CLEVELAND — The goal of redemption led to perfection for South Carolina’s women’s basketball team.

Confetti fell on the Gamecocks after freshman Tessa Johnson scored a career-high 19 points to power South Carolina to an 87-75 victory over fellow No. 1 seed Iowa in the national championship game on Sunday in sold-out Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse.

It is a triumph that avenges the loss the Gamecocks suffered to the Hawkeyes in last season’s national semifinals. That game was the last time South Carolina endured a defeat, having capped off this season 38-0. It makes the Gamecocks the first undefeated champions in women’s college basketball since UConn’s 2015-16 team.

South Carolina is the 10th team to complete an unbeaten season and the fifth program to do so, joining the Huskies, Baylor, Tennessee and Texas.

It is the third national title for South Carolina under coach Dawn Staley.

Johnson – who did not start – shot 7-of-11 from the floor and also had four rebounds. South Carolina also got two double-doubles from frontcourt players: Kamilla Cardoso’s 15 points and a career-best 17 rebounds, and Chloe Kitts’ 11 points and 10 rebounds. Te-Hina Paopao provided 14 points for the Gamecocks.

Cardoso was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Iowa (34-5) is still a program without a title after falling in the championship bout for the second season in a row. The result marks the end of the career of Hawkeyes’ superstar guard Caitlin Clark – the all-time leading scorer for all of Division I college basketball – who finished her final game in an Iowa uniform with 30 points on 10-of-28 shooting along with eight rebounds and five assists.

Kate Martin added 16 points for Iowa, Sydney Affolter scored 12, while Hannah Stuelke chipped in 11.

Iowa began the game with their foot firmly on the gas. Clark scored 18 points in the opening frame to help the Hawkeyes build an early 11-point lead. It was just the fourth time all season the Gamecocks trailed after the first quarter.

In the second quarter though, South Carolina’s top-ranked defense was activated. The Gamecocks held Clark to just three points on 1-of-6 shooting in the second frame as they went on a 16-7 run to take a two-point advantage. The Gamecocks ended the first half on a second-chance 3-pointer from Paopao and fast break layup from Raven Johnson to lead by three points at the break.

South Carolina then used an 11-2 run midway through the third quarter to take an 11-point lead of their own. Tessa Johnson swished a pair of shots from behind the arc during that span, and assisted Bree Hall on another 3-pointer.

From there, Iowa never regained the lead. An offensive rebound and second-chance layup by Kitts pushed South Carolina’s lead to 14 points, its largest of the game, with 7:40 to play.

Clark has already declared for the April 15 WNBA Draft, where she’s widely expected to be selected No. 1 overall by the Indiana Fever. South Carolina’s Cardoso has also declared and could join her as a first-round pick.

With her incredibly entertaining style of play, Clark helped spearhead tremendous growth in attendance, viewership and fandom in women’s college basketball. Her impact on the game will be felt for a long time. And while 3-pointers from the logo and neck-breaking assists came easy to her, the one thing she couldn’t lead Iowa to was an upset of one of Staley’s best teams ever.


Tennessee hired Marshall’s Kim Caldwell as its new head coach on Sunday.

Caldwell replaces Kellie Harper, who was fired last week after five seasons, 108 wins and four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances while coaching at her alma mater. The Lady Vols posted a 20-13 record (10-6 Southeastern Conference) and dropped a 79-72 decision to North Carolina State on March 25 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“From the beginning, our goal has been to find a dynamic head coach who can restore our women’s basketball program to national prominence. Kim Caldwell is the ideal person to lead us,” Tennessee athletic director Danny White said. “Kim has a winning formula that she has successfully implemented everywhere she has coached, with a fast-paced, high-octane offense and pressure defense that has led to remarkable results.

“In this new era of college sports, it was vital that we found an innovative head coach with a strong track record of winning titles. We are eager to return the Lady Vols to a championship level, and we’re confident that Kim Caldwell is the coach who can lead us back to the top.”

Caldwell, in her only season at Marshall, guided the Thundering Herd to a school record in wins (26), the Sun Belt title and their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997. She previously coached at her alma mater of Glenville State, helping it win the Division II national championship while being named the recipient of the Pat Summitt Trophy as the WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year for the 2021-22 season.

“I am honored and humbled to accept the role as head coach of this historic program at the University of Tennessee,” Caldwell said. “I can’t help but reflect on accepting the Pat Summitt Trophy three seasons ago and be moved by the great responsibility and opportunity of now leading and building upon the incredible Lady Vol tradition she built. I am so excited to get to work and can’t wait to see what we all can accomplish together.”



John Calipari reportedly is closing on a five-year contract to become the next men’s basketball coach of Arkansas, ending his time with Kentucky.

The future of the 65-year-old Calipari, who has been at Kentucky for 15 years, has been the subject of speculation since his third-seeded Wildcats lost to 14th-seeded Oakland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on March 21.

Calipari is under contract with Kentucky through the 2028-29 season but can exit without paying the school a buyout, The Athletic reported Sunday. He would have been due $33 million had he been fired.

ESPN reported that Calipari’s base salary at Arkansas would fall just short of the $8.5 million he received at Kentucky, but that incentives would enable him to top that figure.

The reports pointed to Calipari’s ties to a Razorbacks booster, billionaire John H. Tyson, whom the coach has called a “longtime friend.”

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman departed the program last week for USC.

Under Calipari, Kentucky won the national title in 2012 and advanced to three other Final Fours in his first six seasons there. The Wildcats, however, have won just one NCAA Tournament game since making the Elite Eight in 2018-19.

He also led Memphis, where he coached for nine seasons, to the title game in 2008, and took UMass (eight seasons) to the Final Four in 1996. He has an overall college coaching record of 855-263 in 32 seasons, according to Sports Reference.

Calipari also coached the then-New Jersey Nets in the NBA from 1996-99.


Arkansas leading scorer Tramon Mark is entering the transfer portal, according to reports on Sunday.

As the news circulated, Mark tweeted ” Thank you Razorback nation.”

Mark, a 6-foot-6 guard, averaged 16.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in 31 games (28 starts) this season. He made 36 3-pointers and led the team with 36 steals.

Mark played for Houston for three seasons before transferring to Arkansas after the 2022-23 season. He has career averages of 11.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 107 games (69 starts).

Mark is reportedly the eighth player to assess their futures after coach Eric Musselman left to take the head coaching gig at Southern California. Among the portal entrants is Khalif Battle, who averaged 29.6 points over the final seven games of the season to finish the season with a 14.8 average.

Others who have entered the portal are guards Keyon Menifield, Joseph Pinion, Davonte Davis and Layden Blocker and forwards Baye Fall and Denijay Harris. Pinion transferred to Arkansas State.


GLENDALE, Ariz. — Two giant players will take center stage for one massive championship game.

UConn aims to become the first back-to-back NCAA men’s basketball champion since Florida in 2006 and 2007 when the Huskies face the Purdue Boilermakers on Monday night.

The obvious matchup to watch is UConn’s 7-foot-2 center Donovan Clingan against 7-4 Purdue star Zach Edey, the two-time men’s college basketball player of the year. Clingan is likely the best center Edey will face this season.

“He does a lot of the things that don’t get appreciated about big men. Like he has good hands, he has (a good motor), like he plays hard,” Edey said of Clingan on Sunday. “He’s physical. Some stuff that a lot of people don’t notice about big men, he’s pretty good at.”

Clingan, a sophomore, looked forward to facing senior Edey when asked about it right after UConn’s 86-72 win over Alabama in the Final Four on Saturday.

“I’m real excited. You play at this level to play big-time matchups, big-time games. I have a lot of respect for Zach Edey. He’s a great player,” Clingan said.

Clingan had 18 points, five boards and four blocks for the Huskies (36-3) against Alabama, while freshman Stephon Castle led UConn with 21 points.

Edey, meanwhile, is the first player in NCAA tournament history to have six straight games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He posted 20 and 12 for the Boilermakers (34-4) when they defeated North Carolina State 63-50 in the Final Four. Lance Jones (14 points) and Fletcher Loyer (11) combined to shoot 7-for-14 from 3-point range.

The Huskies will play in their sixth national championship game since 1999 — the most of any team — and are the first team since North Carolina (2016, 2017) to play in back-to-back title games. UConn has never lost a national championship game in five previous appearances.

UConn is 33-0 this season when leading at halftime and when it’s scored at least 70 points in a game. The Huskies won their first five tournament games by an average of 25 points.

“The feeling just with the group is it’s body blows, it’s body blows, it’s continue to guard, continue to rebound, execute our offense,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said. “Eventually there will be a breaking point opportunity that will present itself, especially in this tournament. For us, we have just played so well.”

Purdue is going for its first national title. The Boilermakers are 10-0 against nationally-ranked teams this season, including a 92-84 win over then-No. 1 Arizona on Dec. 16 in Indianapolis.

Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said Sunday that he intends to “steal a couple of things” from what UConn does to enhance his program after this season.

“You have to be on your Ps and Qs,” Painter said of facing the Huskies. “You gotta take care of the basketball. You gotta be able to rebound, be good in transition. If you take bad shots and you turn the ball over, you’re in deep trouble. It’s a quick two or a quick three for them. They’re probably the best I’ve seen in a long, long time in being able to take your mistake and make you pay for it at times when you make mistakes.”



Tyrese Maxey poured in a career-high 52 points and Ricky Council IV and KJ Martin had big baskets in the second overtime as the visiting Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the San Antonio Spurs 133-126 on Sunday.

A three-point play by Council tied the score 126-126 with 3:04 left in the second OT and two free throws by Council with 1:56 to play gave the 76ers a two-point lead. Nicolas Batum then canned a 3-pointer and Martin followed with a dunk on the break — the game’s final points — with 1:09 left to push Philadelphia’s lead to seven.

Kelly Oubre Jr. added 26 points for the 76ers, who have won five straight. Paul Reed and Council had 11 each and Buddy Hield scored 10. Reed also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. Philadelphia was without Joel Embiid (knee surgery recovery) and Tobias Harris (knee contusion).

Victor Wembanyama led the Spurs with 33 points, 18 rebounds, seven blocked shots and six assists. Malaki Branham added 22 points and Champagnie and Tre Jones had 17 points each for San Antonio.

Clippers 120, Cavaliers 118

Paul George scored 23 of his 39 points in the fourth quarter, including a tiebreaking jumper with 7.1 seconds left, and Los Angeles rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat visiting Cleveland.

George blocked Darius Garland’s layup with 1.7 seconds left, and the Clippers sealed the comeback victory after Max Strus missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

George finished with 11 rebounds and seven assists for Los Angeles. James Harden added 22 points for the Clippers. Garland led Cleveland with 28 points. Strus and Evan Mobley scored 20 points apiece.

Mavericks 147, Rockets 136 (OT)

Kyrie Irving scored 25 of his season-high 48 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and Dante Exum’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer to close regulation helped Dallas complete a comeback from down as many as 22 points to stun Houston.

The Mavericks capitalized on three missed Houston free throws in the final 25 seconds of regulation, including a pair by Jabari Smith Jr. with eight seconds left and the Rockets leading by three points, to force overtime.

Dillon Brooks led the Rockets with a season-high 29 points and shot 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Jalen Green added 21 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Jock Landale chipped in 13 points off the bench.

Pacers 117, Heat 115

With sixth place at stake in the Eastern Conference, backup point guard T.J. McConnell posted 22 points and five assists as host Indiana defeated Miami.
Myles Turner added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Pacers, who got off to a hot start and held off a late Heat rally. With the win, Indiana extended its lead over Miami to 1 1/2 games. The top six teams in each conference are guaranteed playoff berths. Teams seven through 10 will compete in the play-in round.

Miami was led by Jimmy Butler, who had a game-high 27 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Bam Adebayo added 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Celtics 124, Blazers 107

Jaylen Brown tossed in a team-high 26 points and Boston stretched its home winning streak to 13 games by beating Portland.

The Celtics’ Payton Pritchard made 9 of 13 field goals and finished the game with 20 points and eight assists. Kristaps Porzingis added 12 points, 10 rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals for Boston, which played without leading scorer Jayson Tatum (knee contusion).

The Blazers’ Dalano Banton came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points. He also had nine assists.

Warriors 118, Jazz 110

Klay Thompson scored 25 of his game-high 32 points in the first half, Jonathan Kuminga recorded a double-double and Golden State took care of business with a victory over Utah in San Francisco.

Hitting nine of his 11 shots from the field, Kuminga finished with 21 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Rookies Brandin Podziemski and Trayce Jackson-Davis chipped in with 16 points apiece for the Warriors, who played without star Stephen Curry (rest) and won for the seventh time in its past eight games.

Johnny Juzang poured in a career-best 27 points for the Jazz, who lost their 12th straight. Keyonte George backed Juzang with 25 points, while Collin Sexton had 15 to go with a team-high seven assists.

Thunder 121, Hornets 118

Aaron Wiggins scored a season-high 26 points and Josh Giddey had a triple-double as short-handed Oklahoma City beat host Charlotte.

Wiggins finished with a career-high six steals and tied his season high with five assists. Giddey finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 13 assists for his third triple-double of the campaign. Chet Holmgren added 20 points and 10 boards.

All eight players who saw the floor for the Hornets scored in double figures, with Grant Williams leading the way with 19 points. Vasilije Micic, who was acquired in the trade that sent Hayward to Oklahoma City, had 17 points and 10 assists.

Raptors 130, Wizards 122

Immanuel Quickley had 31 points and 13 assists and Toronto defeated visiting Washington.

RJ Barrett added 22 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Raptors, who won the season series 3-1.

Deni Avdija had 32 points and 10 rebounds and Jordan Poole had 29 points and 12 assists for the Wizards, who set a club record with their 64th loss. Corey Kispert scored 21 points, Patrick Baldwin Jr. had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Tristan Vukcevic had 11 points.

Pelicans 113, Suns 105

Zion Williamson had 29 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and visiting New Orleans ended a four-game losing streak by beating Phoenix.

Williamson was returning from a one-game absence due to a finger contusion as the Pelicans won for just the second time in their past seven games. CJ McCollum scored a team-high 31 points, followed by 15 from Jose Alvarado, who was returning from a five-game absence due to an oblique strain.

Bradley Beal scored 33 points to lead the Suns. Devin Booker had 25 points and seven assists, Kevin Durant added 23 points and Grayson Allen had 11 for sixth-place Phoenix, which saw its three-game winning streak end but remained ahead of New Orleans because it won the season series 2-1.

Kings 107, Nets 77

De’Aaron Fox had a team-high 20 points, while Domantas Sabonis chipped in with 18 points and 20 rebounds to help Sacramento defeat host Brooklyn.

The Kings swept the Nets for the second straight year in the home-and-home series. Keegan Murray had 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and four blocks for the Kings. Trey Lyles added 14 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Cam Thomas paced the Nets with 21 points. Jalen Wilson had 11 points and six rebounds. Trendon Watford added 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Knicks 122, Bucks 109

Jalen Brunson scored 43 points on 50 percent shooting from the floor to lead visiting New York to a comeback win in Milwaukee, handing the Bucks their fourth straight loss.

The Knicks also got 26 points from former Buck Donte DiVincenzo on 8-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. Isaiah Hartenstein scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 28 points along with 15 boards and eight assists. Bobby Portis came off the bench to score 24 on 10-of-15 shooting while Damian Lillard scored 23.

Magic 113, Bulls 98

Paolo Banchero scored a team-high 24 points as Orlando knocked off visiting Chicago to stay in a third-place tie in the Eastern Conference.

Jalen Suggs added 19 for the Magic, followed by Markelle Fultz’s 17 off the bench. Orlando has won four of its past five games.

DeMar DeRozan led Chicago with 30 points, while Javonte Green finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Andre Drummond collected 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who have dropped two of three games.



Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Nick Gordon hit three-run homers in the first inning as the visiting Miami Marlins defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 10-3 on Sunday for their first victory of the season.

Jake Burger and Josh Bell each drove in two runs and Luis Arraez went 4-for-5 with three runs for the Marlins, who had started the campaign 0-9.

Marlins starting pitcher Max Meyer (1-0) held the Cardinals to one run on three hits in six innings to earn his first big-league victory. He walked one and struck out three.

St. Louis starter Kyle Gibson (1-1) allowed seven runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one. Nolan Gorman hit two homers and drove in all three runs for the Cardinals.

Pirates 3, Orioles 2

Host Pittsburgh plated a pair of runs thanks to an error on the final play of the game to beat Baltimore.

Edward Olivares hit a ball up the middle with the bases loaded, and shortstop Gunnar Henderson made a sliding stop and tagged second for the second out of the ninth before firing to first in an attempt to record a game-ending double play. However, Henderson’s throw was wide right and went out of play, allowing the winning run to trot home for the Pirates.

Ryan Mountcastle went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run for the Orioles.

Astros 3, Rangers 1

Ronel Blanco followed up his no-hitter with six innings of one-hit shutout ball and Yordan Alvarez slugged a three-run homer as Houston downed Texas in Arlington, Texas.

Blanco began the season with a no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays last Monday and started Sunday’s game with 5 2/3 hitless innings. Texas star Adolis Garcia ended the no-hit bid with a sharp single up the middle. Blanco then retired Evan Carter on a flyout to center to end the sixth and complete his 90-pitch outing.

Justin Foscue had an RBI single in the ninth for the Rangers, who had just two hits while seeing their three-game winning streak end.

Yankees 8, Blue Jays 3

Giancarlo Stanton hit a grand slam in the third inning as host New York ran its record to 8-2 by beating Toronto.

After Anthony Rizzo walked to force in a run and tie the game at 1-1 with two outs in the third inning, Stanton drove a 2-2 fastball from Toronto starter Bowden Francis (0-2). It hit the facing of an advertisement below the second deck in right field, his second straight game with a home run and his 11th career grand slam.

Anthony Volpe had three hits, scored twice and stole two bases. Jake Cousins (1-0) picked up the win in relief of starter Luis Gil, who gave up two runs on two hits but walked four while recording eight strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2

Atlanta hit three home runs and left-hander Chris Sale won his home debut with the Braves in a victory over visiting Arizona.

Matt Olson, Michael Harris II and Austin Riley each went deep to spark the balanced offense and help the Braves secure their first three-game sweep of Arizona since July 29-31, 2022.

Sale (1-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits to go along with six strikeouts. Arizona starter Ryne Nelson (0-2) pitched five innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Christian Walker had an RBI single for the Diamondbacks.

Nationals 3, Phillies 2

MacKenzie Gore limited Philadelphia to two runs in 5 2/3 innings as host Washington held on for a win.

The Nationals’ go-ahead run came on Riley Adams’ sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Gore (1-0) struck out six, surrendering five hits and two walks before three relievers combined for 3 1/3 hitless innings.

Edmundo Sosa had a home run and an RBI single for the Phillies, who were unable to complete a three-game series sweep. Philadelphia starter Cristopher Sanchez (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Athletics 7, Tigers 1

Zack Gelof had four hits, including a three-run homer and an RBI triple, as visiting Oakland downed Detroit.

Gelof scored three times, while Abraham Toro added two hits, two runs and an RBI as the A’s won the last two games of the three-game series. Oakland starter Joe Boyle (1-1) allowed two hits and walked three while striking out six in five shutout innings.

Riley Greene hit his third homer of the year and reached base three times for the Tigers, who were shut out on Saturday. Detroit starter Jack Flaherty (0-1) gave up six runs and nine hits, with five strikeouts in six innings.

Mets 3, Reds 1

Francisco Lindor snapped out of an early-season slump, collecting two hits and two runs to lead visiting New York to a win over Cincinnati in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Lindor, who entered the series finale with just one single in his first 31 at-bats this season, doubled and scored in the first and hit his first homer since Sept. 30, 2023, in the fourth. Sean Manaea (1-0) earned his first win with the Mets after allowing one run on three hits over five innings.

Reds starter Andrew Abbott (0-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings. Santiago Espinal hit a sacrifice fly and Elly De La Cruz stole two bases for Cincinnati.

Royals 5, White Sox 3

MJ Melendez and Hunter Renfroe homered, leading Kansas City to a win over visiting Chicago, completing a four-game series sweep.

John Schreiber (1-0) earned the victory with an inning of scoreless relief and James McArthur surrendered a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth, getting his second save.

The Royals took advantage of two White Sox errors in the seventh to expand their lead to 5-3 against reliever Deivi Garcia (0-2). Chicago broke through in the fourth on Dominic Fletcher’s RBI double and Braden Shewmake’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

Brewers 12, Mariners 4

William Contreras blasted a pair of two-run homers as part of a 4-for-5 showing and host Milwaukee coasted past Seattle in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Oliver Dunn, Jake Bauers and Sal Frelick each added two hits as the Brewers collected 14 as a team.

Dominic Canzone clubbed a two-run homer for the Mariners. Josh Rojas had two hits and an RBI.

Cubs 8, Dodgers 1

Michael Busch hit a three-run double, Shota Imanaga pitched four shutout innings and host Chicago capitalized on Los Angeles’ sloppy defense to win a game that included a three-hour rain delay.

Cody Bellinger added a solo home run for the Cubs, who took advantage of three Dodgers errors to build a 6-0 lead before umpires called for the tarp with one out in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Shohei Ohtani had two of the Dodgers’ season-low four hits as Los Angeles lost a series for the first time this year.

Rays 3, Rockies 2

Ryan Pepiot pitched three-hit ball and struck out a career-high 11 in six scoreless innings, Jose Siri and Austin Shenton had two hits apiece and Tampa Bay edged Colorado in Denver.

Pepiot (1-1) topped his previous high of nine strikeouts, which also came at Coors Field on Sept. 26, 2023, when he pitched for the Dodgers. Shawn Armstrong tossed two innings of relief for his first save.

Dakota Hudson (0-2) also pitched six innings but gave up three runs on seven hits for the Rockies. Nolan Jones and Brenton Doyle each had two hits.

Giants 3, Padres 2

Matt Chapman capped a two-run eighth inning with a go-ahead RBI single, Camilo Doval pitched a three-strikeout ninth for his first save of the season and San Francisco secured a series win over visiting San Diego.

The Giants caught a break in the eighth after one-out singles by Wilmer Flores and Jorge Soler put runners at the corners. Padres reliever Jhony Brito (0-2) then got what appeared to be a double-play grounder hit by Michael Conforto, but Jake Cronenworth elected to tag first base for the inning’s second out before throwing to second.

As pinch runner Tyler Fitzgerald raced home from third, shortstop Ha-Seong Kim dropped the ball while tagging Soler, allowing Fitzgerald to tie it. Chapman followed with a single to right field, plating Soler. Jackson Merrill went 4-for-4 for the Padres, while Cronenworth had two hits.

Red Sox 12, Angels 2

Tanner Houck threw six scoreless innings and was backed by an offense that hit four home runs as Boston cruised to a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif., in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Houck (2-0) logged six scoreless innings in his first start of the season against Oakland last Monday, and he followed up with another impressive performance, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Reese McGuire’s three-run homer in the sixth inning essentially put the game out of reach, putting the Red Sox up 7-0. McGuire finished the day with five RBIs. The Angels’ first run of the game came on a solo shot by Mike Trout — his fourth homer of the season — in the eighth inning.



Ryan O’Reilly scored the only goal in the shootout on Sunday night for the Nashville Predators, who inched closer to clinching a playoff berth by edging the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in Newark, N.J.

O’Reilly shuffled the puck several times before sending a shot beyond the glove of Devils goaltender Jake Allen.

Roman Josi scored in the first period and Luke Evangelista scored the game-tying power-play goal in the third for the Predators, who won for just the second time in six games but snapped a tie with the Vegas Golden Knights for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

Nashville is seven points ahead of St. Louis and will clinch a playoff berth with one more point or one more loss by the Blues.

Jack Hughes and Chris Tierney scored for the Devils, who are five points behind the Detroit Red Wings in the race for the second Eastern Conference wild-card berth but have three other teams between them. Allen recorded 29 saves in relief of Kaapo Kahkonen, who was injured while trying to stop Josi’s goal.

Blues 6, Ducks 5 (SO)

Jordan Kyrou earned three assists and scored the lone goal in the shootout as visiting St. Louis edged Anaheim.

Robert Thomas had a goal and three assists for the Blues, who have earned at least one point in seven of their past nine games. Zack Bolduc, Matthew Kessel, Pavel Buchnevich and Brayden Schenn also scored for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington made 33 saves, then blanked the Ducks in the shootout.

Frank Vatrano and Leo Carlsson each scored twice for Anaheim, which has won just two of its past 16 games.

Rangers 5, Canadiens 2

Chris Kreider scored a tiebreaking power-play goal 3:59 into the third period, Artemi Panarin added a goal and three assists and host New York defeated Montreal thanks to a four-goal third period.

The Rangers matched the franchise record for regular-season wins set in 2014-15 (53) and won for the eighth time in nine games (8-1-0). Mika Zibanejad finished with two goals and an assist and Alexis Lafreniere added an empty-netter. Igor Shesterkin made 26 saves.

Cole Caufield and Alex Newhook scored Montreal’s goals, and Mike Matheson assisted on both. Cayden Primeau made 41 saves for the Canadiens.

Red Wings 3, Sabres 1

Lucas Raymond had a goal and an assist for Detroit in a win against visiting Buffalo.

It was the 40th multi-point game of Raymond’s career, making the forward the eighth Red Wings player aged 22 or younger to reach that mark. Patrick Kane and Dylan Larkin scored for the Red Wings, who jumped into the second wild card in the Eastern Conference. Alex Lyon made 37 saves.

Tage Thompson scored and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen made 21 saves for the Sabres, who dropped five points behind the final playoff spot with four games remaining.

Wild 4, Blackhawks 0

Kirill Kaprizov had two goals and an assist and Jesper Wallstedt made 24 saves for his first career victory and shutout as visiting Minnesota defeated Chicago.

Minnesota moved within nine points of the Golden Knights for the final Western Conference wild-card spot with five games remaining. Wallstedt, 21, kept the Wild’s flickering postseason aspirations intact with a bounce-back effort from his NHL debut, a 7-2 loss at Dallas on Jan. 10.

Recently recalled from Minnesota’s AHL affiliate in Iowa, Wallstedt shut down a Blackhawks team that had struck for 16 goals in its past four victories. Chicago couldn’t slow Minnesota’s hottest player nor generate much of an attack.

Hurricanes 3, Blue Jackets 0

Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho scored in the first period to set the tone and Carolina rode another shutout from Frederik Andersen to win its regular-season home finale, defeating Columbus in Raleigh, N.C.

Teuvo Teravainen tacked on a third-period goal after providing a first-period assist. Andersen posted his third shutout in his past seven outings, needing 23 saves. It was Andersen’s 27th career shutout.

Goalie Malcolm Subban made 32 saves in his first NHL game of the season for the Blue Jackets, who had won three of their previous four games.

Coyotes 5, Sharks 2

Clayton Keller, Lawson Crouse and Nick Schmaltz each recorded a goal and an assist as Arizona swept the season series with host San Jose.

Liam O’Brien and Dylan Guenther had the other Coyotes goals, while Connor Ingram made 25 saves. Arizona has won seven of its past 11 games (7-4-0).

Henry Thrun scored a goal and assisted on Luke Kunin’s marker for San Jose. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 23 shots for the Sharks, who have lost 11 of their past 14 (2-11-1).

Senators 3, Capitals 2 (OT)

Jake Sanderson scored 41 seconds into overtime to lift Ottawa to a win over host Washington.

Sanderson’s 10th goal of the season capped a comeback for Ottawa, which trailed midway through the third period before Ridly Greig scored to force overtime. Mark Kastelic also scored for the Senators, who got 20 saves from Joonas Korpisalo.

Max Pacioretty and Aliaksei Protas scored for Washington, while Charlie Lindgren had 18 saves. The Capitals collected one point for reaching overtime but missed out on a chance to gain two while being bunched up among the teams within a point of the second wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

Stars 7, Avalanche 4

Wyatt Johnston and Jamie Benn each had a goal and two assists, Tyler Seguin scored twice and Dallas beat Colorado in a critical Central Division matchup in Denver.

Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist and Roope Hintz and Mason Marchment also had goals for travel-weary Dallas, which moved closer to clinching the division crown with its ninth win in 10 games. Jake Oettinger turned away 34 shots.

Jonathan Drouin, Sean Walker, Artturi Lehkonen and Brandon Duhaime had goals, Nathan MacKinnon added two assists and Alexandar Georgiev made 30 saves for the Avalanche.



All signs are pointing toward Tiger Woods playing in the Masters for the 26th time in his career, ESPN reported Sunday.

Woods, who has won the Masters five times, was seen practicing at Augusta National Golf Club after flying in from Florida on Sunday. He was with his caddie, Lance Bennett, who worked with Woods at the Genesis Invitational back in February.

Woods was also photographed practicing, with the pictures being shared by Augusta National Golf Club in a social media post on X.

Bennett has not yet caddied for Woods during a Masters. Joe LaCava used to tend Woods’ bag, but LaCava is now working full-time with Patrick Cantlay.

Woods can make history this year, as he is going for his 24th straight made cut at the Masters. He currently shares the record of 23 consecutive made cuts with Gary Player and Fred Couples, a mark he reached in 2023 before withdrawing ahead of the third round due to plantar fasciitis.

Woods also had to withdraw from the Genesis Invitational due to an illness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm is the defending champion at the Masters, which Woods last won in 2019. Woods also prevailed in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005.


Nelly Korda won for the third straight week on the LPGA Tour and for her fourth consecutive start by defeating Ireland’s Leona Maguire 4 and 3 in the championship match of the T-Mobile Match Play on Sunday in Las Vegas.

In her past three victories, Korda said, “going down the stretch, there is a different type of adrenaline. But I feel like with match play you have that from the first hole so it was a great day playing against Leona. Always such a great competitor. But happy to get my fourth.”

Korda sped ahead to a 4-up lead through seven by winning the second hole, then birdieing three straight at Nos. 5-7 at Shadow Creek. Maguire’s par at the par-4 ninth was enough to get her on the board as Korda bogeyed the hole.

But Korda responded right away by winning the 10th, and a birdie at the par-4 12th put her 5 up with six to play.

Maguire stayed afloat by winning the next two holes with birdies, just her second and third birdies all day, to close her gap to 3 down with four to play. Korda proceeded to make the winning par putt at the par-4 15th.

“This golf course is so tough that pars are going to go a long way,” Korda said. “Stay in your own bubble, hit fairways, hit greens, and try not to make mistakes, and I did that today.”

Maguire earned the top seed in the match-play bracket by going 6 under through 54 holes of stroke play. She then defeated Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn 4 and 3 and South Korea’s Sei Young Kim 3 and 2 in Saturday’s quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

“Obviously right now it’s pretty disappointing to finish the way I finished, but it almost felt like two separate tournaments this week, the stroke play event and the match play event,” Maguire said. “To lead the stroke play around this golf course by three at the end of the three days was something I can take a lot of positives from and be very proud of.

“Yeah, Nelly is the best player in the world for a reason. She brought her ‘A’ game today and mine wasn’t good enough. Fair play to her for winning again this week.”

Korda was the No. 6 seed after shooting 1 under over her three rounds of stroke play. She then defeated Angel Yin 3 and 2 in the quarters and bested South Korea’s Narin An 4 and 3 in the semis.

Korda won the LPGA Drive On Championship in late January in her hometown of Bradenton, Fla. After skipping the tour’s Asian swing, she won the Fir Hills Seri Pak Championship and the Ford Championship over the past two weeks.

A winner of just one major, the 2021 Women’s PGA Championship, Korda figures to be heavily favored at the first women’s major of the year in two weeks, the Chevron Championship in The Woodlands, Texas.


Dean Burmester of South Africa saved par at the second playoff hole to defeat Sergio Garcia of Spain and win LIV Golf Miami for his first LIV victory on Sunday at Trump National Doral.

After both players made par the first time through, they returned to the tee at the par-4 18th, and Garcia’s second shot found the water hazard. Burmester got on in two shots, and Garcia holed a bogey putt to put the pressure on Burmester to save par.

But there was little to sweat, as Burmester’s 3-footer for par was in all the way, giving the 34-year-old his first LIV title after four career wins on the DP World Tour.

Garcia, who held a share of the lead after the first round and a two-stroke advantage after the second, once again came up short in a playoff. The 2017 Masters champion lost a playoff at LIV Golf Singapore last year to Talor Gooch and fell to Chile’s Joaquin Niemann at the 2024 season opener at Mayakoba.

Garcia made a dramatic 40-foot birdie putt across the 17th green to get to 12 under, and up ahead, Burmester carded his only bogey of the day at the 18th to finish at 4-under 68 for the day and 11-under 205 for the week.

But when Garcia reached the green in two, he simply had to make two putts to polish off the win in regulation. His first came up well short, and his par attempt slid past the cup, as he settled for a final-round 70 and the playoff.

Matthew Wolff (69 Sunday) finished in third two shots behind at 10 under. Marc Leishman (69) of Australia, Jon Rahm (69) of Spain and Tyrrell Hatton (71) of England tied for fourth at 8 under.


Akshay Bhatia defeated Denny McCarthy on the first playoff hole to complete a wild win at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday at TPC San Antonio.

Bhatia began the day with a four-shot lead but went to a playoff after McCarthy finished his round with seven straight birdies for an 8-under 28 on the back nine and a final-round 63. Bhatia finished his 67 with a birdie on the par-5 18th but dislocated his left shoulder with a celebratory fist pump.

The players returned to the 18th tee, and Bhatia realized his shoulder was hurt after his drive. While Bhatia waited for a trainer to help him tape his shoulder, McCarthy put his third shot of the hole into the creek that runs alongside the green.

Bhatia promptly stuck his third shot 6 feet from the cup, and he drained his birdie to win the event and secure a berth into next week’s Masters.

Both players finished at 20-under 268 after McCarthy’s record-setting 28, which saw him drain birdie putts on the 10th and the 12th through 18th holes. Known as one of the best putters on the PGA Tour, McCarthy made a 32 1/2-footer at No. 12 and a 41-footer at No. 15 before a 12 1/2-foot putt from right to left at No. 18 got him to 20 under.

Bhatia and McCarthy finished nine strokes ahead of third-place Rory McIlroy, who shot a final-round 66 to come in at 11 under.



William Byron won a two-lap shootout in NASCAR overtime Sunday afternoon, claiming the Cook Out 400 Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway in a banner day for Hendrick Motorsports in Martinsville, Va.

Through 297 laps at NASCAR’s shortest track, Byron’s No. 24 team brought his Chevrolet in first, pitting with 103 laps left and cruising away for a seemingly easy win.

However, John Hunter Nemechek’s No. 42 blew a tire with three laps to go, and most of the field stayed out.

Byron, 26, then held off a hard charge by his teammates to beat Kyle Larson by 0.550 seconds for his third victory of 2024 and 13th of his career.

With fellow Hendrick teammate Chase Elliott coming home third, the organization became the first ever to have its cars finish 1-2-3 in the 151 career races at Martinsville.

Bubba Wallace was fourth followed by Ryan Blaney in the season’s eighth race, which was extended to 415 laps because of the final caution and shootout.

After beating Wallace by a scant 0.001 seconds in Saturday afternoon’s pole qualifying, Larson topped every circuit around the 0.525-mile track, beating Wallace’s No. 23 Toyota for his first career stage win at the tight paper clip-shaped speedway and his fourth of this season.

Team Penske driver Joey Logano gambled on a two-tire stop on his No. 22 Ford and paced the way for most of Stage 2, but Denny Hamlin grabbed the top spot on Lap 170 to become the third leader of the season’s eighth race.

Hamlin went on to hold off Wallace for his seventh career stage win at Martinsville, while Logano’s two-tire service continued to prove costly as he slipped back and finished fifth.

But Elliott, the 2020 Cup champion, took the lead over Hamlin before Christopher Bell spun in Turn 4 just past the 200-lap mark, the day’s fourth caution in a fairly calm first half of the fourth short-track event.




The Pacers’ first playoff berth since 2020 is within reach.

Indiana (45-34) built a 22-point lead and held off a late rally from Miami to gut out a 117-115 over the Heat (43-35) on Sunday night in a game with major playoff implications.

Seven players scored in double figures for the Blue & Gold, with veterans Myles Turner and T.J. McConnell leading the way. Turner registered a double-double with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while McConnell contributed 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting and five assists off the bench.

The Pacers entered Sunday’s contest in sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings, a half-game up on Miami. By winning Sunday’s game, they not only increased their lead, but also secured the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Heat, meaning they have essentially a two-game lead with three games remaining in the regular season.

The top six teams in each conference at the end of next week advance directly to the playoffs, while the teams that finish seventh through 10th will compete in the Play-In Tournament for the final two playoff spots.

The Pacers now can secure a top-six seed with wins in two of their final three games. If they win all three, they would finish no worse than fifth.

“It feels good,” Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton said after the win. “At the end of the day, this is one of those games that it doesn’t matter how you get it, you’ve just got to get it. Obviously we had a big lead that dwindled, some moments there that the game could have swayed the either way, but I think that we just dug in and found a way to win.”

The Pacers led 99-85 following Pascal Siakam’s layup with 7:23 remaining, but the Heat charged back with a 16-4 run, making it a two-point game following Caleb Martin’s jumper with 3:21 to play.

Indiana’s All-Star stepped up on the other end, as Haliburton burst to the basket for a crucial layup with 2:57 left. After Nikola Jovic missed a runner, Aaron Nesmith drew a foul on Jimmy Butler and knocked down both foul shots to push the Pacers’ lead back to six with 2:34 remaining.

Butler found Martin on a backdoor cut for a basket at 2:15, but Siakam answered by attacking on the other end, hitting a runner through contact from Tyler Herro, then making a free throw to convert the three-point play.

Two Butler free throws at the 1:47 mark got the Heat back within two possessions, but once again the Pacers were aggressive. Nesmith took a pass from Haliburton the right wing and drove to the rim, converting a layup and drawing a foul on Bam Adebayo with 1:25 remaining.

He hit the foul shot to push the lead to 113-105.

Herro hit a three the next trip down the floor, then — after the teams traded misses — drew a foul on Siakam on a 3-point attempt with 23 seconds remaining. Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle challenged the call, but was unsuccessful, and Herro knocked down all three shots from the charity stripe to make it a two-point game.

After a timeout, the Heat fouled Myles Turner with 17.1 seconds left. The longest tenured Pacer knocked down both foul shots, but Herro answered with a deep three off a hand-off from Butler that cut the deficit to 115-114 with 10.1 remaining.

Herro then fouled Nesmith with 6.6 seconds to play. The Pacers forward hit both shots before Heat coach Erik Spoelstra used his final timeout.

Andrew Nembhard deflected the first inbounds out of bounds, leaving 5.1 seconds. Nembhard then intentionally fouled Herro on the next inbound with 3.6 seconds to play.

Herro made the first free throw and intentionally missed the second, but was called for a lane violation chasing the rebound. The Pacers played keepaway on the ensuing inbound, running out the clock and hanging on for a vital victory.

“The fourth quarter was a situation where they were going to keep coming,” Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle said. “We knew it. It was a matter of bend not break and hanging in there. Herro hit a couple of hellacious shots, but guys at this time of year in these moments do those kinds of things. Our guys held up. It’s a huge win for us.”

Siakam finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for Indiana, while Nesmith stuffed the stat sheet with 16 points, five boards, three assists, and two steals.

Butler led the Heat with 27 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists, going 7-for-16 from the field and 12-for-12 from the free throw line. Adebayo added 20 points and 12 boards. Herro, in his second game back from a left knee injury that had sidelined him since Feb. 23, scored 21 off the bench.

Turner scored six quick points while Haliburton and Nesmith each knocked down an early three as Indiana raced out to an 18-9 lead.

The Pacers’ offense stayed hot for the entire first quarter. The Blue & Gold went 16-for-24 (66.7 percent) from the field in the opening frame, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range. On the other end, they limited the Heat to 9-of-23 shooting (39.1 percent) and 0-for-7 from beyond the arc. As a result, Indiana entered the second quarter leading 38-24.

McConnell got cooking in the ensuing frame, scoring eight straight Pacers points early in the quarter. His final four points in that span were the start of a 10-0 run by the Blue & Gold. Siakam’s transition bucket capped the sequence and put Indiana up 54-33 with five minutes remaining in the first half.

The Heat weren’t able to trim into that deficit significantly over the remainder of the half. Siakam’s jumper pushed the lead to 63-41 with 39.8 seconds to play before a Terry Rozier jumper and an Adebayo 3-pointer on Miami’s final two possessions made it a 17-point game at the intermission.

Adebayo and Butler scored all of the Heat’s points as the visitors opened the second half with an 11-6 run to trim the Pacers’ lead to 69-57.

The Blue & Gold answered, as Siakam and Turner knocked drilled threes on back-to-back possessions to push the lead back to 18, but the Heat kept coming after a timeout. Second-year forward Nikola Jovic scored eight points as Miami reeled of an 11-2 run over the next 2:21 to get the Heat back within single digits at 77-68.

Martin’s three a couple minutes later cut the Heat’s deficit to 81-73 before Obi Toppin provided Indiana with some extra breathing room, knocking down treys on two straight possessions.

The hosts took a 91-78 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Heat had one more run in them. They managed to get within one, but Indiana held on for the victory.

“This game is a great simulator of playoff basketball,” Carlisle said. “Everything’s going to be hard, everything’s going to be contested, everything’s going to be physical…All of those emotions make meaningful games at this time of the year very challenging.

“Our guys maintained their poise. We weren’t perfect down the stretch, but we did what we needed to do.”

Toppin scored 13 key points off the bench, going 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Haliburton amassed 12 points and eight assists, while Nembhard finished with 10 points and three steals.

Martin scored 20 off the bench for Miami on 8-of-10 shooting, while Jovic scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half.

The Pacers will embark on a two-game road trip, visiting Toronto on Tuesday and Cleveland on Friday, before returning to the Fieldhouse to host Atlanta on Sunday to close out the regular season.

Inside the Numbers

McConnell surpassed 20 points for the fourth time this season and continued his recent stretch of strong play. Over his last 19 games dating back to March 1, McConnell is averaging 13.8 points and 5.0 assists off the bench.

Turner recorded his 16th double-double of the season in the victory.

The Blue & Gold shot 51.2 percent from the field and came through at the free throw line, going 20-for-21 (95.2 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Pacers improved to 18-6 on the season when seven players reach double figures.

Indiana outscored Miami 58-42 in points in the paint.

Both teams took good care of the ball, each only committing seven turnovers.

You Can Quote Me On That

“Tonight was definitely a playoff-type game, playoff-type atmosphere. It was good for us to be on the right side of one of those…The maturity that we showed to take it one possession at a time and get the stops that we needed. And the free throws down the stretch were huge, too. Credit to the coaching staff. They had us ready. Now we’ve got to just take it one game at a time.” -McConnell on the feeling in the Fieldhouse

“It’s such a storied rivalry and the fans who showed up tonight, that fourth quarter was electric.” -Turner on playing in a high-stakes home game against Miami

“I liked our poise down the stretch when things got tough. Our timeouts were very level-headed and guys were engaging with each other on the things we needed to do…We certainly could have played better, but we played well enough to win.” -Carlisle on withstanding the Heat’s late run

“We knew Miami wasn’t going to go away. It’s just not who they are. They’re so well-coached with Spo and they run great stuff and they’ve got great players, obviously. We knew they were going to come charging back. We just had to be ready for it. I thought we did a good job.” -McConnell on withstanding the Heat’s rally

“I think everybody really was just locked in. Our bench was dialed in with celebrations. That type of stuff matters this time of year. I think that everybody knew what was at stake tonight.” -Turner

“He’s playing great. He’s just simply playing at a very, very high level. He gives us a consistent lift…He was one of our best players clearly in this game.” -Carlisle on McConnell’s consistent strong play

“He provides a consistent level of energy night in and night out. He’s someone that we really rely on as a team. I really think that T.J. hasn’t really doubted himself. He’s a complete player. This is the most confident I’ve ever seen him…He’s just so aggressive. I think he’s really flipped the switch.” -Turner on McConnell

“Myles was terrific. He was really solid defensively. Adebayo scored some points, but Myles made those baskets baskets that he needed to earn. He really did. Myles also had a big rebounding night. He had 22 and 13 — those are monster numbers. He’s one of our best players and this time of year, your best players need to shine.” -Carlisle on Turner

“I knew the stakes were high today. Just playing through some injuries this time of year, it’s just something that’s necessary…These are the games you need to buckle down and win.” -Turner on playing well despite dislocating the index finger on his shooting hand earlier this week

“What he does for us on both ends — what did he have, 22 and 13? — and the presence he has at the rim, he was great. He’s as elite of a shotblocker as they come. He’s been unbelievable for us this year and made some timely plays for us.” -McConnell on Turner

“T.J. and our second group were really big. Obi was amazing. I think we just had a lot of guys contribute. I think that’s just a kudos to the depth of our team, which we’ve talked about all year.” -Haliburton

Stat of the Night

The Pacers’ magic number to secure a playoff berth is down to two. The Pacers can secure a top seed with two more wins, two losses by both Miami and Philadelphia, or one win and one loss by the Heat and Sixers.


With 27 assists on Sunday, the Pacers now have 2,411 on the season, a new franchise record. The previous mark of 2,398 had stood since the 1991-92 season.

With Sunday’s victory, the Pacers captured the season series over the Heat for the first time since the 2020-21 season.

Up Next

The Pacers travel to Toronto to take on RJ Barrett and the Raptors on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM ET.


The Pacers close out the regular season by hosting Dejounte Murray and the Atlanta Hawks for the annual Fan Appreciation Game presented by Kroger on Sunday, April 14 at 1:00 PM ET



WHEELING- The Fuel headed to Wheeling on Sunday to finish their weekend against the Nailers. While a win or overtime/shootout loss would clinch the Fuel a playoff berth, they clinched before the game even ended as Kalamazoo fell to Fort Wayne earlier in the day. Still, the Fuel tried for a win but could not mount a third period comeback and fell 5-3 to the Nailers.


Indy got on the board first with a goal by Andrew Bellant at 4:36, picking up where he left off on Wednesday night against Wheeling with the overtime winner in that game. Andrew Perrott and Bryan Lemos claimed assists on that goal.

At 9:02, Chris Cameron took the game’s first penalty for cross checking which gave Wheeling a power play opportunity that they were able to capitalize on. Isaac Belliveau scored to tie the game, 1-1.

Indy’s Victor Hadfield took a hooking penalty at 14:27 and just five seconds into the penalty, Wheeling took the lead with a goal by Jordan Martel.

At 17:41 Justin Addamo took Wheeling’s first penalty of the game which was a hooking call, however the Nailers killed the penalty before time expired on the first period.


The second period was a lot calmer as it wasn’t until 15:17 that Lemos got on the board with a goal assisted by Bellant and Perrott to make it 2-2.

The period ended soon after with Wheeling outshooting Indy 21-17 through two.


At 6:57, Jared Westcott scored to give Wheeling the 3-2 lead. He followed that up with a power play goal to make it 4-2 after Ross MacDougall headed to the box for a delay of game at 9:46.

With just over three minutes to go in regulation, the Fuel pulled Mitchell Weeks from the net in favor of the extra skater and it paid off as MacDougall scored with a tip in front to make it 4-3.

The Fuel stuck with the man advantage, keeping Weeks out of the net which paid off for Wheeling as Tanner Laderoute scored on the empty net at 19:05 to give Wheeling a 5-3 lead.

The Nailers were able to drain the clock, giving them the regulation 5-3 win. Regardless of the loss, the Fuel still officially clinched the 2024 Kelly Cup Playoffs today.

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Saturday, April 13 for Fan Appreciation Night against the Kalamazoo Wings.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s golf team shot an 867 (291-287-289; +15) to win the 2024 Hoosier Collegiate at The Pfau Course from April 6-7. The team title marks the first since IU took the trophy at the Purdue Fall Invitational on Oct. 12, 2021.

Indiana, the 48th-ranked team in the latest Scoreboard Rankings powered by clippd, outpaced No. 27 Notre Dame (884; +32) by 17 strokes in the team standings. IU improved its season record to 93-42-2.

The Hoosiers overcame brisk temperatures and gusts of wind up to 30 miles per hour to shoot the lowest team score (289; +5) during the final round on Sunday afternoon. Indiana and Michigan State (884; +32) were the only two programs to not post a round in the 300’s during the 54-hle tournament.


Hoosier Collegiate • Bloomington, Ind.

The Pfau Golf Course

Par 71 • 7,355 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 1st/15 – 867 (291-287-289; +15)

Top Indiana Player: Noah Gillard – 213 (73-69-71; E)


• Sixth-year senior Noah Gillard secured runner-up honors, his best finish as a Hoosier, with a three-round scorecard of 213 (73-69-71; E). He finished with eight total birdies and an eagle on No. 9 during first-round action. Gillard paced the field on Par-5 scoring at 4.11, a total of eight strokes under par.

• The Center Grove graduate has placed inside the top-10 in three tournaments this season and four in his Indiana career. His previous best finish came at the Battle at Briar’s Creek (t-4th) on Feb. 6, 2024.

• Freshman Cole Starnes earned his second bronze-medal finish (Windon Memorial Classic) of the season with a final tally of 215 (71-71-73; +2).

• The Fishers native tied for the tournament lead with 11 birdies. He converted at least three birdie tries in all three rounds of the tournament.

• Graduate Thomas Hursey tied for seventh overall and shot a 219 (75-75-69; +6). He was the only player in the field to shoot under par during Sunday’s final round. Hursey led the tournament with 40 par conversions.

• Redshirt junior Robert Bender III knocked down two birdie tries in each round of play to secure a final score of 222 (72-73-77; +9). He tied for 13th, his third top-20 of the season.

• Senior Drew Salyers concluded the event in a tie for 25th place and fired a 225 (75-74-76; +12). The Howard, Ohio, native has placed inside the top-25 in nine of the 10 tournaments he has appeared in the Hoosier lineup this season.

• Junior Kieran Hogarth and freshman Nick Piesen tied for 35th in the individual standings. Hogarth, a transfer from Chicago State, shot a 229 (75-76-78; +16) with seven birdies. Piesen, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, turned in a scorecard with a reading of 229 (77-76-76; +16).

• Freshman Neri Checcucci shot a 236 (81-77-78; +23) and fifth-year senior Eric Berggren finished the weekend at 239 (81-78-80; +26).


2. Noah Gillard – 213 (73-69-71; E)

3. Cole Starnes – 215 (71-71-73; +2)

t-7. Thomas Hursey – 219 (75-75-69; +6)

t-13. Robert Bender III – 222 (72-73-77; +9)

t-25. Drew Salyers – 225 (75-74-76; +12)


t-35. Drew Piesen – 229 (77-76-76; +16)

t-35. Kieran Hogarth – 229 (75-76-78; +16)

t-65. Neri Checcucci – 236 (81-77-78; +23)

73. Eric Berggren – 239 (81-78-80; +26)


Indiana will close the 2023-24 regular season at the Robert Kepler Invitational hosted by Ohio State. The tournament will play from April 19-21 at the OSU Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio. Postseason play will begin on April 26 with the 2024 Big Ten Championships at the Scioto Country Club in Columbus.



COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland was able to salvage the series finale against the Indiana Baseball team (18-15, 3-3 B1G), winning 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth on a bases-loaded single from shortstop Kevin Keister. IU intentionally walked Eddie Hacopian before striking out Sam Hojnar. Even with junior Brandon Burckel inserted into the game to become a fifth infielder, the Terrapins were able to find a hole in the infield for the walk-off victory.

The Hoosiers still won the series, the first time a Big Ten opponent has taken at least two of three from Maryland since 2019 (Michigan). IU’s pitching staff was stellar all weekend, holding the hosts to six-or-fewer runs in all three games. IU’s starters only allowed three earned runs in 15 innings of work.

After an offensive outburst in the first two games, the Hoosiers mustered just two hits. Sophomore outfielder Devin Taylor had a solo home run in the fourth and redshirt junior catcher Jake Stadler had a two-run single in the sixth but the rest of the lineup was held hitless.

A 3-1 week, featuring a win over No. 17 Indiana State and a series victory over Maryland, was just what IU needed as it gets deeper into the second half of the season. Four home games await IU this week at Bart Kaufman Field with Ball State visiting Tuesday and Penn State coming for a three-game set beginning Friday.

Scoring Recap

Bottom Third

Maryland struck first in the third. A two-out line drive went through the glove of the charging right fielder, Nick Mitchell, allowing the two runners on base to score on the error.

Maryland 2, Indiana 0

Top Fourth

Devin Taylor sent a solo home run over the wall in center field.

Maryland 2, Indiana 1

Top Sixth

The Hoosiers hung four in the fifth on an error and some timely hitting. Tyler Cerny hit a slow chopper to the pitcher, Joey McMannis, who threw the ball away from his first baseman. Taylor and Carter Mathison both came around to score. With two more runners on, Jake Stadler singled up the middle to push the lead to five.

Indiana 5, Maryland 2

Bottom Sixth

Maryland responded right back with three runs of its own. Jacob Orr hit a hard ball at the shortstop, Tyler Cerny, who gloved it but had no play. Brayden Martin walked with the bases loaded and Chris Hacopian was hit with a 2-2 pitch with the bases juiced as the Terrapins tied the game. IU should’ve been out of the inning but a fly ball, lost in the sun, fell for a double earlier in the frame.

Indiana 5, Maryland 5

Bottom Ninth

The Terrapins, who’ve been great with their backs against the wall this year, walked off the Hoosiers in IU’s first one-run game of the year. A hit-by-pitch, double and intentional walk loaded the bases with no outs. Brayden Risedorph got the cleanup hitter to strike out but Kevin Keister laced a ball past the diving Cerny to win the game.

Maryland 6, Indiana 5

Top Hoosier Performers

#5 Taylor, Devin

2-3, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR, 1 BB

#24 Buhr, Drew

2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 K

Notes to Know

• Devin Taylor hit his seventh home run of the season, matching Carter Mathison for the team lead this year. His 23 home runs in his first two seasons at IU are the most since Mathison’s 29 (2022-23).

• IU’s pitching staff held Maryland to six-or-fewer runs, Jeff Mercer’s preferred benchmark, all weekend long. It’s three starters combined for 15 innings pitched and just three earned runs allowed.

• The Hoosiers were the first team since Michigan (2019) to win a Big Ten series in College Park. IU moves to 3-3 in the Big Ten with a home series against Penn State (4-5) on deck.

Up Next

IU returns home for its next five games, beginning with a Tuesday matchup against Ball State. The Hoosiers will also welcome Penn State for a weekend series. All games will be streamed on BTN+ or can be heard on the Indiana Sports Radio Network via



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Mem’s Tennis suffered its second loss of the weekend this afternoon at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Center.

In doubles play, Ilya Tiraspolsky and Jagger Saylor would earn themselves a win at No. 2 doubles, 6-4, but the win would not be enough, as MSU would take wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles to secure the lead going into singles play.

MSU would win all matches in singles play to win the match, 7-0.

With the loss, Indiana now moves to 13-8 on the season and 2-3 in conference play.

Indiana will be back in action on Wednesday, April 10, as the Hoosiers host Butler at 2 p.m.

Final Results


Singles competition

1. Ronald Hohmann (MSU) def. Facundo Yunis (IU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4.

2. Aristotelis Thanos (MSU) def. Jagger Saylor (IU) 6-4, 6-4.

3. Sebastien Collard (MSU) def. Nikola Kolyachev (IU)  6-0, 6-1.

4. David Saye (MSUM) def. Luc Boulier (IU) 6-4, 6-2.

5. Max Sheldon (MSU) def. Deacon Thomas (IU 6-2, 6-1.

6. Graydon Lair (MSU) def. Nishanth Basavareddy (IU) 6-4, 6-1.

Doubles competition

1. Ozan Baris/Max Sheldon (MSU) def. Sam Landau/Carson Haskins (IU) 6-4.

2. Ilya Tiraspolsky/Jagger Saylor (IU) def. Ronald Hohmann/Taym Alazmeh (MSU) 6-4.

3. Aristotelis Thanos/Graydon Lair (MSU) def. Facundo Yunis/Luc Boulier (IU) 6-2.

Order of finish

Singles: 3, 5, 6, 4, 2, 1

Doubles: 2, 3, 1




[1 – MW] Purdue (34-4) vs. [1 – E] Connecticut (36-3)

Monday, April 8, 2024

9:20 p.m. ET | 6:20 p.m. PT

Glendale, Arizona | State Farm Stadium (75,000)

TELEVISION: TBS, TNT, TruTV (Ian Eagle, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, Tracy Wolfson)

NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One (Kevin Kugler, Clark Kellogg, Jim Jackson)

PURDUE RADIO: Purdue Global Radio Network (Rob Blackman, Bobby Riddell)


• The No. 3-ranked Purdue Boilermakers aim for their first National Championship when it battles No. 1-ranked and East Region championship Connecticut in college basketball’s final game of the season on Monday night.

• The two teams have the most wins in America, as UConn has 36 wins, while Purdue is next with a school-record 34 victories. The two teams have both ranked in the top five all season long as Purdue has been ranked in the AP top five in 36 straight weeks and UConn in 19 straight.

• After reaching its first Final Four in 44 years (1980), Purdue will now play in its first National Championship game since 1969. In that game, Lew Alcindor and the UCLA Bruins topped Rick Mount and the Boilermakers. Alcindor had 37 points while Mount had 28 in the loss.

• Head coach Matt Painter is 0-1 against Connecticut, falling in the 2009 Sweet 16, 72-60. The game, coincidentally, was also played in the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Boilermakers are 4-1 all-time against the Huskies, winning games in Dec. 1938, Dec. 1986, Dec. 1988, and Nov. 1992. Matt Painter played against the Huskies in that 1992 contest — a 73-69 win in Springfield, Massachusetts.

• UConn (+125) and Purdue (+98) have combined to outscore their opponents by 223 points in the NCAA Tournament. It’s the largest highest combined scoring margin by two finalists in NCAA Tournament history.

• Monday’s meeting marks the first 1 seed vs. 1 seed matchup in the NCAA Championship since 2021 (Baylor vs. Gonzaga). It’s first 1 seed vs. 1 seed that wasn’t in a CoVid season since 2017 (Gonzaga vs. North Carolina).

• With the win over Tennessee in the Elite Eight, Purdue improved to 10-0 this season against nationally-ranked teams. The Boilermakers are the second team in the last 15 years to play at least 10 games against nationally-ranked teams without a loss (2012 Kentucky; 10-0).

• Zach Edey became the first player since UCLA’s Marques Johnson in 1976 to have at least 20 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks in the Final Four.

• Zach Edey is the third player to have at least 140 points and 70 rebounds in one tournament, joining Jerry West and Elvin Hayes on the list. He has 140 points and 77 rebounds. If you add at least 10 assists and 8 blocks to the list, Edey is the only one with 140 points, 70 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 blocked shots in a single NCAA Tournament.

• Zach Edey is the first player in NCAA Tournament history to have six straight games of 20 points and 10 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament. David Robinson is next on the list with five straight games.

• The Boilermakers are the Big Ten’s first representative in the National Championship game since 2018 (Michigan; lost to Villanova).

• Purdue has won 22 straight non-conference, regular-season and postseason games against power-conference OR nationally-ranked teams. It equals the second-longest streak in NCAA history, matching the record of 22 straight wins by UCLA from 1971 to 1974 in the same category. A win over UConn would give Purdue 23 straight wins against power-conference or nationally-ranked teams outside of the Big Ten. Purdue’s last loss against a power-conference or ranked team not in the Big Ten was Dec. 8, 2020, vs. Miami, Fla. (58-54).

• Purdue is looking for its second win over a top-ranked team this season, when it faces UConn. The Boilermakers beat No. 1-ranked Arizona, 92-84, on Dec. 16 in Indianapolis. Purdue is 3-19 all-time against the nation’s No. 1-ranked team.

• Purdue is 19-5 (.783) against nationally-ranked teams since the start of the 2021-22 season, easily the best record in America (Arizona; 14-7).

• Zach Edey ranks third in points (2,459) and rebounds (1,299) in Big Ten history and needs just six rebounds to move into second place, tying Minnesota’s Jordan Murphy (1,305; 2016-19).

• Braden Smith is the second player in NCAA history with at least 450 points, 275 assists and 200 rebounds in a season (BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth – 2016).

• Braden Smith has moved into second place on the Big Ten’s single-season assists list with 284 (Cassius Winston – 291), needing eight assists to break the record for most assists by a player in Big Ten history.

• Zach Edey is the first player to lead the country in scoring and reach a Final Four since Oscar Robertson in 1960.

• Zach Edey recorded his 68th career double-doubles are the most for a Big Ten player since Ohio State’s Jerry Lucas (1960-62; 78). His 29 double-doubles this season are the most in a season in Big Ten history.

• Zach Edey’s 946 points this season is second in Purdue history and fourth in Big Ten history. Dennis Hopson (1987) is second in Big Ten history with 958 points, while Glen Rice (1989) is third with 949 points.

• Zach Edey moved into second place on the Big Ten’s career rebounds list with 1,311 rebounds. He needs four points to become the fifth player in NCAA history with 950 points and 450 rebounds in a season (Larry Bird, Elvin Hayes, Rick Barry, Oscar Robertson).

• Zach Edey needs 21 points to become the seventh player in NCAA history with 2,500 career points and 1,300 rebounds.

• Zach Edey leads the country in total points and total rebounds, while Braden Smith leads the country in total assists. Since 1980, Purdue is the only team in NCAA history to have a player lead the team in points and assists (and rebounds).

• The Boilermakers rank second nationally in rebound margin (behind Saint Mary’s) at +11.6. Purdue led the country a year ago (+10.8).

• Purdue is 27-0 when it has 13 or fewer turnovers on the season. The Boilermakers are 7-4 when they have 14 or more turnovers.

• Purdue has trailed by 10 or more points in six games this year. The Boilermakers are 4-2 in those games with wins over Alabama, Minnesota, Illinois and Tennessee. The losses are to Nebraska and Ohio State.

• Purdue is 40-1 (Nebraska; Jan. 2024) in its last 41 games when making 10 or more 3-pointers. Purdue made 11 in the win over Utah State.

• Zach Edey ranks fourth on the NCAA’s all-time free throw attempts list with 426. The NCAA record for free throws attempted are 440 by Furman’s Frank Selvy in 1953-54. Edey’s 426 free throw attempts are the most for a player since 1970 (Pete Maravich – 436).

• Lance Jones’ 80, 3-pointers this season are tied for the 12th most in a season in Purdue history.



UConn continues its quest to return to the top of college basketball with a national title showdown in the desert against Purdue out of the Big Ten. The Huskies are 11-1 when playing in the Final Four or later, the best record all-time in such contests. Connecticut has flexed its way back to the national title game, winning its first five games of March Madness by an average of 25.0 points per game. The Huskies advanced to Phoenix by winning the East Regional, taking down Stetson, Northwestern, San Diego State and Illinois in Brooklyn and Boston. The Huskies continued their winning ways in the Final Four on Saturday with an 86-72 triumph over Alabama. UConn is playing in back-to-back Final Fours for the first time in its storied program history. The Huskies have also won 36 games this season, setting a UConn single-season record. Connecticut’s 67 wins over the last two seasons are the most wins in a two-season span in program history. Monday night’s showdown pits the two teams that have been atop the national rankings all season. UConn is facing its fourth B1G foe of the season, going 3-0 in the prior three contests.

Coach Dan Hurley is in his sixth season as the 19th head coach in the history of UConn men’s basketball and his 14th season overall as a Division I head coach. Hurley owns a collegiate coaching record of 291-163 (.641) in his 14 seasons — two at Wagner College, six at the University of Rhode Island and six at UConn (140-58, .707). Hurley was named the Naismith College Coach of the Year on Sunday, becoming the first men’s coach in UConn history to receive that laurel. UConn won the BIG EAST regular season title with an 18-2 league record, setting the conference record for league wins in a single-season. The Huskies followed that up with their eighth BIG EAST Tournament title, tied with Georgetown for most in league history. The Huskies are looking to become the first program to repeat as national champions since Florida in 2006-07.

TOURNAMENT TIME: Connecticut is playing in the NCAA Tournament for the 37th time in 2024. The defending national champions have won the title five times: 1999, 2004, 2011, 2014 and 2023. The Huskies are 70-32 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. They have advanced to the Final Four seven times, the Elite Eight 13 times and the Sweet Sixteen 19 times. WE’RE NUMBER ONE: For the first time in program history, UConn was selected as the No. 1 Overall Seed in the NCAA Tournament. UConn has played as a 1-seed five other times: 1990, 1996, 1999, 2006 and 2009. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: The Huskies went 18-2 in BIG EAST play this season, claiming their first outright league title since 1999 and the first overall regular season conference crown since 2006. Connecticut previously won BIG EAST regular season crowns in 1990, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006. The Huskies had one of the most succesful BIG EAST regular seasons in conference history, winning 18 leagues games and breaking the league record of 17 wins achieved by 1995-96 UConn, 2011-12 Syracuse and 2022-23 Marquette. UConn followed that up by winning its eighth BIG EAST Tournament title. The Huskies moved into a tie with Georgetown for most conference tournament titles in league history.

FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA: Tristen Newton was named a First Teaam All-American by the Associated Press on March 19. He becomes the 12th All-American to be recognized in program history. Newton is the seventh AP First Team All-America selecction in UConn history, joining: Donyell Marshall (1994), Ray Allen (1996), Rip Hamilton (1999), Emeka Okafor (2004), Kemba Walker (2011) and Shabazz Napier (2014). NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR: Head coach Dan Hurley has been named the Werner Ladder Naismith Men’s College Coach of the Year. He is the first men’s coach in UConn history to receive that laurel. CLEAN SHEET AT HOME: Connecticut finished a perfect 16-0 at home this season, going 8-0 at both Gampel and XL. The Huskies have six perfect home seasons since such records were kept: 2023-24, 2005-06, 1997-98, 1995-96, 1993-94 and 1953-54. MR. TRIPLE-DOUBLE: With a triple-double against Manhattan on Nov. 24, Tristen Newton officially became UConn’s triple-double king. He followed that up with his second triple-double of the season against Villanova on Feb. 24. Newton’s four career triple-doubles are the most of any active player in Division-I and the most for a power conference player since Shaquille O’Neal had six for LSU from 1989-92. Newton currently leads the Huskies in scoring, is second in rebounding and first in assists. Newton is the only active NCAA player who has eclipsed the career milestones of 1,900 points, 700 rebounds and 700 assists.

TOP DOGS: With its ascent to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 on Jan. 15, UConn has now held the No. 1 spot in the national rankings 10 times and 34 weeks across seven seasons in school history. Connecticut held the top spot for six-straight weeks, the longest run atop the polls for any team this season. The Huskies have played 64 games in their history as the No. 1 team in the nation, compiling a 54-10 record in those contests. UConn will play the entirety of the NCAA Tournament in the No. 1 spot, returning to the top of the polls ahead of the dance. LAST TIME OUT: Connecticut was last in action on Saturday night in the Final Four, advancing past Alabama with an 86-72 victory. Stephon Castle tied his career-high with 21 points as all five starters scored in double-figures for the fifth time this season. Donovan Clingan added 18 points, five rebounds and four blocked shots, while Alex Karaban and Cam Spencer finished with identical lines of 14 points and eight rebounds. Tristen Newton finished just shy of a double-double with 12 points and a game-high nine assists. The Huskies overcame the Crimson Tide hitting 11 3-pointers by shooting 50.0 percent from the floor and dishing out 20 assists against only four turnovers.



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On the eve of the National Championship game, Purdue senior center Zach Edey earned a number of accolades in the last two days.

Over the last two days, Edey was named the Associated Press (AP) National Player of the Year, the Oscar Robertson Trophy award winner (United States Basketball Writers Association), the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year and the Naismith Trophy Player of the Year.

Should Edey win the one remaining National Player of the Year, the Wooden Award announced next weekend, Edey will become the first player to sweep the National Player of the Year in consecutive seasons since UCLA’s Bill Walton in 1972 and 1973. Virginia’s Ralph Sampson is considered the last back-to-back National Player of the Year recipient, but did not win them all in two of the three seasons.

Dating to last year, Edey has now won all 11 major National Player of the Year accolades that have been handed out.

Entering Monday’s National Championship game, Edey has dominated all season long, averaging 24.9 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.2 blocks and 2.1 assists per game.

Edey needs four points to become the fifth player in NCAA history, and the first since Larry Bird in 1979, to have at least 950 points and 450 rebounds in a season, ranking second in Purdue history in points and first in rebounds in a season.

He is the first player since 1960 (Cincinnati’s Oscar Robertson) to lead the nation in scoring and reach the Final Four and is trying to become the first player since Villanova’s Jalen Brunson to be named National Player of the Year and win a National Championship.

Edey needs 21 points to become the seventh player in NCAA history with 2,500 career points and 1,300 career rebounds, the first since La Salle’s Lionel Simmons from 1987-90.

Edey has dominated the NCAA Tournament so far, being one of three players (Edey, Elvin Hayes, Jerry West) to have at least 140 points and 70 rebounds in a single NCAA Tournament, already producing 140 points and 77 rebounds in this year’s tournament.

With his 40-point, 16-rebound performance against Tennessee, Edey is one of six players, and the first since 1990, with a 40-point, 15-rebound games in NCAA Tournament action. He is the first player to do so in a Regional Final.

Edey and the Boilermakers will battle No. 1-ranked and the East Region Champion Connecticut in Monday’s National Championship game.



PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Jonathan Blackwell surrendered just three hits over a season-high six innings of two-run ball, leading the way as Purdue Baseball led wire-to-wire in a 5-3 victory at Rutgers on Sunday that completed a three-game series sweep.

The Boilermakers (20-12, 5-4 Big Ten) swept a Big Ten series on the road for the first time since April 2018 at Maryland. They also became the first visiting team to sweep a three-game Big Ten series in Piscataway since Maryland in April 2017.

Aaron Suval backed up Blackwell with a nine-out save, closing out a victory for the second time on the weekend. Suval worked 4 2/3 innings of one-run relief in the series.

Blackwell (2-2) induced nine ground ball outs and retired 10 consecutive batters from the final out of the bottom of the third through the sixth inning. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first inning thanks to a 6-3 double play turned by shortstop Camden Gasser. For the weekend, Purdue induced 38 ground ball outs (of 84 total outs) and turned five double plays.

The Boilermakers raced out to a fast start as the first four batters of the game reached base safely. After Mike Bolton Jr. and Couper Cornblum walked on a combined nine pitches, Luke Gaffney and Connor Caskenette delivered consecutive RBI singles to make it 2-0.

Purdue scored twice again in the fourth inning on a two-run double off the bat of Keenan Spence, which snuck under the glove of the RU third baseman. Jo Stevens and Thomas Green scored on the play as Spence joined Logan Sutter and Gaffney with 10 doubles this season.

Bolton drove in a key insurance run with a two-out RBI hit in the ninth inning for the second time in the series. Sunday, he barreled up for a double over the center fielder’s head, plating Gasser to account for the final margin.

Defensively at third base, Stevens made a leaping catch on a line drive for the second out of the bottom of the ninth. The liner had the potential to become a double down the left field line and would have given Rutgers (19-12, 1-5 Big Ten) runners second and third with one out (at minimum). Instead, the game ended moments later on a fly ball to left field. Gasser (11) and Stevens (8) combined for 19 defensive assists on the left side of the infield. Green had nine more while seeing action at both second base and shortstop.

Bolton, Spence and Stevens each hit safely in all three games of the series. Spence drove in a run in all three games and Gaffney scored a run in all three wins.


• Jo Stevens – 18-game on-base streak; 12-game on-base streak in Big Ten play (since 5/18/23); 7-game hit streak in all games

• Mike Bolton Jr. – 15-game on-base streak in Big Ten play (since 4/29/23); 11-game on-base streak in all games

• Luke Gaffney – 10-game on-base streak; 9-game on-base streak in Big Ten play

• Connor Caskenette – 8-game on-base streak

• Couper Cornblum – 7-game on-base streak

Purdue has won four straight games on the road in Big Ten play for the first time since opening Big Ten play 4-0 in 2018. The 3-0 weekend in New Jersey was the Boilermakers’ second series sweep of the season but the program’s first in a three-game series since March 2022 vs. Longwood in Holly Springs, N.C.

Purdue opens a nine-game homestand Tuesday with a midweek rematch vs. Indiana State. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m. ET at Alexander Field.



NAPLES, Fla. – Three players sit in the top 15 after round one at the Calusa Cup, helping the Boilermakers to third at the elite Calusa Cup at Calusa Pines Golf Club in Naples, Florida.

The Boilermakers shot a 1-over par 289 to sit six shots behind No. 16-ranked Florida at 5-under par 283. Wake Forest is second at 1-under par 287, two shots ahead of the Boilermakers. Georgia is fourth at 3-over par 291, while Iowa and Georgia Tech are tied for fifth at 5-over par 293.

Herman Sekne finished strong to sit in sixth place at 2-under par 70. He nearly holed out for double eagle on the par-5 18th and played his last two holes in 3-under par for his 15th round of even-par or better.

Freshman Sam Easterbrook is tied for 11th after shooting an even-par 72. Easterbrook was 2-under par through eight holes, but then needed to birdie two of his last three holes for his even-par 72.

Nick Dentino is tied for 15th at 1-over par 73, fluctuating between 2-under par and 1-over par during his round.

Nels Surtani is tied for 20th at 2-over par 74, while Peyton Snoeberger is 36th at 6-over par 78. Playing as an individual, Kent Hsiao is tied for 15th at 1-over par 73.

Purdue will be paired with Georgia in round two, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET, off hole No. 1.



DURHAM, N.C. – For the second straight week and third time this season, the No. 1 Fighting Irish faced the No. 3 team in the country, this time in the form of the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils in Durham, and for the third time this season the Irish came away victorious. Notre Dame defeated the Blue Devils by a score of 15-12 to improve to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in ACC play.

Pat Kavanagh had his best game of the season, leading the attack with seven points off four goals and three assists despite being matched up against a first team All-American. His brother Chris also had a big game, scoring four goals and adding an assist in the win. Graduate student Devon McLane added two goals and two assists while Jake Taylor scored twice on the day.

Liam Entenmann was great in goal, making 14 saves against one of the top attacks in the country. The 14 stops give him 633 in his career, which ties him with Joey Kemp (2005-08) for most career saves in program history. Entenmann also led the Irish in caused turnovers with two.

Will Lynch also continued his great season at the faceoff dot, winning 15-of-28 against preseason first team All-American Jake Naso.


The Irish struck first, as Pat Kavanagh got Notre Dame on the board with the opener to make it 1-0. Duke answered less than 30 seconds later to level the score at 1-1. Two minutes later it was Pat Kavanagh again, scoring on the opposite wing for his second of the day to regain the lead at 2-1.

Both Duke and Notre Dame scored at the end of the quarter to make the score 3-2 in favor of the Irish after the opening 15 minutes of action. Notre Dame’s goal came off an extra-man opportunity from Devon McLane, his first of the afternoon.

The hosts scored the first two goals of the second quarter to take their first lead of the day at 4-3 but the Irish immediately responded in a big way. Notre Dame ended the half on fire, scoring five unanswered goals to take an 8-4 lead into the halftime intermission. Both Pat and Chris Kavanagh scored twice and Fulton Bayman scored one, as the Irish defense locked down the Duke attack to gain the four-goal lead.

Duke ouscored the Irish 3-2 in the third period, trimming the Notre Dame lead to 10-7 entering the fourth. The Blue Devils scored three of the first four goals before McLane scored his second of the day to give the Irish a three-goal advantage heading into the final frame.

The Blue Devils came out firing to start the fourth, scoring four of the first five goals to level the score at 11-11. The Irish showed great resilience, bouncing back with three straight of their own over a six-minute span to all but seal the win. Dobson scored the first in the run followed by two from Jake Taylor.

After Duke trimmed the lead to 14-12 with a minute left, Chris Kavanagh scored his fourth goal of the day into an empty net in the waning seconds to make the final score 15-12.


For the first time in program history, Notre Dame has logged three regular season wins over top-three opponents in the same season.

With the win, the Irish level the all-time series with the Blue Devils at 16-16. Notre Dame has now won five straight in the matchup, dating back to the 2022 season.

The Irish three-goal win marks the largest defeat the Blue Devils have suffered when playing in Koskinen since falling to High Point by a score of 13-9 on Feb. 6, 2019.

Notre Dame has now scored 15 or more against the Blue Devils in Durham in back-to-back trips, marking the first time doing so in the all-time series.

Chris Kavanagh registered the 16th hat trick of his career and now has eight career games with four or more goals.

The Irish attack has finished in double-figures for goals in every game this season.

Lynch has now won the faceoff matchup in seven of eight games, despite facing some of the top FOGOs in the country.

Entenmann has recorded double-digit saves in four of his last five outings.


The Irish remain on the road, taking on No. 12/13 Cornell in another ranked matchup at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 14. The game will be played at a neutral site in Brookville, N.Y. at Bethpage Federal Credit Union Stadium on the campus of Long Island University.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – An impressive 10-run rally from Notre Dame (14-15, 2-13 ACC) fell short in the series finale against No. 2 Clemson (28-3, 10-2 ACC) after putting together two late surges to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, overcoming an 11-1 deficit to send the game to extra innings.

Starting RHP Rory Fox led the Irish pitching through 4 ⅓ innings, striking out six batters, no walks, and only allowing three earned runs. The Irish went to the bullpen after Fox, getting a variety of arms involved. RHP Sammy Cooper had a standout 1 ⅔ innings, striking out three of seven batters faced, allowing no hits. RHP David Lally Jr. (0-1) absorbed the loss.

The Irish comeback effort was led by INF Estevan Moreno, who recorded two runs and four RBI on the day, including a three-run home run to cut the lead late in the game. OF Tito Flores and INF Connor Hincks both drove in three runs each. INF Jack Penney scored four runs, the most of the game, and OF T.J. Williams scored three.

On the weekend, Moreno batted .417 with five hits, three doubles, a home run and seven RBI.

Notre Dame’s 10-run comeback was the largest for the Irish this season. Notre Dame also overcame a seven-run deficit vs. Tennessee Tech (March 3, 2024 – 14-11 Notre Dame win).


Notre Dame and Clemson traded a pair of three up, three downs in the first two innings. Fox recorded his first strikeout of the day. Clemson responded by forcing an Irish groundout and two strikeouts to send the game into the second inning.

Notre Dame’s defensive effort continued into the third, retiring Clemson’s next three batters in order, with Fox striking out two and forcing a pop out to second base. Out of Fox’s 31 pitches thrown through three innings, an impressive 24 were recorded as strikes. Clemson reciprocated, keeping the score at zero.

To lead off the top of the fourth inning, Fox struck out the first two Tigers faced, both on 1-2 counts. A dropped third strike and throwing error allowed the latter of the two to reach base. A single through the left side on the next at-bat advanced the runner to third. In response, Fox delivered his third strikeout of the inning on another 1-2 count. The next batter hit the ball on a full count towards third base, but managed to reach base safely on a fielding error committed by Notre Dame. As a result of the error, the Tigers on base were able to advance, scoring one run. Clemson doubled to right-center field on the following play scoring two more. After a single to advance another Tiger to third, Clemson hit a three-run homer to left field, putting the Irish at an early 6-0 deficit, with all six runs unearned for Fox. A groundout to second base got the Irish defense out of the fourth.

Williams, hit by the first pitch thrown in the bottom of the fourth inning, took base. OF David Glancy reached base on an error, advancing Williams to second. Moreno too was hit by pitch, loading the bases for the Irish. After Baumgardt was struck out swinging, Penney hit a sac fly on the next pitch, scoring Williams to put the Irish on the board 6-1. The inning ended on a Flores strikeout.

In the top of the fifth, Clemson popped out to first. Two-consecutive singles by the Tigers put runners on first and second. A double hit down the left field line scored both, extending the Clemson lead to 8-1. RHP Bennett Flynn took the mound for Fox, who ended his 4 ⅓ inning day with six strikeouts, no walks and three earned runs. A stolen third base, then a pair of walks saw the bases loaded for the Tigers. Clemson lined out to center field after working a 3-2 count, scoring one more run to bring the score to 9-1. RHP Nate Hardman came into relief for Flynn, striking out the next Clemson batter to send the game to the bottom of the fifth. The Irish were unable to respond, as two ground outs and a flyout to center field would quickly end the inning for the Irish.

Hardman started the sixth by recording his second strikeout of the game. The next Clemson batter proceeded to homer to left field on a full count, stretching the lead to 10-1. Another half-inning at the plate came and went for the Irish, as a flyout by Williams, a popup by Glancy, and a strikeout on Moreno brought the game to the seventh.

RHP Tobey McDonough came into the game for Hardman to begin the seventh inning. The first batter managed to draw a walk to get on base, but a flyout to left field and foul-out play by Hincks got two outs on the board. A single up the middle advanced the Clemson runner to second, and another down the right field line brought in another run for the Tigers, making it an 11-1 ballgame. A flyout to center field sent the Irish back to the plate.

Baumgardt grounded out to third to open the bottom of the seventh. Penney was able to reach base on an infield ball. Flores singled to right field on the first pitch thrown, advancing Penney to second. Hincks then sent a ball to right field, scoring Penney and bringing the score to 11-2.

RHP Will Jacobsen came to the bump for McDonough at the top of the eighth. After a groundout to second, and a walk on a full count, Jacobsen recorded a strikeout on a 1-2 count. Clemson managed to single to right field, but RHP Ryan Lynch entered to force another groundout, keepingthe Tiger offense at bay.

The bottom of the eighth saw the Irish put together the first of two rallies to cut the deficit. Williams took first base after a hit by pitch. Glancy singled to center field, advancing Williams to second. Moreno sent a ball to left-center field, notching an extra-base hit and scoring Williams to make it 11-3. INF Nick DeMarco, entering to pinch-hit and later playing third, popped up to shortstop for the first out. Penney drew a walk on a 3-2 count to add another runner on base. Flores slammed a ball into deep left field for a two-RBI double. Hincks hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Penney. The four-run inning for the Irish helped bring the score to 11-6.

Cooper took the mound for LHP Ryan Lynch to start the top of the ninth. Cooper patiently struckout the first Clemson batter on a 3-2 count, then forced a pop up to second base to retire the second batter. Cooper then delivered a three-pitch strikeout to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth, Spence grounded out to first base for the first out. Williams and Glancy both hit singles to get on base. On a 1-2 count, Moreno blasted a homer to left field–a three run shot–cutting Clemson’s lead to 11-9. Pinch-hitter DM Jefferson and Penney drew walks on consecutive at-bats, both on a 3-2 count. Another Flores single through the left side scored Jefferson and advanced Penney, bringing the Irish within one. INF Casey Kmet came into the game to pinch run for Flores, who went three-for-five with three RBI on the day. Hincks struck out swinging, recording the second out. Penney was able to score on a passed ball to knot the game at 11. Gumpf popped up to third base, ending the five-run, game-tying inning, and sending the game to the 10th.

Continuing the resilient defensive display, Cooper sent another strikeout, his third. The next Clemson batter grounded out to third base. After two walks and a stolen base, Lally Jr. came in to relieve Cooper, forcing a flyout to end the top of the 10th. The Irish were left scoreless and hitless in the bottom of the 10th.

Moving into the 11th, the Tigers singled to second base. The next hitter reached base on a fielder’s choice, throwing out the runner at second. Clemson’s runner advanced to second on a pickoff attempt error, and another walk put a second Tiger on base. An error on Penney allowed the next Clemson batter to reach, advancing the runners on-base to score two more, both unearned. Lally Jr. struck out the final batter, sending the game to the bottom of the 10th with Clemson leading 13-11.

Tinney came in as a pinch hitter for INF Josh Hahn, but grounded out to second. Penney reached on an error by the pitcher, advancing all the way to third. Kmet, in at DH, drew a walk. Hincks then grounded out to second, scoring Penney and advancing Kmet to second, bringing the score to 13-12. Gumpf grounded out to second base to end the game.


The Irish take on Butler at home on Wednesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on ACCNX.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sunday afternoon was a back and forth day for the Fighting Irish as they took on #35 ranked Georgia Tech. The match started outside on the Courtney Tennis Courts on a blustery and cloudy day. The University of Notre Dame took the early lead with a win of the doubles point. Nil Giraldez and Chase Thompson took a quick lead in their match and got the 6-2 victory at the #2 position. Shortly after, Evan Lee and Yu Zhang would follow suit with a 6-2 victory to clinch the early 1-0 lead while Sebastian Dominko and Jean-Marc Malkowski would abandon their set at 5-5 against their ranked opponents.

The beginning singles would start outside with all first sets being completed before rain began to fall and the match moved inside to the Eck Tennis Pavilion. After a 30 minute delay while teams and officials moved in, play resumed without the windy conditions and cool temps. The pendulum would quickly swing in favor of the Yellow Jackets as they took matches at #3 and #1 singles shortly after play resumed.

Jamie Corsillo would bring the home team back even with a straight set win at #4 singles. After taking the first set 6-3 outside, it would take a second set tiebreak for the Irish junior to seal the win. Georgia Tech would take the next two matches however and clinch the team win with tight matches at #2 and #5. With the team match decided, the remaining contest at #6 singles would be played out. Zhang, after splitting mirrored 7-5 sets, would take the third 6-3 to end the day undefeated.

Up Next:

The final home match of the season will take place on Wednesday at 4 p.m. against the #42 ranked Louisville Cardinals. Then on Friday, the final match of the regular season will be on the road as the Irish will take on Boston College.

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Sunday Box Score

#54 Notre Dame 3 – #35 Georgia Tech 4


#13 Dominko/Malkowski(ND) vs. #48 Chopra/McDaniel(GT) 5-5 DNF

Giraldez/Thompson(ND) def. Martin/Arora(GT) 6-2

Lee/Zhang(ND) def. Biagiotti/Sachdev(GT) 6-2

Order of Finish(2, 3)


#16 Martin(GT) def. #46 Dominko(ND) 6-3, 7-5

#104 Chopra(GT) def. Giraldez(ND) 7-5, 7-6

McDaniel(GT) def. Thompson(ND) 6-1, 6-4

Corsillo(ND) def. Biagiotti(GT) 6-3, 7-6(2)

Arora(GT) def. Magimay(ND) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Zhang(ND) def. Sachdev(GT) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

Order of Finish(3, 1, 4, 2, 5, 6)



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame softball team dropped the final game of the series to Virginia Sunday afternoon. The Fighting Irish couldn’t overcome some defensive miscues as the Irish drop the series with the 6-3 loss. Notre Dame falls to 22-14 overall, and 7-8 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Micaela Kastor started in the circle, throwing into the fourth inning. The sophomore finished with two strikeouts, allowing a pair of hits and three unearned runs. Alexis Laudenslager was first on in relief, finishing out the fourth. She allowed a pair of hits and struck out two as two unearned runs scored. Shannon Becker finished the game out. The junior threw 3.0 innings, allowing three hits and an earned run.

The Irish offense had nine hits in the contest, led by a pair of multi-hit efforts. Jane Kronenberger finished 3-for-3 with a double. Carlli Kloss went 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored a run. Cassidy Grimm, Addison Amaral, Karina Gaskins and Rachel Allen each added a hit in the contest. Allen drove in two runs on a pinch hit double.

How It Happened

Virginia took the lead in the third with a single run. An error allowed a runner to take first and a double to left center put the Cavaliers up 1-0.

The Irish responded in the home half. With runners on the corners, Kloss drove a single to right to bring in a run and tie the game.

The Cavaliers again took advantage of an Irish miscue in the fourth. A single, an error and a walk loaded the bases as a run came in with a bases loaded walk. A triple cleared the bases and put UVA up 5-1. A solo homer in the fifth extended the lead to 6-1.

Notre Dame battled back, scoring a pair of runs in the fifth. A lead-off single from Kloss and a single up the middle from Gaskins put runners on the corners. Gaskins was lifted for a pinch runner who scored from first when Allen stepped in and knocked a double down the left field line to cut the lead to 6-3.

The Irish put a couple runners on in the sixth, but an out on the bases and a ground ball erased the threat. Notre Dame failed to mount a rally in the final frame.

Up Next

The Irish are back at Melissa Cook Stadium Tuesday evening as they will take on Western Michigan at 4:30 p.m.



Butler tied for ninth over the weekend at the Hoosier Collegiate, which was hosted by Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

The Bulldogs were led by Will Horne, who finished his 54 holes over the two days at 12-over 225. Horne tied for 25th. His second-round 73 was his best round of the tournament as the second round was suspended due to darkness Saturday and completed Sunday morning. Daniel Tanaka also had a 73 in the opening round Saturday.

Host Indiana took the team title at 15-over 867. That was 17 shots better than Notre Dame and Michigan State, which tied for second at 884.

The Bulldogs tied for ninth at 910 (+58); there were 15 teams in the field. Butler had rounds of 298, 299 and 313.

Edouard Cereto of Southern Illinois sank a birdie putt on his 54th and final hole to secure medalist honors. His total of one-under 212 was one shot better than Indiana’s Noah Gillard. Those two golfers were the only two at par or better for the tournament on the Pfau Course.


T25) Will Horne, 75-73-77—225 (+12)

T30) Leo Zurovac, 76-76-75—227 (+14)

T40) Damon Dickey, 74-76-80—230 (+17)

T55) Daniel Tanaka, 73-76-84—233 (+20)

T55) Derek Tabor, 78-74-81—233 (+20)

The Bulldogs return to action April 20-21 with the Fighting Illini Spring Collegiate hosted by the University of Illinois. That is Butler’s final tune-up prior to the 2024 BIG EAST Championships later in the month.



Indianapolis – The Butler Bulldogs Baseball team came up short against the Creighton Bluejays 10-7. This game was the final time the two sides will meet in the regular season, where the Bluejays will hold the 2-1 series lead. The Bulldogs put together a late comeback but fell a few runs short.

Leading the way at the plate for the Bulldogs was Zach Munton, who had a multi-hit day with three RBIs. Jack Moroknek, Evan Parks, Xavier Carter, and Keegan Connors were responsible for the other four runs batted in with one RBI each.

Sunday afternoon’s offensive activity began right away in the first inning. With the bases loaded, Munton drew a walk that scored Joey Urban. One at-bat later, Parks hit a sac fly to right field to score Kade Lewis. The Bulldogs held a 2-0 lead headed into the third inning.

Butler grew their lead in the third inning by adding another tally to the board. Carter smacked a ball to first base which gave way for Munton to score.

After Creighton scored their first run of the game, Butler would add one more of their own an inning later. Moroknek launched a single to right field to score Carter Dorighi.

The Bluejays would score the next eight runs of the ball game. Creighton would take the lead in the fifth inning when left fielder Cuyler Zukowski hit a two-RBI double.

However, the Bulldogs wouldn’t go away quietly with a three-run eighth inning. After Moroknek and Lewis got on base, Munton hit a two-RBI single to the right side to score them both. Then, Connors pinch-hit for Ian Choi and flew out to left field which scored Munton.

The Bluejays would get one more in the bottom half of the frame, and the Bulldogs would go scoreless in the ninth to end the game.

Nate Rosser drew the start for the Bulldogs and went three innings on the hill. Nick Miketinac, Simon Linde, Andrew Crumbley, Brett Sherrard, and Cole Graverson rounded out the active arms for Butler on Sunday afternoon. Linde was awarded the loss, while Chreighton’s Shane Curtin was credited with the win.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will return to Bulldog Park to host the Evansville Aces. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m on Apr. 9. Their next Big East matchup will be at home against the Georgetown Hoyas on April 12.



CHICAGO – The Butler softball team split a doubleheader with DePaul, clinching the BIG EAST series, two games to one. The teams played a total of 18 innings on Saturday, with the Blue Demons (8-25, 3-9 BIG EAST) taking the first contest, 4-3, after nine innings. The Bulldogs (17-20, 6-9 BIG EAST) won the nightcap, also in nine innings, buy the score of 7-6.

Game 2: DePaul 4, Butler 3 (9 innings)

Ella White opened the scoring with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. DePaul countered in the bottom half, using five consecutive singles to push three across. The Blue Demons held a 3-1 lead that held through five complete.

In the sixth, White drew a walk and later advanced to second. A Sydney Carter single knocked White around to score, drawing the Dawgs to within one, 3-2.

In the top of the seventh, Butler had runners on second and third with one out. Hailey Conger hit a drive to left field that allowed Leigh Vande Hei to slide across home. The game was tied, 3-3.

DePaul advanced runners to second and third in the bottom of the seventh, but Butler hurler Rylyn Dyer retired the next batter and sent the game into extras.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Blue Demons advanced runners to second and third with no outs. A single up the middle from Bibianna Rodriguez ended the game.

Rylyn Dyer (8.0IP, 3R, 10H, 3K) started for Butler and pitched one batter into the ninth inning, leaving with one runner on base. Sydney Cammon entered in relief and faced two batters, ultimately yielding the game-winning, unearned run in the final at bat. Dyer was dealt the loss.

Game 3: Butler 7, DePaul 6 (9 innings)

Teagan O’Rilley hit a solo home run to lead off the second inning. Later, a sacrifice fly from Sydney Carter allowed Olivia Roberts to slide home safely. Butler took an early, 2-0, lead.

In the fourth, a Kieli Ryan single allowed Leigh Vande Hei to score from second base. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 3-0.

With Olivia Moxley and Hailey Conger on base in the fifth, Ella White hit a bases-clearing triple and extended the lead to 5-0.

In the bottom of the sixth, DePaul’s bats came to life. After a run-scoring single, the Blue Demons had two runners on base. Ava Paganis hit a three-run long ball, bringing DePaul to within one run, at 5-4. Sydney Cammon was summoned to the circle, replacing Katie Petran, and she was able to end the rally.

In the top of the seventh, Cate Lehner advanced to third base. With the squeeze play called, a bunt from White allowed Lehner to score and gave the Bulldogs a 6-4 lead.

In the bottom half of the frame, Paganis came through again, this time with a two-RBI single. The game was tied at six runs apiece entering the eighth inning.

In the top of the ninth, Butler loaded the bases. Paige Dorsett hit a line drive to center that was caught, but Lehner was able to score and put the Dawgs up one. In the bottom half, Cammon shut down the Blue Demons, who were unable to produce a baserunner.

Kayla Noerr (3.0IP, 3H, BB, 2K) pitched for Butler through one batter into the fourth inning, keeping DePaul off the scoreboard. Katie Petran (2.1IP, 4R, 3H, BB, 2K) provided relief in the middle innings and lasted into the middle of the sixth. Sydney Cammon finished the game for the Bulldogs and picked up the win. In 3.2 innings, she allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out two.

Bulldog Bits

Ella White’s home run in game two of the series was her seventh of the season and 19th of her career. Her double was her 11th of the season and 31st of her career.

Whites triple in game three was her first of the season and sixth of her career.

Teagan O’Rilley’s home run in game three was her fifth of the season and 13th of her career.

Cate Lehner’s stole three bases on the day. She now has 18 this season and 35 for her career.

Sydney Cammon’s game-three win in the circle was her sixth of the season and tenth as a Bulldog.

Up Next

Butler is scheduled to host (RV) Miami (OH) on Tuesday, April 9. The Bulldogs then travel to Georgetown for a weekend series from April 12-14.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s golf team fought through windy conditions and left unfettered, earning a fifth-place finish at this weekend’s Hoosier Collegiate at the Pfau Course at Indiana University. The Jaguars carded a final round 303 on Sunday (Apr. 7) to climb four spots in the team standings.

The final round 303 tied for the third-best team score on Sunday as the Jaguars vaulted in front of Michigan, High Point, Valparaiso and Butler on the final day.

Senior Taylor Gardner led the way with a final round, even par 71 to complete a sixth-place finish among the 88-player field at 5-over 218 (77-70-71). Fellow senior Morgan Tournemire finished tied for 17th at 10-over 223 (72-76-75).

Gardner was 3-over at the turn of his final round, but played his final nine holes to 3-under, including back-to-back birdies on holes 4 and 5. Tournemire stepped up with a 4-over 75 and senior Kevin Tillery shot 7-over 78. Freshman Titus Boswell finished at 8-over 79 to round out the Jaguars’ lineup.

IUPUI finished the tournament tied for third overall with 26 birdies as Gardner had eight and Tillery had seven for the event. Tournemire had a team-high 35 pars, tying for 12th among the field.

Tillery ended the tournament tied for 25th at 225 (73-74-78) and Boswell closed at 236 (79-78-79). Freshman Brady Schier rounded out the bunch at 241 (80-79-82).

Host Indiana cruised to the team title at 867, winning by 17 strokes. Southern Illinois’ Edouard Cereto earned medalist honors at 1-under 212.

IUPUI will now set sights on the Horizon League Tournament, to be held at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., later this month.



INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s tennis team fell to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies on Sunday afternoon, 5-2. Jordyn Pax and Sofia Castillo each earned singles points in the loss.

The Jags fell behind early with Oakland taking the doubles point. Gabbie Orlando and Castillo earned the win in the number three doubles spot, 6-3 but the Jags fell in the one and two spot, dropping the point. Elle Kotre and Chloe Bailey fell in the number one spot, 6-3 while Emma Dell and Jordyn Pax dropped the number two match, 6-2.

After falling behind, 1-0, the Jags took two singles point but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Grizzlies sealed the win at 5-2. Pax earned the number five point in three sets, 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 while Castillo earned the Jags second point in the number six spot, 6-0, 6-2.

Dell fell in the number one spot, 6-4, 6-1 and Bailey dropped the number two match, 7-5, 7-5. Kotre lost in the number three spot in three sets, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 and Orlando fell in the number four spot, 6-2, 6-2.

IUPUI will now travel to Cleveland State on Saturday, April 13. The Vikings and Jaguars are set for a 2:00 PM first serve.



INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI softball team completed the series sweep with a five inning victory over Detroit Mercy on Sunday afternoon, 10-2. Alexa Holman earned the win in the circle for the Jags.

Detroit Mercy (1-25, 0-6 HL) jumped on the board first in the top of the first inning. The Titans scored two runs on a home run from Jordan Kavanaugh, 2-0.

After a scoreless first inning, IUPUI (8-26, 4-5 HL) scored 10 runs in the bottom of the second inning. Kennedy Cowan led the inning off with a single through the left side. After an error from the Titans put runners on first and second, Kaylen Garland hit a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.

Kasie Keyes then singled to left field to score Cowan. With the bases still loading with one out, Victoria Sivert walked to tie the game at 2-2. Rachael Gregory then doubled down the left field line to score two, giving the Jags the lead at 4-2.

After Kendal Calvert drew a walk to load the bases again, freshman Paige McPhearson tripled to left field to clear the bases and extend the Jags’ lead to 7-2. A single from Cowan scored McPhearson, a Titans’ error scored Cowan and a fielder’s choice scored the tenth run for IUPUI, 10-2.

After the first two innings, both pitchers settled down keeping the rest of the game scoreless. IUPUI secured the 10-2 win in five innings.

Holman earned her second win of the weekend, giving up just two runs on four hits in 5.0 innings of work. McPhearson totaled three RBI on one hit while Keyes added two RBI on one hit. Gregory also added two RBI with one hit while Cowan went 2-for-2 with one RBI. Freiberg and Garland each added a hit.

IUPUI will next host Northern Kentucky on Tuesday, April 9 for a doubleheader at 2:00 PM.



MUNCIE, Ind. – After dropping the doubles point, the Cardinals fought back to take the 4-3 victory over Mid-American Conference rival Miami Sunday afternoon at the Foster Adams Family Tennis Complex and Bill Richards Courts.

The win was the second-straight in league play for Ball State this weekend after earning a 7-0 sweep at Bowling Green on Friday. The Cardinals improved to 7-11 overall and 4-2 in conference action while the RedHawks drop to 9-10 on the year and 3-3 in the MAC.

The RedHawks opened the match with a 1-0 lead over the Cardinals after posting a 7-5 win on the top court of doubles action and then a 6-4 defeat at the No. 2 slot. Although, the point had been won, Elena Malykh and Sydney Hrehor were up 5-4 at the No. 3 position over Miami’s Sarah Dev and Lauren Joyce prior to the match being abandoned.

Existing the court first in singles was Ella Hazelbaker as she gave up only two games in both her sets, winning 6-2 in frames one and two for the victory on court No. 6 versus Joyce.

Unfortunately, Miami went back up 2-1 despite Hrehor’s efforts she would fall at the No. 4 slot in straight sets.

Malykh came at the No. 3 slot after taking down Emilla Valentinsson, 6-2, 6-3 to knot the score 2-2. Shortly after, Sarah Shahbaz tallied a three-set thriller, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, against Miami’s No. 2 player Nishitha Saravanan.

With two courts remaining, Annika Planinsek completed her come-from-behind win on the top court to give Ball State match point. Planinsek has only suffered one conference loss this season at the No. 1 spot improving to 5-1 in league action.

The Ball State women’s tennis team will travel to Buffalo on Friday, April 12. First serve is at 1 pm ET.



OXFORD, Ohio – The Ball State baseball team couldn’t complete a sweep of Miami (OH), as the RedHawks salvaged an 11-1 win on Sunday afternoon at McKie Field.

The Cardinals (20-13, 7-8 Mid-American Conference) scored their only run of the game on a Hunter Dobbins RBI single that plated Decker Scheffler in the fourth inning. Miami scored the first seven runs of the game with four in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third.

Carson Byers (3-1) tossed 2.1 shutout innings out of the bullpen to earn the win for the RedHawks (13-16, 8-7 MAC). Ball State starter Will Jacobson (1-1) allowed four runs to be hit with the loss.

Scheffler went 2-for-4 with a run scored as the only Cardinal with multiple hits in the game. Ball State’s eight-game winning streak was snapped with the setback.

“We won the series on the road which is always our main objective. Today just wasn’t our day,” head coach Rich Maloney said. “All streaks come to an end, and having won eight in a row said a lot about our guys.”

The next scheduled game for the Cardinals is at Indiana on Tuesday at 6 p.m.



FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Vanderbilt Legends Club remained elusive for Ball State on Sunday in the final round of the Mason Rudolph Championship, with junior Braxton Kuntz the only Cardinals golfer to shoot 75 or better in all three rounds of the event.

On the par-71, 7,112-yard track against top-ranked competition, Kuntz, who fired a pair of 1-over-par 72s in the opening rounds, then settled into 33rd place after carding a 4-over-par 75 on Sunday. The Canadian lefty was consistent in the second round with 15 of 18 holes at par or better. He nearly matched the feat again Sunday, finishing with 14 of 18 at par or better after a bogey on the par-5 18th hole.

Aside from Kuntz (72-72-75—219), who played out of the Cardinals’ No. 5 lineup position despite earning honors last week as the Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Week, Ball State golfers struggled to master the championship course.

Carter Smith (69-80-74—223), playing at No. 1, fired a 2-under 69 on Friday but was +9 on Saturday. He recovered to lead Ball State while shooting +3 on Sunday to finish second overall to Kuntz.

“After the first round, I thought we had something to build from but unfortunately that didn’t happen,” said head coach Mike Fleck. “We talk about having a complete team effort to compete at this level where we want and expect to be, along with being consistent. Those things didn’t happen this week.”

Easing his frustration, Fleck continued, “Fortunately, we have some time to forget about this one and get things corrected before Illinois and the MAC Championships.” Ball State is idle this week, before resuming play at the Fighting Illini Spring Invite, April 20-21.

Ball State Individual Results, through Round 2

No. 5 Braxton Kuntz (219): 34-38—72 | 37-35–72 | 36-39–75 (+6, 33rd)

No. 1 Carter Smith (223): 34-35—69 | 41-39—80 | 35-39–74 (+10, 51st)

No. 4 Alec Cesare (231): 38-42—80 | 39-33—72 | 38-41–79 (+18, 67th)

No. 3 Ali Khan (232): 36-37—73 | 43-39—82 | 38-39–77 (+19, 69th)

No. 2 Kash Bellar (234): 38-38—76 | 42-36—78 | 37-43–80 (+21, 72nd)



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s golf is third and fourth through day one of the ISU Spring Invite at the Country Club of Terre Haute.

Indiana State’s B team is in third place shooting 311 through the first 18, only 10 strokes behind the leader Evansville. The A team sits right behind in fourth place with a score of 315.

Eliza Baker sits tied for fifth place with a round one score of 76 (+4). Baker finished with four birdies and seven pars to pace the Sycamores. Four Sycamores between the two teams are tied in seventh place: Molly Lee, Sophia Florek, Kristen Hobbs, and Briana LeMaire. Lee, Florek, and LeMaire all recorded two birdies apiece.

Rosalie DiNunzio and Yang Tai both sit close behind tying for 12th with a score of 79, Chelsea Morrow tied for 16th with 80, and Iyoun Chew tied for 20th with 81. Grace Welty rounds out the 10 team members competing tied for 32nd with a score of 87 through the first 18.

Up Next

Indiana State wraps up the ISU Spring Invite tomorrow, April 8. Round two begins with a 9 a.m. ET shotgun start at the Country Club of Terre Haute.



MURRAY, KY.- Indiana State split a pair of games to Murray State, and the Sycamores won the series 2-1.

Game Two: Indiana State 3, Murray State 0

The Sycamores fell to Murray State in game two of the series with a score of 3-0. The Racers scored all three of their runs in the first inning when they recorded three hits by Fisher, Jackson, and White.

Isabella Henning, Danielle Henning, Kenzie Cornwell, and Bri Marx each recorded hits against Murray State’s Raylee Roby, but the Sycamores were held scoreless in the loss.

Cassi Newbanks took the loss in the circle for Indiana State where she allowed six hits and three runs scored, while striking out four in the loss.

Game Three: Indiana State 2, Murray State 0

Indiana State clinched the series on Saturday afternoon when they defeated Murray State 2-0.

Hailey Griffin won her second game of the weekend over Murray State. Griffin tossed a complete-game shutout against the Racers with 8 strikeouts to lead ISU to victory. Griffin held Murray State to only three hits and zero runs scored.

Game three of the series was scoreless until the eighth inning when the Henning duo each recorded an RBI. Sophie Esposito and Abi Chipps each recorded singles before Danielle Henning connected on an RBI double to drive in the first run of the game by Esposito. Isabella Henning singled to left center to drive in the final run from Chipps to take the 2-0 lead over the Racers.

Up Next:

Indiana State will travel to West Lafayette on Wednesday, April 10 to compete in a non-conference game at 5:30 p.m ET against Purdue University.



TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – An impressive start to the Indiana State Invitational has the University of Evansville women’s golf team in the lead on the team side while Kate Petrova and Jane Grankina lead the individual standings at The Country Club of Terre Haute.

Petrova and Grankina each recorded scores of 71, one under the par of 72.  The duo pace the individual standings as they are four in front of their nearest competition entering Monday’s final round.

Allison Enchelmayer is third for the Purple Aces and tied for 12th overall with a 79.  Destynie Sheridan was one behind her with an 80 while Carly Frazier carded an 81.  Sheridan and Frazier are tied for 16th and 20th, respectively.

Evansville’s team score finished at a 301, three in front of Purdue Fort Wayne.  Indiana State is third with a 311.  UE looks to keep the momentum going in Monday’s final 18 holes in Terre Haute.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Daniil Romashkin and Andres Rodriguez paced the University of Evansville men’s golf team on the final day of the Hoosier Collegiate at Pfau Course.

Romashkin posted a 78 in the third round after carding an 82 in round two.  His final tally of 234 tied him for 58th place.  Andres Rodriguez has the top effort in the final two rounds.  After posting an 80 to complete the second round, he notched a 7-over 78 to finish the event with a 235.  He tied for 63rd.

Caleb Wassmer was third for the Purple Aces and tied for 65th in the tournament with a 236.  Wassmer carded a 76 in the opening round before identical scores of 80 in the final two rounds.  Carson Parker completed the event with a 243 (T-81st) while Masatoyo Kato registered a 246 (85th).  Parker’s low score was a 78 in the first round while Kato tallied a 76 in the first 18 holes.

Evansville came home in 14th place with a 945.  They finished six in front of 15th-place Eastern Kentucky.  Indiana took the team championship by 17 strokes over Notre Dame and Michigan State.  The Hoosiers completed the three rounds with an 867.  Edouard Cereto of Southern Illinois was the medalist with a 212.

UE is back on course Monday at the Big Blue Intercollegiate in Hermitage, Tenn.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  Belmont starting pitcher Joe Ruzicka tossed a complete-game, three-hit shutout on Sunday, and the Bruins launched five home runs, as Belmont salvaged the series finale over the University of Evansville Purple Aces with a 12-0 victory at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville, Tennessee.

Belmont would get all of the offense that it would need just two batters into the contest, as after a lead-off walk by Sam Slaughter, second baseman Jack Rando launched a two-run home run to left field to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Belmont would add a solo home run in the second inning, and a three-run home run in the fourth inning off of UE starter Nick Smith (2-5) to build a 6-0 lead.  Smith suffered the loss after giving up six runs on five hits, including three home runs in 3.1 innings.

Belmont would add a pair of solo home runs in the fifth inning, as Ruzicka held UE without a hit until the sixth inning, when senior shortstop Simon Scherry roped a ball through the left-side of the infield for UE’s first hit of the game.  UE put the first two men on in the sixth inning, but a strikeout and a double-play ground ball ended the UE threat.  Belmont would tack on four runs in the home-half of the sixth inning to provide the final margin of victory and enact the mercy rule in the series finale.

Outfielder Michael Lareau went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run out of the bottom spot in the Belmont batting order to lead the Bruins offensively.  Evansville was limited to just three hits overall, with Scherry, graduate third baseman Brent Widder, and graduate first baseman Chase Hug each collecting a hit on the day.

With the victory, Belmont improves to 17-15 overall and 5-4 in the Missouri Valley Conference.  Evansville, meanwhile, sees its four-game winning streak snapped and falls to 14-17 overall and 4-5 in the Valley with the loss.  The Purple Aces will hit the road briefly on Tuesday with a mid-week game at Butler at 3 p.m. central time, before returning home to German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium next weekend for a three-game series against Illinois State beginning on Friday.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana Women’s Tennis (7-10) fell to a talented Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (14-3) squad Sunday, 6-1. USI drops to 3-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

The Screaming Eagles celebrated senior day after the match for Rachel McCorkle (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and Lauren Rowe (Terre Haute, Indiana) who played pivotal roles in the past four years. The USI community congratulates the two on their achievements and looks forward to what the rest of the season holds.


The Eagles dug themselves into a hole early in the match losing all three doubles competitions. Junior Madison Windham (Clarksville, Tennessee) and Rowe battled to the Cougars number doubles team to the end but fell just short.


USI was victorious in one of the six singles matches. Freshman Antonia Ferrarini (Caxias do Sul, Brazil) earned the lone victory clawing out a gritty 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 win in the singles three matchup.

What’s Next

Both the men’s and women’s Eagles are back at the USI Tennis courts on Saturday taking on Tennessee State University. The men start at 11 a.m. with the women following at 2:30 p.m.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Baseball could not hold onto an early 3-0 lead and fell to Lindenwood University, 9-4, Sunday at the USI Baseball Field. USI is 14-18 overall and 4-5 OVC, while Lindenwood goes to 10-21, 4-5 OVC.

USI junior second baseman Lane Crowden (Jackson, Missouri) shifted the momentum early to the Screaming Eagles in the third inning. Crowden saved a run defensively in the top of third with a diving stop before leading off the bottom half of the frame with a single to start a three-run USI rally.

Crowden singled and scored along with senior rightfielder Ren Tachioka (Japan) when sophomore shortstop Caleb Niehaus (Newburgh, Indiana) singled and advance to third on a two-base Lindenwood error. Niehaus would come the plate with the third run of the frame on a sacrifice fly by senior designated hitter Jack Ellis (Jeffersonville, Indiana).

USI would hold the 3-0 lead until the top of the fifth when Lindenwood exploded for four runs on three hits and one Eagles’ error. The Lions’ bats would erupt for five more runs in the eighth inning to extend Lindenwood’s lead to 9-3.

The Eagles would get one of the runs back in the bottom of the ninth when junior third baseman Ricardo Van Grieken (Venezuela) hit a bomb over the right field fence to close the gap to the final score of 9-4. The home run was Van Grieken’s second of the season. 

On the mound, junior right-hander Gavin Morris (Brazil, Indiana) started and took the loss. Morris (3-3) went 4.1 innings, allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks.

Up Next for the Eagles:

USI goes back on the road for four-straight, beginning with a non-conference visit to Saint Louis University Tuesday at 4 p.m. The Eagles resume OVC action April 12-14 at Southeast Missouri State University. 

SLU is 21-8 overall this spring after losing a series to Saint Joseph’s University today with a 7-3 loss. The Billikens have won five of the last seven games after today’s action.

The USI-SLU series is tied, 1-1, after the Eagles took the only meeting last year, 10-2, in St. Louis, Missouri.

SEMO, which is 14-17 overall and 5-3 in the OVC, is finishing a series at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock this afternoon. The Redhawks, who play at Southern Illinois University Tuesday, entered today game having lost four of the last five games.  



Valparaiso University men’s golf fifth-year senior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) closed out another top-10 finish, this time pacing the team at the Hoosier Collegiate, which was hosted by Indiana University at the par-71, 7355-yard Pfau Course in a windy and chilly Bloomington, Ind. this weekend. The teams finished the final few holes in the second round, which was suspended by darkness on Saturday, and then golfed the third and final round of the event on Sunday.

How It Happened

VanArragon paced the squad with a 75 (+4) in Sunday’s final round after finishing Round 2 with a 71 (E). His 54-hole score of 219 (+6) helped him tie for seventh in an 87-player field.

Valpo’s second-best score came from Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield), who finished Round 2 with a 74 before closing the tournament with a 77 in the third and final round. His 54-hole total of 222 helped him finish at t-13.

Freshman Adam Melliere (Zionsville, Ind. / Zionsville) had the team’s third-best score in the final round with a 78, while Mason Bonn (Sherwood, Ore. / Sherwood) was third on the team in Round 2 at 77. They both totaled 234 for the tourney to finish at t-58.

Valpo finished with a 54-hole team score of 909 after carding a 311 in the third round. The team placed eighth of 15 in a field that included several highly-ranked power-five opponents. The host Hoosier won the event at 867, while Notre Dame and Michigan State tied for second. Southern Illinois’ Edouardo Certo took medalist honors at 212.

Inside the Rounds

VanArragon recorded his 35th career top-10 finish.

VanArragon eagled the par-5 first hole in Round 3.

Delisanti had nine birdies for the tournament, a team high and the fourth most among all golfers.

Valpo accrued 23 birdies as a team.

The Beacons had a 4.33 average on par-4 holes and a 4.91 average on par 5s, but tied for the worst par-3 scoring average in the field.

This event featured five power-conference teams ranked in the top 80 nationally – Notre Dame (27), Northwestern (38), Indiana (48), Michigan (76) and Michigan State (79).

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“Each season for a team has its highs and lows. We take the good with the bad. Today was a character-building day for us. While the entire field was challenged with the same weather we had to endure, we struggled just to hit fairways and greens in regulation. We played 22 holes today, finishing the second round and playing the full third round. The “feels-like” temps for the first couple of hours were right around 39 degrees, including 15-20 mph sustained winds. We knew it was going to be cold conditions. When you combine those conditions with the toughest course we will play all year, we simply didn’t execute what we needed to today.”

“It was an absolute grind out there, hitting tee shots, irons into greens and even trying to putt the ball close to the hole. The guys maintained their composure and really impressed me with not giving up and continuing to grind all day. One of the great things about competition is that it tells us exactly what we need to work on. A single tournament isn’t going to define us. Our Assistant Coach Ron is good at reminding all of us that golf is testing us how quickly we can get over tough conditions and a tough golf course and back to normal golf. We learned a lot today, and it’s experience that we can take into this coming week and as we work toward our conference championship.”

Up Next

The Beacons have one more tournament on the docket prior to the league championship as they will compete in the Rutherford Intercollegiate in State College, Pa. starting on April 13. A link to live scoring will be available on



Valparaiso (10-19, 2-7 MVC)

at Milwaukee (4-23, 3-9 Horizon)

Franklin Field (4,000) | Milwaukee, Wis.

Tuesday, April 9, 3 p.m. CT – RHP Trent Turzenski

Next Up in Valpo Baseball: The Valparaiso University baseball team will tangle with a former conference foe on Tuesday as the Beacons battle Milwaukee at Franklin Field in Franklin, Wis. These two teams were scheduled to get together last week at Emory G. Bauer Field, but that game was canceled due to rain and field conditions.

Last Time Out: Valpo will look to get back on track after being swept at Illinois State this past weekend. The Redbirds took the opener 11-1 in seven innings with Valpo’s run coming on a Ryan Maka solo shot. Connor Lockwood turned in a quality start, but he was outdueled in Saturday’s 3-1 setback. Valpo was blanked for the first time this season on Sunday, dropping the finale 6-0.

Following the Beacons: Tuesday’s game will air on ESPN+. Links to live video and stats are available on For in-game updates, follow @ValpoBaseball on X.

Head Coach Brian Schmack: Brian Schmack (198-313) is in his 11th season in charge of the program. He ranks third in program history in seasons coached and games coached as he coached his 500th game on March 17, 2024 at Campbell. He entered the season with 188 victories, the third most in program history. Schmack, a member of the 2003 Detroit Tigers, served as pitching coach/associate head coach at Valpo for seven seasons prior to his promotion.

Series Notes: Valpo holds a 34-41 all-time record against former Horizon League foe Milwaukee. Valpo prevailed 7-6 in 11 innings when the two teams got together last season at Emory G. Bauer Field. The year prior, Milwaukee swept a midweek doubleheader at Franklin Field. Valpo is 2-2 against the Panthers since departing the Horizon League as Valpo won 23-5 on April 11, 2018 at Emory G. Bauer Field.

In The Other Dugout: Milwaukee  

Coming off being swept in a home series vs. Oakland over the weekend.

Picked to finish fourth of six in the Horizon League preseason poll.

Led offensively by Tyler Bickers (.309 AVG) and Justin Hausser (.308 AVG).

After nearly 30 years as part of the Milwaukee coaching staff, head coach Scott Doffek retired at the end of last season and former assistant Shaun Wegner is in his first season as head coach. 

Notes Wrapping Up Illinois State (April 5-7)

The Redbirds invoked the 10-run rule in the series opener on Friday, beating the Beacons 11-1 in seven innings. Ryan Maka drilled his first home run of the season – in part because he missed 16 games due to an injury. That was his 13th career home run, seven of which came last year.

In the series opener, Kaleb Hannahs saw his season-long on-base streak come to an end. His 26-game streak halted with an 0-for-3 day.

Maka was joined in the hit column by Kyle Schmack and Connor Giusti, both of whom singled in the series opener.

Neither team had an extra-base knock in the Saturday game, when all 16 combined hits were singles. Illinois State prevailed 3-1. This was the first Valpo game where neither team had an extra-base hit since May 22, 2021 at Missouri State.

Connor Lockwood yielded three runs on nine hits while walking none and striking out five in six innings on Saturday. All three runs against him came in the third as he took a tough-luck defeat despite a quality start.

Brady Renfro worked two walks to go along with a base hit, reaching three times in the Saturday game.

Lockwood and reliever Griffin McCluskey – who was pitching in his hometown of Normal – combined to walk just one in the game. McCluskey threw two clean innings after Lockwood’s departure.

Valpo dropped the series finale 6-0 as the Beacons were shut out for the first time since May 25, 2022, an 8-0 loss to Indiana State in the MVC Tournament in Springfield, Mo. Valpo’s two hits in the series finale tied a season low with the game at No. 7 Vanderbilt.

Closing in on 200 (Times Two)

Head coach Brian Schmack is just two wins away from becoming the third skipper in program history to reach the 200-win threshold.

Schmack ranks third in program history in career victories, trailing only Paul Twenge (1988-2006, 378) and the legendary Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981, 359).

Schmack reached a milestone on March 17 at No. 21 Campbell, his 500th game at the helm of the program. He became the third skipper in program history to reach that number, joining Paul Twenge (1,011; 1988-2006) and Emory G. Bauer (1954-1981; 606).

While his father Brian is closing in on 200 career victories, Valpo left fielder Kyle Schmack is closing in on 200 career hits. Entering the April 9 game at Milwaukee, Kyle has 198 career hits. He needs seven more hits to crack the program’s all-time top 10 in that category.

A Look at the Leaderboards

Kyle Schmack ranks tied for fifth in the league with 10 home runs.

Kaleb Hannahs is tied for seventh in hit by pitches with seven.

Hannahs is tied for second in the league in sacrifice flies with four.

Connor Lockwood ranks ninth in the league in earned run average at 4.09.



INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 14 UIndy women’s lacrosse team celebrated its seniors with an exclamation point on Sunday afternoon, earning a 22-1 victory against first-year program William Jewell College at Key Stadium.

The single score goal allowed is the 16th time in program history the Greyhounds have held their opponent to one goal or less, while it also the lowest total the Cardinals have recorded during their first year as a program.

Four Hounds finished with a hat trick, with Megan Dunn totaling nine points in the win. Olivia Bladon secured 11 draw controls, adding to her three goals.


It was early and often on Sunday, as Dunn put UIndy up for good at approximately 11:07 a.m. with her first of five goals. Mackenzie Winn capped the 6-0 run in the opening quarter with under a minute left, capitalizing on Dunn’s first assist of the afternoon.

Caroline Krauch and Malaena Michielin got in the scoring column in the second period, while Joey Fowler recorded her eighth hat trick with a pair of goals at the end of the frame.

A whopping 10 Greyhounds tallied a point, with Ella Fornek and Ally Savino netting second-half goals. Emily Ghazal put UIndy in double figures, assisting on Dunn’s fifth and final score in the rout.

Jewell attempted just seven shots, four of which were saved by starting goalkeeper Ava Graham. The visitors turned possession over 18 times, as the Greyhounds were credited with 14 caused turnovers.


– Four Hounds recorded at least two caused turnovers, led by Madison Phillips’ three.

– Fornek and Winn each scooped up four ground balls, combining for more than Jewell’s entire team.

– Sage Da Silva tallied four points with three assists and one goal, adding three ground balls in the offensive zone.

– UIndy netted all four free-position attempts from four different players.

– With a perfect 10-for-10 effort on the clear, the Greyhounds now have a success rate of 90.8 percent this season. Meanwhile, UIndy is limiting its opponents to a paltry 68.4 percent clip while on the ride.


The Greyhounds travel west for a pair of GLVC contests next weekend, first squaring off with Quincy on Friday at 8 p.m. ET.



Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Marian baseball team split their Sunday doubleheader at St. Francis, earning a game one win before suffering the series-deciding loss in game two. Marian moves to 17-16 overall and 12-10 in the Crossroads League following the split.

Game 1 | Marian 7-6 St. Francis

Marian reconfigured their batting order on the final day of the series against St. Francis, and found success in the second inning with the new alignment, as four runs crossed the plate following the scoreless first inning. Jacob Dill was hit by a pitch to start the frame, and later Dawson Estep drew a walk, setting up an RBI single for Johnny Roeder. Pierson Barnes would draw a walk, and Caden Mason provided the big spark in the inning with a bases-clearing triple to left field.

Seth Hogg backed the offense through the first two innings as he allowed just one base runner in two innings, starting the game with a hitless start. Hogg got three more runs of support in the third inning with a Bryce Davenport two-run home run highlighting the frame. Leading 7-0 after Rylan Huntley drew an RBI walk in the top of the third, Hogg faced a challenge in the home half as he gave up a pair of base hits, but dug in to get out of the frame unharmed. The fourth inning would not be a fruitful one for the freshman, as he walked six batters and gave up one base hit, seeing four runs come in to score.

Jayson Cottrell came on in relief of Hogg to get the final out of the fourth inning, and did so with a fly out to left, holding a 7-4 lead. Cottrell would continue to pitch strong despite some struggles in the fifth, as he shrugged off a solo home run and two walks to hold a Marian lead. The southpaw would continue to lead Marian as the offense went silent, tossing a perfect sixth inning and working through a scoreless seventh inning.

Deacon Spencer was called on in the eighth inning to close out Marian’s win, as the second-year pitcher came on to toss the final six outs. Spencer tossed a pair of strikeouts in the eighth inning to protect the 7-5 lead, and in the ninth inning would allow a pair of base hits, but after allowing one run to score, the redshirt-freshman slammed the door with a strikeout and flyout, sealing the win.

Marian recorded eight hits in the win, getting four in the first three innings and four over the final six. Kameron Salazar went 2-5 in the win, as did Bryce Davenport, who hit his 10th home run of the season. Caden Mason led the team in RBI with three, and Josh Lamb recorded a double in the victory.

Hogg did not factor into the decision, allowing three hits and four runs in the game. The freshman recorded three strikeouts while walking six batters in 3.2 innings. Cottrell earned the win to move to 4-1 on the campaign, throwing 3.1 innings with two hits and one run allowed. Deacon Spencer earned his fourth save of the year, throwing the final two innings, giving up one run while striking out three batters.

Game 2 | Marian 2-12 St. Francis

In the second act of the doubleheader, Marian’s pitching did not bode as strong as it did in game one, with the Cougars pouncing early against Aden Burnside. Marian’s sophomore pitcher gave up three hits in the first inning, with a pair of doubles driving in three runs. Burnside rebounded with a scoreless second inning, but in the third inning saw struggles come back, giving up four hits, two of which were home runs, that put Marian into a 7-0 hole. Mitchell Porter relieved Burnside, but failed to exit the third clean, giving up two runs before the inning ended.

Marian’s offense started slowly in the first three innings, as the side was retired in order in the first, while a double play after Brodie Rinehold’s single in the second inning halted the attack. Another double play ended the third inning which resulted in Marian’s 9-0 deficit, and in the fourth inning the Cougars again retired the Knights in order, as the guests sent the minimum to the plate in the first four innings.

Justin Johnson and Jace Stoops pitched the fourth and fifth innings, holding the score static as the pair of pitchers stranded base hits in each of their innings on the mound. Marian broke their shutout in the fifth inning as Rinehold reached on a walk, coming around to score on an RBI single from Josh Lamb. Kameron Salazar would tack on RBI single in the sixth inning, with the Cougars limiting Marian to just one run.

In the bottom of the sixth the Knights made multiple substitutions, rotating their defensive alignment along with pitcher Cecil Prather, who made his Marian debut. Prather allowed three hits and a pair of walks in the sixth, seeing St. Francis extend their lead from seven to 10 runs. Marian would trail 12-2 in the seventh, and were retired in order in their final at bat of the day, suffering the 10-run defeat.

Marian had four hits in the loss, with Salazar and Lamb recording the only RBI in the game with their base hits. Rinehold and Caden Mason had Marian’s other base hits. Burnside took the loss on the mound lasting two complete innings, giving up eight hits and seven runs. Johnson and Stoops had Marian’s best outings on the hill, each tossing a scoreless inning.

Marian will finish their road stretch on Tuesday, taking on Mount Vernon Nazarene at 2:00 p.m. as they conclude their season series.



Campbellsville, Ky. – The Marian women’s tennis team falls to Campbellsville University with a final count of 3-4. Marian is now 14-8 overall.

Katharina Bopst and Michelle Irigoyen fell early to the Tigers at No.1, 2-6 allowing Campbellsville to take the lead. Yasmin Imamniyazova and Ana Barbosa Fernandez fired back fast with a win at No. 2, 7-6 and 7-5 in a tie breaker. Paloma Caceres and Isadora Muller fell at No. 3, 7-5 to allow the Tigers to take the first point going into singles.

Irigoyen put the Knights on the board winning at No. 3, 6-1 and 6-4 to tie the match between the Knights and Tigers. Barbosa Fernandez fought hard but fell at No. 2, 2-6 and 6-7 (6) in a tie breaker. Imamniyazova won at No. 2, 6-2 and 7-6 (3) in the tie breaker to once again tie the match.

Muller lost in a hard fight at No.6, 6-7 (6) in a tie breaker and 2-6. Caceres fell at No. 5, 3-6, 6-7 (5), and 0-1 (10) in a double tie breaker. The Tigers claimed the 4-3 win over the Knights to end off the weekend.

Marian will play their next match on Wednesday, April 10th against University of Northwester Ohio at the Marian Tennis Courts starting at 12:00 p.m.



Campbellsville, Ky. – The Marian men’s tennis team ends off their regular season on a high note with a 4-3 win over Campbellsville University Sunday afternoon. The Knights finish off their regular season with a 13-9 overall record on the season.

Andrew Ilett and Jones McNamar finish the first doubles match at No. 2 winning with a final score of 6-2 to put the Knights at an early lead. Jona Henze and Marc Soriano finish soon after at No. 3 winning with a score of 6-2 aswell. James Ashworth and Luis Sobanski seal the deal with a 6-3 win at No.1 claiming the doubles point for Marian.

Going into singles after sweeping the board for doubles the Knights and the Tigers put up a hard fight with each other. Ashworth finished first at No. 1 with consecutive 6-4 scores to increase Marian’s lead. Soriano claimed another point for the Kinghts increasing the lead to 3-0. Soriano claimed the third point at No. 3, 6-3, 5-7, and 1-0 (6) in the tie breaker to claim the point.

Sobanski put up a good fight but fell to Hernando of the Tigers at No. 2, 7-5, 1-6, and 0-1 (5) in the tie breaker. Henze fired back quickly gaining another point to put the Knights in a 4-1 lead. Henze won at No. 4, 6-3 and 6-1. Max Sternberg fell at No. 5, with consecutive 1-6 scores. Shadi Al Tori put up a tough fight at No. 6 but ended up falling, 6-3, 1-6, and 0-1 (7) in the tie breaker.

Marian will await to see if they earn an at large bid to the NAIA Tournament.




























34 – 44 – 5 – 99 – 3 – 2 -21 – 13

April 8, 1963 – The Detroit Tigers claimed pitcher Denny McLain,  who wore Number 34 for them taht season, off of waivers from the Chicago White Sox. What a great pick up it was as McLain went on the win Cy Young Award 1968, 69 and AL MVP 1968.

April 8, 1974 – Hank Aaron, Number 44 belted his MLB record breaking 715th Home Run to surpass Babe Ruth’s long standing record for career base clearers. Al Downing of the Los Angeles Dodgers was the pitcher he struck the memorable shot over the wall from.

April 8, 1980 – New York Islander Denis Potvin’s (Number 5) two shorthanded goals tie NHL record versus the LA Kings and set NHL record of 2 shorthanded playoff goals in 1 period.

Here are a couple of items from the Vintage Hockey Jerseys website

April 8, 1981 – Number 99, Wayne Gretzky made history during a playoff game for the Edmonton Oilers at the Montreal Forum. He had five assists, helping his team secure a victory. This was a significant moment for the second-year NHL franchise.

April 8, 1993 – Another historic moment in hockey occurred when the Washington Capitals lost 4-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. Despite the loss, Number 3, Sylvain Cote scored his 20th goal of the season for Washington, making the Capitals the first team in NHL history to have three defensemen score 20 goals in a single season. Al Iafrete scored 25 goals and Kevin Hatcher had the most with 34 goals.

The website of offers these nuggets of history for the day.

April 8, 1978 – The Buffalo Braves played their final home game in Buffalo, losing to the Knicks 118-107. The franchise moved to San Diego and changed its name to Clippers. The Clippers have since moved to Los Angeles.

April 8, 1989 – Denver Nuggets star Alex English, Number 2 passed the 2,000-point mark milestone during the Nuggets’ 110-106 win over the Utah Jazz. With this accomplishment, English became the first player in NBA history to record eight straight seasons of 2,000 or more points.

April 8, 1996 – George McCloud, Number 21 of the Dallas Mavericks set a then single-season record for 3-point attempts when he attempted his 612th. He finished the season shooting 678 times from behind the arc.  To put this into perspective is that this record was almost doubled by James Harden, Number 13 in 2018-19, when he attempted 1,023 3-pointers to set the latest mark.

April 8, 2017 – Damian Lillard, Number 0 of the Portland Trail Blazers scores 59 points in a 101-86 win over the Utah Jazz.


April 8 Football History Headlines

April 8, 1943 – Frank Sinkwich from University of Georgia was the  first pick by Detroit Lions at the 1943 NFL Draft. Frank won the Heisman Trophy in 1942 playing for the University of Georgia, making him the first recipient from the Southeastern Conference, the first Georgia Bulldog and the first Heisman winner born outside of the United States. Sinkwich was born in Croatia before his parents immigrated to America. The website states that  Frank was a two-time All-Pro selection with Detroit in 1943-44 but a knee injury in 1945 essentially ended his professional football career. He later served as head coach of an Erie, Pa., professional team in 1949 and as head coach at the University of Tampa in 1950-51.

April 8, 1945  – At the 1945 NFL Draft Charley Trippi from University of Georgia first pick by Chicago Cardinals. Charley was the subject of an early pro football bidding war as the AAFC’s New York Yankees even had called for a press conference to announce Trippi as their newest member when Chicago Cardinals owner Charles W. Bidwill Sr. announced in Chicago he had signed Trippi to a four-year contract worth $100,000. For those days, the size of the contract was stunning news and a big breakthrough in the inter-league war.

Trippi’s acquisition completed Bidwill’s quest for a “Dream Backfield.” Although Bidwill did not live to see it, Charley became the game breaker in a talented corps that included Paul Christman, Pat Harder, Marshall Goldberg and, later, Elmer Angsman.

April 8, 1966 – Al Davis at the age of 36 became the commissioner of the AFL after a league-wide vote.

April 8, 1976 – Lee Roy Selmon from University of Oklahoma became the first pick by Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the 1976 NFL Draft.

April 8, 2004 – Steve Bisciotti took over as the controlling owner of the Baltimore Ravens on this day succeeding Art Modell, who operated the franchise for 43 years both in Cleveland as the former Browns and the newly named franchise in Baltimore. Since Bisciotti took over in 2004, the Ravens’ 151 wins are the fifth-most in the NFL. The’s archives even reveal that  Ravens were Super Bowl XLVII 47 champions in the 2012 season and their young quarterback Lamar Jackson was named the 2019 AP MVP.

April 8, 2015 – Sarah Thomas became the first woman to be assigned full-time to an NFL officiating crew. Thomas was also the first female in stripes to work an NFL postseason game  at the 2018 AFC Divisional Round between the Patriots and Chargers according to an article.


April 8

1934 — The Philadelphia Athletics and the Philadelphia Phillies played the first legal Sunday baseball game in Philadelphia. The exhibition game was made possible when the state made Sunday baseball a local option and the city approved it in a referendum ballot.

1963 — Pete Rose has first at-bat with the Cincinnati Reds.

1969 — Four expansion teams make their debuts. The Kansas City Royals, Seattle Pilots, Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres all win their inaugural games.

1974 — In the opener in Atlanta, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career record by hitting his 715th home run off Los Angeles left-hander Al Downing in the fourth inning. The Braves beat the Dodgers 7-4 before a crowd of nearly 54,000.

1975 — Frank Robinson became the first black manager in major league history by making his debut as player-manager of the Cleveland Indians. He hit a home run in his first at-bat — as a designated hitter — to help beat the New York Yankees, 5-3.

1977 — The Seattle Mariners record their first win by defeating the California Angels, 7-6, at the Kingdome.

1986 — Jim Presley of the Seattle Mariners hit home runs in the ninth and 10th innings for a come-from-behind 8-4 opening day victory over the California Angels.

1986 — Facing Nolan Ryan of the Astros, Giants rookie Will Clark hits a home run in his first major league at-bat.

1987 — Pitchers Phil Niekro and Steve Carlton of the Cleveland Indians teamed up to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 14-3. Niekro recorded his 312th victory and Carlton pitched four shutout innings in relief. It was the first time in modern history that two 300-game winners pitched for the same team in the same game.

1989 — One-handed pitcher Jim Abbott makes his major league debut for the California Angels.

1991 — Major league umpires strike on Opening Day, and amateur umpires are used as replacements.

1993 — Carlos Baerga of the Cleveland Indians became the first player in major league history to hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The homers came in the seventh inning of a 15-5 rout of the New York Yankees.

1994 — Kurt Mercker of the Atlanta Braves pitched the season’s first no-hitter, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-0. It was the first complete game of Mercker’s career.

1995 — Free agents signed include outfielder Larry Walker and pitcher Bill Swift by the Rockies, and pitcher Orel Hershiser by the Indians.

2002 — Craig Biggio hit for the cycle and had four RBIs in Houston’s 8-4 win over Colorado.

2003 — At Yankee Stadium’s home opener, Hideki Matsui hits his first major league home run, a grand slam.

2008 — Chase Utley ties a major league record by being hit by pitch three times in a game.

2011 — Slugger Manny Ramirez, who signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in the off-season, announces his retirement after a failure to conform with Major League Baseball’s drug policy.

2016 — Trevor Story became the first major leaguer to homer in each of his first four games, connecting two more times for the Colorado Rockies in a 13-6 loss to the San Diego Padres. Story, who has six home runs since making his debut on opening day, got three hits and drove in four runs while playing for the first time at Coors Field.

2018 — Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics’ first 19 batters and yielded one hit over seven shutout innings in his home pitching debut, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 victory. Marcus Semien’s clean one-out single to left broke up Ohtani’s bid for a perfect game. Ohtani (2-0) struck out the side twice and finished with 12 strikeouts in all. He won his pitching debut in Oakland last weekend with six strong innings, then homered in three consecutive games in Anaheim between starts in his attempt to become the first regular two-way player in decades.


Off the field…

The entire crew of the Apollo One spacecraft including Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed during a pre-launch rehearsal after fire swept through their Saturn rocket as it sat on its launching pad. The tragedy marked the first deaths of any astronaut while actively engaged in the American space program.

The United States Senate promoted Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American member of the Supreme Court. Previous to his nomination from President Lyndon B. Johnson, Marshall had held office in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals after President John F. Kennedy recognized him as one of the country’s most promising attorneys.

American labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was arrested and sentenced to thirteen years in prison following a series of government investigations into illegal business practices. While serving his sentence at a federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, he refused to resign as president of the Teamsters and retained the support of most union members. United States President Richard Nixon eventually commuted Hoffa’s sentence releasing him from prison on Christmas Eve, 1971. Four years later, while attempting to rebuild his administration, Hoffa “disappeared” after apparently attending a meeting at the Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. To this day, the Teamster leader has never been found and was declared legally dead in 1982.

In the American League…

On May 30th, New York Yankees lefty Whitey Ford surprisingly announced his retirement after struggling for several weeks due to a bone spur on his throwing elbow. The perennial ace finished his career with an amazing 236-109 record, a 2.75 lifetime ERA, ten World Series wins and the highest career winning percentage (.690) of any modern pitcher.

The Washington Senators managed to fight off exhaustion long enough to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 during a twenty-two inning contest that lasted six hours and thirty-eight minutes. The June 12th marathon set the record for the longest night game in American League history.

New York Yankees team president Mike Burke announced that “The House That Ruth Built” (also known as Yankee Stadium) would undergo its first major renovation at an estimated cost of $1.5 million dollars. The Mets agreed to allow the Bronx Bombers to use Shea Stadium while their park was getting the facelift.

In the National League…

St. Louis Cardinal and single-season home run champion Roger Maris hit a “one in a million” shot against the Pittsburgh Pirates for his first National League round-tripper. Unbelievably, Maris, who wore number 9, hit a ball into Seat 9, located in Row 9 during a game on May 9th.

The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets combined for eleven home runs (Cubs eight, Mets three) during the second game of a June 11th doubleheader. The unexpected “home run derby” tied a Major League record originally set by the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees in 1950.

Tony Perez ended the longest All-Star Game in Major League history (fifteen innings) to date after launching a home run off “Catfish” Hunter for the 2-1 National League victory. Despite the game-winning hit, pitching reigned supreme at this Midsummer Classic as Ferguson Jenkins of the National League struck out seven, the American League allowed no walks and both leagues combined for thirty total strikeouts.

Around the League…

After an eleven-hour debate, the American League owners approved the move of Charles Finley’s Athletics from Kansas City to Oakland. The junior circuit also mandated the expansion of the league with a deadline of 1971, guaranteeing a new franchise in both Kansas City and Seattle by that time.

The National League owners also agreed to a two team expansion and explored the possibilities of putting the new teams in Milwaukee, Dallas, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo and / or San Diego.

St. Louis Cardinal Orlando Cepeda became the first National League MVP to be voted for unanimously while the American League MVP, Boston Red Sox slugger Carl Yastrzemski, won the Triple-Crown and led the American League in batting average (.326), slugging average (.622), home runs (tied with Harmon Killebrew with forty-four), RBIs (one-hundred twenty-one) and hits (one-hundred eighty-nine).

Four Baseball Hall of Fame inductees debuted during the 1967 season including Tom Seaver, Johnny Bench, Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson.



Nolan Ryan has more strikeouts and no-hitters than any other pitcher in history. Despite never winning a Cy Young Award, he started more games than anyone except Cy Young. Though he played mostly for mediocre teams, his 324 wins are as many as contemporary Don Sutton, who pitched for four pennant winners and just missed a fifth. Yet Ryan’s dominance — his 5,714 strikeouts were 2,000 more than Sutton and 1,500 better than Steve Carlton, whom he once trailed in the all-time K race — puts The Ryan Express head and shoulders above almost any other pitcher since 1970.

His longevity — winning a strikeout crown and throwing a no-hitter while being the oldest player in the game at the age of 43 — makes him the stuff of legend. And in one day in 1971, Ryan’s change of coasts became the best trade the California Angels ever made and the worst deal in New York Mets history. He may have walked more batters and thrown more wild pitches than anyone else in the game’s history, but that just proved he was human.



April 8, 1940

John Havlicek was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio.

April 8, 1978

The Braves played their final home game in Buffalo, losing to the Knicks 118-107. The franchise moved to San Diego and changed its name to Clippers. The Clippers have since moved to Los Angeles.

April 8, 1989

Denver’s Alex English passed the 2,000-point mark during the Nuggets’ 110-106 win over Utah, becoming the first player in NBA history to record eight straight seasons of 2,000 or more points.

April 8, 1991

Seattle coach K. C. Jones became the 14th coach in NBA history to win 500 games as he led the SuperSonics to a 118-112 home win over the Denver Nuggets.

April 8, 1993

Golden State’s 122-116 OT win over the visiting Los Angeles Lakers gave Warriors coach Don Nelson his 750th career victory, the eighth NBA coach to reach that plateau.

April 8, 1995

New York coach Pat Riley chalked up his 750th career victory after the host Knicks defeated Detroit 113-96.

April 8, 1996

Charlotte beat Chicago 98-97 to snap the Bulls’ NBA-record 44-game home winning streak (over two seasons) as well as snapping the Bulls’ NBA-record 37 consecutive home game winning streak to start a season

April 8, 1996

George McCloud of Dallas set a then single season record for 3-point attempts, when he attempted his 612th. He finished the season shooting 678 times from behind the arc. His mark was almost doubled by James Harden in 2018-19, when he attempted 1,023 3-pointers to set the latest mark.

April 8, 2006

Denver Nuggets star Julius Hodge is shot after leaving a nightclub and comes within minutes of bleeding to death.

April 8, 2017

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers scores 59 points in a 101-86 win over the Utah Jazz.


April 8

1935 — Gene Sarazen gets a double eagle on the 15th hole to erase Craig Wood’s three-stroke lead, then goes on to win the Masters.

1941 — In his 4th title defense in 9 weeks Joe Louis beats Tony Musto by TKO in the 9th round.

1943 — The Detroit Red Wings beat the Boston Bruins 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup with a four-game sweep.

1956 — Jack Burke, Jr. comes back from eight strokes behind to beat Ken Venturi by one and win the Masters.

1966 — American Football League votes in 36 year old Al Davis as commissioner after Joe Foss resigns. Appointment lasts 3 months when AFL merges with NFL.

1968 — Major League Baseball decides to postpone Opening Day because of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

1969 — MLB expansion teams Royals, Expos, Padres & Pilots win their 1st games

1971 — The first legal off-track betting (OTB) system in the United States opens in New York City.

1974 — In the home opener in Atlanta, Hank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth’s career record by hitting his 715th home run, connecting off Al Downing of Los Angeles in the fourth inning.

1975 — Frank Robinson, the first black manager in the majors, debuts as player-manager for the Cleveland Indians. Robinson hits a home run in his first at-bat — as a designated hitter — to help beat the New York Yankees 5-3.

1989 — Alex English scores 26 points to become the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points in eight straight seasons, and the Denver Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 110-106.

1989 — 1-handed pitcher Jim Abbott makes MLB debut.

1990 — Nick Faldo becomes the second player to win consecutive Masters, beating Ray Floyd on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Faldo joins Jack Nicklaus as the only repeat winner.

1991 — Major league umpires & baseball reach a 4-year agreement after strike.

1995 — Oliver McCall beats Larry Holmes in 12 for heavyweight boxing title.

2001 — Tiger Woods claims the greatest feat in modern golf by winning the Masters, giving him a clean sweep of the four professional majors in a span of 294 days. Woods, with his winning score of 16-under 272, sweeps the majors with a combined score of 65-under.

2003 — 22nd NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Tennessee, 73-68.

2007 — Zach Johnson hits three clutch birdies on the back nine of Augusta National, to close with a 69 for a two-shot victory over Tiger Woods at the Masters.

2008 — Candace Parker, playing with an injured left shoulder, scores 17 points and grabs nine rebounds to help Tennessee capture its eighth women’s NCAA championship with a 64-48 victory over Stanford.

2012 — 76th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Bubba Watson wins on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.

2013 — Luke Hancock makes all five of his 3-pointers and leads Louisville to its first NCAA men’s basketball championship since 1986 with a 82-76 victory over Michigan. Coach Rick Pitino adds this title to the one he won at Kentucky in 1996 and became the first coach to win a championship at two schools.

2014 — 33rd NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Notre Dame, 79-58.

2017 — Damian Lillard scores a franchise-record 59 points and matches his career high with nine 3-pointers to help the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Utah Jazz 101-86.

2018 — 82nd US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Patrick Reed wins his first major title.

2019 — 81st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Virginia beats Texas Tech, 85-77 OT.

April 9

1912 — 1st exhibition baseball game at Fenway Park.

1946 — The Montreal Canadiens beat the Boston Bruins 6-3 to win the Stanley Cup in five games.

1947 — Leo Durocher, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is suspended for one year by Commissioner A.B. “Happy” Chandler for “conduct detrimental to baseball.” Durocher is linked to gambling interests.

1950 — Jimmy Demaret wins his third Masters, by two strokes over Jim Ferrier.

1959 — 13th NBA Championship: Boston Celtics sweep Minnesota Lakers in 4 games.

1960 — The Boston Celtics beat the St. Louis Hawks 122-103 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals for their third NBA title in the last four years. Frank Ramsey leads the Celtics with 24 points and Bill Russell scores 22 points and grabs 35 rebounds.

1962 — Arnold Palmer wins a three-way playoff, beating Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald in the Masters.

1966 — Anaheim Stadium for California Angels opens.

1972 — 36th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Jack Nicklaus leads wire-to-wire to win the 4th of his 6 Masters titles.

1978 — Gary Player shoots a final-round 64 to win his third Masters, edging Hubert Green, Rod Funseth and defending champion Tom Watson by a shot.

1978 — Denver’s David Thompson, battling San Antonio’s George Gervin for the NBA season scoring title, scores 73 points against the Detroit Pistons. It’s the third-highest output ever in an NBA game. Gervin, not to be outdone, later scores 63 against the New Orleans Jazz. It’s just enough to give Gervin the scoring crown, 27.22 points per game to Thompson’s 27.15, the tightest one-two finish ever.

1981 — LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela’s 1st start.

1987 — For 3rd time, Wayne Gretzky, scores 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in a Stanley Cup game and passes Jean Béliveau as all time playoff scoring champ.

1989 — Britain’s Nick Faldo makes a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the Masters. Runner-up Scott Hoch missed a 2-foot putt for par on the first hole of the playoff that would have given him the title.

1995 — 59th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Ben Crenshaw wins his 2nd Masters title.

1997 — Major League Soccer announces Miami & Chicago as expansion teams.

2000 — Fiji native Vijay Singh meets every challenge to win the Masters, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Ernie Els.2001 — Australia sets a record for the most one-sided international win in FIFA history, beating Tonga 22-0 in an Oceania Group One qualifying match for the 2002 World Cup.

2005 — The United States beats Canada 3-1 in a penalty shootout after a scoreless regulation and 20-minute overtime to win the Women’s World Hockey Championship. The win ends the defending champions’ run of eight straight titles.

2006 — 70th US Masters Tournament, Augusta National GC: Phil Mickelson wins his 2nd green jacket.

2013 — 32nd NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Connecticut beats Louisville, 93-60.

2016 — Manny Pacquiao returns from the biggest loss of his career with a bang, knocking down Timothy Bradley twice on his way to a unanimous 12-round decision in their welterweight showdown in Las Vegas.

2017 — Sergio Garcia overcomes a two-shot deficit with six holes to play and beats Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff at the Masters for his first major after nearly two decades of heartache. No one ever played more majors as a pro — 70 — before winning a major for the first time.

2017 — Russell Westbrook breaks Oscar Robertson’s 56-year-old record with his 42nd triple-double of the season, then he breaks the Denver Nuggets’ hearts with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for a 106-105 victory. Westbrook has 50 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in breaking Robertson’s record of 41 triple-doubles that stood since the 1961-62 season. With his triple-double in the books, Westbrook scores his team’s final 15 points, including a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounds after a timeout with 2.9 seconds left.

2021 — San Diego Padres pitcher Joe Musgrove no-hits the Texas Rangers.



9 p.m.

TBS — NCAA Tournament: TBD, National Championship, Glendale, Ariz.

TNT — NCAA Tournament: TBD, National Championship, Glendale, Ariz.

TRUTV — NCAA Tournament: TBD, National Championship, Glendale, Ariz.


3 p.m.

USA — Premier League: Nottingham Forest at Tottenham Hotspur


5 a.m.

TENNIS — Monte Carlo-ATP Early Rounds

6 a.m.

TENNIS — Monte Carlo-ATP Early Rounds


Tuesday, Apr. 9


7 p.m.

ESPN2 — Florida at Florida St.


7 p.m.

ESPNU — Clemson at South Carolina


10 p.m.

TBS — Chicago Cubs at San Diego


7:30 p.m.

TNT — Boston at Milwaukee

TRUTV — Boston at Milwaukee (BetCast)

10 p.m.

TNT — Golden State at LA Lakers

TRUTV — Golden State at LA Lakers (BetCast)


10 p.m.

ESPNU — Playoff: TBD


7 p.m.

ESPN — Washington at Detroit

9:30 p.m.

ESPN — Minnesota at Colorado


2:55 p.m.

ESPN2 — English League Championship: Sunderland at Leeds United

3 p.m.

CBS — UEFA Champions League: Bayern Munich at Arsenal, Quarterfinal – Leg 1

8 p.m.

FS1 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: Tigres UANL at Columbus Crew, Quarterfinal – Leg 2

10:30 p.m.FS1 — CONCACAF Champions Cup: New England Revolution at Club América, Quarterfinal – Leg 2