INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE

DateTimeProgramSport
Fri Sep 37pGuerin Catholic @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pWest Vigo @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Sep 37pCrispus Attucks @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 37pSouth Newton @ Traders PtFootball
Fri Sep 37pFrontier @ Fountain CentralFootball
Sat Sep 4NoonChatard @ Guerin CatholicSoccer – Doubleheader
Sat Sep 42pChatard @ Guerin CatholicGirls Soccer
Sat Sep 47:30pMt Vernon @ Greenfield CentralFootball
Tue Sep 76pPark Tudor @ Traders PtVolleyball
Tue Sep 76:30pMonrovia @ Covenant ChristianVolleyball
Wed Sep 87:30pN Montgomery@ GreencastleVolleyball
Thur Sep 97pBrownsburg @ Guerin CatholicSoccer
Thur Sep 97:30pRitter @ Heritage ChristianVolleyball
Fri Sep 107pWashington @ Covenant ChristianFootball
Fri Sep 107pTraders Pt @ Park TudorFootball
Fri Sep 107pNoblesville Lions @ Purdue PolyFootball
Fri Sep 107pChatard @ CathedralFootball
Fri Sep 107pHeritage Christian @ Eastern HancockFootball
Fri Sep 107pClinton Central @ FrontierFootball
Fri Sep 107pMt Vernon @ New PalestineFootball

INDIANA HS FOOTBALL TONIGHT

Avon at Hamilton Southeastern

Brebeuf Jesuit at Cardinal Ritter

Cascade at Scecina

Center Grove at Carmel

Covenant Christian at Crispus Attucks

Crawfordsville at Western Boone

Decatur Central at Whiteland

Delta at Shelbyville

Eastern Hancock at Wes-Del

Edgewood at Washington 

Fishers at Noblesville 

Franklin at Perry Meridian 

Franklin Central at Brownsburg 

Greenwood at Martinsville

Guerin Catholic at Heritage Christian 

Hamilton Heights at Rensselaer Central

Indiana Deaf at Rock Creek Academy

Lawrence Central at Lawrence North 

Lebanon at Danville

Linton-Stockton at Monrovia

Mount Vernon at Greenfield-Central

New Castle at Pendleton Heights

North Central at Warren Central

Owen Valley at Indian Creek

Park Tudor at Centerville 

Penn at Cathedral

Pike at Ben Davis

Plainfield at Mooresville

Roncalli at Bishop Chatard 

Shenandoah at Lapel 

Sheridan at Tri-Central 

Shortridge at Purdue Polytechnic 

South Newton at Traders Point Christian 

Southport at Columbus North

Speedway at Beech Grove

Tech at Richmond 

Tindley at South Decatur 

Triton Central at Lutheran 

Tri-West at Frankfort

Westfield at Zionsville 

Yorktown at New Palestine

Batesville at South Dearborn

Benton Central at Lewis Cass

Bloomington North at Terre Haute South

Bloomington South at Terre Haute North

Boonville at Heritage Hills

Brownstown Central at Eastern (Pekin) 

Cambridge City Lincoln at Tri 

Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne North 

Carroll County (Ky.) at Madison 

Castle at Evansville Bosse

Caston at Triton

Central Noble at Fairfield 

Chelsea (Mich.) at Angola 

Chesterton at Michigan City

Churubusco at Garrett 

Cincinnati Moeller (Ohio) at East Central

Clarksville at Charlestown 

Clinton Prairie at Clinton Central 

Cloverdale at Brown County

Columbia City at Bellmont 

Columbus East at Seymour 

Corydon Central at North Harrison 

Covington at North Vermillion 

DeKalb at New Haven 

East Chicago Central at Munster

Eastern (Greentown) at Delphi

Eastern Greene at North Daviess

Elwood at Oak Hill 

Evansville Harrison at Evansville North

Evansville Memorial at Evansville Central

Evansville Reitz at Jasper

Forest Park at Tell City

Fort Wayne Dwenger at Fort Wayne South 

Fort Wayne Luers at Homestead 

Fort Wayne Snider at Fort Wayne Concordia 

Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Northrop 

Frankton at Blackford 

Frontier at Fountain Central 

Gary West at Highland 

Gibson Southern at Washington

Hagerstown at Union City 

Hammond Central at South Bend Clay

Hammond Morton at Elkhart

Hammond Noll at Whiting

Hanover Central at Culver Academy

Harrison (West Lafayette) at Logansport 

Hobart at Griffith 

Huntington North at East Noble 

Jay County at Southern Wells

Jeffersonville at Bedford North Lawrence

Jennings County at New Albany

Jimtown at Osceola Grace

John Glenn at South Bend St. Joseph 

Kokomo at Marion 

Lafayette Central Catholic at Northwestern 

Lakeland at Prairie Heights

Lawrenceburg at Milan

Leo at Norwell

Lowell at New Prairie 8 p.m.

Maconaquah at Northfield 

Madison-Grant at Alexandria 

McCutcheon at Lafayette Jeff 

Merrillville at Crown Point 8 p.m.

Mishawaka at Goshen 

Mishawaka Marian at Bremen 

Mississinewa at Eastbrook 

Monroe Central at North Decatur, 7:30 p.m.

Mount Vernon (Posey) at Princeton, 8 p.m.

Muncie Central at Anderson

North Judson at North Newton 8 p.m.

Northview at Sullivan 

NorthWood at Concord

Perry Central at Crawford County, 7:30 p.m.

Pioneer at LaVille, 7:30 p.m.

Plymouth at Warsaw

Portage at Lake Central, 8 p.m.

Providence at Lloyd Memorial (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.

River Forest at Lake Station, 8 p.m.

Rochester at Whitko 

Rushville at Franklin County 

Scottsburg at Connersville, 7:30 p.m.

Seeger at Southmont

Silver Creek at Floyd Central 

South Adams at Bluffton 

South Bend Riley at South Bend Adams 

South Bend Washington at Kankakee Valley, 7:30 p.m.

South Central (Union Mills) at Boone Grove, 8 p.m.

South Putnam at North Putnam

South Spencer at Pike Central, 7:30 p.m.

South Vermillion at Riverton Parke 

Southridge at North Posey, 7:30 p.m.

Southwood at North Miami 

Springs Valley at Paoli 

Taylor at Carroll (Flora) 

Tecumseh at North Knox, 7:30 p.m.

Tippecanoe Valley at Peru 

Trimble County (Ky.) at Switzerland County

Twin Lakes at Tipton, 7:30 p.m.

Union County at Knightstown

Valparaiso at LaPorte, 8 p.m.

Vincennes Lincoln at Evansville Mater Dei, 7:30 p.m.

Wabash at Manchester 

Wawasee at Northridge 

West Central at Tri-County 

West Lafayette at Western 

West Noble at Eastside 

West Vigo at Greencastle 

Wheeler at Calumet, 8 p.m.

Winamac at North White 

Winchester at Northeastern 

Woodlan at Heritage 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THURSDAY

No. 22 Coastal Carolina 52, The Citadel 14

FIU 54, Long Island University 10

Ball State 31, Western Illinois 21

Buffalo 69, Wagner 7

Youngstown State 44, Incarnate Word 41 (OT)

Samford 52, Tennessee Tech 14

Drake 45, West Virginia Wesleyan 3

Mercer 69, Point University 0

No. 24 Utah 40, Weber State 17

NC State 45, South Florida 0

Appalachian State 33, East Carolina 19 (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)

UC Davis 19, Tulsa 17

Southern Illinois 47, Southeast Missouri State 21

Austin Peay 30, Chattanooga 20

No. 4 Ohio State 45, Minnesota 31

Tennessee 38, Bowling Green 6

New Mexico 27, Houston Baptist 17

Western Kentucky 59, UT Martin 21

Kennesaw State 35, Reinhardt 25

Murray State 35, Mississippi Valley State 0

Sam Houston 42, Northern Arizona 16

UCF 36, Boise State 31

Eastern Washington 35, UNLV 33 (2OT)

Friday, Sept. 3

No. 10 North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN

Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network

St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN

Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 19 Penn State at No. 12 Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX

Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1

No. 2 Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC

Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+

Fresno State at No. 11 Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m. | Stadium

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 14 Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 17 Indiana at No. 18 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Northern Iowa at No. 7 Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) at No. 8 Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.

No. 23 Louisiana at No. 21 Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX

San Jose State at No. 15 USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1

Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

FAU at No. 13 Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 3 Clemson vs. No. 5 Georgia (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Kent State at No. 6 Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Montana at No. 20 Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 16 LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX

Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3

Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

No. 9 Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN

NFL WEEK 1

WEEK 1

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Dallas Cowboys at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 13, 2021

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Oakland 8 Detroit 6

Boston 4 Tampa Bay 0

Cleveland 4 Kansas City 2

Philadelphia 7 Washington 6

San Francisco 5 Milwaukee 1

NY Mets 4 Miami 3

Chicago Cubs 6 Pittsburgh 5 (11)

Atlanta 6 Colorado 5

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 6 Iowa 2

Great Lakes 5 Fort Wayne 1

Lake County 8 South Bend 5

WNBA

Dallas 72 Atlanta 68

Minnesota 66 Los Angeles 57

Las Vegas 90 Chicago 83

Seattle 85 New York 75

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Victory Christian 7 Heritage Christian 6

Hammond Baptist 6 State Line Christian 0

Washington Township 12 Oregon Davis 1

Boone Grove 3 Morgan Twp. 2

Argos 3 Lakeland Christian 0

Kouts 1 Marquette Catholic 0

DeKalb 3 Garrett 2

Tri-Central 2 Tipton 1

Connersville 7 Wapahani 1

FW Carroll 3. Fort Wayne Snyder 0

Huntington North 9 New Haven 0

Batesville 4 Jac-Cen Del 1

Park Tudor 1 Shortridge 1

Shawe Memorial 3 Southwestern 2

Switzerland County 1 Milan 0

Rushville 1 Centerville 1

Hammond Noll 10 Hebron 1

Griffith 7 E. Chicago Central 4

Northeast Dubois 4 Shoals 0

Gibson Southern 9 S. Spencer 0

Delta 7 Knightstown 1

International 6 Greenwood Christian 0

Muncie Burris 9 Anderson Prep 2

Pendleton Heights 6 Anderson 1

Carroll 4 Lafayette Central Catholic 2

Western Boone 2 Sheridan 1

Woodlan 2 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 1

Faith Christian 3 Covenant Christian 0

Rossville 4 Benton Central 1

Frankfort 7 Eastern 0

Marion 8 Blackford 1

West Noble 7 Lakeland 0

Speedway 1 Cascade 0

Winamac 3 N. Miami 0

LaVille 2 South Bend Clay 1

Norwell 2 Jay County 1

Martinsville 0 Greenwood 0

Northwestern 11 Taylor 0

Indianapolis Lutheran 4 Beech Grove 3

Bethany Christian 2 Lakewood Park 1

Monrovia 1 Scecina 0

Heritage Hills 2 Princeton 0

Corydon Central 6 Henryville 3

Terre Haute South 2 Crawfordsville 1

McCutcheon 1 W. Lafayette 1

Columbia City 3 Manchester 1

Northridge 3 Westview 1

Homestead 6 Fort Wayne North 0

Lawrence North 4 Warren Central 1

Harrison 3 Western 1

Noblesville 5 Guerin Catholic 1

New Castle 0 Eastbrook 0

Perry Meridian 4 Franklin 3

Greencastle 4 Northview 0

Lawrenceburg 6 Taylor 0

Westfield 4 Brebeuf 1

Yorktown 3 Mount Vernon 3

Plymouth 2 Goshen 0

Hammond Morton 10 River Forest 0

Jasper 1 Providence 1

Floyd Central 2 Jennings County 1

Franklin Central 2 Columbus North 0

Lafayette Jeff 3 Logansport 2

Boonville 1 Pike Central 1

Fort Wayne Concordia 3 Culver Academies 1

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

LaLumiere 6 LaPorte 2

Northview 5 Greencastle 3

Switzerland County 7 Rising Sun 2

Westview 1 W. Noble 0

Faith Christian 2 Covenant Christian 2

Lakewood Park Christian 7 Garrett 1

Oldenburg Academy 1 Centerville 0

Evansville Christian 4 Evansville Harrison 0

Huntington North 6 Manchester 0

Andrean 9 Hebron 0

Western Boone 2 Sheridan 1

Speedway 7 Shortridge 0

Danville 3 Southmont 2

Hobart 3 Illiana Christian 2

Leo 6 Fort Wayne Luers 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 2 W. Lafayette 1

Edgewood 2 Monrovia 0

Wheeler 2 Lowell 2

Heritage 2 Fort Wayne South 2

East Central 9 Connersville 0

Culver 3 Rochester 2

Southport 6 Scecina 1

Mount Vernon 9 New Castle 0

Mishawaka Marian 2 Glenn 0

Shelbyville 2 Madison 2

Cascade 6 Triton Central 2

Wawasee 3 Lakeland Christian 0

Ritter 1 Covenant Christian 0

Chesterton 1 South Bend St. Joseph 1

Delta 6 Muncie Burris 1

Highland 2 Boone Grove 1

Guerin Catholic 2 Roncalli 0

Columbus East 2 Providence 0

Knightstown 5. Indianapolis Tech 0

Northwestern 5 Frankfort 0

Angola 4 Lakeland 1

Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Fort Wayne Northrup 0

New Albany 9 Charlestown 0

Heritage Christian 9 Indy Warriors 0

NorthWood 0 Northridge 0

Homestead 4 Warsaw 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Richmond 3 Muncie Central 0

North White 3 N. Judson 0

Lake Central 3 Portage 0

Elkhart 3 New Prairie 1

Heartland Christian 3 Columbus Christian 0

Park Tudor 3 Central Christian Academy 0

Triton Central 3 Indianapolis Lutheran 1

Hammond Noll 3 River Forest 0

Knox 3 Winamac 1

Scottsburg 3 S. Ripley 1

Northeast Dubois 3 N. Davies 0

Linton Stockton 3 Northview 1

Union County 3 Winchester 0

Rossville 3 Delphi 0

Corydon Central 3 Tell City 0

Whitko 3 N. Miami 0

Bloomington South 3 Southport 0

Highland 3 Lowell 1

Seeger 3 Parke Heritage 0

Woodlan 3. Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Covenant Christian 3 W. Central 0

Oak Hill 3 Shenandoah 0

Bellmont 3. Fort Wayne Snyder 0

Lakeland 3 Westview 1

Prairie Heights 3 Bethany Christian 0

Hauser 3 Batesville 2

Covington 3 N. Vermillion 0

South Newton 3 Faith Christian 0

Wes-Del 3 Union 0

Lawrenceburg 3 E. Central 1

Terre Haute South 3 Bloomfield 0

North Knox 3 Eastern Greene 0

Eastern 3 Sheridan 0

Springs Valley 3 S. Ridge 0

Eastern Hancock 3 Blue River Valley 1

Pike Central 3 Shoals 0

Tippecanoe Valley 3 Maconaquah 1

Mount Vernon 3 Delta 0

LaPorte 3 Michigan City 0

Andrean 3 Kankakee Valley 0

Barr Reeve 3 Princeton 0

Twin Lakes 3 Rensselaer Central 0

Brebeuf 3 Ben Davis 0

Evansville North 3 Jasper 1

Roncalli 3 Guerin Catholic 0

McCutcheon 3 Lafayette Jeff 0

Fishers 3 Noblesville 0

Benton Central 3 Frontier 1

Shelbyville 3 Greenwood 0

Center Grove 3 Franklin 2

Northridge 3 E. Noble 0

Carroll 3 Clinton Central 1

Trinity Lutheran 3 Christian Academy 0

Legacy Christian 3 Middletown Christian 0

Lakewood Park 3 Goshen Home School 0

Harrison 3 Clinton Prairie 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3. Homestead 0

Lawrence North 3 Chatard 2

Greencastle 3 Cloverdale 0

Plymouth 3 Wawasee 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 3 New Haven 0

Garrett 3 Fremont 0

Evansville Central 3 Evansville Bosse 2

Warsaw 3 Goshen 0

Griffith 3, Lake Station 0

Brownsburg 3 Franklin Central 0

NorthWood 3 Concord 1

Yorktown 3 Pendleton Heights 0

Fort Wayne Canterbury 3. Fort Wayne South 1

Fort Wayne Luers 3 Adams Central 2

Scecina 3 Warren Central 0

DeKalb 3 Central Noble 0

Jeffersonville 3 New Washington 0

Cascade 3 Southmont 1

South Adams 3 Norwell 0

Muncie Burris 3 Anderson Prep 0

New Albany 3 Brownstown Central 1

Wapahani 3 Jay County 0

Penn 3 Glenn 0

Angola 3 W. Noble 0

Carroll 3, Huntington North 0

Tecumseh 3 Perry Central 0

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS

Richmond 4 Muncie Central 1

Northeastern 3 Hagerstown 2

TOP HEADLINES

Colts activate 3 from COVID list, put 3 on injured reserve

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts will have three starters back at practice Thursday after quarterback Carson Wentz, center Ryan Kelly and receiver Zach Pascal were activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Team officials put them on the list Monday after all three were deemed close contacts to someone who tested positive for the virus.

This was supposed to be a key week to determine if Wentz would start the Sept. 12 season opener against Seattle. He and Kelly each missed three weeks of training camp and coach Frank Reich wanted to see Wentz test his surgically repaired left foot on consecutive days.

Instead, Wentz sat out the first three days this week and the Colts were scheduled to be off until Monday when they begin their first regular work week.

The Colts also put four-time Pro Bowl receiver T.Y. Hilton, third-string quarterback Sam Ehlinger and receiver Dezmon Patmon on injured reserve. Hilton had surgery on a injured disk in his neck earlier this week, a procedure general manager Chris Ballard said gave Hilton instant relief.

By going on injured reserve after cutting the active roster to 53 all three could return this season. Ehlinger sprained his right knee in the preseason finale at Detroit.

Bills won’t renew lease in July ’23 without new stadium deal

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills won’t renew their lease with the state and county without a partially publicly funded agreement in place for a proposed new $1.4 billion stadium, leaving the team’s future uncertain beyond July 2023.

“No, we absolutely will not,” Pegula Sports and Entertainment senior vice president Ron Raccuia told Buffalo’s WBEN-Radio on Thursday.

In saying the topic of relocation has not been raised during discussions with government officials, Raccuia didn’t entirely rule out that possibility by using the word “yet” when asked if the Bills might begin looking elsewhere once the lease expires in about 23 months.

“We’re not even focused on that, yet,” said Raccuia, who is chief negotiator in talks for PSE, the parent company which owns the Bills.

“We’re just committed to getting everybody together as quickly as possible to get to a solution,” he added. “Talking about options and what happens if, that serves no purpose. It’s not where any of our focus or resources are being dedicated.”

During a wide-ranging interview, Raccuia otherwise confirmed the cost, size and location of the Bills proposing to build a stadium in Orchard Park, New York, across the street from their current facility, Highmark Stadium, which opened in 1973.

At issue is how much the project would cost taxpayers in what Raccuia called a public-private partnership that would potentially include NFL funding. The expectation is the public will be asked to fund more than 50% of the cost.

A message left with Gov. Kathy Hochul, who is from Buffalo, was not immediately returned. On Monday, her office released a statement to The AP, which read, “no one is more committed to keeping the Bills in Buffalo” than Hochul, and that details will be shared once negotiations are completed.

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was not available. He previously dismissed speculation of the Bills possibly relocating but issued a warning by saying taxpayers won’t be writing what he called “a blank check.”

The Bills have ruled out renovating Highmark as being cost-prohibitive as opposed to starting fresh.

The new stadium’s proposed capacity would be between 60,000 and 62,000 seats, which would make it one of the NFL’s smallest – and about 10,000 less than Highmark.

Titans tackle Jurrell Casey retires after 10 NFL seasons

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey says his body helped him make the hard decision to retire from the NFL after 10 seasons, the first nine with the Tennessee Titans and the last with Denver.

“The body itself told me what it’s going to be,” Casey said Thursday at a news conference. “And I couldn’t keep going out there and damaging myself and not be there for my family for the long haul. So I made the decision to go ahead and call it quits.”

Casey made his announcement at Nissan Stadium, where he became a five-time Pro Bowl pick, six-time defensive captain and a team two-time Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. His 51 sacks rank seventh in team history and are second only to Jevon Kearse’s 52 sacks since 1999 in the Titans era.

Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk congratulated Casey on his career, saying there was no greater model for what a player can do on and off the field than Casey. On the field, she said he was a force helping rebuild the franchise’s culture of success capped by being a captain of the 2019 team that reached the AFC championship game.

General manager Jon Robinson, who traded Casey to Denver in March 2020, said it was easy to see the tackle’s passion for football, dedication to his teammates, his leadership and skills – along with his dominance on the field. He called him a “Titan for life” after an outstanding career.

“We talk about players that you’ve got to stop week in and week out, for the opposing team” Robinson said. “And you can rest assured 99 was one of those guys for the opposing team. His picture was up there as a guy we’ve got to stop.”

Casey started 140 of 142 career games with 51 sacks, 59 tackles for loss, 19 passes defended, eight forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. He missed only five games with the Titans as the 77th pick overall in the third round of the 2011 draft out of Southern California.

After the Titans traded him to Denver, Casey played three games before a biceps injury ended his season, and the Broncos released him in February.

His 139 regular-season games between 2011 and 2019 tied for sixth among all NFL defensive linemen in that span. He matched Aaron Donald, Geno Atkins and Fletcher Cox as the only defensive linemen chosen for each Pro Bowl between 2015 and 2019.

Casey had at least five sacks in seven straight seasons through 2019 with his best season in 2013 when he had a career-high 10 1/2 sacks.

He also founded The Casey Fund with his wife, Ryann, to support organizations helping at-risk youth and former prisoners.

No. 4 Ohio State outlasts Minnesota 45-31 in Stroud’s debut

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) C.J. Stroud’s mind was not right as he sparred with first-game jitters, feeling “kind of all over the place” in his debut as Ohio State’s starting quarterback.

Playing for the Buckeyes comes with plenty of pressure. It also brings plenty of help.

Stroud passed for 294 yards and four touchdowns, and the fourth-ranked Buckeyes kept coach Ryan Day unbeaten in Big Ten play with a 45-31 victory over Minnesota on a rainy Thursday night.

Ohio State trailed at halftime (14-10) for the first time in a regular season game under Day, but time in the locker room was all Stroud needed to settle in. He passed for 246 yards in the second half.

“Everybody was encouraging me, telling me I can do it. My teammates all have belief in me,” said Stroud, who went 13 for 22 with one interception.

Said Day, who is 24-2 overall and 16-0 in conference games starting his third full year on the job: “We weren’t going to play it close to the vest. That’s not how we do it here.”

The Buckeyes flashed their five-star speed with two 70-plus-yard scores in the opener, one early on a run off right end by Miyan Williams and one late on a third-down screen to true freshman TreVeyon Henderson.

Chris Olave had touchdown catches of 38 and 61 yards, and Garrett Wilson scored on a 56-yard reception that gave Ohio State the lead for good at 24-21 midway through the third quarter. Less than three minutes later, Haskell Garrett grabbed a fumble from a strip-sack that Zach Harrison delivered on Tanner Morgan and ran it in for a 32-yard touchdown.

“I have great teammates, but I feel like I’m a great player, too,” Stroud said. “Maybe the first half didn’t show that, but I did my best in the second.”

More painful for the Gophers than their fade down the stretch was the loss of star running back Mo Ibrahim, who hurt his lower left leg late in the third quarter and left the field in a walking boot.

The second team preseason Associated Press All-American had 30 carries for 163 yards and two scores, both giving the Gophers the lead and the first one after Terell Smith intercepted an off-target pass by Stroud that hit Olave’s hand.

Coach P.J. Fleck had no update on Ibrahim’s status afterward but said the bruising fifth-year running back from Baltimore, who moved into a tie for fourth place on the program’s all-time list with his 33rd career touchdown, was in good spirits.

“Hopefully it’s nothing major, but we don’t know that just yet,” Fleck said.

The Gophers were probably never going to have a better opportunity to topple the mighty Buckeyes than this, fielding one of the most experienced teams in the country at home – and at night – to open the season against a newbie quarterback.

With fans allowed back in the seats at what’s now called Huntington Bank Stadium, after the virus emptied them out for an abbreviated 2020 schedule, Minnesota enjoyed its third straight sellout dating to the Penn State and Wisconsin games in November 2019.

Already a time-of-possession team, the Gophers needed to play keep-away more than ever to make this a game. They were tentative at times but bold at others, including a fourth-and-1 play from deep in their own territory when Ibrahim ripped off a 56-yard run.

That set up a touchdown throw by Morgan to Texas A&M transfer Dylan Wright, who had five catches for 57 yards.

“I was really proud of how we responded,” Morgan said. “We’ve just got to keep responding and change our best.”

Ex-NFL player McCants, 53, found dead in Florida home

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Former NFL player Keith McCants was found dead Thursday at his home in Florida after a suspected drug overdose, investigators said. He was 53.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in an email that deputies were called to a St. Petersburg home about 5:10 a.m. Thursday. McCants was dead inside the house, where others also apparently lived who made the 911 call.

“It appears it was a drug overdose, but we are awaiting confirmation from the medical examiner’s office,” sheriff’s spokesperson Amanda Sinni said. “This is still an open investigation.”

McCants, a linebacker, was the fourth overall pick in the first round of the 1990 NFL draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Mobile, Alabama, native earned All-America honors as a college player at the University of Alabama.

McCants played for three seasons in Tampa, followed by stints with the then-Houston Oilers and Arizona Cardinals before his football career ended in 1995. McCants was arrested several times for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia over the years.

His longtime friend, St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Robert Blackmon, said he and others who knew McCants decided in 2010 to try to turn his life around.

“This morning, we lost that battle,” Blackmon said in a Facebook post, adding that McCants had renewed optimism after hip replacement surgery in May.

“We began to talk about his future again. The next 20 years. Buying a boat. His signature grin was back. But for every battle I could help him fight, there were others he had to face alone,” Blackmon said.

McCants also had financial troubles, detailed in 2012 in an ESPN documentary titled “Broke,” about former professional players who went through bankruptcy and other money difficulties.

In his NFL career, McCants played in 88 games and recorded 192 tackles, 13.5 quarterback sacks and a single interception he returned for a 46-yard touchdown with the Cardinals.

After retiring from football, McCants became the first Black marine police officer in Alabama at the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Cubs beat Pirates 6-5 on Difo error in 11th

CHICAGO (AP) Sergio Alcantara scampered home when second baseman Wilmer Difo mishandled a popup in the 11th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Thursday night for their third straight win.

Rafael Ortega and Ian Happ homered for Chicago, and Alcantara logged the first three-hit game of his career. Codi Heuer (6-2) got three outs for the win.

Alcantara began the 11th on second base and advanced on Ortega’s sacrifice bunt against Sam Howard (2-3). Happ then sent a high fly to second, where Difo committed the game-ending error.

“Instead of getting behind it, he drifted to it,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “You cannot drift to any balls in this ballpark the way the wind plays. It’s a frustrating loss because we battled our butts off the entire game, and he’s just got to get behind that baseball.”

It’s the first three-game win streak for the Cubs since a five-game run from June 8-13.

“Obviously frustrated that I missed the pitch,” Happ said. “And then ecstatic that we won the game. Just a crazy way to end it.”

The last-place Pirates wasted a stellar start by Mitch Keller, who struck out eight in six scoreless innings. Colin Moran hit a three-run homer in the first, and Bryan Reynolds finished with two hits.

The Cubs rallied after Keller departed. Ortega tied it at 3 with a three-run shot against Chad Kuhl in the seventh. Frank Schwindel then singled and Happ connected for his 18th homer, sending a drive deep to right-center.

The Pirates tied it in the ninth against Rowan Wick. With one out and the bases loaded, Michael Perez drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single to right. But Cole Tucker then bounced into a double play.

Rookie right-hander Keegan Thompson got just five outs for Chicago, allowing three runs and four hits. He also struggled in his previous start, yielding four earned runs in two-plus innings in a 17-13 loss to the White Sox.

Adrian Sampson, Scott Effross and Adam Morgan combined for 6 1/3 innings of hitless relief for Chicago.

“They did what I did not do,” Thompson said. “They threw first-pitch strikes. They threw a lot of strikes early and often. I can’t say enough about how well they did tonight.”

Pittsburgh has lost five of its last six games after winning three of four.

Phillies rally past Nationals 7-6, complete series sweep

WASHINGTON (AP) Andrew McCutchen drove in four runs and the Philadelphia Phillies erased a six-run deficit against the Washington Nationals to earn a 7-6 victory Thursday and a three-game series sweep.

The Phillies overcame a disappointing start from Aaron Nola and rallied against the Nationals’ bullpen for their sixth consecutive win. Philadelphia pulled within 1 1/2 games of NL East-leading Atlanta and two games of idle Cincinnati in the race for the second NL wild card.

The Phillies have scored at least seven runs in seven consecutive games for the first time since June 1933.

“We were like `Keep it there guys, we’re going to score at least seven, it’s going to happen,'” McCutchen said. “We had some chuckles and some laughs, but we knew we had a chance.”

Juan Soto homered and drove in four runs for Washington, which has lost five in a row and 21 of 27. Lane Thomas also went deep.

McCutchen hit an RBI single in the eighth inning to trim Washington’s lead to 6-4. After Andres Machado (1-1) walked Rafael Marchan, Nick Maton’s sharp grounder was misplayed by second baseman Luis Garcia and two runs scored.

Garcia hesitated on Odubel Herrera’s potential double-play ball a batter later, getting just one out as Marchan came around for the go-ahead run.

“I read the ball in a way that I thought it was possibly going to give me a bad bounce or an in-between hop, so I laid back and made sure I got a good bounce,” Garcia said. “I wanted to make sure I stopped the ball. I didn’t want to give up two runs on that play in case it got by me or got an in-between hop.”

Sam Coonrod (2-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. Ian Kennedy worked the ninth for his sixth save with the Philles and No. 22 for the season overall.

Soto, who went 3 for 4 with a walk, hit a two-run homer in the third and a two-run single in the fifth as Washington built a 6-0 lead.

The Phillies halved the deficit on McCutchen’s three-run double in the sixth. McCutchen drove in seven runs over the final two games of the series, and produced his first back-to-back multihit games since June 18-19.

“It feels good to play like I know I can play,” McCutchen said. “It only took until September. But the past couple games, I’ve been feeling good.”

Nola allowed six runs in four-plus innings. Washington’s Paolo Espino yielded two runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The Phillies improved to 13-6 against the Nationals this season. They trailed by at least three runs in seven of their victories over Washington, the most such wins ever by a team against an opponent in a single season in the modern era, according to STATS LLC.

“I think what it continues to show is we always have a chance to come back, and that’s important to teams to have that feeling,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Yeah, you can get down, but get a couple guys on, see what happens, Cutch comes up with the big double that scores three and all the sudden we’re back in the game.”

The game was a makeup of Wednesday’s rainout, when the remnants of Hurricane Ida passed through the Mid-Atlantic.

Giants beat Brewers 5-1, move into 1st-place tie

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Thairo Estrada hit a three-run homer during San Francisco’s four-run eighth inning, and the Giants beat the Brewers 5-1 on Thursday to avoid a four-game sweep.

A day after falling out of first place for the first time since May 30, the Giants (85-49) moved into a tie atop the NL West with the idle Los Angeles Dodgers. The archrivals face off in a three-game series beginning Friday night.

Austin Slater also connected, and Logan Webb pitched seven sparkling innings. San Francisco had dropped four in a row.

“I think it was a much-needed victory for us,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s a good boost of confidence going into the next series, but obviously, all of our attention and focus was on today’s game.”

Milwaukee (82-53) wasted a terrific performance by Eric Lauer, who tossed seven innings of three-hit ball. The NL Central leaders had won four in a row.

Darin Ruf put the Giants ahead to stay with a two-out RBI double off Devin Williams in the eighth. Estrada followed with a drive to left for his fourth homer.

“My approach was just to relax, look for a pitch up, something that I was able to drive,” Estrada said through a translator.

Williams (7-2) got two outs and was charged with four runs. The 2020 NL Rookie of the Year allowed one unearned run over his previous 22 appearances, striking out 31 in 21 innings.

Slater put San Francisco in front when he drove Lauer’s first pitch over the wall in left-center for for his second career leadoff drive. Slater also became the 10th Giant to reach 10 homers this season, the most in franchise history.

The Brewers tied the game in the fourth on an RBI double by Jace Peterson, scoring Luis Urias.

Tyler Rogers (5-1) got the win, striking out the side in the top of the eighth to lower his ERA to 1.80.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell was ejected with two outs in the ninth for arguing a foul ball that was initially ruled a two-run homer for Willy Adames.

“In the end, I think they got that call right,” Counsell said. “When a guy that’s 75 feet away from the call gets the call reversed, it’s just a little suspicious. So that was my argument, but they got it right.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS

INDIANS BASEBALL: Castillo’s Career Night Lifts Indians In Win

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INDIANAPOLIS – In his second career Triple-A game, Diego Castillo went 4-for-4 to tie a career high in hits and lead the Indianapolis Indians in a win over the Iowa Cubs on Thursday night, 6-2.

Castillo, batting in the No. 2 spot of Indy’s lineup as the starting shortstop, notched his eighth career four-hit game and his second of the season (also: June 6 with Double-A Somerset vs. Reading). He reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances with a walk, hit an RBI double in the bottom of the fourth inning and scored three runs.

The Indians (50-54) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning with a two-run home run by Jared Oliva off Ryan Kellogg (L, 1-3). They never trailed in the contest, taking a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning with an RBI double off the bat of Hunter Owen.

The I-Cubs (43-62) plated their only two runs in the fourth inning. With one out, Jared Young hit an RBI triple and a fielder’s choice tightened Indy’s lead to one.

Castillo’s RBI double in the fourth inning scored the Indians first of three insurance runs. They tacked on one run in the sixth and another in the eighth, both on force plays.

Beau Sulser (W, 6-5) tossed his fourth quality start of the season, allowing two unearned runs in six innings.

The Indians will look to secure at least a series tie against the I-Cubs on Friday night at 7:05 PM ET. LHP Cam Vieaux (2-2, 8.13) will face off against RHP Cory Abbott (1-6, 7.22).

Second-Half Surge Leads Football Past Western Illinois

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – Strong defensive play and a second-half offensive surge helped the Ball State football team open the 2021 season with a 31-21 victory over Western Illinois Thursday night under the lights at Scheumann Stadium.

In picking up its eighth straight victory, the Cardinals (1-0) rebounded from a slow start to score 24 second-half points in front of 13,149 fans in the first game in the state of Indiana not to limit fan attendance since 2019.

“It’s so cool to see that, people walking into the stadium and just to get that vibe and energy,” head coach Mike Neu said about Thursday night’s crowd. “I want that so much for our players. I know how hard they’ve worked, and it means more to them than anything to have fans in the stands. To have a full house here at Scheumann Stadium. There’s nothing better than playing when you have people and there’s energy and there’s buzz like tonight.”

The teams gave fans plenty to cheer about over the course of the game, including some solid defense in the opening half which saw the teams play to a 7-7 stalemate.

After the break, however, it was a little offensive fireworks that would get the fans going, starting with a momentum-building drive for the Cardinals. BSU would open the second half by going 68 yards in 10 plays over 4:27 in a drive that was capped by a 21-year scoring run from redshirt senior running back Will Jones.

Jones finished the night with a game-high 93 yards on 18 carries and his one touchdown.

After the Leathernecks (0-1) answered with a 75-yard touchdown strike following the kickoff, tying the score at 14, Ball State responded with three straight scores to take control.

“Western Illinois is a good football team,” Neu said. “They’ve got some talent, they play hard, and they play physical. You have to give them credit, they have some good play makers on their football team. It was good to get a win.”

BSU’s first strike came on the next possession when redshirt fifth-year senior quarterback Drew Plitt found fifth-year senior wide receiver Justin Hall for a 48-yard touchdown, the second of the game for the duo who both took advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Plitt and Hall also connected for a 49-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open the scoring in the game. Hall, who has caught a pass in every game of his career, extended his FBS-leading receptions streak to 44 straight games and finished the night with 137 yards on 11 receptions. Even more impressive, his 79 total yards after the catch.

Plitt would finish the night with 17 completions and 188 total yards on 28 attempts.

Leading 21-14 with 2:39 left in the third, it was the defense’s turn to make another big play, and junior cornerback Nic Jones did not disappoint. He came up with his first career interception, aided by a quarterback hurry from fifth-year senior Christian Albright, and would go on to finish the night with four tackles and a pair of pass breakups.

The next momentum play for the Cardinals came from freshman running back Carson Steele, when he busted through the defensive line for a 37-yard scamper ending in his first collegiate touchdown. It was also the longest running play of the game by either squad.

Overall, Ball State out-gained Western Illinois 216 to 70 on the ground.

Ball State capped its scoring on the next possession courtesy of a 35-yard field goal from redshirt senior kicker Jake Chanove.

While WIU added a touchdown with a little over a minute left, they never threatened after Hall’s second score of the day.

“Obviously we are 1-0, and that is the most important thing that happened tonight,” Neu added. “But we have a lot of things we need to clean up. We didn’t play a great first half and put the defense in a bad position. However, I was proud of the way we came back out in the second half, established the line of scrimmage, and did a great job of controlling the clock.”

Next up for the Cardinals, a trip to Happy Valley to take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in a 3:30 p.m. tilt on Saturday, Sept. 11. The game will be televised live nationally on FS1.

Pair of Second Half Goals Lift Hoosiers to Victory over Broncos

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Going into the halftime break down 1-0, the Indiana women’s soccer team showed resiliency and came back to score two goals in a span of 38 seconds to secure a 2-1 victory over Western Michigan Thursday at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

KEY MOMENTS

• Western Michigan struck first with a goal late in the first half in the 42nd minute by Bailey Korhorn.

• In the 60th minute Alaina Kalin played a ball to Jen Blitchok from 10 yards out and Blitchok scored on a header.

• 38 seconds later it was Blitchok chasing down a ball and serving it to Jordyn Levy who played it off her left foot to the right corner for the go-ahead goal.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers improved to 3-1-1 on the season and Western Michigan drops to 2-3.

• Freshman Jordyn Levy scored her second goal of the season for the Hoosiers.

• Sophomore Jen Blitchok recorded a goal and an assist in the match.

• The Hoosiers controlled possession for 68 percent of the match.

• Indiana held a 25-2 shot advantage and tallied 10 shots on goal.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Jen Blitchok (60′), Jordyn Levy (61′)

ASSISTS: Alaina Kalin, Jen Blitchok

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers host Senior Night on Sunday Sept. 5 at 7pm against Southeast Missouri State.

INDIANA BASKETBALL: Jackson-Davis Named Preseason First-Team All-American by Athlon

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Sophomore All-American forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, the leading returning scorer in the Big Ten, has been named first-team 2021-22 Preseason All-American by Athlon Sports.

He started all 27 games last season and was the only high-major player to average at least 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds during last season. He was fourth in the Big Ten in scoring (19.1), second in rebounding (9.0), fifth in field goal percentage (51.7) and blocked shots (1.4) and is third in minutes played (34.2). 

In league games only, he finished third in scoring (18.4), second in rebounding (9.2), fourth in field goal percentage (50.6) and blocked shots (1.4) and third in minutes played (34.2). He is the first returning first, second, or third team All-American for the Hoosiers since Calbert Cheaney in 1993.

Under first-year head coach Mike Woodson, Jackson-Davis led the Hoosiers to two wins over a professional Serbian Basketball team, BC Mega, in mid-August in the Bahamas. The former Indiana Mr. Basketball and Center Grove High School graduate posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in game two after posting 21 points and nine boards in the first game. He averaged 16.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two contests.

As a freshman at IU, he averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds. Last year did not count for a year of eligibility for all NCAA athletes due to COVID. The Hoosiers will open the 2021-22 season against Eastern Michigan on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

Jackson-Davis Career Honors 

2020-21: Third Team All-American (NABC, Sporting News, USBWA), Honorable Mention All-American (AP), All-Big Ten (1st Team, Media and AP; 2nd Team Coaches), Wooden Award Finalist, Karl Malone Award Finalist, two-time Big Ten Player of the Week, All-Maui Invitational

2019-20: Third Team All-Big Ten (Coaches and Media), All-Big Ten Freshman Team (Coaches), USBWA Freshman of the Week (2/24), Preseason Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Preseason Newcomer of the Year, five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week, Indiana Challenge MVP

No. 1 Indiana Men’s Soccer Welcomes Creighton

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The No. 1-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (2-0-0) play hosts to the annual adidas/Indiana Credit Union Classic with a total of four games being played on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium over Labor Day weekend. The tournament will open with Ohio State taking on Xavier in a neutral site affair at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 3. That game will be followed immediately by the top-ranked Hoosiers and the Creighton Bluejays (0-2-0) at 8 p.m. ET.

A stream of the match will be available on B1G Network +. Live stats will be available at IUHoosiers.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

• Indiana edged in-state rival Butler with a 1-0 victory on Aug. 31 on the strength of a 29th-minute goal from sophomore defender Joey Maher. The goal came off a free kick cross from redshirt defender Spencer Glass. The original pass was flicked on by Maher but the ball found the crossbar before junior midfielder Brett Bebej rifled a rebound shot. The take was blocked by Butler before Maher was able to clean it up for his first career goal.

• Junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano was forced to make two saves in the first five minutes of the match but was not tested the remainder of the match to secure his first shutout victory of the season.

• Sophomore reserve defender Lawson Redmon saved the day with a save in the 67th minute after Celentano was forced off his line. The no goal call was reviewed on the field, but the call stood and preserved the IU victory.

• Indiana opened the season with a 2-0-0 record for the third-straight season and the fifth time in the last six seasons.

• In the 38 seasons of the Classic, the Hoosiers have compiled a record of 40-19-16 (.640 winning percentage). Indiana is 7-0-1 in the last four seasons the event has been held.

NEWS AND NOTES 

• Freshman midfielder Tommy Mihalic was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week after scoring a pair of goals against Notre Dame to open the season.

• The two-goal effort by Mihalic made it back-to-back seasons with a season-opening brace from a Hoosier. Junior forward Victor Bezerra scored a pair to open the 2020-21 season against Wisconsin at Grand Park on Feb. 19, 2021. Prior to that, the last Hoosier to open the season with a brace was Blake Rodgers in 1991 against Butler.

• The OT win over Notre Dame marked the first IU victory via golden goal since redshirt junior Ryan Wittenbrink walked it off against Michigan on March 27, 2021 and also gave head coach Todd Yeagley 150 victories in his 12 seasons at Indiana. He holds a record of 150-50-40 (.708 winning percentage) at the helm of the Hoosiers.

ABOUT THE BLUEJAYS

• The Bluejays are managed by third-year head coach Johnny Torres. The 2008 graduate of Creighton holds a career record of 14-15-2 at his alma mater. He rose to the head coaching ranks after serving as an assistant coach for 12 seasons with the team.

• Creighton is led by reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and senior forward Diego Gutierrez. He led the Bluejays with 16 total points (5 goals, 6 assists) last season.

• The program also returns four players that earned All-BIG EAST second team honors in 2020 in senior midfielder Charles Auguste, sophomore forward Duncan McGuire, senior defender Musa Qongo, and senior midfielder Callum Watson.

• Senior keeper Paul Kruse has surrendered six goals in two starts this season. He holds a save percentage of .714 with 15 total stops through two matches.

SERIES HISTORY

• The two squads have met eight times on the pitch with each program winning four times. Three times the teams have met with NCAA Tournament implications with IU holding an edge of 2-1-0 in the three matchups.

• The last time the two sides played, Indiana scratched out a 1-0 result over then No. 12 Creighton in the College Cup semifinal on Dec. 7, 2012. Freshman forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored the winning goal in the 27th minute. Senior keeper Luis Soffner made two saves in the shutout victory.

• The Hoosiers would go onto defeat No. 3 Georgetown (1-0) to secure the program’s eighth star just two days later.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Purdue Stays Perfect at UNLV

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LAS VEGAS – A balanced Purdue attack, which saw four Boilermakers go errorless, led to a sweep at UNLV (25-21, 25-19, 25-23). With the victory, the No. 8 Purdue moves to 3-0 on the season after its first true road match, and will go on to play No. 25 Washington State in the Rebel Challenge tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET.

The win was powered by Purdue’s .391 attack %, fed by Grace Cleveland, Maddy Chinn, Hayley Bush and Taylor Trammell who went errorless in the match. The Boilermakers have hit above .300 in every match this season, the longest streak since the beginning of the 2019 season (Sept. 20-21, 2019).

Cleveland recorded an errorless performance, the fifth in her career, leading the team with a .565 hitting clip (13 kills on 23 attempts) and team-best four block assists. Meanwhile, fellow senior Jael Johnson produced 10 kills and three block assists, marking her eighth career double-digit kill performance of her career.

Redshirt senior Hayley Bush was one dig shy of a double-double, closing the day with 31 assists and nine digs to go alongside three kills (.375 attack %). Marissa Hornung led the back row, registering 13 digs.

IUPUI SOCCER: WOODALL MAKES 19 SAVES IN JAGUARS’ 1-0 LOSS AT BUTLER

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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team finished on the wrong side of a 1-0 decision at Butler on Thursday night (Sept. 2), but got an incredible showing from senior goalkeeper AP Woodall, who finished with 19 saves. Woodall’s 19 stops were the second-most in a single-game in program history and helped keep the Jaguars alive, despite a 32-5 shot avalanche. 

“(AP) was fantastic,” head coach Chris Johnson said. “In the first half, there was a stretch where they had three shots inside the penalty spot and she played them all out. Overall, she was just fantastic the entire night.”

Butler (3-1) was all over the IUPUI defense throughout the evening, outshooting the Jaguars by a 17-4 margin before the break. However, they only solved Woodall on one occasion when Abigail Isger angled a shot past the IUPUI keeper in the game’s 22nd minute. Alli Leonard setup the play from the right-hand side before sending a pass into her teammate.

Otherwise, Woodall was a brick wall and the offense nearly found a crease to draw even. 

IUPUI (1-3) just missed an equalizer in the 23rd minute when Elizabeth Bueckers had a shot clang off the crossbar in the 23rd minute off service from Maya Lacognato. Butler keeper Emma Martin got a piece of the attempt to redirect it off the underside of the crossbar for one of her two saves on the night.

Bueckers tested Martin again in the 31st minute when she fired from the right side in traffic.

Alex Ludolph just missed tying the game in the closing minute of the half as well as her header off a Leah Shumate corner went just over the bar.

While Butler outshot the Jags 15-1 after the break, it wasn’t nearly as threatening as the first half as the majority of attempts came from outside the penalty area. Woodall made 10 saves in each half as Leonard had a game-high seven shots, putting five on frame. While Woodall did the heavy lifting, she also benefited from goal line clearances from both Bueckers and Maya Turner in the first half, helping stave off the Bulldog attack.

IUPUI’s lone shot attempt of the second half came in the closing minutes as they committed more numbers to the attack in an effort to draw even. Maya Turner had an attempt from the right side knocked down by a Butler defender and the game ended just as Turner had a cross go into the Butler 18 and hit off Emma Antoine, just before the final horn.

“In the first half, we were giving up some things in behind and in the second half, we made a few adjustments and it was better,” Johnson said. “The big thing was the growth of this group. We have such a young group of players out there on the field and from the game on Sunday, where we gave up a lot of things in behind, to tonight where we didn’t give up much in behind at all, that’s the growth we’re looking for.”

The Jaguars will cap the two-game week at Dayton on Sunday, Sept. 5 at 1:00 p.m. on ESPN+.

INDIANA STATE SOCCER: Defense Stands Tall as Sycamores Shut Out Furman

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Indiana State women’s soccer started off their trip to the Carolinas with a win as they shut out Furman 1-0 Thursday night at Stone Stadium. 

Freshman forward Mackenzie Kent beat the defense and scored her second goal of the season in the 49th minute to give the Sycamores the lead.

Furman midfielder Nieva Gaither paced the Paladins with five of their 13 shot attempts on the night. Nora Sampson replaced starter Addison Corn for the second half and made four saves.

Indiana State recorded 14 shots for the match with junior midfielder CeCe Wahlberg leading the way with five.

Sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Alexander saved all four shots on goal she faced to earn the seventh shut out of her Sycamore career.

The win improves the Sycamores record to 2-3 and gives Furman their first loss of the season to drop them to 3-1.

Indiana State will finish their visit to the Carolinas with a match against UNC Asheville at 12 p.m. ET on Sunday at Greenwood Soccer Field.

BUTLER SOCCER: Butler WSoccer Fires 32 Shots in Win Over IUPUI

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s soccer team (3-1-0) dominated possession and fired a plethora of shots at the IUPUI goal throughout Thursday night’s match, taking a 1-0 decision over the Jaguars (1-3-0) at the Sellick Bowl.

Key Moment

The Bulldogs goal came off the foot of Abigail Isger in the 21st minute. It was Isger’s second goal of the season as she connected with a shot across the box that found the net inside the left post. Alli Leonard set her up with her third assist of the season.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: Isger

ASSISTS: A. Leonard

Bulldog Bits

The Bulldogs took 32 shots during the match. The program record came in the program’s first season when the Bulldogs were credited with 66 shots in a match against Bellarmine.

Butler’s defense limited IUPUI to only five shots.

Leonard paced the Bulldogs with seven shots, five of which were on goal.

Twenty-one of Butler’s 32 shots were on goal as IUPUI keeper AP Woodall made 19 saves.

Now winners of three straight, Butler improves to 3-1 on the young season.

Freshman Emma Martin picked up the first shutout of her Butler career. She improves to 3-0-0 on the season. Martin made 2 saves in the contest.

Butler improves to 14-3-1 in the all-time series against IUPUI.

Up Next

The Bulldogs return to action Sunday, September 5, hosting Utah at the Sellick Bowl. The kick is scheduled for 1 p.m.

BALL STATE W SOCCER: Despite Late Push, Soccer Suffers 2-1 Setback at Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI, Ohio – – Despite trailing by two midway through second half, there was no quit in the Ball State soccer team Thursday night in a 2-1 loss to Cincinnati at Gettler Stadium.

Things looked bleak for the Cardinals (1-2-0) after the Bearcats (3-1-1) scored its second goal in the 54th minute. To that point the hosts had held BSU to just three shots, none of which reached goal.

However, Ball State turned up the pressure, breaking through for its first shot on net in the 66th minute thanks to senior Kennedy Metzger. The Cardinals pilled on the shots from there, with three more being saved by the UC goalkeeper over the next 17 minutes.

Ball State finally broke through in the 87th minute when Metzger’s shot from just inside the 18 on the right side found the back of the net. It was her first career goal and gave BSU even more momentum.

The Cardinals would get one more chance to even the score in the final seconds, but freshman Kaitlyn Fraser’s shot from about 30-yards out was saved as time expired.

As Ball State picked up the pressure on offense, they also shut out the Bearcats on defense, allowing just one shot on goal over the final 36 minutes of play. UC finished the game with 10 shots, six of which were on goal.

The Ball State soccer team returns to action Sunday for its home opener at the Briner Sports Complex, welcoming Purdue Fort Wayne for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

PURDUE CROSS COUNTRY: Cross Country Season Begins at Valparaiso

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue cross country team opens the 2021 season at the Winrow Valparaiso Open on Friday, September 3, at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso, Indiana.

The meet begins with the women’s 5k at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT, and the men’s 6k is set for 6:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. CT. Updates from Valparaiso can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Along with host-Valparaiso, the Boilermakers will race against Notre Dame and Green Bay.

Sixteen men and 12 women will compete for Purdue on Friday, as the squad runs at its first regular-season meet since 2019. The Boilermakers are racing at Valparaiso for the first time since the 2018 campaign began there.

The men’s squad enters the year receiving votes in the USTFCCCA National Coaches’ Poll, and they are ranked No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region. The women check in at No. 8 in the regional rankings.

A LOOK BACK AT 2020-21

Due to COVID-19, just two meets were on the Boilermakers’ schedule last season, both in the winter and early spring of 2021. The Big Ten Championships was on Jan. 30, where the men placed third and the women finished 10th. The men’s team registered a top-four finish for the third consecutive year, a program-first since 1948. Senior Curt Eckstein led the way in fifth place to mark the third year in a row a Purdue runner notched a top-five finish and earned All-Big Ten First Team honors.

The men qualified for a third consecutive NCAA Championships and 15th in program history on March 15 and placed 29th overall. Purdue made the NCAA Championships as a team for a third year in a row for the second time in program history, joining the 1946-50 squads. Prior to when the current NCAA streak began in 2018, the team last qualified for the national championships in 1986.

A total of 21 Boilermakers, 14 men and seven women, were named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team in the fall of 2020. Both the men’s and women’s teams, along with four individual men, also were recognized as USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams.

BOILERMAKERS IN VALPO

Purdue returns to Valparaiso for the first time since 2018, when both the men and women were second at the season-opening meet. Current Boilermaker Megan Slamkowski was 10th overall and second on the women’s team, while Tyler Bowling was third for the men and 25th overall.

To open the 2017 season, the women were first and the men placed second.

Friday is the 32nd year of the Winrow Open, and the first year it has been named in memory of former Valpo head cross country coach Ed Winrow, who passed away in March, 2020.

NEXT UP: ON TO TERRE HAUTE

Following a weekend away from competition, Purdue travels to the John McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana, on September 18. Indiana State will host the meet.

PURDUE SOCCER: Season-Opening Unbeaten Streak Snapped

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team suffered its first loss of the season with a 1-0 defeat at Notre Dame on Thursday evening at Alumni Stadium in Notre Dame, Indiana.

The Boilermakers (2-1-2) were shut out for the first time this year as the Fighting Irish (4-0-1) used a 59th-minute goal to remain unbeaten.

Purdue had six shots, four on goal, while Notre Dame had 10 shots and five shots on goal. UND earned nine corner kicks to the Boilermakers’ one. Senior forward Sarah Griffith registered a match-high four shots and two shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made four saves, and her counterpart also stopped four shots.

In the opening 45 minutes, the Fighting Irish controlled much of the play. The home side outshot the Boilermakers 4-1, though both teams had one shot on goal. Notre Dame had a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks.

Bova’s one save of the first half was one of her best, as she leaped to tip the ball out of play in the ninth minute. That set up UND’s first corner kick, and the Boilermaker defense prevented a shot.

Ten minutes later came four Notre Dame corners in a four-minute span. However, Purdue allowed just one shot, which was blocked, off the set pieces.

Another blocked shot came in the 29th minute, which set up a corner, but again the Fighting Irish couldn’t get a shot off.

The Boilermakers’ one shot of the half was by senior midfielder Grace Walsh in the 37th minute. She sent a long ball in from approximately 25 yards away, but it was saved. Purdue then had another opportunity in the 40th minute on a cross in by senior midfielder Ally Mussallem, but the Notre Dame defense cleared it.

In the second half, UND had six shots to Purdue’s five, while each goalkeeper made three saves. The Fighting Irish had a 2-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Boilermakers had a strong opening 10 minutes to the second half, highlighted by three Griffith shots. The first was high before the next two were saved.

Notre Dame then regained its offensive momentum, which led to the goal in the 59th minute. The goal, at 58:32, was scored by Olivia Wingate on a header from inside the six-yard box. Eve Wirtz earned the assist. Off a corner to the far side of the 18, Wirtz headed the ball back into the six to Wingate.

Two minutes after the goal, Bova made another save, and the defense blocked two shots several minutes later. Junior defender Lauren Holleran also had several good blocks and clears in the second half.

Purdue earned a corner kick in the 74th minute, which sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews took. On the ball towards the top of the 18-yard box, sophomore defender Nicole Kevdzija got a head on it, but UND’s keeper made the save.

Bova made another stop four minutes later to keep it a 1-0 match.

In the last 10 minutes, each team had several chances in their final third. Griffith had one shot, which was wide, and the Purdue defense prevented Notre Dame from getting a shot off.

Up next, Purdue returns home to face Saint Louis on Sunday, September 5, at 1 p.m. ET at Folk Field. Admission is free for all fans at 2021 regular-season home matches.

Butler Soccer to Host Milwaukee

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Matchday Information – Milwaukee vs. Butler                      

DATE:                         Friday, September 3 / 7:00 PM

LOCATION:                Indianapolis, Indiana / Sellick Bowl

LIVE STATS:              ButlerSports.com

LIVE VIDEO:               Butler Athletics YouTube

SERIES RECORD:     Milwaukee leads, 16-11-1

LAST MEETING:        September 24, 2011 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Milwaukee 3, Butler 1

The Butler men’s soccer team will host former Horizon League foe, Milwaukee, for a 7 PM match on Friday, September 3, at the Sellick Bowl.

The Bulldogs are coming off an 0-1 loss against No. 1 Indiana. In that match, Philip Halvorsen produced two shots for Butler, while five teammates each produced one. Three of the Bulldogs’ shots were on target. Gabriel Gjergji made four saves for Butler.

The Bulldogs, behind the goalkeeping of Gjergji, have allowed just one goal through the first two matches of the season. Perrin Barnes, Wilmer Cabrera Jr., Jack Haywood, Rhys Myers, and Gjergji have all logged 200 minutes or more this season.

Butler (a former Horizon League member) has played 28 matches against Milwaukee. In the last meeting, on September 24, 2011, Butler lost, 1-3, in Paul Snape’s first season as head coach.

Scouting the Panthers

2021 Season:

Milwaukee defeated Drake, 2-1, in its home and season-opener on August 26th.

Spring 2021 Season:

Milwaukee went 8-5-0 last season and won the Horizon League Tournament by defeating Northern Kentucky in the finals, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA Tournament, the Panthers fell to St. Francis Brooklyn, 1-2, in double overtime. The Panthers graduated no seniors from last year’s NCAA Tournament team.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER: MATCH 3 PREVIEW: #16 KENTUCKY

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OUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame hits the road for the first time this season, traveling to Lexington, Kentucky, to face the Wildcats in a non-conference match at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 3. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

NOTRE DAME at No. 16 KENTUCKY

Location: Lexington, Kentucky | Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex

Live Stream: ESPN+

Live Stats: Click Here

Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer

Game Notes: vs. Kentucky

THE KENTUCKY SERIES

• The Irish and Wildcats will meet on the pitch for the seventh time on Friday evening.

• The Irish lead the Widlcats in the all-time series at 5-1-0.

• The two sides last played in Lexington during the 1992 season, with the Irish winning by a score of 2-0. The Irish are 2-0 when playing the Wildcats on the road.

• Notre Dame defeated Kentucky in the 2020 season opener at Alumni Stadium, winning by a score of 1-0. Daniel Russo scored the winner in his Fighting Irish debut.

LAST TIME OUT

• Notre Dame recorded its first win of the season on Monday, defeating NIU by a score of 2-0 at Alumni Stadium.

• The Irish goals were scored by freshmen Eno Nto and Matthew Roou, both recording their first collegiate goals in their first career starts.

• Notre Dame’s defense earned its first clean sheet of the season. Sophomore goalkeeper Bryan Dowd made five saves to secure the shutout.

• Jack Lynn and Ben Giacobello registered assists in the victory.

• Notre Dame recorded more corners (8-1) and shots (16-10) in the opener against Indiana.

LYNN LEADS THE LINE

• Lynn was Notre Dame’s representative on the ACC Preseason Watch List.

• Lynn paces all active Irish players in career goals with 22 in his Notre Dame career.

• The forward has one goal and one assist through two games this season.

• The senior scored a goal in the 2021 opener against Indiana and has now scored in two of four season openers in his career.

• In the final match of the 2020 fall regular season, Lynn recorded the first hat trick of his career, scoring three times in the first half in the 4-1 win over Louisville.

• The forward enjoyed a breakout 2019 campaign, scoring a career-high 10 goals to lead the Irish attack.

• Lynn has led the Irish in goals and points in each of the last two seasons.

McCartney Makes instant impact

• Dawson McCartney joined Notre Dame for the 2021 spring semester, transferring from Dartmouth.

• McCartney has registered six points in his first eight appearances for the Irish off two goals and two assists.

• The grad student scored in Friday’s season opener against Indiana.

• McCartney now has 10 goals in his collegiate career.

THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT

• The Irish have already received significant contributions from the 2021 freshman class.

• Josh Ramsey has started both games for Notre Dame this season at the center back position.

• Eno Nto and Matthew Roou both scored goals in their first career starts, coming in the 2-0 win over NIU.

• Kyle Genenbacher and Michael Rossi have also logged minutes in both matches this season.

2021 Captains

• Mohamed Omar and Philip Quinton will share the skipper role for the Fighting Irish for the 2021 season.

• Omar has been a staple as a central defensive midfielder over the past three seasons. His 2020-21 campaign was cut short due to an injury that sidelined him for almost all of the spring.

• Omar has racked up 47 appearances for the Irish over the past three seasons, scoring two goals and adding two assists in his career.

• Quinton has been a mainstay in Notre Dame’s defense over the past three seasons at the center back position.

• The 6-foot-6 defender has anchored the Irish back line the last two seasons. Quinton has also managed to record two assists in his collegiate career.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

• The four Irish goals have come from four different players this season, as Jack Lynn, Dawson McCartney, Eno Nto and Matthew Roou have each scored.

• The Irish have attempted more shots and earned more corners in both contests this season.

• Notre Dame has not trailed at all in regulation through two matches.

Indiana State and North Alabama announce 2022 football game

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State and the University of North Alabama announced the addition of a Sycamores home football game to open the 2022 season on Thursday afternoon.

North Alabama will make the trip to Terre Haute, Ind. and Memorial Stadium for a Thursday night kickoff on September 1, 2022. It will mark the first meeting between the two respective teams in their program histories.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming North Alabama and for closing out the nonconference portion of the 2022 season,” Indiana State Director of Athletics Sherard Clinkscales said. “UNA is a quality opponent with a good history and having them come to Terre Haute will provide a boost to our home schedule. We look forward to great game.”

North Alabama is in their final season transitioning to the NCAA Division I FCS level after a storied history at the Division II level. The Lions currently compete as an affiliate member with the Big South Conference, but will be joining the newly-formed ASUN/WAC AQ7 starting in 2022.

The addition of the North Alabama game completes Indiana State’s nonconference schedule for the 2022 season. The Sycamores will travel to Purdue on September 10 and welcome Montana to Memorial Stadium on September 17. The full 2022 schedule will be released at a later date.

Indiana State football is currently on a bye week following the 2021 season-opening 26-21 win over Eastern Illinois. The Sycamores are back in action next weekend as ISU makes its first road trip of the season heading to Evanston, Ill. and Ryan Field for a noon ET kickoff at Northwestern. The game will be carried live on the Big Ten Network and 105.5 The Legend.

Soccer Returns to Brown Field For Pair of Weekend Matches

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Valparaiso (1-2-1, 0-0-0 MVC)
Friday, Sept. 3 – Northern Illinois (2-2-0) – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5 – St. Bonaventure (2-1-1) – noon

Next Up in Valpo Soccer: Valpo returns home to Brown Field for a pair of matches this weekend as nonconference play continues, hosting Northern Illinois on Friday night and St. Bonaventure on Sunday afternoon.

Previously: The Beacons enjoyed a successful road trip to western Pennsylvania last weekend, earning a 2-2 draw on Friday at Duquesne before notching a 2-1 victory over Robert Morris on Sunday. Kelsie James scored both of Valpo’s goals in the tie with the Dukes and then assisted on Abby White’s match-winner at RMU.

Looking Ahead: A third consecutive home match is on the docket next Friday night, as Valpo hosts Western Illinois. The pre-conference slate then comes to an end at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. on Sunday, Sept. 12 against Chicago State.

Following the Beacons: Both matches this weekend will be broadcast live on ESPN+, and both matches will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com. All remaining home matches and select road matches will be carried live on The Valley on ESPN.

Head Coach John Marovich: In his 14th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 104-101-37 (.506) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.

Series Notes: Northern Illinois – Valpo is in search of its first win in program history over the Huskies, as NIU currently holds a 7-0-1 advantage in the series. Six of those eight meetings came in the infancy of the Valpo program, however. The last meeting came back in August 2009, a 1-0 NIU win at Brown Field.

St. Bonaventure – Valpo and SBU have met just once all-time – a 1-0 win for the host Bonnies in September 2019.

Scouting the Opposition: Northern Illinois – NIU currently sits at 2-2-0 on the year, most recently falling to Eastern Kentucky by a 3-1 final. The Huskies, who posted a 1-9-0 record in an all-MAC schedule in the spring, were picked to finish 12th this season in the MAC preseason coaches poll.

St. Bonaventure – The Bonnies enter the weekend with a 2-1-1 overall record and will play at Eastern Michigan Friday afternoon before coming to Valpo. SBU was picked to finish 14th in the A-10 this season after going 0-8-0 in a four-team regionally-based division with Saint Louis, Duquesne and Dayton this past spring.

Valpo Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll: Valpo has been chosen to finish in fourth place in the MVC this fall in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo racked up 51 points in the polling — including one first-place vote — to come in fourth position. Loyola claimed the rest of the first-place votes to top the poll, while Illinois State and Indiana State were picked just in front of the Beacons. Valpo was 13 points clear of Missouri State and UNI, who tied for fifth place. Valpo also boasted a trio of preseason All-MVC honorees: Nikki Coryell (First Team), Kiley Dugan (First Team) and Kelsie James (Honorable Mention).

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed a strong spring 2021 campaign, posting its best regular-season finish since joining the MVC (third place) and advancing to the title match of the MVC Tournament for the first time. Valpo finished with a 5-4-5 overall record, a seven-game improvement from its record the previous season — the third-best year-over-year improvement in the nation. Freshman Nikki Coryell was the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and was joined on the All-MVC First Team by senior defender Keegan Maris and sophomore forward Kiley Dugan – Second Team and Third Team All-Region honorees, respectively.

Who’s Back and Who’s New: Valpo returns 12 letterwinners from the spring 2021 campaign, eight of whom were regulars in the starting XI last season and six of whom found the back of the net in the spring. Joining the 12 letterwinners, as well as five other returnees, on this year’s team are two transfers and 10 freshmen.

Coming From Behind: Valpo rallied from a one-goal deficit in the second half to earn a draw Friday at Duquesne, and again trailed in the second half Sunday at Robert Morris before scoring twice to come out with the 2-1 win over the Colonials. Sunday’s victory was the first for Valpo in which it rallied from being down a goal to earn the victory since coming from behind for a 2-1 win at Green Bay in the 2018 season opener.

A Big Weekend: Sophomore forward Kelsie James picked up her first career Player of the Week honor from the MVC after a big offensive weekend. James scored both of Valpo’s goals in the draw at Duquesne, highlighted by a perfectly-struck free kick from 30 yards out in the 80th minute to equalize the match, for her first career brace. She then assisted on the Beacons’ match-winner in the 74th minute Sunday at RMU. James, who is tied for the MVC lead with seven points (3G, 1A), now has five goals and an assist in her six career matches against non-MVC sides. She adds the Player of the Week honor to her award haul from last season, as James was Honorable Mention All-MVC, a member of the All-Freshman Team and three-time Freshman of the Week as a rookie.

Making a Run: Freshman Abby White made her first career goal a big one Sunday, dashing on a big run up from her left-back position to drill home the match-winner from close range in the 74th minute, completing Valpo’s 2-1 come-from-behind win over Robert Morris. White’s goal came in her fourth career match.

First Goals: White wasn’t the only Beacon to find the back of the net for the first time at Robert Morris, as junior transfer Abbey Hillman had tied the match in the 61st minute for her first collegiate goal in her seventh career match. Sunday marked the first time that two Valpo players scored their first collegiate goal in the same match since Kiley Dugan and Nicole Norfolk each scored their respective first goal against Wright State on Sept. 1, 2019.

Changes in the Lineup: After running out the same starting XI in each of the season’s first three matches, head coach John Marovich made two adjustments to the starting side on Sunday at RMU, giving Hillman and Cassidy Eckstein their first starts of the season. But the three players who started every match last season maintained their active matches started streaks: goalkeeper Nikki Coryell has made 18 straight starts since joining the program last year, while juniors Kiley Dugan and Nicole Norfolk have now each started 36 consecutive matches since stepping on campus.

Iron Woman: Starting out her third season at Valpo, junior defender Nicole Norfolk has been a fixture on the field. Not only has Norfolk started all 36 matches in the Brown and Gold since stepping on campus, she has not come off the field once in any of those 36 contests. She played all 1,379 minutes of the spring 2021 campaign and is now up to 3,418 consecutive minutes played following the second weekend of action. In the 86th minute Sunday at RMU, Norfolk surpassed Tracy Roos’ mark of 3,413 minutes (2009-11), which was the known program record for consecutive minutes played by a Valpo field player.

The ‘Dons Will Discover Kalamazoo This Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will head north to the Discover Kalamazoo Classic this weekend. Western Michigan’s tournament will feature the Mastodons, Southeast Missouri, Indiana, and the host Broncos.

Discover Kalamazoo Classic Game Day Information

When: Friday, September 3 – Saturday, September 4

Where: Kalamazoo, Mich. | University Arena

Live Stats: Live Stats

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Indiana

Game Schedule

Friday, September 3

4:30 PM: Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Southeast Missouri

Saturday, September 4

11 AM: Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Indiana

7 PM: Purdue Fort Wayne at Western Michigan

Know Your Foes

• Southeast Missouri is 3-0 on the young season, with wins over DePaul, Bradley and Central Michigan. Laney Malloy and Zoey Beasley are the two primary attackers for the Redhawks, both averaging above 3.50 kills per set through three matches. Claire Ochs is dishing out 11.18 assists per set, while Tara Beilsmith is pacing the back line with an average of 7.64 digs per set.

• Indiana is also 3-0 coming into the Discover Kalamazoo Classic, coming off 3-0 wins over UIC and Butler and a five-setter over Bowling Green. Brenna Edwards is leading the Hoosiers with 3.09 kills per set. IU is leading the Big Ten in blocks thanks to Kari Zumach, Savannah Kjolhede and Kaley Rammelsburg, who are all averaging more than one block per set.

• Western Michigan is 2-1 after its opening weekend, but its only loss came to Big Ten foe Michigan State. The Broncos took down Wright State and Canisius to finish off their week. Maggie King is the Broncos’ leader with 4.50 points per set. She had 17 kills in WMU’s opener against Michigan State.

Saturday Night Five

The Mastodons have already played two five-set matches this season (SIUE and Kent State). This is more than the entirety of the spring 2021 season.

Make It A Double

Katie Crowe has three double-doubles in three matches this season. She had one against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She now has 48 double-doubles in her career in her five seasons.

Best Offense Continued

After hitting a rally scoring era program-best .235 last season, the Mastodons are hitting .227 this year, which leads the Horizon League in the early going of the 2021 season.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne dropped three matches in the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational last week, falling to SIUE 3-2, Evansville 3-0 and Kent State 3-2. Rachael Crucis was named to All-Tournament team after a 48-dig weekend.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will hit the road once again for the Liberty Invitational in Lynchburg, Virginia for three matches. The Mastodons will play Navy, which went 3-1 in the opening weekend of the season, the host Flames, who have not played a match yet, and Old Dominion, which went 1-2 in their home tournament last week.

Mastodon Men’s Golf Plays in EKU Intercollegiate This Week

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team is back in action on Friday, September 3, when the Mastodons compete in Eastern Kentucky’s EKU Fall Intercollegiate.

Event: EKU Fall Intercollegiate

Host: Eastern Kentucky

When: September 3-4 | Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. on Saturday

Where: The University Club at Arlington  | Richmond, Ky.

Par: 70

Yardage: 6,653

Format: Play 5, take 4

Live Results: Golfstat

Competing Teams

Austin Peay, Bellarmine, Dayton, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Longwood, Marshall, Missouri State, Morehead State, Murray State, Northern Kentucky, Ohio, Purdue Fort Wayne, Samford, SIUE, Western Carolina.

The University Club at Arlington

The estate referred to as Arlington was donated in 1967 by W. Arnold Hanger in honor of this parents, Col. And Mrs. Harry B. Hanger. In addition to the 15-acre bequest to EKU, 166 acres of farmland were also purchased by the Eastern Kentucky University Foundation. Robert R. Martin, who was President of EKU at that time, accepted the gift from Mr. Hanger and in a few short years, the Arlington estate was restored and transformed into what is now The University Club at Arlington. The University Club at Arlington comprises an 18-hole championship course, an Olympic-size swimming and diving complex, six lighted tennis courts, multiple event venues, state-of-the-art golf practice facility, and various dining facilities. The club also serves as home to the EKU Men’s and Women’s golf teams and the EKU Professional Golf Management Program. Additionally, The University Club at Arlington is a venue for many University conferences and events. Built in the 1800s, the Arlington Estate has withstood the test of time and retained her fine character and charm. The University Club at Arlington continues a rich tradition of Southern hospitality and the standard of excellence embodied by Eastern Kentucky University. The University Club is a place where you feel welcomed, where members come together and life-long friendships and formed. A place where you can build lasting memories and start family traditions.

Mastodon Lineup

Kasey Lilly, Tyler Green, Brett Seward, Luke Miller and Jadden Ousley will be competing in the Mastodons’ first event of the year. There will be no individuals competing for the ‘Dons at EKU.

Putter Late Than Never

Tyler Green and Brett Seward are fresh faces to the Mastodon starting lineup, both graduate transfers. Green, a Columbia City native, played four seasons at Ball State after originally committing to Purdue. He led a Ball State squad that was ranked 165th in the Golfstat team rankings. Seward was a four-year golfer at Valparaiso before joining the Purdue Fort Wayne squad. He fired a season average of 74.61 in his final season with the Crusaders (Beacons), which included a second-place finish at the Lewis Flyer Intercollegiate (+4, 220).

All Fore the Best

Kasey Lilly has finished in the top-10 four times in his career, including three in his shortened sophomore season. The junior finished as the runner-up at the Horizon League Championship in the spring of 2021, marking his second top-five finish.

He’s Pretty Tee-rific

After two season with the ‘Dons, Kasey Lilly holds the Purdue Fort Wayne program record for career scoring average with a 73.55 mark. He is also the leader in win/loss percentage with a .760 winning percentage. Last season, Lilly shot a program best 72.6 average in 14 rounds.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons finished fourth at the Horizon League Championship in April, out-performing their preseason poll ranking of sixth. Kasey Lilly finished the tournament with an even 216 to claim runner-up.

Next Time Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will travel to Huntington, West Virginia to compete in the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on September 13-14.

Herring Reflects On Playing In World Cup Qualifier

For many soccer players, getting the chance to compete in a college conference championship match is the pinnacle of their careers. Some could go on to play after graduation, but few get the chance to compete on the sport’s biggest stage, the FIFA World Cup.

Even fewer student-athletes get to play in the World Cup while they’re still enrolled in college.

Tim Herring ’22 is one of them.

Herring, a forward at Wabash, played for the United States Virgin Islands national soccer team in the World Cup Group A qualifying matches against Antigua and Barbuda in March.

“I remember Tim walking into my office and asking me, ‘Coach, should I go? If I do this, I’m going to miss three weeks of practice and class,'” Head soccer coach Chris Keller said. “I looked at him and asked, ‘How many kids are going to be able to say they played in a World Cup qualifier?'”

“We played against a lot of good teams and some of the best players of that nation. To experience that next level of competition – it was challenging, first and foremost,” said Herring, who’s played for The Dashing Eagles for three years.

“It’s hard to put into words exactly what that felt like in the moment,” the senior said. “I try to keep a level-head when I play, so I went into the games like any others. I was going to go out there and play soccer to my fullest potential.”

Although Antigua and Barbuda prevailed, Herring said he still felt like the opportunity to play as a starter in three of the four qualifying matches was one of the biggest wins in his career, so far.

“I like to win – everyone does,” said Herring, a philosophy major and business minor from Jacksonville, Florida. “But getting this experience is what counts the most to me as a soccer player.”

Keller described Herring as a dynamic player, great teammate, and one who can “really turn it on” out on the field.

“Tim lets his soccer talk for him,” Keller said. “He’s not going to be the loudest guy in the room or on the field. He’s just going to get to work and do it, and I think that mentality is a good example for the team.”

Watching Herring’s growth as a player has been an exciting one for Keller, who recruited him to play for Wabash.

Before joining the College team, Herring earned four varsity letters playing soccer at Terry Parker High School. He scored 27 goals in one season, was named team MVP and captain, was a Golden Boot Award recipient, and earned All-North Athletic Conference honors.

In 2018, Herring played in 17 Wabash games and scored eight goals with two assists, and was named the College’s Offensive Player of the Year. In 2019, he only got to play in four games and score one goal as he battled a knee injury.

Wabash was limited to four matches in the spring after the 2020 season was canceled due to COVID.

Keller said Herring communicated with his professors and put in the work to maintain a high GPA while juggling being a full-time student and playing for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“We were all proud of him,” Keller said. “It was fun to see him on TV and just know that he would be coming back to Wabash to compete his senior year.”

Herring’s senior year is off to a great start.

In the season home opener against Franklin College, he struck for the first goal from the left side in the 60th minute. The Little Giants fired 17 shots on goal and scored four times in a 4-2 victory.

“I did really well my freshmen year in terms of scoring, and I want to get back to that point. It’s been a long time, but I know I can bring that back for the team,” Herring said ahead of the game.

“My big goal is to get us to the conference championship. We’ve never done that as a program. We have a great team this year, with a lot of new players and strong returners. I believe we can work together to get there.”

Off the field, Herring’s attention is on making it to graduation. He’s not sure what path he’ll take come May, and whether he will further his education or continue to play soccer at the international level. For now, his focus remains on finishing his last year of college.

“I had an offer extended to me to play for Spain, and I’m still thinking about it, but my focus right now is continuing my career at Wabash,” Herring said with a smile. “Getting that degree is what’s most important, and I’ll be able to make whatever I want happen in life with it.”

Wabash Cross Country Back In Action Saturday At Calvin

The Wabash College cross country team returns to action Saturday when the Little Giants travel to Michigan to compete at the Calvin Invitational.

Wabash competes in cross country for the first time since the team competed at the 2019 NCAA Division III Regional.

Five members of the team that captured second place at the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship return for the 2021 squad. Drew Bluethmann, Clarke Criddell, Ian Dickey, Ethan Pine, and Hunter Wakefield all raced in that meet. Pine captured 21st place overall to earn All-NCAC Honorable Mention honors.

Most recently Pine also picked up all-conference honors in the 1500-meter run at the 2021 NCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships to help Wabash earn a seventh outdoor conference title. Criddell scored key team points for the Little Giants in the 800-meter and 1500-meter runs at the conference track meet. Dickey earned All-NCAC honors with a third-place finish in the steeplechase and just missed scoring in the 5,000-meter run for Wabash. Bluethmann scored for Wabash in the 10,000-meter run at the conference meet while turning in a career-best time.

“Last track season threw a lot at us in the structure of the season,” Wabash head cross country coach Tyler McCreary said. “It forced us to try some different things. The first thing we got to see was the development of our current sophomores on the cross country team as freshmen on the track team. We saw some good things out of those guys. They didn’t get to compete a lot due to some restrictions in the spring but they got to train with some of the guys who were competing at a high level. We’re looking forward to seeing what they bring to the table in cross country.

“We had a number of our upperclassmen emerge in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in track specifically. I think they are ready to do some amazing things in an 8,000-meter race in cross country. Even though it’s been almost two years since they’ve competed in a cross country race, they have two years of training under their belts. They’re a dedicated crew so they’ve put in a great body of work in the last year and a half.”

McCreary got the opportunity to see the 2021 team run together for the first time last Saturday at the annual Wabash Alumni Meet. Freshman Will Neubauer won that 3-mile event, running stride for stride with former All-American and Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Geoff Lambert before racing to the finish line in first place on the closing lap. Nine freshmen join the 2021 Wabash roster also made up of nine sophomores who will compete in collegiate cross country for the first time this year along with six seniors.

“I’ve been impressed with Will ever since I started recruiting him,” McCreary said. “He’s the ultimate competitor. He’s laser-focused. When he won the Indiana state championship in the 800-meter outdoor, he was seeded 12th. He took off from the start and went wire to wire to win the title. It didn’t surprise me to see him step into the alumni event a week ago and not be afraid to push it and be competitive. I would expect nothing less from him to step in right away and be competitive. He listens and does what he’s supposed to do. But he also knows himself and will be tough to hold back, as well.

“Another top freshman is Brayden Curnutt from Western High School. He’s been training very well and ran an amazing time trial the first week of practice. Like Will, he’s competitive and is a very composed runner and student of the support. I think he’ll do some good things for us this year. Our whole freshman class is full of guys who are ready to develop and are eager to learn and see what they can do. I’m excited for those guys to learn how to run an 8,000-meter race.”

Wabash competes at the Knight Invitational at Calvin Saturday before heading to Taylor University on September 17. The Little Giant close out the September portion of the schedule with a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, to race on the 2021 NCAA DIII Championship course.

“We structured the schedule so the courses we run are all relatively flat and fast,” McCreary added. “I did that because we haven’t run competitively in two years. I wanted to make certain we could go into high-quality, competitive environments that aren’t over the top. There is a good balance where we can go and compete with some really good teams so we can find out where we stack up against them while also just getting racing back under our feet. What I want to see is a strong group presence. We have two good packs right now. I want to see how they handle themselves in this first meet.”

Women’s Soccer Falls To Iowa 5-0 In Non-League Match

IOWA CITY, Iowa. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team dropped a non-league match at defending Big Ten Tournament Champion Iowa 5-0 on Thursday, Sept. 2 in Iowa City, Iowa.
 
The loss snaps a four-game unbeaten streak for the Mastodons. Their record drops to 1-1-3 on the season.
 
Iowa (4-1-0) got out to the quick start with two goals from Alyssa Walker in the game’s first 11 minutes. The first goal was scored at the third minute and was assisted by Courtney Powell and the second goal was scored at the 11th minute and was assisted by Hailey Rydberg. Kenzie Roling would score a third goal in the first half at the 30th minute with the assist from Riley Whitaker. In the second half, Samantha Cary would score a goal at the 48th minute and Rydberg scored a tally in the 54th minute.

Alexandra Ibarra and Kelsey Gallagher would get shots for the Mastodons. Ibarra’s shot was saved at the 85th minute by Hawkeye’s goalkeeper Monica Wilhelm.
 
Samantha Castaneda grabbed a career-high 12 saves in the loss.
 
The Mastodons will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 5 (1 p.m.) for a non-league game against Ball State in Muncie, Ind. at the Briner Sports Complex. Ball State is 1-2 and lost to Cincinnati 2-1 on Thursday, Sept. 2 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1894       Connie Mack, taking over for the fired skipper Ned Hanlon, leads the Pirates to a 22-1 rout of his former team, the Washington Senators. The triumph will be the Tall Tactician’s first of the major league record-setting 3,731 victories he will collect as a manager with Pittsburgh and the Philadelphia A’s during his 53 years in the dugout.

1906       The Philadelphia Giants, with Rube Foster on the mound, complete a five-game sweep of the Cuban X-Giants with a 3-2 victory, winning the first Freihofer Cup, named after league president William Freihofer. The Negro Championship game attracts 12,000 fans to Philly’s Columbia Park, the largest crowd ever to watch a black baseball game.

1917      Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance in both games of the Phillies’ doubleheader sweep of Brooklyn at Ebbets Field. In his 18 innings of work, the Philadelphia right-hander limits the Dodgers to seven hits en route to posting 5-0 and 9-3 victories in the twin bill.

1928       A’s player-manager Ty Cobb collects the last hit of his career, doubling off right-hander Bump Hadley in the team’s 6-1 loss to Washington at Griffith Stadium. The 41 year-old ‘Georgia Peach’ will end his playing days, establishing the major league record for hits with 4,191, a mark which remains until Pete Rose surpasses it in 1985.

1936       Luke Appling’s 27-game hitting streak is snapped by Wes Ferrell when the Red Sox right-hander goes the distance, holding the White Sox shortstop hitless in four plate appearances, that includes two bases-on-balls, in Chicago’s 3-2 victory at Fenway Park. The 29 year-old infielder, who establishes a franchise record for consecutive games with a hit, will lead the American League with a .388 batting average this season.

1947       Tommy Henrich and Joe DiMaggio lead the way with four safeties each when the Yankees collect eighteen hits in their 11-2 rout of the Red Sox. Each of the Bronx Bombers’ hits in the Fenway Park contest is a single.

1947       At Shibe Park, A’s right-hander Bill McCahan throws a no-hitter as a rookie, beating the Senators, 3-0. The WW II test pilot, the seventh player in baseball history to toss a no-hitter in his freshman year, hurts his arm lifting barrels of oil in his offseason job, cutting short his promising baseball career short due to the injury.

1953       South Bend Blue Sox right-hander Jean Faut tosses a perfect game, beating the Kalamazoo Lassies, 4-0, to become the only professional pitcher in history to accomplish the feat twice. The AAGPBL Player of the Year, who also didn’t allow a Rockford Peaches batter to reach base in a 1951 contest, will pitch only one more game before retiring at the end of the season.

1956       In front of the largest regular-season crowd in County Stadium history, the league-leading Braves split a twin bill with the Reds, 5-3 and 5-7. Much to the delight of many of the 47,604 fans attending the Labor Day double-dip, the home team ends the day 3.5 games in front of Cincinnati and the Dodgers, but Milwaukee will finish the season in second place, winning only 11 of 23 its remaining games.

1957       Braves left-hander Warren Spahn, with his 8-0 blanking of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, sets a National League mark for shutouts thrown by a southpaw. The future Hall of Famer has now held his opponents scoreless 41 times, breaking the record previously shared by Eppa Rixey and Larry French.

1961       Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris become the first teammates to each hit fifty home runs in the same season when ‘the Mick’ goes deep twice, including a round-tripper in the ninth to tie the score, in the Yankees’ 8-5 walk-off victory over Detroit at the Bronx ballpark. Roger Maris, who also blasted a pair of homers against the Tigers yesterday, has hit 53 homers in his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s single-season mark of 60.

1962       The expansion Mets are blanked for the 30th time this year, bowing to the Bucs at Forbes Field, 2-0. The Amazins’ tie the 1906 Senators for the second-most times a team has been held scoreless, but the 1908 Cardinals’ mark of being whitewashed in 33 contests will remain the major league mark.

1963       Ron Santo ties the National League record by a third baseman for errors committed in an inning. The Cub infielder’s three miscues in the second frame lead to a seven-run outburst and an eventual 16-3 victory for the Giants at Candlestick Park.

1967       The Reds intentionally walk Willie McCovey during his first three plate appearances in the Crosley Field contest. Although Cincinnati’s two-out strategy works every time, the Giants prevail when Ray Sadecki hurls a three-hit shutout en route to the team’s 4-0 victory.

1970       Cubs outfielder Billy Williams asks to be benched, thus ending his National League record for consecutive games at 1,117, a mark Steve Garvey will better in 1983 when he plays in 1,207 straight contests. During the streak, Chicago’s future Hall of Famer becomes known as the ‘Iron Man,’ authoring a book with that title in 1970.

1975       Future Hall of Famer Bob Gibson gives up a grand slam to Chicago’s Pete LaCock, the son of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall. The Cardinal right-hander faces one more batter to end the inning, retiring Don Kessinger on a groundout, and never returns to a big-league mound.

1977       Sadaharu Oh hits his 756th career homer to surpass Hank Aaron as the all-time career home run leader in professional baseball. The Japanese superstar, a 1994 inductee into his country’s Hall of Fame, will hit a total of 868 homers during his 22 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants.

1978       At Dodger Stadium, Lee Mazzilli becomes the first Mets player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a game. The center fielder’s first and seventh inning blasts, respectively, hit off southpaw Tommy John and right-hander Charlie Hough, pace the last-place club to an 8-5 victory.

1981       The Red Sox and the Mariners play nineteen innings to a 7-7 tie. The game ends with the Mariners winning 8-7, thanks to a Joe Simpson RBI triple, in twenty innings when the suspended game is resumed the following day, making it the longest game played in Fenway Park history.

1984       Rick Sutcliffe, in the Cubs’ 5-4 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium, strikes out 15 batters, tying a franchise record shared by Dick Drott (1957) and Burt Hooton (1971). The trio’s accomplishment will remain the standard for a nine-inning game until Kerry Wood fans 20 Astros in 1998.

1985       Future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, with his 525th career round-tripper, becomes the first major leaguer to collect one hundred home runs for three different teams. The California outfielder, who hit 269 during his ten seasons with Oakland and 144 in five years with the Yankees, hits two homers to go over the century mark playing for the Angels in the team’s 14-8 loss to Detroit.

1986       After each team scores three times in the seventeenth inning to remain tied, the Astros finally edge the Cubs, 8-7, thanks to Billy Hatcher’s home run in the top of the next frame. The Wrigley Field contest, suspended yesterday at the end of the 14th due to darkness, ended with the score knotted at 4-4.

1990       Bobby Thigpen, breaking the mark established by Dave Righetti with the Yankees in 1986, sets a major league record with his 47th save when he pitches a scoreless ninth inning in Chicago’s 4-2 defeat of Kansas City at Comiskey Park. The White Sox reliever will save another ten games before the season ends, extending the record to 57.

1994       With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Jackson Generals overcome a 1-0 deficit when Tom Nevers and Jeff Ball hit back-to-back homers at Mississippi’s Smith-Wills Stadium. The dramatic decisive Game 5 victory over the Shreveport Captains enables the Astros’ AA minor league farm club to capture the Texas League East championship series.

1995       In the Bronx, Tony Fernandez becomes the tenth Yankee to hit for the cycle when he goes 4-for 5 against Oakland. The shortstop will complete the unique feat with a double that will lead to scoring the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Bombers will suffer a 10-9 loss when Rickey Henderson goes deep in the top of the tenth frame.

1996       Todd Stottlemyre and the Cardinals beat the Astros at Busch Stadium, 12-5. With his win, the Redbirds’ right-hander and his dad Mel set the major league record with 259 victories by a father (164) and son (95), surpassing Dizzy and Steve Trout.

2000       Kenny Lofton’s first-inning run ties a 1939 major league record set by the Yankees’ Red Rolfe, scoring in his eighteenth consecutive game. The speedy Indian outfielder, besides hitting the game-winning homer in the 13th, also steals five bases, tying Cleveland’s single-game record set twice by Alex Cole, once in 1990 and then again in 1992.

2001       In just his 11th start, Cardinal freshman hurler Bud Smith, throwing 134 pitches, no-hits the Padres at Qualcomm Stadium on Labor Day, 4-0. The 21 year-old southpaw becomes the 18th rookie to throw a no-hitter since 1900 to accomplish the feat.

2002       By losing their 15th straight game at Shea Stadium, the Mets pass the dubious mark set by the 1911 Braves to establish a new National League record for consecutive losses at home. The Amazins’ did not win one home game in August, finishing the month 0-13 in New York.

2002       Joaquin Benoit, in the Rangers’ 7-1 victory at Camden Yards, pitches seven innings of one-hit ball in relief against the Orioles. The Texas reliever’s performance is the longest save ever recorded in major league history.

2006       In the opener of a doubleheader at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard belts three home runs, bringing the first baseman’s total to 52. The sophomore slugger, the 24th major leaguer to reach the milestone, becomes the first Phillies player to hit 50 homers, passing Ralph Kiner’s 51 round-trippers for the Pirates in 1947 for the most homers hit by a second-year player in big-league history.

2006       The Marlins, 11-31 in late May, become the first team since 1899 to reach a .500 record after being 20 games below the mediocre mark. Their 10-3 victory over the Brewers gets the team even at 68-68, placing the ‘Fish’ two games behind the Padres in the wild-card standings.

2007       Mets right-hander Pedro Martinez, making his first start of the season, whiffs Reds hurler Aaron Harang to become the 15th major league pitcher to record 3,000 career strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner has missed most of the season recovering from rotator cuff surgery.

2007       With a home run against Yankees starter Roger Clemens, Ichiro Suzuki collects his 200th hit for the seventh consecutive year. The Mariner outfielder joins Wee Willie Keeler (Orioles and Brooklyn Grooms/Superbas, 1894-1901) and Wade Boggs (Red Sox, 1983-1989) as only the third player to accomplish the feat, and will tie Keeler’s record of eight straight seasons if he reaches the milestone next year.

2008       Yankee Alex Rodriguez’s towering fly ball, which bounces off the Tropicana Field catwalk behind the foul pole in left field, is immediately ruled a home run by Brian Runge. The third base umpire’s decision, disputed by Rays catcher Dioner Navarro, proves correct as the men in blue take 2 minutes and 15 seconds to review the video, becoming the first crew to use the new instant-replay system since its implementation last week.

2008       Although the official attendance, based on tickets sold, is announced to be 11,211, fewer than 600 fans actually attend the Marlins game against Atlanta at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium. In contention for most of the season, the Fish beat the Braves on the hot and humid afternoon in Florida, 5-3.

2009       Pedro Martinez, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball at Citizens Bank Park in the Phillies’ 2-1 victory over the Giants, becomes just the tenth pitcher in major league history to win 100 games in both leagues. The right-hander compiled a 117-37 (.760) record pitching for Boston during his seven-year stint in the American League.

2009       Jorge Posada’s homer and four RBIs contribute to the Yankees’ 7-5 victory over Toronto at the Rogers Centre. The Bronx backstop’s round-tripper makes it the first time the Bronx Bombers have had seven 20-homer players, matching a major league record shared by 1996 Orioles, 2000 Blue Jays, and 2005 Rangers.

2009       After starting 13 games with two different clubs, Pat Misch’s team finally wins a game he starts when the Mets beat the Rockies, 8-3. The former Giants’ starter, who earned the Coors Field victory for New York, had tied a dubious mark established over the 1993-94 seasons by Seattle’s John Cummings for the longest winless streak endured by a team with the same starter of the mound.

2010       Major League Baseball penalizes six players, both skippers, and a coach following an ugly brawl that occurred two days ago between the Nationals and Marlins in Miami, resulting from Chris Volstad throwing at Nyjer Morgan for the second time in the game. The Florida outfielder, who became a target when he ran over Brett Hayes, separating the catcher’s shoulder in the previous contest, retaliated to being hit in the fourth by stealing two bases, but charges the mound after the sixth inning incident, setting off the melee.

2010       Stephen Strasburg undergoes reconstructive elbow surgery in which Dr. Lewis Yocum takes a piece of ligament from the 22 year-old right-hander’s left leg and transplants it into the rookie’s pitching elbow. The ‘Tommy John’ surgery might keep the Nationals’ much-heralded phenom out of the starting rotation until the 2012 season.

2011       Left-handed starter Tom Milone hits a home run on the first pitch he sees in the big leagues. The 24 year-old southpaw’s three-run blast gives him a 5-0 lead at the time, but the rookie goes only 4.1 innings in his debut and doesn’t get the win in the Nationals’ 9-8 victory over New York.

2011       George Kottaras, needing a two-bagger to become the first major leaguer to hit for the cycle this season, strokes an apparent triple, but accomplishes the feat when the ball bounces off of Tal’s Hill, a 20-degree angled incline located in centerfield, over the fence for an unexpected ground-rule double. The Brewers backstop also hit a solo homer in the fourth, a sixth-inning triple, and singled in the seventh in Milwaukee’s 8-4 victory of Houston at Minute Maid Park.

2012       The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, with its ballpark known as PNC Field in Moosic (PA) under renovations, finishes the season, playing their entire 144-game schedule away from home. The International League (AAA) team, using six different venues where all but twelve of their ‘home’ games take place in Upstate New York, will become unofficially known as the Empire State Yankees.

2012       The Nationals win their eighty-second game when they beat Chicago at home, 2-1, assuring the team of their first winning season since leaving Montreal to play in Washington. The transplanted team finished precisely .500 after their first year in the nation’s capital, posting an 81-81 record in 2005.

2013       Max Scherzer’s opportunity to become the second hurler to start a season with a 20-1 record ends when Jon Lester and the Red Sox beat the Tigers at Fenway Park, 2-1. Yankees right-hander Roger Clemens, who finishes 20-3 in 2001, remains the only pitcher to open a campaign 20-1.

2013       The Pirates ensure their first non-losing campaign since 1992, when the team beats Milwaukee at Miller Park, 4-3. Travis Snider’s ninth-inning pinch-hit home run brings the Bucs their eighty-first victory this season, a total the team hadn’t reached in 21 years.

2014       In the Red Sox’ 9-4 victory at Yankee Stadium, Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts become the first pair of Boston rookies to hit a home run in the same game at the Bronx ballpark in 62 years. In 1952, Dick Gernert and Faye Throneberry also accomplished the feat, providing the difference in the team’s 3-1 win over the Bombers.

2015       Bryce Harper, thanks to being issued four bases-on-balls, scores four times and records an RBI without ever swinging his bat in Washington’s 15-1 rout of the Braves at Nationals Park. The 22 year-old slugger from Las Vegas joins Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, and Larry Doby, who also were 0-for-0 and scored four runs without an official at-bat.

2020       Before their game against the Yankees at Citi Field, the Mets pay tribute to Tom Seaver by adding a spot of dirt to the right knee of their uniforms reminiscent of the result of the Hall of Fame right-hander’s drop-and-drive delivery. Last night, the Hall of Fame announced the three-time Cy Young Award winner” had died two days ago from complications of Lewy body dementia and COVID-19.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay8450.62743 – 2541 – 2544 – 2014 – 814 – 178 – 2L 2
NY Yankees7756.5796.539 – 2538 – 3127 – 3020 – 819 – 126 – 4W 1
Boston7759.566841 – 2636 – 3336 – 2817 – 1013 – 176 – 4W 2
Toronto7062.5301336 – 2934 – 3328 – 2815 – 1213 – 166 – 4W 1
Baltimore4191.3114219 – 4422 – 4714 – 438 – 2213 – 153 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox7856.58246 – 2432 – 3217 – 1337 – 2512 – 126 – 4W 3
Cleveland6764.5119.535 – 3032 – 3410 – 1835 – 2213 – 167 – 3W 4
Detroit6372.46715.535 – 3528 – 3714 – 1125 – 3918 – 164 – 6L 1
Kansas City5974.44418.532 – 3427 – 4010 – 1925 – 3212 – 154 – 6L 4
Minnesota5875.43619.532 – 3626 – 399 – 1328 – 3213 – 204 – 6L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7855.58641 – 2537 – 3016 – 1219 – 1637 – 195 – 5L 2
Oakland7460.5524.537 – 3137 – 2915 – 1519 – 829 – 284 – 6W 1
Seattle7262.5376.540 – 2932 – 3318 – 1313 – 1636 – 246 – 4W 2
LA Angels6668.49312.536 – 3230 – 3616 – 1719 – 1121 – 324 – 6L 1
Texas4786.3533131 – 3716 – 4912 – 159 – 1721 – 414 – 6L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7162.53433 – 3238 – 3036 – 2822 – 127 – 84 – 6W 1
Philadelphia6964.519239 – 2830 – 3637 – 2714 – 1012 – 167 – 3W 6
NY Mets6667.496541 – 2725 – 4030 – 2813 – 1416 – 175 – 5W 4
Washington5577.41715.531 – 3624 – 4124 – 3812 – 139 – 192 – 8L 5
Miami5579.41016.534 – 3221 – 4724 – 3011 – 1817 – 174 – 6L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee8253.60736 – 2946 – 2412 – 1342 – 2123 – 96 – 4L 1
Cincinnati7263.5331037 – 3135 – 3217 – 1237 – 2410 – 204 – 6W 1
St. Louis6864.51512.535 – 3033 – 3414 – 1628 – 2815 – 116 – 4L 1
Chi Cubs6075.4442234 – 3226 – 4312 – 1925 – 3217 – 126 – 4W 3
Pittsburgh4886.35833.528 – 3820 – 4812 – 1217 – 4411 – 214 – 6L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8549.63446 – 2339 – 2624 – 913 – 1036 – 227 – 3W 3
San Francisco8549.63443 – 2242 – 2719 – 1017 – 1436 – 185 – 5W 1
San Diego7163.5301441 – 2930 – 3414 – 1516 – 1430 – 304 – 6L 1
Colorado6173.4552443 – 2318 – 508 – 914 – 1929 – 354 – 6L 1
Arizona4590.33340.528 – 3817 – 5212 – 1813 – 1919 – 453 – 7W 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England2315444428169-1-16-3-349
Orlando City SC21984302466-4-13-4-335
Nashville SC2181123420147-6-01-5-235
New York City FC2010463619178-1-22-3-434
Philadelphia22886282356-3-22-5-432
CF Montreal22877302736-3-12-4-631
D.C.229310353237-0-32-3-730
Columbus227692529-45-3-32-3-627
Atlanta226972528-34-3-32-6-427
Chicago2265112433-95-4-41-1-723
Inter Miami CF206592131-104-2-52-3-423
New York2064102325-25-2-31-2-722
FC Cincinnati203892137-160-5-33-3-617
Toronto FC2236132647-211-5-32-1-1015
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2212643519165-4-37-2-142
Sporting KC2211743722155-5-16-2-340
Colorado2011543020106-3-15-2-338
Los Angeles221138353507-1-44-2-436
Minnesota21876242406-2-32-5-331
Portland2183102939-106-1-32-2-727
Real Salt Lake21768312745-4-22-2-627
Vancouver216872731-45-2-31-6-426
San Jose216872429-53-3-43-5-326
FC Dallas226793033-34-5-22-2-725
Los Angeles FC216692831-34-5-22-1-724
Austin2154122029-93-2-52-2-719
Houston2231092434-103-5-20-5-719

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun216.77813-18-510-39-19 W
Chicago Sky1414.5007.54-810-69-44-62 L
Washington Mystics1016.38510.57-73-95-73-71 L
New York Liberty1118.37911.06-95-95-81-96 L
Indiana Fever619.24014.04-92-104-95-51 W
Atlanta Dream620.23114.53-103-105-70-1011 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Las Vegas Aces207.74111-39-48-47-33 W
Seattle Storm1910.6552.09-510-58-54-61 W
Minnesota Lynx179.6542.510-37-610-48-24 W
Phoenix Mercury1610.6153.57-79-36-79-17 W
Dallas Wings1215.4448.05-77-86-74-61 W
Los Angeles Sparks1018.35710.57-73-111-124-65 L