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Washington 7 Oakland 5 (10)

Seattle 7 Detroit 0

Chicago White Sox 7 Kansas City 1

Baltimore 3 Cleveland 0

Boston 9 Texas 8

NY Mets 5 LA Dodgers 3

Atlanta 3 Colorado 0

Arizona 5 Milwaukee 0


Indianapolis 3 Louisville 2



Sanders helps No. 12 Oklahoma State beat Central Michigan

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy deflected credit when he reached a career milestone.

Spencer Sanders passed for a career-high 406 yards and accounted for six touchdowns and No. 12 Oklahoma State beat Central Michigan 58-44 on Thursday night to give Gundy his 150th coaching victory.

Gundy improved to 150-69 in his 18th season coaching his alma mater.

“Cool deal,” he said. “Like I told the team, it takes a lot of really, really quality people and good young men for a guy to stay in one place long enough to win 150 games. I’m just lucky enough to be along for the ride.”

Sanders matched a career high with four touchdown passes and set a career mark with two rushing scores in the opener for both teams.

“Knock on wood, he’s really good,” Gundy said. “He understands our concepts. He understands second nature where to go with the ball. And it’s a big advantage for us.”

Braydon Johnson had career highs of six catches for 133 yards and Brennan Presley added five catches for 83 yards.

Daniel Richardson passed for a career-high 424 yards and threw four touchdown passes for Central Michigan. Lew Nichols III, the nation’s leading rusher last year, ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries.

Sanders passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in the first half and ran for two more scores to help the Cowboys take a 44-15 lead.

The Cowboys led 51-15 less than a minute into the third quarter before Central Michigan climbed back into the game. Jalen McGaughy’s 54-yard touchdown pass from Richardson cut it to 58-44 with 3:15 remaining. McGaughy had six catches for 126 yards and two scores.

“As I said from the beginning, I really like our football team,” Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain said. “We’re going to win a lot of games. And those kids are going to learn from this video and we’re going to get a little bit better.”

Central Michigan outscored Oklahoma State 29-14 in the second half and outgained the Cowboys 281 yards to 138 after the break.

“It’s credit to those kids,” McElwain said. “Since we’ve been here and started to establish the program, there’s a certain mentality it takes to be a Chippewa. And these guys have started to understand a little bit what that is.”


Central Michigan: The Chippewas came in with high hopes after going 9-4 last season and beating Washington State in the Sun Bowl. But Sanders was too much for them early, and they couldn’t get their running game going well enough to control the clock and slow his rhythm.

Oklahoma State: The defense carried much of the load last season, but the offense put up 531 total yards on Thursday, mostly in the first half. The running game still could use some work, though. The Cowboys had just 45 yards on 20 carries in the second half and struggled to put the game away.

“We were very effective playing fast,” Gundy said. “And one thing that works against us a little bit is once you get ahead … obviously, you don’t want to play fast. So then you slow down, and we’re probably not as good at that as we are playing fast. But I was pleased with our ability to play fast and make plays in space.”


Oklahoma State could get penalized for being sluggish in the second half, depending on what else happens in the upcoming days.


Redshirt freshman Gunnar Gundy, Mike Gundy’s son, got action in the opener for the Cowboys. He did not attempt a pass, but he carried once for five yards.

The younger Gundy, a walk-on, has risen to No. 2 on the depth chart.

“This is a big deal … Everybody wants to see their kids do good and get out there,” coach Gundy said. “I was proud of him.”


Nichols rushed for 1,848 yards last season and ran for at least 100 yards his final eight games. His streak ended as he averaged just 2.8 yards per carry on Thursday.


McElwain joking about Bullet, the horse that runs onto the field after Oklahoma State’s touchdowns: “When they scored 30 in a row, I was probably more concerned with that damn horse cramping up that kept running around the end zone there.”


Central Michigan: Hosts South Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Oklahoma State: Hosts Arizona State on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Devonshire’s late Pick 6 lifts No. 17 Pitt over WVU, 38-31

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh cornerback MJ Devonshire spent a portion of the summer watching highlights of old Backyard Brawls wondering what it might be like to make one of the iconic plays in a a series whose history stretches to the 19th century.

He doesn’t have to wonder anymore.

Devonshire snagged a pass that caromed off the hands of West Virginia wide receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton and raced 56 yards to the end zone with 2:58 remaining as the Panthers rallied for a 38-31 victory Thursday night in the return of the Brawl following a 10-year hiatus.

“This is one of the greatest rivalries in college football and I just did something crazy I’m going to get to tell my kids about,” Devonshire said.

The Panthers had just tied it on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Kedon Slovis to Israel Abanikanda with 3:41 to go. Four plays later, West Virginia quarterback JT Daniels found a wide-open Ford-Wheaton only to see the ball smack of Ford-Wheaton’s hands and settle into Devonshire’s awaiting arms.

The Pittsburgh-area native who started his college career at Kentucky before coming home in 2021, felt his old punt returner skills come flooding back as he weaved his way through traffic to give Pitt its second score in 43 seconds to turn a seven-point deficit into a lead the Panthers wouldn’t relinquish.

“I just knew I had to run as fast as I could,” Devonshire said.

The Mountaineers drove deep into Pitt territory in the final minute and Daniels hit Reese Smith on a fourth-down fling that appeared to bring the ball to the Pitt 1.

Briefly anyway. Replays showed the ball skimmed the turf before Smith could bring it in and the crowd of 70,622 – the largest to attend a sporting event in the city’s history – erupted.

“They’ve got a really good football team and I respect them a lot, I really do,” West Virginia coach Neal Brown said. “But we made a bunch of mistakes, too.”

Pitt turned two Mountaineer turnovers into touchdowns.

Southern California transfer Kedon Slovis threw for 308 yards and a touchdown in his debut with the Panthers in the opener for both teams. Rodney Hammond ran for 74 yards and two touchdowns before leaving in the fourth quarter because of a right leg injury that appeared serious.

Daniels, looking to revive his career following stints at USC and Georgia, completed 23 of 39 passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns to Ford-Wheaton and the pick that Devonshire turned into Pitt’s first victory over its longtime rivals since 2008.


The Mountaineers piled up 190 yards on the ground, but fourth-year coach Neal Brown didn’t feel confident enough in his running game to go for it on fourth-and-1 at the Pitt 48 midway through the fourth quarter and his team up 31-24.

Daniels lined up in an effort to draw the Panthers offside and when he didn’t, the Mountaineers punted.

Pitt didn’t waste the opportunity. Slovis led the defending ACC champions 92 yards in seven plays, the last on a flip to running back Israel Abanikanda in which he slipped through three tackles for a 24-yard touchdown.

Brown said afterward he would punt again, pointing to the chance to give the Panthers a long field and the way West Virginia had stuffed Pitt on its previous series, sacking Slovis twice in the process.

“If I had to do it again, I would do that same decision,” Brown said.


West Virginia: Brown likely needs the Mountaineers to take a step forward in 2022 to engender a little job security. While Daniels definitely appears like an upgrade at quarterback, his coach continues to be snake-bit in tight games. His inability to trust an offensive line that held its own against a defensive front that expects to be among the best in the ACC if not the country was curious and ultimately, costly.

Pitt: The Panthers are aiming even higher than the ACC crown the claimed last winter. The schedule is user-friendly and while Slovis needed time to get warmed up, he did a fairly solid impression of former Pitt star Kenny Pickett, who helped unfurl the ACC championship banner he led the Panthers to in 2021 on his way to being a Heisman Trophy finalist and a first-round NFL draft pick.


The Panthers will stick in the poll for a second straight week and could rise a bit depending on results elsewhere this weekend.


West Virginia: The Mountaineers open Big 12 play at home on Sept. 10 against Kansas. West Virginia has won eight straight against the Jayhawks.

Pitt: The Panthers welcome Tennessee on Sept. 10. Pitt edged the Volunteers 41-34 in Knoxville last September.

No. 22 Wake Forest tops VMI behind Griffis, Turner, Morin

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Mitch Griffis threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start and Christian Turner and Taylor Morin added spectacular individual efforts on scores, helping No. 22 Wake Forest beat VMI 44-10 on Thursday night in the opener for both teams.

Griffis started with veteran Sam Hartman sidelined indefinitely by a non-football medical issue. Hartman – who guided the Demon Deacons to last year’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship game – was on the sideline in his black jersey, black shorts and a black cap to watch his understudy lead an easy win against a Championship Subdivision opponent.

“I really didn’t know what to expect,” Griffis said. “I just wanted to do my job and come out with a win. That happened, so I’m happy.”

Griffis’ first TD throw was a perfect ball while moving to his right, with Morin diving just inside the right end-zone sideline for the 23-yard score and a 17-0 first-quarter lead.

“I wasn’t sure where Mitch was going to put the ball,” Morin said, “but Mitch put it the only place he could.”

Turner had preceded that with his own highlight-reel TD. He appeared headed for a modest gain when he was wobbled by a hit from Aljareek Malry in a crowd near the middle of the field. But Turner extended his left hand into the grass to stay on his feet, then popped free on the left side for a 35-yard TD.

Turner ran for 100 yards and two scores in the game to lead the Demon Deacons, who had 506 total yards but also committed seven penalties for 70 yards.

VMI, from the Southern Conference, sought its first win against a nationally ranked opponent from the Bowl Subdivision ranks. Its lone offensive highlight was Grant Swinehart taking a pass from backup QB Collin Ironside and sprinting down the right side for a 34-yard touchdown – though that came with Wake Forest leading 30-3 late in the third.

“We were just inconsistent,” eighth-year VMI coach Scott Wachenheim said. “We had some drives where we were moving the ball, but when we stubbed our toe, this is a tough defense to come back and make up the yardage we lost.”


VMI: The Keydets are coming off their first back-to-back winning seasons since 1961-62. They were trying to earn their first season-opening road win since 2002, but finished with 222 total yards, never reached the red zone and couldn’t stop the run.

Wake Forest: This was hardly a clean performance. Notably, there were three holding penalties during two second-quarter drives, two to force a punt and one to wipe out an easy touchdown and force Wake Forest to settle for a field goal. There was another to negate Griffis’ 2-point keeper late in the third, irking ninth-year coach Dave Clawson enough that he kicked at the turf in frustration, even with a big lead. And finally, there was a roughing-the-passer penalty that negated Isaiah Wingfield’s 46-yard pick-6.

“I’m proud of the win, but I thought we were really sloppy,” Clawson said. “There’s just not a good feeling in my stomach. … To me the penalties were awful.”


Wake Forest’s third-year passer had played just seven career games entering Thursday. He completed 21 of 29 passes, including a 27-yard scoring throw over the middle to Blake Whitehart in the third and a 14-yard TD toss to Jahmal Banks in the fourth.


The game also marked the return of Wake Forest receiver Donavon Greene.

Greene was set to be the Demon Deacons’ top target last year before being sidelined by a preseason knee injury while A.T. Perry and Jaquarii Roberson thrived in a high-scoring offense. Greene was Griffis’ favorite target Thursday, converting a team-high eight targets into five catches for 63 yards.

“It was great to get him out there but there was a lot of rust that was getting knocked off,” Clawson said. “He’s a good player, but he hasn’t played football in two years, and I think it showed.”


Wake Forest is unlikely to move much in the next AP Top 25 after facing little drama in beating an FCS foe.


VMI: The Keydets host Bucknell in their home opener next Saturday.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have a road game against a power-conference opponent, visiting Vanderbilt of the Southeastern Conference next Saturday.


AP Source: Russell Wilson gets five-year, $245M extension

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos and quarterback Russell Wilson have agreed on a five-year, $245 million extension that includes $165 million in guarantees, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Associated Press on Thursday morning.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the extension, first reported by ESPN, had not been confirmed by the team or Wilson’s representatives.

As word of the deal spread, the Broncos tweeted a short clip of Wilson with the team’s signature catchphrase ” Let’s Ride.”

The extension pays Wilson an average salary of $49 million a year and keeps him in Denver through the 2028 season.

It’s just shy of Aaron Rodgers’ $50 million average on the four-year, $200 million deal the Packers QB signed to stay in Green Bay this year.

Wilson’s $165 million in guaranteed money is more than Rodgers ($153 million) and Arizona’s Kyler Murray, whose new five-year, $230.5 million deal includes $160 million in guarantees. But it’s shy of Deshaun Watson’s fully guaranteed $230 million, five-year contract he signed with Cleveland.

Wilson had two years and $51 million left on his contract when the Broncos acquired him from Seattle in March for a package of three players and five draft picks.

Wilson is set to earn $24 million this season and $27 million next year before the extension kicks in.

New co-owner and CEO Greg Penner, whose ownership group paid a record $4.65 billion for the team this summer, said last month that general manager George Paton’s trade for Wilson in the spring made the Broncos an even more attractive asset.

“We couldn’t have been more excited as we were going through the process to see that the organization had made the trade for Russell,” Penner said. “It’s critical to have a great quarterback in this league and coming in this organization with Russell in place is a tremendous benefit for us.

“On our first diligence trip in May here, one of the first people we ran into the hallway when Rob (Walton), Carrie (Walton Penner), and I were here was Russell,” Penner added. “Right away, we got a sense of how positive he is as a leader. He is just such a dynamic individual. I can’t wait to see him on the field.”

Wilson will make his Denver debut on Sept. 12 when the Broncos open the season at Seattle, where Wilson played for a decade, leading the Seahawks to two Super Bowl appearances and one championship.

Robinson to miss 1st 4 Commanders games after being shot

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Brian Robinson Jr. will miss at least the Washington Commanders’ first four games of the NFL season after being shot during at attempted robbery last weekend.

The team put the rookie running back on the non-football injury list Thursday, a move that makes Washington’s game Oct. 9 against Tennessee the first game Robinson will be eligible to play. Coach Ron Rivera said the decision was made on the advice of doctors.

“After four weeks we’ll go from there,” Rivera said at the Commanders’ preseason Welcome Home Luncheon. “Knowing who he is and knowing the type of young man he is and wanting to be back as quick as he would like to, I think the doctors probably thought that might be a good decision.”

Robinson had surgery Monday after being shot twice in the right leg Sunday in Washington and was released from the hospital hours later. He visited the team facility on crutches the next two days to meet with doctors, coaches and teammates.

Co-owner Tanya Snyder singled out Robinson during her remarks at the luncheon, calling the shooting a “senseless attack in broad daylight.”

“We were blessed to see him back in our facility just days after the incident, a testament to his courage, his resilience and what he means to his teammates,” Snyder said. We all pray for your full recovery, Brian, both physically and mentally.”

AP source: Titans OLB Harold Landry tears ACL in practice

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee outside linebacker Harold Landry III tore an ACL in practice, leaving the two-time defending AFC South champion Titans without their reigning sack leader for the season, a person with direct knowledge of the injury told The Associated Press on Thursday.

ESPN reported Landry tore an ACL during practice Wednesday, which was closed to reporters after the first 20 minutes. The person confirmed the report to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Titans are not commenting on the injury.

Later on Wednesday, the Titans canceled Thursday’s scheduled practice for meetings and conditioning with no media availability. The team is off through Sunday.

Two-time All-Pro safety Kevin Byard called Landry one of the hardest workers he knows.

“We’ll hold it down for you this season, brother,” Byard wrote on social media. “I know you’ll come back stronger!

Landry was coming off the best year of his career with 12 sacks to earn his first Pro Bowl nod. That earned the 41st pick overall out of Boston College in the 2018 draft a five-year extension worth up to $87.5 million with $52.5 million guaranteed.

He helped the Titans tie for ninth last season with 43 sacks led by Landry. Tennessee was the only NFL team with at least three different players with at least eight sacks each. Landry had started every game for three straight seasons.

The defending two-time AFC South champs open the season Sept. 11 by hosting the New York Giants.

They do have outside linebacker Bud Dupree on the other side who got his own big deal in March 2021. Dupree said in June that he spent the 2021 season recovering from the torn ACL he injured in December 2020 and didn’t feel like himself until the Titans’ divisional playoff loss when they had nine sacks.

Tennessee also has linebacker Rashad Weaver, who broke a leg in the third game last season. He was the Titans’ fourth-round pick out of Pittsburgh where he was a consensus All-American.

The Titans used an NFL-record 91 players during the 2021 season, most ever for a non-strike season, with 26 placed on injured reserve. The number of players allowed to return from injured reserve is limited to eight this season.

The Titans did announce some roster moves, signing veteran wide receiver Josh Gordon to the practice squad along with tight end Kevin Rader. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Gordon has 4,284 yards receiving and 21 touchdowns over seven seasons with Cleveland, New England, Seattle and most recently Kansas City.

Gordon played in 12 games for the Chiefs last season with five catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.

Tennessee also moved receiver Cody Hollister to the roster while placing second-year receiver Racey McMath on injured reserve. McMath is eligible to return during the season. Tennessee also released receiver Reggie Roberson and tight end David Wells.

Saints safety Maye arrested in ‘road rage’ incident

METAIRIE, La (AP) New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Maye was arrested Thursday in what authorities termed a “road rage incident,” and he was booked with one count of aggravated assault with a firearm.

Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s Capt. Jason Rivarde said in a statement that Maye, 29, was “identified as the driver of a black SUV in which he is accused of pointing a firearm at a vehicle occupied by several juvenile females.”

Maye’s attorney, Eric Hessler, said in a statement provided to NFL Network that Maye “vehemently denies the allegation from a motor vehicle incident, and looks forward to defending himself when all the facts come out.”

Louisiana state law lists aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon as a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and up to six months in jail. Maye was released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center Thursday on $30,000 bond, Rivarde said.

The Saints signed Maye, who formerly played for the New York Jets, to a three-year, $28.5 million contract this offseason. Maye is projected to be one of two starting safeties for New Orleans this season, along with Tyrann Mathieu.

Saints coach Dennis Allen, who also oversees New Orleans’ defense, said the club was made aware of the arrest and was “still gathering all the information, after today’s practice.

“So, we’re really not going to have a comment on it at this time until we get more information,” Allen added.

The Saints open the season on Sept. 11 at Atlanta. If Maye is unavailable to play, veteran P.J. Williams would be a top candidate to replace him in the lineup.


MLB announces 85-game suspension for pitcher Carlos Martinez

NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball has suspended free agent pitcher Carlos Martinez for 85 games for violating its joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

MLB said Thursday the punishment is retroactive to June 19. Under the policy, Martinez will participate in a confidential evaluation and treatment program supervised by the league’s joint policy board.

The 30-year-old Martinez also was suspended for 80 games in May under baseball’s minor league drug program after he tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Ibutamoren, which increases Human Growth Hormone.

The right-hander signed a minor league contract with San Francisco on March 19. He was released and signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox on May 7.

Martinez made a pair of starts for Triple-A Worcester, at Toledo on May 8 and against Rochester on May 14, going 0-2 with a 20.77 ERA in 4 1/3 innings. He was released on May 17.

Martinez pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2013-21, going 62-52 with a 3.74 ERA in 139 starts and 135 relief appearances. He was an All-Star in 2015 and 2017, and Martinez made five relief appearances in the 2013 World Series loss to the Red Sox.

He was 4-9 with a 6.23 ERA in 16 starts for the Cardinals last season.

Braves rookie Strider fans Atlanta record 16 in win over Rox

ATLANTA (AP) Spencer Strider struggled to understand why his Braves teammates started talking to him about John Smoltz when he completed the eighth inning against Colorado.

The rookie had no idea he broke an Atlanta record held by the Hall of Famer.

Strider struck out 16 batters – the most by any Braves pitcher since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966 – while allowing two hits in eight innings to lead the Braves to a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.

Strider fanned his last two batters with two runners on base in the eighth – with his fastball still hitting 98 mph – to complete his masterful 106-pitch outing.

“I lost track after five (innings),” said Strider of his strikeout count. Teammate Kyle Wright filled in the rookie about the record.

“I came out of the game and Kyle was telling me something about John Smoltz or whatever. It didn’t make any sense,” Strider said.

Finally, Strider was made to understand.

“It’s pretty wild, the guys who’ve thrown in this organization, it’s a long, incredible list,” Strider said. “I’m just grateful to be here and having success.”

Austin Riley and rookie Michael Harris II hit solo home runs for Atlanta.

Strider threw only 42 pitches threw his first four innings, setting a pace that allowed him to log his longest career start. He did not walk a batter.

Smoltz struck out 15 in a game twice – against Montreal on May 24, 1992 and against the New York Mets on April 10, 2005. Hall of Famer Warren Spahn holds the overall Braves record with 18 strikeouts against the Chicago Cubs on June 14, 1952, when the team played in Boston.

Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 31st save in 36 chances.

The Braves won two of three against Colorado and remained three games behind the NL East-leading New York Mets.

Strider (9-4) was dominant in extending the Rockies’ road woes. Colorado fell to 20-44 away from Coors Field, a .313 winning percentage that ranks last in the majors. The right-hander struck out the side in the second and seventh innings.

Strider lasted only four innings and had five walks in the Braves’ 6-2 win at Colorado on June 4. This time, the rookie had far better control.

“It’s plus velocity and I felt like one thing he was able to do better tonight was throw his slider more effectively,” Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon said. “I think that’s kind of what made him better tonight. It looked like he settled in and had a very good feel for that slider.”

Strider’s previous high was 13 strikeouts in a 13-1 win over Philadelphia on Aug. 2.

Strider retired Colorado’s first 12 hitters before C.J. Cron lofted a soft single into right field to lead off the fifth. He didn’t allow another hit until Michael Toglia’s single to right with one out in the eighth.

Elias Diaz then reached when first baseman Matt Olson was charged with an error after missing shortstop Dansby Swanson’s throw, leaving runners on first and third. Swanson struck out Elehuris Montero and then fanned Sean Bouchard – both of whom whiffed on sliders – to polish off his gem.

Braves manager Brian Snitker said Strider inspired comparisons to former Braves closer Craig Kimbrel, now with the Dodgers, in spring training.

“Now he looks more like Tom Seaver,” Snitker said.


Rockies right-hander Chad Kuhl (6-8) allowed three runs on five hits, including two homers and one walk in 4 2/3 innings. Kuhl recorded his first four outs on strikeouts but left the game after giving up two runs in the fifth, including Dansby Swanson’s run-scoring single.


Making only his 30th career appearance and 17th start, Strider posted his fifth career game with at least 10 strikeouts. He has won his last three decisions and has shown no signs of fading late in the season. He began the year in Atlanta’s bullpen.

Strider set a Braves single-game rookie record for strikeouts, the most for any pitcher in the majors since Colorado’s John Gray had 16 while shutting out San Diego on Sept. 17, 2016.

Strider’s performance tied for the second-most strikeouts without a walk by a rookie. The Cubs’ Kerry Wood had 20 Ks and no free passes against the Houston Astros on May 6, 1998.


Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza (shoulder) is beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. … RHP Chad Smith and IF Alan Trejo were recalled from Albuquerque.

Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies (broken left foot) had no hits in four at-bats as he began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett. … RHP Mike Soroka (right Achilles tendon) was reinstated from the injury list and optioned to Gwinnett, where he is scheduled to make his fourth rehab start on Friday. … IF Orlando Arcia (strained left hamstring) was activated from the IL after missing 20 games. … RHP Jesse Chavez, claimed off waivers from the Angels on Tuesday, was activated.


Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (7-9, 4.88 ERA) is scheduled to face Reds RHP Luis Cessa (3-2, 5.36) in Friday night’s opener of a three-game series at Cincinnati.

Braves: RHP Charlie Morton (6-5 4.10) will look to improve his career 10-5 record and 4.08 ERA against Miami when he faces Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara (12-6, 2.13). Alcantara is 4-1 with a 1.74 ERA in nine career starts against the Braves, including a 2-0 mark in five starts at Truist Park.

Díaz escapes in 8th, Mets take series from MLB-best Dodgers

NEW YORK (AP) Edwin Diaz struck out Gavin Lux on a 102.8 mph fastball to escape a jam in the eighth inning, and the New York Mets beat the major league-best Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Thursday.

Francisco Lindor hit a tying double in the sixth and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Darin Ruf after the Mets were held to one hit in five innings by Clayton Kershaw, who made his first start since Aug. 4.

NL East-leading New York took two of three from Los Angeles, its first series win against the Dodgers since Sept. 3-5, 2011. LA lost consecutive games for the first time since July 25-26. The last time the Dodgers dropped two straight at Citi Field was exactly seven years before that – July 25-26, 2015.

“They got a really good team,” Diaz said. “We showed them we have a really good team, too. That’s the team we might play in the playoffs.”

Chris Bassitt (12-7) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings for his fifth straight victory, matching his win total from last season with Oakland. He departed after the Mets took a 3-2 lead in the sixth.

New York led 5-2 when Diaz opened the eighth by walking Freddie Freeman and plunking Will Smith. Freeman advanced to third on a warning-track flyball by Max Muncy and scored on Justin Turner’s flyball near the 408-foot sign in center.

“I was a little bit angry because I wasn’t commanding my slider the way I want to,” Diaz said.

After a mound visit from pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, Diaz escaped by whiffing Lux on the hardest pitch of his career and calmly walked off the mound. It was the fifth time in his last 13 appearances that the Mets closer pitched in the eighth inning.

“He’s the best closer in baseball for a reason,” Lux said.

It was only the third run allowed in the last 34 appearances for Diaz, who has converted 19 of 19 save chances in that span.

“I think he realized that he wasn’t carrying the normal torque on his breaking ball,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “He almost got hurt on a couple of them. He just decided to go to option B.”

Adam Ottavino followed with a perfect ninth for his third save.

Kershaw returned from a back injury and settled down after a rocky beginning. He struck out six and walked three but was on a pitch count and was pulled after throwing 73 pitches – three more than his simulated game on Saturday in Miami.

“First inning was a little rough obviously, but I’m thankful to kind of bounce out of that and get through five at least,” Kershaw said.

It was the 15th time Kershaw allowed one hit or fewer and third time this season.

Lindor’s single three batters in was New York’s only hit until Starling Marte opened the sixth against Chris Martin (4-1) with an infield single. One pitch after hooking a ball foul down the right field line, Lindor doubled to center field as Marte easily scored.

Lindor stole third on the second pitch of Ruf’s plate appearance, which came Showalter pulled left-handed hitting Daniel Vogelbach from the on-deck circle. After fouling off three pitches, Ruf lifted a high flyball to the left-field corner and Lindor trotted home.

Brandon Nimmo added an RBI double in the seventh when his popup dropped between second baseman Lux and right fielder Mookie Betts. Nimmo then scored on Marte’s single.

“Miscommunication, probably a ball I gotta catch,” Lux said.

Kershaw walked three in a 25-pitch first inning, including Mark Canha with the bases loaded – the eighth bases-loaded walk of the left-hander’s career and his first since 2015. Kershaw then got Jeff McNeil on a popup and retired his final 13 batters.

Chris Taylor hit a two-run single in the second for the Dodgers.


Dodgers: RHP Brusdar Graterol (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the injured list and will get an MRI Friday. … RHP Tony Gonsolin (right forearm strain) will get an MRI Friday and will remain shut down for a few more days.

Mets: C Francisco Alvarez, the club’s No. 1 prospect, was diagnosed with a loose body in his right ankle and a tentative plan is for him to resume baseball activities in three to four days based on his response to an injection. … Rookie 3B Brett Baty underwent surgery for a torn ligament in his right thumb.


Dodgers: Dustin May (1-1, 1.64 ERA) makes his third start since returning from Tommy John surgery as Los Angeles opens a series Friday against visiting San Diego and RHP Yu Darvish (11-7, 3.41).

Mets: LHP David Peterson (7-3, 3.21) opposes RHP Josiah Gray (7-8, 4.67) of visiting Washington on Friday.

Vaughn, Pollock homer, White Sox beat Royals 7-1

CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Vaughn and A.J. Pollock each cracked a two-run homer and singled, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Thursday.

Leury Garcia and Elvis Andrus added two hits and an RBI apiece for the White Sox, who won their second straight following a five-game slide to climb back within a game of .500 (65-66).

Chicago improved to 2-1 under bench coach Miguel Cairo, who is filling in as manager while Tony La Russa is on indefinite leave to undergo tests for an unspecified health issue.

The defending AL Central champions, who began the day five games behind first-place Cleveland, held a players-only meeting before the game. Chicago is seeking its third straight playoff appearance.

“It’s no secret, you know, we haven’t played really good baseball this year,” said Pollock, who went deep for the second straight game. “We’ve underperformed and I feel like there’s been times where we put a lot into it and it hasn’t worked out and it’s been really deflating.

“But at the same time, we’re got to keep showing up. We’ve got to keep pushing and pushing. We know we’ve got the group. We know we’ve got the players that can make that run. I mean, we can’t wait. This is it.”

The White Sox have 31 games left, starting with a three-game home series against second-place Minnesota.

Many of Chicago’s big offensive names have been injured or just fizzled during much of 2022. But the White Sox were a little pluckier at the plate in three games against Kansas City, hitting seven homers and taking 11 walks.

“They’re not chasing bad pitches,” Cairo said. “And when they see it’s right, they’re swinging.

“If we hit the ball in the strike zone, be careful with this offense. This offense is dangerous.”

Johnny Cueto (7-6) allowed one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking none and striking out five. The 36-year-old right-hander rebounded from a rough outing last Friday when he allowed seven runs in five innings to Arizona.

Five Chicago relievers combined to throw two-hit ball the rest of the way.

“Today we played hard,” Cueto said through a translator. “Right now, we’re playing with excitement and hype. I think the team really has chemistry right now and we just need to go running on that.”

Vaughn’s homer was his 15th, matching his total last year as a rookie. Chicago is 4-10 since reaching a season-high five games above .500 on Aug 16.

Kansas City rookie infielder Michael Massey had a double in his first three-hit game. The 24-year-old, who made hit major league debut on July 13, finished 3-for-3 with a walk.

Massey, from Chicago’s southwest suburbs, grew up a White Sox fan and had friends and family in the stands for the series.

Fellow Royals rookie Drew Waters had a single and double for his third multi-hit game in nine since making his debut on Aug. 22. The 23-year-old right fielder also made a leaping catch against the wall on Pollock’s drive to end the second.

Daniel Mengden (0-1) yielded three runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings in his fifth appearance and first start for the Royals this season. The righty was recalled from Triple-A Omaha before the game.

Kansas City jumped ahead 1-0 in the third. Waters scored from third when M.J. Melendez grounded into a forceout at second.

Chicago came back with three in the bottom half. Andrus drove in a run with a single and Vaughn followed with a deep drive to left on the Mengden’s first pitch to him.

Filling in for the injured Yoan Moncada at third, Garcia made a running catch with his back to the infield on Ryan O’Hearn’s pop down the left field line in the top of the sixth.

The White Sox upped their lead to 5-1 in the sixth on RBI singles from Garcia and Romy Gonzalez. Pollock went deep in the eighth.


Both teams added players as rosters expanded to 28 for September

The Royals selected Mengden and recalled OF Nate Eaton from Triple-A Omaha. The White Sox recalled RHP Matt Foster and OF Adam Haseley from Triple-A-Charlotte.


White Sox CF Luis Robert is travelling to Florida for the birth of his second child and probably will return within a week, Cairo said. Robert has been limited to defensive replacement and pinch-running roles as he recovers from left wrist soreness.


Royals: C Salvador Perez was returned to the starting lineup behind the plate after sitting out Wednesday with lower back tightness.

White Sox: DH Eloy Jimenez left with right leg soreness in the seventh inning.


Royals: LHP Daniel Lynch (4-9, 4.70 ERA) will face Tigers RHP Drew Hutchison (2-7, 4.01) at Detroit on Friday.

White Sox: RHP Davis Martin (2-4, 4.62) faces visiting Minnesota’s Sonny Gray (7-4, 3.04) in Friday’s series opener.

Bradish superb, Orioles pound 3 homers, blank Guardians 3-0

CLEVELAND (AP) One of the season’s biggest surprises, the Baltimore Orioles weren’t looking for validation on their road trip. They found it anyway.

Rookie Kyle Bradish held Cleveland to two harmless singles in seven innings and Cedric Mullins homered on Shane Bieber’s first pitch, leading the Orioles to a 3-0 win over the Guardians on Thursday night.

After winning two of three at AL West-leading Houston, the Orioles, who lost 110 games last season, came to Cleveland and did the same thing to the Central’s top team.

“I think it just puts us on notice that we’re a for real team this year,” Bradish said. “We’re going to come in and play everybody hard. It doesn’t matter who you are.”

Bradish (3-5), who spent time on the injured list with shoulder inflammation, hasn’t allowed a run in 15 straight innings after going more than three months without a win.

The right-hander was only in trouble once, but regrouped after walking two in the third by striking out Amed Rosario and retiring All-Star Jose Ramirez on a routine fly to left.

“Kyle Bradish,” said Orioles manager Brandon Hyde, pausing to soak in the performance. “He gave up one hit for me. The first hit was borderline, at best, and a chopper through and that was it without his best stuff, without his best command.”

Cionel Perez worked a perfect eighth and rookie Felix Bautista finished off the two-hitter for his 11th save.

Baltimore lost the opener before posting consecutive shutouts and holding the Guardians without a run over the last 21 innings.

Cleveland’s division lead shrunk to one game over idle Minnesota.

Mullins bashed the first of the Orioles’ three homers off Bieber (8-8), who struck out 11 in seven solid innings but couldn’t keep the ball inside the fences. Anthony Santander and Ryan Mountcastle also homered for Baltimore.

“It happens from time to time,” Bieber said. “You hope it’s not a leadoff homer on the first pitch of the game, but that was the case. Found myself on my heels a little bit but just tried to make the most of it and go out there and compete.”

Although the Guardians are scuffling a bit, Bieber doesn’t sense an imminent collapse.

“There might be a little sense of frustration the last couple of days but we don’t have the luxury of being that way,” Bieber said when asked if the team is getting tight. “Why change now? I’m excited to see how we bounce back tomorrow. It should be a non-issue, a non-factor. Start a new series and go win it.”

Orioles rookie Gunnar Henderson, one of baseball’s highest-rated prospects who homered in his MLB debut on Wednesday, went 1-for-4 and showed off his elite defense at shortstop.

In the fourth, Henderson fielded a tough short hop, alertly side-stepped and touched second for the force and threw to first for a double play. Henderson made a diving stop to take a single away from Amed Rosario in the sixth, then popped to his feet and rocketed a throw to get Cleveland’s speedy shortstop.

“Wow!” Bradish said. “As advertised. Two great plays today, a homer yesterday and another stolen bag. He’s a good player.”

The Orioles didn’t waste a second against Bieber as Mullins and Santander both connected on their first pitch from the right-hander.

The official scorer was in the middle of announcing the game-time temperature when Mullins drilled his 12th homer – fourth leading off in 2022 – into the right-field seats. One out later, Santander drove a changeup over the wall for his 24th homer and Mountcastle’s 19th longball made 3-0 in the fourth.


Bradish is the first pitcher in Orioles history (since 1954) to have consecutive outings of seven or more scoreless innings and two or fewer hits. He’s the first MLB pitcher to do it since Max Scherzer last season.


Guardians manager Terry Francona isn’t a big believer in team meetings. However, he made an exception before the series finale.

With his young club leading its division and in the thick of a postseason race on Sept. 1, Francona wanted his players to appreciate where they are – and what’s ahead.

“I just wanted them to remember, hey, it’s not supposed to be easy,” Francona said. “We’re playing against these teams that are built for October and we’re kind of holding our own. I just wanted some of them to stay in the moment.”


Orioles: Top pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez threw 31 pitches for High-A Aberdeen in his first appearance since suffering a strained side muscle on June 1.

Guardians: LHP Antony Gose, who has been out since early July with an elbow injury, received an injection designed to alleviate pain and lubricate the joint. Francona said the hope is the shot allows Gose to pitch again this season. If not, he’ll explore other options.


Orioles: Begin a three-game series at home against Oakland with Dean Kremer (6-4, 3.24 ERA) starting against Athletics RHP JP Sears (5-1, 2.28).

Guardians: Seattle comes to town for three games with Cleveland’s Zach Plesac (3-11, 4.39) starting the opener against Mariners RHP Luis Castillo (5-5, 2.85).

Refsnyder completes Red Sox rally for 9-8 win over Rangers

BOSTON (AP) Rob Refsnyder hit a game-ending single in a four-run ninth inning for Boston as the Red Sox rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 9-8 on Thursday night.

The Red Sox trailed 8-3 in the eighth and 8-5 entering the ninth. Boston promptly loaded the bases with none out against Jonathan Hernandez (1-1). Rafael Devers hit a two-run double and Kike Hernandez hit an RBI single to tie the game before Refsnyder completed the comeback with a drive to left.

Refsnyder took a wide turn around first before a swarm of teammates caught him and piled on after storming out of the dugout. The Red Sox entered Thursday having lost 7 of 10.

“I think we’ve all been trying to do our best and working hard. A lot of the guys have been frustrated, so it was nice to come through and it’s always nice to celebrate with your teammates,” Refsnyder said.

Jeurys Familia (2-1) worked a scoreless ninth for a Boston staff that was constantly in trouble. The Rangers stranded 12 runners as they dropped their fifth straight.

Adolis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the eighth to help put Texas in position to stop its skid.

In the bottom half, Devers began Boston’s comeback with an RBI double. He scored on a single by Christian Arroyo, who also drove in three runs.

“That last inning was what we expected out of the lineup – swing at strikes. If not, keep the line moving,” Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Rookie Rangers starter Glenn Otto struck out a career-best eight batters and departed after Alex Verdugo homered leading off the sixth to get the Red Sox within 4-3.

Veteran Rich Hill started for Boston and allowed four runs on five hits and four walks.

Garcia drove in three runs for the Rangers. Corey Seager had an RBI single in the third and a run-scoring double in the fifth.


Refsnyder said he had an extra cup of coffee before the game after a rough night. The Rex Sox got home late after concluding a three-game series at Minnesota, and he was greeted at home by a grumpy toddler.

“I didn’t sleep well at all. My son was pretty cranky – we got in at like 5:30 in the morning, so maybe I shouldn’t sleep very well more often,” Refsnyder said.


A boy stationed in the front row in center field, prepared with a glove and clad in a No. 9 Red Sox jersey, caught Verdugo’s homer in the sixth. The boy leapt several times in celebration and high-fived fans in all directions. The play was reviewed for potential fan interference, but umpires quickly confirmed the home run.


Rangers: Transferred RHP Josh Sborz (right elbow sprain) from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL, ending his season. … Recalled OF Nick Solak from Triple-A Round Rock and added RHP Jesus Tinoco from Round Rock to the expanded roster.

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation) has resumed throwing but manager Alex Cora wasn’t ready to offer a potential return date. Cora said the club was going to continue to be cautious with Eovaldi, who missed 33 games earlier in the season with inflammation in his lower back. … Recalled C Connor Wong from Triple-A Worcester and added RHP Eduard Bazardo to the expanded roster.


LHP Dallas Keuchel (2-8, 8.84 ERA) makes his second start for the Rangers and faces Boston RHP Nick Pivetta (9-10, 4.40) Friday night in the second of the four-game series.


AP source: Cavaliers acquiring All-Star G Mitchell from Jazz

CLEVELAND (AP) Donovan Mitchell is going east.

The All-Star guard is on his way to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who acquired one of the NBA’s best scorers Thursday in a blockbuster trade with the Utah Jazz, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

Cleveland is sending guard Collin Sexton, forward Lauri Markkanen and rookie guard Ochai Agbaji along with three unprotected first-round picks to the Jazz, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because it still must be approved by the league.

ESPN was the first to report Mitchell’s exit from Utah.

Sexton, who played in just 11 games last season before undergoing knee surgery, will sign a four-year, $72 million contract as part of a sign-and-trade agreement with Utah, his agent Rich Paul confirmed for AP.

There had been speculation for months that Mitchell might get moved, and it appeared the New York Knicks were the frontrunner for him. But when talks with Utah broke down, Cleveland jumped in and general manager Koby Altman added a player capable of pushing the Cavs into title contention.

Cleveland hasn’t made the playoffs since 2018, when LeBron James led the Cavs to their fourth straight Finals.

The 6-foot-1 Mitchell can take over a game, and he’ll give Cavs coach J.B. Bickerstaff a player to run his offense through as well as another late-game option.

The Cavs are also giving up unprotected first-round picks in 2025, 2027 and 2029 and swapping picks in 2026 and 2028, said the person.

A three-time All-Star in five seasons with Utah, the 25-year-old Mitchell is one of the league’s elite backcourt players and his acquisition could push the Cavs, who won 44 games last season – a 22-game improvement – with a young nucleus, among the top teams in the loaded Eastern Conference.

Mitchell, who averaged 25.9 points per game last season, will pair in Cleveland with All-Star point guard Darius Garland. He’ll also play with All-Star center Jarett Allen and forward Evan Mobley, who had a strong rookie season averaging 15.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

Mitchell signed a five-year, $163 million contract in 2020 and is under contract through the 2026 season.

Cleveland also has Garland and Allen locked up to long-term deals.

The 23-year-old Sexton was hoping to make a comeback this season with the Cavs, who couldn’t work out an extension with him last season. He was a restricted free agent this summer, but there was little market for him.

Sexton’s a proven scorer (he averaged 24.3 in 2020), but became expendable for Cleveland due to Garland’s development and the club’s talented frontline.

The 7-foot Markkanen averaged 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds in his first season with the Cavs, who made the play-in round last season before losing to Brooklyn and Atlanta.

Agbaji was drafted by Cleveland with the No. 14 overall pick this year after helping Kansas win a national championship.

This is the second major trade during this offseason for Utah, which started its rebuild in July by trading All-Star center Rudy Gobert to Minnesota.

The Mitchell trade gives Utah even more draft capital. The Jazz now have at least 13 first-round picks, plus the two swaps that were part of this deal, over the next seven drafts. The Jazz currently have three first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029.

But the Jazz are starting over now, in so many ways.

The re-do in Utah started in early June when Quin Snyder — who had guided the Jazz to six consecutive playoff appearances, but never got them out of the second round — decided to end his eight-year run as coach.

The last straw may have been how this past season started with great promise before fizzling. Utah started 7-1 and was 26-9 at one point but went just 25-28 after Jan. 1.

Utah eventually hired Will Hardy to coach, though there was still speculation then about whether the Jazz would break up the 1-2 punch of Mitchell and Gobert. Now, they’re both gone.

The Mitchell-Gobert relationship was clearly strained at times, going back to at least the start of the pandemic, when Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19 and Mitchell tested positive a day later.

They now get new starts elsewhere, and the Jazz are in the full throes of a rebuild — just as Cleveland was not long ago.


Serena, Venus Williams lose in 1st round of US Open doubles

NEW YORK (AP) Serena and Venus Williams traded fist bumps or palm slaps and chatted between points. They smiled while conversing in their seats at changeovers.

When their first doubles match together in 4 1/2 years ended with a loss at the U.S Open on Thursday night, the siblings hugged each other, then left the court to a standing ovation.

The Williams sisters were eliminated by the Czech pair of Lucie Hradecka and Linda Noskova 7-6 (5), 6-4 at Flushing Meadows.

“I was speechless when I found out I’m going to face these two. I mean, they’re legends. And I was always such a big fan of them, especially Serena. She has been my idol since ever, probably,” said Noskova, a 17-year-old making her Grand Slam debut in doubles. “So I was really happy, excited, but kind of scared, to face them.”

Arthur Ashe Stadium had never hosted a first-round doubles match – for women or men, during the night or day – until this one featuring two members of one family who have combined to claim 14 Grand Slam titles in doubles.

“It’s something incredible, because playing first round in a huge stadium, with 23,000 people, is something amazing,” said the 37-year-old Hradecka, who won major doubles trophies with Andrea Hlavackova at the 2013 U.S. Open and 2011 French Open. “I don’t think (when) we played the final here, it was packed like this.”

The Williams sisters, who did not do interviews after the match, were partnering up for the first time since the 2018 French Open. This was their fourth first-round doubles defeat at a Slam; the most recent had been at the 2013 French Open.

“I’m still in shock that we won,” Hradecka said in an on-court interview right after the match’s conclusion.

Speaking to the sellout crowd of 23,859, she said: “I’m so sorry for you that we beat them, but we are so happy that we did it.”

The fans were not nearly as boisterous as they were for each of the two victories in singles this week for Serena, who has hinted that this will be the final event of her career.

Serena plays Ajla Tomljanovic on Friday night in the third round of singles; Venus was bounced from that bracket in the first round.

After a rather subdued entrance from the locker room by Hradecka and Noskova, who were competing as a team for the first time, a video tribute to the Williams-Williams pairing played on the Ashe videoboards, with a narrator introducing “two of the greatest athletes on Planet Earth” and, in a reference to Serena’s looming retirement, saying, “It’s not too late to change your mind.”

There was footage of them through the years, including as kids with white beads in their hair (like Serena’s daughter, Olympia, wore on opening night) and, later, winning titles.

Olympia, who turned 5 on Thursday, was not there for this one, Serena’s husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian was, as were the sisters’ mother, Oracene Price, and their sister, Isha.

During the pre-match warmup, the announcer noted that the sisters are 14-0 in Grand Slam doubles finals and declared: “They’ve transformed and elevated the sport as we know it.”

The spectators saved their biggest cheers for some of Serena’s best efforts, whether aces or putaways or an on-the-run forehand winner. The sisters went up 5-4 early and held two set points there on Noskova’s serve, but could not convert either.

The loudest moment probably arrived after a 19-stroke point won by the sisters during the first-set tiebreaker, featuring three swinging volleys by Serena. That put them ahead 4-3, and soon it was 5-3.

But Hradecka and Noskova grabbed the next four points to claim that set. They then jumped ahead 3-0 in the second, and after the Williams sisters made it 4-all, the Czech team pulled away.

The Williams siblings received a wild-card entry into this year’s doubles field. Serena, who turns 41 next month, and Venus, who turned 42 in June, won doubles trophies at the U.S. Open in 1999 — the year Serena won her first major singles trophy at age 17 in New York — and 2009.

They have a total of 30 major trophies in singles: 23 for Serena, seven for Venus.

“Playing against the Williams sisters,” Noskova said, “is a special moment for everybody.”

Nadal’s nose bloodied by own racket at US Open in victory

NEW YORK (AP) Rafael Nadal cut himself on the bridge of his nose with his own racket when it ricocheted off the court on the follow-through from a shot, leaving himself bloodied and dizzy during his second-round victory at the U.S. Open.

Play was delayed for about five minutes during a medical timeout in the fourth set of what would become a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 win against Fabio Fognini at Arthur Ashe Stadium in a match that began Thursday night and finished after midnight on Friday.

It made for a bizarre, and briefly scary, scene, as Nadal immediately grimaced, dropped his racket, put a palm to his face and then placed both hands on his head. He said at his post-match news conference he thought right away that he might have broken his nose, which kept swelling.

He said it was a “shock” when it happened and he felt “a little bit out of the world.”

Still, Nadal managed to joke about it all. Asked during his on-court interview whether he’d ever had that happen before, he mustered a chuckle and replied: “With a golf club but not with a tennis racket.”

How was he feeling?

“Well, just a little bit dizzy at the beginning,” said Nadal, who has won four of his 22 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open, most recently in 2019, the last time he entered the hard-court tournament. “A little bit painful.”

The episode came on the first point of the game with Nadal leading 3-0 in the fourth set and clearly in command after ceding the opening set for the second match in a row this week.

The 36-year-old from Spain was moving to his right when he hit a backhand. After making contact with the ball, his racket deflected off the ground and smacked him on the nose.

He went over to the sideline and layed down, waiting for the trainer, and Fognini went over to check on Nadal.

“He told me everything was OK,” Fognini said later. “I hope it’s nothing serious.”

After having a bandage put on his nose, Nadal resumed play. He would lose that game, but not another, improving to 21-0 in Grand Slam matches in 2022.

Nadal won the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June for his 14th title there, then made it to the Wimbledon semifinals in July before the abdominal issue forced him to withdraw (which does not go into the books as a loss).

The match against Fognini, who beat him at the 2015 U.S. Open, did not begin auspiciously for Nadal. His shots were off and he quickly fell behind.

“For more than one hour and a half, I was not competing,” Nadal said. “One of the worst starts, probably, ever.”

The second set was hardly a thing of beauty for either man, filled with poor play by both: They combined for 39 unforced errors and merely nine winners, seven service breaks and only three holds.

“I was lucky, honestly, that Fabio made some mistakes in that second set,” Nadal acknowledged.

When Nadal dumped a backhand into the net, Fognini broke to lead 3-2, then went ahead 4-2. But from there, it was Fognini who faltered, missing four shots in a row to get broken at love as part of a four-game run by Nadal to make it a set apiece.

“With Nadal, you can’t mess around,” Fognini said. “I let him back in the match and he kept getting better from there.”

In the third, Nadal came up with one particularly perfect shot – a forehand on the run that redirected an overhead by Fognini and sent it down the line for a winner to break for 4-2. Nadal’s momentum carried him right to the edge of the stands, where thousands were on their feet, and he punched the air and yelled, “Vamos!”

Not long after, that set belong to Nadal, too, and he would collect 16 of the last 19 games.



LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Cam Alldred, Nick Mears, Cam Vieaux and Eric Hanhold combined to to toss 7.0 hitless frames for the Indianapolis Indians, and the offense brought across three late-inning runs to earn a 3-2 comeback victory against the Louisville Bats on Thursday night.

After being held scoreless through six innings and facing a 2-0 deficit, the Indians (64-60) brought home three runs in the seventh to capture the lead. Brendt Citta drew a leadoff walk and Drew Maggi followed with a RBI double to cut the deficit in half. With one out, Diego Castillo singled to put runners on the corners. Travis Swaggerty blooped an RBI single into center field to send Maggi home to tie the game and end the night for RHP Eddy Demurias (L, 4-2). Bligh Madris chopped a ground ball off that was misplayed by second basemen Leonardo Rivas to score Castillo to take a 3-2 lead.

Louisville (52-74) jumped out to an early lead by scoring two runs on three hits in the second inning. Despite collecting four hits in their first two at-bats, the Bats offense was stalled for the remainder of the contest.

Indy’s bullpen kept the Bats silent after the second inning. Alldred (2.2ip, 0h, 2k), Mears (2.0ip, 0h, 2k), Vieaux (2.0ip, 0h, 2k) and Hanhold (1.0ip, 0h, 1k) came in to close the door on the Bats. Prior to a two-out walk issued by Hanhold in the bottom of the ninth, Indians’ pitchers retired 15 consecutive batters. Mears (W, 1-1) earned the win with 2.0 perfect innings and Hanhold (S, 10) earned his 10th save of the season.

The Indians will be back-in-action Friday night at Louisville Slugger Field with a 7:05 first pitch. RHP Randy Wynne (5-11, 5.01) will take the mound for Louisville. Indianapolis has yet to name a starter.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (1-0-3) found the net three times in a 3-0 victory over the Indiana State Sycamores (0-3-1) under the lights on Thursday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium.


• Senior forward Paige Webber broke the seal on the Hoosier scoring with a header in the 56th minute off an assist from senior defender Alaina Kalin.

• Junior forward Jen Blitchok doubled the Hoosier lead after collecting a throw in from Kalin. She took three touches towards the top of the box and launched a right-footed shot into the back of the net in the 61st minute.

• Junior forward Anna Bennett capped the scoring in the 76th minute. Freshman midfielder Jaelyn Pallas redirected a crosser from freshman forward Sarah Sirdah to Bennett’s frame. She hooked in a right-footed attempt.


• Indiana outshot Indiana State by a count of 24-3. The Hoosiers attempted 12 shots in each half.

• Blitchok tallied her seventh-career goal, while both Webber and Bennett recorded their sixth career goals.

• Freshmen Olivia Smith and Sarah Sirdah each made their first career starts in the match, while junior Anna Bennett made her debut start of the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg made her 20th career start for the Hoosiers in the match.

• Prior to the match, Indiana honored Bethany Kopel, Karlee Luker and Megan Wampler on Senior Night.


GOALS: Paige Webber (56′), Jen Blitchok (61′), Anna Bennett (76′)

ASSISTS: Alaina Kalin (2), Jaelyn Pallas, Sarah Sirdah


Indiana will return to the pitch for a 6 p.m. first kick against No. 16 Notre Dame on Sept. 4 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After jumping out to a 2-1 start following the first weekend of play, the Indiana Volleyball team will take to the road for the first time this season.

A three-game set in Corpus Christi, Texas awaits Steve Aird and the Hoosiers this weekend with matchups against SMU, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M-CC on the docket.

This will be the first match with all three programs in the history of IU Volleyball and the first of five matches against schools from the Lone Star State this year.

A weekend sweep would ensure a second-straight season that the Hoosiers started 5-1.

“Excited to get on the road,” Aird said. “Obviously the next month we’re on the road so it’s going to be a long four weeks where we’re going to be tested by some good teams.”

Breaking Down the Hoosiers

Despite being down a few players due to injury on the opening weekend, the Hoosiers found production at all levels to produce a 2-1 start to the season.

Sophomore setter Camryn Haworth was busy all weekend, providing a huge impact on both the offensive and defensive fronts.

She served up double-doubles in IU’s first two games including 33 assists and 22 digs against Indiana State and 26 assists and 11 digs against Chicago State.

On the weekend, Haworth provided 86 assists, 37 digs, 12 kills, 2 solo blocks and 6 service aces. After an outstanding freshman season, Haworth has shown her value as a setter and ability to be one of the most versatile athletes in all the Big Ten.

Sophomore outside hitter Mady Saris joined her fellow classmate with a productive weekend offensively for the Hoosiers.

Saris had at least eight kills in all three matches including 13 against Indiana State while also matching her career high against Jacksonville State with 18.

The Canadian took 108 swings on the weekend, picking up a large part of the offensive responsibility over the course of the three matches.

Junior middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede was extremely consistent for the Hoosiers at the Indiana Invitational, hitting .500 with 20 kills across three matches.

The highlight of her weekend came in the win over Chicago State where she hit an outstanding .727 with 8 kills on 11 attempts while also adding a couple of blocks.

The Colleyville, Texas native has been a crucial part of the IU lineup since her arrival in Bloomington and pairs nicely with fellow middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg in the front row.

The Opposition

SMU (2-1)

• The Mustangs went 18-12 last season and are out to a 2-1 start in 2022 under first-year head coach Sam Erger.

• SMU is led by sophomore outside hitter Jamison Wheeler and redshirt junior outside hitter Natalie Perdue. The duo combined for 99 kills on the opening weekend of competition.

Sam Houston State (1-2)

• Sam Houston State is in the 39th season of the Brenda Gray era and is out to a 1-2 start to the season with a win over Florida A&M and losses to Kansas State and NC State.

• Catherine Kreiger paces the Bearkats offensively, averaging 3.50 kills per set so far in the 2022 season.

Texas A&M-CC (0-4)

• The hosts are off to an 0-4 start following a tough weekend at Nebraska with losses to the Cornhuskers, Pepperdine, and Tulsa. They also lost to UTRGV on Tuesday.

• The Islanders have made the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons after winning the Southland Conference in 2020-2021 and 2021.

Islanders Classic

Venue: Dugan Wellness Center (Corpus Christi, Texas)

Watch: ESPN+ (Texas A&M-CC Matches Only)

Live Stats:

Indiana vs. SMU: https://bit.ly/2PenQGV

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Indiana vs. Texas A&M-CC: https://bit.ly/2PenQGV

Schedule (EDT):

Friday, Sept. 2: Indiana vs. SMU (5:00 PM)

Saturday, Sept. 3: Indiana vs. Sam Houston State (11:30 AM)

Saturday, Sept. 3: Indiana vs. Texas A&M-CC (7:30 PM)


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A late Penn State touchdown with 57 seconds remaining sent the Purdue football team to a 35-31 loss in the 2022 season opener at Ross-Ade Stadium.

The Boilermakers (0-1) held a 31-28 advantage after Chris Jefferson intercepted Penn State (1-0) quarterback Sean Clifford and returned it 72 yards for a touchdown with 8:29 to play. Purdue held Penn State to just seven plays and 14 yards on its next two possessions, taking the ball back on offense with 4:28 on the clock. Penn State’s defense forced Purdue to punt with 2:22 remaining.

The Nittany Lions then took eight plays to cover 80 yards in 1:25 with Clifford hitting Keyvone Lee for 10 yards and the game-winning score.

Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell finished the night going 29-of-58 passing for 356 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. The sixth-year thrower crossed the 300-yard mark for the ninth time in his career, moving him into sole control of fifth in program history. Running back King Doerue found the end zone twice for his second career multi-score game.

Clifford threw for 282 yards on 20-of-37 passing with four touchdowns and an interception.

Both sides had one giveaway that led to points. Purdue’s fumble with 30 seconds remaining in the second saw Penn State score with two seconds left in the first half, while Jefferson’s interception return for a touchdown swung the momentum in the fourth.

O’Connell connected with former youth football teammate Charlie Jones in his Purdue debut 12 times. Jones posted a career night receiving with 12 receptions for 153 yards and a touchdown.


• Penn State leads the all-time series 16-3-1, extending its streak to 10 games against Purdue.

• Purdue outgained Penn State 426 to 406 on the offensive side. The Boilermakers were 5-of-15 on third down to the Nittany Lions’ 5-of-14.

• Purdue’s defense held Penn State off the scoreboard in the third quarter. The Nittany Lions totaled just 33 yards of offense and went 0-of-4 on third downs in the frame.

• Scotty Humpich, in his Boilermaker debut, recorded Purdue’s lone sack of the game on the first play of the fourth quarter. 

• Mitchell Fineran split the uprights on a 36-yard kick in the first quarter. He has now made 15 of his last 16 field goal attempts.

• O’Connell connected with eight different receivers on the night with six hauling in multiple passes.


The Boilermakers will square off with Indiana State at Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 10. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on BTN.


LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Purdue soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss at Kansas on Thursday night at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas.

In an evenly-played game that saw the visitors create chances throughout the night, the Boilermakers (2-3-0) had six shots, three on goal. The Jayhawks scored the game’s only goal in the 88th minute, and their opportunities amounted to 15 shots, six on target.

Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway led the team with two shots, one on goal, and four others had shots for Purdue. Fifth-year midfielder Sydney Duarte and junior midfielder Emily Mathews each registered a shot on goal in the contest. In goal, sophomore Sara Kile made five saves, one shy of her career high.

Dunaway had the game’s first chance just two minutes in, but her shot was high. Less than eight minutes later, the Boilermaker defense forced two Kansas shots to the right of goal.

Duarte nearly found the back of the net in the 18th minute. However, KU’s goalkeeper made a nice save and deflected the ball off the crossbar. After an off-target opportunity by junior forward Zoie Allen, Kile made her first save and then did a nice job to corral another ball, both off crosses into the box. Dunaway followed with a low shot that was saved.

Kile made a nice diving save to her right in the 31st minute, and she stopped another shot in the 38th minute on the final chance of the half for either team.

Purdue had four shots, two on target, to KU’s nine shots and four shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes.

Kansas had the first two shots and three of the first four in the opening 17 minutes of the second half, though the Boilermaker defense had several blocks and forced another shot off the crossbar to withstand the pressure. Freshman forward Kayla Budish added a shot high in the 58th minute.

Neither team had a shot for the next 14 minutes, before the Jayhawks had two in the 86th and 87th minutes, the second which ended with a nice save made by Kile. The home side then found the back of the net in the 88th minute. At 87:09, Lexi Watts scored from Shira Elinav.

Purdue had an opportunity less than a minute later, but Mathews’ shot was saved.

The Boilermakers were out-shot 6-2 in the second half, and the Jayhawks had a 2-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Purdue’s weekend in Kansas wraps up on Sunday at Kansas State at 2 p.m. ET in Manhattan. The Boilermakers then return home to host in-state foe Notre Dame on Thursday, September 8. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET at Folk Field, and admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game in 2022.


Friday, September 2 | 10 a.m. ET

#11 Purdue vs. Bradley

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Friday, September 2 | Noon ET

Utah vs. Milwaukee

Friday, September 2 | 4 p.m. ET

Milwaukee vs. Bradley

Friday, September 2 | 6:30 p.m. ET

#11 Purdue vs. Utah

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Saturday, September 3 | Noon ET

Bradley vs. Utah

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#11 Purdue vs. Milwaukee

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West Lafayette, Ind. – After opening the season 3-0 at the Tennessee Classic, the No. 11 Purdue volleyball team is set to host its first home matches of the season this weekend as the Boilermakers host the Reamer Club Xtra Special. The tournament, taking place tomorrow and Saturday, will see six matches over the two days between No. 11 Purdue (3-0), Bradley (1-2), Milwaukee (0-3) and Utah (2-1).

No. 11 Purdue’s home opener will begin the tournament at 10 a.m. tomorrow vs. Bradley on B1G+. Then, Utah and Milwaukee will face off at Noon, before Milwaukee will take on Bradley at 4 p.m. ET. Friday’s matches will conclude with a 6:30 p.m. ET showdown between No. 11 Purdue and Utah, which is receiving votes in the AVCA poll. The primetime match will air on Big Ten Network and will be announced by Anne Marie Anderson and Emily Ehman.

The competition will wrap-up Saturday, beginning with Bradley vs. Utah at Noon and concluding at 3 p.m. ET as Purdue takes on Milwaukee.

 Schedule Notes

Purdue will have 10 matches on linear TV this season, including one non-conference match (vs. Utah on 9/2). All home matches will be streamed on B1G+.

Purdue is set to play Big Ten matches on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays.

Purdue is set to take on seven AVCA top-25 opponents, five of which rank among the top-8 nationally.

The non-conference slate includes 10 total matches with four opponents recognized in the 2021 AVCA final poll.

For Big Ten play, Holloway is already sold out for all but three matches. Meanwhile, the student section, the Block Party, sold out their season tickets in under two hours of going on sale.

A Look at the Bradley Braves

Series Record: 2-0 (PUR Leads) | Last Meeting: Aug. 25, 2006 (W, 3-0 in West Lafayette, Ind.)

Bradley is coming off its first win of the season, a hard-fought five-setter in which no team led by more than two points in the final frame.

The team is out-blocking opponents 1.7 vs. 1.5 blocks per set, however opponents are out-hitting the Braves 11.4 vs. 13.0 kills per set and 12.8 vs. 14.3 digs per set.

The team is led by #22 Kaitlynn Peterson (4.00 digs per set) and #14 Mai Bertens Deckart (3.35 kills per set).

A Look at the Utah Utes

Series Record: 1-2 (Utah Leads) | Last Meeting: Dec. 1, 2017 (L- 1-3 in Salt Lake City, Utah)

Utah fell out of the AVCA top-25 poll following its loss to then-#23 Kansas (L, 1-3), moving from #22 to receiving the most votes at 102.

2021 Pacific South All-Region honoree #13 Madelyne Robinson leads the team with 3.90 kills per set and hits at an .286 efficiency, however a balanced Utes offense leads to six players averaging at least 2.22 points per set.

In addition to returning eight letterwinners, 14 members of the Utes roster saw time on the court last weekend.

A Look at the Milwaukee Panthers

Series Record: 0-2 MIL Leads) | Last Meeting: Aug. 30, 2003 (L, 0-3 in St. Louis, Mo.)

Milwaukee spent Week One at Notre Dame’s Shamrock Invitational where the team closed the tournament with a 2-3 loss at Notre Dame, falling 13-15 in the fifth set.

Three Panthers reached double-digit kills in the match at Notre Dame, including #14 Madi Malone’s double-double with 26 kills on 56 swings with five errors (.375 attack %) and 16 digs.

Malone is averaging 3.79 kills per set, followed by Ari Miller’s 2.45 kills per set.

Tennessee Classic Look-Back

Purdue went 3-0 over the opening weekend in Knoxville, averaging a .299 hitting % while holding opponents to .175.

Four Boilemakers reached double-digit kills in the four-setter at Tennessee, marking the most balanced offensive effort Purdue has seen outside postseason play since the 2020 season.

Six returners set or matched career-bests in at least one category: Raven Colvin, Ali Hornung, Madeline Koch, Megan Renner, Maddie Schermerhorn, Ava Torrance.

Purdue kept the same starters all weekend: #3 Renner (S), #17 Hudson (OH), #16 Koch (OH), #7 Colvin (MB), #8 Schermerhorn (L), #10 Hornung (DS), #20 Clayton (MB).

Four hitters in addition to both setters (Megan Renner and Grace Balensiefer) averaged a .333 attack % or better.

Purdue in the AVCA Rankings

It is Purdue’s third straight season ranked at least #13 in the preseason poll.

Purdue is ranked in the AVCA top-15 for 24 straight weeks (begins: March 8, 2021), a program-record.

The program has been ranked for 78 consecutive weeks (begins: preseason 2017), the longest active streak by any Purdue team, including men’s basketball.

Purdue is coming off its highest final ranking in program history at #6, besting the team’s previous record, #7 which was season the season before.

The Boilermakers set their highest-ever ranking last year, checking in at #3 following the take-down of #3 Ohio State inside Holloway Gymnasium, 3-2 (9/24/21).

Making an Immediate Impact: Eva Hudson

In her collegiate debut, freshman outside hitter Eva Hudson led not just the team, but the entire Big Ten with 4.70 kills per set (good for #24 in the nation) and 51 total points.

Hudson’s 4.70 kills per set rank #25 in the nation and is one of just two freshmen nationally to post as good of numbers in Week One (joined by Central Arkansas’s Laci Bohannan with 4.77 kills/set).

Hudson was selected Big Ten Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, marking the first time in program history a Boilermaker has won both awards (excludes Defensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week honor, of which three Purdue freshmen have garnered, including current teammate Raven Colvin).

Ranking #25 in the nation with 4.70 points per set,

She is the 11th student-athlete in Big Ten history to receive both Player and Freshman of the Week honors. All but one those players went on to be named All-Americans during their career and/or Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Hudson was named MVP of the Tennessee Classic.

Opened her collegiate career with a weekend’s best 18 kills vs. Bowling Green, which including the MAC Player of the Year and MAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Posted 36 attempts in the season-opener, the most touches by a freshman since before 2014. A feat she then bested at #RV Tennessee the next day, tallying 44.

Defense Lives Here

Purdue led the nation in total blocks last year with 372.5.

The Boilermaker block has gotten better year over year, not only ranking first or second in the Big Ten in total blocks the past three straight seasons, but among the top seven in the nation: (#1 in 2021, #5 in 2020, #7 in 2019).

The team’s 631 block assists in 2021 not only led the nation, but broke a 35-year-old program record.

Purdue has out-blocked opponents 1.4 blocks per set last season, the largest margin for the program in 17 years.

The Boilermakers averaged 15.17 digs per last season, a mark only reached four times in the program’s last 17 seasons.

Madeline Koch: Primed for Breakout Year

Koch set career-bests in the Tennessee Classic including: 12 kills and 30 attacks at Tennessee (8/27) six blocks vs. Bowling Green (8/26) in the season-opener. The six blocks count as the most block assists and total blocks the senior has recorded in a single match.

Was named strongest upperclassmen in the team awards after the 2021 season.

In 2021, Koch started just one match and averaged 1.84 kills per set and 0.34 blocks per set. Although early, Koch has started all three matches, is averaging 2.40 kills per set and 1.20 blocks per set.

Koch’s next block will bring her to 13 on the year, which will tie her 2021 season total.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team returned to the win column with a 7-0 shutout win over Wright State on Thursday evening. The (RV) Bulldogs (3-1) scored five goals in the first half and added two more in the second, and the Butler defenders held the visiting Raiders (3-2) to only two shots.

Key Moments

3′ | Becky Dean plays to the feet of Alexei Whittaker who turns immediately and finds the feet of Katie Soderstrom. Soderstrom’s shot ricochets off the Wright State keeper’s outstretched glove and into the back of the net for the first goal of the match.

17′ | Arianna Jalics sends a ball from the right side to the top of the box. The ball passes by Alexei Whittaker and her defender as they collide and continues on, where Abigail Isger one-times a rocket into the upper right corner of the goal. Dawgs are up, 2-0.

21′ | Isger receives a pass on the left side and maneuvers to get a cross past her defender. Soderstrom is open in the middle, knocks the ball down, and places it under the keeper hands for her second goal of the match.

23′ | Soderstrom takes a ball on the right side, eludes her defender and finds Isger streaking toward the far post. Isger volleys the ball directly in for the fourth goal of the game, and her second.

39′ | Alana Wood draws a foul in the penalty area, and Alli Leonard nails the PK, putting the Bulldogs up, 5-0.


48′ | A ball from the forward left corner is played back to Morgan Kloosterman in the center of the field, and she plays it straight forward to Soderstrom. Soderstrom touches one time to her right, turns, and finds the lower right corner to complete her hat trick.

84′ | Sara Trandji intercepts a Raiders pass on the right side and immediately sends it toward the goal from 25 yards out. The arcing shot lands just in the upper left corner of the net for the final goal of the match.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Katie Soderstrom (3), Abigail Isger (2), Alli Leonard, Sara Trandji

ASSISTS: Alexei Whittaker (2), Becky Dean, Arianna Jalics, Abigail Isger, Katie Soderstrom, Morgan Kloosterman

Bulldog Bits

Anna Pierce (3-1) made two saves in the match, notching the second solo shutout of her career.

Katie Soderstrom’s produced the third hat trick of her career. Her three goals give her five for the season and 33 for her career. Her assist was her second of the season and 26th of her career. She is now tied for second on Butler’s all-time list for career assists.

With 92 career points, Soderstrom has now moved into the top five on Butler’s all-time list.

Abigail Isger’s brace was comprised of her first two goals of the season and was the first multiple-goal match of her career. She now has 11 goals as a Bulldog. Her assist was her first of the season and the 11th of her career.

Alli Leonard’s goal was her second of the season and the 11th of her career.

Sara Trandji’s goal was her second of the season and of her career.

Alexei Whittaker’s two assists were her first and second of the season and the third of her career.

Becky Dean’s assist was her first of the season and the fourth of her career.

Arianna Jalics’ assist was her first of the season and the second of her career.

Morgan Kloosterman’s assist was her first of the season and the fifth of her career.

Gabby Smith saw her first action of the season after returning from a knee injury last season.


Sean Robertson took the individual crown at the season-opening Rose-Hulman Twilight, leading a Butler contingent that took five of the top six spots in the men’s 5K race Thursday night in Terre Haute. Butler’s women did just better, sweeping the women’s competition behind champion Abby Olson.



1. Sean Robertson, 15:48.7

2. Max Lauerman, 15:54.2

3. Andrew Kendrick, 15:55.6

4. Andrew Taylor, 16:10.5

6. Michael Dunagan, 16:34.0

The Bulldog men just missed the perfect team score of 15, posting a total of 16 points. DePauw (50), host Rose-Hulman (77), and Earlham (89) followed.


1. Abby Olson, 18:21.3

2. Morgan Werner, 18:24.6

3. Lexi Affolter, 18:59.4

4. Ashley Learn, 19:05.3

6. Abby Fostveit, 19:38.9

7. Ashlyn Minton, 19:49.2

8. Elsa Rusthoven, 19:51.8

10. Morgan Walsh, 20:14.4

14. Renate Toldo, 20:42.5

Butler swept the top spots, posting a perfect score of 15. DePauw (50) and Rose-Hulman (85) followed. Earlham has several individuals in the field.


On the women’s side, Jacqueline Brasseale (19:32.9) and Alyssa Green (22:16.9) ran unattached.

In the USTFCCCA preseason poll, Butler’s men are ranked 22nd, while Butler’s women are receiving votes and just outside the Top 30 nationally-ranked teams.

The LaVern Gibson Championship Course was the site of Thursday’s season-opener and will also be the site of the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in November.

Dunagan arrives at Butler as a transfer from Morehead State. Thursday’s meet, in his hometown of Terre Haute, was his Butler debut.

UP NEXT: Butler’s men will head to the Penn State Invitational Friday, Sept. 9; Butler’s women are next in action Friday, Sept. 16 at the Redbird Invitational, hosted by Illinois State.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will compete in the Denver Invitational this weekend. Matches against Hofstra and Denver are set for Friday, Sept. 2 and the weekend will come to a close with a match vs. Portland on Saturday.

Bulldog Bits

– The 2022 Bulldogs start the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2017 season in which they finished with a 23-8 overall record.

– Jaymeson Kinley earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolades by leading the BIG EAST in digs with 5.50 per set and 66 total over a 3-0 opening weekend for the Bulldogs.

– Kinley was the 2022 Top Dawg Challenge MVP and an All-Tournament Team member.

– Autumn Flowers and Megan Sheridan were recognized on the Top Dawg Challenge All-Tournament Team.

– Butler leads the BIG EAST in opponent hitting percentage (.084) and blocks per set (2.67) respectively.

– Denver and Hofstra both lead the overall record against Butler 1-0 while Portland (2011, 1997) and Butler hold an overall record of 1-1.

– Butler and Denver met during the 2000 season with the Pioneers winning 3-1 in the final game of the Denver Invitational.

– The Bulldogs took Hofstra to five sets in the 2007 Orange and Green Challenge hosted by Miami.

– Butler and Portland are even in the all-time series with the Bulldogs coming out on top 3-0 in the final match of the 1997 Idaho Classic. Portland got even with a 3-1 win in the 2011 Portland Classic.

– Butler is one of six undefeated BIG EAST teams to begin the season and one of four who sit at 3-0.

– Marisa Guisti and Amina Shackelford sit at second and third in the BIG EAST in blocks, averaging 1.45 and 1.25 per set.

SCOUTING HOFSTRA: The Pride are 2-2 at the start of the season with wins over Niagara and Seton Hall and setbacks to Miami (Fla.) and Bryant. The season opener for Hofstra could not have gone better as they swept Niagara to find the win column. Miami (Fla.) would face Hofstra later that day and claim a quick 3-0 sweep. The final match of opening weekend was a four-set loss to Bryant. The last time out, Hofstra went against BIG EAST talent Seton Hall and walked out of New Jersey with a 3-1 victory.

Libero Chiara Cucco and setter Beatriz Alves were each recognized on the Preseason All-CAA Team. Hofstra was picked fifth out of 11 teams in the Coaches’ Preseason Poll.

SCOUTING DENVER: The Pioneers traveled to Boulder, Colo. opening weekend to compete in the Buffalo Invitational. They lost 3-1 in the opener to Western Michigan, 3-1 to Green Bay later Friday night and 3-2 to host Colorado the following day. The Pioneers will gladly return home for games this weekend. They have won their last 11 home openers dating back to 2011.

Denver was picked first in the Summit League Preseason Poll and received six first-place votes from the coaches. Seniors Brianna Green and Lorrin Poulter were tabbed “Players to Watch” by the league.

SCOUTING PORTLAND: The Pilots participated in the Sacramento State Invitational over opening weekend, and like Butler, posted a 3-0 record. Portland swept Middle Tennessee State to get the new season underway and held off Nevada 3-2 later that night. Host Sacramento State played well in The Nest, but the Pilots would prevail with a 3-1 win to end the weekend.

The Pilots were picked to finish ninth in the 2022 WCC Preseason Coaches Poll. They return six players from last year’s team, including outside hitter Jayde Harris who earned All-WCC honorable mention accolades in 2021.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs will be in Idaho next weekend competing in the Boise State Tournament. BU, Eastern Washington and Southern Utah will meet up with host Boise State for the two-day tournament. The Bulldogs play two matches on Sept. 9 and end with a single match on Saturday, Sept. 10.

The tournament field features new competition for the Bulldogs. Butler is just 1-0 all-time against Boise State and 0-1 all-time against Eastern Washington. The final match against Southern Utah will mark the first meeting between the two programs.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s and women’s cross country teams will officially open their 2022 season on Friday night (Sept. 2) when the Jaguars compete in the Mastodon Opener, hosted by Purdue Fort Wayne. Both teams will run 5,000 meter races with the men opening at 6:00 p.m. and the women following at 6:30 p.m.

The field will include entries from Goshen, Grace, Indiana Tech, IUPUI, Lourdes and host PFW. Friday’s meet will mark the head coaching debut for men’s mentor Justin Roeder and will open season No. 12 for women’s head coach Antonio McDaniel.

Roeder’s men’s program was recently picked atop the #HLXC Preseason Polls and No. 10 in the first USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional polls. The Jaguars bring back an exciting core from last year’s team with four all-league performers, including Nick Perkins, Nate Kaiser and Mitchell Gits, who all earned first team accolades. In addition, Grant Moon collected second team honors and was the league’s Freshman of the Year. Other key returners from last season include Mitchell Rans, Eric Petersen, Justin Amburgy and Wilson Whicker, all of whom competed in the Jaguars’ lineup at the Horizon League Championships.

On the women’s side, the Jaguars were picked to finish sixth in the league, but also collected a first-place vote in the poll. That group returns a talented upperclass of Ellie Cates, Madison Fry, Sophie Reichard, Hannah Sale and Sophia Taylor. Sale was an all-league performer as a true freshman in 2020, earning a tenth-place finish at the Horizon League Championships. Other returners from last year’s championship lineup include Kara Krol and Laci Provenzano.

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


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team will kickoff a two-game homestand this weekend when the Jaguars host Eastern Illinois on Friday night (Sept. 2), followed by a meeting with Western Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 4). Both contests will be free of charge.

The schedule setup is a partnership among EIU, WIU, Purdue Fort Wayne and IUPUI as the two sides will swap opponents between Friday and Sunday.

Head coach Sid van Druenen’s squad is seeking a first win of the year after opening with a 2-2 draw with Marian, followed by a 3-1 road loss at Evansville. Offensively, Logan Finnegan is tops in the Horizon League with eight shot attempts and has one of the team’s three goals this season. In addition, junior midfielder Lukas Hackaa and freshman Caleb McComas both have scores – their first in an IUPUI uniform. Hackaa scored 10 times in his first two collegiate seasons at Notre Dame (Ohio) College while McComas’ score came in his collegiate debut.

Defensively, Lucas Morefield has played all 180 minutes in goal with a 2.50 goals against average and seven saves.

van Druenen has been incredibly reliant on new faces to start the season as more than 60 percent of the team’s minutes played this season have come from new faces. Only Finnegan, Morefield and freshman defender Edgar Correia have played all 180 minutes in the season’s first two games. Correia owns one of the team’s three assists, as Josemir Gomez and Medard Mikobi each have assists also.


“It was a moment of pride for me and my family. I’m glad I could score my first goal for my team. As a group, we simply just need to commit to the high intensity that Coach van Druenen is emphasizing. This is a team that is learning what it means to be a competitive Division I team,” McComas said of his first score at Evansville.


EIU enters this week with a 0-1-1 mark, having lost at Green Bay and earning a 1-1 draw on the road at Xavier. Sam Eccles and Delphy Sabu have the Panthers’ goals while William Bruce has the team’s lone assist. In goal, Chad Smith has played all 180 minutes, registering a 1.50 goals against average and 10 saves. EIU has been outshot 38-9 overall and 15-5 on frame in the season’s opening two games.


WIU enters this week at 0-1 to start the year, having lost to Central Methodist by a 1-0 score. Alex Flowers played the full 90 in goal for the Leathernecks, yielding the one score and making six saves. WIU was outshot 16-5 in the defeat.

SERIES HISTORY: Eastern Illinois I Western Illinois

IUPUI is 6-6-6 all-time against Eastern Illinois and 5-2-3 in the 10 meetings in Indianapolis. EIU has won the last two meetings between the two sides, including a 1-0 outcome in Indianapolis last season.

IUPUI is 11-11-3 all-time against Western Illinois and 8-1-2 in 11 meetings in Indy. The two sides squared off 19 times as league opponents with IUPUI going 9-8-2 in those contests. IUPUI won last year’s contest in Macomb by a 1-0 score on a Finnegan penalty kick in the 78th minute.


IUPUI will open Horizon League play when the Jaguars face Wright State on Saturday, Sept. 10 in Dayton in a match broadcast on ESPN+.


KNOXVILLE – – The Ball State football team knew it was in for a challenge Thursday night when it opened the 2022 season versus Tennessee in front of 92,236 fans at Neyland Stadium.

The Cardinals (0-1) have the seventh-youngest roster in the nation, with 74.1 percent of the team being classified as underclassman. While BSU did not back down, a talented and experienced Volunteers (1-0) squad came away with a 59-10 victory on its home turf.

Eight of 22 starters were making their first career start for Ball State, including redshirt junior quarterback John Paddock.

Paddock entered the contest with just 34 career completions, with that total giving BSU the second-fewest returning completions by quarterbacks in the nation. He would come close to doubling that tally by the end of the night, finishing the game with career-highs of 27 completions and 269 yards.

Highlighting Paddock’s night was his first collegiate touchdown pass, as he connected with true freshman tight end Tanner Koziol for a three-yard score midway through the third quarter. Two plays before the score, Koziol hauled in his first career reception, a 26-yard connection to move the ball to the Tennessee seven-yard line.

Unfortunately, Paddock and the Ball State defense were up against Tennessee’s sixth-year senior quarterback Hendon Hooker who became the oldest starting quarterback in Volunteers history when he went under center.

Hooker guided the Vols to a 45-0 lead before giving way to Joe Milton III and finished the contest 18-25-0 for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the air, while rushing for 14 yards and two scores.

In addition to Paddock, redshirt junior Amir Abdur-Rahman and redshirt Brady Hunt made their debut in the Ball State starting lineup on offense. Graduate transfer Jaquan Amos, redshirt junior Jack Blanco, sophomore Kyle King, redshirt junior Cole Pearce, and sophomore Jordan Riley were first-time starters for the Cardinals on defense.

Senior Jayshon Jackson, senior Yo’Heinz Tyler, and Abdur-Rahman led Ball State’s receiving corps with five receptions apiece, with Jackson tallying a team-high 65 yards. Sophomore running back Carson Steele led BSU on the ground with 27 yards, while adding four receptions and 14 yards.

On the defensive side, Blanco registered a team-high nine tackles, while Amos and Loren Strickland added eight total tackles apiece. Riley added BSU’s lone tackle for loss.

Another defensive highlight came with 4:10 left in the game, when senior Malcolm Lee forced a fumble which was recovered by redshirt freshman Julian McBride at the Tennessee 14-yard line. The effort set up the final score of the game, a 25-yard field goal from graduate transfer kicker Ben VonGunten.

The Ball State football team returns to action next Saturday (Sept. 10) when it hosts Western Michigan to open Mid-American Conference play at Scheumann Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. with the game being broadcast live on ESPN+ and over the radio airwaves on the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team made the short trip up I-69 for a Thursday match at Purdue Fort Wayne. The Mastodons improved to 2-1-2 on the season as the Cardinals fell to 0-3-2 on the season after Purdue Fort Wayne claimed a 1-0 victory.

Kelsey Gallagher put the Mastodons on the board first in the 10th minute of play.

The Cardinals answered shortly after when Abby Elgert put a well-placed shot to the lower right corner of the goal, but the PFW keeper made the save. Lexy Smith put a ball on frame in the 16th minute but was unable to sneak it by the Mastodon goalkeeper.

Bethany Moser settled down as the half progressed and made two saves to close out the half.

Purdue Fort Wayne got a shot on target in the 49th minute, but Moser was there to make the save.

The Cardinals’ lone chance in the second half came off the foot of Smith, who nearly put one in from long range.

Smith and Elgert led the team, as they each produced two shots on goal, while Fraser added one shot on frame. Moser finished the contest with three saves.

Samantha Castaneda finished the match with five saves for the Mastodons.

“We’re a talented group,” said Head Coach Josh Rife. “When we don’t come with the right mentality and effort it’s hard to win. We continue to see an unfortunate trend of inconsistency with our play. Credit to Purdue Fort Wayne for putting together a complete effort. We have to figure out who we want to be as a team and if we want to continue to be inconsistent or if we want to bring the right effort and mentality every day.”

Ball State returns to the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex as Valparaiso comes to town. Prior to the 1 p.m. start, the Cardinals will recognize Tiffani Torres for Senior Day on Sunday, Sept. 4.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Just five games into the season and No. 16 Notre Dame women’s soccer (5-0) now has two top-25 wins on the year rolling past No. 22 Wisconsin (2-1-2) 4-1 on Thursday night.

Olivia Wingate put on a show in the second half where she recorded her first career hat trick. It marked the 71st hat trick in program history, as Wingate now boasts a team-best five goals. Maddie Mercado rounded out the scoring with her fourth goal on the season.

On the defensive front, it took 439 minutes before the Irish surrendered their first goal of the season. Nonetheless, the Irish only allowed three Wisconsin shots on goal, while putting 14 on the Badgers net. 

How It Happened

The Irish almost got an early erupt from the crowd in the first few minutes of the match as a Korbin Albert cross into the middle of the box found Olivia Wingate’s foot who one-timed her shot. Unfortunately, Wisconsin’s goalkeeper Erin McKinney made a quick-reaction save to keep it level.

Just a few minutes later, it was a streaking Wingate again who found her way behind the Badger defense on a through ball down the middle, but McKinney made another big save.

Midway through the half, the Irish had another great scoring opportunity via a deep ball from Kiki Van Zanten which found Brianna Martinez on the right side. However, Martinez was taken down in the box with no call.

Another near goal came in the 55th minute via a dangerous cross from Martinez. Wisconsin’s McKinney had to make a diving play to punch the ball away from the top of the box. Next, the ball landed right at Maddie Mercado’s feet, but her shot was right at the keeper as McKinney quickly regained her footing.

Then, in the 62nd minute, Wingate opened the flood gates. It started with what was the first career assist for Waniya Hudson who dumped a ball up top for Wingate who ran it down then delivered it far post for the goal.

Then exactly two minutes later on the dot, Van Zanten headed a ball behind the Wisconsin defense as Wingate used her speed to go on the breakaway then nutmegged the goalie.

Same case for Wingate’s third goal in the 86th minute, except this time it was Caroline Gray who headed a back ball in behind the defense as Wingate ran on and put it away.

Mercado’s goal was produced in the 82nd minute. Albert beat a few defenders on the dribble then placed a perfect cross from the left side to the far post where Mercado followed the ball into the net. 

Up Next

The Irish look to remain undefeated and get a little retribution from last season when they travel to Bloomington to take on Indiana on Sunday, Sept. 4. First touch is scheduled for 6 pm ET.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. —The Fighting Irish are on the road for the Long Beach State Tournament in Long Beach, California this weekend. The 1-2 Irish meet Boise State on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) before taking on Long Beach State on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET).

Notre Dame Notes (PDF)

Weekend Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 1– Long Beach State vs. Boise State – 7 p.m. PT (11 p.m. ET) (ESPN+/Live Stats)
Friday, Sept. 2– Notre Dame vs. Boise State  – 7 p.m. PT  (10 p.m. ET) (Live Stats)
Saturday, Sept. 3–  Notre Dame vs. Long Beach State 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) (ESPN+/Live Stats)


• Notre Dame travels to Long Beach, California for their first road trip of the year as they take on Boise State on Friday, Sept. 2, and Long Beach State on Saturday, Sept. 3.

• Saturday’s match against Long Beach State will be streamed live on ESPN+.


• Friday will be the first ever meeting between the Irish and the Broncos.

• The Broncos are coming off of two wins over Saint Mary’s last weekend where they defeated the Gaels 3-0 on Friday, Aug. 26, and 3-1 on Saturday, Aug. 27. 


• This will be the eighth matchup in program history between the Irish and the Beach, with Long Beach leading the series 6-1. 

• Long Beach has won the last two matchups, with the last matchup being in November of 2010. 

• The only Notre Dame victory over Long Beach was back in November of 2004 where the Irish defeated Long Beach State in five sets (30-28, 22-30, 25-30, 30-22, 16-14). 


• The Irish finished 1-2 in the Irish Invitational in the opening weekend of the 2022 season as they fell in four sets on Friday to Texas Tech, three sets on Saturday to Mississippi State, and came out with their first win of the season on Sunday against Milwaukee. 

• Coach Salima Rockwell captured her first win at Notre Dame in a Sunday’s five set victory over Milwaukee. 

• Freshmen Avery Ross and Lucy Trump are leading the Irish with 40 kills and 32 kills respectively so far this season. 

• Ross recorded 13 kills in her freshman debut and tallied a career-high 18 kills in Sunday’s win over Milwaukee. She’s averaging 3.3 kills per set so far this season. 

• Trump posted an impressive 23 kills on Sunday with a .300 hitting percentage and also tallied 17 digs in the win. 

•  Sophomore setter Phyona Schrader was able to record a triple-double in today’s win, which is the first triple-double since Rebbeca Nunge did it against Lousiville on Nov. 9, 2016. Schrader finished today with 11 kills, 13 digs, and 33 assists. 

• Junior Hattie Monson finished the weekend with 60 digs, while 24 of those came from Sunday’s five set win. Monson is averaging five digs a set so far this season.

• Freshman setter Harmony Sample finished the weekend with 48 assists and recorded a career-high 27 assists against Milwaukee. 


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – It took going to overtime on Thursday night, but Rylan Cole secured the game with his second interception of the night and Ryan O’Grady connected on three field goals in his first collegiate appearance to lead host Indiana State past North Alabama in the 2022 season opener, 17-14.
Trailing late in the contest, North Alabama (0-1) marched down the field to tie the game up at 14-14 with 48 seconds remaining on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Noah Walters to Corson Swan.
The Sycamores (1-0) took possession first in the overtime period and moved the ball down to the UNA 7 before setting for an O’Grady 25-yard field goal. On UNA’s ensuing possession, the Lions were pinned back deep after a shotgun snap sailed over Walters’ head and was recovered at the 33-yard line. Faced with a 4th-and-33, Walters’ desperation heave was batted around before Cole secured it for the game-clinching interception.
Cole’s final interception was indicative of Indiana State’s entire defensive effort on Thursday night as the Sycamores limited the Lions to just 156 yards of total offense in the contest, including eight net rushing yards in a dominant performance up front. The Sycamores combined for a Curt Mallory-era 8.0 sacks in the contest paced by 2.0 each from Juju Williams and Kris Reid Jr. in bottling up the Lions throughout the contest. Geoffrey Brown added a personal-best 16 tackles in the win.
ISU’s offense rode the two-headed rushing attack of Tee Hodge (20 carries, 78 yards) and Justin Dinka (10 carried, 65 yards) to a 135-yard effort on the day. Quarterback Gavin Screws drew the start and went 16-of-30 through the air for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Walters led three UNA quarterbacks on the day with a 6-for-13 effort through the air for 64 yards and a score. Powell picked up 80 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries to lead the Lions’ rushing attack, while Kobe Warden was the top receiver with four catches for 29 yards.
Kyree Fields led the UNA defense with seven tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery, while Zakobe Shoulders added seven tops and a tackle-for-loss.
The Sycamores held a moment of silence prior to the game in honor of their former teammates Christian Eubanks and Caleb VanHooser, as well as ISU student Jayden Musili who passed away following the tragic accident on August 21. Indiana State football unveiled a new helmet sticker honoring the former players that will be worn throughout the entirety of the 2022 season.

How They Scored

  • Ryan O’Grady connected on a 22-yard field goal to give the Sycamores the early 3-0 lead at the 6:22 mark in the first quarter. The 8-play, 62-yard drive was sparked by a 46-yard Tee Hodge run down the left sideline on the opening play.
  • O’Grady added to the Indiana State lead with 8:25 left in the second quarter as the freshman placekicker connected from 26-yards out to give ISU the 6-0 lead. Justin Dinka took the ball for 29 yards down the right sideline to highlight the 12-play, 71-yard drive.
  • North Alabama took the lead just before half as ShunDerrick Powell ran the ball up the middle from 12 yards out to give the Lions the 7-6 lead with 4:55 on the clock. Terrell Bailey’s 49-yard interception return gave UNA the short field in taking the lead.
  • Indiana State took the 14-7 lead with 11:42 left in the fourth quarter as Gavin Screws rolled out and found Tyce Ferrell over the middle for the two-yard touchdown strike to cap the 4-play,17-yard drive. Screws found Daijon Collins for the two-point conversion connection. The drive was started by a Rylan Cole interception that gave the Sycamores the short field.
  • Noah Walters marched the Lions down the field in the final minute of the fourth quarter with the right-hander finding Corson Swan for a 10-yard touchdown pass in the right corner of the end zone to tie the game up at 14-14.
  • O’Grady converted for the third time in the overtime period as the freshman put it through the uprights from 25 yards out on the Sycamores possession to cap the scoring in the contest.

Inside the Numbers

  • Indiana State’s offense posted 276 yards of total offense (141 passing, 135 rushing) and 11 first downs in the contest in their first win of the season.
  • The Sycamores held onto the ball for 24:25 in the contest in the win.
  • North Alabama picked up 156 yards of total offense (148 passing, eight rushing) and 17 first downs in the game.
  • North Alabama won the turnover battle on Thursday night forcing a trio of Sycamores miscues, while ISU had Rylan Cole’s two interceptions.
  • The Sycamores averaged 39.4 yards per punt on the evening with freshman Harry Traum handling the kicking duties in his first game at Indiana State.
  • Eleven different Indiana State players combined for 15.0 tackles-for-loss in the game led by Rylan Cole’s 2.5 stops.
  • Juju Williams and Kris Reid Jr. both had two sacks apiece to lead seven different Indiana State players in the quarterback takedown column.

News & Notes

  • Thursday night was arguably one of the top defensive moments in the Curt Mallory coaching era at Indiana State with the Sycamores setting new marks in fewest rushing yards allowed (eight), fewest total yards (156), team sacks (8.0) and team tackles-for-loss (15.0).
  • Rylan Cole made it back-to-back season openers with a Sycamore safety hauling in two interceptions. ISU alum Michael Thomas hauled in two picks last season in the opening 26-21 win over Eastern Illinois back on August 28, 2021.
  • Indiana State has won each of its last three season-opening home openers dating back to the 2018 season.
  • Geoffrey Brown’s 16-tackle game was the second double-digit tackling performance of his ISU career and most since he recorded 12 stops in last year’s season finale against Illinois State (Nov. 20, 2021).
  • Rylan Cole’s 2.5 tackles-for-loss made him the 16th player in the Curt Mallory coaching era to record at least 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage in a single game.
  • All four of Indiana State’s starting defensive lineman recorded at least one tackle for loss, while three of the four picked up sacks in the win.
  • Johnathan Edwards tied his personal-best mark with three of ISU’s six pass breakups.
  • Ryan O’Grady’s three field goals made him the first Sycamore placekicker to convert at least three attempts since the 2019 season when Jerry Nunez converted all three of his attempts against Northern Iowa back on November 9.
  • The Sycamores won their second consecutive overtime contest dating back to the 2018 season when ISU topped South Dakota, 51-48, in triple overtime on November 3 in Terre Haute.

Up Next
Indiana State is back in action on Saturday, September 10, as the Sycamores travel to Ross-Ade Stadium for a 4 p.m. kickoff at Purdue University. The game is set to be carried live on the Big Ten Network.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer fell 3-0 to Indiana on Thursday night at Bill Armstrong Stadium as the Hoosiers scored three times in the second half to down the Sycamores.

Mackenzie Kent took all three shots for the Sycamores, putting one on goal. Indiana finished the night with 24 attempts with eight being on goal. Maddie Alexander made five saves in the net for Indiana State.

After a scoreless first half, the Hoosiers got on the board in the 56th minute when Paige Webber found the back of the net off a feed from Alaina Kalin.

Indiana increased their lead to 2-0 five minutes later with a Jen Blitchok goal where Kalin added another assist.

Later in the 76th minute of the match, the Hoosiers would grow their lead to 3-0 when Anna Bennett scored to put the finishing touches on the match.

Indiana State drops to 0-3-1 on the season while Indiana moves to 1-0-3 with the victory.

Next Up

Indiana State will take on Illinois in Champaign on Sunday with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road for its second of three early-season tournaments when it takes part in the Western Michigan Tournament beginning Friday.
The Sycamores will play North Dakota on the opening day, with matches against Wright State and Western Michigan set for Saturday.

2022 Western Michigan Tournament
DateFriday, August 26 | 4 p.m. ET // Saturday, August 27 | Noon and 6 p.m. ET
Location // VenueKalamazoo, Mich. // University Arena (5,421)
Preview InfoIndiana State Notes // North Dakota Notes // Western Michigan Notes
Live Statsvs. North Dakota // vs. Wright State // vs. Western Michigan
Watchvs. North Dakota // vs. Wright State // vs. Western Michigan (ESPN3)
Ticketsvs. Western Michigan (matches vs. North Dakota and Wright State will not be ticketed)
Social Media@IndStVB // @IndStAthletics

Last Time Out
Indiana State will look to rebound in Kalamazoo after going 0-3 at the Indiana Invitational. Facing challenging competition in all three matches, the Sycamores fell in three sets against both Indiana and Jacksonville State while losing in four sets to Chicago State.
The Sycamores failed to get into any offensive rhythm in the three matches, hitting just .080 over the course of the weekend. Despite the low hitting percentage, Indiana State took a set off Chicago State and lost four of its other sets by three points or less.
Milestone Watch
A quartet of Indiana State athletes are nearing school and career milestones. Mallory Keller will have a chance to reach 500 career kills in her home state, as the junior outside hitter currently needs 12 to reach that mark. Kaitlyn Hamilton (70 away) and Karinna Gall (79 away) are also on pace to hit that milestone at some point during the 2022 season.
Libero Melina Tedrow currently needs 98 digs to break Kristy Cox’s school record in that statistic. Tedrow currently ranks seventh among active Division I players and first among active Missouri Valley Conference players in career digs.
Blue and White Debuts
Three Sycamores made their Indiana State debuts at last weekend’s Indiana Invitational. Freshmen Cadence Gilley and Jazzlyn Ford appeared in all three matches for Indiana State, while junior Arika Richardson earned a starting nod in her Sycamore debut against Chicago State.
Block Party
Indiana State made its presence felt at the net inside Wilkinson Hall during the opening weekend of the season. The Sycamores finished the weekend with 23 blocks in three matches, including 15 block solos. Through the opening weekend of play, ISU ranks second in the Valley with 2.30 blocks per set, while the 23 total blocks are fifth in the conference. Indiana Stsate’s 15 block solos are five more than any other school in the MVC.
Storm Suhre led the Sycamores with 11 total blocks, including a conference-leading eight block solos. Her 1.10 blocks per set are tied for fifth in the MVC. As a team, Indiana State had five players with three or more blocks last weekend, as Suhre (11), Jamie Brown (6), Kaitlyn Hamilton (4), Mallory Keller (4) and Karinna Gall (3) all had at least three.
Strength in Numbers
Indiana State’s junior class accounted for a large portion of the Sycamores’ production during the opening weekend of play. Karinna GallJamie Brown and Kaitlyn Hamilton occupied the front row spots in the starting lineup for the Trees, while Mallory Keller appeared in all 10 sets as a key player in Indiana State’s rotation.
Gall (25), Keller (15) and Hamilton (12) ranked first, third and fourth on the team in kills at the Indiana Invitational, while Gall also ranked third on the team with 25 digs.
Bring the Thunder
Sophomore middle blocker Storm Suhre picked up right where she left off from the 2021 season, as she finished the Indiana Invitational with 16 kills and 11 blocks in three matches.
Eight of Suhre’s 11 blocks were solo, which led the Missouri Valley Conference on the opening weekend of play, while 11 of her 16 blocks came in the weekend finale against Chicago State. Suhre also had three aces against the Cougars.
Up Next
Indiana State closes the non-conference portion of its schedule against a pair of 2021 NCAA Tournament teams Sept. 9-10 in Lexington, Kentucky.
The Sycamores will play defending Big South Conference champion Campbell Sept. 9 at 3 p.m., while facing 2020 national champion Kentucky Sept. 10 at 4 p.m.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – A goal by Kelsey Gallagher in the 11th minute stood the rest of the way for the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team to earn a 1-0 shutout over MAC rival Ball State on Thursday (Sept. 1) evening at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Gallagher’s goal was set up by a pass from Lizzie Haub from beyond midfield. It found Gallagher in space and Gallagher chased the ball down and finished just on the edge of the 18.

Samantha Castaneda picked up five saves for the Mastodons to help the ‘Dons earn the shutout.

The ‘Dons held a 6-4 edge in corner kicks. The ‘Dons nearly made it 2-0, but Zoe Greenhalge’s shot in the 87th minute hit the crossbar.

The Mastodons improve to 2-1-2 and have three straight positive results.

Combined with a tie at Toledo last week, this is the first time since 2003 the ‘Dons have recorded two positive results against MAC teams in a season.

The Cardinals lived up to the first four letters of their nickname with three yellow cards in the final five minutes. Ball State falls to 0-3-2.

The ‘Dons are at Southern Illinois on Sunday.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mastodons are geared up to kick off their 2022 season on their home course during the Mastodon Opener presented by the Three Rivers Running Company.

Meet: Mastodon Opener (5K)
When: Friday, September 2 | 6:00 p.m. (men) | 6:30 p.m. (women)
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Men’s Field: Purdue Fort Wayne, Goshen, Grace, Indiana Tech., Lourdes, IUPUI
Women’s Field: Purdue Fort Wayne, Goshen, Grace, Indiana Tech., Lourdes, IUPUI

Men’s Preview: 
Coming off of a successful 2021 season, Andrew Whitinger is returning to the Mastodons roster for the 2022 season. Whitinger placed seventh at the Horizon League Championship last season, which is the best ever finish by a men’s student-athlete at a league cross country meet. Along with Whitinger’s fellow returning teammates, the Mastodon men’s cross country team has also added six freshman (Austin HallHarrison NiswanderColten GassonColin GassonJack Mills and Seth Mills) to the roster. All six, will be making their collegiate debuts on Friday. The ‘Dons were picked to finish sixth in the 2022 Horizon League Preseason Poll.

Men’s EntriesAndrew WhitingerNoah WrightDraven ThompsonNicholas MillsNathan MillsAustin HallKehinde OladapoHusam SalehJarred NeffHarrison NiswanderColten GassonColin GassonKobe MilledgeJack MillsSeth MillsWeston Miser and Cory Waldron.

Women’s Preview:
The 2022 roster features nine freshmen. The women’s cross country team is led by junior Madison King from Noblesville Indiana. King finished fifth at the Horizon League Championships last season after an eighth-place finish during the shortened 2020 campaign. King also took home a league runner of the week honor last season, as well. Riley TateBella HodgesLydia CarrellHailey WhiteleatherEmma CollisonMadeleine Wisniewski and Ayana Garcia will be running their first ever collegiate event on Friday. The women were picked to finish fourth in the 2022 Horizon League Preseason Poll.

Women’s Entries: Madison KingBrooke NealRiley TateBella HodgesKathy PotterMercedes SarverLydia CarrellAva GenoveseHailey WhiteleatherEmma CollisonMadeleine WisniewskiMichaela SheetsBrayden Langdon and Ayana Garcia

Ribbon Cutting:
Members of the Mastodon coaching staff, athletic department and representatives of the Three Rivers Running Company will hold a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. prior to the men’s race at 6 p.m. The Three Rivers Running Company has donated signage to the properly mark the course and make the course a true athletic facility for Purdue Fort Wayne. 

Up Next:
The Mastodons are back in action next Friday with the Rumble in the Fort. That event will also be a 6 p.m. start. 


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Mastodon men’s soccer (0-1-1) digs deeper into their non-conference matchups this weekend at the Hefner Soccer Complex. The ‘Dons are scheduled to take on Western Illinois on Friday (Sept. 2) and Eastern Illinois on Sunday (Sept. 4). 

Game Day Information
 Western Illinois (0-1-0)
When: Friday, September 2 | 3 p.m. ET
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex
Video: None
Live Stats: Link
About The Leathernecks: The Leathernecks entered 2022 with a young roster. During Western Illinois’ game on August 25th against Central Methodist, 11 newcomers saw the field as a Leatherneck for the first time. This includes Marco Presta, who played the full 90 minutes. Along with these newcomers, Western Illinois is returning senior defender Kyle Owen who owns a pair of all-league honors in his career. 
All-Time Record: The ‘Dons are 4-12-2 all-time against Western Illinois, with a 3-5 record at home. The most recent match against the two teams ended with a 2-0 victory for the ‘Dons in September of 2021.

Game Day Information
 Eastern Illinois (0-1-1)
When: Sunday, September 4 | 3 p.m. ET
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex
Video: ESPN+
Live Stats: Link
About The Panthers: The Eastern Illinois Panthers have started the season 0-1-1 with a loss to Horizon League member Green Bay, as well as a tie with Xavier. Freshman Chad Smith started the season off strong as the goalkeeper for the Panthers with four saves in the first half of the game to keep the opposing Xavier Musketeers scoreless. The Panthers are scheduled to take on another Horizon League opponent, the IUPUI Jaguars, on September second before coming to Fort Wayne to take on the Mastodons September 4th.
All-Time Record: The ‘Dons are 7-12-0 all-time against Eastern Illinois with no ties recorded between the two programs. The last 10 matchups between the ‘Dons and Eastern Illinois have been split down the middle with the ‘Dons recording a 5-5-0 record. In all 19 matchups, the ‘Dons have recorded 1.53 goals a game. 

Familiar Foe!
The ‘Dons were long time rivals of both the Western Illinois Leathernecks and the Eastern Illinois Panthers  in the Summit League. The ‘Dons made the switch to the Horizon League in 2020-21.

Family Ties
Western Illinois head coach Dr. Eric Johnson is the father of Mastodon assistant coach Kooten Johnson

Hello Newbies
The 2022 Mastodon roster hosts 14 newcomers. During the recent matchups against Lipscomb and Belmont, five freshman put up minutes for the Mastodons, including Marco ValenciaEliam MierChristian LeonStefan Iricanin and Abe Arellano

Déjà vu 
Keith Larson returns for the Mastodons this season. Last year he scored the game’s only goal in the Mastodons’ 1-0 win over Eastern Illinois. 

Three ‘Dons on the Board
Moses AkimanaCesar Cosio and Keith Larson each have a goal and assist on the season this year for the ‘Dons. Cosio will be playing his former teammates on Friday. The Western Illinois transfer earned his undergraduate degree from WIU before joining the ‘Dons this season. 

Up Next
The Mastodons open league play Sept. 10 vs. Oakland in a contest at the Hefner Soccer Complex. 


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – University of Evansville junior goalkeeper Myia Danek (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg) recorded five saves Thursday night to post her first career shutout as a Purple Ace, as the UE women’s soccer team earned a 0-0 draw at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. 

“It was a good, tough match for us,” said UE head coach Chris Pfau.  “They tested us in a lot of ways, and I thought that we handled the pressure well.

“It is always good to get a shutout on the road!”

Evansville created one of its best offensive chances of the night in the early going, drawing a foul right off the left edge of the penalty area in the sixth minute.  On the ensuing free-kick, senior Kristen Harvey (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont Senior) tried to curl a ball to the far post, but just missed wide as the match remained scoreless.

The next 20 minutes would be played in the midfield, as neither side was able to mount any sustained pressure offensively.  SIUE would muster an attack late in the first half, but Danek recorded two first-half saves to keep the match scoreless at halftime.

In the second half, SIUE continued to mount pressure, but Danek and the UE defense stood tall for the remaining 45 minutes to stymie the Cougars.  SIUE would fire 12 second-half shots, but only three were on goal, and Danek was up to the task on all three shots.  Evansville would mount a threat over the final 20 minutes offensively, but UE was unable to get a shot on target, as the two teams played to the 0-0 draw.

“We are just not yet in sync consistently in the attack,” said Pfau.  “We have moments, but they are just moments right now.  But, we are only four matches in, and I think that part of the game will come as we play more games.  The good thing is that we are not even close to where we want to be as a team right now, but we are learning how to grind out results even when we are not at our best.”

With the tie, Evansville now stands at 1-1-2 on the 2022 season, and is unbeaten in its last three matches.  SIUE, meanwhile, sits at 1-3-1.  UE will return home to Arad McCutchan Stadium on Sunday afternoon to host Northern Kentucky University on Youth/High School Day at UE.  Kick-off is set for 1:05 p.m. and Sunday’s game can also be seen live on ESPN3.


EVANSVILLE – Making the trip east for a pair of matches, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team challenges Incarnate Word and host Dayton in the Dayton Flyers Classic this weekend in Dayton, Ohio.

Evansville vs. Incarnate Word | Fri., Sept. 2 | 3 PM (CT)
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Evansville at Dayton | Sun., Sept. 4 | 4 PM (CT)              
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The Aces will open the Dayton Flyers Classic on Friday at 3 PM (CT) against Incarnate Word. Friday’s matchup represents the first-ever meeting between the two sides. Incarnate Word enters the classic with an 0-2 record, falling to Campbell 3-0 and dropping its last contest to Furman, 1-0. The Cardinals bring back half of their goal-scoring duo from a season ago in Eduardo Perez, who scored five times and added a pair of assists in 2021. Leading IWU might be a familiar name to collegiate soccer fans in the midwest as former EIU head coach Kiki Lara is the head man for the Cardinals.

Evansville concludes the Dayton Flyers Class against the host Flyers on Sunday at 4 PM (CT). The Aces and Flyers have a long history against one another as former MCC rivals, meeting 17 times with UE owning a 14-2-1 advantage in the all-time series. Despite the history between the two, Evansville and Dayton have not met since Sept. 25, 2005 when the Flyers earned a 6-2 win over UE in the Aces Soccer Classic. Dayton comes into the weekend with a 2-0 record following a 5-0 win over Cal Poly and a 4-2 triumph over South Carolina last week. The Flyers received 14 votes in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll and is currently fourth in the southeast region poll. The Flyers’ attack has been wide-spread with seven players scoring goals so far this season with Andy Sanchez and Manny Day leading the way with two goals a piece. 

UE was selected 10th in this week’s United Soccer Coaches West Region poll after opening the year with a draw at Bellarmine and a 3-1 victory over IUPUI. Newcomer Nacho Diaz has been part of the spark that has lit the Aces attack, scoring three goals in two collegiate games, earning MVC Player of the Week honors this week. Evansville’s five goals so far in 2022 have all been scored by members of the Aces contingent of players from Spain with three from Diaz and single goals from Carlos Barcia and Jose Vivas.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Riding a 2-match win streak, the University of Evansville volleyball team makes its way to Cookeville, Tennessee for the Golden Eagle Invitational.  Opening on Friday, the Purple Aces open with a 1PM match versus Western Carolina before completing the day with a 5PM contest against Northwestern…Saturday’s finale pits UE against Tennessee Tech at 2PM.  Each match is slated to be televised by ESPN+.

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UE vs. Western CarolinaFriday, September 2 | 1PM CT | Watch Live (ESPN+) | Live Stats
UE vs. NorthwesternFriday, September 2 | 5PM CT | Watch Live (ESPN+) | Live Stats
UE at Tennessee TechSaturday, September 3 | 2PM CT | Watch Live (ESPN+) | Live Stats
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Home Opener
– Tuesday’s home opener saw UE take on the University of Southern Indiana for the first time as Division I opponents with the Aces earning the 3-0 sweep
– UE hit .409 as a team while holding the Screaming Eagles to .236
– For the fourth time in as many contests in 2022, Alondra Vazquez accumulated the top kill tally, finishing with 13
– Giulia Cardona had 12 while Melanie Feliciano recorded a double-double with 11 kills and 10 digs
– Kora Ruff picked up 38 assists and 9 digs in the victory
Opening Weekend
– Last Friday, the 2022 season opened at the Marshall Invitational
– Despite winning the first set in both contests on Friday, UE came out on the losing end in a 3-1 setback to Wright State and a 5-set defeat at Marshall
– The Aces came back strong on Saturday, earning a 3-0 road sweep over the Thundering Herd
– Alondra Vazquez led all players in kills in each of the first three matches
Finding her Offense
– Evansville’s block leader in 2022 has started to amp it up offensively as Madisyn Steele ranks fourth on the team with 1.53 kills per set
– Steele has at least six kills in three of the four matches, including a season-high of seven against USI…her efficiency in the last two matches has seen her hit .556 with 11 kills in 18 attempts while posting just one error
– Her average of 0.60 blocks per set is the top total on the team and she has finished with at least one in each match
Excelling in her Role
– Earning a spot on the All-MVC First Team in 2021, Melanie Feliciano continues to put up some of the MVC’s top all-around numbers in 2022
– Offensively, Feliciano is third for UE with 2.73 kills per set and has recorded at least 9 in each match while hitting a solid .273
– On the defensive side, Feliciano paces Evansville with 2.53 digs per set while recording double figure digs on two occasions
NCAA Top Five
– Through the opening stages of the 2022 season, Alondra Vazquez is already setting some of the top numbers in the NCAA
– Vazquez is ranked in the top five nationally in three categories including total kills (3rd-76), total points (4th-81.5) and total attacks (5th-174)
– For the fourth time in her career, Vazquez was named the MVC Player of the Week on August 29
– Her 5.07 kills per set paces the MVC and she set an early season mark of 26 kills in Friday’s 5-set contest at Marshall before hitting .367 with 16 more kills to lead UE to a 3-0 sweep on Saturday.


FLORENCE, Ala. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer competed hard on the road Thursday night to a 0-0 tie against the University of North Alabama Lions, as senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) surpassed 250 career saves and earned her 32nd career shutout in the match.
The first half of Thursday night’s match was defined by physicality and battle for possession. The defensive midfield proved pivotal in keeping the game scoreless at the break.
Graduate student defender Mia Rose Daly (Haiku, Hawaii) took the lone shot in the first half for the Screaming Eagles, stepping up to shoot in the early minutes. She also made a key tackle 12 minutes in to prevent the start of a breakaway attack by the Lions.
In the middle portion of the first half, USI’s defense stood tall when the possession was controlled by North Alabama in the attacking half. The Lions’ sophomore forward and Evansville, Indiana native Hope Lensing took the first shot on frame for North Alabama but was saved by the Screaming Eagles’ Etienne.
The start of the second 45 minutes began like much of the first half, battling for possession. Then in the 62nd minute, North Alabama strung together some chances and applied some pressure on Southern Indiana’s defense. The Screaming Eagles were up for the challenge, blocking one shot and Etienne thwarting another opportunity with a save.
In the 73rd minute, Etienne collected her fourth save of the match on a shot lofted in by the Lions’ graduate student midfielder Kate Wiseman. The save marked a milestone 250th career save for Etienne, placing her in the top five all-time for saves in Southern Indiana’s record books. Etienne was tested a couple more times by North Alabama’s attacking front before the match ended, but she came through with two more saves to take sole possession of fifth place all time.
Team totals for the match were five shots – one on goal – for Southern Indiana compared to 10 shots – six on goal – for North Alabama. All five of USI’s shots were taken by five different players. Freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) had the only shot on goal for the Screaming Eagles, extending her streak of games with a shot on goal to four.

“We’re playing extremely well and competing for every ball,” Head Coach Eric Schoenstein said. “We’ve been in every game, and the girls are playing hard and getting after it on every play.”
Following a physical match against the Lions, the Screaming Eagles will head back home and rest up before returning to Strassweg Field Monday for a Labor Day meeting against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at 1 p.m. Admission to Monday’s match is free thanks to The Women’s Hospital Deaconess.
USI fans can stay up-to-date with the latest at usiscreamingeagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer fell in a physical match with the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday, 3-0. The Screaming Eagles fall to 0-3 on the year while the Phoenix go to 2-0-1.

USI played an incredible first half, staying with Green Bay the entire way. Both teams finished the half with four shots while goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) made two saves in the first 45 minutes. Both teams were physical in the half as there were 12 combined fouls by both teams.

While both teams played pretty even at the start of the second half Green Bay was able to capitalize with a goal from Chris Album at the 62:04 mark. The Phoenix continued to add on to their lead, scoring at 66:47 and 79:34 from Luca Contestabile and Andrew Paolucci. Assists for Green Bay came from Josh Johansen, Michael McDougall, and Kajus Kontautus.

The Eagles tried to spark a rally in the last ten minutes after Brian Winkler (Philpot, Kentucky) won a penalty in the 89th minute. The penalty was saved by Tobias Jahn, but Winkler was able to tap the rebound into the bottom right corner to save USI from being shutout. Winkler led the way for the Eagles with three shot attempts and two shots on goal. Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri), Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri), and Luke Lindsay (Plymouth, Minnesota) were the other Eagles with shots while Barton had two and the others had one each. Walsh was the other Eagle with a shot on goal.


The Eagles head back on the road for a three-game stretch starting with a trip to Edwardsville, Illinois to take on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on Monday, September 5th with a 7 pm kickoff time.


The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has announced the program’s nonconference schedule for the 2022-23 season, a slate that features five home games and three road dates plus a home exhibition and a multi-team event.

Fans will have their first chance to catch a glimpse of the Beacons on Saturday, Oct. 29 when Cedarville comes to town for an exhibition game. Valpo sixth-year senior Quinton Green will have an opportunity to compete against familiar faces as he spent the first five years of his collegiate tenure at Cedarville, earning all-conference honors each of the last three seasons while playing for the Yellow Jackets. Valpo previously hosted Cedarville in an exhibition tilt on Oct. 19, 2019. Cedarville went 19-13 overall and 12-8 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference last season en route to an NCAA Division-II Regional appearance.

Valpo will open the regular season on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at Toledo. This will mark the fourth consecutive season that the Beacons and Rockets will face off and the third time in that span that the two teams have met in the season opener. Valpo won a 79-77 thriller on Nov. 5, 2019, before Toledo prevailed each of the last two seasons. This will be the 15th all-time meeting between the two teams with Toledo owning a slim 8-6 advantage.

The home opener will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13 as Western Michigan comes to town. Valpo will look to repeat its success after besting the Broncos 71-60 last season in Kalamazoo. The Brown & Gold trails the all-time series 38-30, but last season was the first time the two programs locked horns since 2007.

The Beacons will make the brief road trip over the state line to visit Chicago State on Wednesday, Nov. 16. Valpo has had great success all-time against the Cougars with 33 wins in 36 matchups including a seven-game head-to-head winning streak. This will be the first meeting between the two squads since December 2016, when Matt Lottich led his team to an 80-61 victory at the ARC in his first season as head coach. Valpo will visit Chicago State for the first time during the Lottich Era, with the most recent road matchup occurring in December 2015.

Incarnate Word (Nov. 19), Trinity Christian (Dec. 6), Elon (Dec. 18) and Stonehill (Dec. 21, Community Game) are other home opponents during the nonconference ledger. This will mark Valpo’s first-ever matchups with Incarnate Word (Southland Conference), Elon (Colonial Athletic Association) and Stonehill (Northeast Conference).

Stonehill, set to embark upon its first year as a Division-I institution, features two-time Valpo graduate and former Valpo Director of Basketball Operations Jason Karys on its coaching staff. Incarnate Word is under the direction of head coach Carson Cunningham, who has ties to Northwest Indiana as a former player for the Gary Steelheads and head coach at Andrean High School. Cunningham’s staff features former Valpo player Chris Artis.

Valpo will make its way to Savannah, Ga. for a multi-team event. The Beacons will play in a Thanksgiving tournament, which will span Nov. 25-27. Valpo previously won the Savannah Invitational in November 2017 with wins over Southeastern Louisiana, Samford, Kent State and UNCW.

The Dec. 10 game at Ole Miss will represent Valpo’s third matchup with the Rebels and first since the most famous game in program history, a 70-69 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 13, 1998 in Oklahoma City, Okla. on a buzzer-beater by Bryce Drew. The only matchup prior to that also came on a neutral floor as the Rebels edged the Beacons 80-77 in overtime on Dec. 29, 1969 in Mobile, Ala. This year’s clash will mark Valpo’s first ever visit to Oxford, Miss.

The Beacons return their top two scorers from last season – Ben Krikke and Kobe King – in addition to adding a number of talented newcomers to the mix.


vs. Saint Xavier (0-0)
Saturday | September 3 | 6 p.m. ET

The UIndy football team kicks off its season at home this weekend, hosting NAIA-power Saint Xavier Saturday under the lights at Key Stadium. Led by veteran head Coach Mike Feminis, St. X enters the fall ranked No. 11 in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Cougars are coming off a 8-3 season in 2021, capped by an appearance in the NAIA FCS playoffs. St. X has earned 14 postseason berths in Feminis’ 23 year-tenure, including four national semifinals appearances and an NAIA national championship in 2011.

UIndy and St. Xavier have met just three times on the gridiron. After splitting a home-and-home back in the 2013 and ’14 seasons, the Greyhounds traveled to Chicago last season and came away with a 34-10 victory. With the score knotted at 10-10 at half, the Hounds hung 24 unanswered points on the board in the second half. Stud running back Toriano Clinton led the UIndy offense with a 147-yard, three-touchdown performance.

Clinton was one of UIndy student-athletes to earn a spot on the D2Football.com Elite 100 Watch List, while was also among a trio of Hounds on the IndyStar Small College Preseason All-Star Team.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2022/9/1/WEEK_1_vs_SXU.pdf


INDIANAPOLIS – The time has finally arrived for the University of Indianapolis cross country teams to open up the 2022 season. The Hounds will travel to Blue River Park in Shelbyville, IN on Saturday to the Grizzly Invitational hosted by Franklin College. Action is slated to begin at 10 a.m. ET.
Last season, both programs brought home a fifth-place finish at the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Championships while each also claimed 14th at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional.
The Hounds are set to return names such as AJ Goecker, who led the UIndy men with a 15th place finish at the GLVC meet last season and collected All-GLVC honors in the process, and Melissa Spencer, who ended second on the team at both the GLVC and NCAA Regional meets only behind former Greyhound Claire Eaton.
Click here to watch a short video featuring graduate students Nyc Sigmon and Hanna Stamm alongside head coach Brad Robinson as they discuss their thoughts on the preseason preparation and what their expectations are for the upcoming season.


INDIANAPOLIS – Fresh off a season-opening tournament held inside the ARC this past weekend, the UIndy volleyball team will host its annual invitational on the new court in Ruth Lilly Fitness Center on Sept. 2-3.
The Greyhounds welcome seven other programs this coming weekend, two of which are recognized in the latest AVCA national rankings: Ashland and Minnesota Duluth. Other NCAA tournament contenders, Bentley and Missouri-St. Louis, has made each of the past two East and Midwest Regional postseason events, respectively.
UIndy went 2-1 last weekend, picking up victories over perennial NCAA tournament program Anderson and in-region Findlay. Hannah Sabotin was masterful in the middle, averaging 3.36 kills on .471 hitting in 11 sets. Defensively, MaKenna Barnhart climbed into the top five on the program’s all-time career digs list, tallying 54 scoops throughout the tournament. Tenth-year head coach Jason Reed sports 153 career wins, and the second-highest win percentage in program history.
In addition to the aforementioned teams, in-region squads Ashland, Grand Valley State, and Ohio Dominican, along with Minnesota State, will be traveling to the Circle City for the invite. Tournament Central, which includes links for live stats and streams through GLVCSN, can be found here.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team kicks off their 2022 regular season on Saturday afternoon, hosting MSFA Mideast foe Madonna University at 1:05 p.m. The September 3 kickoff begins the 16th season of football at Marian, with the Knights looking to build off a 9-3 record in 2021 in which they reached the NAIA FCS Quarterfinals, and were MSFA Champions.


Marian is 2-0 all-time against Madonna, playing them at home for the first time in program history. Marian won by forfeit in the spring of 2021, and in the fall season won 80-3, recording the largest win in school history. Jalen Jennings set the record book on fire, breaking the single game kickoff return touchdown record with a pair of scores against the Crusaders. 


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 and Instagram pages @MUKnights.


Fans are highly encouraged to purchase tickets prior to their arrival at St. Vincent Field. Tickets can purchased online here. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.


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.


At the end of the first quarter, the Knights track and field teams will be recognized for their efforts on the track, as the Knights claimed over 20 NAIA All-Americans, four NAIA National Champions, and four Crossroads League Team Championships. At halftime of the game, the MU Prep group will be recognized. For more details on MU Prep, head to muprep.k12.com.


Earlier this week Scott McCauley sat down with head coach Mark Henninger to talk camp, position battles, his 10th season as a Knight, and the 2022 season. Catch the conversation with Scott and coach now! 


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer developmental team squared off against Indiana Tech Thursday afternoon, suffering a 5-1 loss from the Warriors at St. Vincent Field.

The Knights struggled to find any offensive juice in the first half, firing off one lone shot while the Warriors had six attempts, executing on two shots that would go past the Knights keeper. Marian did see a couple chances early in the half as Lexi Curry took a shot, but was just wide right. Courtney Fletcher also made a good run, but came up empty as she was called offsides.

The Warriors would go into the break with the 2-0 lead over the Knights.

Fletcher got things started in the second half for the Knights, as she took a quick shot that would be saved by the Tech goalie. At the 54 minute mark, Fletcher made a great attack off a ball played from Kinadee White, but the goalie was able to get her hands on it to punch it away. Not long after, Jasmine Hermosillo was able to break away from the defense and fire one off that would go wide right, leaving the Knights in search for their first goal.

Later in the second half, Fletcher had another great look at a goal but was unable to capitalize as her shot would go wide. The Warriors found their groove late into the half as they were able to capitalize off a corner kick and a break away to advance their lead to 4-0. With a little under 11 minutes remaining, Fletcher got the goal her and the Knight have been looking for to cut the lead back 4-1.

Marian seemed to control the possession most of the second half, as the Knights combined for 10 shots to Tech’s seven. However, the Warriors were able to execute on their attempts to win the match 5-1.

Marian will be back in action September 10, hosting Aquinas for a 6 PM matchup.

MUKnights.com: Your online source for Marian Athletics, tickets, multimedia, Knight merchandise, photos and more. 


MARION, Ind. – No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan women’s tennis got their 2022 fall season off to a great start on Thurday evening at Sutter Tennis Center against DePauw University. The Wildcats showed why they are a perennial Top 10 team in the NAIA with a dominating 7-0 match victory.


  • No. 1: France Antezana/Melanie Dveskler (IWU) def. Gardner/Matta (DU) 6-3
  • No. 2: Sofia Munoz/Breann Barger (IWU) def. Shaw/Doherty (DU) 6-1
  • No. 3: Emily Connelly/Maria Way (IWU) def. DeNardo/Preston (DU) 6-2


  • No. 1: France Antezana (IWU) def. Matta (DU) 6-2, 6-3
  • No. 2: Sofia Munoz (IWU) def. Gardner (DU) 6-1, 5-7, 10-3
  • No. 3: Melanie Dveskler (IWU) def. Doherty (DU) 6-1, 6-0
  • No. 4: Breann Barger (IWU) def. Shaw (DU) 6-3, 6-7, 10-7
  • No. 5: Ellie Snider (IWU) def. DeNardo (DU) 6-0, 6-0
  • No. 6: Emily Connelly (IWU) def. Randall (DU) 6-0, 6-0


MARION, Ind. – No. 3 Indiana Wesleyan men’s tennis opened the 2022 fall season on Thursday evening at Sutter Tennis Center against DePauw University.  The Wildcats earned the initial doubles point but found themselves tied at 3-3 in singles play. Trey Thixton would not be fazed by the pressure and produced a clutch second-set tiebreaker to take the match, 4-3.




RICHMOND – The Earlham College men’s soccer team began its 2022 season with a 3-2 win against Asbury University in Matlack-Messer Stadium on Thursday evening.

The Quakers struck first with a goal by Conner Kimball in the eighth minute of play. Kimball was sent long on a through ball from Quentin Berry past the Eagles back line for a one-on-one opportunity with the goalkeeper. 

The Eagles capitalized on a corner kick opportunity less than 10 minutes later for an equalizing score. 

Earlham notched its second goal of the game in the 31st minute to retake the lead. Berry took a was set up for a shot deep in Eagle territory which was blocked away. Andre Moriel gathered the rebound and hit the open score. The Quakers led 2-1 going into the halftime break. 

Asbury recorded its second goal in the 63rd minute of play. 

As the sun started to set over the Richmond sky, Caleb Wilgen put the Quakers in the lead for good with a 71st-minute score with help from another blocked shot by Berry. 

Berry led the Quakers with three shots on the evening. Tyler Smith recorded five saves in his win between the pipes. 

The Quakers will continue the Quaker-Raven Classic with a 5 pm matchup with Berea College in Matlack-Messer Stadium Friday. 


ADRIAN, Mich. – The Earlham College women’s soccer team began its 2022 season with a scoreless draw at Adrian College on Thursday afternoon.

Jenna Hoeh led the Quakers with two shots, and the senior put one on frame. Mollie Lyon also recorded a shot coming off the bench.

Makayla Hurey played all 90 minutes in goal and posted nine saves to keep a clean sheet.

The Quakers were outshot 25-3 and trailed 6-1 in corner kicks.

Earlham will begin its home schedule on Saturday against Eureka College at 5 pm in Matlack-Messer Stadium.


CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN — Wabash got an early goal from Jose Escalante  and never trailed again in a 3-1 victory over Franklin College in the season-opening match at Fischer Field Thursday evening.

Wabash improved to 1-0-0 overall following the win.

How it Happened

Wabash grabbed a 1-0 lead when Jose Escalante notched his first goal of the season in the 11th minute, assisted by Mitchell Keeling.

The Little Giants added another score on a goal from Cameron McIntosh — his first goal of the season — in the 38th minute, assisted by Jakob Faber.

Wabash made it a 3-0 advantage on Quinn Leous’ 63rd-minute goal on a penalty kick.

The Grizzlies narrowed the Little Giants lead with a penalty kick of their own and made it a 3-1 game with a 68th-minute goal from Jon Moore. 

Game Notes


CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s soccer team kicked off the 2022 campaign on Thursday (Sept. 1) night against Wabash in the head coaching debut of bench boss Josh Galvin.
The Grizzlies (0-1) got a goal from Jon Moore and a seven-save showing from Ian Rowe, but were done in by a pair of first half goals from the Little Giants (1-0) in a 3-1 Wabash victory.
How it Happened
The home side swarmed the area early and went into the break with the lead thanks to goals in the 12th and 39th minutes, respectively. Moore potted Franklin’s first goal of the year with a successful penalty kick in the 69th minute, his first career goal from the PK spot.
Griz Notes
-Franklin finished the night with 10 shot attempts, with Dany Escamilla’s three leading all attackers.
-Five players made their career debuts in the blue and gold. Sophomore defender Lucas Stout earned a place in the starting 11 with freshmen Lal TlangCooper GrossEnzo De Marco and Luiz Martin all coming off the bench in their first appearances.
Up Next
Franklin makes their home debut on Sunday (Sept. 4) night, when they welcome the Spalding Golden Eagles to Faught Stadium. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.


FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s soccer team made their 2022 season debut under the lights on Thursday (Sept. 1) night, hosting the Trine Thunder.
The Grizzlies’ (0-1) attack was stifled by the Thunder (1-0) defense all night, with the road side claiming a 2-0 victory and spoiling the Franklin head coaching debut of Jen Jackson.
How it Happened
The two sides played it close to the vest in the early going, with just one combined shot over the first 30 minutes. The ice breaker came in the 42nd minute, when the Thunder got a third chance in close that resulted in the first goal. Trine doubled the lead early in the second half and kept the Franklin comeback attempt in check the rest of the way.
Griz Notes
-Sophomore goalkeeper Makenna Mundy made her second career start and played very well in net, matching a career high with eight saves.
-Three Grizzlies made their career debuts, with freshmen Meghan MosesEmma Bennett and Abby Bryant donning the blue and gold for the first time.
-Senior Maddie Alexander made her first career start for the Griz at midfield.
Up Next
Franklin head out on the road on Sunday (Sept. 4) for the first time, traveling to Kentucky for a meeting with Berea College. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team responded from a 1-0 deficit with two second half goals to top Greenville University 2-1 in the 2022 men’s soccer on Thursday night.

Luke Dawdy tied the score by finishing a crossing pass from Caleb Urban in the 54th minute.  Just seven minutes, Takezo Kelly scored off a free kick to give Rose-Hulman its final margin of victory.

The Fightin’ Engineers outshot Greenville 12-8 in the match, led by four shots from Kelly and two each from Dawdy and AJ Yilmaz.  John Biederstedt picked up the win in goal with three saves.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at home against No. 20 ranked Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday at 2:30 pm.


ST. LOUIS, Mo. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team jumped out to an early lead before Webster University rallied to pick up a 2-1 victory in the season opener on Thursday night.

Lauren Marquardt opened the scoring in the 24th minute with her first career goal, courtesy of an assist from Kyra Hicks.  Lane Lawrence led the Fightin’ Engineer offense with four shots.

Webster rallied with a goal by Jordan Lande in the 53rd minute and a score by Abbey Poe in the 57th minute to earn the 2-1 victory.

Rose-Hulman outshot Webster 11-10 in the match, highlighted by seven shots in a strong second half performance.  The Fightin’ Engineers also had all six corner kicks in the match.

Rose-Hulman returns to action on Saturday at Centre College with a 5 pm contest.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s cross country team came home third – behind NCAA Division I Butler University and NCAA Division III power DePauw University – in the Rose-Hulman Opener on Thursday.

The 5-kilometer race was held at the nationally renowned LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute.


26) Abigail Kurfman 22:54

27) Audrey Pangerc 23:25

28) Madison Lindfelt 23:36

30) Lisa Sebastian 24:18

32) Naomi Knudtson 24:53

34) Kaylee Lane 25:28

35) Hailey Ready 25:43

36) Diana Stirn 26:22


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s cross country team came home third – behind NCAA Division I Butler University and NCAA Division III power DePauw University – in the Rose-Hulman Opener on Thursday.

The 5-kilometer race was held at the nationally renowned LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute.


7) John Sluys 16:41

18) Hammond Law 17:24

20) Ethan Miller 17:31

23) Kevin Grady 17:47

24) Daniel Gaull 17:53

25) Ethan Jones 18:00

26) Evan Brill 18:05

27) Joshua Pohle 18:12

30) Carter Lindfelt 18:22

33) Thomas Tullius 18:33


The Anderson University women’s soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw with St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Lauren Brown was able to capitalize off an assisted pass from Brooke Neu for a goal to put the Ravens (0-0-1) on the board in the 32nd minute.

During the 42nd minute, the Pomeroys (1-0-1) knotted the match at 1-1 when Kaylee Lowe found the back of the net off an assisted pass from Sierra Mullins.

“It’s great to see the growth and development from each game,” Coach Jennifer Myhre said. “Our possession and organization was much better than last week and we moved the ball around well. Brooke did a nice job getting in behind and finding the slot ball to Lauren. We just need to be more disciplined in the box as we were forcing a lot of shots and could have had a few more chances.”

Freshman Adrienne Weyers made her collegiate debut in goal and saved three of the four shots she faced.

“The backline really played as a unit and Adrienne stepped up and had a great game in the net.”

Neu and Taylor Fort both put each of their shots on frame. Emily Wilusz tallied two shots, both of which were on frame. Brown, Taylor BakerHannah Caes and Kira Dashewich each provided one shot and one shot on goal. Hannah Thompson rounded out Anderson’s 13 shots.

The Ravens outshot the Pomeroys 13-8 and held a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Anderson takes on Webster University (1-0) on Monday at 1 p.m. ET in St. Louis.


The Anderson University football team fell to Trine University 38-0 on Thursday in Angola.

Anderson (0-1) picked off three passes on the day as Cayden SoteloLazarus Davis Jr. and Jacob Holifield each recorded interceptions.

Aidan Roach led the Ravens with nine tackles. Collin McCaffrey notched eight tackles, 1.5 tackles for losses and one sack. Ebon Person contributed two quarterback hurries and 1.5 tackles for losses. Dajon Hare produced six tackles while Isaac Jzar tallied five tackles. Gavin Reners also recorded a sack.

Trine (1-0) held a 416-57 advantage in total offense.

Anderson challenges DePauw University (0-0) on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at Macholtz Stadium.


ANGOLA, Ind. – Trine University started the 2022 football season with a dominating and record-breaking defensive performance which saw the team start and finish the night with no points allowed. The offense added an explosive second quarter to lead the Thunder to a 38-0 victory.

The team allowed negative six rushing yards in the contest, the lowest single-game mark in program history, breaking the previous record of 13 yards allowed in a 2019 game against Finlandia. The defense allowed just five first downs in the game and held the opposition to under 100 yards passing the last time both happened was in the same 2019 game.

Trine won the coin toss and deferred to the second half allowing the Ravens to receive the opening kickoff. After a quick first down, the defense stymied the opposition to force a third and ten, with junior Jamon Gibson recording a sack to force the punt. It was the first of a near record-breaking tally, with the Thunder combining for seven total sacks in the game, tying for the second most in a single game for the program.

Both teams’ next drives ended in interceptions. Senior Keysean Amison came up with the pick for the Thunder giving the offense a second chance starting at the Anderson 41-yard line.

This time the offense settled in and moved quickly down the short field. Senior Xaine Kirby finished off the drive with a 12-yard rush around the right side of the line. The team converted the extra point to make the score 7-0 with just under ten minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Both teams went scoreless during the final minutes of the quarter. The Thunder struggled to finish off drives and some key mistakes cost them dearly, including a muffed punt and a second interception. On the other side of the ball the defense continued to showcase their abilities. Amison recorded his second interception of the contest and the team allowed just 13 more yards to the Ravens.

During Anderson’s first drive of the second quarter Trine recorded back-to-back sacks to force a third and 22, backed up near their own endzone. After a punt that just reached midfield, the Thunder offense found their footing again. This time senior Brett Kaylor led the offense down the field rushing for six yards and then passing for 38 yards. He connected with junior Connor Arthur for 20 of those yards and the touchdown.

The ensuing kickoff saw junior Braden Moore pin the opposition deep in their own zone when the ball checked up at the five-yard line rather than rolling in for the touchback. The defense nearly recorded a safety on the next play, but ultimately forced the Ravens to punt from the back of their own endzone.

A safe return was aided by a penalty to give the offense the ball at just the 13-yard line. Kaylor found Arthur in the back of the endzone on the first play of the drive to give the team the 21-0 lead with seven minutes remaining in the quarter.

The defense came up with another turnover in the next Anderson drive. On a third and nine play, multiple Thunder got a piece of the ball and it ended up falling into the hands of junior Skyler Warren who then returned the pick 21 yards into Ravens territory.

After the two teams traded possessions, Trine started their final drive of the half at their own 16. Kaylor proceeded to lead the longest drive of the contest, using 17 plays to move the ball 77 yards setting up a field goal as time expired. The team took the 24-0 lead into the intermission.

The Trine starters returned for the beginning of the third quarter, with Kirby and senior Alex Price leading the opening drive down the field on the ground. Junior Cole Alexander entered at quarterback with a jumbo, goal line package to finish off the drive with a two final rushes for the touchdown.

He did so again five minutes later, this time following a Kaylor and Kirby led drive to the one-yard line. The pair of touchdowns gave the team a 38-0 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the quarter and would end up being the final points of the game with the score eventually going final. The rest of the game saw the Thunder continue to play lockdown defense, while young offensive student-athletes got valuable minutes on the field.

Eight different members of the team combined for the seven sacks in the contest. Gibson and Chase Herrick led the team with 1.5 sacks each while Trestan KernTucker HasselmanChase HerrickDylan BackJacob JacksonKendall Himes and DeMarco Cooley each recorded at least half a sack.

Trine will travel to face the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in their next contest which is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10.


FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Trine University women’s soccer team began the 2022 season with a victory 2-0 in a road match against the Franklin College Grizzlies on Thursday night.

The Thunder (1-0) kept their foot on the gas once they obtained the lead over the Grizzlies (0-1) and the defense prevented Franklin from getting any good looks at the net. In total, the shot differential was 19-1.

Early in the match, Trine was a bit hesitant not to make a mistake, but was also persistent to wear down the defense of their opposition. The first 15 minutes saw just one shot taken by either team, and the Thunder only made the Grizzly keeper make a play on one shot in the first 40 minutes of action.

Freshman Abby Robison was the first to put a shot on goal in the 23rd minute and late in the first, led an onslaught of Thunder offense. Robison put a shot on net that the opponents cleared, but a loose ball in the box resulted in a goal a few moments later.

The Trine midfield sent the ball back into the offensive zone off the clearance, and from there, sophomore Teresa Ashbrook dribbled towards the keeper and took a shot that was turned away. Freshman Andi Lipic was there on the rebound, but her shot was blocked by a defender. Finally, on the third effort, Robison sent it home to claim a 1-0 advantage. It was her first career goal and first score of the season for the Thunder.

The 1-0 edge would remain until halftime. “I think the opening game of the season is always a little frantic and that showed in the first half,” head coach Gary Boughton explained postgame. “At halftime, we were able to revisit some of the things we want to be a part of our identity this season and it showed in the second half.”

The insurance would come quickly in the second half when Lia Franzone and Mia Augustino combined for a goal. Ball movement from the middle of the field allowed Augustino to become open just outside the box and a strike off her right foot sailed passed the defense to go up 2-0.

It was evident that this team enjoys playing for one another as 20 student-athletes took the pitch on the night. “Our girls brought a lot of positive energy and it was contagious,” Boughton continued. “The positivity and support on the sidelines were unwavering.”

The defense kept the clean sheet intact throughout the match, with keeper Sophie Aschemeier and defenders Andrea Wright and Ellie Price playing all 90 minutes. Rachel HillBlair WrightRyann LockeDarcy Satkowiak and Abbey Scheil all got opportunities on defense for the squad and contributed to the shutout.

Wright, a senior team captain, had this to say on the win, “It was a good start to the season and great to leave the field with a win. Now it’s time to focus on the next one and move forward.”

The road trip continues for women’s soccer on Monday, September 5 when the Thunder travel to Centre College to take on the Colonels. That match kicks off at 2 pm.


Fayette, Mo. — The Pilots lose their first game of the season in a top 25 matchup with 3 Central Methodist 2-1. Luan Bressy scores his fourth goal of the season in the first half to tie the game, but the Eagles answered in the 53rd minute to take the lead.
’10 | Alessandro Salvadego (CMU) assisted by Guilherme Pereira
’33 | Luan Bressy (BU)
’53 | Alessandro Salvadego (CMU)

  • Central Methodist was efficient shooting three on goal and scoring two out of four shots
  • Bressy scored in every game except for the University of the Cumberlands
  • Eduardo Da Silva put the pressure on with three shots and two on goal


  • The Pilots continue the road stretch in Deerfield, Ill. to take on Trinity International on Saturday with a 1 p.m. kickoff.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The no. 18 ranked Hanover Panthers used a second half outburst to defeat non-conference opponent Spalding on Thursday evening, 3-0.
Hanover pelted the net with a game-high 20 shots, nine of which landed on frame. The Blue and Red were led by sophomore Joao Lucas Domenici (Alphaville, Brazil) with a game-high two goals.
After a scoreless first half, the Panther offense erupted as freshman Alex Farias (Louisville, Ky.) provided the first blow in the 64 minute to send HC on top 1-0.
The excitement continued as Hanover was able to draw a foul in the box that allowed for Domenici to connect on a penalty kick that pushed the difference to 2-0.
The final goal came in the 82 minute as Domenici once again delt clutch propelling the no. 18 ranked Panthers to the convincing 3-0 victory.  
The Blue and Red held Spalding to just four total shots, zero of which landed on frame.


HANOVER, Ind. – Sophomore Beth Cook (Goshen, Ind.) paced the Panther offense as she netted a hat trick to help propel the Blue and Red to the impressive 6-0 season opening victory over Asbury.
Cook finished the contest with three goals on 12 shots. As a unit, the Panthers recorded 37 combined shots with 33 landing on frame.
The opening stanza saw the Panthers control play as Cook pressured frame. The sophomore fired a ball within the six-yard box just minutes into the contest that was saved by the Eagle keeper.
The assault on net continued as freshman Kenna Patterson (Bloomington, Ind.) navigated the Asbury backline for a shot that fell unsuccessful. However, the Panthers broke the scoreless tie at the 29-minute mark following a sophomore Kate Bettner (Noblesville, Ind.) free kick that connected with Patterson for the 1-0 advantage.
Cook made her way into the scores column minutes later as she took a pass from senior Ainsleigh Spaulding (Independence, Ky.) pushing the difference to 2-0.
The first half saw one final blow from the foot of junior Callen Johnson (Ashland, Ky.) who played a fantastic ball from senior Josie Dattilo (Montgomery, Ohio) who found freshman Emily Duffey (Cincinnati, Ohio), 3-0.
Hanover entered the intermission with 19 shots, 17 of which landed on frame.
Cook picked up her second strike of the contest just moments into the second half following a deflected ball in front of net allowing for a far post strike, 4-0. She completed the season opening hat trick at the 57-minute mark propelling HC to the demanding lead.
Junior Aidan Hiester (Seymour, Ind.) netted the game’s final blow off an assist from sophomore Nora Ludwig (Cincinnati, Ohio) pushing HC to the commanding 6-0 victory.
The Panthers return to action on Saturday when they travel to Ohio Northern. Game time is set for 2:30 PM.


HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Forester men’s tennis team quickly disposed of Manchester 7-0 on the program’s opening day at Klopfenstein Courts Thursday afternoon.

The match will down in the books as  JV match and as such will not count towards Huntington’s overall record. 

1. Diego Tapia/Bautista Rodriguez (HU) def. Austin Arnold/Brennan Beachy (MU) 8-6
2. Ethan Hyde/Carson Kitchen (HU) def. Reece Romer/Aiden Richardson (MU) 8-5
3. Jace Gilman/Grant Reinhart (HU) def. Omar Lemus/Braydon Hoggatt (MU) 8-2

1. Tapia (HU) def. Arnold (MU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Rodriguez (HU) def. Beachy (MU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Hyde (HU) def. Romer (MU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Kitchen (HU) def. Richardson (MU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Gilman (HU) def. Lemus (MU) 7-5, 6-1
6. Reinhart (HU) def. Hoggatt (MU) 6-0, 6-3


NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The HU women’s tennis kicked off their season by shutting out Manchester Thursday afternoon on the road 7-0.

The Foresters only gave up five games in doubles play to easily win their first point after which they took care of business in straight sets in singles action. These two programs haven’t met up since 2015 when Ferguson’s crew topped MU 9-0. Since 2006, Huntington is 6-2 against the Spartans. 

HU (1-0) is back in action on Saturday to host Goshen and Mount Vernon in conference play.

1. Esther Bolon/Courtney Rich (HU) def. Evelyn Minton/Eva Bazzoni (MU) 8-1
2. Morgan Fitzpatrick/Lena Kurzweil (HU) def. Natalie Kotlin/Ella Knight (MU) 8-1
3. Nina Golfier/Grace Meyer (HU) def. Anna Hollingsworth/Avin Demaso (MU) 8-3

1. Kurzweil (HU) def. Bazzoni (MU) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
2. Fitzpatrick (HU) def. Knight (MU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Rich (HU) def. Evelyn Minton (MU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Bolon (HU) def. Kotlin (MU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Golfier (HU) def. Demaso (MU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Meyer (HU) def. Heather Binion (MU) 6-0, 6-0


Oakland City, IN – On a beautiful Wednesday afternoon the Mighty Oaks soccer team took on William Woods University at Aigner Field. Both teams entered the game with a 1-1-1 record.
The Mighty Oaks started the game off strong, possessing the ball for the majority of the first half and had several quality shots on goal. In the 20th minutes of the first half, William Woods almost made advantage of a defensive miscue by the home squad. A clutch save by goalkeeper Laurin Aumueller, was followed by some solid team defense to keep the score at 0-0. 

Even though Oakland City was playing better soccer all of the first half, William Woods was the first team to score. Lubos Polacko scored the 1-0 in the 29th minute. The Mighty Oaks came right back in the game as it only took them five minutes to tie the game back up. A beautiful volley by Matt Menegon ricocheted of the goalkeeper before it was tapped in by Brian Elizarraras. This goal turned out to be an important one as it put the 1-1 on the scoreboard, which also happened to be the final score.
Both teams managed to make a few scoring attempts in the second half, but none of the shots went in. The Oaks out shot the Owls in the first half 11-5 and continued that dominance in the second half out shooting the Owls by a total of 18 (12 on goal) to 9 (6 on goal) for the Owls. The Oaks had 5 saves to the Owls 11 and the Oaks lead in corner kicks 7-1.

With that, the men of coach Adam Sell, who is currently in his first year as the Mighty Oaks men’s soccer head coach, are 1-1-2 on the season.
Their next matchup will be at the University of Health Sciences & Pharmacy in St. Louis on September 7, followed by a home match on Saturday September 10 versus Campbellsville University at 3:30 pm.


Oakland City, IN- On August 28, the Mighty Oaks women’s soccer team traveled to St. Louis to play Harris Stowe State University in their season opener at 1pm. Both sides battled hard in the first half to keep it 0-0. Harris Stowe dominated the first half, but the Mighty Oaks back four consisting of Kayla NunesMadison WardMegan Knox, and Madison Nicolas, were a force to be reckoned with; especially Kassidy Elkin in goal who pulled off four whopping saves to help keep the score at 0-0 by halftime.
Coming out strong to start the second half, the Mighty Oaks had a couple goal scoring opportunities which were blocked by the opposing goalkeeper. Harris Stowe had an opportunity from a corner four minutes after halftime which they scored on from a tap in at the back post. After losing the ball in the midfield, the ball was played out wide and produced an undefendable ball to a runner from midfield who half volleyed the ball into the bottom corner to make the score 2-0.
The Mighty Oaks pressured high forcing Harris Stowe to play back to the goalie where Kennedy Hospelhorn followed resulting in her blocking the clearance and won the ball for a chance to shoot. The shot was blocked by the recovering backline of Harris Stowe.
Harris Stowe’s third and final goal came from a ball over the top from the right hand side left an open path for their quick striker to go through 1v1 with the keeper to score and make it 3-0.
The Mighty Oaks found it within themselves to raise the intensity and press high which created 7 opportunities in the last 20 minutes. The Mighty Oaks were unlucky, but got a consolation goal in the 89th minute.
After a poor clearance by the back four, Claudia Melgar won the ball at the top of the box creating an overlapping run with Nicolas on the right-hand wing. She then beat the defender and put in a cross/shot that the keeper hit into her own net.
By the end of the match, the Lady Oaks had recorded 10 shots with 6 on goal while Harris Stowe recorded 14 shots with 9 shots on goal. Kassidy Elkin finished the game with 6 saves.
The Lady Oaks will look to bounce back and go again when they play away at Berea College on Saturday September 3 at 1pm in Berea, Kentucky.


Purdue Northwest visited Lewis this afternoon and played a tough game in 3-0 road loss.

Coach Mary Whisler Quote “Lewis did a good job of punishing our mistakes today. I thought we had some really good moments and I’m really beginning to notice a different energy on the field and the bench.”

Pride Player Highlights – Camille Schafer (St. Johns, Mich./St. Johns HS) really gave it everything she had today. It’s effort like hers that gives me a lot of hope for the direction of this program. 

Next Game – The Pride will host Drury University on Friday, September 2nd at Dowling Park at 1:00 p.m.


HARRODSBURG, Ky. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team scored twice in the first half on the way to a 3-1 victory over Campbellsville University Harrodsburg on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Callum Coleman found the back of the net to give the Red Wolves a 1-0 advantage in the 20th minute.

Eight minutes later, Bawi Ting made it 2-0 with an assist from Manny Cabrera.

In the second period, Eddie Carrizalez gave IU East its three-goal lead as Josh Hlei assisted.

Connor Race scored on a penalty kick in the 77th minute for the Pioneers.

Peter Lamprou had a save for the Red Wolves in the first half, while Alex Visscher faced seven shots in the final frame.

The Red Wolves (2-1) continue their southern trip with a contest at Cumberland University in Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 3. The match starts at 4 p.m. (IU East time).


RICHMOND, Ind. – Highland Lake Golf Course will be the site for the Indiana University East Fall Invitational as the Red Wolves host both a men’s and women’s event on Sept. 2-3.

The opening round of the 36-hole event gets underway Friday at 1 p.m. Day two is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m.

The teams expected to compete in the men’s event are River States Conference foes Brescia University, Midway University, Oakland City University along with Bethel University, Defiance College, Fisk University and Miami University-Hamilton.

On the women’s side, the preseason No. 27 Red Wolves will be entertaining four conference squads Midway, Oakland City, the University of Rio Grande and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. The other schools are Anderson University, Asbury University and Trine University.


Highland Lake Golf Course is located at 1972 Highland Road in Richmond.


* IU East won both titles during the fall last season.

* This will be the first time the IU East women’s squad will be competing since the NAIA National Tournament in Oklahoma last spring. 

* The IU East women won the 2022 RSC championship crown, while the men finished second.

* All-Conference performers returning this year for the Red Wolves are Brooklynn Cromwell (Women’s First Team), Liv Sanders (Women’s Second Team) and Jake Miller (Men’s Player of the Year).



American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7952.60345 – 2034 – 3235 – 2322 – 715 – 146 – 4L 1
Tampa Bay7257.558642 – 2330 – 3430 – 2514 – 1516 – 98 – 2W 3
Toronto7059.543838 – 2932 – 3027 – 2419 – 1515 – 145 – 5L 1
Baltimore6961.5319.537 – 2432 – 3727 – 2915 – 1517 – 97 – 3W 2
Boston6468.48515.532 – 3432 – 3418 – 3616 – 1422 – 84 – 6W 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6861.52733 – 2735 – 3413 – 1631 – 2412 – 134 – 6L 2
Minnesota6762.519140 – 2927 – 3317 – 1330 – 2012 – 175 – 5L 1
Chi White Sox6566.496432 – 3533 – 3115 – 1729 – 2813 – 143 – 7W 2
Kansas City5379.40216.532 – 3721 – 4212 – 2024 – 2810 – 184 – 6L 2
Detroit5081.3821929 – 3821 – 439 – 2022 – 368 – 165 – 5L 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8447.64143 – 2041 – 2710 – 1223 – 842 – 217 – 3W 3
Seattle7358.5571135 – 2838 – 3016 – 1713 – 735 – 287 – 3W 4
Texas5872.44625.528 – 3830 – 345 – 1517 – 1326 – 364 – 6L 5
LA Angels5774.4352728 – 3729 – 3711 – 2314 – 925 – 295 – 5W 1
Oakland4983.37135.522 – 4327 – 4012 – 1811 – 1822 – 364 – 6L 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8448.63645 – 2139 – 2743 – 1915 – 519 – 146 – 4W 2
Atlanta8151.614344 – 2537 – 2632 – 2221 – 1218 – 126 – 4W 2
Philadelphia7358.55710.539 – 3034 – 2829 – 2720 – 1017 – 137 – 3W 1
Miami5575.4232826 – 3829 – 3725 – 2811 – 1512 – 213 – 7L 4
Washington4586.34438.522 – 4723 – 399 – 4213 – 1615 – 184 – 6W 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7655.58042 – 2234 – 3314 – 1635 – 2017 – 96 – 4W 1
Milwaukee6961.5316.535 – 2634 – 3511 – 1335 – 3010 – 145 – 5L 1
Chi Cubs5675.4272028 – 3828 – 3713 – 929 – 318 – 214 – 6W 1
Cincinnati5178.3952427 – 3824 – 4012 – 2220 – 288 – 213 – 7L 1
Pittsburgh4981.37726.526 – 3623 – 458 – 2023 – 3314 – 172 – 8L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers9040.69245 – 1645 – 2419 – 1421 – 935 – 126 – 4L 2
San Diego7359.5531835 – 2838 – 3119 – 1519 – 1029 – 257 – 3W 3
Arizona6268.4772835 – 3327 – 3516 – 1514 – 1521 – 317 – 3W 1
San Francisco6168.47328.534 – 3227 – 3614 – 1317 – 1120 – 342 – 8L 7
Colorado5676.4243536 – 3220 – 4410 – 2411 – 1227 – 303 – 7L 2

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1880       At Strawberry Hill, located on the shores of Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts, the first baseball game played at night takes place under artificial light with teams made up of employees from the retail competitors of Jordan Marsh and R.H. White. The contest, illuminated by lights placed on three wooden towers erected five hundred feet apart by the Northern Electric Light Company, supplying the brightness of 90,000 candles, ends in a poorly played 16-16 tie, when the players need to catch the last ferry back to Boston.

1920       Warren G. Harding, who will serve as the next president of the United States, throws three pitches for the Kerrigan Tailors, a semi-pro team, in an exhibition game against the Cubs. The contest, in which the Giants, Reds, and Indians declined to participate, was arranged in the presidential candidate’s hometown to make him more appealing to the voters.

1929       In the first game of a holiday doubleheader, Senator shortstop Joe Cronin completes the third cycle in franchise history, collecting five hits in the team’s 10-7 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. In 1940, the 22-year-old infielder will accomplish the feat for the Red Sox against the Tigers at Briggs Stadium.

1932       In his final major league appearance, 20-year-old Lew Krausse Sr. shuts out the Red Sox in the nightcap of a twin bill at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, 15-0. In 1961, 18-year-old Lew Krausse Jr., in his major league debut, blanks the Angels 4-0, giving the father-son duo back-to-back shutouts twenty-nine years apart.

1937       The first two batters for the home team, Boze Berger and Mike Kreevich, both homer off Boston right-hander Johnny Marcum, giving the White Sox a quick 2-0 lead in the Comiskey Park contest. Chicago hits two additional round-trippers in the third inning, including Berger’s second of the game and the other by Dixie Walker, accounting for all the runs in the team’s eventual 4-0 victory over the Red Sox.

1939       After Babe Dahlgren strikes out during an intentional walk, and baserunners make outs trying to steal home on successive pitches by trotting to the plate, the fans throw garbage onto the field, protesting the Yankees making deliberate outs to take advantage of the 6:30 Sunday curfew. Umpire Cal Hubbard rules the Boston crowd’s action makes it impossible to continue the Fenway Park contest and forfeits the game to New York, giving the Bronx Bombers a 9-0 ‘official’ victory.

1944       Batting cleanup for the Dodgers, Dixie Walker completes a cycle when he hits a sixth-inning double off Rube Fischer in the team’s 8-4 win over the Giants. The Brooklyn right fielder’s four RBIs prove to be the difference in the Ebbets Field’s contest.

1952       In his major league debut, Washington’s Miguel Fornieles tosses a one-hitter, beating the visiting A’s at Griffith Stadium, 5-0. The Senators’ 20-year-old rookie right-hander, traded to the White Sox in the offseason for Chuck Stobbs, finishes the season with a 2-2 record and posts an ERA of 1.37 in four games.

1955       In the second inning of the Cubs’ 12-2 rout of St. Louis at Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks sets the record for home runs hit by a shortstop when he hits a two-run, two-out shot off Redbird southpaw Paul LaPalme for his 40th round-tripper. ‘Mr. Cub’ will extend the mark to 44 homers this season and boosts the total to 48 in 1958.

1957       At Wrigley Field, the Braves sweep the Cubs, 23-10, and 4-0. Frank Torre crosses the plate in the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, and ninth innings in the opener, tying a major league record by scoring six times in one game.

1960       Ted Williams homers off Senator right-hander Don Lee at Fenway Park in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’s 5-1 victory over Washington. As a rookie in 1939, the Boston outfielder also went deep off Lee’s dad, Thornton.

1962       Stan Musial, with a ninth-inning pinch-hit single in the Cardinals’ 4-3 loss to New York at Busch Stadium, moves past Tris Speaker on the all-time hits list into second place with his 3,516th hit. ‘Stan the Man’, who will finish his career with 3630, will remain far behind Ty Cobb’s total of 4191 and will be eventually surpassed by Pete Rose (4256) and Hank Aaron (3771).

1965       During a pregame ceremony at Shea Stadium, the Mets retire Casey Stengel’s uniform number 37. The team’s first manager, who decided to retire shortly after fracturing his hip at the end of July, compiled a 175-404 record with the expansion team, never finishing higher than in last place.

1965       In anticipation of the team’s move to Anaheim next year, owner Gene Autry announces the Los Angeles Angels will now be known as the California Angels effective today, becoming the second major league team to be named after an entire state. The first to change its moniker during the season, the franchise eventually uses a logo that incorporates an image of the Golden State and the team’s iconic halo.

1965       Cubs’ first baseman Ernie Banks hits his 400th career home run, a three-run round-tripper off Cardinal hurler Curt Simmons in the third inning, helping Chicago defeat St. Louis at Wrigley Field, 5-3. ‘Mr. Cub’ will finish his 19-year career with 512 home runs, including 277 home runs stroked as a shortstop, the record at the time of his retirement.

1969       Willie Davis, with his sixth-inning double in the team’s 5-4 loss to New York at Dodger Stadium, breaks a 53-year-old franchise record by hitting safely in thirty consecutive games. The LA outfielder surpasses the streak established by Zack Wheat in 1916 when the team played in Brooklyn.

1971       Cesar Cedeno hits an inside-the-park grand slam when Dodger second baseman Jim Lefebvre and right fielder Bill Buckner collide, trying to make the fifth inning catch. The 200-foot dropped bloop contributes to the Astros’ 9-3 victory over LA at the Astrodome.

1972       Coming to bat in the top of the eighth inning trailing 8-0, the Mets score seven runs and add another four tallies in the ninth to stun the Astros, 11-8. The come-from-behind victory is the Amazins’ biggest comeback in franchise history.

1972       With his 2,971st hit in a Pirates uniform, Roberto Clemente breaks Honus Wagner’s record for the most hits in the franchise’s history. The historic blow is a three-run homer off San Francisco hurler Sam McDowell in the bottom of the fourth inning in an eventual 6-3 victory for the Bucs at Three Rivers Stadium.

1972       In his major league debut, Doug Rau throws a three-hitter, beating the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 5-1. The 23-year-old Dodger southpaw, who will compile a respectable 81-60 record, helps his cause with a triple in his first big-league at-bat but never hits another three-bagger during a nine-year career.

1972       In his first major league appearance, Dave Downs throws a complete-game shutout, blanking the Braves, 3-0, in the nightcap of a twin bill at Atlanta Stadium. The 20-year-old Phillies’ right-hander will never win another major league game when he develops a sore arm caused by tendonitis.

1972       After retiring twenty-six consecutive batters, Cubs starter Milt Pappas walks pinch-hitter Larry Stahl on a 3-2 pitch, losing a bid for a perfect game. ‘Gimpy’ retires the next batter, Gary Jestadt, to preserve his 8-0 no-hitter against the Padres at Wrigley Field.

1973       After his three stormy seasons with the team, the Tigers fire Billy Martin, on the last day of his three-day suspension for ordering pitchers to throw spitballs. Jim Campbell, the team’s general manager, announces the dismissal was made “for the good of the organization,” with the recent incident being a contributing factor but not the sole reason for releasing his manager.

1975       Johnny LeMaster becomes the second player to hit an inside-the-park home run in his first major league at-bat, dashing around the bases on a fourth-inning pitch thrown by Don Sutton in the Giants’ 7-3 win over LA at Candlestick Park. The San Francisco shortstop joins Luke Stuart, who accomplished the feat at the Polo Grounds while playing for the 1921 Browns.

1985       In his first major league at-bat, A’s pinch-hitter Jose Canseco strikes out in the ninth inning facing right-handed reliever Ken Dixon in the team’s 12-4 loss to the Orioles at Memorial Stadium. During his 17 seasons in the major leagues, the 21-year-old slugger will strike out 1,942 times en route to hitting 462 home runs.

1986       The Astros and Cubs use a major league record 53 players in the game. Billy Hatcher’s home run off Greg Maddux in the top of the 18th inning is the difference in Houston’s 8-7 victory at Wrigley Field.

1987       Kevin Bass becomes the first National Leaguer to homer from both sides of the plate twice in one season when he goes deep twice in the Astros’ 10-1 rout of the Cubs at the Astrodome. The Houston right fielder also accomplished the last month against San Francisco.

1990       Dave Stieb pitches the major league record ninth no-hitter of the season, beating the Indians 3-0. Previously, the Blue Jay right-hander had lost three no-hit bids after getting the first two outs in the ninth inning.

1993       The Rockies, drawing a crowd of 47,699 for their 62nd home game, surpass the 1982 Dodgers when the team attracts 3,617,863 fans to Denver’s Mile High Stadium, setting a new National League single-season attendance record. The expansion club will also break the 1992 Blue Jays’ major league mark of 4,028,318 before the end of the season.

1996       After his operation in May to remove an aneurysm in his pitching arm, David Cone makes a dramatic return to the mound when he hurls seven innings of no-hit ball. Mariano Rivera gives up the opponent’s only hit, a one-out infield single in the ninth inning to Jose Herrera, in the Yankees’ 5-0 victory over the A’s at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

1996       Mike Greenwell beats the Mariners single-handedly, driving in all nine runs in the Red Sox’ 9-8 victory over Seattle. Having already collected a double, home run, and a grand slam, the Boston right fielder knocks in the decisive run with a 10th-inning single in the Kingdome contest.

1998       At Pro Player Stadium, Cardinal first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 58th and 59th home runs, surpassing Jimmie Foxx’s 58 for the A’s in 1932, and Hank Greenberg, who also accomplished the feat six years later with the Tigers. The St. Louis slugger will finish the year with 70 homers, far surpassing the single-season mark of 61, established in 1961 by Yankee right fielder Roger Maris.

1998       Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa hits his 56th homer of the season, tying the franchise record established in 1930 Hack Wilson. The right fielder’s solo round-tripper in the sixth inning of the Wrigley Field contest off Jason Bere contributes to Chicago’s 4-2 victory over Cincinnati.

1998       Nomar Garciaparra hits a ninth-inning grand slam, giving the Red Sox a 7-3 walk-off win over the Mariners at Fenway Park. The 25-year-old shortstop becomes one of only five players to hit 30 homers in each of his first two seasons, joining Rudy York (1937-38 Tigers), Ron Kittle (1983-84 White Sox), Jose Canseco (1986-87 A’s), and Mark McGwire (1987-88 A’s).

1998       Cardinals starter Kent Mercker hits a grand slam, en route to picking up the win in the Redbirds’ 14-4 rout of the Marlins at Dolphin Stadium. The fourth-inning round-tripper off Jesus Sanchez will be the only career homer the St. Louis southpaw will hit in his 18-year tenure in the major leagues.

1999       Cal Ripken, Jr. sets off a very enthusiastic ovation at Camden Yards when he becomes the 29th major leaguer to hit 400 career home runs. The Oriole third baseman connects for a three-run blast with two outs off right-hander Rolando Arrojo in the third inning of the Birds’ 11-6 victory over Tampa Bay.

2000       Elvis Pena becomes the first person named Elvis to appear in a major league game. The 23-year-old Dominican infielder, in his debut for the Rockies, strikes out swinging as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of Colorado’s 8-3 loss to Milwaukee at Coors Field.

2001       Carl Everett,pinch-hitting, singles in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and strikes, spoiling Mike Mussina’s bid for a perfect game against the Red Sox. The Yankee right-hander retires the next batter for his fourth career one-hitter, a 1-0 victory.

2001       For the first time in major league history, four games end with only one run scoring in the contest. The Yankees, Padres, Astros, and Blue Jays beat their respective opponents, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, Brewers, and Tigers, 1-0.

2002       In the top of the ninth inning, Diamondback first baseman Mark Grace hurls an inning of relief with the team trailing the Dodgers, 18-0. The All-Star infielder retires three of the four batters he faces in the Bank One Ballpark, yielding a two-out home run to David Ross.

2003       To make the perception of a younger and hipper team, the Blue Jays unveiled their fourth logo in its 27-year history. The new look for the 2004 season adds black and silver trimming to a newly stylized bird while eliminating the red maple leaf backdrop and the word Blue.

2006       At Tropicana Field, the Devil Rays’ second triple play in franchise history is the first-ever in which the ball never touches the bat. The 2-6-2 triple killing against the Mariners occurs when Raul Ibanez strikes out on a full count (1), with Adrian Beltre tagged out attempting to steal second (2) and shortstop Ben Zobrist returning the ball to catcher Dioner Navarro, nailing Jose Lopez trying to score from third (3).

2006       Joining Jeremy Hermida (Marlins, 2005) and Bill Duggleby (Phillies, 1898), Kevin Kouzmanoff becomes the third player in major league history to hit a grand slam in his first career at-bat. The Indians’ 25-year-old DH, filling in for the injured Travis Hafner, who hit six bases-juiced homers this season, tying a major league record, is the first person to accomplish the feat on the first pitch he ever sees in the big leagues.

2008       New York starter Jonathon Niese, born on the day the Mets won their last World Championship, makes his major league debut against the Brewers in Miller Park. On his second pitch of the game, the 21-year-old southpaw gives up a home run to Rickie Weeks, making him the first rookie in franchise history to yield a home run to the first batter he faces in his career.

2012       Nineteen-year and 95-day old second baseman Jurickson Profar becomes the sixth Ranger to launch a major league career with a home run, going deep off Indians’ starter Zach McAllister in the team’s 8-3 victory at Progressive Field. The Texas second baseman becomes the third teenager to accomplish the feat, following Whitey Lockman (1945 Giants -18y/345d) and Ted Tappe (1950 Cardinals – 19y/224d).

2017       In their return to Minute Maid Park, the Astros sweep a doubleheader from the Mets, 12-8 and 4-1, having played their last home series at the Rays’ Tropicana Field. Extreme flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey necessitated a change of venue for the eventual World Champs.


The Oakland A’s had emerged as one of baseball premiere dynasties in the 1970’s but friction between the front office and the clubhouse threatened to tear the 2x defending World Champions apart. Catfish Hunter had openly stated his desire to declare himself a free-agent unless owner Charles Finley paid him a back salary that the four time twenty game winner felt owed to him. Mike Andrews also announced that he was filing a libel-and-slander suit against Finley for his unjust “firing” after a costly error in the ’73 Series. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn had ordered the Oakland owner to reinstate the player, but the damage had already been done. To make matters worse, teammates Rollie Fingers and Blue Moon Odom had been involved in a pre-Series fist fight that destroyed any camaraderie in the bullpen. Despite the political overtones, Oakland maintained its hold on the American League and prepared to meet the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the first all-West Coast Classic.

Reggie Jackson continued to earn his reputation as Mr. October and hammered the first homer of the Series off of Andy Messersmith at Dodger Stadium. Ken Holtzman added a two base hit of his own in the fifth and eventually scored on Bert Campaneris’ squeeze bunt. After a devastating throwing error on Ron Cey’s part in the eighth, Oakland finished the opener with a 3-2 victory. Rollie Fingers, who had been a clutch-closer in the previous Classic, continued to deliver in relief of Holtzman and yielded only four hits. However, Walter Alston’s Dodgers came back in Game 2 for a 3-2 triumph on Joe Ferguson’s two run homer in the sixth. The ever-resilient A’s threatened to comeback in the ninth, but Los Angeles reliever Mike Marshall picked off Herb Washington at a time when Oakland’s designated runner represented his club’s potential tying run.

Hunter returned for Game 3 and stretched his Series record to 4-0 with close support from Fingers. After Oakland notched two unearned runs in the third, the “Catfish” and “Mustache” cruised to a 3-2, Series-leading victory. Holtzman, who had defied the odds at the plate, maintained his consecutive Series hitting streak with a bases-empty home run off of his adversary (Messersmith) in the third. Even more impressive was the fact that the designated-hitter rule had just been introduced during the regular season in ’73 and the Oakland ace had made very few appearances in the batter’s box (two-years later the substitution rule would be inducted into post-season play.) The Dodgers answered back with Bill Russell’s two run triple in the fourth, but rookie manager Alvin Dark’s A’s went on a four run “killing spree” in the sixth, as pinch-hitter Jim Holt broke through the 2-2 deadlock with a two run single. The result was a 5-2 victory that put the American Leaguers one win away from their third consecutive title.

Los Angeles threw everything they had at the Athletics in Game 5 and managed to hold on for a 2-2 tie entering the bottom of the seventh. Mike Marshall (a fifteen game winner who had just finished a record-breaking season in which he made one-hundred six appearances) was sent in to close the deal, but surrendered a devastating home run to Joe Rudi. Bill Buckner attempted to get his team back on track with a valiant effort that unfortunately backfired (it was a sign of what was to come). After leading off the eighth with a single, a desperate Buckner tried to stretch the bases on a Bill North error. However, a textbook relay from Jackson-to-Dick Green-to-Sal Bando nailed the daring base runner just short of third and it was all over from there. The A’s emerged 3-2 victors with a “back-to-back-to-back” title that reinstated their place among baseball’s elite.


In 1982, the All-Star Game moved across the border and was played in Canada’s Olympic Stadium. It was the first Midsummer Classic ever to be held outside of the United States. It also represented one of the worst performances ever put on by the American League. Somehow they managed a single run in the first inning and were left swinging at air the rest of the game.

With two out in the second, Dennis Eckersley walked Dale Murphy and Dave Concepcion (with only one home run in three-hundred twenty-eight at-bats) homered. The National League scored again on Eckersley in the third when Ruppert Jones tripled and scored on Pete Rose’s sacrifice fly.

The American League gave it a shot in the seventh, putting runners on second and third with one out, but Mario Soto struck out Willie Wilson and Buddy Bell. This marked the eleventh consecutive victory for the National League but unfortunately for them, things were finally about to change.


September 2, 1936 – The 3rd Chicago Charities College All-Star game pitted the defending NFL champion Detroit Lions against the best players from the College ranks. The Lions had defeated the NY Giants in the 1935 Title game, only the third time the game was played in the fairly new league’s history, by the score of 26-7. The game against the upstart college players however was a much tougher matchup as they ended the exhibition game in a 7-7 tie. The 76,000 in paid attendance at Soldier Field watched a defensive thriller.

September 2, 1966 – The Miami Dolphins play their very first game ever against the Oakland Raiders in front of 26,776 fans at the Orange Bowl. Joe Auer starts the franchise off right by returning the opening kick 95 yards for a Miami touchdown. The Raiders would come back to defeat the Dolphins however 23-14. The Dolphins had a rough inaugural season only compiling a record of 3-11 under Head Coach George Wilson. Their only winds that year was once against the Denver Broncos and two victories over the Houston Oilers.


September 2, 1925 – Eddie Price was a former Tulane University fullback who is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame according to the National Football Foundation. He was drafted in the second round by the NY Giants in the 1950 NFL draft. In 1951 he led the entire NFL in rushing for the season. He played just six seasons in the NFL for the Giants but made the Pro Bowl 3 times!

September 2, 1948 – Terry Bradshaw was a former quarterback from Louisiana Tech that is enshrined in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame according to the National Football Foundation. Bradshaw was the number one pick in the 1970 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and he guided the franchise to four Lombardi Trophies with his strong arm. The “Blonde Bomber” as he was known won the MVP award in consecutive Super Bowls XIII over the Cowboys and in Super Bowl XIV against the Rams. He has been a football analyst for Fox Network since 1994 and has also acted in movies and sang Country Western songs since the late 1970’s.

September 2, 1960 – Leonard Smith was a defensive back from McNeese State who was born on this day. Mr. Smith was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2014 per to the National Football Foundation. He was a great college corner but also had a real knack of blocking punts, field goals and point after attempt kicks. He played for the Buffalo Bills and the St Louis/Arizona Cardinals in the NFL. With the Bills he appeared in Super Bowls XXV and XXVI.

September 2, 1960 – Eric Dickerson was a former NFL rushing leader that played for the Rams, Colts, Raiders and Falcons over his very productive 11 year pro career. He played his college ball at Southern Methodist University in a very talented backfield that included Craig James and Charles Waggoner according to the National Football Foundation. He finished third in the 1979 Heisman voting behind Herschel Walker and John Elway. As a pro in just his second season he beat O.J. Simpson’s record for yards rushing in a season putting up 2,105 yards on the ground. Dickerson is also credited with be the fastest NFL rusher to reach 10,000 career yards. The prolific rusher was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the induction class of 1999.


1 – 14 – 6 – 31 – 32 – 44 – 17 – 37

September 2, 1956 – British Ferrari driver Peter Collins unselfishly hops out and hands over his Number 1 car to retired teammate Juan Manuel Fangio during season ending Italian Grand Prix at Monza; Fangio finishes 2nd to win F1 World Drivers Championship

September 2, 1957 – Milwaukee Braves first baseman Frank Torre, Number 14 scored 6 runs to tie the MLB record;. With this offense it was not wonder that the Braves went on to rout the Chicago Cubs 23-10 that game.

September 2, 1962 – St. Louis first baseman Number 6, Stan Musial’s recorded his 3,516th hit in Cards’ 4-3 loss v NY Mets. Hitting safely here pushed Musial past Tris Speaker into 2nd place behind Ty Cobb on the MLB all-time list

September 2, 1965 – Chicago Cubs legend Ernie Banks, Number 14 hit his MLB 400th career home run off of Curt Simmons, Number 31. This Bank’s blast propelled Chicago to a 5-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. You may remember Curt Simmons name from a previous post as he also gave up Willie Mays’ 400th home run in 1963.

September 2, 1966 – Joe Auer, Number 32 (a former Georgia Tech player) returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a Miami touchdown in the Dolphins’ first ever AFL regular-season game. Their opponent the Oakland Raiders went on to win the game 23-14 at the Orange Bowl in front of 26,776 fans

September 2, 1972 – Chicago Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas, Number 32 tossed a no-hit gem against the San Diego Padres line up resulting in an 8-0 Cubs win.

September 2, 1978 – New York Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson, Number 44 hit his 20th HR of the season in a 6-2 home victory over Seattle. Mr. October was the 19th MLB player to hit 20 HR in 11 straight years

September 2, 1987 – Houston Astros outfielder Kevin Bass, Number 17 became the first National League player to switch hit home runs in a game twice in one season in the Astros 10-1 win over the Chicago Cubs

September 2, 1990 – Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Number 37, Dave Stieb threw an MLB record ninth no-hitter of the season! Pretty amazing stuff as the Jay knocked off Cleveland, 3-0

September 2, 2001 – More History at the European Grand Prix circuit. German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, in the Number 1 car won the Belgian Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francor champs for his record 52nd F1 Grand Prix victory


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