MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Baltimore 5 Washington 3

Milwaukee 6 Chicago White Sox 1

Toronto 10 NY Mets 3

NY Yankees 4 Boston 3

Tampa Bay 8 Cleveland 2

Kansas City 9 Detroit 8

LA Angels 2 Minnesota 1

Houston 4 Texas 1

Seattle 5 Oakland 4

Arizona 7 Chicago Cubs 3

Atlanta 15 Philadelphia 3

Miami 3 San Diego 2

Cincinnati 5 St. Louis 3

Pittsburgh 10 San Francisco 2

LA Dodgers 1 Colorado 0

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Toledo 6 Indianapolis 4

Dayton 4 Fort Wayne 3

Wisconsin 8 South Bend 4

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Columbus 1 Atlanta 0

Toronto FC 2 Chicago 1

Minnesota 2 Portland 1

FC Dallas 4 Los Angeles 0

Nashville SC 3, FC Cincinnati 0

San Jose 1 Houston 1

Real Salt Lake 3 Colorado 0

Los Angeles FC 2 Vancouver 2

PGA LEADERBOARD

3M Open
Jul. 22-25, TPC Twin Cities, Blaine, Minnesota
RankNameRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total Thru 
1Cameron Tringale676866 -12 (201)F
2tMaverick McNealy676768 -11 (202)F
2tGary Woodland696667 -11 (202)F
4tRoger Sloan6970 -3 (139)F
4tRyan Armour676571 -10 (203)F
4tCameron Champ696767 -10 (203)F
4tPat Perez726566 -10 (203)F
4tChez Reavie666770 -10 (203)F
4tCharl Schwartzel676868 -10 (203)F
4tJhonattan Vegas646970 -10 (203)F
4tJimmy Walker686768 -10 (203)F
12tBeau Hossler687165 -9 (204)F
12tKyoung-Hoon Lee696768 -9 (204)F
12tBrian Stuard706470 -9 (204)F
12tBo Van Pelt706866 -9 (204)F
16tAdam Hadwin676573 -8 (205)F
16tBo Hoag676672 -8 (205)F
16tDavid Lingmerth676870 -8 (205)F
16tTroy Merritt647170 -8 (205)F
16tKeith Mitchell697066 -8 (205)F
16tLouis Oosthuizen686869 -8 (205)F
22tMichael Gellerman7167 -4 (138)F
22tKeegan Bradley686771 -7 (206)F
22tJonathan Byrd696671 -7 (206)F
22tMichael Kim716768 -7 (206)F
22tMito Pereira706769 -7 (206)F
22tAdam Schenk657170 -7 (206)F
22tMatthew Wolff696968 -7 (206)F
29tAaron Baddeley726867 -6 (207)F
29tTony Finau726768 -6 (207)F
29tRickie Fowler647370 -6 (207)F
29tBrice Garnett686772 -6 (207)F
29tPatrick Reed707067 -6 (207)F
29tSam Ryder696969 -6 (207)F
29tBrandt Snedeker696969 -6 (207)F
29tMichael Thompson726768 -6 (207)F
29tCamilo Villegas696969 -6 (207)F
29tNick Watney677070 -6 (207)F
39tRafa Cabrera Bello696871 -5 (208)F
39tAustin Eckroat736768 -5 (208)F
39tMark Hubbard686872 -5 (208)F
39tAdam Long706870 -5 (208)F
43tJoseph Bramlett7069 -3 (139)F
43tLuke Donald696872 -4 (209)F
43tJason Dufner686972 -4 (209)F
43tSergio Garcia707069 -4 (209)F
43tPatton Kizzire726770 -4 (209)F
43tLuke List687170 -4 (209)F
43tChase Seiffert736769 -4 (209)F
43tScott Stallings657272 -4 (209)F
51tRyan Brehm677073 -3 (210)F
51tChesson Hadley677271 -3 (210)F
51tTom Lewis687270 -3 (210)F
51tMartin Trainer736671 -3 (210)F
55tKiradech Aphibarnrat6971 -2 (140)F
55tScott Brown696874 -2 (211)F
55tM.J. Daffue697171 -2 (211)F
55tCharles Howell III726871 -2 (211)F
55tCameron Percy697171 -2 (211)F
55tJ.T. Poston696676 -2 (211)F
55tPatrick Rodgers716971 -2 (211)F
55tJosh Teater677272 -2 (211)F
63tChris Baker667076 -1 (212)F
63tMichael Gligic697172 -1 (212)F
63tDavid Hearn716972 -1 (212)F
63tBubba Watson726872 -1 (212)F
67tCameron Davis716973 E (213)F
67tSung Kang716577 E (213)F
69tDenny McCarthy696976 +1 (214)F
69tScott Piercy726874 +1 (214)F
71Erik van Rooyen687275 +2 (215)F
72Joel Dahmen707076 +3 (216)F

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 5

Pittsburgh vs. Dallas (FOX)

WEEK 1 (AUGUST 12-16)

Dallas at Arizona

Tennessee at Atlanta

New Orleans at Baltimore

Miami at Chicago

Buffalo at Detroit

Houston at Green Bay

Carolina at Indianapolis

Cleveland at Jacksonville

Seattle at Las Vegas

L.A. Chargers at L.A. Rams

Denver at Minnesota

Washington at New England

N.Y. Jets at N.Y. Giants

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia

Kansas City at San Francisco

Cincinnati at Tampa Bay

WEEK 2 (AUGUST 19-23)

Kansas City at Arizona (8/20, ESPN)

Baltimore at Carolina

Buffalo at Chicago

N.Y. Giants at Cleveland

Houston at Dallas

N.Y. Jets at Green Bay

San Francisco at L.A. Chargers

Las Vegas at L.A. Rams

Atlanta at Miami

Indianapolis at Minnesota

Jacksonville at New Orleans (8/23, ESPN)

New England at Philadelphia

Detroit at Pittsburgh

Denver at Seattle

Tennessee at Tampa Bay

Cincinnati at Washington

WEEK 3 (AUGUST 26-30)

Cleveland at Atlanta (8/29, NBC)

Green Bay at Buffalo

Pittsburgh at Carolina

Miami at Cincinnati (8/29, CBS)

Jacksonville at Dallas

L.A. Rams at Denver

Indianapolis at Detroit

Tampa Bay at Houston

Minnesota at Kansas City

Arizona at New Orleans

New England at N.Y. Giants

Philadelphia at N.Y. Jets

Las Vegas at San Francisco

L.A. Chargers at Seattle

Chicago at Tennessee

Baltimore at Washington

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE-WEEK ONE

Saturday, Aug. 28

Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Wednesday, Sept. 1

UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Thursday, Sept. 2

Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Friday, Sept. 3

North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 4

UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5

Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Monday, Sept. 6

Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

  • 1913 – Carl Weilman strikes out six times in a 15-inning game.
  • 1913 – Pittsburgh Pirates’ Max Carey goes hitless, but scores five runs against Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 1920 – Boston Red Sox turn triple-play, but Babe Ruth’s 35th home run leads New York Yankees to 8-2 win.
  • 1930 – Philadelphia Athletics triple steal in the first and fourth innings versus Cleveland Indians.
  • 1939 – New York Yankees player Atley Donald sets American League rookie record with 12 consecutive wins.
  • 1941 – Boston Red Sox player Lefty Grove becomes 12th to win 300 games (his last victory).
  • 1949 – Saint Louis Cardinals’ Stan Musial hits for the cycle beating Brooklyn Dodgers 14-1.
  • 1952 – CBC/Radio Canada TV covers a Montreal Royals baseball game, the first experimental Canadian telecast.
  • 1961 – New York Yankees’ Roger Maris hits home runs 37, 38, 39 and 40 in a double header.
  • 1966 – New York Yankees’ manager Casey Stengel elected to Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • 1972 – National League beats American League 4-3 in 43rd All Star Game (Fulton County Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia).
  • 1978 – Bob Lemon replaces Billy Martin as New York Yankees’ manager.
  • 1978 – Cincinnati Reds’ Pete Rose sets National League record hitting in 38 consecutive games.
  • 1990 – Kansas City Royals’ player George Brett hits for the cycle.
  • 1990 – Nadezhda Ryashkina of USSR sets 10km walk woman’s record (41:56.23).
  • 1990 – Roseanne Barr sings the National Anthem at San Diego Padres game.
  • 1992 – (to August 9) Games of the XXV Olympiad are held in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 1999 – Lance Armstrong wins his first Tour de France (cycling).
  • 2002 – Queen Elizabeth II opens the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England. The Games run until August 4.
  • 2004 – Paul Molitor and Dennis Eckersley are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Broadcaster Lon Simmons wins the Ford C. Frick Award and writer Murray Chass wins the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.
  • 2004 – Lance Armstrong of Austin, Texas wins an unprecedented 6th consecutive Tour de France cycling title.
  • 2005 – The 2004-2005 National Hockey League lockout ends.
  • 2010 – Carl Pettersson of Sweden wins a one-shot victory (67) at the Canadian Open of golf at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto, Ontario. He earns US$918,000 for the victory.
  • 2010 – Alberto Contador of Spain wins his third Tour de France bicycle race in four years.

TOP HEADLINES

Powerhouse US swim team shines with 6 medals, 1st US gold

TOKYO (AP) Chase Kalisz got things rolling, claiming the first U.S. gold at the Olympic pool.

By the time the morning was done, the powerhouse team had a whole bunch of medals.

Six of them in all, quite a start Sunday for the Americans in the post-Michael Phelps era.

“I’m happy to be here and kick the U.S. off,” said Kalisz, who won the 400-meter individual medley.

There was room for others to shine, as well.

Host Japan won a swimming gold, Tunisia claimed a surprising spot atop the medal podium, and the mighty Australian women set the first world record of the competition in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

The Americans certainly had no complaints about their opening-day performance. In Phelps record-setting career, which encompassed five Summer Games, they never won six medals in the first session of finals.

“A pretty good start for the U.S.,” said Kieran Smith, who in his first major international meet snagged a bronze in the men’s 400 freestyle. “We executed today. I’m really proud of us.”

The Aussies, who hope to challenge America’s dominance in the pool, picked up three medals Sunday.

The free relay was never in doubt, not with a dynamic quartet that included sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell swimming the leadoff and anchor legs, respectively, joined by Meg Harris and Emma McKeon.

McKeon blew away the field on the third leg and Cate Campbell touched in 3 minutes, 29.69 seconds. At the medal ceremony, the sisters touchingly draped their medals around each other’s neck.

The silver went to Canada in 3:32.78, while the Americans capped their morning with one more medal to surpass their best first-day haul from the Phelps era (five in both 2004 and 2008).

With Simone Manuel anchoring the relay, they touched just behind their rivals to the north in 3:32.81.

Kalisz was the first U.S. medal winner of the Tokyo Games, and Jay Litherland – who was born in Osaka – made it a 1-2 finish for the Americans by rallying on the freestyle leg to claim the silver. Brendon Smith of Australia earned the bronze.

In the 400 free, 18-year-old Tunisian Ahmed Hafnaoui was the stunning winner from lane eight, his victory punctuated with loud screams that could be heard throughout the largely empty arena.

“I was surprised with myself,” said Hafnaoui, who joined Ous Mellouli as a gold medalist from the north African country. “I couldn’t believe it until I touched the wall and saw the 1 (on the scoreboard).”

Hafnaoui finished in 3:43.26, followed by Australia’s Jack McLoughlin and Kieran Smith. The top three were separated by less than a second after eight laps of the pool.

The U.S. women did their part, too.

Japan’s Yui Ohashi won gold in the women’s 400 IM with an electric breaststroke leg, but two Americans were right in her wake. Emma Weyant earned the silver, while the bronze went to Hali Flickinger.

“After we saw (Kalisz and Litherland go 1-2), we kind of looked at each other and said, `It’s our turn,'” Weyant said. “I think that really got our team going.'”‘

Kalisz, a protege and former training partner of Phelps, touched first in 4:09.42. Litherland was next in 4:10.28, just one-10th of a second ahead of Brendon Smith.

Kalisz flexed his muscles and then climbed atop the lane rope, splashing the water while a contingent of his teammates cheered him from the stands at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

“U-S-A! U-S-A!” they chanted.

Kalisz was the silver medalist in the grueling event at the Rio Games five years ago. Now, at age 27, he’s the best in the world at using all four strokes.

“That one was the most special type of pain,” Kalisz said. “I had vowed that I was going to make that hurt as much as possible and give my absolute best to accomplish this.”

Litherland came over to give the winner a hug, having ensured the Americans got off to the best possible start at the pool.

“To come back and do this with Chase means a lot,” said Litherland, who finished fifth in the 400 IM at Rio.

After putting on their medals during a masked-up victory ceremony, Kalisz and Litherland walked around the deck arm-in-arm.

No social distancing for them.

The Americans seized their chance after Japanese star Daiya Seto stunningly failed to advance to the final, having finished ninth in the preliminaries after making a tactical error attempting to save his energy for the medal race.

The finals were held in the morning Tokyo time rather than their usual evening slot, a nod to U.S. television network NBC, which wanted to show the finals live in prime time back in America.

That was the same format used at the 2008 Beijing Games, where Phelps won a record eight gold medals. He retired after Rio, having captured 23 gold medals overall, but the Americans still have plenty of star power for the post-Phelps era.

Ohashi helped to make up for Seto’s flop in the men’s IM. She pulled away in the breast to win in 4:32.08.

Weyant gave chase in the freestyle leg but settled for silver in 4:32.76. Flickinger was third in 4:34.90, while Hungarian great Katinka Hosszu, the defending champion, faded to fifth.

The only people in the stands of the 15,000-seat arena were media, VIPs, officials and swimmers who weren’t competing Sunday. It was an eerily quiet atmosphere at times, though many ignored requests by Japanese organizers to refrain for any sort of cheering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

There was a drum in the stands, as well as a few horns to spice things up.

In a striking touch before the first race, the loudspeakers blared the song “Pompeii” by the British band Bastille, which includes the lyrics, “But if you close your eyes, does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?”

In the pool, it was business as usual. But it certainly felt like plenty had changed in an Olympics that were delayed a year by a worldwide pandemic and are finally being staged under tight restrictions that included a ban on all fans.

The Americans had no complaints.

Even with Phelps looking down from a broadcast seat, they are off to a dynamic start at the Olympic pool.

US beats Australia, clinches gold medal game softball spot

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) Amanda Chidester hit a game-ending, two-run single in the eighth inning, Monica Abbott struck out 13 and the United States beat Australia 2-1 on Sunday to clinch a berth in the Olympic softball gold medal game.

Australia scored the first run off the Americans in the tournament when Jade Wall walked on eight pitches with the bases loaded in the top of the eighth.

With pinch-runner Ally Carda on second as the automatic runner in the bottom half, leadoff hitter Haylie McCleney reached on an infield single to shortstop off Tarni Stepto (0-1). McCleney reached in all four plate appearances and in 13 of 15 over the Americans’ four games.

Janie Reed sacrificed for the fourth time in the tournament, and Chidester singled to the back of the baseball infield dirt at Yokohama Stadium as both runners scored.

Abbott (2-0) gave up three hits and walked six – two of them intentional – while throwing 126 pitches. She has given up four hits in 17 innings with 28 strikeouts, improving to 5-0 in her Olympic career.

The top-ranked U.S., which has scored just six runs in four games, plays defending champion Japan on Monday in a game that likely will only determine which team bats last in Tuesday’s gold medal game. No. 2 Japan (3-0) could clinch a berth in that game when it plays Canada (2-1) later Sunday.

Positive COVID test knocks DeChambeau out of Olympics

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) Bryson DeChambeau’s hopes of getting his season back on track with an Olympic medal cratered Sunday after he tested positive for COVID-19 before leaving the United States for Tokyo.

The 2020 U.S. Open champion will be replaced by Patrick Reed.

USA Golf sent word on Sunday in Japan that DeChambeau, who won last year’s U.S. Open at Winged Foot but has struggled through a drama-filled summer in 2021, had tested positive as part of the final protocol before leaving for Japan.

“I am deeply disappointed not to be able to compete in the Olympics for Team USA,” DeChambeau said in the statement. “Representing my country means the world to me and it is was a tremendous honor to make this team.”

DeChambeau becomes the best-known of the few dozen athletes across the several Olympic sports to test positive either before leaving for Tokyo, or after they arrived. Last week, U.S. tennis player Coco Gauff also tested positive before she left the United States.

Reed was scheduled to undergo testing Sunday and Monday to clear himself to compete in Tokyo. The the first round of the men’s tournament at the Kasumigaseki Country Club is set for Thursday.

“I wish Bryson nothing but the best, and I know how disappointed he is to not be able to compete, and I will do my best to play my best and represent our country,” Reed said in the USA Golf statement.

Reed will join Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele on the four-man U.S team. Reed was third in line to be a replacement, behind Patrick Cantlay and Brooks Koepka.

Koepka had previously sounded unenthused about the prospect of playing in the Olympics, saying the sport’s four majors, plus the Ryder Cup and other big events, give players plenty to strive for. The Ryder Cup this year is set for Sept. 24-26 at Whistling Straits.

Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, has been more gung-ho about the Olympics, and now, he is the only two-time Olympian on the men’s side of the sport, which was reintroduced to the program in 2016. He shot 64 in the final round in Rio de Janeiro and finished 11th.

USA Golf executive director Andy Levinson said Reed’s willingness to quickly rush through COVID protocols and come to an unfamiliar course on no notice “really illustrates the importance of the Olympics and the value Patrick places on playing for Team USA and for his country.”

DeChambeau had been looking to write a new chapter to his theatric 2021 season. It has included months of sparring with Koepka, a sudden break with his longtime caddie, and, most recently, a spat with his club sponsor when he said his driver “sucks” after struggling at the British Open.

He finished 33rd at Royal St. George’s only a few weeks after playing himself into contention on Sunday at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, only to shoot 44 on the back nine and finish in 26th place. DeChambeau didn’t crack the top 25 in any of this year’s majors, but does have one victory this year – in March at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

DeChambeau’s COVID surprise is the second to hit a major name in golf this year. Jon Rahm had built a six-shot lead after the third round of the Memorial last month when he was notified he had COVID as he was coming off the course. Two weeks later, Rahm won at Torrey Pines. The Spaniard comes into the Olympics ranked No. 1.

Winker drives in 4, Castillo lasts 7, Reds hold off Cards.

CINCINNATI (AP) Jesse Winker homered, doubled and drove in four runs, Luis Castillo pitched seven effective innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Saturday.

Joey Votto also homered to help the Reds overcome three errors and extend their winning streak against St. Louis to six games, their longest since taking six straight in May 2003. Cincinnati swept the Cardinals in a four-game series in St. Louis June 3-6.

“To compete against the Cardinals takes our best,” manager David Bell said,

The Reds have won three of four games after dropping the first four of their nine-game homestand.

The Cardinals opened the eighth by scoring two runs on consecutive doubles by Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado, followed by Paul DeJong’s RBI single. They loaded the bases with two outs before Sean Doolittle came on to coax pinch-hitter Jose Rondon into a popup to shortstop Kyle Farmer.

“Tough team, man,” manager Mike Shildt said of his Cardinals, “They battle their tails off. It scratches and claws. Guys are competing and taking their best shot.”

Heath Hembree pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

Winker hit a two-run double in the first for a 2-1 lead and added insurance with a no-doubt shot deep down the right field line in the seventh. Jonathan India was aboard on a leadoff single.

Castillo (4-10) settled down to retire 11 of the last 13 batters he faced, the last on center fielder Akiyama’s catch of Dylan Carlson’s drive while banging into the wall in right-center with a runner on base to end the seventh. Castillo allowed four hits and one unearned run with three walks and nine strikeouts in seven innings.

“I felt great the entire time,” he said through an interpreter. “What I’ve been really working on is the location of my pitches. That’s how I am getting deeper into games.”

The win was his first in five starts since beating Atlanta, 4-1, on June 26. He’d been victimized by three blown saves in his previous three starts.

“It’s been 10 starts in a row he’s been outstanding,” Bell said. “He’s a great talent. He can really compete.”

Akiyama also beat out a grounder to shortstop DeJong to help set up Winker’s RBI double.

“Shogo made a great play,” Bell said “I don’t know how he beat that ground ball out. He’s a great player, and he was able to contribute in a big way tonight.”

Votto went opposite field for his 13th homer, driving Jake Woodford’s first pitch of the fifth inning straight down the left field line to give Cincinnati a 3-1 lead,

Woodford (2-2) gave up seven hits and three runs with two walks and two strikeouts in five innings.

The Reds committed two of their three errors on the Cardinals’ first two batters of the second, helping St. Louis grab a 1-0 lead. Tyler O’Neill reached when third baseman Eugenio Suarez dropped the ball while trying to get it out of his glove. O’Neill was erased on a force play, but second baseman India’s throw sailed wide of first, allowing Paul DeJong to go to second. He scored on Harrison Bader’s single to left.

Varsho HRs in 3rd straight, D-backs beat reeling Cubs 7-3

CHICAGO (AP) Daulton Varsho homered in his third straight game and hit a tiebreaking single in a three-run seventh inning, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks over the struggling Chicago Cubs 7-3 on Saturday.

The teams waited out a 1-hour, 39-minute rain delay after the top of the ninth on a mostly sunny and steamy afternoon. By then, the Cubs were well on their way to their 18th loss in 24 games, a startling freefall that began with them tied with Milwaukee for the NL Central lead.

They came into this one nine back of the first-place Brewers and facing huge questions about the direction of the club as the non-waiver deadline approaches on Friday. Stars Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez have expiring contracts, and closer Craig Kimbrel could be attractive for a contender.

Chicago grabbed the lead when pitcher Alec Mills doubled and scored on a double play in the third. Willson Contreras made it 2-0 with an opposite-field shot to right leading off the fourth against Merrill Kelly. But things fizzled for the Cubs after that.

Varsho tied it with a two-run drive against Mills in the fifth, his fourth homer. He singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh after former Diamondbacks reliever Andrew Chafin (0-2) walked the first two batters, and Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two more with a double, making it 5-2

Pinch hitter Andrew Young added a two-run homer in the ninth. Fans were urged to seek shelter and players left the field prior to the bottom half because of storms in the area as the grounds crew raced to get the tarp on the field.

Once the game resumed, Rizzo doubled off the center-field wall against Brett de Geus. He moved up on a fly and scored on a wild pitch before pinch hitter Jake Marisnick struck out.

Contreras then charged out of the dugout after Jason Heyward took a strike and was ejected by plate umpire Pat Hoberg. Heyward singled, and Nico Hoerner struck out to end the game.

Kelly (7-7), who is 5-0 in his past seven starts, allowed two runs and five hits in six innings after beating Chicago on Sunday. He struck out six and walked one, helping the Diamondbacks win for the fifth time in six games.

The 32-year-old right-hander spent part of his childhood living in suburban Lake Forest. His father Tom was general manager of the Ritz-Carlton Chicago.

Mills went five innings for Chicago, allowing two runs and three hits.

Sandoval has no-hit bid end in 9th; Angels beat Twins 2-1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Patrick Sandoval knew history was within his grasp. The young Los Angeles Angels left-hander looked up at the scoreboard after every inning to confirm his work: no hits allowed.

His teammates also let him know what was at stake, by staying as far away from him as possible in the dugout.

In charge the whole way, Sandoval had his no-hit bid broken up with one out in the ninth inning on a soft double by rookie Brent Rooker as the Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 Saturday night.

“All of a sudden, I got shunned,” Sandoval said. “After the seventh, I came in and I was like, ‘Everyone is really far away from me.'”

Sandoval, a 24-year-old who began the game with a 3-13 career record, struck out a career-high 13. He was vying for the 12th no-hitter in Angels history – Nolan Ryan threw four of his record seven no-hitters for them.

There have already been seven no-hitters in the majors this season. The big-league record of eight was set in 1884, the first year overhand pitching was permitted.

The Twins hadn’t come close to a hit until Rooker, who fanned his first three times up, flared an opposite-field fly that fell just inside the line in right.

“Definitely one that I needed, one the team needed,” Rooker said. “That guy obviously did a really good job all night executing pitches. Obviously not my best swing, but it ended up working out. Just something I needed to fall.”

Sandoval (3-4) smiled after the ball fell, retired the next batter and then was pulled after 108 pitches. He walked one and hit two.

“He’ll be back in that situation again someday,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “When he gets everything going on like he had tonight, you could see more of that.”

Closer Raisel Iglesias allowed an RBI double to Josh Donaldson before getting his 21st save in 25 chances.

Jose Berrios (7-5) allowed two unearned runs in seven innings in perhaps his final start for Minnesota. Berrios, a potential trade candidate after being unable to come to terms on a contract extension, allowed three hits and struck out four.

“I was joking today before the game, `Oh, I don’t want to pitch tonight. I don’t want to go to the ballpark,'” Berrios said. “In a funny way. We are good in Minnesota. We are enjoying it so far, our stay here. I want to keep doing that for hopefully six, seven, eight more years. I don’t know.”

But, in somewhat unexpected fashion, this was Sandoval’s night.

He had made just 26 career starts in the majors. Acquired from the Houston Astros in 2018 in a trade for catcher Martin Maldonado, Sandoval has shown an ability to get swings and misses, but he displayed the knack for shutting a team down on Saturday.

Sandoval kept the struggling Twins at bay with a combination of his sinker, changeup and slider.

Minnesota, who traded Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay this week in the first of a likely sell-off situation, hardly challenged for a hit against Sandoval.

“One of the best starts I’ve seen in a long time,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He was in control of everything that he did tonight.”

After Kepler was hit by a pitch with one out in the fourth, Sandoval got Donaldson to ground into a double play. Miguel Sano reached base on a throwing error by shortstop Jose Iglesias to start the fifth, but Sandoval struck out the next three batters.

After getting out of another jam in the eighth after hitting Trevor Larnach with a pitch, Sandoval screamed out loud while walking on the mound. Over the final few innings, Sandoval sat alone at the end of the Los Angeles bench.

“I thought I handled it pretty well, honestly,” Sandoval said. “I thought I’d be freaking out.”

Odor, Yankees rally in 8th, end Boston’s 4-game win streak

BOSTON (AP) Rougned Odor’s two-run double highlighted a four-run rally in the eighth inning after his two errors helped Boston build an early lead, and the New York Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-3 on Saturday.

Gleyber Torres added a go-ahead, bloop single for the Yankees, who posted just their third victory in 12 games this season against their longtime rivals.

The Red Sox, who had won four in a row, put runners on second and third with two outs in the ninth before Aroldis Chapman struck out Kike Hernandez for his 18th save.

New York can earn a split of the four-game series Sunday at Fenway Park.

Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi was breezing along, throwing a shutout with two outs in the eighth before he was lifted after Brett Gardner’s RBI single.

Adam Ottavino (2-3) relieved and allowed Giancarlo Stanton’s bloop, ground-rule double. Odor drove his tying hit off the Green Monster and Torres followed a single that dropped in down the right-field line.

New York starter Jameson Taillon (6-4) gave up three runs – one earned – in seven innings, striking out four and walking three.

Eovaldi struck out eight and was charged with two runs, without issuing a walk. He threw 82 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

Hernandez drove Taillon’s third pitch off the Green Monster, slid headfirst into third and trotted home when second baseman Odor’s relay sailed into the protective netting above New York’s dugout.

Taillon had given up just three earned runs in three career starts against the Red Sox. They took advantage of Odor’s two errors, scoring three against him in the initial three innings.

Tellez homers twice to help Brewers beat White Sox 6-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) Rowdy Tellez said he’d never received a curtain call before his two-homer performance Saturday night had a sellout crowd chanting his first name.

Then the Milwaukee Brewers slugger quickly corrected himself.

“I had one in the minor leagues, I think Double-A I had one,” Tellez said after the Brewers’ 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox. “But everything’s better in the big leagues.”

Tellez went 3 of 4 with three RBIs and hit his first two homers as a Brewer since getting acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on July 6. He delivered solo shots off Jose Ruiz in the sixth inning and Reynaldo Lopez in the eighth.

After going 2 for 13 in his first nine games with his new team, Tellez is 5 of 7 with three runs and five RBIs in this series. He has gone 7 of 13 against the White Sox this season.

“It’s good to see him swing the bat,” Brewers pitcher Corbin Burnes said. “That’s a big man with a lot of power. He just touches the baseball and it goes a long way.”

Tyrone Taylor and Kolten Wong also went deep for Milwaukee in front of 41,686 spectators, the Brewers’ largest crowd of the season. That crowd included a sizeable contingent of White Sox fans.

Wong’s homer came on Carlos Rodon’s first pitch of the night. Taylor’s shot came one night after he delivered a grand slam in a 7-1 victory over the White Sox.

Burnes (6-4) struck out six and allowed four hits, two walks and one run to help the Brewers earn the 4,000th victory in franchise history. Their overall record of 4,000-4,289 includes their 1969 inaugural season as the Seattle Pilots.

Chicago committed three errors, allowed a pair of unearned runs, issued a bases-loaded walk and had a run nullified when replays showed Yoan Moncada failed to touch home plate.

“We’ve had such outstanding support from our fans that drove from Chicago, but we’re disappointed that we haven’t played better and they’ve seen two losses,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Hopefully we can give them one tomorrow night.”

The White Sox trailed 4-0 through the first four innings and wasted a golden opportunity in the fifth. They had the bases loaded with nobody out when Leury Garcia hit a roller up the third-base line to bring home Moncada.

But the run was taken off the board after replays showed Moncada never touched home plate. His right foot hit the dirt inches shy of the plate and then his left foot came down in the batter’s box.

“I really thought I stepped on home plate,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “It wasn’t until replay that I realized I hadn’t.”

The call led to a discussion between La Russa and the umpiring crew, causing a lengthy delay that included a second replay review to confirm that an appeal could be made following a mound visit. The appeal happened after Brewers pitching coach Chris Hook went to the mound.

“Once Hooky left the mound, (Brewers manager Craig) Counsell yelled from the dugout, `Hey, he missed the plate, we’re going to step off and appeal here,’ ” Burnes said. “I guess they knew all along he missed the plate. There was just so much craziness going on, it took a while for the phone to get answered. We all saw it. He missed the plate, clear as day.”

Burnes issued a bases-loaded walk to Zack Collins after play resumed to bring home Chicago’s first run, but he struck out pinch-hitter Jake Burger and retired Tim Anderson on a fly to right to end the inning.

Rodon (8-4) gave up leadoff homers to Wong and Taylor in each of the first two innings. He lasted a season-low four innings and allowed four runs, though only two were earned.

Milwaukee scored twice in a fourth-inning rally that featured a throwing error by Collins and a pair of walks, including one to Willy Adames with the bases loaded.

Perez, Santana homer in Royals’ 9-8 victory over Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Salvador Perez and Carlos Santana hit three-run homers in the Kansas City Royals’ 9-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

Perez hit his 23rd home run of the season to highlight a four-run fourth. Santana gave the Royals the lead with a three-run homer to right in a five-run seventh.

“I think it got lost there at the end, but we were down six runs,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “I can’t think of another team that I have been around that is as resilient as this team.”

Hanser Alberto capped the seventh with a two-run, pinch-hit triple. Nicky Lopez went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a walk from No. 9 spot to help Kansas City win its fourth straight.

“We never quit, we just competed to the last out,” Perez said. “Nobody put their head down and there was a lot of energy in the dugout.”

Jake Brentz (3-2) was the winner. Wade Davis finished for his second save of the season after Greg Holland gave up two runs in the ninth.

Kyle Funkhouser (4-1) allowed all five runs in the seventh for Detroit.

“It was not Funkhouser’s sharpest outing,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “They just kept pecking away at him and came up with a huge swing with Santana.”

The Tigers pounced on Carlos Hernandez early, backed by Jeimer Candelario and Miguel Cabrera. Hernandez gave up five runs, four earned, on two hits with four walks in 2 2/3 innings with two strikeouts.

A three-run home run by Candelario in the third gave Casey Mize a comfortable lead.

Mize struck out six in 4 2/3 innings but gave up four runs on six hits with a walk.

Akil Baddoo hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Tigers, his ninth of the season and fourth in the last 11 games.

Meadows hits 2 homers, Rays win 11th in row over Indians

CLEVELAND (AP) Austin Meadows hit a pair of two-run homers, Ji-Man Choi had three RBIs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Cleveland 8-2 on Saturday night, extending their winning streak over the Indians to 11 games.

The Rays moved into a first-place tie with Boston in the AL East. They have not lost to the Indians since May 24, 2019. The franchise’s longest winning streak against an opponent is 12 against Baltimore in 2008.

Meadows, Choi and Brett Phillips each homered in the first three innings to help Tampa Bay build a 4-1 lead against J.C. Mejia (1-6). Choi also drove in runs in the seventh and ninth, and Meadows hit his second two-run shot in the ninth.

“Just an awesome job by everybody,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We got an early lead and that helped a lot, and there were a lot of big hits at good points of the game.”

Choi and Joey Wendle each went 4 for 5 for Tampa Bay, which has won five in a row overall and shares the best record in the AL. Choi doubled twice and scored three runs.

“I had some pretty good at-bats and I put the barrel on the ball,” Choi said.

Louis Head (1-0), a 31-year-old rookie, earned his first major league victory with two-plus innings of relief. The right-hander spent nine seasons in the minors – the first seven in the Indians’ organization – before debuting with the Rays on April 25.

“It felt like a dream come true, honestly,” Head said. “This whole year has been crazy from being called up on my birthday, pitching in my first game, and now getting my first win against the team that drafted me.”

Drew Rasmussen pitched the first three innings for Tampa Bay, allowing a solo homer by Bobby Bradley. Cleveland scored its other run in the sixth when Cesar Hernandez reached on Head’s error and came home on Franmil Reyes’ groundout.

Mejia worked a season-high tying six innings, allowing five runs, but remains winless in nine starts. His only victory was in relief at Detroit on May 24.

Cleveland manager Terry Francona was sent home by the team’s medical staff before the game as he battles a lingering head cold. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale filled in.

“I thought J.C. competed well and he gave us a chance,” Hale said. “He had some tough innings, but we kept sending him out because he was throwing well.”

Bradley Zimmer had two of the Indians’ five hits and made a leaping catch in center to potentially save a run.

Nelson Cruz went 0 for 5 in his second game with the Rays after being acquired in a four-player trade with Minnesota.

Nats ace Scherzer scratched with triceps discomfort

BALTIMORE (AP) Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer was scratched from his start at Baltimore on Saturday night with what the team described as mild right triceps discomfort.

Manager Dave Martinez said before the game that Scherzer had an MRI and it was “extremely clean” – he’s expected to make his next start. Jon Lester is starting Saturday in his place.

Scherzer is 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA in 18 starts this season.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner, who turns 37 on Tuesday, has been the subject of trade speculation as the Nationals continue to struggle. His absence now is another issue for the Washington rotation, which has been without Stephen Strasburg since early June because of lingering neck problems.

On Friday, Martinez said Strasburg was still having neck discomfort, and the team was trying to figure out what the best course of action was for him going forward.

The Nationals also put infielder Jordy Mercer on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a left calf strain. Washington recalled infielder Carter Kieboom from Triple-A Rochester.

Ninth-Inning Homers Not Enough in Indians Loss

INDIANAPOLIS – After falling behind by six runs, the Indianapolis Indians fell short in their comeback attempt against the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday night, 6-4.

The Mud Hens (39-30) put up two runs in the third inning and strung together scoring plays in the next three frames to take a lead. They capitalized off errors and miscues from the Indians defense to go up, 6-0, with only four runs earned by starter Mitch Keller (L, 1-1).

Ethan Paul, who recorded the lone Indians hit through the first five innings, led off the bottom of the sixth with a double. With Anthony Alford also on base with a one-out walk, Christian Bethancourt doubled down the right-field line to put Indianapolis on the board, 6-2.

The Indians (34-35) continued their rally in the ninth inning with a pair of solo home runs by Alford and Bethancourt, but fell two runs short of tying the game. Bethancourt ended the night with two hits and three of the team’s four RBI.

Keller struck out nine in five innings, leading the Indians pitching staff to it’s total of 13. It was his most since logging nine strikeouts on Aug. 23, 2019 vs. Cincinnati.

Mark Leiter Jr. (W, 4-0) allowed just two baserunners (one hit) through five innings. Angel De Jesus tossed two perfect innings between Indy’s run-scoring frames.

USL Championship Recap – Indy Eleven  1 : 2  Birmingham Legion FC

INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, July 24, 2021) – It was another frustrating night for Indy Eleven at home, which fought to equalize late before conceding in second half stoppage time to fall 2-1 to Birmingham Legion FC. Despite the result, the Boys in Blue head into a welcome 10-day break in USL Championship action just two points out of playoff positioning after Week 14 on a tightly bunched Central Division table.

“The easiest thing is to just chuck in the towel, but there’s a long part of the season to be played,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers. “This football club needs to be higher than where it is, and ultimately everyone has to do better to get the club where it should be. There are a lot of expectations on everyone here, and we have to keep working hard and stick together.”

After seeing Birmingham’s Prosper Kasim open the scoring in the 53rd minute, Indy Eleven (4W-6L-4D, 16 pts.; 6th in Central Division) used an own goal created by a Jordan Hamilton shot on frame in the 77th minute to even the proceedings. However, Birmingham (8W-4L-1D, 25 pts.; 2nd in Central) midfielder Jonathan Dean ended an impactful night with a 91st minute tally, keeping Indiana’s Team winless in its last six times out at Carroll Stadium.

Much like their previous encounter at “The Mike” three weeks ago, tonight’s match began with few offensive chances, Birmingham getting the only quality shot in the first half hour when Kasim sent a near-range effort into the side netting 12 minutes in. While Eleven midfielder Nick Moon created some chances off the dribble, Birmingham proved why it is the top scoring defense in the Eastern Conference, holding the home side without a shot until late in the stanza.

Indiana’s Team was no slouch on the defensive side of the ball either, holding the visitors without a shot on frame until the 38th minute, when Dean’s rocket across the frame of goal forced Eleven goalkeeper Eric Dick into a leaping tip save. Two minutes later it was Anderson Asiedu finding space and winding up from 25 yards out, his shot taking a deflection before thankfully bouncing wide for a corner. Indy forward Manuel Arteaga gave the home side some hope in the final minute of regulation time, but his shot capping a mazy run through midfield was gathered by Legion FC netminder and Valparaiso native Trevor Spangenberg on his line.

The match would not stay scoreless for long into the second half, as Legion FC used a short build-up the open the scoring in the 53rd minute. Dean played a square ball along the top of the area for Kasim, who touched into space before firing low and just inside the far-right post to give the Hammers the advantage. The Boys in Blue nearly had an answer minutes later when Nicky Law’s cross found the head of Arteaga, but the Venezuelan pushed his header from 10 yards wide.

The insertion of Eleven strikers Gordon Wild and Jordan Hamilton just past the hour mark turned most of the traffic towards Spangenberg’s goal for the duration of the match. Indy was unlucky to not even things in the 70th minute when captains Ayoze and Karl Ouimette connected, the latter’s header off a well-worked short corner service smacking off the crossbar and taking a bounce inside the six before being cleared.

It was another Ayoze service in the 77th minute that would indeed help tie the proceedings, as Hamilton backed up inside the six to nod the captain’s far post cross on target. While Spangenberg initially made a save, Birmingham captain Phanuel Kavita’s backtracking momentum helped bundle the ball across the line whilst making contact with his own ‘keeper, setting up a frantic finish between the Central foes. In the 84th minute Hamilton nearly got one to his credit after touching and turning near the spot, but Spangenberg went low to his right to bat away the effort.

As seems to have been the case far too often at home this season it was another unlucky bounce doing the Boys in Blue in, this time as stoppage time began. Legion FC forward Neco Brett’s shot was blocked inside the six, but the ball bounced right into the path of Dean, who swept home the rebound from 10 yards out to give the visitors the full points from the match.

“Obviously, it’s really disappointing to end the game in that manner, but we have to keep fighting,” said Rogers. “We have to be on the bus together, stick together and show that resilience to make sure that it comes in the next game.”

After a rare bye weekend, Indy Eleven will return to action in Week 16 with a pair of road contests at FC Tulsa (record here) on Wednesday, August 4 (8:00 p.m. ET, live on MyINDY-TV 23 & ESPN+) and Atlanta United 2 on Sunday, August 8 (7:30 p.m. ET, live on ESPN+).

The Boys in Blue will then return home on Saturday, August 14, with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff against OKC Energy FC. 

Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard projected to sign record-breaking contract

Indianapolis Colts star Darius Leonard could soon become the highest-paid inside off-ball linebacker in the NFL, shattering the record-setting contract just signed by Fred Warner.

The San Francisco 49ers signed Warner to a five-year, $95 million contract to make him one of the highest=paid players in football. But the talented off-ball defender may not hold the mark for long with Leonard expected to sign an even bigger extension.

According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, many around the league expect Leonard’s contract extension to set the market and it could potentially hit $19.5 million per season.

The Colts have been very cautious about spending their money, largely passing over free-agent talent to focus on retaining their top players. With the NFL salary cap rising in 2022, Indianapolis is projected to have more than $80 million in cap space.

With both Leonard and All-Pro lineman Quenton Nelson due for extensions, the Colts’ approach to spending puts them in a strong position to maintain their core on both sides of the ball.

Rodgers, Adams fuel speculation over future with ‘Last Dance’ posts

Aaron Rodgers and wide receiver Davante Adams created further speculation Friday night about their future with the Green Bay Packers.

Rodgers and Adams both posted the same picture of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in an apparent reference to “The Last Dance.”

It’s unclear if Rodgers and Adams are hinting they’ve already played their last game together in Green Bay, or if they’re signaling this upcoming season will be their final one with the Packers.

Rodgers has reportedly referred to Packers executive Brian Gutekunst as Jerry Krause – the former Chicago Bulls general manager who feuded with Jordan and Pippen – in text messages with teammates. The reigning MVP is said to have informed teammates that he’s not willing to come back to the Packers next season under Gutekunst.

Rodgers reportedly turned down a two-year extension that would’ve made him the league’s highest-paid player.

Adams and the Packers reportedly broke off negotiations for a long-term extension ahead of training camp. The two sides apparently don’t have any plans to resume contract discussions.

The All-Pro wideout is entering the final season of the four-year, $58-million extension he signed in 2017.

Green Bay is set to begin camp July 28.

Za’Darius Smith reportedly latest Green Bay Packers star ‘upset’ with franchise

Green Bay Packers training camp is closing in and one of the NFL’s most storied franchises is now dealing with alarming drama involving three of their best players.

It all started this offseason when a growing rift between Aaron Rodgers and the front office went public. The reigning NFL MVP called out the organization’s culture, a sentiment several teammates agreed with, and demanded a trade

If Rodgers turning down a contract extension and threatening retirement wasn’t enough before camp begins, recent NFL rumors hint things are even worse. After an offseason spent negotiating a long-term deal, Davante Adams broke off contract talks with the franchise and the two sides are reportedly in a bad place.

But Green Bay might have more than just two disgruntled stars on its hands. A day after Pro Bowl edge rusher Za’Darius Smith sent fans into a panic with an immediate request for a realtor. While he later squashed some of the fear, it seems there might be real issues behind the scenes.

According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Smith is believed to be unhappy over his contract situation and he either wants the franchise to offer him long-term security or he wants out of Green Bay.

Smith signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Packers at the start of NFL free agency in 2019. After two seasons of outstanding play, Green Bay automatically converted a portion of his deal to create cap room this season.

Report: Vikings to add Westbrook on 1-year deal

Free-agent receiver Dede Westbrook plans to sign a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, reports NFL reporter Josina Anderson.

Anderson reported Friday that the former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout was planning to visit the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday but was meeting with the Vikings at the time.

Westbrook, a 2017 fourth-round pick, recorded 1,716 yards and nine touchdowns in his first three seasons but was limited to one catch in two games in 2020.

The 27-year-old tore his ACL in Week 7 after Jacksonville made him a healthy scratch for five of its first six games of the campaign.

He’s expected to be ready for football drills in August.

Should he sign with the Vikings, Westbrook will join a receiving corps headlined by Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen and supported by Olabisi Johnson, Chad Beebe, and 2021 fifth-round pick Ihmir Smith-Marsette.

NFL to fine unvaccinated players over $14K for protocol violations

The NFL will fine unvaccinated players $14,650 any time they aren’t wearing a mask or are breaking a COVID-19 protocol, league spokesperson Brian McCarthy confirmed, according to ESPN’s Jenna Laine.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, who made news earlier by saying he’d fine any unvaccinated player $14,000 for each protocol violation, also said vaccinated players will be tested 14 times this season, while those who are unvaccinated will be subject to testing 140 times, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Any game that can’t be rescheduled this NFL season due to a COVID-19 outbreak among unvaccinated players on one of the competing teams will reportedly result in a forfeit by the club responsible.

Vaccinated players will be eligible for relaxed protocols this year, such as no physical distancing while in team facilities and not having to quarantine after being exposed to someone who tests positive.

Titans’ Dupree on PUP list, top draft pick out to start camp

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans will be missing a couple of key players acquired this offseason to fix their defense at the start of training camp.

The Titans placed outside linebacker Bud Dupree, running back Jeremy McNichols and offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo on the physically unable to perform list and put cornerback Caleb Farley and offensive lineman Aaron Brewer on the non-football injury list.

Tennessee signed Dupree in March to a multi-year deal to boost a pass rush that was last until the regular-season finale in sacks and finished ahead of only Cincinnati and Jacksonville in that category. Dupree has eight sacks in 11 games last season before tearing his right ACL.

Farley had been expected to be the top cornerback drafted until he had a second surgery on his back in March to repair a second disk hurt in a weightlifting injury. The Titans took the cornerback out of Virginia Tech at No. 22, and he was recovered enough to take part in walk-through drills during the offseason program.

He is being counted on to earn a starting job in a secondary where Tennessee cut Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler in March to create salary cap space.

Each can return to practice at any point during training camp after passing a physical. The Titans report for training camp Tuesday with the first practice Wednesday.

Defensive tackle Abry Jones was put on the reserve/retired list.

Steelers’ T.J. Watt focused on football, not contract status

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt is entering the final year of his contract. The two-time All-Pro said he never gave any thought to holding out in hopes of reaching a long-term deal.

“I love this team, I love all of the coaches and this staff here, and the players,” Watt said. “I am excited for this season and that’s why I’m here.”

Watt has remained mum on the status of his negotiations. Team officials have previously communicated interest in signing Watt, but per a longstanding team policy, the Steelers don’t negotiate contracts once the regular season begins.

Watt hasn’t expressed concern. Instead, he’s focused on the first week of training camp workouts at the team facility in Pittsburgh.

“I love Pittsburgh,” Watt said. “I would love to be here. All those decisions aren’t mine to be made. I am just here right now and doing my best each and every day.”

Watt led the league with 15 sacks last season, but he finished second to Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald for the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Watt said he isn’t using his runner-up finish to Donald as additional motivation heading into this season. That’s in the past as far as he’s concerned.

“It doesn’t matter,” Watt said. “Winning the Super Bowl is all that really matters in the grand scheme of things. I’m coming out here, I love football and I am trying to get better each and every day. There are so many aspects of my game that need work. Learning and improving my game is what I’m most excited about this season.”

Watt was the third player since 2006 – joining Donald and older brother J.J. Watt – to make at least 15 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and 40 quarterback hits in a season, all marks which led the league. Watt joined Pro Football Hall of Famers Reggie White and Derrick Thomas as the only players to get at least 13 sacks in three of his first four seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official NFL statistic.

Watt, entering his fifth NFL season, is one of the longest-tenured members of the Steelers defense. He was made a defensive captain for the first time in 2020, and the first defensive player to be chosen team MVP in back-to-back years since James Harrison.

Steelers defensive coordinator Keith Butler has watched Watt evolve into one of the leaders.

“He’s a good player,” Butler said. “He just doesn’t talk about it, he does it on the field. So, if he’s capable of doing it on the field, he’ll get a lot more respect from his teammates. He’s a quiet guy, but he’s a confident guy in terms of what he’s doing.”

Watt teamed with Bud Dupree to form one of the top pass-rushing tandems in 2020 as the Steelers led the league in sacks for the fourth consecutive season. Dupree tore his ACL midway through the season and then signed with Tennessee in free agency, leaving a void opposite Watt on the defense.

Rookie Alex Highsmith filled in following Dupree’s injury, making five starts, while getting two sacks and an interception. The Steelers also added depth by signing nine-year veteran Melvin Ingram prior to the start of training camp. Ingram, a three-time Pro Bowler, has 49 career sacks and is expected to rotate into the mix, helping to spell Watt, who played 83% of the team’s defensive snaps last season.

“You always want to have three guys that can play,” Butler said. “We did last year. We think we’ve got three now that are going to be capable of playing for us, so we can rest each other.”

Watt welcomes depth in the Steelers’ rotation at outside linebacker. He’s also comfortable with his current status.

“There’s so much meat left on the bone, knowing there’s a lot of reps and situations that I wish I could’ve gotten back and performed better,” he said. “I’m just trying to put the work in and hope it pays off.”

SEC Football: What a 16-Team Conference Could Look Like After Expansion

The SEC is on the verge of becoming college football’s first 16-team Power 5 conference. Multiple reports indicate Texas and Oklahoma are both poised to depart the Big 12 and eventually join the SEC. The official arrival date of the Longhorns and the Sooners is uncertain, but there are no signs either program plans to depart from this current path.

The SEC is already college football’s No. 1 conference and has dominated the sport throughout the BCS and College Football Playoff era. In addition to the on-field prowess of Oklahoma and Texas, adding these two programs only increases the television value and money flowing into the conference.

While a 16-team SEC isn’t finalized yet, the new members create a dilemma for the conference: How will divisions look and what changes to the schedule could come in 2021? Of course, the league could choose a different path, including pods or no divisions.

How could a 16-team SEC look in the future? Here’s a guess at how the East and West Divisions could look:

Scenario 1: The East/West split by moving a few teams around

East Division

Alabama

Auburn

Georgia

Florida

Kentucky

South Carolina

Tennessee

Vanderbilt

West Division

Arkansas

LSU

Missouri

Mississippi State

Oklahoma

Ole Miss

Texas

Texas A&M

Analysis: This one is pretty simple and maintains most traditional ties. With Oklahoma and Texas joining, shifting Alabama and Auburn from the West to the East makes the most sense. Also, Missouri would slide to the West to reunite with its old Big 12 rivals. The winner of the West would meet the East in Atlanta to decide the conference title.

Scenario 2: No Divisions

Analysis: A 16-team conference with the top two teams playing for the SEC championship at the end of the year. Here’s how that could look using Athlon Sports’ projected 130 rankings for 2021:

1. Alabama

2. Oklahoma

3. Georgia

4. Texas A&M

5. Florida

6. LSU

7. Texas

8. Ole Miss

9. Auburn

10. Missouri

11. Kentucky

12. Arkansas

13. Mississippi State

14. Tennessee

15. South Carolina

16. Vanderbilt

Scenario 3: Pods

Analysis: With 16 teams, the SEC could go outside the box and go with a pod system. The conference would create four pods with four teams in each. Each program would play the other three teams in the pod every year and match up against two programs from each of the other pods to create a nine-game conference schedule. As indicated by this proposal on the SEC Network recently, this system allows every program to host each team once every four years.

Pod A: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina

Pod B: Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Pod C: LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M

Pod D: Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas

Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork says Aggies will be prepared should Texas, Oklahoma join SEC

Texas A&M athletic director Ross Bjork says the Aggies will be prepared should Texas and Oklahoma join the SEC, adding that any concern with the potential move was about preserving the collaborative nature of the league.

“Regardless of who joins the SEC, whether it’s now in the future, ‘the 12th Man’ is ready,” Bjork told ESPN on Saturday. “Our teams are ready. Our coaches are ready. Our athletic department is ready to compete at the highest level. That’s what the SEC is, that’s what we are as a university, and we’re ready for whatever comes next.”

Texas and Oklahoma could make their move to the SEC official in a matter of weeks, a source confirmed to ESPN on Friday. The Austin American-Statesman first reported that timeline.

With a heated rivalry that dates to 1894, Texas A&M and Texas were both founding members of the Big 12 in 1996 after the Southwest Conference’s demise. The Big 12’s early days were marked by infighting, and the merger of the former Big 8 and four Texas schools was strained.

Colorado departed for the Pac-12 in 2010, the same year Nebraska left for the Big Ten. The Aggies and Missouri left in 2011 after Texas and ESPN announced plans for the Longhorn Network, which pays Texas $300 million over 20 years for its own television deal separate from the other conference members.

“The culture of an athletic conference is a priority for us, and 10 years ago when we joined the SEC, that was the culture that we were after: collaboration, equality and competition,” said Bjork, who previously was athletic director at Ole Miss before arriving at A&M. “This is going on my 10th year in the SEC. It’s what makes the SEC the best conference and we’ve got to protect that.”

When the Houston Chronicle reported on Wednesday that the Sooners and Longhorns were in discussions with the SEC, Bjork told reporters at SEC media days that he would be “diligent in our approach to protect Texas A&M” and said the Aggies wanted to be the only SEC school in Texas.

Bjork said on Saturday that A&M was aware of the potential for expansion in the conference, but that “we were all surprised about the speed and acceleration piece of this. We knew about realignment potential and the future of the Big 12 in particular and what those dynamics were.”

When asked if A&M would vote against Texas joining the conference, Bjork said they still need more information.

“We’re not to that point,” he said. “We have governance structure at our campus to work through. We don’t know what a lot of the information is at this point in time to even say one way or another.”

Bjork also declined to discuss any thoughts on how other SEC schools would vote on Texas and Oklahoma joining the conference, saying only that any procedural aspects or timing of expansion will remain to be seen. But he said he expects the SEC to be a place other schools would want to be.

“As you look at the future of college athletics, you have to look at it from the standpoint of who would not want to join the SEC?” Bjork said. “We’re in a position to lead in this changing transformative landscape. So of course there’s going to be interest in others joining with us. We think we paved the way, that we’ve set a great example of what that looks like here in the state of Texas, and we were not surprised that others really want to join us.”

A Texas A&M board of regents meeting slated for Monday was set up for private discussion of the potential expansion, sources told ESPN, but had to be listed publicly due to state laws regarding meetings.

Texas A&M president M. Katherine Banks also released a statement on Saturday saying the Aggies are committed to their membership in the SEC.

“The last few days have been challenging in many ways, and I recognize that change in college athletics often is unsettling for those who love their institutions,” said Banks, who took over as president on June 1. “Rest assured, the chancellor, our athletic director, and I, and everyone involved in this matter are focused solely on what is best for Texas A&M University. Since 2011, we have been a proud member of the best intercollegiate athletic conference in history and we look forward to continued success in our SEC partnership for many years to come.”

Bjork feels like regardless of who’s in the conference or when, the Aggies are in a position of strength.

“We’re the largest university in Texas,” he said. “We’re stronger than we’ve ever been before competitively. We’re on the cusp of the College Football Playoff. We’ve got great momentum right now. “

Saban: QB Young nears $1M in endorsements

Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday “our quarterback” has racked up nearly $1 million in endorsements, a presumptive reference to redshirt freshman quarterback Bryce Young.

Saban made the comments speaking at the Texas High School Coaches Association convention. Young, who signed a deal with Creative Artists Agency on July 2, hasn’t even officially been named the starter for the Crimson Tide this season.

The NCAA allowed college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness (NIL) on July 1.

“Our quarterback already has approached ungodly numbers — I’m not going to say what they are — and he hasn’t even played yet. Hasn’t even started,” Saban said Tuesday. “… It’s almost seven figures. And it’s like, the guy hasn’t even played yet. But that’s because of our brand.”

Young is expected to be named the starter for the Crimson Tide after piloting the first team in the spring game.

Young was the No. 2 overall player in the Class of 2020, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He played in seven games last season backing up Mac Jones and threw 22 passes.

Saban’s reveal flabbergasted Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin, who was informed of Saban’s comments Tuesday afternoon at SEC Media Days.

“I’m still blown away on this Bryce Young (news),” Kiffin said. “The guy’s made a million dollars already? He’s good, man. He doesn’t need to play this year against us.”

Tringale shoots 66 to top crowded 3M Open leaderboard

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) Cameron Tringale made a short par putt on the treacherous par-5 18th hole at the 3M Open for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke lead Saturday over Gary Woodland and Maverick McNealy.

Tringale, who tied for third last year at the TPC Twin Cities, eagled the par-5 12th and had three birdies in a bogey-free round. Winless on the PGA Tour, the 33-year-old topped the crowded leaderboard at 12-under 201.

Woodland overcame a double bogey on No. 1 with birdies on five of his next six holes in a 67. McNealy had a bogey-free 68.

Pat Perez shot a 66 to join an eight-way tie for fourth, two shots off the lead. Four players were three strokes back. Louis Oosthuizen, the highest-ranked player remaining at No. 9 in the world and in the FedEx Cup standings, was in a six-way tie for 16th place at only four shots behind.

During yet another unseasonable day of 90-plus-degree heat, the scores crept up throughout the afternoon with the thermometer as drier and breezier air affected the play.

Keith Mitchell had a record-tying seven straight birdies to start his round on his way to a 29 on the back nine. The front nine? He posted a 37 for a 66 that left him four strokes behind Tringale. Rickie Fowler birdied six of his first 10 holes, before a triple bogey on the 18th left him with a 70 and a tie for 29th in a six-stroke deficit.

The mini-lake in front of the 18th hole swallowed up a lot of balls. It’s currently ranked as the hardest par 5 on the PGA Tour. There were nine bogeys and 12 scores worse than that Saturday.

Mitchell matched Juan Sebastian Munoz (2020), Brandt Snedeker (2007) and Joe Durant (2005) with seven birdies in a row to begin the round.

The 29-year-old Mitchell, whose only career PGA Tour victory came in the Honda Classic in 2019, had his streak stopped when a putt lipped out on the 17th green. Then the hot air grew drier and breezier, forcing a more conservative approach. The momentum shift, he said, was palpable. His tee shot on box No. 1 after the turn landed into the native grass area.

“I was like, `If I keep swinging like this and executing like this, we’re going to have a chance, and then the wind picked up and I clearly didn’t,'” said Mitchell, who described his day as “two completely different rounds.”

The first half of his card was clearly a keeper.

“I actually felt some nerves a little bit, but they were good nerves. It was a good kind of nervous, not like the `Hope I don’t miss the cup’ nerves or `Where do we stand on the FedExCup’ nerves. It’s more of like, `Hey, I’m in contention again, and I want to play well’ nerves, and those are the good kind. Those are the fun kind.”

With only three tournaments remaining after this prior to the FedEx Cup playoffs, Mitchell is one of several golfers near the 125-man cut who could use a strong performance on Sunday to create a bigger cushion. Mitchell entered the week ranked 114th. Perez was 115th. Chez Reavie, who was two strokes behind Tringale, was 119th. Fowler was 124th.

Flyers trade Voracek to Blue Jackets on busy Day 2 of draft

(AP) — A familiar bearded face is going back to Columbus, and the Blue Jackets’ longest tenured player is off to Philadelphia.

The player the Flyers got back? Well, Cam Atkinson is already in love with Philly’s favorite, familiar orange-bearded face.

The Flyers sent Jakub Voracek to the Blue Jackets for Atkinson on Saturday, the first major trade on the second day of the NHL draft. The moves are expected to keep on coming during a busy offseason.

Atkinson wasted no time showing his allegiance to his new team, wearing a Gritty T-shirt on a video call only 30 minutes after the undersized winger with scoring pop was shipped to the Flyers. The shirt is his wife’s – a gift from best friend and former Flyers forward Scott Hartnell.

“Everything is all aligned perfectly,” Atkinson said. “We’re ready for this. Couldn’t be more excited.”

Voracek, who turns 32 in August, returns to the team that drafted him in 2007 after a much-needed split with the Flyers, with whom he spent the past 10 seasons and put up 604 points in 727 regular-season games. After the trade, he posted to Twitter a link to Warren Zevon’s song “Keep Me in Your Heart” and called it a bittersweet development.

“The Flyers decided to go this way,” Voracek said on a video call with reporters. “I kind of had a feeling if something’s going to pop up for them that I’m going to get traded and I was open to it. I know how it works.”

Atkinson did not ask for a trade but feels like this could not have worked out any better for him. He leaves the only NHL organization he has ever been with after scoring 213 goals in 627 games with the Blue Jackets and never getting past the second round of the playoffs.

“It gets to a point where losing isn’t fun,” Atkinson said. “Who knows how the Blue Jackets are going to do this year? It’s pretty obvious what they’re trying to do right now. To see all my best buddies leave, that was tough to say the least.”

Columbus has traded Atkinson, Seth Jones, David Savard and former captain Nick Foligno over the past four months. Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen called it a significant trade to add “a powerful, dynamic offensive player.

“Adding a player like that comes at a cost,” Kekalainen said. “I want to thank Cam Atkinson for his many contributions to the Blue Jackets and Columbus community over the past 10 years.”

It’s Philadelphia’s second major trade in two days after acquiring defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from Buffalo for the No. 14 pick this year and a 2023 second-rounder. After taking on Ristolainen’s big contract, GM Chuck Fletcher saved more than $2 million in cap space by swapping Voracek for Atkinson.

The Sabres continued their organizational fire sale by trading disgruntled forward Sam Reinhart to Florida for goaltending prospect Devon Levi and the Panthers’ 2022 first-round pick. Reinhart is a five-time 20-goal-scorer and has totaled 134 goals and 295 points in 454 games – all in the regular season since Buffalo hasn’t made the playoffs in his seven-year career.

“The reality of the situation was it was kind of led to this, where there was some decisions that had to be made,” Reinhart said. “It’s really unfortunate it didn’t work out the way anyone wanted or envisioned.”

Reinhart, a 26-year-old restricted free agent, will get a chance for a fresh start with a playoff contender.

“Sam has established himself as one of the best playmaking scorers in the league, and we are thrilled to be able to add him to our Panthers lineup,” Panthers GM Bill Zito said. “His competitiveness and hunger to succeed will fit seamlessly with the culture we are building here in South Florida.”

And Sabres GM Kevyn Adams might not yet be done dealing. Captain Jack Eichel is also on the trade block in Adams’ bid to start fresh by overhauling a team that finished last in the standings for the fourth time in eight years and in the midst of an NHL record-matching 10-year playoff drought.

Before the second day of the draft got underway, the Colorado Avalanche signed top defenseman Cale Makar to a $54 million, six-year contract that will count $9 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season.

His deal comes on the heels of Chicago acquiring Jones from Columbus and extending the star defenseman for $76 million over eight seasons and Dallas inking Miro Heiskanen to a $67.6 million, eight-year contract.

Makar was a point-a-game player last season, his second in the NHL, and the 22-year-old has 94 points in his first 101 regular-season games. He’s set to make $8 million next season, $9 million in the second year, then $11 million, $10.6 million, $8.7 million and $6.7 million as part of a contract that takes into account the expected rise of the salary cap.

“We wanted something that would work and be realistic, as well,” Makar said. “I know this is a team that has the potential to win and win now, and obviously you don’t want to kind of get in the way of any of that.”

Makar got a second gift Saturday when the Avalanche used their final pick of the seventh and final round on his brother Taylor, a forward he compares to Montreal’s Josh Anderson with some of the peskiness of Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk.

“He’s a competitive guy and a bigger guy at 6-3 that we have high hopes for down the line here as he develops,” Colorado GM Joe Sakic said.

While the second round was going on, the New York Rangers completed a buyout of defenseman Tony DeAngelo and Edmonton completed a $4.4 million, two-year deal with 39-year-old goaltender Mike Smith.

Notre Dame Hockey: Pastujov Selected In Third Round Of 2021 NHL Entry Draft

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Incoming Fighting Irish freshman forward Sasha Pastujov was selected by the Anaheim Ducks with the second pick of the third round (66th overall) in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday (July 24). 

A Bradenton, Florida native, Pastujov becomes the 90th NHL Draft pick in program history and the 43rd under head coach Jeff Jackson. 

Pastujov will be the second active Irish player in the Ducks prospect pool, joining junior forward Trevor Janicke, who was selected by Anaheim in the fifth round (132nd overall) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Sasha Pastujov | Forward | Bradenton, Florida | USNTDP | 6-0 | 188

  • A prospect in the upcoming 2021 NHL Entry Draft, he was 18th in the final NHL Central Scouting rankings (North America skaters). 
  • Played the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons with the USNTDP, finishing with 102 total points (37-65-102) to rank 23rd in program history.
  • In 2020-21, he skated in 34 games and totaled a team-high 52 points on 23 goals and 29 assists. 
  • Also set the USNTDP’s all-time record with a 21-game point streak.
  • Played in the 2021 BioSteel All-American Game and was named the Most Outstanding Player after scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist.
  • In 2019-20, tied for the team lead with 50 points on 14 goals and 36 assists.
  • With Team USA, took part in the 2020 U-17 Five Nations Tournament (second place), the 2019 U-17 Four Nations Tournament (first place) and the 2019 World U-17 Challenge (second place). 
  • Played U-14 and U-16 AAA with the Compuware program. 
  • Younger brother of Michigan players Michael (2017-pres.) and Nick (2016-20) Pastujov.

Irish in the 2020 NHL Draft

  • Last year in the 2020 draft, Chicago selected Landon Slaggert in the third round (79th overall) to become Notre Dame’s highest pick since Andrew Peeke and Cam Morrison were chosen with the 34th and 40th picks in 2016. 
  • Colorado then traded up to pick Ryder Rolston in the fifth round (139th overall). Rolston’s rights were then traded to Chicago at the 2021 trade deadline. 
  • In addition, freshman defenseman Jake Boltmann, who joined the Irish at the semester break of the 2020-21 season, was selected in the third round (80th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2020 NHL Draft.

Irish in the NHL 2020-21

  • Last season, thirteen former Fighting Irish players appeared in the National Hockey League, including:
  • Anders Bjork (Boston Bruins/Buffalo Sabres)
  • Ian Cole (Colorado Avalanche/Minnesota)
  • Jake Evans (Montreal Canadiens)
  • Steven Fogarty (Buffalo Sabres)
  • Dennis Gilbert (Colorado Avalanche)
  • Jordan Gross (Arizona)
  • Vinnie Hinostroza (Florida Panthers)
  • Anders Lee (New York Islanders)
  • Kyle Palmieri (New Jersey Devils/New York Islanders)
  • Andrew Peeke (Columbus) 
  • Cal Petersen (Los Angeles Kings)
  • Bryan Rust (Pittsburgh Penguins)
  • Riley Sheahan (Buffalo Sabres)

Recent Professional Signings

  • Following the 2020-21 Notre Dame season, junior defenseman Nate Clurman, senior defenseman Matt Hellickson and junior forward Alex Steeves signed professional contracts.
  • Clurman joined the Colorado organization after being selected by the Avalanche in the sixth round (161st overall) in the 2016 draft. 
  • Hellickson signed with New Jersey after the Devils selected him in the  seventh round (214th overall) of the 2017 draft. 
  • An undrafted free agent, Steeves inked a three-year entry-level contract for the 2021-22 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Current Irish in the NHL Draft

  • Jack Adams (GS., F): Detroit Red Wings, sixth round/162nd overall (2017)
  • Nick Leivermann (Sr., D): Colorado Avalanche, seventh round/187th overall (2017)
  • Jake Pivonka (Sr., F): New York Islanders, fourth round/103rd overall (2018)
  • Spencer Stastney (Sr., D): Nashville Predators, fifth round/131st overall (2018)
  • Trevor Janicke (Jr., F): Anaheim Ducks, fifth round/132nd overall (2019)
  • Landon Slaggert (So., F): Chicago Blackhawks, third round/79th overall (2020)
  • Ryder Rolston (So., F): Colorado Avalanche, fifth round/139th overall (2020)*
  • Jake Boltmann (Fr., D): Calgary Flames, third round/80th overall (2020)

* Rights traded to Chicago 

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1890       In his last minor league appearance, 23 year-old Cy Young strikes out 18 batters en route to tossing a no-hitter in a Tri-State contest against McKeesport (PA). The right-hander will amass a record 511 victories during his 22-year Hall of Fame career.

1908       In a confrontation of future inaugural Hall of Famers, Honus Wagner goes 5-for-5 off Giants starter Christy Mathewson in the Pirates’ 7-2 victory over the Giants in front of an overflow crowd of 30,000 fans at the Polo Grounds. The Pittsburgh shortstop holds up a finger after each hit he collects to New York right fielder Mike Donlin, the hitless player he passes to take over the National League batting lead.

1913       Carl Weilman becomes the first major leaguer to strike out six consecutive times in a single game. The Browns’ 23 year old southpaw, who goes the distance after entering the game in relief with one out in the first inning, accomplishes the dubious feat in a 15-inning Griffith Stadium contest against the Senators that ends in an 8-8 tie.

1930       At Cleveland’s League Park, the A’s pull off two triple steals in one game. The double-triple takes place in the first inning and then again in the fourth as Philadelphia, who pummels the Indians, 14-1, will steal only 48 bases this season for the second-lowest total in the league, being six swipes ahead of the Red Sox.

1931       Lefty Grove, going the distance, wins his 20th game of the season when the A’s beat Cleveland at Shibe Park, 6-3. The Philadelphia southpaw, who improves his record to 20-2, is the second quickest player to reach the milestone, with Rube Marquard (Giants, July 19, 1912) being the only hurler to have accomplished the feat earlier in a season.

1939       New York freshman Atley Donald sets the American League rookie record for consecutive wins when he goes the distance, beating the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 5-1. The 28 year-old right-hander, who is known as ‘Swampy’ to his teammates, limits St. Louis to five hits for his twelfth straight victory.

1941       On his third try, Lefty Grove becomes the sixth pitcher in major league history since 1901 to earn his 300th victory. The 41 year-old Red Sox southpaw joins Cy Young, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Eddie Plank in reaching the milestone when he beats Cleveland, 10-6, giving up 12 hits for his last victory in the big leagues.

1955       Joe DiMaggio, who retired after 13 seasons with the Yankees with a .325 batting average, is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ‘Greatest Living Ballplayer,’ a title officially bestowed on ‘Joltin’ Joe’ based on a poll taken by MLB in 1969, is elected by the writers in his fourth year on the ballot.

1956       Roberto Clemente becomes the first player to hit an inside-the-park walk-off grand slam when he connects off Cubs right-hander Jim Brosnan, giving the Pirates a dramatic 9-8 victory. Last season, the Pittsburgh right fielder’s first-ever career round-tripper, which will be the first of nine IPHRs he hits during his 18 years with the Bucs, accomplishing the feat seven times at spacious Forbes Field.

1961       By hitting four home runs in the doubleheader sweep of the White Sox, Roger Maris moves 25 games ahead of Babe Ruth’s 1927 pace. The Yankee slugger now has 40 for the year and will finish the season with a record 61 round-trippers.

1962       At Sportsman’s Park, Stan Musial surpasses Giants’ legend Mel Ott as the National League’s all-time RBI leader. ‘Stan the Man’s’ two-run home run off Don Drysdale in a 5-2 loss to the Dodgers gives the Cardinals’ right fielder 1,862 career runs batted in with the Redbirds.

1966       Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams, in his first year of eligibility, and skipper Casey Stengel, selected by the Veterans committee, are enshrined in the Hall of Fame. During his induction speech, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ makes a strong appeal for the inclusion of Negro League stars at Cooperstown.

1967       The White Sox become the second major league team in history to win a doubleheader with two walk-off homers when they sweep the Indians, 3-1 and 6-5, thanks to game-ending home runs by J.C. Martin and Ken Berry. In 1962, the Mets were the first team to accomplish the feat, with Hobie Landrith and Gil Hodges going deep, respectively, in the bottom of the ninth inning of each game to give the team its first twin bill sweep in franchise history.

1968       At Busch Stadium, St. Louis starter Bob Gibson blanks the Phillies, 5-0, recording his 11th straight victory to break the franchise record established in 1944 by Ted Wilks. The Cardinal right-hander, who has tossed twelve consecutive complete games, also surpasses William Doak’s mark when he shut outs his opponents for 33rd time in his career with the Redbirds.

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1972       At Atlanta Stadium, Reds second baseman Joe Morgan’s single scores Nate Colbert of the Padres in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the National League a 4-3 walk-off All-Star Game victory over the Junior Circuit. The NL has won all seven of the extra-inning Midsummer Classics contests.

1972       Cubs general manager John Holland announces Whitey Lockman will manage the Cubs, replacing Leo Durocher, who ‘stepped down’ as the team’s skipper after posting a 535-526 (.504) record during his seven years at the helm. ‘Leo the Lip’ will be hired by the Astros to replace Harry Walker at the end of next month.

1974       In his managerial debut with the club, Clyde King guides the Braves to a 1-0 extra-inning victory over San Diego. The former Giant skipper, who replaced the recently dismissed Eddie Matthews, will finish the season with a 38-25 record, but the team fires the Goldsboro, NC native next year in August with his club mired in fifth place in the NL West.

1974       In the second game of a Cleveland Stadium twi-night doubleheader, Buddy Bell launches a ninth-inning two-run home run to tie the score at 3, enabling the Indians to beat Baltimore in 13 innings, 5-4. With their 8-7 victory in the opener, the Tribe ends the day a half-game out of first place in the tight four-team race in the American League East.

1977       Pete Rose becomes the all-time hit leader among switch-hitters when he collects his 2,881st career hit, a fourth-inning single off Pete Falcone in the Reds’ 9-8 loss to St. Louis at Busch Stadium. Frankie Frisch, an infielder dubbed the Fordham Flash, had established the record nearly a half-century ago playing with the Giants and the Cardinals.

1978       Pete Rose’s third inning Shea Stadium single to left off Mets righty Craig Swan establishes a National League record for hits in consecutive games. The Reds infielder has hit safely in 38 games, breaking Tommy Holmes’ mark set as a member of the Boston Braves in 1945.

1978       In a 3-2 Giants victory over the Cardinals at Candlestick Park, Jack Clark establishes a franchise record, hitting safely in 26 straight games. The San Francisco right fielder’s fourth-inning double off Bob Forsch keeps his consecutive games hitting streak intact.

1980       Mike Schmidt becomes the all-time Phillies’ franchise home run leader when he hits the first of his two round-trippers in the team’s 6-5 extra-inning victory over Atlanta at Veterans Stadium. The future Hall of Fame third baseman, who will retire with 548 homers, passes Del Ennis’ mark of 259 that the outfielder established playing with Philadelphia from 1945-56.

1988       The Cubs test their $5 million lighting system prior to their historic first night game at Wrigley Field scheduled for August 8th against the Phillies. Six banks of lights on 33-foot steel towers along the first-base and third-base baselines illuminate the field during the charity event in which players take batting practice and participate in a home run derby.

1990       Between games of a twin bill against Cincinnati on ‘Working Women’s Night’ at Jack Murphy Stadium, Roseanne Barr, the star of the hit television show whose executive producer is new Padres’ owner Tom Werner, sings an irreverent rendition of the The Star-Spangled Banner that will be widely criticized, including a remark by President George H. W. Bush, who calls her performance “disgraceful.” The comedian, known for her biting sarcasm, spits and grabs her crotch as if adjusting a protective cup after singing the National Anthem in a loud and off-tune screechy manner.

1990       Following his first-inning single, a triple in the third, and a fifth frame two-bagger, George Brett hits a leadoff homer in the seventh to complete the cycle in the Royals’ 6-1 victory over Toronto at the SkyDome. The Kansas City third baseman, who will retire with a lifetime .305 batting average, also accomplished the rare feat against Baltimore in 1979.

1990       After having a commanding 9-0 lead, and still ahead 10-3 entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets barely hold on to beat the Phillies at Veterans Stadium, 10-9. The nail biter causes the usually even mannered Bob Murphy to use a mild obscenity in his call of the final out, “they win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!”

1994       Rico Brogna, who was recalled from the Norfolk Tides five days ago where he was hitting .351, becomes the third Mets rookie to get five hits in a game, joining Dick Smith (1964) and John Milner (1972). The 24 year-old slick-fielding first baseman collects three singles and two doubles in five at-bats during New York’s 7-2 victory over St. Louis at Busch Stadium.

1995       In the top of the fourth inning, Dante Bichette puts the Rockies ahead, 6-4, with a three-run home run off Jim Deshaies at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium. The round-tripper is the 18th of the season for the 31 year-old outfielder, but only his first on the road.

1996       Rockies left-hander Bruce Ruffin strikes out four batters in one inning, a feat accomplished only 25 times in major league history. The opportunity for the rare occurrence happens when Cubs’ catcher Scott Servais strikes out swinging but reaches first base safely after whiffing on the southpaw’s wild pitch.

1998       Rockies leadoff batter Neifi Perez becomes the third player in team history to hit for the cycle. In a 5-2 victory over St. Louis at Coors Field, the Colorado shortstop goes deep in the seventh inning off Matt Morris to complete the rare accomplishment.

1998       The Yankees dedicate a plaque in the memory of Mel Allen, who died of heart failure at the age of 83 in 1996. The Monument Park tablet calls their long-time play-by-play announcer “A Yankee institution, a national treasure” and includes his signature line, “How about that?”

1998       After receiving an invitation from the team to participate in Old-Timers’ Day, Jim Bouton returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time in nearly thirty years. The former Bronx Bomber right-hander’s banishment, believed to be the result of having written his controversial book, Ball Four, comes to an end when his son Michael writes an open letter to the New York Times printed on Father’s Day urging the franchise to reconsider their decision about his dad, who is still grieving about the loss of his daughter Laurie in an auto accident last August.

1999       The Hall of Fame adds an unprecedented number of first-time eligible candidates when George Brett, Nolan Ryan, and Robin Yount enter Cooperstown. In addition, the Veterans Committee’s selections Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Frank Selee, and ‘Smokey’ Joe Williams are also inducted, joining the trio of first-timers elected by the BBWAA.

2004       Paul Molitor, a member of the 3,000 hit club, and Dennis Eckersley, who appeared in the most games of any Hall of Fame pitcher (1,071 games), are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Long-time Bay Area broadcaster Lon Simmons, who called games for the A’s and Giants, wins the Ford C. Frick Award, and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award is won by New York Times writer Murray Chass, enabling both to become members of the Hall for their outstanding reporting of the national pastime.

2004       Carlos Delgado’s three-run blast in the Blue Jays’ 5-3 victory over Tampa Bay makes the slugger the first player in the 27-year history of the franchise to drive in 1,000 runs. The Toronto first baseman, who will also play for the Mets and Marlins, will collect 1512 RBIs during his 17-year major league career.

2010       Andre Dawson, an outfielder with the Expos and Cubs, becomes the 203rd player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Joining ‘Hawk’ in Cooperstown are former manager Whitey Herzog, major league ump Doug Harvey, broadcaster Jon Miller, and baseball writer Bill Madden.

2010       Chris Coghlan seriously injures himself when he tries to smash a shaving-cream pie in Wes Helms’s face after his teammate hit a single to give the Marlins a 5-4 walk-off victory over Atlanta. The 2009 NL Rookie of the Year will go on the disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

2010       The Baseball Hall of Fame honors John Fogerty, for his classic rock song “Centerfield.” At the induction ceremonies, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer performs his 1985 hit and then donates his baseball bat shaped-guitar to the Cooperstown museum.

2010       The Angels acquire right-hander Dan Haren from the last-place Diamondbacks in exchange for southpaws Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, and a player to be named. The addition of the three-time All-Star strengthens an already strong rotation that includes Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver, Joel Piniero, and Scott Kazmir, who is presently on the disabled list.

2011       Michael Cuddyer becomes the first Twins’ position player to pitch since outfielder John Moses hurled against California in 1990. Moving from right field to the mound in the eighth inning, the starting first baseman gives up a double to Mike Napoli, a single to Mitch Moreland, and after Endy Chavez grounds out, the right-hander walks Ian Kinsler to load the bases, but then gets Elvis Andrus to fly out and David Murphy to pop-up for a scoreless frame in the 20-6 loss in Texas.

2011       With the bases loaded and two outs, rookie Jason Kipnis delivers his first career hit, giving the Indians a 3-2 walk-off ninth-inning victory over Los Angeles. The 24 year-old second baseman had been 0-for-5 since being called up three days ago.

2011       With their 4-0 victory of Houston combined with the St. Louis 6-5 loss to Cincinnati and Milwaukee’s 4-0 loss to Colorado, the Pirates find themselves in sole possession of first place. The date is the latest the Bucs have been on top of the standings since mid-July of the 1997 season.

2012       Cole Hamels becomes the best paid Phillies player in history when he signs a guaranteed six-year, $144 million contract. The deal, the second richest contract for a pitcher, only behind the Yankees agreement with CC Sabathia, includes an option for a seventh season that could pay the 28 year-old southpaw as much as $162 million through 2019.

2015       In his last start for the Phillies before being dealt to the Rangers, Cole Hamels throws a no-hitter against the Cubs, marking the first time Chicago has been no-hit since 1965. The 31 year-old southpaw joins Cliff Chambers (1951 Pirates) and Edwin Jackson (2010 Diamondbacks) as the only pitchers traded before their next start after hurling a no-no for their team.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Boston6039.60630 – 2030 – 1926 – 1312 – 611 – 165 – 5L 1
Tampa Bay6039.60630 – 1830 – 2126 – 1511 – 413 – 157 – 3W 5
NY Yankees5146.526827 – 2324 – 2320 – 2713 – 612 – 76 – 4W 1
Toronto4945.5218.522 – 2227 – 2321 – 244 – 610 – 125 – 5W 1
Baltimore3364.3402615 – 3018 – 3412 – 266 – 1711 – 145 – 5W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox5840.59235 – 1723 – 2313 – 732 – 179 – 115 – 5L 3
Cleveland4848.500924 – 2224 – 267 – 1326 – 168 – 124 – 6L 3
Detroit4753.4701228 – 2219 – 314 – 521 – 3217 – 117 – 3L 2
Kansas City4155.4271624 – 2417 – 319 – 1419 – 275 – 115 – 5W 4
Minnesota4257.42416.523 – 2719 – 306 – 722 – 2810 – 183 – 7L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6039.60633 – 2027 – 1916 – 1215 – 927 – 136 – 4W 2
Oakland5644.5604.530 – 2426 – 2013 – 1313 – 422 – 226 – 4L 2
Seattle5346.535731 – 2122 – 2513 – 812 – 1323 – 166 – 4W 2
LA Angels4849.4951127 – 2221 – 2711 – 1115 – 816 – 264 – 6W 1
Texas3564.3542522 – 2513 – 3911 – 138 – 1514 – 250 – 10L 11
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5144.53729 – 1522 – 2919 – 1812 – 1214 – 65 – 5L 1
Atlanta4849.495426 – 2522 – 2425 – 2416 – 94 – 45 – 5W 1
Philadelphia4849.495428 – 1920 – 3024 – 2512 – 66 – 95 – 5L 1
Washington4552.464727 – 2518 – 2719 – 179 – 109 – 193 – 7L 3
Miami4257.4241123 – 2319 – 3419 – 226 – 1315 – 123 – 7W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5841.58629 – 2329 – 188 – 1127 – 1719 – 65 – 5W 2
Cincinnati5147.5206.526 – 2525 – 227 – 627 – 1610 – 205 – 5W 2
St. Louis4950.495928 – 2021 – 3014 – 1318 – 2115 – 116 – 4L 2
Chi Cubs4851.4851029 – 1819 – 3311 – 1421 – 2413 – 94 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh3860.38819.521 – 2617 – 3410 – 1111 – 269 – 165 – 5W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco6137.62230 – 1531 – 2213 – 713 – 1026 – 155 – 5L 2
LA Dodgers6040.600232 – 1828 – 2213 – 710 – 1028 – 175 – 5W 1
San Diego5843.5744.533 – 1925 – 2411 – 1116 – 1423 – 175 – 5L 1
Colorado4355.4391833 – 2010 – 355 – 811 – 1619 – 275 – 5L 1
Arizona3169.3103119 – 3012 – 398 – 1512 – 1611 – 315 – 5W 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England159332818105-0-14-3-230
Nashville SC156812414106-5-00-3-126
Orlando City SC14743231494-2-13-2-225
Columbus15663161244-3-02-3-324
Philadelphia15654191544-1-22-4-223
CF Montreal14644191634-2-12-2-322
New York City FC13625211564-1-22-1-320
New York13535181624-1-11-2-418
D.C.14527201824-0-21-2-517
Atlanta152851418-42-3-20-5-314
Toronto FC153482032-121-3-22-1-613
FC Cincinnati143471729-120-2-33-2-413
Chicago153391727-103-3-40-0-512
Inter Miami CF12228922-130-1-52-1-38
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle15951249155-3-04-2-132
Sporting KC14833251695-3-03-0-327
Los Angeles158162326-35-0-23-1-425
Colorado14734211655-2-12-1-324
Los Angeles FC15645201734-3-12-1-422
Minnesota146351517-25-1-21-2-321
Real Salt Lake14554241683-4-22-1-220
Portland146171822-45-0-21-1-519
Houston153841720-33-3-00-5-417
FC Dallas153571823-53-5-00-0-714
San Jose153571725-82-1-41-4-314
Vancouver153571625-93-1-30-4-414
Austin143471015-51-2-22-2-513

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L