INDIANA HIGH SCHOLL FOOTBALL WEEK 6
ADAMS CENTRAL (5-0) AT SOUTH ADAMS (4-1)
ALEXANDRIA (4-1) AT MISSISSINEWA (2-3)
ANDREAN (3-2) AT HOBART (3-2)
ATTICA (0-5) AT NORTH VERMILLION (2-3)
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (2-3) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (1-4)
BENTON CENTRAL (3-2) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (5-0)
BLACKFORD (1-4) AT EASTBROOK (3-2)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (4-1) AT SOUTHPORT (0-5)
BLUFFTON (3-2) AT SOUTHERN WELLS (0-5)
BOONE GROVE (2-3) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (5-0)
BOONVILLE (3-2) AT MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (4-1)
BREMEN (2-3) AT JOHN GLENN (3-2)
BROWN COUNTY (0-5) AT GREENCASTLE (2-3)
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (0-5) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (0-5)
CARMEL (3-2) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-5)
CARROLL (FLORA) (5-0) AT TRI-CENTRAL (1-4)
CASTLE (4-1) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (5-0)
CENTERVILLE (4-1) AT NORTHEASTERN (4-1)
CHARLESTOWN (4-1) AT SCOTTSBURG (0-5)
CHURUBUSCO (3-2) AT FREMONT (2-3)
CLINTON CENTRAL (0-5) AT EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (3-2)
CLINTON PRAIRIE (4-1) AT DELPHI (1-4)
COLUMBUS EAST (3-2) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (2-3)
CONNERSVILLE (4-1) AT SPEEDWAY (3-2)
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (3-2) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (3-2)
COVINGTON (1-4) AT PARKE HERITAGE (1-4)
CRAWFORDSVILLE (2-3) AT NORTH MONTGOMERY (2-3)
CROWN POINT (5-0) AT VALPARAISO (4-1)
CULVER ACADEMY (1-4) AT NORTH JUDSON (5-0)
DANVILLE (2-3) AT SOUTHMONT (5-0)
DECATUR CENTRAL (2-3) AT PLAINFIELD (2-3)
DELTA (3-2) AT NEW CASTLE (1-4)
EAST CENTRAL (4-1) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (5-0)
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (1-4) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (4-1)
EASTERN (PEKIN) (1-4) AT NORTH HARRISON (3-2)
ELKHART (4-1) AT SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (2-3)
EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-4) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (3-2)
EVANSVILLE HARRISON (1-4) AT VINCENNES LINCOLN (3-2)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (3-2) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (3-2)
FAIRFIELD (4-1) AT ANGOLA (3-2)
FISHERS (3-2) AT AVON (0-5)
FOREST PARK (1-4) AT SOUTH SPENCER (2-3)
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (2-3) AT FORT WAYNE DWENGER (3-2)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (2-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-4)
FORT WAYNE NORTH (3-2) AT HOMESTEAD (3-2)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (4-1) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (2-3)
FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-5) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (5-0)
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (2-3) AT SEEGER (3-2)
FRANKLIN (3-2) AT MOORESVILLE (5-0)
FRANKLIN CENTRAL (2-3) AT NOBLESVILLE (2-3)
FRANKLIN COUNTY (1-4) AT GREENSBURG (1-4)
FRANKTON (2-3) AT OAK HILL (5-0)
FRONTIER (2-3) AT NORTH NEWTON (0-4)
GARRETT (0-5) AT WEST NOBLE (4-1)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (5-0) AT HERITAGE HILLS (3-2)
GOSHEN (1-4) AT CONCORD (2-3)
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (4-1) AT NEW PALESTINE (5-0)
GREENWOOD (1-4) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (1-4)
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (1-0) AT EDINBURGH (4-1)
GRIFFITH (1-4) AT CALUMET (5-0)
GUERIN CATHOLIC (3-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (3-2)
HAMILTON HEIGHTS (3-2) AT TWIN LAKES (1-4)
HAMMOND NOLL (0-4) AT RIVER FOREST (3-2)
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (4-1) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (4-1)
HERITAGE (3-2) AT LAPEL (2-3)
HIGHLAND (1-4) AT MUNSTER (3-2)
HUNTINGTON NORTH (2-3) AT DEKALB (1-4)
INDIAN CREEK (3-2) AT EDGEWOOD (1-4)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (3-1) AT HAMMOND MORTON (0-5)
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (5-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (5-0)
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (5-0) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (3-1)
INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (2-3) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (3-2)
INDIANAPOLIS TECH (1-4) AT ANDERSON (2-3)
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (0-5) AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (1-3)
JASPER (2-3) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-5)
KANKAKEE VALLEY (4-1) AT LOWELL (2-3)
LAKE CENTRAL (3-2) AT MICHIGAN CITY (1-4)
LAKELAND (2-3) AT CENTRAL NOBLE (2-3)
LAVILLE (5-0) AT KNOX (3-2)
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (3-2) AT CENTER GROVE (4-1)
LAWRENCE NORTH (2-3) AT BEN DAVIS (3-2)
LAWRENCEBURG (4-1) AT BATESVILLE (2-3)
LEO (3-2) AT BELLMONT (0-5)
LEWIS CASS (5-0) AT WESTERN (2-3)
LINTON-STOCKTON (5-0) AT NORTH DAVIESS (4-1)
LOGANSPORT (4-1) AT MARION (0-5)
MADISON-GRANT (4-1) AT ELWOOD (0-5)
MCCUTCHEON (1-4) AT KOKOMO (5-0)
MERRILLVILLE (4-1) AT LAPORTE (1-4)
MILAN (2-3) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (3-2)
MISHAWAKA (5-0) AT WARSAW (4-1)
MISHAWAKA MARIAN (2-3) AT PENN (3-2)
MITCHELL (1-4) AT MADISON (2-3)
MONROE CENTRAL (2-2) AT WES-DEL (0-5)
MONROVIA (2-3) AT BEECH GROVE (2-3)
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (2-3) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (2-3)
MUNCIE CENTRAL (0-5) AT RICHMOND (0-5)
NEW ALBANY (1-4) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (2-3)
NEW HAVEN (2-3) AT COLUMBIA CITY (4-1)
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (1-3) AT PARK TUDOR (4-1)
NORTH MIAMI (3-2) AT MACONAQUAH (4-1)
NORTH PUTNAM (1-4) AT CASCADE (2-3)
NORTH WHITE (2-2) AT CASTON (0-5)
NORTHFIELD (2-3) AT WABASH (1-4)
NORTHWOOD (5-0) AT PLYMOUTH (0-5)
NORWELL (5-0) AT EAST NOBLE (3-2)
OWEN VALLEY (5-0) AT SULLIVAN (3-2)
PAOLI (3-2) AT EASTERN GREENE (1-4)
PERRY CENTRAL (4-1) AT CLARKSVILLE (2-3)
PERU (2-3) AT ROCHESTER (4-1)
PHALEN ACADEMY (0-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (2-2)
PIKE CENTRAL (0-5) AT NORTH KNOX (2-3)
PIONEER (2-3) AT TRITON (4-1)
PORTAGE (1-4) AT CHESTERTON (1-4)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (1-4) AT EASTSIDE (3-2)
PROVIDENCE (4-0) AT HOLY CROSS (KY.)
RENSSELAER CENTRAL (3-2) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3-2)
RUSHVILLE (2-3) AT NORTH DECATUR (5-0)
SALEM (1-4) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (2-3)
SEYMOUR (3-2) AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (4-1)
SHELBYVILLE (1-4) AT YORKTOWN (4-1)
SHENANDOAH (2-3) AT HAGERSTOWN (4-1)
SILVER CREEK (3-2) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (0-4)
SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-4) AT NEW PRAIRIE (5-0)
SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-5) AT JIMTOWN (3-2)
SOUTH BEND RILEY (3-2) AT SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (1-4)
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (1-4) AT LAKE STATION (2-3)
SOUTH DECATUR (2-3) AT CLOVERDALE (1-4)
SOUTH PUTNAM (4-1) AT WEST VIGO (2-3)
SOUTHRIDGE (4-1) AT TELL CITY (1-4)
SOUTHSIDE HOMESCHOOL AT SWITZERLAND COUNTY (2-3)
SOUTHWOOD (3-2) AT MANCHESTER (0-5)
SPRINGS VALLEY (3-2) AT CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-5)
TAYLOR (1-4) AT SHERIDAN (4-1)
TECUMSEH (5-0) AT NORTH POSEY (4-1)
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (1-4) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (2-3)
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (3-2) AT NORTHVIEW (4-1)
TIPPECANOE VALLEY (5-0) AT WHITKO (0-5)
TIPTON (2-3) AT NORTHWESTERN (1-4)
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (2-3) AT TRI-COUNTY (1-4)
TRI (4-1) AT WINCHESTER (2-3)
TRITON CENTRAL (4-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (1-3)
TRI-WEST (4-1) AT LEBANON (3-2)
UNION CITY (1-4) AT UNION COUNTY (2-3)
WARREN CENTRAL (2-3) AT PIKE (0-5)
WASHINGTON (1-4) AT PRINCETON (0-5)
WAWASEE (1-4) AT NORTHRIDGE (2-3)
WEST CENTRAL (4-1) AT SOUTH NEWTON (4-1)
WESTERN BOONE (4-1) AT FRANKFORT (1-4)
WESTFIELD (3-2) AT BROWNSBURG (5-0)
WHEELER (2-3) AT WHITING (2-2)
WHITELAND (5-0) AT MARTINSVILLE (4-1)
WINAMAC (1-4) AT CULVER (2-3)
WOODLAN (2-3) AT JAY COUNTY (2-3)
ZIONSVILLE (4-1) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (5-0)
INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SCORES:https://www.maxpreps.com/in/volleyball/scores/?date=9/22/2022
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCORES:https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/scores/?date=9/22/2022
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCORES:https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/girls/scores/?date=9/22/2022
THURSDAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
COASTAL CAROLINA 41 GEORGIA STATE 24
ILLINOIS 31 CHATTANOOGA 0
WEST VIRGINIA 33 VIRGINIA TECH 10
WEEK FOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23
VIRGINIA AT SYRACUSE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
NEVADA AT AIR FORCE | 8 P.M. | FS1
BOISE STATE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
KENT STATE AT NO. 1 GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MARYLAND AT NO. 4 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX
NO. 5 CLEMSON AT NO. 21 WAKE FOREST | 12 P.M. | ABC
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NO. 14 PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NO. 17 BAYLOR AT IOWA ST. | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
RHODE ISLAND AT NO. 24 PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TCU AT SMU | 12 P.M.| ESPNU
MISSOURI AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN
BOWLING GREEN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
DUKE AT KANSAS | 12 P.M. | FS1
SOUTH FLORIDA AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
BUFFALO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
FURMAN AT CHARLESTON SOUTHERN | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
EAST TENNESSEE STATE AT ROBERT MORRIS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+
HARVARD AT BROWN | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN+
COLUMBIA AT GEORGETOWN | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN+
LAFAYETTE AT PENN | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
MOREHEAD STATE AT STETSON | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
SAN DIEGO AT VALPARAISO | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
HOLY CROSS AT COLGATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
UMASS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
FORDHAM AT OHIO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
UCLA AT COLORADO | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS
YALE AT CORNELL | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
ST. FRANCIS (PA.) AT NORFOLK STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT SOUTH DAKOTA | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MARIST AT DRAKE | 2 P.M. | ESPN3
GRAMBLING AT BETHUNE-COOKMAN | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE AT JACKSON STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MERRIMACK AT DELAWARE STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
IDAHO STATE AT NORTHERN COLORADO | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT MISSOURI STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN3
NORTH DAKOTA AT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN CAROLINA AT SAMFORD | 3 P.M. | ESPN3
LEHIGH AT PRINCETON | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL ARKANSAS AT SE MISSOURI STATE | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT NO. 25 MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NO. 22 TEXAS AT TEXAS TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 20 FLORIDA AT NO. 11 TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
JAMES MADISON AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
INDIANA AT CINCINNATI | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
TOLEDO AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
FIU AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NORTH TEXAS AT MEMPHIS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS SOUTHERN AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
NOTRE DAME AT NORTH CAROLINA | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
TULSA AT NO. 16 OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 15 OREGON AT WASHINGTON STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX
GEORGIA TECH AT UCF | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
SACRAMENTO ST. AT COLORADO ST. | 4 P.M. | EVOCA
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT NICHOLLS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
MONTANA STATE AT EASTERN WASHINGTON | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
IDAHO AT NORTHERN ARIZONA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
PORTLAND STATE AT MONTANA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
EASTERN KENTUCKY AT AUSTIN PEAY | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
VIRGINIA LYNCHBURG AT NC CENTRAL | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
UNI AT WESTERN ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT MURRAY STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA AT CALIFORNIA | 5:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORKS
AKRON AT LIBERTY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
BALL STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT OLD DOMINION | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT HOUSTON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
WOFFORD AT KENNESAW STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MERCER AT GARDNER-WEBB | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT FLORIDA A&M | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT NO. 8 KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
NO. 10 ARKANSAS VS. NO. 23 TEXAS A&M (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 7 P.M. | ESPN
IOWA AT RUTGERS | 7 P.M. | FS1
SOUTHERN MISS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UNLV AT UTAH STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOUSTON BAPTIST AT TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
MARSHALL AT TROY | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
LOUISIANA TECH AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TARLETON AT NORTH ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
HOUSTON BAPTIST AT TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
LINDENWOOD AT UT MARTIN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UIW AT SE LOUISIANA | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
WARNER AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
DAVIDSON AT PRESBYTERIAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH AMERICAN UNIVERSITY AT TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
VANDERBILT AT NO. 2 ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WISCONSIN AT NO. 3 OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
UCONN AT NO. 12 NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
NEW MEXICO AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
CHARLOTTE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT PURDUE | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MIAMI (OHIO) AT NORTHWESTERN | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
KANSAS STATE AT NO. 6 OKLAHOMA | 8 P.M. | FOX
BOSTON COLLEGE AT FLORIDA STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
HAWAI’I AT NEW MEXICO ST. | 8 P.M. | FLOSPORTS
LOUISIANA AT UL MONROE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN NEW MEXICO AT ABILENE CHRISTIAN | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
MISSISSIPPI COLLEGE AT MCNEESE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UTAH TECH AT SOUTHERN UTAH | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 7 USC AT OREGON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
WEBER STATE AT UC DAVIS | 10 P.M. | ESPN+
WYOMING AT NO. 19 BYU | 10:15 P.M. | ESPN2
NO. 13 UTAH AT ARIZONA ST. | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
STANFORD AT NO. 18 WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
THURSDAY NFL SCOREBOARD
CLEVELAND 29 PITTSBURGH 17
NFL WEEK 3 SCHEDULE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2022
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BUFFALO BILLS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
DETROIT LIONS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P FOX
ATLANTA FALCONS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 6:20P (MT) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2022
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2022
MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (TOTTENHAM) 2:30P (BST) 9:30A NFLN
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BUFFALO BILLS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 4:05P (ET) 4:05P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
DENVER BRONCOS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, OCTOBER 03, 2022
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
TEXAS 5 LA ANGELS 3
KANSAS CITY 4 MINNESOTA 1
SEATTLE 9 OAKLAND 5
TAMPA BAY 10 TORONTO 5
BALTIMORE 2 HOUSTON 0
NY YANKEES 5 BOSTON 4 (10)
CLEVELAND 4 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2
SAN FRANCISCO 3 COLORADO 0
ST. LOUIS 5 SAN DIEGO 4
CHICAGO CUBS 3 PITTSBURGH 2
MILWAUKEE 5 CINCINNATI 1
PHILADELPHIA 1 ATLANTA 0
LA DODGERS 3 ARIZONA 2
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS 6 ST. PAUL 4
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
ATLAS 2 SALT LAKE 1
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Brissett, Browns rebound from collapse, beat Steelers 29-17
CLEVELAND (AP) An unimaginable collapse still fresh in their minds, the Browns managed to avoid a second one in four days.
Jacoby Brissett threw two touchdown passes, Nick Chubb ran for a score and Cleveland bounced back from its epic meltdown by finishing off the rival Pittsburgh Steelers 29-17 on Thursday night.
“We had the right men in that room to be able to get past it,” Brissett said, “and I think we answered that call. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. The guys answered the bell.”
The Browns (2-1) built a nine-point lead early in the fourth on Chubb’s 1-yard run and then held on for dear life.
The Steelers (1-2) pulled within 23-17 on Chris Boswell’s 34-yard field goal with 1:48 left before Pittsburgh attempted an onside kick. But unlike in Sunday’s 31-30 loss, when the New York Jets overcame a 13-point deficit in the final 1:55 helped by a recovery, the Browns batted the ball out of bounds.
For a split second, it looked like Sunday all over again.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski was asked what he was thinking as the ball bounced around near Pittsburgh’s sideline. He paused for six seconds before answering.
“A lot,” he said.
Cleveland fans could finally exhale when cornerback Denzel Ward fell on a Steelers fumble in the end zone on the final play for a meaningless touchdown.
Brissett connected with Amari Cooper and David Njoku for TDs, and finished 21 of 31 for 220 yards. The 29-year-old had his second straight solid game as he fills in while Deshaun Watson serves an 11-game suspension.
Chubb had 113 yards and pushed and twisted across the goal line on fourth-and-goal with 9:29 left to put the Browns ahead 23-14.
Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers’ stagnant offense showed signs of life in the first half, but bogged down after halftime, punting on their first three possessions while gaining just 54 yards.
Criticized for not throwing deep the first two weeks, Trubisky launched a few long balls but didn’t connect nearly enough.
“I think Mitch made some plays, but we all collectively came up short,” said Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, who said he has no plans to switch to rookie QB Kenny Pickett. “Winning is our business. I wasn’t looking to be impressed, I was looking to win the game.”
Pittsburgh’s defense is missing star end T.J. Watt, but tackle Cameron Heyward said that wasn’t the issue.
“When you try to arm-tackle Nick Chubb, he’s going to make you pay,” Heyward said. “We need to do a lot better.”
The win smoothed over a rough few days for Cleveland.
Sunday’s debacle was followed by Myles Garrett criticizing fans for booing the Browns as they left the field, and a fan was arrested on charges he threw a plastic bottle in the direction of owner Jimmy Haslam on the sideline.
But there was little drama this time, just a win over their hated neighbors from Pennsylvania.
“That’s not an easy thing to bounce back from,” Stefanski said. “We talked about it on Sunday. We talked about it on Monday. What I’m proud of with those guys is you can’t let a loss linger, and we won’t let this win linger either. But I’m proud of how they responded. You’ve got to be resilient.”
Although there was little time to recover, Garrett was confident the Browns would be able to shake off Sunday’s loss.
“I didn’t have a doubt in my mind knowing this team and the guys who are on it,” he said. “I know everybody was anxious to get back on that field and get that taste out of our mouths and play a complete football game, and that’s what we did.
“Everybody did their job and all the teams came together to make it a really special win.”
Rookie Cade York’s 34-yard field goal gave the Browns a 16-14 lead in the third quarter, when Cleveland lost four players, including starting linebackers Anthony Walker Jr. and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, to injuries.
Brissett’s 7-yard TD pass to Njoku put the Browns up 13-7 with 8:58 left before halftime. But for the second straight week York missed an extra point.
Trubisky led the Steelers on a 75-yard scoring drive – 51 yards coming on the ground – before the QB rolled right and scored from the 1. Boswell’s PAT put Pittsburgh ahead 14-13.
Steelers rookie receiver George Pickens expressed frustration about not getting the ball during a loss to New England last week, saying he was open “90% of the time.” He wasn’t joking, either.
Trubisky finally hit him with a long ball, but it took a spectacular, one-handed catch by Pickens for a 36-yard gain.
Garrett failed to record a sack and remains just shy of Clay Matthews’ team record of 62. The Browns All-Pro defensive end was double-teamed, chipped and was credited with just assisted tackles.
Cavaliers All-Star guards Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland served as the Browns’ honorary captains. Mitchell, recently acquired in a trade from Utah, smashed a fake guitar during pregame festivities.
Steelers: CB Ahkello Witherspoon (right hamstring) limped off in the third quarter and didn’t come back.
Browns: Walker was carted off with his left leg immobilized. Stefanski said Walker has a sprained knee and will undergo further tests. Walker appeared to get hurt when he was bent back awkwardly trying to fight off a block. … Owusu-Koramoah (groin) didn’t return. … LT Jedrick Wills Jr. (knee) went out briefly but returned. … DT Taven Bryan (hamstring) also was hurt in the third. … S Ronnie Harrison injured his hamstring during warmups and didn’t play.
Steelers: Host the New York Jets on Oct. 2.
Browns: Visit Atlanta on Oct. 2.
WEEK THREE NFL GAME CAPSULES
NEW ORLEANS AT CAROLINA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Saints lead all-time series, 28-26
STREAKS Saints have won 5 of last 6
LAST GAME 1/2/22: Panthars 10 at Saints 18
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/21: Panthers 26, Saints 7
QB JAMEIS WINSTON has 9 TDs vs. INT for 103.4 rating in his past 4 road starts. Has 100+ rating in 6 of his past 7 road starts vs. NFC South. • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 803 scrimmage yards (114.7 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rec., 2 rush) in his past 7 on road. Had 100 scrimmage yards (68 rec., 32 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Has 4 rush TDs in 4 career games at Car. • RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 60 yards last week. Has 534 scrimmage yards (89 per game) & 3 rush TDs in his past 6 at Car. & aims for his 7th in row at Car. with 70+ scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had team-high 6 catches for 65 yards & rec. TD in Week 2. Is 1 of 5 WRs with 5+ receptions & TD catch in each of 1st 2 weeks. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his 4 career games at Car. • WR JARVIS LANDRY had 111 scrimmage yards (57 rec., 54 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in his last game vs. Car. (12/9/18 w/ Cle.). Had rec. TD in his only career game at Car. (11/13/17 w/ Mia.) & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with TD. • WR CHRIS OLAVE (rookie) had 5 catches for team-high 80 yards in Week 2. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 8 tackles & 3.5 sacks in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Car. with TFL. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 7th-career FR in Week 2. Had 12 tackles in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Car. with PD. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had 1st PD of season last week. Had INT in his last game at Car. (1/3/21) & aims for his 3rd in row at Car. with PD. • DT SHY TUTTLE led team with career-high 9 tackles in Week 2.
QB BAKER MAYFIELD had TD pass vs. 0 INTs last week. Had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT in Week 1 home start vs. Cle. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 128 scrimmage yards (102 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 2. Has 26 games with 125+ scrimmage yards since 2017, most in NFL. Has 3,718 scrimmage yards (123.9 per game) & 28 TDs (19 rush, 9 rec.) in 30 career home games & aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. Had 137 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 65 rec.) & rush TD in last home meeting. Aims for his 4th in row overall vs. NO with rush TD & 5th in row at home vs. NO with 5+ receptions. • WR DJ MOORE had 43 rec. yards & 15th-career rec. TD last week. Had 8 catches for 79 yards & rec. TD in last home meeting. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 vs. NO. • WR ROBBIE ANDERSON has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions. • DE BRIAN BURNS had 2 sacks in Week 2, his 3rd-career 2-sack game. Has 4 sacks in 5 career games vs. NO & aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. NO with sack. • DT MATT IOANNIDIS had 1st sack with Car. last week & has 25.5 career sacks. • LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 10 tackles last week. Has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. NO. • LB FRANKIE LUVU set career highs in tackles (10) & TFL (4) & had 4th-career PD in Week 2, most TFL by any player in single game in 2022. Had 9 tackles & 3 TFL in last meeting. • S XAVIER WOODS had 10 tackles in Week 2 & is 1 of 3 DBs (Jonathan Owens & Marcus Williams) with 10+ tackles in each of 1st 2 weeks. • S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 7th in row at home with 5+ tackles. Had sack in last meeting. Since 2020, ranks 2nd among DBs with 234 tackles.
HOUSTON AT CHICAGO
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Texans lead all-time series, 4-1
STREAKS Texans have won 4 of last 5
LAST GAME 12/13/20: Texans 7 at Bears 36
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/20
QB DAVIS MILLS aims for his 4th start in row with 0 INTs. Has 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. Has 5 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 90.7 rating in 5 career starts vs. NFC. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) led team with 77 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 8 rec.) last week, most by Hou. rookie RB in single game since 2017 (D’Onta Foreman). Leads rookies with 102 rush yards this season. • RB REX BURKHEAD aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 65+ scrimmage yards. • WR BRANDIN COOKS aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 5+ catches. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR NICO COLLINS led team with 58 rec. yards in Week 2. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. • TE O.J. HOWARD is only TE in NFL with 2 rec. TDs this season. • LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL aims for 13th in row with 5+ tackles. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 23 tackles this season. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had half sack & INT week. Aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 6 tackles & sack in his last game vs. Chi. (1/3/21 w/ GB). • DE RASHEEM GREEN led team with 1.5 sacks in Week 2. Had career-high 2 sacks in his last game vs. Chi. (12/26/21 w/ Sea.). Has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC North. • DE JONATHAN GREENARD had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. • S JONATHAN OWENS had team-high 10 tackles last week & leads NFL with 25 tackles in 2022. Has 8+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 on road. • CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. (rookie) had 8 tackles & 2 PD in Week 2.
QB JUSTIN FIELDS had 3rd-career rush TD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd start in row at home with TD pass & 85+ rating. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 136 scrimmage yards (122 rush, 14 rec.) in Week 2, his 15th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 21 straight games, 3rd-longest active streak in NFL. Had 155 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 42 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. • WR DARNELL MOONEY has 5+ catches in 9 of his past 10 at home & 60+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • DL ROBERT QUINN had 1st sack of season last week. Ranks 2nd among active players with 31 FFs & 6th among active players with 102 career sacks. Has 11.5 sacks & 12 TFL in his past 9 at home. • LB ROQUAN SMITH had 11 tackles last week. Has 27 games with 10+ tackles since 2018, 2nd-most in NFL. Aims for his 9th in row with 6+ tackles. Had 12 tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting. • DL TREVIS GIPSON had 2nd-career game with 2 sacks last week. • DL JUSTIN JONES tied his career highs with 8 tackles & 2 TFL in Week 2. • LB NICHOLAS MORROW had career-high 11 tackles & TFL last week, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Has 6 TFL in his past 6. • DB EDDIE JACKSON had 9 tackles & TFL last week. Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home. • DB JAQUAN BRISKER (rookie) had 10 tackles last week & is 1 of 4 rookies (Devin Lloyd, Roger McCreary & Jalen Pitre) with 10+ tackles in single game this season.
KANSAS CITY AT INDIANAPOLIS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 13-9
STREAKS Colts have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 10/6/19: Colts 19 at Chiefs 13
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/30/16: Chiefs 30, Colts 14
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 235 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 106.3 rating last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 2+ TD passes & 6th in row with 0 INTs. Passed for 321 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 3 TD passes in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. Has 17 TDs vs. INT for 117.3 rating in his past 5 road starts. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE had 118 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 44 rec.) last week, his 6th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • RB JERICK MCKINNON had TD catch in Week 2. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had team-high 5 catches for 51 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row on road with TD catch. Had 7 catches for 101 yards & TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER has 5+ catches, 95+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. • WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 49 rec. yards in Week 2. Had 4 catches for 79 yards in last meeting. Has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR JUSTIN WATSON had 50 rec. yards & 1st TD catch since 2019 last week. Had 5 catches for 59 yards & TD in only career game vs. Ind. (12/8/19 w/ TB). • DT CHRIS JONES had 2 sacks & PD in Week 2, his 10th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had sack in last road meeting. • LB NICK BOLTON aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. • CB JAYLEN WATSON had 99-yard INT-TD in 4th quarter last week, longest go-ahead TD in 4th quarter by rookie in NFL history. • S JUSTIN REID had PD in Week 2. Had 6 tackles in his last game vs. Ind. (12/5/21 w/ Hou.).
QB MATT RYAN passed for 300 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.1 rating in his last start vs. KC (12/27/20 w/ Atl.). Has 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 116.1 rating in 4 career starts vs. KC. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 starts vs. AFC West. Has 3 TD passes & 120+ rating in each of 2 career starts at Lucas Oil Stadium. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR had 1,156 scrimmage yards (128.4 per game) & 9 rush TDs in 9 home games last season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in 15 of his past 16. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 45+ rec. yards in 6 of 9 home games last season. • WR ASHTON DULIN led team with career highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (79) in Week 2. Aims for 3rd in row with 45+ rec. yards. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD can make season debut. Led NFL with career-high 8 FFs & had 122 tackles last season. Had 7 FFs & 3 INTs in 9 home games last season. • LB BOBBY OKEREKE led team with 11 tackles & had TFL last week. Has 7+ tackles in 4 of his past 5. Had 1st-career FR in last meeting. • LB ZAIRE FRANKLIN had 10 tackles & TFL in Week 2, his 2nd-career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 1st TFL of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had sack in his last game vs. KC (12/12/21 w/ LV). Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. KC. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had 5 tackles & PD in Week 2. Had FF in his last game vs. KC (10/5/20 w/ NE) & has 9 PD in 8 career games vs. KC.
BUFFALO AT MIAMI
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-51-1
STREAKS Bills have won past 7
LAST GAME 10/31/21: Dolphins 11 at Bills 26
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/19/21: Bills 35, Dolphins 0
QB JOSH ALLEN passed for 317 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.9 rating last week, his 5th game with 4+ TD passes & 0 INTs since 2020, tied 2nd-most in NFL over span. Is 1 of 3 QBs (Lamar Jackson & Carson Wentz) with 3+ TDs in each of 1st 2 weeks of season. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 100.2 rating in last meeting. Has 2+ TD passes in each of 8 career games vs. Mia. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY rushed for 82 yards & TD in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 75+ scrimmage yards & TD. • RB JAMES COOK (rookie) led team with 53 rush yards in Week 2. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 12 catches for 148 yards & 3 rec. TDs last week, his 3rd-career game with 3 rec. TDs, most in NFL since 2019. Ranks 2nd in NFL in catches (20) & rec. yards (270) & is only player with 115+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 weeks of season. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with TD catch & has rec. TD in 4 of 5 career games vs. Mia. • WR GABE DAVIS has TD catch in 3 of 4 career games vs. Mia. • TE DAWSON KNOX had 41 rec. yards last week. Had TD catch in last meeting. • LB VON MILLER had TFL & PD in Week 2 & aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Has 0.5+ sacks in 2 of 3 career games vs. Mia. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with sack. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS had 2 TFL, PD & 1st sack of season last week. • LB MATT MILANO had 2 PD, TFL & 1st-career INT-TD in Week 2. Had sack in last road meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with TFL. • DE GREG ROUSSEAU aims for 3rd in row with sack & 5th in row with TFL. • S JORDAN POYER had 22nd-career INT last week. Had INT in last meeting.
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA set career highs in pass yards (469), TD passes (6) & rating (124.1) last week, becoming 3rd-youngest (24 years, 200 days) player ever with 6 TD passes in single game. Is 1 of 3 QBs (Justin Herbert & Patrick Mahomes) with 100+ rating in each of 1st 2 weeks this season. Had rush TD in last meeting. • RB CHASE EDMONDS had 77 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 21 rec.) in only career game vs. Buf. (11/15/20 w/ Az.). • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had 79 scrimmage yards (team-high 51 rush, 28 rec.) last week. • WR TYREEK HILL had 11 catches for 190 yards & 2 TDs last week, most rec. yards in single game this season. Has 8 career games with 150+ rec. yards, tied-most in NFL since 2016. Had 11 catches for 150 yards & TD in 2021 AFC-D vs. Buf. (w/ KC). Leads NFL with 284 rec. yards, fourth-most ever by non-rookie in 1st 2 games with new team. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 11 catches for career-high 171 yards & 2 TDs in Week 2. Aims for 4th in row with rec. TD. Hill & Waddle became 1st pair of teammates ever each with 10+ catches, 150+ rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in same game. • TE MIKE GESICKI had 1st TD catch of season last week. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD aims for his 5th in row with PD. Has 5 PD & 2 INTs in his past 3 vs. Buf. Has PD in 5 of his past 6 vs. division. • LB MELVIN INGRAM had TFL & PD in Week 2 & aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Has TFL in each of 3 career games vs. Buf. • DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had 2 PD in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of past 3 vs. division. • DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS tied career high with 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Had 1.5 sacks & PD in last meeting.
DETROIT AT MINNESOTA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Vikings lead all-time series, 79-40-2
STREAKS Vikings have won 8 of last 9
LAST GAME 12/5/21: Vikings 27 at Lions 29
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/10/21: Vikings 19, Lions 17
QB JARED GOFF passed for 256 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 121.7 rating last week & aims for his 5th in row with 2+ TD passes. Had 296 pass yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 97.2 rating in last meeting. Set career highs in TD passes (5) & rating (158.3) on 9/27/18 vs. Min. (w/ LAR). Had 11 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 99.5 rating in 6 starts vs. NFC North in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC North with 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 87 scrimmage yards (56 rush, 31 rec.) & 5th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TD. Had 6 catches, 104 scrimmage yards (53 rec., 51 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with rush TD & 4th in row vs. Min. with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 558 scrimmage yards (111.6 per game) in his past 5 on road. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN led team with 9 catches & 184 scrimmage yards (116 rec., 68 rush) with 2 rec. TDs in Week 2. Became 3rd player all-time (HOFer Randy Moss & Rob Gronkowski) under age 23 with rec. TD in 6 consecutive games & 3rd player ever with 8+ catches in 8 straight games. Had 10 catches for 86 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 7+ catches & 4th in row on road with 8+ receptions. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON (rookie) became 4th-youngest player since 1982 with 3 sacks in single game & 1st player since 2002 with 3+ sacks in 1st or 2nd career game. • S TRACY WALKER has 7+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. Min. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 9+ tackles & TFL. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had TFL in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Min. with 7+ tackles.
QB KIRK COUSINS has 2,538 pass yards (282 per game) & 21 TDs (19 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 119.9 rating in 9 career starts vs. Det. Passed for 340 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 116.7 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 10th in row vs. Det. with 90+ rating. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 2+ TD passes & 115+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK has 3,231 scrimmage yards (119.7 per game) in 27 career home games & has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had career-best 252 scrimmage yards (career-high 206 rush, 46 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in his last home game vs. Det. (11/8/20). Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with rush TD. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON has 30 receptions (7.5 per game) for 503 yards (125.8 per game) & TD catch in 4 career games vs. Det. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Det. with 7+ catches & 120+ rec. yards. Has 109 receptions for 1,814 yards & 15 TDs in 17 career home games & aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rec. yards. • WR ADAM THIELEN led team with 52 rec. yards last week. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 12 sacks & 12 TFL in 10 career games vs. Det. Has 2+ sacks in 3 of his past 4 at home vs. Det. & aims for his 5th in row at home vs. Det. with sack. • LB D.J. WONNUM aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. & 4th in row overall with sack. • LB JORDAN HICKS had 12th-career INT last week & is 1 of 3 (Jerry Hughes & Mykal Walker) with sack, FF & INT in 1st 2 weeks. • LB ERIC KENDRICKS aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with INT. • S HARRISON SMITH led team with 13 tackles in Week 2. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Det.
BALTIMORE AT NEW ENGLAND
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Patriots lead all-time series, 9-2
STREAKS Patriots have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 11/15/20: Ravens 17 at Patriots 23
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/15/20
QB LAMAR JACKSON completed 21 of 29 atts. (72.4 pct.) for 318 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.6 rating & rushed for 119 yards & TD last week, his 11th-career game with 100+ rush yards, supassing Michael Vick (10 games) for most-ever by QB. Became 1st player ever with 75+ TD pass & 75+ rush TD in same game. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes. Has 5 TDs (3 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 102.4 rating in 2 career starts vs. NE. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his past 6 starts vs. AFC East. • RB J.K. DOBBINS can make season debut. Rushed for 805 yards & 9 TDs as rookie in 2020 before missing last season due to injury. • RB KENYAN DRAKE rushed for 78 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. NE (11/29/20 w/ Az.). Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NE. • TE MARK ANDREWS had team-high 9 catches for 104 yards & TD in Week 2. Aims for his 12th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 61 yards in last meeting. Has 115+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN had career-high 108 rec. yards with rec. TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards & TD catch. • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY had 103-yard KR-TD on opening KO last week, 2nd-career KR-TD. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS had 10 tackles & tied career high with 2 INTs in Week 2 & is 1 of 2 in NFL (Minkah Fitzpatrick) with INT in each of 1st 2 weeks. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. • CB MARCUS PETERS had PD in season debut last week. Had TFL in last meeting. • LB JUSTIN HOUSTON has sack in each of 1st 2 games of season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with sack & 3rd in row vs. NE with 2+ sacks.
QB MAC JONES completed 21 of 35 atts. (60 pct.) for 252 yards last week. Has 4 TD passes & 107.7 rating in 2 career starts vs. AFC North. Had 16 TD passes vs. 7 INTs for 97.5 rating in 9 home starts last season. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had 87 scrimmage yards (team-high 71 rush, 16 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 2. Has rush TD in 6 of his past 7. Had career-high 121 rush yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 85+ scrimmage yards. Totaled 9 rush TDs over final 5 home games last season. • RB RHAMONDRE STEVENSON had 100+ rush yards & 2 rush TDs in 2 of his final 3 home games in 2021. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS had team-high 9 catches for 95 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 5 catches for 59 yards in last meeting. • WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 6 catches for team-high 110 yards & TD in Week 2, his 7th-career game with 100+ rec. yards & 1st with NE. • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 75 rec. yards in his last game vs. Bal. (9/8/19 w/ Mia.). Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Bal. • LB MATTHEW JUDON has sack in each of 1st 2 games of season. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Totaled 54 TFL & 34.5 sacks in 5 seasons with Bal. (2016-20). • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. • LB JAHLANI TAVAI had 3rd-career sack last week. • DT CHRISTIAN BARMORE had 1st sack of season last in Week 2. • S DEVIN MCCOURTY had PD last week. Has PD in 5 of 6 career games vs. Bal. • S JALEN MILLS had INT in Week 2. Had FF in his last game vs. Bal. (10/18/20 w/ Phi.).
CINCINNATI AT NY JETS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Jets lead all-time series, 16-10
STREAKS Bengals have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 10/31/21: Bengals 31 at Jets 34
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21
QB JOE BURROW passed for 199 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week. Passed for 259 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 102.5 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th start on road with 0 INTs. Has 106.1 rating over his past 7 road starts. • RB JOE MIXON led team with 83 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 2. Aims for 5th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Had 91 scrimmage yards (58 rec., 33 rush) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. • WR JA’MARR CHASE aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR TEE HIGGINS led team with 6 catches for 71 yards & TD last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had 97 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR TYLER BOYD had 5 catches for 69 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East & 3rd in row vs. NYJ with rec. TD. • TE HAYDEN HURTST aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Had 4 catches for 40 yards & TD in his last game vs. NYJ (10/10/21 w/ Atl.). • DE TREY HENDRICKSON had TFL last week. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with TFL. Has 0.5+ sacks in 8 of his past 9 on road. • DE SAM HUBBARD had 2 TFL, PD & 1st sack of season in Week 2. Had 2 PD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with TFL. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB GERMAINE PRATT aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Had INT in last meeting. • S JESSIE BATES had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with PD. • S VONN BELL led team with 7 tackles & had TFL & FF last week. Has 14 car.
QB JOE FLACCO passed for 307 & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.7 rating last week, his 4thcareer game with 4+ TD passes & 1st since 2016. Is 1 of 2 QBs (Carson Wentz) with 300+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 weeks of season. Passed for 376 yards in his last start vs. Cin. (9/13/18 w/ Bal.). • RB BREECE HALL (rookie) had 1st-career TD catch last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. Lead rookie RBs with 121 scrimmage yards. • RB MICHAEL CARTER has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Had careerhigh 172 scrimmage yards (95 rec., 77 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. • WR GARRETT WILSON led team with 8 catches for 102 yards & 2 TDs last week, becoming 1st NYJ rookie ever with 100+ rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • WR COREY DAVIS had 83 rec. yards & 1st TD catch of season in Week 2. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC North & 3rd in row overall with 75+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cin. (11/1/20 w/ Ten.). • TE C.J. UZOMAH totaled 1,591 rec. yards & 13 rec. TDs in 7 seasons w/ Cin. (2015-21). • LB C.J. MOSLEY had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 18th in row overall with 5+ tackles & 6th in row at home with 10+ tackles. Had 10 tackles & TFL in last meeting. • DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS had half sack in Week 2. Had sack & PD in last meeting. • DT SHELDON RANKINS had 5 tackles & TFL last week. Has sack in each of 2 career games vs. Cin. • S ASHTYN DAVIS had 3rd-career INT in Week 2.
LAS VEGAS AT TENNESSEE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 26-21
STREAKS Raiders have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 12/8/19: Titans 42 at Raiders 21
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/10/17: Raiders 26, Titans 16 (Oakland)
QB DEREK CARR passed for 252 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99.5 rating last week. Aims for his 4th start in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 8 TDs vs. INT for 107.2 rating in 4 career starts vs. Ten. • RB JOSH JACOBS led team with 81 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 12 rec.) in Week 2. Aims for his 10th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 452 scrimmage yards (90.4 per game) in 5 career games vs. AFC South. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had TD catch last week & is 1 of 4 in AFC with rec. TD in each of 1st 2 weeks of season. Has TD catch in 6 of his past 7. Had 11 catches for 142 yards & 3 TDs in his last game vs. Ten. (12/27/20 w/ GB). Has 298 rec. yards (149 per game) in 2 career games vs. Ten. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC South with TD catch. • WR HUNTER RENFROW led team with 7 catches for 59 yards in Week 2. Has 75+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. • WR MACK HOLLINS had 5 catches for 66 yards last week. • TE DARREN WALLER had 6 catches for 50 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 2. Is 1 of 5 TEs with 50+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 weeks of season. Had 6 catches for 72 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with 70+ rec. yards. • DE MAXX CROSBY had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. Had TFL in last meeting & has TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC South. • DE CHANDLER JONES had career-high 5 sacks & tied career high with 2 FFs in his last game vs. Ten. (9/12/21 w/ Az.). Aims for his 5th in row vs. Ten. with sack & has 9 sacks in 4 career games vs. Ten. Has 14 TFL in his past 5 vs. AFC South. • CB AMIK ROBERTSON had 1st-career INT in Week 2.
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 21 of 27 atts. (77.8 pct.) for 391 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT with 140.4 rating in last meeting. Has 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 124.4 rating in 4 career starts vs. Raiders. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC West with 95+ rating. Has 6 TDs (5 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 102.9 rating in his past 4 home starts. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 1st rush TD of season last week. Rushed for 103 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC West with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. • WR TREYLON BURKS (rookie) had 4 catches for team-high 47 rec. yards last week. • WR ROBERT WOODS has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. • TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 3 catches for 84 yards in only career game vs. Raiders (9/18/16 w/ Atl). • S KEVIN BYARD aims for his 4th in row overall with 5+ tackles & 3rd in row vs. Raiders with 8+ tackles. Has FF in each of his past 2 games vs. AFC West. • S AMANI HOOKER aims for 3rd in row overall & 5th in row at home with PD. Has INT in 2 of his past 3 at home. • CB ROGER MCCREARY led team with 11 tackles last week, tied-most by rookie in single game this season. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had 5 tackles & PD last week & aims for his 5th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 7 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. • DL DENICO AUTRY had 1st sack & PD of season in Week 2. • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had PD last week. Had 2 TFL & sack in last meeting. • DT TEAIR TART had TFL in Week 2.
PHILADELPHIA AT WASHINGTON
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Commanders lead all-time series, 87-81-5
STREAKS Eagles have won past 2
LAST GAME 1/2/22: Eagles 20, at Washington 16
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/2/22
QB JALEN HURTS completed 26 of 31 atts. (83.9 pct.) for 333 yards & TD vs. INT for 108.7 rating & had 57 rush yards & 2 rush TDs in Week 2. Became 1st player in NFL history with 80+ comp. pct., 300+ pass yards & 2+ rush TDs in single game. Has 6 career games with 2+ rush TDs, most by QB in 1st 3 seasons in SB era & has 2 rush TDs in 2 of his 3 career starts vs. Was. • RB MILES SANDERS rushed for 80 yards last week & has 75+ rush yards in 4 of his past 5 games. Had 172 scrimmage yards (122 rush, 50 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his only career road game at Was. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with 145+ scrimmage yards. • RB BOSTON SCOTT had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD. • WR A.J. BROWN had 5 catches for 69 yards last week. Ranks 6th in NFL with 224 rec. yards in 2022. • WR DEVONTA SMITH tied his career high with 7 catches & had 80 rec. yards in Week 2. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 5 catches for team-high 82 yards in Week 2. Has 26 catches for 362 yards (90.5 per game) & rec. TD in his past 4 vs. Was. & aims for his 5th in row vs. Was. with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • DT FLETCHER COX had 15th-career FF last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 0.5+ sacks. Has 15 sacks in 19 career games vs. Was. • DE JOSH SWEAT had sack & tied his career-high 3 TFL in Week 2. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row at Was. with sack. • CB DARIUS SLAY had career-high 5 PD & his 4th-career game with 2 INTs in Week 2. Since 2013, is 1 of 2 (Stephon Gilmore) with 100+ PD (124) & 25+ INTs (25).
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 337 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 99.6 rating in Week 2 & is only QB with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in each of 1st 2 weeks. Has 23 career games with 300+ pass yards. Was selected No. 2 overall by Phi. in 2016 NFL Draft & passed for 16,811 yards & had 121 TDs (113 pass, 8 rush) in 68 starts over 5 seasons (2016-20). • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 19th-career rush TD last week. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 130+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 at home & has TD in 4 of his past 5 overall. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 75 rec. yards in Week 2. Has 5+ receptions in 5 of his 6 career games vs. Phi. & aims for his 4th in row at home vs. Phi. with 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL had team-high 7 catches & 99 scrimmage yards (78 rec., 21 rush) & had 2nd rec. TD of season in Week 2. Is 1 of 4 (Stefon Diggs, Cooper Kupp & Amon-Ra St. Brown) with 7+ catches & rec. TD in each of 1st 2 weeks. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Phi. (10/21/18 w/ Car.). • WR JAHAN DOTSON had 59 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 2 & is 1 of 2 rookies (Zander Horvath) with rec. TD in each of 1st 2 weeks. • TE LOGAN THOMAS had 1st rec. TD of season last week, his 12th-career TD catch. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with TD catch. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN has sack in 2 of his past 3 at home. • DT DARON PAYNE aims for his 3rd in row with sack. • LB COLE HOLCOMB has 10+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with 10+ tackles. • CB KENDALL FULLER had 3 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with PD. • S DARRICK FORREST had career-high 10 tackles in Week 2.
JACKSONVILLE AT LA CHARGERS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Chargers lead all-time series, 9-3
STREAKS Chargers have won past 2
LAST GAME 10/25/20: Jaguars 29 at Chargers 39
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/25/20
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 25 of 30 atts. (career-high 83.3 pct.) for 235 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 121.5 rating last week. Has 2 TD passes, 0 INTs & 110+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 78 scrimmage yards (64 rush, 14 rec.) & rush TD in Week 2. Is only RB in NFL with rush TD in each of 1st 2 weeks of season. Had 137 scrimmage yards (119 rush, 18 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 6 catches for team-high 78 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 5thcareer game with 2 rec. TDs & 1st with Jax. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ rec. yards. • WR MARVIN JONES had 5 catches in his last game vs. LAC (9/15/19 w/ Det.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with rec. TD. • WR ZAY JONES aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches. • TE EVAN ENGRAM led team with 7 catches in Week 2. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC West. • LB JOSH ALLEN led team with 2 sacks & had 5th-career FF last week, his 3rd-career game with 2+ sacks & FF. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Randy Gregory) with FF in each of 1st 2 weeks of season. Aims for 5th in row with TFL. Had PD in last meeting. • LB DEVIN LLOYD (rookie) had 3 PD & INT in Week 2. Leads all rookies with 17 tackles. • DE ROY ROBERTSON-HARRIS had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week. • S RAYSHAWN JENKINS had INT & career-high 4 PD last week, 2nd-most PD by player in single game this season. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. • S ANDRE COSCO had 1st-career INT in Week 2.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 334 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 100.5 rating last week, his 15th-career game with 3+ TD passes (tied-2nd most ever by player in 1st 3 seasons) & 18th-career game with 300+ pass yards (2nd-most by player in 1st 3 seasons). Aims for his 4th in row with 3+ TD passes. Passed for 347 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.3 rating & rushed for TD in last meeting. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 94 scrimmage yards (55 rec., 39 rush) with team-high 9 catches in Week 2. Has 90+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Had career-high 213 scrimmage yards (112 rec., 101 rush) & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD catch. Has TD in 8 of his past 9 at home. • FB ZANDER HORVATH (rookie) has TD catch in each of 1st 2 career games. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 10 catches for 125 yards in last meeting. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 8 catches for team-high 113 yards & TD last week. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4. • WR JOSH PALMER had 1st-career TD catch in Week 2. • TE GERALD EVERETT had 71 rec. yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • LB KHALIL MACK has 0.5+ sacks in each of 1st 2 games of season & ranks 2nd in NFL with 3.5 sacks. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with TFL. • LB JOEY BOSA aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Has 3.5 sacks in 3 career games vs. Jax. Has sack in 5 of his past 6 at home. • LB DRUE TRANQUILL had 7 tackles & 0.5 sacks last week. Had 8 tackles in last meeting. • S DERWIN JAMES led team with 9 tackles & had TFL in Week 2. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles & TFL. Had 6 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting.
LA RAMS AT ARIZONA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Rams lead all-time series, 45-39-2
STREAKS Rams have won 9 of last 10
LAST GAME 12/13/21: Rams 30 at Cardinals 23
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/13/21
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD had 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 100.7 rating last week. Passed for 2,537 yards & 20 TDs vs. 11 INTs for 98.4 rating in 9 road starts last season. Has 942 pass yards (314 per game) & 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 120.9 rating in his past 3 starts at Az. & aims for his 4th in row at Az. with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 110+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 11th-career rush TD last week. Had 116 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 27 rec.) in his last game vs. Az. (10/3/21). Has 8 TDs (5 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 9 on road. • WR COOPER KUPP led team with 11 receptions for 108 yards & 2 rec. TDs last week. Has 5+ catches in 23 straight games, tied-2nd longest streak all-time. Had 79 receptions for 1,045 yards (116.1 per game) & 7 rec. TDs in 9 road games in 2021. Aims for his 10th in row on road with 5+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Had 13 catches for 123 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row vs. Az. with 5+ catches. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 1st rec. TD with LAR last week. • TE TYLER HIGBEE had 7 catches for 71 yards last week, his 6th-career game with 7+ receptions. Had rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at Az. • DL AARON DONALD had 3 sacks in last meeting. Has 12 sacks in his past 6 at Az. & aims for his 7th in row at Az. with sack. Had 7.5 sacks & 13 TFL in 9 road games last season. • LB BOBBY WAGNER aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 11+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 at Az. Aims for his 7th in row vs. Az. with 9+ tackles. • LB LEONARD FLOYD had INT in last meeting & has sack in 2 of his past 3 vs. Az. • DB JALEN RAMSEY had 16th-career INT last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD & 3rd in row vs. Az. with 2+ PD.
QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 277 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT in Week 2. Totaled 444 yards (383 pass, 61 rush) in last meeting. Has 21 TDs (16 pass, 5 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 103.3 rating in his past 8 road starts. • RB JAMES CONNER has 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 home games with Az. Had 4 rush TDs vs. LAR in 2 games last season & aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 2 rush TDs. Aims for his 7th in row vs. NFC West with rush TD. • TE ZACH ERTZ led team with 8 receptions & 75 rec. yards last week. Has 27 career games with 8+ receptions, 3rd-most among TEs all-time. Has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with 5+ catches. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 6 catches for 68 yards last week. • WR GREG DORTCH had 55 rec. yards & 1st-career rec. TD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE J.J. WATT had 1st sack of season last week & has 103 career sacks, 5th-most among active players. Leads active players with 178 career TFL. • CB BYRON MURPHY had 59-yard FR-TD in OT last week, his 2nd-career TD. Is only player with FR in each of 1st 2 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAR with PD. • LB ZAVEN COLLINS had 8 tackles & 1st-career FF last week. • LB ISAIAH SIMMONS had 6th-career FF in Week 2. • S BUDDA BAKER has 12 tackles & TFL in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. LAR. Aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. • S JALEN THOMPSON led team & tied his career high with 10 tackles & had PD last week, his 5th-career 10-tackle game. Aims for his 6th in row vs. LAR with 5+ tackles.
ATLANTA AT SEATTLE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 12-6
STREAKS Seahawks have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME 9/13/20: Seahawks 38 at Falcons 25
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/20/17: Falcons 34, Seahawks 31
QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs last week. Aims for his 3rd road start in row vs. NFC West with 2+ TD passes. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 41 rush yards last week. • WR DRAKE LONDON (rookie) led team with 8 receptions for 86 yards & had his 1stcareer rec. TD in Week 2. Leads all rookies in receptions (13) & rec. yards (160) & is only rookie with 5+ catches in each of 1st 2 weeks. • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had his 6th-career rec. TD last week. • TE KYLE PITTS has 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. • DL GRADY JARRETT had sack & 2 TFL in last road meeting. Has 3.5 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 3 vs. Sea. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. with sack. • LB MYKAL WALKER had 7 tackles & 2nd-career INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Is 1 of 3 (Jordan Hicks & Jerry Hughes) with sack, FF & INT in 2022. • LB LORENZO CARTER had TFL & 28-yard blocked punt TD in Week 2, his 1st-career TD. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB RASHAAN EVANS had 7 tackles in Week 2. Has 6+ tackles in 3 of his 4 career games vs. NFC West & aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with 7+ tackles. • CB A.J. TERRELL led team with 9 tackles & had PD last week. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West & 6th in row on road with PD. • CB CASEY HAYWARD had 25th-career INT last week & is 1 of 4 (Stephon Gilmore, Janoris Jenkins & Darius Slay) with 110+ PD (110) & 25+ INTs since 2012. Has 4 PD in his past 4 vs. NFC West & aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC West with PD. • CB DARREN HALL had 1st-career FF & 1st-career FR last week.
QB GENO SMITH completed 23 of 28 atts. (82.1 pct.) for 195 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.5 rating in only home start with Sea. (Week 1). Completed 16 of 20 atts. (80 pct.) for 3 TDs vs 0 INTs & 147.7 rating in his only career start vs. Atl. (10/7/13 w/ NYJ). • RB RASHAAD PENNY has 125+ rush yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR DK METCALF has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 17 rec. TDs in his past 17 at home. Has 3 rec. TDs in 2 career games vs. Atl. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD catch. • WR TYLER LOCKETT led team with 9 catches & 107 rec. yards in Week 2, his 16thcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 92 yards in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 6+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. • LB JORDYN BROOKS had 11 tackles last week. Has 89 tackles (9.9 per game) in his past 9 at home & aims for his 7th in row at home with 8+ tackles. • LB CODY BARTON had 11 tackles last week. Brooks & Barton are only pair of teammates each with 10+ tackles in 1st 2 weeks & both are tied for longest active streak of 10+ tackle games (3). • LB BOYE MAFE (rookie) had 1st-career sack in Week 2. • LB UCHENNA NWOSU aims for his 4th in row with PD. • LB DARRELL TAYLOR had career-high 2 TFL last week. • DT AL WOODS had career-high 3 TFL & his 7th-career PD in Week 2. • S QUANDRE DIGGS aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. • CB MIKE JACKSON had 86-yard blocked FG return TD, his 1st-career TD, last week.
GREEN BAY AT TAMPA BAY
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 32-22-1
STREAKS Packers have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 10/18/20: Packers 10, Buccaneers 38
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/18/20
QB AARON RODGERS passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 131.1 rating in Week 2 & became 5th QB ever with 450+ career TD passes (451). Became 2nd QB ever (Drew Brees – 41) with 40+ career games with 130+ rating. Has 2+ TD passes in 7 of his past 8 on road. Has 295+ pass yards & 105+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. TB. • RB AARON JONES had 170 scrimmage yards (132 rush, 38 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 2. Has 6 games with 150+ scrimmage yards & 2 TDs since 2018, tied-3rd most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with rush TD. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. • RB A.J. DILLON rushed for 61 yards last week. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. Aims for his 6th in row overall with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR SAMMY WATKINS led team with 93 rec. yards last week. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 15th-career rec. TD in season debut last week & aims for his 5th in row with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • LB RASHAN GARY had sack & 2 TFL last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 on road. • LB PRESTON SMITH led team with 7 tackles & had 2 sacks in Week 2, his 8th-career game with 2+ sacks. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL has 5+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 vs. TB. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 10+ tackles & TFL. • CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 6th-career INT last week. Has 7 PD in his past 6 on road. • S DARNELL SAVAGE had 6 tackles in Week 2. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 on road. • S ADRIAN AMOS has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3.
QB TOM BRADY passed for 2,487 yards (310.9 per game) & had 26 TDs (25 pass, 1 rush) vs. 4 INTs for 106.6 rating in 8 home starts last season. Has 2+ TD passes in 13 of his 16 home starts with TB. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 104.9 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 6th start in row vs. GB with 95+ rating. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 74 scrimmage yards (65 rush, 9 rec.) in Week 2. Has 608 scrimmage yards (86.9 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 7 home games in 2021 & aims for his 8th in row at home with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR JULIO JONES has 550 rec. yards (91.7 per game) & 3 rec TDs in 6 career games vs. GB. Has career 91.8 rec. yards per game, highest in NFL history (min. 100 games). Has 59 career 100+ rec. yard games, tied-3rd most in NFL history. • WR CHRIS GODWIN had 567 rec. yards (81 per game) & 4 TD catches in 7 home games last season. • WR BRESHAD PERRIMAN had 16th-career rec. TD in Week 2. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 27th-career sack last week. Had 1.5 sacks & 2 TFL in last meeting. Has 8+ tackles in 9 of his past 10 at home. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 11 tackles & had sack & 5th-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with TFL. Had 10 tackles, sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. • LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had 2 sacks & 18th-career FF last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. had 6th-career sack last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles.
SAN FRANCISCO AT DENVER
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER All-time series tied, 7-7
STREAKS 49ers have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 12/9/18: Broncos 14 at 49ers 20
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/19/14: Broncos 42, 49ers 17
QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 154 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 100.1 rating in Week 2. Has 2,234 pass yards (279.3 per game) & 13 TDs (10 pass, 3 rush) vs. 6 INTs for 101.4 rating in 8 road starts in 2021. Has 9 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 105.1 rating in 6 career SNF starts. Is 33-14 (.702 win pct.) as starter & is 1 of 4 active QBs (Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson & Patrick Mahomes) with .700+ career win pct. (min. 15 starts). • RB JEFF WILSON had 103 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 2, his 5thcareer 100-yard game. • FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had his 5th-career rush TD last week. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 5 catches & 97 scrimmage yards (53 rush, 44 rec.) in Week 2. Has TD in 4 of his 6 career games on SNF. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 7 catches for career-high 210 yards & rec. TD in last meeting, 3rd-most rec. yards by TE in single game all-time. Has 42 receptions (8.4 per game) for 599 rec. yards (119.8 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 5 career games on SNF. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 5 on road. • DL NICK BOSA had 2 sacks last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack & 4th in row with TFL. Has 12.5 sacks & 17 TFL in his past 10 on road. • LB FRED WARNER aims for his 14th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had 1st INT with SF last week & aims for his 3rd in row with PD. • DL KEVIN GIVENS had career-high 3 TFL in Week 2.
QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 219 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has won each of his past 4 starts vs. SF & has 13 TDs (12 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT with 105 rating in his past 5 vs. SF. Has 36 TD passes in 20 career starts vs. SF, most TD passes vs. any opponent. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had 85 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 10 rec.) in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with 85+ scrimmage yards. • RB MELVIN GORDON aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Had 159 scrimmage yards (104 rush, 55 rec.) & TD catch in only career game vs. SF (9/30/18 w/ LAC). Has TD in 4 of 5 career games vs. NFC West. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON led team with 7 catches for 122 yards last week, his 5thcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards. • TE ERIC SAUBERT had 2nd-career TD catch in Week 2. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 2 sacks in last meeting. Has 9.5 sacks in 5 career games vs. NFC West & aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC West with 2+ sacks. • LB RANDY GREGORY had sack & FF last week. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (Josh Allen) with FF in each of 1st 2 weeks of season. Had TFL in only career game vs. SF (12/20/20 w. DAL.). Has TFL in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 5 tackles & career-high 2 PD last week. Aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 11 tackles in his last game vs. SF (9/19/21 w/ Phi.). • DE DRE’MONT JONES had 2 sacks & FF in Week 2, his 3rd-career game with 2+ sacks. Has 2 sacks in 2 of his past 3 at home. • S KAREEM JACKSON had 6 tackles last week & has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Had INT in his last game vs. SF (12/10/17 w/ Hou.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with PD.
DALLAS AT NY GIANTS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 71-46-2
STREAKS Cowboys have won past 2
LAST GAME 12/19/21: Cowboys 21 at Giants 6
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/19/21
QB COOPER RUSH passed for 235 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.5 rating in Week 2 & became 5th QB in SB era to lead GW drive in final 2 mins. of reg. or in OT in each of his 1st 2 career starts. Can become 4th undrafted QB since 2000 to win each of his 1st 3 career starts. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT has 9 TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career games vs. NYG & aims for his 5th in row vs. NYG with rush TD. Has 633 scrimmage yards (105.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in 6 career games on MNF. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (9,728), rush yards (7,491) & games with 100+ rush yards (30). • RB TONY POLLARD had 98 scrimmage yards (55 rec., 43 rush) & 9th-career rush TD in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYG with 85+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB had team-high 7 catches for 75 yards last week. Has 301 rec. yards (75.3 per game) & TD catch in 4 career games vs. NYG. • WR NOAH BROWN had 5 catches for team-high & career-best 91 yards & his 1stcareer rec. TD in Week 2. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ had 8 catches for 67 yards & TD in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 6+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. • LB MICAH PARSONS aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks & became 6th player since 1982 with 2+ sacks in 5 of 1st 20 career games. Aims for his 4th in row with 2+ TFLs. • CB TREVON DIGGS aims for his 3rd in row with PD. Had INT in both games vs. NYG in 2021. Has 19 PD & 7 INTs in 13 career road games. • DE DORANCE ARMSTRONG had 1st-career 2 sack game last week. • DE DANTE FOWLER had 36th-career sack & 11th-career FF in Week 2.
QB DANIEL JONES had TD pass vs. 0 INTs for 87.4 rating last week. Is 4-0 with 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.4 rating in his past 4 at home. Had 2 TDs vs. INT for 106.9 rating in his last home start vs. Dal. (1/3/21). • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 88 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 2. Aims for his 7th in row on MNF with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 567 scrimmage yards (94.5 per game) & rush TD in 6 career games vs. Dal. Has 870 scrimmage yards (108.8 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 8 career home games vs. NFC East. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team with 6 catches last week. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Dal. • WR RICHIE JAMES aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Had 56 rec. yards in his only career game vs. Dal. (12/20/20 w/ SF). • S JULIAN LOVE led team with 7 tackles, had 3rd-career game with 2 TFL & had 1stcareer full sack in Week 2. Had 10 tackles in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with 5+ tackles. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 5 tackles & his 5th-career game with 2 PD last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 5+ tackles. • DL DEXTER LAWRENCE had 3rd-career FR last week. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had FF in last meeting. • LB OSHANE XIMINES had 1st sack of season in Week 2. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. • LB JIHARD WARD had career-high 2 TFL in Week 2. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 1st-career FR & PD last week. Aims for his 6th in row at home with PD.
NCAA gives LSU 1-year probation for ex-assistant’s conduct
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) The NCAA placed LSU’s football program on one year of probation Thursday after determining that former offensive line coach James Cregg violated recruiting restrictions during the 2020 football season.
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found that Cregg violated restrictions against in-person contact with prospective recruits during the COVID-19 pandemic, and provided improper inducements to a recruit.
The committee also issued a three-year “show cause” penalty against Cregg, meaning his own recruiting activities would be restricted for that period if he were hired by another NCAA member program.
“Although the (committee) has encountered more egregious conduct in past cases, the violations in this case represent intentional misconduct that should be of concern to the membership,” the panel said. “The COVID-19 recruiting dead period was intended to protect the health and safety of prospects, student-athletes and institutional staff. It also leveled the playing field for recruiting at a time when government-imposed COVID-19 restrictions varied across the country.”
The investigation also involved a former assistant director of recruiting, whose name has not been made public.
The NCAA still has a separate investigation going through its Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) into alleged recruiting violations by former LSU basketball coach Will Wade, who was fired after last season, and into booster payments to football players made prior to recent rule changes allowing players to receive financial endorsement deals from program sponsors.
LSU fired Cregg in June 2021, citing alleged violations of NCAA recruiting rules. Cregg sued for breach of contract, arguing that he could not be fired for cause without an NCAA ruling on the allegations. A state district judge agreed, ordering LSU in August to pay Cregg $492,945 – the remainder of his contract.
LSU has said it planned to appeal that court ruling.
The NCAA investigation found Cregg arranged to greet a recruit and his family in September 2020 and gave the recruit a bag of used LSU gear.
The committee said the prospect and his family returned to LSU on another trip soon after, when a former assistant director of recruiting picked up the recruit and his girlfriend from their hotel and drove them to Tiger Stadium for a tour. The tour was considered a violation of both restrictions on inducements and in-person contact.
During that trip, Cregg met the recruit and his family in his neighborhood. The prospect’s mother had indicated she would move to Baton Rouge if her son played for LSU, and sought advice from Cregg on where to look for housing, the committee said.
Cregg and the assistant recruiting director “acknowledged that they knew their conduct was impermissible,” the NCAA committee stated.
The other penalties that the NCAA announced Thursday already had been self-imposed by LSU. Those included a $5,000 fine, a limit of 55 official visits for football during the 2022-23 academic year, a one-week prohibition against unofficial visits in the football program before the current academic year, a one-week prohibition against recruiting communications in the football program before the current academic year and a reduction of seven evaluation days in the football program during the fall 2021 evaluation period.
LSU said in a statement that the ruling “concludes a 21-month cooperative process between the university and the NCAA.”
LSU “has worked in concert with the enforcement staff to determine the truth and to self-impose sanctions,” its statement said. “We are grateful to the committee and the enforcement staff for their work and for accepting our self-imposed penalties.”
Utah student charged for terrorism threat over football game
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) A University of Utah student was arrested and charged with making terrorist threats on Wednesday after police said she threatened to detonate a nuclear reactor if the school’s football team failed to win a game last Saturday.
Charging documents filed in Salt Lake City on Wednesday allege the 21-year old student posted threats before Utah’s game against San Diego State University on Saturday, warning that she “was going to detonate the nuclear reactor that is located in the University of Utah causing a mass destruction.”
The threats were allegedly posted on YikYak, a social media platform that allows users to post anonymously and which rose to prominence on college campuses a decade ago.
According to the charging documents, the student studied engineering and had knowledge of the university’s nuclear reactor.
The University of Utah is among more than two dozen U.S. universities with nuclear engineering programs that use reactors for faculty and student research.
The university said in a statement on Thursday that the reactor was secured and campus law enforcement had protocols in place to ensure no breaches are made. Officials said the student, who it did not name, admitted to posting the threat and told investigators on Wednesday that it was meant as a joke.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for these kinds of threats,” University of Utah Police Chief Jason Hinojosa said.
Court records did not list an attorney representing the student. A call made to her family’s listed home phone number went unanswered on Thursday.
Utah defeated San Diego State in Saturday’s game, 35-7.
Judge falls just short of 61, Yanks clinch playoff berth
NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge turned around a fastball in the ninth inning, and the already-standing crowd of 43,123 at Yankee Stadium erupted in noise, wondering, hoping he had hit a record-tying 61st home run and clinched a playoff berth with one mighty swing.
Seconds later, groans arose in unison. Kike Hernandez made the catch a step in front of the fence, 404 feet from the plate.
Judge remained one shy of the American League record set by New York slugger Roger Maris in 1961. But the Yankees did accomplish goal No. 1: Josh Donaldson’s 10th-innng RBI single gave them a 5-4 win over the Boston Red Sox and clinched their sixth straight playoff berth and 24th in 28 years.
“A great accomplishment. A lot of hard work over the course of the season to get to this point,” said Judge, who also threw out a runner at second base to help hold off Boston in the ninth. “But I think you could ask anybody in this room: The job’s not finished. We have an ultimate goal of going out there and winning our division, and setting ourselves up for the postseason. And this is step No. 1, step No. 1 of many steps to come.”
Coming within a few feet of his fourth walk-off home run this year, Judge went without a long ball for the second straight game since hitting No. 60 to match Babe Ruth’s 1927 season.
Judge has 13 games remaining. He walked three times and struck out once before his drive off Matt Barnes just to the right of straightaway center.
“I thought it would have been pretty showy to drop it at Monument Park out there,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Judge didn’t think it was gone, not on the first night of autumn with the game-time temperature a crisp 68 degrees.
“I just got underneath it a little bit,” he said. “A pretty windy night, so I was hoping maybe it was blowing out at the time I was hitting, but just missed it.”
The ball left the bat at 113 mph, the hardest-hit by anyone in the game.
“I go out there and get caught up in the history of what he could potentially be doing and I start tiptoeing around the at-bat, I’m probably going to hang something,” Barnes said.
Before each of the 26 pitches to Judge, Yankee Stadium’s usual cacophony was replaced by a silence more familiar at a church or golf course.
“Literally, you could hear a pin drop,” Donaldson said. “It’s kind of spooky, really.”
Jameson Taillon, who pitched six scoreless innings, said Judge’s pursuit altered teammates’ routines.
“There’s guys that are inside and stuff watching the game,” Taillon said, “and whenever he comes up, everyone runs outside to watch the at-bat because no one wants to miss it.”
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred was on hand. Judge’s fame has extended beyond the sport – he appears on the cover of the Oct. 3 issue of The New Yorker.
After an 0-for-2 night, Judge remained on track for an AL Triple Crown with a .316 batting average and 128 RBIs. Boston’s Xander Bogaerts is second in batting at .314 after going hitless in five at-bats.
With the score 4-all, Tommy Pham led off the ninth with a one-hopper off the right-field wall against Clay Holmes (7-4). Judge played the carom and from the warning track threw a 92.3 mph strike to shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa for the tag. It was Judge’s sixth assist of the season.
Then in the 10th, with pinch-runner Marwin Gonzalez at second as the automatic runner, Kaleb Ort (0-2) intentionally walked Gleyber Torres before Donaldson grounded a single just past diving third baseman Rafael Devers and into left.
New York grounded into four double plays but had built a 3-0 lead on Kyle Higashioka’s sacrifice fly and Giancarlo Stanton’s 28th homer, a two-run shot against Michael Wacha.
Triston Casas hit a solo homer and pinch-hitter Reese McGuire delivered a three-run drive for Boston in a four-run seventh off Clarke Schmidt. Harrison Bader had a tying sacrifice fly in the eighth after Stanton’s leadoff infield single and a stolen base by Tim Locastro – he was called out initially but a video review reversed the decision.
Donaldson gave a speech to teammates after the Yankees secured their record 58th postseason appearance with their major league-high 16th walk-off win of the season, one shy of the team standard set in 1947.
“Welcome back to the playoffs,” he told them.
New York has a 7 1/2-game lead in the AL East over second-place Toronto, on track for a first-round bye. Boone became the first manager to reach the postseason in each of his first five seasons, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
“We’re in the dance and we got a chance now,” he said.
Aroldis Chapman had another shaky outing for the Yankees in relief, walking two batters with one out in the eighth – the second on four pitchers.
Red Sox: 2B Trevor Story (bruised left heel) went back on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Monday, and 1B/3B Bobby Dalbec was recalled from Triple-A Worcester.
Yankees: LHP Zack Britton (Tommy John surgery) was activated from the 60-day IL and LHP Wandy Peralta (back) was put on the 15-day IL, retroactive to Monday.
New York ace Gerrit Cole (12-7, 3.41) starts against Boston LHP Rich Hill (7-7, 4.70) on Friday night
Kolten Wong homers 3 times as Brewers beat Reds 5-1
CINCINNATI (AP) Kolten Wong hit a career-high three homers and drove in five runs, helping Brandon Woodruff and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 on Thursday night.
Wong hit a two-run drive in the second inning against Hunter Greene. He hit another two-run shot in the sixth off Dauri Moreta and a solo drive in the eighth against Joel Kuhnel.
Wong has a career-high 15 homers on the season.
“I’m definitely not a guy who hits three home runs very often,” Wong said. “I’ve had a chance to do it a couple of times, but I tried to do too much. I just tried not to do too much and keep my swing tight.”
Milwaukee finished with just four hits, but each of Wong’s first two homers occurred after leadoff walks.
“We had four hits,” manager Craig Counsell said. “Kolton had three, and all three were home runs. That was pretty incredible. He was definitely a one-man show on offense.”
The second-place Brewers (80-70) opened a four-game set against lowly Cincinnati with their second straight win. They remained 2 1/2 games back of Philadelphia for the third NL wild card.
Woodruff (12-4) struck out 11 in six innings. He allowed three hits and walked two.
The 6-foot-4 right-hander has 32 strikeouts in his last three starts – all wins. He has struck out 11 or more batters in three of his four starts against the Reds this season.
“I think it starts with rhythm and timing – simple stuff,” Woodruff said. “I’m consistently getting ahead more. I’m trying to get them to swing early.”
Counsell sees the right-hander rounding into form after missing most of June with injuries to his right ankle and fingers.
“He’s been getting better,” Counsell said. “When he came back from the injury, he was good, but now he’s even better at a good time for us.”
Kyle Farmer hit his 13th homer in the sixth to account for Cincinnati’s only run. Greene (4-13) struck out eight in five innings.
The NL Central matchup drew a crowd of 9,889, the sixth under 10,000 this season at Great American Ball Park.
After throwing 47 pitches at least 100 miles per hour in a 1-0 loss at St. Louis on Saturday, Greene reached triple figures 15 times against Milwaukee, according to Statcast.
“I felt solid,” Greene said. “I felt really good. Those walks hurt me. It’s a good hitting team. It is always a battle when I face these guys. They are pretty good at hitting mistakes. There were times when I pulled off. I tried to elevate a fastball to Wong. It kind of leaked over the plate a little bit.”
Wong is the third Milwaukee second baseman to hit three homers in one game. Dale Sveum did it on July 17, 1987, against the Angels, and Aaron Hill accomplished the feat on May 7, 2016, in Cincinnati.
Outfielder Michael Siani made his major league debut, boosting to a major league-high 66 the number of players used by the Reds this season.
Brewers: RHP Freddie Peralta (right shoulder) might be activated this weekend, Counsell said. Peralta has been out since May 23.
Reds: RHP Graham Ashcraft (right biceps soreness) is scheduled to come off the injured list on Saturday and make his first start since Aug. 19.
The Brewers are expected to activate left-hander Eric Lauer (left elbow) from the injured list to start on Friday. Lauer has been out since Sept. 8. Lefty Mike Minor (4-12) pitches for Cincinnati.
Bieber wins again as Guardians beat White Sox 4-2 for sweep
CHICAGO (AP) Shane Bieber pitched two-run ball into the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Thursday night for a three-game series sweep.
Cleveland opened a seven-game lead over Chicago in the AL Central with its 15th win in 18 games. The Guardians (83-67) can clinch the franchise’s first division title since 2018 as early as Sunday.
Bieber (12-8) earned his fourth straight win. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked none in 7 2/3 innings.
“Like a lot of good pitchers, he kind of worked into finding his stuff,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “He kind of pitched himself into looking like Bieber, which is pretty impressive.”
Trevor Stephan finished the eighth and Emmanuel Clase handled the ninth for his AL-best 37th save in 41 chances.
Cleveland’s pitching staff issued just one walk in the three-game set.
“We’re a confident bunch and we’re having a lot of fun doing it,” Bieber said.
Gavin Sheets homered for Chicago in the eighth. Johnny Cueto (7-9) allowed four runs, three earned, and eight hits in six innings in his third straight loss.
Chicago isn’t out of it yet, but it needs lots of wins – and help – down the stretch.
“(The season) doesn’t come down to three games but we knew what we had to do this series and we weren’t able to do it. It’s frustrating,” Sheets said. “It’s not just this series; we had to play better all season.”
The White Sox (76-74) have dropped three straight and four of six overall.
Cleveland went ahead to stay on Jose Ramirez’s sacrifice fly in the third. Steven Kwan hit an RBI triple in the fifth and scored on another Ramirez sacrifice fly, giving the Guardians a 4-1 lead.
The White Sox, who started September with an 8-2 streak but failed to make up much ground on the streaking Guardians, got a run in the first on Eloy Jimenez’s RBI single.
The Guardians’ second run was set up by a Cueto pickoff attempt that bounced in front of first baseman Jose Abreu’s glove in the third. The ball rolled to the dugout fence and allowed Amed Rosario to dash from first to third. He came home a pitch later on Ramirez’s sacrifice fly.
Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (broken finger) could get a start or two before the end of the season, but Francona said it only will happen if Plesac is ready. He has been out since Aug. 30.
Guardians: Cody Morris (0-2, 2.30 ERA) faces Texas right-hander Jon Gray (7-7, 3.80 ERA) on Friday night.
White Sox: RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.07 ERA) goes against Tigers LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-5, 4.35 ERA) on Friday night.
Wander Franco drives in 3 as Rays beat Blue Jays 10-5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Wander Franco had three RBIs, Jonathan Aranda homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 on Thursday night in the opener of a big four-game series between playoff contenders.
Randy Arozarena had three hits and drove in two runs for the Rays, who were coming off a three-game series in which they were swept by Houston and scored just twice.
“Baseball’s weird. I saw a score tonight that was a little different.” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “They do a good job of flushing it, getting to the next day, coming in ready to work, get better, and find a way to win.”
Tampa Bay (83-67) pulled within one game of Toronto (84-66) for the top spot in the AL wild-card standings. Seattle (82-67) is in third, four games ahead of Baltimore.
Whit Merrifield homered twice for Toronto, and Teoscar Hernandez also went deep. Jose Berrios (11-6) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in two innings.
“It was just a little bit weird with getting ahead and not putting guys away,” Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said of Berrios, who threw 74 pitches,.
Toronto has dropped three of four after winning 13 of 17 to start September.
Manuel Margot’s infield RBI single, and run-scoring hits by Franco and Arozarena put the Rays up 6-3 in the second.
Franco added a two-run double during the Rays’ three-run fourth.
“I think we did the right adjustments today,” Franco said through a translator. “We played really good, and hopefully we can continue on with this energy.”
Cash opted to have Ryan Yarbrough (3-8) replace opener JT Chargois to start the second, facing a pair of hitters with some career success against the lefty.
Hernandez hit a leadoff homer, his seventh in 34 at-bats against Yarbrough. One out later, Merrifield tied it at 3 with his solo shot, giving him seven hits, including two homers, in nine at-bats against the left-hander.
Merrifield added a two-run drive in the ninth.
Yarbrough left in the third with right oblique strain and is “highly likely going on the IL,” according to Cash.
Garrett Cleavinger replaced Yarbrough and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings before Shawn Armstrong, Brooks Raley and Colin Poche combined for three hitless innings.
Aranda homered on the second pitch from Berrios in a three-run first. Arozarena hit a run-scoring double, went to third on a throw to the plate and scored on a wild pitch.
Toronto’s Bo Bichette hit a run-scoring double in the first, giving him 24 RBIs in 21 games in September.
CATCH OF THE GAME
Rays radio play-by-play man Andy Freed caught a foul ball from Toronto’s George Springer during the seventh in a net the broadcasters keep in their box.
The Blue Jays are lining up right-hander Alek Manoah (14-7. 2.40 ERA) to start the final regular-season game or a potential wild-card opener.
Schneider would use Manoah if home-field advantage was at stake.
“I think there would be nothing better than playing in front of our fans in the postseason after the last couple years (impacted by the pandemic),” Schneider said. “We haven’t been there with what the world and country has been through.”
COMING AND GOING
Rays right-hander Kevin Herget, who made his big league debut on Sept. 13 after a decade in the minors, was designated for assignment.
Infielder/outfielder Miles Mastrobuoni was selected from Triple-A Durham after seven years in the minors and a couple weeks following his brother’s wedding.
“It’s been an eventful month for our family,” Mastrobuoni said.
Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left hamstring) is doing baseball activities and could soon start running . . INF Santiago Espinal (left oblique) went on the IL.
Rays: Ace Shane McClanahan (neck stiffness) had a bullpen session and is set to start Sunday. … 3B Yandy Diaz (left shoulder) got a cortisone shot. … Cash said 2B Brandon Lowe (back) is still sore but it isn’t known if it stems from the injury or a recent shot.
Rays LHP Jeffrey Springs (9-4) will start Friday night. Toronto has not announced its starter.
Bradish brilliant as Orioles top Verlander, Astros 2-0
BALTIMORE (AP) Kyle Bradish upstaged Justin Verlander and Trey Mancini.
Not a bad night’s work for the Baltimore rookie.
Bradish came within one out of his first career shutout, outpitching Verlander in a stellar performance to lift the Orioles over the Houston Astros 2-0 on Thursday.
Bradish (4-7) took a perfect game into the sixth inning before Mauricio Dubon lined a single to left field with two outs. That was the only baserunner Bradish permitted until there were two outs in the ninth, when Jeremy Pena also singled. With the potential tying run at the plate, the Orioles brought in closer Felix Bautista to finish for his 15th save.
“I knew if a runner gets on, I was going to come out. It’s a two-run ballgame, and Bautista was fresh, and we’ve got to win these games,” Bradish said. “I wasn’t too happy that I didn’t finish it, but I completely understand.”
Bradish struck out 10 in his latest dazzling effort down the stretch for this surprising Baltimore team.
“Just feeling good,” he said. “Routine was good today, arm felt really good. Pregame bullpen, really good. Everything was working.”
Mancini went 0 for 3 in his first game back at Camden Yards since the Orioles traded him to Houston on Aug. 1, and the AL West champion Astros failed in their first attempt at earning their 100th victory this season. They lost for just the second time in 12 games.
The Orioles remained four games behind Seattle for the final wild card in the American League.
Verlander (17-4) allowed two runs and six hits over six innings in his second game back from a calf injury. He threw five no-hit innings against Oakland last Friday, but Baltimore broke through against him with three hits in the second.
Ryan Mountcastle and Terrin Vavra hit consecutive singles with one out, and both runners moved up on a groundout by Kyle Stowers. Rougned Odor singled home both runners.
Verlander still leads the majors with a 1.82 ERA.
Bradish whiffed the last two hitters in the second and then struck out the side in the third. He retired the first two batters in the sixth before Dubon’s single landed in front of Vavra in left.
There was a big cheer from the crowd when Bradish came out in the ninth to try for his first complete game. He struck out the first two hitters before allowing Pena’s single on his 100th pitch.
The Orioles nearly had a complete game for a second straight night. Jordan Lyles threw one Wednesday in an 8-1 win against Detroit.
“Different scenario, different score, different guy on deck,” manager Brandon Hyde said.
Bautista struck out Aledmys Diaz to end the game with slugger Yordan Alvarez due up next.
It was the fourth time in his past six starts that Bradish allowed two or fewer hits while going at least seven innings. He threw eight innings of two-hit ball in a 2-0 win at Houston on Aug. 26.
It’s another sign of a bright future for a Baltimore team that has also had a chance to showcase promising young position players like Adley Rutschman and Gunnar Henderson this season.
The Orioles nearly scored in the fifth when Cedric Mullins doubled to right and went to third on a throwing error by Kyle Tucker. But Mullins was waved home on the play and third baseman Alex Bregman retrieved the ball and threw to the plate in plenty of time to get him.
Astros: 2B Jose Altuve missed the game after he was hit by a pitch on the left elbow Wednesday against Tampa Bay.
Jose Urquidy (13-7) starts for Houston on Friday night against Baltimore’s Dean Kremer (7-5).
Donovan’s grand slam carries Cardinals over Padres 5-4
SAN DIEGO (AP) Lars Nootbaar provided St. Louis’ first run in four games with a solo homer, and then rookie Brendan Donovan gave the NL Central leaders an even bigger lift.
Donovan hit his first career grand slam slam in the seventh inning to lead Albert Pujols and the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Pujols was among the first teammates to greet Donovan in the dugout.
“It was one of the bigger swings I’ve had this year so that was cool for me,” Donovan said.
Pujols remained at 698 career homers, although he did drive two balls to deep left field, one for a single and one for an out on the warning track. The next stop in his pursuit of the 700-homer club is Dodger Stadium, where the Cardinals open a three-game series on Friday.
Manny Machado hit his 30th homer for the Padres, who had won five in a row. They currently hold the NL’s No. 2 wild-card spot.
Donovan’s slam made a winner of Jack Flaherty (1-1), who struck out nine in six innings. He allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits and four walks.
Giovanny Gallegos pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
The Cardinals, who had been shut out in their previous three games, got on the board when Nootbaar led off the fifth with a drive to right against Joe Musgrove for his 13th homer. That ended a scoreless streak of 31 2/3 innings by Padres starters, five outs shy of the club record.
“We know we have a great team and a great offense that’s going to turn at any point,” Donovan said. “It was just a matter of who was going to do it. I’m pumped for Lars. That’s a big swing.”
Musgrove was gone after five innings and 72 pitches, and Adrian Morejon breezed through a perfect sixth to hold a 3-1 lead.
Alec Burleson singled leading off the seventh and Nootbaar drew a one-out walk, leading manager Bob Melvin to bring on Nick Martinez (4-4). Tommy Edman walked to load the bases before Donovan drove his first career grand slam deep to right-center.
Donovan said he was looking to drive a ball to the biggest part of the field and bring in a run when he connected on a 3-1 cutter. It was his fifth homer this season.
“It just kind of ran into my barrel a little more than I thought it would. I was still running hard. You never know,” he said.
Asked what going through his mind, he added: “Don’t miss the base. … I’m just running hard and make sure I hit all the bases on the way by.”
Pujols, who plans to retire after this season, one-hopped the wall in left for a single in the second. He popped up in the fourth and then hit a drive off Morejon that Jurickson Profar caught on the track for the final out of the sixth. He flied out to center in the eighth.
Profar drove Flaherty’s second pitch deep into the seats in right for his fourth career leadoff homer and third of the season. He has 15 overall. Profar also hit an RBI double in the fifth.
Musgrove allowed one run and five hits, struck out four and walked two.
A CLIPPERS THING
Norman Powell of the Los Angeles Clippers, who went to San Diego’s Lincoln High, threw out a ceremonial first pitch. Teammate Paul George attended a game last homestand and then visited the victorious Padres clubhouse. Kawhi Leonard, who played two seasons at San Diego State, attended a game with his family earlier in the season. The Clippers moved from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984.
Cardinals: LHP Jose Quintana (5-6, 3.16 ERA) starts Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Andrew Heaney (3-2, 2.66 ERA) pitches for the NL West leaders.
Padres: LHP Sean Manaea (7-9, 5.18 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Colorado, their last trip of the regular season. The Rockies are scheduled to start RHP Ryan Feltner (3-8, 6.05 ERA).
Dodgers overcome Gallen’s 13 Ks, rally to beat D-backs 3-2
LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Muncy hit a tying infield single in the ninth inning and pinch-hitter Mookie Betts singled home the winning run, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers edge the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday night for their major league-leading 45th comeback victory of the season.
The Dodgers didn’t take the lead until Arizona starter Zac Gallen left after eight innings. He struck out a career-high 13.
Craig Kimbrel (6-6) got the win despite again struggling in the ninth.
Christian Walker slammed a 435-foot shot into the left-center field pavilion – his 36th homer overall and sixth against the Dodgers this season – for a 2-1 lead against Kimbrel.
Gallen retired the first 11 batters he faced, striking out five in a row. He struck out the side in the eighth. The right-hander allowed one run and two hits in a career-best eight innings.
Cody Bellinger doubled to the warning track in right leading off the ninth against Reyes Moronta (1-1). After Trea Turner grounded out to third, Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked. Will Smith loaded the bases on an infield single that diving shortstop Geraldo Perdomo kept from reaching the outfield.
Joe Mantiply came in to face Muncy, who hit a slow roller to third that scored Bellinger for a 2-all tie.
Dodgers starter Julio Urias gave up one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander struck out five and walked one.
Gallen gave up a pair of two-out hits – a triple by Smith and an RBI double by Muncy – that allowed the Dodgers to tie it 1-all in the fourth.
The D-backs led 1-0 on Stone Garrett’s sacrifice fly in the third. Sergio Alcantara singled and Daulton Varsho followed by grounding into a fielder’s choice. Second baseman Gavin Lux’s throwing error allowed Alcantara to take third, and Varsho moved up to second. Three batters later, Alcantara scored.
In the ninth, the Dodgers challenged Kimbrel hitting pinch-hitter Jake McCarthy with a pitch leading off. After a review, crew chief James Hoye announced the call stood.
McCarthy thought he’d stolen second to put the go-ahead run in scoring position, but another replay review overturned the safe call. Walker then came to the plate and put the D-backs ahead on a 2-2 pitch from Kimbrel.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (forearm) threw to hitters in an up-and-down bullpen using his entire pitch mix. “The stuff looked good,” manager Dave Roberts said. “My eyes were telling me it was a really good effort.” The All-Star and 16-game winner will throw another bullpen in a couple of days. … RHP Blake Treinen (shoulder) won’t throw again until Saturday and see how he responds. “He’s frustrated. He’s not bouncing back,” Roberts said. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (elbow) was activated off the IL. … LHP David Price (wrist) threw a simulated inning to hitters. “He looked good. He was letting it go,” Roberts said.
Turner went 0 for 4, including two strikeouts, to snap his 18-game hitting streak.
Turner also had another streak end. He had reached base safely in each of his last 47 games against the D-backs, the longest current streak for any active batter against any team.
Diamondbacks: Hadn’t announced a starter for Friday’s opener of a three-game series against San Francisco.
Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (3-2, 2.66 ERA) starts against Albert Pujols and the Cardinals in the series opener Friday.
Clippers say Kawhi Leonard is cleared for 5-on-5 play
(AP) — Kawhi Leonard has been cleared for 5-on-5 basketball again, more than a year since his last NBA game.
Los Angeles Clippers President Lawrence Frank said Thursday that the team will proceed with some caution with Leonard, the two-time NBA Finals MVP and five-time All-Star who tore the ACL in his right knee during the playoffs in June 2021.
Leonard missed the remainder of that postseason, and the entirety of this past season.
“Well, I think, one, he feels great,” Frank told reporters in Los Angeles. “Two, his plan is, look, he wants to participate in everything. And I think, three, organizationally, we’re going to be cautious. So it will be a step-by-step approach.”
Leonard being cleared was expected, given how long he has been sidelined and the typical time it takes to recover from ACL surgery. But it still is a major step for the Clippers, who believe they can contend for a championship this season if healthy.
“You want those expectations,” Frank said. “Any time you have a talented team, there should be expectations. You embrace them, and you always have to shoot for the highest goal. Our goal is not just to try to compete and win a championship this year, but be in the same position the following year and the following year after that.”
There was other positive injury news from Frank on Thursday. He said forward Paul George’s elbow injury – one that limited him to 31 games last season – is also a thing of the past. Frank also said George was crucial to the Clippers’ recruitment of former All-Star guard John Wall, who signed with the team with hopes of reviving his career after a long series of injuries.
Wall was selected for the All-Star Game in five consecutive seasons from 2014 through 2018, but has played in only 82 games since. He had surgery for bone spurs in his left heel, then tore his left Achilles tendon.
“Paul, his elbow is 100 percent healthy,” Frank said. “Paul has had an extremely purposeful, driven, and very productive offseason, in that his consistency of training has been off the charts. Plus, he continues to take more and more of an ownership and leadership role.”
Leonard already has two championships – in 2014 with San Antonio, and in 2019 with Toronto. He was MVP in both of those title series.
The Clippers, though, are still chasing what would be the franchise’s first title. The closest they’ve gotten was in 2021, when they made the Western Conference finals for the first time. But Leonard had gotten hurt in the previous series against Utah, and the Clippers lost that West title matchup to Phoenix in six games. The Suns went on to lose that season’s NBA Finals to Milwaukee.
“We all embrace the challenge but realize how fragile it is,” Frank said. “All we have to do is go back two years ago to Kawhi’s injury against Utah. Kawhi was playing the best basketball of any player in the world. Our team was playing at a high level. Unfortunately for Kawhi and for the group, he got injured. I think with that, it reinforces the urgency you have to approach every single day. Nothing is guaranteed.”
The Clippers will hold their media day Monday, then travel to Las Vegas for the start of training camp on Tuesday. Their first preseason game – and possibly, Leonard’s first game action since those 2021 playoffs – is Sept. 30, in Seattle, against Israeli club Maccabi Ra’anana.
“Kawhi’s done a lot of controlled basketball for a long time,” Frank said. “Though 5-on-5 is viewed to the layman as a benchmark, it’s more complicated than that. Ultimately, he keeps trending towards being able to play in an NBA basketball game, and so he’ll just continue to take those steps in camp.”
Celtics suspend coach Ime Udoka for 2022-23 season
BOSTON (AP) The Boston Celtics have suspended Ime Udoka for a full year, banning the coach who led them to the NBA Finals last spring for the entire 2022-23 season over what two people with knowledge of the matter said was an improper relationship with a member of the organization.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not reveal that detail publicly. In a statement issued Thursday night after a full day of wrangling over the terms of the punishment, the Celtics said Udoka violated team policies and left open the possibility that a longer separation could follow.
“A decision about his future with the Celtics beyond this season will be made at a later date,” the team said.
Assistant coach Joe Mazzulla will take over as interim coach, one of the people who spoke with The AP said. The defending Eastern Conference champions are scheduled to hold media day on Monday and open training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the Oct. 18 season opener.
In a statement published by ESPN, Udoka apologized “to our players, fans, the entire Celtics organization, and my family for letting them down.”
“I am sorry for putting the team in this difficult situation, and I accept the team’s decision,” he said. “Out of respect for everyone involved, I will have no further comment.”
A longtime assistant in his first NBA head coaching job, Udoka led Boston to a 51-31 record last season – going 26-6 in the final 32 games. The Celtics beat Brooklyn, Milwaukee and Miami on the way to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games.
The developments stunned the NBA and shook up a team that had been among the favorites to contend for a championship this season. It would be an unprecedented 18th title for the franchise.
But in Boston, the story was reminiscent of the shakeup across town in 2020, when Red Sox manager Alex Cora was suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for his role in a sign-stealing scandal at his previous job, with the Houston Astros. Instead, the sides parted ways.
After a last-place finish under Ron Roenicke in the pandemic-shortened season, Cora was re-hired a year later and welcomed back.
It is unclear if Udoka and the Celtics will be as eager to reunite.
The 45-year-old Udoka spent the bulk of his NBA playing career with San Antonio and then joined Spurs coach Gregg Popovich’s staff as an assistant. Udoka was on the Spurs’ staff from 2012 through 2019, winning it all in ’14, and he quickly found his way onto short lists for open head coaching jobs.
He spent the 2019-20 season in Philadelphia and the 2020-21 season in Brooklyn before the Celtics hired him in June 2021 as the successor to Brad Stevens — who moved up to the front office. In Year 1, Udoka finished fourth in coach of the year voting and the Celtics came within two wins of the championship.
“The future is bright and we’re just getting started,” Udoka said after the NBA Finals.
The bombshell on the eve of training camp is the latest twist heading into what was supposed to be a promising season for the NBA’s most-decorated franchise.
The Celtics bolstered their runner-up roster by acquiring guard Malcolm Brogdon in a trade from Indiana, then added sharpshooting veteran forward Danilo Gallinari as a free agent. But last month, Gallinari tore the ACL in his left knee and will be lost for the coming season.
Center Robert Williams, a key part of the Boston defense scheme who played through injuries during last season’s playoffs, is still dealing with knee soreness and is expected to miss the start of the season.
The Celtics were also mentioned in speculation over a new home for Brooklyn forward Kevin Durant, a perennial All-Star who asked for – and then backed off – a request to be traded. Although the talks amounted to nothing, it raised questions about Boston’s commitment to young star Jaylen Brown.
It’s also the second major disciplinary situation in as many weeks in the NBA: Commissioner Adam Silver decided last week to suspend Robert Sarver – the owner of the Phoenix Suns and WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury – for one year and fine him $10 million after an investigation showed his pattern of disturbing workplace conduct, including abusive and racist language. Sarver said Wednesday he intends to sell his teams.
Mazzulla interviewed for the Utah Jazz coaching job this summer, a position that ultimately went to Will Hardy – another of Udoka’s assistants in Boston last season.
Mazzulla’s only previous experience as a head coach is a two-year stint at Division II’s Fairmont State in West Virginia, where he went 43-17 and made the NCAA tournament in his second season. A native New Englander from Rhode Island, Mazzulla played at West Virginia, was an assistant for the Celtics’ G League team before taking over at Fairmont State, and then got hired by the Celtics again in June 2019 to be part of Stevens’ staff.
Mazzulla’s last game at Fairmont State was against Mercyhurst. His first real game with the Celtics will attract a bit more attention: Boston is scheduled to host longtime rival Philadelphia in the opener, when they will tip off a year-long tribute to Hall of Famer Bill Russell.
AP source: Jazz trade Bogdanovic to Detroit for Olynyk, Lee
(AP) — Utah continued to revamp its roster continued Thursday with the Jazz agreeing to send forward Bojan Bogdanovic to the Detroit Pistons for forward Kelly Olynyk and guard Saben Lee, according to a person with knowledge of the trade.
The person confirmed the trade Thursday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because not all details – such as physicals and league approval – had been completed, which prevented the deal from being announced by either team.
Detroit will become the fifth NBA club for Bogdanovic. He averaged 18.1 points for the Jazz last season in 69 games, all of them starts, and has averaged 15.0 points in eight seasons with Brooklyn, Indiana, Washington and Utah.
Olynyk is also joining his fifth team, after stints with Boston, Miami, Houston and the Pistons. He played in 40 games for Detroit last season, averaging 9.1 points.
Lee averaged 5.6 points in each of his first two NBA seasons, both with the Pistons. He appeared in 85 games for Detroit, all but seven of them off the bench.
The move means that all but one of Utah’s regular starters from last season no longer are with the Jazz. Bogdanovic had Utah’s second-highest scoring average last season behind Donovan Mitchell, who was traded to Cleveland. The Jazz have also traded Rudy Gobert to Minnesota and Royce O’Neale to Brooklyn during this offseason.
The only player who started more than six games for Utah last season and is still on the Jazz roster is guard Mike Conley, who started 72 contests.
Federer’s final match comes in doubles alongside rival Nadal
LONDON (AP) It was quite a collection of tennis luminaries sharing the black indoor hard court for a Laver Cup doubles practice session Thursday, 66 Grand Slam titles among them, a group collectively nicknamed the Big Four: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on one side of the net; Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray on the other.
This team event founded by his management company marks the end of Federer’s career, and his last match will come Friday night alongside longtime rival Nadal for Team Europe against the Team World doubles pairing of Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock.
“I’m not sure if I can handle it all. But I’ll try,” the 41-year-old Federer said about his sure-to-be-emotional on-court farewell after 20 major championships, a total of 103 tournament titles and hundreds of weeks at No. 1 across nearly a quarter of a century as a professional tennis player.
“Sitting here,” Federer said Thursday at a team news conference, with Nadal, who is 36, to his left, and Djokovic and Murray, both 35, a couple of seats down to his right, “it feels good that I go first from the guys. It feels right.”
Federer is ending his playing days following a series of operations on his right knee. He hasn’t competed since a quarterfinal loss at Wimbledon to Hubert Hurkacz in July 2021.
In February of this year, when word emerged that Federer would be in London this week, he said Nadal messaged him suggesting they play doubles together again. They teamed up to win a doubles match during the first Laver Cup in 2017.
“I saw him playing on TV before I arrived on tour. I saw him having success on TV, and then (we were) able to create an amazing rivalry together. And on the other hand, something that probably we are very proud of is having a friendly rivalry,” Nadal said Thursday. “Tomorrow is going to be a special thing. Difficult. Going to be difficult to handle everything, especially for Roger, without a doubt. But for me, too. At the end, one of the most important players – if not the most important player – in my tennis career is leaving.”
They played each other in singles 40 times (Nadal won 26), including 14 Grand Slam matchups (Nadal won 10). Nadal came out on top in their classic 2008 Wimbledon final, considered by some the greatest match in history; Federer won their last showdown, in the 2019 semifinals at the All England Club.
“To be part of this historic moment,” Nadal said about Friday, “is going to be something amazing, unforgettable.”
Tiafoe, a 24-year-old American who beat Nadal en route to his first Grand Slam semifinal at the U.S. Open this month, deadpanned: “Yeah, I’m just excited to play two up-and-comers tomorrow.”
Added Tiafoe: “It’s going to be iconic to be a part of that. Both guys are absolute legends. And obviously, (it’s) Roger’s last dance.”
The full lineup for Day 1 of the three-day Laver Cup was announced Thursday.
The singles matches will be Sock against two-time 2022 Grand Slam finalist Casper Ruud of Team Europe, Diego Schwartzman of Team World against 2021 French Open runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe, and Alex de Minaur of Team World against three-time major champion Murray, before the Federer-Nadal doubles match closes the schedule.
Everyone knows what the main event will be: Federer’s goodbye.
“For me,” Murray said, “it feels right seeing him and Rafa on the same side of the net together.”
Czech government: NHL Russian players unwanted in Prague
PRAGUE (AP) The war in Ukraine threw a wrinkle into the National Hockey League’s planned return to Europe next month to play its first games outside North America since the start of the pandemic.
The Czech Foreign Ministry told two NHL teams opening their seasons in Prague that any Russian players would not be welcome because of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It may not amount to an outright ban and league officials downplayed the potential impact, but it added a layer of uncertainty to a Global Series the NHL is proud of.
The Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks are set to play regular-season games Oct. 7 and 8 at Prague’s O2 Arena as part of the series that is intended to put the world’s top players on display, primarily in Europe. There are not many Russians on the two rosters: Nashville has forward Yakov Trenin and San Jose has Alexander Barabanov, along with Evgeny Svechnikov, who is in training camp on a tryout agreement.
“We can confirm that the Czech Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the NHL to point out that, at this moment, the Czech Republic or any other state in the (visa free) Schengen zone should not issue visas to the Russian players to enter our territory,” Deputy Foreign Minister Martin Smolek said in a statement.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press on Thursday he has “no concern” with players either traveling to Prague or suiting up to take the ice. He added that players have appropriate visas.
Neither Daly nor the ministry would say if the league replied to the letter.
Agent Shumi Babaev, who represents Trenin, echoed Daly’s sentiment that he did not foresee any problems. Agent Dan Milstein, who represents Barabanov and Svechnikov, declined comment.
“We’re a team, so if they say some guys can’t go, either we all go or no one goes,” San Jose general manager Mike Grier said. “We’re a group. It’s not the players’ fault. They didn’t do anything wrong. I don’t think they should be punished for it. We stand with them, and we’re all together as one in here.”
While the Predators deferred to the league, Sharks captain Logan Couturier echoed Grier.
“My view is we’re a team in here and if we go over there, we want everyone on our team to be there,” Couture said. “All the guys that are going to make the team are a part of our team.”
The ministry said it informed the league “about ongoing negotiations about banning entry for those citizens of the Russian Federation who already had received valid visas before.” One wrinkle involves passports from other countries or visas issued by other European countries.
The Czech ministry said a ban on Russian athletes in sports events in European Union countries was also recommended by EU sports ministers.
The Czech Republic was one of the first EU countries to stop issuing visas to Russian nationals following the February invasion of Ukraine. Exceptions include humanitarian cases and people persecuted by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.
The NHL never considered banning Russians, many of whom are some of the most skilled hockey players in the world. Commissioner Gary Bettman told The AP during the spring Russians “are performing in the NHL for their NHL team for NHL fans.”
The league did bar players from taking the Stanley Cup from going to Russia or closely allied Belarus this summer because of their roles in the invasion of Ukraine. Valeri Nichushkin was the only Russian player on the Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.
The NHL is returning to Europe for its first games outside of North America since 2019. After the two games in Prague, the Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets will play twice in Tampere, Finland, on Nov. 4-5. The Finnish government’s position on Russian players was not immediately clear.
Czech NHL great Dominik Hasek has led the opposition to Russian players coming to Prague since the games were announced in April. Hasek approached the the upper house of Parliament, the Senate, the government and the Foreign Ministry about the issue.
“It’s very important for the support of our Ukrainian ally and safety of our citizens,” Hasek said in an interview for a Russian broadcaster. After it was not aired in Russia, he published it in Czech media.
“Yes, we don’t want any promotion of the Russian aggression here,” Hasek posted on Twitter after the ministry’s move. “We’re guarding our lives and the lives of our allies in the first place.”
In Washington, Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, who is Russian, was asked Thursday about the latest developments in the war, including protests in his home country.
Ovechkin, who has previously supported Russian President Vladimir Putin but also expressed his general desire for peace after the war began, said he would need to get more information, adding, “We’ll see what’s going to happen.”
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
INDIANAPOLIS – Mason Martin belted his team-high 18th home run of the season and Endy Rodriguez went opposite field for his first Triple-A three bagger, as the Indianapolis Indians earned their fourth straight victory over the St. Paul Saints on Friday night, 6-4.
Up 3-1 with one out in the sixth, Martin opened up the Indians (74-70) second three-run frame when he ripped the 3-2 pitch onto the berm over the right field fence. Walks issued to Jared Oliva and Tucupita Marcano put runners on the corners, Rodriguez cracked his first triple in Triple-A with a deep fly ball into the left-center field gap that plated both runners, extending the lead to 6-1.
After the Saints (69-75) got on the board in the first with an RBI single by right fielder Cole Sturgeon, Indy would respond with a three-run third to capture the lead. Jared Oliva roped a leadoff double and scored promptly on an RBI single by Hoy Park. A fielding error by starting pitcher Randy Dobnak (L, 1-2) led to Park scoring. Malcom Nunez grounded into a 5-4-3 double play to score Marcano – who singled earlier in the frame – to cap the inning.
St. Paul would rally to score a pair in the eighth to cut its deficit to 6-3 with a two-run double courtesy of Andrew Bechtold. Down two with the bases loaded in the top of ninth, Roy Morales singled to put the Saints within two runs. Southpaw Cam Vieaux (S, 2) would go on to strikeout the next two batters to slam the door on the Saints comeback efforts.
Starting pitcher Jerad Eickhoff tossed 4.0 one-run innings struckout five batters. In relief of Eickhoff, Travis MacGregor would toss 2.0 scoreless and earned his second win of the season.
Oliva went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a diving snag in right field. Tonight was his seventh multi-hit game of the month.
The Indians will look to take a 5-0 lead in the series against St. Paul tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. Taking the mound for Indianapolis will be RHP Peter Solomon (0-0, 8.10) against RHP Dereck Rodriguez (7-4, 5.07).
INDIANA MEN’S BASKETBALL
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference announced times and television designations for men’s basketball on Thursday. The exposure for the Indiana Hoosiers will be extensive with league TV partners BTN, CBS, ESPN/ESPN2, FS1 and FOX all showing some of the best matchups for the Cream and Crimson this season.
BTN will televise 12 IU games including the first two Big Ten games of the season Dec. 3 at Rutgers and Dec. 7 at home against Nebraska. In addition, BTN will televise all three games of the Hoosier Classic: Nov. 20 against Miami (OH) at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Nov. 23 against Little Rock and Nov. 25 against Jackson State.
CBS will televise three games from Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall this season. Matchups on back-to-back weekends with IU hosting Wisconsin on Jan. 14 and Michigan State on Jan. 22 will be shown. The Hoosiers also will host Michigan on March 5 in the regular season finale for both teams.
IU will appear on the ESPN family of Networks seven times this season beginning with the Big Ten/ACC Challenge game against North Carolina on Nov. 30. No start time has been announced yet. On the road, games against Maryland on Jan. 31, Michigan on Feb. 11 and Michigan State on Feb. 21 will air on ESPN or ESPN2. At home, matchups against Purdue on Feb. 4, Illinois on Feb. 18 and Iowa on Feb. 28 can be seen.
The Hoosiers will play three prime time games on FOX as they showcase IU against Arizona on Dec. 10, a home game against Ohio State on Jan. 28 and the road version of the IU/Purdue rivalry Feb. 25.
FS1 will be the TV home for the Hoosiers four times beginning with Nov. 18 matchup with Xavier in the Gavitt Games in Cincinnati. Three Big Ten games also will air on FS1, including Iowa on the road Jan. 5, Northwestern on Jan. 8 in Bloomington and Illinois on Jan. 19 in Champaign.
Three games to start the season will be streamed on BTN+ including exhibition games against Marian on Oct. 29, St. Francis on Nov. 3 and the season opener against Morehead State on Nov. 7. Several options are available at Bigtenplus.com for team or full conference passes which include all IU sports which appear on BTN+.
The Dec. 17 game against Kansas will announce its time and TV designation at a later date.
|Oct. 29||Saturday||Marian (Indiana)||Bloomington, Ind.||3 p.m.|
|Nov. 3||Thursday||St. Francis (Indiana)||Bloomington, Ind.||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 7||Monday||Morehead State||Bloomington, Ind.||7 p.m.|
|Nov. 10||Thursday||Bethune Cookman||Bloomington, Ind.||8:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 20||Sunday||Miami (Ohio) (Gainbridge Fieldhouse)||Indianapolis, Ind.||5:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 23||Wednesday||Little Rock||Bloomington, Ind.||6:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 25||Friday||Jackson State||Bloomington, Ind.||12:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 3||Saturday||at Rutgers*||Piscataway, N.J.||4 p.m.|
|Dec. 7||Wednesday||Nebraska*||Bloomington, Ind.||8:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 20||Tuesday||Elon||Bloomington, Ind.||7 p.m.|
|Dec. 23||Friday||Kennesaw State||Bloomington, Ind.||7 p.m.|
|Jan. 11||Wednesday||at Penn State*||University Park, Pa.||7 p.m.|
|Jan. 25||Wednesday||at Minnesota*||Minneapolis, Minn.||9 p.m.|
|Feb. 7||Tuesday||Rutgers*||Bloomington, Ind.||6:30 p.m.|
|Feb. 15||Wednesday||at Northwestern*||Evanston, Ill.||9 p.m.|
|Jan. 14||Saturday||Wisconsin*||Bloomington, Ind.||1 p.m.|
|Jan. 22||Sunday||Michigan State*||Bloomington, Ind.||Noon or 1 p.m.|
|March 5||Sunday||Michigan*||Bloomington, Ind.||4:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 30||Wednesday||North Carolina||Bloomington, Ind.||TBA|
|Jan. 31||Tuesday||at Maryland*||College Park, Md.||9 p.m.|
|Feb. 4||Saturday||Purdue*||Bloomington, Ind.||4 p.m.|
|Feb. 11||Saturday||at Michigan*||Ann Arbor, Mich.||6 p.m.|
|Feb. 18||Saturday||Illinois*||Bloomington, Ind.||Noon|
|Feb. 21||Tuesday||at Michigan State*||East Lansing, Mich.||9 p.m.|
|Feb. 28||Tuesday||Iowa*||Bloomington, Ind.||7 p.m.|
|Dec. 10||Saturday||Arizona (MGM Grand Garden Arena)||Las Vegas, Nev.||7:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 28||Saturday||Ohio State*||Bloomington, Ind.||8 p.m.|
|Feb. 25||Saturday||at Purdue*||West Lafayette, Ind.||7:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 18||Friday||at Xavier||Cincinnati, Ohio||6 p.m.|
|Jan. 5||Thursday||at Iowa*||Iowa City, Iowa||9 p.m.|
|Jan. 8||Sunday||Northwestern*||Bloomington, Ind.||Noon|
|Jan. 19||Thursday||at Illinois*||Champaign, Ill.||8:30 p.m.|
INDIANA BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY
(COACH MIKE WOODSON)
MIKE WOODSON: I’ve always felt as a coach, every season that I’ve gone in as a head coach, expectations are always high, no matter what.
I think that’s a good thing.
We can’t run from it. It’s what it is.
I think our schedule that we’ve scheduled this year has put us somewhat in that light in terms of competition, really stiff competition, and then you’ve got to deal with the Big Ten, which is stiff every year.
Expectations are always going to be high. When I came in here and took the job, expectations were high. This program is built that way, and it should be that way.
It’s what it is, man. I’m not going to run from it, and I’m not going to let my players run from it. There’s a lot of big things that’s got to happen this year for our ballclub, and I’m going to try to coach them up and push them in that direction.
Q. Obviously early in the off-season, Xavier Johnson was arrested and went through that process with the reckless driving. Was he punished in any way? Is he going to be punished in terms of a suspension? What type of internal — what did he have to go through internally because of that?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, that’s all behind us. He’s gotten through that process. He would have to do some community service. X has grown a lot, based on the things that he’s done this summer. He’s put himself in a wonderful position with me being the coach that I like everything about what X is doing now, because he is doing the right things on and off the court.
He doesn’t have a vehicle anymore. I took that away from him. (Laughter).
If that’s punishment, it’s punishment, and I don’t mean that in a negative way. We’re just trying to do the things that are necessary to help us win basketball games, and I think he’s made a major step in that direction to help us.
Q. Following on with X, the way he finished last season and then maybe having to have some hard conversations with him around that incident, around that arrest, how have you pushed him this summer to be more consistent, to take his level up in terms of I think he finished last season averaging like 18 points and about six and a half assists a game. How have you basically just demanded more of him, I guess, in year two as your point guard?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, when you look at what happened to X, where we started with X and where he ended up, X probably caught more hell on this team than anybody from his head coach.
There’s a reason why. I think when you’re building a basketball team, you expect a lot out of all of your players, but that position is a pivotal position in terms of how you play on both ends of the floor.
X hung in there with me. He fought me at times, but it worked out well for him at the end and for our ballclub.
Watching him go through his summer work, because he did taste some success, it’s the first time he had experienced being in the big dance, he really — I mean, he just came in with a totally different attitude, which was kind of nice to see. It means to me he’s growing up.
It has displayed nicely on the basketball court, because out of all the summer play that I’ve watched and been a part this summer, he’s probably been the brightest of them all.
Q. You were on the NBA circuit for a long time; what did you learn about yourself last year on the college circuit? It had been a while since you had done that. What did you learn and maybe some fun things you did on the circuit last year for the college games?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, the one thing that I’ve learned, being in the NBA all those years and coaching, there’s really not enough time to prepare and teach and really be a part of a player’s life because you’ve got three, four games coming at you a week in the NBA. There’s just not enough time in the day.
That’s the frustrating part about the NBA. But it was a beautiful run for me. I’m not saying that in a negative way. The NBA was great for me. But coming back home to coach college basketball here at Indiana, I’ve been able to really be around the players and really be — I’m able to coach. I’m able to prepare and teach all the basketball floor, things that I like to do.
Then when you see the results — we had our ups and downs last year, but I thought our ups outweighed our downs. We played a lot of positive basketball. We were in a lot of basketball games. It’s just going to be up to me to get them over the hump and get them to the next level because that’s what it’s all about.
Q. Obviously three-point shooting is something that’s been on the minds of IU fans for a long time. Do you guys need more three-point attempts to increase productivity from the line? And who are two or three players you feel are most in line to help you from three-point percentage and three-point production?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, that was a big problem last year. You guys witnessed, as the media outlet, and our fans, too, but I thought we got a lot of good looks. We were in the top — being in the top 5 in college basketball in terms of open threes that we just didn’t knock down.
I’d like to think Miller having a taste of what Indiana basketball is all about now, I think he’ll be a lot better this season. Xavier showed that he could make them.
I think some of the freshmen that we’re bringing in will be able to knock some of those down.
Race kind of picked it up from previous years, a guy who really wasn’t allowed to shoot them. He made some for us last year.
I think we’ll be okay in that regard this year. It’s not like we’re not working on threes. We shoot them every day. We shoot free throws every day. It’s just when you get to a game situation, you’ve got to feel comfortable and ready to knock them down.
That’s my job, to relax them and get them in that position.
Q. You guys announced an NBA pro day here in a couple weeks. I’m curious what the genesis of that was and what you’re hoping to get out of it.
MIKE WOODSON: Well, I think when you’ve got high expectations and you’ve got a few players that might have a crack at playing at the next level, it’s okay to invite the NBA world into your life. I’m not afraid of that. I don’t think it put any added pressure on our players.
I think they are excited about it really, to be able to let the NBA world come in and watch practice and see who’s doing what. Hell, it might enhance them to play harder and better. That’s kind of how I look at it.
I’m looking forward to it. It’s something that’s never been done here, I don’t think, and I’ve got to keep my ties with the NBA world anyway. I’ve got a lot of friends at the big level. It will be nice to have them come in and watch what we do.
Q. I was curious kind of going off the expectations part of it, when you were a player at Indiana, I think you guys a few times were ranked in the top 10 preseason. When you were a player, did you embrace kind of the expectations, I guess, the external expectations, or were you someone who said, it doesn’t matter where we are in the AP poll, I’m going to do the exact same thing? How did you approach that as a player?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, again, the rankings is a part of college basketball, all sports in college. You can’t get from under that. Hell, my senior year we were ranked No. 1 in the nation. Didn’t work out that well for me. I mean, we didn’t win the national title.
Rankings are what they are. You’ve still got to play the game, my man. That’s what’s important, and what happened between these two lines.
It’s going to be my job to get this team to play at a level every night and put them in a position to win every time they step out on the floor. That’s what it’s all about to me. Rankings are what they are. I don’t know what we’re ranked this year. Somebody told me we’re ranked in the top 20. That’s great. But you’ve still got to play the game.
That’s how I approached it as a player. I think some players it’s nice to see, because some of these guys hadn’t been ranked since they’ve been here, but they are now. So let’s go play the games and see what happens.
Q. This is the first time that you guys have done media day, men and women together. Your team is preseason going to be ranked but so is Teri’s. What impresses you most about Teri and her program?
MIKE WOODSON: She’s a hell of a coach. All you’ve got to do is look at the results and how her team has responded to her body of work on the floor. Watching her team, her team is a beautiful team to watch because they do all the necessary things to win basketball games, and that’s a sign of Teri and the work that she’s put in.
I’m not surprised that they’re ranked. They deserve to be ranked. Hell, they led the Big Ten sometime last year at the top. I expect that they’ll be there again this year.
I’m wishing them nothing but the best.
Q. I’m curious with Trayce, last season he talked about maybe expanding his game into the perimeter. We didn’t actually see him take — I think he took three three-pointers last season. Do you see him stepping out to the perimeter taking the three-pointer more this season, or is that something that’s kind of — I know you encouraged him to do it. Maybe he didn’t feel comfortable, but do you see that as part of his game moving forward this year?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, again, I’m not going to stop him from doing that. He’ll be in a position where he catches it out there and have an opportunity to shoot it. If he shoots it, fine.
You know, everybody looks at this thing where he’s got to be a three-point shooter. I think if he makes a 15 to 17-foot shot, it’s just as effective. That’s kind of how I look at it.
He’s going to be in position to shoot those shots like the little L ball and the free throw shots, and it’s okay for him to shoot it.
I think this summer, the work that he’s put in, he’s shown that he can make that shot, and he has made them in our little pickup games and things of that nature. He’s just got to carry it over to the real game when it counts.
I thought one of the biggest shots of the season was in the Big Ten Tournament against Illinois, where he faced up Kofi and he shot a jump shot. Well, he’s going to have to do that some more this season. Coach is not telling him not to; put it that way.
Q. Your second season now coming in, you’ve got your first one out of the way. What have you learned as a coach having all those years spent in the NBA as a coach? Plenty of experience, but the college game is a little different, and different than when you played. What are some of the things that you learned as a coach and that you learned about how to run a program after that first season?
MIKE WOODSON: I’ve got to get better. I always put pressure on myself. I don’t put it on the player. Yeah, the player has to play, but I’ve got to get better at finishing games, because I thought there were a number of games I left out there last season in terms of we controlled games — I look at the Iowa game, coming down the stretch, four and a half minutes and we’re up nine and we can’t close that game out.
For me, that’s tough to swallow as a coach.
So those are things that I’ve got to go back to the drawing board and work on to the point when I’m in that position, I get them over the hump, and we’re coming out of that game feeling good about ourselves.
I don’t know; coaching is coaching. There are a lot of things that come into play when you’re coaching. When I look at the college game and how it’s being played, a lot of pick-and-rolls, a lot of three-point shots, the teams that sit at the top really get after you defensively.
I think we’ve got to be able to do all those things to be able to compete at a high level and beat the big-time teams. I mean, that’s what it’s going to take this season because that’s pretty much how the college game is being played.
Q. Going back to Trayce, he has seemed sort of willing to talk openly about I guess being more introspective, being a leader, his legacy, things like that. As he comes back for a fourth year and I think the expectations that even he’ll sort of acknowledge, does he vocalize that with you as his coach and as someone who’s walked that journey before, being expected in this place to be kind of a key figure for a really good team with a lot of attention and a lot of expectations? Does he talk about that with you at all?
MIKE WOODSON: We talk. He knows expectations are high this year. The fact that he made the commitment to come back is huge for our program. I mean, it’s like the piece to the program.
I think the body of work that Trayce has put in over the three years that he’s played here has been unbelievable. But he’s still got a lot of work on the table. He’s got a lot of things he’s got to finish.
You talk about legacy, legacy is putting another Big Ten title in here. Legacy is putting another national title. That’s what it’s all about. I think that’s what he’s thinking about more than anything.
As far as his leadership, he’s making strides in that area to help lead because that’s what’s going to be expected of him. I’m not going to let him run from it. He’s got to be our leader. He’s got to push guys around him and hold guys accountable, and he’s got to step up and be the guy.
I mean, that’s what it’s going to take for us to reach those two goals.
Q. You’ve talked about legacy. You’ve talked about expectations. How would you define success for basketball season 22-23?
MIKE WOODSON: Again, I don’t look at it in that light. My thing is I take a season one game at a time, one practice at a time. Yes, we’ve got goals. I can’t say this loud enough, guys: I came back here to win Big Ten titles and a national title. That’s all I want.
I’m not going to push the team in any other direction. If they’re scared of that challenge, then they shouldn’t be here. That’s kind of how I look at it.
I’m not scared of it. You shouldn’t be scared of it. We’ve got to do this together as a unit. Again, I know expectations are high. I get that. That’s a good thing. But we’ve got to go out and do it on the floor and show that we can win a Big Ten title and a national title. That’s all I’m concerned about right now.
The only way to do that is get better each and every day in practice, and when we step on the floor that we’re playing at a high level.
Q. I saw a lot of great stuff from Jalen Hood-Schiffino at Montverde, AAU. Heard great stuff from NBA scouts about him. What do you think he is best suited to do for you guys this year, and what kind of an impact can he have as a 6’5″ bigger guard who has a big arsenal?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, again, I don’t put pressure on none of these freshmen. But on the flipside of that, I’ve got to speed the process up. They can’t play like freshmen. I’m going to need those guys to be a big part of what we do.
I always have told players, you can’t play everybody 30 minutes a game. It’s the minutes that you get that you’ve got to make the most of. If it’s two minutes a game, it had better be the best two minutes that you play out on the floor for us, because if you don’t, I might not come back that way.
Everybody has got to be ready to play. Schiffino has been a great addition to our ballclub because he can do a lot of things on the basketball floor. But he’s got to be held accountable to play at a high level and help us win basketball games. I’m going to need him to do that.
Q. I’m curious about your schedule this year, especially the non-conference. You guys have already got a pretty stacked gauntlet in the Big Ten, but what are you expecting out of the team going into those non-conference match-ups?
MIKE WOODSON: To win. That’s the only thing I’m expecting. As soon as we start here with Marion in the practice game, that’s when it starts to me. Whenever there’s officials and we throw that ball up, I expect us to win.
Yeah, we’ve got some stiff competition this year with Xavier and Carolina and Kansas and Arizona. Hey, it’s what it is, man. Hey, we’ve just got to be ready to play and compete and win.
I’m not pushing anything else. We cannot run from the schedule. The schedule is what it is.
Q. Circling back to your freshmen, you already mentioned Jalen, but how have your other freshmen been developing and working in this off-season in order to immerse themselves into a good team?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, they’ve had their ups and downs. They’ve gotten a whiff of who I’m about a little bit. But the beauty about the four freshmen that we brought in, they’re very, very competitive, and that’s a big part of growing as an individual player.
Because if they were non-competitive, boy, I would be very disappointed. But they are competitive. They don’t like to lose.
I shared this story with you when we first started. They couldn’t beat the first unit that I had out on the floor. They would go home with their heads hung and down and disappointed, and I called them in after one practice, and I said listen, there’s going to come a time where you’re going to beat that unit.
Well, it’s been kind of back and forth ever since those first two weeks. So they’ve been very, very competitive. They’re trying to do all the necessary things on and off the court in terms of school, which is first and foremost.
But I like how they’re competing, and that’s what makes coaching fun for me.
Q. You mentioned Miller Kopp before. What’s your favorite part about coaching him?
MIKE WOODSON: Well, he’s very coachable. In the big league, we call him a true pro, because he listens and he tries to do all the things that’s asked of him.
I think he’s trying to be more of a leader. Miller has been around a while, too, and I’m going to need him to lead and hold guys accountable as well as himself.
But I like everything about Miller. I’ve just got to get him making some shots for us.
I thought his defense last year was phenomenal. I mean, from where he started, when people thought he couldn’t really defend, he was one of our best perimeter defenders last year, which was kind of nice to see.
Q. A year ago at this time, there seemed to be so many questions to you like why you came back, and here you are a year later, and you’re still here. Can you take us through — did you give it any thought about leaving after last season and what affected your thoughts on this?
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: I think the biggest thing for me was obviously last season, who the coach was going to be, with Coach Miller getting fired and Coach Woodson coming in and then setting up meetings with him, I think just talking to him and seeing his vision of my game and how he’s going to expand me and help me, I thought it was huge, and so I trusted him.
I think basically that’s the same thing that happened this year, obviously with COVID again coming into play, I think just trusting his process and doing a little bit more out on the floor is going to be huge for me this year.
Q. Trayce, wanted to get your thoughts, you had a chance to do some draft prep out on the West Coast. Can you take us through some things that kind of helped you, maybe added to your game, and what do you feel are focal points for you that can help you be a dominant player this year?
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: The biggest thing for me really is when I was out there, it was just shooting. That’s all I was doing was shooting, from everywhere, whether it be threes, twos, free throws. It’s all basically emphasis on shooting, just off the drive, off the catch. That was the biggest emphasis that my agents wanted me to do.
It was every day for two straight months of just shooting, so that’s basically — that’s what they said they wanted to see. That’s what the scouts said they wanted to see. So that’s what I was doing.
Q. Trayce, I don’t know if you heard Coach Woodson earlier, but he basically said you have the green light to shoot from the perimeter. Is that something you feel like you’re going to do more this season, or does it feel like something you need to do more?
TERRI MOREN: Yeah, I think it’s a little bit of both. Obviously last year I think I had the green light, but at the same time, my presence was needed inside, but now we’ve got some other players like Malik and Logan who’s coming along really strong that I’ll be playing a lot more for this year and be able to showcase my abilities from three.
It’s all about repetitions. I’m getting a lot of shots up in scrimmages and practice, so those are going to translate to game shots.
Q. Coach Woodson was asked about your legacy, which is going to be tremendous because you’ve scored all the points and rebounds and things like that, but he said ultimately it’ll be defined by winning a Big Ten title, winning an NCAA title, and just what your reaction is to those kind of expectations.
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: Yeah, absolutely. I think I have kind of set the stone of my individual legacy, being an All-American and doing all those things, but those don’t really matter if you don’t win something here. Winning is a big thing here, so winning a National Championship and also winning a Big Ten title, those are my two main goals this year, and if I do that, I know everything else will take care of itself.
Q. You said you expect to play a lot more power forward. Is Logan Duncan going to be the 5 in that case, and how much more ready is he to take on a whole lot more minutes than he had a year ago?
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: Yeah, so Logan is playing at a really high level right now. He’s rebounding the ball and he’s defending really well, especially just playing against me, and I’m just seeing it on the floor when I’m playing against him.
He’ll play a little bit of the 5. I think Malik will rotate at the 5 and 4, as well. But with our offense, everything is interchangeable.
I think it’s going to be good for us this year. We’re kind of spread out more and more people are going to do more things.
Q. Trayce, kind of along the lines of legacy, expectations for this season, I imagine it’s the sort of thing you would have always kind of wanted at Indiana but now they’re here, especially externally, you’re going to be one of the people at events like this, Big Ten media day, are going to have to shoulder it the most. How do you approach a season where expectations aren’t just high individually or internally, but everywhere you go people are going to be asking you specifically how do you get your team through this?
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: I think just coming in here my freshman year and not having really any expectations, even sophomore year, and then junior year just having a new team. Finally coming in here to this historic program and having an expectation to do something big I think is huge.
Obviously we’re going to carry that with a chip on our shoulder, but I think our team is hungry, and we’re ready to get out there and play.
Q. Trayce, back in May, Coach Woodson shared a story about how he challenged you before the Illinois Big Ten game going up against Kofi. I’m not asking you to address that specifically, but you seem to find something going up against bigger guys, guys that have more length than you. What did you find in that game, and then going up against Hunter Dickinson, against Michigan, two of your best games of the year?
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: I think the biggest thing for me was just confidence. After the Michigan game, my confidence was at an all-time high. Beating them for the first time, especially at your own place in Indy where you’re from I think was huge, and then me and Coach talked, and he said, Kofi has had your number and it’s time to give it back to him.
That’s what we did. First play of the game, I went right at him, scored, and it was a battle throughout the game, and then I got the upper hand. He’s a terrific player, but I’m glad he’s gone. (Laughter.)
Q. You talked over the summer, I guess you were just open about what your expectations were this season, and you talked about what you told Mike Woodson that you wanted the drug policy to be. I guess taking that sort of responsibility for the program, being open about the drug policy and what you wanted, why is that something you wanted to be open about?
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: It’s really just to hold everyone accountable. There’s really nothing else to be said about it. I know our guys are going to do the right thing. When the season is going, we’re going to be locked in and ready to go because we have really big aspirations, really big goals.
Q. Trayce, as a leader, as a fourth-year guy now, when you see all those four freshmen coming in, what do you do to build and establish a relationship with them?
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: Really just talk to them. Some of them are going through it a little bit right now with Coach, but I know they’re going to all do great things here. We’ve just got to keep talking to them, just make sure that they’re okay. It’s kind of a hard adjustment sometimes being a freshman, but I know they’re going to all do great things, and I can’t wait to watch them succeed.
Q. Xavier Johnson, what kinds of changes have you seen, what kind of growth have you seen from him since he went through his situation?
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS: Xavier has been locked in. He’s been doing his thing. He’s been in the gym working. He’s being a leader. I know he’s going to do great things this year, and he’s going to be a huge piece for us, and he’s going to be a huge leader on the floor.
INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY
(COACH TERI MOREN)
TERRI MOREN: Well, good afternoon. It’s great to see everybody. Before I start, I just want to thank Scott and Jeremy Gray and Megan and J.D. for organizing this event this afternoon.
Thank you also to our sponsors and just friends of Indiana that are here today in support of men’s and women’s basketball. You guys know that we count on you in so many ways, and we’re grateful for your friendship and loyalty and certainly your support that you give both men’s and women’s basketball.
We are excited. I can’t believe another season is here. It is exciting. It’s always exciting, football, but basketball is right around the corner certainly, and we have a lot to look forward to.
Although we’re going to be different in many ways, we have some big shoes to fill. But I have a terrific staff that has done an outstanding job of recruiting.
We are looking forward to the seven holdovers in addition to the seven new faces that we have in our program. I think we have some interesting pieces. I think we have some exciting pieces.
But as I mentioned, we certainly have some big shoes to fill with the graduation of Aleksa Gulbe and Nikki and Ali Patberg.
But we’re excited. Tomorrow will be practice number 11 for us. We haven’t officially started. We had a little bit of a slow summer, just some off-season injuries, recoveries, so we’re a little bit behind in terms of where we were a year ago.
But we’re catching up quickly.
But I love this group. They’re great people, great students. You guys will, I think, be excited to support them and watch them play once again.
Yeah, we’re excited for next Thursday to get here when we officially open up, and I think you guys have a lot to look forward to with this group.
Q. Kind of a bigger picture question. Everybody talks about transfers now with the portal, the immediate eligibility rule. You’ve had success for a while in adapting transfers into kind of the broader equation for success. What in your mind works, at least for you, in terms of from the process of identifying maybe a need and saying we’re going to pursue a transfer for that as opposed to a high school player, to finding that player, and bringing them into a program in a way that allows them to sort of impact very quickly?
TERI MOREN: Well, I think you hit it on the head. I think for us it’s always been about our needs. I look back at when Tyra Buss and Amanda Cahill were here and we knew that their graduation was approaching, and so we had to fill those with two transfers, Brenna Wise and Ali Patberg.
I think we just forecast with graduation, with our needs that we have. But we have, we’ve had a lot of success with transfers.
I think the key with all that is that the kids that do decide to transfer, they want to transfer to a place where they’re going to play and they’re going to have an impact and a significant place on the team.
We’re not interested in becoming a program that has all transfers. I think we feel like we have to have a mixture of still the four-year high school kid, which we have several of those.
But I think one thing that we have seen with the transfers is that it gives you immediate experience, college experience, which is always good, especially when you’re trying to build off of but also sustain the level of success that we’ve had.
You have to have, I think, a combination of the two, but the experience certainly matters.
Q. Last year depth off the bench sometimes seemed like a problem. Do you think with the transfers and the freshmen coming in, you’ll be able to go to your bench more often this season if you need to?
TERI MOREN: I certainly hope so. As I mentioned in my earlier statement, yeah, I think we have some interesting pieces. I think we have a lot of really good talent.
Any time that we have four freshmen, the key with that is just the experience piece, but it’s also — the only way you get experience is by playing; I realize that. But I do think that there is going to be a moment where you’ll probably see us use our depth more than we did a year ago. We’re excited about that.
We’ve always been a program that’s wanted to be able to have a lot of pieces, different kind of pieces on the floor. Last year didn’t lend itself to that. But I think that with the combination of the four freshmen but also the transfers that we have, you’re going to see —
You know, but I will say this. One of the things about Nikki and Ali and even Aleksa. We talk about this, they were workhorses. You could put them out there for a lot of minutes. And I don’t know that — certainly you have Mackenzie. Grace is a workhorse. But I think we welcome the idea of being able to have having depth, and we’re excited about it.
Q. You’ve mentioned Ali and the graduated seniors a few times and how different you’re going to be. The group that you have now, how much has this group learned how to play around expectations and manage expectations, and how different is that going to be when you have so many new faces in the program?
TERI MOREN: That’s a great question. You know, and here’s the thing that we’ve tried not to do, is from day one with this group, is play the comparison game. We’re not the team from last year, but we do have some interesting pieces. We have some talent that we’re excited about.
I think it’s part of the recruiting process. Certainly with our freshmen, they understand. They’ve watched us, the level of success that we’ve had.
But I think with adding Syd and Sarah and Alyssa, they’re vets. They’re experienced. They understand the expectation. They understand the level of success we’ve enjoyed.
So I think more than anything, it’s in the recruiting process that we talk about the expectations, the standards. It’s one thing to climb. It’s another thing to sustain.
We’re pretty clear on that in the recruiting process, what our expectations are, and how we want to continue to build off the success, but there’s still more that we want to accomplish. We have goals that we have yet to accomplish, right, like winning the Big Ten championship.
Those are the things, though, that the expectations will be high, but those are the things that will keep us hungry and will keep that invisible chip that we’ve always played with that we haven’t — even though we have the goals, we haven’t achieved the goals quite yet.
Q. Chloe Moore-McNeil has had wonderful development for the past few years and she’s going to be here speaking today. What kind of impact do you expect she’ll have being one of your returners?
TERI MOREN: Chloe I had a great summer. She had a fantastic summer. The expectations for her a year ago were big for her to come off of our bench and be a scoring power for us, but also be a great defender, which she was for us.
The expectations, I think Chloe has them for herself, that she wants to come in and do what she can do to help her team.
But I think, again, based on what she was able to do this summer, she’s come back, she’s stronger, she’s shooting more consistently outside the arc.
But I think she’s excited for her junior year, without question, and I’m excited for her, because a kid like Chloe who’s spent time on the bench and has been in every practice just trying to get a little bit better, a little bit better every day, and then now she’s to a point where she has that opportunity in front of her to not only start but play big minutes for us.
Q. This is the year the Big Ten has announced an alliance with another conference to emphasize attention on Title IX. Can you reflect a little bit about the changes you’ve seen in your lifetime that Title IX brought about? You don’t go back to the beginning-beginning because you had just been born, I think, but in terms of your game and what you’ve seen and how it’s affected your coaching, too.
TERI MOREN: Well, it’s changed, as you mentioned. I could go into probably greater detail. Just playing for somebody like Lin Dunn, who was my college coach, and listening to some of her stories, and then fast forwarding to where we are now and everything that has changed and then continues to change.
The needle is still quickly moving for our female athletes, and in a lot of really great ways. I think what I’ve always said in regards to Title IX is — I think I speak for all female athletes, is that there should be — when you talk about sports universally, there should be no female/male sports. We’re all athletes. I think the one thing we have just wanted and we’re still yearning for is that everybody sees us as that, just an athlete, not a female athlete, not a male athlete, just an athlete.
But we have benefitted. I think we’ll continue to benefit. Things will continue to change with time.
Maybe they’re not changing as quickly as some of us females would like, but I do think that there has been great change, even from two years ago with the Final Four, as we did see in the NCAA Tournament. They’ll continue to change.
I’m hopeful — I don’t know if I’ll be coaching at the time, but there’s going to be more changes that are going to happen in our game, not just women’s basketball, but I think for female — we have more exposure than we’ve ever had, not just in women’s basketball but soccer and all the other women’s sports that are out there.
It’s not that we’re knocking on the door anymore. I think we’ve broken through the door. But certainly more exposure to women in sport is something that we’ve wanted for some time, and I think it’ll continue to improve.
We’re just excited now that you can turn on the TV and watch a women’s basketball game. You can turn on the TV and watch a women’s soccer game. For the longest time, even growing up as a young athlete, I didn’t have that opportunity to see women’s basketball on TV.
Now we have that opportunity.
We’ve made great strides. There’s no question. But we’ll continue to, I think, push the envelope.
Q. How big was it to have Grace come back this year, and how has her role changed internally within this team over the off-season?
TERI MOREN: I don’t know that her role has changed. She’s been such a significant part of why we’ve had the success we’ve had. Obviously for her to come back was a really big deal, even though if you know Grace, there was very little fanfare when she decided to make that decision.
As a matter of fact, I’m not even — she didn’t even tell me. I think she needed to show up for something for Megan, and I think Megan said, does this mean you’re going to return? And she’s like, oh, yeah. I’m coming back. So she’s like, well, does Coach know? She’s like, I don’t know if I’ve told Coach or not, but you can tell her.
That’s typical Grace Berger in terms of just how humble she is, what a competitor she is, how much she loves Indiana. I think that’s what it really signifies is her love for this place and the love that she has, I think, for her teammates.
If anybody continues to remind me that we still have a lot of goals that we haven’t accomplished yet, it’s Grace. If you ask Grace, we haven’t done much, and I love that. I love that about her because of her competitiveness and the spirit she has.
She obviously has left a mark, but I think she has her sights set on still winning a championship here.
Q. You’re in front of the five National Championship banners for the men behind you. You’re on stage. You’ve been to other programs around the state. You’ve coached. You’ve played other places. How excited are you to see this full house, that you’ve helped build this program? And number two, what does IU mean to you on the basketball front and you building this program?
TERI MOREN: Well, I think it means, again — it’s hard to believe that I’m going into my 10th season here, first. It just reminds me of when we arrived here nine years ago that what we set out to do was — this is the — the tradition has always — and I’ve said this in the most respectful kind of way, the tradition has always been on the men’s side of it.
So what we set out to do when we arrived here was we wanted to build our own tradition of winning and filling this place up with not just women’s basketball fans but basketball fans. I think we’ve been able to accomplish that.
I think it started out as fans that just wanted to come watch the women’s game, and then because of the success that we’ve had, it kind of has trickled through the Bloomington community and Indianapolis community that, oh, not only do they have a great men’s program, they also have this great women’s program, and let’s go check them out.
Now you’ve seen the increase in our fan base, the excitement that certainly is here in Bloomington for women’s basketball.
So what it means for us is I’ve managed to surround myself with a great staff. Our staff has done a fantastic job, like I mentioned, of getting the right kind of players that fit us, and we’re putting a product on the floor that everybody, one, appreciates, and two, really enjoys watching.
What we set out to do, we certainly have changed the way that people on the outside have always looked at this program.
That’s what’s most exciting, that there’s a buzz about Indiana women’s basketball.
Q. You’ve achieved tremendous things here, done things that nobody else has done here as a coach, back to back Sweet 16s with an Elite 8. Have you identified what are the things you need to focus on to take the next steps?
TERI MOREN: Well, I think for us, a year ago we had the right pieces. We had all the pieces we needed. The one thing that you can never control is injuries. I think Mackenzie Holmes, losing her for a large part of the season, and once Mack got hurt, she wasn’t quite 100 percent.
So I think in retrospect, when we look back at what could have been different, if Mack would have been 100 percent healthier, could we have won a Big Ten championship? I think we could have.
So we have, once again, I think all the pieces in place. Anytime that you’re combining — again, we lost a significant — we lost three starters from a year ago, and now we have to figure out how to combine the seven holdovers with the seven new faces.
Do we have enough pieces? I think we’ll have enough firepower. I think defensively we’ve always been at the top of this league in terms of the grittiness and the toughness.
How our chemistry — that’s the thing that has set us apart. I think our chemistry has just been off the charts the last two season, so it’s going to be up to us in terms of how quickly we can build relationships with one another, how quickly our chemistry can be, once again, really, really good.
Because we feel like as a staff, we certainly have the pieces; now we’ve got to put it all together. I think the things — some of those things that you can’t control are the injury bug, but we feel really confident that if we can stay healthy and come together relatively quickly, we’ll have a chance.
Q. There are two players in particular I wanted to ask about. First, Sarah. She shot and attempted more threes per game than pretty much your entire team. I’m wondering how you think she fits in with the way your team has played the last several years. And then Yarden, just what have you seen from her since she got in here, and how quickly do you think she could be making an impact?
TERI MOREN: Well, we know this with Sarah. Sarah came into the hall last year and stuck seven threes on us, so we know that she likes this gym, and she’s told me that. So we’re excited certainly about her firepower.
A year ago she was one of the best three-point shooters in the country, so I think she’s going to fit in really well, with our ability to find her.
I’m not sure it surprised us, but with Minnesota her role was certainly to shoot a lot of shots beyond the arc, but she’s been inside of practice and she’s been a great facilitator.
One of the things that we were curious about was how interested she would be in defending because you know that’s such a huge part of who we are, and she’s been very interested defender for us, and she’s probably been better than what we thought she would be, which is good.
Then Yarden, she’s interesting, because she’s a big — I guess a big guard, point forward, because you’ll see her at — you might see her at the point, you might see her at the stretch 4. She can play a lot of different positions. She has a natural instinct. She’ll do stuff that we don’t necessarily practice. She just is a natural basketball player.
It’s been kind of fun to watch her.
I think the thing with freshmen always is the pace and also the schedule of being a student here at Indiana and also figuring out how to manage her time. She’s a kid that loves to be in the gym, as well, and she’s been fantastic.
But I do think that she has an opportunity, I will say, to be a very, very special player.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 16-ranked Indiana men’s soccer (3-2-1, 0-1-0 B1G) returns home to welcome Michigan State (2-4-1, 0-0-0 B1G) in its Big Ten home opener Friday (Sept. 23) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana is undefeated in 12 straight matches at home going back to the 2021 season. In that span, IU has 11 shutout victories.
• IU’s Todd Yeagley, and Michigan State’s Damon Rensing, are both among the Big Ten’s top-five winningest coaches of all-time, by percentage. Yeagley ranks No. 2 (.688) and Rensing No. 5 (.564). Both earned their first Big Ten head coaching jobs in 2009.
• The Hoosiers have scored 11 goals from seven unique goal scorers this season.
ABOUT THE SPARTANS
• Michigan State comes into the match with a 2-4-1 record. OSU’s last result was a 4-1 defeat to No. 4 Washington.
• The Spartans are led by 13th-year head coach Damon Rensing. Rensing has compiled a 132-98-36 record at MSU.
• Eight Spartans have totaled 10 goals this season. Redshirt senior Will Perkins and freshman midfielder Jack Guggemos are tied for the team lead with two goals apiece.
• Indiana has dominated the all-time series with Michigan State, owning a 43-8-5 record against the Spartans.
• The Hoosiers won the first 30 matchups and, recently, have not lost to MSU since 2015. In that span, IU is 6-0-2, winning each of the last four matches.
• In last year’s matchup, Indiana rode Patrick McDonald’s first-career goal in the 48th minute to a 1-0 win. Seven of IU’s last eight wins over MSU have been decided by one goal.
After a 12-game non-conference schedule for the Hoosiers, Steve Aird’s 7-5 Indiana Volleyball team will jump into conference play this weekend with trips to No. 9 Penn State and Maryland.
The Big Ten, easily the nation’s most grueling volleyball conference, will spare no mercy once again during the 2022 season. There are five teams ranked within the Top-10 including Penn State, the conference’s lone unbeaten squad.
Friday will take the Hoosiers to Happy Valley before Sunday’s game in College Park against Maryland. Both matches are set to be streamed on BTN+.
“We’re all excited for the opportunity to compete,” Aird said. “20 matches in the Big Ten and you get the opportunity to test yourself against the nation’s best. All things considered, I thought we had a pretty solid preseason. We kept getting better every week.”
Breaking Down the Hoosiers
The Hoosiers enter the weekend following a productive offensive weekend at the WKU Invitational that saw them go 2-1 with wins over Texas A&M and Tennessee Tech.
Mady Saris was once again at her finest, providing 43 kills across three matches over the weekend including 14 on a .407 clip against Tennessee Tech.
IU hit a collective .438 as a team in the straight-sets win over Tennessee Tech, the 9th-best team hitting percentage in a single game in program history.
Paula Cerame continues to be a calming presence in the back row as IU’s libero. She’s played every set this season and has 149 digs to her record.
She enters the weekend with 917 digs in her career between Florida and IU, inching her closer to 1,000 for her collegiate career.
Camryn Haworth inches towards the first milestone of her career as well. She’s sitting on 897 assists entering the weekend.
The Fishers, Ind. native had 108 in three matches last weekend and owns a season’s best of 50 in a four-set win over Western Carolina on Sept. 8.
Morgan Geddes played out of the middle in the final two games last weekend but still provided 36 kills and three blocks on the weekend.
Savannah Kjolhede has been outstanding all season for IU at middle blocker. A starter in every match, the Colleyville, Texas native put up eight total blocks against No. 21 Western Kentucky.
She owns 39 total blocks on the season and the Big Ten’s fourth-best hitting percentage (.390).
The Hoosiers are 16-23 all-time in Big Ten openers. In the Steve Aird, IU is 2-2 with wins in 2018 (Northwestern) and 2021 (Michigan State).
IU last won its road opener in the Big Ten during a trip to Ohio State in 2018.
No. 9 Penn State (11-0)
• Led by first-year head coach Katie Schumacher-Cawley, Penn State is off to a 11-0 start that includes a pair of wins over top-20 foes Stanford and Oregon.
• The 7-time National Champions feature a brilliant offensive attack including a trio of athletes (Anjelina Starck, Zoe Weatherington and Kashauna Williams) with 100+ kills on the season.
• The Nittany Lions are allowing their opponents to hit just .145 on the season with three girls (Taylor Trammell, Seleisa Elisaia and Allie Holland) owning 40+ total blocks on the campaign.
• Maryland and fifth-year coach Adam Hughes are off to a 9-3 start this season. They will open their conference slate on Friday evening at Illinois.
• Two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Rainelle Jones (77 total blocks) leads a potent Terrapin defense that averages 3.38 blocks per set.
• San Csire and Laila Ivey provided a one-two punch on the attack with 261 kills between the pair of outside hitters.
Venue: Rec Hall (University Park, Pa.); Xfinity Center Pavilion (College Park, Md.)
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Friday, Sept. 23: Indiana vs. Penn State (7:00 PM)
Sunday, Sept. 25: Indiana vs. Maryland (1:00 PM)
PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In conjunction with its television partners, the Big Ten Conference announced times and television designations for the 2022-23 Purdue men’s basketball season today.
The Boilermakers will be featured prominently on the national scene, making 18 appearances on major national networks (FOX, CBS, ESPN family). Of the 20 Big Ten games, Purdue will be on the three major families of networks in 12 of the contests.
Highlights on the Boilermakers’ television appearances include CBS Sunday afternoon games at Mackey Arena against Michigan State (Jan. 29 – Noon) and Ohio State (Feb. 19 – 1 p.m. ET). Perhaps the toughest ticket to any game in the Big Ten this year will be Feb. 25, when Indiana visits for a 7:30 p.m. ET, tip on FOX. It marks the first weekend night game against the Hoosiers in Mackey Arena since the 2000-01 season.
The Boilermakers last four home games will be televised by ESPN2 (Iowa on Feb. 9) CBS (Ohio State on Feb. 19) and FOX (Indiana on Feb. 25; Illinois on March 5).
Road highlights include a 2:30 p.m. ET, tip against Michigan State on FOX on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 16) and ESPN contests against Minnesota (Jan. 19) and Indiana (Feb. 4).
Purdue’s home contest against Marquette in the Gavitt Games on Nov. 15, will be aired by FS1 at 8:30 p.m. ET. The Indy Classic against Davidson on Dec. 17, will be televised by the Big Ten Network at 6:15 p.m. ET, from Gainbridge Fieldhouse. The Boilermakers’ historic contest against Penn State in the Palestra on Jan. 8, will be aired by the Big Ten Network at 4 or 6 p.m. ET. Lastly, Purdue will ring in the new calendar year on Jan. 2, with a noon tip against Rutgers from Mackey Arena.
Just one regular-season game, Hofstra on Dec. 7, will be streamed online on BTN+ and the FoxSports App.
Season tickets are sold out this season, but single-game tickets will go on sale Oct. 18, to varying levels of John Purdue Club members, then will go on sale to the general public Oct. 21.
Friday, September 23 | 8 p.m. ET
#11 Purdue vs. #8 Minnesota
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Sunday, September 25 | 1 p.m. ET
#11 Purdue at Iowa
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After opening the season with a 9-1 record, the No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers are set to open Big Ten play with a pair of nationally-televised matches in a home-and-away weekend.
First, the Boilermakers will play at Holloway Gymnasium on Friday at 8 p.m. ET in a top-11 matchup vs. No. 8 Minnesota (5-3) on Big Ten Network. Then, Purdue will travel to Coralville, Iowa (6-5) to take on Iowa at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN2.
A LOOK AT THE #8 MINNESOTA GOPHERS
Series Record: 32-56 (MIN leads) | Last Meeting: Nov. 14, 2021 (W, 3-1 in Minneapolis)
Purdue is looking for its first win vs. Minnesota in Holloway Gymnasium since Nov. 10, 2015.
Minnesota tested itself early, having faced six ranked teams during non-conference play, including 1 receiving votes and has gone 4-3 in those matches.
The Golden Gopher’s attack is led by Taylor Landfair, with 4.87 points per set and 4.35 kills per set. The outside hitter is among the best in the nation, ranking among the top-27 in kills per set (19th), points per set (24th) and attacks per set (27th). Among Big Ten teams, she is second behind Eva Hudson in
The one responsible for setting her up is Melani Shaffmaster, who is averaging 10.26 assists per set.
The defensive effort is led by a trio of blockers, Carter Booth, Ellie Husemann, and Shaffmaster, with each averaging over 0.81 blocks per set.
A LOOK AT THE IOWA HAWKEYES
Series Record: 58-22 (PUR leads) | Last meeting: Oct. 9, 2021 (W, 3-0 in Coralville, Iowa)
The Boilermakers have won the past 8 matches against the Hawkeyes, with the last loss coming on Oct. 6, 2016, in Iowa City.
The Hawkeye’s offense features four hitters averaging over 2.2 kills per set. Michelle Urquhart leads the group with 2.816 kills per set.
Iowa’s defense is led by Mari Hinkle in the back row, averaging 4.757 digs per set. Up front, Delaney McSweeney is averaging 0.641 blocks per set.
Purdue’s fifth year middle blocker Hannah Clayton will return to Iowa, where she was a four-year starter and holds numerous record-book marks, including #3 in all-time hitting % (.285) and 9th in all-time blocks (328).
STARTING THE SEASON STRONG
For the seventh straight year, the Boilermakers enter Big Ten play with one non-conference loss or fewer.
Purdue closed non-conference season with a 9-1 record, marking the most wins in non-conference play since 2018.
Purdue’s 6-0 start was the best since 2018 and eighth time under HC Dave Shondell.
The Boilermakers are off to one of its most efficient non-conference starts, ranking second in the league with 14.06 kills per set and third in the league with a .281 hitting %, 1.47 opponent blocks and 14.50 digs per set.
Four Boilers that have started are hitting above .300: Raven Colvin (.322%), Hannah Clayton (.352% ), Eva Hudson (.323% with 134-30-324), Emily Rastovski (.467% with 8-1-15)
STACEY CLARK CLASSIC LOOK BACK
The Boilermakers swept Northern Kentucky and Ball State to win the Stacey Clark Classic.
Purdue All-Tournament Team members: Eva Hudson (MVP), Emma Ellis and Madeline Koch.
Purdue out-performed its opponents 24-7 in total blocks and 15.17-9.33 in kills per set.
The 25-11 second set win vs. Ball State is the most decisive set victory since 2018 (vs. Tulsa, 8/25).
A sound back row saw 57 receptions over the sweep of Ball State with just one reception error (.983%). It is the second time this season Purdue has committed so few errors
BIG TEN WEEKLY AWARDS
Following the Stacey Clark Classic, Eva Hudson was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Hudson is the fastest Big Ten player to reach three Freshman of the Week accolades since Minnesota’s Samantha Seliger-Swenson in 2015.
The outside hitter had her most efficient match of the season vs. Northern Kentucky, registering .500 hitting % with 15 kills and one error on 28 swings.
Against Ball State, Hudson came one dig shy of a double-double with 16 kills, nine digs and four stuffs. Her defensive effort at the net included one block solo on the match-winning point (30-28) in set three.
Moreover, her effort against the Cardinals led to 20.5 total points, the most by a Big Ten player in a three-set match last week.
In total, Hudson has earned four awards: Both Player and Freshman of the Week honors in Week 1. Following Week 2, libero Maddie Schermerhorn earned her first career accolade as Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.
ON THE RISE
The Boilermakers jumped from #26 to #14 nationally in kills per set following their 15.17 average in the Stacey Clark Classic.
Following 24 blocks over the past two matches, Purdue leaped 36 spots to #19 in the nation in blocks per set (2.74).
Last season, Holloway was rated the best atmosphere in the Big Ten.
In the last 11 years, Purdue has recorded 11 wins vs. top-5 opponents alone, eight of those wins came on Purdue’s home turf.
Over the last three years, Purdue has taken down six top-25 opponents on Belin Court, including two #3 teams just last season.
Fans have sold out every Big Ten match for two consecutive seasons. The 2019 season was one match shy of extending the streak to three straight years (tickets were not sold due to COVID-19 for the 2020 season).
INDIANAPOLIS – BIG EAST competition starts this weekend for the Butler volleyball team! The Bulldogs will open the conference slate with a road match at DePaul, Friday night at 8 PM. The weekend will come to a close Saturday in Milwaukee with the nationally-ranked Golden Eagles hosting Butler at 7 PM.
– Butler leads the all-time series against DePaul 20-12, but the Blue Demons have won the last three meetings (3-1, 3-0, 3-2). Butler’s last win at DePaul came in five sets back in 2019 (11/1).
– Marquette is leading the all-time series against Butler 17-9. The Golden Eagles have won two-straight over BU.
– The Bulldogs are just 2-7 in BIG EAST openers since joining the conference in 2013. They swept Seton Hall in New Jersey in 2018 and won 3-2 at DePaul in 2015.
– Sophomore setter Jenna Splitt grew up just 50 miles northwest of Chicago in Cary, Ill.
– Butler leads the BIG EAST in blocks per set (2.31) and are fourth in total team blocks (97).
– The Bulldogs are third in the BIG EAST and 70th in the nation in opponent hitting percentage (0.177).
– Mariah Grunze ranks third in the conference and 50th in the NCAA in attacks per set (10.6).
– Grunze averaged 3.90 kills per set last weekend in matches vs. Ohio, Missouri and Central Michigan.
– Jaymeson Kinley ranks third in the BIG EAST and 26th in the country in digs per set (4.95).
– Cora Taylor ranks fourth in the BIG EAST in assists per set (9.0) and Marisa Guisti ranks fourth in the conference in blocks per set (1.15)
– Guisti averaged 1.30 blocks per set in the Bulldog Brawl last weekend.
– Maddie Renn and Jaymeson Kinley account for half (20) of Butler’s service aces this season.
SCOUTING DEPAUL: The Blue Demons have started out the season with a 4-9 record. They began their season traveling to SMU for the SMU Doubletree Invitational where they went winless, dropping matches to Stephen F. Austin (3-1), SMU (3-2), and UC Irvine (3-0). DePaul went winless again in their second tournament dropping matches to #22 Western Kentucky (3-1), Northern Kentucky (3-2), and Bowling Green (3-1). The Blue Demons turned it around winning four of their last six with three wins in the DePaul Invitational and winning one of three in the Chicago Cup. They defeated the likes of Virginia Tech (3-1), Eastern Michigan (3-1), Saint Louis (3-1), and Loyola Chicago (3-1). Setbacks came at the hands of Northwestern (3-1) and UIC (3-1).
DePaul was picked to finish third in the 2022-23 BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Junior Jill Pressly earned ALL-BIG EAST team honors. Key veterans in Bailey Nelson, Hanna Karl, and libero Rachel Krasowski all return.
SCOUTING #19 MARQUETTE: The Golden Eagles are nationally ranked heading into the weekend with a 10-1 overall record. They defeated DePaul on Wednesday night to open up BIG EAST action. Before the start of the conference season Marquette went toe-to-toe with three ranked opponents. They opened the 2022 campaign with a 3-2 win at #11 Kentucky. Their lone loss came at #6 Wisconsin (3-1), and they bounced back nicely with a five-set win over #25 Illinois at the Al McGuire Center on Sept. 17.
Marquette was picked second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches’ Poll.
BULLDOGS ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Jaymeson Kinley and Megan Sheridan made the Top Dawg Challenge All-Tournament Team with Kinley taking home MVP honors. Kinley and Mariah Grunze were selected to the Boise State Classic All-Tournament Team and Grunze would also be part of the 2022 Bulldog Brawl All-Tournament Team.
The Denver Invitational did not release an All-Tournament Team.
ALL 42: Three Bulldogs have appeared in all 42 sets this season. Those student-athletes are Mariah Grunze, Jaymeson Kinley and Maddie Renn.
Marisa Guisti and Megan Sheridan have appeared in 41 of the 42 sets this year.
ACTION AT THE NET: Butler recorded 12 total blocks against Missouri in game two of the Bulldog Brawl last weekend. It marks the second-highest block total of the season for the team this season.
Butler recorded a season-high 16 blocks in the win over Akron opening weekend.
MARIAH VS. MISSOURI: Mariah Grunze posted a season-high 18 kills in the four-set match vs. Missouri last weekend. Her high heading into that match was 15 in a three-set win vs. Eastern Washington.
Megan Sheridan has posted 17 kills two times this year. She did it in the same day with 17 vs. Boise State, then 17 more that night vs. Eastern Washington.
BOGGESS EYES MILESTONES: Grace Boggess has 87 kills and 44 total blocks heading into the weekend. Boggess had six blocks vs. Missouri so reaching 50 this weekend is definitely in play. Her career-high kill total is 10.
Boggess posted 10 kills two times last year in non-conference tilts vs. Central Michigan and North Dakota.
CARMEL TO CHICAGO TO INDIANAPOLIS: BU senior Elana Brueggemann spent her freshman season playing at DePaul for the Blue Demons. She made an immediate impact with 145 kills, 110 digs and 21 blocks in 97 sets.
Brueggemann was a six-rotation player at Carmel H.S. before deciding on DePaul for her college choice. She returned to the Indianapolis area in 2020 and has played in 28 matches for the Bulldogs. She has not appeared in any matches this season due to injury.
GUISTI FINDS HER ROLE: Marisa Guisti has more blocks through 12 matches this season than she had in her first two seasons at Butler.
Guisti set career-high marks at DePaul last year in kills (13) and attacks (38).
UP NEXT: BIG EAST action continues next weekend for Butler with matches at #17 Creighton and Xavier. The Bluejays will host the Bulldogs on Friday night at 7:30 PM. Xavier will welcome BU to Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon for a 1 PM start.
Butler’s BIG EAST home opener is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7 against Georgetown. BU will also host Villanova that weekend on Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball program announced its nine-game non-conference schedule on Thursday (Sept. 22), completing the Jaguars’ full schedule for the upcoming 2022-2023 campaign. The Jags are set to host UIC (Nov. 7), Ohio (Nov. 20), Bowling Green (Dec. 15) and Northern Illinois (Dec. 21).
Head coach Kate Bruce will begin her first season leading the Jags when they open the regular season at home against former Horizon League foe, UIC (Nov. 7). From there, the Jaguars will head to the Louisville to face the Cardinals on Nov. 10, then return to Indy to face the Butler Bulldogs at Hinkle Fieldhouse (Nov. 13).
IUPUI will play one more game on the road at Southern Illinois Carbondale (Nov. 16) before returning to the Jungle to face Ohio (Nov. 20). The Jags will then go on the road for two when they face Eastern Michigan (Nov. 23) and Ball State (Dec. 8).
The Jaguars finish the non-conference slate hosting Bowling Green (Dec. 15) and Northern Illinois (Dec. 21).
Season tickets are on sale by contacting the IUPUI Ticket Office at 317-278-2530 or by clicking here (PDF). Tip times and game promotions will be finalized in the coming weeks and all IUPUI home games will be broadcast on ESPN networks.
BALL STATE WSOCCER
OXFORD, Ohio – The Ball State soccer team made the trip to Oxford, Ohio, for the Mid-American Conference opener against Miami. The Cardinals scored their fastest goal of the season as the first goal came 26 seconds into the match. Delaney Caldwell and Avery Fenchel each found the back of the net as the Cardinals and RedHawks ended in a 2-2 draw on Thursday.
Ball State is 1-3-4 and 0-0-1 in MAC play on the season, while Miami is 4-2-2 on the season and 0-0-1 in the conference.
“It was a tough MAC conference game today,” said Head Coach Josh Rife. “It was great to get off to a good start and score some quality goals. Frustrating to give up the goals we did, knowing Miami has done really well this season on set pieces and it was a focus for us. Looking at the big picture, to get a tough point on the road is never bad and we did that.”
Acadia Murphy played a ball from around midfield towards the box. Caldwell outran the Miami defender and collected the ball just outside the box. She ripped a shot from just inside the box and beat the keeper to the far post just 26 seconds into the match.
In the fifth minute, Abby Elgert dribbled the ball down the endline into the box. After she beat a defender, she placed the ball on the foot of Fenchel, who chipped it by the goalkeeper and inside the near post. Fenchel has scored a goal in three-straight matches.
Miami was able to find the back of the net off a free kick in the 27th minute by Camber Hayes. The match went to the break, 2-1, in favor of the Cardinals.
The RedHawks found the equalizer on another free kick. Hayes sent a ball into the box for Norah Roush for the header.
In the 81st minute, Miami added some pressure inside the box. Bethany Moser came up with a great save to keep a shot out from five yards out. She gathered herself and made a second stop on a rebounded shot attempt. Her back-to-back stops kept the game knotted at 2-2.
Fenchel notched her fifth goal of the year and Caldwell collected her second. Murphy picked up her first collegiate point with her assist and Elgert tallied her first assist of the season.
Moser finished the match with seven saves and is now 1-3-4 in net for Ball State. Her counterpart, Izzie Vaccari, made four stops and is 4-2-2 on the year for Miami.
Ball State returns to the friendly confines of the Briner Sports Complex for a MAC matchup with Eastern Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 25. First touch is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be on ESPN+/3.
BALL STATE VB
LET THE #MACTION BEGIN: The Ball State women’s volleyball team opens Mid-American Conference play this weekend with a two-match set at Central Michigan … The Cardinals and Chippewas will square off at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at McGuirk Arena.
FOLLOW THE ACTION: Both of this weekend’s matches will be broadcast live, with Friday’s match on ESPN+ and Saturday’s on ESPN3 … In addition, live stats will be available courtesy of the host Chippewas … Live updates from the matches will also be provided on the team’s Twitter feed: @BallStateWVB.
THE ALL-TIME SERIES: The Cardinals hold a 51-35 lead in the all-time series versus Central Michigan, including earning a pair of 3-1 victories last season … The last five matches between the two clubs have been played in Muncie, with BSU winning four … CMU does have a two-match winning streak on its home floor, winning matches on Oct. 11, 2019, and Nov. 2, 2018 … Overall, the Cardinals are 20-16 all-time in matches played in Mount Pleasant.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:
• In its 51st season of play, Ball State boasts a 979-628-2 (.609) all-time record in women’s volleyball … The Cardinals have captured 11 MAC West Division Championships, nine MAC Regular Season Championships, and eight MAC Tournament Championships … Ball State made its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament last season, earning a first-round victory over Michigan for the third NCAA Tournament win in program history … BSU has also earned one bid into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC).
• Ball State enters Friday’s match at Central Michigan as the winningest program in league play with a 418-212 (.663) all-time Mid-American Conference record … Western Michigan is second on the list at 417-213 (.622) … Central Michigan is seventh based on winning percentage at 311-320 (.493).
• Despite not receiving votes in the last three AVCA Top 25 Coaches Polls, the Cardinals put together a string of three straight polls receiving votes, including the first two of the 2022 season … Ball State received three votes in the 2021 final poll, 18 in the 2022 preseason poll and seven in the Aug. 29, 2022, poll … Prior to the 2021 AVCA Final Poll, the Cardinals had not received votes in an AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll since earning eight votes on Oct. 31, 2011.
• Speaking of polls, the Ball State women’s volleyball program was the unanimous pick to win the Mid-American Conference West Division in the league’s annual preseason poll … The Cardinals earned all 12 first-place votes to win the division and picked up four of the 12 votes to repeat as tournament champion.
2022 MAC West Division Predictions
1. Ball State (12) – 72 points
2. Western Michigan – 55 points
3. Toledo – 49 points
4. Northern Illinois – 32 points
5. Central Michigan – 29 points
6. Eastern Michigan – 15 points
Predicted Tournament Champion: Bowling Green (7), Ball State (4), Western Michigan (1)
• In addition to the team being picked to win the MAC West Division, the Cardinals placed three members on the Preseason All-MAC West Division Team: sophomore setter Megan Wielonski, senior middle Marie Plitt, and senior opposite Natalie Mitchem.
• The Cardinals enter league play with an 8-4 overall record … Three of BSU’s four losses have come at the hands of NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago in first-round participant Mississippi State, second-round qualifier Dayton, and NCAA Regional Finalist Purdue … The Bulldogs are currently 8-3 on the year and are receiving votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll … The Flyers are 6-7 with two of its losses coming to top 25 programs and another coming to a team receiving votes in the top 25 … Purdue is currently ranked 11th in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll with a 9-1 record on the year.
• For their play at last weekend’s Stacey Clark Classic hosted by Purdue, senior middle Marie Plitt and junior middle Lauren Gilliland earned all-tournament team honors … Plitt led Ball State with a .341 (18-3-44) attack percentage at the event, while Gilliland was right behind at .319 (18-3-47).
• Marie Plitt enters the weekend ranked third in the MAC and 52nd nationally with a .378 (116-17-262) attack percentage … That mark includes a program record .833 (15-0-18) rate of success in Ball State’s sweep of Arkansas State (Sept. 9) … So far this season, Plitt has hit .300-or-better in eight of BSU’s 12 matches, including a .467 (8-1-15) effort at No. 10 Purdue last Saturday … Plitt also enters the weekend as the team leader with a 2.42 kills-per-set average, including double-digit kills in five matches.
• In addition to Marie Plitt’s mark versus Arkansas State, the team combined for the third-best single match attack percentage in program history at .478 (49-6-90).
• Ball State enters the weekend as one of the nation’s winningest programs, with the team’s eight wins tied for 59th nationally … As of matches played through Sept. 20th, Ball State is also tied for tied for 79th nationally with its .667 winning percentage … Last season, the Cardinals tied for fourth nationally with 30 overall wins, while its program record .882 winning percentage ranked eighth.
• Megan Wielonski is picking up right where she left off last season, dishing out 487 total assists so far this season … The total currently stands as the 14th-most in the nation … She also ranks 44th nationally with a 10.15 assists-per-set average … Last season, Wielonski finished the year ranked second nationally with 1,394 total assists … Over her career, Wielonski has helped the Cardinals hit .300-or-better as a team in 12 of her 46 matches as the program’s starting setter, included two of the top four single-match performances in program history.
• Megan Wielonski became just the 16th player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career assists last season, while her 1,881 career assists currently ranking 12th on BSU’s all-time list … In addition, she became just the third player in program history to record over 1,000 assists as a freshman, joining Brittany McGinnis (1,245 in 2008) and Emily Sallee (1,387 in 1997).
• In addition to being one of the nation’s top setters, Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked 55th nationally with 20 service aces … Last season, she ranked eighth among all NCAA Division I players with 58 aces, including a career-high seven vs. Ohio (Sept. 30) … Her 58 aces last season tied as the sixth-most in a single season in program history and were a single season record for a BSU setter, topping the 51 served up by Amber Seamanin 2018.
• Lauren Gilliland enters the weekend ranked fifth in the MAC with a .341 (105-16-261) attack percentage … She has hit .350-or-better five times in 2022, including a season-best .533 (17-1-30) versus Oklahoma (Sept. 2) … Gilliland’s 17 kills versus the Sooners were a career-high, and one of five times she has reached double figures so far this season … Last season, Gilliland ranked first in the MAC and 49th nationally with a .366 hitting mark.
• On defensive, the Cardinals enter MAC play ranked second in the league with a 16.85 digs-per-set average … Senior defensive specialist Maggie Huber leads the way and is eighth in the MAC with a 3.52 mark … Megan Wielonski is second on the squad at 3.13, while senior defensive specialist Havyn Gates is third at 2.91.
• In addition to ranking third on the team with a 2.91 digs-per-set average, Havyn Gates has started as the team’s libero for the last three matches … She registered a Ball State career-high 24 digs in each of her first two starts and is averaging 4.4 digs-per-set as BSU’s libero this season.
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s volleyball is back on the road for their eighth consecutive road game of the year as they travel to Florida State to open up ACC play this Friday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The Irish will then travel to Miami on Sunday, Sept. 25 to face the Hurricanes at 1:00 p.m. Notre Dame has won four of their last five games as they head into conference play 5-5.
Friday, September 23 – Notre Dame @ Florida State – 6:30 p.m. (ACCNX | Live Stats)
Sunday, September 25 – Notre Dame @ Miami – 1:00 p.m. (ACCNX | Live Stats)
SETTING THE STAGE
• ACC play is here! Notre Dame travels to Tallahassee, FL on Friday for their first ACC road trip as they take on Florida State on Friday, September 23 at 6:30 p.m.
• The Irish will then travel to Miami, FL to face the Hurricanes on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1:00 p.m.
HISTORY VS. FLORIDA STATE
• This will be the 20th meeting between the Irish and the Seminoles with FSU leading the overall series 5-14.
• Last season, Notre Dame finished 1-1 against Florida State in ACC play.
• The Irish fell to Seminoles in four sets (21-25, 26-24, 16-25, 23-26) at home in September last season, but turned things around as they went on the road to Florida State. The Irish took down the Seminoles in three (25-22, 25-22, 25-23) in their last matchup on Nov. 21, 2021.
• The Seminoles finished fifth in the ACC last season.
HISTORY VS. MIAMI
• This will be the 18th meeting between the Irish and the Hurricanes with the Irish leading the overall series 9-8.
• Notre Dame and Miami’s last matchup was Sept. 26, 2021, where the Irish fell in three (21-25, 15-25, 22-25) at home in Purcell Pavilion.
LAST WEEKEND’S BULLDOG BRAWL
• The Irish finished the weekend 2-0 as they took down Central Michigan in their first three-set victory of the year (25-12, 25-19, 25-21) on Friday, Sept. 16, and defeated the Ohio Bobcats in four (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15) on Saturday, Sept. 17.
• Phyona Schrader was selected to the All-Tournament Team as she recorded 58 assists, 28 digs, and 13 kills in the tournament. Schrader also finished with a .615 hitting percentage and eight kills in the win over Ohio.
• Freshman Lucy Trump finished with 21 kills on the weekend, followed by Kaylyn Winkler with 17 kills who recorded a .467 hitting percentage on Friday against CMU and a .471 percentage on Saturday against Ohio.
• Winkler and Lauren Tarnoff tallied a combined 11 blocks in the win over the Chippewas as Tarnoff recorded six blocks and Winkler recorded five.
• Tarnoff also finished with a .474 hitting percentage and 10 kills in the win over Ohio.
NOTRE DAME WBB
With less than two months until the start of the 2022-23 Notre Dame women’s basketball slate, the ACC schedule is here. The rundown includes 18 games, with two dates scheduled against Boston College, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
The Irish will open conference play a week before Christmas with a road trip to Virginia Tech on Dec. 18. Before the spring semester begins in mid-January, Notre Dame will travel to Miami (Dec. 29), North Carolina (Jan. 8) and Syracuse (Jan. 15); and the Irish will host Boston College (Jan. 1) and Wake Forest (Jan. 12).
A Jan. 19 date at Clemson will be the first game when classes start back up, and then Notre Dame returns home for games against Virginia and Florida State on Jan. 22 and Jan. 26, respectively. January will end with a matchup on the 29th at NC State.
The Irish have five of eight February games at home: Duke (Feb. 5), Pittsburgh (Feb.9), Syracuse (Feb. 12), Louisville (Feb.16) and Georgia Tech (Feb. 23). They’ll face Boston College (Feb. 2), Pittsburgh (Feb. 19) and Louisville (Feb. 26) for the second time in 2023, this time on the road.
Looking back to last season, five ACC teams, including No. 17 Notre Dame, finished in the final Coaches Poll Top 25: Louisville (No. 4), NC State (No. 5), North Carolina (No. 16) and Virginia Tech (No. 25). Louisville, NC State and Notre Dame occupy the seventh, eighth and ninth spots, respectively, in the most recent ESPN Way-Too-Early Top 25. Virginia Tech (No. 11) and North Carolina (No. 13) made the cut as well.
The Irish went 13-5 in conference play in 2021-22 and finished with a 24-9 overall record. They posted an 8-1 home record in the ACC.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series with every ACC opponent.
Virginia Tech — ND leads 14-2
Miami — ND leads 23-6
Boston College — ND leads 26-9
North Carolina — ND leads 10-3
Wake Forest — ND leads 10-0
Syracuse — ND leads 37-4
Clemson — ND leads 7-3
Virginia — ND leads 8-3
Florida State — ND leads 11-1
NC State — ND leads 8-2
Duke — ND leads 17-3
Pittsburgh — ND leads 32-4
Louisville — ND leads 16-12
Georgia Tech — ND leads 16-1
INDIANA STATE VB
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State volleyball opens Missouri Valley Conference play Friday and Saturday when it plays host to Bradley and Illinois State inside ISU Arena.
The Sycamores will face Bradley Friday at 6 p.m., with first serve against Illinois State set for 5 p.m. Saturday.
Friday’s match will feature a phone wallet giveaway for the first 50 fans. Saturday’s match will serve as the Sycamore Kids Club match.
Last Time Out
Indiana State split its final two matches of non-conference play, taking down Campbell in five sets before falling to No. 14 Kentucky in three sets.
Mallory Keller led the way for the Sycamore attack with 25 kills across the two matches (16 vs. Campbell, nine vs. Kentucky), while Kaitlyn Hamilton tallied a career-high 17 kills in the come-from-behind win over Campbell.
Home, Sweet Home
After playing its first eight matches of the season on the road or at neutral sites, Indiana State opens Missouri Valley Conference play at ISU Arena against Bradley and Illinois State.
This season marked the first without a non-conference home match since 2005, excluding the spring 2021 season, and the longest stretch without a home match (eight matches) since 2019, when the Sycamores opened the season with nine consecutive matches away from ISU Arena. It also marks the first time the Sycamores will face the defending conference tournament champion in the opening weekend of conference play since 2018.
First One Down
Indiana State had to work for its first win of the season, but the Sycamores showed resiliency in a five-set win over defending Big South Conference champion Campbell. The Sycamores were down 2-1 in the match and 22-19 in the fourth set before staging a late rally in the fourth and taking care of business in the fifth.
Campbell’s .155 hitting percentage in the match against Indiana State was the lowest anyone has hit against the Sycamores this season, while Indiana State set season highs in kills (54), assists (49) and digs (77).
In addition to it being the first win of the season for Indiana State, it was also the first win for new Sycamore head coach Ashlee Pritchard.
After opting to return to the program for a fifth season, Indiana State libero Melina Tedrow has a chance of making school history this season, as she currently ranks second all-time with 1,824 digs. Tedrow enters the weekend just 17 digs away from the school record, which is held by Kristy Cox. She currently ranks seventh among active Division I players in digs and leads all active Missouri Valley Conference players in the statistic.
Tedrow leads the Sycamores with 109 digs this season, including double-digit digs in six straight matches. She had a season-best 20 digs in a three-set match against North Dakota.
Leading the Charge
Kaitlyn Hamilton (66), Mallory Keller (57) and Karinna Gall (49) currently pace the Sycamores when it comes to kills, and all three rank among the top 40 in the Missouri Valley Conference in kills per set.
Hamilton has recorded double-digit kills in four of the last five matches, including a career-high 17 in Indiana State’s five-set win over Campbell. Keller had 16 kills in the win over Campbell and followed that with nine kills against No. 14 Kentucky. Gall has tallied six or more kills in five of the first eight matches this season, including a season-high 12 against North Dakota.
Keller surpassed 500 kills for her Sycamore career earlier this season against Western Michigan, while Hamilton (484 career kills) and Gall (445) are both on pace to reach the 500-kill mark at some point during the 2022 season.
Indiana State hits the road for the first time during Missouri Valley Conference play Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
The Sycamores will play a pair of MVC newcomers in their next two matches, squaring off against Murray State (Sept. 30, 7 p.m.) and Belmont (Oct. 1, 6 p.m.).
INDIANA STATE WBB
ST. LOUIS – Indiana State women’s basketball’s 2022-23 schedule was finalized Thursday morning, as the Missouri Valley Conference unveiled a 20-game conference slate for each of the league’s 12 members.
The upcoming season marks the first time the Valley has played a 20-game conference schedule, while the additions of Belmont, Murray State and UIC makes the MVC a 12-team league for the first time in its history. Indiana State will face nine of the other 11 schools twice, playing both home and away. The Sycamores will face Drake and Northern Iowa once each, playing host to the Bulldogs in Terre Haute while traveling to Cedar Falls to play the Panthers.
Indiana State will open Valley play at the Hulman Center for the first time since the 2017-18 season when it faces Missouri State on December 29 and Southern Illinois on December 31. The games against the Lady Bears and Salukis close a five-game homestand for the Sycamores, who conclude non-conference play with three straight home games.
The Sycamores’ first road trip sees them head north for games at UIC (January 5) and Valparaiso (January 7), followed by a trek down US 41 for a midweek clash with travel partner Evansville on January 11. The Trees return home to face Drake on January 14 before heading back on the road the following week to play Illinois State (January 20) and Bradley (January 22). Indiana State closes the month of January with home games against MVC newcomers Belmont (January 27) and Murray State (January 29).
Indiana State opens February with a midweek home game against Evansville on February 1 before hitting the road for three straight games. The Sycamores will travel to Northern Iowa (February 5), Murray State (February 10) and Belmont (February 12) during that span before returning home to host Valparaiso (February 17) and UIC (February 19). ISU closes the month on the road at Southern Illinois (February 23) and Missouri State (February 25).
The Sycamores close the regular season at home for the second straight season, finishing the campaign with games against Bradley (March 2) and Illinois State (March 4) inside the Hulman Center. The Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament is set for March 9-12 in Moline, Illinois, with the tournament champion earning the conference’s automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Season tickets for the 2022-23 home slate are on sale. Those seeking more information on season tickets can contact Assistant Manager of Athletic Ticketing Austin Bishop by phone at 812-237-8972 or via email at Austin.Bishop@indstate.edu. Fans can also call 877-ISU-TIXS or email ISU-Tickets@indstate.edu. Fans can also buy season tickets online by clicking HERE. Single-game tickets will go on sale at a later date.
Indiana State 2022-23 Women’s Basketball Schedule
November 3 – LINCOLN (Mo.) – 6 p.m. (exhibition)
November 7 – SAINT LOUIS – 11 a.m.
November 16 – CENTRAL MICHIGAN – 6 p.m.
November 20 – at Purdue – TBA
November 26 – OHIO – 1 p.m.
November 29 – CHICAGO STATE – 6 p.m.
December 10 – at Western Michigan – TBA
December 14 – WESTERN KENTUCKY – 6 p.m.
December 18 – PURDUE FORT WAYNE – 1 p.m.
December 21 – DETROIT MERCY – 6 p.m.
December 29 – MISSOURI STATE * – TBA
December 31 – SOUTHERN ILLINOIS * – 1 p.m.
January 5 – at UIC * – TBA
January 7 – at Valparaiso * – TBA
January 11 – at Evansville * – TBA
January 14 – DRAKE * – 1 p.m.
January 20 – at Illinois State * – TBA
January 22 – at Bradley * – TBA
January 27 – BELMONT * – 6 p.m.
January 29 – MURRAY STATE * – 1 p.m.
February 1 – EVANSVILLE * – 6 p.m.
February 5 – at Northern Iowa * – TBA
February 10 – at Murray State * – TBA
February 12 – at Belmont * – TBA
February 17 – VALPARAISO * – 6 p.m.
February 19 – UIC * – 1 p.m.
February 23 – at Southern Illinois * – TBA
February 25 – at Missouri State * – TBA
March 2 – BRADLEY * – 6 p.m.
March 4 – ILLINOIS STATE * – 1 p.m.
March 9-12 – Missouri Valley Conference Tournament (Hoops in the Heartland – Quad Cities)
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VB
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will play at IUPUI on Saturday (Sept. 24) in the Jungle at 4 p.m.
Who: IUPUI Jaguars
When: Saturday, September 24 | 4 PM
Where: Indianapolis, Ind. | The Jungle
Live Stats: Link
Know Your Foe
IUPUI is 6-7, 0-1 Horizon League. The Jaguars started off league play with a 3-0 loss to Green Bay. IUPUI most recently picked up wins over St. Thomas and Bradley at Bradley’s tournament. Briana Brown is pacing IUPUI with 3.20 kills per set, while Addie Evans is leading the team with 5.08 digs per set.
Purdue Fort Wayne leads the all-time series with IUPUI 30-24, and has won three of the last four. The Mastodons and Jaguars have played at least once in every season dating back to 2001. The two squads played 18 matches against each other in their Division II days, dating back to 1984.
I Dig That Stat!
Purdue Fort Wayne is second in the Horizon League and 27th in the country in digs per set with 16.10 as a team. Libero Rachael Crucis is second in the league and 26th in the country with 4.93 digs per set. That mark this season is a career-best.
Freshman Iris Riegel had a season-high 18 kills while hitting a scorching .500 against Milwaukee on Tuesday, September 20. The Mastodon newcomer had 18 terminations on 28 attempts with just four errors.
Purdue Fort Wayne had five players with 10+ digs against Western Illinois on August 27. This was the first time that the Mastodons had five players in double-figures in a match since 2018.
Steve Florio picked up the 100th win of his career on Saturday, August 27 with a 3-0 win over Lindenwood.
Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.38, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)
1. Tessa McGill (2,324, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (2,253, 2004-07)
3. Laura Douglas (1,623, 1997-00)
4. Rachael Crucis (1,521, 2019-present)
5. Katie Crowe (1,507, 2017-21)
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne fell 3-0 to Milwaukee in the Horizon League opener.
The Mastodons will welcome Green Bay on Tuesday (Sept. 27) before traveling to Robert Morris (Sept. 30) and Youngstown State (Oct. 1).
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WSOCCER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer will play host to the Robert Morris Colonials on Thursday (Sept. 22) before traveling to Rochester, Michigan on Sunday (Sept. 25) to play Oakland.
September 22 – Game Day Information
Who: Robert Morris Colonials
When: Thursday, September 22 | 7 PM
Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Hefner Soccer Complex
Live Stats: Link
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
September 25 – Game Day Information
Who: Oakland Golden Grizzlies
When: Sunday, September 25 | 1 PM
Where: Rochester, Mich. | Oakland Soccer Field
Live Stats: Link
Know Your Foes
• Robert Morris is 5-1-3, but only played at home in the non-league season. In their first road match, the Colonials fell to Milwaukee 9-1.
• Oakland is 3-1-6 and is currently riding a four-game tie streak. In this stretch, Oakland tied Michigan State, Western Michigan, Youngstown State and Green Bay. The Golden Grizzlies’ last win came at Toledo.
• Purdue Fort Wayne is 3-1-1 against Robert Morris in the series dating back to 2015. The ‘Dons won in overtime last season.
• The ‘Dons are 1-9-1 against Oakland. The Mastodons’ only win came in 2012.
Home Sweet Hefner!
Purdue Fort Wayne is unbeaten at the Hefner Soccer Complex this season, sporting a 3-0-2 record at home. The Mastodons beat Chicago State (4-1), Ball State (1-0) and Southern Indiana (1-0), and tied Bellarmine (1-1) and IUPUI (2-2) in front of their home crowd.
Welcome Bobby Mo!
Robert Morris has not been to the Hefner Soccer Complex since joining the Horizon League in 2020. The Colonials’ last trip to Fort Wayne was in 2017, which was a 4-2 win for the Mastodons.
The Mastodons have had two results in the final minute this season. Purdue Fort Wayne got a penalty kick save from Samantha Castaneda in the final second of the Valparaiso game to win 1-0. Two games later, the ‘Dons got a goal from Rylee Vurggink in the last two seconds of the IUPUI match to pull out a tie.
After leading the Mastodons to a 2-0 week against Valparaiso and Southern Indiana, Samantha Castaneda was showered with accolades. She was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week and was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. It was her second Horizon League weekly honor and the program’s first-ever representative on the College Soccer News National Team of the Week. Her goalkeeping against the Beacons featured a saved penalty kick with no time on the clock to secure the win.
She’s Been Around
Gabrielle Fanning is in her sixth year of college soccer, playing her first season in 2017. With a redshirt campaign in 2018 and the extra year due to the blanket COVID-19 waiver, Fanning is the only student-athlete at Purdue Fort Wayne of any sport to be playing her sixth year with the Mastodons. She is also the only current student-athlete to play under the “Fort Wayne” athletics branding, thus the only to play in blue and white uniforms. She has played in 72 games as a Mastodon, with 69 starts, and has a chance to become the all-time career leader in both categories.
I Like That!
Purdue Fort Wayne’s 4-2-2 non-league record (.625) was the best winning percentage in non-league play in program history with at least two games played. The Mastodons were 1-0 in non-league in the shortened spring 2021 season.
Definitely Not Mid
This season was the first time since 2003 that the Mastodons have recorded two positive results against the Mid-American Conference. The ‘Dons beat Ball State 1-0 and tied Toledo 1-1.
Last Time Out
The Mastodons squeaked out a tie with IUPUI thanks to Rylee Vruggink’s goal with two seconds left in the contest. Zoe Greenhalge scored a PK in minute 60.
Purdue Fort Wayne will return home for a game against Milwaukee on October 1 at 1 p.m.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER
EVANSVILLE – Facing its second straight ranked opponent, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team returns to Missouri Valley Conference competition with a trip to 17th-ranked Missouri State on Saturday at 7 PM in Springfield, Mo.
A rematch of the 2021 MVC Championship, Evansville and Missouri State are meeting for the 41st time in series history with the Bears owning a 26-10-4 advantage in the all-time series. In the most recent meeting in the conference championship match, the top-seeded Bears ended Evansville’s miraculous run with a 3-0 win to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Both the Aces and Bears enter the weekend after suffering their first loss of the season on Tuesday night. UE dropped a 3-1 decision to #19 Xavier, while Missouri State fell 3-0 to Tulsa, who received votes in the most recent United Soccer Coaches poll.
Evansville sophomore forward Nacho Diaz maintained his spot atop the national statistical rankings with his seventh goal of the season against Xavier. Diaz sits in first in NCAA Division I in points per match (2.50) and goals per match (1.17), while his seven goals on the year are third-best nationally. Coming-off the bench as of late, senior winger Nkosi Graham has made quite the impact for the Aces. Graham is first in the MVC and 25th in the nation in assists per match (0.67) and also leads The Valley in total assists with four through six matches.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Missouri Valley Conference play opens with two huge tests when the University of Evansville volleyball team welcomes Illinois State and Bradley to Meeks Family Fieldhouse. The weekend opens on Friday with a 6PM match versus the Redbirds before the Purple Aces face the Braves on Saturday at 5PM.
Back on the Floor
– On Friday, Alondra Vazquez made her return to the floor after missing seven matches due to injury
– She made an immediate impact in her first match back, picking up 25 kills against Chicago State while leading the Aces to a 3-1 win…she hit .364 while picking up 14 digs and 4 assists
– Through the opening stages of the 2022 season, Vazquez was already setting some of the top numbers in the NCAA
– Continuing her accuracy in the 2022 season, Madisyn Steele ranks second in the MVC, hitting .337 on the season
– The sophomore is coming off the top offensive contest of her career, accumulating her top total of 15 kills versus Oakland
– Steele has hit .387 or higher in three of the last five matches
– She has posted at least three kills in all 14 matches thus far and checks in with an average of 1.63 per set
– On the defensive side, Steele recorded at least one block in all but one match and set her season mark with 8.0 total blocks against Chicago State
– Evansville’s trip to the Green & White Classic at Michigan State saw sophomore Giulia Cardona record an average of 4.25 kills and 3.08 digs per set, both team bests
– In the win over Chicago State, Cardona picked up her first double-double of the season as she recorded 18 kills and a career-high 18 digs
– It did not take long for her to notch another double-double as she began Saturday with a season-high 22 kills along with 17 digs versus Oakland
– Her season average of 3.80 kills per set ranks 4th in the MVC
Adjusting to the new level
– Through her first six matches, Maddie Hawkins played a total of 14 sets while picking up six digs, an average of 0.43
– Since then, Hawkins has adjusted well, totaling 36 kills over her last 24 frames, an average of 1.5 per set
– Included in that time was her to total of 9 digs in the win over Chicago State; Hawkins added seven digs in the home contest versus Tennessee State
U OF I FOOTBALL
at Ohio Dominican Panthers (2-1)
Saturday | September 24 | 1 p.m. ET
The 16th-ranked UIndy football team hits the road once again, facing off against a G-MAC opponent for the second straight week. The Greyhounds will tangle with the Panthers of Ohio Dominican University this Saturday in a 1 p.m. kick. ODU is currently 2-1 on the season, with its lone loss coming at Tiffin University in week 2, the very place UIndy earned a 27-20 comeback win last weekend.
UIndy and Ohio Dominican have met just three times on the gridiron. The Hounds won the inaugural meeting, 31-17, in Indianapolis back in 2010, but the Panthers have come out on top in the previous two matchups. A 38-26 Panther win in 2011 finale may well have denied UIndy a playoff berth, while last season ODU escaped Key Stadium with a 19-16 victory in double overtime. In the more-recent meeting, the Greyhounds drove 99 yards to tie the game with just 1:22 left in regulation, but later it was a 29-yard field goal by ODU that provided the only overtime points of the contest.
But the main storyline this week remains running back Toriano Clinton. The All-American and Harlon Hill candidate enters the weekend just 41 yards shy of breaking the school’s career rushing record. The current mark of 3,809 was set by Klay Fietcher in 2013, which itself broke a record that had stood for 37 years.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s tennis team won big on Thursday afternoon on the Marian Tennis Courts, as the Knights took down Bethel 4-0 in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals to advance to the title match on Saturday. Marian improved to 9-1 overall this season following the tournament win, advancing to the championship round for the fifth consecutive season.
After some hard-fought doubles play, the Knights clinched the doubles point. Josie Yarbrough and Emma Chrome got things rolling for Marian as they picked up the first win at the No. 3 spot, defeating Alexia Pena and Layla Jojo 6-2. At the No. 1 spot, Katharina Bopst and Lisa Koerner fell to Bethel’s Elizaveta Mikhailova and Kyla Heckaman 6-4, before Betija Dusele and Dana Savarino came up big for the Knights at the No. 2 spot, winning 6-4 over Saige Rinkenberger and Fatima Calderone to give Marian the 1-0 lead going into singles play.
The Knights went into singles play needing three wins to clinch the match, and got a quick win at the No. 4 spot as Koerner defeated Rinkenberger in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Savarino got the Knights’ the third point of the match after taking down Calderone 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 5 spot. Chrome finished things off for Marian by downing Heckaman 6-1, 6-2 at the No. 3 spot. Joelle Leihbacher and Bopst’s singles matches went unfinished, but both were leading in their respective matches. Dusele’s match also went unfinished as she dropped the first set 7-5 and was even 1-1 in the second.
Marian will play in the Crossroads League Championship match on Saturday afternoon at Indiana Wesleyan, with the match time to be announced.
INDIANA WESLEYAN FOOTBALL
WEEK 3: INDIANA WESLEYAN (1-1) vs. TRINITY INTERNATIONAL (0-3)
Wildcat Nation gets to see their team in action at home for the first time this season on Saturday.
Coming off its second consecutive road game, IWU is 1-1 after a solid 34-26 win at Olivet Nazarene.
Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12:00 p.m. in Marion, Ind.
- Fans can watch the game on either ESPN3 or the IWU Wildcats Livestream.
- Listen to the game on 860ESPN by clicking HERE.
- Live stats are available by clicking HERE.
IWU is 2-0 in the all-time series against Trinity International (Ill.).
The Wildcats won the first game of the series by a 66-0 count in 2019. Last year, IWU won via a forfeit on Sept. 11.
This marks the first time the game will be played in Marion, Ind., in the series.
Will Dederrian leads a solid rushing attack. After playing in his first game – in the win last week – he leads the team with 123 rushing yards a game. Daniel Weems leads the Wildcats with 144 total yards and is galloping for 72.0 yards/contest.
Experienced quarterback Xander Stokes is hitting 62.3 percent of his passes. Through two games, he’s accounted for 373 yards (186.5/game) by completing 38-61 with three touchdowns.
Jacquez Carter’s 123 yards receiving are the most on the team (61.5/game). Markell Stephens-Peppers’ 113 receiving yards and 14.13 yards per catch top the squad.
Defensively, Justin Johnson and Clayton Mosher lead the team with 10 solo stops apiece.
Isaac Abeo’s three tackles for loss, including two sacks, top the team.
Ethan Collins is handling the kicking duties. He has hit three field goals with his lone miss coming over 50 yards.
Trinity International is averaging 11.0 points per game and is amassing 285 yards of total offense.
Last outing, Javier Acosta led the ground game with 72 yards but Derek Lowe accounted for a pair of rushing touchdowns.
Melvin Bobo completed 10 passes for 105 yards.
Cameron Jones hauled in five passes for 63 yards, including a long of 41.
Defensively, Lorenzano Blakeney led the team with 11 total tackles. Deven Arevalo had the team’s lone sack while Lorente Blakeney recorded an interception.
Indiana Wesleyan’s defense will look to shut down Trinity International’s offense as the Wildcats’ talented group could have a breakout performance.
Despite a balanced offensive attack, Xander Stokes could get a few more opportunities to go up against a defense that has given up over 300 yards passing twice and nearly 250 in the third game of the season.
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|Cleveland||83||67||.553||–||40 – 32||43 – 35||13 – 16||43 – 27||15 – 16||8 – 2||W 4|
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|Minnesota||73||77||.487||10||43 – 32||30 – 45||18 – 16||35 – 32||12 – 17||3 – 7||L 4|
|Kansas City||61||89||.407||22||37 – 41||24 – 48||13 – 22||31 – 36||10 – 18||5 – 5||W 3|
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|X-Houston||99||52||.656||–||50 – 23||49 – 29||13 – 13||26 – 8||51 – 25||8 – 2||L 1|
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|Texas||65||84||.436||33||32 – 42||33 – 42||7 – 22||17 – 13||30 – 40||5 – 5||W 2|
|LA Angels||65||85||.433||33.5||34 – 41||31 – 44||11 – 23||16 – 13||31 – 36||4 – 6||L 2|
|Oakland||55||95||.367||43.5||25 – 49||30 – 46||13 – 20||12 – 21||26 – 41||5 – 5||L 1|
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|Y-Atlanta||93||57||.620||1.5||52 – 26||41 – 31||40 – 24||21 – 12||19 – 14||6 – 4||L 2|
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|Miami||61||89||.407||33.5||30 – 45||31 – 44||29 – 39||12 – 17||12 – 21||4 – 6||L 2|
|Washington||52||97||.349||42||24 – 50||28 – 47||14 – 49||15 – 18||15 – 18||3 – 7||W 1|
|St. Louis||88||63||.583||–||51 – 27||37 – 36||16 – 18||44 – 24||18 – 11||5 – 5||W 1|
|Milwaukee||80||70||.533||7.5||42 – 30||38 – 40||12 – 15||39 – 32||14 – 18||6 – 4||W 2|
|Chi Cubs||65||85||.433||22.5||31 – 44||34 – 41||18 – 10||31 – 36||10 – 25||7 – 3||W 3|
|Cincinnati||59||91||.393||28.5||30 – 45||29 – 46||12 – 22||25 – 39||10 – 22||3 – 7||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||55||95||.367||32.5||28 – 44||27 – 51||9 – 26||28 – 36||14 – 17||3 – 7||L 7|
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|San Francisco||73||77||.487||31||39 – 36||34 – 41||19 – 14||19 – 14||25 – 39||6 – 4||W 4|
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|Colorado||64||86||.427||40||40 – 38||24 – 48||10 – 24||16 – 16||29 – 35||3 – 7||L 4|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
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|Miami Dolphins||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||62||45||1-0-0||1-0-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Buffalo Bills||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||72||17||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|New York Jets||1||1||0||.500||1.0||40||54||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|New England Patriots||1||1||0||.500||1.0||24||34||0-0-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||0-1-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Kansas City Chiefs||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||71||45||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Chargers||1||1||0||.500||1.0||48||46||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Denver Broncos||1||1||0||.500||1.0||32||26||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Las Vegas Raiders||0||2||0||.000||2.0||42||53||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Cleveland Browns||2||1||0||.667||0.0||85||72||1-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||1||1||0||.500||0.5||62||51||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||1||2||0||.333||1.0||54||66||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-2-0||1-1-0||2 L|
|Cincinnati Bengals||0||2||0||.000||1.5||37||43||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||1||1||0||.500||0.0||46||28||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Houston Texans||0||1||1||.250||0.5||29||36||0-0-1||0-1-0||0-1-1||0-0-1||1 L|
|Indianapolis Colts||0||1||1||.250||0.5||20||44||0-0-0||0-1-1||0-1-1||0-1-1||1 L|
|Tennessee Titans||0||2||0||.000||1.0||27||62||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|National Football Conference|
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|Philadelphia Eagles||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||62||42||1-0-0||1-0-0||2-0-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|New York Giants||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||40||36||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|Washington Commanders||1||1||0||.500||1.0||55||58||1-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Dallas Cowboys||1||1||0||.500||1.0||23||36||1-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|San Francisco 49ers||1||1||0||.500||0.0||37||26||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||1||1||0||.500||0.0||41||58||1-1-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||1||1||0||.500||0.0||50||67||0-1-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||1||1||0||.500||0.0||24||43||1-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||1||1||0||.500||0.0||30||31||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Green Bay Packers||1||1||0||.500||0.0||34||33||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||1||1||0||.500||0.0||71||65||1-1-0||0-0-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Chicago Bears||1||1||0||.500||0.0||29||37||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||39||13||0-0-0||2-0-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|New Orleans Saints||1||1||0||.500||1.0||37||46||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|Carolina Panthers||0||2||0||.000||2.0||40||45||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||0||2||0||.000||2.0||53||58||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-1-0||2 L|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1901 The Superbas establish a new franchise record for runs scored in a game when routing the Reds, 25-6. Brooklyn tallies 11 times in the fifth inning during the League Park contest played in Cincinnati.
1905 In Detroit’s 8-5 loss to Washington, 18-year-old Tiger rookie outfielder Ty Cobb hits a three-run homer off Washington’s Cy Falkenberg. The American League Park inside-the-park round-tripper becomes the first of the 117 home runs for Georgia Peach, who will lead the league just once during his 24-year career, hitting 9 in 1909.
1908 When Fred Merkle fails to touch second base after an apparent game-winning hit, scoring McCormick from third costs the Giants a 2-1 win over the Cubs with the ump calling him out and ruling the game a tie. The play, dubbed ‘Merkle’s Boner,’ will eventually cost the Giants the flag.
1916 Allowing only one walk during a twin bill with the Cincinnati Reds, Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Phillies wins both ends of a doubleheader, 7-3 and 4-0, to establish a National League record. The future Hall of Famer will repeat the feat on September 3, 1917, against the Brooklyn Robins at Ebbets Field.
1930 In a slugfest played at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Cardinals set a franchise record, collecting 26 hits in a 19-16 victory over the Phillies. It will be another seventy-eight years before the Redbirds have an equal amount of hits in a game.
1933 Tom Oliver strikes out as a pinch-hitter in his final major league at-bat, ending his four-year career with 2,073 homerless plate appearances. The 30-year-old Red Sox outfielder’s long-ball drought sets a modern record, but nineteenth-century catcher Bill Holbert, who also never went deep throughout his entire career, made 2,396 trips to the plate without hitting a home run.
1939 In the first game of a twin bill, Brooklyn’s third baseman Cookie Lavagetto reaches base seven consecutive times as the Dodgers rout the Phillies, 22-4. The 26-run Shibe Park contest takes only two hours and five minutes to complete.
1947 Before the game against the Giants in a sold-out Ebbets Field, the Dodgers staged Jackie Robinson Day. The Brooklyn rookie, who endured much grief this season as the game’s first black player in modern times, is touched when his teammates crowd around home plate to participate in the ceremony.
1949 With the Indians eliminated from the pennant race, team owner Bill Veeck and a few players, serving as pallbearers, hold funeral services for the 1948 pennant, using a horse-drawn hearse to take the casket containing the 14-by-20-foot flag for burial behind the center-field fence. The buried item at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium disappeared, causing some superstition fans to believe the missing pennant explains why the Tribe hasn’t won a World Series since the ceremony.
1950 In the sixth inning of the A’s 16-5 rout of the Senators, Joe Astroth drives in six runs with a grand slam and a two-run single. The Philadelphia backup catcher collects a third of his RBIs for the season in the one frame of the Griffith Stadium contest.
1952 The Dodgers clinch the National League pennant with a 5-4 victory over the Phillies in the opener of a twilight twin bill at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn becomes the first team since 1948 to capture the Senior Circuit flag before the season’s final game.
1955 The Yankees clinch their 21st American League pennant by beating Boston in the nightcap at Fenway Park, 3-2. The team, who will lose the World Series to Brooklyn in seven games, will finish the season three games ahead of Cleveland.
1956 🇩🇴 Ozzie Virgil, who will see his son Ozzie catch in the big leagues, becomes the first Dominican to play in the majors. The 23-year-old Monte Cristi native plays third base in the team’s 6-2 loss to Curt Simmons and the Phillies at the Polo Grounds.
1956 Due to the enforcement of a curfew, the Sunday contest between the Dodgers and Pirates is postponed with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, sending the 44,932 fans, the largest crowd in Forbes Field’s history, home. The game will be completed tomorrow with Brooklyn maintaining their 8-3 advantage over Pittsburgh.
1957 Ted Williams extends his consecutive on-base streak to a major league record 16 when he reaches base five straight times in the Red Sox’ 9-4 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. During his run, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ has collected two singles, four home runs (in consecutive at-bats), and nine walks and reaches base when hit by a pitch.
1957 The Braves clinch the National League pennant, defeating the Cards 4-2 thanks to Hank Aaron’s 11th inning home run. Milwaukee’s accomplishment marks the first time since 1950 that a New York team hasn’t finished first in the National League.
1962 In his first major league start, 17-year-old first baseman Ed Kranepool gets his first hit, an eighth-inning double at the Polo Grounds in the Mets’ 2-1 walk-off victory over Chicago. When the former James Monroe High School standout retires, he will be the franchise leader in eight offensive categories, including collecting 1418 hits during his 18 seasons with the team.
1965 In an 11-5 complete-game victory at Wrigley Field, Jim Bunning breaks the Phillies’ season record for strikeouts when Cubs shortstop Jimmy Stewart becomes his 242nd victim of the year. The right-hander, who finishes the campaign fanning 268 batters, surpasses the mark established in 1915 by Pete Alexander.
1969 In an 8-3 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park, Red Sox’s first baseman Carl Yastrzemski hits his 200th career home. Yaz, who will hit 452 homers during his 23-year tenure in the major leagues, blasts Yankee starter Mel Stottlemyre’s third-inning pitch to reach the milestone and then adds #201 in the eighth off Lindy McDaniel.
1969 Exactly one year after their manager suffered a heart attack, the Mets give Gil Hodges a reason to relax a bit when the team clinches a tie for the NL East flag, beating the Cardinals, 3-2, on a Bud Harrelson’s11th inning walk-off single off Bob Gibson. Before the Shea Stadium victory, Linton H. Bishop, Jr., the skipper’s cardiologist, had sent him a telegram that read, “Happy to see you’re No. 1. Hope your team does as well as your heart.”
1969 In his last major league at-bat, John Miller homers, making the Dodger only the second player, joining Cubs’ backup catcher Paul Gillespie’s accomplishment in 1945, to hit a home run in his first and last plate appearance in the major leagues. In 1966, as a Yankee, he went deep in the first of only 61 big league career at-bats in which he would collect only ten hits, including the two memorable round-trippers, to start and end his 32-game career.
1973 The A’s clinched their third straight AL West division title, beating Chicago at Comiskey Park, 10-5. Vida Blue notches his 20th victory, joining teammates Ken Holtzman (21) and Catfish Hunter (21) as a 20-game winner, with White Sox right-hander Wilbur Wood suffering his 20th defeat, bringing the knuckleballer’s record to 24-20.
1975 At San Diego Stadium, Randy Jones becomes the first 20-game winner in the franchise’s seven-year history when the Padres beat the Dodgers, 6-5. Two seasons ago, the 26-year old southpaw led the National League in losses with 22 defeats hurling for the Friars.
1977 Reds’ outfielder George Foster becomes the tenth major leaguer to hit 50 home runs in a season and the first since Willie Mays accomplished the feat in 1965 with the Giants. The National League’s eventual MVP, en route to finishing with 52, hits the milestone blast off Buzz Capra with two outs in the ninth inning in the team’s 5-1 win over the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
1978 While riding as a passenger in a car, Lyman Bostock is killed by the estranged husband of Barbara Smith, who mistakenly shoots the 27-year-old Angel outfielder in the right temple while attempting to murder his wife. After the first trial results in a hung jury, Leonard Smith, the perpetrator, is found not guilty by reason of insanity and will serve only seven months after the verdict, prompting the Indiana legislature to change the state’s laws regarding insanity.
1979 In a ten-inning 7-4 Cardinal victory over New York, Lou Brock steals his 938th and final base to surpass Billy Hamilton’s mark established last century. In 1977, the St. Louis outfielder broke Ty Cobb’s modern major league record of 892 thefts.
1983 With a 6-2 win over the team that traded him, Phillies’ southpaw Steve Carlton records his 300th victory, beating the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds traded the future Hall of Fame left-hander to Philadelphia for Rick Wise.
1984 At Tiger Stadium, Willie Hernandez establishes a franchise record when he converts his 32nd consecutive save opportunity, holding the Yankees to one run over two innings in Detroit’s 4-1 victory. The closer’s mark will last for 27 years until it is broken in 2011 by Jose Valverde.
1984 The Tigers defeat the Yankees, 4-1, making Sparky Anderson the first manager to win 100 games in a season in each league. As skipper of the ‘Big Red Machine,’ his team won 108 games in 1975 and 102 in 1976.
1986 Astros rookie southpaw Jim Deshaies, en route to tossing a two-hit shutout with ten strikeouts, sets a major league record by striking out the game’s first eight batters. The 26-year-old left-hander streak ends in the top of the third inning when Dodger pinch-hitter Larry See, batting for the opposing pitcher, pops out to second baseman Bill Doran.
1987 Albert Hall, needing a three-bagger to complete the cycle, hits a bases-empty, two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth inning and will score the decisive run on Dave Smith’s wild pitch, giving Atlanta a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Houston. The 29-year-old outfielder is the first Braves’ player to hit for the cycle since 1910, when Bill Collins accomplished the rare feat.
1988 Jose Canseco of the A’s becomes baseball’s first 40-40 player when he swipes his 39th and 40th base in a 14-inning victory over the Brewers, 9-8. The Oakland slugger, finishing the season with 42 homers and 40 stolen bases, never achieves a 30-30 season in his 17 years in the major leagues.
1992 Leadoff hitter Bip Roberts ties the National League record with his tenth consecutive hit, a first-inning single in the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine. The Cincinnati left fielder’s streak ends when he grounds out in the fifth inning, facing Dodger starter Pedro Astacio.
1996 Atlanta beats the Expos, 8-2, to clinch the National League East. The Braves become the first National League team to take five straight division titles.
1997 The Mariners break the record for the most home run by a major league team when Jay Buhner goes deep for the club’s 258th round-tripper of the campaign in the first inning of the 4-3 victory over Anaheim at the Kingdome. The eventual AL Division Champs will have six players hit at least 20 homers, breaking the record established last year by the Orioles, and extends the mark to 264 round-trippers by the end of the season.
1997 The Marlins, with a 6-3 victory over the Expos at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, clinch their first-ever postseason berth. Florida, which reaches the playoffs in just its fifth year of existence, becomes the youngest franchise ever to win a World Championship.
1998 With an 8-4 victory over the Indians, the 1998 Yankees tie the 1927 team for the most wins in franchise history. The Bronx Bombers’ 110 victories pull them within one game of the American League’s 111 wins by the 1954 Indians.
1998 With his team ahead 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases full of Brewers and two outs, Cubs’ outfielder Brant Brown drops Geoff Jenkins’s routine long fly ball to left field, allowing three runs to score, giving Milwaukee an 8-7 walk-off win at County Stadium. The infamous error will be immortalized by Ron Santo’s radio call when the broadcaster mournfully exclaims, “Nooooooooo!!!!!” as the ball rolls toward the ivy-covered wall.
1998 Craig Biggio becomes the first player since Tris Speaker in 1912 to accumulate 50 stolen bases and 50 doubles in the same season. The Astros second baseman reaches the milestone when he swipes second in the top of the sixth inning in the team’s 7-1 victory over St. Louis in Busch Stadium.
1998 In Chicago’s 8-7 loss at Milwaukee, Cubs’ outfielder Sammy Sosa goes deep, hitting his 64th and 65th homers to tie Mark McGwire in the historic home run race. After both sluggers blast their 66th in two days to stay even, ‘Big Red’ will collect four more round-trippers in the final two days of the season to finish with 70.
1999 In a 12-4 Orioles victory over the A’s at Camden Yards, Albert Belle becomes only the third player in baseball history to hit four doubles in one game twice during his career, and the first one to do so in one season. Along with the Baltimore designated hitter, Gavvy Cravath and Bill Werber are the two other major leaguers to accomplish the feat.
1999 With a crowd of 27,549 fans, the Yankees break the New York City season attendance record with a total of 3,072,009. The Mets had previously held the record when 3,047,724 turned the turnstiles in 1988.
2000 Joining Frank Robinson, Devil Rays’ Fred McGriff becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 200 homers in the American and National League. The Crime Dog reaches the milestone when he goes deep off Roy Halladay in the team’s 7-6 loss to the Blue Jays at the SkyDome.
2000 Surpassing the major league team mark shared by the 1997 Braves and the 1999 Indians for grand slams in a season, Ben Grieve’s seventh-inning home run with bases loaded gives the A’s a record-breaking 13 grand slams. The four-run homer off Mariner’s right-handed reliever Jose Paniagua fuels the team’s 8-4 victory at Safeco Field.
2000 Rafael Palmeiro becomes the 32nd major leaguer to hit 400 career homers as he hits a three-run shot in the fifth inning of a 15-4 defeat to the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington (TX).
2001 Sammy Sosa sets a major league record with his third three-homer game of the season, hitting #’s 56, 57, and 58 off Astros’ rookie Tim Redding. Slammin’ Sammy also accomplished the feat against the Rockies (August 9) and the Brewers (August 22).
2001 Alex Rodriguez’s 48th home run breaks Ernie Banks’ major league record for most in a season by a shortstop, which ‘Mr. Cub’ established in 1957. The homer also ties the Rangers’ infielder with Frank Howard (1969 as a Senator) for the franchise record for home runs in a season.
2001 At Camden Yards, Yankee closer Mariano Rivera establishes a franchise single-season record when he saves his 47th game, a 5-4 victory over Baltimore in 10-innings. Dave Righetti set the previous set the mark in 1986.
2001 In the Giants’ 11-2 rout of the Padres, Barry Bonds ties Sammy Sosa for the second-most home runs in a season, hitting his 66th round-tripper off San Diego’s rookie Jason Middlebrow in the second inning of the Qualcomm Stadium contest. The left fielder also sets a major league record with 34 road homers, passing Babe Ruth (1927) and Mark McGwire (1998), who had 32 dingers away from home.
2002 In the last public event in 32-year-old Cinergy Field, over 40,000 fans attend a softball game featuring Reds greats of the ‘Big Red Machine’ against an all-star team of players made up from the same era. Banned by major league baseball, Pete Rose participates in the non-affiliated MLB game, receiving a tremendous ovation from the Cincinnati fans.
2005 Jimmy Rollins’ first-inning single makes the shortstop’s 28-game hitting streak the longest by a Phillies player in over one hundred years. Ed Delahanty got at least one hit in 31 consecutive contests for the National League franchise during the 1899 season.
2005 As a result of the merger of Bank One and JP Morgan Chase & Company, the Diamondbacks’ home field, Bank One Ballpark, is renamed Chase Field. Arizona fans, who have affectionately come to call the stadium ‘Bob,’ will be comforted to know the team will continue to employ D. Baxter Bobcat as the team’s mascot.
2006 In Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Barry Bonds hits his 734th career homer, surpassing Hank Aaron, and establishes a new all-time National League home run mark. The historic long ball hit by the unpopular 42-year-old Giants slugger receives little fanfare in the city where ‘Hammerin’ Hank,’ a former player for the Braves and Brewers, is a local legend.
2006 With one home game left on the schedule, the Dodgers break their single-season attendance record established in 1982 as the team sells 3,708,723 tickets to its games played in Chavez Ravine. The actual turnstile count set the previous record of 3,608,881, the method formerly used by the National League to count fans.
2006 At Camden Yards, Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons hits a foul ball straight back over the screen that hits a fan in the rib cage. The injured patron is the batter’s wife, Laura.
2007 At Petco Park, the Rockies beat the Padres, 7-3, for their 84th win of the season to break a club record. Jeff Francis, who gives up seven hits and two runs in his eight innings of work, ties Kevin Ritz (1996) and Pedro Astacio (1999) for club victories and establishes a new franchise mark for left-handers, winning his 17th game of the campaign.
2007 Mike Mussina becomes the 45th pitcher in major league history to win 250 games when the Yankees beat the Blue Jays in the Bronx, 7-5. ‘Moose’ insists that the game ball goes to Joba Chamberlain, the rookie phenom who picks up his first career save.
2007 In front of the largest crowd of the season, the Nationals, in the last major league game played at RFK, beat Philadelphia, 5-3, to finish their three-year stay at the 41-year-old Washington, D.C. stadium with a home win-loss record of 122-121. The ballpark, the former home of the expansion Senators and the NFL’s Redskins, had served as the Nats’ home since 2005 when the franchise shifted from Montreal to the District of Columbia.
2007 Milton Bradley tears an anterior cruciate ligament when his manager Bud Black spins him to the ground, preventing him from going after umpire Mike Winters in the eighth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Rockies. The Padres’ left fielder will miss the rest of the season due to the injury, and baseball suspends the first base ump for the remainder of the season without pay for his actions during the confrontation.
2008 With a 5-4 victory over the Indians at Fenway Park, the Red Sox earn at least a wild-card playoff berth. Boston’s win eliminates the Yankees, who had appeared in 13 consecutive postseasons, spanning Derek Jeter’s entire career.
2008 The Tigers, bowing to the Royals, 5-0, fall into last place in the American League Central Division, getting blanked for the 13th time this season. After making significant moves in the offseason, Detroit appeared to be one of the best teams in baseball.
2008 For the third consecutive season, the Marlins have established a new franchise record for home runs. Josh Willingham’s second inning round-tripper, the club’s 202nd, sets the new mark in Florida’s 9-4 loss to the Nationals.
2008 Tim Lincecum sets the Giants’ single-season record with 252 strikeouts. The San Francisco right-hander whiffs nine Colorado batters in 4.1 innings to surpass Jason Schmidt, who had 251 K’s in 2004.
2008 Jose Reyes collects his 200th hit of the season with a bases-loaded triple in a much-needed Mets 6-2 victory over the Cubs at Shea Stadium. The 25-year-old shortstop joins Lance Johnson (1996) as one of the only two players in franchise history to reach the esteemed plateau.
2009 After signing him to a one-year contract extension for 2010, the Braves announce Bobby Cox will retire as the Braves’ manager after next season. The 68-year-old skipper has led the team to a string of 14 consecutive postseason appearances and a world championship during his 24-year tenure in Atlanta.
2009 Trailing 8-0 at Dodger Stadium, the Giants take the lead, scoring nine runs in the top of the seventh inning. Although L.A. will come back twice to tie the score with clutch two-out hits in the eighth and ninth, San Francisco tallies four runs in the top of the tenth frame for the 14-10 victory.
2010 The lone run in the Blue Jays’ 1-0 victory over Seattle at the Rogers Centre scores in the first inning when Jose Bautista hits his 50th home run of the season, making the right-fielder the 26th player to reach the coveted plateau. Prince Fielder (50) and Alex Rodriguez (54) most recently reached the milestone in 2007.
2010 Ichiro Suzuki, with his fifth-inning single off Toronto’s Shawn Hill, becomes the first major leaguer to compile ten consecutive 200-hit seasons, breaking the record he shared with Willie Keeler. The Mariner outfielder now has more 200-hit seasons than any player in AL history, surpassing Ty Cobb, and joins Pete Rose as the only other player with ten seasons with 200 or more hits.
2011 Starlin Castro collects his 200th hit with a leadoff single off Chris Carpenter in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Cardinals to become only the 10th player to accomplish the feat before the age of 22 years old and the youngest Cub in franchise history to do so in a single season. Chicago’s 21-year-old shortstop, en route to finishing the season with a league-leading 207, reaches the milestone, two years younger than Billy Herman (1932) and Augie Galan (1935), who were both 23 at the time.
2011 The Brewers win their first division title in 29 years when they beat Florida 4-1. The decisive blow in the Miller Park clincher is Ryan Braun’s eighth-inning three-run home run that breaks the 1-1 deadlock.
2011 The Rangers’ 5-3 victory over Seattle, coupled with a Halos’ loss, clinches the AL West division. The title is the second in a row for Texas and the fifth in franchise history.
2011 The Diamondbacks beat San Francisco, 3-1, to win the NL West division for the first time in four years. Arizona, who finished 65-97 last season, clinched their worst-to-first title with an eighth-inning rally, much to the delight of the cheering fans at Chase Field.
2013 Alex Rios triples to right-center field in the sixth inning to complete the cycle in the Rangers’ 12-0 rout of Houston at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Texas outfielder doubled in the first inning, beat out an infield single in the third, and went deep with his 18th homer in the next frame.
2013 With their 2-1 win over Chicago thanks to Starling Marte’s ninth-inning homer, along with Washington’s defeat in St. Louis, the Pirates will appear in the postseason for the first time since 1992. The victory assures the Bucs one of the two wild-card berths, with a division title still within reach.
2014 The Diamondbacks name Dave Stewart to be the team’s fourth general manager in franchise history. The former All-Star big league pitcher, a 20-game winner for four consecutive seasons beginning in 1987, will report to the Diamondbacks’ chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, who was his manager when he posted a 119-78 record (.604) during his eight seasons with the A’s.
2017 “At the end of the day, this the best country on the planet. My hand over my heart symbolized that I am, and will forever be, an American citizen. But my kneeling is what’s getting the attention because I’m kneeling for the people that don’t have a voice.” – BRUCE MAXWELL, explaining why he knelt during the playing of the National Anthem. Oakland catcher Bruce Maxwell becomes the first major leaguer to take a knee during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice and the provocative comments of President Donald Trump, who believes owners should fire athletes for the gesture. In a show of support, A’s outfielder Mark Canh puts his hand on his kneeling teammate’s shoulder.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1995
Atlanta Braves (4) vs Cleveland Indians (2)
After losing the World Series to the Toronto Blue Jays in 1992 and falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Championship in ’93, the Atlanta Braves returned to the Fall Classic following a forced one year hiatus due to the subsequent cancellation of the Series by the collective team owners.
Baseball’s newest dynasty had boasted a strong farm team system that featured Andruw Jones who batted .277 with twenty-five home runs, one hundred runs batted in and fifty-six stolen bases at Class-A Macon (South Atlantic) and their current line-up was just as good with Javier Lopez, Ryan Klesko and Chipper Jones at the plate.
The biggest advantage in Atlanta however was the presence of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine (16-7, 3.08 ERA) and John Smoltz on the mound who combined for one of the best rotations in the history of the game.
Their opponents, the Cleveland Indians were 2-1 in Series play and had not made a final postseason appearance in a staggering forty-one years. The American League champs were not as stacked in either category, but still finished the regular season with an amazing 100-44 record and a .694 winning percentage.
Atlanta ace Maddux set the tone in Game 1 after single-handedly defeating four of his rivals’ counterparts (Orel Hershiser, Paul Assenmacher, Julian Tavarez and Alan Embree) in a 3-2 opening victory that featured a Fred McGriff blast as the only home run.
Game 2 took a different turn as eight combined pitchers went head-to-head including Cleveland’s Dennis Martinez, Alan Embree, Jim Poole and Julian Tavarez and the Braves’ Tom Glavine, Greg McMichael, Alejandro Pena and Mark Wohlers (who emerged 4-3 victors). Both Eddie Murray and Lopez managed homers for their respective teams, but the revolving bullpens depleted the pool of relievers available for Game 3.
The “pitcher’s clinic” continued in the third outing as the National League’s John Smoltz, Brad Clontz, Kent Mercker, Greg McMichael, Mark Wohlers and Alejandro Pena matched the American League’s Charles Nagy, Paul Assenmacher, Julian Tavarez and Jose Mesa bringing the total to a staggering eighteen pitchers used in two games. This time the Indians held on for the 7-6 win despite surrendering homers to both Ryan Klesko and McGriff.
Eight more arms received the call on the hill in Game 4 as Cleveland led the race thanks to an Albert Belle blast followed by a Manny Ramirez homer, but failed to finish the marathon falling behind 5-2 for their third loss. Orel Hershiser got revenge against Maddux the next day as only two pitchers (each) were used in the fifth outing. Klesko and Luis Polonia knocked one out of the park and were matched by Albert Belle and Jim Thome who pushed their team to a 5-4 triumph that extended the Series for another day. Cleveland’s Kenny Lofton dominated the baselines with a record, six stolen bases in Game 6, but was unable to beat Tom Glavine’s change-up, that vanquished five Indian pitchers, for the 1-0 victory and their third World Series title.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-2002
The 2002 All-Star Game will always be remembered for all of the wrong reasons. It started out as one of the most celebrated, but ended unexpectedly as one of the most disappointing. Baseball had fallen on hard times as alleged steroid abuse and an impending strike over revenue sharing threatened to distance even more fans from the game. Even worse, baseball had lost one of its greatest players the week before as The Splendid Splinter, Ted Williams died at the age of 83.
The opening ceremonies were spectacular as baseball highlighted thirty of its greatest moments and featured several of its greatest living participants. Never before had such an elite gathering of new and old talent been brought together on the same field at the same time. Legends of the game including Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays shared the spotlight with future Hall of Famers like Cal Ripken, Jr. and Barry Bonds. The stage was set for a wonderful exhibition as baseball’s best took the field.
The game itself had everything, great pitching, excellent fielding, powerful hitting and phenomenal response from the fans. However it finished amid a sea of boos in a 7-7 tie after eleven innings when both teams ran out of pitchers. American League manager Joe Torre and National League skipper Bob Brenly had used all nineteen hurlers in an effort to get everyone in the game. Their efforts to be accommodating would backfire and set a precedent for future changes. Even with all of the controversy, the 2002 Midsummer Classic offered some great moments.
With two outs in the first, Barry Bonds launched a long drive to deep right-center field. Torii Hunter glided into the gap, timed his leap and reached far over the fence (his elbow was well above the eight-foot wall) to pull the ball back into the park. Bonds, who had five-hundred ninety-four career home runs, and the fans could hardly believe that he’d been robbed of another shot. As Hunter came jogging off the field, Bonds playfully intercepted the Gold Glove winner in the middle of the field, hoisted the Twins star with two hands and put him over his shoulder.
Lance Berkman, leading the majors with twenty-nine home runs and eighty-one runs batted in, hit a two-out, two-run single off Kazuhiro Sasaki in the seventh inning that rallied the National League to a 7-6 lead. The Houston outfielder delivered after Byung-Hyun Kim blew a lead in the top half. But Omar Vizquel, making a rare appearance at second base because the American League had five shortstops on its roster, made it seven-all with a RBI triple in the eighth off Giants closer Robb Nen.
Then it happened. After two extra innings the game was called at a tie. Commissioner Bud Selig was left with little options and made the ultimate decision to call the game. It was the first tie in All-Star play since a game in 1961 was stopped by rain. Even worse, there was no Most Valuable Player picked. Bad timing, too, since the trophy was renamed to honor Ted Williams, the Hall of Famer who died July 5. While the sport’s most memorable moments were shown earlier on the board, baseball also paused to remember St. Louis pitcher Darryl Kile and Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck. Kile’s No. 57 jersey hung in the National League dugout and Buck’s widow was in attendance.
The end result left intact the American League’s five-game winning streak. The National League led the overall series 40-31 and now had two ties. The game took three hours twenty-nine minutes. Five other All-Star games had lasted longer than eleven innings, the most recent being the National League’s 2-0 win in thirteen innings in 1987. Commissioner Bud Selig stated that, “This will never happen again.”
September 23, 1984 – The great Joe Montana missed his first start with the San Francisco 49ers in 49 games. Montana who was unable to play due to an injury was replaced by backup Matt Cavanaugh. Cavanaugh stepped in and threw for 252 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Niners to a 21-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
September 23, 1992 – Bill Comrie purchased the BC Lions franchise from the Canadian Football League. As we have discussed in earlier episodes former BC owner Murray Pezim filed for bankruptcy before the CFL had to step in and assume ownership. The team also suffered a setback when it lost its star quarterback, Doug Flutie to free agency and his subsequent signing with the rival Calgary Stampeders. The LIons finished in last place that season of 1992 but since Comrie purchased the team they have won the coveted Grey Cup four times in the 1994, 2000, 2006 & 2011 CFL championships.
September 23, 2018 – The Amazing quarterback of the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees surpassed Brett Favre’s career record 6300 pass completions to become the new record holder. A 17 yard touchdown pass to favorite target Michael Thomas helped not only achieve the milestone but also to overcome the Atlanta Falcons by the score of 43-37.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S
September 23, 1918 – George “Sonny” Franck was a former halfback from the University of Minnesota. The 1940 Golden Gopher offensive weapons of Sonny along with College Football Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Smith and All-American fullback Bill Daley were a part of a backfield trio that is considered to be one of the best in college football history. These great players were in a single-wing offense and Franck was the most versatile of the bunch and perfect as the key playmaker in the offensive system and had the speed and football smarts to be extremely valuable. Franck ran and passed the ball in the offense but also kicked returned kicks and played defense. His athletic speed was evident not only on the gridiron but also on the Minnesota track team as he was the Big 10 Champion in the 60 yard dash and was clocked running the 100-yard dash in 9.6 seconds. The 1940 Gopher’s football team took all of the assembled talent and won the National Championship. Sonny Franck was voted as a consensus All-American and placed third in the Heisman voting behind two other College Hall of Famers, Tom Harmon and John Kimbrough. The National Football Foundation selected George Franck to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002. George Franck won the MVP honor in the 1941 Chicago College All Star Game (teammate Bruce Smith won it the following year) and then played in the NFL for the New York Giants until Uncle Sam called him to be a fighter pilot in World War II. As a U.S. pilot he earned nine battle stars in the theatre of the South Pacific.
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS
George Preston Marshall was operating a laundry business in Washington, D.C., when, in 1932, he made the fateful decision to become part owner of the new Boston Braves franchise in the National Football League.
His three partners dropped out when the Braves’ first-season losses reached $46,000 but Marshall stayed to contribute to pro football in a unique and most valuable way. Renamed the Redskins in 1933 and moved to Washington in 1937, Marshall’s teams, particularly in the 1936-45 decade, were very successful. They won NFL championships in 1937 and 1942 and divisional titles four other times during that period.
But as successful as Marshall’s teams were, the flamboyant owner left his biggest mark in areas not directly associated with the team on the field. In the nation’s capital, Marshall organized the Redskins marching band and spectacular halftime shows, introduced cheerleaders, began a radio network that carried games throughout the South, and led thousands of supporters on pilgrimages to rival cities.
The energetic leader was also a force in improving the playing rules to open up the game and make it more crowd-pleasing. He championed the decision in 1933 to split the NFL into two divisions, with a playoff game to determine the title, and the liberalization of the forward pass rule. Marshall was totally involved in all aspects of his team’s operation and endured his share of criticism for not integrating his team until being forced to do so in 1962.
At his funeral in 1969, then-NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle summed up the master showman’s unusual gift to the NFL. “Mr. Marshall was an outspoken foe of the status quo when most were content with it,” he said. “We are all beneficiaries of what his dynamic personality helped shape over more than three decades.”
SUPER BOWL HISTORY-SUPER BOWL 12
Jan. 15, 1978
At New Orleans—75,583
Dallas 10 3 7 7 — 27
Denver 0 0 10 0 — 10
The Dallas Cowboys evened their Super Bowl record at 2-2 by taking advantage of eight Bronco turnovers. Dallas converted two interceptions into 10 points and Efren Herrera added a 35-yard field goal for a 13-0 halftime advantage.
After Denver’s Jim Turner kicked a 47-yard field goal, Dallas wide receiver Butch Johnson made a diving catch in the endzone to complete a 45-yard touchdown pass from Roger Staubach and put the Cowboys ahead 20-3.
Denver again cut the lead to ten, this time on a one-yard run by Rob Lytle. But with 7:04 to play fulback Robert Newhouse tossed a 29-yard option pass to Golden Richards for the final score of the game.
Staubach completed 17 of 25 passes for 183 yards with no interceptions. For the first time there were co-MVPs of the Super Bowl. The award was shared by defensive linemen Randy White and Harvey Martin of Dallas.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS
5 – 30 – 20 – 32 – 33 – 9 – 13
September 23, 1908 – New York Giant Fred Merkle failed to touch 2nd base. The result was that it caused the 3rd out in 9th and disallowed winning run thus the game would have ended in a tie. He earns the nickname Bonehead Merkle as the play allowed the Cubs win and the pennant.
September 23, 1925 – Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh was named AL MVP
September 23, 1939 – Cookie Lavagetto, Number 5 went 6 for 6-Dodgers to help them reach 27 hits in the contest and beat Phillies 22-4
September 23, 1962 – LA Dodgers shortstop Number 30, Maury Wills broke Ty Cobb’s 1915 MLB stolen base record, recording the 97th this day on his way to 104
September 23, 1979 – MLB St Louis Cardinals legend Lou Brock, Number 20 stole his 938th and final base of his career
September 23, 1983 – MLB Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton, Number 32 became the 16th MLB pitcher to win 300 games, beating Cardinals 6-2 in St. Louis
September 23, 1988 – Oakland A’s Number 33 Jose Canseco became baseball’s first player to steal 40 bases and hit 40 HRs
September 23, 1992 – 1st female to play in a NHL exhibition game, a young goalie named Manon Rheaume, wearing Number 33 for the Tampa Bay Lightning played between the pipes and gave up 2 goals on 9 attempts in 1 period of action.
September 23, 2018 – 39 year old New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Number 9 threw a 17 yard pass to Number 13, Michael Thomas to become NFL career pass leader, breaking Brett Favre’s record of 6,300 completions; Saints beat Falcons 43-37
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|Argentina Primera División: Defensa y Justicia vs Patronato||12:00pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Lanús vs San Lorenzo||2:30pm||Paramount+|
|UEFA Nations League: Czech Republic vs Portugal||2:45pm||FS2|
|Argentina Primera División: River Plate vs Talleres Córdoba||5:00pm||Paramount+|
|NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs NJ/NY Gotham FC||7:00pm||Paramount+|
|Argentina Primera División: Independiente vs Newell’s Old Boys||7:30pm||Paramount+|
|NWSL: Houston Dash vs OL Reign||8:30pm||Paramount+|
|Friendly: Mexico vs Peru||9:00pm||Univision|
|MLS: SJ Earthquakes vs LA Galaxy||10:00pm||ESPN+|