INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES FRIDAY

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WEEK 3

INDIANASRN GAMES THIS WEEK:

GREENFIELD CENTRAL @ MOUNT VERNON

EVANSVILLE CENTRAL @ EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

ADAMS CENTRAL V COVENANT CHRISTIAN @ TAYLOR UNIVERSITY

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN @ GUERIN CATHOLIC

BROWNSBURG @ FRANKLIN CENTRAL

INDIANA SRN WEEK 3 FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

  1. CENTER GROVE
  2. BROWNSBURG
  3. PENN
  4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  5. FISHERS

5A

  1. WHITELAND
  2. MISHAWAKA
  3. MERRILLVILLE
  4. VALPO
  5. FRANKLIN

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. RONCALLI
  3. MOORESVILLE
  4. KOKOMO
  5. EAST CENTRAL

3A

  1. CHATARD
  2. WEST LAFAYETTE
  3. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  4. WESTERN BOONE
  5. GUERIN CATHOLIC

2A

  1. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
  2. EASTBROOK
  3. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
  4. SCECINA
  5. LINTON-STOCKTON

1A

  1. LUTHERAN
  2. SOUTH ADAMS
  3. ADAMS CENTRAL
  4. NORTH JUDSON
  5. PARK TUDOR

INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL POWER POLL-WEEK 3

6A

1              BROWNSBURG

2              CATHEDRAL       

3              CENTER GROVE

4              BEN DAVIS         

5              WESTFIELD        

6              HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN      

7              ZIONSVILLE        

8              CARMEL              

9              FISHERS              

10           WARREN CENTRAL         

11           CROWN POINT 

12           PENN   

13           NOBLESVILLE    

14           WARSAW           

15           ELKHART             

16           LAWRENCE CENTRAL     

17           CARROLL (FORT WAYNE)            

18           FRANKLIN CENTRAL       

19           PIKE      

20           LAWRENCE NORTH

5A

1              MERRILLVILLE   

2              MISHAWAKA   

3              WHITELAND      

4              FRANKLIN          

5              DECATUR CENTRAL        

6              VALPARAISO     

7              CASTLE

8              CHESTERTON    

9              FORT WAYNE SNIDER   

10           HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)  

11           BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

12           EVANSVILLE NORTH      

13           BLOOMINGTON NORTH               

14           PLAINFIELD        

15           TERRE HAUTE NORTH   

16           CONCORD          

17           FORT WAYNE NORTH   

18           MICHIGAN CITY

19           FORT WAYNE DWENGER             

20           TERRE HAUTE SOUTH

4A

1              NEW PALESTINE              

2              INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI            

3              EAST CENTRAL 

4              BREBEUF JESUIT              

5              MOORESVILLE  

6              MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE)  

7              KOKOMO           

8              NORTHWOOD  

9              NORTHVIEW     

10           MARTINSVILLE 

11           NEW PRAIRIE    

12           LOGANSPORT   

13           GREENFIELD-CENTRAL  

14           JASPER

15           EVANSVILLE REITZ          

16           HOBART              

17           NORTHRIDGE   

18           LEBANON           

19           EAST NOBLE      

20           PENDLETON HEIGHTS

3A

1 INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD         

2 GIBSON SOUTHERN   

3 WEST LAFAYETTE        

4 OWEN VALLEY              

5 NORWELL       

6 WESTERN BOONE       

7 GUERIN CATHOLIC      

8 CHARLESTOWN           

9 HERITAGE HILLS           

10 HANOVER CENTRAL 

11 TIPPECANOE VALLEY

12 OAK HILL      

13 MISHAWAKA MARIAN           

14 RENSSELAER CENTRAL            

15 VINCENNES LINCOLN              

16 LAWRENCEBURG      

17 SOUTHRIDGE              

18 NORTH MONTGOMERY         

19 SPEEDWAY  

20 DANVILLE

2A

1              LINTON-STOCKTON       

2              EVANSVILLE MATER DEI               

3              LAVILLE

4              INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA               

5              ANDREAN          

6              EASTSIDE            

7              NORTH POSEY  

8              EASTBROOK      

9              SULLIVAN           

10           HERITAGE CHRISTIAN   

11           FORT WAYNE LUERS      

12           TRITON CENTRAL            

13           SOUTH VERMILLION      

14           SOUTHMONT   

15           BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL           

16           TIPTON

17           PERRY CENTRAL               

18           LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

19           CHURUBUSCO 

20           LAPEL

1A

1              INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN          

2              ADAMS CENTRAL            

3              PARK TUDOR    

4              TRI         

5              NORTH JUDSON              

6              SOUTH PUTNAM             

7              NORTH DECATUR            

8              SOUTH ADAMS

9              CARROLL (FLORA)           

10           SPRINGS VALLEY             

11           SHERIDAN          

12           MONROE CENTRAL        

13           TECUMSEH        

14           PIONEER             

15           WEST WASHINGTON    

16           TRITON

17           COVENANT CHRISTIAN 

18           RIVERTON PARKE            

19           NORTHFIELD     

20           CLINTON PRAIRIE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1

ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT AKRON | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
BALL STATE AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WEST VIRGINIA AT NO. 17 PITT | 7 P.M. | ESPN
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT UCF | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NO. 12 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
BRYANT AT FIU | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
VMI AT NO. 22 WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
PENN STATE AT PURDUE | 8 P.M. | FOX
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT UAB | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
LOUISIANA TECH AT MISSOURI | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
NEW MEXICO STATE AT MINNESOTA | 9 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NORTHERN ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
CAL POLY AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2

EASTERN KENTUCKY AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
VIRGINIA TECH AT OLD DOMINION | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
WILLIAM & MARY AT CHARLOTTE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT DUKE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TENNESSEE TECH AT KANSAS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS AT INDIANA | 8 P.M. | FS1
TCU AT COLORADO | 10 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3

SAM HOUSTON AT NO. 6 TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT IOWA | 12 P.M. | FS1
BUFFALO AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COLORADO STATE AT NO. 8 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC
RUTGERS AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH CAROLINA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
NO. 13 NC STATE AT EAST CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
DELAWARE AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SE MISSOURI STATE AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT UCLA | 2:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NO. 23 CINCINNATI AT NO. 19 ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 11 OREGON VS. NO. 3 GEORGIA (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
ARIZONA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NORTH DAKOTA AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT NO. 16 MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORFOLK STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT WYOMING | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
UTEP AT NO. 9 OKLAHOMA | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
NO. 24 HOUSTON AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
TROY AT NO. 21 OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 25 BYU AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
NICHOLLS AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN3
MORGAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OHIO | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT JAMES MADISON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT NO. 14 USC | 6 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
MERCER AT AUBURN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 7 UTAH AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
MIAMI (OHIO) AT NO. 20 KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ELON AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA AT KANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ARMY AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
LIBERTY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS STATE AT NO. 18 WISCONSIN | 7 P.M. | FS1
UMASS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SE LOUISIANA AT LOUISIANA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALBANY AT NO. 10 BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
GRAMBLING AT ARKANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
UTAH STATE AT NO. 1 ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
MEMPHIS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME AT NO. 2 OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
SMU AT NORTH TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MURRAY STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK
LOUISVILLE AT SYRACUSE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
IDAHO AT WASHINGTON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
BOISE STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
KENT STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

NFL PRE-SEASON SUNDAY

NY JETS 31 NY GIANTS 27

PITTSBURGH 19 DETROIT 9

NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

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

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

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

ARIZONA 3 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2

KANSAS CITY 15 SAN DIEGO 7

MINNESOTA 8 SAN FRANCISCO 3

TAMPA BAY 12 BOSTON 4

LA ANGELS 8 TORONTO 3

HOUSTON 3 BALTIMORE 1

DETROIT 9 TEXAS 8

OAKLAND 4 NY YANKEES 1

SEATTLE 4 CLEVELAND 0

LA DODGERS 8 MIAMI 1

WASHINGTON 3 CINCINNATI 2

PITTSBURGH 5 PHILADELPHIA 0

COLORADO 1 NY METS 0

MILWAUKEE 9 CHICAGO CUBS 7

ST. LOUIS 6 ATLANTA 3

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

ROCHESTER 5 INDIANAPOLIS 2

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

ATLANTA 3 DC 2

ORLANDO 2 NY CITY 1

LOS ANGELES 2 NEW ENGLAND 1

WNBA PLAYOFFS

SEATTLE 76 LAS VEGAS 73

CONNECTICUT 68 CHICAGO 63

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

(MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL)

Corbin ends Nats’ starting pitcher wins drought, beats Reds

WASHINGTON (AP) Major league losses leader Patrick Corbin ended Washington’s record 43-game drought without a starting pitcher earning a victory as the Nationals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Sunday.

Corbin (5-17) allowed one earned run and four hits in six innings while striking out five. A Washington starting pitcher had not earned a victory since Josiah Gray won at Philadelphia on July 6, shattering the previous big league record of 35 games set by the 1949 Washington Senators.

“Everyone knows that record here that was broken today, but it’s not something that I’m proud of,” Corbin said. “We’ve been pitching good as a staff and a lot of guys have been going out there and giving us a chance to win games.”

Stuart Fairchild homered for Cincinnati, which has dropped 13 of its last 17 but was trying for a weekend sweep.

Corbin has lowered his ERA from 7.02 to 6.56 in three starts since the Nationals skipped his turn in the rotation earlier this month. The left-hander had dropped seven consecutive decisions since defeating Pittsburgh on June 28.

“Since we gave him a little breather, he’s come back and pitched well,” Washington manager Dave Martinez said.

Corbin began the day with four more losses than any other pitcher.

Hunter Harvey worked around a leadoff single in the Reds seventh, Carl Edwards Jr. induced three consecutive flyouts in the eighth and Kyle Finnegan handled the ninth for his eighth save in 12 opportunities.

“To get Pat that win today and put an end to that (streak) was kind of awesome,” Finnegan said. “He pitched a heck of a game and he handed it off to the bullpen and we were able to do our job.”

Ildemaro Vargas led off the fifth with a liner against Nick Lodolo (3-5) to left for his third homer in nine games, breaking a 2-all tie. Lodolo yielded three runs and struck out five over seven innings, which tied the longest outing of the rookie’s career.

Lodolo is 2-3 with a 3.96 ERA in 10 starts since returning from the injured list July 5.

“He continues to pitch to really well,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “He really couldn’t be doing much better than he is right now.”

The Reds took an early lead on Kyle Farmer’s RBI grounder in the first and Fairchild’s solo homer in the second. Washington tied it in the fourth with Nelson Cruz’s bases-loaded walk and Riley Adams’ RBI single.

Cincinnati second baseman Jonathan India had two singles to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games.

MENESES KEEPS HITTING

OF Joey Meneses singled in the fifth and has 28 hits in 22 games since debuting after Washington traded Josh Bell and Juan Soto earlier this month. The 30-year-old has the most hits for a Nationals rookie through 22 games, besting the 27 that Anthony Rendon had in 2013.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: OF Nick Senzel (left hamstring tightness) was out of the lineup for the third consecutive day. Bell said the team would likely have to make a decision about placing Senzel on the injured list by Monday. . RHP Hunter Greene (shoulder) will begin a rehabilitation assignment Thursday. Bell said the team hopes Greene can return to the rotation Sept. 11 or 12.

Nationals: Gray is scheduled to return to the rotation during Washington’s series at the New York Mets next weekend. Gray has not pitched since Aug. 20 and has worked 123 1/3 innings this season and has never thrown more than 130 innings in a year since turning pro. “I think he understands where he’s at,” Martinez said. “For the most part, we’re trying to keep these guys healthy for the future and build them up.”

UP NEXT

Reds: RHP Chase Anderson makes his Cincinnati debut Monday at home in the opener of a three-game series against St. Louis. Anderson hasn’t pitched in the majors since Aug. 4, 2021, when he was with Philadelphia.

Nationals: Washington is off Monday before continuing its homestand Tuesday against Oakland. RHP Erick Fedde (5-8, 4.88 ERA) will face the Athletics for the first time in his career.

Yelich, Wong HR, Mitchell’s 1st hit, Brewers beat Cubs 9-7

MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich and Kolten Wong each homered for the second straight game and Garrett Mitchell drove in two runs with his first hit as a major leaguer, leading the Milwaukee Brewers over the Chicago Cubs 9-7 Sunday.

Mitchell, Milwaukee’s first-round choice in the 2020 MLB draft, made his debut Saturday as a defensive replacement after getting called up from Triple-A Nashville, where was hitting .343 with nine RBIs in 20 games.

The 23-year-old outfielder flied out his first time up in the third. Mitchell then hit two-run single the next inning off Sean Newcomb (2-1) that put Milwaukee ahead for good at 3-2.

Yelich followed by sending an 0-1 fastball over the wall in left for his 11th home run of the season and Wong added another two-run drive in the fifth for a 7-4 lead.

Eric Lauer (10-5) gave up four runs in five innings, Nico Hoerner hit a two-run homer in the fifth.

Franmil Reyes hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Brad Boxberger and Hoerner followed with a single. Devin Williams relieved and got three outs for his ninth save.

TRAINERS ROOM

Cubs: Michael Hermosillo (left quad) went 3 for 5 with two doubles, a triple and three runs scored while playing six innings of a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa.

Brewers: RHP Trevor Rosenthal said that he still hopes to pitch this season despite suffering a lat injury during his last rehab outing.

“I’m not giving up on that,” said the 32-year-old righty, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2020. “The injury has a really high success rate and just healing on its own. But it does take time and we’re right in the season, so I just don’t have a lot of time. I think in a couple weeks we’ll have a really good idea if it’s going to be possible.”

UP NEXT

Cubs: After working four scoreless innings against the Cardinals in his big league debut last week, right-hander Javier Assad returns to the mound Monday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Brewers: Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes (9-6, 2.84 ERA) gets the start Monday as the Brewers take on the Pirates in the first of a three-game series in Milwaukee.

Garcia’s hit streak ends at 23, Rangers fall to Tigers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Adolis Garcia struck out during a Texas rally that fell short in the ninth inning, ending his 23-game hitting streak as the Detroit Tigers held off the Rangers 9-8 Sunday.

Garcia’s streak was the longest in the American League this season. He went 0 for 3 with two walks and fell one game short of matching the longest hitting string ever by a Cuban-born big leaguer, set by Rafael Palmeiro in 1994 for Baltimore.

It was the fifth-longest streak in Rangers history.

“In the ninth inning, I wasn’t thinking about the streak,” Garcia said. “I was thinking about winning the game. I wanted to get something on the barrel.

“They tried to use the streak against me. They knew I wanted to hit, and they didn’t throw me anything easy,” he said.

Harold Castro drove in five runs and Jeimer Candelario homered for the second straight day as the Tigers built a 9-0 lead in the sixth inning. Detroit won two of three from Texas and is 2-0-2 in its last four series.

“We won the series, so you always take that out of it,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Obviously the last couple innings got away from us, and we didn’t do ourselves a lot of favors. But we get the last out, and we’re going home on a happy flight.”

Corey Seager homered twice for Texas.

“No quit,” Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley said. “We kept saying in the dugout, `Let’s just chip away, chip away.’ We fought to the end.”

Detroit took a 9-2 lead into eighth before Garcia had an RBI groundout and Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer – his first since July 9.

Down 9-5, Marcus Semien hit an RBI double off Gregory Soto and Seager hit a two-run homer. With a runner on second, Joe Jimenez fanned Garcia and retired Calhoun on a fly to deep center for his second save.

Castro had a two-run single in the fourth and a three-run double in the sixth.

Candelario hit a two-run homer in the second after rookie Kerry Carpenter had an RBI double. Candelario homered in Detroit’s 11-2 win on Saturday and barely missed another Sunday in the seventh with a double off the right-field wall.

Carpenter, who made his big league debut on Aug. 10, had his second three-hit game with two doubles and a single.

Drew Hutchison (2-7) won for the first time since July 5, pitching 5 1/3 innings. He allowed back-to-back solo homers to Seager and Nathaniel Lowe in the sixth.

Tigers rookie second baseman Kody Clemens, son of seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens, walked with the bases loaded in the third inning in his first start in his home state.

Kohei Arihara (1-2) lasted only 3 1/3 innings after delivering his first major league quality start last Sunday, when he shut out Minnesota over six innings. Arihara gave up six runs on eight hits, two walks and hit a batter.

EYES FOR TEXAS

Tigers rookie CF Riley Greene had two singles, two runs and a walk to raise his batting average in five games this season against Texas to .450. He made his big league debut at home against the Rangers on June 18 with two hits and two walks.

Greene is hitting everyone lately. He has multiple hits in six of his last seven games and is hitting .467.

SHORT HOPS

The Tigers, who went into play last in the majors in runs, have scored six or more runs in four straight games for the first time since July 3-6, 2019 – a season in which they finished 47-114. . Seager hit his 27th and 28th home runs and Lowe his 22th, both career highs. Lowe has five in his last seven games, seven in his last 10. . Tigers right fielder Victor Reyes doubled and singled to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Michael Pineda (right tricep tightness) allowed two runs in five innings on Sunday with four strikeouts and no walks during what should be his last rehab outing for Triple-A Toledo.

UP NEXT

Both teams’ next game will be Tuesday night at home. Tigers RHP Mike Manning (1-1, 2.37 ERA) will aim for his second consecutive win facing Seattle RHP George Kirby (5-3, 3.32). Rangers RHP Dane Dunning (3-6, 4.19) will make his third start against Houston this season without a decision.

Ray’s Day: Robbie Ray dominant as Mariners top Guardians 4-0

SEATTLE (AP) Robbie Ray tossed seven dominant innings, Dylan Moore and Ty France homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-0 on Sunday.

Seattle took three of four from Cleveland in a potential postseason preview. All four games were tight and well-pitched, and the Mariners squeezed out just enough offense to earn a series victory.

The teams will run it back with a three-game series in Cleveland next weekend and perhaps again in October.

The Guardians’ lead in the AL Central was trimmed to two games over Minnesota, which completed a sweep at home against San Francisco.

Ray, last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner with Toronto, continued his August surge by winning his third straight start.

Ray (11-8) scattered three hits, struck out seven and walked none. For the month, he allowed six earned runs and struck out 41 over 33 innings. He threw at least six innings in all five starts and permitted two earned runs or less in each one.

The left-hander escaped the one jam he faced. Andres Gimenez doubled and Austin Hedges followed with a bloop single to open the sixth. With runners at the corners and no outs, Ray got a fly ball from Myles Straw that wasn’t deep enough for Gimenez to score, an infield popup from Steven Kwan and then struck out Amed Rosario for the third time to end the threat.

Cleveland was blanked for the eighth time this season, while Seattle posted its seventh shutout.

Moore’s three-run homer came with two outs in the sixth off starter Aaron Civale. France hit a solo shot on the second pitch of the seventh.

Seattle also got a break just before Moore’s long ball. Moore fouled a 2-2 pitch wide of first base where Owen Miller made a leaping attempt into the protective netting to make the catch. But he bobbled the ball against the net and it was ruled out of play.

On the next pitch, Civale (2-6) left a curveball in the middle of the plate and Moore’s towering drive carried into the left field stands for his first homer since July 7.

France snapped an 0-for-21 skid with a single in the fifth and followed up with his 15th homer and first since Aug. 6 an inning later.

Civale matched Ray into the sixth but has gone nine starts since his last victory back in late May. Civale allowed four hits and struck out five.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: SS J.P. Crawford was out of the lineup with an injury to his left pectoral muscle. Manager Scott Servais said Crawford was getting imaging done to check the extent of the injury. Crawford had appeared in 115 of 127 games entering Sunday.

UP NEXT

Guardians: Cleveland returns home and, after a day off, will open a series against Baltimore. RHP Cal Quantrill (10-5, 3.59 ERA) starts the opener. Quantrill has won six straight decisions and threw seven shutout innings in his last start against San Diego.

Mariners: After an off day, rookie RHP George Kirby (5-3, 3.32) will make his 19th start Tuesday against Detroit. In August, Kirby is 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA and 29 strikeouts over four starts. He allowed one run over seven innings in his last outing.

Mookie Betts homers again as Dodgers beat Marlins 8-1

MIAMI (AP) Mookie Betts homered for the third straight game, Julio Urias pitched six sparkling innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Miami Marlins 8-1 on Sunday.

Justin Turner and Max Muncy had three hits apiece for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who are 28-8 since the All-Star break.

Betts, who also doubled and singled, homered for the fourth time in the series. The six-time All-Star went deep twice in Friday’s 10-6 victory, and then connected again in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Sandy Alcantara and Miami.

“It’s been a good couple of days, things are going well,” Betts said. “The pitches I’ve been getting to hit, I’m hitting them. Sometimes you’re going to swing out of the zone but that kind of comes with being aggressive so you just live with it.”

Urias (14-7) allowed one hit – Brian Anderson’s sixth homer in the fourth – struck out seven and walked four. The left-hander has won 11 of his last 12 decisions.

“I don’t like giving bases on balls and I gave up too many today,” Urias said. “I go out to give 100 percent effort. We know there’s tremendous talent offensively and they picked me up today.”

Brusdar Graterol, Chris Martin and Alex Vesia then finished the two-hitter for Los Angeles.

The Dodgers jumped in front on Betts’ 31st homer and Turner’s RBI single in the first.

Edward Cabrera’s string of 22 2/3 scoreless innings ended when Betts drove his third pitch over the wall in center for his 36th career leadoff shot.

“It was kind of a 9 (a.m.) kind of game for us so that kind of woke us up a little bit,” Betts said of his shot in the noon Eastern start. “Like I said, I do whatever I can to help us win.”

Betts is 8 of 15 in the first three games of the series, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts plans to rest him in the finale Monday.

“Four days on the turf isn’t ideal,” Roberts said. “It seems like every swing he takes is center cut so I think the challenge for me is to recognize that but resist the urge to run him out there every single day.”

Trayce Thompson made it 3-0 when his leadoff drive in the second bounced off the foul pole in left for his seventh homer.

Los Angeles added three more runs with two out in the sixth. Austin Barnes hit a two-run single off Tommy Nance, and Betts singled home Thompson.

“Really the big hit for them was Barnes,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “We’re still in the game there and still have some innings there to score. If we can get an out there that would end up leading to three more runs because Mookie gets a hit to give them that extra run. The hill we’re trying to climb gets a lot steeper.”

Cabrera (4-2) was lifted after 5 2/3 innings. The rookie right-hander gave up six runs and five hits.

“I’m just learning that I can never let my guard down when you face a lineup like that, which is super aggressive,” Cabrera said.

SCARE FOR TURNER

Trea Turner was struck in the helmet by a 96-mph sinker from Cabrera in the fifth but stayed in the game. As soon as he reached first, Turner took off for second on Cabrera’s first pitch to Freddie Freeman and successfully stole his 21st base of the season.

“Anytime you’re missing up there it’s serious,” Roberts said. “He assured us that he’s fine.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: INF Gavin Lux (neck issue) started after a four-game absence and went hitless in four plate appearances. … RHP Blake Treinen (right shoulder discomfort) is slated to pitch again Sunday as he continues his minor league rehab stint. Treinen threw a scoreless inning with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Marlins: RHP Sixto Sanchez (right shoulder inflammation) will undergo an MRI on Monday. … OF Jorge Soler (low back spasms) hit in the cage Friday and showed no discomfort.

UP NEXT

Dodgers right-hander Tony Gonsolin (16-1, 2.10 ERA) starts the finale of the four-game series on Monday night. Right-hander Pablo Lopez (8-8, 3.66 ERA) pitches for the Marlins.

Márquez outduels Scherzer, Rockies edge Mets 1-0

NEW YORK (AP) German Marquez outpitched Max Scherzer, allowing one hit over seven sparkling innings and denying the New York Mets’ ace his 200th career win as the Colorado Rockies eked out a 1-0 victory Sunday to prevent a four-game sweep by the NL East leaders.

Brian Serven’s sacrifice fly off Scherzer in the seventh gave the Rockies their second 1-0 win over the Mets. The other one came in August 2012.

Marquez (7-10) struck out five and walked two, improving to 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA in three road starts against the Mets. The right-hander threw a seven-inning complete game in his previous start at Citi Field on April 17, 2021.

Scherzer (9-4) gave up four hits and racked up 11 strikeouts over seven innings in his 110th double-digit strikeout game – tying Roger Clemens for third on the career list behind Nolan Ryan and Randy Johnson.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner was trying to join former teammate Justin Verlander (242) and Zack Greinke (223) as the only active pitchers with 200 wins.

The teams combined for just two hits through six innings – a bloop single by Charlie Blackmon for Colorado in the first and a single by Jeff McNeil for New York in the fifth.

The last-place Rockies broke the stalemate in the seventh, when they quickly loaded the bases on C.J. Cron’s single, Jose Iglesias’ bunt single and Randal Grichuk’s infield single. Serven delivered his sacrifice fly to deep right field on the first pitch after Sam Hilliard struck out.

Scherzer ended his afternoon by striking out Garrett Hampson with his 112th pitch – his most since throwing 119 for Washington on Sept. 20, 2020. The right-hander has a 2.10 ERA in 11 starts since being activated from the injured list on July 5.

Brett Baty singled with one out in the eighth against Rockies reliever Carlos Estevez and went to second on a wild pitch but was stranded when Estevez struck out pinch-hitter Starling Marte and Brandon Nimmo.

Daniel Bard gave up a one-out single to Pete Alonso in the ninth but struck out Eduardo Escobar and retired McNeil on a grounder to finish the three-hitter for his 27th save.

A GOLDEN FIRST PITCH

Jen Lee, a goalie on the United States ice sled hockey team that won the gold medal at each of the last three Winter Paralympics, threw out the first pitch. Lee went into a long windup and gripped his prosthetic left leg before delivering the pitch.

Lee, whose left leg was amputated above the knee following a motorcycle accident in 2009, also chatted with Mets manager Buck Showalter, who examined Lee’s gold medals in the interview room following Showalter’s pregame news conference.

SCHERZER STRIKEOUT COUNTER

In the fifth inning, SNY cameras caught injured Mets pitcher Carlos Carrasco leaning on the top of the dugout with a Scherzer strikeout counter bobblehead next to him. The bobblehead was given out at Friday’s game. Scherzer’s 11 strikeouts increased his career total to 3,168. He entered Sunday 14th on the all-time list, four behind Verlander, who also pitched Sunday for the Houston Astros.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: RHP Alex Colome (right elbow) was activated from the injured list after missing the minimum 15 days. LHP Lucas Gilbreath, who last pitched on Friday, was placed on the IL with a left elbow flexor strain.

Mets: Carrasco (left oblique) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday and could return next weekend. . RHP Drew Smith (right lat) threw a 15-pitch bullpen. Showalter said both Smith and RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder) are progressing quickly.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Following an off day, RHP Jose Urena (2-5, 5.98 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series at Atlanta on Tuesday. Urena allowed a career-high nine earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings against Texas on Wednesday.

Mets: After a day off, the 10-game homestand continues Tuesday night when RHP Taijuan Walker (10-3, 3.38 ERA) starts the opener of a three-game showdown against the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

A’s shut down Yankees bats for 2nd straight game in 4-1 win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Minor league call-up Adrian Martinez held New York hitless into the fifth inning and the Oakland Athletics shut down the powerful Yankees for a second straight game with a 4-1 victory Sunday.

One night after the vaunted Yankees lineup managed one hit in 11 innings against Adam Oller and the Oakland bullpen, New York wasn’t much better against another starter who entered the game with an ERA above 6.00.

Martinez (3-3), called up from Triple-A before the game, allowed two walks and no other baserunners until Aaron Hicks’ single with two outs in the fifth inning for New York’s second hit in an 18-inning span against the last-place A’s.

Kyle Higashioka added an RBI single in the fifth for the only run off Martinez, who allowed three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

New York managed just one more hit off the Oakland bullpen, with A.J. Puk getting three outs for his fourth save.

The strong pitching kept Yankees slugger Aaron Judge stuck on 49 homers as he tries to become the 10th player in big league history with multiple seasons with at least 50 home runs. Judge went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.

The A’s jumped on Clarke Schmidt (5-3) early in his second start of the season. Stephen Vogt, who hit a tying two-run homer in the 10th on Saturday, followed it up with an RBI double in the first and scored on Dermis Garcia’s single.

Tony Kemp and Garcia added RBI singles in the third to make it 4-0.

The win came after the A’s were officially eliminated from the AL West race with Houston’s win over Baltimore. This is the earliest Oakland has ever been eliminated from winning the division.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: LHP Anthony Banda was signed and added to the active roster to replace Aroldis Chapman, who went on the IL Saturday. Banda got two outs in his Yankees debut. … RHP Luis Gil was recalled and transferred to the 60-day IL. … Manager Aaron Boone said LHP Zach Britton (Tommy John surgery) left his second second minor league rehab appearance in Florida on Saturday with cramping in his glute but is expected to make his next appearance in a few days. … LHP Chasen Shreve was assigned to the Yankees FCL roster.

Athletics: OF Ramon Laureano (left oblique) won’t join the team on the upcoming road trip. Laureano took a day off in his rehab work after feeling sore after running the bases Saturday. … OF Cristian Pache was also called up from Triple-A Las Vegas before the game and LHP Jared Koenig and INF David MacKinnon were optioned to the minors.

STREAKING

The A’s honored the 2002 team that won what was then an AL-record 20 straight games. Scott Hatteberg and Art Howe addressed the crowd prior to the game and Miguel Tejada threw the ceremonial first pitch to Hatteberg. More than a dozen players were in attendance.

“It bonded us and welded us as a club,” said Hatteberg, who hit a game-ending homer in the 20th win after the A’s blew an 11-run lead against Kansas City. “I see these guys and I look at them and it’s like I looked at them back then. We are a tight group now.”

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas (4-10, 3.84 ERA) will make his fifth start with the Yankees when New York opens a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels.

Athletics: Oakland hits the road for a six-game trip starting Tuesday in Washington when Cole Irvin (6-11, 3.16 ERA) takes the mound looking to snap a personal four-game losing streak.

Cave’s homer, 4 RBIs help Twins complete sweep of Giants

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Jake Cave homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Minnesota Twins beat the San Francisco Giants 8-3 to finish a three-game sweep Sunday.

Cave gave the Twins a 3-2 lead with his second homer of the season in the fourth inning. He added a two-run double in the fifth to cap a five-run rally that put Minnesota on top for good.

The Twins have won three straight following a six-game losing streak that knocked them out of first place in the AL Central.

Devin Smeltzer (5-2) earned his first win since June 23, when he was part of Minnesota’s rotation. Smeltzer threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Aaron Sanchez.

Michael Fulmer and Jorge Lopez each pitched a perfect inning to end it.

Giants starter Jakob Junis (4-4) gave up six earned runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. The outing completed a rough month for Junis, who went 0-2 with a 7.13 ERA in five August starts.

Brandon Crawford singled three times and drove in a run for the Giants, who have lost eight of 10 and ended an eight-game road swing 2-6.

The lead changed hands five times before the Twins broke it open in the fifth. Max Kepler, Jose Miranda and Gio Urshela each had an RBI double before Cave drove in two more with another double.

Kepler and Carlos Correa both went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI for Minnesota. Correa was 8 for 12 with two runs and four RBIs in the series.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Giants: 3B Evan Longoria left in the fifth with a tight right hamstring.

Twins: 2B Jorge Polanco (knee) remained sidelined after he was removed from Saturday’s game with patellar tendinitis.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Carlos Rodon (12-6, 2.81 ERA) will face the Padres on Monday in the opener of a three-game series at home. The two-time All-Star is 4-0 with a 1.44 ERA in his last five starts. He threw a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 3-1 victory at San Diego on July 9.

Twins: RHP Dylan Bundy (7-6, 4.56) will take the mound Monday as Minnesota opens a three-game series with the Red Sox at Target Field. In their first meeting this season, Bundy gave up one run in 5 1/3 innings on April 18 as the Twins won 8-3 in Boston.

O’Neill’s 3-run HR in 8th lifts Cardinals over Braves 6-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Tyler O’Neill hit a three-run homer to break an eighth-inning tie and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied past the Atlanta Braves 6-3 on Sunday night.

Tommy Edman pulled the Cardinals even with a leadoff homer in the eighth against A.J. Minter (5-4), who also gave up O’Neill’s two-out drive to straightaway center field. Lars Nootbaar went deep with two outs in the sixth for the first hit off Braves starter Jake Odorizzi.

O’Neill entered on defense in the seventh and delivered the decisive blow his first time up – immediately after Minter struck out sluggers Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado with two runners aboard. St. Louis’ rally was aided by third baseman Austin Riley’s error.

“Hitting homers is always fun, but in a situation like that, I just wanted to do my job and enjoy it,” O’Neill said. “See a good pitch to hit, see it fly (out) that way, it’s all good feelings.”

O’Neill also drew a game-ending walk Saturday in a 6-5 victory for the Cardinals, who have won 12 of 15. They stayed six games in front of second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

O’Neill hit just .194 in July, but is slowly rounding back into form.

“Everybody knows what kind of talent he has, what kind of tools he has,” St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright said. “He’s just a big part of our team. It’s good to see him get back going again.”

St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol has stuck with O’Neill throughout his struggles.

“He’s swinging with more confidence,” Marmol said. “We feel like he’s trending in the right direction.”

It was O’Neill’s third go-ahead homer this season, all since July 23.

“I’m just trying to stay in the strike zone, trust my ability there,” O’Neill said. “Not a lot of good is going to happen outside the (strike) zone.”

Atlanta remained three games behind the first-place New York Mets in the NL East.

Dansby Swanson put Atlanta ahead 3-2 with a three-run homer off reliever Ryan Helsley in the seventh. But the Braves couldn’t hold on and lost two of three in St. Louis after winning their previous five series.

Atlanta rookie Michael Harris II went 4 for 4.

Helsley (9-1) struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13th save.

Nootbaar slammed a line drive down the left-field line to break a scoreless tie in the sixth, and Odorizzi never got another out. Three more hits in a row followed, and Nolan Arenado chased the right-hander with an RBI single.

Eddie Rosario and Harris singled in the seventh off Wainwright before Swanson went deep. Wainwright was charged with two runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck and five and did not walk a batter.

The 40-year-old righty made his 18th career start on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, the most of any active pitcher.

Odorizzi, acquired from Houston on Aug. 1 for reliever Will Smith, gave up two runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings in his fifth start with the Braves.

“There’s no reason why we should hang our heads from this game,” Minter said. “That’s as close as you can get to a World Series game. It’s just going to make us that much better.”

The start of the contest was delayed 59 minutes by rain.

BEST BUDDIES

Wainwright and catcher Yadier Molina made their 322nd start together, second in major league history behind the Detroit battery of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan, who amassed 324 starts together from 1963-75.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. was held out of the starting lineup for a second successive night to rest his sore right knee.

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty will likely make his fifth and final rehab start Wednesday at Triple-A Memphis. He has been sidelined since June 27 with a right shoulder strain.

UP NEXT

Braves: LHP Max Fried (12-4, 2.52 ERA) faces Colorado RHP Jose Urena (2-5, 5.98) in the first of a three-game series Tuesday in Atlanta. Fried is 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA in four career appearances against the Rockies.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (10-10, 3.35) takes on Reds RHP Chase Anderson (0-0, 0.00) in the opener of a three-game series Monday in Cincinnati. Mikolas is 3-4 with a 5.37 ERA in 14 games against the Reds and has not won in Cincinnati since April 4, 2018.

Astros RHP Verlander departs with right calf discomfort

HOUSTON (AP) Astros ace Justin Verlander left Sunday’s game against Baltimore after three scoreless innings because of right calf discomfort.

The right-hander, a leading candidate for the AL Cy Young Award, lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.84. He allowed three hits and struck out six.

The 39-year-old Verlander had Tommy John surgery in 2020 and missed all of last season. Entering Sunday’s matchup with the Orioles, he was 8-0 with a 1.35 ERA in his last 10 starts.

Verlander threw 60 pitches, including 39 for strikes. He allowed consecutive singles to Cedric Mullins and Adley Rutschman in the first, and then struck out the next three batters.

He was replaced by Seth Martinez in the fourth with the game scoreless.

Mickey Mantle card breaks record, as sports memorabilia soar

NEW YORK (AP) A mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball card sold for $12.6 million Sunday, blasting into the record books as the most ever paid for sports memorabilia in a market that has grown exponentially more lucrative in recent years.

The rare Mantle card eclipsed the record just posted a few months ago – $9.3 million for the jersey worn by Diego Maradona when he scored the contentious “Hand of God” goal in soccer’s 1986 World Cup.

It easily surpassed the $7.25 million for a century-old Honus Wagner baseball card recently sold in a private sale.

And just last month, the heavyweight boxing belt reclaimed by Muhammad Ali during 1974’s “Rumble in the Jungle” sold for nearly $6.2 million.

All are part of a booming market for sports collectibles.

Prices have risen not just for the rarest items, but also for pieces that might have been collecting dust in garages and attics. Many of those items make it onto consumer auction sites like eBay, while others are put up for bidding by auction houses.

Because of its near-perfect condition and its legendary subject, the Mantle card was destined to be a top seller, said Chris Ivy, the director of sports auctions at Heritage Auctions, which ran the bidding.

Some saw collectibles as a hedge against inflation over the past couple years, he said, while others rekindled childhood passions.

Ivy said savvy investors saw inflation coming down the road – as it has. As a result, sports memorabilia became an alternative to traditional Wall Street investments or real estate – particularly among members of Generation X and older millennials.

“There’s only so much Netflix and `Tiger King’ people could watch (during the pandemic). So, you know, they were getting back into hobbies, and clearly sports collecting was a part of that,” said Ivy, who noted an uptick in calls among potential sellers.

Add to that interest from wealthy overseas collectors and you have a confluence of factors that made sports collectibles especially attractive, Ivy said.

“We’ve kind of started seeing some growth and some rise in the prices that led to some media coverage. And I think it all it all just kind of built upon itself,” he said. “I would say the beginning of the pandemic really added gasoline to that fire.”

Before the pandemic, the sports memorabilia market was estimated at more than $5.4 billion, according to a 2018 Forbes interview with David Yoken, the founder of Collectable.com.

By 2021, that market had grown to $26 billion, according to the research firm Market Decipher, which predicts the market will grow astronomically to $227 billion within a decade – partly fueled by the rise of so-called NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, which are digital collectibles with unique data-encrypted fingerprints.

Sports cards have been especially in demand, as people spent more time at home and an opportunity arose to rummage through potential treasure troves of childhood memories, including old comic books and small stacks of bubble gum cards featuring marquee sports stars.

That lure of making money on something that might be sitting in one’s childhood basement has been irresistible, according to Stephen Fishler, founder of ComicConnect, who has watched the growing rise – and profitability – of collectibles being traded across auction houses.

“In a nutshell, the world of modern sports cards has been going bonkers,” he said.

The Mantle baseball card dates from 1952 and is widely regarded as one of just a handful of the baseball legend in near-perfect condition.

The auction netted a handsome profit for Anthony Giordano, a New Jersey waste management entrepreneur who bought it for $50,000 at a New York City show in 1991.

“As soon as it hit 10 million I just turned in. I couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore,” Giordano, 75, said Sunday morning. His sons monitored the auction for him. “They stayed up and called me this morning bright and early to tell me that it reached where it reached.”

The card was one of dozens of sports collectibles up for auction. In all, the items raked in some $28 million, according to Derek Grady, the executive vice president of sports auctions for Heritage Auctions.

“Sports collectibles are finally getting their due as an investment,” Grady said. “The best sports items are now starting to rival artwork, rare coins and rare artifacts as a great investment vehicle.”

The switch-hitting Mantle was a Triple Crown winner in 1956, a three-time American League MVP and a seven-time World Series champion. The Hall of Famer died in 1995.

“Some people might say it’s just a baseball card. Who cares? It’s just a Picasso. It’s just a Rembrandt to other people. It’s a thing of art for some people,” said John Holden, a professor in sports management law at Oklahoma State and amateur sports card collector.

Like pieces of art that have no intrinsic value, he said, when it comes to sports cards, the worth is in the eye of the beholder – or the pocketbook of the potential bidder.

“The value,” Holden said, “is whatever the market’s willing to support.”

(NFL NEWS)

Commanders rookie RB Brian Robinson Jr. shot in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. was shot during an attempted robbery or carjacking, the NFL team said Sunday night.

The 23-year-old former Alabama player was taken to a hospital with what the team called non-life-threatening injuries. The team said in a statement staff members were with Robinson at the hospital.

Coach Ron Rivera said he had been with Robinson.

“He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers & support,” Rivera said on Twitter. “He wants his teammates to know he appreciates them all for reaching out and he loves them all & will be back soon doing what he does best.”

D.C. police reported a shooting in the northeast section of the city and said it was on the lookout for two possible suspects.

Robinson, a third-round draft pick, was was expected to start for the Commanders this season. He had been particularly impressive during training camp and preseason games, likely earning the job over incumbent Antonio Gibson.

“Brian’s been great,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner said recently. “He’s a real serious guy. Football is extremely important to him. He takes a lot of pride in being a physical runner.”

Robinson traveled with the team for its preseason finale at Baltimore on Saturday night but did not dress.

The 6-foot-1, 228-pound back rushed for 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns last season at Alabama. The Commanders selected him with the 98th pick in the draft.

Jets’ Flacco, starting O struggle; Giants’ Taylor injured

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Joe Flacco threw a pick-6 and the New York Jets’ starting offense mostly struggled while playing into the second quarter against mainly Giants defensive backups in a 31-27 victory Sunday.

Flacco, likely to open the regular season at quarterback for the injured Zach Wilson, made his preseason debut and finished 7 of 12 for 76 yards and an interception returned for a touchdown by Austin Calitro in his four series.

Jets fourth-stringer Chris Streveler led his third straight fourth-quarter winning drive. He marched the Jets (3-0) down the field in the waning moments and found a wide-open Calvin Jackson Jr. for the go-ahead 5-yard touchdown with 22 seconds left.

Streveler, a former CFL quarterback who had three previous NFL stints, was 10 of 13 for 96 yards and two TDs.

Jets coach Robert Saleh opted to give his starters on offense and defense some action in the preseason finale, while the Giants’ Brian Daboll went with about half his starters on defense and none of his skill players on offense.

Tyrod Taylor started at quarterback for the Giants (2-1) with starter Daniel Jones watching from the sideline, but was carted from the sideline in the first quarter with a back injury. Taylor completed a 25-yard pass to rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger, but took a big hit from Jets rookie defensive end Micheal Clemons.

Taylor was 2 of 4 for 29 yards and an interception and was replaced by Davis Webb, who led four scoring drives.

The 37-year-old Flacco had a strong training camp, especially since replacing Wilson as the QB1 after the second-year quarterback suffered a bone bruise and torn meniscus in the preseason opener at Philadelphia. Wilson is out a few weeks after having arthroscopic surgery and it’s uncertain if he’ll be ready for Week 1 against Baltimore.

If not, it’ll likely be Flacco, who hadn’t played in the preseason before Sunday – and it looked as much for him and the rest of the starters against the Giants.

The Jets’ first series ended on a fumble by running back Michael Carter. They punted on their second possession and got a 49-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein on their third.

On the fourth, Flacco rolled right to avoid heavy pressure and made a poor throw to Carter that was easily picked off by Calitro, who returned it 35 yards for a TD to give the Giants a 10-3 lead with 12:18 remaining in the second quarter.

And that was it for Flacco and the starters.

WHITE’S RIGHT

Mike White replaced Flacco and led the Jets on touchdown drives on two of his three possessions to end the first half.

With the Jets trailing 10-3, White threw short to Braxton Berrios, who zipped into the end zone for a 21-yard touchdown to tie it.

White, looking much sharper than he had in the first two preseason games, marched the Jets down the field again and threw a 19-yard strike to Jeff Smith to make it 17-10 with 26 seconds left before halftime.

White finished 13 of 17 for 170 yards and the two TDs before being replaced by Streveler with 11:49 left.

STEPPING IN

Webb played the rest of the game after replacing Taylor and finished 30 of 38 for 202 yards and a touchdown.

After Jashaun Corbin’s 1-yard tied it at 17 for the Giants with 9:16 left in the third quarter, Webb put them ahead when he hit Austin Allen for an 18-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter

It was the second straight solid preseason outing for Webb, who threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter against Cincinnati last week.

DENZEL DOES IT

Denzel Mims, who requested to be traded by the Jets earlier in the week, had a diving 29-yard touchdown catch from Streveler with 7:19 left – possibly raising his value – to tie it at 24.

Mims had seven catches for 102 yards and the score.

KICKING IT

Ryan Santoso kicked a 49-yarder field to put the Giants ahead 27-24 with 2:02 left. Santoso was signed earlier this week because regular kicker Graham Gano suffered a concussion last week against the Bengals.

INJURIES

The Giants’ Bellinger and DL Jalyn Holmes were ruled out with concussions after halftime.

UP NEXT

Giants: Open the regular season at Tennessee to take on the Titans on Sept. 11.

Jets: Host the Baltimore Ravens in the regular-season opener on Sept. 11.

Report: Dolphins signing former Patriots, Lions DE Trey Flowers

The Miami Dolphins are signing free-agent pass-rusher Trey Flowers to a one-year contract worth $2.1 million, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Flowers, a seven-year veteran, played the first four seasons of his NFL career for the New England Patriots, winning two Super Bowls with Miami’s AFC East rival.

His strong play over that stretch – he recorded 21 sacks in 46 games – earned him a five-year, $90-million contract with the Detroit Lions in 2019.

Flowers remained an impact player in his first season with the Lions, recording seven sacks while starting all but one contest. However, injury issues limited him to just 14 games over the next two years combined. Detroit released the 29-year-old in March to save over $10 million in cap space.

Flowers will provide some added depth for an edge-rush group led by fellow free-agent signing Melvin Ingram and 2021 first-round pick Jaelan Phillips.

Giants backup QB Taylor hurt against Jets in preseason game

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Giants backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor was carted from the sideline Sunday after injuring his back in the annual preseason game against the rival New York Jets, but coach Brian Daboll didn’t think he was seriously hurt.

“He just landed hard,” Daboll said of the injury late in the first quarter. “I talked to him at halftime.”

The 33-year-old Taylor was hit by Jets rookie defensive lineman Micheal Clemons shortly after completing a 25-yard pass to rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger.

Clemons fell on top of Taylor as the two hit the artificial turf. The 12-year veteran was in obvious pain and he lay on the ground for a couple of minutes before jogging off the field. As soon as he reached the sideline, he went to his knees. Medical personnel examined him in the tent behind the bench and he was driven to the locker room.

Taylor was signed this year to back up Daniel Jones, who was given the game off. Third-string quarterback Davis Webb took over with 2:09 left in the first quarter.

Taylor was not available for comment after the Jets posted a 31-27 win to cap a 3-0 preseason. The Giants finished with a 2-1 record.

The Giants also had Bellinger and defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes leave in the first half because of possible concussions. Neither returned.

Webb finished 30 of 38 for 202 yards and one touchdown pass. He was at the helm on four scoring drives: two touchdowns and two field goals.

Webb said this has been his best training camp in four seasons as a professional. He threw two late TDs last weekend to rally to Giants (2-1) to a win over Cincinnati.

Webb said his biggest improvement has been being able to escape pressure and to make throws on the run. He also benefitted from working with Daboll and quarterback Josh Allen with the Bills.

“This offense is a lot of fun to play and it takes a lot of reps,” Webb said. “But I think once you get it, get it rolling, you can you can have a lot of fun with it.”

The Giants have to cut 27 players by Tuesday and Webb’s status for making the 53-man roster is a question mark. While he has played well, the Giants may not carry three quarterbacks.

“It was a lot of fun this preseason,” Webb said. “Hopefully, it works out.”

(PGA NEWS)

McIlroy storms from 6 back to win FedEx Cup and $18 million

ATLANTA (AP) Rory McIlroy, the strongest voice for the PGA Tour in a tumultuous year, had the final say with his clubs Sunday when he rallied from six shots behind to win the Tour Championship and capture the FedEx Cup for the third time.

McIlroy won $18 million, pushing his PGA Tour earnings to over $26 million for the season. He closed with a 4-under 66 to overtake Masters champion Scottie Scheffler, who made only one birdie in a 73.

Scheffler was hoping to cap off the best year in golf with the FedEx Cup title. Instead, his entry in the record book was tying a PGA Tour record for losing the largest 54-hole lead. The last one to do that was Dustin Johnson in 2017 at the HSBC Champions.

Sungjae Im fell back with a double bogey on the 14th hole and still managed a 66 to tie for second with Scheffler.

McIlroy referred to the final round as a “spectacle,” and not just because of the pro-McIlroy crowd that chanted his name along the closing holes.

“Two of the best players in the world going head-to-head for the biggest prize on the PGA Tour, and I hope everyone at home enjoyed that,” he said.

McIlroy needed plenty of help from Scheffler, the No. 1 seed, who began with a two-shot lead and never trailed until the 70th hole. Scheffler, who birdied four of six holes Sunday morning to finish the third round and build a six-shot lead, lost it in the first seven holes.

And then it was a nail-biter to the very end, a stunning afternoon at East Lake that turned on two shots.

McIlroy holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 15th hole to tie for the lead. After he flew the green by some 20 yards on the 16th, his pitch was running fast and headed off the front of the green when it hit the pin and settled 7 feet away.

He saved par. Scheffler blasted out of a bunker to just inside 10 feet and missed, making bogey that put him behind for the first time all week. Scheffler badly misread a 10-foot birdie chance on the 17th to tie, sending the Tour Championship to the final hole with $18 million on the line.

Scheffler’s 4-iron on the par-5 18th sailed short and right and into a bunker, and he blasted out over the green. McIlroy went left against the grandstand, took relief and got onto the green for an easy par.

Scheffler and Im each won $5.75 million.

“The money definitely didn’t creep into my mind. I wanted to win the season-long title,” Scheffler said. “I’ve had a really great year and I wanted to finish it off with a win here, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to do that.”

McIlroy won the FedEx Cup in 2016 in a playoff. He won the FedEx Cup again in 2019, the first year of a staggered start. But this might have been the sweetest of fall, coming off a year in which the PGA Tour has been in a nasty battle with Saudi-funded LIV Golf, which already has attracted some two dozen players and now is part of an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour.

It was McIlroy who has declared fierce loyalty to the PGA Tour over the last few years when rival leagues were coming into a view. And it was McIlroy who joined Tiger Woods in leading a momentous player-only meeting last week that led to significant changes ahead for the tour.

So, yes, this had an extra level of satisfaction.

“I believe in the game of golf. I believe in this tour, in particular. I believe in the players on this tour,” McIlroy said in the trophy presentation. “It’s the greatest place in the world to play golf, bar none, and I’ve played all over.”

Even at the Tour Championship, typically a celebration of the end of the year, there was talk all weekend of more defections coming in next few days. The Daily Telegraph reported three weeks ago that British Open champion Cameron Smith was leaving for LIV Golf, and renewed reports over the weekend confirmed as much.

Two people aware of the moves said Harold Varner III, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri are leaving. They spoke on condition of anonymity because it has not been announced. Cameron Tringale announced his decision on Twitter.

Still to be determined is Joaquin Niemann, whose manager said the Chilean would discuss the options with his father later Sunday.

“Everyone on tour has had to deal with a lot. Even the guys that have went to LIV have had to deal with a lot. It’s just been a very tumultuous sort of era in our game,” McIlroy said. “This is the best place in the world to play golf. It’s the most competitive. It’s got the best players. It’s got the deepest fields. I don’t know why you’d want to play anywhere else.”

With all that speculation, the Tour Championship that looked to be a runaway turned into a dynamic show. Most of that fell to Scheffler, who looked like different players when he returned Sunday morning and after a two-hour break before the final round.

He couldn’t getting anything going and let four others into the game. Scheffler hit only nine of 18 greens in regulation.

McIlroy seized on the chance early with three straight birdies, the last one from 30 feet on No. 7 that led to pockets of cheers from corporate hospitality tents across the course.

Scheffler fought back, showing amazing grit without the game to go with it. He had three big par saves early on the back nine and took the lead for the last time when McIlroy missed the 14th green with a short iron from the fairway and made bogey.

McIlroy began the tournament six shots behind as the No.. 7 seed. He opened with a tee shot out-of-bounds for a triple bogey and after another bogey, he was 10 behind before Scheffler even started. And at the end, the tour’s biggest voice had its biggest trophy.

(NASCAR NEWS)

Dillon, Blaney nab last playoff spots at rain-soaked Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) Austin Dillon avoided a massive wreck in the rain to win at Daytona International Speedway and snag a playoff spot in the Cup Series’ regular-season finale Sunday.

Dillon passed Austin Cindric for the lead with three laps to go after a 3 hour, 20 minute red flag for inclement weather. It was an aggressive move that capped a drama-filled race.

Martin Truex Jr. was the biggest loser. Truex looked like he would secure the final postseason berth when the skies opened up, but he faded once the race restarted and allowed Ryan Blaney to make up ground in a wild points scramble.

Blaney finished seven spots behind Truex in the race but three points ahead in the standings.

“You just try to stay optimistic,” Blaney said. “Definitely a roller-coaster of emotions that ended on a high note.”

Dillon’s victory in the No. 3 Chevrolet was as stunning as Blaney’s comeback. Running 16th at the time of the crash, he turned onto the apron to avoid the 15-car melee between Turns 1 and 2 that was caused by a summer shower everyone saw coming. Cars started sliding sideways heading into the high-banked turn, a result of slick tires losing grip on wet asphalt.

Daniel Suarez and Denny Hamlin were running 1-2 when the pack drove into the rain with 23 laps remaining.

“Just throw the caution before the rain came,” Hamlin said, adding that “better officiating” is needed. “We had rain down the front, so about 10 seconds before we got into Turn 1, it was raining. I’m sure the fans felt it and then they watched us all pile in there.”

For a second, it looked like 2014 series champion Kevin Harvick was going to make it through the mess and grab the lead as the caution flag flew. But then spinning Ty Dillon – Austin’s little brother – sideswiped Harvick and knocked him into the wreckage.

That allowed Austin Dillon, who started the day 19th in points, to essentially steal a playoff spot. It also created a controversial finish – should NASCAR have halted the race earlier? – and provided the kind of “Game 7” moment NASCAR wanted when it moved the regular-season finale to unpredictable Daytona in 2020.

NASCAR seemed intent on fixing its rain mistake by waiting for a window of sunshine,

“It’s not something you can predict when it’s going to start raining,” said Scott Miller, NASCAR’s senior vice president of competition. “Just a super bad situation for everybody.”

Inclement weather was a factor all weekend. Thunderstorms delayed the Xfinity Series race Friday night and pushed the Cup race from Saturday to Sunday morning. More rain was in the forecast Sunday, and dark clouds had surrounded the track for at least half an hour before several drivers reported seeing raindrops on the previous lap.

But it wasn’t enough for NASCAR to stop the race – until it was obvious and too late.

Only 18 cars stayed on track once the green flag dropped and only 10 finished on the lead lap. Dillon’s teammate at Richard Childress Racing, Tyler Reddick, finished second, followed by Cindric, Landon Cassill and Noah Gragson.

Blaney started the day third in points and had the best chance of landing one of the two postseason spots up for grabs.

But Blaney’s chances were seemingly crippled when he got caught in the first crash of the day. Erik Jones got loose at the front of the field, causing a traffic jam at 190 mph that sent several cars spinning across the track. Blaney’s No. 12 Ford sustained enough damage that he couldn’t keep pace with the pack the rest of the day.

Truex closed the gap by finishing fifth and second, respectively, in the first two stages. But he couldn’t hang on after the restart.

Fourteen drivers had previously locked up playoff spots by winning races in 2022: Christopher Bell, Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Ross Chastain, Cindric, Chase Elliott, Hamlin, Harvick, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Reddick and Suarez.

Kurt Busch also had earned a postseason berth, but he withdrew earlier this week while pulling out of his sixth consecutive race with concussion-like symptoms. That created a second open spot at Daytona, where 15 guys entered the day with postseason hopes.

It set the stage for a wild and aggressive race, even more so than usual at Daytona.

(WNBA PLAYOFFS)

Loyd has 26, sends Storm over Aces in WNBA semis opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Seattle Storm are the lowest remaining seed in the postseason and came in looking to steal at least one of the first two road games against the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA semifinals.

Mission accomplished.

Jewell Loyd scored 26 points, including Seattle’s final six, and the Storm edged the Aces 76-73 on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series in front of a Las Vegas playoff-record crowd of 9,944.

Lloyd made a go-ahead free throw with 1:16 to play, then a jumper for a three-point lead with 34 seconds remaining before the Storm held on for the win. She had 10 of Seattle’s 16 points in the fourth quarter.

“It wasn’t just me, it was a team effort for sure,” Loyd said. “It helps when you have really good teammates … you believe in them, they believe in you. That’s the biggest thing for us, is that each of us have to stay confident in what we do and what we can bring to the team. That’s been the key for us.”

Associated Press MVP Breanna Stewart had 24 points and six rebounds for the fourth-seeded Storm, while Tina Charles added 13 points and franchise playoff-record 18 rebounds.

“We knew that this was going to be tough. These games against Vegas have been tough all regular season and previous seasons, and we have a lot of respect for their players and what they do,” Stewart said. “We knew that coming here to their home court, we wanted to obviously try to steal one, we wanted to get one and get our momentum going in the right direction.”

Chelsea Gray scored 21 points for the Aces. Kelsey Plum added 20, but missed a tying 3-point attempt with 2.9 seconds to play.

Jackie Young finished with 11 points but Aces star A’ja Wilson was held to just eight on 3-of-10 shooting.

Seattle controlled much of the game, leading through the first 3 1/2 quarters after building a 12-point lead in the first half.

Las Vegas didn’t enjoy its first lead until the fourth quarter, when veteran guard Riquna Williams’ 3-pointer from the corner made it 65-64 with 6:09 left.

The Storm wasted no time in attacking early, as they built a 15-4 lead midway through the first quarter. Seattle got balanced scoring, with five players contributing, including Ezi Magbegor coming off the bench to add four.

Las Vegas struggled to find any sort of rhythm, as a pop-and-shot approach left them with a paltry 5-of-18 (27.8%) shooting performance in the first quarter. Both Wilson and Plum went scoreless while the Storm held a 26-15 lead after one.

“I thought we played tight, especially in the first quarter,” Aces coach Becky Hammon said. “We played like the world was on our shoulders.”

The Aces responded with a much better defensive effort and seemed to be much more comfortable attacking the rim to climb back into the game.

Led by Wilson, the Aces used a 12-4 run to cut Seattle’s lead to 30-27. Stewart took over from that point, scoring nine of her team’s points during a quarter-ending 13-9 run to send the Storm into the locker room with a 43-36 halftime lead.

BROKEN RECORD

In addition to Charles’ record-breaking night, retiring Sue Bird had 12 assists and no turnovers. Her final assist gave her a WNBA-record 342 in the playoffs. Lindsay Whalen had 341 in 82 games. Bird broke the record in 57.

NOT SO FAST, VEGAS

Taking a page out of the Aces’ playbook, the Storm outscored Las Vegas 16-0 in fast-break points. Seattle also held the edge with second-chance points, 5-0.

GUCCI ROW

The stars came out for the series opener, joining Aces owner Mark Davis and Raiders tight end Darren Waller, fixtures at home games all season. Also in attendance were women’s basketball Hall of Famer Ann Meyers Drysdale, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, Los Angeles Clippers coach Ty Lue, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, UFC president Dana White, Golden Knights goalie Logan Thompson, and Governor Steve Sisolak.

UP NEXT:

The Storm and Aces play Game 2 in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Bonner scores 15 as Sun beat Sky in Game 1 of WNBA semis

CHICAGO (AP) Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller knows his team won’t be able beat the defending WNBA champions on style points or offensive prowess alone.

To beat the Chicago Sky in a five-game series, Miller believes you can’t be afraid to make a mess.

“A lot of free flowing offenses of the four teams left, and we know who we are,” Miller said. “We’re blue collar. We’re going to be good around the basket, we’re going to rebound and we’re going to defend our tails off. But we have to make it messy.”

DeWanna Bonner had 15 points and nine rebounds to lead the Sun to a 68-63 win over Sky in Game 1 of their WNBA semifinals series on Sunday night.

Jonquel Jones scored 12 points and also grabbed nine rebounds for the Sun, Alyssa Thomas had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, and Brionna Jones added 12 points. Jonquel Jones was 5 for 8 from the field and Brionna Jones shot 6 for 8.

“We’ve got so many weapons on this team,” Bonner said. “Whoever they focus on, it could be anybody’s night. (Jonquel Jones) hit the biggest shot of the game, probably, when we were down one or two.”

Candace Parker had 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Sky, and Kahleah Copper scored 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Chicago had a season-low 63 points and shot 35.3% for its lowest percentage in a playoff game since 2014.

“We missed some bunnies, we missed a few chippers,” Sky coach James Wade said. “A couple of times, we got out of pick and rolls and we had shots at the rim, but we didn’t make them. We’ve just got to make those shots.”

Game 2 is back here Wednesday night.

After Emma Meeseman’s 3-pointer with 2:12 remaining gave Chicago a 63-62 lead and whipped the Wintrust Arena crowd into a frenzy, the Sun missed their final four shots.

Jonquel Jones scored inside 27 seconds later to put the Sun back ahead. Bonner made two free throws with 1:31 left to extend the lead, and Connecticut got two offensive rebounds to kill some time off the clock, and Bonner made a layup with 3.8 seconds left to seal the win.

Brionna Jones said the Sun did well in executing their aggressive game plan, but another key was only fouling seven times while playing physically. Chicago went 7 of 9 at the line.

“It’s definitely a point of emphasis,” Jones said. “We’ve got to keep them off the free throw line.”

Connecticut outscored Chicago 20-12 in the third quarter as Natisha Hiedeman and Bonner made 3s and Bonner hit a pull-up jumper to move into double figures.

Parker strung a slick pass to Copper in transition for her first bucket since the first quarter to pull Chicago within four points with 8:47 left.

Miller said veterans such as Bonner and Thomas kept the Sun composed as the home crowd tried to will Chicago to a win.

“We were rattled in the fourth quarter, and our veterans settled down and we made enough plays to win this game,” Miller said. “This is what this series against each other has really come down to, those last couple of minutes, over and over and over again. Tonight, we made those plays.”

Copper went 4 of 4 and hit a 3 for 11 points in the first half as the teams entered the break tied at 34.

Connecticut built an eight-point first quarter lead by scoring 11 points off six Chicago turnovers, but the Sky climbed back into it as Copper and Parker combined for 18-first half points.

Jones hit 3 of 4 shots to lead Connecticut with eight points and snagged four rebounds and two steals in a first half that had seven lead changes and five ties.

BIG BEEF

Copper knocked down a pair of free throws to nudge Chicago in front with 5:13 to go, shortly before she and Courtney Williams received double technical fouls for refusing to let go of a called jump ball.

Stevens said the play was indicative of the tone for the rest of the series.

“They have beef with us from last year and all that, so it’s whoever wants it more,” Stevens said. “I think that play with Kah, that was great. That’s the type of series this is going to be. Who wants it more? Who is not going to let the ball go?”

STYLE CLASH

Wade would like his team to play on the run more going forward, rather than getting into another dragged out, low-scoring affair.

“I felt like we played their style,” Wade said. “They wanted us to play their style of game where it was slow and methodical. We like to play a little bit more free.”

TIP-INS

Chicago totaled a season-high 10 blocks in the losing effort. … Parker passed Tamika Catchings for No. 1 all-time in WNBA playoff defensive rebounds with 450. … Thomas passed Nykesha Sales to become the Sun’s No. 2 career playoff scorer by reaching 1,080 points. … Parker is one playoff double-double short of tying Catchings (27) for most all-time in WNBA history. … Bonner moved into a tie for sixth in Sun history in playoff rebounds with 110.

(LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL)

Hawaii wins Little League title, beating Curacao 13-3

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) For a week and a half at the Little League World Series, no team came close to Hawaii. The championship Sunday was no different.

Hawaii got back-to-back homers from Kekoa Payanal and Kama Angell in the first inning, sparking a 13-3 win in just four innings over Curacao.

The LLWS title is Hawaii’s fourth. It won in 2018 and this same Honolulu team finished third last year, when COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented international teams from participating.

How good was Hawaii? In six games, all victories, the closest margin was four runs. Hawaii outscored opponents 60-5.

“We’re fortunate that everything clicked at the right moment,” Hawaii Manager Gerald Oda said. “I’m very grateful that these kids played loose and relaxed.”

Part of that run was without Oda, who missed several games with COVID-19. Oda also managed Hawaii’s 2018 team.

“After 2018, I thought the next time I came to Williamsport was going to be as a spectator,” he said. “I never thought in my wildest dreams I’d be back in 2022 coaching a team.”

Hawaii starter Jaron Lancaster was dominant once again Sunday as he threw all four innings, while only allowing three runs, three hits and striking out 10 Curacao hitters.

“I knew Curacao was going to be a great team,” Jaron said. “My mindset was to go out there, do my best and do my thing. I know my offense and defense got my back.”

Jaron’s father, James Lancaster, said all the work that went into the title run was worth it.

“It’s been a rough ride,” said Lancaster, whose family lives about 4,800 miles from central Pennsylvania. “We haven’t been home in over a month.”

Curacao took the first lead of any team over Hawaii in the tournament when Davey Jay-Rijke led off the game with what looked like a bloop single, but he bolted on to second when neither middle infielder were covering that bag. Davey-Jay eventually came around to score on a wild pitch.

“Sooner or later, someone’s going to score,” Oda said. “We told our kids to keep fighting and battling. It’s going to be a great day.”

Hawaii only trailed for a few minutes. A home run from lead-off hitter Kekoa to left field, and a shot by Kama that barely cleared the wall in center, reignited the Hawaii side and put the team from the West region up 2-1. It also chased Curacao starter Shemar Jacobus.

“Any time when someone can score a run that’s huge,” Oda said. “When someone hits a home run, the whole team gets excited and lifts everyone’s spirits.”

The game ended in the fourth inning when Kama hit a single down the left-field line that scored Esaiah Wong to clinch the victory and another championship for Hawaii.

Under Little League rules, a team wins if it is leading by 10 runs or more after four innings.

“I saw the ball go down and I saw coach sending in Ruston (Hiyoto),” Kama said. “I was very emotional. It was the best time I had in my life.”

Curacao sits at one title, which came back in 2004. But the team from a small Caribbean island with a population about the size of Springfield, Massachusetts, made it to the final in 2019 as well as this year.

“I’m so proud of these guys,” said Curacao Manager Zaino Everett, whose team won five elimination games to get to the title game. “We are a champion and the second team in the whole world. Nobody expected us to be here.”

After the trophy presentation and news conference were over, and most fans were gone, the Hawaii players celebrated their title in just the way a bunch of 10-to-12-year-old boys would. They went sliding on cardboard sheets down the big hill behind Lamade Stadium.

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(INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL)

INDIANAPOLIS – Despite being held scoreless with only two hits through eight innings, the Rochester Red Wings surged for five runs in the ninth to defeat the Indianapolis Indians in Sunday’s series finale, 5-2. The Indians finished their 12-game homestand with an 8-4 record.

Down two runs in the top of the ninth, Rochester’s (55-68) bats came alive to score five runs on five hits. After a Taylor Gushue RBI groundout cut the deficit in half and an intentional walk loaded the bases, Adrian Sanchez roped a bases-clearing double off Noe Toribio (L, 3-2) to give the Red Wings a 4-2 lead. Andrew Stevenson tacked on an additional run with an RBI single to put the game out of reach. Jordan Weems (W, 3-2) tossed the final two innings for Rochester.

The Indians (62-59) got on the board first for the fourth consecutive game in the bottom of the first with an RBI double by Diego Castillo. In the fifth inning, a double off the bat of Ji-Hwan Bae that one-hopped the left-center wall scored Josh Bissonette from second base to give Indy a 2-0 lead.

After Mike Burrows tossed 2.0 hitless innings. Osvaldo Bido (4.0ip), Nick Mears (1.0ip) and Travis MacGregor (1.0ip) combined to hold the shutout through the eighth inning.

The Indians begin a 13-game road trip with six games at Louisville and seven games to follow at Omaha. Tuesday’s series opener at Louisville Slugger Field is set for 7:05 PM ET, and neither team has named a starting pitcher.

(INDIANA FIELD HOCKEY)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––– Indiana Field Hockey lost in a defensive battle to No. 6 Liberty, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at home.

The loss drops Indiana’s record to 0-2 after the first weekend of the season.

Sunday afternoon’s contest marked the final game of the Hoosier Invitational, between IU, Liberty, and Kent State.

KEY MOMENTS

• Liberty’s Daniella Rhodes recorded both of Liberty’s goals, getting the first in at the 17th minute mark, and then scoring again midway through the third period at the 40th minute.

• The Indiana defense didn’t allow Liberty to get off a shot in the first quarter and only allowed one for the first half.

• Sophomore Arabella Loveridge was active in the cage, recording seven saves, including five in the fourth period.

• Sophomore Sofia Arrebola Garcia and freshman Anna Mozeleski each got a shot off, but both were off the mark.

NOTABLES

• Seventeen Hoosiers saw the field, including the same set of starters and reserves who played in the season opener vs. Kent State.

• The Indiana defense limited Liberty’s explosive offensive attack. The day before, on Aug. 27, Liberty beat Kent State, 9-0, the Hoosiers only allowed the Eagles to score two.

• This was the first meeting in program history between Indiana and Liberty.

• Senior Kennedy Reardon made her 37th consecutive start for Indiana.

UP NEXT

• IU will hit the road next weekend for a long trip out to the west coast as they’ll play a trio of California programs. On Friday, Sept. 2, they’ll face Stanford at 2:00 p.m. EST, then on Sunday Sept. 4, the Hoosiers will take on California at 2:00 p.m. EST, and they’ll close out the trip with a Monday Sept. 5 matchup against UC Davis at 12:00 p.m. EST.

(PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A goal and an assist by sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway helped propel the Purdue soccer team to a 2-1 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field.

Dunaway scored her third goal of the season for the Boilermakers (2-2-0) in the 26th minute and assisted on the game-winning goal in the 53rd, as freshman defender Riley Knudsen headed it in for her first collegiate goal. The Redhawks (1-2-1) netted their lone goal in the 66th minute.

In four games, Dunaway has a team-best three goals and a team-high-tying two assists. She has accounted for five of Purdue’s six goals and has at least one point in three of the season’s four matches.

The Boilermakers had 16 shots, seven on goal, while Miami (Ohio) registered 12 shots with just one on target. Dunaway posted a game-high five shots and four shots on goal and freshman forward Kayla Budish notched four shots, one on target. Starting in goal, freshman Kailey Kimball made her first career appearance and earned the win.

As the Boilermaker defense limited the visitors to just one shot on goal, Miami’s keeper made five saves of her own to hold Purdue to two goals.

Dunaway nearly found the back of the net with two chances in the 10th and 11th minutes, but both times the Redhawk keeper came off her line to make the save. Four minutes later, Budish hit the near post on a shot from the left side.

After a Miami shot went wide in the 23rd minute, Dunaway found the game’s first goal at 25:15. Junior midfielder Emily Mathews had the assist.

Off a ball in from across midfield, Mathews found Dunaway on the run on the left side. Dunaway got to the ball just on the outside of the 18-yard box, dribbled once and picked it up again at the corner of the six. With the keeper off her line, Dunaway slid it past her towards the far post. It found the back of the net just ahead of a sprinting Budish.

That put Purdue ahead 1-0, and Dunaway had another shot saved in the 30th minute.

The Redhawks closed the half with several chances in the final seven minutes, with one shot blocked and three that were off target.

In the opening 45 minutes, Miami (Ohio) out-shot Purdue 7-6, though the home side had a 4-0 advantage in shots on goal.

The Boilermakers added to their lead early in the second half, as Knudsen made it 2-0 at 52:42. Off a corner kick by Dunaway to the far post, Knudsen headed the ball in from the corner of the six-yard box into the near side of the goal.

A Miami shot hit the crossbar in the 54th minute, and junior forward Zoie Allen had a chance saved in the 62nd before the visitors found the back of the net at 65:11. Norah Roush scored from close range on a ball in from Caroline Palmer.

That proved to be the final shot on goal for either team, though both sides had chances that were off target in the remaining 25 minutes of action.

Purdue held a 10-5 advantage in shots in the second half, with a 3-1 edge in shots on goal.

A two-game roadtrip is on tap next weekend in Kansas. The week begins at Kansas on Thursday, September 1, at 8 p.m. ET in Lawrence, and concludes on Sunday at Kansas State at 2 p.m. ET in Manhattan. Following the two-game road swing, Purdue returns home to host in-state foe Notre Dame on Thursday, September 8. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET at Folk Field, and admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game in 2022.

(BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER)

The Butler men’s soccer team faces a tough test in seeking its second win of the season when No. 14 Marshall comes to Indianapolis on Monday, August 29, for a 7 pm kickoff. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 win over Western Michigan, while the Herd defeated VCU, 5-0, in its season opener.

Bulldog Bits

Senior forward Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was chosen the 2022 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. He was also selected to the College Soccer News All-America Second Team.

Butler’s 2022 schedule includes five teams who received recognition in the United Soccer Coaches 2022 Pre-Season poll (#2 Georgetown, #13 Indiana, #14 Marshall, #16 Providence, and RV St. John’s).

Against Western Michigan:

-Palmer Ault’s goal against was the first of his career.

-Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s goal was the 18th of his career.

-Gabriel Gjergji made four saves in the match, and the shutout was the 17th of his career.

– Freshmen Palmer Ault, Joost de Schutter, Vygo Verkooijen, and Jacob Jansen each made   

     their first appearance for the Bulldogs.

The Matchup

SERIES RECORD: Tied, 2-2-0

LAST MEETING: September 29, 2021 – Huntington, W.V. – No. 5 Marshall 2, Butler 0

Butler won the first two meetings in 2008 and 2018, both in Indianapolis.

Marshal won matches in Huntington, W.V. in 2019 and 2021.

Scouting No. 14 Marshall

Previous match: VCU W, 5-0

Marshall fell in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament to Providence, 2-1, in double overtime.

The Herd won the 2020* (spring 2021) National Championship.

Individual Statistics

Offensive standouts for Marshall include:

#7 Milo Yosef (3g)

#11 Joao Souza (1g, 1a)

#17 Matthew Bell (1g)

#10 Vinicius Fernandes (2a)

#9 Ibrahima Diop (1a)

Oliver Semmie (1-0-0) played 90 minutes in goal in Marshall’s opening win over VCU. The Herd’s defense did not allow a shot on goal during the match.

(IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER)

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team’s defense continued its stingy ways on Sunday (Aug. 28), authoring a third shutout in the season’s opening four games to stay undefeated on the year. This time, the Jaguars blanked former league foe Western Illinois in a scoreless draw on an unseasonably warm Sunday at Michael A. Carroll Stadium. The goalkeeping duo of Ashton Kudlo and Cailynn Junk shared the shutout in goal as the IUPUI defense yielded just six shots on the day.

IUPUI outshot the Leathernecks by a 14-6 margin and earned six corner kicks to the guest’s two, but was unable to solve WIU goalkeeper Isabel Navas Rodriguez.

IUPUI bottled up the Western Illinois (0-1-2) attack for most of the day, limiting the guests to just two shots on frame. Kudlo shutdown an Amy Andrews attempt in the fifth minute for her only save of the game and Andrews registered an attempt off the crossbar in the 24th minute.

The Jaguars built more attempts, but many were from long-distance and easily handled by Rodriguez. Senior Alex Ludolph was the most frequent tester, trying a game-high five attempts from her midfield spot.

Cassie Rodriguez got in behind the WIU defense in the closing minutes, but was just a step shy of getting on the receiving end of a Sam Slimak cross from the right side.

Junk’s lone save came on a Bailey Burlingham shot in the 62nd minute as the rookie netminder easily corralled the attempt in her season debut. Even when WIU got loose on the counter, Maya Turner and Sophia White repeatedly tracked down the action and forced the play away from target.

Sarah Henson and Slimak had two shots each for the Jaguars with each putting one on frame.

IUPUI will return to action on Friday night (Aug. 2) when the Jaguars take on Belmont at 6:30 p.m. CST (7:30 Eastern) on ESPN3.

(BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER)

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team played its first home match of the season on Sunday as Xavier made the trip to the Briner Sports Complex. Avery Fenchel and Lexi Fraley led the Cardinals with a goal each. BSU fell to 0-2-2 overall, while XU improved to 3-0-1, with the 4-2 Musketeer win.

In the 30th minute, Delaney Caldwell put a well-placed ball into the box that found the foot of Fenchel. Fenchel ripped a shot on goal, but her shot hit the post. The rebound went right back to Fenchel who buried the shot in the back of the net for the Cardinals’ first goal of the season.

Molly McLaughlin tied the game with a penalty kick in the 37th minute.

In the 58th minute, Jenna Dombrowski sent a beautiful through ball for Fraley. Fraley was taken down in the box which resulted in a penalty kick for BSU. Fraley beat the Xavier goalie to put Ball State back on top 2-1.

Emma Flick tied the match at 2-2 in the 69th minute. Regan Dancer gave the Musketeers a 3-2 lead in the 74th minute. Brooke Sroka added to the Xavier lead with a goal in the 89th minute and she was assisted by Chloe Netzel.

Bethany Moser finished the game with three saves for the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are back in action on Thursday, Sept. 1, as Ball State takes to the road for a matchup with Purdue Fort Wayne. First touch is scheduled for 7 p.m.

(NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame hits the road for the first time this season, making the short drive north to take on Big Ten foe Michigan State in East Lansing at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29. The game will be streamed on B1G+.

NOTRE DAME vs. MICHIGAN STATE
Location: East Lansing, Michigan | DeMartin Soccer Stadium
Live Stream: B1G+
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Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer
Game Notes: vs. Michigan State

THE MICHIGAN STATE SERIES

• The Irish and Spartans will meet on the pitch for the 32nd time on Monday evening.

• Notre Dame leads Michigan State in the all-time series at 17-8-6

• Notre Dame fell to Michigan State in the most recent matchup, dropping a contest by a score of 4-3 at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 14, 2021.

• In the last meeting at Michigan State, Michael Pellegrino scored the game-winning goal in the 80th, which was also the first goal of his career, on Sept. 24, 2019.

LAST TIME OUT

• The Irish lost its season opener on Thursday evening to Seattle by a score of 3-1 at Alumni Stadium.

• Despite the defeat Notre Dame outshot the visitors 19-10 and registered 10 corners to Seattle’s five.

• Sophomore right back Kyle Genenbacher scored his first career goal while Daniel Russo and Eno Nto picked up assists.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

• Notre Dame started six sophomores or freshmen during the season-opening match against Seattle.

• Six Irish players made their collegiate debuts in the contest.

• Of the 16 players that saw the pitch, nine were either sophomores or freshmen.

2021 REWIND

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

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

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

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

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

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

KEEP IT CLEAN

• The Notre Dame defense returns starting goalkeeper Bryan Dowd along with three of four starters from the 2021 backline, including CB Josh Ramsey, LB Paddy Burns and RB Ben Giacobello.

The Irish closed the 2021 season with 10 clean sheets in its last 14 matches.

• The Irish totaled 13 shutouts on the season, with Bryan Dowd in goal for 10.

• The 13 clean sheets were tied for third most in program history and the most since recording 13 during the 2006 season.

• Notre Dame had eight clean sheets against ACC opponents, the most by any team in the conference last season (Pitt x2, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, Louisville, NC State x2)

• Opponents scored multiple goals in just four of 24 matches in 2021.

• Despite playing some of the top teams in the country, the Irish allowed just seven goals over the final 16 matches.

• Bryan Dowd tied the program record for consecutive clean sheets with six straight, all coming in postseason play.

BALANCED ATTACK

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

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

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

#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY

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

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

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

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

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

(INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State football has announced that Thursday night’s season opener against North Alabama will be a White Out game.

The Sycamores will be wearing their all-white uniforms and white helmets in honor of the three students who passed away following the tragic accident on August 21. Indiana State is grieving the loss of Jayden Musili, as well as freshman football players Christian Eubanks and Caleb VanHooser who died in a tragic one-car accident.

Indiana State football will also feature a new helmet sticker this season in honor of their former teammates.

All fans and students are encouraged to wear their white in support of the Sycamores at the home opener.

Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. against the Lions. The game is set for be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

(INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer was unable to overcome a trio of second-half goals as the Sycamores fell to visiting Toledo on Sunday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, 3-0.

The Sycamores (0-2-1) honored the six seniors in their 2022 class in a pregame ceremony prior to the game. Tara Hoffman, CeCe Wahlberg, Chloee Kooker, Serra Hanrahan, Anna Holcombe, and Liz Humphrey were all recognized with their families on the field prior to kick-off as the Sycamores closed out their home August schedule.

Morgan Otteson scored two goals for visiting Toledo (1-1-2), while Ashton Cassell added a goal in the 81st minute as the visiting Rockets picked up the win.

Mackenzie Kent led the Sycamores with two shots, including Indiana State’s lone attempt on goal in the contest, while Audrey Stephens and Ella Roesch also fired shots in the contest.

Tara Hoffman and Maddie Alexander both picked up three saves each for the Sycamores in goal. Toledo’s Emma Boutorwick recorded one save in the win.

Both teams played out a scoreless first half on a hot day at Memorial Stadium. The teams broke for water breaks in both halves with the heat index hovering around triple-digits on the artificial turf.

Mackenzie Kent put the Sycamores’ lone shot on goal in the 13th minute in the bottom left, but Boutorwick was there for the save to keep the scoreless contest intact.

Toledo broke the seal on the goal in the 61st minute as Morgan Otteson collected the rebound on a penalty kick inside the box. Her second attempt went into the lower right corner of the net and gave the Rockets the 1-0 lead.

The Rockets added goals in the 81st and 84th minutes with Ashton Cassell firing from the top left of the box, while Otteson scored her second goal off the assist from Stephanie Currie to provide the final margin.

The Sycamores had one final attempt to get on the scoreboard in the 67th minute as Ella Roesch fought for position in the box on the corner kick. Her header attempt cleared the cross bar and went out of play to cap the ISU scoring attempts.

Up Next

Indiana State is back on the road next week as the Sycamores make the trip to Bloomington, Ind. for a Thursday night contest against Indiana University. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Hoosiers is set for 8 p.m. at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

(INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The U.S. Lawns Fall Football Preseason continues as Indiana State football prepares for the upcoming September 1 kickoff against North Alabama.

The Sycamores will be breaking down the team throughout the fall camp toward the opener in Terre Haute with position-by-position group previews, as well as opponent previews. In today’s edition, we take a look at the specialists.

Positional Breakdown

Returners: Brayden Johnson, Anthony Beacom

Additions/Newcomers: Leyton Czarnecki, Harry Traum, Stephen Ruiz, Ryan O’Grady, Joseph Sopiarz, Jayden Perry

Things to Watch

Kicking Battles

The Indiana State kicking game is in good hands heading into the 2022 season as the Sycamores welcomed two placekickers to the roster in the offseason. Stephen Ruiz and Ryan O’Grady both have been battling throughout the entirety of the preseason camp and provide two potent weapons for Indiana State in the kicking game.

Ruiz transferred into the Sycamores by way of Boston College where he lined up in two games in the 2020 season. The redshirt junior has shown a strong leg in the kickoff game and likely will be the day one starter in the kick game for ISU on the year. O’Grady’s story in a little more unusual. After an early preseason Ruiz injury, O’Grady joined the Sycamores in fall camp and immediately converted several field goals in his first practice. One year after ISU struggled in the field goal game (6-of-12, long of 48), the Sycamores now feature two athletes with the ability to hit consistently from within 50 yards.

Punting It Away

Gone is do-everything punter Travis Reiner following a strong redshirt senior campaign that saw him finish among the Missouri Valley Football leaders in punts downed inside the 20 (22), while averaging 40.2 yards per attempt. Reiner had served as the team’s primary punter in each of his final three seasons with the Sycamores and he capped his year with a two-point conversion pass in the win over Illinois State.

Returner Anthony Beacom and newcomer Harry Traum will both have the first opportunity to replace the former Sycamore great. Beacom transferred to the Sycamores by way of Northern Illinois prior to the 2021 season. He has taken a leadership role on the Sycamore special teams and could be in the mix to serve as the primary holder on all field goal attempts. Traum, a Melbourne, Australia native, is in his first season playing American football after playing Australian rules in high school. Together, the duo has been fighting for the starting role heading into the 2022 season.

Snapping Back

Keeping with the theme among the Sycamore special teams, it’s two more newcomers fighting for the starting long snapper role following the graduation of All-Conference selection Wyatt Harwood. The Sycamores welcomed two newcomers to the roster this season in true freshman Joseph Sopiarz and redshirt sophomore Jayden Perry.

Sopiarz joined the Sycamores by way of Glenbard High School as the Carol Stream, Ill. native was perfect on his snaps for both punts and field goals in his senior season. Perry transferred into ISU by way of Coastal Carolina University with the redshirt sophomore lining up in two games in 2020 after a standout high school career as a linebacker. Both are expected to be in the mix this season with Perry slated as the starter heading into the regular season.

Numbers Watch

6 – Indiana State’s kicking game produced six field goals in the 2021 season over 12 attempts on the year.

48 – Alan Selzer kicked a season-long 48-yard field goal in the 2021 opener against Eastern Illinois last year.

22 – Travis Reiner was one of the best in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in pinning the ball inside the 20-yard line. He connected on 22 punts that were downed inside the opponent 20 this past year and helped the Sycamores in the field position battle.

10 – Reiner added 10 punts that traveled 50-plus yards sitting fifth in the MVFC in the statistical category last season.

(PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team earned a 1-1 tie at Belmont on Sunday (Aug. 28) afternoon.

It was a scoreless match until 58th minute when the Mastodons found the back of the net. Moses Akimana scored the goal, assisted by Cesar Cosio. Both Akimana and Cosio finished the weekend’s two matches with three points each.

The Bruins knotted it in the 79th minute. Case Cox had the goal. Michael Saunders assisted. It stayed 1-1 until the final buzzer.

The ‘Dons finished the game with a 6-5 edge in shots on goal and a 5-2 advantage in corners.

The tie comes against a Belmont team that went 13-5-1 last season in the SoCon. This is their first season in the Missouri Valley.

Belmont is now 1-0-1. The ‘Dons are 0-1-1.

Purdue Fort Wayne has their home opener set for Friday (Sept. 2) against Western Illinois. Kick at Hefner is set for 3 p.m.

(PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Mackenzie Evans led the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team to a 1-1 tie with Bellarmine on Sunday (Aug. 28) at the Hefner Soccer Complex.

With no clock stoppages until the Mastodons’ goal in the 77th minute, the matchup between former Great Lakes Valley Conference foes was relatively uneventful until that point.

The Mastodons got the first shot on goal of the game in the 16th minute when Zoe Greenhalge knocked a low roller to the middle of the goal. The ‘Dons only had one more on-target strike in the first half, a similar shot from freshman Lauren Klusek.

After a nil-nil halftime, the ‘Dons got two quick shots out of Morgan Reitano before an on-frame shot from Rylee Vruggink in minute 61.


Evans broke up the tie by feeding in a worm-burner to the left corner off a feed from Isabelle Wissel with 23 minutes left in the contest. It was Evans’ third goal of the season and Wissel’s first-career assist.

Bellarmine scored the equalizer in the minute 85 after a feed from a corner kick into the box.

The Mastodons led in shots 9-7, shots on goal 5-3 and corners 5-2. Reitano finished with three shots to lead the match.

With the draw, Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 1-1-2, while Bellarmine goes to 1-1-2. The Mastodons are back in action on Thursday (Sept. 1) when the Ball State Cardinals visit the Hefner Soccer Complex.

(SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER)

DEKALB, Ill. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer played to a 1-1 draw in a tough, competitive match Sunday against the Northern Illinois Huskies to kick off a two-match road swing for the Screaming Eagles.

Both squads took some time in the first half to get settled into the flow of the match Sunday. The opening 45 minutes was a defensive battle.

Senior forward Taylor Hall (Grayson, Kentucky) took the first shot of the match for USI in the eighth minute, the first of four shots in the first half for Southern Indiana. The Screaming Eagles had two on target, both saved by the Huskies’ freshman goalkeeper Deighton Wamer, who finished with three saves. There were only nine combined shots by both sides in the first half.

Shortly after halftime and in the 53rd minute, Hall scored the first goal of the match and her first of the season. The assist was credited to freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana), her first helper of the season. The Screaming Eagles gained possession near midfield, played the ball up the far side of the field across from the benches, and went on a 2-on-1 break. Murphy entered the box and slotted a pass across the six-yard area, where Hall connected on the backend of the pass and tapped it in the goal.

Northern Illinois quickly answered with a goal of their own in the next minute. Junior midfielder Claudia Muessig scored her first of the season for the Huskies. The play started with a near-side cross toward the far post side, where she headed the ball back across the face of the goal and in the near-side netting.

Both sides looked to find a go-ahead goal in the latter portion of the second half, but quality looks were at a premium for the rest of the match.

Southern Indiana took a total of nine shots, placing four on goal. Northern Illinois had 11 shots but only three on target.

Individually, Hall and junior forward Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio) led USI with two shots. USI’s four shots on goal came from four different players. Senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) made two saves Sunday.

The Screaming Eagles will conclude the two-match road swing at 7 p.m. Thursday against the North Alabama Lions from Florence, Alabama. Live video coverage will be available with an ESPN+ subscription.

USI fans can stay up-to-date with the latest at usiscreamingeagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

(VALPO VOLLEYBALL)

Three members of the Valpo volleyball team received special notice for their efforts in helping the Beacons win the DoubleTree-Youngstown Invitational on the opening weekend of the 2022 season, highlighted by the selection of sophomore Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) as Tournament MVP. Swistek was joined on the All-Tournament Team by senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) and freshman Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn).

Whether starting the match or entering mid-match, Swistek was lethal all weekend long. The sophomore played the final two sets of the win over Delaware State and hit .500 with nine kills on just 16 swings. On Friday afternoon, Swistek played the first two sets of the sweep of Idaho, hitting .333 with seven kills on just 12 swings and picking up seven digs. Then, in the championship match versus host Youngstown State, Swistek entered with the Beacons trailing 7-1 in the second set and Valpo outscored YSU 70-46 from that point forward. In her two and a half sets of action, Swistek hit .368 with nine kills on 19 swings and ranked second on the team with 14 digs.

For the weekend, Swistek hit at a sparkling .404 clip, putting down 25 kills (3.57/set) on just 47 swings. Defensively, she tallied 24 digs (3.43/set) as well. The sophomore ended the weekend ranked among the MVC’s top-10 in hitting percentage, kills/set and digs/set.

Ravotto paced the Beacons in kills in each of the two matches she played in. She opened the weekend with a match-best 15 kills in the win over Delaware State, the third-highest tally of her career, and added 10 digs as well to start the season with a double-double for a fourth consecutive season. In the title match against YSU, Ravotto led all players with 16 kills and hit at a .302 clip. She also tallied seven digs against the Penguins and registered three service aces, two of which came during the crucial service run late in the fourth set.

For the weekend, Ravotto hit .247 with a team-high 31 kills (3.88/set) and added 17 digs (2.13/set). She ranked fifth in the Valley on opening weekend in kills/set.

Seeing her first collegiate action, Hickey stepped right in to the program’s strong tradition of excellence at libero. Hickey led all players with 22 digs in the win over Delaware State and added five assists, and followed by tying for team-high honors with nine digs to go with three assists in the sweep of Idaho. In the tournament decider, Hickey led all players with 28 digs as Valpo took down Youngstown State and added six assists.

Hickey tallied 59 digs over the three matches, averaging 5.36 digs/set — a mark which easily paced all MVC players on opening weekend. She chipped in 14 assists (1.27/set) as well.

For Ravotto, it was her second career All-Tournament Team accolade, while Swistek and Hickey pick up tournament recognition for the first time. Hickey is the first Valpo freshman to earn an All-Tournament Team honor in her first weekend of collegiate competition since Brittany Anderson and Rylee Cookerly did so in 2017 at the Notre Dame Golden Dome Invitational. Notably, Hickey is the fourth straight Valpo libero to come in, start on opening weekend as a true freshman and receive All-Tournament Team accolades, as Cookerly, Morganne Longoria (2013 — UCF Invitational) and Taylor Root (2009 — Florida Campus USA Credit Union Invite) all did so as well.

(U OF I VOLLEYBALL)

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team travelled the four and half hours to Insititute, W.Va. to take on the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets. The Greyhounds went on to fall 3-1 in the afternoon contest.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Yellow Jackets came out of the gate aggressive pushing deep into Greyhound territory. They capitalized on that, scoring the first goal of the contest off a 30-yard free kick by Fran Soares-Cupertino. They kept that momentum in their favor limiting the Hounds offensive pressure, with the first Hounds shot coming in the 27th minute. Just three minutes later it was a two-goal game in favor of the home team when Esther Dhiramo scored off a corner kick.

It was back and forth action to start the second period up until the 60th minute when Soares-Cupertino netted her second goal of the game to give the West Virginia State a 3-0 goal lead. UIndy was not to be shutout, however, Maria Herrero answered back with her second goal of the season at the 67th minute to make it 3-1. The game concluded from that point with only one more shot taken.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– The Yellow Jackets out shot the Hounds 10-4, seven of their shots being on goal.

– UIndy was called on fouls twice to the Yellow Jackets 14.

– The Hounds had four saves in the contest.

UP NEXT

The Hounds stay on the road for their next contest, travelling to Cedarville, Ohio to take on the Yellow Jackets on Aug. 21 at 7 p.m.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7850.60945 – 2033 – 3035 – 2322 – 714 – 125 – 5L 2
Tampa Bay7057.5517.542 – 2328 – 3430 – 2514 – 1516 – 97 – 3W 1
Toronto6858.540936 – 2832 – 3027 – 2419 – 1515 – 146 – 4L 3
Baltimore6760.52810.537 – 2430 – 3627 – 2913 – 1417 – 96 – 4L 1
Boston6266.4841631 – 3431 – 3218 – 3615 – 1221 – 83 – 7L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6759.53232 – 2535 – 3412 – 1431 – 2412 – 135 – 5L 1
Minnesota6561.516238 – 2827 – 3315 – 1230 – 2012 – 174 – 6W 3
Chi White Sox6365.492530 – 3433 – 3115 – 1727 – 2713 – 142 – 8L 4
Kansas City5277.40316.532 – 3720 – 4012 – 2023 – 2610 – 184 – 6W 1
Detroit5078.3911829 – 3521 – 439 – 2022 – 368 – 136 – 4W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8247.63643 – 2039 – 2710 – 1223 – 840 – 216 – 4W 1
Seattle7058.54711.535 – 2835 – 3016 – 1710 – 735 – 286 – 4W 1
Texas5869.4572328 – 3630 – 335 – 1417 – 1326 – 346 – 4L 2
LA Angels5573.43026.526 – 3629 – 379 – 2214 – 925 – 294 – 6W 3
Oakland4881.3723422 – 4326 – 3812 – 1811 – 1822 – 365 – 5W 2
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8247.63643 – 2039 – 2743 – 1915 – 517 – 136 – 4L 1
Atlanta7950.612342 – 2437 – 2632 – 2221 – 1216 – 117 – 3L 2
Philadelphia7256.5639.539 – 3033 – 2629 – 2720 – 1016 – 117 – 3L 1
Miami5572.4332626 – 3529 – 3725 – 2811 – 1512 – 203 – 7L 1
Washington4385.33638.520 – 4623 – 399 – 4213 – 1615 – 184 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7454.57842 – 2232 – 3214 – 1633 – 1917 – 97 – 3W 2
Milwaukee6759.532633 – 2534 – 3411 – 1333 – 2910 – 135 – 5W 2
Chi Cubs5573.4301928 – 3827 – 3513 – 929 – 318 – 214 – 6L 2
Cincinnati5076.3972326 – 3624 – 4012 – 2219 – 268 – 214 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh4879.37825.526 – 3622 – 438 – 2022 – 3114 – 173 – 7W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8838.69845 – 1643 – 2217 – 1221 – 935 – 127 – 3W 1
San Diego7059.54319.535 – 2835 – 3119 – 1519 – 1026 – 255 – 5L 1
San Francisco6165.4842734 – 2927 – 3614 – 1317 – 1120 – 312 – 8L 4
Arizona5967.4682932 – 3227 – 3514 – 1413 – 1521 – 316 – 4W 3
Colorado5574.42634.536 – 3219 – 429 – 2211 – 1227 – 304 – 6W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1918       Cubs southpaw Lefty Tyler tosses a gem, beating the Reds at Wrigley Field, 1-0. The victory clinches the National League pennant for Chicago, which will end the season 10.5 games ahead of the second-place Giants.

1934       In the nightcap of a twin bill, Schoolboy Rowe, after sixteen straight victories, finally loses when the A’s chase him after seven innings in a 13-5 final at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. In his last start, the Tiger right-hander tied the American League record for consecutive wins shared by Smoky Joe Wood, Walter Johnson, and Lefty Grove.

1939       Wheaties sponsors the first telecast of a baseball game when their ads air during the Ebbets Field contest between the Reds and the Dodgers. The commercial broadcast is available only in New York City, where approximately 500 people own television sets.

1948       Jackie Robinson hits for the backward cycle when he homers in the first inning, triples in the fourth, doubles in the sixth, completing the rare event with a single in the eighth. In addition to his ten total bases, the Dodger second baseman drives in two runs, scores three times, and steals a base, helping Brooklyn beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 12-7.

1951       With his second home run of the game, the sixth time he has accomplished the feat this year, Gil Hodges hits his 36th round-tripper to establish a new franchise record for homers in a season. The Dodger first baseman’s seventh-inning three-run blast in the team’s 13-1 rout of Cincinnati at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field surpasses the mark of 35 set by Babe Herman in 1930.

1951       The Yankees send rookie hurler Lew Burdette and $50,000 to the Braves for 33-year-old right-hander Johnny Sain. The trade will come back to haunt the Bronx Bombers when the right-hander throws three complete-game victories in the 1957 World Series won by Milwaukee in seven games.

1965       Giants center fielder Willie Mays breaks Ralph Kiner’s record for home runs in a month when the ‘Say Hey Kid’ hits a moon shot off Jack Fischer for his 17th round-tripper in an 8-3 victory over New York. The former Pirates outfielder, now a broadcaster for the Mets on WHN radio and WOR-TV, calls the four-bagger, which breaks the monthly mark he established with 16 round-trippers in 1949 during September.

1966       On a typically cool night at Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, the Beatles play their final concert, ending their half-hour set with Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.” The ‘Fab Four’s performance on a five-foot stage, located just behind second base surrounded by a six-foot-high wire fence, is less than stellar due to the ballpark’s inadequate lighting, poor acoustics, and the group’s growing disdain of doing live shows.

1966       Robin Roberts, getting the Cubs’ 4-2 win in relief, becomes the first and only pitcher to beat the Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta Braves. On Independence Day in 1948, the future Hall of Famer went the distance to notch his third career big league victory, beating the Boston Braves at Shibe Park in his rookie year with the Phillies.

1967       Kansas City’s leadoff batter Bert Campaneris’ three triples at the spacious Municipal Stadium are to no avail as the home team loses to Cleveland in ten innings, 9-8. The A’s shortstop becomes the first American Leaguer to accomplish the feat since Ben Chapman tagged a trio of three-baggers in 1939 for the Tribe.

1971       Braves’ outfielder Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the National League to drive in at least 100 runs in eleven different seasons. The future Hall of Famer will collect 2297 RBIs during his 23-year Hall of Fame career to set an all-time major league mark.

1972       In a 3-0 victory, Giants’ right-hander Jim Barr retires the first 20 Cardinals he faces today, setting a major league record of recording 41 consecutive outs, having retired the final 21 players in his previous appearance against the first-place Pirates.

1977       After four seasons and 1,382 major league at-bats, Duane Kuiper hits his first and only homer when he goes deep off Steve Stone in the Indians’ 9-2 victory over the White Sox at Cleveland Stadium. The 27-year-old second baseman will come to bat 3,379 times during his 12-year career, establishing the modern major league record for most career at-bats with exactly one home run.

1977       At Jack Murphy Stadium, 39-year-old Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock swipes his 893rd bag, breaking Ty Cobb’s 49-year-old major league career record for stolen bases. The Georgia Peach had established the mark in 1928 as a member of the Philadelphia A’s at the age of 41.

1977       In a 6-1 loss at Baltimore, Angel starter Nolan Ryan, who will finish the season fanning 341 batters, strikes out 11 Orioles to pass the 300 mark for the fifth time in his career. The future Hall of Fame right-hander will retire as baseball’s all-time leader with 5,714, averaging 9.5 K’s per nine innings.

1985       Don Baylor is hit by a first-inning pitch thrown by Angels’ hurler Kirk McCaskill. The Yankee DH has been plunked 190 times, breaking, pardon the expression, the American League record established by Minnie Minoso in 1963 while playing with the White Sox.

1986       The Angels, down by eight runs in the bottom of the final frame, score nine times to beat the Tigers, 13-12. Dick Schofield, batting for the second time in the inning, completes the amazing comeback with a two-out walk-off grand slam off Willie Hernandez.

1989       Giving up just three singles, recently acquired Mets southpaw Frank Viola outduels Orel Hershiser and beats the Dodgers, 1-0. The classic contest between two aces marked the first time in baseball history that the reigning winners of the Cy Young Award have faced one another in the regular season.

1993       Joining Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, George Brett becomes the third player in baseball history to swipe his 200th stolen base and collect 3,000 hits and 300 home runs. The Royals’ third baseman’s historic heist occurs during a 5-4, 12-inning victory over the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium.

1995       With two out in the ninth inning at Three Rivers Stadium, Paul Wagner loses a no-hitter against the Rockies on an infield single by Andres Galarraga. The 27-year-old Pirates right-hander will win the game, 4-0, but will lead the National League in losses this season, posting a 5-16 record for Pittsburgh.

1996       The Orioles become the first major league team to have seven players hit 20 or more home runs in the same season when Bobby Bonilla goes deep off right-hander Bob Wells in the first inning of a 9-6 loss to Seattle at the Kingdome. The other Baltimore sluggers to reach the plateau are Rafael Palmeiro, Roberto Alomar, Cal Ripken, B.J. Surhoff, Brady Anderson, and Chris Hoiles.

1998       Derek Jeter hits his 17th home run to establish a new record for Yankee shortstops. The 24-year-old infielder surpasses Roy Smalley’s 1982 mark when he goes deep to right field off Bob Wells in the team’s 11-6 victory over Seattle in the Bronx.

1999       Tony Eusebio’s home run in the top of the 13th inning is the difference in the Astros’ 11-9 victory over the Braves in Atlanta. The Houston catcher’s homer breaks the skid of eleven consecutive losses, which is a team record.

2000       On a night when every player in the Astros’ starting lineup gets a hit, reserve catcher Tony Eusebio’s hitting streak ends at 24 games, a franchise record. The backup backstop’s accomplishment is the fifth-longest by a big-league catcher since 1900.

2000       Darin Erstad, going 3-for-5, gets his 200th hit of the season in the Angels’ 9-4 comeback victory over the Blue Jays at Edison Field. The Anaheim DH reaches the 200-hit plateau quicker than any other player since Cardinal outfielder Ducky Medwick, who accomplished the feat in 131 games in 1935.

2000       When the Braves come to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning trailing the Reds, 4-2, a power spike causes most of the lights to go out at Turner Field, causing a 12-minute delay. The Atlanta crowd hears a rendition of the song, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” waiting for the game to resume.

2001       The Cardinals score two runs on a strikeout when runners, breaking from first and second, score after pinch-hitter Bobby Bonilla throws his bat down the third-base line after striking out, causing the Padres’ third baseman Phil Nevin to duck. At the same time, catcher Ben Davis’s throw to an unmanned third base goes into left field, allowing Edgar Renteria to score from second, followed by Eli Marrero tallying from first as left fielder Rickey Henderson misplays the errant throw.

2002       Mark Bellhorn becomes the first National Leaguer and joins Carlos Baerga as the only other switch-hitter to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning. The Cub infielder connects off southpaw Andrew Lorraine to start Chicago’s 10-run fourth-frame and then goes deep again with a three-run homer with two outs off Jose Cabrera in the team’s eventual 13-10 victory over the Brewers at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.

2002       To show their displeasure about tomorrow’s impending strike, fans at the Devil Ray-Angel game begin throwing trash, causing the ejection of over 100 people, and foul balls back onto the field at Edison Field. The addition of new words to the traditional seventh-inning rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” as many of the fans in attendance begin to chant, “Don’t strike! Don’t strike! Don’t strike!”.

2004       At Toronto’s SkyDome, Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek joins George Bell, Joe Carter, Tony Fernandez, Dave Stieb, Cito Gaston, and Pat Gillick as the seventh member of the club’s Level of Excellence. The team’s highest award for individual achievement comes as an emotional surprise for the play-by-play announcer, who called 4,306 consecutive regular-season games and another 41 postseason contests during the first 28 seasons of the franchise’s existence.

2004       In the eighth inning of the Cardinals’ 4-0 victory over the Bucs, Albert Pujols drives in a run with a solo shot at PNC Park, his 40th home run this season, to become only the fourth player to start a major league career with four consecutive seasons with at least 100 RBIs. The 24-year-old St. Louis first baseman joins Hall of Famers Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams in accomplishing the feat.

2006       In a pregame ceremony at Coors Field, the Rockies unveil a five-sided commemorative plaque planned for marking the exact spot of Mile High Stadium’s home plate, now located in the parking lot. Although the team played just two seasons at the old ballpark, the structure, built in 1948, served as the home for the popular minor league Denver Bears, the precursor of a major league team arriving in 1993.

2006       Roy Oswalt and the Astros agree on a $73 million contract extension, keeping the two-time 20-game winner in Houston for five years. The right-hander signs the largest multi-season deal in franchise history on his 29th birthday.

2006       With his two homers (726, 727) in a 13-8 losing effort to the Braves at Miller Park, Giants slugger Barry Bonds passes Sammy Sosa into second place with 69 career multi-homer games. Babe Ruth hit two or more homers on 72 occasions during his 22-year career in the majors.

2006       The Astros center fielder Willy Taveras’ consecutive game hitting streak is stopped at 30, establishing a new franchise record. The 24-year-old Houston leadoff hitter plunked twice by Brewer starter Tomo Ohka goes 0-for-3 in the team’s 10-3 victory at Minute Maid Park.

2007       With Bobby Abreu at-bat and Derek Jeter on second base in the second inning at Yankee Stadium, visiting Red Sox manager Terry Francona is told to go to the dugout tunnel to show compliance with baseball’s dress code. The Boston skipper, who is known not to wear his uniform jersey underneath his pullover, is upset with the timing of ‘Shirtgate’ because the inspection takes place during the game.

2008       The Rays record their first winning season in the 11-year-old history of the franchise by beating the Orioles, 14-3. Tampa Bay, presently in first place with an 82-51 record, had never won more than 70 games in a season.

2010       After initially ruling Brian McCann’s drive a double, the umpires take only 86 seconds to overturn the call, making it the first time in baseball history a game ends with a walk-off home run thanks to a video review of a play. The backstop’s ninth-inning round-tripper, which bounced off the top of the outfield wall and struck a second barrier, gives the Braves a 7-6 comeback victory over Florida.

2010       Nationals manager Jim Riggleman benches Nyjer Morgan for the outfielder’s ‘unprofessional’ play during yesterday’s 14-5 victory over St. Louis. After bowling over and severely injured Bryan Anderson in the bottom of the eighth inning, even though the Cardinal catcher didn’t have the ball, the ump calls the center fielder out on the play when he neglected to touch home plate.

2010       In a pregame ceremony before their game against the Yankees, the White Sox retire Frank Thomas’ jersey number 35. The ‘Big Hurt,’ a two-time American League MVP who played 16 of his 19 years in the big leagues in Chicago, retired in the offseason with a .301 lifetime batting average, along with 521 homers and 1,704 RBIs.

2012       Darwin Barney sets a National League single-season record when he plays in his 114th straight errorless game at second base, established in 2010 by Padres’ infielder David Eckstein, when official scorer Bob Rosenberg changes his scoring of the mishandled throw. The 26-year-old Gold Glover originally received an error in the Cubs’ 3-1 loss to the Brewers at Wrigley Field for his toss to Luis Valbuena, but the retired sportswriter changed his mind, giving the third baseman an error for muffing the catch.

2014       Minnesota, dating back to its origins in the nation’s capital, becomes the 16th franchise in baseball history to reach the 10,000 home run plateau. The historic homer, struck by the Twin third baseman Trevor Plouffe, receives little fanfare, being the only tally the team scores in a 9-1 loss in Baltimore.

2017       Whit Merrifield’s third-inning two-out home run off Rays right-hander Alex Cobb ends the Royals’ franchise-record scoreless streak at 45 frames, three shy of the major league mark established by the 1968 Cubs and the 1906 A’s. With their 6-2 victory at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City snaps a five-game losing skid, staying in contention for the second American League Wild Card spot.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1970

After a devastating loss to the “adolescent” New York Mets in the ’69 Series, the Baltimore Orioles returned to the top of the American League determined to make amends for their previous postseason failure. Their newest adversaries, the Cincinnati Reds, swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the National’s Championship Series under rookie manager Sparky Anderson. The soon-to-be “Big Red Machine” boasted a strong pitching rotation that featured Jim Merritt (a twenty game winner), Wayne Simpson (14-3) and Gary Nolan (18-7) as well as another standout named Pete Rose. The Orioles rotation featured Mike Cuellar, a twenty-four game victor and a tough line-up that included lumberjack Boog Powell and fielding wizard Brooks Robinson.

Game 1 welcomed the World Series debut of the newly christened Riverfront Stadium, which had replaced Crosley Field as the Reds’ home in late June. The artificial surface and “soup bowl- surroundings” were the first of their kind to host a Fall Classic. Home-field advantage appeared to be in effect as Lee Mays came out swinging with a two run homer that gave Cincinnati a 3-0 lead, but the Orioles came back with their own two run blast by Powell that was followed with home runs by Ellie Hendricks and Brooks Robinson. Baltimore emerged the 4-3 winner, but the victory was soured by a controversial call at the plate by umpire Ken Burkhart. With one out and two base runners on (Tommy Helms at first and Bernie Carbo at third), the Reds’ pinch-hitter Ty Cline popped a high tee-shot off of Jim Palmer in front of home plate, (which Burkhart promptly called a fair ball). Baltimore’s catcher Ellie Hendricks snatched up the spinning duck and (after turning to first) spun around in an attempt to tag out Carbo who was speeding home. As Hendricks’ dove toward the plate, he ran into the umpire before reaching the sliding runner. Burkhart, obviously distracted during the collision, called Carbo out on contact. Despite their arguments the verdict stood (although replays have clearly depicted the Oriole catcher tagging Carbo with an empty glove). Brooks Robinson also provided a “replay worthy” moment in the Reds’ sixth after making a spectacular backhanded catch and spinning to throw out Dave May who had fired a bouncing cannonball between the fielder and the bag.

Cincinnati entered Game 2 just as they had the opener, with an early 3-0 lead. Unfortunately Baltimore also mimicked their previous days performance with a fourth inning homer by Hendricks that lit off a five run rally in the fifth ending in a 6-5 triumph that put the visitors up two games to none. Game 3 was a highlight film for Brooks Robinson who was playing superb defense against anything the Reds sent his way. After Pete Rose and Bobby Tolan both started with consecutive hits, Robinson made a sensational, leaping grab of Tony Perez’s hopper, stepped on third and fired to first for a perfect double play. Dave McNally closed the inning by inducing Johnny Bench to fly out as Robinson traded his “golden glove” for a wooden bat. Stepping up to the plate, “Hoover” as he was called, nailed a first-inning double that scored Don Buford and Frank Robinson. Back on the field in the second, Robinson snagged a slow Tommy Helms’ grounder to throw out the sprinting second baseman and in the sixth; he made a diving glove-handed catch of another Bench liner.

McNally also contributed on both sides of the ball and aided his own cause with a bases-loaded homer in the sixth off Wayne Granger. The grand slam equaled Bob Gibson’s record of two World Series homers by a pitcher and Don Buford and Frank Robinson followed suite with homers of their own for the 9-3 victory. With their backs against the ropes, Cincinnati was on the verge of elimination. Gary Nolan was given the difficult responsibility of keeping his ball club afloat, but cracked under the pressure and was pulled after 2 2/3 innings. An injured Jim Merritt came in as relief and held the Orioles lead to two as the Nationals trailed 5-3 in the eighth. Lee May, well aware of the desperate situation his team faced, seized the opportunity to play hero and launched a timely three run homer for the 6-5, Series-extending victory. Merritt, still reeling from a sore elbow, returned in Game 5, but was unable to make it through the second-inning. His teammates managed to take Cuellar for three runs on four hits in the top of the first, but it would be only offense generated for the rest of the contest as the Orioles pitched shutout baseball the rest of the way. In the end, it was Baltimore who prevailed with a second 9-3 decision that erased all memories of the ’69 Series and returned the championship crown to the American League’s clubhouse. Despite the loss, the Reds were far from finished and would return to the Fall Classic (in two short years) “bigger” and better than ever.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1979

Once again, the All-Star Game headed indoors at the Kingdome for a close game that belonged to anybody as six times in nine innings the lead was tied or lossed.

The American League was leading 6-5 going into the eighth when the National League tied it on a Lee Mazzilli home run. Brian Downing led off the bottom of the inning with a single against Bruce Sutter. A sacrifice moved Downing along and Reggie Jackson was walked intentionally. One out later, Graig Nettles singled to right and, with Downing trying to score, Dave Parker rifled the ball to catcher Gary Carter. Carter forced Downing to the inside of the plate and applied the inning-ending tag as Downing made a head-first dive.

Pete Rose played the last four innings at first base and set a record as the only player ever to play five different positions in the All-Star competition. During his appearances he had played first base, second base, third base, right field and left field.

As the 1970’s came to a close, the National League had once again dominated the decade, leaving the American League embarrassed and looking forward to gaining some respect in the 80’s.

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

August 29, 1935 – The 2nd ever Chicago Charities College Football All-Star Game is played at Soldier Field as the hometown favorite Bears defeated the collegians by a very rare score of 5-0. 77,450 in attendance witnessed the event. A very interesting player from the University of Michigan played in this game for the All-Stars, a certain Gerald Ford, yes the one that became President of the United States in 1973.

August 29, 1940 – The 7th annual Chicago Charities All-Star game is played in the Windy City as the Green Bay Packers treat the over 84,500 fans in attendance at Soldier Field to a 45-28 drubbing of the All-Stars. The game’s MVP was Ambrose Schindler the runningback from Southern Cal.

August 29, 2018 – Packer’s starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed a record contract extension worth $103 million in guaranteed money for the 4 year $134 million with a top side of $180 million with incentives to play for Green Bay.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

August 29, 1896 – George McLaren was a former fullback for the University of Pittsburgh who was an All-American in 1917 and 1918 under the legendary coaching of Pop Warner. Remarkably he was never stopped for a loss on any recorded running play where he carried the ball! He was enshrined in 1965 into the College Football Hall of Fame.

August 29, 1915 – George Cafego was a former halfback that played for the University of Tennessee from 1936 through 1939. As a Vol he rushed for 2139 total yards and was voted as an All-American twice. Cafego was also a finalist for the Heisman Memorial Trophy. George Cafego was the number one overall pick in the 1940 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals and played a few seasons with the Cards. After that he played one season with the Brooklyn Dodgers Football team before serving his country in the Army during World War II. During his Army service he played a few games for the Newport News Builders of the Dixie League. When his war service ended in 1943 he returned to the Brooklyn team and then shortly after was traded to the Washington Redskins. The 1944 and 1945 seasons saw Cafego play football for the Boston Yanks and then retiring from the game. Cafego was seleceted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.

August 29, 1924 – Clyde Scott was a former U.S naval Academy and University of Arkansas fullback who entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971’s induction class. Scott was a speedster and this showed when in the 1948 Olypics in London he brought home a Silver Medal in the 110 meter hurdles. He was the 8th player chosen overall in the 1948 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and later played for the Detroit Lions. Clyde played on two NFL Championship teams the 1949 Eagles and the 1952 Lions. The University of Arkansas retired his jersey number 12, as one of only two that were ever retired by the school.

August 29, 1939 – Bob Ferguson was a fullback from Ohio State University. After a great 1961 season, Ferguson was the winner of the Maxwell Award and the runner up for the Heisman. He became a first round draft pick of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers of the AFL and chose to play for the Steelers. He suffered a head injury early on in his NFL career so after two seasons with the Steelers and Minnesota Vikings he retired from football. In 1996 Bob Ferguson was recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame when they enshrined him into their museum of football legends.

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

7 – 3 – 32 – 24 – 33 – 5 – 25 – 9

August 29, 1885 – Philadelphia’s Charlie Ferguson tossed no-hitter against Providence, by the score of 1-0. An all-around natural athlete who starred for the Philadelphia Quakers of the National League from 1884 through 1887, and then at the age of 25 suffered and untimely death. His trajectory prior to his death showed that he very well could have been one of the top MLB players of the 19th century.

August 29, 1925 – After a night on the town, Babe Ruth showed up late for batting practice and so Yankees skipper, Miller Huggins suspended Ruth and slapped a $5,000 fine on him

August 29, 1964 – On Elston Howard Night, to celebrate the first African-American Yankees roster member, Mickey Mantle, Number 7 tied (Number 3) Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record at 1,330 when he went down swinging. Howard had worn Number 32 with the Yankees back in 1955.

August 29, 1965 – Willie Mays, Number 24 set a National League record for home runs in a month with his 17th of August

August 29, 1972 – San Francisco Giants Jim Barr, Number 33 retired the 1st 20 batters he faced which when added to last 21 he retired in his last prvious start, some 6 days earlier, it took it to an MLB record of 41 in a row.

August 29, 1977 – MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock, Number 20 eclipsed Ty Cobb’s 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3

August 29, 1982 – George Brett, Number 5 of the Kansas City Royals batted his 1,500th hit

August 29, 1985 – New York Yankees batter Don Baylor, Number 25 was hit by a pitch for an MLB record 190th time. Just 5 days prior to this he tied legend Minnie Minoso at the mark of 189.

August 29, 2009 – Cristiano Ronaldo, wearing Number 9 made his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña

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