MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
LA ANGELS 9 ATLANTA 1
NY YANKEES 6 BALTIMORE 0
TORONTO 8 BOSTON 4
MINNESOTA 9 DETROIT 1
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6 CLEVELAND 3
KANSAS CITY 4 TAMPA BAY 2
TEXAS 11 OAKLAND 8
HOUSTON 8 SEATTLE 5
CHICAGO CUBS 4 PHILADELPHIA 3
MIAMI 6 PITTSBURGH 5 (10)
CINCINNATI 6 ST. LOUIS 3
MILWAUKEE 10 COLORADO 9
LA DODGERS 7 SAN FRANCISCO 4
WASHINGTON 4 ARIZONA 3
NY METS 8 SAN DIEGO 5
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 5 St. Paul 3
FORT WAYNE 8 DAYTON 0
SOUTH BEND 13 QUAD CITIES 12
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
NEW YORK 4 AUSTIN 3
LOS ANGELES 2 ATLANTA 0
DALLAS 96 INDIANA 86
SEATTLE 82 ATLANTA 72
CONNECTICUT 86 MINNESOTA 70
PGA LEADERBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=PGA
LPGA LEADERBOARD: http://hosted.stats.com/golf/final.asp?tour=LPGA
FORMULA 1 FRENCH GRAND PRIX RESULTS: http://hosted.stats.com/racing/race.asp?series=Form1&id=20220724009
NASCAR FINAL RESULTS, M&M’S FAN APPRECIATION 400:
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COLTS TRAINING CAMP
JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.
AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET
AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.
AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M.
2022 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 4||NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME, CANTON, OH JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NBC (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 1|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 11||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||ATLANTA FALCONS AT DETROIT LIONS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||NFLN (8:30 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CHICAGO BEARS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||DALLAS COWBOYS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 14||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NFLN (4:25 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 2|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 18||CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS||FOX (8:00 PM)|
|MONDAY, AUGUST 22||ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 3|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS||PRIME VIDEO (8:15 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 26||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS||NFLN (3:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||CBS (4:30 PM)|
*LIVE GAMES ON NFL NETWORK WILL BE BLACKED OUT IN THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS’ OVER-THE-AIR STATION MARKETS.
THE INDIANA SRN WEEK ONE FOOTBALL BROADCAST SCHEDULE
SPEEDWAY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V TRADERS POINT
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V JASPER
PERRY MERIDIAN V FRANKLIN CENTRAL
THE INDIANA SRN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON POLLS
- CENTER GROVE
- HARRISON (LAFAYETTE)
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- MT. VERNON
- EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
- GIBSON SOUTHERN
- OWEN VALLEY
- EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
- HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
- LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
- MONROE CENTRAL
- INDY LUTHERAN
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- COVENANT CHRISTIAN
- PARKE HERITAGE
TOP RETURNING INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL RUNNINGBACKS
(2011 YEAR’S STATS)
Clarksville High School
11G, 268C, 2,222 YARDS, 27TD
Oak Hill High School
11GP, 262C, 1,991 YARDS, 34TD
New Prairie High School
14GP, 253C, 1,735 YARDS, 17TD
Fort Wayne Wayne High School
12G, 1,671 YARDS, 13TD
Hobart High School
11G, 223C, 1,655 YARDS, 33TD
Gary West Side High School
9GP, 169C, 1,628 YARDS, 19TD
Tipton High School
12GP, 176C, 1,607 YARDS, 28TD
Rochester High School
8GP, 212C, 1,589 YARDS, 21TD
Owen Valley High School
12GP, 184C, 1,535 YARDS, 28TD
Lapel High School
10GP, 156C, 1,533 YARDS, 24TD
Tri High School
12GP, 176C, 1,533 YARDS, 23TD
North Decatur High School
11GP, 267C, 1,528 YARDS, 22TD
Paoli High School
10GP, 172C, 1,465 YARDS, 20TD
Roncalli High School
13GP, 189C, 1,458 YARDS, 17TD
Seeger High School
10GP, 241C, 1,420 YARDS, 14TD
Hanover Central High School
13GP, 211C, 1,380 YARDS, 24TD
Lafayette Central Catholic High School
13GP, 244C, 1,378 YARDS, 13TD
Covenant Christian High School
12GP, 192C, 1,335 YARDS, 19TD
North Posey High School
12GP, 166C, 1,328 YARDS, 18TD
Riverton Parke High School
10GP, 167C, 1,318 YARDS, 14TD
Indianapolis Lutheran High School
15GP, 191C, 1,298 YARDS, 11TD
New Palestine High School
12GP, 203C, 1,288 YARDS, 19TD
Evansville Mater Dei High School
15GP, 260C, 1,278 YARDS, 10TD
Triton Central High School
12GP, 183C, 1,273 YARDS, 11TD
Noblesville High School
10GP, 148C, 1,270 YARDS, 9TD
North Knox High School
12GP, 132C, 1,244 YARDS, 8TD
Mississinewa High School
12GP, 123C, 1,235 YARDS, 19TD
Triton High School
11GP, 198C, 1,189 YARDS, 11TD
Bloomington North High School
10GP, 160C, 1,137 YARDS, 16TD
Evansville Bosse High School
10GP, 199C, 1,136 YARDS, 9TD
Tri-Central High School
10GP, 190C, 1,119 YARDS, 13TD
North Judson-San Pierre High School
13GP, 157C, 1,112 YARDS, 15TD
Eastern High School
10GP, 122C, 1,103 YARDS, 12TD
Greenfield-Central High School
9GP, 166C, 1,090 YARDS, 10TD
Lawrence North High School
11GP, 246C, 1,088 YARDS, 17TD
North Harrison High School
10GP, 176C, 1,084 YARDS
Perry Central High School
9GP, 132C, 1,062 YARDS, 16TD
Tri-State Crusaders High School
9GP, 128C, 1,059 YARDS, 13TD
Bremen High School
10GP, 179C, 1,059 YARDS, 13TD
Columbia City High School
11GP, 192C, 1,067 YARDS, 9TD
North Newton High School
10GO, 218C, 1,047 YARDS, 7TD
Speedway High School
11GP, 188C, 1,042 YARDS, 12TD
Elkhart High School
10GP, 176C, 1,032 YARDS, 13TD
Osceola Grace Eagles High School
11GP, 177C, 1,007 YARDS, 9TD
Center Grove High School
14GP, 130C, 1,003 YARDS, 13TD
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
BIG PAPI A BIG HIT AT HIS BASEBALL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — David Ortiz promised to speak from the heart. As usual, Big Papi delivered.
His megawatt smile tinged with a tad of emotion, the former Boston Red Sox slugger was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday — after his daughter Alexandra sang the national anthiem — and was humbled by his surroundings.
“I want to thank God for giving me the opportunity to be here today and for giving me the joy of being able to travel this path, this path that has allowed me to be here today and hopefully inspire everyone to believe in yourself,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz was greeted by a raucous crowd chanting “Papi! Papi!” as many fans made the four-hour drive from the vicinity of Fenway Park to attend the festivities.
When he took the stage, Ortiz pointed skyward as is his wont in special moments, a way of honoring his late mother, who died two decades ago after a car accident.
“I always tried to live my life in a way … so I can make a positive influence in the world,” said the 46-year-old Ortiz, just the 58th player elected in his first year on the ballot. “And if my story can remind you of anything, let it remind you that when you believe in someone you can change the world, you can change their future, just like so many people believed in me.”
Ortiz, who survived a nightclub shooting in the Dominican Republic three years ago, soaked in the celebration.
Legions of fans crowded onto the field adjacent to Clark Sports Center, sun umbrellas and Dominican Republic flags sprinkled all around. Ortiz’s No. 34 was seemingly everywhere as fans chanted and sang in Spanish. A sign that read ‘I Love U’ summed up the admiration for Big Papi on his special day.
Six Era Committee selections also comprised in the Class of 2022 — former Twins teammates Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva, the late Minnie Miñoso, former Dodgers star and Mets manager Gil Hodges, and Black pioneers Buck O’Neil and Bud Fowler.
In 14 years with the Red Sox, Ortiz hit 500 homers — 17 of them in the postseason.
If there was a blemish, there was a report by The New York Times that said he tested positive during the 2003 survey drug test conducted by MLB and the players’ association. Ortiz was never penalized for performance-enhancing drugs, and MLB and the union never confirmed there was a positive test. The sides said the survey test results never were vetted to the point of the testing with penalties that started in 2004.
That was far from the mind on this day as Ortiz paid tribute to many in both English and Spanish.
“It’s an honor to be on this stage,” Ortiz said. “I can ask for no more.”
The 83-year-old Kaat, now a broadcaster for the Twins, pitched for a quarter of a century, winning a World Series a year before retiring in 1983. He thanked his dad for instilling the discipline needed to succeed, his wife for always being there, and his former minor league manager, 94-year-old Jack McKeon, who was in the audience.
“I am humbled and honored to be included in this fraternity, some of the greatest players to play the game, and I thank you for being part of this wonderful day,” said Kaat, a native of Zeeland, Michigan.
Oliva was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1964, led the league in hits five times, and became the first player in major league history to win batting titles in each of his first two seasons, finishing with a lifetime average of .304 in 15 seasons with the Twins.
Oliva got his chance in part because of Miñoso, the Cuban Comet.
“I’ve been so blessed, so lucky,” said Oliva, who turned 84 four days ago. “I appreciate it very much. I’d like to say thank you to all those friends, all those wonderful friends, all those friends from all over the world. I appreciated it very much, very much.”
Miñoso grew up on a sugar plantation and played ball on weekends as a kid and became a star with the New York Cubans in the Negro Leagues before becoming the first Black Latino player in the major leagues in 1949, two years after Jackie Robinson broke in. To Cuban players, Miñoso was the Jackie Robinson of Latino America and starred for the White Sox in the 1950s. He was a nine-time All-Star and finished his career with 2,110 hits and a .299 batting average. He died in 2015.
“From a humble ranch in Cuba to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, what a way to honor such a remarkable life lived and to service in the sport he loved. He would have been so very proud to be a Hall of Famer,” said his wife, Sharon.
Irene Hodges spoke on behalf of her father, a hard-hitting first baseman who had 370 homers and 1,274 RBIs in 18 major league seasons — all but the last two with the Dodgers. He retired in 1963 and five years later was hired to manage the Mets, leading them in 1969 to their improbable World Series victory over the Baltimore Orioles before dying of a heart attack three years later at 47.
“He would be so proud. Today I am especially happy for my mother,” Irene Hodges said. “When the call came from the Hall of Fame … I began sobbing probably as much as I did when I lost my father. I was so beyond happy for him, and even thrilled that my mom at 95 would be able hear this news. My mom is watching today from our home in Brooklyn.”
O’Neil, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Leagues and was a tireless advocate for the game until his death in 2006, was represented by a niece, Dr. Angela Terry.
“He would remind all of us that his playing careeer was in the Negro Leagues and today he was being inducted into the same class as a Black baseball pioneer, Bud Fowler, and a former Negro League All-Star, Minnie Miñoso,” Terry said. “Man, oh man. Nothing could be better. Thank you for loving our uncle.”
Hall of Famer Dave Winfield paid tribute to Fowler, the first Black to play on a white professional team nearly seven decades before Robinson broke the color barrier with the Dodgers. Fowler also is the first person from the Cooperstown area to receive the honor. He was born in nearby Fort Plain but grew up in Cooperstown, where he learned to play the game.
A second baseman who batted just over .300 in 13 seasons, Fowler was signed at age 20 by a all-white professional team in Massachusetts in 1878. It was the start of a 13-year career that saw him play for 18 teams, including four in one year, the constant moves a direct reflection of the racism he had to endure.
“I ask that you remember Bud Fowler in a broad context,” Winfield said. “Remember him as a skilled athlete who endured obstacles that are hard to imagine today. I personally hope that all of you will see him as a man who loved the game of baseball from its beginning.”
VOTTO HITS 3-RUN HR, MAHLE SHARP IN RETURN AS REDS TOP CARDS
CINCINNATI (AP) Joey Votto hit a three-run homer to back Tyler Mahle’s sharp return from injury, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 on Sunday.
The last-place Reds overcame Paul Goldschmidt’s two opposite-field homers to take two of three in the series. They’ve won eight of their last 12 games.
“They beat us a couple of times in St. Louis,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “Then we come back and win a series against a really good team. It keeps us going in the right direction.”
The only hits allowed by Mahle in six innings were Goldschmidt’s two home runs, giving him four in the series and 24 this season. The slugger launched a two-run drive to right in the fourth and a solo shot in the sixth.
Goldschmidt, who also homered in the All-Star Game on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, hit at least one in each game of the series. But he won’t be available for St. Louis’ next game.
Before their finale in Cincinnati, the Cardinals announced that Goldschmidt and star third baseman Nolan Arenado – two of their best players – won’t make the trip to Toronto for a short series with the Blue Jays because they haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccination.
Backup catcher Austin Romine also will not be going to Canada with the team for games Tuesday and Wednesday. Canada has restrictions on travelers who aren’t vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Mahle (4-7) came off the injured list and allowed three runs with three walks and five strikeouts.
“Probably I wasted some pitches, like some off speed that I couldn’t get over, but I was happy with my fastball and the outcome,” Mahle said. “I felt good.”
Mahle hadn’t pitched since July 2 due to a right shoulder strain.
“We know what he does,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “He does a good job. He pitches in the top of the zone. He beats you up top.”
Reiver Sanmartin and Alexis Diaz each worked a scoreless inning before Hunter Strickland got three popups for his team-high fifth save. The four pitchers combined to limit St. Louis to three hits
Miles Mikolas (7-8) gave up seven hits and six runs with two walks and four strikeouts over five innings in his first start since July 16.
“I think I had a good breaking ball,” Mikolas said. “There wasn’t a lot of hard-hit stuff. They doinked me to death.”
Tyler Naquin drove in a run with a single in the fourth and got caught in a rundown trying to steal second, allowing Matt Reynolds to scamper home from third for a 6-2 lead.
Votto followed Tommy Pham’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly with his eighth homer of the season and second of the series, a fly ball to left-center that bounced off the yellow padding atop the fence and into the crowd. Votto also hit a solo homer on Friday.
“It was a really good sign for me,” Votto said. “I’ve been struggling against all kinds of pitches. I haven’t really been driving the ball well to left-center. It was good to do it on an off-speed pitch. Hitting the ball the opposite way opens up the rest of the field. It is part of my game.”
BEEN A WHILE
Goldschmidt has homered in each of St. Louis’ last four games against the Reds. The last Cardinals player to homer in four straight games versus Cincinnati was Chick Hafey in 1929.
Reynolds’ fourth-inning bouncer up the middle caromed off second base and over the heads of the Cardinals’ middle infielders for a single.
Albert Pujols’ pinch-hit appearance in the seventh marked his 3,026th major league game, tying him with Stan Musial and Eddie Murray for sixth on the career list.
Cardinals: LHP Steven Matz was diagnosed with a left knee sprain, an injury he sustained while trying to field Votto’s dribbler up the first base line on Saturday.
Reds: 2B Jonathan India (bruised left thigh) was scratched from the original starting lineup. He was injured scoring with a headfirst slide on Saturday. . RHP Jeff Hoffman (right forearm tightness) was placed on the 15-day injured list.
Cardinals: After a day off Monday, RHP Andre Pallante (3-4, 3.34 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday’s opener of the two-game series against the Blue Jays.
Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (2-3, 5.81) goes Monday against the Marlins. He’s given up a combined 14 hits and eight runs in seven innings over his last two starts.
ARENADO, GOLDSCHMIDT UNVACCINATED, WON’T MAKE TORONTO TRIP
CINCINNATI (AP) Two of the St. Louis Cardinals’ best players, third baseman Nolan Arenado and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, won’t be making the trip to Toronto for a short series with the Blue Jays because they haven’t received the COVID-19 vaccination.
The Cardinals announced Sunday that catcher Austin Romine also will not be going to Canada with the team for its Tuesday and Wednesday games.
Canada has restrictions on travelers who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19.
Arenado, Goldschmidt and Romine will be placed on the restricted list and forfeit pay and major league service time in accordance with the terms of MLB’s collective bargaining agreement. Arenado will lose $384,416, Goldschmidt $241,758 and Romine $10,989.
Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals in most offensive categories, including batting average (.333), home runs (22), RBIs (74), on-base percentage (.416) and hits (116). Arenado has 102 hits, 18 home runs and 59 RBIs.
Romine joined the Cardinals earlier this season as backup for the injured Yadier Molina, who is expected to rejoin the team next month.
CEASE GOES 6 SCORELESS INNINGS, CHISOX BEAT GUARDIANS 6-3
CHICAGO (AP) Dylan Cease insisted simply trying to win and help the Chicago White Sox turn around a season that began with soaring expectations is enough motivation for him.
As for not being selected for his first All-Star Game?
“I’ll take any chip on my shoulder I get,” he said.
Cease threw six innings in his third straight scoreless start, Leury Garcia and AJ Pollock homered, and Chicago beat the Cleveland Guardians 6-3 on Sunday to salvage a four-game split.
Eloy Jimenez went deep in his second straight game, helping the White Sox end a series that was shaping up as a bad one for them on a stronger note.
The reigning AL Central champions rolled into the break by winning three of four at division-leading Minnesota. They hoped this series against the second-place Guardians would help keep pushing them toward the top.
It didn’t quite play out the way they wanted.
They got outscored by a combined 15-6 in losing the first two games, then blew a 3-0 lead in the nightcap of Saturday’s doubleheader. The third-place White Sox regrouped to win that one 5-4. On Sunday, they jumped on Shane Bieber (4-6) and finished a stretch of 19 straight games against division opponents at 10-9.
Chicago scored five in the second on Garcia’s two-run homer and Pollock’s three-run drive. Jimenez made it 6-0 when he connected leading off the sixth.
That was plenty for Cease (10-4), who thought he did enough to earn an All-Star invitation.
“I think statistically, the first half I put up kind of speaks for itself,” he said. “Unfortunately all the other stuff is out of my hands. I think I should have at least been highly, highly considered.”
Cease won his third straight start, though it wasn’t exactly a breeze.
The right-hander gave up seven hits and struck out four. He walked one and threw two wild pitches, after beating Cleveland and Minnesota prior to the All-Star break.
“They did a good job adjusting from my last start against them,” said Cease, who struck out nine in the second game of a doubleheader at Cleveland on July 12. “They put the ball in play a lot more. I just had to find other ways to get outs.”
Cease is 6-1 with a miniscule 0.57 ERA in his past eight starts.
“I’m still trying to figure out how that kid didn’t make the All-Star team,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “He’s one of the best pitchers in the game.”
Cleveland lost its second in a row after winning five straight.
Bieber got tagged for six runs and eight hits in six innings. The 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner tossed a three-hitter in a 4-1 victory over the White Sox in his previous start on July 12.
Franmil Reyes hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and Steven Kwan added a solo drive in the ninth against Liam Hendriks.
White Sox: 2B Josh Harrison was scratched from the lineup because he felt a pulling feeling in his right leg during his final at-bat on Saturday. Garcia started in his place. … Jimenez said the discomfort in his right hamstring is “gonna be there for awhile.” Jimenez missed 65 games after he tore his right hamstring April 23 at Minnesota. He missed the four-game series at the Twins prior to the All-Star break because of tightness. … Manager Tony La Russa said the White Sox are being “very careful” with LHP Aaron Bummer (strained left lat), who has been playing catch but not throwing off the mound. Bummer has not pitched since June 7.
Guardians: RHP Zach Plesac (2-7, 4.02 ERA) gets the ball as Cleveland opens a four-game series at Boston. Though he’s 0-3 in his past seven starts, Plesac’s ERA is 3.03 in that span. RHP Nick Pivetta (8-7, 4.50) starts for the Red Sox.
White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (3-6, 3.36) looks to win his second straight start when the White Sox open a two-game series at Colorado on Tuesday. Kopech went five innings at Minnesota on July 15. The Rockies had not announced a starter.
TWINS SWEEP 2-GAME SERIES WITH TIGERS BEHIND GRAY, MIRANDA
DETROIT (AP) Sonny Gray allowed two hits in six innings to lead the Minnesota Twins to a 9-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Gray (5-3) is 2-0 against the Tigers this season, allowing one run on six hits in 13 innings.
“I’m pretty familiar with their lineup, which helps, but I think a lot of this was building on some good things I found in my last start before the break,” he said. “I was able to throw my fastball for strikes and I was able to land my breaking ball where I needed it.”
Jose Miranda had three hits and scored twice for the Twins, who are 2-0 since the All-Star break. The bottom three hitters in Minnesota’s order – Miranda, Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez – combined for six hits, five RBIs and four runs.
“We’ve been talking about that all season,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “If you wait for your 1-2-3 hitters to get you going every game, you are going to have a lot of bad days. The bottom of our order has gotten us going a lot this year. Miranda gets something, Gio gets something and we’re building from that.”
The Twins took a 3-0 lead in the first with a little help from the Tigers. With one out, Carlos Correa singled and took third on Jorge Polanco’s double. Max Kepler hit a grounder to second, but Correa beat Jonathan Schoop’s throw to the plate.
“We played the infield in, because our offense hasn’t been doing a lot lately and we had some concerns about hitting Sonny Gray,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “Jonathan made the right play, and if the throw is a little more to the catcher’s left, he’s probably out.”
Tigers first baseman Harold Castro misplayed Alex Kiriloff’s grounder, allowing Polanco to score, and Rony Garcia hit Nick Gordon and Miranda to force in Minnesota’s third run.
“It always helps to get an early lead, because it gives me more options,” Gray said. “If I get into a tough count, I can throw a fastball down the middle with conviction and see what they can do with it. If they hit it out, we still have the lead, and I got some outs with that today.”
Garcia (3-3) allowed three runs on three hits and three hit batters in 2 2/3 innings before leaving with elbow soreness. He was activated before the game after having been on the injured list with shoulder problems.
“This is a separate injury than what he was dealing with before,” Hinch said. “This is a pain radiating down his bicep that started on his last two pitches today. I think he’ll be shut down again for a bit.”
Detroit didn’t get a baserunner until Gray hit Javy Baez with one out in the fourth. Miguel Cabrera drew a two-out walk, and Eric Haase made it 3-1 with a single.
The Twins scored three runs in the seventh, including RBI doubles by Urshela and Polanco, and Sanchez made it 8-1 with a two-run double in the eighth.
Any thoughts of a late Tigers rally ended in the bottom of the eighth, when Gordon reached over the left-field fence to rob Riley Greene of a home run.
Kody Clemens pitched the ninth for Detroit, the third time he has pitched this season, allowing one run on three hits.
The Tigers (38-58) are a season-worst 20 games under .500 and have lost 11 of their last 13.
“We’re here to win games and we’re not doing enough of that,” Hinch said. “I don’t get caught up in narratives, but this is a team we think we can beat and we’ve lost two games to them.”
Kepler left the game after being hit on the right foot in the third inning, while Baez came out in the sixth inning with a bruised upper arm after being hit in the fourth.
“Javy got smoked in the nerve right at the end of the elbow. He could play defense, but he wasn’t sure he could grip a bat,” Hinch said. “I expect he’ll be in the lineup tomorrow – if he’s not, you’ll know why.”
X-rays on Kepler’s foot were inconclusive, but he was walking around the clubhouse without difficulty after the game.
Twins: Off on Monday, and start a two-game series in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Dylan Bundy (6-4, 4.71 ERA) will get the start against a to-be-announced Brewers pitcher.
Tigers: Host San Diego for three games starting on Monday. Drew Hutchison (1-4, 4.66) is scheduled to start the opener against Sean Manaea (5-4, 4.11).
GOMES, SMYLY HELP LIFT CUBS TO THREE-GAME SWEEP OF PHILLIES
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Yan Gomes hit two home runs, Drew Smyly tossed six sharp innings and the Chicago Cubs completed a three-game sweep with a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Nelson Velazquez also went deep for the Cubs, who have won four in a row to pull within 19 games of .500. It was Chicago’s first series sweep of the season and first three-game sweep in Philadelphia since July 25-27, 2000.
“It feels nice to put some wins together,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Pretty good all-around team win. Sweeps are hard.”
Garrett Stubbs homered for the Phillies, who failed to gain ground in the NL wild-card race against the lowly Cubs. Only the Reds, Athletics and Nationals entered the day with fewer wins than Chicago.
“It’s obviously frustrating,” Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber said. “Just have to have a short memory but learn from it.”
Cubs starter Drew Smyly (3-5) had a perfect game going into the fifth, when Bryson Stott hit a two-out double to left-center that just eluded a dive from center fielder Christopher Morel. Stott scored on Alec Bohm’s single to left.
Smyly allowed one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
“He mixed the breaking ball in really well, keeping those guys off balance,” Ross said. “He was in control the whole way.”
Gomes led off the third with the first of his two shots off Bailey Falter (0-3) to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Morel’s RBI double – his NL rookie-leading 26th extra-base hit – made it 2-0.
In the fourth, Gomes connected for his sixth career multi-homer game with a drive to nearly the same spot in left field. And the Cubs pushed it to 4-0 when Velazquez drove Falter’s 75 mph curveball over the wall in left two batters later.
“I told Yan he gets all the day games now,” Ross joked about the Cubs’ backup catcher.
David Robertson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 14th save in 19 chances. Robertson had to wriggle out of a jam. With runners on first and second and one out, Didi Gregorius popped out to left and then Robertson struck out Stubbs swinging.
“This game will put you on the highest of highs and lowest of lows,” Schwarber said. “We have to keep doing what we were doing. We saw the results were there right before the break and we have to keep doing that.”
Velazquez came off the bench to hit two late home runs in Chicago’s win on Friday night, marking just the second time that’s happened to a Cubs player since at least 1901. The Cubs finished the series with eight home runs, in addition to 25 runs and 33 hits.
Falter gave up four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and two walks in five innings.
CASTELLANOS DROPS DOWN
Interim Phillies manager Rob Thomson dropped Nick Castellanos down to the No. 5 spot in the lineup from the No. 3 hole.
Castellanos signed a 5-year, $100 million free-agent in the offseason but has struggled in his first year in Philadelphia, entering Sunday batting .245 with 8 homers and 46 RBIs.
The demotion came a day after Castellanos and a longtime local beat writer got into a heated postgame exchange that went viral on social media when the reporter objected to Castellanos calling a question about fans booing him a “stupid question.”
Castellanos was loudly booed after striking out swinging in his first two at-bats before receiving raucous cheers for a seventh-inning single. He heard boos again after popping out foul to first to lead off the ninth.
Cubs: INF Nick Madrigal (left groin strain) was scheduled to continue his rehab assignment at Triple-A Iowa on Sunday. Madrigal has been out since June 12. . LHP Wade Miley (left shoulder strain) is slated to throw live batting practice on Monday. He hasn’t pitched since leaving his June 10 start after three innings.
Phillies: Thomson was optimistic that Jean Segura (broken right index finger) might return sooner than expected following his workout on Saturday. Segura, out since June 1 and eligible to return from the IL on Aug. 3, could begin a rehab assignment sometime this week.
Cubs: Host the Pirates for two games beginning on Monday night, when Cubs RHP Adrian Sampson (0-1, 3.34) faces Pirates RHP JT Brubaker (2-8, 4.02).
Phillies: Start three-game series against Atlanta on Monday. Phillies LHP Ranger Suarez (7-5, 4.07) faces Braves LHP Max Fried (10-3, 2.64).
JUDGE HOMERS AGAIN AS CORTES, YANKEES ROLL PAST ORIOLES 6-0
BALTIMORE (AP) Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 37th home run, fellow All-Star Nestor Cortes pitched six sharp innings and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-0 on Sunday.
Jose Trevino, another Yankees All-Star, had the first four-hit game of his career. New York, with the best record in the big leagues, took two of three and has won 22 of 32 series this year.
“It’s always big to win a series,” Yankees manager Aaron Judge said. “You don’t take that for granted whether you’re in a hot streak like we’ve been at times this year or you’re struggling a little bit. Series wins are not to be taken lightly.”
Judge has seven home runs in his last nine games and leads the majors with 81 RBIs. He also raised his batting average to .294, which has been a key area of focus.
“I saw a lot of the greats – Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera – they always hit above .300 and the power just came with it,” Judge said. “That’s always been a goal of mine to hit above .300 and we’ll keep working towards it.”
Cortes (8-3) allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked none while lowering his ERA from 2.63 to 2.48. The 27-year-old lefty began his MLB career with the Orioles in 2018. He has gone 2-0 with a 0.46 in four appearances (three starts) against Baltimore at Oriole Park in his career.
“I go out there every fifth day like I do against any other team but for some reason, I have more success against the Orioles,” Cortes said. “It feels good to do that.”
Clarke Schmidt pitched three innings and earned his first career save.
New York scored three times in the third on a double by DJ LeMahieu and a two-run drive by Judge off Dean Kremer (3-2). Judge has nine homers in his last 12 games against Baltimore and 36 over his career – his most against any opponent.
“I don’t think anybody should pitch to him,” Orioles catcher Robinson Chirinos said. “The guy is unbelievable. He’s hitting good pitches. He’s hitting mistakes. Normally when a guy’s hot, he’s hitting doubles and singles. He’s hitting the ball out of the ballpark, and it’s crazy. He’s a good hitter. What can you say?”
The Yankees lead the majors with 166 homers, the most they’ve hit through the first 96 games of a season in franchise history.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single and Trevino followed with a double that increased the lead to 5-0 in the sixth. Aaron Hicks drove in the sixth run with a single in the ninth.
Every member of the Orioles’ 40-man roster is now vaccinated, the club said. That means the entire team can travel to division rival Toronto on Aug. 15-17.
The Yankees used four outfielders in the second against Adley Rutschman, who hit a fly ball to left that was dropped by second baseman Gleyber Torres on the warning track. The official scorer initially charged Torres with an error but later awarded Rutschman his 18th double in 19 games.
The Yankees have won at least 66 of their first 97 games for the 10th time in franchise history.
Yankees: RHP Shane Greene was designated for assignment. Greene made his first appearance for the Yankees since he was a rookie in 2014 on Saturday and gave up a home run.
Yankees: RHP Ron Marinaccio (shoulder inflammation) was reinstated from the 15-day injured list. . ??OF Giancarlo Stanton is feeling “beat up” but he could be back in the lineup Tuesday. . RHP Michael King will need surgery to repair his fractured elbow. He could be ready for spring training if he doesn’t require Tommy John surgery, manager Aaron Boone said.
Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-2, 3.24 ERA) will start the series opener Tuesday against the Mets and RHP Taijuan Walker (7-2, 2.55 ERA).
Orioles: RHP Austin Voth (1-1, 6.38 ERA) is starting Monday against the Rays and RHP Corey Kluber (6-5, 3.73 ERA)
TAPIA, BLUE JAYS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF BOSTON BLUNDERS FOR SWEEP
BOSTON (AP) The Boston fans who drove out to see David Ortiz inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday earned an added bonus for their troubles: They didn’t have to watch the Red Sox post another stinker against another AL East opponent.
Before the former Boston slugger could even step up to the microphone in Cooperstown, the team he led to three World Series championships had already fallen behind 5-0 and was on its way to an 8-4 loss and a three-game sweep by the Toronto Blue Jays.
“The brand of baseball we’re playing is awful,” manager Alex Cora said after the Red Sox lost their fifth straight game and their ninth in 10 tries to fall to .500 for the season.
“We’re not catching the ball. We’re not putting in good at-bats, We’re not throwing strikes. It’s bad. It’s really bad right now,” Cora said. “But we’re talented. And we can turn around quick, and it starts tomorrow.”
Two days after Raimel Tapia hit an inside-the-park grand slam in a record-setting 28-5 Blue Jays victory, he had a bases-loaded triple in the first to spot Toronto to a 5-0 lead off top Boston prospect Brayan Bello (0-2) – one of five players in the Red Sox lineup who started the season in the minors.
Tapia had three hits and drove in four runs, giving him 10 RBIs for the series, and Vladimir Guerrero had four hits for the Blue Jays. Toronto also took advantage of three errors and a series of other blunders by Boston, which has not won a series against an AL East opponent in 12 tries this season and is just a half-game ahead of last-place Baltimore in the division.
On Sunday, the Red Sox kicked the ball around the outfield, fumbled it in the infield, threw it into a baserunner’s back, missed tags and missed bases and generally played like the minor leaguers that half of them were on opening day.
“Defensively we have taken a step back the last 14 days,” Cora said. “We were really good defensively early on. … It seems like right now the game speeds at one point in the game, and it looks horrible.”
Tim Mayza (4-0) earned the win as the most effective reliever after inducing a double play in the seventh. Toronto starter Ross Stripling allowed two runs in four innings before reliever Trevor Richards gave up two more, when Jarren Duran tripled and scored in the fifth, then Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer in the sixth to make it 8-4.
But the biggest cheer of the day was when a clip from Ortiz’s acceptance speech was played on the scoreboard.
The Red Sox could have used him. Instead, the lineup was missing ailing All-Stars J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers and top offseason acquisition Trevor Story, with the bottom five in the batting order all hitting worse than .220.
Wilting in the 98-degree heat and already trailing 5-1, the Red Sox were booed by the home crowd in the second inning, after George Springer stole second base and took third when Christian Vazquez’s throw went into the outfield and was kicked around there by left fielder Franchy Cordero.
Bello allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out two in four innings; he has yet to make it into the fifth in any of his three major league starts. But this time he was hurt by some bad luck and some bad defense.
Toronto loaded the bases in the first inning on two softly hit balls – one that bounced off third base – and a walk, then Cavan Biggio connected for a two-run single off third baseman Jeter Downs that was also booted by Cordero. Tapia made it 5-0 on a bases-loaded triple to the right-center gap.
“The baseball was in their favor today,” Bello said “I just needed to keep working, keep learning and be ready for my next start.”
The Blue Jays added three more in the fifth, which began when Hirokazu Sawamura walked leadoff batter Teoscar Hernandez when the Red Sox reliever put his fingers to his mouth with a 2-1 count after being warned, resulting in two automatic balls.
Hernandez came around to score on Tapia’s single, and another run scored when Downs threw the ball into the back of a baserunner heading home; Downs also muffed a routine grounder. The final run scored when pitcher Sawamura covered first on a dribbler to the right side of the infield but overran the bag.
Red Sox: Martinez was available to pinch hit despite back spasms and could return to the lineup on Monday night. … Story took swings as he recovers from a bruised right hand. INF/OF Kike Hernandez reported progress as he works his way back from a right hip flexor strain.
Blue Jays: Off on Monday, host Cardinals on Tuesday, with RHP Jose Berrios (7-4) facing St. Louis RHP Andre Pallante (3-4).
Red Sox: Open four-game series against Guardians, with RHP Nick Pivetta (8-7) to face Cleveland RHP Zach Plesac (2-7).
DODGERS RALLY FOR 7-4 WIN OVER GIANTS, SWEEP 4 FROM RIVALS
LOS ANGELES (AP) Even on the rare occasions this season when Clayton Kershaw isn’t at his best, the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t worry much.
They simply score more runs, pick him up in relief – and keep adding victories to a summer that’s going superbly.
Trayce Thompson drove in two runs and thrilled his older brother, Klay, with an RBI double during the decisive rally in the seventh while the Dodgers surged past the Giants 7-4 Sunday for their season-high eighth consecutive victory.
Unlikely cleanup hitter Jake Lamb delivered a tiebreaking RBI double during that three-run rally by the NL-leading Dodgers, who have won 15 of 16, 19 of 21 and 24 of 29. Los Angeles swept a four-game series with the Giants at Chavez Ravine for the first time since 1995 and only the third time in their long history.
“Certainly, we’re hot,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think that to win that many games speaks to that. But this is who we are when we play this type of baseball.”
Gavin Lux also drove in two runs as Los Angeles’ offense overcame a mediocre start by Kershaw to earn the club’s 11th consecutive victory at Dodger Stadium.
After Lux’s RBI single drove in Lamb in the seventh, Trayce Thompson’s drive to the right-center gap scored Max Muncy and pumped up Klay Thompson, the Golden State Warriors star, in his seat right behind the Giants’ dugout.
Freddie Freeman, Lux and Thompson had early RBI singles for LA, and Muncy added a run-scoring double. Evan Phillips (5-3) pitched the seventh for the Dodgers, who got 4 2/3 innings of scoreless, two-hit relief culminating in Craig Kimbrel’s 17th save.
“We played great today, our whole team,” said Kershaw, who yielded four runs and failed to get through the fifth inning. “Bullpen did great. Didn’t give up any runs at all for that whole time. Offense did unbelievable today, really the whole series. Just (a) really great team win by everybody except me.”
Six weeks after the Giants swept a three-game series with the Dodgers in San Francisco and pulled within 3 1/2 games of LA atop the NL West, this sweep punctuated LA’s 27-7 surge since then.
Darin Ruf hit a tying two-run homer in the fifth and Thairo Estrada had a two-run single for the Giants, who got swept at Chavez Ravine by a combined 25-13 after going into the break with seven wins in nine games.
“Not good enough,” manager Gabe Kapler said. “Really frustrating. Just a level of play that’s just not going to be good enough for us. There’s no other way to classify it except as not good enough.”
Alex Cobb yielded eight hits and four runs while pitching into the sixth for San Francisco. He is winless in nine starts since May 17.
“Probably as frustrating as it gets,” Cobb said. “Felt like we had a little momentum going into the break, and then we came out here and I feel like we were competitive in all the games, but we didn’t get it done.”
Journeyman backup Lamb doubled twice while batting cleanup for LA for the first time, and he came through against Tyler Rogers in the seventh.
After Freeman got a one-out double off Dominic Leone (3-3) when Yermin Mercedes couldn’t make a tough catch on a tailing fly ball, Lamb’s drive to right bounced into the short porch. Lux and Thompson followed with run-scoring hits.
Kershaw allowed five hits in his first appearance since throwing a scoreless inning in his first career All-Star Game start at home last Tuesday. The nine-time All-Star selection took a perfect game into the eighth inning of his previous start in Anaheim last weekend, but Ruf’s two-run shot chased him after 94 pitches and six strikeouts.
BROS BEING BROS
Klay Thompson cheered wildly for his brother and the Dodgers throughout the game despite his proximity to his fellow Bay Area pro athletes. The four-time NBA champion also chugged a beer for his Instagram followers during the sixth inning. The sons of Lakers broadcaster Mychal Thompson grew up in Orange County.
After Mookie Betts singled on Cobb’s first pitch, Trea Turner extended his hitting streak to 11 games and Freeman stretched his streak to 12 games with two more singles.
Giants: OF Mike Yastrzemski was held out with tightness in his left calf, Kapler said after the game. … 3B Evan Longoria went on the injured list for the third time this season. The 36-year-old veteran strained his right hamstring while running out a grounder Saturday.
Dodgers: Andrew Heaney is likely to return to the rotation Wednesday against Washington, Roberts said. The left-hander has appeared in only three games – just one since April 17 – due to shoulder woes.
Giants: Jakob Junis (4-1, 3.06 ERA) takes the mound in Arizona on Monday to open a three-game series.
Dodgers: Tony Gonsolin (11-0, 2.02) returns from his All-Star Game loss Monday to open a three-game series against the Nationals and All-Star outfielder Juan Soto, who was serenaded with chants of “Future Dodger!” during the Midsummer Classic.
ALONSO’S 3-RUN HR, 4 RBIS LEADS METS OVER PADRES 8-5
NEW YORK (AP) Pete Alonso lifted the ball into the left-field seats and sent the New York Mets soaring into their high-profile Subway Series matchup against the Yankees and Aaron Judge.
Alonso hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Joe Musgrove and had four RBIs to retake the major league lead, leading the Mets over the San Diego Padres 8-5 on Sunday night and avoiding a three-game sweep.
Next up: a two-game series against the Yankees at Citi Field starting Tuesday night. Both teams lead their divisions, and Alonso’s 82 RBIs are one more than Judge’s total.
“I wouldn’t really call it toe to toe, me versus him,” Alonso said. “This is a moment where the city can come together over the game of baseball.”
San Diego had won the first two games of the weekend series behind Yu Darvish and Blake Snell. The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the sixth behind Joe Musgrove and had not trailed in 25 innings.
New York’s NL East lead was down to a half-game over defending World Series champion Atlanta.
“We just ran into two buzz saws,” Alonso said. “We needed this one. This one was huge for us today.”
Eric Hosmer provided Musgrove (8-3) a 1-0 lead with a run-scoring double in the sixth off Drew Smith (2-3), but the Mets rallied in the bottom half on the sweltering night and reopened a 1 1/2-game lead over the second-place Braves. New York avoided a three-game sweep and what would have been its first four-game losing streak this year.
Alonso hit his 25th home run in a five-run sixth and added an RBI double high off the center-field wall in a three-run seventh that built an 8-1 lead.
After wasting a second-and-third, no-outs threat in the fifth, the Mets pressured again when Starling Marte singled leading off the sixth and Francisco Lindor doubled.
Pitching coach Ruben Niebla went to the mound, and Musgrove hung a 2-1 slider that Alonso hit into the left-field seats.
“You can’t hit a five-run homer and you can’t hit a four-run single,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “Sometimes you want something too much, and something like that might let you kind of get back into the flow of who you are.”
Daniel Vogelbach, making his Mets debut, got New York’s first hit in the fifth, then walked and scored in the sixth when Luis Guillorme hit a perfectly placed two-out RBI single on a jam shot off Nick Martinez that dropped into shallow left as shortstop Ha-Seong Kim pulled up. Tomas Nido followed with an opposite-field RBI double that hopped off the right-center fence.
Rookie center fielder Esteury Ruiz allowed Alonso’s double against Steven Wilson to go over his glove and high off the wall, Mark Canha followed with an RBI infield hit on a slow roller and third baseman Manny Machado threw past first for a run-scoring error.
Vogelbach, acquired Friday from Pittsburgh, went 1 for 3 and received a warm ovation. He had been 0 for 8 against Musgrove.
“I don’t know that I’ve played in an environment like that – at least being the home team.” Vogelbach said. “Pretty cool to call it my home field now.”
Mets starter Carlos Carrasco allowed six hits over five scoreless innings on the 90-degree night. Musgrove, 0-3 in his last five starts, gave up four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Machado had three hits, included an RBI double in a three-run ninth off Joely Rodriguez. Edwin Diaz, energizing the crowd when he entered to Blasterjaxx & Timmy Trumpet’s “Narco,” relieved with two on and got three outs for his 21st save in 24 chances.
New York’s Brandon Nimmo made a leaping catch against the center-field wall in the sixth to rob Austin Nola of a run-scoring extra-base hit.
PLUNKED BUT NO BASE
Machado struck out leading off the sixth when he was hit on a hand by a Smith changeup, but first base umpire Angel Hernandez ruled Machado swung at the 0-2 pitch.
Padres: CF Trent Grisham didn’t play, a day after leaving in the eighth following a collision with pitcher Chris Bassitt. … INF C.J. Abrams (sore biceps) was out of the lineup for the second straight day. … OF Wil Myers (right knee inflammation) will need additional minor league rehab games in the coming week. … LHP Drew Pomeranz threw about 20 pitches Saturday in his first simulated game following flexor tendon surgery last August.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction in his right scapula) threw a side session at Citi Field and will make at least a fourth minor league rehab start. The 34-year-old right-hander, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, has not pitched in the major leagues since July 7 last year. … RHP Trevor May (right triceps inflammation) threw 14 pitches during a one-inning appearance for Double-A Binghamton.
Booth: ESPN and YES broadcaster David Cone worked his first game since the former big league pitcher had hip replacement surgery on July 11.
Padres: LHP Sean Manaea (5-4, 4.11) is to start Monday night at Detroit against RHP Drew Hutchison (1-4, 4.46).
Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (7-2, 2.55) is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in his last seven starts going into his Tuesday outing against LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-2, 3.24).
TEXANS ROOKIE JOHN METCHIE III DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA
HOUSTON (AP) Houston Texans rookie wide receiver John Metchie III announced Sunday that he has been diagnosed with a form of leukemia.
In a statement posted on the Texans’ Twitter account, Metchie says he is getting treatment for acute promyelocytic leukemia, “the most curable form,” and expects “to make a recovery at a later point in time.”
“As a result of this diagnosis, I will likely not be playing football this season,” Metchie said. “My main focus will be on my health and recovery. … I cannot wait to come back stronger than ever.”
Metchie went 44th in the first round of this year’s NFL draft out of Alabama, where he had 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season for the Crimson Tide. He tore his left ACL during the SEC Conference Championship game. In 2020, he had 55 receptions for 916 yards.
BILLS OL SAFFOLD OUT WITH RIB INJURIES AFTER CAR ACCIDENT
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Rodger Saffold missed the start of training camp Sunday after sustaining rib injuries in a car accident.
Coach Sean McDermott said the accident happened over the past few weeks, but didn’t provide further details on the accident. General manager Brandon Beane said Saffold has cracked ribs and that he’s having trouble sleeping because of soreness.
Without providing a timetable, Beane anticipated Saffold would be cleared for practice before the start of the season.
Saffold, 34, opened camp on the non-football injury list. The 13-year veteran was projected to compete for the starting job at left guard after signing a one-year contract in free agency.
The Bills opened camp with three players on the physically unable to perform list, including starting cornerback Tre’Davious White, who is recovering from November’s season-ending left knee injury. White was spotted working out on his own on the sideline.
Also on the PUP list are offensive lineman Ike Boettger (Achilles tendon) and defensive tackle Eli Ankou (calf).
FINAU WINS 3M OPEN BY 3 WITH LATE SURGE, PIERCY COLLAPSE
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Tony Finau shot a 4-under 67 to win the 3M Open by three strokes Sunday, erasing a five-stroke deficit with 11 holes left as Scott Piercy tumbled out of the lead down the stretch at windy TPC Twin Cities.
Piercy followed his tournament-record 54-hole score with a wince-inducing 76 to tie for fourth, four strokes back.
Finau finished at 17-under 267. Sungjae Im (68) and Emiliano Grillo (71) tied for second place. James Hahn surged up the board with a 65 to match Piercy and Tom Hoge (70) at 13 under.
Piercy bogeyed four of six holes before a triple-bogey implosion on No. 14, allowing Finau – playing in the preceding trio – to take over for good on his way to his third career tour victory.
Finau made a 31-foot putt for birdie on the 15th green to strengthen his grip on the lead, as the 6-foot-4 Utah player calmly and confidently walked the TPC Twin Cities course in his white hat and aqua-striped polo.
The surest sign this was Finau’s day came on No. 17. His tee shot clanged off the side of the grandstand, ricocheted back onto the green and rolled into the rough – just a few feet from the water. He landed the perfect chip within a foot of the hole to make the par 3, then smiled slightly as he playfully clamped his hand on his chest as if to pretend the sequence gave him heart trouble.
On the daunting par-5 18th, Finau found the water off the tee to face one final challenge. After the penalty stroke, his recovery shots were spot on. With Piercy looking on from the fairway, Finau made a 3-footer for bogey to seal it. He pumped his fist several times, took off his cap and walked off to embrace his family.
Finau, who tied for third at the 3M Open in 2020, jumped from 30th to 17th in the FedEx Cup race. He entered the week ranked 17th in the world.
Piercy shared the first-round lead with Im on Thursday after a 65 and pulled away from the pack Friday with a 64 to take a three-shot edge into the weekend.
The 43-year-old from Las Vegas, who still makes his native city his home base, stretched his lead to four strokes after enduring the 6 1/2-hour delay Saturday to let the rain and lightning play through. His foot bothered him so much he started taking his right shoe off after each swing and walking in his sock to the the next lie.
That was nothing compared to the grind he found himself in Sunday. He was at 20-under after six holes. Less than an hour later, Piercy was in trouble. After posting only three bogeys on his first 61 holes, he went over par on seven of his last 11. That included the 7 he turned in on No. 14.
Piercy’s tee shot landed in the fairway bunker, and his sand wedge didn’t get him out of the sand. With a risky, last-ditch approach to get back on track, his next try from the bunker splashed in the water short and left of the green – instead of a safer play to the right. After the drop, Piercy hit into the rough. Then his next attempt stopped 3 inches short of the cup.
Grillo, the Argentine who tied for second at the John Deere Classic three weeks ago, also had a triple bogey that loomed large in the end, a 7 on No. 7.
HENDERSON WINS EVIAN FOR 2ND MAJOR TITLE AFTER WILD FINALE
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) So much had happened in a chaotic final round of the Evian Championship – a spectator unwittingly picking up a stray ball, a pair of four-putts in the final group, a seven-way tie for the lead – that it was hard to know what to expect as Brooke Henderson walked down the fairway on the 72nd hole.
The Canadian was in a share of the lead with LPGA rookie Sophia Schubert and had just had a lucky escape when her wild hook off the tee at the par-5 No. 18 flew into trees and bounced out to relative safety.
Now in the middle of the fairway, could Henderson make birdie to win the second major title of her career, six years after her first at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2016 when she was only 18?
Henderson handled the pressure, hitting her third shot to 8 feet and rolling in the putt for an even-par round of 71. She was soaked in champagne by fellow players after clinching a one-stroke victory that certainly didn’t come easy.
“Definitely not my best today,” Henderson said. “I just tried to stay patient and remind myself that I was still in it.
“I made some clutch putt and shots down the stretch which really helped.”
After all, Henderson went into Sunday with a two-stroke lead and having barely been out of position all week at Evian Resort Golf Club in rounds of 64, 64 and 68.
That was wiped out after the first hole, though, thanks to a birdie from playing partner So Yeon Ryu (73) and a bogey from Henderson.
So began the craziness of the final round of the fourth major of the year, when there were 13 changes to the lead.
At No. 5, Ryu had a double bogey to gift Henderson a three-stroke lead. At the next hole, Henderson also four-putted for a double and saw her lead slip to one.
By that time, Olympic champion Nelly Korda – who started six shots behind Henderson but was soon only three behind – had pushed her approach shot into the rough near a path and seen a spectator wander up to the ball and pick it up.
The ball had to be replaced to a best estimate of where it was picked up, and Korda went on to make a double of her own.
Henderson was knocked out of the lead for the first time – if only briefly – when Schubert made birdie at No. 12 to move onto 15 under, breaking a seven-way tie for first place.
Henderson managed to keep pace with Schubert with birdies at Nos. 14 and 15, and a clutch par putt at No. 16.
The pair were tied for the lead after reaching the 18th, with Schubert playing in the group ahead of Henderson.
Schubert played it better but her birdie putt came to rest barely an inch from the cup – she had to settle for a 68 – just after Henderson had sent away her ugly drive.
Henderson chipped out into the fairway and pulled off her fourth birdie of the day, three of them coming in the final six holes.
She finished on 17-under 267.
“I stayed pretty patient, as patient as I could under the circumstances,” Henderson said. “Going into the back nine, the saying is that majors are won on the back nine on Sunday so I just tried to keep that frame of mind and knew I was still in it if I had a solid back (nine).”
Schubert, who started the final round four off the lead, almost won in just her second major as a professional. Playing her first year on the LPGA Tour, she hadn’t had a top-10 finish before this week.
Five players were tied for third a further shot back: Mao Saigo (64), Lydia Ko (66), Charley Hull (67), Hyo Joo Kim (67) and Carlota Ciganda (68).
Korda, who holed from a greenside bunker for eagle at No. 9 and somehow found herself in that seven-way tie for the lead, made eight pars and a bogey in her back nine and finished tied for eighth – four behind Henderson – after a 69.
LAST-HOLE BIRDIE GIVES CLARKE VICTORY AT SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) Darren Clarke birdied the last hole to beat a resurgent Padraig Harrington and win the Senior British Open by one shot on Sunday.
Clarke and Paul Broadhurst were level at 9 under overall after the third round but it was Harrington, a three-time major winner, who soared into contention at Gleneagles with a 3-under 67 to pressure Clarke on the last hole.
The 53-year-old Clarke held firm with a birdie to post a 69 to finish 10-under 270 overall and add a senior major to his Claret Jug at the British Open in 2011.
Play was suspended following heavy rain in the early evening with Clarke and Broadhurst still having five holes left when play resumed at 8 p.m. local time.
Argentine Mauricio Molina and American Doug Barron both posted 65s to end in a six-way tie for third place at 8 under, along with four-time major champion Ernie Els (68), Thongchai Jaidee (68), Steven Alker (70) and Broadhurst.
Broadhurst fell back with a 1-over 71 and finished one shot ahead of Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie after he hit a 69.
JONAS VINGEGAARD, KING OF THE MOUNTAINS, WINS TOUR DE FRANCE
(AP) — King of the mountains. Champion on the Champs-Elysees.
Jonas Vingegaard blossomed from a talented rookie to a dominant leader in his own right over three weeks of epic racing to win his first Tour de France title on Sunday.
The former fish factory worker from Denmark dethroned defending champion Tadej Pogacar with memorable performances in the mountains in cycling’s biggest race.
The 25-year-old Vingegaard, who was runner-up to Pogacar in his first Tour last year, excelled in the scorching heat that enveloped France this month and came out on top of a thrilling duel with Pogacar, the big favorite at the start of the race.
Jasper Philipsen won Sunday’s last stage – a mainly processional ride around Paris to the Champs-Elysees – in a sprint ahead of Dylan Groenewegen and Alexander Kristoff.
Vingegaard competed last year as a replacement for Tom Dumoulin in the Jumbo-Visma squad. It was a revelation for Vingegaard as he realized that he could fight for the overall title after dropping Pogacar in the famed Mont Ventoux climb, but his Slovenian rival was at the top of his game and largely untouchable.
A year later, Vingegaard stood on top of the podium after building his triumph with two phenomenal rides in the Alps and the Pyrenees.
The official overall margin of victory was 2 minutes, 43 seconds but Vingegaard slowed down toward the end of the stage to celebrate with teammates, crossing well after Pogacar. Geraint Thomas, the 2018 Tour champion, was 7:22 off the pace in third.
Three weeks ago in Copenhagen, the Jumbo-Visma team started the race with two leaders – Vingegaard and three-time Spanish Vuelta winner Primoz Roglic. But Roglic’s challenge took a blow when he suffered a dislocated shoulder and lost more than two minutes to Pogacar on the cobbled fifth stage of the race, leaving Vingegaard in a sole leader’s role.
Vingegaard more than exceeded expectations from that moment.
He made his intentions clear in the first big mountain stage up the Col du Granon to seize the race leader’s yellow jersey from Pogacar, who fell more than two minutes behind that day. Having claimed the famed tunic during a stage featuring three monster Alpine climbs, Vingegaard kept it until the end.
With the help of teammates including the versatile Wout Van Aert, Vingegaard responded to the relentless attacks launched by Pogacar day in, day out. His supremacy in the mountains was such that, in addition to his overall win, Vingegaard also claimed the jersey for king of the mountains – not bad for a rider who comes from a country whose highest point is barely 170 meters above sea level.
Vingegaard and Pogacar were clearly in a class of their own this year as their closest rival, Thomas, was reduced to being a mere spectator in the leaders’ fight.
Vingegaard delivered his decisive blow in the Pyrenees, posting a second stage win at the Hautacam ski resort. There the Dane responded to a series of attacks from Pogacar and ultimately dropped the Slovenian in the last big mountain stage of this year’s race to increase his overall lead to more than three minutes.
Pogacar cracked about four kilometers (2 1/2 miles) from the finish in the final ascent, with his hopes of winning a third consecutive title all but over. He fought until the very end but Vingegaard was again the strongest in Saturday’s individual time trial to effectively secure the title.
“The battle between me and Jonas for the yellow jersey has been very special,” Pogacar said. “I think we have some very interesting next two or three years ahead of us. Jonas has stepped up his game this year.”
The light-framed Vingegaard is not perhaps as naturally gifted as Pogacar, who has shown over the past couple of years that he is capable of winning Grand Tours and the most prestigious one-day classics as well.
But Vingegaard surely learns fast.
Vingegaard did not experience his first ascent before he was already 16. His climbing skills would not remain unnoticed for long, though.
After he posted a record time on the Coll de Rates climb during a training camp in Spain with his former team ColoQuick, he joined Jumbo-Visma in 2019 and rapidly improved. In his first Tour last year, he showed proper leadership skills after Roglic crashed out of the race, and followed up with a cold-blooded ride to victory this summer.
The growing rivalry between Pogacar and Vingegaard has brought new race scenarios that have delighted fans.
Both men were equipped with strong teams capable of controlling the race in the mountains, an essential element that was a trademark of the mighty Ineos teams in the past decade. But on many occasions, both Pogacar and Vingegaard were left just relying on themselves in high altitude, fighting each other on equal terms.
Pogacar also brought a sense of old-fashioned romanticism with his long-range attacks. At 23, the UAE-Emirates Team has a bright future.
Vingegaard became the first Dane to win the Tour since Bjarne Riis achieved the feat in 1996 during a time when doping was widespread in cycling.
Following his retirement from cycling, Riis admitted in 2007 to using the blood-booster EPO from 1993-98, including during his Tour victory.
Asked whether his team should be trusted, Vingegaard said he and his teammates “are totally clean, every one of us.”
“No one of us is taking anything illegal,” he added. “I think why we’re so good is the preparation that we do. We take altitude camps to the next step.”
ELLIOTT GIVEN POCONO WIN AFTER HAMLIN, BUSCH DISQUALIFIED
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) The siren at the Dawsonville, Georgia, pool hall that sounds whenever Chase Elliott wins a race did indeed go off Sunday night without the hometown star ever leading a lap at Pocono Raceway.
“Winner, winner Joe Gibbs Racing are cheaters!” the Dawsonville Pool Room tweeted.
In an extraordinary decision for a NASCAR Cup Series race, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin had his Pocono win thrown out and runner-up and teammate Kyle Busch also was disqualified after their Toyotas failed inspections.
Elliott shot up from third place and the Hendrick Motorsports driver was awarded his fourth victory of the season. He never led a lap in the No. 9 Chevrolet – and his car also was inspected by NASCAR.
Hamlin lost his record seventh victory at Pocono and his third win of the season. Busch led a race-high 63 laps.
NASCAR believed the last time it disqualified an apparent winner was April 17, 1960, when Emanuel Zervakis’ victory at Wilson Speedway in North Carolina was thrown out because of an oversized fuel tank.
“We were shocked to learn of the infraction that caused our two cars to fail NASCAR’s post-race technical inspection,” Joe Gibbs said in a statement. “We plan to review every part of the process that led to this situation.”
The penalties can be appealed and both Toyotas were sent to NASCAR’s research and development center in North Carolina for further evaluation. NASCAR said the infractions were not caught in the pre-race inspection because the wrap was not removed from the cars until after the race.
“There was some issues discovered that affect aero in the vehicle,” NASCAR Cup Series managing director Brad Moran said. “There really was no reason why there was some material that was somewhere it shouldn’t have been. And that does basically come down to a DQ.”
Moran said the parts in question were the front fascia -essentially the nose cone – and final decisions “should be sorted out by next week.”
Moran said the inspection “rules have tightened up” with the introduction this season of a new car. NASCAR’s newest version is pretty much a kit car. Teams get all the same pieces from varying vendors and have detailed instructions regarding how to put it together.
“We don’t want to be here talking about this problem,” Moran said. “But the teams and the owners and everybody was well aware that this new car was going to be kept with some pretty tight tolerances. There’s some areas that all the teams are well aware that we can not go down the path that we had in the past with the other car.”
The failures marred what had been a banner day for JGR.
Hamlin had seemingly won for the third time this season and passed Hall of Fame driver Jeff Gordon for most wins at Pocono with seven. Hamlin swept two races at Pocono in his rookie season in 2006, and added wins in 2009, 2010, 2019 and 2020. Now, he remains tied with the four-time NASCAR champion.
Hamlin had plenty to handle from the start, when the pole sitter tagged the wall on the opening lap. He recovered – at 400 miles on the 2 1/2-mile tri-oval there’s plenty of racing ahead – then had to watch Busch lead the majority of the race. Oh, then there was this thorny issue of settling a lingering score with Ross Chastain.
Chastain wrecked Hamlin two times in a month earlier this season – Hamlin counted two more times from last season – and was fed-up with the aggressive driving of the watermelon farmer. Hamlin refused to give his rival an inch off a restart at Pocono and forced Chastain into the wall with 16 laps left in the race. Chastain slammed the wall and triggered a wreck that collected several drivers, including winless Kevin Harvick, who is fighting for a playoff spot.
“What did you want me to do? What did you expect me to do,” Hamlin asked in the immediate aftermath.
Chastain, who has two wins this season driving for Trackhouse Racing, sheepishly understood comeuppance was due.
“I think that’s something that’s been owed to me for a few months now,” Chastain said.
Hamlin got the last word – well the latest word – but does it squash their beef? Perhaps not, as the wife of Chastain’s race team owner Justin Marks tweeted, “Game. On.”
Hamlin also lost his tie with former teammate Tony Stewart on NASCAR’s career wins list with 49.
“We’ve just been good friends and he’s certainly someone that I look up to from a talent standpoint,” Hamlin said. “He was the guy that for 36 races was a threat to win, and that’s what I hope to be some day.”
Hamlin is pretty close: He’s a three-time Daytona 500 champion and part owner of 23XI Racing with Michael Jordan. About the only blemish on his resume is the championship he’s failed to win – and the first DQ of his Cup career.
Hamlin’s young daughter burst into tears of joy and he sent her to retrieve the checkered flag. Taylor Hamlin clutched the flag as she slid through the passenger’s side window and took a victory lap around Pocono with dad at the wheel.
Hamlin tweeted a photo of his daughter holding the flag and he wrote, “Yeah, good luck getting that back.”
NASCAR could say the same to him over his championship trophy.
Ty Gibbs finished 16th for 23XI Racing in his first career Cup start subbing for the injured Kurt Busch.
Busch suffered a head injury during a hard hit Saturday in qualifying and was not cleared to race by NASCAR’s medical staff. That opened the door for the 19-year-old Gibbs. In a pinch, the grandson of Joe Gibbs wore Busch’s firesuit and Hamlin’s shoes.
“I never thought I’d race with these guys,” Gibbs said. “It was just cool being next to them on the track. To 10-year-old Ty, that means a lot.”
Grandpa Joe was pretty proud.
“He was discouraged that he couldn’t get more out of it,” Gibbs said. “I think he realizes how tough it is.”
Gibbs remained concerned JGR has yet to reach a new contact with Kyle Busch.
“We had a couple of companies, we thought (were in) that wound up to be disappointments for us,” Gibbs said. “But it is hard and it is discouraging.”
IndyCar and NASCAR share next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. IndyCar races Saturday on the road course; NASCAR races Sunday.
O’WARD WINS IN IOWA AFTER NEWGARDEN CRASHES WHILE LEADING
NEWTON, Iowa (AP) Pato O’Ward pounced on Josef Newgarden’s misfortune Sunday to win the second race of the Iowa Speedway doubleheader, and Jimmie Johnson had the first top-five finish of his IndyCar career.
Newgarden dominated and led 148 of the 300 laps while trying to sweep the weekend. But something on his Team Penske car broke with 64 laps remaining and he spun hard into the outside wall.
He was visibly rattled after his mandatory check in the infield care center.
“Definitely was a bit of a shot. I want to cry, so sad for my team. I don’t know what happened,” Newgarden said. “Everything felt fine to me. Totally unexpected and it caught me by my surprise. Team Penske is the best. I never have this stuff, so maybe we were due.
“We can’t afford it for this year. But we’ll fight back. We have a great team here.”
Chevrolet’s initial diagnosis was that the suspension broke on Newgarden’s car.
O’Ward actually made the pass for the win on pit road with a speedy stop by his Arrow McLaren SP team and held off Penske teammates Will Power and Scott McLaughlin for the win. It’s the second win of the season for the Mexican driver, who finished second on Saturday and remains firmly in the IndyCar title race with five races remaining.
O’Ward is fifth in the standings, 36 points behind leader Marcus Ericsson. His win halted Team Penske’s dominance on the 0.894-mile oval, where Roger Penske’s drivers had won six of the last seven races prior to Sunday.
Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing finished fourth and was followed by teammate Johnson, who raced hard with Indianapolis 500 winner Ericsson to earn his best finish through two seasons of IndyCar racing. Ericsson is also a Ganassi driver and Newgarden’s crash helped the Swede retain the lead in the IndyCar standings – making Johnson’s aggressive racing a bit nerve-racking for the Ganassi camp.
“I race my teammates with the most respect I possibly can, every race I’ve been in, I’ve given way,” Johnson said. “That was really the first time I fought for position and felt like I should have been up there passing (Dixon). Today I had it in me and I raced clean, hard, and just had an awesome day.”
Ericsson said Johnson’s experience on ovals was the difference. The seven-time NASCAR champion made 686 starts in a stock car and won 83 races.
It was another podium sweep for Chevrolet, who did it on Saturday with Newgarden, O’Ward and Power.
Newgarden was scored as the points leader at the time of his crash and dropped to a tie with Dixon for third in the standings following his crash. There are five drivers separated by 36 points in the standings, and Ericcson leads Power by eight points.
Team owner Bobby Rahal had been noticeably absent from the track for nearly two months and confirmed Sunday that the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner underwent a triple bypass.
Rahal told The Associated Press he went for a routine annual physical on May 5 and doctors discovered he’d unknowingly suffered a heart attack – maybe two – and found 100% blockage in his left anterior descending artery.
Rahal assumed surgery would be immediate but it actually didn’t happen until June 6. He appeared slimmed down ahead of Sunday’s race, only the second IndyCar race the owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan has attended since that May physical.
“Surprised he leaked the news, but nonetheless it’s been an intense couple months for our family,” son Graham Rahal wrote on Twitter. “We’re ultra lucky to still have dad with us, very lucky, but now he’s good for another 100k miles we think! Many had asked where he’s been, now you have your answer.”
IndyCar and NASCAR share next weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. IndyCar races Saturday on the road course; NASCAR races Sunday.
VERSTAPPEN WINS FRENCH GP AS LECLERC CRASHES, HAMILTON 2ND
LE CASTELLET, France (AP) Max Verstappen won the French Grand Prix on Sunday after Charles Leclerc crashed out while leading, a mistake that dropped the Ferrari driver 63 points behind the defending Formula One champion.
Verstappen’s seventh win through 12 races this season upped his career total to 27 victories, all with Red Bull. He said his lead in the title race is misleading because Red Bull and Ferrari have been fairly even this season.
“Of course it’s a great lead but a lot of things can happen. It’s probably a bit bigger than it should have been when you look at the performance of the two cars,” Verstappen said. “We still need a bit more one-lap race. I think Budapest (Hungary) will be a bit of a struggle for us and Ferrari will be really, really quick.”
Seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton finished second in his 300th grand prix – his fourth consecutive podium and highest finish in what’s so far been a winless season – while teammate George Russell passed Sergio Perez of Red Bull following a late restart to give Mercedes its first double podium of the year.
“That’s an incredible result for the team, great job George,” said Hamilton, who estimated sweating out “about three kilos” as track temperatures hit 51 degrees Celsius (124 Fahrenheit) at the Paul Ricard Circuit in southeastern France.
“It was a tough race because my drinks bottle didn’t work,” Hamilton said. “But what a great result considering we’ve been so far off these guys all weekend.”
Hamilton lay on his back in the cool-down room as Russell watched a replay of the action.
“By Lap 20 I was like, `I really could do with a drink,'” Hamilton said. “Maybe the water evaporated.”
Hamilton’s first win with Mercedes came in Hungary in 2013. H e’s won a record eight times at the Hungaroring, twice as many as Michael Schumacher, and F1 races there next week.
“I hope the car feels good there,” Hamilton said. “I so love that track.”
Leclerc’s race ended on Lap 18 when he lost the rear of his car coming out of Turn 11, spinning 360 degrees before crashing into a tire wall. Leclerc could not speak at first, breathing heavily in his helmet before telling his team the mishap was caused by a throttle problem.
He then screamed a furious “Noooooooooo!”
It’s the third time this season Leclerc has failed to finish a race, while Ferrari has had seven DNF’s through 12 races. Leclerc’s failure Sunday came two weeks after a throttle problem almost cost him victory at the Austrian GP.
Leclerc, who is only seven points ahead of third-place Perez in the title battle, later said the crash was driver error.
“We’ll add things up at the end of the season, but if we’re 25 or 30 points short at the season I can only blame myself,” Leclerc said. “I couldn’t go into reverse, but those are small details. You just can’t put a car into the wall.”
Verstappen was tentative early and Leclerc held him off, but the Dutchman went for an undercut on Lap 17 with hard tires. Ferrari didn’t attempt to counter Red Bull’s strategy, only for Leclerc to crash one lap later.
“It was an error. It was a bit strange how I lost (the car),” Leclerc said. “If I stay at this level I certainly don’t deserve to win the championship. Two mistakes, here and Imola, that’s a bit much.”
Verstappen asked over radio if Leclerc was all right.
“I’m told he is, Max, thanks for asking,” his team replied.
As drivers switched tires under the safety car, Ferrari’s mistakes continued. Carlos Sainz Jr. received a five-second penalty for an unsafe release that almost led to a collision with a Williams car.
Sainz had passed Russell and Perez when his team told him to pit for new tires with 10 laps left.
“Come on, guys, I can’t believe you told me to box then,” Sainz grumbled. “I don’t know why we boxed. I don’t understand.”
After the race, he explained his position.
“At Ferrari we get super criticized for things other teams might go through in their pit stop window. We are not the disaster people seem to say we are,” Sainz said. “Yes I wanted to stay out, I maybe saw a podium position. The team has a lot more data on their screens. They did it with the best intentions and best spirit.
“My point of view is that if I couldn’t pass Checo, I would box. The moment I passed him, I thought `See if I could pull away.’ At that stage, the numbers said it was impossible I would make it to the end. In the moment my feeling was different but I didn’t see the numbers.”
Meanwhile, Russell tried to squeeze past Perez on the inside and they touched wheels. Perez went off and cut the corner to come back ahead with Russell asking for the position back. Stewards deemed it a racing incident, and Russell eventually passed him anyway.
“The restart was tasty,” Russell said. “I got a really nice run and timed it perfectly. It was pretty sweet.”
Perez finished fourth ahead of Sainz, who earned a bonus point for fastest lap.
Fernando Alonso of Alpine finished sixth, followed by Lando Norris of McLaren, Esteban Ocon of Alpine, Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren and Lance Stroll of Aston Martin rounding out the top 10.
Approaching the midway point of the 53-lap race, Mick Schumacher’s Haas was clipped by Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo and Zhou received a 5-second penalty.
Sainz started at the back of the grid with Kevin Magnussen as penalty for changes to their engines ahead of the race.
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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: MARCANO, SWAGGERTY CARRY INDIANS TO SERIES WIN OVER SAINTS
INDIANAPOLIS – Tucupita Marcano belted a two-run home run to cap a three-run fourth inning, Travis Swaggerty laced a run-scoring triple and threw out a runner at the plate, and the Indianapolis Indians earned a series victory with a 5-3 win over the St. Paul Saints on Sunday afternoon.
After the Saints tied the game with two runs in the top of the fourth on a home run by Mark Contreras – his first of two in the contest – Indianapolis (43-47) regained the lead in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly by Mason Martin that scored Swaggerty, who had reached third base with no outs on a walk, stolen base and balk. Following Taylor Davis’ second two-out, two-strike single of the game, Marcano cleared the right field wall for his first career home run at Victory Field.
Indy’s bullpen limited the Saints (43-48) to seven hits over 5.2 innings, the lone blemish coming on a two-out solo home run by Contreras off Hunter Stratton in the eighth. Cam Alldred (S, 1) pitched around a double and single in the ninth for his second career save in Triple-A.
The Indians opened the scoring against Cole Sands (L, 1-5) with two runs in the second inning. Bligh Madris doubled to right and raced home on Swaggerty’s team-high sixth triple. After a pair of strikeouts, Davis lined an 0-2 pitch into center field to make it 2-0.
Joe Jacques (W, 2-1) earned the win in relief of Mike Burrows, who struck out five over 3.1 innings of two-run ball.
The Indians begin a six-game series at Toledo on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET. Starting pitchers have not been announced by either team.
OGUNBOWALE, WINGS DEAL FEVER 12TH STRAIGHT DEFEAT 96-86
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale scored 16 of her 22 points in the second half and the Dallas Wings handed the Indiana Pacers a club-record 12th straight loss, 96-86 on Sunday.
Teaira McCowan finished with 17 points for Dallas (12-15), while Allisha Gray scored 16 with three steals. Kayla Thornton pitched in with 11 points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Gray scored 10 of her 11 first-half points in the second quarter to help Dallas rally from a 23-17 first-period deficit to a 45-39 lead at halftime.
Gray hit a 3-pointer to push the lead to 10 just 1:11 into the third quarter and the Wings stayed in front from there. Dallas improved to .500 on the road with its seventh win.
Kelsey Mitchell led Indiana (5-25) with a season-high 34 points. She added six assists, five rebounds and three steals. Nalyssa Smith added 16 points, while Queen Egbo scored 14. Indiana fell to 3-12 at home.
COLTS NEWS: COLTS PLACE FOUR PLAYERS ON PUP, ONE ON NFI LIST AHEAD OF TRAINING CAMP
The Colts on Sunday placed linebacker Darius Leonard, defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis, safety Rodney McLeod and wide receiver Mike Strachan on the active/Physically Unable To Perform list and defensive tackle Eric Johnson II on the active/Non-Football Injury list.
Leonard underwent surgery in June to repair a nerve issue in his back that was causing functional issues in the ankle that gave him trouble throughout the 2022 season.
Players on the PUP list are injured and can’t practice but can be activated as soon as they are medically cleared and begin practicing.
COLTS 2022 TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW: WIDE RECEIVERS
Alec Pierce (drafted in second round)
Kekoa Crawford (signed as undrafted free agent)
Ethan Fernea (signed as undrafted free agent)
Samson Nacua (signed as undrafted free agent)
Michael Young Jr. (signed as undrafted free agent)
The Colts used their first pick in the 2022 NFL Draft on Pierce, the long, athletic vertical threat who snagged 52 passes for 884 with eight touchdowns in 2021 for Cincinnati. The Colts’ other additions have been undrafted free agents, including Young – a teammate of Pierce’s at Cincinnati who happens to be Joseph Addai’s nephew.
Also, this list is just limited to players – but it’d be silly to not recognize another big addition in Reggie Wayne, the Ring of Honor member who was hired to coach the team’s wide receivers earlier this year.
T.Y. Hilton (free agent)
Zach Pascal (signed with Philadelphia Eagles)
Hilton remains an unsigned free agent after catching 23 passes for 331 yards with three touchdowns in 10 games for the Colts in 2021. Pascal re-united with former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni in free agency 38 catches, 384 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Parris Campbell (fourth year)
Keke Coutee (fifth year)
Ashton Dulin (fourth year)
DeMichael Harris (third year)
Dezmon Patmon (third year)
Michael Pittman Jr. (third year)
Mike Strachan (second year)
Pittman will look to build on a breakout sophomore season (88 catches, 1,082 yards, six touchdowns) which made the ninth wide receiver in Colts history to have at least one 1,000-yard season (joining Raymond Berry, Bill Brooks, Roger Carr, Marvin Harrison, T.Y. Hilton, Reggie Langhorne, Brandon Stokley and Wayne).
Campbell broke a bone in his foot while catching a 51-yard touchdown in Week 6 of the 2021 season, and returned to play in Week 17 with a plate and screws still in his foot. The Colts remain confident in Campbell’s upside and talent even though he’s appeared in seven, two and six games in each of the last three seasons.
Coutee spent most of the 2021 season on the practice squad – he only played in two games and had one catch for five yards – but 328 of his 946 career receiving yards have come in four games against the Colts.
Dulin cemented himself not only as a core special teamer but as an explosive option in the Colts’ offense – his 62-yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 12 flashed the speed that could open up more opportunities for him in 2022.
The trio of Harris, Patmon and Strachan saw limited time on the field last year – Patmon had a game-sealing touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16 – but all three players possess upside and traits the Colts value.
What To Watch For
There should be intense competition for a couple of roster spots during camp, with Harris, Patmon, Strachan and the four undrafted free agents set for what should be one of the fiercest position battles to watch at Grand Park.
How Pierce progresses – keep an eye on padded one-on-one drills against the cornerbacks – will give us a peek into what his usage and upside could be as a rookie, too.
Pittman didn’t just put together a 1,000-yard season – he made a number of plays when it counted.
Pittman is tied with four other players with 19 catches, but he separated himself – literally and figuratively – with those 343 yards, which ranked ninth in the NFL when converting a third down into a first down last year.
MUHAMMAD ALI’S ‘RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE’ BELT SELLS FOR $6.1M
DALLAS (AP) Muhammad Ali’s championship belt from his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight title fight was sold at auction on Sunday for $6.18 million.
The winner of the heated competition for the belt was Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, according to Heritage Auctions in Dallas.
In a tweet Sunday, Irsay confirmed he acquired the belt for his collection of rock music, American history and pop culture memorabilia that is currently touring the country.
The belt will be displayed on Aug. 2 at Chicago’s Navy Pier and on Sept. 9 in Indianapolis.
“Proud to be the steward!” Irsay tweeted.
“After several hours of watching two bidders go back and forth over this belt, this proved to be a battle worthy of the Rumble itself,” Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions, said in a statement.
The 1974 fight was one of boxing’s most memorable moments. Ali stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the African nation of Zaire. Ali won the fight in a knockout in the eighth round.
BROTHERHOOD: INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER CULTURE BREEDS SUCCESS IN MLS
Early in his 2019 freshman season, Roman Celentano was low on the Indiana men’s soccer depth chart.
But on October 1 of that year, head coach Todd Yeagley took a chance on the young goalkeeper, starting him against Northwestern. As Celentano went on to earn clean sheets in eight of the 14 remaining matches that year, Yeagley wouldn’t regret that decision.
A sophomore defender at the time, Jack Maher had a front row seat to the start of Celentano’s collegiate career, leading the IU defense alongside the new netminder.
“That’s something that would have never had happened if you didn’t have a guy like Coach Yeagley as the head coach because he took that big risk on his own shoulders, and we were very fortunate to reap the rewards of that,” Maher said.
A Big Ten Championship double later, Maher’s own performance just two seasons into his time in Bloomington caught MLS eyes. In January, he was picked No. 2 overall by Nashville SC as the club’s first-ever MLS Superdraft pick. It tied the highest draft selection by an Indiana men’s soccer player all-time.
Now, into his third season in the league, Maher is a regular starter in the Nashville back line and helped it to appearances the MLS Cup Playoffs in each of his first two campaigns. The club is well on its way to another in 2022.
“It’s honestly our culture that we’ve built, and I think a lot of it stems from having a winning culture at Indiana as well,” Maher said. “Personally, I know the tradition that Indiana has, I know that they expect to win each and every game, and [those are] the characteristics that I like to carry into this Nashville team.
“It’s the culture that we’ve been able to build, and I honestly think a lot of it goes back to [and] reminds me of what was already built at Indiana.”
As Maher makes noise in Music City, the next batch of Hoosiers takes note. It’s a revolving door of professional prospects.
“It’s an example,” Celentano said. “It’s something that, coming to IU, that’s the plan, to go pro, because it’s a historic program. So, seeing someone that I’ve played with make it to the league and continue to be a starting player is really something to look forward to, and it has sort of paved the way for some of us.”
Jump to IU’s 2020-21 season, after helping IU win the Big Ten double for a third straight year and reach the NCAA College Cup, Celentano established himself as one of the top goalkeepers in the country, conceding just six goals in 1,490 minutes of action. At the end of the next season, he became the first-ever repeat Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year while earning a career-high 11 shutouts. When he made three game-rescuing saves in a six-second span, he cemented his legendary status.
Through the example of Maher and others progressing on to careers in MLS, Celentano saw how great he could be at IU and earned it. In the 2022 MLS Superdraft, like Maher, he was picked No. 2 overall.
“Obviously at IU, family is a big part of the culture, and I think it just helped me feel welcome and be able to achieve what I could,” Celentano said. “The family environment just really brings the best out of [us and we] fight for each other. It’s a real brotherhood there, so I think that bond really helped us achieve things on the field and helped me progress.”
FC Cincinnati first-year head coach Pat Noonan, a former Hoosier himself, was perhaps not expecting to show off the talented Celentano so early in his career, but when first-team keeper Alec Kann suffered an injury in April, the bright-eyed rookie stepped in and stepped up. Celentano hasn’t missed a start in MLS play since. In his first six starts with the first team, Celentano earned three clean sheets while conceding just four goals in that span. FCC went 5-1 in those matches.
“He has a very strong character,” Noonan said. “I think you could see, on the field, the qualities that he has as a goalkeeper, but it’s no surprise to myself and to some of those that were able to see him [prior to the draft] that that character he has and that mentality that he has were going to translate to early success in his career. He has been given an opportunity and done a very good job of taking on a role that’s very difficult as far as that position in Major League Soccer.
“We’re very pleased with where Roman’s at and the continued progress that he makes. You can see he has a high ceiling, and he’s going to be doing special things for this club in the years to come.”
Noonan himself is having success in his first season as the head man in Cincy. After the club finished 14th in the Eastern Conference last season, he has his club in contention for a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs. Noonan said he wants to develop a winning culture in his club. Sound familiar?
“Early on the main focus was establishing an identity of how we play, improving the culture and trying to show the belief that we have in the group of returning players [plus] the additions we brought in to slowly progress in ways where our team understands we can do special things and we can be a better version of teams from the past,” Noonan said.
Noonan isn’t the only former Hoosier currently serving as a head coach in MLS. Caleb Porter, a two-time MLS Cup Champion as a head coach, shares the state of Ohio with Noonan while leading the Columbus Crew. Once a player-coach relationship during their shared time at IU from 2000-03, they are now the two leading figures in the Hell is Real Derby between Columbus and Cincinnati.
On July 17, the two coaches met in the derby for the first time. At the same time, it was a reunion for Celentano and another former teammate, Aidan Morris, a Columbus homegrown selection also in that 2019 season. The next weekend, Noonan and Celentano would host another former Hoosier in Cincy, Jack Maher. These reunions are not rare in a league filled with Hoosiers.
“That’s one of the big reasons why I went to Indiana,” Maher said. “Because I would play with players that would one day be in the league. You look at Andrew Gutman, Justin Rennicks, Griffin Dorsey, Mason Toye, […] I mean the list goes on and on.”
Noonan said the many Hoosiers around the league is a result of the program’s sustained success.
“I think [Todd Yeagley] continues to do a great job of producing talent and preparing athletes for the professional game,” he said. “So, it’s no surprise that you see so many IU faces across Major League Soccer that are having success.
“You talk about the Tradition of Excellence and how that translates not just to the field, but the professional game and life. There are a lot of good characters that come out of that university that are part of Major League Soccer, and it’s always nice to catch up and have some small talk about our memories from our days at IU.”
In Saturday (July 23) night’s matchup between Nashville SC and FC Cincinnati, Maher’s club took the early advantage in the seventh minute. Celentano made a fantastic save on Nashville’s first attempt, sticking out his right leg to stop Dave Romney’s short-range header on goal, but there was nothing the keeper could be expected to do as the ball ricocheted along the goal line to Nashville’s Teal Bunbury, who converted for the opening goal.
FC Cincinnati came out aggressive in the second half and was able to equalize seven minutes in from a Brandon Vazquez header. For the rest of the match, Celentano and Maher helped limit attacking opportunities. The match ended in a 1-1 draw and a share of the points between the Hoosiers and their clubs.
With the final whistle came a change in atmosphere. Moments before, Celentano and Maher were competing against each other, pushing their teams for a winning goal. With full-time expired, it was a return to the ordinary; friends brought together through IU.
Making their way from opposite ends of the pitch, Celentano and Maher met at midfield, hugged and exchanged jerseys. Then, they made their way over to the stands to greet members of this fall’s team; Brett Bebej, Luke Boha, Jansen Miller, Lawson Redmon and Jack’s brother, Joey Maher, had made the short trip from Bloomington to support their fellow Hoosiers. It was a family reunion in TQL Stadium.
“It’s the perks of going to an Indiana,” Maher said, “That you’re going to run into friends, you’re going to run into guys that you feel like are your family, are your brothers. And being able to do that week in and week out just speaks to the success of the program.”
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER PROFILE: PURDUE QB AIDEN O’CONNELL
2022 Pre-season Maxwell award watch list. Heading into his sixth season after finally getting significant playing time as Purdue’s quarterback in 2021. O’Connell was named All-Big Ten second-team by the league’s coaches and media, Associated Press, Pro football focus and Phil Steele. Also named academic All-Big Ten and received National football foundation Drew Brees mental toughness award. Graduated with his Master’s degree in May. Threw for 3,712 yards and 28 touchdowns with a passing efficiency of 150.8. Went 315 – 439 passing for a 71.8% completion percentage. He set the Purdue single – season ranking in passing percentage and passing efficiency. O’Connell joins Brees as the only Purdue quarterback with multiple 500 – yard passing games in the same season. One of his biggest games last season was Michigan State when he passed for 536 yards and three touchdowns. He also passed for 534 yards and five touchdowns Tennessee.
HENDRIX RECOGNIZED AMONG TOP 100 SMALL SCHOOL PROSPECT LIST
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State wide receiver Dante Hendrix is already drawing recognition in the preseason as the redshirt senior was recognized on Josh Buchanan’s 2023 Top 100 Small School Prospect list.
The Florence, Ky. native clocked in at 97 overall on the list by one of the industry’s top small school prospect evaluators on Draftscout.com.
Hendrix earned Missouri Valley Football Conference Honorable Mention honors after bouncing back from an early season injury that saw the wideout miss five games in the regular season. He made an immediate impact in the lineup upon his returning posting 37 catches for 395 yards and three touchdowns over the final five games of the season with a pair of 10-catch contests coming against Missouri State and Southern Illinois. Hendrix added his first 100-yard game of the season in the contest against the Bears with 10 catches for 121 yards and a score.
In addition to getting it done on the field, Hendrix also was a standout in the classroom receiving recognition on the MVFC All-Academic Team and on the MVFC Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1890 In his last minor league appearance, 23-year-old Cy Young strikes out 18 batters en route to tossing a no-hitter in a Tri-State contest against McKeesport (PA). The right-hander will amass a record 511 victories during his 22-year Hall of Fame career.
1908 In a confrontation of future inaugural Hall of Famers, Honus Wagner goes 5-for-5 off Giants starter Christy Mathewson in the Pirates’ 7-2 victory over the Giants in front of an overflow crowd of 30,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. The Pittsburgh shortstop holds up a finger after each hit he collects to New York right fielder Mike Donlin, the hitless player he passes to take over the National League batting lead.
1913 Carl Weilman becomes the first major leaguer to strike out six consecutive times in a single game. The Browns’ 23 year old southpaw, who goes the distance after entering the game in relief with one out in the first inning, accomplishes the dubious feat in a 15-inning Griffith Stadium contest against the Senators that ends in an 8-8 tie.
1930 At Cleveland’s League Park, the A’s, stealing only 48 bases this season for the second-lowest total in the league, pull off two triple steals in one game. The double-triple takes place in the first inning and again in the fourth when Philadelphia pummels the Indians, 14-1.
1931 Lefty Grove, going the distance, wins his 20th game of the season when the A’s beat Cleveland at Shibe Park, 6-3. The Philadelphia southpaw, who improves his record to 20-2, is the second quickest player to reach the milestone, with Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19, 1912) being the only hurler to have accomplished the feat earlier in a season.
1939 New York freshman Atley Donald sets the American League rookie record for consecutive wins when he goes the distance, beating the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 5-1. The 28-year-old right-hander, known as ‘Swampy’ to his teammates, limits St. Louis to five hits for his twelfth straight victory.
1941 On his third try, Lefty Grove becomes the sixth pitcher in major league history since 1901 to earn his 300th victory. The 41-year-old Red Sox southpaw joins Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Eddie Plank in reaching the milestone when he beats Cleveland, 10-6, giving up 12 hits for his last victory in the big leagues.
1955 Joe DiMaggio, who retired after 13 seasons with the Yankees with a .325 batting average, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ‘Greatest Living Ballplayer,’ a title officially bestowed on ‘Joltin’ Joe’ based on a poll taken by MLB in 1969, is elected by the writers in his fourth year on the ballot.
1956 Roberto Clemente becomes the first player to hit an inside-the-park walk-off grand slam when he connects off Cubs right-hander Jim Brosnan, giving the Pirates a dramatic 9-8 victory. Last season, the Pittsburgh right fielder’s first-ever career round-tripper, the first of nine IPHRs he hits during his 18 years with the Bucs, accomplishing the feat seven times at spacious Forbes Field.
1961 By hitting four home runs in the doubleheader sweep of the White Sox, Roger Maris moves 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace. The Yankee slugger now has 40 for the year and will finish the season with a record 61 round-trippers.
1962 At Sportsman’s Park, Stan Musial surpasses Giants’ legend Mel Ott as the National League’s all-time RBI leader. Stan the Man’s two-run home run off Don Drysdale in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers gives the Cardinals’ right fielder 1,862 career runs batted in with the Redbirds.
1966 Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, in his first year of eligibility, and skipper Casey Stengel, selected by the Veterans Committee, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame. During his induction speech, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ makes a strong appeal for the inclusion of Negro League stars at Cooperstown.
1967 The White Sox become the second major league team in history to win a doubleheader with two walk-off homers when they sweep the Indians, 3-1 and 6-5, thanks to game-ending home runs by J.C. Martin and Ken Berry. In 1962, the Mets were the first team to accomplish the feat, with Hobie Landrith and Gil Hodges going deep, respectively, in the bottom of the ninth inning of each game to give the team its first twin bill sweep in franchise history.
1968 At Busch Stadium, St. Louis starter Bob Gibson blanks the Phillies, 5-0, recording his 11th straight victory to break the franchise record established in 1944 by Ted Wilks. The Cardinal right-hander, who has tossed twelve consecutive complete games, also surpasses William Doak’s mark when he shut outs his opponents for the 33rd time in his career with the Redbirds.
1972 At Atlanta Stadium, Reds second baseman Joe Morgan’s single scores Nate Colbert of the Padres in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the National League a 4-3 walk-off All-Star Game victory over the Junior Circuit. The NL has won all seven of the extra-inning Midsummer Classics contests.
1972 Cubs general manager John Holland announces Whitey Lockman will manage the Cubs, replacing Leo Durocher, who ‘stepped down’ as the team’s skipper after posting a 535-526 (.504) record during his seven years at the helm. ‘Leo the Lip’ will be hired by the Astros to replace Harry Walker at the end of next month.
1974 In his managerial debut with the club, Clyde King guides the Braves to a 1-0 extra-inning victory over San Diego. The former Giant skipper, who replaced the recently dismissed Eddie Matthews, will finish the season with a 38-25 record, but the team fires the Goldsboro, NC native next year in August with his club mired in fifth place in the NL West.
1974 In the second game of a Cleveland Stadium twi-night doubleheader, Buddy Bell launches a ninth-inning two-run home run to tie the score at 3, enabling the Indians to beat Baltimore in 13 innings, 5-4. With their 8-7 victory in the opener, the Tribe ends the day a half-game out of first place in the tight four-team race in the American League East.
1977 Pete Rose becomes the all-time hit leader among switch-hitters when he collects his 2,881st career hit, a fourth-inning single off Pete Falcone in the Reds’ 9-8 loss to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Frankie Frisch, an infielder dubbed the Fordham Flash, had established the record nearly a half-century ago playing with the Giants and the Cardinals.
1978 Pete Rose’s third inning Shea Stadium single to left off Mets righty Craig Swan establishes a National League record for hits in consecutive games. The Reds infielder has hit safely in 38 games, breaking Tommy Holmes’ mark set as a member of the Boston Braves in 1945.
1978 In a 3-2 Giants victory over the Cardinals at Candlestick Park, Jack Clark establishes a franchise record, hitting safely in 26 straight games. The San Francisco right fielder’s fourth-inning double off Bob Forsch keeps his consecutive games hitting streak intact.
1980 Mike Schmidt becomes the all-time Phillies’ franchise home run leader when he hits the first of his two round-trippers in the team’s 6-5 extra-inning victory over Atlanta at Veterans Stadium. The future Hall of Fame third baseman, who will retire with 548 homers, passes Del Ennis’ mark of 259 that the outfielder established playing with Philadelphia from 1945-56.
1988 The Cubs test their $5 million lighting system before their historic first night game at Wrigley Field scheduled for August 8th against the Phillies. Six banks of lights on 33-foot steel towers along the first-base and third-base baselines illuminate the field during the charity event in which players take batting practice and participate in a home run derby.
1990 Roseanne Barr, the star of the hit television show whose executive producer is the new Padres’ owner, Tom Werner, sings an irreverent and widely criticized rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner. The comedian, known for her biting sarcasm, spits and grabs her crotch as if adjusting a protective cup after singing the National Anthem in a loud and off-tune screechy manner, a performance called “disgraceful.” by President George H. W. Bush.
1990 Following his first-inning single, a triple in the third, and a fifth frame two-bagger, George Brett hits a leadoff homer in the seventh to complete the cycle in the Royals’ 6-1 victory over Toronto at the SkyDome. The Kansas City third baseman, who will retire with a lifetime .305 batting average, also accomplished the rare feat against Baltimore in 1979.
1990 After having a commanding 9-0 lead and still ahead 10-3 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets barely hold on to beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 10-9. The nail-biter causes the usually even mannered Bob Murphy to use a mild obscenity in his call of the final out, “they win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!”
1994 Rico Brogna, who was recalled from the Norfolk Tides five days ago where he was hitting .351, becomes the third Mets rookie to get five hits in a game, joining Dick Smith (1964) and John Milner (1972). The 24-year-old slick-fielding first baseman collects three singles and two doubles in five at-bats during New York’s 7-2 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
1995 In the top of the fourth inning, Dante Bichette puts the Rockies ahead, 6-4, with a three-run home run off Jim Deshaies at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. The round-tripper is the 18th of the season for the 31-year-old outfielder, but only his first on the road.
1996 Rockies left-hander Bruce Ruffin strikes out four batters in one inning, a feat accomplished only 25 times in major league history. The opportunity for the rare occurrence happens when Cubs’ catcher Scott Servais strikes out swinging but reaches first base safely after whiffing on the southpaw’s wild pitch.
1998 Rockies leadoff batter Neifi Perez becomes the third player in team history to hit for the cycle. In a 5-2 victory over St. Louis at Coors Field, the Colorado shortstop goes deep in the seventh inning off Matt Morris to complete the rare accomplishment.
1998 The Yankees dedicate a plaque in the memory of Mel Allen, who died of heart failure two years ago at the age of 83. The Monument Park tablet calls their long-time play-by-play announcer “A Yankee institution, a national treasure” and includes his signature line, “How about that?”
1998 After receiving an invitation from the team to participate in Old-Timers’ Day, Jim Bouton returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time in nearly thirty years. The right-hander’s banishment, believed to be the result of having written his controversial book, Ball Four, ends when his son Michael writes an open letter to the New York Times printed on Father’s Day urging the franchise to reconsider their decision about his dad, who is still grieving about the loss of his daughter Laurie in a car crash last August.
1999 The Hall of Fame adds an unprecedented number of first-time eligible candidates when George Brett, Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount enter Cooperstown. Other inductees include the Veterans Committee’s selections of Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Frank Selee, and ‘Smokey’ Joe Williams, joining the trio of first-timers elected by the BBWAA.
2001 As a result of a three-way deal, the Royals obtain Neifi Perez from the Rockies for Jeremy Dye. Kansas City’s newest middle infielder bats .238 in less than two full seasons with their team departed outfielder hit 64 homers in four seasons for the A’s, the team that sent Todd Belitz, Mario Encarnacion, and Jose Ortiz to Colorado for his services.
2004 Paul Molitor, a member of the 3,000 hit club, and Dennis Eckersley, who appeared in the most games of any Hall of Fame pitcher (1,071 games), are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Long-time broadcaster Lon Simmons, who called games for the A’s and Giants, wins the Ford C. Frick Award, and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award is won by New York Times writer Murray Chass, enabling both to become members of the Hall for their outstanding reporting of the national pastime.
2004 Carlos Delgado’s three-run blast in the Blue Jays’ 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay makes the slugger the first player in the 27-year history of the franchise to drive in 1,000 runs. The Toronto first baseman, who will also play for the Mets and Marlins, will collect 1512 RBIs during his 17-year major league career.
2010 Andre Dawson, an outfielder with the Expos and Cubs, becomes the 203rd player inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining ‘Hawk’ in Cooperstown are former manager Whitey Herzog, major league ump Doug Harvey, broadcaster Jon Miller, and baseball writer Bill Madden.
2010 Chris Coghlan seriously injures himself when he tries to smash a shaving-cream pie in Wes Helms’s face after his teammate hit a single to give the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off victory over Atlanta. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will go on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee and miss the remainder of the season.
2010 The Baseball Hall of Fame honors John Fogerty for his classic rock song “Centerfield.” At the induction ceremonies, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performs his 1985 hit and then donates his baseball bat-shaped guitar to the Cooperstown museum.
2010 The Angels acquire right-hander Dan Haren from the last-place Diamondbacks in exchange for southpaws Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named. The addition of the three-time All-Star strengthens an already strong rotation that includes Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver, Joel Piniero, and Scott Kazmir, presently on the disabled list.
2011 Michael Cuddyer becomes the first Twins’ position player to pitch since outfielder John Moses hurled against California in 1990. The starting first baseman, moving from right field to the mound in the eighth inning, gives up a double to Mike Napoli, a single to Mitch Moreland, and after Endy Chavez grounds out, the right-hander walks Ian Kinsler to load the bases, but then gets Elvis Andrus to fly out and David Murphy to pop-up for a scoreless frame in the 20-6 loss in Texas.
2011 With the bases loaded and two outs, rookie Jason Kipnis delivers his first career hit, giving the Indians a 3-2 walk-off ninth-inning victory over Los Angeles. The 24-year-old second baseman had been 0-for-5 since being called up three days ago.
2011 With their 4-0 victory of Houston combined with the Cardinals’ 6-5 loss to Cincinnati and Milwaukee’s 4-0 loss to Colorado, the Pirates find themselves in sole possession of first place. The date is the latest the Bucs have been on top of the standings since mid-July of the 1997 season.
2012 Cole Hamels becomes the best-paid Phillies player in history when he signs a guaranteed six-year, $144-million contract. The second richest contract for a pitcher, only behind the Yankees agreement with CC Sabathia, includes an option for a seventh season that could pay the 28-year-old southpaw as much as $162 million through 2019.
2015 In his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers, Cole Hamels throws a no-hitter against the Cubs, marking the first time Chicago has been no-hit since 1965. The 31-year-old southpaw joins Cliff Chambers (1951 Pirates) and Edwin Jackson (2010 Diamondbacks) as the only pitchers traded before their next start after hurling a no-no for their team.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1934
Once again, the St. Louis Cardinals returned to the big show after edging out the defending champion New York Giants (in the final 3 1/2 weeks of the season) and winning the National League pennant by two games. Solid pitching had enabled them to hustle their way into the post-season thanks in a big way to Dizzy Dean, who had won an amazing thirty games for the senior circuit champions. Dean was a dynamic and outspoken player who was quoted in the press as stating “it-ain’t-bragging-if-you-can-do-it”. Dean wasn’t the only standout as Manager Frankie Frisch had assembled a line-up of mutli-talented players that would come to be known as “The Gas House Gang”. Many felt that their “all-out” style of play was a decided advantage over the American League’s Detroit Tigers, who were 0-3 to date in World Series appearances.
Dizzy Dean took the mound in Game 1 and was backed up by a solid performance at the plate by Joe Medwick who collected four hits including a home run. Detroit made their own contributions as well by tallying five errors in the first three innings in an 8-3 opening loss to the Redbirds. The Tigers struck back the following day with an outstanding outing by Schoolboy Rowe, who held the Cards to a single hit in the twelve-inning, 3-2 victory. Rowe had won sixteen consecutive games from June to August and showed no signs of slowing down as he dominated the St. Louis line-up. Apparently, the Cards weren’t they only team with tenacity and resolve.
Game 3 tipped the scales again as Pepper Martin, the center fielder-turned-third baseman who had boasted a staggering .500 batting average during the ’31 Series, shined with a double, triple and two scored runs. Dizzy’s brother Paul (who had thrown a no-hitter against Brooklyn late in the season) shut out the Tigers for 8 2/3 innings for a 4-1 triumph and the Series lead. Detroit battled back with two crucial 10-4 and 3-1 victories that featured Billy Rogell and Hank Greenberg combining for seven runs batted in, with Eldon Auker and Tommy Bridges both going the distance.
Schoolboy Rowe returned for a repeat appearance (and possible clincher) in Game 6 against Paul Dean who was coming off of a great debut outing in Game 3. The St. Louis rookie prevailed over the second-year man on both sides of the plate as he held the Tigers to seven hits and, with the score 3-3 in the seventh inning, delivered a game-winning single. As both teams had battled back and forth throughout the contest, tensions ran high in “The Motor City”. The atmosphere around Game 7 was electric as Dizzy Dean went up against Eldon Auker for the grand finale.
St. Louis came out swinging with seven runs by the third inning and a 9-0 lead in the sixth. Detroit’s fans were visibly upset (with the score) and a play involving a hard slide by Joe Medwick that momentarily injured third baseman Marv Owen. They erupted after he apparently made eye contact with the left-field bleachers and retaliated by throwing empty bottles, fruit and other debris. In an effort to avoid a possible riot, Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis stepped in and removed Medwick from the game (who was replaced by Chick Fullis). Understandably, the Cardinals argued the call, but the controversial decision had little impact on the outcome as St. Louis went on to an 11-0 victory and another World Series title.
The unpopular Medwick batted .379 against Detroit and drove in five runs, while Collins hit .367 and Martin finished at .355. Ernie Orsatti contributed a .318 mark, and Jack Rothrock led St. Louis with six RBIs. Charlie Gehringer led Detroit with a .379 average and Greenberg hit .321 with a Series leading seven runs batted in. Despite quality hitting on both sides, pitching was the deciding factor in the 1934 Series. Dizzy and Paul Dean were standouts after winning forty-nine games in the regular season and both had combined for all four St. Louis victories in the 1934 Series.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1945
Despite risking public outrage, the Major League owners collectively decided to cancel the 1945 All-Star Game due to wartime travel restrictions. Initially, the entire season was in jeopardy as the American war effort against Japan was receiving full attention and resources. In February, a memo was sent out from the Office of Defense Transportation ensuring that the season could take place if all teams reduced their travel by twenty-five percent (as compared to the 1944 season). Like most of America, both the league and its fans agreed to sacrifice and the Midsummer Classic was one of the first events to go. Originally scheduled to take place in Boston at Fenway Park, the affair was the first All-Star Game to be cancelled since its inception in 1933. According to Ford C. Frick, president of the National League, cutting out the contest would bring a significant savings with approximately 500,000-less passenger miles spent.
As a replacement, eight simultaneous “inter-league” games were scheduled between the National and American Leagues to help raise money for the American Red Cross and War Relief efforts. These games included the New Yankees versus the Giants at the Polo Grounds, the Chicago Cubs versus the White Sox at Comiskey Park, the Cincinnati Reds versus the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland Stadium, the Brooklyn Dodgers versus the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals versus the Browns at Sportsman’s Park, the Philadelphia Athletics versus the Phillies at Shibe Park, the Detroit Tigers versus the Pirates at Forbes Field (which ended up being cancelled) and the Boston Braves versus the Red Sox at Fenway.
With the cancellation, Major League Baseball did not name a formal list of All-Stars for that season. However, sports writers from the Associated Press created their own “mythical” list of standouts for the 1945 season after requesting nominations from each of the team’s managers.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1902 3 years after winning the title from English boxer Bob Fitzsimmons, American champion James J. Jeffries repeats the dose with an 8th round KO in San Francisco for the heavyweight crown
1913 Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey scores 5 runs without a hit, reaching first base on an error and 4 walks, as the Bucs beat Philadelphia Phillies, 12-2
1937 31st Tour de France won by Roger Lapebie of France
1939 New York Yankees starting pitcher Atley Donald sets American League rookie record for consecutive wins; beats St. Louis Browns 5-1 for his 12th straight victory
1940 American John Sigmund begins swimming for 89 hours, 46 minutes from St. Louis to Caruthersville, Missouri in the Mississippi River; 292 miles, longest solo swim of all time
1941 41-year-old Lefty Grove wins his 300th and final MLB career game as the Boston Red Sox defeat Cleveland Indians, 10-6 at Fenway Park
1948 35th Tour de France: Italian cyclist Gino Bartali wins both general and mountain classifications for the second time (1938)
1949 St Louis Cardinal Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Bkln 14-1
1961 Roger Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a doubleheader
1966 Yankee manager Casey Stengel elected to Hall of Fame
1972 43rd MLB All Star Game, Atlanta Stadium, Atlanta, GA: NL beats AL, 4-3; MVP: Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds, 2B
1978 Robert Granville “Bob” Lemon replaces Billy Martin as Yankee manager
1978 Cincinnati Red Pete Rose sets NL record hitting in 38 consecutive games
1982 US Open Women’s Golf, Del Paso CC: Janet Anderson shoots final round 68 (−4) to claim her only LPGA Tour win, 6 strokes ahead of Beth Daniel, Donna White, JoAnne Carner and Sandra Haynie
1983 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Hazeltine National GC: Billy Casper wins with birdie on first extra hole after an 18-hole playoff with Rod Funseth
1990 KC Royal George Brett hits for the cycle
1991 Seattle Jay Buhner hits a 479′ HR in Yankee Stadium
1991 Pittsburgh Steelers guard Terry Long treated for an apparent suicide attempt after he learned he tested positive for steroid use
1992 25th Olympic Games open in Barcelona, Spain
1993 31st Tennis Fed Cup: Spain beats Australia in Frankfurt Germany (3-0)
1993 US Open Women’s Golf, Crooked Stick GC: Lauri Merten fires a final round 68 (−4) to win her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Donna Andrews and Helen Alfredsson
1993 Tour de France: Spaniard Miguel Induráin makes it 3 straight Tour titles; Djamolidine Abdoujaparov points winner
1993 Federation Cup Women’s Tennis, Frankfurt, Germany: Spain wins 2nd title with 3-0 win over Australia; Arantxa Sánchez Vicario clinches victory with 6-2, 6-3 win against Nicole Provis
1997 QB Brett Favre, re-signs with Green Bay Packers for $50M for 7 yrs
1999 86th Tour de France: Lance Armstrong wins 1st of 7 consecutive Tour de France titles but is later disqualified for drug cheating
1999 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Irishman Christy O’Connor Jr wins by 3 strokes from John Bland of South Africa
2004 91st Tour de France: no winner (Lance Armstrong disqualified)
2004 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Royal Portrush: Pete Oakley wins by 1 stroke from fellow American Tom Kite and Eduardo Romero of Argentina
2010 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Carnoustie: Bernhard Langer of Germany wins by 1 stroke from American Corey Pavin
2012 The 2012 Summer Olympics begin (Opening ceremony 27th)
2015 UCI BMX Supercross series: Niek Kimmann & Stefany Hernandez win the world title
2016 England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson becomes first quick to take 50 wickets against all other 7 major Test cricket-playing nations during 2nd Test against Pakistan in Manchester
2021 USA’s men’s basketball team see their 25-game Olympic winning streak end; beaten 83-76 by France in first round match in Tokyo
2021 Australia wins women’s 4 x 100m relay for third straight Olympics as Bronte Campbell, Meg Harris, Emma McKeon, Cate Campbell set new WR 3:29.69 in Tokyo
2021 Japanese judokas Uta Abe (women’s 52kg) and brother Hifumi (men’s 66kg) make history as first siblings to win Olympic gold medals in different events on same day at the Tokyo Games
2021 Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome wins the sport’s inaugural Olympic gold medal in the men’s street section at the Tokyo Games
2021 Evian Championship Women’s Golf, Evian Resort GC: Australian Minjee Lee recovers from 7 shots behind to beat South Korea’s Lee6 Jeongeun in a play-off for her first major title
2021 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Sunningdale: Welshman Stephen Dodd wins his first major title with a 1 stroke victory over Miguel Ángel Jiménez of Spain.
WHO INVENTED HOCKEY?
(THE HISTORY CHANNEL)
The origins of ice hockey may date to stick-and-ball games played during the Middle Ages or even ancient Greece and Egypt. Some believe the game evolved from the ancient Irish game of hurling. But ice hockey’s beginnings—like those of many other sports—remain murky.
“There’s a painting in the 1500s of people playing something on ice that looks like hockey,” says Phil Pritchard, curator at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. “They even had sticks.”
The modern sport’s closest ancestor may be “chamiare,” or shinty—a stick-and-ball game played on ice in the early 1600s in Scotland. In the mid-1700s, a game called bandy was played on ice on the eastern plains of England. In the winter, players competed with iron skates on ice that formed on the flooded meadows and elsewhere. That game spread to London and then in the 1850s to eastern Canada, where it was played by British soldiers. In the 19th century, Native Americans in Canada played a similar game.
Where Did the Name ‘Hockey’ Come From?
The term “hockey,” according to The Canadian Encyclopedia, can be traced to a 1773 book published in England called Juvenile Sports and Pastimes. But the name may pre-date this earliest known reference. A version of the game played on ground—field hockey—evolved during the period, too.
In Great Britain, newspapers as early as the 1840s referenced hockey played on ice. A Scottish newspaper reported in 1842 about a fatality during a hockey game involving about 20 participants skating on a canal: “[T]he ice suddenly broke in, and several were immersed, but rescued, except [an] unfortunate lad.”
In 1864, the Prince of Wales played hockey on a lake with a London skating club. “The game was kept up with great animation until 2 o’clock,” a London newspaper reported, “when the prince and the players repaired to the Fishing Temple, where they partook of a sumptuous luncheon.”
In 1949, a magazine in the Soviet Union claimed the sport was invented and perfected in Russia in the mid-19th century. But those claims may be dubious.
The First Organized Hockey Game
The first organized ice hockey game, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation, was played on March 3, 1875, between two teams of nine men each from Montreal’s Victoria Skating Club. But there’s evidence organized games were played earlier in the century in Canada and the United States, Pritchard says.
In the 1875 game, the teams played using a flat, wooden block—a cousin of the modern puck made of vulcanized rubber—“so that it should slide along the ice without rising, and thus going among spectators to their discomfort,” the Montreal Star reported. Previously, the game often was played with a wooden or rubber ball.
Added The Star about the first game: “The game is like Lacrosse in one sense—the block having to go through flags placed about 8 feet apart in the same manner as the rubber ball—but in the main the old country game of shinty gives the best idea of hockey.”
By 1899, ice hockey had become popular in northeastern United States. “[W]ith no special attempt to reach the sport-loving element, it has advanced steadily, numbering its enthusiasts by thousands last winter, where two seasons ago they could hardly have been counted by hundreds,” the Montreal Gazette reported about the interest in the New York City area.
Canada Becomes Epicenter of Ice Hockey
Although ice hockey did not originate in Canada, it became one of the country’s national sports. In the late 19th century, organized leagues formed in Canada, where rules for the sport evolved—including the size of the net and number of players on ice at one time (six per team with a goaltender). Canadian rules, including the use of a rubber puck, eventually were adopted worldwide.
In 1920, a team from Canada won the first hockey world championship, held at the Winter Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.
In 1917, the National Hockey League formed with four Canadian teams. In 1924, the Boston Bruins became the first American team in the NHL, which has expanded several times over the years.
For more than 100 years, the NHL has been the world’s preeminent professional hockey league. The NHL even awards its Eastern Conference champion the Prince of Wales trophy, a nod to that 19th-century royal ice hockey competitor.
FOOTBALL HISTORY OF JULY 25
July 25, 1924 – Frankford Yellow Jackets franchise is established and plays in the NFL from 1924 through the 1931 season. And where is Frankford you may ask? It is in the northeastern section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The origin of the team actually can be traced back to 1899 as the Frankford Athletic Association. This early FAA had a membership fee of $10 per person., no small fee at that time when the average U.S. weekly wage was less than $13.00! The proceeds of the membership fee was to go to charity. Local charities such as the Frankford Hospital and the local Boy Scouts among others were known to receive donations from the Jackets. The Frankford team won the NFL Championship in 1926. But they were also a part of removing a championship from a rival a year earlier in 1925. The Yellow Jackets protested a non-league game that the Pottsville Maroons had played in their territory, Philadelphia, against the Notre Dame All-Stars. This territorial rights issue was investigated by the League and the Maroons were found guilty of territory infringement thus they were suspended giving the Chicago Cardinals the 1925 title. Unfortunately in the early 1930’s the Jackets slipped into deep financial woes and were sold in bankruptcy court. Our friend Upton Bell though told us in his February 25, 2021 interview that his parents Bert Bell and Francis Upton purchased the struggling franchise and renamed them the Philadelphia Eagles! Please look for information soon on a full story of the Frankford Yellow Jackets and their contributions, players and origins in our Early Pro Football Franchises series.
July 25, 2013 – The Atlanta Falcons according to an NFL.com reports signed franchise Quarterback Matt Ryan to a 5-year, $103.75 million contract extension in 2013. Matty Ice deserved the bump in pay too as he won the 2016 NFL MVP award while leading the Falcons to their Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. Ryan is a 2-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2016 1st-Team All-Pro over the course of the contract. Matt threw for 4,000+ pass yards in each year of deal and has tossed for 4,000 plus pass yards in 10 straight seasons since 2011, which was the 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history. Only Drew Brees is ahead of him on this…Not too bad of company at all!
July 25, 2019 – NFL Veterans were required to report to camp for the following teams; Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR JULY 25
July 25, 1900 – Medford, Massachusetts – Eddie Tryon was a halfback out of Colgate University from 1922 to 1925 per the National Football Foundation. Tryon holds that program’s record for most points scored in a single game with a whopping 42 points and the most TDs in a single game an astounding 7 trips to pay dirt! The NFF goes on to say that “Cannonball” Tryon was a master at saving the Maroon from defeat. One such example was Colgate’s famous match-up with Ohio State in 1923. It was Tryon’s touchdown runs of 65 and 25 yards which created a 23-23 stalemate with the Buckeyes. And, in 1925, the Colgate captain stunned Princeton when he scored the only touchdown in a 7-0 upset of the Tigers. Mr. Tryon was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame with the selection class of 1963.
July 25, 1934 – Springfield, Ohio – Ron Burton was a halfback out of Northwestern University from 1957 through 1959 that entered into the College Hall of Fame in 1990 according to the NFF. His Northwestern career was led by legendary head coach Ara Parseghian. Mr. Burton was an All-American in 1959 and he also finished 10th that season in Heisman voting. In the 1960 AFL draft he became the Boston Patriots first ever draft pick. Burton was also the first Patriot to ever rush for 100 yards in a game. There are some answers to your next NFL trivia contest you enter!
July 25, 1954 – Columbia, Mississippi – Walter Payton Pro Football Hall of Fame running back of the Chicago Bears was born. The Jackson State product was also enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in the 1999 class. Walter ran on the Jackson State gridiron from the 1971 season through 1974 and was the key cog in the offense. According to the FootballFoundation.org, Sweetness finished his career at Jackson State with 464 points and 3,563 yards rushing. The point total was a modern record for college football. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry for four years. Walter is remembered at the collegiate level still to this day as he was honored in 1987 with the founding of the Walter Payton Award, given each year to the leading player in 1-AA football. Payton was a great player who worked hard and was known for his outstanding runs during his career. He even was the NFL’s all time leading rusher until Emmet Smith surpassed him. In just 13 seasons, Payton rushed for 16, 726 yards, hauled in 492 passes and scored 125 touchdowns per the ProFootballHOF.com website. We honor this great player and human who had an untimely death in 1999 at the age 45 due to a rare disease. Please see our story on “Sweetness” here Walter Payton.
FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 25
28 – 10 – 6 – 9 – 14 – 5
July 25, 1913 – Pittsburgh Pirates future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Max Carey scores 5 runs without a hit, reaching first base on an error and 4 walks, as the Bucs beat Philadelphia Phillies, 12-2
July 25, 1939 – New York Yankees starting pitcher Atley Donald, Number 28 set an American League rookie record for consecutive victories when he and the Yanks defeated the St. Louis Browns 5-1 for his 12th straight victory.
July 25, 1941 – A 41-year-old Lefty Grove wearing Number 10, won his 300th and final MLB career game as the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians, 10-6 at Fenway Park
July 25, 1949 – St Louis Cardinals player Number 6, Stan Musial hit for the cycle as the Cardinals overcame the Brooklyn Dodgers 14-1.
July 25, 1961 – Roger Maris, Number 9 of the New York Yankees, hit home runs 37, 38, 39 & 40 in a doubleheader
July 25, 1978 – Cincinnati Reds Number 14, Pete Rose set a National League hitting record as he reached base safely in 38 consecutive games with the use of his bat. A we will see in a little over a week from now that streak reach 44 games to reset the record books.
July 25, 1990 – Kansas City Royals thirdbaseman George Brett wearing his Number 5 jersey, hit for the cycle in Toronto. It seemed like everyone knew when Brett enetered the batter’s box in the seventh inning needing a home run to complete the hitting circuit for the game, that he would accomplish the mission. Facing Blue Jays pitcher Frank Wills, destiny would not be denied as Brett pounded an 0-2 pitch into the bleachers in right-center field. Royals hitting coach John Mayberry commented, ” When the Great ones want it, you can see it in their eyes.” Ole Number 5 indeed wanted hit and to many there was not a question to as whether he would or not.
|NY Yankees||66||31||.680||–||37 – 12||29 – 19||32 – 16||19 – 6||10 – 6||5 – 5||W 1|
|Toronto||53||43||.552||12.5||30 – 19||23 – 24||19 – 18||13 – 10||15 – 11||8 – 2||W 6|
|Tampa Bay||52||43||.547||13||31 – 18||21 – 25||23 – 17||7 – 11||12 – 9||7 – 3||L 2|
|Boston||48||48||.500||17.5||23 – 23||25 – 25||12 – 29||12 – 7||19 – 7||1 – 9||L 5|
|Baltimore||47||48||.495||18||26 – 19||21 – 29||17 – 23||11 – 13||12 – 8||6 – 4||L 1|
|Minnesota||52||44||.542||–||27 – 22||25 – 22||13 – 10||25 – 19||10 – 9||5 – 5||W 2|
|Cleveland||48||46||.511||3||25 – 19||23 – 27||6 – 10||25 – 21||9 – 8||6 – 4||L 2|
|Chi White Sox||48||48||.500||4||21 – 27||27 – 21||14 – 15||20 – 21||7 – 9||7 – 3||W 2|
|Kansas City||38||57||.400||13.5||21 – 28||17 – 29||7 – 13||18 – 20||9 – 16||5 – 5||W 2|
|Detroit||38||58||.396||14||23 – 26||15 – 32||7 – 14||19 – 26||4 – 11||2 – 8||L 3|
|Houston||64||32||.667||–||30 – 14||34 – 18||8 – 8||16 – 4||32 – 16||7 – 3||W 5|
|Seattle||51||45||.531||13||24 – 23||27 – 22||12 – 15||7 – 6||24 – 19||7 – 3||L 3|
|Texas||43||51||.457||20||21 – 26||22 – 25||5 – 11||11 – 8||18 – 25||3 – 7||W 1|
|LA Angels||40||55||.421||23.5||22 – 27||18 – 28||6 – 18||9 – 5||18 – 19||2 – 8||W 1|
|Oakland||35||63||.357||30||14 – 33||21 – 30||10 – 16||10 – 16||13 – 26||6 – 4||L 1|
|NY Mets||59||37||.615||–||29 – 17||30 – 20||28 – 12||12 – 5||14 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|Atlanta||58||39||.598||1.5||33 – 21||25 – 18||22 – 14||17 – 10||13 – 11||6 – 4||L 1|
|Philadelphia||49||46||.516||9.5||24 – 24||25 – 22||18 – 19||8 – 8||16 – 11||3 – 7||L 3|
|Miami||45||50||.474||13.5||22 – 23||23 – 27||24 – 19||7 – 9||9 – 14||4 – 6||W 1|
|Washington||32||65||.330||27.5||15 – 36||17 – 29||8 – 36||9 – 8||10 – 13||2 – 8||W 1|
|Milwaukee||53||43||.552||–||24 – 19||29 – 24||11 – 13||28 – 19||7 – 8||5 – 5||W 3|
|St. Louis||51||46||.526||2.5||29 – 20||22 – 26||10 – 14||25 – 16||10 – 7||6 – 4||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||40||56||.417||13||21 – 25||19 – 31||7 – 11||18 – 27||13 – 11||4 – 6||L 1|
|Chi Cubs||38||57||.400||14.5||18 – 32||20 – 25||7 – 6||20 – 21||7 – 18||4 – 6||W 4|
|Cincinnati||36||58||.383||16||20 – 29||16 – 29||5 – 9||14 – 22||8 – 21||6 – 4||W 1|
|LA Dodgers||64||30||.681||–||34 – 13||30 – 17||11 – 9||17 – 6||25 – 11||9 – 1||W 8|
|San Diego||54||43||.557||11.5||25 – 21||29 – 22||14 – 10||19 – 10||20 – 20||5 – 5||L 1|
|San Francisco||48||47||.505||16.5||26 – 22||22 – 25||14 – 13||11 – 10||16 – 18||5 – 5||L 4|
|Colorado||43||53||.448||22||28 – 23||15 – 30||8 – 19||8 – 8||21 – 18||5 – 5||L 4|
|Arizona||42||53||.442||22.5||24 – 27||18 – 26||14 – 11||10 – 11||12 – 27||4 – 6||L 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot