COLLEGE FOOTBALL

No. 2 Oklahoma 40, Tulane 35

No. 19 Penn State 16, No. 12 Wisconsin 10

Kentucky 45, UL Monroe 10

Boston College 51, Colgate 0

Michigan 47, Western Michigan 14

Rutgers 61, Temple 14

Holy Cross 38, UConn 28

Kansas State 24, Stanford 7 (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)

Army 43, Georgia State 10

Nebraska 52, Fordham 7

Villanova 47, Lehigh 3

West Florida 42, McNeese 36

VMI 45, Davidson 24

No. 11 Oregon 31, Fresno State 24

Arkansas 38, Rice 17

Air Force 35, Lafayette 14

Furman 29, North Carolina A&T 18

North Dakota 35, Idaho State 14

No. 1 Alabama 44, No. 14 Miami (Florida) 13 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia)

No. 8 Cincinnati 49, Miami (Ohio) 14

No. 18 Iowa 34, No. 17 Indiana 6

Marshall 49, Navy 7

Maryland 30, West Virginia 24

North Dakota State 28, Albany 6

Mississippi State 35, Louisiana Tech 34

Missouri 34, Central Michigan 24

Pitt 51, UMass 7

Wyoming 19, Montana State 16

Delaware State 32, Bowie State 24

Towson 31, Morgan State 0

Presbyterian 84, St. Andrews 43

Idaho 68, Simon Fraser 0

No. 7 Iowa State 16, UNI 10

No. 21 Texas 38, No. 23 Louisiana 18

No. 15 USC 30, San Jose State 7

Liberty 48, Campbell 7

Georgia Southern 30, Gardner-Webb 25

Eastern Kentucky 31, Western Carolina 28

Hampton 42, Virginia Union 28

Indiana Wesleyan 28, Valparaiso 10

Stetson 54, Warner 14

Auburn 60, Akron 10

South Carolina 46, Eastern Illinois 0

Middle Tennessee 50, Monmouth 15

Syracuse 29, Ohio 9

Purdue 30, Oregon State 21

Texas Tech 38, Houston 21 (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas)

Oklahoma State 23, Missouri State 16

Baylor 29, Texas State 20

Memphis 42, Nicholls 17

SMU 56, Abilene Christian 9

Toledo 49, Norfolk State 10

Arkansas State 40, Central Arkansas 21

Troy 55, Southern 3

Stephen F. Austin 20, Tarleton State 10

Southeastern Louisiana 49, North Alabama 28

No. 5 Georgia 10, No. 3 Clemson 3 (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.)

No. 13 Florida 35, FAU 13

North Texas 44, Northwestern State 14

UTSA 37, Illinois 30

Northern Illinois 22, Georgia Tech 21

Virginia 43, William & Mary 0

Illinois State 49, Butler 7

No. 6 Texas A&M 41, Kent State 10

Montana 13, No. 20 Washington 7

East Tennessee State 23, Vanderbilt 3

South Alabama 31, Southern Miss 7

TCU 45, Duquesne 3

Prairie View A&M 40, Texas Southern 17

UCLA 38, No. 16 LSU 27

UTEP 38, Bethune-Cookman 28

Sacramento State 19, Dixie State 7

Utah State 26 Washington State 23

Nevada 22 California 17

San Diego State 28 New Mexico State 10

BYU, 24 Arizona 16

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Cincinnati 7 Detroit 4

Seattle 8 Arizona 5

San Diego 10 Houston 2

Baltimore 4 NY Yankees 3

Tampa Bay 11 Minnesota 4

Boston 4 Cleveland 3

Chicago White Sox 10 Kansas City 7

LA Angels 4 Texas 1

NY Mets 11 Washington 9

Chicago Cubs 7 Pittsburgh 6

Washington 4 NY Mets 3

Miami 3 Philadelphia 2

Milwaukee 4 St. Louis 0

Colorado 7 Atlanta 6

LA Dodgers 6 San Francisco 1

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Iowa and Indianapolis postponed

Great Lakes 8 Fort Wayne 6

South Bend 6, Lake County 3

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Vancouver 2 Austin 1

Orlando City 3 Columbus 2

Real Salt Lake 3 Dallas 2

Inter Miami 1 Cincinnati 0

Colorado 1 San Jose 0

WNBA

Phoenix 87, Indiana 65

Minnesota 93 Washington 75

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL-SATURDAY

Mount Vernon 42 Greenfield Central 21

Springs Valley 48 Edinburg 0

Fremont 38 Manual 8

Catholic Central 34 Andrean 14

Peotone 34 N. Central 8

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Westview 3. Fort Wayne Snyder 0

Huntington North 2 Fort Wayne South 1

Zionsville 3 Bloomington North 1

Hammond Noll 9 Hanover Central 0

Fort Wayne Luers 4 Fort Wayne North 2

Jennings County 6 Silver Creek 0

Plymouth 2 Logansport 0

Switzerland County 7 Rising Sun 0

Park Tudor 8 Bethesda Christian 0

Indiana Tech 10 Marion 1

Northwestern 2 Mississinewa 0

Winamac 5 Rochester 2

Hamilton Southeastern 6 Brebeuf 0

Floyd Central 3 Evansville Harrison 0

Glenn 11 Westville 0

Heritage Hills 4 Mount Vernon 1

Washington 8 S. Spencer 1

Lakeland Christian 2 New Prairie 0

Evansville North 3, Valparaiso 1

Northridge 3 Carroll 1

Jeffersonville 5 Henryville 2

Paul Lawrence Dunbar 3 Castle 1

Kankakee Valley 5 Morgan Twp. 2

Warsaw 3 Homestead 1

Shelbyville 3 Delta 1

Columbus East 5 Providence 0

Ben Davis 1 Plainfield 1

Seymour 1 Franklin 1

Fort Wayne Canterbury 8 Garrett 0

West Lafayette 2 Bremen 0

Southport 4 Cathedral 2

Rensselaer Central 1 Lowell 0

East Noble 2 Lakeland 0

Bedford North Lawrence 1 Evansville Christian 1

Wapahani 1 Union County 0

Argos 7 South Bend Riley 0

Indianapolis Lutheran 1 Jac Cen Del 1

Providence Criston Rey 6 Hauser 2

Pike Central 1 Princeton 0

Fishers 7 Franklin Central 0

Columbus North 7 Terre Haute South 3

Trinity 2, Lake Central 2

Fort Wayne Snyder 3. Fort Wayne North 2

Roncalli 2 Covenant Christian 1

Wawasee 3 Logansport 0

Westview 3. Fort Wayne Luers 1

Hobart 7 Michigan City 0

Carroll 4. Homestead 1

Evansville Memorial 2 McCracken County, 1

Warsaw 3 Northridge 0

Zionsville 4 Evansville North 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Evansville North 6 S. Knox 0

Plainfield 3 Heritage Christian 1

Floyd Central 3 S. Dearborn 2

Kankakee Valley 3 Rensselaer Central 0

Greenwood 7 Decatur Central 3

Park Tudor 3 Tri-West 0

Terre Haute North 5 Mooresville 1

Mississinewa 13 Wabash 1

Avon 2 Evansville Mater Dei 1

Central Noble 2 Lakeland Christian 0

Wapahani 3 Union County 0

Highlander 5 Wheeler 1

Lawrenceburg 9 Rushville 0

Boone Grove 9 Hebron 1

New Palestine 3. Lawrence North 1

Martinsville 7 Richmond 0

West Vigo 3 Richmond 1

Heritage Hills 4 Gibson Southern 2

Andrean 1 Westview 1

Brownsburg 4 Indianapolis Pike 1

Evansville Christian 9 Bedford North Lawrence 0

Noblesville 3 N. Central 0

Jeffersonville 1 Providence 0

Oldenburg Academy 3 Jennings County 0

Carmel 3 Evansville Memorial 1

New Albany 9 Austin 0

Bloomington South 1 E. Central 0

Washington 2 W. Vigo 2

Columbus North 2 Castle 0

Mooresville 2 Floyd Central 1

Terre Haute North 3 S. Dearborn 0

Hamilton Southeastern 2 Evansville Reitz 0

Notre Dame Academy 2 Zionsville 0

Westview 9 New Prairie 0

East Central 8 Martinsville 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Merrilliville 2 Hebron 0

Shawe Memorial 3 Christian Academy of Madison 0

Providence 2 Franklin 0

Garrett 2 Whitko 0

Seeger 2 Lafayette Jeff 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian 2 New Haven 1

Fishers 2 Brownstown Central 0

Columbus East 2 Roncalli 1

Pendleton Heights 2 Columbus North 0

Eastside 2 Hamilton 0

Culver Academies 3 Triton 1

Clinton Prairie 2 Sheridan 0

Huntington North 2 Fort Wayne Canterbury 0

Terre Haute South 2 Trinity Lutheran 0

Liberty Christian 2 Christel House 0

Carroll 2 Fort Wayne South 0

Cathedral 2 Brownstown Central 0

Lafayette Jeff 2 Sheridan 1

Clinton Prairie 2 Seeger 1

Columbus East 2 Center Grove 1

Carmel 2 Floyd Central 0

Yorktown 3 Castle 2

Carroll 3 Elkhart 0

Southwood 2 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Brownsburg 3 Yorktown 2

Wes-Del 2 Hagerstown 1

Lowell 2 Hebron 0

New Haven 2 Hamilton 0

Eastside 2 Whitko 0

Garrett 2 Fort Wayne Blackhawk 0

Fishers 2 Cathedral 0

Pendleton Heights 2 Perry Meridian 0

Seeger 2 Sheridan 0

Muncie Burris 2 Fairfield 0

Wes-Del 2 Blackford 0

Carroll 2 Fort Wayne North 0

Terre Haute South 2 Tecumseh 0

Clinton Prairie 2 Lafayette Jeff 0

Assumption 2 Martinsville 0

Roncalli 2 Center Grove 1

Providence 2 Bloomington South 0

Westview 3 E. Noble 0

Highland 3 Hammond Noll 0

Martinsville 2 Carmel 1

Carroll 3 Jeffersonville 0

Trinity Lutheran 2 Evansville Mater Dei 1

Evansville Memorial 2 Fairfield 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 2 Hamilton 0

New Haven 2  Whitko 1

Daleville 2 Carroll 0

Hamilton Southeastern 3 Sacred Heart 0

Southwood 2 Fort Wayne Canterbury 0

Hebron 2 NVTO 0

Wes-Del 2 Tipton 0

Pendleton Heights 2 N. Central 0

Assumption 2 Floyd Central 0

 Brownsburg 3 Castle 2

Liberty Christian 2 Union 0

Terre Haute South 2 Evansville Mater Dei 0

Western Boone 3 Southmont 0

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 2 Eastside 0

Garrett 2 New Haven 0

Whitko 2 Hamilton 0

Fishers 2 Providence 1

Martinsville 2 Floyd Central 1

Tecumseh 2 Trinity Lutheran 1

Southwood 2, Huntington North 1

Cathedral 2 Franklin 0

Oblong 2 N. Central 0

Fairfield 2 Greenfield Central 1

Fishers 2 Columbus East 1

Seymour 2 Carmel 1

Roncalli 2 Cathedral 0

Wes-Del 2 Fort Wayne Luers 0

Assumption 2 Carmel 0

Trinity Lutheran 2 Northview 0

Avon 2 Floyd Central 1

Daleville 2 Southwood 1

Terre Haute South 2 Barr Reeve 0

Assumption 2 Crown Point 0

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****No. 18 Iowa’s defense silences No. 17 Indiana, 34-6****

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa cornerback Riley Moss wasn’t sure what happened.

Moss’ 30-yard interception return for a touchdown, the first of his two scores in the game, helped start No. 18 Iowa on the way to a 34-6 victory over No. 17 Indiana on Saturday in the opener for both teams.

Iowa intercepted three of Michael Penix Jr.’s passes – safety Dane Belton had the other interception – and had a fourth wiped out by a roughing-the-passer call.

“We were very prepared,” Moss said. “We absolutely won because of film (study), and our preparation. Our game plan today was to stop the big plays, stay on top. We made them work for their yards, and their points.”

The Hawkeyes led 7-0 after their first drive, when running back Tyler Goodson scored on a 56-yard touchdown on the fourth play of the possession.

“I don’t want to say I’m surprised, but I’m very pleased,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “It’s good team defense. I know that sounds mundane. But that’s how we play.”

Moss’ first interception came on Indiana’s third offensive play, when Penix’s pass went through the hands of receiver D.J. Matthews. Moss grabbed the ball and raced down the right sideline for the score.

“I was kind of sitting there,” Moss said. “(Penix) threw the ball, so I made a break on it to try to tackle (Matthews). I saw the ball pop up. I got super excited. I was foaming at the mouth to catch the ball. I didn’t realize I scored a touchdown until I was on the bench. I was like, `Holy cow, that happened.'”

Moss’ second interception came with 1:41 left in the first half, when he stepped into the path of a Penix pass and ran 55 yards for a touchdown that put Iowa up, 28-3.

“I did my job, and good things came from that,” Moss said.

“I’ve always seen Riley as a playmaker,” defensive end John Waggoner said. “He goes hard, and he shows up every day to work. He is a competitor, so in my mind he is going to go make plays, and you obviously saw that today.”

Iowa’s defense rattled Penix, who was just 14 of 31 passing for 156 yards. Penix, who had just four interceptions in six games last season, was coming off offseason knee surgery. He played until early in the fourth quarter, when Indiana coach Tom Allen took him out of the game.

“He definitely looked out of sync to me, not comfortable in the pocket,” Allen said. “We’ll get that fixed.”

Goodson rushed for 99 yards and a touchdown. Spencer Petras had a 9-yard touchdown run and completed 13 of 27 passes for 145 yards.

The Hawkeyes held the Hoosiers to 233 offensive yards, with only 31 rushing yards.

“It’s just playing with tempo, and making the other guys uneasy,” Ferentz said of his defense. “I think our guys did that.”

“We had to play better,” Allen said. “You have to play high-level football out of the gate against a team like this, and we didn’t.”

It was the seventh consecutive win for the Hawkeyes dating to last season. It was only the third loss for Indiana in its last 18 season openers.

“We got knocked down,” Allen said. “But we’ll get back up.”

Caleb Shudak had field goals of 41 and 35 yards for Iowa.

****Purdue ends 4-game skid by beating Oregon St. in opener****

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) Purdue coach Jeff Brohm promised to make changes heading into this season. On Saturday, it paid dividends.

Now, he’s hoping it keeps working.

Jack Plummer threw for 313 yards and two late touchdowns while the Boilermakers’ revamped defense made sure it held up for a 30-21 victory over Oregon State to cap the 500th game played at Ross-Ade Stadium.

Purdue has won 291 games since its home venue opened in 1924 and this one came in prime time and in front of the largest home crowd in 644 days – thanks largely to the Boilermakers defense.

“I think they played really hard, tough, had a couple huge fourth-down stops,” Brohm said. “We did what we had to do.”

It was good enough to snap a four-game losing streak and bring some relief to a program that hasn’t played in a bowl game since 2018.

The difference: Two fourth-down stops in the second half, which Purdue (1-0) converted into 10 points and Brohm’s willingness to throw it deep late in the game.

Plummer finished 29 of 41, sealing the victory with a 50-yard TD pass to a wide open Payne Durham with 2:09 left.

“Sometimes those play calls can be really stupid when they don’t work,” Brohm said. “But I knew while we ran the ball a little better, we had to convert and pass the football. Jack did a great job.”

Oregon State (0-1) lost its fourth in a row and still has only two nonconference wins under fourth-year coach Johnathan Smith.

And this one came down to the inability to keep drives moving.

When the Beavers failed to convert on fourth down late in the third quarter, Mitchell Fineran capitalized with his third field goal to give Purdue a 16-7 lead. When it happened again in the fourth, Plummer threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Durham for 23-14 edge with 4:56 left.

“We’ve got to execute better offensively,” Smith said. “We had a guy or two not on point and that’s hard on offense.”

Sam Noyer struggled in his Oregon State debut. The transfer from Colorado was pulled in the third quarter and his replacement, Chance Nolan, led the Beavers to two fourth-quarter scores to twice cut the deficit to two. B.J. Baylor ran for two scores.

****Defensive gem lifts No. 5 Georgia past No. 3 Clemson, 10-3****

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Georgia coach Kirby Smart knew his defense was super athletic.

He didn’t know they would be this good.

Christopher Smith returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown and the fifth-ranked Bulldogs turned in a defensive effort for the ages, toppling No. 3 Clemson 10-3 on Saturday in the opener for both teams.

The Bulldogs held the Tigers to 2 yards rushing and sacked D.J. Uiagalelei seven times to position themselves for a serious run at the College Football Playoffs.

Uiagalelei finished 19 of 37 for 178 yards with one interception. He bobbled snaps, was out of sync with his receivers and spent most of the day under heavy duress against a relentless Bulldogs pass rush.

“We frustrated and confused them,” Smart said.

Even when Georgia turned the ball over, the Tigers couldn’t take advantage.

Trailing 7-0 in the third quarter, Baylon Specter appeared to give the Tigers some momentum when he intercepted JT Daniels’ pass at the Georgia 33. But after a short gain on first down Uiagalelei was sacked on consecutive plays and Clemson was forced to punt.

Clemson didn’t score until 9:08 left in the game when a 44-yard reception by Joseph Ngata and a defensive pass interference penalty set up a 22-yard field goal by B.T. Potter, helping the Tigers avoid their first shutout since 2003.

Despite being dominated all game, the Tigers had a chance to tie with 7:35 left when they took over at their own 25. Clemson reached midfield and Dabo Swinney went for on fourth-and-5, only to see Uiagalelei’s hurried pass fall incomplete. From there, the Bulldogs ran out the clock.

“I knew we were would be pretty good and pretty deep on defense,” Smart said. “But we’re more athletic than when we were in the past.”

The loss leaves Clemson with a razor-thin margin for error when it comes to making its seventh straight College Football Playoff appearance. No team has ever made the playoff with two losses since the new four-team format began in 2015.

“I’m not going to write the season off because we lost 10-3 to a top five team,” Swinney said.

Georgia’s defense, which dominated the line of scrimmage, set the tone early with Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean registering third-down sacks on Clemson’s first two possessions.

The only touchdown of the game came late in the second quarter when Smith jumped in front of a Uiagalelei pass intended for Justyn Ross and raced 74 yards to the end zone to give the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead at halftime. Swinney placed the blame on Ross making a bad decision on the route, saying he was supposed to “sit down or turn out” but instead kept running a slant.

“That’s the receiver putting the quarterback in bad spot,” Swinney said. “He just didn’t make the right decision.”

Uiagalelei wasn’t blaming anyone but himself.

“I didn’t play well today and everyone could see that,” Uiagalelei said.

****Grizzlies roar: Montana shocks No. 20 Washington 13-7****

SEATTLE (AP) A couple of weeks before the season started, Montana coach Bobby Hauck met with university president Seth Bodnar. His message was clear: The Grizzlies were going to be really good and even might take down Washington in the opener.

Yes, that Washington. The one from the Pac-12 and expected to challenge for a conference title.

“He asked me how I thought we’d do and I told him we’d win,” Hauck said.

Shockingly, Hauck turned out to be right.

Montana became the first FCS team to upset a ranked FBS team in five years, stunning No. 20 Washington 13-7 on Saturday night.

The Grizzlies were the better of their Pac-12 foe, pulling off arguably the biggest victory in school history outside of winning two FCS national titles.

Montana is the first FCS team to beat a ranked FBS team since North Dakota State won at No. 13 Iowa 23-21 early in the 2016 season, and the fifth time it has happened since Appalachian State’s famous upset of No. 5 Michigan in 2007. It was Montana’s second victory over Washington, the last coming in 1920.

“This is the Washington Huskies. OK. This is App State over Michigan,” said Hauck, a one-time assistant at Washington.

Montana quarterback Cam Humphrey scored on a 4-yard run early in the fourth quarter, and the Grizzlies added a short field goal with 2:54 left to take a six-point lead.

Needing a touchdown to avoid the upset, Washington came up empty on its final two possessions. Dylan Morris was incomplete on fourth-and-2 with 1:33 left giving the ball back to the Grizzlies.

Montana was able to run off only 21 seconds, and Kevin Macias’ 50-yard field goal attempt was well short. Given one more chance, Washington reached the Montana 43, but Morris’ pass was intercepted by Marcus Welnel with 31 seconds left and those in maroon and silver started a wild celebration.

“They played better than us tonight. We’re not going to make any excuses. Credit goes to Montana,” Washington coach Jimmy Lake said.

A regular powerhouse from the FCS division, the Grizzlies frustrated Washington all night into one of the most embarrassing losses in program history. Washington had received scares in the past by FCS programs – most notably a couple of times by Eastern Washington.

Montana didn’t have a 2020 season. The Grizzlies opted out of playing the Big Sky Conference schedule last spring and had just two games, one against a Division II program.

But the Grizzlies were stout defensively and opportunistic enough on offense.

“Just a complete team win,” Hauck said. “As we’ve all talked, I think we have a complete team and I love our guys.”

Morris scored on a 1-yard keeper on Washington’s opening possession but it was otherwise an ugly performance for the offense. Morris threw a pair of costly interceptions and the Huskies had no downfield threat with three of its top four wide receivers out for the game.

Washington’s offensive line that returned all its starters was matched up front by the Grizzlies. Washington managed just 65 yards rushing and averaged 2.4 yards per carry.

It was the first home game with fans for Washington since the 2019 Apple Cup. They booed the home team off the field at halftime and were left stunned at the end.

“We wish we this could have been a better outcome for them. I want to thank them for coming out and we’re going to go back to work and in trying to make sure they want to come back the next time,” Lake said. “This is extremely disappointing.”

Humphrey was 12-of-23 passing for 105 yards, and was sacked only once. Xavier Harris rushed for 70 and Isiah Childs added another 39, including a key 12-yard run on third-and-12 midway through the fourth quarter.

Montana hadn’t reached Washington territory since the opening drive of the game, but Humphrey’s 4-yard run gave the Grizzlies a 10-7 lead.

“I don’t think an (offensive) line can play any better than our line played,” Humphrey said. “They were outstanding. That’s a damn good football team over there and we held our own and they protected me all night. It was it was awesome.”

Washington went three-and-out on its next possession after Morris was sacked. Montana took over in Washington territory and drove to the Washington 5 before Macias hit from 22 yards with 2:54 left.

Morris was 27 of 46 for 226 yards and three interceptions. On Washington’s final two possessions combined, Morris was 3 of 10 passing for 39 yards and the final interception.

****Young throws 4 TDs, No. 1 Alabama routs No. 14 Miami 44-13****

ATLANTA (AP) Looking very much like a team capable of making another run at a national title, No. 1 Alabama opened its season with a 44-13 rout of No. 14 Miami on Saturday behind four touchdown passes from Bryce Young in his first college start.

The sophomore from Southern California completed 27 of 38 for 344 yards, hooking up with Cameron Latu on a pair of scoring plays and burying the Hurricanes with a 94-yard touchdown pass to Jameson Williams early in the third quarter.

Young became the first Alabama quarterback to throw four TD passes in his starting debut. Mac Jones and Joe Namath had shared the school record with three scoring throws to begin their stints as the Tide’s No. 1 QB.

Williams, a transfer from Ohio State, had four receptions for 126 yards in his Alabama debut.

The Crimson Tide also turned in a dazzling defensive effort at the home of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, sacking D’Eriq King four times, forcing him into three turnovers and stuffing him on a goal-line stand.

Alabama led 27-0 before Miami crossed midfield. King and the Hurricanes simply made too many mistakes to compete with perhaps the greatest dynasty in college football history.

After romping to coach Nick Saban’s record seventh national title with a 13-0 record, the Tide came into the season with some big holes to fill.

Alabama had a record-tying six players taken in the first round of the NFL draft, including Heisman Trophy-winning receiver DeVonta Smith, star quarterback Jones and defensive stalwart Patrick Surtain II.

Of course, Saban doesn’t rebuild, he simply reloads with another batch of five-star recruits. The quarterback job went to Young, a dual threat who was highest-rated quarterback prospect ever signed by the Alabama coach.

After spending a year learning the ropes behind Jones. Young was clearly ready to take over as the starter.

He made the short throws. He made the long throws. He threw it away when necessary. He used his legs to avoid getting caught very often behind the line.

Young’s only major mistake was losing a fumble on a hit while attempting to scramble with Alabama leading 41-10.

King was 23 of 30 but produced only 173 yards passing, spending much of his time trying to escape the fearsome Alabama rush. He was intercepted twice and also lost a fumble.

The Hurricanes also lost safety Bubba Bolden in the first quarter. He was ejected for targeting after lowering his head for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Alabama’s Brian Robinson Jr.

Miami finally put together a decent drive in the closing seconds of the first half, converting on fourth-and-6 and taking advantage of a disputed pass interference penalty to set up a 37-yard field by Andy Borregales.

Any hopes of an improbable comeback were dashed on Miami’s first possession of the second half.

After an impressive, 74-yard drive, the Hurricanes lined up quickly on fourth-and-goal inside the Alabama 1, looking to catch the Tide flat-footed.

King took a shotgun snap and tried to power straight up the middle, only to be stopped about a foot short of the goal line.

Three players later, Young dropped back into his end zone and launched one for Williams, who hauled in the pass without breaking stride and scooted down the sideline for the 94-yard TD.

***No. 2 Oklahoma holds off Tulane 40-35 to avoid big upset***

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Oklahoma nearly took its hospitality too far.

The Sooners’ game against Tulane was relocated from New Orleans because of Hurricane Ida, and Oklahoma’s athletic department and fans went all out to make their guests feel at home. Oklahoma had the Green Wave painted on the 25-yard lines, and Sooners fans cheered when Tulane’s players ran into the field before the game.

The Sooners then nearly let the Green Wave claim their first win over a Top 10 opponent since 1973. Spencer Rattler passed for 304 yards and a touchdown and No. 2 Oklahoma, playing a road game on its home field, narrowly avoided a shocking upset by holding on for a 40-35 victory over Tulane on Saturday.

“That was one of the hardest hitting teams, one of the most physical teams I’ve played,” Rattler said. “They came out there, and they played great, better than us, for sure. They wanted to win more than us. You could tell it. We have to be cleaner, sharper, and have to be better.”

The Sooners, who led 40-22 early in the fourth quarter, gave up a pair of late touchdowns. Tulane had fourth-and-13 just short of midfield with just under two minutes to go when quarterback Michael Pratt ran for only 12 yards and the Green Wave turned the ball over on downs. The Sooners ran out the clock.

Oklahoma led 37-14 at halftime.

“The second half, I think clearly our team felt like the game was over,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “That’s obviously my job to make sure our mentality is right. I don’t think it was. I think we were playing well at that point and had separated a little bit. And then you could just see we weren’t quite the same team coming out.”

Oklahoma’s Gabe Brkic tied an FBS record with three field goals of 50 or more yards, and Marvin Mims had five catches for 117 yards.

Rattler, a preseason first-team AP All-American, completed 30 of 39 passes, ran for a score and threw for another, but he also threw two interceptions.

Pratt passed for 296 yards and three touchdowns for the Green Wave. He also ran for a score.

“Really proud of the effort,” Tulane coach Willie Fritz said. “Obviously, we didn’t come down here to play close. But we could have won the game. If we would had played better in the first half, I think we would have had a much better opportunity to do it. But we’re going to be able to watch the tape and build on it.”

Tulane opened the scoring on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Pratt to Cameron Carroll. The Green Wave went up 14-7 in the first quarter on a 15-yard touchdown run by Jaetavian Toles.

Oklahoma scored the next 30 points. Brkic made three field goals in the second quarter. His second was a 51-yarder, and he closed the half with a career-long 56-yarder. It was the longest field goal for an Oklahoma kicker since 1977.

Pratt scored on a 4-yard keeper, and the Green Wave got the 2-point conversion to make it 37-22.

Tulane cut it to 40-28 on Pratt’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Carroll. Pratt stumbled and fell in the backfield on the 2-point try.

Brkic missed a 31-yard field goal, giving Tulane a shot late. Pratt’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Will Wallace made it 40-35 with 2:18 remaining, and Tulane recovered the onside kick before failing to score.

Fritz said he loved how focused his players were, especially with so many having family and friends having issues back home.

“Our guys have handled it extremely well,” Fritz said. “They really have. I’ve got good young men. I have very few problems with our guys. And, you know, that’s what I’m most proud of. They can handle this kind of situation.”

***Defense helps No. 19 Penn State edge No. 12 Wisconsin 16-10***

MADISON, Wis. (AP) Penn State’s defense continually stood tall and Wisconsin kept stubbing its toe whenever the Badgers approached the end zone.

Those contrasting approaches made the difference Saturday when the 19th-ranked Nittany Lions outlasted No. 12 Wisconsin 16-10 to end the Badgers’ 25-game winning streak in home openers.

Jaquan Brisker and Ji’Ayir Brown intercepted Graham Mertz’s passes deep in Penn State territory in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Wisconsin had four scoreless trips inside Penn State’s 25, including three inside the 10.

“Our kids willed it to happen today,” Penn State coach James Franklin said.

Penn State won despite getting just one first down before halftime and allowing Wisconsin to control possession for over 42 minutes. The victory assured Penn State would have a better start this year after losing its first five games in the pandemic-delayed 2020 season.

Brisker picked off a fourth-and-goal pass at Penn State’s 2 and returned it 41 yards with 2:15 left to preserve a 16-10 lead. Brown sealed the victory with an interception on the game’s final play.

“I’m obviously not proud of how it ended,” said Mertz, who went 22 of 37 for 185 yards. “There are definitely a lot if things that fell on my plate that I need to clean up. I will.”

Penn State withstood a quality performance from Chez Mellusi, who rushed for 121 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries in his Wisconsin debut. Mellusi had just 27 carries all season last year while playing for Clemson.

The Nittany Lions also disappointed most of the 76,832 fans who poured into Camp Randall Stadium for the first time since November 2019. The Badgers had no fans at home games last year.

Noah Cain broke a 10-all tie and put Penn State ahead for good with a 2-yard touchdown run with 9:17 remaining, though Jonathan Stout’s extra-point attempt bounced off the left upright. Stout also missed a 23-yard field goal.

That set up the frantic final minutes.

Wisconsin had first-and-goal at the 1 on a drive that included a targeting penalty on Ellis Brooks that knocked Penn State’s top tackler out of the game.

Then things went awry.

Mertz lost the ball on first down, though Wisconsin’s Isaac Guerendo recovered the fumble at the 4. Guerendo lost a yard on second down, then Joey Porter Jr. broke up a pass.

On fourth-and-goal, Mertz lobbed a pass across the middle for tight end Jake Ferguson, but Brisker picked it off.

“I knew they love No. 84 (Ferguson), especially when they’re in the red zone,” said Brisker, who left the game due to cramps on multiple occasions but kept coming back. “They kept looking at him even if they missed him or he came up short. I figured I’d sit there and let the quarterback throw the ball.”

Wisconsin got the ball back on its own 18 with 1:11 left and reached Penn State’s 25 with 26 seconds remaining. But after an intentional grounding call pushed Wisconsin back to the 32, Brown picked off a pass to end the game.

“Our defense played extremely well, gutsy,” Franklin said.

Those weren’t the only opportunities Wisconsin wasted.

Wisconsin had first-and-goal at the 2 in the second quarter but ended up with nothing after Arnold Ebiketie blocked Collin Larsh’s 25-yard field-goal attempt. On Wisconsin’s next series, the Badgers faced third-and-6 from the Nittany Lions’ 8 when a botched handoff from Mertz to Mellusi resulted in a fumble that Nick Tarburton recovered.

“I think today there were points where we were playing against two teams – ourselves and against them,” Guerendo said.

****Brown’s keeper gives No. 11 Oregon 31-24 win over Fresno St.****

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) Anthony Brown Jr. was blunt about No. 11 Oregon’s offensive struggles against Fresno State.

“It wasn’t clean enough,” he said.

Brown scored on a 30-yard quarterback keeper with 2:57 left and the Ducks overcame a wobbly season opener with a 31-24 victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday.

Oregon jumped to a 21-6 lead, but Fresno State scored two unanswered touchdowns to tie the game midway through the third quarter, then took the lead early in the fourth on Abraham Montano’s field goal.

Camden Lewis kicks a 25-yard game-tying field goal before Brown’s go-ahead touchdown.

The performance was somewhat concerning given the Ducks face No. 4 Ohio State next weekend.

“In order for us to go where we need to go, we have to be firing on all cylinders, which we weren’t today. And that was obvious,” Brown said. “We’re going to see it on the tape, fix what we need to we need to fix and move on and progress from it.”

Brown threw for 172 yards and a touchdown while running for 62 yards and the winner. It was Oregon’s 17th straight home-opening victory.

Brown, a sixth-year senior, transferred to Oregon last year from Boston College but was backup to Tyler Shough until getting playing time in the Pac-12 title game and the Fiesta Bowl. Shough transferred to Texas Tech in the offseason.

The Ducks were hurt by the loss of defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who left the game at halftime with a left ankle injury.

Oregon had not played a game at Autzen Stadium for 644 days and the game came amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

Oregon and Oregon State were among the first schools to require proof of vaccination or a negative virus test to attend football games. Gov. Kate Brown also imposed a mask mandate, even at outdoor events.

The game was also marred by smoky conditions from wildfires in the region. Air quality was deemed unhealthy in the Eugene region by the U.S. Air Quality Index.

Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener threw for 285 yards and a touchdown. The Bulldogs (1-1) already started the season with a 45-0 victory over Connecticut.

“We talk about weathering the storm, especially when you go into a hostile environment and the storm hit is pretty hard in the first quarter, and we weathered it,” Fresno State coach Kalen DeBower said. “You just get so far behind that it’s catching up, and when you finally take a lead, you have to make a lot of plays to get to that point.”

After Thibodeaux sacked Haener and caused him to fumble for a turnover, CJ Verdell ran for a 2-yard touchdown to give the Ducks the early lead.

Another Fresno State fumble led to 4-yard scoring run from Travis Dye to make it 14-0. The duo of Verdell and Dye went into the game with a combined 4,363 rushing yards, most of any retuning pair at the FBS level.

Thibodeaux, widely considered a possible Heisman Trophy contender this season, appeared to injure his left ankle but had it taped on the sidelines and returned before the end of the first half. He came out of the break in street clothes and wearing a boot.

“I know it’s a sprain, which we’re very optimistic that it’s nothing too serious,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said.

Montano kicked a pair of field goals, from 33 and 39 yards, before Brown found Johnny Johnson III in the end zone with a 32-yard pass to make it 21-6. Jalen Cropper caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Haener to close the gap for Fresno State to 21-13 just before halftime.

Haener scored from two yards out on a keeper and the conversion tied the game at 21 before Montano’s 22-yard field goal with 13:03 left gave the Bulldogs a 24-21 lead.

Cristobal wasn’t sure what caused Oregon’s offensive lapses.

“It’s hard to put your finger on it, because the energy was real good preparation was real good. We thought our physicality and pregame was well, also,” he said. “I know they have some good players. They did what we thought they would do, we did what we thought we would do.”

****Desmond Ridder, No. 8 Cincinnati beat Miami of Ohio 49-14****

CINCINNATI (AP) Desmond Ridder was 20 of 25 for 295 yards and four touchdowns and No. 8 Cincinnati beat Miami of Ohio 49-14 on Saturday in the opener for both teams.

The Bearcats tied the series that began in 1888 at 59-59-7.

Ridder threw an 81-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Scott on the second play from scrimmage. It was the longest TD toss of his career.

Ridder also ran six times for 31 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown carry. The fifth-year senior had one interception.

Jerome Ford added 121 yards rushing yards on 12 carries, scoring on a 21-yard run in the second quarter.

Backup quarterback AJ Mayer started for the Redhawks. Mayer played in place of Brett Gabbert, who injured a knee in the preseason. Gabbert returned only to suffer an injury to his thumb that prevented his participation.

Miami scored on its 11th possession with 3:20 left in the game on a 19-yard run by Kenny Tracy. Prior to breaking the shutout, the Redhawks had 10 possessions, six ended in punts. Four possession ended on downs, with two of them inside the Cincinnati 20. Miami head coach Chuck Martin passed up field goal opportunities.

John Saunders picked off Cincinnati backup quarterback Evan Prater’s pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown.

Mayer was 9 of 29 attempts for 109 yards. Keyon Mozee rushed 15 times for 80 yards for the Redhawks.

Cincinnati scored five touchdowns in the first half. Miami got no closer than the Cincinnati 32 on six possessions.

****Former Pro Bowl lineman, broadcaster Tunch Ilkin dies at 63****

(AP) — Tunch Ilkin, a Turkish-born, two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers who went on to become a beloved member of the organization’s broadcast team, has died. He was 63.

The Steelers confirmed Ilkin’s passing on Saturday. Ilkin, who revealed last fall he was fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), was hospitalized recently with pneumonia.

Ilkin announced in July that he was stepping away from his radio analyst duties to focus on his treatment.

The popular Ilkin was a fixture on the Steelers’ offensive line after being taken in the sixth round of the 1980 draft. He played 13 of his 14 seasons in the NFL in Pittsburgh, making the Pro Bowl in 1988 and 1989 as an athletic right tackle under Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll. He appeared in 176 games for the Steelers, making 143 starts.

He played one game for the Green Bay Packers in 1993 before retiring and moving into broadcasting. Ilkin spent 23 seasons in all as part of Pittsburgh’s radio team and became well-known throughout southwestern Pennsylvania for his charitable efforts for a variety of causes.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of Tunch Ilkin,” Steelers owner Art Rooney II said in a statement. “He was a man of faith who dedicated his entire life to being a devout Christian and family man. His passion for the game of football was evident in his everyday life.”

Ilkin’s influence during his post-playing days extended far beyond the field. He worked with a variety of causes, including the Light of Life Rescue Mission, which focuses on helping those battling homelessness and addiction. He and good friend and former teammate Craig Wolfley held an annual fundraiser for the mission, just one of several philanthropic ventures for Ilkin.

“His efforts and dedication to the Light of Life was unparalleled, and his desire to always help others made everyone appreciate him,” Rooney said. “He was loved by his family, teammates, and friends. We were fortunate to have Tunch as a player and broadcaster for so many years. Our condolences to his entire family during this difficult time.”

Ilkin was a fixture at the team’s training facility during the season, filtering in and out of the locker room to talk to players. His energy and enthusiasm for the organization and the game was infectious.

“Today we lost a heck of a person but God gained an unbelievable angel,” current Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward posted on Instagram. “Your love, faith, candor, and strength will be remembered forever. I’m lucky enough to have talked and got to know you. May you be at peace brother.”

Ilkin is survived by his wife, Karen, and children Tanner, Natalie and Clay from his marriage to his first wife Sharon, who died in 2012 following a battle with breast cancer.

****Aquino slams 3-run homer, Reds rebound to beat Tigers 7-4****

CINCINNATI (AP) The slumping Aristides Aquino needed a boost. So did the Cincinnati Reds after being routed in the series opener against Detroit.

Aquino, who was 2 for 30 since Aug. 19 and hitting just .181, blasted a three-run homer in a five-run third inning to lead the Reds to 7-4 win over the Tigers on Saturday night and stay put in the second NL wildcard slot.

“I was looking for a good pitch to hit right there and that pitch just hung right there, so I hit it well,” said Aquino of the 82-mph Matthew Boyd slider he deposited in the left-field seats.

Cincinnati manager David Bell said Aquino’s defensive prowess in the outfield has kept him in the lineup semi-regularly through his struggles, so it was good to see him hit the ball hard again.

“He has the potential, he has the ability to do exact what he did tonight,” Bell said. “We’ve seen that before.”

Tyler Naquin drove in two with a pinch-hit triple in the seventh inning for the Reds, who bounced back after being beaten by the Tigers 15-5 on Friday for their seventh loss in 10 games.

Eric Haase hit a three-run homer to put the Tigers up in the third, but the Reds answered with the big inning of their own, with Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez also driving in runs.

A bases-loaded walk to Dustin Garneau in the Tigers fourth made it a one-run game. But Tyler Mahle (11-5) got out of it with no further damage thanks to a sliding stop by Reds second baseman Jonathan India, who threw out Derek Hill to end the inning.

“An unbelievable play in a humongous spot,” Mahle said.

Naquin, who pinch-hit for Aquino with two outs in the seventh, tripled over the first-base bag to drive in two and give Cincinnati some breathing room.

Mahle went five innings, allowing six hits and four runs while striking out eight. Lucas Sims, Michael Lorenzen and Mychal Givens combined to shut out Detroit over the last four innings, with Givens inducing Miguel Cabrera to hit into a game-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Boyd (3-7) allowed seven hits and five runs through four innings for Detroit.

“The first four pitches of the game (were) out of the strike zone, and it looked like he was battling,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “He was scrambling from that point forward. He pitched out of a little bit of damage when they had a couple base runners, then they got him for the big inning.”

****Ohtani hits MLB-high 43rd HR, Suarez CG as Angels beat Texas****

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 43rd home run and Jose Suarez pitched a five-hitter, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Ohtani connected for a three-run homer in the sixth inning, a 426-foot drive to right field to a chorus of “MVP!” chants. He homered on the same night Kansas City’s Salvador Perez homered twice to reach 40.

Ohtani needs four more homers to match the franchise record of 47 set by Troy Glaus in 2000. Of Ohtani’s homers this year, 25 have come at Angel Stadium, breaking the single-season team mark of Glaus, who had 24 at home during his big season.

Ohtani’s home run came a day after he pitched seven impressive innings to beat the Rangers 3-2.

Angels manager Joe Maddon said Ohtani had no hesitation about being in Saturday’s lineup.

“We’re on the same wavelength,” Maddon said. “I know he can do it. He’s got to tell me where he’s at physically. (It’s) absolutely or something very positive. And he showed it and had some really good swings. You got to be tired after (117) pitches.”

Suarez (6-7) punched his glove several times and kept the ball from the final out in his first career complete game in the majors.

The 23-year-old lefty struck out eight, walked none and threw 100 pitches. The only run he permitted came in the ninth when Leody Taveras reached on an infield single to start the inning and later scored on Adolis Garcia’s groundout.

“I feel truly happy,” Suarez said through an interpreter. “I was out there in the eighth inning. I couldn’t believe I was still out there. It was very exciting.”

Kolby Allard (3-12), who grew up in Anaheim, retired the first seven batters of the game. Juan Lagares hit a solo home run in the third.

****Schwindel, Cubs rally in 9th, top Pirates, 5th win in row****

CHICAGO (AP) Rookie Frank Schwindel hustled hard and sprawled for an RBI single that capped a three-run rally with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-6 Saturday for their fifth straight win.

Schwindel had three hits, including a solo home run that sailed into Wrigley Field’s left-field video board. He has five homers in six games and 10 this season.

Alfonso Rivas singled home a run in the ninth that drew the Cubs within 6-5 and Rafael Ortega’s third hit of the game tied it when right fielder Ben Gamel couldn’t make a diving catch.

With runners on second and third, Schwindel hit a grounder that shortstop Kevin Newman gloved in the hole. Newman pivoted and made a midair throw to first that was wide, and Colin Moran came off the base to catch it.

Schwindel made a dive into the bag and narrowly avoided the tag. The play withstood a video review, handing the Pirates their fifth straight loss.

“What a blast,” said bench coach Andy Green, who is directing the Cubs while manager David Ross is out after a positive COVID-19 test. “That was crazy close. He was fired up and confident that he didn’t get tagged.”

“He’s done everything you can possible hope a baseball play could do. Now we just want to see it repeat for a long time,” he said.

Schwindel might have been extra pumped after the crowd started chanting his name at the start of his game-ending at-bat.

After all, the 6-foot-1, 220-pound, 29-year-old – nicknamed “Frank the Tank” – has taken over at first base for Anthony Rizzo, shipped at the July 30 trade deadline to the Yankees as the rebuilding Cubs unloaded big-name stars.

“That was awesome,” Schwindel said. “That was the loudest I’ve heard it here. That was as cool an experience as I’ve ever had.”

Schwindel says he’s just doing his best and not worrying about long-term plans.

“That’s the last thing that’s crossing my mind,” Schwindel said. “I’m just showing up every day. I’m playing first base for the Chicago Cubs and you can’t beat it.”

“I’m just having as much fun as I can and I’m trying to put some good at-bats together,” he said.

Chris Stratton (5-1) entered in the eighth with a 6-4 lead and was trying for a two-inning save, but took the loss.

Scott Effross (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win.

Yoshi Tsutsugo’s towering, solo shot hit the right-field video board in the Pirates first. Wilmer Difo had two RBIs in a five-run fifth, but Pittsburgh couldn’t hold on.

“From our angle, it looked he (Moran) tagged him, but that’s not how it it went,” manager Derek Shelton said. “I’ve only see what’s on the board.”

“We’ve played well, and we’ve come back from deficits, and we’ve lost some games because we didn’t catch the ball, and we need to catch the ball,” he said.

Pirates starter JT Brubaker abruptly exited due to right shoulder discomfort with two runners on, none out and a full count on Patrick Wisdom in the fourth. Assistant trainer Tony Leo sprinted to the mound, followed by Shelton.

Brubaker was making first start since Aug. 24 when he suffered a bruised right thumb while batting.

Cubs ace Kyle Hendricks was roughed up for the second straight start, allowing six runs on five hits while walking three and hitting two batters in 4 1/3 innings.

****Dodgers beat Giants 6-1, move into tie for first in NL West****

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Trea Turner and Corey Seager homered, Julio Urias won his seventh straight decision, and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved into a tie for first place with San Francisco atop the NL West Division with a 6-1 victory over the Giants on Saturday night.

A day after his throwing error from second allowed the winning run to score in Friday’s 3-2, 11-inning loss to San Francisco, Turner homered leading off the game to set the tone for the Dodgers’ fourth win in five contests.

Buster Posey was 3 for 4 with an RBI double for San Francisco, which lost for the fifth time in seven games.

The Dodgers have won 21 of their last 26 games.

Turner’s 21st home run just cleared the fence in center field, eluding the glove of a leaping Austin Slater. The homer extended Turner’s hitting streak to 11 games,

Urias (16-3) extended his lead as the winningest pitcher in the majors with another solid outing. The left-hander struck out eight, walked none, and gave up one run on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Jay Jackson (2-1) started and took the loss. He gave up three runs in a third of an inning in a bullpen game in which the Giants used eight pitchers.

Jackson left a 1-0 game with two runners aboard on consecutive one-out walks to Mookie Betts and Justin Turner. Both scored off Jarlin Garcia.

After both runners advanced on a double steal, Corey Seager’s sacrifice fly scored Betts, and Turner scored on a double by A.J. Pollack.

Turner also scored on a balk in the top of the sixth, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 4-1. Turner reached on a one-out single and went to second on shortstop Mauricio Dubon’s throwing error. Turner took third on reliever Quintana’s wild pitch and scored when third base umpire Adam Hamari called a balk on the left-hander.

San Francisco’s only run came on a double by Posey in the bottom of the first inning.

Seager homered leading off the ninth to start a two-run inning.

***Djokovic lets emotions show at US Open as Grand Slam nears***

NEW YORK (AP) Novak Djokovic did not seek to keep his thoughts to himself on court Saturday, the way he mostly did through his first two U.S. Open matches. Instead, he let it all out, slapping his chest or sneering with a fist raised to celebrate success, pointing to his ear to ask the crowd for noise.

This was the Djokovic everyone is so accustomed to seeing – yes, winning on the Grand Slam stage, of course, as he always does in this magical season, but also animated and into it, encouraging the spectators to join him for the ride on his path toward tennis history.

Taking another step in his bid to complete the first calendar-year Slam by a man in more than a half-century, Djokovic moved into the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the 14th consecutive appearance, coming back to beat Kei Nishikori 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.

“I couldn’t break the wall,” is how Nishikori described the task of taking on Djokovic. “He’s very tough ’til the end.”

Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia who is ranked No. 1, is now 24-0 in the sport’s four most important events this season, having won the Australian Open in February, the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July. The last man to go 4 for 4 at the majors was Rod Laver in 1969; Steffi Graf was the last woman, in 1988.

Win four more matches next week, and Djokovic also would earn his 21st career Slam trophy, breaking the men’s mark he currently shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

It was in the fourth round last year that Djokovic’s U.S. Open ended, defaulted late in the first set for hitting a ball after ceding a game and inadvertently hitting a line judge in the throat. In 2019, an injury ended his trip to New York in the fourth round, too.

Next up will be a match against 20-year-old American wild-card entry Jenson Brooksby or 21st-seeded Aslan Karatsev, who was an Australian Open semifinalist this year.

Other players advancing on a sunny Saturday included Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini and No. 13 Jannik Sinner – they gave Italy a pair of men in the U.S. Open’s for the first time in the event’s 140-year history – along with Olympic women’s gold medalist Belinda Bencic, 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu, 2020 French Open champion Iga Swiatek and 18-year-old Emma Raducanu of Britain.

No. 1 Ash Barty and Tokyo Games men’s champion Alexander Zverev were scheduled to play in the night session.

After eliminating a couple of inexperienced opponents ranked 121st and 145th, Djokovic faced someone with a far better resume in Nishikori, who was the runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open and has been as high as No. 4.

Here, though, was the problem for Nishikori heading into this encounter: He’d lost his last 16 matches against Djokovic. And while Nishikori, to loud roars from the stands in Arthur Ashe Stadium, stole the first set, the march to No. 17 in a row was soon in progress.

“I don’t think I started off very well. I was quite passive. I was too far back in the court. He was dictating the play,” Djokovic said. “He played much quicker and more aggressive than my opponents in the opening rounds did.”

One key stat: Djokovic made 20 unforced errors in the first set, then reduced that to an average of 10 1/2 per set over the last three.

Here’s more: Djokovic came up with a high-for-him 15 aces and dropped serve a total of twice, while breaking Nishikori seven times.

And Djokovic reacted to vital moments with joy, eliciting similar displays from fans, who were barred from the tournament in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

When he broke to lead 2-1 in the second set by winning a fantastic point that ended with both men near the net, he spun around and yelled, mouth agape. In his guest box, his wife, Jelena, stood and shouted, “Come on!” When Djokovic saved a break point in the third set, he indicated he wanted louder cheers by reaching for his right ear, then wagging his fingers. When he broke to go up 5-3, he pursed his lips to say, “Ooh!” In the next game, he reacted to a netted drop shot by tapping himself on the head with his racket three times, then screamed when he took that set, first toward one side of the stands, then another.

Djokovic described his improved play as the match wore on, stretching past 3 1/2 hours, as “getting that groove back and getting that rhythm.”

In other words, he might just be hitting his stride heading into Week 2 on the hard courts.

He certainly looked comfortable in the moment Saturday.

****Cantlay has 2-shot lead and $15 million payoff in sight****

ATLANTA (AP) Patrick Cantlay picked up his last birdie when he was least expecting it Saturday in the Tour Championship, and it felt like it was worth more than just one extra shot.

Clinging to a one-shot lead over Jon Rahm, he went from the right rough to the first of two bunkers fronting the 18th green with the pin tucked behind the second one. Cantlay safely blasted out to 25 feet and made it for a 3-under 67 to lead by two.

“I thought it was big for momentum,” Cantlay said. “It was a nice putt to make, especially being out of position on that hole. And I’ll take that momentum into tomorrow.”

It set the stage for a sprint to the FedEx Cup and its $15 million prize, with ramifications that could go even further. Still to be determined after the cash is doled out is PGA Tour player of the year, and Cantlay could be a big part of that conversation with a victory.

For now, he was at 20-under par with a two-shot lead over Rahm (68), and Cantlay knows he will have his hands full with a demanding East Lake course and the No. 1 player in the world, who hates losing as much as him.

The money is a nice talking point for Cantlay and Rahm, and even Justin Thomas, who had a 66 and is still very much in the range of making sure this isn’t a two-man race.

“I don’t play the game to make money,” Cantlay said. “I play the game because I want to win golf tournaments and I love doing that. And I’m in a great spot to do that tomorrow.”

So is Rahm, the U.S. Open champion who was denied what seemed to be a certain victory at the Memorial in early June when he had a six-shot lead and then had to withdraw with a positive COVID-19 test.

He was four shots behind with eight holes to play, made only one birdie and still made up ground when Cantlay – who had gone 46 holes with just one bogey – made three bogeys and missed a pair of birdie chances during the back nine before ending with his big birdie.

“It was one of those days where there was a lot of in-between numbers,” Rahm said. “There was a lot of three-quarters and finessing around, and certain holes I just played a little bit more conservative, and didn’t give myself the best chances to make putts.”

Thomas, who began the Tour Championship six shots behind because of his position in the FedEx Cup coming into the finale, was poised for the low round of the week to to get a little closer. But he pulled his tee shot on the par-5 18th, went rough-to-rough to 35 feet, and then three-putted for bogey by missing a 5-foot putt. He wound up five behind.

“I can’t bank on them having a bad day,” Thomas said. “I just have to keep plugging along and doing my job.”

No one else was closer than seven shots of Cantlay, who began the week at 10-under par after his BMW Championship victory made him the No. 1 seed.

Cantlay had reason to think Sunday might have involved a little less stress. He and Rahm had matching birdies from the greenside bunker on the par-5 sixth, and then the cool-headed Californian began to pull away.

Cantlay made a 12-foot birdie on No. 7. Rahm found a bunker off the tee at No. 8 and made bogey. Cantlay holed a 30-foot birdie across the green at the par-3 ninth, and then drilled his approach to 10 feet for another birdie on No. 10.

Just like that, he was four shots clear and not making any mistakes that would suggest he was going anywhere but forward.

Rahm didn’t panic.

“No, because listen, it could happen that he could keep up that play, but it’s very unlikely. I knew sooner or later, at some point, he was going to stop,” Rahm said.

“I never panicked because I knew I had my chances,” he said. “I was playing the back nine great all week and was full of confidence. Hopefully I’m the one that comes tomorrow with a solid game and puts on a lot of pressure.”

Rahm, who had made nine birdies on the back nine over the first two days, made only on on Saturday. No matter. Cantlay missed the green on the 11th for bogey, twice had to scramble for bogey on Nos. 14 and 16, and missed birdie chances of 10 feet and 8 feet, the length he had been making all day amid calls of “Patty Ice.”

And the last one was big.

“I thought I rolled the ball on the greens just as good as the last couple days, and my speed was good, and a few putts went in today, which was nice,” he said. “So I feel like I’m in a good spot going into tomorrow, and that putt on 18 put the momentum in the right direction.”

****Europe rides foursomes rout to early lead at Solheim Cup****

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) Defending champion Europe spent the run-up to the Solheim Cup doing what it could to feed the narrative that it came to Inverness as the underdog.

The Americans were deeper. Maybe more talented. And with travel from across the Atlantic restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Europeans knew support would be limited at best. That’s if it existed at all.

None of it mattered. Not with a fearless rookie spending the morning going head-to-head with the top player in the world and the afternoon helping Europe seal its best-ever Day 1 in the 31-year history of the event.

Leona Maguire, the first Irish player to make the Solheim Cup, made a series of clutch putts during the alternate-shot session to help her and teammate Mel Reid edge world No. 1 and Olympic champion Nelly Korda and older sister Jessica 1 up.

The 26-year-old then worked with Georgia Hall to earn a 1-up win over Yealimi Noh and Brittany Altomare in four-ball as Europe took a 5 1/2-2 1/2 lead.

“Trying to stay as calm as possible,” the even-keeled Maguire said. “Soak it all in. It’s been good.”

Really, really good.

Europe rode a dominant performance in alternate shot – where it captured 3 1/2 of a possible four points – to tie the biggest lead after one day in the 17 editions of the Solheim Cup. The Americans went up by three after the opening matches in both 1998 and 2017 on their way to comfortable victories.

Despite playing in front of a decidedly pro-U.S. crowd, Europe hardly looked intimidated by the stakes or the stage, hanging tough on a taut day in which seven of the eight matches made it all the way to the 18th green.

“We didn’t hear too many European cheers, all USA, but I’m quite adept at ignoring them now, so it’s not too bad,” Hall said. “We’ve just got a job to do.”

A job Europe certainly looks like it’s up for as it tries to win on U.S. soil for just the second time.

Europe’s advantage could potentially have been even bigger if not for an inadvertent rules violation by Madelene Sagstrom during her and teammate Nanna Koerstz Madsen’s four-ball match against Nelly Korda and Ally Ewing.

The teams were all square at the par-5 13th when Korda sent a 20-foot eagle putt curling right to left toward the hole. It hung on the lip as Korda dropped to her knees in exasperation. Sagstrom walked over and picked Korda’s ball up quickly to concede the tap-in birdie.

Took quickly, as it turned out.

Rules officials determined Sagstrom didn’t wait the required 10 seconds before grabbing Korda’s ball, making Korda’s eagle putt good, a decision that put the Americans in front and opened the door for them to win 1 up.

“You don’t want to win a hole like that,” Korda said. “I got off the green, and we kind of were talking, and (the rules official) already came up to us and was like, `I’m calling it in, I want to check it out.’ We didn’t even have a say honestly.”

Sagstrom allowed she violated the rule, though she questioned whether Korda’s ball was as close to going in as the officials believed it was.

“I personally don’t agree with the decision with the ball being on the edge,” Sagstrom said. “But I didn’t follow the 10-second rule, so it sucks right now because I feel like I let my team down.”

It was one of the few wayward moments on a day that largely belonged to blue-and-white clad visitors.

Reid and Maguire were practically strangers when they arrived in northwest Ohio. They bonded over the course of three practice days and looked like they’d been together for years while they stared down the Korda sisters.

The Kordas went unbeaten in foursomes at Gleneagles in 2019 but never seemed to get it going, even with former Masters champion Bubba Watson tagging along in their group as a volunteer assistant for U.S. captain Pat Hurst.

Reid and Maguire jumped in front when the Kordas made a mess of the par-4 fourth. It only got worse on the par-4 sixth when both Kordas saw their respective pitches onto the elevated green roll back down the hill into the rough.

The sisters managed just three birdies the entire round – two of which Reid and Maguire matched – and could only watch as Maguire calmly drilled a 3-footer on 18 to clinch the point for Europe.

“We just couldn’t get into a groove,” Jessica Korda said. “It’s just tough, but we came back and gave it our best. But Leona made everything coming in, and it’s tough to kind of do anything when they make no mistakes.”

There were few to go around by the Europeans. Matilda Castren and seven-time Solheim Cup veteran Anna Nordqvist dropped Mina Harigae and Lexi Thompson 4 and 3 in four-ball, the lone blowout of the day.

Lizette Salas salvaged a point for the U.S. in four-ball when she made a 7-foot birdie on the 18th to give her and Jennifer Kupcho a 1-up win over Carlota Ciganda and Sophia Popov.

Salas pumped her fist in celebration, one of the displays of emotion by the Americans. Then again, there wasn’t much to cheer about as the Europeans put on a brilliant display that staggered the hosts.

“They’re playing fine,” Hurst said of her team. “It could have gone either way. I don’t want them to be down on themselves.”

INDIANA SPORTS NEWS:

INDY ELEVEN:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indy Eleven saw its recent run of form at home run out on a soggy Carroll Stadium pitch this evening, as Atlanta United 2 used a first half goal by Aiden McFadden to post a 1-0 win over Indiana’s Team.

Despite the defeat, Indy Eleven (7W-9L-5D, 26 pts.) remains within a win of the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division. However, Atlanta United 2 was able to leap over Indiana’s Team in the standings and now sits on 28 points, with both teams lurking behind fourth-place OKC Energy FC on 29 points. 

With a slick turf after a rain-soaked day in the Circle City, Indy seemed eager to try some chances from distance with the hope of skipping something past Atlanta United 2 goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard. However, the former Eleven ‘keeper did well to gobble Jeremiah Gutjahr’s one-hopper in the 19th minute, and he did one better a few minutes later to steer midfielder Nicky Law’s rip from 30 yards around his left post for a corner.

Atlanta had its own chances of note early, but Matias Benitez’s snap header in the ninth minute went right to Eleven goalkeeper Jordan Farr on his line, and midfielder Robbie Mertz’s sidewinding volley in the 14th minute rose just over the bar. It was indeed the visitors that would move the scoreboard first in the 26th minute when Aiden McFadden collected a recycled clearance just outside the area and curled a beauty inside the far-right post to put ATL UTD 2 up 1-0. It was Benitez who would have the best chance on goal the remainder of the half, but Farr stood his ground well and got low to bat away the forward’s chance from just inside the six-yard box.

The second half was pretty much one way traffic towards the Atlanta goal, with Indy Eleven outshooting Atlanta 11-2 across the second stanza. Law was often the focal point for Indy early in the half, however the Englishman would see Lundgaard make two solid saves in the 52nd and 58th minutes. In between Atlanta striker Amadou Diop’s galloping run down the left flank ended with his chance from the top of the area missing high in the 55th minute.

Indy Eleven Nick Moon was active all evening on the right flank, and his service to Gordon Wild in the heart of the area in the 68th minute already paid dividends, but the German’s turn-and-fire attempt was blocked off his foot for a corner. A minute later the tables were turned as Wild flicked a nifty ball from midfield up Route 1 for Moon to run onto, but Christian Wiley’s sliding tackle again provided a crucial bloc for the visitors.

Atlanta was able to play out the stretch without giving up many chances of note, Manuel Arteaga’s off-balance header that drifted high in the 86th minute and Moon’s blast from 20 yards that sailed high in the 89th minute giving the drenched home crowd the most hope. However, ATL UTD 2 would see it out and garner the full three points, snapping Indy Eleven’s modest home winning streak at a pair of games.

Indy Eleven’s monthlong streak of home Saturdays will be interrupted this Wednesday, Sept. 8, when Indiana’s Team heads west to Oklahoma to face off with FC Tulsa. Kickoff from ONEOK Field is set for 8:00 p.m. ET (live on ESPN+).

The Boys in Blue will then return home next Saturday, Sept. 11, when it will host Sporting KC II. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET match on Faith & Family Night at Carroll Stadium can be secured by visiting  indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours. For full details surrounding the evening’s events, visit indyeleven.com/promotions. 

INDIANA FEVER:

Phoenix Mercury guard Kia Nurse was assessing her recent scoring surge when she said this week that, “It’s never too late to find your stroke.”

Turns out that adage also applies to the red-hot Mercury.

Under .500 before the Olympic break, Phoenix is riding a seven-game winning streak entering Saturday’s matinee against the host Indiana Fever in Indianapolis. The latest victory in that string, Tuesday’s 103-83 home romp against the Chicago Sky, helped the Mercury (16-10) clinch their 12th playoff berth in the past 13 seasons.

“I said after the Olympic break, we knew we needed to get better and to do it collectively as a team, and that’s what we’re doing,” Phoenix coach Sandy Brondello said. “We’re buying in and playing together at both ends of the floor.”

While the Mercury kick off a three-game road trip Saturday, the Fever (6-19) will conclude a four-game homestand with a pair of Labor Day weekend games against Phoenix. The teams also are set to meet Monday night.

Indiana, which has lost three of its last five games, is coming off Tuesday’s come-from-behind 74-72 win against the playoff-hopeful Los Angeles Sparks. The Fever closed the game on a 10-0 run over the final 2:51.

Kelsey Mitchell paced the team with 25 points, while Teaira McCowan contributed 15 points and a career-high-tying 19 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season.

“When I’m getting rebounds, I’m kicking it out to my teammates and they’re getting down the floor,” McCowan said. “That’s the equation.”

In addition to the improved team play Brondello cited, Phoenix also has excelled thanks to its scoring depth. Nurse got in on the action Tuesday, scoring 21 points after netting just 28 points in her previous six games.

“Sometimes when you’re struggling to find your confidence, you just need to have one or two good games and it comes back,” Nurse said. “There’s a new opportunity to have another game every 1-2 days, so I’m trying to take advantage of those opportunities knowing we’re ending the regular season and going into the playoffs.”

Behind 25 points from Brittney Griner, Phoenix edged visiting Indiana 84-80 on Aug. 17 in the teams’ first matchup this season.

INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY: Hoosiers Sweep At Indiana Open

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Cross Country hosted its first home meet since 2017 on Saturday morning. Gabriel Sanchez and Mariah Wehrle won the men’s 8k and women’s 5k race at the Indiana Open.

Running his first race as a Hoosier, Sanchez crossed the finish line first with a time of 25:13.94. Austin Haskett picked up third place and clocked a time of 25:30.76. Keelan Grant was the next Hoosier across as he finished in a time of 25:39.04 to take fifth. Dustin Horter rounded out the top-10 with a time of 25:52.11.

Aaron Bennett, Paul Rushton, Nick Couyoumjian, Reece Proctor and Jack Gillard finished 15th though 19th, respectively. Bennett secured a time of 26:27.58 while Rushton crossed in a time of 26:31.76. Couyoumjian locked down a time of 26:39.52 and Proctor saw time of 29:14.59. Gillard finished out the field with a time of 29:26.12.

Wehrle captured her first race victory of her career on Saturday. The sophomore crossed in a time of 18:02.14. Gracie Sprankle finished right behind Wehrle in second and garnered a time of 18:03.99. Ana Barrott secured a time of 18:05.93 to finish in fourth. Lauryn Mick and Mikaela Ramirez placed fifth and sixth, respectively. Mick saw a time of 18:06.43 while Ramirez picked up a time of 18:16.48. Alyssa Skorge rounded out the top-10 and had a time of 18:35.18.

Abi Little took 13th in a time of 18:53.75. Phoebe Bates and Kelly Mindak concluded the race in 16th and 17th. Bates crossed in a time of 19:04.46 while Mindak captured a time of 19:10.05.

Next, Indiana will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the John McNichols Invitational on Saturday, September 18. The men’s 8k race is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start while the women’s 5k will begin at 9:45 a.m.

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Men’s Golf to Host Hoosier Collegiate Invitational

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s golf team will kick off the 2021-22 season as hosts of the 2021 Hoosier Collegiate Invitational at from Sept. 5-6 at The Pfau Golf Course. Day one of the tournament will feature 36 holes with the final 18 coming on Monday.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

2021 Hoosier Collegiate Invite • Bloomington, Ind.

The Pfau Golf Course

Par 71 • 7265 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

TEAMS COMPETING (15)

Ball State, Bradley, Butler, Cincinnati, Evansville, Illinois, Illinois State, INDIANA, IUPUI, Lipscomb, Loyola Chicago, Memphis, Miami (OH), North Alabama, Valparaiso

INDIANA LINEUP

1. Clay Merchent

2. Harry Reynolds

3. Noah Gillard

4. Drew Salyers

5. Mitch Davis

*Eric Berggren

*Ethan Shepherd

*Ethan Chelf

*Evan Yakubov

*Robbie Bender III

*Drew Giacchetto

*Competing as individuals

TOURNAMENT NOTES

• The season-opening tournament will be the second hosted by the men’s golf team on The Pfau Golf Course. The course made its hosting debut during the Hoosier Invitational on April 3-4, 2021. Indiana (892) finished second in the tournament behind Big Ten foe Michigan State (885).

• The tournament will feature 36 holes on Sunday with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. ET. The remaining 18 holes will be played on Monday with a split tees start. The final round is slated to begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. ET.

• This marks the first time since 2018 in which the Hoosiers will open the season as hosts of a tournament. Indiana finished second overall as hosts of the Fuzzy Zoeller Invitational in Henryville that season.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Boilermakers Host Saint Louis Sunday

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team begins a three-match homestand on Sunday, September 5, at 1 p.m. ET against Saint Louis at Folk Field.

Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021. As part of Kids Take Over, there will be activities on and off the pitch for younger Boilermaker fans on Sunday. There will be a bounce house and Kona Ice, kids will have the chance to participate in on-field games during halftime and more.

University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.

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

The Boilermakers enter the matchup with a 2-1-2 record after they suffered their first loss of the season on Thursday, a 1-0 defeat at Notre Dame. Purdue is 2-0-1 at home and has won two in a row at Folk Field.

Through the first five matches of the season, the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 5.40 saves per match, and they are No. 5 in total assists (9), save percentage (.871) and shot accuracy (.484). Individually, senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova is No. 3 nationally with 490:00 minutes played, and senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 19 in the NCAA in goals, with four, and No. 25 in shots on goal per match, with 2.40. Bova also leads the Big Ten in saves (27), is second in saves per match (5.40) and fourth in save percentage (.871). Griffith is fourth in shots per match (4.60) and sixth in total points (8).

The Billikens, who won the Atlantic 10 Championship and made the NCAA Tournament last season, are 1-4 following a 1-0 loss to Louisville on Thursday. Saint Louis’ 2020 campaign, contested in the spring of 2021, was highlighted by a 15-1-1 record.

LAST TIME OUT: UNBEATEN STREAK SNAPPED

Purdue’s season-opening unbeaten streak was snapped with a 1-0 loss at Notre Dame on Sept. 2. The Boilermakers were shut out for the first time this year as the Fighting Irish used a 59th-minute goal to remain undefeated.

Purdue had six shots, four on goal, while Notre Dame had 10 shots and five shots on goal. UND earned nine corner kicks to the Boilermakers’ one. Griffith registered a match-high four shots with two shots on goal and Bova made four saves.

A complete recap of the match can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SERIES HISTORY VS. SAINT LOUIS

Purdue is 0-0-1 all-time against Saint Louis following a 0-0, double-overtime draw in 2019 in Missouri. SLU had a 16-14 advantage in shots, and Purdue held a 7-6 edge in shots on goal in the September 15 matchup. Griffith and Leanna Rebimbas each had a team-high three shots and one shot on goal, while Bova made seven saves to earn the shutout.

SCOUTING THE BILLIKENS

Saint Louis comes to West Lafayette with a 1-4 mark and a 1-1 record on the road. Prior to Thursday’s 1-0 loss at home to Louisville, the Billikens dropped a 2-0 decision at Kansas on August 26 and registered a 2-0 victory at Illinois State on August 29.

In the Atlantic 10 rankings, SLU is fourth in goals-against average (1.00) and save percentage (.808). Goalkeeper Emily Puricelli is second in the league with 450:00 minutes played, and she is third in save percentage (.808) and fourth in goals-against average (1.00), total saves (21) and shutouts (1).

UP NEXT: HOMESTAND CONTINUES

Purdue has a pair of home matches on tap next weekend, beginning against Kansas State on Thursday, September 9, at 7 p.m. ET. The Boilermakers then host Colorado on Sunday, September 12, at 1 p.m. Admission at Folk Field is free for all fans at every regular-season home match in 2021.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Butler VB Wins in Fifth Set to Beat North Dakota

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Mount Pleasant, Mich. – The Butler women’s volleyball team won a five-set thriller over North Dakota to conclude the Chippewa Invitational with a 2-1 record. The Bulldogs (3-3) made comebacks after losing the first and third sets before taking control for most of the tiebreaking set over North Dakota (1-5).

Set 1: North Dakota 25-21

The Bulldogs got out to an early 9-4 lead before North Dakota answered with a 5-0 run to tie it. The two teams then went back-and-forth until the Fighting Hawks went on a 4-0 run to take an 18-15 lead which they would hold for the remainder of the set. Butler had multiple kills from Grace Boggess, Melody Davidson, Mariah Grunze and Amina Shackelford in the opening frame.

Set 2: Butler 25-22

Two kills each from Boggess and Shackelford helped Butler lead 10-8 early. A later 4-0 run by North Dakota put the Fighting Hawks up 13-12. The Bulldogs responded by winning 6 of 7 points later in the set for a 22-17 lead and cruised from there. Boggess, Davidson, Brittany Robinson and Shackelford posted multiple kills in the set to lead the way for Butler.

Set 3: North Dakota 25-19

Butler started the set with a 3-0 run with kills from Davidson and Grunze, but the Fighting Hawks responded by taking 7 of 8 points later for a 14-9 lead. The Bulldogs would get no closer than two points from North Dakota’s lead the rest of the way, but Davidson put up a nice effort with five kills in the set.

Set 4: Butler 25-22

North Dakota took a 9-6 lead early before the Bulldogs got four points in a row punctuated by back-to-back kills by Boggess. Later, Butler secured 6 of 7 points with the help of three kills from Robinson for an 18-14 lead. The Fighting Hawks rallied go ahead 21-20, but two kills late by Grunze including the set clincher helped the Bulldogs prevail.

Set 5: Butler 15-12

A balanced attack highlighted by two kills from Shackelford allowed the Bulldogs to get out to a 9-6 lead. North Dakota would rally to take an 11-10 lead, but consecutive kills by Robinson, Davidson and Shackelford put Butler up and clinched the match on a couple of errors by the Fighting Hawks. Davidson, Grunze and Shackelford all were clutch with multiple points in the tiebreaking set.

Stat of the Match:

Five different Bulldogs scored double-digit points (Boggess, Davidson, Grunze, Robinson and Shackelford).

Inside the Box Score:

-Grunze stuffed the stat sheet with 14 kills, 15 digs and three assists.

-Davidson posted an efficient 19.5 points on 17 kills, two solo blocks and one block assist.

-Madison Friebel put up a double-double with 46 assists and 16 digs.

-Jaymeson Kinley secured 27 digs and put down a kill and an ace.

-Shackelford (12), Robinson (11) and Boggess (10) contributed double-digit kills.

Up Next:

Butler will be back on the road next weekend in Berkeley, Calif., for another three games in the California Tournament beginning Friday at 1 p.m. against North Dakota State.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Soccer Hosts Purdue Fort Wayne for Home Opener Sunday

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Match 4  |  Sunday, Sept. 5 (1 p.m.)

Ball State (1-2-0) hosts Purdue Fort Wayne (1-1-3)

Muncie, Ind. (Briner Sports Complex)

SL Digital Radio  |  Live Stats

MUNCIE, Ind. – – After starting the year with three matches on the road, Ball State soccer will get its first taste of home cooking Sunday when it welcomes Purdue Fort Wayne to the Briner Sports Complex for its home opener at 1 p.m.

The Cardinals (1-2-0) enter the contest looking to rebound from a pair of tough losses, the latest being a 2-1 setback Thursday night at Cincinnati. Despite the loss, Ball State enters Sunday’s showdown versus the Mastodons with a little momentum following a strong final 25 minutes of play versus the Bearcats.

Over the final 25 at UC, the Cardinals upped the pressure and managed six shots and one goal. BSU also came tantalizing close to the equalizer with five seconds left in the match.

The goal came courtesy of a header in the 87′ from senior Kennedy Metzger, who also logged BSU’s first shot on goal in the contest in the 66′. She is the fifth different goal scorer for Ball State this season.

SCOUTING PURDUE FORT WAYNE:

Purdue Fort Wayne enters Sunday’s showdown with a 1-1-3 overall record, coming off a 5-0 loss at Iowa Thursday night. The Mastodons opened the season Aug. 19 with a 0-0 tie against Toledo. After picking up a win 3-1 win over Morehead State (Aug. 22), Purdue Fort Wayne logged a 0-0 tie versus Eastern Illinois (Aug. 27) and a 1-1 stalemate at Bellarmine (Aug. 29).

Four different Mastodons have goals on the year, with the latest coming from Gigi Ricciardi in the team’s 1-1 tie at Bellarmine.

Purdue Fort Wayne also features the defending Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week in goalie Samantha Castaneda. Castaneda played 220 minutes in net last week, racking up six saves and allowing just one goal.

HOW TO FOLLOW SUNDAY’S ACTION:

Fans unable to join us at the Briner Sports Complex Sunday can listen to the match LIVE with Parker Webster and Jovanni Alcantar calling the action for SL Digital. Live Stats will also be available for the match courtesy of Ball State Athletics.

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW:

1. Ball State holds a commanding 14-1-1 lead in the all-time series versus the Mastodons, including six straight wins. The last time the teams met, the Cardinals earned a 4-0 win on Sept. 20, 2019 at the Briner Sports Complex. Overall, Ball State has out-scored the Mastodons 16-1 during the current six-match winning streak and 40-7 in the all-time series. Purdue Fort Wayne’s only win was a 1-0 victory on its home pitch Aug. 30, 2013.

2. Ball State is 17-4-1 all-time in home openers, including nine straight wins. The Cardinals have hosted Purdue Fort Wayne in three of the 22 previous home openers, going 3-0-0 in those matches.

All-Time Home Openers:

2020-21: March 4, 2021 vs. Toledo – W, 2-0

2019: Aug. 23, 2019 vs. Eastern Illinois – W, 6-0

2018: Sept. 14, 2018 vs. Omaha – W, 3-1

2017: Aug. 18, 2017 vs. Purdue Fort Wayne – W, 2-0

2016: Aug. 19, 2016 vs. Eastern Kentucky – W, 3-1

2015: Aug. 26, 2015 vs. Wright State – W, 2-1

2014: Aug. 22, 2014 vs. Purdue Fort Wayne – W, 3-0

2013: Aug. 23, 2013 vs. Northern Iowa – W, 2-1

2012: Aug. 24, 2012 vs. Northern Kentucky – W, 2-1

2011: Aug. 26, 2011 vs. No. 16 Illinois – L, 0-5

2010: Aug. 20, 2010 vs. Xavier – W, 2-1

2009: Sept. 13, 2009 vs. SIU-Edwardsville – W, 3-2

2008: Sept 12, 2008 vs. Eastern Illinois – W, 2-0

2007: Aug. 31, 2007 vs. Purdue Fort Wayne – W, 5-1

2006: Sept. 8, 2006 vs. Indiana State – W, 3-2

2005: Aug. 28, 2005 vs Butler – W, 3-2

2004: Sept. 10, 2004 vs. Eastern Michigan – T, 0-0 (2 OT)

2003: Sept. 5, 2003 vs. Northern Iowa – L, 2-3

2002: Aug. 20, 2002 vs. Butler – L, 1-2

2001: Sept. 18, 2001 vs. Toledo – W, 1-0

2000: Aug. 27, 2000 vs. Murray State – W, 6-1

1999: Sept. 17, 1999 vs. Valparaiso – L, 0-1

3. Ball State has not lost three straight soccer matches since the 2017 season, when it went winless in six straight, capped by three losses. The last time Ball State suffered two straight losses was in 2019, 1-0 at Florida Atlantic (Sept. 13) and 2-0 at FGCU (Sept. 15), with the Cardinals snapping the streak with a 4-0 home victory over Purdue Fort Wayne (Sept. 20)

4. With her 11th career goal in the win at Valparaiso (Aug. 22), fifth-year senior Nicky Potts moved into a tie for 16th in program history with 29 career points … In fact, Potts is one of only 17 players to score at least 11 career goals as a Cardinal, with five of those goals being game-winners … Senior Tatiana Mason leads Ball State’s active players with 36 career points (7th all-time) and 12 career goals (T-10th all-time), including seven game-winners.

Ball State’s Top Active Goal Scorers:

1. Tatiana Mason – 12 Goals (7 game-winners)

2. Nicky Potts – 11 Goals (5 game-winners)

3. Jenna Dombrowski – 5 Goals (2 game-winners)

5. Ball State’s two penalty kick goals at Valparaiso (Aug. 22) are indeed a rare feat … In fact, the Cardinals only had one penalty kick goal in the last two years combined … The last time Ball State was awarded two penalty kicks in a game was Oct. 11, 2015 versus Ohio … Last Sunday’s effort is the first time Ball State has scored on two penalty kicks in the same game going as far back as the 2003 season … The program record for penalty kick goals in a season is five by the 2007 squad.

Valpo Football Falls in Season Opener

The Valparaiso University football team outscored Indiana Wesleyan 10-7 over the final three quarters on Saturday evening at Wildcat Stadium in Marion, Ind., but an early deficit proved to be the difference as the hosts prevailed 28-10. Chuck Maxwell (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Christian Academy) was a bright spot for the Valpo offense, while Jaxon Peifer (Normal, Ill. / Normal Community) boasted a team-high 14 tackles.

How It Happened

Indiana Wesleyan struck first as Jacquez Carter rushed for a 32-yard touchdown with 12:51 remaining in the opening quarter, then Devodney Alford added a 7-yard scoring rush with 8:21 on the clock. Later in the quarter, Justin Johnson broke off a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown and Valpo trailed 21-0 through the opening quarter.

Late in the opening period, Valpo recorded a stop on third-and-short before Nathan Orlandini (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington) made a key tackle for a loss on 4th-and-1 from the 44, forcing a turnover on downs. That play set up an eventual scoring drive for Valpo that resulted in three points.

The Beacons got on the board early in the second quarter as Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) sent a 34-yard field goal through the uprights to make it 21-3 with 12:05 remaining in the opening half. The next two Wildcats drives resulted in punts, but then Indiana Wesleyan cashed in on a short field following a Valpo turnover on downs with a 13-yard TD rush by Alford that made it 28-3 with 16 seconds remaining in the opening half.

Valpo started the second half favorably as the defense forced a three-and-out including a sack by Peifer for a loss of nine. That led to a quick strike as the first Valpo drive of the half required only one play, a 45-yard TD on a jet sweep to Maxwell.

The Beacons defense sustained the momentum with another three-and-out, but Valpo’s following drive ended with a missed field goal.

Early in the fourth quarter, Austin Chilton (Windermere, Fla. / West Orange) came up with an interception to account for Valpo’s first takeaway of the day.

The Valpo defense continued to play well for the remainder of the second half, as the Wildcats were held scoreless after the intermission. The Valpo offense also moved the ball, but was unable to finish drives. The Maxwell score stood as the only points of the second half.

Inside the Game

Indiana Wesleyan outgained Valpo by a narrow margin of 328-300 as the Beacons outdid the Wildcats on passing yards 178-175.

Maxwell scored the first offensive touchdown of his young Valpo career and his second overall score including his memorable kickoff return in last season’s finale vs. San Diego.

Bartholomew’s made field goal was the eighth of his career. Through Saturday’s game, he is now 8-of-10 on field-goal tries in his Valpo tenure. 

Peifer finished with a team-high 14 tackles, while Keyon Turner (Chicago, Ill. / Marist) recorded nine stops. Both players achieved career highs in the tackle department.

Chilton’s interception was his first in a Valpo uniform. He was involved in several key plays as he also notched a sack.

Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground) led Valpo with 60 receiving yards on three receptions, including several impressive grabs while battling a member of the IWU secondary. Jordan Bingham (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central) led the team in receptions with four, totaling 44 yards.

Teryn Berry (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond [Weber State]) got the start at quarterback in his Valpo debut and completed 15 passes for 174 yards.

Up Next

Valpo (0-1) will visit No. 3/4 North Dakota State next Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT in Fargo, N.D. The game will be televised on ABC North Dakota and ESPN+ with the radio call available on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, WVUR. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Hounds Pull Away With Week 1 Win at St. X

CHICAGO – The No. 14 UIndy football team (1-0) started its 2021 campaign with a 34-10 road win at Saint Xavier (0-1) Saturday night. The Greyhounds put up 24 unanswered points in the second half behind a 135-yard, three-touchdown performance from senior running back Toriano Clinton.

MARIAN FOOTBALL: MARIAN FALLS 34-10 TO TIFFIN IN SEASON OPENER

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian football team led 10-6 late in the first half Saturday afternoon against Tiffin University, but a late first half touchdown and interception from the Dragons had the Knights playing from behind the rest of the game as they fell 34-10 in their season opener.

Defense headlined the first quarter of the season opener, as both offenses struggled to sustain a drive through the heavy rain that soaked the opening quarter. Marian and Tiffin traded interceptions on their opening drives of the game, with Zach Bundalo and Nick Watson each turning it over on their first third down play. Ricky Kwak’s interception of Watson set Marian up in enemy territory, but the Knights were unable to move the chains punting back to Tiffin. After the Knights forced a three and out of their own, the offense started deep in Dragon territory, but on 4th and 10 Bundalo came short of the sticks on a scramble.

Marian’s defense continued to stymie Watson and the Dragons offense for the remainder of the quarter, with Diomoni Small ending one drive with a break up while Logan Blake and Tyler Bukur ended the next series with a sack. Marian began a strong-looking drive to start the second quarter after a stop from Blake ended the first quarter, but a first-down throw from Bundalo to Johnny William was washed off by a penalty, and on the ensuing third down the QB was sacked to stall the series. Tiffin turned the turnover on downs into points, scoring in three plays with Watson hitting Darius Pinnix for a 69-yard touchdown, with the back turning a short catch into a score.

Tiffin missed the extra point to hold a 6-0 lead, and on the following series Marian’s offense ignited, with Daylen Taylor ripping a 29-yard run to earn Marian’s first first-down of the game. The carry took Marian to midfield, and two plays later Ben Stevens took Marian into the red-zone with a 33-yard reception. Bundalo capped the 79-yard drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Luke Hornung, as the second-year tight end hauled in his first career touchdown reception.

Tiffin looked to answer trailing 7-6, but were denied points as Trevor Adler blocked a 31-yard field goal attempt on the ensuing drive, with Small recovering the loose ball on the return to set Marian up with great field position. William hauled in a remarkable one-handed grab for a 42-yard reception to highlight the ensuing Marian drive, setting up a Marlon Pomili field goal three plays later to give Marian a 10-6 lead with 2:40 remaining in the half.

Marian’s lead lasted just 42 seconds, as Tiffin put points on the board in a quick fashion, with Watson going 72-yards to the end zone on a third down read option play, allowing the visitors to recapture the lead at 13-10. Marian looked to answer with a two-minute drive, but a tipped pass from Bundalo near midfield resulted in an interception for Cameron Fox, and on the next play Tiffin hit the end zone with Watson finding Jalen Thomas for a 15-yard score. The late touchdown gave the Dragons a 20-10 lead at halftime, as they out-gained Marian 269-177 in the first 30 minutes.

Like the first quarter, offense was hard to find in the third quarter with both teams combining for 100 total yards of offense. Marian looked poised to get on the board after the defense started the quarter with a three-and-out as Bundalo hitting William for a 31-yard gain, put the drive stalled at the Tiffin 37, with Marian punting on fourth down. The rest of the quarter featured three punts with neither team moving the ball past the 50, and Marian’s first drive of the fourth quarter ended in a kick after a pair of incompletions.

Tiffin extended their lead with their first series of the fourth quarter, gaining yards in chunks to march down the field, ending the drive with a 45-yard touchdown run by the quarterback Watson. Trailing 27-10 with 10:56 remaining in the game, Taylor helped ignite the offense with back to back first down runs, but a sack on the fourth play of the series halted the progress as Bundalo was slammed hard on the turf, exiting the game after the hard hit. Backup Ben Slaton came in after the sack, and facing a third and 18, Slaton threw a dime to Stevens on his first collegiate snap for a 59-yard touchdown, but the play was taken off the board after a chop block.

Marian punted back to Tiffin after an incompletion, and on the ensuing drive the Dragons put the game away, capping a 28-0 scoring run with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Watson to Baden Pinson, giving the visitors a 34-10 lead with 4:34 left in the game. Marian looked to add points on the board after a Jalen Jennings 71-yard kickoff return started the drive at the Tiffin 24, but a fumble ended Marian’s final series, as the Dragons ran out the clock to seal their win.

Tiffin ended the game out-gaining Marian 461-223, holding a commanding 265-35 advantage over Marian on the ground. Bundalo threw for 189 and one touchdown in his first collegiate start, with Johnny William leading the receivers hauling in four receptions for 104 yards. Ben Stevens had five catches for 61 yards, and Daylen Taylor led the running backs with 55 yards on seven carries. Logan Blake led the defense with eight tackles including a half sack, and Small broke up three passes in the game while also making 3.5 tackles and recovering the blocked kick. Taylor Soper tied a Marian single-game record for punts, booting nine balls for 350 yards.

Marian will hit the road seeking their first win of the season in their next game, as they travel to Madonna on September 11 for a 1 PM kickoff.

Purdue Fort Wayne WVB Falls to Indiana, Topples Western Michigan on Saturday

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped a match to Big Ten foe Indiana 3-0, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Mid-American Conference opponent Western Michigan on the final day of the Discover Kalamazoo Classic.

Game 1: Indiana 3, Purdue Fort Wayne 0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-17)

Katie Crowe led the Mastodons in the morning match with 12 kills, hitting .333 for the match. The All-American got her first two kills of the day to give the ‘Dons a 4-3 lead over the Hoosiers. Despite three kills on six swings from Crowe in the opening set, IU took the frame after a 5-1 run to go up 18-12.

The Mastodons got three kills from Crowe in the first four points of the second set. She finished the frame with six of her kills, taking just nine swings to do so. IU held a lead for the majority of the set, but the ‘Dons were within a few points the whole way. After the Hoosiers reached the 24-19 mark, the ‘Dons held off two set points. Nicole Jones got a kill and Maggie Castleman floored a solo block.

Crowe started off set three with two more consecutive kills before IU took a 13-6 advantage. The Hoosiers nursed this early lead to the end of the set. Ramei Jackson, Castleman and Joanna Larsen had two kills each in the set.

Sidney Schiller and Molly Mirabelli had three blocks each. Madison Gates and Jones split the setting duties with 14 and 12 assists, respectively.

Indiana improved to 4-1.

Game 2: Purdue Fort Wayne 3, Western Michigan (25-15, 25-21, 20-25, 28-26)

The Mastodons came out strong from the get-go, jumping out to a 10-5 lead. The offense was spread out through the first two sets in particular, as six different Mastodons had either four or five kills. To finish off set one, Larsen blocked WMU after the Broncos tried to attack an overpass.

Midway through the second set, Jackson hammered down an attack up the middle to push momentum toward the ‘Dons. Crowe finished off the set with an ace that clipped the net.

In set three, the ‘Dons trailed 12-9. On the subsequent play, Rachael Crucis made three consecutive digs to keep a rally alive, allowing Crowe to get the kill to finish. The ‘Dons had a 3-0 push that included a kill from Mirabelli and an ace from Schiller, but WMU closed the frame on a 4-1 push of its own.

After Jackson hammered down a kill midway through the fourth, Alexandra Traciak dropped in an ace just short of the Western Michigan libero to go up 16-15. WMU powered ahead to a 23-19 lead, but the ‘Dons rattled off a 5-0 run to go ahead 24-23. This run was spurred on by a block and a kill from Jackson, then a pair of kills from Crowe. In extra points, the ‘Dons went to their All-American in Crowe, as she had three kills in the last four points.

Crowe finished with 15 kills, 12 digs and two aces to lead the ‘Dons. Jackson had 13 kills with a .550 hitting clip, while Castleman also had 11 kills with a percentage .435. Crucis had 19 digs.

Crowe was named to the Discover Kalamazoo Classic All-Tournament Team for her efforts.

With the win, Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 1-5, while Western Michigan falls to 4-2. The ‘Dons are back in action next week at the Liberty Invitational when they face Navy, Liberty and Old Dominion.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S GOLF: Kasey Lilly Breaks Program’s 54-Hole Record at EKU Intercollegiate

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Thanks to a final round of 67 (-3), Kasey Lilly broke the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf 54-hole record on Saturday, September 3. Lilly shot a 208 at the EKU Intercollegiate, which broke the previous record by two strokes.

Lilly’s 208 put him in sixth place for the weekend, marking the fifth top-10 finish of his career.

As a team, the Mastodons moved up from 12th to seventh after the final round, shooting a 279 as a team. They finished with a 858 team score, which tied the fourth-best team score in program history.

Lilly turned in his 11th under-par round as a Mastodon behind four birdies on the front nine. After starting on hole nine, he rattled off nine straight pars from hole 11 to hole one. He moved up from 15th to sixth with his 67.

Tyler Green also had eight pars on the back nine, then dropped a pair of back-to-back birdie putts to start the front. He also improved on the day, moving up from 15th to 13th. With his even-par round, Green shot 211 (+1).

Brett Seward held his average for the week with a 73 in his final round for a 219. He got a birdie on 18 and then another on four to go with his 11 pars. His 219 was good enough for a tie for 59th.

Luke Miller had his score taken on Saturday with a 69 (-1). He finished with birdies on two par-5s and two par-4s, including the par-5 12th, which was his starting hole. Miller finished with a 222. Jadden Ousley rounded out the lineup with an 83 in his final round. He had eight pars to his name, finishing with a 235.

The Mastodons will take the course again on Monday, September 13, when they travel to the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in Huntington, West Virginia.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Hounds Cage Panthers 1-0

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INDIANAPOLIS – A corner kick by Dana Youssef in the 63rd minute landed in prime position. After being batted at between the Ohio Dominican Panthers and the Hounds, it found Kiki Sauceda who in one swift movement scored her fourth goal of the season, securing the 1-0 win for the Greyhounds.

Sauceda and transfer Maddy Barkow led the charge in the UIndy win, together taking six shots and landing two on goal. Uma Yadav, Alexi Hardie, and Maria Herrero also posted a shot on goal, bringing the Greyhounds shot on goal total to five, while the Panthers only had two.

“It’s gritty. It’s a battle,” said Head Coach Holly Cox. “It’s about who wants it more; who creates the opportunity to put the ball in the net.”

Jenna Taghikhani made two saves in her 90 minutes as the Greyhounds goalkeeper.

The Panthers were led by goalkeeper Kaitlin Grady, who had three saves in 45 minutes played, and Samantha Buck had two shots and landed one on goal.

See what Maddy Theis, Maddy Barkow and Cox said about the match here.

INSIDE THE BOX

– The Hounds outshot the Panthers 11 to seven.

– UIndy had seven corner opportunities, while Ohio Dominican was held to four.

– Both teams committed nine fouls.

UP NEXT

The Hounds will continue battling on their home turf as the head into conference play. They face University of Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday, September 13 at noon ET

MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: KNIGHTS WIN FOURTH STRAIGHT WITH 5-2 WIN OVER GOVERNORS STATE

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Bourbonnais, Ill. – The Marian women’s soccer team notched their fourth straight win on Saturday afternoon, taking a 5-2 win over Governors State University. The win improves Marian to 4-1 overall this season, as they won the first of their two games played this weekend at Olivet Nazarene University.

Marian didn’t wait long to score their first goal, answering Governors State shot in the third minute with back to back attempts of their, with the second going in for a goal, with Erin Oleksak scoring in the seventh minute of the afternoon. 90 seconds after the unassisted goal for Oleksak, the Knights offense paced the field and struck again, with Allie Schlom hammering a goal off the assist from Gretchen Mallin, putting Marian on top 2-0.

Govenors State responded with a pair of shots as the action flipped to their attacking end of the field, and in the 21st minute their offense came home with their first goal of the match after Daisy Bonilla slipped a shot past Alexis Patenaude. Looking to extend the lead, Marian took control of possession, dominating the shot totals for a 15 minute span, paying off with Oleksak notching her second goal of the game in the 37th minute, scoring off the pass from Schlom. Just two minutes later Delaney Taylor took a corner kick for the Knights, connecting her pass with the head of Madison Deckard, as the sophomore put away her sixth goal of the season.

Deckard’s goal put Marian on top 4-1 as the game moved to halftime, with Marian holding an 11-4 lead on shot attempts. Marian also led in corner kicks, taking four in the first 45 minutes to the Jaguars’ one.

In the second half, Governors State looked for a response to try and get back in the match, and found it in the 55th minute, getting a goal on a set piece as Naomy Gallardo scored off a corner kick, cutting Marian’s lead to two goals. Almost immediately after the goal Marian attacked the net with Taylor ripping a shot attempt, setting up the offense for their fifth goal as possession stayed in the attacking half. With possession deep in Jaguar territory, Deckard scored her second goal of the day, taking a pass from Maya Decker in the 61st minute to put Marian on top with a 5-2 lead.

The Knights defense dominated the rest of the match, allowing just one shot from Governors State over the final 39 minutes as they sealed the 5-2 win. Patenaude earned her first win in goal of the season making her first start, logging 60 minutes of action two saves. Offensively, Oleksak recorded her second brace of the season one three shots, while Deckard scored two goals on two shots. Schlom scored one goal and had one assist, while Decker, Taylor, and Mallin each had an assist. 

The Knights will play the host of the ONU Labor Day Tournament Olivet Nazarene on Monday night at 6 PM ET.

MARIAN WOMEN’S GOLF: KNIGHTS PLACE SECOND AT IU-EAST FALL CLASSIC

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RIchmond, Ind.  – The Marian women’s golf team led by four strokes after Friday’s first round, but were unable to overcome a push from IU-East on Saturday as the Knights ended the weekend with a second place finish. IU-East won with a two-day score of 615, edging out Marian by one stroke as they scored a 616 as a team.

On Friday, Marian came out shooting on fire, carding a 307 as a team to hold the lead after the first 18 holes. Marian’s individual efforts on day one were highlighted by Mira Nicpon, who was tied for second after the first round with a 74, three strokes off the lead. Elizabeth Hedrick was three strokes behind Nicpon, holding down fourth place after 18 holes with a 77. Sidney Parmer and Macy Stapp rounded out the team score of 307 as the duo was tied for fifth, with both players shooting a 78. Keely Jones was just off the pace of her teammates, scoring an 80 to hold 12th place.

Parmer roared back on Saturday taking four strokes off her first round score, finishing with a 74 in round two. Parmer finished with a total of 152 (+8), ending the weekend in fourth place overall making the All-Tournament Team. Nicpon fell from second to fifth in the final standings after shooting an 81 on Saturday, giving the senior a 155 (+11) score in the first match of the season. Both Stapp and Hedrick finished tied for sixth, as the pair each ended with a two-day score of 156 (+12). In the final round, Stopp shot an identical 78 to her first round while Hedrick carded a 79.

Jones moved from 12th overall to 11th in the final standings, shooting a 78 on Saturday to end with a total score of 159 (+15).

Playing as an individual, MacKendzie Dresbaugh was 16th after the first round, shooting an 84 in her first 18 holes of her collegiate career. Dresbaugh ended the weekend shooting an 82 in the second round on Saturday, finishing with a total score of 166 to finish 14th overall.

For the weekend Jones had the second best score in the field on par-3 holes shooting +1 over 36 holes, while Parmer earned the top honor in par-4 scoring. Stapp was one of four golfers that shot under-par on par-5 holes, and Parmer led the field with seven birdies on the weekend.

Marian will play next in the Music City Invite, traveling to Goodlettesville, Tenn., on September 13 and 14.

MARIAN WOMEN’S TENNIS: MARIAN’S UNDEFEATED START CONTINUES AS KNIGHTS SWEEP ST. FRANCIS

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s tennis team won their third straight match to begin the season Saturday morning, sweeping St. Francis 5-0 in Crossroads League play. The win gives Marian a perfect 3-0 record overall this fall.

Marian rolled through doubles, earning quick wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Teodora Simion and Laura Kuebler shutout Sarah Liter and Regina Faber at No. 1 with a 6-0 win, while Payton Haygood and Dana Savarino won 6-2 over Jessica Henline and Sophia Vandegriff at No. 3. At No. 2 doubles, Betija Dusele and Katelyn Conley won a tight 7-5 battle, defeating Alyssa Ciocca and Gabby Buday to finish the point with a 3-0 sweep.

In singles, Dusele scored the second point for the team at No. 1 with a swift 6-0, 6-0 over Liter, while Simion also won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 over Faber. Kuebler clinched the match for Marian at No. 2 singles, downing Henline 6-0, 6-1 to secure the win. Savarino scored the final team point of the match, winning 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 singles to complete the win.

Rain started toward the ends of the match, leaving the No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches unfinished. Prior to the match getting called, Josie Yarbrough held a 6-1, 1-0 lead at No. 5, while Desiree Ahlberg led 6-0, 4-0 at No. 6 singles.

Marian’s afternoon match against Grace College was postponed due to rain, and was rescheduled for September 18. The Knights will next play on September 11, traveling to Indiana Wesleyan to take on both the Wildcats and Mount Vernon Nazarene.

MARIAN MEN’S TENNIS: KNIGHTS SWEEP ST. FRANCIS 7-0

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s tennis team won their second Crossroads League match of the year on Saturday, blanking St. Francis 7-0 in their first home match of the season. The Knights win improves their season total to 2-1 overall this season in Crossroads League play.

Marian made quick work in doubles play, sweeping through St. Francis in roughly 30 minutes. The Knights earned an automatic win at No. 3 as the Cougars forfeited the point, and at No. 1 doubles Mark Griffin and Andrew Illet won a 6-1 match over Tannon Dishman and Jerod May to clinch the point. Jacob Wittenbaum and Jared Thomas closed doubles with a 6-1 win over their own, defeating Steve Mullaney and Alfredo Huamani-Tello to give Marian a 1-0 match score.

In singles, Illet walked off the court first as he quickly won at No. 4 singles, shutting down Will Daigle 6-0, 6-0. Jones McNamar scored the third point of the match with a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles over Dishman, and shortly after Griffin clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 over May. Hunter Sylvester won a tough match at No. 1 singles, defeating Huamani-Tello 6-1, 6-2, earning hard points throughout his win. Rounding out Marian’s lineup was Armando Lopez, who defeated Mullaney 6-0, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.

Ashwin Bhat was credited with the win at No. 6 singles to complete the 7-0 win, earning a win by forfeit as the Cougars did not have enough players to field the spot.

Marian’s afternoon match against Grace College was postponed due to rain, and was rescheduled for September 18. The Knights will next play on September 11, traveling to Indiana Wesleyan to take on both the Wildcats and Mount Vernon Nazarene.

EARLHAM FIELD HOCKEY: Bergdolt’s two assists and goal boost Quakers to 2-0 season start

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RICHMOND, Ind. – It’s two wins in a row to start the season for the Earlham College field hockey squad after as 3-0 victory over Concordia University on Saturday, Sept. 4.

Denise Bergdolt had a goal and two assists in the contest in Darrell Beane Stadium.

Guin Schalck scored the first goal for the Quakers in the third quarter at the 33:52 mark as Bergdolt assisted on the play.

In the final stanza, Bergdolt picked up her second score of the season at 49:26. Kate Neal picked up the assist.

Regan Seeman scored Earlham’s last goal at 52:25 with Bergdolt assisting.

For Schalck and Seeman, their goals were the first of the season.

The Quakers (2-0) entertain Concordia (0-1) with another contest on Sunday starting at noon.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Pushes Record to 11-1 with Saturday Sweep

CLEVELAND, Ga. – Taylor finished off its stay at the Truett-McConnell Tournament with an unblemished 4-0 record, scoring a four-set win over Keiser and a sweep of the hosts on Saturday to improve to 11-1 on the young season.

The Trojans dropped the first set against Keiser in an early-morning tilt, but bounced back to secure the 19-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-13 victory.

Amanda Adams shredded the Keiser (5-13) defense with 20 kills and only two errors in 41 swings, with Sarah Scott and Grace Isaacs adding nine kills each. The trio combined for 38 kills and just seven miscues in the match.

Kacy Bragg kept the hitters busy, tossing up 40 assists to go with 12 digs and a trio of blocks, while Stephaney Fifield finished with 31 digs and three aces. Along with her nine kills, Isaacs added four solo blocks and four assisted blocks.

TU kept rolling in its afternoon match against Truett-McConnell (2-5), easing past the host squad by a 25-23, 25-15, 25-16 margin.

Taylor hit .333 as a team in the contest, overpowering its opponent with a 47-to-21 advantage in the kills column. Isaacs and Ryan Czerniak did the majority of that damage, teaming for 24 kills and just one error in 39 tries, while Adams added 11 terminations.

Bragg and Fifield continued their tremendous seasons, as Bragg added 40 assists and Fifield ended with 23 digs and two aces. Nikki Parrett also chipped in with 10 digs.

Taylor (11-1, 1-0 CL) will now dive back into Crossroads League play, when it takes its 10-match win streak to Huntington (5-3, 1-0 CL) for a 7:00 pm start on Wednesday, September 8.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Triumph at Turner to the Tune of 6-0

UPLAND, Ind. – TU women’s soccer defeated Saint Xavier (0-3-0), winning its second game of the season in as many games, both of which now ring to the tune of 6-0.

Just as the showers rained steadily throughout the first half, so the Trojans scored. TU ripped off eight shots in the first 45 minutes, four of which struck the back of the net. Linli Tu started the party in a timely fashion, scoring the first goal of her senior season in just the third minute of the match.

Claire Massey, last week’s Crossroads League Defensive Player of the Week, collected the first assist of her career, as she attacked the right side of the field before dishing a well-placed cross to the head of Linli Tu. The Trojan senior exercised precision with her head, as she knocked Massey’s assist into the goal’s corner pocket.

TU’s second goal of the match came just two minutes later, when AC Hardy drilled the first goal of her junior season. Hardy navigated the Cougar defense, found a moment of open space and fired a strike into the goal via her left foot. Meanwhile, Ali Vander Kolk grew eager to join the party.

Barely one minute after Hardy’s goal, Vander Kolk diced a defender on the left side before sniping the second goal of her senior season into the upper-right hand pocket of the net. With Vander Kolk’s goal, the Trojans had scored three goals in a three-minute span. Yet, they were not quite done for the half.

In the 18th minute of the match, Erin Teevans scratched her way into the scorebook. The senior Illinois native reaped the reward of a mishandled save attempt by the Cougar goalie, as Teevans scored her second goal of the short 2021 season. The Trojans went into the half up 4-0, while Teevans prepared for her next act.

Just over 10 minutes into the second half, while the rain continued to pour Teevans collected her second goal of the game, now her third of the season. Junior forward, Sophie Snyder, moved up the right side of the field before crossing the ball back to the middle, where Teevans re-directed the pass midair en route to the back of the net. Teevans’ second goal of the game gave Sophie Snyder her first career assist.

Now up 5-0, TU had one goal left to match their 6-0 season-opening victory against Asbury. Freshman, Sarah Mullins, was the one to make the move. Fellow freshman, Audrey Grimm, dribbled up the left side and then found Mullins cross-field with a beautiful pass, which Mullins fired past the Cougar goalie. As the Trojans’ sixth goal of the game, it was both Sarah Mullins’s first career goal and Audrey Grimm’s first career assist.

All the while, the Trojan defense played mightily once again, limiting the Cougars to six shots, only two of which landed on goal merely to be saved by sophomore goalie, Hannah Brackenbury. Brackenbury maintained her 0.00 goals-against average for the season, while collecting her first two saves of the campaign.

TU (2-0-0) heads on the road next week, when they will take on IU East (1-2-0) in Richmond on Tuesday, September 7. The Trojans will look to start the season 3-0 for the second time in as many years.

Kasey Lilly Breaks Program’s 54-Hole Record at EKU Intercollegiate

RICHMOND, Ky. – Thanks to a final round of 67 (-3), Kasey Lilly broke the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf 54-hole record on Saturday, September 3. Lilly shot a 208 at the EKU Intercollegiate, which broke the previous record by two strokes.


Lilly’s 208 put him in sixth place for the weekend, marking the fifth top-10 finish of his career.

As a team, the Mastodons moved up from 12th to seventh after the final round, shooting a 279 as a team. They finished with a 858 team score, which tied the fourth-best team score in program history.

Lilly turned in his 11th under-par round as a Mastodon behind four birdies on the front nine. After starting on hole nine, he rattled off nine straight pars from hole 11 to hole one. He moved up from 15th to sixth with his 67.

Tyler Green also had eight pars on the back nine, then dropped a pair of back-to-back birdie putts to start the front. He also improved on the day, moving up from 15th to 13th. With his even-par round, Green shot 211 (+1).

Brett Seward held his average for the week with a 73 in his final round for a 219. He got a birdie on 18 and then another on four to go with his 11 pars. His 219 was good enough for a tie for 59th.

Luke Miller had his score taken on Saturday with a 69 (-1). He finished with birdies on two par-5s and two par-4s, including the par-5 12th, which was his starting hole. Miller finished with a 222. Jadden Ousley rounded out the lineup with an 83 in his final round. He had eight pars to his name, finishing with a 235.

The Mastodons will take the course again on Monday, September 13, when they travel to the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in Huntington, West Virginia.

Trailblazer Cross Country has good showing at tough Evansville Opener

NEWBURGH, Ind. – In a field consisting mostly of top-level NCAA Division I programs, the Vincennes University Trailblazer Cross Country team held their own and came away with a pair of strong finishes at Friday’s Evansville Opener at Angel Mounds.

The VU men’s team came away with a fourth-place finish, trailing only Division I teams Ohio State, Indiana State and Marquette.

The Trailblazer women’s team placed sixth, trailing behind Ohio State, Marquette, Indiana State, Kentucky Wesleyan and Evansville.

Vincennes’ men’s team was paced by sophomore runners Manamanya Opiew and Ian Boit, as well as freshman Earnest Momodu, who came away with 24th, 25th and 26th place finishes.

Freshmen Reed Lawless and Austin Nigh rounded out the Trailblazer runners, with Lawless finishing 28th with Nigh finishing at 29th.

The Trailblazer men’s team was also running short-handed, as sophomores Walter Tanui and Joe Records did not run for the Blue and Gold.

“Obviously Ohio State was a machine,” VU Interim Head Cross Country Coach Marty Rogier said. “They took it out very fast as a team and made everyone chase them faster in the beginning than I would have liked.”

“Not having Walter was a little disappointing, with him in there our top five will be pretty good and it could really be interesting by the end of the season.”

VU’s women’s team was led by 2020 All-American Kyra Young, who set a time of 20:34.2, which was good for 24th place.

Freshmen Brittany Page and Daisie Kinnett followed close behind in their first collegiate races, with Page finishing 27th and Kinnett ending in 31st place.

Kaitlyn Koenig and Hope Laughlin completed the Trailblazer runners with Koenig finishing in 37th and Laughlin placing 40th.

“I think overall our team has a great attitude and have been very patient with their new coach and are eager to work hard at improving,” Rogier said.

Vincennes will look to improve on this outing as they begin preparing for next week’s Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods Invitational at Lavern Gibson in Terre Haute on Saturday, Sept. 11. The first race is set to begin at 10 a.m. eastern.

“I thought all things considered; it was still hot, very stiff competition and a lot of these kids first college race, that we did very well,” Rogier added. “I think we learned and will use that to adjust our training a bit and should see improvement across the board by the next meet in Terre Haute”

TEAM RESULTS

MEN’S 8K

Ohio State – 15 points, avg. 25:31.6

Indiana State – 60 points, avg. 26:19.8

Marquette – 65 points, avg. 26:27.7

Vincennes – 132 points, avg. 28:58.5

Evansville – 134 points, avg. 29:15.8

Oakland City – 182 points, avg. 32:54.7

WOMEN’S 5K

Ohio State – 16 points, avg. 17:51.5

Marquette – 53 points, avg. 18:48.3

Indiana State – 69 points, avg. 19:17.3

Kentucky Wesleyan – 132 points, avg. 20:41.8

Evansville – 148 points, avg. 21:06.3

Vincennes – 159 points, avg. 21:37.3

Oakland City – 187 points, avg. 23:16.5

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

MEN’S 8K

Manamanya Opiew – 24, 28:08.3

Ian Boit – 25, 28:35.3

Ernest Momodu – 26, 28:55.7

Reed Lawless – 28, 29:35.7

Austin Nigh – 29, 29:37.4

Tate Hall – 30, 30:36.6

Trey Browne – 32, 31:06.2

WOMEN’S 5K

Kyra Young – 24, 20:34.2

Brittany Page – 27, 21:04.9

Daisie Kinnett – 31, 21:11.1

Kaitlyn Koenig – 37, 21:42.7

Hope Laughlin – 40, 23:33.6

Kyra Davis – 44, 28:08.1

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay8650.63245 – 2541 – 2544 – 2016 – 814 – 178 – 2W 2
NY Yankees7857.5787.540 – 2638 – 3128 – 3120 – 819 – 125 – 5L 1
Boston7959.572843 – 2636 – 3336 – 2819 – 1013 – 177 – 3W 4
Toronto7262.5371338 – 2934 – 3328 – 2815 – 1215 – 167 – 3W 3
Baltimore4292.3134319 – 4423 – 4815 – 448 – 2213 – 154 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox7957.58146 – 2433 – 3317 – 1338 – 2612 – 127 – 3W 1
Cleveland6766.50410.535 – 3032 – 3610 – 2035 – 2213 – 166 – 4L 2
Detroit6473.46715.535 – 3529 – 3814 – 1125 – 3918 – 163 – 7L 1
Kansas City6075.44418.533 – 3527 – 4010 – 1926 – 3312 – 154 – 6L 1
Minnesota5877.43020.532 – 3626 – 419 – 1528 – 3213 – 204 – 6L 4
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7956.58541 – 2538 – 3116 – 1219 – 1637 – 196 – 4L 1
Oakland7462.5445.537 – 3137 – 3115 – 1719 – 829 – 284 – 6L 2
Seattle7462.5445.540 – 2934 – 3318 – 1313 – 1636 – 246 – 4W 4
LA Angels6868.50011.538 – 3230 – 3616 – 1719 – 1123 – 326 – 4W 2
Texas4788.3483231 – 3716 – 5112 – 159 – 1721 – 433 – 7L 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7164.52633 – 3238 – 3236 – 2822 – 127 – 103 – 7L 2
Philadelphia6966.511239 – 2830 – 3837 – 2914 – 1012 – 166 – 4L 2
NY Mets6868.5003.541 – 2727 – 4132 – 2913 – 1416 – 176 – 4L 1
Miami5779.41914.536 – 3221 – 4726 – 3011 – 1817 – 176 – 4W 2
Washington5679.4151532 – 3824 – 4125 – 4012 – 139 – 192 – 8W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee8354.60637 – 3046 – 2412 – 1343 – 2223 – 95 – 5W 1
Cincinnati7364.5331038 – 3235 – 3217 – 1237 – 2410 – 204 – 6W 1
St. Louis6965.51512.535 – 3034 – 3514 – 1629 – 2915 – 116 – 4L 1
Chi Cubs6275.4532136 – 3226 – 4312 – 1927 – 3217 – 127 – 3W 5
Pittsburgh4888.35334.528 – 3820 – 5012 – 1217 – 4611 – 212 – 8L 5
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8650.63246 – 2340 – 2724 – 913 – 1037 – 237 – 3W 1
San Francisco8650.63244 – 2342 – 2719 – 1017 – 1437 – 194 – 6L 1
San Diego7264.5291442 – 3030 – 3414 – 1516 – 1430 – 304 – 6W 1
Colorado6373.4632345 – 2318 – 5010 – 914 – 1929 – 356 – 4W 2
Arizona4592.32841.528 – 4017 – 5212 – 1813 – 1919 – 453 – 7L 2

WILD CARD

AL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7857.578+0.540-2638-315-5L 1
Boston7959.57243-2636-337-3W 4
Oakland7462.5444.037-3137-314-6L 2
Seattle7462.5444.040-2934-336-4W 4
Toronto7262.5375.038-2934-337-3W 3
NL Wild Card Standings
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8650.632+13.546-2340-277-3W 1
San Francisco8650.632+13.544-2342-274-6L 1
Cincinnati7364.53338-3235-324-6W 1
San Diego7264.5290.542-3030-344-6W 1
St. Louis6965.5152.535-3034-356-4L 1
Philadelphia6966.5113.039-2830-386-4L 2
NY Mets6868.5004.541-2727-416-4L 1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England2416444528179-1-17-3-352
Orlando City SC221084332677-4-13-4-338
Nashville SC2291123721168-6-01-5-238
New York City FC2110473722158-1-22-3-534
Philadelphia23887282446-3-32-5-432
CF Montreal22877302736-3-12-4-631
D.C.229310353237-0-32-3-730
Columbus2376102732-55-3-32-3-727
Atlanta226972528-34-3-32-6-427
Inter Miami CF217592231-94-2-53-3-426
Chicago2265112433-95-4-41-1-723
New York2064102325-25-2-31-2-722
FC Cincinnati2138102138-170-5-43-3-617
Toronto FC2236132647-211-5-32-1-1015
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2212643519165-4-37-2-142
Colorado2112543120116-3-16-2-341
Sporting KC2311753726115-5-16-2-440
Los Angeles221138353507-1-44-2-436
Minnesota21876242406-2-32-5-331
Portland2293103139-86-1-33-2-730
Real Salt Lake22868342956-4-22-2-630
Vancouver227872932-36-2-31-6-429
Los Angeles FC22769323115-5-22-1-727
San Jose226882430-63-3-53-5-326
FC Dallas2367103236-44-5-22-2-825
Austin2254132131-103-2-52-2-819
Houston23310102436-123-5-30-5-719

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun216.77813-18-510-39-19 W
Chicago Sky1414.5007.54-810-69-44-62 L
New York Liberty1118.37911.06-95-95-81-96 L
Washington Mystics1017.37011.07-73-105-73-72 L
Indiana Fever620.23114.54-102-104-95-51 L
Atlanta Dream620.23114.53-103-105-70-1011 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Las Vegas Aces207.74111-39-48-47-33 W
Minnesota Lynx189.6672.011-37-610-48-25 W
Seattle Storm1910.6552.09-510-58-54-61 W
Phoenix Mercury1710.6303.07-710-36-79-18 W
Dallas Wings1215.4448.05-77-86-74-61 W
Los Angeles Sparks1018.35710.57-73-111-124-65 L