LA Rams 27 Indianapolis 24
Chicago 20 Cincinnati 17
Cleveland 31 Houston 21.
Carolina 26 New Orleans 7
Denver 23 Jacksonville 13
Buffalo 35 Miami 0
New England 25 NY Jets 6
San Francisco 17 Philadelphia 11
Las Vegas 26 Pittsburgh 17
Arizona 34 Minnesota 33
Tampa Bay 48 Atlanta 25
Dallas 20 LA Chargers 17
Tennessee 33 Seattle 30 (OT)
Baltimore 36 Kansas City 35
NFL WEEK 3 SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NFLN
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC
Monday, September 27, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Houston 7 Arizona 6
Cleveland 11 NY Yankees 1
Toronto 5 Minnesota 3
Boston 8 Baltimore 6
Detroit 2 Tampa Bay 0
Seattle 7 Kansas City 1
Chicago White Sox 7 Texas 2
Oakland 3 LA Angels 2 (10)
Washington 3 Colorado 0
LA Dodgers 8 Cincinnati 5
Miami 6 Pittsburgh 5 (10)
Chicago Cubs 6 Milwaukee 4
St. Louis 8 San Diego 7
Atlanta 3 San Francisco 0
NY Mets 3 Philadelphia 2
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Indianapolis 10 St. Paul 3
South Bend 5 Quad Cities 4 (10)
Dayton 5 Fort Wayne 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
Montréal 2 Chicago 0
Philadelphia 3 Orlando City 1
Portland 1 Los Angeles 0
Colorado 1 Vancouver 1
Chicago 98 Indiana 87
Las Vegas 84 Phoenix 83
Connecticut 84 Atlanta 64
Minnesota 83 Washington 77
Dallas 87 Los Angeles 84
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Week 4
Thursday, Sept. 23
Marshall at Appalachian State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Friday, Sept. 24
Middle Tennessee at Charlotte | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Wake Forest at Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Liberty at Syracuse | 8 p.m. | ACC Network
UNLV at No. 22 Fresno State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Saturday, Sept. 25
No. 12 Notre Dame vs. No. 18 Wisconsin (Soldier Field in Chicago) | 12 p.m. | FOX
No. 2 Georgia at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Missouri at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ESPN2
Bowling Green at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Wagner at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
FIU at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+
Richmond at Virginia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
LSU at Mississippi State | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Boise State at Utah State | 12 p.m. | CBS
Villanova at No. 6 Penn State | 12 p.m.
New Hampshire at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN+/ACCNX
Ohio at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
SMU at TCU | 12 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech at Texas | 12 p.m. | ABC
UMass at No. 17 Coastal Carolina | 1 p.m. | ESPN+
Central Connecticut at Miami (Fla.) | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3
San Jose State at Western Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Texas State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Toledo at Ball State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+
Washington State at Utah | 2:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Maine at Northern Illinois | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3
No. 7 Texas A&M at No. 16 Arkansas (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS
Rutgers at No. 19 Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Wyoming at UConn | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
No. 14 Iowa State at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | FOX
Colorado State at No. 5 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | FS1
UTSA at Memphis | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU
No. 9 Clemson at NC State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Towson at San Diego State | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium
Louisville at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2
Illinois at Purdue | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Kent State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Kansas at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Georgia State at No. 23 Auburn | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
Arkansas State at Tulsa | 5 p.m. | ESPN+
Charleston Southern at East Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
Buffalo at Old Dominion | 6 p.m. | ESPN+
No. 24 UCLA at Stanford | 6 p.m. | PAC-12 Network
Texas Southern at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Tennessee at No. 11 Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Kentucky at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN2
Nebraska at No. 20 Michigan State | 7 p.m. | FS1
North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | Stadium
No. 25 Kansas State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Navy at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPNU
No. 21 North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
Southern Miss at No. 1 Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
West Virginia at No. 4 Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Akron at No. 10 Ohio State | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Hawai’i at New Mexico State | 8 p.m. | Bally Sports
Indiana at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | CBSSN
Troy at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
FAU at Air Force | 8 p.m. | FS2
UAB at Tulane | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
New Mexico at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+
Cal at Washington | 9:30 p.m. | PAC-12 Network
South Florida at No. 15 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2
Arizona at No. 3 Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
Oregon State at USC | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
Colorado at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPNU
ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
- Alabama 3 – 0
- Georgia 3 – 0
- Oregon 3 – 0
- Oklahoma 3 – 0
- Iowa 3 – 0
- Penn State 3 – 0
- Texas A&M 3 – 0
- Cincinnati 3 – 0
- Clemson 2 – 1
- Ohio State 2 – 1
- Florida 2 – 1
- Notre Dame 3 – 0
- Ole Miss 3 – 0
- Iowa State 2 – 1
- BYU 3 – 0
- Arkansas 3 – 0
- Coastal Carolina 3 – 0
- Wisconsin 1 – 1
- Michigan 3 – 0
- Michigan State 3 – 0
- North Carolina 2 – 1
- Fresno State 3 – 1
- Auburn 2 – 1
- UCLA 2 – 1
- Kansas State 3 – 0
Others Receiving Votes
TCU (91) 2-0; Virginia Tech (52) 2-1; Oklahoma State (51) 3-0; Maryland (29) 3-0; Arizona State (24) 2-1; Texas (22) 2-1; San Diego State (16) 3-0; USC (16) 2-1; LSU (14) 2-1; West Virginia (14) 2-1; Kentucky (12) 3-0; Boston College (9) 3-0; Wake Forest (7) 3-0; Texas Tech (5) 3-0; Stanford (3) 2-1; Memphis (3) 3-0; Louisville (1) 2-1; Wyoming (1) 3-0
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
Stafford leads Rams to late scores in 27-24 win over Colts
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford refused to let a sore right thumb derail his Sunday plans.
Carson Wentz’s right ankle wasn’t nearly as forgiving.
Stafford led the Rams on two late scoring drives, Matt Gay made a tiebreaking 38-yard field goal with 2:23 to play and the injured Wentz watched Indianapolis’ final two possessions helplessly from the bench as the Rams held on for a 27-24 victory over the Colts.
“I was as calm as you could be,” Stafford said. “It’s just doing whatever it takes to win the game. Last time I was here (in Indy), it was a two-minute drive and field goal to win it. I felt like `Why not go do it again?'”
While Stafford wasn’t nearly as crisp or efficient as in his Rams debut, he certainly played well enough – even after his throwing hand hit the helmet of DeForest Buckner during the first half. Stafford wound up 19 of 30 with 278 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception.
And it’s clear he’s already built a pretty nifty connection with receiver Cooper Kupp, who had nine receptions for 163 yards and both scores. It was the second-highest single-game yardage total of Kupp’s career.
The combination helped the Rams (2-0) improve to 5-0 all time under coach Sean McVay in road openers.
Indianapolis, meanwhile, is reeling from the first 0-2 start in coach Frank Reich’s four-year tenure.
And things appear to be only getting tougher as the Colts embark on a three-game road trip to Tennessee, Miami and Baltimore – perhaps without their starting quarterback. Though Wentz wasn’t in a walking boot when he spoke to reporters, he said he felt sore and was upset he was watching Indy’s final two possessions helplessly from the sideline.
“It’s sore, it definitely feels sore. We’ll see how it reacts this week,” Wentz said, explaining he would need a scan of the injured ankle. “It’s a bad situation when you can’t finish, you kind of feel like you let your team down.”
Wentz certainly had his moments Sunday in leading the Colts back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit.
He made it 17-14 by finding Zach Pascal for an 8-yard TD pass and then Jack Doyle on a 2-point conversion and was cheering when the Colts took the lead after Rams long snapper Matt Orzech hit Nick Scott and the ball bounded into the end zone where Ashton Dulin recovered it for the Colts.
When Stafford answered with his second TD pass to Kupp to make it 24-21, Wentz returned the favor by positioning the Colts for a tying 35-yard field goal – on his final play.
Stafford, meanwhile, drove Los Angeles down the field again and set up Gay for the game-winner.
“They’re not all going to be pretty,” Stafford said. “It’s nice to be 2-0 instead of 1-1 or 0-2.”
Wentz was 20 of 31 with 247 yards, one TD and one interception. Jacob Eason, Wentz’s replacement, was intercepted by Jalen Ramsey on his second NFL throw.
WOES IN THE RED ZONE
One explanation for Indy’s loss was its failure, again, to score touchdowns in the red zone.
The Rams opened the game with four consecutive stops from the 1-yard line and thwarted another scoring chance when three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald knocked Jack Doyle off his route. The shovel pass instead wound up in the hands of Rams linebacker Troy Reeder at the Los Angeles 5.
“It’s unacceptable,” All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson said. “I think we ran the ball three out of four times there and we didn’t get it. We’ve got to block them better and punch it in.”
The Indianapolis Colts welcomed back their newest Hall of Famers, Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James, with a rousing halftime ovation. Both were presented with their Hall of Fame rings and team owner Jim Irsay ordered watches for each player, too.
Both had returned previously to Lucas Oil Stadium for their inductions into the Colts Ring of Honor.
“Edgerrin never had to go through a 3-13 season,” Manning said after the ceremony. “We weren’t very good until he got here. Let’s face it, once he got here, things picked up quickly. It was a fun run. It was a fun time to play. It was a great place to play and the fans were a big part of it.”
Rams: Running back Darrell Henderson left the game in the fourth quarter with a rib injury. He did not return. McVay also said linebacker Justin Lawler broke his hand.
Colts: Right tackle Braden Smith (foot), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (calf) and receivers T.Y. Hilton (neck surgery) and Parris Campbell (abdomen) all were inactive.
Rams: Hosts reigning Super Bowl champion Tom Brady next Sunday.
Colts: Visit defending AFC South champ Tennessee next Sunday.
Fields takes over for injured Dalton, Bears beat Bengals
CHICAGO (AP) Justin Fields got his first extended look as a pro. And it might be a long-term arrangement.
Fields played the second half after Andy Dalton exited with a knee injury against his former team, and the rookie quarterback used Chicago’s stellar defensive performance to direct the Bears to a 20-17 victory over Joe Burrow and the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Roquan Smith returned an interception 53 yards for his first career touchdown, one of three straight picks thrown by Burrow and four consecutive takeaways for the Bears during the decisive stretch in their first win of the season.
Fields took over on Chicago’s final drive of the second quarter after getting in on a handful of plays prior to that. But the biggest key for the Bears was the defense bouncing back after it was picked apart by Matthew Stafford in a season-opening loss at the Los Angeles Rams.
“I don’t think I’m pleased with how I played at all,” Fields said after throwing for 60 yards. “I think there’s a lot more in me that I have to show. I know there’s gonna come a time. I know it’s not gonna happen overnight, so I’m just gonna keep grinding. No matter what happens, I know I’m meant for this. I’m meant to be here.”
Dalton was hurt on a 14-yard run early in the second quarter. Fields took the final three snaps of that possession.
Dalton was in for the next drive, before Fields led Chicago’s final one of the half. Dalton took some warmup throws at halftime, but did not return to the game.
Coach Matt Nagy said Dalton was available in an emergency. He also said he was “pretty sure” Dalton did not have a serious ACL injury, though the quarterback was to be examined more in the next few days.
But would Dalton start if he’s able or Fields?
“I’m not gonna get into any of that,” Nagy said.
The Bears were up 20-3 before Burrow threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Ja’Marr Chase. Fields then got intercepted at the Chicago 25 by Logan Wilson, who returned it to the 7. Burrow hit Tee Higgins for a 7-yard TD on the next play, cutting it to 20-17 with 3:39 remaining. But the Bears hung on for their third straight win over Cincinnati (1-1).
Fields, who was in on five plays in the opener, completed just 6 of 13 passes. The No. 11 overall draft pick also ran for 31 yards.
“I’m just anxious to see what I messed up on and what I have to do better,” Fields said. “I didn’t play well in my eyes.”
If he’s the starter?
“I’ll be prepared,” Fields said.
Dalton, facing his former team for the second time in as many seasons, threw a touchdown pass to Allen Robinson. The three-time Pro Bowler, who led Dallas to a victory at Cincinnati last year, completed 9 of 11 passes for 56 yards.
Robinson caught his 40th career TD when he hauled in an 11-yarder on the game’s opening possession.
Robert Quinn had two sacks, giving him 2 1/2 this season after he had just two last year.
Burrow never threw more than one interception in his first 11 outings as a pro, and his high in 38 games for Ohio State and LSU was two. He threw three in this one.
The 2019 Heisman Trophy winner was 19 of 30 for 207 yards and two TDs, after setting career highs in passer rating (128.8) and yards per attempt (9.67) in an overtime win over Minnesota.
“That’s just me trying to force the ball trying to get something going,” he said. “You learned a lesson today that when your defense is playing as good as they are, you don’t have to force those balls. You kind of just let the game come to you.”
BEARS TAKE CONTROL
The Bears (1-1) led 10-3 after Cairo Santos kicked a 28-yard field goal in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter that was set up by Tashaun Gipson’s fumble recovery.
Smith made it a 14-point game when he leaped to haul in a short pass intended for Tyler Boyd at the 47 and returned up the left sideline.
Jaylon Johnson got his first career interception on Cincinnati’s next possession. After Chicago punted, Angelo Blackson got his first as a pro deep in Bengals territory on a ball that teammate Alec Ogletree deflected. That led to another field goal for Santos, making it 20-3.
“I think that in our first week we didn’t have the type of performance that we wanted,” defensive tackle Akiem Hicks said. “And throughout the week, there was an emphasis in order to bring those characteristics – energy, passion, playing hard throughout the snap, having those things as messages during the week. And just before the game, we reminded ourselves of this is what we want our defense to look like. Then, we came out and showed it today.”
Bengals: No injuries reported.
Bears: NT Eddie Goldman (knee) was inactive after missing the opener. He opted out of last season because of COVID-19 concerns.
Bengals: Visit Pittsburgh on Sept. 26.
Bears: Visit Cleveland on Sept. 26.
Mayfield shakes off injury, leads Browns past Texans 31-21
CLEVELAND (AP) Baker Mayfield wasn’t missing a snap. So once his left shoulder got popped back into its socket, there was no stopping him.
Just like another tough-as-nails quarterback.
“He’s like Brett Favre 2.0,” Browns star defensive end Myles Garrett said with smile. “Less picks, though.”
Mayfield came back after the injury to throw a touchdown pass and run for a TD, leading Cleveland to a 31-21 win Sunday over the Houston Texans, who were in it until starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor hurt his hamstring.
Nick Chubb had a 26-yard touchdown run for the Browns (1-1), who bounced back from blowing a double-digit lead and losing at Kansas City to thrill their first capacity home crowd since 2019.
Mayfield went 10 for 10 after a first-half interception – he injured his non-throwing shoulder while making the tackle on the play – and finished 19 of 21 for 213 yards. Chubb had 95 yards on 11 carries.
“He just lets stuff roll off his back,” Garrett said. “He doesn’t let the last play affect him good or bad – touchdown or interception. He just rolls with the punches and stays the same.”
Rookie Demetric Felton caught a short pass from Mayfield, made a spin move, broke a tackle and went 33 yards in the third quarter for an electrifying TD to put Cleveland ahead for good.
The Texans (1-1) were tied at halftime and moving the ball with ease before losing Taylor for the second half.
The 32-year-old, who spent 2018 with Cleveland and got Houston’s job this season by default because of Deshaun Watson’s legal troubles, completed 10 of 11 passes in the first half for 125 yards.
Texans coach David Culley said Taylor got hurt just before halftime.
“He came off to the sideline and was running to the left, and he kind of pulled up and knew something was wrong,” Culley said. “He thought he was OK, but once we got him in, we realized it was something.”
Taylor was not made available to the media.
Taylor’s injury forced rookie Davis Mills into his first NFL action and he threw an interception on his second series.
Culley was asked if there’s a chance Watson, who has requested a trade and remains exiled, could play Thursday against Carolina.
“We’ll have to see,” he said.
Mills threw a 2-yard TD pass to Brandin Cooks in the fourth quarter to pull the Texans within 24-21.
But the Browns responded with an 82-yard scoring drive – mostly on the ground – that Chubb ended with his score.
Not everything went Cleveland’s way. Wide receiver Jarvis Landry suffered a medial collateral ligament injury on the second offensive play and didn’t return. Coach Kevin Stefanski said Landry will undergo an MRI on the injured knee on Monday.
For a while, Browns fans nervously wondered how long Mayfield might be out.
After throwing his pick, Cleveland’s QB was hurt when he extended his arm to try and trip Texans safety Justin Reid – on a play where rookie receiver Anthony Schwartz stopped running. Mayfield stayed on the ground in obvious pain while being assessed.
He was checked in the medical tent before jogging to the locker room. Mayfield returned to the bench area a few minutes later.
“Obviously not an ideal situation,” Mayfield said. “Trying to force him back inside and I think he realized it was me standing right there, so put his head down and ran right after me. Kind of popped in and out, but it will be good.
“Nothing too serious.”
Mayfield, who is 40 of 49 in two games, almost seemed embarrassed by Garrett’s Favre comparison.
“I’m not the only one who’s dealing with injuries, by no means is that the case,” he said. “Everybody’s fighting through something. The healthiest you are the whole year is when you show up for camp, after that it’s all downhill. So I’m going to tough it out, just because these guys are as well.
“I’m not getting hit every play, so when I do, let’s just go. Let’s roll with it.”
While Mayfield was out, Taylor scored on a 15-yard scamper on third down to give the Texans a 14-7 lead.
On his first possession back, Mayfield scored on a 5-yard run he celebrated by firing the ball into the wall in front of the Dawg Pound section.
“I was just going to get in there no matter what,” he said.
Landry’s injury not only affected Cleveland’s offense, but ended an impressive streak.
The eight-year veteran had caught at least two passes in 111 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in history. Hall of Famer Tim Brown holds the record with 147, one more than Jerry Rice.
Texans linebacker Zach Cunningham didn’t play the first quarter, and Culley said it was because of “disciplinary” reasons.
Asked to elaborate Culley said, “That’s internal.”
Texans: WR Nico Collins (shoulder) got hurt in the first quarter and didn’t return. … S Eric Murray (concussion), WR Danny Amendola (hamstring), TE Antony Auclair (eye), CB Terrance Mitchell (head) and Reid (lower leg/head) were also hurt.
Browns: LT Jedrick Wills started despite not practicing all week. He played until the third quarter before being replaced. “He’s still in his second year so to see him fight to get out there was great,” Stefanski said.
Texans: Quick turnaround with the Panthers at home Thursday.
Browns: Host the Chicago Bears next Sunday.
Lamar Jackson finally leads Ravens over Chiefs 36-35
BALTIMORE (AP) With a vault and a jump pass, and all the confidence from his coach and teammates he could ask for, Lamar Jackson finally beat Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City.
Using his legs to rush for 107 yards and scoring twice, including flipping into the end zone for the winning score, Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Chiefs 36-35 Sunday night.
Jackson was 0-3 against the Chiefs, and he needed all of his multiple skills to break through to hand Mahomes his first loss in September after 11 victories. The matchup of NFL MVPs – Mahomes in 2018, Jackson the next year – was a wild affair from the start.
And the Ravens needed a fumble by Clyde Edwards-Helaire as Kansas City was marching into field goal range to clinch it.
With Jackson leading the Ravens’ 251 yards rushing and throwing for 239 and a score, Baltimore ensured that all four AFC North teams would have 1-1 records. Kansas City, which allowed 481 yards and gained 405, also is 1-1 in the rugged AFC West.
Jackson had his ninth career 100-yard rushing game, tied with Michael Vick for most by a quarterback.
The dynamic Jackson twice got into the end zone to his right with dives – well, the last TD was more of a somersault.
“I landed on my butt,” he claimed, laughing.
Twice the Ravens misfired on 2-point conversions, but Jackson’s run for a first down on fourth-and-1 after Edwards-Helaire fumbled secured the victory.
“He (coach John Harbaugh) asked if we wanted to go for it,” Jackson said. “I said, `Hell yeah.’
“I said, `Man, I got to get this first down no matter what.”
Like a video game with no controller for defense, the teams moved up and down the field with little opposition. Most thrilling was Travis Kelce’s 46-yard slalom in which he avoided nearly the entire Baltimore defensive unit before falling into the end zone, exhausted.
But it was not enough because Mahomes finally threw an interception in September, to Tavon Young, which set up Jackson’s first touchdown run.
“We were strong and together and we kept that focus,” Jackson said, referring to the overtime loss at Las Vegas to open the season. “I know my team is going to look at me and I got to do it for my guys.”
The Chiefs broke a 14-14 tie with a precise drive late in the first half, sparked by a 20-yard screen pass to backup tight end Blake Bell. Darrel Williams ran it in from the 10 with 51 seconds to go.
That was enough time for Baltimore to reach field-goal range for Justin Tucker, who nailed a 43-yarder. The problem for the Ravens: Kansas City got the second-half kickoff.
Mahomes capped a quick 74-yard drive with a short pass to Byron Pringle, who eluded two tacklers for a 40-yard score and a 28-17 lead.
And the problem for the Chiefs was their defense, which was getting shredded – aside from Tyrann Mathieu’s interceptions – had to take the field. It completely lost Marquise Brown on a 42-yard jump pass TD four plays after Pringle scored.
“Lamar’s a heck of a football player,” Chiefs DE Frank Clark said. “He does everything that he can. … They took it. They came in, beat us in the rushing attack. We missed tackles.”
Of course, with Mahomes chucking the ball and guys like Kelce catching it, the Chiefs barely shrug in such circumstances. And Kelce’s highlight-reel touchdown restored the 11-point margin; he finished with seven catches for 109 yards.
Young’s pick – Mahomes said “It’s probably one of the worst interceptions I’ve probably ever had” – set up Baltimore near midfield and yet another quick drive was finished by Jackson’s sprint right and dive for a 2-yard score. But a 2-point conversion pass to Brown was negated by a penalty and the Ravens failed on the next try.
They didn’t miss the winning score when they got the chance to go ahead. That Jackson made like a gymnast added a superb twist to it all.
“I love being around this team,” Harbaugh said of his undermanned group. “I told them it would be an honor to be on the field with them. What makes me proud of these guys is that’s who we are and what we do.”
Mahomes was 24 for 31 for 343 yards and three TDs, with the interception.
Kansas City struck quickly – and with its defense. When receiver Sammy Watkins, a former Chief, slipped, Mathieu was there to grab Jackson’s second pass of the game. The 2020 All-Pro sped down the left side for a touchdown.
Baltimore answered right back on a 75-yard drive highlighted by Devonta Freeman’s 31-yard run. From the Chiefs 10, running back Ty’Son Williams was headed into the end zone when he fumbled. The ball popped into the air to teammate Devin Duvernay, who surged in to tie it.
So the Chiefs responded with a 92-yard drive capped by Demarcus Robinson beating Anthony Levine on a post pattern for a 33-yard score. Less than nine minutes in, it was 14-7.
Mathieu’s second interception of the opening quarter ended another impressive Baltimore drive as Jackson threw into triple coverage. It didn’t help much as penalties put the Chiefs in a third-and-39 – and not even Mahomes Magic could handle that.
Baltimore, already ravaged by injuries, lost safety DeShon Elliott to a concussion and nose tackle Brandon Williams to a strained neck.
FANS ON HAND
For the first time since 2019, the Ravens had a full house for a home game. They did allow limited attendance for part of last season during the pandemic.
Two bands played outside the stadium and Ravens cheerleaders made an appearance in balmy weather beforehand. The crowd of 70,417 got plenty of excitement just before kickoff when Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis was introduced and did his customary dance on the field.
With their 251 yards rushing, the Ravens have 41 consecutive games with at least 100 yards on the ground. Pittsburgh holds the NFL record at 43 from 1974-77.
Kansas City hosts the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
Baltimore is at Detroit on Sunday.
Darnold throws 2 TDs, Panthers D dominates Saints 26-7
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Through two games, quarterback Sam Darnold is thriving in Carolina.
With an effective running game led by Christian McCaffrey, a reliable set of wide receivers that includes D.J. Moore and defense that is playing lights-out, Darnold is off to a 2-0 start as Carolina’s starting quarterback.
Darnold threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday and Carolina’s defense turned in another stellar performance in a dominant 26-7 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Darnold connected on TD passes to Brandon Zylstra and Moore, and McCaffrey battled through leg cramps to pile up 137 yards from scrimmage and scored his first touchdown as the Panthers (2-0) defeated the Saints for only the second time in the past 10 tries.
McCaffrey’s presence has been key for Darnold, allowing the fourth-year QB to use more play action and bootleg rollouts than he did with the New York Jets, freezing the defense. That was evident when he connected with Zylstra on a 20-yard touchdown pass after a bootleg that bought him extra time to find the open receiver.
“I’ve always had confidence, that’s never going to change,” said Darnold, who was 13-25 as a starter in three seasons with the Jets. “But just finding completions and continuing to move the ball down the field is a good feeling.”
Added tight end Dan Arnold: “The biggest thing is up front we’re running the ball really well and that opens up a lot of that play action. That was one of our keys today was running the ball. When you have that success you are able to open up a lot more of the offense.”
Jameis Winston struggled after throwing five TD passes in a 38-3 win over the Green Bay Packers in the season opener. Winston, who replaced future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, was held to 111 yards passing, intercepted twice and sacked four times on a day when the Saints (1-1) were limited to 128 yards on offense, their fewest ever under coach Sean Payton.
Carolina’s defense held Alvin Kamara to 5 yards on eight carries as the Saints struggled with five of the team’s offensive coaches out because of COVID-19 protocols. In all, the Saints were missing eight assistant coaches because of COVID-19.
“Our protection plan wasn’t good,” Payton added. “It had nothing to do with us being short-handed.”
The Panthers racked up 383 yards, and had 28 first downs to New Orleans’ 6.
“We left our defense out on the field too much,” Kamara said. “We’ve got to do a better job of finding our rhythm and being more efficient on first and second down. I don’t blame anybody. It’s on us. We’ve got to do better.”
For the second straight week, the Panthers’ defense set the tone by pitching a shutout in the first half. Carolina has outscored its two opponents 33-0 in the opening half.
The Panthers have 10 sacks and three interceptions through two weeks and defensive end Haason Reddick said, “Right now, we’re exceeding where I thought we would be as a defense. … We’re just getting after it.”
Defensive end Morgan Fox said that is because guys have “bought in” to coordinator Phil Snow’s defensive scheme.
“When you have the back half covering extremely well that allows guys to make plays and guys up front are learning how to rush together,” Fox said. “It just goes to show what everyone is locked in and ready to do their part.”
Darnold was solid, but not perfect.
The Panthers were in complete control until late in the third quarter when Darnold nearly allowed the Saints back in the game. He attempted a shovel pass that defensive end Malcolm Roach intercepted and returned to the Carolina 18.
Winston took advantage five plays later with an 8-yard touchdown run to cut Carolina’s lead to 17-7.
But the Panthers regained their composure and put the Saints away after McCaffrey returned to the game following missing two series with leg cramping. He scored on an 11-yard run to help put the game out of reach.
The Panthers are 2-0 for the first time since 2017, which is also the most recent time they reached the playoffs.
Carolina has started 2-0 seven times in franchise history, reaching the playoffs six of those seasons.
When asked if he thinks the Panthers are a playoff team, defensive end Brian Burns said, “Yeah, facts. I mean I’m not going to say we’re not. I believe in my guys and I believe in myself and I would pick us against anybody.”
The Saints struggled in their first away game with crowd noise leading to a handful of false start penalties and other miscues.
“I have to communicate better and be louder,” Winston said. “Our first time on the road, I definitely have to use my voice to let the offensive lineman know the protection and what we want.”
Saints: Cornerback Marshon Lattimore (hand) and nickel back C.J. Gardner-Johnson (knee) were declared out before the game.
Panthers: Left guard Pat Elflein left in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. He was replaced by Dennis Daley.
Saints: at New England next Sunday.
Panthers: at Houston on Thursday night.
Sutton’s career day helps Broncos beat woeful Jaguars 23-13
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Courtland Sutton re-established himself as Denver’s go-to guy with a career day.
With Jerry Jeudy sidelined because of a high ankle sprain, Sutton turned in his best performance as a pro as the Broncos beat woeful Jacksonville 23-13 on Sunday and handed the Jaguars a 17th consecutive loss.
Sutton finished with nine catches for 159 yards, including a 55-yarder on the second play of the second half and a shoestring grab in the third quarter that surely rates among his best plays in four seasons.
It came a day before the one-year anniversary of a knee injury that cost him 15 games last season and one week after finishing with one reception for 14 yards at the New York Giants.
“There was a lot of hard work that went into it,” Sutton said. “I’ve had a lot of people in my corner just supporting me throughout that whole process. I take each play as an opportunity to go be me.”
The Broncos, 2-0 for the seventh time in their last nine seasons, waited years to see this kind of outing from Sutton. It was just the third 100-yard receiving game for the 2018 second-round draft pick.
He looked unstoppable against the Jaguars (0-2), who struggled to keep pace with him on deep routes and crossing patterns.
Sutton had nearly half of Bridgewater’s 328 yards passing. Bridgewater completed 26 of 34 throws, with TD tosses to Tim Patrick and Noah Fant, and played mistake-free football for the second straight week.
Bridgewater became the fourth player in NFL history to open a season with consecutive games in which he had two TD passes, no interceptions and completed 75% of his passes, joining Drew Brees (2018), Aaron Rodgers (2015) and Jeff George (1994).
“Man, it was great seeing Court going out there and making plays,” Bridgewater said. “We just told our guys we got to win the one-on-one battles. … He had a career day today. We talk about the sacrifices he’s made to get back to this point.”
No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence capped an 83-yard drive to open the game with a 25-yard pass to Marvin Jones. But Jacksonville managed just 106 yards the rest of the way.
It was the 19th time in franchise history – and first since the 2018 season finale – that the Jags finished with fewer than 200 yards of offense.
Lawrence completed 14 of 33 passes for 118 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. He now has five picks in two games.
“Making sure I keep my confidence every week is big, and I think I have that,” Lawrence said. “We’re going to get better. We’re close.
“Obviously last week and this week doesn’t look great when you look at the numbers, but I really feel like we’re close and we’ve just got to make some more plays and stick together.”
Bradley Chubb’s return from an ankle injury was short-lived. Denver’s standout linebacker left in the second quarter after aggravating the injury. Chubb looked noticeably upset as he walked off the field.
Chubb and Von Miller, one of the NFL’s most dominant pass-rushing duos, were on the field together for the first time in nearly two years. They last did that on Sept. 29, 2019, against the Jaguars.
First-round draft pick Patrick Surtain II, making his first career start in place of Denver cornerback Ronald Darby (hamstring), got his first career interception. The rookie made a great grab near the sideline in front of Tyron Johnson.
“I was pretty comfortable,” Surtain said. “I was expecting going into the game they were going to try me early. I had to make up for it.”
Jamal Agnew returned a kickoff 102 yards late in the game, but the Jaguars promptly got flagged for delay of game on the ensuing kickoff.
The score was one of the few bright spots for Jacksonville. Coach Urban Meyer has said repeatedly that he wants to have one of the league’s best special teams units, and for one play, his team looked the part.
Josh Lambo’s struggles continued Sunday, raising questions whether the Jaguars will make a move at kicker. Lambo missed two field-goal attempts, making him 0 for 3 on the season.
Lambo, who had hip surgery last year, was wide right from 52 yards and wide left from 48. He was wide left on a 55-yarder last week at Houston.
“I’m not giving up on Josh Lambo,” Meyer said.
Broncos LB Josey Jewell left in the first half with a shoulder injury. The Jaguars lost TE James O’Shaughnessy (ankle), CB CJ Henderson (hip) and RG A.J. Cann (hamstring).
Broncos: Host the winless Jets next Sunday, ending a three-game opening stretch that’s likely the softest in the NFL.
Jaguars: Host Arizona next Sunday. The Cardinals have won the last three meetings.
Bills knock out Tua, roll past Dolphins yet again, win 35-0
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Another Buffalo-Miami game, another lopsided Bills victory. And this one might wind up hurting the Dolphins more than most of the others.
Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes, Zach Moss ran for two scores and the Bills knocked out Miami quarterback Tua Tagovailoa early with a rib injury on the way to a 35-0 win on Sunday.
Devin Singletary rushed for 82 yards and another touchdown for the Bills (1-1). Buffalo has won six consecutive games in the series, doing so by an average of 20 points. This marks only the second time the Bills have won six in a row against the Dolphins (1-1).
“I saw a hunger in our football team this week,” Bills coach Sean McDermott said. “We’ve got plenty to work on, though, and that’s what we have to get back to. Try to improve every week, that’s the goal.”
Added Bills safety Micah Hyde: “We were men on a mission this week.”
The last time the teams met was in Buffalo to end last season, a 56-26 romp by the Bills. This, somehow, was worse for Miami. It was the second-worst shutout loss by the Dolphins at home, topped only by a 43-0 defeat to New England in 2019.
“I think as a team we all struggled,” Dolphins left tackle Austin Jackson said. “Clearly.”
Tagovailoa lasted only two series, knocked out of the game on a failed fourth-down play near midfield where Buffalo’s A.J. Epenesa blew past Dolphins right tackle Jesse Davis and was at full speed when he launched into Miami’s quarterback. Tagovailoa needed a couple tries just to get to the sideline, was carted to the locker room not long afterward and didn’t return.
Tagovailoa was having tests performed, a process that will continue into Monday, Dolphins coach Brian Flores said.
Jacoby Brissett took over, completing 24 of 40 passes for 169 yards. Allen completed 17 of 33 passes for 179 yards for Buffalo.
“We didn’t play well in any area,” Flores said. “We beat ourselves. Penalties, dropped passes, missed tackles and that starts with me. I’ve got to do a better job. I’ve got to do a better job of getting us ready to go and that wasn’t the case today. Give Buffalo credit. They’re a good team. They played well in all three phases. But we need to do a much better job from an execution standpoint.”
Tagovailoa got sacked twice on a three-and-out opening possession, setting up a punt and Buffalo taking over with a short field. Singletary scored on a 46-yard run, the second-longest score of his career, on Buffalo’s second play from scrimmage.
“They started fast,” Dolphins defensive lineman Christian Wilkins said. “We didn’t.”
The next drive ended when Tagovailoa got hurt. Buffalo took the ball and before long Allen found Stefon Diggs – running away from Xavien Howard, who lost a shoe – in the back of the end zone for a quick 14-0 lead.
Miami’s defense tightened for the rest of the half, yielding 38 yards and no points on Buffalo’s next six possessions. But Buffalo made it 21-0 when Allen found Dawson Knox for a score on the first possession of the third quarter, and Moss scored twice in the fourth.
“We came in with guys who were focused,” McDermott said. “Obviously we didn’t like how the game went a week ago, so you’ve got to respond.”
Bills: CB Levi Wallace was dealing with leg cramps in the first half, on a humid day where the heat index was near 100 degrees. LB Tremaine Edmunds was not on the field to begin the second half, also because of cramps.
Dolphins: Besides Tagovailoa, Miami also saw WR Jakeem Grant leave in the first half with an ankle injury. Davis also was diagnosed with a knee injury.
Not a good weekend for football in South Florida. The Miami Hurricanes lost 38-17 to Michigan State on Saturday and that, combined with Buffalo’s rout, makes this the first time where the Hurricanes and Dolphins both lost by at least 21 points at home on the same weekend.
Allen went over the 10,000-yard passing mark for his career, the sixth player to do so for the Bills. He hit the milestone – he was only 23 yards shy entering Sunday – in his 45th start, matching the number of starts that Hall of Famer Jim Kelly needed to throw for that many in his Buffalo days.
Miami’s defense has registered at least one takeaway in 24 consecutive games, by far the longest active streak in the league. Dallas and Tennessee entered Sunday on eight-game streaks. Miami’s is the longest streak in the NFL since New England forced at least one turnover in 36 consecutive regular-season games, a stretch that ended in 2013.
Bills: Buffalo returns home to face Washington next Sunday, the first meeting between those teams since a 24-9 Bills win in 2019.
Dolphins: Miami heads to Las Vegas. The Dolphins won at Las Vegas 26-25 on Dec. 26.
Jones, Patriots breeze past Jets as Wilson throws 4 INTs
AST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Mac Jones kept his mistakes to a minimum, moved the ball down the field and did enough to earn his first NFL victory with the New England Patriots.
Thanks, also, in large part to a nightmarish outing by Zach Wilson for the New York Jets.
Jones was smart and efficient, Damien Harris and James White had touchdown runs and the Patriots intercepted Wilson four times in a 25-6 victory Sunday.
“It feels good,” Jones said. “It’s what everyone is saying: It’s hard to win in the NFL. You’ve got to take it for what it’s worth. We’ll get better. Anyone who watched the game would agree that the offense can play better.”
At least he and the Patriots were better than Wilson and the Jets. And it wasn’t close.
Jones, the No. 15 overall pick in the draft, went 22 of 30 for 186 yards for the Patriots (1-1) a week after going 29 for 39 for 281 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Miami.
“He’s going to compete for four quarters, no matter what’s going on,” White said. “He stays motivated. It’s tough out there being a rookie quarterback. A lot of things get thrown at you. He stayed locked in throughout the entire game.”
New England topped New York for the 11th straight game, boosted by Wilson throwing the ball to the wrong team in the home opener for the Jets (0-2), who have lost 11 straight in September.
It got so bad early in the fourth quarter when the No. 2 overall draft pick overthrew a receiver, the crowd at MetLife Stadium – boisterous and excited early at their first game since Dec. 22, 2019, because of the pandemic – began booing the young QB.
“They should be booing, right?” Wilson said. “We didn’t play well on offense. Our defense gave us a good chance to win. We didn’t execute, we didn’t move the ball well and we didn’t score any points. We’ve got to do a better job there.”
Wilson (19 of 33 for 210 yards and the four INTs) struggled right away.
“It’s on my shoulders,” Wilson said. “I’ve got to do better.”
Wilson’s struggles might have been expected: Bill Belichick is 22-6 against rookie quarterbacks since taking over as Patriots coach in 2000.
“Bill always talks about winning the turnover margin, and how big an indication that is of who wins the game,” said Patriots safety Devin McCourty, who had one of the four INTs. “In order to win the turnover margin, we’ve got to create turnovers. We did a good job of that early in the game. That had a big impact on the game.”
After Marcus Maye’s sack pushed the Patriots out of field goal position on their opening possession, the Jets got the ball at their 8. Wilson threw downfield to Corey Davis in traffic and J.C. Jackson tipped it into the air, McCourty deflected it and the ball landed in Jackson’s hands for his first of two interceptions.
The Patriots capitalized with Nick Folk’s 46-yard field goal.
“You go out there and set the tone,” Jackson said, “and hopefully your teammates feed off that.”
Wilson’s second pass was also picked off, this time Adrian Phillips grabbing the ball after the high throw went off Davis’ hands. New England got into the end zone, with White running it in for a 10-0 lead.
Wilson made another poor decision on New York’s fourth drive with an underthrown pass to Elijah Moore that was easily picked off by Jackson again.
Wilson was the first player since at least 1991 to throw INTs on each of his first two pass attempts in a game, according to NFL Research. He was also the first player since at least ’91 to throw three INTs in his first five pass attempts in a game.
“He was off a little bit,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said.
The fourth interception opened the second half when he floated a pass downfield that was easily picked off by McCourty. Two plays later, Harris shed what appeared to be seven – yes, seven! – tackle attempts by the Jets for a 26-yard touchdown.
Folk, a former Jet, made a 32-yarder in the third quarter for his franchise-record 32nd consecutive field goal. He added a 26-yarder to cap his day.
“I’ve heard, but it doesn’t matter to me really,” Folk said of the mark. “I’ve never been one for records.”
With Wilson struggling, Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy – inactive with a throat injury – took to Twitter and got social media buzzing.
“Ghosts again?!?” Van Noy tweeted in the third quarter.
He was referring, of course, to former Jets quarterback Sam Darnold being caught on TV saying he felt as though he was “seeing ghosts” in New England’s 33-0 rout in Week 7 of the 2019 season.
Wilson was asked if he saw ghosts: “No,” he said. “Definitely not.”
The Jets trailed only 13-3 at halftime, but history showed the Patriots had it all but wrapped up. New England has won 41 consecutive games when leading by double digits after two quarters, the NFL’s longest such active streak.
Patriots: RT Trent Brown sat with a calf injury, and replacement Yasir Durant was benched in the second half after allowing three sacks. Durant was replaced by Dustin Herron.
Jets: WR Jamison Crowder was a surprise scratch after Saleh said his groin injury “flared up” a bit Friday.
Patriots: host the New Orleans Saints next Sunday.
Jets: head to Denver next Sunday.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Bosa lead 49ers past Eagles 17-11
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jimmy Garoppolo wasn’t thinking about Trey Lance coming into the game. He was too busy using his own legs to convert first downs.
Garoppolo threw one touchdown pass and ran in for a score, leading the San Francisco 49ers to a 17-11 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
Nick Bosa had two sacks and San Francisco’s stingy defense shut down Jalen Hurts a week after Philadelphia dominated Atlanta in a 32-6 win.
Hurts completed just 12 of 23 passes for 190 yards. He ran for 82 yards, including a 1-yard TD in the fourth quarter.
The 49ers (2-0) return home after practicing all week at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia with a pair of road wins in the Eastern time zone to open the season.
The Eagles (1-1) got a reality check in coach Nick Sirianni’s first home game.
Garoppolo took all the snaps a week after an impressive performance in a 41-33 win at Detroit. He ran for five first downs, including four sneaks.
“That’s part of being the quarterback. You gotta want the ball,” Garoppolo said.
Lance, the No. 3 overall draft pick, played four snaps last week and threw a TD pass against the Lions. But Niners coach Kyle Shanahan didn’t bring him in against Philadelphia.
“It is what it is that whole thing,” Garoppolo said. “You can’t worry about that. You can only control what you can control. It’s a football game. There’s a lot going on in your mind.”
A sellout crowd greeted the Eagles for the first time since a playoff loss to Seattle on Jan. 5, 2020. With COVID-19 restrictions lifted, fans were tailgating six hours before kickoff. One guy brought a 49ers helmet and walked it around a parking lot on a dog leash. White “Go Birds” T-shirts were placed on every seat inside the Linc, though it was a sea of green once the stadium filled up.
They had little to cheer after the defense held the 49ers to three straight three-and-out possessions to start the game.
“We had a lot of opportunities we didn’t capitalize on,” Hurts said. “We have to be consistent in our execution. I have to be consistent in my execution as field general. A lot to learn.”
San Francisco’s offense finally got going after its own strong defensive stand. Garoppolo drove the 49ers 97 yards on 12 plays, capping it with an 11-yard TD pass to Jauan Jennings – his first career catch – for a 7-3 lead in the final minute of the first half.
The drive began after Philadelphia missed a huge opportunity to go up 10-0. After Hurts connected with Quez Watkins for a 91-yard gain to the Niners 6, the Eagles had a first down at the 1 following a pass interference penalty on Josh Norman. But, on fourth down from the 3, wide receiver Greg Ward took a flip on a reverse and threw an incomplete pass to Hurts in the back of the end zone. Ward was a quarterback in college.
“For it to be 7-3 at halftime was pretty unbelievable,” Shanahan said.
The 49ers went ahead 14-3 in the fourth on Garoppolo’s sneak from the 1. Robbie Gould’s 46-yard field goal made it 17-3.
After Hurts scored, Kenny Gainwell ran in for the 2-point conversion. But the Eagles didn’t get the ball back.
Garoppolo finished 22 of 30 for 189 yards.
Hurts threw a 38-yard TD pass to Jalen Reagor that was overturned because the 2020 first-round pick stepped out of bounds before he made the catch down the right sideline.
Javon Kinlaw then blocked Jake Elliott’s 47-yard attempt.
DISRESPECTING ROCKY BALBOA
A large group of 49ers fans attempted to take over the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Art Museum on Saturday night. They raced up the steps, waived Niners banners and tried place a banner on Sylvester Stallone’s bronze likeness.
49ers: RB Trey Sermon (head), RB JaMycal Hasty (ankle) and FB Kyle Juszczyk (lower body) left in the fourth quarter. … DL Kevin Givens (ankle) exited in the first but returned.
Eagles: Pro Bowl DE Brandon Graham (Achilles) was carted off the field in the second quarter. Graham had missed only one game since 2011. He said on Twitter that he’ll miss the rest of the season. … Three-time Pro Bowl RG Brandon Brooks (chest) also left in the second quarter. … LB Davion Taylor (calf) left in the third quarter.
49ers: Host the Green Bay Packers in their home opener next Sunday night.
Eagles: Visit the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 27.
Carr throws for 382 yards, Raiders top Steelers 26-17
PITTSBURGH (AP) Jon Gruden’s long, arduous multi-state, multi-year rebuilding project may finally be nearing its end.
The swagger might be back for the Las Vegas Raiders. The deep ball certainly is.
Derek Carr threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns, including a pretty 61-yard strike to Henry Ruggs midway through the fourth quarter, as the Raiders toppled Pittsburgh 26-17 on Sunday.
Not bad for a team playing on a short week on the other side of the country without its starting running back and any sort of offensive balance. It didn’t matter, particularly once the Steelers lost star outside linebacker T.J. Watt to a groin injury in the second quarter.
“Honestly, anytime (Watt) is on the field he wrecks everything,” Carr said, later adding, “When he’s out of the game you notice he’s out but that doesn’t mean that we can do this or we can do that. We run our stuff in Las Vegas and have full confidence in our guys.”
It certainly looked like it.
Carr shredded the Pittsburgh secondary in Watt’s absence, completing 16 of 21 for 263 yards in the second half, including a 9-yard flip to Foster Moreau in the third quarter and a rainbow to Ruggs with 9:35 remaining that gave the Las Vegas defense all the cushion it would need.
“You just see this gear that not a lot of human beings have,” Carr said of Ruggs. “It makes it fun for me.”
Ben Roethlisberger passed for 295 yards, including a 25-yard catch-and-run early in the fourth quarter that rookie running back Najee Harris turned into the first touchdown of his career that drew the Steelers within 16-14.
The Raiders (2-0) responded immediately. Facing third-and-10 on Las Vegas’ next possession, Carr had plenty of time to step up and heave it to a streaking Ruggs, who raced past Pittsburgh’s Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ahkello Witherspoon and into the end zone as the Raiders beat the Steelers for the sixth time in their last eight meetings.
“Not many guys can run that fast and track the ball,” Gruden said of Ruggs. “It was certainly a big play. The protection, the revolving door we had up front in the critical moment and the throw . there was a lot of good stuff to go around.”
Ruggs finished with five receptions for 113 yards, one of four Raiders with five grabs as Carr spread it around.
“We’re loaded with playmakers,” Ruggs said. “We have guys ready to step up at any time.”
The Steelers held Las Vegas tight end Darren Waller relatively in check until it mattered. Waller’s 25-yard reception with just over 2 minutes to go set up Daniel Carlson’s fourth field goal that provided the final margin, sending the first full crowd at Heinz Field in nearly 21 months trudging toward the exit.
“I’m not going to say London Bridge is falling down, but we’ve got to grow from this,” Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward said. “We’ve got to keep harping on our mistakes and understand how big those (get off) plays are.”
A week after pulling off a stunner in Buffalo in the opener, Pittsburgh got off to another slow start.
This time, there would be no second-half surge.
Harris again found little room to run behind Pittsburgh’s retooled offensive line, managing just 39 yards on 10 carries. The first-round pick added five receptions for 43 yards, including an acrobatic stretch across the goal line for his first touchdown as a pro.
Still, the offense operated in only fits and starts. Roethlisberger completed 27 of 40 passes and absorbed 10 hits and two sacks while playing behind an offensive line featuring two rookies in left tackle Dan Moore Jr. and center Kendrick Green.
“Right now my play is just not good enough,” Roethlisberger said. “If I play better, we have a chance to win the football game.”
The offense’s inability to control the ball forced the Steelers’ suddenly injury-ravaged defense had to be on the field for long stretches. The Raiders held the ball for more than 34 minutes and had 286 of their 425 yards after halftime.
Steelers veteran right guard Trai Turner was ejected in the fourth quarter following an altercation with the Raiders defensive tackle Solomon Thomas. Video seemed to indicate Turner spit on Thomas, leading to referees to toss him from the rest of the game.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin believes Turner was simply reacting to being spat on.
“Trai is not a young guy,” Tomlin said. “He’s not overly emotional. He’s a flat-liner … I didn’t believe he did enough to be kicked out of the football game. That’s just my opinion.”
Raiders: Rookie LT Alex Leatherwood left in the second quarter with an oblique injury and did not return. … S Dallin Leavitt was evaluated for a concussion. … CB Casey Hayward Jr. dealt with cramps.
Steelers: DT Tyson Alualu left in the first quarter with a fractured right ankle and will be out indefinitely. … WR Diontae Johnson sustained a knee injury on the game’s final play. … CB Joe Haden and LB Devin Bush were inactive due to groin injuries.
Raiders: Host Miami next Sunday. Las Vegas is 0-2 against the Dolphins since Gruden returned as coach in 2018, including a 26-25 setback last December.
Steelers: Open AFC North play next Sunday when Cincinnati visits Heinz Field. Pittsburgh has won 14 of 16 against the Bengals.
Cards win 34-33 thriller after Vikings miss last-second FG
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Kyler Murray threw for 400 yards and three touchdowns, and the Arizona Cardinals topped the Minnesota Vikings 34-33 on Sunday after Greg Joseph missed a 37-yard field goal wide right in the final seconds.
It was a fitting ending to a seesaw game that saw the lead change hands eight times. The dizzying offensive pace – Arizona had a 24-23 halftime lead – slowed considerably in the final minutes, and there were no touchdowns scored in the final quarter.
Murray also ran for a touchdown and threw two costly interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.
The Cardinals (2-0) looked as if they were about to lose before Joseph’s last-second miss. He made two 52-yard field goals earlier in the game, giving no indication he’d have trouble pushing the Vikings to a win.
It’s another dispiriting setback for the Vikings (0-2), who lost in overtime at Cincinnati last weekend. Kirk Cousins threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns while Dalvin Cook ran for 131 yards on 22 carries.
Minnesota’s Nick Vigil returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the third quarter, jumping in front of a pass Murray intended for Rondale Moore. It gave the Vikings a 30-24 lead.
Murray shook off the mistake and led the Cardinals on an eight-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown pass to veteran A.J. Green. It was Green’s first touchdown for the Cardinals and gave them a 31-30 lead.
The teams traded field goals in the fourth, with Matt Prater’s 27-yard kick giving Arizona a 34-33 lead with 4:25 left.
It looked as if another field goal would decide the game, but Joseph’s kick drifted right as the Cardinals celebrated.
Arizona led 24-23 at the break after Prater booted a franchise-record 62-yard field goal as time expired in an action-packed first half.
Murray scampered out of the pocket late in the second quarter, spinning away from two defenders before finding a wide-open Moore for a 77-yard touchdown pass, giving the Cardinals their first lead at 21-20.
The Vikings’ secondary moved toward the line of scrimmage when Murray started scrambling and didn’t see Moore, who had settled behind the defense and didn’t have a defender within several yards. Moore – a rookie who was a second-round draft pick out of Purdue – finished with 114 yards receiving.
Minnesota responded with a quick drive downfield that was capped by Joseph’s 52-yard field goal.
The Vikings scored on just the second play of the game when Cousins connected with a wide-open K.J. Osborn for a 64-yard touchdown. There appeared to be a miscommunication in the Cardinals secondary on the play: Cornerback Byron Murphy stayed with Osborn for a few moments before stopping, Osborn kept going, and there wasn’t any help from the safeties deep.
DeAndre Hopkins caught a touchdown pass for the Cardinals. Osborn led the Vikings with 91 yards receiving.
Prater’s 62-yard field goal just before halftime nearly matched his NFL record of 64 yards that he set in 2013 while with the Denver Broncos.
The 37-year-old, two-time Pro Bowl kicker was acquired in the offseason as an upgrade for Zane Gonzales, who made some big kicks in 2020 but was also inconsistent.
Prater’s kick on Sunday had plenty of distance in the indoor setting, spitting the uprights with some room to spare.
Patrick Peterson returned to the desert after signing with the Vikings during the offseason. The three-time All-Pro played his first 10 seasons with the Cardinals and had 28 interceptions.
Peterson had a fairly quiet game, finishing with two tackles.
Vikings: Minnesota was without a handful of defensive contributors, including linebacker Anthony Barr (knee) and defensive end Everson Griffen (concussion).
The Vikings play at home for the first time this season when they host the Seattle Seahawks.
The Cardinals travel to face the Jacksonville Jaguars. Three of Arizona’s first four games this season are on the road.
Brady has 276 yards, 5 TDs; Buccaneers rout Falcons 48-25
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady threw for 276 yards and five touchdowns, helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers extend their winning streak to a franchise-record 10 consecutive games with a 48-25 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
Brady improved to 9-0 lifetime against the Falcons (0-2), who’ve lost seven in a row going back to last season, with three of those setbacks coming against the Bucs (2-0), who’ve outscored their NFC South rivals 124-62 over the past 10 quarters of those outings.
Rob Gronkowski caught a pair of TD passes for the third straight game, including the Super Bowl, as he and Brady continued to climb the career list for regular-season TDs by a passing duo with 88 – one behind Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates for second place behind Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison (112).
Mike Evans also scored on receptions of 3 and 1 yards, the latter set up by Shaquil Barrett’s third-quarter interception of Matt Ryan, who fell to 0-6 against teams led by Brady, who rallied New England from a 28-3 deficit to beat Atlanta in Super Bowl 51.
Ryan, who tossed TD passes to Calvin Ridley and Cordarrelle Patterson before running for a 2-point conversion to trim an 18-point deficit to 28-25 late in the third, threw a pair of interceptions that Mike Edwards returned for fourth-quarter TDs that broke the game open.
Since trailing the Falcons 17-0 at halftime of their Week 15 meeting in Atlanta last December, Brady has thrown for 11 touchdowns vs. one interception in guiding the Bucs to three victories in a series that’s seen Tampa Bay win four of the past five meetings.
Gronkowski, who spent nine seasons with Brady in New England before coming out of retirement to rejoin his long-time teammate with the Bucs last year, scored on receptions of 20 and 1 yard in the first half.
Brady’s fifth TD pass – a 12-yarder to Chris Godwin with just over nine minutes remaining, put the Bucs over 30 points for a ninth straight game. Edwards scored on interception returns of 31 and 15 yards to finish the rout.
Brady completed 24 of 38 passes without an interception. He was sacked three times, losing a fumble on one of them.
Ryan finished 35 of 46 for 300 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions.
RING OF HONOR
Former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony.
Kiffin, credited with being architect of the Tampa 2 scheme, led the Tampa Bay defense for 13 seasons from 1996 to 2008. He joins four defensive stars from the 2002 Bucs, who won the Super Bowl – Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, John Lynch and Ronde Barber – as members of the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.
Jon Gruden, Mike Alstott, Lee Roy Selmon, Jimmie Giles, John McKay, Doug Williams, Malcolm Glazer, Paul Gruber and Tony Dungy, who hired Kiffin in 1996, are also in the Ring of Honor.
Falcons: WR Russell Gage (ankle) left in the second quarter but returned in the second half. … CB A.J. Terrell (concussion) left in the second half and did not return.
Buccaneers: CB Carlton Davis III played after being listed as questionable with a sore hamstring. … WR/KR Jaydon Mickens left with a hip injury in the second half.
Falcons: Will try to break a seven-game skid at the New York Giants next Sunday.
Buccaneers: Travel to the West Coast to face the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in the first of two straight road games. Brady returns to New England to face the Patriots for first time the following week.
Zuerlein makes 56-yarder on last play, Cowboys beat Chargers
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Greg Zuerlein connected on a 56-yard field goal as time expired to give the Dallas Cowboys a 20-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
After Tristan Vizcaino tied the game with a 29-yard field goal with 3:58 remaining, Dallas went 49 yards in 11 plays to get just barely into Zuerlein’s range.
Troy Pollard ran for 109 yards on 13 carries for the third 100-yard game of his career. Dak Prescott completed 23 of 27 passes for 237 yards as the Cowboys evened their record at 1-1 despite being without five players who started the opener.
Justin Herbert had his 10th 300-yard game – completing 31 of 41 passes for 338 yards – tying him for the most by a quarterback in his first two seasons. He had one touchdown pass but threw two interceptions.
Penalties loomed large for the Chargers (1-1), who were flagged 12 times for 99 yards and had a pair of touchdowns taken away.
Herbert’s 37-yard TD pass to a wide-open Donald Parham was nullified when Jared Cook was called for holding. Three plays later, Herbert was intercepted in the end zone by Damontae Kazee on third-and-6 from the Dallas 9 after Keenan Allen appeared to slip on his route.
In the fourth quarter, a motion penalty took away a 2-yard score for Cook. The Chargers had to settle for Vizcaino’s third field goal to even it at 17.
Los Angeles is 8-17 in one-score losses since the start of the 2019 season.
Dallas went 78 yards in 15 plays on the opening drive to take a 7-0 lead. Troy Pollard scored on a jet sweep from 4 yards out. The drive was kept alive when Chargers linebacker Kyzir White was called for pass interference after Prescott threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-1 from the Dallas 48.
Vizcaino’s 46-yard field goal put Los Angeles on the board before the Cowboys extended their lead to 14-3 during the final minute of the first quarter when Ezekiel Elliott went 5 yards off right tackle.
The Chargers closed to within a field goal on Mike Williams’ 12-yard TD on a wide receiver screen after he had a 27-yard reception to get them into the red zone. An interception by Herbert earlier in the drive was nullified by a pass interference penalty on Dallas’ Jayron Kearse. Los Angeles then made the 2-point conversion on Austin Ekeler’s run up the middle.
Vizcaino tied it at 14 with a 32-yard field goal midway through the third quarter.
A HALFTIME FIRST
It took just over 102 seasons, but this marked the first 14-11 halftime score in NFL history.
CBS posted the graphic about the oddity before the end of the first half. It was confirmed by Sportradar.
Vizcaino had a chance to tie it late in the first half, but his 44-yard attempt hit the left upright with 3 seconds remaining. Dallas got the ball at its 49-yard line, and Prescott hit CeeDee Lamb, who found an opening and went up the right sideline. He lateraled at the 17 to Elliott, who was forced out of bounds by Derwin James at the 3.
Chargers linebacker Kenneth Murray suffered an ankle injury on the opening drive but returned later in the first quarter.
Cowboys: Host Philadelphia next Monday night.
Chargers: Travel to defending AFC champion Kansas City next Sunday.
King Henry leads Titans’ late rally to stun Seahawks 33-30
SEATTLE (AP) Derrick Henry ran for 182 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns, Randy Bullock hit a 36-yard field goal midway through overtime, and the Tennessee Titans rallied from a 14-point deficit to stun the Seattle Seahawks 33-30 on Sunday.
Down 30-16 early in the fourth quarter, the Titans leaned on their All-Pro running back, who carried them to a road win on the day Seattle welcomed fans back for a regular-season game for the first time since the end of the 2019 season.
They left in silence, thanks to Henry, a terrific fourth-quarter drive from Ryan Tannehill and Seattle’s own missed opportunities.
Seattle led 30-16 after Freddie Swain busted free from coverage for a 68-yard touchdown with 13:06 left. But Jason Myers missed the extra point, hitting the upright and setting the stage for a wild conclusion in Seattle.
Henry rumbled 60 yards for his second touchdown of the game less than a minute after Swain’s TD catch. His 1-yard run with 29 seconds left in regulation and the extra point from Bullock tied the game at 30.
And when Tennessee needed yards in overtime after nearly ending the game with a safety, Henry had four runs for 21 yards to set up Bullock’s winning kick.
Henry also had a career-high six receptions for 55 yards. Tannehill was 27 for 40 for 347 yards and Julio Jones had the 59th 100-yard game of his career with six receptions for 128 yards.
Most important, the Titans avoided an 0-2 start.
Russell Wilson was splendid for three-plus quarters, but struggled in the closing minutes of regulation and overtime when Seattle had chances to put the game away.
Wilson was 22 of 31 for 343 yards and two touchdowns, including a 63-yard strike to Tyler Lockett in the first half. Chris Carson added a pair of short TD runs, but Seattle saw a 24-9 halftime lead evaporate.
It was Seattle’s first loss when leading by at least 15 points at halftime since losing to the St. Louis Rams 33-27 in overtime in 2004 at home.
Seattle also had its 12-game win streak in home openers snapped.
It was a disastrous fourth quarter for Seattle and overtime wasn’t much better. Tennessee nearly won the game when Ola Adeniyi sacked Wilson on Seattle’s only overtime possession. It appeared to be a safety, but Wilson was ruled down at the 1. The resulting short field led to an easy winning drive for the Titans.
Seattle’s first home regular-season game with fans since Week 17 of the 2019 season was a giant party from the pregame concert with hometown hip-hop artist Macklemore to the roar after Lockett’s long touchdown reception that left the stadium swaying.
But the atmosphere turned tense in the fourth quarter and downright sour as fans headed for the exits.
Tannehill was 7 for 7 on the final drive of regulation, six of the seven passes going to running backs. The Titans faced just one third down and on first-and-goal, Henry plunged in from the 1.
Tennessee finished with 532 total yards, including 345 in the second half and overtime.
The Titans’ offensive line took a big blow two hours before kickoff when left tackle Taylor Lewan limped off the field with a knee injury suffered in early pregame warmups. Ty Sambrailo started in Lewan’s place, the same role he took on last year after Lewan was lost to a season-ending knee injury in October.
The injury woes up front persisted for Tennessee as left guard Rodger Saffold III went down with a shoulder injury briefly in the first half, returned, then left for good in the third quarter.
Titans: Host Indianapolis next Sunday.
Seahawks: At Minnesota next Sunday.
Kershaw 1st win since June, streaking Dodgers top shaky Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) Clayton Kershaw pitched five sharp innings for his first win since June 27, Gavin Lux and Corey Seager each hit two-run homers and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers beat the sliding Cincinnati Reds 8-5 Sunday.
Will Smith also homered as the Dodgers won for the eighth time in nine games. They began the afternoon two games behind San Francisco in the NL West.
The Reds lost their eighth straight series after starting the day two games in back of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.
Kershaw (10-7) allowed one run and three hits, striking out eight without a walk. He pitched in Cincinnati for the first time since 2013.
“It was great,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said. “I thought he was great all the way around. I’m a little biased, but I thought he got squeezed a little, but he was fantastic. Overall really in control. See him get through five with close to 75 pitches. It was perfect.”
The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner missed more than two months with inflammation in his left elbow, then returned Monday and threw 4 1/3 solid innings against Arizona. He threw 74 pitches.
“I felt a little more crisp with each pitch,” Kershaw said. “I’ve still got a little ways to go with my stamina. I got up to, I think, 75 pitches, but we still have a couple more (starts) before the playoffs.”
The only Reds run against him came when Nick Castellanos doubled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Tyler Stephenson’s groundout in the fourth that made it 6-1.
Lux, who missed Friday’s game with a right forearm contusion, had three hits and drove in three runs. He hit a two-run triple Saturday in a 5-1 win.
“We’ve needed it a ton,” Roberts said. “He’s in a good spot mechanically. His approach to each pitcher and his work with hitting coaches is very sound and consistent.”
Wade Miley (12-7) continued to struggle, allowing six runs and nine hits in a season-low three innings. The left-hander, who pitched a no-hitter on May 7 at Cleveland, has been roughed up for 19 hits and 12 runs, 11 earned, in 7 1-3 innings over his last two starts.
“I made a pretty good pitch to Smith I thought,” Miley said. “I’m just not finishing pitches. I haven’t figured it out yet. It’s not good. Guys know what I’m going to do. It’s no secret. I have to get the ball where I need it to be.”
Mookie Betts gave a hint of things to come, leading off the game with a single.
“Wade’s been so good all year,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He had a couple rough starts. We have to check and make sure he’s healthy. Fatigue is a factor, maybe.”
Pinch-hitter TJ Friedl, promoted by the Reds on Saturday, notched his first career hit and home run in the sixth. Friedl singled and scored on Jonathan India’s double in the eighth.
Joey Votto lined a pinch-hit homer off Dodgers reliever Kenley Jansen in the ninth.
Wisdom sets Cubs rookie record with 27th HR, beat Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) Patrick Wisdom set a Chicago Cubs record for homers by a rookie on a day that exemplified his feast-or-famine approach.
Wisdom struck out four times for a second straight day but delivered a towering three-run shot that highlighted the Chicago Cubs’ eighth-inning comeback in a 6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.
“It’s tough when you have nights like I did last night, and then you see your name in the lineup again hitting fourth,” Wisdom said. “You’re like, `Well, they still believe in me. I’ve got to believe in myself.’ It’s kind of like a gut check to say, `Hey, let’s go.’ Keep believing. Keep going.”
The Brewers’ ninth-inning rally fell short and the magic number for wrapping up their first NL Central title since 2018 remained at three. Milwaukee clinched its fourth consecutive playoff berth Saturday.
Wisdom has struck out on over 40% of his plate appearances, but he also has 27 homers. That breaks the franchise rookie record formerly held by Kris Bryant, who homered 26 times in 2015.
“This game is tough,” Wisdom said. “It can really punch you in the gut sometimes. But you’ve got to keep getting back up. That’s what it’s about – resiliency and the next pitch, focusing on that.”
Milwaukee trailed 6-2 before nearly coming all the way back against Rowan Wick in the bottom of the ninth.
Christian Yelich singled home two runs with a two-out single. Omar Narvaez singled and Luis Urias walked to load the bases. The Cubs brought in Michael Rucker, who retired Jace Peterson on a fly to center to earn his first career save.
“Jace hit a ball pretty good actually, just got under it a little bit,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.
The Brewers had beaten the Cubs 11 consecutive times, one off the franchise record for consecutive victories over one opponent. The Brewers won 12 straight from the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008.
Milwaukee seemed on its way to matching that record until the Cubs rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the eighth.
Pinch-hitter Willson Contreras started the rally with a 14-pitch walk against Brad Boxberger (5-4). Matt Duffy and Frank Schwindel followed that up by hitting consecutive first-pitch RBI doubles.
“It was a great at bat by Contreras,” Counsell said. “I don’t know that it took anything out of (Boxberger), but he made probably two pitches over the middle of the plate after that, and they hit them pretty hard.”
Jandel Gustave took over for Boxberger and promptly walked David Bote and allowed Wisdom’s 430-foot drive to center.
“The one thing that I love about Patrick is he just keeps having his at bats,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It hasn’t been the best series for him offensively, a lot of swing-and-miss there, and he continues to be that threat. That’s what he brings. He plays good defense. He’s versatile. And he’s got real thump in the bat.”
The Cubs delivered their big rally after getting just two hits in the first seven innings.
Brewers starter Eric Lauer struck out six and allowed one run, one hit and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. He owns a 1.83 ERA over his last 13 appearances.
Lauer held the Cubs without a hit until Trayce Thompson sent an 0-2 pitch over the left-field wall with one out in the fifth to break a scoreless tie.
The homer was Thompson’s first hit of any kind in the major leagues since June 14, 2018, when he was playing for the Chicago White Sox. He returned to the majors for the first time in over three years on Tuesday when the Cubs called him up from Triple-A Iowa.
Adam Morgan (1-0) earned the win with one inning of shutout relief.
Abreu, White Sox closer to AL Central title, beat Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Lucas Giolito feels like the Chicago White Sox are right where they need to be as they close in on their first AL Central title since 2008.
They are focused, energetic – and winning series.
Giolito pitched into the sixth inning, Jose Abreu matched the major league RBI lead and Yasmani Grandal homered for the second game in a row as the White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday in the rubber game of their weekend series.
“We were chirping. We were completely in the game. Pitch to pitch, I could feel that energy like from the first inning,” Giolito said. “Today was a really good example of everybody being in the game. … I think that’s where we need to be.”
With 13 games left in the regular season, Chicago’s magic number is four to clinch the division title over second-place Cleveland. The White Sox (85-64), looking to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history, on Thursday start a span of five games over four days in Cleveland.
In the pandemic-shortened 60-game season last year, the White Sox had a three-game division lead with eight games to play before losing seven of those and finishing as a wild-card team behind division winner Minnesota.
“You understand that we’re not too far away from it, but we’ve just got to continue to stay hungry,” said shortstop Tim Anderson, who had his 41st multihit game of the season.
“I think last year we kind of made the mistake of letting off the gas a little bit towards the end, especially after we clinched (a playoff spot),” Giolito said. “And so I think that we learned from that mistake.”
Abreu’s two-run single capped a five-run fourth for the White Sox and pushed his RBI total to 113, tying Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez. Abreu is trying to join Cecil Fielder (1990-92) as the only AL players to lead the league in RBIs in three consecutive seasons.
Chicago’s big inning started when Grandal led off by lining a ball just over the wall in right-center for his 22nd homer. Cesar Herrnandez also had a two-run single in that outburst off Jordan Lyles (9-12) for a 5-0 lead.
Giolito (9-10) struck out four while allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. It was the right-hander’s second start since missing two weeks because of a strained left hamstring, and he pushed to go back out to the sixth and got his pitch count to 97.
The Rangers, who have used a club-record 26 rookies this season and are last in the AL West, finished a 2-5 homestand against division leaders Houston and Chicago.
“We’ve got a little ways to go to kind of compete with that. So it was just kind of was a reminder of where we’re at, I guess,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “The effort was there, just the ability to execute, we got outclassed a little bit.”
Tatis botches popup, Cards beat Padres 8-7, win 8th straight
ST. LOUIS (AP) San Diego center fielder Fernando Tatis Jr. dropped Nolan Arenado’s bases-loaded popup and heaved the ball home, leading to a five-run first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres 8-7 Sunday for an eight-game winning streak.
Tatis’ brutal error and mental mistake – he chose not to make an easy throw to second or third for a forceout – came one day after his dugout dustup with teammate Manny Machado.
“Looking back, maybe you’d take the out at second,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. “He came in ready to make a play in case they were tagging there, so that’s where his mindset was, to catch and go home. After the ball went on the ground, he just went with those instincts.”
San Diego starter Jake Arrieta left soon after the error with an injury.
St. Louis completed a three-game sweep and opened a three-game lead for the second NL wild card over Cincinnati and Philadelphia, which played at the New York Mets later Sunday. The Cardinals had not won eight in a row since Aug. 7-15, 2018.
St. Louis was 8 1/2 games out of a wild card spot on Aug. 10.
“It’s been very big for us, every victory that we’ve had ever since that time.” Cardinals shortstop Edmundo Sosa said through a translator. “That’s been our mindset going into this, to be able to win series and be able to win games. We’re just going to continue doing what we’re doing right now.”
San Diego, which trailed 8-4 in the eighth inning, has lost eight of 11 and dropped 3 1/2 games back of the Cardinals.
“Last time while I was on the Zoom I said it was going to be the greatest comeback in San Diego history,” said Padres reliever Craig Stammen, who replaced Arrieta. “I still believe it. The rest of those guys in the clubhouse still believe it. I was hoping it wouldn’t go this way, but here we are.”
Arrieta (5-14) left after six batters and 20 pitches because of a right adductor groin strain. He allowed five runs – four earned – three hits and a walk while getting one out.
St. Louis loaded the bases with no outs in the first when Tommy Edman doubled, Paul Goldschmidt singled and Tyler O’Neill walked.
Arenado hit a pop to center that Tatis settled under 226 feet from the plate and allowed to bounce out of his glove. Rather than throw to second or third for an easy forceout, the 22-year-old center fielder with the $340 million, 14-year contract rushed a one-hop throw that reached the plate well after Edman scored standing up.
Dylan Carlson followed with a sacrifice fly, Sosa hit an RBI double and Harrison Bader greeted Stammen with a two-run double for a 5-0 lead.
“A lot of great at-bats,” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said. “We didn’t think they were just going to roll over. They’re going to give you their best bolt, they did, and we were able to fend them off.”
Alex Reyes (9-8) allowed one run over two innings to win in relief of J.A. Happ, who gave up three runs and four hits in four innings. Giovanny Gallegos struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 10th save in 18 chances.
San Diego closed to 5-3 on Tatis’ RBI single in the third, and on Eric Hosmer’s run-scoring groindout and Wil Myers’ RBI single off Happ’s foot in the fourth.
O’Neill singled in a run in the fifth and scored on a double by Sosa that just fell out of the grasp of a diving Myers in right.
Tommy Pham’s 14th homer cut the gap to 7-4 in the sixth, and Carlson singled home a run off Dinelson Lamet in the seventh.
Pham hit a two-run double off Luis Garcia in the eighth and scored on Hosmer’s groundout. With Myers on third, Genesis Cabrera induced Adam Frazier’s inning-ending flyout.
INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Men’s Golf Finishes Sixth at Fighting Illini Invitational
CHICAGO – The Indiana men’s golf team (856; +16) finished sixth in the team standings in one of the most prestigious collegiate tournaments of the fall slate at the 2021 Fighting Illini Invitational at the Olympia Fields Country Club on Sunday afternoon.
The No. 4-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels (842; +2) outlasted the No. 3-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils (865; +5) for the team title.
2021 Fighting Illini Invitational • Chicago
Olympia Fields Country Club, North Course
Par 70 • 7310 yards
Live Scoring via GolfStat
Team Standings: 6th/15 – 856 (283-288-285; +16)
Top Indiana Player: Drew Salyers – 209 (68-72-69; -1)
• Sophomore Drew Salyers earned his second Top-10 finish in as many tournaments this season with a three-round score of 209 (68-72-69; -1) to tie for fifth place. His third-round score of 69 marked the fourth round of his season under 70.
• Salyers, the winner of the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational to open the season, finished with a pair of birdies on No. 6 and No. 13 to close out his round.
• The Howard, Ohio, native has finished inside the Top-10 of the individual standings in four career tournaments.
• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd tallied his best round of the weekend on Sunday with an even-par 70. He holed out back-to-back birdies on No. 3 and No. 4 and was 1-under through the first nine holes. He finished t-42nd overall with a score of 220 (72-78-70; +10).
• Sophomore Clay Merchent carded his second-straight round at a 2-over 72. He started the round strong with birdies on No. 1 and No. 3 and finished t-42nd at 220 (76-72-72; +10).
• Senior Mitch Davis was the third Hoosier to finish the tournament tied for 42nd at 220 (72-74-74; +10). He closed out the event with a trio of birdies including two to close out the front nine.
• Junior Noah Gillard closed out the Hoosier lineup with a 5-over 75 on Sunday. He finished t-28th, the second-best tournament from a Hoosier, at 216 (71-70-76; +6).
• The Hoosiers finished ahead of six schools ranked inside the top-25 of the Bushnell/Golfweek Preseason Coaches’ Poll: Pepperdine (1), Texas (5), Illinois (10), Florida State (12), Florida (17), Arizona (22).
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
t-5. Drew Salyers – 209 (68-72-69; -1)
t-28. Noah Gillard – 216 (71-70-76; +6)
t-42. Mitch Davis – 220 (72-74-74; +10)
t-42. Clay Merchent – 220 (76-72-72; +10)
t-42. Ethan Shepherd – 220 (72-78-70; +10)
Indiana will have a quick turnaround before heading back to the Chicago area for the Windon Memorial Classic at the Lake Shore Country Club. The event hosted by Northwestern will be help from Sept. 27-28 in Glencoe, Ill.
INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF: Indiana Sits 10th After 18 Holes in Madison
MADISON, Wis. – The Indiana Hoosiers women’s golf team (308; +20) sits in 10th place in the team standings after the first round at the University Ridge Course on Sunday.
2021 Badger Invitational • Madison, Wis.
University Ridge Golf Course
Par 72 • 6302 yards
Live scoring via Golfstat
Team Standings: 10th/12 – 308 (+20)
Top Indiana Player: Beatriz Junqueira – 75 (+3)
• Freshman Beatriz Junqueira, competing in her first collegiate tournament, produced the best Hoosier round on day one. She shot a 3-over 75 with on No. 2 and No. 15 and is tied for 25th overall.
• Freshman Áine Donegan finished second amongst IU golfers with a 4-over 76 after birdies on No. 11 and No. 15. She is tied for 36th place with 36 holes to play.
• Junior Hanna Tanaka played to a tie for 48th in the individual standings with a round at 6-over 78.
• Junior Valerie Clancy and senior Maddie Dittoe each turned in cards of 7-over 79 in the first round. Clancy tallied a birdie on No. 6. Dittoe, competing as an individual, finished with birdies on No. 9 and No. 12 in the opening round.
• Freshman Margaret Fernandez rounded out the Hoosier lineup with an 8-over 80. She is tied for 62nd.
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
t-25. Beatriz Junqueira – 75 (+3)
t-36. Áine Donegan – 76 (+5)
t-48. Hanna Tanaka – 78 (+6)
t-55. Valerie Clancy – 79 (+7)
t-55. Maddie Dittoe – 79 (+7)
t-62. Margaret Fernandez – 80 (+8)
The Hoosiers will continue with the second round of the Badger Invitational on Monday morning. Tee times will begin at 11:10 a.m. ET.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Boilermakers Wrap up Play at Olympia Fields in 10th Place
OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. – The Purdue men’s golf team pieced together its best round of the weekend to move up two spots in the team standings and finish 10th at the prestigious Olympia Fields Invitational held at Olympia Fields Country Club.
The Boilermakers tallied a 54-hole total of 24-over par 864 (288-291-285) to finish 22 shots behind team champion and No. 4-ranked North Carolina (842). Arizona State and Oklahoma State finished second and third. Purdue finished just six shots behind Texas (858) for seventh place and two shots behind Florida and defending National Champion Pepperdine (862).
Purdue defeated national powers Illinois, Baylor, Florida State, Arizona and California en route to a 10th-place showing. It marks the third time in eight appearances at the event that Purdue has placed in the top 10 (T-9th in 2011; T-8th in 2017).
Joe Weiler led the Boilermakers with a 12th-place finish at 2-over par 212 (69-72-71). It marked Weiler’s eighth top-20 showing in his last 12 events (spanning three years) and his 11th career top-20 placing. Weiler started slow, recording bogeys on two of his first three holes, but managed to play the last 15 holes in 1-under par to move into the top 15.
Sophomore Herman Sekne recorded his second consecutive top-25 finish, placing 24th at 5-over par 215 (70-72-73). Sekne was even through 11 on his round, but suffered bogeys on three of his last seven holes to fall out of the top 20. Nonetheless, the performance continued a strong early start for the Norwegian and was his fourth top-25 finish in his last six events.
Cole Bradley turned in Purdue’s best round of the day, an even-par 70 to finish tied for 42nd at 10-over par 220 (76-74-70). Bradley had a rather uneventful day with 16 pars, one birdie and one bogey, including pars on his last nine holes.
Luke Prall finished tied for 51st at 11-over par 221 (74-73-74) while Nick Dentino was tied for 59th at 13-over par 223 (75-77-71).
Purdue will be in action next on Oct. 2 through 4, at the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate hosted by Northern Illinois.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Mathews’ Hat Trick and Bova’s Saves Power Purdue
LINCOLN, Neb. – Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews scored a hat trick and senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova made five fantastic saves as the Purdue soccer team beat Nebraska, 3-1, to begin Big Ten Conference play on Sunday.
The Boilermakers (6-1-2, 1-0-0 Big Ten) have won four in a row and six of their last seven games. Purdue opened the Big Ten slate with a road win for the first time since 2017, and the 6-1-2 start to the season is its best since 2007.
On a hot, sun-soaked day at Hibner Stadium in Lincoln, Mathews registered the seventh hat trick in program history and the second by a Boilermaker this season. Purdue has multiple hat tricks in the same year for the first time in program history, after senior forward Sarah Griffith scored three goals on August 29. Mathews’ three goals is a career-best and matches the team record. The Macomb, Michigan, native entered the match with one career goal, scored two games ago.
Mathews’ first goal came in the 16th minute, but Nebraska quickly answered to even the match at 1-1 less than two minutes later. Mathews scored her second in the 71st minute to give the Boilermakers the lead back, and she netted her third on a breakaway in the 90th minute to complete the hat trick. Her second goal also was her second career game-winning goal.
Meanwhile, Bova made five great saves to hold the Cornhuskers (4-5-0, 0-1-0 Big Ten) to just one goal on the day.
The Boilermakers had an 18-13 advantage in shots, and a 7-6 edge in shots on goal. Mathews had a team-high five shots, four on goal, while senior midfielder Grace Walsh and freshman forward Megan Hutchinson each had three shots. Bova made five saves while NU’s keeper stopped four shots.
Purdue took a 1-0 lead at 15:48, as Mathews scored from just beyond the penalty spot. She received a cross from freshman forward Gracie Dunaway near the far sideline, and the ball bounced off her foot once before she volleyed it over the Nebraska keeper. Dunaway and Walsh earned assists on the goal.
The Huskers leveled the match at 1-1 less than two minutes later, at 17:38. Reagan Raabe scored from Gwen Lane.
More than 50 minutes passed before the Boilermakers regained the lead, at 70:52. Griffith sent the ball up-field to senior forward Sydney Duarte, who one-touched it to her left to Mathews, on the run. She received the pass just outside the far corner of the 18-yard box and beat NU’s goalkeeper, who was at the edge of the six-yard box. Griffith and Duarte collected the assists.
Nine minutes later, Mathews provided an insurance goal at 89:01 to make it a 3-1 contest with a breakaway goal. As the Purdue defense cleared a corner kick, Mathews beat the Nebraska defender to the ball near the center circle. She sent the ball past midfield, where she picked it back up and had a one-on-one opportunity with the Nebraska goalkeeper at the top of the 18-yard box. The keeper made a great save on Mathews’ first shot, but as the rebound bounced to the right, Mathews converted on her second attempt to seal the victory and the Boilermakers’ second hat trick of the season.
Up next, Purdue makes the short trip west to Champaign, Illinois, to face Illinois on Thursday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT. The Boilermakers then return home to host Iowa on Sunday, September 26, with kickoff at Folk Field set for 1 p.m. ET. It’s the annual Reunion Weekend, and Purdue soccer alumnae can visit https://boile.rs/SOCReunion21 to RSVP and register.
BALL STATE MEN’S TENNIS: Men’s Tennis Closes Weekend Play At Purdue Invite
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Ball State men’s team wrapped up its weekend of play at the Purdue Fall Invite Sunday afternoon.
The weekend was part of a hidden dual format, as the Cardinals went 9-2 in doubles play and 13-8 in singles play.
Sunday’s competition against host Purdue was highlighted by a three-set thrilling win from Eli Herran at the No. 2 slot. Herran dropped the first frame by a score of 5-7 but rallied back to take sets two and three from the Boilermakers’ Tomasz Dudek, 7-5, 6-3.
The Ball State men’s tennis team continues fall play when it travels next weekend to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Ohio Valley Regional at the University of Tennessee (Sept. 23-26).
Ball State vs. Purdue
Rohan Sachdev (PUR) def. Nathaniel Webster (BSU) – 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(1)
Eli Herran (BSU) def. Tomasz Dudek (PUR) – 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
Gabriele Brancatelli (PUR) def. Vince Orlando (BSU) – 6-1, 6-3
Milledge Cossu (PUR) def. Abe Wojtalik (BSU) – 6-4, 6-4
Julen Moran (PUR) def. Petar Petrovic (BSU) – 6-1, 1-6, 6-2
NOTRE DAME CROSS COUNTRY: IRISH MEN & WOMEN ARE GOLDEN AT 42ND NATIONAL CATHOLIC INVITATIONAL
Notre Dame, Ind. – The Irish returned to Burke Golf Course on a hot and humid Friday afternoon to take part in the National Catholic Invitational. This was the 42nd Invitational that welcomed 14 Catholic institutions from 9 different states across the country. The men and women of Notre Dame both capitalized on the opportunity of being back on their home course and put on quite the show for the spectators that had made their way to the competition.
Competition began with the Women’s Championship Race and from very early on it was clear that the women were on a mission to run as a pack and work together through the difficult weather conditions. As they made their way through the one mile mark, Notre Dame made up positions 1 through 7 all separated by less than 4 seconds. The top 4, Katie Rose Blachowicz, Jocelyn Long, Katie Wiser, and Maddy Denner were separated by .3 of a second. Continuing to wind their way through the course these women would take turns at the lead, setting the pace for their teammates.
Through the 4 kilometer checkpoint and with just 1 kilometer to go the women held tight with the top 5 positions led by Maddy Denner and Kate Wiser. These two women would shoulder and shoulder along the final few minutes of the race, until they made the final turn towards the finish line. Coming down the stretch it was the freshman from Southbury, Connecticut Kate Wiser who stepped on the gas and pulled away from her teammate. As she came across the line and looked over her shoulder, all that Wiser could see was the White and Navy of her teammates. Maddy Denner, Lauren Bailey, Katie Rose Blachowicz, and Jocelyn Long would make up the scoring team for Notre Dame finish with a perfect score of 15.
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Kate Wiser 1st 17:16.5
Maddy Denner 2nd 17:18.5
Lauren Bailey 3rd 17:31.3
Katie Rose Blachowicz 4th 17:37.6
Jocelyn Long 5th 17:45.3
Maddy King 8th 18:16.4
Erin Sullivan 10th 18:36.7
Katie Ryan 11th 18:38.2
Isalina Colsman 17th 19:00.5
Olivia Niziolek 25th 19:15.8
Jackie Gaughan 26th 19:18.7
Meghan Hughes 37th 19:27.2
Anna Fischer 38th 19:27.4
WOMEN’S TEAM RESULTS
Notre Dame 15
Holy Cross 127
St. Francis (Ind.) 187
Marian (Ind.) 242
Detroit Mercy 248
Franciscan (Ohio) 342
St. Mary’s (Ind.) 354
Ave Maria 432
Coming off of a dominating performance two weeks ago, the men looked to continue their season and remain undefeated. From early on in the race, it was evident that the men would take the team approach and work together through the early stages of the race. As they navigated the first mile of the race and made their way to the mile checkpoint all 8 Notre Dame competitors were in the top 11 positions, all separated by less than 1 second.
Through the middle miles of the race the men would continue to work amongst each other to maintain the lead. As they emerged around the final turn it was the sophomore from Leawood, Kansas who pushed down the stretch. Tom Seitzer would take his first collegiate victory with a finishing time of 24:59.6. Following just steps behind was freshman Robby Cozean, Carter Solomon, and junior Quinn Gallagher rounding out the top 4 spots.
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Tom Seitzer 1st 24:59.6
Robby Cozean 2nd 25:02.3
Carter Solomon 3rd 25:03.1
Quinn Gallagher 4th 25:04.5
Zach Kreft 6th 25:08.0
Carter Cheeseman 7th 25:20.7
Brian Griffith 8th 25:27.6
Henry Chapman 13th 26:06.1
Lisandro Berry-Gaviria 22nd 26:36.7
MEN’S TEAM RESULTS
Notre Dame 24
Franciscan (Ohio) 171
Marian (Ind.) 272
Detroit Mercy 273
Holy Cross 300
St. Francis (Ind.) 301
Ave Maria 342
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH BATTLE, TAKE #3 BUCKEYES TO THE BRINK
OLUMBUS, Ohio — Notre Dame became the first team to take third-ranked Ohio State to five sets this season, but ultimately fell to the Buckeyes (16-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-23, 9-15) on Sunday afternoon in Columbus.
Heading into Sunday’s contest, the Buckeyes had only dropped two sets all season before the Irish forced the five-set thriller.
Aubrey Hamilton led the Irish with 18 kills while Caroline Meuth notched 16 kills and Charley Niego recorded 12 kills and 12 digs for her fourth consecutive double-double.
Hattie Monson earned a team-high 25 digs and Nunez collected 15 digs to go with 45 assists. Niego and Lauren Wenzel tied for a team-high six total blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Irish jumped out to a 5-2 lead before the Buckeyes answered with a 9-2 run to go up 11-7 and force an Irish timeout. Ohio State stayed in control after the break and took the first set, 25-16.
The second set opened in a 9-9 tie before the Irish earned three of the next four points to go up 12-10. After Ohio State retook a 14-13 advantage, Niego and Nunez notched back-to-back kills before the media timeout to put Notre Dame ahead 15-14.
The teams worked to a 17-all tie before the Irish used back-to-back kills by Meuth and another by Hamilton to go up 20-17 and force an Ohio State timeout. Hamilton notched another kill after the break before Miller and Meuth combined for a block to extend the lead to 23-18. Miller delivered a kill to clinch a 25-20 triumph for the Irish in set two to even the match.
The Buckeyes earned a 12-8 lead before the Irish earned three of the next four points to get within two at 13-11. Notre Dame repeatedly battled to get within two points, but Ohio State stayed in front and eventually took the third stanza, 25-20.
Ohio State jumped out to a 5-1 lead before the Irish answered with an 8-1 run to go up 9-6. Notre Dame extended its lead to 17-9 with a 6-0 run that included two kills and a block by Niego. The Buckeyes got back within one at 23-22, but a big block by Wenzel and an Ohio State service error gave the Irish a 25-23 victory to force a decisive fifth set.
The fifth frame was tied at 3-3 before Ohio State used a 6-1 run to earn a 9-4 advantage. As they did all day, the Irish continued to battle, but the Buckeyes ultimately took the fifth set, 15-9.
The Irish open ACC play at home next weekend against Florida State and Miami.
Notre Dame first hosts the Seminoles on Friday (Sept. 24) at 7 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra before taking on the Hurricanes on Sunday (Sept. 26) at 1 p.m. ET on ACC Network.
Admission to all 2021 Notre Dame volleyball home matches is free.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: HAMILTON NAMED WALTER CAMP DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame junior safety Kyle Hamilton was named the Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the 27-13 win over Purdue on Saturday. He is the first Irish defensive player to earn the accolade since Julian Okwara in 2019.
Hamilton tied a career high with 10 tackles against the Boilermakers and added two pass breakups and an interception in the win. Hamilton’s biggest tackle of the afternoon came on a fourth-and-one to stop the Boilermakers on downs. The Irish offense scored a touchdown on the ensuing drive to take a lead they would not relinquish.
He picked up his third interception of the season in the fourth quarter and is tied for the NCAA lead with 1.0 interceptions per game this year. Hamilton is the first Irish player to have three interceptions in the first three games to begin a season since Bennett Jackson and Manti Te’o also had three to begin the 2012 season.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: McClurge, Lunsford take home Missouri Valley Football Weekly Honors
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Indiana State wide receiver Phazione McClurge and defensive back Hunter Lunsford received Missouri Valley Football Conference weekly honors as announced by the conference office on Sunday evening.
McClurge received the Newcomer of the Week award, while Lunsford took home Special Teams Player of the Week accolades following the duo’s performances in the 23-21 win over Eastern Kentucky yesterday afternoon.
McClurge received Newcomer of the Week honors for the first time in his Sycamores’ career thanks to his six-catch, two-touchdown performance in the win over Eastern Kentucky. The Chicago, Ill. native scored both of Indiana State’s offensive touchdowns in the game against the Colonels. His 10-yard reception in the second quarter put Indiana State ahead 14-7 as he hauled in the pass in the right corner while fighting off the EKU defensive back.
His second touchdown was a play that Indiana State fans will remember for a while as the Cornell transfer went up at the goal line and hauled in the 24-yard touchdown catch from Kurtis Wilderman as time expired to complete the comeback. McClurge finished with six catches for 75 yards in the win.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Mastodons Fall To Jaguars 1-0
INDIANAPOLIS. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team dropped its first Horizon League match of the season to IUPUI by a score of 1-0 on Sunday, Sept. 19 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium.
The Mastodons record drops to 2-3-4 (1-1 Horizon League) on the season, IUPUI’s record improves to 2-6-1 (1-1 Horizon League).
The Jaguars got off to a quick start, scoring the game’s only goal in the fourth minute. Elizabeth Bueckers was credited with the goal, and the assist was credited to Maya Lacognato. The goal was Bueckers sixth of the season. In the second half, the Mastodons would have chances to tie the game. Gigi Ricciardi had a shot in the game’s 49th minute with an open net, but an IUPUI defender would quickly block the shot from going into the net. In the 89th minute, Kelsey Gallagher would put up a shot from 30 yards out, but the shot was saved by IUPUI’s goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo towards the low center of the net.
In the match, the Jaguars had a 15-9 shot advantage and a 6-5 shots on goal advantage. Gallagher would lead the ‘Dons in shots with two, both shots would be on goal. In net for the ‘Dons was Samantha Castaneda. She saved five shots and allowed one goal on the day.
The Mastodons will be back in action on Thursday, Sept 23 (2 p.m.) against Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa. Robert Morris is 4-5-1 overall (0-1-1 Horizon League). The Colonials tied their first Horizon League game of the season to Green Bay by a score of 1-1 on Thursday, Sept. 16 and lost to Milwaukee by a score of 2-0 on Sunday, Sept. 19.
IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: IUPUI TO COMPETE IN BALL STATE CARDINAL CLASSIC
YORKTOWN, Ind. – Coming off a record setting performance to start the year, the IUPUI women’s golf team will return to action this week when the Jaguars compete in the Cardinal Classic, hosted by Ball State at The Players Club. IUPUI will compete in the 54-hole event against a 16-team Midwest based field, including four Horizon League foes.
IUPUI was brilliant in its first event of the season, carding a school record 870 at Weibring Golf Course to take second-place at the Redbird Invitational. Fifth-year senior Amelie Svejda earned a long overdue tournament win with a school record, 8-under 208 (70-67-71) to win by two strokes. She entered this season with six career runner-up finishes and now has 12 straight top-10 finishes to her credit.
What was equally impressive was the Jags’ tremendous depth up and down the lineup. Kara Blair and Shelby Busker finished tied for 12th at 222 and freshman Nerea Lancho made her collegiate debut with a 224 (71-74-79). Sophomore Madeleine Pape rounded out the quintet at 229.
QUOTABLE: “Today the course played a little bit tougher than yesterday. I am super excited that I was finally able to win my first collegiate tournament! It’s a great feeling. I’m also super proud of the team. Even though we didn’t win, we played super solid and it makes me excited for the upcoming tournaments,” Svejda said following the win at Illinois State.
FORMAT: The event will be 5-count-4 with 36 holes of continuous play on Monday (Sept. 20) and a final 18 on Tuesday (Sept. 21). Sunday’s play will begin with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start and Monday’s final round will start at 9:00 a.m..
THE COURSE: The Players Club is par 72 and 6,204 yards this week. The club is a public course and considered the best track in East Central Indiana. There are water hazards on seven holes and numerous strategically placed bunkers to challenge players.
THE FIELD: In addition to the IUPUI squad, the field will consist of Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, Cleveland State, Dayton, Eastern Michigan, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Ohio, Purdue Fort Wayne, Taylor University, Valparaiso and Western Michigan.
RANKINGS: IUPUI closed last season ranked No. 151 according to Golfstat and No. 166 by Golfweek.
No. 1 – Amelie Svejda (69.33 average / 3 rounds / 1 tournament win)
No. 2 – Nerea Lancho (74.67 average / 3 rounds)
No. 3 – Kara Blair (74.00 average / 3 rounds)
No. 4 – Shelby Busker (74.00 average / 3 rounds)
No. 5 – Madeleine Pape (76.33 average / 3 rounds)
Ind. – Annaliese Fox (77.60 career average / 10 career rounds)
LAST TIME OUT: IUPUI shot a 54-hole 870 (287-290-293) at the Redbird Invitational, placing second of the 16 teams competing. Svejda collected her first career tournament win with a school record 8-under 208 (70-67-71) to win by two shots. Kara Blair and Shelby Busker just missed top-10 finishes, both tying for 12th at 222.
UP NEXT: IUPUI will participate in the Briar Ridge Invitational in Schererville, Ind., on Sept. 26-27. The event is hosted by UIC.
INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER: #2 Men’s Soccer Tallies Five Goals in GLVC Road Win over McKendree
(U OF I RELEASE)
LEBANON, Ill. – Proving why it’s currently one of the best teams in the NCAA DII, the #2 University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team collected an impressive 5-2 road victory over McKendree in a Great Lakes Valley Conference showdown Sunday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Hounds found the scoreboard early, opening with a goal in just the ninth minute of action. Capitalizing on a mistake from the Bearcats, Bryan Moreira stole a pass from a McKendree player who was attempting to pass back to the goalkeeper and netted one easily for his squad.
Keeping its foot on the pedal, the second goal for UIndy came just moments later in the 11th minute when Alejandro Steinwascher fired a shot at the keeper which was deflected back into play, opening the door for Dylan Bollard to catch the rebound and score another on the afternoon for the No. 2-ranked team.
However, not to be denied on its home turf, McKendree clawed its way back into the match with a goal of its own in the 34th minute to make it a 2-1 contest.
It was only a matter of time before the Hounds would produce another goal, this time in the 53rd minute when Kendall Allen delivered a beautiful pass to Steinwascher in the middle of the field who found a way to get the ball past an aggressive sliding keeper.
Much like the pair of goals in the first half, UIndy responded quickly again, this time with its fourth goal of the match in the 56th minute. Off a free kick from Michael Tselios, Makel Rasheed met the ball with a header near the net which soared past the hands of an extended keeper.
The Bearcats scored their final goal in the 70th minute before Steinwascher added his second of the match and the fifth and final for the Hounds in the 80th minute on a kick at the middle of the box that was sent soaring into the back of the net.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
-UIndy dominated on offense, producing 21 total shots while McKendree was limited to just seven.
-Four of the five goals scored this afternoon by the Greyhounds included an assist.
-Continuing to turn up the pressure, the Hounds managed eight corner kicks while the Bearcats had just two.
Final thoughts on the match from head coach John Higgins…
“Delighted with a win today. It’s always tough on the road in the GLVC on a Sunday, and I thought our guys did a really nice job of adjusting to McKendree’s tactics. McKendree’s tactics can be difficult for us, we’ve had issues with them in the past, and I thought we did a really nice job today on the press so credit to our boys”.
UIndy will prepare for a matchup with Lewis at Key Stadium on Friday, Sept. 24 beginning at 7:30 p.m.
INDIANAPOIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Seven Minute Goal Spree Carries Greyhounds Over Bearcats
(U OF I RELEASE)
LEBANON, Ill. – Seven minutes, and three goals. That’s all it took for the Greyhounds to defeat the number one GLVC picked team, Mckendree, 3-2. Led by Kiki Sauceda, who came into the match tied third in the Nation for goals per game, who had two goals and an assist.
After a scoreless first half, the Greyhounds kicked into gear nearly into the 50th minute, an Elena Espinosa shot on goal was deflected back to the feet of Kiki Sauceda, who then in a swift movement scored the Hounds first goal and her fifth of the season. Then in the 54th minute, a Sauceda pass to Alexi Hardie and quick movements, landed the Hounds second. Followed by another Sauceda rocket, assisted again by Elena Espinosa, into the Bearcats low left corner in the 57th minute, the Hounds pulled out of reach for the Bearcats.
“I was very impressed by Espinosa today,” said Head Coach, Holly Cox. “She played a big part in all three goals,”
While McKendree began to creep back, it simply wasn’t enough to catch the Hounds who dominated offensively with seven shots on goal off 13 attempts. Defensively, Maddy Barkow and Dana Youssef posted a pair of shots on goal their selves, while Sophia Saucerman manned the goal for the Hounds, making five saves and allowing two goals.
“We need to work on consistency,” Cox added. “We need to play a full 90 minutes, it will be important this friday against a good Lewis side,”
McKendree was led by Reagan Mauch who had three shots, all on goal, and one goal. Abby Tucker was in net for the Bearcats, making four saves.
INSIDE THE BOX
-McKendree outshot the Greyhounds, 18-13.
-The Hounds had two corners, while the Bearcats had none.
-The Bearcats were given four yellow cards, while the Hounds had one.
-UIndy drew 15 fouls, and committed 12.
The Hounds will return to Key Stadium on Friday, Sept 24 where they will take on the Lewis Flyers at 5 p.m. ET.
VALPO WOMEN’S TENNIS: Olivia Czerwonka Takes Flight 2 Singles Title to Highlight Strong Weekend for Valpo Tennis
The Valparaiso University tennis team wrapped up a solid weekend of play at the Redbird Invitational in Normal, Ill. on Sunday, an outing that was highlighted by a Flight 2 singles championship by junior Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy). Fifth-year senior Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) earned a milestone victory on a day where the Beacons went 5-2 in singles action.
How It Happened
Olivia edged Mariona Perez of Saint Louis in straight sets – 6-4, 6-4 – to take the Flight 2 singles crown. She closed out a flawless 3-0 weekend in singles play.
Claire also found success against a Billiken, beating Mya Spencer 6-1, 6-2 in a Flight 1 consolation match.
Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) also participated in a winning day of singles play for the Beacons, besting Chicago State’s Susana Andres 6-4, 6-2 to take fifth in Flight 8.
Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) won by retirement over Christina Stankovic of IUPUI after holding a 3-0 lead. Tabanera took fifth in Flight 4 singles.
Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) also won by retirement in her Flight 5 match, leading Katrina Drazic of Chicago State 5-4 at the time Drazic retired.
Isabella Schoolcraft’s (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) setback in Flight 9 came in a tightly-contested 7-6(5), 4-6, 9-11 match against Marquette’s Sarah Badawi.
Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) finished as the runner-up in Flight 7, dropping a close championship match 7-6(2), 6-4 at the hands of IUPUI’s Meghan Bernard.
In Flight 4 doubles, Jhaveri and McConnell earned fifth place with an 8-6 victory over the Chicago State pairing of Dukic/Andres.
Inside the Match
The singles win for Claire represented a significant milestone as it marked her 100th career victory, combining singles and doubles wins. She is up to 46 career singles triumphs, surpassing Monika Danko (2001-2005, 45) for sole possession of eighth on the program’s all-time list.
Olivia increased her career singles win total to 28 and moved to 4-0 this fall.
Tabanera collected her 23rd career singles win, while Jhaveri picked up her 18th. McConnell secured the fifth of her young career.
Jhaveri’s doubles win was the 18th of her career, while McConnell nailed down her seventh career doubles success.
The ITA Midwest Regional will take place beginning on Friday, Sept. 24 in Urbana-Champaign, Ill. Valpo will then participate in the Rocket Invitational beginning on Oct. 1.
FB – Martins Named College Sports Madness PFL Defensive Player of the Week
A pair of fourth-quarter fumble recoveries in Saturday’s game against defending Ivy League champion Dartmouth helped Valparaiso University football senior defensive lineman Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC]) earn recognition on Sunday.
Martins was named the College Sports Madness Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week.
The fumble recoveries were the first of Martins’ collegiate career as he accomplished the rare feat of recovering two fumbles in a single game (and in this case, in a single quarter). He played a key role in a strong defensive effort that featured two safeties and three takeaways. Martins posted a career-high six tackles including five solos and contributed 0.5 sacks.
This marks Valpo’s first weekly honor this season after the team won seven weekly awards from either the league office or College Sports Madness during the six-week Spring 2021 season.
Valpo played its first game against a member of the Ivy League since 1999 (Yale) and came the closest it ever had to knocking off an Ivy League foe. The 28-18 setback came to a Big Green team that has gone 26-4 over the last three seasons.
Mastodon Women’s Golf Set For Cardinal Classic Appearance
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team will compete at Ball State’s Cardinal Classic on Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 20-21).
Event: Cardinal Classic
Host: Ball State
When: September 20-21 | Shotgun start, 36 holes Sunday (8:30 a.m.), 18 holes Monday (9 a.m.)
Where: The Players Club | Yorktown, Ind.
Yardage: 6,204 yards
Format: Play 5, take 4
Live Results: Golfstat
Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Ohio, Akron, Bowling Green, Dayton, Loyola Chicago, Butler, Cleveland State, Taylor, IUPUI, Northern Kentucky, Valparaiso, Oakland, Purdue Fort Wayne.
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 $50.00 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.
Anna Olafsdottir, Laura Caetano, Emma Schroeder, Taylor Norman and Kennedy Brooker will compete for the Mastodons’ team score. There will be no individuals for the ‘Dons this week.
One in a Brazilian
Laura Caetano, a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second-best career average in Mastodon history. After her three rounds at the A-Ga-Ming Invitational, she met the minimum requirement of 25 rounds. Her average of 77.96 trails just Holly Anderson, who was on the team from 2018-21.
Last Time Out
The Mastodons took third place at the A-Ga-Ming Kickoff, with Anna Olafsdottir recording the first top 10 finish of her career.
Next Time Up
Purdue Fort Wayne will head to Horizon League member Oakland’s tournament: the Golden Grizzlies Invitational. That tournament will take place at the Katke Cousins Golf Course on September 26-27.
MARIAN MEN’S SOCCER: MARIAN BLOWS OUT CONCORDIA 5-1 IN NON-CONFERENCE FINALE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer team dominated the pitch Sunday afternoon, closing their non-conference schedule with a 5-1 home blow out win over Concordia. The win gives Marian a 4-3-2 overall record entering league play.
After withstanding an early surge from the Cardinals in the first three minutes, Marian’s offense took over early taking four shots on frame in the opening 15 minutes. Marian continued their attack, and in the 27th minute were able to see their sixth shot of the game find a home in the back of the net, with Kent Bailey taking the fifth, but his blast was saved back into play by Kyri Wixom. Sebastian Gonzalez gathered the loose ball, and volleyed the ball back toward the net, where David Green was able to sneak past the defense and stay onside to score his first collegiate goal.
Green remained busy on the offensive end, netting two more goals before the half ended to complete the hat trick. Green’s second score came on an unassisted attack in the 29th minute, while his third came via a penalty kick, burying the kick in the right pocket after the Knights were fouled in the box on the attack. Green’s hat trick came in 17 minutes of play after subbing in, and gave Marian a 3-0 lead entering halftime.
Concordia broke the shutout in the 66th minute of the game with Austin Corona scoring unassisted, beating replacement keeper Kim Schwensen with a rifled shot to put the Cardinals on the board. The goal would be the second to last shot attempt of the game for the Cardinals though, as Marian played stout defense to hold the visitors to one attempt. Nate Van Keulen and Tommy Cooper each added a goal for the Knights in the final 10 minutes of the match, pushing the aggressive Knights to a 5-1 home win.
Green led Marian in shot attempts with five as four came on frame in his first collegiate hat trick, while Van Keulen ended with four total shots netting one goal. Cooper’s goal came on his only shot of the match, and Gonzalez recorded the only assist of the day while taking four shots. Brendan Weiger earned the win in net making two saves in his 57 minutes of play.
Marian will open Crossroads League play at home, capping their four-game home stand with a league-opening match against Grace. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 PM on Saturday night from St. Vincent Field, ending a busy day on Family Weekend.
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IU EAST MEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT LAWRENCE TECH CLASSIC PREVIEW
The Indiana University East men’s golf team heads north for the Lawrence Technological University Blue Devil Classic on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21.
Play begins at 8:30 a.m. on both days on the Tradition course at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Mich.
FOLLOW THE TOURNAMENT
Treetops resort is located at 3962 Wilkinson Road in Gaylord, Mich.
Monitor iueredwolves.com for tournament results and recaps.
YOU OUGHT TO KNOW
* Jake Miller has finished atop the individual leaderboard in all three of IU East’s events this fall.
* IU East enters this event with an 18-hole fall team average of 300.67.
* This is the first trip to Treetops Resort for the IU East men’s golf program. This is also the longest trip on the 2021 IU East men’s golf fall schedule.
Belles Fend Off Ravens
St. Mary’s College (Ind.) fended off the Anderson University women’s soccer team by a score of 1-0 on Saturday at the AU Soccer Fields.
The Belles (5-1) outshot the Ravens (1-4-1) by a 16-11 margin and held a 9-3 shots on goal advantage.
“Overall, we weren’t sharp from the beginning and we need to start ready from the whistle,” Coach Jennifer Myhre said. “We picked the focus and fight in the second half, just struggling to put one in. Riley Schultz came up with some great goal line saves to keep us in it and there were some close opportunities on goal later. We are right there and just need to focus on our speed of play and possession to get more chances and goals inside the box.”
Kaitlyn Revell (Louisville, Ky./Assumption) registered three shots and one shot on goal for the Ravens. The senior from Louisville, Ky. provided Anderson’s best scoring opportunity with a shot that hit the crossbar in the 83rd minute. Jessica Pulaski (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Corissa Horton (Fountaintown, Ind./Triton Central) contributed two shots apiece. Harper Manion (Lebanon, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) and Isabella Trader (Eaton, Ohio/Eaton) each put their only shot on frame. Anhely Montes (Portland, Ind./Jay County) also added a shot.
Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio/Homeschool) saved six of the seven shots she faced. Riley Schultz (Circleville, Ohio/Logan Elm) came up with two defensive saves.
Anderson battles Calvin University (4-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Grand Rapids, Mich. Calvin is ranked No. 3 in the latest United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Region VIII poll.
Knights Sweep Ravens in Non-Conference Action
Calvin University (2-0) swept the Anderson University women’s tennis team (4-3) with a 9-0 win during Saturday’s non-conference match at the Riviera Club in Indianapolis.
“Our women showed a lot of mental toughness throughout the match,” Coach Matt Moore said. “Calvin played a tremendous match and was superior to us on the day. We are excited to get back in action [on Sunday] at Transylvania.”
No. 1 – Emily Schellenboom/Catherine Grissom (Calvin) def. Anna Creech/Megan Long (Anderson) 8-0
No. 2 – Grace Brown/Maggie Shoemaker (Calvin) def. Madelyn Brown/Morgan Nation (Anderson) 8-5
No. 3 – Averi Lewis/Cam Cyrus (Calvin) def. Jenna Kuntz/Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) 8-2
No. 1 – Emily Schellenboom (Calvin) def. Anna Creech (Anderson) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8)
No. 2 – Grace Brown (Calvin) def. Megan Long (Anderson) 6-3, 6-2
No. 3 – Maggie Shoemaker (Calvin) def. Madelyn Brown (Anderson) 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 – Catherine Grissom (Calvin) def. Morgan Nation (Anderson) 5-0 (win by retirement)
No. 5 – Cam Cyrus (Calvin) def. Claire Hannaford (Anderson) 6-2, 6-1
No. 6 – Alexis Ganop (Calvin) def. Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) 6-0, 1-6, 1-0 (10-1)
Anderson, which is 1-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play, clashes with Transylvania University (1-1, 1-0) on Sunday at 12 p.m. in Nicholasville, Ky. at Top Seed Tennis Club.
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: Women’s Golf: Chapman Shoots Historic Score, Anderson Earns Eighth in Beaver Fall Classic
The Anderson University women’s golf team earned eighth place in the two-day Beaver Fall Classic, which concluded on Sunday in Bluffton, Ohio.
Anderson compiled a 36-hole team score of 857. The Ravens turned in team scores of 423 in Day 1 and 434 in Day 2.
Lauren Chapman (Carmel, Ind./Heritage Christian School) tied for 15th with a score of 183. The junior from Carmel carded rounds of 92 and 91 on the par-72 layout at Bluffton Golf Club. Chapman shot a two-day relative-to-par score of +39, which marks the program’s lowest two-day relative-to-par score since 2015 graduate Krista Zurcher fired a +23 during the 2014 Hanover Invitational.
“I am so proud of this group,” Coach Morgan Douglass said. “I am looking forward to seeing their growth as we head into conference.”
Taylor Gillum (Daleville, Ind./Daleville) claimed 37th with a score of 208 after providing rounds of 101 and 107. Emma Howe (Alexandria, Ind./Alexandria-Monroe) took 40th with a score of 225 after shooting rounds of 112 and 113. The freshman from Alexandria fired a personal-best two-day relative-to-par score of +81. Lauren Benton (Frankton, Ind./Frankton) secured 44th with a score of 241 after carding rounds of 118 and 123.
Ohio Northern University captured first in the team standings with a team score of 639. Cleary University and Lourdes University tied for second with team scores of 713. The Bluffton University ‘A’ team came in fourth with a score of 714, finishing ahead of Manchester University (744), Defiance College (751), the Bluffton University ‘B’ team (810) and Anderson (857), which rounded out the team standings.
The Ravens return to action in the three-day Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships, which is set to begin on Oct. 8 at The Legends Golf Club in Franklin.
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: Men’s Golf: Ravens Claim Ninth in Beaver Fall Classic
The Anderson University men’s golf team claimed ninth place in the two-day Beaver Fall Classic, which concluded on Sunday in Bluffton, Ohio.
Anderson put together a 36-hole score of 702. The Ravens compiled a Day 1 score of 357 and a Day 2 score of 345.
“This fall is our non-traditional season; the name of the game for us is improvement,” Coach Carter Collins said. “This was an excellent opportunity for us to get out on the course in a competitive situation for the first time and I think the weekend did a great job of exposing to our guys the areas that they need to work on most moving forward. I already saw improvement over the course of the weekend, as evidenced by the 12-stroke improvement from Day 1 to Day 2. We’re looking forward to getting back out on the course for practice this week.”
Carson Coffman (Coshocton, Ohio/Coshocton) tied for 32nd with a score of 169. The sophomore from Coshocton, Ohio carded rounds of 87 and 82 on the par-72 layout at the Bluffton Golf Club.
Kylar Bryant (South Whitley, Ind./Whitko) tied for 36th with a score of 171 after shooting rounds of 88 and 83. Tyler Nettles (Terre Haute, Ind./Northview) took 43rd with a score of 178, behind rounds of 90 and 88. Joey Stern (Lapel, Ind./Lapel) earned 46th with a score of 184 after providing a pair of 92’s. Konner Johnson (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) finished 47th with a score of 188 after carding a pair of 94’s.
The Ravens return to action on Oct. 2 in the two-day Stateline Shootout at Miami Whitewater Forest Golf Club in Harrison, Ohio.
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: Women’s Tennis: Pioneers Take HCAC Win against Ravens
Transylvania University (2-1, 2-0) took an 8-1 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) victory against the Anderson University women’s tennis team (4-4, 1-1) on Sunday at Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Ky.
The Pioneers have won the last two HCAC Tournaments and were selected as this season’s HCAC preseason favorite.
“We played really well,” Coach Matt Moore said. “We did a great job of attacking and grew in our confidence. Looking forward to another shot at playing them.”
No. 1 – Porsche Robinson/Jessica Burton (Transylvania) def. Anna Creech/Megan Long (Anderson) 8-1
No. 2 – Grace Gardner/Katherine Taylor (Transylvania) def. Madelyn Brown/Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) 8-0
No. 3 – Alyssa Igyarto/Christina Duvall (Transylvania) def. Claire Hannaford/Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) 8-3
No. 1 – Porsche Robinson (Transylvania) def. Anna Creech (Anderson) 6-1, 6-4
No. 2 – Megan Long (Anderson) def. Shelia Cetina (Transylvania) 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Jessica Burton (Transylvania) def. Madelyn Brown (Anderson) 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 – Grace Gardner (Transylvania) def. Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) 6-0, 6-3
No. 5 – Katherine Taylor (Transylvania) def. Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) 6-1, 6-4
No. 6 – Alyssa Igyarto (Transylvania) def. Claire Hannaford (Anderson) 6-4, 6-0
Anderson faces off with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (0-2, 0-1) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Terre Haute.
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: Volleyball: Bontrager Named to All-Bishop Invitational Team
Anderson University volleyball standout Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind./Fairfield) was named to the Bishop Invitational All-Tournament Team, which was announced on Saturday.
Bontrager was selected to an all-tournament team for the second week in a row.
“Felicity has grown into a very strong player,” Coach Tami Miller said. “She is playing consistent volleyball right now and provides energy on the court. Her athleticism is unmatched by none and we are very proud of what she has already accomplished this season.”
The Ravens (5-7) went 2-2 during the stacked Bishop Invitational. Ohio Wesleyan University (6-7) opened with a 25-16, 13-25, 25-11, 25-19 win against the Ravens. Anderson then locked up a 25-21, 28-30, 25-22, 25-20 win against Kenyon College (2-8) to close out Friday’s games. On Saturday, Otterbein University (10-2) swept the Ravens with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 win. To close out the tournament, Anderson handed the University of Mount Union (11-1) its first loss of the season in a 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21 decision. Otterbein and Mount Union are both receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) NCAA Division III volleyball poll.
For the tournament, Bontrager contributed 32 kills, 12 blocks, 13 digs and a .279 attack percentage. She provided 2.13 kills per set and 0.8 blocks per set during the tournament.
Against Ohio Wesleyan, Bontrager turned in six kills, four blocks and a .235 attack percentage. She then tallied six kills and three blocks against Kenyon. Against Otterbein, Bontrager racked up six kills, three blocks and a .429 hitting percentage. Bontrager then capped off the tournament by pouring in 14 kills and a .333 attack percentage against Mount Union.
The Ravens are scheduled for three matches in the Franklin College Tournament next weekend in Franklin. Anderson clashes with Baldwin Wallace University (9-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Ravens face off with Bethany College (W. Va.) (3-5) at 10 a.m. and battle with Fontbonne University (0-4) at 12 p.m.
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: Men’s Tennis: Anderson Battles Past Calvin
The Anderson University men’s tennis team (5-1) battled past Calvin University (1-2) by a score of 5-4 during Saturday’s match at Riviera Club in Indianapolis.
“Our men continue to grow and impress our coaching staff,” Coach Matt Moore said. “We are picking up huge wins from all parts of the lineup. We are also seeing excellent leadership from our upperclassmen. A big shoutout to Seth Nation for fighting off seven match points to secure a key win. I know our men are looking forward to having a two-week break from matches.”
No. 1 – Adam Zenter/Stuart Johnston (Calvin) def. Colton Stevens/Tucker Bradley (Anderson) 8-7 (7-2)
No. 2 – Seth Nation/Parker Bradley (Anderson) def. Harrison Sindelar/Isaac Jeong (Calvin) 8-5
No. 3 – Jace DeShetler/Jared Berghorst (Calvin) def. Sam Songer/Cory Evans (Anderson) 8-6
No. 1 – Harrison Sindelar (Calvin) def. Colton Stevens (Anderson) 6-3, 6-0
No. 2 – Tucker Bradley (Anderson) def. Adam Zenter (Calvin) 6-4, 6-4
No. 3 – Seth Nation (Anderson) def. Isaac Jeong (Calvin) 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10)
No. 4 – Cory Evans (Anderson) def. Stuart Johnston (Calvin) 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 – Sam Songer (Anderson) def. Jace DeShetler (Calvin) 6-0, 6-3
No. 6 – Jared Berghorst (Calvin) def. Dylan Lemon (Anderson) 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5)
The Ravens return to action on Oct. 2 for two matches. Anderson battles Albion College (0-0) at 11 a.m. in Albion, Mich. The Ravens then take on Alma College (0-0) at 4 p.m. in Alma, Mich.
RHIT Men’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 4, Albion 1
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team scored two goals in each half to pick up a 4-1 victory over Albion College in NCAA Division III men’s soccer action on Sunday afternoon at the Engineer Soccer Field.
Jackson Seida led the Fightin’ Engineers with two goals on the afternoon. Takezo Kelly added the first goal, and Tyler Eldridge contributed the last goal of the day for Rose-Hulman.
Caleb Urban and AJ Yilmaz added assists to Rose-Hulman’s well balanced offensive attack. The Fightin’ Engineers outshot Albion 17-4 on the day, with Evan Hofer and Michael Trinh combining for two saves.
Offensively, Kelly paced the offense with five shots. Thomas Morris added three shots on the day.
Rose-Hulman improved to 3-2-1 on the season, while Albion dropped to 2-2-1. The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Tuesday with a road match at North Central.
Little Giants Celebrate Senior Day With 3-2 Win Over Grinnell
Wabash honored seven of its senior members of the 2021 Little Giant soccer team Sunday afternoon prior to its match versus visiting Grinnell College. Wabash got a late goal to claim a 3-2 victory.
Wabash (6-2) honored Cristian Aleman, Adam Berg, Emiliano Delgado, Timothy Herring, Joseph Kaefer, Nathan Ooley, and Josh Scott before the match. Once play began, the Little Giants took a 1-0 lead when Austin Hughes fired a shot on goal. The attempt was saved but the rebound found the foot of Alexis Delgado who hammered home his second goal of the season.
Grinnell (3-4) evened the score at 1-1 minutes before the end of the first half when Jasper Yang notched his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Wabash regained the lead five minutes into the second period. A perfect set of passes from Adam Berg and Coledon Johnson led to a goal by Hughes from the left side for his third of the season and a 2-1 Wabash lead.
Yang added a second goal in the 67th minute to even the score again. Wabash put the match away in the 80th minute on another saved shot rebound. This time it was Hughes who fired a shot on goal of a pass from Johnson that was tipped away by the Grinnel goalkeeper. Mitchell Keeling blasted the ball into the back of the net for his second goal of the season and the eventual game-winner.
Hughes scored a total of four points in the match with a goal and two assists. Johnson picked up two assists, as well. Michael Bertram recorded a pair of saves in goal for Wabash to earn the win. The Little Giants outshot Grinnell 11-8 overall and put eight shots on net compared to four for the Pioneers.
The Little Giants complete their non-conference schedule Wednesday with a 7:30 p.m. match at Mount St. Joseph University.
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS BASEBALL: Indians Rake 13 Singles in 10-3 Triumph
INDIANAPOLIS – After a back-and-forth battle, Tucupita Marcano hit an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the Indianapolis Indians on top and lead them to victory over the St. Paul Saints, 10-3.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Indians (57-62) took the early 1-0 lead with an RBI single from Phillip Evans to score Marcano. The Saints (61-59) wasted no time and tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the second inning when Gilberto Celestino scored on a groundout from BJ Boyd.
With one out, Diego Castillo singled to left field and Jared Oliva reached after being hit by pitch to put a runner in scoring postion for Taylor Davis in the second inning. Davis singled to right field to score Castillo and retake the lead 2-1. St. Paul fought back again and scored one run in the top of the third inning with a home run from Drew Stankiewicz to tie the game.
With two outs in the top of the fourth inning, St. Paul took the lead after Jimmy Kerrigan hit a RBI double to right field.
That was the last time the Saints would hold the lead as the Indians scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning. With two outs, Chris Sharpe singled to score Castillo to tie the game at 3-3. Marcano singled to center field to score Davis and take the lead. Indy added one more run with an RBI single from major league rehabber Michael Chavis to extend their lead to 5-3.
The Indians added four insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning with a bases loaded walk to Chris Sharpe and back-to-back singles from Marcano and Chavis. In the sixth inning, Indy added one more run after a fielding error by the Saint’s shortstop allowed Castillo to score and seal the lead at 10-3.
Beau Sulser (W, 7-7) threw his fifth quality start of the season to earn the win. He gave up three runs (one unearned) on six hits with four strikeouts in six innings of work. Drew Strotman (L, 9-4) took the loss after giving up seven runs on eight hits in four innings.
The Indians will travel to Omaha to face the Storm Chasers in a five-game series starting on Wednesday night at 8:05 PM ET. Both teams have yet to name probable pitchers.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1902 The White Sox’ first no-hitter in franchise history is tossed by Jim Callahan when he defeats the Tigers, 2-0. The right-handed utility player, called Nixey by his teammates, will accumulate 99 victories on the mound but will pitch in only eight of his 13 seasons in the major leagues.
1907 At Exposition Park in Pittsburgh, Nick Maddox no-hits the Dodgers, 2-1. At the age of 20 years and ten months, the Pirates hurler becomes the youngest pitcher and the second rookie to throw a no-hitter.
1908 In the bottom of the ninth inning at South Side Park, Freddy Parent, while being walked intentionally by Eddie Plank, reaches out and pokes a shallow sac fly to right field. The unexpected sacrifice scores the winning run in the White Sox’ 1-0 walk-off victory over the A’s and gives Frank Smith, who held the A’s hitless, his second career no-hitter.
1911 Bill Bergen ends his major league career with the lowest lifetime batting average for a position player in major league history by hitting an anemic .170 during his 11-year tenure with the Reds and Superbas. The 33 year-old backstop, who had only one year of batting above .200, also holds the records for lowest season batting average for a regular-season (.139 in 1909) and the longest streak of at-bats without a hit (46 in 1909), a mark since surpassed by Chris Davis, who goes 0-for-54 over 2018-2019 with Orioles.
1912 Smoky Joe Wood, losing to Detroit, 6-4, fails to break Walter Johnson’s record of 16 consecutive victories, established earlier in the season. Joe Lake gets the win, pitching the last five innings after replacing starter Bill Covington, who allowed only one hit through four innings when he was tossed out of the game by the umpire in the fifth.
1919 On Babe Ruth Day in Boston, the Bambino scores the winning run in both ends of the doubleheader when the Red Sox sweeps Chicago, 4-3 and 5-4. Ironically, the contests mark the last time the future Hall of Famer player dons a Red Sox uniform in Fenway Park before being dealt to the Yankees in the off-season.
1924 The 37 year-old righty Grover Cleveland Alexander goes the distance to earn his 300th victory when the Cubs beat the Giants in 12 innings, 7-3. ‘Old Pete’ will collect 373 wins during his 20-year career with National League teams, including stops in Philadelphia and St. Louis.
1931 For the first time in 19 years, Gabby Street appears in a major league game. The 48 year-old Cardinal skipper is 0-for-1, but the backstop displays his old catching skills when he nails Brooklyn runner Babe Herman trying to steal a base.
1932 The Cubs clinch the National League pennant when they beat Pittsburgh, 5-2, thanks to Kiki Cuyler’s seventh-inning bases-loaded triple. The Wrigley Field contest features rookie second baseman Billy Herman’s 200th hit of the season.
1951 Ford Frick, replacing “Happy” Chandler, is selected by the owners to be the sport’s third commissioner. The former National League president, best remembered for suggesting the single-season home run records of Babe Ruth and Roger Maris be listed separately based on the season’s length, will hold the position for fourteen years.
1953 Twenty-eight-year-old Gene Baker, the other half of the Kansas City Monarchs double-play duo along with Ernie Banks, joins his former Negro League teammate, making his major league debut with the Cubs as a pinch-hitter against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. In 1961, Pittsburgh names the former Chicago second baseman as the manager of their Class D Batavia Pirates (NY) minor league team, making him the first black manager in organized baseball.
1954 The Giants clinch the pennant when they beat the Dodgers at Ebbets Field, 7-1. The National League champs, finishing the season five games ahead of second-place Brooklyn, will sweep Cleveland in the Fall Classic.
1954 At Cleveland Stadium, fans show support for their once embattled GM Hank Greenberg by wearing “We’re Witcha Hank” buttons. Anyone donning the silver plastic ball charm, distributed by a local laundry earlier in the season, received two tickets for tonight’s game, the Tribe’s 11th consecutive victory, and the 109th win overall for the eventual American League champs.
1955 Willie Mays becomes the seventh player to hit fifty home runs in a season when he connects off Pittsburgh’s Vern Law for the second time in the Giants’ 14-8 victory at the Polo Grounds. The round-tripper is the 24 year-old center fielder’s seventh in six consecutive games.
1958 Thanks to Gus Triandos’ eighth-inning home run, recently acquired Oriole knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm no-hits the Yankees at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The contest will mark the Yankees’ last time will fail to get a hit in a game in this century.
1959 The San Francisco Giants, bowing to the Dodgers, 8-2, play their last game at Seals Stadium. The transplanted New York team, who compiled a 163-145 record in their two-year stay in the former PCL park, will move to the newly constructed Candlestick Park next season.
1961 In a 13-inning contest, Sandy Koufax goes the distance, beating the Cubs, 3-2, in the last regular-season game played at the LA Memorial Coliseum, a venue originally built for the 1932 Olympics. The Dodgers are leaving the only home they have known since moving from Brooklyn four seasons ago to play in a brand new stadium in Chavez Ravine, located a few miles from downtown Los Angeles.
1966 The Mets’ 3-0 victory over Houston, their 63rd win, assures the team will lose less than a hundred games in a season for the first time in the franchise’s five-year history. The Amazins’, who will finish the in ninth place with a 66-95 record, averaged 113 losses a season during their first four years in the National League.
1966 In his second major league game, Tom Phoebus hurls his second straight shutout in the Orioles’ 4-0 victory over the A’s. In his major league debut five days ago, the 24 year-old right-handed rookie also blanked the Angels, earning a 2-0 complete-game victory at Memorial Stadium.
1966 Sandy Koufax becomes the first National League hurler in 31 years to record 25 or more victories in two straight seasons when he goes the distance in LA’s 11-1 rout over the Phillies at Dodger Stadium. In 1935, Cardinals’ right-hander Dizzy Dean posted a 28-12 record after winning 30 of 37 decisions in the previous campaign.
1968 Mickey Mantle hits his final home run, finishing an 18-year major league career third on the all-time home run list with 536 round-trippers behind only Babe Ruth and Willie Mays when he retires at the end of the season. The homer is given up by Jim Lonborg in a 4-3 loss to the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.
1969 Bob Moose, giving the Pirates their third win in two days against the eventual world champs, no-hits the first-place Mets at Shea Stadium, 4-0. The 21-year-old right-hander will compile a 14-3 record with a 2.91 ERA for the third-place Bucs this season.
1971 In the completion of a suspended game started in Cleveland six days ago, the ‘visiting’ Senators beat the Indians in Washington DC, 8-6. The 20-inning victory at RFK Stadium will prove to be the team’s final ‘road’ win before the franchise shifts to Texas next season.
1972 After scoring all of their runs in the second inning, the Braves put it on cruise control, beating the Astros, 13-6. Only 2,062 fans are on hand at Atlanta Stadium to enjoy the big inning, which features the team collecting a dozen hits off five Houston hurlers.
1972 Milt Pappas, with a 6-2 complete-game victory over Montreal at Wrigley Field, wins his 200th major league game. The Cubs’ right-hander becomes the first hurler to reach the milestone without the benefit of a single 20-win season.
1973 The Pirates miss scoring in the top of the 13th inning when Dave Augustine’s ‘home run’ bounces off the top of the fence into the glove of left fielder Cleon Jones, who relays the ball to Wayne Garrett in time for the third baseman to nail Richie Zisk at the plate. In the bottom of the frame, Mets rookie catcher Ron Hodges ends the Shea Stadium contest, which will become known as the ‘Ball on the Wall Game,’ with a one-out single off Bucs’ reliever Dave Giusti, plating John Milner for the 4-3 victory.
1973 After sharing the news on the Today Show, Willie Mays officially announces his retirement at a press conference held at Shea Stadium’s Diamond Club. In five days, the Mets will honor the aging superstar with pre-game ceremony night at the ballpark.
1973 Billy Jean King’s brother, Randy, is not in attendance to watch her win the 100,000 winner-take-all tennis match against Bobby Riggs at the Astrodome. Moffit is at another ballpark, getting a key out in relief when the Giants beat the first-place Reds at Candlestick Park.
1980 The Yankees dedicate a bronze plaque in memory of Thurman Munson in the ballpark’s Memorial Park. The 32 year-old team captain Munson died last season, attempting to land his Cessna Citation at Akron-Canton Airport.
1980 Baltimore hurler Steve Stone ties a club record for the most wins in a season when he beats the Blue Jays for his 24th victory. The Orioles’ right-hander matches the 1970 totals of both Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally.
1983 In the first inning of a 14-1 rain-shortened five-inning victory over the Orioles, the Tigers stroke ten consecutive hits and score 11 runs. Detroit’s opening offense ties the American League record for runs scored to start a game established by the Boston Americans in 1901.
1984 With a 5-4 victory over San Francisco at Jack Murphy Stadium, the Padres win their first division crown. In addition to winning the clincher, Tim Lollar hits a three-run home run in the second inning to help his cause.
1986 Padres outfielder Tony Gwynn becomes only the fifth player since 1900 to steal five bases in a game in the team’s 10-6 loss to Houston at the Astrodome. During his 20-year career, the .338 lifetime hitter will average only 16 stolen bases per season.
1988 Wade Boggs becomes the first player in this century to get 200 hits in six consecutive years. The 30 year-old Red Sox third baseman, who also joins Lou Gehrig by collecting 200 hits and 100 base-on-balls for three straight seasons, will extend the streak to seven campaigns in 1989 with 205 hits.
1992 Phillies’ second baseman Mickey Morandini catches Jeff King’s line drive, steps on second, doubling up Andy Van Slyke, and tags Barry Bonds to complete an unassisted triple play in a 3-2 loss to the Pirates at Three Rivers Stadium. The triple killing is the first in the National League since 1927 when Cubs’ shortstop Jimmy Cooney accomplished the rare feat in a contest against the Pirates.
1995 The Rockies, who collect 23 hits, equal a franchise record for runs scored when the team routs the Padres, 20-1. Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday also ties a club mark, accomplished three times previously, with an eight-RBI day, homering twice in the Coors Field contest.
1995 The Padres play their one-thousandth home game without having a rainout. The streak, which began on April 20, 1983, will end on May 12, 1998, with a total of 1,184 contests over 15 years.
1996 Michael Lasky buys Eddie Murray’s 500th home run ball for $280,000, and it could be worth as much as $500,000 thanks to a 20-year annuity. The new owner, the Psychic Friends Network founder, plans to put the Camden Yards souvenir on public display for “the people of Baltimore.”
1998 “Let’s end it in the same place it started. In my home state. In front of friends and family. In front of the best fans in the world.” – Cal Ripken, Jr., commenting on ending his consecutive streak.
After nearly 16 years of not missing a game, Cal Ripken, quietly and without fanfare, takes himself out of the lineup after playing in a major-league record 2,632 consecutive games. The Orioles shortstop’s consecutive streak ends in Baltimore’s 5-4 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards in a nationally televised ESPN Sunday night game.
1998 At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Cardinals’ first baseman Mark McGwire extends his home run record to 65 and should have had his 66th homer of the season, but his fly ball to center field is ruled a ground-rule double due to fan interference, which video replays clearly show as the wrong call. Big Mac’s first inning round-tripper, his 32nd hit as a visiting player, breaks George Foster’s 1977 National League and ties 1927 Babe Ruth’s records for home runs hit on the road.
2002 Oriole infielder Mike Bordick sets a major league record when he plays his 102nd successive game at shortstop without committing an error. Mets middle infielder Rey Ordonez had established the previous mark over the 1999-2000 seasons.
2002 With a 9-3 victory over the Astros at Busch Stadium, the Cardinals clinch the Central Division of the National League. An emotional on-field celebration includes Albert Pujols carrying Darryl Kile’s No. 57 jersey onto the field in tribute of the pitcher who died unexpectedly in June.
2003 Unlike this season, when the Expos played twenty-five percent of its home games in San Juan, the players vote to play their entire 2004 home schedule in Montreal. The MLB owners, who collectively own the franchise, have been considering moving the team permanently to Washington, D.C., Portland (Oregon), or Monterrey (Mexico) or continuing the present format by having the team split home games between different locations (Puerto Rico or Mexico and Montreal).
2003 When Marcus Giles sends Brad Penny’s 3-2 pitch into the stands, the Braves tie the National League record by having six players hit at least 20 home runs in a season. The Atlanta infielder joins Javy Lopez, Gary Sheffield, Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones, and Vinny Castilla to equal the mark established by the 1965 Milwaukee team; Eddie Mathews (32), Hank Aaron (32), Joe Torre (27), Felipe Alou (23), Mack Jones (31), and Gene Oliver (21).
2005 At Coors Field, the Rockies tie a franchise record established in 2003 for runs in their 20-1 rout of the Padres, who endure the most lopsided loss of their 36 years of existence. Matt Holliday leads Colorado’s 23-hit attack with two home runs, driving in eight runs to equal a team record shared by three players.
2006 KC skipper Buddy Bell, after a Royals 3-0 loss to the Angels, announces he needs to take a medical leave to treat a growth in his tonsils and will be replaced in the dugout by bench coach Billy Doran. The manager’s wife, Gloria, has also battled tonsil cancer.
2006 Although the team bows to the Blue Jays at the Stadium, the Yankees capture their ninth consecutive AL East title thirty minutes later when the Twins defeat second-place Red Sox. The Bronx Bombers become the second team in the Big Apple this week to pop the champagne as their crosstown rivals, the Mets, clinched the NL East Division two days ago.
2007 With his 4-for-4 performance and HBP with the bases loaded, 23 year-old rookie catcher J.R Towles establishes a franchise-record eight RBIs when the Astros rout the Cardinals, 18-1. The September call-up’s outstanding offensive output, who started the season with the Single-A Salem Avalanche, helps Houston produce its most lopsided victory in team history.
2008 With a 5-4 win over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field, the Cubs clinch their second straight National League Central Division championship. The victory marks the first time the club will appear in consecutive postseasons since the 1906-08 teams played in the World Series.
2008 At the Ballpark in Arlington, Francisco Rodriguez, facing one batter, extends his major league record when he saves his 60th game, getting Nelson Cruz to fly out for the final out in the ninth inning. The Angels’ 7-3 victory over the Rangers assures the 95-59 Angels of having home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
2009 The Cubs suspend Milton Bradley for the rest of the year, a day after the turbulent outfielder criticizes the team in a newspaper interview, citing there wasn’t a “positive environment” in the organization, and he could see why the club hasn’t won a championship in the last century. The Chicago’s decision to bring back the 32 year-old, with two years remaining on a $30 million, three-year contract he signed as a free agent last offseason, will be general manager Jim Hendry’s call, according to manager Lou Piniella.
2010 George Steinbrenner is honored with a 7-by-5-foot, 760-pound monument of bronze atop a granite base in Monument Park. The unveiling of the tribute to the recently deceased Yankee owner is attended by estranged former manager Joe Torre, who is making his first visit to the new Yankee Stadium.
2010 A teenage fan, wearing a red spandex suit with a red mask, is subdued by Matt Diaz after the intruder runs onto the field and eludes a security guard during the Braves-Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park. The Braves’ left fielder tackles the costumed 17 year-old, released from juvenile detention tomorrow afternoon with the parents apologizing for their son’s actions.
2011 Clayton Kershaw becomes the Dodgers’ first 20-game winner since Ramon Martinez accomplished the feat in 1990. Allowing just one run in 7 1/3 innings, the southpaw gets the victory when LA beats the visiting Giants, 2-1.
2012 The White House announces President Barack Obama’s approval of the ‘Let Teddy Win’ movement. The 44th Chief Executive, a long-time fan of Theodore Roosevelt, lends his bipartisan support in response to Republican Senator John McCain’s call for a congressional investigation about the mascot for Teddy Roosevelt never winning the race among the presidents at National Park.
2012 Washington secures a playoff spot when they beat the Dodgers at Nationals Park, 4-1. The last time there was postseason baseball in the nation’s capital occurred 79 years ago, when player-skipper Joe Cronin and the Senators lost to the Giants in five games in the 1933 World Series.
2013 Yankee designated hitter Alex Rodriguez establishes a major league record with his 24th career grand slam, going deep off George Kontos in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Giants in the Bronx. The two-out seventh-inning bases-loaded round-tripper surpasses the mark established in 1938 by fellow Bronx Bomber Lou Gehrig.
2014 Oliver Perez records the first four-strikeout inning in Diamondback history when a dropped third strike allows the first batter to reach base in the seventh frame of the team’s 5-1 loss to Colorado at Coors Field. The 33 year-old Arizona southpaw becomes the 69th different major league hurler to accomplish the feat.
2019 In the Mets’ 8-1 victory at Great American Ball Park, Pete Alonso goes deep in the eighth inning against Reds’ reliever Sal Romano for his major-league-leading 50th home run. The 24 year-old right-handed slugging first baseman, who is two homers shy of Yankees Aaron Judge’s 2017 rookie record, is the first player to hit 50 round-trippers during the season of his major league debut.
|Tampa Bay||92||58||.613||–||47 – 28||45 – 30||47 – 23||19 – 13||14 – 17||4 – 6||L 2|
|Boston||86||65||.570||6.5||47 – 29||39 – 36||40 – 30||20 – 13||15 – 18||7 – 3||W 5|
|Toronto||84||65||.564||7.5||43 – 31||41 – 34||37 – 30||17 – 13||16 – 16||7 – 3||W 2|
|NY Yankees||83||67||.553||9||42 – 33||41 – 34||30 – 37||22 – 10||19 – 12||5 – 5||L 2|
|Baltimore||47||102||.315||44.5||23 – 51||24 – 51||18 – 52||10 – 24||13 – 15||2 – 8||L 3|
|Chi White Sox||85||64||.570||–||49 – 27||36 – 37||19 – 14||38 – 27||16 – 17||5 – 5||W 1|
|Cleveland||73||74||.497||11||36 – 36||37 – 38||13 – 21||38 – 26||13 – 16||5 – 5||W 2|
|Detroit||72||78||.480||13.5||39 – 36||33 – 42||18 – 14||25 – 39||18 – 16||7 – 3||W 2|
|Kansas City||67||82||.450||18||36 – 39||31 – 43||12 – 21||29 – 34||14 – 19||5 – 5||L 1|
|Minnesota||65||85||.433||20.5||34 – 40||31 – 45||11 – 18||33 – 37||13 – 20||3 – 7||L 2|
|Houston||88||61||.591||–||47 – 28||41 – 33||16 – 12||19 – 16||44 – 22||7 – 3||W 1|
|Oakland||82||67||.550||6||40 – 34||42 – 33||15 – 18||23 – 10||33 – 30||7 – 3||W 5|
|Seattle||80||69||.537||8||42 – 33||38 – 36||19 – 15||15 – 17||37 – 26||5 – 5||W 1|
|LA Angels||72||77||.483||16||38 – 37||34 – 40||16 – 17||21 – 12||24 – 39||3 – 7||L 3|
|Texas||55||94||.369||33||33 – 42||22 – 52||12 – 15||10 – 19||26 – 47||4 – 6||L 1|
|Atlanta||77||70||.524||–||37 – 36||40 – 34||40 – 30||22 – 12||9 – 14||4 – 6||W 1|
|Philadelphia||76||73||.510||2||42 – 32||34 – 41||40 – 30||17 – 13||13 – 19||5 – 5||L 1|
|NY Mets||73||77||.487||5.5||44 – 33||29 – 44||35 – 34||13 – 17||16 – 17||3 – 7||W 1|
|Miami||63||86||.423||15||39 – 36||24 – 50||31 – 35||12 – 20||17 – 17||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||61||88||.409||17||35 – 43||26 – 45||28 – 45||13 – 15||10 – 21||3 – 7||W 1|
|Y-Milwaukee||91||58||.611||–||42 – 32||49 – 26||14 – 14||46 – 23||23 – 9||7 – 3||L 1|
|St. Louis||79||69||.534||11.5||42 – 33||37 – 36||17 – 16||31 – 31||20 – 13||9 – 1||W 8|
|Cincinnati||77||73||.513||14.5||39 – 35||38 – 38||17 – 12||40 – 30||11 – 22||3 – 7||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||67||83||.447||24.5||39 – 36||28 – 47||13 – 21||31 – 35||17 – 15||3 – 7||W 1|
|Pittsburgh||56||93||.376||35||34 – 41||22 – 52||16 – 14||19 – 48||11 – 21||6 – 4||L 1|
|Y-San Francisco||97||53||.647||–||49 – 26||48 – 27||21 – 11||20 – 14||43 – 21||7 – 3||L 1|
|Y-LA Dodgers||96||54||.640||1||52 – 23||44 – 31||24 – 9||17 – 13||43 – 24||8 – 2||W 2|
|San Diego||76||73||.510||20.5||44 – 31||32 – 42||14 – 15||16 – 17||32 – 35||2 – 8||L 3|
|Colorado||70||79||.470||26.5||45 – 27||25 – 52||17 – 12||14 – 19||29 – 38||7 – 3||L 1|
|Arizona||48||101||.322||48.5||28 – 43||20 – 58||12 – 18||13 – 19||19 – 48||3 – 7||L 1|
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Buffalo Bills||1||1||0||.500||0.0||51||23||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Miami Dolphins||1||1||0||.500||0.0||17||51||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|New England Patriots||1||1||0||.500||0.0||41||23||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||1 W|
|New York Jets||0||2||0||.000||1.0||20||44||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Las Vegas Raiders||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||59||44||1-0-0||1-0-0||2-0-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|Denver Broncos||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||50||26||0-0-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||1||0||.500||1.0||68||65||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Chargers||1||1||0||.500||1.0||37||36||0-1-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||1||1||0||.500||0.0||40||42||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Baltimore Ravens||1||1||0||.500||0.0||63||68||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||1||1||0||.500||0.0||60||54||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||1||1||0||.500||0.0||44||44||1-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Houston Texans||1||1||0||.500||0.0||58||52||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-0-0||1 L|
|Tennessee Titans||1||1||0||.500||0.0||46||68||0-1-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Indianapolis Colts||0||2||0||.000||1.0||40||55||0-2-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||0||2||0||.000||1.0||34||60||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Washington Football Team||1||1||0||.500||0.0||46||49||1-1-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Philadelphia Eagles||1||1||0||.500||0.0||43||23||0-1-0||1-0-0||1-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Dallas Cowboys||1||1||0||.500||0.0||49||48||0-0-0||1-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|New York Giants||0||2||0||.000||1.0||42||57||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|San Francisco 49ers||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||58||44||0-0-0||2-0-0||2-0-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|Los Angeles Rams||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||61||38||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||72||46||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||2 W|
|Seattle Seahawks||1||1||0||.500||1.0||58||49||0-1-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Chicago Bears||1||1||0||.500||0.0||34||51||1-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||0||1||0||.000||0.5||33||41||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Green Bay Packers||0||1||0||.000||0.5||3||38||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Minnesota Vikings||0||2||0||.000||1.0||57||61||0-0-0||0-2-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||2 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||79||54||2-0-0||0-0-0||2-0-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|Carolina Panthers||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||45||21||2-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|New Orleans Saints||1||1||0||.500||1.0||45||29||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||0||2||0||.000||2.0||31||80||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-2-0||0-1-0||2 L|
|New York City FC||24||11||5||8||43||28||15||8-2-2||3-3-6||38|
|Orlando City SC||25||10||8||7||36||36||0||7-4-2||3-4-5||38|
|Inter Miami CF||24||9||5||10||24||35||-11||5-2-6||4-3-4||32|
|Real Salt Lake||25||10||6||9||41||35||6||7-4-2||3-2-7||36|
|Los Angeles FC||25||9||6||10||38||36||2||6-5-2||3-1-8||33|
|x-Connecticut Sun||26||6||.813||—||15-1||11-5||12-3||10-0||14 W|
|x-Chicago Sky||16||16||.500||10.0||6-10||10-6||10-5||5-5||1 W|
|New York Liberty||12||20||.375||14.0||7-9||5-11||6-9||2-8||1 W|
|Washington Mystics||12||20||.375||14.0||8-8||4-12||7-8||4-6||2 L|
|Atlanta Dream||8||24||.250||18.0||4-12||4-12||6-9||2-8||2 L|
|Indiana Fever||6||26||.188||20.0||4-12||2-14||4-11||2-8||7 L|
|x-Las Vegas Aces||24||8||.750||—||13-3||11-5||11-4||8-2||4 W|
|x-Minnesota Lynx||22||10||.688||2.0||13-3||9-7||10-5||9-1||4 W|
|x-Seattle Storm||21||11||.656||3.0||11-5||10-6||9-6||5-5||1 W|
|x-Phoenix Mercury||19||13||.594||5.0||7-9||12-4||6-9||7-3||3 L|
|x-Dallas Wings||14||18||.438||10.0||7-9||7-9||7-8||5-5||1 W|
|Los Angeles Sparks||12||20||.375||12.0||8-8||4-12||2-13||3-7||1 L|