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PENN 7 LAKE CENTRAL 6
PENN 1 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 0
CASTLE 7 NEW PALESTINE 3
CENTER GROVE 6 BROWNSBURG 0
CENTER GROVE 5 CASTLE 2
AT OAK HILL
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ANDREAN 8 NORWELL 3
ANDREAN 8 HERITAGE 2
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ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 9 WESTVIEW 2
DELPHI 3 WINCHESTER 2
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 12 DELPHI 1
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 12 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 8
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 12 MITCHELL 4
COVENANT CHRISTIAN 10 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 6
AT LAFAYETTE JEFF
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 13 MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 1
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 6 WES DEL 2
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 6 FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 4
SHAKAMAK 13 RISING SUN 3
BARR REEVE 3 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 1
BARR REEVE 4 SHAKAMAK 2
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FRIDAY, JUNE 16
CLASS 2A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 5:30 PM ET / 4:30 PM CT
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN (24-9) VS. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (16-15)
CLASS 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT
ANDREAN (28-6-1) VS. SILVER CREEK (25-7)
SATURDAY, JUNE 17
CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 4:30 PM ET / 3:30 PM CT
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (24-11) VS. BARR-REEVE (29-3)
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP | 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT
PENN (21-8) VS. CENTER GROVE (29-3)
INDIANA SOFTBALL STATE FINALS
SATURDAY, JUNE 10
CLASS 1A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
TECUMSEH 6 CASTON 0
CLASS 4A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
PENN 2 RONCALLI 1 (9)
INDIANA BOYS GOLF
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WINSTON-SALEM SUPER REGIONAL
NO. 1 WAKE FOREST (50-10) VS. NO. 16 ALABAMA (43-19)
GAME 1: WAKE FOREST 5, ALABAMA 4 (WAKE FOREST LEADS 1-0)
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 11, NOON, ESPN, FUBO
GAME 3 (IF NECESSARY): MONDAY, JUNE 12, TBD
GAINESVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
NO. 2 FLORIDA (48-15) VS. NO. 15 SOUTH CAROLINA (42-19)
GAME 1: FLORIDA 5, SOUTH CAROLINA 4 (FLORIDA LEADS 1-0)
GAME 2: FLORIDA 4, SOUTH CAROLINA 0 (FLORIDA WINS SERIES 2-0)
BATON ROUGE SUPER REGIONAL
NO. 5 LSU (46-15) VS. NO. 12 KENTUCKY (40-19)
GAME 1: LSU 14, KENTUCKY 5 (LSU LEADS 1-0)
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 6 P.M., ESPN2, FUBO
GAME 3 (IF NECESSARY): MONDAY, JUNE 12, TBD
CHARLOTTESVILLE SUPER REGIONAL
NO. 7 VIRGINIA (48-12) VS. DUKE (38-22)
GAME 1: DUKE 5, VIRGINIA 4 (DUKE LEADS 1-0)
GAME 2: VIRGINIA 14, DUKE 4 (SERIES TIED 1-1)
GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 11, NOON, ESPN2, FUBO
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NO. 8 STANFORD (42-17) VS. TEXAS (41-20)
GAME 1: TEXAS 7, STANFORD 5 (TEXAS LEADS 1-0)
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 9 P.M., ESPN2, FUBO
GAME 3 (IF NECESSARY): MONDAY, JUNE 12, TBD
FORT WORTH SUPER REGIONAL
TCU (40-22) VS. NO. 14 INDIANA STATE (45-15)
GAME 1: TCU 4, INDIANA STATE 1 (TCU LEADS 1-0)
GAME 2: TCU 6, INDIANA STATE 4 (TCU WINS SERIES 2-0)
EUGENE SUPER REGIONAL
OREGON (40-20) VS. ORAL ROBERTS (49-11)
GAME 1: OREGON 9, ORAL ROBERTS 8
GAME 2: ORAL ROBERTS 8, OREGON 7 (SERIES TIED 1-1)
GAME 3: SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 6 P.M., ESPNU, FUBO
HATTIESBURG SUPER REGIONAL
SOUTHERN MISS (45-18) VS. TENNESSEE (41-19)
GAME 1: SOUTHERN MISS 4, TENNESSEE 0, 5TH INN., SUSP.
GAME 1: SUNDAY, JUNE 11, COMP. OF SUSP. GAME, NOON, ESPNU, FUBO
GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 11, TBD, ESPN, FUBO
GAME 3 (IF NECESSARY): MONDAY, JUNE 12, TBD
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE 2023
SUPER REGIONALS: JUNE 9-12
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES: FRIDAY, JUNE 16 THROUGH MONDAY, JUNE 26 (IF NECESSARY)
VEGAS 3 FLORIDA 2
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
ARIZONA 5 DETROIT 0
MIAMI 5 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 1
OAKLAND 2 MILWAUKEE 1
MINNESOTA 9 TORONTO 4
BALTIMORE 6 KANSAS CITY 1
TEXAS 8 TAMPA BAY 4
HOUSTON 6 CLEVELAND 4
NY YANKEES 3 BOSTON 1
SEATTLE 6 LA ANGELS 2
CINCINNATI 8 ST. LOUIS 4
SAN DIEGO 3 COLORADO 2
LA DODGERS 9 PHILADELPHIA 0
NY METS 5 PITTSBURGH 1
ATLANTA 6 WASHINGTON 4
CHICAGO CUBS 4 SAN FRANCISCO 0
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
OMAHA 9 INDIANAPOLIS 5
LANSING 3 SOUTH BEND 1
FORT WAYNE 7 QUAD CITIES 3
MAULERS 19 PANTHERS 7
BREAKERS 31 SHOWBOATS 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
ATLANTA 3 DC 1
SEATTLE 3 CHARLOTTE 3
MONTRÉAL 4 MINNESOTA 0
NEW ENGLAND 3 MIAMI 1
TORONTO 1 NASHVILLE 1
ORLANDO 2 COLORADO 0
COLUMBUS 2 CHICAGO 1
HOUSTON 4 LAFC 0
KANSAS CITY 4 AUSTIN 1
SALT LAKE 0 NEW YORK CITY 0
SAN JOSE 2 PHILADELPHIA 1
VANCOUVER 1 CINCINNATI 1
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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS HOLD OFF FLORIDA PANTHERS 3-2, MOVE WIN FROM STANLEY CUP TITLE
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) With no time left on the clock in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final, helmets, gloves, sticks and plastic rats littered the ice, the result of a fracas started in the final seconds of an emotional showdown.
For all the punches, pushes and shoves that accumulated in the melee, none of them changed the result: The Vegas Golden Knights are on the verge of winning their first Stanley Cup title.
Vegas held on to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Saturday night, staving off a rally that culminated with one final shot block and a big save at the end to take a 3-1 series lead in the Cup final.
“Obviously, that was a battle till the last second,” Vegas forward Nicolas Roy. “They pushed back there. We knew they would. They’ve been doing it all series. But it’s nice to get that one, for sure.”
The Golden Knights can win the NHL championship on home ice Tuesday night.
“We’ve played really well at home here in the playoffs, so you’ve got to feel pretty good going home with a 3-1 lead,” defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said.
Getting to this point wasn’t easy.
Chandler Stephenson scored twice for the Golden Knights, and William Karlsson broke through to end his series-long goal drought to build a 3-0 lead. The Panthers scored twice – Brandon Montour on a pinball goal late in the second period, and Aleksander Barkov’s first of the series early in the third – to claw back into it.
But their rally fell short and put Florida, eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and final team to qualify for the playoffs, on the brink of this improbable run coming to an end.
“We’ve earned the right to play our best hockey,” Panthers coach Paul Maurice said. “Where we’ve been at our strongest is at the most critical time. I think you’ll see that.”
Down 2-1 in the series, Sergei Bobrovsky again almost kept the Panthers afloat, stopping 28 of the 31 shots he faced and giving up goals when teammates left him out to dry. At the other end of the ice, journeyman goaltender Adin Hill made 29 saves for his 10th win since stepping in during the middle of the second round.
“It’s a credit to him for being prepared when he did come in there a few series ago,” Pietrangelo said. “You’ve got to be happy for him.”
The Golden Knights need only win one more game to deliver a championship to Las Vegas in just their sixth year of existence, making good on owner Bill Foley’s goal to win the Stanley Cup in that period of time. They reached the final in their inaugural season in 2017-18 before losing to Washington in five games.
Vegas is more talented and has certainly looked more prepared for the spotlight this time around. Stephenson – who beat them five years ago as a member of the Capitals – and Hill were trade acquisitions, as was first-line center Jack Eichel and captain Mark Stone, who had two assists in Game 4.
A couple of original Knights players also helped them take the penultimate step to the peak of hockey’s mountaintop. Jonathan Marchessault assisted on Karlsson’s goal that made it 3-0, his 24th point that ties for the playoff lead in scoring.
Then the Panthers made it interesting. Montour scored by banking the puck off the right skate of Brayden McNabb and then the right skate of Shea Theodore and past Hill with 3:51 remaining in the second period and set up Barkov with a perfect pass from behind the net 3:50 into the third.
Missing leading scorer Matthew Tkachuk for several shifts, Florida kept buzzing around Hill and got a few more big stops from Bobrovsky to continue the pressure. A 17.4 second 6-on-4 advantage when veteran Vegas defenseman Alex Pietrangelo put the puck over the glass provided a final few chances but did not yield the team’s first power-play goal of the series.
It also caused a scrum that resulted in six penalties, including two unsportsmanlike penalties and two misconducts.
“I kind of felt my helmet get ripped off, and they had six guys on the ice, we had four, so get in there a bit and try and help out teammates,” said Hill, who threw some punches as part of the melee. “I don’t know if there’s really a message to be sent. We’re just getting ready for (Game 5) Tuesday.”
That will be a last gasp chance for the Panthers, who will have to have to replicate their opening round comeback from down 3-1 to Boston to keep Vegas from winning it all.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MLB ROUNDUP: CUBS’ KYLE HENDRICKS TAKES NO-HITTER INTO 8TH IN WIN
Kyle Hendricks took a no-hitter two outs into the eighth inning, Christopher Morel drove in three runs with a home run and a single and the Chicago Cubs made it two straight over the host San Francisco Giants with a 4-0 triumph Saturday night.
Hendricks was aiming for the Cubs’ first no-hitter since a four-man combined effort on June 24, 2021. Hendricks (1-2) had allowed just one baserunner — a Michael Conforto walk with one out in the second inning — before Mitch Haniger lashed a double off the left field fence on a full count with the right-hander just four outs away from history.
Matt Mervis provided Hendricks with an early lead with a leadoff home run in the third inning off Giants bulk-innings reliever Jakob Junis. It was Mervis’ third homer of the season. Morel did the rest of the Cubs’ offensive damage.
After opener John Brebbia had thrown two hitless innings, Junis (3-3) took the loss for the Giants, charged with all four Cubs runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five.
Braves 6, Nationals 4
Marcell Ozuna and Ronald Acuna Jr. hit two-run homers in the second inning and host Atlanta rolled over Washington to extend its winning streak to seven games. The Nationals have lost six in a row.
Ozuna’s homer, his 13th, went 426 feet to left-center field and scored Travis d’Arnaud, who had walked. After Kevin Pillar’s double, Acuna connected with a curveball, sending it 413 feet to right center for his 13th homer. Both long balls came off starter MacKenzie Gore (3-5).
Acuna went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs. He is hitting .364 (8-for-22) on the current homestand. Atlanta starter Jared Shuster (3-2) pitched five-plus innings and allowed three runs on eight hits. A.J. Minter surrendered a homer to Stone Garrett to open the ninth but retired the next three batters for his ninth save.
Rangers 8, Rays 4
Corey Seager had a career day by going 5-for-5, including a two-run home run, and Texas went on to a victory over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Rangers jumped out to a 6-0 lead by scoring three runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth. Seager played a key role in both innings, driving in two runs with a double in the second and two more with a home run in the fourth. Nathan Eovaldi (9-2) earned the win despite allowing four runs on seven hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings.
The Rays rallied with a four-run fourth, highlighted by a three-run homer by Francisco Mejia, who sent a 1-0 cutter from Eovaldi into the right field seats. Tampa Bay starter Taj Bradley (4-3) took the loss after his shortest outing of the season, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Tigers 0
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. returned from an injury to hit a three-run homer, and four pitchers combined on a six-hitter as visiting Arizona handed Detroit its eighth consecutive loss.
Gurriel had missed the previous four games due to a groin injury. Nick Ahmed added a two-run homer. Ryne Nelson (3-3) allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings while notching four strikeouts for the Diamondbacks, who have won four straight and 10 of their last 12.
Matthew Boyd (3-5), Detroit’s starter, gave up all five runs and six hits in five innings. Kerry Carpenter had three hits and Miguel Cabrera had a pair of doubles, but the Tigers were blanked for the eighth time this season and the third time during their slide.
Reds 8, Cardinals 4
Rookie Andrew Abbott blanked St. Louis for 5 2/3 innings as visiting Cincinnati rolled to a victory.
Abbott (2-0), who allowed five hits and three walks, has started his big-league career with 11 2/3 scoreless innings. Luke Maile and Spencer Steer each drove in three runs for the Reds, who won for the fourth time in their last six games.
Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (4-3) allowed five runs on seven hits in six innings. Dylan Carlson went 3-for-3 with two walks and a two-run homer to pace the offense. Nolan Arenado also went deep for St. Louis, which has lost six of eight.
Twins 9, Blue Jays 4
Carlos Correa hit his second career grand slam in a seven-run eighth inning as visiting Minnesota rallied to defeat Toronto.
Max Kepler added a three-run homer for the Twins in the eighth. Trevor Larnach hit a solo shot in the seventh for the Twins, who have won the first two games of the three-game series. Minnesota starter Joe Ryan allowed three runs, six hits and one walk while striking out four in six innings. Jorge Lopez (2-2) earned the win in relief.
Adam Cimber (0-2) took the loss after getting tagged for six runs on five hits and recording just one out in the eighth. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Whit Merrifield, Santiago Espinal and Nathan Lukes each had an RBI for the Blue Jays.
Dodgers 9, Phillies 0
J.D. Martinez belted a three-run homer and rookie Bobby Miller scattered three hits over six innings to lift visiting Los Angeles to a victory over Philadelphia.
Martinez’s blast capped a six-run seventh inning for the Dodgers, who have won two of their last three contests. The homer was Martinez’s 16th of the season and seventh in the last 12 games. Mookie Betts had a pair of RBI singles and joined James Outman in scoring twice. Freddie Freeman also had an RBI single.
The offense was more than enough for Miller (3-0), who struck out seven batters during his 104-pitch performance. The 24-year-old has permitted two runs on 12 hits with 23 strikeouts in 23 innings. Aaron Nola (5-5) was charged with six runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss for Philadelphia.
Padres 3, Rockies 2
Manny Machado had three hits, Fernando Tatis Jr. had two hits and drove in a pair of runs and San Diego beat Colorado in Denver.
Drew Carlton (2-0) tossed two innings of relief and Josh Hader earned his 15th save for the Padres, who have won three straight and four out of five. Nolan Jones homered and Ezequiel Tovar had two hits for Colorado, which has lost six in a row.
Jake Bird (1-1) relieved Rockies starter Kyle Freeland and gave up the lead in the sixth. Xander Bogaerts singled and a pair of walks loaded the bases. Tatis then singled to right to drive in two runs and give San Diego the lead.
Mets 5, Pirates 1
Mark Canha drove in three runs, including a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh, as visiting New York snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating Pittsburgh.
Francisco Alvarez homered and Brandon Nimmo added an RBI single for the Mets, whose losing streak had been their longest of the season. New York starter Kodai Senga (6-3) gave up one unearned run and two hits, both singles, in seven innings, with six strikeouts and four walks.
Ji Hwan Bae had an RBI fielder’s choice for the Pirates, who have lost three of four. Pittsburgh starter Johan Oviedo (3-5) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.
Orioles 6, Royals 1
Cole Irvin pitched 5 1/3 strong innings for his first victory of the season as Baltimore beat visiting Kansas City.
Anthony Santander doubled twice and scored two runs and Gunnar Henderson and Adam Frazier each homered for the Orioles. Irvin (1-2), who is in his first season in Baltimore’s organization, allowed one run on six hits without a walk, striking out five.
Royals starter Brady Singer (4-5), who had won his previous two decisions, worked 4 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on six hits and three walks. Edward Olivares had three hits, but Kansas City lost its fifth consecutive game.
Athletics 2, Brewers 1 (10 innings)
Aledmys Diaz had three hits, including the game-winning single in the 10th inning, as visiting Oakland edged Milwaukee.
Diaz drove in automatic runner Tony Kemp with a single to center off Milwaukee reliever Joel Payamps (2-1) to give the A’s the lead in the top of the 10th. Oakland left-hander Sam Long, with automatic runner Victor Caratini on second, pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 10th for his first save.
The game started as a duel between Oakland’s Paul Blackburn and Milwaukee’s Julio Teheran. Teheran worked through the seventh, allowing six hits with one walk. He struck out six and threw 98 pitches, both season highs. Blackburn scattered just four singles, walked one and struck out five over six innings.
Astros 6, Guardians 4
Jose Abreu homered in the first inning for the second straight game and drove in three runs as visiting Houston snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over Cleveland.
J.P. France (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. Bryan Abreu followed and Ryan Pressly allowed an unearned run in the ninth before securing his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
Cleveland grounded into three double plays and had its three-game winning streak snapped. Josh Naylor went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 10 games. Houston recorded a season-high six stolen bases and jumped on Cleveland starter Triston McKenzie (0-1) for three runs in the first inning.
Marlins 5, White Sox 1
Jean Segura ripped a two-run double as part of a five-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted Miami past host Chicago.
The Marlins’ offense had been held in check, but it finally broke through against right-hander Joe Kelly (1-3) in the ninth. Miami left-hander A.J. Puk worked around Yoan Moncada’s double in the ninth to put the finishing touches on the victory. Steven Okert (3-0) earned the win.
Jorge Soler had three hits and Luis Arraez added two for the Marlins, who have won seven of their last eight games. Arraez raised his batting average from .400 to .402 by going 3-for-4. Andrew Vaughn homered for the White Sox, who totaled five hits.
Mariners 6, Angels 2
Seattle got four hits from J.P. Crawford, three apiece from Eugenio Suarez and Julio Rodriguez and rolled to a victory over the Angels in Anaheim, Calif., ending Los Angeles’ five-game winning streak.
The Mariners tallied 16 hits in all, also getting two hits from AJ Pollock. Seattle starter Bryan Woo, making his second major league start after getting hit hard his first time out, allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out seven. Four Mariners relievers combined to shut out the Angels over the final 4 1/3 innings to secure the victory, allowing only two hits.
Shohei Ohtani hit a two-run homer for the Angels’ only runs of the game. The Mariners broke through in the third inning with three runs against Angels starter Patrick Sandoval (3-6), who was finished after five innings, allowing five runs on a season-high 10 hits.
IGA SWIATEK JOLTS KAROLINA MUCHOVA, DEFENDS FRENCH OPEN TITLE
Top-seeded Iga Swiatek successfully defended her French Open title and won her third championship in Paris by posting a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 victory over unseeded Karolina Muchova on Saturday.
Swiatek captured her fourth career Grand Slam championship in impressive fashion and became the youngest woman since Monica Seles from 1990-92 to claim consecutive titles at Roland Garros. The 22-year-old from Poland improved to 4-0 in major finals, joining Seles and Naomi Osaka as the lone women in the Open Era to win each of their first four Grand Slam title matches.
Swiatek was so charged during her post-match celebration that she inadvertently knocked the lid off the trophy. Undaunted, she was able to put the lid back on and sealed the trophy with a kiss.
Despite the win, Swiatek told her supporters that she knows that she’s been tough to take on her journey to glory.
“Sorry for being such a pain in the …,” Swiatek said. “I’ll try to do better. I know that we won this tournament, but it’s not easy. Being on tour for a couple for weeks without breaks, it’s tough. I’m really happy that we can feel satisfied right now and celebrate.”
Swiatek appeared to be on her way to a convincing victory after winning nine of the first 11 games of the match. Muchova, however, won the next three matches to level the match and closed out the second set with a service winner.
Muchova claimed a quick 2-0 lead in the final set and pushed it to 4-3 before Swiatek countered with a late surge, capped by a double fault from her opponent to end the match in 2 hours, 46 minutes.
“In the third, it was all about belief. It was getting rid of all these thoughts about the score and doing my best,” Swiatek told NBC Sports after the match.
Swiatek also avenged her lone career meeting against Muchova, a three-set setback in Prague in 2019.
Muchova, who is ranked No. 43 in the world, was denied in her bid to become the fourth unseeded woman to win the French Open. The 26-year-old from the Czech Republic, in fact, was hoping to join Swiatek in that group.
“This is so close but so far, but that’s what happens when you play one of the best in Iga,” an emotional Muchova said.
TORONTO IN PROCESS OF FINALIZING HIRING OF DARKO RAJAKOVIC, AP SOURCE SAYS
(AP) — The Toronto Raptors are in the process of finalizing a contract with Memphis assistant Darko Rajakovic to become the team’s next coach, a person with knowledge of the matter said Saturday.
The team and Rajakovic entered into an agreement in principle for him to become the franchise’s 10th head coach on Saturday, according to the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the final details are pending.
ESPN first reported Rajakovic’s hiring.
The 44-year-old Rajakovic replaces Nick Nurse, who led Toronto to the 2019 NBA title and went 227-163 in his five seasons with the Raptors. The Raptors fired Nurse in April, shortly after a season in which Toronto went 41-41 and lost in the play-in tournament.
Rajakovic is Serbian and has been involved in coaching since his late teens. He’s had summer league and consulting experience with the San Antonio Spurs, began coaching in the G League (then called the NBA Development League) in 2012, and spent the last nine seasons as an assistant with Oklahoma City, Phoenix and Memphis.
“Congrats and good luck to my good friend coach (at) DRajakovic!,” tweeted former Toronto assistant and Spanish national team coach Sergio Scariolo – who was also under consideration for the job. “Good choice, it’s great to see a european coach having an opportunity to prove his value as an NBA HC! A heartfelt thank you to the Raptors, receive this consideration from what has been my team was very meaningful!”
Rajakovic’s hiring means all 30 NBA coaching jobs are currently filled. There were six hirings since the end of the season: Ime Udoka in Houston, Nurse in Philadelphia, Monty Williams in Detroit, Adrian Griffin in Milwaukee, Frank Vogel in Phoenix – replacing Williams, and now Rajakovic.
Of the league’s 30 teams, 19 have changed coaches at some point in the last two years.
PAN LEADS CANADIAN OPEN, WITH MCILROY 2 SHOTS BACK ON CROWDED LEADERBOARD
TORONTO (AP) Days after being blindsided by the PGA Tour’s partnership with Saudi Arabia’s wealth fund, Rory McIlroy put himself in position for a run at a third straight Canadian Open title.
McIlroy, the strongest voice against Saudi-funded LIV Golf who said Wednesday he feels like a “sacrificial lamb,” shot a 6-under 66 on Saturday at tree-lined Oakdale, leaving him two strokes behind leader C.T. Pan.
The four-time major champion from Northern Ireland won in 2019 in at Hamilton, then – after the event was canceled for two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic – won last year in Toronto at St. George’s amid a flurry of LIV Golf controversy. He was asked if it meant a bit more again – with the news Tuesday.
“Look, I would love to win the Canadian Open for the third time. I’ve never won a tournament three times in a row,” McIlroy said. “I felt like last year the win wasn’t just for me it was for a few other things. But this one, this year, if I were able to get over the line, will be solely for me.”
Pan, from Taiwan, birdied the final two holes for a 66 to get to 14-under 202. The 31-year-old former University of Washington player won the 2019 RBC Heritage for his lone PGA Tour title.
“It’s always cool to see my name on the top of the leaderboard,” Pan said. “Not just leaderboards, just to be in contention. That’s all I want to do before the tournament started. Finished birdie-birdie. That put me in a good spot. But I still got a lot of work to do.”
Ranked third, McIlroy is chasing his 32nd worldwide victory a week before the U.S. Open at Los Angeles Country Club.
“For whatever reason I seem to play better when there’s a little bit of noise going in the world of golf,” McIlroy said. “It’s really nice to get inside the ropes and just concentrate on my job at the end of the day, which is trying to get the ball around the golf course.”
McIlroy birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 13, then parred the last five.
“The putter went a little cold on me over those last five holes,” McIlroy said. “But overall, it’s great to put myself in with a shot tomorrow. There’s a lot of people up there around the lead, so it’s going to be a fun day.”
Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood (64) and Justin Rose (66) – McIlroy’s European Ryder Cup teammates – also were two strokes back at 12 under along with Mark Hubbard (66), Harry Higgs (67) and Andrew Novak (67).
Nick Taylor was the top Canadian, shooting a course-record 63 on the composite layout at the historic 27-hole facility to get to 11 under. He’s trying to become the first Canadian winner since Pat Fletcher in 1954.
Aaron Rai also was 11 under after a 69. Canadian Corey Conners was another stroke back after a 70.
Second-round leader Carl Yuan of China had a 74 to drop into a tie for 16th at 7 under.
Former top-ranked amateur Ludvig Aberg, the Swede who starred at Texas Tech, was tied for 33rd at 4 under after a 71 in his pro debut.
DANI HOLMQVIST HOLDS ONTO LEAD IN SHOPRITE LPGA CLASSIC, CHASING 1ST TITLE
GALLOWAY, N.J. (AP) Dani Holmqvist birdied the par-5 18th for a 4-under 67 and a one-stroke lead over Hyo Joo Kim on Saturday in the ShopRite LPGA Classic.
Holmqvist, the 35-year-old Swede seeking her first LPGA Tour victory, took an 11-under 131 total into the final round Sunday on the Bay Course at Seaview, close to the casinos in Atlantic City. She opened with a career-best 64 on Friday.
“It’s always some nerves and stuff, but it was nerves in a good way, because it’s a position you really want to be in, we work hard to be in,” Holmqvist said. “But it’s just trying to trust my own game and just what I’ve been working on for the last couple weeks, and it’s nice to see that it’s paying off.”
Holmqvist had seven birdies and three bogeys in the second round.
“It’s just some holes are tough and it’s a great course and sometimes you get a good break and sometimes you get bad,” Holmqvist said. “You can’t dwell on it too much. I just tried to stay level and focus on the next shot.”
Kim birdied the last two holes in a 65. The South Korean player had eight birdies and two bogeys. Ranked eighth, she’s a five-time LPGA Tour winner.
Women’s British Open champion Ashleigh Buhai of South Africa was third at 8 under after a 65.
“Just trying to go out there and play golf, not play for a score, do what I’ve been doing the last few weeks,” Buhai said. “I know it sounds repetitive, but it’s helping me play good golf – as long as I stay in the moment.”
Brianna Do (64) was 7 under with Atthaya Thitikul (67), Chiara Noja (67), Matilda Castren (67), Yan Liu (70) and Jenny Shin (70).
DENNY HAMLIN EDGES REDDICK TO CLAIM NASCAR CUP POLE IN SONOMA
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) Denny Hamlin claimed the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, edging road course stalwart Tyler Reddick.
Hamlin earned the 38th pole of his career by turning a lap in 77.719 seconds in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. Reddick will start up front alongside him Sunday after turning a lap in 77.812 seconds in his 23XI Racing Toyota.
Hamlin won a friendly argument with his crew chief, Chris Gabehart, before he recorded his winning lap.
“Chris was trying to get me to unbuckle after our first lap in the final round,” said Hamlin, who had the second-fastest time after that first lap. “He was like, ‘That’s a great day. That’s a good starting spot. I just (said), ‘You don’t want me to try again? I feel like maybe I could do it.’ And so I’m glad that we did try again.”
Chase Elliott qualified in 10th in his return from a one-race suspension. NASCAR’s most popular driver missed last week’s race for deliberately wrecking Hamlin in Charlotte.
Hamlin never won the pole in his first 16 career races at Sonoma. He also has never won on the winding, hilly track in wine country, although he finished second to Tony Stewart in 2016.
Hamlin gave some credit to Reddick, his new Toyota teammate, for his own strong performance on a road course. Reddick has won three of the last five road course races on the Cup schedule.
“I think he certainly exposed me and my lack of skills,” Hamlin said with a laugh. “Knew he would. You always want people that challenge you to be better and when Tyler came over here this year, we knew that he was going to be the bar that we were going to have to set ourselves against.”
Reddick is strong on road courses, but the Northern California-born racer finished 19th and 35th in his two starts at Sonoma over the previous two seasons.
Kyle Larson will start 16th after leading practice. Hamlin is the first driver since 2016 to beat Larson to the pole at Sonoma, the track closest to Larson’s hometown in the Sacramento suburbs.
Larson won the pole here in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022 – and he even started on the pole in 2021 when the race used a mathematical formula to determine the start order instead of qualifying. The Sonoma race wasn’t held in 2020.
Michael McDowell qualified in third, earning his second top-10 start at Sonoma and his second top-10 start this season. Christopher Bell was fourth and A.J. Allmendinger fifth.
“I think we had the car to beat today, so that’s what stinks about qualifying third,” McDowell said. “It’s good to be disappointed with third. I haven’t had a career pole here in the Cup Series, so I was hoping today would be it.”
Defending Sonoma champion Daniel Suárez qualified in ninth, right behind Martin Truex Jr. Ty Gibbs was the highest-qualifying rookie in sixth.
The race is the first of four road course contests in the next 10 races for the Cup Series.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL
The Indiana Boys All-Stars got a bit of revenge Saturday night defeating the Kentucky All-Stars 95-74 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Indiana set the tone early leading 17-0 before Kentucky close the deficit to four.
Marcus Burton led Indiana with 26 points leading Indiana to its 25th win in the past 28 meetings in the series.
Kentucky hasn’t swept Indiana since 1986.
Mason Jones of Valpo scored 18 points and Noblesville’s Luke Almodovar added 15.
The All-Stars played with only 10 players in Saturday’s game. Heritage Christian’s Myles Colvin, a Purdue recruit, had obligations with USA Basketball that prevented him from playing. Linton-Stockton guard Joey Hart is injured with turf toe and visited Kentucky on Saturday, and Cathedral’s Xavier Booker reported Thursday to Michigan State.
INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
The Indiana All-Stars broke a two game losing streak Saturday by beating Kentucky 71-67 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Miss Basketball Laila Hull led Indiana finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Bedford North Lawrence guard Karsyn Norman had 12 points and six rebounds and Northwestern’s McKenna Layden added a big boost with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
It is the sixth consecutive year the states have split the two-game series. Indiana now holds a 53-41 all-time advantage since the girls started playing in 1976 and have won 33 of the past 52 meetings.
INDIANAPOLIS – Miguel Andújar and Endy Rodríguez extended their respective double-digit hitting streaks as the Indianapolis Indians lost their fifth consecutive game to the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday night at Victory Field, 9-5.
A line-drive single in the sixth inning extended Andújar’s streak to 15 games, which is tied for the eighth-longest streak in the International League this season. His 14-gamer entered Saturday night’s game as the second-longest active streak in the league, behind Memphis’ Mason Winn (16).
Rodríguez extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the bottom of the third. It is his longest such streak since logging base hits in 12 consecutive games from Aug. 9-25, 2022 with Double-A Altoona.
The Indians (28-33) got on the board first with a pair of runs in the second inning following consecutive leadoff walks to Andújar and Henry Davis. With one out, Ryan Vilade put his team on the board with a single into center field. Chris Owings followed with an RBI double to take a two-run lead.
Cody Bolton and Ryan Borucki split the first four innings of a bullpen game for the Indians and held Omaha (28-32) scoreless until the fifth when Tyler Gentry blasted a three-run home run onto the left-field concourse off Hunter Stratton (L, 0-3). The Storm Chasers then tacked on two more via a Darion Blanco single in the sixth.
Two walks and a fielding error loaded the bases with no outs for Indianapolis in the seventh before one additional run came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Cal Mitchell.
Neither team was done scoring however, with the ninth inning featuring six combined runs. The Storm Chasers tacked on four insurance runs in the top of the ninth before a two-run single by Ryan Vilade brought the Indians within four.
The Indians will look to win their first game against the Storm Chasers in the ninth meeting between the two teams this season. LHP Cam Alldred (2-0, 3.90) will take the mound for Indianapolis while Omaha has yet to name a starter.
INDIANAPOLIS (Saturday, June 10, 2023) – A late equalizer from Jack Blake salvaged a tie for Indy Eleven in a 1-1 match with Hartford Athletic Saturday night at Carroll Stadium. Indy moves to 4-5-4 on the season, while Hartford sits at 2-7-4.
An early scuffle in the sixth minute off an Indy corner led to a caution for Hartford’s Antoine Hoppenot and a red card for Adrian Diz Pe to put the Eleven down a man for the remainder of the match. The Hartford goal came not long after in the 11th minute when Kyle Edwards took advantage of a giveaway on Indy’s back line to set himself up one-on-one with Yannik Oettl to slot it in the lower left corner of the net.
Hartford outshot Indy 5-3 in the first frame, with three on target to the Eleven’s zero, but Indy held the narrow 51%-49% advantage in possession.
The playing field was leveled in the 49th minute when Hartford’s Triston Hodge was shown his second yellow of the match and ejected.
Indy found the equalizer in the 85th minute off a long throw into the box from Douglas Martinez that found Sebastian Guenzatti waiting just outside the center of the six-yard box. Guenzatti collected the cross and laid it off to Blake for his second tally of the season. It was also the second assist for Guenzatti of 2023.
Indy held the 56%-44% edge in possession for the match and outshot Hartford 15-14. Martinez and Rissi led the Eleven with three shots apiece and Oettl registered three saves. The Eleven played the final minutes of the match with nine men after Gustavo Rissi was shown a red card in stoppage time.
Next up, the Boys in Blue hit the road to take on Birmingham Legion FC for the first of two straight road matches. Kick is slated for 7:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Indy returns home Saturday, July 1 against San Diego Loyal SC. Single-game tickets for all home games at IUPUI Carroll Stadium and specially-priced group tickets and an increased portfolio of hospitality options are available for purchase now via indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
USL Championship Regular Season
Indy Eleven 1:1 Hartford Athletic
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Carroll Stadium – Indianapolis, Ind.
Indy Eleven: 4W-5L-4D, 16 pts
Hartford Athletic: 2W-7L-4D, 10 pts
HFD – Kyle Edwards 11’
IND – Jack Blake (Sebastian Guenzatti) 85’
IND – Adrian Diz Pe (ejection) 6’
HFD – Antoine Hoppenot (caution) 6’
HFD – Triston Hodge (caution) 45+1’
HFD – Triston Hodge (caution-ejection) 49’
IND – Cam Lindley (caution) 50’
HFD – Luke Merrill (caution) 58’
IND – Douglas Martinez (caution) 64’
HFD – Danny Barrera (caution) 77’
IND – Gustavo Rissi (ejection) 90+3’
Indy Eleven line-up (3-5-2): Yannik Oettl, Jesus Vazquez, Mechack Jerome, Adrian Diz Pe, Jack Blake, Roberto Molina (Solomon Asante 68’), Cam Lindley (Sebastian Velasquez 68’), Aodhan Quinn, Harrison Robledo (Gustavo Rissi 18’), Douglas Martinez, Sebastian Guenzatti (Captain) (Juan Tejada 89’)
Indy Subs: Tim Trilk, Diego Sanchez, Benji Chavarria
Hartford Athletic line-up (3-5-2): Joe Rice, Niall Logue (Edgardo Rito 40’), Conor McGlynn, Kaveh Rad, Matt Sheldon, Luke Merrill, Triston Hodge, Juan Pablo Torres, Antoine Hoppenot, Kyle Edwards (Robin Lapert 79’), Prince Saydee (Danny Barrera 63’)
Hartford Subs: Richard Sanchez, Ashkanov Apollon, Andre Lewis, Beverly Makangila
INDIANA STATE BASEBALL
FORT WORTH, Texas – No. 14 seed Indiana State’s season came to an end at the Fort Worth Super Regional round as the Sycamores were unable to rally back against host TCU on Saturday evening at Lupton Field in the 6-4 loss.
Indiana State (45-17) struck first with two runs in the opening frame as the Sycamores scored first for the first time in the 2023 NCAA postseason. Keegan Watson and Miguel Rivera both had early RBIs for the Sycamores to stake ISU to the 2-0 lead.
TCU (42-22) rallied back with a five-run fourth inning and Cole Fontenelle added a solo home run in the sixth to give the Horned Frogs the 6-2 advantage midway through the contest.
The Sycamores rallied late as Rivera drove in a second RBI with a double in the top of the sixth and came around to score in the same frame to cut the TCU lead down to 6-4. However, TCU reliever Ben Abeldt was able to halt the ISU rally late and Garrett Wright (S, 5) prevented a Sycamore rally in top of the ninth to give the host Horned Frogs the clinching win.
Rivera had three of ISU’s 10 hits in the game including his RBI double in the sixth inning as the Sycamores continually put runners on base against the TCU staff on Saturday night. Randal Diaz added a pair of singles in the loss, while Adam Pottinger doubled for the ISU offense.
Connor Fenlong (11-3) took the loss in his final start in the Sycamore Blue & White. The redshirt senior allowed five hits and six runs (four earned) over 6.2 innings while striking out six. The ISU bullpen of Jared Spencer, Simon Gregersen, and Zach Davidson held TCU scoreless the rest of the way.
Fontenelle homered and doubled to highlight the Horned Frogs offense in the win. Luke Boyers added a double at the plate as the Sycamores limited the high-powered TCU offense to just six hits on Saturday.
Sam Stoutenborough (5-0) went 5.1 innings allowing five hits and three runs in taking the win. Abeldt went 2.2 innings allowing a lone Sycamore run while Wright worked the ninth in recording his fifth save of the year.
How They Scored
Indiana State took the early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Keegan Watson singled home Randal Diaz and Miguel Rivera brought home Adam Pottinger with an RBI base hit to give the Sycamores the early lead.
TCU took advantage of an ISU error as a part of a five-run inning in the bottom of the fourth as the Horned Frogs went ahead 5-2. Tre Richardson, Kurtis Byrne, Anthony Silva, Luke Boyers, and Austin Davis all brought home runs in the frame.
Cole Fontenelle made it a 6-2 TCU lead with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Miguel Rivera sparked a two-run Sycamore sixth inning with an RBI double to right center and the Sycamore first baseman came around to score on Grant Magill’s RBI groundout to provide the final 6-4 margin.
News & Notes
Indiana State closes out the 2023 season with a 45-17 record following the Super Regionals loss.
Indiana State was playing in the first Super Regionals round in program history following their sweep of the Terre Haute Regional last weekend.
ISU’s 45 wins in 2023 season marked a new high in the Mitch Hannahs coaching era.
The Sycamores added new highs in MVC wins (24) and conference series wins (9) in a single season in 2023.
Randal Diaz became the fourth Sycamore to post a 20-game on-base streak in 2023 after his 2-for-5 day at the plate. He joined Adam Pottinger (36), Luis Hernandez (26), and Mike Sears (23) with significant streaks on the season.
Saturday’s game marked the final game in the Sycamore Blue & White for seniors Connor Fenlong, Seth Gergely, Miguel Rivera, Lane Miller, and Keegan Watson.
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1904 After pitching 9.1 innings of no-hit baseball, Cubs’ hurler Bob Wicker settles for a 1-0, twelve-inning, one-hit victory over the Giants when Sam Mertes, for the second time in his career, breaks up an extra-inning no-hitter. The light-hitting outfielder also spoiled Indians right-hander Earl Moore’s 1901 bid for a no-no when he started the game-winning rally for the White Sox with a one-out single in the top of the tenth inning.
1911 At Chicago’s West Side Grounds, Heinie Zimmerman of the Cubs drives in nine runs to set a team record, tied by Sammy Sosa in 2002. The Windy City infielder hits two home runs, a triple, and two singles in the 20-2 rout of the Braves.
1915 At the Polo Grounds, in the Yankees’ 10-9 victory over the White Sox, Ray Caldwell, batting left-handed, becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run in consecutive pinch-hit appearances. The New York right-hander, an eventual 19-game winner this season, hit the first of his two round-trippers against Chicago as a pinch-hitter yesterday.
1938 In the first of his two consecutive no-hitters, Johnny Vander Meer keeps the Boston Bees hitless in Cincinnati’s 3-0 victory at Crosley Field. The Reds’ southpaw continues his no-no mojo four days later by beating the Dodgers, 6-0, without giving up a hit in the first night game in Brooklyn.
1952 At Wrigley Field, 35-year-old Hank Sauer, the NL’s eventual MVP, hits three solo shots off Phillies southpaw Curt Simmons. The Cubs All-Star outfielder’s trio of round-trippers accounts for all of Chicago’s offense when the team beats the visiting Phillies, 3-2.
1957 The Dodgers’ Roy Campanella surpasses former Cub and Giant backstop Gabby Hartnett to establish a new National League mark when he hits his 237th career round-tripper as a catcher. Campy’s historic home run comes off Ray Crone in the seventh inning of Brooklyn’s 7-2 loss to the Braves at Ebbets Field.
1961 In Game 1 of a twin bill at Tiger Stadium, Norm Cash becomes the first Detroit player to hit a fair ball over the right-field roof. The first baseman’s prodigious poke off Joe McClain is to no avail when the Tigers lose to the Senators, 7-4.
1963 After Brock Davis is intentionally walked to load the bases, third baseman Bob Aspromonte blasts a tenth-inning walk-off grand slam off Lindy McDaniel, lifting the Colt .45s to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs. Chicago had tied the Colt Stadium contest in the top of the ninth on a triple by Dick Bertell, a walk to Bob’s brother Ken, and Don Landrum’s RBI single.
1968 The Reds trade Milt Pappas, who had been feuding with former teammate and now team broadcaster Joe Nuxhall, along with Ted Davidson and Bob Johnson, to the Braves for Clay Carroll, Tony Cloninger, and Woody Woodward. The 2-5 right-hander became expendable after complaining the team was violating the contract by players not flying first-class and being critical of the front office’s refusal to cancel the game on the day of assassinated Senator Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral.
1969 The Cubs trade Adolfo Phillips and right-hander Jack Lamabe to the Expos for Paul Popovich, acquired today by Montreal, along with Ron Fairly from the Dodgers in exchange for Maury Wills and Manny Mota. Chicago’s latest infielder, a solid switch-hitting utility player, will play a prominent role for his new team, filling in for injured second baseman Glenn Beckert and batting .312 overall in 60 games.
1972 LA outfielders Manny Mota and Willie Davis hit inside-the-park homers down the foul lines at Dodger Stadium off Bucs’ starter Bruce Kison. Roberto Clemente’s seventh-inning home run over the fence proves to be the difference in Pittsburgh’s 7-5 victory, their 21st win in the last 26 games.
1972 Graig and Jim Nettles become the tenth different pair of brothers to homer in the same game when they both go deep in the Cleveland Stadium contest. Graig’s blast in the bottom of the seventh matches his younger brother, the Twin center fielder, solo shot in the top of the sixth inning of Minnesota’s 5-3 victory over the Indians.
1981 The Mariners’ 8-2 victory over the Orioles played in the Kingdome will be the last game played before the major league players strike over compensation for free agents. Baseball’s fifth work stoppage results in 713 games not played and lasts fifty days.
1985 At Veterans Stadium, Von Hayes becomes the first player to hit two home runs in the first inning of a game. The outfielder’s leadoff homer and a grand slam in the Phillies’ nine-run first frame contribute to Philadelphia’s 26-7 rout of the Mets.
1988 Yankee skipper Billy Martin decides to use starting pitcher Rick Rhoden as his designated hitter due to a shortage of right-handed hitters to face southpaw Jeff Ballard, making the right-hander the first hurler to start at the position. In his lone plate appearance, the right-handed hurler hits a sacrifice fly before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning of the Yankees’ 8-6 victory over the Orioles.
1989 Dwight Evans plays in his 2,293rd game wearing a Red Sox uniform, surpassing Ted Williams’ total to become second on the all-time list for games played with the team. Carl Yastrzemski holds the franchise mark, playing in 3,308 contests before he retired in 1983.
1990 At the age of 43, Ranger Nolan Ryan no-hits the A’s, 5-0, becoming the oldest player to throw a no-hitter, extending his major league record to six. The ‘Ryan Express’ becomes the first player to throw one in three different decades and to accomplish the feat for three different teams.
1995 Mark McGwire ties a major league record by hitting five homers in back-to-back games, becoming the 15th player to accomplish the feat and the first American Leaguer to do it twice. Big Mac’s three homers in consecutive at-bats, all solo shots against Zane Smith that cleared the Green Monster, help the A’s defeat the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 8-1.
1995 Angels’ closer Lee Smith sets a major league record, nailing down his 16th consecutive save in 16 appearances in the team’s 5-4 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards. Doug Jones had previously set the mark in 1988, recording 15 straight saves in 15 appearances with the Indians.
1995 Yankee starting pitcher Mariano Rivera, allowing five runs on seven hits in 2.1 innings in the team’s eventual 10-7 victory over Seattle, is sent back to the minor leagues. The Bombers’ starting shortstop, a 20-year-old infielder named Derek Jeter, will also be demoted after the Bronx ballpark contest.
1997 After 11 straight wins starting on Opening Day, Roger Clemens gets beat for the first time wearing a Blue Jays uniform when the Mariners defeat Toronto at the Skydome, 5-1. The 34-year-old will lead the American League in victories with 21 en route to winning his fourth Cy Young Award.
1999 At County Stadium, Milwaukee retires Paul Molitor’s uniform number 4. During the ceremony, the 21-year major league veteran, who also played with the Blue Jays and the Twins, announces if he goes into the Hall of Fame, he will do so as a Brewer, fulfilling a 2004 promise.
2002 In the top of the ninth inning during the Indians and Phillies interleague game at Jacobs Field, an explosive device thrown from the upper deck explodes in a lower-level smoking area, causing minor injuries to two people. The police hold three young men suspected of causing the blast heard throughout the ballpark on suspicion of felonious assault and aggravated arson.
2002 Rays’ first baseman Jared Sandberg goes deep twice on the first pitch in his two at-bats in the fifth frame in the team’s 11-2 victory over the Dodgers Tropicana Field. The 24-year-old rookie, the nephew of Hall of Fame second baseman Ryan Sandberg, becomes the 39th player in baseball history to hit two home runs in one inning, a feat his uncle never accomplished.
2003 For the first time since 1958, the Yankees are no-hit when the Astros keep them hitless with a record-setting six pitchers combining to stop the Bronx Bombers’ streak of 6,980 games with at least one hit. Orioles’ knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm was the last hurler to accomplish the feat, with a 1-0 victory in Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium.
2008 At Dolphin Stadium during a 6-2 Marlins victory over the Phillies, the best play of the night is made in Section 253 as a fan catches a foul ball in his beer cup. After removing the prized possession, the happy patron continues to drink his adult beverage.
2008 With the score knotted at two at Dolphin Stadium, Marlins’ second baseman Dan Uggla hits a walk-off grand slam to beat the first-place Phillies, 6-2. It’s the second time in franchise history a game has ended with a bases-loaded dinger, with Bobby Bonilla accomplishing the feat against the Rockies in 1997.
2009 Umpire Don Briggs throws the entire crowd, approximately 100 fans in attendance at Winfield-Mount Union High School (IA) for a contest against West Burlington, out of the game following his controversial call in the fifth inning. The incident occurs when the home team coach refuses to remove any of the unruly local fans, causing the ten-year veteran scholastic arbitrator to take action by borrowing a cell phone to call the police to help with the ejections.
2010 Andy Pettitte joins Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing as the only Yankees hurlers to notch 200 victories. The 37-year-old southpaw, who also reaches the 3,000 career inning plateau in the first frame of the game, gets his historic win when New York beats Houston, his former team, in an interleague contest in the Bronx, 4-3.
2013 In a much-anticipated major league debut, Gerrit Cole throws six scoreless six innings in the Pirates’ 8-2 victory over San Francisco at PNC Park. A larger-than-average Tuesday night crowd of 30,614, which includes over 10,000 walk-ups, is on hand to watch the overall 2011 First-Year Player Draft No. 1 selection earn his first big league career victory.
2014 The Royals become the first team since the 1980 Expos to score four runs in one game, all on sacrifice flies. Kansas City, the first winning team to accomplish the feat, beat the Indians, 4-1, with their quartet of long balls in the Kauffman Stadium’s afternoon contest.
2019 Yordan Alvarez becomes the twenty-third player since 1908 to hit a homer in each of his first two career games, going deep in the Astros’ 10-8 victory over the Brewers at Minute Maid Park. The 21-year-old Astro freshman, who homered in his second major league at-bat two days ago, will be named the American League Rookie of the Year, finishing the season with 27 round-trippers while playing in 87 games for the AL champs.
Buried in the back pages in a small column of the Public Opinion in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania comes our Football History Headline of the day. Except there is really no headline on the June 25, 1935 article, but it is vitally important all the same in reporting an event from two weeks earlier on June 11, 1935 when Inventor Major Edwin Armstrong gives the first public demonstration of FM broadcasting in the United States, at Alpine, New Jersey. The article tells us that the Major was a famous wireless expert and had evolved a new short wave method of avoiding static and sundry electrical interferences with radio. He promised a radio revolution and he could now devote himself to avoiding the continuous chimings of the dumb-bells on the airwaves. He wasn’t far off in his new invention as FM radio even to this day is still the media broadcast of choice for many to listen to football games at all levels.
June 11, 1978 – New Orleans Quarterback Archie Manning won the NFL’s Byron (Whizzer) White Award for his fine contributions to team, community & country. In 2018 the NFL renamed the prestigious honor the NFLPA Alan Page Community Award.
June 11, 2005 – NFL Europe’s World Bowl XIII is won by the Amsterdam Admirals over the Berlin Thunder in Dusseldorf, Germany. It was a close game as the Admiral won by the score of 27-21. The game’s MVP was Admirals QB Kurt Kittner who threw two earlier touchdown passes only to see Berlin fight their way back into the game according to Wikipedia.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR JUNE 11
Here are the bios on some birthday boys that are either in the College Football Hall of Fame or the Pro Football Hall of Fame that were born on this day. There is plenty more about them to read by either clicking their high-lighted name or at the top of this page clicking the “On This Day in Football History” and going to June 11 Football History.
June 11, 1892 – Franklin, Tennessee – Vanderbilt’s two-way tackle from 1914 to 1916 and again in 1919, Josh Cody celebrated his date of birth. Just before World War I Vanderbilt was the shining star of the gridiron in the south. The NFF fills us in that Josh was the premier lineman on College Football Hall of Fame Coach Dan McGugin’s scoring machine that was one of the most potent offensive units in football. Cody was a sure tackler and great aggressive blocker who helped the Commodores score 1099 points in 35 games over his four-season varsity career. Cody was an All-Southern. honoree in three of those four seasons and was a Three-Time All-American. World War I interrupted Josh’s collegiate football career, but he returned to capture All- Southern laurels once again in 1919. Josh Cody was honored with induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970 after the National Football Foundation tabulated up their votes. Even after graduation, Cody could not get enough football as he then entered coaching and directed teams at Clemson, Mercer, Vanderbilt, Florida, and Temple and also serve as an Athletic Director.
June 11, 1902 – Willow River, Minnesota – Ernie “Big Dog” Nevers was Stanford University’s fullback from 1923 to 1925. Ernie Nevers received the great honor of being selected for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined the Big Dog Ernie Nevers in 1963.
June 11, 1913 – Brooklyn, New York – Vince Lombardi is a Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee and NFL coach of the Green Bay Packers as well as a former NFL executive. Vince Lombardi was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971, a year after he died of cancer at the age of 57.
June 11, 1924 – Jackson, Mississippi – Doug Kenna was a quarterback from the US Army’s West Point Academy from 1942 to 1944 who earned his way into the College Football hall of Fame in 1984. He started his career at Ole Miss but after his freshman season, Kenna received an appointment to the Military Academy and played out his final 3 seasons of eligibility for Army. In 1944 he helped lead the Black Knights to the National Championship after an undefeated season per the National Football Foundation.
June 11, 1930 – Fort Wayne, Indiana – Johnny Bright was the Drake University single-wing halfback from 1949 to 1951 that earned his way into the College Football Hall of Fame. The FootballFoundation.org says that in 3 seasons as he accounted for 5903 yards. Johnny led the nation in total offense 1949 and 1950. In 1951, his senior year, he suffered a broken jaw while playing against Oklahoma A&M. He came back two weeks later in a triumphant return, running for one touchdown and passing for two, in a victory over Great Lakes Naval Station. Bright was drafted in the first round by the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL but opted for the Canadian League. Johnny got his CFL start with Calgary in 1952 but later moved on to the Edmonton Eskimos in 1954 and played there through the 1964 season. When he retired, Bright held the Canadian League record for career yards rushing – 10,768.
June 11, 1956 – Joe Montana is a Pro Football Hall of Fame retired NFL Quarterback that played for the San Francisco 49ers & the Kansas City Chiefs.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
3 – 57 – 16
June 11, 1904 – Chicago Cubs’ ace Bob Wicker tossed a dandy of a no-hitter against the New York Giants baseball club. The Cubs hung on and won the game in after 12 full innings, 1-0. According to SABR.org, the 26-year-old right-handed Wicker, went 20-9 in 1903. Unhappily for Bob though, he was expendable for the Cubs as they had eight different 20-game winners in a span of 5 years during that era. He was traded, to Cincinnati early in the 1906 campaign, and ended up missing out on the four National League pennants and two World Series crowns that Chicago would win in the coming five-season span.
June 11, 1927 – Future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger, Number 3, Babe Ruth hit his 19th and 20th homer runs of the MLB season. This is the year that Ruth would whallop a record 60 HRs. New York prevailed in this 6-4 contest over Cleveland Indians at Yankees Stadium.
June 11, 1938 – Cincinnati Reds hurler Johnny Vander Meer, Number 57 no-hits Boston Braves, 3-0. Vander Meer is most notable for being the only pitcher in Major League Baseball history to throw two consecutive no-hitters. In this gem, the first of the two no-hit games, it was at Crosley Field in Cincinnati. Vander Meer walked three while striking out four and allowing no hits against the Boston Bees. No Boston player even made it past first base. We shall recant his second no-no on June 15’s edition of this series. Vander Meer would go on to be a four-time All-Star and win the 1940 World Series with these same Reds.
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