MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

NY Mets 10 Cincinnati 2

Chicago Cubs 4 Washington 2

Kansas City 8 Chicago White Sox 3

Cleveland 3 Detroit 2

St. Louis 9. Colorado 5

Milwaukee 4 Tampa Bay 3 (10)

Atlanta 8 Boston 4

LA Dodgers 10 Minnesota 5

LA Angels 5 Oakland 4 (12)

Seattle 4 NY Yankees 3

Texas 8 Houston 4 (10)

San Diego 13 San Francisco 7

Philadelphia 4 Miami 3

Pittsburgh 6 Arizona 4

Toronto at Baltimore postponed

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Indianapolis at Memphis postponed (the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today)

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Major League All-Stars 2 LIGA MX All-Stars 1

WNBA

New York 91 Dallas 73

Minnesota 86 Phoenix 77

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGES FOR CENTRAL INDIANA THIS FRIDAY

North Central (Farmersburg), Parke Heritage, Riverton Parke at Cascade (four-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

Tech vs. Crispus Attucks (at Northwest Middle School), 7 p.m.

Homeschool Crimson Knights at Edinburgh, 7 p.m.

Eastern Hancock at Shenandoah, 7 p.m.

Hagerstown at Lapel, 7 p.m.

Brown County at Monrovia, 7 p.m.

Tindley at Traders Point Christian, 7 p.m.

Milan at Triton Central, 6 p.m.

Sheridan at Crawfordsville, 7 p.m.

Tri-West at Plainfield, 6 p.m.

Eastbrook at Hamilton Heights, 7 p.m.

Southport at Decatur Central, 7 p.m.

Muncie Central at Greenfield-Central, 7 p.m.

Franklin at Roncalli, 7 p.m.

Greenwood at Columbus North, 7 p.m.

Danville at West Lafayette, 7 p.m.

Brebeuf Jesuit at Lebanon, 7 p.m.

Covenant Christian and Guerin Catholic at Cardinal Ritter (three-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

Jeffersonville at Whiteland, 7 p.m.

North Putnam at Lutheran, 7 p.m.

Shelbyville and Salem at Madison (three-team jamboree), 6:30 p.m.

North Central at Noblesville, 7 p.m.

Zionsville at Kokomo, 7 p.m.

Bloomington South at Lawrence Central, 7:30 p.m.

Mooresville at Pendleton Heights, 7 p.m.

Warren Central at Avon, 7 p.m.

Fishers at Lawrence North, 7 p.m.

Scecina at New Palestine, 7 p.m.

Martinsville at Columbus East, 7 p.m.

Speedway at Western Boone, 7 p.m.

Indian Creek at Beech Grove, 7 p.m.

Heritage Christian at Park Tudor, 7 p.m.

Pike at Lafayette Jeff, 7 p.m.

Cathedral at Franklin Central, 7 p.m.

Hamilton Southeastern at Bishop Chatard, 7 p.m.

Mt. Vernon at Perry Meridian, 7 p.m.

Center Grove at Brownsburg, 6:30 p.m.

Westfield and Carmel at Ben Davis (three-team jamboree), 7 p.m.

INDIANA SRN PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

  1. Westfield
  2. Brownsburg
  3. Center Grove
  4. Whiteland
  5. Ben Davis

5A

  1. Lafayette Harrison
  2. Zionsville
  3. Valparaiso
  4. Hamilton Southeastern
  5. Fishers

4A

  1. Mount Vernon
  2. Roncalli
  3. Evansville Memorial
  4. Mooresville
  5. Tri-West

3A

  1. Chatard
  2. Danville
  3. Gibson Southern
  4. Owen Valley
  5. Brebeuf

2A

  1. Evansville Mater Dei
  2. Eastbrook
  3. Heritage Christian
  4. Scecina
  5. Lafayette Central Catholic

1A

  1. Monroe Central
  2. Indianapolis Lutheran
  3. Adams Central
  4. Covenant Christian
  5. Parke Heritage

2022 PRESEASON USA TODAY COACHES POLL

  1. ALABAMA
  2. OHIO STATE
  3. GEORGIA
  4. CLEMSON
  5. NOTRE DAME
  6. MICHIGAN
  7. TEXAS A&M
  8. UTAH
  9. OKLAHOMA
  10. BAYLOR
  11. OKLAHOMA STATE
  12. OREGON
  13. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
  14. MICHIGAN STATE
  15. USC
  16. PITTSBURGH
  17. MIAMI
  18. TEXAS
  19. WAKE FOREST
  20. WISCONSIN
  21. KENTUCKY
  22. CINCINNATI
  23. ARKANSAS
  24. OLE MISS
  25. HOUSTON

Also Receiving Votes: Iowa 248; Penn State 246; Tennessee 163; BYU 152; LSU 143; Auburn 98; UCF 55; North Carolina 34; San Diego State 25; Fresno State 21; Mississippi State 19; Florida 17; Utah State 12; Air Force 12; UCLA 10; Boise State 10; Appalachian State 10; Minnesota 6; South Carolina 5; Kansas State 4; Iowa State 3; Army 3; Louisiana 2; SMU 2; Purdue 2; Oregon State 2; Coastal Carolina 2; UTSA 1; Louisville 1; Florida State 1.

COLTS TRAINING CAMP

AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET 

AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.

AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M. 

NFL PRE-SEASON TV SCHEDULE

PRESEASON WEEK 1
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSNFLN (7:00 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12ATLANTA FALCONS AT DETROIT LIONSNFLN (6:00 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERSNFLN (8:30 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CHICAGO BEARSNFLN (1:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLSNFLN (4:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERSNFLN (7:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13DALLAS COWBOYS AT DENVER BRONCOSNFLN (9:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERSNFLN (4:25 PM)
PRESEASON WEEK 2
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKSESPN (8:00 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTSNFLN (7:00 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMSNFLN (10:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLSNFLN (1:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFSNFLN (4:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANSNFLN (7:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 20DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERSNFLN (10:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNSNFLN (1:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTSNFLN (7:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 21BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALSFOX (8:00 PM)
MONDAY, AUGUST 22ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETSESPN (8:00 PM)
PRESEASON WEEK 3
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFSNFLN (8:00 PM)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANSPRIME VIDEO (8:15 PM)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYSNFLN (8:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONSNFLN (3:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALSNFLN (6:00 PM)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOSNFLN (9:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETSNFLN (1:00 PM)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERSCBS (4:30 PM)

*LIVE GAMES ON NFL NETWORK WILL BE BLACKED OUT IN THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS’ OVER-THE-AIR STATION MARKETS.


NFL WEEK 1

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Rams (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, September 11, 2022

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Washington Commanders 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MST) 4:25p CBS

Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

New York Giants at Tennessee Titans 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 12, 2022

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN/ABC

WEEK 2

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs (Thu) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p Prime Video

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Miami Dolphins at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Commanders at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Houston Texans at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Las Vegas Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 19, 2022

Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills (Mon) 7:15p (ET) 7:15p ESPN

Minnesota Vikings at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:30p (ET) 8:30p ABC

TOP NATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES

Lindor scores 3 more, Mets thump Reds for 6th straight win

NEW YORK (AP) Francisco Lindor scored three runs, tying a franchise record by crossing the plate in 13 consecutive games, and the New York Mets breezed to their sixth straight win, 10-2 over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Lindor finished 2 for 3 with a walk and a two-run single in the second inning that increased his RBI total to 82, matching Jose Reyes in 2006 for the most by a Mets shortstop.

“I’ve got to soak that in, that’s pretty cool,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “The team’s been around a long time. When you start saying that, that gets your attention.”

Lindor reached the mark in his 111th game, 42 fewer than Reyes played in 2006.

“Whenever you can do something cool, it’s a blessing,” Lindor said. “Being next to Reyes, someone I grew up watching, it’s great. But I’m here to try to win a World Series. That’s all I have in mind.”

Lindor walked and scored the Mets’ second run in the first. His single in the second made it 4-0. His run-scoring streak is the longest in the majors this season and matched David Wright (July 2008) for the longest in Mets history.

Trade-deadline addition Daniel Vogelbach drove in three runs, fellow July acquisition Tyler Naquin homered and Pete Alonso had three hits for the NL East-leading Mets.

“The guys that came in are helping us win ballgames,” Lindor said. “The front office did an amazing job of bringing the right group of guys that are going to fit in (and) are going to help us win.”

Taijuan Walker (10-3) pitched six solid innings to reach double-digit wins for the first time since he went 11-8 for Seattle in 2015. Walker allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

New York has the second-best record in the majors (73-39) and outscored Cincinnati 21-5 in the three-game sweep. The Mets have not trailed during their six-game run, winning every game by three runs or more.

“Our guys haven’t gotten out of sync for very long,” Showalter said. “I’ve said many times it’s about stretching out the good times and shortening up the bad ones. It’s going to happen. They’ve done a good job of not getting into that snowball mode.”

T.J. Zeuch (0-1) lost his Reds debut, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings. Zeuch, who grew up about half an hour from Cincinnati, is the 57th player to appear in a game for the Reds this season, tying the team record set in 2003. He appeared in 13 games for Toronto from 2019-21.

“Getting back in the big leagues and pitching in the big leagues again is obviously great,” Zeuch said. “But I wish, obviously, I would have given the team a better chance to win out there.”

Joey Votto had an RBI double for Cincinnati in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Fraley.

“We really ran into a good team – a really hot team as well,” manager David Bell said after the Reds lost a series for the first time since the All-Star Break.

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL PLAY

With the Reds set to face the Chicago Cubs in Thursday’s “Field of Dreams” game in Dyersville, Iowa, manager David Bell rewatched the 1989 movie the field was built for. He said his favorite part was the sparseness of the game between the ghostly legends.

“It’s kind of like the modern-day version of it where it’s just about the game,” Bell said. “That’s kind of the goal as a player, to go out there and imagine that it’s just you and the ball and your teammates and kind of trying to win a baseball game and there’s nothing going on around you. I wonder if it’ll feel like that a little bit.”

WOMEN’S DAY

The Mets held their first Women’s Day at Citi Field. The club honored Shannon Dalton Forde, who was a public-relations executive with the team from 1994 until her death from breast cancer in 2016, with a pregame video tribute.

Mets players walked to the plate to songs by female artists, including Alanis Morrissette’s “You Oughta Know” for Mark Canha, the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” for James McCann, Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” for Brandon Nimmo and Kelis’ “Milkshake” for Vogelbach.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: RHP Art Warren (forearm) tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday for Single-A Dayton. Bell said Warren would likely get at least one more outing in the minors before being activated. … RHP Jeff Hoffman (forearm) was expected to begin throwing Wednesday or Thursday. … RHP Robert Dugger (right shoulder) remains shut down from throwing.

Mets: RF Starling Marte got the day off after starting each of the first 17 games following the All-Star Break.

UP NEXT

Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (3-3, 4.40 ERA) is slated to start against the Cubs in Iowa.

Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (8-2, 1.98) will start the opener of a three-game series against visiting Philadelphia on Friday.

Hoerner, Cubs top power-hitting rookie Meneses, Nationals

CHICAGO (AP) Nico Hoerner homered to ignite a four-run rally in the seventh inning that sent the Chicago Cubs over power-hitting rookie Joey Meneses and the Washington Nationals 4-2 Wednesday.

Hoerner’s seventh home run ended a shutout bid by Nationals starter Josiah Gray and enabled the Cubs to earn just their second win in 51 games in which they trailed entering the seventh.

“I’d seen that starter a third time,” Hoerner said. “I actually don’t get to do that much.”

The Cubs have won four of six and next play Thursday in the Field of Dreams game in Iowa against Cincinnati.

“It’s a part of history we get to do, and I’m just excited to see the whole set up on the filed,” Hoerner said. “So 8,000 (fans) will feel small, but everyone will be excited to be there.”

Meneses homered in his third straight game for the Nationals, who have lost seven of eight.

The 30-year-old Meneses, who made his major league debut on Aug. 2, became the first player in Nationals franchise history to homer four times in his first seven games. Danny Espinosa and Geoff Blum each hit three homers in their first seven career MLB games.

Meneses hit a solo home run in the sixth. The first baseman/outfielder also singled and is hitting .348 in the majors.

“It’s what I’ve been looking for my whole career,” Meneses said. “I’ve worked very hard to get to this point, and I want to enjoy every moment of it.”

Gray had a 2-0 lead and had permitted five hits before Hoerner homered. Gray was puled after Yan Gomes singled.

Nick Madrigal hit a single off reliever Steve Cishek (1-3), and a throwing error by center fielder Victor Robles enabled two runners to move into scoring position.

Rafael Ortega followed with a sacrifice fly off Cishek, and Ian Happ capped the comeback with an RBI single off Carl Edwards Jr.

“As we all know, (Robles) can be electric out there,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “But once again, it’s those little things. Understanding the game, and being in a position where in a situation like that, he knows what he needs to do before it happens.

“That’s the biggest thing: Think before the ball’s hit to you, and understand what you need to do if the ball’s hit to you.”

A diving catch by Robles in the fifth helped keep the Nationals ahead.

Michael Rucker (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn his first major league win. Rowan Wick struck out Maikel Franco with the tying run at first to end the eighth and earned his sixth save in eight opportunities.

The Nationals took a 1-0 lead with two out in the third when Ortega made an unsuccessful diving attempt on a line drive by Cesar Hernandez that skipped past him in center for a double to score Tres Barrera from first.

Cubs left-hander Justin Steele was victimized by the lack of support despite striking out nine and walking none in six innings. He has allowed two earned runs while striking out 25 and walking two in his last three starts.

Steele struck out Barrera with the bases loaded to end the fourth.

“For him it’s all about him being in the zone, on the attack,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He’s had a nice feel for the breaking stuff. It feels like he’s moving to both sides of the plate more consistently.”

ROSS WANTS MORE INTERNATIONAL GAMES

Ross played in the Australian Baseball League and in Mexico City as a minor leaguer with the Dodgers, and was an announcer with ESPN for the 2019 MLB Little League Classic

Ross would like to participate in a series at Japan, where the Cubs opened the 2000 season against the Mets, as well at Puerto Rico and Cuba.

“It touches on the diversity of our game,” Ross said.

STRATEGY ON SOTO

Friday’s series opener against the Padres marks the return of All-Star RF Juan Soto and 1B Josh Bell to Nationals Park since they were traded for six players Aug. 2. Martinez, who managed Soto for 4 1/2 seasons, joked about his plans to pitch to Soto.

“Were’e going to walk him,” Martinez said. “We’ll come up with a game plan. He’s got one of the best eyes I’ve seen for a young hitter in the major leagues.”

TRANSACTION

Nationals: RHP Mason Thompson was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, presumably to make room for LHP Jake McGee, who was claimed off waivers from the Brewers.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: SS Luis Garcia (right knee soreness) was scratched from the starting lineup. . DH Nelson Cruz (right shoulder soreness) appeared as a pinch-hitter in the eighth and singled. … RHP Tyler Clippard (groin strain) threw two scoreless innings for Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday night and be activated as soon as Friday, Martinez said. … RHP Erick Fedde (right shoulder inflammation) threw an extended bullpen session Tuesday and will throw a simulated game next week with the possibility he could return to the rotation. … RHP Will Harris (thoracic outlet syndrome) suffered a groin injury during his rehab assignment and will be sidelined indefinitely, Martinez said.

UP NEXT

The Nationals will send RHP Cory Abbott (0-1, 5.68) to the mound Friday against the Padres. Abbott allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 13-1 loss to the Phillies Sunday.

The Cubs will start LHP Drew Smyly (4-6, 3.97) Thursday against the Reds in the Field of Dreams game at Dyersville, Iowa. Smyly pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings Saturday against the Marlins.

Guardians beat Tigers 3-2 after Detroit fires GM Al Avila

DETROIT (AP) Steven Kwan hit a leadoff triple and scored to help Cleveland Guardians get off to a solid start and beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday night.

A few hours before the first pitch, the Tigers fired general manager Al Avila to end his seven-year tenure without a postseason appearance.

“Today is another reminder that we haven’t succeeded,” said manager AJ Hinch, whose team is 43-69. “The record reflects where we’re at.”

Cleveland (58-52) started the day tied with Minnesota for first place in the AL Central.

“It makes waking up every day such a pleasure,” said James Karinchak, who had three strikeouts and stranded three runners in the eighth inning. “Ultimately, this is what you want to do at the beginning of the season. You want to be playing for something.”

The last-place Tigers, meanwhile, are 16 games back and relegated to playing for pride while the franchise searches for a new general manager.

“It’s the unfortunate reality for any of us,” Detroit catcher Eric Haase said. “Guys can get sent up, sent down, shipped out.”

Aaron Civale started for Cleveland after being on the 15-day injured list with wrist inflammation and retired the first nine batters. Civale gave up two runs and three hits while striking out four over four innings.

Karinchak and five other relievers – including Bryan Shaw (5-2) – combined for five innings of scoreless relief. Emmanuel Clase gave up one hit in the ninth, earning his 26th save.

Karinchak struck out Javier Baez with two on in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, Karinchak struck out Haase and Kerry Carpenter – in his major league debut – to trigger an demonstrative, one-man celebration as the reliever walked toward the dugout.

“That was a tightrope, but he got out it,” manager Terry Francona said. “A lot of bending, but no break.”

Kwan scored in the first inning on Jose Ramirez’s single. Will Benson had an RBI single – his first major league hit – and Myles Straw’s groundout gave the Guardians a 3-0 lead in the second.

Drew Hutchison (1-6) allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings.

The offensively challenged Tigers scored their only two runs in the fifth on Harold Castro’s single and Haase’s double.

“We had our chances at the end, but we just didn’t come through,” Haase said.

FILLING IN

Peyton Battenfield will be promoted from Triple-A Columubs as Karinchak’s replacement in Toronto and the right-hander may make his major league debut against the Blue Jays.

“It’s definitely a tough blow,” said Karinchak, who has not given up a run over his last 13 2/3 innings and 12 appearances.

Karinchak will not join his teammates after Thursday’s game for the trip across the border because he has not complied with the Canadian government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

“It’s my decision,” he said. “Some guys want to get vaccinated, some guys don’t want to get vaccinatted. I’m blessed to have that decision.”

Will Karinchak get vaccinated if Cleveland ends up facing Toronto in the playoffs?

“We’ll see when we get there,” he said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Beau Brieske (right forearm soreness) was scheduled to start the series finale on Thursday and after a setback, he was transferred him to the 60-day injured list. “We decided to be very conservative and be smart with Beau,” Hinch said. … OF Austin Meadows started an injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday.

MAKING MOVES

Guardians: RHP Jake Jewell was optioned to Triple-A Columbus to make room for Civale on the roster.

Tigers: The Tigers optioned OF Daz Cameron to Triple-A Toledo.

UP NEXT

Cleveland RHP Garrett Hill (2-3, 5.12) and Detroit RHP Zach Plesac (2-10, 4.49) scheduled to start the series finale Thursday afternoon.

Royals rookie Melendez delivers in 8-3 win over White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) MJ Melendez hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to send the Kansas City Royals past the Chicago White Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night.

Melendez and Salvador Perez both had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals. Kyle Isbel drove in two runs and scored twice.

“Dropping down two and then answering right back, that’s really what we’re seeing from this group,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “If something happens they just keep coming.”

After leading all minor leaguers with 41 home runs last year, Melendez has 14 in 81 big league games this season. The left-handed-hitting rookie sent a pitch from lefty reliever Jake Diekman (5-2) into the right-field bullpen to give Kansas City a 4-3 lead.

“That whole at-bat I was waiting for that hanging slider,” Melendez said. “Obviously his fastball is very good. I was just trying to do some damage. I got a good pitch to hit.

“When I hit it, I kind of knew (it was out), but here at Kauffman you never really know. Once it finally landed, I was super pumped up.”

Isbel hit a two-run single in the eighth and scored on Melendez’s single. Perez added an RBI single to make it 8-3.

Josh Staumont (3-1) worked a perfect seventh for the win.

Royals starter Kris Bubic allowed three runs (one earned) and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked three. He skirted trouble in every inning until the sixth, when Chicago touched him for three runs.

White Sox right-hander Johnny Cueto permitted three runs (two earned) and nine hits in six innings.

Bubic escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second. He got Gavin Sheets to line out to shallow left field and struck out Lenyn Sosa to end the inning.

“Pretty much throughout the outing I felt like we were in control of things,” Bubic said, giving credit to his catcher, Perez. “The fastball was as good as it’s been all year, and the curveball was good as well. I didn’t throw that many changeups.

“I was just throwing what was being put down. He knows what they’re looking for, so we went heavy fastball and curveball.”

The Royals scored in the third on a two-out single by Bobby Witt Jr. after Isbel ripped a one-out double past first baseman Jose Abreu.

The White Sox finally got to Bubic in the sixth. Once again, he loaded the bases with one out. Sheets hit another line drive, and second baseman Michael Massey couldn’t handle it. The error scored two runs.

Josh Harrison then drove in Yasmani Grandal with a two-out single, and Bubic’s night was over.

The Royals came back to tie it 3-all in the bottom half. Witt legged out an infield single leading off and scored on Perez’s double to right-center. Perez advanced to third on an error by third baseman Yoan Moncado and scored on a two-out single by Massey.

“Anything to help the team win,” Massey said. “Obviously I wanted to make that play in the top of the sixth. I just missed it. To be able to come up big in the next inning felt really good.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Chicago OF AJ Pollock was out of the lineup after fouling a ball off his foot Tuesday. White Sox manager Tony La Russa said it was precautionary. “His foot is sore, but he’ll be in the lineup and hit first tomorrow,” La Russa said.

TRANSACTIONS

Kansas City OF Brent Rooker was recalled from Triple-A Omaha. In a corresponding move, C Sebastian Rivero was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

UP NEXT

The teams conclude their four-game series Thursday afternoon. RHP Dylan Cease (12-4, 1.98 ERA) will start for the White Sox against RHP Zack Greinke (3-7, 4.58).

Dodgers defeat Twins 8-5 to extend winning streak to 10

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Taylor hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, Joey Gallo added a three-run shot in the seventh and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their season-high winning streak to 10 games with an 8-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night.

It is the first time since July 2017 that the Dodgers have put together a double-digit winning streak. It is also their third straight series sweep and 14th of the season.

Max Muncy also went deep for Los Angeles, which has the majors’ best record at 77-33 and is 16 games in front of second-place San Diego in the NL West.

Jorge Polanco and Gary Sanchez homered for Minnesota (57-53), which fell out of the AL Central lead after its loss and Cleveland’s win at Detroit.

Taylor, who came off the injured list last Friday after missing 26 games with a broken left foot, gave the Dodgers a 5-4 advantage with his first home run since June 3, a solo shot to left field off reliever Michael Fulmer (4-5).

Gallo came on as a pinch hitter and provided some breathing room with a three-run drive to left-center. It was the Dodgers’ second pinch-hit homer of the season and the second of Gallo’s career.

David Price (1-0), the third of six Dodgers pitchers, got the win.

The Twins had a 4-2 lead in the fifth after a three-run homer by Polanco in the second and Sanchez’s solo shot in the fifth off starter Ryan Pepiot.

Mookie Betts started Los Angeles’ comeback with a double in the bottom half and he scored on Trea Turner’s single. Turner stole second and the Dodgers tied it at 4 on Will Smith’s RBI double.

Muncy led off the second by lining an elevated sinker from starter Sonny Gray over the right-field wall. Cody Bellinger extended the lead to 2-0 later in the inning when his sacrifice fly drove in Justin Turner.

Minnesota responded with a three-run third capped by Polanco’s drive to right field.

TICKET WINDOW

Freddie Freeman bobblehead night drew the largest crowd in the majors this season at 53,432. It was the Dodgers’ 13th sellout of the year.

FOR STARTERS

Gray had given up only two earned runs in three starts since the All-Star break but ran into problems against the Dodgers. The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs – three earned – and six hits. He struck out five.

Pepiot was called up for his fourth stint this season and allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in four of five innings. Pepiot struck out four but gave up four runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings.

THEY DON’T LIKE LA

The Twins dropped all four games to the Dodgers this season. Minnesota was outscored 32-10 and has lost 10 straight in the series dating to 2014.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: RHP Dustin May will make one more rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday before being activated off the injured list. Manager Dave Roberts said May, who had Tommy John surgery 15 months ago, could likely pitch when Los Angeles returns home to face Miami in a weekend series beginning Aug. 19. … LHP Clayton Kershaw (back) did some light tossing during pregame workouts.

UP NEXT

Twins: Remain in Southern California for a three-game series against the Angels. RHP Tyler Mahle (5-7, 4.49 ERA) makes his second start for Minnesota since being acquired from Cincinnati.

Dodgers: Continue interleague play with three games in Kansas City starting Friday. RHP Tony Gonsolin (13-1, 2.30 ERA) gets the call in the series opener.

Santana’s homer rallies Mariners for 4-3 win over Yankees

SEATTLE (AP) In a clubhouse with little experience of being in a playoff chase, Carlos Santana is the old guy that can be turned to for advice and guidance.

And sometimes he comes up with a clutch hit or two as a reminder he’s still pretty good player.

Santana snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a go-ahead two-run homer during Seattle’s three-run seventh inning, and the Mariners rallied to beat the slumping New York Yankees 4-3 on Wednesday.

“I trust Carlos in a number of different areas, certainly on the field, the pedigree and the experience level,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I also trust him a lot in the clubhouse.”

Thanks to two tense, one-run victories, Seattle took two of three from New York for the second straight week to win the season series 4-2. The Mariners won 1-0 in 13 innings on Tuesday night. With the Yankees leading the AL East and Seattle in the first AL wild-card spot, the teams could meet again in the playoffs.

Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 45th homer of the season for the Yankees, who have lost eight of 10.

“I think they’re really good. They can pitch, obviously have some good starters, but their bullpen is about as good a bullpen as we faced,” New York manager Aaron Boone said of Seattle. “They can mix and make, they got right and left in their lineup. Obviously they’re going to get (Julio) Rodriguez back. That team certainly feels for real.”

Seattle has not lost a series to a team other than AL West-leading Houston since mid-June, when it dropped four of five to the Los Angeles Angels. Seattle is 10-10 since the All-Star break, a challenging stretch that including 13 games against Houston and New York.

Seattle improved to 27-14 in one-run games.

“I think we just play so many of them that we’re more comfortable in them than other teams,” said Seattle reliever Paul Sewald, who pitched the ninth for his 15th save. “Those guys blow people out all the time. Playoffs are going to be tight and we’re really good at one run games. We’re just comfortable playing in them.”

Kyle Higashioka hit a go-ahead, two-run homer on the 115th and final pitch from Seattle starter Robbie Ray in the seventh to snap a 19-inning scoreless streak for the Yankees, and Judge’s longball against Penn Murfee (3-0) made it 3-1 later in the frame.

Murfee then retired DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo, Diego Castillo pitched a perfect eighth, and Sewald worked the ninth.

Ray and New York starter Nestor Cortes were both terrific, following standout performances Tuesday night from the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole and the Mariners’ Luis Castillo.

Cortes struck out 10 and didn’t allow a hit until Sam Haggerty homered off the left-field foul pole with one out in the sixth.

“It was a fastball away I yanked into the bottom of the zone where he crushes the ball,” Cortes said. “Just a mistake pitch.”

Cortes was lifted after giving up consecutive singles to Ty France and Mitch Haniger to open the seventh. Haniger’s hit scored France to make it 3-2.

“He just couldn’t put those last two guys away,” Boone said.

Albert Abreu (2-2) struck out Eugenio Suarez but left a changeup in the middle of the plate and Santana didn’t miss, hitting his seventh home run since being acquired by Seattle in June.

“It’s a long season, up and down, but my head never gets down. I’m strong mentally. My mentality now is try to help my teammates finish strong.”

The 36-year-old Santana reached the playoffs in four seasons with Cleveland.

Ray allowed three hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven but walked a season-high five.

“I overheard it on the broadcast last night – that’s like a couple playoff teams going at it in a playoff series,” Ray said. That’s what it felt like. … It seemed like it was punch for punch, every single pitch, every single inning.”

ROSTER SHUFFLE

Seattle optioned OF/DH Kyle Lewis and LHP Brandon Bernardino to Triple-A Tacoma to clear roster spots for the return of Diego Castillo and utilityman Dylan Moore.

Lewis, the 2020 AL rookie of the year, struggled badly at the plate after returning from a concussion. Lewis was hitting .098 with 18 strikeouts in his previous 46 plate appearances.

“Kyle’s tool is the bat and it has been a struggle since he came back up here. Recently, the strikeout has crept in. I do think there’s a role for him on our club. But you need to be productive,” Servais said.

Seattle is also moving RHP Chris Flexen to the bullpen. The Mariners picked up a sixth starter when they acquired Luis Castillo at the trade deadline. Servais said Flexen may come back into the rotation later in the season as Seattle monitors the innings of rookie George Kirby.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: IF Matt Carpenter is expected to miss at least six weeks due to his fractured left foot suffered in Monday’s series opener. Carpenter saw a specialist in Seattle on Wednesday morning. … Rizzo returned to the lineup after missing the previous five games with lower back issues.

Mariners: Seattle remains hopeful CF Julio Rodriguez (wrist) will be activated off the injured list before Friday’s series opener in Texas. … SS J.P. Crawford was given the day off.

UP NEXT

Yankees: RHP Domingo German (1-2, 5.09 ERA) will start the opener of a three-game series at Boston on Friday.

Mariners: Seattle has not announced its rotation for the series at Texas that begins Friday.

Pujols, Arenado homer as Cardinals beat Rockies 9-5

DENVER (AP) Albert Pujols and Nolan Arenado homered and combined for seven hits, and Jose Quintana made his second strong start for St. Louis in the Cardinals’ 9-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Pujols and Arenado had run-scoring hits in the Cardinals’ five-run first inning and connected on back-to-back homers in the sixth for an 8-2 lead. Pujols had four hits and finished a triple short of the cycle. Arenado also was a triple short of the cycle.

“I never thought this could be possible,” Arenado said about playing on the same team with Pujols. “I’ve always thought about that. I’ve been thinking about that for years. It is amazing to learn from a guy like that. To have him hitting behind me is pretty cool, and obviously going back-to-back with him is very cool.”

Quintana (4-5) gave up two runs and seven hits and struck out six in his second quality start since being obtain from Pittsburgh on Aug. 1. He has given two runs and eight hits in 12 innings for the Cardinals, with 13 strikeouts and four walks.

Paul DeJong tied a career high with four hits and had an RBI, Lars Nootbaar had two triples and two RBIs and Yadier Molina had two hits and an RBI as St. Louis rebounded from a 16-5 loss in the first game of the series Tuesday that broke its seven-game winning streak.

“We got smacked in the face a little bit yesterday and I think it was important for us to come out with a little hunger and a little energy and we did that today,” Arenado said.

Jose Iglesias had two hits and two RBIs and Brendan Rodgers had three hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who scored three in the ninth. They had won three of five.

Quintana fared much better in his second start at Coors Field this season than in his first July 15, when the Rockies roughed him up for six runs in five innings in an 13-2 victory while he was with the Pirates.

“The last time I didn’t have that command like I had tonight,” said Quintana, who got six outs – and half his strikeouts – with his breaking ball. “My curve ball was better tonight. I saw the video and made an adjustment on what I want to do, because they know me. I just tried to execute my pitches.”

Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (7-8) gave up 10 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings, leaving after Molina’s single drove in DeJong for a 6-1 lead in the fifth. Freeland, who struck out one and walked two, had won his last three starts.

After Paul Goldschmidt singled to put runners on first and second with one in the first inning, Arenado doubled into the left field corner for a 1-0 lead. The ball was originally ruled foul but overturned on review after the Cardinals challenged.

Pujols, Tyler O’Neill and DeJong followed with RBI hits before Molina was hit by a pitch and Nootbaar made it 5-0 with a sacrifice fly.

Pujols singled in the first inning, hit a ground-rule double in the second, homered in the sixth and singled in the eighth. He was deprived on an RBI when his double with a runner on first bounced into the left field seats, and another when a runner was thrown out at the plate after his single in the eighth.

GOLDEN SEASON?

Goldschmidt, vying for his first MVP award, entered Wednesday’s game leading the NL in batting average (.329), on-base percentage (.413), slugging percentage (.609) and OPS (1.022). He had 26 homers and 84 RBIs, on pace for career-highs in both.

“The way he prepares is incredible to watch,” Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said. “He’s putting together a pretty special season.”

Goldschmidt was the NL MVP runner-up with Arizona in 2013 and 2015, and he has finished in the top six five times. He led the NL in homers, RBIs, slugging percentage and OPS in 2013 but was runner-up to Andrew McCutchen.

PUJOLS CLIMBING

Pujols played in his 3,034th game Wednesday, tying Ty Cobb for fifth in major league history. He has 121 sacrifice flies, one short of breaking a tie with Hank Aaron and Frank Thomas for fourth all-time.

NO DOUGH THIS TIME

Former Rockie Arenado’s sixth-inning homer down the left field line hit the UC Health Charity banner, which promises a $5,000 donation from the Rockies’ Foundation to the American Cancer Foundation if struck. The donation is only in effect if a current (not former) Colorado player is at bat. “I think I did like twice and that was it,” Arenado said. “I’m just happy it went out.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: RHP Jack Flaherty (shoulder) was rained out of his first scheduled rehab appearance with Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday. Flaherty has been on the 60-day IL since June 27, a day after his third start of the season. … LHP Steven Matz (torn ligament) played catch in Colorado on Tuesday and will increase his throwing this week. There is no timetable for his return. … RHP Jake Woodford was recalled from Memphis on Wednesday, when LHP T.J. McFarland was designated for assignment.

Rockies: C Elias Diaz aggravated an apparent hand injury while striking out in the eighth inning and was removed from the game. “Today it might have done a little more damage,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. … RHP Chad Kuhl (hip) played catch Wednesday and is expected to throw a simulated game Friday. He is unlikely to need a rehab start before returning from the injured list when eligible Aug. 19. … RHP Jhoulys Chacin (toe) also is expected to throw a simulated game Friday.

UP NEXT

St. Louis RHP Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.20 ERA) is to oppose Colorado RHP German Marquez (6-9, 5.18) in the deciding game of the three-game series. Hudson has not won in his five starts since June 28. Marquez is 2-1 with a 2.52 ERA in six career starts against the Cardinals.

Cardinals minor leaguer completes 2nd known HR cycle

St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguer Chandler Redmond has accomplished what only one other known professional baseball player has ever done before: the home run cycle.

The 25-year-old farmhand hit a solo homer, two-run homer, three-run homer, and grand slam in the same game with Triple-A Springfield on Wednesday.

Redmond entered Wednesday’s contest against the Amarillo Sod Poodles – the Arizona Diamondbacks’ affiliate – hitting .228/.314/.431 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs over 72 games.

The home run cycle has only been managed once before at any pro level – in 1998 by Tyrone Horne, who also happened to be in the Cardinals system at the time. Horne played for the Arkansas Travelers in Double-A but never made it to the majors, playing 11 minor-league seasons and one campaign in Korea.

While rare in the pros and unheard of at the major-league level – with only 18 four-homer games ever recorded in MLB history – the feat has been accomplished a handful of times at the collegiate level, including in softball by Samantha Posey, sister of former San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey.

Scooter Gennett came close to becoming the first MLBer to hit for the home run cycle in 2017 when he recorded a solo dinger, grand slam, and a pair of two-run homers with the Cincinnati Reds.

Yankees’ Carpenter out 6-8 weeks with broken foot

The New York Yankees will be without the services of one of their unsung heroes for an extended stretch.

Slugger Matt Carpenter will be out six-to-eight weeks with a broken left foot, according to ESPN’s Marly Rivera. The 36-year-old won’t require surgery.

Carpenter will be re-evaluated in four weeks to get a better sense of his recovery and a potential timeline for his return to the field, Rivera adds.

“I’m very encouraged, very encouraged that we avoided surgery and got a clean break that just needs to heal, and we’ll see how long it takes,” Carpenter said.

The three-time All-Star suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during an at-bat in Monday’s game against the Seattle Mariners.

Carpenter has authored a renaissance campaign, posting a 1.139 OPS with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs in just 47 games.

The Yankees dropped the rubber game of their series with the Mariners on Wednesday, falling to 2-7 in the month of August.

Report: MLB investigating Pirates’ Castro for having phone during game

Major League Baseball is looking into why Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro had a cellphone on him during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Castro violated an MLB rule that prohibits electronic devices from being on the field or dugout, with the exception being league-approved iPads, Rosenthal notes.

The 23-year-old lost the phone out of his back pocket while sliding into third base.

“I don’t think there’s any professional ballplayer that would ever go out there with any intentions of taking a cellphone,” Castro said postgame, according to The Athletic. “It’s horrible it happened to me. Obviously, it was very unintentional.”

It’s not known yet if Castro will be punished for breaking the rule, Rosenthal reports.

Tigers GM Al Avila fired after 7 years, no playoffs

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers’ disappointing season cost Al Avila his job.

Avila was fired as Detroit’s general manager on Wednesday, ending a seven-year tenure without a playoff appearance.

“I wish the results would have been better this season,” Avila said in a statement released by the team. “But know there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years.”

Owner Chris Ilitch announced the move with his team mired in another disappointing season. Detroit entered Wednesday at 43-68, last in the AL Central.

“Our progress certainly stalled this season,” Ilitch said a couple hours before the Tigers hosted Cleveland.

Ilitch invested millions in the offseason in an attempt to return his team to contention.

“All of us – the players, front office and many of you (reporters) – had high expectations and excitement for the season,” he said. “Unfortunately, we did not see progress this season at the major league level. Big reason why I decided it’s time to make a change.”

The Cuban-born Avila was the only current Latino general manager or equivalent in MLB, which has few minorities in leading front-office positions.

Chicago White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams is the only Black leader of baseball operations for any club, Marlins GM Kim Ng is the only woman and Asian-American in that role, and Giants president Farhan Zaidi, who is of Pakistani descent, is the only Muslim.

Tigers assistant general manager Sam Menzin takes over the day-to-day leadership role.

Avila was promoted to general manager on Aug. 4, 2015, after serving as Dave Dombrowski’s assistant.

Avila’s chance to lead the team coincided with a rebuilding process that prevented him from making short-term moves to win.

In hopes of long-term gain, Detroit dealt star pitcher Justin Verlander and All-Star outfielder J.D. Martinez in 2017, but the players the Tigers got in return didn’t end up helping in the majors.

“I didn’t trade those players away,” Ilitch said. “Our general manager did. Al did.”

The Tigers lost, a lot, and Avila attempted to lead a turnaround by drafting and developing players. The results haven’t been what the team hoped for.

Avila finally got the freedom to spend money this past offseason, but his two biggest investments haven’t panned out, either.

Javier Baez, signed to a $140 million contract to address a desperate need at shortstop, has struggled in the field and at the plate. Earlier in the offseason, Avila gave Eduardo Rodriguez a $77 million, five-year contract, but the left-hander went on the restricted list due to personal matters in June and hasn’t worked his way back to Detroit.

Detroit seemed to be poised for a breakthrough after winning 77 games in 2021, its best record since 2016, which was its only winning season under Avila.

“Last year, we had some momentum,” said manager A.J. Hinch, who added he’s not interested in also being the the team’s GM. “This year, we hit a roadblock.

“Today is another reminder that we haven’t succeeded. The record reflects where we’re at.”

Avila has more than three decades of experience in baseball. He was Dombrowski’s assistant with the Marlins, whom he helped sign Miguel Cabrera when he was 16. Avila worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a special assistant in 2002 before rejoining Dombrowski in Detroit.

Braves call up top prospect Grissom, bring back RHP Yates

BOSTON (AP) The Atlanta Braves called up prized prospect Vaughn Grissom to play second base Wednesday and brought back former Padres closer Kirby Yates from a rehab assignment – nearly two years after he last pitched in the big leagues.

The 21-year-old Grissom was in the lineup, batting ninth for the second of two games at Fenway Park. He takes over for Orlando Arcia, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring he sustained running the bases in Atlanta’s 10-inning victory Tuesday night.

Grissom got the call after batting a combined .324 with 14 homers, 67 RBIs and 27 stolen bases for High-A Rome and Double-A Mississippi.

He is the latest player to get a crack at second base while the Braves await the return of Ozzie Albies, who is recovering from a broken foot.

Yates, who underwent Tommy John surgery during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, missed all of last season before signing a two-year deal with the Braves in hopes of providing bullpen help down the stretch.

It may work out just as the team had planned. Yates made eight rehab appearances with several minor league teams. He pitched 8 1/3 innings, surrendering four hits, two walks and one earned run while striking out 10.

The Braves are hoping the 35-year-old Yates can regain the form that made him one of the game’s top closers in 2019. He had 41 saves and a 1.19 ERA for San Diego while making the All-Star Game for the first time.

Yates provides another right-handed option in a bullpen that added former Angels closer Raisel Iglesias at the trade deadline to serve in a setup role to closer Kenley Jansen.

Grissom is the second 21-year-old prospect to join the Braves from Double-A this season, following center fielder Michael Harris II.

Harris has been a big hit since his promotion, going into Wednesday’s game hitting .288 with 10 homers, 34 RBIs and 12 stolen bases while providing a defensive boost in center field.

Harris moved up to the eighth spot in the order, meaning the two youngsters were batting back-to-back against the Red Sox.

Grissom played second, short and third in the minors. He persuaded the Braves he was ready for a shot in the big leagues by hitting .363 in 22 games at Double-A.

To make room for Grissom on the 40-man roster, the Braves released first baseman Mike Ford, who had been on the IL. Atlanta also optioned right-hander Huascar Ynoa back to Triple-A after a brief stint in the big leagues and shifted outfielder Adam Duvall to the 60-day IL.

NFL Network Carries Eight Live Preseason Week 1 Games

NFL Network’s Preseason Week 1 schedule features eight LIVE games starting Thursday, August 11 at 7:00 PM ET when the New England Patriots host the New York Giants.

Editions of NFL Total Access air at 6:00 PM ET, during halftime of Giants-Patriots and at 10:00 PM ET.

NFL Network’s Preseason Week 1 live schedule continues Friday, August 12 with a doubleheader starting at 6:00 PM ET when the Detroit Lions host the Atlanta Falcons, followed by the Green Bay Packers traveling to face the San Francisco 49ers at 8:30 PM ET. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 5:00 PM ET, during halftime of Falcons-Lions and Packers-49ers, and at 11:30 PM ET.

On Saturday, August 13, NFL Network airs a quadruple-header of live Preseason Week 1 games starting at 1:00 PM ET with the Chicago Bears hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. NFL Network’s quadruple-header continues at 4:00 PM ET with the Indianapolis Colts traveling to face the Buffalo Bills, followed by the Seattle Seahawks at the Pittsburgh Steelers at 7:00 PM ET. Saturday’s quadruple-header concludes at 9:00 PM ET with the Denver Broncos hosting the Dallas Cowboys. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 12 Noon ET, during halftime of Chiefs-Bears, Colts-Bills, Seahawks-Steelers and Cowboys-Broncos, and at 12 Midnight ET.

NFL Network’s Preseason Week 1 live schedule concludes on Sunday, August 14 at 4:25 PM ET with the Minnesota Vikings at the Las Vegas Raiders. Editions of NFL Total Access air at 4:00 PM ET, during halftime of Vikings-Raiders and at 7:30 PM ET.

Live preseason games on NFL Network are subject to blackouts in the local markets of the participating teams.

Additionally, NFL Network re-airs broadcasts of every Preseason Week 1 game.

The Top 100 Players of 2022 premieres on Sunday, August 14 at 8:00 PM ET on NFL Network, revealing players ranked No. 100-51 over the course of five hours.

All NFL Network programming – include 22 LIVE preseason games – is available across multiple devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app and NFL Network app for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. Visit NFL.com/watch for more information on how to watch.

NFL+ provides fans with access to LIVE out-of-market preseason games, as well as other content, across all devices. NFL+ is available in the NFL App across all app stores for $4.99/month or $39.99/year. Fans can upgrade to NFL+ Premium for $9.99/month or $79.99/year, which offers all of the features of NFL+ as well as full and condensed game replays and the All-22 Coaches Film.

NFL NETWORK 2022 PRESEASON WEEK 1 GAMES SCHEDULE

(ALL TIMES EASTERN; LIVE GAMES IN BOLD; ALL GAMES IN HIGH DEFINITION)

Thursday, August 11

7:00 PM ET – New York Giants vs. New England Patriots – LIVE

11:00 PM ET – Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens

2:00 AM ET – New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

4:30 AM ET – Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens

Friday, August 12

2:00 PM ET – New York Giants vs. England Patriots

6:00 PM ET – Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions – LIVE

8:30 PM ET – Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers – LIVE

12 Midnight ET – Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals

3:00 AM ET – Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

Saturday, August 13

6:00 AM ET – New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles

9:00 AM ET – Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers

1:00 PM ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears – LIVE

4:00 PM ET – Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills – LIVE

7:00 PM ET – Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers – LIVE

9:00 PM ET – Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos – LIVE

1:00 AM ET – Los Angeles Rams vs. Los Angeles Chargers

4:00 AM ET – Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Commanders

Sunday, August 14

7:00 AM ET – Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

10:00 AM ET – Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills

1:00 PM ET – Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos

4:25 PM ET – Minnesota Vikings vs. Las Vegas Raiders – LIVE

1:00 AM ET – Minnesota Vikings vs. Las Vegas Raiders

4:00 AM ET – New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

Monday, August 15

1:00 PM ET – Tennessee Titans vs. Baltimore Ravens

4:00 PM ET – New York Giants vs. New England Patriots

8:00 PM ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears

12 Midnight ET – Los Angeles Rams vs. Los Angeles Chargers

3:00 AM ET – Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions

Tuesday, August 16

1:00 PM ET – Arizona Cardinals vs. Cincinnati Bengals

4:00 PM ET – New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles

8:00 PM ET – Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers

12 Midnight ET – Seattle Seahawks vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

3:00 AM ET – Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Wednesday, August 17

1:00 PM ET – New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

4:00 PM ET – Cleveland Browns vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

8:00 PM ET – Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos

12 Midnight ET – Kansas City Chiefs vs. Chicago Bears

3:00 AM ET – Atlanta Falcons vs. Detroit Lions

Thursday, August 18

1:00 PM ET – Carolina Panthers vs. Washington Commanders

4:00 PM ET – Indianapolis Colts vs. Buffalo Bills

8:00 PM ET – Minnesota Vikings vs. Las Vegas Raiders

12 Midnight ET – Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks (Preseason Week 2)

3:00 AM ET – Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers

Friday, August 19

1:00 PM ET – Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos

***Please note that all live games on NFL Network are subject to local blackouts***

Watson starting Browns’ preseason opener as suspension looms

CLEVELAND (AP) Deshaun Watson’s debut for the Browns is tentative and subject to change.

The same is true for his first season in Cleveland.

Watson is scheduled to start the exhibition opener – his first game action since 2020 – at Jacksonville on Friday while the quarterback waits to see if the NFL succeeds in keeping him off the field for the entire season.

The three-time Pro Bowler is facing a potential year-long suspension and fine from the league for alleged sexual misconduct against two dozen women while he played for the Houston Texans.

Last week, an independent arbitrator suspended Watson for six games, but the league wasn’t satisfied with the decision, appealed and is h oping for a much lengthier punishment as well as a significant fine and that he undergo treatment before being considered for reinstatement.

That decision is expected soon.

In the meantime, the Browns are planning to see Watson play in a game. They’re not sure when they might get to again.

For now, Watson’s scheduled appearance against the Jaguars will be his first in a game since Jan. 3, 2021, his final one with the Texans.

The 26-year-old Watson sat out last season after demanding a trade and before he was accused of assault and harassment by the women during massage therapy sessions he scheduled on Instagram.

Watson has denied any wrongdoing. Two separate grand juries in Texas declined to indict him and he settled 23 of 24 civil lawsuits.

The Browns decided to move on from 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield, traded three first-round picks to the Texans and signed Watson to a five-year, $230 million contract in March despite his legal entanglement.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski plans to play Watson and “most” of Cleveland’s starters against the Jaguars. The team did not get any more specific about Stefanski’s plans before flying to Florida.

Jaguars coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday that quarterback Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville starters will play “a couple series.”

Of course, it’s still possible Watson won’t play against the Jaguars.

Watson and the Browns thought he would only miss six games after league disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, a retired federal judge ruled the quarterback violated the league’s personal conduct policy. She also mandated that he schedule future massages to only team-approved therapists for the rest of his career.

However, the league, which has been pushing for an indefinite suspension and fine, felt Robinson’s penalty was too light and appealed on Aug. 3.

Watson’s playing future is now being decided by Peter C. Harvey, appointed by Commissioner Roger Goodell to handle the appeal. Harvey’s a former New Jersey Attorney General who has arbitrated other league cases and is a member of the NFL’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

There is no timeframe on a decision from Harvey.

At the owner’s meetings on Tuesday, Goodell said the league’s appeal was warranted based on the league’s own investigation and Robinson’s ruling.

“Because we’ve seen the evidence,” Goodell told reporters. “She was very clear about the evidence. She reinforced the evidence, that there was multiple violations here and they were egregious, and that it was predatory behavior.”

Robinson found that the league proved its case that Watson violated three provisions of the conduct policy: sexual assault as defined by the NFL, posing a genuine danger to the safety and well-being of another and undermining or putting at the league’s integrity at risk.

Watson has taken most of the snaps during training camp. The Browns have planned to start veteran Jacoby Brissett while Watson is out, but the team could explore bringing in anther QB if Watson is suspended for double-digit games or longer.

Stefanski had the Browns travel two days early for their preseason opener because he has undisclosed team bonding activities planned.

Bengals’ Joe Burrow still healing, no timetable for return

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is still on the mend from an appendectomy two weeks ago, and there is no timetable for his participation in training camp.

The third-year quarterback, who last season led Cincinnati to its first Super Bowl in 33 years, has been observing practice from a golf cart or scooter. He drew a hearty cheer from fans at a recent practice when he picked up a football and tossed it around.

“Every day has been a very encouraging day for him,” coach Zac Taylor said Tuesday. “I’m not going to make a prediction.”

The quarterback’s father, Jimmy Burrow, told radio analyst Dave Lapham on the “In the Trenches” podcast Friday that it might be a “few weeks” before his son is able to practice.

“It set him back,” Jimmy Burrow said of the surgery. “But he seems to be getting better every day, and hopefully, here in a few weeks we’ll be back out on the field.”

Taylor said he doesn’t expect Burrow to be lagging in his preparation for the season. Like most of the Bengals’ starters, Burrow wouldn’t have played in the preseason opener on Friday night anyway.

“You know, obviously the physical reps, we’re going to try to get those reps from him” when he returns, Taylor said. “We’ve really gone through all the situation stuff we wanted to get through. When he does get back in the mix, practices will be focused on getting our quarterback ready.”

Backup quarterback Brandon Allen is expected to play the first half of Friday’s game against the Cardinals, and Jake Browning the second half. The Bengals host AFC North rival Pittsburgh in the season opener Sept. 11.

Taylor is not too worried about the preseason. Burrow was mostly held out of preseason games last summer as he recovered from knee surgery.

“You can give (Burrow) a lot of credit. He’s a smart guy, he’s repped the stuff before,” Taylor said. “But again, we want to make sure that leading up to Pittsburgh that we haven’t been skipping steps in terms of areas of the field we want to be able to work on. So there will be a lot of consideration, when he does get back into the mix, how we structure the practice periods to make sure he’s getting a lot of the work he needs.”

The Bengals did get some good news on Tuesday when right tackle La’el Collins was cleared to practice. He’d been on the non-football injury list with a back problem.

Collins, who signed a three-year, $21 million contract in May, is seen as an integral part of what the Bengals hope is an improved offensive line. The team also dipped into free agency to sign right guard Alex Cappa and center Ted Karras after Burrow was sacked more than any other quarterback in 2021.

“I think that’s a great, great step in the right direction for us,” Taylor said Collins’ return. “He’ll be limited, you know. We’re not going to throw him out there in the team mixes, but just to get him back in the walk-throughs, get him back (with O-line coach Frank Pollack). That’s the starting process for this week, and then we’ll continue to grow from there. But good to get him back in the mix.”

The 29-year-old Collins played his first seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

“I feel good,” he said. “Every training camp is important. It’s time when you get to go in and put in work and perfect your craft. You got to lock in every day and come with that same focus each and every day.”

In other injury news, Taylor said receiver Tee Higgins could return to practice next week. Higgins had labrum surgery in March – he had suffered the injury in Week 2 last season – that sidelined him from offseason workouts.

Bears remove Smith from PUP list, another twist in standoff

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The Chicago Bears’ standoff with Roquan Smith took another turn Wednesday when the team removed the star linebacker from the physically unable to perform list a day after he went public with a trade demand.

It was unclear if the Bears took him off the list because of a potential contract extension or trade, or to fine him for missing practices.

Smith has been a “hold-in” since training camp began with negotiations on a new deal apparently at a standstill.

Placing him on the physically unable to perform list allowed him to attend meetings and workouts at Halas Hall without being fined for missing practices.

Smith, who does not have an agent, accused the Bears of not negotiating in good faith in a statement on Tuesday. He said the front office led by new general manager Ryan Poles has made take-it-or-leave-it offers since talks began in April that would be “bad for myself, and for the entire LB market if I signed it.”

Smith, the No. 8 overall draft pick in 2018, is entering the fifth and final year of his rookie contract. He was a second-team All-Pro in 2020 and 2021.

Poles said Tuesday he planned to continue working toward a contract extension rather than trade Smith.

“At the end of the day we’ve got to do what’s best for this organization,” he said. “But my intentions are to make sure Roquan Smith’s on this team.”

Poles also insisted his feelings about Smith have not changed.

“I love the kid,” he said. “I love what he’s done on the field, which makes me really disappointed with where we’re at right now.”

The Bears made big changes after going 6-11 last season and missing the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. They fired general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy and replaced them with Poles and Matt Eberflus.

The Bears plan to use Smith as a weakside linebacker in their new 4-3 scheme. And his status was front and center at Halas Hall on Wednesday.

Teammates Robert Quinn and Darnell Mooney said they would love to have Smith on the field. But they also understand the business side.

“You see that all the time with players trying to put the heat on the organization just trying to get a deal done,” Mooney said. “It’s nothing that I can do or anything, so I’m just looking from far away.”

Quinn was with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 when Aaron Donald staged a preseason-long holdout. The All-Pro signed a $135 million, six-year deal just before the 2018 season after holding out again.

“It’s an opportunity to take care of your family and all that good stuff, so you don’t want to sell yourself short because not a lot of people get to sign new contracts, and if you’re one of the best at your position, you want to make sure you sign a well-worth-compensated contract,” Quinn said.

“But, again, I’m not GM. I’m not Roquan. I’m not the owner. I’ve got my two cents and I’m sure no one cares about them anyway.”

Saints cut Brown, waive Thompson; Costello says he’s signing

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints have cut veteran running back Malcolm Brown and waived defensive back Bryce Thompson with an injury designation.

Thompson appeared to have a serious lower leg injury during Tuesday’s practice at Saints training camp and he was waived on Wednesday. His injury designation means he could wind up on the Saints’ injured reserve list if he is not claimed or does not reach an injury settlement.

Thompson is a second-year pro out of Tennessee who appeared in two late-season games last season on special teams.

Brown is a seven-year NFL veteran who spent his first six seasons with the St. Louis and Los Angeles Rams before playing last season for Miami.

The Saints acquired Brown in late July, just before the start of training camp.

Meanwhile, free agent quarterback K.J. Costello, who played for the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL earlier this year, posted on social media that he was signing with the Saints.

While that transaction was not official on Wednesday evening, Costello wrote: “It is time to go to work! Stoked for the opportunity. Fired up to sign with the New Orleans Saints!”

The addition of Costello, who played in college for Stanford and Mississippi State, would give New Orleans a third available quarterback in Saturday night’s preseason opener at Houston while projected starter Jameis Winston sits out with a sprained right foot.

Costello signed as an undrafted free agent with the Los Angeles Chargers during the 2021 preseason and was cut before the regular season. He also received an offseason tryout with the Saints in May.

Panthers to attack with McCaffrey, not worry about injuries

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers aren’t planning to change their approach with Christian McCaffrey, even though the star running back has missed 23 of the last 33 regular-season games due to injuries.

It’s full speed ahead when it comes to McCaffrey this season.

“I’m not spending my time worrying about, `hey, will Christian get hurt?'” Panthers coach Matt Rhule said. “We are thinking about Christian in one way only – and that’s attack.”

Rhule called McCaffrey a “dominant, dominant, dominant football player,” but he’s also realistic, knowing that running backs are prone to injuries.

That’s one of the reasons the Panthers signed free agent D’Onta Foreman from the Tennessee Titans to given them added depth in the backfield to go along with Chuba Hubbard.

“He plays a high-contact, high-percentage-of-injury position,” Rhule said. “We’re going to put him out there and play him. We want to have all of our best players for as long as possible.”

McCaffrey averaged nearly 30 touches per game through the first two games of last season before going down with a hamstring injury in a Week 3 Thursday night game against the Houston Texans. His role was reduced when he returned for four games in November, averaging 17 touches per game.

Rhule said it’s still too early to know how many touches he anticipates McCaffrey getting this season, but it’s clear he has big expectations for the former first-round draft pick. He adds, he wants to help him become “the best running back in the National Football League.”

McCaffrey should benefit from a significantly upgraded offensive line.

The Panthers added veteran interior linemen Austin Corbett from the Rams and Bradley Bozeman from the Ravens in free agency and selected left tackle Ickey Ekwonu from North Carolina State with the No. 6 pick in the NFL draft.

When McCaffrey has been healthy, he’s been productive.

He’s accumulated 6,602 yards from scrimmage in five seasons with 47 combined touchdowns. In 2019, he became just the third player in NFL history to record 1,000 yards rushing and receiving, joining Marshall Faulk and Roger Craig in that elite group.

Since then, he’s struggled with a variety of injuries to his shoulder, hamstring and ankle and the Panthers have taken some criticism for overusing him.

The injuries McCaffrey has sustained aren’t because of a lack of conditioning. Rhule views McCaffrey’s work ethic and preparation in the two seasons he’s worked with him as second to none.

The running back said some of the injuries have been out of his control.

“I had a couple 300-pound guys fall on my ankle while I was already down,” McCaffrey said. “… I would love to know if there is a drill someone has got out there to prevent that from happening, because I would do that every day.”

McCaffrey has tried to tone down his conditioning this offseason, allowing his body more time to rest.

He’s also contacted several former NFL running backs, including Faulk, about how to increase his longevity in the league.

“If I’ve learned anything in terms of techniques, it’s just not overdoing it,” McCaffrey said. “I think that has been my issue – overdoing it sometimes. But you can’t prevent everything. Football is a tough business and a tough sport.”

The Panthers have tried to do their part, resting McCaffrey for three of the team’s 12 practices at training camp. They’re likely to hold him out of all preseason games – just as they did a year ago – and there are discussions about limiting his workload in practice during the regular season.

McCaffrey’s teammates just want him on the field, saying he makes them a different team.

“Defenses have to account for him wherever he’s at, whether out wide, inside, in the backfield – it just opens up all of these 1-on-1’s out there on the field,” wide receiver DJ Moore said. “So having him just opens up everything.”

New Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield had his first chance to get to know McCaffrey the last two weeks and walked away impressed. He called McCaffrey explosive, adding he has a tremendous knowledge of the game and recognition of defenses.

“And when you get him out on a route, just understanding leverage and coverages and how to get open – that’s an ability that you either have or you don’t,” Mayfield said. “He has a pretty special talent to be really friendly in the passing game for us.”

NOTES: Rhule hasn’t determined who’ll start at quarterback for the preseason opener against Washington on Saturday night, but expects Mayfield and Sam Darnold will play. … Starting TE Ian Thomas will miss a couple of weeks with a rib injury. … Wide receiver C.J. Saunders will miss 3-4 weeks with a quadriceps injury. … The Panthers wrapped up camp at Wofford College on Wednesday.

Heralded 2021 QB class looks for more success in year 2

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The performance didn’t come close to matching the hype for the 2021 quarterback class.

With QBs going 1-2-3 for third time ever in the common draft era and five going off the board in the first round for the fourth time, expectations were high for Trevor Lawrence and Co.

But whether it was from lack of opportunity, lack of support or normal rookie struggles, the six rookie quarterbacks who made multiple starts last season were mostly underwhelming with the exception of New England’s Mac Jones and Houston’s Davis Mills.

Now headed into year two with all six — Lawrence in Jacksonville, Zach Wilson on the Jets, San Francisco’s Trey Lance, Chicago’s Justin Fields, Jones and Mills — projected as starters, the class will have the opportunity to live up to the billing.

“That’s the goal: to make a significant jump in year two,” Jaguars first-year coach Doug Pederson said about Lawrence. “I think building off of last year, the fact that he played the entire season, we can build off that and really expect a sky’s-the-limit mentality with him.”

That’s also the goal in New York, Chicago, New England and Houston where their rookies also all started at least 10 games, marking the second time since the merger that five rookie QBs made double-digit starts in the same season.

But the group that did it in 2012 had much more early success than last year’s crew with Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson all leading their teams to the postseason as rookies.

Only Jones did that last year, leaving questions about the others on whether they will live up to their pre-draft billings.

“I’m not really worried about showing the league anything,” Fields said. “I’m just worried about winning games. I’m not trying to prove myself to anybody. I’m not trying to do this and that, take opinions into account. My job is to win games.”

Here’s a look at the six QBs who started multiple games last season as rookies as they head into year two:

Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars:

Lawrence entered the NFL as the most heralded QB prospect since Luck in 2012 after being picked first. The results weren’t there as a rookie as he played on perhaps the NFL’s most dysfunctional franchise with Urban Meyer at coach and an overmatched roster.

Lawrence struggled at times in 2021, finishing with 12 TD passes and 17 interceptions while going 3-14 as a starter. He fumbled nine times, was plagued by drops (33) and hampered by sacks (32), steady pressure and a porous defense that had him playing from behind early and often.

“I had a lot of turnovers last year,” Lawrence said. “Finding that balance of being myself and making plays, but also being smart and putting our team in the best situation to win. I think that’s important.”

Zach Wilson, Jets:

Wilson had a rough go of it as a rookie as he struggled to make the adjustment from playing behind a stacked offensive line at BYU to an offense with many holes on the Jets.

Wilson ranked last among qualifying quarterbacks in passer rating (69.7) and completion rate (55.6%), but feels both will improve with increased comfort level.

“When you understand where to go with the ball and you have that confidence and understanding within the offense, you’re able to be accurate because you’re confident where you’re going with the ball,” Wilson said.

Trey Lance, 49ers:

Lance got by far the least time as a rookie among last year’s first-round picks, starting just two games when starter Jimmy Garoppolo was hurt. But the 49ers have no hesitation turning the offense to the unproven Lance, who brings a new element to San Francisco’s offense with his running ability and the arm to stretch the field.

Lance also has the most advantageous situation among the second-year QBs with a loaded roster that has almost all the key pieces back from a team that went to the NFC title game last season.

“Last year, I was definitely in a different spot mentally,” Lance said. “Just feeling a lot more confident this year, coming in, knowing what I’m doing, knowing the offense a lot better, knowing the guys a lot better. … I think it’ll be a great thing.”

Justin Fields, Bears:

Fields went from a loaded college team at Ohio State to an NFL team that was deficient on the offensive line, receiver and scheme in Chicago. The results reflected that as Fields completed only 58.9% of his passes with a 73.2 rating.

But he believes the struggles were a teaching tool and he can build on that this year under a new staff led by coach Matt Eberflus, who is using a more QB-friendly system.

“I don’t love failing, but you just have to be able to know how to bounce back, know how to get back in that mindset and get back rolling,” Fields said. “Drop it or whatever, learn from your mistakes, this and that and just keep on going each and every day.”

Mac Jones, Patriots:

The rookie with the most success last season was the one picked fifth among the first-rounders. It didn’t hurt that he stepped into the most stable situation with a solid roster and strong coaching staff led by Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels is gone and Jones is ready to carry a much bigger load offensively then he did a year ago when he memorably earned one of his wins despite throwing only three passes on a windy night in Buffalo.

“He’s made tremendous strides,” Belichick said. “He did a great job last year but he’s starting it from a much much higher point this year than where he started last year. His offseason work has been significant.”

Davis Mills, Texans:

Mills was a pleasant surprise as a rookie after being taken in the third round. He took over the starting job in Week 3 and showed some promise in 11 starts on an overmatched Texans team. He had 11 TD passes and just three interceptions over his final six starts, including back-to-back December wins over the Jaguars and Chargers.

“I think I’ve developed a lot since the end of last season,” Mills said. “I think I felt the progression at the end of last year and then really taking it into the offseason, big momentum and stacking on it has allowed me to come out here and start playing really fast at the start of training camp.”

Wake Forest QB Hartman out indefinitely with medical issue

(AP) — Wake Forest quarterback Sam Hartman will miss “an extended period of time” for treatment of what the school described Wednesday as medical condition unrelated to football.

In a statement, the school said Hartman sought medical attention Tuesday following a workout. He will miss team activities indefinitely and it’s unclear when he might be able to return to competition. The school cited privacy laws in not revealing specifics of Hartman’s condition.

The fifth-year junior was one of the top passers in the Bowl Subdivision ranks last year and helped the Demon Deacons reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game while tying a program record with 11 wins.

In a statement, Hartman called Tuesday “a frustrating day.”

“I look forward to attacking this rehabilitation process and I am so appreciative of the support I have received from my family, teammates and coaches,” he said.

Hartman ranked 11th in the FBS ranks in passing yardage (302.0 per game) and tied for fifth with 39 touchdowns last season at the helm of the nation’s No. 4 scoring attack (41.0). That helped Wake Forest crack the top 10 of the AP Top 25 poll last season and win the ACC’s Atlantic Division title.

The Demon Deacons are considered among the top contenders for the ACC title this season behind preseason favorite Clemson. They open in three weeks, hosting VMI on Sept. 1.

“We’ll look forward to having Sam back on the field as soon as he can,” coach Dave Clawson said in a statement, “and in the meantime, Sam and his family have the full support of our coaching staff and program in his recovery.”

Former Washington St coach files wrongful termination claim

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich has filed a claim against the university seeking $25 million for wrongful termination after he was fired last year for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The claim was filed on Rolovich’s behalf with the state’s Office of Risk Management on April 27, the Seattle Times reported.

Such a claim is a prerequisite for filing a lawsuit against a state agency, said Brionna Aho, spokesperson for state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. A person must wait 60 days to sue after a tort claim is filed.

Aho said no suit had been filed as of Wednesday.

Rolovich’s attorney, Brian Fahling of Kenmore, did not return a telephone message left at his office Wednesday. He has previously indicated Rolovich would take legal action, claiming religious discrimination.

Rolovich, who is Catholic. was denied a religious exemption from Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate requiring state employees to get the vaccine.

He was fired in October after he had coached just 11 games with the Cougars over two seasons, going 5-6. Assistant coach Jake Dickert was temporarily elevated to interim head coach and then was named Rolovich’s replacement after leading the Cougars to the Sun Bowl.

Fahling filed a 34-page letter with the university appealing Rolovich’s firing in November. That appeal was denied.

At the time of his firing, Rolovich was working under a five-year contract, on which three seasons remained. He was paid $3.2 million per year, the highest public salary in the state.

Report: Durant sees 76ers as a desired landing spot in trade

Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant is interested in moving to the Philadelphia 76ers, adding another aspect to his lengthy trade request saga, sources told SNY’s Ian Begley.

High-ranking members of the 76ers’ organization are pushing for talks with Brooklyn in hopes of trading for the former MVP, Begley adds.

Any deal with Philadelphia would likely include up-and-coming guard Tyrese Maxey and starting forward Tobias Harris, along with a plethora of draft picks.

Durant would also reunite with a two-time teammate in 76ers guard James Harden, who he had a rocky relationship with at the end of their Nets tenure before the team dealt Harden to Philadelphia in February.

The 33-year-old originally requested a trade at the end of June and reportedly recently told Nets owner Joe Tsai the organization would have to decide between retaining him or head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks.

In addition to the 76ers, Begley reports that Durant has interest in joining the Boston Celtics, a team that has previously been linked to the scoring forward in recent weeks. However, Durant has reportedly voiced his desire to play alongside Celtics guard Marcus Smart, a likely candidate for the team to send to Brooklyn in a potential trade.

Serena loses 1st match since saying she’s prepared to retire

TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams wore her game face when she stepped out into the stadium for her first match since telling the world she is ready to leave professional tennis.

Greeted by a standing ovation, the 23-time Grand Slam champion didn’t smile. She didn’t wave. She took a sip from a plastic bottle as she walked in. Some folks in the crowd captured the moment with the cameras on their cellphones. Others held aloft handrawn signs — oh, so many signs — with messsages such as “Queen” or “Thank you.”

No one knows exactly how many more matches Williams will play before she puts her rackets away for good, and the 40-year-old American exited the National Bank Open on Wednesday night with a 6-2, 6-4 loss to Belinda Bencic.

While there were some familiar fist pumps and yells of “Come on!” during competition, it was only afterward that Williams really allowed her feelings to show, her voice shaking and her eyes welling during an on-court interview when Bencic ceded the spotlight.

“A lot of emotions, obviously,” Williams told spectators who offered her encouragement throughout the clear, 75-degree evening.

The second-round match at the hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open came a day after she announced “the countdown has begun” on her playing career, saying she wants to have another child and pursue business interests.

She did not state precisely what her last event will be, but did make it sound as if her final farewell will come at the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 29 in New York. Williams has won the singles title at Flushing Meadows a half-dozen times — first in 1999; most recently in 2014 — to go along with seven championships apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, plus three at the French Open.

“It’s been a pretty interesting 24 hours,” Williams said after Wednesday’s match.

“I’m terrible at goodbyes,” she added, her hand on her chest, “but goodbye, Toronto!”

Next up on her schedule is the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati next week, another event that serves as preparation for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.

Williams, a three-time champion in Canada, started this match, fittingly enough, with an ace. Delivered another later in that game, too, showing off the superb serve that helped her to so many match victories, so many tournament titles, so many weeks at No. 1 in the rankings.

That elite ability showed up occasionally against Bencic, whether the trio of unreturnable serves to close out that opening game or a later putaway swinging volley accented with a shout and a tug on the brim of her white visor.

But because of a leg injury that sidelined her for the last half of 2021 and first half of 2022, she was playing for only the third time in the past 12 months. There were signs of that, as well, and of why Williams is no longer the dominant force she was for so long.

The breaks of her serve that were never quite so frequent when she was younger and at the height of her powers. The not-quite-on-target groundstrokes. The inability to offer up too much resistance while receiving serve; she only earned one break point in the first set, missing a return long to fritter away that chance, and none in the second.

“I wish I could have played better,” Williams said, “but Belinda played so well today.”

It did not help Williams that she was facing an opponent 15 years her junior and quite talented, to boot: Bencic is ranked 12th, won a gold medal for Switzerland at the Tokyo Olympics last year and has been a Grand Slam semifinalist.

“It’s always an honor to be on the court with her,” Bencic said, “and that’s why I think tonight is about her.”

Bencic took home the Toronto trophy at age 18 in 2015, when she eliminated Williams in the semifinals to earn the distinction of being the youngest woman to beat a player many consider, as one homemade poster in the stands declared Wednesday, the “GOAT” — the greatest of all-time.

Matsuyama withdraws from Memphis with neck injury

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Hideki Matsuyama withdrew Wednesday from the FedEx St. Jude Championship because of a neck injury, saying he is hopeful he can return in the postseason.

Matsuyama, the first Japanese man to win a major championship, is a two-time winner on the PGA Tour this season and goes into the FedEx Cup playoffs as the No. 11 seed. With points counting four times as much in the postseason, he was sure to lose spots in the standings.

Of greater concern are injuries that have bothered him since March.

The former Masters champion missed The Players Championship and the Dell Match Play with a neck injury. He most recently withdrew from the 3M Open three weeks ago citing a wrist injury after opening with a 77.

Matsuyama said of his withdrawal from Memphis, “I felt it was the best decision to ensure my neck receives the treatment it needs for me to compete in the BMW Championship and Tour Championship.”

The top 70 advance to the BMW Championship next week, and the top 30 go to the Tour Championship in Atlanta a week later. If he doesn’t play next week, Matsuyama still should be in reasonable shape for the Tour Championship.

Federal judge denies LIV golfers bid for PGA Tour postseason

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A federal judge in California ruled Tuesday that three golfers who joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf will not be able to compete in the PGA Tour’s postseason.

U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman made her decision in San Jose after attorneys for the sides each spoke for about an hour. Freeman said she didn’t consider the golfers faced irreparable harm because of the big money they were guaranteed by joining LIV, a key issue in the case.

“There simply is no irreparable harm in this case,” PGA Tour attorney Elliot Peters said.

The three suspended golfers were seeking a temporary restraining order, which Freeman denied. Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford claimed they should be able to play where they want to, each saying in letters last month to the PGA Tour, “I am a free agent and independent contractor.” They are among 10 players who filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour last week — including Phil Mickelson.

Robert Walters, an antitrust litigator representing the golfers, noted this would be their opportunity on a big playoff stage, “effectively the Super Bowl of golf” because of its “significant income opportunities.” Freeman responded that the LIV Tour earnings potential was also great and asked whether players might have been able to wait until the conclusion of the PGA Tour season to depart for the new tour.

Walters argued there were only 48 spots and they would have filled up according to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, to which Freeman said she agreed with that stance but that the golfers stood to gain far more financially joining LIV than the money they might have earned on the PGA Tour.

“This is an extraordinarily attractive financial opportunity but it’s much more than that,” Walters said, saying the harm done is that “players lose intangible benefits” such as qualifications for the major tournaments as well as other marquee invitationals.

“This is the holy grail because everybody wants to compete in and prevail in major championships, but it’s not just the majors,” Walters said. He noted that the PGA Tour inferred these golfers would put a “taint” or “stench” on the tour’s image by playing, perhaps even wearing LIV Tour gear in PGA Tour tournaments.

“We’re disappointed that Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones won’t be allowed to play golf. No one gains by banning golfers from playing,” LIV Golf said in a statement.

The first of three FedEx Cup playoff events begin Thursday. Two tournaments offer $15 million prize funds, and the player who wins the FedEx Cup at East Lake in Atlanta gets $18 million — thus the urgency for Freeman to rule. This case could go to trial next year, with the possibility of an injunction hearing in late September or early October, according to Peters.

Peters said lifting the suspensions of the golfers and allowing them to play would “change the status quo” for the PGA Tour and “give them a fabulous platform” to promote the LIV tour while competing in a PGA event.

“I think it’s a huge problem,” he said. “… The Commissioner needs the ability to protect the Tour. This is a very dire situation for the Tour.”

Gooch (No. 20), Jones (No. 65) and Swafford (No. 67) are among nine players who have joined LIV Golf and finished the regular season among the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings. The other six who joined LIV Golf are not asking to play in the tour’s postseason.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan issued a memo to members that included: “With today’s news, our players, fans and partners can now focus on what really matters over the next three weeks: the best players in the world competing in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, capping off an incredibly compelling season with the crowning of the FedEx Cup champion at the Tour Championship.”

FIFA looks to start World Cup in Qatar 1 day earlier

GENEVA (AP) Host nation Qatar is set to play in the opening game of its own World Cup tournament after all – and on a stand-alone day being added to the schedule barely 100 days before kickoff.

Soccer’s marquee tournament is now set start one day earlier than originally scheduled seven years ago in a move that would allow Qatar to play Ecuador on Nov. 20, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the matter.

The proposal will be put before a committee comprised of FIFA president Gianni Infantino and the heads of the six continental soccer bodies, the person said. A decision is expected this week.

According to a letter sent by FIFA this week and seen by the AP, the governing body is asking for approval from the continental soccer bodies by Thursday.

Qatar should now get an exclusive Sunday slot for its opening ceremony and World Cup debut at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium.

The World Cup is currently scheduled to start on Nov. 21, a Monday, based on a FIFA decision in 2015 after it agreed to push back the tournament to avoid the extreme desert heat in June and July. FIFA also got agreement for a shorter, 28-day program to minimize disruption to domestic soccer, especially in Europe, which will shut down ahead of the World Cup.

Recent World Cup tradition gave 2014 host Brazil and 2018 host Russia exclusive opening days to play their first opponents. But the tighter schedule in Qatar called for four games daily for the entire group stage – 48 games in 12 days.

At the tournament draw in Doha on April 1, the Netherlands, Senegal and Ecuador landed in Group A with Qatar. The Dutch and Senegal were allocated the 1 p.m. local time start and Qatar was to play Ecuador in the third game with an evening kickoff six hours later.

The proposal to create a 29-day tournament instead of 28 has been favored by Qatari officials and South American soccer body CONMEBOL, with talks also involving the Qatar and Ecuador soccer federations, the person told the AP.

FIFA acknowledged in its letter that changing the date, after tickets have been sold, would affect some traveling fans. However, FIFA said “any risk is sufficiently outweighed by the value and benefits of the proposal” commercially.

A Qatar-Ecuador game involves only a few players who are with European clubs. Several on the likely Ecuador roster play for clubs in Spain, the United States and Mexico, where leagues stop play ahead of the Nov. 12-13 weekend.

The schedule switch would have been tougher to agree to if Qatar was scheduled to open against the Netherlands, which has key members playing until Nov. 13 with clubs in England and Italy.

Because of the proposal, FIFA is expected to push back the Netherlands-Senegal from the lunchtime start to the early evening slot that would be vacated by Qatar.

While an opening game on a Sunday evening in Qatar should play well with viewers in Asia and Europe, in the United States it puts the World Cup in direct competition with NFL games. The U.S. soccer team plays its World Cup opener against Wales as the late Monday game in Qatar.

The 2022 World Cup is the first in the tournament’s 92-year history to be played outside of the traditional northern hemisphere summer. The previous 21 editions were all played between late-May and the end of July.

The Nov. 21-Dec. 18 tournament schedule was agreed to so European clubs could play on the Nov. 12-13 weekend before releasing their players to the 32 World Cup teams. Changing opening day should not alter the tournament rule that players must report from their clubs to national teams no later than Nov. 14, FIFA said in its letter.

The final will be played on Qatar’s National Day, a Sunday, allowing a full week for players to return to clubs before the Premier League plays its traditional Boxing Day games on Dec. 26.

Qatar original bid was made to host the tournament in June-July, promising innovative stadium cooling technology to overcome heat expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) during the first World Cup held in the Middle East.

In December 2010, Qatar won a controversial bid contest beating the United States 14-8 in a final round of voting by the FIFA executive committee, a group later widely discredited by corruption scandals.

More than four years later, FIFA moved the tournament to be played on dates when temperatures should be around 25 to 30 degrees C (77 to 86 degrees F).

Now, a further seven years later, the dates are set to change again.

RSC Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Poll picks IU Kokomo as favorite

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo is the clear favorite in the 2022 River States Conference Volleyball Coaches’ Preseason Poll released Wednesday (Aug. 10) by the conference office. The Cougars received all of the available first-place votes from coaches around the RSC. 

IU Kokomo amassed 132 votes in the poll and 11 first-place votes. The Cougars have won the last four RSC Championship tournament titles. Last year, IU Kokomo racked up a record of 28-9 overall, 16-1 RSC on their way to another conference crown. The Cougars were in the NAIA National Championship as a perennial qualifier. 

Midway (Ky.) University was picked second in the poll with 115 votes. The Eagles were RSC Championship finalists last year and made their first NAIA nationals appearance with a record of 24-5 overall, 14-3 RSC on the year. 

Indiana University East took third in the poll with 112 votes and the only other first-place vote. The Red Wolves won the RSC East Division last year, reached the RSC semifinals and posted a record of 20-12, 14-4 RSC. 

Indiana University Southeast came in fourth in the voting with 102 votes. The Grenadiers qualified for the conference semifinals last year before running into IU Kokomo and ended up 18-12, 12-5 RSC. 

With IU East moving to the RSC West Division this year, that means the top four teams in this year’s preseason poll all hail from that side of the conference. 

University of Rio Grande (Ohio) was predicted fifth overall in the poll with 88 votes and the first team from the RSC East. The RedStorm was 12-15 overall and 10-8 RSC last year as an RSC quarterfinalist. 

Point Park (Pa.) University took sixth in the poll with 82 votes. The Pioneers took second in the RSC East last year at 17-11 overall, 12-6 RSC. 

WVU Tech (72 votes) made it three RSC East teams in a row at seventh overall. Next was St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College (69) in eighth from the RSC West as the predicted final playoff qualifier of the 13 teams in the league. 

The top eight teams that come out on top of the RSC volleyball point system will qualify for the postseason this year. The conference championship will be hosted by the team from the RSC East that has the most points. 

2022 RSC VOLLEYBALL COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

SchoolVotes
1. IU Kokomo (11)132
2. Midway (Ky.)115
3. IU East (1)112
4. IU Southeast102
5. Rio Grande (Ohio)88
6. Point Park (Pa.)82
7. WVU Tech72
8. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)69
9. Oakland City (Ind.)56
10. Ohio Christian37
11. Brescia (Ky.)33
12. Carlow (Pa.)22
13. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)16

RSC Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll 

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2022 River States Conference Men’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll has University of Rio Grande (Ohio) as the unanimous favorite this year. The RedStorm received a perfect score of 81 total votes and got all nine of the possible first-place votes in the polling of the league’s head coaches. 

The RedStorm start the year ranked No 13 in the NAIA Men’s Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll released earlier in the day. Rio Grande was perfect in the RSC last year with a 9-0 RSC record in the regular season before marching to another RSC Championship tournament title. The RedStorm was 17-3-1 overall last year, which included a victory in the first round of the NAIA National Championship.

WVU Tech was selected second in the poll with 69 total votes and the remaining first-place vote. The Golden Bears were RSC semifinalists in 2021 with a loss to Rio Grande. WVU Tech ended up 10-7-2 overall, 5-2-2 RSC. 

Oakland City (Ind.) University came in third in the voting with 62 votes. The Mighty Oaks reached the RSC Championship finals last season and finished up 13-9-1 overall, 6-3 RSC.

Point Park (Pa.) University jumped up to fourth in the poll with 52 votes after not qualifying for the postseason last year at 7-9-1, 3-6 RSC.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College (44) came in fifth as a team predicted to make it back to the playoffs for a second year in a row. The same is true for Brescia (Ky.) University (42 votes) and Indiana University East (42 votes), which tied for the sixth and final playoff spot in the polling. 

The top six of the 10 teams in the conference qualify for the postseason. Playoff qualification uses a point system that awards three points for a win, one for a tie and none for a loss. See below for the complete preseason poll. 

2022 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

SchoolVotes
1. Rio Grande (9)81
2. WVU Tech (1)69
3. Oakland City (Ind.)62
4. Point Park (Pa.)52
5. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)44
T-6. Brescia (Ky.)42
T-6. IU East42
8. Midway (Ky.)32
9. Ohio Christian17
10. Carlow (Pa.)9

RSC Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll 

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The 2022 River States Conference Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Preseason Poll has selected University of Rio Grande (Ohio) as the pick to win the league this year. The RedStorm edged out Indiana University East for the top spot. 

Rio Grande received 96 total votes and seven of the 11 first-place votes in the polling of the RSC women’s soccer head coaches. That beat out IU East, which had 93 total votes and the remaining four first-place votes. IU East and Rio Grande met in the conference semifinals last year with the RedStorm coming away with a 1-0 win. 

Rio Grande was an RSC Championship finalist last year with a narrow loss of 1-0 to Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University, which has since closed. The RedStorm leads all returning members with a mark of 10-1 RSC last year and 11-6-2 overall.  IU East ended with a record of 11-7-1 overall and 8-2-1 RSC. 

Point Park (Pa.) University was selected third in the poll with 76 votes. The Pioneers made the RSC semifinals last year and are coming off a showing of 8-8-3 overall, 6-2-3 RSC. 

Indiana University Kokomo took fourth in the voting with 69 votes. The Cougars were 6-4-1 RSC last year before a playoff loss at Point Park in overtime. 

WVU Tech placed fifth in the poll as a predicted playoff team with 62 votes. Oakland City (Ind.) University came in sixth with 57 votes and is predicted to make a return trip to the postseason as the sixth and final playoff qualifier. 

The top six of the 11 teams in the conference will make the postseason with standings based on a point system with three points for a win, one for a tie and none for a loss. See below for the complete preseason poll.

2022 RIVER STATES CONFERENCE WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL
(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

SchoolVotes
1. Rio Grande (Ohio) (7)96
2. IU East (4)93
3. Point Park (Pa.)76
4. IU Kokomo69
5. WVU Tech62
6. Oakland City (Ind.)57
7. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.)43
8. Carlow (Pa.)38
9. Midway (Ky.)36
10. Ohio Christian23
11. Brescia (Ky.)12

TOP INDIANA RELEASES/HEADLINES

2022 TOP RETURNING INDIANA FOOTBALL PLAYERS WATCH LIST

The Indiana High School footballs season is just one week away. Here is a list of the TOP tier football players to watch this season:

BEST OF THE BEST:

LB DRAYK BOWEN (ANDREAN)

FIVE STAR

6’2” 225

COMMITTED TO NOTRE DAME

DE JOSHUA MICKENS (LAWRENCE CENTRAL)

FOUR STAR

6’5” 225

CONSIDERING: LSU, NORTH CAROLINA, MICHIGAN STATE, PURDUE AND USC

S DAEH McCULLOUGH (SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH)

FOUR STAR

6’2” 200

COMMITTED TO CINCINNATI

DL KENDRICK GILBERT (CATHEDRAL)

FOUR STAR

6’5” 250

CONSIDERING: IOWA, KENTUCKY, LSU, PURDUE AND BOSTON COLLEGE

OT TREVOR LAUCK (RONCALLI)

FOUR STAR

6’6” 285

COMMITTED TO IOWA

OT LUKE BURGESS (NEW PALESTINE)

FOUR STAR

6’8” 285

COMMITTED TO LOUISVILLE

WR BRAUNTAE JOHNSON (FT. WAYNE NORTH)

FOUR STAR

6’3” 170

CONSIDERING: BALL STATE, CENTRAL MICHIGAN, CINCINNATI, INDIANA AND IOWA STATE

OL IAN MOORE (NEW PALESTINE)

FOUR STAR

6’5” 295

CONSIDERING: BOSTON COLLEGE, CENTRAL MICHIGAN, CINCINNATI, DUKE AND FLORIDA STATE

DE RYAN BAKER (CHATARD)

6’6” 225

FOUR STAR

COMMITTED TO PURDUE

RB JADEN HART (MICHIGAN CITY)

THREE STAR

5’10” 180

CONSIDERING: BOSTON COLLEGE, UCONN, IOWA STATE, KENTUCKY AND MINNESOTA

DANNY O’NEIL (CATHEDRAL)

THREE STAR

6’0” 185

CONSIDERING: INDIANA, KENTUCKY, PURDUE, LOUISVILLE AND MIAMI OH

AIDEN STEINFELDT (BLOOMINGTON NORTH)

THREE STAR

6’5” 235

COSIDERING: INDIANA, MINNESOTA, WESTERN MICHIGAN, COLORADO AND EASTERN MICHIGAN

WR PATRICK CLACKS (ANDREAN)

THREE STAR

6’0” 175

CONSIDERING: BALL STATE, UCONN, MIAMI OH, PITT AND WESTERN MICHIGAN

OL LEIGHTON JONES (BROWNSBURG)

THREE STAR

6’4” 250

COMMITTED TO IOWA

TE SAM WEST (GREENSBURG)

THREE STAR

6’5” 205

COMMITTED TO INDIANA

LB AYCEN STEVENS (DECATUR CENTRAL)

THREE STAR

6’4” 210

CONSIDERING: IOWA STATE, PURDUE, NEBRASKA, VIRGINIA TECH

S WINSTON BERGLUND (CARMEL)

THREE STAR

6’1” 191

CONSIDERING: PURDUE, AKRON, BALL STATE, BOSTON COLLEGE AND BOWLIN GREEN

DE WILL HELDT (CATHEDRAL)

6’6” 240

THREE STAR

CONSIDERING: IOWA, PURDUE, NORTHWESTERN

S DILLON THIENEMAN (WESTFIELD)

6’ 0” 190

THREE STAR

COMMITTED TO PURDUE

WR JUSTIN MARHSALL (MERRILLVILLE)

5’11” 175

THREE STAR

CONSIDERING: MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, BALL STATE, BOSTON COLLEGE AND CENTRAL MICHIGAN

WR JARON TIBBS (CATHEDRAL)

6’4” 190

THREE STAR

COMMITTED TO IOWA

OT DE’ERIC MISTER (GARY WEST)

6’7” 285

THREE STAR

COMMITTED TO MINNESOTA

OT BEN DECKER (NOBLESVILLE)

6’5” 280

THREE STAR

COMMITTED TO MARYLAND

WR JOE WALKER (WARREN CENTRAL)

6’4” 210

THREE STAR

CONSIDERING: INDIANA, MIAMI OH, PITT, PURDUE AND TOLEDO

WR TY LOFTON (PIKE)

6’3” 237

THREE STAR

CONSIDERING: CENTRAL MICHIGAN, CINCINNATI, IOWA STATE, TOLEDO AND WISCONSIN

ATH PHILLIP ROCHE (MERRILLVILLE)

6’1” 190

THREE STAR

CONSIDERING: BOSTON COLLEGE, CENTRAL MICHIGAN, CINCINNATI, INDIANA AND MISSOURI

WR TJ MCWILLIAMS (NORTH CENTRAL)

6’0” 158

THREE STAR

COMMITED TO PURDUE

TE GEORGE BURHENN (MT. VERNON FORTVILLE)

6’5” 215

THREE STAR

CONSIDERING: AIR FORCE, ARMY, BALL STATE, INDIANA STATE AND IOWA

DL PATRICK KENDALL (CATHEDRAL)

6’4” 278

TWO STAR

COMMITTED TO ARMY

DL KEVION WELLINGTON (NORTH CENTRAL)

6’2” 260

TWO STAR

COMMITTED TO WESTERN MICHIGAN

2022 PRE-SEASON ALL-WATCH LIST

OFFENSE

OL BRAYDEN JELLISON ELKHART  6-3 280

OL BEN DECKER NOBLESVILLE  6-6 290

OL SANTANA ALO BROWNSBURG  6-3 300

OL LOGAN POKROPINSKI CROWN POINT  6-4 265

OL ISAIAH FOWLER CHESTERTON  6-1 275

OL COOPER ZELTWANGER HARRISON  6-5 310

OL TAYTON SCHAKEL WHITELAND  6-1 242

OL TANNER PARMLEY MISHAWAKA  6-1 255

OL RYAN ELDRIDGE GOSHEN  6-7 265

OL TIMOTHY DIXON EVANSVILLE NORTH  5-11 280

OL SAM MOSSONEY PENDLETON HEIGHTS  6-0 260

OL HENRY MARTELL CULVER ACADEMIES  6-3 266

OL DREW WEINZAPFEL EVANSVILLE REITZ MEMORIAL  6-2 235

OL TREVOR LAUCK RONCALLI  6-6 285

OL GABE STOCKRAHM NORTHVIEW  6-2 220

OL RYAN HILDEMAN HANOVER CENTRAL  6’3 290

OL BRODY BOLYN NORWELL 6’3 261

OL CAMERON CRAIG F. W. CONCORDIA 6’8 350

OL LUKE AMANN WEST LAFAYETTE   6’3 247

OL COLTEN CAHILL NORTH HARRISON 6’4 285

OL ELI BUCKLEY EASTERN 5-10 220

OL JOE JENDREAS WHITING 6-2 220

OL ADAM BEDOCK LAVILLE 6-3 285

OL AIDEN SCHAEFER LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC  6-2 246

OL DANE SEBERT EASTSIDE 6-3 285

OL JASON OPRISEK SOUTHWOOD   6-2 235

OL SAM MONDRUSH TRI  5-10 225

OL ZACH WURM ADAMS CENTRAL   6-3 240

OL KOLSON CLEMONS UNION CITY HS  6-5 280

OL JUSTIN SCHROEDER FRONTIER  6-2 235

TE DREW PAGE NOBLESVILLE  6-4 315

TE AIDAN STEINFELDT BLOOMINGTON NORTH  6-4 223

TE CARTER CAMPBELL GREENWOOD  6-5 240

TE CARMELL PERRY SPEEDWAY 6-2 205

TE DUNCAN KELLER COVINGTON   6-0 170

WR DESMOND DUFFY CARMEL  5-9 180

WR TJ MCWILLIAMS NORTH CENTRAL  6-2 180

WR JARON TIBBS CATHEDRAL  6-4 185

WR JORDAN WOODS HAMMOND CENTRAL  6-2 181

WR ELI ASTON EAST CENTRAL  5-11 160

WR COLIN YANCY MADISON CONSOLIDATED  6-1 190

WR GANNAN HOWES HANOVER CENTRAL 5’9 175

WR BRYSON BONELLI BATESVILLE 6’2 175

WR PATRICK CLACKS III ANDREAN 6-1 175

WR EVAN DIENHART LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC  5-10 167

WR MICAH MCKAY INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN   6-3 185

WR LUKE JONES MONROE CENTRAL   5-10 175

QB MASON REYNOLDS AVON  6-2 205

QB TYLER BUSH MICHIGAN CITY  6-1 185

QB NICK PATTERSON MOORESVILLE 6-2 215

QB MATT KOONTZ HANOVER CENTRAL 6’1 175

QB ROWDY ADAMS SULLIVAN 5’10 175

QB MASON WUNDERLICH EVANSVILLE MATER DEI  6-5 205

QB CHRISTIAN JOHNSON PARKE HERITAGE   6-0 195

ATH JUSTIN MARSHALL MERRILLVILLE 5-11 185

ATH BRAUNTAE JOHNSON FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE  6-3 180

ATH QUINN BECHTEL GOSHEN 6-0 170

ATH TREY GIBSON HOBART  6-0 200

ATH JETHRO HOCHSTETLER NORTHRIDGE 6-2 180

ATH CARSON DARLAGE BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL  6’4 210

ATH JAIDEN THOMAS EVANSVILLE BOSSE 5’9 160

ATH JOEY PIERRE EVANSVILLE MATER DEI  5-8 175

ATH DEEJAY MCFERSON SPEEDWAY 6-0 175

ATH COLE WINER SOUTHWOOD  6-3 180

ATH KAM PATTERSON INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN HS  6-4 225

DEFENSE

DL SAVION MILES COLUMBUS NORTH 6-2 295

DL JAYDEN JACKSON BROWNSBURG 6-2 300

DL LEIGHTON JONES BROWNSBURG 6-3 275

DL EVAN SHERRILL HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 6-0 210

DL KENDRICK GILBERT CATHEDRAL 6-5 285

DL DAWSON NOWACKI MISHAWAKA 6-3 285

DL DILYN FULLER ANDERSON  6-1 230

DL REECE BYERLY FRANKLIN COMMUNITY 6-1 267

DL HUNTER WALLACE DELTA  6-3 265

DL BRAD ALLEN GREENFIELD CENTRAL  5-11 210

DL CAMERON MCCREARY MISSISSINEWA  6-1 290

DL NEHEMIAH YOUNG FW WAYNE  6-2 260

DL DALTON ALBER TIPPECANOE VALLEY  5’11 210

DL SILAS JONES OAK HILL HIGH SCHOOL  5’9 235

DL ZAYNE STURGIS WESTERN BOONE  5’11 210

DL JACKSON NEW YORKTOWN 6’2 220

DL JORDAN CREE RENSSELEAR CENTRAL 5-11 235

DL WRIGLEY FRANKLIN LINTON-STOCKTON 6-2 215

DL TAMIR WOODS INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA  6-3 180

DL HUNTER WRIGHT EASTBROOK HIGH SCHOOL  6-2 190

DL JACOB JONES SHERIDAN HS  5-11 190

DL JACOB ROBERTS INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 6-0 260

DL LOGAN RADTKE NORTH JUDSON 6-1 180

DL LARRON CHILDERS SPRINGS VALLEY 5-11 214

LB TYLEN CUNNINGHAM LAWRENCE CENTRAL  5-11 190

LB TYLER DIKOS WESTFIELD 6-2 190

LB DYLAN BENNETT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) 6-0 220

LB LEE ALEXANDER WARREN CENTRAL 5-11 200

LB JOHN PURDY CASTLE  5-11 195

LB ARMEN KOLTOOKIAN CONCORD  6-1 200

LB SHAYNE SPEAR KOKOMO 6-2 225

LB TYSEN SMITH BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 6-3 215

LB GRAYSON LONG LOGANSPORT 6-3 210

LB TAGG GOTT NORTHRIDGE 6-0 195

LB ETHAN EVERS NORTHWOOD 6-1 201

LB TAYVION ORTMAN NEW PRAIRIE 6-5 215

LB LUKE CRAFT NORWELL  6’0 196

LB KYLE TURANCHICK OAK HILL 6’1 180

LB JAMES RUSHER FW CONCORDIA 6’2 215

LB CANNON BRUNES WESTERN BOONE 6’0 220

LB WYATT WOODALL SOUTHMONT 6-0 215

LB NOAH RICHHART LAVILLE 5-10 190

LB COLLIN THOMPSON HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 5-10 215

LB DEVAN KENT NORTH KNOX HIGH SCHOOL 6-2 215

LB JOHN NABORS COVENANT CHRISTIAN HS 5-10 185

LB SHANE SHUMAN CULVER COMMUNITY 11 6-0 205

LB KEEGAN BLUHM ADAMS CENTRAL 6-0 185

LB AIDEN BEADLES SOUTH PUTNAM  6-2 195

DB WINSTON BERGLUND CARMEL  6-2 200

DB DILLON THIENEMAN WESTFIELD  6-1 180

DB SAMIRION FORD LAWRENCE NORTH  6-0 190

DB TONY LEADFORD PIKE  6-0 180

DB CJ DAVIS FORT WAYNE NORTHROP  5-11 180

DB DAEH MCCULLOUGH BLOOMINGTON SOUTH  6-2 190

DB BEN HENDERSON HARRISON 6-4 190

DB ISAIAH THACKER NEW PALESTINE  6-1 175

DB HAYDEN NELSON MISSISSINEWA 5-10 180

DB GEORGE BURHENN MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 6-5 205

DB JJ PAYNE NORTHWOOD 6-4 178

DB JEREMIAH MILLER LOGANSPORT 5-10 180

DB WADE JONES TIPPECANOE VALLEY 6’5 186

DB KOLTON NANKO YORKTOWN  6’0 170

DB BRIAN WUEST DANVILLE  6’2 185

DB LUKE ADAMS SULLIVAN  5’10 155

DB HUNTER GENNICKS LINTON-STOCKTON  5-11 180

DB MASON BERIAULT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA 5-9 150

DB AUSTIN GOODRICH WHEELER 6-0 170

DB NICK THOMPSON FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS 6-2 190

DB REID MESSER NORTH DECATUR HS 6-1 185

DB JONATHAN HARRIS PARK TUDOR 5-10 165

DB MASON WILSON TRI JR-SR HS  5-8 170

DB JOSIAH ULLOM MONROE CENTRAL HS  5-10 175

SPECIALISTS

K SEBASTIAN LOPEZ CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) 6-1 190

K MIGUEL AGUILAR CONCORD 5-10 175

K ETHAN HAENLINE MARTINSVILLE 6-1 185

K JOSIAH SMITH WESTERN BOONE  6’3 175

K LEVI DEWEY TRITON CENTRAL 5-9 150

K GRIFFIN MCGEE SPRINGS VALLEY 11 5-7 157

P KADEN LONE NORTHWOOD  5-11 172

P JONATHON JOHNSON CROWN POINT  6-0 165

P NICK TALAMANTES SNIDER  6-1 180

P SAM WEST GREENSBURG  6’4 205

P LUCAS PLUMMER LAVILLE  6-2 170

P ELI KROH NORTHFIELD  6-1 160

INDIANA MEN’ SOCCER: Indiana Men’s Soccer Opens Preseason

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana men’s soccer program kicked off preparation for its 50th varsity season Wednesday (August 10) morning with its first training session of the fall.

The preseason started by naming a new captain, as head coach Todd Yeagley gave the armband to redshirt senior defender Daniel Munie Tuesday evening. Last season, Munie was an All-American, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and ranked No. 13 on Top Drawer Soccer’s Postseason Top 100 list. He led the IU defense to 13 clean sheets, including a period of seven straight in October – the second-longest single-season streak in program history.

Yeagley met with members of the local media following the training session.

“It’s like Christmas morning,” Yeagley said. “I say it every year. You’ve been waiting, waiting, waiting, all this anticipation, and it’s just fun to be out with them again officially. And they did a really good job. It was a good first day.”

The Hoosiers were ranked No. 13 in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll and will quickly get to prove themselves. Each of IU’s first five matches come against opponents who played in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The season kicks off with a matchup against the reigning National Champion, No. 1 Clemson. Then, Indiana welcomes Portland (Aug. 30), No. 4 Notre Dame (Sep. 3), St. John’s (Sep. 6) and Akron (Sep. 9) to Bill Armstrong Stadium for four straight non-conference home matches. IU will then play Butler in Indianapolis on September 14 before traveling to Ohio State to kick off Big Ten Conference play September 18.

Due to field maintenance on Jerry Yeagley Field, IU’s August 12 exhibition versus DePaul will be played on the practice field adjacent to Bill Armstrong Stadium with kickoff set for 6 p.m. ET. Fans are welcome to attend but must watch from behind the fenced perimeter.

The 2022 season will be the 50th varsity season for Indiana men’s soccer and a celebration of the program’s Tradition of Excellence. IU men’s soccer is an eight-time NCAA Champion, 17-time Big Ten regular season champion, 15-time Big Ten Tournament Champion and has made 46 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including an active streak of 35 consecutive berths.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Purdue to Close Non-Conference at Las Vegas Invitational

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team announced the final portion of its non-conference schedule with two games at the Las Vegas Invitational at The Mirage in December. 

The Boilermakers will play their final two non-conference tilts against Utah Tech on Dec. 20 and Texas A&M on Dec. 21.

The Boilermakers will meet the Trailblazers for the first time. Utah Tech, previously Dixie State, made the transition to Division I in 2019.

Purdue and Texas A&M will square off for the fifth time. The Boilermakers hold a 3-1 series lead, including a nine-point win over the No. 4 Aggies on Jan. 5, 2009, at Mackey Arena.

The entire 2022-23 non-conference schedule is set. Purdue will host six games at Mackey Arena, starting on Nov. 10 against Marshall. The Boilermakers will take on Syracuse for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at home Nov. 30.

Purdue will make its return to the Cancun Challenge in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, over Nov. 24-26 against Harvard, Florida State and Oklahoma State.

Tip times, television assignments and the Big Ten Conference schedule will be announced later.

Season tickets are on sale for the 2022-23 season at Mackey Arena for Purdue Women’s Basketball. Head coach Katie Gearlds enters her second season back at her alma mater looking to build upon the program’s first postseason appearance since 2017-18. All-Big Ten honorable mention trio Madison Layden, Abbey Ellis and Jeanae Terry return to lead a roster of eight newcomers and five returners.

PURDUE WOMEN’S TENNIS: Glitz Announces 2022-23 Schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Six fall events, 15 home matches and the Big Ten Tournament at the Schwartz Tennis highlight the 2022-23 schedule for the Purdue women’s tennis team.

Head coach Laura Glitz enters her 16th season at the helm in West Lafayette as the program’s winningest coach and just two wins shy of 200 dual victories in her career.

The Boilermakers return All-Big Ten honoree Csilla Fodor, as well as four returners, including a talented sophomore trio of Carmen Gallardo Guevara, Tara Katarina Milic and Juana Larranaga. Purdue will welcome four newcomers with five-star recruits Kennedy Gibbs and Antonia Pareja, Purdue legacy Ashlie Wilson and NC State graduate transfer Liz Norman.

The fall campaign starts Sept 23-25 at the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, starting back-to-back-to-back tournament weekends at the Cincinnati Pam Whitehead Invitational (Sept. 30-Oct. 2), ITA All-America Championships in Cary, N.C. (Oct. 1-7) and Vanderbilt June Stewart Invitational (Oct. 7-9).

Purdue will close out the fall with ITA Ohio Valley Regionals at the University of Tennessee (Oct. 20-24) and a return to the FGCU Bonita Bay Classic (Nov. 11-13).

The Boilermakers will start the spring dual campaign with six straight matches at the Schwartz Tennis Center. Purdue will open with a doubleheader against Memphis and Chicago State on Jan. 15, before welcoming Cincinnati (Jan. 21), Ball State (Jan. 22), DePaul (Feb. 3) and Tulsa (Feb. 5) make a trip to West Lafayette.

The first road trip of the year will send the Boilermakers to Aimes, Iowa, to face Iowa State (Feb. 10) and VCU (Feb. 11).

Purdue will return home for five straight matches leading into Big Ten play with tilts against Kentucky (Feb. 17), Toledo (Feb. 25), Butler (Feb. 25), Maryland (March 11) and Rutgers (March 12).

Glitz and the Boilermakers will make their spring break training trip to California with one match against San Diego State on March 17.

Three of the next four matches for the Boilermakers will be on the road for trips to Ohio State (March 24), Iowa (March 31) and Nebraska (April 2) with the lone home match against Illinois (March 26).

The final run of the regular season will feature three home matches and two away from West Lafayette. Purdue will face Michigan (April 8), Michigan State (April 9) and Indiana (April 15) to round out the home slate, before back-to-back trips to Minnesota (April 21) and Wisconsin (April 23) to finish the regular season.

Purdue will host the 2023 Big Ten Tournament at the Schwartz Tennis Center April 26-29.

Live stats and video will be available for home matches at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

PURDUE MEN’S TENNIS: Schedule Set for First Year of Young Era

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s tennis team unveiled its schedule for the 2022-23 campaign under first year head coach Geoff Young.

Young was named the Purdue’s 10th head coach in June, bringing more than 20 years of head coaching experience to West Lafayette.

The fall slate will feature a trio of tournaments. The Boilermakers will compete in the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals on Oct. 13-17 in Louisville, before heading to Virginia Tech Halloween Clash (Oct. 28-30). Purdue will finish the fall with the Big Ten Fall Championship at Michigan on Nov. 4-7.

The fall slate will feature a trio of tournaments. The Boilermakers will compete in the ITA Ohio Valley Regionals from Oct. 13-17 in Louisville, before heading to (the) Virginia Tech Halloween Clash (Oct. 28-30). Purdue will finish the fall with the Big Ten Fall Championship at Michigan from Nov. 4-7.

The Boilermakers will hit the road for the first time on Feb. 11 to square off with Drake, before returning home for three more matches against Ball State (Feb. 15), Xavier (Feb. 24) and Toledo (Feb. 26).

Purdue’s spring break trip will go west to face Denver (March 12) and UNLV (March 15).

Big Ten play starts March 25 when rival Indiana comes to West Lafayette to start a four-match homestand. After the final non-conference match of the year against Butler on March 26, the Boilermakers will face Illinois (March 31) and Northwestern (April 2).

Four of Purdue’s final six regular season matches will be on the road against Wisconsin (April 7), Nebraska (April 9), Ohio State (April 21) and Penn State (April 23). The last two home matches of the year at the Schwartz Tennis Center will be against Michigan State (April 14) and Michigan (April 16).

The Boilermakers will travel to Bloomington for the Big Ten Tournament from April 27-30.

Live stats and video will be available for home matches at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Preview 2022: Anticipating Competitive Slate of Matches

Butler men’s soccer head coach Paul Snape has put the final pieces in place as he has assembled his 2022 side in anticipation of a challenging set of fixtures this fall. Snape is beginning his 12th season at the helm of the program and is excited about the prospects for the program over the next few months.

“There is a real buzz within the program on what can be accomplished this season!” observed Snape. “We are returning a wealth of talent, experience and leadership to our 2022 team. We are also bringing in some new players that will help to create a culture of competitiveness and high performance.”

The season opens with three exhibition matches. For these previews, two home matches – Marian (Aug. 11) and Bradley (Aug. 20) – will sandwich a road trip to Michigan State (Aug. 14). The regular-season opener will take place on August 25 when Western Michigan pays a visit to the Sellick Bowl. The Bulldogs, who have qualified for six of the previous nine BIG EAST tournaments, will be seeking their second-consecutive postseason appearance along with a berth in the NCAA tournament.

“Once again, our non-conference schedule is really strong,” added Snape. “We are scheduled to play some of the best programs in the country during August and September. We are also extremely focused on performing well in the Big East Conference, which is undoubtedly one of the elite conferences in division one college soccer. I encourage the community to attend as many games as possible this fall….Go Dawgs!”

Forwards

Returning for Butler in 2022 are players who scored 80% of the team’s 2021 goals and assists. The offensive attack will be led by seniors Wilmer Cabrera, Jr., a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection, and Hemi Nasser, along with sophomores Nick Okoro and Henri Kumwenda. This quartet combined for 54 starts last season and will be supported by redshirt junior Kyle Hagerman.

Newcomers on top are Palmer Ault, who was Indiana’s Mr. Soccer after his 2021 senior season, and Jacob Jansen, who hails from Germany.

Midfielders

Setting up the offense will be a veteran group of midfielders. Fifth-year athletes Jack Haywood and Rico Hollenkamp, along with redshirt senior Jack Streberger and redshirt junior Tommy Visser, have combined for 123 starts in their Butler careers. Haywood has received BIG EAST postseason recognition three times and is tied for seventh on Butler’s all-time career list with 19 assists. Streberger led the Bulldogs with five assists last season, while Visser contributed a pair of goals.

Additional players who will be looking to contribute in the midfield are junior Nick Graziano and redshirt freshman Donovan Boone, along with newcomer Joost de Schutter, who has made multiple appearances on youth national teams in his native Netherlands.

Defenders

Two returning starters, fifth-year player Griffin DeBolt and senior Perrin Barnes, anchored a Bulldogs defense that last season allowed only 20 goals in 19 matches and recorded five shutouts. Redshirt senior Brendan Hicks and redshirt junior DJ Hooks also contributed significant minutes to those accomplishments.

This season, redshirt junior Graham Rieg, redshirt sophomore Ben Minor, and redshirt freshmen Nick Yono will be called upon to make their own contributions to the back line.

A trio of newcomers will be looking to support the Butler goalkeeper as well. Peter Tolkin is a two-time all-state honoree from New Jersey, Lou-Kent Bosc played for Paris Saint-Germain in France, and Vygo Verkooijen brings international tournament experience from the Netherlands.

Goalkeepers

Gabriel Gjergji, who has logged more than 6000 minutes in goal for the Bulldogs, is returning for his fifth season and will lead the corps of netminders. He currently ranks fourth on Butler’s all-time career lists with 242 saves and 16 shutouts. Gjergji’s supporting cast includes a pair of redshirt juniors, Caleb Norris and Owen Ranck, as well as redshirt freshmen Trevor Share.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Sycamores to Travel to Bellarmine for Final Exhibition Tune-Up

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will head to Louisville, Kentucky on Thursday for an exhibition matchup against Bellarmine at 7 p.m. ET to wrap up the Sycamores preseason slate.

The Sycamores hosted Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday at Memorial Stadium, defeating the Mastadons 2-0 behind goals from Audrey Stephens and CeCe Wahlberg. Tara Hoffman made four saves in the shutout victory in Indiana State’s first action of the 2022 season.

20 different Sycamores saw action in the contest, with the Sycamores recording 10 shots including six on goal. Wahlberg led the way with five while Stephens, Serra Hanrahan, Katie Koger, Carly Hudnall and Nora Henderson each took one apiece.

Thursday will mark the first ever matchup between the two schools. Bellarmine transitioned to the Division I ranks beginning with the 2020-21 school year and joined the Atlantic Sun Conference. The Knights finished 4-7-8 last season while going 2-5-2 in ASUN play. Bellarmine faced off against two MVC opponents, playing Evansville to a 1-1 draw and defeating Southern Illinois 2-0.

Indiana State will open their regular season on the road on Thursday, August 18 at 8 p.m. ET at SIUE with the home opener being played on Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium against Northern Illinois.

INDIANA STATE ATHLETICS: Sycamores announce 2022 fall home broadcast schedule

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – A combination of 21 Indiana State home women’s soccer, volleyball, and football games will be carried live on The Valley on ESPN as the Sycamores announced the home broadcast schedule for the 2022 fall season.

All eight regular season home women’s soccer games, seven home volleyball matches, and all six home football games will be broadcast live as a part of the Missouri Valley Conference’s media rights agreement with ESPN. Additionally, all 11 ISU football games are scheduled to be carried live via 105.5 The Legend and GoSycamores.com through the Sycamores’ agreement with DLC Media.

Below is the projected home broadcast slate for the Sycamores this fall. All outdoor games are subject to inclement weather.

The complete broadcast schedule, including select road games, will be updated on the Indiana State women’s soccer, volleyball, and football schedules throughout the season.

Indiana State Women’s Soccer on The Valley on ESPN (Home Games)

Sunday, August 21 – vs. Northern Illinois – 1 p.m. – ESPN+

Thursday, August 25 – vs. Eastern Illinois – 7 p.m. – ESPN+

Sunday, August 28 – vs. Toledo – 1 p.m. – ESPN+

Friday, September 16 – vs. Belmont* – 7 p.m. – ESPN3

Thursday, September 22 – vs. Evansville* – 7 p.m. – ESPN+

Sunday, October 2 – vs. Northern Iowa* – 1 p.m. – ESPN3

Thursday, October 6 – vs. Southern Illinois* – 7 p.m. – ESPN+

Sunday, October 16 – vs. Drake* – 1 p.m. – ESPN3

Indiana State Volleyball on The Valley on ESPN (Home Games)

Friday, September 23 – vs. Bradley* – 6 p.m. – ESPN3

Saturday, September 24 – vs. Illinois State* – 5 p.m. – ESPN3

Friday, October 7 – vs. Missouri State* – 6 p.m. – ESPN3

Monday, October 10 – vs. Evansville* – 6 p.m. – ESPN+

Friday, October 21 – vs. Northern Iowa* – 6 p.m. – ESPN3

Saturday, October 22 – vs. Drake* – 6 p.m. – ESPN3

Friday, November 11 – vs. Belmont* – 6 p.m. – ESPN3

Indiana State Football on The Valley on ESPN (Home Games)

Thursday, September 1 – vs. North Alabama – 6 p.m. – ESPN+

Saturday, September 17 – vs. Montana – 1 p.m. – ESPN+

Saturday, October 8 – vs. North Dakota State* – 1 p.m. – ESPN+

Saturday, October 22 – vs. Illinois State* – 1 p.m. – ESPN3

Saturday, November 5 – vs. North Dakota* – 1 p.m. – ESPN+

Saturday, November 19 – vs. Missouri State* – 1 p.m. – ESPN+

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: Adds Seven to Already Impressive Roster

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf officially announced its 2022-23 roster additions for the fall and spring campaigns. The seven roster additions include three transfers and four freshmen for next season.

Signing with the Eagles, who start their transition to NCAA Division I and the Ohio Valley Conference this year are:

Bryce Kirchner| Junior | North Vernon, IN

Kirchner transfers to USI from Vincennes University where he was an NJCAA National Qualifier in 2021 and 2022. Kirchner tied for 10th at the NJCAA Region 24 and won the Rend Lake Invitational in 2020 and the Lincoln Trail Invitational in 2021. Kirchner was named a JUCO Division II Second Team Academic All-American in 2020 and 2021 and was a JUCO Division II First Team Academic All-American in 2022. He was also named to the All-Central District Team in 2021 and 2022 and named to the JUCO Division II Ping’s East All-Region Team in 2022. Kirchner lettered in tennis and golf at Jenning County High School (North Vernon, Indiana) and helped JCHS to a sectional title in 2019.

“Bryce joins USI via Vincennes University where he led their team in scoring and as a captain,” Head Coach Dave Turpin said. “Bryce will bring a strong work ethic along with his experience playing golf at a high level.”

Trevor Laub | Junior | Edwardsville, IL

Laub transfers to USI after two seasons at Heartland Community College. Laub placed second individually at the MWAC Championship and helped Heartland to the NJCAA Region 24 team championship after placing 20th individually in 2022. He also helped Heartland to a tie for seventh national at the NJCAA Division II Championships. Laub was named a first team all area, conference, and district in 2018 and 2019 and has been named the Telegraph Play of the Year for Golf. He lettered in golf and hockey at Edwardsville High School (Edwardsville, Illinois) and was named first-team All-Area, All-District, and All-Conference as a senior.

“Trevor comes to USI from Heartland CC, a very successful JUCO in Illinois, where he helped lead his team to many tournament teams,” Head Coach Dave Turpin said. “Trevor has extensive experience in other sports, including hockey, which will allow him to bring some toughness to the USI program.”

Tanner Walton | Junior | Jackson, MO

Walton transfers to USI from John A. Logan College where he was a member of the Logan squad that advanced to the NJCAA National Championships in 2021 and placed 14th. Walton lettered in golf and soccer at Jackson High School (Jackson, Missouri) where he won the Missouri Class 4 District individual titles in 2017 and 2018 and helped JHS to their first state championship in program history at the Missouri Class 4 State Championship in 2019. Walton was also selected to represent the state of Missouri at the 2019 Scotland Jr Invitational. Walton earned his World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) after a first place finish at the Ron Marshal Spring Fling.

“Tanner joins the USI program from a very highly rated JUCO in southern Illinois (John A Logan). Tanner has proven the ability to compete at the Division I level while a JAL and will help USI in the transition to the Division I competition,” Head Coach Dave Turpin said about Walton.

Carter Goebel | Freshman | Breese, IL

Goebel lettered in golf and basketball at Breese Mater Dei High School (Breese, Illinois) where he took individual medalist honors with a 72 during the Class 2A Regional during his senior season. Goebel helped Mater Dei to a fourth-straight regional championship where he placed sixth individually in sectional as the Knights captured the sectional title. He was also a member of the Knights’ Class A state championship team his sophomore season. Goebel was also named the 2021 Class 2A Metro East Player of the Year.

“Carter comes from a long line of successful golfers within his family in Illinois,” Head Coach Dave Turpin said. “Carter will come to the USI campus with a lot of confidence in his ability to help the program.”

Will Perkins | Freshman | Noblesville, IN

Perkins lettered in golf and soccer at Noblesville High School (Noblesville, Indiana) where he didn’t start golfing until his freshman year. Perkins helped the Millers to a third place sectional finish, a fourth place at regionals, and a fifth place finish at the IHSAA state finals his senior season, earning All-State Honors with a second round 68.

“Will had a fantastic Senior year at Noblesville High School capped off by a 5th place finish in the IHSAA 2022 State Championship. Will brings a great mix of athleticism and competitiveness to the USI program,” Head Coach Dave Turpin said about Perkins.

Gabe Suiter | Freshman | Clarksville, TN

Suiter lettered in golf, basketball, and tennis at Clarksville Academy (Clarksville, Tennessee). Suiter was named All-District in three of his four years at Clarksville Academy and helped them to the TSSAA Division 2-A district and regional championships, placing third in the state tournament as a senior. During the 2021 summer season Suiter had four top five finishes.

“Gabe comes to USI with both a strong academic and golf background and will transition nicely into competitive college golf,” Head Coach Dave Turpin said about Suiter.

Jaden Wilson | Freshman | La Grange, KY

Wilson earned five letters in gold at Oldham County High School (Buckner, Kentucky) and was a four-time KHSAA first-team Academic All-State honoree. Wilson was the individual champion of the Battle of the Bluegrass at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club, shooting a two under 70. He would also help break the Oldham County team score record providing a 71 (-1). Wilson also qualified for the 2022 Kentucky Open after shooting a 71 (-1) at Heritage Hill Golf Club.

“Jaden is a great young man with plenty of accomplishments both in the classroom and on the golf course. USI is excited to see what is in store over the next four years,” Head Coach Dave Turpin said about Wilson.

USI begins its fall season as they travel to Pawley’s Island, SC to compete in the Golfweek Fall Challenge at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club on September 11-13.

Wabash Picked To Finish Second In NCAC Preseason Football Poll

Wabash received four first-place votes and a total of 70 points to rank second out of nine teams in the 2022 North Coast Athletic Conference Preseason Football Coaches Poll.

The Little Giant picked up four of the nine available first-place votes from the conference coaches. DePauw received three first-place votes and 72 points to top the preseason rankings. Wittenberg got one first-place vote and 58 points to finish third in the poll. Ohio Wesleyan ranked fourth overall with 56 points. Denison picked up the final first-place vote and ranked fifth with 55 points. Wooster received 39 points for sixth place, followed by Kenyon (23 points), Oberlin (19 points), and Hiram (13 points).

Wabash returns 32 varsity letter-winners and 16 starters from its 2021 squad. First Team All-NCAC quarterback and 2021 NCAC Offensive Player of the Year Liam Thompson threw for 2,956 yards and 28 TDs last season and ran for 412 yards and nine scores to earn All-Region 4 honors from D3football.com. Cooper Sullivan also earned First Team All-NCAC and All-Region 4 honors after leading the Wabash receiving corps with 57 catches for 850 yards and seven TDs. Donovan Snyder received First Team All-NCAC honors as the league’s top rusher in 2021. Snyder ran for 1,023 yards and eight touchdowns. Will Netting was named to the All-NCAC Honorable Mention Team in 2021 after recording 56 tackles and one interception at safety for the Little Giants’ defense.

Wabash opens the 2022 football season on September 3 at home against Hampden-Sydney College in a renewal of The Gentlemen’s Classic. The Little Giants play national powerhouse North Central College at home on September 10 before opening the NCAC portion of the schedule at Wooster on September 17.

POLL: https://www.northcoast.org/sports/fball/2022-23/releases/PreseasonPoll

ANDERSON WOMEN’S GOLF: Adds Five in Latest Recruiting Class

The Anderson University women’s golf program and head coach Morgan Douglass have announced the commitments of five players for the 2022-23 season. Layla Andrysiak, Kylee Duncan, Evelyn Fairbanks, Chloe Renihan and Ivy Smith will each represent the Anderson Class of 2026.

“I am thrilled with the incoming group of freshmen we have joining us this year,” Coach Morgan Douglass said. “They are full of energy, fun, and are incredibly hardworking when it comes to their golf game. I love the positive energy they are already bringing to our team and the desire they have had to get out and get better this summer! This group will continue to help us build a foundation for Anderson Women’s Golf. Aside from their ability to compete on the course, they will bring a lot of commitment to our program and the culture we are building. I cannot wait to see how they grow and compete over the next four years!”

Layla Andrysiak Kokomo, Ind. (Kokomo)

Kokomo HS: Team captured North Central Conference title during sophomore season … fired 18-hole personal record (PR) of 95 (+23) during Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sectional … shot a 9-hole score of 47 vs. Logansport as a senior … contributed 18-hole season best of 98 (+26) during Hall of Fame Invitational as a junior … turned in 9-hole season best of 47 two times as a junior … provided 9-hole average of 51 as a junior … recorded 18-hole average of 106.7 as a junior … posted 18-hole score of 101 during IHSAA regional as a sophomore … tallied 18-hole score of 102 (+29) during IHSAA sectional as a junior … contributed 18-hole score of 105 (+32) during IHSAA sectional as a sophomore … member of National Honor Society.

Major: Global Business

Why I Chose AU: I loved the feeling of being on campus, everyone seemed so nice and inviting! Coach Douglass was always so nice, welcoming, and involved with me. I cannot wait to be a part of the golf team and life at Anderson this year!

Coach Douglass’s Comments: Layla brings so much energy and life everywhere she goes. She helps us build a positive and encouraging environment for our team to thrive in.

Kylee Duncan     Russiaville, Ind. (Western)

Western HS: Three-time all-Mid-Indiana Conference (MIC) recipient (So.-Sr.) … two-time Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) state qualifier (Jr.-Sr.) … team captured MIC titles during junior and senior seasons … team secured three IHSAA sectional titles (So.-Sr.) … fired a hole-in-1 during NIC meet as a junior … turned in an 18-hole personal record (PR) of 82 in two matches … delivered a 9-hole PR of 39 in two matches … locked up fourth in IHSAA sectional with 18-hole score of 82 (+9) as a senior … tied for fourth in NIC Meet with an 18-hole score of 82 as a junior … put together a 9-hole score of 39 vs. Northwestern as a senior … shot an 84 during NIC Meet as a senior … shot a 36-hole score of 192 (+48) during IHSAA state meet as a senior … shot an 18-hole score of 86 (+13) during IHSAA sectional as a junior … shot an 18-hole score of 86 during IHSAA regional as a sophomore … shot a 36-hole score of 202 (+58) during IHSAA state meet as a junior … shot an 18-hole score of 91 (+19) during IHSAA regional as a senior … shot an 18-hole score of 93 (+20) during IHSAA sectional as a freshman … shot an 18-hole score of 93 (+21) during IHSAA regional as a junior … shot an 18-hole score of 93 during Benton Central Invite as a freshman … shot an 18-hole score of 98 (+25) during IHSAA sectional as a sophomore … shot an 18-hole score of 100 (+28) during IHSAA regional as a freshman … shot a 9-hole score of 40 at Culver Academies as a sophomore … shot a 9-hole score of 49 vs. Kokomo/Eastern as a freshman.

Major: Marketing

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because I loved the energy. Everyone was so welcoming and had positive attitudes. It is such a tightly-knit community and feels like family.

Coach Douglass’s Comments: Kylee brings a lot of fun and energy to our team. Her desire to compete helps to push others and build a supportive and competitive environment.

Evelyn Fairbanks               South Lyon, Mich. (South Lyon East)

South Lyon East HS: Received academic all-state honors … earned Lakes Valley Conference (LVC) Scholar athlete honors … fired an 18-hole personal-record (PR) of 91 during Hudson Mills Tournament as a senior … produced a 9-hole PR of 42 … shot an 18-hole score of 99 during Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) Lower Peninsula (LP) Division II regional as a junior … shot an 18-hole score of 110 during MHSAA LP Division II regional as a senior … member of National Honors Society.

Major: Psychology

Why I Chose AU: I went to a public school, so I’m excited to integrate my faith with my academic pursuits. After visiting and talking with AU faculty, I felt like this was the place for me to be able to accomplish that. Through my research, I fell in love with the more intimate learning environment, especially seen in the Psychology department. Coach Douglass opened my eyes to all the possibilities at AU for me.

Coach Douglass’s Comments: Evelyn brings a quiet consistency to the group. Her steadiness on and off the course allows for her to be a constant for the team and others to lean on.

Chloe Renihan   Lapel, Ind. (Lapel)

Lapel HS: Garnered The Herald Bulletin (THB) all-area honors as a senior … selected to THB Elite 11 as a senior … earned all-Madison County recognition four times … qualified for Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) State Championship as a sophomore … team captured four Madison County titles during career … fired an 18-hole personal record (PR) of 77 (+6) during Lapel Invitational … shot an 18-hole score of 80 during IHSAA regional as a sophomore … shot an 18-hole score of 85 (+14) during IHSAA sectional as a junior … shot an 18-hole score of 89 (+18) during IHSAA sectional as a senior … shot an 18-hole score of 90 during IHSAA regional as a junior … shot an 18-hole score of 91 during IHSAA sectional as a sophomore … shot a 36-hole score of 201 (+57) during IHSAA state meet as a sophomore … shot an 18-hole score of 95 during IHSAA regional as a freshman … shot an 18-hole score of 96 during IHSAA sectional as a freshman … shot an 18-hole score of 97 during IHSAA regional as a senior … competed in tennis.

Major: Nursing

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because of Coach Douglass and the Nursing program.

Coach Douglass’s Comments: Chloe brings high character, competitiveness, and consistency to our team. She has a desire for excellence on and off the course and comes alongside others encouraging them to pursue their best self as well.

Ivy Smith              Corydon, Ind. (Corydon Central)

Corydon Central HS: Took 10th in Mid-Southern Conference (MSC) Championships with an 18-hole score of 106 to garner all-MSC honors as a senior … team captured MSC title during senior season … fired an 18-hole personal record (PR) of 101 in two meets as a senior … shot an 18-hole score of 101 (+30) during Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sectional as a senior … shot an 18-hole score of 107 during IHSAA regional as a senior … shot an 18-hole score of 116 during IHSAA sectional as a junior … competed in basketball … competed in softball … competed in volleyball.

Major: Visual Communication Design

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because I wanted the opportunity to further my education at a Christian-based university.

Coach Douglass’s Comments: Ivy brings a lot of determination and grit to our team. She is driven and is always working to get better and make the next play count.

Anderson University Prospective Student-Athletes comply with NCAA D-III rules regarding no athletic scholarships, no athletic financial aid adjustment and only signed the NCAA D-III Celebratory Form.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Claim No. 22 Spot in the Land in NAIA Preseason Poll

KANSAS CITY  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its volleyball Preseason Top-25 poll on Wednesday morning, in which the Trojans claimed the No. 22 spot in the land.

The 2022 preseason poll marks the first time since 2012 that Taylor has found itself ranked in the nation’s preseason top-25.

Such an honor comes in the wake of a 27-7 2021 season in which the Trojans won 20 of their first 22 matches. An 11-game win streak energized the opening weeks of the season, subsequently fueling Taylor to its highest season win-total since 2011.

Along the way, current seniors, Kacy Bragg and Ryan Czerniak, proved especially pivotal in the team’s performance. Bragg, who was named the 2021 Crossroads League Setter of the Year, finished the season ranked fourth in the nation with 1,278 assists, becoming just the 10th player in program history to reach 2,000 career assists. Often a beneficiary of Bragg’s sets, Czerniak herself went on to smack 368 kills at a clip of 3.2 kills-per-set, cruising to her fourth-straight All-Crossroads League performance.

In tandem with her fellow seniors, Nikki Parrett is also poised to lead the No. 22 Trojans in an exciting 2022 season. Throughout her career, the defensive specialist has consistently frazzled the competition with her serve, racking up 134 career aces in her four seasons thus far in a Trojan uniform. Parrett is also riding the waves of a career-best 292 digs executed in the 2021 season.

The talent extends beyond the senior class, however, as a duo of sophomore middle hitters return after stellar freshman seasons. Sarah Scott and Jaylynn Dunsmore combined for 347 kills in their first collegiate campaigns, Scott being named a Crossroads League All-Freshman performer while Dunsmore padded a team-second-best 68 total blocks along with her 165 kills.

Throughout the offseason, Taylor also welcomed four exciting transfers, providing ample support for its preseason national ranking. Division I transfers, Jen Springer and Arlanda Faulkner, promise to provide defensive and offensive firepower respectively. Meanwhile, First-Team All-Crossroads League selection, Anna Frey, and 6’0 West Florida transfer, Grace Ieremia, are set to bolster an already intimidating Trojan front line.

For all this and more, coach Erin Luthy and the No. 22 Trojan volleyball team are ecstatic to get the 2022 season underway, beginning on the road with a pair of matches scheduled for Saturday, August 20th, against Judson and William Penn.

IU KOKOMO WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Unanimous Favorite in River States Coaches’ Preseason Poll

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball team was voted the favorite to win the RSC according to the River States Coaches’ Preseason Poll announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon. The Cougars garnered 11 first-place votes and 132 total votes.

IU Kokomo finished the 2021 campaign with a record of 28-9 and a 16-1 RSC mark. The Cougars clinched their seventh-straight NAIA National Tournament appearance by winning their fourth regular-season crown in the last five seasons as well as their fourth consecutive RSC Championship.

Midway tallied 115 overall votes to finish in second in the 2022 Coaches’ Preseason Poll, 17 votes behind the Cougs. IU East received the lone other first-place vote and finished with 112 votes, good for third place.

The Cougars are set to open play August 26 with a pair of matchups against St. Thomas University (Fla.) and Clarke University in the Amber McClure Fayerweather Memorial Tournament held at Taylor University in nearby Upland, Indiana.

2022 RSC VOLLEYBALL COACHES’ PRESEASON POLL

(First-Place Votes in Parenthesis)

School   Votes

1. IU Kokomo (11)            132

2. Midway (Ky.)                115

3. IU East (1)                       112

4. IU Southeast                 102

5. Rio Grande (Ohio)       88

6. Point Park (Pa.)            82

7. WVU Tech                      72

8. St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) 69

9. Oakland City (Ind.)      56

10. Ohio Christian            37

11. Brescia (Ky.)                33

12. Carlow (Pa.)                22

13. Alice Lloyd (Ky.)         16

GOSHEN TRACK: Hires Sean Foulkes as new head track and field coach

By: Justin DeWeese

Story LinksGOSHEN, Ind. – Director of Athletics Dr. Erica Albertin announced on Wednesday, August 10, that Sean Foulkes will be the head track and field coach at Goshen College. He is currently the head track and field and cross country coach at Rochester University, an NAIA school in Rochester Hills, Michigan. He starts the new role on August 22, and Rustin Nyce will remain the head cross country coach for the Maple Leafs.

“Coach Foulkes rose to the top among many qualified candidates for this position,” said Albertin. “He is a competitor who deeply cares about his student-athletes, and I am excited for him to build up our track and field programs.”

“I’m really excited to get on campus and meet the team and show our support for Goshen College as a whole,” said Foulkes. “Having met most of the coaching staff already, I’m excited to start working with them on how we want to build this program in a way that continues to carry the same level of excellence as it has in the past.”

At Rochester University, Foulkes served as the assistant cross country and track and field coaches for the 2019-20 seasons before being promoted to the head coach positions for each sport. In addition to these roles, Foulkes was also the Assistant Athletic Director for External Relations/Marketing at Rochester beginning in 2021.

While with the Warriors, Foulkes guided the teams to break more than 30 school records while building the rosters to their largest numbers in school history, and coaching the program’s first national qualifier. Before joining the college ranks, Foulkes was an assistant coach at Portage Northern High School in Portage, Michigan, for seven years. He coached the club team that qualified eight individuals to nationals and helped with the design and building of a brand new track facility.

He was also an assistant coach at Lawton High School in Lawton, Michigan, for two years. The Blue Devils won three conference championships and two regional titles during his time there. Foulkes oversaw the sprints, jumps and throws at his alma mater Athens High School in Athens, Michigan as the assistant head coach from 2007-08 and again in 2011. As a high school student-athlete, he was all-region four times and all-state once before competing for a year at Ferris State University.

A graduate of Western Michigan University, with a degree in student integration curriculum, Foulkes brings an enthusiastic, personable nature to the Maple Leafs and his significant experience in recruiting student-athletes and developing student-athletes to be recruited.

“Goshen has everything needed to be a powerhouse in our sport from the student-athletes, staff, facilities and support from the school,” Foulkes said. “It is the perfect recipe for growth and success.”

Coach Nyce oversaw the track and field teams for the last seven seasons but will now be able to devote more attention to his roles as head cross country coach and associate athletic director. “Sean has a passion for track and field, which was quickly evident,” said Nyce. “I am excited to see him build our track programs.”

“Coach Foulkes will invest in our team and community,” Albertin said. “He will help us reach new levels of success both in the classroom and the competition.”

Foulkes and his spouse Ashley have a son, Levi, and their cat named Chloe.

Goshen College is a renowned college in Northern Indiana with award-winning programs that educate the head and heart, creating global citizens who lead with courage and compassion. The Maple Leafs compete in 14 varsity sports in the NAIA’s highly competitive Crossroads League and Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, continuing a tradition of intercollegiate athletics that dates to 1956 and included women’s competition nearly a decade before Title IX. For more information on GC athletics, visit GoLeafs.net and follow the Maple Leafs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @GCMapleLeafs.

What They’re Saying About Sean Foulkes:

Brian Woodbury, assistant track and field coach, University of Maine

“Coach Foulkes is deeply talented and committed to the sport of track and field. He has an innate ability to communicate and bring people together through his genuine kindness and compassion for others. He has a history of getting the best out of his student-athletes on and off the track, and I can’t wait to see his impact on the Goshen College community.”

Andy Wright, head track and field coach, Cornerstone University

“With Coach Foulkes, you get a coach that truly cares about the whole student-athlete. He will push you to be the best student-athlete you can be but also make sure you are growing to be the best person. I’m really excited to see what Sean can do at Goshen!”

Ahren Kaylor, former head track and field coach, Portage Northern High School

“Coach Foulkes brings a wealth of knowledge and an unmatched passion to the sport of track and field. His enthusiasm is extremely contagious and breeds success both in the classroom and in the stadium. His coaching legacy at Portage Northern High School continues to thrive years after he moved on to the college level. I’m excited for the student-athletes and the entire athletics program at Goshen College!”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7141.63441 – 1530 – 2632 – 1622 – 712 – 102 – 8L 2
Toronto6050.5451034 – 2126 – 2920 – 2118 – 1315 – 115 – 5L 2
Baltimore5852.5271233 – 2125 – 3122 – 2411 – 1315 – 87 – 3W 2
Tampa Bay5852.5271233 – 2125 – 3125 – 2111 – 1412 – 95 – 5L 2
Boston5458.4821726 – 2928 – 2912 – 2915 – 1221 – 84 – 6L 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland5852.52729 – 2229 – 3010 – 1327 – 2111 – 107 – 3W 4
Minnesota5753.518131 – 2526 – 2815 – 1227 – 2010 – 94 – 6L 3
Chi White Sox5655.5052.525 – 2931 – 2614 – 1523 – 2411 – 125 – 5L 1
Kansas City4666.4111327 – 3219 – 3411 – 1721 – 2310 – 186 – 4W 1
Detroit4369.3841626 – 3217 – 379 – 2020 – 304 – 112 – 8L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston7141.63435 – 1836 – 239 – 1018 – 636 – 215 – 5L 1
Seattle6152.54010.531 – 2630 – 2616 – 177 – 630 – 246 – 4W 2
Texas4961.4452123 – 3126 – 305 – 1413 – 1022 – 304 – 6W 1
LA Angels4963.4382224 – 3225 – 316 – 1811 – 625 – 266 – 4W 3
Oakland4171.3663017 – 3824 – 3310 – 1611 – 1818 – 302 – 8L 5
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7339.65238 – 1835 – 2137 – 1415 – 514 – 128 – 2W 6
Atlanta6646.589737 – 2229 – 2425 – 2117 – 1016 – 115 – 5W 2
Philadelphia6248.5641032 – 2530 – 2327 – 2112 – 816 – 119 – 1W 7
Miami4961.4452323 – 2826 – 3324 – 2411 – 159 – 142 – 8L 2
Washington3776.32736.517 – 4020 – 369 – 4211 – 1212 – 142 – 8L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis6149.55535 – 2026 – 2912 – 1528 – 1611 – 88 – 2W 1
Milwaukee6050.545129 – 2231 – 2811 – 1329 – 247 – 94 – 6W 2
Chi Cubs4565.4091624 – 3421 – 3111 – 822 – 248 – 214 – 6W 1
Pittsburgh4566.40516.524 – 2921 – 377 – 1521 – 2914 – 135 – 5W 1
Cincinnati4466.4001724 – 3220 – 349 – 1516 – 238 – 215 – 5L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers7733.70040 – 1537 – 1812 – 1117 – 635 – 1210 – 0W 10
San Diego6351.5531633 – 2430 – 2714 – 1019 – 1026 – 255 – 5W 2
San Francisco5457.48623.529 – 2725 – 3014 – 1314 – 1117 – 274 – 6L 2
Arizona5060.4552731 – 2919 – 3114 – 1412 – 1217 – 285 – 5L 1
Colorado4964.43429.531 – 2818 – 368 – 1910 – 924 – 273 – 7L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907       At Robison Field, Cardinal southpaw Ed Karger pitches a seven-inning perfect game in the nightcap of a doubleheader, beating the Boston Doves, 4-0. A prior agreement between the clubs shortened the contest, making the 24-year-old Texan’s gem the only major-league abridged perfect game or no-hitter that was not the result of weather or darkness.

1912       Shoeless Joe Jackson completes the stolen base cycle when he swipes home in the seventh inning of the Indians’ 8-3 victory over New York at Cleveland’s League Park. The 25-year-old outfielder had made his way around the bases by stealing second and third base before his thievery of the plate to complete the deed.

1926       At Cleveland’s Dunn Field, Indian outfielder Tris Speaker hits his 700th career double in the third inning off James Edwards in a 7-2 loss to the White Sox. The ’Grey Eagle’ will establish a major league mark for two-baggers, collecting 792 during his 22-year career.

1929       At League Park in Cleveland, Babe Ruth hits Willis Hudlin’s first delivery in the second inning over the right-field fence to record his 500th career home run. The Bambino has more than twice the number of round-trippers than the Phillies’ Cy Williams, who is #2 on the all-time list with 237.

1940       Bees hurler Nick Strincevich completes an unusual 1-1 unassisted twin killing when he doubles up Joe Vosmik, the runner trying to score on attempted squeeze play signaled by Dodger skipper Leo Durocher. The Boston southpaw catches Vito Tamulis’ bunt in the air and continues running until he steps on third base, completing the double play to end the top of the seventh inning in the team’s 3-0 loss to Brooklyn at Braves Field.

1942       At Cleveland Stadium, a quirky rule results in a doubleheader’s first game suspension due to darkness but allows the Tigers to beat the Indians in the nightcap, 3-2. The umpires halt the scoreless opener in the 14th inning because the major league edict states games started in daylight can not finish under artificial lights, with the rule not applying to the second game of the twin bill because of beginning after the sun went down.

1946       The Phillies snap their 18 home-game losing streak against the Dodgers, sweeping a doubleheader at the Shibe Park, 7-6 and 6-4. Brooklyn, who hadn’t lost in Philadelphia since May 5th, 1945, set a major league mark with their dominance in the City of Brotherly Love.

1950       Vern Bickford, throwing just 97 pitches, no-hits the Dodgers at Braves Field, 7-0. The 29-year-old right-hander hurls the first hitless game for Boston since Jim Tobin accomplished the feat, also against Brooklyn, on April 27, 1944.

1951       WCBS-TV televises the first baseball game broadcast in color, a Dodgers’ 8-1 victory over the visiting Braves in the first game of a twin bill. Brooklyn’s announcers Red Barber and Connie Desmond provide the play-by-play commentary for the Ebbets Field contest, detailing Ralph Branca’s victory over eventual 20-game winner Warren Spahn.

1951       At Texas League Park in Tulsa, OK, Bob Turley of the San Antonio Missions strikes out 22 Oilers in a 16-inning game called due to darkness with the score tied 3-3. When the Class-AA minor league season ends, the 20-year-old right-hander will join the Browns, making his major league debut for the last-place team on September 29th.

1955       Ted Williams collects his 2000th career hit with a first-inning bloop single off Bob Turley in the team’s 5-3 loss at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox outfielder will finish his 19-year Hall of Fame career with 2654 hits.

1959       Gil Carter, a pitcher for the Carlsbad, New Mexico entry in the Sophomore Baseball League, reportedly hits a ball that travels 730 feet from home plate. The left-field blast may be the longest home run ever hit.

1961       In front of packed County Stadium in Milwaukee, Braves lefty Warren Spahn scatters six hits to beat the Cubs, 2-1, for his 300th victory. The 40-year-old southpaw, who will finish his career with 363 wins, the most of any left-hander in the history of the game, is the thirteenth major league hurler to reach the milestone.

1963       In the second game of a doubleheader, Auburn’s Paul Alspach strikes out 24 New York-Penn League Pirate batters en route to a 1-0 victory at Batavia’s MacArthur Stadium. The 21-year-old Mets farmhand’s performance breaks the NYPL’s strikeout record of 20, previously shared by Jerry Kleinsmith (Jamestown, 1948) and Ron Owen (Hornell, 1955).

1967       Al Downing, en route to a 5-3 complete-game victory at Cleveland Stadium, strikes out the side in the second frame on nine consecutive pitches. The Yankee southpaw’s immaculate inning victims are clean-up batter Tony Horton, Don Demeter, and Duke Sims.

1968       As a pinch-hitter, Gates Brown has two walk-off hits in Detroit’s twin bill sweep of the Red Sox at Tiger Stadium. His pinch home run off Lee Stange in the 14th inning ends the opener, 5-4, and the first game hero, coming off the bench in the ninth frame of the nightcap, singles to right off Sparky Lyle, scoring Mickey Stanley to give the team from the Motor City a 6-5 victory.

1970       With a 6-5 victory over the Astros, Phillies’ right-hander Jim Bunning becomes the first pitcher since Cy Young to win 100 games in both leagues. During his nine years with the Tigers, the future U.S. Senator compiled a 118-87 record in the American League.

1970       With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Carl Taylor’s walk-off grand slam caps a five-run rally, giving the Cardinals a dramatic comeback victory over San Diego, 11-10. The pinch-hitter delivers his ‘sayonara slam’ on the first pitch he sees from Ron Herbel.

1973       During the Yankees’ Old-Timers’ Game, Mickey Mantle homers off his old teammate and best buddy, Whitey Ford. After launching a shot that lands foul in the Bronx ballpark’s upper deck, the slugger sends the southpaw’s next pitch over the fence, much to the delight of the large crowd.

1979       Joining Ted Williams (four seasons) and Jimmie Foxx (five seasons), Red Sox slugger Jim Rice becomes the third player in franchise history to hit 30 home runs in three consecutive seasons. The Red Sox outfielder’s first-inning homer isn’t enough when Milwaukee beats Boston at Fenway Park, 9-6.

1980       In the third inning of a 3-1 Yankee victory over the White Sox, Reggie Jackson connects off Britt Burns for his 400th career home run. Mr. October will finish his 21-year career with 563 dingers, placing him sixth on the all-time list when he retired in 1987.

1981       Ray Searage gets credit for the win when he pitches two-plus innings of hitless relief in New York’s 4-2 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field. With his eighth-inning single, the southpaw gains the distinction of being the only Met player to have compiled a 1.000 batting average (1-for-1) and a 1.000 winning percentage (1-0) while playing with the team.

1982       Terry Felton’s career record drops to 0-14 when the right-hander takes the loss when the Twins drop a 6-3 decision to the Angels. The 24-year-old right-hander, who will not win a game in 55 major league appearances, establishes a new mark for the worst individual start in baseball history, surpassing Guy Morton’s 1914 record of 13 consecutive losses from the beginning of a career.

1986       Breaking Max Carey’s mark, Cincinnati Reds’ Pete Rose sets a National League record with the tenth five-hit game of his career. ‘Charlie Hustle’ singles four times and doubles in the 13-4 loss to San Francisco.

1987       Oakland A’s first baseman Mark McGwire breaks Al Rosen’s American League rookie record, established in 1950, and ties the major league mark shared by Frank Robinson (1956) and Wally Berger (1930) when he hits his 38th homer of the season. The unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year will finish the season with 49 homers, smashing the existing major league record.

1991       In only his second big league start, 21-year-old White Sox southpaw Wilson Alvarez becomes the 16th rookie to throw a no-hitter, beating the Orioles, 7-0. Only Browns’ hurler Bobo Holloman, who threw a no-no in his first major league start in 1953, accomplished the feat in fewer starts.

1994       Randy Johnson’s pitch to strike out A’s Ernie Young will become the last ball thrown in the major leagues for seven and a half months. The longest work stoppage in baseball history will cancel the remaining games on the schedule, including the postseason, and will impact the start of the 1995 campaign.

1994       Tony Gwynn raises his average to .394, going 3-5 in the Padres’ 8-6 victory against Houston at the Astrodome. Tomorrow, a work stoppage prematurely ends the season, making the San Diego right fielder the closest to bat .400 since Ted Williams accomplished the feat, hitting .406 for the Red Sox in 1941.

1998       When 26,472 fans attend the Devil Rays’ 2-1 walk-off win over Baltimore at Tropicana Field, the team surpasses the two-million mark in home attendance in their inaugural season. Tampa Bay joins the Rockies, Marlins, and Diamondbacks as the only expansion teams to reach this mark.

1998       Observance of a moment of silence in memory of Detective John Gibson takes place at Fenway Park. The Waltham, Massachusetts resident, one of the police officers killed at the U.S. Capitol last month, was a lifelong Red Sox fan.

2001       For the third and final time, Jason and Jeremy Giambi homer in the same game when both brothers go deep off Sterling Hitchcock in Oakland’s 8-6 victory over New York at Network Associates Coliseum. The A’s teammates first accomplished the feat last season and again in June.

2001       En route to his 11th victory when the Giants beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 9-4, Livan Hernandez goes 4-for-4, including a home run. The Cuban right-hander has collected eight consecutive hits, enjoying a 3-for-3 performance against the Phillies on August 5 and going 2-for-3 against the Pirates on the last day in July.

2001       For the first time in his 16-year career, Barry Bonds, en route to establishing a new big league single-season record with 73, hits his 50th homer of the season. The 36-year-old Giants outfielder reaches the milestone in his 117th game, the fewest since 1999 when Sammy Sosa attained the mark in 121 contests.

2002       Keeping with the tradition of commemorating former players in the Hall of Fame, the Cardinals unveiled the 11th statue outside Busch stadium – an airborne Ozzie Smith. The bronze likeness, created by sculptor Harry Weber, captures the former shortstop stretched horizontally to the ground, trying to field a grounder in the hole.

2002       Sammy Sosa’s grand slam and a run-scoring double against the Rockies give the Cubs’ slugger 14 RBIs over two games, establishing a new National League record. The previous mark was 13, shared by Nate Colbert (Padres-1972) and Mark Whiten (Cardinals-1993).

2003       By fanning Jeff Kent in the seventh inning at Wrigley Field, Kerry Wood became the fastest major leaguer to record his 1,000th career strikeout, needing only 134 games to reach the milestone. The 26-year-old All-Star right-hander surpasses Roger Clemens, who needed 143 games to accomplish the feat.

2003       Pawtucket’s right-hander Bronson Arroyo throws the second perfect game in three years for the team and fourth in the 120-year history of the International League, beating Buffalo at McCoy Stadium, 7-0. In 2001, Tomo Ohka, a member of the Expos two seasons later, set down 27 consecutive batters for the PawSox in a 2-0 victory over the Charlotte Knights in the same Rhode Island ballpark.

2004       During the memorial service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in front of pews packed with Mets fans, team owner Fred Wilpon and former broadcast partner Gary Thorne deliver eulogies remembering the late Hall of Famer Bob Murphy. At the age of 79, ‘Murph’ after supplying 42 years of Happy Recaps for the Mets and a half of a century broadcasting big-league games that included stints with the Red Sox and Orioles, lost his battle with lung cancer.

2005       Mets outfielders Carlos Beltran and Mike Cameron, running at full speed in an attempt to catch David Ross’ seventh-inning short fly to short right-center, dive head-first into each other, causing a horrific on-field collision. Right fielder Cameron, who suffers a broken nose and multiple fractures of both cheekbones, will undergo facial surgery in San Diego, with his teammate faring a bit better, suffering a concussion and a small fracture in his cheekbone.

2008       The Reds trade pleasantly surprised Adam Dunn to the Diamondbacks for minor league right-hander Dallas Buck and two players to be named. Cincinnati continues unloading the team’s marquee players with Dunn, the major league leader in home runs (tie), and future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey, Jr. dealt for prospects as the team begins rebuilding.

2010       In an 8-2 victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park, the Diamondbacks become the only the seventh team to hit   four consecutive home runs in an inning. In the top of the fourth inning, Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds, and Stephen Drew all connect off Dave Bush, making the right-hander only the third hurler in major league history to yield four straight round-trippers.

2014       Much to the delight of the 21,479 hometown fans at Kauffman Stadium, the Royals, who haven’t made the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1985, beat Oakland, 3-2, to take a half-game lead in the AL Central. South Korean first-time visitor Sung Woo, the team’s recent good luck charm, well known to Royals fans for his long-time enthusiastic support for the Kansas City club thanks to his active participation on Twitter under the handle @Koreanfan_Kansas City, hangs the “W” on the outer wall of the Royals Hall of Fame.

2015       The Blue Jays, Rays, Marlins, Mets, Indians, Cubs, Royals, White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Padres, Dodgers, and Giants all win, marking the first time every home team is victorious in a full slate of games. The unique occurrence became a reality when the last two completed games end in extra innings in Cleveland and Seattle, with the host clubs enjoying a walk-off victory.

2015       The Blue Jays equal a franchise record with their eleventh straight victory, a 4-2 win over the A’s at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. The streak is their second 11-game run, making the team the first since 1954 Indians to achieve the feat twice in the same season.

2016       Rockies rookie outfielder David Dahl singles to right field off Rangers starter Lucas Harrell, extending his hit streak to 17 straight games to start his big league career. The 22-year-old freshman’s streak, in which he is batting .365 (23-of-63), equals the mark established by Reds’ third baseman Chuck Aleno, who also hit in his first major league 17 games in May of 1941.

2020       Although considered the home team in some of the 13 short-season away contests to start the season, the Blue Jays play their ‘home’ opener at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field, necessitated due to Canada’s COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions. With two outs in the top of the ninth, Toronto closer Anthony Bass gives up a game-tying three-run homer to Marlins’ backstop Francisco Cervelli on a 3-0 pitch, but the team prevails in the bottom of the 10th when Travis Shaw delivers a bases-loaded single for a walk-off 5-4 victory.

2020       For the first time in over a century, games are played at three different New York major league ballparks when the Toronto Blue Jays face the Marlins at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field, joining contests taking place at Shea Stadium and Yankee Stadium. The last time this happened in the Empire State occurred on September 8, 1915, with the Polo Grounds (Yankees), Ebbets Field (Dodgers), and Federal League Park (Buffalo Blues) hosting big-league teams.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1951

The ’51 season has been referred to by some as “The Season of Change” as it witnessed the departure of several of the games veteran superstars and the introduction of a new generation of talent. Many of the games’ biggest names from the previous two decades were nearing the end of their careers and the empty spaces on the line-up cards would need to be filled by players of the same caliber. Luckily for the managers (and the fans), there was no shortage of up-and-coming talent in the various farm systems around the league. Several new rookies on the scene included a young switch-hitter named Mickey Mantle and a phenomenal fielder named Willie Mays. The nineteen year-old Mantle was called up to the big leagues from the Yankees Kansas City franchise and hit thirteen home runs in ninety-six games. Mays had been called up in late May by the Giants from their Minneapolis team (where he was batting .477) and the twenty-year old responded with twenty homers of his own. It seems fitting that in their first year of professional play, both future Hall of Famers found themselves competing against one another in the biggest game of the year; the 1951 World Series.

The Giants had steamrolled their way to the Fall Classic and were determined to dethrone their world champion, cross-town rivals. Manager Leo Durocher’s team had rallied to win the National League pennant after trailing the Brooklyn Dodgers by 13½ games. Beginning August 12, the Giants won sixteen consecutive outings and thirty-seven of their last forty-four to forge a tie for the top of the National League with Brooklyn. They went on to beat the Dodgers in a best-of-three playoff, ending with the infamous Thomson three-run homer off Ralph Branca that gave the Giants a 5-4 victory in the third game at the Polo Grounds. With Brooklyn out of the way, the Bronx was next and the Giants wanted to prove that the last team standing was truly “New York’s baseball team”.

Things continued to go the Giants way as they went on to shock the Yankees in a 5-1 Series opening triumph. Dave Koslo held the Yankees to just seven-hits and Alvin Dark came up big with a three-run homer. Monte Irvin was the game’s “MVP” though with three singles, a triple and the first Series steal of home plate since the Yankees’ Bob Meusel snatched the bag in 1928. Eddie Lopat got his team back in the running in Game 2 while pitching a five-hitter and adding a run-scoring single in the 3-1 victory. However, the biggest play of Game 2 involved a devastating injury that would haunt the New York Yankees for years to come. Willie Mays had led off the top of the fifth with a high shot to right-center in what was to be an easy fly-out. Centerfielder Joe DiMaggio prepared to make the catch while Mickey Mantle followed from rightfield in pursuit. According to several sources, Yankees manager Casey Stengel had instructed Mantle earlier to “take everything he could get” as ” Joe D” was in the twilight of his career. The nineteen-year old speedster pulled up at the last second as DiMaggio made the play and caught his foot on the wooden cover of a drainage outlet. His knee buckled forcing him out of the Series and instigating the start of several leg problems that would haunt Mantle for the rest of his eighteen-season career.

Game 3 remained anyone’s for 4½ innings as the Giants held on to a slim 1-0 lead. All that would change though as the National League champs would capitalize on a crucial error by their American League rivals. With one out in the fifth, Eddie Starky managed to coax a walk off of Series veteran Vic Raschi. The Yankees, thinking the Giants were about to play a “hit-and-run”, “run-and-hit” or “straight steal”, called for a “pitchout” and catcher Yogi Berra responded with a perfect throw to shortstop Phil Rizzuto in plenty of time to catch Stanky. However, the determined veteran kicked the ball out of Rizzuto’s hand on the slide and scrambled up and onto third. Instead of two out and nobody on, Stanky was standing firm on third with only one out. Dark scored him in on his next single and Whitey Lockman delivered the final blow, a three-run homer for the 6-2 victory at the Polo Grounds.

With a two-games-to-one lead in the Series and Games 4 and 5 also at home, the Giants were in a favorable position. Their momentum was slightly stalled though as Game 4 was postponed for a single day due to rain. The inclement weather had allowed the Yankees to rest Game 1 loser Allie Reynolds and the “Bomber’s” ace responded the following day with a clutch, 6-2 win over the Giants’ Sal Maglie. “Joe D” added his eighth (and final) World Series homer and the Yanks were back in business. The victory by Reynolds inspired his fellow pinstripes and they went on to crush the Giants 13-1 in a Game 5 massacre. Yankees utility infielder Gil McDougald, who alternated between second and third for Stengel’s club, nailed a bases-loaded homerun in the third off Larry Jansen. The rocket, which broke a 1-1 tie, was only the third World Series grand-slam (Cleveland’s Elmer Smith in 1920 and the Yankees’ Tony Lazzeri in 1936).

Game 6 was a real nail-biter as both teams went head-to-head for over five innings. With the bases loaded and two out in the sixth, Yankees outfielder Hank Bauer stepped up to the plate against Dave Koslo attempting to break through the 1-1 tie. For Bauer, it was the perfect opportunity to shake off his World Series despair. In thirty-eight previous at-bats in the Fall Classic, Bauer had collected only five hits (all singles), a .132 Series batting average and only one RBI in postseason play. This time the former United States Marine came through with “flying colors” with a bases-clearing triple. Then in the ninth, after the Giants closed within one and had the potential tying run in scoring position, a racing Bauer made a sensational 4-3 game-winning catch on a hit by pinch-hitter Sal Yvars.

Once again, the Yankees had ended the Giants “Cinderella” season and although the Series was nothing compared to the National League playoff in terms of memorable moments (“The Giants Win The Pennant!”), it was a sweet ending for some and a new beginning for others; Game 6 marked the final Major League game for the Yankee Clipper, Joe DiMaggio, who was headed for retirement at age thirty-six, Mantle would appear in eleven more World Series, and Mays would compete in the Fall Classic three more times. The Yankees were now 14-4 in World Series appearances and 1951 marked the start of what would become their second dynasty.

ALL– GAME HISTORY – 1961

Despite two years of mixed reactions from the fans, the League decided to maintain the doubleheader format splitting the games between two of the most popular ballparks; Candlestick and Fenway.

Although it would turn out to be one of the most exciting and historical seasons in baseball, the fans had not yet fully accepted that baseball legend Babe Ruth’s incredible sixty-homerun record was legitimately under attack by Yankee teammates, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Both of the M&M boys headed up another roster full of Yankees including starting pitcher Whitey Ford.

The National League maintained a 3-1 lead into the top of the ninth only to have the American League tie the score as Candlestick’s trademark winds began to kick up. In the top of the tenth the American League took a 4-3 lead, but the National League came back against the knuckleball master Hoyt Wilhelm. Hank Aaron singled, went to second on a passed ball and tied it on Willie Mays’ double. Then, Wilhelm hit Frank Robinson putting runners at first and second. Pirate legend Roberto Clemente singled to right, scoring Mays with the winning run.

Unlike the first game, the second one showcased some classic pitching as the National League only managed five hits and the American League four. The American League scored right off the bat on Rocky Colavito’s first-inning homer and later in the sixth, the National League matched them after Eddie Mathews walked and was batted in by Bill White. Unfortunately, this game never reached a decision as it was called after nine innings because of a downpour. It was the first, and until 2002, the only Midsummer Classic that has ever ended in a tie.

FOOTBALL HISTORY – AUGUST 11

August 11, 1919 – During the first of what would be two meetings in the editorial rooms of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the preliminary plans to organize a Green Bay professional football team are laid. In essence the Green Bay Packers were partially founded by Earl “Curly” Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun. Lambeau received $500 from his employer, the Indian Packing Company, on the condition that the team be named after their sponsor. The Packers have played in their original city longer than any other NFL team and the only small market team which is community owned in the U.S. that remains from the league’s early beginnings. The Packers have won 13 league championships and 4 Super Bowls, the most Titles in NFL history per Yahoo.com. The group planned the second meeting for August 14, 1919 to finalize.

August 11, 1950 – In front of a paid attendance of 88,835 at Chicago’s Soldier Field, the 17th annual NFL Chicago Charities All-Star Game is played and in stunning fashion the College All-Stars triumphed over the Champion Philadelphia Eagles squad 17-7. Collegian Charlie “Choo-Choo” Johnson powered a decisive offensive on slalught on the Eagles as he ran well and even caught a 35 yard strike from quarterback Eddie LeBaron, who escaped several would be Philly tacklers in the effort to launch the strike down the field. Runningback Steve Van Buren punched the ball over the goal line a late run for the Eagle’s only score. Johnson was voted the game’s MVP.

August 11, 1951 – North of the border the NFL’s NY Giants invade Ottawa, Canada and overcome the host Roughriders of the CFL 38-6 in an exhibition game.

August 11, 1954 – In more CFL action, the British Columbia Lions play their first game ever, which resulted in a loss to the Montreal Alouettes, 22-0.

August 11, 1969 – The NFL goes into Canadian territory once again as the Pittsburgh Steelers defeat the NY Giants 17-13 in Montreal in a preseason exhibition.

August 11, 1990 – Football indoors plays a championsip as Arena Bowl IV is played at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan as the Dallas Texans fall to the home team, Detroit Drive 51-27. Art Schlichter is the MVP of the contest.

Not Yet in the Hall of Fame Birthdays

August 11, 1942 – Otis Taylor was a wide receiver/ flanker that played college ball at Prairie View College.

August 11, 1977 – Cooper Carlisle was a offensive lineman from Florida who played for the Broncos and the Raiders in the NFL for a total of 13 seasons.

August 11, 1967 – Detroit, Michigan – Defensive tackle Mike Lodish formerly of the UCLA Bruins from 1986-89 was born. Mike was the 265th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 1990 NFL Draft and later also played for the Denver Broncos.

SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS – AUGUST 11

11 – 3 – 24 – 21 – 29 – 53 – 14 – 44 – 5 – 8 – 21 – 10

August 11, 1907 – St Louis Cardinals pitcher Ed Karger throws a perfect game vs Boston Doves; wins 4-0 in 7 innings at Robison Field, St. Louis

August 11, 1919 – Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau – named after sponsor Indian Packing Company. As a matter of fact the early Packers jerseys in 1921 had the word “ACME Packers” across the front of them.

August 11, 1926 – Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF outfielder Tris Speaker hits his 700th double in 7-2 loss to Chicago White Sox at Dunn Field, Cleveland

August 11, 1928 – NY Giants future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell, who would evetually wear Number 11 registered his first MLB victory, a 4-0 shutout of Philadelphia Phillies at the Polo Grounds, NYC

August 11, 1929 – New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, Number 3 became the first MLB player to hit 500 home runs on a pitch from off Cleveland’s Willis Hudlin in 6-5 loss to the Indians at League Park, Cleveland.

August 11, 1950 – Boston Braves pitcher Vern Bickford, Number 24 tossed a no-hit gem against the Brooklyn Dodgers registering a 7-0 victory for his club at Braves Field

August 11, 1950 – In a 4 for 38 slump, New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio, wearing Number 5 is benched for first time; replacement Cliff Mapes hits a HR in 7-6 win over Philadelphia Athletics

August 11, 1961 – Milwaukee Braves future Baseball HOF pitcher Warren Spahn, Number 21 records career victory #300; beats Cubs, 2-1 at County Stadium, Milwaukee

August 11, 1962 – LA Dodgers protest as San Francisco manager Alvin Dark orders Candlestick Park ground crew to water down base paths to hinder MLB All-Star Maury Wills’ base-stealing attempts; Giants win 5-4

August 11, 1968 – Satchel Paige, Number 29 at the age 62 and needing 158 days on a MLB payroll to qualify for a pension, is signed by Atlanta Braves; doesn’t pitch and becomes coach

August 11, 1969 – Future Baseball HOF’er Don Drysdale, Number 53, the last LA Dodger to play in Brooklyn, retires because of damage to his right pitching shoulder

August 11, 1970 – Future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning, Number 14 became the 2nd Cy Young Award winner to win 100 games in both NL and AL. In the game the Phillies defeated Houston 6-5 at Astrodome

August 11, 1980 – New York Yankees Reggie Jackson, Number 44 smacked his 400th career home run off of Chicago’s Britt Burns

August 11, 1984 – Cincinnati Reds retire Johnny Bench’s Number 5 uniform

August 11, 1988 – It was worth the wait for catcher Gary Carter, Number 8. It took 225 at bats after he smacked his 299th career home run, that the New York Mets Carter became the 59th MLB player to reach 300 HR milestone.

August 11, 1993 – Red Sox Roger Clemens, Number 21 registered his 2,000th career strike out on Danny Tartabul, Number 45 of the NY Yankees.

August 11, 2021 – Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi, Number 10 confirmed his signing a rich 2-year contract with French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain after leaving FC Barcelona

TV THURSDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Handa World Invitational8:00amGOLF
PGA: St. Jude Championship3:00pmGOLF
US Women’s Amateur7:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Miami at Philadelphia1:05pmMLBN
Bally Sports
NBCS-PHI
Cleveland at Detroit1:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
Chi. White Sox at Kansas City2:10pmNBCS-CHI
Bally Sports
Texas at Houston2:10pmBally Sports
ATTSN-SW
St. Louis at Colorado3:10pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
Pittsburgh at Arizona3:40pmATTSN-PIT
Bally Sports
Baltimore at Boston7:10pmMASN/2
NESN
Chi. Cubs at Cincinnati7:15pmFOX
MARQ
Bally Sports
NFL PRESEASONTIME ETTV
NY Giants vs New England7:00pmNFLN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Ghana vs USA1:00pmFS2
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Japan vs Netherlands4:00pmTelemundo
Argentina Primera División: Godoy Cruz vs Aldosivi6:00pmParamount+
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: France vs Nigeria7:00pmFS1
Copa Libertadores: Estudiantes vs Athletico-PR8:30pmbeIN Sports
Argentina Primera División: Colón vs Arsenal8:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Atlético Tucumán vs Central Córdoba SdE8:30pmParamount+
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Canada vs Korea Republic10:00pmFS1
WNBATIME ETTV
Chicago at Las Vegas10:00pmNBATV

TV FRIDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
DP World: Handa World Invitational8:00amGOLF
PGA: St. Jude Championship3:00pmGOLF
US Women’s Amateur7:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
Atlanta at Miami6:40pmBally Sports
San Diego at Washington7:05pmBally Sports
MASN/2
Cleveland at Toronto7:07pmMLBN
Sportsnet
Bally Sports
Baltimore at Tampa Bay7:10pmMASN/2
Bally Sports
Detroit at Chi. White Sox7:10pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
NY Yankees at Boston7:10pmMLBN
YES
NESN
Philadelphia at NY Mets7:10pmNBCS-PHI
SNY
Seattle at Texas8:05pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
LA Dodgers at Kansas City8:10pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Oakland at Houston8:10pmNBCS-CA
ATTSN-SW
Milwaukee at St. Louis8:15pmESPN+
Bally Sports
Arizona at Colorado8:40pmBally Sports
ATTSN-RM
Minnesota at LA Angels9:38pmBally Sports
Pittsburgh at San Francisco10:15pmATTSN-PIT
NBCS-BAY
NFL PRESEASONTIME ETTV
Atlanta vs Detroit6:00pmNFLN
Cleveland vs Jacksonville7:00pm
Arizona vs Cincinnati7:30pm
NY Jets vs Philadelphia7:30pm
Green Bay vs San Francisco8:30pmNFLN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Bundesliga: Freiburg vs Borussia Dortmund2:30pmESPN+
First Division A: KV Oostende vs Gent2:45pmESPN+
Scottish Championship: Dundee vs Arbroath2:45pmParamount+
La Liga: Osasuna vs Sevilla3:00pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Nantes vs Lille3:00pmbeIN Sports
Argentina Primera División: Huracán vs Sarmiento6:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Platense vs Banfield6:00pmParamount+
NWSL: Houston Dash vs Racing Louisville FC8:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Patronato vs San Lorenzo8:30pmParamount+
Liga MX: Tijuana vs Puebla10:05pmESPN+
WNBATIME ETTV
New York at Atlanta7:30pmCBSSN
Seattle at Minnesota8:00pmNBATV
Dallas at Phoenix10:00pmNBATV