INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

FRIDAY 9-16

MOUNT VERNON V DELTA                                        7:30PM

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V EVANSVILLE HARRISON   7:00PM CST

COLUMBUS NORTH V BISHOP CHATARD                  7:00PM

TINDLEY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN                             7:00PM

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V SCECINA                             7:00PM (@BEECH GROVE)

HCAC GAME OF THE WEEK

KALAMAZOO V DEFIANCE                                            1:30PM

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5 CAPSULES:

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

ADAMS CENTRAL (4-0) AT HERITAGE (3-1)

ANDERSON (2-2) AT HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (3-1)

ANGOLA (2-2) AT LAKELAND (2-2)

AVON (0-4) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (1-3)

BATESVILLE (2-2) AT EAST CENTRAL (3-1)

BEECH GROVE (1-3) AT SOUTHPORT (0-4)

BELLMONT (0-4) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (1-3)

BEN DAVIS (2-2) AT WARREN CENTRAL (2-2)

BLOOMINGTON NORTH (1-3) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (1-3)

BOONE GROVE (2-2) AT WHEELER (1-3)

BOWMAN ACADEMY (1-3) AT CALUMET CHRISTIAN

BROWNSBURG (4-0) AT FISHERS (3-1)

BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (3-1) AT NORTH HARRISON (3-1)

CALUMET (4-0) AT EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (1-3)

CARMEL (2-2) AT LAWRENCE NORTH (2-2)

CASTON (0-4) AT LAVILLE (4-0)

CENTERVILLE (3-1) AT TRI (4-0)

CHARLESTOWN (4-0) AT PROVIDENCE (3-0)

CHESTERTON (1-3) AT VALPARAISO (3-1)

CLOVERDALE (1-3) AT NORTH PUTNAM (0-4)

COLUMBIA CITY (3-1) AT DEKALB (1-3)

COLUMBUS EAST (2-2) AT NEW ALBANY (1-3)

COLUMBUS NORTH (2-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (2-2)

CONCORD (1-3) AT WAWASEE (1-3)

CORYDON CENTRAL (1-3) AT EASTERN (PEKIN) (1-3)

COVINGTON (1-3) AT SOUTH VERMILLION (3-1)

CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-4) AT MITCHELL (0-4)

CULVER (2-2) AT TRITON (3-1)

CULVER ACADEMY (1-3) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (2-1)

DELPHI (0-4) AT TRI-CENTRAL (1-3)

EAST NOBLE (3-1) AT LEO (2-2)

EASTBROOK (3-1) AT ALEXANDRIA (3-1)

EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (3-1) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (4-0)

EASTERN GREENE (1-3) AT CLARKSVILLE (1-3)

EASTERN HANCOCK (2-2) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (0-4)

EASTSIDE (2-2) AT GARRETT (0-4)

EDGEWOOD (1-3) AT SOUTH PUTNAM (3-1)

ELWOOD (0-4) AT BLACKFORD (0-4)

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-4) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (4-0)

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (2-2) AT JASPER (2-2)

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (2-2) AT EVANSVILLE HARRISON (1-3)

EVANSVILLE NORTH (2-2) AT EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-3)

FAIRFIELD (4-0) AT WEST NOBLE (3-1)

FORT WAYNE DWENGER (3-1) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (4-0)

FORT WAYNE NORTH (2-2) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (2-2)

FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-3) AT FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (1-3)

FORT WAYNE WAYNE (1-3) AT FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-4)

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (1-3) AT ATTICA (0-4)

FRANKFORT (1-3) AT LEBANON (2-2)

FREMONT (2-2) AT CENTRAL NOBLE (1-3)

GIBSON SOUTHERN (4-0) AT SOUTHRIDGE (4-0)

GREENCASTLE (2-2) AT SULLIVAN (2-2)

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (3-1) AT SHELBYVILLE (1-3)

GREENSBURG (1-3) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (4-0)

GUERIN CATHOLIC (3-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (4-0)

HAGERSTOWN (3-1) AT CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (0-4)

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (4-0) AT WESTFIELD (3-1)

HANOVER CENTRAL (4-0) AT GRIFFITH (1-3)

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (3-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (4-0)

HERITAGE HILLS (3-1) AT NORTH POSEY (3-1)

HIGHLAND (1-3) AT ANDREAN (2-2)

HILLCREST ACADEMY AT SOUTH DECATUR (1-3)

HOBART (2-2) AT LOWELL (2-2)

HOMESTEAD (3-1) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (3-1)

INDIAN CREEK (3-1) AT TRITON CENTRAL (3-1)

INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (2-2) AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (1-3)

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (4-0) AT CASCADE (2-2)

INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (2-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (0-3)

INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (0-4) AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (2-2)

INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (0-4) AT SOUTH BEND RILEY (2-2)

JAY COUNTY (2-2) AT BLUFFTON (2-2)

JEFFERSONVILLE (0-3) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (1-3)

JENNINGS COUNTY (1-3) AT MADISON (1-3)

JIMTOWN (2-2) AT BREMEN (2-2)

KNOX (2-2) AT JOHN GLENN (3-1)

LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (2-2) AT TIPTON (2-2)

LAFAYETTE JEFF (3-1) AT MUNCIE CENTRAL (0-4)

LAKE STATION (1-3) AT HAMMOND NOLL (0-3)

LAPORTE (1-3) AT LAKE CENTRAL (2-2)

LAWRENCEBURG (3-1) AT FRANKLIN COUNTY (1-3)

LINTON-STOCKTON (4-0) AT BOONVILLE (3-1)

LOGANSPORT (3-1) AT MCCUTCHEON (1-3)

MACONAQUAH (3-1) AT PERU (2-2)

MANCHESTER (0-4) AT NORTHFIELD (1-3)

MARION (0-4) AT KOKOMO (4-0)

MARTINSVILLE (3-1) AT FRANKLIN (3-1)

MICHIGAN CITY (1-3) AT MERRILLVILLE (3-1)

MISHAWAKA MARIAN (1-3) AT SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-3)

MISSISSINEWA (1-3) AT FRANKTON (2-2)

MONROE CENTRAL (2-1) AT SOUTH ADAMS (3-1)

MONROVIA (2-2) AT SPEEDWAY (2-2)

MOORESVILLE (4-0) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (2-2)

MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (1-3) AT DELTA (3-1)

MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (3-1) AT FOREST PARK (1-3)

MUNSTER (3-1) AT KANKAKEE VALLEY (3-1)

NEW HAVEN (2-2) AT NORWELL (4-0)

NEW MIAMI (OHIO) AT MILAN (1-3)

NEW PALESTINE (4-0) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (2-2)

NOBLESVILLE (2-2) AT ZIONSVILLE (3-1)

NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-4) AT CENTER GROVE (3-1)

NORTH DAVIESS (3-1) AT EDINBURGH (4-0)

NORTH DECATUR (4-0) AT LAPEL (2-2)

NORTH JUDSON (4-0) AT WINAMAC (1-3)

NORTH KNOX (1-3) AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (1-2)

NORTH MONTGOMERY (2-2) AT WESTERN BOONE (3-1)

NORTH NEWTON (0-3) AT WEST CENTRAL (3-1)

NORTH VERMILLION (2-2) AT RIVERTON PARKE (3-1)

NORTHEASTERN (3-1) AT UNION CITY (1-3)

NORTHRIDGE (1-3) AT GOSHEN (1-3)

NORTHVIEW (4-0) AT OWEN VALLEY (4-0)

NORTHWESTERN (1-3) AT LEWIS CASS (4-0)

OAK HILL (4-0) AT MADISON-GRANT (4-0)

OSCEOLA GRACE AT SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (0-4)

PAOLI (2-2) AT WEST WASHINGTON (4-0)

PARK TUDOR (4-0) AT CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY (OHIO)

PARKE HERITAGE (1-3) AT SEEGER (2-2)

PENN (2-2) AT ELKHART (4-0)

PERRY MERIDIAN (1-3) AT WHITELAND (4-0)

PHALEN ACADEMY (0-4) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (2-2)

PIKE (0-4) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (2-2)

PIKE CENTRAL (0-4) AT WASHINGTON (0-4)

PIONEER (2-2) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (3-1)

PLAINFIELD (1-3) AT GREENWOOD (1-3)

PLYMOUTH (0-4) AT MISHAWAKA (4-0)

PORTAGE (1-3) AT CROWN POINT (4-0)

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (1-3) AT CHURUBUSCO (2-2)

RICHMOND (0-4) AT INDIANAPOLIS TECH (0-4)

RIVER FOREST (3-1) AT WHITING (1-2)

ROCHESTER (4-0) AT TIPPECANOE VALLEY (4-0)

RUSHVILLE (2-2) AT CONNERSVILLE (3-1)

SALEM (1-3) AT SPRINGS VALLEY (2-2)

SCOTTSBURG (0-4) AT SILVER CREEK (2-2)

SEYMOUR (2-2) AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (2-2)

SHERIDAN (3-1) AT CLINTON PRAIRIE (4-0)

SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (2-2) AT NEW PRAIRIE (4-0)

SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (0-4) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-4)

SOUTH SPENCER (1-3) AT PRINCETON (0-4)

SOUTHERN WELLS (0-4) AT WOODLAN (1-3)

SOUTHMONT (4-0) AT CRAWFORDSVILLE (2-2)

SWITZERLAND COUNTY (2-2) AT OWEN COUNTY (KY.)

TAYLOR (0-4) AT CLINTON CENTRAL (0-4)

TECUMSEH (4-0) AT PERRY CENTRAL (4-0)

TELL CITY (1-3) AT HANCOCK COUNTY (KY.)

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (3-1) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (3-1)

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (1-3) AT FRONTIER (2-2)

TRI-COUNTY (1-3) AT SOUTH NEWTON (3-1)

TRI-WEST (3-1) AT DANVILLE (2-2)

TWIN LAKES (1-3) AT BENTON CENTRAL (2-2)

UNION COUNTY (2-2) AT WINCHESTER (1-3)

VINCENNES LINCOLN (3-1) AT CASTLE (3-1)

WABASH (1-3) AT SOUTHWOOD (2-2)

WARSAW (4-0) AT NORTHWOOD (4-0)

WES-DEL (0-4) AT SHENANDOAH (1-3)

WEST LAFAYETTE (4-0) AT RENSSELAER CENTRAL (3-1)

WEST VIGO (1-3) AT BROWN COUNTY (0-4)

WESTERN (1-3) AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS (3-1)

WHITKO (0-4) AT NORTH MIAMI (2-2)

YORKTOWN (3-1) AT NEW CASTLE (1-3)

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SCORES

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/volleyball/scores/?date=9/15/2022

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER SCORES

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/scores/?date=9/15/2022

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER SCORES

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/girls/scores/?date=9/15/2022

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 3

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16

FLORIDA STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

AIR FORCE AT WYOMING | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17

WOFFORD AT VIRGINIA TECH | 11 A.M. | ACC NETWORK

NO. 1 GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

UCONN AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC

NO. 6 OKLAHOMA AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | FOX

TEXAS STATE AT NO. 17 BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1

YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT NO. 9 KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ABILENE CHRISTIAN AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

VILLANOVA AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

PURDUE AT SYRACUSE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

CINCINNATI AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

TOWSON AT WEST VIRGINIA | 1 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

BUFFALO AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

BUCKNELL AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT UCLA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

OHIO AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

RUTGERS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

OLD DOMINION AT VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MURRAY STATE AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CAL AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

TULANE AT KANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

NEW MEXICO STATE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

NO. 12 BYU AT NO. 25 OREGON | 3:30 P.M. | FOX

NO. 20 OLE MISS AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 22 PENN STATE AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

VANDERBILT AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

COLORADO AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

STONY BROOK AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TROY AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

UL MONROE AT NO. 2 ALABAMA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

KANSAS AT HOUSTON | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

UT MARTIN AT BOISE STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1

LIBERTY AT NO. 19 WAKE FOREST | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

COLORADO STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE | 5 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

MARSHALL AT BOWLING GREEN | 5 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT LSU | 6 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT DUKE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX

CAMPBELL AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

TOLEDO AT NO. 3 OHIO STATE | 7 P.M. | FOX

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF AT NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

MISSOURI STATE AT NO. 10 ARKANSAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

TEXAS TECH AT NO. 16 NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

AKRON AT NO. 15 TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT TULSA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTHWESTERN STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN3

ARKANSAS STATE AT MEMPHIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

CHARLOTTE AT GEORGIA STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

TENNESSEE STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTH FLORIDA AT NO. 18 FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 23 PITT AT WESTERN NO. 4 MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NEVADA AT IOWA | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

SMU AT MARYLAND | 7:30 P.M. | FS1

MAINE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3

UCF AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN

LOUISIANA AT RICE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA TECH AT NO. 5 CLEMSON | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MONTANA STATE AT OREGON STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

UTEP AT NEW MEXICO | 8 P.M. | MWN

UTSA AT NO. 21 TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK

NO. 13 MIAMI (FLA.) AT NO. 24 TEXAS A&M | 9 P.M. | ESPN

SAN DIEGO STATE AT NO. 14 UTAH | 10 P.M. | ESPN2

FRESNO STATE AT NO.7  USC | 10:30 P.M. | FOX

NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT ARIZONA | 11 P.M. | FS1

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT ARIZONA STATE | 11 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

DUQUESNE AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

NFL WEEK 2

THURSDAY SCOREBOARD

KANSAS CITY 27 LA CHARGERS 24

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 8 CLEVELAND 2

TAMPA BAY 11 TORONTO 0

HOUSTON 5 OAKLAND 2

MINNESOTA 3 KANSAS CITY 2

MIAMI 5 PHILADELPHIA 3

NY METS 7 PITTSBURGH 1

CINCINNATI 3 ST. LOUIS 2

ARIZONA 4 SAN DIEGO 0

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TOLEDO 12 INDIANAPOLIS 3

WNBA PLAYOFFS

CONNECTICUT 105 LAS VEGAS 76

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

ROGER FEDERER SAYS HE IS RETIRING FROM PRO TENNIS AT AGE 41

(AP) — Roger Federer announced Thursday that he is retiring from professional tennis at age 41 after winning 20 Grand Slam titles.

Federer posted what he called a “bittersweet decision” via both a written statement and an audio clip on Thursday, less than two weeks after 23-time major champion Serena Williams played what is expected to be the last match of her career.

Combined, the exits by two of the greatest athletes in their sport’s history represent a significant turning of the page.

“As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries. I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form,” said Federer, who is home in Switzerland. “But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.”

Federer has not competed anywhere since Wimbledon in July 2021, and so, in that sense, his news is not all that surprising.

But he had appeared at an event marking the 100-year anniversary of Centre Court at the All England Club this July and said he hoped to return to play there “one more time.”

He also had said he would return to tournament action in his home country at the Swiss Indoors in October.

In Thursday’s announcement, Federer said his farewell event will be the Laver Cup in London next week. That is a team event run by his management company.

“I knew a few weeks ago that his rehabilitation with his knee wasn’t going as well as he had hoped. A few weeks after Wimbledon, he informed me that the knee was not reacting as well as it should and that he was thinking about figuring out a way to end his career,” Tony Godsick, Federer’s agent since 2005, said in a telephone interview Thursday.

“I had suggested to him years ago that he should stop. Not many tennis players at his level push into their 40s. But he was always interested in challenging himself,” Godsick said. “And at the end of the day, after 1,500-plus matches, the tires finally wore out. And he’s got things to do in his next stage.”

Federer and his wife, Mirka – a tennis player, too; they met as athletes at an Olympics – have two sets of twins, girls who are 13 and boys who are 8.

Federer leaves the sport with a total of 103 tour-level titles on his substantial resume and 1,251 wins in singles matches, both second only to Jimmy Connors in the Open era, which began in 1968. Federer’s records include being the oldest No. 1 in ATP rankings history – he returned to the top spot at 36 in 2018 – and most consecutive weeks there (his total weeks mark was eclipsed by Djokovic).

The dominance Federer displayed at the height of his powers is unrivaled, including reaching 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals, winning eight, from 2005-07, a run that also extended to 18 of 19 major finals into 2010.

In a sport where changes in surface and other conditions can make even the best players thrilled with a showing here or there into the second week of a Slam, Federer compiled streaks of 36 quarterfinals in a row and 23 semifinals in a row from 2004 to 2013.

“Roger Federer is a champion’s champion. He has the most complete game of his generation and captured the hearts of sports fans around the world with an amazing quickness on the court and a powerful tennis mind,” Hall of Famer Billie Jean King said. “He has had a historic career with memories that will live on and on.”

When Federer won his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, the men’s record for most major trophies was held by Pete Sampras, who had won his 14th at the U.S. Open the year before in what turned out to be the last match of the American’s career.

Federer would go on to blow way past that, ending up with 20 by winning eight championships at Wimbledon, six at the Australian Open, five at the U.S. Open and one at the French Open. His 2009 trophy at Roland Garros allowed Federer to complete a career Grand Slam.

His serving, forehand, footwork and attacking style will all be remembered. Also unforgettable were his matches against younger rivals Nadal, 36, and Djokovic, 35, who both equalled, then surpassed, Federer’s Slam total and are still winning titles at the sport’s four biggest tournaments.

“I wish this day would have never come,” Nadal said. “It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports people around the world. I said it to you when we spoke and now it’s here. It’s been a pleasure but also an honor and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court.”

Nadal now leads the men’s major championship count with 22, one ahead of Djokovic.

“I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget,” Federer said in Thursday’s announcement.

Addressing his “competitors on the court” – although not by name – he wrote: “We pushed each other, and together we took tennis to new levels.”

Federer’s last match anywhere came on July 7, 2021, when he lost at Centre Court in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to Hubert Hurkacz 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-0.

Soon after, Federer had surgery to repair damage to his meniscus and cartilage in his right knee – his third operation on that knee in a span of 1 1/2 years.

“Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt,” Federer said Thursday, “and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career.”

BIG 10 FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Thirteen Big Ten schools will continue their non-conference schedules this weekend, while Illinois will enjoy a bye week. The complete Week 3 schedule appears to the right.


• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 11 Michigan State and No. 22 Penn State. Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin are all receiving votes.

• Eight Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Rutgers are all 2-0.

• Michigan and Minnesota currently rank among the top 15 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines lead the nation in scoring offense, averaging 53.5 points per contest, while ranking No. 11 nationally in scoring defense (8.5 points per game). The Gophers rank No. 2 nationally in scoring defense (5.0 points per game), while ranking seventh in scoring offense (50.0 points per game).

• Five additional Big Ten teams rank in the top 20 in terms of scoring defense: Iowa (6th, 6.5 points per game), Michigan State (6th, 6.5 points per game), Wisconsin (11th, 8.5 points per game), Illinois (19th, 10.7 points per game) and Ohio State (20th, 11.0 points per game).

• The Big Ten boasts six top 15 FBS running backs in rushing yards per game: Illinois’ Chase Brown (1st, 165.3), Nebraska’s Anthony Grant (3rd, 142.7), Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim (7th, 131.0), Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen (9th, 123.0), Michigan State’s Jalen Berger (11th, 113.5) and Penn State’s Nicholas Singleton (13th, 105.0).

• Penn State true freshman Nicholas Singleton ran for 179 yards and two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 44 and 70 yards in the Nittany Lions’ 46-10 victory over Ohio, earning him Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Singleton’s first career touchdown was the longest run for a Nittany Lion since Journey Brown’s 85-yard run versus Pitt in 2019, while his 179 yards are a school record for a Beaver Stadium debut.

• Ohio State found the end zone six times and added a field goal to down visiting Arkansas State 45-12 Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes’ 45 points marks the 21st time they’ve scored 45 or more points since Ryan Day became the full-time head coach in 2019 and the 28th time in 37 games they had 500 total yards. With the win, Day’s non-conference record improved to 10-3, with a home record of 20-1, moving him to 36-4 all-time. After his first 40 games, he is the second winningest coach in school history behind Urban Myer (37-3).

• Buckeye wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., who caught a career-high seven passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday, became just the second wide receiver in school history to have multiple career three-touchdown games. He is currently second in the Big Ten in touchdown receptions, third in receiving yards and eighth in receptions.

• Tanner Morgan passed for 287 yards and a score over 2½ quarters and had one of Minnesota’s seven rushing touchdowns in a 62-10 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday. Mohamed Ibrahim (23 carries for 130 yards) and Trey Potts (10 carries for 79 yards) had two scores apiece on the ground for the Gophers. Gopher head coach P.J. Fleck has won 17 of his last 18 regular season non-conference games dating back to his time at Western Michigan. The Gophers have also won 24 of their last 25 non-conference games overall (including bowls), with the only loss coming last year to Bowling Green.

• Minnesota finished the game with 679 total yards, the third-most in school history and the most Minnesota has had in a game since 2004. The 62 points are their fifth-most in a game since 1930 and the team’s most in a game since 2006 against Indiana. The Gopher defense has gone 14 straight quarters without allowing an opponent to score 10 points and the 10 points allowed through the first two games is the fewest Minnesota has allowed since 1999. The Gophers have held 10 straight opponents below their total yard average and have held 14 straight teams to 27 points or fewer, their longest streak since 1962-65 (32 straight games).

• Michigan defeated Hawaii 56-10 on Saturday to improve to 18-0 in non-conference home games under head coach Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines have now won consecutive games by 40 points or more for the first time since 1991. In his first career start, quarterback J.J. McCarthy went 11-of-12 passing for 229 yards and three touchdowns (91.7 percent). Only Tate Forcier (12-for-12, Sept. 25, 2010 vs. Bowling Green) and Devin Gardner (13-for-14, Aug. 30, 2014) have registered higher single-game completion percentages with at least 10 passing attempts for the Wolverines.

• The 2022 campaign features 94 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Ohio State leads the way, welcoming back 17 All-Big Ten honorees this season. Each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning this season, with 56 of the 94 returning All-Big Ten players coming from the East Division.

• This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 31, 2022, at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Los Angeles region will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium. The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.

CHIEFS RALLY PAST CHARGERS 27-24 IN EARLY AFC WEST SHOWDOWN

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) In a showdown between the Chiefs and Chargers, two of the league’s best teams led by two of the game’s bright young quarterbacks, an unheralded seventh-round draft pick who a few years ago was working alongside his mother in a Wendy’s restaurant stole the show.

The Chiefs’ Jaylen Watson picked off Justin Herbert at the goal line early in the fourth quarter Thursday night, headed the other way and was never touched on a 99-yard go-ahead touchdown that propelled Kansas City to a 27-24 victory.

“I don’t even remember what happened at that moment,” Watson said later. “It’s all so surreal.”

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 235 yards with TD passes to Jerick McKinnon and Justin Watson, and fill-in kicker Matt Ammendola was perfect in place of injured Harrison Butker. But it was the Chiefs’ defense, and Watson’s highlight-reel interception, that allowed Kansas City (2-0) to overcome its early problems in an early divisional test.

“The thing that I’m most proud of,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said, “is that we stuck together. Nobody pointed any fingers.”

Two series after Watson’s go-ahead touchdown, things got even worse for the Chargers (1-1) when Herbert was drilled by defensive end Mike Danna while delivering a throw. He left the field clutching his side, returned one play later, then threw an incompletion that forced the Chargers to punt while trailing 24-17.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire promptly split the defense on a 52-yard run to set up a field goal for Kansas City.

Herbert, who finished with 334 yards and three touchdown passes, gamely tried to keep the Chargers alive. He threw a 36-yard dart on fourth down to extend their ensuing possession, then hit Joshua Palmer in the back of the end zone on fourth-and-goal to pull Los Angeles within 27-24 with just over a minute to go.

Kansas City recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock to end the game.

“You’re not going to see a quarterback in any level of football play tougher and do more for his team and will his team and give them a chance than him,” Chargers coach Brandon Staley said of Herbert, who was getting X-rays and wasn’t available after the game. “There’s nobody who can do what he can do. Nobody. He showed a lot of guts. He showed what he shows us every day, that we’re never out of the fight. He brought us back and gave us a chance.”

The highly anticipated showdown between two of the league’s most prolific quarterbacks, each surrounded by premier playmakers, turned out early on to be a defensive slugfest.

The Chargers held the Chiefs to 13 yards in the first quarter, thanks to relentless pressure from Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack and the fact that Derwin James Jr. was just about everywhere, and kept a team that scored 44 points last week in Arizona off the scoreboard until Mahomes slung a sidearm pass to McKinnon early in the second quarter.

The Chargers fared better offensively, even though Staley opted to play conservatively, twice punting on fourth-and-2 near midfield. Dustin Hopkins kicked an early field goal before Mike Williams, dominating smaller Chiefs defensive backs, put the Chargers in position for Zander Horvath to catch a short TD pass.

Staley finally went for it on fourth down on the opening drive of the second half. And one play after Austin Ekeler picked it up, Williams made a one-handed grab around Chiefs cornerback L’Jarius Sneed to give the Chargers a 17-7 lead.

The game appeared to be getting away from the Chiefs when Mahomes was intercepted by Asante Samuel Jr. on their next possession. But replays showed Samuel didn’t control the ball and the call was overturned, and Mahomes capitalized on his second chance by throwing a 41-yard strike to Justin Watson for a touchdown.

The Chiefs tied it 17-all on the first play of the fourth quarter when Ammendola, who was signed earlier this week, knocked through a chip shot on fourth down at the goal line.

That set up Jaylen Watson’s pick-6 and the first lead Kansas City had all night.

“This is what it’s going to be. We know we’re playing in the toughest division,” Chiefs safety Justin Reid said. “We know we’re going to get everyone’s best shot. We have to come out and we have to perform.”

PRIME TIME

The game was the first in the $13 billion, 11-year deal between the NFL and Amazon Prime to exclusively stream Thursday night games. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos joined NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on the sideline before kickoff.

INJURIES

Chargers C Corey Linsley (knee) and RT Trey Pipkins III (ankle) left in the third quarter. … Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman hurt his ankle in the third quarter but returned to the game. … Danna left in the fourth quarter with a calf injury.

UP NEXT

The Chargers return home to face Jacksonville on Sept. 25. The Chiefs visit Indianapolis the same day.

MIAMI AT BALTIMORE

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 8-7

STREAKS Ravens have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 11/11/21: Ravens 10 at Dolphins 22

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/26/17: Ravens 40, Dolphins 0

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 23 of 33 atts. (69.7 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 104.4 rating last week. Had 104 rating & rushed for TD in last meeting. • RB CHASE EDMONDS had 65 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 25 rush) last week in Mia. debut. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT rushed for career-high 146 yards & TD in only career game vs. Bal. (12/1/19 w/ SF). Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. • WR TYREEK HILL led team with 8 catches for 94 yards last week in Mia. debut, his 16th-career game with 8+ catches. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Bal. Since 2016, ranks 3rd in NFL with 56 rec. TDs. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 4 catches for 69 yards & TD in Week 1. Had 4 catches for 61 yards in last meeting. Had 53 catches (6.6 per game) in 8 road games last season. • TE MIKE GESICKI has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had PD last week. Had 5 tackles, FF & 49-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with takeaway. Had PD in 5 of his final 6 road games in 2021. • CB KADER KOHOU (rookie) had PD, FF & TFL last week in NFL debut. • S BRANDON JONES led team with career-high 11 tackles & had sack, FF & PD in Week 1. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. • S JEVON HOLLAND had 3rd-career INT last week. Had 2 PD & sack in last meeting. • LB MELVIN INGRAM had TFL & FR-TD last week in Mia. debut, his 2nd-career TD. Had career-high 2 FR in his last game vs. Bal. (12/22/18 w/ LAC). • DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had sack in Week 1. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Bal. with PD & 3rd in row with TFL.

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 3 TDs vs. INT for 98.3 rating last week. Has 6 TDs vs. INT for 121.3 rating in 2 career starts vs. Mia. Has 95+ rating in 6 of 7 career starts vs. AFC East. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 50+ rush yards. Has 38-12 record as starter, tied 3rd-most wins ever by QB in 1st 50 starts. • RB J.K. DOBBINS can make season debut. Rushed for 805 yards & 9 TDs as rookie in 2020 before missing last season due to injury. • RB KENYAN DRAKE made Bal. debut last week. Totaled 2,468 scrimmage yards (1,532 rush, 936 rec.) & 15 TDs (9 rush, 6 rec.) in 54 games with Mia. (2016-19). • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 5 catches & had 52 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 6+ catches & rec. TD & 5th in row vs. AFC East with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 85+ rec. yards. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN had 59 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 6 catches for 80 yards in last meeting. • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY had 54 rec. yards & career-high 2 TD catches in Week 1. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 7 tackles & 4th-career FR last week. Has 5 PD in 3 career games vs. Mia. Had 8 PD in 6 home games last season. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS led team with career-high 12 tackles & had INT last week in Bal. debut. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had 103rd-career sack last week, 4th-most among active players. Had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with sack. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had sack in Week 1. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. Ranks 2nd among active players with 162 career TFL.

NY JETS AT CLEVELAND

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Browns lead all-time series, 14-13

STREAKS Browns have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 12/27/20: Browns 16 at Jets 23

LAST GAME AT SITE 9/20/18: Browns 21, Jets 17

JETS NOTES:

QB JOE FLACCO tied career high with 37 completions last week & passed for 307 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 27 career TD passes vs. Cle., most vs. any opponent. Has 275+ pass yards in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. Cle. Ranks 5th among active QBs with 41,576 career pass yards & 6th with 228 TD passes. • RB MICHAEL CARTER led team with 100 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 40 rec.) & 7 catches in Week 1, his 4th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. • RB BREECE HALL (rookie) had 61 scrimmage yards (38 rec., 23 rush) & 6 catches last week in NFL debut. • WR COREY DAVIS had 6 catches for team-high 77 rec. yards last week. Set career highs in catches (11) & rec. yards (182) & had rec. TD in his last game vs. Cle. (12/6/20 w/ Ten.). Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC North with 75+ rec. yards. • WR ELIJAH MOORE had 5 catches for 49 yards in Week 1. • WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had 5 catches last week. Had 60 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • WR GARRETT WILSON (rookie) had 52 rec. yards last week in NFL debut. • TE C.J. UZOMAH has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. • TE TYLER CONKLIN had TD catch last week in NYJ debut. • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 11 tackles in Week 1, his 7th-straight game with 10+ tackles. Had 2 PD, INT & TFL in his last game vs. Cle. (12/30/18 w/ Bal.). • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had 6 tackles & 3rd-career sack last week. • CB D.J. REED had INT & FF last week in NYJ debut • S JORDAN WHITEHEAD had 5 tackles & PD last week in NYJ debut.

BROWNS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT passed for 147 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week in Cle. debut. Has 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. AFC East. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 141 yards in Week 1, his 11th-career game with 125+ rush yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2018. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 70 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 24 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 7th-career game with both rush & rec. TD, 4th-most in NFL since 2017. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC East. • WR AMARI COOPER made Cle. debut last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 50+ rec. yards. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES led team with 6 catches for 60 yards in Week 1. • DE MYLES GARRETT led team with 3 TFL, 2 sacks & had FF & PD last week, his 12thcareer game with 2+ sacks. Has 8 sacks in 4 career games vs. NYJ & aims for his 5th in row vs. NYJ with sack. Had 10 sacks in 9 home games last season. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 PD & 0.5 sacks in Week 1. Had 2 TFL & sack in his last game vs. NYJ (12/15/18 w/ Hou.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 1.5+ sacks. • LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH had 5 tackles & TFL last week. • CB DENZEL WARD had PD in Week 1. Had 2 PD in last meeting & had TFL, FF & FR in last home meeting. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC East. • S JOHN JOHNSON III led team with 7 tackles & had 0.5 sacks last week. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. • S GRANT DELPT had 2nd-career INT in Week 1.

WASHINGTON AT DETROIT

LEADER Commanders lead all-time series, 28-15

STREAKS Lions have won 5 of last 6

LAST GAME 11/15/20: Washington 27 at Lions 30

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/15/20

COMMANDERS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 313 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101 rating in Week 1, his 22nd-career 300-yard game. Has 4 TDs vs. INT for 98.5 rating in 2 career starts vs. Det. Had 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 99.8 rating in 8 road starts w/ Ind. in 2021. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON tied his career high with 7 catches & had 130 scrimmage yards (72 rec., 58 rush) in Week 1. Has 13 TDs (10 rush, 3 rec.) in 16 career road games & aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 49-yard rec. TD in Week 1. Had 122 scrimmage yards (95 rec., 27 rush) in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL led team with 8 catches & had 72 scrimmage yards (55 rec., 17 rush) & 15th-career TD catch in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with rec. TD. • WR JAHAN DOTSON (rookie) had 2 rec. TDs in NFL debut last week & became 2nd rookie since 1970 (Ernest Wilford, Week 1, 2004) with GW-TD catch in final 2 mins. of 4th quarter or in OT of 1st career game. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack & 2 TFL in Week 1. Has 5 sacks in his past 7 on road. • DT DARON PAYNE had sack & career-high 2 PD last week. • LB COLE HOLCOMB had 80 tackles (10 per game) in 8 road games last season & aims for his 5th in row on road with 10+ tackles. • CB KENDALL FULLER had 6 PD in 8 road games last season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 8+ tackles. • CB WILLIAM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles last week. • S DARRICK FORREST had career-high 2 PD, 1st-career INT & 1st-career FF last week. • S KAMREN CURL had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting.

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF passed for 2 TDs vs. INT in Week 1. Has 15 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 97.3 rating in 9 home starts with Det. Passed for 309 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 111.7 rating in his last start vs. Was. (10/11/20 w/ LAR). Since 2017, ranks 4th among QBs with 26 games with 300+ pass yards. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had career-high 175 scrimmage yards (career-high 144 rush, 31 rec.) & 14th career rush TD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 1, his 4th-career 2-TD game. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN led team with 8 catches for 64 yards & had his 6th career rec. TD. Became 5th player in NFL history with 8+ catches in 7 consecutive games. Aims for his 5th in row at home with TD catch. • WR DJ CHARK had 52 rec. yards & 16th career rec. TD in Week 1. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • S TRACY WALKER led team with 11 tackles & had 3rd career sack & PD last week. Since 2019, is 1 of 4 DBs (Jonathan Abram, Budda Baker & Jordan Poyer) with 10+ games (10) with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 10+ tackles. • CB JEFF OKUDAH had career-high 10 tackles & 4th career PD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had PD last week. Has 8 PD & 4 INTs in his past 8 at home. • LB ALEX ANZALONE had 9 tackles & his 10th career TFL in Week 1. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. • DL CHARLES HARRIS had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Has 3.5 sacks, 5 TFL & FF in his past 4 at home.

INDIANAPOLIS AT JACKSONVILLE

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 26-16

STREAKS Colts have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 1/9/22: Colts 11 at Jaguars 26

LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22

COLTS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN completed 32 of 50 atts. (64 pct.) for 352 yards & TD vs. INT last week in Ind. debut, his 74th-career game with 300+ pass yards, surpassing Philip Rivers (73 games) for 4th-most all-time. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 of his past 6 starts vs. AFC South. Ranks 8th in NFL history with 60,087 pass yards & became 2nd-fastest player ever (223 games) to reach 60,000 pass yards. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led team with 175 scrimmage yards (161 rush, 14 rec.) & had rush TD last week, his 4th-career game with 175+ scrimmage yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2020. Has 6 games with 150+ rush yards & rush TD, tied for 5th-most ever by player in 1st 3 seasons. Has 564 scrimmage yards (141 per game) in 4 career games vs. Jax. Has 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of his past 6 vs. division. • RB NYHEIM HINES had 6 catches for 50 yards last week. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had team-high 9 catches for 121 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 1. Had TD catch in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD can make season debut. Led NFL with career-high 8 FFs & had 122 tackles last season. • LB E.J. SPEED had FF & 1st-career sack in Week 1. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 9th-career FR last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. Jax. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had TFL last week in Ind. debut. Had TFL & FF in only career game vs. Jax. (12/20/20 w/ Bal.). Had 37.5 sacks & 14 FFs in 4 seasons w/ Jax. (2016-19). • DE KWITY PAYE had career-high 2 sacks in Week 1. Had sack in last home meeting. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had 2 PD & FF in his last game vs. Jax. (9/16/18 w/ NE).

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 24 of 42 atts. (57.1 pct.) for 275 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Passed for 223 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 111.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 0 INTs. • RB JAMES ROBINSON rushed for 66 yards & had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 1, his 4th-career game with 2 TDs. Rushed for TD in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. Has 20 career TDs (16 rush, 4 rec.) in 29 games, becoming 2ndfastest undrafted player to reach 20 TDs in common-draft era. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE had 65 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 18 rec.) last week in NFL debut. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 6 catches for team-high 117 rec. yards last week in Jax. debut. Had 7 catches in only career game vs. Ind. (12/25/21 w/ Az.). • WR MARVIN JONES had 7 catches for 88 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • WR ZAY JONES had 6 catches for 65 yards last week in Jax. debut. Had 8 catches for career-high 120 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (1/2/22 w/ LV). • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 4 catches last week in Jax. debut. Had 6 catches for 87 yards in only career game vs. Ind. (12/23/18 w/ NYG). • LB TRAVON WALKER (rookie) had sack & INT in NFL debut last week, becoming 1st No. 1 overall pick to record sack & INT in 1st-career game since 1982. • LB JOSH ALLEN had 2 TFL & FF in Week 1. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. • LB DEVIN LLOYD (rookie) led team with 11 tackles last week. • CB TYSON CAMPBELL had 3rd-career INT in Week 1. Had 8 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.

TAMPA BAY AT NEW ORLEANS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Saints lead all-time series, 39-21

STREAKS Saints have won past 7

LAST GAME 12/19/21: Saints 9, Buccaneers 0

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21: Saints 36, Buccaneers 27

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY passed for 212 yards & TD in Week 1. Has 5,557 pass yards (308.7 per game) & 44 TDs (40 pass, 4 rush) vs. 11 INTs for 104.2 rating in 18 road starts with TB. Passed for 375 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating in last road meeting. Has 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 road starts vs. division. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 137 scrimmage yards (127 rush, 10 rec.) in Week 1, his 15th-career game with 125+ scrimmage yards. Has 795 scrimmage yards (99.4 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 8 on road. • WR MIKE EVANS led team with 5 catches for 71 yards & rec. TD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at NO & 3rd in row on road overall with TD catch. Since 2014, leads NFL with 76 rec. TDs. • WR JULIO JONES had 86 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 17 rush) last week in TB debut. Has 102 receptions for 1,615 yards (89.7 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 18 career games vs. NO. Has 59 career games with 100+ rec. yards, tied-3rd most in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 6 tackles, TFL & PD in Week 1. Had 11 tackles, 3 TFL, sack & FF in last meeting & has 18 TFL in 20 career games vs. NO. Is 1 of 2 (J.J. Watt) with 50+ PD (54) & 25+ FFs (26) since 2012. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 8 tackles & had 2 sacks & PD last week, his 5thcareer game with 2+ sacks. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of his 5 career games vs. NO. • DL VITA VEA had 13th-career sack last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 4 on road. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD had 6 tackles & his 4th-career INT last week. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 6+ tackles. • CB CARLTON DAVIS has 11 PD in his past 11 on road.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 269 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111 rating. Has 17 TDs (16 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 104.2 rating in 8 career starts with NO. Is TB franchise leader in pass yards (19,737) & pass TDs (121). • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 1,490 scrimmage yards (106.4 per game) & 19 TDs (12 rush, 7 rec) in his past 14 at home. Has 957 scrimmage yards (95.7 per game) & 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) in 10 career games vs. TB. Since 2017, leads NFL with 67 scrimmage TDs & ranks 2nd with 7,501 scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 5 catches for 57 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 1, his 6th career game with 2 TD catches. Has 10+ catches for 180+ yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. TB. • WR JARVIS LANDRY led team with 7 catches for 114 yards in Week 1, his 16th career 100+ rec. yard game. Has 695 career receptions, 4th-most since entering NFL in 2014. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack. Had 7.5 sacks in 8 home games last season. Ranks 3rd among active players with 107 career sacks. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 11 PD & 8 TFL in 10 career games vs. TB. Is 1 of 4 with 10+ TFL in each of past 5 seasons. • LB PETE WERNER led team with 12 tackles & had 1st-career FF last week. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 11 PD in 9 career games vs. TB. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 7th-career FR last week. Had INT in his last game vs. TB (11/29/20 w/ KC).

CAROLINA AT NY GIANTS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 6-5

STREAKS Panthers have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 10/24/21: Panthers 3 at Giants 25

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/21

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 84.6 rating in Week 1. Completed 27 of 32 atts. (84.4 pct.) for 297 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating in his only career start vs. NYG (12/20/20 w/ Cle.). Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.4 rating in 4 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 4 catches, 57 scrimmage yards (33 rush, 24 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 2,941 scrimmage yards (101.4 per game) & 20 TDs (12 rush, 8 rec.) in 29 career road games. Had rec. TD in his only career game vs. NYG (10/7/18). Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC East with 5+ catches. • WR DJ MOORE had 3 catches for 43 yards in Week 1. Had 6 catches for 73 yards in last meeting. Had 50 catches for 662 yards (73.6 per game) & 2 TDs in 9 road games last season. • WR ROBBIE ANDERSON led team in catches (5) & rec. yards (102) & had TD catch in Week 1, his 8th career game with 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE BRIAN BURNS had career-high 8 tackles last week. Had 7 TFL in 9 road games last season. Had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. • S JEREMY CHINN had 7 tackles in Week 1. Has 5+ tackles in 13 of his 15 career road games. Had 8 tackles & TFL in last meeting. • S XAVIER WOODS led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week, his 4th career game with 10+ tackles. • DT DERRICK BROWN had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. • CB DONTE JACKSON aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East with PD.

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES completed 17 of 21 atts. (career-high 81 pct.) & had 2 TDs vs. INT for 115.9 rating in Week 1. Had 90+ rating in 5 of his 6 home starts in 2021. Had TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in last meeting. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had team-high 6 catches, 194 scrimmage yards (164 rush, 30 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 4th-career game with 190+ scrimmage yards & most scrimmage yards by any player in Week 1. Has 2,112 scrimmage yards (105.6 per game) in 20 career home games. Had 129 scrimmage yards (81 rec., 48 rush) & career-high 2 rec. TDs in his only career game vs. Car. (10/7/18). Since 2018, is 1 of 6 players with 100+ scrimmage yards per game (102.5), min. 40 games. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team with 71 rec. yards, incl. 65-yard rec. TD in Week 1. Had 75 rec. yards in his only career game vs. Car. (10/7/18). • WR RICHIE JAMES had 5 catches for 59 yards in Week 1. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with 7 tackles in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 12+ tackles & TFL. • LB AUSTIN CALITRO tied his career high with 2 TFL last week. • LB TOMON FOX (rookie) had 1st-career sack in Week 1. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS has 12 sacks & 14 TFL in his past 16 home games. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. • LB AZEEZ OJULARI had 2.5 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 9 PD & 5 INTs in 8 home games last season. Had 5 tackles & PD in last meeting. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 6 tackles last week.

NEW ENGLAND AT PITTSBURGH

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 15-13

STREAKS Patriots have won 5 of last 6

LAST GAME 9/8/19: Steelers 3 at Patriots 33

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/16/18: Steelers 17, Patriots 10

PATS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES completed 21 of 30 atts. (70 pct.) for 213 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 200+ pass yards. • QB BRIAN HOYER completed 17 of 26 (65.4 pct.) for 168 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 105.9 rating in his last game vs. Pit. (11/3/19 w/ Ind.). Has 5 TDs vs. INT for 102.9 rating in 3 career appearances (2 starts) vs. Pit. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had 58 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 10 rec.) in Week 1. Has 70+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 4 catches for 55 rec. yards last week. • WR DEVANTE PARKER made NE debut in Week 1. Had 6 catches for 59 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (10/28/19 w/ Mia.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 5+ catches. Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • TE HUNTER HENRY set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (100) & tied career high with 2 rec. TDs in only career game vs. Pit. (10/13/19 w/ LAC). Has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had 5 tackles & sack last week. Has TFL in 8 of 9 road games since joining NE in 2021. • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with 7 tackles & had sack in Week 1. Has 7+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 on road. • DE DEATRICH WISE had sack & 3rd-career FF last week. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. • S DEVIN MCCOURTY had 6 tackles last week. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. • CB JONATHAN JONES had FF in Week 1. Had 2 PD in last meeting.

STEELERS NOTES:

QB MITCH TRUBISKY passed for 194 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week in Pit. debut. Passed for 333 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed for career-high 81 yards & TD in only career start vs. NE (10/21/18 w/ Chi.). Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) & 90.7 rating in 4 career starts vs. AFC East. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had TD catch in Week 1. Had 1,042 scrimmage yards (115.8 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 9 home games last season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had team-high 7 catches for 55 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 54 scrimmage yards (career-high 36 rush, 18 rec.) in Week 1. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 5 catches for career-high 75 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. • TE ZACH GENTRY had career-best 40 rec. yards in Week 1. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied career high with 14 tackles & had 31-yard INT-TD last week, his 4th-career INT-TD. Is 4th player ever with INT-TD in 4 of 1st 5 career seasons. Had 6 tackles, FF & FR in his last game vs. NE (9/15/19 w/ Mia.). • CB AHKELLO WITHERSPOON had INT & career-high 8 tackles in Week 1. • CB CAMERON SUTTON had 2 PD & 6th-career INT last week. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH led team with career-high 3 sacks & had FF in Week 1. • LB MYLES JACK had 10 tackles, TFL & PD last week in Pit. debut. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with 6+ tackles. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD had sack & FR in Week 1. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks.

ATLANTA AT LA RAMS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Rams lead all-time series, 48-28-2

STREAKS Falcons have won 4 of last 5

LAST GAME 10/20/19: Rams 37 at Falcons 10

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/11/16: Falcons 42, Rams 14 (L.A. Coliseum)

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 215 yards & rushed for 72 yards & TD in Week 1, his 4th career game with 50+ rush yards & rush TD. Passed for 275 yards in his only career start vs. LAR (12/24/17 w/ Ten.). • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 136 scrimmage yards (career-high 120 rush, 16 rec.) & rush TD last week. Had 676 scrimmage yards (75.1 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 road games last season. • WR DRAKE LONDON (rookie) had 5 catches for 74 yards in NFL debut last week, most rec. yards among rookies in Week 1. • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 4 catches for 49 yards in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with 40+ rec. yards. • TE KYLE PITTS has 60+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 7 on road. • DL GRADY JARRETT had 1.5 sacks last week, his 5th-career game with 1.5+ sacks. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 7 on road. • LB MYKAL WALKER had 1st-career sack, career-high 2 TFL & 2nd-career FF last week. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. • LB LORENZO CARTER aims for his 6th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB RASHAAN EVANS had 6 tackles & 4th-career FR in Week 1. • LB ARNOLD EBIKETIE (rookie) recorded his 1st-career sack last week. • CB A.J. TERRELL had 5 tackles last week. Had 13 PD & 2 INTs in 8 road games last season. Aims for his 5th in row on road with PD. • S RICHIE GRANT led team with career-high 10 tackles & had PD in Week 1. • S JAYLINN HAWKINS had career-high 6 tackles & PD last week.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 240 yards in Week 1 & tied Drew Brees (183 games) for fewest games ever to reach 50,000 career pass yards. Has 2,589 pass yards (287.7 per game) & 22 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 102.2 rating in 9 home starts with LAR. Has 1,555 pass yards (311 per game) in 5 career games vs. Atl. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 73 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 1. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. • WR COOPER KUPP tied his career high with 13 catches & had 128 yards & rec. TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 22 straight games & can tie DeAndre Hopkins (23 from 2018-20) for second-longest such streak all-time. Has 10 rec. TDs in his past 10 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 7+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD catch. • TE TYLER HIGBEE aims for his 6th in row with 5+ catches. • DL AARON DONALD recorded his 99th-career sack in Week 1. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (99) & TFL (151). Had sack, FF & FR in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with sack. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 7 tackles & sack in Rams debut last week. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Atl. with TFL. Since 2012, leads NFL with 1,384 tackles. • LB LEONARD FLOYD had 7th-career FR in Week 1. • DB JALEN RAMSEY had 6 tackles in Week 1. Had FF in last meeting. • CB TROY HILL had 8 tackles & 8th-career INT last week. • DB NICK SCOTT had career-high 7 tackles, PD & 1st-career FF in Week 1.

SEATTLE AT SAN FRANCISCO

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 29-17

STREAKS Seahawks have won past 4

LAST GAME 12/5/21: 49ers 23 at Seahawks 30

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/3/21: Seahawks 28, 49ers 21

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB GENO SMITH completed 23 of 28 atts. (82.1 pct) for 195 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.5 rating in Week 1, his 5th-career start with 80+ comp. pct. & highest rating among NFC QBs last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 115+ rating. • RB RASHAAD PENNY rushed for 60 yards last week. Had 125+ rush yards & rush TD in 2 of his final 3 road games in 2021. • WR DK METCALF had team-high 7 receptions in Week 1. Has 458 rec. yards (76.3 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 6 career games vs. SF. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 7 catches for 68 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch & 4th in row on road with 95+ rec. yards. • TE WILL DISSLY had his 10th-career rec. TD in Week 1. • TE COLBY PARKINSON had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 12 tackles in Week 1 & has 11 games with 10+ tackles since 2021, 3rd-most in NFL. Had 106 tackles (11.9 per game) & 7 TFL in 9 road games last season & aims for his 7th in row on road with 10+ tackles. • LB CODY BARTON had 10 tackles & career-high 2 TFL & 1st-career sack in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. • LB UCHENNA NWOSU tied his career high with 7 tackles & had his 16th-career sack & 4th career FF last week. • DE SHELBY HARRIS had TFL last week. Had 2 PD in his last game vs. SF (12/9/18 w/ Den.). • CB MIKE JACKSON had 1st 2 career FRs in Week 1. • S QUANDRE DIGGS had TFL & 5th-career FF last week. Had INT in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with INT.

49ERS NOTES:

QB TREY LANCE totaled 218 yards (164 pass, 54 rush) in Week 1. Passed for 249 yards & 2 TDs vs INT for 116 rating in his only career home start (10/3/21 vs. Hou.). Had 198 yards (157 pass, 41 rush) & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.1 rating in last home meeting. • RB JEFF WILSON had 88 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 12 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last home game vs. Sea. (1/3/21). • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 66 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 14 rec.) & 12th-career rush TD in Week 1. Had 754 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rec., 4 rush) in 8 home games last season. Has 247 scrimmage yards (134.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 3 career games vs. Sea. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. wth 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Had 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 9 catches for 181 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in rec. yards (4,489) & 3rd in receptions (335) among TEs. • DL NICK BOSA had 1st sack of season last week & has 25.5 sacks in 36 career games. Had sack in 3 of his final 4 home games in 2021. Had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with sack. • DL SAMSON EBUKAM had sack last week. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5. • LB FRED WARNER had 74 tackles (9.3 per game) in 8 home games in 2021. Has 5 TFL in his past 5 vs. Sea. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 9+ tackles. • S TALANOA HUFANGA led team with career-high 11 tackles & had 1st-career INT in Week 1, 1 of 3 (Minkah Fitzpatrick & Marcus Williams) with 10+ tackles & INT last week. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had PD last week. Had PD in only career game vs. Sea. (12/23/18 w/ KC).

CINCINNATI AT DALLAS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 9-4

STREAKS Cowboys have won last 4

LAST GAME 12/13/20: Cowboys 30 at Bengals 7

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/9/16: Cowboys 28, Bengals 14

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW passed for 338 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 325+ pass yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 325+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Had 102.7 rating in 7 road starts last season. Has 7,637 career pass yards in 27 games & tied HOFer Kurt Warner as 3rd-fastest player ever to reach 7,500 pass yards. • RB JOE MIXON led team with 145 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 63 rec.) & tied career high with 7 catches last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 on road. • WR JA’MARR CHASE had team-high 10 catches for 129 yards & TD in Week 1, his 5th-career game with 125+ rec. yards, 2nd-most in NFL since 2021 (Cooper Kupp – 6 games). Has 7+ catches & 125+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. • WR TYLER BOYD had 25th-career TD catch last week. Had 5 catches in last meeting & has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. • TE HAYDEN HURST had 5 catches for 46 yards last week in Cin. debut. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for his 9th in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. Totaled 5.5 sacks in 5 games vs. NFC last season. • DE B.J. HILL had sack in Week 1. • LB LOGAN WILSON tied for team lead with 8 tackles & had PD last week. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • S JESSIE BATES had PD in last meeting & has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC East. Ranks 3rd among DBs with 408 tackles since 2018. • S VONN BELL had PD in Week 1. Has 21 tackles, 2 FRs, FF & PD in 3 career games vs. Dal. • CB CHIBODE AWUZIE had 5 tackles & 3rd-career FF last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 37 PD & 4 INTs in 4 seasons with Dal. (2017-20).

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB COOPER RUSH completed 7 of 13 atts. for 64 yards last week. Passed for 325 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 92.2 rating in his only career start (10/31/21 at Min.). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 52 yards last week. Has 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in his last 9 home games. Had 171 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 37 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last home meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (9,678) & rush yards (7,438) & ranks tied-3rd in scrimmage TDs (68). • RB TONY POLLARD has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR CEEDEE LAMB has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 61 scrimmage yards (46 rec., 15 rush) in last meeting. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ led team with 7 receptions & had 62 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 2 sacks in Week 1. Has 4 games with 2+ sacks since 2021, tied-2nd most in NFL. Has 9 sacks & 13 TFL in 9 career home games & aims for his 7th in row at home with TFL. • CB TREVON DIGGS had 2 PD last week. Has 2+ PD in 4 of his past 5 & leads NFL with 8 games with 2+ PD since 2021. • LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH led team with 9 tackles in Week 1 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. • CB ANTHONY BROWN had 7 tackles last week. Has 11 PD in his past 9 at home. • S DONOVAN WILSON had 5 tackles & 2nd career INT in Week 1. • DT OSA ODIGHIZUWA tied his career-high with 2 TFL in Week 1.

HOUSTON AT DENVER

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 5-3

STREAKS Broncos have won 3 of last 4

LAST GAME 12/8/19: Broncos 38 at Texans 24

LAST GAME AT SITE 11/4/18: Texans 19, Broncos 17

TEXANS NOTES:

QB DAVIS MILLS completed 23 of 37 atts. (62.2 pct.) for 240 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 98.9 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs. • RB REX BURKHEAD had 70 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 30 rec.) & 5 catches in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. Had TD catch in his last game at Den. (11/12/17 w/ NE). Has 5 TDs in his past 4 vs. AFC West. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) rushed for 33 yards last week in NFL debut. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 7 catches for 82 yards in Week 1. Has 7+ catches in 4 of his past 5. Has 50+ rec. yards in each of 3 career games vs. Den. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • TE O.J. HOWARD had 2 rec. TDs last week in Hou. debut, his 3rd-career game with 2 TDs & 1st since 2018. Had 49 rec. yards in only career game vs. Den. (9/27/20 w/ TB). • DE JERRY HUGHES had 2 sacks, INT & FF last week in Hou. debut, his 2nd-career game with both INT & FF. Had FR in his last game vs. Den. (12/19/20 w/ Buf.). • LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led team with 18 tackles & had TFL & PD last week, most tackles by any player in NFL in Week 1. Aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles. • S JONATHAN OWENS had career-high 15 tackles & had PD last week, 2nd-most tackles by any player in NFL in Week 1. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. Grugier-Hill & Owens are 1st pair of teammates each with 15+ tackles in same game since 2015. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 9 tackles, TFL & 6th-career FR in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL. Had 9 tackles in only career game vs. Den. (10/18/15 w/ Cle.). Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. (rookie) had 7 tackles & PD last week in NFL debut.

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 29 of 42 atts. (69 pct.) for 340 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 101.3 rating last week in Den. debut. Has 712 pass yards (356 per game) & 6 TDs vs. INT for 120 rating in his past 2 starts vs. Hou. Had 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.1 rating in 3 starts vs. AFC South last season with Sea. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS led team with 108 scrimmage yards (65 rec., 43 rush) & career-high 11 catches in Week 1, 2nd-most catches ever in single game by Den. RB. • RB MELVIN GORDON totaled 72 scrimmage yards (team-high 58 rush, 14 rec.) last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Had 89 scrimmage yards in only career game vs. Hou. (11/27/16 w/ SD). Has TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. • WR JERRY JEUDY led team with 102 rec. yards & had TD catch in Week 1, his 3rdcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 4 catches for 72 yards last week. Had 5 catches in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. • TE ALBERT OKWUEGBUNAM had 5 catches in Week 1, 3rd-career game with 5+ catches. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB led team with 2 sacks & had FF last week, his 5th-career game with 2+ sacks. Had 3 TFL & sack in last home meeting. • LB RANDY GREGORY had 9th-career FF last week in Den. debut. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS tied for team lead with 9 tackles & had 2nd-career FR in Week 1. Had 6 tackles & career-high 3 PD in last meeting. • S KAREEM JACKSON had 11 tackles, TFL, 3 PD & INT in last meeting. Totaled 88 PD & 16 INTs in 9 seasons with Hou. (2010-18). • CB RONALD DARBY had 6 tackles, FF & PD last week. Aims for his 5th in row with PD.

ARIZONA AT LAS VEGAS

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 6-4

STREAKS Cardinals have won 2 of last 3

LAST GAME 11/18/18: Raiders 23 at Cardinals 21

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/19/14: Cardinals 24, Raiders 13 (Oakland)

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99.3 rating in Week 1. Had 19 TDs (15 pass, 4 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 109.2 rating in 7 road starts in 2021, 2nd-highest road passer rating in NFL last season. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 road starts. • RB JAMES CONNER had 5 catches, 55 scrimmage yards (29 rec., 26 rush) & rush TD in Week 1. Since 2021, ranks 2nd in NFL with 16 rush TDs. Had 696 scrimmage yards (87 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in 8 road games last season. • TE ZACH ERTZ had rec. TD in Week 1. Since 2013, ranks 2nd in receptions (637) & rec. yards (6,855) & 4th in rec. TDs (42) among all TEs. Had 6+ catches in 3 of his final 4 road games last season. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 4 catches for 43 yards & rec. TD in Az. debut last week. Had 5 catches for 69 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. LV (9/13/21 w/ Bal.). Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. • WR GREG DORTCH led team with career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (63) in Week 1. • DE J.J. WATT has 2 sacks & 3 TFL in his past 3 vs. LV. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 8 sacks & 9 TFL in 8 road games last season. • LB ZAVEN COLLINS set career highs in tackles (7) & TFL (2) in Week 1. • S BUDDA BAKER led team with 13 tackles in Week 1. Since 2017, leads all DBs in tackles (534) & games with 10+ tackles (19). • S JALEN THOMPSON had 9 tackles last week. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 6+ tackles. • CB MARCO WILSON had career-high 2 PD & 3rd-career FF last week.

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR completed 22 of 37 atts. (59.5 pct.) for 295 yards & 2 TDs last week. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100.5 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC West with 0 INTs. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 73 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 1. Aims for his 9th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC. Totaled 358 scrimmage yards (119.3 per game) in final 3 home games in 2021. • RB BRANDON BOLDEN had TD catch last week in LV debut. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 10 catches for 141 yards & TD last week in LV debut, his 20th-career game with 10+ catches, 2nd-most in NFL since 2014. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had 8 catches for 93 yards & TD in his last game vs. Az. (12/2/18 w/ GB). Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC West with 75+ rec. yards. • WR HUNTER RENFROW had TD catch in each of final 2 home games in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 100+ rec. yards. • TE DARREN WALLER had 4 catches for 79 yards last week. • DE MAXX CROSBY had career-high 10 tackles & TFL in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row at home with TFL & 3rd in row with sack. • DE CHANDLER JONES had TFL last week in LV debut. Had sack & FF in only career game vs. Az. (9/16/12 w/ NE). Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC West with sack & 4th in row with FF. Totaled franchise-record 71.5 sacks in 6 seasons with Az. (2016-21). • CB NATE HOBBS had 9 tackles, career-high 2 TFL, PD & 2nd-career FF in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & PD. • S JOHNATHAN ABRAM led team with 12 tackles last week.

CHICAGO AT GREEN BAY

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 102-94-6

STREAKS Packers have won last 6

LAST GAME 12/12/21: Bears 30 at Packers 45

LAST GAME AT SITE 12/12/21

BEARS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN FIELDS had 2 TDs vs. INT for 85.7 rating & 28 rush yards in Week 1. Aims for his 10th start in row with 20+ rush yards. Had 2 pass TDs & 74 rush yards in last meeting. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 50 scrimmage yards (26 rec., 24 rush) in Week 1. Has 450 scrimmage yards (90 per game) in 5 career games vs. GB. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 7 road games last season. • RB KHALIL HERBERT led team with 45 rush yards & had 3rd-career rush TD in Week 1. • WR DARNELL MOONEY has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 road games. • WR DANTE PETTIS had 51-yard rec. TD last week, his 10th-career TD catch. • TE COLE KMET had 40+ rec. yards in 5 of his final 6 road games in 2021. • DL ROBERT QUINN had 7 sacks in 8 road games last season. Had 3 sacks & 4 TFL in 2 games vs. GB in 2021 & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 9 tackles & had 0.5 sacks & PD in Week 1. Had 82 tackles (9.1 per game) in 9 road games last season. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. GB. • DL DOMINIQUE ROBINSON (rookie) had 7 tackles & led team with 1.5 sacks last week, most among all rookies in Week 1. • DB JAYLON JOHNSON had 2nd-career FF last week. Has PD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. GB. • DB EDDIE JACKSON had 11th-career INT in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at GB with PD. • DB KYLER GORDON (rookie) had 6 tackles & TFL in NFL debut last week. • DB JAQUON BRISKER (rookie) had TFL & FR in NFL debut in Week 1, only FR by rookie last week.

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS had 22 TDs (20 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 113.8 rating in 8 home starts last season. Has 74 TDs (70 pass, 4 rush) vs. 11 INTs for 109.1 rating in 29 career SNF starts. Aims for his 7th in row on SNF with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Has 61 career TD passes vs. Chi., most vs. any opponent. Has 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 141.5 rating in his past 4 starts vs. Chi. • RB AARON JONES had 76 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 27 rec.) last week. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5 vs. Chi. Has 993 scrimmage yards (90.3 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in 11 career SNF games. Has 31 TDs (24 rush, 7 rec.) in 34 career home games. • RB A.J. DILLON led team with 91 scrimmage yards (46 rec., 45 rush) & had rush TD in Week 1. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 10 of his past 11. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 on SNF. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 6 catches for 75 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB RASHAN GARY had sack in Week 1. Had 8 sacks in 8 home games last season. Has FR in 2 of his past 3 vs. Chi. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 11 tackles & had TFL last week. Had 82 tackles (10.3 per game) in 8 home games last season, incl. 2021 season-high 16 tackles in last meeting. • LB PRESTON SMITH has 5 sacks in his past 5 at home, incl. 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Chi. with sack. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS had 11 PD & 4 INTs, incl. 2 INT-TDs, in 6 home games in 2021. Had 55-yard INT-TD in last meeting.

TENNESSEE AT BUFFALO

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Titans lead all-time series, 29-17

STREAKS Titans have won past 2

LAST GAME 10/18/21: Bills 31 at Titans 34

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/7/18: Bills 13, Titans 12

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 20 of 33 atts. (60.6 pct.) for 266 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 106.4 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 0 INTs & 105+ rating & 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with rush TD. Had 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 92.6 rating in 8 road starts last season. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 82 yards in Week 1. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 12 of his past 13. Rushed for 143 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Buf. with rush TD & 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 2+ rush TDs. Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. Totaled 612 scrimmage yards (153 per game) & 7 rush TDs in 4 road games last season. • RB DONTRELL HILLIARD had career-high 61 rec. yards & 1st 2 TD catches of career in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR KYLE PHILIPS (rookie) led team with 6 catches for 66 rec. yards last week in NFL debut. • WR TREYLON BURKS (rookie) had 55 rec. yards in NFL debut last week. • WR ROBERT WOODS made Ten. debut last week. Had 5 catches for 74 yards & TD in only career game vs. Buf. (9/27/20 w/ LAR). Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • S KEVIN BYARD tied career high with 12 tackles in Week 1. Had INT in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Buf. with PD. • S AMANI HOOKER had 6th-career INT last week. Had 9 tackles & FF in last meeting • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had 2 sacks & 2nd-career FF in Week 1, his 3rd-career game with 2+ sacks. Had sack in last meeting. • LB RASHAD WEAVER had career-high 2 sacks in last week.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 26 of 31 atts. (83.9 pct.) for 297 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating & rushed for 56 yards & TD last week, his 7th-career game with 3+ TD passes & rush TD, 3rd-most all-time. Had 2+ TD passes in 6 of 9 home games last season. Passed for 353 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 107.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 2+ TD passes. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 62 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 14 rec.) in Week 1. Had 95+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in each of his final 3 home games last season. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 8 catches for 122 yards & TD last week, his 10th game with 100+ rec. yards since joining Buf. in 2020. Has 298 rec. yards (99.3 per game) in 3 career games vs. Ten. • WR GABE DAVIS had 88 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 1. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 3 games, incl. postseason. • LB VON MILLER had 3 TFL & 2 sacks last week in Buf. debut, his 21st-career game with 2+ sacks, 4th-most among active players. Has 2.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 4 career games vs. Ten. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 5+ tackles. Had FF & PD in last home meeting. • DT JORDAN PHILLIPS had 1.5 sacks in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had career-high 3 sacks vs. Ten. in 2019 meeting. • DE A.J. EPENESA had career-high 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. • S JORDAN POYER had 21st-career INT in Week 1. Had INT in last meeting. • CB TARON JOHNSON had 9 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Had 6 tackles in last meeting.

MINNESOTA AT PHILADELPHIA

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER Vikings lead all-time series, 15-10

STREAKS Vikings have won past 2

LAST GAME 10/13/19: Eagles 20 at Vikings 38

LAST GAME AT SITE 10/7/18: Vikings 23, Eagles 21

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 277 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.9 rating in Week 1. Had 19 TDs (18 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 106.3 rating in 8 road starts in 2021. Aims for his 11th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Has 1,630 pass yards (326 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112.1 rating in 5 career road starts at Phi. • RB DALVIN COOK had 108 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 18 rec.) in Week 1. Had 842 scrimmage yards (105.3 per game) in 8 road games in 2021. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 487 scrimmage yards (97.4 per game) in 5 career MNF games. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for career-high 184 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 1. Has 5 career games with 150+ rec. yards & TD catch, tied-2nd most ever by player in 1st 3 career seasons. Has 182 rec. yards (91 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career MNF games. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 7 rec. TDs in 7 road games in 2021. Had 116 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with TD catch. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had sack in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with sack. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with sack & 5th in row on MNF with TFL. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had sack in Week 1. Has 7.5 sacks & 10 TFL in his past 3 on MNF & aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 3+ sacks & 4+ TFL. • LB D.J. WONNUM had 12th-career sack last week. Has 5 sacks in his past 4 on road. • LB JORDAN HICKS led team & tied career high with 14 tackles & had sack & 5th-career FF last week. Had 253 tackles, 19 PD, 7 INT, 6 FR & 5 sacks in 4 seasons with Phi. (2015-18). • LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 10 tackles, 2 PD, FF & 0.5 sacks in last meeting. • S HARRISON SMITH had 30th-career INT last week & is only active player with 30+ INTs & 15+ sacks (16.5). Aims for his 11th in row on road with 5+ tackles.

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 243 yards & had 90 rush yards & rush TD in Week 1, his 4th-career game with 75+ rush yards. Had 15 TDs (8 rush, 7 pass) vs. 2 INTs for 92.7 rating in 7 home starts in 2021. Passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in his only career start on MNF (9/27/21 at Dal.). • RB MILES SANDERS had 105 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 9 rec.) & rush TD in Week 1, his 10th-career rush TD. Has 1,616 scrimmage yards (85.1 per game) in 19 career home games. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. • RB BOSTON SCOTT had 14th-career rush TD in Week 1 & aims for his 4th in row with TD. • WR A.J. BROWN had his 4th-career game with 10+ receptions (10) & tied his career high with 155 rec. yards in Week 1. Is 1 of 3 (Davante Adams & Justin Jefferson) with 5 games with 150+ rec. yards since 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 5+ catches. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 60 rec. yards in Week 1. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • LB HAASON REDDICK had TFL last week. Had 3 TFL & FR in his last game vs. Min. (10/17/21 w/ Car.). Has 2 sacks & 3 TFL in 2 career MNF games. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 0.5 sacks in Week 1. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Min. with sack. • DT FLETCHER COX had TFL in 3 of his final 4 home games last season. • CB DARIUS SLAY has 10 PD & 3 INTs in 13 career games vs. Min. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 27-yard INT-TD in Week 1, his 1st-career INT-TD. Has 4 PD & INT in 2 career games vs. Min. • S MARCUS EPPS led team with 10 tackles in Week 1, his 2nd-career 10+ tackle game.

STEELERS PLACE STAR LB T.J. WATT ON INJURED RESERVE

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers placed star outside linebacker T.J. Watt on injured reserve Thursday, meaning he will miss a minimum of four games while recovering from a left pectoral injury.

The Steelers already had ruled Watt out for Sunday’s visit by New England. The NFL’s reigning defensive player of the year sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of last week’s overtime victory against Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said earlier in the week that Watt’s injury wasn’t as bad as initially feared. Watt received multiple opinions during the week and does not need surgery, which opened the door for him to return at some point this season.

The Steelers filled Watt’s spot on the 53-man roster by signing David Anenih off Tennessee’s practice squad. Anenih spent training camp with the Titans after being signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Houston. Tennessee waived Anenih before signing him to the practice squad.

Anenih collected 20 1/2 sacks in four seasons with the Cougars.

PATRIOTS QUARTERBACK MAC JONES MISSES PRACTICE WITH ILLNESS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Patriots quarterback Mac Jones sat out Thursday’s practice with an illness.

Jones was a full participant for Wednesday’s practice after suffering a back injury during New England’s Week 1 loss at Miami.

He said on Wednesday that his back was feeling good and he expected to play on Sunday at Pittsburgh.

“It feels good. Everything feels good,” he said.

If Jones does have to miss Sunday’s game, backup Brian Hoyer would be in line to make his first start since Week 4 of the 2020 season. He stepped in that week for Cam Newton, who sat out the Patriots’ 25-10 loss at Kansas City with COVID-19.

Rookie Bailey Zappe is the third quarterback on New England’s roster. He was a healthy scratch in Week 1.

Hoyer has made starts for seven NFL teams during his 14-year career, but has lost his past 11 and amassed a record of just 16-23. The 2020 loss to Kansas City was his lone start with the Patriots. He was benched during the game in favor of Jarrett Stidham.

REPORT: SEAHAWKS’ ADAMS TO HAVE SEASON-ENDING QUAD SURGERY

Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon, sources told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Adams was hurt while trying to sack Russell Wilson in Monday’s win over the Denver Broncos. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said postgame that the team feared the defensive back had suffered a significant injury.

After not missing a game in his first two years in the NFL, Adams has struggled with injuries. He missed two games in his final season with the New York Jets in 2019 before missing nine in his first two campaigns with Seattle.

The loss of Adams is a significant blow to a Seahawks defense that lacks veteran playmakers. The 26-year-old set the NFL’s single-season sack record for a defensive back with 9.5 in 2020.

Adams is in the first season of a four-year, $70.6-million extension signed last summer, which made him the league’s highest-paid safety at the time. He was acquired from the Jets in 2020 for a package that included two first-round picks.

Josh Jones will likely move into the starting lineup for Seattle, while Ryan Neal’s role could also expand after he stepped in for Adams last season.

The Seahawks are signing cornerback Teez Tabor off the Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad after placing Adams on injured reserve.

CLEMSON DT BRESEE’S 15-YEAR-OLD SISTER DIES OF BRAIN CANCER

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) The sister of Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee has died of cancer.

Bresee announced Thursday on social media that his 15-year-old sister, Ella Bresee was battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.

“I know for a fact heaven has gained a beautiful angel today. Love you forever and always Ella bear,” posted on Instagram.

Ella and the Bresee family were in Clemson earlier last week and she was honored during the Furman game on Saturday. Players and staffers wore T-shirts with “Ella Strong” on them. But Ella had a setback in her condition and missed the game, returning to the hospital in Washington, D.C., closer to the family’s Maryland home.

Bryan Bresee traveled there after the 35-12 victory. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Bresee could miss his fifth-ranked team’s home game with Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

“There’s a lot more important things than football,” Swinney said Wednesday. “He needs to focus on what he’s doing and (if) he’s ready to be back and ready to play, hey, we’ll be here. But right now, he’s right where he needs to be.”

REDS SNAP SIX-GAME LOSING STREAK, BEAT CARDINALS 3-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino hit solo home runs and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 Thursday night to snap a six-game losing streak in the opener of a five-game series.

The loss cut the Cardinals’ lead in the National League Central to 7 1/2 games over the idle Milwaukee Brewers.

“We’ll put it together,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “It’s been a stretch where there’s no offense certain days. We just came up short tonight. We ran out of time there. We’re not overly concerned.”

St. Louis made it interesting in the ninth against rookie reliever Alexis Diaz, loading the bases with one out on two singles and walk before pulling within a run on a sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols, giving him 123 in his career and tying him with Hall of Famer Robin Yount for third most in MLB history since 1954.

Diaz then got pinch-hitter Cory Dickerson to ground out to end the game and earn his seventh save.

“That’s what this game is all about,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “It’s never easy. It was a little stressful but that’s what makes the game great. Diaz did a great job.”

Aquino and Spencer Steer each had two hits for the Reds.

Pujols finished 0 for 3 and remained at 697 career home runs. He is fourth on the all-time list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).

Miles Mikolas (11-12) had allowed four or more runs in three of his past four starts before giving up three runs in six innings against the Reds. He allowed six hits and three walks in his 30th start of the season.

“I didn’t have great stuff but I got through,” Mikolas said. “I tried to work through it the best I could. I can get better in my next start. I feel great. I’m in the best shape of my life.”

Cincinnati starter Chase Anderson (1-3) gave up one hit in five innings. He struck out three and waked two.

“He’s finding ways to get better,” Bell said. “He’s making improvements. I love having him.”

Anderson, signed to a minor league contract on Aug 27, faced the Cardinals twice last month and gave up eight runs (seven earned) and five hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings.

“Coming off a sweep is tough so my goal was to set the tone early,” Anderson said. “We got a run early. I’m very pleased with my pitches. Hats off to the defense. It was a great team win.”

Senzel got the Reds on the scoreboard with his two-out homer in the second and Jake Fraley’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the third.

Paul Goldschmidt’s RBI double in the bottom of the third pulled the Cardinals to 2-1. Aquino’s two-out homer in the sixth pushed the Reds’ lead back to two. It was his ninth of the season but his fifth this month.

“Baseball’s tough,” Mikolas said. “You can have a couple of good starts and a couple of bad starts. The ball can bounce this way or that way.”

Cardinals right fielder Lars Nootbar saved a run in the eighth as he caught a line drive and fired a strike home to double up pinch-runner Stuart Fairchild to end the inning. It was his seventh outfield assist.

Four Reds pitchers held the Cardinals to just three hits.

ROSTER MOVES

Reds: Recalled RHP Raynel Espinal and RHP Dauri Moreta from Triple-A Louisville. … Designated RHP Luke Farrell for assignment.

ROBERTO CLEMENTE DAY

Cardinals: 2022 Roberto Clemente Award nominee Goldschmidt and previous award winners Adam Wainwright (2020), Yadier Molina (2018), and Pujols (2008) all wore Clemente’s No. 21 during the game to honor the late Pirates outfielder. Goldschmidt was honored for his Clemente Award nomination (seventh career) during a pregame ceremony. Previous Cardinals to win the award also include Carlos Beltran (2013), Ozzie Smith (1995), and Lou Brock (1975), with the six total being the most of any MLB Club. … Molina, who asked to play in the game, wore special catchers equipment and cleats in honor of Clemente.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: Placed RHP Justin Dunn (right shoulder tightness) on the 15-day injured list, retroactive to Monday. Dunn was scheduled to start Friday’s game. … RHP Graham Ashcraft (right biceps soreness) had a rehab assignment Wednesday night for Double-A Chattanooga. He pitched three innings in his first game action since Aug. 19 in Pittsburgh. His next rehab assignment will be for Triple-A Louisville on Monday. … RHP Hunter Greene (right shoulder strain) will return to the rotation and start one of the games in Saturday’s day-night doubleheader.

Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz (left MCL tear), who has been out since July 23, was to pitch in relief Thursday night at Triple-A Memphis, He is potentially going to join the Cardinals’ bullpen for next week’s road trip to San Diego, Los Angeles and Milwaukee.

UP NEXT

Cardinals RHP Jack Flaherty (0-1, 4.50) will be facing the Reds for the first time this season, and 10th time in his career. Cincinnati has not announced a starter for Friday’s game.

WHITE SOX POUND 5 HOMERS, ROCK CENTRAL-LEADING GUARDIANS 8-2

CLEVELAND (AP) Elvis Andrus believes the Guardians will soon crumble. On Thursday, he did what he could to trigger a collapse.

Andrus hit one of Chicago’s five home runs off rookie Hunter Gaddis – and backed up a pregame swipe at the AL Central leaders – as the White Sox cut Cleveland’s division lead to three with an 8-2 victory in a makeup game Thursday.

Andrus connected in the fifth inning off Gaddis (0-2), who became the first Cleveland pitcher to allow five homers in a game since Luis Tiant in 1969. On Wednesday, Andrus raised some eyebrows by telling reporters he expected the first-place Guardians “to crumble, the closer we get.”

The White Sox, who have underperformed this season, inched up with 18 games left.

Andrus was not available following the game so he could get treatment. He and his teammates might have been sore after taking some big cuts against Gaddis.

A loss would have dropped Chicago five games behind Cleveland, which is why interim manager Miguel Cairo was so pleased with his team’s performance after being shut out by Colorado a day earlier.

“It was a big one,” Cairo said. “This is who we are. They had good at-bats, hit a couple homers. They went up there and they were aggressive, so that’s good to see the guys come back from yesterday and put some big numbers up there.”

Gavin Sheets hit a two-run homer in the second to start Chicago’s homer barrage against Gaddis, and Andrew Vaughn, Yoan Moncada and Yasmani Grandal joined Andrus by hitting shots off the right-hander.

Lance Lynn (7-5) limited the Guardians to two runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander is 5-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his last seven starts. Lynn’s ERA since the All-Star break is 2.14 (16 runs in 67 2/3 innings).

Cleveland had its winning streak stopped at six as it began a run of nine straight games against the White Sox and Minnesota Twins, the club’s two closest pursuers in one of baseball’s only tight division races.

Before the game, Guardians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said he had heard about Andrus’ comment but dismissed it as “outside noise.”

The White Sox made it a little louder for Cleveland.

Sheets and Vaughn connected for consecutive homers in the second off the 24-year-old Gaddis, who was making his second major league start after the Guardians tweaked their rotation.

Gaddis opened the inning by walking Eloy Jimenez and Sheets followed with his 13th homer, a shot into the seats in right that brought a shouting Andrus out of the dugout to high-five teammates along the rail.

Vaughn fouled off two pitches before making it 3-0 with his 16th homer of the season, which again sent Andrus into celebration.

Moncada connected for his 10th homer in the third and Grandal hit No. 5 in the fourth before Andrus, who signed with Chicago on Aug. 19, made it 6-1 with his leadoff homer in the fifth.

“The pitches he really got hurt on, all of them were elevated, caught too much of the plate,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “Guys learn quickly when they’re here some of the mistakes go further and guys don’t leave the zone as much. It’s a learning process.”

After Moncada doubled and scored on Jose Abreu’s single, Francona pulled Gaddis, who is the third pitcher in team history to give up five homers.

“They just hit the ball well,” Gaddis said. “Some of the pitches I wasn’t even mad about where I put it. They just got the barrel to it, so props to them.”

HOMER HAPPY

Tiant gave up five homers on April 18, 1969, in Boston, where he would later pitch for eight seasons. Gary Bell also gave up five homers for Cleveland on April 29, 1962, against Minnesota.

CLEMENTE’S DAY

Several Cleveland players along with first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. wore Roberto Clemente’s No. 21 as baseball honored the late Hall of Fame outfielder, who died nearly 50 years ago.

Coincidentally, this was the 21st Roberto Clemente Day, which celebrates both his on-field excellence (15-time All-Star, four-time batting champion) and selflessness in the community. He died in a plane crash on his way to bringing emergency supplies to earthquake-ravaged Nicaragua.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: LHP Anthony Gose underwent Tommy John surgery on Wednesday in Texas. He’ll be sidelined for at least one year while recovering. Gose pitched 21 innings this season for Cleveland before being shut down. … RHP Aaron Civale (elbow) will pitch a rehab assignment Thursday night for Triple-A Columbus. He could be back next week when the Guardians are in Chicago.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.18 ERA), 4-0 in his last seven starts, will start the series opener in Detroit on Friday against RHP Matt Manning (2-2, 3.73).

Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (10-11, 3.05) will start Friday’s opener against the Twins, who have not yet announced their starter.

LINDOR, CARRASCO SHINE ON CLEMENTE DAY, METS BEAT BUCS 7-1

NEW YORK (AP) As far as Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco were concerned, there was no better way to honor Roberto Clemente than playing well in a win.

On a night particularly meaningful to both of them, Lindor and Carrasco propelled the New York Mets past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday to extend their slim lead in the NL East as Major League Baseball celebrated Roberto Clemente Day at Citi Field.

“It was a special day. There was a lot more buzz around, a lot of happy energy in the building,” Lindor said. “But it’s still a grind. I’m still tired, and I’ll be tired tomorrow. I’m just happy a lot of guys were able to contribute to today’s win, including myself.”

Lindor launched his 24th home run to set a Mets season record for shortstops, and Carrasco (15-6) struck out a season-best 11 in six splendid innings as New York moved a game ahead of idle Atlanta.

“It was really special for me,” said Carrasco, a past winner of baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award for community service and playing excellence.

Slumping designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach drove in three runs against his former team, and pinch-hitter Mark Vientos had an RBI single for his first major league hit.

Vientos’ parents were in attendance and he planned to give them the souvenir ball.

“Memorable, for sure. Just felt really good getting the first one out of the way,” he said. “Take a deep breath now and play baseball.”

Breaking out early at the plate in the opener of a four-game series, the Mets halted a five-game home losing streak and rebounded from a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field.

New York (90-55), which hasn’t lost four straight all year, improved to 6-7 in a 16-game stretch against Washington, Pittsburgh, Miami and Chicago – all more than 20 games under .500 this season.

Michael Chavis had an RBI double in the second for the last-place Pirates. JT Brubaker (3-12) was tagged for five runs and seven hits over three innings before leaving with discomfort in his right lat muscle. He is day-to-day and expects to undergo an MRI.

“It’s a weird feeling. Never really felt anything in that area, so it’s kind of hard to describe,” Brubaker said.

Carrasco was playing catch in the outfield to get loose as more than a dozen other winners of the Roberto Clemente Award were introduced during a pregame ceremony. A leukemia survivor, Carrasco won the cherished prize in 2019 with Cleveland.

Major League Baseball was celebrating its 21st annual Roberto Clemente Day, with festivities centered at Citi Field where all players and coaches wore Clemente’s No. 21 to honor the Pirates Hall of Fame outfielder who died in a plane crash at age 38 attempting to deliver relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve 1972.

Lindor, like Clemente a proud native of Puerto Rico, hit a two-run homer into the second deck in right field to make it 4-0 in the third and establish a career high for RBIs with 94.

Mets manager Buck Showalter said he initially thought about giving Lindor a little break as the DH, but the star shortstop wanted to play the field – especially on this day.

“I knew what a big night it is for him with Roberto Clemente,” Showalter said. “I know that meant a lot to him. But he’s just been a rock for us in so many ways.”

Jeff McNeil followed with a double and Vogelbach, acquired from Pittsburgh in a July trade, added an RBI single.

Vogelbach got the Mets going in the first with a two-run double off Brubaker.

The 35-year-old Carrasco mostly cruised and improved to 7-2 with a 2.12 ERA in his past 11 starts. He became the first 15-game winner for the Mets since Jacob deGrom in 2017.

Coming off a four-game sweep in Cincinnati, the Pirates began a stretch of six consecutive games in New York that includes two at Yankee Stadium next Tuesday and Wednesday. They struck out 16 times and got outhit 10-4 as they were denied their first five-game winning streak since April 2019.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets ace RHP Max Scherzer (left oblique irritation) is expected to come off the injured list and start Monday in Milwaukee. … Showalter said catcher Tomas Nido was sore after getting hit by a couple of foul balls Wednesday. … RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder strain) and RHP Drew Smith (right lat strain) are not too far from returning, Showalter said. … Hitting coach Eric Chavez left the team for a few days to go home and attend to a family matter. He’ll probably be back next week in Milwaukee, Showalter said.

ROSTER MOVES

Pittsburgh recalled LHP Eric Stout from Triple-A Indianapolis. He allowed one run over two innings in relief of Brubaker. RHP Tyler Beede and LHP Dillon Peters were designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (5-10, 4.01 ERA) starts Friday night against Taijuan Walker (11-4, 3.48).

CORREA, GORDON POWER TWINS PAST ROYALS 3-2 FOR SERIES SWEEP

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins salvaged some badly needed momentum, entering a last-ditch five-game series at first-place Cleveland this weekend.

Their pitching lately looks up to the task.

Carlos Correa’s solo home run in the first inning and Nick Gordon’s two-run shot in the second gave the Twins enough to hang on for a 3-2 victory to finish a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night and gain ground in the AL Central race.

“Our guys know what’s at stake, and our guys know what time of the year it is,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “This is what we do all this work for.”

The Twins (72-70) pulled within four games of the Guardians (76-66), who had their six-game winning streak stopped with an 8-2 loss to Chicago in the afternoon. The White Sox (74-70) are in second place, three games out.

“I’m excited because I know it’s important for us,” reliever Jhoan Duran said through a translator. “That’s the season right there.”

Trevor Megill (4-3), who threw the first of five scoreless innings by five Twins relievers, picked up the victory with a perfect fifth. Duran got his seventh save in as many attempts with a tense ninth, retiring his last three batters on a sacrifice bunt and two strikeouts after the first two men reached.

“Anybody can step up in any given moment. Nobody quite has a role, but we’re always ready whenever Rocco calls upon us,” said Michael Fulmer, who pitched a perfect eighth.

After losing nine of 11, including a three-game sweep here last weekend by division-leading Cleveland, the Twins snapped to life against the ready-for-next-year Royals. This was their second sweep of Kansas City in four weeks. Minnesota has a 12-4 advantage in the season series, with three games remaining on the road against the Royals next week.

After Michael Taylor’s RBI single in the second inning and Salvador Perez’s leadoff home run in the fourth off Twins starter Dylan Bundy, the Royals put only two runners on until the consecutive singles against Duran to start the ninth.

The Twins outscored the Royals 13-5 in the series and allowed a total of only 13 hits.

Correa is batting .339 in his last 31 games (39 for 115) with eight home runs, 21 RBIs and 18 walks. Gordon’s 11th career home run was his first against a left-hander, Royals starter Daniel Lynch (4-11).

“I thought he got better as he went,” manager Mike Matheny said. “Those last couple innings, we saw some stuff that we really hadn’t seen here in awhile.”

LUCKY NUMBER?

In honor of the baseball-wide celebration of the late Hall of Fame player, humanitarian and Puerto Rico native Roberto Clemente, two Royals and six Twins chose to wear his old No. 21. That included Correa, a Puerto Rican, and Perez, who was his team’s 2021 nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award for character and community service.

Correa and Perez, as fate would have it, both hit their 21st homers.

“You grow up in Puerto Rico learning the history of Roberto Clemente and how great he was. All the people he touched off the field is what inspired me the most and that’s the reason why I have a foundation to help others because my idol, Roberto Clemente, did it,” Correa said before the game.

BANGED-UP TWINS

Twins 1B/2B/DH Luis Arraez, who departed the game Wednesday with tightness in his hamstring, was held out of the lineup as a precaution after an MRI test revealed no damage. The AL batting leader entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning for Kyle Garlick, who had wrist pain.

The lineup remained well below full strength, with 2B Jorge Polanco (knee inflammation), CF Byron Buxton (hip strain), LF Alex Kirilloff (wrist inflammation) and RF Max Kepler (bruised leg, sore wrist) leading the list of sidelined regulars. Kepler is the only one not on the injured list.

“We need to bring guys back who can play. Bringing guys back who can play and then maybe need a day or two once they play a game, that’s not going to help us as much as we think,” Baldelli said before the game.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Jonathan Heasley (3-8, 5.51 ERA) takes the mound on Friday night in Boston to begin a three-game series. RHP Michael Wacha (11-1, 2.69 ERA) pitches for the Red Sox.

Twins: RHP Bailey Ober (0-2, 4.11 ERA) will come off the injured list for the series opener in Cleveland. He has made only seven starts this season because of a groin strain, with his last outing on June 1. RHP Triston McKenzie (10-11, 3.05) pitches for the Guardians. He beat the Twins last week with seven shutout innings.

ALDERSON STEPPING DOWN AS METS PRESIDENT, WILL TAKE NEW ROLE

NEW YORK (AP) Sandy Alderson will step down as president of the New York Mets when the team finds his replacement.

The 74-year-old Alderson, a cancer survivor who has served two stints as New York’s general manager, will move to a new role as special advisor to owners Steve and Alex Cohen and the senior leadership team.

The first-place Mets announced the plans Thursday evening before hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates on Roberto Clemente Day in Major League Baseball.

“For me personally and for the organization, it’s the right time for this transition,” Alderson said in a statement. “We are having a successful season, we have made several key additions to our senior leadership team and we have built a strong and forward-thinking culture. When the time comes, I am looking forward to continuing to support Steve, Alex and the organization in a new role.”

Alderson was the Mets’ general manager from 2010-18. He returned to the club as president when Cohen bought the team in November 2020 and assumed general manager responsibilities running baseball operations once again for a while before Billy Eppler was hired as GM last offseason.

“When I asked Sandy to come back to the team, it was for a defined period of time and with a specific mandate – revive our culture and this iconic franchise for our fans, partners and employees,” Steve Cohen said. “Sandy has done those very things and more and we have begun a search for his successor. When we find that person, I have asked Sandy to continue in a new role as special advisor to me and the senior leadership team.”

UCONN TO PAY KEVIN OLLIE ANOTHER $3.9 MILLION OVER FIRING

STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn announced Thursday it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school’s agreement with its professor’s union.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter is now fully and finally resolved.”

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was let go after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on probation for two years and Ollie was sanctioned individually for violations, which the NCAA found occurred between 2013 and 2018. Ollie’s attorneys, Jacques Parenteau and William Madsen, accused UConn of making false claims to the NCAA for the purpose of firing Ollie “with cause.”

The school had argued that Ollie’s transgressions were serious and that his individual contract superseded those union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers had argued that white coaches, including Hall-of-Famers Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Geno Auriemma, had also committed NCAA violations, without being fired, and indicated they were planning to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday they were settling “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who faced three years of restrictions from the NCAA on becoming a college basketball coach again, is currently coaching for Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top prospects who are not attending college for the pros.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES/NEWS

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY

(INDIANA NOTES)

SETTING THE SCENE

• With the BTN Tailgate on campus, Indiana (2-0, 1-0 B1G) will host Western Kentucky (2-0) in a non-conference tilt on Saturday,

Sept. 17. Kickoff is set for Noon inside Memorial Stadium (55,656; Field Turf) on the Big Ten Network.

• Head coach Tom Allen is 13-1 all-time against non-conference opponents during the regular season, including a 33-31 win over

Western Kentucky last season on the road. Allen is 7-1 all-time in home non-conference contests.

• In the history of Indiana football, the program has hosted three straight games to start a season just 11 times. The 2022 season

marks the 12th occurrence and this edition will look to post a 3-0 record for the third time (2015 and 1917).

NEWS & NOTES

• Five team captains were announced by head coach Tom Allen prior to the season opener with four first-time captains in tight

end AJ Barner, safety Devon Matthews, cornerback Tiawan Mullen and quarterback Jack Tuttle. Linebacker Cam Jones was

selected team captain for the third time in his career, which joins just two other names in program history.

• Allen is on pace to join a select group of coaches in Indiana history, as he is on pace to reach the 30-win mark at the school.

• Indiana has started a season 2-0 for the fourth time under Allen (2018-20, 2022) and the sixth time since 2015.

• IU opened a season with a Big Ten foe for the fourth time in Allen’s six campaigns and third straight season. Allen is 2-2 in those

contests with wins over Illinois (2022) and Penn State (2020). He has also faced No. 2 Ohio State (2017) and No. 17 Iowa (2021).

• Running back Shaun Shivers scored a rushing touchdown in his second straight game versus Idaho, while backfield mate Josh

Henderson rushed for his first career touchdown against the Vandals.

• Against Illinois, wide receiver Cam Camper and quarterback Connor Bazelak each etched their names into the record books,

as Camper had the most productive debut in IU history and Bazelak accomplished something not done since Antwaan Randle El.

• Camper and D.J. Matthews Jr. (109 yards) each racked up 100-plus yards receiving against Illinois to become the first Indiana

duo to reach the century mark in the same game since 2018.

• Don Fischer, the Voice of the Hoosiers, will begin his 50th season on the call in 2022 and will be honored by the National

Football Foundation and the IU Hall of Fame in 2022, while color analyst and IU alum, Rhett Lewis begins his first season on the

broadcast crew.

WESTERN KENTUKCY NOTES:

THE FIFTH TIME IS A CHARM? Western Kentucky and Indiana have met a total of four times on the gridiron with the Hoosiers claiming victory in all four meetings. The Hilltoppers came close to knocking off Indiana a season ago on their home field, but could not come away with the victory late as the Hoosiers held on to win, 33-31, in the late September meeting. RECORD-SETTING CROWD When the Hilltoppers and Hoosiers did battle in 2021, WKU set a new school record for attendance with 25,171 fans packed into Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium on The Hill. This year’s game will likely produce an even bigger crowd as Indiana’s Memorial Stadium has a seating capacity that holds 52,626 fans. SWITCHING SIDELINES WKU running back Davion Ervin-Poindexter will be wearing a different shade of red for this year’s meeting between WKU and Indiana after suiting up for the Hoosiers a season ago. Ervin-Poindexter played for Indiana from 2019-2021, seeing action for the Hoosiers during his final two seasons on the team. The Merrillville, Ind. native played in the game against the Hilltoppers a season ago, but did not record any statistics. So far this year, Ervin-Poindexter has carried the ball 24 times for 90 yards and a touchdown. His best output was in WKU’s last game at Hawaii in which he tallied 42 yards and a score with a long run of 13 yards. SEEKING A BIG TEN BREAKTHROUGH Despite seeing success against various Power Five opponents, WKU has not defeated a team from the Big Ten since joining the ranks of the FBS in 2007. The Tops will be looking for their first Big Ten victory Saturday in Bloomington. In addition to the four meetings with Indiana, WKU has faced off against Illinois twice (2014, 2017), Wisconsin once (2018) and Michigan State a season ago since transitioning to college football’s highest level. The Tops’ final contest against a member of the Big Ten Conference as an FCS program came in 2001 when they made the trip to Wisconsin and fell to the Badgers by a score of 24-6. HOMECOMING FOR TWO In addition to running back Davion Ervin-Poindexter, WKU linebacker Nathan Griffin is the other Hilltopper originally from the state of Indiana. Griffin is from St. Leon where he was a four-year starter at East Central HS. He led his team to a 43-9 record during that time, and racked up 182 total tackles (113 solo, 69 assisted) throughout his career while adding eight sacks, seven interceptions, three pass deflections and three fumble recoveries.

PURDUE FOOTBALL NOTES VS. SYRACUSE

After kicking off the season with two games at home, Purdue Football hits the road for the first time this season. The Boilermakers face an undefeated Syracuse team (Sept. 17) at noon on ESPN2. • Purdue won the only other meeting between the two programs, a 51-0 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium (Sept. 5, 2004). • The Boilermakers boast a 4-1 record in their first road game of each season under head coach Jeff Brohm. Prior to Brohm’s arrival, Purdue lost eight of its previous nine road openers. • Purdue is coming off a 56-0 win over Indiana State, the second shutout of the Jeff Brohm era and the largest margin of victory since a 59-point shutout win over Southeast Missouri in 2011. • Four of Purdue’s next six games are on the road. • The Boilermakers are an even .500 against ACC teams, going 15-15-1 facing 11 current members of the conference. • Reuniting with youth football teammate Aidan O’Connell, Iowa transfer Charlie Jones has provided an instant impact in his first two outings at Purdue, leading the Big Ten in receptions (21), receiving yards (286) and receiving touchdowns (4). • Jones leads the nation in receptions per game (10.5), while ranking third in receiving touchdowns and fourth in receiving yards. • Two of Purdue’s leading tacklers, Sanoussi Kane (Harlem) and Khordae Sydnor (New Rochelle), return to their home state for Saturday’s matchup; Kane paces the Boilermakers with 10 tackles, while Sydnor ranks third on the team with seven tackles. • While the offense may get more notoriety, the Purdue defense has gotten off to a fast start this season. The Boilermakers have recorded a pair of defensive touchdowns, forcing four turnovers, while keeping opponents off the scoreboard in six of the eight quarters.

RECEIVER U • With 21 receptions through two games, Charlie Jones joined some elite company to start a season. • Since 2000, only four Big Ten wide receivers caught at least 21 passes through the first two games of a season, all of them being Purdue Boilermakers. Now, Jones is one of them. • Rondale Moore, an All-American currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals, hauled in 24 receptions to kick off the 2019 season. • Taylor Stubblefield made 23 catches in 2003 before becoming a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award at the end of the 2004 campaign. • David Bell (Cleveland Browns), also a finalist for the Biletnikoff in 2021, caught 22 passes to start the 2020 season before ending his Purdue career as an All-American. TRACKING THE TARGETS • Aidan O’Connell wasted no time spreading the ball around in the opener against Penn State, going 30-for-60 for 365 yards and a touchdown. • O’Connell directed 19 of his 60 attempts towards childhood teammate Charlie Jones in the opener against Penn State. • Through two games, 15 different Boilermakers have caught a pass with 10 making two or more grabs. DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE DEFENSE • While a Jeff Brohm team is usually known for its offense, the Purdue defense is making its presence felt this season. • Out of the eight quarters Purdue has played in 2022, the defense has kept the opposition scoreless in six of them. • The Boilermakers have forced four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns. • Purdue is one of six teams nationwide with multiple defensive touchdowns. • The Purdue defense ranks 16th nationally in red zone defense, while allowing only 74.5 rushing yards per game to rank 18th in the country. PICK SIX CITY • The Purdue defense has returned interceptions for touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010 when Ricardo Allen had a pair of pick sixes against Michigan and Michigan State. • Chris Jefferson’s 72-yard pick six against Penn State (Sept. 1) was the longest by a Boilermaker since Ja’Whaun Bentley went 76 yards versus Minnesota (Oct. 7, 2017). • In the shutout victory over Indiana State (Sept. 10), Cam Allen’s eighth career interception became his first pick six as he scampered 65 yards to the end zone. • Purdue joins USC and Western Kentucky as the only teams in the nation that have taken multiple interceptions back for touchdowns. • Allen’s interception return for a touchdown was the 55th by a Boilermaker since 1950.

SYRACUSE NOTES:

ORANGE START FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND AGAINST PURDUE • Syracuse begins a stretch of four-straight home games when it hosts Purdue on Saturday. It marks the Orange’s longest homestand of the season. • The game will air on ESPN2, with Brian Custer (PxP), Dusin Fox (analyst) and Lauren Sisler (reporter) on the call. • The Orange will try to start the campaign with three consecutive victories for the first time since 2018. ‘Cuse began that season with four-straight wins and went on to a 10-3 record and a win in the Camping World Bowl. SHRADER ON THE MARK • QB Garrett Shrader has been one of the most accurate passers in the nation on through the first two weeks of the season. • He has completed 38-of-48 passes (.792) this season and ranks third in the nation on in completion on percentage, and is ninth in the nation on in points responsible for. • Shrader enjoyed one of the most productive days of his career in the win against UConn. He was 20-of-23 for 292 yards and three touchdowns. He set career highs in completions and passing yards and passed his career high in passing TDs. • His .870 completion on percentage against the Huskies ranks third in the FBS among quarterbacks who have completed 20 or more passes in a game this season (6th total). • Shrader was also graded as Pro Football Focus’ top quarterback in the power five in week one with a 94.1 passing grade.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS • RB Sean Tucker became the 13th player in program history to surpass 2,300 rushing yards in Syracuse’s victory against UConn. • Tucker rushed for 112 yards against the Huskies to increase his career total to 2,334 yards. He climbed to 13th place on the Orange’s career rushing leader list, passing Kyle McIntosh (2,250). ORANGE IN THE RED ZONE • Syracuse is the only FBS school that has converted on all of its red zone chances while not allowing a score from the red zone. The Orange are one of only nine schools to be perfect in the red zone with 10+ scores this season. • Syracuse was perfect in the red zone against UConn, converting on all six of its trip inside the Huskies’ 20. • It marked the second-straight game that the Orange scored on every opportunity in the red zone. Overall, ‘Cuse is 10-for-10 inside the red zone this season. • Conversely, Syracuse’s defense has not allowed a score from inside the red zone. The opposition has only had one opportunity, which the Orange ended on a fourth-and-goal at the two-yard line.

SERIES HISTORY • Syracuse and Purdue will meet for just the second Ɵ me and the first time on the Orange’s home fi eld. • The Boilermakers won the only previous contest between the two schools. LAST TIME VS. PURDUE • The Orange traveled to West Lafayette, Indiana for the 2004 season opener that Purdue won, 51-0. • The Boilermakers opened the scoring with 4:01 remaining in the first quarter. On Purdue’s next possession, QB Kyle Orton threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to give the Boilermakers a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. • Syracuse put together a drive at the end of the first half, but a low snap on a 24-yard fi eld-goal attempt with 27 seconds remaining forced holder Jared Jones to throw a pass that was intercepted. • Orton finished the day 16-for-30 for 288 yards and four touchdowns. • RB Walter Reyes rushed for 33 yards on 13 carries, increasing his career total to 2,654 yards and moving him into fifth place on Syracuse all-Ɵ me rushing list. ORANGE AGAINST THE BIG TEN • Syracuse has an all-time record of 105-124-11 against Big Ten teams. • The Orange’s last win against a squad from the Big Ten came in the 2013 Texas Bowl when Syracuse defeated Minnesota, 21-17. • Head coach Dino Babers is 0-2 against Big Ten squads during his Syracuse tenure and is 2-3 overall. One of those wins came against Purdue in 2015 when Babers led the Eastern Illinois program.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL NOTES VS CALIFORNIA

(NOTRE DAME NOTES)

SERIES HISTORY

• Notre Dame and California are meeting for the fifth time and the first time in 55 years.

• The Irish lead the all-time series 4-0, winning two games at Notre Dame Stadium in 1960

and 1967, while also earning two wins at California in 1959 and 1965.

• See page 11 for more on the Notre Dame – California series.

STORYLINES

• ‘Irish Wear Green’ is an annual game (created in 2018) when all Notre Dame fans are encouraged to wear green to support the Irish. Since the ‘Irish Wear Green’ initiative began

in 2018 for the Notre Dame -Michigan game, the Irish have remained in their traditional

blue uniforms for the contest.

• For this year’s event Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Marcus Freeman has already announced that the Irish will be in green uniforms for the game with California. Saturday

will make the first time the Irish will wear green jerseys since 2018, which ironcially was

not an ‘Irish Wear Green’ game but was Senior Day that year and Notre Dame earned a

42-13 victory over Florida State.

• Notre Dame has two traditional Pac-12 Conference rivals in Southern Cal and Stanford and

are 41-18-1 against those to teams in Notre Dame Stadium. The Irish are 14-1 at home

against all other Pac-12 teams, with the lone loss coming to Arizona in 1982.

• California is 2-0 this season with a 34-13 victory over UC Davis and and a 20-14 win over

future 2022 Notre Dame opponent UNLV last weekend. Saturday marks Cal’s first road

game of the season.

• The Irish will see a quarterback make a Notre Dame Stadium starting debut for the second consecutive week on Saturday. Sophomore Tyler Buchner made his first career start

against Marshall last weekend, but was injured in the fourth quarter and will be out for

the remainder of the season. Sophomore Drew Pyne will be making his first start in Notre

Dame Stadium on Saturday against California.

• Notre Dame quarterbacks are 14-5 in their first career starts in Notre Dame Stadium since

1998.

NOTRE DAME GREEN JERSEY HISTORY • With a nickname like ‘The Fighting Irish,’ the color green has always played a part in Notre Dame football uniforms dating back to the Knute Rockne era in the 1920s. • The green jersey lore was enhanced in 1977, when Dan Devine warmed up in Notre Dame’s traditional blue jersey, changed into green jerseys in the locker room and utilized the momentum of the sudden changed to defeat No. 11 Southern Cal 49-19. Before that 1977 game, Notre Dame had not worn green jerseys since 1963. • The 1977 team remained in those green jerseys for the rest of the season and earned the National Championship with a 38-10 victory over No. 1 Texas in the 1978 Cotton Bowl (the jersey worn in the Cotton Bowl was white with green numbers). • Green remained the main color of the Notre Dame football uniform through the 1980 season. • Since 1983, when Gerry Faust uniformed his team in green for a victory with Southern Cal, Notre Dame is 8-7 while wearing jerseys that prominently feature the color green and have wore green six times since 2010 (5-1 in those games, four wins in a row).

IRISH ITEMS – BY THE NUMBERS

2 Two Irish freshmen made their debut for Notre Dame against Marshall – tight

ends Eli Raridon and Holden Staes.

3

Last year Michael Mayer joined Virginia’s Heath Miller (2003) and Rice’s

James Casey (2008) as the only FBS underclassman tight ends (freshman or

sophomore) in the last 25 years to have at least 70 receptions for 700 yards in

a season..

6

Six completions in eight attempts by Drew Pyne, helping the Irish rally against

Wisconsin in Soldier Field last season in his first siginficant action for Notre Dame

(he appeared briefly in two games in the 2020 season). The Irish trailed 10-13

when Pyne entered the contest and eventually won the game 41-13, boosted by

a Pyne touchdown pass and two interception returns for a touchdown.

7

Notre Dame has played seven times in its football history on September 17, with

six of those meetings coming against Michigan State. The Irish are 3-4 all-time

on September 17th and have not played on the date since 2016.

11

Howard Cross III led the Irish with 11 tackles against Marshall last weekend, far surpassing his previous career-high of five and becoming the first Notre

Dame defensive lineman to post double-digit tackles in a game since Kurt Hinish

against Navy last season.

14

Notre Dame is 14-1 all-time in Notre Dame Stadium against Pac-12 teams not

named Southern Cal or Stanford. Arizona claims the lone victory of those 15

contests in 1982.

15

Since Notre Dame moved away from green jerseys in 1980, the team has appeared 15 times in games where green was a central element of the team’s game

day uniform. Notre Dame is 8-7 in those games and has won four in a row.

44.9

With a 44.9 yards-per-punt average, senior Jon Sot is 24th in the country in

punt average. His efforts have allowed the Irish to rank 11th in the country in

net punting (44.83).

53

Career games played for graduate student linebacker Bo Bauer which is eight

games away from matching Kurt Hinish (now in his rookie season with the

Houston Texans) for the most games played in Notre Dame history.

120

Michael Mayer collected his 120th career reception against Marshall (he now

has 126) and is one of 11 Notre Dame players to reach that mark this century.

The only other one to reach that mark in the last five years was Chase Claypool.

213 Since 1980, Notre Dame is 213-24 (.899) when it scores 30 or more points.

(CAL NOTES)

ABOUT THE SERIES — This will be the fifth all-time meeting between California and Notre Dame, but first since 1967. — It will be the first game in 55 years between the two programs with the Fighting Irish having won all four of the previous matchups in 1959, 1960, 1965 and 1967 OTT-STANT IMPACT — Freshman running back Jaydn Ott has immediately made his presence known in the first two games of the season, rushing for 156 yards on 17 carries while adding five receptions for 42 yards and his first career touchdown. Ott was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive time on Monday, the first Bear to earn the honor in back-to-back weeks since its inception in 2019. Lu-Magia Hearns III is the only other Cal player to pick up the honor after the Golden Bears’ 2021 Big Game victory at Stanford. — Ott has proven to be a threat both running the ball and receiving out of the backfield, currently ranking eighth in the Pac-12 in all purpose yards through the first two weeks of the season. The Chino, California native is averaging 99 yards per game with 156 rushing and 42 receiving yards in two games. Ott is the only freshman to rank in the Top 10 of the conference in all purpose yards. — With 156 yards rushing in the first two games of the season, Ott ranks fourth in the Pac-12 Conference. Ott is the top freshman rusher in the Pac-12 and sixth overall in the conference. EASTERN TIME, NO PROBLEM — Cal has played a pair of games in the eastern time zone under current head coach Justin Wilcox and has returned to the west coast victorious both times. The Bears opened the 2017 season with a 35-30 triumph at North Carolina in Wilcox’s first game as head coach and won 28-20 at Ole Miss in 2019. ROAD OPENERS — The Bears have a 3-2 record in road openers under head coach Justin Wilcox. — Cal won 35-30 at North Carolina in 2017, 21-18 at BYU in 2018 and earned a 20-19 victory at No. 12 Washington in 2019. — The last two road openers have been defeats to UCLA in 2020 (34-10) and a back-and-forth loss at TCU to open last season (34-32). DEFENSIVE MINDED — California’s defense has been strong in several areas through the first two games of the season, ranking third in the Pac-12 and No. 23 nationally in scoring defense. The Bears have held six of their last eight opponents to 14 points or less dating back to last season. — The Bears are tied for second in the Pac-12 and tied for seventh in the country with one defensive touchdown. — Cal is second in the Pac-12 and No. 18 in the nation with three interceptions through the first two weeks. Craig Woodson, Jeremiah Earby and Isaiah Young have each grabbed a pick, with Young’s sealing the week two win over UNLV. — Woodson returned from an injury that cost him the entire 2021 season and took an interception back 39 yards for a touchdown, the first score of his career in Cal’s season-opening 34-13 win over UC Davis. — Cal’s starting inside linebacker duo of Jackson Sirmon (17) and Oluwafemi Oladejo (16) have been all over the field for the Bears, leading the team in tackles.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: #10 PURDUE SWEEPS NORTHERN KENTUCKY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 10 Purdue Boilermakers secured their fifth sweep of the season with their 25-17, 25-23, 25-12 victory over Northern Kentucky. With the result, Purdue moves to 8-1 on the season while NKU falls to 1-9.

Out-hitting their opponents 45-24 in kills and .309-.063 in efficiency, the Boilermakers found their stride behind Eva Hudson’s 15 kills and Raven Colvin’s eight total blocks (two solo, six assisted). It was a career-best in efficiency for the freshman (15-1-28) in addition to tying her record in digs (8).

In total, three starters including Hudson hit over .500 in the match: Hannah Clayton (8-1-13 for .538%), Megan Renner (4-0-6 for a .667%) and Hudson. Additionally, outside hitter Emily Rastovski registered two kills on three swings for a .667% in the third set.

Renner went errorless on the attack for the second consecutive match (4-0-6) while adding 29 assists and a career-high tying eight digs.

Defensively, No. 10 Purdue out-blocked NKU 10-5, marking the fourth time this season the Boilermakers reached double-digits. Five Boilermakers contributed at least two block assists in the win, including Madeline Koch and Hudson’s three apiece.

The Stacey Clark Classic resumes tomorrow with a 4 p.m. neutral site match between Northern Kentucky and Ball State. Purdue will return to Belin Court on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET to close out their non-conference slate vs. Ball State on B1G+.

Set One Highlights

The Boilermakers went on a 6-1 run to close out the set, 25-17

Hannah Clayton, Raven Colvin, Hudson and Renner all remained errorless

Set Two Highlights

Despite the Norse taking an early 9-4 lead, Purdue responded by going on a 10-3 run to take the lead at 14-12. Although NKU crept back within one point at 21-20 and then again at 23-22 and 24-23, Hudson recorded the next kill in each of the scores to give Purdue the advantage and set point.

Purdue hit .333 in the set, backed by only three errors in the set and five Boilermakers hitting .500 or better.

Colvin secured four block assists in the set.

Set Three Highlights

Purdue started out with a 10-2 advantage, powered by four consecutive blocks. On the string of stuffs, middle blocker Colvin assisted on each, while Hudson and Madeline Koch split the efforts.

Maddie Schermerhorn tallied seven digs in the set along with an ace.

As a team, Purdue forced seven attack errors and allowed just six Norse kills.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: @BUTLERUWSOCCER SETTLES FOR TIE WITH BALL STATE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team had a two-goal advantage over Ball State but ended up with a draw once the final horn sounded. The Bulldogs (3-4-1) scored early in the first half and then again, very early in the second, but the unrelenting Cardinals (1-3-3) answered with two goals of their own, and time expired with the score all level, 2-2.

Key Moments

6′ | Katie Soderstrom carried down the right side and challenged her defender in the penalty area. She made a move and struck a hard shot on goal. Ball State’s keeper reached out to make the save, but the ball deflected under her arm and carried into the net. The Bulldogs led, 1-0.

–HALFTIME–

46′ | Soderstrom hit a long cross from the right side that went to the far post. Abigail Isger was there, and her left-footed shot deflected off the keeper and in, putting Butler up, 2-0.

50′ | Ball State’s Avery Fenchel took a shot from right in front of Butler’s goal that was blocked. It came back to her, and she struck it again, this time into the upper right corner of the net, pulling the Cardinals to within one, 2-1.

77′ | Sammi Corcoran carried through two Butler defenders at the top of the box. Her left-footed shot went directly into the upper right corner and leveled the score, 2-2.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Katie Soderstrom, Abigail Isger

ASSISTS: Katie Soderstrom

Bulldog Bits

Katie Soderstrom’s goal was her sixth of the season and the 34th of her career. She has now moved into a tie for fourth on Butler’s all-time list. Her assist was her third of the season and the 27th of her career. She is now in sole possession of second place all-time at Butler.

With 95 career points, Soderstrom has now moved into the fourth position on the career points list.

Abigail Isger’s goal was her third of the season and the twelfth of her career.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: @BUTLERVB OPENS BULLDOG BRAWL WITH 3-0 SETBACK TO OHIO

INDIANAPOLIS — The Bulldogs dropped the opening match of the 2022 Bulldog Brawl with a 3-0 loss to visiting Ohio (18-25, 24-26, 20-25). Butler moves to 6-4 on the year while the Bobcats improve to 6-3.

SET 1: Ohio 25-18

Ohio broke an early 4-4 tie in the first set and never looked back on their way to claiming a seven-point win. The Bulldogs got back within one at 13-12, but were not able to grab the lead. Ohio hit .385, recording 18 kills on 39 attempts with just three errors. Butler’s offense also played well by posting a .317 attack percentage with just one error on 41 swings. Mariah Grunze led the charge with five kills for BU. Kristy Frank matched that effort with five for the Bobcats.

SET 2: Ohio 26-24

Butler erased a five-point deficit at 18-13 to tie the action at 20-20 after a block from Marisa Guisti and Cora Taylor. Action stayed tight the rest of the way, but Lauren Park would push the Bobcats in front 25-24 with a kill and a BU error would eliminate the comeback chance pushing Ohio up 2-0. Grunze and Frank each led their respective team in the kill category. Grunze had a match-high 11 before the break and Frank was close behind with 10.

SET 3: Ohio 25-20

There were no lead changes in the final set as Ohio kept their foot on the gas to complete the three-set sweep. Caitlin O’Farrell was great down the stretch with a team-best five kills. Frank added four along with teammate Lauren Park. Ohio hit .204 in the third set comparted to just .077 for BU.

STAT OF THE MATCH: Mariah Grunze just missed a double-double vs. Ohio with a team-high 13 kills and nine digs.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE:

– Butler recorded eight total team blocks

– Amina Shackelford and Marisa Guisti each had five blocks for the Bulldogs

– Megan Sheridan ended the match with six kills and six digs

– Butler’s dig leader was once again Jaymeson Kinley with 13

– Cora Taylor set BU up with a team-high 20 assists

UP NEXT:  Butler will return to action tomorrow night with a 6 PM match against Missouri. The Bulldog Brawl will open with Missouri facing Ohio at 12 PM on Friday. Central Michigan will also face Notre Dame inside Hinkle Fieldhouse at 3 PM.

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: JAGUARS’ OFFENSE FUELS WIN IN #HLWSOC OPENER AGAINST CLEVELAND ST.

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team scored a season-high four goals, including a pair from junior Sam Slimak, as the Jaguars raced past Cleveland State in both teams’ Horizon League opener, 4-2 on Thursday night (Sept. 15). Slimak tallied her first two goals of the year, including the winner, and senior Maya Lacognato and freshman Emma Frey also scored in the victory.

“It felt really good,” Slimak said of her first career multi-goal game. “It was honestly like exciting for our whole team to start the second half so strong and I was more excited that our team could start with a lot of fire and get a goal quickly. It was a full team effort, so I love that part of it.

“I think we were struggling to settle into the game, but once we did, I thought the attack was good and I just love how there are numerous people who can get up there and attack.”

IUPUI’s shutout streak was halted at five straight games with a Cleveland State strike in the game’s 20th minute, only to see the Jaguars fire back with three unanswered tallies. Frey added some late insurance after the Vikings made it a one-goal deficit in the 82nd minute.

IUPUI went down a goal in the 20th minute when Mayra Sesmas laced a shot past Ashton Kudlo, stopping the Jaguars’ keeper’s personal scoreless streak at 404 minutes. The Vikings maintained the lead untli the one-person wrecking crew of Emma Antoine changed the game off the IUPUI bench. Antoine drew a penalty kick, setting up Lacognato’s fifth score of the year in the 35th minute.

Business stayed even at 1-1 until the 47th minute when Slimak put the Jaguars ahead for good. Sophomore Makenna Collins played Slimak forward on the left side and the Michigan-native angled a brilliant shot over CSU keeper Liv Fain for her first score of the year. Slimak waited just 11 minutes to find her second score of the year, this time pinging a shot off the inside of the post off a cross from Leah Shumate for a 3-1 lead in the 58th minute.

IUPUI went into cruise control for a bit and CSU took advantage when Erica Leinweber got free and powered a shot past Kudlo with eight minutes left in regulation. The Vikings continued to push for an equalizer before Frey ended any comeback hopes with an unassisted strike from distance in the 86th minute. Frey took advantage of an errant CSU pass and blazed a shot past Fain for her third score of the year.

IUPUI finished with a 13-11 shot advantage and a 60-40 advantage in possession. Slimak finished with four shots and Lacognato attempted three. Kudlo registered a pair of saves against four CSU shots on frame.

The Jaguars will return to action on Sunday when they travel up I-69 to face Purdue Fort Wayne at 1:00 p.m.. That contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL TO COMPETE IN CEFCU CLASSIC AT BRADLEY

PEORIA, Ill. – The IUPUI volleyball travels to Bradley to compete in the CEFCU Classic to close out non-conference play this weekend when they take on Bradley, Western Michigan and St. Thomas. The Jags begin the two-day tournament on Friday against St. Thomas at 2:00 PM.

Head coach Lindsey Froehlich’s team is coming off a 2-1 finish at the Bellarmine Invitational last weekend where they defeated Gardner-Webb and Bellarmine. Senior Darragh Dixon and freshman Morgan Ostrowski were named to the All-Tournament team. The Jags are 4-5 overall.

IUPUI will begin the weekend facing St. Thomas on Friday (Sept. 16) at 2:00 PM. St. Thomas is 2-7 overall, going 0-3 last weekend at the Rambler Challenge in Chicago.

The action continues Saturday, Sept. 17 when the Jags face Western Michigan at 2:00 PM. The Broncos enter the weekend 5-4 after going 1-2 at the UNI Tournament. IUPUI closes out the weekend against host team Bradley at 6:00 PM on Saturday. The Braves are 3-6 overall with wins over Tennessee Tech and Loyola (Md.) last weekend.

Saturday night’s match against Bradley will be broadcast on ESPN3.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: THE CARDINALS COMEBACK FROM 2-0 HOLE AND FORCE A DRAW

INDIANAPOLIS – The Ball State soccer team traveled south on I-69 for a Thursday contest at Butler. The Bulldogs scored early to start both halves, but the Cardinals battled back to tie the match. Avery Fenchel and Sammi Corcoran each scored a goal for BSU.

BSU moved to 1-3-3, while BU is 3-4-1 on the season.

“It was a really gritty performance today,” said Head Coach Josh Rife. “To be down 2-0 and fight our way back says a lot about where this group has come from day one. This should help us as we prepare for conference play, where every game is a battle.”

Katie Soderstrom put Butler on top 1-0 in the fifth minute on a goal that snuck inside the near post.

In the 19th minute, Jenna Dombrowski put a ball on target that beat the Butler keeper, but a BU defender was there to make the team save and keep Ball State off the board.

The Cardinals and Bulldogs each added a shot on goal, but the match remained 1-0 in favor of Butler.

Like the first half, BU started fast and scored a goal by Abigail Isger that was assisted by Soderstrom within the first minute in the second half.

Fenchel pulled the Cardinals within one in the 49th minute as she took her own rebound to beat the keeper to the top-right corner. Fenchel picked up her fourth goal of the season.

Lexi Fraley nearly tied the match in the 70th minute as she dribbled by the defender and beat the BU keeper, but the shot missed just right of the post. It was the best scoring chance since the Cardinal goal.

In the 76th minute, Corcoran found the back of the net as she blasted it by the keeper to the upper, near post, for the equalizer. Corcoran scored her first goal of the season.

Bethany Moser finished the match with four saves, while her counterpart, Anna Pierce stopped two shots.

Ball State returns to action on Thursday, Sept. 22, as Mid-American Conference play begins. The Cardinals and the Miami RedHawks faceoff from Oxford, Ohio. First touch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: WVB TRAVELS TO PURDUE FOR STACEY CLARK CLASSIC

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: After a successful homestand which saw the Ball State women’s volleyball team post a 3-1 record, the Cardinals return to the road this weekend for the Stacey Clark Classic hosted by Purdue … The three-day event which starts tonight, sees Ball State battle Northern Kentucky Friday and the host Boilermakers Saturday … First serve for both matches is set for 4 p.m. at Holloway Gymnasium.

FOLLOW THE ACTION: Both of this weekend’s matches at the Stacey Clark Classic will be broadcast live on B1G+ … In addition, live stats will be available courtesy of the host Boilermakers … Live updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s Twitter feed: @BallStateWVB.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Cardinals hold a 5-3 edge in the all-time series versus Northern Kentucky after topping the Norse in a pair of matches played in Worthen Arena last season … Purdue maintains a 26-9 edge in the all-time series versus the Cardinals, including 18 straight wins … Ball State’s last victory over the Boilermakers came by a score of 2-1 (15-8, 10-15, 15-8) on Nov. 11, 1977.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

• In its 51st season of play, Ball State boasts a 979-626-2 (.610) all-time record in women’s volleyball … The Cardinals have captured 11 MAC West Division Championships, nine MAC Regular Season Championships, and eight MAC Tournament Championships … Ball State made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, earning a first-round victory over Michigan for the third NCAA Tournament win in program history … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).

• Despite not receiving votes in the last two AVCA Top 25 Coaches Polls, the Cardinals put together a string of three straight polls receiving votes, including the first two of the 2022 season … Ball State received three votes in the 2021 final poll, 18 in the 2022 preseason poll and seven in the Aug. 29, 2022, poll … Prior to the 2021 AVCA Final Poll, the Cardinals had not received votes in an AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll since earning eight votes on Oct. 31, 2011.

• Speaking of polls, the Ball State women’s volleyball program was the unanimous pick to win the Mid-American Conference West Division in the league’s annual preseason poll … The Cardinals earned all 12 first-place votes to win the division and picked up four of the 12 votes to repeat as tournament champion.

2022 MAC West Division Predictions

1. Ball State (12) – 72 points

2. Western Michigan – 55 points

3. Toledo – 49 points

4. Northern Illinois – 32 points

5. Central Michigan – 29 points

6. Eastern Michigan – 15 points

Predicted Tournament Champion: Bowling Green (7), Ball State (4), Western Michigan (1)

• In addition to the team being picked to win the MAC West Division, the Cardinals placed three members on the Preseason All-MAC West Division Team: sophomore setter Megan Wielonski, senior middle Marie Plitt, and senior opposite Natalie Mitchem.

• The Cardinals enter the Stacey Clark Classic with an 8-2 overall record … BSU’s two losses have come to a pair of NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago in first-round participant Mississippi State and second-round qualifier Dayton … The Bulldogs are currently 7-1 on the year and receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, while the Flyers are 6-4 with two of its losses coming to top 25 programs and another coming to a team receiving votes in the top 25.

• Ball State closed a four-match homestand Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to Dayton … That followed the squad winning its own Ball State Tournament with victories over Arkansas State (3-0), Alabama (3-1), and Green Bay (3-2) … With the 3-1 mark at home so far this season, the Cardinals improved to 297-94 (.760) all-time in Worthen Arena … BSU is even more dominant at home versus MAC foes, with a 261-57 (.791) mark.

• For their play at the Ball State Tournament, senior middle Marie Plitt was named the event’s MVP while junior outside Cait Snyder and sophomore setter Megan Wielonski were named to the All-Tournament Team.

• Marie Plitt led all players in the Ball State Tournament with a .484 (34-4-62) attack percentage, while also pacing the Cardinals with 34 total kills … Her best performance came in the tournament opener versus Arkansas State (Sept. 9) when she blasted 15 kills and turned in a program record .833 (15-0-18) attack percentage for a player with more than 15 swings in a match … The previous record was .813 (13-0-16) set by Sharon Strayer vs. Indiana State in 1986 … The effort also helped Plitt earn MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week and MAC Female Scholar Athlete of the Week accolades.

• In addition to Marie Plitt’s mark versus Arkansas State, the team combined for the third-best single match attack percentage in program history at .478 (49-6-90).

• Ball State enters the weekend as one of the nation’s winningest programs, with the team’s eight wins tied for ninth nationally … As of matches played through Sept. 14, Ball State is also tied for 43rd nationally with its .800 winning percentage … Last season, the Cardinals tied for fourth nationally with 30 overall wins, while its program record .882 winning percentage ranked eighth.

• Ball State’s offense continues to pace the MAC and ranks 44th nationally, with a .262 team attack percentage … The Cardinals have hit .250-or-better in six of its 10 matches this season, including three marks above .300 … BSU hit a season-best .478 versus Arkansas State (Sept. 9), .344 against Lipscomb (Sept. 2), and .320 versus William & Mary (Aug. 27) … Ball State finished the 2021 season with a program record .265 team attack percentage, which ranked 23rd among the 321 NCAA Division I women’s volleyball programs.

• Megan Wielonski is picking up right where she left off last season, dishing out 411 total assists so far this season … The total currently stands as the third-most in the nation … She also ranks 38th nationally with a 10.28 assists-per-set average … Last season, Wielonski finished the year ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Overall, she has helped the Cardinals hit .300-or-better in 12 of her 44 matches as the program’s starting setter, included two of the top four single-match performances in program history.

• Megan Wielonski became just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists last season, while her 1,805 career assists currently ranking 12th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she became just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis(1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).

• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked 17th nationally with 19 service aces … Last season, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30) … Her 58 aces last season tied as the sixth-most in a single season in program history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping the 51 served up by Amber Seaman in 2018.

• Senior middle Marie Plitt enters the weekend ranked third in the MAC and 51st nationally with a .385 attack percentage … The effort includes her program record .833 (15-0-18) mark versus Arkansas State (Sept. 9) … Plitt also leads the squad with 98 total kills and is second with a 2.45 kills-per-set average … Last season, Plitt ranked second in the MAC and 55th nationally with a .360 attack percentage.

• Junior middle Lauren Gilliland enters the Stacey Clark Classic ranked second on the squad and fifth in the MAC with a .346 attack percentage … She has hit .350-or-better in five matches, including a season-best .533 (17-1-30) versus Oklahoma (Sept. 2) … The 17 kills versus the Sooners were a career-high … She is also tied with Marie Plitt as the top blocker on the team with a 0.78 blocks-per-set average … Last season, Gilliland ranked first in the MAC and 49th nationally with a .366 hitting mark.

• On defensive, the Cardinals enter the Stacey Clark Classic pacing the MAC with a 16.53 digs-per-set average … Senior defensive specialist Maggie Huber leads the way and is seventh in the MAC with a 3.90 mark … Megan Wielonski is second on the squad at 3.13, while senior outside hitter Natalie Risi is third at 2.70.

• Redshirt junior middle Cailyn Bolser has a breakout match versus Dayton (Sept. 13), smashing a career-high 11 kills and hitting .500 (11-1-20) … Prior to Tuesday, she only had 27 career kills, with her previous career-high being five versus NIU (Feb. 19, 2021).

BALL STATE BASEBALL: IT’S DREY DAY; DREY JAMESON CALLED UP TO DIAMONDBACKS

PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks called up former Ball State ace Drey Jameson to the majors on Thursday. Jameson joins fellow Cardinals Alex Call and Zach Plesac in the big leagues. Jameson becomes the 17th Ball State player to make it to the major leagues.

At the conclusion of last season, Jameson was awarded the Minor League Baseball Rawlings Gold Glove Award for being the best fielding pitcher in the minors. He was selected in the first round of the 2019 draft. He was named the Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year in 2019 before being drafted. He was also a Collegiate Baseball News All-American. He struck out a conference-record 146 batters while going 6-3 with a 3.24 ERA. He held batters to a .219 average and had seven starts with 10+ strikeouts, including 16 on May 3 at Northern Illinois and 13 on March 29 vs. Kent State.

This season with the Reno Aces, Jameson has tallied 132 strikeouts in 132 2/3 innings of work. He has a WHIP of 1.49 in 26 appearances and has held opponents to a .286 batting average. On May 26, he struck out 10 batters in a no decision against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: #6 IRISH SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF SEASON AT CLEMSON

CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 6 Notre Dame women’s soccer (7-1-0, 0-1-0) put more shots on goal than the Clemson Tigers (5-1-2, 1-0-0) on Thursday night, but unfortunately suffered their first loss of the season, dropping a 2-0 decision. The Tigers scored two goals on just four shots on net.

Total shots wise, it was 14-apiece for both sides with Notre Dame boasting six shots on net. Ultimately, it was the Tigers taking advantage of transition offense that bested the Irish in the start of ACC play.

How It Happened

Clemson had one shot on goal in the first half but that’s all they needed. It occurred in the 21st minute, catching the Irish defense in transition. It marked the first time the Irish have trailed all season.

The Irish boasted three shots on goal including two great chances from both its forwards, Olivia Wingate and Maddie Mercado.

Clemson then scored its second goal in the 58th minute, marking the first time this season the Irish have allowed multiple goals.

The Irish did its best to fight back and came close, as Korbin Albert fired off a shot from distance that hit off the crossbar. Furthermore, the richochet almost found Wingate who was crashing toward the goal.

Wingate also displayed a great individual effort in the second half. With 22 minutes left, Wingate dribbled nearly the length of the field, beating multiple defenders before putting a shot on net.

Lastly, Mackenzie Wood started in net and recorded two saves.

Up Next

The Irish will get some rest this weekend and have Sunday off before hosting No. 7 Virginia in a top-10 matchup at Alumni Stadium. First touch is at 7 pm ET on ACCNX.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: BULLDOG BRAWL PREVIEW

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame travels to Indianapolis this weekend to compete in the 2022 Bulldog Brawl as they face Central Michigan on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:00 p.m. and Ohio on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3:00 p.m. in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

2022 Bulldog Brawl
Friday, September 16 – Notre Dame vs. Central Michigan – 3 p.m. ET (Live Stats)
Saturday, September 17 – Notre Dame vs. Ohio – 3 p.m. ET (Live Stats)

Notre Dame Notes (PDF)

SETTING THE STAGE 

• Notre Dame travels to Indianapolis for their final road trip before ACC play begins against Florida State on Friday, September 23.

• The Irish meet Central Michigan on Friday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m., followed by a match up with Ohio University on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 3 p.m.

HISTORY VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN 

• This will be the fourth meeting between the Irish and the Chippewas with Central Michigan leading the overall series 2-1. 

• The two teams faced in 1980 and 1894 where the Irish fell in both, but Notre Dame defeated CMU in the most recent matchup on Sept. 16, 2017. The Irish defeated Central Michigan in three sets (25-17, 25-18, 25-16) in the Shamrock Invitational that year.

HISTORY VS. OHIO

• This will be the sixth meeting between the Irish and the Bobcats with Ohio leading the overall series 4-1. 

• The last matchup between Ohio and Notre Dame was November 23, 2012 where the Irish fell in five sets (23-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21, 11-15). Out of the last five meetings, Notre Dame has fallen to Ohio in the last four. 

LAST WEEKEND’S QUEST FOR THE CROWN

•  The Irish took home the title at the Quest for the Crown hosted by Old Dominon in Norfolk, VA. Notre Dame finished 2-1 after defeating East Carolina in five sets (23-25, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-8) and defeating Old Dominion in five sets (14-25, 25-26, 25-20, 20-25, 15-12), but fell to Navy on the final day of the tournament in four sets (12-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-27).

• Kaylyn Winkler was selected as the All-Tournament MVP after finishing with 36 kills and 13 blocks on the weekend. She recorded a season-high 16 kills with a .462 hitting percentage in the win over Old Dominion. 

• Hattie Monson also was selected to the All-Tournament Team as she finished with 51 digs. Phyona Schrader was the third Irish selection to the All-Tournament Team as she recorded 129 assists, 29 digs, and 16 kills in the tournament. 

•  Freshman Avery Ross finished with 36 kills and freshman Lucy Trump tallied 32 kills this weekend. 

• Clare Delaplane also set a season-high with 14 kills against and .312 hitting percentage in the five set win over Old Dominion. 

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: MATCH 5 PREVIEW: VIRGINIA

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame remains on the road with a match at ACC foe Virginia at Klöckner Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 16. The match will be streamed on ACCNX via WatchESPN.

NOTRE DAME vs. VIRGINIA
Location: Charlottesville, Virginia | Klöckner Stadium
Live Stream: ACCNX
Live Stats: Click Here
Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer
Game Notes: at Virginia

THE VIRGINIA SERIES

• The Irish and Cavaliers will meet on the pitch for the 20th time on Friday.

• Notre Dame trails the Cavaliers in the series with a mark of 6-9-4.

• The Irish have won two of the last three matchups, splitting the series in 2020-21 and winning the lone match during the 2021 season.

• Each of the last 10 meetings between the two sides have either been decided by one goal or a draw.

• Four of the last six matchups have gone to overtime.

• The Irish won last season’s matchup by a final score of 2-1 at Alumni Stadium on Oct. 1, 2021.

NOTEWORTHY NUMBERS

• The Irish have outshot the opposition 60-53 over three matches, recording more attempts in three out of four contests.

• Notre Dame also has earned more corners, holding a 26-20 advantage over its opponents after three games.

• The Irish have posted six assists on their five goals.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

• Of the 14 Notre Dame players that have recorded starts this season, seven have been either freshmen or sophomores.

• Seven Irish players made their collegiate debuts this season.

• Of the 18 players that have seen the pitch, 11 are either sophomores or freshmen.

• Three of Notre Dame’s four goals and four of their six assists have come from freshmen or sophomores.

BALANCED ATTACK

• Fourteen returning Irish players registered at least one point last season, as the team returns 86 points from last year.

• Ten players scored a goal through during the 2021 campaign, with six scoring multiple goals.

• Sophomore Matthew Roou is the top returning goal scorer on the 2022 squad after firing in seven goals during his debut season.

#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY

• The Irish welcome a seven-man freshman class to South Bend which was ranked as the No. 3 class in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.

• The class features four players ranked in IMG’s top 200 rankings, each ranking in the top 100.

• The seven players come from a combined five states and one foreign country (Ghana).

• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.

• Notre Dame also welcomes Mo Williams to the team, a grad transfer defender from Seton Hall.

2021 REWIND

• The Irish are coming off one of their most successful seasons in program history.

• The 2021 squad advanced to the College Cup for the second time in history and captured the program’s first ACC Tournament title.

• Notre Dame finished the season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, going 5-0-3 during that span, all coming in postseason play.

• The Irish allowed just two goals over the final eight matches of the year.

• Notre Dame defeated Duke in the ACC Tournament final to capture the crown. The Irish didn’t allow a single goal over four matches of ACC Tournament play.

• The season came to an end in the College Cup semifinals, as the Irish fell to Clemson in penalties (5-3) in Cary, N.C.

NOTRE DAME BASKETBALL: RISH ANNOUNCE FIRST ANNUAL CITI SHAMROCK CLASSIC AGAINST CALIFORNIA IN ST. LOUIS

NOTRE DAME, IN and NEW YORK, NY — Notre Dame Global Partnerships (NDGP), the multimedia rightsholder for the University of Notre Dame Athletics Department, today announced Citi as a new Championship Partner. As part of the sponsorship, Citi will also be the title partner of the first annual Citi Shamrock Classic basketball game airing live on NBC and Peacock on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Held in St. Louis at the Enterprise Center, the Citi Shamrock Classic will see the Fighting Irish, who made the 2022 Sweet Sixteen under Karen & Kevin Keyes Family head coach Niele Ivey, face off against the California Golden Bears, led by Coach Charmin Smith. The showdown will mark the first live broadcast of a women’s college basketball game on NBC and Peacock.

The game is a homecoming for both head coaches, as they both grew up in St. Louis. As a junior, Ivey led Cor Jesu Academy to its first state title before going on to play for Notre Dame and winning the 2001 National Championship in St. Louis. Cal’s Smith dominated the hardwood at Ladue Horton Watkins before appearing in three consecutive Final Fours with the Stanford Cardinal.

“I would like to thank Citi for the opportunity to showcase our women’s basketball program on this major stage in the inaugural Citi Shamrock Classic,” Ivey said. “This is a full circle moment to come back home to St. Louis where my basketball journey began. It’s an overwhelming feeling to think about the positive impact this will have in my community and for our sport. I hope to continue to inspire and empower the next generation of young leaders and athletes.”

“We look forward to presenting the inaugural Citi Shamrock Classic and showcasing to a national audience on NBC and Peacock Notre Dame’s storied women’s basketball program in their game against Cal,” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming, NBC Sports.

Notre Dame is coming off of a 24-9 season in 2021-22 and is ranked No. 9 in the the latest version of ESPN’s 2022-23 Way-Too-Early Top 25. The Irish return four of last season’s top-five scorers, including leader Olivia Miles (13.7 points per game) and three-point specialist Dara Mabrey, who had a 36.9 percent success rate from behind the arc.

Cal is coming off of an 11-13 season but is hoping to rebound under veteran leadership from Smith, who has been with the program in some capacity since 2007. She took over as the head coach in 2019. Cal’s Jayda Curry, who earned 2021-22 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year honors, returns this winter after averaging 18.6 points per game last year.

“A huge thank you to Citibank and NBC for leading the way and highlighting the representation of women in sport and business through the Citi Shamrock Classic,” Coach Smith said. “Personally, this is a special opportunity for me, as this is my first time competing in St. Louis as a player or coach since I left for college nearly 30 years ago. My club days in St. Louis are some of my fondest basketball memories, and it will be great to experience this return with Niele. I’m so happy for her success as a player at Notre Dame and now as the head coach. This is where it all started for both of us, and it’s an honor to have Cal participate in the inaugural year of the classic.”

Game tickets for the Citi Shamrock Classic will go on sale to the general public on Friday, September 23.

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: SYCAMORE BASKETBALL RELEASES THE FULL 2022-23 SCHEDULE

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The 2022-23 Indiana State men’s basketball schedule is complete as the Missouri Valley Conference announced the 20-game conference slate on Thursday morning.

The Sycamores schedule will feature home-and-home contests with nearly every member of the MVC this season with the exception of both Bradley and Belmont. ISU will host Bradley on January 18, while the Sycamores will make the trip to Belmont on February 22.

Indiana State will start conference play after the Thanksgiving holiday with the Sycamores hosting Drake at the Hulman Center on Wednesday, November 30. ISU will have two more conference matchups prior to the New Year with the Sycamores traveling to Southern Illinois (Dec. 7) and hosting Evansville (Dec. 29).

Indiana State will open the 2023 portion of the schedule on the road with trips to Valparaiso (Jan. 1) and Illinois State (Jan. 4). ISU will return home for a pair of contests against Illinois Chicago (Jan. 7) and Southern Illinois (Jan. 11), before heading back on the road on January 15 at Missouri State.

ISU returns to the Hulman Center to host Bradley on January 18, before making road trips to Murray State (Jan. 21) and Drake (Jan. 24). The Sycamores return home for their final game in January to host Northern Iowa on January 28.

February puts the Sycamores back on the road at Evansville (Feb. 1) to open the month. The Sycamores are home against Murray State (Feb. 4) and Valparaiso (Feb. 8), before making return trips to Northern Iowa (Feb. 11) and Illinois Chicago (Feb. 15). ISU closes out the regular season schedule with home games against Illinois State (Feb. 18) and Missouri State (Feb. 26) sandwiching a road trip to Belmont (Feb. 22).

Arch Madness is set for March 2-5 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

As previously announced, the Sycamores opens the competition slate with a November 1 exhibition against Tusculum before starting the 2022-23 regular season.

The Sycamores are at home in each of their first three games as ISU hosts the return trips in the home-and-home series against Green Bay, Ball State, and North Dakota State. Green Bay comes to the Hulman Center for the regular season opener on Monday, November 7, while Ball State (Nov. 12) and North Dakota State (Nov. 17) wrap up the season-opening home stand.

ISU makes its longest road trip of 2022-23 over November 21-23 as the Sycamores take part in the 2022 Gulf Coast Showcase hosted in Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla. The Sycamores will take on East Carolina in the tournament opener on Monday to open up the neutral-site tournament.

Following their Thanksgiving road trip, the Sycamores are back home to host Trinity Christian College (Nov. 27). ISU’s next three nonconference games are on the road with the Sycamores set to travel to Miami (Ohio) (Dec. 3), Southern Indiana (Dec. 11), and Duquesne (Dec. 17).

ISU’s final nonconference game is set for Thursday, December 22, as Northern Illinois comes into town.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: MVC ACTION BEGINS AS SYCAMORES HOST BELMONT FRIDAY NIGHT

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will begin their Missouri Valley Conference schedule on Friday night as new member Belmont comes to Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. ET matchup.

Friday’s contest will stream live on ESPN and live stats will be available at GoSycamores.com.

The Sycamores last played on September 8 on the road against UT Martin, falling 2-0 but turned in their highest shot total of the season with 16 attempts led by CeCe Wahlberg who had four.

Mackenzie Kent leads the offense with 10 shot attempts on the season and is one of three Indiana State players to find the back of the net with Chloe Tesny and Katie Yankey also scoring during the non-conference slate.

Belmont comes to Terre Haute for the first time as a member of the MVC but this will mark the Bruins’ third ever trip to Memorial Stadium. Indiana State lost in Nashville in 2014 but was victorious at home in 2015. The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in their most recent matchup in 2019.

The Bruins enter the match at 2-1-3 and have held opponents to only three goals in 2022. Offensively, Belmont is led by Anna Sweeney who has scored twice while Shae Doherty, Leah Firsdon and Maci Pekmezian each have one goal apiece. Primary goalkeeper Sarah Doyle has recorded 23 saves thus far.

Indiana State will next host Evansville on Thursday, September 22 with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER: MASTODON MEN’S SOCCER HEADS TO KENTUCKY TO FACE NKU AND BELLARMINE

FORT WAYNE Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (1-3-2, 0-0-1 Horizon) travel to Kentucky for a pair of matches against former Division II rivals. First up is a Horizon League match with Northern Kentucky, followed by a visit to ASUN member Bellarmine.

Game Day Information

Who: Northern Kentucky Norse (2-4-0, 0-1-0 Horizon)

When: Saturday, September 17 | 7:00 p.m.

Where: Highland Heights, Ky.

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Series History: Northern Kentucky leads 18-4-4. The series dates back to 1986. The Mastodons’ last win came in 2018, 3-0 in Fort Wayne.

About the Norse: The Norse suffered a 2-1 loss at Robert Morris to open league play. The Norse have scored 13 goals on the season, with 11 goals surrendered, however that includes a 6-0 win over VMI. Northern Kentucky Tom Poitras is in his first season as head coach

Game Day Information

Who: Bellarmine Knights (2-2-1)

When: Tuesday, September 20 | 2:00 p.m.

Where: Louisville, Ky.

Live Stats: Link

Video: ESPN+

Series History: The ‘Dons lead 11-8-0. Bellarmine defeated the ‘Dons 1-0 last year, in their first meeting since both clubs were Division II rivals in 2000. The series dates back to 1982. This will be the Mastodons’ first visit to Bellarmine since 1999.

About The Knights: Bellarmine owns wins over Northern Kentucky and Chicago State. The Knights will play Central Arkansas in league play on Saturday while the ‘Dons are at NKU. Nolan McGrath has three goals for the Knights.

Write Their Names In Pen:

Moses Akimana, Cesar Cosio, Nathaniel Edwards, Logan Lee and Michael Teller have started all six games for the ‘Dons this season.

Everyday Nate:

Nathaniel Edwards has started 30-of-31 games in his three-year career. The Brampton, Ontario native and Horizon League Honor Roll member has been a steady force in the Mastodon lineup since his arrival in the Summit City.

Fresh Faces:

Freshmen Abe Arellano, Marco Valencia and Christian Leon have combined for nine starts on the season.

Full Speed Ahead:

The Mastodons have out-shot three of their last four opponents. They out-shot Western Illinois 14-11, Eastern Illinois 17-6 and Oakland 20-8.

I’m Not Throwing Away My Shot:

The Mastodons’ 20 shots against Oakland stand as their most since they recorded 20 against Houston Baptist on Sept. 2, 2018 in an overtime victory. The last time they did it in a regulation contest was a 4-0 win over Saint Joseph’s on Aug. 26, 2016. The last time they had 20 shots in a contest against a Division I opponent in a regulation 90-minute game was in a 4-2 win vs. Eastern Illinois on Oct. 10, 2015 when they also had 20.

Up Next:

The ‘Dons will host Cleveland State on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. in Horizon League action.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: ACES OPEN MVC PLAY ON SATURDAY AGAINST SIUE

EVANSVILLE – After opening the season with four-straight results, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team begins Missouri Valley Conference play against SIUE on Saturday at 6 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

The Aces start to the season marks the first time UE has entered conference play unbeaten since the 1990 season when Evansville opened the year with a 5-0 win over Eastern Illinois before opening MCC action against SLU. After opening with a 2-2 road draw with Bellarmine, UE captured 3-1 and 3-0 victories over IUPUI and UIW, respectively. Evansville is ranked in the top 50 in the nation in 12 statistical categories, including 16th in shots per game and 17th in assists per game. Individually, sophomore Nacho Diaz leads the team with four goals and his one-goal per game pace is third best in the nation.

SIUE enters the weekend matchup with a 3-2-1 record and is coming off a 4-1 loss to Saint Louis on Tuesday night in the Bronze Boot game. The Cougars attack is similarly led by a sophomore from Spain in Pau Palacin, who has scored five times through six matches in 2022.

The first two home regular season contests of 2022 have featured incredible atmospheres with a combined 2,102 fans packing the stands so far this season, putting Evansville in 30th in the nation in average attendance. Saturday’s contest is part of family weekend at the University of Evansville as well as being Boy Scout Night. Along with those two promotions, the concession stand at Arad McCutchan Stadium will be selling hot dogs for just $1!

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: ACES TO COMPLETE NON-CONFERENCE SLATE AT MICHIGAN STATE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With Missouri Valley Conference play set to open next week, the University of Evansville volleyball team completes its non-conference slate at the Green & White Classic.  UE faces Chicago State on Friday before taking on Oakland and Michigan State on Saturday.  All three matches will be carried by Big Ten Plus and a subscription fee is required to view.

National Rankings

– Since the start of the 2022 season, multiple UE players have been near the top of the national statistical rankings

– Freshman Kora Ruff has accumulated 372 assists, which ranks 14th in the NCAA

– Giulia Cardona continues to rack up the aces at an impressive rate – her total of 22 is 8th in the nation while her average of 0.56 per set is 36th in the country and tops in the MVC

Top Three in Efficiency

– With a season hitting tally of .368, Madisyn Steele sits in third place in the MVC

– Steele hit .588 in the last two outings versus Arizona State and #15 Baylor…she recorded 10 kills in 17 attempts with no errors

– Over the last five matches, Steele is hitting an impressive .418 with 26 kills in 55 tries with just three errors

– She has posted at least three kills in all 11 matches thus far and checks in with an average of 1.44 per set

– On the defensive side, Steele recorded at least one block in all but one match and set her season mark with 5.0 total blocks against Big Ten foe Northwestern…she paces the UE regulars with 0.72 per game

Still Putting up the Numbers

– While injuries have impacted the UE offense, freshman Kora Ruff continues to put up solid assist numbers

– With a season total of 372 helpers, Ruff is 14th in the nation

– Her average of 9.54 assists per set remains 5th in the Valley

– Ruff’s top assist tally came in the opener against Wright State where she registered 45 assists along with a season mark of 10 digs on the way to her first UE double-double and has a pair of 2-kill efforts thus far

– She had three service aces in the sweep at Marshall and has a season total of seven

– Defensively, Ruff has chipped in 1.95 digs per set and has chipped in at least 5 digs in 9 out of 11 matches

Leading the Offense

– With two of her teammates out, Giulia Cardona has been the primary offensive weapon for the Aces in recent weeks

– She tallied nine or more kills in each of the first 10 matches of the season and is 6th in the MVC with an average of 3.67 per set

– Between Sept. 2 and 6, she posted 18 kills in three consecutive matches, which calculated to an average of 4.5 per set during that span

– Last year’s MVC leader in service aces paces the league once again with 0.56 per set and a total of 22 (36th in the NCAA)

– She became the first player in program history to earn one of the MVC specialty awards when she was named the 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year

Long-term Goals

– This weekend, Evansville will be without the services of two of their top weapons – Alondra Vazquez and Melanie Feliciano

– Both are battling injury but are on track to return when the Aces open Missouri Valley Conference play on September 23

– In their absence, the younger players will have the opportunity to play against top competition while gaining valuable experience heading into the league slate.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: GOES FOR FOURTH TOURNAMENT TITLE AT UTSA

Valparaiso (9-0, 0-0 MVC)

at Roadrunner Classic

Friday, Sept. 16 – vs. UIW (1-6) – 10 a.m.

at UTSA (3-6) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 17 – vs. Houston Baptist (7-3) – 11 a.m.

Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: With all its success over the years, there’s not too many firsts left for the Valpo volleyball program to accomplish, but this weekend could bring one of them, as the Beacons look for an unprecedented sweep of four in-season tournaments in the same season as they travel to the Roadrunner Classic. With a win in the opener versus UIW, this year’s team would also stand alone for the best start to a season in program history.

Previously: Valpo claimed tournament hardware for the third straight weekend, winning the Akron Invitational with victories over Morgan State (3-0), Akron (3-1) and Cleveland State (3-1). Bella Ravotto was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week for her work in the three wins.

Looking Ahead: MVC play opens up next week, with Valpo at home to host UNI and Drake before traveling to UIC to finish up a stretch of three matches in four days.

Following the Beacons: Valpo’s match against UTSA will be broadcast live on CUSA.tv. All tournament matches will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 21st season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 458 matches (458-217, .679) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made five postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 58 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 512-241 (.680) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: This weekend marks the first time Valpo has played UIW, UTSA and Houston Baptist.

Scouting the Opposition: UIW – The Cardinals sit at 1-6 on the season after dropping three matches last weekend at the College of Charleston Classic. UIW was picked to finish fifth in the Southland Conference this year after going 13-19 last season.

UTSA – The tournament hosts are 3-6 entering the weekend and will be hosting a tournament for the second straight weekend. The Roadrunners are coached by a familiar face, as former Bradley head coach Carol Price-Torok is in her first season in the head spot at UTSA.

Houston Baptist – The Huskies enter the weekend with a 7-3 record this season, most recently sweeping Prairie View A&M in mid-week action. HBU was chosen to finish second in the Southland in the conference’s preseason poll, picking up seven of 20 first-place votes.

Valpo Picked Fifth in Preseason Poll: The Beacons have been picked to finish in fifth place in the MVC standings in 2022 in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo garnered 95 points in the polling, including one first-place vote, to rank fifth in a tight bunch in the middle of the pack. Valpo was just four points behind Bradley in fourth position, but on the other side, was just one point ahead of UNI in sixth place. Notably, Valpo has outperformed its preseason projection in each of its first five seasons in the Valley.

Illinois State received five first-place votes and totaled 134 points to lead the poll ahead of Evansville (121 points, two first-place votes). UIC (3) and UNI (1) also picked up at least one first-place nod.

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed one of the top seasons in program history last year, finishing the campaign with a 26-10 record. The Beacons posted a 12-6 record in MVC action to finish tied for third place in the regular season standings – the program’s best record in conference play and best finish since joining the Valley. Valpo then earned a berth in the NIVC and swept each of its first four matches to advance to the tournament championship match. Haley Hart was a First Team All-MVC recipient, while Peyton McCarthy and Rylee Cookerly each earned Second Team All-MVC honors. Cookerly also became the first student-athlete in program history to be named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American.

Winning Three Titles: For the fifth time in program history, Valpo has won three in-season tournament titles in the same season after claiming the Akron Invitational title last weekend. This year’s team joins the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 squads in bringing home three trophies in one season. This year’s team joins the 2010 team as the only one in program history to win tournaments on three consecutive weekends to open the season. Valpo has now won 32 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm of the program, including its home tournament seven times (out of 11 opportunities). The team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her 21 seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times.

Best Start: With the tournament-clinching victory over Cleveland State last Saturday, Valpo improved to 9-0 on the season, matching the 2015 squad for the most consecutive wins to start a season in program history. This year’s squad has had to battle a bit more, however. The 2015 team dropped just three sets in those nine matches, while the 2022 team has dropped eight sets. This marks the 11th time in program history that Valpo has won at least nine straight matches at any point of the season, nine of which have come under Avery. There have been six double-digit winning streaks all time, including the record 14-match winning streak in 2004.

Ranks of the Unbeaten: As of the end of play Wednesday, Valpo sits as one of just nine undefeated D-I programs in the country. The Beacons are joined by Boston College, Jacksonville State, Towson, Auburn, Penn State, Texas, UCF and Hampton in making it unscathed to this point of the season.

Players of the Week: Valpo’s defensive prowess is well established, and it has been recognized in the conference weekly awards to start the year, as the Beacons have claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors twice in the season’s first three weekends. Most recently, senior Bella Ravotto was named this week’s Defensive Player of the Week for her performance at the Akron Invitational, highlighted by a 30-dig performance in the tournament finale against Cleveland State — her second career match with 30+ digs and the most by any MVC player in a four-set match this season. For the weekend, Ravotto averaged 4.80 digs/set and 0.60 blocks/set as her play helped Valpo limit its opposition to .078 hitting over the three matches. Previously, freshman libero Emma Hickey picked up the defensive weekly honor following the opening weekend of action. In its sixth season as an MVC school, Valpo has earned 13 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Putting Up the Block: While Valpo’s defensive prowess has typically focused on its back-row play over the years, the effort at the net was the highlight of Friday night’s win at Akron. Led by a career-best eight blocks from senior Rachel Speck, the Beacons registered 15.5 total team blocks in the victory over the Zips. That mark is fourth-most in the 25-point era in a four-set match by a Valpo team, and it is the most blocks Valpo has recorded in any length match since Nov. 15, 2019.

Reaching 1000: For Ravotto, the weekly award wasn’t the only milestone from last weekend. With her 27th dig of the weekend finale against Cleveland State, the senior reached the 1,000-dig mark for her career. Ravotto is the 23rd player in Valpo volleyball history to reach four figures in digs.

Career Bests: Senior right side Kara Cooper delivered a pair of big efforts on the attack last weekend to help Valpo win the Akron Invitational. Against the host Zips Friday night, Cooper smashed her previous career high (12 kills), delivering a team-high 18 kills on .382 hitting to go with five blocks in the four-set win. The senior then turned around Saturday morning and posted the second-best kill total of her career, finishing with 15 kills on .294 hitting in the win over Cleveland State.

Swinging Big: After biding her time behind a pair of experienced middles her first two seasons, junior middle Mallory Januski is enjoying a breakout season in the early portion of the 2022 campaign. Last weekend, Januski hit .444 with 20 kills over the course of Valpo’s three victories, culminating in a career-best 12 kills on .500 hitting in the Beacons’ tournament clincher against Cleveland State. Through three weekends, Januski is hitting at a .384 clip, best of any MVC player.

What a Performance: It was a career night for senior outside Gretchen Kucckan as Valpo clinched the Popcorn Classic title on Sept. 3 with its win over Northern Illinois. Kuckkan delivered 25 kills – far outpacing her previous career best of 17 – and did so at an efficiency seldom seen from an outside hitter. She hit at a .489 clip, committing just two attack errors on 47 swings — meaning that over half her swings resulted in kills. Kuckkan’s 25 kills are tied for fourth-most in a four-set match by a Valpo player since the move to 25-point rally scoring, while she is one of just five Valpo players to tally 25 or more kills in any length match under 25-point scoring, joining Angie Porché, Emily Campbell, Peyton McCarthy and Jillie Grant.

All-Tournament Honors: While no All-Tournament Team was chosen last weekend at the Akron Invitational, Valpo has still already had six players earn All-Tournament accolades this season. Senior Gretchen Kuckkan was MVC of the Popcorn Classic and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fellow seniors Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper. On opening weekend at the Youngstown Invitational, sophomore Elise Swistek was awarded the MVP award, while senior Bella Ravotto and freshman Emma Hickey picked up All-Tournament accolades.

Leaving a Strong Legacy: Valpo graduated five seniors from last year’s squad, a group which was integral in the program’s transition into the Missouri Valley Conference and made a pair of postseason appearances. The group of Brittany Anderson, Rylee Cookerly, Gabby Daniels, Haley Hart and Peyton McCarthy combined for eight All-Conference honors and led the Beacons to the championship match of the NIVC in their final season at Valpo. They enjoyed numerous individual accolades as well, highlighted by Cookerly – the two-time MVC Libero of the Year finished her collegiate career as the Valpo and the MVC career record holder in digs and ranks second in NCAA D-I history. McCarthy ranks second all-time at Valpo in blocks and eighth in kills – the only player in the top-eight in both categories – while Anderson is third in program history in career assists and Hart sixth in career hitting percentage.

Who’s Back: Despite the loss of such a talented group, the Beacons do return plenty of experience, as 10 letterwinners from last year’s squad are back in 2022. One spot Valpo returns plenty of experience is on the pins. Outside hitters Bella Ravotto and Elise Swistek and right sides Maddy Boyer and Kara Cooper were all starters throughout MVC play and in the NIVC last season. In addition, outside hitter Jillie Grant and Gretchen Kuckkan were starters during the non-conference portion of the schedule before suffering injuries right around the start of MVC action. While Valpo loses Cookerly out of the back row, the Beacons still enter 2022 with a strong back line. Ravotto averaged over three digs per set last year, is nearing 1,000 digs for her career and was MVC Defensive Player of the Week during the spring 2021 season when filling in for a weekend at libero. In addition, Swistek averaged over three digs per set as a rookie last season as well. Meanwhile, at setter, Victoria Bulmahn split time setting with Anderson in a 6-2 last season after earning MVC Freshman of the Year accolades for the spring 2021 season setting full time in a 5-1.

Who’s New: The roster is rounded out by seven newcomers to the active roster. Setter Addy Kois and hitter Sam Warren both redshirted last fall in their first season at Valpo. The Beacons welcome a pair of transfer middles to the squad – senior Miranda Strongman (LIU) and junior Olivia Blackketter (Winthrop). Three freshmen round out the newcomers, highlighted by Emma Hickey – the first AVCA High School All-American to sign with Valpo in program history. Outside Sophia Foster and middle Claire Campbell enter their first collegiate season as well.

Conference Honorees: While Victoria Bulmahn was named MVC Freshman of the Year during the spring 2021 campaign and transfer Miranda Strongman was a Second Team All-NEC choice that same season, this year’s roster features zero players who have earned First or Second Team All-Conference accolades in the Valpo uniform. The last time Valpo entered a season with no players who had been named First or Second Team All-Conference at Valpo was the 2006 season – that year’s team ended up featuring future Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer Angie Porché as a freshman.

Standards Maintained: Posting winning records and winning 20 matches in a season have been standards for the Valpo volleyball program under Coach Avery, and the 2021 team maintained those standards. The Beacons posted their 18th winning season in Avery’s 20 seasons at the helm and won at least 20 matches for the 16th time in the last 20 years. In addition, Valpo has finished in the top half of the MVC standings in each of its five seasons in the conference – a feat only matched by Illinois State – and has posted top-half conference finishes in 28 of the last 29 years.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 15th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.13 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 11 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. It’s been more of the same so far this year, as the Beacons enter the weekend 28th nationally with 16.26 digs/set.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: MVC REVEALS 2022-2023 MEN’S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team won’t have to wait long to officially welcome two of the Missouri Valley Conference’s newest members.

The Beacons will open the 2022-2023 conference slate, which was announced by the league office on Thursday, with a trip to Nashville, Tenn. for a conference-opening game at Belmont on Thursday, Dec. 1. The team’s other early-December league contest will come against another newcomer as Murray State will make its way to the Athletics-Recreation Center on Sunday, Dec. 4 for the first home date of Valley play. Murray State went 31-3 last season including a perfect 18-0 Ohio Valley Conference record before reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

After the first two league outings, Valpo will play its four remaining nonconference games before returning to MVC action following the Christmas holiday. The Beacons will make their way to Des Moines, Iowa to face Drake on Thursday, Dec. 29 before ringing in the new year by hosting Indiana State on Sunday, Jan. 1.

Valpo will play the three new members of the conference twice each, including matchups with nearby foe UIC on Jan. 17 at the ARC and Feb. 19 in Chicago. The Beacons will close out the regular season with their first league trip to Murray, Ky. to take on the Races on Feb. 26.

This year’s conference schedule does not feature a full double round robin format, as each team will play 20 league contests. Valpo will play Southern Illinois (Feb. 14 at the ARC) and Missouri State (Feb. 1 in Springfield, Mo.) just once each, while the Beacons take on the remaining nine teams in full home-and-home series.

The season-opening date with Belmont will represent the first collision between those two teams since 2015, when the two programs played a rare nonconference home-and-home with both teams defending their home court in games that were decided by four points each. Valpo last played Murray State in November 2014, a 93-58 victory as part of a multi-team event in Nashville.

UIC is one of the top 10 most common opponents in program history, as the two teams have clashed 57 times including nonconference matchups each of the last two years. This marks the third time Valpo and UIC have shared conference affiliation as they were previously league adversaries in the Association of Mid-Continent Universities and the Horizon League.

Led by leading returning scorers Ben Krikke and Kobe King, Valpo will tip off the seventh year of Matt Lottich’s head coaching regime on Monday, Nov. 7 at Toledo. Fans will have an early opportunity to catch Valpo Basketball on Saturday, Oct. 29 as part of a noon exhibition game against Cedarville.

U OF I FOOTBALL: FOOTBALL HEADS TO TIFFIN FOR SATURDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN

WEEK 3

at Tiffin Dragons (2-0)

Saturday | September 17 | 7 p.m. ET

Fresh off an early season bye week, the UIndy football team returns to the gridiron this Saturday with a trip to Tiffin University for a non-conference tilt versus the Dragons. Tiffin is enjoying a perfect 2-0 start to the season, with both wins coming against GMAC opponents. The Dragons were selected second in the 2022 GMAC Preseason Coaches Poll, receiving three of nine first-place votes and coming in just two points behind defending-champ Findlay.

UIndy and Tiffin have met three times previously. After sweeping a home-and-home back in the 2008 and ’09 seasons, the Greyhounds endured a heartbreaking 20-17 loss last September in a top-15 showdown at Key Stadium. The visitors overcame a 17-7 deficit late in the third quarter and ultimately hung on for the win. The result ended UIndy’s program-record 14-game home winning streak.

The big storyline this week revolves around UIndy’s star running back Toriano Clinton. The All-American and Harlon Hill candidate enters the weekend just 122 yards shy of breaking the school’s career rushing record. The current mark of 3,809 was set by Klay Fietcher in 2013, which itself broke a record that had stood for 37 years.

MARIAN FOOTBALL: GAMEDAY GUIDE: NO. 5 MARIAN HOSTS ST. FRANCIS (ILL.) ON FIREWORKS NIGHT

INDIANAPOLIS – After a bye week, the Marian football team is back for their second week of the 2022 regular season, as they welcome St. Francis (Ill.) to Indianapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., as the Knights host their first of two home night games this season.

THE GAME AND THE SERIES

Marian holds a one-sided 7-1 overall record against the Fighting Saints, with the two teams renewing the series last year. Marian won in Joliet last fall 40-17, and welcome back the Saints for the first time since the 2015 season. In last year’s win, the Knights had big performances from Johnny William ’21, Logan Blake and Zach Bundalo, and finished strong scoring 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Marian enters the game with a 1-0 record and a four-game winning streak in the series, while St. Francis is 0-1 after losing in their opener last weekend.

WATCH AND FOLLOW ALONG

Those fans unable to attend Saturday’s game can watch live on the ISC Sports Network. Click here to access the live video feed. The game will also be aired on the ISC Network social platforms, and Comcast Channel 81. Fans can also find live statistics at marianstats.com. Live updates of the game will be posted on the official Marian Athletics Twitter page, @MUKnights.

TICKETS

Fans are highly encouraged to purchase tickets prior to their arrival at St. Vincent Field. Tickets can purchased online here. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

TAILGATING

Tailgating spaces are now available to be purchased for gameday. Tailgate lots open three hours prior to kickoff. For more information on tailgating, rules, policies, and parking costs, click here.

GIVEAWAYS

The Marian Maniacs will be giving Marian branded tank tops at the game to the first 600 students inside St. Vincent Field.

FIREWORKS

After the game, a fireworks display will light the sky. Fans are encouraged to stick in their seats and enjoy the show after the game is over.

Kickoff is at 6:05 p.m. from St. Vincent Field, as Marian kicks off their second game of the 2022 season.

SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees8756.60850 – 2237 – 3440 – 2625 – 815 – 148 – 2W 4
Toronto8163.5636.541 – 3140 – 3233 – 2719 – 1517 – 156 – 4L 1
Tampa Bay8063.559747 – 2433 – 3938 – 3114 – 1516 – 95 – 5W 1
Baltimore7567.52811.541 – 3034 – 3729 – 3415 – 1519 – 104 – 6W 2
Boston6974.4831835 – 3634 – 3820 – 4216 – 1425 – 84 – 6L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland7666.53536 – 3140 – 3513 – 1636 – 2615 – 168 – 2L 1
Chi White Sox7470.514335 – 3739 – 3315 – 1732 – 2918 – 167 – 3W 1
Minnesota7270.507443 – 3229 – 3818 – 1634 – 2512 – 174 – 6W 3
Kansas City5787.3962034 – 4123 – 4612 – 2028 – 3610 – 183 – 7L 3
Detroit5489.37822.530 – 4324 – 469 – 2025 – 399 – 213 – 7L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9450.65348 – 2246 – 2810 – 1226 – 849 – 248 – 2W 5
Seattle8062.5631339 – 3241 – 3016 – 1717 – 935 – 286 – 4W 1
Texas6281.43431.530 – 4132 – 406 – 2017 – 1328 – 394 – 6L 1
LA Angels6182.42732.531 – 4030 – 4211 – 2316 – 1327 – 333 – 7L 4
Oakland5292.3614223 – 4829 – 4413 – 2012 – 2123 – 383 – 7L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets9055.62147 – 2643 – 2946 – 2218 – 919 – 145 – 5W 1
Atlanta8855.615147 – 2541 – 3035 – 2221 – 1219 – 146 – 4L 1
Philadelphia8063.559944 – 3136 – 3236 – 2920 – 1017 – 167 – 3L 1
Miami5985.41030.529 – 4330 – 4228 – 3711 – 1512 – 214 – 6W 1
Washington4994.3434022 – 4927 – 4511 – 4615 – 1815 – 183 – 7L 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis8460.58348 – 2636 – 3416 – 1841 – 2317 – 95 – 5L 1
Milwaukee7667.5317.539 – 2737 – 4011 – 1338 – 3214 – 186 – 4L 1
Chi Cubs6182.42722.530 – 4231 – 4016 – 930 – 369 – 235 – 5W 3
Cincinnati5786.39926.529 – 4328 – 4312 – 2224 – 3510 – 224 – 6W 1
Pittsburgh5589.3822928 – 4327 – 469 – 2328 – 3514 – 175 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-LA Dodgers9844.69049 – 1849 – 2619 – 1421 – 943 – 167 – 3L 1
San Diego7866.5422138 – 3140 – 3519 – 1519 – 1033 – 314 – 6L 2
San Francisco6974.48329.539 – 3330 – 4119 – 1419 – 1421 – 364 – 6W 1
Arizona6875.47630.539 – 3629 – 3916 – 1516 – 1625 – 374 – 6W 2
Colorado6281.43436.540 – 3422 – 4710 – 2414 – 1529 – 316 – 4W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins1001.0000.02071-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Buffalo Bills1001.0000.031100-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
New York Jets010.0001.09240-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
New England Patriots010.0001.07200-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs2001.0000.071451-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers110.5001.048461-0-00-1-01-1-01-1-01 L
Denver Broncos010.0001.516170-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders010.0001.519240-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers1001.0000.023200-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Baltimore Ravens1001.0000.02490-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns1001.0000.026240-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals010.0001.020230-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Houston Texans001.5000.020200-0-10-0-00-0-10-0-11 T
Indianapolis Colts001.5000.020200-0-00-0-10-0-10-0-11 T
Tennessee Titans010.0000.520210-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars010.0000.522280-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1001.0000.038350-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Washington Commanders1001.0000.028221-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
New York Giants1001.0000.021200-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Dallas Cowboys010.0001.03190-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks1001.0000.017161-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Arizona Cardinals010.0001.021440-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams010.0001.010310-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
San Francisco 49ers010.0001.010190-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings1001.0000.02371-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Chicago Bears1001.0000.019101-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions010.0001.035380-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers010.0001.07230-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints1001.0000.027260-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1001.0000.01930-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers010.0001.024260-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Atlanta Falcons010.0001.026270-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1903       In their 14-7 victory over Cleveland at the Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, the first-place Americans score in every inning, making it 11 consecutive frames that at least one player has crossed the plate. The fledgling American League team will also tally in the first six innings of its next game to extend the scoring streak to 17 straight frames.

1914       The Yankees hire shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh to replace Frank Chance as the team’s skipper. During his 20-game tenure as the player-manager, the 23-year-old infielder will finish the season with a 10-10 record for the sixth-place club.

1922       After listening to excessive bench jockeying from the Giants dugout, Reds’ hurler Adolfo Luque becomes so enraged he throws down his glove and bolts into the New York dugout. The Cuban native, known for his fiery temper, punches Casey Stengel on the jaw and is ordered to return to his bench by the police, who are busy trying to prevent the Polo Grounds crowd overflowing onto the field from rioting.

1924       Cardinal first baseman Jim Bottomley goes 6-for-6, including two homers, and bats in a record twelve runs when the team beats the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 17-3. The previous mark of 11 RBIs in one game was established in 1892 by today’s opposing Dodger manager, Wilbert Robinson.

1926       En route to a 23-3 rout of the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, the Cardinals cross home plate 12 times during the third inning. The dozen runs establish a franchise record for the Redbirds.

1931       At Rickwood Field, Birmingham Barons starter Ray Caldwell outduels Dizzy Dean to beat the Texas League’s Houston Buffaloes, a Cardinals farm team, 1-0, in Game One of the Dixie Series. The 43-year-old right-hander posted a 19-7 record along with an ERA of 3.45 during the regular season for the Southern Association team.

1938       Johnny Rizzo becomes the first Pirates player in franchise history to hit 20 home runs in a season. The 25-year-old rookie outfielder from Texas, who becomes hurt next season, never playing regularly for the Bucs again, finishes the campaign batting .301 with 23 round-trippers and 111 RBIs.

1940       In a 16-4 Browns rout of the Yankees at Sportsman’s Park, Johnny Lucadello becomes the first player in big-league history to hit his first two career home runs from different sides of the plate in the same game. The 21-year-old second baseman, who joins Wally Schang as only the second player in American League history to accomplish the feat, will hit just three more home runs during his six-year career.

1942       The Phillies, bowing to the Cubs in the nightcap of a twin bill, 4-1, become the first major league team to have five consecutive 100 loss seasons. From 1938 to the end of this season, the team will compile a 227-532 (.299) record under three different managers.

1948       Joe DiMaggio’s 300th career homer is the lone run yielded by Detroit starter Fred Hutchinson in his 2-1 complete-game win over New York at Briggs Stadium. The ‘Yankee Clipper’ joins Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mel Ott, Jimmie Foxx, Rogers Hornsby, Chuck Klein, and Hank Greenberg as the eighth major leaguer to reach the milestone.

1948       At Cleveland Stadium, Larry Doby’s first-inning grand slam off Sid Hudson proves to be the difference when the Indians hand the Senators their 16th consecutive defeat, 6-3. The four-run homer extends the 24-year-old sophomore outfielder’s hitting streak to 21 games.

1952       Pacific Coast League’s Sacramento manager, former major league All-Star second baseman Joe Gordon, pinch-hits homers in both ends of a doubleheader. The first one, a grand slam, wins the game, 4-1.

1953       A fact-finding committee appointed by the American League approves the relocation of the St. Louis Browns but does not specify any city for the new home for the franchise. In March, the Junior Circuit, by a 5-2 vote, thwarted Bill Veeck’s plan to shift the club to Baltimore, eventually approving the transfer when the controversial owner agrees to give up his interest in the team.

1955       In the eighth inning of the A’s 13-7 victory over Chicago, Kansas City infielder Alex George makes his major league debut at Municipal Stadium. The 16-year-old shortstop handles two chances cleanly and strikes out in his only at-bat in the game.

1960       Warren Spahn pitches a no-hitter, beating the Phillies at County Stadium, 4-0. The 39-year-old southpaw sets an all-time Braves record with 15 strikeouts en route to his 20th victory of the season, marking the tenth time he has reached the plateau.

1963       After winning 19 of their last 20 games, the Cardinals face the first-place Dodgers, needing a victory to tie their opponent in the standings. In front of an enthusiastic Busch Stadium crowd, Stan Musial’s seventh-inning home run, the 475th and last big-league round-tripper of his career, ties the game at 1-1, but LA scores two runs in the ninth to win the game, en route to sweeping the three-game series to clinch the pennant. (Ed. Note: Our thanks for inspiring this entry to frequent contributor John Feehan, who attended this game as a passionate 18-year-old Redbird fan. -LP)

1965       In front of only 1,247 fans at Fenway Park, Red Sox right-hander Dave Morehead, the league leader in losses this season with 18, no-hits the visiting Indians, 2-1. On the same day, ninth-place Boston, who will lose 100 games, fire their general manager, Pinky Higgins.

1966       Bob Gibson notches his 20th victory when he goes the distance to beat Chicago at Wrigley Field, 3-1. The Cardinal right-hander becomes the first pitcher in more than forty years to have consecutive 20-win seasons for a second-division team.

1967       In the 11th inning at Connie Mack Stadium, Rick Joseph hits a walk-off grand slam in the Phillies’ 8-4 victory over the Dodgers. Two batters are walked intentionally by Ron Perranoski to face the weak-hitting Philadelphia pinch-hitter, who responds with his first career home run, and only round-tripper this season.

1968       American League President Joe Cronin fires umpires Al Salerno and Bill Valentine, citing their incompetency for their dismissal. The veteran men in blue claim the firings were due to their efforts to organize the Junior Circuit arbitrators after the pair met with their National League counterparts who had formed a union in 1963.

1969       Red Sox skipper Dick Williams, with one year left on his contract, is fired by the team due to a culmination of several things, including a lack of communications with the players, according to General Manager Dick O’Connell. As a rookie manager, Williams led Boston to their Impossible Dream American League pennant in 1967.

1972       Phillies’ rookie third baseman Mike Schmidt hits his first career home run, breaking Expos’ Balor Moore’s 25 consecutive scoreless inning streak. Michael Jack Schmidt will finish his 18-year career with 548 round-trippers.

1972       Glen Beckert goes 0-for-6 in the Cubs’ 18-5 victory over the Mets at Wrigley Field, leaving 12 men on base to set a new major league mark. The Chicago second baseman strands the bases loaded in the first and seventh, leaves two runners on twice when he bats two times in the team’s seven-run third, and fails to plate other teammates in the fifth and seventh, the first of his two plate appearances in the frame.

1975       Rennie Stennett ties a major league mark established in 1892 with his 7-for-7 performance in a nine-inning game. The Pirates’ second baseman gets two hits in one inning twice, the first and fifth frames, in the Bucs’ 22-0 rout of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the most one-sided shutout since 1900.

1975       Mike Vail fails to break the major league rookie record for consecutive games with a hit shared by Richie Ashburn (1948, Phillies) and Alvin Dark (1948, Braves). The 23-year-old freshman left fielder has plenty of opportunities to hit safely in his 24th straight game, coming to the plate eight times in the Mets’ 18-inning marathon with Montreal, a 4-3 victory over the Expos at Shea Stadium.

1979       At Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers hold Catfish Hunter Day to honor their future Hall of Fame pitcher who will be retiring at the end of the season at the age of 33. A 20-year-old left-hander named Dave Righetti makes his major league debut for the hometown team, giving up three runs on three hits while issuing six walks in five innings against the Tigers.

1980       Mike Norris, en route to a 22-9 record with the second-place A’s, gets his 20th victory of the season when Oakland beats Texas at Arlington Stadium, 4-2. The 25-year-old right-hander will compile a 58-59 career mark during his ten years in the major leagues with Oakland.

1987       Indian first baseman Joe Carter, swiping his career-high 30th base, becomes the tenth major leaguer to hit 30 home runs and steal 30 bases in the same season. Four players, including Mets teammates Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry and A’s slugger Jose Canseco, become the newest members of the 30/30 club this season, an accomplishment previously attained only eleven times.

1988       The Reds’ Tom Browning pitches the first perfect gammon franchise history, striking out eight and allowing only eight balls to leave the infield in his 1-0 victory against the Dodgers. Over three starts, including the perfect game, the 28-year-old southpaw retires 40 consecutive batters – one shy of a major league record.

1991       Darren Lewis scores four runs and steals three bases without the benefit of a base hit. In four of his five plate appearances, the Giants leadoff hitter reaches base via a walk in San Francisco’s victory over the Braves at Candlestick Park, 8-5.

1993       At the age of 41, Twins’ Dave Winfield becomes the 19th major leaguer to collect 3000 hits when he singles to left off A’s ace Dennis Eckersley in the bottom the ninth of a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Oakland at the Metrodome. Joining Al Kaline, the Minnesota DH becomes the second player to reach the milestone, having never played a day in the minors.

1996       A fifth-inning triple off Royal southpaw Jose Rosado gives Twins Paul Molitor his 3000th hit, becoming the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat with a three-bagger. The ‘Ignitor’ reaches this milestone in the same season in which he also collects 200 hits, making him the only player to accomplish both feats in the same campaign.

1996       Benito Santiago hits a trio of home runs in his three first at-bats in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The 31-year-old native of Ponce, Puerto Rico, also went deep in his last at-bat in yesterday’s contest in Chicago, giving the Philadelphia backstop four consecutive homers in four at-bats.

1997       Phillies hurler Curt Schilling, in a 3-2 victory at Veterans Stadium, whiffs nine Mets to become the thirteenth pitcher in major league history since 1900 to record 300 strikeouts in a season. The right-hander also reaches the milestone next year with Philadelphia and in 2002 with the Diamondbacks.

1998       Tom Gordon ties Jose Mesa’s major league single-season record established in 1995 with his 38th consecutive save. The 30-year-old right-handed closer also sets a franchise mark with his 41st save of the season when the Red Sox beat Baltimore, 4-3.

1998       Cleveland’s Manny Ramirez ties a major league record with homers in four straight at-bats and five in two games. The Indian right fielder, who homered in his final three at-bats last night, goes deep in the first off Twin Bob Tewksbury and takes a 3-2 pitch to left in the fifth for his fifth homer in six at-bats.

1998       Four batters strike out in one inning for only the 30th time in major league history, marking only the 12th time the feat occurs consecutively. Thanks to Randy Knorr’s passed ball, Marlin rookie Kirt Ojala accomplishes the deed in the fourth inning of the Marlins’ 3-2 defeat to the Expos.

1998       In front of 49,891 patrons at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium, Sammy Sosa ties Mark McGwire by hitting his record-setting 63rd home run. The 434-foot eighth inning two-out blast off Brian Boehringer is a tie-breaking grand slam, with ‘Slammin’ Sammy collecting all six RBIs when the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3.

1999       Doug Glanville collects five hits, including a double and a home run, in the Phillies’ 8-6 victory at the Astrodome, ending Houston’s win streak at 12, a franchise record. The 29-year-old center fielder will enjoy another five-hit performance next season against Cincinnati.

2000       With a sixth-inning blast in a 7-6 loss to the hometown Cardinals, Cub outfielder Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire (1997-99) as the only major leaguer to hit 50 home runs three straight seasons. Babe Ruth had three 50+ homer seasons but did not accomplish the feat in consecutive years.

2002       Giant left fielder Barry Bonds walks three times, breaking his own record for bases on balls in a season with 178. Approximately one-third of the free passes given to the San Francisco slugger have been intentional (60 out of 178).

2004       The Red Sox become the fourth team in big league history to sell out an entire 81-game home season. The Indians (1996-2000), Rockies (1996), and Giants (2000) are the other clubs that have accomplished the feat.

2005       Youppi!, who got his start at Olympic Stadium, is named the first official mascot of the Montreal Canadiens, becoming the first to switch from Major League Baseball to the NHL. The acquisition, reportedly at the cost of six figures, is made possible when the Expos leave the hairy orange arm-waving giant behind in favor of an eagle called “Screech” when they moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Nationals.

2006       Angels center fielder Chone Figgins, in a 12-6 loss to the Rangers in Texas, triples in the ninth inning to become the fifth player in franchise history to hit for the cycle. ‘Figgy’ joins Jeff DaVanon (2004), Dave Winfield (1991), Dan Ford (1979), and Jim Fregosi (1964, 1968) to accomplish the feat for the Halos.

2006       The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston’s grand reopening ceremony for its Roxbury facility, which underwent a $7-million renovation, has some community leaders upset with its new name unveiled at the event. The previous Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey created the foundation that donated $3 million to renovate the facility, but some in the minority neighborhood believe it’s wrong to name the clubhouse after him because of his racially motivated policies, including not signing Jackie Robinson and the team becoming the last to integrate.

2006       Stealing second base in the first inning in an 8-5 victory over the Brewers at RFK, Alfonso Soriano becomes the fourth player in major league history in a single season to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases. The Nationals’ outfielder joins Jose Canseco (1988), Barry Bonds (1996), and Alex Rodriguez (1998) as the only players to record 40-40 seasons.

2007       Todd Jones becomes the 21st major leaguer to record 300 career saves. The milestone doesn’t come easy as the Tigers’ closer gives up three hits and a run in Detroit’s 6-4 win over the Twins at the Metrodome.

2007       David Wright, homering in the seventh inning of a 10-6 loss to Philadelphia at Shea Stadium, becomes the 30th member of the 30-30 club. The New York third baseman, returning to the dugout, is greeted by hitting coach Howard Johnson, who, along with Darryl Strawberry, are the other Mets to have stolen thirty bases and hit 30 homers in the same season.

2007       In a dramatic at-bat, Jim Thome becomes the third major leaguer this season and the 23rd overall to hit 500 career home runs. The historic homer comes in the bottom of the ninth on a full count as the White Sox DH strokes a two-run walk-off round-tripper to beat the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field, 9-7.

2007       Washington announces that the press box in Nationals Park, the team’s new home scheduled to open next season, will be named the “Shirley Povich Media Center,” in honor of the late Hall of Fame Baseball writer. The Washington Post’s long-time sports columnist and reporter covered the Senators’ first World Series championship in 1924 and continued to write for the paper until his death in 1998.

2008       Derek Jeter becomes the all-time hits leader at the soon-to-be-demolished Yankee Stadium. The team’s shortstop and captain surpass Lou Gehrig’s record with a first-inning single in a 6-2 loss to the White Sox, bringing his total to 1,270 at the 85-year-old ballpark.

2009       The Tigers pay tribute to 91-year-old Ernie Harwell, their long-time broadcaster (1960-2002), who recently revealed he has inoperable cancer. During the 4-3 victory over Kansas City, a ceremony in the third inning includes a three-minute video tribute followed by the Hall of Fame announcer thanking the admiring and supportive fans attending the game at Comerica Park.

2010       Nyjer Morgan, following appeals, will serve an eight-game suspension in place of the two original bans that totaled 15 games. Nationals outfielder, initially given a seven-game suspension for deliberately throwing a ball into the stands, is suspended for another eight games the following week for instigating a brawl with Florida.

2012       The Orioles, with their 9-5 victory over Oakland, are assured of having their first winning season since the team finished first in the AL East in 1997. The Birds will finish the campaign with a 93-69 record for a second-place finish but will earn a spot in the postseason as the play-in Wild Card team.

2014       With an 8-2 win over the Blue Jays, the Orioles cop their first AL East crown since 1997 when Davey Johnson managed the club to 98 victories. The Camden Yards victory marks the earliest Baltimore has clinched a division title (151st game) since 1971, and the first time the Birds had captured the flag at home in 35 years.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1988

Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs Oakland Athletics (1)

In 1988, the World Series Championship was transformed into a “California Classic” as the Los Angeles Dodgers went up against the neighboring Oakland Athletics. Los Angeles had benefited from the amazing arm of Orel Hershiser who had ended the regular season with a record-breaking fifty-nine consecutive scoreless innings as well as one win and one save in the National League Championship Series. Oakland boasted their own ace in Dave Stewart who had won twenty-one games during the A’s quest for the American League pennant (which they won by a thirteen game margin before sweeping the Boston Red Sox in the playoffs). Although relatively equal on the mound, the A’s held a slight advantage at the plate after assembling the “Dynamic Duo” of Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire who combined for seventy-four home runs and two-hundred twenty-three runs batted in during the regular season. With such evenly-matched teams the Series proposed to go seven, but many experts would be surprised by the sudden outcome of the West Coast vs. West Coast affair.

Manager Tom Lasorda went with Tim Belcher in place of Hershiser for Game 1 choosing to save the right-handed ace for another day. Although he got off to a rough start, the rookie managed to work his way out of loading the bases in the first. After his teammates tagged Stewart for the 2-0 lead, Belcher repeated his folly by loading the bases again in the second. This time he wasn’t as lucky as Canseco brought them all home with the fifteenth grand slam in World Series history. LA’s bullpen got the call early and held Oakland at bay for the remaining innings, but the damage had already been done. The Dodgers line-up crept within 4-3 in the sixth, but still trailed by one in the bottom of the ninth with no one on. With the A’s ace reliever, Dennis Eckersley (forty-five saves) on the mound Oakland figured it was over, but the resilient Dodgers weren’t going down without a fight. Pinch-hitter Mike Davis managed to force a walk, but Lasorda sent in a crippled Kirk Gibson to bat for their reliever Alejandro Pena. At first, the decision appeared completely irrational, but somehow the outfielder worked past his pain and launched a bleacher blast (with a 3-2 count) for the game winning run. It was the first time a World Series game had ever been won on a come-from-behind home run in the last inning and the fact that Gibson could hold his stance, let alone swing the bat made the blast even more amazing.

Hershiser finally got his chance in Game 2 and following Gibson’s inspirational lead. The Dodgers’ twenty-three game winner went three-for-three at the plate and tossed a three hit masterpiece that was supported by Mike Marshall’s three run homer for the 6-0 triumph. As the contest moved to Oakland, the Athletics were determined to get back in the race on the bats of McGwire and Canseco. After going 0-9 in the first two outings, “Big Mac” finally connected and broke a 1-1 tie in Game 3 with a ninth-inning homer off Los Angeles reliever Jay Howell. The controversial closer had been suspended during the championship series for using pine tar in his glove and the last-minute loss did nothing for his fading reputation. He would have his revenge the following day though as he found himself facing McGwire again in a bases-loaded mess with two out in the seventh. This time, it would be the pitcher who prevailed as he induced the future home run champ to fly-out for the 4-3 final.

Now up three games to one, the Dodgers prepared to finish their rivals in Game 5. Hershiser returned and maintained his perfect record with a brilliant four hit effort that was sweetened by nine strike outs. Mickey Hatcher set the pace for the Dodgers with a two-run shot off of A’s starter Storm Davis in the first inning. The unlikely hero (who had managed one home run during the regular season) would finish the Series with two homers and a leading .368 average proving the old adage “better late than never”. Another Davis, (“Mike” of the Dodgers that is…) came up huge while playing the unfamiliar role of designated hitter. Benefiting from the American League ballpark rule that allowed for a DH on both sides, the LA slugger drilled a two-run homer in the fourth en route to a 5-2 Dodger victory that wrapped up their seventh championship and sixth World Series crown.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1996

Once again, the All-Star Game returned to the City of Brotherly Love as the National League pounded their rivals and shut them out, but not before a unique record would be set.

Neither pitching staff allowed a single walk during the entire game! Despite the lack of walks, the American League had no problem giving up runs. Once again Mike Piazza was at his best, driving in two runs with a homer and double to win Most Valuable Player honors. He became the first player to homer in consecutive All-Star Games since Fred Lynn in 1979-80. Combined with his homer in his last at-bat in the 1995, he also became the first to homer in consecutive All-Star at-bats since Gary Carter in 1981.

The game would have had a lot more, if not for the absence of Ken Griffey, Jr., Tony Gwynn, Frank Thomas and Matt Williams due to injuries. The victory was the National League’s third in a row and extended its series lead to 40-26-1.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 15, 1887 – John McGovern was a quarterback from the University of Minnesota. In 1909, the Walter Camp Foundation named the Golden Gopher QB to the All-American Team. The National Football Foundation selected him to enter their College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.

September 15, 1894 – Charles Wesley Harley was born in Chicago Illinois. From a young age all of his friends and family referred to him as Chic. In 1912 Chic’s family moved from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio. He attended East High School in the capital city of Ohio and his play in high school drew crowds larger than that of Ohio State’s games at old Ohio Field! Chic Harley only played in one game at East High where his team lost, and that would have been his last game of his senior season at the school to rival North High School. He enrolled into OSU and played out his freshman season on the frosh team. In that era of college football, students in their freshman seasons were not permitted to play varsity ball, they had to play on the freshman teams of their respective schools. Chic Harley was reportedly 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds nothing much to draw attention to his as being a football star, but when he got on the main Buckeye team in 1916, the star in him started to shine. With just over a minute to play against the defending Western Conference (precursor of the Big 10) champion Illinois, Chic dropped back to pass, scrambled around a bit, pump faked and then took off like lightning to pay dirt through the sloppy muddy field. Harley then called a time out, matter of factly put on a clean shoe and tied it, then kicked the game winning point in the 7-6 victory! It was Illinois’ first home loss in 4 seasons! That same season the Buckeye knocked off an undefeated Wisconsin squad by the score of 14-13, and Harley scored all of the points for Ohio State in that one too. The Ohio State teams that had Chic Harley playing for them had an amazing record of 21-1-1. The Buckeyes won every Western Conference championship game as well, except for the very last game Chic played in, and you guessed it the defeat came at the hands of the University of Illinois, the team that Harley stole a winning streak from earlier.

This last game of his was some 16 years prior to the Heisman Trophy being awarded to the nation’s top college football player, but many speculate he may have been the winner of multiple Heisman’s had it existed when he played. Harley brought Ohio State football to the forefront of national attention as he became the school’s very first consensus first team All-American as well as the first 3-time All-America selection. Chic Harley played for the Buckeyes in the 1916, 1917 and 1919 seasons, he missed the 1918 season when he spent the year as a fighter pilot in World War I. To put into perspective just how good Harley was, let’s look at the 1950 Associated Press All-Star college team of the first half of the twentieth century. Chic Harley was listed as the first team running back alongside Jim Thorpe while Red Grange was on the second team as a running back! Harley is one of the few Ohio State four sport lettermen in history. Besides football he was a starting guard on the basketball team, set a then Big Ten record in the 50-yard dash in track and was a three year starter in the outfield of the baseball team Chic was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

September 15, 1908 – Gene McEver was a halfback from the University of Tennessee. In McEver’s 3 seasons on the varsity team (1928, 1929 and 1931) at Tennessee the Vols were undefeated. He was a two time All-American and was “Mac” of the famous “Hac and Mac” backfield of the 1929 volunteers with teammate Buddy Hackman. Gene’s 98 yard kickoff return helped put the University of Tennessee’s football program on the map as it helped them knock off formerly highly ranked Alabama team 15-13, which was a tremendous upset at the time. McEver was selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.

September 15, 1924 – John Green played for Tulane in 1942 and then for Army as a guard in the 1943 through 1945 seasons. Green was a two time All-American at Army as he and the Black Knights enjoyed back to back national championships in 1944 and 1945. He entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989

September 15, 1928 – Francis “Reds” Bagnell was a University of Pennsylvania quarterback. He grew up in West Philadelphia, and fittingly enough the house he grew up in is now part of the extended Pennsylvania University Campus. At Penn he earned 9 varsity letters, 3 each in baseball, basketball and football. The highlight of his collegiate career had to be the 1950 game against Dartmouth College when Reds Bagnell had an amazing 490 total offensive yards in the contest! Bagnell also threw 14 straight completions as the Quakers rolled to a 42-26 win at Franklin Field in Philly. The National Football Foundation selected him to enter their College Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

September 15, 1940 – Merlin Olsen was a Defensive Tackle from Utah State. Olsen was an All-American in college and also the winner of the coveted Outland Trophy for the country’s top interior lineman. At 6 foot 4 inches tall and weighing in at 270 pounds, Merlin was drafted as the number one pick of the Rams in the 1962 NFL Draft. With the Rams he became one of the pillars of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line. Merlin won the 1962 NFL Rookie of the Year and was an All NFL recipient 6 times. Olsen went to the NFL Pro Bowl a record 14 times in a row, missing only his final season. That is an NFL record for consecutive trips to the NFL’s game of all-stars. The National Football Foundation selected him to their College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined him in 1982. Merlin Olsen went on to become an actor and an NFL broadcaster after he cleaned out his NFL locker.

September 15, 1961 – Dan Marino was a former quarterback of the University of Pittsburgh football team. As a freshman in 1979 Dan led the Panthers to wins over local rivals West Virginia and Penn State. The 1980 version of the team finished the year ranked number 2 in the nation. After the 1981 college season Marino was selected as an All-American. The Miami Dolphins selected him as the 27th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, with five other quarterbacks chosen ahead of him including Ken O’Brien, Tony Eason, Jim Kelly, Todd Blackledge and John Elway. Dan played with Miami for 17 seasons and rewrote not only the Dolphins passing record books but most of the NFL passing records too. He played in only one Super Bowl in his second season where the Dolphins fell to the 49ers after Dan passed for over 300 yards. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined this prolific passer in 2005 and entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

September 15, 1971 – Will Shields was a 6 foot 3 inch, 320 pound guard from the University of Nebraska. With the Cornhuskers he was a consensus All-American and won the Outland Trophy. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted the big guy in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft and he entered the line up in his first game after an injury to a teammate and then never missed a game in his 14 year career. That is 223 starts in 224 games! WIll Shields went to 12 straight Pro Bowls in his career. The National Football Foundation and their College Football Hall of Fame welcomed Shields in 2011 and he entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMER

George Halas was associated with the Chicago Bears and the National Football League from their inception in 1920 until his death in 1983. He represented the Bears, originally known as the Decatur Staleys, at the NFL’s organizational meeting held in Canton, Ohio.

During his incredible career he filled the shoes of owner, manager, player, and promoter, and was an influential leader among the NFL’s ownership. It was, however, as a coach that he excelled and was best known. Although Halas coached his Bears for 40 seasons, he stepped away from the coaching ranks three times – 1930-1932, 1942-1945 (to serve in the military), and 1956-1957.

Each time a rejuvenated Halas returned to the sidelines to coach and won an NFL championship. Twice, in 1934 and 1942, Halas’ teams had undefeated regular-season records. His 318 regular-season wins and 324 total victories were long-standing NFL records until broken by Don Shula in 1993.

His Chicago Bears teams won six NFL titles, the first coming in 1921 after the Staleys moved to Chicago. George’s Bears won three other divisional titles and finished second 15 times. Only six of Halas’ 40 teams finished below the .500 mark.

As a coach, Halas was first in many ways: the first to hold daily practice sessions, to utilize films of opponents’ games for study, to schedule a barnstorming tour, and to have his team’s games broadcast on radio. With his players, George maintained tight control. Disobedience and insubordination were not tolerated. Along with Ralph Jones, his coach from 1930 through 1932, and consultant Clark Shaughnessy, Halas perfected the T-formation attack with the man in motion. It was this destructive force that propelled the Bears to their stunning 73-0 NFL title win over Washington in the 1940 NFL Championship Game and sent every other league team scurrying to copy the Halas system.

SUPER BOWL 6

At New Orleans—81,023

Dallas    3    7    7    7    —    24

Miami    0    3    0    0    —    3

After a near-miss in Super Bowl V, the Cowboys thoroughly dominated the Dolphins. Led by Duane Thomas, the Cowboys used a punishing ground attack in setting a Super Bowl record of 252 yards rushing.

Leading only 10-3 at the half, the Cowboys marched 71 yards to start the third quarter and scored on a three-yard run by Thomas, who finished the game with 95 yards on 19 carries.

Chuck Howley’s interception of a Bob Griese pass set up Dallas’ final score, a 7-yard pass from Roger Staubach to Mike Ditka.

Dallas controlled the ball most of the game, running off 69 offensive plays to Miami’s 44 plays.

Miami became the first team to not score a touchdown in a Super Bowl. Staubach, voted the game’s most valuable player, completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two TDs.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

21 – 23 – 32 – 31 – 4 – 15 – 25

September 16, 1924 – St. Cardinals future Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Jim Bottomley set an MLB all-time single game RBI record of 12 in a 17-3 rout of Brooklyn Robins at Ebbets Field

September 16, 1960 – Milwaukee Braves’ future Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn, Number 21 threw a no-hit masterpiece against the Philadelphia Phillies resulting in a 4-0 at County Stadium

September 16, 1965 – Boston Red Sox Dave Morehead, Number 23 tossed a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians line up, to cruise to a 2-0 victory

September 16, 1973 – Buffalo Bill’s running back Number 32, O.J. Simpson rushed for a then NFL record 250 yards in Buffalo’s 31-13 win at New England

September 16, 1975 – Pittsburgh second baseman Rennie Stennett, Number 6 became the second MLB player to go 7-for-7 hitting in a 9-inning MLB game as Pirates rout Chicago Cubs, 22-0 at Wrigley Field

September 16, 1988 – Cincinnati Reds Tom Browning (Number 32) pitched a perfect game, that lead to the defeat of the LA Dodgers, by the score of 1-0

September 16, 1993 – Minnesota Twins Dave Winfield (Number 32) became the 19th MLB player to reach the career milestone of 3,000 hits

September 16, 1995 – Greg Maddux, Number 31 of the Atlanta Braves set a record of 17 consecutive road victories

September 16, 1996 – Paul Molitor, Number 4 of Twins is 21st player to reach 3,000 hits

September 16, 2000 – Sammy Sosa, Number 21 became just the second player to hit 50 or more home runs in three consecutive years, joining Mark McGwire, Number 25 on the exclusive list.

September 16, 2018 – Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Number 15 sets an NFL record of 10 touchdowns in first 2 weeks of a season, torching Pittsburgh’s secondary with 6 TD passes; leads Chiefs to 42-37 victory on the road

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Florida St. at Louisville7:30pmESPN
Air Force at Wyoming8:00pmCBSSN
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Italian Open7:30amGOLF
LPGA: Portland Classic3:00pmGOLF
PGA: Fortinet Championship6:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Colorado at Chi. Cubs2:20pmMLBN
ATTSN-RM
MARQ
Miami at Washington7:05pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Baltimore at Toronto7:07pmMASN/2
Sportsnet
Pittsburgh at NY Mets7:10pmSNY
ATTSN-PIT
Chi. White Sox at Detroit7:10pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Minnesota at Cleveland7:10pmBally Sports
Kansas City at Boston7:10pmBally Sports
NESN
Texas at Tampa Bay7:10pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at Atlanta7:20pmBally Sports
NBCS-PHI
NY Yankees at Milwaukee8:10pmMLBN
YES
Bally Sports
Oakland at Houston8:10pmMLBN
NBCS-CA
ATTSN-SW
Cincinnati at St. Louis8:15pmBally Sports
Seattle at LA Angels9:38pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
San Diego at Arizona9:40pmBally Sports
LA Dodgers at San Francisco9:40pmSportsnet
NBCS-BAY
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
Xfinity: Food City 3007:30pmUSA
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Bundesliga: Mainz 05 vs Hertha BSC2:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Salernitana vs Lecce2:45pmESPN+
EPL: Aston Villa vs Southampton3:00pmUSA
EPL: Nottingham Forest vs Fulham3:00pmPeacock
La Liga: Real Valladolid vs Cádiz3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Auxerre vs Lorient3:00pmbeIN Sports
NWSL: Racing Louisville FC vs Orlando Pride7:30pmParamount+

TV SATURDAY

COLLEGE FOOTBALLTIME ETTV
Wofford at Virginia Tech11:00amACCN
Cincinnati vs. Miami (Ohio)12:00pmESPNU
UConn at Michigan12:00pmABC
Youngstown State at Kentucky12:00pmSECN
WKU at Indiana12:00pmBTN
Texas State at Baylor12:00pmFS1
Southern Illinois at Northwestern12:00pmBTN
Purdue at Syracuse12:00pmESPN2
Oklahoma at Nebraska12:00pmFOX
Richmond at Lehigh12:00pmESPN+
Sacred Heart at Morgan State12:00pmESPN+
LIU at Kent State12:00pmESPN3
Villanova at Army12:00pmCBSSN
Georgia at South Carolina12:00pmESPN
Abilene Christian at Missouri12:00pmESPN+
Bryant at Brown12:30pmESPN+
Montana at Indiana State1:00pmESPN+
Buffalo at Coastal Carolina1:00pmESPN+
Bucknell at Central Michigan1:00pmESPN3
Colgate at Penn1:00pmESPN+
UAlbany at Fordham1:00pmESPN+
Towson at West Virginia1:00pmESPN+
Princeton at Stetson1:00pmESPN+
Valparaiso at Dartmouth1:30pmESPN+
Cornell at VMI1:30pmESPN+
Ohio at Iowa State2:00pmESPN+
Old Dominion at Virginia2:00pmACCN
Cal Poly at South Dakota2:00pmESPN+
Rutgers at Temple2:00pmESPN+
South Alabama at UCLA2:00pmPAC12N
Yale at Holy Cross2:00pmESPN+
Murray State at Ball State2:00pmESPN+
Virginia-Lynchburg at Delaware State2:00pmESPN+
Hampton at Norfolk State2:00pmESPN+
Grambling State at Jackson State2:00pmESPN3
California at Notre Dame2:30pmNBC
Central Arkansas at Idaho State3:00pmESPN+
Morehouse vs. Howard3:00pmCNBC
Nicholls at Southeast Missouri3:00pmESPN+
Austin Peay at Alabama A&M3:00pmYouTube
Drake at Idaho3:00pmESPN+
Tulane at Kansas State3:00pmESPN+
North Texas at UNLV3:00pmMWN
Penn State at Auburn3:30pmCBS
Ole Miss at Georgia Tech3:30pmABC
Georgia Southern at UAB3:30pmStadium
Stony Brook at UMass3:30pmESPN3
William & Mary at Lafayette3:30pmESPN+
Presbyterian at Western Carolina3:30pmESPN+
New Mexico State at Wisconsin3:30pmBTN
Vanderbilt at NIU3:30pmCBSSN
Colorado at Minnesota3:30pmESPN2
Troy at Appalachian State3:30pmESPN+
BYU at Oregon3:30pmFOX
Southern Utah at Western Illinois4:00pmESPN+
ULM at Alabama4:00pmSECN
UT Martin at Boise State4:00pmFS1
Kansas at Houston4:00pmESPNU
North Dakota at Northern Arizona4:00pmESPN+
Liberty at Wake Forest5:00pmACCN
Marshall at Bowling Green5:00pmNFLN
Sacramento State at Northern Iowa5:00pmESPN+
Colorado State at Washington State5:00pmPAC12N
Kentucky Christian at Morehead State6:00pmESPN+
North Alabama at Chattanooga6:00pmESPN+
Campbell at East Carolina6:00pmESPN+
Mississippi State at LSU6:00pmESPN
The Citadel at Mercer6:00pmESPN+
North Carolina A&T at Duke6:00pmESPN+
Charleston Sou. at Eastern Kentucky6:00pmESPN+
Columbia at Marist6:00pmESPN3
Samford at Tennessee Tech7:00pmESPN+
Toledo at Ohio State7:00pmFOX
Keiser at Lindenwood7:00pmESPN+
UAPB at Oklahoma State7:00pmESPN+
Butler at South Dakota State7:00pmESPN+
Charlotte at Georgia State7:00pmESPN+
Texas Tech at NC State7:00pmESPN2
Tennessee State at Middle Tennessee7:00pmESPN+
Northern Colorado at Lamar7:00pmESPN+
Missouri State at Arkansas7:00pmESPN+
Delta State at MVSU7:00pmYouTube
UIW at Prairie View A&M7:00pmESPN+
Eastern New Mexico at Tarleton State7:00pmESPN+
Texas A&M-Commerce at Sam Houston7:00pmESPN+
Akron at Tennessee7:00pmESPN+
CCSU at Southeastern La.7:00pmESPN+
Northwestern State at Southern Miss7:00pmESPN3
Arkansas State at Memphis7:00pmESPN+
Jacksonville State at Tulsa7:00pmESPN+
USF at Florida7:30pmSECN
SMU at Maryland7:30pmFS1
Pitt at Western Michigan7:30pmESPNU
Nevada at Iowa7:30pmBTN
Maine at Boston College7:30pmESPN3
Louisiana at Rice7:30pmESPN+
Furman at ETSU7:30pmESPN+
Michigan State at Washington7:30pmABC
UCF at Florida Atlantic7:30pmCBSSN
Utah Tech at Weber State8:00pmESPN+
Alcorn State at McNeese8:00pmESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Clemson8:00pmACCN
Montana State at Oregon State8:00pmPAC12N
UTEP at New Mexico8:00pmMWN
UTSA at Texas8:00pmLHN
Miami (FL) at Texas A&M9:00pmESPN
San Diego State at Utah10:00pmESPN2
San Diego at UC Davis10:00pmESPN+
Fresno State at USC10:30pmFOX
North Dakota State at Arizona11:00pmFS1
Eastern Michigan at Arizona State11:00pmPAC12N
Duquesne at Hawaii11:59pmSpectrum
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Italian Open7:30amGOLF
LPGA: Portland Classic3:00pmGOLF
PGA: Fortinet Championship6:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Minnesota at Cleveland1:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Cincinnati at St. Louis1:15pmBally Sports
Colorado at Chi. Cubs2:20pmMLBN
ATTSN-RM
MARQ
Baltimore at Toronto3:07pmMASN/2
Sportsnet
Miami at Washington4:05pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Kansas City at Boston4:10pmBally Sports
NESN
Texas at Tampa Bay6:10pmBally Sports
Chi. White Sox at Detroit6:10pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Pittsburgh at NY Mets7:10pmSNY
ATTSN-PIT
Minnesota at Cleveland7:10pmBally Sports
NY Yankees at Milwaukee7:10pmYES
Bally Sports
Oakland at Houston7:10pmNBCS-CA
ATTSN-SW
Cincinnati at St. Louis7:15pmBally Sports
Philadelphia at Atlanta7:20pmBally Sports
NBCS-PHI
San Diego at Arizona8:10pmBally Sports
LA Dodgers at San Francisco9:05pmSportsnet
NBCS-BAY
Seattle at LA Angels9:07pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
NASCAR Cup: Bristol Night Race7:30pmUSA
SOCCERTIME ETTV
EPL: Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City7:30amUSA
La Liga: Mallorca vs Almería8:00amESPN+
Serie A: Bologna vs Empoli9:00amParamount+
Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund vs Schalke 049:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Augsburg vs Bayern München9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen9:30amESPN+
Bundesliga: Stuttgart vs Eintracht Frankfurt9:30amESPN+
EPL: Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth10:00amPeacock
La Liga: Barcelona vs Elche10:15amESPN+
Ligue 1: Lille vs Toulouse11:00ambeIN Sports
Serie A: Torino vs Sassuolo12:00pmParamount+
EPL: Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City12:30pmNBC
Bundesliga: Borussia M’gladbach vs RB Leipzig12:30pmESPN+
La Liga: Valencia vs Celta de Vigo12:30pmESPN+
MLS: New York City vs New York RB1:00pmESPN+
Argentina Primera División: Barracas Central vs Godoy Cruz2:30pmParamount+
Serie A: Torino vs Sassuolo2:45pmParamount+
La Liga: Athletic Club vs Rayo Vallecano3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Lille vs Toulouse3:00pmbeIN Sports
MLS: Atlanta United vs Philadelphia Union3:30pmESPN+
Brasileirão: Avaí vs Atlético Mineiro3:30pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Botafogo vs Coritiba6:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Atlético San Luis vs Pachuca6:00pmTUDN
NWSL: Washington Spirit vs NJ/NY Gotham FC7:00pmParamount+
MLS: New England vs CF Montréal7:30pmESPN+
MLS: Orlando City SC vs Toronto FC7:30pmESPN+
NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs OL Reign7:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Newell’s Old Boys vs Sarmiento7:30pmParamount+
MLS: Chicago Fire vs Charlotte8:00pmESPN+
NWSL: Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash8:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Monterrey vs Atlas8:05pmFS2
MLS: Sporting KC vs Minnesota United8:30pmESPN+
Liga MX: América vs Guadalajara9:00pmUnivision
MLS: Austin vs Nashville SC9:00pmESPN+
MLS: Real Salt Lake vs Cincinnati9:30pmESPN+
NWSL: San Diego Wave vs Angel City10:00pmParamount+
MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Seattle Sounders FC10:00pmESPN+
MLS: LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids10:30pmESPN+
MLS: SJ Earthquakes vs Dallas10:30pmESPN+