INDIANA HIGH SCHOLL FOOTBALL WEEK 6

ADAMS CENTRAL (5-0) AT SOUTH ADAMS (4-1)

ALEXANDRIA (4-1) AT MISSISSINEWA (2-3)

ANDREAN (3-2) AT HOBART (3-2)

ATTICA (0-5) AT NORTH VERMILLION (2-3)

BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (2-3) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (1-4)

BENTON CENTRAL (3-2) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (5-0)

BLACKFORD (1-4) AT EASTBROOK (3-2)

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (4-1) AT SOUTHPORT (0-5)

BLUFFTON (3-2) AT SOUTHERN WELLS (0-5)

BOONE GROVE (2-3) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (5-0)

BOONVILLE (3-2) AT MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (4-1)

BREMEN (2-3) AT JOHN GLENN (3-2)

BROWN COUNTY (0-5) AT GREENCASTLE (2-3)

CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (0-5) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (0-5)

CARMEL (3-2) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-5)

CARROLL (FLORA) (5-0) AT TRI-CENTRAL (1-4)

CASTLE (4-1) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (5-0)

CENTERVILLE (4-1) AT NORTHEASTERN (4-1)

CHARLESTOWN (4-1) AT SCOTTSBURG (0-5)

CHURUBUSCO (3-2) AT FREMONT (2-3)

CLINTON CENTRAL (0-5) AT EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (3-2)

CLINTON PRAIRIE (4-1) AT DELPHI (1-4)

COLUMBUS EAST (3-2) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (2-3)

CONNERSVILLE (4-1) AT SPEEDWAY (3-2)

COVENANT CHRISTIAN (3-2) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (3-2)

COVINGTON (1-4) AT PARKE HERITAGE (1-4)

CRAWFORDSVILLE (2-3) AT NORTH MONTGOMERY (2-3)

CROWN POINT (5-0) AT VALPARAISO (4-1)

CULVER ACADEMY (1-4) AT NORTH JUDSON (5-0)

DANVILLE (2-3) AT SOUTHMONT (5-0)

DECATUR CENTRAL (2-3) AT PLAINFIELD (2-3)

DELTA (3-2) AT NEW CASTLE (1-4)

EAST CENTRAL (4-1) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (5-0)

EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (1-4) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (4-1)

EASTERN (PEKIN) (1-4) AT NORTH HARRISON (3-2)

ELKHART (4-1) AT SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (2-3)

EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-4) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (3-2)

EVANSVILLE HARRISON (1-4) AT VINCENNES LINCOLN (3-2)

EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (3-2) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (3-2)

FAIRFIELD (4-1) AT ANGOLA (3-2)

FISHERS (3-2) AT AVON (0-5)

FOREST PARK (1-4) AT SOUTH SPENCER (2-3)

FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (2-3) AT FORT WAYNE DWENGER (3-2)

FORT WAYNE LUERS (2-3) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (1-4)

FORT WAYNE NORTH (3-2) AT HOMESTEAD (3-2)

FORT WAYNE SNIDER (4-1) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (2-3)

FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-5) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (5-0)

FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (2-3) AT SEEGER (3-2)

FRANKLIN (3-2) AT MOORESVILLE (5-0)

FRANKLIN CENTRAL (2-3) AT NOBLESVILLE (2-3)

FRANKLIN COUNTY (1-4) AT GREENSBURG (1-4)

FRANKTON (2-3) AT OAK HILL (5-0)

FRONTIER (2-3) AT NORTH NEWTON (0-4)

GARRETT (0-5) AT WEST NOBLE (4-1)

GIBSON SOUTHERN (5-0) AT HERITAGE HILLS (3-2)

GOSHEN (1-4) AT CONCORD (2-3)

GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (4-1) AT NEW PALESTINE (5-0)

GREENWOOD (1-4) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (1-4)

GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (1-0) AT EDINBURGH (4-1)

GRIFFITH (1-4) AT CALUMET (5-0)

GUERIN CATHOLIC (3-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (3-2)

HAMILTON HEIGHTS (3-2) AT TWIN LAKES (1-4)

HAMMOND NOLL (0-4) AT RIVER FOREST (3-2)

HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (4-1) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (4-1)

HERITAGE (3-2) AT LAPEL (2-3)

HIGHLAND (1-4) AT MUNSTER (3-2)

HUNTINGTON NORTH (2-3) AT DEKALB (1-4)

INDIAN CREEK (3-2) AT EDGEWOOD (1-4)

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (3-1) AT HAMMOND MORTON (0-5)

INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (5-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (5-0)

INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (5-0) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (3-1)

INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (2-3) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (3-2)

INDIANAPOLIS TECH (1-4) AT ANDERSON (2-3)

INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (0-5) AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (1-3)

JASPER (2-3) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-5)

KANKAKEE VALLEY (4-1) AT LOWELL (2-3)

LAKE CENTRAL (3-2) AT MICHIGAN CITY (1-4)

LAKELAND (2-3) AT CENTRAL NOBLE (2-3)

LAVILLE (5-0) AT KNOX (3-2)

LAWRENCE CENTRAL (3-2) AT CENTER GROVE (4-1)

LAWRENCE NORTH (2-3) AT BEN DAVIS (3-2)

LAWRENCEBURG (4-1) AT BATESVILLE (2-3)

LEO (3-2) AT BELLMONT (0-5)

LEWIS CASS (5-0) AT WESTERN (2-3)

LINTON-STOCKTON (5-0) AT NORTH DAVIESS (4-1)

LOGANSPORT (4-1) AT MARION (0-5)

MADISON-GRANT (4-1) AT ELWOOD (0-5)

MCCUTCHEON (1-4) AT KOKOMO (5-0)

MERRILLVILLE (4-1) AT LAPORTE (1-4)

MILAN (2-3) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (3-2)

MISHAWAKA (5-0) AT WARSAW (4-1)

MISHAWAKA MARIAN (2-3) AT PENN (3-2)

MITCHELL (1-4) AT MADISON (2-3)

MONROE CENTRAL (2-2) AT WES-DEL (0-5)

MONROVIA (2-3) AT BEECH GROVE (2-3)

MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (2-3) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (2-3)

MUNCIE CENTRAL (0-5) AT RICHMOND (0-5)

NEW ALBANY (1-4) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (2-3)

NEW HAVEN (2-3) AT COLUMBIA CITY (4-1)

NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (1-3) AT PARK TUDOR (4-1)

NORTH MIAMI (3-2) AT MACONAQUAH (4-1)

NORTH PUTNAM (1-4) AT CASCADE (2-3)

NORTH WHITE (2-2) AT CASTON (0-5)

NORTHFIELD (2-3) AT WABASH (1-4)

NORTHWOOD (5-0) AT PLYMOUTH (0-5)

NORWELL (5-0) AT EAST NOBLE (3-2)

OWEN VALLEY (5-0) AT SULLIVAN (3-2)

PAOLI (3-2) AT EASTERN GREENE (1-4)

PERRY CENTRAL (4-1) AT CLARKSVILLE (2-3)

PERU (2-3) AT ROCHESTER (4-1)

PHALEN ACADEMY (0-5) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (2-2)

PIKE CENTRAL (0-5) AT NORTH KNOX (2-3)

PIONEER (2-3) AT TRITON (4-1)

PORTAGE (1-4) AT CHESTERTON (1-4)

PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (1-4) AT EASTSIDE (3-2)

PROVIDENCE (4-0) AT HOLY CROSS (KY.)

RENSSELAER CENTRAL (3-2) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (3-2)

RUSHVILLE (2-3) AT NORTH DECATUR (5-0)

SALEM (1-4) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (2-3)

SEYMOUR (3-2) AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (4-1)

SHELBYVILLE (1-4) AT YORKTOWN (4-1)

SHENANDOAH (2-3) AT HAGERSTOWN (4-1)

SILVER CREEK (3-2) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (0-4)

SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-4) AT NEW PRAIRIE (5-0)

SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-5) AT JIMTOWN (3-2)

SOUTH BEND RILEY (3-2) AT SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (1-4)

SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (1-4) AT LAKE STATION (2-3)

SOUTH DECATUR (2-3) AT CLOVERDALE (1-4)

SOUTH PUTNAM (4-1) AT WEST VIGO (2-3)

SOUTHRIDGE (4-1) AT TELL CITY (1-4)

SOUTHSIDE HOMESCHOOL AT SWITZERLAND COUNTY (2-3)

SOUTHWOOD (3-2) AT MANCHESTER (0-5)

SPRINGS VALLEY (3-2) AT CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-5)

TAYLOR (1-4) AT SHERIDAN (4-1)

TECUMSEH (5-0) AT NORTH POSEY (4-1)

TERRE HAUTE NORTH (1-4) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (2-3)

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (3-2) AT NORTHVIEW (4-1)

TIPPECANOE VALLEY (5-0) AT WHITKO (0-5)

TIPTON (2-3) AT NORTHWESTERN (1-4)

TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN (2-3) AT TRI-COUNTY (1-4)

TRI (4-1) AT WINCHESTER (2-3)

TRITON CENTRAL (4-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (1-3)

TRI-WEST (4-1) AT LEBANON (3-2)

UNION CITY (1-4) AT UNION COUNTY (2-3)

WARREN CENTRAL (2-3) AT PIKE (0-5)

WASHINGTON (1-4) AT PRINCETON (0-5)

WAWASEE (1-4) AT NORTHRIDGE (2-3)

WEST CENTRAL (4-1) AT SOUTH NEWTON (4-1)

WESTERN BOONE (4-1) AT FRANKFORT (1-4)

WESTFIELD (3-2) AT BROWNSBURG (5-0)

WHEELER (2-3) AT WHITING (2-2)

WHITELAND (5-0) AT MARTINSVILLE (4-1)

WINAMAC (1-4) AT CULVER (2-3)

WOODLAN (2-3) AT JAY COUNTY (2-3)

ZIONSVILLE (4-1) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (5-0)

INDIANA SRN WEEK 6 FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

  1. BROWNSBURG
  2. HAMILTON SE
  3. CATHEDRAL
  4. CENTER GROVE
  5. CARMEL

5A

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

4A

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

3A

  1. WEST LAFAYETTE
  2. BISHOP CHATARD
  3. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  4. TRI-WEST
  5. NORWELL

2A

  1. LINTON-STOCKTON
  2. EASTBROOK
  3. SCECINA
  4. ANDREAN
  5. LAVILLE

1A

  1. INDY LUTHERAN
  2. PARK TUDOR
  3. NORTH JUDSON
  4. ADAMS CENTRAL
  5. CARROLL (FLORA)

THE INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL POWER POLL

6A

  1. BROWNSBURG
  2. CATHEDRAL
  3. BEN DAVIS
  4. CENTER GROVE
  5. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  6. CARMEL
  7. FISHERS
  8. ZIONSVILLE
  9. WESTFIELD
  10. CROWN POINT

5A

  1. FORT WAYNE SNIDER
  2. WHITELAND
  3. CASTLE
  4. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  5. FORT WAYNE NORTH
  6. MERRILLVILLE
  7. VALPARAISO
  8. EVANSVILLE NORTH
  9. DECATUR CENTRAL
  10. FRANKLIN

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI
  3. NORTHWOOD
  4. EVANSVILLE REITZ
  5. BREBEUF
  6. EAST CENTRAL
  7. MOORESVILLE
  8. GREENFIELD CENTRAL
  9. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
  10. NEW PRAIRIE

3A

  1. INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD
  2. WEST LAFAYETTE
  3. NORWELL
  4. OAK HILL
  5. VINCENNES LINCOLN
  6. HANOVER CENTRAL
  7. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  8. WESTERN BOONE
  9. OWEN VALLEY
  10. TRI-WEST

2A

  1. TRITON CENTRAL
  2. INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA
  3. LAVILLE
  4. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
  5. LINTON – STOCKTON
  6. ANDREAN
  7. FORT WAYNE LUERS
  8. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
  9. EASTSIDE
  10. SULLIVAN

1A

  1. INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
  2. ADAMS CENTRAL
  3. NORTH DECATUR
  4. NORTH JUDSON
  5. TRITON
  6. SOUTH PUTNAM
  7. PARK TUDOR
  8. SHERIDAN
  9. TECUMSEH
  10. SOUTH ADAMS

INDIANA SRN VOLLEYBALL POWER 15 POLL

  1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  2. YORKTOWN
  3. McCUTCHEON
  4. BREBEUF
  5. PROVIDENCE
  6. FW CARROLL
  7. BROWNSBURG
  8. BELLMONT
  9. CATHEDRAL
  10. FISHERS
  11. CARMEL
  12. RONCALLI
  13. NOBLESVILLE
  14. FLOYD CENTRAL
  15. FLOYD CENTRAL

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL TOP 5 PER CLASS

4A

  1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  2. YORKTOWN
  3. McCUTCHEON
  4. BREBEUF
  5. FW CARROLL

3A

  1. PROVIDENCE
  2. BELLMONT
  3. WESTERN BOONE
  4. BARR-REEVE
  5. BENTON CENTRAL

2A

  1. WAPAHANI
  2. ANDREAN
  3. SCECINA
  4. PARK TUDOR
  5. SOUTH ADAMS

1A

  1. SOUTH NEWTON
  2. TECUMSEH
  3. FW BLACKHAWK
  4. SPRINGS VALLEY
  5. TRINITY LUTHERAN  

INDIANA SRN BOYS SOCCER POWER POLL TOP 15

  1. NOBLESVILLE
  2. ZIONSVILLE
  3. COLUMBUS NORTH
  4. CARMEL
  5. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  6. FW NORTHRUP
  7. WARSAW
  8. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  9. FISHERS
  10. PERRY MERIDIAN
  11. MISHAWAKA
  12. GOSHEN
  13. WEST LAFAYETTE
  14. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL
  15. SB ADAMS

INDIANA SRN BOYS SOCCER POLLS CLASS TOP 5

3A

  1. NOBLESVILLE
  2. ZIONSVILLE
  3. COLUMBUS NORTH
  4. CARMEL
  5. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

2A

  1. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
  2. WEST LAFAYETTE
  3. BREBEUF
  4. FW CANTERBURY
  5. SPEEDAY

1A

  1. PARK TUDOR
  2. FAITH CHRISTIAN
  3. SOUTH KNOX
  4. CARROLL FLORA
  5. WESTVIEW

INDIANA SRN GIRLS SOCCER POWER 15 POLL

  1. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
  2. NOBLESVILLE
  3. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  4. CARMEL
  5. ZIONSVILLE
  6. CASTLE
  7. SB ST. JOSEPH
  8. CENTER GROVE
  9. BISHOP CHATARD
  10. BREBEUF
  11. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  12. PARK TUDOR
  13. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
  14. CATHEDRAL
  15. FISHERS

INDIANA SRN GIRLS SOCCER TOP 5 BY CLASS

3A

  1. NOBLESVILLE
  2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  3. CARMEL
  4. ZIONSVILLE
  5. CASTLE

2A

  1. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
  2. BISHOP CHATARD
  3. BREBEUF
  4. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
  5. GUERIN CATHOLIC

1A

  1. PARK TUDOR
  2. PROVIDENCE
  3. FAITH CHRISTIAN
  4. ANDREAN
  5. SWITZERLAND COUNTY

AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL

RANKTEAMRECORDPREVIOUS RANK
1Georgia3-01
2Alabama3-02
3Ohio State3-03
4Michigan3-04
5Clemson3-05
6Oklahoma3-06
7USC3-07
8Kentucky3-09
9Oklahoma State3-08
10Arkansas3-010
11Tennessee3-015
12North Carolina State3-016
13Utah2-114
14Penn State3-022
15Oregon2-125
16Ole Miss3-020
17Baylor2-117
18Washington3-0N/R
19BYU2-112
20Florida2-118
21Wake Forest3-019
22Texas2-121
23Texas A&M2-124
24Pittsburgh2-123
25Miami (FL)2-113

WEEK FOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

WEEK 4

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22

WEST VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA AT GEORGIA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
CHATTANOOGA AT ILLINOIS | 8:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23

VIRGINIA AT SYRACUSE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
NEVADA AT AIR FORCE | 8 P.M. | FS1
BOISE STATE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 24

KENT STATE AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX
CLEMSON AT WAKE FOREST | 12 P.M. | ABC
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
RHODE ISLAND AT PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MISSOURI AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN
BOWLING GREEN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
DUKE AT KANSAS | 12 P.M. | FS1
SOUTH FLORIDA AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
BUFFALO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
UMASS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
FORDHAM AT OHIO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
FLORIDA AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
JAMES MADISON AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TOLEDO AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
FIU AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NORTH TEXAS AT MEMPHIS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TULSA AT OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OREGON AT WASHINGTON STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX
AKRON AT LIBERTY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
BALL STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT OLD DOMINION | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT HOUSTON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS A&M (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 7 P.M. | ESPN
IOWA AT RUTGERS | 7 P.M. | FS1
SOUTHERN MISS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UNLV AT UTAH STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOUSTON BAPTIST AT TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
MARSHALL AT TROY | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
LOUISIANA TECH AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
VANDERBILT AT ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WISCONSIN AT OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
UCONN AT NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
NEW MEXICO AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
CHARLOTTE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT PURDUE | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
KANSAS STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 8 P.M. | FOX
BOSTON COLLEGE AT FLORIDA STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
LOUISIANA AT UL MONROE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
USC AT OREGON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
STANFORD AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

NFL SUNDAY SCOREBOARD

JACKSONVILLE 24 INDIANAPOLIS 0

MIAMI 42 BALTIMORE 38

NY JETS 31 CLEVELAND 30

DETROIT 36 WASHINGTON 27

TAMPA BAY 20 NEW ORLEANS 10

NY GIANTS 19 CAROLINA 16

NEW ENGLAND 17 PITTSBURGH 14

LA RAMS 31 ATLANTA 27

SAN FRANCISCO 27 SEATTLE 7

DALLAS 20 CINCINNATI 17

DENVER 16 HOUSTON 9

ARIZONA 29 LAS VEGAS 23 OT

GREEN BAY 27 CHICAGO 10

NFL WEEK 3 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

HOUSTON TEXANS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

DETROIT LIONS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P FOX

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 6:20P (MT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022

DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

WEEK 4

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (THU) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2022

MINNESOTA VIKINGS VS NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (TOTTENHAM) 2:30P (BST) 9:30A NFLN

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BUFFALO BILLS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

TENNESSEE TITANS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

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49ERS’ LANCE OUT FOR SEASON WITH BROKEN ANKLE

San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan announced Sunday that quarterback Trey Lance broke his ankle in Sunday’s 27-7 win against the Seattle Seahawks and will undergo season-ending surgery.

Lance was carted off to the locker room with an air cast on his ankle in the first quarter. The 49ers ruled him out for the rest of the contest minutes later, and Jimmy Garoppolo took over under center for San Francisco.

The 22-year-old went down after taking a hit while trying to run the ball at Seattle’s 21-yard line on his third carry of the day. He also went 2-for-3 passing for 30 yards before exiting.

Sunday marked Lance’s fourth career start. The 2021 third overall pick, who took over the 49ers’ lead role this year, started two games as a rookie in place of an injured Garoppolo and was under center during San Francisco’s season-opening loss to the Chicago Bears last week.

Garoppolo went 13-for-21 passing while tossing 154 yards and one touchdown versus Seattle. Brandon Aiyuk led the 49ers in receiving with five catches for 63 yards. San Francisco also racked up 189 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while limiting the Seahawks to only 36 rushing yards on 14 attempts.

With Lance sidelined, the 49ers will rely on Garoppolo as their No. 1 quarterback again. The 30-year-old, who signed a restructured one-year deal to stay with the team this year, has posted a 31-14 record since joining the club in 2017.

Garoppolo helped the 49ers reach the NFC title game in two of the last three seasons. San Francisco reached Super Bowl LIV, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.

TAGOVAILOA, DOLPHINS RALLY FROM 21 DOWN TO BEAT RAVENS 42-38

BALTIMORE (AP) Down by three touchdowns, Tua Tagovailoa and his speedy Miami receivers raced past the Baltimore Ravens in a stirring fourth-quarter comeback.

Even Lamar Jackson couldn’t keep up.

Tagovailoa threw for 469 yards and six touchdowns, four of which came during the final period, and the Dolphins rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat Jackson and the Ravens 42-38 on Sunday.

Tagovailoa’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Jaylen Waddle with 14 seconds left completed the incredible comeback after Miami trailed 35-14 with under 13 minutes remaining.

“This just shows the resiliency of our team,” Tagovailoa said. “You look at the big picture of it, the confidence goes up.”

Through his first two seasons with Miami, Tagovailoa was adequate but not exactly a star. So this performance was huge for the Dolphins, who improved to 2-0 under new coach Mike McDaniel. This was Tagovailoa’s first 400-yard passing game, and his six TDs tied a team record held by Bob Griese and Dan Marino.

“I think it was a moment he’ll never forget and can use it moving forward,” McDaniel said. “I couldn’t be happier for him. His teammates learned a lot about him, and I think he learned something about himself.”

Tyreek Hill had touchdown catches of 48 and 60 yards during that rally, the latter of which tied the game with 5:19 to play.

Justin Tucker kicked a 51-yard field goal with 2:18 remaining to put Baltimore ahead, but that was far too much time for Miami’s offense, which the Ravens (1-1) didn’t come close to stopping in the final quarter.

The Dolphins overcame a spectacular performance by Jackson, who threw three first-half touchdown passes and then gave Baltimore its 21-point lead with a 79-yard TD run in the third. Jackson threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns.

The Ravens got into position for Jackson to throw a desperation pass on the final play of the game, but that fell incomplete.

Tagovailoa was intercepted twice in the first half, but he more than made up for that. Waddle had 11 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns, and Hill had 11 for 190 yards and his two TDs.

“He was making some throws, and those guys were doing their thing,” Jackson said. “Waddle, Tyreek – heck of a player. Shout out to Tua because he did his thing.”

Miami had 233 yards in the fourth quarter.

Devin Duvernay returned the opening kickoff 103 yards for a touchdown, and the Ravens never trailed until the final seconds. They might have scored a TD on all four of their offensive possessions in the first half if not for a fumble near the Miami goal line.

The Dolphins couldn’t recreate their exceptional defensive effort of a season ago, when their blitz wreaked havoc on the Baltimore offense. The Ravens lost that game 22-10 on their lowest-scoring night of the season.

Jackson put the Ravens up 14-7 with a short pass over the middle that Rashod Bateman turned into a 75-yard touchdown. Later in the second quarter, he threw for TDs of 1 yard to Mark Andrews and 12 yards to Demarcus Robinson.

Then Jackson’s most spectacular play came near the end of the third, when he faked a handoff and breezed through a big hole up the middle and past the Miami secondary. The touchdown was the longest run of Jackson’s career, and it also put him over 100 yards rushing, a record 11th time he’s done that. He previously shared the mark for quarterbacks with Michael Vick, who had 10 100-yard games on the ground.

Jackson became the first quarterback in NFL history with both a touchdown pass and a touchdown run of at least 75 yards in the same game. He finished with 119 yards on nine carries.

After Duvernay’s touchdown to start the game, Tagovailoa drove the Dolphins into Baltimore territory, but Marcus Williams created a turnover with a remarkable display of concentration. He jumped in front of Hill to break up a pass, and while lying on the grass, he reached out to catch the falling ball before it hit the ground.

The Ravens drove to the 1-yard line, but after a third-down touchdown run by Jackson was overturned on replay, the Baltimore quarterback lost control of the snap on what looked like a quarterback sneak attempt on fourth down.

Miami drove 94 yards and tied it at 7 on Tagovailoa’s 6-yard touchdown pass to Waddle.

With the Ravens up 21-7, Tagovailoa’s deep pass was picked off – again by Williams – and that gave Baltimore a chance to score once more before halftime.

Tagovailoa threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mike Gesicki to make it 28-14 in the third, and his 2-yarder to River Cracraft in the fourth made it 35-21.

SECONDARY PROBLEMS

The Ravens obviously aren’t where they want to be in the defensive backfield despite adding Williams and first-round draft pick Kyle Hamilton in the offseason. It’s hard enough to stop Waddle and Hill when they’re taking short throws and running after the catch – but the game turned when Baltimore let Hill get behind the defense deep a couple of times.

“Never did you think we were going to have that many balls thrown over our head,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “That just can’t happen. That’s not OK. I don’t care who’s back there.”

Cornerback Marcus Peters was in his first game back after missing all of last season with a knee injury, and cornerback Marlon Humphrey played after dealing with a groin injury during the week.

INJURIES

Miami WR Cedrick Wilson left with rib issues. … Baltimore LB Steven Means was carted off in the second quarter with an ankle injury, and Duvernay entered concussion protocol late in the game.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: Host the Buffalo Bills next Sunday.

Ravens: At the New England Patriots on Sunday.

FLACCO RALLIES JETS TO STUNNING 31-30 COMEBACK OVER BROWNS

CLEVELAND (AP) Everything was stacked against the New York Jets. The clock wasn’t in their favor, and Cleveland’s frothing home crowd was making things harder.

The Jets had Joe Flacco. And that was enough.

Flacco fired a 15-yard touchdown pass to rookie Garrett Wilson with 22 seconds left as the Jets rallied for an improbable 31-30 win over the stunned Cleveland Browns, who blew a two-touchdown lead in the final two minutes Sunday.

On third-and-10, Flacco – who had four TD passes one week after a rough opener – found a streaking Wilson over the middle. Earlier, the 10th overall pick had dropped a crucial pass, allowing the Browns (1-1) to open their two-score lead.

“Just a calming force,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said of the 37-year-old Flacco. “He has been in a lot of these situations leading a bunch of young men. I thought he was cool, calm, got the ball where it needed to go, and they left the door open just a crack.

“Just a crack for our guys to break through was awesome.”

The Jets (1-1) scored two TDs in a span of 60 seconds – a New York minute – to wreck Cleveland’s home opener. According to ESPN Stats, teams had won 2,229 consecutive games when leading by at least 13 points in the final two minutes.

The last team to blow that kind of lead was the Browns in the 2001 season against the Bears.

“You look at the score and we’re down with 1:30 left, you know your chances aren’t too hot,” said Wilson, who finished with eight catches for 102 yards in his second game. “But they made some miscues. That’s basically what happened.”

Nick Chubb’s third rushing TD put Cleveland up 13 with 1:55 to go, but the Browns bemoaned not having him stay in bounds and killing more time after the Jets called their last timeout with 2:09 remaining.

“That’s a scenario where that is on me to communicate that to the huddle,” coach Kevin Stefanski said. “We have done that before. Having said that, we need to close that game out.”

After Chubb scored, Browns rookie kicker Cade York, who made a 58-yard field goal in the final seconds to beat Carolina last week, pushed his extra point to the right.

“I thought I hit it well off the foot,” York said. “I really don’t know why it took off right on me.”

Leading 30-17, Cleveland’s defense had a major breakdown as Jets wide receiver Corey Davis got behind the secondary and Flacco hit him with a 66-yard TD left to pull the Jets within 30-24 and give them hope.

“When I threw the ball, I looked and saw nobody is anywhere near him,” said Flacco, who improved to 18-3 against the Browns. “It was really weird because of how quiet it got here. That’s something I’ve never heard before. It was so loud, and all of a sudden, there was silence.”

New York then recovered an onside kick and Flacco, who’s filling in while starter Zach Wilson recovers from a knee injury, drove to the 15 without any timeouts before hooking up with Wilson.

“When (offensive coordinator) Mike (LaFleur) called the play, I kind of had a smile inside,” Flacco said. “Their safeties were playing pretty soft, so I was going to find a window to get it to him.”

Greg Zuerlein made the deciding extra point to make it 31-30.

Cleveland had one last chance, but Jacoby Brissett, who had injured his left ankle in the fourth, was intercepted by Ashtyn Davis with 6 seconds left.

It was a demoralizing loss for the Browns, who were on the cusp of going 2-0 for the first time since 1993, when Bill Belichick was their coach.

“This league is funny,” Brissett said. “This one was tough. It just shows you can’t take anything in this league for granted. Not even talking about the end of the game, a bunch of plays early on, miscues and things of that nature.”

Brissett, starting while Deshaun Watson serves his 11-game NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct, threw a TD pass to Amari Cooper and finished 22 of 27 for 229 yards.

Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal with 14:19 left tied it at 17 for the Jets. The kick matched the longest in franchise history by Chandler Catanzaro against the Browns in 2017.

EARLY RETURNS

The Jets snapped their 13-game game losing streak in September.

NO AVERAGE JOE

Joe Thomas reached elite status by playing 10,363 consecutive snaps and making 10 Pro Bowls in 10 seasons for the Browns. He’s now officially a “legend.”

Thomas was inducted into the team’s Legends Club during halftime ceremonies. He was honored along with the late Darrel “Pete” Brewster, who played both tight end and defensive end for Cleveland from 1952-58.

Thomas, who retired after the 2017 season, is eligible for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s next class.

INJURIES

Jets: Rookie CB Sauce Gardner left briefly in the third quarter with an apparent head injury. He was checked in the sideline medical tent and cleared to return. … DL Quinnen Williams injured a foot but came back.

Browns: Brissett expects to play Thursday against Pittsburgh. … DE Jadeveon Clowney left the stadium in a walking boot after injuring his right ankle in the third quarter. … TE Harrison Bryant left after a scary collision with LB Kwon Alexander in the fourth but returned. … RT Jack Conklin was inactive for the second straight week. The former All-Pro underwent knee surgery in December.

UP NEXT

Jets: Continue their four-game AFC North swing to open the season by hosting Cincinnati on Sunday.

Browns: A short turnaround with a Thursday night home game against the Steelers.

GOFF THROWS 4 TD PASSES, LIONS BEAT COMMANDERS 36-27

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Lions waited until Week 13 of Dan Campbell’s debut season to win last year.

Desperate to avoid another slow start, Jared Goff threw two of his four touchdown passes to Amon-Ra St. Brown to help Detroit beat the Washington Commanders 36-27 Sunday.

“That was a good win for us,” Campbell said. “We needed that. That was No. 1.”

The No. 2 pick in the NFL draft, Aidan Hutchinson, had three sacks in the first half to help the Lions (1-1) lead 22-0 at halftime. Will Harris had an interception in the second half to stunt the Commanders (1-1) as they tried to rally.

“They were getting a little momentum and to get that, it reset us a little bit and gave us a chance to breathe,” Campbell said. “It proved to be a big play.”

Washington made adjustments to give Carson Wentz more time in the second half. Wentz took advantage, pulling his team within seven points in the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Samuel, a 20-yard pass to Logan Thomas and 2-point conversion to rookie Jahan Dotson.

“I was very proud of the way we responded in the second half, but the first half was horrible,” Wentz said. “This league is too hard to be that inconsistent.”

Detroit restored its cushion when Goff converted a third down by barely getting a pass off under pressure to D’Andre Swift, who slipped to the turf before regaining his footing and cutting across the field for a 22-yard touchdown.

Washington went for it on fourth-and-1 from its 26 on the ensuing possession and Terry McLaurin made the gamble pay off with 7 yards on an end-around. The speedy receiver converted a third down later in the drive with a 17-yard catch that helped set up Antonio Gibson’s 1-yard run.

Commanders coach Ron Rivera went for a 2-point conversion and Wentz was picked off, allowing Detroit to keep an eight-point lead.

Goff threw an 11-yard touchdown to St. Brown on the ensuing drive, giving Detroit a 36-21 lead.

Wentz connected with Dotson for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:56 left and Joey Slye missed the extra point to the right, allowing the Lions to lead by nine and raising more questions about Rivera’s decision to go for a 2-point conversion.

Slye’s onside kick went about 5 yards, ending Washington’s slim chance to come back against a team that was favored to win earlier in the week for the first time since late in the 2020 season.

“When you get some chunk plays and put yourself into scoring position, you can get something rolling,” Rivera said. “We did that in the second half, but if we had done it in the second quarter, it might have changed the whole game.”

UNDER CENTER

In a matchup of the top two picks from the 2016 draft, Goff outplayed Wentz.

Detroit’s quarterback was 20 of 34 for 256 yards with four touchdowns, a week after helping Detroit score 35 points in a three-point loss to Philadelphia.

“We are a good offense, but we can be a great offense – and one of the best in the league,” Goff said.

Wentz completed 30 of 46 passes for 337 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, leading an offense that didn’t have a first down until its sixth possession. He is the first quarterback, since at least 1950, to throw for 300-plus yards and at least three touchdown passes in his first two starts on a new team.

NFL RECORD

St. Brown had nine receptions for 116 yards with two touchdowns. He’s the first player in league history to have six straight games with at least eight catches and a score.

“He’s a pit bull that plays receiver,” Campbell said.

The second-year pro tied an NFL record with eight-plus catches in eight consecutive games.

“I don’t think too much about records,” St. Brown said.

GOOD COMPANY

Hutchinson joined Julius Peppers (2002) and Chip Banks (1982) as top-10 selections to have three sacks within the first two games of their career. The 22-year-old Hutchinson is the fourth-youngest player with a three-sack game, slightly older than Vernon Maxwell, Nick Bosa and Greg Townsend when they pulled off the feat.

PIVOTAL PLAYS

St. Brown went 58 yards on an end-around, and had a 49-yard catch. For the second straight week, Swift had a 50-yard run.

“I thought the biggest problem was their explosive plays,” Rivera said. “If you look at their scoring drives, I think they had a 25-yard play on all of them.”

INJURIES

Commanders: Center Chase Roullier injured his lower right leg during the game. … Starting safety Kam Curl and starting guard Wes Schweitzer were inactive with injuries.

Lions: Starting offensive linemen Jonah Jackson and Frank Ragnow were inactive with injuries, as was the team’s top cornerback, Amani Oruwariye.

UP NEXT

Commanders: Host Philadelphia on Sunday, with Wentz facing the team with which he played his first five seasons.

Lions: Play at Minnesota on Sunday.

BRADY’S TEMPER FLARES AS BUCS SNAP SKID VS SAINTS, 20-10

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Tom Brady helped incite a skirmish that led to the ejections of Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, then threw a go-ahead touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman that helped lift Tampa Bay to a 20-10 victory over New Orleans on Sunday.

Brady, who had lost four straight regular-season meetings with the Saints, again struggled for the first three quarters of this latest, testy encounter between NFC South rivals.

Brady’s frustration was clear when he was caught on camera throwing a tablet in the bench area.

And after his third-down incomplete pass early in the fourth quarter, Brady was shouting at Lattimore when running back Leonard Fournette entered the fray and shoved the Saints’ star cornerback. Lattimore responded by shoving Fournette, and Evans rushed in and flattened Lattimore – much like he did in a 2017 game between these teams.

Evans was ejected, as he was five seasons ago. But this time, so was Lattimore.

With Paulson Adebo sitting out with an ankle injury, Lattimore’s ejection left the Saints without their top two cornerbacks – and Brady took advantage.

On Tampa Bay’s next series, Brady marched the Bucs (2-0) to the New Orleans 28 and then hit Perriman in the back right corner of the end zone to make it 10-3.

The Bucs’ defense then squelched the Saints’ comeback bid by intercepting Jameis Winston three times in the final 12 minutes. Jamel Dean made the first two picks – one on a deep pass intended for rookie Chris Olave at the goal line. Later, safety Mike Edwards returned an interception near the right sideline 68 yards for a touchdown to make it 20-3.

Brady finished 18 of 34 for 190 yards and the lone TD.

Winston, who had been limited in practice by a back injury, completed 25 of 40 passes for 236 yards and one late TD toss to Michael Thomas.

Tampa Bay didn’t score until Ryan Succop hit a 47-yard field goal with 3:09 left in the third quarter to tie it 3-3.

The Saints (1-1) were threatening to retake the lead on the next possession, but safety Logan Ryan punched the ball free of running back Mark Ingram’s grasp at the Buccaneers 10, and linebacker Carl Nassib recovered.

The Saints took the opening kickoff and quickly drove inside the Bucs’ 20, only to stall and settle for Wil Lutz’s 31-yard field goal.

That lead stood up throughout a first half in which Tampa Bay squandered two scoring chances. Brady’s fumbled snap on third and short from the New Orleans 34 ended one drive.

The Bucs also failed on a fourth-and-1 from the New Orleans 8 when Carl Granderson stuffed Fournette’s run.

INJURIES

Buccaneers: Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks left the game in the second quarter with a foot injury and reserve left tackle Josh Wells, who was starting for the inactive Donovan Smith (elbow), also left in the second quarter with a calf injury. Receiver Julio Jones was scratched pregame with a knee injury.

Saints: Top running back Alvin Kamara was inactive because of his rib injury.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Host Green Bay on Sept. 25.

Saints: Visit Carolina on Sept. 25.

GIANTS 2-0 FOR 1ST TIME IN 6 YEARS, BEAT PANTHERS 19-16

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) With Brian Daboll as their coach, the New York Giants are doing something they haven’t done for more than five years: They’re finding ways to win consistently.

Graham Gano kicked a 56-yard field goal with 3:34 to play, and the Giants ignored being booed off the field at halftime and beat the Carolina Panthers 19-16 on Sunday.

New York improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2016 and sent the Panthers to their ninth straight loss.

“Whether you score a lot or not, it’s important to figure out ways to win games,” Daboll said. “You can win a game a variety of ways, and also lose it a lot of ways. Again, the object of the game is to have one more point and to give yourself a chance in the fourth quarter.”

That’s what the Giants have done the first two weeks in beating Tennessee and now Carolina.

The Panthers (0-2) are doing the opposite. They dropped a 26-24 decision to Cleveland on a late field goal last week. On Sunday, they spotted the Giants six points early and allowed New York to come through late.

“We prepare our (tails) off,” said Baker Mayfield, who was 14 of 29 for 145 yards and a touchdown. “We work during the week. There’s no question about that. We’re ready to go. We just have to come out and execute.”

Gano also hit from 52, 36 and 33 yards and Daniel Jones found rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger on a 16-yard touchdown pass as the Giants responded in the second half after the game was tied 6-6 at the break.

Mayfield hit DJ Moore for a 16-yard touchdown for a 13-6 lead early in the second half. Eddy Pineiro kicked field goals of 31, 32 and 38 yards for Carolina, the last one tying the game at 16-all with 10:40 to play.

Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 72 yards on 21 carries, had runs of 10 and 8 yards as the Giants responded with an 11-play, 37-yard drive to take the lead. It was much like New York’s late drive against Tennessee, which ended with a TD and 2-point conversion.

“It’s exciting, it’s hard to win in the league, but we got to treat it like a loss when we watch the film,” Barkley said. “We have to be our biggest critics and see what we can do better. These last two wins we didn’t come out fast. We can’t do that but our defense made plays for us.”

The Panthers got the ball back after Gano’s go-ahead kick, gained 12 yards and were forced to punt after Julian Love sacked Mayfield on third down.

The Giants took over and Jones (22 of 34 for 176 yards) closed out the game after he scrambled for a first down on third-and-6.

Christian McCaffrey led the Panthers with 15 carries for 102 yards.

The Panthers’ losing streak is the longest active skid in the NFL. Matt Rhule is 10-25 as Carolina’s coach and fans are losing patience.

“That’s two games in a row where we came down to the end with a chance to win the game and come up short both times,” Rhule said. “I take full responsibility for that. That’s my job. That falls on me. I have to help these guys find a way to make one more play and win the game.”

The Panthers tried to hand the game to the Giants early. Chuba Hubbard, replacing the injured Andre Roberts, fumbled the opening kickoff. Receiver Robbie Anderson coughed up the ball on the next series after a catch at his own 40.

Despite great field position, the Giants were shut down by Carolina’s defense – New York was held to 60 yards in the first half – and settled for two field goals.

INJURIES

Panthers CB Donte Jackson and backup DT Bravvion Roy were ruled out in the second half with hamstring injuries. … Leonard Williams, the Giants’ best defensive lineman, hurt a knee in the third quarter and left the game. … New York had four starters out: OLBs Kayvon Thibodeaux (knee) and Azeez Ojulari (calf), WR Wan’Dale Robinson (knee) and CB Aaron Robinson (appendicitis).

GOLLADAY’S DAY

The Giants signed wide receiver Kenny Golladay to a four-year, $72 million contract in the spring of 2021. He failed to score a touchdown last season and he was one the field only a few plays on Sunday. Don’t be surprised if the Giants do something.

UP NEXT

The Panthers open a three-game homestand against the New Orleans Saints next Sunday.

The Giants play their second game in a three-game homestand when they face the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, Sept. 26.

PATRIOTS RELY ON DEFENSE TO EDGE WATT-LESS STEELERS 17-14

PITTSBURGH (AP) The New England Patriots don’t panic. It doesn’t matter the year, the opponent or even the quarterback.

A sometimes lifeless loss to Miami in their opener was just that, an opener. A starting point the Patriots knew would in no way define their season.

The response was a performance that’s become the standard for an organization that worries far less about style points and far more about winning by any means necessary: a clinical, largely selfless 17-14 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday that kept New England without an 0-2 start in over 20 years.

One big throw from quarterback Mac Jones to Nelson Agholor right before halftime. A muffed punt that found its way into the hands of Brenden Schooler to set up a pivotal touchdown run by Damien Harris. A leaping pass deflection by linebacker Matthew Judon in the fourth quarter, all of it topped off by 6:33 of pure physical domination by an offensive line that let the Patriots drain the clock on their way to beating the Steelers for the 13th time in 17 meetings under coach Bill Belichick.

“We’re building an identity,” said longtime Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty. “To come to Pittsburgh and gut out a win, you start to build who you are.”

An identity that may, in the end, turn out to be much the same as so many New England teams that came before it.

Jones bounced back from a rough Week 1 performance to throw for 253 yards, including a 44-yard heave to a leaping Agholor that gave the Patriots a 10-3 lead at the break. The defense forced a pair of three-and-outs in the fourth quarter after the Steelers had drawn within three. And the special teams took advantage of a miscue by Pittsburgh punt returner Gunner Olszewski, whose muff helped New England celebrate owner Robert Kraft’s 500th game like it has so many that came before it: with a win built not so much on style, but substance.

“I hope this game is a stepping stone toward where we’re headed,” Agholor said. “At the same time, I don’t want it to be, `Hey, this is our identity.’ It’s more `OK, we see some good stuff. Now let’s get better.'”

Harris ran for 71 yards, most of them coming on a clock-chewing drive in the final minutes that let New England play keep away as Pittsburgh’s defense sagged late without star outside linebacker T.J. Watt, who is out indefinitely with a left pectoral injury.

Mitch Trubisky threw for 168 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Steelers, whose offense sputtered for long stretches as it struggled to find any sense of rhythm.

Trubisky hit Pat Freiermuth for a 7-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to draw the Steelers within three and briefly quiet the chants for rookie backup quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Those cheers don’t figure to go away anytime soon, however, after the Steelers failed to pick up a single first down during their final two possession while squandering a chance to tie or take the lead.

“We need that spark,” said Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson. “We have to bring that spark each and every week. We’re going to be fine. We have to come off the ball with a purpose and we’ll be good.”

Good may be a few steps down the road. The Steelers finished with just 243 yards of total offense as the Patriots made it a point to take away the deep passing game. A mixture of a steady pass rush in Trubisky’s face and some hesitancy by Trubisky to test the New England secondary led to a series of check downs that moved the sticks on occasion but failed to create any sustained momentum.

“We can be better at everything,” said Trubisky, who completed 21 of 33 and was sacked three times. “I can be better at decision-making. We had some missed opportunities. I had some missed throws. … Bottom line, we’ve got to score more points.”

The first meeting between two of the NFL’s marquee franchises to feature neither Tom Brady nor Ben Roethlisberger in years lacked the high stakes that long defined the rivalry between former AFC superpowers.

Instead, New England came in looking for a jolt following a blah Week 1 loss to Miami while the Steelers are still in the nascent stages of the post-Roethlisberger era, a journey that began with a thrilling and slightly bizarre victory over Cincinnati last Sunday.

The overtime victory came at quite a cost. Without Watt, Pittsburgh failed to generate any sort of sustained pass rush against Jones. The Steelers failed to record a single sack after collecting seven against the Bengals, and while Jones wasn’t spectacular, he didn’t have to be while extending drives with responsible and safe throws over the middle.

UP NEXT

Patriots: Host Baltimore next Sunday.

Steelers: Travel to Cleveland to face the Browns on Thursday night. Pittsburgh swept their longtime AFC North rivals last season.

STAFFORD, RAMS HOLD OFF FALCONS FOR 31-27 VICTORY

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Matthew Stafford threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen Ramsey intercepted a potential go-ahead touchdown pass in the end zone and the Los Angeles Rams held off a second-half rally attempt by the Atlanta Falcons for a 31-27 victory Sunday.

Cooper Kupp had two TD catches for the defending Super Bowl champions, who bounced back from a disappointing defeat against the Buffalo Bills in their season opener.

Atlanta – which has started 0-2 for the third straight year – trailed 28-3 early in the third quarter before mounting a comeback.

Troy Anderson blocked a punt that Lorenzo Carter returned 26 yards for a touchdown, and a 2-point conversion pass from Marcus Mariota to Drake London brought the Falcons within 31-25 with 5:06 remaining.

Los Angeles turned it over on their ensuing drive when Darren Hall forced Kupp to fumble and recovered it at the Rams 37. On third-and-13 from the Rams 24, Mariota tried to find Bryan Edwards, but it was picked off by Ramsey.

Los Angeles took a safety when returner Brandon Powell ran out of the end zone on punt formation after a three-and-out. After the free kick, Atlanta had one final chance at the Falcons 40, but Mariota was sacked before he could get a Hail Mary attempt off on the final play.

Stafford completed his first 12 passes en route to going 27 of 36. Kupp had 11 catches for 108 yards and touchdowns on consecutive drives in the second and third quarters.

Kupp caught a 3-yard TD with 18 seconds remaining in the first half to give the Rams a 21-3 lead. The Super Bowl MVP’s first score came three plays after Rams rookie cornerback Cobie Durant picked off a pass bobbled by Cordarrelle Patterson and returned it 51 yards up the right sideline to the Falcons 9.

The Rams then took the second half kickoff and extended their lead by another touchdown when Kupp made an over-the-shoulder catch on a fade pattern on third-and-4 from Atlanta’s 10.

Mariota was 17 of 26 for 196 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

London, the No. 8 overall pick who went to college at Southern California, had eight catches for 86 yards, including his first touchdown during the third quarter.

The Falcons were able to move the ball in the first half, but were done in by mistakes. They got the opening kickoff and went 49 yards before Younghoe Koo was wide left on a 44-yard field goal attempt. Los Angeles would convert that into a touchdown when Stafford connected with Allen Robinson for a 1-yard TD.

Atlanta then turned it over on downs on its next possession when Patterson was stopped by Bobby Wagner and Greg Gaines. The Rams made took advantage of the short field and scored eight plays later when Darrell Henderson went 8 yards around right guard to make it 14-0 with 9:34 remaining in the second quarter.

INJURIES

Falcons: CB A.J. Terrell was evaluated for a head injury in the first half and was cleared to return.

Rams: RG Tremayne Anchrum suffered an ankle injury on the opening series and did not return. … CB Troy Hill (questionable) was also injured in the first half.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Travel to face the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday.

Rams: Travel to take on the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.

GAROPPOLO COMES OFF BENCH TO LEAD 49ERS PAST SEAHAWKS 27-7

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo threw a touchdown pass on his first full drive after replacing an injured Trey Lance and ran for another score to help the San Francisco 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks 27-7 on Sunday.

Lance broke his right ankle on the second drive of the game, a season-ending injury for the 22-year-old who was given the keys to San Francisco’s offense this season. He was taken off the field on a cart, his injured ankle in an air cast.

That set the stage for Garoppolo to come in and reclaim the job he held for most of the past four seasons as the surprising decision to keep Garoppolo on a reduced contract paid nearly immediate dividends for the Niners.

He completed his first five passes in his first game since last season’s NFC title game, including a 38-yard touchdown pass to Ross Dwelley that put San Francisco (1-1) up 13-0.

The Niners mostly coasted from there as the Seahawks (1-1) looked rather flat six days after their emotional, season-opening victory over former quarterback Russell Wilson and the Broncos.

Geno Smith went 24 for 30 for 198 yards and an interception. Seattle also had a trick play near the goal line backfire for another turnover and rushed for only 35 yards on the day.

Lance took over the starting job this season from Garoppolo after being drafted third overall in 2021. San Francisco traded three first-round picks to move up nine spots to take Lance, making a major investment in him.

Lance spent his rookie season mostly on the bench watching Garoppolo as the Niners went all the way to the NFC title game before losing to the Rams.

San Francisco planned to trade Garoppolo this offseason but was unable to after he underwent shoulder surgery in March.

Garoppolo remained on the roster but didn’t practice with the team at all during training camp, throwing on his own on a side field, before agreeing to return as a backup on a reduced contract.

Garoppolo went 13 for 21 for 154 yards and the TD. He iced the game with a 1-yard sneak late in the fourth quarter.

BLOCKED

The Seahawks got on the board in the third quarter thanks to their special teams. Tariq Woolen blocked a 20-yard field goal attempt by Robbie Gould, and Michael Jackson scooped it up and ran 86 yards for the score.

VERSATILITY

Dwelley had a big day on offense and special teams. Along with the TD catch from Garoppolo, Dwelly also recovered a muffed punt after Tarvarius Moore pushed blocker Xavier Crawford into returner Tyler Lockett.

Dwelley was the first player in the NFL to catch a TD pass and recover a fumble by the opponent in the same game since teammate Kyle Juszczyk did it against Atlanta on Dec. 15, 2019.

That recovery set up Juszczyk’s 1-yard run that it 20-0 at the half.

TRICKED UP

The Seahawks called for a trick play in the second quarter that they immediately regretted. DeeJay Dallas took a handoff following a direct snap to Kenneth Walker III and tried to force a pass into the end zone to DK Metcalf. Charvarius Ward was right there for his first interception for San Francisco.

INJURIES

Seahawks: DL Shelby Harris (glute) left the game in the first half and didn’t return. … G Damien Lewis (thigh) also got hurt and didn’t return.

49ers: TE Tyler Kroft (knee) left the game in the second half and didn’t return.

UP NEXT

Seahawks: Host Atlanta on Sunday.

49ers: Visit Denver on Sunday night.

MAHER KICK LIFTS RUSH, COWBOYS OVER BURROW, BENGALS, 20-17

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Brett Maher kicked a 50-yard field goal as time expired, and the Dallas Cowboys held on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-17 on Sunday after losing a two-touchdown halftime lead.

Joe Burrow got the Bengals even at 17-17 by leading a 19-play, 83-yard drive in the fourth quarter, throwing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Tee Higgins and finding Tyler Boyd for the 2-point conversion.

After the Cowboys stopped the Bengals with about a minute remaining, Cooper Rush got the Cowboys in range for Maher to help Dallas win for the second time in his two career starts filling in for an injured Dak Prescott.

Rush got the winning drive going with a 12-yard completion to Noah Brown, who had his first career touchdown on the opening drive. A 10-yarder to CeeDee Lamb put the Cowboys (1-1) in range for Maher, who kicked a 54-yarder in the first half.

The defending AFC champion Bengals (0-2) erased the same 17-3 deficit in the opener against Pittsburgh, only to miss two chances to win on a PAT kick in the final seconds of regulation and a short field goal in overtime of the 23-20 loss.

Rush directed 75-yard touchdown drives on the first two possessions for Dallas after the Cowboys went without a TD in the opener against Tampa Bay. The Cowboys didn’t find the end zone again, but didn’t need to on the final possession after Trevon Diggs stopped Boyd 2 yards short on third-and-3, forcing a punt with 1:09 remaining.

The Cowboys sacked Burrow six times in the first three quarters after he went down seven times in the opener against the Steelers. But the revamped offensive line protected him well to help the Bengals get even.

Burrow converted a fourth down with a completion to Ja’Marr Chase after three third-down conversions on a drive that consumed nearly nine minutes.

Tony Pollard had a 46-yard catch on a shovel pass, taking the ball from behind the line of scrimmage to just inches shy of the goal line on a play that was originally ruled at touchdown. He got the short carry for a 14-3 Dallas lead in the first quarter.

Rush is now 2-0 as an NFL starter, the other win coming when he threw the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of a 20-16 victory at Minnesota. Prescott was out with a strained calf. The star quarterback will miss multiple weeks this time with a fracture near his right thumb.

The Bengals are the first defending AFC champion to start 0-2 since Denver was coming off consecutive Super Bowl victories and started 0-4 in 1999 after John Elway retired.

VIDEO BOARD REPLAY, OR NOT

At first, it appeared a punt had hit the bottom of the giant video board hanging over the center of the field for the second week in a row. Instead, a replay review determined the punt didn’t hit the board.

Dallas’ Bryan Anger was the punter, and all the players stayed on the field expecting a re-kick until the replay determined otherwise.

Tampa Bay’s Jake Camarda struck the board in the opener, and he ended up punting three times on the same sequence after a penalty on the second kick.

TWO-FER SACKS

NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons had two sacks along with Dorance Armstrong for Dallas. Parsons has at least two sacks in five of the first 18 games of his career, joining Mark Anderson, Joey Bosa, Elvis Dumervil, Clay Matthews and Aldon Smith among players with five such games among their first 20.

INJURIES

Bengals: TE Drew Sample was ruled out with a right knee injury after going down awkwardly on a tackle on a catch for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter. … WR Tee Higgins played after being listed as questionable with a concussion.

Cowboys: TE Dalton Schultz left late in the fourth quarter with an apparent right leg injury. He was holding and flexing the leg after an incompletion.

UP NEXT

Bengals: At the New York Jets next Sunday. Cincinnati has lost 10 of its past 11 road games against the Jets.

Cowboys: The defending NFC East champs play their first division opponent, visiting the New York Giants (2-0) on Sept. 26.

RUSSELL WILSON LEADS SLOPPY BRONCOS PAST TEXANS 16-9

DENVER (AP) Russell Wilson overcame a slow start and a cascade of boos in his Denver debut Sunday to lead the bungling Broncos past the Houston Texans 16-9 for rookie coach Nathaniel Hackett’s first NFL win.

For much of the day, it was just as unsightly as Wilson’s return to Seattle six days earlier, replete with a hostile crowd, problematic play calls, red zone quicksand and a profusion of head-scratching penalties.

“All I really care about is the cheers at the end,” Wilson said, “because we won.”

The Broncos (1-1) were flagged 13 times for 100 yards, giving them 25 penalties on the year, their most ever in back-to-back games.

But they pulled it out on defense, holding Houston (0-1-1) to a trio of field goals by Ka’imi Fairbairn.

After completing just six of his first 20 throws, Wilson went 4-for-4 on the Broncos’ go-ahead scoring drive that featured a 35-yard strike to a wide-open Courtland Sutton and a 22-yard payoff to tight end Eric Saubert that put Denver ahead 13-9 early in the fourth quarter.

“We’re of the `always improving’ mindset,” Saubert said. “So, we’re going to keep getting better every single week. It’s scary what we can do. You know, we get rid of those penalties, we execute in the end zone, we’ll be a really good team.”

Wilson finished 14 of 31 for 219 yards with one TD and an interception. He followed up his only TD throw with a clock-chewing drive that ended with Brandon McManus’ 50-yard field goal with 3:41 remaining for the final margin.

“We have a lot of faith in No. 3,” said Denver defensive Dre’Mont Jones, who had a pair of sacks. “That’s why he makes $250 million.”

Davis Mills had the Texans on the move when Randy Gregory registered his first sack for the Broncos just before the two-minute mark to help stall Houston’s bid to tie it.

The Texans came in as 10-point underdogs but made the Broncos and their crowd sweat out the possibility of an 0-2 start under Hackett, who had a number of problematic play calls a week after drawing widespread ridicule for taking the ball out of Wilson’s hands and attempting a 64-yard field goal in the final minute of a 17-16 loss at Seattle.

Six days after getting mercilessly booed in his return to Lumen Field, Wilson heard the boo-birds at home when he completed 6 of 19 passes in the first half that ended in a 6-6 tie and again when he threw an interception on his first toss of the second half.

Wilson got a huge ovation when he ran out of the tunnel and through the smoke, but the love didn’t last long as a series of dropped passes and misfires stoked the crowd.

On one of Wilson’s incompletions, the Broncos lost wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to a rib injury that the team initially said was an injured right shoulder. It’s the second straight September that Jeudy has gotten hurt; he missed two months last season after spraining an ankle in the opener.

The Broncos also lost star cornerback Patrick Surtain II to a shoulder injury and he was replaced by rookie Damarri Mathis, who had five tackles and broke up a pass.

RED-FACED RED ZONE

After going 0-for-4 in the red zone at Seattle on Monday night, the Broncos twice drove inside their opponent’s 5-yard line in the first half only to come away with field goals.

In the first quarter, Wilson had three incompletions from the Texans 2, including one where Sutton failed to get his left foot down inbounds.

Just before halftime, Wilson threw incomplete to Javonte Williams at the goal line from the 5 when it appeared he could have run it into the end zone himself. Then, after Williams bullied his way to the 1, Wilson lined up in the shotgun and had to throw the ball away, bringing McManus on again for a 24-yarder that tied it with 20 seconds left.

“The reality is we have to play better,” Wilson said.

Fairbairn’s 24-yarder put the Texans up 9-6 after linebacker Christian Kirksey wrested the ball from Sutton at the Denver 45-yard line on the second play of the second half.

FLAGS FLYING

The Broncos’ infractions included a pair of delay-of-game penalties on field-goal attempts. Their four delay penalties so far are twice as many as they had all of last season.

Denver also was whistled for too many men on the field. And the Broncos had to call timeout when they had too few players on a punt – and that missing man was rookie punt returner Montrell Washington.

LAMENTING THE LOSS

“We’ve got to get better at finishing games,” Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil said after Houston failed to do so for the second straight week. “Once we do that, we’ll be a great team.”

Texans running back Dameon Pierce said it’s just a matter of sustaining the strong starts: “We were playing at the level about what we need to play, but we just couldn’t pull that rabbit out the hat in the end.”

Unlike Wilson and the Broncos.

INJURIES

Houston LB Kevin Pierre-Lewis (groin) left in the third quarter and DB Derek Stingley Jr. left with an unspecified injury. Hackett had no postgame updates on Jeudy or Surtain.

UP NEXT

The Texans visit Chicago on Sunday.

The Broncos host the 49ers on Sunday night.

MURPHY’S 59-YARD OT FUMBLE RETURN ENDS CARDS’ WIN OVER VEGAS

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Cardinals’ season appeared to be falling apart shortly after it began. One week after getting blown out by Kansas City, they took a 20-0 deficit into the locker room at halftime in Vegas.

But the afternoon ended with Byron Murphy Jr. scooping up a fumble and scoring in overtime for a wild 29-23 victory over the Las Vegas Raiders, his Arizona teammates all sprinting behind him in a frenzy.

The Cardinals got off the brink and into the win column thanks to Kyler Murray, who made one spectacular play after another to show exactly why this team gladly gave him another $230.5 million.

“I had to take over,” Murray said. “Do whatever it took to win.”

Murphy returned Hunter Renfrow’s fumble 59 yards for a touchdown with 3:51 left in overtime, and the Cardinals rallied from that 20-point deficit in the second half before running away with the win Sunday.

Arizona (1-1) trailed 23-7 with less than nine minutes left in regulation, but Murray led two TD drives and two 2-point conversions. He passed for 277 yards, rushed for 28 more and flummoxed the Vegas defense with his elusiveness, particularly on a frantic scramble for a remarkable 2-point conversion with 8:13 to play.

Murray then scrambled for a 3-yard touchdown on the final snap of regulation before hitting A.J. Green for the tying 2-point conversion.

“That’s what he can do that nobody else can,” defensive end J.J. Watt said. “He gave us opportunities, and we made the most of it.”

The Raiders stopped Murray on downs on Arizona’s opening drive of overtime, but Renfrow then made a catch and fumbled for the second consecutive play. Isaiah Simmons knocked it loose, and Murphy snagged the ball and sprinted down the Cardinals’ sideline.

Murphy nearly ruined his own heroics when he released the ball from his hand right at the goal line, but video review determined he barely scored.

Murray grimaced and winced at the memory of watching Murphy lose the ball an instant after it would have cost the Cardinals dearly.

“I told him, you’ve got to take the ball home with you,” Murray said. “That would have hurt.”

Davante Adams and Darren Waller caught early touchdown passes from Derek Carr for the Raiders (0-2), who had the ball for less than 10 minutes in the second half while Murray worked his magic. Carr passed for 252 yards – just 42 after halftime — as Las Vegas lost a home opener for the first time since relocating to Nevada.

“That’s what happens when you play against a dynamic quarterback who can not only work with his arm, but can run outside the pocket and make plays like a running back,” Raiders cornerback Nate Hobbs said. “It just makes it really tough to defend.”

The game showcased both the heights and depths of Murray’s incredible talent in his first victory since his five-year contract extension was finalized.

Murray threw an interception and committed a costly intentional-grounding penalty while passing for just 53 yards in the first half, but then racked up 188 yard through the air and made several unbelievable plays with his unique combination of athleticism and football smarts.

Murray hit Greg Dortch for a TD in the third quarter, and Darrel Williams rushed for a score with 8:13 left before Murray made a jaw-dropping improvisational run for a 2-point conversion, running horizontally across the field during roughly 20 seconds with the ball. He ran 84.9 yards on the play, according to Next Gen Stats.

“They had two people rushing, (so I) knew they weren’t going to be able to tackle me,” Murray said. “It was just about backyard football at that point. Try to find somebody. Move, get open, make a play.”

Murray then led Arizona on a 73-yard TD drive in the final 4:43 of regulation, capping it with his cool TD scramble on fourth down as time expired after three incompletions.

Moments earlier, Murray threw an incompletion on fourth down from the Raiders 6, but Roderic Teamer’s defensive holding penalty – Vegas’ 10th flag of the day – kept the drive alive with 16 seconds left.

Murray took a delay of game penalty before attempting the conversion from the Vegas 7, but he still hit Green with a pinpoint pass in the back of the end zone to force overtime.

Arizona won the OT coin toss, but the Raiders got the ball back when backup Vegas safety Duron Harmon knocked the ball out of Marquise Brown’s hands for an incompletion on fourth down.

HE’S OK

The Cardinals got to the Las Vegas 7 before turning the ball over on downs with 12:31 to play, and a stadium security guard also got knocked down roughly by Zach Ertz while the Cardinals tight end dived to make a catch on fourth down. The guard, who had his back to the field and never saw it coming, eventually got up and walked off the field.

GOOD REASON

Raiders owner Mark Davis missed the game because he was in Connecticut with his Las Vegas Aces while they won their first WNBA championship. The result was announced late in the third quarter to applause at Allegiant Stadium.

INJURIES

Cardinals: RB James Conner was slowed by an ankle injury after his first carry of the second half.

Raiders: Renfrow was evaluated for a concussion afterward. … DL Bilal Nichols injured his shoulder in the second half and didn’t return.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: Host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.

Raiders: At the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

RODGERS, PACKERS LEAN ON JONES, TAKE CARE OF BEARS 27-10

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Aaron Jones made sure the Green Bay Packers’ promise to get him the ball more often paid off.

Jones rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown and caught a scoring pass from Aaron Rodgers, who continued his domination of the Chicago Bears by leading Green Bay to a 27-10 victory on Sunday night.

Jones had five carries for 49 yards and three catches for 27 yards in a season-opening 23-7 loss at Minnesota, and the Packers (1-1) vowed he’d have a bigger role.

“That just naturally put a smile on my face,” Jones said. “I knew I had to show up when my number was called. That just pushes me that much harder.”

Jones came through, gaining 8.8 yards per rush and leading the Packers’ 203-yard ground attack. He had 15 carries as well as three catches for 38 yards.

Green Bay beat the Bears (1-1) for a seventh straight time, matching its second-longest win streak in the 205-game history of the NFL’s oldest rivalry. The Packers won 10 straight over the Bears from 1994-98. They have two other seven-game win streaks in this series, from 1928-30 and 2000-03.

The Packers built a 24-7 halftime lead by dominating the second period, then made a goal-line stand in the fourth quarter to thwart a Bears comeback attempt.

“Coming out with a disappointing loss like this, it hurts,” Bears quarterback Justin Fields said. “We’ve just got to respond.”

A week after he struggled to connect with his new crop of receivers, Rodgers was characteristically efficient, going 19 of 25 for 234 yards and two touchdowns. The Packers are 24-5 against the Bears in games Rodgers has started.

“Tonight was really about 28 (A.J. Dillon) and 33 (Jones), getting them the football,” Rodgers said. “I didn’t play great. I feel like the stats look a little better than the game. … I missed some throws that I should never miss. There were some opportunities for more points out there.”

Chicago’s David Montgomery rushed for 122 yards on 15 carries. Fields had a touchdown run and was 7 of 11 for 70 yards with an interception.

The Packers outscored the Bears 21-0 in the second quarter. Jones scored twice, both times catching pitches from Rodgers in the backfield and reaching the end zone.

The first was a backward pass that got ruled as a 15-yard carry. On the second touchdown, Jones went in motion, caught a flip pass in the backfield and scored from 8 yards out. Jones benefited from the return of right tackle Elgton Jenkins, playing for the first time since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament last Nov. 12.

“If he’s not in the lineup, we don’t win that game,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said of Jenkins. “It transcends his level of play, what he’s able to bring to us. For his first night out, I thought he did a great job.”

Even though the Packers had talked all week about getting the ball to Jones more often, the Bears couldn’t slow him down.

“It says a lot about our offense,” Jones said. “You know what’s coming, but you have to stop it. That’s not easy to do. I just say kudos to our whole offensive unit and our whole team for responding and bouncing back from last week.”

Jones’ second score was Rodgers’ 450th career touchdown pass. The only other players to reach that mark are Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre.

Rodgers added No. 451 in the final minute of the first half with a 5-yard completion to Allen Lazard, who sat out the Vikings game with an ankle injury.

Rodgers completed passes to eight receivers. None had more than three receptions, but Sammy Watkins turned his trio of catches into 93 yards.

The Bears made the game competitive in the second half by capitalizing on Green Bay’s mistakes.

Cairo Santos’ 40-yard field goal cut Green Bay’s lead to 24-10 after a fumbled exchange between Rodgers and A.J. Dillon gave the Bears the ball at their own 31.

The Packers’ next series got foiled when a snap from Josh Myers hit receiver Christian Watson, who was in motion, and got past Rodgers. Dillon recovered the fumble, but it put the Packers in a third-and-22 situation and led to a punt.

Chicago drove toward Green Bay’s end zone and had an apparent 6-yard touchdown run by Fields overturned when replays determined he was down before stretching his arm across the goal line. On the next play, Fields ran again on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1, and officials ruled that Preston Smith and Jarran Reed stopped him just short of the end zone with a little over eight minutes left in the game.

“Who knows? If they get a touchdown there, the game could completely flip,” Packers linebacker De’Vondre Campbell said. “So I think we did a good job of winning situational football.”

INJURIES

Bears DB Dane Cruikshank hurt his hamstring in the first half.

UP NEXT

Bears: Host Houston on Sunday.

Packers: At Tampa Bay on Sunday.

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NEBRASKA FIRES DEFENSIVE COACH 1 WEEK AFTER OUSTING FROST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) A week after Nebraska fired head coach Scott Frost, the team’s defensive coordinator is out.

Interim head coach Mickey Joseph said Sunday that defensive coordinator Erik Chinander was fired a day after Nebraska gave up 580 yards and 49 points in lopsided loss to No. 6 Oklahoma.

Chinander had led Nebraska’s defense since Frost took over the team in 2018, but his unit floundered this year as the Cornhuskers fell to 1-3. A week before the 49-14 loss to Oklahoma, Nebraska gave up 642 yards in a 45-42 upset by Georgia Southern that preceded Frost’s firing.

“We appreciate Erik and the work and dedication he has given to our football program,” Joseph said in a statement. “At this time, I feel that it is in the best interest of the Nebraska football program to take the leadership of the defense in another direction.”

Special teams coordinator Bill Busch was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Athletic director Trev Alberts said after Joseph was named interim head coach that he would have the power to make any changes he thought were needed. Alberts fired Frost after he went 16-31 in a little more than four seasons.

ARIZONA STATE FIRES EDWARDS FOLLOWING LOSS TO MAC SCHOOL

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State fired football coach Herm Edwards in his fifth season following an ugly home loss to Eastern Michigan and a lingering NCAA investigation into illegal recruiting practices.

Arizona State athletic director Ray Anderson announced the decision on Sunday, a day after the Sun Devils lost 30-21 to Eastern Michigan of the Mid-American Conference as heavy favorites.

Edwards went 46-26 at Arizona State, including 1-2 this season and 17-14 in the Pac-12. The Sun Devils never won more than eight games in a season under Edwards.

Running backs coach Shaun Aguano will serve as interim coach.

“We have made the decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program, effective immediately,” Anderson said in a statement. “By mutual agreement, coach Edwards and I have determined that he will relinquish duties as our head coach. At the core of this is doing what is best for our current team, staff and university. I understand the frustrations out there. We must do better and that starts with our decision today.”

The Sun Devils begin Pac-12 play next with three ranked teams: No. 13 Utah at home Saturday, followed by No. 7 Southern California and No. 18 Washington.

Edwards managed to hold onto his job after an up-and-down 2021, but another shaky loss led to his firing three games into the season. Arizona State is still awaiting word on possible NCAA sanctions for allegedly hosting recruits on campus during an NCAA-mandated COVID-19 dead period in 2020.

Edwards, a former NFL head coach, was considered an unconventional hire when he was tapped by Crow and Anderson to lead the middling program. A former NFL agent, Anderson represented Edwards during his playing days with the New York Jets.

Edwards spent the nine previous years as an NFL TV analyst and had not been a college coach since serving as San Jose State’s defensive backs coach from 1987-89.

The loquacious coach changed the narrative his first few seasons in Tempe, proving to be an adept recruiter while leading the Sun Devils to two straight bowl appearances.

The goodwill didn’t last.

Arizona State was hit hard by COVID-19 during the delayed 2020 season, finishing 2-2. The Sun Devils opened the 2021 season 5-1 before suffering consecutive ugly losses, giving up 56 straight points to Utah and Washington State.

Edwards was thought to be on the hot seat at the end of the season, but Anderson said he would remain as coach following a lopsided win over rival Arizona.

Arizona State had an exodus of players and coaches during the offseason, losing five assistant coaches, 11 players drafted or signed by NFL teams and numerous key players to the transfer portal.

Edwards rebuilt the Sun Devils mainly through the transfer portal, adding 43 new players to the roster.

The Sun Devils opened the season with an expectedly-easy win over FCS opponent Northern Arizona and played OK at No. 8 Oklahoma State before fading late in 34-17 loss.

Arizona State hoped it righted itself against Eastern Michigan, only to fall flat against a 20 1/2-point underdog at home. The Sun Devils could not stop the Eagles defensively, were plagued by key penalties and became the first Pac-12 school to lose to a MAC school.

“I’m probably more disappointed than anybody because I talked about it all week,” Edwards said Saturday night. “As much as I do in my power to reach the team and say, `Man you can’t fall into this trap.’ And we did.”

AP POLL: WASHINGTON MOVES IN; PENN STATE, OREGON MOVE UP

Washington made its season debut in The Associated Press college football on Sunday at No. 18, and Penn State and Oregon moved into the top 15 after all three had decisive nonconference victories.

A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked teams kept the top 10 almost unchanged.

No. 1 Georgia picked up six more first-place votes in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank. The Bulldogs are up to 59 first-place votes and 1,569 points.

No. 2 Alabama received three first-place votes and No. 3 Ohio State got one.

No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Clemson, No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 7 Southern California all held their spots. The one change in the top 10 was No. 8 Kentucky flip-flopping with No. 9 Oklahoma State. Arkansas stayed at No. 10.

The top 10 teams, most playing overmatched nonconference opponents, won their games Saturday by a combined 521-120.

The shuffling came in the next 10.

No. 11 Tennessee moved up four spots. Penn State jumped eight to No. 14 after routing Auburn on the road. No. 15 Oregon moved up 10 spots after handily defeating BYU, which slipped seven places to No. 19.

Washington beat previously ranked Michigan State 39-28 to earn a ranking for the first time since the 2021 preseason poll. Washington has had two brief stays in the AP Top 25 the last two seasons but has been mostly unranked since the early part of the 2019 season.

“To get this win now is just going to continue to put this belief in our guys. It’s only going to get better for us as we go to work in practice,” first-year Washington coach Kalen DeBoer told reporters after the game.

Michigan State dropped all the way out after being No. 11.

Mississippi moved up four spots to No. 16 and No. 20 Florida slipped a couple of spots after barely getting by South Florida at home.

At the bottom of the rankings, Miami dropped 12 spots and landed at No. 25 after losing at Texas A&M. The Aggies went up one to No. 23.

RANKTEAMRECORDPREVIOUS RANK
1Georgia3-01
2Alabama3-02
3Ohio State3-03
4Michigan3-04
5Clemson3-05
6Oklahoma3-06
7USC3-07
8Kentucky3-09
9Oklahoma State3-08
10Arkansas3-010
11Tennessee3-015
12North Carolina State3-016
13Utah2-114
14Penn State3-022
15Oregon2-125
16Ole Miss3-020
17Baylor2-117
18Washington3-0N/R
19BYU2-112
20Florida2-118
21Wake Forest3-019
22Texas2-121
23Texas A&M2-124
24Pittsburgh2-123
25Miami (FL)2-113

POLL POINTS

The 10-0 weekend from the top 10 was the first since they all played and won in Week 2 of the 2019 season.

Overall, the AP Top 25 teams won 22 games, the most since 24 teams won in Week 1 of 2019.

— Washington’s leap into the poll from unranked to No. 18 was the best for the program since September 1989, when the Huskies beat Texas A&M and went from outside the rankings to No. 15.

CONFERENCE CALL

The Pac-12 has its most ranked teams since the first regular-season poll of 2021, when it had five.

SEC — 8 (Nos. 1, 2, 8, 10, 11, 16, 20, 23).

ACC — 5 (Nos. 5, 12, 21, 24, 25).

Big 12 — 4 (Nos. 6, 9, 17, 22).

Pac-12 — 4 (Nos. 7, 13, 15, 18).

Big Ten — 3 (Nos. 3, 4, 14).

Independents — 1 (No. 19).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 5 Clemson at No. 21 Wake Forest. For the first time since 1950, the Tigers and Demon Deacons will meet as ranked teams.

No. 20 Florida at No. 11 Tennessee. For the first time since 2017, the teams that used to own the SEC East are both ranked when they play.

No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M at Arlington, Texas. It’s not getting any easier for the Aggies.

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YANKS’ JUDGE HITS 58TH, 59TH HOMERS, 2 SHY OF MARIS’ AL MARK

MILWAUKEE (AP) New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge hit his 58th and 59th home runs of the season on Sunday, moving within two of Roger Maris’ American League record with 16 games remaining.

Judge’s 11th multihomer game tied the season record set by Detroit’s Hank Greenberg 1938 and matched by the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa in 1998. The two homers against Milwaukee totaled 857 feet.

Seeking a Triple Crown, Judge had four hits and four RBIs. He leads the major leagues in homers and with 127 RBIs. His two-run double in the ninth raised his batting average to .3162, third behind Minnesota’s Luis Arraez at .317 and Boston’s Xander Bogaerts at .3164.

Judge hit his first of the day on a sinker from Jason Alexander with a 2-0 count in the third inning. The 414-foot, opposite-field drive left the bat at 112 mph.

Then in the seventh against Luis Perdomo, Judge pulled a slider with a 1-2 count for a 443-foot shot to left.

Judge, had not homered in his previous three games since going deep twice at Boston’s Fenway Park.

Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber is second in the major leagues with 39 homers.

Maris hit 61 homers for the Yankees in 1961, one more than Babe Ruth in 1927.

BETTS, MUNCY LEAD DODGERS TO 4-3 WIN OVER GIANTS IN 10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Mookie Betts had an RBI double in the 10th inning, Max Muncy drew a bases-loaded walk and the Los Angeles Dodgers held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Sunday night.

The Dodgers beat the Giants for the 15th time in 19 meetings this season, getting that many wins for the first time in the rivalry that goes back to 1884.

“It’s hard to beat any team like that, certainly a team within the division where there is so much familiarity,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “It levels the playing field more, so to see the success we’ve had is pretty rare.”

Betts’ double with one out in the 10th off John Brebbia (6-2) drove in automatic runner Cody Bellinger to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. One out later, Brebbia intentionally walked Freddie Freeman and Justin Turner to load the bases. Thomas Szapucki then walked Muncy to force in another run before striking out Trayce Thompson.

In the bottom of the inning, Andre Jackson walked Thairo Estrada and, one out later, gave up an RBI single to Wilmer Flores to pull the Giants within one. J.D Davis then struck out but Evan Longoria walked to load the bases. Justin Bruihl came on and got LaMonte Wade Jr. to ground out to first to pick up his first career save.

Dodgers closer Craig Kimbrel (5-6) pitched a scoreless night to pick up the win.

Los Angeles won 13 of the final 14 meetings, including seven in a row in San Francisco.

“They definitely outplayed us all year,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “We have to play better if we’re going to beat that team. There’s nothing more to it.”

Freeman’s RBI single in the sixth against Giants starter Alex Cobb broke a 1-1 tie.

The Giants tied it 2-2 in the eighth on J.D. Davis’ two-out RBI double off left-hander Alex Vesia. Davis’ hit bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double, preventing Estrada from scoring from first.

Estrada was also prevented from scoring on Flores’ double in the fourth against Dodgers starter Andrew Heaney that also bounced into the bleachers.

Heaney pitched four scoreless innings before he was pulled after 65 pitches with the Dodgers leading 1-0. Heaney had just struck out Longoria and Joey Bart to strand the bases loaded in the fourth.

A 20-minute rain delay during the top of the inning might have played into manager Dave Roberts’ decision. The Dodgers have used Heaney cautiously after two stints on the injured list this year.

Like the rest of the Dodgers, Heaney played as if the game meant something.

“If you don’t want to win the game you shouldn’t be playing,” Heaney said. ‘It’s as simple as that. You play to pitch well, hit well, do whatever it takes to win the baseball game. You don’t ever go out there and not try your best.”

Justin Turner’s RBI double in the top of the fourth gave the Dodgers the early lead.

The Giants tied it in the fifth against Caleb Ferguson on Trea Turner’s two-out throwing error on a grounder by Estrada. Lewis Brinson, who doubled to open the inning, scored the tying run.

STORMY WEATHER

The game was played amid a rare September storm for San Francisco, featuring winds that gusted to 30 miles an hour and a squall. They rain delay occurred in the fourth after Los Angeles took the lead against Cobb on a leadoff walk to Freeman and Justin Turner’s double into the left-field corner. Cobb struck out Chris Taylor when play resumed to strand Turner at second base.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Yency Almonte, on the 15-day injured list since Aug. 7 with a tight pitching elbow, will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. …. OF Kevin Pillar, who fractured his left shoulder diving into third base on June 2, also is headed to Oklahoma City for a rehab assignment.

Giants: LHP Alex Wood’s season is over. Kapler said Wood was not cleared to resume throwing this weekend after rehabbing a left-shoulder impingement, which landed him on the IL on Sept. 3. Wood finished his second season in San Francisco 8-12 with a 5.10 ERA in 26 starts. The 31-year-old signed a two-year, $23 million contract last winter.

ROSTER MOVES

Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson was expected to fly to Los Angeles on Sunday after his wife, Taitym, gave birth to their first son, Tucker. Anderson threw a bullpen session in Arizona on Sunday and is expected to come off the paternity list Tuesday.

Giants: San Francisco claimed RHP Jharel Cotton off waivers from the Twins. Originally drafted by the Dodgers, Cotton was traded to Oakland in a 2016 deadline deal that also netted starter Frankie Montas and sent LHP Rich Hill and OF Josh Reddick to the Dodgers. Cotton is expected to join the Giants in Denver on Tuesday night. To clear a 40-man spot the Giants designated OF Willie Calhoun for assignment after a four-game stint in San Francisco. … INF Jose Rojas, who was designated for assignment Friday, cleared waivers and elected free agency.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (8-4, 2.44 ERA) goes for his 20th career win against the Diamondbacks in the opener of a four-game series at Dodgers Stadium on Monday night. RHP Merrill Kelly (12-6, 3.01) stars for Arizona.

Giants: RHP Jakob Junis (4-6, 4.15) starts Monday in the opener of a four game series at Colorado against RHP Chad Kuhl (6-9, 5.33).

VAUGHN HITS GRAND SLAM AS WHITE SOX BEAT TIGERS 11-5

DETROIT (AP) Andrew Vaughn hit his first career grand slam, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 11-5 on Sunday.

Eloy Jimenez and AJ Pollock also connected as Chicago won for the third time in four games. Jimenez finished with three hits and three RBIs, and Gavin Sheets had two hits and two RBIs.

“This road trip has been very driven in the right direction,” Chicago right-hander Vince Velasquez said. “We’re taking the right steps to do some damage against Cleveland at home.”

The White Sox are trying to catch the AL Central-leading Guardians, but they are running out of time. They trail Cleveland by 3 1/2 games after the Guardians lost 3-0 to Minnesota.

Chicago hosts Cleveland on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series.

“It’s September – everybody’s tired, everybody’s legs are hurting and bodies are sore,” Vaughn said. “But we just have to give it our all, every day, no matter what you’ve got.”

The White Sox improved to 12-4 against the last-place Tigers in the season series. The teams play again in Chicago next weekend.

The reigning AL Central champions grabbed control with five runs in the fifth. Sheets snapped a tie with a bases-loaded walk against Drew Hutchison (2-9), and Vaughn made it 7-2 when he drove a 1-2 slider from James Foley deep to left-center for his team-high 17th homer.

“That (home run) was big,” White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo said. “With a short-handed bullpen, it was nice to put up a big number right away and give a breather to the bullpen.”

The White Sox (76-71) have recorded 31 homers in their last 19 games. They are 27-5 when they hit at least two homers.

The Tigers rallied in the sixth. Jimmy Lambert replaced Jose Ruiz with the bases loaded and no outs, and then brought home a run when he issued a four-pitch pitch to Kerry Carpenter.

But Lambert retired the next three batters. Eric Haase popped out, Jeimer Candelario hit a sacrifice fly and pinch-hitter Harold Castro struck out swinging.

“He’s been doing that all year round since he joined the bullpen,” Cairo said. “He’s been the guy to come in and shut down innings. That was our plan.”

Chicago then got three runs in the seventh. With Jose Abreu aboard after a leadoff walk, Jimenez greeted Garrett Hill with a 450-foot drive to straightaway center.

“I was about to go on-deck and it sounded like a gunshot,” Vaughn said. “That one was special. He can hit some baseballs far.”

Jimenez added an RBI double in the eighth. He is 17 for 43 with five homers and 16 RBIs over the last 11 games.

Willi Castro hit a two-run homer for Detroit in the first, and Javier Baez added a solo shot in the eighth. Baez was back in the lineup at designated hitter after dealing with swelling in his knee after an awkward play at the plate Friday.

Hutchison was charged with six runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings in front of a crowd of 14,435. He has just one win in his last 13 starts.

“There’s a fine line there between pitching aggressively but also giving yourself a chance to get out of that (fifth) inning,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “And that inning kept building and building, and it obviously exploded.”

Velasquez allowed two runs and three hits in four innings in his first start since June 9. Velasquez was pressed into action because Johnny Cueto is dealing with an illness.

“Giving up a home run, I take full blame for that, but once I settled down and started figuring it out, it was a good, easy and smooth ride,” Velasquez said. “You just always have to be alert.”

Tanner Banks (2-0) pitched three innings for the win.

“It’s been so awesome to see our bullpen,” Cairo said. “Everyone is contributing. And everyone in the lineup is doing the little things to win ballgames.”

ROSTER MOVE

The White Sox placed reliever Joe Kelly on the family medical leave list. Banks was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: CF Luis Robert (hand) was held out of the lineup as a precaution. Cairo said Robert could return Tuesday. … RHP Michael Kopech (shoulder), who was placed on the 15-day IL on Saturday, said he was shut down as a precaution and hopes to return before the end of the season.

UP NEXT

White Sox: There was no word on a starting pitcher for either team for Tuesday. Chicago’s pitching plan remains in flux after Cueto got sick.

Tigers: LHP Tyler Alexander (3-10, 5.35 ERA) will start the series opener in Baltimore on Monday. RHP Tyler Wells (7-6, 3.93 ERA) pitches for the Orioles.

BETHANCOURT, SIRI HOMER AS RAYS BEAT RANGERS 5-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Christian Bethancourt and Jose Siri hit back-to-back homers over a three-pitch stretch in the second inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Sunday.

Bethancourt had three hits, and Siri went 2 for 3 with a walk. Jonathan Aranda, Manuel Margot and Taylor Walls each drove in a run.

“That was very fun,” Siri said through a translator about the consecutive homers. “It was really cool. He hit the homer, we gave him a hug, and then when I hit the homer and I came into the dugout he came over and gave me a hug.”

Tampa Bay (82-64) secured its fifth straight winning season and moved within a half-game of Toronto for the top AL wild card. The Rays hold a 5 1/2-game lead with the tiebreaker over Baltimore, which is fourth in the race to earn one of three wild cards.

The Rays wrap up their final regular-season homestand this week with three against AL-leading Houston starting Monday night and four beginning Thursday night against the Blue Jays.

“There’s no doubt it is challenging,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “It will be a lot of work to get through, certainly, the rest of his homestand.”

Rays left-hander Jeffrey Springs (9-4) pitched 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball. He did not allow a run in his previous three starts, totaling 14 2/3 innings.

Pete Fairbanks, the fourth Rays reliever, worked the ninth for his eighth save in eight chances. It was his 19th consecutive scoreless outing.

Josh Jung and Corey Seager homered for the Rangers, who have lost 16 of 21. Glenn Otto (6-9) allowed four runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

“He just didn’t seem to have a good feel for his pitches today,” Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley said of Otto. “He didn’t seem to have the same zest and finish on his fastball as he’s had the last, maybe, three or four times out. So, he just kind of struggled with that, and he struggled with command.”

The Rangers had six hits and struck out 13 times.

The Rays opened a 4-1 lead with two runs in the third. Aranda hit an RBI double and scored on Margot’s single.

Texas responded with two runs in the sixth. Seager hit a leadoff drive for his 31st homer in his first season with the Rangers.

Springs caught Adolis Garcia too far off first with two outs, but he advanced to third when second baseman Aranda was charged with an error for not handling a throw from first baseman Harold Ramirez.

Jung followed with an RBI single. He has hits in eight of 10 games since being promoted from Triple-A Round Rock on Sept. 9.

The Rays loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth and went up 5-3 when Walls drew a walk against Brock Burke on a 3-2 pitch.

TAKING THE MOUND

Rays play-by-play announcer Dewayne Staats will throw a ceremonial first pitch before Monday night’s game against Houston in honor of broadcasting his 7,000th major league game. He started with the Astros in 1977.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: OF Nick Solak (small right foot fracture), hit by a pitch Wednesday, will miss the rest of the season. … RHP Joe Barlow (right index finger blister) will make his second appearance Tuesday or Wednesday with Triple-A Round Rock. … RHP Spencer Howard (right shoulder impingement) is set to make his third start Friday with Round Rock.

Rays: RHP Tyler Glasnow (Tommy John surgery) struck out four over two perfect innings in his third start with Triple-A Durham. … Reliever Nick Anderson (right elbow surgery and plantar fasciitis), who has struggled in the minors this season, has opted to end his season. … INF Wander Franco took an awkward step on an infield hit in the sixth but remained in the game. … OF Randy Arozarena (illness) missed his second straight game.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Cole Ragans (0-2) will be looking for his first big league win in his seventh career start Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.

Rays: RHP Drew Rasmussen (10-5) will face Houston RHP Luis Garcia (12-8) on Monday night.

DEVERS’ 4 HITS, 3 RBIS CARRY RED SOX PAST ROYALS, 13-3

BOSTON (AP) Rafael Devers had four hits and three RBIs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 13-3 on Sunday.

Tommy Pham added three hits and three RBIs, and Kike Hernandez scored four times. Last-place Boston had dropped three of four and seven of 10 overall.

Xander Bogaerts, who can opt out of his contract with the Red Sox at the end of the season, added two hits with an RBI double, raising his average to .316. His double moved him into a tie with Dom DiMaggio (308) for ninth on Boston’s career list.

Bogaerts, who turns 30 on Oct. 1, also got his 1,400th hit, making him the fourth player with Boston to reach that total before turning 30.

“I didn’t know about it,” he said. “It’s special when you’re reaching stuff like that.”

He joined Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Doerr and Jim Rice.

“All three of them are much better players than me,” he said. “For me to be on that list is special. On a personal level, how far that I came since I played my first year in the Dominican Summer League. … It’s crazy man. I still feel great, in good shape, hopefully I can do it for a long time.”

Salvador Perez hit a solo homer for Kansas City. Vinnie Pasquantino and Drew Waters each had an RBI double.

Making a 30th start for the second straight year, Boston’s Nick Pivetta (10-11) gave up three runs in five innings.

“It’s what I’m built to do, it’s what I know how to do and what I expect of myself,” he said. “That’s what I train myself for in the offseason.”

Kris Bubic (2-13) lost his seventh straight start, giving up five runs in 2 2/3 innings.

“Every game is going to rotate around the tempo our starters give us and the tone that they set,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “In the third, a couple of plays needed to be made behind him.”

Devers’ two-run single made it 7-3 in the fifth. Boston then blew it open with four runs in the sixth.

EXTRA EXTRA

Boston had a season-high nine doubles after being held without an extra-base hit in consecutive games. It was the first time in 33 years that the Red Sox didn’t collect an extra-base hit in back-to-back games in Fenway Park, the last also against Kansas City from April 22-23, 1989.

CROSSING SPORTS

With the NFL in its second week, some of the Red Sox discussed their fantasy lineups in the clubhouse before the game.

Manager Alex Cora even joined in when he talked about Pham.

“I know you guys will like this one and you guys can run away with it, but yesterday I heard he’s the best fantasy football player we have,” Cora said. “A lot of connections. … He knows game plans and all that. He has a lot of people in the league and he takes advantage of that.”

Pham was suspended in May for three games after slapping then-Giants outfielder Joc Pederson over a fantasy league disagreement.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (right shoulder inflammation), who can become a free agent after the season, threw a simulated game off the Fenway mound. He hopes to start at least two more times, with both likely coming at home. “I love pitching here, regardless the time of the year, but with the possibility of these possibly being my last two, I’m excited for them,” he said.

UP NEXT

Royals: Open a three-game series at home against the Twins on Tuesday, when RHP Zack Greinke (4-9, 4.10 ERA) is slated to face Minnesota’s RHP Dylan Bundy (8-7, 4.68 ERA).

Red Sox: Open a two-game interleague series at Cincinnati on Tuesday night. Rookie RHP Brayan Bello (1-6, 5.10 ERA) is scheduled to start for Boston against LHP Nick Lodolo (4-6, 3.81 ERA).

RUTSCHMAN DRIVES IN 2, ORIOLES AVOID SWEEP, BEAT JAYS 5-4

TORONTO (AP) Adley Rutschman hit a two-run single in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles turned the 15th triple play in team history, rallying to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.

“One of our better wins of the year, especially with the last couple of days being so disappointing,” manager Brandon Hyde said.

Jesus Aguilar hit a solo homer, his first with the Orioles, as Baltimore (76-69) won for the second time in its past eight meetings with Toronto (83-64). Rutschman went 2 for 3 with two walks.

The Orioles have their highest win total since finishing 89-73 and earning a wild card in 2016. Baltimore went 75-87 in 2017.

“We have a tough time having easy wins,” Hyde said. “It makes us exciting. There’s a lot of fight in our club, and I don’t see us stopping.”

Joey Krehbiel (5-4) pitched a perfect eighth for the win. Felix Bautista earned his 14th save in 15 chances, pitching around George Springer’s two-out RBI double.

Springer thought he had connected for a tying homer, but his drive to center hit off the wall. Cavan Biggio scored after reaching on a two-out walk.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walked but Bautista got Bo Bichette to ground out, ending the game.

Guerrero and Danny Jansen hit solo homers for the Blue Jays, who maintained their position atop the AL wild-card standings.

Baltimore trailed 3-2 before rallying in the ninth against Jordan Romano (5-4). Pinch-hitters Kyle Stowers and Ramon Urias singled and Cedric Mullins walked before Rutschman lined a two-run single to left.

“That was a super pro at-bat,” Hyde said. “He got something he could handle out over the plate, stayed on it, and a base hit the other way.”

Rutschman has 16 doubles, 20 RBIs and 39 walks in 50 games since the All-Star break.

“It was definitely a big moment,” Rutschman said. “When you’re in the box, you just try and relax as much as you can and stick to your approach.”

Anthony Santander grounded into a double play, advancing Mullins to third, and Aguilar made it 5-3 with a base hit to right.

“He got two enormous hits for us,” Hyde said of Aguilar.

The blown save was Romano’s fifth.

“He’s arguably the best in the league, and he just didn’t have it today,” interim Toronto manager John Schneider said. “I think his slider was a little bit flat. I think they were sitting on it.”

Baltimore turned a triple play to get right-hander Dean Kremer out of a jam in the third. It was its first since Aug. 3, 2017, against Detroit, and No. 15 since becoming the Orioles in 1954.

Springer was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Guerrero walked and Bichette opened the scoring with an RBI single to left, putting runners at first and second.

Matt Chapman followed with a liner right at shortstop Jorge Mateo, who flipped to second baseman Terrin Vavra to double off Guerrero. Vavra promptly fired the ball to first baseman Aguilar to retire Bichette before he could dive back to the bag.

“It came at the right time,” Hyde said.

It was the 10th time the Blue Jays have hit into a triple play since joining the AL in 1977. The New York Yankees turned a triple play against Toronto on June 17, 2021.

Jansen homered off Kremer in the fourth, his 13th. Guerrero hit a two-out drive off Dillon Tate in the seventh, his 29th.

Springer stayed in the game after being hit on the left elbow, briefly leaving the dugout between at-bats. He appeared uncomfortable after making contact on an infield popup in the fifth and struck out swinging in the seventh.

Kremer allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked five, matching his career-worst.

Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah allowed one run and four hits in six innings.

RARE RUNS

Romano allowed a run for the first time in 15 appearances. He came in having allowed only one earned run in 28 home appearances this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: 1B Ryan Mountcastle (sore left elbow) was held out of the starting lineup. Mountcastle left Saturday’s game after being hit by a pitch from Jose Berrios.

Blue Jays: C Alejandro Kirk (left hip) sat for the fifth straight day but is expected to be ready to return Tuesday. The Blue Jays are off Monday. With Kirk out, Jansen caught Manoah for the first time this season.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Tyler Wells (7-6, 3.93 ERA) starts Monday as Baltimore returns home to begin a three-game series against Detroit. LHP Tyler Alexander (3-10, 5.35 ERA) starts for the Tigers.

Blue Jays: RHP Ross Stripling (8-4, 2.94 ERA) starts Tuesday in the opener of a two-game series at Philadelphia. RHP Kyle Gibson (10-6, 4.45 ERA) goes for the Phillies.

RYAN PITCHES SHUTOUT BALL AGAIN, TWINS BEAT GUARDIANS 3-0

CLEVELAND (AP) Joe Ryan pitched shutout ball for the second straight outing and become only the second Minnesota starter to reach the eighth inning this season, leading the Twins over the AL-Central leading Cleveland Guardians 3-0 on Sunday.

Jake Cave hit a solo homer in the second off Cody Morris (0-2) and AL batting leader Luis Arraez added a two-run single in the ninth against Enyel De Los Santos. Third-place Minnesota stopped an eight-game losing streak against Cleveland, and the second-place Chicago White Sox moved within 3 1/2 games of the Guardians.

Cleveland had won the first three games of the five-game series, which ends Monday, The third-place Twins trail the Guardians by six games.

“It was kind of like a stopper-type performance from him at a time everyone felt we need someone to go out there and do something just like that,” manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Ryan (12-8) allowed three hits in 7 2/3 innings, struck out five and walked two in his first start since being pulled after seven hitless innings and 106 pitches against Kansas City. The only prior Minnesota starter to reach the eighth this year was Dylan Bundy on June 18 at Arizona.

“It’s super important to me,” Ryan said of pitching deep. “It’s something we’ve been trying to preach as a staff the whole year. It hasn’t happened as consistently as we would have liked.”

Ryan said he took his usual approach, which is having a no-hitter on his mind from the time he takes the mound.

“I think about it every game until whatever happens happens,” he said. “If it happens on the first pitch, I’m like there goes the no-hitter.”

Center fielder Gilberto Celestino made a running catch near the warning track of Jose Ramirez’s drive to end a threat in the sixth. The Twins’ infield also turned three double plays.

“Celestino’s catch was beyond electric,” Ryan said. “That’s probably the most double plays I’ve had all year.”

Ryan was pulled after Myles Straw’s two-out single in the eighth. Jovani Moran retired Andres Gimenez on a flyout and Jhoan Duran pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Ramirez drew a one-out walk, but Duran struck out the final two hitters.

The Twins lost both games of Saturday’s day-night doubleheader, including the nightcap that lasted 15 innings.

“Great day at the ballpark, beautiful day out there after a real long day at the ballpark,” Baldelli said. “It’s amazing what a tremendous effort from your starting pitcher and a couple big swings does for putting a good vibe back into things.”

Morris struck out six over six innings in his fourth major league start.

“He filled up the strike zone, better each time out, changeup was effective,” manager Terry Francona said. “As he gets more consistency with that curveball that’s certainly going to help.”

Other than Cave’s home run, Morris’ toughest battle came in the first during a 14-pitch battle with Arraez to begin the game that ended with a line-drive single to right.

RECORD BOOK

Gimenez was hit by a pitch for the 21st time this season, one more than the previous club record set by Ryan Garko in 2007. … Amed Rosario had eight hits Saturday, tying the Cleveland record for most hits in a doubleheader. Rosario had four hits in each game. Nap Lajoie (1910), George Burns (1924) and Earl Averill (1933) also had eight hits in a doubleheader.

ROSTER MOVES

Minnesota selected the contract of RHP Ronny Henriquez from Triple-A St. Paul. He would become the first Twins player who was born in the 2000s to appear in a game. Henriquez was born on June 20, 2000. …RHP Dereck Rodriguez, who pitched the final 3 2/3 innings and got the loss in Saturday’s second game, was designated for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Twins: 2B Nick Gordon was out of the lineup after playing both games Saturday, but walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He was removed from Friday’s game after fouling a ball off his foot and was hit on the arm by a pitch in Saturday’s second game.

Guardians: Francona said RHP Zach Plesac (broken right hand) will go on a minor league rehab assignment or throw a simulated game Tuesday. Plesac has been on the injured list since Aug. 30.

UP NEXT

RHP Sonny Gray (8-4, 2.83 ERA) will start for Minnesota in the series finale. Gray is 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA in three starts against the Guardians this season. RHP Cal Quantrill (12-5, 3.51 ERA) will pitch for Cleveland. Quantrill is 12-0 in 41 games at Progressive Field and has gone 33 straight home starts without a loss.

VALDEZ HAS MLB-RECORD 25TH QUALITY START, ASTROS DOWN A’S

HOUSTON (AP) Working closely with Framber Valdez, Houston catcher Martin Maldonado has enjoyed a front-row seat for the journey that has turned the left-hander into one of baseball’s top pitchers in his fifth season.

“It is a lot of calm, a lot of confidence and a lot of maturity from him,” Maldonado said. “He knows what he can do good. Listening more and taking pride in the work, less emotional on the mound. So I’ve seen a lot of stuff going into (his growth).”

Valdez set a major league record with his 25th straight quality start, and Yordan Alvarez and Maldonado had four RBIs apiece in the Astros’ 11-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

Alvarez, who ranks second in the AL with 37 homers, drove in three runs with a double in Houston’s five-run third inning. He tacked on an RBI double in the sixth.

Alvarez extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games. He piled up nine hits, four homers and nine RBIs in the series, helping Houston take three of four.

Valdez (16-5) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings to pass Jacob deGrom (24 in 2018) for the most consecutive quality starts in a single season in MLB history. Valdez, who threw his first career shutout in his last start, is 15-4 during his streak, which began April 25.

“It’s one of those things that just goes down on your resume, and to be able to have a record like that does mean a lot for me,” he said through a translator.

Valdez’s career-high 16 wins rank second in the AL behind teammate Justin Verlander (17) and his 2.57 ERA is sixth.

Manager Dusty Baker raved about the consistency Valdez has brought to the team this season.

“That’s a remarkable streak,” Baker said. “There have been some some great pitchers that he surpassed by breaking this record and I’m just glad that he accomplished it and we won the ballgame.”

Maldonado tied a career high with his first four-hit game since 2015, and he scored four times for the first time in his 12-year career. He singled three times before smacking a three-run homer to left with two outs in the seventh.

Oakland rookie Ken Waldichuk (0-2) was tagged for five runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings in his fifth career start.

Dermis Garcia hit a two-run double in the sixth, but the Athletics couldn’t get much else going offensively as they lost for the fourth time in six games.

“This team has competed all year,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “We fight. We have shown that. We’re playing some good baseball teams right now that are going to be in the postseason. … It’s a test, and we are going to continue to grind.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: OF Ramon Laureano was placed on the injured list with a strained right hamstring. INF Jordan Diaz was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to take his spot on the roster. Diaz made his major league debut and got his first hit on a single with one out in the seventh.

UP NEXT

Athletics: JP Sears (2-2, 5.13 ERA) starts Tuesday night for Oakland in the opener of a three-game series against Seattle.

Astros: Luis Garcia (12-8, 4.04 ERA) opposes Tampa Bay’s Drew Rasmussen (10-5, 2.77) in the opener of a three-game series Monday night.

STRIDER DOMINANT, CONTRERAS HOMERS, BRAVES SWEEP PHILLIES

ATLANTA (AP) Rookie Spencer Strider took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and struck out 10, William Contreras hit a tiebreaking homer and the Atlanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Strider (11-5) didn’t allow a hit until Alec Bohm homered to tie the score 1-1. Rookie center fielder Michael Harris II looked as if he might catch the ball as he leapt, but it went just out of the reach of his glove and over the wall. Bohm’s 12th homer traveled 412 feet.

Contreras drove a changeup by Connor Brogdon (2-1) for a 410-foot shot into the left-field seats to make it 2-1 in the sixth.

Robbie Grossman, who drove in the Braves’ first run with a double in the third, hit his seventh homer to give the Braves a 3-1 lead against Sam Coonrod in the seventh. Austin Riley followed with a run-scoring single, and Marcell Ozuna added an RBI double in the eighth.

Atlanta improved to 68-28 since June 1, best in the majors over that span. The defending World Series champion Braves began the day one game behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

Philadelphia started Sunday leading San Diego by one-half game for the second NL wild card. The Phillies were 59-34 since June 1, tied for the fourth-best winning percentage over that same span, but they have lost four straight after winning five in a row.

Strider gave up one run and one hit with three walks in six innings in his sixth double-digit strikeout performance. Three relievers finished a four-hitter.

Strider struck out Nick Maton to begin the fifth, reaching 200 strikeouts for the season and becoming the first Braves rookie with 200 in the modern era. Despite not making his first start until May 30, Strider began the day ranked fourth in the NL with 192 strikeouts in 128 innings.

He is 4-0 with a 1.27 ERA in three career starts and one relief appearance against Philadelphia. The Phillies went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position after beginning the game with the majors’ best average in such situations at .276.

J.T. Realmuto homered off Jesse Chavez in the ninth to make it 5-2.

The Braves have won eight straight home games, outscoring opponents 39-11 over that span, and have won 11 of their last 14 games against Philadelphia in Atlanta, outscoring the Phillies 75-44 during this stretch.

Phillies starter Bailey Falter allowed one run and four hits in 4 2/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: When RHP Zack Wheeler (forearm tendinitis) comes off the IL for his start Wednesday, he will be on a pitch count and will be replaced early in the game by RHP Noah Syndergaard. Interim manager Rob Thomson plans to use Syndergaard in this role for two starts behind Wheeler. Falter will remain in the rotation. … 1B Rhys Hoskins (right hand) returned to the lineup after getting hit by a pitch on Wednesday. He went 0 for 4.

Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies will wear a cast for three weeks after fracturing his right pinky finger Friday. He will not require surgery and hopes to return for the postseason. Albies was placed on the 10-day IL and INF Rylan Bannon was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett.

SLUMPING

Atlanta 1B Matt Olson went 0 for 4 and is hitting .062 with one homer and four RBIs since Aug. 28. His average has dropped 22 points to .234 over his last 18 games.

LONG TIME AGO

Kid Nichols struck out 222 in 1890 and Bill Stemmyer fanned 239 in 1886 to hold the Braves’ franchise record for strikeouts for rookies in a single season. The last rookie pitcher to strike out 200 or more in a single season was Yu Darvish in 2012.

UP NEXT

Phillies: After an off day Monday, Philadelphia will send RHP Kyle Gibson to the mound opposite RHP Ross Stripling (8-4, 2.94) as the team opens a two-game home series against Toronto.

Braves: RHP Kyle Wright (18-5, 3.18 ERA) will face RHP Cory Abbott (0-2, 4.37) as Atlanta opens a three-game home series against Washington.

ALCANTARA’S 5TH COMPLETE GAME LIFTS MARLINS OVER NATS 3-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Sandy Alcantara pitched his major league-leading fifth complete game, a seven-hitter that led the Miami Marlins over the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Sunday to avoid a series sweep.

Alcantara (13-8) struck out seven and walked one, throwing 103 pitches. His 2.37 ERA is second in the National League to the 2.27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Julio Urias, and Alcantara leads the major leagues with 212 2/3 innings. He is 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA in four starts against Washington this season.

Alcantara felt he could throw a complete game from the first pitch Sunday.

“When you know your stuff is there to compete, you don’t have to worry about it,” he said.

Alcantara, who got his first win in four September starts, has pitched 17% of the 29 complete games in the major leagues this season. Houston’s Framber Valdez (three) and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola (two) are the only other pitchers to throw more than one.

“It is impressive because it’s so different now,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “I saw a thing on Sandy Koufax and he had like 28 complete games one year. This is probably the equivalent to it, really. Throwing five in today’s game, nobody really wants you to do it.”

The Marlins never got anyone up in the bullpen, even as Alcantara worked around consecutive two-out singles in the eighth. Alcantara allowed only four runners to reach scoring position.

“When he gets outs whenever he needs it. It’s pretty impressive,” Washington designated hitter Luke Voit said. “He’s having a great year. Obviously, he’s in the Cy Young hunt. Credit to him. He’s throwing about 10 pitches almost every inning.”

Garrett Cooper hit a sixth-inning homer to left-center for Miami, which had lost seven of nine.

Washington, a major leagues-worst 51-95, has not swept a series this season. The Nationals are 3-13 against the Marlins.

Luis Garcia hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Nationals.

Anibal Sanchez (2-6) allowed two runs in six innings while striking out three. The right-hander has not allowed more than two runs in each of his last six starts, and he’s lowered his ERA from 7.20 to 4.40 in that span.

Bryan De La Cruz had a two-out RBI single in the second and a run-scoring grounder in the ninth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: SS Miguel Rojas left in the fifth with stomach cramps.

Nationals: DH Nelson Cruz (eye inflammation) remained out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game. “He’s still having focus issues, so he’s going to be day-to-day,” manager Dave Martinez said. “Hopefully, the drops continue to work and he’ll wake up one day and say he’s good to go.” . OF Lane Thomas was out of the starting lineup for the first time since Aug. 13. He is 0 for 11 against Alcantara.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Edward Cabrera (5-3, 2.70 ERA), who pitched five no-hit innings against the Cubs on Aug. 5, faces Chicago again Monday as Miami returns home for a six-game homestand.

Nationals: RHP Cory Abbott (0-2, 4.37) faces Atlanta for the first time in his career Monday as Washington begins a three-game series against the Braves.

DEGROM FANS 13 OVER 5 INNINGS, METS SWEEP PIRATES

NEW YORK (AP) Jacob deGrom struck out 13 batters – the most ever for a Mets pitcher who threw five or fewer innings – but didn’t factor into the decision Sunday, when the NL East leaders beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 to complete a four-game sweep.

The Mets scored four in the eighth to break the tie.

Terrance Gore pinch-ran in place of Tomas Nido, who hit a single off Robert Stephenson (2-2). Gore stole second after three throws to first by Manny Banuelos, took third when catcher Jason Delay’s throw sailed into centerfield and scored on Brandon Nimmo’s bloop single.

Daniel Vogelbach added a one-out, two-RBI single and Eduardo Escobar had a run-scoring groundout.

Joely Rodriguez (1-4) struck out a career-high five in two perfect innings.

The Mets stranded 12 runners in the first seven innings. But Jeff McNeil had an RBI single in the first and drew a bases-loaded walk in the second, when Pete Alonso hit into a run-scoring forceout.

Mets pitchers combined to strike out 20 batters, tying the big league record for a nine-inning game.

DeGrom allowed a leadoff double to Oneil Cruz in the first before retiring the next 15 batters, 13 by strikeout. Sid Fernandez (June 30, 1986) and Oliver Perez (Sept. 12, 2006) each struck out 11 batters in five-inning starts for the Mets.

DeGrom threw 26 pitches in the first – his most since a 29-pitch fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 9, 2021 – but needed just 61 pitches between the second and fifth.

Zack Collins, making his third appearance with the Pirates since being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays, led off the sixth with his first hit for Pittsburgh and Delay followed with a single before Cruz homered just beyond the right-centerfield fence to chase deGrom.

The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner set a big league record by allowing three earned runs or fewer for the 40th straight start, breaking a tie with Jim Scott (1913-14).

Pirates starter Johan Oviedo gave up three runs in four innings.

TENSIONS FLARE

The benches and bullpens cleared but no punches were thrown after Pete Alonso was hit on the left elbow by an Oviedo pitch in the first inning.

It marked the fifth time a Pirates pitcher plunked a Mets batter since Saturday. Oviedo and Alonso exchanged words and gestures and Jeff McNeil helped steer Alonso towards first base while players milled about. After a couple minutes, the teams began heading to their benches and bullpens while “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” played at Citi Field.

The plunking of Alonso marked 102nd time this season the Mets have been hit by a pitch, three shy of tying the major league record set by the Cincinnati Reds in 2021.

Words also appeared to be traded between Mets second baseman Luis Guillorme and Pirates designated hitter Bryan Reynolds after Reynolds – who reached base when he was hit by Seth Lugo – slid beyond the bag on an inning-ending forceout in the sixth. Several Mets and Ke’Bryan Hayes, who hit the grounder,- remained on the right side of the infield as Reynolds and Guillorme conversed from a distance.

JOAN HODGES

The Mets held a moment of silence prior to first pitch in memory of Joan Hodges, the widow of Hall of Famer and 1969 “Miracle Mets” manager Gil Hodges.

Joan Hodges died Saturday night at 95 years old, a little less than two months after Gil was officially enshrined in the Hall of Fame. She is survived by the couple’s three children.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (right arm inflammation), who exited his start after three innings Friday night, was placed on the 15-day injured list. Pittsburgh recalled RHP Luis Ortiz from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (left oblique) will be activated to start Monday night, when New York starts a road trip with the opener of a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers. . Manager Buck Showalter said RHP Drew Smith (right lat) could be activated as soon as Tuesday. Smith hasn’t pitched since July 24.

UP NEXT

Pirates: Have not yet announced a starter for Tuesday, when Pittsburgh continues its Big Apple swing with the opener of a two-game series against the Yankees.

Mets: Scherzer (9-4, 2.26 ERA), pitching for the first time since Sept. 3, will be making his fourth attempt at earning the 200th win of his career.

REDS SHUT DOWN CARDINALS AND ALBERT PUJOLS IN 3-0 WIN

ST. LOUIS (AP) Stuart Fairchild homered and Luis Cessa tossed five shutout innings as the Cincinnati Reds shut down Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 on Sunday.

The 42-year-old Pujols, who entered the game with 698 home runs, went 0 for 4. He received a lengthy standing ovation from the sellout crowd in each of his plate appearances.

Pujols sits fourth on the all-time list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). He has 19 home runs this season, and his last round-tripper came in a 6-5 win over the Reds on Friday. The Cardinals have 14 games remaining.

Cessa got Pujols to ground out and fly out in two chances against his childhood idol.

“He’s a superstar,” Cessa said. “I grew up wanting to be him on PlayStation. I hope he hits 700 home runs – just not off me.”

Fairchild hit his fifth home run of the season while making the second of rare back-to-back starts. He also enjoyed the crowd energy and theatre that occurred every time Pujols came to the plate.

“It’s great to be able to play on the same field with a guy who is making history,” Fairchild said. “Being able to witness that is pretty cool.”

St. Louis, which managed just two hits, had a three-game winning streak snapped.

“I don’t think we panicked at all,” said St. Louis infielder Paul DeJong, who had one of the Cardinals’ two hits. “We’ve just got to take good at-bats and win the situation.”

The Cardinals hold a nine game lead over Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Fairchild hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Jordan Montgomery, who allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. Montgomery (8-5) struck out nine and walked two.

Cessa (4-3) gave up just one hit, a single by DeJong in the third.

Buck Farmer recorded his second save in three opportunities, and induced Pujols to pop out to start the ninth inning.

Spencer Steer added a run-scoring hit for the Reds, who had lost nine of their previous 10 games,

Cincinnati did not allow an earned run over the final 24 2/3 innings of the five games series and won two games in the set.

“We pitched them really tough the whole series,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “We just didn’t survive, we thrived.”

The Cardinals rested regulars Paul Goldschmidt and Tommy Edman before heading out on a 10-day, eight game road trip.

NEW FACES

The Reds have used a franchise record 65 players this season, the most in majors. The previous team mark of 57 was set in 2003.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Cardinals will play 11 of their final 14 games on the road, where they are 36-34.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Jordan Hicks was placed on the 15-day injury list with fatigue and neck spasms. Hicks has allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings over his last three appearances.

UP NEXT

Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (4-6, 3.81) will face Boston RHP Brayan Bello (1-6, 5.10) in the first a two-game series in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Cardinals: RHP Adam Wainwright (11-9, 3.29) will open a three-game series at San Diego on Tuesday. Wainwright and battery mate Yadier Molina set an all-time record of 325 starts together on Wednesday.

JOE, GRICHUK LEAD ROCKIES OVER CUBS 4-3 FOR RARE ROAD WIN

CHICAGO (AP) Randal Grichuk had two hits and two RBIs, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Sunday for a rare second straight win on the road.

Connor Joe hit a solo homer for last-place Colorado, and Brendan Rodgers had a run-scoring groundout. Ryan Feltner (3-8) pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball for his first win since Aug. 9.

Colorado is tied with Kansas City for the worst road record in the majors at 24-48. It took two of three at Wrigley Field for its first road series win since July 7-10 at Arizona. It also closed out a 3-2 trip against the White Sox and Cubs for its first winning road trip since June 7-12.

Yan Gomes homered and drove in a season-high three runs for the Cubs, who trailed 4-0 after two innings. David Bote had two hits.

Coming off his first major league win against the Mets in New York, Cubs starter Javier Assad (1-2) struggled with his control. He issued four walks in two innings and was charged with four runs and two hits.

Feltner allowed six hits, struck out four and walked one. The right-hander went 0-5 with a 6.28 ERA in his previous six starts.

Daniel Bard pitched a perfect ninth for his 32nd save.

Charlie Blackmon had two hits, walked and scored a run for Colorado. The four-time All-Star was in a 5-for-44 slump before delivering a tiebreaking triple in the ninth on Saturday.

The Rockies jumped ahead 3-0 in first as Assad labored, throwing 41 pitches and walking three.

Rodgers drove in the first run with a groundout. Grichuk knocked in two with a single, the only hit in the rally.

Joe made it 4-0 in the second with his seventh homer, a drive to left.

Gomes’ second single of the game drove in two runs in the third. His solo shot deep to left in sixth trimmed it to 4-3.

SCHWINDEL RELEASED

The Cubs released infielder Frank Schwindel after he cleared waivers. He had been designated for assignment on Saturday.

ROCKIES MOVES

Colorado placed right-hander Alex Colome on the bereavement list and brought up right-hander Gavin Hollowell from Double-A Hartford.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: Rodgers left in the second with left hamstring tightness.

Cubs: RHP Keegan Thompson (low back tightness) was in the clubhouse after making a rehab start with Triple-A Iowa on Friday. Thompson leads the Cubs with nine wins and hopes to return this season. … SS Nico Hoerner (triceps strain) worked out on the field and planned to play catch up to 90 feet. He hopes to return this season. … C Willson Contreras (sprained left ankle) also worked out on the field. At the end of his session, he threw a ball from near the left-field line high into the center-field bleachers.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Chad Kuhl (6-9, 5.33 ERA) faces San Francisco RHP Jakob Junis (4-6, 4.15 ERA) on Monday night at Coors Field.

Cubs: LHP Wade Miley (1-0, 2.89 ERA) starts Monday night in Miami. The Marlins hadn’t named a starter.

(PGA NEWS)

CAMERON SMITH WINS LIV GOLF IN 2ND START WITH RIVAL LEAGUE

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) British Open champion Cameron Smith made his decision to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf pay off Sunday when he closed with a 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory in the LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago.

Smith was only briefly threatened in the third and final round. One of the key moments was a 10-foot par putt on the 13th hole, and neither Dustin Johnson nor Peter Uihlein could do enough to catch him.

Smith won $4 million from the $20 million purse for individual play.

“I think I had to prove to myself and other people that I’m still a great player, I’m still out here to win golf tournaments,” Smith said. “I didn’t have my best stuff, but I stuck tough and made some putts.”

Johnson (70) and Uihlein (69) each made birdie on the par-5 18th hole at Rich Harvest Farms and tied for second, each earning $1,812,500.

Johnson’s birdie enabled his team to win for the fourth straight time, which was worth an additional $750,000 for Johnson, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez. In the five events Johnson has played, he now has made just over $12.5 million.

Uihlein’s team – Brooks Koepka is the captain – finished second, which was worth $375,00 for each team member. With the runner-up finish as an individual and team, Uihlein picked up nearly $2.2 million on Sunday.

Smith let his short game do most of the damage. He made enough birdies on the front nine to stay in front, and hit a flop shop to a foot on the par-5 11th for another birdie.

Uihlein made birdie on the 13th and looked as though he might be able to trim the deficit to one shot until Smith made his clutch par.

Smith left no doubt at the end, hitting his approach over the water to 4 feet on the 17th to take a three-shot lead to the par-5 finish, and then holing an 18-foot birdie putt that gave his team a tie for third with Phil Mickelson’s team.

Mickelson had his best round since joining Saudi-funded LIV Golf with a 66 and tied for eighth, his first top-10 finish in five events.

Johnson is the only player from the 48-man field to have finished in the top 10 at every LIV Golf event. He was coming off a playoff victory two weeks ago outside Boston.

Smith was No. 2 in the world when the 29-year-old Australian signed up with LIV Golf after the PGA Tour season ended, the highest-ranked player to join.

Johnson remains one of the most significant players to sign up, a two-time major champion who was No. 1 in the world longer than any player since Tiger Woods.

“He’s probably the one who you look at it feeling he’s going to be at the top of the leaderboard every week,” Smith said. “I hope he thinks the same of me, and hopefully, we can keep it going.”

Sergio Garcia, criticized last week for withdrawing from the BMW PGA Championship after one round and showing up on the sideline of the Alabama-Texas football game, had a 67 and tied for fourth with Joaquin Niemann (68).

The next LIV Golf event is in three weeks in Bangkok.

The series does not return to America until the final team event at Trump Doral near Miami the last weekend in October.

(GOLF NEWS)

CAMERON SMITH WINS LIV GOLF IN 2ND START WITH RIVAL LEAGUE

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) British Open champion Cameron Smith made his decision to leave the PGA Tour for LIV Golf pay off Sunday when he closed with a 3-under 69 for a three-shot victory in the LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago.

Smith was only briefly threatened in the third and final round. One of the key moments was a 10-foot par putt on the 13th hole, and neither Dustin Johnson nor Peter Uihlein could do enough to catch him.

Smith won $4 million from the $20 million purse for individual play.

“I think I had to prove to myself and other people that I’m still a great player, I’m still out here to win golf tournaments,” Smith said. “I didn’t have my best stuff, but I stuck tough and made some putts.”

Johnson (70) and Uihlein (69) each made birdie on the par-5 18th hole at Rich Harvest Farms and tied for second, each earning $1,812,500.

Johnson’s birdie enabled his team to win for the fourth straight time, which was worth an additional $750,000 for Johnson, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez. In the five events Johnson has played, he now has made just over $12.5 million.

Uihlein’s team – Brooks Koepka is the captain – finished second, which was worth $375,00 for each team member. With the runner-up finish as an individual and team, Uihlein picked up nearly $2.2 million on Sunday.

Smith let his short game do most of the damage. He made enough birdies on the front nine to stay in front, and hit a flop shop to a foot on the par-5 11th for another birdie.

Uihlein made birdie on the 13th and looked as though he might be able to trim the deficit to one shot until Smith made his clutch par.

Smith left no doubt at the end, hitting his approach over the water to 4 feet on the 17th to take a three-shot lead to the par-5 finish, and then holing an 18-foot birdie putt that gave his team a tie for third with Phil Mickelson’s team.

Mickelson had his best round since joining Saudi-funded LIV Golf with a 66 and tied for eighth, his first top-10 finish in five events.

Johnson is the only player from the 48-man field to have finished in the top 10 at every LIV Golf event. He was coming off a playoff victory two weeks ago outside Boston.

Smith was No. 2 in the world when the 29-year-old Australian signed up with LIV Golf after the PGA Tour season ended, the highest-ranked player to join.

Johnson remains one of the most significant players to sign up, a two-time major champion who was No. 1 in the world longer than any player since Tiger Woods.

“He’s probably the one who you look at it feeling he’s going to be at the top of the leaderboard every week,” Smith said. “I hope he thinks the same of me, and hopefully, we can keep it going.”

Sergio Garcia, criticized last week for withdrawing from the BMW PGA Championship after one round and showing up on the sideline of the Alabama-Texas football game, had a 67 and tied for fourth with Joaquin Niemann (68).

The next LIV Golf event is in three weeks in Bangkok.

The series does not return to America until the final team event at Trump Doral near Miami the last weekend in October.

(LPGA NEWS)

ANDREA LEE RISES AGAIN AND WINS PORTLAND FOR 1ST LPGA TITLE

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) In a year of having to bounce back, Andrea Lee recovered from two early bogeys and pulled away with five birdies on the back nine Sunday to close with a 6-under 66 and win the AmazingCre Portland Classic for her first LPGA Tour title.

Lee took the lead for good with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole and then hit a superb bunker shot from left of the 17th green to save par and keep a two-shot lead.

She was in the middle of the 18th fairway when she watched Daniela Darquea of Ecuador finish with a third straight birdie for a 66 to pull within one shot. Lee drilled her approach to 15 feet and lagged her putt to within inches to tap in for the win.

It was quite a turnaround for Lee, a former No. 1 amateur from Stanford whose game got off track to the point her LPGA status suffered and she started the year on the developmental Epson Tour.

And then she climbed her way out of it, winning on the Epson Tour, taking advantage of sponsor exemptions with solid play and finally cashing in at Columbia Edgewater Country Club for her first win.

Her face was awash in a mixture of champagne and tears, especially when she paid tribute to her grandfather, who died late last year.

“He always believed I was a champion, and today I am one,” Lee said.

This took a great deal of patience and resilience with eight players having a chance to win throughout the final round and every mistake seemingly magnified.

Lee started in a three-way tie with Lilia Vu, another former No. 1 amateur at UCLA, and Ayaka Furue of Japan. Lee immediately fell off the pace with bogeys on the second and third holes.

“I told myself to stay patient because I still had a lot of golf left,” Lee said. “I managed to get three birdies back, and then I kept going.”

She finished at 19-under 269 and moved to No. 18 in the Race to CME Globe

Darquea’s runner-up finish moved her to No. 59, a big week because the top 60 advance to the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in November. Darquea had been ranked No. 108 going into Portland.

The real threat to Lee came from Esther Henseleit of Germany, who took the lead with an 18-foot birdie putt on the par-3 13th. She had a 6-foot birdie try on the next hole that caught the lip but didn’t drop, and she traded birdies with Lee along the back nine.

Henseleit was one shot behind when she came up short of the 17th green, pitched about 12 feet long and missed her par putt to fall two back.

She finished with a par for a 66 and tied for third with Narin An (64), Hannah Green (67), Furue (68) and Vu (68).

Maja Stark of Sweden, who earned her LPGA card by winning the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland, ran off five straight birdies on the front nine and was among the leaders until she ran out of steam. She shot 66 and finished eighth.

Lee becomes the ninth first-time winner on the LPGA Tour this year.

“It’s more than anything I could have imagined,” she said. “I can’t believe it, actually. I can’t believe I’m standing here after what I went through last year.”

Lee won eight times at Stanford and won the Mark H. McCormack medal in 2019 as the leading amateur in women’s golf. But her confidence took a hit during first her two years on the LPGA Tour, which included the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

It felt like starting over at the start of the year, leading her to where she thought she always thought she would be.

(NASCAR NEWS)

NASCAR FACES MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT NEW CAR AFTER BRISTOL BASH

(AP) — Kyle Busch deserved better than two failed Toyota engines in the first round of NASCAR’s playoffs.

But at least Busch knows what happened to end his night at Bristol Motor Speedway and leave him “flabbergasted” at being eliminated from the playoff field.

Martin Truex Jr.? He could only laugh as he stood in the garage alongside his disabled car as fellow Toyota driver Bubba Wallace came in for repairs.

“There’s another one,” he said with a smirk. Truex also referred back to Kevin Harvick’s words after his car caught fire in the opening playoff race at Darlington three weeks ago.

“What Harvick say?” Truex said of his own Saturday night issue. “Crappy parts.”

At least a dozen of the playoff drivers had some sort of problem with NASCAR’s new Next Gen car at Bristol, where the spec car that has leveled the playing field was exposed for myriad durability issues that have followed it in its entire debut season.

The Ford camp suffered a rash of blown tires, Toyota was plagued by power steering failures, drivers racing for the win were knocked from contention for any number of mechanical gremlins and passing was a most difficult task.

The 12 lead changes were the lowest in more than a dozen years at Bristol, and only four of those passes were under green.

“Just difficult to pass,” Harvick said. “The car is way too fast through the corners. Can’t race.”

Harvick was in position to contend for the victory until a wheel fell off his Ford during the final round of pit stops and knocked him from the playoffs.

Now there’s a new round of questions surrounding the Next Gen, an industry-wide project to develop a car of single-source parts that both contained costs and helped small teams close the gap on the powerhouse NASCAR organizations. It’s worked, as Chris Buescher on Saturday night became the record-tying 19th different Cup winner this season.

Buescher’s win marked the first time since this version of NASCAR’s playoffs were established that drivers not competing for the title swept the entire round. Erik Jones won at Darlington and Wallace at Kansas; neither is a playoff driver, nor is Buescher, who scored his second career victory in his 250th career start.

But Buescher won by stretching his final two-tire pit stop the last 61 laps of the 500-mile race, as a lack of tire wear (except for that rash of blown right fronts on the Fords) kept runner-up Chase Elliott on four new tires comfortably in his rearview mirror.

The Next Gen has been questioned over safety concerns since rumors of disastrous crash tests during the development phase, and those issues have only ratcheted since July when a crash in qualifying gave Kurt Busch a concussion that has kept him out of competition for nearly two months. Other drivers have reported they are feeling the force of impact during crashes far worse than ever before, and a spate of fires at Darlington led NASCAR to make a series of rules changes.

Now there’s a fresh batch of complaints following Bristol, where Harvick, Kyle Busch and Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick were eliminated from the playoff field.

“We need NextGen 2.0. Just gotta figure out who’s gonna pay for it,” Denny Hamlin tweeted. Hamlin is part-owner of the 23XI Racing team that has been without Kurt Busch for nine races.

“Passing was just impossible,” Hamlin said after the race. He, too, had a blown tire at Bristol but felt the difficulty in passing was the larger problem.

“I would like to see the racing improve overall. Some lap time variation a little bit. We’re just running around there and it’s like we’re running faster in the corners than we are on the straightaways,” Hamlin said. “We had some steering issues, and it looks like our Toyota teammates also had steering issues.”

Yes, all six Toyotas had a problem, ranging from tires for Hamlin and Christopher Bell, steering issues for Truex, Wallace and Ty Gibbs, and Kyle Busch’s engine failure.

And it was a mixed night for Brad Keselowski, who won the first stage of the race for his first stage victory of the season and seemed in position to race for his first win of the season. Keselowski moved from Team Penske to RFK Racing this season to drive with an ownership stake in Jack Roush’s team, and he desperately wanted to give RFK its first win.

But then his tire blew while leading with 87 laps remaining and Keselowski’s trip to victory lane was to congratulate teammate Buescher. He acknowledged passing was tricky – but said it isn’t supposed to be easy – and said NASCAR must continue to work on the Next Gen.

“Would I like to see us continue to work on the cars? Absolutely. I’ve said this to NASCAR and I’ve said it to the media before and I’ll say it again: `If the Next-Gen car looks the same as it does this year, then we’ve failed,'” Keselowski said. “We should continue to grow. We should continue to learn. We should continue to make it better. There’s probably some car owners that don’t want to hear it because it costs money to change the cars.

“There’s the `everything is wrong with this car’ camp and there’s the `nothing is wrong with this car’ camp,” Keselowski added. “I’d like to keep working on it. It seems like much, like many things today, that polarization means there’s no room for middle ground. In my eyes, I’d like to see some small tweaks, but I’m thankful and proud of our sport and where the Next Gen car has taken us so far.”

(WNBA FINALS)

ACES SINK SUN TO WIN FRANCHISE’S 1ST WNBA TITLE, GRAY NAMED FINALS MVP

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Chelsea Gray scored 20 points to lead the Las Vegas Aces to their first WNBA title in a 78-71 road win over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4 on Sunday.

Gray went 9-of-13 from the floor and was named MVP after averaging 18 points over the run. The Aces improved to 4-0 in this year’s playoffs with two days rest.

Riquana Williams added 17 points Kelsey Plum added 16 points for the Aces, Jackie Young had 13, and league MVP A’ja Wilson added 11 points to go with 14 rebounds.

Vegas finished on an 8-0 run. As the buzzer sounded Wilson grabbed the ball and stomped the floor before being mobbed by her teammates.

We champs! We champs! We champs!” Wilson screamed at teammates as they pulled on their championship hats and T-shirts before the trophy ceremony.

It’s the first major pro sports title for a team from Las Vegas, and Wilson surely hopes this is just the beginning.

“You see it. You see it,” Wilson said in the on-court celebration. “This is what we’re building. This is what we’re doing. This is it. I’m so happy right now.”

Courtney Williams had 17 points to lead Connecticut and Alyssa Thomas had her second straight triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds. Jonquel Jones added 13 points and DeWanna Bonner had 12.

Las Vegas led by two points at the half and four points after three quarters.

For Aces coach Becky Hammon, who didn’t get a title in her standout WNBA career, the ring completed a decades-long quest. She left an assistant coach position with Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs to take over in Las Vegas, and the move paid off.

“They’re unbelievable on the court but they’re unbelievable humans, first and foremost,” Hammon said. “They care about each other. They invest in each other. It’s been an absolute honor to be their coach. I saw excellence and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Hammon also paid tribute to former Aces coach Bill Laimbeer, who was on the floor for the ceremony. “He put this team together and saw the pieces,” Hammon said.

Aces owner Mark Davis, who also owns the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, wasn’t with his football team Sunday. He was in Connecticut to get a trophy. He hoisted it, then turned it over to gleeful players who did the same.

“Las Vegas, we are world champions,” Davis said.

It was a six-point lead in the fourth when Kelsey Plum was called for a flagrant foul after running into Bonner while the Sun guard was attempting a 3-pointer and sending her to the floor holding her right ankle. Bonner hit all three free throws before Jonquel Jones’ short jumper cut the lead to a point. The Sun then tied the game at 67 on a free throw by Courtney Williams and took a 71-70 lead on two foul shots from Brionna Jones.

But Las Vegas had the answers.

Riquana Williams’ 3-pointer put the Aces back on top and Chelsea Gray’s step-back jumper extended the lead back to 75-71 with under a minute left A’Ja Wilson then stole a pass and Plum hit a short jump shot to secure the win.

Bonner opened the scoring with a leaner from the left wing. But Kelsey Plum’s 3-pointer from the left baseline sparked an early 12-0 run for Vegas that shot them out to a 16-6 lead. The Aces, who gave up 34 points to the Sun in the first quarter of Game 3, led 16-12 after 10 minutes on Sunday.

Gray — who overcame some serious injuries that threatened to sidetrack her career in the past — was WNBA Finals MVP, to no one’s surprise after averaging 18.3 points and 6 assists in the series.

“My teammates are awesome,” Gray said as she broke into tears. “I worked so hard for this.”

She wasn’t a WNBA All-Star this season, nor was she a first-team all-league pick, and voiced her displeasure about that.

In the end, she also got the last word.

“They can keep that All-Star and first team,” Gray said. “I got the ring.”

SCRAPPY GAME

As expected, it was a physical game appropriately played on an NFL Sunday. The Sun got a scare when Bonner took an inadvertent elbow to the gut from Gray late in the first quarter and was on the floor for a few minutes before being helped to the bench. She came back into the game later in the half, apparently suffering no ill effects. Natisha Hiedeman and Plum got into a short pushing match in the second quarter, eliciting technical fouls on both players. That was all before Plum’s flagrant in the fourth.

INCLUSIVE ORGANIZATIONS

Before the game, both coaches reflected on the makeup of organizations in the Final. The Aces are led by Hammon and two Black women executives in general manager Nikki Williams and Nikki Fargas, president of business operations. The Sun are owned by the Mohegan Tribe, have a woman president in Jen Rizzotti, and are coached by Curt Miller, a gay man.

“Women’s basketball is such a story in terms of diversity and inclusion. I mean, our league defines it, and I’m so proud to be a part of it, Miller said, adding that he hopes to be an inspiration to any gay child “wondering if they can chase a career in sports.”

Hammon said she believes the diversity in her team’s front office has made it stronger

“You can make a lot better picture with a box full of crayons than just a pencil,” she said.

RAIDERS’ SUPPORT

The start of the celebration was shown on the video screens at the Raiders’ stadium during the NFL game against Arizona on Sunday, with fans breaking into loud cheers. They can cheer more in a few days: a parade on the Las Vegas Strip is planned for Thursday evening.

“What a team, what talent, what a victory! You have made Las Vegas so proud!” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said in a statement. “Thank you for your effort, discipline & focus. We can’t wait for the celebrations & a great parade!”

TIP-INS

The Aces are the fourth WNBA team to win a title with both a league MVP and coach of the year … The Sun have been among the last four WNBA teams standing for each of the last four seasons, making it back to the Finals for the first time since 2019.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES/NEWS

COLTS FOOTBALL: JAGS’ HOME WIN STREAK VS COLTS REACHES 8 WITH 24-0 SHUTOUT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Rayshawn Jenkins first sensed Jacksonville’s defense would be different – dramatically improved, really – in May.

He saw the talent. He felt the commitment. He even allowed himself to believe the unit could be special.

Now, four months later, Jenkins is more convinced than ever. And he’s hardly alone after the Jaguars dominated Indianapolis for their eighth shutout in franchise history.

Trevor Lawrence threw two touchdown passes to Christian Kirk, and Jacksonville harassed Matt Ryan early and often while handling short-handed Indianapolis 24-0 on Sunday for its eighth consecutive home victory in the series.

“I’m proud,” Jenkins said. “I think we can keep it going. I feel it. This is a whole new team. I can’t even … it’s just completely different. We got the guys in here to do it week in and week out. We got some dogs in here.”

The Jaguars (1-1) sacked Ryan five times, intercepted three of his passes and held reigning NFL rushing champion Jonathan Taylor to 54 yards. Each of Jacksonville’s past three shutouts have come against Indianapolis (0-1-1), which hasn’t won here since 2014.

“I don’t feel it’s a lack of motivation,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “I just feel it’s a lack of we got outcoached and we got outplayed.”

Indy also failed to score against Jacksonville in 2017 and 2018. It’s the only times the Colts have been shut out in the past six seasons. Equally telling about this series: Jacksonville is 6-30 in its past 36 games, and four of those victories came against the Colts.

The latest one was never in doubt and gave coach Doug Pederson his first win with his new team. Veteran receiver Marvin Jones presented Pederson a game ball in the locker room.

“It’s special,” Pederson said. “It’s my first win, obviously, as the head coach here. But it’s a team win. We celebrate as a team. I appreciate that. It will definitely go on the mantle at the house. But my hat’s off to the guys in the locker room. They’re the ones that did it. I didn’t get hit. I didn’t have to throw any passes or run the ball.”

Lawrence completed 25 of 30 passes for 235 yards, with TD passes of 5 and 10 yards to Kirk. Kirk finished with six catches for 78 yards.

James Robinson ran 23 times for 64 yards, including a 37-yard TD scamper in the first half that showed he’s fully back from a torn Achilles tendon sustained last December.

Jacksonville’s defense was more impressive. Jenkins, a safety, rookie linebacker Devin Lloyd and Andre Cisco picked off Ryan. Josh Allen had two of the unit’s five sacks and also forced a fumble.

“All we want is respect, and that’s that,” Jenkins said.

They should have it now, even though the Colts played without three key starters: All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard and receivers Michael Pittman and rookie Alec Pierce.

Ryan had been 4-0 against the Jags. But he will surely feel the effects of his first loss against them. His jersey was covered in dirt and grass stains, and he was slow to get up after several hits late in the game.

“You never at the beginning of the year think you’re going to be 0-1-1 after two weeks,” Ryan said. “We are where we are. I think being realistic about where we’re at and what we need to do to improve is important. It has to be brutal honesty and we’ve got to find ways to play the way that we’re capable of, and it starts with me.”

SCORING CHANCES

The Colts had two fourth-quarter drives in the red zone. They had first-and-goal at the 4 and first-and-10 at the 11. A penalty, a sack, five incompletions and countless pressures kept them out of the end zone.

REICH’S NEMESIS

Reich fell to 0-5 in Jacksonville, a dubious skid that surely won’t sit well with team owner Jim Irsay. Indy blew a chance to make the playoffs last season by losing the finale in Jacksonville.

Players and coaches spent the past eight months waiting for this rematch – and then were essentially no-shows.

KEY INJURIES

Colts FS Julian Blackmon left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury but later returned. … Jaguars CB Tyson Campbell missed a play in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Colts: Host Kansas City in their home opener next Sunday, beginning a daunting, three-game stretch that also includes Tennessee and Denver.

Jaguars: Travel cross-country to face the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday. Jacksonville has lost 15 of 18 games in the Pacific time zone.

INDIANS BASEBALL: MUD HENS BESTED INDIANS IN SERIES FINALE, 7-4

INDIANAPOLIS – Carter Bins smacked the Indianapolis Indians’ league-leading 42nd triple of the season, but the Toledo Mud Hens scored five runs early en route to a 7-4 victory on Sunday afternoon.

Toledo (80-60) jumped out to a five-run lead in the top of the first. Indians starting pitcher Noe Toribio (L, 5-3) issued three walks, beaned two batters and did not record an out while being charged for all five runs (three earned) in the inning. The Indians were unable to overcome the early five-run deficit.

After the Indians (70-70) were held hitless through the first four innings, Blake Sabol ripped a leadoff single up the middle off Mud Hens starting pitcher Daniel Ponce De Leon (W, 3-3) to spark a two-run fifth. Later in the inning with the bases loaded, Hoy Park sent a fly ball out to left field for a two-run single to cut the deficit to 6-2. Indy would later add a pair in the eighth, Sabol drilled a leadoff double and scored on an RBI single by Travis Swaggerty. Bins followed with an opposite field double into the right-center gap to plate Swaggerty.

The Indians will begin the second half of their 12-game homestand with the St. Paul Saints tomorrow night with first pitch slated for 6:35 PM ET. RHP Austin Schulfer (4-2, 5.01) will take the mound for the Saints and the Indians have yet to name a starter.

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

CHICAGO – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team finished 12th overall at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday.

No. 15 Stanford (831; -9) claimed the team title, while No. 3 Florida (843; +3) took runner-up honors in the team standings.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational • Chicago

Olympia Fields Country Club

Par 70 • 7310 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 12th/15 – 865 (285-290-290; +25)

Top Indiana Player: Drew Salyers – 214 (71-72-71; +4)

CHIP-INS

• Indiana finished ahead of No. 10 Pepperdine (13th) in the final standings.

• Junior Drew Salyers earned a top-20 finish after shooting a 214 (71-72-71; +4) over the weekend. His final round of 71 included a trio of birdies.

• Junior Clay Merchent tied for 31st with a score of 216 (72-72-72; +6). He made two birdies on his final round of 72.

• Senior Eric Berggren finished his tournament tied for 47th at 220 (71-76-73; +10). He matched the Hoosier team-high with three birdies in his final round of 73.

• Senior Noah Gillard tied for 47th with a three-round score of 220 (71-73-76; +10). He knocked down one birdie during his third-round 76.

• Fifth-year senior Mitch Davis closed the weekend at 223 (76-73-74; +13) and tied for 60th. He converted three birdies over the front nine during his last round of 74.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-20. Drew Salyers – 214 (71-72-71; +4)

t-31. Clay Merchent – 216 (72-72-72; +6)

t-47. Eric Berggren – 220 (71-76-73; +10)

t-47. Noah Gillard – 220 (71-73-76; +10)

t-60. Mitch Davis – 223 (76-73-74; +13)

UP NEXT

Indiana will next tee off at the Windon Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern at the Evanston Country Club in Skokie, Ill. beginning on Sept. 26.

INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF

MADISON, Wis. – The Indiana Hoosiers women’s golf team is 13th in the team standings after the first round at the Badger Invitational at the University Ridge Golf Course on Sunday.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Badger Invitational • Madison, Wis.

University Ridge Golf Course

Par 72 • 6248 yards

Live Results: GolfStat

Team Standings: 13th/13 – 317 (+29)

Top Indiana Player: Alexis Florio – 75 (+3)

CHIP-INS

• Graduate transfer Alexis Florio paced the Hoosier lineup with a 3-over 75 on her scorecard. She carded a team-best four birdies, including back-to-back on No. 5 and No. 6.

• Junior Dominika Burdová shot a 7-over 79 in her debut round with the Hoosiers. She converted two birdie tries on her final five holes to salvage her round.

• Sophomore Beatriz Junqueira turned in her scorecard at 7-over 79. She played a pair of birdies on the pack nine.

• Sophomore Margaret Fernandez played the first round at 12-over 84, while junior Hanna Tanaka fired a 13-over 85 to open the season.

• Playing as individuals, junior Morgan Dabagia shot a 4-over 76 and senior Valerie Clancy played a round of 10-over 82.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-29. Alexis Florio – 75 (+3)

t-59. Dominika Burdová – 79 (+7)

t-59. Beatriz Junqueira – 79 (+7)

71. Margaret Fernandez – 84 (+12)

t-72. Hanna Tanaka – 85 (+13)

INDIVIDUALS

t-37. Morgan Dabagia – 76 (+4)

t-69. Valerie Clancy – 82 (+10)

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will be paired with East Carolina and a group of individuals from Wisconsin, Delaware and Iowa. Indiana will tee off the 10th green at 10:30 a.m. ET.

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s soccer (2-0-6, 0-0-1) ties No. 8 Penn State (5-1-2, 0-0-1) in the conference opener at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers extended their defensive streak to eight games with no goals allowed, tying the program record of 720 minutes that was set in the 1993 inaugural season.

KEY MOMENTS

• Indiana had an opportunity early as sophomore defender Camille Hamm sent one into the bottom left of the net before Penn State’s redshirt-senior keeper Katherine Asman made the save.

• Penn State’s freshman forward Amelia White fired one in the bottom right corner in the seventh minute, but the Hoosier’s sophomore goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg was there to contest it.

• Hamm took another attempt off a throw-in in the 22nd minute. She dribbled the ball, creating space before firing it in the top right of the net before Asman made the save.

• Indiana’s defensive back line stepped up to the challenge in the second half as well as Gerstenberg who made crucial saves to keep Penn State off the board.

• Indiana’s best opportunity in the second half came from redshirt-freshman Ava Akeel in the 87

th minute. Akeel had an open look after she bypassed a Penn State defender in the middle of the 18-yard box. She right footed one into the bottom left corner before Penn State’s Asman swooped in for the save.

• Gerstenberg came up with three clutch saves to keep the game tied after the Nittany Lions’ fired eight shots on goal in the second half.

NOTABLES

• Indiana is now 1-28-3 against the Nittany Lions. The last time the Hoosiers tied the conference opponent was in 2016 where the result was 1-1 in double overtime.

• Indiana earned its eighth shutout this season against the No. 8 ranked opponent.

• The Hoosier defense has tied the program record of 720 minutes with no goals allowed.

• Akeel earns her first career start for the Hoosiers totaling 55 minutes against the Nittany Lions.

• Gerstenberg grabbed eight saves against Penn State making this her seventh shutout this season and her 16th career shutout, the second most in program history. Teammate Bethany Kopel currently holds the program record with 22. and her seventh this season.

•The goalkeeper also tied her career-high eight saves in the match versus the Nittany Lions.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: None.

ASSISTS: None.

UP NEXT

Indiana will play two matches on the road next week against Minnesota on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. and Wisconsin on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 2 p.m.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana men’s soccer (3-2-1, 0-1-0 B1G) couldn’t come all the way back from a two-goal halftime deficit and dropped its Big Ten opener, 2-1, to No. 22 Ohio State (5-0-2, 1-0-0 B1G) Sunday (Sept. 18) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.

KEY MOMENTS

• 20′ – Indiana was the aggressor early, but things shifted after 10 minutes and, in the 20th minute, the Buckeyes took advantage. IU junior goalkeeper JT Harms made a save on a shot in the box, but the ball deflected behind him towards goal. Harms tried to keep it off the line, but it was called a goal, and a review could not overturn it.

• 44′ – Trying to get to the half, IU couldn’t clear out of pressure, and the Buckeyes doubled their advantage.

• 58′ – Junior defender Joey Maher had a pair of goal-saving efforts in the 56th and 58th minutes.

• 72′ – Receiving the ball at the center of the pitch, junior forward Herbert Endeley had a fabulous solo effort to cut the deficit in half. Endeley dribbled past four Ohio State defenders before chipping over the keeper.

• 82′ – Senior defender Nyk Sessock tried his luck from distance and put a laser on goal, but the shot was well-saved.

NOTABLES

• Indiana fell to 2-2-0 against ranked opponents after defeating No. 9 Akron and No. 20 Butler in the two matches prior.

• Endeley scored his first goal of the season. He has earned a point in back-to-back matches after assisting a goal versus Butler.

UP NEXT

IU has seven matches to go in conference play, starting with its Big Ten home opener against Michigan State Friday (Sept. 23) at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS

CARY, N.C. ––– The Indiana Men’s Tennis program finished competition in their first tournament of the fall season this weekend in at The Duke Bonk Invitational at the Cary Tennis Park.

The Hoosiers had four players participate over the weekend, including Senior+ Patrick Fletchall, junior Michael Andre, junior Ilya Tiraspolsky and freshman Ekansh Kumar. Each player participated in singles and doubles competition.

Andre and Fletchall competed in the Singles A Draw bracket, Tiraspolsky was in the Singles B Draw bracket and Kumar was in the Singles C Draw. For doubles play, Tiraspolsky and Fletchall played together in the Doubles A Draw while Andre and Kumar played together in the Doubles B Draw.

The team was highlighted by some impressive play across the board amongst its participants.

The team’s standouts included Michael Andre, who earned fifth place in the Singles A Draw bracket, and Ekansh Kumar, who won the Consolation Finals of the Singles C Draw. In doubles, the duo of Andre and Kumar won the Consolation Finals of the Doubles B Draw.

FULL INDIANA RESULTS

Singles:

Michael Andre – Singles A Draw:

Michael Andre (IND) def. Andrew Dale (DUKE), 6-3, 6-3

Dan Martin (MIAMI) def. Michael Andre (IND), 6-4, 6-2

Michael Andre (IND) def. Alvaro Ariza (VT), 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 10-2

Michael Andre (IND) def. Martin Vergara (MIAMI), 6-4, 6-3

Patrick Fletchall – Singles A Draw:

Theo Dean (YALE) def. Patrick Fletchall (IND), 6-2, 6-3

Patrick Fletchall (IND) def. Ivan Dreycopp (CLT), 6-2, 6-2

Manuel Goncalves (VT) def. Patrick Fletchall (IND), 6-2, 6-1

Ilya Tiraspolsky – Singles B Draw:

Vasco Prata (CLT) def. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND), 6-4, 6-4

Ryan Morgan (VT) def. Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND), 6-4, 7-5

Ekansh Kumar – Singles C Draw:

Leo Bierbaum (MIAMI) def. Ekansh Kuamr (IND), 3-6, 6-2, 3-0 (ret)

Ekansh Kumar (IND) advances on BYE

Ekansh Kumar (IND) def. Etienne Marty (VCU), 6-3, 4-6, 10-5

Ekansh Kumar (IND) def. Jackson Armistead (MIAMI), 7-5, 3-6, 10-8

Doubles:

Patrick Fletchall/Ilya Tiraspolsky – Doubles A Draw:

A. Dale/A. Zhang (DUKE) def. P. Fletchall/Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND), 6-1

D. Martin/N. Campbell (ELON) def. P. Fletchall/Ilya Tiraspolsky (IND), 6-3

Michael Andre/Ekansh Kumar – Doubles B Draw:

A. Ariza/J. Chrysostom (VT) def. M. Andre/E. Kumar (IND), 6-4

M. Andre/E. Kumar (IND) def. D. Innocenti/T. Mallory (UNCW), 6-0

M. Andre/E. Kumar (IND) def. W. Oberg/L. Neal (YALE), 6-2

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Women’s Golf begins the 2022-23 fall season at the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Sept. 19-20). Entering the fall receiving a vote in the WGCA Preseason Coaches Poll, the Boilermakers tee off against 13 other teams in the first tournament under head coach Zack Byrd.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Monday, Sept. 19: Rounds 1 and 2 (8:30 a.m. ET Shotgun Start)

Tuesday, Sept. 20: Round 3 (8:45 a.m. ET Shotgun Start)

THE LINEUP

Momo Sugiyama – So.

Making her first appearance as a Boilermaker but playing in her 12th collegiate tournament

Transferred to Purdue after earning First Team All-Big West accolades as a freshman at Hawaii

Set new Hawaii single-season records for stroke average (73.4), rounds of par-or-better (13), birdies (85) and 54-hole score (211)

Captured the individual title at the Couer d’Alene Collegiate, where she carded a 1-under 212 total that included a final round 3-under 69

Cracked the Top 10 in eight of the 11 tournaments

Danielle du Toit – Sr.

Making her 35th appearance as a Boilermaker, the most on the team

Won a men’s tournament over the summer, capturing the IGA Challenge Tour’s Road to #5 at Akasia Golf Club in her home country of South Africa

Led Purdue at the 2022 NCAA Stanford Regional, tying for 14th with a season-low 215 (71-73-71)

Produced the low round eight times during the season, including two of the three rounds at the Big Ten Championship (April 22-24)

Earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors as a freshman during the 2018-19 season

Jocelyn Bruch – R-Fr.

Making her 11th appearance as a Boilermaker

Played in 10 tournaments, recording a 76.52 stroke average last season

Tied for ninth at the 2022 Michigan PGA Women’s Open over the summer, competing against professionals; her performance featured a hole-in-one during the opening round

Started last spring by going 3-0 in Big Ten Match Play, helping Purdue finish runner-up

Earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades

Sifat Sagoo – Jr.

Making her 20th appearance as a Boilermaker, holding a career stroke average of 74.45

Played in seven tournaments, recording a 76.21 stroke average a season ago

Tied for 19th at the NCAA Stanford Regional with a season-low 217 (69-76-72) that included a team-best 69 (-2) in the opening round; the Top-20 finish was her best of the season

Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors

Recorded a team-best 73.60 stroke average during the 2021 spring season

Jade Gu – R-Fr.

Won the first qualifier to secure her spot in the lineup

Finished runner-up at the 2022 Pennsylvania Women’s Am

Tied for 16th at the 2022 Canadian Women’s Am

Redshirted a season ago

THE FIELD (Rankings – WGCA Preseason Coaches Poll)

Augusta

BYU

Chattanooga

Kent State

Maryland

Mercer

Michigan

Michigan State

Purdue

Tennessee

UCF

#10 Virginia

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

THE COURSE

Situated on the banks of the Tennessee River in West Knoxville, Cherokee Country Club is a par 71 that plays either 5,844 yards or 5,930 yards.

Founded in 1907, Cherokee is Knoxville’s oldest and most prestigious golf course and country club.

The course was originally designed by Donald Ross, in his time considered to be one of America’s outstanding golf course architects; the spacious clubhouse stands above the scenic Tennessee River, with a breathtaking view of the Great Smoky Mountains.

HISTORY AT THE TOURNAMENT

Purdue will be making its 10th appearance in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, but its first since 2012 when current LPGA Boilermaker Paula Reto captured medalist honors.

The Boilermakers have produced four Top-3 finishes in its history at the event, including a team title in 2001.

During the 2001 victory, a five-shot victory over Auburn, Kari Damron led the way as medalist and Caroline Laurens produced a top-five performance of her own.

Purdue was tournament runner-up in 2005 and 2007, while the 2012 Boilermakers placed third.

NEW LEADERS

Following the retirement of legendary coach Devon Brouse, Zack Byrd was named the new head coach of Purdue Women’s Golf.

One of the top recruiters in the country, Byrd made the move to West Lafayette after spending four seasons at Ole Miss.

Byrd helped the Rebels capture the 2021 NCAA National Championship, the first women’s team national championship in Ole Miss history.

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Byrd spent 10 years as a professional golfer; his career featured an appearance in the 2011 U.S. Open and qualifying for the final stage of PGA Tour Q School.

Byrd hired Lauren Guiao as assistant coach; Guiao made the move to coaching and returned to the program after playing in 20 tournaments over her Purdue career (2017-21).

PRESEASON B1G HONOREES

A trio of Boilermakers were named Big Ten Preseason Women’s Golf Honorees, the conference office announced ahead of the season. Kan Bunnabodee, Danielle du Toit and Ashley Kozlowski received the recognition.

Bunnabodee earned First Team All-Big Ten honors a season ago, becoming the first Boilermaker to land on the league’s first team since 2018; she will miss the fall due to injury.

Du Toit is the veteran of the group, playing in 34 tournaments as a Boilermaker; she played her best golf late last spring and looks to continue that momentum into her senior season.

Kozlowski played in a team-high 12 tournaments during the 2021-22 campaign; the Littleton, Colorado, native led the Boilermakers in birdies (86) and pars (379) throughout the season.

2021-22 RECAP

The Boilermakers made a thrilling postseason run to send off longtime coach Devon Brouse at the NCAA Championships, finishing 12th at the national stage.

Purdue advanced to the NCAA Championships after tying for fourth at the NCAA Stanford Regional; the Boilermakers went to a sudden death playoff with Northwestern for the final qualifying spot and emerged victorious over the Wildcats.

The Boilermakers got revenge on the Wildcats after Northwestern beat Purdue in the final of Big Ten Match Play; the runner-up finish was Purdue’s best showing of the season.

Purdue recorded a pair of third-place performances at the Illini Invitational and the Indiana Invitational.

Kan Bunnabodee (First Team) and Inez Wanamarta (Second Team) earned All-Big Ten honors.

Six golfers were named Academic All-Big Ten: Daniela Ballesteros, Jocelyn Bruch, Kan Bunnabodee, Ashley Kozlowski, Sifat Sagoo and Inez Wanamarta.

FROM THE ISLAND TO THE MAINLAND

Head coach Zack Byrd made a splash in his first month at Purdue, bringing in First Team All-Big West golfer Momo Sugiyama from Hawaii.

The Gold Coast, Australia, native set four school records in her lone season on the island, including scoring average (73.4), total birdies (85), rounds of par-or-better (13) and 54-hole total (211).

As a freshman, Sugiyama led the Rainbow Wahine to the first conference championship in school history.

Sugiyama finished in the Top 10 in eight of her 11 tournament appearances.

MISSING ALL-B1G GOLFERS

Purdue enters the fall without two All-Big Ten golfers from a season ago.

Kan Bunnabodee, the first Boilermaker to earn first team honors since 2018, will miss the fall after getting surgery over the summer.

The Boilermakers lost Inez Wanamarta, Second Team All-B1G, to graduation.

While Bunnabodee looks to be 100 percent in the spring, Wanamarta leaves a void as a three-time All-B1G golfer.

Wanamarta played in 47 tournaments as a Boilermaker, finishing her career ranked fourth in program history in career stroke average (73.77); she placed ninth at the 2022 NCAA Championships, leading the team in her final tournament for Purdue.

A LOOK AT THE SCHEDULE

The Boilermakers are set to travel the country, playing in 10 different states throughout the season.

The 2022-23 slate features four tournaments in the fall before six spring tournaments prep Purdue for the Big Ten Championship and NCAA Regionals.

Following the season-opening tournament, the Boilermakers head to Illinois for back-to-back weeks.

NEXT ON THE TEE

Purdue returns to the Windy City Collegiate Classic (Oct. 3-4) for the ninth straight season, with this year’s event taking place at Exmoor Country Club.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER

EVANSTON, Ill. – The Purdue soccer team opened Big Ten Conference play with a 3-0 loss at No. 18 Northwestern on Sunday afternoon in Evanston, Illinois.

On a hot, sun-soaked day at Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium, the Boilermakers (3-5-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) fell behind 1-0 in the fifth minute, and the Wildcats (7-1-1, 1-0-0) scored again in the 20th minute. NU’s third goal came in the 29th minute.

Purdue falls to 1-2-0 against top-25 opponents in 2022 after playing its second consecutive top-18 foe. The Boilermakers opened the Big Ten season on the road for the third consecutive season.

The Wildcats had a 12-7 advantage in shots, though it was 6-4 in Purdue’s favor in the second half. NU had a 3-0 edge in shots on target in the contest and earned five corner kicks to the Boilermakers’ three, a total that was even at 2-2 in the second half.

Individually, junior midfielder Emily Mathews had two shots to lead the team, and five players registered one shot.

Northwestern took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Ella Hase at 4:36. Lily Gilbertson had the assist. The Wildcats made it 2-0 at 19:36, as Meg Boade scored from Danika Austin, and NU extended its advantage to 3-0 thanks to Josie Aulicino at 28:58. That was assisted by Aurea del Carmen and Boade.

Senior midfielder Chloe Woodbeck came in off the bench and had Purdue’s lone shot in the first half, a chance that was blocked in the 40th minute.

The Boilermakers were out-shot 8-1 in the opening half, and the Wildcats had three shots on target. NU had a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.

Purdue came out stronger in the second half, with four shots in the opening 16 minutes. Sophomore midfielder Abigail Roy had the first chance, which was blocked in the 50th minute, and Mathews sent one off target in the 53rd. Three minutes later, freshman forward Kayla Budish had a shot wide, and Mathews had another opportunity go wide in the 62nd.

The defense then registered a blocked shot in the 69th minute, and forced two shots wide in six minutes later. Sophomore midfielder Gracie Dunaway followed with a shot of her own that went off target.

The Boilermakers had a good opportunity in the 84th minute, as they forced a corner kick. On the ball in towards the far post, a header by freshman defender Riley Knudsen was blocked just off the goal line.

Purdue out-shot Northwestern 6-4 in the second half, though neither team had a ball go on target. Both sides had two corner kicks in the closing 45 minutes.

Up next, Purdue returns home to host Wisconsin in a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU on Thursday, September 22, at 5 p.m. ET. It is $2 beer night, and admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022.

BUTLER WOMEN’S GOLF

The Bulldogs finished seventh at the Nittany Lion Invitational as the 54-hole event concluded Sunday afternoon. Penn State hosted the event.

THE SCORECARDS: Freshman Kelli Scheck tied for 17th at 221 (+5) after her Sunday 74. Her final round included four birdies on the par-72, 6,402-yard Penn State Blue Course. Scheck shot rounds of 74 and 73 Saturday.

Reese Wilson, the reigning BIG EAST Golfer of the Week, shot a 75 for the third consecutive round to finish at 225 (+9) and in a tie for 30th.

Katie Steinman’s one-over 73 Sunday was her best round of the event and the Bulldogs’ best score of the day. Her Sunday included an eagle on the par-5, 511-yard ninth hole, which was her first hole of the day. She had nine consecutive pars on the back nine. Steinman finished in a tie for 32nd at 226 (+10).

Alaina Bowie, in her first action of the season, tied for 36th. Her 54-hole total of 227 (+11) included an even-par 72 Saturday afternoon.

Lily Celentano (239; +23) tied for 81st.

AS A TEAM: The Bulldogs finished in seventh place among the 16-team field. That is where the team entered Sunday’s final round. Butler shot 301 (+13) Sunday, which matched the team’s score from Saturday’s morning round. The Bulldogs shot 297 in the second round Saturday. Butler’s 899 (+35) was two shots behind sixth-place Toledo and five shots clear of eighth-place Eastern Kentucky.

OF NOTE:

Host Penn State won the team event with a three-under total of 861; the Nittany Lions had three of the top five finishers. Penn State finished 16 shots ahead of Kennesaw State (877).

Toledo’s Amelia Lee won individual medalist honors at 209 (-7). She finished four shots ahead of Richmond’s Hannah Lydic. Lydic’s four-under 68 was the best round of the day Sunday.

Scheck’s sister, Katie, is a sophomore at Penn State. Katie, playing as an individual, finished in a tie for 11th at 220 (+4).

There are 93 players in the field.

UP NEXT: The Bulldogs host their only home competition of the season with the Butler Fall Invitational Oct. 3-4. Butler’s home course – Highland Golf Club – will serve as the host venue.

IUPUI WOMEN’S GOLF

YORKTOWN, Ind. – The IUPUI women’s golf team will continue the fall portion of its schedule this week when the Jaguars compete at the Brittany Kelly Cardinal Classic, hosted by Ball State at The Players Club. The two-day, 54-hole tournament will consist of two rounds on Monday (Sept. 19) and a final 18 on Tuesday (Sept. 20). The tournament is named after former Ball State student-athlete Brittany Kelly, who passed away last fall at the age of 32 to ovarian cancer.

IUPUI opened the season with a seventh-place finish at Illinois State’s Redbird Invitational, despite top-10 finishes from both junior Annaliese Fox and sophomore Nerea Lancho. Fox was tied atop the leaderboard after 36 holes before finishing tied for fourth at 3-over 219 (73-69-77). Her second round 69 saw her record two eagles during the round. Lancho closed tied for eighth at 8-over 224 (73-78-73).

The remainder of the IUPUI lineup struggled to get going though after they posted an opening round 295, the Jags followed with rounds of 306 and 318.

QUOTABLE: “Even though the weather conditions weren’t the best, I focused on the good side and kept being positive about my game and it helped me get a good outcome,” said Annaliese Fox after her opening rounds of 73 and 69 at the Redbird Fall Invitational.

FORMAT: Scoring will be 5-count-4 each day with teams playing 36 holes on Monday (Sept. 19) and a final round on Tuesday (Sept. 20). 

THE COURSE: The Players Club is known as the best track in East Central Indiana and winds through the beautiful homes of Woodland Trails. The course is well maintained and features bent grass greens, tees and fairways. The course is setup to play par 72 and 6,139 yards this week.

THE FIELD: IUPUI is among 12 teams competing this week as the field consists of Akron, Ball State, Dayton, Eastern Michigan, Loyola, Oakland, Ohio, Purdue Fort Wayne, Valparaiso, Western Illinois and Western Michigan.

RANKINGS: IUPUI closed the 2021-2022 campaign ranked No. 172 nationally by Golfstat.

WOMEN’S LINEUP:

    No. 1 – Annaliese Fox (73.00 average / 3 rounds)

    No. 2 – Nerea Lancho (74.67 average / 3 rounds)

    No. 3 – Madeleine Pape (80.00 average / 3 rounds)

    No. 4 – Shelby Busker (80.67 average / 3 rounds)

    No. 5 – Reagan Sohn (collegiate debut)

    Ind. – Yanah Rolston (collegiate debut)

LAST TIME OUT: IUPUI finished seventh of 15 teams at the Redbird Fall Invitational, carding a 54-hole 919 (295-306-318) at Weibring Golf Club. Both Fox (73-69-77=219) and Lancho (73-78-73=224) earned top-10 finishes in the season opener.

NEXT UP: IUPUI will compete at the Briar Ridge Invitational on Sept. 25-26.

IUPUI MEN’S GOLF

CHESTERTON, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s golf team will participate in the Valpo Fall Invitational this week as the Jaguars compete among the 17-team field at Sand Creek Country Club. The tournament is scheduled for 54 holes over the next two days with 36 holes slated for Monday (Sept. 19) and a final round on Tuesday (Sept. 20).

IUPUI and Head Coach Jamie Broce will get a second look at his team this fall as the Jaguars opened the schedule with an 11th place finish at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational. Led by junior Kevin Tillery, IUPUI carded rounds of 304, 295 and 294 to finish the tournament at 893. IUPUI was in the cellar for much of the final round, but rallied late to surge ahead of four teams on the final day.

Tillery collected his first career top-10 finish at 6-over 216 (72-73-71) and Josh Yoder performed well at 11-over 221 (76-71-74). IUPUI’s top two players from last season, Taylor Gardner and Sam McWilliams, never found their footing in the season opener. Gardner had a final round 72 for his best round of the tournament.

QUOTABLE: “I started off a little bumpy today and kind of had to grind it out on my front nine. I made a couple of poor swings that led to big numbers, but also threw a pair of birdies in there, so I knew I just had to pull myself together and start fresh on the front nine. I was able to make a few putts and play smart enough on the front to put together another solid round, so I’m pretty happy with where I ended up,” Tillery said of his first career top-10 finish at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational.

FORMAT: The tournament will be a 5-count-4 format with two rounds of continuously play on Monday (Sept. 19) and a final round on Tuesday (Sept. 20).

THE COURSE: Sand Creek has been named one of Golf Digest’s Top 10 courses in the state of Indiana and was named “Best in Golf” from Links Magazine and Audubon International at the 1996 U.S. Open at Oakland Hills. In 2000, Sand Creek received the Golf Course Superintendent’s Association of America’s National Environmental Steward Award for U.S. private golf courses. This week, the Creek-Marsh track is set to play par 72 and 7,082 yards.

THE FIELD: The 17-team field will include Bradley, Cleveland State, DePaul, Detroit Mercy, Evansville, Green Bay, Loyola, Missouri State, North Dakota, Northern Kentucky, Purdue Fort Wayne, Robert Morris, Utah State, host Valparaiso, Western Illinois and Youngstown State.

RANKINGS: IUPUI closed last season ranked No. 260 nationally by Golfstat and No. 266 nationally by Golfweek. 

LINEUP:

    No. 1 – Taylor Gardner (75.33 average / 3 rounds)

    No. 2 – Kevin Tillery (72.00 average / 3 rounds)

    No. 3 – Colten Girgis (77.94 average / 18 career rounds)

    No. 4 – Preston Nanthavong (79.00 average / 26 career rounds)

    No. 5 – Sam McWilliams (78.33 average / 3 rounds)

    Ind. – Harry Ward (collegiate debut)

LAST TIME OUT: IUPUI finished 11th of 15 teams at 893 at the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, carding rounds of 304, 295 and 294. Tillery, a junior, collected his first career top-10 finish at 6-over 216 (72-73-71), tying for eighth among the 81-player field. Josh Yoder was next in line at 11-over 221 (76-71-74).

UP NEXT: IUPUI will compete in Drake’s Zach Johnson Invitational on Sept. 26-27 in Des Moines, Iowa.

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The IUPUI women’s soccer team was a whisker away from earning a road win and a full three points, but ultimately had to settle for a 2-2 draw and a road result at Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday (Sept. 18). IUPUI got first career goals from both Abbie Schad and Carlie Werner, but yielded a pair of second half scores, the second coming with just two seconds remaining in regulation to deadlock the score.

IUPUI (5-0-4, 1-0-1 HL) seized control of the game late in the first half, beginning with Schad’s score in the 41st minute. Makenna Collins delivered a corner kick in towards the near post and Schad redirected a shot past PFW’s Samantha Castaneda for the day’s first score. IUPUI added insurance in the 44th minute when Emma Antoine earned a penalty kick as she was pulled down well inside the penalty area on her way to goal. Werner took the ensuing PK and drove a shot past Castaneda for her first career tally.

The IUPUI scores came on the heels of an Emma Manolovic rip in the 39th minute that went just wide of frame from long distance.

The hosts chipped away in the 60th minute, scoring on a penalty kick of their own. Sophia White, Ashton Kudlo and a Mastodon attacker all converged on a loose ball just inside the penalty area, ultimately leading to the PK call. Zoe Greenhalge capitalized on the chance for her second score of the year.

The IUPUI defense danced with fire for much of the second half as Purdue Fort Wayne outshot the Jaguars 7-5 after the break.

Even after staving off some PFW opportunities, the Jaguars went on the attack for a late insurance goal, getting clean looks from Emma Frey and Maya Lacognato in the game’s final minute. After Lacognato fired high of frame with just more than 30 seconds left, Purdue Fort Wayne hurried forward with Gigi Ricciardi launching a long lead pass into IUPUI territory.

The ball came free to Rylee Vruggink, who rolled a shot just past tracking defender Maya Turner, for an equalizer.

IUPUI finished with a 14-12 shot advantage with Sam Slimak registering a team-high four attempts. Kudlo closed with three stops while Castaneda made five for the hosts.

The Jaguars will return to action on Thursday, Sept. 22, when they trek to Northern Kentucky for a Horizon League contest.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF

MUNCIE, Ind – The Ball State women’s golf team will host its annual golf tournament on Monday, Sept. 19 and Tuesday, Sept. 20. The Cardinals changed the tournament name to the Brittany Kelly Cardinal Classic in honor of former BSU golfer Brittany Kelly.

Kelly, a former Ball State women’s golf standout (2007-11) and one of the top playing and teaching PGA assistant professionals in the country, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. She was 32 years old.

Kelly, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the fall of 2019, was named the 2022 Indiana PGA Golf Professional of the Year. The first female recipient of the honor, which originated in 1955, Kelly started her professional career at The Hawthorns Golf & Country Club in Fishers and most recently worked at Woodland Country Club in Carmel.

Kelly was inducted into the Ball State Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

Payton Bennett, Peyton Broce, Jasmine Driscoll, Sarah Gallagher, and Kiah Parrott will represent the Cardinals. Madelin Boyd and Paige Hillman will be competing as individuals.

Ball State will be joined by Akron, Dayton, Eastern Michigan, IUPUI, Loyola, Oakland, Ohio, Purdue Fort Wayne, Valparaiso, Western Illinois, and Western Michigan.

The tournament is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start with round two immediately following round one. BSU will begin on holes 1-4 and will be joined by Eastern Michigan and Oakland. Boyd will tee off from 18, while Hillman will begin on 17.

BALL STATE MEN’S GOLF

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s golf team is set to tee off its third tournament of the fall in third consecutive week when it takes aim at the Bearcat Invitational, Sept. 19-20.

The event, hosted by Cincinnati, is slated to take place at the par-71, 7,279-yard Coldstream Country Club.

The Cardinals will field a lineup consisting of Kash Bellar, Joey Wiseman, Griffin Hare, Joey Ranieri and Ali Khan in order.

Ball State is joined in the 13-team field by host Cincinnati, Illinois State, Kentucky, Lamar, Louisville, Memphis, Miami (Ohio), Rutgers, Sam Houston State, Santa Clara, UNCG and Xavier.

The Cardinals are paired with Miami and Santa Clara for the opening two rounds Monday off the No. 10 tee box at 8:45 a.m. ET.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Jackie Young is now a member of an elite sorority. And she gained her ticket in dramatic fashion.

On Sunday afternoon, the former Notre Dame women’s basketball star and current Las Vegas Aces guard won her first WNBA title, downing the Connecticut Suns 78-71. The Aces won the series 3-1 en route to the first championship in program history. It is also the city of Las Vegas’ first major professional title.

Young was a critical piece in the win, notching 13 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals over 37 minutes played. She averaged 12.5 points over 10 postseason games dating back to Aug. 17.

In 2022, Young averaged 15.9 points per game during the regular season, which ranked 12th in the WNBA. A three-point specialist, Young shot 43.1 percent from behind the arc, good for third in the league. She averaged 34.1 minutes per contest on a stacked Las Vegas roster full of stars, including 2022 MVP A’ja Wilson.

The 6-foot Indiana native surely has something to celebrate on Sunday night, but the victory places her in even more elite company, at least when it comes to Notre Dame lore. For the first time since 2006, and just the second time in program history, a former Irish women’s basketball star has earned “triple crown” status — a WNBA title, an NCAA national championship and an Olympic gold medal. Young won the 2018 national title with the Irish and was a 2020 Olympic gold medalist in the 3×3 in Tokyo.

Young joins Ruth Riley as the only other Notre Dame women’s basketball player to earn the honor. Riley won a national championship at Notre Dame in 2001, an Olympic gold medal in 2004 and two WNBA titles in 2003 and 2006 with the Detroit Shock.

Dating back to her college days, Young had a dominant 2018 NCAA Tournament, averaging more than 16 points per game and posting 32 in a Final Four victory over Connecticut. That mark remains tied for the fifth-most points in an NCAA Tournament game in program history. In Notre Dame’s 2018 victory over Mississippi State by a score of 61-58, she had six points, two assists, two rebounds and two steals.

In addition to the 2018 title, Young made a splash from the moment she stepped on campus in South Bend. She was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2017. She was a 2019 third-team All American and a 2019 Cheryl Miller Award Finalist, which is presented to the nation’s best small forward. She was the MVP of the ACC Tournament in 2019 as well.

Young was taken No. 1 overall in the 2019 WNBA Draft by the Aces and has continued to dominate at the next level.

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING AND DIVING

Along with more than 150 athletes from more than 50 countries, Notre Dame sophomore Josh Brown participated in the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships from Sept. 16-18, 2022 in Seychelles, a small chain of islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. The competition was held on Mahé, the largest island in Seychelles, in Beau Vallon Bay.

Brown was one of 12 athletes competing for the United States at the event and notched a seventh place finish in the Men’s 10 kilometer race with a time of 1:59:41.50. Hungarian David Betlehem earned the gold medal in the event, while Italians Pasquale Giordano and Giuseppe Ilario took silver and bronze, respectively.

The distance freestyler also competed in the Mixed 4×1500 meter relay, and the American team just missed the podium, earning a fourth place finish with a time of 1:13:47.10. Mariah Denigan led off the relay, Brown followed, and Summer Smith and Alex Ayers rounded out the team. Denigan is a sophomore at Indiana University, Smith is in the same class at the University of Tennessee, and North Carolina native Ayers is just 17 years old. Splits for the relay were not available.

Brown, a native of Winter Park, Fla., was a standout for the Irish as a freshman last season. He swam three events at the 2022 ACC Championships, posting a No. 6 finish in the 1650 freestyle with a personal best time of 15:04.02, which ranked third in Irish swimming history. Brown also owns the No. 4 spot in program history in the 1000 freestyle (9:06.28).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Rylee Vruggink’s goal with two seconds left was the equalizer in Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer’s 2-2 tie with IUPUI on Sunday (Sept. 18) in the Mastodons’ Horizon League opener.

With less than 30 seconds left, IUPUI had a shot that sailed high. Moving quickly, Samantha Castaneda sent her subsequent goal kick into IUPUI territory to flip the field. Morgan Retiano sent a pass to Gigi Riccardi, then Ricciardi played the ball for Vruggink to beat the Jaguar keeper one-on-one and send the ball into the net for the tie. It was Vruggink’s second goal of the season, with both coming in the last nine days.

It was a relatively quiet first half until the 40-minute mark. IUPUI scored off a corner kick and a scrum in the box in minute 41, then had another goal less than four minutes later on a penalty kick.

After halftime, the Mastodons got a penalty kick of their own. A Jaguar got a yellow card in the box in minute 60, setting up Zoe Greenhalge for the PK.

It was nearly as even as matchups come, with IUPUI edging the Mastodons in shots 14-12, 7-6 in shots on goal. Vruggink led Purdue Fort Wayne with four shots, three on target. Kelsey Gallagher had three shots, with one on frame. Castaneda finished with five saves.

Purdue Fort Wayne starts its Horizon League season with a positive result for the second year in a row. The ‘Dons move to 4-2-3, 0-0-1 Horizon. IUPUI stays unbeaten at 5-0-4, 1-0-1. Purdue Fort Wayne will return to the pitch at the Hefner Soccer Complex on Thursday (Sept. 22) with a league game against Robert Morris.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S GOLF

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf will head down I-69 to play in the Cardinal Classic on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 19-20)

Event: Cardinal Classic

Host: Ball State

When: September 19-20 | 36 holes on Monday, 18 holes on Tuesday

Where: Yorktown, Indiana

Course: The Players Club

Par: 72

Yardage: 6,139

Format: Play five, take four

Live Results: Link

Competing Teams

Ball State, Oakland, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Purdue Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Ohio, Loyola Chicago, Valparaiso, Western Illinois, Akron and Dayton

The Players Club

The Players Club is a public 18-hole Muncie golf course often proclaimed as the best track in East Central Indiana. Voted as the top public access course for under $50 in the state of Indiana by Golf Digest in 1998-1999. Since then, our Muncie golf course has only improved in condition. We offer some of the most competitive rates around, which keeps our customers coming back time after time. We strive to have the best golfing experience, from the moment you arrive in the golf shop, to the condition of the course, and everywhere in between.

Mastodon Lineup

Arny Dagsdottir, Adrienne Rohwedder, Anna Olafsdottir, Luiza Caetano and Natalie Papa will play for the Mastodons’ team score. Taylor Norman and Laura Caetano will play as individuals.

One in a Brazilian

Laura Caetano, a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second-best career average in Mastodon history. She has an average of 79.25, which only trails Holly Anderson’s 77.39. Anderson played for the Mastodons from 2018-21. Caetano’s career-best of 72 came in her first season at Purdue Fort Wayne at the Golfweek Program Championship.

Icy Cold

Anna Olafsdottir ranks just behind Caetano in the program’s history. The junior from Iceland is averaging 79.95 strokes per round. She has two top-10 finishes in her career, the most recent of which coming at the Benbow Invitational on March 8, 2022.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne took sixth at the A-Ga-Ming Invitational. Arny Dagsdottir shot a team-best 234 for 23rd place.

Next Up

The Mastodons will head west to Munster, Indiana next week to play in UIC’s Briar Ridge Invitational on Sunday-Monday (Sept. 25-26).

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S GOLF

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team will make a quick trip west to play in the Valpo Fall Invitational in Chesterton, Indiana on Monday.

Event: Valpo Fall Invitational

Host: Valparaiso

When: September 19-20 | 36 holes on Monday, 18 holes on Tuesday

Where: Chesterton, Ind.

Course: Sand Creek Country Club – Creek/Marsh rotation

Par: 72

Yardage: 7,082

Format: Play five, take four

Live Results: Link

Competing Teams

DePaul, Purdue Fort Wayne, Youngstown State, Utah State, Green Bay, Bradley, Evansville, Missouri State, Cleveland State, IUPUI, Western Illinois, Loyola, Robert Morris, Detroit Mercy, Northern Kentucky, North Dakota, Valparaiso.

Sand Creek Country Club

Welcome to Sand Creek Country Club. From the moment you arrive at Sand Creek Country Club, you know you are in for something special. Ideally located in Northwest Indiana in the quaint town of Chesterton, near the southern shores of Lake Michigan and just a 50-minute drive from downtown Chicago. Resort-like style services and facilities, along with award winning world-class golf; have earned Sand Creek the reputation of being the Premier Family Oriented Country Club in the Midwest.

Mastodon Lineup

Kasey Lilly, Nick Holder, Hunter Mefford, Burke Pitz and Jadden Ousley will compete for the Mastodons’ team score. Reece Compton and Jacob Deakyne will play as individuals.

New Territory

Purdue Fort Wayne has not competed at the Sand Creek Country Club since the Valpo Fall Invitational in 2018 (formerly named the Crusader Collegiate). Valparaiso did host the event in 2019, but it was in Valparaiso, not Chesterton. The Mastodons tied for third in that tournament, led by Zach Schroeder’s 284.

Better and Better

With no minimum for season averages, the 2022-23 squad has the best average in program history at 292.3. Last season’s Mastodons had the best full-season mark of 294.2 in the program’s record book.

Focused at the Feaganes

Purdue Fort Wayne’s team score of 860 at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on September 12-13 was the sixth-best 54-hole score in program history.

A Litany of Lilly

Kasey Lilly holds all of the primary records in Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf history. In his career, he also has 11 top-10’s, seven top-5’s, and has won two tournaments: the Tom Tontimonia Invitational and the Benbow Invitational.

Career Scoring Average: 72.63 (2019-22)

Career Winning Percentage: .794 (2019-22)

Season Scoring Average: 71.9 (2021-22)

Season Winning Percentage: .858 (2020-21)

18-Hole Record: 64 – Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational (9/14/21)

36-Hole Record: 135 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/17/21)

54-Hole Record: 204 – Earl Yestingmeier Invitational (9/18/21)

Last Time Out

The Mastodons took sixth at the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on September 13.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will head to the Tom Tontimonia Invitational on October 3-4. Kasey Lilly will seek to defend his title as the medalist of the event in 2021.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Missouri State University sophomore forward Grace O’Keefe scored a tough-angle goal in the 79th minute Sunday to snap a scoreless deadlock and propel the host Bears to a 1-0 victory over the visiting University of Evansville women’s soccer team in the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both schools at Allison South Stadium in Springfield, Missouri.

O’Keefe was able to loop a shot over a leaping UE goalkeeper Myia Danek (Laingsburg, Mich./Laingsburg) and just inside the far post from near the endline on the right side of the penalty area to score the match’s only goal on Sunday.  For O’Keefe, it marked her team-leading second goal of the year.

Evansville, which out-shot Missouri State 5-3 in the first half of play, tried to answer back, but could not get a chance on goal in the final 12 minutes, as the Bears held on for a 1-0 victory.

Offensive chances were tough to come by for both teams for most of the day, as defense was the name of the game in the conference opener.  UE’s best chances came in the first half, as sophomore Ryleigh Anslinger (Evansville, Ind./Memorial HS) had a shot blocked away in the 30th minute from out top to provide a corner kick.  Then, four minutes later, senior Monique Landrum (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual HS) stole a ball in the Missouri State defense and fired a shot from the top of the penalty area that was punched away by MSU starting goalkeeper Camielle Day.

Missouri State had three chances hit off of the woodwork in the match, but UE’s defense and Danek stood tall until O’Keefe’s goal in the 79th minute.  It was one of only three shots which made it on target for the Bears on the afternoon.  Overall, MSU out-shot UE, 10-6.

With the win, Missouri State evens its record at 4-4-1, and stands at 1-0 in the MVC.  Evansville, meanwhile, sees its record slip to 1-4-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference.  The Purple Aces will try to end their current five-match road trip on a positive note on Thursday night, as UE will travel north to Terre Haute, Indiana to take on Indiana State.  Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. central time in a match that can be seen live on ESPN+.

SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

MOREHEAD, Ky. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer made their Ohio Valley Conference debut Sunday afternoon, playing to a close 1-0 loss at Morehead State University.

The road matchup at the Morehead State Eagles opened up the 2022 OVC schedule not only for the Screaming Eagles but also for the league.

USI got off to solid start in the match, earning four set pieces within the first nine minutes. The momentum quickly switched to Morehead State, as senior forward Colleen Swift scored in the 12th minute. Swift took an initial shot that USI senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) saved and deflected, but the deflection went off the post and Swift followed the ball back into the net.

Southern Indiana’s defense battled the rest of the first half to keep the match a one-goal contest until halftime. After a single shot in the opening half, USI found a spark offensively in the second half to generate more looks at goal.

The first 20 minutes of the second half saw USI earn five more set pieces, including two corner kicks. Junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) and senior defender Alyssa Wright (Sellersburg, Indiana) got involved in the attack, taking a shot each in the second half’s early minutes.

In the middle portion of the second half, Wright put another shot toward goal along with freshman forward Emma Thurston (Leawood, Kansas). Both were saved by Morehead State’s freshman goalkeeper Erin Gibbs.

USI orchestrated multiple chances in the last five minutes of the match with four more set pieces, attempting to find the back of the goal to even the match, but none were successful.

Sunday’s 1-0 loss was the fourth one-goal match of the season for the Screaming Eagles.

Statistically, Southern Indiana took eight shots – three on goal, while Morehead State had 11 shots and seven on goal. USI earned five corner kicks to MSU’s three.

Wright and freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) led the Screaming Eagles with two shots each. Etienne finished with five saves in a full 90 minutes in goal for Southern Indiana.

The Screaming Eagles will return home to Strassweg Field Thursday evening at 5:30 for an OVC match against Tennessee Tech. Thursday’s home match has free admission thanks to The Women’s Hospital Deaconess.

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

VALPO VOLLEYBALL

After enjoying a lethal weekend on the attack which included an entry in Valpo’s single-match record book, junior middle Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) was honored as Tournament MVP of the Roadrunner Classic. She was joined on the All-Tournament Team by setters Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) and Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn), as the duo kept the Beacons offense running at a high level all weekend.

Januski posted kills on over 60% of her swings over Valpo’s three victories and hit better than .400 in all three wins, highlighted by her performance in the victory over Incarnate Word. The junior tied her career high with 12 kills in the win over the Cardinals and hit at a career-best .688 clip, a mark which is second-best in a five-set match in program history. Januski followed with six kills on .417 hitting in a sweep of host UTSA and closed the tournament by hitting .500 with eight kills in the sweep of Houston Baptist.

For the weekend, Januski hit at an incredible .548 clip, averaging a team-high 2.89 kills/set. She was strong defensively as well, posting nine blocks over the three wins — including a weekend-best four in the sweep of the hosts.

Valpo’s attack entered the final weekend of nonconference play ranked in the top-10 nationally in kills/set, and the duo of Bulmahn and Kois kept up the pace offensively with their setting work in the three wins. The Beacons hit .250 and averaged 14.64 kills/set for the weekend.

Bulmahn tallied 54 assists and 17 digs over the three wins. The junior narrowly missed a double-double in the win over UIW, registering 20 assists and nine digs, and then recorded 19 assists with a .463 setting percentage in the sweep of UTSA.

Kois tallied 74 assists and 30 digs for the weekend. She tied her career high with 28 assists and set a new best with 15 digs in the win over UIW, and just missed posting two double-doubles in the same day with 22 assists and nine digs in the sweep of UTSA. Kois closed the tournament with 24 assists and six digs in the sweep of HBU and delivered critical back-to-back service aces with the score tied at 19-19 in set three.

For Bulmahn, this is the second All-Tournament honor of her career, while Januski and Kois both earn All-Tournament recognition for the first time. In the three nonconference tournaments which recognized All-Tournament Teams, the Beacons had nine different players represented.

EARLHAM FIELD HOCKEY

MEADVILLE, Pa. – The Earlham College field hockey team continued its 2022 slate with a 2-1 loss at Allegheny College on Sunday morning.

The Gators got on the board early in the second quarter with a goal in the 19th minute off a penalty corner play. The home squad notched a second goal in the 43rd minute on a second-chance shot from a corner play.

Earlham made its way onto the scoreboard in the 50th minute from Alyssa Johnson. Johnson took a shot off a penalty corner from Regan Seeman which was saved by the Gator goalkeeper. Johnson fielded the rebound and put away the goal with a second-chance opportunity.

Johnson was joined by Guinn Schalck for the lead in shots for EC with two on goal.

Rachel Alma recorded her second highest save total of the season with 11 in goal.

The Quakers were outshot 20-8 on the day and trailed 20-4 in penalty corners.

Earlham will be back in action on Friday at home against Rhodes in Darrell Beane Stadium at 3 pm.

WABASH MEN’S TENNIS

The Wabash tennis team scored 24 wins in the 35 matches played by the Little Giants in the 2022 Wabash Fall Invitational. The two-day, non-scoring event occurred Saturday and Sunday at the Collett Tennis Center.

Freshmen Adam Altobella, Bennett Strain, and Ethan Wallace completed the weekend with perfect 3-0 records in singles play against players from Illinois Wesleyan, Earlham, and Rose-Hulman. All three of Altobella’s wins came in straight sets, with wins over Noah Radtke Kishimoto from Earlham (6-3, 6-2), Renato Prado from Earlham (6-4, 7-5), and Evan Turnbull from IWU (6-2, 6-1).

Strain scored a straight-sets win over Leonardo Leao from Earlham (6-0, 6-1) along with three-set victories against Rose-Hulman’s Corey Pollard (4-6, 6-2, 10-7) and IWU’s Zeke Cross (4-6, 6-2, 10-5). Wallace defeated Earlham’s Robert Lemon (6-2, 6-2) and IWU’s Sebastian Rasquin (6-3, 6-2) in straight sets, along with a three-set win over Ryan Burch from Rose-Hulman (6-3, 2-6, 10-5).

Jett Brownlee, Cole Langston, and Christan Zimmerman each picked up two wins in singles play. Brownlee went 2-0 for the weekend with victories over Lawson McCloskey from Rose-Hulman (6-4, 6-0) and Griffin Hammond from IWU (6-1, 6-4). Langston scored wins over Nathen Peck from Earlham (6-7 (8), 6-1, 10-4) and Josh Cortez from IWU (6-2, 6-0). Zimmerman scored victories against Sarthak Sharma from Earlham (6-3, 6-4) and Carter Burk from IWU (6-3, 6-3).

Augusto Ghidini and Blake Discher II added individual victories to the Little Giants’ totals for the weekend. Ghidini earned a 6-1, 6-1 win against Owen Reynolds from Rose-Hulman. Discher picked up a perfect 6-0, 6-0 win in his match against Earlham’s Huynseong Ahn.

Altobella scored three more wins in doubles play. He combined with Bennett Strain for victories against Hammond and Cortez from IWU (8-6), as well as earning an 8-5 victory against Lawson McClosky and Renato Prodo from Rose-Hulman. Altobella joined Langston for an 8-2 victory against Leao and Lemon from Earlham.

Ghidini and Ethan Koeneman combined for a pair of victories in doubles play for Wabash. The duo earned an 8-1 win against Burk and Ryan McCoy from IWU. The two Little Giant players defeated Rhian Seneviratne and Grant Paradowski by a score of 8-6.

Brownlee and Discher claimed an 8-2 win against Radtke Kishimoto and Peck from Earlham in doubles action. Discher picked up a doubles victory with partner Eduardo Werneck. The duo defeated Ben Bigneri and Cross from IWU 8-3.

Wabash concludes the fall portion of the season next weekend at the 2022 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Fall Tournament in St. Louis, Mo.

FRANKLIN WOMEN’S

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s tennis team collected their first two wins of the fall season on Saturday (Sept. 17), winning a thrilling 5-4 match against conference foe Manchester and following it up with a 6-3 win over Concordia Ann Arbor in the afternoon session.

Match One: Franklin 5 – Manchester 4

Franklin took the early lead with a pair of hard-fought doubles wins that needed tie-breakers to decide. Maecee Terhune and Emma Back teamed up to win 8-7 (10-3) at #2 doubles and Brenna Atchison paired with Kinley Harmon to win 8-7 (6) in #3 doubles.

Singles play saw the bottom of the FC lineup power the team to victory, with all three singles wins coming from the 4-6 spots. Bethany Burton made quick work of her #5 matchup 6-1, 6-1 and Samantha Schick did likewise at #6 singles 6-0, 6-2. Terhune pushed the Griz over the finish line with a 7-5, 6-7 (3-10), 6-3 victory at the #4 position.

Match Two: Franklin 6 – Concordia Ann Arbor 3

The same two teams that earned doubles wins in match one did the same in their second match of the day. Terhune and Back won 8-1 from the second spot with Harmon and Atchison winning 8-0 at three doubles.

Back was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at #2 singles, Burton won 6-4, 6-4 at #4 singles, Emily Walker picked up a 6-0, 6-0 win at #5 singles for her first career victory to clinch the team win. Schick grabbed her second win of the day with a 6-3, 6-2 victory from the #6 spot in the lineup.

Up Next

Conference play resumes next Saturday (Sept. 24) when the Grizzlies host Transylvania. First serve is set for 1:00 p.m.

BETHEL MEN’S TENNIS

South Bend, Ind. — Men’s Tennis drops their match over Judson (Ill.) 6-1. Santiago Flores won his singles match on a second and third set comeback victory.

Judson University 6, Bethel 1

Doubles:

Alexandre Veltkamp/Hugo La Hei (JU) def. Victor Bonsergent/Martin Gaviria (BU) 6-3

William Barnes/Antoine Adamiak(JU) def.   Lucca Almeida/Santiago Flores (BU). 6-3

Julius Fortun/Joshua Bavich (JU) def. Wes Troyer/Garrison Miller (BU) 6-3

Singles:

Alex Veltkamp (JU) daf. Victor Bonsergent (BU) 7-6(4), 7-6(4)

Max Fortun (JU) def. Martin Gaviria (BU) 6-2, 6-2

Santiago Flores (BU) def. Antoine Adamiak (JU) 4-6, 6-2, 10-3

Hugo La Hei (JU) def. Lucca Almeida (BU) 6-4, 6-2

William Barnes (JU) def. Wes Troyer (BU) 6-1, 6-3

Moosa Choudhary (JU) def. Garrison Miller (BU) 6-2, 6-2

NEXT TIME OUT

Bethel starts the Crossroads League tournament against Huntinington on Tuesday.

DEPAUW WOMEN’S GOLF

Normal, Ill. – DePauw shot a two-round 646 (323-323) and finished ninth at the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic. Wisconsin-Whitewater won the team title with a 601 (305-296).

Ashley Long led the Tigers by tying for 14th with a 157 (79-78), while Sydney Weiner tied for 25th at 159 (78-81) and Lucy Trover followed in a tie for 33rd with a 162 (79-83). Cassie To followed with a 169 (88-81) and Kathleen Ameis rounded out the lineup with a 171 (87-84).

Playing as individuals, Lily Fuchs shot a 162 (82-80) with Sophia Stutz following with a 165 (82-83) and Nina Shaffer at 169 (86-83).

Lexi Onsrud of Illinois Wesleyan was the medalist after firing a 145 (75-70).

DePauw returns to action on Oct. 2-3 at the Eva Shorb Weiskopf Invitational at the Wooster Golf Club in Wooster, Ohio.

DEPAUW MEN’S SOCCER

Danville, Ky.- The DePauw men’s soccer team registered its third tie of the season after a 1-1 draw against the Centre College Colonels on the road.

The Tigers struck first with less than a minute left in the first half following Trotter Benson’s attempt at goal, which was saved and deflected, then collected and chipped in by Ethan Webster to put DePauw up 1-0 heading into halftime.

In the second half, Centre turned up the pressure getting off 11 shots compared to DePauw’s three. With the action between the teams getting more physical as the time expired, the Colonels eventually slipped past the defensive line and evened the match at one with a goal by Luke Morgan in the 68th minute.

For the remainder of the match, the two teams battled for a look at goal, and Centre almost came out on top with a last-second shot, but Alexander Lundin’s stretched and punched the ball just outside of the goal post to keep the game tied at one.

Lundin and the Colonels’ Aidan Hartman finished the night with three saves apiece.

The Tigers move to 3-2-3 for the season and return to Greencastle, Ind. on Tuesday, September 20, to play host to Trine, with kickoff set for 7 pm EDT.

DEPAUW WOMEN’S SOCCER

Whitewater, Wis.: The DePauw women’s soccer team finished the “W Challenge” in a draw, thanks to a late goal to tie Rhodes College 1-1.

On day two of the “W Challenge,” Rhodes College got a slight jump on DePauw in the first half getting two shots off and a corner kick while stifling the Tigers’ offense at the other end.

After a scoreless first half, 30 minutes into the second half, the Lynx snuck a goal past DePauw off a cross by Mary Gale Goodwin and then headed in by Maddy Yole. Up 1-0 with 15 minutes left in regulation, Rhodes attempted to advance the ball into DePauw’s defensive end; however, the Tigers midfield managed to win multiple 50-50 balls, forcing the Lynx backline to be on the defensive.

In the 79th minute of play, Annalise Grammel shook her defender and crossed the ball in front of the net, where Whitney Wells deflected it into the net to knot the game up at one apiece.

DePauw moves to 3-1-2 for the season and returns to Greencastle, Ind. on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 pm against Rose-Hulman.

HANOVER WOMEN’S SOCCER

SPRINGFEILD, Ohio – The Hanover Panthers use a second half outburst to defeat Wittenberg 2-1.

The Blue and Red were led by sophomore Nora Ludwig (Cincinnati., Ohio) and sophomore Beth Cook (Goshen, Ind.) with one goal each.

Cook also paced the P anthers with a team high five shots.

After a scoreless first half, the Panther attack erupted with Ludwig taking a pass from Cook for the 1-0 lead.

The attack on net continued with Cook entering the scores column in the 48th minute to send HC on top 2-0.

Wittenberg got one goal back in the 63rd minute before falling unsuccessful en route to the 2-1 deficit.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 24 against Kenyon.

IU KOKOMO MEN’S GOLF

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The IU Kokomo men’s golf team brought home a second-place finish in their first tournament of the fall. Ryan Hahaj and Harley Pugh were named to the All-Tournament Team, and all 12 rounds from the Cougs this weekend were in the 70’s. Four Cougs finished inside the top-ten.

University of the Cumberlands won the Asbury Invitational with a team score of -5. IU Kokomo finished second with a score of +23, 15 strokes clear of third-place Shawnee State. IU Kokomo had a two-round team total of 599 after a final round score of 296.

Ryan Hahaj, a freshman from Granger, Indiana, carded a final round 74 to go along with an opening round 73 for a score of 147. Hahaj finished in a tie for fourth at +3.

Harley Pugh shot an even-par round of 72 Sunday, for a two round total of 148. Pugh finished in a tie for sixth at +4.

Hayden Williamson and Drew Wagner each carded two-round totals of 150 to finish in a tie for tenth. Williamson went 76-74 and Wagner went 74-76. Wagner was playing as an individual.

Corbin Robison and Nate Slack both finished with two round totals of 155, finishing in a tie for 21st.

The Cougars will be back-in-action Friday, September 23, for the IU East Fall Invitational at the Delaware County Country Club.

IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S TENNIS

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The IU Kokomo women’s tennis team played in the River States Conference Invite this weekend in Evansville, Indiana. The Cougas were led by Maria Oliveira and Andrea Saylor, who won their individual singles flights on the weekend.

Freshman Maria Oliveira, playing in the #4 singles flight, took down IU East’s Laura Billing in the opening round, 6-0, 6-1. Oliveira beat Oakland City University’s Marta Fernandez in the semifinals 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the championship match. Oliveira would face her toughest test of the weekend in the final match, but would sneak past Oakland City’s Carolina Segura 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 to finish first in the River States Conference Invite.

Andrea Saylor, playing in the #6 singles flight, double-bageled her first two opponents in comfortable wins, advancing her to the championship match. Saylor would dispatch IU Southeast’s Elena Hamby 6-1, 6-0 to win her flight of the River States Conference Invite. Saylor dropped just one game in her three matches.

#1 singles player Gabbie Orlando had a solid weekend as well, advancing to the championship match. Orlando beat Oakland City’s Lou Limousin 6-3, 7-5 in the first round, before beating IU Southeast’s Audrey DeWitt 6-1, 6-2. IU East’s Linda Marino would beat Orlando 6-2, 6-3, giving Gabbie a second place finish in the RSC Invite.

Senior Reese Johnson advanced to the second round via a first round bye. Johnson fell to Oakland City 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals and would settle for a fourth-place finish. Reiley Hiser would finish fifth in the #2 singles flight, taking down Brescia’s Sarah Dunaway 6-2, 6-1 in the fifth-place match.

Freshman Chloe Schmidt played in the #5 singles flight, winning her first match against Brescia’s Natalie Estes 6-2, 6-0. Schmidt would fall 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals to IU East, and would finish fourth.

In doubles action, the #1 duo of Orlando/O’Rourke advanced to the semifinals via a bye, and would fall to Oakland City. The pair rebounded to win the third place match over IU Southeast, 6-4.

The Cougars will be back-in-action Tuesday afternoon, as they will travel to Angola for a match with Trine University. First-serve is set for 4:00 P.M.

IU SOUTH BEND WOMEN’S SOCCER

BOURBONNAIS, Ill.- The IU South Bend Titans (0-7-0, 0-3-0 CCAC) fell to the Tigers of Olivet Nazarene (3-3-1, 2-0-1 CCAC) 7-0 on Saturday night in Bourbonnais, Ill.

Goalkeeper Jordan Aiello’s 26 saves were not enough in Saturday night’s contest, as the Tigers scored three times in the first period and four goals in the second period. The Olivet Nazarene offense was led by Abbey Cash and Melea Miller who both scored two goals apiece.

The IU South Bend Titans return to action and CCAC play on Saturday, September 24th, as the Titans travel to Milwaukee, Wis., to take on CCAC foe Cardinal Stritch University.

PURDUE NORTHWEST MEN’S SOCCER

The Purdue Northwest men’s soccer team took down #17 Wisconsin-Parkside in GLIAC action on Sunday afternoon, 1-0. It is the first time the men’s soccer program has defeated a nationally ranked team.

The Basics

Records: PNW (2-3-2, 2-1-0), #17 Wisconsin-Parkside (6-2-0, 3-1-0)

Location: Dowling Park – Hammond, Ind.

Attendance: 150

Inside The Numbers

Senior Harrison Hooper (Noosa, Queensland, Australia/Saint Andrew’s Anglican College) led the Pride with the game-winning and lone goal.

Senior Ryan Moran (Attadale, Australia) added three shots and one assist during the game.

Junior Benjamin Barrett also tallied three shots for the Pride.

Senior Eligh Williams (Gympie, Queensland, Australia/The Southport School) played all 90 minutes in frame for Purdue Northwest and picked up his second straight clean sheet.

Tode Atlija and Marcos Calderon Jimenez each led Wisconsin-Parkside with two shots.

Robin Herrmann played all 90 minutes in goal for the Rangers and made seven saves.

The Breakdown

Both teams battles to a 0-0 halftime tie.

The Pride finally broke through in the 79th minute off a header from Hooper to take the 1-0 victory.

Purdue Northwest outshot the Rangers, 14-5.

Both teams ended the game with three corners each.

Up Next

The Pride next hit the road to take on Upper Iowa in GLIAC action on Friday, September 23. Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES8858.60350 – 2238 – 3640 – 2625 – 815 – 146 – 4W 1
TORONTO8364.5655.543 – 3240 – 3235 – 2819 – 1517 – 156 – 4L 1
TAMPA BAY8264.562649 – 2533 – 3938 – 3114 – 1518 – 104 – 6W 2
BALTIMORE7669.52411.541 – 3035 – 3930 – 3615 – 1519 – 105 – 5W 1
BOSTON7175.4861737 – 3734 – 3820 – 4218 – 1525 – 84 – 6W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
CLEVELAND7967.54139 – 3240 – 3513 – 1639 – 2715 – 168 – 2L 1
CHI WHITE SOX7671.5173.535 – 3741 – 3415 – 1734 – 3018 – 167 – 3W 2
MINNESOTA7373.500643 – 3230 – 4118 – 1635 – 2812 – 174 – 6W 1
KANSAS CITY5889.39521.534 – 4124 – 4813 – 2228 – 3610 – 183 – 7L 1
DETROIT5591.3772431 – 4524 – 469 – 2026 – 419 – 214 – 6L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
Y-HOUSTON9651.65350 – 2346 – 2810 – 1226 – 851 – 258 – 2W 1
SEATTLE8065.5521539 – 3241 – 3316 – 1717 – 935 – 314 – 6L 3
LA ANGELS6482.43831.534 – 4030 – 4211 – 2316 – 1330 – 334 – 6W 3
TEXAS6383.43232.530 – 4133 – 427 – 2217 – 1328 – 394 – 6L 2
OAKLAND5394.3614323 – 4830 – 4613 – 2012 – 2124 – 403 – 7L 1
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS9355.62850 – 2643 – 2946 – 2221 – 919 – 146 – 4W 4
ATLANTA9155.623150 – 2541 – 3038 – 2221 – 1219 – 146 – 4W 3
PHILADELPHIA8066.5481244 – 3136 – 3536 – 3220 – 1017 – 165 – 5L 4
MIAMI6087.40832.529 – 4331 – 4429 – 3911 – 1512 – 213 – 7W 1
WASHINGTON5195.3494124 – 5027 – 4513 – 4715 – 1815 – 183 – 7L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
ST. LOUIS8761.58851 – 2736 – 3416 – 1844 – 2417 – 96 – 4L 1
MILWAUKEE7868.534841 – 2837 – 4011 – 1338 – 3214 – 187 – 3L 1
CHI CUBS6284.4252431 – 4431 – 4016 – 930 – 3610 – 255 – 5L 2
CINCINNATI5889.39528.529 – 4329 – 4612 – 2225 – 3810 – 222 – 8W 1
PITTSBURGH5592.37431.528 – 4327 – 499 – 2628 – 3514 – 174 – 6L 4
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
X-LA DODGERS10144.69749 – 1852 – 2619 – 1421 – 946 – 168 – 2W 3
SAN DIEGO8166.5512138 – 3143 – 3519 – 1519 – 1036 – 316 – 4W 3
SAN FRANCISCO6977.47332.539 – 3630 – 4119 – 1419 – 1421 – 394 – 6L 3
ARIZONA6878.46633.539 – 3929 – 3916 – 1516 – 1625 – 403 – 7L 3
COLORADO6482.43837.540 – 3424 – 4810 – 2416 – 1629 – 317 – 3W 2

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT

NFL STANDINGS

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
MIAMI DOLPHINS2001.0000.062451-0-01-0-02-0-01-0-02 W
BUFFALO BILLS1001.0000.531100-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
NEW YORK JETS110.5001.040540-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 W
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS110.5001.024340-0-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
 
WEST DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS2001.0000.071451-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS110.5001.048461-0-00-1-01-1-01-1-01 L
DENVER BRONCOS110.5001.032261-0-00-1-01-0-00-0-01 W
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS020.0002.042530-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
NORTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
PITTSBURGH STEELERS110.5000.037370-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-01 L
BALTIMORE RAVENS110.5000.062510-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
CLEVELAND BROWNS110.5000.056550-1-01-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
CINCINNATI BENGALS020.0001.037430-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
SOUTH DIVISION
 WLTPCTGBPFPAHOMEROADVS. CONFVS. DIVSTREAK
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS110.5000.046281-0-00-1-01-0-01-0-01 W
HOUSTON TEXANS011.2500.529360-0-10-1-00-1-10-0-11 L
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS011.2500.520440-0-00-1-10-1-10-1-11 L
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NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE
EAST DIVISION
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X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       John Reilly completes his second cycle in eight days when the National Association’s Red Stockings beat Philadelphia, 12-3, at the Bank Street Grounds. Last week, the 24-year-old Cincinnati first baseman collected three singles, a double, a triple, and a homer in the 27-5 rout of Pittsburgh Alleghenys.

1925       In the nightcap of a twin bill at Griffith Stadium, White Sox right-hander Ted Lyons loses his no-hit bid when Bobby Veach hits safely with two outs in the ninth in the team’s 17-0 rout of the Senators. ‘Sunday Ted’ gem halts Washington’s outfielder Sam Rice’s streak of nine consecutive hits.

1929       Joe Sewell sets a major league record by playing in his 115th consecutive game without striking out, dating back to May 16th. The diminutive third baseman, wielding a 40-ounce bat in 578 at-bats, fans only four times while playing every game for the Indians this season.

1931       A’s southpaw Lefty Grove becomes the first pitcher since 1920 to win 30 games when he beats the White Sox, 2-1. Only two more pitchers will win as many games in this century, with Dizzy Dean winning 30 for the Cardinals in 1934 and Denny McLain earning 31 victories thirty-four years later for the Tigers.

1935       The Cubs win their 16th consecutive game as they beat Carl Hubbell, completing a four-game sweep of the Giants. The mark is the most since the 1924 Dodgers won 15 straight games.

1937       Tigers’ first baseman Hank Greenberg becomes the first to hit a homer into the center field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. The area will become known as ‘the black’ when seats are covered in a dark color to serve as a batting eye.

1939       September call-up Elmer Gedeon collects all three of his major league hits of his five-game career in the Senators’ 10-9 victory over the Indians at Griffith Stadium. The Washington starting center fielder becomes the first of two major leaguers killed in World War II when the enemy shot down his plane over France in 1944.

1949       With their 77th victory of the year, a 4-3 win in St. Louis, the Phillies will not have a losing season for the first time since 1932. The Pirates, who haven’t won more than they’ve lost since 1993, surpasses Philadelphia’s 16-year record skid of playing under .500 in 2009.

1949       Pirates slugger Ralph Kiner hits his 50th home run of the year, taking Kirby Higbe deep in a 6-4 loss to the Giants at Forbes Field. The 26-year-old All-Star outfielder, having hit 54 round-trippers in his sophomore season of 1947, becomes the first National League player to accomplish the feat in two different seasons.

1951       Indian Larry Doby walks five times in a 15-2 drubbing of the Red Sox when Early Wynn picks up his 20th victory. The intimidating right-hander, who will win exactly 300 games in a 23-year big league career, will post 20 or more wins in five of those seasons.

1955       In a 6-5 Cubs’ extra-inning loss to the Cardinals, Ernie Banks hits his fifth grand slam of the season to establish a new major league mark, previously shared with Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, among the others who also connected four times with bases full. The Chicago infielder hits his historic four-run homer off 19-year-old flamethrower Lindy McDaniel, making his first major league start after receiving a $50,000 bonus.

1955       After sitting on a flagpole since June 23rd, Bill Sherman leaves his perch after deciding he couldn’t keep his promise to sit there until the Braves won seven straight games. Milwaukee will win six consecutive games on three occasions but can’t get the elusive seventh victory during the 89 days.

1956       Orioles catcher Tom Gastall dies as the plane he is piloting crashes into the Chesapeake Bay. The 24-year-old backup backstop, who signed a $40,000 contract as a “bonus baby” with Baltimore after being drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions, was the captain of the Boston University’s basketball and baseball teams in his senior year and played quarterback for the Terriers’ football team.

1959       Richie Ashburn becomes the all-time franchise leader, collecting his 2,212th hit wearing a Phillies uniform. The historic knock is a ball that caroms off first base for a single in Philadelphia’s 9-3 loss to the Braves at Connie Mack Stadium.

1962       Dick Donovan becomes the Indians’ first 20-game winner since Early Wynn, Bob Lemon, and Herb Score hit the total in 1956. The memorable contest features a pair of back-to-back home runs hit in the first and seventh innings by Tribe teammates Walter Bond and Johnny Romano, who also had doubles, in the team’s 10-9 victory at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium.

1964       After singling, swiping second, and advancing to third on a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the 16th inning, Willie Davis steals home, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 victory over Philadelphia. The fleet outfielder’s theft of the plate occurs in the latest frame of a National League game and ties Hal Trosky’s major league mark set in 1944.

1968       Denny McLain posts his 31st victory, the most the American League since 1931 when Lefty Grove finished the season with a 31-4 with the Philadelphia A’s. The Tiger Stadium game is best remembered for Mickey Mantle’s 535th homer run to surpass Jimmie Foxx on the all-time home-run list on a pitch allegedly ‘grooved’ by the Detroit starter.

1970       In an 11-3 rout of Washington at Fenway Park, the Conigliaro bothers each homer in the same game for the second time this season. Teammates Billy and Tony, who also accomplished the feat on July 4th, go deep with solo shots in the fourth and seventh inning.

1971       In just their third year of existence, the Royals are assured of their first winning season when they beat Minnesota, 5-2, in the nightcap of a twin bill at Metropolitan Stadium for the team’s 82nd victory this year. Kansas City, ending the campaign with an 85-76 record, finishes in second place, 16 games behind Oakland.

1973       In the fourth inning of the Braves’ 4-1 loss at Dodger Stadium, Davey Johnson hits a solo shot off Andy Messersmith for his 43rd home run of the season, the 42nd as a second baseman. The round-tripper ties Cardinal infielder Rogers Hornsby’s 1922 record for the most home runs by a second baseman.

1973       Astros’ infielder Dave Campbell hits a first-inning two-run double against San Diego right-hander Clay Kirby to snap a 0-for-45 drought, tying a major league record set in 1909 by Bill Bergen, a catcher who played with Brooklyn. ‘Soup,’ who will become a respected national baseball broadcaster, endured the futility while playing for three teams, combining a 17 at-bat hitless streak with the Padres and another 21 at-bats hitless streak for the Cardinals before hitting the two-bagger in his eighth at-bat with Houston.

1976       Braves owner Ted Turner promotes Bill Lucas to vice president of player personnel, which assumes all the general manager’s responsibilities, with the owner keeping the official title. The former minor leaguer player becomes the first black to run a major league franchise nearly three decades after Jackie Robinson broke the color line.

1977       With two singles in his first two at-bats, Ted Cox ties and then breaks Senators Cecil Travis’ 1933 record of five consecutive hits at the start of a career. The Red Sox rookie DH had gone 4-for-4 in Baltimore yesterday and is 6-for-6 in his first six major league appearances.

1980       In the Royals’ 13-3 victory over the visiting A’s, George Brett goes 2-for-4. The third baseman’s two singles keep his batting average at .400, marking the latest date in the season since Ted Williams accomplished the feat in 1941.

1981       The Red Sox snap the Yankees’ nine-game winning streak at Fenway Park, finally beating the Bronx Bombers at home, 8-5. Trailing for most of the game, Boston explodes for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, including Rick Miller’s three-run homer off New York reliever Dave LaRoche.

1982       Mariner rookie Orlando Mercado becomes the third player to hit a grand slam for his first major league hit. Bill Duggelby (1898 – first at-bat) and Bobby Bonds (1968 – third at-bat) were the other two players to accomplish the feat.

1986       Joe Cowley walks seven batters and gives up a run, but the White Sox right-hander no-hits the Angels at Anaheim Stadium, 7-1. The 28-year-old Kentuckian will become the first pitcher in major league history never to win another game after tossing a no-hitter when he is released by the Phillies next season.

1987       The Pirates retire the number 4 worn by Ralph Kiner, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975. The slugging outfielder, the owner of the single-season club record with 54 home runs, won or shared the NL home run title in each of his seven full seasons with Pittsburgh, going deep 301 times overall for the team.

1993       Tom Glavine notches his 20th victory at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium when the Braves beat the Mets, 11-2. The 27-year-old southpaw becomes the first National League hurler to win 20 games in three consecutive seasons since 1973 when Ferguson Jenkins accomplished the feat.

1995       Ken Caminiti, in the Padres’ 15-4 rout of the Rockies at Jack Murphy Stadium, becomes the first major leaguer to hit homers from both sides of the plate in the same game three times in one season, accomplishing the feat in just four contests. The San Diego third baseman also went yard facing a Cub right-hander and southpaw on September 16 and 17.

1997       In the first inning of the nightcap of a twin bill at Royals Stadium, Matt Williams tricks Jed Hansen with the rarely used hidden ball trick. The Kansas City rookie, deceived about the ball’s location, is tagged out by the Indians’ veteran infielder after taking a lead off third base in an eventual 6-2 Cleveland victory.

1997       Mark McGwire becomes the first major leaguer to hit twenty home runs for two different teams in the same season when he goes deep off in the Cardinals’ 6-5 extra-inning victory over the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. ‘Big Mac’ had hit 34 with the A’s before being traded on July 31st to St. Louis for Eric Ludwick, T.J. Mathews, and Blake Stein.

1998       In the Indians’ 7-6 loss to the Royals at Jacobs Field, Manny Ramirez belts two homers, becoming only the second player in history to hit eight home runs in five games. Frank Howard, known as the Capital Punisher, accomplished the feat twice in 1968, en route to collecting a major league-leading 44 round-trippers for the Senators.

1998       Mariner shortstop Alex Rodriguez, in a 5-3 loss to the Angels at Edison International Field, hits his 40th home run of the season off Jack McDowell, becoming the first infielder and third player in major league history to have 40 homers and 40 stolen bases in the same season. Jose Canseco (A’s – 1988) and Barry Bonds (Giants – 1996) are the other members of the 40-40 club.

2000       A Dodger fan, in addition to other court-ordered restrictions, has been banned from attending home games in Los Angeles for 18 months. The angry patron threw coffee in the face of a Mets fan who was cheering a grand slam hit by New York’s catcher Todd Pratt.

2001       In the Cardinals’ 8-2 victory over Milwaukee at Busch Stadium, Albert Pujols drives in three runs in his first two at-bats with a first-inning groundout and a two-run double in the fourth, breaking the National League rookie record with his 120th run batted in this season. The 21-year-old first baseman, who will finish the year with 130 RBIs, surpasses the mark established in 1930 by Wally Berger, who played for the Boston Braves.

2001       Roger Clemens becomes the first major league pitcher to start a season 20-1 when he goes 6.1 innings in the Yankees’ 6-3 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park. The eventual Cy Young Award winner, who has previously copped the award five times, has won his last 16 decisions for the Bronx Bombers but will drop the next two decisions, finishing the season with a 20-3 (.870) record.

2001       Major League Baseball and the Players Association announces the creation of the MLB-MLBPA Disaster Relief Fund. The organizations will each donate $10 million to aid the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

2002       In his major league debut, Twins’ rookie Mike Ryan strokes two singles, scores two runs, and drives in two runs in the nine-run first inning against the Tigers. Unfortunately, the game is rained out in the second inning, meaning none of the statistics will be official.

2006       In a game against Florida, Julio Franco starts at third base for the Mets, who clinched the NL East flag yesterday. The 48-year-old infielder has not played the hot corner since his rookie year in 1982, marking 24 years between starts at the position.

2006       Heritage Toronto commemorates the spot where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run with a plaque at Canada’s Hanlan’s Point. The historic home run, the only one the Bambino would hit as a minor leaguer, came on September 5, 1914, when the visiting Providence Grays’ hurler went deep against the Maple Leafs in the International League contest.

2007       For the tenth consecutive season, the Devil Rays lose their 90th game. Tampa Bay is the only team in big-league history to lose as many as 90 games each year over a decade.

2007       Driving in Jose Reyes with a third-inning single, David Wright becomes the first Mets player in franchise history to collect 100 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. The 24-year-old third baseman will finish the season with 107 ribbies.

2008       In only his second appearance in the Marlins’ starting lineup, Cameron Maybin equals a franchise record by getting on base in 10 consecutive plate appearances, matching the accomplishments of Derrek Lee and Juan Encarnacion. The 21-year-old outfielder’s streak includes hits in eight straight at-bats, which also ties a team record shared by Preston Wilson and Gary Sheffield.

2008       The first reversal determined by baseball’s new instant replay system occurs when Carlos Pena’s two-run double is changed to a three-run homer during the fourth inning in the Rays’ 11-1 rout of the Twins at Tropicana Field. Umpire Mike DiMuro initially signaled fan interference but changes the call after reviewing the video of the Tampa Bay first baseman’s line drive.

2009       In the Brewers’ 7-2 victory over Houston, Prince Fielder sets the team’s RBI mark with his eighth-inning sacrifice fly. The Milwaukee first baseman’s league-leading 127 RBI total surpasses the 1983 club record established by Cecil Cooper, the Astros’ manager who watches his record eclipsed from the opposing bench.

2010       Nationals Park hosts a simulcast of the Washington National Opera’s production of Verdi’s dramatic musical play, The Masked Ball, being performed at the Kennedy Center. The annual free program, called Opera in the Outfield, features special events, kids’ activities, and prizes to introduce the genre to a broader audience, especially children.

2010       A piece of wood from Wellington Castillo’s shattered maple bat punctures the chest of Tyler Colvin, who is the runner on third base. The Cubs’ rookie outfielder, who will not play another game this season, scores on his teammate’s double but leaves the game in the bottom half of the inning to be taken to a hospital.

2011       In front of 40,045 fans at a Monday makeup game, the smallest crowd in the three-year history of the new Yankee Stadium, 41-year-old closer Mariano Rivera retires Trevor Plouffe, Michael Cuddyer, and Chris Parmelee to finish the team’s 6-4 win over Minnesota. The 41-year-old Panamanian’s 43rd save of the season is the 602nd in his career, surpassing Trevor Hoffman’s major league record.

(Ed. Note: Rivera recorded 602 saves in 674 opportunities (89.3%), with Hoffman getting 601 in 677 tries (88.8%) -LP.)

2014       LA’s Clayton Kershaw becomes the season’s first 20-game winner when the team routs Chicago at a windy Wrigley Field, 14-5. The 26-year-old southpaw, who has compiled a 20-3 (.870) record along with an ERA of 1.80, is the first Dodger hurler to reach the 20-win plateau twice since Claude Osteen accomplished the feat in 1969 and 1972.

2016       At Camden Yards, 40-year-old David Ortiz becomes the oldest player to hit 35 home runs in a season when he takes Dylan Bundy deep in the fifth inning of the Red Sox’s 5-2 victory over Orioles. The Boston DH ties Dave Kingman for the most round-trippers hit in a player’s final year, a mark he’ll surpass when he finishes the campaign with 37.

2017       At Rogers Centre, Royals outfielder Alex Gordon’s 409-foot home run off Blue Jays’ right-hander Ryan Tepera is baseball’s 5,694th of the year, breaking the previous MLB single-season mark for most home runs established in steroid-fueled 2000 campaign. The dramatic increase in round-trippers, finishing at 6,105 for an average record of 1.26 homers per game, fuels the speculation the ball is juiced, a claim major league baseball denies.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1990

Cincinnati Reds (4) vs Oakland Athletics (0)

Once again, the defending champion Oakland Athletics returned for their third consecutive Fall Classic determined to start the new decade as they had ended the last. Throughout the late ’80s, the A’s had maintained dominant play (on both sides of the ball) and many felt the title was a foregone conclusion as the perennial champions had just completed a ten game winning streak thanks to one of the most well balanced rosters in all of baseball.

On the mound, Oakland boasted Bob Welch (with twenty-seven wins), Dave Stewart (twenty) and ace reliever Dennis Eckersley who recorded forty-eight saves and a 0.61 ERA. At the plate, the “Dynamic Duo” of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco combined for seventy-six home runs and Rickey Henderson led the American League with sixty-five stolen bases and finished as runner-up for the American League batting title with a .325 average and twenty-eight bombs.

Adding to the team’s aura of invincibility was the late-August acquisitions of Willie McGee (1990 National League batting champ) from the St. Louis Cardinals and Harold Baines from the Texas Rangers. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds were no strangers to postseason play either, but this Reds roster was not the familiar blueprint of the Big Red Machine that had ruled the National League during the 1970’s. No player in the line-up had over twenty-five home runs or more than eighty-six runs batted in and their top pitcher finished with only fifteen wins.

It was “David vs. Goliath” for Game 1 as the home team mortals knocked down the visiting giant with a two run blast in the first courtesy of Eric Davis. The Reds added more two runs in the third inning and, with Chris Sabo slashing a two run single, tacked on three additional in the fifth. Cincinnati’s Jose Rijo managed things on the other side of the ball and shutout the American League’s top line-up with seven hits and five strikeouts. Relievers Rob Dibble and Randy Myers both worked an inning to close out the National Leaguers’ 7-0 opening win at Riverfront Stadium.

Still shell-shocked by the upset in Game 1, the A’s managed a 4-2 lead after three innings of Game 2. Canseco (who had driven in the first run of the game) led-off his team’s three run rally in the third when he sent a long bomb to right. The Reds pulled within a single run after pinch-hitter Ron Oester knocked a run scoring single off Welch in the fourth. Cincinnati then tied the game when Glenn Braggs (another pinch-hitter) brought Bill Hatcher home with a force out grounder in the eighth. After leading off with a triple, Hatcher set a World Series record with his seventh consecutive hit over a two game period. The A’s continued to stumble in the ninth as Todd Benzinger shot a Rick Honeycutt pitch to deep left field, but Rickey Henderson saved the go-ahead run by making a sensational leaping catch. In the tenth, pinch-hitter Billy Bates managed a single against the impenetrable Eckersley and Chris Sabo followed suite. Joe Oliver finished the rally (and the game) with a clutch RBI single down the thrd base line. Despite Oakland’s bullpen getting all of the pre-game press, Cincinnati’s put up the numbers (in the 5-4 triumph) after their relievers combined for 7 1/3 shutout innings.

Now down by two, Oakland retreated home to their own ballpark to rethink their strategy, as the Reds were obviously playing better in the field than they were “on paper”. Tom Browning drew the start for the visitors in Game 3 and along with returning relievers Dibble and Myers who continued their on-the-job training. Sabo belted two home runs off Mike Moore (including one in the seven-run third inning) and the Reds racked up another 8-3 victory that moved them within one win of a sweep.

Game 4 was a rematch of the opener between Rijo and Stewart and things finally appeared to turn in Oakland’s favor as the Reds fell behind, 1-0, in the first after Oakland’s Carney Lansford singled home McGee, who had doubled to left field. Things got worse for manager Lou Piniella’s team as both outfielders Hatcher (who hit a Series record .750) and Davis left due to injuries and were replaced by Braggs and Herm Winningham. Rijo persevered after surrendering the lead run and held the A’s in tow while his rival Stewart matched him by holding leadoff hitters on base four times in a five inning stretch. Barry Larkin led off the Reds’ eighth with a single and Winningham followed with a perfect bunt. Paul O’Neill also beat out an intentional blooper to load the bases and Braggs came through with a force out grounder that netted the tying run. Hal Morris followed with a sac-fly that pushed Cincinnati ahead, 2-1. Rijo (who had retired twenty consecutive batters) was pulled in the ninth in favor of Myers and the reliever responded by inducing Canseco to ground out, and forcing Lansford to foul out for the win and title.

In the end, it was a sweep as so many experts had predicted, unfortunately for A’s fans, it was the wrong team left holding the broom.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1998

Nineteen ninety-eight was considered the year of the homerun as Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both set new standards by breaking the all-time single season home run record, the most revered record in all of sports.

The All-Star Game didn’t disappoint either and featured three home runs and a record twenty-one combined runs as the American League beat the National League 13-8. The American League had home runs from Seattle’s Alex Rodriguez and Baltimore’s Roberto Alomar and also stole five bases which set a new All-Star record.

Although the American League dominated for most of the contest, the National League did surge back into the game in the fifth with a three-run homer from the Giants’ Barry Bonds, giving the National League a 6-5 lead. Bonds joined his father, Bobby Bonds, as the second father-son combination to hit All-Star Game home runs (Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. are the others).

Despite the National League’s best efforts, the American League responded with a three-run rally in the top of sixth. Roberto Alomar collected three hits, homered once, stole a base and was named the All-Star Most Valuable Player exactly one year after his brother Sandy Alomar Jr. captured the family’s first All-Star MVP trophy. The American League was hot and determined to close out the decade the same way they had opened it; as winners.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 19, 1873 – Sam Brinck Thorne a halfback that played for Yale University in 1893, 1894 and 1895. As a senior in 1895 he was voted as an All-American. Brinck’s final game as a Bulldog was against Princeton and Thorne led Yale to a 20-10 victory over their rivals by scoring two touchdowns, setting up another and kicking the conversion points. During his 3 seasons playing for Yale the team had a record of 39-1-2 and outscored their opponents 1137-63. He returned to Yale after graduation in 1896 to serve as the team’s coach and helped them achieve a 13-1 record. Brinck was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970.

September 19, 1919 – Mike Holovak a fullback from Boston College. Fordham Head Coach Frank Leahy noticed Mike Holovak while Leahy was observing the coach opposing Holovak’s high school squad in a guy by the name of Vince Lombardi. A month later Leahy left Fordham to take up the position of leading the Boston College football team. Leahy didn’t forget about Holovak’s strong play and recruited him to attend BC and play for the Eagles. As a sophomore Mike contributed to the Eagles rushing attack as well as being a key piece on the defense too. Holovak scored twice in big situations for Boston College that season; once in a 19-18 victory over Georgetown University and then again in the Sugar Bowl as the Eagles upset a strong Tennessee squad 19-13. As a senior he became a consensus All-American and finished second in total rushing yards in the nation. Holovak’s performance in the 1942 Sugar Bowl was phenomenal as he averaged 15.0 yards per carry and scored 3 touchdowns. Mike served in the Navy during World War II and after the war he played in the NFL for the LA Rams and the Chicago Bears. Holovak returned to Boston College in 1951 to become the Eagle’s head coach and he stayed in that position through the 1959 season. He moved into professional coaching ranks a couple years later as he headed the New England Patriots from 1961 through 1968 and then was the General Manager of the Houston Oilers for a period of time. The National Football Foundation selected him into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

September 19, 1921 – Charlie Conerly a former halfback from Mississippi. He was referred to as ‘Chuck’n Charlie” as he was an active passer from the tailback position. Charlie played the 1942 season at Mississippi and then spent a few years serving in the U.S. Marines fighting in the South Pacific during World War II. Chuck’n Charlie returned to Ole Miss after the war and ended up leading the nation in pass completions at 133. Conerly had 18 TD passes mixed in those 133 completions and added nine more with his legs for the Rebels. Charlie was voted as a consensus All-American and was selected as the Player of the Year by the Helms Foundation. Conerly played 14 years with the NY Giants as their quarterback and was voted the league’s MVP in 1959. Charlie Conerly was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1966’s induction ceremonies.

September 19, 1930 – Don Heinrich was a quarterback from the University of Washington who played for the Huskies in the 1949, 1950 & 1952 seasons. He missed the 1951 season due to an injury. Heinrich led the nation in passing in both 1950 and 1952 and was selected as an All-American in each of those seasons. After school Don served in the U.S. Army for almost two years before joining the New York Giants where he played for 6 seasons. The last couple of years that he played in the NFL were spent on the rosters of the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders. The National Football Foundation selected Don Heinrich to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.

September 19, 1957 – Dan “Danimal” Hampton was a defensive lineman out of the University of Arkansas. Dan Hampton was the fourth overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. He was versatile and played both defensive tackle and defensive end for the Bears and was elected to four Pro Bowls and was named a first or second team All-Pro at both defensive line positions. Danimal was part of the Chicago Championship defense that won Super Bowl XX, and in that game he registered two tackles and one sack for 10 yards against the Patriots in the 46-10 romp. That 1985 Bears defense has gone down in history as one of the best ever assembled to play the game. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2002.

FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS

Cal Hubbard, at 6-2 and 250 pounds was, by the standards of the 1920s, was huge. Still, he could run the 100-yard dash in close to 11 seconds. It was an awesome combination for a tackle – size and speed.

Hubbard played college football at two relatively small schools, Centenary College and Geneva College. But, when he turned pro, he went to the game’s biggest city, New York. The Giants, however, were well stocked at the tackle position, so the big man from the small schools was moved to the end position on offense and linebacker on defense. For the next two years, 1927 and 1928, the Giants teamed Cal with another future Hall of Fame lineman, Steve Owen.

The addition of big Cal made a good Giants defense great. New York posted 10 shutouts in 13 games in 1927 and allowed only 20 points for the season while winning their first NFL title. Hubbard earned all-league acclaim both seasons with New York.

In 1929, at his request, Cal was traded to Green Bay where he liked the small town atmosphere. Packers’ coach Earl (Curly) Lambeau was building a championship organization in Green Bay. Lambeau moved the versatile Hubbard back to the tackle spot. The Packers won NFL championships three straight years – 1929, 1930, and 1931. Cal enjoyed his best years with the Packers from 1929-1933 and 1935. During that time he earned first-team all-league honors as a guard in 1929 and at tackle in 1931, 1932, and 1933.

During the summers in Green Bay, Hubbard began umpiring baseball games. In 1936, he began a new career as an American League umpire. He became almost as famous as a baseball umpire as he had been as a football player. In 1958 he was appointed umpire-in-chief of the American League. Hubbard is the only person to be enshrined in both the Baseball and Pro Football Hall of Fames.

SUPER BOWL HISTORY-SUPER BOWL 8

Jan. 13, 1974

At Houston—71,882

Minnesota    0    0    0    7    —    7

Miami    14    3    7    0    —    24

The Dolphins made it two Super Bowl wins in a row in their third straight Super Bowl appearance.

Miami marched 62 and 56 yards for scores in the first 15 minutes. Larry Csonka, the game’s most valuable player, scored on a five-yard run and Jim Kiick blasted over from a yard out.

Trailing 17-0 near the end of the half, Minnesota faced a fourth-and-one from Miami’s 6. Electing to go for the first down, Minnesota came up short when running back Oscar Reed fumbled.

Csonka gained 145 yards on 33 carries and Bob Griese threw only seven passes in the game, completing six for 73 yards.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS

10 – 42 – 17 – 7 – 20 – 40 – 24 – 25 – 5 – 47 – 3 – 21 – 80 – 36

September 19, 1931 – Lefty Grove, Number 10 of the Philadelphia Athletics, won his 30th game of season over the Chicago White Sox, by the score of 2-1

September 19, 1947 – Number 42, Jackie Robinson is named 1947 “Rookie of Year”

September 19, 1955 – Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks, Number 14 hit a record 5th grand slam of season

September 19, 1968 – Number 17, of the Detroit Tigers Denny McLain earned his 31st win of the season and Number 7, Mickey Mantle’s 535th HR of his career from a McLain pitch as the Tigers whalloped the Yankees 6-2

September 19, 1973 – Frank Robinson, Number 20 of the California Angels, homered in a record 32nd major league ballpark – Arlington Stadium (Arlington, Texas), against the Rangers

September 19, 1986 – Chicago White Sox Joe Cowley, wearing Number 40 tossed a no-hitter against the California Angels, in a 7-1 ChiSox triumph

September 19, 1992 – Barry Bonds wearing the Number 24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates joined his Godfather Number 25 Willie Mays, Howard Johnson (Number 20) and Ron Gant (Number 5) as having (2) 30-HR/30-steal MLB seasons

September 19, 1993 – Tom Glavine, Number 47 wins 20 games in 3 straight years

September 19, 1993 – San Diego Chargers’ kicker John Carney, Number 3 boots 6 field goals in an 18-17 win over Houston to set a new NFL record with 29 consecutive field goals made

September 19, 1995 – San Diego Padres Ken Caminiti, Number 21 switch hits HRs in a 3rd of 4 games

September 19, 2000 – Ken Griffey Jr., Number 24 pinch-hits his 400th home run becoming the first major league player to reach the mark as a pinch-hitter

September 19, 2004 – NFL Oakland Raider wide receiver Jerry Rice, Number 80 ends NFL streak of 274 consecutive games with a reception in a 13-10 victory over Buffalo Bills

September 19, 2008 – Greg Maddux, Number 36 of the LA Dodgers, pitched his 5,000th career inning against the San Francisco Giants

September 19, 2017 – New MLB record for most home runs in a season was establshed when 5,694 bomb of the season was sent into orbit off of the bat of Rookie Alex Gordon, Number 7 of the Kansas City Royals

TV MONDAY

MLBTIME ETTV
Minnesota at Cleveland1:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Seattle at LA Angels4:07pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Root Sports
Chi. Cubs at Miami6:40pmBally Sports
NBCS-PHI
Houston at Tampa Bay6:40pmBally Sports
ATTSN-SW
Detroit at Baltimore7:05pmBally Sports
MASN/2
Washington at Atlanta7:20pmMLBN
MASN/2
Bally Sports
NY Mets at Milwaukee7:40pmSNY
Bally Sports
San Francisco at Colorado8:40pmMLBN
NBCS-BAY
ATTSN-RM
Arizona at LA Dodgers10:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Sportsnet
NFLTime ETTV
Tennessee at Buffalo7:15pmESPN
Minnesota at Philadelphia8:30pmABC
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Argentina Primera División: Arsenal vs Aldosivi3:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Boca Juniors vs Huracán6:00pmParamount+
Brasileirão: Atlético Goianiense vs Internacional7:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Estudiantes vs Defensa y Justicia8:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Unión Santa Fe vs Independiente8:30pmParamount+