INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 2
ADAMS CENTRAL (1-0) AT EASTSIDE (1-0)
ALEXANDRIA (1-0) AT WABASH (0-1)
ANGOLA (0-1) AT LEO (0-1)
AVON (0-1) AT BEN DAVIS (1-0)
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (0-1) AT BLOOMINGTON NORTH (1-0)
BELLMONT (0-1) AT SOUTH ADAMS (1-0)
BENTON CENTRAL (1-0) AT SEEGER (0-1)
BOONE GROVE (0-1) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-1)
BOONVILLE (1-0) AT SOUTHRIDGE (0-1)
BOWMAN ACADEMY (0-0) AT IC CATHOLIC PREP (ILL.)
BREMEN (0-1) AT SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (0-1)
BROWN COUNTY (0-1) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (1-0)
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (1-0) AT CHARLESTOWN (1-0)
CASCADE (0-1) AT BEECH GROVE (0-1)
CASTON (0-1) AT NORTH JUDSON (1-0)
CENTERVILLE (1-0) AT HAGERSTOWN (1-0)
CENTRAL NOBLE (0-1) AT WOODLAN (0-1)
CHICAGO TAFT (ILL.) AT CROWN POINT (1-0)
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (1-0) AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (0-1)
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (KY.) AT NEW ALBANY (0-1)
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS (MO.) AT CARMEL (1-0)
CHURUBUSCO (0-1) AT LAKELAND (1-0)
CLINTON PRAIRIE (1-0) AT FRANKFORT (1-0)
COLUMBUS NORTH (0-1) AT COLUMBUS EAST (0-1)
CRAWFORDSVILLE (0-1) AT FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (0-1)
CULVER (0-1) AT SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (0-1)
GAME TIME: 6:30 PM CT, SOUTH CENTRAL.
CULVER ACADEMY (1-0) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (0-1)
DECATUR ST. TERESA (ILL.) AT LINTON-STOCKTON (1-0)
DEKALB (1-0) AT GARRETT (0-1)
EASTBROOK (1-0) AT FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (0-1)
EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (0-1) AT NORTHWESTERN (0-1)
EASTERN (PEKIN) (0-1) AT CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-1)
EDGEWOOD (1-0) AT WASHINGTON (0-1)
EDINBURGH (0-1) AT CLOVERDALE (0-1)
ELKHART (0-1) AT NORTHRIDGE (1-0)
ELWOOD (0-1) AT TIPTON (0-1)
EVANSVILLE BOSSE (0-1) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-1)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (1-0) AT CASTLE (0-1)
EVANSVILLE NORTH (1-0) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (1-0)
FAIRFIELD (1-0) AT HERITAGE (1-0)
FISHERS (1-0) AT PIKE (0-1)
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (0-1) AT TAYLOR (0-1)
FORT WAYNE DWENGER (0-1) AT CINCINNATI MOELLER (OHIO)
FORT WAYNE NORTH (0-1) AT LAWRENCE NORTH (1-0)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (1-0) AT EAST NOBLE (1-0)
FORT WAYNE WAYNE (1-0) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (0-1)
FRANKLIN (1-0) AT MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (0-1)
FRANKLIN COUNTY (0-1) AT CONNERSVILLE (1-0)
FRANKTON (0-1) AT LAPEL (0-1)
FREMONT (0-1) AT BLACKFORD (0-1)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (0-1) AT MOUNT CARMEL (ILL.)
GOSHEN (0-1) AT NEW PRAIRIE (0-1)
GREENCASTLE (0-1) AT NORTHVIEW (1-0)
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (1-0) AT GREENSBURG (0-1)
GREENWOOD (1-0) AT INDIAN CREEK (0-1)
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (0-1) AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (0-1)
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (1-0) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-1)
HAMMOND MORTON (1-0) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (1-0)
HARRISON (OHIO) AT EAST CENTRAL (1-0)
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (1-0) AT PLAINFIELD (1-0)
HIGHLAND (1-0) AT WHITING (1-0)
HOBART (1-0) AT MERRILLVILLE (1-0)
HOMESTEAD (0-1) AT NOBLESVILLE (1-0)
INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (1-0) AT BROWNSBURG (1-0)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS TECH (0-1)
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (0-1)
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (1-0) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (1-0)
INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (1-0) AT SPEEDWAY (1-0)
INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (0-1)
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (1-0) AT PARK TUDOR (1-0)
IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (0-1) AT SOUTH DECATUR (0-1)
JASPER (0-1) AT EVANSVILLE HARRISON (0-1)
JAY COUNTY (1-0) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (0-1)
JIMTOWN (0-1) AT CONCORD (1-0)
KNIGHTSTOWN (0-1) AT WINCHESTER (1-0)
KNOX (1-0) AT MACONAQUAH (1-0)
KOKOMO (1-0) AT WHITELAND (1-0)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (1-0) AT GUERIN CATHOLIC (1-0)
LAKE STATION (0-1) AT WEST CENTRAL (1-0)
LAPORTE (1-0) AT LOWELL (0-1)
LAWRENCEBURG (0-1) AT TAYLOR (OHIO)
LOUISVILLE HOLY CROSS (KY.) AT PROVIDENCE (1-0)
MADISON (0-1) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (0-1)
MANCHESTER (1-0) AT BLUFFTON (1-0)
MARION (1-0) AT MISSISSINEWA (1-0)
MARTINSVILLE (1-0) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (1-0)
MCCUTCHEON (0-1) AT WEST LAFAYETTE (0-1)
MICHIGAN CITY (0-1) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (0-1)
MILAN (1-0) AT BATESVILLE (1-0)
MISHAWAKA (1-0) AT PENN (1-0)
MOORESVILLE (0-1) AT DANVILLE (1-0)
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (0-1) AT SOUTH SPENCER (1-0)
MUNSTER (0-1) AT GRIFFITH (0-1)
NEW CASTLE (1-0) AT TRITON CENTRAL (1-0)
NEW HAVEN (1-0) AT FORT WAYNE LUERS (0-1)
NEW PALESTINE (0-1) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (1-0)
NORTH DAVIESS (1-0) AT NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (0-1)
NORTH DECATUR (1-0) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (1-0)
NORTH HARRISON (1-0) AT SCOTTSBURG (1-0)
NORTH KNOX (0-1) AT EASTERN GREENE (0-1)
NORTH MIAMI (0-1) AT SHERIDAN (0-1)
NORTH MONTGOMERY (1-0) AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS (1-0)
NORTH POSEY (1-0) AT PRINCETON (0-1)
NORTH VERMILLION (1-0) AT PARIS (ILL.)
NORTH WHITE (1-0) AT FRONTIER (0-1)
NORTHFIELD (0-1) AT LEWIS CASS (0-1)
NORTHWOOD (1-0) AT PORTAGE (0-1)
NORWELL (0-1) AT DELTA (1-0)
OAKLAND (TENN.) AT CENTER GROVE (0-1)
OSCEOLA GRACE AT HAMMOND NOLL (1-0)
OWEN VALLEY (1-0) AT SOUTH PUTNAM (1-0)
PAOLI (0-1) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (0-1)
PARKE HERITAGE (0-1) AT WEST VIGO (0-1)
PENDLETON HEIGHTS (1-0) AT ANDERSON (0-1)
PERRY CENTRAL (0-1) AT FOREST PARK (1-0)
PERRY MERIDIAN (0-1) AT SOUTHPORT (0-1)
PHALEN ACADEMY (1-0) AT MONROVIA (1-0)
PIONEER (1-0) AT WINAMAC (0-1)
PLYMOUTH (1-0) AT COLUMBIA CITY (1-0)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (0-1) AT BRONSON (MICH.)
PROVIDENCE CATHOLIC (ILL.) AT LAKE CENTRAL (1-0)
RENSSELAER CENTRAL (1-0) AT NORTH NEWTON (0-1)
RICHMOND (0-1) AT EATON (OHIO)
RIVER FOREST (1-0) AT CALUMET (0-1)
RIVERTON PARKE (1-0) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (1-0)
RUSHVILLE (0-1) AT SHELBYVILLE (1-0)
SEYMOUR (0-1) AT JEFFERSONVILLE (0-1)
SHENANDOAH (1-0) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (1-0)
SILVER CREEK (0-1) AT SALEM (0-1)
SOUTH BEND ADAMS (0-1) AT LOGANSPORT (0-1)
SOUTH BEND RILEY (1-0) AT JOHN GLENN (1-0)
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (0-1) AT FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-1)
SOUTH NEWTON (1-0) AT COVINGTON (1-0)
SOUTHERN WELLS (1-0) AT MADISON-GRANT (1-0)
SOUTHMONT (1-0) AT NORTH PUTNAM (0-1)
SOUTHWOOD (0-1) AT OAK HILL (1-0)
SPRINGS VALLEY (1-0) AT MITCHELL (0-1)
SULLIVAN (1-0) AT SOUTH VERMILLION (1-0)
SWITZERLAND COUNTY (1-0) AT GALLATIN COUNTY (KY.)
TECUMSEH (0-1) AT PIKE CENTRAL (0-1)
TELL CITY (1-0) AT HERITAGE HILLS (1-0)
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (0-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (0-1)
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (0-1) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (0-1)
THORNTON FRACTIONAL SOUTH (ILL.) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (1-0)
TIPPECANOE VALLEY (1-0) AT ROCHESTER (1-0)
TRI (1-0) AT NORTHEASTERN (1-0)
TRI-CENTRAL (0-1) AT WES-DEL (0-1)
TRI-COUNTY (0-1) AT ATTICA (0-1)
TRITON (1-0) AT LAVILLE (1-0)
TRI-WEST (1-0) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (0-1)
TWIN LAKES (1-0) AT DELPHI (0-1)
UNION CITY (0-1) AT MONROE CENTRAL (0-1)
UNION COUNTY (0-1) AT CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (0-1)
VALPARAISO (0-1) AT ANDREAN (0-1)
VINCENNES LINCOLN (1-0) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (1-0)
WARREN CENTRAL (0-1) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (0-1)
WARSAW (1-0) AT CHESTERTON (0-1)
WAWASEE (0-1) AT WEST NOBLE (1-0)
WEST WASHINGTON (1-0) AT CLARKSVILLE (0-1)
WESTERN BOONE (1-0) AT WESTERN (0-1)
WESTFIELD (1-0) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (1-0)
WHEELER (0-1) AT KANKAKEE VALLEY (0-1)
WHITKO (1-0) AT PERU (1-0)
YORKTOWN (1-0) AT MUNCIE CENTRAL (0-1)
ZIONSVILLE (1-0) AT LEBANON (0-1)
GARY WEST (0-1) AT EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (0-1)
ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS
1. BEN DAVIS (7) 1-0 292
2. CATHEDRAL (4) 1-0 274
3. CENTER GROVE (4) 0-1 258
4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (2) 1-0 248
5. BROWNSBURG – 1-0 216
6. WESTFIELD – 1-0 160
7. CARMEL – 1-0 124
8. FISHERS – 1-0 98
9. PENN – 1-0 82
10. CROWN POINT 1-0 46
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) 36. HOMESTEAD 14. LAWRENCE CENTRAL 10. WARSAW 8. LAWRENCE NORTH 2. NOBLESVILLE 2.
1. FT. WAYNE SNIDER (13) 1-0 326
2. WHITELAND (2) 1-0 306
3. MERRILLVILLE (2) 1-0 268
4. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 1-0 236
5. MISHAWAKA – 1-0 196
6. LAFAYETTE HARRISON 1-0 158
7. VALPARAISO (1) 0-1 136
8. DECATUR CENTRAL 1-0 108
9. BLOOMINGTON NORTH 1-0 58
10. CONCORD – 1-0 44
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: FRANKLIN 38. PLAINFIELD 38. EV. NORTH 34. FT. WAYNE NORTH 26. LAPORTE 4. FT. WAYNE DWENGER 2. CASTLE 2.
1. EAST CENTRAL (13) 1-0 350
2. RONCALLI (3) 1-0 316
3. EV. REITZ – 1-0 262
4. NORTHWOOD (2) 1-0 222
5. KOKOMO – 1-0 184
6. NEW PALESTINE – 0-1 170
7. EV. MEMORIAL – 1-0 122
8. NORTHRIDGE – 1-0 86
9. COLUMBIA CITY – 1-0 72
10. GREENFIELD – 1-0 46
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: HOBART 38. BREBEUF JESUIT 34. NEW PRAIRIE 24. LEO 14. MARTINSVILLE 14. E. NOBLE 8. MISSISSINEWA 6. MOORESVILLE 6. NORTHVIEW 6.
1. BISHOP CHATARD (18) 1-0 360
2. GUERIN CATHOLIC – 1-0 274
3. TRI-WEST – 1-0 228
4. WESTERN BOONE – 1-0 168
5. LAWRENCEBURG – 0-1 152
6. W. LAFAYETTE – 0-1 144
7. HANOVER CENTRAL – 1-0 142
8. HERITAGE HILLS – 1-0 124
9. GIBSON SOUTHERN – 0-1 116
10. OAK HILL – 1-0 94
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: YORKTOWN 58. DANVILLE 30. OWEN VALLEY 24. PERU 14. MONROVIA 14. SOUTHRIDGE 12. DELTA 8. CHARLESTOWN 8. KNOX 8. FAIRFIELD 2.
1. EV. MATER DEI (15) 1-0 340
2. TRITON CENTRAL (3) 1-0 288
3. LAFAYETTE CATHOLIC 1-0 224
4. LINTON – 1-0 220
5. SCECINA – 1-0 206
6. EASTBROOK 1-0 184
7. BROWNSTOWN 1-0 110
8. ANDREAN – 0-1 104
9. LAVILLE – 1-0 70
10. FT. WAYNE LUERS 0-1 58
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: ROCHESTER 46. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 44. N. POSEY 36. BLUFFTON 26. EASTSIDE 16. S. VERMILLION 6. SULLIVAN 2.
1. LUTHERAN (17) 1-0 340
2. ADAMS CENTRAL – 1-0 306
3. N. JUDSON – 1-0 250
4. N. DECATUR – 1-0 216
5. CARROLL (FLORA) – 1-0 180
6. S. PUTNAM – 1-0 150
7. PROVIDENCE – 1-0 104
8. S. ADAMS – 1-0 102
9. PARK TUDOR – 1-0 90
10. SHERIDAN – 0-1 52
OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: TRITON 30. TRI 26. W. WASHINGTON 8. PIONEER 6. MADISON-GRANT 6. COVENANT CHRISTIAN 4.
INDIANA COACHES ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL POLLS
- BEN DAVIS
- CENTER GROVE
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- FORT WAYNE CARROLL
- FORT WAYNE SNIDER
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- DECATUR CENTRAL
- BLOOMINGTON NORTH
- EAST CENTRAL
- EVANSVILLE REITZ
- NEW PALESTINE
- EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
- COLUMBIA CITY
- BISHOP CHATARD
- GUERIN CATHOLIC
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- GIBSON SOUTHERN…TIED WITH TRI WEST FOR 5TH
- TRI WEST
- HANOVER CENTRAL
- WESTERN BOONE
- HERITAGE HILLS
- OAK HILL
- EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
- FLOYD CENTRAL
- LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
- LINTON STOCKTON
- BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
- FORT WAYNE LUERS
- INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- NORTH JUDSON
- NORTH DECATUR
- CARROLL FLORA
- SOUTH PUTNAM
- PARK TUDOR
- SOUTH ADAMS
INDIANA SRN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POWER POLLS
- CENTER GROVE
- BEN DAVIS
- HAMILTON SE
- FW CARROLL
- LAWRENCE CENTRAL
- FW SNIDER
- BLOOMINTON SOUTH
- EVANSVILLE NORTH
- FW NORTH
- EAST CENTRAL
- NEW PALESTINE
- EVANSVILLE REITZ
- GREENFIELD CENTRAL
- COLUMBIA CITY
- EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
- BISHOP CHATARD
- GIBSON SOUTHERN
- TRI WEST
- WESTERN BOONE
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- OAK HILL
- GUERIN CATHOLIC
- TRITON CENTRAL
- EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
- LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
- NORTH POSEY
- HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
- LINTON STOCKTON
- INDY LUTHERAN
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- NORTH JUDSON
- SOUTH PUTNAM
- SOUTH ADAMS
- NORTH DECATUR
- MADISON GRANT
- CARROLL FLORA
10. PARK TUDOR
HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SCORES
MERRILLVILLE 3 HIGHLAND 0
MORGAN TWP. 3 OREGON DAVIS 0
WESTVILLE 3 E. CHICAGO CENTRAL 0
KNOX 3 LAVILLE 1
DEKALB 3 FREMONT 1
NORTHVIEW 3 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 0
EDGEWOOD 3 SHOALS 0
NEW HAVEN 3 FORT WAYNE NORTH 0
SHERIDAN 3 INTERNATIONAL 0
MCCUTCHEON 3 BREBEUF 0
INDIANA DEAF 3 CRISPUS ATTUCKS 1
MONROVIA 3 RITTER 1
CATHEDRAL 3 WESTFIELD 0
NORTH CENTRAL 3 MOUNT VERNON 0
PLAINFIELD 3 BROWNSBURG 2
GREENCASTLE 3 SULLIVAN 0
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 3 LAKE STATION 0
PLAINFIELD 3 BROWNSBURG 2
NEW PALESTINE 3 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 2
NORTHVIEW 3 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 0
HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER
PORTAGE 3 MERRILLVILLE 0
CHESTERTON 9 MICHIGAN CITY 0
SHAW MEMORIAL 5 S. RIPLEY 1
WASHINGTON 11 PIKE CENTRAL 2
SOUTHWESTERN 3 MILAN 2
LAKE CENTRAL 1 CROWN POINT 1
GREENCASTLE 4 INDIAN CREEK 0
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 9 VINCENNES LINCOLN 0
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 4 S. KNOX 0
PROVIDENCE 1 FLOYD CENTRAL 1
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 5 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 2
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 10 S. KNOX 0
CHESTERTON 8 CULVER 1
NORTH CENTRAL 3 PIKE 0
CATHEDRAL 5 RONCALLI 0
PLAINFIELD 2 MARTINSVILLE 0
FORT WAYNE DWENGER 7 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 3 BROWNSBURG 2
ZIONSVILLE 1 FISHERS 0
NOBLESVILLE 2 AVON 0
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5 SEATTLE 4 (10)
LA DODGERS 3 CLEVELAND 1 (GAME SUSPENDED IN THIRD INNING)
CHICAGO CUBS 6 DETROIT 4
MILWAUKEE 8 MINNESOTA 7 (10)
CINCINNATI 9 LA ANGELS 4
CINCINNATI 7 LA ANGELS 3
TAMPA BAY 6 COLORADO 5 (10)
NY YANKEES 9 WASHINGTON 1
KANSAS CITY 4 OAKLAND 0
BALTIMORE 7 TORONTO 0
BOSTON 7 HOUSTON 5 (10)
ST. LOUIS 6 PITTSBURGH 4
SAN FRANCISCO 8 PHILADELPHIA 6 (10)
SAN DIEGO 4 MIAMI 0
ATLANTA 7 NY METS 0
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
PLAYER NEWS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/news.asp
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
INDIANAPOLIS 9 IOWA 4
CEDAR RAPIDS 8 SOUTH BEND 4
FORT WAYNE 6 GREAT LAKES 3
LOS ANGELES 91 PHOENIX 62
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
CINCINNATI 3 MIAMI 3 (MIAMI WINS ON PENALTY KICKS 5 – 4)
HOUSTON 3 SALT LAKE 1
LAFC 4 COLORADO 0
Major League Baseball
BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Reinstated RHP Austin Voth from the 60-dy IL. Optioned RHP Mike Baumann to Norfolk (IL). Transferred LHP Keegan Akin from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL. Optioned RHP Mike Baumann to Norfolk.
CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Optioned INF Zach Remillard to Charlotte (IL). Designated RHP Brent Honeywell for assignment. Recalled RHP Edgar Navarro and LHP Sammy Peralto from Charlotte. Activated SS Tim Anderson.
DETROIT TIGERS — Optioned RHP Spencer Turnbull to Toledo (IL).
LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Recalled LHP Kenny Rosenberg from Salt Lake (PCL).
OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Transferred LHP Richard Lovelady from the 15-day IL to the 60-day IL. Optioned LHP Hogan Harris to Las Vegas (PCL). Selected the contract of LHP Sean Newcomb from Las Vegas.
CINCINNATI REDS — Recalled RHP Lyon Richardson from Louisville (IL).
PITTSBURGH PIRATES — Recalled RHP Luis Ortiz from Indianapolis (IL). Optioned RHP Dauri Moreta to Indianapolis.
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Agreed to terms with INF Paul DeJong on a contract. Designated INF Johan Camargo for assignment.
LONG ISLAND DUCKS — Reinstated LHP In Clarkin to the active list. Placed RHP Robert Stock on the inactive list.
National Football League
HOUSTON TEXANS — Signed S Darius Joiner. Waived S Tyree Gillespie with an injury designation.
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS — Signed DT Doug Costin.
NEW YORK JETS — Reinstated LT Duane Brown from the active/physically unable to play (PUP) list.
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES — Signed WR Freddie Swain.
Canadian Football League
WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS — Released DB Tyrique McGhee and OL Chris Ivy from the practice squad.
National Hockey League
ARIZONA COYOTES — Signed head coach Andre Tourigny to a three-year contract extension.
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Signed D Darren Raddysh to a two-year contract extension.
Women’s National Soccer League
GOTHAM FC — Signed F Esther Gonzalez through 2025.
RHODE ISLAND — Named Amelia Murphy assistant women’s volleyball coach.
BIG 10 WEEKLY FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
MINNESOTA VS. NEBRASKA
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
WISCONSIN VS. BUFFALO
MICHIGAN STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN
MICHIGAN VS. EAST CAROLINA
PURDUE VS. FRESNO STATE
RUTGERS VS. NORTHWESTERN
INDIANA VS. OHIO STATE
ILLINOIS VS. TOLEDO
MARYLAND VS. TOWSON
IOWA VS. UTAH STATE
PENN STATE VS. WEST VIRGINIA
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
SATURDAY, AUG. 26
NOTRE DAME VS. NAVY (DUBLIN, IRELAND) | 2:30 P.M. | NBC
MERCER VS. NORTH ALABAMA (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
JACKSONVILLE STATE VS. UTEP | 5:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NEW MEXICO STATE VS. UMASS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. OHIO | 7 P.M. | FS1
VANDERBILT VS. HAWAI’I | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
JACKSON STATE VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
USC VS. SAN JOSE STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
LOUISIANA TECH VS. FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
WAKE FOREST VS. ELON | 7 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UCF VS. KENT STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
GEORGIA STATE VS. RHODE ISLAND | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. ST. FRANCIS (PA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UCONN VS. NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MINNESOTA VS. NEBRASKA | 8 P.M. | FOX
MISSOURI VS. SOUTH DAKOTA | 8 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
UTAH VS. FLORIDA | 8 P.M. | ESPN
TULSA VS. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UAB VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA STATE VS. SOUTHERN UTAH | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
FRIDAY, SEPT. 1
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. HOWARD | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MICHIGAN STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | FS1
MIAMI (FLA.) VS. MIAMI (OHIO) | 7 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
GEORGIA TECH VS. LOUISVILLE (MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
KANSAS VS. MISSOURI STATE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
HAWAI’I VS. STANFORD | 11 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, SEPT. 2
IOWA VS. UTAH STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
KENTUCKY VS. BALL STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
LIBERTY VS. BOWLING GREEN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
MICHIGAN VS. EAST CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | PEACOCK
PURDUE VS. FRESNO STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SMU VS. LOUISIANA TECH | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
TENNESSEE VS. VIRGINIA (NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE) | 12 P.M. | ABC
TCU VS. COLORADO | 12 P.M. | FOX
BOSTON COLLEGE VS. NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
OKLAHOMA VS. ARKANSAS STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN
OLE MISS VS. MERCER | 2 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
IOWA STATE VS. UNI | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
TEMPLE VS. AKRON | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
OHIO VS. LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
AIR FORCE VS. ROBERT MORRIS | 2 P.M. | ALTITUDE SPORTS
OREGON VS. PORTLAND STATE | 3 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
INDIANA VS. OHIO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
AUBURN VS. UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
MARYLAND VS. TOWSON | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
WISCONSIN VS. BUFFALO | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. SOUTH FLORIDA | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
WASHINGTON VS. BOISE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
NOTRE DAME VS. TENNESSEE STATE | 3:30 P.M. | NBC
PITT VS. WOFFORD | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CINCINNATI VS. EASTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS VS. RICE | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
APPALACHIAN STATE VS. GARDNER-WEBB | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS VS. WESTERN CAROLINA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. SE LOUISIANA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS VS. CAL | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
SYRACUSE VS. COLGATE | 4 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX
GEORGIA VS. UT MARTIN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
CHARLOTTE VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS. MONMOUTH | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. THE CITADEL | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
JAMES MADISON VS. BUCKNELL | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MARSHALL VS. ALBANY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL VS. MAINE | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN+
USC VS. NEVADA | 6:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
TEXAS A&M VS. NEW MEXICO | 7 P.M. | ESPN
UL MONROE VS. ARMY | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
VANDERBILT VS. ALABAMA A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
COLORADO STATE VS. WASHINGTON STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
BAYLOR VS. TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
HOUSTON VS. UTSA | 7 P.M. | FS1
KANSAS STATE VS. SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
OKLAHOMA STATE VS. CENTRAL ARKANSAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
MEMPHIS VS. BETHUNE-COOKMAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN MISS VS. ALCORN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TROY VS. STEPHEN F. AUSTIN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ILLINOIS VS. TOLEDO | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SOUTH CAROLINA VS. NORTH CAROLINA (CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
PENN STATE VS. WEST VIRGINIA | 7:30 P.M. | NBC
WYOMING VS. TEXAS TECH | 7:30 P.M. | CBS
LOUISIANA VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
VIRGINIA TECH VS. OLD DOMINION | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TULANE VS. SOUTH ALABAMA | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
NEW MEXICO STATE VS. WESTERN ILLINOIS | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
UTEP VS. UIW | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
BYU VS. SAM HOUSTON | 10:15 P.M. | FS1
UCLA VS. COASTAL CAROLINA | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. IDAHO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
SUNDAY, SEPT. 3
RUTGERS VS. NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | CBS
SAN JOSE STATE VS. OREGON STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
FLORIDA STATE VS. LSU (ORLANDO, FLORIDA) | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
MONDAY, SEPT. 4
DUKE VS. CLEMSON | 8 P.M. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, AUGUST 24
PITTSBURGH AT ATLANTA, 7:30
INDIANAPOLIS AT PHILADELPHIA (PRIME VIDEO), 8:00
FRIDAY, AUGUST 25
DETROIT AT CAROLINA (CBS), 8:00
NEW ENGLAND AT TENNESSEE, 8:15
L.A. CHARGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO, 10:00
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
BUFFALO AT CHICAGO, 1:00
SEATTLE AT GREEN BAY, 1:00
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY, 1:00
ARIZONA AT MINNESOTA, 1:00
N.Y. JETS AT N.Y. GIANTS, 6:00
CINCINNATI AT WASHINGTON, 6:05
MIAMI AT JACKSONVILLE, 7:00
BALTIMORE AT TAMPA BAY, 7:00
LAS VEGAS AT DALLAS, 8:00
L.A. RAMS AT DENVER, 9:00
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
HOUSTON AT NEW ORLEANS (FOX), 8:00
WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE
DETROIT LIONS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
TOP NATIONAL RELEASES/HEADLINES
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MLB ROUNDUP: BEHIND AARON JUDGE’S 3 HOMERS, YANKS END SKID
Aaron Judge produced his first career three-homer game as the host New York Yankees cruised to a 9-1 victory over the Washington Nationals and snapped their first nine-game losing streak since 1982 on Wednesday night.
The Yankees won for the first time since Aug. 11 and avoided their first 10-game skid since 1913. New York also got the win after general manager Brian Cashman labeled the season “a disaster” in a lengthy pregame press conference.
In the first, Judge opened the scoring with a solo shot off MacKenzie Gore (6-10), giving the Yankees their first lead in 61 innings. According to OptaSTATS, it was the third-longest streak without a lead in team history and two innings shy of the team record set in August 1906.
Judge gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead in the second when he hit his fifth career grand slam then became the 25th player in team history to record a three-home-run game with a solo shot in the seventh. New York’s Luis Severino (3-8) didn’t allow a run and surrendered just one hit, matching a season high with 6 2/3 innings.
Reds 9, Angels 4 (Game 1)
Elly De La Cruz hit a towering three-run homer, tripled and drove in a career-high six runs to lead Cincinnati to a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif., in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
The game was overshadowed by the early departure of Angels two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani. He left in the second inning after just 26 pitches due to what was termed arm fatigue, and the team announced late Wednesday night that he wouldn’t pitch again this year because of a torn elbow ligament.
Spencer Steer had three hits and two RBIs for the Reds. Reliever Buck Farmer (4-5) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Tyler Anderson (5-5), who replaced Ohtani, yielded four runs, one earned, in 4 2/3 innings.
Reds 7, Angels 3 (Game 2)
Matt McLain completed a spectacular homecoming trip with a two-run homer and three RBIs to lead Cincinnati past Los Angeles, completing a doubleheader and three-game series sweep in Anaheim, Calif.
McLain, an Orange County native who starred at nearby UCLA, scored five times in the two games Wednesday and homered twice in the three-game set. Steer, another Southern California native, went 5-for-10 in the series.
The Reds completed their first sweep of a doubleheader of nine-inning games since July 8, 2014. Angels starter Reid Detmers (3-10) gave up four runs in five innings. Ohtani returned to action as the designated hitter and went 1-for-5.
White Sox 5, Mariners 4 (10 innings)
Tim Anderson scored on a throwing error in the 10th inning to lift Chicago to a win against visiting Seattle, ending the White Sox’s eight-game winning streak.
Trayce Thompson blasted a two-run homer for the White Sox, who had lost five of their past six games and nine of their past 12. Anderson was playing his first game since serving a five-game suspension for his involvement in a brawl with the Cleveland Guardians on Aug. 5.
Mariners starter George Kirby allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. Josh Rojas had three hits, an RBI and a run for Seattle.
Orioles 7, Blue Jays 0
Dean Kremer pitched six scoreless innings, Anthony Santander homered twice and Baltimore pulled away late for a win against visiting Toronto to even a three-game series.
Kremer (12-5), who pitched in place of scheduled starter Jack Flaherty, allowed five singles. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. Three Orioles relievers retired nine straight Blue Jays.
Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman (9-8) gave up two runs on five hits in six innings against his former team.
Braves 7, Mets 0
Charlie Morton pitched seven scoreless innings and Marcell Ozuna continued his torrid hitting with four RBIs to lift Atlanta past visiting New York in the rubber game of a three-game series.
Morton (13-10) allowed only two hits — a pair of doubles by DJ Stewart — and walked one to extend his streak of scoreless innings to 18. He struck out a season-high 11 batters.
Ozuna went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer for the Braves, and Austin Riley finished with two hits and two runs. Mets starter Jose Quintana (1-5) gave up five runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Cubs 6, Tigers 4
Cody Bellinger drove in two runs, Yan Gomes knocked in the go-ahead run and visiting Chicago downed Detroit.
Julian Merryweather (5-1) recorded three strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings of relief and picked up the win. Adbert Alzolay survived a shaky ninth for his 19th save in a game that was delayed 35 minutes by inclement weather.
Kerry Carpenter hit a grand slam for the Tigers. Detroit starter Tarik Skubal allowed four runs and struck out seven in six innings. Cubs starter Jameson Taillon had a no-hitter through five innings but gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Giants 8, Phillies 6 (10 innings)
Paul DeJong homered, singled twice and drove in four runs, Wilmer Flores homered, singled and knocked in two runs and San Francisco defeated host Philadelphia.
Giants closer Camilo Doval blew a save for the second day in a row, allowing a three-run, game-tying home run to Bryce Harper in the ninth inning, forcing extras. Jakob Junis (4-3) earned the win, and Ryan Walker, the 10th San Francisco pitcher, picked up his first career save.
Phillies closer Craig Kimbrel (7-4) took the loss. Kyle Schwarber and Trea Turner hit back-to-back homers to open the sixth for Philadelphia.
Brewers 8, Twins 7 (10 innings)
Brice Turang hit a walk-off RBI infield single as Milwaukee edged visiting Minnesota to complete a two-game series sweep.
Trailing 7-6 entering the bottom of the 10th, Milwaukee drew even when automatic runner Carlos Santana scored on a hit by Willy Adames, who homered earlier. Turang delivered with two outs, giving the Brewers their fifth straight win.
Elvis Peguero (4-4) allowed Ryan Jeffers’ RBI single in the top of the 10th, but he still came away with the win. Lewis and Michael A. Taylor each hit a two-run homer for the Twins, who have lost three of their past four games.
Rays 6, Rockies 5 (10 innings)
Brandon Lowe rapped a walk-off single in the 10th inning as Tampa Bay rallied for the second straight night, beating Colorado in St. Petersburg, Fla.
After the Rays scored twice in the ninth to take it to extra innings, Lowe drilled a 1-1 pitch from Brent Suter (4-2) to score automatic runner Osleivis Basabe. It was the Rays’ third straight win and their 15th in the past 23 games.
Pete Fairbanks (2-4) tossed a perfect 10th inning with two strikeouts against Colorado, which got a stellar performance from Elias Diaz (3-for-4, homer, three RBIs, two runs).
Red Sox 7, Astros 5 (10 innings)
Adam Duvall homered for the third time in as many games, clubbing a three-run home run in the 10th inning to lift visiting Boston past Houston to salvage the finale of a three-game series.
Boston reliever Josh Winckowski allowed a run in the bottom of the 10th but stranded the bases loaded to earn his third save. Nick Pivetta (9-6) got two outs after entering suddenly in the ninth when closer Kenley Jansen departed due to right hamstring tightness.
Astros right-handers Seth Martinez, Hector Neris, Bryan Abreu, Ryan Pressly and Kendall Graveman (3-6) combined to retire 14 consecutive batters before the Red Sox began their winning rally with one out in the 10th.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 4
Richie Palacios and Nolan Arenado each hit a two-run double as visiting St. Louis topped Pittsburgh to avoid a series sweep.
Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI single for the Cardinals. St. Louis starter Zack Thompson (3-5) gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. JoJo Romero got a two-inning save, his third.
Ke’Bryan Hayes homered and Connor Joe hit an RBI double for the Pirates. Pittsburgh starter Luis Oritz (2-4) allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Royals 4, Athletics 0
Dairon Blanco hit his first major league home run, Cole Ragans struck out a career-high-tying 11 and Kansas City avoided a three-game sweep at the hands of host Oakland.
Bobby Witt Jr. also homered for the Royals. Ragans (5-4) and three relievers combined on a two-hitter. Both hits came off Ragans in his six innings, but he issued no walks.
After A’s opener Adrian Martinez (0-2) had matched zeros with Ragans for two innings, Blanco launched a homer leading off the third. The 30-year-old rookie was making his 103rd career plate appearance.
Padres 4, Marlins 0
Seth Lugo and three relievers combined for a four-hit shutout and Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run home run as San Diego defeated visiting Miami in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Lugo yielded three hits and a walk in six innings. Garrett Cooper had two hits for the Padres, who finished 5-5 on their longest homestand of the season.
All four Padres runs came off Sandy Alcantara (6-11) in his 6 2/3 innings.
The Marlins lost for the sixth time in eight games.
Dodgers 3, Guardians 1 (suspended)
Los Angeles’ contest at Cleveland was suspended after two innings due to inclement weather. The game will be completed on Thursday ahead of the teams’ regularly scheduled game.
The Dodgers jumped on Cleveland starter Xzavion Curry for three runs in the first inning. After two singles, Will Smith hit a sacrifice fly, and three batters later, Enrique Hernandez produced a two-run double.
Jose Ramirez got the Guardians on the board with a solo homer off Los Angeles starter Clayton Kershaw in the bottom of the first.
SHOHEI OHTANI HAS TORN ELBOW LIGAMENT, DONE PITCHING IN ’23
The dreadful end to the 2023 season for the Los Angeles Angels and Shohei Ohtani became a full-blown nightmare on Wednesday, as the club announced the two-way star has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and will not pitch again this season.
Making matters worse, the Angels also will put center fielder Mike Trout back on the injured list after just a two-day return.
Speaking with the media after his club was swept in a doubleheader by the visiting Cincinnati Reds, Angels general manager Perry Minasian said Ohtani underwent an MRI exam between games, with the results confirming the tear.
“He won’t pitch the rest of the year,” Minasian said. “We’re going to get a second opinion and go from there. But it’s basically day to day.”
Minasian would not commit to whether Ohtani would need surgery. The right-hander started the first game of the doubleheader but left after 26 pitches with what was initially called arm fatigue.
With a 2-2 count against the Reds’ Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Ohtani came off the mound and appeared to be in pain. Manager Phil Nevin and the training staff came out and removed Ohtani from the game.
An inning earlier, Ohtani hit his major-league-leading 44th home run. He also played in the second game, serving as the designated hitter and going 1-for-5 with a double.
The injury — especially if Tommy John surgery is required — could be a huge blow for the 29-year-old Japanese star. He is set to become a free agent after the season and was widely expected to land the biggest contract in major league history.
The three-time All-Star and 2021 American League MVP was having perhaps his greatest season yet, leading the majors in home runs, triples (seven), slugging percentage (.664) and OPS (1.069). He also has 22 doubles and 91 RBIs.
On the mound, he is 10-5 with a 3.14 ERA while holding batters to a .183 average. Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery following the 2018 season and played in 106 games the following season (though he did not pitch or play in the field at all, only serving as a designated hitter).
Also during the news conference, Minasian told reporters that Trout, who didn’t play either game on Wednesday, would be placed back on the IL. Trout missed 38 games following surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand. He came back on Tuesday and went 1-for-4.
The three-time AL MVP hasn’t played in more than 140 games since 2016. This year, he is batting .263 with an .858 OPS, 18 home runs and 44 RBIs in 82 games.
With the possibility of losing Ohtani this offseason looming over the Angels all season, the club decided it was close enough to a playoff spot to hold onto the star and then added players at the trade deadline. But Los Angeles has fallen apart since then, going 5-16 in August and ending Wednesday 10 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot.
PADRES RHP ROBERT SUAREZ SET TO FACE 10-GAME SUSPENSION FOR STICKY STUFF
San Diego Padres right-hander Robert Suarez will be facing a 10-game suspension after being ejected from Wednesday’s contest against the Miami Marlins for using sticky stuff.
Suarez took over in the top of the eighth inning, but he was quickly tossed by first base umpire Todd Tichenor when a routine check revealed a sticky substance on Suarez’s left wrist and arm.
“We deemed it was too sticky, very sticky, and he was ejected from the game,” Tichenor said.
Tichenor couldn’t make out the exact substance but noted it was stickier than rosin. Suarez claimed it was just sunscreen.
“No, I definitely don’t use any illegal substance, any banned substance at all,” Suarez said through a translator.
Per MLB policy, any pitcher found to be using sticky stuff is subject to an automatic 10-game suspension. Right-handers Max Scherzer and Domingo German are among those who have served 10-game suspensions earlier this season for using foreign substances.
Suarez, 32, has gone 2-2 with a 4.73 ERA across 13 relief appearances this season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
USC, NOTRE DAME MASSIVE FAVORITES IN WEEK 0
Welcome back college football, where being a favorite in Week 0 easily equates to a double-digit point spread.
No. 13 Notre Dame is the first team out of the gate with a 2:31 p.m. ET kickoff Saturday in Dublin, Ireland. The Fighting Irish roll into the matchup with Navy as 20.5-point favorites and won the last meeting in Ireland by 40 points.
Southern Cal is favored by 30.5 points over San Jose State in the lone Week 0 nightcap involving a Top 25 team. That’s the biggest number to cover on the board Saturday.
UTEP vs. Jacksonville State is the tightest spread available at BetMGM among Week 0 games on the board with the Aztecs favored by 2.5 points.
Navy has a new coach, but the same pesky — archaic might apply — offensive scheme. The triple-option can be prone to long drives, less points and fewer possessions. But that’s only when it works.
The Irish have speed and depth on defense that shouldn’t be overlooked even facing an unconventional scheme. With months and weeks to prepare, Notre Dame shouldn’t be surprised or undisciplined, the undoing of teams who rarely overlap with the option attack.
Skill-position talent and offensive line play are major Notre Dame advantages.
If the Fighting Irish pull away early, Notre Dame’s playmakers in the secondary might become the story.
–Notre Dame vs. Navy
By the book (FanDuel)
Spread: Navy +20.5
Over-under: 50.5 total points
Money line: Navy +800; Notre Dame -1400
Noteworthy TD scorer props:
Notre Dame RB Audric Estime -270
Notre Dame RB Chris Tyree -125
Notre Dame QB Sam Hartman -105
Notre Dame WR Tobias Merriweather +100
Notre Dame TE Mitchell Evans +110
Notre Dame WR Jayden Thomas +120
Navy QB Tai Lavatai +175
Notre Dame defense +420
ANALYSIS: THE EMPIRES STRIKE BACK: ALABAMA, OHIO ST, CLEMSON, OKLAHOMA REGAIN THEIR SWAGGER IN ’23
During the final season of the College Football Playoff’s four-team format, the empires will strike back.
Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma have made more CFP appearances than any other schools through the nine years of the postseason system, but only two combined in the past two seasons. The Crimson Tide, Tigers, Buckeyes and Sooners are no longer the safe bets to win their conferences like they were through a good chunk of the last decade.
No. 1 Georgia has bullied its way past fourth-ranked ‘Bama to the top of the Southeastern Conference and the sport.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 9 Clemson has gone two seasons without making the playoff and now faces a legitimate threat in No. 8 Florida State.
No. 2 Michigan has displaced No. 3 Ohio Stat e atop the Big Ten.
No. 20 Oklahoma is coming off its worst season in more than two decades, slipping into the crowded pack of Big 12 hopefuls after being a clear favorite for years.
In this last season before the playoff expands from four to 12 teams, Georgia is an overwhelming favorite to win a third straight national title, according FanDuel Sportsbook and AP Top 25 voters.
To predict a national championship for anyone other than the Bulldogs, who have both the best roster and an accommodating schedule, feels like just trying to be different. That said, no team has ever won three straight national championships and still with only four teams making the CFP, the margin for error in the regular season (including conference title games) is thin.
This column has always taken the position that it’s more fun to be different than right. And besides, how often do you get the chance to take Alabama and have it be a bold choice?
And is it, really?
Reminder: The Crimson Tide has not gone more than two seasons without a national title since Nick Saban took over in 2007.
Three teams that start the season ranked but will finish unranked:
— No. 14 Utah. The Utes start the season with uncertainty at quarterback as Cam Rising recovers from knee surgery with his backup also ailing. Not an ideal way to head into a September schedule that features Florida, Baylor, UCLA and Oregon State.
— No. 16 Kansas State. In 2021, Baylor beat Oklahoma State in a thrilling Big 12 title game between two surprising participants. Both started 2022 ranked. Neither finished that way. Can TCU and K-State avoid similar regression after being last season’s surprising success stories? Pencil the Wildcats in for a big step back.
— No. 21 North Carolina. QB Drake Maye won’t be able to cover the Tar Heels’ deficiencies as well as he did last season.
Three teams that start the season unranked but will finish ranked:
— UCLA. Five-star freshman quarterback Dante Moore behind a good offensive line in a Chip Kelly offense: Promising.
— Kentucky. If the Wildcats’ rebuilt offensive line can protect North Carolina State transfer Devin Leary, this could be the second-best team in the SEC East.
— Boise State. The Broncos have a brutal early schedule (at No. 10 Washington, UCF, at San Diego State, at Memphis), which presents both a challenge and opportunity to assert themselves as the best team outside the Power Five.
CONFERENCE CHAMPION PREDICTIONS
American Athletic Conferenc e — SMU over UTSA. The Mustangs win their first league title since 1984 in the Southwest Conference.
Atlantic Coast Conference — Clemson over Florida State. New coordinator Garrett Riley brings the juice back to the Tigers’ offense and sends Clemson back to the CFP.
Big 12 — Oklahoma over Texas. Will the Big 12 even paint the logo on the field for a title game with their SEC-bound heavyweights?
Big Ten — Ohio State over Iowa. The Buckeyes fix their Michigan problem and then dispatch the Hawkeyes in the final East vs. West Big Ten title game.
Conference USA — Western Kentucky over Liberty. WKU QB Austin Reed passed on opportunities to transfer to bigger schools to stay and lead the Hilltoppers to a title.
Mid-American Conference — Ohio over Eastern Michigan. If in doubt, pick the team with the best quarterback. In the MAC, that’s Kurtis Rourke.
Mountain West — Boise State over Air Force. Broncos win their first league championship since 2019.
Pac-12 — USC over Oregon. Nothing sums up the Pac-12’s recent fortunes better than USC finally getting its act together in football after it triggers the demise of the conference.
Southeastern Conference — Alabama over Georgia. In a stunning upset, the Crimson Tide snaps its one-game losing streak against the Bulldogs.
Sun Belt — Marshall over South Alabama. Thundering Herd’s Charles Huff could be the next Sun Belt coach to make a big jump.
Early firings were all the rage last season. The hot spot that could pop before October this year is in West Virginia. Neal Brown drew a bad September schedule (No. 7 Penn State, Pitt, Texas Tech, No. 17 TCU) for a coach in need of a fast start.
Who could replace Brown? As mentioned, maybe Charles Huff of Marshall. James Madison head coach Curt Cignetti and North Carolina State defensive coordinator Tony Gibson, a former DC at WVU, could also get a look, depending on how 2023 plays out.
NEW YEAR’S SIX BOWL PICKS
Just can’t quit the Aggies.
Cotton Bowl — Texas vs. USC.
Orange Bowl — Florida State vs. Penn State.
Fiesta Bowl — Oklahoma vs. Boise State.
Peach Bowl — Texas A&M vs. Michigan.
Rose Bowl — Ohio State vs. Georgia.
Sugar Bowl — Alabama vs. Clemson.
Alabama over Ohio State.
CHASING GEORGIA: ALABAMA, LSU NOW TRYING TO CATCH UP TO 2-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPS
LSU coach Brian Kelly summed up the challenge confronting college football’s top programs these days: Catching up with Georgia.
The two-time defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Bulldogs are Alabama’s successor as the annual “team to beat” overall and in a powerful Southeastern Conference that has three teams opening in the top five. The Crimson Tide checks in at No. 4 heading into what amounts to a potential rebound season for Nick Saban’s team.
Then there’s LSU one spot back and very much in the mix after Kelly’s promising debut season and progress in rebuilding the talent level. Is the roster on par with Georgia? Not yet, he says.
“But if we continue to do what we’re doing, we’re going to have a roster that can compete against Georgia, and then it’s just a matter of getting it done on the playing field so everybody then can assess they’ve closed the gap,” Kelly said.
Kirby Smart’s Bulldogs are aiming at the first national three-peat of the Associated Press poll era dating to 1936. They will be without quarterback Stetson Bennett and three first-round NFL draft picks, among others. Smart has picked Bennett’s backup, Carson Beck, as the starter going into the season.
“The threat for us is complacency,” said Smart, a former Saban disciple who has built his own powerhouse. “The first thing you have to do is acknowledge that it’s a threat. Like if you acknowledge the complacency is a threat, it’s the first step toward stomping it out.”
Alabama, which has won six national titles since 2009, must replace No. 1 NFL draft pick Bryce Young at quarterback, along with linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (the third pick).
No. 12 Tennessee, a resurgent former power like LSU, turns to Joe Milton to replace its own star passer, Hendon Hooker. Jayden Daniels, who helped lead LSU’s resurgent offense after transferring from Arizona State, returns for an encore.
Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia: Perhaps the nation’s top tight end, Bowers has 119 catches for 1,824 yards and 20 touchdowns in his first two seasons. Last season, he was a finalist for the Lombardi Award given to the nation’s top lineman.
Daniels, QB, LSU: The Arizona State transfer proved one of the league’s most important transfer pickups. He passed for 2,913 yards and 17 touchdowns against just three interceptions while also setting LSU rushing records for a quarterback with 885 yards and 11 scores.
KJ Jefferson, QB, Arkansas: The dual-threat veteran has started 24 games the last two seasons. Being able to hand off to Raheim Sanders certainly doesn’t hurt.
Quinshon Judkins, RB, Mississippi: Set school records as a freshman with 1,567 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns. A preseason AP All-American, Judkins was SEC newcomer of the year.
Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB/RS, Alabama: The Tide’s latest shutdown corner and highly rated NFL prospect. McKinstry, a preseason AP All-American, had 16 pass deflections last season and also averaged nearly 16 yards per punt return.
LBs Harold Perkins Jr., LSU; Dallas Turner, Alabama, Jamon Dumas-Johnson, Georgia: All three are rising stars trying to replace Anderson as the league’s top linebacker. Perkins and Dumas-Johnson, a Butkus Award finalist last season, are preseason first-team AP All-Americans and Turner is a second-teamer.
Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia: The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder, another preseason All-American, has started 30 consecutive games since his redshirt season,
Mississippi State has a new coach in Zach Arnett, promoted from defensive coordinator after the death last December of offensive guru Mike Leach. Auburn brought Hugh Freeze back to the SEC to revive a stagnant program. … There’s plenty of other new but familiar quarterbacks arriving as transfers. The biggest names are Kentucky’s Devin Leary (North Carolina State) and Mississippi’s Spencer Sanders (Oklahoma State) but ex-Notre Dame starter Tyler Buchner is a candidate to start for Alabama and Michigan State’s Payton Thorne is set to start the opener for Auburn.
ON THE HOT SEAT
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher has $77 million worth of protection since that would be his buyout if fired after this season. But the Aggies are desperate for positive signs after a 5-7 season.
“We live under pressure every day,” Fisher said. “We put more pressure on ourselves than anybody out there ever puts on us, so there’s no added pressure because what good does that do? Does worrying make you any better? No.”
Eliah Drinkwitz’s seat could be warming up with a 17-19 record entering his fourth season at Missouri.
GAMES TO WATCH
Sept. 3, No. 5 LSU vs. No. 8 Florida State in Orlando; Sept. 9, No. 11 Texas at No. 4 Alabama; Sept. 30, No. 5 LSU at No. 22 Mississippi; Oct. 28, No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida in Jacksonville; Nov. 4, No. 5 LSU at No. 4 Alabama; Nov. 18, No. 1 Georgia at No. 12 Tennessee.
East: Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt
West: Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Mississippi, Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State
FORMER USC STAR REGGIE BUSH PLANS DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AGAINST NCAA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Southern California running back Reggie Bush plans to file a defamation lawsuit against the NCAA over a statement made by college sports’ governing body about the reasoning for its decision not to restore the Heisman Trophy winner’s records.
Bush announced his plan Wednesday through his attorneys at McCathern PLLC.
Bush objects to a statement issued in July 2021 calling the star’s playing career at USC a “pay-for-play” arrangement. That standard was cited as the reason the NCAA wouldn’t restore Bush’s records, a decision that led to Bush returning his Heisman Trophy.
“The NCAA’s statement is completely false and highly offensive,” the statement from Bush’s lawyers read. “The NCAA knew Mr. Bush was never even accused of, involved in, much less sanctioned for any ‘pay–for–play arrangement’ which never occurred.”
Two years ago after NCAA athletes were given the right to profit off their name, image and likeness rights, the Heisman Trust issued a statement saying it would look “forward to welcoming (Bush) back to the Heisman family” if the NCAA formally restored its recognition of Bush’s accomplishments.
Bush returned his Heisman Trophy in 2010 after a lengthy NCAA investigation determined he had received improper benefits during his USC career. The NCAA hit USC with hefty sanctions including a two-year bowl ban, 14 vacated victories and severe scholarship restrictions.
Bush also was required to “disassociate” from USC for 10 years. That ban ended in 2020, and USC welcomed back one of the greatest running backs in school history. Bush has never specified what extra benefits he received.
“Pay-for-play” typically refers to a different type of improper benefit arrangement than the one which resulted in USC’s sanctions and the loss of Bush’s Heisman. That seems to be the reasoning behind Bush’s decision to file the lawsuit.
“The lawsuit is based on the NCAA maliciously attacking his character through a completely false and highly offensive statement that was widely reported in the media and substantially and irreparably damaged his reputation,” the statement from Bush’s lawyers reads.
IOWA DT NOAH SHANNON SUSPENDED FOR SEASON IN GAMBLING PROBE
Iowa is appealing the NCAA’s gambling-related, full-season suspension for defensive tackle Noah Shannon, head coach Kirk Ferentz said Wednesday.
Ferentz told the Des Moines Register that Shannon wagered on another sports team at Iowa — not football.
“In Noah’s case, he has not committed a crime at all, nothing criminal,” Ferentz said. “I just feel like it’s a little bit harsh. … I’m hopeful that they’ll reconsider his case.”
Ferentz said Shannon, a 6-foot, 295-pound fifth-year senior from Aurora, Ill., will be allowed to practice with the Hawkeyes during his appeals process.
Shannon has not been charged in the state’s ongoing criminal investigation into illegal sports wagering by college athletes.
Shannon has started 28 games since arriving in Iowa City in 2018. He was honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2022 and was listed as a starter heading into the 2023 season. Shannon has recorded 107 tackles and 4.5 sacks.
“One big thing for me is I’ve been telling myself: I’m not going to let this define me in any way, shape or form,” Shannon said at Iowa’s media day earlier this month. “Life goes on. So whenever — I don’t know when the NCAA will come out with the ruling, but I’ll be ready.”
The university announced Tuesday that 11 football and wrestling athletes will have their eligibility impacted as a result of the investigation. Iowa kicker Aaron Blom and wide receiver Jack Johnson have been charged with tampering with records in the case, as have two former players.
The Hawkeyes open the season at home against Utah State on Sept. 2.
GEORGIA RB BRANSON ROBINSON (KNEE) OUT FOR SEASON
Georgia running back Branson Robinson will miss the upcoming season with a ruptured patellar tendon, coach Kirby Smart announced Wednesday.
Robinson sustained the injury in a non-contact drill at practice on Tuesday.
Robinson had 68 carries for 330 yards with three touchdowns in 12 games during his freshman season in 2022. He also scored twice as the Bulldogs breezed to a 65-7 victory over TCU in the national championship game on Jan. 9.
“It won’t affect our run-pass ratio,” Smart said of Robinson’s injury. “We have capable backs. He was one of our better backs. When healthy last year, we think he was kind of coming into his own. He was learning how to pass protect. He had a really good spring while he was going, so we were really excited about where he was headed. He was explosive, twitchy, could do some things in pass pro and running the ball that maybe some of the other guys couldn’t do.”
Georgia is expected to lean on Daijun Edwards and Kendall Milton, although the latter is nursing a tight hamstring.
Edwards rushed for 769 yards and seven touchdowns last season, while Milton had 592 yards and eight scores.
CALEB WILLIAMS, NO. 6 USC SET SIGHTS ON SAN JOSE STATE
Heisman Trophy in hand, USC quarterback Caleb Williams feels like he has unfinished business as the 2023 season kicks off.
Determined to add a national championship to his resume, Williams begins that quest Saturday when the sixth-ranked Trojans take on San Jose State in Los Angeles.
Williams more than measured up to expectations in his first season with the Trojans.
Aside from setting USC single-season records for total offense (4,919 combined yards) and touchdowns (52), Williams was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, AP Player of the Year and was the seventh Trojan to win the Heisman.
Now among favorites to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, Williams insists his focus is anywhere but individual accolades.
“We’ve got a lot to go get this year,” Williams said. “Everyone has the same goal and mindset this year. A whatever-it-takes kind of mindset to get all of what we want. It’s going to be a good year. Can’t wait.”
In addition to seeing how Williams will follow up his Heisman season, USC coach Lincoln Riley has other reasons to be excited, as he feels like his team is extremely deep heading into the season opener.
“Little more competition across the board. There was probably less position battles at this point (last year), or you kind of knew who was gonna play,” Riley said. “But there’s still a lot of youth on this team.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, we got a lot of growing. We’ll have to grow some during these early games.”
Riley, also entering his second season in LA, led the Trojans to an 11-3 record in 2022.
The Spartans have lost all five of their all-time meetings with USC, but San Jose State coach Brent Brennan believes this year’s group has what it takes to end the losing streak.
“It’s been a great training camp, our players have worked extremely hard,” Brennan said. “I feel really good about our coaching staff and the teaching and just the vibe and the culture of this team I think is really healthy. As you look at our schedule, we’re gonna need it. We’re opening with an incredible opponent with USC.”
Chevan Cordeiro, who was named Mountain West Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, returns as the starting quarterback for SJSU.
Cordeiro spent four seasons at Hawaii before joining the Spartans last season. He tallied 3,251 yards passing with 23 TDs and six interceptions.
Brennan is preparing for Cordeiro’s counterpart, and knows that slowing down Williams will be a tall task.
“We’re playing against the best player in America, right? And so that presents a whole different kind of challenge,” Brennan said. “He’s very strong, it’s hard to get him down, and his ability to make every throw — whether he’s in the pocket or on the move — makes him incredibly hard to defend.
“So that’s gonna be a big challenge for our team.”
San Jose State safety Tre Jenkins will look to help disrupt the Trojans’ passing attack. A three-time All-Mountain West honorable mention, Jenkins tied a career high with two interceptions last season to go along with a career-best seven pass breakups.
REPORTS: LSU DT MAASON SMITH SUSPENDED BY NCAA, TO SIT VS. FSU
LSU defensive tackle Maason Smith’s return to the field will be delayed one more game, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.
Smith, one of the top-ranked defensive prospects eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft, will serve a one-game NCAA suspension from accepting an improper benefit and will miss the Labor Day weekend showdown with Florida State.
Smith, a five-star recruit, has been salivating to return since sustaining a season-ending knee injury in the opener against the Seminoles in 2022. Coach Brian Kelly said last week that Smith dealt with a mild ankle sprain in camp.
“He’s been out for a year and everything hurts a little bit more after coming back into it,” Kelly said. “We’ve got to be careful with him. He had an ankle sprain, nothing that we were really too concerned with. But we’re concerned with everything when you have a player of his caliber, so we’re going to be careful with him.”
The meeting between No. 5 LSU and No. 8 Florida State on Sept. 3 in Orlando is the lone top-10 matchup on opening weekend of college football.
A first-team preseason All-SEC defensive tackle, Smith also made multiple preseason All-America lists and awards watch lists.
Smith played in nine games in 2021 and recorded four sacks, then was lost for the 2022 season on the first defensive series of the showdown with Florida State.
PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME NAMES THREE SENIOR FINALISTS
Randy Gradishar, Steve McMichael and Art Powell are one step closer to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Seniors Committee selected the three former players as finalists for the Class of 2024 on Tuesday.
Each would need at least 80 percent approval when the full 50-person selection committee meets early next year in order to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
They were selected from a group of 12 candidates.
“Every one of the individual presentations for the 12 candidates by the members of the Seniors Committee participating Tuesday was outstanding, truly creating the possibility that each one could have reached the position of finalist,” Hall of Fame president Jim Porter said in a news release Wednesday.
“I applaud the committee for the thorough discussion and consideration for all 12. The depth of the Seniors pool came on full display once again.”
Gradishar, 71, played his entire 10-year career with the Denver Broncos (1974-83). The seven-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro linebacker was a first-round pick in 1974 and the Defensive Player of the Year in 1978, anchoring Denver’s “Orange Crush” defense.
McMichael, 63, played defensive tackle for 15 seasons with the New England Patriots (1980), Chicago Bears (1981-93) and Green Bay Packers (1994). The two-time Pro Bowl and two-time All-Pro selection won Super Bowl XX with the fabled 1985 Bears.
Powell, who died in 2015 at age 78, played in the CFL and entered the NFL as a defensive back before thriving as a receiver with the AFL’s New York Titans (1960-62) and Oakland Raiders (1963-66). He racked up 8,046 receiving yards and 81 TDs in 117 games.
The other seniors who were under consideration were Ken Anderson, Maxie Baughan, Roger Craig, Joe Jacoby, Albert Lewis, Eddie Meador, Sterling Sharpe, Otis Taylor and Al Wistert.
COWBOYS DE SAM WILLIAMS FACES DRUG, WEAPON CHARGES
Dallas Cowboys defensive end Sam Williams is facing drug and weapons charges after a weekend arrest.
Police arrested him on Sunday in Frisco, Texas, where the Cowboys have their team headquarters.
Williams, 24, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon, according to Frisco police.
The team told ESPN it is aware of the situation but declined to comment. Williams practiced on Tuesday.
Williams was a second-round pick by Dallas in the 2022 NFL Draft. He played in 15 games as a rookie, logging 22 tackles, four sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Last December, Williams was cited for reckless driving after totaling his car near the team’s practice facility.
REPORT: DARNOLD NAMED 49ERS’ BACKUP QB OVER LANCE
The San Francisco 49ers named Sam Darnold their backup quarterback over Trey Lance, report Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
San Francisco signed Darnold to a one-year contract this year. He joined a quarterback depth chart headlined by 2022 seventh-round pick Brock Purdy, who took over as QB1 midway through last season. Purdy underwent elbow surgery during the offseason but is expected to play Week 1.
The 49ers’ decision leaves Lance’s future uncertain, as he’s failed to meet the high expectations since entering the NFL as the third overall pick in 2021. The 49ers traded up to select Lance that year in a deal that involved three of their first-round picks.
Lance started only two games as a rookie while backing up Jimmy Garoppolo for most of the campaign. The team named him starter for 2022, but an ankle injury in Week 2 ended his season prematurely. He started the preseason opener this year.
The 23-year-old wasn’t on the field Wednesday to start practice for the club’s final preseason game, according to Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports. Brandon Allen was San Francisco’s other option under center during practice.
The 49ers received inquiries about a potential trade involving Lance in April, but general manager John Lynch said at the time that they weren’t shopping the signal-caller. San Francisco will now explore its options ahead of the 2023 season, according to Rapoport.
Injuries ravaged the Niners’ quarterback room last year. Garoppolo – who replaced Lance after Week 2 – suffered a season-ending ailment of his own later on the season. Purdy took over but then sustained an elbow injury in the first quarter of the NFC title game, which ended with the Philadelphia Eagles claiming a 31-7 victory to advance to the Super Bowl.
Darnold, the 2018 No. 3 pick, spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He started six games in 2022, passing for seven touchdowns against three interceptions while completing 58.6% of his passes. The 26-year-old joined Carolina following a disappointing three-year stint with the New York Jets.
JETS’ DAVIS ‘STEPPING AWAY’ AFTER 6 SEASONS
New York Jets wide receiver Corey Davis will step away from the NFL after six seasons, he announced on Instagram on Wednesday.
“This decision has not been easy. Although I am a deep person, I am a man of few words. I’ve been searching my heart for what to do, and I feel that stepping away from the game is the best path for me at this time. I have more blessings than I could have ever imagined,” Davis said.
The 28-year-old had been away from the team on personal leave since Aug. 16. Head coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday morning that Davis can take “however long he needs” to return to the squad, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN.
Davis was in the final season of a three-year, $37.5-million deal he signed with the Jets in 2021. He’s scheduled to have an $11.1-million cap hit in 2023 with no guaranteed salary, according to Over The Cap.
Garrett Wilson, Allen Lazard, Mecole Hardman, Irvin Charles, and Jason Brownlee remain on the Jets’ wide receiver depth chart.
The Tennesee Titans selected Davis fifth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. After a slow start to his career, he racked up 65 catches on 92 targets for 984 yards and five touchdowns in 2020. Davis signed a long-term deal with the Jets in 2021.
The Western Michigan product has 273 catches for 3,879 yards and 17 touchdowns in 78 career games.
JETS OFFENSIVE TACKLE DUANE BROWN ACTIVATED FROM PUP LIST AFTER OFFSEASON SHOULDER SURGERY
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — New York Jets left tackle Duane Brown was activated from the physically unable to perform list Wednesday and will practice this week for the first time in training camp.
Coach Robert Saleh announced that Brown was medically cleared after having his surgically repaired left shoulder evaluated by doctors in Houston on Tuesday.
Saleh said Brown would go through “an acclimation process” Wednesday and hopefully return to practice Thursday. He won’t play in the preseason finale against the Giants on Saturday night. Saleh said Billy Turner or Max Mitchell would start at left tackle in that game, which will be quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ preseason debut with the Jets.
Brown is expected to be ready to play in the regular-season opener against Buffalo on Sept. 11.
His return will help settle the Jets’ offensive line, which has struggled throughout camp with inconsistency and injuries.
“He’s another guy that brings stability, a wealth of knowledge, a wealth of experience,” Saleh said. “He knows how to play the game of football, knows how to prepare week in and week out, so there’s always a benefit to guys like him.”
Brown, who turns 38 next week, played through a torn rotator cuff most of last season after injuring his shoulder before the opening game. He impressed his coaches and teammates by playing well despite the injury, and the Jets’ first Selfless Warrior award — voted on by the coaches — was created last season to recognize Brown.
“Shoot, people won’t even get out of bed for the stuff he went through and he was playing football games — NFL football games,” Saleh said. “And he didn’t have to because his money was already guaranteed. So when you have guys that just love the game so much … he played damn near the whole season basically with one arm and played pretty darn well.”
Brown signed a two-year deal worth $22 million with the Jets in August 2022 after Mekhi Becton was injured and lost for the season. He injured his shoulder in camp last summer and spent the first four regular-season games on injured reserve before returning in Week 5.
He was a first-round pick of Houston in 2008 and spent his first 10 seasons with the Texans before playing five years in Seattle.
“Still got plenty left,” Brown said in June. “I still feel like I played a high level. I want to get as healthy as possible. Obviously, last year I was playing at way less than 100%, so I want to get healthy and be able to play at the level I’m accustomed to and with the team we have, this is a great shot to win.”
CHIEFS’ ANDY REID: ‘NO COMMUNICATION’ WITH ALL-PRO DEFENSIVE TACKLE CHRIS JONES AMID HOLDOUT
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Wednesday there has been no communication with Chris Jones, one day after the All-Pro defensive tackle indicated on social media that his contract holdout could stretch well into the regular season.
Jones is entering the final year of a four-year, $80 million deal. The Chiefs had been talking with his representatives about a long-term contract, but those negotiations have seemingly grown more contentious as the sides dig in, and with their Super Bowl title defense beginning in a little more than two weeks against the Lions.
“There’s been no communication so I don’t know what’s going to happen there,” Reid said after the last practice open to reporters before the Chiefs’ preseason finale Saturday against the Browns. “The game goes on. That’s how it works.”
Jones posted a photograph of a chalkboard on social media Tuesday with the message, “If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind also.” That led to a back-and-forth with fans, and when one asked how long he was willing to stay away from the team, Jones replied that he could make an appearance around Week 8 — nearly halfway through the season.
Jones has been piling up daily fines of $50,000 for missing a mandatory minicamp over the summer along with all of training camp, and he has proven his willingness to forfeit his game check of about $1.1 million for each game he is absent.
When one fan brought up the hefty bill, Jones replied: “I can afford it.”
Jones has not stated publicly what he is demanding, but the assumption is that he wants to be the second-highest paid defensive tackle in the league behind the Rams’ Aaron Donald, who is working on a three-year, $95 million deal.
The price of defensive tackles has skyrocketed since the end of last season. The Giants’ Dexter Lawrence and the Commanders’ Daron Payne each signed four-year, $90 million extensions, the Titans’ Jeffrey Simmons signed a four-year, $94 million deal, and the Jets signed Quinnen Williams to a four-year, $96 million extension.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he’s been in touch with Jones, but that his contract situation is rarely discussed.
“I don’t think anyone expected him to not be here now,” Mahomes said, “but that’s part of the negotiations. I’m not looking down on him for that. He has some stuff he’s trying to get done and that he feels like he needs to get done right now.”
The 29-year-old Jones is coming off the best season of his seven-year career. He matched a career best with 15 1/2 sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered one while starting every game. And Jones might have been even better in the playoffs, especially the AFC title game against the Bengals, when he hit quarterback Joe Burrow five times and had his first two postseason sacks.
“We stay in contact with him all the time. He’s in good spirits,” Mahomes said. “He’s a guy that loves football, loves playing for the Chiefs. It’s a hard time for all players whenever this stuff comes up. You want to play. You want to be out there. But at the same time, you want to take care of your family.”
In the meantime, the Chiefs are treating Jones’ absence as if he was injured, rotating several defensive tackles into his spot during practice. They got some help when Turk Wharton returned to practice after dealing with some swelling in the knee, and veterans Derrick Nnadi and Danny Shelton along with sixth-round pick Keondre Coburn have been in the mix.
But none of them has the pass rushing impact of Jones, whose 65 sacks are fifth most in franchise history, and that puts the Chiefs in a bind. They released Frank Clark in the offseason to free up salary cap space, but his replacement, Charles Omenihu, is suspended for the first six games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
That means the Chiefs’ pass rush must lean even more heavily on second-year defensive end George Karlaftis and Felix Anudike-Uzomah, their first-round pick out of Kansas State, who missed most of the offseason because of thumb surgery.
“You have to have depth everywhere. You have to have guys that step up when their number is called,” Mahomes said. “Yeah, you want to have great players like Chris, but you have to be ready to step up.”
Asked whether the holdout would affect Jones’ standing in the locker room, where he is one of the longest-tenured Chiefs and a leading voice on the defense, Mahomes replied: “It doesn’t hurt his relationship with any of us.”
“When he comes back,” Mahomes said, “we’ll welcome him with open arms.”
Even if that doesn’t happen until Week 8.
SCOTTIE SCHEFFLER LEADS 30 BEST PLAYERS INTO TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Scottie Scheffler is back in the driver’s seat, Rory McIlroy is aiming to defend his title and Viktor Hovland has entered the conversation by getting white-hot at the right time.
The top 30 players in the season-long FedEx Cup standings will tee off Thursday in the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, vying for the FedEx Cup trophy and an $18 million first prize.
Jon Rahm of Spain had held down the No. 1 spot in the points standings for most of the season, but Scheffler, Hovland and McIlroy passed him thanks to high finishes at last week’s BMW Championship. Hovland, the rising star from Norway, fired a 61 in the final round to win the event, vaulting past Scheffler (tied for second) and Northern Ireland’s McIlroy (fourth).
In Year 5 of the Tour Championship’s “staggered start” format, Scheffler will begin the week at 10-under par for the second year in a row. Hovland will start second at 8 under, McIlroy third at 7 under and Rahm fourth at 6 under.
As recent history has shown, pole position at the Tour Championship isn’t an impenetrable advantage.
McIlroy made a dramatic late charge to beat Scheffler last year, despite carding a triple bogey on his first hole of the tournament. He trailed by as many as 10 strokes early in the week and six on Sunday.
“So if I can come back from (10) shots, I feel like everyone in this field should feel like they have a chance to win,” McIlroy said Tuesday.
Scheffler has been one of golf’s most consistent players since his breakthrough in early 2022, but he hasn’t won since The Players Championship back in March. He’d like to avoid a repeat of last year at East Lake, when he shot a final-round 73 to yield to McIlroy.
“Last year, I think I just — I maybe got — I don’t know if impatient is the right word, in the final round, but I just didn’t get off to a good start and after that, I played really well,” Scheffler said. “So I learned about myself that, you know, how much I like to fight out there, and I kind of had a good talking to to myself.”
Hovland, meanwhile, has picked up two of his five career PGA Tour wins in the past three months, winning the Memorial in a playoff before the BMW. Following some close calls at major championships, Hovland said he is finding more inner peace about his game.
It will help to start the week just two shots behind Scheffler.
“I’m still trying to do the same thing on the golf course, but I think in the back of your mind not starting 10 shots behind makes it a little bit easier,” Hovland said. “You don’t feel like you have to get off to a fast start. You can just kind of play your game and if you make six, seven, eight pars in a row, you’re not stressing out, you’re not thinking, ‘Man, I’m 13 shots back now.’”
The tour’s Player of the Year race is seen as a two-man battle between Scheffler and Rahm, who won the Masters and three other tournaments. Rahm could put the conversation to bed if he overtakes Scheffler to win his first FedEx Cup.
“It’s a culmination of a whole year in these last three weeks in a row, right? So it has a little bit of a different special feel to it,” Rahm said.
Lucas Glover, who won consecutive tournaments earlier this month, will start in fifth at 5 under. Max Homa, 2021 FedEx Cup winner Patrick Cantlay, The Open champion Brian Harman, U.S. Open champ Wyndham Clark and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick will open at 4 under.
FORMER INDY 500 WINNER MARCUS ERICSSON MOVING FROM CHIP GANASSI RACING TO ANDRETTI AUTOSPORT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indianapolis 500 champion Marcus Ericsson is leaving Chip Ganassi Racing and moving to Andretti Autosport after this season.
Andretti Autosport made the announcement Wednesday, adding Ericsson to a lineup that features Colton Herta and Kyle Kirkwood. Ericsson is in the final year of his contract at Ganassi and seemed eager to land a paying ride instead of bringing his only sponsorship to a team.
Ericsson has four victories in 77 career IndyCar starts, including last year’s Indy 500 and this year’s season opener. He also finished runner-up at Indy in May.
“Like everyone else, we have paid close attention to Marcus’ success in the NTT IndyCar Series and have been impressed with how quickly he proved that he belonged with the frontrunners in what is arguably the most competitive IndyCar field ever,” said Michael Andretti, CEO at Andretti Autosport. “It’s no secret that we want to win races and championships and to do that we need drivers like Marcus who have that natural talent and determined drive.
“We are excited for the winning mindset that Marcus brings to the table and I’m eager to see what next season has in store for us.”
Ganassi wished Ericsson “all the best in his future endeavors” and said its 2024 driver lineup would be revealed “in due course.”
“I’m very happy and proud to be joining Andretti Autosport next season,” Ericsson said. “Andretti is one of the most legendary names in motorsports, so it is definitely a dream come true for me to join this team. … It’s a very exciting new chapter in my career and I’m really looking forward to getting to work achieving our goals together.”
PREVIEW CAPSULES ON THE 32 TEAMS THAT’LL COMPETE IN THE BASKETBALL WORLD CUP
GROUP A — MANILA
World ranking: 10
World Cup appearances: 10
Best World Cup finish: 4th (1970, 1978)
Coach: Gianmarco Pozzecco
Players to watch: Simone Fontecchio, Luigi Datome, Nicolo Melli
Outlook: Fontecchio should be one of the best shooters in the tournament, and the Italians will need shooting since there isn’t a ton of size on the roster. Italy placed fifth at the Tokyo Olympics two summers ago and will try to build off that momentum.
World ranking: 23
World Cup appearances: 4
Best World Cup finish: 12th (1978)
Coach: Nestor Garcia
Players to watch: Karl-Anthony Towns, Lester Quinones
Outlook: Yes, that’s Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns — whose late mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, was Dominican. And that was part of what lured Towns to play for the Caribbean nation again.
World ranking: 40
World Cup appearances: 7
Best World Cup finish: 3rd (1954)
Coach: Chot Reyes
Players to watch: Jordan Clarkson, Kai Sotto
Outlook: They’ll try to set a World Cup attendance record on Friday in their first game, and Clarkson is already a fan favorite in the basketball-crazed Philippines. The odds are long, but Clarkson and Sotto are good enough to give the Philippines hope.
World ranking: 41
World Cup appearances: 9
Best World Cup finish: 9th (2006)
Coach: Josep Claros
Players to watch: Bruno Fernando, Jilson Bango
Outlook: Fernando, the Atlanta Hawks’ big man, is the best player and best hope. Bango is one of the best players in the Angolan top league.
GROUP B — MANILA
World ranking: 6
World Cup appearances: 4
Best World Cup finish: 2nd (2014)
Coach: Svetislav Pesic
Players to watch: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nikola Jovic
Outlook: Bogdanovic thrives in the FIBA game, Jovic is one who Serbia believes is a rising star and the team has a ton of shooting. Not having NBA Finals MVP and two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of the champion Denver Nuggets (resting this summer) is an obvious blow.
World ranking: 20
World Cup appearances: 15
Best World Cup finish: 4th (1990)
Coach: Nelson Colon
Players to watch: Tremont Waters, George Conditt IV, Isaiah Pineiro
Outlook: Most of the players on the rosters were either born in the U.S., played collegiately in the U.S., or both. Puerto Rico lost an exhibition game to the Americans earlier this month by 43 points, but stuck with the U.S. for the first half.
World ranking: 27
World Cup appearances: 10
Best World Cup finish: 8th (1994)
Coach: Aleksandar Djordjevic
Players to watch: Kyle Anderson, Zhou Qi
Outlook: Anderson is one of five Minnesota Timberwolves expected to play in the World Cup — for five different nations. He became a naturalized Chinese citizen about a month ago. The 7-foot-1 Qi is the main inside hope.
World ranking: 62
World Cup appearances: 1
Best World Cup finish: N/A
Coach: Royal Ivey
Players to watch: Wenyen Gabriel, Carlik Jones
Outlook: Ivey is trying to instill a basketball culture with the program, and Gabriel and Jones — two players who know their way around an NBA floor — will be his on-court leaders. The universal assessment from their exhibition games: They play hard.
GROUP C — MANILA
World ranking: 2
World Cup appearances: 19
Best World Cup finish: Champion (1954, 1986, 1994, 2010, 2014)
Coach: Steve Kerr
Players to watch: Jalen Brunson, Brandon Ingram, Jaren Jackson Jr., Anthony Edwards, Mikal Bridges.
Outlook: The tournament favorites should roll through group play. But as the Americans learned four years ago, when a loss to France in the quarterfinals ended their medal hopes and led to a seventh-place finish — the worst ever by a U.S. men’s team in a major international tournament — just one bad game can spell disaster.
World ranking: 9
World Cup appearances: 9
Best World Cup finish: 2nd (2006)
Coach: Dimitrios Itoudis
Players to watch: Thomas Walkup, Georgios Papagiannis
Outlook: They don’t have Giannis Antetokounmpo this summer while he recovers from knee surgery, but still should have a good chance to join the U.S. in advancing out of Group C play and into the second round.
World ranking: 26
World Cup appearances: 7
Best World Cup finish: 4th (2002)
Coach: Pero Cameron
Players to watch: Issac Fotu, Flynn Cameron
Outlook: Flynn Cameron is the coach’s son and the point guard of an offense that will go-go-go, which might help them against many teams and maybe not so much in the opener against the U.S. Fotu is a proven scorer.
World ranking: 33
World Cup appearances: 3
Best World Cup finish: 23rd (2010)
Coach: Wesam Al-Sous
Players to watch: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Freddy Ibrahim
Outlook: Hollis-Jefferson played for three different NBA teams and averaged 9 points in his career, with a 25-point effort against New York as his career-best. Ibrahim runs the offense as point guard.
GROUP D — MANILA
World ranking: 8
World Cup appearances: 6
Best World Cup finish: 3rd (2010)
Coach: Kazys Maksvytis
Players to watch: Jonas Valanciunas, Rokas Jokubaitis, Ignas Brazdeikis
Outlook: The bad news is no Domantas Sabonis. The good news is that it’s not exactly a loaded group awaiting Lithuania, with Egypt, Mexico and Montenegro set to face it in Group D play.
World ranking: 18
World Cup appearances: 2
Best World Cup finish: 25th (2019)
Coach: Bosko Radovic
Players to watch: Nikola Vucevic, Kendrick Perry
Outlook: Making the second round should be the clear goal for Montenegro, with Vucevic certainly capable of being one of the best players in the tournament.
World ranking: 31
World Cup appearances: 6
Best World Cup finish: 8th (1967)
Coach: Omar Quintero
Players to watch: Gabriel Giron, Paul Stoll, Orlando Mendez
Outlook: They’re not particularly tall, which makes the game plan for the Mexicans fairly obvious. They’ll be aggressive on defense and they’re at their best when they can convert turnovers into points.
World ranking: 55
World Cup appearances: 7
Best World Cup finish: 5th (1950)
Coach: Roy Rana
Players to watch: Anas Mahmoud, Assem Marei
Outlook: Rana is a Canadian coach who is well-known in NBA circles, and he’ll have the Egyptians ready. The question is if they have enough scoring ability to keep pace and have a shot at the second round.
GROUP E — OKINAWA
World ranking: 3
World Cup appearances: 13
Best World Cup finish: 4th (2019)
Coach: Brian Goorjian
Players to watch: Patty Mills, Matisse Thybulle, Josh Giddey, Joe Ingles
Outlook: The Boomers finally got their medal breakthrough on the world stage at the Tokyo Olympics, winning the bronze. Losing Jock Landale to injury in the final days of preparations for the World Cup is a big blow. And the Australians are in the toughest group, facing Germany, Finland and host Japan in Okinawa.
World ranking: 11
World Cup appearances: 9
Best World Cup finish: 2nd (2006)
Coach: Gordon Herbert
Players to watch: Dennis Schroder, Franz Wagner, Moritz Wagner, Daniel Theis
Outlook: The Wagner brothers — teammates with the Orlando Magic — seem in excellent form, the leadership at point guard is there with Schroder and there’s a collective toughness around the rim defensively. It’ll be a disappointment if this team doesn’t make the knockout round.
World ranking: 24
World Cup appearances: 2
Best World Cup finish: 22nd (2014)
Coach: Lassi Tuovi
Players to watch: Lauri Markkanen, Miro Little
Outlook: This entire offseason has been about Markkanen representing his country. The reigning NBA Most Improved Player has been fulfilling his mandated Finnish military service this summer and now he gets to trade the military uniform for a basketball one.
World ranking: 36
World Cup appearances: 6
Best World Cup finish: 11th (1967)
Coach: Tom Hovasse
Players to watch: Yuta Watanabe, Keisei Tominaga
Outlook: Watanabe is a proven NBA player and Tominaga plays his college ball at Nebraska after thinking about entering the draft earlier this year. Not having Rui Hachimura is a big loss, but at least Japan will have home fans in group games — unlike the Tokyo Olympics, where fans couldn’t attend because of the pandemic.
GROUP F — OKINAWA
World ranking: 7
World Cup appearances: 4
Best World Cup finish: 7th (2014)
Coach: Aleksander Sekulic
Players to watch: Luka Doncic, Mike Tobey, Klemen Prepelic, Zoran Dragic
Outlook: Doncic has slimmed down this summer, and it’s very simple for Slovenia: It’ll go as far as the Mavericks standout takes them in this World Cup. Tobey is the perfect big man for Slovenia’s system and Dragic has tons of experience.
World ranking: 17
World Cup appearances: 5
Best World Cup finish: 11th (1990)
Coach: Fernando Duro
Players to watch: Nestor Colmenares, Gregory Vargas, David Cubillan
Outlook: Here’s the path to the second round: beat Cape Verde and Georgia. Slovenia should roll through the group, but Venezuela still has a chance.
World ranking: 32
World Cup appearances: 1
Best World Cup finish: N/A
Coach: Ilias Zouros
Players to watch: Goga Bitadze, Sandro Mamukelashvili
Outlook: A first-timer on the World Cup stage, Georgia is a team with talent. NBA fans certainly know Bitasze’s game and the 6-foot-10 Mamukelashvili — Mamu, as he goes by in San Antonio — will be a problem for smaller challengers.
World ranking: 64
World Cup appearances: 1
Best World Cup finish: N/A
Coach: Emanuel Trovoada
Players to watch: Walter “Edy” Tavares, Ivan Almeida, Joel Almedia
Outlook: The Almeidas were huge in helping Cape Verde qualify for its first World Cup, and on this stage, the offense will run through Tavares — who’ll have to lead the lowest-ranked nation in the field (according to FIBA’s ranking formula).
GROUP G — JAKARTA
World ranking: 1
World Cup appearances: 13
Best World Cup finish: Champion (2006, 2019)
Coach: Sergio Scariolo
Players to watch: Rudy Fernandez, Juancho Hernangomez, Willy Hernangomez, Santi Aldama.
Outlook: There’s a saying in FIBA play, something to the effect of “Basketball is very simple: 10 men go after a ball for 40 minutes and in the end, Spain always wins.” No, this team doesn’t have Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio, but Scariolo is one of the best coaches on the planet and Spain always finds a way to contend.
World ranking: 13
World Cup appearances: 19
Best World Cup finish: 1st (1959, 1963)
Coach: Gustavo de Conti
Players to watch: Raul Neto, Bruno Caboclo, Cristiano Felicio, Marcelo Huertas
Outlook: After finishing 13th at the 2019 World Cup and not qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, Brazil needs a bounce-back effort this summer and will look to its veterans to lead the way.
World ranking: 22
World Cup appearances: 4
Best World Cup finish: 19th (2010)
Coach: Hakan Demir
Players to watch: Hamed Haddadi, Behnam Yakhchali
Outlook: The 38-year-old Haddadi says this could be his last time on the major international stage; he’s an immovable 7-foot-2 center and Iran’s best hope. Yakchali is the team’s top guard.
World ranking: 42
World Cup appearances: 5
Best World Cup finish: 13th (1982, 1986)
Coach: Dejan Prokic
Players to watch: Mike Fofana, Souleyman Diabate
Outlook: Fofana won a pair of high school state championships while growing up in Tennessee. Diabate is about to play in his third World Cup and is the team’s emotional leader.
GROUP H — JAKARTA
World ranking: 5
World Cup appearances: 9
Best World Cup finish: 3rd (2014, 2019)
Coach: Vincent Collet
Players to watch: Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum, Nando de Colo
Outlook: Even without Victor Wembanyama this summer, France’s goal here — going into the Paris Olympics — is gold. The opening game against Canada will be very difficult, but France should still advance even if it stumbles there. France won bronze at the World Cups in 2014 and 2019, silver (losing to the U.S.) at the Tokyo Olympics and silver (losing to Spain) at EuroBasket last summer.
World ranking: 15
World Cup appearances: 15
Best World Cup finish: 6th (1978, 1982)
Coach: Jordi Fernandez
Players to watch: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kelly Olynyk, RJ Barrett, Lu Dort, Dillon Brooks
Outlook: Canada can make a statement right away at this World Cup, facing France in its opening game before group play continues with games against Latvia and Lebanon. Gilgeous-Alexander is coming off an All-NBA season, Barrett has had a great summer and Olynyk brings a veteran savvy. Few should be surprised if Canada makes a deep run.
World ranking: 29
World Cup appearances: 1
Best World Cup finish: N/A
Coach: Luca Banchi
Players to watch: Davis Bertans, Rodions Kurucs
Outlook: Bertans is clearly the best player for Latvia, which will make its World Cup debut. Kurucs has some NBA experience and his play on the wing will be critical.
World ranking: 43
World Cup appearances: 4
Best World Cup finish: 16th (2002)
Coach: Jad El Hajj
Players to watch: Omari Spellman, Wael Arakji
Outlook: Spellman is the former Villanova player who spent two seasons in the NBA. Lebanon played tune-up games in Abu Dhabi last week and got a pep talk from none other than U.S. coach Steve Kerr — who was born in Lebanon and watched the team play Arizona, his alma mater.
SPARKS RIDE STRONG DEFENSE TO ROUT OF MERCURY
A dominant defensive effort and 54 percent shooting from the floor paced the Los Angeles Sparks to their fifth consecutive win, a 91-62 rout of the visiting Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday.
Los Angeles (14-18) held Phoenix to 40.7 percent shooting from the field, including just 18.8 percent (3 of 16) from 3-point range. The Sparks held their third straight opponent to fewer than 80 points.
The Sparks complemented their overwhelming defense with 34-of-63 shooting and a blistering 10-of-17 success beyond the arc, led by Karlie Samuelson’s 3-of-3 effort from long range. Samuelson finished with 15 points.
Azura Stevens posted game highs of 20 points and nine rebounds to lead Los Angeles. She scored six points over the final 2:21 of the first quarter, contributing to a 20-6 Sparks run that gave the hosts a 15-point lead at the end of the period and left Phoenix playing catch-up the rest of the way.
Los Angeles’ Jordin Canada shot 3 of 4 from beyond the arc en route to 11 points, and she dished a game-high seven assists.
Zia Cooke added 11 points off the Sparks’ bench. Dearica Hamby added nine points and grabbed six rebounds in reserve duty, and Jasmine Thomas shot 4-for-5 from the floor for another nine points.
Phoenix, which dropped its fourth straight game, was without Brittney Griner (health and safety protocol), Diana Taurasi (toe) and Shey Peddy (concussion protocol).
Sophie Cunningham led Phoenix (9-24) with 16 points and six assists. Megan Gustafson scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds, and Liz Dixon finished with 12 points off the bench.
Michaela Onyenwere, who played college ball at nearby UCLA, struggled mightily, finishing with three points on 1-of-10 shooting while getting whistled for five fouls. She also committed three turnovers, part of the 16 Phoenix coughed up on the night.
The Mercury gave away possession nine times in the first half.
Los Angeles ended the night with just seven turnovers.
2023 TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: PREVIEW, PROP PICKS, BEST BETS
The PGA Tour season comes to a dramatic conclusion with this week’s Tour Championship, which begins Thursday at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
For the second consecutive year, world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler enters as the top seed and with a two-shot advantage. He built that to six shots entering the final round last year, only to see Rory McIlroy hunt him down en route to his record third career FedEx Cup title.
The final 30 players are in the field, all with a shot at the coveted title. Our golf experts preview the event and provide their favorite prop picks this week along with the best bets to claim the FedEx Cup title.
Location: Atlanta, Aug. 24-27
Course: East Lake Golf Club (Par 70, 7,346 yards)
FedEx Cup Bonus Pool: $75M (Champion: $18M)
Defending Champion: Rory McIlroy
FedEx Cup leader: Scottie Scheffler
HOW TO FOLLOW
TV: Thursday-Friday, 1-6 p.m. ET (Golf Channel); Saturday, 1-3 p.m. (GC), 3-7 p.m. (CBS); Sunday, 12-1:30 (GC), 1:30-6 p.m. (CBS)
Streaming (ESPN+): Thursday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. ET; Saturday, 12-7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup standings qualified for the season-ending event. The staggered scoring system means Scottie Scheffler will begin the tournament at 10-under par, two strokes ahead of Viktor Hovland.
RK. PLAYER, STARTING SCORE
1. Scottie Scheffler, -10
2. Viktor Hovland, -8
3. Rory McIlroy, -7
4. Jon Rahm, -6
5. Lucas Glover, -5
6. Max Homa, -4
7. Patrick Cantlay, -4
8. Brian Harman, -4
9. Wyndham Clark, -4
10. Matt Fitzpatrick, -4
11. Tommy Fleetwood, -3
12. Russell Henley, -3
13. Keegan Bradley, -3
14. Rickie Fowler, -3
15. Xander Schauffele, -3
16. Tom Kim, -2
17. Sungjae Im, -2
18. Tony Finau, -2
19. Corey Conners, -2
20. Si Woo Kim, -2
21. Taylor Moore, -1
22. Nick Taylor, -1
23. Adam Schenk, -1
24. Collin Morikawa, -1
25. Jason Day, -1
26. Sam Burns, Even
27. Emiliano Grillo, Even
28. Tyrrell Hatton, Even
29. Jordan Spieth, Even
30. Sepp Straka, Even
–Taylor Moore to Win Tournament Matchup vs. Jason Day (+135 at DraftKings): Day has the massive edge in experience on Moore, who qualified for East Lake for the first time. Moore has been wildly inconsistent, winning the Valspar Championship and finishing fifth in the first leg of the playoffs two weeks ago while also missing five of his past nine cuts. Similarly, after his win at the Byron Nelson, Day missed three consecutive cuts. He did finish T2 at The Open, but has a T52 and T45 the past two weeks, and may be distracted with his wife expected to give birth to the couple’s fifth child in the next few weeks.
–Tom Kim to be Top Asian (+175 at BetMGM): The other two players in this prop are Sungjae Im at +138 and Si Woo Kim at +225. All three will begin the tournament at 2 under, and each are capable of making noise at East Lake. Im has the experience edge, having finished second in total strokes last year — just one behind McIlroy. He’s also coming off a solo seventh at the BMW. However, Tom Kim quietly finished T10 to continue a string of excellent play. Despite a Grade-1 ankle sprain, he posted a final-round 67 to tie for second at The Open and followed it up with a T24 and T10 the past two weeks.
–Xander Schauffele Outright Winner Without Strokes (+900 at BetMGM/DraftKings): Schauffele might be hard-pressed to make up seven shots on Scheffler — and pass nine other players in the process — but he has an excellent track record at East Lake. In addition to winning the Tour Championship as a rookie in 2017, Schauffele has finished in the top 10 in each of his previous six starts in Atlanta. That includes solo third in 2021 and T6 last year, and Schauffele is coming off a solid T8 at last week’s BMW Championship.
2023 Prop Picks Record: 37-42-2
–Scheffler (+140 to win at BetMGM with bonus strokes applied) finished second last week despite shooting 5 under on Sunday after holding the 54-hole lead. He enters the Tour Championship at No. 1 for the second consecutive year, having finished second to McIlroy last year. Scheffler leads the book with 24.4 percent of the money backing him to win and is second with 9.0 percent of the total bets.
–McIlroy (+350) enters the week with 28 consecutive rounds of par or better, the longest active streak on tour. This is also his highest start since the Starting Strokes format was introduced in 2019, and he has finished in the top 10 in four consecutive playoff events. McIlroy has garnered the third-most total bets (11.4 percent) and money (11.4 percent) at BetMGM this week.
–Hovland (+450) shot a course-record 61 to win last Sunday, adding to a strong year that included a T2 at the PGA Championship and a win at the Memorial. He’s the book’s second-biggest liability, having drawn the most total bets at 10.1 percent and the second most money at 18.9 percent.
–Rahm (+800) finished second to Cantlay two years ago and held the FedEx Cup lead for 30 weeks until his T31 at the BMW. His mini-summer slump has led to modest interest from the public, which has backed his with 6.5 and 9.2 percent of the action, respectively.
–Schauffele (+2800) won the Tour Championship as a rookie in 2017 and has finished in the top 10 in each of his previous six starts. He is the book’s third-biggest liability this week, having been backed by 6.7 percent of the total bets since opening at +3300. Schauffele is BetMGM’s biggest liability in the market with no bonus strokes applied. At +900 to have the fewest total strokes this week, he has drawn the most bets (15.9 percent) and money (33.5 percent).
–Jordan Spieth (+25000) is a significant longshot as he starts 10 shots behind Scheffler, but that hasn’t stopped the sentimental bets from flowing in. Spieth is the book’s biggest liability, having drawn 4.0 percent of the bets since opening at +3000.
— Rahm, Schauffele and Tony Finau share the longest active streak, having reached the Tour Championship each of the past seven seasons.
–McIlroy is the only three-time FedEx Cup champion (2016, ’19, ’22), and seeks to become the first player to win in consecutive seasons. His six career playoff victories is tied with Dustin Johnson for the most all-time.
–Cantlay is trying to join McIlroy and Tiger Woods as the only two-time Cup winners.
–U.S. Open champion Clark is among five players making their Tour Championship debuts. The others are Tom Kim, Moore, Taylor and Schenk. Kim is the youngest player in the field at 21, while Glover is the oldest at 43.
INTER MIAMI TOP CINCINNATI ON PKS, REACH U.S. OPEN CUP FINAL
Lionel Messi is a game away from helping Inter Miami win its second major trophy since his arrival after they won another penalty shootout to advance past host FC Cincinnati in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals following a 3-3 draw on Wednesday.
Drake Callender saved a penalty from Nick Hagglund to play hero for the second time in as many games, and Benjamin Cremaschi converted Miami’s final spot kick to earn a 5-4 win in the tiebreaker after a wild game.
Messi failed to score for the first time since joining Miami last month, but he assisted on two second-half headed goals by Leonardo Campana to help the Herons fight out of a two-goal hole and force extra time. The match was tied 2-2 after 90 minutes.
Messi’s unbeaten run with the Herons remained intact through eight games, four days after he helped Miami defeat Nashville SC on penalties in the Leagues Cup final, with Callendar making two saves in that shootout.
The Leagues Cup marked Miami’s first major silverware since it entered Major League Soccer in 2020 as an expansion team. Now the Herons will play for a second on Sept. 27 against the winner of Wednesday’s second semifinal between the Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake.
Josef Martinez gave Miami the lead in the first half of extra time before Yuya Kubo’s equalizer in the second extra-time half forced penalties.
Luciano Acosta scored early and Brandon Vazquez added a goal early in the second half to give Cincinnati a 2-0 lead.
FC Cincinnati coach Pat Noonan removed both goal-scorers later in regulation in favor of defensive reinforcements to try to close out the victory.
Martinez, who started alongside Messi in the last six Leagues Cup games, came off the bench late on Wednesday.
He gave the Herons their first lead of the evening only three minutes into extra time, when he ran onto an excellent throughball from Cremaschi and pounded a low finish past Cincinnati goalie Alec Kann.
However, after Kubo had a potential goal disallowed in regulation for a correct handball decision, he pulled the hosts level with an exceptional strike in the 114th minute.
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REPORT: COLTS LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD STILL IN CONCUSSION PROTOCOL
Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard remains in the concussion protocol and did not travel for Thursday’s preseason finale in Philadelphia, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday.
The three-time All-Pro was injured in a joint practice session with Chicago last week and did not play in Saturday’s preseason win against the Bears.
Leonard, 28, was limited to three games last season due to a back injury, a broken nose and a concussion. He posted 11 tackles and one interception.
The three-time Pro Bowl selection has 549 tackles, 17 forced fumbles, 15 sacks and 12 interceptions in 61 games (59 starts) since the Colts drafted him in the second round in 2018.
The Colts open the regular season at home against AFC South rival Jacksonville on Sept. 10.
REPORT: DOLPHINS AMONG TEAMS TO CONTACT COLTS FOR TAYLOR
The Miami Dolphins are among a number of teams that have contacted the Indianapolis Colts to discuss a trade involving running back Jonathan Taylor, a source told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.
Indy has reportedly yet to agree to a trade package with any organization. The Colts are looking for a first-round pick or multiple Day 2 picks and would like to make a deal before Tuesday’s roster cutdowns.
The Colts reportedly permitted Taylor to seek a trade earlier this week.
Miami ranked 27th in rushing yards per game last season, a continuation of its recent rushing woes. The Dolphins haven’t had a top-20 running attack since 2018.
The team re-signed running backs Salvon Ahmed, Raheem Mostert, Myles Gaskin, and Jeff Wilson this offseason. Mostert led the team with 981 rushing yards last campaign.
They also selected De’Von Achane in the third round, but he’s reportedly week-to-week after suffering a shoulder injury in the Dolphins’ second preseason game against the Houston Texans.
Taylor only played in 11 games last season after battling an ankle injury. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2021, rushing for a league-leading 1,811 yards and 18 touchdowns.
COLTS-EAGLES PREVIEW: ONE LAST TUNE-UP BEFORE 2023 REGULAR SEASON BEGINS
PHILADELPHIA – When the Colts return to Indianapolis following Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Philadelphia Eagles, they’ll have 16 days separating them from Sept. 10’s season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium.
That’s both quite a bit of time and not much time at all, in a sense. There’s time for the Colts to get refreshed, both mentally and physically, ahead of the grind of an 18-week season. But there’s also not much time left for players competing to make the roster to make their case.
And Thursday night’s matchup with the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field will be, crucially, one last opportunity for rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson to test himself ahead of his playing-for-keeps NFL debut against the Jaguars.
“It’s just more reps,” Richardson said. “That’s all it is for me, more reps. Just trying to grind and eat away at greatness day by day by getting more reps against a great team.”
Thursday night marks the end of an important 12-day stretch for Richardson. It began Aug. 12 in Buffalo, where he started and played the first quarter against the Bills at Highmark Stadium. Richardson was named the Colts’ starting quarterback for the 2023 season a few days later, then got some high-quality work in consecutive two-hour joint practices with the Chicago Bears at Grand Park. While Richardson didn’t play in the Colts’ second preseason game, he faced a different defense in Tuesday’s joint practice with the Eagles. Then he’ll take the field Thursday night in south Philly.
Got all that? The short version: These two games and three joint practices represented a tremendous opportunity for Richardson to grow ahead of the curtain lifting on his rookie season.
“It’s the way I can adjust to different personnel and different players because just practicing with different people, it’s a little different,” Richardson said. “Not seeing Zaire (Franklin) and Kenny Moore II out there every single day, you have to study different guys and just study how they play. Just seeing different people in there, it lets me know what I have to correct myself and the things that I’m also good at.”
For Richardson and the starters who play Thursday, the game will be about getting those final reps in before the focus shifts to Jacksonville. For plenty of players who tag into the game after the first-team offense and defense exits, it’ll be about making their final case for both roster spots and their pecking order on the depth chart.
“Just competition more than anything,” head coach Shane Steichen said of what he’s looking for on Thursday. “We’re going to have to make some tough decisions next week and got to go compete and make sure as coaches and front office, and make us make some tough decisions and make it hard on us.”
The Colts had their first practice of training camp four weeks ago. We’re now one game away from the preseason ending. In a few days, the Colts’ initial 53-man roster will come out. And then preparations for the Jaguars – as in, actual gameplanning – will begin.
We’re almost there. Sixteen days from now is right around the corner.
“Finish off the preseason on Thursday and let’s get back to the regular season,” linebacker Zaire Franklin said, “because everybody seems ready for that.”
EIGHTH-INNING OUTBURST LEADS INDIANS TO COMEBACK VICTORY
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians scored eight unanswered runs – six in the bottom of the eighth inning – to defeat the Iowa Cubs and knot the series at one-game apiece on Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field, 9-4.
With Iowa leading 4-1 through its half of the sixth inning, the Indians (56-64, 23-23) tightened the game to a one-run deficit in the bottom half and then stole the victory in dominating fashion during their last offensive frame. Domingo Leyba tied the game with a double in the eighth, scoring Jared Triolo following a leadoff walk. The bats then game alive with one out as the next four batters reached safely on a walk, back-to-back RBI singles and a run-scoring throwing error by pitcher Anthony Kay (L, 2-1).
The I-Cubs (69-50, 26-20) scored all four of their runs on two-run homers by Alexander Canario in the first inning and Jake Slaughter in the sixth, both who also homered in the series opener. The dingers sandwiched a Ryan Vilade RBI single in the fourth to put Indy on the board.
John O’Reilly entered in the sixth inning in relief of Cam Alldred and tossed 2.1 one-run innings. Hunter Stratton (W, 4-4) took over in the eighth and got two outs before Wil Crowe came in for the scoreless ninth.
Grant Koch led the Indians offense with three hits while Vilade went 2-for-4 with a pair of runs driven in. The Indians only had one extra-base hit in the contest.
The Indians will look to take a series lead on Thursday afternoon in a 7:05 PM ET start at Victory Field. RHP Beau Sulser (2-1, 7.84) will take the mound for the home team while Iowa has yet to name a starter.
INDY ELEVEN SOCCER
INDY EXTENDS UNBEATEN STREAK TO FOUR
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Wednesday, August 23, 2023) – Indy Eleven successfully defended a 0-0 draw at Memphis 901 FC on Wednesday, playing a man down for a half-plus of action. The draw gives Indy its first four-match unbeaten streak of the season to sit at 9-9-8, while Memphis moves to 10-6-8.
A scoreless first half saw the teams even with three shots apiece with one on target each. In true form, Indy topped the possession battle at 55%-45%, but perhaps the most significant stat that carried into the second frame was a Harrison Robledo ejection that put the Eleven down a man for the remainder of the match.
The second half saw a brilliant defensive effort from the Boys in Blue, led by Tim Trilk in goal. Trilk registered three saves for his third clean sheet in six games in 2023, and ninth overall for Indy.
Sebastian Guenzatti led the Indy attack with a pair of shots, with Jack Blake having the lone shot on target. Defensively, Robby Dambrot won a team-high three tackles and Mechack Jerome had a match-high seven clearances.
Next up, the Boys in Blue return home to Carroll Stadium Saturday to host Loudoun United FC at 7 p.m. ET. Single-game tickets for all home games at IUPUI Carroll Stadium and specially-priced group tickets and an increased portfolio of hospitality options are available for purchase now via indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).
USL Championship Regular Season
Memphis 901 FC 0:0 Indy Eleven
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
AutoZone Park – Memphis, Tenn.
2023 USL Championship Records
Memphis 901 FC: 10W-6L-8D (3) 38 pts Eastern Conference
Indy Eleven: 9W-9L-8D (4), 35 pts Eastern Conference
MEM – Aiden McFaddden (caution) 44’
IND – Harrison Robledo (ejection) 44’
MEM – Carson Vom Steeg (caution) 54’
IND – Callum Chapman-Page (caution) 67’
IND – Douglas Martinez (caution) 67’
MEM – Nighte Pickering (caution) 80’
Indy Eleven line-up (4-4-2): Tim Trilk, Robby Dambrot (Ben Reveno 72’), Callum Chapman-Page, Mechack Jerome, Younes Boudadi, Harrison Robledo, Aodhan Quinn, Cam Lindley, Jack Blake (Bryam Rebellon 86’), Sebastian Guenzatti (captain) (Stefano Pinho 71’), Douglas Martinez (Jesus Vazquez 90+4’)
Indy Subs: Cayden Crawford, Solomon Asante, Sebastian Velasquez
Memphis 901 FC FC lineup: Drew Roming, Akeem Ward, Lucas Turci, Carson Vom Steeg, Aiden McFadden, Leston Paul, Aaron Malloy, Dylan Borczak (Nighte Pickering 71’), Jeremy Kelly, Luiz Fernandez, Rodrigo da Costa (Rashawn Dally 90+6′)
Memphis Subs: Calvin Harrison, Laurent Kissiedou, Jelani Peters, Aren Seeger, Bruno Lapa
GAME PREVIEW: FEVER WELCOME SEATTLE STORM ON THURSDAY NIGHT AT GAINBRIDGE FIELDHOUSE
Indiana Fever vs Seattle Storm
Thursday, August 24, 2023
Gainbridge Fieldhouse | 7 p.m. ET
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Pat Boylan (play-by-play), Bria Goss (analyst)
Thursday night at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, the Indiana Fever will face the Seattle Storm at 7 p.m. ET for the third and final time during the regular season. Indiana defeated the Storm in Seattle on June 22, 80-68, but fell in the last meeting in Indianapolis, 85-62, on July 30.
Last time out for Indiana, the Fever defeated the Mercury in Phoenix, 83-73, on Sunday night. Kelsey Mitchell’s season-high 28 points and NaLyssa Smith’s 10th double-double of the season guided Indiana to the victory. Smith notched 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting and pulled down 11 rebounds on the night.
Along with her season-high, Mitchell netted her 3,000th career point and became the second fastest player in WNBA history to hit the 3,000 point threshold while also recording 400 made 3-pointers and 500 assists. The All-Star guard is averaging a team-leading 17.4 points per game, good for a top-15 ranking in the WNBA for scoring average, while shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Rookie center Aliyah Boston is averaging 14.7 points per contest and is still shooting a league-leading 59.9 percent (194-of-324) from the floor. As of August 18, Boston owns the franchise record for most field goals made by a rookie as she enters the matchup with 194 through the first 33 games of her career. In addition, the All-Star is 15 points away from her 500th point, and is one block behind Teaira McCowan’s record of 44 blocks in her rookie season.
Led by Emma Cannon, Kristy Wallace, Grace Berger and Victoria Vivians, Indiana’s reserves are contributing 19.7 points per matchup, still good for third most in the league for points off the bench. Cannon is averaging 6.3 points per game while Wallace is averaging 6.2 points per contest this season and has earned starts for Indiana’s most recent four games. Vivians has averaged 5.4 points per game this season, while Berger has also averaged 5.4 points per game since July 12.
The Seattle Storm enter the matchup following a 102-79 loss to the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night. Every Seattle player who took to the court added to the scoring column and were led by Jewell Loyd’s 26 points and five assists. Loyd is averaging a league-leading 24.1 points per game. Ezi Magbegor added 13 points against the Sky and is scoring 13.8 points per contest in addition to a team-leading 7.8 rebounds.
The Fever enter tonight’s matchup averaging 9.0 offensive rebounds per game, good for second in the league for offensive rebounds, while Seattle ranks ninth averaging 8.4 offensive rebounds per contest. With opponents averaging 7.3 offensive rebounds and 32.0 total rebounds per game against the Fever, Indiana ranks first in the league for the lowest offensive rebounds and total rebounds allowed.
Indiana Fever (9-24)
Guard – Kelsey Mitchell (17.4 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 3.2 apg)
Guard – Erica Wheeler (10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.9 apg)
Guard – Kristy Wallace (6.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.9 apg)
Forward – NaLyssa Smith (15.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.3 apg)
Center – Aliyah Boston (14.7 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg)
Seattle Storm (10-23)
Guard – Jewell Loyd (24.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 spg)
Guard – Sami Whitcomb (9.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.6 apg)
Guard – Jordan Horston (7.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 spg)
Forward – Dulcy Fankam Mendjiadeu (4.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 0.4 bpg)
Center – Ezi Magbegor (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.9 bpg)
Game Status Report
Indiana: Lexie Hull – out (right shoulder)
INDIANA FIELD HOCKEY
INDIANA’S KELD, CHARLEY AND ARREBOLA GARCIA NAMED TO BIG TEN PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. ––––– The Big Ten Conference announced its preseason Players to Watch List ahead of the 2023 season’s start on Friday.
Indiana’s Sydney Keld, Sarah Charley and Sofia Arrebola Garcia were all recognized on the list.
Keld is entering her redshirt senior season and building off of a breakout junior year. Her 2022 campaign included 12 defensive saves, which was the most in NCAA Division I Field Hockey for the year and broke a school record, to go along with six goals and three assists.
Charley joins the Hoosiers for her final year of eligibility after playing four seasons at Ohio State. Charley is coming off a fantastic 2022 with the Buckeyes where she had a team-high 12 goals and two assists.
Over the course of her career in Columbus, Charley notched 25 goals and eight assists.
Arrebola Garcia will be a junior this season. As a sophomore, she had the second-most goals on the team with five and also had two assists.
The Hoosiers will open the season this weekend with road games at No. 20 Duke on Friday and No. 14 Liberty on Sunday.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
NO. 2 MEN’S SOCCER OPENS SEASON WITH INDIANA DERBY
BLOOMINGTON — Indiana men’s soccer renews its hopes for a ninth star.
Coming off its record 22nd trip to the NCAA College Cup, the Hoosiers kick off their 2023 season on Thursday (Aug. 24) against in-state rival Notre Dame in South Bend.
Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET – adjusted from its original 8 p.m. state. Fans can stream the match on the ACCNX digital platform.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana returns two of its top scorers, experienced members of its defensive third and its favored midfield pairing while bringing in a talented group of freshmen and experienced
transfer defender Hugo Bacharach.
• Juniors Samuel Sarver and Patrick McDonald and freshman Collins Oduro were named Big Ten Players to Watch in the conference’s season preview.
• Bacharach and Oduro each were named to Top Drawer Soccer’s best XI lists, with Bacharach earning second-team honors and Oduro receiving a freshman team selection.
• IU is 107-14-7 (.863) all-time against opponents from its home state. The Hoosiers have not lost to a team from the state of Indiana since 2019.
ABOUT THE FIGHTING IRISH
• Notre Dame finished its 2022 season 8-7-2 with a 3-4-1 record in conference play.
• The Irish are led by sixth-year head coach Chad Riley, who has compiled a 51-36-11 record at Notre Dame and a 102-62-25 career record over 11 seasons.
• Senior Daniel Russo returns after leading the team in scoring last season with six goals and four assists, totaling 16 points.
• Indiana has historically dominated the all-time series, owning a 33-10-3 record against the Fighting Irish.
• Indiana’s first-ever varsity match was a 5-1 victory in South Bend. The Hoosiers then won 11 straight matchups to kick off a series that has been renewed 45 times.
• More recently, the two teams have met in 21 of the last 22 seasons, only missing the unique 2020-21 campaign due to IU’s conference-only schedule. In that span, the programs have met 24 times.
• In IU’s last trip to South Bend – the opening match of the 2021 season – Tommy Mihalic scored a brace in his collegiate debut before Ben Yeagley gave the Hoosiers the overtime, 3-2 victory with a golden goal scored from outside the box.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
IUWS WELCOMES MOREHEAD STATE, TRAVELS TO EVANSVILLE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team hosts Morehead State on Thursday, Aug. 24 at Bill Armstrong Stadium before they travel to Evansville for their first road trip of the season.
• B1G+ will provide Alex Hynes (PxP) and Garrett Drake (Analyst) will be on the call for Thursday’s match.
• The match against the Aces will be livestreamed on ESPN+.
ABOUT THE EAGLES
• Morehead State (1-1) is coming off a 5-2 win over Detroit Mercy after the fell 3-0 against Marshall in their season opener.
• Fifth-year midfielder Kate Larbes leads the Eagles offense with two goals. She has tallied six shots, four of those being on goal and holds a .667 shots on goal percentage.
• Sophomore keeper Erin Gibbs has totaled 180 minutes between the posts with a total of eight saves on the year. She posts a .615 save percentage.
• The Eagles are led by head coach Chris Fox who is in his second season. In 2022, Fox led Morehead State to seven wins, four in conference play for the best finish since 2015.
ABOUT THE ACES
• Evansville (0-0-1) is set to play Southeast Missouri State on Thursday evening on the road before facing the Hoosiers.
• The Aces opened the season on the road where they battled Mercer to a nil-nil draw. Senior goalkeeper Myia Danek notched a career-high 10 saves.
• Freshman forward Taylor Johnson made her collegiate dubut for the UE and leads the squad with three shots and one on goal.
• Chris Pfau is in his fourth season as the head coach at Evansville. He led the Aces to their best start in program history in 2021 with a 7-5-7 overall record. UE finished the season 2-9-5 and ended with a 3-1 win over Illinois State.
• The Hoosiers lead the series against the Eagles, 1-0. The teams last saw each other in 2019 after IU scored five goals in a shutout win.
• Indiana leads the series 5-1-1 against Evansville. The squads last competed on Aug. 19, 2011, where the teams went into overtime before it was declared a draw, 2-2.
B1G PRESEASON PLAYERS TO WATCH
• Junior goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg, senior defender Zoe Tiger and graduate forward Paige Webber were all named to the Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch list.
• Tiger played in 14 games, making eight starts for the Hoosiers her junior year and played over 800 minutes to aid the Indiana’s defense. Tiger, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, helped the team to eight shutouts and a defensive record of 788 minutes without conceding a goal. Tiger played a season high 90 minutes in Indiana’s win over Michigan.
• Webber played in 17 games and made 13 starts last season. The Grand Blanc, Mich., native recorded 771 minutes on the pitch last season. Webber, a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, netted the gamewinner over Indiana State and leads the Hoosiers offense. She posted a team-high 23 shots and nine shots on goal.
• Gerstenberg played in 14 games last season totaling 52 saves with .77 goals against average. She totaled six clean sheets leading the Hoosiers to eight straight shutouts and recorded a career-high eight saves in a 0-0 result at Virginia Tech. Gerstenberg was named the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week twice last season and was named to the All-Big Ten Third Team at the conclusion of the season. She has been a standout between the post and was a member of the 2021 Big Ten All-Freshman Team after she tied the Indiana program record with nine shutouts in her rookie campaign.
• The first 300 fans will receive an Indiana women’s soccer t-shirt before our match against Morehead State on Aug. 24.
GOALS: Anna Bennett (20′), Paige Webber (60′), Lauren Costello (74′) vs. Illinois State on Aug. 17
ASSISTS: Anna Bennett, Lauren Costello (2), Piper Coffield, Paige Webber vs. Illinois State on Aug. 17
LAST TIME OUT
• The Indiana women’s soccer team (1-0-1) battled Virginia Tech (1-0-1), to a nil-nil draw at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
• Virginia Tech struck early in the third minute as they got a shot off in the 18-yard box, but junior goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg was there for the save.
• The defenses continued to battle it out as Indiana took the next four shots, two of them blocked by the Hokies’ backline.
• In the 24th minute, Virginia Tech sent a cross inside the box just in time for freshman forward Samantha DeGuzman to send one down the middle as Gerstenberg scooped up her second save.
• The Hoosiers saw their first chance from freshman midfielder Kennedy Neighbors. She dribbled the ball just inside the 18-yard box, striking the bottom left of the net before the Hokies’ keeper made the save.
• In the 79th minute, graduate forward Paige Webber got a shot off right inside the penalty box after she dribbled past the Hokies defender to find a gap, but senior keeper Alia Skinner would make the save.
FRESHMEN ON THE PITCH
• Freshman defender Piper Coffield earned her first career start, playing a full 90 minutes on the pitch and added her first career assist against Illinois State.
• Freshmen Elle Britt, Kennedy Neighbors, Mary Kate Sullivan and Paige Droner also made their first collegiate debuts against Illinois.
• Britt and Neighbors earned their first career starts against Virginia Tech last Thursday.
BENNETT AND WEBBER – THE DYNAMIC DUO
• Senior midfielder Anna Bennett and Graduate forward Paige Webber are on the attack.
• Bennett scored the first goal of the season in the 20th minute against Illinois State on an assist from Webber.
• Webber netted the Hoosiers’ second goal on an assist from junior defender Lauren Costello in the 54th minute.
COSTELLO – COOL, CALM AND COLLECTED
• Lauren Costello a junior transfer from LaSalle has made an immediate impact for the Hoosiers after scoring a goal and tallying two assists in the first week of the season. IU flew past Illinois State with a 3-1 win to open the season.
• The defender earned two starts, her first in an Indiana uniform.
• The Mechanicsburg, Penn., native held the backline strong in a nil-nil draw against a tough ACC opponent in Virginia Tech.
HUDSON CARD FEATURED ON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCH LIST
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ready to show off his own arm for Purdue this season, starting quarterback Hudson Card landed Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch List. Card was one of five Big Ten quarterbacks featured on the watch list, selected based on career player performance and expectations heading into the 2023 college football season.
The 2023 award winner will be presented the Golden Arm Award trophy. The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games.
The first priority for new Purdue head coach Ryan Walters, Card was tabbed the nation’s No. 1 transfer QB by Mike Farrell Sports. After transferring from Texas, Card went through spring ball with the Boilermakers and emerged as Purdue’s top quarterback heading into the 2023 campaign. The Austin, Texas, native spent three seasons with the Longhorns, playing in 22 games and including five appearances as starting quarterback.
Last season, Card threw for 928 yards and six touchdowns over 12 games and a trio of starts. He guided Texas to a 38-20 victory over West Virginia, going 21-for-27 for a career-high 303 yards and three touchdowns. Card nearly helped the Longhorns upset No. 1 Alabama, coming off the bench at the end of the first quarter in a one-point loss.
Card and the Boilermakers start the 2023 season at home, hosting Fresno State in a newly renovated Ross-Ade Stadium (Sept. 2). The first game under Walters, also beginning the 100th season at Ross-Ade, kicks off at 12 p.m. ET on BTN.
LEWIS AND MILLER NAMED TO WATCH LIST FOR COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A pair of Boilermakers landed on the Comeback Player of the Year Award Watch List ahead of the 2023 football season, the College Sports Communicators (formerly CoSIDA) in association with The Associated Press (AP) and the Fiesta Bowl Organization announced Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 22). Defensive lineman Damarjhe Lewis and tight end Garrett Miller were named to the watch list after missing the entire 2022 campaign due to injury.
Since 2018, the award has recognized college football student-athletes from all divisions of college football for overcoming injury, illness, or other circumstances. At the conclusion of each season, in a vote by a panel of college football writers, editors, and sports information directors, three college football student-athletes are honored as Comeback Player of the Year Award winners at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl.
Following an injury during fall camp that required him to miss the 2022 season, Lewis is back at practice and ready to take the field for Purdue. As a sophomore in 2021, his first season as a Boilermaker, he appeared in 12 games and made a trio of starts on the defensive line. Lewis recorded eight tackles to go along with one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
On the other side of the ball, Miller is ready to join the Air Raid offense under head coach Ryan Walters and offensive coordinator Graham Harrell. The Round Rock, Texas, native played in 21 games over three seasons (2019-21) before a preseason injury forced him to the sidelines for the entire 2022 campaign. In 2021, his last time on the field for the Old Gold and Black, Miller caught 19 passes for 165 yards over 11 games. He started four times throughout the year. Miller’s biggest game was helping the Boilermakers upset No. 3 Michigan State, as the tight end hauled in eight receptions for 74 yards.
Purdue begins the 2023 season against Fresno State, kicking off the 100th season of Ross-Ade Stadium (Sept. 2). The non-conference matchup, the Boilermakers’ first game under Walters, is set for 12 p.m. ET on BTN.
GAME 3 VS. SYRACUSE OFFICIALLY SOLD OUT
The game marks the third-ever meeting between Purdue and Syracuse, completing the home-and-home series that began last year. In the 2022 road showdown, the Boilermakers fell in a hard-fought game against the Orange in the final seconds, 32-29. Previously, Purdue bested Syracuse in the original meeting between the programs in 2004, when quarterback Kyle Orton threw four touchdown passes en route to a dominant 51-0 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium.
Led by head coach Ryan Walters, the 2023 Boilermakers have the opportunity to answer last season’s defeat in front of a sold-out crowd at the newly renovated Ross-Ade Stadium in its 100th season. The primetime matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER OPENS REGULAR SEASON AT NO. 24 SAINT LOUIS
The Butler men’s soccer team opens its regular season on the road at No. 24 Saint Louis. The Bulldogs are coming off a 10-6-3 (4-3-3 BIG EAST) 2022 season, while the Billikens, out of the Atlantic 10 conference, finished 12-5-3 (6-1-1).
Palmer Ault was named the 2023 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year and to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. He finished the 2022 season with the following BIG EAST and (national) rankings: game-winning goals-1st (6th), goals-2nd (25th), points-3rd (22nd), assists-6th (98th), .442 shot accuracy-8th, 2.26 shots per game-10th
The Bulldogs’ 2023 roster – which features 10 newcomers – includes players from 10 different states. Eight players are from Michigan, and there are three each from both Indiana and Illinois. There is also international representation from four different countries. There are three each from both England and the Netherlands and one each from France and Spain.
Butler’s 2023 schedule features five teams who were ranked in the Preseason Top 25 national rankings: No. 24 Saint Louis (8/24), No. 2 Indiana (9/19), No. 17 Georgetown (9/29), No. 8 Creighton (10/7), and No. 22 Akron (10/28).
In 2022, the Bulldogs were ranked as high as No. 12 in the Sept. 4 poll. Butler went 1-2-1 vs. ranked opponents:
No. 14 Marshall W, 1-0, No. 15 Indiana L, 1-2, No. 19 Xavier T, 3-3, No. 17 Georgetown L, 1-2 (2OT).
SERIES RECORD: Saint Louis leads, 5-1-0
LAST MEETING: Feb. 22, 2021 – Westfield, Ind. – SLU 2, Butler 0
Butler’s only victory in the series came in the first-ever meeting between the programs, in 1990. The Bulldogs won, 2-1, in Saint Louis.
Scouting No. 24 Saint Louis
2022 Season: Saint Louis finished the season 12-5-3 (6-1-1 Atlantic 10), winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Billikens defeated Memphis, 4-2, in the NCAA Tournament before being knocked out by Indiana, 0-1.
In 2022, Saint Louis defeated Creighton, 3-2, as well as Marquette, 2-1.
The Billikens return seven of their top ten offensive threats from their 2022 side.
(2022) Individual Statistics
(Returning) offensive standouts for Saint Louis include:
#13 CJ Coppola (6g, 1a)
#7 Seth Anderson (3g, 5a)
#11 Mads Stistrup Petersen (3g, 3a)
#6 Christian Buendia (2g, 3a)
#14 Grady Easton (2g)
#5 Max Fioriani (4a)
(The Billikens’ do not return their top two goalkeepers from 2022.)
BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER
BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER TO FACE NO. 3 NOTRE DAME
The Butler women’s soccer team faces its first ranked team of the season on Thursday, traveling to No. 3 Notre Dame. The Bulldogs (1-1) are coming off a 3-0 win over Illinois State, while the Fighting Irish (1-0-1) most recently defeated Ball State, 3-0.
Five of Butler’s scheduled opponents were ranked or received votes in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll: (rv) Virginia Tech (Aug. 17), No. 3 Notre Dame (Aug. 24), No. 9 TCU (Sept. 10), (rv) Xavier (Sept. 21), No. 16 Georgetown (Oct. 22).
vs. Illinois State
Alexei Whittaker’s goal was the first of her career.
Norah Jacomen’s two goals, along with her assist, all contributed to a career-high five points. These represent the first points of her career at Butler.
Emily O’Malley’s assist was the first of her career.
Talia Sommer’s assist was her first of the season and the fifth of her career.
Abigail Isger’s assist was her first of the season and the fifteenth of her career.
For the second game this season, the Bulldogs utilized two goalkeepers in the match. Anna Pierce and Emma Martin were each credited with a combined shutout.
Butler’s defense did not allow the Redbirds to produce a shot in the full 90 minutes.
SERIES RECORD: Notre Dame leads, 10-1-1
LAST MEETING: Butler won, 4-1, in Indianapolis, Aug. 26, 2018
• In 2017, the teams tied, 0-0 (2OT) in South Bend.
• Notre Dame won all 10 contests up through the 2003 season.
Scouting No. 3 Notre Dame
• Previous match: Notre Dame defeated Ball State, 3-0, in South Bend.
• The Fighting Irish tied Milwaukee, 2-2, in their season opener, though they outshot the Panthers, 25-7.
• Offensive standouts for Notre Dame include:
#3 Maddie Mercado (1g)
#11 Sophia Fisher (1g)
#15 Morgan Roy (1g)
#19 Eva Gaetino (1g)
#16 Meg Mrowicki (1g)
#10 Erin Hohnstein (2a)
• Ashley Naylor (1-0-1) played both games in goal for the Fighting Irish. She has conceded two goals and has earned one shutout.
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER
MEN’S SOCCER TABBED SECOND IN #HLMSOC PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced the Under Armour #HLMSOC Preseason Polls on Wednesday (Aug. 23) with the Jags picked to finish second, receiving one first-place vote and 80 total points. IUPUI follows Cleveland State who picked up nine of a possible 10 first-place votes.
The Jaguars wrapped up the preseason on Sunday (Aug. 20) with two second half goals to take down Evansville, 2-1. Head Coach Sid van Druenen’s squad went 1-1-1 overall after drawing against Marian at home and falling on the road to Northwestern after conceding in the final minute of play.
Forward pairing of senior Logan Finnegan and sophomore Josemir Gomez led the way offensively in the exhibition matches, tallying three of the team’s four goals. Finnegan added an assist on the squad’s other tally, scored by newcomer Emerson Nieto.
Lukas Hackaa, the leading scorer from a year ago (8 goals, 9 assists), also returns in the midfield and will look to put up similar numbers in his senior season. Medard Mikobi also returns after recording three assists during his sophomore campaign.
Defensively, 2022 Horizon League All-Tournament team honoree Lucas Morefield returns in goal after registering four shutouts last season—the most in the program in over ten years. Another All-Horizon League honoree, Edgar Correia, also returns and will look to lead the Jags backline. He will be joined by Dominic Breidenbach, who logged the second most minutes a year ago.
More depth was added during the off-season with 16 newcomers joining the program, many of whom are battling for spots in the starting XI and impressed during the three preseason matches.
The Jaguars will open the season against Southern Indiana on Thursday (Aug. 24) at Carroll Stadium and will begin Horizon League play against Wright State on Sept. 9. The Horizon League Tournament will begin on Sunday, Nov. 5 with the top six finishers in the regular season standings qualifying for postseason.
IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL
IUPUI ADDS ODDO AND GREENE TO MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHING STAFF
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head men’s basketball coach Matt Crenshaw have announced two additions to the men’s basketball staff. Crenshaw recently added Keith Oddo as an assistant coach and Drew Greene will also serve as an assistant coach/director of operations. Both have already assumed duties, beginning at the start of the academic year.
“We’re excited about bringing both these guys on our staff. They bring a new perspective and good energy to our program,” Crenshaw said. “They’re both young and hungry and eager to make us better. They relate well with our young men and are going to play critical roles to our success this season.
“It’s exciting to see both of them in the gym, working with our guys and helping them get better every day.”
Oddo most recently coached at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va., where he served as the program’s top assistant. He helped the Eagles to the program’s highest Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) finish and a conference tournament bye for the first time since 2009. Oddo, who specializes in player development, helped Shod Smith to a ODAC Second Team award this past season after being named ODAC Rookie of the Year in 2022. He also trains multiple NBA and overseas pros in the offseason. In addition to his on-court duties, Oddo spearheaded recruitment and was in charge of all operations for the Eagles.
Prior to Bridgewater, Oddo worked for the Brooklyn Nets in the 2021 NBA Summer League, assisting in on-court practice and drills while supporting coaches and staff with daily operational tasks. He also had a prior stint as a graduate assistant at the University of Akron during the 2020-21 season, helping the Zips to 15-8 mark and 12-6 record in the Mid-American Conference.
He facilitated the creation and growth of Louisville’s TBT entry, “The Ville”, teaming with former UofL assistant Mark Lieberman and former player Luke Hancock to launch the 2023 team. The team was highlighted by former UofL standouts Peyton Siva and Russ Smith and went 2-1 in the 2023 event.
Oddo played collegiately at the University of Richmond before transferring to Louisville for his final season in 2019-20. While at Louisville, the Cardinals finished with a 24-7 overall record, and were ranked as high as No. 1 in the country. He starred at North Cross High School in Roanoke, Va., for legendary coach Bill Hodges, who was the head coach for the Larry Bird-led Indiana State team that reached the 1979 NCAA title game. Oddo earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and history from Richmond and a master’s degree in sport science and coaching from Akron.
“I cannot thank Coach Crenshaw, Banks and Strine enough for the opportunity that they have given me to be a part of this program. IUPUI is a special place, in a great basketball city, and I look forward to positively assisting in the development of our student athletes both on and off the court,” Oddo said. “I also want to thank Coach Enright and Bridgewater College for helping me grow over the last two years.”
Greene comes to IUPUI with coaching experience with the Next Level Prospects AAU program and as a former assistant at Milligan and Bethel University. He also provided personal instruction to players in his home state of North Carolina prior to coming to IUPUI.
Greene began his playing career at UVA Wise, earning his degree in business administration is just two years. He then transferred to Bethel University where he earned his MBA with a 4.0 grade point average and averaged 6.2 points per game for the Pilots. He finished his playing career at Milligan University in Elizabethton, Tenn., earning his second Master’s degree in Coaching and Sport Management.
“I want to first thank Coach Crenshaw for believing in me. Being able to serve and inspire these exceptional student-athletes as they begin their path is a privilege that I deeply appreciate,” Greene said. “I’m excited to learn from this great coaching staff and get to know the IUPUI community.”
SYMONE ABBOTT JOINS VOLLEYBALL COACHING STAFF
INDIANAPOLIS – Head Coach Andrew Kroger added Symone Abbott as a volunteer coach for the 2023 volleyball season. Abbott currently plays professional volleyball and will help coach the Jaguars while also training for her upcoming season in December.
“I’m so grateful to Andrew, Bekah, and the IUPUI volleyball program for allowing me to be apart of their 2023 season,” said Abbott. “I really needed a place to train at a high level before the PVF season starts, and I also needed that place to be close to home, and IUPUI was the perfect solution. Practices have already began and everything’s going super well. It’s mutually beneficial because I get to train, and I also get to share some things I’ve learned with the girls while actively competing with them during practice. I’m very happy to be here!”
Abbott graduated from Northwestern in 2018 where she was an AVCA All-Region and First Team All-Big Ten member following her senior season. During her last year with the Wildcats she paced the Big Ten with 10.72 attacks per set while coming in at third in kills per set (4.00). She was also named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention following her junior season.
Following her college career, Abbott played for Liu Jo Nordmeccanica Modena in Modena, Italy in the spring of 2018 then made her way to Saint-Raphael, France where she played for Saint-Raphael Volley from August 2018-May 2019. Abbott has also made appearances with Karayollari Volleyball (Ankara, Turkey), Athletes Unlimited Volleyball, AO Thiras Volleyball Club and HR Volley Macerata (Macerata, Italy).
The 6’1″ outside hitter from Northville, Michigan most recently signed with the Grand Rapids Rise which is a part of the PVF (Pro Volleyball Federation) and will begin play in December.
BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
MEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES 2023-24 SCHEDULE
MUNCIE, Ind. – Bolstered by the most home games on a Ball State men’s basketball schedule in six years (since 2017-18), the Cardinals will play a 2023-24 slate that includes a neutral-site game at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, a visit to historic Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota, and home-and-road bouts in a newly created challenge series between the Mid-American Conference and the Sun Belt Conference.
Second-year coach Michael Lewis will lead the Cardinals through 12 non-conference games before beginning an 18-game MAC schedule on Jan. 2 at Kent State. The rugged MAC schedule is interrupted just once, on Feb. 10, when Ball State visits a Sun Belt foe in the second half of the MAC/SBC Challenge. The Cardinals host Old Dominion on Nov. 11 to tip off that series as every team in the MAC battles an evenly matched opponent in the Sun Belt.
“We’re excited to announce our schedule for the upcoming season,” said Lewis. “We are particularly thrilled to have 16 home games inside Worthen Arena in front of our fans and especially ‘The Nest’ as we look to build upon the momentum established last season.”
After an exhibition date with Rose-Hulman, the 31-game regular season begins Nov. 7 when Goshen College appears at Worthen Arena. The MAC/SBC tilt with ODU is followed by a home date with Oakland City on Nov. 14 as the Cardinals host three straight to begin the season.
The first road bout pits Ball State against in-state rival Evansville. Following non-conference games vs. USC Upstate, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Little Rock, Bellarmine, Detroit Mercy and SIU-Edwardsville, another in-state test features the Cardinals against Indiana State as part of the second annual Indy Classic, which also features a Top-20 matchup between Purdue and Arizona.
Before a holiday break and the opening of conference play, Ball State ventures to Minneapolis to face the Big Ten Gophers. Having faced each other just twice, the Cardinals capped a home-and-road series with the Gophers in 1987 and 1988 with a 63-57 win at Williams Arena on Nov. 26, 1988.
After the MAC tip-off against the Golden Flashes, the opening weekend of MAC play features a Worthen Arena Saturday vs. Central Michigan on Jan. 6, then another home date on Tuesday, Jan. 9 vs. Akron. The Cardinals play three of the next four on the road, with road games at Toledo (Jan. 13), Eastern Michigan (Jan. 16) and Buffalo (Jan. 23) sandwiching a Saturday, Jan. 20 engagement with Miami.
The first half of the MAC schedule ends with home games against Northern Illinois (Jan. 27) and Bowling Green (Jan. 30), and a road date at Western Michigan (Feb. 3). The MAC second half begins at home against Ohio (Feb. 6) before a three-game road swing that begins with a road date in the MAC/SBC Challenge. Trips to Miami (Feb. 17) and Northern Illinois (Feb. 20) follow.
Ball State caps its MAC schedule with three of five contests at Worthen Arena. EMU comes to Worthen on Feb. 24 and the Cardinals visit CMU on Feb. 27 before a pair of home games against WMU (March 2) and Kent State (March 5) to begin the final stretch. The regular season concludes with a trip to Bowling Green on March 8.
The annual Mid-American Conference Tournament takes place at Rocket Mortgage Arena in Cleveland, March 14-16.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WBB RELEASES 2023-24 SCHEDULE; CARDINALS SET TO HOST NOTRE DAME IN WORTHEN
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team 2023-24 schedule is chalk full of some top tier opponents both at home and on the road. Just like in years past, 12th-year head coach Brady Sallee and his staff have put together an array of challenging non-conference opponents which will be highlighted with a home game Friday (Nov. 24) after Thanksgiving in Worthen Arena against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe Notre Dame.
“We are excited about this schedule,” Sallee said. “Clearly, we have challenged our group with the non-conference slate, but I believe we are built for this challenge. We will be primed and ready for the Mid-American Conference schedule and I look forward to putting this team in front of our Worthen faithful!”
The Cardinals will tip-off the season with an exhibition game in Worthen Arena on Nov. 1 against Trine.
Ball State’s season opener will be at home against Tennessee Tech (Nov. 6) for its annual “Field Trip Day” before the team heads on the road for back-to-back contests against Troy (Nov. 11) and at Chicago State (Nov. 14).
The Cardinals then return home for a contest versus Northern Iowa (Nov. 18) before heading south on I-69 to take on in-state rival IUPUI (Nov. 22). Ball State will wrap up the month of November in Worthen Arena for a showdown against the 2018 national champions, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
After that, Ball State will have a five-game road stretch which will start at Saint Louis (Dec. 3). The Cardinals then head to Big East powerhouse and 11-time national champion UConn (Dec. 6) where the Cardinals’ sophomore Hana Mühl will face her sister the Huskies’ senior Nika Mühl.
Ball State will close its road swing with a trip to Western Kentucky (Dec. 10) prior to competing at the Sun Coast Challenge in Tampa, Fla. (Dec. 19-21). The Cardinals will face two power five schools at the Sun Coast Challenge, ACC member Pitt and Southeastern Conference (SEC) affiliate Georgia.
Following the holiday break Ball State closes the month of December with a game at home against Oakland City (Dec. 30).
The Cardinals open their 2024 18-game Mid-American Conference campaign which will include eight games at home and eight on the road over a 10-week span with a break in February for the newly implemented MAC and Sun Belt Conference Challenge on Feb. 10. Ball State will start conference action at Western Michigan (Jan. 3). The Cardinals home league opener is slated for Jan. 10 versus Buffalo and then BSU will close out MAC play on the road against the Bulls (Mar. 9).
The conference tournament runs March 13-16 with the league’s top eight teams advancing to Cleveland for the quarterfinals, semifinals and the title game on Saturday, March 16.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
IRISH FINALIZE 2023-24 NON-CONFERENCE SLATE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — While it has been known for a while how Notre Dame’s 2023-24 campaign will begin, a full look at the non-conference portion is now confirmed.
The official season opener will take place across the pond in Paris, France, as the Irish take on South Carolina in a first-of-its-kind matchup in the City of Lights on Nov. 6. That contest will air on ESPN at 1:00 ET. The second game of the year will be on the road as well, a date with New Jersey Institute of Technology on Nov. 12 in Newark, N.J. It will be the first meeting between the teams.
Notre Dame’s home opener will feature regional foe Northwestern, as the teams close out a home-and-home series that started last year. The Irish won last year, 92-58. It will tip off on Nov. 15 at 7:00 ET.
The Irish then have a Nov. 18 matchup on the books, and that opponent and location will be announced in the coming weeks.
After several trips to start the season, Notre Dame will settle in for a pair of games in Indiana surrounding Thanksgiving. The Irish will host Chicago State on Nov. 21, and the group will head just south to Ball State on Nov. 25. The pre-Thanksgiving clash with the Cougars will be at 7:00 ET, while the game time in Muncie will be announced at a later date. Chicago State and Notre Dame have had the longest hiatus of the teams currently on the schedule; the last time they played was 1980.
Next, there’s another big game looming. This year will be the first year of the ACC/SEC Challenge, and Notre Dame drew a historic program as its first opponent. On Nov. 29, Niele Ivey and Co. will play at Tennessee at 5:00 P.M. Like the Irish, the Lady Volunteers have made the Sweet 16 in back-to-back seasons.
Three home games close out the 2023 portion of the non-conference schedule. Notre Dame will play host to Lafayette this year on Dec. 6 after a cancellation last season. Purdue will visit on Dec. 17 in a renewal of an important rivalry from the early 2000s. Finally, Western Michigan will take the court at Purcell Pavilion on Dec. 21 just prior to Christmas vacation. The Lafayette and Western Michigan games will start at 7:00 ET. Purdue is TBA.
The Irish will then enter ACC play for the rest of the regular season with one familiar interruption. This year’s Notre Dame-Connecticut game will be played on Jan. 27 in Storrs, Conn. Two of college basketball’s most storied programs come together once again after the Irish won last year’s meeting, 74-60.
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South Carolina — Irish lead 3-2 // Last Meeting: Nov. 26, 2017
NJIT — First Meeting
Northwestern — Irish lead 3-1 // Last Meeting: Nov. 16, 2022
Chicago State — Irish lead 2-0 // Last Meeting: Jan. 11, 1980
Ball State — Series Tied 2-2 // Last Meeting: Nov. 20, 2022
Tennessee — Lady Volunteers lead 22-8 // Last Meeting: Nov. 11, 2019
Lafayette — First Meeting
Purdue — Boilermakers lead 14-13 // Last Meeting: March 19, 2017
Western Michigan — Irish lead 10-0 // Last Meeting: Dec. 21, 2022
Connecticut — Huskies lead 39-14 // Last Meeting: Dec. 4, 2022
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER
MATCH 1 PREVIEW: #2 INDIANA
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame opens the 2023 season with an intrastate rivalry match against No. 2 Indiana as it welcomes the Hoosiers to Alumni Stadium. The match is slated to start at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 24 and will air on ACCNX.
NOTRE DAME vs. INDIANA
Location: South Bend, Indiana | Alumni Stadium
Live Stats: Click Here
Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer
Game Notes: vs. Indiana
THE INDIANA SERIES
• Notre Dame and Indiana will face each other on Thursday evening for the 45th time in series history.
• The two sides meet nearly ever season but did not play during the 2020-21 campaign due to adjusted schedules for COVID-19.
• The Irish are 10-31-3 against the Hoosiers in the all-time series.
• Despite trailing in the series, the rivalry has been much more even as of late, as the Irish have recorded a mark of 5-7-2 in the last 14 meetings dating back to the 2010 season.
• Eight of the last nine matches have either ended in a draw or a one-goal decision.
• The Hoosiers pulled out a 1-0 win last season against the Irish in Bloomington at Armstrong Stadium.
OWNING THE OPENERS
• Notre Dame has historically gotten off to a good start to its seasons, posting a record of 27-11-8 in its season openers.
• The Irish have lost just twice in their last 12 openers to a season, going 6-2-4.
• Notre Dame has outscored the opposition by a combined score of 18-11 over that stretch.
• Notre Dame has been even better in home openers, recording a mark of 32-10-4.
• The Irish are 2-2-1 under Chad Riley in both home openers and season openers.
• Fifteen returning Irish players registered at least one point in their Notre Dame career, as the team returns 79 points from last year.
• Eleven players scored a goal during the 2022 campaign, with seven scoring multiple goals.
• Senior Daniel Russo is the top returning goal scorer on the 2023 squad after firing in six goals during his junior campaign.
• Paddy Burns and Ethan O’Brien will serve as the captains for this year’s Fighting Irish team.
• Burns is a senior defender from Northern Ireland and was selected to the 2023 ACC Preseason Watch List.
• Burns scored five goals last season as a left back and has eight goals and six assists in his Notre Dame career.
• After missing the entire 2022 season to an injury, O’Brien returns to the Irish midfield this fall.
• O’Brien had a breakout 2021 season with two goals and five assists, playing an integral role in the team’s College Cup run.
EXPERIENCE IN GOAL
• Bryan Dowd is back for his senior season after being the team’s primary goalie for each of the last two seasons.
• The shot stopper has 41 career starts while appearing in 42 matches over his previous three seasons in South Bend.
• Dowd has amassed 100 career saves.
• The Irish welcome seven freshman to the 2023 squad, totaling a 34-man roster.
• The seven freshman are Nico Bartlett (M), Jack Flanagan (F), Lukas Kamrath (D), Sean McDowd (D), Jack Ross (D), Nolan Spicer (M), Nate Zimmermann (F).
• Also joining the team is midfielder Wyatt Lewis, who was a practice player last season before making the 2023 team.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
SYCAMORES SET TO MAKE HOME DEBUT THURSDAY NIGHT AGAINST MARSHALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer makes their 2023 home debut on Thursday night at Memorial Stadium as the Sycamores welcome Marshall University to the pitch. Kickoff between the teams is set for 8 p.m. ET and the game will be carried live on ESPN+.
Match time was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., but due to the increasing temperatures and the rising heat index in the Wabash Valley this week, both programs agreed to push the start time back.
Game Day Promo
The game will serve as ISU’s “White Out” with fans encouraged to match the Sycamores by wearing white to the game. The Forest will also have a t-shirt giveaway to the first 40 members to attend.
The Sycamores (0-0-2) take the home pitch for the first time under head coach Paul Lawrence following back-to-back 0-0 ties on the road at Louisville and Miami University to open the 2023 campaign. ISU battled through both contests at the Cardinals and the Redhawks over the last week to start the opening week of the season.
Maddie Alexander was a difference-maker in the net for Indiana State over the first week as the senior goalkeeper faced 40 shots and recorded 12 saves in posting back-to-back shutouts. The Battle Creek, Mich. native was rewarded for her efforts earning the Missouri Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Week honors as voted on by the conference office.
The Sycamore defense has been strong over the first two contests of the season with Maddie Helling, Adelaide Wolfe, Alexa Mackey, and Kloe Pettigrew all lining up for all 180 minutes on the field. Helling, in particular, stood out over the first two games earning high praise from Lawrence for her ability to mark the other team’s top attacker on the pitch.
ISU’s offense took their first shots of the 2023 season this past weekend in Oxford with Anna Chor, Ella Gorrie, and Mackenzie Kent all firing toward goal against the Redhawks. Chor put the pressure on early against Miami with her first shot coming in the opening 10 minutes, while Gorrie put a shot on target midway through the match.
Emma Elliott, Carlie Jensen, and Isabella Hunter are also noted sitting among ISU’s leading players in terms of minutes in the 2023 season. Josie Bakaitis and Jensen both have starting nods to their credit this season as well.
Marshall (2-0) enters the match winners of each of its first two contests in the season. The Thundering Herd picked up the season-opening 3-0 won at Morehead State to open the year and followed up with a 1-0 decision over High Point this past Sunday.
Bailey Fisher leads the Thundering Herd with two goals on the season and has been credited with the game-winner in both matches. Alyssa Hardin and Ada Tempert have also found the back of the net on the year to highlight a Marshall offense that has posted 17 shots over the first two contests.
Goalkeeper Alexs Wolgemuth has lined up all 180 minutes in goal to date facing 34 shots over the first two contests. She posted 14 saves in the pair of shutout victories in net and enters the match as the reigning Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER
MASTODON MSOC OPENS 2023 IN WISCONSIN
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 2023 regular season for the Mastodon men’s soccer team gets underway this week when the ‘Dons head to the Badger State to take on Wisconsin (Aug. 24) and Marquette (Aug. 27).
Game Day Information
Who: Wisconsin Badgers
When: Thursday, August 24 | 8 PM ET
Where: Madison, Wis. | McClimon Track/Soccer Complex
Live Stats: Link
Know Your Foe: The Badgers were 6-6-4 (3-4-1 Big Ten) last season. They were edged in the Big Ten Tournament in penalty kicks by Rutgers. The Badgers were picked sixth in the 2023 preseason poll. Tim Bielic is back in 2023, he had a team-best six assists last season. Nate Crockford was the starting goalie at UCLA last season, but has transferred to Wisconsin for the 2023 campaign. Neil Jones is in his second season as the Badgers head coach. He previously coached at Loyola Chicago from 2013-2021 picking up a pair of Missouri Valley Conference titles along the way.
Series History: The ‘Dons are 0-2 all-time against Wisconsin, falling in 2006 and 2013.
Who: Marquette Golden Eagles
When: Sunday, August 27 | 4 PM ET
Where: Milwaukee, Wis. | Valley Fields
Live Stats: Link
Know Your Foe: The Golden Eagles were 5-9-4 (1-5-4 Big East) last season with their lone league win coming over St. John’s to close out the regular season. Senior midfielder Edrey Caceres returns this year after starting every contest last year, scoring four goals with seven assists. Louis Bennett is in his 18th season as head coach of the Golden Eagles. His squads advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2013 and 2021. Saturday’s match will be the first of two in a span of three matches in the city of Milwaukee for the ‘Dons. They will play a Horizon League match at Milwaukee on Sept. 9.
Series History: This will be the first ever Division I meeting with Marquette. The ‘Dons fell 2-1 in 1996 to Marquette.
Wisconsin will be the Mastodons’ third Big Ten foe this season already. The ‘Dons played exhibitions against Michigan State and Michigan.
Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back
A few returners to note this year for the ‘Dons:
– Abe Arellano returns for this sophomore campaign, he had four assists last season to tie for 10th in the Horizon League. He played in all 15 games with nine starts.
– Romario Simpson is in his fourth season as a Mastodon, he started 12 games last season with a goal against Milwaukee.
– Seth Mahlmeister had a Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honor last season with two goals and an assist in a win over Milwaukee.
– Michael Teller has started 32 games for the ‘Dons in three years. He has played 2655 total minutes.
– Adam Hunt and Danny Salazar, who split time in goal last season, both return in 2023.
– Daniel Tareke played in eight games with five starts for the ‘Dons last season.
Welcome To Fort Wayne
A few newcomers to note:
– Juan Romero is a 6’2″ midfielder who was the JCAA Region V Player of the Year at Western Texas Community College last season.
– Luke Morrell comes to the ‘Dons after playing at Michigan State last season. Prior to that he was a Horizon League All-Freshman Team pick in 2018 and a Second Team selection in 2019 with Oakland.
– Max Collingwood is a transfer goalkeeper from NCAA Division II Colorado Christian. He was the 2022 RMAC Goalkeeper of the Year.
The Mastodons boast seven international players on the 2023 roster. Romario Simpson, Daniel Tareke, and Joel Opoku are all from Ontario, Canada, while Alex Frank and Max Collingwood are both from New Zealand. Additionally, Marc Rodriguez is from Spain and Soshi Fujioka is from Japan.
The ‘Dons will hold their 2023 home opener on Friday, Sept. 1 against Bellarmine in a 1 p.m. start.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER
MEN’S SOCCER OPENS 2023 SEASON AT HOME AGAINST BELLARMINE
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville men’s soccer team will kick-off the 2023 regular-season on Thursday night, as the Purple Aces host the Bellarmine Knights. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. CT from Arad McCutchan Stadium.
Evansville returns 25 players from last season’s squad, led by 2022 Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, Nacho Diaz Barragan (Almeria, Spain/Almeria). Barragan was the Aces lone representative on the MVC Preseason Team as voted on by league coaches. Evansville’s returners include seven consistent starters from the 2022 season along with almost all of the teams’ goal scoring. Along with returning over half of its roster, the Aces have added a deep 2023 class of 15 players with 12 true freshman and three sophomore transfers.
Bellarmine is a familiar opening opponent for UE, as the two teams met to open the 2022 season as well. In their meeting a year ago, the game ended in a draw after a penalty kick from the Knights tied the game in the final 10 minutes. Evansville had the upper hand for most of the 2022 game and will look to seal the deal in the 2023 opener.
Following last year’s match, Bellarmine went 6-4-8 for its first winning season at the NCAA Division I level after moving to the highest level in 2020. The Knights made it all the way to the ASUN Tournament semifinals in 2022 along with four players recognized with postseason honors. Bellarmine played two exhibition contests against Oakland City and Xavier to warm up for the 2023 season.
2024 MVC BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP IS COMING TO EVANSVILLE
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – It was less than three months ago that the University of Evansville baseball team made a run to the deciding game of the Missouri Valley Conference Championship. Next year, the Purple Aces will have the opportunity to take the conference crown on their home field as the MVC announced German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium as the host of the 2024 championship.
Purple Aces Head Baseball Coach Wes Carroll and multiple supporters have put in countless hours of work to bring the MVC Championship onto the University of Evansville campus for the first time. Evansville hosted the 1998 championship at Bosse Field. The 2020 opening of German American Bank at Charles H. Braun Stadium was an important step taking the facility to the next level with a full Astroturf field and other renovations. The recent renovations to the facility, the partnership with the City of Evansville and the Evansville Sports Commission (ERSC) put UE in a position to secure the bid.
“I would like to thank MVC Commissioner Jeff Jackson and the rest of the MVC Leadership team for their confidence in us putting on an excellent Championship for everyone. This announcement is the culmination of a complete group effort,” UE Director of Athletics Ziggy Siegfried said. “Also, a special thank you to the Evansville Regional Sports Commission and Executive Director Brandon McClish for stepping up their partnership with us to help bring the MVC Championship to Evansville.”
“Coach Carroll and multiple supporters have worked tirelessly to put the program and facility in a position to host the tournament,” Siegfried added. “This is an opportunity for our program to take a significant step forward. We are grateful to the ERSC, Dunn Hospitality Group, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke and everyone else who helped to make this a reality. This accomplishment is also a testament to the baseball student-athletes and coaches over the years who have worked to establish our program as one of the best in the MVC.”
Eight of the league’s 10 teams qualify for the double-elimination tournament, which is set for May 21-25, 2024.
“Evansville Regional Sports Commission worked collectively with the University of Evansville and many of our community supporters to secure the bid to host the MVC Baseball Championship,” McClish exclaimed. “The MVC is one of the premier baseball conferences in the country and this was a collaborative effort between ERSC, UE, and the City of Evansville to bring this high-profile event to our city.”
Bringing an event of this magnitude to the area provides benefits to city’s economy including increased occupancy hotels and additional revenue for restaurants. Dunn Hospitality Group stepped up as the lead hotel partner and is preparing to welcome teams and fans next spring. Those impacts were recognized by Mayor Winnecke.
“We are thrilled to be selected as the host city for the 2024 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Championship,” said Mayor Lloyd Winnecke. “Evansville’s strong tradition of supporting collegiate sports makes us an ideal location for this event.”
Coach Carroll directed his team to 37 victories in the spring of 2023 and is set up to make another run to the tournament title. The 37 victories were the most for Evansville since 2006 and the appearance in the MVC Tournament final was also the first since 2006.
“I want to thank the MVC for awarding us this great opportunity. This has been many years in the making and I’m grateful to all the people who helped make this happen,” Carroll exclaimed. “The MVC tournament is such a great event that our fans and community will enjoy. Our student-athletes are fired up and we will be ready to showcase our program on this stage.”
SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
WOMEN’S SOCCER HEADS TO WRIGHT STATE THURSDAY
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Soccer travels eastward to Dayton, Ohio Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. CT matchup at Wright State University. Thursday’s meeting will be the first all-time between the two schools.
The Screaming Eagles enter the game with a 0-1-1 record after the first week of the regular season. Southern Indiana began the 2023 campaign with a 2-0 loss at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) last Thursday before picking up a 1-1 draw in the home opener against the University of North Alabama last Sunday.
After a few chances to grab an early lead last Sunday, USI struck first in the 21st minute, as junior midfielder Maggie Duggan (Defiance, Missouri) scored her first career goal off a long throw-in pass from sophomore midfielder Emma Thurston (Leawood, Kansas). North Alabama knotted the game at one in the 58th minute.
Sunday’s draw extended USI’s recent undefeated streak in home openers. Southern Indiana has not dropped its home debut since 2020.
Between last week’s two matches, Duggan recorded two points off the goal with two shots on target out of three attempts. Sophomore midfielder Peyton Murphy (Bargersville, Indiana) paced the Screaming Eagles in the first week with four total shot attempts.
Murphy was recognized on the 2023 Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Players to Watch List and Top Drawer Soccer’s Preseason Players to Watch List out of the OVC following her 2022 OVC All-Newcomer Team accolade as a freshman.
Between the posts, sophomore keeper Anna Markland (Hoover, Alabama) made her Screaming Eagles debut after earning the starting spot out of the preseason. The Samford University transfer gloved five total saves in the two matches.
After an 8-7-3 record and a Horizon League quarterfinals appearance in 2022, Wright State is 0-2-0 to start its 2023 season. The Raiders began the season with a road swing in Arizona, falling 4-0 in each match against Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University.
Wright State returns its top four scorers from last year, including fifth-year forward Marcella Sizer. Sizer found the back of the net six times in 2022, adding three assists to accumulate 15 points. The Raiders scored 29 goals and averaged 1.61 goals per game last season. In goal, senior keeper Kiera Sarka has started both matches this season, making eight saves. Sarka appeared in only three matches in 2022.
There is no broadcast coverage for Thursday’s game. Live stats links are on the USI Women’s Soccer schedule page on usiscreamingeagles.com.
VOLLEYBALL SET TO OPEN 2023 THIS WEEKEND AT EIU
Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 MVC)
at EIU Volleyball Invitational (Charleston, Ill.)
Friday, Aug. 25 – vs. Akron (0-0) – 10 a.m.
at Eastern Illinois (0-0) – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 26 – vs. ULM (0-0) – 11 a.m.
Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: Coming off of its third postseason appearance in the last five years last season, the Valpo volleyball team kicks off the 2023 campaign this weekend at the EIU Volleyball Invitational presented by Unique Suites. The Beacons will be taking on Akron and ULM in addition to the host Panthers.
Looking Ahead: Valpo will once again host the Popcorn Classic at the ARC Sept. 1-2, welcoming Western Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Oakland to town for the two-day, six-match event.
Following the Beacons: All three of Valpo’s matches this weekend will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Links for the live video and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 22nd season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 471 matches (471-228, .674) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made seven postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time Mid-Con Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 60 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 526-252 (.676) record overall as a head coach.
Series History: Akron – The Zips hold a 5-4 edge in the all-time series, but eight of those nine matchups occurred in 1992 or earlier. The two squads did meet last season in Akron, a 3-1 Valpo victory on Sept. 9. Bella Ravotto had 13 kills, 12 digs and four blocks in that win, while Emma Hickey led all players with 25 digs.
Eastern Illinois – Valpo trails the all-time series against the Panthers 13-6, but the vast majority of those meetings came in the 1980s and 1990s, including a stint when both programs were in the Mid-Continent Conference. Valpo has won both of the recent matchups, defeating EIU in the ARC in 2017, 3-1, and following the next year with a 3-1 win as part of the Panther Invitational.
ULM – First meeting
Scouting the Opposition: Akron – The Zips are coming off a 2022 season where they posted a 6-23 overall record and were 3-15 in MAC play, finishing in fifth place in the East division.
Eastern Illinois – The Panthers went 10-8 in OVC action last season and were 16-16 overall. EIU received two first-place votes in this year’s OVC preseason poll and were picked to finish fourth in the 11-team conference.
ULM – The Warhawks went 7-25 overall in 2022, but were 0-16 in Sun Belt Conference play. ULM was selected seventh in the West division in the SBC preseason poll this year.
Valpo Picked Sixth in Preseason Poll: Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2023, according to preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. The Beacons accumulated 73 points in the polling to come in at sixth position, outpacing Illinois State by two points. UNI claimed seven of 12 first-place votes and nipped Drake by two points for the top spot in the poll.
Looking Back at Last Season: The Beacons enjoyed another successful season in 2022, finishing the campaign with a 22-11 overall record. Valpo posted a 9-9 mark in MVC play to finish in sixth place in the newly-expanded 12-team conference and won a match at the MVC Tournament for its fourth straight appearance. The Beacons earned an at-large bid to the 2022 NIVC, their third showing in the tournament in the last five seasons. After a record-setting rookie campaign, freshman libero Emma Hickey was named a Second Team All-MVC and MVC All-Freshman Team honoree.
What’s Back: Valpo returns plenty of experience from last year’s squad, as 11 letterwinners are back this year, including four starters plus the libero. In all, 98% of the assists, 89.3% of the digs, 62.7% of the blocks and 60.9% of the kills from last season are back in 2023.
Who’s New: Joining the 11 returnees on this year’s team are six players looking to make an impact in their first season as Valpo. The sextet includes four true freshmen and two transfers – one fifth-year grad transfer and one sophomore.
Another 20-Win Campaign: It’s a milestone that has become routine for the program, yet still impressive in its totality – Valpo finished with 22 wins in 2022 and has now won 20 or more matches in 17 of Carin Avery’s 21 seasons as head coach. Even more remarkably, one of the four seasons Valpo didn’t reach 20 wins was the shortened spring 2021 campaign, when the program played just 20 matches total. The Beacons also secured their 19th winning season in Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm.
Top Half Finishes: In addition to the 20-win season, the Beacons also secured a top-half finish in the MVC standings as they finished in sixth place in the 12-team conference. Valpo has now finished in the top-half of the Valley standings in each of its six years in the conference, the only MVC program to accomplish that feat – Illinois State had finished top-half each of the last five years, but dropped out of the top-six in 2022. Going back further, Valpo has posted top-half conference finishes in 20 of Avery’s 21 seasons – as well as qualifying for the conference tournament in each of her 21 seasons – and 29 of the last 30 years overall.
Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 10th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.27 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 12 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era.
Capturing Crowns: Valpo is looking to extend an impressive streak as the 2023 season gets underway this weekend. The Beacons have won five consecutive in-season tournaments dating back to the 2021 season, a mark which includes an program-record four in-season tournament titles last season. Valpo has won 33 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm of the program, including its home tournament seven times (out of 11 opportunities). The team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her 21 seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times. Those tournament titles have come in 14 different states.
Conference Honoree: With as balanced as last year’s squad was, it’s not a surprise that only one Valpo player earned postseason recognition when the MVC released its season honors. Freshman libero Emma Hickey earned a pair of awards, as she represented Valpo on the All-MVC Second Team – the only freshman to make First or Second Team – and the All-Freshman Team. It was the first time since 2000 that the program has not had multiple postseason award winners.
Hickey Sets New Standards: Emma Hickey made an immediate impact on Valpo’s backcourt and the record books in her rookie season. She set Valpo and MVC freshman record for digs in a season, finishing with 735 total digs, and led the Valley and ranked fourth nationally with 5.70 digs/set. No D-I freshman was within 200 digs of her season total, while it was tied for the second-most digs by a D-I freshman in the last 12 seasons. Her 735 digs are tied for fourth overall on Valpo’s single-season chart and rank sixth in MVC history as well.
Januski Runs the Middle: Senior middle Mallory Januski bided her time behind a pair of All-Conference middles in her first two seasons at Valpo, but given the opportunity in 2022 to run with a starting role, Januski took full advantage. She led Valpo and ranked fourth in the Valley with a .353 hitting percentage, a mark which smashed the program’s single-season record. Januski also ranked seventh in the Valley with 0.98 blocks/set, tallying 122 total blocks — seventh-most by a Valpo player in the 25-point era. That total includes a monster 13-block performance at Murray State, a program record for the 25-point era.
One More Year: Three Valpo players are taking advantage of the additional season of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to play a fifth year of collegiate volleyball, but each of the three are at a different point in their Valpo journey. Bella Ravotto has spent all five years at the ARC, while Miranda Strongman is on her second season as a Beacon after playing three seasons at LIU. Most recently, Laura Ilizastigui joined the program as a graduate transfer for this season after spending two years apiece at Chicago State and the College of Southern Idaho.
VOLLEYBALL ADDS LAURA ILIZASTIGUI FOR 2023 SEASON
Valpo volleyball head coach Carin Avery announced today that the program has added Laura Ilizastigui as a graduate transfer for the 2023 season. Ilizastigui most recently played two seasons at Chicago State.
“We are very excited to have our first recruited international player join us this fall in Laura,” Avery said. “She is going to bring much-needed added depth to the pin position.”
A native of Bogota, Colombia, Ilizastigui spent the 2021 and 2022 campaigns playing at Chicago State, helping the Cougars to the postseason in 2021 as they advanced to the NIVC. Over her two seasons at CSU, Ilizastigui saw action in 29 matches, registering 53 kills and 22 blocks.
Prior to her tenure at Chicago State, Ilizastigui played at the College of Southern Idaho in 2019 and 2020. She appeared in 40 matches for the Golden Eagles, racking up 216 kills and 56 blocks. Ilizastigui ranked third on the team as a sophomore in 2020 with 125 kills and 32 blocks.
Ilizastigui and the Beacons open the 2023 season this weekend at the Panther Invitational, hosted by Eastern Illinois.
U OF INDY WOMEN’S SOCCER
GLVC TABS WOMEN’S SOCCER SEVENTH IN PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team was picked seventh in this year’s Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason coaches’ poll.
Led by first-year head coach Kelli Beheler, the Hounds garnered 101 points in the rankings, nine ahead of Missouri St.-Louis and 16 behind Lewis. Maryville (160), McKendree (142) and Rockhurst (138) round out the top-three spots on this year’s poll.
The Hounds lost offensive performers in Maria Herrero and Kiki Sauceda to graduation, but return a quality defensive unit headed up by Uma Yadav Massó and Maddy Theis. In the net, Makenna Nickens is back, after eating up the majority of the minutes as the Greyhounds goalkeeper.
The Hounds added a plethora of talent in the offseason, bringing in four freshmen and three former-Division I transfers.
Joining the keepers’ crew is Sabrina Shaw, a fifth-year grad transfer from Iowa. In the back line, Kayleigh O’Neal comes in as a transfer as well, after spending four seasons at Alabama State. Rounding out the transfer class is Genevieve Crocker in the midfield, who prior to becoming a Hound, spent her first two seasons at Detroit Mercy.
2023 GLVC WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
RK SCHOOL (1st-place votes) PTS
1. Maryville (8) 160
2. McKendree (1) 142
3. Rockhurst (1) 138
4. Drury (2) 131
5. Illinois Springfield 119
6. Lewis 117
7. UIndy 101
8. Missouri-St. Louis 92
9. Quincy 68
10. Truman State 67
11. Missouri S&T 60
12. Southwest Baptist 35
13. Upper Iowa 24
14. William Jewell 20
U OF INDY MEN’S SOCCER
HOUNDS TAKE SECOND IN THE GLVC PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS–The Great Lakes Valley Conference has released its 2023 men’s soccer preseason poll and the University of Indianapolis secured second place after earning 147 points and one first-place vote.
Defending GLVC champions and No. 8 nationally-ranked Maryville secured first with 158 points and nine first-place votes. No. 15 Illinois Springfield with 147 points and one first-place finish followed UIndy in third place.
Last fall, UIndy finished 10-5-3 overall and went 7-3-2 in GLVC play, earning the third seed in the conference tournament and qualified for their third-straight NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Gabe Hall returns a trio of GLVC award winners from last year’s team. Senior midfield Michael Tselios and junior defenseman Pierre Lurot were both named to the All-GLVC First Team in ’22, while sophomore forward Kabiru Gafar was voted the 2022 GLVC Freshman of the Year.
The Hounds open the season on the road in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday Sept. 2 against fourth-ranked Lake Erie at noon. UIndy will open conference play at Southwest Baptist on Friday Sept. 15.
2023 GLVC MEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
RK SCHOOL (1st-place votes) PTS
1. Maryville (9) 158
2. Indianapolis (1) 147
3. Illinois Springfield (1) 146
4. Lewis (2) 145
5. Drury (1) 125
6. Rockhurst 105
7. McKendree 93
8. Missouri S&T 87
9. Missouri-St.Louis 67
10. Truman 59
11. Quincy 52
12. William Jewell 46
13. Upper Iowa 24
14. Southwest Baptist 20
U OF INDY VOLLEYBALL
VOLLEYBALL PICKED SIXTH IN GLVC PRESEASON POLL
INDIANAPOLIS – The UIndy volleyball team was picked sixth in the annual GLVC preseason coaches poll, the conference office announced.
The Greyhounds collected 117 points, a whopping 30 more than seventh-place Illinois Springfield. Topping the poll with 10 first-place votes and 164 points was Missouri-St. Louis, which advanced to a national semifinal last fall. Lewis (3) and Quincy (1) rounded out the remaining programs receiving a first-place tally.
All-GLVC Second Team honoree Grace Hegwood returns for UIndy, recording 2.88 kills and 2.49 digs per set a season ago. Claire Morris, the lone setter back for the Hounds, dished out 6.9 assists per set as a rookie, while also collecting 38 kills and four service aces.
A key threat in the middle, Hannah Sabotin enters her fourth season after hitting .302 and totaling 90 blocks in 2022. The Columbus, Ind., native ranked second on the team with 285 points.
Nine new faces litter the UIndy roster this fall, including grad transfer Elana Brueggemann. From nearby Carmel, Brueggemann played four seasons between DI programs DePaul and Butler where she was four-time Big East All-Academic honoree.
Head coach Jason Reed is in his 11th season on the Greyhound bench with a career record of 164-134. UIndy begins its 2023 campaign on Friday, Sept. 1, in Grand Rapids, Mich., against Malone at 2 p.m.
2023 GLVC VOLLEYBALL PRESEASON POLL
RK SCHOOL (1st-place votes) PTS
1. Missouri-St. Louis (10) 164
2. Lewis (3) 155
3. Rockhurst 138
T-4. Quincy (1) 121
T-4. Missouri S&T 121
6. UIndy 117
7. Illinois Springfield 87
8. Upper Iowa 85
9. Maryville 77
10. Drury 62
11. McKendree 59
12. Southwest Baptist 43
13. William Jewell 28
14. Truman 17
MARIAN WRESTLING ANNOUNCES 2023-24 SCHEDULE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s wrestling team has finalized their 2023-24 schedule, as confirmed by head coach Steven Bradley. The Knights 2023-24 schedule will feature four home opportunities to compete at home in the Marian Arena, with the team traveling throughout the Midwest for much of the season.
Marian’s season will open on October 27 with the team’s annual Blue/Gold intrasquad dual, taking place in the PE Center. The Knights will then be on the road for the remainder of the 2023 calendar year, competing in three open tournaments in the month of November. On November 4, Marian will wrestle at the annual Patriot Open hosted by the University of the Cumberlands, and on November 11, the Knights will travel to Iowa to compete in the annual Grand View Open. On November 18, the team will head to St. Charles, Mo., to compete in the Lindenwood University Open.
In December, the Knights will open the month on the first Saturday by traveling to Indiana Tech, who is hosting the annual Little State Tournament. On December 9 the Knights will compete in the annual Lindsey Wilson Blue Raider Duals, and to close the calendar year, the Knights will once again travel to Reno, Nevada, to compete in the Reno Tournament of Champions December 15-17.
The Knights will begin the 2024 section of the year with the annual NWCA National Duals, which are hosted in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this season. On January 13, Marian will compete in the annual Spartan Mat Classic hosted by Manchester College, and the following day the WHAC dual season begins with the team traveling to Lourdes. The team will return to campus for one day, and then head back on the road on January 16 to compete in a tri-dual against Cleary and Cornerstone. The month of January will end with two tough matchups, as the team will compete in the Missouri Valley Invite on January 19 and 20, and on January 28, the Knights will host the defending WHAC Champions Indiana Tech. Marian’s first home dual of the season will start at 2 p.m., and will be streamed on the ISC Sports Network, which will be the first of two times the Knights will be featured.
February opens with the final two duals of the regular season, with Marian hosting Siena Heights on February 2, before traveling to Rochester University on February 4.
Marian will host the WHAC Championships for the first time in 2024, with the championships set to be hosted in the PE Center on February 10. Action for the championships will begin at 9 a.m., with two mats being utilized on the floor. The ISC Sports Network will also be streaming the 2024 WHAC Championships.
Marian’s season will come to a close February 29-March 2 in Wichita, Kansas, as the Knights will once again aim to leave their mark on the national stage at the NAIA National Championships.
Tickets will go on sale for Marian’s home competitions at a later date.
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INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php
TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/
VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index
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TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1905 At Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, Ed Reulbach goes the distance when the Cubs defeat the Phillies in 20 innings, 2-1. The 22-year-old right-handed rookie will finish the season with an 18-14 record (.563) and an ERA of 1.42.
1910 Billy Sullivan snags three baseballs dropped by batterymate Ed Walsh from atop the 555-foot Washington Monument. The White Sox catcher, feeling the 200-to-300 pounds of force the objects gain in their vertical descent, nixes the idea of trying to catch a ball tossed from a plane.
1919 In his first start as a member of the Indians since being traded from the Red Sox, right-hander Ray Caldwell is knocked unconscious after being struck by lightning with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. The 31-year-old free-wheeling spitballer, out for about five minutes, refuses to leave the game, needing just one more out for the complete-game victory records the final out for the 2-1 win over Philadelphia at Cleveland’s League Park.
1928 The A’s close within three games to the Yankees when Rube Walberg blanks the Indians, 1-0, completing a four-game sweep of their opponents at Shibe Park. Philadelphia’s 32-year-old southpaw tallies the contest’s only run, scoring on Mickey Cochrane’s third-inning single.
1940 In Detroit’s 12-1 blowout of the team, Red Sox outfielder Ted Williams pitches the last two innings of the first game of a doubleheader at Fenway Park. The ‘Splendid Splinter,’ who strikes out Rudy York on three pitches, allows only one run on three hits.
1941 During a doubleheader against the Cardinals, a ragtag group of five musicians, dubbed the Dodger SymPhony by announcer Red Barber, makes their Ebbets Field debut. None of the members can read music, but the band performs their zany antics at evening and weekend games.
1945 After signing a contract with the Indians yesterday for approximately $40,000, WW II veteran Bob Feller throws a 4-2 complete-game victory over the Tigers in his first appearance since serving 44 months in the Navy. ‘Rapid Robert,’ wearing his familiar uniform number 19, not worn by another Tribe player in his nearly four-year absence, faces 37 batters, striking out 12 while giving up four hits in the two-hour-and-17 minute Cleveland Stadium contest.
1951 A thousand fans, sitting behind the Browns dugout, using yes and no signs, vote on decisions made by the coaching staff. Owner Bill Veeck’s idea appears to work as St. Louis beats the A’s, 5-3. Ned Garver picks up the win.
1951 After being demoted to the minor leagues six weeks ago, Mickey Mantle returns to the Yankee lineup, going 1-for-4 with a first-inning single off Early Wynn in the team’s 2-0 victory in Cleveland. The game marks the first time the future Hall of Famer wears the iconic #7 after the team gives his original #6 to infielder Bobby Brown, who had worn the numeral in previous seasons.
1955 A telegram sent to Brooklyn president Walter O’Malley by the Patchogue Chamber of Commerce offers the team “thirty acres or more of dry flat land in open country in the heart of Long Island’s densest Dodger fan concentration.” The village’s attempt to attract the fleeing franchise to the south shore of Suffolk County will not materialize, with the club, after exploring many different venues as an alternative to Ebbets Field, will leave the East Coast in 1958 to play in Los Angeles.
1956 Johnny Kucks needs only 73 pitches to blank the Pale Hose, 2-0, on four hits in a two-hour contest played at Yankee Stadium. The 24-year-old All-Star right-hander, who improves his record to 17-7, has become the team’s #2 starter, behind Whitey Ford, for the eventual world champs.
1957 In a 13-3 loss to Milwaukee at Ebbets Field, the Dodgers use eight pitchers in one game, tying a major league record. Johnny Podres gives up three home runs in the fourth frame when Nippy Jones, Hank Aaron, and Andy Pafko go deep off the Brooklyn starter.
1960 During a dull game, Vin Scully, the play-by-play voice of the Dodgers, knowing that many fans in the stands follow the game on transistor radios, asks his listeners to help him surprise third base umpire Frank Secory. His ballpark audience responds when the veteran broadcaster tells them, “Let’s have some fun. As soon as the inning is over, I’ll count to three, and on three, everybody yell, ‘Happy birthday, Frank!'”.
1963 ABC’s Wide World of Sports airs the first telecast of the Little League World Series. The network provides ‘the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat’ when Grenada Hills (CA) beats Stratford (CT) in the championship game, 2-1.
1969 The Pilots trade Jim Bouton to the Astros for Roric Harrison and Dooley Womack. The reinvented knuckleball pitcher, who posted a 2-1 record along with an ERA of 3.91 in his 57 games with the Northwest expansion team, will continue to chronicle the 1969 season for his controversial book, Ball Four.
1971 At Wrigley Field, Ernie Banks hits the final home run of his career in the Cubs’ 5-4 loss to Cincinnati. Mr. Cub’s 512th round-tripper, tying him for seventh place on the all-time list with Eddie Mathews, comes in the fourth frame off right-hander Jim McGlothlin, a two-out solo shot to left field that ties the score at 3-3.
1973 Sitting in the top row of the bleachers at Cleveland Stadium, John Adams begins a tradition that continues to this day when he bangs on his drum to cheer on the Tribe. In 2011, the team paid tribute to the fan-favorite in a pregame ceremony commemorating his 3000th game, including Adams taking a ceremonial swing with his drum at a pitch thrown by Joe Charboneau.
1974 Davey Lopes steals fives bases, tying a National League record established in 1904 by Giants first baseman Dan McGann. The Dodger second baseman’s quintet of stolen bags adds to the team’s franchise mark of eight stolen bases in their 3-0 victory over the Redbirds at Chavez Ravine.
1975 Ed Halicki, in the second game of a doubleheader sweep, no-hits the Mets, 6-0. The Candlestick Park masterpiece includes ten strikeouts by the Giants right-hander, who will never have a winning season in San Francisco and will post a 55-66 record during his seven-year career.
1975 Dave Lopes steals his major league record 38th consecutive base, but the streak will be stopped by Montreal backstop Gary Carter when he attempts to swipe another bag in the Dodger Stadium contest. The second baseman streak ends in the 12th inning of the team’s 5-3 loss in fourteen frames.
1976 At Tiger Stadium, Bill Freehan hits his 200th and final home run in a 12-7 loss to the White Sox. The Detroit catcher will finish his career with 100 homers hit at home, with the other 100 dingers hit on the road.
1979 The Phillies retire the uniform No. 1 in honor of Hall of Fame outfielder Richie Ashburn, considered one of the best leadoff hitters and defensive players in the game during his 12 years with the Phillies. After brief stints with the Cubs and the expansion Mets, ‘Whitey’ returned to Philadelphia, becoming a beloved broadcaster for the team until he died in 1997.
1980 Gene Mauch resigns as the Twins manager, leaving a team with a 54-71 record and 26 games out of first place. The ‘Little General’ will be replaced by third base coach John Goryl, given a one-year contract after he guides the club to 23 victories, including a 12-game winning streak, in the final 36 games of the season.
1982 John Wathan breaks Ray Schalk’s 1916 record for stolen bases in a season by a catcher with his 31st stolen bag. The Royals backstop accomplishes the feat when he swipes third base in the seventh inning of Kansas City’s 5-3 victory over Texas at Arlington Stadium.
1983 Orioles’ southpaw Tippy Martinez picks off three runners in the tenth inning when the Blue Jays baserunners take long leads, trying to take advantage of his new batterymate, Len Sakata, an infielder pressed into service behind the plate. The converted catcher gets revenge when his three-run homer in the bottom of the frame wins the game, 7-4.
1985 Don Baylor ties an American League record after being hit by a pitch thrown by Mariner southpaw Mark Langston in the first inning of the Yankees’ 4-3 victory at the Kingdome. The New York DH gets plunked for the 189th time in his career, tying him with Minnie Minoso, who established the mark in 1963 with the White Sox.
1989 “In the absence of a hearing and therefore in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, I am confronted by the factual record of the Dowd report, and on the basis of that, yes, I have concluded that he bet on baseball.” – A. BARTLETT GIAMATTI, commissioner commenting on Pete Rose’s lifetime banishment. “Regardless of what the commissioner said today, I did not bet on baseball.” – PETE ROSE, defending himself at Riverfront Stadium news conference. Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, stating he believed that Pete Rose had bet on games, including those of the team he managed, announces an agreement that bans Mr. Rose permanently from baseball. The five-page agreement, signed by the commissioner and the Reds manager, does not indicate the suspension is specifically for betting on baseball games and does not include language that Rose wagered bets on specific contests.
1993 Kevin Reimer, joining Johnny Briggs, who accomplished the feat twenty years ago, becomes the second Brewer to go 6-for-6 in a game, collecting two doubles and four singles. After singling in the final frame, the Milwaukee DH/right fielder scores the winning run in the team’s 7-6 walk-off victory over the A’s in 13 innings at County Stadium when Dave Nilsson ends the contest with a two-out hit to left field.
1999 Ken Griffey Jr. joins Babe Ruth, Ralph Kiner, Duke Snider, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, and Mark McGwire as the only players to hit 40 homers in four consecutive seasons. The Mariner outfielder goes deep in the team’s 5-0 victory over the Tigers at Safeco Field.
2000 In his fifth rehabilitation start in the minors, Devil Rays’ 26-year-old pitcher Tony Saunders’ left arm breaks again while uncorking a wild pitch. The Devil Ray southpaw first broke his left humerus on May 26th, 1999, on a 3-2 count in a game against the Rangers at Tropicana Field.
2001 The wives of the three ironworkers who died in 1999 when a crane collapsed during the construction of Miller Park unveil Teamwork, a three-figured, 12-foot high bronze statue honoring their husbands, Jeffery Wischer, William De Grave, and Jerome Starr. The $250,000 sculpture, depicting a trio of construction workers wearing hard hats and carrying the tools of their trade, was commissioned by Milwaukee’s Habush, Habush, and Rottier Charitable Foundation.
2004 Bud Selig, citing how disruptive a delay in the schedule would be on pennant races, says it is unlikely that major league players will ever be able to participate in the Olympics. The baseball commissioner hopes a World Cup, which begins in 2006, will be a substitute for the Summer Games.
2005 After fouling off three Jose Valverde full-count fastballs, Mike Jacobs goes deep at BOB to become the only player to hit four home runs during the first four games of a major league career. The Mets rookie, who hits two round-trippers in the 18-4 rout of the Diamondbacks, has homered four times, including his first big-league at-bat, in his first 13 plate appearances.
2006 Sean Casey probably becomes the first player in baseball history to ground out to left field. The unique 5-7-3 play is the result of the batter starting to head back to the dugout, thinking his liner is caught on the fly, when the ball glanced off White Sox third baseman Joe Crede’s glove, reaching left fielder Pablo Ozuna, whose throw to first base barely beats the runner to the bag.
2007 A day after protests concerning the sale of gang-related items occur in East Harlem, MLB’s official cap manufacturer, New Era, announces the removal of the offending headwear, which bears the colors and symbols of the Bloods, the Crips, and the Latin Kings. Unknown to the Yankees, white team caps, wrapped with red and blue bandannas, appeared to represent the Bloods and Crips, with a black hat bearing the iconic interlocking NY, embroidered with a crown symbolic of the Latin Kings, also being available.
2007 After waiting four hours and one minute to start the contest because of rain, the Yankees and Tigers begin an 11-inning marathon, which takes four-hour and 24 minutes to complete. The last pitch, resulting in a three-run walk-off round-tripper by Detroit’s shortstop Carlos Guillen, is thrown at 3:30 am, sending the several thousands of fans at Comerica Park home listening to Lionel Richie’s ‘All Night Long’ as they exit the ballpark.
2007 Padres starter Greg Maddux becomes the first pitcher to win ten games in twenty consecutive seasons when he tosses seven solid innings in the team’s 14-3 rout of Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. The right-hander compiled a 339-196 record during the streak, with 196 victories earned while hurling for the Braves.
2008 Scoring at least one run in every inning, Hawaii wins the Little League World Series, beating Mexico, 12-3. To advance to the championship game, Waipahu scored six runs in the last frame (sixth) to overcome a four-run deficit to beat Lake Charles (LA) in the semi-finals, 7-5.
2008 Home plate umpire Brian Gorman tosses Denard Span for throwing his bat and helmet. The ejection comes after the contest ended, with the rookie’s called third strike being the final pitch of the Twins’ 5-3 loss to the Angels.
2009 Ryan Spilborghs becomes the first Rockie to hit a walk-off grand slam in team history, a 14th-inning opposite-field blast that beats the Giants at Coors Field, 6-4. The Colorado outfielder sprints around the bases, competing his “Spilly Slam” in a speedy 16.37 seconds.
2010 Former Brewer owner and baseball’s current commissioner, Bud Selig, is honored with a seven-foot bronze statue at Miller Park. Brian Maughan’s piece of art, which portrays Selig with his right arm extended with his hand holding a baseball, joins the sculptures of Robin Yount and Hank Aaron in front of the Milwaukee ballpark.
2013 For the first time, the All-Star Game starters face each other in the same regular season when Mets’ right-hander Matt Harvey and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are opposing pitchers in Detroit’s 3-0 victory at Citi Field, the site of this year’s Midsummer Classic. The historic matchup ends with the New York starter, who gives up 13 hits in 6.2 innings, going on the DL for season-ending surgery, and his opponent becoming just the third pitcher to start a season with a 19-1 record, joining Rube Marquard (1912 Giants) and Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees).
2013 After the teams combine for 137 at-bats, 35 hits, 32 strikeouts, and 28 walks, the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 12-7. The 18-inning contest takes seven hours and six minutes to complete, making it the longest game in history, in terms of time, for both franchises.
2014 Joc Pederson becomes the fourth player in the Pacific Coast League’s history to have a 30-30 season and the first to accomplish the feat in 80 years when he steals his 30th base for the Isotopes. The 22-year-old Albuquerque slugger, who has 32 home runs and a .432 slugging percentage in 116 games this season, will join the Dodgers when rosters expand next week.
2015 In a 15-7 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, the Mets set franchise marks with eight home runs and 14 extra-base hits, including David Wright’s second-inning blast in his first plate appearance since April due to a bad back. Wilmer Flores (2), Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Lagares, Travis d’Arnaud, Daniel Murphy, and Michael Cuddyer also contribute to the team’s new round-tripper record.
2016 David Ortiz becomes the oldest player to hit 30 home runs in a season when he blasts a first-inning two-run homer in the Red Sox’s eventual 4-3 loss to the Rays in 11 innings at Tropicana Field. The DH’s round-tripper off Matt Andriese accounts for his 100th RBI and marks the tenth time the 40-year-old has collected 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, setting a franchise record.
BASEBALL HALL OF FAME
The Yankees had Mickey Mantle, the Giants had Willie Mays and the Brooklyn Dodgers had “The Duke of Flatbush.”
At the time when there were three New York baseball teams, the team that had your allegiance was as important in the five boroughs as life itself, and in the 1950s nobody represented Brooklyn baseball more than Duke Snider. Those team rivalries of yesterday were immortal. Willie Mays recalled: “Duke was a fine man, a terrific hitter and a great friend, even though he was a Dodger.”
Edwin Donald Snider was called Duke his entire life. He got the nickname from his parents as a young boy because of the way he strutted around like he was royalty. On the baseball field, Duke was royalty. He gracefully patrolled center field in Brooklyn and was one of the most prolific power hitters of the 1950s, as he hit more home runs and had more RBI in the decade than any other player.
Duke’s star seemed to have shone brightest when the pressure was on. In 1949, on the season’s final day, he drove in the winning run to clinch the pennant for the Dodgers. In 1955, he led Brooklyn to their one and only World Series victory over the Yankees. In total, Snider hit .286 with 11 home runs and 26 RBI in 36 World Series games, and is the only player to hit at least four home runs in two different Fall Classics (1952 and 1955).
In 1957, when the Dodgers played their final game in Brooklyn before moving to Los Angeles, it was Duke Snider that hit the last home run ever in Ebbets Field, and fittingly that home run was hit off another future Hall of Famer: Robin Roberts. In his career Snider hit 19 home runs off of Roberts – no other batter in major league history has hit that many home runs off of a single pitcher.
Tommy Lasorda, who played with Snider in Brooklyn in 1954 and 1955, recalled: “I was Duke’s teammate and looked up to him with respect. Duke was not only a great player, but he was a great person, too. He loved his family and loved the Dodgers. He was the true Dodger and represented the Dodgers to the highest degree of class, dignity and character.”
Snider remained with the Dodgers through the 1962 season, helping Los Angeles win the 1959 World series. He played his final two years with the Mets and Giants before retiring after the 1964 campaign.
Snider finished with a .295 career batting average, 407 home runs, 1,333 RBI and eight All-Star Game selections. He reached the 40-homer plateau in five straight seasons from 1953-57, becoming just the third big leaguer to hit 40-or-more home runs in five consecutive seasons.
Snider was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1980. He passed away on Feb. 27, 2011.
August 24, 1912 – A ticker tape parade is held in New York City as Jim Thorpe and the rest of the U.S. Olympians return home from the games held in Stockholm.
August 24, 1979 – 60,916 NFL fans vote to choose the old New England Patriots logo over the new one.
August 24, 1992 – The Cleveland Browns suffer their most lopsided preseason loss ever when handed a 56-3 thumping by the Minnesota Vikings.
August 24, 2002 – Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas opens for the first time to fans in a preseason game where the Texans hosted the Dolphins.
August 24, 2006 – Jerry Rice signed a one day contract with his former team the San Francisco 49ers, so that he could officially retire from the NFL as a Niner.
August 24, 2019 – With just two weeks before the season was about to start, the Indianapolis Colts franchise received devastating news when their young star Quarterback Andrew Luck retired due to health reasons.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for August 24
August 24, 1887 – Albert Benbrook was a guard from the University of Michigan who played with the Wolverines from 1908 through 1910. Benbrook was chosen by Walter Camp to be an All-American in both the 1909 and 1910 seasons. He was voted into the College Hall of Fame in the 1971 class.
August 24, 1893 – Paul Des Jardien played center for the University of Chicago and was selected as a All-American for the 1913 and 1914 seasons at the position. He entered the confines of the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. After school he played for both the Cleveland Indians Baseball team and the Cleveland Indians football team in 1916. In later years he played professionally for the Hammond Pros, Chicago Tigers and the Minneapolis Marines.
August 24, 1940 – Jim Holder was a former halfback from Oklahoma’s Panhandle A&M College football team. He was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2012. Mr. Holder was an ROTC member while at Panhandle ( now known as Oklahoma Panhandle State University) and after college he served in the U.S. Army. The brave Holder died while serving his country in Vietnam.
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA
Date of Birth: Aug 05, 1946
Jersey Number: 16
High School: Redwood City, CA (Sequoia HS)
Known as “The Great One,” Gary J. Beban excelled in academics and football, the epitome of the National Football Foundation Scholar- Athlete. As UCLA quarterback, he was all-conference three times and helped his team to a 24-5-2 record. He set a school record for total offense that lasted 15 years. As a sophomore he threw two touchdown passes in the last four minutes to beat Southern California 20-16. In the Rose Bowl, Beban scored two touchdowns in UCLA’s 14-12 victory over the number one ranked Michigan State Spartans. As a senior he was a unanimous All-American and winner of the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Trophy and Washington Touchdown Club Trophy. He majored in European history and his academic progress was stunning. In 1967 he was a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and recipient of the Dolly Cohen award. That award, given by the Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Foundation, goes to the player who best combines football and academic achievement. Gary played two years with the Washington Redskins then launched a career in business.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
9 – 19 – 8 – 4 – 28 – 12 -14 – 80
August 24, 1906 – Cincinnati Red John Weimer no-hits Dodgers, 1-0 in 7 inning game
August 24, 1919 – Having pitched into the 9th inning Cleveland’s Ray Caldwell was flattened by a bolt of lightning; goes on to record final out for Indians’ 2-1 win over Philadelphia A’s
August 24, 1922 – The very first Phillie to hit for cycle occurred this day when Cy Williams rached the milestone
August 24, 1940 – Is there anything in baseball that Boston’s Number 9, Ted Williams could not do? The Red Sox left fielder Williams, wearing Number pitched the last 2 innings in a 12-1 loss to Detroit Tigers, Williams allows 3 hits & 1 run
August 24, 1945 – A War hero remains in top form. Cleveland Indians ace Bob Feller, Number 19 returned home from his stint in the Navy to strike out 12
August 24, 1957 – At age 17 future England soccer striker Jimmy Greaves, Number 8 scored on his First Division debut for Chelsea against Tottenham Hotspur in a 1–1 draw at White Hart Lane
August 24, 1972 – Skating legends Gordie Howe, Number 9 and Number 4, Jean Béliveau inducted into the Ice Hockey Hall of Fame
August 24, 1975 – San Francisco Giant Ed Halicki, Number 28 no-hit the New York Mets, in a 6-0 shut out victory
August 24, 1982 – Kansas City Royals’ John Wathan, Number 12 stole his season’s 31st base en route to 36 total bases for the season for catcher’s record
August 24, 1983 – The End of a great streak. Cincinnati Red Pete Rose, Number 14 ends consecutive games played streak at 745
August 24, 1906 – After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Number 80 Jerry Rice officially retired from the NFL
AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL
5:30 a.m. (Friday)
FS2 — AFL: Collingwood at Essendon
6:25 a.m. (Friday)
ESPN2 — Formula 1: Practice, CM.com Circuit Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands
CBSSN — Montreal at Winnipeg
COLLEGE SOCCER (MEN’S)
PAC-12N — Creighton at Stanford
PAC-12N — FIU at Oregon St.
COLLEGE SOCCER (WOMEN’S)
PAC-12N — Cal Poly at UCLA
CBSSN — SFC: The San Juan International Billfish Tournament – Day 1, Club Nautico de San Juan, Puerto Rico
GOLF — DP World Tour: The D+D Real Czech Masters, First Round, Albatross Golf Resort, Prague, Czech Republic
GOLF — PGA Tour: The TOUR Championship, First Round, East Lake Golf Course, Atlanta
GOLF — LPGA Tour: The CPK Canadian Women’s Open, First Round, Shaughnessy Golf Course, Vancouver, British Columbia
GOLF — Korn Ferry Tour: The Albertsons Boise Open, First Round, Hillcrest Country Club Inc., Boise, Idaho (Taped)
FS2 — Saratoga Live: From Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL
ESPN — Little League World Series: TBD, International Bracket – Semifinal, Williamsport, Pa.
ESPN — Little League World Series: TBD, United States Bracket – Semifinal, Williamsport, Pa.
MLBN — Regional Coverage: Boston at Houston OR LA Dodgers at Cleveland (1 p.m.)
MLBN — Regional Coverage: Texas at Minnesota OR Toronto at Baltimore
FS1 — Cincinnati at Arizona
NFLN — Preseason: Pittsburgh at Atlanta
PRIME VIDEO — Preseason: Indianapolis at Philadelphia
FS2 — NRL: Parramatta at Penrith
FS2 — CONCACAF Central American Cup Group Stage: Real España vs. Dirigangen FC, Group C, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
ESPNEWS — ATP/WTA: The U.S. Open, Qualifying – Second Round, Flushing, N.Y.
TENNIS — Cleveland-ATP/WTA Quarterfinals
TENNIS — Cleveland-WTA, Winston-Salem-ATP Quarterfinals
TRACK AND FIELD
USA — World Championships: Day 6, Budapest, Hungary
PRIME VIDEO — New York at Connecticut
8 p.m.NBATV — Las Vegas at Chicago