MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
BALTIMORE 5 MIAMI 2
TORONTO 7 ARIZONA 2
ATLANTA 9 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 0
BOSTON 8 CHICAGO CUBS 3
COLORADO 7 NY YANKEES 2
TAMPA BAY AT KANSAS CITY POSTPONED
TEXAS 12 CLEVELAND 4
HOUSTON 7 LA ANGELS 5
MINNESOTA 5 OAKLAND 4
DETROIT 5 SEATTLE 4
SAN DIEGO 8 PHILADELPHIA 3
SAN FRANCISCO 6 PITTSBURGH 4
MILWAUKEE 1 CINCINNATI 0
LA DODGERS 6 NY METS 0
ST. LOUIS 1 WASHINGTON 0 SUSPENDED IN THIRD INNING
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS 13 OMAHA 5
GREAT LAKES 3 FORT WAYNE 2
SOUTH BEND 9 QUAD CITIES 4
ALL –STAR BREAK
BIG 10 WEEKLY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
MINNESOTA VS. NEBRASKA
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
WISCONSIN VS. BUFFALO
MICHIGAN STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN VS. EAST CAROLINA
PURDUE VS. FRESNO STATE
RUTGERS VS. NORTHWESTERN
INDIANA VS. OHIO STATE
ILLINOIS VS. TOLEDO
MARYLAND VS. TOWSON
IOWA VS. UTAH STATE
PENN STATE VS. WEST VIRGINIA
MARYLAND VS. CHARLOTTE
PENN STATE VS. DELAWARE
MINNESOTA VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN
ILLINOIS AT KANSAS
INDIANA VS. INDIANA STATE
IOWA AT IOWA STATE
NEBRASKA AT COLORADO
PURDUE AT VIRGINIA TECH
MICHIGAN STATE VS. RICHMOND
RUTGERS VS. TEMPLE
MICHIGAN VS. UNLV
NORTHWESTERN VS. UTEP
WISCONSIN AT WASHINGTON STATE
OHIO STATE VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE
MICHIGAN VS. BOWLING GREEN
WISCONSIN VS. GEORGIA SOUTHERN
INDIANA VS. LOUISVILLE (IN INDIANAPOLIS, IN)
MINNESOTA AT NORTH CAROLINA
NEBRASKA VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS
NORTHWESTERN AT DUKE
ILLINOIS VS. PENN STATE
PURDUE VS. SYRACUSE
MARYLAND VS. VIRGINIA
RUTGERS VS. VIRGINIA TECH
MICHIGAN STATE VS. WASHINGTON
IOWA VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN
OHIO STATE VS. WESTERN KENTUCKY
INDIANA VS. AKRON
ILLINOIS VS. FLORIDA ATLANTIC
PENN STATE VS. IOWA
NEBRASKA VS. LOUISIANA TECH
MICHIGAN STATE VS. MARYLAND
NORTHWESTERN VS. MINNESOTA
OHIO STATE AT NOTRE DAME
MICHIGAN VS. RUTGERS
PURDUE VS. WISCONSIN
PURDUE VS. ILLINOIS
MARYLAND VS. INDIANA
MINNESOTA VS. LOUISIANA
NEBRASKA VS. MICHIGAN
IOWA VS. MICHIGAN STATE
NORTHWESTERN VS. PENN STATE
RUTGERS VS. WAGNER
NORTHWESTERN VS. HOWARD
OHIO STATE VS. MARYLAND
MINNESOTA VS. MICHIGAN
ILLINOIS VS. NEBRASKA
IOWA VS. PURDUE
WISCONSIN VS. RUTGERS
MARYLAND VS. ILLINOIS
MICHIGAN VS. INDIANA
WISCONSIN VS. IOWA
RUTGERS VS. MICHIGAN STATE
PURDUE VS. OHIO STATE
PENN STATE VS. UMASS
MICHIGAN STATE VS. MICHIGAN
IOWA VS. MINNESOTA
NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN
OHIO STATE VS. PENN STATE
INDIANA VS. RUTGERS
ILLINOIS VS. WISCONSIN
PENN STATE VS. INDIANA
NORTHWESTERN VS. MARYLAND
MINNESOTA VS. MICHIGAN STATE
WISCONSIN VS. OHIO STATE
NEBRASKA VS. PURDUE
MINNESOTA VS. ILLINOIS
NORTHWESTERN VS. IOWA (IN CHICAGO, IL)
MICHIGAN STATE VS. NEBRASKA
RUTGERS VS. OHIO STATE
MARYLAND VS. PENN STATE
MICHIGAN VS. PURDUE
INDIANA VS. WISCONSIN
ILLINOIS VS. INDIANA
NEBRASKA VS. MARYLAND
PENN STATE VS. MICHIGAN
OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN STATE
PURDUE VS. MINNESOTA
WISCONSIN VS. NORTHWESTERN
IOWA VS. RUTGERS
IOWA VS. ILLINOIS
MARYLAND VS. MICHIGAN
INDIANA VS. MICHIGAN STATE
OHIO STATE VS. MINNESOTA
WISCONSIN VS. NEBRASKA
NORTHWESTERN VS. PURDUE
PENN STATE VS. RUTGERS
NEBRASKA VS. IOWA
FRIDAY, NOV. 24
PURDUE VS. INDIANA
RUTGERS VS. MARYLAND
ILLINOIS VS. NORTHWESTERN
MICHIGAN VS. OHIO STATE
MICHIGAN STATE VS. PENN STATE
MINNESOTA VS. WISCONSIN
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, AUG. 26
NOTRE DAME VS. NAVY (DUBLIN, IRELAND) | 2:30 P.M. | NBC
MERCER VS. NORTH ALABAMA (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
JACKSONVILLE STATE VS. UTEP | 5:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NEW MEXICO STATE VS. UMASS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. OHIO | 7 P.M. | FS1
VANDERBILT VS. HAWAI’I | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
JACKSON STATE VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
USC VS. SAN JOSE STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
LOUISIANA TECH VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
WAKE FOREST VS. ELON | 7 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UCF VS. KENT STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
GEORGIA STATE VS. RHODE ISLAND | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. ST. FRANCIS (PA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UCONN VS. NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MINNESOTA VS. NEBRASKA | 8 P.M. | FOX
MISSOURI VS. SOUTH DAKOTA | 8 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
UTAH VS. FLORIDA | 8 P.M. | ESPN
TULSA VS. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UAB VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA STATE VS. SOUTHERN UTAH | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
FRIDAY, SEPT. 1
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. HOWARD | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MICHIGAN STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | FS1
MIAMI (FLA.) VS. MIAMI (OHIO) | 7 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
GEORGIA TECH VS. LOUISVILLE (MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
KANSAS VS. MISSOURI STATE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
HAWAI’I VS. STANFORD | 11 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, SEPT. 2
IOWA VS. UTAH STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
KENTUCKY VS. BALL STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
LIBERTY VS. BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
MICHIGAN VS. EAST CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | PEACOCK
PURDUE VS. FRESNO STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SMU VS. LOUISIANA TECH | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
TENNESSEE VS. VIRGINIA (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) | 12 P.M. | ABC
TCU VS. COLORADO | 12 P.M. | FOX
BOSTON COLLEGE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA VS. ARKANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN
OLE MISS VS. MERCER | 2 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
IOWA STATE VS. UNI | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
TEMPLE VS. AKRON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
OHIO VS. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
AIR FORCE VS. ROBERT MORRIS | 2 P.M. | ALTITUDE SPORTS
OREGON VS. PORTLAND STATE | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
INDIANA VS. OHIO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
AUBURN VS. UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
MARYLAND VS. TOWSON | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
WISCONSIN VS. BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. SOUTH FLORIDA | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
WASHINGTON VS. BOISE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
NOTRE DAME VS. TENNESSEE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | NBC
PITT VS. WOFFORD | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CINCINNATI VS. EASTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS VS. RICE | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
APPALACHIAN STATE VS. GARDNER-WEBB | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS VS. WESTERN CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. SE LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS VS. CAL | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
SYRACUSE VS. COLGATE | 4 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX
GEORGIA VS. UT MARTIN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
CHARLOTTE VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS. MONMOUTH | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. THE CITADEL | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
JAMES MADISON VS. BUCKNELL | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL VS. ALBANY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL VS. MAINE | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN+
USC VS. NEVADA | 6:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
TEXAS A&M VS. NEW MEXICO | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UL MONROE VS. ARMY | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
VANDERBILT VS. ALABAMA A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
COLORADO STATE VS. WASHINGTON STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
BAYLOR VS. TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
HOUSTON VS. UTSA | 7 P.M. | FS1
KANSAS STATE VS. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
OKLAHOMA STATE VS. CENTRAL ARKANSAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
MEMPHIS VS. BETHUNE-COOKMAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN MISS VS. ALCORN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TROY VS. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ILLINOIS VS. TOLEDO | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SOUTH CAROLINA VS. NORTH CAROLINA (CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
PENN STATE VS. WEST VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | NBC
WYOMING VS. TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | CBS
LOUISIANA VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
VIRGINIA TECH VS. OLD DOMINION | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TULANE VS. SOUTH ALABAMA | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
NEW MEXICO STATE VS. WESTERN ILLINOIS | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
UTEP VS. UIW | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
BYU VS. SAM HOUSTON | 10:15 P.M. | FS1
UCLA VS. COASTAL CAROLINA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. IDAHO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SUNDAY, SEPT. 3
RUTGERS VS. NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | CBS
SAN JOSE STATE VS. OREGON STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
FLORIDA STATE VS. LSU (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
MONDAY, SEPT. 4
DUKE VS. CLEMSON | 8 P.M. | ESPN
COLTS TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26 – 10-11 A.M.
SATURDAY, AUG. 5 – 6-7:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, AUG. 6 – 2-3:45 P.M.
SATURDAY, AUG. 5 – 6-7:30 P.M.
SUNDAY, AUG. 6 – 2-3:45 P.M.
TUESDAY, AUG. 8 – 9-10:30 A.M.
THURSDAY, AUG. 10 – 9-10 A.M.
TUESDAY, AUG. 15 – 9-10 A.M.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 16 – 6-8 P.M.
THURSDAY, AUG. 17 – 6-8 P.M.
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 3
N.Y. JETS VS. CLEVELAND (NBC), 8:00
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10
HOUSTON AT NEW ENGLAND, 7:00
MINNESOTA AT SEATTLE, 10:00
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
N.Y. GIANTS AT DETROIT, 7:00
GREEN BAY AT CINCINNATI, 7:00
ATLANTA AT MIAMI, 7:00
PITTSBURGH AT TAMPA BAY, 7:00
WASHINGTON AT CLEVELAND, 7:30
DENVER AT ARIZONA, 10:00
SATURDAY, AUGUST 12
INDIANAPOLIS AT BUFFALO, 1:00
TENNESSEE AT CHICAGO, 1:00
N.Y. JETS AT CAROLINA, 4:00
JACKSONVILLE AT DALLAS, 5:00
PHILADELPHIA AT BALTIMORE, 7:00
L.A. CHARGERS AT L.A. RAMS, 9:00
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13
KANSAS CITY AT NEW ORLEANS, 1:00
SAN FRANCISCO AT LAS VEGAS, 4:00
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
CLEVELAND AT PHILADELPHIA, 7:30
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
CAROLINA AT N.Y. GIANTS, 7:00
CINCINNATI AT ATLANTA, 7:30
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
JACKSONVILLE AT DETROIT, 1:00
MIAMI AT HOUSTON, 4:00
BUFFALO AT PITTSBURGH, 6:30
CHICAGO AT INDIANAPOLIS, 7:00
TAMPA BAY AT N.Y. JETS, 7:30
KANSAS CITY AT ARIZONA, 8:00
NEW ENGLAND AT GREEN BAY, 8:00
TENNESSEE AT MINNESOTA, 8:00
DENVER AT SAN FRANCISCO, 8:30
LAS VEGAS AT L.A. RAMS, 9:00
DALLAS AT SEATTLE, 10:00
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
NEW ORLEANS AT L.A. CHARGERS, 7:05
MONDAY, AUGUST 21
BALTIMORE AT WASHINGTON (ESPN), 8:00
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
PITTSBURGH AT ATLANTA, 7:30
INDIANAPOLIS AT PHILADELPHIA (PRIME VIDEO), 8:00
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
DETROIT AT CAROLINA (CBS), 8:00
NEW ENGLAND AT TENNESSEE, 8:15
L.A. CHARGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO, 10:00
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
BUFFALO AT CHICAGO, 1:00
SEATTLE AT GREEN BAY, 1:00
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY, 1:00
ARIZONA AT MINNESOTA, 1:00
N.Y. JETS AT N.Y. GIANTS, 6:00
CINCINNATI AT WASHINGTON, 6:05
MIAMI AT JACKSONVILLE, 7:00
BALTIMORE AT TAMPA BAY, 7:00
LAS VEGAS AT DALLAS, 8:00
L.A. RAMS AT DENVER, 9:00
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
HOUSTON AT NEW ORLEANS (FOX), 8:00
WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
DETROIT LIONS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
CHICAGO WHITE SOX — REINSTATED RHP MICHAEL KOPECH FROM THE 15-DAY IL.
HOUSTON ASTROS — ASSIGNED 1B YORDAN ALVAREZ AND RHP JOSE URQUIDY TO SUGAR LAND (IL) ON REHAB ASSIGNMENTS.
KANSAS CITY ROYALS — OPTIONED LHP ANGEL ZERPA TO OMAHA (IL). TRANSFERRED RHP JOSH STAUMONT FROM THE 15-DAY IL TO THE 60-DAY IL.
TAMPA BAY RAYS — PLACED 3B YANDY DIAZ ON THE PATERNITY LIST. RECALLED 2B JONATHAN ARANDA FROM DURHAM (IL).
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — RECALLED INF DREW ELLIS FROM LEHIGH VALLEY (IL) AND OF JOHAN ROJAS FROM READING (EL). PLACED OF CHRISTIAN PACHE ON THE 10-DAY IL, RETROACTIVE TO JULY 11 AND INF JOSH HARRISON ON THE 10-DAY IL, RETROACTIVE TO JULY 9.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
CHARLOTTE HORNETS — SIGNED G AMARI BAILEY TO A TWO-WAY CONTRACT.
DALLAS MAVERICKS — SIGNED G DANTE EXUM.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE
NFL — ANNOUNCED FREE AGENT DT MALIK JACKSON RETIRED.
LOS ANGELES RAMS — SIGNED DT KOBIE TURNER TO A ROOKIE CONTRACT.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
ARIZONA COYOTES — RELEASED F ALEX GALCHEYUK THROUGH THE TERMINATION OF HIS CONTRACT.
NASHVILLE PREDATORS — NAMED MICHELLE KENNEDY PRESIDENT AND ALTERNATE GOVERNOR.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS — SIGNED F CHRIS TIERNEY TO A ONE-YEAR, TWO-WAY CONTRACT.
ST. LOUIS BLUES — SIGNED C DALIBOR DVORSKY TO A THREE-YEAR, ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT.
MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY
EAST COAST HOCKEY LEAGUE
WORCESTER RAILERS — ACQUIRED F KEEGHAN HOWDESHELL FROM KANSAS IN EXCHANGE FOR D JARED BRANDT.
NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE
NWSL — FINED SAN DIEGO WAVE FC HEAD COACH CASEY STONEY FOR COMMENTS MADE DETRIMENTAL TO THE LEAGUE USING SOCIAL MEDIA, ON JULY 9.
RHODE ISLAND COLL. — NAMED ELLIOT BUTCHER, DENZEL WASHINGTON AND ADAM WILINSKY ASSISTANT MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES.
TV NEXT WEEK
MONDAY, JULY 17
FS1 — MINNESOTA AT SEATTLE
ESPN — SUMMER LEAGUE: TBA
TUESDAY, JULY 18
2 A.M. (WEDNESDAY)
USA — UCI: THE TOUR DE FRANCE, STAGE 16 – INDIVIDUAL TIME-TRIAL, 14 MILES, PASSY TO COMBLOUX, FRANCE (TAPED)
TBS — LA DODGERS AT BALTIMORE
WEDNESDAY, JULY 19
2 A.M. (THURSDAY)
USA — UCI: THE TOUR DE FRANCE, STAGE 17, 103 MILES, SAINT-GERVAIS MONT BLANC TO COURCHEVEL, FRANCE (TAPED)
GOLF — LPGA TOUR: THE DOW GREAT LAKES BAY INVITATIONAL, FIRST ROUND, MIDLAND COUNTRY CLUB, MIDLAND, TEXAS
4 A.M. (THURSDAY)
USA — DP WORLD/PGA TOUR: THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, FIRST ROUND, ROYAL LIVERPOOL, HOYLAKE, ENGLAND
ESPN2 — INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY: TBA
ESPN2 — USL: LOUISVILLE CITY FC AT DETROIT CITY FC
3 A.M. (THURSDAY)
FOX — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: NEW ZEALAND VS. NORWAY, GROUP A, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
6 A.M. (THURSDAY)
FOX — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: AUSTRALIA VS. IRELAND, GROUP B, SYDNEY
THURSDAY, JULY 20
ESPN — SRX: RACING SERIES
2 A.M. (FRIDAY)
USA — UCI: THE TOUR DE FRANCE, STAGE 18, 116 MILES, MOÛTIERS TO BOURG-EN-BRESSE, FRANCE (TAPED)
USA — DP WORLD/PGA TOUR: THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, FIRST ROUND, ROYAL LIVERPOOL, HOYLAKE, ENGLAND
GOLF — LEPGA TOUR: THE LA SELLA OPEN, FIRST ROUND, LA SELLA GOLF, ALICANTE, SPAIN
GOLF — LPGA TOUR: THE DOW GREAT LAKES BAY INVITATIONAL, THIRD ROUND, MIDLAND COUNTRY CLUB, MIDLAND, TEXAS
GOLF — PGA TOUR: THE BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP, FIRST ROUND, TAHOE MOUNTAIN CLUB, TRUCKEE, CALIF.
4 A.M. (FRIDAY)
USA — DP WORLD/PGA TOUR: THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, SECOND ROUND, ROYAL LIVERPOOL, HOYLAKE, ENGLAND
ESPNU — ATHLETES UNLIMITED: TBD
ESPNU — ATHLETES UNLIMITED: TBD
FOX — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: NEW ZEALAND VS. NORWAY, GROUP A, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
FOX — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: AUSTRALIA VS. IRELAND, GROUP B, SYDNEY
FOX — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: NIGERIA VS. CANADA, GROUP B, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
1 A.M. (FRIDAY)
FS1 — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: PHILIPPINES VS. SWITZERLAND, GROUP A, DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
3:30 A.M. (FRIDAY)
FS1 — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: SPAIN VS. COSTA RICA, GROUP C, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
ESPN2 — TBT TOURNAMENT: DA GUYS STL VS. PURPLE & BLACK
ESPN2 — TBT TOURNAMENT: B1 BALLERS VS. AFTER SHOCKS
PRIME VIDEO — LOS ANGELES AT MINNESOTA
PRIME VIDEO — LAS VEGAS AT SEATTLE
FRIDAY, JULY 21
ESPN2 — FORMULA 1: PRACTICE, HUNGARORING, MOGYORÓD, HUNGARY
ESPN2 — FORMULA 1: PRACTICE, HUNGARORING, MOGYORÓD, HUNGARY
FS1 — NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES: QUALIFYING, POCONO RACEWAY, LONG POND, PA.
USA — NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: QUALIFYING, POCONO RACEWAY, LONG POND, PA.
FS1 — NASCAR ARCA MENARDS SERIES: THE POCONO ARCA 150, POCONO RACEWAY, LONG POND, PA.
2 A.M. (SATURDAY)
USA — UCI: THE TOUR DE FRANCE, STAGE 19, 107 MILES, MOIRANS-EN-MONTAGNE TO POLIGNY, FRANCE (TAPED)
USA — DP WORLD/PGA TOUR: THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, SECOND ROUND, ROYAL LIVERPOOL, HOYLAKE, ENGLAND
GOLF — LEPGA TOUR: THE LA SELLA OPEN, SECOND ROUND, LA SELLA GOLF, ALICANTE, SPAIN
GOLF — LPGA TOUR: THE DOW GREAT LAKES BAY INVITATIONAL, THIRD ROUND, MIDLAND COUNTRY CLUB, MIDLAND, TEXAS
GOLF — PGA TOUR: THE BARRACUDA CHAMPIONSHIP, SECOND ROUND, TAHOE MOUNTAIN CLUB, TRUCKEE, CALIF.
5 A.M. (SATURDAY)
USA — DP WORLD/PGA TOUR: THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP, THIRD ROUND, ROYAL LIVERPOOL, HOYLAKE, ENGLAND
APPLETV+ — ST. LOUIS AT CHICAGO CUBS
APPLETV+ — SAN DIEGO AT DETROIT
FS1 — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: SPAIN VS. COSTA RICA, GROUP C, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
FOX — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: U.S. VS. VIETNAM, GROUP E, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
3 A.M. (SATURDAY)
FS1 — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: ZAMBIA VS. JAPAN, GROUP C, HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND
5:30 A.M. (SATURDAY)
FOX — FIFA WORLD CUP GROUP STAGE: ENGLAND VS. HAITI, GROUP D, BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
ION — NEW YORK AT WASHINGTON
SATURDAY, JULY 22
ESPN — FORMULA 1: QUALIFYING, HUNGARORING, MOGYORÓD, HUNGARY
FS1 — NASCAR CRAFTSMAN TRUCK SERIES: THE CRC BRAKLEEN 150, POCONO RACEWAY, LONG POND, PA.
USA — IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP: THE FCP EURO NORTHEAST GRAND PRIX, SALISBURY, CONN.
FS1 — NHRA: QUALIFYING, PACIFIC RACEWAYS, KENT, WASH.
NBC — NTT INDYCAR SERIES: THE HY-VEE INDYCAR 250, NEWTON, IOWA
USA — NASCAR CUP SERIES: QUALIFYING, POCONO RACEWAY, LONG POND, PA.
USA — NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: THE POCONO 225, POCONO RACEWAY, LONG POND, PA.
2 A.M. (SUNDAY)
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MLB ROUNDUP: BREWERS’ CORBIN BURNES FANS 13 REDS
Corbin Burnes overcame a dizzy spell to strike out 13 batters in six shutout innings as the visiting Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 on Friday.
Willy Adames doubled and scored the game’s only run in the seventh inning as the Brewers captured their second straight 1-0 win over the Reds to pull into a tie with Cincinnati atop the National League Central.
Burnes (8-5) posted a season-high strikeout total, getting rookie star Elly De La Cruz three times on breaking balls. The game was delayed for seven minutes in the fifth inning as Burnes was dizzy and briefly cross-eyed, but he retired the last batter of that frame, then struck out the side in the sixth.
Relievers Elvis Peguero, Joel Payamps and Devin Williams each threw a scoreless inning, with Williams earning his 21st save. The four Milwaukee pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts and two walks in a two-hitter. Cincinnati’s Graham Ashcraft (4-7) gave up one run on five hits in six innings.
Rangers 12, Guardians 4
Adolis Garcia drove in the go-ahead run and later belted a two-run home run, Nathaniel Lowe homered as part of a 4-for-4 night, and Texas scored 12 unanswered runs to upend Cleveland in Arlington, Texas.
Corey Seager and Jonah Heim also homered for the Rangers, although the Guardians jumped out to 4-0 lead on two two-run home runs by brothers Bo and Josh Naylor in the third inning. They became the first brothers to homer in the same inning for the same team since B.J. and Justin Upton did it for the Braves on April 23, 2013.
Texas chipped away with two runs in the fourth inning, including a solo shot by Lowe leading off the inning. Heim’s RBI single pulled the Rangers to within 4-3, and Texas took control with a five-run seventh.
Orioles 5, Marlins 2
Adam Frazier blasted two homers and drove in four runs to lift Baltimore over visiting Miami.
Cedric Mullins and Frazier, who earlier had a run-scoring single, hit solo homers in the fourth inning. Frazier added a two-run shot in the eighth. Dean Kremer (10-4) held the Marlins to one run on two hits in six innings. Felix Bautista struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to secure his 24th save.
Jorge Soler hit his 24th home run of the season for the Marlins. Starter Sandy Alcantara (3-8) gave up three runs, two earned, on eight hits in six innings.
Red Sox 8, Cubs 3
Rafael Devers slugged a pair of solo home runs and Brayan Bello recorded his seventh straight quality start as Boston defeated host Chicago in the opener of a three-game series.
Adam Duvall, Triston Casas, Justin Turner and Yu Chang also went deep for the Red Sox, who have won six straight games and nine of their past 10. Bello (7-5) allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings. Kenley Jansen recorded the final out with the bases loaded for his 20th save.
Cody Bellinger matched Devers by hitting two solo shots for Chicago, which has alternated wins and losses over its last six games. Kyle Hendricks (3-4) served up four of Boston’s season-high six homers during his 4 2/3 innings. He surrendered five runs on eight hits.
Braves 9, White Sox 0
Matt Olson hit a first-inning grand slam and Charlie Morton threw seven scoreless innings as Atlanta rolled to a win over visiting Chicago in the opener of a three-game set.
The Braves have won 13 of their past 15 games, while Chicago has lost six of its past seven. Atlanta improved to 7-0 at home all-time against the White Sox. It was Olson’s 30th home run and the seventh grand slam of his career. It also extended Atlanta’s franchise record of 27 consecutive games with a homer.
Morton (10-6) allowed only three hits while reaching double-digit wins for the sixth time. Chicago starter Michael Kopech (3-8) retired only two batters in his return from the injured list. The right-hander had not pitched since June 27 because of right shoulder inflammation. He allowed four runs on only one hit.
Dodgers 6, Mets 0
Julio Urias and three relievers combined on a one-hitter for visiting Los Angeles, which dominated New York. The Dodgers have won five straight games and six of seven. The Mets have lost three straight since a season-long six-game winning streak.
After Mets leadoff batter Brandon Nimmo led off the bottom of the first with a double that originally called a home run, Urias (7-5) walked Pete Alonso with two outs in the first before setting down 16 of the final 18 batters he faced in completing six innings.
Mets starter Justin Verlander (3-5) gave up three runs on two hits and six walks — one shy of his career high — while striking out six in five innings.
Padres 8, Phillies 3
Fernando Tatis Jr. and Juan Soto each hit a two-run homer as San Diego beat host Philadelphia.
Gary Sanchez and Manny Machado each added a solo home run for the Padres, who have won three straight and six of the past seven. Xander Bogaerts and Trent Grisham each contributed two hits, while Yu Darvish (6-6) gave up five hits and one run in six innings.
J.T. Realmuto homered and Alec Bohm had two hits and an RBI for the Phillies, who have dropped three in a row.
Blue Jays 7, Diamondbacks 2
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered in his first at-bat since winning the Home Run Derby and Matt Chapman had three hits as Toronto defeated visiting Arizona.
Guerrero, Brandon Belt, Bo Bichette and Whit Merrifield each added two hits as the Blue Jays racked up 16 while winning for the sixth time in seven games. Toronto broke a 2-2 tie by sending 10 batters to the plate and scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Gabriel Moreno homered for the Diamondbacks, who have dropped six of eight. Moreno, Corbin Carroll and Evan Longoria had two hits apiece.
Giants 6, Pirates 4
Michael Conforto hit a two-run single in the fifth inning and visiting San Francisco scored three times in the seventh to top Pittsburgh in a seesaw game.
Patrick Bailey and Luis Matos each added an RBI single for the Giants, who have won three straight. San Francisco starter Ross Stripling gave up two runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and no walks.
Mauricio Llovera (1-0) pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning and earned the victory. Camilo Doval handled the ninth for his 27th save. Ji Man Choi homered for the Pirates, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Pirates reliever Colin Holderman (0-2) gave up three runs, two earned, in one-third of an inning.
Rockies 7, Yankees 2
Randal Grichuk homered among his two hits, Kris Bryant and Nolan Jones also went deep, and Colorado beat New York in Denver.
Rockies starter Austin Gomber (8-7) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. Colorado earned just its second win in eight games while the Yankees fell for the fifth time in six games.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and finished with two hits, Gleyber Torres had three hits and DJ LeMahieu contributed two hits for New York. Carlos Rodon (0-2) yielded four runs on four hits in five innings.
Cardinals 1, Nationals 0 (suspended)
The opener of Washington’s series at St. Louis was suspended following a rain delay. The contest will be played on Saturday as part of a split doubleheader, with the suspended game resuming at 1:15 p.m. CDT.
The first game will restart with the Cardinals leading 1-0 with two outs in the bottom of the third inning, with a full count on Paul Goldschmidt and a runner at first base.
The lone run came on a Lars Nootbaar homer off Nationals starter Trevor Williams with two outs in the first inning. Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas has thrown three perfect innings.
REPORT: ANGELS WILL CONSIDER TRADE INQUIRIES FOR OHTANI
The Shohei Ohtani trade speculation is heating up.
The Los Angeles Angels will consider trade inquiries for Ohtani, sources told Jon Morosi of MLB Network, who added that the club has not eliminated the possibility of a deal prior to the Aug. 1 deadline.
A nine-game homestand coming out of the All-Star break will play a large role in determining the team’s direction, notes Morosi. The Angels are slated to play nine games against the Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Astros and Yankees sit above Los Angeles in the AL wild-card race.
The Angels are five games out of a final playoff spot and seven behind the division-leading Texas Rangers after losing five straight and nine out of 10 before the break.
Ohtani is the favorite to win his second AL MVP award in the last three years thanks to a monster first half that saw him go deep an MLB-high 32 times with a 1.050 OPS. On the mound, the three-time All-Star posted a 3.32 ERA and 132 strikeouts over 100 1/3 innings (17 starts). He’s expected to land the largest deal in major-league history when he likely enters free agency after the 2023 campaign.
The 29-year-old was the center of attention during the All-Star Game. He answered questions about trade rumors and was even courted by Seattle Mariners fans during the Midsummer Classic.
REPORT: METS ACTIVATE LHP JOSE QUINTANA FROM 60-DAY IL
The New York Mets activated left-hander Jose Quintana from the 60-day injured list on Friday, the New York Post reported.
The move was a formality, as Quintana reached his 30-day limit for a rehab assignment. The 34-year-old veteran has been sidelined all season following bone-graft surgery on his ribs in March.
Quintana, 34, signed a two-year, $26 million contract with the Mets in December. The team has not said when he will make his debut, but reports indicated it could happen early next week.
Quintana was 0-1 with a 4.60 ERA in five games (four starts) at three minor-league stops on his rehab assignment. He struck out 16 and walked eight in 15 2/3 innings.
An All-Star in 2016, Quintana is 89-87 with a 3.75 ERA in 315 games (289 starts) with the Chicago White Sox (2012-17), Chicago Cubs (2017-20), Los Angeles Angels (2021), San Francisco Giants (2021), Pittsburgh Pirates (2022) and St. Louis Cardinals (2022).
PHILLIES PUT CRISTIAN PACHE ON IL, CALL UP OF JOHAN ROJAS
The Philadelphia Phillies placed outfielder Cristian Pache on the 10-day injured list Friday with right elbow irritation.
The Phillies put infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison (wrist) on the IL earlier this week. The team replaced Harrison and Pache on the active roster Friday by calling up infielder Drew Ellis from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and outfielder Johan Rojas from Double-A Reading.
Pache’s designation is retroactive to Tuesday. The 24-year-old is batting .327 with two homers and eight RBIs in 32 games in his first season with Philadelphia.
Ellis, 27, batted .222 with two homers and three RBIs in eight games with the Phillies last month.
Rojas, 22, is batting .306 with nine homers, 45 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 76 games this season at Reading. He leads the Eastern League in hits (98), runs (56) and triples (five).
Rojas is ranked as the No. 6 overall prospect in the Philadelphia system by MLB.com.
The Phillies open a four-game series against the visiting San Diego Padres on Friday.
DODGERS PITCHER CLAYTON KERSHAW SAYS SORE LEFT SHOULDER WILL LIKELY KEEP HIM SIDELINED UNTIL AUGUST
NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw said Friday that he likely won’t return from a sore left shoulder until August.
Kershaw was put on the injured list on July 3 and got an MRI after consulting with Los Angeles head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The 35-year-old left-hander had hoped to return shortly after the All-Star break, but now says he needs time to heal.
“I’ve never had anything like it in my career,” Kershaw said. “If I didn’t get an MRI, I’d probably be pitching this weekend, but I did, and it showed enough to where doctors told me I need to take a few weeks so that’s what I’m going to do.”
The Dodgers did not announce what the MRI revealed, and Kershaw seemed frustrated by the diagnosis. He played catch Friday and said he was going to throw a bullpen session next week in Baltimore.
“It just needs to heal,” Kershaw said. “It doesn’t need to be specific. We’re not doctors here. We just gotta listen to the doctors. So try to do that as best I can but it’s just weird.”
Kershaw was selected to his 10th All-Star team, which tied him for the most in franchise history. He attended the game in Seattle despite being unable to pitch.
Kershaw picked up his 10th victory, tied for second in the National League, with six scoreless innings in his last start against Colorado on June 27. He is 10-4 this season with 105 strikeouts and a 2.55 ERA. He hadn’t missed a start before going on the IL.
“I don’t think anyone has an exact time of return, but it’s going to be a slower progression that I’m sure Clayton doesn’t love,” Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said.
Also Friday, Los Angeles activated Chris Taylor from the injured list and added outfielder Jake Marisnick to the roster, among a flurry of moves before opening a three-game series with the New York Mets.
Taylor was activated after missing 15 games with right knee soreness and playing two minor league rehab games. He is hitting .206 with 11 homers and 26 RBIs in 59 games this season. Last season, the utilityman batted .221 with 10 homers and 43 RBIs in 118 games.
Los Angeles added Marisnick after he was outrighted by Detroit on Thursday. With Detroit, Marisnick batted .232 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 33 games.
Marisnick was on the 2017 Houston Astros, whose allegations of cheating were uncovered following the 2019 season. The Dodgers were not concerned about his link to that team because he was not on their postseason roster.
“I do like Jake, and I think he’s had to deal with it for a long time and he has some remorse for it as well, which is probably all you can ask for at this point,” Kershaw said.
The Dodgers also transferred Shelby Miller to the 60-day injured list and optioned outfielder Jonny DeLuca to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Miller was 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 25 relief appearances before being placed on the IL on June 21 due to neck pain.
Deluca batted .212 with one homer and three RBIs in 20 games for the Dodgers.
GUARDIANS’ SHANE BIEBER TO MISS NEXT START WITH FOREARM IRRITATION
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cleveland Guardians right-hander Shane Bieber will skip his scheduled start on Monday because of a forearm issue, manager Terry Francona said Friday before the Guardians faced the Texas Rangers.
“About the last month, his forearm’s been kind of irritable,” Francona said of the 28-year-old two-time All-Star. “We thought he was trending in the right direction. About three starts there, we kept him to about 80 pitches. But the last couple, he wasn’t real comfortable with the way he’s been bouncing back.
“So. we got him an MRI today, and we’re trying to have him see (Rangers orthopedist Keith) Meister at some point (Saturday).”
Bieber is 5-6 with a 3.77 ERA and had made 19 starts entering Friday, which was tied for the major league lead. He’s 0-3 in his last five outings.
Bieber is making $10.01 million and is unsigned beyond this season. He has been the subject of trade speculation ahead of the Aug. 1 deadline.
The Guardians are already down two starters because of injuries. Cal Quantrill is on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation, and Triston McKenzie is on the 60-day IL with a right elbow sprain. McKenzie has made only two starts this season.
NOVAK DJOKOVIC AND CARLOS ALCARAZ WILL MEET IN THE WIMBLEDON FINAL
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — This was the moment. If Novak Djokovic was going to be stopped in the Wimbledon semifinals, if his much younger and harder-hitting opponent, Jannik Sinner, was going to turn things around Friday, the monumental comeback required would need to start immediately.
Djokovic knew it. Sinner knew it. The 15,000 or so Centre Court spectators knew it.
After taking the first two sets, Djokovic trailed 5-4 in the third, and a flubbed forehand made the game score 15-40 as he served. Two chances for Sinner to finally break. Two chances for him to actually take a set. Djokovic hit a fault, which drew some sounds of approval from the stands. Djokovic sarcastically used his racket and the ball to applaud the noise-makers, then flashed a thumbs up.
He can back up any such bravado. Djokovic simply does not lose at the All England Club lately. Or at any Grand Slam tournament, for that matter. So he calmly collected the next four points to claim that game, looked toward the crowd and mockingly pretended to wipe away a tear. Twenty minutes later, the match was over, and the 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over Sinner allowed Djokovic to close in on a record-tying eighth title at Wimbledon and fifth in a row.
“The third set could have gone his way,” said Djokovic, who will meet No. 1-ranked Carlos Alcaraz for the trophy on Sunday. “It was really, really, just a lot of pressure.”
Alcaraz showed off every bit of his many talents, including winning 17 of 20 points when he serve-and-volleyed, while beating No. 3 Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 on Friday to make his way to his first final at the grass-court major tournament.
While Djokovic, a 36-year-old from Serbia, is pursuing a 24th Grand Slam singles championship, Alcaraz, a 20-year-old from Spain, seeks his second after winning the U.S. Open last September.
“What can I say? Everybody knows the legend he is,” Alcaraz said about Djokovic. “It’s going to be really, really difficult. But I will fight. … I will believe in myself, I will believe that I can beat him here.”
No one has managed to beat Djokovic at Wimbledon since 2017. And no one has managed to beat him at Centre Court since 2013.
Against Sinner, Djokovic repeatedly served himself out of potential trouble, saving all six break points he faced, to reach his ninth final at the All England Club. It’s also his 35th final at all Grand Slam tournaments, more than any man or woman in tennis history.
As great as he is as a returner, as superb as his defense is — over and over, he would sprint and lean and stretch to get to a ball that extended a point until Sinner made a mistake — Djokovic possesses a serve that might be the part of his game he’s improved the most over his career.
That showed Friday, and it’s showed throughout this fortnight: In his half-dozen matches during the tournament, Djokovic has won 100 of his 103 service games and saved 16 of 19 break points.
“In the pressure moments, he was playing very good. Not missing,” Sinner said. “That’s him.”
The age gap between Djokovic and Sinner, 21, was the largest between Wimbledon men’s semifinalists in the Open era, which began in 1968. Djokovic would be the oldest champion at Wimbledon since professionals were first allowed to compete that year.
“I feel 36 is the new 26, I guess,” Djokovic said. “It feels good.”
Sinner is the one who hit serves at up to 132 mph and pounded one fault that clanged against the speed readout board in a corner of the arena with such force it sounded as if he might have broken the thing. Of more concern to Sinner: It was followed by another fault in a service game he dropped to trail 2-1 in the second set.
In truth, talented as Sinner is, he didn’t really generate any more frustration for Djokovic than chair umpire Richard Haigh did.
In one game in which Djokovic would face — and erase — a break point, he argued to no avail after forfeiting a point because Haigh called him for hindrance for letting out a lengthy yell while the ball was still in play. Moments later, Haigh issued Djokovic a warning for letting the serve-clock expire.
“It was a very stressful game for me to survive and to kind of storm through. It was super important,” said Djokovic, who thought the hindrance call was incorrect after seeing a replay and Haigh needed to “recognize the moment a little bit more” instead of issuing the time warning. “Luckily for me, I stayed calm.”
Indeed he did, continuing his bid to join Roger Federer as the only men to have won eight singles trophies at Wimbledon. Martina Navratilova won the women’s championship nine times.
Djokovic got major title No. 22 at the Australian Open in January, and No. 23 at the French Open in June — his Wimbledon shoes have a small “23” stamped on the side — after getting past Alcaraz in the semifinals at Roland Garros.
If Djokovic wins Sunday, he will head to the U.S. Open in August with a chance at the first calendar-year Grand Slam by a man since Rod Laver in 1969.
With the main stadium’s retractable roof shut because of rain outdoors, the grass was slick and slippery during Djokovic vs. Sinner. Sinner slipped on the very first point; Djokovic on the third. And it kept happening to both. They repeatedly smacked the soles of their shoes with their rackets to try to remove grass and dirt that got stuck in there.
Taking on Djokovic represented a significant rise in the level of competition for Sinner. Until Friday, not only had he not faced a single seeded player, but he had gone up against opponents with these rankings: 79th, 85th, 98th and 111th.
No one in the half-century history of computerized tennis rankings — men’s and women’s — has spent more weeks at No. 1 than Djokovic, who currently is No. 2. But that number does not reflect his form at the moment.
This was Djokovic’s 46th major semifinal and Sinner’s first, and that seemed obvious at the most crucial junctures.
Sinner was quite close to reaching that stage a year ago at the All England Club: He took a two-set lead in the quarterfinals against Djokovic, who came all the way back to win in five.
That sort of work was not required on this afternoon. Djokovic never let it come to that.
MCILROY CAN’T BUY A PUTT AND STILL POSTS 66 TO LEAD SCOTTISH OPEN
GULLANE, Scotland (AP) Rory McIlroy felt he had no choice but to be pleased with a 4-under 66 that gave him a one-shot lead in the Scottish Open on Friday. He also couldn’t help but wonder how much lower his score could have been.
McIlroy missed nine putts from 10 feet or closer – eight of those birdie chances – and then holed a 5-foot par on the 18th to take a one-shot lead over Tyrrell Hatton, Tom Kim and Byeong Hun An at The Renaissance Club.
“I thought I hit the ball really well tee to green,” McIlroy said. “I gave myself tons of birdie putts out there. I didn’t make as many as I would like, but I can’t be anything but pleased. I’m excited to be in contention going into another weekend.”
McIlroy has never won in Scotland – he’s never so much as finished in the top 10 in his seven previous tries as a pro – and looks to be hitting his stride with the final major next week at the British Open at Royal Liverpool.
He was at 10-under 130.
An, who had a career-low 61 in the opening round, could manage only a 70 in the afternoon when rain that had been little more than a nuisance brought out the umbrellas for good over the final two hours. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would have tied McIlroy.
“Yesterday compared to this, it was a lot calmer, and today it’s a lot windier and then it rained and it’s hard to judge the distance,” An said. “I hit some good shots out there but just not close enough to get a birdie putt. I’m only one back, so we’ll see in the next two days.”
Hatton had a 62, while Kim had a 65. It was at the Scottish Open a year ago that Kim was runner-up while playing on a sponsor exemption, a result that led to him getting unlimited exemptions and turning one of those into his first PGA Tour victory.
“Just something about this place,” Kim said. “Had a great week last year and was really looking forward to coming back. And it’s nice to be able to play well these first two rounds and hopefully just try to keep giving myself chances over the weekend.”
Scottie Scheffler, the No. 1 player in the world, had a 65 and got within three shots of the lead, along with 51-year-old Padraig Harrington (66).
McIlroy missed the cut the last time he was at The Renaissance Club in 2021. He did not play last year ahead of the British Open, and this time was coming off a two-week break.
The British Open is at Royal Liverpool, where McIlroy won in 2014. He has gone nine years since last winning a major, and he lost another chance to end the drought at the U.S. Open last month when he finished one behind Wyndham Clark.
He sure didn’t look to have much rust, particularly with his irons and wedge. He fired a wedge at the flag on the opening hole to 6 feet for birdie, setting the tone for the day – at least with his approach shots.
“Honestly, I felt like 4 under was probably the worst I could have shot out there,” he said.
He faces a rough weekend with the weather. The forecast is for rain and wind on Saturday, which led the tours to move up the starting times from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to avoid the heavy stuff in the afternoon. On Sunday, the forecast was for the strongest wind of the week.
Some players won’t have to deal with the weather because they missed the cut, a group that included Patrick Cantlay, Jordan Spieth and Matt Fitzpatrick.
It also included Nicolas Colsaerts who had mixed feelings about his exciting day. Colsaerts finally made a hole in one on the European tour, a career dream. It came on the 14th hole, and while he followed that with a bogey, he responded with another eagle on the par-5 16th, and then a birdie on the 17 to get inside the cut line.
And then he missed a 30-inch putt on the 18th to miss the cut by one shot.
He still left with a smile.
“Listen, I mean, I’ve been chasing a hole in one in professional golf for 20-something years,” Colsaerts said. “Just hit a full wedge exactly on my right line. You can’t really see the ball go in, but the reaction from the grandstands, the arms in the air and the shouts, is something that I’ll remember for a long time.”
LUCAS GLOVER EXTENDS HIS STREAK OF ROUNDS IN THE 60S TO 10, LEADS THE BARBASOL CHAMPIONSHIP BY 2
NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) Lucas Glover extended his streak of rounds in the 60s to 10 and his lead in the Barbasol Championship to two shots, shooting a 4-under 68 in Friday’s second round at Keene Trace.
Glover was at 13-under 131, with Adam Long, Vincent Norrman and Daniel Brown his closest pursuers.
The 43-year-old Glover switched to a long putter two weeks ago at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and it paid off immediately as he began his run of sub-70 rounds. He tied for fourth that week in Detroit and tied for sixth last week at the John Deere Classic.
Glover didn’t make as many putts as he did in Thursday’s opening 63 but was 3 under through 14 holes before making his only bogey of the day on the par-4 sixth. He then closed with birdies on his final two holes.
The four-time PGA Tour winner said his ball-striking, not his putting, held him back.
“It was a bit of a struggle today, especially compared to yesterday,” Glover said. “Uncharacteristically drove it very poorly. I just didn’t hit enough fairways to hit the ball close and take it low again. Happy the way I finished and happy the way I rolled it, just not many of them were very close today.”
Long and Norrman had similar scorecards. Each began on the back nine and made three birdies and two bogeys to turn in 1-under 35, then played bogey-free with four birdies on the front nine to shoot 67.
Long is battling a neck injury as he seeks his second PGA Tour win.
“It was kind of more of a dull pain that I can play through, but it wasn’t the sharp pain that I had yesterday,” Long said. “A few mistakes here and there, but made a lot of birdies.”
Brown shot 68. The Englishman plays on the European tour and would earn a PGA Tour card with a victory in this co-sanctioned event.
“I’ll try and stay as calm as I can until back nine Sunday hopefully and we’ve got a chance, fingers crossed,” Brown said.
Four players were three shots back: Ryan Moore (70) and European tour players Jayden Schaper (66), Adrien Saddier (66) and Louis de Jager (65).
ANNIE PARK LEADS THE DANA OPEN, WITH US WOMEN’S OPEN CHAMPION ALLISEN CORPUZ TIED FOR SECOND
Annie Park birdied seven of the last 10 holes Friday in the Dana Open for an 8-under 63 and a two-stroke lead over U.S. Women’s Open champion Allisen Corpuz, Linn Grant and Jaravee Boonchant.
Park closed her opening nine at Highland Meadows with a birdie on No. 18 and added birdies on the first four holes on the front nine. She also birdied Nos. 7 and 8, playing her final nine in 6-under 28 to reach 11-under 131.
“I just had some really good shots out there,” Park said. “Recovered well from bad shots. Overall, I played really well.”
The 28-year-old Park won the 2018 ShopRite LPGA Classic for her lone tour title. She won the 2013 NCAA title and led Southern California to the team championship.
“My goal this week was to just focus on the good shots,” Park said. “Just play lightly out there. Whether it’s a good shot or a bad shot, it’s still the same. Just a normal shot. So, my goal was to not value the bad shots as much and value the good shots more. And that’s what I’ve been trying to focus on this season.”
Corpuz, coming off her breakthrough victory Sunday in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pebble Beach, had a 66 for her second straight bogey-free round.
“I think, honestly, the fatigue has kind of helped with the nerves a bit,” Corpuz said. “Going out there, just focusing on doing the same thing. Try and hit good shots. Just one shot at a time.”
Grant and Boonchant, tied for the first-round lead at 64, each shot 69.
“My tee shot wasn’t as good as yesterday,” Boonchant said. “So, I put myself in a lot of rough. I only hit seven fairways today.”
Grant and Boonchant are winless on the tour.
“I’m excited,” Grant said. “I feel like my game is there, even though it didn’t really come through today. Just, I’m really just excited to go out and play full on and not hold back.”
Twelve-time tour winner Ariya Jutanugarn topped the group at 8 under after a 69. Jeongeun Lee (64) also was 8 under with Lindy Duncan (65), Gemma Dryburgh (66), Maria Fassi (67), Matilda Castren (68), Linnea Strom (68) and Emily Pedersen (69).
Defending champion Gaby Lopez (65), Lydia Ko (68) and Minjee Lee (68) were in the group at 7 under. Top-ranked Jin Young Ko was five under after a 68.
Rose Zhang, the former Stanford star who won at Liberty National in her first LPGA Tour event as a pro, followed an opening 66 with a 77 to miss the cut.
TENNESSEE FINED MORE THAN $8 MILLION FOR OVER 200 INFRACTIONS IN FOOTBALL PROGRAM
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA fined Tennessee more than $8 million on Friday and issued a scathing report outlining more than 200 infractions during the three-year tenure of former football coach Jeremy Pruitt. The Volunteers escaped a postseason ban.
The sprawling report over 80 pages long said Tennessee committed 18 Level I violations, the most severe, and said most involved recruiting infractions and direct payments to athletes and their families — benefits that totaled approximately $60,000.
Kay Norton, head of the panel that ruled on Tennessee, called the violations “egregious and expansive.”
“It’s one of the largest cases this committee has ever adjudicated,” she said.
The NCAA praised Tennessee for its cooperation and the Vols escaped the postseason ban, but the infractions panel noted that decision was a difficult one given the circumstances.
“The panel encountered a challenging set of circumstances related to prescribing penalties in this case,” it said in its decision. “The panel urges the Infractions Process Committee and the membership to clearly define its philosophy regarding penalties — which extends beyond postseason bans — and memorialize that philosophy in an updated set of penalty guidelines.”
Four former staffers were given show-cause orders, including one spanning six years for Pruitt, who was fired in early 2021.
The NCAA report said the school failed to monitor its football program. “Additionally, due to his personal involvement in the violations, the former head coach violated head coach responsibility rules,” according to the document.
University of Tennessee Chancellor Donde Plowman said the school recognized the seriousness of the wrongdoing and resolved the case with integrity.
“Most critically, the Committee did not impose a postseason ban, which has been a central principle that we advocate for through this entire process,” she said in a statement.
The NCAA found most of the violations were related to a paid unofficial visit scheme that was used consistently by the football program over two years.
It involved at least a dozen members of the football staff, and the resulting violations included at least 110 impermissible hotel room nights, 180 impermissible meals, 72 instances of providing impermissible entertainment or other benefits, 41 impermissible recruiting contacts, 37 instances of providing impermissible game day parking, and 14 times in which gear was impermissibly provided to prospects, according to the report.
The NCAA also found that Pruitt or his wife were involved in impermissible payments to two prospects who later signed with Tennessee. The mother of one player received $6,000 from Pruitt’s wife as a down payment on a car.
After the mother’s son signed with the Vols, Pruitt’s wife paid the woman $500 each month for car payments at least 25 times. The mother also received $1,600 from Pruitt’s wife for a deposit on a rental home in the Knoxville area.
The mother of a second prospect told Pruitt she needed a medical procedure she could not pay for. The NCAA found Pruitt gave her an envelope with $3,000 for medical bills. Records obtained by Tennessee show the prospect’s mother deposited $5,100 in her bank account two days after a similar amount ($5,000) was withdrawn from the head coach’s bank account.
Also, Pruitt gave the woman $300 to pay for gas.
Both players competed in 23 games while ineligible, the NCAA found.
“During the head coach’s tenure, he and other members of his staff acted with general and blatant disregard for rules compliance,” the NCAA panel said.
The panel also was troubled by a former staff member who stated that she failed to report violations because she feared retaliation and backlash, which “spotlights the toxic culture that existed under the head coach’s leadership,” the report said.
Norton acknowledged that without Tennessee’s cooperation, a postseason ban would have been part of the array of penalties at the committee’s disposal.
“These violations were directly related to recruiting and demonstrated an unwillingness to even pretend to follow the rules,” she said.
The NCAA’s final decision ends a troubling chapter in Vols football, although Pruitt’s dismissal opened the door for Tennessee’s revival under his replacement, Josh Heupel, who’s led the team to an 18-8 record the past three seasons with a win over Southeastern Conference heavyweight Alabama last year.
BIG 10 PREVIEW: WISCONSIN BADGERS
2022 Record: 7-6 overall, 4-5 in Big Ten
Head Coach: Luke Fickell, 8th year overall: 57-18
The Wisconsin Badgers needed to pivot.
The last Rose Bowl win was after the 1999 season, and the last Big Ten Championship came in 2012. Even worse, Wisconsin can’t get by Minnesota lately, and Northwestern, Iowa, and Purdue represented the West in the last three Big Ten title games.
But for those (hand raised) who happened to be around the program during most of an eight-year run of losing seasons – including a super-fun 4-29 stretch from 1988 to 1990 as the low point in an era that enjoyed just six winning campaigns from 1964 to 1992 – freaking out last year over things slipping seemed to be wee bit of a reach.
Wisconsin – even with all of last year’s drama after a 2-3 start – just finished its 21st straight winning season, won its eighth bowl game in the last nine years, and earned the distinction of being the winningest Power Five program not to make the College Football Playoff during the era.
With that said, after winning a ton of games lately without enough big-time things to show for it, it was time to try something different.
In 1989 a young, tan-rocking, sleep-deprived Barry Alvarez came in fresh off of helping Notre Dame win the national title, told everyone he was going to make Wisconsin great at college football, and then did it. Now it’s Luke Fickell’s job to use all that Alvarez built and tweak it just enough to push Wisconsin out of its comfort zone of success and into a whole other level.
That includes bringing in more talent to complement the recruit-to-a-type mantra, dominating the transfer portal, and introducing Badger football fans to …
The forward pass. The offensive style has been more about not screwing up than it was about challenging defenses down the field. That’s about to change under new offensive coordinator Phil Longo, who worked under Mack Brown for the last few years at North Carolina, and before that helped light it up at Ole Miss, so …
The nation’s 113th-ranked passing offense is about to perk up. The Badgers needed a new quarterback with Graham Mertz off to Florida, and they got a slew of them through the transfer portal. Fickell brought in Nick Evers (Oklahoma), Braedyn Locke (Mississippi State), and likely starter Tanner Mordecai (SMU) to add a whole new dimension to the O.
The receiving corps should be fantastic in time with CJ Williams (USC), Will Pauling (Cincinnati), and Bryson Green (Oklahoma State) coming in to work with last year’s top three targets Chimere Dike, Skyler Bell, and Keontez Lewis. And, of course …
It’s still Wisconsin. The running game that became far less effective than it should’ve been will still be the base to work off of. If Braelon Allen isn’t the best running back in college football, he’s close, and Chez Mellusi – when healthy – is good enough to start just about anywhere else in the Big Ten.
The Wisconsin O line is the Wisconsin O line, only with Cincinnati transfer Jake Renfro to handle the center job. Tackles Jack Nelson (6-7, 305) and Riley Mahlman (6-8, 318) look and play the part, but the pass protection has to be more consistent.
The offense will get all the attention with the modernized look and feel, but the defense is just fine as is. There could be a bit more of a pass rush, and overall it wasn’t its normal dominant self last year, but the group allowed more than 24 points just three times. The transfer portal is helping with the depth on this side of the ball – as opposed to the offensive side that’s using it for more ready-made starters – but …
The secondary needed new parts, and it got a good one in S Jason Maitre from Boston College. The corners will be fine around Alexander Smith, but a few of the key playmakers from last year are gone. This should all be fine, but …
The Badger pass rush has to find a replacement for LB Nick Herbig and NT Keeanu Benton from the defensive front. These two will be terrific for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and now it’s up to 6-3, 319-pound Gio Paez to take over for Benton, and it would be a huge plus if LB Darryl Peterson could be a terror in the backfield right away.
The rest of the front three is intact – getting Isaiah Mullens back is big – and the linebacking corps should be fantastic around Naema Njongmeta and Jordan Turner on the inside and CJ Goetz on the outside – they finished 1-2-3, respectively, in tackles.
ANTOINE WINFIELD JR. ‘SURE’ BUCS ARE REACHING OUT TO TOM BRADY
Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Antoine Winfield Jr. said the team may still attempt to lure star quarterback Tom Brady out of retirement.
“I’m sure we’re still reaching out to him trying to see if he’s trying to come back to the team,” the 24-year-old Winfield said during an appearance on the Richard Sherman Podcast. “Hey, it could happen. Anything’s possible.”
Brady, 45, initially announced his retirement from the NFL in February 2022 only to change his mind several weeks later. The seven-time Super Bowl champion and three-time NFL MVP then called it a career this past February after 23 NFL seasons.
“When he first said he retired, I really thought that he was done,” Winfield said. “He surprised me when he came back.”
Brady now has an ownership stake in the Las Vegas Raiders. His 10-year, $375 million contract with Fox Sports begins in 2024.
Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask are expected to battle for the starting quarterback job in Tampa this season.
RODGERS NOT THRILLED ABOUT JETS’ ‘FORCED’ APPEARANCE ON ‘HARD KNOCKS’
New York Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t thrilled about his team being chosen to appear on “Hard Knocks.”
“I understand the appeal with us,” Rodgers told KPIX-TV. “Obviously, there’s a lot of eyes on me. A lot of eyes on our team. A lot of expectations on our squad.
“They forced it down our throats, and we’ve got to deal with it.”
The league can’t mandate teams that have a first-year head coach, made the playoffs in the last two seasons, or were on the show in the previous 10 years to participate in the documentary series.
The Jets, New Orleans Saints, Washington Commanders, and Chicago Bears were thus the only eligible teams.
Rodgers spent the previous 18 years with the Green Bay Packers.
The Jets report for training camp July 19.
PRO BOWL DL MALIK JACKSON RETIRES AFTER 10 SEASONS
Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson announced his retirement on Friday after 10 NFL seasons.
“I’m done. I’m not leaving the couch right now,” Jackson said on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football.”
Jackson, 33, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos (2012-15), helping the team to a victory in Super Bowl 50.
He played his next three campaigns with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-18), earning Pro Bowl honors in 2017 after registering a career-high eight sacks.
Jackson played two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles (2019-20) and one with the Cleveland Browns (2021). He did not play in the NFL in 2022.
“That was the goal. Ten to 12 years was my goal,” Jackson said. “I was able to get to a point where I was doing OK. I was doing pretty well for myself. I did enough. I have a daughter, and I need to go home and be with her and start living life.”
Jackson recorded 292 tackles and 35.5 sacks in 142 career games (89 starts) since being selected by the Broncos in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Tennessee.
TOP PICKS BRYCE YOUNG, C.J. STROUD STILL UNSIGNED AS CAMP APPROACHES
Top NFL draft picks Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud could be on the sideline when training camps open due to ongoing contract negotiations.
Young, the No. 1 pick by the Carolina Panthers, and Stroud, selected second by the Houston Texans, are both in line to start as rookies after promising off seasons.
Stroud worked with receivers and tight ends away from the team facility and was also actively involved in the full team workouts. Whether he will sign while waiting to see the specifics of Young’s deal is unclear.
“It was good, definitely just building chemistry trying to get timing down and trying to be as best we can so we can get to training camp and dominate,” Stroud said. “That was the goal for that one to keep building and have a good offseason.”
Draft picks know the value and framework of their contracts when they are selected due to an NFL draft pool that assigns a value to each pick slot.
The granular clauses, such as offset language that dictates what a team owes if it moves on from a player, and the payment schedule of the initial signing bonus, can often become sticking points.
Most teams spread a signing bonus over three or four payments. The Panthers and Texans can thank the Jacksonville Jaguars for any demand of immediate bonus payments.
The Jaguars made No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence’s $24.1 million bonus due in full 15 business days after signing in 2021 and paid the more than $24 million signing bonus to Travon Walker in the same timeframe.
No. 3 pick Will Anderson signed with the Texans on June 23. He signed a four-year, $35.2 million deal with a fifth-year team option.
NFL draft slot values peg the contract for the No. 1 pick at four years, $37.95 million, which includes a $24.6 million signing bonus. Stroud stands to sign a deal worth $36.3 million with $23.3 million due at signing.
Colts No. 4 overall pick Anthony Richardson also remains unsigned and has a max contract value of $33.994 million over four years.
REPORTS: RB JOE MIXON REWORKS DEAL TO STAY WITH BENGALS
Instead of getting released, Cincinnati Bengals running back Joe Mixon agreed to restructure his contract to remain with the team, multiple media outlets reported on Friday.
Mixon, who signed a four-year, $48 million extension in 2020, was due to make $10.1 million this season with a $12.8 million cap hit. The revised deal frees up cash and cap room for the Bengals.
“Joe just agreed to a restructuring of his deal,” Mixon’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told NFL Network. “His goal is to win a Super Bowl and play his career in Cincinnati, and this is the best way to accomplish these goals.”
Mixon, who turns 27 on July 24, is coming off a season in which he rushed for 814 yards and seven touchdowns. The previous season, he helped the Bengals make the Super Bowl, rushing for 1,205 yards and 13 touchdowns en route to his first Pro Bowl selection.
A second-round pick of the Bengals in 2017, Mixon has 5,378 career rushing yards, an average of 4.1 yards per carry and 40 rushing touchdowns in 80 games (71 starts). He also has 10 receiving TDs and 231 catches for 1,763 yards.
Mixon pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated menacing in April. He was charged after allegedly pointing a gun at a woman while driving.
NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS
It’s fair to label the Browns as having one of the best rosters in the NFL, simply based on the number of Pro Bowlers and All-Pros they have across various positions.
Edge rusher Myles Garrett, running back Nick Chubb and offensive guard Joel Bitonio will likely continue being elite players at their respective positions. But there’s also plenty of uncertainty surrounding how fast the many news faces can jell with the established players.
Most notably, the Browns added defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson, edge rusher Za’Darius Smith and wide receiver Elijah Moore. These players were acquired to fill holes and provide depth, but veteran offseason additions don’t always fix the issues from the prior season.
The biggest question mark is quarterback Deshaun Watson and whether he can regain his All-Pro form from his days with the Texans. If he doesn’t, GM Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski might find themselves on the hot seat in 2023.
Biggest gamble this offseason: Not having buyer’s remorse with Watson
The Browns didn’t get many results in Year 1 from their massive investment in Watson, whom they acquired for multiple first-round picks, a historic fully guaranteed $230 million contract and endless amounts of scrutiny. The five-year deal was signed in the 2022 offseason, but it will remain the organization’s biggest gamble for years to come. After serving an 11-game suspension for sexual harassment and sexual assault alleged by more than two dozen women, Watson struggled in his first six games with the Browns—his first games since playing for the Texans in ’20. (He completed 58.2% of his passes and averaged 183.7 passing yards per game, both single-season career lows.) Cleveland desperately needs Watson to regain his rhythm. He’ll have a strong supporting cast on the field with tight end David Njoku, wide receiver Amari Cooper, Chubb and Bitonio.
The Browns will quickly find out how competitive the AFC North will be this season with back-to-back games vs. the Bengals and Steelers (on the road) to open the 2023 schedule. After a home game vs. the rebuilding Titans, the Browns will host the new-look Ravens in Week 4. (The Ravens hired Todd Monken as their new offensive coordinator in February.) Following the early divisional gantlet, Cleveland will get an early bye week in Week 5 but return to face the mighty 49ers at home. It’s a tough first five games for the Browns, but they have an opportunity to stack wins later on, with their schedule also including matchups against the Colts, Cardinals, Broncos, Rams, Bears and Texans, six teams expected to struggle in ’23.
Breakout player to watch: CB Martin Emerson Jr.
Emerson, a 2022 third-round pick, flourished as the team’s No. 2 outside cornerback in nickel and dime coverages, which could make him a full-time starter this year in a deep Cleveland secondary. Emerson’s production on the outside, however, caused a team rift with cornerback Greg Newsome II, the ’21 first-round pick, who was asked to play more in the slot. Newsome recently admitted it was a tough adjustment for him to split from inside and outside, which might mean a bigger role on the outside this season with Denzel Ward, the ’18 first-round pick. But roles can be figured out later; Emerson’s surprising play as a rookie gave the Browns a good problem to have at cornerback. The 6’2″, 201-pound Emerson recorded 63 total tackles and one sack in 17 games and six starts last season.
Position of strength: Edge rusher
The Browns’ deepest position might be at edge rusher, which wasn’t the case last season as Garrett did not have much help. Cleveland traded for Smith, a three-time Pro Bowler with the Packers and Vikings, and signed Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, a productive playmaker for the Texans last season. Alex Wright, a 2022 third-round pick, could make strides in his second season to provide depth for the pass-rushing rotation. And with more help on the defensive line, Garrett could be on the verge of his best career season; he’s already had plenty of standout seasons since being drafted No. 1 in ’17, including last year with 16 sacks.
Position of weakness: Linebacker
The Browns have many established players across the roster, making this category a tough decision. But the Browns do have some uncertainty at linebacker with Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Anthony Walker Jr. and Sione Takitaki being inconsistent players in their careers. They’re not Pro Bowlers, but it’s a solid unit on a stacked roster. Entering the offseason, the Browns’ biggest concerns were at interior defensive line, but they addressed that with the signing of Tomlinson and the third-round selection of Siaki Ika.
X-factor: WR Elijah Moore
The wide receiver position is a perfect example of what makes the Browns’ talented roster a bit deceptive. Cooper is a solid wide receiver, but he’s not a star No. 1 wide receiver anymore. Donovan Peoples-Jones has flashed at times, but he also leaves the Browns wanting more. If Moore is able to break out in his new home after two tumultuous seasons with the Jets, this receiving trio could be productive enough in 2023 to help Watson get back on track.
Sleeper fantasy pick: WR Elijah Moore
The Browns traded a second-round pick for Moore, who projects to become one of their top three wideouts in 2023. While he won’t be their top option (that of course remains Cooper), Moore could earn enough touches catching passes from Watson to be better than his draft position. —Michael Fabiano, SI Fantasy
Best bet: Take the under on Nick Chubb’s 8.5 rushing touchdowns
Chubb matched his career-high with 12 rushing TDs last season. In his other three NFL seasons, he logged exactly eight each. In the final six games of 2022, once Watson took over at QB, Chubb did not rush for a single TD. —Jennifer Piacenti, SI Betting
Final record: 8–9, fourth in AFC North
EX-NBA STAR DWYANE WADE TO JOIN WNBA’S CHICAGO SKY OWNERSHIP GROUP
CHICAGO (AP) Dwyane Wade is joining the Chicago Sky ownership group, becoming the latest high-profile figure to invest in the WNBA.
Wade will invest in his hometown team once the league’s Board of Governors approves the sale. The Chicago Sky sold a roughly 10% stake in the team to a group that included Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts last month.
The three-time NBA champion confirmed on Twitter that he was investing in the team. ESPN was the first to report the news.
“It’s an incredible feeling being on this side of history. To see growth, on the business side, for something that I’ve been passionate about my whole life is an amazing feeling. There are amazing things happening in the WNBA It’s official! This is for the home team– literally,” he wrote on the social media site.
Wade, who retired from the NBA in 2019, joined ownership groups for the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake of the MLS since retiring.
REPORT: BULLS GET $10.2M INJURY EXCEPTION FOR LONZO BALL
The NBA granted the Chicago Bulls a $10.2 million disabled player exception for Lonzo Ball, The Athletic reported Friday.
The Bulls are able to recoup about half of the $20.5 million the injured guard is scheduled to make in 2022-23. He also is on the books for $21.4 million in 2024-25.
Ball, 25, has not played in an NBA game since Jan. 14, 2022, and he is not expected to take the court for the Bulls in 2023-24. The No. 2 overall draft pick in 2017 has been dealing with a chronic left knee injury.
The New Orleans Pelicans signed Ball to a four-year, $85 million contract in August 2021 then shipped him to the Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal. In his lone season with the Bulls, Ball averaged 13.0 points, 5.1 assists and 1.8 steals in just 35 games.
In 252 career games (239 starts) over five seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers (2017-19), Pelicans (2019-21) and Bulls, Ball averaged 11.9 points, 6.2 assists and 1.6 steals.
REPORT: NETS SIGN DARIUS BAZLEY TO 1-YEAR DEAL
The Brooklyn Nets signed free agent power forward Darius Bazley to a one-year deal, ESPN reported on Friday.
Bazley, 23, just completed his fourth season in the NBA. The Oklahoma City Thunder sent him to the Suns at the trade deadline, but he played in just seven games for Phoenix after appearing in 36 for the Thunder before the move.
He averaged 5.2 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2022-23 after scoring in double digits each of the previous two seasons for Oklahoma City.
In 228 career games (118 starts), the 2019 first-round draft pick has career averages of 9.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest.
SABRINA IONESCU WINS WNBA 3-POINT CONTEST IN RECORD PERFORMANCE
Sabrina Ionescu set multiple records en route to winning the WNBA 3-Point Contest on Friday afternoon in Las Vegas.
Not only did the New York Liberty star score 37 total points in the final round, the highest single-round record by either an NBA or a WNBA player in a 3-point contest, she made 20 straight shots — breaking Craig Hodges’ previous record streak of 19 from the 1991 NBA contest.
“I’ve put in a lot of work to be able to shoot like I have been from the 3-point line,” said Ionescu, who won the contest for the first time. “This one’s pretty rewarding.”
The former Oregon star and No. 1 overall draft pick missed a mere two shots on Friday in order to beat Seattle Storm guard Sami Whitcomb, who came in a distant second at 22 points in the final round, and Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale, who finished third with 11.
Ionescu’s win came after she and New York teammate Courtney Vandersloot fell to Las Vegas Aces teammates Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum in the Skills Challenge, which was a pairs event for the first time.
“There’s adrenaline. It was the final round. I had just lost in the Skills (Challenge) and I wasn’t going to lose again,” Ionescu said.
Gray and Plum, “Team Aces,” completed the skills course in 45.9 seconds in the first round and put up a similar 46.0-second score to beat Team Liberty in the final round.
The WNBA All-Star Game is scheduled for Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET, pitting a team of All-Stars drafted by Aces star A’ja Wilson against a team drafted by Liberty star Breanna Stewart.
FLYERS PLACE DEFENSEMAN TONY DEANGELO ON UNCONDITIONAL WAIVERS A YEAR AFTER TRADE FROM CAROLINA
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have placed defenseman Tony DeAngelo on unconditional waivers after one season with the club.
DeAngelo was traded from Carolina to Philadelphia last July and signed a two-year, $10 million contract days later. He scored 42 points with 31 assists in a career-high 70 contests last season to rank sixth on the Flyers, who finished 14th in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
DeAngelo was a healthy scratch for the final five games under coach John Tortorella, with Philadelphia going as far as playing one defenseman short rather than dressing him.
“Do I agree with it, what happened in the last five games? Absolutely not,” he told reporters after the season. “I think it’s ridiculous that I didn’t play in the last five. But he’s the coach of the team. It’s not my job to decide that.”
The Flyers tried to earlier send DeAngelo back to Carolina, but the NHL said no because it was less than a year since he was dealt from the Hurricanes to the Flyers and the deal would have included salary retention.
DeAngelo also ranked second on the Flyers in assists and fourth with 174 shots. The seven-year veteran led Philadelphia with 19 power-play points.
Drafted 19th overall in the first round by Tampa Bay in 2014, he also played four seasons with the New York Rangers and one with Arizona. He has 199 career points with 154 assists.
COYOTES TERMINATE CONTRACT OF GALCHENYUK FOLLOWING ARREST ON MULTIPLE CHARGES
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Alex Galchenyuk repeatedly used racial slurs toward a police officer in training and threatened to have two officers killed during a traffic stop last weekend, police said in a report, actions that led the Arizona Coyotes to terminate the player’s contract on Friday.
A Scottsdale Police Department report said Galchenyuk was erratic and aggressive toward officers after apparently crashing a car into a sign.
Galchenyuk cited connections in Moscow while saying “I’m gunna chop you, your wife, your daughter” and “One phone call and you’re all dead, your whole family, your blood line is dead,” police said in the report.
Galchenyuk, who was born in the U.S. to Belarusian parents and spent much of his childhood in Russia, uttered a racial slur several times while referring to the officer in training, the report said.
The Coyotes terminated Galchenyuk’s contract due to a material breach of terms a day after placing him on unconditional waivers.
“We are aware of the incident involving Alex Galchenyuk and strongly condemn this type of behavior,” the Coyotes said in a statement. “Once the club was made aware of the allegations, we immediately began the process of terminating his standard player’s contract through the proper channels in conjunction with the National Hockey League.”
Galchenyuk was arrested Sunday on charges of private property hit-and-run, disorderly conduct, failure to obey, resisting arrest and threatening or intimidating, police said.
It was not immediately known whether Galchenyuk had an attorney.
According to the police report, a witness told police that a white BMW had hit a curb and sign. A training officer and a trainee arrived and saw Galchenyuk on the ground about 20 feet from the car. They watched another man put him in the passenger seat before driving off.
The officer pulled the car over and noticed both men were heavily impaired. Galchenyuk became agitated and began making erratic movements, and the officer asked him to step out of the car. Galchenyuk struggled with the officer before being handcuffed with the help of the officer in training, the report said.
Galchenyuk made the threats and repeatedly uttered the racial slur as he was driven to the Scottsdale jail, police said. He was booked on misdemeanor charges and released the next day on his own recognizance.
A witness told police Galchenyuk was the driver when the car crashed, then got out and lay on the ground. Galchenyuk later told officers he was joking about the threats, the report said.
The Coyotes signed Galchenyuk to a one-year, $775,000 contract July 1, the opening of free agency, for his third stint with the team. He played 11 games for the Colorado Avalanche last season, spending most of the year in the AHL.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
FORMER ALABAMA G JAHVON QUINERLY TRANSFERS TO MEMPHIS
Former Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly will play for Memphis next season, he announced Thursday night.
Quinerly entered the transfer portal last month after three seasons with the Crimson Tide. As a graduate transfer, he will be immediately eligible to play for the Tigers.
“Last Ride!!” Quinerly said on Twitter, while also tagging Memphis’ men’s basketball team.
In 35 games (six starts) for Alabama last season, Quinerly averaged 8.7 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists. He appeared in 98 games (40 starts) over the past three seasons, posting averages of 11.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
Quinerly started his college career at Villanova, where he spent the 2018-19 campaign before transferring to Alabama. He redshirted in 2019-20.
AUTO RACING NEWS
2023 CRAYON 301: PREVIEW, 5 BEST BETS, LONGSHOT PICK
With seven races remaining before the NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, only five secured positions remain unclaimed.
The pressure is continuing to ratchet up ahead of Sunday’s Crayon 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Daniel Suarez and Michael McDowell are 15th and 16th in the standings, tied in points (407). Bubba Wallace trails them by three points, while A.J. Allmendinger is 13 points back. Rookie Ty Gibbs is only 26 points back trying to earn a playoff spot in his first full-time NASCAR Cup Series season.
Also in a precarious situation is 2020 series champion Chase Elliott, who is 23rd in the standings, 60 points behind the cutoff mark after missing a combined seven races. Fellow veteran Alex Bowman is 22nd (44 points back) after missing three races due to injury. Neither has previously won at New Hampshire.
Ryan Preece enters the race ranked 25th — 81 points out of playoff contention — and is hoping to become the sixth driver to record their first career win at New Hampshire. One of those is another Connecticut native, reigning series champion Joey Logano.
“I always say it’s my favorite race weekend of the year,” Preece said. “I grew up going to the track with my father and grandfather. I had a lot of success here in the modifieds, and it’s just a place I’m comfortable at. Driving in and out of the track each day still brings back a lot of memories. It’s a racer’s track, there’s really no place like it. Someone like me, I’ve had to fight to get where I am, and I don’t take any of it for granted and this is a place that helped me achieve my goals.”
Who will hoist the live lobster given to the driver that takes the checkered flag at the 1.058-mile oval? Our auto racing experts provide their five best bets along with a longshot pick to consider at “The Magic Mile” this week.
The Place: New Hampshire Motor Speedway
The Date: July 16, 2:30 p.m. ET
The Distance: 1.058-mile oval
Defending Champion: Christopher Bell
Cup Series Leader: William Byron
Radio: SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Martin Truex Jr. (+500 at BetMGM)
Truex will be looking to rebound from a 32nd and 29th in his past two races after charging to the top of the standings. He’s now second and enters New Hampshire with a pair of wins among his nine top-10s this season. Truex is the book’s biggest liability this week, having been backed by 8.4 percent of the total bets on the winning driver and the most total money at 23.0 percent since opening at +700.
Christopher Bell (+600)
Bell is trying to join Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Kevin Harvick in successfully defending at New Hampshire. Bell and Kyle Busch are the only two drivers to have won in every NASCAR national series at the track. Bell has a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in 2017 and joins Busch as the only drivers to win three consecutive NASCAR Xfinity Series races for a grand total of five New Hampshire victories.
William Byron (+1000)
The Cup Series points leader has to be a strong consideration every week. Byron leads the series with a career-high four wins as he prepares to make his 200th career start. He’s second in the series with 11 top-10s this year and has led the most total laps with 742. Byron also leads the grid with seven stage wins.
Kevin Harvick (+1000)
Harvick is the highest-ranked driver in the standings without a win yet this season and sits 126 points above the playoff cutoff line. He has four career victories at New Hampshire, which is tied for the all-time lead with Jeff Burton.
“It’s definitely a racetrack that we’re looking forward to going to and I can’t wait to finally, hopefully, get to Victory Lane,” said Harvick, who has nine top-5s in the past 12 New Hampshire races. “Loudon is one of those places that checks a lot of boxes for us to go up there and have a good weekend.”
Kyle Busch (+1100)
As noted above, Busch has won at New Hampshire in every NASCAR national series. That includes three times in the Cup Series. He’s already a three-time winner this year and is the book’s third biggest liability, having drawn the most total bets (9.1 percent) and second-most money (7.9 percent). Busch leads the series with 12 top-10s this year.
Brad Keselowski (+2000)
Keselowski is a two-time winner at New Hampshire in both the Cup Series and Xfinity Series. He is 100 points clear of the current playoff cut line, but could secure his spot in the race for the championship with a win Sunday. Keselowski has held steady at +2000 while being backed by 4.0 percent of the total money wagered on this week’s winner.
Ryan Newman (+10000)
A three-time race winner, Newman holds the all-time record with seven poles at New Hampshire. He will make just his second start of the season, driving for Rick Ware Racing. He’s a true longshot, but Newman is the book’s biggest liability this week, having drawn 3.0 percent of the total bets and 4.0 percent of the money.
SCOTT DIXON READY TO DEFEND TITLE AT HONDA INDY TORONTO, HIS ‘HOME’ RACE WHERE HE HAS WON 4 TIMES
TORONTO (AP) This just feels like home to Scott Dixon.
The 42-year-old driver from New Zealand often jokes that as the only IndyCar race in a Commonwealth country, the Honda Indy Toronto is essentially in his backyard.
He has won four times on the street course around Exhibition Place, including a dominant performance in 2022, and has the second-most victories in race history. He won both races here in 2013 and again in 2018.
“I think you can never really rest on last year’s performances,” Dixon said. “The track changes over time, right? It’s city streets. What was there one year is definitely going to be different.”
The track has changed since Dixon’s victory a year ago, with the surface between Turns 8 and 11 redone for a smoother ride.
“It looks a lot smoother and a lot more consistent, at least one kind of material,” Dixon said. “Going into Turn 1 looks like they’ve changed a bit too with a pretty big patch going in there. They’ve got a large painted crosswalk there too that would be very slippery, especially if it rains.”
There’s an 80% chance of rain for qualifying Saturday and 40% for the race Sunday, with thunderstorms expected both days.
Dixon, a six-time season champion, is second in the standings, 110 points behind Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou of Spain. Palou has 377 points after four victories, two poles, eight top-fives and nine top-10s this season in a Honda.
Dixon has 267 points with five top-fives and eight top-10s. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden is third with 261.
Devlin DeFrancesco, the only Canadian currently in IndyCar, is tied for 20th. He’s eager to race again in his hometown after making his Toronto debut last year.
“Even coming last year I didn’t feel pressure, I felt more support than anything,” said DeFrancesco, who drives for Andretti-Steinbrenner Autosport. “I’m excited to be back here.”
Two-time defending Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona winner Tom Blomqvist will make his IndyCar debut, replacing injured Simon Pagenaud in the No. 60 Honda for Meyer Shank Racing.
Pagenaud, the 2019 Indy Toronto champion, was hurt just over a week ago during practice at Mid-Ohio when his brakes failed, forcing him to spin his car in a desperate attempt to slow down. The car hit a gravel trap on the exit of a corner and rolled seven times as pieces flew into the air before finally coming to rest on its side against a barrier.
Blomqvist learned only Tuesday he would drive in Toronto.
“The only resource I’ve had really is YouTube videos, so yeah, I’m coming on here pretty blind,” said Blomqvist, who talked with Pagenaud about the course. “Simon did say you’ll be fine, track’s not too difficult but then listening to these guys it sounds like he was lying.
“I haven’t really got high expectations of myself.”
Green Savoree Race Promotions, which operates four of the 17 annual IndyCar races, is in the final year of its contract with Penske Entertainment to run the only Canadian event on the schedule. Honda Indy Toronto president Jeff Atkinson said negotiations are going “very well” and that his organization will have an update on the race’s future soon.
TOP INDIANA NEWS/RELEASES FROM ORGANIZATIONS
INDIANS STOMP STORM CHASERS IN SLUGFEST
PAPILLION, Neb. – Endy Rodríguez smashed his first career grand slam and tied a career high with five RBI, Miguel Andújar launched a home run to spark his second five-RBI performance of the season, and Liover Peguero belted his first two Triple-A homers as the Indianapolis Indians bashed the Omaha Storm Chasers 13-5 on Friday night at Werner Park.
The Indians (41-46, 8-5) scored in six of the first seven innings and never looked back in their first win in nine tries against Omaha. Andújar followed a Rodríguez single in the first with a home run to right-center off Angel Zerpa (L, 0-2), and the rout was on. Indy added three runs in the second – two coming on a ringing bases-loaded double by Andújar – before tacking on five in the third on Peguero’s first solo shot and Rodríguez’s towering grand slam that carried onto the right-field berm. The grand slam was Indianapolis’ fifth of the season and extended the lead to 10-1.
Brewer Hicklen put the Storm Chasers (41-43, 3-9) on the board in the second with a solo home run, and Indiana State product Clay Dungan made it 10-2 with a run-scoring single in the fourth. Hicklen also hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to cap the scoring.
Josh Bissonette doubled to start the fifth and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Andújar. After Tucker Bradley went deep to open the bottom of the fifth, Peguero crushed a hanging curveball over the wall in left for his fifth career two-homer game and the third by an Indianapolis player this season, joining Josh Palacios (April 29 vs. Columbus) and Aaron Shackelford (May 25 at Columbus). Canaan Smith-Njigba plated Rodríguez in the seventh with his second double of the night.
Quinn Priester, making his team-high 18th start of the season, departed after a scoreless first inning. Wil Crowe surrendered Hicklen’s first long ball in the second before Kent Emanuel (W, 7-3) took over with 4.0 innings of two-run ball.
Andújar joined Josh Palacios as Indians to record two five-RBI games this season and is the fourth Indian in the Victory Field era to have multiple five-RBI performances in a season (also: Brandon Moss (2x), 2010; Roberto Petagine (3x), 1998).
Alika Williams collected his seventh multi-hit game in his last 12 contests, and Rodríguez reached base safely a game-high five times.
The Indians and Storm Chasers continue their series on Saturday at 8:05 PM ET. LHP Cam Alldred (5-1, 4.08) gets the nod for Indy against LHP Cole Ragans (1-1, 4.19).
GAME REWIND: PACERS 91, MAVERICKS 112 (SUMMER LEAGUE)
A first half shooting slump put the Pacers in a double-digit hole from which they never recovered on Friday night in Las Vegas, as Indiana (2-2) dropped a second straight Summer League contest, falling to the Dallas Mavericks (3-1), 112-91.
The Pacers entered Friday needing to win by at least six points to have a chance to finish in the top four in the Summer League standings and qualify for the semifinals, which will take place on Sunday. But after Friday’s loss, they will instead play a consolation game on Sunday instead to wrap up Summer League play.
Rookie guard Ben Sheppard, the 26th overall pick in the 2023 NBA Draft, led Indiana with 19 points in the loss, going 7-for-13 from the field and 5-for-10 from beyond the arc.
“We got punched in the mouth early and it was hard to make a comeback,” Sheppard said. “But I thought we played hard in the second half and (have) a lot to learn from to take into our next game. Hopefully we can finish out strong.”
Second-year wing Kendall Brown added 14 points and six rebounds, going 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Jarace Walker — the eighth overall pick in the 2023 draft — had 13 points and five rebounds, but struggled from the field, going 6-for-21 from the field and 1-for-10 from 3-point range.
The Pacers had an early 12-10 lead following Sheppard’s 3-pointer with 5:06 remaining in the first quarter, but made just one more shot over the remainder of the frame — a trey from second round pick Mojave King at 1:06. Despite the prolonged slump, Indiana only trailed 19-15 entering the second quarter.
Unfortunately for the Blue & Gold, their shooting struggles carried over to the ensuing frame, as Indiana converted just two of its first 15 attempts in the second quarter. This time, the Mavericks capitalized, stringing together a 20-7 run to open up a commanding lead.
The Pacers found a little more offense in the closing minutes of the first half, but couldn’t chip much away from the lead, trailing 48-33 at the intermission.
Sheppard and Brown provided some punch in the third quarter, each tallying eight points over the first 5:11 of the second half.
Indiana eventually pulled within 10 after Eli Brooks’ three made it 70-60 with 2:25 remaining in the third quarter. But Dallas answered with a 9-2 spurt and wound up taking a 79-64 lead into the final frame.
The Pacers never threatened in the fourth quarter, as the Mavericks — who needed to win by 27 or more to have a chance to qualify for the semifinals — led by as many as 26.
“That’s a hard-playing team,” Pacers Summer League head coach Jannero Pargo said. “We let our guys know that before that, but it’s another thing when you get out on the floor. They play really hard. They really attack the rim off the bounce and they were tough for us to guard tonight.”
A.J. Lawson had a game-high 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting for the Mavericks. Jordan Walker tallied 21 points and eight assists and Olivier Maxence-Prosper — the 24th overall pick in last month’s draft — finished with 18 points and five boards.
Ethan Thompson scored eight points off the bench for the Pacers. Rookie big man Oscar Tshiebwe — who signed a two-way contract for next season — had seven points and seven rebounds (six on the offensive end). Fellow two-way rookie Isaiah Wong scored six points and dished out three assists.
INDY ELEVEN WOMEN
MARTIN SCORES IN STOPPAGE TIME TO SEND INDY TO USL W LEAGUE FINAL
WESTFIELD, Ind. (Friday, July 14, 2023) – A stoppage time goal from Alia Martin proved to be the match winner as Indy Eleven earned a 3-2 win over San Francisco Glens SC, giving the Girls in Blue their first trip to the USL W League National Final.
The USL W League Valley Division Champion Indy Eleven traded goals with the Nor Cal Division Champion Glens, but it was a goal in the 91st-minute form Martin that sealed the victory.
The Girls in Blue got on the board first as Addie Chester picked up her fourth goal of the 2023 season. Maddy Williams found herself alone coming down the right side of the field and sent a cross into a crowded 18. Ella Rogers struck first, having her shot blocked, and Chester picked up the rebound to secure the early lead for the home side.
Just before half, the Glens picked up the equalizer with a 40th-minute set piece goal from Nadia Gomes.
The Eleven’s second go-ahead tally came via an assist from Indy’s leading goal scorer Sam Dewey, who picked up her first helper of the season on a through ball to Williams. The goal was Williams’ eighth of the season and came from a play that started with a Katie Soderstrom interception in San Francisco’s half.
Again San Francisco was able to even the score, this time it was Gomes assisting Caryn Penn on a strike from outside the 18 in the 64th minute.
One more lead change would be all it took to send the Girls in Blue to the USL W League Final as center back Martin was pushed forward into the attack in stoppage time. Williams inserted herself into the play once again down the right flank and sent a ball in to Maisie Whitsett. Whitsett’s header back across the goal found Martin, who lifted a header of her own over the outstretched arms of the Glens’ goalkeeper. The goal was Martin’s first of the season and Whitsett’s third assist.
Indy Eleven will host NC Courage U23 in the National Final as part of an Indy Eleven doubleheader on Saturday, July 22. NC Courage defeated Eagle FC, 4-1. The women will play at 2 p.m. ET with the men to follow at 7 p.m. against Tampa Bay. One ticket will get fans into both match-ups at Carroll Stadium.
Complete USL W Bracket & Info
USL W League – National Semifinal
Indy Eleven 3:2 San Francisco Glens SC
Friday, July 14, 2023 – 7:00 PM
Grand Park Sports Complex – Westfield, Ind.
2023 USL W League Records
Indy Eleven: 8W-1L-1D (3-0-0)
San Francisco Glens SC: 10W-1L-1D (2-1-0)
IND – Addie Chester 14’
SFG – Nadia Gomes 40’
IND – Maddy Williams (Sam Dewey) 50’
SFG – Camryn Penn (Nadia Gomes) 64’
IND – Alia Martin (Maisie Whitsett) 90+1’
SFG – Jennie Immethun (caution) 60’
IND – Addie Chester (caution) 87’
Indy Eleven lineup: Nona Reason, Grace Bahr, Alia Martin, Annika Creel, Jenna Chatterton (Lizzie Sexton 80’), Sam Dewey (Maisie Whitsett 72’), Greta Krazula (Rafferty Kugler 80’), Ella Rogers, Maddy Williams (Susie Soderstrom 90+2’), Addie Chester, Katie Soderstrom
IND substitutes: Emily Edwards, Emma Johnson, Rhonda Ojongmboh
NEWMAN ON BOARD AS BASEBALL’S PITCHING COACH
By: Ben Turner
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Bringing with him longstanding Big Ten Conference ties via his time at Ohio State and Penn State, former big leaguer Josh Newman has been hired as the new pitching coach for Purdue baseball, head coach Greg Goff has announced.
Newman served as Penn State’s pitching coach for six seasons from 2018 to 2023. A three-time All-Big Ten honoree for the Buckeyes from 2001 to 2004, Newman coached at Ohio State (2011-13) and Marshall (2014-17) after his playing career ended. He has helped develop 13 pitchers into MLB Draft picks.
Penn State had seven pitchers drafted during Newman’s tenure. That group featured the highest-selected lefty in program history (Dante Biasi, 6th round in 2019), another top 10 rounds selection in 2021 (Conor Larkin, 9th round) and Daniel Ouderkirk (18th round) this month. The Nittany Lions were one of only four teams nationally to have all three members of their weekend rotation drafted in 2021.
“We’re thrilled to add Josh to our program to leading the pitching staff at Alexander Field,” Goff said. “His staffs at Penn State and Marshall always made things tough on the lineups I put together. Josh’s pitchers are well prepared and demonstrate a relentless mentality. He does an excellent job of developing pitchers, teaching them what it takes to excel at our level and professionally. His experiences in pro ball and the big leagues will also be beneficial to our players. He’s a family man and has demonstrated a remarkable worth ethic. Josh is an essential addition to complete our coaching staff.”
Penn State set a program record with 503 strikeouts (9.24 K/9) in 2022, marking the third time in the last four full seasons the pitching staff reached the 400-K mark. In their 55 games that season, the Lions racked up 10-plus strikeouts 21 times and surrendered three earned or fewer 16 times. The team strikeout record was initially eclipsed with 491 Ks in Newman’s second season (2019), leading the Big Ten and ranking ninth nationally with 10.1 K/9.
Newman’s instrumental role in Penn State’s pitcher development dovetailed with his use of cutting-edge technology, including TrackMan, Edgertronic, K-Vest and Rapsodo systems. The Lions were also renowned around the league the last few years for their balanced pitching approach. In 2022, eight PSU pitchers made at least one start and earned at least one save. This past season, that same list was at six pitchers.
Goff and Newman were also in opposite dugouts during league play in 2015 and 2016, first crossing paths in Conference USA. Newman’s pitching staff helped Marshall win a team-record 34 games and finish second in the C-USA standings in 2016, ahead of Goff’s 40-win NCAA Regional team at Louisiana Tech. Three of the Thundering Herd’s pitchers were named all-conference that season, headlined by all-time wins leader Chase Boster. JD Hammer was one of the three Marshall pitchers drafted that year and made it to the big leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies.
“My family and I are excited about this opportunity in West Lafayette,” Newman said. “Greg Goff, Purdue and the Big Ten makes for an elite trio of factors that attracted me to this position. Going back to our weekend series against each other in Conference USA, I’ve admired the way Greg runs his program and prepares the players. I’m eager to begin working with the pitching staff and lead the development of Boilermakers on the mound.”
D1Baseball.com has named Newman among its list of “top, up-and-coming” assistant coaches.
Newman was selected in the 2003 and 2004 MLB Drafts and pitched professionally for six seasons. He made his big league debut with the Colorado Rockies in 2007 and was on the active roster for the World Series that fall. He pitched for the both the Rockies and Kansas Royals the following season.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree and 2004 graduate of Ohio State, Newman returned to Columbus in time for the 2010-11 school year when he joined the new coaching staff assembled by Greg Beals. The Buckeyes’ overall win total improved every year he was on staff, highlighted by a 35-win campaign in which OSU finished second in the Big Ten in 2013. Ohio State had three pitchers drafted during his years on staff and saw its ERA drop by 1.70 points over the three seasons, highlighted by a 3.24 mark in 2013.
Newman was in the visiting dugout when Purdue’s Alexander Field hosted its first games in March 2013. He also coached at Alexander with Penn State in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2023.
Newman was a workhorse and four-year member of OSU’s weekend rotation from 2001 to 2004, finishing his career ranked among the top three in team history in wins (32), innings pitched (369) and strikeouts (291). The Buckeyes compiled a 161-84-1 record (77-42 Big Ten) during his career, winning the league’s regular-season title by a half-game over Purdue in 2001 and consecutive Big Ten Tournament titles in 2002 and 2003. The Buckeyes finished no worse than second in the standings all four years and qualified for three consecutive NCAA Regionals (2001-03).
Selected in the 31st round of the 2003 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds a few days after Ohio State had won an NCAA Regional at Auburn, Newman opted to return for his senior season. He went on to earn first-team All-Big Ten honors, striking out 100 batters in 103 1/3 innings. The Rockies drafted Newman in the 19th round in 2004. He was also a Freshman All-American in 2001.
As a Buckeye, Newman pitched at Purdue’s Lambert Field in both 2003 and 2004.
Newman and his wife, Sarah, are the parents of three children – daughter Ayda and sons Kash and Miller.
Purdue Baseball Staff for 2023-24 School Year
• Greg Goff – Head Coach
• Chris Marx – Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
• Josh Newman – Assistant Coach
• Seth LaRue – Assistant Coach
• John Madia – Director of Player Development
• Hunter Roberts – Supervisor of Operations
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL
HANNAHS ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF KEVIN BOWERS TO ISU BASEBALL COACHING STAFF
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Head Coach Mitch Hannahs announced the addition of Kevin Bowers to the Indiana State baseball coaching staff on Friday morning.
Bowers joins the Sycamores after a decorated career at Lincoln Trail College where he served as the head coach and Athletic Director for the Statesmen since 2010. Bowers brings 28 years of coaching experience to the program as he returns for his second stint at Indiana State. He previously served as an assistant coach with the Sycamores for the 1999-2000 year.
The long-time coach led Lincoln Trail to a 33-18 overall record in the 2023 season that included a trip to the Region 24 Tournament. That success has been consistent throughout his tenure featuring a trio of NJCAA Region XXIV titles and three GRAC titles.
Bowers has quickly established himself as one of the finer recruiters in the Midwest, seeing his classes achieve success both on and off the field. Since 2005, Bowers has had over 175 of his players move on to NCAA D-1 institutions, seeing 23 sign professional contracts and four named NJCAA-All Americans.
In the classroom, these teams have never received below a 3.0 team GPA, and the 2006 team was named NJCAA Academic Team of the Year. On 11 other occasions, teams have been on the top 25 in the nation.
Prior to his time at Lincoln Trail, he spent two years at UW-Platteville (2000-02) where he served as the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator. The 2001-02 Platteville team established school records in hits, runs, RBI’s and doubles, while posting its best record in 10 years. ??
Coach Bowers graduated from UW-Parkside and was an assistant there for five years before moving on to Indiana State for the 1999-2000 season. In 2001, he received his Masters of Education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
MILLER SIGNS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT WITH TRENTON THUNDER OF THE MLB DRAFT LEAGUE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State right-hander Lane Miller signed a professional contract with the Trenton Thunder of the MLB Draft League as announced on Friday morning.
Miller signs the deal following a standout 2023 campaign on the mound that featured the Boonville, Ind. native earning ABCA/Rawlings All-Midwest Region First Team honors, 2023 MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the spring 2022-23 MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award.
The redshirt senior was one of the nation’s best stories this past spring after throwing batting practice weekly to the team to earning his first start of the year on March 28 against Purdue. Miller went 8.0 innings allowing two runs while striking out five in the 8-2 win over the Boilermakers. He followed up five days later allowing one run and three hits while striking out four in a 10-1 win over UIC.
The pair of victories led to Miller solidifying his spot as the Sycamores’ Sunday starter in the rotation. He went at least 5.0 innings in each of his first six starts including series clinching victories over UIC, Evansville, and Murray State.
Miller’s postseason was highlighted by taking the win against Evansville on Friday to propel the Sycamores to the MVC Tournament Championship Game. He also drew the start in the NCAA Terre Haute Regional contest against Iowa.
The Sycamores won all 11 of Miller’s starts in the 2023 season as the redshirt senior posted a 7-0 mark with a 2.77 ERA over 61.2 innings. He recorded at least five strikeouts in six different games including a career-high six in the MVC Tournament against the Aces. Opponents hit just .219 from the plate against Miller in 2023.
Miller becomes the third Sycamore pitcher to draw professional interest this season joining Matt Jachec (MLB Draft – Cleveland Guardians) and Connor Fenlong (MLB Free Agent – Kansas City Royals).
Over his career, Miller made 26 career appearances over four years with Indiana State including 12 starts. He recorded a 7-1 record with a 4.07 ERA while posting a 54:24 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
JON DIEDRICH AND BRYCE WALKER SELECTED FOR USA COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jon Diedrich and Bryce Walker of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball team were recently selected to train with the USA Volleyball Men’s Collegiate National Team.
The pair trained with some of the best collegiate volleyball players in Anaheim, California. The total roster consisted of 21 student-athletes from across the country, hailing from schools in the Big West, EIVA, MIVA and MPSF.
Purdue Fort Wayne was one of four schools in the country and the only in the MIVA to have multiple representatives on the team. UC Irvine, CSUN and Grand Canyon were the other three. Diedrich and Walker were two of the six MIVA players selected for the roster. Ball State head coach Donan Cruz was an assistant coach for the squad.
Roster for the 2023 Men’s Collegiate National Team
Name (Position, Height, Hometown, College, USAV Region)
Luke Benson (OH, 6-7, Newbury Park, Calif., BYU, Southern California)
Cole Bogner (S, 6-3, Chesapeake, Va., Penn State, Old Dominion)
Vanis Buckholz (MB, 6-6, Newport Beach, Calif., Ball State, Southern California)
Jon Diedrich (OH, 6-8, Orlando, Fla., Purdue Fort Wayne, Florida)
Nolan Flexen (OH, 6-10, Rio Rancho, N.M., UC Irvine, Sun Country)
Chaz Galloway (OH, 6-3, San Diego, Calif., Hawaii, Southern California)
Nathaniel Gates (MB, 6-8, La Jolla, Calif., Stanford, Southern California)
Clarke Godbold (Opp, 6-5, San Pedro, Calif., Long Beach State, Southern California)
Jackson Hickman (OH, 6-4, Phoenix, Ariz., Grand Canyon, Arizona)
Kyle Hobus (Opp, 6-8, San Pedro, Calif., CSUN, Southern California)
AJ Lewis (OH, 6-5, Shorewood, Ill., Lindenwood, Great Lakes)
Jalen Philips (OH, 6-6, Anaheim, Calif., CSUN, Southern California)
Cole Power (L, 5-11, Huntingdon Beach, Calif., UC Irvine, Southern California)
Cooper Robinson (OH, 6-7, Pacific Palisades, Calif., UCLA, Southern California)
Nicholas Slight (S, 6-3, Storm Lake, Iowa, Grand Canyon, Iowa)
Parker Van Buren (Opp, 6-9, Cross Plains, Wis., Loyola, Badger)
Bryce Walker (MB, 6-8, Bartlett, Ill., Purdue Fort Wayne, Great Lakes)
Rico Wardlow (MB, 6-7, Bolingbrook, Ill., Grand Canyon, Great Lakes)
Henry Wedbush (S, 6-4, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Princeton, Southern California)
Paul Wysznski (L, 5-9, Chicago, Ill., George Mason, Great Lakes)
Cole Young (MB, 6-10, Powell, Ohio, Ohio State, Ohio Valley)
Head Coach: Chris McGown
Assistant Coach: Donan Cruz (Ball State)
Assistant Coach: Paul Carroll (Pepperdine)
Assistant Coach: Jonathan Charette (Long Beach City College)
Performance Analyst: Virginia Pham (Univ. of Southern California)
ATC: Cherryl Bueno
Team Lead: Kevin Moore (USAV NTDP)
EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
DOMINIQUE MCBRYDE NAMED GA FOR UE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Dominique McBryde, a native of Indiana and former student-athlete at Purdue and Arizona, has joined the University of Evansville women’s basketball program as a graduate assistant.
McBryde began her college career with the Boilermakers in 2015 and spent two seasons with the program. Highlighting her freshman campaign was a 23-point effort versus Rutgers and a 22-point game against Minnesota. She earned a Big Ten Freshman of the Week award in February of 2016. Her success continued as a sophomore where she was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the league coaches.
“I am thrilled Dominique has joined our staff! She will be a star in this profession. Her playing experience speaks for itself, but it is her energy, her character, and her heart for creating a great student-athlete experience that sets her apart,” Purple Aces head women’s basketball coach Robyn Scherr-Well said. “I look forward to the impact she will have on our program!”
“In the graduate assistant role, Dominique will play an important part in scouting opponents, assisting our recruiting coordinator, player development, and daily operations.”
Following her tenure at Purdue, McBryde made history at the University of Arizona as she became the first in school history to shoot over 50% from the field and 40% from 3-point range. McBryde graduated from Arizona in May of 2020 and embarked on a 3-year professional career. In April of 2020, she was a training camp invitee for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA. She also played professionally in Hungary, Greece and New Zealand.
“I am so excited to be part of the Aces athletic program and work with the women’s basketball coaching staff. Not only will I be back in the great basketball state of Indiana, but I get to be part of something special that is being built here in Evansville,” McBryde exclaimed. “This is an amazing opportunity, and I cannot thank Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells enough for taking me on this journey. I will offer any and all knowledge that I have gained throughout my basketball career, as well as any other support, to help contribute to the success of this program. Go Aces!”
Ranked a five-star recruit and the No. 30 ranking in the nation by ESPN HoopGurlz, McBryde enjoyed a storied high school career at Bedford North Lawrence. She was the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1,672 career points and led her team to a 27-1 record as a senior where she posted 20.0 points per game.
VALPO ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES STAFF ADDITIONS
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics and Director of Athletics Dr. Charles Small have announced additions to the Valpo Athletics staff as six newcomers have joined the team this summer.
Valpo Athletics has welcomed Luke Campbell to its strength & conditioning staff as Associate Director of Sports Performance, while Morgan Fifield has been named Ticket Operations Manager, Mason Williams joins the fold as Head Equipment Manager and Callaway Kinney has been named Academic and Compliance Coordinator. The Valpo athletic training staff also features a pair of newcomers as Alyssa Clonginer and Rose Paul have joined the sports medicine team.
Campbell will serve as the strength & conditioning coach for the football and women’s basketball programs. He has garnered Power-5 experience at his last two stops, serving as a professional intern for football strength & conditioning at The Ohio State University and at Michigan State University.
A Lewis Center, Ohio native, Campbell played football at Michigan State during his undergraduate tenure as a four-year letterwinner who saw action in 43 career games and made 26 starts. He was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team five times, one of five players in program history to do so. The 2021 team captain on the Peach Bowl Championship team, Campbell trained under highly-regarded strength & conditioning coaches Ken Mannie and Jason Novak. He earned his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Michigan State in December 2020 before completing his master’s in sport coaching and leadership in August 2022.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be the head strength and conditioning coach for the football and women’s basketball teams here at Valparaiso University,” Campbell said. “I take tremendous pride in the character, leadership and athletic development of my athletes and will ensure I accomplish this to the utmost degree. I am very fortunate to work at a university with such hardworking and respectful athletes who have a burning desire to win. I look forward to building relationships with the Valpo staff and making this place my new home.”
Fifield worked in Major League Baseball as an Inside Sales Associate for the Chicago White Sox from June 2022 to February 2023. She has served as an athletics marketing and promotions intern at Valpo since August 2021. She worked as a men’s basketball manager from August 2018 to June 2022 and was the first female head manager in program history. Fifield’s work experience also includes time on Chicago’s north side as a guest services associate for the Chicago Cubs from May to October in 2021.
Fifield owns a pair of degrees from Valparaiso University, having earned her bachelor’s in sports management in 2020 before going on to obtain her master’s in sports administration in 2022. The Valpo native is also a graduate of Valparaiso High School.
“I have been coming to Valpo games since I was a little girl,” Fifield said. “To be able to both receive my degrees and find my way back to this University in a full-time role is a true full-circle moment for me. I couldn’t ask for a better place to begin my career in collegiate athletics and I’m excited to get started.”
Williams previously served as an associate for athletics equipment operations at Iowa State University, where he worked with the football program. He began that role in April 2022 after serving as a student equipment manager focusing on quarterbacks for Iowa State football from February 2018 to January 2022.
Williams also gained experience as a summer equipment room assistant working with basketball, gymnastics and swimming/diving at Iowa State in 2019. A product of Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Iowa, Williams graduated from Iowa State in December 2021 after double majoring in supply chain management and business management.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Valpo Athletics staff,” Williams said. “I look forward to this experience, and I’m excited to help our teams and student-athletes be successful.”
Kinney is a familiar face on Valpo’s campus as she was part of the recreational sports staff from June 2021 to June 2023, serving as a graduate assistant before moving to her new full-time role in athletics. Kinney oversaw health and wellness for Valpo Rec Sports with responsibilities including management of the fitness facility, hiring, training and supervising 50+ student staff members and creating and leading a facility and staff wellness program.
In addition, Kinney served as an operations intern for the Valpo softball program during the 2023 season. Prior to arriving at Valpo, she was an assistant varsity volleyball coach at Central DeWitt High School in DeWitt, Iowa in 2020. She also served as a student manager for the Iowa State football program from January 2019 to March 2020. During her tenure in Ames, Kinney spent time as an intramural sports referee and an athletics ticket office assistant.
Kinney graduated from Iowa State University in May 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in event management and minors in general business and sports & recreation. She earned a master’s degree in sports administration from Valpo in May 2023.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to stay at Valpo and continue to work with amazing people,” Kinney said. “I look forward to learning more and helping the student-athletes, coaches and department be successful.”
Clonginer will serve as the athletic trainer for the Valpo volleyball, cross country and track & field programs. She earned her bachelor’s in kinesiology from Texas A&M University in May 2021 before going on to earn her master’s in athletic training from Texas Tech University in May 2023. Clonginer worked as a graduate athletic training student at Coronado High School in addition to working with volleyball at Texas Tech. She also worked as a graduate athletic training student at Lubbock Christian University, where she handled women’s soccer, men’s soccer, track & field, cross country and softball.
“I am super stoked to be joining the Valpo Sports Medicine team,” Clonginer said. “Coming out of my master’s degree, I feel blessed to be starting my professional athletic training career at Valpo. I moved up here from Texas and while it has been a big change, the staff has been super welcoming and helpful through the transition to living and working here. I’m happy to be a part of the Valpo family and I look forward to this upcoming year with volleyball, cross country and track & field.”
Paul will work with the swimming and football programs. She earned her bachelors of health science in pre-athletic training from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Spring 2021 before going on to gain her master’s in athletic training from Stevens Point in Spring 2023. Paul has athletic training clinical experience with both football and swimming from her time at Stevens Point. She also worked with softball, men’s and women’s wrestling and women’s basketball.
“I am excited to start my professional career at Valpo,” Paul said. “I am looking forward to working with amazing supportive staff and student athletes on campus.”
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FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1901 Christy Mathewson becomes the first rookie to throw a no-hitter in baseball history in the modern era. The 20-year-old right-hander, who will hurl another no-hit game in 1905, holds the Cardinals hitless in the Giants’ 5-0 victory at Robison Field in St. Louis.
1939 National League president Ford Frick orders two-foot screens affixed inside all foul poles after Billy Jurges of the Giants and umpire George Magerkurth spit at each other after a disputed call down the left-field line at the Polo Grounds. The American League will soon follow the Senior Circuit lead, installing screens in their ballparks.
1941 At spacious Mann Field in Newport (AR), the Paragould Browns’ Clarence “Hooks” Iott goes the distance, striking out 30 Newport Dodgers in a 16-inning Class D Northeast Arkansas League game that ends in a 1-1 tie. In September, the 21-year-old southpaw, who struck out 25 Batesville Pilots in a nine-inning game last month, will make his major league debut for the Browns, throwing two innings against the White Sox without recording a strikeout.
1950 Citing the competition of television and radio, the Colonial League ceases its operation. The four-year-old circuit of Class B clubs was established in 1947 and featured teams from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
1952 Trailing in their final turn at-bat by six runs, Eddie Joost’s walk-off grand slam off of Satchel Paige gives the A’s a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Browns at Shibe Park. ‘Old Satch,’ who yielded a game-ending bases full round-tripper to Sammy White two weeks ago at Fenway Park, becomes the first hurler in major league history to give up two walk-off grand slams in the same season.
1952 Tigers’ first baseman Walt Dropo, who went 5-for-5 yesterday, continues his sizzling skein, collecting four more consecutive hits (nine straight singles) in the first game of a twin bill against the Senators. In the Griffith Stadium nightcap, the Detroit infielder will extend the streak to 12 when he triples, singles, and doubles in his first three at-bats before fouling out to the catcher in the top of the seventh inning.
1960 Home plate umpire Frank Dascoli stops play for 24 minutes when San Francisco’s first baseman Willie McCovey hits a pitch into shallow left field that no one can see because of the dense fog. The Giants’ infielder second inning invisible triple doesn’t deter the Dodgers when they win the Candlestick Park contest, 5-3.
1960 Brooks Robinson becomes the first Oriole to hit for the cycle when he strokes a two-run triple to center field off Turk Lown in the ninth inning. The third baseman’s 5-for-5 performance and three RBIs contribute to Baltimore’s 5-2 victory over the White Sox at Comiskey Park.
1962 In the seventh inning of the nightcap of a twin bill split with the Pirates at Forbes Field, Cardinal left fielder Stan Musial establishes a new National League record with his 10,428th-time at-bat. ‘Stan the Man,’ who will finish his 22-year career with 10,972 plate appearances, surpasses Honus Wagner’s mark set in 1917.
1967 Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson’s right fibula is fractured by a Roberto Clemente line drive during a 6-3 loss to the Pirates. The injury will sideline the Redbird right-hander until Labor Day, but he will recover enough to allow only three earned runs in three complete World Series game victories over the Red Sox.
1969 Richard Nixon becomes the first president to witness a triple play. In a 7-3 Senator victory at RFK Stadium, the Tigers pull off the around-the-horn triple killing on an Ed Brinkman grounder in the bottom of the fifth inning.
1969 In a twin bill split with the Braves, Lee May hits two home runs in each contest and drives in five runs in both ends of the doubleheader. Despite the All-Star first baseman’s performance, the Reds drop the opener 9-8 but come back to win the nightcap, 10-4.
1969 In the Braves’ first game after the All-Star break, Hank Aaron goes deep off Clay Carroll in the fifth inning of the team’s 9-8 comeback victory over Cincinnati at Crosley Field. The round-tripper, the 534th home run of his career, moves the ‘Hammer’ into fourth place on the all-time list, ahead of Jimmie Foxx and only two behind Mickey Mantle.
1971 The Pirates, trailing 1-0, tie the game in the ninth and then knot the score again in the 13th and 16th innings before finally beating the Padres 4-3. Roberto Clemente’s one-out walk-off homer off Danny Coombs ends the Three Rivers Stadium contest in the 17th frame.
1973 In the game which features Norm Cash trying to use a piano leg to bat in the ninth inning, Nolan Ryan, en route to striking out 17 batters, becomes the fourth pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the same year when the Angels defeat the Tigers, 6-0 in front of 41,411 fans in Detroit. Johnny Vander Meer (1938 Reds), Virgil Trucks (1938 Tigers), and Allie Reynolds (1951 Yankees) have also accomplished the rare feat.
1980 Establishing a new mark for home runs by a catcher, Johnny Bench of the Reds breaks Yogi Berra’s record by hitting his 314th round-tripper as a backstop. The future Hall of Famer has also hit 33 dingers while playing other positions.
1985 At the Metrodome in Minnesota, the first Home Run Derby, a new tradition to take place the day before the All-Star Game, is won by Reds’ right fielder Dave Parker. Although these hitting exhibitions have occurred in the past, the event marks the first time Major League Baseball acknowledges the contest.
1985 The day before the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, the Players’ Association announces they have set a strike date for August 6. The union will keep its word, but the season will resume two days later.
1986 The 1986 All-Star Game, a 3-2 American League victory played in the Astrodome, is the last contest Dick Howser will manage in the major leagues. The Royals skipper, later diagnosed with a brain tumor, suffers from apparent mental lapses, admitting he felt ill during the game.
1988 For the second time this season, Red Sox fireballer Roger Clemens strikes out sixteen Royals, going the distance in the team’s 3-1 victory in the opener of a twin bill. Boston also takes the nightcap of the Fenway Park doubleheader in the managerial debut of Joe Morgan, who replaced John McNamara at the helm.
1990 In an 8-5 White Sox victory at Yankee Stadium, Bobby Thigpen becomes the quickest player to reach 30 saves in a season. The Chicago closer will establish a major league record this campaign, saving 57 games for the South-siders.
1993 Cal Ripken, Jr. hits his 278th homer as a shortstop, breaking Ernie Banks’ record. The Hall of Famers will play different infield positions during their careers, with ‘Mr. Cub’ going deep a total of 512 times for Chicago, and the ‘Iron Man’ clearing the fences on 431 occasions for the Orioles.
1994 After being confiscated in the first inning of the Indians-White Sox contest at Comiskey Park, Albert Belle’s bat, suspected of being corked, is placed in umpire Dave Phillips’ locker for further examination. The theft of the piece of wood, taken and replaced by a burglar who gains access to the umpire’s room by squirming through an overhead crawl space, becomes evident when pieces of ceiling tile litter the floor and the name on the ‘clean’ bat now reads, Paul Sorrento.
1996 After making 2,216 consecutive starts at shortstop, Oriole Cal Ripken returns to third base for the first time since June 30, 1982. The 2,216 straight starts is a major league record at any position.
1997 En route to a 16-2 rout of the Padres, the Giants set the NL record for the most runs in a seventh inning. Thirteen Giants cross the plate during the big inning at Qualcomm Stadium.
1999 At the Oakland Coliseum, in the fifth inning of an 11-9 win over San Francisco, A’s hurler Brad Rigby puts Barry Bonds on first base with a free pass, giving the Giants left fielder the major league record for intentional walks with 294. Hank Aaron set the previous mark.
1999 The Mariners play a home game outdoors for the first time in franchise history. Under an open retractable roof, Seattle’s debut at the $517.6 million Safeco Field becomes forgettable when closer Jose Mesa squanders a ninth-inning lead by walking four batters in the team’s 3-2 loss to the Padres.
1999 The Brewers postpone their scheduled game against the Royals at County Stadium as a gesture of respect for the three workers who died during the construction team’s new stadium. A massive crane broke in half while lifting a 400-ton portion of the roof, causing the deaths and damaging the partially completed Miller Park.
2000 The American Tobacco Company’s near-mint condition 1909 Honus Wagner card goes for $1.1 million in an eBay online auction. The high bidder will pay $1.265 million, including a 15 percent buyer’s premium for the 91-year-old card of the Hall of Fame Pirate shortstop.
2003 At the All-Star Game played in Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, Angels outfielder Garret Anderson goes 3-for-4, including a two-run homer and a double, helping the American League beat the NL, 7-6. Pinch-hitting in the eighth inning, Rangers’ third baseman Hank Blalock hits a go-ahead two-run homer off the usually untouchable reliever of the Dodgers, Eric Gagne.
2004 Eric Gagne surpasses Jeff Shaw for the most career saves in franchise history, collecting his 130th save in a Dodger uniform. The 28-year-old right-handed closer pitches a perfect ninth, striking out the side, in the team’s 5-2 victory over Arizona at Bank One Ballpark.
2005 With an RBI double off Joel Pineiro at Safeco Field, Rafael Palmeiro becomes the 26th player to collect 3000 hits. The Orioles’ first baseman joins Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Eddie Murray as one of only four major leaguers to record 3,000 hits and 500 home runs during his career.
2005 The Royals establish the longest losing streak by any big league franchise to play in Kansas City. Their 16th consecutive loss, an 11-3 decision to the Mariners, is one more than the 1884 Unions, the first team to play professionally in the City of Fountains.
2005 Mike Stanton’s first appearance for the Nationals is memorable when the southpaw balks home the winning run without throwing a pitch, giving the Brewers a 4-3 victory at Miller Park. Chris Magruder scores the winning run from third base in the bottom of the tenth, thanks to the call by first base ump Paul Schrieber, who saw the lefty step toward home plate as he threw over to first in an attempt to pick off Rickie Weeks.
2006 Vladimir Guerrero knocks in his 1000th career RBI, plating Orlando Cabrera with a two-out single in the first inning as Los Angeles beats the Devil Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, 9-2. The 30-year-old Dominican outfielder becomes the seventh-fastest player ever to reach the milestone.
2007 With his third stolen base, a fifth-inning swipe of second, in a 5-4 loss against the Rangers in Los Angeles, Chone Figgins steals his 187th base in an Angel uniform to break the franchise record. Gary Pettis, who is in the ballpark as a coach for the visiting Rangers, set the previous mark for the Halos in 1987.
2007 In front of a sellout crowd of 44,872 at Citizens Bank Park, the 125-year-old Phillies become the first franchise to lose 10,000 games when St. Louis beats the team, 10-2. During the ninth inning, the hometown fans cheer as the much-heralded milestone becomes a reality.
2008 Dan Uggla becomes the first player in All-Star Game history to make three errors. The Marlins second baseman, who has two miscues in the 10th and one in the 13th in the American League 4-3, 15-inning victory at Yankee Stadium, doesn’t fare much better at the plate, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and grounding into a double play with runners on first and third in the 10th inning.
2008 Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig’s wool warm-up jacket, given to his friends Marion and Ray Parker in 1941, is won with a $325,000 bid on the Hunt Auctions site at the All-Star FanFest at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. The woolen team jacket, most likely, is the one he wore to bring out the Yankee lineup card at Detroit’s Briggs Stadium in 1939 when his streak of 2,130 consecutive games ended.
2008 Rangers shortstop Michael Young’s sac fly scores the Twins Justin Morneau ending the four-hour and fifty-minute marathon, making the contest the longest All-Star Game ever played. The American League wins its 11th consecutive victory, beating the National League, 4-3, in the fourth Mid-Summer classic played at Yankee Stadium.
2009 The Phillies and Pedro Martinez finalized a one-year deal worth $1 million. The three-time Cy Young winner, who has compiled a 214-99 record during his 17 seasons in the big leagues, was immediately placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a shoulder strain.
2013 Bruce Bochy names Matt Harvey the National League’s starter in tomorrow’s Midsummer Classic at Citi Field. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander is the first Mets pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Dwight Gooden got the nod in 1988 and will become the sixth hurler to start in his home ballpark.
2014 A baseball glove (c. 1935) worn and autographed by Lou Gehrig goes for a bid of $287,500 at an auction held in conjunction with the MLB All-Star FanFest in Minneapolis. Other items sold by Hunt Auctions at the event include Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame induction ring ($86,250), a Jackie Robinson bat ($80,500), and Harmon Killebrew’s 1958 Senators home jersey ($40,250).
2015 Kirk Nieuwenhuis, recently reacquired by the Mets from the Angels after they sold him to the Halos in May, hits three home runs in his first three at-bats, helping the team complete a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks with a 5-3 victory at Citi Field. The outfielder’s first three homers of the season mark the tenth time in franchise history a player has gone deep three times in a game, but the 27-year-old is the first to accomplish the feat at home.
2017 Cody Bellinger becomes the first Dodger rookie to hit for the cycle when he collects a seventh-inning triple in the team’s 7-1 victory over the Marlins in Miami. The 22-year old freshman goes 4-for-5, driving in three runs en route to his historic accomplishment.
2019 Joining Willie Mays (1961) and Orlando Cepeda (1961), Brandon Crawford becomes the third Giants player since the franchise moved to San Francisco in 1958 to drive in eight runs in a single game. In a record-setting 19-2 victory over the Rockies, the 32-year-old shortstop is also the first Giants player with two homers and eight RBIs in a game since Mays’ 1961 performance.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
Victor Gazaway Willis spent only 13 seasons in major league baseball, but in eight of them he won 20-or-more games. He also had 50 shutouts and a 2.63 lifetime ERA, establishing himself as one of the most durable pitchers of his era.
Of the 471 games Willis started, he completed 388 of them.
His first season in the game was with the Boston Beaneaters in 1898. He won 25 games that year, and played an important role in helping his team win the pennant.
Willis had his best season in 1899 when he had a 27-8 record and posted a 2.50 ERA. He threw 342 innings for the Beaneaters, leading the National League with the fewest hits allowed per game (7.3) and shutouts (five). He threw a no-hitter on Aug. 7, defeating the Washington Senators 7-1. It was the last no-hitter of the 1890s.
In 1901, the right-hander had a 20-17 record, finishing fourth in the league in ERA with a mark of 2.36. The following season – over the course of 410 innings – he recorded 45 complete games, the most of any pitcher in the modern era (post 1900). His 410 innings represent the second-highest total in modern NL history. He also led the league with 225 strikeouts.
Willis had long fingers, which allowed him to throw a unique and sharp curveball which usually broke downward.
“Willis has speed and the most elusive curves,” the Boston Sunday Journal said. “His ‘drop’ is so wonderful that, if anyone hits it, it is generally considered a fluke.”
From 1903 to 1905, though he collected only 42 wins for Boston, along with 72 losses, his ERA was 3.02 over the three-year span, and twice he posted a mark of under 3.00. The Beaneaters’ offense hurt the pitcher’s stats, with a combined .238 batting average in the three seasons.
When Boston traded Willis to the Pirates following the 1905 season, his value remained high enough that Pittsburgh sent three players in return.
In Pittsburgh, he averaged more than 22 wins a season, and less than 13 losses, consistently pitching around 300 innings a year. During his four years with the Pirates, Willis went 89-46 with a 2.08 ERA. In 1909, Willis went 22-11 winning 11 straight games at one point during the season. He played a key role in the team’s 110 total victories that season, helping the Pirates get to the Fall Classic defeat the Tigers in the World Series.
Willis passed away on Aug. 3, 1947. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1995.
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Place of Birth: Fort Madison, IA
Date of Birth: Jun 08, 1895
Place of Death: Flagship, CT
Date of Death: Sep 14, 1983
Ike Armstrong couldn’t wait to associate himself with the game of football. He made his Seymour High School team while still an eighth-grade student in Seymour, Iowa, and began a gridiron romance that could reach only one end -greatness. Armstrong lettered as a fullback at Drake during the early 1920s, and his pile-driving style of ball-carrying played an important role in the Bulldogs’ perfect seven-game record of 1922. After graduation, he stayed on at the Des Moines campus to coach the freshman team. Then, in 1925, the University of Utah offered Armstrong the head coaching position, and that action marked the start of a 25-year association in which his teams rolled to a 140-55-15 record. He produced five undefeated teams for the Utes, and had five other squads finish with only one regular-season loss apiece. Utah won 12 conference championships under Armstrong. In 1938, Armstrong’s Utah club earned its first-ever bowl invitation and captured a 26-0 decision over New Mexico in the Sun Bowl. Armstrong’s 1939 Utes led the nation in scoring with 259 points in nine games. However, Armstrong was more than just a football coach. After his Utah days, he was director of athletics at Minnesota 1950-63. Armstrong also coached Utah’s basketball team for four years and the track squad for 20 years.
5 – 23 – 30
July 15, 1876 – By George I think he’s got it! Almost 100 years to the day after a guy named George Washington was preserving freedom with patriotic forces while the Declaration of Independence was being signed by the Continental Congress, the game of baseball had its first official no-hitter declared when George Bradley of the St Louis Brown Stockings no-hits the Hartford Dark Blues team, in a 2-0 blanking. Just to keep the George’s in order, When Bradley performed this eventful feat it was less than three weeks prior that George Armstrong Custer perished at Little Big Horn. That story may have enough Georges in it to make the Foreman family reunion!
July 15, 1901 – New York Giants ace pitcher Christy Mathewson threw a beauty of a game as he no-hit the St Louis Cardinals, 5-0 at old Robison Field. That happened to be Mathewson’s first of two no-hitters during his career.
July 15, 1909 – Detroit Tiger’s future Baseball Hall of Fame center-fielder Ty Cobb crushed not one but two inside-the-park homer runs to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Washington Senators, 9-5 and 7-0
July 15, 1912 – Possibly America’s top all-time all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe placed in the top four of all 10 events of the Decathalon, for an Olympic record 8,413 points to win the Decathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics. Of course this medal along with the other he had won were stripped from him in 1913 for allegedly playing pro baseball back in 1910 ruining his amateur status needed to compete as an Olympian in that era. The medals were eventually reinstated to Thorpe, posthumously in 1982.
July 15, 1960 – Baltimore Orioles future Baseball Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, Number 5 went an amazingly perfect 5 for 5 at the plate including hitting for the cycle in the Orioles’ 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox
July 15, 1969 – Cincinnati Reds slugger Lee May who wore Number 23, hit 4 Home Runs with a total daily haul of 10 RBIs in a doubleheader in Atlanta against the Braves. The Reds and Brave split the games that day with Atlanta winning the first game 9-8 and Cincy taking game 2 by the score of 10-4.
July 15, 1973 – Nolan Ryan, California Angels Number 30 threw the second of his seven career no-hitters which is a major-league record. Ryan no-hit the Detroit Tigers for a 6-0 victory at Tiger Stadium.
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|Lightweights: Frank Martin vs. Artem Harutyunyan||10:00pm||Showtime|
|Champions Tour: Kaulig Companies Championship||12:00pm||GOLF|
|PGA Tour: Barbasol Championship||4:00pm||GOLF|
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|UFC Bantamweights: Holly Holm vs. Mayra Bueno Silva||10:00pm||ESPN|
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|Brasileirão: Corinthians vs Grêmio||8:00pm||Paramount+|
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|MLS: Minnesota United vs Los Angeles FC||8:30pm||Apple TV|
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|Liga MX: América vs Puebla||9:00pm||–|
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|MLS: Real Salt Lake vs New York RB||9:30pm||Apple TV|
|MLS: Portland Timbers vs Columbus Crew||10:30pm||Apple TV|
|MLS: Seattle Sounders FC vs Dallas||10:30pm||Apple TV|
|MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy||10:30pm||Apple TV|
|Wimbledon Women’s Final||9:00am||ESPN|
|WNBA All-Star Game||8:30pm||ABC|