MIAMI (AP) Maybe Kevin Garnett was right. Maybe, as he screamed in celebration of Boston’s 2008 NBA championship, anything truly is possible.

Even the impossible.

The Celtics are halfway to history, and that alone has gotten them entry into a very small club. Of the first 150 teams that trailed a best-of-seven series 3-0 in NBA history, just 14 – 9.3% – found a way to extend the matchup to Game 6. None of them have won the series, and most are usually eliminated by now.

Not the Celtics. They have cut the deficit in the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat to 3-2, simultaneously trailing the series yet seeming to have all the momentum going into Game 6 in Miami on Saturday night.

“Obviously, we didn’t imagine being in this position, being down 3-0, but when adversity hits, you get to see like what a team is really made of,” Celtics forward Jaylen Brown said. “I mean, it couldn’t get no worse than being down 3-0, but we didn’t look around, we didn’t go in separate directions. We stayed together. We doubled down on what we’re good at on defense, and now I think it’s a series.”

Only three teams have gone from down 3-0 to tied 3-3; the Celtics could be the fourth with a win on Saturday. No NBA team has ever fully escaped the 3-0 hole, but a win on Saturday would give Boston a chance to change that in Game 7 – which would be Monday on its home floor.

“One of our assistants put it in great perspective: The seasons are like nine months long, and we just had a bad week,” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said. “Sometimes you have a bad week at work. We obviously didn’t pick the best time to have a bad week, but we did, and we’re sticking together and fighting like hell to keep it alive.”

Meanwhile, the Denver Nuggets are waiting for an opponent. If Boston wins the series, the Nuggets will visit the Celtics for Game 1 of the NBA Finals. If Miami wins the East, the Heat are headed to Denver for Game 1. Either way, the title series starts June 1, somewhere.

“We have to shore up who we are and address the areas that we have not been maybe good enough or areas that we can clean up,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Friday, after the team’s first real practice since sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers for the Western Conference title. “But it’s really hard to keep your rhythm when you’re not playing NBA games.”

The Heat had a nine-point lead in the third quarter of Game 4, in position to perhaps win in a sweep. The lead was gone 2-1/2 minutes later and the Celtics haven’t trailed since. An 18-0 run in Game 4 put Boston on top of that game for good, a 12-0 run by the Celtics later in that game ended all doubt, and then they started Game 5 with a 20-5 burst.

Add that all up, and from the start of the third-quarter run in Game 4 to the end of the start-of-game spurt in Game 5, the Celtics outscored the Heat 84-43 in a span of 27 minutes.

“The last two games are not who we are. It just happened to be that way,” Heat forward Jimmy Butler said. “We stopped playing defense halfway because we didn’t make shots that we want to make. But that’s easily correctable. You just have to come out and play harder from the jump. Like I always say, it’s going to be all smiles and we are going to keep it very, very, very consistent, knowing that we are going to win next game.”

At least the confidence isn’t ailing. Everything else is.

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra flatly shot down the notion that Miami has an excuse for the way it played in Game 5 – “there’s no excuses. Not at all,” he insisted – even though the training room is as crowded as a scrum for a loose ball under a basket right now. The Heat have been shorthanded in the backcourt for the entirety of the playoffs after injuries to shooting guards Tyler Herro and Victor Oladipo, plus they didn’t have starting guard Gabe Vincent for Game 5 and watched Kyle Lowry play through some sort of hand issue.

Miami’s starters were outscored 95-44 in Game 5, and since the start of Boston’s comeback-sparking burst in Game 4 the Heat have been outscored 75-33 from 3-point range, allowed the Celtics to shoot 54% from the field, 44% from 3-point range while committing 26 turnovers to Boston’s 12.

Pick a number. They’re all bad for the Heat, except the one that matters most – 3-2, the series score that means Miami is still only one win from capping its own improbable run of being a No. 8 seed that found its way into the NBA Finals.

“It’s a competitive series,” Spoelstra said. “You always expect things to be challenging in the conference finals. One game doesn’t lead to the next game. … We beat them by whatever in Game 3. It just doesn’t matter. It’s about collectively preparing and putting together a great game. We’ll play much better on Saturday. That’s all we just have to focus on right now.”



Mitch Haniger, J.D. Davis and Patrick Bailey combined for 10 hits and 10 RBIs and Alex Wood tag-teamed with Tristan Beck on a four-hitter as the San Francisco Giants romped past the host Milwaukee Brewers 15-1 on Friday.

The game was marred by a scary second-inning incident in the home dugout when Brewers shortstop Willy Adames was hit on the side of the head by a foul liner. Adames was able to walk to the clubhouse and an evaluation at a hospital shortly thereafter showed no fractures. However, he was hospitalized overnight for further examination, according to manager Craig Counsell.

Haniger homered as part of a three-run second and Davis went deep in a two-run seventh, helping the Giants win for the ninth time in 11 games. They broke the game open with a seven-run third capped by a three-run homer from Brett Wisely.

Brewers starter Freddy Peralta (5-4) gave up 10 runs (five earned) on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. Wood (1-0) was pulled with two outs in the sixth, leading 12-1. He allowed one run and three hits. Beck pitched the final 3 1/3 innings to earn his first career save.

Reds 9, Cubs 0

Hunter Greene matched a career high with 11 strikeouts over six no-hit innings but left after throwing 110 pitches, and Cincinnati mashed a season-high 19 hits during a rout of host Chicago.

Greene (1-4) allowed just two walks. Eduardo Salazar, in his second major league appearance, pitched a perfect seventh before yielding singles to Christopher Morel and Miles Mastrobuoni in the eighth.

Matt McLain, Spencer Steer, Tyler Stephenson and Stuart Fairchild each had three hits as Cincinnati posted its fourth win in 12 games. The Reds roughed up Chicago starter Justin Steele (6-2), who lasted a season-low 3 2/3 innings and allowed season highs in runs (six), five earned, and hits (10).

Rays 9, Dodgers 3

Yandy Diaz had two doubles, a home run and two RBIs and Tampa Bay defeated Los Angeles in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Jose Siri tacked on a two-run homer in the eighth inning as part of the Rays’ 13-hit attack. Cooper Criswell (1-1), who gave up one run in four innings of relief, collected his first big-league win.

Noah Syndergaard (1-4) pitched six innings for the Dodgers but allowed six runs on eight hits.

Mets 5, Rockies 2

Francisco Lindor homered and drove in four runs, Max Scherzer tossed a season-best seven innings and New York beat Colorado in Denver. Scherzer (4-2) allowed one run on six hits and struck out a season-high eight.

Brandon Nimmo had two triples, walked three times and scored three runs, and Adam Ottavino picked up his fifth save for the Mets, who have won seven of their past nine games.

Charlie Blackmon and Ryan McMahon homered, Alan Trejo had three hits and Jurickson Profar singled to extend his on-base streak to 33 games for the Rockies.

Guardians 4, Cardinals 3

Shane Bieber threw 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball and Cleveland held on for a win over visiting St. Louis.

Bieber (4-3) yielded five hits and four walks while striking out two. Emmanuel Clase yielded a run in the ninth but emerged with his major-league-leading 17th save. The Guardians built a 4-0 lead thanks to a fifth-inning rally that included an RBI single from Steven Kwan and a three-run double from Amed Rosario.

The Cardinals’ Matthew Liberatore (1-1) allowed four runs on five hits in five innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

Padres 5, Yankees 1

Juan Soto hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run drive in the sixth as visiting San Diego beat New York.

The Padres won for the fourth time in five games after a 2-11 skid and dealt the Yankees a third straight loss. New York was managed by bench coach Carlos Mendoza as manager Aaron Boone served a one-game suspension for his heated ejection on Thursday in a 3-1 loss to Baltimore.

Joe Musgrove (2-2) allowed one run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings and avoided a third straight loss. New York’s Randy Vasquez (0-1) allowed two runs on four hits in 4 2/3 innings in his major league debut.

White Sox 12, Tigers 3

Andrew Vaughn homered and drove in three runs, Yoan Moncada had three hits and drove in three runs and the visiting Chicago defeated Detroit.

Chicago’s Tim Anderson supplied four hits, scored three runs and drove in another, while Yasmani Grandal and Hanser Alberto knocked in two runs apiece. White Sox starter Lance Lynn (4-5) gave up three runs, one earned, and three hits in six innings.

Detroit starter Joey Wentz (1-5) allowed five runs and six hits in four innings.

Phillies 6, Braves 4

Brandon Marsh delivered the go-ahead hit and Craig Kimbrel picked up his 400th career save as visiting Philadelphia defeated Atlanta to even the four-game series at one win apiece.

Marsh lined a bases-loaded single in the sixth inning off Joe Jimenez (0-1) to drive in two runs and put the Phillies ahead to stay. Philadelphia starter Taijuan Walker (4-2) pitched a season-best 6 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on 10 hits.

Atlanta starter Jared Shuster tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed three runs on three hits. However, the Braves’ bullpen faltered, giving up three runs over the last 3 1/3 innings.

Marlins 6, Angels 2

Bryan De La Cruz had four of Miami’s season-high 16 hits in a victory at Anaheim, Calif., that ended Los Angeles’ four-game winning streak.

De La Cruz homered and singled three times for the Marlins, who also got a home run from Jorge Soler for the fourth game in a row. Jesus Luzardo (4-3) tossed five innings of one-run ball for the win.

Gio Urshela had three hits (all singles), Mike Trout singled and doubled

and Brandon Drury homered for the Angels. Reid Detmers (0-4) yielded three runs on 10 hits in five-plus innings.

Astros 5, Athletics 2

Corey Julks had his second three-RBI game of the week, Alex Bregman contributed an RBI single to a four-run third inning, and Houston handed Oakland its ninth loss in a row.

Hunter Brown (5-1) struck out a career-high 10 as the Astros improved to 4-0 against the A’s this season. Julks gave Houston a lead it never relinquished with an RBI single in the second.

A’s starter James Kaprielian (0-5) was pulled after five innings, charged with five runs (four earned) on eight hits.

Blue Jays 3, Twins 1

Kevin Kiermaier homered and tripled to help Toronto earn a win against Minnesota in the opener of a three-game series in Minneapolis.

Bo Bichette also had two hits, including a two-run homer, and George Springer doubled twice for the Blue Jays, who had lost seven of eight. Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman (3-3) allowed one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out eight and issued a season-high five walks.

Twins starter Louie Varland (2-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings.

Rangers 12, Orioles 2

Corey Seager hit a grand slam and Jon Gray pitched seven strong innings as visiting Texas opened a three-game series against Baltimore with a win.

Leody Taveras went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run, three RBIs and two runs for the Rangers. Gray (5-1) allowed a run on four hits with eight strikeouts and a walk for the Rangers, who won for the sixth time in seven games.

Orioles starter Grayson Rodriguez (2-2) left the game having allowed a season-high nine runs (eight earned) on six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Nationals 12, Royals 10

Luis Garcia matched a franchise record with six hits as Washington outlasted host Kansas City. Garcia doubled twice in the sixth inning as the Nationals scored eight for their biggest inning of the season.

Washington’s Joey Meneses knocked in three runs on two hits in the sixth, and he finished 3-for-5. Corey Dickerson also homered in that frame, and teammate Lane Thomas led off the game with a long ball.

Bobby Witt Jr. homered twice and went 4-for-5 with five RBIs for Kansas City. Salvador Perez added two hits and three RBIs.

Red Sox 7, Diamondbacks 2

Enrique Hernandez hit a two-run homer and Boston broke out of its slumber with a dominating victory over Arizona in Phoenix.

Triston Casas and Alex Verdugo each had three hits and one RBI as the Red Sox racked up 14 hits to break a four-game losing streak. Chris Sale (5-2) gave up one run and four hits over five innings for the win.

The Diamondbacks lost their second straight game after winning their previous four. Jose Herrera and Emmanuel Rivera had two hits apiece.

Pirates 11, Mariners 6

Jack Suwinski hit two of his team’s franchise-record-tying seven home runs as Pittsburgh defeated host Seattle in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

Bryan Reynolds, Ke’Bryan Hayes, Tucupita Marcano, Andrew McCutchen and Carlos Santana also went deep for the Pirates, who snapped a two-game skid.

Julio Rodriguez and J.P. Crawford homered for Seattle, which had a four-game winning streak end.


NEW YORK (AP) Yankees manager Aaron Boone was handed a one-game suspension following his latest ejection and admitted his arguments may have created an image in the minds of umpires.

“Well, I think I’ve earned that reputation,” he said Friday before Major League Baseball suspended him for one game and fined him.

Michael Hill, MLB’s senior vice president for on-field operations, made the announcement. MLB said the discipline was “for his recent conduct toward major league umpires, including the actions following his ejection from Thursday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.”

Boone sat out Friday night’s series opener against San Diego, when bench coach Carlos Mendoza took over as manager,

Boone was ejected for the major league-high fourth time this season, the most among big league managers, when he became angry with Edwin Moscoso’s strike zone during a 3-1 loss. Boone held up four fingers while arguing in the middle of the third inning, signaling Boone thought the plate umpire missed four pitches.

Boone also was angry Moscoco walked away during the argument and first base umpire Chris Guccione, the crew chief, stood between the two when Boone tried to re-engage Moscoso. Boone may have gotten spit on an umpire while arguing.

“Do I think it’s leading to a quick hook? Not necessarily,” Boone said. “Maybe I’m delusional and that I did more than I think. I don’t think that’s the case. But, no, I don’t think I’m being targeted by umpires going in, like they’re not going to tolerate certain things. I think I’m treated fairly. “

Boone’s four ejections this year are one more than David Bell of Cincinnati and Oliver Marmol of St. Louis. Boone led the majors with nine last season, when no other manager had more than five.

“I do think there is probably the occasional bias that exists,” Boone said. “We’re human beings. I’m sure certain people don’t like hearing from me.”

Boone was ejected against Cleveland on April 12, against Toronto on May 15 and against Cincinnati on Sunday

His 30 ejections are sixth among current managers, even though his 720 games entering Friday were far fewer than those who have more ejections: Bruce Bochy (78 in 4,081 games), Bob Melvin (55 in 2,830), Terry Francona (47 in 3,509), Bud Black (35 in 2,283) and Buck Showalter (34 in 3,282).

Boone is averaging an ejection every 25 games, a far faster pace than Bochy and Melvin (52), Black (65), Francona (75) and Showalter (97).

Bell had 23 ejections in 596 games, an average of one per 26 games.

“I don’t like that it’s happened a few times this week, and I’d like to not get ejected and hopefully I can start a long streak of not getting ejected,” Boone said. “I’m not necessarily afraid to, but no, it’s not my intent to get ejected and I don’t want to. And hopefully I won’t for a while.”



TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The DeAndre Hopkins era is over for the Arizona Cardinals, who are on the hook for quite an expensive breakup.

The Cardinals released the three-time All-Pro wide receiver in a salary cap move Friday after they failed to find a trading partner in the offseason.

Arizona made the move three seasons after acquiring Hopkins in a blockbuster trade with Houston and eventually signing him to a $54.5 million contract extension through 2024. The soon-to-be 31-year-old Hopkins would have counted close to $31 million against the cap this season.

His cap hit in dead money is $22.6 million. The good news for the Cardinals is he’ll be off the books for 2024, when the team figures to be more competitive.

Hopkins – still one of the NFL’s elite receivers when healthy – is free to sign with any team. His 11,298 career yards receiving already rank 36th in league history.

Arizona is rebuilding under new head coach Jonathan Gannon and general manager Monti Ossenfort and keeping Hopkins’ expensive contract didn’t make much sense, particularly because franchise quarterback Kyler Murray is likely to miss part of the upcoming season while recovering from a knee injury.

The Cardinals tried for months to trade Hopkins, but his expensive contract made that difficult.

Hopkins had 221 catches for 2,696 yards and 17 touchdowns in 35 games with Arizona. His most famous catch was a last-second heave from Murray in the end zone against the Buffalo Bills in 2020 that became known as “Hail Murray.”

His 2020 season was his best in the desert. He caught a franchise-record 115 passes for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns.

For a few months, the Murray-Hopkins combo looked like it would grow into one of the most prolific in the NFL. The Cardinals started the 2021 season with a 10-2 record thanks to their high-powered offense, but Hopkins and Murray both battled injuries in the latter half of the year and the team faded, barely making the playoffs before getting blown out by the Rams in the wild-card round.

Hopkins never got on track in 2022, starting the year with a six-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. The Cardinals finished with a 4-13 record, leading to the firing of coach Kliff Kingsbury. The team also parted ways with GM Steve Keim.



FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Michael Block walked out after signing his scorecard at Colonial on Friday afternoon with his cap turned backward, his shirt untucked and still with a smile on his face after a grueling 36 holes and being at the bottom of the 120-player field.

A week after the club pro from California became a sensation for everyday golfers by finishing tied for 15th in the PGA Championship at Oak Hill, Block was looking forward to finally getting home and playing with his black Labrador in the backyard. Only then, he said, would he be able to fully exhale and reflect on how much his life has changed in the past week.

“I’m not trying to do anything, period. I’m just playing golf,” the 46-year-old Block said. “That’s what I know to do.”

After a week of intense attention with countless media interviews, thousands of texts and messages that included one from Michael Jordan, and a late sponsor’s exemption to play in the Charles Schwab Challenge, the exhausted Block never got his game going at Colonial – “I have no legs,” he said. He still felt good with his irons, short game and putter, but hit only 11 of 28 fairways over two rounds.

“Even when I hit it good, it would land over the bunker and then bounce back in the left of the bunker when it shouldn’t,” he said. “I think I felt the wrath of the golf gods this week, which I get it. I completely get it, and I don’t blame them for it because they gave me a lot of positive things last week.”

His 4-over 74 on Friday was seven strokes better than his opening 81 that began with three consecutive bogeys, included a par after an approach off a cart bridge and ended with three double-bogeys the last four holes.

There were consecutive birdies in the second round, a 19-foot putt at No. 18 before making his turn with a 4-footer at the par-5 first. But there were also two more double-bogeys, though Block doffed his cap to a receptive crowd and more shouts of “Block Party!” after walking onto the No. 9 green to finish his final hole.

Block had a flight scheduled Friday evening to go home to California, seven days after originally planning to return from the PGA Championship in New York.

“So if that gives you any confidence on how much I had of making the cut at the PGA Championship. My whole family, everybody, everyone that even came out to watch me last weekend was scheduled to go out on Saturday,” Block said. “For me to finish 15th and make the cut and be there on Sunday and for whatever happened happened is insane because we were all going home Saturday morning. … Life changed a little bit since then, and I’ve enjoyed every single moment.”

From the moment he showed up at Colonial, Block shook hands and greeted volunteers, jumped into selfies and signed autographs for fans young and old. More than two hours after his final putt Friday, he was still near the clubhouse mingling with fans.

“I thought I was just going to hit a chord with like 40-year-olds- with the dad bods, which I think I did,” he said. “But I think I hit a chord with all the other ones too, which is really, really cool. I met a lot of young people and old people and middle-aged people and whatever else. It’s my appreciation to them all. I just want to say thank you.”

After some time at home playing with Messi, the black lab, and reuniting with members and friends at Arroyo Trabuco in Mission Viejo, California, where he is the head pro, Block will get another chance on the PGA Tour. He has a sponsor’s exemption to play at the RBC Canadian Open in two weeks.

“I can’t wait for Canada,” he said. “I cannot wait to get to Toronto.”

The Block party isn’t completely over yet.



Rose Zhang dominated amateur golf like no other female in the modern game. Now the Stanford star is ready to take on the best.

Zhang announced Friday she is turning pro, ending an amateur career in which the 20-year-old sophomore set the Stanford record with 12 wins – one more than Tiger Woods – in only 20 tournaments.

She won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, followed that with her second straight NCAA titles and was No. 1 in the amateur world ranking for 141 weeks, another record.

“Wow … it’s finally happening,” Zhang announced on Instagram. “The endless love, support and inspiration from so many people brought me to this point of my golf career.”

She will have no shortage of opportunities – the remaining four majors, including the U.S. Women’s Open and the Women’s British Open – have given her special exemptions.

The Women’s Open is at Pebble Beach, the most iconic of U.S. Open venues, for the first time. While no longer an amateur, Zhang is the first player to get a special invitation to the U.S. Women’s Open without having LPGA status since Michelle Wie West.

“This is a big moment for our sport, and I’m very appreciative of the USGA for the opportunity to be part of it,” Zhang said.

Even rarer is getting an invitation to the Women’s British.

“Rose Zhang is an incredibly talented golfer who has already written her name into the history books as an amateur golfer,” said Martin Slumbers, the CEO of the R&A. “It is very rare that we grant a special exemption for the AIG Women’s Open but we believe that Rose’s exceptional achievements to date warrant her inclusion in the field at Walton Heath.”

Zhang will make her debut next week in the Mizuho Americas Open, a new tournament hosted by Michelle Wie West at Liberty National in New Jersey.

“Rose is one of the greatest amateur golfers in the history of the sport – male or female – and we are thrilled to welcome her into our field,” said Jerry Rizzieri, the president and CEO of Mizuho Securities USA.

It was an example of the hype that Zhang brings with her to the professional game. But then, she has been facing expectations ever since she won the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Girls Junior. She was the eighth player to win both, but the first to win the Women’s Amateur (at age 17) before the Junior.

Along with the two NCAA titles – Stanford won the team title last year – the final piece of an incomparable career was the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, already among the elite amateur events because it is held at the home of the Masters.

She also will player the Kroger Queen City Championship in Cincinnati, an event run by Excel Sports, the management agency with whom she signed.

Zhang already has NIL deals at Stanford, and given her mixture of prodigious talent and remarkable grace and humility, likely will be among the highest-paid in women’s golf through corporate endorsements. Such announcements are expected next week.

Zhang grew up in Irvine, California, and spent two years at Stanford. Her 12 career titles – the last won was the NCAA – broke the record previously held by Tiger Woods, Patrick Rodgers and Maverick McNealy. She tied the Pac-12 record set by Lorena Ochoa at Arizona.

Zhang first reached No. 1 in the women’s amateur ranking in September 2020. She broke Lydia Ko’s record of 130 consecutive weeks at No. 1, and overall record (141 weeks) that was set by Leona Maguire.

Along with the two Opens, the KPMG Women’s PGA at Baltusrol and the Amundi Evian Championship in France, Zhang has accepted invitations to play the Dana Open near Toledo, Ohio, and the Canadian Women’s Open. She could qualify for other LPGA events by finishing in the top 10.

While turning pro, Zhang said she would finish her degree at Stanford.




The 2023 Elite 11 will be taking place in Los Angeles from June 14-16, and as usual features the quarterbacks of the future competing against one another for the right to be named a member of the Elite 11.

If you aren’t familiar with the Elite 11, the hand-selected top passers receive advanced one-on-one quarterback coaching in a high-pressure setting. Over the span of three days, it will include on-field drills, routes-on-air, classroom instruction and off-field development. The Elite 11 will be named at the conclusion of The Elite 11 Finals with an MVP being named.

Being among the Elite 11 is the highest honor that a high school quarterback can receive, and has seen notable names such as Caleb Williams, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, Jameis Winston, Andrew Luck among many other NFL and college stars have participated in. Colorado commit Danny O’Neil was among the around 20 young stars selected as an Elite 11 finalist, and according to 247Sports’ Chris Singletary was due to his stellar showing at the Elite 11 Regional camp in Ohio.

Colorado has seen just three Buffs partake in the event, as Cody Hawkins (2005), Georgia transfer Logan Gray (2006), and Shane Dillon (2011) mark the only Buffs to be selected.

In his two seasons as the starter at Cathedral (IN), O’Neil has thrown for nearly 6,000 yards while compiling 65 touchdowns to just nine interceptions. He has also accumulated nearly 600 yards rushing, and 19 rushing touchdowns.

Prior to committing to Colorado on March 21, O’Neil sat down with us over at Locked on Buffs,  to discuss the appeal of playing for Deion Sanders and Sean Lewis.

O’Neil is expected to have a massive chance to contend for the starting quarterback role at Colorado once Shedeur Sanders departs.



The Indianapolis 500 holds a special place in the motorsport world. The race is unlike any other and often provides an intriguing contest.

This weekend’s edition is set to be no different and there is no shortage of things to keep an eye on during the 107th running of the famous race.

Some drivers are seeking redemption after disappointment last year, others are experiencing the Indy 500 with a different team – and then there is Graham Rahal, who is set to race after all, despite getting bumped out of qualifying.

Here is Autosport’s guide of the key themes and storylines to keep an eye on this weekend.


Although the Dallara chassis remains the same in IndyCar – at 11 years and counting – the series has opened up a raft of aerodynamic options for 2023 to allow the single-spec cars to run better in traffic and improve overtaking chances. To help eradicate their inherent ‘push’ handling characteristic when running behind another car, a new underwing inner bargeboard, the use of road course strakes, and an infill wicker are all available.

“At the Indy 500, drivers in the pack can run up to 10% more downforce than last year,” says Tino Belli, IndyCar’s director of aerodynamic development. Additionally, a new rear-wing pillar specification will allow three degrees more adjustability range for the rear flap, and Belli adds: “With the increased rear-wing range, teams can still try and trim out the rear wing for end-of-race speed if they have worked their way up into the lead group.”

There are also mandatory stability wickers, and new optional flap wickers available to attach to the top surface trailing edge of the underwing. That all adds up to an expected 250lb of extra downforce.

Arrow McLaren racing director Gavin Ward explains: “It’s going to be a downforce-against-drag trade-off. For instance, the more you load up the rear end of the floor, the more you move the centre of pressure rearwards. And the different rear-wing pillar allows you to go more nose-down on the wing element.”

Penske’s reigning series champion Will Power says he’s felt a big difference in practice: “You feel a lot more stuck, the car feels more comfortable, a lot less edgy and more forgiving.”

Another big change is the ditching for the 500 of double points, which was introduced in 2014 to add more meaning to the round. But IndyCar now admits that the rule “has proven to overly penalise full-time championship teams that have performed poorly in the 500”. Power concurs: “It was unnecessary and just spreads everyone out in the championship.”


Chip Ganassi Racing won last year’s Indy 500, but Marcus Ericsson relied on stealth over outright speed as two of his quicker team-mates fell by the wayside.

Scott Dixon started on pole for the fifth time in his career but finished 21st, despite leading 95 laps, due to a penalty for speeding in the pitlane that occurred in his final scheduled stop of the day. Dixon admitted he was “heartbroken” by his error: “The car had really good speed, the team did an amazing job on strategy. I just messed up.”

Dixon traded the lead early on with team-mate Alex Palou, to save fuel over the opening stint to gain an advantage, but the Spaniard also suffered a pitlane disaster ahead of his second stop of the day when he was forced to take emergency service under caution. The resulting penalty sent him to 32nd place after the restart, yet he battled his way back to finish ninth.

“If something goes wrong, you’re done for another year,” Palou shrugs. “But I just love driving here, it’s a mental game as much as a driving and racing game.”

But perhaps the man who hasn’t slept easiest of anyone since is Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward, who had a great chance to grab the lead on the final lap last year but backed out of it at Turn 1.

“He [Ericsson] was gonna put me in the wall if I would have gone for it,” he reckoned afterwards. “We had no wicker, less downforce and still not enough speed to get by him, even with a massive run. It’s frustrating, it’s bittersweet… It definitely stings.”

Of his approach to this year, O’Ward says: “There’s only one more place we need to gain, and I know how to put us in a position to do it. We just need to try and do that again and take advantage of the opportunities presented to us.”


IndyCar race-winning driver-turned-star-strategist Bryan Herta has twice won the Indianapolis 500 as a team owner, with Dan Wheldon in 2011 and Alexander Rossi in 2016.

The race often comes down to a split decision – if there’s a lot of green running, is your car fast enough to triumph on a six-stop strategy? Or, if there are many yellows, can you get away with five and beat them with a long run at the end?

“The call kind of, to a certain extent, makes itself,” says Herta, who plots the strategy for Kyle Kirkwood at Andretti Autosport. “We did opposite things in our two wins – with Dan it was a flat-out run while others were saving fuel. With Rossi, we were on the other side of it, saving fuel when other people were flat-out trying to run us down.

“You choose what plays to your strengths. With Dan, the Ganassi cars were going a lap or two longer on fuel economy than we were, so that one seemed obvious that we shouldn’t try and get in a common battle with them.

“With Rossi, we had a couple of bad pitstops early. And even though we had a fast car, we were so deep in the field that it was clear we weren’t going to be able to race all the way to the front going flat-out. So that forced us to ask ourselves, ‘Can we make one less stop?’

“As the race unfolds, you spend a lot of time planning. But I think it’s being willing to adjust and really watch what’s happening, understand how the race is unfolding, what your car and your driver is good at that day. I just try and give them a way to play to their strengths, and then hope that it unfolds in the right way for us.”


This weekend Tony Kanaan brings down the curtain on his IndyCar career, which started way back in the CART days in 1998, with a one-off start for Arrow McLaren.

The 2013 Indy 500 winner, 2005 polesitter and 2004 series champion can still cut the mustard at this level and proved it by finishing third in last year’s 500 with Chip Ganassi Racing, his ninth top-five finish. In total he’s won 17 times at this level, and last year’s race was supposed to be his last, but the 48-year-old Brazilian couldn’t resist one final offer…

He says: “Zak [Brown, McLaren Racing boss] called and I looked at the results: the two teams that dominated was the one that I was in and the one that was calling me. So you can’t refuse that! You think you miss it, then you drive the car again and realise you really miss it. It’s going to be emotional.”

Effectively taking his place in Ganassi’s 500 line-up is Takuma Sato, the 2017 and 2020 Indy 500 winner. The 46-year-old Japanese is only racing on the ovals this year, but he has an incredible feel for these tracks, coupled with vast experience and his “no attack, no chance” racing ethos.

Following his near-miss in 2012, when a last-lap clash with Ganassi’s Dario Franchitti put him in the Turn 1 wall, he’s been a fan favourite at the speedway. Now he’ll have Franchitti by his side, as the team’s driver advisor.

“I never pictured myself with Chip Ganassi Racing going to the Indy 500 – ever,” says Sato. “But it is happening. This is one of the most exciting moments in my career. This organisation is just at another level.”


Each IndyCar driver has their own special relationship with Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Andretti Autosport star Colton Herta certainly has a love/hate connection to the venue.

Herta scored a brilliant win in horrendous weather conditions at the Indy GP on the road course last year, but this was followed days later by a brutal shunt on the oval in final practice that flipped his car.

“This race, it’s so important,” he says. “So much history at the Speedway. I’ve only won the Grand Prix. I’d love to win at the end of May.”

His Indy 500 resumé includes two mechanical failures, an eighth and a 16th-place finish – along with a front-row start in 2021. Does he feel like the Speedway owes him a break?

“I sure hope it feels that way,” he replies. “It’s tough to say that it owes you something, but [the oval] is a place that kind of has eluded us the past few years as far as strong results. I think we’ve only had one top-10 here.

“We definitely aren’t as bad as the results show, but minor tweaks here and there… This place is so difficult, five, six stops, whatever. It’s such a long race compared to what we normally have. There’s so much more that can go wrong in the track evolution. It’s so much bigger than everything else.”

His Andretti Autosport team-mate Romain Grosjean will also hope for better fortune than on his debut last year, when he crashed hard at Turn 2. He comes into Indy after a late-race wreck at Texas Motor Speedway, where he registered a 56g impact, but was buoyed by his competitiveness there.

“Texas was an eye-opener for me in terms of what we need from our car to feel good,” he says. “We’re getting to a good spot for Indy, and I know much more what I want.”


After being bumped from the Indy 500 starting grid by a team-mate in his family-run squad last Sunday, a bitterly disappointed Graham Rahal thought his week would be “filled with golf and kids”. But, less than 24 hours later, he got a phone call that led to him being parachuted into the #24 Cusick Motorsports/Dreyer and Reinbold entry that Stefan Wilson had qualified in 25th place.

Wilson suffered a fractured vertebra in a practice crash on Monday, ironically involving another of Rahal’s (former) team-mates, Katherine Legge. With Rahal the obvious choice, the big stumbling block was that he’s a Honda-engined driver, and D&R’s car is supplied by Chevrolet.

Amazingly, Honda countenanced the move, with HPD president David Salters saying: “We want the Indy 500 to be as good as it can possibly be, and we think the race is better with Graham in one of the 33 machines.”

Rahal, who will start from the rear of the field in a backup car, says: “This situation is super unique. Going to jump in, be a little bit of a quick learning experience, but it’s nothing that we haven’t done before.

“My job is to go out there and make everybody here proud, and that includes Stef. I’m sure emotionally this is a very, very, very tough time for him.”

It puts Rahal, a former team-mate of Wilson’s late brother Justin, in the intriguing position of racing against his regular-season team run by his father Bobby, and means he’ll line up next to Jack Harvey – the man who knocked him off the grid in the first place.

“I wish my team at RLL the best for sure,” Rahal adds. “I certainly want to see them succeed. But I also wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t want to go win with Don [Cusick] and Dennis [Reinbold]. That’s my job. So that’s what we’re going to try to go do.

“Jack hasn’t gotten rid of me yet!”


When it comes to the coolest colour schemes in this year’s starting grid, McLaren takes the cake by celebrating its 60th anniversary with three retro liveries, which it’s thrown back to its triple crown victories in the Indy 500, Monaco Grand Prix and Le Mans 24 Hours.

Alexander Rossi’s #7 is draped in McLaren’s traditional papaya and blue to celebrate its 1976 Indy win, when Johnny Rutherford took his second 500 victory in a rain-shortened race aboard a McLaren M16. Felix Rosenqvist’s #6 car is a hat tip to the McLaren MP4/2, with which Alain Prost won the 1984 Monaco GP. Pato O’Ward’s #5 is back in black, in homage to the 1995 Le Mans win, when the Gordon Murray-designed F1 GTR triumphed in the hands of Yannick Dalmas, JJ Lehto and Masanori Sekiya.

“It’s awesome, the best-looking car I’ve ever driven,” says Rosenqvist, who finished fourth in the 500 last year. “It’s just peak McLaren, and I feel like the team has some really good momentum here.”


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Aaron Shackelford hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the fourth inning – the second of three long balls hit by Indianapolis – to drive the Indians to a 7-3 victory over the Columbus Clippers on Friday night at Huntington Park. The blast was Shackelford’s team-leading seventh of the season and third in the last two days.

Shackelford’s shot to right put the Indians (23-25) in front for good after Indy’s Cal Mitchell and Columbus’ Chris Roller traded solo home runs in the first and third innings, respectively. Columbus (24-24) inched closer in the fifth on a throwing error by Shackelford across the diamond from first to third, but Indianapolis scored three runs in its next trip to the plate, highlighted by a Jared Triolo run-scoring double and Mark Mathias RBI single.

Oscar Gonzales cut the Clippers’ deficit to 6-3 with a solo blast off J.C. Flowers in the home half of the sixth, but Canaan Smith-Njigba smacked his third homer of the series and fifth of the season before the stretch. Chase De Jong, Ryan Borucki (W, 2-0) and Carmen Mlodzinski each tossed scoreless innings to finish off Indy’s 16th road win.

Cam Alldred made his third spot start of the season and fired a career-high tying 4.0 innings while also matching his career high in strikeouts with six, first reached this season on April 13 vs. St. Paul. He allowed one earned run on two hits and one walk. Zach Plesac (L, 1-2) was tagged for six earned runs on eight hits over 5.1 innings.

Mitchell drew three walks to go with his fifth home run of the season. Mathias also reached base safely four times, going 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and walk. Triolo continued his torrid series with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double, two runs and stolen base. He has reached base safely in 12 of his 19 plate appearances in the series at Columbus.

The Indians and Clippers meet again on Saturday at Huntington Park at 7:05 PM ET. The pitching matchup features two MLB Pipeline top 100 prospects squaring off against each other – RHP Quinn Priester (5-3, 4.12) for Indianapolis, rated as the No. 65 overall prospect, and RHP Gavin Williams (2-1, 2.10) for Columbus, who is Cleveland’s No. 1 prospect and No. 17 overall in the minor leagues.


Indiana Fever at Atlanta Dream

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Gateway Center Arena | 3 p.m. ET

Broadcast Information

Indiana Fever Facebook

Pat Boylan (play-by-play), Bria Goss (analyst)

After starting off the regular season with two losses, the Indiana Fever (0-2) are hoping to improve its record with a win this Sunday taking on the Atlanta Dream at 3 p.m. ET at Gateway Center Arena. The Fever are 25-31 all time against the Dream and only 8-19 when playing at Atlanta.

This past Sunday, Indiana hit the road for the first time this season and fell to the New York Liberty in its home opener, 90-73. Four Fever players ended the night scoring in double figures: forward NaLyssa Smith (16), center Aliyah Boston (15), guard Kelsey Mitchell (10) and forward Kristy Wallace (11).

Smith recorded her ninth career double-double and first double-double of the 2023 season as she tacked on 12 rebounds against New York. She enters the weekend ranked fifth in the league in rebounds averaging a team-high 10.5 per game.

Boston has scored 15 points in each of her first two regular-season WNBA games, earning her the top spot in scoring average across all 2023 WNBA rookies. In her regular-season debut against Connecticut, Boston neared a double-double with nine rebounds. She will look to become the first rookie to score at least 15 points in her first three WNBA regular season games since Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner each did it in 2013.

Mitchell began her sixth season with the Fever by also scoring in double-figures in each of Indiana’s first two regular season games. Mitchell leads the team in steals averaging 2.5 per game this season.

Sunday’s matchup is the 2023 regular season home opener for Atlanta after beginning the regular season with a two-game road stretch. After falling to the Dallas Wings in the regular season opener, 85-78, Atlanta rallied for an 83-77 win at Minnesota on Tuesday. Atlanta trailed by as many as 19 points in the third quarter, but earned their first lead of the game in the final minute of regulation from a go-ahead three-pointer by guard Aari McDonald.

Against Minnesota, guard Allisha Gray recorded her first double-double of the 2023 season with 26 points, 10 rebounds and shooting 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc. In January, Gray was acquired by the Dream in a trade with Dallas, where she averaged 13.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in 2022.

A valuable asset to the team lies within 2022 WNBA Rookie of the Year, Rhyne Howard. Howard averaged 16.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 34 games in 2022, all of which she started. The All-Star contributed her first double-double of 2023 against Dallas, tallying 20 points and 10 rebounds to open the regular season slate. Against Indiana in 2022, Howard averaged 22.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest in four games.

Probable Starters

Indiana Fever

Center – Aliyah Boston (15.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg)

Forward – NaLyssa Smith (11.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 0.5 apg)

Guard – Victoria Vivians (4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.5 spg)

Guard – Kelsey Mitchell (15.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.5 spg)

Guard – Erica Wheeler (1.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.0 apg)

Atlanta Dream (1-1)

Guard – Aari McDonald (6.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg)

Guard – Allisha Gray (18.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.0 apg)

Guard – Rhyne Howard (14.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 4.0 apg)

Forward – Nia Coffey (3.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 bpg)

Forward – Cheyenne Parker (15.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.0 spg)


OMAHA, Neb. – Its stay at the Big Ten Tournament is complete, as the Indiana baseball program dropped a 13-6 decision to Michigan on Friday (May 26) at Charles Schwab Field.

Michigan (28-27) opened the scoring with three runs in the third and fourth innings, before Indiana (41-18) scored once in the fifth inning. The Wolverines added one in the fifth, three in the sixth and three in the eighth inning, while the Hoosiers plated two in the sixth and three in the seventh.

Senior Phillip Glasser chipped in his 29th multi-hit game of the season with a 3-for-5 day at the plate, one RBI and one run scored. Redshirt junior Bobby Whalen hit his third home run of the season and accounted for two RBIs, while sophomore Josh Pyne also drove in a pair of runs in the game. Senior Hunter Jessee also chipped in a pair of hits.

Senior Ty Bothwell (4-2) made the start and threw 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs – three earned – on seven hits in the loss. He struck out five and walked just one in the game. Three other IU relievers allowed eight runs on 11 hits and walked just one batter over the final 4 2/3 innings.

For Michigan, Mitch Voit (4-1) started on the mound and threw 5 2/3 innings with three runs – two earned – allowed on six hits with five strikeouts. Voit also posted a four-hit day with two runs scored and one RBI. Ted Burton had a two-RBI day, while Dylan Stanton also had a four-hit game, one RBI and one run scored. Cody Jeffris chipped in three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored on the day.

Scoring Recap

Bottom Third

Cody Jefferis walked with one out and stole second. Tito Flores singled up the middle to score the first run of the inning. Ted Burton then reached on an error that allowed the second run to score and Mitch Voit’s two-out single scored the final run of the inning.

Michigan 3, Indiana 0

Bottom Fourth

Dylan Stanton started the inning with a double and Jonathan Kim followed with a double to score the first run of the frame. A strikeout was followed by a base hit to put runners on the corners for Burton, who laced a double into the right-center field gap to push both runners across.

Michigan 6, Indiana 0

Top Fifth

With one out, Hunter Jessee singled and Tyler Cerny was hit by a pitch to get the inning started. After a pop out, Phillip Glasser singled to drive in Indiana’s first run of the game.

Michigan 6, Indiana 1

Bottom Fifth

The first three batters reached base safely and an Indiana error led to the lone run of the frame on a bunt single from Stanton.

Michigan 7, Indiana 1

Top Sixth

Brock Tibbitts worked a walk to start the inning and moved to third on a Carter Mathison single. Josh Pyne’s fielder’s choice plated a run, before Jessee singled to push runners back to the corners. After a Michigan pitching change, Pyne scored on an error when Jessee stole second base.

Michigan 7, Indiana 3

Bottom Sixth

After two quick outs, a hit batter and base hit put runners on the corners. Jack Van Remortel then singled up the middle to plate the first run and Stanton followed with an RBI single. A bases loaded hit-by-pitch pushed the third run of the frame across.

Michigan 10, Indiana 3

Top Seventh

A leadoff base hit from Glasser was followed by a two-run home run by Bobby Whalen. After walks to Devin Taylor and Carter Mathison sandwiched a pop out, Josh Pyne delivered and RBI double.

Michigan 10, Indiana 6

Bottom Eighth

The Wolverines loaded the bases with a double, single and a walk with just one out on the board. A fielder’s choice got IU a second out, but Jefferis doubled to clear the bases.

Michigan 13, Indiana 6

Up Next

Indiana will await its postseason fate as the NCAA Tournament selections will be announced on Monday, May 29 at Noon ET on ESPN2. The 16 NCAA Regional host sites will be announced via NCAA.com on Sunday, May 28.


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. ––– Indiana Men’s Golf junior Drew Salyers shot a 77 (+7) on day one of the 2023 NCAA Championships on Friday at Grayhawk Golf Club. He sits in a long tie for 130th after day one of the tournament.


2023 NCAA Championships • Scottsdale, Ariz.

Grayhawk Golf Club

Par 70 • 7,289 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

In the standings: Drew Salyers – 77 (+7) • T-130th


• Salyers only needed four strokes on hole four to shoot for a birdie.

• The junior shot for par on 11 of the 18 holes.

• Through the front-nine holes he sat at +2.

• Salyers played round one starting on hole one with the front nine. Tomorrow, he will begin with hole 10 and play through the back nine first.


1. Georgia Tech (280 • E)

T-2. Pepperdine (281 • +1)

T-2. Arkansas (281 • +1)

T-4. North Carolina (282 • +2)

T-4. Texas Tech (282 • +2)

T-4. Vanderbilt (282 • +2)


1. Ross Steelman (Georgia Tech) (64 • -6)

T-2. Mateo Fernandez De Oliveira (Arkansas) (66 • -4)

T-2. Matthew Watkins (New Mexico) (66 • -4)

T-2. Cole Sherwood (Vanderbilt) (66 • -4)

5. Wil Gibson (Arkansas) (67 • -3)


Salyers will compete in the second round of the event starting at 11:22 a.m. eastern standard time. He will be paired with Jonas Baumgartner (Oklahoma State) and Riley Lewis (Loyola Marymount).


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Heading into the NCAA East Prelims, Noah Koch was seeded 23rd in the region in the discus. He left with a massive season’s best of 58.70m/192-7 and a bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships after finishing fourth in the discus in Jacksonville.

Each of Koch’s three throws in the series were better than the season’s best he brought to the meet. He launched the discus 56.68m/185-11 on his opening attempt, 56.50m/185-4 on the second and closed it out with the No. 3 mark in school history at 58.70m/192-7.

His throw was the best by an IU athlete in the event since Gregg Hart’s school-record mark of 60.42m/198-3 in 1993. This is Koch’s first season at the division one level after being a Division Two All-American at Ashland.

He is the fifth Hoosier to qualify to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Tyler Carrel (pole vault), Nathan Stone (pole vault), Paola Fernandez-Sola (long jump) and Jayden Ulrich (shot put) have also secured bids ahead of the final day of the women’s competition tomorrow.

Camden Marshall, for the second-straight year, missed the national meet by the slimmest of margins in the 800 meters. In what was a closely-run heat, Marshall finished .11 seconds off third place and the automatic qualifying spots. In 2022, he was just .01 seconds off the automatic spots.

Antonio Laidler closed out a busy season with a 22nd-place finish in the 100 meters, running 10.17w (+5.5). He also ran second leg for the Hoosiers in the 4×100 relay, finishing 19th alongside Trelee Banks, John Colquitt and Christopher Grant.

Jake Gebhardt closed out his IU career in the 5000 meters at the regional meet. In his final season for the Hoosiers, he scored in all four Big Ten events he contested and anchored the All-American Distance Medley Relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Purdue track & field team qualified two events to the national championships on Friday, May 26, at the 2023 NCAA East Preliminary Round in Jacksonville, Florida.

On a cool and windy evening at North Florida’s Visit Jax Track at Hodges Stadium, the Boilermakers’ 4×100 relay team punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships before sophomore Praise Aniamaka qualified in the triple jump. Both placed 10th overall in their events, as the top 12 finishers advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, from June 7-10.

The 4×100 relay finished in 39.88 seconds to earn the second of three non-automatic-qualifying spots by 0.10 seconds. Junior Jahn Riley, fifth-year Justin Becker and freshmen Connor Czajkowski and Eric Young II ran the foursome’s second-fastest time this season to secure the nationals berth. They came into the meet as the No. 18 seed before finishing 10th.

Becker will go to the NCAA championships in the 4×100 for the fourth time in as many years as a Boilermaker. Czajkowski, Riley and Young II all earned their first nationals berth.

Aniamaka also will go to his first national championships thanks to a mark of 15.80 meters in the triple jump. The third-best jump of the season for Aniamaka came on his first of three attempts. He finished 10th overall after earning a No. 11 seed. Aniamaka posted the top-12 finish by 0.16m, and his third jump of 15.66m also would have been good enough to advance.

Freshman Seth Allen opened the day in the discus. He placed 31st overall with a throw of 53.26m. Just shy of his personal best set two weeks ago at the Big Ten Championships, the throw came on his first attempt. Allen entered the meet, his inaugural NCAA appearance, as the No. 46 seed.

The 4×100, Aniamaka and Allen are three of 11 entries at the four-day NCAA East Prelims. In each event, Purdue is competing for a top-12 finish and a qualification to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, from June 7-10.

On Wednesday, Czajkowski entered the record books in the 200m in his NCAA debut as three Boilermakers competed to begin the weekend. On Thursday, junior Cierra Williams advanced to the quarterfinal in the 400-meters.

Purdue is represented by 18 competitors in 11 events, eight individual and three relays, at the four-day NCAA East Preliminary Round. Six women’s events and five men’s events for Purdue earned a spot at the regional meet for a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

The women conclude the meet on Saturday, May 27. Action gets underway for the Old Gold and Black with the high jump at 2:30 p.m. ET and the 4×100 relay at 5 p.m. The triple jump is at 6 p.m., the 400m quarterfinal is at 6:50 p.m. and the meet concludes with the 4×400 relay at 8:45 p.m.

Fans unable to cheer on the Boilermakers in person can follow along with live results, and watch all of the action live on ESPN+, with live streams beginning at 5 p.m. Additional East Prelims information, including tickets and the complete schedule, is available at UNFOspreys.com and at NCAA.com. Updates from Jacksonville, including schedule adjustments should weather have an impact, can be found by following and connecting with the Boilermakers on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Direct links to follow along also are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/TrackField.

The NCAA East Prelims, along with the West Prelims, feature 48 qualifiers in each individual event and 24 teams in each relay. The top 12 finishers in every event from both the east and west will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, from June 7-10.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue women’s basketball head coach Katie Gearlds brought a pair of in-state talents to West Lafayette, as sisters Mila Reynolds and Amiyah Reynolds announced their decision to join the Boilermakers this offseason. The duo originally from Washington High School in South Bend were both tabbed four-star and top-60 recruits by ESPN HoopGurlz.

“It’s important for us to try and find a way to win back the state of Indiana and keep the best talent home,” Gearlds said. “It’s great to have Mila and Amiyah be a part of that group. Both are incredibly talented and know what it takes to win, having put together a tremendous run together in high school.  I’m excited to see what they’ll do for us when they get to team up again.”

Mila joins Purdue following a freshman campaign at Maryland that ended in the Elite Eight, while Amiyah will be a freshman in 2023-24.

The talented tandem will head to West Lafayette to join fellow high school teammate Rashunda Jones, who signed for the Boilermakers back in November. In three years together, the trio guided the Panthers to a 68-17 record and a 27-5 mark in the Northern Indiana Conference with two conference titles, two sectional championships, two regional titles and the 2022 Indiana 3A State Championship.

Jones and Amiyah Reynolds posted an undefeated regular season record in 2022-23, a run to semi-state and finished the year ranked No. 10 in the nation in the final ESPN poll.

The addition of the Reynolds sisters adds to an already stacked incoming group of Mary Ashley Groot, Emily Monson, McKenna Layden, Sophie Swanson and Jones that was already ranked No. 21 in the nation by ESPNW earlier this year.

The Reynolds sisters along with Madison and McKenna Layden will be the first and second sisters to play on the same team in Purdue history.


6-0 | G | Fr. | South Bend, Ind. | South Bend Washington


• No. 43 player in the nation, four-star recruit, 94 rating by ESPN HoopGurlz, second highest signee in the Big Ten for the 2023 class

• No. 22 player in the nation, No. 7 guard, 4.5-star recruit by Prospects Nation

• No. 35 player in the nation, No. 2 player in the state by Prep Girls Hoops

• No. 35 player in the nation by Blue Star

• Finished third as a finalist for the 2023 Indiana Miss Basketball

• McDonald’s All-America Game nominee

• Joined 2010 South Bend Washington graduate Skylar Diggins-Smith as the only Panthers to total over 1,000 points and 500 assists in a career

• Named an Indiana All-Star as a junior and senior

• Tabbed to the Indiana All-State Supreme 15 as a junior and senior

• Four-time All-Northern Indiana Conference selection

• Four-time South Bend Tribune All-Area selection, winning co-MVP honors in 2023 with Rashunda Jones


• Lettered four seasons at Washington High School

• Her father Steve was the head coach for the Panthers

• Played alongside her sister Mila for three years and teammate Rashunda Jones for four campaigns

• Went 95-18 over four years with the Panthers, with a 68-17 record when playing with her sister Mila

• Won 2022 IHSAA 3A State Championship, helping set the championship game record for 3A as the Panthers scored 93 points

• Recorded eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in state championship win

• Finished as the IHSAA 3A State Runner-Up in 2021

• Reached Semi-State in 2023 after getting bumped up to 4A

• Won three Northern Indiana Athletic Conference championships, as well as three sectional and three regional titles

• Ended career ranked second in assists at Washington with 564

• Ranks eighth in all-time points with 1,122

• Finished career with 11.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 3.1 steals and 1.4 blocks per game

• Tallied 15.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists and 3.3 steals per game, while shooting 51% from the field as a senior

• Recorded an assist-to-turnover ratio above 2.5 her final three years of high school

• Played AAU for Michigan Crossover and Legends U.

• Also played softball and volleyball for South Bend Washington


• Full Name: Amiyah Raquel Reynolds

• Birthdate: June 25, 2004

• Intended Major: Undecided

• Parents: Steve and Marcy Reynolds

• Steve played basketball at Western Michigan, where was an All-MAC Second Team selection in 2002 behind 16.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, still ranks fifth in program history with 31.7 minutes per game and third in single-game 3-pointers with eight

• Steve and Marcy both played basketball overseas

• Sister Mila transferred to Purdue in spring of 2023

• Siblings: Mila, Kira, Steven, Jordan, Aubrey and Tristan


6-3 | F | So. | South Bend, Ind. | South Bend Washington | Maryland

2023-24 / AS A SOPHOMORE

• Transferred to Purdue in May of 2023


• Saw action in 22 games

• Made collegiate debut against George Mason with three points, one rebound and one assist

• Connected on a pair of field goals for a season-high five points against Pitt (Nov. 27) and Penn State (Jan. 30)

• Grabbed a season-best three rebounds twice against DePaul (Nov. 25) and Pitt (Nov. 27)

• Reached the NCAA Tournament as a No. 2 seed, reaching the Elite Eight


• No. 60 player, No. 16 forward, four-star, 94 rating by ESPN HoopGurlz

• Elite 150 athlete, 4.5-star recruit by Prospects Nation

• No. 32 player in the nation, No. 4 in the state by Prep Girls Hoops

• McDonald’s All-America Game nominee

• Finished third in voting for the 2022 Indiana Miss Basketball

• Tabbed IBCA Academic All-State as a senior

• Named an Indiana All-Star as a junior and senior

• Placed on the IBCA Supreme 15 as a junior and senior

• Four-time All-Northern Indiana Conference selection, including 2021 MVP honors

• Four-time South Bend Tribune All-Area selection, winning MVP honors 


• Lettered four years for Washington High School

• Her father Steve was the head coach

• Played alongside Amiyah Reynolds and Rashunda Jones for three seasons

• Went 78-30 over four years with the Panthers, with a 68-17 mark when playing with her sister Amiyah

• Totaled 2,099 career points, second in Panther history behind 2010 graduate Skylar Diggins-Smith

• Added 990 rebounds and recorded 53 double-doubles

• Her 48 points against Elkhart as a junior stands as the program single-game record

• Finished career with 19.8 point, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 blocks per game

• Shot 51% from the field for her career, added 150 3-pointers over four years

• Won 2022 IHSAA 3A State Championship, helping set the championship game record for 3A as the Panthers scored 93 points

• Tallied 21 points, seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, four assists, two blocks and a plus-minus of 52 in state championship win as a senior

• Posted a career-best 21.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals per game as a senior

• Played for Michigan Crossover and Sports City U.

• Also played softball for South Bend Washington


• Full Name: Mila Marie Reynolds

• Birthdate: July 1, 2003

• Intended Major: African American Studies

• Parents: Steve and Marcy Reynolds

• Steve played basketball at Western Michigan, where was an All-MAC Second Team selection in 2002 behind 16.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, still ranks fifth in program history with 31.7 minutes per game and third in single-game 3-pointers with eight

• Steve and Marcy both played basketball overseas

• Sister Amiyah signed for Purdue in spring of 2023

• Siblings: Amiyah, Kira, Steven, Jordan, Aubrey and Tristan


Butler’s Simon Bedard secured a spot in next month’s NCAA Championships with his performance in the 5,000 meters Friday night in Jacksonville, Fla.

Bedard finished fifth in his heat at the NCAA East First Round, taking an automatic qualifying spot. His time of 13:54.07 was fifth overall as the 48 competitors were split among two heats.

The top five in each heat plus the next two fastest times earned the 12 qualifying spots. Harvard’s Graham Blanks (13:52.97) won the first heat that included Bedard and Butler teammate William Zegarski. Tennessee’s Dylan Jacobs paced the second heat in a time of 14:03.91. The second heat included Butler’s Jack McMahon.

Zegarski, a freshman, was 19th overall at 14:06.35. McMahon, who competed Wednesday night in the 10,000 meters, clocked a time of 14:31.17 to finish 39th overall.

The 12 qualifiers from Jacksonville will be joined by the top 12 finishers from tonight’s NCAA West First Round 5,000 meters, which is being contested in Sacramento, Calif. Those 24 will toe the line in Austin, Texas at the NCAA Championships June 7-10.

Matthew Forrester was 20th overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase earlier in the evening Friday. His time of 9:00.21 was ninth in his heat. The top three finishers in each of the three heats in addition to the next three top times advanced to Austin.

The men are among eight Bulldogs who are competing in Jacksonville as NCAA East first round competition concludes Saturday.

Bedard becomes the second Bulldog to secure a berth in Austin. Barry Keane got the Bulldogs off to a strong start Wednesday night, finishing second in the men’s 10,000 meters to earn a spot in the NCAA Championships.

The women return to the track Saturday and the Bulldogs will be represented in the women’s steeplechase and women’s 5,000 meters by Angelina Ellis and Mia Beckham, respectively.

ESPN+ will stream a majority of the action from Jacksonville with links available on ButlerSports.com.

Remaining Schedule for the Bulldogs


Women’s 3,000 Steeplechase (5:40 p.m.): Angelina Ellis (9:44.57; third)

Women’s 5,000 Meters (8:10 p.m.): Mia Beckham (15:58.52; 19th)


INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI head volleyball coach Todd Garvey will be stepping down from his coaching post due to personal reasons. Garvey was named the program’s head coach in February 2023 after a highly successful run at Jacksonville State where he amassed a 103-39 mark (.725) with the Gamecocks. His squad went 24-6 last season before he took over the Jaguars’ program.

“I would like to thank Coach Garvey for his dedication, vision and service to IUPUI volleyball over the past several months,” IUPUI Interim Director of Athletics Renia Edwards said. “We will begin an immediate search to find his replacement.”

Garvey trained the returning team members this spring and built a strong recruiting class in a short amount of time.

“I’m really proud of the returning players for all of the hard work and improvement they have made since the end of last season,” Garvey said. “We have some more great players joining the team this fall and I’m so excited to watch and see what the team can do this season. I’ll be pulling for them and think they will have a great year.”


MUNCIE, Indiana – – The power of the 2023 Ball State University football team is apt to be centered among its front-line stars on both offense and defense, and that was evidenced this week in the release of Athlon Sports’ Preseason All-MAC honorees.

Three offensive linemen, two tight ends, a defensive lineman and three linebackers anchor a cast of 12 Ball State athletes selected to four teams. Sophomore tight end Brady Hunt and junior running back Marquez Cooper, a transfer from Kent State, both were also first-team selections on All-MAC teams following the 2022 season. Hunt was a Freshman All-American who caught 46 passes last year for 498 yards. Cooper was second in the MAC last year with 1,326 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns.

Inside linebacker Clayton Coll leads the Cardinal defense with 23 starts over his four seasons. He paced BSU with 110 tackles last season while adding seven tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. BSU’s other first-teamer is center Ethan Crowe, a two-year starter with 22 starts while leading an elite offensive line unit that also boasts third-teamer Corey Stewart and fourth-team pick Damon Kaylor.

Second-team selections include Tanner Koziol, Hunt’s bookend tight end target who, also a sophomore, stands 6-foot-7 and 230 pounds. He caught 35 passes last season and led the Cards with seven TD receptions. Cole Pearce is a second-team selection at linebacker, lining up beside Coll and posting 85 tackles last year with a team-high 14 TFL.

Safety Jordan Riley was second in tackles last year for the Cardinals with 95. He is a third-team selection along with defensive lineman Tavion Woodard who had 35 stops and four sacks last season. Punter Lucas Borrow averaged 41.4 yards per kick last year to earn third-team honors. Linebacker Sidney Houston earned fourth-team accolades on the strength of 65 tackles last season and a team-best 7.5 TFL.

The Cardinals open the 2023 campaign at Kentucky on September 2.

Ball State Honorees among Athlon Sports 2023 Preseason All-MAC Teams

RB Marquez Cooper (first team)

TE Brady Hunt (first team)

C Ethan Crowe (first team)

LB Clayton Coll (first team)

TE Tanner Koziol (second team)

LB Cole Pearce (second team)

OL Corey Stewart (third team)

DL Tavion Woodard (third team)

S Jordan Riley (third team)

P Lucas Borrow (third team)

OL Damon Kaylor (fourth team)

LB Sidney Houston (fourth team)


DURHAM, NC – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish (30-24) fell to the top-seeded and top-ranked team in the country, Wake Forest (47-9) in the final game of pool play in the ACC Championship on Friday, May 26 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.


The Irish were led by Zack Prajzner and Estevan Moreno who finished the day with two hits a piece. While Prajzner tallied one two-bagger, Moreno recorded two doubles including an RBI double to put the Irish on the board in the top of the third.

Despite trailing 2-0 after the first two innings, the RBI double from Moreno would bring the Irish within one in the third frame. Notre Dame scored four straight runs on three RBI doubles through three consecutive innings to give themselves a two-run advantage over the Demon Deacons.

DM Jefferson recorded a 2-RBI double in the top of the fourth to score Brooks Coetzee and Vinny Martinez and give the Irish their first lead of the day at 3-2. Prajzner’s double to center field sent Moreno home in the top of the fifth as the Irish led 4-2 heading into the bottom frame.

The Demon Deacons would score on a solo home run, wild pitch, and an RBI single in the fifth to take the lead 5-4. After a scoreless sixth for both squads, Wake Forest tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh to extend their lead 6-4.

Notre Dame wasn’t going anywhere yet, as Casey Kmet recorded an RBI single to center field to score Coetzee and bring the Irish within one yet again with a score of 6-5. The Demon Deacons responded with a run of their own as they recorded another solo shot to make it 7-5. Carter Putz would tally one last single in the top of the ninth, but the Irish offense was unable to even the score in the final frame.

Blake Hely started on the mound for Notre Dame as he pitched 3.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He was relieved by Ryan Lynch, who tossed 0.2 innings before Jackson Dennies took the bump in the fifth. Dennies threw 2.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits for the Demon Deacons. Will Mercer tossed the final 1.2 innings, giving up just one run on one hit. The staff gave up seven runs on 11 hits and recorded four strikeouts on the night.




Notre Dame is unlikely to be extremely active in college football’s transfer market each offseason, but coach Marcus Freeman will dip into the portal for help when needed. Wake Forest transfer Sam Hartman – a top-10 quarterback in the nation – is a big-time upgrade for the team’s offense and hopes of an improved passing game. Freeman also made a couple of solid additions on defense, including Javontae Jean-Baptiste at defensive end.


Best Offensive Addition: QB Sam Hartman (from Wake Forest)

Hartman should be the biggest impact transfer at quarterback for 2023, and his arrival will provide a much-needed spark to Notre Dame’s overall passing game and ability to push the ball downfield. The North Carolina native threw for 110 touchdowns (an ACC record) from 2018-22 with the Demon Deacons and finished his career in Winston-Salem with a career completion mark of 59.1 percent. How new coordinator Gerard Parker deploys the offense this year is a bit of a mystery and some question marks remain about the receiving corps and finding a replacement for tight end Michael Mayer. But with Hartman bringing high-level talent and experience to South Bend, his ability to upgrade the QB position could push Notre Dame into the CFB Playoff mix.

Best Defensive Addition: DL Javontae Jean-Baptiste (from Ohio State)

It’s a tossup between Jean-Baptiste or Thomas Harper in this spot. However, with Isaiah Foskey (14 TFL) off to the NFL, the Fighting Irish need to find a couple of players capable of producing a consistent rush off the edge. Jean-Baptiste certainly fits that mold after recording 10.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks in 47 games at Ohio State.

Other Additions on Defense

Edge Cole Aubrey (from Princeton)

Aubrey is a walk-on from Princeton, but he showed the ability to get to the quarterback at the FCS level (10 sacks in 26 games).

DB Thomas Harper (from Oklahoma State)

Adding help to the safety room with Brandon Joseph and Houston Griffith off to the NFL was a priority for coach Marcus Freeman. Harper and Rhode Island transfer Antonio Carter should help here, as both players have significant experience and the ability to step in as a Day 1 contributor. Harper comes to South Bend after playing in 42 games at Oklahoma State from 2019-22. During that stretch, he recorded 93 tackles (five for a loss) and two interceptions.

DB Antonio Carter (from Rhode Island)

Carter was a popular player after hitting the transfer portal in mid-April. The Florida native garnered interest from several Power 5 programs after leaving Rhode Island following a 2022 campaign where he recorded 60 tackles (4.5 for a loss), one interception and 11 passes defended. Carter is expected to play in a variety of roles on the back end for the Fighting Irish defense.

Key Transfer Additions on Special Teams

K Spencer Shrader (from USF)

Shrader was a steady kicker at USF for the last four years, connecting on 28 of 40 attempts, including a 52-yarder in ’21. He’s slated to replace Blake Grupe (a transfer from Arkansas State) who went 14 of 19 in South Bend last fall.

P Ben Krimm (from Penn)

The Fighting Irish had success with an Ivy League transfer at punter (Jon Sot) last fall and plan to dip back into those ranks once again with Krimm expected to win the job. The Ohio native boomed 44 punts for an average of 41.6 yards per kick at Penn last year.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – No. 1 Indiana State broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning on Luis Hernandez’s RBI double to the left center wall and the Sycamores scored 10 unanswered runs in downing No. 4 Evansville on Friday afternoon at Bob Warn Field, 10-1.

With the win, Indiana State (41-14) advances to Saturday’s Missouri Valley Baseball Championship Game for the 13th time in program history and third in the last four tournaments dating back to 2019. The Sycamores will await the winner of Friday night’s elimination game between No. 2 Missouri State and Evansville. First pitch of the game is set for 2:30 p.m. ET.

Indiana State pounded out 13 hits and ISU was hit eight by pitches eight times in the game as the Sycamores took advantage of Evansville (35-23) wildness to constantly have runners in scoring position throughout the contest. Josue Urdaneta and Grant Magill both recorded three-hit games, while Adam Pottinger, Urdaneta, and Miguel Rivera both had multi-RBI contests in the win.

Lane Miller (7-0) remained undefeated on the mound as the redshirt senior picked up his second win of the season over Evansville. Miller retired the first 10 batters of the game and recorded a career-high six strikeouts over 5.1 innings on the mound. He surrendered a Chase Hug solo home run among the two hits given up in the win.

Zach Davidson (S, 2) was equally brilliant in relief allowing three hits over 3.2 innings while striking out six in his second save of the season. It marked Davidson’s fourth game with at least six strikeouts out of the bullpen in 2023 and third over his last five appearances.

Hernandez’s RBI double scoring Urdaneta broke open the 1-1 game in the bottom of the fifth and Miguel Rivera added a sacrifice fly scoring the sophomore later in frame. The Sycamores added two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth, two in the seventh, and one final run in the eighth in the win.

ISU did have a brief scare in the contest as Hernandez was hit by a pitch around the jawline of his helmet in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Guarbo, Puerto Rico native returned to the game in the bottom of the seventh in finishing 2-for-4 from the plate with a double and a stolen base.

Hernandez and Randal Diaz were both hit by pitches in the game while six of ISU’s nine starters were plunked in the contest. Indiana State has been hit 111 times in the 2023 season surpassing the previous Mitch Hannahs team-high of 105 set back in 2018.

Chase Hug’s solo home run powered the Evansville offense in the loss. Danny Borgstrom added a double among the Purple Aces’ five hits in the game.

Jarrett Blunt (5-1) took the loss after going 5.0 innings on the mound allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned), while striking out nine. Shane Harris and Jakob Meyer went the rest of the way to close out the game.

How They Scored

Chase Hug put Evansville ahead in the top of the fourth inning with a one-out solo home run to right field giving the Purple Aces the early 1-0 lead.

Indiana State responded in the bottom of the fourth as the Sycamores took advantage of an UE error and Parker Stinson’s sacrifice fly to tie the game up at 1-1. Mike Sears hustled home on the play to even the game up.

Luis Hernandez connected on the go-ahead RBI double to left center scoring Josue Urdaneta and later came around to score on Miguel Rivera’s sacrifice fly to give Indiana State the 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth.

Indiana State loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning in sparking a four-run frame. Josue Urdaneta drove in the first run with an RBI single, while Adam Pottinger (RBI walk) and Miguel Rivera (RBI HBP) brought home runs. Keegan Watson added a sacrifice fly to cap the inning making it a 7-1 lead through six.

Adam Pottinger connected on a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Sycamores the 9-1 lead as Grant Magill and Randal Diaz both came around to score on the play.

Josue Urdaneta brought home the final run of the contest after getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning scoring Parker Stinson to provide the 10-1 margin.

News & Notes                                                                                                                                    

Indiana State improved to 41-18 overall on the season with the win on Friday afternoon.

The Sycamores advance to the MVC Tournament title game for the third time in the last four tournaments and 13th time in program history dating back to 1979.

The Sycamores won three MVC Tournament games for the first time since 2021 and 12th time overall in program history.

The Sycamores last won their first three games of the MVC tournament in the 1989 season. ISU went on to claim MVC title in the 1989 season for the fifth time in program history. when ISU was tournament champions at the postseason event held in Wichita, Kan.

The Sycamores improve to 7-4 all-time in the tournament against Evansville with the win. It marked ISU’s first win in the postseason against the Purple Aces since 2019.

ISU has posted 18 wins at Bob Warn Field this season – equaling the most by the Sycamores since the 2012 season when ISU went 18-6 at home.

Lane Miller posted a career-high six strikeouts over 5.1 innings pitched on Friday afternoon. The redshirt senior surpassed his previous high of five strikeouts achieved five times in the 2023 season.

Adam Pottinger’s bunt single in the bottom of the fifth marked the 31st consecutive game the junior outfielder has reached base dating back to April 2 against UIC. His on-base streak is tied for the longest in the Mitch Hannahs era with Romero Harris (31, 2018).

Indiana State was hit by a season-high eight pitches in the game marking the most times the Sycamores have been hit in the same contest in the Mitch Hannahs coaching era.

The Sycamores have been hit 111 times overall in the 2023 season surpassing the previous high under Coach Hannahs back in 2018 (105).

Indiana State has scored double-digit runs in back-to-back MVC Tournament games for the first time since the 1987 season when ISU topped Creighton (12-8) and Wichita State (11-10) in back-to-back contests.

Zach Davidson’s six strikeouts in relief marked the fourth time the Sycamore left-hander has recorded six or more strikeouts in the 2023 season. He was two shy of his previous season-best eight set against Illinois back on May 2.

Six of the nine Sycamores in the starting lineup were hit by pitches including Randal Diaz and Luis Hernandez both getting plunked twice in the game.

The Sycamores have posted double-digit hits in each of the last six games dating back to May 18 against Missouri State.

Up Next

No. 1 Indiana State will take on the winner of No. 2 Missouri State and No. 4 Evansville in the MVC Championship game scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The game will be carried live on 105.5 The Legend and ESPN+.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf head coach Jim Earle has announced his program’s schedule for the fall of 2023.

The Mastodons will open the season on September 2-3 at the A-Ga-Ming Invitational, a tournament of Earle’s creation when he coached at Central Michigan. The Mastodons competed in the A-Ga-Ming each of the last two seasons. Later in September, the ‘Dons will take on the Brittany Kelly Cardinal Classic in Yorktown, Indiana on the 18th and 19th. The ‘Dons played in the last two events hosted by Ball State, the most recent of which saw the team set new 36- and 54-hole records, while Anna Olafsdottir set or tied the 18-, 36-, and 54-hole records.

Purdue Fort Wayne will play in three tournaments in October, starting with the Shirley Spork Invitational, hosted by Eastern Michigan. The ‘Dons are four years removed from their last appearance in EMU’s tournament in 2019, so it will be a new look for the 2023-24 squad. After that, the Mastodons will play in a pair of tournaments entirely new to the program: Bradley’s Coyote Creek Classic and Evansville’s Braun Intercollegiate. Bradley’s event will be at the Coyote Creek Golf Club in Bartonville, Illinois on October 7-8 and Evansville’s tournament will be at Oak Meadow Country Club in the Crescent City.

Earle’s squad finished sixth at the Horizon League Championship this spring, tying their best finish at a league championship in program history.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. –  Facing elimination for the first team this week, the University of Evansville baseball team exploded for 11 runs on 13 hits offensively, and four UE pitchers combined on a two-hitter, as the Purple Aces rolled past No. 2 seed Missouri State, 11-3, to advance to Championship Saturday at the 2023 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament at Bob Warn Field in Terre Haute, Indiana.

“I am really proud of the bounce-back and fight that this team showed tonight,” said UE head coach Wes Carroll.  “Our seniors really did not want to go out, and they played like it, and I salute them for helping change the culture of this program over the last five years.

“Now, we have a chance to do something very special here tomorrow.  Something that hasn’t been done since 2006, and this is what we have been working towards since the first day of practice.  I hope we can go out and play the type of baseball that we are capable of and show everyone what University of Evansville baseball is all about.”

Evansville was sent into the elimination game on Friday night against Missouri State after dropping a 10-1 decision to top-seeded Indiana State earlier in the day, with the lone run coming on a home run by fifth-year first baseman Chase Hug.  Playing just 45 minutes after that loss, junior second baseman Kip Fougerousse gave Evansville an early lead with a long solo home run to left field in the second inning against the Bears.

Evansville would tack on four more runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run single by Fougerousse to push the lead to 5-0.  Senior starter Tyler Denu took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, before giving up a one-out triple to MSU designated hitter Mason Greer.  Denu would keep the Bears off the scoreboard in the frame though, taking a 5-0 lead into the sixth inning.

Missouri State would finally chase Denu in the sixth inning, as he started the inning with a pair of walks and a hit-by-pitch.  The Bears would score three runs in the frame after Denu left, but graduate reliever Michael Parks would strike out catcher Anthony Socci to end the threat with the score 5-3 in favor of UE.

It would remain that way until the eighth inning, when Evansville’s offense erupted for six runs to put the game out of reach.  The Purple Aces started the frame with a single by senior third baseman Brent Widder and a walk, before a throwing error on a Ty Rumsey sacrifice bunt scored two runs to give UE a 7-3 lead.

Hug came through with an RBI single to push the lead to 8-3, before UE loaded the bases two batters later.  A run-scoring wild pitch pushed UE’s lead to 9-3, before sophomore catcher Evan Waggoner laced a two-run single through the right side to provide the final margin of victory.  From there, freshman Max Hansmann and junior Kieren Hall combined to shut out Missouri State over the final two innings.

Hug led UE in the game against Missouri State, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Fougerousse and Waggoner both had two hits and drove in three runs.  Denu (4-4) earned the victory, allowing three runs on just one hit, while striking out seven.

Evansville (36-23) will now face top-seeded Indiana State on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. central time, needing to defeat the Sycamores twice to win its first MVC title since 2006.  If UE wins the 1:30 contest, the two teams will battle in a winner-take-all championship game at 5 p.m. central time.  Saturday’s action can be seen live on ESPN+, with every UE game also being available in the Tri-State area on the radio on 107.1 FM-WJPS and the Old National Bank/Purple Aces Sports Network from Learfield.


Columbus, Ga. – Trailing 2-1 entering the top of the sixth inning, the Marian softball team pulled off a dramatic five-run rally to go in front against No. 2 Our Lady of the Lake, with Savannah Baker’s go-ahead grand slam putting the fireworks on the Knights’ 6-3 win. Marian’s win gives them a program record for wins in a postseason, and lifts the Knights to 51-7 overall on the year.

Pitching dominated the first three innings of the game, as the Saints’ Cassandra Valdez and Olivia Stunkel went head to head. Marian was able to get a pair of singles in the first inning, but a double play in between the hits from Savannah Harweger and Abby Madere spoiled the frame. Stunkel walked the first batter of the game she faced, but recovered with three consecutive outs. Stunkel was the benefactor of a double play in the second inning after a single from Savannah Baker was stranded in the top half, and in the third inning both Valdez and Stunkel retired the side in order.

The scoreboard started to get it’s exercise in the fourth inning, as Madere roped a triple into the right field corner, getting Marian their first runner of the game to reach scoring position. Two batters later Hayley Greene sent a fly ball into left field, allowing Madere to tag in an attempt to score the opening run. The throw from the outfield beat Madere to the plate, but the freshman slid right into the catcher’s glove, jarring the ball loose as she crossed the plate to give Marian a 1-0 lead.

Stunkel was perfect again in the fourth, and in the top of the fifth Marian washed a chance to score a second run, as Baker was trapped in a run down between third and home after a wild pitch. The out helped the Saints gain momentum, as they caught up to Stunkel in the bottom of the fifth with a lead-off single, breaking up the no-hit performance. A sacrifice bunt and strikeout picked up the first two outs of the inning, but the Marian pitcher was unable to successfully end the inning, allowing back to back singles that drove in two runs.

The two runs put Marian behind for the first time since their opening round win over Columbia, but the Knights didn’t flinch, as Savannah Harweger reached on an infield single, and took second on an error to start the sixth inning. Anna Pritchett drew a walk and stole second after a wild pitch in the at bat, putting her and Harweger in scoring position. Sierra Norman would get intentionally walked to load the bases, and with two outs Grace Meyer came up clutch with the game-tying RBI single to left field. The bats kept rolling, as Savannah Baker made the biggest hit of her young career, launching a grand slam to right field, driving Marian’s lead to four runs.

With a 6-2 advantage at hand, head coach Scott Fleming turned to the bullpen, bringing in Sydney Wilson to get the final six outs. Wilson worked around a double in the sixth inning as her defense helped her end the inning with the four-run cushion, with the defense getting called upon again in the seventh. The senior allowed a lead-off double, but got two outs on a groundout and flyout. With two outs the Saints were able to prolong the game as a single drove in the first earned run charged to Wilson in the NAIA Tournament, while a walk and second single loaded the bases. Wilson remained calm, and was able to roll a grounout to shortstop for the final out of the game, sealing Marian’s 6-3 win over Our Lady of the Lake.

Baker was the star of the game, going a perfect 3-3 with the game-winning grand slam. Harweger went 2-4 in the win and Madere was 3-4, tripling for the first time in her career. Meyer and Pritchett had Marian’s other two hits in their 10-hit game. Stunkel earned the win in the circle tossing five innings, getting two strikeouts while allowing two runs on three hits. Wilson recorded her second save of the year, recording the final six outs as she gave up four hits and one run.

Marian’s win advances them in the winner’s bracket, where the Knights will play the third-ranked University of the Cumberlands. The first meeting between the two programs begins at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night.


MARION, Ind. – The Marian women’s track and field team made noise on their final day of the 2023 NAIA National Championships on a high note Friday afternoon, earning three All-American honors as Arriana Benjamin, Erin Oleksak and Gina Butz all earned the honor.

Marian ended the NAIA Championships with 36 points, setting a new program record for points and finishing fourth overall as a team. Marian hit the podium for the first time in Marian program history and has the highest ever finish on both the men’s and women’s side.

Erin Oleksak began the day for the Knights, starting strong in the 100m hurdle finals. In her final race of the season, Oleksak raced down the track in lane seven with a 13.84 time to finish sixth and earn NAIA All-American honors.

Arriana Benjamin finished her Marian career in the discus, as the senior looked to add to her decorative career as a Knight. On her first attempt, Benjamin hit 41.42m to put herself in a good spot to get started, before throwing 42.46m on her second attempt. Benjamin’s third throw of the day marked her best throw of the day coming at 45.02m. Benjamin would scratch on her three attempts in the finals, but her mark of 45.02m placed her at seventh overall to earn NAIA All-American honors.

Marian’s season ended with Oleksak and Gina Butz in the high jump. Both Oleksak and Butz landed their first attempt with ease at a height of 1.60m. The pair continued to soar through the next two heights of 1.65m and 1.68m, before clearing 1.71m. Jennah Carpenter was able to skim just over the bar on her third attempt to make the final three. With the bar at 1.74m, Oleksak and Butz would miss it barely, ending their day. Oleksak would finish National Runner-up, while Butz placed third with PR height, both garnering All-American honors.


MARION, Ind. – The Marian men’s track and field team wrapped up the 2023 NAIA National Championships on Friday afternoon, as Marian competed in five events. The final day of the championship was highlighted by seven All-American honors, with Robin Aguilar-Gonzalez, Jacob Netral, Christian Rios, and the 4x400m relay team earning the honor.

Robin Aguilar-Gonzalez started Marian’s day off with the 3,000m steeplechase. After clocking a PR time of 9:05.68, the junior made his way to a third-place finish to earn NAIA All-American honors. Aguilar-Gonzalez’s time also set a new school record by almost three seconds.

In the pole vault, Brenden Endres led the Knights after he began by clearing the opening height of 4.60m. At the next entry of 4.70m, Endres hit the bar on his first attempt before clearing on his next try. The freshman vaulter secured a spot at the next height of 4.75m, but was unable to clear striking on each of his three attempts. Keagan La Belle also competed in the pole vault, but was unable to clear the opening height.

Chase Maxey wrapped up his career as a Knight, competing in the triple jump. Maxey jumped his way to 12th overall after jumping his best jump of the day at 14.26m.

In the shot put, Jacob Netral and Christian Rios represented the Knights competing out of flight three. Netral began his day with a scratch before bouncing back on his second attempt with a 16.93m distance throw. Netral’s throw put him at fourth overall to garner NAIA All-American honors. Rios started with a 16.02m throw, but scratched on his second attempt. Rios fired off his best throw of the day at 16.33m to put him in eighth, earning NAIA All-American honors.

Marian’s season wrapped up with the 4x400m relay group of Matthew Riehle, Olivier Lifrange, Murry Ross-Harman, and Eli Givens competing in the final event of the meet. The Knights put together a PR time of 3:15.06, guiding them to an eighth-place finish and All-American status.

Marian finished the 2023 NAIA Championships in a tie for eighth overall with a total of 24 points.


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American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay3815.71725 – 513 – 1013 – 89 – 14 – 26 – 4W 3
Baltimore3318.647415 – 918 – 911 – 710 – 37 – 57 – 3L 1
NY Yankees3023.566817 – 1313 – 1010 – 107 – 66 – 46 – 4L 3
Boston2724.5291015 – 1112 – 137 – 77 – 25 – 55 – 5W 1
Toronto2725.51910.513 – 914 – 166 – 159 – 25 – 43 – 7W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota2625.51015 – 1111 – 145 – 610 – 63 – 33 – 7L 1
Detroit2326.469211 – 1112 – 152 – 147 – 43 – 35 – 5L 1
Cleveland2228.4403.511 – 1411 – 143 – 66 – 98 – 53 – 7W 1
Chi White Sox2231.415512 – 1310 – 182 – 1112 – 93 – 47 – 3W 1
Kansas City1537.28811.57 – 208 – 172 – 55 – 123 – 93 – 7L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Texas3218.64016 – 816 – 105 – 35 – 111 – 57 – 3W 3
Houston2921.580314 – 1115 – 104 – 26 – 78 – 58 – 2W 1
LA Angels2824.538515 – 1113 – 138 – 95 – 49 – 76 – 4L 1
Seattle2625.5106.514 – 1312 – 122 – 45 – 511 – 55 – 5L 1
Oakland1043.18923.55 – 215 – 221 – 93 – 34 – 211 – 9L 9
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta3120.60814 – 1317 – 711 – 46 – 04 – 65 – 5L 1
NY Mets2725.5194.512 – 915 – 169 – 82 – 78 – 67 – 3W 2
Miami2626.5005.514 – 1112 – 158 – 125 – 48 – 85 – 5W 1
Philadelphia2427.471714 – 1010 – 172 – 36 – 46 – 104 – 6W 1
Washington2229.431911 – 1711 – 125 – 84 – 36 – 74 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2724.52915 – 1112 – 133 – 05 – 46 – 124 – 6L 2
Pittsburgh2624.5200.512 – 1314 – 112 – 17 – 47 – 55 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs2228.4404.513 – 139 – 156 – 103 – 65 – 53 – 7L 2
St. Louis2330.434511 – 1512 – 150 – 39 – 87 – 106 – 4L 1
Cincinnati2229.431514 – 148 – 157 – 96 – 82 – 44 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers3121.59617 – 714 – 146 – 311 – 912 – 74 – 6L 2
Arizona2922.5691.514 – 1115 – 116 – 66 – 312 – 96 – 4L 2
San Francisco2625.5104.515 – 1111 – 149 – 77 – 22 – 78 – 2W 2
San Diego2427.4716.512 – 1512 – 127 – 64 – 69 – 95 – 5W 2
Colorado2230.423913 – 149 – 169 – 108 – 73 – 64 – 6L 1


1904      In the team’s 3-1 victory over the Superbas at the Polo Grounds, Giants first baseman Dan McGann steals five bases to establish a major league record. The 32-year-old Kentucky native’s mark will be surpassed in 1912 by A’s second baseman Eddie Collins who will swipe six bags in a game twice during the season

1923      In the seventh inning of the Phillies’ 12-4 loss to the Giants at the Polo Grounds, Cy Williams smacks a two-run home run to become the first major leaguer to hit 15 round-trippers in a single month. This season, the 35-year-old center fielder will lead the National League with 41 long balls.

1928      After he clears waivers in the American League, the Braves purchase 35-year-old first baseman George Sisler from the Senators for $7,500. The future Hall of Famer will finish his 15-year career in Boston, hitting .326 during the three seasons he spends with the team.

1937      Carl Hubbell, working two innings in relief, wins his 24th consecutive game when the Giants beat Cincinnati, 3-2. Mel Ott’s ninth-inning home run proves to be the difference in the Crosley Field contest.

1941      Play stops in the seventh inning of the Braves-Giants game at the Polo Grounds, so the crowd of 17,009 and players can listen to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio address over the stadium’s PA system. After FDR announces the Unlimited National Emergency Proclamation, the tied 1-1 contest resumes after a 45-minute delay.

1951      A large ad appears in the Minnesota Sunday Times asking the local fans for their continued support of the Millers despite promoting the team’s phenom to the major leagues. Giants owner Horace Stoneham explains Willie Mays’ performance, compiling a .477 batting average while hitting safely in 33 of 35 games, has warranted the young outfielder’s move to the Polo Grounds in New York.

1955      In the first five innings of a 16-0 Red Sox rout of the Senators, Norm Zauchin drives in ten runs. Boston’s 26-year-old first baseman accomplishes the feat with home runs in the first, second, and fifth frames, along with a fourth-inning double.

1959      National League president Warren Giles rules the final score of Haddix’s ‘perfect game’ is 1-0. Hank Aaron (for leaving base path) and Joe Adcock (for passing Aaron) are declared out, with Adcock’s round-tripper scored as a double instead of a home run.

1960      Orioles catcher Clint Courtney becomes the first backstop to use the big knuckleball glove, an innovation of manager Paul Richards. The larger mitt, which has a 45-inch circumference, helps as knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm goes the distance in Baltimore’s 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium in a game that doesn’t feature a wild pitch or a passed ball.

1968      Major league baseball expands outside the confines of the United States when the National League announces Montreal’s addition to the circuit. The Senior Circuit also awards San Diego an expansion team.

1974      In a game that takes only one hour and thirty-eight minutes to complete, Pirates starter Ken Brett blanks the Padres 6-0, allowing just two hits in the Three Rivers Stadium contest. In the second game of a twin bill, the Bucs’ southpaw pinch-hits a seventh-inning two-run triple, which contributes to the Pirates’ 8-7 victory over the Friars.

1981      After Lenny Randle drops to his hands and knees, attempting to ‘encourage’ Amos Otis’ slow roller to go foul, umpire Larry McCoy accuses the Mariner third baseman of blowing the ball foul. Randle’s explanation that he was merely yelling at the ball not to stay fair is initially convincing until Royals’ manager Jim Frey complains.

1984      Mario Soto, Cincinnati’s starting pitcher, is ejected from the game when he shoves Steve Rippley, the third base umpire who initially called Ron Cey’s foul ball down the left-field line a home run. The Reds’ right-hander also attack Cubs coach Don Zimmer, prompting NL president Chub Feeney to suspend the fiery fireballer for five games, the first of the two suspensions he receives this season.

1984      “How do you fine a batboy?” – WILLIAM CUTLER, president of the Pacific League. Portland Beavers batboy Sam Morris is thrown out of a game by umpire Pam Postema for refusing to retrieve a folding chair that his ejected manager Lee Elia had hurled into right field during an animated tirade. The 14-year-old junior high school student, who declined to follow the arbitrator’s directive out of loyalty to his skipper, will not have to pay the $25 fine, which is usually automatic when tossed from a PCL game.

1986      “What do you expect when they build a ballpark on the ocean?” – Oil Can Boyd, after a game at Cleveland Stadium, located on the shore of Lake Erie, is postponed due to fog. The Red Sox are credited with a 2-0 victory when the delayed game cannot continue due to the dense fog that rolls into Cleveland Stadium. The contest, which ends with the Tribe having baserunners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, prompts Boston’s right-hander Oil Can Boyd to infamously blame the lack of visibility due to the ballpark’s proximity to the ocean, not nearby Lake Erie.

1987      At Fenway Park, Indian right-hander Phil Niekro goes the distance, losing to Roger Clemens and the Red Sox, 1-0, thanks to Bill Buckner’s fifth-inning sac fly scoring Jim Rice. Joining Cy Young and Don Sutton, the future Hall of Fame hurler becomes the third player in history to make 700 career starts.

1987      Davey Johnson surpasses Gil Hodges as the winningest manager in Mets history with his 340th win, a 4-3 triumph over the Giants at Candlestick Park. The New York skipper, who has averaged 98 victories during his first three seasons, will compile a 595-417 record (.588) during his six-plus years.

1990      Giants’ hurler Rick Reuschel joins Frank Tanana, becoming one of two pitchers to give up round-trippers to the future all-time major league home run leaders Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds, who takes him deep in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Pirates. In 1973, while pitching for the Cubs in his sophomore season, the right-hander served up the 691st of 755 career round-trippers blasted by Bad Henry.

1992      The last-place Braves beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 9-3. The victory starts a 78-37 run, which will propel Atlanta to its second straight West Division title, finishing eight games in front of the Reds.

1993      After hitting just .143 in 26 games for the Rockies, former Brave superstar Dale Murphy retires from baseball. The two-time National League MVP leaves the game with a career average of .265, 398 home runs, and 1,266 RBIs.

1995      In a complete-game effort, Steve Ontiveros limits the Yankees to one hit in the A’s 3-0 victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. A two-out sixth-inning single spoils the 34-year-old right-hander’s bid for a no-hitter by Luis Polonia.

1997      At the Metrodome, Ken Griffey Jr. breaks his major league mark for home runs hit through May when he goes deep for his 23rd round-tripper of the season in an 11-10 loss to Minnesota. The Mariners outfielder had established the record in 1994.

2000      The Cardinals pay tribute to Hall of Fame hurler Dizzy Dean by dedicating a statue created by sculptor Harry Weber outside of Busch Stadium. The colorful character joins Enos Slaughter, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Stan Musial, and Red Schoendienst to be honored in such a manner by the Redbirds.

2000      The recently elected Hall of Fame first baseman Tony Perez (24) joins manager Fred Hutchinson (1), Johnny Bench (5), Joe Morgan (8), Ted Kluszewski (18), and Frank Robinson (20) to become the sixth person to have his uniform number retired by the Reds. After being acquired by the Reds in the offseason, Ken Griffey Jr. agrees to switch his uniform number from 24 to 30, the number his father wore as a member of the Big Red Machine.

2003      In Atlanta, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds a decision that prevents the Florida attorney general from investigating the 2001 attempt by MLB to eliminate two teams. The 11th circuit decision of Judges Gerald B. Tjoflat, Susan H. Black, and Richard W. Goldberg, a significant victory by the commissioner’s office, is based on the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and state law rather than the sport’s antitrust exemption.

2004      At Kauffman Stadium, the visiting Tigers tie a club record by collecting 27 hits, including Carlos Pena’s 6-for-6 performance, in a 17-7 rout of the Royals. The first time Detroit banged out that many safeties in a game occurred against the Yankees at the end of the 1928 season at Navin Field.

2004      After beating the Oakland A’s, Curt Schilling calls the cops on his cell phone to report an erratic driver on his way home from Fenway. The Westwood Police Department apprehended the driver and pulled him over.

2006      Curt Schilling and the Red Sox beat the Devil Rays, 6-4, making the right-handed hurler the 104th player to amass 200 victories. Pitching a perfect ninth inning, Jonathan Papelbon establishes a rookie record by recording his 18th save in 18 tries.

2008      After Jamie Carroll gets caught in run down off first base, the runner on third, David Dellucci, breaks for home, scoring on the first baseman’s throw in the dirt, which allows Carroll to get to second and Grady Sizemore, the runner on second, to move to third. Chuck Murr, the official scorer of the Indians’ 8-2 victory over the White Sox, credits all three runners with stolen bases, making it the first triple steal to be accomplished since 1987 when Atlanta pulled it off against Houston.

2008      With a 44-0 record and needing just one more win to become the first undefeated team in N.C.A.A. baseball history, Connecticut’s Trinity College loses to Johns Hopkins 4-3. The loss sets up a winner-take-all in the Division III World Series in which the Hartford-based school scores a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, 5-4, and the national championship.

2009      Gerry Rodriguez completes his cycle with a tenth inning walk-off home run. The minor leaguer’s four hits help pace the Rome Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Greenville Drive in the South Atlantic League contest.

2009      Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka and two relievers combine to throw six wild pitches, marking only the fifth occurrence of the dubious feat since 1900. Dice K ties an 80-year franchise record with four errant throws to catcher George Kottaras, with relievers Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson each uncorking one.

2012      A sign showing Mike Piazza connecting for his decisive eighth-inning homer in the Mets’ 3-2 victory against the Braves in New York’s first professional sports event following the 9/11 terrorist attacks proves to be the winner in the revival of Banner Day, a tradition started in 1963 that lasted until 1996. The artwork, created by cousins Olivia Nuzzo and Stephanie Giangrande, include a section of NYC’s former skyline, with the WTC towers silhouetted above Piazza’s heroic homer in mid-swing above the words, “The home run that helped heal N.Y. God Bless America. Let’s Go Mets.”

2017      “We are honored to pay tribute to the 25th anniversary of Homer at the Bat. The Simpsons has left an impressive imprint on our culture as the longest-running American sitcom, and ‘Homer at the Bat’ remains as popular today as when the episode aired in 1992.” – Hall of Fame President JEFF IDELSON, commenting about the Cooperstown celebration of the animated series. The Baseball Hall of Fame inducts the fictional cartoon character Homer Simpson as part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Simpsons episode ‘Homer at the Bat.’ A discussion of the much-beloved episode includes comments by real Hall of Famers Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith, who played themselves on the animated show, as well as executive producers Al Jean and Mike Reiss, director Jim Reardon, and executive story editor Jeff Martin.

2019      In the eighth inning of the team’s 6-2 victory over the Rangers, Mallex Smith steals home, the first Mariner to accomplish the feat since Dustin Ackley in 2012, to complete the rare stolen base cycle. The center fielder swipes four bases in the T-Mobile Park contest, trying a franchise mark shared by seven Mariners.


Pay Spiral may lead to merger for USFL.

The story is about the success of the new USFL football league luring quality players such as Herschel Walker, Steve Young and Anthony Carter but that some of its franchises were struggling. Many were predicting an almost identical story to 35 years prior when the rival AAFC faced a similar fate and the NFL swooped in and absorbed the three strongest franchises and let the other teams dissolve. The leaders for NFL merger were the deep pocketed owned teams of the New Jersey Generals and owner Donald Trump, The LA Express and their even wealthier owner J. William Oldenburg or the franchises with the highest average attendance which were the Jacksonville Bulls with over 51,000 per game, the Stallions of Birmingham  at 42,092 spectators per contest and the Tampa Bay Bandits who sold over 45,000 tickets per game. We now know that things didn’t quite play out as the experts predicted for the USFL. We will have an expert on this exciting upstart league of the 1980’s, Kyle Smith next week to talk more about the USFL.


May 27, 1868 – Chicago, Illinois – Knowlton Ames was the Princeton University fullback from 1886 to 1889 was born.  Ames’ collegiate football records are celebrated in the College Football Hall of Fame after his induction in 1969. 

May 27, 1903 – Walt Kiesling  was an NFL & Pro Football Hall of Fame Offensive Guard and Tackle who played for the Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was an All-Pro once in his career, won an NFL title and is on the All-1920’s Hall of Fame team. He spent a total of 36 years in the NFL as a player, coach and an aide. Kiesling spent 7 years as the head coach of the Pirates/Steelers organization  in two different stints working for the late Art Rooney in the late 30’s and mid 50’s. He led the Steelers to their first winning season in 1942 and served as the coach of the war time combined team of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia aptly called the “Steagles”.

May 27, 1904 – New Orleans, Louisiana – Lester Lautenschlaeger was a quarterback from Tulane University from 1922 through the 1925 season that was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975 per the NFF. He also is recognized in the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. The 1925 season was a special one for the Tulane eleven as they registered a 9-0-1 record,, the lone blemish came on a 6-6 tie against Mississippi. At the season opener against Louisiana College, Lautenschlaeger scored four touchdowns as the Wave rolled to a 77-0 victory. Lester was the Tulane Green Wave’s first All-American in 1925. Mr. Lautenschaeger went on to serve as an assistant coach at Tulane then as a Louisiana State Representative after graduation.

May 27, 1954 – Jackson, Mississippi – Jackie Slater was an NFL Hall of Fame Offensive Tackle for the Rams. Slater graduated from Jackson State University where he played football with Walter Payton. He was a third round draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1976.  During his illustrious career Jackie was selected to the Pro Bowl seven times and his jersey number “78” was retired by the Rams organization, for whom he played for for 20 seasons both in LA and St. Louis. One of his pro football claims to fame was that he blocked for seven different 1000 yard rushers during his time in the NFL. Jackie Slater was selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 2001 class.

May 27, 1960 – Caldwell, Idaho – Boise State defensive tackle from 1978 to 1981, Randy Trautman was born. The Football Foundation.org website says Randy walked onto the football team as a defensive tackle, becoming a dominant force at the position after arriving at the school on a wrestling scholarship. All he did was earn Division I-AA All-American status in 1980 and 1981 from both the American Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press, and he was named the 1981 Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He really helped his team to propel to new heights. The 1980 team won the Division I-AA national championship, beating Grambling State 14-9 and Eastern Kentucky 31-29 in the playoffs. The 1981 team won its first playoff game over Jackson State 19-7, but they lost in the semifinals to Eastern Kentucky 24-17. Trautman was named Player of the Game against Eastern Kentucky.

Randy Trautman received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.  

May 27, 1974 – Fort Walton Beach, Florida – Danny Wuerffel the Florida quarterback of 1993 through 1996 arrived into the world. The NFF tells us that  Danny was the first player in history to win the Heisman as well as the NFF’s William V. Campbell Trophy. Wuerffel dominated the college football landscape both athletically and academically during his senior season. He earned the hardware too as Wuerffel  was a two-time First-Team All-American, claimed the 1996 Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Unitas Golden Arm and the Sammy Baugh Trophy. Besides those he was also a two-time SEC Player of the Year and First-Team All-SEC selection! Dan also led the Gators to the 1996 National Championship. Wuerffel finished his career with nearly 11,000 passing yards and 33 school records, taking Florida to bowl games in each of his four seasons under coach Steve Spurrier who was himself the very first Heisman winner at QB for the Gators. The College Football Hall of Fame proudly placed a display in honor of Danny Wuerffel into their legendary museum in 2013.


11 – 3

May 27, 1904 –  New York Giants standout first baseman Dan McGann collected an MLB record 5 stolen bases in 3-1 win over the Brooklyn Superbas at the Polo Grounds in New York City. The record would not be broken until Otis Nixon outperformed it in the season of 1991.

May 27, 1937 – New York Giants ace pitcher Carl Hubbell, Number 11 won his MLB record 24th consecutive game in a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Crosley Field. The streak started way back on July 17, 1936.

May 27, 1955 – Boston Red Sox phenom Norm Zauchin, Number 3 earned 10 RBIs, helping the Red Sox to a 16-0 victory over the Washington Senators.


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