)
10. Ramei Jackson (.268, 2020-present)
11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)
12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)

Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.34, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

Digs
10. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)
11. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)
12. Sarah Leffers (1,290, 2000-03)
13. Julie Parrot (1,248, 1993-96)
14. Rachael Crucis (1,237, 2019-present)

Dishing ’em Out
Madison Gates is in the program’s top-10 in career assists.
6. Kris Wilder (3,818, 1987-90)
7. Jessica Dominiak (3,326, 2005-08)
8. Jill Lyon (2,975, 1990-93)
9. Madison Spence (2,168, 2011-14)
10. Madison Gates (1,969, 2018-present)

Moving Up the Career Charts
Katie Crowe is in the top-10 in program history in kills, digs, aces, sets played and matches played.
Kills
1. Fabiana Souza (2,305, 2002-05)
2. Emily Spencer (2,106, 2011-14)
3. Laura Douglas (1,904, 1997-00)
4. Nicole Rightnowar (1,584, 2015-18)
5. Katie Crowe (1,530, 2017-present)

Digs
2. Peachy Jankowski (2,253, 2004-07)
3. Laura Douglas (1,623, 1997-00)
4. Jamie Schwartz (1,461, 2011-14)
5. Cynara Martins (1,455, 2004-07)
6. Katie Crowe (1,443, 2017-present)

Aces
6. Deanna Brown (144, 1998-01)
7. Janna Plummer (138, 1988-91)
8. Lisa Zehr (135, 1985-88)
9. Amy Luben (133, 1994-97)
10. Katie Crowe (128, 2017-present)

Sets Played
1. Katie Crowe (505, 2017-present)
2. Andi Reichhart (488, 1994-97)
3. Tessa McGill (487, 2009-12)
4. Emily Spencer (484, 2011-14)
5. Peachy Jankowski (482, 2004-07)

Matches Played
1. Andi Reichhart (143, 1994-97)
2. Katie Crowe (137, 2017-present) 
3. Julie Huber (135, 1989-92)
4. Laura Douglas (134, 1997-00)
5. Peachy Jankowski (132, 2004-07)

IUPUI CROSS COUNTRY: TO HOST #HLXC CHAMPIONSHIPS AT NORTHVIEW CHURCH

CARMEL, Ind. – The IUPUI Athletics Department will host the 2021 Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships this weekend as teams will converge on Northview Church in Carmel on Saturday (Oct. 30), vying for league titles. It marks the second time IUPUI will host the league championships in less than a calendar year as the previous cross country championships were run at Northview in March 2021.

On Saturday, the men’s 8K race will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the women’s 6K at noon. Awards will begin at 12:45 p.m.. 

Head coach Chuck Koeppen‘s men’s team is seeking a third straight title while head coach Antonio McDaniel‘s women’s team finished third last year. 

The IUPUI men’s team has been strong all season long as Nate Kaiser has collected three Men’s Runner of the Week Awards and three other individuals – Grant MoonMitchell Rans and Keith Bye – have earned Freshman of the Week honors. The Jaguars return five all-league performers from a season ago in Mitchell GitsAlex RatkovichNick PerkinsEric Petersen and Kaiser. Gits was the league’s Freshman of the Year by virtue of his third-place finish and joined on the first team by Ratkovich and Perkins. Kaiser and Petersen both finished among the top 14 in earning second team honors last season. The Jaguars will rely upon their depth as Eric Hoffman, Moon and Rans have all been among the team’s top seven at different points in the season. 

Kaiser reset IUPUI’s 8K record at the Bradley ‘Pink’ Classic on Oct. 15 by spinning a time of 24:06.5 while Perkins also went under the previous school record at 24:13.2. 

The Jaguars ranked No. 11 in the most recent USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional polls, released on Oct. 18. 

On the women’s side, a season that began with high hopes has been decimated by injuries. IUPUI returned its core from last year’s third-place squad, keyed by a sophomore class of Ellie CatesMadison FrySophie ReichardHannah Sale and Makenna Sunbury. Of that quintet, all but Fry have missed time due to injury. 

Senior Sabrina Elder has had a strong cross country campaign at the top of the team’s lineup while freshman Laci Provenzano has provided a solid top five presence. Beyond that group, Kara KrolAlexandra Schwartz and Sophia Taylor have been fixtures among the IUPUI lineup all season long. 

Sale owns IUPUI’s quickest 6K of the year, having run 22:40.9 at Northview at the Jaguar Classic back on Sept. 10. Fry is coming off a personal best 6K time of 22:43.7 at the Bradley ‘Pink’ Classic and Cates ran 22:48.1 back on Sept. 10. 

A full recap, results and photos from Saturday’s action will be posted to IUPUIJags.com immediately afterwards. 

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGS TO KICKOFF FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND THIS WEEK

Youngstown State (Friday, Oct. 29): ESPN+ I Live Stats I Tickets
Robert Morris (Saturday, Oct. 30): Live Stats I Tickets

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team will open up a four-game homestand this week when the Jaguars host back-to-back home matches against Youngstown State (Oct. 29) and Robert Morris (Oct. 30) inside the Jungle this week. Friday’s match will begin at 6:00 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPN+ while Saturday’s contest will begin at 4:00 p.m.. 

The Jaguars are coming off an arduous three-game trip that saw IUPUI play at UIC, Milwaukee and Green Bay in a four-day span last week. The Jags took a set at UIC before dropping back-to-back 3-0 decisions at Milwaukee and Green Bay. IUPUI has continued to experience growing pains as the team’s top three scorers (Briana BrownMaddie Haines and Emily Alan) are all underclassmen, as are the primary setter (Brooke Phillips), libero (Addie Evans) and top blockers (Millai Madison and Alan). All total, nine of the team’s 15 players are in their first or second year and 14 different players have started at least one match this season. 

Brown continues to lead the squad in kills (3.02/set) and Allie Pogue is next in line at 2.06 per set. Fifth-year senior Rhiannon Schuenemann leads the back row with 3.24 digs per set and Evans averages 2.82 per set. Both Alan and Madison have a team-high 66 blocks with Madison averaging a team-high 0.78 blocks per set. 

In league play, Phillips ranks sixth in the league in assists (8.28/set) while Evans is seventh in the league in digs at 3.61 per set and ninth in aces with 0.37 per set. 

SCOUTING YOUNGSTOWN STATE (4-19, 1-11 HL)
Youngstown State comes in having dropped seven straight since defeating the Jaguars back on Oct. 3. Paula Gursching leads YSU with 3.70 kills/set and hits .183 while Amanda Lebioda averages 2.17 kills/set. Reilly Seagroves averages 3.80 digs/set and freshman middle Cheyenne Hlady has a team-high 37 blocks. The Penguins are hitting .168 as a team while allowing foes to hit .255. 

SCOUTING ROBERT MORRIS (9-15, 2-10 HL)
Robert Morris enters this weekend on a six-game slide since defeating Youngstown State back on Oct. 8. Abby Ryan (173) and Emma Granger (172) lead the team in kills and Ashleigh Wallin averages a team-high 5.88 assists per set. Allena Carmody has a team-high 222 digs and Granger has a team-high 86 blocks. Robert Morris comes in hitting .186 and are allowing foes to hit .232. 

SERIES HISTORY
IUPUI is 9-8 all-time against Youngstown State and 3-3 in six meetings in Indy. (Series History)
IUPUI is 2-4 all-time against Robert Morris and Saturday’s contest marks the first-ever meeting in Indy. RMU has won the most recent three meetings, all on the road. (Series History)

UP NEXT
IUPUI will close the home schedule with back-to-back contests with Northern Kentucky (Nov. 5) and Wright State (Nov. 6). 

EVANSVILLE CROSS COUNTRY: Cross Country Heads To MVC Championships Friday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville cross country teams will return to the course on Friday afternoon in one of the biggest meets of the year, as the Purple Aces will take part in the Missouri Valley Conference Championships at Weibring Golf Course in Normal, Illinois.  The women’s 6-K race will begin the meet at 1 p.m., with the men’s 8-K race scheduled for 2 p.m.  Friday’s races can be seen live on ESPN3 from the links above.

Weather could play a major factor in Friday’s MVC Championship meet, as rain is expected for two-straight days in Normal, Illinois prior to meet day.  On Friday, the forecast calls for more rain and a high of 56 degrees, with north winds howling between 10 and 20 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

“This is going to be a very different kind of race, and I say that for every school involved,” said UE cross country head coach Don Walters.  “The weather is going to be a factor, and the ground could be very soft and muddy, especially by the time we get to the men’s race.

“We’re just going to go out and try and set as many personal-best times that we can on Friday.  If we can do that, especially given the expected conditions, it will be a great day.”

The women will be competing in the longer 6-K event for the first time in MVC Championship history on Friday.  Graduate student Anna Lowry (Taylorville, Ill./Taylorville) will be trying to become the first three-time, first-team all-MVC selection in UE women’s cross country history, as she has placed in the Valley’s Top 10 in each of the last two conference meets.  Only UE Hall of Fame male runner Nick Waninger (2004-06) has earned first-team all-MVC honors three times on the men’s side.

Lowry posted the third-fastest 6-K time on record at UE the last time out, as she clocked in with a time of 22:02.3 to place second at the UE Invitational.  Senior Sam Weldon (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) also placed in the Top 10 with a personal-best 6-K time of 24:14.3 at the UE Invite.

On the men’s side, sophomore Peter Epur (Eldoret, Kenya) will look to pace the Purple Aces for the fifth time this year, after posting a top-10 individual finish at the UE Invitational with an 8-K time of 26:29.4.  Freshman Adam Oulgout (St. Paul, Minn./Central) has been a consistent #2 runner for UE on the men’s side this year, and they will be aided by graduate student J.J. Pedersen (Milford, Conn.) who will be competing in his final race for the Purple Aces.  Pedersen has run third for UE in his two meets competed in this year, as he currently splits time between Evansville and Northwestern University, where he is doing clinical work for UE’s Master’s in Athletic Training program with the Northwestern football program.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: UE volleyball set for crucial weekend matches

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – One of the biggest weekends in the history of the University of Evansville volleyball program is on tap as the Purple Aces prepare for three matches in four nights.  The stretch begins on Friday against Valparaiso before UE welcomes Loyola on Saturday and Southern Illinois on Monday.

Weekend Promotions
– For the matches on both Friday and Saturday, fans can receive $2 off admission if they wear a Halloween costume
– Youth volleyball players receive a free ticket with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket Friday and Saturday as well
– On Saturday, the first 400 fans who present their ticket stub from the UE men’s basketball exhibition game receive FREE admission to the volleyball match
 
Last Time Out
– Back home for a single match against Indiana State, Evansville rolled to another 3-0 home victory on Saturday
– Giulia Cardona accumulated 17 kills and a career-best 7 service aces…she became the first UE player to record 7 aces since Anne Teegardin had 7 versus the Sycamores in 2006
– Melanie Feliciano added 14 kills while Taya Haffner picked up 38 assists in the win
 
Inside the Streak
– With the win over Indiana State, the Aces pushed their current MVC win streak to six games, extending the longest streak since joining the league in 1994
– Prior to this season, the longest conference win streak was four matches in 1998
– By winning six of its first nine MVC matches, the Aces match their best league start, which has been achieved twice before – 1998 and 2000…UE has never started 7-3 in the MVC
– Overall, the Aces are 16-4, which matches the 2010 squad for the second-best start in the history of the program…the top streak to open a season belongs to the 1981 squad, who opened the year at 22-1 before finishing the year with a 39-10 mark
 
Home Sweet Home
– It would be hard to think of a better start to the home slate for UE – through six matches, the Aces are a perfect 6-0 and have won each contest by a 3-0 final
– The 6-0 record is tied for the second-best home start for the program, which also won its first six matches inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse in 2019
– Evansville’s longest undefeated home stretch to begin a season was 8-0 in 1981
 
Aces Aces
– Ten more aces were added to Evansville’s season tally on Saturday against Indiana State, improving the season average to 2.07 per set, which is 6th in the country
– Seven of those came off the arm of freshman Giulia Cardona, marking her career high…she was the first MVC player to have 7 aces in a match since 2019 and the first since 2009 to do so against a league foe and it was the first instance of 7 aces in 3 sets versus an MVC squad since 2007
– Cardona paces the MVC with 0.50 aces per frame and sits 16th in the nation and second among freshmen in that category
 
3-for-3
– Giulia Cardona made it a perfect 3-for-3 on Monday, earning her third consecutive MVC Freshman of the Week award
– The last MVC player to win three freshman awards in a row was Illinois State’s Stef Jankiewicz in 2017
– On October 18, Cardona was named both the MVC Player and Freshman of the Week becoming the first player to earn both honors in the same week since Abbie Lehman of Wichita State in 2014
– Cardona has taken her performance to a new level over the recent 6-match win streak, averaging 4.90 kills, 0.71 aces and a hit tally of .347
– Her latest MVC accolade comes after a 17-kill, 7-ace contest against Indiana State…she accumulated 24.0 points in 3 sets
 
Top 10
– With a total of 1,216 kills in her career, Alondra Vazquez has moved into the Aces career top 10 list…she passed Laura Seib’s total of 1,215 to move into the 10th spot
– She also jumped into the top ten in career digs at UE as her total of 1,140 moved her onto the list, passing Erica Haukap’s tally of 1,137.

EVANSVILLE WSOCCER: Till becomes career saves leader in scoreless draw with Missouri State

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Led by a historic performance from fifth-year senior goalkeeper Michaela Till, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team captured a result with a 0-0 draw with Missouri State on Thursday evening at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

Prior to the match, the Aces honored eight seniors who have contributed immensely to this program. These eight student-athletes combined to record over 30,000 minutes on the pitch, score 29 goals, deliver 16 assists, and recorded 380 saves. This season, this group helped Evansville achieve its best start in program history and earn a #5 ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Midwest Region poll for three-straight weeks.

On a night that will be remembered in the history books, it was another classic performance by Michaela Till. Needing five saves entering the match to become the all-time saves leader at UE, Till secured seven, doing so in her 17th career shutout, tying Till for second-most in program history. Offensively, senior Emily Ormson led the way for Evansville, tying a career-high with six shots, putting a pair on goal.

Evansville was active on the attack in the opening 45 minutes, out-shooting the Bears, 10-6, in the first half. The Aces nearly took the lead inside the first 10 minutes as Ormson let loose a shot from the top of the box that dipped over the keeper’s head and glanced off the crossbar. Ormson put a shot on frame later in the half that were saved, along with chances from Jayme-Lee Hunter and Emily Wolak, but the match went to half tied, 0-0.

In the second half, Evansville stayed solid defensively, facing eight shots from the Bears, keeping the match scoreless as it trickled to overtime. The first overtime saw four combined shots between the two sides with three coming from the Aces. Ormson again challenged the Bears with a shot on goal, but it was saved as the match moved to a second overtime. In the final overtime period, neither side could muster a shot as the game ended in a scoreless tie.

With the tie, Evansville earned a spot in the MVC Championship, capturing the six seed. The Aces will open postseason play on Sunday against third-seeded Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE: Men’s Golf Fall Season Comes to a Close Next Week

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf fall season comes to a close next week (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) when the Mastodons compete in the Daniel Island Intercollegiate.


Event: Daniel Island Intercollegiate
Host: Charleston Southern
When: October 31-November 1 | Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday (36 holes) and Monday (18 holes)
Where: Daniel Island Club | Charleston, S.C.
Par: 72Yardage: 7446
Format: Play 5, take 4, 54 holes
Live Results: BirdieFire

Competing Teams
Campbell, Charleston Southern, College of Charleston, Eastern Kentucky, Florida State, Francis Marion, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Jacksonville State, Lehigh, Presbyterian, Purdue Fort Wayne, Seton Hall, South Carolina, USC Aiken, USC Upstate, VCU, Virginia, Western Carolina, Winthrop

Daniel Island Club
As one of the top private golf clubs in Charleston, SC, the Daniel Island Club features the country’s only private pairing of golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones playing out of the same clubhouse. Both nationally ranked courses are perfectly integrated into the breathtaking Lowcountry landscape and the country club neighborhood of Daniel Island Park. The club’s professional staff offers instruction and programs designed to enhance the golf experience of enthusiasts of all ages. Operation 36 is a program designed to improve the golfing junior’s game in every way, while Kids’ Camps offer fun, instruction and camaraderie to children up to age 13.

Mastodon Lineup
Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green, Brett Seward, Hunter Mefford and Luke Miller will compete for the team score at the Daniel Island Intercollegiate.

Let’s Talk About Kasey
Kasey Lilly holds all of the primary records in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf history. He also has seven top-10’s, four top-5’s, and won one tournament: the Tom Tontimonia Invitational.
Career Scoring Average: 72.53 (2019-22)
Career Winning Percentage: .813 (2019-22)
Season Scoring Average: 70.3 (2021-22)
Season Winning Percentage: .912 (2021-22)
18-Hole Record: 64 – Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational (9/14/21)
36-Hole Record: 135 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/17/21)
54-Hole Record: 204 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/18/21)

I Wanna Be The Very Best
The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team has the best four-player average in program history this season by a significant margin. The Mastodons are averaging 289.1 shots per round, topping the previous best from 2011-12 by nearly 10 shots per round.

Three of The Best
Kasey Lilly (70.3 – 1st), Tyler Green (72.6 – 2nd) and Brett Seward (73.9 – 5th) have three of the five best season averages in program history in the 2021-22 season. The third-place spot is also held by Lilly.

Last Time Out
The Mastodons took eighth at the Dayton Flyer Invitational on October 19. 

Next Time Up
The fall season for Purdue Fort Wayne is over after the Daniel Island Intercollegiate. The spring season will begin in February. The full schedule will be released at a later date.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE: Purdue Fort Wayne Returns Home With Robert Morris and Youngstown State

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will return home this week after playing 9-of-10 matches on the road. The Mastodons will face Robert Morris and Youngstown State on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 29-30).

Game Day Information
Who: 
Robert Morris | Youngstown State
When: Friday, October 29 | Saturday, October 30
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Gates Sports Center
Live Stats: Link
Watch: Robert Morris | Youngstown State

Series History
Purdue Fort Wayne has never lost to Robert Morris or Youngstown State, holding a 6-0 edge over both squads. The Mastodons are 3-0 against both teams since joining the Horizon League in 2020, and the ‘Dons beat both already this season. Purdue Fort Wayne beat the Colonials 3-1 and the Penguins 3-0.

Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne finished up its stretch of 9-of-10 on the road with three matches at Milwaukee, Green Bay and UIC. The ‘Dons picked up a 3-1 win over the Phoenix and went to five sets with UIC.

Coming Up
The Mastodons will remain at home for the rest of the regular season, which is two more weeks. Next week, the ‘Dons will welcome Wright State and Northern Kentucky. The following week, Senior Night will be on November 12 against IUPUI.

Know Your Foes
• Robert Morris is 9-15, 2-10 in the Horizon League. The Colonials’ two league wins came over IUPUI (3-0) and Youngstown State (3-2). Abby Ryan is leading RMU with 2.25 kills per set from the left side. Allena Carmody is digging out 3.13 attacks per set to pace RMU’s back line. Against the Mastodons earlier this year, Alyssa Hudak and Annie Monaco led the Colonials with 13 kills each.

• Youngstown State is 4-19, 1-11 in league play, and is riding an eight-match losing streak into this weekend. The Penguins’ only win in the Horizon League came against IUPUI, which YSU plays before coming to Fort Wayne. Freshman Paula Gursching is leading Youngstown State with 3.70 kills per set. No Penguin recorded more than seven kills in their first match against the ‘Dons this year.

No One Has Played More
No Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season. The Mastodons have played 100 sets this season. Eastern Kentucky is second, having played 97 sets.

Nearing 100
Head coach Steve Florio is nearing 100 wins in his career. He is currently sitting at 97 wins since taking over the head coaching duties of the program in 2014.

Leader For a Reason
Katie Crowe has led the Mastodons in kills in all but three matches this season. She has 338 kills, 101 more than the next player on the team: Maggie Castleman.

Saturday Night Five
The Mastodons have played seven five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC, Oakland and at UIC). Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.

Double Trouble
Katie Crowe has 11 double-doubles this season, with 56 total in her career. She had three consecutive against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She then got back to her double-double ways with one at Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 digs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs. Most recently, she got one against Cleveland State with 12 kills and 10 digs.

That Tends to Happen When You’re Around Forever!
Katie Crowe ranks 21st among active Division I players in career kills with 1,530, 12th in the country in career sets played with 505, and 18th in matches played at 137.

Heavy Hitter
Ramei Jackson is in the top 10 in program history in career hitting percentage.
8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)
9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)
10. Ramei Jackson (.268, 2020-present)
11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)
12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)

Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.34, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

Digs
10. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)
11. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)
12. Sarah Leffers (1,290, 2000-03)
13. Julie Parrot (1,248, 1993-96)
14. Rachael Crucis (1,237, 2019-present)

Dishing ’em Out
Madison Gates is in the program’s top-10 in career assists.
6. Kris Wilder (3,818, 1987-90)
7. Jessica Dominiak (3,326, 2005-08)
8. Jill Lyon (2,975, 1990-93)
9. Madison Spence (2,168, 2011-14)
10. Madison Gates (1,969, 2018-present)

Moving Up the Career Charts
Katie Crowe is in the top-10 in program history in kills, digs, aces, sets played and matches played.
Kills
1. Fabiana Souza (2,305, 2002-05)
2. Emily Spencer (2,106, 2011-14)
3. Laura Douglas (1,904, 1997-00)
4. Nicole Rightnowar (1,584, 2015-18)
5. Katie Crowe (1,530, 2017-present)

Digs
2. Peachy Jankowski (2,253, 2004-07)
3. Laura Douglas (1,623, 1997-00)
4. Jamie Schwartz (1,461, 2011-14)
5. Cynara Martins (1,455, 2004-07)
6. Katie Crowe (1,443, 2017-present)

Aces
6. Deanna Brown (144, 1998-01)
7. Janna Plummer (138, 1988-91)
8. Lisa Zehr (135, 1985-88)
9. Amy Luben (133, 1994-97)
10. Katie Crowe (128, 2017-present)

Sets Played
1. Katie Crowe (505, 2017-present)
2. Andi Reichhart (488, 1994-97)
3. Tessa McGill (487, 2009-12)
4. Emily Spencer (484, 2011-14)
5. Peachy Jankowski (482, 2004-07)

Matches Played
1. Andi Reichhart (143, 1994-97)
2. Katie Crowe (137, 2017-present) 
3. Julie Huber (135, 1989-92)
4. Laura Douglas (134, 1997-00)
5. Peachy Jankowski (132, 2004-07)

VALPO WSOCCER: Falls at Loyola in Regular Season Finale

The Valpo soccer team traveled to Chicago Thursday for a showdown with Loyola for the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship, but the host Ramblers prevailed 5-0 to earn the regular season title. Despite the loss, Valpo earned the number two seed for the upcoming MVC Tournament and has a bye to the tournament semifinals.

How It Happened

  • Loyola’s Katharine Stephens opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Megan Nemec doubled the lead with a 33rd-minute goal.
  • A red card to Valpo in the 38th minute sent the Beacons down to 10 players for the remainder of the match.
  • Valpo played the Ramblers even for over 25 minutes despite being down a player until Bailey Faulkner scored in the 64th minute. 
  • Goals from Madeleine Barone in the 78th minute and Megan Demski in the 85th minute rounded out the scoring.

Inside the Match

  • Sophomore goalkeeper Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made six saves in goal for the Beacons.
  • Thursday’s loss snapped Valpo’s nine-match unbeaten streak, the second-longest streak in program history.
  • This fixture was the only one of the eight conference matches in which Valpo trailed. In fact, when they surrendered the first goal in the 26th minute, it was the first time the Beacons were behind since Sept. 10 against Western Illinois.
  • Valpo closed the conference schedule with a 6-1-1 record, its third-best regular season conference record in program history. Only the 2014 (8-0-0, Horizon League) and 2006 (4-0-2, Mid-Continent Conference) sides posted better conference records.
  • Freshman Emma Morrison (Canton, Mich./Plymouth-Canton) made her collegiate debut late in the second half, becoming the 27th different player to see action for Valpo this season.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“The difficult part of the game is that we conceded the first goal on a corner kick due to a communication issue. We had to chase, we get caught, we give up a second. Both goals could have been preventable, but instead, we were down two.”

“The red card changed the game. It’s an even tougher task to chase a game down two goals and a player. Give credit to our players, they fought through that and really competed. For a good part of the second half, we handled being down a player well. But when we gave away a third goal, then our focus had to change.”

“We have to have a very short memory. We have a lot to learn from our experience today, but also things that we need to continue to do and trust in. We turn our focus to next Friday now.”

Next Up

Valpo (10-5-2, 6-1-1 MVC) will await its semifinal opponent in the 2021 MVC Tournament, either third-seeded Indiana State or sixth-seeded Evansville. The semifinal matchup will take place at Loyola next Friday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. and can be seen live on The Valley on ESPN.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s Soccer Rides in at #1 in First Regional Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team has earned the No. 1 position in the first edition of NCAA DII Regional Rankings, officials at the NCAA have announced.
 
The Greyhounds (12-0-1) soar above the competition in the Super Region 3. In total, there are four Super Regions with each having 12 teams. Ten teams are set to advance to postseason play from each region, while the top six seeds from that region will earn a “bye” to the second round.
 
Joining the Hounds in the SR3 from the Great Lakes Valley Conference is Maryville (No. 2) and Illinois-Springfield (No. 3). Leading the way in the other Super Regions are Wilmington (SR1), Palm Beach Atlantic (SR2), and Midwestern State (SR4).
 
NCAA tournament action is slated to begin with the first round opening up on Nov. 18 and Nov. 19.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s Soccer Corrals #5 Spot in Initial Regional Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team has been placed in the No. 5 spot of the Midwest Region in the first edition of the NCAA DII Regional Rankings, announced by NCAA officials.
 
The Greyhounds (9-2-2) sit behind Grand Valley State (No. 1), Ashland (No. 2), Ferris State (No. 3) and Saginaw Valley (No. 4) in the rankings. However, UIndy is the top-ranked team from the Great Lakes Valley Conference, riding above both McKendree (No. 6) and Truman (No. 9).

Fifty-six teams will qualify for this year’s championship, with the top eight team from the Midwest Region earning a berth. Postseason action is set to begin with the first round kicking off on Nov. 18 and No. 19 at the higher-seed’s respective campus.
 
The Hounds return to the field on Friday for a road conference clash against Lindenwood beginning at 6 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S BASKETBALL: Men’s Hoops Selected Fourth in the East in GLVC Preseason Poll

INDIANAPOLIS – With the 2021-22 season right around the corner, the University of Indianapolis men’s basketball team was selected fourth in the East Division this season according to the GLVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll which was released on Wednesday.  The annual poll was voted on by the league coaches and ranks the top five teams in each of the conference’s three divisions.

The Hounds were slotted fourth after earning eight points while Southern Indiana sits atop the East Division with 13 points.  Illinois Springfield and Lewis tied for second with 11 points while McKendree sits in fifth in seven points.  UMSL (Central) and Drury (West) took the top spot in their respective divisions with 15 points each.

The GLVC regular season will feature three divisions and a 20-game schedule, where every team plays every divisional opponent twice – home and away – two random non-divisional opponents twice – home and away – and every other non-divisional opponent once. The top-eight teams with the most points derived from the familiar GLVC Point Rating System at the end of the regular season will earn a berth to the GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament March 3-6 at the Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, Illinois, on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

UIndy kicks off the new campaign with three exhibition games in five days next week.  The Hounds will travel to Ohio State on Monday, Purdue on Thursday and Butler on Friday.  The regular season opens at home on Friday, November 12 against Lake Erie.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Hounds Picked Third in the East in GLVC Preseason Poll

INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy women’s basketball team was picked to finish third in the East Division this season according to the GLVC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll, released Wednesday. The annual poll was voted on by the league coaches and ranks the top five teams in each of the conference’s divisions.

The Greyhounds earned 10 points to slot behind Lewis at No. 2 in the voting, while Southern Indiana earned 15 points and three of five first-places votes as the official favorite in hte East. Both Truman (Central) amd Drury (West) earned the maximum 16 points to top their respective divisions.

The GLVC regular season will feature three divisions and a 20-game schedule, where every team plays every divisional opponent twice – home and away; two random non-divisional opponents twice – home and away; and every other non-divisional opponent once. The top eight teams with the most points derived from the familiar GLVC Point Rating System at the end of the regular season will earn a berth to the GLVC Basketball Championship Tournament March 3-6 at the Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, Ill., on the campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The Greyhounds kick off their 2021-22 slate with an exhibition contest at Indiana University on Friday, Nov. 5. The regular season starts with a region contest at Malone University seven days later.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Greyhounds Meet Miners For Saturday Matinee

WEEK 9
at Missouri S&T Miners (4-2, 2-2 GLVC)
Saturday | October 30 | 2 p.m. ET

The UIndy football team hits the highway for the second straight week, traveling to Rolla, Mo., to take on the Miners of Missouri S&T. The Greyhounds have earned the dub in all eight previous meetings with the Miners, including a rain-soaked 48-7 victory at Key Stadium in 2019.. UIndy rushed for more than 400 yards that night, while the Greyhound defense and special teams each added a touchdown. Additionally, the result gave the UIndy its 23rd consecutive victory in GLVC play, setting a new league record.

ROAD WARRIORS The Greyhounds hit the highway for the second straight week, traveling to Rolla, Mo., to take on the Miners of Missouri S&T. UIndy owns a perfect 4-0 record away from home this season. HOUNDS vs. MINERS UIndy has earned the dub in all eight previous meetings with the Miners. The last matchup came in 2019, where the Hounds earned a 48-7 win on a rain-soaked Saturday night at Key Stadium. UIndy rushed for more than 400 yards, while the Greyhound defense added a pair of TDs of their own (blocked punt return, fumble return). Additionally, the result gave the UIndy its 23rd consecutive victory in GLVC play, setting a new league record that stands to this day. LAST TIME OUT The Hounds handed host Quincy a lopsided 70-21 loss last Saturday. UIndy racked up 577 yards of total offense, including a combined 384 rushing yards and six touchdowns from Toriano Clinton and Lenny Bennett. The Greyhounds amassed the lofty point total despite not scoring at all in the first quarter. It marked the second time this season that the Hounds have scored at least 70 in a game, a feat accomplished just two other times in program history. NEW RUSHING KING Clinton’s output at Quincy cemented G.O.A.T. status for the fourth-year running back, at least in the single season sense. After Saturday’s performance – his third consecutive 200-yard game and fifth of at least 197 yards this season, the Calumet, Ill., native heads into this week with a school record 1,521 rushing yards, surpassing the previous single-season mark of 1,475 put up by Klay Fiechter in 2012. Clinton has twice broken the UIndy single-game rushing record this fall, first with 270 yards at Hillsdale in week 2 and again with 287 yards versus McKendree in week 6. Prior to the Hillsdale game, UIndy’s single game rushing record of 254 yards had stood for 56 years, set by Jack Schuck in 1965. A third notable game saw Clinton add a national record to his resume. At Southwest Baptist in week 5, Clinton broke the Division II mark for most rushing yards in a single quarter, racking up 197 first-quarter yards on just 10 attempts in a lopsided victory. Furthermore, he is within striking distance of the school’s career rushing record, as he needs 257 yards to surpass the current mark of 3,809 attained by Fiechter from 2010-13. Also, Clinton’s 17 rushing TDs are three shy of matching the UIndy single-season benchmark of 20 (Andrew Walker, 2015).

Currently, Clinton tops all Division II student-athletes in both rushing yards (1,521) and all-purpose yards (1,657) on the season while ranking third in total touchdowns (17) and third in yards per carry (7.5). IN THE TRENCHES Led by veteran tackles Clay Hadley and Tarnjeet Singh, UIndy’s offensive line has been a major factor in helping Clinton and the rest of the offense move the chains. The quintet has helped the Hounds rank highly in Division II in rushing offense (5th), fewest tackles for a loss allowed (7th), scoring offense (9th) and total offense (9th). GETTING DEFENSIVE On the other side of the ball, UIndy has made life difficult for opposing offenses with solid play at all three levels. The Greyhounds rank near the top of DII in both sacks per game (8th, 3.8 per) and tackles for a loss per game (20th, 8.0 per). Additionally, UIndy ranks 15th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 88 yards on the ground per week. BLOCK PARTY Both of Saturday’s opponents rank in the top five in Division II in blocked kicks. Missouri S&T is tied for third with a combined total of seven blocked kicks, followed closely by UIndy with six blocks to share fifth. The Miners have blocked three punts, two extra points and a pair of field goals, while the Hounds have swatted four extra-point attempts, one field goal try and one punt. REGIONAL RANKINGS The first set of regional rankings were released this week (see page 3). Ferris State topped the Super Region 3 list, while No. 4 Lindenwood was the lone GLVC listed. The top seven teams from the country’s four regions will qualify for the NCAA Division II Playoffs, which start Nov. 20. Seeds 2-4 will host the bottom three qualifying teams in the opening round, while the No. 1 seed in each region will earn a bye.

FRANKLIN FOOTBALL: WEEK 9 PREVIEW | Grizzlies Look to Extend Winning Streak, Head to Defiance on Saturday

The Opening Kick

Winners of two straight, the Grizzlies look to make it three in a row this Saturday afternoon when they travel to Defiance for the back end of a two-game road trip.

Last Time Out

Franklin opened their road swing last Saturday, heading north to take on the Anderson Ravens. The Grizzly defense dominated all afternoon, recording five sacks, 18 quarterback hurries and holding the Ravens to -11 rushing yards in a 17-0 victory. It marked the first shutout for FC since November 2019 when they recorded a 10-0 win over Bluffton.

About the Yellow Jackets

Defiance heads into Saturday’s game coming off a 14-13 upset win over Mount St. Joseph, knocking the Lions out of the ranks of conference unbeaten teams. Defiance held the normally high-powered MSJ offense to just 236 total yards of offense while rushing for 144 yards and a pair of scores, the final coming in the last five minutes of regulation.

Junior quarterback Jordan Ambrose is completing 47.4% of his passes for 274 yards and a pair of scores this season. Sophomore running back Tyshaun Freeman has been the primary ball carrier this season, racking up 284 yards on the season. Fellow sophomore Gashawn Moody leads the tetam with 6.8 yards per carry. 

Defensively, junior Thomas Coltrain has been the anchor of the defense and the leading tackler in the HCAC with 67 stops on the year. Coltrain tops the Jackets with 3.5 total sacks and nine tackles for loss. Junior corner Ja’qway Janiver tops the secondary with two picks and four pass deflections.

Last Time They Met

Franklin and Defiance closed out the first spring HCAC football season back in April, with the Grizzlies taking a 31-18 victory at Faught Stadium. Spencer Wright threw for three touchdowns in the game and Ryan Poole found the end zone on all three passes he caught that afternoon.

Griz and Jackets All-Time

Franklin holds a 17-4 record all-time against Defiance and has won every matchup in the series dating back to 2005. Defiance’s last win over FC came in 2005 with a 38-23 win in Ohio 

Among the League’s Best

On offense, Jarrett Gibson sits second in the league in catches with 38 and his 513 receiving yards is third among all league wideouts. Gibson also ranks second in the league with 821 all-purpose yards, and his 138.6 all-purpose yards per game leads all players. 

Garrett Cora ranks second in the conference with 506 yards on the ground and is the current league leader with 10 total touchdowns. Dylan Boswell tops all league punters with 40.5 yards per kick, dropping a league-leading 17 punts inside the 20.

On defense, Jireh Ojata leads the league with 9.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss. Nick Winders is second in the league with nine pass break-ups.

Bully Ball

The Franklin defense has allowed fewer than 200 yards of total offense on two occasions this season, holding Bluffton and Manchester to under that number. Prior to this year, the last time the Grizzlies didn’t allow a team to surpass 200 yards of total offense was back in a 2015 game against Defiance.

The Grizzlies currently rank third in the HCAC in scoring defense at 22.1 points per game allowed. That number is the lowest total for an FC defense since 2015, when the Grizzlies ended the year allowed just 20 points per game.

Around the HCAC

League play resumes on Saturday and will feature three other games in conjunction with the Grizzlies and Yellow Jackets. The rest of the slate is as follows: 

Manchester at Hanover, 1:30 PM

Bluffton at Rose-Hulman, 1:30 PM

Anderson at Mount St. Joseph, 1:30 PM

Catch the Action Live

Saturday’s game will be shown live, with video courtesy of the Defiance athletic department. Live stats and a link to the broadcast are also available, with links to each available at the top of the page.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: WEEKEND PREVIEW

The Indiana University East volleyball program hosts a pair of matches with meaning this weekend.

The Red Wolves (14-11, 9-4) face Ohio Christian University (4-13, 3-11) on Oct. 29 in the “Green Dot Awareness Match” in support of the Green Dot strategy that educates and empowers people to create a community where violence is not tolerated. Start time is 7 p.m. on Lingle Court.

IU East faces Ohio Valley University (2-13, 2-12) on Oct. 30 in the “Senior Day” match in honor of Hallie HolbrookJenna Mitchell and Sammei Fulkerson-Bird. Start time is at noon. Senior Day introductions will be held before the match, with additional recognition following the match.

FOLLOW THE MATCHES

General admission for IU East volleyball is $7. IU East students, faculty and staff are admitted free with their university ID.

With guidance from the university’s medical and public health leaders as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Indiana Department of Health, all students, faculty, staff and visitors on all IU campuses are instructed to wear a mask indoors, including at IU East volleyball home matches on Lingle Court. This guidance will allow IU campuses to keep in-person classes, events and activities while also maintaining health and safety.

The GPS address for Lingle Court is 2325 Chester Boulevard in Richmond.

Live video, produced by Whitewater Education Television (WETV), Comcast Channel 20, is scheduled to be available.

Live stats also are scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recaps and results.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* The Oct. 29 match against Ohio Christian is the IU East volleyball program’s inaugural “Green Dot Awareness Match.” The Green Dot strategy educates and empowers people to create a community where violence is not tolerated and everyone plays a part in creating a culture of respect. IU East volleyball representatives will speak about the program’s meaning and importance.

* The Oct. 30 match against Ohio Valley will feature recognition of the fourth-year college players on the IU East roster – Hallie HolbrookJenna Mitchell and Sammei Fulkerson-Bird.

* IU East enters this weekend with a half-game lead over Point Park University in the RSC East Division standings.

* IU East is 12-0 all-time against Ohio Christian, including a four-set win on the Trailblazers’ home court in September.

* IU East won at RSC newcomer Ohio Valley in three sets in September in the first meeting between the two schools.

* IU East is 11-1 when it posts a hitting average of .145 or better.

Jessica Swimm (3.66 kills per set), Teah Barrett Matthews (.299 hitting average), Reece Shirley (9.19 assists per set), Jenna Mitchell (.52 aces per set), Sammei Fulkerson-Bird (3.83 digs per set) and Sheridan Phillips (.83 blocks per set) are IU East’s leaders in the standard statistical categories.

IUE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: OPENING WEEKEND PREVIEW

The Indiana University East women’s basketball team tips off its season with a pair of games this weekend at the University of Rio Grande RedStorm Classic.

The Red Wolves faces Lawrence Technological University on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

IU East then faces Milligan University on Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.

FOLLOW THE TOURNAMENT

Newt Oliver Arena is located inside the Lyne Center on the campus of the University of Rio Grande, GPS address 218 North College Avenue in Rio Grande, Ohio

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.rioredstorm.com/tickets.

Live video and live stats, produced by Rio Grande, are scheduled be available. 

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the game recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* This is the start of the eighth IU East NAIA women’s basketball season. IU East is 118-86 since the program’s first NAIA season in 2014-15. The Red Wolves were 2-6 last year during the pandemic-shortened 2014-15 season.

* IU East is 3-4 in season openers.

* IU East returns its top five scorers from last year, topped by Kami McEldowney with 14.9 points per game.

* Seven IU East players will make their Red Wolf debuts.

* Lawrence Tech was 9-10 last year. Milligan was 8-16. IU East has never faced either school.

IU EAST MSOCCER: IU EAST 1, POINT PARK 0

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team won its third straight contest with a 1-0 victory at Point Park University on Thursday, Oct. 28.

The Red Wolves are 4-11-1 overall and in sixth place the River States Conference standings at 4-4. The win puts the Red Wolves in the RSC postseason tournament. Point Park is 7-8-1 and 3-5 in the league.

Callum Coleman scored in the first half for IU East at 21:55 off a corner kick by Brian Alvarez. It was the second goal of the fall for Coleman and the fourth assist for Alvarez.

Alex Visscher had a season-high nine saves in goal for the Red Wolves.

IU East finishes the regular season at RSC foe Carlow University on Saturday, Oct. 30. The affair is scheduled for a noon start.

IU EAST WSOCCER: IU EAST 0, POINT PARK 0 2OT

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – For the first time this season, the Indiana University East women’s soccer team played to a draw as the Red Wolves and Point Park University ended in a 0-0 tie in double overtime on Thursday, Oct. 28.

IU East maintains the third spot in the River States Conference standings with one contest left in the regular season, while Point Park is in fourth. 

The Red Wolves are 9-6-1 overall and 7-2-1 in the league. Point Park is 7-7-2 and 6-2-2 in the RSC. The all-time series between the two programs is also tied at 2-2-2. The draw is the 13th in school history since 2017.

Goalkeeper Gabby Mitchum had six saves for the Red Wolves. 

The Red Wolves return to action at Carlow University on Saturday, Oct. 30. The RSC match gets underway at 10 a.m.

IU KOKOMO WSOCCER: Cougars Shutout Midway 3-0, Hoopingarner Scores Twice

MIDWAY, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo women’s soccer team defeated Midway 3-0, behind a strong performance offensively from junior Keely Hoopingarner. Hoopingarner netted two goals in today’s victory. With the win, the Cougars finish the regular season with an overall record of 6-8-2, and a 6-4-1 record in the River States Conference.

Today’s win was the first win against Midway in program history. IU Kokomo outshot the Eagles 19-4.

The Cougars got on the board early on a Keely Hoopingarner goal in the third minute. The goal, Hoopingarner’s sixth of the season, was assisted by Brook Switzer. The game remained scoreless until the 76th minute when junior Cassie Dispennett was able to beat the Midway goalie for her first goal of the season.

The Cougars were not done yet, as Hoopingarner struck again in the 79th minute. Hoopingarner’s two goals on the afternoon made her the first Cougar on the season to record a multi-goal game.

Keely Hoopingarner led IU Kokomo with two goals on 11 shots. Cassie Dispennett added a goal on one shot. Kelsi Hoot tallied five shots, with three on goal. Alicia Burns had the shutout in goal, earning the victory for IU Kokomo.

The Cougars will travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to take on Point Park University Saturday, November 6, in the quarterfinals of the River States Conference tournament. Kickoff is TBD.

IU NORTHWEST: VOLLEYBALL SUFFERS DEFEAT AGAINST GOVERNORS STATE THURSDAY

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. — The Indiana University Northwest volleyball team was unable to come away with the victory on the road against CCAC opponent Governors State Thursday.

TEAM RECORDS
Governors State 5-14 (4-11 CCAC) | IU Northwest 9-15 (4-11 CCAC)

STAT LEADERS
Kills: Alexis Turner (9)
Assists: Maddie Maatman (21)
Digs: Emileishka De Jesus (14), Maddie Maatman (11) 
Blocks: Mary Markusic (4)
Aces: Emileishka De Jesus (1), Stephanie Teer (1), Elizabeth Weglowski (1)

SET SCORES
Set 1: Governors State 25, IU Northwest 19
Set 2: Governors State 29, IU Northwest 27 
Set 3: Governors State 25, IU Northwest 17

SET BREAKDOWN
SET 1: Governors State 25, IU Northwest 19

  • Both teams traded rallies early before GSU went up 14-12.
  • IU Northwest fought back and scored the next five points to make it 17-14.
  • Governors State responded right away with a four in a row of their own to grab a 18-17 lead.
  • The RedHawks made it as close as 20-19 Jaguars but Governors scored the last five of the set to win it 25-19.

SET 2: Governors State 29, IU Northwest 27

  • GSU and IU Northwest traded points in the early going again.
  • IUN led 11-8 after a rally but the Jaguars grabbed the lead after scoring four in a row to make it 12-11.
  • Both teams went back-and-forth again until it was 20-19 IU Northwest.
  • Governors State went on another rally scoring four unanswered to grab a 23-20 lead.
  • The RedHawks fought back and made it 25-all then 27 a piece.
  • GSU closed it out by winning the last two points to win the second set 29-27.

SET 3: Governors State 25, IU Northwest 17

  • GSU went up 7-1 early in the third set as the Jaguars looked to put the match away.
  • IU Northwest tried to rally and fight back and cut it down to 11-6. 
  • The Jaguars made it 15-7 then the RedHawks scored three in a row before GSU added five straight which made it 20-10. 
  • It was 21-11 then IU Northwest looked to make it close and scored four in a row but it was too late.
  • GSU won the third and final set of the match 25-17 to win 3-0.

UP NEXT

  • IU Northwest will be back in action Saturday, October 30 as the RedHawks travel to (RV) Olivet Nazarene to take on the Tigers starting at 1 p.m. CT.

IU SOUTH BEND: Titans drop road match to Olivet Nazarene

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – In a battle between two of the top three teams atop the CCAC standings, IU South Bend struggled out of the gate on Thursday night, as the Titans fell in straight sets at Olivet Nazarene.

In a rematch of the Titans’ home win back on September 7, IUSB (18-6, 14-2 CCAC) got off to a slow start, falling behind 14-4 in the opening set.  Trailing 19-7, the Titans would go on a 10-2 run started by kills from Amber Jacobs and Abby Seeger to pull within four, at 21-17. Olivet Nazarene (16-8, 12-3 CCAC) would rebound just in time to secure the opening game, scoring four of the last six points to take the set.

The Tigers used another long rally in the second set, scoring six in a row to turn a 7-6 advantage into a 13-6 lead midway through the game. IU South Bend struggled to avoid siding out, with a two-point run as their longest rally the rest of the way through the set.

The home team took an early lead again in game three, before the Titans evened the score at 5-5 with kills from Hannah Marchand and McKenzie Powell. Olivet Nazarene would come back with four straight points, and would lead throughout the rest of the set.

Julie Brown led the Titan attack with nine kills, with Powell recorded 23 assists on the night. Defensively, Suriya Van der Oord had a team-high 15 digs while Jacobs collected 12 digs with six kills.

The Titans return to the Student Activities Center for two matches next week, beginning on Tuesday night. IUSB will host Lincoln, in a CCAC match scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

INDIANA WESLEYAN: WILDCATS VICTORIOUS IN SEASON OPENER

MARION, Ind. – No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan women’s basketball kicked off their 2021-22 season Thursday hosting the Saints of Aquinas College. IWU imposed their will early and often leading the entire 40-minutes in a 71-51 Wildcat victory. Tonight, marks the third straight season the Wildcats open their season up with a victory. 

WHAT HAPPENED

  • It was a sloppy first 10 minutes for the Wildcats committing six turnovers. Despite the turnovers, IWU shot 53% while grabbing 11 rebounds, six more than the Saints. Indiana Wesleyan led by as many as 12 before being cut to four. The Wildcats would use a 12-4 run to start the second quarter building their lead back to ten. They would head to the locker room with their largest lead thus far at 14. 
  • At the half, IWU shot 47% from the field while both teams struggled from deep, both shooting 28%.
  • The boards were owned by the red & gray after 20, out-rebounding Aquinas 23-13.
  • Wildcats outscored the Saints in the third quarter 19-14 and had a comfortable 18-point lead heading into the final quarter.
  • In the fourth quarter, Wildcats led by as much as 24 points despite shooting 18.8% from the floor.

INSIDE THE BOX

  • IWU out shot Aquinas by a mere 37%-35% from the floor. Wildcats connected on seven shots from behind the arc to Saints three.
  • Three Wildcats found themselves in double digits tonight. Jordan Reid led the way with 15 points, Kelli Damman with 14, and Jade Nutley with 11. Damman connected on 4-6 shooting effort from behind the arc.
  • Wildcats controlled the boards with a 43-37 advantage.
  • Baylie VanDyke and Reid led the rebounding efforts with six boards a piece.

NEXT TIME OUT

  • Wildcats travel to Madonna University on Tuesday, November 2 for a 5:30pm tip off.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Women’s Cross Country Remains No. 4 in National Rankings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Taylor women’s cross country team remained in the top-five of the NAIA national rankings, claiming the No. 4 position for the fourth-straight NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll.

The top-four teams have held steady as there was no change from the previous two polls. Taylor accumulated 501 points and trailed behind No. 1 St. Francis (560), No. 2 Milligan (537) and No. 3 Cornerstone (529).  

The Trojans have appeared in 69-consecutive polls, with 57 of those ratings coming inside the top-10.

The Purple and Gold recently finished third at the Great Lakes Challenge, ending behind No. 1 St. Francis and No. 3 Cornerstone. The Trojans ran their best race of the season, clocking the second-fastest team time in program history as nine women set career-best times. Abbey Brennan led TU with a blistering time of 17:54.8, finishing ninth overall and claiming the fourth-best time in Taylor history.

The No. 4 Trojans will return to the course on November 6 for their final meet of the regular season. TU will compete at the Crossroads League Championships in Huntington, Indiana.  

BETHEL FOOTBALL: No. 14/15 Bethel to Take On St. Olaf in Northfield

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The No. 14/15 ranked Bethel University football team heads south to Northfield, Minnesota on Saturday for the final cross division MIAC game of the year against the St. Olaf College Oles. The Royals are 6-1 overall, 4-1 in the MIAC and 3-0 in the MIAC Skyline Division while St. Olaf is 4-3 overall, 3-2 in the MIAC and 2-1 in the MIAC Northwoods Division.

The Oles feature the MIAC’s leading rusher in Jordan Embry at 101.7 yards per game while Bethel’s Bryce Kunkle is third at 77.7 yards per game. Kunkle is coming off a career high 141 yard effort against Macalester. As a team the Royals are averaging 205.7 yards on the ground per game, second in the MIAC, while St. Olaf is at 141.1 and good for fifth in the conference. BU holds a slight edge in passing yards with a 227.3 average to 221.7 for St. Olaf. Bethel quarterback Jaran Roste is the top dual threat quarterback in the MIAC averaging 216 yards passing per game with 12 touchdowns along with 42 yards rushing and eight touchdowns. St. Olaf’s Lars Prestemon is throwing for an average of 158 yards per game and has eight touchdowns to three interceptions. Prestemon has a negative yard rushing average however.

St. Olaf features one of the league’s top tight ends in senior Isaac Coutier who was just named to the D3football.com Team of the Week.  Coutier caught seven passes for 144 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score in a 41-14 victory against St. Scholastica. Bethel’s Joey Kidder is the fourth leading receiver in the MIAC at 94.3 yards per game and five touchdown catches.

Defensively St. Olaf linebacker Brandon Foster is tied for the league lead with 61 tackles on the season. The Oles have forced 10 turnovers on six fumble recoveries and four interceptions while Bethel has taken it away 18 times on four fumble recoveries and 14 interceptions. St. Olaf is giving up over 31 points per game while Bethel is allowing just 12.4.

Bethel has won the last seven matchups dating through the 2013 season. The Oles last wins over Bethel came in back-to-back seasons in 2011 and 2012. St. Olaf has won just three of the last 26 meetings since 1994. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from Klein Field at Manitou on the campus of St. Olaf College.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 5 Trojans Maintain Position in Latest NAIA Poll

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the third-consecutive top-25 poll, the Taylor men’s cross country team was named the fifth-ranked team in the NAIA, as announced on Thursday morning.  

The Trojans gathered a total of 437 points in the voting and landed behind No. 1 St. Francis (528 points), No. 2 Saint Mary (511), No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan (489) and No. 4 Milligan (483).

This is the 61st-straight poll the Taylor men have been ranked inside the top-25.

The Trojans recently competed at the loaded Great Lakes Challenge and finished fourth as a team. TU lost to No. 1 St. Francis, No. 2 St. Mary and No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan. Daniel Gerber paced the Trojans and posted a second-place finish with a time of 24:23.9. Alex Helmuth and Derek Van Prooyen ended eighth and ninth, logging times of 24:39.4 and 24:41.6 respectively.

The No. 5 Trojans will return to the course on November 6 for their final meet of the regular season. TU will compete at the Crossroads League Championships in Huntington, Indiana.  

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1889       The National League’s Giants defeat the Brooklyn Bridegrooms of the American Association, 3-2, to win the World’s Championship Series, a precursor to the modern-day World Series. The nine-game postseason matchup is the Big Apple’s first ‘Subway Series,’ although that type of transportation will not be available until 1904.

1920       In a move less heralded than the acquisition of Babe Ruth earlier in the year, the Yankees hire Red Sox skipper Ed Barrow to be the team’s general manager. Under the future Hall of Famer’s leadership over the next quarter-century, the Bronx Bombers will win 14 American League pennants and 10 World Series championships.

1928       In a move less heralded than the acquisition of Babe Ruth earlier in the year, the Yankees hire Red Sox skipper Ed Barrow to be the team’s general manager. Under the future Hall of Famer’s leadership over the next quarter-century, the Bronx Bombers will win 14 American League pennants and 10 World Series championships.

1931       A’s southpaw Lefty Grove, capturing 98% share of the vote, is named the American League’s MVP, easily outpacing runner-ups Lou Gehrig and Al Simmons. The future Hall of Famer left-hander posted a 31-4 (.886) record while compiling a league-leading ERA of 2.08 for first-place Philadelphia.

1942       Branch Rickey, the innovator of the farm systems that helped build a strong Redbird franchise, resigns as the Cardinals’ vice president. Three days later, the Dodgers name the Mahatma as the Brooklyn club president, helping fill the void created by Brooklyn’s general manager Larry MacPhail’s enlistment in the army to serve in World War II.

1959       White Sox right-hander Early Wynn, who posted the most victories in either league, wins the Cy Young Award as the top pitcher in the majors. The 39-year-old veteran, who led Chicago to an AL pennant with a 22-10 record, is named on 13 of the 16 votes cast by the BBWAA, with the Giants’ Sam Jones and teammate Bob Shaw also receiving consideration from the writers.

1975       As their overwhelming choice, the Baseball Writers’ Association of American selects Fred Lynn (.331, 21, 105) as the American League Rookie of the Year. The 22-year-old Red Sox All-Star outfielder receives 23.5 out of 24 first-place votes, with teammate Jim Rice getting the other .5.

1979       Hall of Fame outfielder Willie Mays, one of the game’s most popular players, severs all ties with major league baseball when he accepts a public relations job with an Atlantic City casino. Due to the gambling aspect of the position, he had been given an ultimatum by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn to disassociate himself from the national pastime.

1985       Commissioner Peter Ueberroth suspends Cardinal pitcher Joaquin Andujar for the first ten games next season due to bumping Don Denkinger twice during his World Series Game 7 dispute with the home plate umpire over balls and strikes calls. The Redbird right-hander’s frustration is a carry-over from the ump’s game-costing blown call at first base in yesterday’s ballgame.

1991       Buck Showalter replaces Stump Merrill as the Yankee manager. During his four-year reign as the Bronx Bomber skipper, the 36-year-old will compile a 313-268 (.539) record, capturing the American League Manager of the Year award and AL East title in 1994 and the league’s first wild card the following year.

1991       Braves skipper Bobby Cox becomes the first person to be named the Manager of the Year in both leagues when the BBWAA selects him as the National League’s top field boss. The 50-year-old former third baseman, who won the AL honor with the Blue Jays in 1985, led Atlanta to their first pennant after the team finished with the worst record during the previous season.

2001       “As the (economic) problems have exacerbated, it has become clearer to me that everything should be on the table, including contraction.” – COMMISSIONER BUD SELIG, commenting on the possible elimination of two major league teams as soon as next season. Before Game 2 of the World Series, Commissioner Bud Selig says major league baseball is considering eliminating two teams by next season. The highly controversial contraction would include the Montreal Expos and either the Minnesota Twins or the Florida Marlins.

2002       Bringing the total to seven this month, three more teams hire new managers, including Ned Yost (Brewers), Ken Macha (A’s), and Eric Wedge (Indians). Being younger than two of his players (Ellis Burks and Omar Vizquel), the Tribe’s skipper, at the age of 34, becomes the youngest manager in the major leagues.

2006       Silas Simmons, the oldest baseball player who ever lived, passes away at St. Petersburg’s Westminster Suncoast retirement community in Florida. The 111-year-old was a southpaw hurler in the Negro Leagues for 17 years and played for the Homestead Grays, New York Lincoln Giants, and Cuban All-Stars.

2008       The Phillies complete the first-ever suspended game in World Series history, playing three innings at Citizens Bank Park, beating the Rays, 4-3, in Game 5 to win the Fall Classic. The World Championship is only the team’s second in franchise history and the first since 1980.

2009       Derek Jeter is the recipient of this year’s Roberto Clemente Award, an honor given to a player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, and community involvement. The 35-year-old Yankee captain joins 13 Hall of Famers and former Bronx Bombers Ron Guidry and Don Baylor in winning the prestigious prize.

2010       The Mets officially introduced 62-year-old Harvard Law School graduate Sandy Alderson as the team’s new general manager at a Citi Field news conference. The A’s former president and GM and chief executive officer of the Padres is being allowed to leave his current administrative position with MLB to take on the challenging role of rebuilding the directionless organization, which includes hiring a new manager for the team.

2010       Joe Girardi finalizes a new three-year contract with the Yankees to remain the team’s manager. During the season, rumors surfaced that the Illinois native and former Cub catcher might be interested in replacing the retiring Lou Piniella as the Chicago skipper, a position recently filled by interim Mike Quade.

2013       After batting .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs for his island nation during the World Baseball Classic, Jose Abreu, who defected from Cuba last summer, finalizes a $68 million, six-year deal with the White Sox. The Pale Hose projects the 26-year-old slugger to play first base/DH, helping the team bolster a weak offense, which scored the fewest runs in the American League this season.

2014       In Game 7 at Kauffman Stadium, the Giants clinch their third World Series in five years when the team defeats the Royals, 3-2. San Francisco’s 25-year-old southpaw Madison Bumgarner, the MVP of the Fall Classic, hurls the five final scoreless innings to earn the save in addition to his victories in Games 1 and 5.

2020       Tony La Russa becomes the White Sox’s new manager, replacing the fired Rick Renteria after leading the team to their first postseason appearance in 12 years. The incoming 76-year-old Hall of Fame skipper, dismissed after eight seasons with the club in 1986, compiled a 2,728-3,625 (.536) record during his 35 campaigns in the dugout, en route to winning World Championships with the A’s (1988) and Cardinals (2006, 2011).

WORLD SERIES HISTORY

1933 WORLD SERIES

New York Giants (4) vs Washington Senators (1)

In 1933, few teams had as productive a batting order as the American League champion Washington Senators. Heinie Manush hit .336 and had ninety-five runs batted in, Buddy Myer finished with a .302 average, Joe Kuhel contributed with a .322 and one-hundred seven RBIs and Goose Goslin and Fred Schulte were .297 and .295 sluggers.

Hitting wasn’t their only weapon as Alvin Crowder won twenty-four games, Earl Whitehill had twenty-two victories and Lefty Stewart went 15-6. The Senators had outdistanced the defending champion New York Yankees by seven games for the American League pennant and were heavy favorites over the National League’s New York Giants.

In stark contrast to Washington’s “lumber yard”, New York’s team had only one .300 hitter in Bill Terry and one one-hundred RBI man in Mel Ott. What they lacked in offense the Giants certainly made up for in defense with Carl Hubbell, Hal Schumacher, Freddie Fitzsimmons, Roy Parmelee and Dolf Luque on the mound.

Hubbell had led the National League in victories with twenty-three, shutouts with ten and earned-run average with a 1.66. Schumacher, Hubbell and Parmelee had ranked 1-2-3 in the league in fewest hits allowed per nine innings. Schumacher had won nineteen games, and his 2.16 ERA ranked third in the National League. Fitzsimmons had won sixteen. And reliever Luque, at forty-three, had won eight-of-ten decisions and boasted a 2.70 ERA.

Hubbell and Schumacher, who had combined for seventeen shutouts, started the first two games of the Series for the Giants and were opposed by Stewart and Crowder. Hubbell did not permit an earned run while allowing only five hits and striking out ten in a 4-2 opening victory that featured an Ott two-run homer and run-scoring single. His teammate surrendered only one run in Game 2 (a Goslin homer), and wound up a 6-1 winner as the Giants erupted for six runs in the sixth inning.

Pitching continued to rule in Game 3 although this time it would be Washington on top. Earl Whitehill, who was a key off-season acquisition from the Detroit Tigers, threw a crucial five-hitter that resulted in a 4-0 victory and put his team back in the hunt.

Hubbell returned for Game 4 and did not allow an earned run for nine innings in a 1-1 tie. Neither club could score in the tenth, but the Giants pulled ahead in the eleventh on a Travis Jackson bunt, a sacrifice and Blondy Ryan’s single. The Senators were unable to answer and New York held on for a 2-1 win and one game away from their first championship title since 1922.

Schumacher was given the start for Game 5 and looked strong with a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth. Down, but now out, Washington came alive with a Fred Schulte homer that brought in Heinie Manush and Joe Cronin for the tie. Now the game turned to a duel of the relievers as the Giants’ Dolf Luque squared off against the Senators’ Jack Russell for the win. The 3-3 stalemate continued until the top of the tenth when Ott drilled a Russell pitch deep into the bleachers. Luque (who had first appeared in the majors in 1914) then went about the business of nailing down the Series title for the Giants.

In the end, New York batted .267 in the Series (slightly above its season figure of .263) and Washington hit .214 after leading the majors in 1933 with a .287 team mark.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots340.4291.51791401-4-02-0-03-1-02-1-01 W
New York Jets150.1673.0801751-1-00-4-01-3-00-2-02 L
Miami Dolphins160.1433.51272070-3-01-3-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.51481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs340.4292.01882031-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 L
Denver Broncos340.4292.01401271-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals520.7140.01891282-1-03-1-03-0-02-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns430.5711.01731653-1-01-2-02-2-00-0-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5001.51171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans520.7140.01931643-1-02-1-04-1-02-0-03 W
Indianapolis Colts340.4292.01691491-2-02-2-02-2-01-1-02 W
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.51161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
Houston Texans160.1434.0972031-2-00-4-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team250.2863.51462101-3-01-2-02-2-01-0-03 L
Philadelphia Eagles250.2863.51591850-3-02-2-02-3-00-1-02 L
New York Giants250.2863.51391801-3-01-2-02-4-00-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals710.8750.02461383-1-04-0-03-1-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams610.8570.52071463-1-03-0-05-1-01-1-03 W
San Francisco 49ers240.3334.01351490-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-04 L
Seattle Seahawks250.2864.51501620-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers710.8750.01921673-0-04-1-05-1-02-0-07 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5003.01471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears340.4293.51011622-1-01-3-01-3-01-1-02 L
Detroit Lions070.0006.51282000-3-00-4-00-5-00-3-07 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers610.8570.02331474-0-02-1-04-1-01-0-04 W
New Orleans Saints420.6671.51401011-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons330.5002.51351761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-02 W
Carolina Panthers340.4293.01461462-2-01-2-01-4-01-0-04 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York41.8002-12-02-04-14-12 W
Philadelphia32.6001.01-12-10-21-23-21 W
Toronto23.4002.01-31-01-02-22-31 W
Brooklyn23.4002.01-21-11-02-32-31 L
Boston23.4002.00-22-10-21-32-31 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago41.8002-12-02-03-14-11 L
Cleveland32.6001.01-12-11-13-23 W
Milwaukee32.6001.01-12-11-02-13-21 L
Indiana14.2003.01-10-30-11-41-42 L
Detroit04.0003.50-10-30-20-40-44 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Charlotte41.8001-13-01-04-14-11 W
Washington41.8002-02-11-04-14-12 W
Miami31.7500.52-01-11-03-13-12 W
Atlanta32.6001.02-01-20-11-23-21 L
Orlando14.2003.00-21-20-21-31-42 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah401.0002-02-02-04-04-04 W
Minnesota31.7501.02-11-02-13-11 W
Denver22.5002.01-11-10-12-12-22 L
Portland22.5002.02-10-12-22-21 W
Oklahoma City14.2003.51-20-20-11-31-41 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State41.8001-13-03-04-14-11 L
Sacramento22.5001.50-22-01-12-22-21 W
LA Lakers23.4002.01-21-10-22-32-31 L
Phoenix13.2502.50-21-11-11-31-32 L
LA Clippers13.2502.51-20-10-11-21-31 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas31.7502-01-12-02-03-13 W
Memphis32.6000.51-02-22-23-21 W
Houston14.2002.51-20-20-11-31-43 L
New Orleans14.2002.50-21-21-11-41 L
San Antonio14.2002.51-20-20-10-31-44 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers770014731135-0-02-0-07-0-0
Carolina Hurricanes66001262583-0-03-0-06-0-0
Washington Capitals740311428192-0-32-0-04-0-3
Buffalo Sabres751111423144-1-01-0-15-1-1
Philadelphia Flyers64119425172-1-12-0-04-1-1
Detroit Red Wings74219423232-1-12-1-04-2-1
New York Rangers74219415180-1-14-1-04-2-1
Tampa Bay Lightning84319426281-2-13-1-04-3-1
Pittsburgh Penguins73228324212-2-11-0-13-2-2
10 Columbus Blue Jackets64208419154-1-00-1-04-2-0
11 New York Islanders63217315153-2-13-2-1
12 Toronto Maple Leafs83417316252-1-11-3-03-4-1
13 Boston Bruins63306315182-0-01-3-03-3-0
14 New Jersey Devils53206314153-2-03-2-0
15 Ottawa Senators62404215192-3-00-1-02-4-0
16 Montreal Canadiens82604215251-3-01-3-02-6-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Calgary Flames751111525150-0-15-1-05-1-1
St. Louis Blues651010528152-1-03-0-05-1-0
Edmonton Oilers651010427183-1-02-0-05-1-0
Minnesota Wild752010521222-1-03-1-05-2-0
Winnipeg Jets74219427242-0-02-2-14-2-1
San Jose Sharks74308420181-1-03-2-04-3-0
Seattle Kraken83417322252-1-01-3-13-4-1
Vancouver Canucks83417221230-2-03-2-13-4-1
Dallas Stars73317214181-0-12-3-03-3-1
10 Nashville Predators73406320202-3-01-1-03-4-0
11 Vegas Golden Knights73406316221-3-02-1-03-4-0
12 Colorado Avalanche73406220261-2-02-2-03-4-0
13 Anaheim Ducks82426223281-2-11-2-12-4-2
14 Los Angeles Kings71513116231-2-00-3-11-5-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks70522014300-3-10-2-10-5-2
16 Arizona Coyotes70611012350-3-00-3-10-6-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England33227465402512-3-110-4-373
x – Nashville SC32121645331228-8-04-8-452
Philadelphia321311845341110-3-33-8-550
New York City FC321381152341810-3-33-5-847
Orlando City SC3212119474708-6-24-5-747
Atlanta3112109423579-4-33-6-646
D.C.32135145250211-1-42-4-1044
New York3112712373257-5-35-2-943
CF Montreal31111010444138-4-33-6-743
Columbus32118134144-39-3-42-5-941
Inter Miami CF32115163450-167-2-74-3-938
Chicago3397173652-167-5-52-2-1234
Toronto FC3269173762-254-7-52-2-1227
FC Cincinnati3248203670-341-5-103-3-1020
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
x – Sporting KC3117775634229-5-28-2-558
x – Seattle3217785131208-4-49-3-458
x – Colorado32151074533128-7-17-3-655
Portland32154135051-110-2-45-2-949
Vancouver32121194343010-2-42-9-547
Los Angeles32137124650-48-4-45-3-846
Real Salt Lake3113612504739-4-24-2-1045
Minnesota32129113740-39-3-43-6-745
Los Angeles FC3212812504558-5-34-3-944
San Jose32910134150-95-4-74-6-637
Houston32612143651-156-6-40-6-1030
FC Dallas32611154454-104-7-52-4-1029
Austin3184193150-196-2-82-2-1128