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Bills release punter Matt Araiza after gang rape allegation

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) A major public backlash coupled with the graphic details contained in a lawsuit alleging Matt Araiza’s involvement in a gang rape of a teenager last fall, left Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane little choice but to release the team’s rookie punter on Saturday.

The decision to cut ties with the 22-year-old represents a major reversal for the Bills, coming two days after they backed the player based on the findings of what the team called its “thorough examination” of the allegations filed in the lawsuit.

And it comes less than a week after the Bills – while aware he was the target of a police investigation – cleared the way for Araiza to take over the punting duties by cutting returning veteran Matt Haack on Monday.

“The last 48 hours have been very difficult for a lot of people. It’s been tough. And we sympathize with this whole situation, all the parties involved, this young woman, what she went through,” Beane said during a 26-minute news conference, while seated alongside coach Sean McDermott.

“But at this time, we just think it’s the best move for everyone to move on from Matt and let him take care of this situation and focus on that. So, we’re gonna part ways there,” Beane added.

Beane said the Bills were not aware of the allegations made against Araiza at the time they selected him in the sixth round of the draft in April. And had they known, he said, they would have removed him from consideration.

Araiza’s release begins to ease a crisis which has shaken the two-time AFC East champions. McDermott was visibly upset while discussing the situation following a 21-0 preseason loss at Carolina on Friday night.

“I’m hurt,” McDermott said. “It’s not easy to to hear about some of the things that I’ve heard about over the last several hours say. Haven’t slept a lot to be honest with you.”

The Bills began distancing themselves from Araiza as early as Friday, when he was held out from playing. He instead watched the game from an undisclosed location in the stadium rather than from the sideline along with his teammates.

On Saturday, Araiza was not present for practice even though the Bills said he was on his roster, while at the same time his No. 19 jersey was no longer available for sale on the Bills’ online store after being listed earlier in the day.

Araiza’s only comment since the lawsuit was filed came in a statement released by his agent during the game Friday.

“The facts of the incident are not what they are portrayed in the lawsuit or in the press. I look forward to quickly setting the record straight,” Araiza said.

In a text to The Associated Press, Araiza’s lawyer, Kerry Armstrong, defended his client by writing: “I am sure he is very upset and disappointed that his career with the Bills ended not because he played poorly, but because of false allegations leveled against him by a young lady and her attorney. I hope he is back in the NFL soon.”

The victim’s lawyer Dan Gilleon issued his own statement by saying the Bills ignored concerns he raised about Araiza when contacting the team in late July.

“The Buffalo Bills had no choice but to cut their young punter after so badly botching their response to our claim,” Gilleon said. “They ignored us, (when) I warned them would happen could be avoided if they just kept their heads in the sand. This is what enablers do.”

Beane said the team did as much as it could in getting as many details as possible, while noting many of the allegations were unavailable because the results of the San Diego police investigation has not been released. He said the team decided not to “rush to judgment” based on the information it had, while noting Araiza never changed his version of what happened.

“You want to give everyone as much due process as you can. Again, we’re not a judge and a jury,” Beane said.

The lawsuit filed in San Diego County Superior Court accused Araiza and two San Diego State teammates of raping a then-17-year-old girl at a Halloween party at an off-campus home where Araiza had been living.

The results of the police investigation are in the hands of the district attorney, though there is no timeline as to when a decision will be made on whether or not to press charges.

Executives from two different teams told The Associated Press they became aware of Araiza’s involvement in an incident during the draft process, but neither person knew the extent of the allegations. Executives from three other teams said they had no knowledge of the allegations against Araiza before the draft and only learned of the incident Thursday. All the people spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Beane said it was unclear who – Araiza or the victim’s lawyer, Gilleon – first informed the team of the allegations. As for the decision to not contact Gilleon for more information, Beane said the team’s attorney, Kathryn D’Angelo, “had heard what he had to say, and that’s when we began our process.”

Beane said Araiza’s version of what happened never changed.

“We’re not perfect. But I can tell you, we just tried to do what was right,” Beane said. “In our heart of hearts, I can lay my head down at night knowing that I’ve tried to do what’s right.”

The Bills also informed the NFL of the incident once they were made aware of it, a person familiar with the situation told The AP. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter, wasn’t certain of the timeline.

The NFL declined to comment except to say it was aware of the matter.

Panthers’ Darnold, Gonzalez sustain ‘significant’ injuries

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said backup quarterback Sam Darnold and kicker Zane Gonzalez both suffered “significant” injuries in the 21-0 win over the Buffalo Bills on Friday night.

Darnold has a high ankle sprain, which is normally a four-to-six week injury. But Rhule said doctors haven’t determined how much time he’ll miss, adding that putting him on short-term injured reserve is a possibility.

The Panthers will enter the season with Baker Mayfield as their starter and P.J. Walker as his backup.

“We’re not sure of the exact length of that injury,” Rhule said Saturday on a videoconference call. “We sent those images to a specialist to gauge it, but it does look like a significant injury that could take some time.”

Gonzalez’s injury appears even worse, and there is a possibility it could be season-ending. He will see a specialist to determine the degree of injury.

Rhule wouldn’t specify what Gonzalez did to his groin while practicing kicks into the net on the sideline. But he said the Panthers will be looking to sign a kicker before the Sept. 11 regular-season opener against the Cleveland Browns.

“We are bringing guys in and figuring out our options,” Rhule said.

Gonzalez finished last season 20 of 22 on field goals after joining the Panthers in Week 2 of the regular season and making 22 of 23 extra points. The Panthers re-signed Gonzalez to a two-year, $4.5 million contract after he made his final 17 field goals last season.

Rhule said fullback Gio Ricci was getting an MRI on his groin, but said it doesn’t appear to be as significant as the injuries to Darnold and Gonzalez. Tight end Ian Thomas and center Bradley Bozeman are expected to return from injuries next week and play in the season opener against the Browns.

Brady looks sharp, Colts backups prevail in preseason finale

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Tom Brady made a succinct, strong statement in his brief preseason debut.

He’s not rusty at all.

Five days after ending a planned, 11-day training camp break, Brady went 6 of 8 for 44 yards in the no-huddle offense and led the Buccaneers to a field goal on his first and only drive before watching the Indianapolis Colts’ backups rally for a 27-10 victory on Saturday night.

“I’ve played a lot of football in my day – a lot of practices, a lot of games, and a lot of seasons,” Brady said. “I’m ready to go.”

In his first interview since returning to practice Monday, Brady did not elaborate on why he needed time off. He used a profanity while saying there are many things he must deal with at age 45.

Still, football remains front and center for the seven-time Super Bowl champ and three-time MVP.

First-year coach Todd Bowles wanted to give Brady about 10 snaps. As usual, Brady surpassed expectations by running an 11-play, 66-yard drive almost flawlessly. He even converted a fourth down on the series, which had just one hiccup: settling for a 30-yard field goal.

It wasn’t just Brady under the microscope in this preseason finale.

Receivers Mike Evans and Julio Jones and running back Leonard Fournette all played, though they, like Brady, watched the final 55 minutes from the sideline.

“If you go up-tempo in the preseason, teams are less likely to pressure you,” Bowles said. “You’re able to get everybody involved early. We wanted everybody to get a good feel for the game and get in sync.”

Indy played most of its starters about one quarter and Matt Ryan, the 2016 MVP with Atlanta, led the Colts to the go-ahead score – a 1-yard TD run by Deon Jackson – on his final series before taking a seat in his first home appearance at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“Good finish to the preseason,” Indy coach Frank Reich said. “We wanted to come in here and accomplish some things. We saw some things we wanted to see, got guys out.”

Tampa Bay retook the lead on Ke’Shawn Vaughn’s 1-yard TD run.

Without Brady, though, the Bucs didn’t stay in front.

Phillip Lindsay’s 2-yard run gave Indy a 14-10 halftime lead and Sam Ehlinger’s nifty 45-yard TD run on the second play of the second half helped the Colts pull away as Brady and Ryan started contemplating the more challenging and meaningful matchups that now loom.

“I’ve known Tom for a long time and I’m always impressed with his consistency, his dedication to take care of himself, it’s amazing,” Ryan said. “He’s throwing it as good as he ever has and to me that’s incredibly impressive.”


Tampa Bay’s biggest concern heading into the regular season will be protecting the 45-year-old Brady after the offensive line took two more hits Saturday.

Center Robert Hainsey (left ankle) and guard Nick Leverett (shoulder) left early and did not return. Bowles said both would have X-rays in the next two days but declined to speculate how much time, if any, they might miss.

Hainsey started Saturday in place of injured Pro Bowler Ryan Jensen, who was carted off the practice field on the second day of training camp. The Bucs also need replacements for recently retired Pro Bowl guard Ali Marpet and guard Aaron Stinnie, who has a season-ending knee injury.


Backup safety Armani Watts looked as if he might win a spot on the Colts’ 53-man roster – until injuring his right ankle on Saturday’s opening kickoff. Watts was eventually carted off the field and did not return.

“It’s an ankle injury that’s going to keep him out for the year,” Reich said. “He’s going to have to have a procedure done. I don’t want to confirm all the details but it was a pretty significant injury.”


Buccaneers: While Evans didn’t catch a pass, Jones had one reception for 20 yards. Fournette had two carries for 13 yards and one catch for 2 yards. … Vaughn had nine carries for 36 yards. … Blaine Gabbert was 5 of 7 for 46 yards.

Colts: Ryan was 5 of 7 for 59 yards and was sacked once. Backup Nick Foles finished 3 of 5 for 24 yards. … Michael Pittman Jr. caught three passes for 29 yards. … Indy’s top two running backs, Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines, did not play.


Buccaneers: Open the regular season at Dallas on Sept. 11.

Colts: Visit Houston on Sept. 11.


Northwestern rallies past Nebraska 31-28 in opener in Dublin

DUBLIN (AP) Scott Frost isn’t calling plays on offense this season.

However, the embattled Nebraska coach still made the biggest decision in Saturday’s 31-28 loss to Northwestern in Ireland.

He ordered an onside kick and it didn’t work. Now, he’s facing even more pressure with Nebraska’s losing streak at seven games.

“You’ve got to win in this business to keep your job,” said Frost, who is in his fifth year at the helm. “That’s the way it is. I love the state of Nebraska. I love these fans that sacrificed to come over here. We’ve got to get this turned around.”

Ryan Hilinski threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns to help Northwestern rally to a victory in the season opener before 42,699 fans at Aviva Stadium in the Irish capital.

Frost took the blame for a failed onside kick that changed the momentum of the game in the third quarter.

“I made that call so that’s on me,” Frost said of the decision after the Huskers took a 28-17 lead. “At that point in the game, I thought all the momentum was on our side. I thought if we got it, we could end the game.

“You can’t really foresee them scoring 14 straight and us sputtering after we played well to start the second half on offense. Again those are excuses. If I had (to do) it over, I wouldn’t make the call.”

The Wildcats finished with 528 yards and gained a measure of revenge after their humiliating 56-7 loss to the Huskers last October. Nebraska hasn’t won since then.

Following a 3-9 season, Nebraska was looking to bounce back with a revamped offense under new coordinator Mark Whipple – who took over play-calling duties from Frost – but the team and its many fans who made the trip are headed home disappointed.

Quarterback Casey Thompson had a big game in his Huskers debut, throwing for 355 yards, but a fourth-quarter mistake was costly. Cameron Mitchell intercepted Thompson’s pass and returned it almost 40 yards. Six plays later, Evan Hull ran it in from the 4 to give the Wildcats a 31-28 lead. Hull finished with 22 carries for 119 yards.

Xander Mueller picked off a pass that bounced off receiver Wyatt Liewer’s hands with 1:27 to play and the Wildcats sealed the win.

Anthony Grant rushed for two third-quarter scores, including a 46-yarder to put the Huskers ahead 28-17. He ran it in from 3 yards on the previous drive to get Nebraska in front after the Wildcats went into halftime with a 17-14 lead. Grant had 19 carries for 101 yards.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald called the onside kick “a huge momentum swing” in the game.

“We went down and punched it in,” he said of Cam Porter’s 3-yard touchdown run on a direct snap to close the gap to 28-24.

Nebraska still led at that point, Frost pointed out.

“You don’t win a lot of games in the Big Ten giving up 31, so we have some things to answer on defense,” he said.

The Huskers had built a 14-3 lead after Thompson threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to fellow transfer Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda and then punched it in from 1 early in the second quarter. Garcia-Castaneda finished with 120 yards on four receptions.

But Hilinski capped a terrific first half by finding Donny Navarro at the back of the end zone for a 6-yard scoring strike to give the Wildcats a 17-14 lead with 25 seconds left in the half.

Earlier, Hilinski hit a wide-open Raymond Niro III on a play-action pass for a 41-yard score.

After Niro’s touchdown, Nebraska was driving again when linebacker Greyson Metz ripped the ball from Garcia-Castaneda after a 24-yard completion to the Northwestern 11- yard line.


Frost said he wouldn’t consider stepping down: “Absolutely not. … I’m going to fight with the guys, as long as I can fight.” His record as Nebraska’s coach is now 15-30.


Hilinski credited the offensive line with protecting him – he wasn’t sacked.

“When I can sit back there and be patient with the ball, and see the field, as a quarterback, that is the best feeling,” he said. “Today, I felt so calm in the pocket. I felt like I could see the whole field.”


Northwestern: The Wildcats look as if they’ve found a quarterback in Hilinski, who completed 27 of 38 passes.

Nebraska: More questions for Frost. The Huskers lost all their games by single digits last season, and now another one. Despite the two interceptions, Thompson made big plays. On their first scoring drive of the third quarter, he scrambled left on a third-and-8 and heaved a pass to Garcia-Castaneda for a 58-yard gain.


Concession stands gave out free beer at one point during the game when they lost the internet connection at the stadium. Aviva Stadium is cashless, so they opted to not turn away thirsty fans. Ronan McGowan said he waited 40 minutes in long lines and missed portions of the game, though added: “They did the right thing.”


Nebraska hosts North Dakota on Saturday in the first of four consecutive home games, including a matchup with Oklahoma on Sept. 17.

Northwestern is off next weekend and hosts Duke on Sept. 10 in the first of three straight games at Ryan Field.

Brown, DeVito lead Illinois past Wyoming 38-6 in opener

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Chase Brown scored three touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards and Tommy DeVito completed 27 of 37 passes for 192 yards and two scores in his debut as Illinois breezed past Wyoming 38-6 in a season-opener on Saturday.

Only 41 seconds elapsed before Brown found his way into the end zone, latching on to a 14-yard pass from DeVito to put Illinois in front.

“I thought Tommy really showed great composure,” Illinois coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s a very accurate passer. He had some glitches today, but things we can definitely clean up.”

Brown surpassed 2,000 career rushing yards – including his freshman season at Western Michigan – on an 18-yard run in the second quarter. Brown followed with an 11-yard TD run and kicker Caleb Griffin connected from 27 yards out to give Illinois a 17-3 halftime lead.

“A lot of times, running backs jump the gun on their keys and their reads, and he’s just really patient and I think playing at a high level,” Bielema said.

Brown is the 19th Illinois running back to hit the 2,000-yard career mark.

“We’ve got to be better going into Big Ten play to really make a statement,” Brown said. “We did what we were supposed to today. We all knew that we would win this game, but it’s going in there next week against Indiana where we can really make a statement.”

Wyoming quarterback Andrew Peasley completed just six of 21 passes for 40 yards in his debut.

Cowboys running back Titus Swen rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries, while Peasley added 76 rushing yards on eight attempts.

“Our guys are trying. We just didn’t play very well and we didn’t coach very well,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said.

Swen left the game with what Bohl said could be a rib injury after a 6-yard run in the fourth.

The Cowboys converted just 1 of 12 third-down attempts, while the Illini were successful on 7 of 16.

John Hoyland had field goals of 22 and 46 yards for the Cowboys.

“It’s hard right now, but I do know this, we’ve got a lot of resolve in the locker room,” Bohl said. “(We have) coaches that want to work hard, and we’re going to come back. But yeah, it’s real frustrating.”

Illinois upped its lead to 31-6 early in the fourth quarter when Brown scored on a 5-yard run. Reggie Love tacked on late score with a 33-yard rush after he narrowly stayed on his feet and avoided the sideline.

DeVito, who transferred to Illinois from Syracuse, said he had enough time in the pocket to sift through his third and fourth options on certain passing downs.

“I’m not taking any shots here, but I think this is the first game that I’ve been in where I did not get sacked,” DeVito said. “Am I fair to say that?”

Sixth-year offensive tackle Alex Palczewski made his program record 53rd career start to break a tie with former teammate and current Minnesota Vikings tackle Vederian Lowe.

First-year offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. sped up the tempo at times, regularly going no-huddle in a bid to wear down Wyoming’s defensive front.

“We’re a no-huddle team now, there’s a lot of things that go into that,” Bielema said. “Barry is just extremely gifted in the way he thinks and communicates with our players. I think that definitely showed up today with the number of guys that played.”

Illini cornerback Jartavius Martin made a team-high seven tackles and broke up three passes.


DeVito looked confident in his debut, even if there is room for improvement, connecting with a dozen different receivers. If Illinois gets steady quarterback play, it could fair well in the Big Ten West thanks to its stingy defense.

The Cowboys look a few steps behind 2021 after losing much of their top talent to the portal.

“If you want to play against these type of opponents, then you’ve got to perform,” Bohl said. “Maybe the want-to was there, but the competency as a whole wasn’t.”


Illinois: The Illini open Big Ten Conference play on Friday night when they travel to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers.

Wyoming: The Cowboys will host Tulsa next Saturday in a nonconference match-up.


Friedl’s 3-run homer helps Reds surge past Nationals, 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) TJ Friedl hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth inning, Colin Moran also went deep in his return to the majors and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Saturday night.

Kyle Farmer added a first-inning homer for Cincinnati, which has won back-to-back games against the Nationals after dropping 12 of its previous 16.

Lane Thomas hit his 13th home run for Washington, which has lost five of six and at 42-85 owns the worst record in the majors.

The Reds put two on with one out in the sixth to chase Nationals starter Paolo Espino (0-6). Jake McGee, the lone left-hander in Washington’s bullpen, entered to face the left-handed hitting Friedl. After McGee got ahead 1-2, Friedl lofted a slider just over the fence in right-center to make it 4-1.

“I saw the slider earlier in the at-bat that I fouled out and that last one was the same pitch, just a little more on the plate and I put a good swing on it,” Friedl said.

Two batters later, Moran – who was called up earlier in the day after being demoted to Triple-A Louisville on June 13 – also homered on a 1-2 slider.

“Another tough at-bat off a left-hander,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “That’s what he’s done. He’s just had a nice, long, good career and he was able to contribute for us tonight.”

Ian Gibaut (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first win in the majors since Sept. 11, 2019. Alexis Diaz entered with two on and two outs in the eighth and needed one pitch to induce Keibert Ruiz’s groundout. Diaz then worked the ninth to earn his sixth save.

Espino yielded three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four. Washington starting pitchers have not recorded a victory in 43 consecutive games, a major league record.

Cincinnati starter Luis Cessa allowed four hits in four innings, including Thomas’ blast down the left-field line in the second. It was his longest major league outing since he pitched four innings of relief for the New York Yankees against Boston on June 30, 2019.


Reds: Cincinnati placed INF Mike Moustakas (left calf strain) on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday. Moustakas is batting .214 with seven homers and 25 RBIs. It is Moustakas’ second IL trip because of a calf injury this month and sixth time on the IL this season. “He has a grade 2 calf strain,” Bell said. “Last time was a grade 1, so he will not be back at the end of the 10 days.” . Bell said OF Nick Senzel (left hamstring tightness) underwent an MRI and remains day to day. . OF Albert Almora Jr. (right shoulder) threw and hit off a tee Saturday.

Nationals: Washington transferred OF Yadiel Hernandez (left calf strain) to the 60-day injured list, effectively ending his season. Hernandez hit .269 with nine homers and 41 RBIs before going on the injured list Aug. 20. . LHP Seth Romero was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Double-A Harrisburg. . Manager Dave Martinez said RHP Will Harris (pectoral surgery) should begin throwing again soon.


Cincinnati signed RHP Chase Anderson to a minor league contract and assigned him to the taxi squad. Anderson, an eight-year veteran, has spent this season in the Detroit and Tampa Bay systems. Bell said Anderson will start Monday against St. Louis.

“I haven’t thrown over two innings in like a month, but I feel like I could throw three or four innings right now,” Anderson said. “I feel healthy and I feel good, so I look forward to building up a little and giving this team what they need this next month as a starter and hopefully eat some innings and stabilize this rotation a little bit.”


Reds: Rookie LHP Nick Lodolo (3-4, 4.35 ERA) faces Washington for the first time in his career as the three-game series concludes.

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (4-17, 6.81) allowed three runs in six innings to earn a victory June 5 in his only start against Cincinnati this season.

Yelich, Woodruff spark Brewers to 7-0 victory over Cubs

MILWAUKEE (AP) Christian Yelich and the Milwaukee Brewers beat up on the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen to turn a pitchers’ duel into a rout.

Yelich went 4 of 5 with a three-run homer, Brandon Woodruff pitched six strong innings and the Brewers beat the Cubs 7-0 on Saturday night. The Brewers won for just the ninth time in the last 24 games as they try to move back into playoff position.

“We’ve just got to keep going,” Yelich said. “It’s been a tough couple of weeks for us, but we’re not out of it by any means. It can start at any time. You never know which day or night it’s going to be.”

After Woodruff and Chicago’s Drew Smyly kept the game scoreless through six innings, the Brewers broke through in the bottom of the seventh with four runs off reliever Rowan Wick (4-7).

Kolten Wong added a solo shot and Willy Adames hit a two-run blast off Michael Rucker in the eighth.

“Every game from here on out is important,” Woodruff said. “We know we need to win. We know we’re gonna have to play good baseball going into September and October if we want to have a chance to make the playoffs. You never know, maybe tonight is the start of something pretty cool and hopefully we continue to play good baseball.”

Victor Caratini and Kolten Wong started the seventh-inning rally with consecutive singles. Pinch-hitter Jace Peterson then bunted to third baseman Christopher Morel, whose wild throw to first instead went into foul territory in shallow right field. Caratini scored, Wong advanced to third and Peterson reached second on the error.

Yelich followed by sending a 2-2 pitch over the wall in the right-field corner.

Wick has allowed at least one run in four of his last six appearances.

“It just kind of got away from him,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “It just wasn’t his night.”

The homer was Yelich’s 10th of the season, but just his second since July 2. He also went deep Aug. 16 in a 5-4, 11-inning victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yelich also singled in the third, fifth and eighth innings for his first four-hit game since he hit for the cycle in a 14-11 loss at Cincinnati on May 11.

“He hit the ball really hard today, which is what we’ve seen when he’s doing good, just a lot of hard contact and having good at-bats,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Woodruff struck out 10 and allowed four hits and one walk. His outing ended after a shot from Franmil Reyes with a 110-mph exit velocity hit him in the leg, though first baseman Rowdy Tellez fielded the ball and retired the batter.

“It was off the calf,” Woodruff said. “It’s good. I was able to walk off. It’ll be a little sore tomorrow, but that will be all right.”

This marked the second straight night a Brewers starter departed after holding the Cubs scoreless through six innings. Freddy Peralta had a no-hitter going Friday when he was removed at the start of the seventh inning of a game the Brewers eventually lost 4-3 in 10.

Taylor Rogers (2-6) struck out three batters in the seventh, ending the inning by retiring Morel with a runner on second. Cubs first base coach Mike Napoli was ejected after arguing the third-strike call on Morel.

Smyly struck out two and allowed five hits and one walk for Chicago to continue his outstanding August. The veteran left-hander has given up just three earned runs over 30 innings in five August starts.

“Everything’s kind of connecting right now,” Smyly said. “My mechanics really feel in sync.”


Cubs: INF Patrick Wisdom went on the injured list, retroactive to Friday, with a sprained left ring finger. INF Alfonso Rivas was recalled from Triple-A Iowa. Ross said Justin Steele was feeling fine one day after the left-hander left a start one out into the sixth inning with tightness in his lower back.

Brewers: RHP Trevor Rosenthal’s status for the rest of the regular season is in jeopardy after he injured his lat in a rehabilitation appearance with Triple-A Nashville. Counsell said Rosenthal’s injury is similar to the issue that kept RHP Freddy Peralta on the injured list for over two months earlier this season. … OF Jonathan Davis (right elbow effusion) went on the 10-day injured list and C Alex Jackson (left wrist inflammation) went on the 60-day injured list). The Brewers selected OF Garrett Mitchell from Triple-A Nashville. The Brewers chose Mitchell out of UCLA with the 20th overall pick in the 2020 draft.


RHP Adrian Sampson (1-4, 4.04 ERA) starts for the Cubs and LHP Eric Lauer (9-5, 3.44) pitches for the Brewers in the final matchup of the season between these two NL Central rivals.

McCarthy helps Diamondbacks beat sliding White Sox 10-5

CHICAGO (AP) Rookie Jake McCarthy had a career-high four hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the fading Chicago White Sox 10-5 on Saturday night.

Geraldo Perdomo and Carson Kelly each had three RBIs as fourth-place Arizona handed Chicago its eighth loss in 10 games. The reigning AL Central champions dropped one game below .500 at 63-64.

“The worst thing you can do is get frustrated and depressed, discouraged,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Get angry. Do something about it tomorrow. That’s the message.

“Get some adrenaline pumping and get back to even.”

The speedy McCarthy also stole two bases and scored three times. The 25-year-old outfielder is 19 for his last 49 (.388), raising his season batting average to .292.

“Just a very energized player that’s putting a lot of concepts together,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “I think there was a lot of raw talent when he entered the system. He’s done a really god job of slowing things down when needed and being very competitive on both sides of the ball.”

Drafted by Arizona with the No. 39 pick in 2018 out of the University of Virginia, McCarthy said he’s getting comfortable and learning to exploit his chances.

“I’m just trying to hit the ball hard in the middle of the field,” McCarthy said. “I just got a few lucky hits, but it contributed. We got a win and it’s all good.”

Merrill Kelly surrendered Gavin Sheets’ three-run homer in the first, but allowed just one run over the next 6 1/3 innings in his first win since July 25. Kelly (11-5) yielded five hits and struck out seven while stopping a string of five straight no-decisions.

“I would probably say the sinker,” Kelly said of his most effective pitch. “It had a lot of movement on it late. I was able to locate it pretty well.”

Emmanuel Rivera, Ketel Marte and Alek Thomas each drove in a run for the Diamondbacks, who won their second straight on the South Side.

Elvis Andrus had two hits for the White Sox. Davis Martin (2-4) was charged with five runs, four hits and four walks in three innings in his fifth career start.

The Diamondbacks opened a 7-3 lead on Perdomo’s RBI single in the eighth, but the White Sox responded with two in the bottom half.

Mark Melancon relieved Kelly and gave up an RBI double to Romy Gonzalez and run-scoring single to Jose Abreu. Joe Mantiply then came in and retired Eloy Jimenez on a fly ball to right.

Arizona put it away with three in the ninth. Kelly hit a two-run single, and Thomas added a sacrifice fly.

The White Sox got off to a nice start when Sheets lined his 10th homer into the bullpen in right, making it 3-0 in the first.

But Arizona came back with five runs on just two singles in a sloppy second by Chicago. Martin walked three in the inning and another runner reached on interference by rookie catcher Carlos Perez.

Perdomo drove in two runs with a single, tying it at 3. Kelly scored on Perez’s passed ball, and Rivera’s groundout drove in Perdomo for a 5-3 lead.


Perez had a memorable night in his second major league game and first start behind the plate.

The 25-year-old from Venezuela singled for his first hit in the second. In the top of the inning, he was charged with interference with Daulton Varsho at the plate, and he had a costly passed ball.

In the third, Perez got crossed up with third baseman Leury Garcia on Varsho’s infield popup. The ball dropped for a double.

Perez made his big league debut Friday as a pinch hitter in the ninth.


Don’t blame 77-year-old Hall of Fame manager La Russa for Chicago’s sour season, says three-time All-Star and 2020 AL MVP Abreu.

“Everybody knows how the old guy is and what he represents,” Abreu said through a translator before Saturday’s game. “We all love him. His sense of unity and his sense of family is something that is around us, is around this team.”


The White Sox placed Lance Lynn on the bereavement list. The 35-year-old righty is 3-5 with a 5.00 ERA in 14 starts after returning from left knee surgery, but is 2-1 with a 2.73 ERA in his last five outings.


White Sox: Placed 3B Yoan Moncada on the 10-day IL with a strained left hamstring. Moncada, who has been limited to 80 games this season, suffered his most recent injury Thursday in Baltimore. … Reinstated INF/OF Garcia from from the 10-day injured list and started him at third. … CF Luis Robert (left wrist sprain) was held out of the lineup again because of difficulty in swinging a bat. … LH reliever Aaron Bummer (strained lat left) threw a 20-pitch simulated game on Saturday. Bummer, who hasn’t pitched since June 7, expects to go on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte in the next few days. … Reliever Joe Kelly left with a bruised knee in the eighth after McCarthy’s fourth hit bounced off him.


Arizona right-hander Zach Davies (2-4, 3.86 ERA) faces Chicago ace Dylan Cease (12-6, 2.27 ERA) on Sunday.

Guardians solve Mariners bullpen, rally for 4-3 victory

SEATTLE (AP) Jose Ramirez homered and sparked an eighth-inning comeback with an RBI double, Zach Plesac won for the first time since early June and the Cleveland Guardians rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Ramirez hit his 26th homer off Seattle starter Luis Castillo in the fourth, then slapped a 101 mph fastball from reliever Andres Munoz down the left-field line as part of Cleveland’s three-run eighth.

The big inning started with a walk to Steven Kwan and Amed Rosario’s single. Josh Naylor’s RBI groundout and Andres Gimenez’s sacrifice fly capped the outburst for the Guardians. Cleveland had scored four runs in the first 27 innings of the four-game series, then plated three against one of the top relievers in the American League.

Munoz (2-5) had not allowed a run in his previous 10 appearances. Seattle had been 51-0 this season when leading after seven innings.

The rally handed Plesac (3-11) his first victory since June 5. The right-hander lost his previous seven decisions, but limited the Mariners to three hits over a season-high seven innings and struck out six.

The one issue for Plesac was all three of those hits left the yard. Eugenio Suarez homered leading off the second inning for his 24th of the season and rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a towering shot in the third for his 21st.

Jake Lamb, who took over at first base after Ty France was ejected, hit his first homer since being traded to his hometown team with a two-out shot in the seventh.

For Rodriguez, it was his first long ball since signing a massive contract that guarantees him $209.3 million and could be worth up to nearly $470 million over the life of the deal.

But that was all Seattle could manage.

James Karinchak pitched the eighth and Emmanuel Clase worked the ninth for his 30th save.

Castillo was dominant for six inning and only a high pitch count ended his night early.

Castillo allowed a pair of singles to Kwan, Ramirez’s long ball and a single by Naylor. He finished with 10 strikeouts, recording at least one in every inning and striking out the side in the third. His biggest strikeout was getting Rosario with runners at first and third to end the fifth.


France was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barrett in the middle of the fifth inning. France had been called out on strikes to end the fourth on a borderline pitch and had words for Barrett. After the top of the fifth, France apparently had more words for Barrett and was tossed.

It was the second straight day Seattle had an ejection, after Jesse Winker and manager Scott Servais were tossed on Friday.


Mariners: INF/OF Sam Haggerty was able to hit in the batting cage before the game and was available off the bench a day after a bunt attempt hit the fingers on his hand.


Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 5.37 ERA) doesn’t have a win since May 20 and hasn’t had a decision in any of his past five starts. Civale allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings in his last start against San Diego.

Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (10-8, 3.75) looks to continue his excellent August performance. Ray has permitted six earned runs and struck out 34 in 26 innings over four starts this month. He has won his past two starts.

Cardinals score twice in bottom of the 9th, beat Braves 6-5

ST. LOUIS (AP) Corey Dickerson tied the game with an infield single and Tyler O’Neill drew a bases-loaded walk, all in the bottom of the ninth inning, to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 6-5 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

“This is a really, really good team,” Cardinals designated hitter Brendan Donovan said. “Any time you can beat a team like that down the stretch is good. Not that we needed a morale booster, but it kind of makes you feel better about yourself.”

Nolan Arenado and Andrew Knizner homered for the Cardinals, who claimed their sixth walk-off win of the season.

Donovan hit a one-out double off Kenley Jansen (5-1) in the ninth and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jansen walked Paul Goldschmidt and hit Nolan Arenado to load the bases.

“He’s usually really tough,” Arenado said of Jansen. “Regardless if he’s not throwing strikes, his ball’s moving a lot and he’s still a great pitcher. I think it’s safe to say him and Morton didn’t feel as good as they wanted to today.”

Dickerson singled to shortstop Dansby Swanson, scoring Donovan and tying the game. Jansen then walked O’Neill on five pitches to blow his fifth save in 34 chances.

“Everything was flat,” Jansen said. “This one is the one that you’ve just got to let it go. It’s a weird one. Don’t even worry about it. Tomorrow’s another day, and that’s the beauty of this game that I get to face the same hitters again, and I can go to work and get back on track.”

O’Neill also earned a walk-off hit-by-pitch on Aug. 16 against Colorado to become the first player to earn walk-off RBIs without hitting the ball twice in the same month since Cincinnati’s Tracy Jones earned walk-off walks on June 28 and 30 in 1988, according to STATS.

“It’s the way it goes,” O’Neill said. “It’s a crazy game.”

Ryan Helsley (8-1) pitched a scoreless ninth in his first appearance since Aug. 16 after missing eight games due to the birth of his first child.

Travis d’Arnaud homered for the Braves and Austin Riley added three hits.

Charlie Morton allowed four runs on five hits and three walks and struck out four batters, but didn’t figure in the decision.

“He kind of wasn’t quite as sharp as he had been,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “That’s going to happen, too. He left the game with a lead and had a chance to win the game.”

Jordan Montgomery allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings after allowing just one run in 25 2/3 innings in his first four starts with St. Louis.

D’Arnaud hit his 14th home run of the season after Matt Olson and Riley led off the fourth inning with singles. Montgomery had retired nine straight batters after Dansby Swanson’s leadoff single.

Michael Harris II drove in William Contreras with a single up the middle later in the fourth inning to push Atlanta’s lead to 4-0.

Knizner hit a two-run homer into the Braves’ left-center field bullpen for his second home run of the season, cutting Atlanta’s lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth.

Olson and Riley hit back-to-back doubles with two outs in the fifth inning to give Atlanta a 5-2 lead.

Arenado answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run to left field, his 27th of the season, cutting the Cardinals’ deficit to 5-4.


The Cardinals activated Arenado off the paternity list and recalled LHP Zack Thompson from Triple-A Memphis. The club optioned 1B/OF Juan Yepez and LHP Genesis Cabrera to Memphis. Cabrera allowed five runs on six hits in one inning Friday night and is 1-1 with a 10.38 ERA in 14 outings since July 9.


Atlanta: Placed RHP Jackson Stephens on the seven-day concussion injured list and recalled RHP Jay Jackson from Triple-A Gwinnett. Stephens left Friday night’s game after being struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Brendan Donovan.

“He got checked out last night,” Snitker said. ” Everything was good. He just has to lay low for a little bit.”

St. Louis: LHP Steven Matz (sprained left MCL) threw 37 pitches off the mound at Busch Stadium pregame as he works to return as a reliever in September.


Cardinals RHP Adam Wainwright (9-9, 3.11 ERA) will face the team that drafted him 30th overall in 2000. He has the highest career winning percentage (.714) of all active pitchers with at least 15 starts against Atlanta. Braves RHP Jake Odorizzi (5-5, 3.95 ERA), from Highland, Illinois, just 30 miles east of St. Louis, and is 2-1 with a 2.91 ERA in four career starts against his hometown team.

Gibson, Castellanos lead Phillies to sixth straight victory

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kyle Gibson pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, and the streaking Philadelphia Phillies shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-0 on Saturday night for their sixth straight victory.

Nick Castellanos homered as Philadelphia moved a season-best 17 games over .500. Bryce Harper singled and was intentionally walked twice in his second game back after missing 52 contests with a broken left thumb.

The Phillies (72-55) are second in the NL wild-card standings with the franchise’s best record since 2011 when it won the last of its five straight NL East titles.

“This group is gelling at the right time,” said J.T. Realmuto, who had a three-run double in the first inning.

Gibson (9-5) struck out nine and walked one. Sam Coonrod worked the eighth and Nick Nelson finished the six-hitter with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

“He’s really resilient, dependable and durable,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said of Gibson. “You never have to worry about a guy like (Gibson).”

Bligh Madris doubled and Greg Allen had two hits for the Pirates, who have lost seven in a row and 13 of 15.

A night after driving in two runs with a bases-loaded, first-inning single in Philadelphia’s 7-4 victory, Harper singled again in the first off Tyler Beede (1-4) to load the bases with one out. Realmuto followed with a bases-clearing double.

The Phillies added two runs in the second on Rhys Hoskins’ RBI single and Alec Bohm’s run-scoring groundout. Castellanos made it 6-0 when he led off the third with his 13th homer on a night with a fans’ giveaway of a T-shirt with his likeness.

“They jumped on us early,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “Our approach has to be better.”

Shelton didn’t give Harper, the reigning NL MVP, a chance to do much damage. Shelton intentionally walked Harper with two outs and nobody on in the second and in the sixth with two outs and a man on first. Realmuto followed by striking out swinging after both walks.

“Just right-handed pitcher and one of the best players in baseball hitting,” Shelton said of the strategy.

The crowd of 37,105 for Harper’s return was the eighth-best of the season at Citizens Bank Park. As in Friday’s contest, they cheered loudly when he came to the plate – and booed just as boisterously on the two free passes.

Philadelphia has won all six of its games against Pittsburgh this season. Only Oakland and Washington entered with fewer wins than the Pirates, who dropped to 47-79.

Beede, making his fifth consecutive start after relieving for most of the season, gave up five hits in three innings with five strikeouts and three walks. Chase De Jong followed with three scoreless innings in relief, but the Pirates came up empty at the plate.

The 34-year-old Gibson ended with seven scoreless innings for the third time this season. He has a 2.41 ERA in his last six starts.

“I was able to execute pitches when I needed to,” he said.


Philadelphia improved to 50-26 since June 3 when Thomson replaced Joe Girardi, who was fired.

“We knew we had a good team,” Gibson said. “A little bit of the air got let out when Girardi was fired. (Thomson) came in and just kind of reaffirmed his confidence in our club. I think it was something we needed to hear.”


After losing his appeal, Pirates infielder Rodolfo Castro served a one-game suspension imposed by MLB for accidentally having his cell phone in his pocket on Aug. 9 against Arizona. Castro’s phone fell out of his back pocket while sliding into third base.


Phillies: CF Brandon Marsh returned to the lineup after missing 10 games due to a sprained ankle. Marsh went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.


Pirates RHP Roansy Contreras (3-4, 3.86 ERA) opposes Phillies RHP Noah Syndergaard (8-8, 3.77 ERA) in the finale of the three-game series on Sunday.

A’s hold Yankees to 1 hit, win 3-2 in 11 on LeMahieu error

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) DJ LeMahieu’s errant throw might have been the decisive play that ended the New York Yankees’ five-game winning streak, but it was the inability to generate any offense all night that was truly the problem.

Shea Langeliers scored the winning run on a throwing error by LeMahieu in the 11th inning, and the Oakland Athletics held the Yankees to one hit in a 3-2 victory Saturday.

A lineup that has produced the most runs in the AL this season couldn’t get anything going against Adam Oller and Oakland’s bullpen.

“We weren’t able to do much,” manager Aaron Boone said. “It was a challenge for us. Oller kind of held us down and kept us in check. We just weren’t able to mount much.”

The only hit for New York was Oswaldo Cabrera’s leadoff double in the sixth, giving the Yankees their fewest in an extra-inning game since at least 1906, according to Sportradar.

That proved costly in the 11th when the Yankees’ defense let them down. With runners on first and second and one out, Chad Pinder hit an apparent double-play grounder to shortstop off Lou Trivino (2-8).

The Yankees got the force at second base but LeMahieu’s throw to first was off target, allowing Langeliers to score.

“There’s not many other people you’d want the ball in their arms,” Boone said. “He just threw it wide.”

Joel Payamps (3-3) pitched a scoreless 11th for the win.

After neither team scored in the first nine innings, there was plenty of action in extras.

The Yankees got on the board in the top of the 10th, with Andrew Benintendi and Josh Donaldson scoring the first runs of the game on a wild pitch by A.J. Puk followed by a throwing error by catcher Sean Murphy.

Pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt tied it with a two-run homer off Ron Marinaccio, who had held lefties to four hits and no homers in 56 at-bats before then. Vogt went up looking for a changeup and delivered when he saw it.

“It was a really cool moment to go up there looking for that pitch, to get it and to not miss it,” he said. “That’s one of the best feelings you can have.”

Neither team managed a hit through five innings – the third time that’s happened in a game over the past three seasons.

Oller, who entered with a 6.41 ERA, faced the minimum 24 batters through eight innings, allowing one hit and one walk. One batter reached on an error during his 88-pitch outing.

Oller erased two runners on caught stealings he initiated, and the other was retired on a double-play grounder in the best outing of his young career.

“Obviously against an offensive powerhouse like that, it’s really big,” Oller said. “You go into the night expecting a team like that will get their hits. It’s just a matter of minimizing and trying to work out of situations.”

Domingo German was just as sharp for the Yankees, allowing three hits and no walks in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.


The game was delayed briefly in the top of the ninth when a fan got out on the field. He was brought down by security near the right-field line and taken out.


There were several highlight-reel plays on defense both ways.

LeMahieu making a slick, backhand stop to rob Murphy to end the first inning.

Pinder making a leaping catch into the right-field wall to take an extra-base hit away from Cabrera in the third.

German got help from his outfield, with Aaron Judge making a leaping grab into the center-field wall to rob Cal Stevenson leading off the sixth and Benintendi making a sliding catch in left to take a hit away from Vimael Machin in the seventh.


Yankees: New York reliever Aroldis Chapman was placed on the injured list after getting an infection in his leg from a recent tattoo. … C Jose Trevino was held out of the lineup after getting hit by a pitch on his toe. … Giancarlo Stanton got the night off after serving as the DH the past two days after coming off the IL. … LHP Zach Britton (Tommy John surgery) left his second minor league rehab appearance in Florida after three batters with an injury, but Boone didn’t have any details.

Athletics: RHP Dany Jimenez will miss the rest of the season after going on the 60-day IL with a strained right shoulder. It is the second time this season Jimenez has been sidelined with a strained right shoulder after missing six weeks earlier this year. He is 3-4 with 11 saves and a 3.41 ERA in 34 appearances. … RHP Austin Pruitt was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Jimenez’s place.


Adrian Martinez (2-3, 6.08 ERA) will be called up from the minors to start the series finale Sunday for the A’s, with Zach Logue shifting to the bullpen. Clarke Schmidt (5-2, 2.18) makes his second start of the season for the Yankees.

Yankees reliever Chapman on IL with infection from tattoo

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman was placed on the 15-day injured list Saturday after getting an infection in his leg from a recent tattoo.

Manager Aaron Boone said before his team’s game against the Oakland Athletics that Chapman felt irritation in the leg on Thursday after getting the tattoo earlier in the week. The seven-time All-Star stayed back at the team hotel Friday and Saturday receiving antibiotics and getting treatment.

“It’s still significant enough,” Boone said. “He got a pretty bad infection.”

Chapman hasn’t pitched since Aug. 19 when he allowed one run in one-third of an inning against Toronto. Boone said Chapman had been available to pitch until Thursday when the leg started bothering him just before the start of the series opener against the A’s. The move is retroactive to Aug. 24.

Boone said he doesn’t expect this to be a long-term issue but needs to wait to get a better sense of how much time Chapman will miss.

“Hopefully he’s good in several days,” Boone said. “We just have to get our arms around it. It got a little bit worse over the last few days.”

Boone said he didn’t have a problem with Chapman getting a tattoo during the season.

“It’s hard for me. I don’t have tattoos. That’s a personal choice,” Boone said. “This is more of an unfortunate situation that turned into an infection. My focus is on trying to get him right.”

Chapman was shaky early this season and was replaced as the Yankees’ closer after missing nearly six weeks with tendinitis in his left Achilles. He is 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 appearances since returning in early July, with 20 strikeouts in 16 2/3 innings.

The veteran left-hander is 2-3 with a 4.70 ERA and nine saves in 36 appearances this year for the AL East leaders.

The Yankees didn’t make an immediate corresponding roster move because they couldn’t get anyone out to the West Coast by Saturday. Boone expects to add a player in the next day or two.


Serena, Venus Williams get US Open doubles wild-card entry

NEW YORK (AP) Serena and Venus Williams are getting their Sister Act back together for doubles at the U.S. Open.

The American siblings, who have won two of their 14 women’s doubles Grand Slam titles at Flushing Meadows, were given a wild-card entry by the U.S. Tennis Association on Saturday, making it their first tournament as a team in more than four years.

Serena announced this month that she is preparing to end her playing career and, while she did not explicitly say the U.S. Open would be her final event, she has indicated it will be.

Serena, who turns 41 next month, and Venus, who turned 42 in June, won women’s doubles championships at the U.S. Open in 1999 – the year Serena won her first major singles trophy at age 17 in New York – and 2009.

Their other Grand Slam triumphs in doubles: six at Wimbledon, four at the Australian Open and two at the French Open. The most recent came at the All England Club in 2016.

They’ve also won three doubles gold medals at the Olympics.

That’s all aside from their combined total of 30 major trophies in singles – 23 for Serena, and seven for Venus.

The sisters have not competed anywhere in doubles as a pairing since losing in the third round of the French Open in June 2018.

Since then, each Williams has entered two doubles events with other partners.

For Serena, one was with Caroline Wozniacki in January 2020, and the other with Ons Jabeur this June – that came in Eastbourne, England, in a grass-court tune-up ahead of Wimbledon. That marked Serena’s return to competition after nearly a full year away from the tour.

She has gone 1-3 in singles in 2022, including a first-round loss at Wimbledon in June, and said less than three weeks ago that “the countdown has begun” to the close of her time as a professional player so she can focus on having another child and on her business interests.

For Venus, the first doubles event since 2018 was with Harriet Dart in June 2019, and the other was with American teenager Coco Gauff at last year’s French Open. In singles, Venus was off the tour for nearly a year until returning at a tournament in Washington this month.

Other women’s doubles teams receiving wild cards from the USTA on Saturday were Sophie Chang and Angela Kulikov, Robin Montgomery and CoCo Vandeweghe, Katrina Scott and Elizabeth Mandlik, Peyton Stearns and Ashlyn Krueger, Hailey Baptiste and Whitney Osuigwe, and Clervie Ngounoue and Reese Brantmeier.

Men’s doubles wild cards went to Brandon Holt – who qualified in singles on Friday and whose mother, Tracy Austin, won singles titles at the U.S. Open in 1979 and 1981 – and Govind Nanda, NCAA champion Ben Shelton and Chris Eubanks, Nicholas Monroe and Keegan Smith, Max Schnur and Hunter Reese, Alex Michelsen and Sebastian Gorzny, Robert Galloway and Alex Lawson, and Nicholas Godsick and Ethan Quinn.


LIV joins lawsuit against PGA Tour as 4 players drop off

(AP) — Saudi-funded LIV Golf has joined the antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour in an amended complaint in which four players have removed their names.

That leaves seven players, most notably Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau, along with LIV Golf as plaintiffs in the lawsuit. The four who withdrew their names are Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer, Pat Perez and Jason Kokrak.

The amended complaint was filed Friday afternoon in the U.S. District Court in Northern California. Three players still on the lawsuit – Matt Jones, Talor Gooch and Hudson Swafford – previously sought a temporary restraining order to played in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The judge denied their request two weeks ago.

The lawsuit claims the PGA Tour has used monopoly power to try to squash competition and has unfairly suspended players.

Greg Norman, the CEO of LIV Golf, has said the league would fully support the players in any legal action they pursued. LIV Golf, backed by the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund, now is directly involved.

In the amended complaint, LIV Golf argues that without a favorable ruling, its “ability to maintain a meaningful competitive presence in the markets will be destroyed.”

LIV Golf alleges the PGA Tour’s restraints forced it to raise its costs to sign players and kept it from recruiting others who fear the threat of being punished. It also claims the tour forced LIV Golf to delay its launch for 2022 and have a smaller schedule in its first year.

LIV Golf has offered several big names signing fees that are reported to be worth $150 million or more, in addition to the $25 million in prize money at each event. LIV Golf has staged three tournaments so far. The fourth is next weekend outside Boston.

The amended complaint says while LIV Golf has launched its tour despite “supracompetitive costs” and reduced access to players, “facing headwinds of this nature is not sustainable.”

The PGA Tour has leaned on its right that its members require a conflicting event release to play overseas, and no releases are granted for North American events. Five such LIV events are on the schedule this year.

The tour has suspended players who complete in LIV Golf without a release – none were granted – and most of those suspensions are through March 2024.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman ruled in denying the temporary restraining order that LIV Golf did not show irreparable harm because of how much money the players were making to sign and from prize money, and that PGA Tour regulations to suspend players in this case was not unreasonable.

Freeman set a summary judgment hearing for July 23, 2023, and a tentative trial date for Jan. 8, 2024.

LIV Golf already has signed some two dozen PGA Tour players and is likely to add as many as six more after the PGA Tour ends its season Sunday in Atlanta at the Tour Championship.

Scheffler clings to 1-shot lead as Tour Championship delayed

ATLANTA (AP) Justin Thomas was a tap-in away from polishing off a 7-under 63. And then the horn sounded Saturday signaling a stop in play because of storms near the Tour Championship.

He had to wait until Sunday to not only finish, but to figure out where it left him in pursuit of the FedEx Cup and its $18 million prize.

Scottie Scheffler was still in the lead, barely. Xander Schauffele was still on his heels, even tying him ever so briefly. They were on the 13th hole and among 10 players who have to return Sunday morning for what could be a sprint toward a pile of cash.

Scheffler was at 19-under par, even par for the round on a hot, steamy day at East Lake with soft green and very little wind, always the recipe for low scoring.

Schauffele was 1 under for for a wild round of back-to-back birdies, back-to-back bogeys and back-to-back birdies during a six-hole stretch on the front nine.

The average score for the incomplete round was 67.

That’s what Jon Rahm said he needed – another low round, and Scheffler to not have is best stuff. He got only the second part right. Rahm, coming off a 63, had four bogeys to go along with five birdies and wasn’t making up much ground.

Those who didn’t finish had to return at 9:45 a.m., and only then would the FedEx Cup finale have any clarity.

Sungjae Im was three shots behind at 16 under. Assuming Thomas makes his putt, he would be at 15 under. Rory McIlroy also was at 15 under, and he two holes to play, including the par-5 closing hole.

Rahm, Patrick Cantlay and Sepp Straka were at 14 under and still had to finish.

The third round was scheduled to finish an hour later, and then lightning in the area stopped play for an hour. And when the second batch of lightning arrived in the area, there was no chance to finish.

Hideki Matsuyama posted the low round of the day at 63, and he was still six shots behind.

Scheffler started Thursday at 10-under par and with a two-shot lead as the No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup, with Cantlay two shots behind. Scheffler, already a four-time winner and a lock to be voted PGA Tour player of the year, opened with rounds of 65-66 and at times has threatened to turn the Tour Championship into a runaway.

He stalled Saturday, and all that did was expand the possibilities.

British Open champion Cameron Smith is a three-time winner and would have needed to win to make it a race for player of the year. He had a 68 and was 11 shots behind amid another round of reports that he is leaving for LIV Golf.

Those announcements are expected early next week. First up is a finish to a long and disruptive season with $18 million on the line for the winner.


South Korean rookies An, Choi lead CP Women’s Open

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Hye-Jin Choi shot a 5-under 66 to join fellow South Korean rookie Narin An atop the leaderboard Saturday in the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open.

Choi matched second-round leader An at 16-under 197 at Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club. In July in Michigan, An and Choi teamed to finish sixth in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational.

“Obviously, we’re both focusing on our individual play when we played together today, but I hope we both play well tomorrow and put up a good score,” Choi said.

An had a 68.

“In general, I didn’t like my play today as much as I did yesterday and two days ago,” An said. “But I think not making any big mistakes is a positive to take away.”

First-round leader Paula Reto of South Africa was a stroke back after a 67.

Third-ranked Nelly Korda (68) and Sarah Schmelzel (66) were 14 under. Korda is coming off her first victory of the year in the Aramco Series on the Ladies European Tour, where she rallied from seven shots back against sister Jessica.

“We always say this is like our sixth major,” Korda said. “The crowds are amazing. I feel like so many proud Canadians come out and support us. It’s a big event. It would be nice to be on that champion’s list.”

Maddie Szeryk was the top Canadian, shooting a 69 to get to 9 under.

Canadian star Brooke Henderson, the 2018 winner at Wascana in Regina, Saskatchewan, was tied for 60th at 3 under after a 73.


NASCAR Cup race at Daytona rained out, moved to Sunday

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway was rained out Saturday night and rescheduled for Sunday.

The 400-mile race, the regular-season finale that will decide the last two playoff spots, will now begin at 10 a.m. EDT. It will air on CNBC. Weather forecasts call for 40% chance in the morning, increasing to 70% in the afternoon.

Fifteen drivers remain in the hunt for the postseason. Two spots are still open, although one of them will go to Ryan Blaney or Martin Truex Jr.

Aric Almirola, Chris Buescher, Harrison Burton, Cole Custer, Austin Dillon, Ty Dillon, Todd Gilliland, Justin Haley, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Bubba Wallace need to win to get into the 16-driver playoff field.

Blaney and Truex can advance without winning at Daytona. If Blaney or Truex wins at Daytona, the other automatically gets in on points. If one of the 14 drivers already locked into the postseason lands in victory lane, both Blaney and Truex would make it based on points. If there’s another new winner Sunday, whoever ends the race with more points between Blaney and Truex would advance.

This will be the third summer race at Daytona in recent years delayed a day. Events in 2014 and 2019 were postponed because of weather.

NASCAR officials moved the Daytona summer race from July to August in 2020 partly in hopes of avoid summer thunderstorms. The Xfinity race that started Friday night was delayed three hours before Jeremy Clements managed to avoid four late multicar crashed and reach victory lane for the first time since 2017 and second time in 421 races.

Malukas dazzles racing through field and against Penskes

MADISON, Ill. (AP) Josef Newgarden saw the checkered flag out his windshield as the hard-charging rookie sprinted closer and closer into his rearview mirror.

David Malukas was coming fast for the leaders, seemingly out of nowhere, late Saturday night after a long rain delay and a strung-out race.

The 20-year-old was flying and darted outside and around Scott McLaughlin for second. Then he set his sights over the final lap on Newgarden, the two-time IndyCar champion so far unable to take control of the championship race.

Newgarden thought, “Wow, that kid is hungry.'”

Alas, Malukas ran out of time on the 1.25-mile oval outside St. Louis. He picked off McLaughlin, and if there had been one more lap, Malukas might have won his first IndyCar victory.

He’s still learning oval racing, even though his results show he’s a quick study. His 16th-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 was his lowest of the five ovals on the schedule; his second-place finish Saturday night was the best of his maiden IndyCar season and his first career podium.

And yet he’s left to wonder if a rookie mistake cost him a chance at running down Newgarden for the win at Gateway.

On fresh tires for the final run of the night, Malukas waited until two laps to go to experiment with the upper groove at Gateway. His car like a rocket ship in the top lane, he sailed past McLaughlin on the outside. Although he ran out of time to catch Newgarden, Malukas was closing in quickly when Newgarden took his series-best fifth win of the season.

What took him so long to try the outside lane?

“It was a bit unfortunate I did it so late. But I guess rookie season, rookie stuff,” Malukas said. “I’m going to put it in the back of my brain and remember it for next time.”

It wasn’t his only mistake of the night: Malukas was scolded by McLaughlin for mispronouncing his last name. It’s Muh-GLOCK’-luhn, McLaughlin said, and there’s no soft h.

Either way, second-place was just as good as the win on Saturday night for Malukas. He even got to celebrate with champagne when Newgarden graciously let the underage Malukas spray the real stuff instead of the grape juice he’d been given.

“Why didn’t they give me the real stuff? That’s not fun,” Malukas said. “Maybe I can just tell them I’ll close my mouth, I don’t know.”

Just three months ago he was smarting from losing Indianapolis 500 top rookie honors to Jimmie Johnson, who finished the race below Malukas but was rewarded for both an eye-popping speed show in qualifying and his ambassadorship for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Malukas supporters were outraged and, after posting his own 200-plus mph marks in practice, as well as actually finishing highest among the Indy 500 rookies, Malukas himself wondered how he lost out on top rookie to 46-year-old Johnson.

Once the drama faded from social media, Malukas went back to big runs for tiny Dale Coyne Racing.

He finished eighth in the second race of the Iowa doubleheader last month and is ranked 16th in the standings, ahead of Indianapolis 500 winners Helio Castroneves and Takuma Sato, his teammate, and also the rest of the rookie class.

Newgarden heaped praise on Malukas after the race and said Malukas, a Lithuanian-American from the Chicago area, could probably get a little more aggressive. Newgarden is three points behind Team Penske teammate Will Power with two races remaining, yet he didn’t worry about the potential risks of racing a rookie with Saturday night’s win on the line.

“When you see rookies, I think you definitely are a bit more cautious or reserved, or at least you’re second-guessing what you think you should be doing,” Newgarden said. “I would give Malukas a lot of respect. He’s probably been one of the cleanest rookies I’ve ever seen. He’s been almost too respectful.”

Malukas acknowledged both getting out of the way of Penske cars during practice and also getting a little starry-eyed when he found himself racing Newgarden and McLaughlin.

His engineer radioed that Malukas was about to get sight of the race leaders and then he caught a glimpse of them sailing through Turns 1 and 2. It took a moment for him to realize that “Oh, my God, they’re Penskes. I’m going behind Penskes right now. This is crazy.'”

Malukas rooted for Team Penske as a kid and says he’s stayed out of their way when he made it to IndyCar this season: “Every time through practice, every time they passed me, I always let them by. Man,” he said.

And so he had to collect himself as he chased the duo.

“I was trying so hard to not get nervous. I mean, I was nervous, but I was trying so hard not to get overexcited and do something stupid,” Malukas said. “It’s definitely intimidating when there’s two Penskes in front of you.”



COLTS RELEASE-Colts Check Off Key Boxes in Dress Rehearsal, Final Audition

Saturday’s preseason finale provided a unique look for the Indianapolis Colts’ coaching and personnel staffs heading into Tuesday’s final round of roster cuts.

In seasons past, the third preseason game typically served as the “dress rehearsal” for the top offensive and defensive units as they hoped to get in a few final solid drives to build momentum heading into the start of the regular season. The fourth preseason game, meanwhile, served as a “final audition” for the rest of the roster—guys using four quarters to battle for the final few spots on the roster.

Now that the NFL has trimmed its preseason down to three games, though, Saturday’s finale at home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers served as both a dress rehearsal and final audition for the Colts. Indy not only pulled away with a 27-10 victory, but the team checked several important boxes as it officially turns its attention to the 2022 regular season opener Sept. 11 on the road against the Houston Texans.

“Good finish to the preseason,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “We came in here and really wanted to accomplish some things—wanted the (starting) guys to get a little bit of time, and we got good execution in some of the situational football. That was important. Saw some things that we wanted to see, got guys out (there).”

Offensively, the first-team unit led by quarterback Matt Ryan ended up playing three drives on Saturday, getting into the end zone on drive No. 3 thanks to a one-yard touchdown by running back Deon Jackson, capping a five-play, 48-yard drive that took just 2:35 off the clock. That first unit was without its top two running backs in Jonathan Taylor and Nyheim Hines (rest), as well as center Ryan Kelly (illness), who was replaced in the lineup by Danny Pinter; Will Fries occupied Pinter’s usual spot at right guard.

Ryan completed 5-of-7 passes for 59 yards for an overall rating of 96.7, and he also took off for an 11-yard rushing play to move the sticks early in the first quarter.

Starting with the second quarter, however, the Colts mostly ran out a hungry group of players hoping to make a final positive impression in their final “job interview” before the start of the season.

At wide receiver, for example, the team seems set at spots 1-4 with Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell, Alec Pierce, and Ashton Dulin. But the Colts in the past have kept as many as six wide receivers heading into the start of the regular season, giving guys like Dezmon Patmon, Michael Strachan, and Keke Coutee, among others, a legit chance at earning a spot with solid preseason performances.

Offensively, Patmon and Strachan did just that. Patmon on Saturday had a team-high-tying three receptions for 50 yards, while Strachan had one catch for 11 yards. Coutee, meanwhile, showed off his skills as a returner, averaging 10 yards on seven total punt returns, including a long of 17 yards.

Patmon, who finished with the fourth-most preseason receiving yards in the NFL (171), said he was happy to have another opportunity to show what he can do.

“It feels great, obviously, going out there and having an opportunity to play,” said Patmon, who had nine total receptions and a touchdown this preseason. “We all grew up playing this game as little kids, so this is the most fun thing I get to do all week. So it’s always fun to just get out there and ball with my bros.”

Strachan, meanwhile, battled his way back from offseason knee surgery to return just in time for the team’s second preseason game against the Detroit Lions. He finished his two preseason games with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.

“It was great to see it through this process,” he said. “It’s been a long process for me, just trying to get back out there. I’ve been working. But I’m happy to be back with the team.

“I knew we didn’t have any time to waste — the first game was right around the corner,” Strachan added. “So I had to come strong and come ready to roll. My team depends on me, and I’m ready for whatever my team needs.”

Defensively, the Colts’ second and third units were at times dominant on Saturday against the Buccaneers’ second- and third-team offensive units. In the second half, Tampa Bay had just 122 total net yards, converted just 1-of-5 third downs, and were held to an average of just 2.5 yards on 15 rushing attempts.

Entering his fourth season in 2022, defensive end Ben Banogu certainly knows the importance of the final preseason game. With depth spots still to be won along the Colts’ defensive line, the former second-round pick showed out this preseason, finishing with nine total tackles, including four tackles for loss, and two sacks. On Saturday alone, Banogu had five tackles (three for a loss) and a sack.

“I think a lot of it was just time on the grass,” Banogu said of capitalizing on his opportunities this preseason. “I feel like in previous seasons, for whatever reason, the opportunity wasn’t there. But with this coaching staff and the way they believe in us in the room and personally the way they believe in me, it just gives me the freedom to not feel pressed and go out there and make plays and do well for my teammates. And whenever you do your 1:11, everyone shines. I think today it just so happened that the light was on me, but for the most part, it’s on everybody at different times. That’s the beauty of this defense.”

The next focus for the Colts is Tuesday’s 4 p.m. ET cutdown to the initial 53-man roster, followed by possible waiver wire pickups and formation of the practice squad. Then the team will have 12 days before opening up the regular season at NRG Stadium, as Indy hopes to claim its first Week 1 victory since 2013.

“It’s tough decisions ahead of us,” Reich said. “I feel like when we look back at the preseason, from OTAs to training camp to the preseason games, I feel like we checked the boxes we wanted to check and we’ve got some confidence heading into the season.”


Suwinski Leads Indy to Four Games Above .500

INDIANAPOLIS – Jack Suwinski smacked a pair of two-baggers and finished with three RBI as the Indianapolis Indians clinched a series win over the Rochester Red Wings on Saturday night at Victory Field, 5-3. They have now won eight of 11 contests during the 12-game homestand.

With the win, Indianapolis (62-58) is now a season-high tying four games above the .500 mark for the first time since emerging victorious from Game 1 of a doubleheader on May 25 (23-19). The team was also four games above even after throwing a combined no-hitter at St. Paul to cap a five-game winning streak on April 13 (6-2).

The Indians scored first for their third consecutive game via a sacrifice fly off the bat of Travis Swaggerty in the bottom of the opening frame against Red Wings starter Mason Thompson (L, 0-4). The scoring then broke open with two outs in the third inning when Suwinski and Mason Martin smoked back-to-back doubles, extending Indy’s lead to 4-0.

The Red Wings (54-68) could not catch up as Indianapolis’ pitching staff held them without a run until the eighth inning. Johan Oviedo opened the contest with four strikeouts through 3.2 three-hit innings, and John O’Reilly (W, 5-2) held the shutout through the sixth inning.

Suwinski continued his tear in the home half of the sixth, sending a long double off the wall in straightaway center to score another run. He finished the game with the Indians’ only multi-hit performance and three RBI. He is now one hit shy of 500 in his professional career.

Rochester got on the board with a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the eighth and made things interesting with two runs in the ninth. Three consecutive one-out singles plated the first run in the final inning, and another run-scoring fielder’s choice followed by an error scored another. Eric Hanhold then sat down the final two batters of the frame with swinging strikeouts.

The Indians and Red Wings will close their six-game series tomorrow at 1:35 PM ET at Victory Field. After earning the win in the series opener, RHP Osvaldo Bido (2-7, 5.02) will take the mound in search of Indy’s ninth win of the 12-game homestand. Countering for Rochester will be RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-2, 5.30).


INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, August 27, 2022) – Indy Eleven shrugged off a 12-match winless streak by taking down the USL Championship’s top side, San Antonio FC, 1-0 in front of a season-best crowd of 10,081 at IUPUI Carroll Stadium.

Robby Dambrot’s first goal for the Boys in Blue late in the first half was all Indiana’s Team needed, thanks in part to goalkeeper Tim Trilk’s first clean sheet for the Boys in Blue and a stout defensive effort all across the field.

The match began as a stingy affair, with neither team allowing as much as a shot over the opening ten minutes of action. The lone moment of note from that stretch was an early injury to Eleven defender A.J. Cochran, who had to be replaced after only nine minutes by Jesus Vazquez.

When the shots did start to come, they were from the visitors, but Trilk was on the spot to stop chances from distance that posed little threat through the half hour mark. The Eleven netminder’s best effort of the evening came in the 37th minute, when he reacted quickly to leap backwards and tip Elliot Collier’s header off a corner kick over the crossbar.

Just two minutes later Dambrot put the Boys in Blue in front on a stellar individual effort, which started when he put in a hearty slide tackle to win a 50-50 challenge on Juan Tejada’s ball up the left channel. From there, Dambrot danced into the six and cut back past another defender before deftly chipping past a third defender and goalkeeper Jordan Farr inside the far post, the breathtaking play catching SAFC off guard and putting Indy up front. The Eleven had one more look to double the advantage in first half stoppage time, but Raul Aguilera’s near-angle effort was turned away by Farr, who made his Indy homecoming after spending the last four seasons in the Circle City.

The second half was a more ragged affair, with substitutions and injury stoppages regularly slowing down the play. Samuel Adeniran’s 62nd minute blast that forced another save out of Trilk brought the stanza to life, and just 45 seconds later Indy midfielder Bryam Rebellon had a go from distance himself, missing the left post by a hair. Adeniran’s deflected effort in the 71st minute that bounced harmlessly to Trilk was really the last threatening look for San Antonio, as Indy Eleven expertly saw out the rest of regulation and an agonizing 10 minutes of added time to claim the win.

The victory was the Eleven’s first since a 4-3 triumph at Charleston Battery on June 4, snapping a 12-game winless streak that was the longest in its USL Championship tenure and tied for the longest in club history. The triumph also marked Indy’s first win at home since May 21 against New York Red Bulls II (2-0), breaking a six-game winless run at Carroll Stadium (0-5-1) that came on the heels of an eight-game home undefeated streak.

After taking down the Western Conference leader tonight, Indy Eleven gets another hack at a USL Championship Goliath this Wednesday, August 31, when it welcomes its archrival and the current Eastern Conference top squad, Louisville City FC, to “The Mike” for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff, presented by Pro X Athlete Development. The lone 2022 installment of the Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest in the Circle City will mark “College Night”, details for which can be found at, and tickets for which can be found at, starting for $15. Fans who can’t make it to “The Mike” can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 /, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter Feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

2022 USL Championship Regular Season – Matchday 22

Indy Eleven  1 : 0  San Antonio FC

Saturday, August 27, 2022

IUPUI Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.

Scoring Summary:

IND – Robby Dambrot (Juan Tejada) 40’

Disciplinary Summary:

IND – Juan Tejada (yellow card) 14’

IND – Sam Brown (yellow card) 50+’

SA – Jasser Khmiri (yellow card) 79’

SA – Mohammed Abu (yellow card) 86’

IND – Tim Trilk (yellow card) 98+’

Indy Eleven lineup (4-4-2): Tim Trilk; Robby Dambrot (Justin Ingram 73’), A.J. Cochran (Jesus Vazquez 9’), Mechack Jerome, Alex McQueen; Neveal Hackshaw (captain), Sam Brown, Raul Aguilera (Stefano Pinho 73’), Bryam Rebellon (Jared Timmer 94+’); Juan Tejada (Rodney Michael 89’), Solomon Asante

IND substitutes: Sean Lewis (GK), Wilfredo Rivera

San Antonio FC (3-4-1-2): Jordan Farr; Mitch Taintor, Jasser Khmiri, Jordy Delem (Shannon Gomez 45), Elliot Collier (Samuel Adeniran 53’); Connor Maloney, Mohammed Abu, PC (Nicky Hernandez 91+’), Christian Parano (Deshane Beckford 76’); Justin Dhillon (Ignacio Ballone 64’), Santiago Patino

SA Substitutes: Grant Makela (GK), Ates Diouf


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Volleyball team (2-0, 0-0) used a well-balanced day offensively to turn away Chicago State (0-2) on Saturday morning at Wilkinson Hall.

A season after losing to the Cougars, IU reversed fortunes this year, downing Chicago State in straight sets, 25-19, 25-23, 25-23.

Paced by Camryn Haworth’s double-double (26 assists and 11 digs) and Savannah Kjolhede’s day offensively (8 kills, .727 hitting percentage), the Hoosiers battled to their second victory of the season.

Five Hoosiers provided at least five kills to aid the offensive attack. Along with Haworth and Kjolhede, Candela Alonso-Corcelles, Mady Saris and Kaley Rammelsberg each tallied five-plus kills on the evening.


• Down 6-9 in the first set, IU went on a 4-0 run to take the lead 10-9; sparked by back-to-back kills from Candela Alonso-Cordelles.

• Following a first-set timeout, the Hoosiers end the opener on a 4-2 run behind a kill from Melisa Ilter and two from Savannah Kjolhede.

• With Emily Fitzner serving, the Hoosiers went on a 4-0 run in the second set to take a 19-14 lead. A series of three-straight points with kills from Mady Saris, Camryn Haworth and Savannah Kjolhede saw the Hoosiers strengthen their advantage.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Volleyball team (2-1, 0-0) fell to Jacksonville State (3-0, 0-0) in the final match of the Indiana Invitational on Saturday night at Wilkinson Hall.

Despite an outstanding effort from sophomore outside hitter Mady Saris (18 kills, .244 hitting percentage), the Gamecocks outlasted the Hoosiers in straight sets 25-21, 26-24, 25-16.

Saris’ 18 kills matched a career high and serves as the top mark by any player through three matches this year for the Hoosiers.

Junior middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede and freshman outside hitter Candela Alonso-Corcelles each provided five kills apiece to pace the Hoosiers offensively.

This is the final home match for just over an entire month for the Hoosiers. The next four weekends will be spent on the road including tournaments in Corpus Christi, Raleigh, and Bowling Green.

The Hoosiers will open Big Ten Conference play on September 23rd at Penn State.


• Down 11-6 in the first set, IU went on a 3-0 run to bring the game within two points. Kills from Mady Saris and Savannah Kjolhede served as a catalyst for the Hoosiers in the opening set.

• Jacksonville State took the opening set 25-21.

• Facing set point in the second game, the Hoosiers rattled off four straight points behind a pair of aces from Camryn Haworth and a kill from Mady Saris.

• The Gamecocks would ultimately win the second set with a challenge halting the Hoosiers’ momentum before rattling off the final two points.

• Jacksonville State controlled the final game, winning 25-16 to finish off the match in straight sets.


• Mady Saris was called on to help the Hoosiers offensively, attacking the ball 45 times and matching a career high in kills with 18.

• Camryn Haworth added 27 assists, her third match this year with more than 25 in the category.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Purdue volleyball team will return home as Tennessee Classic tournament champions after ending the opening week of the season, 3-0. The Boilermakers took down the Lady Vols, 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 29-19).

Eva Hudson was named MVP of the tournament and was joined by Madeline Koch and Maddie Schermerhorn as All-Tournament Team honorees.

Four Boilermakers reached double-digit kills at Tennessee, including three who set or matched career-highs and a season-best .327 attack % and 61 digs.

Koch recorded 12 kills, a career-best. Meanwhile, Raven Colvin and Maddy Chinn tied their career-highs of 11 and 10 kills, respectively and Maddie Schermerhorn dug 18 balls, matching the best she set the night before.

In the match, Hudson led Purdue with 17 kills. The six-rotation outside hitter added six digs and an ace.

Colvin hit her groove during the match, committing no errors in the final three sets and allowing just one on the night.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team returns home to host Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, August 28, at 1 p.m. ET, at Folk Field.

Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game in 2022. Sunday is the annual Pooches at the Pitch game, where fans are invited to bring their four-legged friends to cheer on the Boilermakers. The first 150 fans with dogs will receive a Purdue dog leash.

The match will be broadcast live on B1G+, and live stats are available at Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at

Both the Boilermakers (1-2-0) and Redhawks (1-1-1) are coming off one-goal defeats on Thursday. Purdue was edged at Kentucky, 2-1, while Miami suffered a 1-0 home loss to Wright State.

Through two games, Purdue leads the Big Ten with 6.00 saves per game and is fourth with seven total assists. Individually, freshman forward Naomi Splittorff, the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, is tied for the conference lead with one game-winning goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile has 17 total saves, the most in the Big Ten and No. 19 nationally. Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway also paces the conference with two goals, and she is second with 1.67 points per game. Additionally, freshman forward Kayla Budish is second in the Big Ten with two assists and fourth with a .667 shot accuracy.


The Boilermakers are 2-1-1 all-time against the Redhawks and 1-1 in West Lafayette. The last meeting took place in 2014 at Folk Field, a 1-0 Miami victory. That came one year after Purdue posted a 4-3, double-overtime win in Oxford, Ohio. The first matchup occurred in 2002, a 1-1 draw in Ohio, followed by a 3-2 Boilermaker home win in 2004.

All-time against Mid-American Conference opponents, Purdue is 25-5-3 after a 5-1 triumph over Ball State in 2021.


Miami (Ohio) owns a 1-1-1 mark and a 1-0-0 record away from home. The Redhawks opened the campaign with a scoreless draw to Austin Peay and followed it up with a 1-0 win at Loyola Chicago. On Thursday, the team suffered a 1-0 loss to Wright State at home. The lone goal came in the 49th minute.

Miami leads the MAC with a .929 save percentage and a 0.333 goals-against average. The Redhawks are fifth with 0.33 assists per game and 4.33 corner kicks per contest. Individually, Izzie Vaccari’s two shutouts, 0.333 goals-against average and .929 save percentage are all MAC-leading totals, and she is second with 13 total saves. Her two clean sheets rank No. 6 in the NCAA.


Purdue lost a 2-1 contest at Kentucky on Thursday evening in its first road game of the year. The Boilermakers fell behind 2-0 after 14 minutes, but answered with a goal by fifth-year senior Sydney Duarte less than two minutes later to make it a 2-1 game. However, the visitors could not find the tying goal. The Wildcats held a 19-8 advantage in shots and an 8-2 edge in shots on goal.

Freshman forward Kayla Budish led the Boilermakers with three shots and joined Duarte with a shot on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile made five saves and the defense cleared another ball off the line.

The team has suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time since the 2020 campaign. A complete recap from the match can be found at


A two-game roadtrip is on tap next weekend in Kansas. The week begins at Kansas on Thursday, September 1, at 8 p.m. ET in Lawrence, and concludes on Sunday at Kansas State at 2 p.m. ET in Manhattan. Following the two-game road swing, Purdue returns home to host in-state foe Notre Dame on Thursday, September 8. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET at Folk Field, and admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game in 2022.


Freshman forward Naomi Splittorff was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday. In her first collegiate game on August 18, Splittorff scored the game-winning goal in the 44th minute to help the Boilermakers beat No. 15 USC. She played in both games last weekend and totaled 66 minutes with four shots, all on target. From Evansville, Indiana, Splittorff is the first Boilermaker to earn Freshman of the Week accolades since now-junior Nicole Kevdzija was honored twice during the 2020 season.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team fought back from a set down and later a deficit in the fifth set to defeat Akron 3-2 (25-18, 19-25, 17-25, 25-16, 15-8) on Saturday night in Hinkle Fieldhouse in the finale of the Top Dawg Challenge. For their efforts, Autumn Flowers, Jaymeson Kinley and Megan Sheridan were named to the All-Tournament Team, with Kinley being named the MVP (66 digs on the weekend, 5.50 per set).

Set 1: Butler 25-18

The Bulldogs got out to a 5-2 lead thanks to two kills each from Flowers and Amina Shackelford. Later, leading 11-9, Butler went on a 7-0 rally highlighted by Flowers, Shackelford and Mariah Grunze kills to extend the lead to nine, cruising from there. Shackelford (five kills, three blocks) and Flowers (four kills, four blocks) led the Bulldog scoring in the opening frame, while Jaymeson Kinley posted six digs.

Set 2: Akron 25-19

The Zips used a 5-0 run early in the set to lead 10-5. Shackelford (four kills in the set), Grunze (three) and Megan Sheridan (three) tried to get the Bulldogs back in it, but Akron led by at least two the rest of the way. Shackelford also added three block assists on the defensive end in the second frame.

Set 3: Akron 25-17

Akron sprinted out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. The streak included back-to-back-to-back aces from Teagan Ochaya and three kills by Faith Johnson. A 6-1 Butler run thanks to two kills from Marisa Guisti and one from Shackelford got the Bulldogs within five late in the set, but the Zips closed it out with a 4-1 run. Shackelford put down three kills in the third frame.

Set 4: Butler 25-16

Back-to-back Flowers and Shackelford kills got the Bulldogs off to a good start, then they did it again to build a 6-3 Butler lead. The Bulldogs later went on a 6-1 run thanks to kills from Guisti, Sheridan and Cora Taylor to extend the advantage to 13-6 midway through the set. Butler would steadily build the lead to as much as 11 at 21-10, clinching the set on a Grunze kill. Flowers, Grunze, Guisti, Shackelford and Sheridan all had multiple kills to lead the Bulldog offense in the fourth frame.

Set 5: Butler 15-8

After falling behind 5-1 early, Butler stormed back, using two Sheridan kills as part of a 6-0 run to go up 7-5. Ahead 9-7 later, the Bulldogs used a 6-1 streak, culminating with another Sheridan kill, to clinch the set and match. Sheridan’s five kills and Taylor’s two kills carried Butler in the fifth and final frame.

Stat of the Match

The Bulldogs outblocked the Zips 16-0.

Inside the Box Score

– Shackelford tallied 15 kills, nine block assists and four digs.

– Sheridan went for 14 kills, six digs and a block.

– Kinley contributed 20 digs and two assists.

– Grunze posted eight kills, 14 digs, an assist and a block.

– Guisti stuffed the stat sheet with seven kills, nine blocks and six digs.

Up Next

Butler travels west for the Denver Invitational, playing Hofstra and Denver on Friday, Sept. 2 followed by a game with Portland on Saturday, Sept. 3.


RICHMOND, Ky. – After a slow start in the Colonel Classic, the IUPUI volleyball team closed out the weekend with a straight set victory over Radford, 3-0. Briana Brown led the attack with 10 kills and Sidney Veatch recorded 26 assists with five service aces. Addie Evans collected 21 digs.

“I’m so proud of how we showed up this morning after a tough day yesterday!” said head coach Lindsey Froehlich. “We wanted to be more competitive and play with intention especially at the end of sets.”

The Jags took the lead early with a first set victory, 25-13, and didn’t let up winning the second set, 25-20, and the third set 25-19. Brown led the Jags in set one with four kills followed by Emily Alan with three. Evans recorded five digs in the first set while Maddie Ohm collected four. Emma Ashcraft, Evans and Veatch each recorded a service ace in set one.

The second set proved more of a challenge for the Jags as Radford brought it within five at 25-20. On the attack, Brown recorded five kills and Allie Pogue and Alan each recorded two. Veatch’s serve proved too much for Radford as she collected three aces in set two alone. Evans kept up the defense with eight digs.

Set three also went to the Jags 25-19. The Jags outhit Radford 12-10 in the third set and did not commit a service error. Freshman Morgan Ostrowski, Millai Madison and Pogue each had three kills.

“We executed well behind the service line and limited more of our errors,” said Froehlich. “We’re looking forward to continuing to grow as a team and play on our home court next weekend!”

IUPUI finished the match with 33 kills, eight aces, 45 digs and seven blocks. Alan finished the match with a .429 hitting percentage without committing an error with Evans was named to the All-Tournament Team after her consistent passing and defense.

“Addie stepped up for us this weekend with both her passing and discipline on defense. She was a big factor in keeping us in some of the long rallies.”

The Jaguars return home next weekend for their home opener in the Hampton Inn Invitational. IUPUI’s first game will start at 7:00 PM on Friday (Sept. 2) in the Jungle.


TAMPA, Fla. – – Ball State’s middles were nearly unstoppable Saturday morning, as they combined for 27 kills and a .453 (27-3-53) attack percentage to lead the women’s volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-13, 25-14) victory over William & Mary at The USF Corral.

“Our middles really started going behind the setter today,” head coach Kelli Miller Phillips said. “They did a good job of working to put themselves in good spots to get the ball, and they took care of business when they got set.”

With the win, the Cardinals (3-0) captured the USF Opening Weekend Invite championship and opened the year with an unblemished 3-0 record for the third straight season.

“While we finished today’s match strong, one area we have to continue to improve is our consistency,” Phillips added. “We had moments of really, really good volleyball, and had moments of average play. We have to keep getting into the gym and working to replace those average moments with good play.”

Plitt continued her early season strong play, leading all attackers with 16 kills and hitting an impressive .500 (16-2-28) for the day. With the effort, she finished the weekend tied for the team lead with 37 kills and hit an impressive .356 (37-6-87).

The only Ball State starter to finish the season-opening tournament with a higher attack percentage was Gilliland, who smashed 11 kills and hit .400 (11-1-25) against the Tribe (0-3). She finished the weekend with 28 kills and a .373 (28-3-67) rate of success, to go along with a team-high 14 total blocks.

Overall, the Cardinals finished the match with a season-best .320 (60-11-153) attack percentage as sophomore setter Megan Wielonski dished out 45 assists, while picking up 13 digs for her second double-double of the season. She also served up three more aces, giving her seven over the first three matches.

Rounding out Ball State’s top attackers in Saturday’s win over the Tribe were senior outside Natalie Risi with 10 kills and a .308 (10-2-26) hitting mark and senior opposite Natalie Mitchem with seven kills and a .500 (7-0-14) rate of success.

RIsi also collected 12 digs for her second double-double of the season, while senior libero Maggie Huber led the Ball State defense with 15 digs.

Other key contributors on offense were senior outside Addie Halverson with five kills, freshman outside Katie Egenolf with a career-high four kills, and junior outside Cait Snyder with three of the matches final eight kills. Redshirt junior Cailyn Bolser also scored two kills, including the final marker of the match.

Overall, the Ball State defense limited William & Mary to a .158 attack percentage, while the offense held a 60-to-44 edge in kills. Ball State also out-aced the Tribe 10-to-3 and earned a 5.0-to-3.0 lead in blocks, while W&M held a slim 69-to-68 advantage in digs.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action next Friday when it opens play in the LUV Invitational with a 2 p.m. CT match versus Oklahoma and a 7 p.m. CT nightcap against host Lipscomb.

“We’re happy to come out with a tournament win this weekend,” Phillips said. “Our staff got a lot of notes on areas we must improve. That’s why you play these non-conference weekends; to get prepared and better for the next weekend. The Lipscomb tournament is going to be a fun one filled with physical play and high-level competition. We will get back in the gym this week and get ready to go.”


The Fighting Irish fell in their second match of the year to the Mississippi State Bulldogs in game two of the Irish Invitational. Falling the three sets (19-25, 16-25, 18-25), Notre Dame drops to 0-2 on the season. For the second night in a row, freshman Avery Ross led the Irish with nine kills, followed by sophomore Phyona Schrader with six and freshman Lucy Trump who tallied five. Junior Hattie Monson also recorded 12 digs for the Irish.


The Bulldogs came out swinging, taking the early lead 5-0. Mississippi State built a 10 point lead (16-6), until the Irish responded with a 13-5 run of their own. The run was initiated by kills from Trump and Schrader and Notre Dame was able to bring it within two (21-19). The Bulldog offense caught fire and closed the set with four straight points to take the win 25-19.

The Irish and Bulldogs were back and forth to start the second, tying it up at 5-5. A kill from Schrader allowed the Irish to keep it within three (10-7) but the Bulldogs began to pull away after going on a 10-1 run to take the lead 20-8. Despite the Irish going on a 6-2 run, the Bulldogs were able to claim set two 25-16.

Yet again, the Irish and Bulldogs swapped points to the begin the third, making it an even 5-5 from a Trump kill. After another kill from Schrader, the set was tied up again at 10-10, but Mississippi State would go on a 6-0 run to take the lead 16-10. The Irish brought it with two (16-14), but struggled to slow down the Bulldog offense for eventual final score of 25-18.


The Irish are back at home tomorrow as they take on Milwaukee at 2 p.m. in the final match of the Irish Invitational.

Three signed volleyballs will be given away at Sunday’s match against Milwaukee.

The Irish are on the road on Sept. 2-3 as they travel to Long Beach, California to face Boise State and Long Beach State.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (3-0) has had a hot start to the 2022 season, and they’ll look to continue that trend at home on Sunday, August 28, versus Illinois (3-0). The battle between two unbeatens kicks off at 4 pm ET inside Alumni Stadium. Reminder to all fans, admission is free all season. For those who can’t make it in person, the game will be streamed live on ACCNX.

Also to note for in-venue fans on Sunday, don’t miss our postgame “Shots on Goal”, where fans 8th grade and under can come on the field and take a shot on goal.


It’s been a great start to the 2022 season for the Irish, firing off a 3-0 record with a 7-0 goal aggregate. The best part of the seven goals – it’s come from five different players: Wingate (2), Mercado (2), Klenke, Fisher and Albert. 

Notre Dame is averaging an impressive 22.67 shots per game, which ranks 10th nationally. Diving in more, they are averaging 11.33 shots on goal, which ranks 8th nationally.

In addition, the Irish are averaging 11.67 corners per game which ranks first in the country.


For the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2010, the Irish has started the season with three straight shutout victories. The other instances and the streaks include 1994 (3), 1995 (8), 2008 (4), 2010 (4).

More impressive than that, the Irish defense has only allowed one single shot on net in three games, boasting a 34-1 advantage there. Total shots-wise, the Irish boast a whopping 68-3 advantage. 


A big reason for the backline’s success is center back Eva Gaetino. Now her success hasn’t gone unnoticed for she was named to the Mac Hermann Trophy Watch List. On August 18, the United Soccer Coaches announced its 61 players up for soccer’s most prestigious award. The list gets narrowed down to 15 players on Nov. 30. 


The Irish return all but two starters from last year’s starting eleven, losing just its two central midfielders in Camryn Dyke and Brook VanDyck. Thus, it’s entire backline defense of Wirtz, Gaetino and Hudson are back, plus the addition of freshman Leah Klenke.

The three starting defenders last year helped post a 0.963 goals against average. All-in-all, the Irish defense allowed 22 goals with 97 shots on net. The 22 goals were the fewest allowed in Coach Norman’s tenure (not counting the shortened 2020 season due to Covid-19), and the fewest since 2016.

WIN NO. 100

When Notre Dame knocked off No. 19 Saint Louis on Aug. 25 to improve to 3-0, it not only marked the team’s first ranked win on the year, but also career win No. 100 for Coach Norman. Norman is in his fifth year with the Irish as a head coach and in his 10th year overall has a head coach.


Both Olivia Wingate and Maddie Mercado recorded their second career braces in the opening weekend. Wingate notched two goals against Marquette, while Mercado delivered in both the air and ground with two against Western Michigan.

Wingate ranked third on the team last year in goals with seven, while Mercado ranked fourth with five. Both those goal totals were respective career bests for Wingate and Mercado.


A talented freshmen foursome join the Irish for the 2022 season: Leah Klenke, Berkley Mensik, Laney Matriano and Kiki Turner.

Klenke has started all three games for the Irish and Coach Norman has high praise for his talented upcomer: one of the best incoming freshmen I’ve had here in terms of being ready to go game one. She can play any position.

And that’s exactly what she’s done thus far, starting at both center mid and left back depending on the game. Klenke has registered three points thus far, scoring in the win over Marquette, then delivering a beautiful cross and assist to Mercado in the game-winner over Western Michigan. 

Matriano has started in two games this season in the midfield and seen significant time already. Meanwhile, expect to see Mensik subbed in late in the first half and flash her speed and prowess on the ball.


Korbin Albert missed the season opener but for good reason. She was in Costa Rica with the US women’s national youth team competing in the U20 World Cup. Albert played in two games with Team USA before they were eliminated after not making it out of the group stage.

Albert made an immediate impact in her first official start back with the Irish against Saint Louis on Aug. 25, scoring a game-winner off a free-kick from distance.

Albert was a game-changer for the Irish in her debut 2021 season. In fact, Top Drawer Soccer listed Albert as one of the 10 best freshmen in Division I soccer in 2021. Albert finished with the second most goals on the team with 12, which tied for the 13th most all-time in program history for a freshman. Albert also played her best soccer down the stretch, scoring eight of her goals over the last 11 games.

Lastly, Albert wasn’t the only Irish to don the red, white and blue this past summer, for Bri Martinez competed with the U23 squad in the Three Nations Tournament in Sweden.


Two grad student transfers into the program return home to their roots for their final season. Mackenzie Wood and Kristina Lynch, both from Granger, attended Penn High and won a state title in soccer together.

Wood, a 5-9 goalkeeper from Northwestern, will be battling Ashley Naylor for the starting spot. Expect to see both starting games early on in the season.

Lynch, a 5-7 forward from Florida State, won NCAA titles with the Seminoles in both 2018 and 2021. She is currently recovering from an ankle injury and will miss the first few weeks. 


The Irish have made Alumni Stadium a difficult venue for opposing programs to succeed in. Since its creation in 2009, Notre Dame has gone 110-27-6, good for a .792 winning percentage. In fact, they have only surrendered one loss or better on six separate seasons.

Looking at just the past four years (counting this season as a year), the Irish are 24-4-2 at home.

Notre Dame went 10-1-1 during the 2021 campaign – its lone loss was a 3-2 decision to Clemson in the ACC Tournament.


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Karrinna Gall had 16 kills across two matches Saturday and Storm Suhre had 15 kills and nine blocks, but Indiana State dropped both ends of a doubleheader at the Indiana Invitational. The Sycamores fell to Jacksonville State in three sets (25-13, 26-24, 25-11) and Chicago State in four sets (25-23, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22) inside Wilkinson Hall.

Gall had a team-high seven kills against Jacksonville State while also finishing with five digs. She also had nine kills and 11 digs against Chicago State. Suhre had 11 kills and four blocks against Chicago State, while recording four kills and five blocks against Jacksonville State. Gall, Melina Tedrow and Cadence Gilley all recorded double-digit digs against Chicago State.

Jacksonville State 3, Indiana State 0

JSU got off to a quick start in the opening set, taking a 7-3 lead before three straight Sycamore points, including a Taylor Shelton ace, made it a one-point margin. The teams traded early points before a 6-0 Gamecock run put ISU in a 16-8 hole that it couldn’t dig out of. Jacksonville State went on to win the opening set, 25-13.

The Sycamores got off to a strong start in the second set, with Gall netting a kill and an ace to put ISU ahead 4-1. JSU came roaring back with a 5-0 run to take the lead before the teams traded points throughout the middle stages of the set. Jacksonville State used a 6-1 run to put the Sycamores on the ropes late in the set, but Indiana State fended off six straight set points on Gilley’s serve to even the set at 24-all. The Sycamore run fell short, however, as the Gamecocks took the last two points to close out a 26-24 set win.

Jacksonville State raced out to an 8-3 lead in the third set and never looked back. The Sycamores had a three-point run, highlighted by kills from both Gall and Suhre, to cut the deficit to two, but a lengthy Gamecock run put the set out of reach. Despite late kills from both Suhre and Mallory Keller, Jacksonville State took the third set 25-11 to complete the sweep.

Chicago State 3, Indiana State 1

Indiana State jumped out to a 6-3 lead on the strength of kills by Suhre, Emma Kaelin and Arika Richardson. A lengthy Chicago State run put the Sycamores in a hole but four straight points, including kills by both Richardson and Jamie Brown, tied the set at 16-apiece. CSU went ahead on a 5-0 run to take the lead and despite saving three straight set points, the Sycamores fell 25-23 in the opening frame.

Chicago State used an early run to go ahead 7-3 in the second set, but the Sycamores bounced right back. A Keller kill and consecutive CSU errors, all on Gilley’s serve, tied the set at seven, but Chicago State went on another scoring run to take a seven-point lead in the later stages of the set, 18-11. Indiana State made a late run, taking advantage of multiple CSU errors and blocks by Keller and Suhre, but the Cougars took the second set 25-19 to put the Trees on the ropes.

The Sycamores came out hot to begin the third set, as kills by Kaeiln and Kaitlyn Hamilton, along with a Gall service ace, put ISU ahead 6-2 in the early stages. Indiana State further extended its lead to 14-6 after a 7-1 run with Shelton and Suhre serving. Chicago State rallied to cut ISU’s lead to as little as one, but a Suhre service ace and a Jazzlyn Ford kill gave Indiana State its first set win of the season, 25-22.

Indiana State and Chicago State traded early punches in the fourth set, with neither team leading by more than two through the first 12 points. The Cougars used a 7-1 run to take a five-point lead in the middle stages of the set, creating distance between them and the Sycamores. Indiana State got within two following a Gilley ace and a Suhre kill but was unable to come closer, as CSU clinched the match with a 25-22 set win.

News and Notes

Arika Richardson made her Sycamore debut Saturday, starting the final match against Chicago State. Richardson was the third Sycamore to make a debut in Bloomington, following Cadence Gilley and Jazzlyn Ford’s collegiate debuts Friday against Indiana.

Melina Tedrow sits just 98 digs away from the Indiana State school record following a weekend that saw her finish with 28 digs across three matches.

Mallory Keller is 12 kills away from reaching 500 in her career.

Up Next

The Sycamores head to Kalamazoo, Michigan Sept. 2-3 for matches against North Dakota, Wright State and Western Michigan.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will welcome Toledo to Memorial Stadium on Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET matchup as the Sycamores will honor their six graduating seniors before the match.

Tara Hoffman, Serra Hanrahan, Anna Holcombe, Liz Humphrey, Chloee Kooker and CeCe Wahlberg will be celebrated with senior day festivities beginning at 12:45.

The Sycamores enter Sunday’s match at 0-1-1 after a 0-0 draw against Eastern Illinois on Thursday. Maddie Alexander made her first start at goalie on the year and made four saves. Indiana State attempted 10 shots with Audrey Stephens and Mackenzie Kent taking two apiece.

Head coach TJ Buchholz brings his Rockets team to Terre Haute for the first time since 2006 with a 0-1-2 record in 2022. Toledo leads the all-time series against ISU with a 3-1 record. The Sycamores lone win in the series came in the first ever matchup courtesy of a 1-0 win at Memorial Stadium. Indiana State has dropped three straight against the Rockets, most recently a 1-0 loss last season.


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The U.S. Lawns Fall Football Preseason continues as Indiana State football prepares for the upcoming September 1 kickoff against North Alabama.

The Sycamores will be breaking down the team throughout the fall camp toward the opener in Terre Haute with position-by-position group previews, as well as opponent previews. In today’s edition, we take a look at the quarterbacks.

From the Coordinator

“We have plenty of potential in the quarterback room and some guys who can make plays. We want to have an offense that runs with an edge, but also hunts and takes some shots.” – Offensive Coordinator Mike Bath on the quarterbacks.

Positional Breakdown

Returners: Cade Chambers, Michael Haupert

Additions/Newcomers: Evan Olaes, Gavin Screws, Anthony Garzolini, Dane Andrews

Things to Watch

QB Battle Continues

The Sycamores came into the 2022 Fall Camp looking at a quarterback battle and the competition has remained fierce throughout the entirety of the preseason. The battle has narrowed down to three quarterbacks continuing to take first-team repetitions as Indiana State zeroes in on their Week One opponent North Alabama.

The three quarterbacks currently battling include redshirt sophomore transfer Gavin Screws, redshirt freshman transfer Evan Olaes, and returning redshirt freshman Cade Chambers. Screws joined the Sycamores in the spring coming by way of Butler Community College after a standout 2021 campaign that featured him going for 1,593 yards and 17 touchdowns with the Grizzlies. Olaes redshirted in his freshman campaign this past season at Colorado State, but the left-hander was a three-star recruit out of Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, Nev. and posted 3,693 yards and 29 touchdowns over his final two seasons. Chambers is the veteran of the group and saw action in two games last season including reserve stints against South Dakota and Western Illinois.

All three continue to get ready for the upcoming season and could see time in the backfield throughout the 2022 season.

Veterans Return

Of the six quarterbacks listed on the roster, only redshirt freshman Cade Chambers and redshirt junior Michael Haupert have seen playing time with the Sycamores. Chambers was on the field twice for Indiana State in the 2021 campaign with relief efforts coming against both South Dakota and Western Illinois, while Haupert has been utilized in the Indiana State wildcat package over his time at ISU and has posted nearly 400 rushing yards and three touchdowns over his two seasons on the field.

Both quarterbacks are expected to provide veteran leadership for the group that features 67.0% of the players that were not on the roster in the 2021 season. Both players have lined up and taken snaps in the backfield throughout their careers and could see time on the field in a variety of ways this season as ISU continues to develop their scheme under new offensive coordinator Mike Bath.

Welcome to the Field

Indiana State welcomes two additional quarterbacks to the 2022 roster as the Sycamores continue to get ready for the upcoming year. True sophomore Dane Andrews and true sophomore Anthony Garzolini have been getting repetitions working with the ISU defense as the duo continue to help prepare the Sycamores for the upcoming year.

Andrews transferred into ISU this year after serving as the starting quarterback at Franklin College in Spring 2021. He posted 1,526 yards and 11 touchdowns, including a 463-yard, five-touchdown contest in his freshman campaign. Garzolini is a Terre Haute native with the South Vermillion graduate making the short journey to the Sycamores following a standout high school career. The 6-5 freshman posted 7,523 passing yards and 77 touchdowns over his high school career and his ability to let plays bring excitement toward the Sycamore future.

Numbers Watch

177.5 – Indiana State’s passing offense averaged 177.5 yards per game through the air and posted at least 150 passing yards on eight separate occasions.

243 – Kurtis Wilderman threw for a season-high 243 yards over 21 attempts in the Sycamores’ season-finale 15-10 win over Illinois State.

3 – ISU posted a season-best three passing touchdowns last season in a loss at Southern Illinois with Dante Hendrix (two) and Rontrez Morgan (one) both hauling in scores last season.

9.96 – The Sycamores averaged nearly a first down per completion last season with the Sycamores sitting just shy of 10 yards per catch in 2021. The number is expected to be higher in the first season under new coordinator Mike Bath as the quarterbacks look to utilize a deep receiving corps and challenge downfield.


FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team won both matches and won the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational presented by Sonesta Select on Saturday (Aug. 27). Sidney Schiller was named the tournament MVP.

Purdue Fort Wayne finished the weekend 2-1, winning the tournament tiebreakers over Lindenwood (2-1) and Canisius (2-1).

The Mastodons’ win over Lindenwood in the morning match was Steve Florio’s 100th win as the head coach of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball program.

All-Tournament Team

Sidney Schiller – Purdue Fort Wayne – MVP

Molly Mirabelli – Purdue Fort Wayne

Iris Riegel – Purdue Fort Wayne

Allie Otten – Lindenwood

Nyah Wilson – Lindenwood

Ella Loussia – Canisius

Aubrey Putman – Western Illinois

Match 1: Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Lindenwood 0 (25-23, 25-16, 29-27)

Purdue Fort Wayne picked up its first win of the season thanks to an overwhelming offensive effort against Lindenwood. The Mastodons hit .313 for the match, going as high as .444 in the second set.

The two teams traded points and mini-runs back and forth in the opening set until the Mastodons went on a 4-1 run to go up 22-19. This stretch saw kills from Maggie Castleman, Iris Riegel and Ramei Jackson, and a double-block from Schiller and Molly Mirabelli. Castleman finished off the set with her third kill of the match. Schiller, Jackson and Riegel had four kills each in the first set.

The second set was all Schiller, as the senior outside hitter went 8-1-15 in the frame. The ‘Dons used three 4-0 runs to go up by as many as 10 at the 23-13 mark. After a resounding block from Mirabelli and Riegel, two kills from Schiller and Mirabelli put the ‘Dons up two sets to none.

The Mastodons led 13-9 in the third set before the Lions went on a 6-1 run to re-take the lead. The ‘Dons responded with a 6-2 push later on to take a 22-19 advantage thanks to three kills from Jackson. The final frame of the morning went extras, however, after Lindenwood made a 5-1 push to go up 24-23. Purdue Fort Wayne took the match after a kill from Taya Haffner and a hitting error from Lindenwood.

Schiller finished with 14 kills with Riegel chipping in 12. Rachael Crucis had 14 digs to lead the Mastodons’ defensive effort, helping hold Lindenwood to a .162 hitting percentage for the match. Haffner paced the Mastodons’ attack of .313 with 38 assists.

Lindenwood returned to St. Charles, Missouri with a 2-1 record in its first weekend of Division I volleyball.

Match 2: Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Western Illinois 1 (25-23, 26-24, 30-32, 26-24)

Purdue Fort Wayne beat former Summit League rival Western Illinois 3-1 in the nightcap in entertaining fashion, winning each set by just two points.

In the opening frame, Purdue Fort Wayne used an 8-3 stretch that started with a kill from Jackson and ended with two from Schiller. This put the ‘Dons up three at 15-12.The lead never got larger than three as the Leathernecks kept within reach. The ‘Dons got to set point first at 24-21 after a service error, but Western Illinois scored a pair to close the gap. Jackson got a kill to finish up the set and give the Mastodons a 1-0 lead.

The second set looked a lot different, as each team had multiple runs of three to five points. It was the Mastodons that had the better of the runs, however, as they went on a 6-1 push late that gave the ‘Dons a 23-21 edge. Schiller got the kill to finish up the run and the set, but the freshman Riegel got two key kills to put the Mastodons in the position to do so.

Purdue Fort Wayne served for the match in set three four times, but the Leathernecks ultimately scored four of the last five and extended the match. In the fourth, it looked as though Western Illinois was going to push the match to a decisive fifth after a 6-0 run to go up 12-9, but the Mastodons kept within striking distance. The ‘Dons eventually tied the match at 21 in the midst of a 6-1 run. The Leathernecks tied it up again at 24, but Castleman got the final two kills of the match and the tournament.

Schiller had 19 kills while Riegel had 17. Castleman (12) and Mirabelli (11) also reached double-digit kills. Schiller (19 kills, 15 digs) and Haffner (55 assists and 11 digs) recorded double-doubles.

The tournament MVP, Schiller, finished the weekend with 48 kills (4.00 per set), 34 digs (2.83 per set) and 10 blocks (0.83 per set).

Western Illinois fell to 0-3, while Purdue Fort Wayne improved to 2-1.

The Mastodons’ next tournament will be Xavier’s, where they will face off against Eastern Michigan, Virginia and the host Musketeers on Friday and Saturday (Sept. 2-3).


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Saturday’s Marshall Invitational finale gave the University of Evansville volleyball team a chance to show what they are made of.  Following a pair of close defeats on Friday, the Purple Aces put it all together on Saturday, earning a 3-0 sweep over the Thundering Herd inside the Cam Henderson Center.

Hitting .356 as a team, UE was able to earn the impressive road sweep.  Pacing the offense was Alondra Vazquez, who totaled 16 kills while Giulia Cardona added 12 and Melanie Feliciano finished with nine.  All three led UE with eight digs.  Kora Ruff was impressive, adding 35 assists, five digs and three aces.  As a team, Evansville had nine service aces with Cardona leading the way with four.  Brooke Springer and Madisyn Steele both finished with three total blocks.

Set 1 – UE 25, MU 16

After struggling in the opening moments of sets throughout Friday’s opening contests, Evansville came out strong in game one, jumping out to a 4-1 lead.  The trio of Alondra Vazquez, Melanie Feliciano and Giulia Cardona each recorded a kill.  Two more Vazquez kills were followed by Brooke Springer’s first of the day to set the Aces up with a 13-7 advantage.

Back-to-back service aces by freshman Kora Ruff solidified a 16-9 lead and UE would cruise from there, taking the set by a 25-16 final.

Set 2 – UE 25, MU 19

It was the defense that gave the Aces their first lead in the second frame.  Tied at 3-3, Springer and Feliciano assisted on a block that put UE on top.  Feliciano and Cardona each added kills in a stretch that saw UE take a 7-3 edge.  Madisyn Steele made her presence known on the offensive side, recording a kill that pushed the lead to 12-6.

While the Thundering Herd would get as close as five points over the remainder of the set, the Purple Aces remained in control to take a 2-0 lead on the strength of a 25-19 decision.  Cardona had the clinching kill and was responsible for four of UE’s final six tallies in the set.

Set 3 – UE 25, MU 20

Action was back-and-forth in the opening stages before UE turned a 7-7 tie into a 10-7 lead.  Feliciano followed a service ace with a kill to cap off the run.  Slowly but surely, UE added to its lead.  While the advantage reached as many as six tallies, the Aces did not allow Marshall to get closer than three points.

Down the stretch, kills from Vazquez and Cardona lifted the lead to 23-17 and it was Cardona who put the exclamation mark on the night, picking up the clinching kill in a 25-20 win.

Next up for UE is the home opener on Tuesday evening when the Aces welcome USI for a 6 p.m. match-up.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Despite winning the first set, University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (0-2, 0-0 OVC) slowly watched Murray State University (2-0, 0-0 MVC) take away three-straight sets to defeat the Screaming Eagles, 1-3 (25-22, 18-25, 17-25, 12-25). The Eagles are still searching for its first win in the NCAA Division I era.

USI started off the match with a dynamic 25-22 first set win over Murray State. The Eagles controlled a 15-11 lead until momentum was lost due to a media timeout that allowed the Racers to recover lost ground and went on a 11-4 surge to make it 22-19. After a quick timeout by head coach Randi Raff, USI stole the show by going on a 6-0 set-winning run. Junior outside/right side hitter/setter Katherine Koch (Belleville, Illinois) and sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) recorded two kills each in the final run for the Eagles.

Murray State turned its woes around in set two and defeated USI, 25-18. The Racers went on an early 5-0 run before ending the set on a 4-0 surge. The Eagles could not stop the high-flying Racers, who had 17 kills and a .268 attacking percentage in the second frame. Weber and sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) each had two of USI’s five kills.

Set three ended with a struggling 17-25 loss for the Eagles. Murray State came out swinging with 17 kills and an impressive .394 hitting percentage while USI could muster just nine kills and a .156. The Racers had four 3-0 runs and a 4-0 surge to take a 2-1 set advantage.

The fourth frame resulted in a 12-25 loss for USI as the Eagles could not recover from an early 11-4 gap. Murray State continued its dominant efforts by going on a 9-2 run late in the set to capitalize its second win of the season.

Weber led the attack for USI with eight kills while Anderson and Bednar finished with seven each. Koch dished out 21 assists while freshman libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) led the group with 19 digs. Freshman middle hitter Bianca Anderson (Chicago Heights, Illinois) tallied four blocks while Koch and sophomore middle blocker Lauren O’Neill (Covington, Indiana) had three apiece.

As a team, the Eagles struggled on the attack, finishing with a .066 attacking percentage and just 34 kills. The Racers threw down 57 kills and held a solid .282 hitting percentage. USI also ended with eight blocks, 59 digs, and three aces.


The Eagles take a short trip to downtown Evansville, Indiana for a cross-town battle with the University of Evansville Tuesday August 30 for a 6 p.m. start time. This will be the first time USI and UE have faced in a regular season match since 1992.


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer hits the road once again this weekend with a matchup against the Northern Illinois Huskies Sunday at 1 p.m. The Screaming Eagles carry a two-match winning streak with them to Dekalb, Illinois.

USI (2-1-0) is coming off a 4-0 win in their 2022 home debut Thursday against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. In the win, freshman midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) earned her first career hat trick, pushing her season goal total to four. The hat trick ties a single-game record for the USI Women’s Soccer program.

Murphy scored her first goal in the 26th minute Thursday, which led to a 1-0 lead for USI at halftime. Coming out of the break, Murphy and the Screaming Eagles scored a flurry of goals within the first nine minutes of the second half.  Murphy scored her second in the 50th minute before picking up the hat trick goal in the 53rd minute. Then 27 seconds later, junior midfielder Avery Schone (Galena, Ohio) joined the scoring column with her first goal of the season and USI’s fourth goal of the match.

Senior midfielder Jill DiTusa (St. Charles, Illinois) made her 2022 season debut in Thursday’s victory, making an immediate impact on the field. She tallied two assists and placed five of six shots on goal. DiTusa along with junior forward Morgan Beyer (Rossford, Ohio) are two points each away from moving into the top-15 all-time in USI history for career points.

Senior goalkeeper Maya Etienne (Midland, Michigan) picked up her 31st career shutout to extend her record in USI history. Etienne is six saves away from moving into USI’s top-five all-time for career saves, sitting at 244 saves.

Southern Indiana’s offense has picked up right where it left off in 2021, proving to be a high-volume shooting team. In 2021, the Screaming Eagles were third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 282 shots, averaging 14.1 shots per game. Through two matches in 2022, USI is at the top among Ohio Valley Conference teams with 55 shots, averaging 18.3 per game. After three matches, USI is outshooting their opponents 55 to 17 and 33 to 9 in shots on goal.

Northern Illinois is out of the Mid-American Conference in NCAA Division I. Northern Illinois is 1-0-1 so far in the 2022 season, winning 2-1 in their opener at Eastern Kentucky and drawing 0-0 at home against Lindenwood. Lea Gruennagel and Reegan Kingpavong are the goal-scorers so far this season for the Huskies. In net, Deighton Warner has made three saves with a 0.50 goals against average. Last season, the Huskies went 5-12-2 overall and 2-7-2 in the MAC. NIU returns only one of their top-four scorers from last season in Claudia Muessig, who scored three goals in 2021. The Huskies also return goalkeeper Sadie McGill, who made 75 saves in 12 starts with a 1.69 goals against average last season. Head Coach Michael O’Neill is in his first season at the helm after eight seasons at Saginaw Valley State.

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Make more room in the trophy case – the Valpo volleyball program has won yet another tournament championship. This time, the Beacons claimed top honors at the DoubleTree-Youngstown Invitational on Saturday afternoon by taking down host Youngstown State in four sets (25-18, 21-25, 25-10, 25-18) to make it a happy bus ride home.

How It Happened

Valpo took control of the opening set with a five-point spurt around the midway point, pulling out to a 14-8 advantage. That 5-0 run included a kill and a service ace from senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian).

The Beacons pushed their lead to double figures at 20-10 with a block by junior Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) and senior Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte), and eventually closed the opening frame with a rejection from seniors Rachel Speck (Whitmore Lake, Mich./Whitmore Lake) and Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia)

The Penguins ran out to a quick 9-1 lead in set two and led by as many as nine points at 12-3. Valpo rallied with spurts of four straight and seven straight points to even up the frame at 16-all, but could never grab the lead as YSU went on to even up the match at one set apiece.

The third set was simply all Valpo from the onset. Ravotto had kills on four straight points as part of a seven-point service run by Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) to open the frame. The Beacons opened leads of 13-2 and 19-3 as they cruised to the 2-1 lead in the match, hitting .395 for the set.

The fourth set proved to be the tightest of the match, featuring 10 ties and three lead changes. Neither team had more than a two-point lead at any point as the set reached a 16-16 tie.

Once again, it was Ravotto who put her stamp on the key run. She picked up a kill to give Valpo the lead for good, stepped back to the service line and served the next five points — two of which were service aces — to extend Valpo’s advantage to 22-16. From there, it was just a matter of seeing out the match as the Beacons concluded the perfect opening weekend.

Inside the Match

Valpo held a distinct advantage on both sides of the ball over YSU in Saturday’s win. The Beacons enjoyed a 61-37 edge in kills, out-hit the Penguins .277-.144 and held a 70-59 advantage in digs.

For the second straight day, Ravotto posted her second-highest number of kills in the Valpo uniform, as she finished with a match-best 16 terminations on .302 hitting. She also tallied three service aces, two of which came in the critical stretch late in the fourth set.

Valpo is now 15-3 during Ravotto’s career when she posts at least 10 kills and 8-2 when she paces the squad in kills.

Ravotto had plenty of help Saturday as, just like on Friday, it was a total team effort. Sophomore Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) came off the bench to notch 14 digs and nine kills on .368 hitting, while for the second straight day, Januski set a career high, tallying nine kills on .471 hitting along with three blocks.

Boyer posted eight kills to go with three blocks, while Cooper hit .500 with eight kills of her own.

Speck set a career best with six kills and matched her career high while tying for match-high honors with four blocks.

Setting up the offense, Kois just missed a double-double as she delivered 27 assists and nine digs, while junior Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) tallied 19 assists and set at a .452 clip.

Freshman Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) led all players with 28 digs to cap a strong opening weekend as the Beacons’ libero.

Valpo is now 30-8 all-time against Youngstown State, including a 20-4 mark under head coach Carin Avery. YSU is the fourth opponent in program history which Valpo holds at least 30 victories over, joining Chicago State, UIC and Western Illinois.

Inside the Tournament

Valpo took the tournament title, dropping just two sets in its three victories on the opening weekend of action.

It is the 30th in-season tournament title for the Valpo program in Avery’s tenure at the program, as the team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her 21 seasons at the helm.

It is the second in-season tournament title in Avery’s tenure in the state of Ohio and the first since winning the 2006 Miami Thanksgiving Invitational.

It is the eighth title for Avery’s squads on the opening weekend of the season and the first since the 2015 team won the Chattanooga Classic en route to a 9-0 start to the season.

Valpo’s offense dominated the opposition over the course of the tournament, averaging over five kills more per set and hitting at a .266 clip. It was the program’s best hitting percentage in a tournament (minimum three matches) since the 2018 squad hit .292 over three victories at Air Force’s Amy Svoboda Memorial Classic.

Next Up

Valpo (3-0) hosts its first home tournament since 2018 next weekend as the Popcorn Classic returns, with SIUE, Campbell and Northern Illinois comprising the rest of the field.


INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy volleyball team (2-1) swept the visiting Findlay Oilers (0-3) on Saturday to cap its first weekend of the 2022 campaign from inside the Athletics and Recreation Center (ARC).

The Greyhound defense limited the Oiler attack to a paltry .065 hitting percentage, while the offense was fueled by Lauren Cullison’s 10 kills. Overall, UIndy recorded a .342 clip on the attack, its highest mark since November 2019.

Following an intense opening game that saw eight ties and six lead changes, the Greyhounds never looked back with back-to-back dominating wins in the final sets – UIndy held Findlay to 17 and 13 points in the second and third games, respectively. Cullison played a major factor in the deciding set, finishing six of her 10 kills in the third. The final frame was also the Greyhounds’ best defensively, as the Oilers hit just .027 and committed 10 attacking errors.

Grace Hegwood and Hannah Sabotin combined for 16 kills on .536 hitting, while five Greyhounds tallied a service ace against Findlay. In addition to forcing 24 attack errors from the Oilers, UIndy finished with six blocks, three of which came from senior middle Elizabeth Eads.

MaKenna Barnhart continued her rise on the UIndy all-time digs list, adding 16 in Saturday’s victory. Alex Equihua chipped in eight scoops to add to her nine helpers.

The Greyhounds are scheduled to host their second tournament of the season next weekend, as seven teams visit the Circle City. Matches will be played in Ruth Lilly Fitness Center and Nicoson Hall all day on Friday and Saturday.


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Looking to bounce back after a draw on Thursday night, the No. 4 University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team stepped on the pitch Saturday afternoon and dominated the Ohio Dominican Panthers from start to finish in a 5-0 victory. The last time UIndy scored five goals in a match came on October 8th of last season in a 5-1 win over William Jewell.


The Hounds raced out early once again by netting a goal in just the 16th minute off the foot of Seth Ward, who scored the season-opening goal on Thursday against Lake Erie. Then, UIndy saw Michael Tselios go back-to-back with a pair of goals in the 25th and 27th minutes to put the team in the drivers seat.

Refusing to back off, the Greyhounds added another before the end of the half in the 42nd minute off the right foot of Owen Atkison. Much like his teammate Tselios, Atkison added his second goal of the match in the 76th minute to help cap the win off.


-The two goals scored by both Tselios and Atkison are each of their UIndy career-highs for a single match.

-UIndy was given six yellow cards while the Panthers had just one.

-The Hounds fired a game-high 18 shots while ODU managed just four.

-Freshman goalkeeper Joey Schrand went the full 90 minutes and collected a save in his first collegiate win.


The Hounds will now set their sights on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as they are set to travel to Northern Michigan to take on the Wildcats on Sunday, September 4th beginning at noon ET.


INDIANAPOLIS – The No.7-ranked Marian women’s soccer team had no troubles with the visiting Tigers of Olivet Nazarene, posting a solid 5-1 victory Saturday afternoon.

The Knights put on a shooting clinic at St. Vincent Field, posting a total of 19 shots on the day, 14 of them being on goal.

Delaney Taylor kicked things off for Marian, striking one to the keeper four minutes into play before Camryn Gietl would make an attempt on a header that would be just high. Olivet Nazarene would try to answer minutes later, firing a shot wide right to keep both teams searching for their first goal of the match. At the 20:15 mark, Jacelyn Smith put the Knights on the board by capitalizing off a penalty kick and giving the Knights the 1-0 lead.

With Smith’s goal, the scoring frenzy began for the Knights as Naomi Walters went on to score the next two goals for Marian. The first goal for the 5-10 junior came from a nice by ball played by Allie Schlom, giving Walters the window to notch her first one in. Around five minutes later, Walters and Oleksak paired up to make a similar play to give the Knights the 3-0 lead going into halftime.

Olivet would be the first to strike in the second half, but came up short as the shot went wide. Walters came out after the break ready to continue her scoring habits, taking two more shot attempts in a span of four minutes. The Tigers answered after the shot attempts by the Knights, scoring their first goal of the match to cut the lead, 3-1.

After the Tiger goal, Oleksak tried to answer for the Knights, taking a shot, but would come up empty. At the 79:58 mark, Oleksak made her second assist of the match to Smith who would go on to score her second goal of the afternoon. With the 4-1 lead, the Knights never let up as Schlom decided to get in on the action, scoring her third goal of the season with six minutes remaining in the contest. Silvia Quezada would fire off one more shot in the last three minutes of play, but came up empty for her first goal of her career.

The Knights would go on to win the match 5-1 to move their record to 2-0-1 on the season. Noelle Rolfsen got her second win the of the season, making three saves on the day with four shots on goal.

Marian will be back in action September 3, as they travel to St. Louis to take on No. 3-ranked Central Methodist College.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer team dominated the first half against Lourdes University Saturday afternoon, propelling them to the 4-2 victory at St. Vincent Field. With this win, the team moves to 2-0-1 on the season.

It was all Marian in the first half, firing off a total of 11 shots as to Lourdes two. Although the Knights offense was on the attack in the half, the Gray Wolves were the first to strike, scoring their first goal of the match 14 minutes into play. The Knights saw their first look 20 minutes into the half after Sebastian Gonzalez was fouled in the box, giving him the penalty kick and the chance to put Marian on the scoreboard. Gonzalez’s penalty shot would be no good as the Lourdes goalie was able to make the save. 

About 30 seconds later, Dylann Merchand would knock a header on goal, but was unable to capitalize as the Gray Wolves keeper made another difficult save. The duo of Romaric Berneron and Jalen Rice took no time to answer, as Berneron would play a perfect ball for Rice to boot one into the net, making things even, 1-1.

The Knights controlled possession the remainder of the half, with shot after shot being fired at the Lourdes defense. Kameron Hooker would be the next Knight to get in on the action at the 33:21 mark, notching in a goal off the assist from Berneron to give Marian the 2-1 advantage. The Knights never let up the remainder of the half as they made two more shot attempts, capitalizing on one by Evan Dawdy on the assist from Jack Reynolds to enhance their lead, 3-1.

After the break, the Knights struggled to get any offensive juice flowing until later on. Lourdes came out of the break taking four shots in around 11 minutes of action. The Gray Wolves saw another attempt for a goal after being fouled in the box, giving them the penalty kick. However, Alvaro Ruedo came up big making a diving play to deflect the visitors shot. The big defensive stop shifted the momentum to the Knights as Merchand would take advantage, knocking one past the goalie on the assist from Nate Van Keulen. Only 37 seconds later, the Gray Wolves answered with a goal of their own to cut the lead back to two.

Although the visitors were able to fire off 11 shots compared to Marian’s six, the Knights defense would prevail in the last 20 minutes of play, going on to win the match 4-2. Brendan Weiger got the win in goal, making one save with six shots on goal, while Ruedo made three saves in the second half.

Marian will be back in action September 3, as they make the trip up north to Aquinas for a 3:00 PM start.


INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team completed their first weekend of the season undefeated Saturday afternoon, taking down Shawnee State and IU-East to finish their home tournament with a 4-0 record. Marian downed Shawnee in their first match in three sets, while using four sets to get a win over the Red Wolves.

Marian 3-0 Shawnee State

Marian made quick work in three sets to begin the day, opening up strong in the first set against Shawnee State with a 25-11 victory. Multiple Marian attackers helped the team build an early 8-2 lead, while a pair of points scored from Madison Brooks vaulted the lead to 11-4. A pair of three-error swings commited by the Bears helped Marian build a double-digit lead, and after a timeout Gabby Fish pushed Marian in front 23-10. A pair of errors ended the first set giving the Knights a 1-0 lead in the match.

In the second set Marian rotated fresh bodies into the match, and got strong production from Maddie Ellis, as she picked up three kills and a solo block in the set. Skyler Van Note and Jai-Lyn Norwood added to the display of offense piling up kills and service aces in the set, while Marian’s back row group of Emma Lyons and Sydney Schaffer put on a serving clinic to build a 20-10 lead. Katie Hardegree ended the set with her second kill of the day, closing a 25-16 win.

In the final set, Marian won 25-18, continuing to mix in more members of the bench. Avery Toole and Sarah Bennett helped take charge to give the Knights a 9-3 advantage, but the Bears showed fight drawing back within three points. Marian’s attackers slowly built the lead back to six, and put their foot down getting kills from three different hitters to go on top 18-9. Shawnee and Marian would trade punches for the rest of the set, winning the match with a 25-18 result on a kill from Norwood.

Norwood led Marian in kills with nine in the match, while Van Note had seven. Averi Lanman and Fish each had five kills in the win. Gianna Feld led the back row with 17 digs, while Hardegree had 20 assists for a match-high.

Marian 3-1 IU-East

Taking on IU-East in a rematch of their first match on Friday, the Knights and Red Wolves played a more competitive match in Saturday’s finale. The opening set began with a back and forth exchange as the set rocked back and forth to an 8-8 draw, while a 4-2 spurt from IU-East put the visitors in front for a brief lead. Marian rallied back with a 4-0 run of their own to force a timeout, and hit the 20-point threshold after getting a kill from Jaymison Summers. Van Note and Fish helped Marian end the first set victorious, landing kills in a 25-20 win.

Marian took a lead early in the second set, building a 6-1 lead on a Lyons service run. IU-East would rally back to get within a point and force coach Riley Anderson’s first timeout of the season, and after the break Marian went on another run to grow a five-point lead. Another service ace from Lyons pushed Marian ahead 17-11, and two Fish kills made it a 20-14 lead. Brooks, Lanman, and Norwood helped put away the 25-16 win to take a 2-0 lead.

The match would extend to a fourth set after IU-East was able to knock off Marian 25-15 in the third, using a 5-0 run and a 7-0 run to take a commanding lead. After suffering their first set defeat of the season, Marian came back with a vengence taking a 4-1 lead through five rallies. IU-East would not back down though as they took a 7-6 lead, but the Knights continued to fight getting swings from Summers and Van Note to reclaim the lead. Van Note’s kill at 14-12 started a 6-0 run, putting the home team in the driver’s seat for the rest of the set. Summers put away the final point in the 25-17 win, ending the weekend with a 3-1 victory.

Van Note led the team in kills in the final match with an 11-kill, 13-dig double-double, while Norwood had 10 kills. Hardegree had a team-best 24 assists, while Ainsley Neighbors had 19 helpers and 10 digs to secure her first career double-double. Lyons had 11 digs while Feld led the team with 20, and Lanman led Marian with five block assists.

Marian will head west for their second set of games, traveling to Southern California to play in the St. Katherine Tournament.


COLUMBIA, MO. – No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball opened up the 2022 season in dramatic fashion Friday, taking down No. 3 Bellevue in a five-set thriller and No. 21 Grand View in a quick 3-0 sweep.


Location: Columbia College | Columbia, MO.

Records: IWU – 2-0, 0-0 CRL | Bellevue – 3-2, 0-0 NSC | Grand View – 0-2, 0-0 HEART

NAIA Top-25 Ranking: IWU – #16 | Bellevue – #3 | Grand View – #21


Indiana Wesleyan fell behind 14-6 in the first set and were unable to overcome the deficit, losing 25-15.

The Wildcats used a 10-4 run in the second set and an 11-4 run in the third set, for a 2-1 lead headed into set four.

IWU started the fourth set with a 5-1 lead, but Bellevue used a 10-3 run to overcome the slow start, winning the set 25-21.

The teams traded points for most of the final set, before IWU finished off the Bruins 25-23.

IWU recorded 81 digs in the five-set match thriller, led by Danyelle Prado (18), Ally Barkhaus (16), and Eva Joldersma (15).

Abbi Porter led the team with 37 assists.

The Bruins recorded 27 errors while IWU committed 20 of their own.

In her first match in a Wildcat uniform, freshman Eva Joldersma led the team with 23 kills.


After falling behind early in the first set, Indiana Wesleyan used a 6-3 and 14-6 run to pull ahead and win the first set.

IWU jumped ahead in the second set, leading the entire way and winning the set 25-13.

The Wildcats pulled away at the end of a back and forth third set, winning 25-20 to take down the Vikings for IWU’s second straight Top-25 win.

Martina Demarchi led the team with 12 kills, while Eva Joldersma added 10.

The team recorded 53 digs and was led by Ally Barkhaus with 17.

Abbi Porter recorded 27 assists in the match.


MARION, Ind. – Sarah Foulk netted her fourth goal of the season Saturday, in a No. 13 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer win over the Lakers of Roosevelt University, 4-1.


Location: Wildcat Field | Marion, Ind.

Records: IWU – 3-0, 0-0 CRL | Roosevelt (Illi.) – 0-1, 0-0 CCAC

NAIA Top-25 Ranking: IWU – #13 | Roosevelt (Illi.) – Unranked


IWU took a 3-0 lead into the break, but a pesky Lakers squad wouldn’t go away, netting a goal just 15 minutes into the second half. It’s the first goal allowed by IWU this season.

Macy Browning collected her first assist of the season, teaming up with Sydney Brown who netted her second goal of the match in the 56th minute.

Freshman Abby Drahnak, found the back of the net for her second goal of the season.


MARION, Ind. – Men’s Soccer assisted on four of their five goals at this afternoon at Wildcat Soccer Field as they shutout Grace Christian University, 5-0.


Location: Wildcat Field | Marion, Ind.

Records: IWU – 2-0, 0-0 CRL | Grace Christian (Mich.) – 0-1-1, NCCAA

NAIA Top-25 Ranking: IWU – Unranked | Grace Christian (Mich.) – Unranked


Senior Cade Binkerd got the Wildcats on the board first with his first goal of the season midway through the first half. He added his second of the game later in the second half.

IWU opened up the scoring and took a 3-0 lead at halftime after Winter Casseus dribbled around the keeper to net his 3rd goal in two games.

Freshman Jose Pizarro distributed the ball efficiently and tallied 3 assists for the day.

The red and gray dominated possession of the ball and out-shot the Tigers, 18-1.


3 – how many straight matches Foulk has scored in

15 – the total number of Wildcat corners, a season-high


Today was a good team effort to contributed to our win and clean sheet. We look forward to a day off and continuing to get healthy.


IWU will conclude their homestand on Wednesday with a matchup against No. 4 ranked Columbia College (Mo.)


UPLAND, IN. – The No. 22 Taylor Trojan volleyball team (6-0) remained undefeated at the end of Saturday’s tournament competition, having traversed the wild country of adversity en route to two stunning five-set match wins.

It’s hard to capture in words the grit embodied by Taylor throughout the day, as the Trojans found themselves down two-sets-to-one in each of their two matches.

Taylor first took the court at 10:00 am in the morning, squaring off against then-undefeated IU-Kokomo (3-1). After Taylor took the first set 25-to-21, Kokomo came back and took the next two sets, the last of which sung to the tune of 25-to-15 Cougars.

The remainder of the match favored Taylor, however, as Taylor limited itself to just six total errors while nurturing 16-Cougar errors on the other end.

Ryan Czerniak led the way on offense for Taylor yet again, totaling 17 kills against IU-Kokomo. Meanwhile, Grace College transfer, Anna Frey, posted a double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs, while Arlanda Faulkner tallied 11 more kills herself.

Later in the evening, Taylor matched up with Thomas More (2-2), a duel that only raised the ante after Taylor’s early-morning thriller.

Once again, Taylor took the first set, this time by a score of 25-to-23, before Thomas More rallied back for two set-wins of its own. The script soon flipped in set four, though, as Taylor won the set 25-to-22 behind 17 team kills, 10 of which came in the form of the strong right hands of Faulkner and sophomore, Jaylynn Dunsmore.

Czerniak would once again command the scoresheet, however, as the lefty striker posted a career-high 26 kills, including six mammoth kills in the decisive fifth set. Czerniak now leads the Crossroads League with 93 total kills on the season, all the while maintaining a league-best hitting percentage of .455.

Taylor’s senior right-side hitter does not pound kills in a vacuum, though, for fellow senior, Kacy Bragg, continues to be a wizard with the set. Bragg set up an absurd, career-best 61 assists throughout Taylor’s gritty win over Thomas More, now leading the league with 243 total assists and a mark of 10.13 assists-per-set.

Meanwhile, Trojan libero, Jen Springer, recorded a team-high 24 digs, followed by Frey who scored her second double-double of the day with 17 digs beside 13 kills. Frey merely served as one part of a three-headed monster supporting Czerniak’s offensive campaign, though, as Dunsmore and Faulkner each struck 13 kills themselves against the Saints.

At the end of the day, these are just numbers, trying their best to articulate the grit embodied by the Taylor volleyball team on the second day of the second-annual Amber McClure Fayerweather Memorial Tournament, a day on which Taylor took two to improve to six-and-o on the season.

No. 22 Taylor (6-0) now prepares for the even tougher competition waiting for them at the Bellevue Tournament in Nebraska, with its first match slated against No. 14 Central Methodist (2-1) on Friday, September 2, at 3:00 pm ET.


VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team closed out the first week of the 2022 season Saturday afternoon a perfect 5 – 0 after picking up the 26-24, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16 win over Region 24 opponent Lake Land College.

Vincennes got off to a slow start to begin set one, falling behind early 9-5, before responding with a 7-0 scoring run to take the lead.

Lake Land bounced back to hold a six-point lead late in the opening set and held set point over the Trailblazers, the first time VU has faced set point this season.

Vincennes would close out the opening set on a 5-0 scoring run, forcing overtime and picking up the 26-24 win to take a 1-0 match lead.

VU looked to continue this momentum into the second set, using a couple of scoring runs to hold a 13-9 advantage midway through the set.

Lake Land answered, not allowing the Trailblazers to completely grab control of the set, but ultimately Vincennes held on to take set two 25-20.

The Lakers came out in set three firing with Lake Land facing a sweep VU found themselves behind 9-2 early.

The Blazers would attempt to rally back and cut the deficit down to just three points, before Lake Land finished off the third set 25-21 and extended the match.

Vincennes looked to answer back after dropping their first set of the season and answered in a big way with a 7-0 scoring run behind the serving of sophomore Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) to give the Blazers an 18-7 lead.

Lake Land would look to battle their way back with a 6-1 scoring run but were unable to erase the VU lead as Vincennes took set three 25-16 and picked up their third Region 24 win on the season.

“Today we had to overcome the experience factor,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “I believe Lake Land only played two freshmen all game and had five third-year players. Compare that to our combined five years of college experience on our team and Lake Land has at least twice as much, possibly three times as much experience as we do.”

“The question then became, ‘Can our talent overcome their experience’,” Sien added. “At points today we were great and at points we were not. We were down most of the first set, but we were able to put together a big comeback at the end. The third set was a similar thing except Lake Land went on a run and we couldn’t comeback again. Hopefully we were able to learn that we can’t just rely on that every time.”

“We need to be playing at a high level at the first serve of every set because volleyball is a very difficult sport to come back in,” Sien said. “But definitely credit our team for being able to pick it up and not quitting in the first set.”

VU finished the match with four players ending with double doubles. Freshman Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.) recorded her second career double-double with team highs of 17 kills and 27 digs.

Freshman Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.) notched her first career double-double with 12 kills and 16 digs, with a solo block added in as well.

Sophomore setters Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) and Hannah Graber each recorded double-doubles as well, with Mulligan leading the way with 17 set assists, 10 digs and an ace and Graber finishing with 14 set assists, 12 digs, four kills and a team-high three aces.

Freshman Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.) continues to hit the ball well, finishing with 11 kills and three block assists on the day.

Sophomore Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) and freshman Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey) had big days at the net, with Banasiak finishing with five kills, two block assists and one dig and Turhan ending with four kills, three block assists, one solo block, a pair of aces and one dig.

Freshman Kennedy Sowell (Effingham, Ill.) ended her day with one kill, one block assist and one dig and freshman libero Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.) matched Parlanti with a team-high 27 digs defensively.

“Audrey didn’t get a double-double, but I thought she was pretty dominant today,” Sien added. “She finished with a couple of errors, but those were more on her than Lake Land stopping her. Audrey gets up very high and is really long, but because of her position she isn’t able to get a double-double. But she was just as dominant, if not more dominant than our other hitters out here today.”

“If you get the set right on the pin for Paige, no matter where it’s coming from, she is going to get it down,” Sien said. “She hit some incredible shots today from 15-feet off the net. With her all-around play in the backrow as well, I think she should be averaging a double-double just based on her ability to play in six rotations.”

“Our setters are also nice all-around athletes,” Sien added. “We recruit setters that can play defense because in our system, they have to be able to play defense. Josephine played well today and was able to pass to the pins extremely well.”

“Alexis is another six-rotation player for us and I thought our backrow was pretty outstanding today,” Sien said. “Overall, I thought our team defense was very good. In the beginning we had some issues with them tipping the ball over us, but they were able to eliminate that. Lake Land was able to get some kills off of our blocks, but anything in the backrow they were able to pick up.”

The Trailblazers will be on the road next week as VU travels to nearby Mt. Carmel, Ill. Wednesday, Aug. 31 to take on Region 24 opponent Wabash Valley at 7 p.m. eastern.

“Looking back at our week, a week ago we scrimmaged the University of Indianapolis in Indy, who are probably one of the better teams we are going to play all year,” Sien said. “Then we have today’s game, which was probably our toughest game against our toughest opponent so far this regular season and we hope that having those two games will help prepare us well to go down and face Wabash Valley.”

“Wabash Valley is a difficult environment to play in,” Sien added. “They have a smaller facility, so you are almost face-to-face with the fans. Plus, because we are Vincennes, I’m sure they are going to pack their gym.”

“The biggest thing that I hope we take away from this week of games is to just play under control,” Sien said. “Where we take care of things on our side of the net and don’t really get concerned with everything else going on. We have overcome everything so far. Wednesday is just another opportunity for us to continue to do what we have been doing and if we do that, we should be fine. We just have to be able to keep the right mindset going into it.”



American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7849.61445 – 2033 – 2935 – 2322 – 714 – 116 – 4L 1
Tampa Bay6957.5488.542 – 2327 – 3429 – 2514 – 1516 – 97 – 3L 2
Toronto6857.544936 – 2732 – 3027 – 2419 – 1515 – 137 – 3L 2
Baltimore6759.53210.537 – 2430 – 3527 – 2913 – 1417 – 86 – 4W 3
Boston6265.4881631 – 3331 – 3218 – 3515 – 1221 – 84 – 6W 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6758.53632 – 2535 – 3312 – 1431 – 2412 – 125 – 5W 1
Minnesota6461.512337 – 2827 – 3315 – 1230 – 2012 – 174 – 6W 2
Chi White Sox6364.496530 – 3333 – 3115 – 1727 – 2713 – 142 – 8L 3
Kansas City5177.39817.531 – 3720 – 4012 – 2023 – 2610 – 183 – 7L 2
Detroit4978.3861929 – 3520 – 439 – 2022 – 367 – 136 – 4W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8147.63342 – 2039 – 279 – 1223 – 840 – 216 – 4L 2
Seattle6958.54311.534 – 2835 – 3016 – 179 – 735 – 286 – 4L 1
Texas5868.4602228 – 3530 – 335 – 1417 – 1226 – 346 – 4L 1
LA Angels5473.42526.526 – 3628 – 378 – 2214 – 925 – 293 – 7W 2
Oakland4781.3673421 – 4326 – 3811 – 1811 – 1822 – 364 – 6W 1
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8246.64143 – 1939 – 2743 – 1915 – 517 – 126 – 4W 3
Atlanta7949.617342 – 2437 – 2532 – 2221 – 1116 – 117 – 3L 1
Philadelphia7255.5679.539 – 2933 – 2629 – 2720 – 916 – 117 – 3W 6
Miami5571.4372626 – 3429 – 3725 – 2811 – 1512 – 194 – 6W 1
Washington4285.33139.519 – 4623 – 399 – 4212 – 1615 – 183 – 7L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7354.57541 – 2232 – 3213 – 1633 – 1917 – 97 – 3W 1
Milwaukee6659.528632 – 2534 – 3411 – 1332 – 2910 – 134 – 6W 1
Chi Cubs5572.4331828 – 3827 – 3413 – 929 – 308 – 215 – 5L 1
Cincinnati5075.4002226 – 3624 – 3912 – 2119 – 268 – 215 – 5W 2
Pittsburgh4779.37325.526 – 3621 – 437 – 2022 – 3114 – 172 – 8L 7
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8738.69645 – 1642 – 2216 – 1221 – 935 – 127 – 3L 1
San Diego7058.54718.535 – 2835 – 3019 – 1519 – 1026 – 255 – 5W 2
San Francisco6164.4882634 – 2927 – 3514 – 1317 – 1120 – 313 – 7L 3
Arizona5867.4642932 – 3226 – 3514 – 1413 – 1521 – 315 – 5W 2
Colorado5474.42234.536 – 3218 – 428 – 2211 – 1227 – 303 – 7L 4

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot


1884       New York Gotham pitcher Mickey Welch strikes out the first nine Cleveland Blues hitters to come to the plate, establishing a major league record. The mark will last until 1970 when Mets’ right-hander Tom Seaver strikes out the last ten San Diego batters he faces in a Shea Stadium contest.

1921       🇫🇮 John Michaelson becomes the first person born in Finland to play in a major league game. The 27-year-old White Sox right-hander from Taivalkoski, who will also pitch his last game in just two days, posts an ERA of 10.12, appearing in only two games for Chicago.

1926       Using the same lineup in both games, the Indians sweep a twin bill from Boston at Fenway Park, 6-1 and 5-1. The Tribe’s right-hander Emil’ Dutch’ Levsen, who will become the last major league pitcher to win two complete-game victories in one day, accomplishes the feat when he throws consecutive four-hitters without striking out a batter in either game.

1932       Due to the anticipation of an eclipse, the Red Sox complete a game several days earlier than scheduled with the Indians and beat the Tribe in 11 innings, 4-3. Three days later, Fenway goes dark for twenty minutes during the solar event.

1945       A moment in American history takes place in Brooklyn as Branch Rickey meets with Jackie Robinson to share his plans to integrate the major leagues. During the three-hour meeting, the Dodgers’ president will shout racial epithets to ‘test’ the 26-year-old ballplayer’s mettle to withstand the abuse which will come with being the first player to cross the color line this century.

1949       Jeff Heath becomes the first major leaguer to hit a ninth-inning game-tying pinch-hit home run, followed by an extra-inning walk-off round-tripper, giving Boston a 6-5 victory over the Reds in the tenth. The outfielder came off the bench and blasted reliever Ewell Blackwell’s first pitch to knot the score at 5-5 before taking the Whip deep again in the next frame, ending the Braves Field contest.

1951       The Giants’ 16-game winning streak ends when Howie Pollet six-hits the team in the Pirates’ 2-0 victory at the Polo Grounds. The consecutive victories enable Leo Durocher and his club to narrow the Dodgers’ lead from 13.5 to six games.

1962       Al Jackson limits the opposing batters to three hits, going the distance in the Mets’ 2-0 victory over the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium. The 26-year-old left-hander’s effort marks the fourth time he has blanked the opponents, accounting for all of the expansion team’s shutouts the entire season.

1967       Chico Ruiz, in the ninth inning of a Reds’ 3-2 loss to Philadelphia at Crosley Field, becomes the only major leaguer ever to pinch-hit for Johnny Bench. The 28-year-old Cuban infielder, with a runner on second, flies out to left field, standing in for the future Hall of Famer, who goes 0-for-3 in his first big-league game.

1967       Giants hurler Gaylord Perry begins the longest consecutive inning scoreless streak in franchise history when he shuts out the Dodgers at Candlestick Park, 7-0. The right-hander will not give up another run for 40 innings, a feat the son of a tenant farmer from North Carolina will repeat three seasons later.

1970       Tony Horton unexpectedly takes himself out of the lineup during the fifth inning of a doubleheader’s second game against California. The game will prove to be his last in the major leagues, as a deep slump and the constant harassment from the Cleveland fans take a personal toll on the promising 25-year-old first baseman.

1971       In his first at-bat in the Little League World Series finale, Lloyd McClendon blasts a three-run homer, prompting the Chinese Taipei manager to order his pitchers to intentionally walk the 12-year-old for the rest of the game. The Gary, Indiana Little Leaguer, the future manager of the Pirates and Mariners, hit five home runs in five at-bats, all on the first pitch, and is walked in his other five plate appearances in the three games he plays in the tournament.

1971       The Cubs pay tribute to a longtime fan favorite with ‘Ron Santo Day’ at Wrigley Field. With 34,988 there to honor the veteran third baseman, he goes 1-for-3 and scores a run, but it isn’t enough when Atlanta spoils the special day, beating Ferguson Jenkins and the hometown team, 4-3.

1971       Rick Wise hits two home runs, including a grand slam, en route to a complete-game victory in the Phillies’ 7-3 defeat of the Giants. Five weeks earlier, the 25-year-old right-hander also hit two round-trippers while throwing a no-hitter against the Reds.

1977       Steve Garvey collects five extra-base hits in one game when he bashes three doubles and two homers, including a grand slam, in the Dodgers’ 11-0 rout over St. Louis at Chavez Ravine. The LA first baseman becomes just the fourth major leaguer to accomplish the feat, joining Lou Boudreau (1946 Indians – HR, four 2B), Joe Adcock (1954 Braves – four HR, 2B), and Willie Stargell (1970 Pirates – two HR, three 2B).

1990       Ellis Burks becomes only the second Red Sox player to hit two home runs in the same inning when he goes deep twice in Boston’s eight-run fourth frame during the team’s 12-4 rout of the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium. In 1928, second baseman Bill Regan became the first BoSox player to accomplish the feat when he homered twice, including an inside-the-park round-tripper in the top of the fourth inning against Chicago at Comiskey Park.

1990       Ryne Sandberg becomes the first second baseman to hit 30 home runs in consecutive seasons when he homers to deep left field off Bill Gullickson leading off the fourth inning in the Cubs’ 5-2 victory over Houston at the Astrodome. ‘Ryno’ will finish the season with 40 round-trippers, the most in the National League.

1992       In a 22-2 rout, the Blue Jays pitching staff yields 31 hits, of which 22 are singles, to help the Brewers set an American League record. The ‘Brew Crew’ scores in every inning except the fifth inning in the SkyDome contest.

1996       The Indians finish the season 12-0 against Detroit when they beat the hometown team at Tiger Stadium, 9-3. Cleveland, en route to a division title in the AL Central, becomes only the seventh team since 1900 to sweep a season series from an opponent.

1997       After a catcher’s interference call extends the sixth inning, Javy Lopez hits Darryl Kile’s next pitch for a three-run home run that proves to be the difference in the Braves’ 4-2 victory over Astros at Turner Field. The frame appeared to be over when Ryan Klesco grounded out to short but goes to first base when his bat hit backstop Tony Eusebio’s glove.

2000       The players’ association, pleased with the November 1996 deal, exercises its option to extend the collective bargaining agreement, ensuring labor peace through October 31, 2001. The owners have expressed concerns with the expected move, believing the present CBA has widened the talent gap between the high and low-revenue markets due to escalating salaries.

2001       Alex Rodriguez becomes the ninth player and the second shortstop in major league history to hit 40 home runs in four consecutive seasons. The first shortstop to reach the plateau was Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who accomplished the feat from 1957-60 for the Cubs.

2003       Eric Gagne earns his 44th straight save when he retires the side in order in the Dodgers’ 6-3 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The 27-year-old Los Angeles reliever’s effort, en route to expanding the mark to 55, establishes a new major league record, surpassing Tom Gordon, who had saved 43 in a row to begin a season with the Red Sox in 1998.

2003       Jose Reyes becomes the youngest player in major league history to hit a home run from each side of the plate. The 20-year-old shortstop accounts for all the Mets runs, hitting a solo shot from the right side off southpaw Mike Hampton, and then, batting as a left-handed hitter in the ninth, a two-run dinger off right-hander Trey Hodges in the team’s 3-1 victory over Atlanta at Turner Field.

2005       Down three runs in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Hawaii ties Curacao, 6-6, sending the Little League championship game into extra innings for the first time since 1971. The Ewa Beach bunch beats the Caribbean champs, 7-6, when Michael Memea hits a walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.

2007       Atop of his right-field foul pole perch at Yankee Stadium, a not-so-shy squirrel watches the Bronx Bombers beat the Red Sox, 5-3. The bushy-tailed good luck charm has become a fan favorite, receiving standing ovations and cheers as he is shown on the scoreboard video screen scampering up and down on the pole.

2007       “The judgment that high school baseball players’ safety is more important than higher batting averages and more offense is a classic legislative judgment that the City Council could constitutionally make,” – JUDGE G.KOELTL, striking down arguments from opponents that the City Council acted outside its authority in seeking to protect health and safety of its constituents.

In a thirty-nine-page decision, US District Judge John G. Koeltl upholds a New York City law passed by the City Council in April over the veto of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, banning metal bats in high school baseball games. A coalition of bat manufacturers, the USA Baseball organization, various coaches, and some of the ballplayers’ parents begin legal action opposing the decision.

2008       The Cubs game against the Phillies at Wrigley Field becomes the first contest to be played using video replay available to umpires to review calls regarding fair or foul home runs, balls in or out of the ballpark, and fan interference determinations. The new technology, not employed in any of the three ballparks going online today, will be used by all major league clubs starting tomorrow.

2008       In the 11-2 victory over the Dodgers, Cristian Guzman becomes the second player in Nationals history to hit for the cycle, joining Brad Wilkerson, who accomplished the feat in 2005, the team’s first year in Washington, D.C. The 30-year-old shortstop completes his cycle with an eighth-inning triple.

2008       The Red Sox’s last regular-season game at Yankee Stadium is a fitting finale for the two rivals at the 85-year-old historic ballpark. Trailing 2-0, the Bronx Bombers rally late in the game, thanks to Jason Giambi’s seventh-inning pinch-hit two-run homer and his walk-off single in the ninth, to beat Boston, 3-2, avoiding a sweep and keeping their wild-card hopes alive.

2009       In the sixth inning, John Hester, appearing as a pinch-hitter, homers in his first major league at-bat in Arizona’s 14-7 victory over Houston. The 25-year-old catcher, who will hit six round-trippers in 93 games, becomes the 101st player to accomplish the feat and the second Diamondback player this season, joining Gerardo Parra, who also went deep in his first big league plate appearance in May.

2012       Starlin Castro agrees to a seven-year contract extension with the Cubs, including a club option for an eighth season in 2020. The 22-year-old shortstop, already a two-time All-Star, became the youngest player in National League history to lead the circuit in hits when he collected 207 last season.

2014       Working as a starter and reliever, Giants right-hander Yusmeiro Petit sets a major league record retiring his 46th consecutive batter when he fans Charlie Culberson in the third inning of the team’s 4-1 victory over Colorado at AT&T Park. The San Francisco hurler, best known for losing his bid for a perfect game with two outs and two strikes last September, breaks the 2009 mark established by Mark Buehrle, who made 45 batters in a row make an out while pitching for the White Sox.

2015       After seven unproductive seasons, the Mariners, suffering through the second-longest postseason drought in baseball, fire general manager Jack Zduriencik. The former much-touted Milwaukee scouting director, named by Baseball America in 2007 as the first non-GM to receive its Major League Executive of the Year Award, was given a contract extension a year ago when Seattle would finish the season with 87 victories.

2015       “Vin will be back for one more year (at least). God bless us, everyone” – JIMMY KIMMEL’s cue card message to the crowd. Team executive Magic Johnson, appearing on the Dodger Stadium video board, introduces Jimmy Kimmel to report “big, breaking news.” The ABC late-night television host, who waves to the fans without saying a word, displays a succession of cue cards, informing the Chavez Ravine crowd the 87 year-old Vin Scully will be returning to broadcast Dodgers games in 2016, his 67th season.

2016       The Endwell Little League wins the League World Series when Ryan Harlost tosses a five-hitter in the team’s 2-1 victory over South Korea. The boys from the Binghamton suburb become the first U.S.squad to win LLWS since Huntington Beach (CA) copped the crown in 2011 and the first from New York to win the title since 1964.

2020       On the same day MLB celebrated Jackie Robinson Day, Chadwick Boseman, the actor who portrayed the Brooklyn Dodgers star in the 2013 movie 42, dies of colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor, best known for the title role in Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther, also played music legend James Brown and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshal on the big screen.

2021       With the 6-3 Cardinals win over the Pirates at PNC Park, skipper Tony La Russa, with his 2,195th career triumph, moves past Sparky Anderson for third place for most victories by a big-league manager. Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763) are first and second on the all-time managerial list for the number of major league wins.


New York Mets (4) vs Baltimore Orioles (1)

The Baltimore Orioles boasted some of the biggest guns in the American League and entered the ’69 Series with a renewed confidence after dominating Sandy Koufax and his mighty Dodgers three years earlier. Among the American League champs “lumber company” was Boog Powell (thirty-seven home runs, one-hundred twenty-one runs batted in), Frank Robinson (thirty-two homers, one-hundred RBIs), Brooks Robinson (twenty-three homers, eighty-four RBIs) and Paul Blair (twenty-six homers, seventy-six RBIs). Their opponents, the New York Mets were still a young franchise and were making their first post-season appearance after topping the National League in only their eighth season.

Tom Seaver (a twenty-five game winner) was given the opening start for New York at Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium and made it to his second pitch before surrendering the first “home team – home run”. By the afternoon’s end, Orioles’ lefthander Mike Cuellar had given up only six hits and struck out eight. Baltimore was an easy winner (4-1) despite their standout line-up managing only four runs in thirty at-bats.

The Mets’ Jerry Koosman continued to silence the home team’s big guns in Game 2 while holding their line-up to six hitless innings. Donn Clendenon backed up the twenty-six year-old lefty with a fourth inning homer off Dave McNally. Baltimore managed to tie it up in the seventh when Paul Blair led off with his team’s first hit, then stole second and finally scored on Brooks Robinson’s two out single. Not to be discouraged, the Mets rose to the occasion in the ninth and as Ed Charles, Jerry Grote and Al Weis all came through with two out singles. Koosman then got last-out relief help from Ron Taylor and emerged the 2-1 victor.

Game 3 debuted the first postseason outing at Shea Stadium and featured one of the greatest individual performances in the sixty-six year history of the Series, courtesy of the Mets’ Tommie Agee. Agee started the contest off with a first inning home run off of Jim Palmer and continued to produce in the outfield for the remaining innings. With two out in the fourth and Oriole runners on first and third, the centerfielder raced to the 396-foot sign in left-center and made a phenomenal backhanded, catch of Elrod Hendricks’ smash. Later in the seventh, the Orioles had loaded the bases with two out, but Agee came up clutch again making a headfirst diving grab of Blair’s liner that sailed to right-center. Ed Kranepool added a home run as the Mets came out on top, 5-0. On the mound, Gary Gentry and a young reliever named Nolan Ryan combined on a four hitter.

A determined Seaver returned for redemption in Game 4 and took a 1-0 edge going into the ninth. Clendenon had given the junior pitcher the lead after launching a rocket in the second off of Mike Cuellar, but Frank Robinson and Powell both responded with late-game singles with Brooks Robinson on deck. The Oriole slugger nailed a perfect line drive to center, but right-fielder Ron Swoboda mimicked Agee’s performance in Game 3 and made a spectacular diving, one-handed catch. While Frank Robinson tagged up and scored from third, Swoboda had shortened a potential big inning. The deadlocked remained 1-1 through the bottom of the tenth when the Mets sealed the deal on Jerry Grote’s double and Oriole reliever Pete Richert’s errant throw on pinch-hitter J.C. Martin’s bunt. Seizing the opportunity, Rod Gaspar (pinch running for Grote) sped home for the 2-1 win.

Now down three games to one, the stunned Orioles came out swinging in Game 5 as pitcher McNally, (thanks to his own two run home run and another by Frank Robinson) held a 3-0 lead after five tense innings. Earl Weaver’s team seemed to finally be on the road to recovery, but the Mets struck again after Cleon Jones led-off with a hit by pitch in the famous “shoe polish play”, where manager Gil Hodges came out to argue the original call that Jones had not been struck. Hodges retrieved the ball, showed it to the umpire who saw the polish mark, and awarded Jones first base. Clendenon followed him home with a two run blast edging closer with only a 3-2 disadvantage. An unlikely hero named Al Weis (who had seven home runs in ten years) stepped up to the plate and tied the game with a leadoff home run in the sixth. Eddie Watt came in as relief for Baltimore in the eighth, but eventually lost 5-3 after surrendering a clutch double to Cleon Jones as well as Ron Swoboda who drove in the winning run.

In the end, New York had not only gone on to win their first World Championship (in their first appearance), they had also shut down the biggest line-up in all of baseball by holding the “Bird’s Big Four” to a three for fifteen outing in Game 4 and a miserable two for fifteen showing in Game 5.


Once again the American League started off with solid hitting that gave them the lead early in the game. Rod Carew started the rally with a triple and George Brett followed with a double. Brett then scored on a Carlton Fisk sacrifice fly putting the American League up 3-0.

The American League was on a roll, but all that would change in the bottom of the third. Larry Bowa opened with a single. Then, Jim Palmer uncharacteristically walked Joe Morgan, George Foster and Greg Luzinski, forcing in a run. He found the plate against Steve Garvey, who tied it with a single.

The National League closed it out with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Manager, Billy Martin brought in Goose Gossage, who ran into a nightmare inning. He gave up four runs on four hits for the American League’s seventh straight loss. Garvey led off with a triple and scored on Gossage’s wild pitch. Dave Concepcion walked and Dave Winfield followed with a single. Chet Lemon misplayed Winfield’s ball, with Concepcion and Winfield moving up. Bob Boone then single up the middle, driving in two runs and later scored on a bloop hit by Davey Lopes.


August 28, 1941 – The 8th Chicago Charities College Football All-Stars Game is played as the defending NFL champion Chicago Bears defeated the All-Star team 37-13 with a crowd of over 98,000 watching. The All-Star’s MVP of the game is none other than University of Minnesota running back George Franck.

August 28, 1942 – Again in Chicago, Illinois the city hosts the 9th annual Chicago Charities College Football All-Stars Game with the NFL champion Chicago Bears facing the college stars. The paid attendance of over 101,000 watched as the Bears blanked the collegians 21-0. The game’s MVP, always a College All-Star player, was Bruce Smith the halfback from the University of Minnesota.

August 28, 1955 – The very first NFL preseason sudden death overtime is played when the LA Rams defeated the NY Giants 23-17. Our Football History Headline of the day comes from the Long Beach Independent there very next morning when they said:

Younger, Tharpe, Waller Star in Overtime Thriller

The LA Rams offense at that time were a powerhouse spearheaded by their talented Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin. They did not showcase the normal aerial onslaught they put most defenses through though, as the running game reined supreme in the Rams huddle on this day. Rookie Ron Waller returned a punt 43 yards to paydirt and another Rams Rook Corky Tharpe had some big gainers himself. Prior to the contest it was agreed that the game, if ending in a tie would be played using the new sudden death overtime rules. Tied it was as the Giants Alex Webster rough housed the ball over the line from the three to finish an 80 yard G-Men drive. Ed Price ran hard on fourth down early to score early and another field goal by the Giants completed their circuit of scoring. With the game tied at 17, the Rams Tank Younger capped off a 76 yard drive early in OT by plunging in to the end zone from one yard out.

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August 28, 1945 – Jim Lynch was a former linebacker from the University of Notre Dame who was born on this day. In fact Lynch was the defensive captain of the 1966 Fighting Irish National Championship team. He played professionally for 11 seasons on the Kansas City Chiefs in both the AFL and the NFL. Lynch was selected to become a member of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1992 so that his accomplishments on the college football field will forever be remembered.

August 28, 1956 – Ken Clarke was nose guard/defensive tackle hailing from Syracuse University. He played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings as he enjoyed a 14 year career in the league.


2- 8 – 49 – 30 – 20 – 9 – 44 – 23 – 17

August 28, 1884 – MLB pitcher Mickey Welsh makes record for most consecutive batters struck out to begin a game, striking out the 1st 9 men he faces

August 28, 1918 – Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly

August 28, 1921 – New York Yankees legendary slugger, Babe Ruth started a streak of an extra-base hit in 9 straight games

August 28, 1958 – American baseball player Nellie Fox, wearing Number 2 for the Chicago White Sox set a record for consecutive games without striking out (98)

August 28, 1960 – Chicago White Sox Number 8, Ted Kluszewski’s 3-run HR is disallowed as umpire called time

August 28, 1977 – New York Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry, Number 49 faced just 28 men as he and his Yankees teammates beat the Texas Rangers 1-0

August 28, 1977 – Nolan Ryan as a member of the California Angels and wearing the Number 30 uniform, strikes out 300 batters for 5th straight year

August 28, 1987 – Star Philadelphia Phillies third baseman, Mike Schmidt, Number 20 passed Ted Williams (Number 9) as well as (Number 44) Willie McCovey with 522 career home runs

August 28, 1990 – The Chicago Cub’s Ryne Sandberg, Number 23 became the first 2nd baseman to hit 30 HRs, in consecutive seasons

August 28, 2021 – MLB Los Angeles Angels pitcher/designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, Number 17 becomes 1st player in team history to reach 20 stolen bases and hit 40 home runs in a season, in 10-2 win over San Diego Padres.


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