INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Brebeuf Jesuit 42, Guerin Catholic 14

Brownsburg 38, Avon 17

Carmel 34, Pike 6

Cascade 58, South Decatur 28

Cathedral 38, Bishop Chatard 14

Center Grove 45, Ben Davis 21

Covenant Christian 56, Washington 0

Danville 41, Crawfordsville 0

Decatur Central 45, Martinsville 14

Delphi 14, Sheridan 12

Edinburgh 34, Northeastern 30

Franklin 35, Whiteland 21

Franklin Central 24, Zionsville 21

Greenfield-Central 27, Pendleton Heights 20

Hamilton Heights 42, Northwestern 7

Hamilton Southeastern 35, Fishers 13

Heritage Christian 35, Eastern Hancock 0

Indian Creek 13, Brown County 12

Indiana Deaf at Alabama Deaf, 7 p.m., Saturday

Lawrence North 33, North Central 7

Lawrenceburg 45, Southport 20

Lebanon 28, North Montgomery 8

Logansport 20, Tech 14

Lutheran 34, Lapel 13

Monrovia 38, Triton Central 14

Mooresville 70, Greenwood 14

Mt. Vernon 49, New Palestine 10

Noblesville HomeSchool 56, Purdue Polytechnic 6

Osceola Grace at Phalen Academy, 3 p.m., Saturday

Park Tudor 60, Traders Point Christian 26

Plainfield 28, Perry Meridian 7

Roncalli 45, Columbus North 12

Scecina 26, Beech Grove 14

Speedway 41, Cardinal Ritter 21

Tindley at Shortridge 

Tri-West 21, Western Boone 11

Warren Central 48, Lawrence Central 13

Westfield 42, Noblesville 15

Adams Central 54, Jay County 7

Alexandria vs. Blackford, 1 p.m., Saturday (at Ball State)

Angola 38, West Noble 10

Batesville 44, Rushville 0

Bellmont at Norwell

Bloomington South 28, Bloomington North 14

Bremen 35, Triton 7

Byron Center (Mich.) 35, Elkhart 28, 2OT

Calumet 39, Whiting 14

Carroll (Flora) 42, Southern Wells 6

Carroll (Fort Wayne) 54, Fort Wayne Northrop 21

Castle 42, Evansville Harrison 0

Centerville 54, Winchester 16

Central Noble 28, Prairie Heights 0

Charlestown 39, North Harrison 7

Chesterton 42, LaPorte 6

Clinton Central 54, Frontier 18

Clinton Prairie 32, Tri-Central 8

Columbia City 49, Huntington North 21

Columbus East 42, Jennings County 6

Concord 44, Wawasee 0

Covington 48, Fountain Central 12

Crawford County 15, Rock Creek Academy 1

Crown Point 42, Lake Central 7

Culver at West Central 

East Central 37, Franklin County 8

East Chicago Central at Andrean, 8 p.m.

East Noble 45, DeKalb 7

Eastern (Greentown) 61, Taylor 13

Eastside 20, Churubusco 13

Evansville Memorial 29, Evansville Mater Dei 15

Evansville North 29, Evansville Reitz 26

Fairfield 51, Fremont 12

Forest Park 29, Tecumseh 12

Fort Wayne Luers 49, Fort Wayne Concordia 14

Fort Wayne North 21, Fort Wayne Wayne 14

Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Snider 

Frankton vs. Elwood, 4 p.m., Saturday (at Ball State)

Garrett 28, Lakeland 0

Hanover Central 48, River Forest 14

Harrison (West Lafayette) 56, Lafayette Jeff 41

Heritage Hills 28, South Spencer 0

Highland 61, Hammond Central 34

Hobart 49, Culver Academy 6

Homestead 37, Fort Wayne Dwenger 21

Jasper 56, Evansville Bosse 14

Jeffersonville at Mount Vernon (Posey), 7:30 p.m.

Jimtown 21, John Glenn 0

Kankakee Valley 34, North Newton 0

Kokomo 36, McCutcheon 7

Leo 53, New Haven 14

Linton-Stockton 56, North Vermillion 6

Lowell 42, Griffith 20

Maconaquah 46, Whitko 0

Madison 36, Milan 19

Madison-Grant vs. Mississinewa, 10 a.m., Saturday (at Ball State)

Marion 16, Anderson 6

Merrillville 45, Portage 13

Mishawaka Marian 33, New Prairie 0

Mitchell 42, Eastern Greene 13

Monroe Central 45, Oldenburg Academy 0

Muncie Central 16, Richmond 8

Munster 21, Hammond Morton 16

New Albany 27, Bedford North Lawrence 16

North Daviess 42, Washington 0

North Judson 21, Knox 14.

North Knox 27, Boonville 26

North Posey 35, Tell City 14

North White 35, Tri-County 0

Northfield 20, Southwood 13

Northridge 35, Plymouth 0

NorthWood 17, Goshen 7

Oak Hill vs. Eastbrook, 7 p.m., Saturday (at Ball State)

Owen County (Ky.) 26, Switzerland County 12

Parke Heritage 36, Tuscola (Ill.) 28

Perry Central 26, Paoli 20

Peru 40, North Miami 0

Pioneer 42, Caston 6

Princeton 42, North Central (Farmersburg) 20

Providence 46, Clarksville 27

Rochester 44, Wabash 19

Brownstown Central 35, Salem 26

Scottsburg 43, Corydon Central 0

Seeger 38, Riverton Parke 26

Shenandoah 20, North Decatur 8

South Adams 42, Heritage 6

South Bend Adams 21, South Bend St. Joseph 7

South Bend Riley 42, South Bend Clay 6

South Dearborn 55, Connersville 8

South Newton at Lake Station, 8 p.m.

South Putnam 19, Greencastle 13

South Vermillion 35, Marshall (Ill.) 6 

South Warren (Ky.) 42, Gibson Southern 7

Southmont 42, Frankfort 14

Southridge 58, Pike Central 0

Springs Valley 61, West Washington 22

St. Xavier (Ohio) 41, Penn 10

Sullivan 48, North Putnam 7

Terre Haute North 20, Terre Haute South 14

Tippecanoe Valley 36, Manchester 0

Tipton 42, Lewis Cass 0

Twin Lakes at Rensselaer Central, 8 p.m.

Union City 62, Knightstown 0

Union County 27, Hagerstown 12

Valparaiso 49, Michigan City 28

Vincennes Lincoln 13, Evansville Central 10, OT

Warsaw 17, Mishawaka 15

Wes-Del at Tri 

West Lafayette 43, Lafayette Central Catholic 7 

West Vigo at Northview

Western at Benton Central 

Woodlan 32, Bluffton 19

Yorktown 28, Delta 27, OT

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Jac-Cen-Del 9 Rising Sun 0

Liberty Christian 2 Wapahani 0

North White 2 Faith Christian 2

Northeast Dubois 5 Vincent Rivet 0

Providence Cristo Rey 3 Seton Catholic 1

Carmel 4 Columbus North 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Hebron 2 Kouts 2

Rushville 3 Muncie Burris 1

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

Hebron 3 Boone Grove 0

Kouts 3 Morgan Twp. 1

Illiana Christian 3 Victory Christian 0

Christian Academy 3 New Washington 1

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

#17 Coastal Carolina 49 Kansas 22

Duke 45 North Carolina A&T 17

Boise State 54 UTEP 13

Utah 48 North Dakota 24

Saturday, Sept. 11

Boston College at UMass

Western Carolina at Oklahoma

Illinois at Virginia | 11 a.m. | ACC Network

Western Kentucky at Army | 11:30 a.m. | CBSSN

VMI at Kent State | 11:30 a.m. | ESPN3

Alabama State at Auburn | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

South Carolina at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Pitt at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Kennesaw State at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Norfolk State at Wake Forest | 12 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Youngstown State at Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Miami (Ohio) at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Indiana State at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Oregon at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

Tulsa at Oklahoma State | 12 p.m. | FS1

Florida at South Florida | 1 p.m. | ABC

Wyoming at Northern Illinois | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Virginia Tech | 2 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Rutgers at Syracuse | 2 p.m. | ACC Network

Duquesne at Ohio | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Toledo at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | Peacock

Purdue at UConn | 3 p.m. | CBSSN

Robert Morris at Central Michigan | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

UAB at Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Texas A&M vs. Colorado (Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado) | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Buffalo at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Ball State at Penn State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Cal at TCU | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Temple at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Murray State at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Air Force at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Georgia Southern at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Mercer at Alabama | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

South Alabama at Bowling Green | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Iowa at Iowa State | 4:30 p.m. | ABC

South Carolina State at Clemson | 5 p.m. | ACC Network

Long Island University at West Virginia | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Illinois State at Western Michigan | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

Gardner-Webb at Charlotte | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Lamar at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Portland State at Washington State | 6 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

North Carolina Central at Marshall | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Houston at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Bethune-Cookman at UCF | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas at Arkansas | 7 p.m. | ESPN

NC State at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Texas State at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

SE Louisiana at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

North Texas at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Hampton at Old Dominion | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Grambling at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Eastern Kentucky at Louisville | 7 p.m. | ACC Network Extra

Appalachian State at Miami | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Wisconsin | 7 p.m. | FS1

Liberty at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas Southern at Baylor | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Southern Illinois at Kansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Morgan State at Tulane | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Memphis at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Louisiana | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

New Mexico State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Missouri at Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Austin Peay at Ole Miss | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network+

Georgia State at North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Idaho at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Howard at Maryland | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

McNeese at LSU | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+

Jacksonville State at Florida State | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

Washington at Michigan | 8 p.m. | ABC

Vanderbilt at Colorado State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

San Diego State at Arizona | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Cal Poly at Fresno State | 10:05 p.m. | CW59

Utah at BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN

Stanford at USC | 10:30 p.m. | FOX

UNLV at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Idaho State at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | Stadium

Hawai’i at Oregon State | 11 p.m. | FS1

NFL SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Kansas City Chiefs 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Denver Broncos at New York Giants 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 13, 2021

Baltimore Ravens at Las Vegas Raiders (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Milwaukee 10 Cleveland 3

NY Mets 10 NY Yankees 3

Seattle 5 Arizona 4

Baltimore 6 Toronto 3

Detroit 10 Tampa Bay 4

Chicago White Sox 4 Boston 3

Kansas City 6 Minnesota 4 (11)

Houston 10 LA Angels 5

Oakland 10 Texas 5

San Francisco 6 Chicago Cubs 1

Pittsburgh 4 Washington 3

Colorado 11 Philadelphia 2

Atlanta 6 Miami 2

Cincinnati 4 St. Louis 2

LA Dodgers 3 San Diego 0

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis 12 Louisville 3

Lansing 2 Fort Wayne 0

Beloit 6 South Bend 5

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Portland 1 Vancouver 0

Atlanta 3 Orlando City 0

WNBA

Minnesota 89 Indiana 72

Washington 82 Atlanta 74

TOP HEADLINES

Bigger Big 12: BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston on the way

(AP) — The Big 12 didn’t even wait for Oklahoma and Texas to leave before expanding and the league may not necessarily be done growing after adding BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston.

“This was a very clear and relatively easy decision for the eight continuing members of the Big 12,” Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said Friday after that group unanimously approved applications from the four schools that sought membership after the league learned the Sooners and Longhorns will leave for the Southeastern Conference no later than July 2025.

Within hours of the Big 12 vote, all four formally accepted the invitations.

There had been no indication that Oklahoma and Texas, the only Big 12 teams to win football national championships, were looking to move until the reports emerged a week after Big 12 football media days in mid-July. By August, both had accepted formal invitations to join the SEC.

The moves prompted speculation that the Big 12 would soon be in a death spiral without its two most storied programs, at least in the revenue-producing sport of football. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby had been largely quiet in recent weeks as the expansion was put in motion.

“Speaking purely on a personal level, I enjoy working with people that I trust, that I like and that I know share the values that I have for intercollegiate athletics,” Bowlsby said Friday.

BYU said all its sports will begin Big 12 schedules in the 2023-24 athletic season. BYU is an independent in football, but competes in the West Coast Conference for basketball and so-called Olympic sports like track and swimming.

Bowlsby said current American Athletic Conference teams UCF, Cincinnati and Houston will join no later than July 1, 2024, but he “certainly wouldn’t foreclose” on the possibility of them coming in a year earlier with BYU.

The AAC requires members to give 27 months’ notice if they plan to leave the league, though there could be negotiations between the schools and that league to reduce that time.

AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said the league expected Houston, Cincinnati and UCF to “abide by the conference bylaws to ensure an amicable and orderly transition” as the league considers its options.

“Today’s news confirms what we have said all along regarding our status as a power conference,” Aresco said. “The irony that three of our schools are being asked to take the place of the two marquee schools which are leaving the Big 12 is not lost on us. Our conference was targeted for exceeding expectations in a system that wasn’t designed to accommodate our success.”

The four schools were among 11 interviewed by the Big 12 in 2016 when it considered expansion before staying at 10 teams.

Bowlsby described that process five years ago as “a voyage of exploration,” but said the decision by Texas and Oklahoma to leave prompted renewed consideration of available options.

BYU President Kevin Worthen said the Big 12’s expansion study five years ago made the process much faster and easier this time. Cougars athletic director Tom Holmoe said that failed attempt to get into the Big 12 turned out to be a “launching point.”

The Longhorns and Sooners have said they will honor their current contracts with the Big 12 and do not plan to join the SEC until 2025, when the conference’s current television rights contracts with ESPN and Fox run out. That means the Big 12 could have up to 14 members for a season or two.

Bowlsby said the Big 12 will take the departing schools at their word “and if it turns out that that isn’t the case, we feel like we have the necessary legal prerogatives to manage it as we see fit at the time that it occurs.”

The Big 12 distributed about $345 million of total revenue between its 10 members for the 2020-21 academic year that was greatly affected by the pandemic.

Asked about the potential value of media rights for the new conference without Texas and Oklahoma, Bowlsby didn’t offer specific numbers but said the league added as much as it could in football and more to arguably the best basketball conference in the country that already has reigning men’s national champion Baylor and perennial power Kansas.

“I think live sports is always going to be a valuable commodity, and if you have live sports with competition among the very best universities you can put together in an alliance, you have a chance to go forward and do good things,” he said.

As for possible future expansion, Bowlsby said the league was ready if there “are targets of opportunity or as there are situations that dictate that we would change composition.”

With the four additions, the Big 12 will be spread across eight states and three time zones. There are more than 2,300 miles between the Central Florida campus in Orlando and BYU in Provo, Utah. Once settled in the Big 12, the Knights and Cougars will both face average trips of around 1,300 miles each way for conference games.

West Virginia still will average about 1,100 miles each way on the road, but the Mountaineers at least picked up a relatively short trip with Cincinnati from Morgantown. Houston faces much shorter trips for its Texas-based foes.

“Joining the Big 12 Conference is a historic step in our institutional journey and signifies the tremendous growth and success attained academically and athletically over the last decade,” Houston Chancellor Renu Kahtor said.

Half the league’s 12 charter members will remain when Texas and Oklahoma are gone.

The Big 12 began play in 1996, when all Big Eight teams (Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State) joined four Texas schools from the old Southwest Conference (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech) to form a new league split into six-team divisions.

Arkansas had left the SWC to join an expanded 12-team SEC, starting play there with South Carolina in the 1992 season. The SEC is now set to grow to 16 teams, with its last four additions all coming from the Big 12.

The Big 12 has been a 10-team league since the last significant round of realignment a decade ago that started with Nebraska going to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12, before Texas A&M and Missouri left for the SEC. TCU and West Virginia are both now in their 10th Big 12 season.

With 10 teams, the Big 12 has played round-robin schedules in football and basketball. The top two teams in the standings advance to the conference’s football championship game. Bowlsby acknowledged that the league will likely be going back to divisions with the additions.

1 to go: Djokovic into US Open final, nears year Grand Slam

NEW YORK (AP) If Novak Djokovic does complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam for a man since 1969 – and he is headed to the U.S. Open final, just one victory away – he, and everyone else, will remember one particularly pivotal, and epic, game along the way.

It came at the conclusion of the third set of what eventually became a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Alexander Zverev in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows on Friday night, making Djokovic 27-0 in major championships this season.

Beating No. 2 Daniil Medvedev on Sunday for the title will allow Djokovic to secure two significant milestones. He would add the 2021 U.S. Open trophy to those he won at the Australian Open in February, French Open in June and Wimbledon in July. And the 34-year-old from Serbia would collect his 21st Slam title in all, breaking the men’s career mark he currently shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“There’s only one match left. … All in. Let’s do it,” Djokovic said, spreading his arms wide, in an on-court interview. “I’m going to put my heart and my soul and my body and my head into that one. I’m going to treat the next match like it is the last match of my career.”

That key game against Zverev featured one extended exchange after another, including a 53-shot, minute-plus point that was the longest of the tournament and actually was lost by Djokovic. Zverev delivered a forehand winner, then hunched over with his hands on his knees. Djokovic went to grab a towel. Both men were breathing heavily as most of Arthur Ashe Stadium’s 21,139 spectators rose in unison on a cool, crisp evening.

But that one, tiny outcome didn’t matter. Never seems to with Djokovic, especially in best-of-five-set matches on his sport’s most prestigious stages. As usual, he used his superb returning and never-take-a-rest defense to wear down Zverev.

“I’m proud of the fight that I delivered,” Djokovic said.

So, yes, Djokovic lost that point – which was preceded by others lasting 13, 19, 22 and 31 shots, and followed by one that went 16 – but he won that game, and that set with it. Just as he had lost the first set about 1 1/2 hours earlier but turned things around, with the help of a dip in level from the fourth-seeded Zverev. And just as, later, Djokovic lost the fourth set but immediately rebounded and was nearly untouchable while going ahead 5-0 in the fifth then held on.

Djokovic, who has spent more weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings than anyone, figures out what is required to emerge on top and does it. In each of his past four matches – and 10 in all at the Slams this year – he trailed by a set and won.

He equaled Federer by getting to a 31st career Slam final; Djokovic’s total now includes a record nine in New York, where he has won three championships.

It will be Slam final No. 3 for Medvedev, a 25-year-old from Russia, who eliminated 12th-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in the afternoon. Medvedev was defeated by Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final and by Nadal in the 2019 U.S. Open final.

“The more you lose something, the more you want to win it. The more you want to gain it and take it,” said Medvedev, who has lost only one set over the past two weeks. “I lost two finals. I want to win the third one.”

Djokovic is trying to go 4 for 4 at the majors over the course of one season, something last done in men’s tennis by Rod Laver 52 years ago. It was also done by Laver in 1962 and Don Budge in 1938. Three women have completed what’s known as a true Grand Slam, most recently Steffi Graf in 1988. Serena Williams’ attempt in 2015 ended at the U.S. Open with a semifinal loss to Roberta Vinci.

“I’ll be giving it all I possibly got in the tank to win this match. I’m focusing on recovery, recalibrating all the systems, basically, for Sunday,” Djokovic said. “I’m not going to waste time or energy on anything that can just be a distraction and deplete me from the vital energy that I need.”

As Friday night’s semifinal began, the 81-year-old Laver was seated front and center behind a baseline in the President’s Box at Ashe.

A year ago in New York, when fans were banned because of the coronavirus pandemic, Zverev came oh-so-close to collecting his first major, taking a two-set lead and getting within two points of a championship before frittering it all away and losing to Dominic Thiem in a fifth-set tiebreaker.

Zverev came into Friday on a 16-match winning streak, a run that includes beating Djokovic in the Summer Games semifinals on July 30. That was in a best-of-three-sets format, though, which changes everything when it comes to Djokovic. He is now 36-10 in matches that go five sets.

Here’s the thing about Djokovic, who occasionally rubbed his lower back with his left hand or hit his legs with his racket: Whatever the outward signs seem to say, he never stresses and he waits for the other guy to slip.

“It’s kind of a hurricane, a tornado, of emotions that you’re going through in a sequence of one set or even one point. You are by yourself on the court, so there is no escape,” Djokovic said. “You’ve got to find a way.”

He usually does.

“Mentally, in the most important moments,” Zverev said after his 3 1/2-hour loss, “I would rather play against anybody but him.”

Against Zverev, things really came alive six games and 20 minutes in, thanks to a terrific 24-stroke point in which Djokovic tried a drop shot. Zverev got to it, replied at a seemingly impossible angle and – after Djokovic sprinted wide of the doubles alley and stretched to retrieve that, sneakers squeaking all the way – came up with a winner.

The crowd went wild. Zverev raised his right hand and wagged his fingers: “Louder!” Soon enough, Djokovic was shaking a ball off his frame and into the seats, and the set was Zverev’s.

Zverev went from six unforced errors in that set to 13 in the second, and the match was even.

In the third, some loose play by Djokovic, and a backhand passing winner by Zverev, created a pair of break points. But Djokovic saved them and held to 3-2 with a forehand that clipped the baseline.

Zverev put a hand on his hip, disagreeing that the ball was in, but there is no recourse at the U.S. Open this year: All rulings come via electronic line-calling and can’t be disputed. There are no line judges to doubt or to argue with.

Last year, there were, and Djokovic was disqualified from Flushing Meadows in the fourth round when a ball he hit after losing a game inadvertently struck a line judge in the throat. At the following major tournament, the pandemic-delayed French Open, Djokovic lost in the final to Nadal.

Since then, there have been deficits in Grand Slam matches for Djokovic, but no defeats.

“It’s great for the sport,” Zverev said about Djokovic’s pursuit. “Nobody thought that anybody would do it again. … I do believe that he will do it.”

Barrero, Reds score two in ninth, beat Cardinals 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) Jose Barrero made the most of an unexpected start by doubling in the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 Friday night.

The 23-year-old Barrero had two hits after he was recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier in the day to fill in for infielder Kyle Farmer, who was placed on the paternity list. Barrero was hitting .167 over 14 big league games prior to Friday.

Both teams are vying for the second wild-card spot. The Reds entered trailing the Padres by a game for the second spot, and the Cardinals began the night three games behind San Diego.

Barrero said he didn’t feel any pressure stepping into the game.

“No, not at all. I think I’m just out there trying to have as much fun as I can while I’m playing,” Barerro said via interpreter. “I don’t think there’s any pressure at all. I’m just out there trying to have fun and the results will be there.”

T.J. McFarland (3-1) started the ninth giving up an infield single to Eugenio Suarez. Following a force out at second, Barrero hit a ball to deep center that gave the Reds the lead. Barrero scored on Delino DeShields’ fielder’s choice grounder.

The Reds struck first in the second inning. With one out, Suarez smoked a 2-2 cutter from starter Jon Lester for his 26th home run and a 1-0 lead.

Michael Lorenzen (1-2) pitched the eighth for his first victory of the season, and Mychal Givens pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

“We just have to keep playing and the goal is to be saying that for the next several weeks,” Reds manager David Bell said. “This was a big win, a big game.”

Joey Votto homered for the second straight game when he led off the fourth with a drive just over the center-field wall and the outreached glove of Harrison Bader for his 30th homer.

Votto has hit at least 30 home runs in a season three times. He hit 36 homers in 2017, and his career high is 37 back in 2010.

Votto turned 38 years old, while Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt celebrated his 34th. It was the second game since at least 1901 in which both starting first basemen had birthdays, joining a June 25, 1997 game shared by birthday boys Carlos Delgado and Mike Stanley.

The Cardinals came back to tie it in the fourth. Following Nolan Arenado’s walk, Yadier Molina drilled a 2-1 fastball into the left-field seats. It was Molina’s second home run along with four RBIs in his last two starts.

That was the only damage Reds starter Tyler Mahle allowed. Mahle pitched six innings, giving up two runs and four hits. He walked two while striking out six.

“Need probably just more quality at-bats. It’s hard to sit here and talk about what the team needs to do,” Arenado said. “Individually I’m not doing a very good job so. … I don’t know. I really don’t know. I think just be better and I don’t know quite the answer. It’s hard for me to speak on those things when I’m not really doing my job.”

Lester threw seven innings, allowing just the two home runs. Lester hadn’t thrown seven complete innings since July 19th against Miami when he was a member of the Washington Nationals.

Megill’s 10 Ks lead Mets over reeling, bumbling Yanks 10-3

NEW YORK (AP) The reeling Yankees made a Subway Series of mental and physical mistakes in their weekend opener at the Mets.

Catcher Gary Sanchez had a pair of glaring defensive lapses, and throwing errors by third baseman Gio Urshela and shortstop Gleyber Torres led to three runs in the Yankees’ 10-3 loss on Friday night.

The Yankees lost their season-high seventh in a row and for the 11th time in 13 games following a 13-game winning streak. They remained a half-game ahead of Toronto for the AL’s second wild-card berth.

“I think we’re beyond frustrated,” second baseman DJ LeMahieu said, “but now’s not the time to point fingers at anyone, and just everyone to raise their game and collectively get out of it together.”

Rookie Tylor Megill struck out a career-high 10 in a career-long seven innings, and Jeff McNeil had a drag bunt for an RBI single in a five-run third inning.

“Just a poor performance, period,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s a bit of a broken record. We got to keep grinding at it. We got to keep working at it and we will, and trust that it will turn, but it’s obviously going to take everyone and, obviously, that starts with me and making sure we’re ready to roll.”

This is the Yankees’ worst 13-game stretch since losing 13 of their final 15 in 2000 – before rebounding to win their fourth World Series title in five seasons.

They wasted a 1-0 lead in the first when Sanchez bailed on a play at the plate and allowed Jonathan Villar to score on a throw by left fielder Joey Gallo that beat the runner by more than 20 feet. Sanchez’s defensive lapse was the type that hardly occurs since Major League Baseball and the players’ association adoped a rule in 2014 limiting home plate collisions.

Plate umpire Ted Barrett called out Villar on Gallo’s throw, but a video review showed that by standing up and reaching out, Sanchez allowed the sliding Villar to get his foot on the plate before his helmet was tagged.

“Obviously he’s going to be out easy,” Boone said. “He got out of his crouch and athletic position. In that spot, where you’ve got a guy dead to rights, you got to just lower your body, maybe initiate the contact but remain athletic in your legs.”

Gallo’s homer in the second put the Yankees ahead 2-1, and the Mets burst ahead in a five-run third.

Montgomery forced in the tying run with his third straight walk, and Sanchez stayed glued to the plate, extended an arm and watched Ushela’s off-line throw from his knees sail to the backstop on Javier Baez’s grounder, allowing another run to score.

McNeil dragged a bunt to the first-base side on the next pitch for the Mets’ first run-scoring bunt hit since Todd Frazier against Detroit on May 26, 2019.

Kevin Pillar’s sacrifice fly and James McCann’s double for his first RBI single Aug. 12 boosted the lead to 6-2. Torres’ 17th error, second-most among AL shortstops, allowed two runs on what should have been an inning-ending double play grounder by McCann in the seventh.

Jordan Montgomery (5-6) allowed a career-high seven runs in 3 1/3 innings – just five earned. Francisco Lindor chased him with an opposite-field home run just inside the right-field pole.

The Mets, who closed within four games of a playoff spot, got their first win in four games this year while wearing black jerseys.

Megill (3-4) allowed two runs, four hits and one walk as the Mets got back to .500 at 71-71. The 26-year-old right-hander threw up to 97.2 mph, well above his 94.5 mph average coming in.

“I commanded the zone from bottom to top with all three of my pitches,” Megill said. “I was making them feel uncomfortable.”

Ohtani hits 44th HR, but Astros tag him in win over Angels

HOUSTON (AP) Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 44th home run, but got tagged early by Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros in a 10-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Ohtani (9-2) had been 8-0 in his last 13 starts since May 28, and gave himself a lead when he hit a solo homer in the first inning.

But the two-way sensation yielded six runs on a career-high nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

“I feel like they were sitting on my cutters and sliders for the most part,” Ohtani said through a translator. “Before I could make adjustments, I had runners on base all the time, and I couldn’t really try out new things.”

Altuve and Bregman were a combined 5 for 5 against Ohtani.

“That’s not a guy you would like to face all the time,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said of Ohtani. “We were putting some good at-bats together, hit some balls hard early. . It was good to get him out of the game pitching and get him out and his bat, which is as potent as his pitching is.”

Bregman, who had four RBIs, Altuve and Carlos Correa each had three hits for the AL West leaders.

“I think we did a good job of controlling the strike zone,” Bregman said. “He’s got amazing stuff. I think we did a good job of looking for pitches we wanted to hit and put good swings on them.”

Bregman, who extended his hit streak to 10 games, had an RBI single as part of a three-run third and a two-run double as part of a six-run fourth as the Astros built a 9-4 lead. He also had a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Since returning from the injured list on Aug. 25, Bregman is 19 for 40.

“He’s a special hitter, special player,” Correa said. “He seems to get that timing real quick. He’s simple at the plate, doesn’t try to do too much, and that’s what makes him a great player.”

Correa had an RBI single and Yordan Alvarez hit an RBI double to give the Astros a 3-2 lead in the third.

Ohtani was chased in the fourth, an inning that included an RBI single by Altuve, Kyle Tucker reaching on a catcher’s interference against Kurt Suzuki with the bases loaded and a two-run single by Aledmys Diaz.

“He didn’t have his best stuff,” Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon said of Ohtani. “There’s no swing and miss tonight as you saw. I thought he battled it well, but in my mind’s eye, there was no reason to push him right there. That’s one of those things when he’s not having his day, I don’t want to expend him on nights like tonight as a pitcher.”

Framber Valdez (10-5) allowed four earned runs on six hits with five walks and six strikeouts in five innings.

“I’d rather win ugly than lose pretty,” Baker said. “As uncharacteristic as it was for us making errors (four errors total), we kept battling and battling and adding on and adding on. It was a good offensive night.”

Ohtani’s homer was the first home run to a left-handed hitter that Valdez has surrendered this season.

Jared Walsh homered for the Angels.

Urías earns MLB-leading 17th win, Dodgers beat Padres 3-0

LOS ANGELES (AP) Pitching and just enough hitting got the Dodgers back to winning.

Julio Urias threw seven shutout innings for his major league-leading 17th victory, Max Muncy slugged a two-run homer and Los Angeles beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Friday night to snap a two-game skid.

“It was really important for us to get ahead of this series,” Urias said through a translator. “On a personal note, very great to get those victories.”

Urias (17-3) scattered three hits, struck out seven and walked one to remain unbeaten in his last 13 starts, going 8-0 in that stretch. The left-hander hasn’t lost since June 21 at San Diego.

“He’s a front-line starter and when he takes the baseball, we expect to win,” manager Dave Roberts said. “For him to go deep tonight shows his growth and maturity.”

Padres All-Star shortstop Jake Cronenworth got hit on his left hand by a pitch in the third and later left the game. Manager Jayce Tingler said Cronenworth has a small fracture on his left ring finger and will be re-evaluated over the next few days.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

The Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games behind NL West-leading San Francisco and improved to a major league-best 47-23 at home with their 15th shutout.

Muncy’s 32nd homer off Joe Musgrove (10-9) gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third. Mookie Betts singled for the Dodgers’ first hit of the game and scored on Muncy’s shot to right.

Musgrove gave up three runs and four hits in six innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked a season-high five.

“Just didn’t have a great arsenal to work with,” Musgrove said. “The walks obviously hurt me a lot. Just a lot of wasted pitches, a lot of extended innings. I made the night a lot harder on myself than I needed to.”

The Dodgers extended their lead to 3-0 in the fourth. Chris Taylor’s sacrifice fly scored Will Smith, who doubled and took third on Musgrove’s wild pitch.

The Padres had just two runners reach second base until the eighth. Blake Treinen gave up back-to-back, two-out singles to Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr., putting the tying run at the plate. But Wil Myers struck out swinging to end the threat.

Former Dodger Manny Machado, who was booed heartily, went 0 for 3 with a walk. Tatis was 2 for 4 with two strikeouts in the Padres’ third straight loss.

Mired in an offensive slump, Taylor made two stellar defensive plays in center field. He had a snow-cone catch against Myers in the fourth and robbed Machado of a two-run homer at the wall to end the fifth.

“He was sitting on that pitch all night, he was working me to make that pitch,” Urias said. “I thought it was going to go over the fence. Luckily, it didn’t and it was a great play by Chris.”

Taylor nearly nabbed a third catch. A ball hit by Myers went off the tip of Taylor’s glove for a two-out double in the sixth.

San Diego fell into a tie with Cincinnati for the second NL wild card.

“Everyone is in that lull right now of feeling we can’t get things right,” Musgrove said. “Underperforming the last month and a half has really set us back.”

Bauer won’t pitch again this season, leave extended by MLB

LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the rest of the season.

Major League Baseball and the players’ association extended his paid administrative leave Friday through the end of the World Series.

Bauer was placed on seven days’ paid leave July 2 under the union and MLB’s joint domestic violence and sexual assault policy after a Southern California woman said he choked her into unconsciousness, punched her repeatedly and had anal sex with her without her consent during two sexual encounters earlier this year. MLB and the union have since agreed to several extensions.

The decision to extend the leave through the rest of the season had been expected, given that Bauer had not pitched since June 29 and was running out of time to get back in shape to return to the mound while games remained. The regular season is scheduled to end Oct. 3 and the minimum ramp-up time for pitchers is generally regarded as three weeks.

“That’s more on the legal side, so I think for us just focusing on the baseball side, it really hasn’t affected the guys in the clubhouse,” manager Dave Roberts said.

The Dodgers are in the thick of the NL playoff race, trailing the first-place San Francisco Giants in their bid to win a ninth straight division title. Bauer’s absence has compounded the problems of a pitching staff beset by injuries.

He had a record of 8-2 and a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances in his first season with the Dodgers. He’ll be paid his $28 million salary.

Asked if Bauer will ever pitch for the Dodgers again, Roberts said, “I have no idea. I just really haven’t given any thought to that.”

Bauer’s representatives issued a statement saying he had agreed to extend his administrative leave through the playoffs “in a measure of good faith and in an effort to minimize any distraction to the Dodgers organization and his teammates.”

“He continues to cooperate with the MLB investigation and refute the baseless allegations against him,” the statement said. “Again, by definition administrative leave is neither a disciplinary action nor does it in any way reflect a finding in the league’s investigation.”

The Pasadena Police Department last month delivered the results of its own three-month investigation into the woman’s allegations to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office and the case is under review. The move came a week after Judge Dianna Gould-Saltman of Los Angeles Superior Court denied the 27-year-old San Diego woman’s request for a restraining order against Bauer.

In denying the civil domestic violence restraining order after a four-day hearing, Gould-Saltman said that according to the woman’s testimony, Bauer honored her boundaries when she set them. The judge said Bauer couldn’t know the boundaries the woman didn’t express to him.

Ravens’ Edwards, Peters go on IR; Murray signed

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) The Baltimore Ravens put running back Gus Edwards and cornerback Marcus Peters on injured reserve with knee injuries.

Coach John Harbaugh described the injuries as season-ending, non-contact ligament tears from practice.

“Gus made a cut – left-to-right cut – and landed wrong on his ankle, and the weight ended up going on his knee. Kind of a fluke deal,” Harbaugh said. “Marcus was just kind of turning, pivoting on a turn – a basic turn that he makes dozens of times every single practice.”

Baltimore’s backfield has been hit hard by injuries during the preseason. Running back J.K. Dobbins is out for the season with a knee injury, and Justice Hill is on IR as well.

Harbaugh said the team is disappointed for the injured players, but he also struck a defiant tone entering the season opener at Las Vegas on Monday night.

“The train’s moving fast, and we’re excited to go play Monday night,” he said. “The game’s going to go off at 5 o’clock Pacific time, and we’re going to be there right on time. We won’t be late.”

Baltimore also put tight end Nick Boyle on IR on Friday. Harbaugh said that would be short-term IR. The Ravens terminated the contract of tackle Andre Smith.

The Ravens have signed several veteran running backs this week in an effort to plug the holes in their backfield. Baltimore signed Latavius Murray to the roster and signed Devonta Freeman to the practice squad. The Ravens also added Le’Veon Bell to their practice squad.

Harbaugh said those players need to get up to speed on the playbook, and the team will need to determine what they can handle in a game.

Murray, who rushed for a career-high 1,066 yards in 2015 with the Raiders, spent the past two seasons with the Saints. New Orleans released him this week.

“Murray came in. He’s been in training camp. He’s in shape,” Harbaugh said. “Le’Veon, he’s been in great shape, but he’s got to get in football shape a little bit. … Freeman was in camp, so he’s in shape.”

The Ravens led the NFL in rushing last season, when Dobbins and Edwards combined for 1,528 yards on the ground. Quarterback Lamar Jackson is also a big running threat, and these injuries obviously put more pressure on him to have a big season.

“We’ve got us,” Harbaugh said. “I like us. I like everything about us, and I’m excited about us going forward into this season.”

Cowboys’ Collins banned 5 games over substance-abuse issue

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins was suspended five games Friday for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

The suspension came a day after Collins played his first game since 2019 in the Cowboys’ opener, a 31-29 loss to defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay. Collins missed all of 2020 because of a hip issue that required surgery.

Collins won’t be eligible until Week 8 against Minnesota, after Dallas’ open week. The absence means the Cowboys will go at least 22 consecutive games without their top three linemen playing together.

Four-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin, who played a career-low 10 games last year because of a calf injury, missed the opener after testing positive for COVID-19 five days before the game.

Left tackle Tyron Smith, a seven-time Pro Bowler, was limited to two games last season while undergoing neck surgery.

Dak Prescott threw for 402 yards and three touchdowns against the Buccaneers in his first game in 11 months after last season’s gruesome ankle injury. But the Cowboys struggled to establish the run against Tampa, and will have another challenge without Collins.

Terence Steele played the most games in Collins’ spot last season as a rookie, but the Cowboys also moved Martin to right tackle for a brief stint. Brandon Knight, who is on the COVID-19 reserve list with Martin, got most of the work at left tackle last year.

Collins was expected to be a high draft pick in 2015 out of LSU but wasn’t selected after his name surfaced in the investigation of a woman’s death. He was soon cleared and signed with the Cowboys as a free agent. Collins is on his third contract with the Cowboys.

NFL PREVIEWS

NFL PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT ATLANTA FALCONS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Eagles lead all-time series, 17-14-1

STREAKS: Eagles have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/15/19: Eagles 20 at Falcons 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/19

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 919 yards & had 8 TDs (5 pass, 3 rush) in 4 starts as rookie in 2020. Led all rookie QBs with 354 rush yards. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 300+ pass yards. • RB MILES SANDERS had 1,064 scrimmage yards (867 rush, 197 rec.) & 6 rush TDs in 2020. Since 2019, ranks 4th in NFL among RBs with 4.9 yards per carry average (min. 300 atts.). Had 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his 7 road games last season. • TE ZACH ERTZ has 70+ receptions & 800+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 seasons. Had 8 receptions for 72 yards in last meeting. WR DEVONTA SMITH was selected in 1st round (10th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. WR GREG WARD led team in catches (careerhigh 53) & rec. TDs (career-high 6) in 2020. • DT FLETCHER COX had 6.5 sacks & 9 TFL last season. DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 8 sacks & 13 TFL in 2020. DE RYAN KERRIGAN makes Phi. debut. Ranks 5th among active players with 95.5 sacks. Kerrigan, Graham (59 sacks) & Cox (54.5) are only trio of teammates each with 50+ career sacks. LB ERIC WILSON makes Phi. debut. Set career highs in tackles (121), TFL (8) & PD (8) with Min. in 2020. Was only player last season with 100+ tackles, 3+ sacks (3) & 3+ INTs (3). CB DARIUS SLAY ranks 4th among active players with 110 career PD. Had 2 INTs in his last game vs. Atl. (9/24/17 w/ Det.). CB STEVEN NELSON makes Phi. debut. S ANTHONY HARRIS makes Phi. debut. Had careerhigh 104 tackles with Min. in 2020.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN ranks 9th in NFL history with 55,767 passing yards & surpassed HOFer PEYTON MANNING (54,828) for most passing yards by player in his 1st 13 seasons. Has 7 career seasons with 4,500+ pass yards (4,581 in 2020), 2nd-most in NFL history. Ranks 10th-ever with 347 career TD passes. Passed for 320 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Phi. at home with 2+ TD passes. • RB MIKE DAVIS makes Atl. debut. Set career highs in scrimmage yards (1,015), rush yards (642), rec. yards (373) & TDs (8) in 2020 with Car. Ranked 4th among RBs with career-best 59 receptions last season. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had career-high 90 receptions & tied-5th in NFL with career-high 1,374 rec. yards in 2020. Had 9 rec. TDs last season & can become 4th player in NFL history with 7+ TD catches in each of 1st 4 seasons. Had 8 catches for 105 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR RUSSELL GAGE had careerhigh 72 receptions for 786 yards & 4 rec. TDs in 2020. WR CORDARRELLE PATTERSON makes Atl. debut. Has 8 career KRTDs, tied-most ever. TE KYLE PITTS was selected in 1st round (4th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft, highest drafted TE since 1967. • LB DEION JONES had 4th-career 100+ tackle season (106) in 2020. Is 1 of 2 players (MINKAH FITZPATRICK) with INT-TD in each of past 3 seasons. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had careerhigh 117 tackles in 2020. Was 1 of 3 players with 4+ FFs (4) & 2+ INTs (2) last season. DT GRADY JARRETT had 4 sacks in 2020.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 138 (Phi.), 83 (Atl.) | XM: 380 (Phi.), 225 (Atl.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 801 (Atl.)

NFL PREVIEW: PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT BUFFALO BILLS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 14-10

STREAKS: Bills have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/13/20: Steelers 15 at Bills 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/20

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for 3,803 yards & 33 TDs in 2020, his 10th-career season with 3,500+ pass yards. Ranks 7th in NFL history with 60,348 career pass yards. Has 396 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. Had 2+ TD passes in 6 of 7 road starts last season. • RB NAJEE HARRIS was selected 24th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER led team with 97 catches last season, his 2nd-career season with 95+ catches (111 in 2018). Had career-high 9 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 6 catches for 55 yards & TD in last meeting. WR DIONTAE JOHNSON set career highs in catches (88), rec. yards (team-high 923) & rec. TDs (7) last season. Has 5+ catches & 60+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 62 catches for 873 yards & led all rookies with 9 rec. TDs in 2020, tied-most ever by Pit. rookie. Smith-Schuster (831), Johnson & Claypool were only trio of AFC teammates each with 800+ rec. yards last season. • LB T.J. WATT led NFL with career-high 15 sacks in 2020 & became 6th player since 1990 with 13+ sacks in 3 straight seasons. Since 2017, ranks 3rd in NFL with 49.5 sacks. LB MELVIN INGRAM makes Pit. debut. Has 7+ sacks in 5 of past 6 seasons. LB JOE SCHOBERT makes Pit. debut. Ranked 4th in NFL with 141 tackles in 2020 with Jax. DT CAMERON HEYWARD has 55.5 sacks since 2013, 2nd-most among DTs. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK led team with 4 INTs last season. CB JOE HADEN led team with 12 PD in 2020. Leads NFL with 149 PD since 2010.

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN set franchise records in pass yards (4,544) & TD passes (37) & had 8 rush TDs last season, becoming 1st player in NFL history with 4,500+ pass yards, 35+ TD passes & 5+ rush TDs in single season. Passed for 238 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had 22 TDs (17 pass, 5 rush) vs. 6 INTs & 103 rating in 8 regular season home games last season. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 956 scrimmage yards (687 rush, 269 rec.) in 2020, his 2nd-consecutive season with 950+ scrimmage yards. RB ZACK MOSS ranked 5th among AFC rookies with 481 rush yards in 2020. • WR STEFON DIGGS led NFL with 127 catches & 1,535 rec. yards in 2020, 6th-most catches ever in single season. Had 75+ rec. yards in 15 games last season, incl. playoffs, tied 2nd-most ever in single season. Had 10 catches for 130 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 5th in row at home, incl. playoffs, with 75+ rec. yards. WR COLE BEASLEY set career-highs in catches (82) & rec. yards (967) in 2020. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS makes Buf. debut. Has 60+ catches & 700+ rec. yards in each of past 3 seasons. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had team-high 3 INTs in 2020 & is only player in NFL with 50+ PD (54) & 15+ INTs (15) since 2017. Has 3 PD & 2 INTs in 2 career games vs. Pit. S JORDAN POYER had 118 tackles last season, tied-most among all DBs. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. Pit. CB TARON JOHNSON set career-bests in tackles (93) & PD (7) in 2020. Had 51-yard INT-TD in last meeting. LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 119 tackles last season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 104 (Pit.), 82 (Buf.) | XM: 382 (Pit.), 227 (Buf.) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 803 (Buf.)

NFL PREVIEW: NEW YORK JETS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Panthers lead all-time series, 4-3

STREAKS: Panthers have won last 2

LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Panthers 35 at Jets 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Panthers 30, Jets 20

JETS NOTES:

QB ZACH WILSON makes NFL debut. Selected with 2nd overall pick in 2021 NFL Draft, highest-selected QB in franchise history. • RB TEVIN COLEMAN makes NYJ debut. Has 500+ rush yards in 4 of past 5 seasons. Rushed for 105 yards & had career-high 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. Car. (10/27/19 with SF). Has 105+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. Car. RB TY JOHNSON ended 2020 season with 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games. • WR JAMISON CROWDER led team in catches (59), rec. yards (699) & rec. TDs (6) in 2020 & has 50+ catches & 600+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 career seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 50+ rec. yards. WR COREY DAVIS makes NYJ debut. Had 65 catches for career-high 984 yards & 5 TDs with Ten. last season. Had 5 games with 100+ rec. yards in 2020, tied-2nd most among AFC WRs. WR KEELAN COLE makes NYJ debut. Set career-bests in catches (55) & rec. TDs (5) last season with Jax. WR ELIJAH MOORE was seelcted in 2nd round of 2021 NFL Draft. • S MARCUS MAYE led team with career-high 11 PD in 2020 & was 1 of 3 DBs in NFL (JORDAN POYER & DONOVAN WILSON) with 2+ INTs (2), 2+ FFs (2) & 2+ sacks (2). Had 7 tackles in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. S LAMARCUS JOYNER makes NYJ debut. Had career-high 6 TFL in 2020 with LV. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS led team with career-best 7 sacks & 10 TFL last season. DT SHELDON RANKINS makes NYJ debut. Had 17.5 sacks in 5 seasons with NO. LB C.J. MOSLEY has 22 tackles, 2 PD & TFL in 2 career games vs. Car.

PANTHERS NOTES:

QB SAM DARNOLD makes Car. debut. Had 8,097 pass yards & 50 TDs (45 pass, 5 rush) in 38 career starts (2018-20) with NYJ. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY ranked 3rd in NFL in scrimmage yards per game (114.1) since entering NFL in 2017. Had 374 scrimmage yards (124.7 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 games last season. Aims for his 4th in row with 2 TDs. Has 320 career receptions. Has 10 career games with 10+ catches, most by RB in NFL history. • WR ROBBY ANDERSON led team with career-high 95 receptions & had 1,096 rec. yards, his 1st-career 1,000-yard season. Had 207 receptions for 3,059 yards & 20 rec. TDs in 62 games (2016-2019) with NYJ. WR DJ MOORE had 66 catches for career-high 1,193 rec yards & 4 TD catches in 2020. Is 1 of 3 WRs (MIKE EVANS & TYREEK HILL) with 15+ yards per catch (15.2) since 2018 (min. 200 receptions). WR TERRACE MARSHALL was selected in 2nd round (59th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • LB HAASON REDDICK makes Car. debut. Ranked tied-4th in NFL with career-high 12.5 sacks in 2020 with Az. DE BRIAN BURNS led team with 9 sacks & had career-high 3 FFs last season. DT DERRICK BROWN ranked 3rd among rookies with 8 TFL in 2020. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 2nd-consecutive 100+ tackle season (career-high 114) in 2020. CB DONTE JACKSON is 1 of 3 CBs (J.C. JACKSON & MARCUS PETERS) with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. S JEREMY CHINN led all rookies & ranked 3rd among DBs with 116 tackles last season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (NYJ), 81 (Car.) | XM: 381 (NYJ), 226 (Car.) | SXM App: 824 (NYJ), 804 (Car.)

NFL PREVIEW: MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: Vikings have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/17/17: Bengals 7 at Vikings 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/13: Bengals 42, Vikings 14

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS had 4,265 pass yards & career-high 35 pass TDs in 2020. Is only QB with 25+ TD passes in each of past 6 seasons. Passed for career-high 458 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 97.2 rating in only career start vs. Cin. (10/30/16 w/ Was.). • RB DALVIN COOK ranked 2nd in scrimmage yards (1,918) & rush yards (1,557) & tied-2nd in rush TDs (16) last season, all career highs. Led NFL with 6 games with 150+ scrimmage yards in 2020. Had 10 TDs (9 rush, 1 rec.) in 7 road games last season. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had NFL rookie-record 1,400 rec. yards & led rookies with 88 receptions in 2020. Became 4th rookie ever with 7+ games (7) with 100+ rec. yards. WR ADAM THIELEN had 74 receptions for 925 yards & ranked 3rd in NFL with career-high 14 rec. TDs last season. Had 6 TD catches in 8 road games in 2020. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had 14.5 sacks in both 2018 & 2019. In 2019, became youngest player (25 years & 40 days) since 1982 to reach 50 career sacks. Had sack in last meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 5th-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (107) in 2020. Is only player with 500+ tackles (547) & 40+ PD (40) since 2016. Had 31-yard INT-TD in last meeting. LB ANTHONY BARR has 15 sacks, 8 FFs & 5 FRs in 7-year NFL career. CB PATRICK PETERSON makes Min. debut. Ranks tied-3rd among active players with 28 career INTs. S HARRISON SMITH had 89 tackles, 10 PD & team-high 5 INTs last season. Is only active player with 25+ INTs (28) & 10+ sacks (13.5).

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW passed for 2,688 yards & 13 TDs in 10 games last season, both 2nd-most among rookies. Had 5 games with 300+ pass yards, tied 3rd-most ever by rookie. Had 1,148 pass yards (287 per game) & 8 TDs (6 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 95.8 rating in 4 home games last season. • RB JOE MIXON is 1 of 3 AFC RBs (MELVIN GORDON & KAREEM HUNT) with 3,000+ rush yards (3,359) & 1,000+ rec. yards (1,008) since 2017. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC. RB SAMAJE PERINE had career-high 3 rush TDs in 2020. • WR TYLER BOYD led team with 79 catches & had 841 rec. yards last season & is 1 of 6 WRs with 75+ catches in each of past 3 seasons. WR TEE HIGGINS ranked 3rd among rookies with 67 catches in 2020, tied-most ever by Cin. rookie (CRIS COLLINSWORTH in 1981), & led team with 908 rec. yards & 6 rec. TDs. WR JA’MARR CHASE was selected 5th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. • S VONN BELL led team with career-bests in tackles (114) & FFs (3) in 2020. S JESSIE BATES had 107 tackles & led team with 3 INTs last season. Is 1 of 4 safeties with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. Bell & Bates were 1 of 2 pairs of DB teammates each with 100+ tackles in 2020. CB MIKE HILTON makes Cin. debut. Set career highs in INTs (3) & sacks (3) in 2020 with Pit. DE TREY HENDRICKSON makes Cin. debut. Tied-2nd in NFL with careerhigh 13.5 sacks with NO last season. LB SAM HUBBARD has 22 TFL & 16.5 sacks over 3-year career.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Min.), 137 (Cin.) | XM: 383 (Min.), 228 (Cin.) | SXM App: 820 (Min.), 806 (Cin.)

NFL PREVIEW: SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT DETROIT LIONS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: 49ers lead all-time series, 37-27-1

STREAKS: 49ers have won 10 of past 11

LAST GAME: 9/16/18: Lions 27 at 49ers 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Lions 32, 49ers 17

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 1,096 yards & 7 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 92.4 rating in 6 starts last season. Is 22-8 (.733 win pct.) as starter since joining SF in 2017. Had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.4 rating in last meeting. QB TREY LANCE was selected in 1st round (3rd overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT had 677 scrimmage yards (521 rush, 156 rec.) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 games last season. Leads RBs with 5.7 yards per rush attempt since 2018 (min. 250 atts.). FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had career-high 6 TDs (4 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. RB TREY SERMON was selected in 3rd round (88th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 48 receptions for 634 yards & 2 TDs in 8 games last season. Since 2018, ranks 2nd in rec. yards (3,064) & 3rd in receptions (221) among TEs. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 33 receptions for 391 yards & 1 TD in 7 games in 2020. WR BRANDON AIYUK had the 2nd-most receptions (60) & 3rd-most rec. yards (748) by a rookie in franchise history last season. Was 1 of 4 WRs with 5+ rec. TDs (5) & 2+ rush TDs (2) in 2020. • LB FRED WARNER led team with 125 tackles, his 3rd-consecutive 100+ tackle season. Is 1 of 3 LBs (DARIUS LEONARD & BOBBY WAGNER) with 360+ tackles (366) & 20+ PD (21) since 2018. DL NICK BOSA had 9 sacks & won AP Defensive Rookie of Year in 2019. DL SAMSON EBUKAM makes SF debut. Had 14 sacks in 4 seasons (2017-20) with LAR. CB JASON VERRETT had 2 INTs & 7 PD last season.

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF makes Det. debut. Had 18,171 pass yards & 107 pass TDs in 69 starts with LAR (2016-20). Has 14 TDs vs. 6 INTs for 88.2 rating in 8 career starts vs. SF. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had team-high 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in 2020 & joined HOFer BARRY SANDERS (1989) & BILLY SIMS (1980) as only rookies in franchise history with 10+ TDs. Was 1 of 2 rookie RBs (JAMES ROBINSON) with 500+ rush yards (521) & 300+ rec. yards (357) last season. Ranked 2nd among rookie RBs in receptions (46). RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS makes Det. debut. Had 2,946 scrimmage yards (1,985 rush, 961 rec.) & 18 TDs (10 rush, 8 rec.) in 60 games with GB (2017-20). • WR TYRELL WILLIAMS makes Det. debut. Had 42 receptions for 651 yards & 6 rec. TDs in 2019 with Raiders. TE T.J. HOCKENSON led NFC TEs with career-best 723 rec. yards & ranked 2nd in receptions (career-high 67) last season. TE DARREN FELLS makes Det. debut. Has 21 career rec. TDs. WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN was selected in 4th round (112th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. • DE ROMEO OKWARA led team with career-high 10 sacks & had 3 FFs in 2020. DE MICHAEL BROCKERS makes Det. debut. Had 5 sacks with LAR in 2020. DE TREY FLOWERS has 6+ sacks in 4 of his past 5 seasons. LB JAMIE COLLINS led team with 101 tackles in 2020, his 4th-career 100+ tackle season. Has 3 FFs, 2 PD & FR in his past 3 at home. S TRACY WALKER had 81 tackles, 5 TFL & 4 PD in 2020.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 106 (SF), 119 (Det.) | XM: 384 (SF), 229 (Det.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 810 (Det.)

NFL PREVIEW: JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT HOUSTON TEXANS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 25-13

STREAKS: Texans have won past 6

LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Texans 27 at Jaguars 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Texans 30, Jaguars 14

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) makes NFL debut. Selected 1st overall in 2021 NFL Draft & is expected to be 1st Jax. rookie QB to start Week 1 in franchise history. Can become 5th rookie QB selected 1st overall to win 1st career start in common-draft era. • RB JAMES ROBINSON ranked 2nd among rookies with 1,414 scrimmage yards in 2020, most by undrafted rookie in common draft era. Became 4th undrafted rookie with 1,000+ rushing yards (1,070) in common-draft era. Had 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) last season, joining PHILLIP LINDSAY & DOMINIC RHODES as undrafted rookies with 10+ TDs in common-draft era. Totaled 169 scrimmage yards (84.5 per game) in 2 games vs. Hou. last season. RB CARLOS HYDE makes Jax. debut. • WR DJ CHARK led team with 706 rec. yards in 2020, his second consecutive season with 700+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for season-high 146 yards & TD in last meeting. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT led team with 58 catches last season, second-most ever by Jax. rookie. Had 7 catches for 79 yards in last road meeting. WR MARVIN JONES makes Jax. debut. Had career-high 76 catches for 978 yards last season with Det. Is 1 of 2 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS) with 9+ rec. TDs in 3 of past 4 seasons. • LB MYLES JACK set career highs in tackles (118) & TFL (6) last season. Had TFL, FF & PD in last meeting. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN makes Jax. debut. Set career highs in INTs (3) last season with Sea. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. Hou. (10/29/17 with Sea.).

TEXANS NOTES:

QB TYROD TAYLOR makes Hou. debut. Has 9,770 pass yards & 70 TDs (54 pass, 16 rush) in career. Has 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 120.2 rating in 2 career games vs. Jax. QB DAVIS MILLS was selected in 3rd round (67th overall) of 2021 NFL Draft. • RB DAVID JOHNSON led team with 691 rush yards & 6 rush TDs in 2020. Rushed for 96 yards in last home meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 120+ scrimmage yards. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY makes Hou. debut. Totaled 3,015 scrimmage yards & 18 TDs (17 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 seasons with Den. RB MARK INGRAM makes Hou. debut. Leads active RBs in scrimmage yards (9,219), rush yards (7,324) & rush TDs (62). Has 75+ scrimmage yards & TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC South. RB REX BURKHEAD makes Hou. debut. Had 450+ scrimmage yards each of past 2 seasons. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team in catches (81) & rec. yards (1,150) in 2020. Has 1,100+ rec. yards in 5 of past 6 seasons. Has 367 rec. yards (122.3 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games vs. Jax. Aims for 4th in row vs. Jax. with TD catch. WR CHRIS CONLEY makes Hou. debut. Had 87 catches for 1,246 yards & 7 TDs in past 2 seasons with Jax. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM led NFL with career-high 163 tackles in 2020, second-most ever by Hou. player in single season. Since 2018, ranks 5th in NFL with 405 tackles. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Jax. with 10+ tackles & sack. LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 3 sacks & 2 FFs in his past 3 vs. Jax. CB TERRANCE MITCHELL set career highs in tackles (65) & FFs (3) last season with Cle.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 94 (Jax.), 98 (Hou.) | XM: 385 (Jax.), 230 (Hou.) | SXM App: 814 (Jax.), 812 (Hou.)

NFL PREVIEW: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 7-5

STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/1/17: Seahawks 46, Colts 18

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/6/13: Colts 34, Seahawks 28

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 4,212 yards & tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 40 TD passes last season. Became 2nd player ever (HOFer PEYTON MANNING) with 25+ TD passes in 7 of 1st 9 seasons. Had rating of 105.1 in 2020 & can become 1st player ever with 105+ rating in 4 consecutive seasons. Ranks 4th alltime among QBs with 4,506 rush yards. Passed for 295 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) in last meeting. • RB CHRIS CARSON had 968 scrimmage yards (681 rush, 287 rec.) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) last season. Has 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 7 on road. • WR DK METCALF set career bests in receptions (83), rec. yards (franchise-record 1,303) & rec. TDs (10) last season. WR TYLER LOCKETT had career-high & franchise-record 100 receptions for 1,054 yards & 10 rec. TDs in 2020. Ranks 5th in rec. TDs (28) since 2018. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 138 tackles & became 3rd player (KEITH BROOKING & LONDON FLETCHER) with 100+ tackles in 9 consecutive seasons since 2000. Leads NFL with 1,211 tackles since entering NFL in 2012. Had 21-yard FR-TD in last meeting. DE CARLOS DUNLAP had 5 sacks & 6 TFL in 8 games with Sea. in 2020. S JAMAL ADAMS led team with career high 9.5 sacks, most sacks by DB in single season since 1982. S QUANDRE DIGGS led team with career-high 5 INTs last season. Is 1 of 3 DBs (MARCUS PETERS & HARRISON SMITH) with 3+ INTs in each of past 4 seasons.

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ makes Ind. debut. Passed for 16,811 yards & 113 TD passes in 5 seasons with Phi. & had 3,000+ pass yards in 4 of 5 seasons. Has passed for 1,037 yards (259.3 per game) in 4 career games vs. Sea. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led all rookies in scrimmage yards (1,468), & rush yards (1,169) & tied-1st in rush TDs (11) in 2020. Rushed for 560 yards (140 per game) & 7 TDs in last 4 games of 2020 reg. season. Aims for 7th in row, incl. postseason, with rush TD. RB NYHEIM HINES set career-highs in rec. yards (482) & rush yards (380) last season & led all AFC RBs with 63 catches. RB MARLON MACK has 1,000+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 seasons. Has rush TD in 2 of 3 career games vs. NFC West • WR ZACH PASCAL set career-bests in catches (44) & rec. yards (629) last season. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN was 1 of 6 AFC rookies with 500+ rec. yards (503) in 2020. TE JACK DOYLE had 3 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • LB DARIUS LEONARD led team with 132 tackles last season & is 1 of 4 players in NFL with 120+ tackles in each of past 3 seasons. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER led team in sacks (9.5) & TFL (10) in 2020. Is 1 of 3 DTs (AARON DONALD & CHRIS JONES) with 7+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Had 5 sacks in final 3 games of 2020 reg. season. Has 7 TFL, 5 sacks & 2 FRs in his past 4 vs. Sea. CB KENNY MOORE led team with career highs in INTs (4) & PD (13) in 2020. CB XAVIER RHODES had 12 PD & 2 INTs last season. Had FF in his last game vs. Sea. (10/2/19 with Min.).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Sea.), 99 (Ind.) | XM: 386 (Sea.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 813 (Ind.)

NFL PREVIEW: ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NISSAN STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Cardinals lead all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Titans 7 at Cardinals 12

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/15/13: Cardinals 37, Titans 34 (OT)

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY had 26 TD passes & 11 rush TDs in 2020 & became 2nd QB (CAM NEWTON) with 25+ TD passes & 10+ rush TDs in single season in NFL history. Had 9 games with both pass TD & rush TD, most by QB in single season ever. Has 90+ passer rating in 6 of his past 7 starts on road. • RB JAMES CONNER makes Az. debut. Had 721 rush yards & 6 rush TDs with Pit. in 2020. Had 111 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 29 rec.) in his last game vs. Ten. (10/25/20 w/ Pit.). RB CHASE EDMONDS had career-high 850 scrimmage yards (448 rush, 402 rec.) & career-best 53 catches in 2020. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS tied-2nd in NFL with franchise-record 115 receptions & had 6th-career 1,000+ yard season (1,407) in 2020. Has 1,313 rec. yards (101 per game) & 7 rec. TDs in 13 career games vs. Ten. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 games at Ten. WR A.J. GREEN makes Az. debut. Had 47 catches for 523 yards & 2 TDs with Cin. in 2020. Had 115 rec. yards & rec. TD in his last game at Ten. (11/12/17 w/ Cin.). • LB CHANDLER JONES is tied-1st among active players in FFs (27) & ranks 4th in sacks (97). Has 10+ sacks in 5 of his past 6 seasons. Has 4 sacks + 2 FFs in 3 career games vs. Ten. & aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with sack. DE J.J. WATT makes Az. debut. Leads active players in TFL (172) & ranks 2nd in sacks (101). Has 18 sacks, 9 FFs & 2 FR in 15 career games vs. Ten. S BUDDA BAKER had 3rd-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (118) in 2020. Leads all DBs with 365 tackles since 2018.

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL passed for 3,819 yards & career-high 33 TDs last season & ranked 5th in NFL with 106.5 rating. Is 1 of 2 AFC QBs (PATRICK MAHOMES) with 105+ rating in each of past 2 seasons. Rushed for career-high 7 TDs in 2020. Completed 15 of 20 passes (75 pct.) for 195 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 124 rating in his last game vs. Az. (12/11/16 with Mia.). Had 1,987 pass yards (248.4 per game) & 25 TDs (22 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 118.5 rating in 8 home games last season. • RB DERRICK HENRY led NFL in rush yards (2,027, 5th-most ever) & rush TDs (17) last season & became 4th player ever with 1,500+ rush yards & 15+ rush TDs in consecutive seasons. Had 806 rush yards (100.8 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 8 home games in 2020. Rushed for TD in last meeting. • WR JULIO JONES makes Ten. debut. Has 95.5 rec. yards/game in career, most in NFL history (min. 100 games) & ranks 4th alltime with 58 games with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Az. with 6+ catches & 80+ rec. yards. WR A.J. BROWN led team with career highs in catches (70), rec. yards (1,075) & rec. TDs (11) in 2020. Had 6 rec. TDs in 7 home games last season. • S KEVIN BYARD led team with career-best 111 tackles last season, 5th-most among DBs. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 18 INTs. LB BUD DUPREE makes Ten. debut. Is 1 of 6 LBs with 8+ TFL in each of past 4 seasons. Had 3 TFL & sack in his last game vs. Az. (12/8/19 with Pit.). CB JANORIS JENKINS makes Ten. debut. Ranks 6th among active players with 26 career INTs.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Tiki Barber SIRIUS: 211 (Az.), 146 (Ten.) | XM: 387 (Az.), 232 (Ten.) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 830 (Ten.)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FEDEXFIELD // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 7-4

STREAKS: Chargers have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Washington 13 at Chargers 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/3/13: Washington 30, Chargers 24 (OT)

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT set NFL all-time rookie records in TD passes (31) & completions (396) & had 2nd-most passing yards ever by rookie (4,336) in 2020. Became 1st rookie with 25+ TD passes & 4,000+ passing yards. Had 6 games with 3+ TD passes & 8 games with 300+ pass yards, both most-ever by rookie. Can join JAMEIS WINSTON as only players ever with 4,000+ pass yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. • RB AUSTIN EKELER totaled 933 scrimmage yards (530 rush, 403 rec.) in 2020, his 3rd-consecutive season with 900+ scrimmage yards. Has 16 rec. TDs since 2017, tied-most among RBs. • WR KEENAN ALLEN led team in catches (100), rec. yards (992) & rec. TDs (8) in 2020. Is 1 of 2 players (DEANDRE HOPKINS) with 95+ catches in each of past 4 seasons. Has 624 receptions in 100 career games, most-ever by player in 1st 100 games. Has 14 catches for 239 yards (119.5 per game) & TD in 2 career games. vs. Was. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 756 rec. yards & 5 rec. TDs in 2020, his second-straight season with 750+ rec. yards. TE JARED COOK makes LAC debut. Is only TE with 6+ rec. TDs in each of past 3 seasons. • DE JOEY BOSA led team with 7.5 sacks in 2020 & tied-3rd in NFL with 15 TFL. Is only player in NFL with 15+ TFL in each of past 2 seasons. LB KENNETH MURRAY led team with 107 tackles last season, 2nd-most among rookies. CB MICHAEL DAVIS led team with career-high 14 PD & 3 INTs in 2020. Has 7 PD in his past 5 on road. CB CHRIS HARRIS has 21 INTs in 10-year career.

WASHINGTON NOTES:
QB RYAN FITZPATRICK makes Was. debut. Passed for 2,091 yards & 13 TDs with 95.6 rating in 9 games with Mia. in 2020. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 1,042 scrimmage yards (795 rush, 247 rec.) & tied-1st among rookies with 11 rush TDs in 2020. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 at home. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had career-high 954 scrimmage yards (589 rec., 365 rush) & ranked 2nd among RBs with career-high 80 catches last season. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had career-high 87 receptions & 1stcareer 1,000+ rec. yard season (1,118) in 2020. Aims for his 6th in row, incl. postseason, at home with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR CURTIS SAMUEL makes Was. debut. Set career-highs in receptions (77), rec. yards (851) & scrimmage yards (1,051) with Car. in 2020. TE LOGAN THOMAS set career-highs in catches (72), rec. yards (670) & rec. TDs (6) last season. • DE CHASE YOUNG led all rookies with 7.5 sacks & 10 TFL & tied1st in FFs (4) in 2020. Was 1 of 2 rookies (JUSTIN JEFFERSON) selected to 2021 Pro Bowl. DE MONTEZ SWEAT led team with career-high 9 sacks & 12 TFL in 2020. LB JON BOSTIC led team with career-best 118 tackles & had career-high 3 sacks last season. LB JAMIN DAVIS was selected in 1st round (19th overall) in 2021 NFL Draft. CB KENDALL FULLER led team with 4 INTs in 2020. Has 10+ PD in 3 of the past 4 seasons. S KAMREN CURL was only rookie last season with 80+ tackles (88) & 3+ INTs (3). S LANDON COLLINS has 95+ tackles in 5 of 1st 6 NFL seasons.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 108 (LAC), 103 (Was.) | XM: 388 (LAC), 233 (Was.) | SXM App: 817 (LAC), 831 (Was.)

NFL PREVIEW: CLEVELAND BROWNS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 13-11-2

STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 3

LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Chiefs 37 at Browns 21

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Chiefs 17, Browns 13

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 3,563 yards & 26 TDs for career-high 95.9 rating in 2020 & joined HOFer PEYTON MANNING as only players in NFL history with 3,500+ pass yards & 20+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 seasons. Passed for 297 yards & 2 TDs for 95 rating in last regular season meeting. • RB NICK CHUBB totaled 1,217 scrimmage yards (1,067 rush, 150 rec.) & career-high 12 rush TDs last season. Aims for his 5th in row on road in reg. season with rush TD. RB KAREEM HUNT had 1,145 scrimmage yards (841 rush, 304 rec.) & 11 TDs (6 rush, 5 rec.) in 2020, his 3rd career season with 10+ TDs. Totaled 2,984 scrimmage yards & 25 TDs (15 rush, 10 rec.) in 27 games (2017- 18) with KC. • WR JARVIS LANDRY led team in catches (72) & rec. yards (840) in 2020 & became 1st player with 70+ catches in each of 1st 7 seasons. Had rec. TD in 2020 AFC-D meeting. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD catch, incl. postseason. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 5 seasons with 1,000+ rec. yards since 2014, tied 4th-most in NFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. • DE MYLES GARRETT ranked 6th in NFL with 12 sacks in 2020 & is 1 of 3 (AARON DONALD & T.J. WATT) with 10+ sacks in each of past 3 seasons. Has 42.5 career sacks, most by Cle. player in 1st 4 seasons. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with sack, incl. postseason. CB DENZEL WARD tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 18 PD last season. CB TROY HILL & S JOHN JOHNSON make Cle. debuts.

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,740 pass yards & 4th with 38 TD passes in 2020 & became 3rd player ever with 4,000+ pass yards in 3 of 1st 4 seasons. Has 108.7 career rating, highest among qualified passers in NFL history. Became youngest QB (25 years, 143 days) to start 2 Super Bowls. Has 630 passing yards (315 per game) & 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 118.3 rating in 2 career games vs. Cle., incl. postseason. Passed for 23 TDs vs. 2 INTs in 8 home games in 2020. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE ranked 4th among rookies with 1,100 scrimmage yards (803 rush, 297 rec.) last season, 3rdmost ever by KC rookie. RB DARREL WILLAIMS rushed for 78 yards in 2020 AFC-D meeting. • WR TYREEK HILL had 87 catches for 1,276 yards & career-high 17 TDs (15 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. Has 47 rec. TDs & 6 rush TDs & joined HOFer JERRY RICE as only players since 1970 with 35+ rec. TDs & 5+ rush TDs. Had 8 catches for 110 yards in 2020 AFC-D meeting. TE TRAVIS KELCE ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,416 rec. yards in 2020, most-ever by TE in single season. Had 8 catches for 109 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-D meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with rec. TD, incl. postseason. • S TYRANN MATHIEU led all safeties with career-high 6 INTs in 2020. Since 2019, ranks 3rd in NFL with 10 INTs. Had INT & TFL in 2020 AFC-D meeting. DT CHRIS JONES led team with 7.5 sacks last season. Has 38.5 sacks since 2017, 4th-most among DL. DE FRANK CLARK had 3 sacks in 2020 postseason.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 104 (Cle.), 82 (KC) | XM: 382 (Cle.), 227 (KC) | SXM App: 807 (Cle.), 815 (KC)

NFL PREVIEW: MIAMI DOLPHINS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 56-52

STREAKS: Dolphins have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/20/20: Patriots 12 at Dolphins 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Patriots 21, Dolphins 11

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA passed for 1,814 yards & had 14 TDs (11 pass, 3 rush) vs. 5 INTs as rookie in 2020. Joined JEFF KEMP as only rookie QBs in Super Bowl era with 1+ TD pass & 0 INTs in each of 1st 5 career starts. Completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9 pct.) & rushed for career-best 2 TDs in last meeting. • RB MYLES GASKIN led team with career highs in scrimmage yards (972) & rush yards (584) last season. Had 66 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 26 rec.) in last road meeting. Has 432 scrimmage yards (108 per game) in his past 4 on road. RB MALCOLM BROWN makes Mia. debut. Had career-high 581 scrimmage yards (419 rush, 162 rec.) with LAR in 2020. • WR DEVANTE PARKER led team in catches (63) & rec. yards (793) last season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 7+ catches & 115+ rec. yards. WR JAYLEN WADDLE was selected 6th overall in 2021 NFL Draft. TE MIKE GESICKI set career highs in catches (53), rec. yards (703) & rec. TDs (6) in 2020. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD led NFL with 10 INTs & 20 PD last season, becoming 1st player with 10+ INTs in season since ANTONIO CROMARTIE (10 in 2007). Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 22 INTs. Had FF in last meeting. Has INT in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. DE EMMANUEL OGBAH led team with career-best 9 sacks in 2020. Had sack in last meeting. LB JEROME BAKER was 1 of 2 players (DEVIN WHITE) with 100+ tackles (111) & 7+ sacks (7) last season. CB JASON MCCOURTY makes Mia. debut. Had 148 tackles, 19 PD & 2 INTs in past 3 seasons with NE (2018-20)

PATRIOTS NOTES:
QB MAC JONES was selected 15th overall in 2021 NFL Draft & became 1st QB selected in 1st round by NE since DREW BLEDSOE (1st overall) in 1993. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS led team with career-high 691 rush yards in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 70+ rush yards. RB JAMES WHITE leads all active RBs in catches (369), rec. yards (3,184) & rec. TDs (25). Had 52 rec. yards in last meeting. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with career bests in catches (59) & rec. yards (729) in 2020. Had 7 catches for 111 yards in last meeting. WR NELSON AGHOLOR makes NE debut. Had careerhigh 896 rec. yards last season with LV. Had 5 catches for career-high 155 yards & TD in his last game vs. Mia. (12/26/20 with LV). WR KENDRICK BOURNE makes NE debut. Set career bests in receptions (49) & rec. yards (667) in 2020 with SF. Had TD catch in only career game vs. Mia. (10/11/20 with SF). TE HUNTER HENRY makes NE debut. Had career-best 60 catches in 2020 with LAC. Has TD catch in 2 of 3 career games vs. Mia. TE JONNU SMITH makes NE debut. Ranks 3rd among AFC TEs with career-high 8 rec. TDs in 2020 with Ten. • CB J.C. JACKSON ranked 2nd in NFL with career-best 9 INTs in 2020 & is only player with 5+ INTs in each of past 2 seasons. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Mia. with INT. LB MATT JUDON makes NE debut. Is 1 of 3 LBs (KHALIL MACK & T.J. WATT) with 6+ sacks in each of past 4 seasons. LB KYLE VAN NOY had 69 tackles, 6 sacks & career-high 10 TFL in 2020 with Mia.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Mia.), 81 (NE) | XM: 381 (Mia.), 226 (NE) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 821 (NE)

NFL PREVIEW: GREEN BAY PACKERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // TIAA BANK FIELD (JACKSONVILLE) // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 17-9

STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/27/20: Packers 37 at Saints 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/27/20 (New Orleans)

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS became 6th player to win AP MVP 3 times (2011, 2014 & 2020) since 1957. Led NFL with career-high 48 TD passes, tied for 5th-most in single-season in league history, & 121.5 passer rating, 2nd-highest single-season mark in NFL history, in 2020. Has 51,245 pass yards & can surpass HOFer JOHN ELWAY (51,475) for 10th-most pass yards in NFL history. Ranks 7th all-time with 412 pass TDs. Passed for 283 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 124.9 rating in last meeting. • RB AARON JONES ranked 4th in NFL with 1,104 rush yards in 2020. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL (DALVIN COOK) with 30 scrimmage TDs (25 rush, 5 rec.) since 2019. Has 224 scrimmage yards (112 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. NO. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led NFL with 18 rec. TDs, tied-3rd most in single season ever, & ranked tied-2nd in catches (career-high 115) & tied-5th in rec. yards (1,374) in 2020. Leads NFL with 58 rec. TDs since 2016. Aims for his 6th in row on road with TD catch. WR ALLEN LAZARD had career-high 6 catches for career-high 146 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. TE ROBERT TONYAN tied-1st among TEs (TRAVIS KELCE) with career-high 11 rec. TDs last season. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH is 1 of 4 players (SHAQUIL BARRETT, AARON DONALD & T.J. WATT) with 25+ sacks (26) since 2019. Had FF & FR in last meeting. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER ranks tied4th in PD (41) since 2018. S DARNELL SAVAGE led team with career-high 4 INTs in 2020.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 270 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.8 rating in only career start vs. GB (12/3/17 w/ TB). Led NFL in passing yards (5,109) & ranked 2nd in pass TDs (33) in 2019 with TB. • RB ALVIN KAMARA led NFL with franchise-record 21 scrimmage TDs (16 rush, 5 rec.). Leds RBs with 83 catches & became 3rd RB with 50+ catches in each of his 1st 4 seasons. Had career-high 1,688 scrimmage yards (932 rush, 756 rec.) & became 1st player ever with 500+ rush yards & 500+ rec. yards in each of 1st 4 seasons. Had 13 receptions, career-high 197 scrimmage yards (career-high 139 rec., 58 rush) & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. RB LATAVIUS MURRAY is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 5+ TDs in each of past 6 seasons. • WR TRE’QUAN SMITH set career-highs in catches (34) & rec. yards (448) in 2020. Had 85 rec. yards & 2 rec. TDs in NFC-D vs. TB last postseason. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 7.5 sacks in 2020 & ranks 4th in NFL with 93.5 sacks since 2012. Is only player with 7+ sacks in each of past 9 seasons. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 4th-consecutive season with 100+ tackles (team-high 119) last season. Is 1 of 2 LBs (LAVONTE DAVID) with 400+ tackles (475) & 40+ TFL (45) since 2017. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE ranks tied-3rd with 55 PD since 2017 & is 1 of 3 DBs (JAMES BRADBERRY & MARLON HUMPHREY) with 10+ PD in each of the past 4 seasons.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews/Tom Rinaldi (field reporters) SIRIUS: 138 (GB), 83 (NO) | XM: 380 (GB), 225 (NO) | SXM App: 811 (GB), 822 (NO)

NFL PREVIEW: DENVER BRONCOS AT NEW YORK GIANTS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: All-time series tied, 6-6

STREAKS: Broncos have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/15/17: Giants 23 at Broncos 10

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/15/13: Broncos 41, Giants 23

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER makes Den. debut. Set career highs in pass yards (3,733) & TD passes (15) last season with Car. Completed 15 of 25 passes (60 pct.) for 168 yards & TD for 93.4 rating in only career game vs. NYG (12/27/15 with Min.). • RB MELVIN GORDON rushed for 986 yards & 9 TDs in 2020 & is 1 of 2 RBs (TODD GURLEY) with 800+ scrimmage yards in each of past 6 seasons. Is only player with 8+ rush TDs in each of past 5 seasons. Since 2015, ranks 4th in NFL with 45 rush TDs. Had 163 scrimmage yards (105 rush, 58 rec.) in only career game vs. NYG (10/8/17 with LAC.). Has 80+ scrimmage yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC East. • WR JERRY JEUDY had 52 catches & ranked 5th among rookies with 856 rec. yards in 2020, both 2nd-most ever by Den. rookie. WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 72 catches, 1,112 rec. yards & 6 rec. TDs in 2019. TE NOAH FANT set career highs in catches (62) & rec. yards (673) in 2020. • LB VON MILLER has 106 career sacks, most in NFL since 2011. Had sack in last meeting. Has 7 TFL, 5 sacks, 3 FFs & FR in 5 career games vs. NFC East. LB MALIK REED led team with career-high 8 sacks last season. LB BRADLEY CHUBB had 7.5 sacks, 9 TFL & FF in 2020. S JUSTIN SIMMONS recorded 3rd-consecutive season with 90+ tackles (96) & tied-4th in NFL with career-high 5 INTs. Is only safety in NFL with 2+ INTs in each of past 5 seasons. CB RONALD DARBY & CB KYLE FULLER make Den. debuts. CB PAT SURTAIN III selected 9th overall in 2021 NFL Draft.

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 2,943 yards & 11 TDs in 2020. Was 1 of 4 NFC QBs with 400+ rush yards (423) last season. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his past 3 starts at home. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY has 3,563 scrimmage yards (2,344 rush, 1,219 rec.) & 23 TDs (17 rush, 6 rec.) in 31 career games. Has 528 scrimmage yards (105.6 per game) & 4 rush TDs in 5 career home games vs. AFC. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY makes NYG debut. Had 183 catches for 3,068 rec. yards & 21 TDs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Det. Had 6 receptions for 66 yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. Den. (12/22/19 w/ Det.). WR STERLING SHEPARD tied his career high with 66 receptions last season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC with 50+ rec. yards. TE EVAN ENGRAM had 63 catches for 654 yards & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush) in 2020. Had 5 catches for 82 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR KADARIUS TONEY was selected in the 1st round (20th overall) in the 2021 NFL Draft. • LB BLAKE MARTINEZ ranked 3rd in NFL with 151 tackles in 2020, his 4th-consecutive 100+ tackle season. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS led team with career-high 11.5 sacks & 14 TFL. Had 2 sacks in his last game vs. Den. (10/7/18 w/ NYJ). CB JAMES BRADBERRY tied-2nd in NFL with career-high 18 PD in 2020 & is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. S JABRILL PEPPERS set career highs in tackles (89), TFL (8), PD (11) & sacks (2.5) last season. DB LOGAN RYAN is 1 of 3 active DBs with 15+ career INTs (18) & 10+ career sacks (12).

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (Den.), 137 (NYG) | XM: 383 (Den.), 228 (NYG) | SXM App: 809 (Den.), 823 (NYG)

NFL PREVIEW: CHICAGO BEARS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 53-37-3

STREAKS: Rams have won past 2

LAST GAME: 10/26/20: Bears 10 at Rams 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/26/20

BEARS NOTES:

QB ANDY DALTON makes Chi. debut. Had 2,170 pass yards & 14 TDs with Dal. in 2020. Has 3,000+ pass yards in 8 of his 1st 10 seasons. Has 10 TDs vs. 4 INTs in 6 career starts on SNF. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY ranked 5th in NFL with career-best 1,508 scrimmage yards (1,070 rush, 438 rec.) & had 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) last season. Had 69 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 21 rec.) in last meeting. RB DAMIEN WILLIAMS makes Chi. debut. Had 1,001 scrimmage yards (694 rush, 307 rec.) & 13 TDs (9 rush, 4 rec.) with KC, incl. postseason, in 2019. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON led team with 102 receptions & 1,250 rec. yards & had 6 rec. TDs in 2020. Had 70 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards in 10 of his past 11 on road. WR DARNELL MOONEY ranked 5th among rookies with 61 catches last season. TE JIMMY GRAHAM led team with 8 rec. TDs in 2020. Ranks 4th all-time among TEs with 82 rec. TDs. • LB KHALIL MACK led team with 9 sacks in 2020 & is 1 of 2 players (AARON DONALD) with 8+ sacks in each of past 6 seasons. Has 9 sacks, 4 FFs & 3 FR in 10 career games on SNF. Had sack & FF in last meeting. LB ROQUAN SMITH had team-high 139 tackles & ranked 2nd in NFL with 18 TFL last season. Has INT in 2 of his 3 career games vs. LAR. LB ROBERT QUINN had 62.5 sacks & 20 FFs in 95 games with Rams (2011-17). Had FF in last meeting. DL AKIEM HICKS has 5 sacks in his past 5 on SNF & aims for his 4th in row on SNF with sack. DB EDDIE JACKSON had FR-TD in last meeting.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD makes LAR debut. Had 45,109 pass yards & 282 TD passes in 165 career games with Det. (2009- 20). Can become 13th player in NFL history with 300+ career TD passes. Has 5,440 pass yards (272 per game) & 34 TDs (32 pass, 2 rush) in 20 career starts vs. Chi. • RB SONY MICHEL makes LAR debut. Had 2,292 rush yards & 14 rush TDs in 38 career games with NE. RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 783 scrimmage yards (624 rush, 159 rec.) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 2020. • WR COOPER KUPP led team with 92 receptions & 974 rec. yards & had 3 rec. TDs last season. Had 6 catches in last meeting. Has 5+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home. WR ROBERT WOODS had 90 receptions for 936 yards & team-high 8 TDs (6 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. Has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. WR DESEAN JACKSON makes LAR debut. TE TYLER HIGBEE had 44 catches for 521 yards & career-high 5 rec. TDs last season. • DL AARON DONALD tied-2nd in NFL with 13.5 sacks in 2020 & became 4th player since 1982 with 8+ sacks in each of his 1st 7 seasons. Has 4 sacks & FR in 4 career games vs. Chi. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 on SNF. LB LEONARD FLOYD had career highs in sacks (10.5) & TFL (11) in 2020. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. Had 18.5 sacks & 26 TFL in 4 seasons (2016-19) with Chi. CB JALEN RAMSEY had INT in last meeting. CB DARIOUS WILLIAMS led team with career-high 4 INTs & career-best 14 PD in 2020.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 81 (Chi.), 211 (LAR) | XM: 226 (Chi.), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 805 (Chi.), 818 (LAR)

NFL PREVIEW: BALTIMORE RAVENS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

MONDAY, SEPT. 13, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // ALLEGIANT STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Ravens lead all-time series, 8-3

STREAKS: Ravens have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/25/18: Raiders 17 at Ravens 34

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/8/17 (Oakland): Ravens 30, Raiders 17

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON led all QBs with 1,005 rushing yards in 2020 & became 1st QB ever to rush for 1,000+ yards in multiple seasons (1,206 in 2019). Had 15 TDs (10 pass, 5 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 104.2 rating in 7 road games last season. Rushed for 71 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rushed for 302 yards (100.7 per game) & 2 TDs in 3 career games on MNF. • RB GUS EDWARDS set career highs in rush yards (723) & rush TDs (6) last season. Is 1 of 4 RBs with 5+ yards per attempt (5.2) since 2018 (min. 400 attempts). Had 118 rush yards in last meeting. • WR MARQUISE BROWN led team with career highs in rec. yards (769) & rec. TDs (8) last season. Ended 2020 reg. season with rec. TD in 5 of 6 games. WR SAMMY WATKINS makes Bal. debut. Had rec. TD in his last game vs. LV (10/11/20 with KC). TE MARK ANDREWS had 58 catches for 701 yards & 7 TDs last season. Has 17 rec. TDs since 2019, most among TEs. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY led NFL with 8 FFs in 2020, tied 2ndmost by DB since 1994. Is 1 of 3 in NFL with 10+ PD in each of past 4 seasons. CB MARCUS PETERS led team with 4 INTs & was only player in NFL with 4 INTs & 4+ FFs (4) in 2020. Has 31 career INTs, most in NFL since 2015. Had 50-yard INT-TD in his last game vs. Raiders (9/10/18 with LAR). LB PATRICK QUEEN led team with 105 tackles & was only rookie with 100+ tackles & 3+ sacks (3). DE CALAIS CAMPBELL is 1 of 6 active players with 90+ sacks (92).

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR set career highs in pass yards (4,103) & passer rating (101.4) in 2020, his 3rd consecutive season with 4,000+ pass yards. Has 26,896 career pass yards, 4th-most ever by QB in 1st 7 seasons. Ended 2020 season with 315+ pass yards in 4 of 5 games. Has 744 pass yards (248 per game) & 8 TDs vs. INT for 100.1 rating in 3 career games vs. Bal. • RB JOSH JACOBS rushed for 1,065 yards & career-best 12 TDs last season, becoming 1st player in franchise history with 1,000+ rush yards in each of 1st 2 seasons. Has 218 scrimmage yards (109 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 career games on MNF. RB KENYAN DRAKE makes LV debut. Set career highs in rush yards (955) & rush TDs (10) with Az. in 2020. Has 449 scrimmage yards (149.7 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 3 career games on MNF. • TE DARREN WALLER led TEs with 107 catches in 2020, 3rd-most ever by TE in single season. Ended 2020 season with 100+ rec. yards in 3 straight games. Appeared in 18 games (2015-16) with Bal. WR WILLIE SNEAD makes LV debut. Had 126 catches for 1,422 rec. yards & 9 rec. TDs in 3 seasons (2018-20) with Bal. • DE MAXX CROSBY led team with 7 sacks in 2020. Has 30 career TFL, 3rd-most in AFC since 2019. DE YANNICK NGAKOUE makes LV debut. Is 1 of 3 players (AARON DONALD & KHALIL MACK) with 8+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. CB CASEY HAYWARD makes LV debut. Has 100 PD & 23 INTs in 9-year career. LB K.J. WRIGHT makes LV debut. Had 11 TFL, 10 PD & 2 FRs in 2020 with Sea. Has 3 PD in 3 career games vs. Bal.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN/ABC (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (Bal.), 83 (LV) | XM: 226 (Bal.), 225 (LV) | SXM App: 802 (Bal.), 816 (LV)

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS

INDIANS BASEBALL: Nogowski’s Five-RBI Night Lifts Indians Over Bats

LOUISVILLE, KY. – John Nogowski knocked in a career-high five RBI to lead the Indianapolis Indians to a 12-3 win over the Louisville Bats on Friday night.

The Indians (53-58) started off hot in the top of the first inning with a single from Tucupita Marcano and an RBI single from Hunter Owen to put Indy on the board. Nogowski hit a double to left-center field to score Owen and take the early lead 2-0.

In the top of the second frame the Indians added two more runs with an RBI double from Marcano and a RBI single from Jared Oliva to add onto their lead 4-0.

The Bats (48-63) got on the board with one run in the bottom of the second inning with an RBI double from Michael De Leon.

After a double from Owen and walks to Nogowski and Davis, Chris Sharpe doubled through the left side to score two runs in the top of the third inning. The Indians added another run in the fourth with an RBI single from Nogowski to extend their lead to 7-1.

Indy collected another insurance run in the sixth inning after a fielding error by the Bats’ right fielder allowed Oliva to score on a single from Phillip Evans.

The scoring continued for the Indians when they added four runs in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly from Owen and a three-run home run over the left field wall from Nogowski.

Louisville fought back in the bottom of the ninth with two runs on a home run from Jan Hernandez but the Bats did not come close as the Indians held onto the 12-3 lead.

James Marvel (W, 5-6) threw his third quality start for the Indians this season to earn the win. He held the Louisville offense to one run on four hits with seven strikeouts in six innings of work. Tommy Milone (L, 0-2) took the loss on the mound for the Bats allowing six runs on six hits in two innings.

The Indians and Bats will face off again Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 PM ET. RHP Miguel Yajure (1-3, 3.58) will take the mound against RHP Michael Mariot (5-4, 3.89).

Webber Hat Trick Leads Hoosiers to 4-0 Victory over Murray State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Paige Webber came into the match against Murray State with one shot on the season and left with three goals as the Indiana women’s soccer team won 4-0 against the Racers on Thursday at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
 
KEY MOMENTS
• In the 29th minute Jordyn Levy picked up where she left off as Oliwia Vos played a beautiful ball and Levy headed it in to put the Hoosiers on the board.
• In the 44th minute Webber scored her first goal on an assist from Melanie Forbes and she put it in the back of the net from just outside the six yard box.
• In the 65th minute Webber picked back up the scoring on an assist from Camille Hamm, which Webber chipped over the goal keeper.
• Webber completed the hat trick in the 72nd minute on a ball from Jen Blitchok just past midfield, who hit a running Webber, who played it off her left foot to the right corner of the goal.

NOTABLES
• The Hoosiers improved to 5-1-1 on the season.
• Indiana has scored a combined 10 goals in their last two matches.
• Paige Webber is the eighth player in IU women’s soccer history to record a hat trick in a match and first since 2013.
• Jordyn Levy, the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, scored her fourth goal of the season.
 
UP NEXT
The Hoosiers travel l to Kansas State for a match against the Wildcats on Sunday at 8pm ET.

No. 10 Louisville Fends Off No. 6 Purdue

CINCINNATI, Ohio – In the Boilermakers’ first top-10 matchup of the season, No. 6 Purdue (4-1) suffered its first loss of the season to No. 10 Louisville (7-0) in straight sets (19-25, 16-25, 21-25).

An effective Cardinal block, which entered the match No. 10 in the nation, caused problems for the Boilermakers, forcing a season-high 18 errors on their way to holding Purdue to just a .124 hitting %. 

The Boilermakers were led by setter Hayley Bush, who notched her first double-double of the season, finishing the day with 25 assists and 12 digs. Meanwhile Caitlyn Newton secured a team-best 11 kills.

Defensively, 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Jena Otec produced 20 digs after seeing 19 receptions and a perfect reception rate.

Set 1
A back and forth battle ensued for the first 24 serves before Louisville began to pull away. The Boilermakers allowed a 4-0 run for the Cardinals to take the eventual game-winning lead with a 14-18 advantage. Purdue was led by Maddie Koch and Newton (three kills apiece) while Bush’s four digs were a team-best.

Set 2
The Purdue offense was stifled by seven Louisville blocks in the set. Grace Cleveland proved to be the most effective with a .429 hitting efficiency (four kills, one error on seven swings), while Newton put down five kills. In the back row, libero Otec secured seven digs in an effort to slow the Louisville attack.

Set 3
Purdue took a quick 2-0 lead and were able to spread the attack with six Boilermakers earning at least one kill in the set. Not only did Purdue out-block Louisville in the set 4-2, but was able to double the amount of Louisville errors (4-8). Emma Ellis went errorless with two kills on five swings, while Bush dug five balls, second only to Jena Otec (10).
 
Purdue will be back in the Cintas Center for one more match tomorrow. The Boilermakers will play the loser of Xavier vs. Lipscomb at either 3:30 or 6 p.m. ET.

ButlerMSoccer Unable to Break Through at Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – The Butler men’s soccer team (1-3-1) lost its second straight road match, an 0-1 defeat to the Wisconsin Badgers (1-2-2).

Key Moments

·   5′ | Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. takes a pass at the top of the box, but his hard shot is saved by the Badgers’ diving keeper.

·   11′ | A Wisconsin free kick lands dangerously in front of the Bulldogs’ goal, but a Butler defender clears it away.

·   33′ | A Wisconsin throw-in leads to a header in the box, towards the goal, but Gabriel Gjergji makes the save.

·   39′ | A hard Wisconsin shot from the top of box, directly at Gjergi, is saved.

·   HALFTIME

·   49′ | The Badgers carry to the right corner and send a diagonal ball back to the top of the box. Tim Bielick shoots to the lower left corner of the goal and scores for the Badgers, who take a 1-0 lead.

·   51′ | A Jack Haywood free kick toward the upper right corner forces a diving save by Wisconsin’s keeper.

·   52′ | Wisconsin carries into the box, and a low shot forces a Gjergji save.

·   62′ | A hard Butler shot is blocked by a defender, and the ricochet is driven, by Quint Breitkreuz, from 25 yards out, directly at the goal. A diving keeper save leads to a corner kick, which is headed by Griffin DeBolt and saved.

·   84′ | A Haywood shot forces a final save by Wisconsin’s keeper.


Butler Points Summary
GOALS: (none)
ASSISTS: (none)


Bulldog Bits

·   Butler created 10 shots in the match, compared to 13 for Wisconsin. The Bulldogs had five on target and the Badgers, only four.

·   Senior Jack Haywood led Butler with three shots, while three other Bulldogs had two.

·   Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji made three saves for the Bulldogs.


Up Next
Butler returns to Indianapolis, Ind., to host its first BIG EAST match of the season. The Bulldogs will face Connecticut on Saturday, September 18, at 7 pm, in the Sellick Bowl. Then, Lipscomb will come to town for a home, non-conference contest on Tuesday, September 21.

ButlerXCTF Sweeps Team Titles at IUPUI Jaguar Classic

Both the Butler women and men cruised to team titles at the IUPUI Jaguar Classic Friday afternoon at the Northview Church course in Carmel, Ind.

It was Butler’s second consecutive weekend competing on the Northview course, which will also host the BIG EAST Championships later this fall.

Mia Beckham pulled away from teammate Angelina Ellis over the final 300 meters, claiming the women’s individual title in 20:59.6. Ellis was just behind her, covering the 6k course in 21:02.4. That duo was joined in the front pack by teammate Maddie McLain for much of the race. McLain finished third in a time of 21:09.0.

Kami Hankins finished fifth overall and fourth in the team competition (21:28.6). Margo Hornocker, who also ran a week ago at Northview, was Butler’s fifth scorer Friday. She finished eighth in the team standings at 22:11.6. The next runner across the line was Camille Hines (22:22.2), who was followed by two Butler freshmen running unattached in Elsa Rusthoven and Ashley Learn.

Butler’s team score of 18 gave the Bulldogs a significant advantage over second-place Milwaukee (64) and the host Jaguars (94). There were six teams and 62 runners in the field.

Jesse Hamlin won the men’s 8k race in a time of 24:21.3. His training has been limited recently with a nagging injury, but it didn’t show Friday as he led the lead pack of Bulldogs for the opening 7k before pulling away from his teammates over the closing stretch.

Butler had five of the top six finishers on the men’s side, just missing out on a perfect team score. Jack McMahon (24:26.8), Evan Byrne (24:28.1) and Will Minnette (24:42.4) followed Hamlin across the line, while Ryan Adkins (24:53.6) was sixth.

The meet featured six teams with IUPUI finishing second with a team score of 49, far off the pace of Butler’s 16. Milwaukee was third with 94 points.

Another five Bulldogs were among the Top 20 performers in the 78-runner field. That group was led by Max Lauerman and Nate Lantz in 13th and 14th, respectively.

The Bulldogs are now off from competition until the Joe Piane Invitational Oct. 1. The meet, which will feature a national field, is hosted by Notre Dame.

ButlerVB Sweeps Nevada at Cal Tournament

Berkeley, Calif. – Butler won its second match of the Cal Tournament with a sweep over Nevada. The Bulldogs (4-4) took a tight first set before cruising to victory in the final two sets over the Wolf Pack (1-7).

Set 1: Butler 25-23
The Bulldogs got out to an early 7-3 lead thanks to kills from four different players. The teams would go back-and-forth from there until a Nevada 4-0 run put the Wolf Pack ahead at 21-20. However, Butler would rally back to take the set with the help of kills from Melody Davidson and Brittany Robinson. Davidson and Mariah Grunze led the Bulldog offense in the first set with four kills each.

Set 2: Butler 25-19
Another two kills apiece for Davidson and Grunze got Butler out to a strong 9-4 start, and the Bulldogs would not look back from there. Nevada did get to within two though late in the set at 21-19, but the Bulldogs responded with a 4-0 run and clinched the set on a Grace Boggess ace. Davidson (five kills), Grunze (four kills) and Boggess (two aces, two kills) led the offensive attack for the Bulldogs.

Set 3: Butler 25-18
The Wolf Pack got out an early 8-5 lead, but the Bulldogs took 8-of-9 points to build a 13-9 lead. Nevada would rally to get within one at 18-17, but back-to-back aces from Boggess and then a kill by Brittany Robinson helped put the match away for Butler. Three kills from Robinson and another two kills, two aces set from Boggess led the way for the Bulldogs.

Stat of the Match:
Butler out-blocked Nevada 13-4.

Inside the Box Score:
-Davidson finished with 15 points on 11 kills and eight block assists.
-Boggess filled up the stat sheet with five kills, five digs, four aces and four total blocks.
Jaymeson Kinley contributed 14 digs, an ace and an assist.
-Grunze and Amina Shackelford added seven kills each.

Up Next:
Butler will be back in action Saturday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. to face the host Cal for the final match of the Cal Tournament.

Volleyball Tops Iowa in Five to Close Friday Action

CORALVILLE, Iowa – – While the morning session did not go exactly as planned, the Ball State women’s volleyball team rallied to end the opening day of the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament with a 3-2 (29-27, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12) victory over host Iowa Friday evening.
 
The Cardinals (8-1) rebounded from a 3-1 (26-24, 18-25, 25-19, 25-13) loss to Iowa State earlier in the day by battling back late in the fifth set versus the Hawkeyes (0-6).
 
“We showed great fight and toughness to finish tonight,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “We had to learn some lessons about not letting our foot off the gas, and I thought our intensity and focus really dialed in for the fifth set and that made the difference.”
 
Iowa led by 9-8 late in the fifth set before back-to-back errors gave the Cardinals the lead. Kills by graduate transfer outside Jaclyn Bulmahn and junior opposite Natalie Mitchem extended the Ball State’s lead to 12-10.
 
Three plays later it was a service ace from senior defensive specialist Cathryn Starck which gave BSU match point at 14-11. That was preceded by a kill from sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland. After one last Hawkeyes point, Mitchem ended the match with her team-leading 15th kill of the night.
 
“Mitch was on fire tonight,” Phillips said about the team’s top attacker. “She was hitting big-time angles and finding holes all over. She played with a ton of intensity and that game winner was a championship swing.”
 
The final few points echoed the entirety of the match, which saw a complete team effort guide the Cardinals to victory. Ball State had five players finish the contest with at least nine kills, while three posted double-figure digs.
 
In addition to Mitchem’s strong night, graduate transfer Emily Hollowell had a big night with a career-high 11 kills and three total blocks. Bulmahn and Gilliland added 10 kills apiece, while junior middle Marie Plitt scored nine kills and tied for match-high honors with five total blocks.
 
“Our balanced offense was again a strength of ours,” Phillips added. “Megan did a great job of finding the right hitters at the right moment, and our hitters came through when we needed it!”
 
All that offensive firepower was set up by freshman setter Megan Wielonski who earned her fifth consecutive double-double with 48 assists and 12 digs. She also tallied four total blocks and serve up two aces while guiding Ball State to a .265 (58-14-166) attack percentage on the night.
 
In the backcourt, sophomore libero Kate Vinson led the Cardinals with 17 digs, her 10 consecutive match in double figures dating back to last season. Another big factor in the backcourt was junior transfer Havyn Gates who recorded 12 digs and served up a pair of aces.
 
Overall, the Ball State defense limited Iowa to a .188 (66-34-170) attack percentage, while holding a 10.0 to 7.0 edge in total blocks. The Hawkeyes held a 78 to 65 advantage in digs, while serving up seven aces to BSU’s six.
 
The Hawkeyes Courtney Buzzerio led all players with 22 kills, while Addie VanderWeide registered a match-best 23 digs.
 
“I am really proud of how our team bounced back tonight,” Miller concluded. “That shows me that we have confidence in ourselves as well as toughness.”
 
The Ball State women’s volleyball team closes play in the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament Saturday at Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) versus Syracuse.
 
MATCH 1 RECAP: Iowa State 3 – Ball State 1
Friday’s opener was an offensive slugfest, with both offenses firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, it was the Cyclones (5-1) who came out on top, holding a .301 (66-22-146) to .240 (46-15-129) attacking advantage.
 
That allowed the hosts for the neutral site event to earn a 3-1 (26-24, 18-25, 25-19, 25-13) victory and hand the Cardinals their first loss of the young season.
 
Despite the setback, there were several bright spots for Ball State, which connected for a .500 (16-1-30) rate of success in its second-set victory. Among them were the continued solid play of Wielonski, who earned her fourth consecutive double-double with 40 assists and 12 digs.
 
Leading the Ball State attack was Bulmahn with 12 kills and a .226 (12-5-31) attacking mark, while Gilliland hit a team-best .438 (7-0-16).
 
In the backcourt, Vinson collected double-digit digs for the eighth time this season, and ninth straight match, with a team-high 14. Gates also served up a team-high three aces.
 
The Cyclones Eleanore Holthaus led all players with 19 kills, while Marija Popovic was credited with a match-best 12 digs.

10-MEN IRISH RESCUE AWAY POINT AT BC IN ACC OPENER

NEWTON, Mass. — Down a goal and a man, Notre Dame’s Matthew Roou scored his second career goal just before the half in what ended up being a crucial goal in a 1-1 draw at Boston College to open conference play.

The Irish had a man sent off in the 35th minute after already trailing 1-0 and managed to escape with a draw behind a gutty team defensive performance on Friday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Irish nearly found the opening goal in the 15th minute, as a shot off a corner from inside the box from Mohamed Omar was saved and the follow-up chance from  Roou found the post. Unfortunately for Notre Dame, just minutes later Stefan Sigurdarson scored to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Notre Dame was unable to capitalize on two chances from throw-ins around the 30th minute and then were reduced to 10 men after Tyler Shea was sent off for a sliding challenge that earned a red card.

The Irish dug in and leveled the score at 1-1 right before the half off the goal from Roou in the 44th minute. Fellow freshman Josh Ramsey picked out the winger with a perfect ball over the top. Roou cut onto his left foot and placed his shot inside the far post to send the Irish into the half level at 1-1.

Playing with just 10 men, the Irish got stuck in for the second half, not allowing Boston College to score the go-ahead goal. Notre Dame defenders put in blocks all over the final third to send the match to overtime.

Notre Dame continued to limit the Boston College opportunities in the two overtime sessions and managed to complete the 110 minutes level at 1-1 to earn the draw.

McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE

On the performance…

“I am very proud of the team’s response. Scoring a goal quickly after going a man down doesn’t happen very often. You never want to go down a man but you hope the team responds like we did tonight. We fought hard and fought smart and showed this group has a special mentality.”

ND STAT OF THE MATCH

The Irish outscored Boston College 1-0 when playing a man down over the final 75:39 of play.

NOTES

  • The Irish are unbeaten against Boston College over the last four meetings (3-0-1) and now are 10-4-2 against the Eagles in series history.
  • The goal is Roou’s second of the season.
  • Ramsey picked up his first point in his collegiate career, recording the assist on the goal from Roou.

UP NEXT

The Irish return home from the two match road swing to host Michigan State at Alumni Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The game will be broadcast on ACCN.

IRISH HOCKEY RELEASES 2021-22 SCHEDULE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — The 2021-22 Notre Dame hockey schedule has been released and the Fighting Irish will open the upcoming regular-season at home against Long Island on Saturday, October 9. 

Notre Dame is slated to play a home exhibition game against the USNTDP on Sunday, October 3 to get the season started. All told, the Irish will play 10 regular season non-conference games (eight at home) as well as 24 Big Ten conference games (12 at home). 

Notre Dame opens Big Ten play with a two-game road series at Minnesota (Oct. 29-30). 

The Big Ten tournament will return to a three-weekend format, beginning with best-of-three quarter final series on March 4-6, followed by the semifinals (March 12) and championship game (March 19). 

NCAA Regionals are slated for March 25-27, followed by the Frozen Four in Boston (April 7-9).

Game times and television coverage will be released in the coming weeks.

Ticket Information
The renewal process for returning season ticket members is underway with a September 29 deadline. More information will be released soon regarding the on-sale dates for season, mini plans and single-game tickets. In 2019-20, the Fighting Irish sold out 12 games at Compton Family Ice Arena. For more information, visit UND.com/BuyTickets or call 1-833-ND-IRISH.

2021-22 Notre Dame Hockey Schedule
Oct. 3
 USNTDP (Exhibition)
Oct. 9
 Long Island University
Oct. 15 at Michigan Tech
Oct. 16 at Northern Michigan
Oct. 21 (Th.) RIT
Oct. 22 (Fr.)
 RIT
Oct. 29 at Minnesota
Oct. 30 at Minnesota
Nov. 4 (Th.) Holy Cross
Nov. 5 (Fr.)
 Holy Cross
Nov. 12
 Wisconsin
Nov. 13
 Wisconsin
Nov. 19 at Michigan
Nov. 20 at Michigan
Nov. 26 Boston College
Dec. 3
 Ohio State
Dec. 4
 Ohio State
Dec. 10
 Michigan State
Dec. 11
 Michigan State
Jan. 1
 Niagara
Jan. 2
 Niagara
Jan. 7 at Penn State
Jan. 8 at Penn State
Jan. 14 at Ohio State
Jan. 15 at Ohio State
Jan. 28 Minnesota
Jan. 29
 Minnesota
Feb. 4
 Penn State
Feb. 5
 Penn State
Feb. 11 at Wisconsin
Feb. 12 at Wisconsin
Feb. 18 at Michigan State
Feb. 19 at Michigan State
Feb. 25 Michigan
Feb. 26
 Michigan
March 4-6 Big Ten First Round (Campus Sites)
March 12 Big Ten Semifinals (Campus Sites)
March 19 Big Ten Championship (Campus Sites)
March 25-27 NCAA Regionals (TBA)
April 7-9 NCAA Frozen Four (Boston, Massachusetts)

Sycamores Fall in Road Contest at Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio – Indiana State women’s soccer fell to Toledo 1-0 on Friday night in a road matchup at Paul Hotmer Stadium.  

The first half saw only six total shots from both teams with five coming from Toledo and one from Indiana State. Maddie Alexander made three saves for the Sycamores and Emma Boutorwick recorded one save for the Rockets to bring the match to a 0-0 tie at the half.

The match remained scoreless through 78 minutes until Toledo’s Claire Cahalan scored on a free kick from just outside the box to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead.

The Rockets finished with 17 shot attempts on the night with eight being on goal. Stephanie Currie recorded five shot attempts to pace Toledo.

 Indiana State was held to just three shot attempts with one on goal. Alexander finished with seven saves for the Sycamores.

The Sycamores will return home to Memorial Stadium to wrap up non-conference play on Sunday against Saint Louis at 1 p.m. ET.

Gritty Sycamores Earn Comeback Victory over Western Michigan

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s volleyball earned their first comeback victory of the year on Friday evening, winning three straight sets after falling behind, 2-0, to defeat Western Michigan, 3-2 (18-25,21-25,25-23,25-21,16-14).
 
With the victory, the Sycamores (5-2, 0-0 MVC) have extended their winning streak to four while also earning their first win after facing a 2-0 deficit since overtaking Northern Iowa, 3-2, on Feb. 28, 2021. It is the longest winning streak since taking five-straight during the beginning of the 2015 season.
 
Four Sycamores tallied at least 10 kills on the evening, led by Kaitlyn Hamilton with 14, while Karinna Gall contributed 12, Mallory Keller ended at 11 and Madeline Williams got up for 10. As a team, Indiana State recorded 61 kills while hitting .251. Western Michigan (5-3, 0-0 MAC) ended their evening with 74 kills.
 
In her second game back for the season, Chloe Mason recorded a double-double with 32 assists and 18 digs. Gall also earned a double-double for the match, adding a team-best 21 digs to go along with her 12 kills. Senior libero, Melina Tedrow, also got down for 18 digs. The Broncos held a 99-92 advantage, however.
 
Indiana State was dominant at the net, thanks to the wall that Williams and Gall formed. Williams recorded a solo block with four block assists while Gall ended with two solo blocks and three block assists, including the match-winner. As a team, ISU out-blocked WMU, 9-3. Williams, the senior, also ended with a team-best three service aces.
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
Set One – WMU 25, ISU 18
– Indiana State hit just .105 with eight kills, compared to 14 kills from the opposition.
– Maggie King of WMU tallied 7 of her kills in the opening frame.
– Madeline Williams and Storm Suhre each added two block assists of their own.
 
Set Two – WMU 25, ISU 21
– The Broncos held a 20-14 kill advantage over the Trees.
– The Blue & White recorded 27 digs, including seven from sophomore Ashley Eck.
– Both squads hit .273 for the frame.
 
Set Three – ISU 25, WMU 23
– ISU faced a 20-15 deficit and was behind 23-20 before ending the set on a 5-0 run.
– The Sycamores hit better with 15 kills on .293 hitting.
– Mason and Emma Kaelin dished out seven and six assists, respectively.
– WMU committed two errors in the final four points.
 
Set Four – ISU 25, WMU 21
– Indiana State used a 4-1 run to end the frame, with the Broncos committing three errors during that time.
– A .302 hitting percentage gave the Trees their best offensive frame of the match.
– Both teams tallied 26 digs, including eight from Mason.
– Gall and Keller each soared for four kills while hitting .571 and .364, respectively.
 
Set Five – ISU 16, WMU 14
– In the shortened set, the Sycamores found themselves behind, 12-9, before three consecutive kills from Kylie Newby, Gall and Hamilton tied the match.
– An attack error from the Broncos would give ISU the lead on the next point and the Blue & White would never trail again.
– Gall put the match away with a solo block on the last play of the evening.
– Hamilton came up in a big way in the final frame, putting down a set-best four kills.
 
Indiana State returns to action for their final game of the Sycamore Invitational when they host Austin Peay at 2 p.m. ET. The match will be streamed live on ESPN3.

Men’s Cross Country Finishes Sixth At IUPUI Jaguar Classic

CARMEL, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s cross country team placed sixth at the IUPUI Jaguar Classic on Friday, Sept. 10 in Carmel, Ind. 

For the men’s team, this was the first 8K race of the season, The race consisted of 78 runners and included Horizon League foes IUPUI, UIC, Milwaukee, and Wright State. Butler was the winner of the men’s race with a total of 16 points

Leading the way for the Mastodon was Draven Thompson. He finished in 26th place with a time of 26:15.70. Behind Thompson was Nathan Mills in 28th place (26:22.40), Nicholas Mills in 32nd place (26:56.90) (both times for the Mills brothers are personal records), Husam Saleh in 35th place (27:23.70), Kobe Milledge in 39th (27:37.60), Noah Wright in 41st place (28:36.60) and JT Hodges in 42nd place (29:05.20). To view full results, click on the link provided

The Mastodons will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 17 at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. 

King Placed Top 10 For Second Straight Race

CARMEL, Ind. – Madison King placed in the top 10 for the second race in a row this season at the IUPUI Jaguar Classic on Friday, Sept. 10.

In Friday’s race, the Mastodons placed sixth. It was their first 6K race of the season. The race consisted of 62 runners and included Horizon League foes IUPUI, UIC, Milwaukee, and Wright State. Butler was the winner of the meet with a total of 18 points.

King finished the race in sixth place with a time of 21:53.60, which was a new personal record. Behind King was Brooke Neal who finished in 22nd place (23:09.70), Madison Langdon in 31st place (24:15.40), both ran in their first career 6K, Kathy Potter in 36th (25:03.00), Makaila Groves in 38th place (25:16.90), Paige Benecke in 39th (25:20.40), Mercedes Sarver in 40th (26:56.40), Aeryn Bradley in 60th place (27:29.10) and Michaela Sheets in 62nd place (29:30.6). To view full race results, click on the link

The Mastodons will be back in action next Friday, Sept. 17 at the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich. 

Second Half Comeback Results In A 2-2 Tie Against Chicago State

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. – After scoring two goals in the final 20 minutes of the second half, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team finished non-league play with a 2-2 tie against Chicago State on Friday, Sept. 10.

The Mastodons will head into Horizon League play with a 1-2-4 record overall. This is the first time the Mastodons have entered conference play with two losses or less in program history.

Chicago State got on the board with an early first half goal in the games fourth minute scored by Sara Quevedo. The Cougars would continue to put the pressure on the ‘Dons with a goal from Julia Oliveira in the games 54th minute. The Mastodons would get on the board in the 72nd minute with a goal from Mackenzie Evans. Evans now leads the team in goals with two. With the energy and momentum on their side, the Mastodons would tie the game in the 82nd minute with a goal from Kelsey Gallagher. The goal would come off a free kick just outside the goalie box, Gallagher was able to sneak the ball past the goalkeeper to the top left corner of the net. The ‘Dons would keep up the pressure in overtime, putting up four shots to Chicago State’s zero, but was unable to find the back of the net.

The Mastodons had an 18-10 shot advantage on the day, including 17 shots in the second half and overtime periods. Of the 18 shots, six were on goal for the ‘Dons while the seven of the Cougars 10 shots were on goal. Morgan Reitano led the ‘Dons in shots with three. Alexandra Ibarra, Gallagher, Zoe Greenhalge, and Lizzie Haub each added two shots. Samantha Castaneda started in goal for the Mastodons. In 110 minutes in net, she racked up five saves and allowed two goals.

The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 16 (6 p.m.) against UIC for its Horizon League opener. Thursday’s game will also be the second annual Party at the Pitch.

Mids Take Friday Match With Mastodon Women’s Volleyball

LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped its opening match of the Liberty Invitational on Friday (Sept. 10) to Navy 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-18).

In the opening set, the Mastodons and Mids had eight ties and five lead changes. The ‘Dons led as late as 17-16 after a kill from Sidney Schiller, but Navy had a 9-2 finish to the set. Katie Crowe had five kills on 10 attempts in the first set.

After Navy took a 6-4 lead in the second, the Mastodons went on a 9-2 run. Ramei Jackson capped off the stretch with a block and a kill. The Mids responded with a 11-1 run to retake the lead that would hold to the end of the set.

Navy never trailed in the final set. The ‘Dons forced a tie score at 10-apiece after Madison Gates picked up a kill and forced a miscue from the Mids. Navy took a 6-0 run to a 16-10 lead. Purdue Fort Wayne had a 5-1 run later in the set that saw three kills from Schiller and blocks from Maggie Castleman and Jackson, but Navy took four of the last five points of the set.

Rachael Crucis had 10 digs to lead the match. Navy’s Jamie Llewellyn had 12 kills on 20 swings for a .500 hitting clip.

Purdue Fort Wayne falls to 1-6, while Navy improves to 4-3. The Mastodons are back in action on Saturday morning (Sept. 11) against Liberty at 10 a.m.

JAGUARS EARN RUNNER-UP FINISH AT NORTHVIEW ON FRIDAY

CARMEL, Ind. – The IUPUI men’s cross country team put up a strong effort in capturing a runner-up finish at its Jaguar Invitational at Northview Church on Friday night (Sept. 10). No. 9 Butler took the top spot with 16 points while IUPUI was second with 49. 

Milwaukee (94), UIC (99), Wright State (145) and Purdue Fort Wayne (160) rounded out the six-team field. 

Reigning Horizon League Runner of the Week Nate Kaiser paced IUPUI and placed fifth of 78 runners with a time of 24:52.3, just off a five-minute mile pace. Behind him, classmate Brennan Butche was seventh in a time of 25:03.0 and Eric Petersen was tenth at 25:16.5. 

Nick Perkins spun a time of 25:20.1 to finish 12th and Carmel-native Grant Moon was 15th in his collegiate debut in a time of 25:31.0. Head coach Chuck Koeppen‘s squad flashed some depth as well as two-time All-Horizon League performer Alex Ratkovich was 17th overall at 25:37.3 and Mitchell Gits, the league reigning Freshman of the Year, was 19th at 25:40.8. 

Mitchell Rans, who was the team’s No. 5 finisher at the season opener, clocked a time of 25:54.8 and Eric Hoffman finished at 26:06.5. 

“I thought tonight was a lot of fun. We had a ton of alumni out here supporting us and just a really good showing from our guys. Butler is tough as nails, but I think we’ve got a pretty tough bunch as well,” Koeppen said. “Those guys up front in Kaiser and Butche have been really good for us so far this season. 

“I really like our team – we’ve just got a blue collar group of guys. They come out everyday ready to work and improve and work together well. I think if we continue to work hard and progress, we’ve got the opportunity to have something special.”

Butler runners nabbed the top four spots to easily win the meet while IUPUI’s depth was evident from the opening gun. 

The Jaguars will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 1 when they compete in Notre Dame’s Joe Piane Invitational in South Bend. 

WOMEN’S XC TEAM PLACES THIRD AT JAGUAR INVITATIONAL

CARMEL, Ind. – The IUPUI women’s cross country team finished third of six teams at its own Jaguar Invitational at Northview Church on Friday night (Sept. 10), trailing only Butler and fellow Horizon League foe Milwaukee. Head coach Antonio McDaniel‘s team finished ahead of UIC, Wright State and Purdue Fort Wayne as five Horizon League teams got a preview of the host site for the league championship later this fall. 

For the second straight meet to start the year, sophomore Hannah Sale led IUPUI to the finish line by covering the 6,000m course in a time of 22:40.9. Classmate Ellie Cates came in at 22:48.1 as the pair finished 11th and 13th among the attached entries, respectively. 

Senior Sabrina Elder spun a time of 23:06.1 and sophomore Madison Fry finished at 23:25.6. True freshman Laci Provenzano rounded out the top five at 23:47.0 and Kara Krol was just off her pace at 23:54.2. 

Alexandra Schwartz gutted out a 25:05.0 effort and Nahlee Gordon finished at 27:39.0 in her first collegiate 6K. 

IUPUI continued to run without the services of sophomores Sophie Reichard and Makenna Sunbury, both of whom were expected to be among the Jaguars’ top five entering the campaign. Regardless, McDaniel’s group showed they can compete, even shorthanded. 

“I’m really proud of how our group competed today,” McDaniel said. “Many of our athletes did a great job moving up the last half of the race, which was the plan. We had many 6K PR’s and finished ahead of a few conference teams. I really like the progress I’ve seen from them these past couple of weeks.”

Butler coasted to the team title with just 18 points, claiming the top four spots by attached runners. Mia Beckham won the race in a time of 20:59.6 and teammate Angelina Ellis was second at 21:02.4. Milwaukee finished with 64 points and IUPUI was third with 94 points, edging UIC by 15 points. 

The Jaguars will return to action on Oct. 1 when they compete in the Joe Piane Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame at Warren Golf Course. 

BROWN RACKS UP 17 KILLS IN 3-1 LOSS TO AUSTIN PEAY

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The IUPUI volleyball team got 17 kills from freshman Briana Brown, but fell short to Austin Peay on day two of the Sycamore Invitational on Friday (Sept. 10). The Jaguars played APSU tight throughout, but ultimately fell to the Govs, 3-1 (25-13, 26-24, 23-25, 19-25). 

Brown had 17 kills and 17 digs and Emily Alan had nine kills and hit .211 on the day. Tegan Seyring had a team-high 13 kills for Austin Peay (5-3) and the setting duo of Kelsey Mead and Caroline Waite had 20 and 19 assists, respectively. 

After falling in a forgettable first set by a 25-13 score, the IUPUI offense came to life in the second set. The Jaguars surged out to an 11-7 lead behind some early attacks from Maddie Haines and continued to maintain the advantage. Austin Peay scored four points in succession to tie the score at 16 all before committing a service error to deliver the lead back to the Jags. After a sideout, IUPUI fired back with another Haines kill and proceeded to tack on the game’s next three points to build a 21-17 lead. However, IUPUI was unable to get to the finish line as three straight attacking errors helped the Govs pull even. Head coach Lindsey Froehlich tried to quiet Austin Peay with two different timeouts, but was unable to stem the rally. A Millai Madison kill gave IUPUI a 23-22 lead, but Austin Peay retaliated with the next two points. Brown put home a kill to tie the score at 24 all before Austin Peay notched the final two points of the set. 

The third set saw IUPUI share the wealth offensively as Haines, Madison, Alan and Brown all put down three kills. The Jaguars built a 15-9 lead, largely through the service of Brown and Rhiannon Schuenemann. The Govs snuck within a point at 21-20 before Madison came up with a pivotal kill. Austin Peay got back within a point at 24-23, but ultimately committed an error to give the Jags the final point. 

Brown came out hot in the fourth set, putting home three early kills as IUPUI took an early 6-4 lead. The lead remained in IUPUI’s favor until Austin Peay tallied four straight points to nab a 15-14 advantage. The Jags hung close until Austin Peay pulled away late for a 25-19 win. 

Haines closed with eight kills and Madison had seven. Brooke Phillips finished with 38 assists and Schuenemann had a game-high 25 digs. 

IUPUI will cap the three-game tournament against Western Michigan on Saturday (Sept. 11) at 10:00 a.m.. 

Aces drop road trip opener at Denver, 1-0

DENVER, Colo. – Opening its western road trip, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team locked-in on defense and limited the Pioneers second-half opportunities, but were unable to equalize the match in a 1-0 loss on Friday night in Denver, Colo.

“We’re a young team that’s battling adversity right now. We got punched in the face by Denver and responded in the second half and made a game of it,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “I’m proud of the way the guys fought and battled and we’ll regroup and get ready for Air Force on Sunday.”

The hosts owned much of the chances in the opening half, but it took both sides a while to fine their footing. The first shot of the contest did not occur until the 14th minute as the Pioneers had a shot blocked. Redshirt junior Jacob Madden looked strong between the posts for the Aces, turning away a couple of opportunities for Denver early on. With the half waning down, Denver jumped on the scoreboard with a goal by Trevor Right in the 41st minute as the Pioneers took a goal lead to the half.

Opening the second 45 minutes, the Aces attack paid off, generating five shots in the half’s first 25 minutes, including a great set of opportunities in the 56th minute. Junior Carlos Barcia sent a shot towards goal that clipped the cross bar, and one minute later, senior Evan Dekker saw his shot saved in a good spell for Evansville. Following the Aces’ string of shots, Denver responded with three shots of its own, two of which were saved by Madden.

The final 20 minutes of the match went by without much attack besides two shots from Denver as the Pioneers grabbed a 1-0 win in their home opener.

Evansville closes its Colorado road trip on Sunday at 2 PM against Air Force.

Volleyball improves to 7-0 with road win at Miami Ohio

OXFORD, Ohio – After dropping the opening set by a 25-16 final, the University of Evansville volleyball team showed the heart of a champion, winning three sets in a row to improve to 7-0 with a 3-1 victory over Miami Ohio on Friday evening inside Millett Hall.

Freshman Giulia Cardona had a career match, recording 22 kills while hitting an impressive .340.  She added a match-high four service aces.  Alondra Vazquez tallied 17 kills in an efficient .326 hitting performance.  Taya Haffner led all players with 32 assists while tying for the team lead with 11 digs.  Fellow freshman Blakeley Freeman matched Haffner’s 11 digs.  Madisyn Steele led the Purple Aces with four block assists.
 
“We knew that Miami was a good team, so when they started playing well in the first set, we got desperate and frustrated,” UE head volleyball coach Fernando Morales said.  “After that, the girls did a great job of recovering and bouncing back.”
 
Set 1
A late rally by the RedHawks saw them pull away for a 25-16 triumph in the first set.  Evansville took an early 3-1 lead on a Vazquez ace before Miami jumped in front by a 5-4 tally.  Things remained close until a late MU run proved to be the difference.  Up 16-14, the RedHawks outscored the Aces by a 9-2 tally to grab a 1-0 lead.  Taylor Nomanson clinched the set with an ace.
 
Set 2
It was another hard-fought battle early in the second frame with both teams grabbing an advantage.  Miami took an 11-9 lead on a Gaby Harper service ace before Evansville responded with four in a row with two points coming from a pair of Vazquez aces.  Following an MU point that cut the UE lead to 13-12, Evansville reeled off six points in a row to take control.  Cardona had a pair of kills to pace the run, which would eventually lead to a 25-15 win.  In total, the Aces completed the set on a 12-3 run. 
 
Set 3
Evansville had the momentum on its side to start game three, taking an 8-2 lead.  Vazquez, Melanie Feliciano and Kate Tsironis all contributed kills in the stretch.  UE kept the pressure on, extending the lead to nine points at 16-7.  Laura Ruiz got the job done with her serving while a pair of bad sets by the RedHawks helped the Aces pad their lead.  Miami never gave up and their persistence paid off.  Trailing 20-13, MU scored seven in a row with Sophie Riemersma finishing it off with three kills in a row.  Coach Morales took a time out to regroup and the strategy paid off.  Cardona ended the 7-0 Miami stretch with a kill before immediately following it up with a service ace.  UE would not relinquish the lead, taking a 2-1 match advantage with a 25-21 win.
 
Set 4
Trailing the match by a 2-1 score, Miami appeared to be in control through the opening portion of the fourth set.  Their efforts led to a 12-8 lead.  Vazquez had her top offensive stretch of the evening, recording four kills over a stretch of five points to put UE in front at 13-12.  The RedHawks countered with a 5-1 run to go back up by three, but the Evansville attack proved to be too much.  A Blakeley Freeman ace was followed by a Feliciano kill that knotted the score at 17-17.  With the score tied at 18-18, Cardona took over as she posted a kill and two more aces to put her team back on top.  The 17th kill of the match for Vazquez was the final point of the night as UE improved to 7-0 with a 25-20 win.
 
On Saturday, the Aces take on Northern Kentucky at 11 a.m. CT.

Youth Shines at IWU Wildcat Twilight

MARION, Ind – A Friday night trip to the Indiana Wesleyan University Cross Country Course was on the schedule for both UIndy men’s and women’s cross country. The race featured competition from all over the state, as 14 different schools brought teams for the men’s and 16 for the women. UIndy, resting most of their upperclassmen, would take home eighth on the men’s side and ninth for the women.

The men’s 8k race featured the Greyhounds packing together, with the top four finishes for the team coming within seven positions. Nico Barrett, making his 8k debut, was the leader of the Hounds with a 39th-place finish in 26:33.7. Just 10 seconds later, Hayden Baldwin would cross the line in 41st with a time of 26:44.0.

Harnoor Dosanjh fell just milliseconds short of the sub-27-minute mark landing him in 51st with a 27:00.2. Ben Nagel, making his debut this season, shook off the rust with a 56th-place finish. Tyler Nolan finished four positions later with a time of 27:27.6 to wrap up the top 60 finishes in the field of 175. Rounding out the top five for the Hounds was Jordan Parkinson (27:53.9) in 65th place. Devon Whitaker (28:15.4) would finish in 68th to wrap up the top seven for the Hounds.

The women’s 5k featured a great performance by Eline Pinter, who with a 18:47.9 would capture eighth out of a field of 179. Just under a minute would go by before another Hound crossed the line, with Kelsey Tyler in 37th, crossing the line in 19:37.0. Not shortly after, Hannah Wells (19:37.0) would finish her 5k in 40th place.

Barely missing the sub 20 minute with a time of 20:07.6 was Gabrielle Harrell, finishing 53rd. Kaylin Casner (20:23.8) kept the ball rolling for the squad with a 64th place finish. Rounding out the Hounds top seven finishes was Trinity Gleitz (20:41.6) and Kelsey Dugger (21:17.5) finishing in 73rd and 90th.

UP NEXT:
It’s an early start up north in East Lancing, Mich. as the Hounds take on the Spartan Invitational hosted by Michigan State University, on Friday Sept. 17 at 11am.

Volleyball Stuns No. 21 West Florida

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team closed out day one of the 2021 UIndy Invitational with an exhilarating four-set win over nationally-ranked No. 21 West Florida.  The Argonauts entered the match not only undefeated, but hadn’t dropped a set all season.

HOW IT HAPPENED
UIndy trailed 21-18 in the opening frame before a pair of kills from Grace Hegwood and a third from Elizabeth Eads knotted the score at 21.  The Hounds utilized another 3-0 run capped off with a kill from Lauren Cullison to regain a 24-22 lead.  An Argonaut service error gave the Hounds a 25-23 win.

The Argonauts recorded the first eight points of the second set en route to a 25-23 win.  UIndy fought back to tie it at 19 before West Florida tallied six of the final eight points.

The third set saw a 4-0 run with a pair of kills from Hannah Huppenbauer to give UIndy their first lead early on.  Trailing 22-18, a trio of Argonaut attack errors and a kill from Cullison evened the score at 22.  The Hounds scored the final three points of the set capped off with a kill from Emma Jones.

Neither team led by more than four points in the final frame.  The Hounds fired on all cylinders, posting a 0.441 hitting percentage.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– For the second straight game, Cullison led the offense with 16 kills.  Jones and Hegwood finished with 12 each while Huppenbauer recorded 10.
– Huppenbauer tabbed seven blocks while Alex Equihua dished out 47 assists.
– The Hounds tallied four aces to West Florida’s one.
– The teams tied in both blocks (12) and assists (53).

UP NEXT
UIndy returns to action at 10 am ET on Saturday, taking on Missouri S&T followed by No. 14 Winona State at 6 pm ET.  Both games will be played in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center.

Hounds Sneak Past Yellow Jackets in Five

INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis volleyball team opened the 2021 UIndy Invitational in thrilling fashion on Friday morning, topping Cedarville University in five sets.  The Hounds hit .299 with three individuals reaching double figures in kills.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Cedarville stole the first set 25-23 but UIndy bounced back to win the next two sets, 25-21 and 25-15.  Trailing 16-12 in the second set, Grace HegwoodLauren Cullison and Elizabeth Eads combined for four straight kills to even the score at 16.  Emma Jones and Hegwood put the set away with back-to-back kills.

The fourth set was a nail biter with neither team leading by more than two points at any time.  Cedarville was victorious, 25-23, to force a decisive fifth set.

The Yellow Jackets led 6-4 in the fifth before UIndy rattled off six consecutive points to take a 10-6 lead.  Cedarville pulled within two before Cullison sealed the win with her 21st kill of the match.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Cullison paced the offense with 21 kills followed by Hegwood with 16 and Hannah Huppenbauer with 12.
– Alex Equihua set a career high with 56 assists on the day.
– MaKenna Barnhart and Gillian Santana both recorded 13 digs.

Soccer Drops One-Goal Decision to Western Illinois

The Valpo soccer team got an immediate response following visiting Western Illinois’ second goal on Friday evening at Brown Field, scoring just 16 seconds after play resumed to make it a one-goal game, but was unable to complete the comeback as the Leathernecks earned a 2-1 victory.

How It Happened

  • Junior Abbey Hillman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central [Loyola]) made a great run back in the 27th minute to clear what looked to be a certain WIU goal and keep the match scoreless.
  • However, mere seconds after Hillman’s clearance, a contested ball in the middle of the field popped to WIU’s Emmy Ellington, whose shot from 20 yards out found the back of the net to give the Leathernecks a 1-0 lead.
  • WIU took advantage of a Valpo turnover in the Beacons’ defensive third to make it a 2-0 lead in the 80th minute, as Kayla Turner picked up the loose ball and eventually scored on a sharp-angle shot into the upper left from the right side.
  • Right off the restart, however, Valpo struck right back. Sophomore Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) won the ball going forward on the left side and got around a defender on a run towards the end line. Reaching the top of the box, DuSatko crossed in a ball which made its way to the far side, where freshman Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) was there to corral it. Joiner settled with a left-foot touch and then blasted with her left foot into the open net to cut the deficit to 2-1 just 16 seconds after WIU’s goal.
  • That was as close as the Beacons would get, however. Valpo put a pair of shots on goal in the final 10 minutes, but both were handled by WIU goalkeeper Isabel Navas Rodriguez.

Inside the Match

  • Joiner’s goal was her second in as many games for the Beacons. She becomes the first Valpo freshman to find the back of the net in consecutive fixtures since Vanesa Abad scored in the 2014 regular season finale and Horizon League Tournament semifinal, both against Green Bay.
  • DuSatko’s assist was her second of the season.
  • Sophomore Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made a career-high 10 saves in goal in limiting WIU to the two goals.
  • The Leathernecks held a 16-7 advantage in the shots department and put 13 on goal to Valpo’s five. WIU also took six corners to just one for the Beacons.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“Every game you go into, you want to continue growing as a group and progressing – we have to hold ourselves accountable for results, but not be defined by the results. We want to define ourselves by how we’re progressing in our process.”

“The last few games, we faced similar challenges with how our opponents played. Tonight, we faced some different challenges and we were trying to solve the problem the same way we did the last few games. We needed to solve it differently, and we struggled to make that change in the first half.”

“We did a much better job making those adjustments in the second half. We had a number of players come in off the bench late in the first half who had a really good run going on, so we stuck with them to start the second half and they put in a really good shift.”

Next Up

Valpo (2-4-1) closes out pre-conference play on Sunday afternoon as it makes the trip to Bridgeview, Ill. to face Chicago State. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., with live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Volleyball Sweeps YSU Friday For Fifth Straight Victory

The Valpo volleyball team used a total team effort to keep its momentum from last weekend rolling into this weekend, as 14 players saw action in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-18) sweep of Youngstown State Friday afternoon in the Beacon’s opener at Toledo’s Blue & Gold Invitational. The win is Valpo’s fifth in a row.

How It Happened

  • After giving up the first three points of the match, Valpo took control by coming back with nine of the next 11 points to take a 9-5 lead.
  • With the advantage at 12-10, junior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) rattled off four consecutive kills to spark a 13-5 close to the set as Valpo took the opener.
  • The start of the second set was all Beacons, as Valpo reeled off the first seven points of the set — three of which were courtesy of kills from junior Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]) — to take a quick lead.
  • YSU got back to within three points at 16-13, but Valpo scored the next three to push the lead back to six points and eventually capped the set with a 5-0 spurt to take the 2-0 lead in the match.
  • The third set saw the Penguins jump out to a quick 8-3 advantage. It took Valpo until just 13-13 to even things back up, however, as it scored 10 of the next 15 points.
  • Leading by one at 16-15, the Beacons gained some separation with three consecutive points, including a kill and a service ace from Ravotto. YSU sided out to move to within 19-16, but Valpo responded with five more in a row to earn match point and closed the sweep on its third opportunity with a Kuckkan kill.

Inside the Match

  • Valpo has now won five consecutive matches dating back to the opening weekend of play. The five-match winning streak is the program’s longest since rolling off 10 straight wins in September 2018.
  • This was the 37th meeting all-time between Valpo and YSU, but the first as non-conference foes. Valpo holds a commanding 29-8 lead in the all-time series.
  • The Beacons hit at a season-best .256 clip Friday and held YSU to .117 hitting, out-digging the Penguins, 76-63.
  • The story on the back line was libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), who tallied 30 digs over the three sets — a career best in a sweep — and added three service aces as well. 15 of Cookerly’s digs came in the first set alone.
  • Cookerly’s 30 digs are tied for fourth-most in a three-set match in program history.
  • Cookerly moved into ninth place in NCAA history in career digs early in the second set and enters Saturday’s pair of matches with 2,670 career digs — just 12 digs shy of eighth place in NCAA history and second place in MVC history. She is also just 24 digs from seventh and 37 from sixth.
  • Freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) reached double figures in digs for the second time this year, picking up 12 digs, while Ravotto recorded 10 digs to go with seven kills.
  • The story offensively was the balance of the Valpo attack. Kuckkan was the only Beacon to tally more than seven kills, as she hit .346 with 12 kills in the sweep.
  • Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) hit better than .500 for the third time in the last four matches, putting down seven kills on just 12 swings for a .583 hitting percentage. She also added a team-high three blocks.
  • 12 of Valpo’s 14 players who saw action on Friday picked up at least one kill.
  • Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) dished out 20 assists and Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) racked up 13 assists as the Valpo setters paced the offense to its best hitting percentage of the season.

Next Up

Valpo (6-1) has its sights set on a second tournament championship in as many weekends as it takes to the court for a pair of matches on Saturday. The Beacons face host Toledo at 11 a.m. CT before wrapping action against South Dakota State at 3:30 p.m. CT. Both matches will be broadcast live on ESPN3, and live stats for both will be available via ValpoAthletics.com.

KNIGHTS SWEEP TAYLOR FOR 11TH CONSECUTIVE WIN

Upland, Ind.  – The Knights made quick work of Taylor on Friday night, notching their third Crossroads League win of the season with a 3-0 sweep of the Trojans. The win is Marian’s eighth three-set victory of the year, improving the Knights’ start to 2021 with an 11-0 record while holding a 3-0 record in Crossroads League play. 

Marian opened the match with a 25-21 win in the opening set, starting the night by trading points with the Trojans through 16 rallies. A solo block to tie the set at 8-8 from Averi Lanman sparked Marian’s first night as they rattled off four straight, but Taylor came back with a run of their own scoring three straight to force a deadlock. After a series of side outs, Madison Brooks scored one of five first set kills to spark a Marian run, with two Maggie Meyer service aces forcing a Taylor timeout. Meyer scored her third ace of the night after the break to give Marian an 18-14 lead, helping pace Marian to the win with Brooks notching back to back kills to get the win. 

Taylor jumped out to an early in lead in the second set taking advantage of multiple attack errors to take a 6-3 advantage, but they were unable to build on the momentum with Michaela Hoffa getting a kill to put the Knights in system. Hoffa’s kill helped Marian surge ahead 15-10, with eight attack errors from the Trojans helping Marian build their lead. A timeout was unable to fix the home team’s mistakes as they posted back to back errors out of the break, and helping Marian maintain a healthy lead. Lanman and Skyler Van Note capped Marian’s finishing 6-1 run with blocks on consecutive rallies, giving Marian a 25-16 win.

The third set ended like the first, with Marian notching a 25-21 victory to wrap the match. In the third the Knights jumped out to an early 6-2 lead as errors again plagued the Trojans, but after falling down five the Taylor attack corrected itself, slowing bringing the game to an 11-11 tie. Sarah Spangler ended the momentum Taylor had built putting Marian back in the lead with a kill, creating a 5-1 run that forced a timeout. Marian would allow Taylor to creep within one as a Sarah Scott kill capped a 4-0 run to make it an 18-17 score. Marian used a timeout to halt the run, and after the break Jai-Lyn Norwood slammed a kill to floor to regaining the edge, helping Marian push their lead to three. Brooks and Spangler helped end the game, nailing three of the final five points on the night to end the sweep. 

Marian had 42 kills to Taylor’s 39 on the night, and were helped in large part to Taylor’s 22 attacking errors. For the Knights Van Note led Marian in kills and digs as she recorded her second straight double-double with 11 kills and 19 digs. Hoffa had eight kills, while Spangler and Brooks each had seven. Meyer had 12 digs to go with her three service aces, while Alison Dreves had a season-best 11 digs. Both Serena Dodson and Lexi Spence recorded 16 assists from their setter positions, and Lanman led Marian in blocks with one solo and three assists.

Marian will have a quick turnaround as they come back home to host Mount Vernon Nazarene on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM. 

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PLACE SEVENTH AT IWU TWILIGHT MEET

Marion, Ind.  – The Marian men’s cross country team began their 2021 season Friday night at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight meet, with the Knights placing seventh out of 14 teams. Marian was the fifth Crossroads League team to finish the race, as Indiana Wesleyan earned the win while Taylor finished second. 

The Knights efforts on the evening was led by Blake Hipkiss, as the transfer was the top finisher in his first race earning an 11th place finish with a time of 25:18.2. Following Hipkiss was Joe Barrett, who finished 13th overall in the field running a lifetime best 25:35.4 race. Sam Stage also turned in a personal best, finishing 29th with a time of 26:08.9, shaving nearly one minute off his previous best time. Marian’s fourth finisher was Kyle Liwanag who earned the 68th spot on the overall board with a time of 27:22.1. Freshman Nick Frank placed 70th with a time of 27:26.2, and following him was Jacob Oppy who also turned in a personal best time of 27:37.7 in his 77th place finish. Rounding out the top seven runners in the team score for Marian was Kace Rhoades, with the freshman placing 80th overall with a time of 27:44.7. 

The next Marian finisher was Ben Hochgesang, who turned in a time of 28:37.3 in his collegiate debut, and Mitchell Hayward finished just three runners later with a time of 28:39.8. Kenneth Hammell finished with a time of 29:12.6 in his first college race, and crossing the line next for Marian was Drew Holok who ended with a time of 29:31.4. The final runner to cross for the Knights was Grant Monnier, with the freshman completing the 8k in 29:44.5.

Marian will next run on September 17, competing in the National Catholic Invite hosted by Notre Dame. 

RAY LEADS MARIAN TO 7TH PLACE FINISH AT IWU TWILIGHT MEET

Marion, Ind.  – The Marian women’s cross country team opened their 2021 season Friday night with an seventh place finish at the IWU Twilight meet. The Knights were led by Ali Ray‘s 10th place finish, as the team beat out nine other opponents in a field loaded with Crossroads League teams. Taylor was the overall winner in the race, followed by Aquinas, Indiana Wesleyan, and Huntington. Marian was the fifth Crossroads League Team to finish.

Ali Ray led Marian’s efforts with a 10th place finish, logging a lifetime PR of 18:48.7 to begin the season. Catherine Newhart was the second Marian finisher in the race, placing 37th with a time of 19:35.8, posting her fastest 5k race since October of 2019. Nora Steele made her Marian debut with a time of 19:56.2 to earn a 46th place finish, with Sydni Montgomery crossing the line just seconds later finishing 51st with a time of 20:02.6. Marian’s fifth fastest runner was Lauren Longshore, who placed 65th overall with a time of 20:17.9, and Rachel Bowling finished 72nd overall with a 20:31.3 effort. Rounding out Marian’s top-seven runners in the team score was Liz Loichinger, who placed 87th overall with a time of 20:50.2.

Finishing next for Marian was Kate Cunningham who ran a time of 21:15.9, while Maria Cavacini finished with a final time of 21:39.6. The 10th Knight to cross the line was Mari Hudson who turned in a time of 21:45.6 in her first race of the season. Kiley Breedon turned in a time of 22:23.1 in her first collegiate race, and fellow freshman Luci Woodrum finished in 23:07.6. Completing Marian’s efforts was Hannah Zubay and Maria Christoff, with Zubay running a 23:07.6 race while Christoff finished in 23:42.2. 

Marian will next run on September 17, competing in the National Catholic Invite hosted by Notre Dame. 

Seeman scores twice, Quakers improve to 4-0

BROCKPORT, NY. – In a battle of unbeatens, the Earlham College field hockey team posted a 4-1 victory over SUNY-Brockport on Friday, Sept. 10.

The Quakers are now 4-0 on the season, while the Golden Eagles fall to 3-1.

Junior Regan Seeman scored twice in the contest and helped the Quakers take game one of their three-match weekend visit in New York.

Bergdolt picked up the first goal in the opening period at the 11:42 mark with an assist from Molly McKellar on a penalty corner. It was her third score of the season.

Earlham had a pair of goals in the second quarter to take control of the affair. Seeman scored her first goal of the contest at 17:39 as Reilly Swislosky assisted. After the Golden Eagles cut their deficit to one, Seeman added an unassisted score for her second goal of the day and third of the fall.

The last goal of the match was in the final period as Jalyn Kelsey scored her first goal of the season at 49:21 with assist from Bergdolt.

Meg Murphy had six saves in goal for the Quakers.

Earlham had an 18-1 advantage in shots with a 15-11 edge in penalty corners.

The Quakers return to action at Medaille College on Saturday, Sept. 11. The match in Buffalo starts at 1 p.m.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Brennan Leads No. 2 Trojans to Victory in Season Opener

MARION, Ind. – The No. 2 Taylor women’s cross country team cruised to a dominant victory on its opening night of the 2021 season. The Trojans finished first-of-16 teams at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invite.

Taylor tallied 76 points and finished in front of No. 7 Aquinas with 112 points. No. 5 Indiana Wesleyan (123 points) claimed third place, followed by No. 10 Huntington (143) in fourth and No. 16 St. Francis (Ind.) (143) in fifth.

The Taylor squad ran lights-out on the fast and flat IWU course, as five women ran lifetime-best races. The Purple and Gold showed impressive depth as the tightly packed team produced two runners in the top-10, three runners in the top-20 and seven runners in the top-30. The ladies posted a team-time of 94:46.

TU was led by senior Abbey Brennan, who ran an impressive and gutsy performance on the opening night. Brennan clocked a career-best time of 18:39.9, breaking her previous record by 52-seconds and finishing fifth place overall. Sophomore Ahna VanderWall also cruised to a top-10 finish, setting a lifetime-best time and finishing seventh overall. VanderWall posted a time of 18:45.9, just steps behind Brennan.

Finishing third for the Trojans and making an impressive collegiate debut was freshman Lynae Ackley. Ackley claimed 14th place and clocked a time of 18:56.6. Juniors Madeline Purdom and Brooke Studnicki rounded out Taylor’s scoring five. Purdom recorded a personal-best time of 19:10.0 and broke into the top-25, finishing 24th place overall. Studnicki logged a time of 19:12.9 and finished in 26th place.

Senior Giovanna Domene and freshman Audrey Brinkruff ended as TU’s sixth and seventh runners, crossing the line in sync and posting times of 19:16.9 and 19.16.9 respectively. Domene claimed 27th place and Brinkruff finished 28th. Freshman Elayna Kitt improved her high school time by 72-seconds, clocking 19:33.9 and claiming 36th place overall.

The second-ranked Trojans (15-0) will return to action on their home course next Friday, September 17 at 5:00 pm for the Ray Bullock Invitational. 

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Gerber Clinches Individual Win, No. 1 Taylor Men Finish Runner-Up at Twilight Invite

MARION, Ind. – The top-ranked and defending national champion Taylor men’s cross country team kicked off the 2021 cross country season with a second-place finish at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invite. The Trojans competed against 13 other teams, including nationally ranked cross-conference competitors No. 2 Huntington and No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan. 

Taylor tallied a total of 69 points, ending behind No. 7 Indiana Wesleyan with 42 points. TU topped No. 2 Huntington (74 points) in third, No. 23 Aquinas (119) in fourth and RV Grace (128) in fifth.

The Trojans showed up to run fast, as the five-man scoring squad logged the third-fastest team time in school history (2:06:35), 12-of-16 men set lifetime personal-bests and two runners finished with the fifth and sixth-best 8k times in the history of the program.

Taylor’s front pack, who had three runners finish in the top-five, consisted of three seniors, Daniel Gerber, Derek Van Prooyen and Alex Helmuth. The trio stuck together through 7.8 kilometers of the 8k race, running a solid distance behind leading runner. Gerber took off with fervor with 200-meters to go, catching first-place at the line and winning by 0.10-seconds. Gerber claimed the victory with a career-best time of 24:38.9, logging the fifth-fastest time in TU history. Van Prooyen also cranked the final 200-meters and finished just steps behind Gerber. Van Prooyen ended in third place, setting a lifetime personal-best mark of 24:41.5 and claiming the sixth-best time in school history. Helmuth finished in fourth place, clocking a time of 24:49.0.

Connor White finished fourth for the Trojans and 23rd overall. White logged a time of 25:57.4. Junior Josh Harden rounded out Taylor’s top-five, finishing as the final scoring runner for TU. Harden clocked a personal-best time of 26:28.0 and claimed 38th place overall.

Sophomore Ben Eiffert and junior Nathan Streitmatter logged career-best finishes. Eiffert set a lifetime personal-best mark by 68-seconds, ending with a time of 26:41.5 and claiming 41st place overall. Streitmatter posted a time of 26:44.8, logging an 11-second PR and crossing in 44th place.

The No. 1 Trojans (12-1) will return to action on their home course next Friday, September 17 at 6:00 pm for the Ray Bullock Invitational. 

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Women’s Soccer Makes History with Fourth-Straight Shutout Win

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women’s soccer team rolled past a visiting Lawrence Tech foe, 7-0, on Friday night inside Turner Stadium, setting a program record with a fourth-straight shutout victory to open the season.

The Trojans improved to 4-0 for the first time since opening their 2016 campaign with a 9-0 clip, notched four-straight wins for their best streak since winning five-straight in 2019 and posted four-straight shutouts for the first time since 2018. The four shutouts wins to start a season mark a new program-best however, topping the previous best of three-straight clean slates to open the previously mentioned 2016 season.

Along with setting a program record with the 7-0 shutout win on Friday, and earning head coach Scott Stan his 400th coaching victory across all levels, Taylor joined two other women’s soccer teams in the NAIA in having yet to allow a goal while playing four times this fall.

Friday’s outcome against Lawrence Tech (2-1-1) was never in doubt, as TU found the back of the net just 2:31 into the night and owned a 3-0 lead by the 15:00 mark. Taylor added two more strikes in the opening half and tacked on two during the second half.

The team stats reflected the scoreboard, as Taylor held a 30-7 edge in shots and a 17-3 advantage in shots on goal.

Seven different players scored a goal for the Trojans, with four assists also coming from four different players. Audrey Grimm opened the scoring and finished with one goal and one assist, while Kayla Ogburn earned her first collegiate goal and Erin Teevans, Ali Vander Kolk, Riley Massey, Chloe Sena and Caroline Monberg also joined the scoring parade.

Hannah Brackenbury improved to 4-0 between the posts for the Purple and Gold, picking up three saves and her seventh collegiate shutout.

Taylor (4-0) will look to continue its fast start on Monday, when it hosts IU-Kokomo (0-2-1) in a 7:00 pm tilt inside Turner Stadium.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Volleyball Has Win Streak Snapped By No. 13 Knights

UPLAND, Ind. – Two of the Crossroads League’s finest squared off inside Odle Arena on Friday night, as No. 13 Marian and Taylor brought combined overall records of 22-1 to play. The Knights came away with the 25-21, 25-16, 25-21 win, staying undefeated and snapping TU’s 11-match win streak.

The two sides came out swinging in a hard-hitting first set that saw the teams combine for 34 kills and just five miscues. Marian (11-0, 3-0 CL) hit .341 in the set, with Taylor doing even better with a .366 clip.

Amanda Adams led the early attack for the Trojans, ripping five kills in seven swings but a 4-0 spurt from Marian proved the difference in the tight opener. With the score knotted at 14-14, MU opened an 18-14 gap and maintained the spread in the 25-21 win.

The second set was contested early as well, but Taylor lost its touch offensively and saw the Knights take advantage in the 25-16 victory. TU had 14 hitting errors in the set, while Marian flexed its defensive prowess with 29 digs and three blocks to further frustrate the Trojan hitters.

A quick 5-1 spurt from the guests put Taylor in an early deficit in the third set but TU battled back to draw even at 11-11 and again clawed within two at 21-19, before Marian finished the 25-21 win to complete the sweep.

Taylor hit .302 with 34 kills in 86 swings over the first and third sets but did not see a single player reach double figures in kills or points for the night. Ryan Czerniak led the attackers with nine kills in 24 swings, while Sarah Scott had seven terminations, one error and 19 swings.

Kacy Bragg finished with 31 assists, 14 digs and two blocks, while Stephaney Fifield added 22 digs and Grace Isaacs added five blocks.

The match also saw Adams and Bragg inch closer to career milestones, as Bragg moved to within 38 assists of becoming the 10th player in Taylor history to reach 2,000 for a career and Adams moved within 40 kills of reaching 10th in TU history and 58 shy of taking over second place on the program’s all-time kills list during the rally-scoring era.

Taylor (12-2, 2-1 CL) will look to bounce back on Saturday, with a 3:00 pm clash at No. 25 Bethel (14-1, 3-0 CL).

Tennis To Open Season Saturday at Transylvania

The fall portion of the 2021 college tennis commences this weekend for the Wabash College team. The Little Giants travel to Lexington, Kentucky, to play in the Transylvania Invitation September 11-12.

Wabash brings back eight players from last year’s team, including All-North Coast Athletic Conference players Cole Borden and Liam Grennon. Borden earned one of the spots on the West Division all-conference team while both Borden and Grennon were All-NCAC doubles selections in the spring.

“Liam and Cole have taken what they accomplished as freshmen and continue to build on it,” Wabash head tennis coach Daniel Bickett said. “Both are starting to take on more of a vocal leadership role on the team. They learned the value of hard work and preparation last season. Now they’re helping to guide this year’s freshmen.”

Three seniors make up the veteran portion of the roster. Reed MathisGerald Randle, and Devin Vanyo bring their experience to the remaining group of players.

“All three of those guys lead by example,” Bickett said. “Nothing diminishes their enthusiasm at practice or during a match. That’s something every one of our players can learn from them.”

Three other sophomores — Elias Courter, Reed Long, and Trevor McKinney — along with junior Paul Hargitt, are back after helping Wabash earn four wins in the shortened 2021 spring season.

Our returning underclassmen learned how to prepare in practice last season,” said Bickett. “They also learned that for any goal they want to achieve, there is a particular path that they need to follow to accomplish it. I think they are doing a good job of starting to follow that path this season. They also learned the importance of creating relationships with each other and how that can ultimately affect the results of a match.

“Last year having such a young team experiencing the first foray into college tennis was the spring season. That was tough, especially if you’re a freshman coming in and you’re used to playing against 15-, 16-, 17- and 18-year olds. Now you’re suddenly playing 21- and 22-year-old men. It’s a different game. The fall season helps get your feet wet and learn what it will take to accomplish the goals you have.”

Four new players to the Wabash roster for the 2021-22 season are freshmen Jett BrownleeEthan Wallace, and Christian Zimmerman are joined by junior transfer Alvaro Alonso-Sanchez. Alonso-Sanchez joins Wabash after playing at McKendree University in Illinois.

The newcomers are meshing well with the rest of the team,” Bickett added. “All four have quickly learned that hard work is the basis of the program. They’ve tried to match the level of intensity that our returning players have provided every day.”

With a more normal schedule in place for this season, including two fall events before the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Tournament at Kalamazoo College in October, the Wabash team will set its sights on earning a berth in the NCAC Tournament in the spring of 2022.

“Our biggest goal right now is to try and qualify for the conference tournament,” Bickett said. “None of the guys on our team have played in a conference tournament match between the 2020 season being cut short and the limitations last season put in place due to the pandemic. That’s the biggest goal — make the conference tournament and see what we can do.”

RHIT Volleyball Wins 5-Set Thriller Over Benedictine

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology battled to its third 5-set win of the young 2021 season, picking up a dramatic victory over Benedictine University on Friday night at the Illinois Wesleyan Invitational.

Rose-Hulman won each odd numbered set in the 26-24, 18-25, 25-21, 20-25, 19-17 victory that took four extra points in the final set for the Fightin’ Engineers to win.

Kate Wood led the Rose-Hulman offense with 16 kills at a .324 hitting percnetage.  Sophia Koop was also in double figures with 13 kills.  Jillian Gregg and Elizabeth Canon added nine kills each.

Gregg recorded a match-high 27 assists, and Sophia Harrison contributed 20 assists and a team-high three service aces to the victory.  Allie Fults led the defensive front row effort with three total blocks.

Kylie Rathbun had a team-high 24 digs to lead three players in double figures.  Koop added 17 digs, and Harrison had 11 for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Rose-Hulman won its third 5-set this match this season after defeating Illinois College and Knox last weekend.  The Fightin’ Engineers stand 3-2 on the season and return to action with two more matches on Saturday, against No. 11 ranked Ohio Northern and host Illinois Wesleyan.

RHIT Women’s Tennis Falls 8-1 to Millikin in Opener

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology opened the 2021-22 women’s tennis season with an 8-1 loss to unbeaten Millikin University on Friday night at the Joy Hulbert Tennis Center.

Ella Dorfmueller picked up the Fightin’ Engineer victory at No. 3 singles, winning by default after splitting the first two sets. 

The doubles team of Taylor Goldman and Breanna Rogers gave Millikin a battle at the No. 1 flight before narrowly falling 8-5 to lead the doubles effort.

Millikin improved to 3-0 on the season, while Rose-Hulman stands 0-1.  The Fightin’ Engineers open the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at home on Saturday at noon against Hanover.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay8853.62445 – 2643 – 2746 – 2116 – 1014 – 175 – 5L 2
Boston8063.559944 – 2936 – 3437 – 3019 – 1213 – 175 – 5L 1
NY Yankees7863.5531040 – 3138 – 3228 – 3620 – 819 – 122 – 8L 7
Toronto7763.55010.539 – 2938 – 3432 – 2915 – 1216 – 168 – 2L 1
Baltimore4694.32941.522 – 4624 – 4817 – 4410 – 2413 – 156 – 4W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox8160.57447 – 2434 – 3618 – 1338 – 2713 – 146 – 4W 1
Cleveland6970.4961136 – 3433 – 3611 – 2036 – 2513 – 164 – 6L 1
Detroit6775.47214.536 – 3531 – 4015 – 1125 – 3918 – 165 – 5W 2
Kansas City6477.4541734 – 3530 – 4212 – 2128 – 3312 – 155 – 5W 2
Minnesota6279.4401932 – 3730 – 4210 – 1531 – 3413 – 204 – 6L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8258.58644 – 2638 – 3216 – 1219 – 1640 – 205 – 5W 1
Oakland7764.5465.540 – 3237 – 3215 – 1821 – 930 – 285 – 5W 3
Seattle7764.5465.541 – 2936 – 3518 – 1313 – 1637 – 267 – 3W 2
LA Angels6972.48913.538 – 3431 – 3816 – 1719 – 1123 – 355 – 5L 2
Texas5189.3643131 – 3720 – 5212 – 159 – 1723 – 446 – 4L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7565.53636 – 3339 – 3239 – 2922 – 128 – 105 – 5W 2
Philadelphia7170.5044.539 – 3032 – 4038 – 2915 – 1212 – 184 – 6L 4
NY Mets7171.500542 – 2729 – 4434 – 3213 – 1416 – 176 – 4W 1
Miami5982.41816.538 – 3421 – 4828 – 3311 – 1817 – 175 – 5L 1
Washington5883.41117.533 – 3925 – 4427 – 4312 – 149 – 193 – 7L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee8755.61340 – 3147 – 2414 – 1444 – 2223 – 97 – 3W 3
Cincinnati7567.5281238 – 3337 – 3417 – 1239 – 2610 – 204 – 6W 1
St. Louis7169.5071537 – 3334 – 3614 – 1629 – 3117 – 134 – 6L 1
Chi Cubs6577.4582239 – 3426 – 4312 – 1930 – 3317 – 138 – 2L 1
Pittsburgh5190.36235.531 – 3920 – 5113 – 1217 – 4711 – 213 – 7W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco9150.64545 – 2346 – 2719 – 1018 – 1441 – 197 – 3W 5
LA Dodgers8953.6272.547 – 2342 – 3024 – 915 – 1238 – 246 – 4W 1
San Diego7466.52916.544 – 3130 – 3514 – 1516 – 1430 – 315 – 5L 1
Colorado6577.45826.545 – 2720 – 5012 – 1014 – 1929 – 385 – 5W 2
Arizona4596.3194628 – 4317 – 5312 – 1813 – 1919 – 451 – 9L 6

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England2416444528179-1-17-3-352
Orlando City SC231085332947-4-13-4-438
Nashville SC2291123721168-6-01-5-238
New York City FC2110473722158-1-22-3-534
Philadelphia23887282446-3-32-5-432
CF Montreal22877302736-3-12-4-631
D.C.229310353237-0-32-3-730
Atlanta23797282805-3-32-6-430
Columbus2376102732-55-3-32-3-727
Inter Miami CF217592231-94-2-53-3-426
Chicago2265112433-95-4-41-1-723
New York2064102325-25-2-31-2-722
FC Cincinnati2138102138-170-5-43-3-617
Toronto FC2236132647-211-5-32-1-1015
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2212643519165-4-37-2-142
Colorado2112543120116-3-16-2-341
Sporting KC2311753726115-5-16-2-440
Los Angeles221138353507-1-44-2-436
Portland23103103239-76-1-34-2-733
Minnesota21876242406-2-32-5-331
Real Salt Lake22868342956-4-22-2-630
Vancouver237882933-46-2-41-6-429
Los Angeles FC22769323115-5-22-1-727
San Jose226882430-63-3-53-5-326
FC Dallas2367103236-44-5-22-2-825
Austin2254132131-103-2-52-2-819
Houston23310102436-123-5-30-5-719

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun236.79313-110-510-310-011 W
Chicago Sky1514.5178.05-810-69-45-51 W
Washington Mystics1118.37912.08-73-116-73-71 W
New York Liberty1118.37912.06-95-95-81-96 L
Atlanta Dream722.24116.03-114-115-81-92 L
Indiana Fever622.21416.54-112-114-94-63 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Las Vegas Aces218.72412-39-59-47-31 W
Seattle Storm2010.6671.510-510-58-55-52 W
Minnesota Lynx1910.6552.012-37-710-57-31 W
Phoenix Mercury1910.6552.07-712-36-710-010 W
Dallas Wings1217.4149.05-97-86-73-72 L
Los Angeles Sparks1019.34511.07-83-111-124-66 L