INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

FRIDAY:

FOOTBALL: COVENANT CHRISTIAN AT TRADERS POINT 7:00

FOOTBALL: EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL AT EVANSVILLE NORTH 7:00

FOOTBALL: INDIANAPOLIS TECH AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD 7:00

FOOTBALL: SPEEDWAY AT SCECINA (AT BEACH GROVE) 7:00

SATURDAY:

FOOTBALL: PHALEN ACADEMY VS. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2:00

INDY AREA WEEK TWO FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

ANDERSON AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS

BEECH GROVE AT CASCADE

BEN DAVIS AT AVON

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH AT MARTINSVILLE

BREBEUF JESUIT AT TRI-WEST

CARDINAL RITTER AT LUTHERAN

CATHEDRAL AT BROWNSBURG

CLOVERDALE AT EDINBURGH

COVENANT CHRISTIAN AT TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN

CRISPUS ATTUCKS AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH

DANVILLE AT MOORESVILLE

DECATUR CENTRAL AT NEW PALESTINE

DETROIT KING (MICH.) AT WARREN CENTRAL

EASTERN HANCOCK AT NORTH DECATUR

FRANKLIN CENTRAL AT RONCALLI

HAMILTON HEIGHTS AT NORTH MONTGOMERY

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN AT SHENANDOAH

INDIAN CREEK AT GREENWOOD

LAPEL AT FRANKTON

LAWRENCE CENTRAL AT WESTFIELD

LAWRENCE NORTH AT WHITELAND

LEBANON AT ZIONSVILLE

MONROVIA AT EDGEWOOD

MT. VERNON AT FRANKLIN

NOBLESVILLE AT BENET ACADEMY (ILL.)

NORTH CENTRAL AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

PHALEN ACADEMY AT GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN

PIKE AT FISHERS

PLAINFIELD AT HARRISON (W.L.)

PURDUE POLY AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL

SHELBYVILLE AT RUSHVILLE

SHERIDAN AT CLINTON CENTRAL

SOUTH DECATUR AT INDIANA DEAF

SOUTHPORT AT PERRY MERIDIAN

SPEEDWAY AT SCECINA

TECH AT BISHOP CHATARD

TINDLEY AT PARK TUDOR

TRITON CENTRAL AT NEW CASTLE

WASHINGTON AT SHORTRIDGE

WESTERN AT WESTERN BOONE

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME CAPSULES FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsSat.htm#loaded

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SAGARIN RATINGS:

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/classrate.htm#loaded

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STAT LEADERS:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/football/stat-leaders/

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SCORES

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/volleyball/scores/?date=8/24/2022

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCORES

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/scores/?date=8/24/2022

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCORES

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/girls/scores/?date=8/24/2022

INDIANA BOYS CROSS COUNTRY POLL

  1. CENTER GROVE
  2. CARMEL
  3. BREBEUF
  4. ZIONSVILLE
  5. NOBLESVILLE
  6. COLUMBUS NORTH
  7. FISHERS
  8. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  9. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  10. NORTHRIDGE
  11. CHESTERTON
  12. VALPARAISO
  13. LAKE CENTRAL
  14. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  15. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  16. NORTH CENTRAL
  17. WARSAW
  18. GEURIN CATHOLIC
  19. WESTFIELD
  20. BROWNSBURG
  21. FLOYD CENTRAL
  22. MT VERNON
  23. LAPORTE
  24. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
  25. HOMESTEAD

INDIANA GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY POLL

  1. COLUMBUS NORTH
  2. NOBLESVILLE
  3. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  4. HOMESTEAD
  5. CARMEL
  6. NORTH CENTRAL
  7. ZIONSVILLE
  8. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  9. FORT WAYNE CARROLL
  10. NORTHVIEW
  11. FLOYD CENTRAL
  12. PENN
  13. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  14. CHATARD
  15. VALPARAISO
  16. WESTFIELD
  17. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
  18. NORTHRIDGE
  19. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  20. AVON
  21. CHESTERTON
  22. EAST NOBLE
  23. LAPORTE
  24. MORGAN TOWNSHIP
  25. JASPER

NFL PRE-SEASON WEEK 3

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8:15 P.M. ET (PRIME VIDEO)

BUFFALO BILLS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 7 P.M. ET

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8:15 P.M. ET

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 3 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 6 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7:30 P.M. ET

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 9 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)

DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 4:30 P.M. ET (CBS)

NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE: GAME TIMES, TV CHANNELS

WEEK 0

SATURDAY, AUG. 27

AUSTIN PEAY AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN (DUBLIN, IRELAND) | 12:30 P.M. | FOX
IDAHO STATE AT UNLV | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN VS. JACKSONVILLE STATE (MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
UCONN AT UTAH STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1
WYOMING AT ILLINOIS | 4 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
DUQUESNE AT FLORIDA STATE | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
CHARLOTTE AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOWARD VS. ALABAMA STATE (ATLANTA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN
FLORIDA A&M AT NORTH CAROLINA | 8:15 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH TEXAS AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | STADIUM
VANDERBILT AT HAWAI’I | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

WEEK 1

THURSDAY, SEPT. 1

ST. FRANCIS (PA) AT AKRON | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
BALL STATE AT TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WEST VIRGINIA AT NO. 17 PITT | 7 P.M. | ESPN
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE AT UCF | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT NO. 12 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
BRYANT AT FIU | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT TOLEDO | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
VMI AT NO. 22 WAKE FOREST | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
PENN STATE AT PURDUE | 8 P.M. | FOX
EASTERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ALABAMA A&M AT UAB | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
LOUISIANA TECH AT MISSOURI | 8 P.M. | ESPNU
NEW MEXICO STATE AT MINNESOTA | 9 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NORTHERN ARIZONA AT ARIZONA STATE | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
CAL POLY AT FRESNO STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

FRIDAY, SEPT. 2

EASTERN KENTUCKY AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
VIRGINIA TECH AT OLD DOMINION | 7 P.M. | ESPNU
WILLIAM & MARY AT CHARLOTTE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
TEMPLE AT DUKE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
TENNESSEE TECH AT KANSAS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS AT INDIANA | 8 P.M. | FS1
TCU AT COLORADO | 10 P.M. | ESPN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 3

SAM HOUSTON AT NO. 6 TEXAS A&M | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE AT IOWA | 12 P.M. | FS1
BUFFALO AT MARYLAND | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
COLORADO STATE AT NO. 8 MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC
RUTGERS AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORTH CAROLINA AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
NO. 13 NC STATE AT EAST CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
DELAWARE AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
RICHMOND AT VIRGINIA | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3
SE MISSOURI STATE AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN AT UCLA | 2:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
NO. 23 CINCINNATI AT NO. 19 ARKANSAS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN
NO. 11 OREGON VS. NO. 3 GEORGIA (ATLANTA, GEORGIA) | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
ARIZONA AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
NORTH DAKOTA AT NEBRASKA | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
BETHUNE-COOKMAN AT NO. 16 MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
NORFOLK STATE AT MARSHALL | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TULSA AT WYOMING | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
UTEP AT NO. 9 OKLAHOMA | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
NO. 24 HOUSTON AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
TROY AT NO. 21 OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 25 BYU AT SOUTH FLORIDA | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
NICHOLLS AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 5 P.M. | ESPN3
MORGAN STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN3
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT OHIO | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT JAMES MADISON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT NO. 14 USC | 6 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
MERCER AT AUBURN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 7 UTAH AT FLORIDA | 7 P.M. | ESPN
MIAMI (OHIO) AT NO. 20 KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ELON AT VANDERBILT | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA AT KANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ARMY AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
LIBERTY AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ILLINOIS STATE AT NO. 18 WISCONSIN | 7 P.M. | FS1
UMASS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SE LOUISIANA AT LOUISIANA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ALBANY AT NO. 10 BAYLOR | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
GRAMBLING AT ARKANSAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
UTAH STATE AT NO. 1 ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
MEMPHIS AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
GEORGIA STATE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 5 NOTRE DAME AT NO. 2 OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
SMU AT NORTH TEXAS | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MURRAY STATE AT TEXAS TECH | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE AT TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK
LOUISVILLE AT SYRACUSE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
IDAHO AT WASHINGTON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
BOISE STATE AT OREGON STATE | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
KENT STATE AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

DETROIT 16 SAN FRANCICO 1

TEXAS 16 COLORADO 4

OAKLAND 3 MIAMI 2 (10)

WASHINGTON 3 SEATTLE 1

CLEVELAND 7 SAN DIEGO 0

KANSAS CITY 5 ARIZONA 3

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 5 BALTIMORE 3

TORONTO 3 BOSTON 2 (10)

TAMPA BAY 4 LA ANGELS 3 (11)

HOUSTON 5 MINNESOTA 3

ATLANTA 14 PITTSBURGH 2

PHILADELPHIA 7 CINCINNATI 5

CHICAGO CUBS 7 ST. LOUIS 1

LA DODGERS 12 MILWAUKEE 6

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

ROCHESTER 3 INDIANAPOLIS 1

WNBA PLAYOFFS

CONNECTICUT 73 DALLAS 58

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

(NFL NEWS)

Hall of Fame Chiefs quarterback Len Dawson dies at 87

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Whether it was in the huddle during the early days of the AFL or behind the microphone as the NFL grew into the behemoth it is today, Len Dawson carried himself with an unmistakable swagger and self-assurance that earned him the well-worn nickname “Lenny the Cool.”

He was a Hall of Fame quarterback who led the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl championship and a Hall of Fame broadcaster who brought football into the homes of millions on the iconic HBO show “Inside the NFL.”

“He was so far advanced in his time,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes once said. “One of the best to ever do it.”

Dawson’s family announced his death Wednesday at the age of 87. No cause was given, though Dawson had had prostate cancer and quadruple heart bypass surgery over the years. He had been in hospice care since Aug. 12.

“With wife Linda at his side, it is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Len Dawson,” his family said in a statement issued by KMBC, the Kansas City-based TV station where Dawson spent his second career as a sports broadcaster. “Len was always grateful and many times overwhelmed by the countless bonds he made during his football and broadcast careers.”

Dawson was the MVP of the Chiefs’ 23-7 Super Bowl victory over the Vikings in January 1970, and he went on to set numerous franchise records that only now Mahomes is starting to surpass. He was enshrined in Canton as a player in 1987, then received the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

“Len Dawson is synonymous with the Kansas City Chiefs,” team owner Clark Hunt said in a statement. “Len embraced and came to embody Kansas City and the people that call it home.”

Dawson’s career was going nowhere when he joined the Hunt family’s nascent AFL franchise, then located in Dallas. But along with coach Hank Stram, Dawson led it to three AFL titles and two Super Bowls. The Chiefs would lose to Green Bay in the inaugural one before beating Minnesota three years later at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans.

“Looking back on my career, I’ve been blessed for what I had the opportunity to do,” Dawson said told The Associated Press in 2017. “I could not have accomplished so much without my teammates and colleagues, and I’m grateful for each of them.”

Dawson remained a beloved figure in Kansas City, even though he cut back on public appearances several years ago, when his health began to fail. Yet he always had time for fans, whether it be a photograph or signature, the latter often scrawled upon a popular photo from halftime of that first Super Bowl: the exhausted quarterback, his white uniform covered in grass stains, sitting on a folding chair with a cigarette in his mouth and a bottle of Fresca at his feet.

It perfectly captured a time and place. And it perfectly captured “Lenny the Cool.”

“He was always under control,” Stram recalled years later. “I said to him once, `Leonard, make sure that you never let them see you sweat.’ And he said, `Coach, quarterbacks don’t sweat. Quarterbacks perspire.'”

Dawson was born June 20, 1935, the ninth of 11 children to fill the house of James and Annie Dawson in the manufacturing town of Alliance, Ohio. He was a three-sport athlete at Alliance High School, setting records in both football and basketball, and turned his success on the gridiron into a scholarship offer from Purdue.

He led the NCAA in passing efficiency as a sophomore while also playing defense and kicking, and by the end of his college career, Dawson had thrown for more than 3,000 yards in an era that favored ground-and-pound football.

He was chosen by the Steelers in the first round of the 1957 draft, but wound up riding the bench behind Earl Morrall as a rookie and then failed to beat out Bobby Layne for the starting job the following season. The Steelers ultimately traded him to the Browns, where Dawson was unable to beat out Milt Plum for the job and was released.

With freedom to play anywhere, Dawson jumped to the upstart AFL and the Texans, lured in part by the chance to play for one of his old coaches at Purdue. Stram managed to tap into his talent, helping Dawson quickly become one of the league’s prolific passers, and the Texans went 11-3 their first season and won the first of three titles.

The second came in 1966, when Dawson led the Chiefs to an 11-2-1 record and a 31-7 blowout of the Bills in the AFL title game. That earned the Chiefs the chance to face the powerhouse Packers of coach Vince Lombardi in the inaugural Super Bowl, where Dawson threw for 210 yards and a touchdown in a 35-10 defeat.

It was the 1969 season that proved to be the most memorable of Dawson’s career, though. He hurt his knee against the Patriots in Week 2, forcing him to miss the next five games, but returned to lead the Chiefs over the defending champion Jets and rival Raiders to reach what would be the final Super Bowl before the AFL-NFL merger.

He threw for 142 yards and a score in a 23-7 triumph over the Vikings.

“It was overwhelming,” Dawson said afterward. “It’s just, you know how that relief comes with you now that it’s over with, and we’ve been successful? That’s the feeling that I had when I came off the field.”

Dawson played six more seasons in Kansas City, setting many franchise records that stood until Mahomes came along. The two became fast friends, and Dawson was overjoyed when Mahomes led the Chiefs to their second Super Bowl title with a come-from-behind victory over the San Francisco 49ers in February 2020.

“RIP to the legend Len Dawson,” Mahomes tweeted Wednesday, accompanied by photos of them together. “The legacy and impact you made on Kansas City will live on forever.”

Many fans remember Dawson first for his broadcast work, which began as a publicity stunt in 1966 when then-Chiefs general manager Jack Steadman was trying to build support for the team in Kansas City. Steadman persuaded Dawson to anchor a sports segment on the nightly news, and his charisma and folksy style made him a natural.

Dawson turned toward TV and radio on a full-time basis after his playing days ended, first working in local TV and later doing game analysis for NBC. But he’s perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work alongside Nick Buoniconti on the HBO staple “Inside the NFL,” which helped the league reach millions of fans.

Dawson also served for more than three decades on the Chiefs’ radio broadcast team before retiring in 2018.

“I did all those postgames with him and I think the world of him,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said back then. “He has been there, he has done it – it doesn’t matter the age gap or the time away from being in the huddle. He just gets it. I love that part of it. He is a Hall of Famer all the way around.”

Dawson was married to his high school sweetheart, Jackie, from 1954 until her death in 1978, and they had two children. His second wife, Linda, remained by his side as Dawson entered hospice care.

Innovative coach Don Coryell picked as HOF finalist

(AP) — Innovative offensive coach Don Coryell, who helped usher in the modern passing game to the NFL, was picked as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2023.

The former Chargers and Cardinals coach was announced Wednesday as the candidate from a group of 12 coaches and contributors. Coryell will get into the Hall if he is supported by at least 80% of the full Hall of Fame panel of voters next January.

Coryell had a 111-83-1 record in 14 NFL seasons, won three playoff games and never reached a Super Bowl.

But his impact on the game with his famous “Air Coryell” offense in San Diego was transcendent as he took advantage of rule changes that opened up the passing game in the late 1970s and put together an offense that still influences the game today.

After a successful collegiate stint at San Diego State where he helped groom future Hall of Fame coaches John Madden and Joe Gibbs, Coryell took over the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973.

He led a franchise that won at least 10 games only twice in 53 seasons before he arrived to three straight double-digit win seasons and the team’s only two division titles in St. Louis with Jim Hart as his quarterback. Coryell won Coach of the Year in 1974.

But his greatest success came when he took over the Chargers early in the 1978 season and teamed with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts to form one of the NFL’s most dynamic passing games.

With an offense that featured pre-snap motion, only one running back and thrived on throwing the ball downfield, the Chargers changed how offenses played the game.

The success was immediate with the Chargers making the playoffs in Coryell’s first four full seasons with back-to-back trips to the AFC title game in 1980 and ’81.

A poor defense prevented San Diego from reaching the Super Bowl and the team then failed to post a winning record in his final four seasons.

But during his tenure, the Chargers led the NFL by scoring 26.2 points per game, averaging 390.8 yards per game with 279.5 yards passing per game.

The gap in yards passing between the Chargers and second-place San Francisco (223 per game) was bigger than the gap between the 49ers and the third-worst passing team of that era, the Rams (170.5 yards per game).

Coryell, who was the first coach to win at least 100 games in college and the pros, died in 2010.

The committee also considered 11 other candidates along with Coryell: Roone Arledge, Mike Holmgren, Frank Kilroy, Robert Kraft, Art Modell, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves, Art Rooney Jr., Mike Shanahan, Clark Shaughnessy and John Wooten.

Last week, a separate panel picked Super Bowl V MVP Chuck Howley and All-Pro defenders Joe Klecko and Ken Riley as finalists in the seniors category. They also will get in if they get support from at least 80% of voters in January.

The selection committee could also vote in up to five modern era candidates from a pool still to be determined.

The Class of 2023 will be formally enshrined next summer in Canton, Ohio.

Cowboys LT Tyron Smith injures knee in practice; MRI planned

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith exited practice early Wednesday night with a left knee injury that was to be further evaluated.

The team said an MRI was planned Thursday for the eight-time Pro Bowler. Smith has been hampered mostly by back, neck and shoulder injuries in recent years. He has missed at least three games each season since 2016, including a career-low two games in 2020 before season-ending neck surgery.

Smith was injured during 11-on-11 drills when he went to engage linebacker Leighton Vander Esch about 5 yards downfield before crumpling to the turf. He walked off the field without help and later walked past reporters outside the locker room without a brace or sleeve on the injured knee.

The Cowboys are counting on Smith and five-time All-Pro right guard Zack Martin as the anchors on an offensive line that is young at the other three spots.

If Smith misses significant time, rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith could replace him. Smith has been working at left guard but was the starting left tackle at Tulsa.

The defending NFC East champs, who lost a wild-card game at home to San Francisco in January, open the season at home Sept. 11 against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Former Seahawks LB Shaquem Griffin announces retirement

(AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks linebacker Shaquem Griffin, who had his left hand amputated at age 4, announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday.

Griffin wrote for The Players Tribune that he intends to help others working with the NFL Legends Community.

“Football was always Plan B,” Griffin wrote. “My dad used to tell me and my brother that. As kids we had dreamed of playing together in the NFL, but whenever we talked about it, our dad would remind us that if we made it to the league – especially if we got to play together – that would be an added blessing. A bonus. Plan A was to go to college, get an education and do something that would make a positive impact in the world.”

Griffin, 27, was a fifth-round pick of the Seahawks in 2018 and reunited him with his twin brother, Shaquill, who was Seattle’s starting cornerback. Shaquem Griffin went on to play in 46 regular-season games with the Seahawks over three seasons.

He started the first game of his career in 2018 against Denver. His most famous individual moment was teaming with his brother on a sack of Aaron Rodgers during a 2019 playoff game in Green Bay.

Shaquem Griffin was cut by the Seahawks before the start of the 2020 season, but was signed to the practice squad and eventually appeared in 14 games.

Shaquem Griffin signed with Miami before the 2021 season but was cut. His brother had signed with Jacksonville as a free agent.

“The Dolphins cut me before the 2021 season,” he wrote. “I worked out for the Cardinals, the Titans and the Jets, and then I got calls from Buffalo, Dallas and Atlanta. But after that Jets workout, I realized something. All this traveling around, working out for teams, trying to catch on somewhere, trying to hang on – it wasn’t what I wanted. Football had already given me so much, and the only thing I still really wanted from the game was to play with my brother again.

“So I told my agent, Buddy Baker, thank you for grinding and bringing me these opportunities. But unless it’s Jacksonville, I’m good.”

Griffin wrote that he spoke with Commissioner Roger Goodell at a brunch during Super Bowl week in Los Angeles last season and prompted the decision to join the NFL Legends Community, the league’s official program connecting former players with their teams and the league.

“That experience and that invitation from the commissioner locked me in and led me to the decision I had to make,” Griffin wrote. “The time has come for me to retire from professional football. It’s time for me to execute my Plan A.”

Cousins, Vikings will again have plenty of skill on offense

MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-9)

New faces: HC Kevin O’Connell, DC Ed Donatell, OLB Za’Darius Smith, DT Harrison Phillips, LB Jordan Hicks, G Ed Ingram Jr., S Lewis Cine, CB Chandon Sullivan, CB Andrew Booth Jr., TE Johnny Mundt, G Jesse Davis, OL Chris Reed.

Key losses: HC Mike Zimmer, LB Anthony Barr, S Xavier Woods, DT Sheldon Richardson, TE Tyler Conklin, CB Mackensie Alexander, DT Michael Pierce, LB Nick Vigil, TE Chris Herndon, T Rashod Hill, OL Mason Cole, WR Dede Westbrook.

Strengths: With WRs Justin Jefferson, Adam Thielen and K.J. Osborn to throw to and RB Dalvin Cook anchoring the backfield, QB Kirk Cousins will again have plenty of skill by his side. Smith and a healthy Danielle Hunter will make a formidable duo of edge rushers at OLB.

Weaknesses: After 12th-year veteran Patrick Peterson, the CB group is again unproven with Cameron Dantzler and Booth in the mix at the other starting spot in the base defense and Sullivan slotted as the nickel back. The interior OL remains a question mark, with C Garrett Bradbury in a contract year and the rookie Ingram on track to take over at RG.

Camp Development: Defensive leader Eric Kendricks quickly formed a strong bond with Hicks at LB, where Barr had played next to him for the past seven seasons. K Greg Joseph built off a decent 2021 season with a strong performance during open-to-the-public practices.

Fantasy Player to Watch: TE Irv Smith Jr. The third-year player missed most of training camp recovering from thumb surgery, after missing the 2021 season with a knee injury, but his speed and athleticism ought to give Cousins another viable option for the passing attack — particularly on third downs and inside the 20.

FanDuel Says: Win Super Bowl: 40-1. Over/under wins: 9½.

Expectations: The pressure on a first-year coach in O’Connell will be relatively low, but the Vikings eschewed a rebuild at what would have been a natural time to reset the roster under new GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and kept Cousins for at least another year or two. By firing Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman and bringing back the same core of stars and leaders that missed the playoffs each of the past two years, the Vikings have put the onus on O’Connell and his staff to get more out of the roster than his predecessor did.

Hopes for NFC East champ Cowboys start with defense for once

DALLAS COWBOYS (12-6)

New faces: OL Tyler Smith, DE Sam Williams, DE Dante Fowler, LB Anthony Barr, WR James Washington, WR Jalen Tolbert, TE Jake Ferguson, CB DaRon Bland.

Key losses: WR Amari Cooper, DE Randy Gregory, RT La’el Collins, LG Connor Williams, WR Cedrick Wilson, K Greg Zuerlein.

Strengths: Defense isn’t normally where this conversation starts with the traditionally offensive-minded Cowboys. Reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Micah Parsons leads an opportunistic unit that led the NFL with 34 takeaways last season. Parsons had 13 sacks as a linebacker, and CB Trevon Diggs intercepted 11 passes to match Everson Walls’ 40-year-old franchise record. DeMarcus Lawrence headlines what could be a deep and talented defensive line. QB Dak Prescott is healthy and says he’s as fit as ever. The starter since Week 1 of his rookie year, Prescott is going into his seventh season.

Weaknesses: The group behind new No. 1 receiver CeeDee Lamb will be unproven early in the season with Michael Gallup still recovering from the ACL he tore in January and free agent pickup James Washington probably out until October after breaking a foot early in training camp. The inconsistency of RB Ezekiel Elliott and the run game is a reflection of an offensive line in transition despite still having two anchors in five-time All-Pro RG Zack Martin and eight-time Pro Bowl LT Tyron Smith. RT Terence Steele, an undrafted third-year pro, has the most experience among the other three starters. Kicker is unsettled after the Cowboys decided to move on from Greg Zuerlein, who had a spotty 2021 season.

Camp Development: Barr was signed during camp in a move that could give the Cowboys more flexibility in using Parsons as a pass rusher. Barr fits the more traditional mold of a linebacker along with 2018 first-round pick Leighton Vander Esch. Prescott had a healthy camp after missing almost all of the preseason last year with a strained shoulder. WR KaVontae Turpin returned a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in a preseason win over the Los Angeles Chargers. It all but assured a roster spot for the 5-foot-7 speedster who is getting his first NFL chance nearly four years after his TCU career ended when he was arrested on a charge of assaulting his girlfriend.

Fantasy Player To Watch: Lamb could be the statistically dominant lead receiver that Prescott hasn’t had in six seasons as the starter. Since 2010, Dez Bryant is the only Dallas receiver with at least 1,300 yards receiving in a season (he did it twice). The absence of Gallup and Washington early should make Lamb a frequent target.

FanDuel Says: Win Super Bowl: 20 to 1. Over/under wins: 10 1/2.

Expectations: The Cowboys still believe they can make their first deep playoff run since the 1995 season after another early exit last season with a wild-card loss to San Francisco at home. Coach Mike McCarthy’s future could be in doubt without a trip past the divisional round, which hasn’t happened since the last of the franchise’s five Super Bowl titles 27 years ago. Sean Payton is a favorite of owner Jerry Jones, and figures to be back in coaching next year after leaving New Orleans. The NFC East hasn’t had a repeat winner since the last of Philadelphia’s four consecutive division titles in 2004. The Cowboys want to do a lot more than stop that trend.

Commanders hope to do more with Carson Wentz at quarterback

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS (7-10)

New faces: QB Carson Wentz, OG Andrew Norwell, OG Trai Turner, rookie RB Brian Robinson Jr., rookie WR Jahan Dotson, rookie DL Phidarian Mathis, rookie QB Sam Howell, DE Efe Obada.

Key losses: RG Brandon Scherff, WR/PR DeAndre Carter, WR Adam Humphries, S Landon Collins, DT Tim Settle, DT Matt Ioannidis, LB Jon Bostic, QB Kyle Allen.

Strengths: The offense should be able to do more downfield with the acquisition of Wentz serving as an upgrade over Taylor Heinicke, at least in terms of being a polished professional quarterback with prototypical size. The Commanders also made sure to build up the talent around Wentz, drafting a sure-handed option in the passing game in the first round in Dotson and shoring up the run with Robinson, who could start over 2020 pick Antonio Gibson.

Weaknesses: Even with pass rusher Chase Young out for at least the first four games of the season while recovering from a torn ACL, expectations are the defense will be better after a rough showing in 2021. But the bar is no longer second in the NFL, Washington’s biggest strength two years ago on the way to a division title and playoff appearance, and it remains to be seen if the unit can be a difference-maker. Coach Ron Rivera hopes continuity helps, but a lack of veteran linebackers could hurt.

Camp Development: A combination of Gibson fumbling in the preseason opener and Robinson flashing some shifty moves in games and practices puts the running back position in flux. With J.D. McKissic returning as primarily a pass-catching back, Robinson could get the bulk of the carries with Gibson relegated to backup and potentially kick-returning duties. Injuries along the offensive line also bear watching.

Fantasy Player To Watch: Top wide receiver Terry McLaurin will catch plenty of passes from Wentz, but if training camp is any indication, keep an eye mostly on the tight ends. Logan Thomas will eventually be the safety valve, though 6-foot-6 fifth-round pick Cole Turner and 6-foot-8 undrafted rookie Curtis Hodges could also factor in.

FanDuel Says: Win Super Bowl: 70-1. Over/under wins: 8.5

Expectations: Making the playoffs is undoubtedly the goal, even though Rivera will only say the object of the season is winning. Everything Washington did during the offseason, from trading for Wentz to drafting more pro-ready prospects with perhaps lower career ceilings, points to the internal expectation of winning now in the first season known as the Commanders. Anything short of that could lead to major changes for an organization that’s no stranger to upheaval.

Eagles count on Brown, Hurts to lead them to contention

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (9-9)

New faces: WR A.J. Brown, LB Haason Reddick, CB James Bradberry, DT Jordan Davis.

Key losses: G Brandon Brooks, CB Steven Nelson.

Strengths: Philadelphia’s offensive line is deep, talented and experienced. Anchored by five-time Pro Bowl C Jason Kelce and three-time Pro Bowl RT Lane Johnson, the unit has combined for 351 starts — all with the Eagles. LT Jordan Mailata, LG Landon Dickerson and RG Isaac Seumalo round out perhaps the best line in the NFL. They helped open up holes for an Eagles rushing attack that led the NFL in 2021 with 2,715 yards and 25 TDs. Kelce put off retirement to return for his 12th season, but his streak of starting 122 consecutive regular-season games could be in jeopardy after having elbow surgery in early August, though he is eyeing a return for Philadelphia’s season opener at Detroit on Sept. 11. If Kelce can’t play, rookie second-round pick Cam Jurgens, who received rave reviews during training camp, will start in Kelce’s place.

Weaknesses: Safety is the biggest question on Philadelphia’s improved defense. After playing in a rotation last year, fourth-year pro Marcus Epps has been moved to starter after Rodney McLeod signed with the Colts in the offseason. Eagles coaches have spoken highly of Epps, who set the stage for a strong training camp with an interception of QB Jalen Hurts on the first day of preseason practice. Next to Epps will be veteran Anthony Harris, who led the Eagles with 72 tackles last season in his first year in Philadelphia after spending the previous six in Minnesota. The depth behind Epps and Harris remains murky.

Camp Development: Rookie DT Jordan Davis has come as advertised and he had an impressive camp. The 26-year-old, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 336 pounds, has wreaked havoc in the trenches during practices, and video of his 1-on-1 domination of Jurgens during one session went viral on social media. Davis’ 40-yard dash time of 4.78 seconds at the NFL scouting combine was the fastest for any player over 330 pounds since 2006 and contributed to Philadelphia selecting University of Georgia product with the 13th pick. Davis may not rack up sacks and tackles, but his presence tying up offensive linemen and clogging holes in the middle is expected to help free teammates to make plays. He displayed his athleticism in Philadelphia’s first preseason game and was in hot pursuit of Jets QB Zach Wilson just before Wilson went down with a right knee injury.

Fantasy Player To Watch: Fifth-year TE Dallas Goedert is poised for a breakout season. The 2018 second-round pick took over the reins for three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz midseason last year and finished the regular season with 56 catches for 830 yards and 4 TDs, including averaging 61.4 receiving yards in the final 10 regular-season games in the No. 1 role after Ertz was traded to Arizona. Goedert has had a strong training camp, including a 22-yard TD in the Eagles’ first preseason game, and will receive lots of targets from Hurts this season.

FanDuel Says: Win Super Bowl: 25-1. Over/under wins: 9.5.

Expectations: With a solid returning core, some key offseason additions and a relatively weak NFC East division, the Eagles are poised to return to the playoffs for the second straight season under second-year coach Nick Sirianni. But Philadelphia’s notoriously demanding fans likely won’t be satisfied with merely a postseason berth, particularly one that ends like last season’s 31-15 wild-card round blowout loss at Tampa Bay. And fans might get their wish because it won’t be surprising if the Eagles make a deep postseason run this season. With Brown’s addition on offense and Hurts’ predicted improvement in his second season in Sirianni’s system and second as a full-time starter, Philadelphia’s offense is expected to be more dynamic than the ground-and-pound attack that was effective last season. Expect the offense to open up this season, with Hurts targeting Brown, Quez Watkins and DeVonta Smith for more deep throws. Bradberry gives Philadelphia a dynamic one-two tandem at cornerback opposite four-time Pro Bowl corner Darius Slay. And Reddick, who had 23½ sacks over the past two seasons, will help boost an Eagles pass rush that ranked 25th in the NFL with 31 sacks last season.

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BIG 10 FOOTBALL RELEASE

• The 127th season of Big Ten football will commence this weekend as Nebraska and Northwestern meet in Dublin at 12:30 p.m. ET on FOX, and Illinois hosts Wyoming at 4 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

• Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue will make their debut on Thursday, Sept. 1, with the Boilermakers playing host to the Nittany Lions at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and the Golden Gophers opening at home against New Mexico State at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network. The remaining eight schools will begin the 2022 campaign on Friday and Saturday. The complete opening weekend schedule appears to the right.

• The conference announced its 12th annual football preseason honors list, in conjunction with the start of Big Ten Football Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium. A media panel selected the 10-member preseason list, with five representatives each from the East and West Divisions. The full list of honorees can be found on page 3.

• The 2022 campaign will feature 94 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Ohio State leads the way, welcoming back 17 All-Big Ten honorees this season. Each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning this season, with 56 of the 94 returning All-Big Ten players coming from the East Division. 

• The National College Football Awards Association announced the 2022 watch lists July 18-Aug. 1, with 73 different Big Ten players featured for expected on-field performance. All 14 schools are represented with Penn State leading the way with 11 honorees, followed by Ohio State with 10 and Michigan with eight. The full list of Big Ten standouts featured on the 2022 NCFAA watch lists can be found on page 2. 

• The sidelines will look very familiar this season, as all 14 head coaches return. This marks the first time since 2009-10 that every Big Ten head coach returned from the previous season and just the fourth time in the last 25 seasons that every Big Ten team has the same head coach in the first game of consecutive seasons (2021-22, 2009-10, 2003-04, 1997-98). 

• The Big Ten finished last season with four teams ranked in the AP Top 25 for the second straight year, which was tied for second-most of any conference. Three teams finished in the Top 10 for the first time since 2017. The 2022 AP Preseason Poll also featured four Big Ten teams in No. 2 Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 18 Wisconsin, while Iowa, Penn State, Minnesota, Purdue, and Nebraska are all receiving votes.

• Michigan was crowned 2021 Big Ten Champion after its 42-3 win against Iowa in the Big Ten Football Championship Game presented by Discover on Dec. 4 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the Wolverines’ first Big Ten title in 17 years. 

• Iowa and Michigan will look to repeat as division champions this season, as the Wolverines finished 8-1 to win the East Division and the Hawkeyes finished atop the West Division standings at 7-2 in conference play.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL RELEASE: https://bigten.org/documents/2022/8/24//2022_Week_0.pdf?id=7604

BIG 10 MEDIA GUIDE: https://bigten.org/documents/2022/7/25/2022_BIG_TEN_FOOTBALL_MEDIA_GUIDE.pdf

PICK SIX: From the Heisman to the Thorpe, the winners are?

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is the first Heisman Trophy winner since 2017 to play another college season and he is trying to become just the second player to win the award twice.

It has been nearly half a century since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin won back-to-back Heismans in 1974-75. Since then, 10 winners have returned to school and none have really come close to repeating.

This is part of the reason why Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, who finished fourth in the Heisman voting last year, is the favorite to win the award this season, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Who will win college football’s biggest individual prizes in 2022? Let’s have a look:

HEISMAN TROPHY (most outstanding player).

Top contenders: Will Anderson Jr., OLB, Alabama; Devin Leary, QB, North Carolina State; Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas; C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State; Caleb Williams, QB, USC; Bryce Young, QB, Alabama.

Breakout player who won’t win the award but could be a finalist: Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida.

And the winner is … Williams becomes the third quarterback coached by Lincoln Riley to win the Heisman, following Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield at Oklahoma.

BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY (defensive player of the year)

Contenders: Will Anderson Jr., OLB, Alabama; Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia; Noah Sewell, LB Oregon; Will McDonald IV, DE, Iowa State; Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah.

Breakout player who won’t win the award but could be a finalist: Jack Sawyer, DE, Ohio State.

And the winner is … Anderson will have to live up to a mountain of hype to become the second player to repeat as Nagurski winner (Pat Fitzgerald of Northwestern, 1995-96). He’s good enough to do it.

OUTLAND TROPHY (best interior lineman)

Contenders: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson; Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia; Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor; Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State; Pete Skoronski, OT, Northwestern.

Breakout player who won’t win it but could be a finalist: Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame.

And the winner is … Carter is considered to have a higher ceiling than the two first-round draft picks Georgia had on its line last year (Jordan Davis and Devonte Wyatt) .

DOAK WALKER AWARD (best running back)

Contenders: Braelon Allen, Wisconsin; TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State; Bijan Robinson, Texas; Sean Tucker, Syracuse; Deuce Vaughn, Kansas State.

Breakout player who won’t win it but could be a finalist: Corey Kiner, Cincinnati.

And the winner is … Allen follows up his late-season freshman breakout of 2021 with a full-season run at 2,000 yards rushing.

BILETNIKOFF AWARD (best receiver)

Contenders: Jordan Addison, USC; Kayshon, Boutte, LSU; Josh Downs, North Carolina; Jaxson Smith-Njigba, Ohio State; Cedric Tillman, Tennessee.

Breakout player who won’t win it but could be a finalist: Juice Wells, South Carolina.

And the winner is … Boutte is the focal point of an LSU offense that is otherwise looking for continuity and cohesion.

JIM THORPE AWARD (best defensive back)

Contenders: Jordan Battle, S, Alabama; Brandon Joseph, S, Notre Dame; Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah; Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State; Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia.

Breakout player who won’t win it but could be a finalist: James Williams, S, Miami.

And the winner is … Phillips is the latest Utes defensive back destined to be a high-round draft pick.

EXTRA POINTS

Butkus Award (best linebacker): Justin Flowe, Oregon.

Mackey Award (best tight end): Michael Mayer, Notre Dame.

Groza Award (best kicker): Harrison Mevis, Missouri.

Ray Guy (best punter): Adam Kosrak, Rutgers.

SEC: Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M in hunt for national title

The rest of the Southeastern Conference isn’t about to throw a pity party for Alabama and Georgia, no matter how many stars they lost to the NFL.

Everyone else in the league is still chasing last season’s two top teams, with Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M leading the pursuit. It hardly matters that Alabama lost some of its best offensive playmakers and Georgia must replace some of its top defenders among 15 NFL draft picks,

The preseason No. 1 Crimson Tide, third-ranked Bulldogs and sixth-ranked Aggies all have abundant talent and national championship aspirations. Georgia wound up on top last season and, like ’Bama, wants to remain regular contenders not, as coach Kirby Smart put it, “one-year wonders.”

“This program was built to be here for a long time,” Smart said.

Alabama, which lost to Georgia in the national championship game, has two of college football’s biggest stars: Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young and national defensive player of the year Will Anderson. The Tide turned to the transfer portal to replace tailback Brian Robinson Jr. and top receivers Jameson Williams and John Metchie III.

The Bulldogs have All-America tight end Brock Bowers, quarterback Stetson Bennett and a still well-stocked defense.

“We have plenty of talent,” Smart said. “What we lack right now is experience.”

Alabama is still stinging from that 33-18 loss to Smart and the Bulldogs, who snapped a 41-year national title drought.

As ever, anything short of a national title at Alabama is a disappointment in Tuscaloosa. A “participation trophy” is on display in the cafeteria where the players eat as a daily reminder.

Saban recently called last season “a rebuilding year” after a massive loss of NFL talent, and this season’s Georgia team can relate.

Safety Jordan Battle said Alabama is striving to remedy one apparent shortcoming from 2021.

“We’re trying to get the brotherhood mentality back on task,” Battle said. “I feel like that’s one thing we didn’t do last year. I feel like we didn’t have the leadership like the 2020 (title team’s) leadership.”

THE PICKS

East: Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Missouri, Vanderbilt

West: Alabama, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Mississippi, Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn

TOP PLAYERS

Will Anderson, LB, Alabama: The 6-foot-4, 243-pounder was the national sack leader and a unanimous All-American. Plus, he finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting.

Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU: Led the Tigers in receiving despite missing the final seven games with an ankle injury. Has 14 touchdowns in 16 career games. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia: A second-team AP All-American as a freshman, Bowers had the most prolific season by a Bulldogs tight end with 56 catches for 882 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Nick Broeker, OL, Mississippi: The two-year starter at left tackle is moving to guard. Western Kentucky transfer Mason Brooks could man one of the tackle spots with Jeremy James.

Jalen Carter, DL, Georgia: Regarded as the Bulldogs’ next big defensive line star, he was still a powerful force in a loaded front. Had 33 quarterback hurries and blocked two kicks despite starting just two games.

Jalen Catalon, S, Arkansas: Made 46 tackles in six games last season before a shoulder injury and intercepted two passes in the opener against Rice. Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M: Heads a veteran secondary after starting every game as a sophomore. Johnson had 79 tackles, including 8.5 behind the line.

Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee: Back for his sixth year, Hooker set program records for passing efficiency (181.4) and completion percentage (68). Had 31 touchdowns against just three interceptions.

Chris Rodriguez Jr., RB, Kentucky: A first-team AP All-SEC pick last season, Rodriguez has racked up 2,740 yards and 26 rushing touchdowns in his career.

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama: Tide’s second straight Heisman Trophy winner set school single-season marks with 4,872 passing yards and 47 touchdowns.

NEW FACES

Billy Napier (Florida) and Brian Kelly (LSU) are trying to turn their programs back into contenders after 6-7 seasons. With the transfer portal, the teams are all hoping to fill voids immediately with experienced players. The most prominent is South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler, via Oklahoma.

Alabama’s title hopes could hinge on five transfers: tailback Jahmyr Gibbs, receivers Jermaine Burton and Tyler Harrell, cornerback Eli Ricks and tackle Tyler Steen. Texas A&M brought in LSU quarterback transfer Max Johnson. Ole Miss could start USC transfer Jaxson Dart at QB.

ON THE HOT SEAT

Auburn coach Bryan Harsin has to be atop this list even though it’s only his second season. The Tigers ended last season on a five-game losing streak and then had coaching and player turnover. There don’t seem to be any other head coaches in immediate jeopardy barring collapses. Missouri’s Eli Drinkwitz and Mississippi State’s Mike Leach both are just under .500 after two seasons but with reasons for optimism.

BIGGEST GAMES

Alabama versus Texas A&M on Oct. 8 has it all. The Aggies handed Alabama its lone regular season loss in 2021 and then Fisher and Saban juiced up the SEC West rivalry with some offseason verbal sparring. Georgia opens in Atlanta with No. 11 Oregon, and Bama faces Texas on Sept. 10. Texas A&M hosts 16th-ranked Miami on Sept. 17.

MAC PREVIEW: Huskies loading up to chase 2nd straight crown

Northern Illinois went from lovable underdog to leader of the Mid-American Conference pack in one season.

Staying in front will be no walk in the park.

After coach Thomas Hammock’s winless 2020 squad rebounded to win last year’s league championship, the Huskies begin this season with a deeper, more experienced roster — and the tag of preseason favorite.

“We had a great year last year, but there’s still a lot of things we could have done better,” quarterback Rocky Lombardi said during the MAC’s recent media day. “I don’t like to look too much at outside noise, good or bad. For us, it’s just about going out and handling what we do.”

Repeating is never easy in the 12-team conference, which has produced a different champion each of the past six years. Since 2001, only two teams have captured back-to- back crowns — Central Michigan in 2006—07 and Northern Illinois in 2011-12.

With a familiar-looking depth chart, the Huskies seem poised to join the list.

Lombardi, a former starter at Michigan State, remains the incumbent in his sixth college season. He will play behind four 14-game starters on the offensive line, two running backs who combined for more than 1,100 yards and his two favorite receivers.

Add a defense with nine returning starters, including the entire front four and secondary, and it’s obvious why the Huskies may pack a little more bite this fall.

The question is whether they can repeat how they did it last year — by thriving in close contests. Seven of their nine victories were decided by eight or fewer points.

“I think they got very comfortable in those one-possession games and I think we developed an edge and found a way to finish,” Hammock said. “It’ easy to look at the scores and say they found a way, they got lucky. These guys are hungry and still have a tremendous chip on their shoulder.”

Miami (Ohio) and defending East Division champ Kent State are expected to be the strongest challengers.

The RedHawks are picked to win the East, largely because of quarterback Brett Gabbert and receiver Mac Hippenhammer, third team all-conference selections last year. Gabbert is the younger brother of NFL quarterback Blaine Gabbert, but the defense needs to be reconstructed.

“I think we’re going to learn on our offense early in the year to carry the mail,” Miami coach Chuck Martin said. “I think by the middle of the year, our defense will be pretty salty. But we’re going to have some young bucks out there early, and it will take some time to get some seasoning.”

Kent State must replace record-setting quarterback Dustin Crum and all-MAC cornerback Elvis Hines. Crum’s projected successor, Collin Schlee, still has all-conference receiver Dante Cephas catching passes.

With 35-year-old coach Sean Lewis starting his fifth season by chasing a fourth consecutive winning season and a third bowl appearance, his players are motivated to steal the title of top dog after splitting last year’s two games with the Huskies.

“I’m going to live with that forever,” Cephas said, referring to Kent’s 41-23 title game loss. “This year, I hope we can make it, get it back to where it was and take it home.”

THE CAROUSEL

It’s not just the champions that change almost annually in the MAC. Over the past nine years, every team except Eastern Michigan has appeared in the title game and and nine schools have won league titles since 2005. The other three have waited decades to celebrate.

Eastern Michigan has been to four bowl games in the past five years under coach Chris Creighton but won its only title in 1987. Kent State’s last MAC crown came in 1972. Ohio was a regular contender until last year’s coaching change. The Bobcats’ drought dates to 1968.

WATCH LIST

From new Akron coach Joe Moorhead to Central Michigan’s Lew Nichols’ pursuit of 2,000 yards, there are plenty of intriguing storylines around the league.

Nichols won last year’s FBS rushing title with 1,848 yards while Eastern Michigan receiver Hassan Beydoun went from former walk-on to league reception champ with 97 catches.

Two others are worth watching: The return of Miami linebacker Ryan McWood, who starts his seventh season, and Damian Jackson, a 30-year-old defensive end at Buffalo who spent five years at Nebraska after four with the Navy SEALs.

“Tons of leadership, tremendous, tremendous leader as you would expect,” Buffalo coach Maurice Linguist said.

BIG OPPORTUNITIES

At least one conference team has beaten a Big Ten foe in a record 15 consecutive seasons.

Buffalo gets the first crack when it visits Maryland on Sept. 3. In Week 2, Akron visits Michigan State while Ohio travels to Penn State. Toledo plays at Ohio State on Sept. 17.

But the toughest schedule goes to Kent State, which opens at Washington and at Oklahoma before a Week 4 contest at Georgia.

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Realmuto homers as Phillies top lowly Reds 7-5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) J.T. Realmuto homered, Rhys Hoskins drove in three runs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-5 on Wednesday night.

Jean Segura added three hits for the Phillies, who will go for the four-game series sweep on Thursday night. Cristopher Sanchez (2-1) struck out seven in six innings, and David Robertson got three outs for his 18th save.

“It wasn’t a lot of homers tonight or big hits, it was keeping the line moving,” said Philadelphia’s Alec Bohm, who had an RBI single. “Nobody was trying to do too much or be a hero.”

Philadelphia is in second place in the NL wild-card standings, and it looks as if help is on the way.

Bryce Harper had three hits and two RBIs on Wednesday night in his second rehab start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, including a game-ending double in the ninth.

“Not surprised,” Bohm said. “We’re looking forward to getting him back.”

The 2021 NL MVP, who has been out since June 25 with a broken left thumb, is eligible to return from the injured list on Thursday. The original plan was for Harper to remain in Triple-A until Saturday, but it’s possible that the timetable could be moved up, Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said.

“I haven’t talked to him yet,” Thomson said of Harper. “I heard that he had another big night, so we’ll need to talk to him and see where he’s at.”

Kyle Farmer and Stuart Fairchild homered for the Reds.

“They just beat us tonight,” Farmer said. “We’re going to show up and work and try to win a ballgame every day. That’s our job, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Sanchez, making a spot start to give Philadelphia’s regulars an extra day of rest, was charged with three runs and six hits.

Cincinnati put runners on first and third in the ninth, but Robertson got Farmer to bounce into a game-ending double play started by Bohm at third base.

“Anytime you can get a four-game sweep, I don’t care who it’s against, it’s not easy to do,” Bohm said. “We’re looking to get another win tomorrow.”

After failing to score with the bases loaded and one out in the first, Philadelphia took a 2-1 lead in the second on Matt Vierling’s RBI single and Hoskins’ run-scoring fielder’s choice off T.J. Zeuch (0-3).

Realmuto led off the third with his 14th homer, and Zeuch’s night was over later in the frame when he walked Kyle Schwarber with the bases loaded to make it 4-1. The Phillies scored two more in the inning when Art Warren walked Hoskins with the bases loaded and surrendered Bohm’s RBI single.

Zeuch was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. He has a 15.19 ERA in three starts this season.

Farmer hit his seventh homer in the fourth. Jonathan India added an RBI double in the fifth, and TJ Friedl’s sacrifice fly trimmed Philadelphia’s lead to 6-4 in the seventh. But Hoskins responded with an RBI single in the bottom half of the seventh.

REVOLVING REDS

Chuckie Robinson made his big league debut at catcher, becoming the 58th player used by the Reds this season – a club record. Robinson singled and struck out in two at-bats.

STILL STREAKING

Philadelphia’s Nick Castellanos extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a fourth-inning single. He is batting .367 during the stretch.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: India (leg) was lifted from the game after the sixth inning. … INF Mike Moustakas was not in the lineup after injuring his left calf in the eighth inning on Tuesday. … INF Matt Reynolds (left hip pain) returned to Cincinnati for treatment and further evaluation after being placed on the 10-day IL on Tuesday. Reynolds left in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 9-5 win at Pittsburgh due to hip soreness. … RHP Hunter Strickland (right shoulder strain) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday and could face live hitters on Saturday. Strickland last pitched on Aug. 1.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP Justin Dunn (1-1, 6.08 ERA) opposes Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (8-10, 3.25 ERA) in the series finale Thursday night.

Zach McKinstry homers as Cubs beat Cardinals 7-1

CHICAGO (AP) Zach McKinstry homered and drove in three runs, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-1 on Wednesday night.

Nico Hoerner had three hits for Chicago, and Yan Gomes added two RBIs. Rowan Wick (4-6) got five outs for the win, leading a solid performance by the Cubs bullpen.

Lars Nootbaar homered for NL Central-leading St. Louis, and Corey Dickerson went 4 for 4. The Cardinals dropped to 17-5 in August.

Chicago and St. Louis split the first four games of their unusual five-game set. The series finale is Thursday afternoon.

“Just couldn’t generate anything offensively,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said. “It happens.”

Chicago was helped by a solid start from Luke Farrell, who pitched 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his first appearance for the Cubs since 2018. Farrell, the son of former Toronto and Boston manager John Farrell, was promoted from Triple-A Iowa before the game.

“My goal was to give us a chance to win and we ended up winning,” Farrell said. “I worked my tail off to get back here and wanted to make the most of it.”

Wick, Mark Leiter Jr., Brandon Hughes and Kervin Castro then shut out St. Louis the rest of the way. The Cardinals finished with nine hits, six of them coming against Farrell.

Chicago went ahead to stay with three runs in the second. Nelson Velazquez had an RBI double, and McKinstry drove in Gomes with a groundout.

McKinstry chased Miles Mikolas (10-10) with a two-run shot in the seventh. It was McKinstry’s first homer since he was acquired in a July 30 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mikolas was charged with three earned runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings. He was 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA in his previous two starts.

SHORT NIGHT

Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado was ejected by umpire John Libka in the third for arguing a third-strike call. Arenado appeared ready to head to first before hopping in place to shout at Libka. Marmol thought the umpire was too quick to send the seven-time All Star off.

“There was no reason for an ejection,” he said. “It impacts the game in the moment and then it impacts the rest of the game without having one of your best players on the field.”

Paul DeJong replaced Arenado in the lineup.

WELL PLACED

Chicago’s Rafael Ortega laid down a dribbling bunt in the second that hugged the edge of the grass for about 70 feet while Mikolas and Arenado watched in hopes it would roll foul. It stayed fair, and Ortega got to first to load the bases.

“Really nice bunt,” Ross said. “Kind of got things going.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: Marmol said closer Ryan Helsley probably will not rejoin the team until Friday’s series opener against Atlanta. The right-hander has been on paternity leave since Aug. 19.

Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (shoulder strain) was moved to the 60-day injured list. He will not be back this season. … LHP Steven Brault was placed on the 15-day IL with a shoulder strain. Castro was recalled from the minors. The Cubs also optioned RHP Anderson Espinoza to Triple-A Iowa.

UP NEXT

The Cardinals’ Dakota Hudson (6-6, 4.33 ERA) faces fellow right-hander Marcus Stroman (3-5, 3.83 ERA) in the series finale.

Dodgers pummel Brewers again, Heaney 10 Ks in 12-6 win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Andrew Heaney struck out 10 in his first win in four months, Austin Barnes drove in four runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pummeled the Milwaukee Brewers for the second straight game, winning 12-6 on Wednesday night.

The Dodgers took the season series, 4-3, while outscoring the Brewers 22-11 over the three-game series, including a 10-1 rout on Tuesday. Los Angeles has scored 10 or more runs in three of its last four games.

Los Angeles has the best record in baseball (86-37) and leads second-place San Diego by a whopping 19 1/2 games in the NL West, making everything they do lately look easy.

“Sometimes it feels that way, but you feel that way you get your butt kicked the next day,” said Trea Turner, who was 2 for 2 with three walks. “Today we took care of business.”

Heaney enjoyed strong run support as the Dodgers pounded out 13 hits and batted around in the first and fourth innings. Hitting in the ninth spot, Barnes slugged a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth, extending the lead to 12-2.

“The offense is who they are, it’s what they do,” Heaney said. “Gives you the comfort to go out there and attack.”

Heaney (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits, walked one and struck out 10 Brewers – one off his season high – for the second time in a week, giving him back-to-back 10-strikeout outings for the first time since June 2019.

“It seems like he’s got 10 punch outs every game and you don’t know it until you look up at the scoreboard,” Trea Turner said. “There’s always one guy that gets no run support and one that gets runs on every team. I guess he’s been the lucky one.”

Heaney won for the first time since April 17. The right-hander had five consecutive no-decisions and a loss at Milwaukee last week between victories. Heaney has been on the injured list twice, most recently in July with left shoulder inflammation.

“Feeling better, trying to get deeper in games and get more pitch efficient and stay away from a couple mistakes that have cost me big-time the last couple games,” Heaney said.

The Brewers had just one runner in scoring position until the seventh. That’s when Willy Adames hit a two-run double to deep left off reliever Caleb Ferguson. Adames went 3 for 4, including his 25th homer, and drove in three runs, as did Hunter Renfroe, who was 3 for 5.

The Brewers were in trouble from the start.

Coming off the injured list earlier in the day, Adrian Houser (4-9) needed 39 pitches to get out of the first when the Dodgers jumped all over him while drawing three walks and scoring four runs to take a 4-1 lead.

Mookie Betts and Trea Turner walked back-to-back to open the inning. Betts scored on Freddie Freeman’s RBI single. Turner scored on Justin Turner’s infield single to shortstop. Justin Turner came home on Cody Bellinger’s two-run, two-out double to right field.

Freeman and Trea Turner are 1-2 for most hits in the majors. Freeman is at 156 and Turner is one behind.

“It seems like whenever one of us gets a hit, the other one does too,” Turner said. “That friendly competition is good.”

Making his first start since June 30, Houser gave up five runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked four.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: INF Gavin Lux (neck) is day-to-day but likely to return this weekend.

SLO-PITCH

The Brewers used a position player to pitch for the second straight game. Infielder Pablo Reyes took the mound in the eighth and a few of his pitches were so slow they didn’t register on the radar gun. He mostly reached the mid-40s.

The Dodgers did the same thing, sending infielder Hanser Alberto out in the ninth for the second night in a row. He took over from Freeman who came out early before finishing off on the mound. Alberto gave up a two-run homer to Renfroe in the ninth after hitting Keston Hiura, who pretended to double over in pain and stood up smiling.

“That was a bad matchup,” Barnes joked of Alberto vs. Renfroe.

UP NEXT

Brewers: After an off day, RHP Freddy Peralta (4-3, 4.08 ERA) starts Friday at home against the Chicago Cubs. The Brewers are 3-3 in his starts with opponents hitting .210.

Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (13-2, 2.73) starts Friday in the opener of a four-game set at Miami. He leads the team with 135 1/3 innings pitched and is third in strikeouts with 107.

Quantrill stifles former team as Guardians beat Padres 7-0

SAN DIEGO (AP) Cal Quantrill of the Cleveland Guardians claimed it was no big deal facing his former team, the San Diego Padres.

Reminded how demonstrative he was after getting out of two big jams, he laughed and told the truth.

“Apparently I really did care a lot. It just felt important,” Quantill said after shutting down the Padres through seven brilliant innings in a 7-0 win Wednesday.

All-Star Jose Ramirez homered in consecutive at-bats and rookie Oscar Gonzalez connected again for the AL Central-leading Guardians, who knocked out Blake Snell in a five-run fourth.

Quantrill (10-5) was pitching at Petco Park for the first time since he was acquired by Cleveland in the nine-player trade that sent Mike Clevinger to San Diego at the deadline in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

The right-hander, taken by the Padres with the eighth pick overall in the 2016 draft, held San Diego scoreless while allowing just five hits and extricating himself from the two trouble spots he got into. He struck out six and walked one.

Quantrill allowed singles to Josh Bell and Kim Ha-seong opening the fifth, and then retired the next three batters, pumping his fist as he walked off the mound. The Padres loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh before Quantrill struck out Jorge Alfaro. He was more demonstrative that time, pumping his fist, practically going down on one knee, and then pumping his first twice more.

That was his last pitch. Bryan Shaw took over starting the eighth.

“I wanted that game to be clean,” Quantrill said. “I didn’t want to trail off. Finishing an inning is important as a starter. Giving Shaw, in this instance, the best chance to succeed, and that’s not with the bases loaded and two out, that’s with a fresh inning. That’s important.”

The Guardians swept the two-game set and won the season series 3-1.

The Padres scored only nine runs against Washington and Cleveland, one shy of the club record for the fewest in a six-game homestand. They scored only eight runs during the first homestand of their existence: April 8-13, 1969.

Fighting to hold onto the NL’s third wild-card spot, the Padres were booed by what remained of a crowd of 30,409.

The Guardians have won each of Quantrill’s last nine starts and he’s won six straight decisions. He hasn’t lost since July 5 at Detroit.

Quantrill said there are number of reasons for his success, including “really attempting to establish that we’re on top and you’re going to have to fight your way back. I think that brand of baseball works well for us. I know we’ve celebrated a lot of late-inning wins but I think that we have a good pitching staff and have ultimate faith in our bullpen to get ahead early, hold it, win it.

“There are two to three different ways to get a guy out, so we’re not just trying to do the same thing three times through the order and I’m pitching with a lead a lot lately,” the former Stanford pitcher said. “I feel like I’ve been getting 10 runs a game. Lot of credit to the boys. They’re playing great defense and putting up a lot of runs when I pitch.”

Snell (5-7) was a strike away from getting out of the first inning when Ramirez homered to left-center on an 0-2 pitch.

Ramirez homered again leading off the five-run fourth, his 25th. It was his third multi-homer game of the season and 20th of his career. Gonzalez followed with a shot to left, the third time the Guardians have hit back-to-back homers this season. Gonzalez also homered in a 3-1 win Tuesday night.

“He’s a menace,” Quantrill said about Ramirez. “He’s such an issue to deal with. There’s no clear scouting report on him. I don’t know if this is how pitchers feel, but for me, so much focus is going into getting a guy like that out, that inevitably the people around him start to actually get better and better pitches. He’s just such a threat.”

Luke Maile hit a one-out RBI single and Myles Straw singled to load the bases and chase Snell. Steven Kwan greeted Steven Wilson with a two-run single. The Padres finally got out of it when Amed Rosario flied out to right and Wil Myers threw out Straw trying to score.

Ramirez got his third RBI on a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

Snell allowed six runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked none.

TRAINER’S ROOM

The Padres were without RF Juan Soto a second straight day due to left mid-back tightness.

UP NEXT

Guardians RHP Triston McKenzie (9-9, 3.11 ERA) is scheduled to start Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at Seattle. The Mariners will counter with LHP Marco Gonzales (8-12, 4.08).

Padres: RHP Joe Musgrove (8-6, 2.91) is scheduled to start Friday night’s series opener at Kansas City. The Royals will go with LHP Kris Bubic (2-8, 5.29).

Kirby starts with record 24 straight strikes; Nats top M’s

SEATTLE (AP) Mariners right-hander George Kirby set a major league record by throwing 24 straight strikes to start the game and fellow Seattle rookie Julio Rodriguez reached a new level, but Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 win Wednesday.

Kirby gave up five hits and one run before throwing his first ball to Joey Meneses in the third. Kirby topped the mark of 21 consecutive strikes to open by Joe Musgrove for Pittsburgh against St. Louis in 2018.

“I looked up at 15 or 16, and I was like `Oh, man,'” Kirby said.

Rodriguez hit his 20th home run, tying it at 1 in the eighth. The 21-year-old sensation who put on quite a show at the All-Star Home Run Derby became the fourth rookie in big league history with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season, joining Mitchell Page (1977 Athletics), Ellis Burks (1987 Red Sox) and Marty Cordova (1995 Twins).

“I’m happy about it,” Rodriguez said. “Not a lot of people do it all the time.”

Rodriguez leads all rookies in home runs and has stolen 23 bases.

The teams split its brief two-game series, with Seattle winning three of four this year after sweeping Washington in a doubleheader July 13. The Mariners hold the third and final spot in the AL wild-card race while the Nationals have the worst record in the majors.

Vargas homered with two outs off Paul Sewald (3-4), who had not given up an earned run since July 26. It was his third homer of the year, two of them for Washington after he began the year with the Chicago Cubs.

“Super excited in that moment,” Vargas said through a translator. “Anything I can do to help the team win. I’m here to do the little things and take advantage of the opportunities.”

Kyle Finnegan (5-2) allowed a couple of baserunners in the ninth before retiring Cal Raleigh on a flyout.

Nationals starter Anibal Sanchez allowed no runs and two hits in 4 1/3 innings. In his last two outings, the 38-year-old has given up one earned run and three hits in 9 1/3 innings.

“The one thing I could say about Anibal right now is he keeps us in the ball game,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

Kirby struck out nine in seven innings, giving up eight hits without a walk.

Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single in the first.

STREAK CONTINUES

Washington has gone 41 straight games without its starter being the winning pitcher. It’s the longest drought in major league history. Despite the unfortunate streak, Sanchez’s last three outings resulted in wins for the Nationals.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: LF Sam Haggerty is dealing with an isolated deltoid strain but is progressing, manager Scott Servais said. Haggerty is expected to be ready Thursday against Cleveland. He’s available off the bench if needed.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Top pitching prospect RHP Cade Cavalli will make his major league debut at home vs. Cincinnati on Friday. In his last outing with Triple-A Rochester on Aug. 20, he pitched five innings, allowing one run and striking out eight. He’s 6-4 with a 3.71 ERA in 20 games this season with Washington’s top affiliate. Cavalli was selected 22nd overall in the first round of the 2020 MLB draft by the Nationals.

Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (8-12, 4.08) looks to carry momentum into Thursday’s home game against Cleveland. He gave up one run in Seattle’s 10-2 win over Oakland last week.

Braves drill slumping Pirates 14-2, complete 3-game sweep

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Atlanta Braves are being careful with Kyle Wright, doing what they can to make sure their latest potential ace on a staff seemingly stuffed with them can keep the momentum going during his breakout season.

The World Series champions gave Wright a couple extra days off following a start against Boston earlier this month, leery of his workload. The rest seemingly has him refreshed for the stretch drive.

The 26-year-old allowed two hits over seven efficient innings and the Braves completed a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh by drilling the sloppy Pirates 14-2 on Wednesday.

Wright needed just 73 pitches to record 21 outs but missed a chance to pitch into the eighth when his teammates erupted for seven runs in the top of the inning, highlighted by Matt Olson’s grand slam that bounced into the Allegheny River.

“I’ve never finished a game in the big leagues, so I would have loved to have gotten that,” Wright said. “But runs are cool too, especially grand slams.”

Wright and Atlanta manager Brian Snitker chatted briefly about letting him continue. Once Olson’s 27th home run landed and the Pirates signaled a pitching change that made an already long inning even longer, Wright knew his day was over.

“I was being a little selfish (by wanting to stay in),” Wright said. “But that was an awesome home run.”

Wright (16-5) struck out eight and walked one to tie Houston’s Justin Verlander and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin for most victories in the majors.

Wright, the fifth player taken in the 2017 draft, entered 2022 with a career record of 2-8 with a 6.76 ERA. Those early struggles appear to be fully behind him, one of the reasons he didn’t protest too much when Snitker didn’t let him go out for the eighth.

“It’s bigger than just one game,” Wright said. “So I want to stay fresh and ultimately it was definitely the right decision to come out and come out feeling good.”

Atlanta has won 14 of 16 overall to keep pressure on the NL East-leading New York Mets.

“I feel like we can beat you in different ways,” shortstop Dansby Swanson said. “Like we can pitch and play defense and obviously we can swing it a little bit too.”

The Braves did a little bit of everything while completing a season sweep of Pittsburgh.

Olson turned on a pitch from Pittsburgh reliever Cam Vieaux and sent it well over the right-field stands in the eighth for his fifth career grand slam. The ball landed 420 feet from home plate before finding its way to the river on the bounce, the 66th time in the history of PNC Park that a home run has ended with a splash.

William Contreras added his 17th home run for Atlanta, bashing a pitch from Mitch Keller (4-10) into the bushes beyond the center-field wall in the second inning to give the Braves an early lead. Swanson had a two-out, bases-clearing double during Atlanta’s five-run fourth, an inning that was extended by an error by Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Van Meter.

CRUZ MISSILE

The lone highlight for the Pirates came from rookie Oneil Cruz, who ripped the hardest-hit ball since Major League Baseball began measuring exit velocity in 2015. The ball left Cruz’s bat at 122.4 mph and slammed into the 21-foot-high Clemente Wall in right field with two outs in the third. He was held to a single.

“It’s probably good that ball hit a wall because it might have hurt somebody if it had been up a little higher,” Snitker said of Cruz’s hit, which broke the previous mark of 122.2 mph set twice by New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Pittsburgh’s Kevin Newman hit his first home run of the season in the ninth.

Keller, who was given a couple of extra days of rest after getting knocked around in his previous start against Boston, wasn’t particularly sharp. He allowed seven runs, two earned, on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings with two walks and five strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: All-Star closer David Bednar (back) is playing catch and could be cleared to throw off a slope by late next week. … C Roberto Perez, out for the season with a hamstring injury, caught a side bullpen session on Tuesday in what the team described as part of the “strengthening phase” of his rehabilitation. … RHP Colin Holderman was removed in the eighth with right shoulder discomfort.

UP NEXT

Braves: Are off Thursday before heading to St. Louis for a three-game set against the NL-Central leading Cardinals. Spencer Strider (7-4, 2.95 ERA) faces Jose Quintana (4-5, 3.45) on Friday.

Pirates: Travel east to Philadelphia for a three-game series starting Friday. Bryse Wilson (2-7, 5.74) will make his 15th start of the season in the opener.

Manning throws 6 scoreless, Tigers beat Giants 6-1 for split

DETROIT (AP) Matt Manning threw six scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers scored all six of their runs in the fifth to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Wednesday and split a two-game series.

“He escaped the issues early and really finished strong,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “It’s about as good a finish as you can have. It’s just nice to see him walk off the mound with a lot of confidence.”

Manning (1-1) allowed five hits, walked none and struck out a career-high eight, including his final three batters, in his first win since last Sept. 15 against Milwaukee.

“I think I just made pitches when I had to,” Manning said. “I didn’t come out of the gate super sharp but as the game went on, I had a good second inning, and then after that I was just trying to put some good at-bats together, make sure I didn’t walk any people and try to get as many first-pitch strikes as I could.”

Victor Reyes and Willi Castro each drove in two runs while Kody Clemens and Harold Castro each drove in one with two out in the bottom of the fifth. All six runs were charged to Logan Webb (11-7), who was pulled after Harold Castro’s single made it 4-0. Willi Castro greeted reliever Thomas Szapucki with a two-run double.

“I think when Logan is ahead in the count he’s getting more swings and misses,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “So there was some contact in that inning. Some of it was unfortunate, some of it was hard. I think if Logan could have that inning back, he’d probably get ahead of the bottom of the lineup.”

Reyes’ hit was the 300th of his career and extended his hitting streak to nine games. The ball took a tough hop on shortstop Brandon Crawford.

“It hopped up kind of higher than I thought it was going to so it kind of got my wrist, heel of the glove,” Crawford said. “Obviously that was a turning point in the game so I wish I could have been able to make that play or get in front of it, knock it down and get an out somewhere.”

Tommy La Stella drove in Mike Yastrzemski for the Giants’ lone run in the seventh inning.

“Anytime you can get some things rolling against a guy like Webb, no matter how they come, you’ll take them,” Tigers catcher Tucker Barnhart said. “Big win for us, take it into the off day tomorrow.”

GREEN LIGHT

Yastrzemski swiped second base in the fifth inning, the Giants’ 28th straight successful steal.

ROSTER MOVES

The Giants placed infielder Brandon Belt (right knee) on the 10-day injured list and recalled outfielder Bryce Johnson from Triple-A Sacramento.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: SS Javier Baez was a late scratch with back spasms. Clemens batted third in Baez’s spot in the lineup but played second base. Willi Castro, originally in the lineup at second, moved to shortstop. … RHP Michael Pineda (right tricep tightness) had a good rehab start Tuesday, allowing one run on three hits while striking out six in four innings. Hinch said Pineda will make a final rehab start on Sunday. … RHP Jackson Jobe, the Tigers’ first-round pick, third overall, in the 2021 draft, was scratched from his start with High-A West Michigan because he woke up with a sore back. He is expected to start over the weekend.

UP NEXT

Giants: LHP Alex Wood (8-10, 4.54 ERA) will start Friday in opener of a three-game series. at Minnesota.

Tigers: Begin a three-game series at Texas on Friday night with LHP Tyler Alexander (3-7, 4.03) starting.

MLB teams to play all 29 opponents under ’23 balanced sked

NEW YORK (AP) Every major league team will play each other in the same season for the first time next year as the sport switches to its first balanced schedule since 2000.

As a result of the format switch agreed to in the March lockout settlement, high-profile games between division rivals such as Yankees-Red Sox, Dodgers-Giants and Cubs-Cardinals will be reduced from 19. Intradivision games will drop from 47% to 32%.

A team will host all of the other 29 clubs at least once every two seasons.

“I think it’s great for the fans,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “I’m so tired of playing the same people.”

Major League Baseball said Wednesday it will open the 2023 season on March 30 and again will try to have every team start on the same day, which last occurred in 1968.

A team will play 13 games against each division rival for a total of 52 and six or seven against each other club in its league for a total of 64. The remaining 46 games are against interleague opponents: a home and road two-game series against a so-called natural rival and a single three-game series against each of the 14 other clubs in the opposite league.

“This new format creates more common opponents, both in the division and among your league opponents, so that typically when you’re competing for the wild card, there’s a much higher percentage of common opponents across divisions,” said Chris Marinak, MLB’s chief operations and strategy officer. “And we think that equity is good for the competition on the field.

“On the marketing side, we think that the new schedule gives our fans more opponents at home, so they get to see a broader array of clubs in their ballpark,” Marinak said. “And probably more importantly, it gives us a chance for our star players to get exposure more nationally and be seen in more places throughout the season.”

The American League used a balanced schedule from 1977-2000 and the National League from 1993-2000, with interleague play starting in 1997 and limited to 15-18 games per season for each team. Then-Commissioner Bud Selig had pushed for a return to an unbalanced schedule.

AL openers have Baltimore at Boston, the Chicago White Sox at Houston, Minnesota at Kansas City, the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland, Cleveland at Seattle and Detroit at Tampa Bay.

NL openers are Milwaukee at the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Arizona at the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets at Miami, Colorado at San Diego and Atlanta at Washington.

Interleague openers have San Francisco at the New York Yankees, Toronto at St. Louis and Philadelphia at Texas.

Other home openers are the Giants at the White Sox and the Mets at Milwaukee on April 3; San Diego at Atlanta, the Dodgers at Arizona, the Yankees at Baltimore, Boston at Detroit, Houston at Minnesota, Miami at the Mets and Cincinnati at Philadelphia on April 6, and Seattle at Cleveland, Washington at Colorado, Toronto at the Angels, the White Sox at Pittsburgh and Kansas City at San Francisco on April 7.

Toronto opens with 10 road games before hosting Detroit on April 11, a request made by the Blue Jays because of construction at Rogers Centre.

The schedule usually is updated with game times during the winter.

Next year’s start is the earliest since 2019. The season will revert to 186 days from the 182 it was shortened to this year due to the lockout.

Natural interleague rivals include Mets-Yankees, Cubs-White Sox, Dodgers-Angels, Giants-Athletics, Reds-Indians, Marlins-Rays, Orioles-Nationals, Royals-Cardinals and Brewers-Twins.

Among the teams with no geographic interleague rivals, MLB paired Red Sox-Braves, Pirates-Tigers, Phillies-Blue Jays, Rangers-Diamondbacks, Astros-Rockies and Padres-Mariners.

Travel is roughly the same as the prior format, which had teams play 76 games against division foes, 66 against other clubs in the league (seven vs. six teams and six against four teams) and 20 interleague.

“The bulk of what dictates your travel is the number of trips you take, and this doesn’t change the number of trips,” said Chuck Torres, MLB’s senior director of scheduling and broadcasting.

Other than within its own division, a team can host or visit a maximum of three teams from another division.

To combat exhaustion, each team was scheduled for seven off days among its last 67 days, three among its last 32 and one in its last 10.

MLB tried to have all 30 clubs play on the same opening day for four of the past five seasons.

Pittsburgh at Detroit and Washington at Cincinnati were rained out in 2018. For 2019, Seattle and Oakland started ahead of other teams with a two-game series in Tokyo.

In 2020, the season’s start was delayed to July 23 because of the pandemic, and the only game on opening night had the Yankees at Washington. In 2021, the Mets’ game at Washington and Baltimore’s game at Boston were postponed.

This year’s start was delayed from March 31 to April 7 because of the 99-day lockout that ended on March 10, and only seven games were scheduled for opening day.

Every team is scheduled to play on Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, which falls on a Saturday.

The All-Star Game will be at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park on July 11, eight days earlier than this year’s game at Dodger Stadium. Then called Safeco Field, the ballpark hosted the 2001 All-Star Game.

No games are scheduled on the two days after the All-Star Game, creating a four-day break and leaving the second half to start July 14. The regular season ends Oct. 1.

There are two scheduled day-night doubleheaders: the Padres at Philadelphia on July 16 and the Dodgers at Colorado on Sept. 26. This year’s original schedule had one doubleheader but 30 twinbills were added in the revisions caused the lockout.

The Cubs and Cardinals play a two-game series at London’s Olympic Stadium in June 24-25, and the Phillies and Nationals play in the Little League Classic at Williamsport, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 20.

(USA BASKETBALL NEWS)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — There is no roster of players. No schedule for games, either. USA Basketball hasn’t even qualified for next year’s World Cup yet, and probably won’t be able to clinch one of the 32 spots in that field until November at the earliest.

The countdown is on anyway.

Thursday marks exactly one year until the beginning of the next men’s Basketball World Cup, with the first games set to be played on Aug. 25, 2023 at the event that will be hosted by Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. It’s not the Olympics and won’t get the same attention, yet is a major priority for the Americans especially since the U.S. finished seventh — the senior national team’s worst showing ever at a major international event — at the most recent World Cup in China three years ago.

“Humility is a powerful tool,” USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley said when asked what the Americans took away from that finish in China. “And, you know, it doesn’t hurt to have that and be reminded of it. Not that we’ve been arrogant or disrespectful to our opponents, but it’s just a reminder that we’ve got to keep working and not take it for granted.”

That work resumes on Thursday in Las Vegas. The Americans, using a roster filled by players who will likely spend the coming season either playing internationally or in the G League, play host to Uruguay to open the second round of World Cup qualifying.

A win Thursday moves the U.S. closer to qualifying, and a sweep of this two-game window — the Americans play at Colombia on Monday — would likely put them on the brink of clinching a spot. After this window, the next round of qualifying games is in November.

None of the players who will be in uniform on Thursday — names like David Stockton, Mac McClung and Langston Galloway — were there when the Americans finished seventh at the last World Cup. They won’t be there with the Americans at the next World Cup, either; those roster spots will be offered to big-name NBA players. But they are the ones tasked with doing the actual qualifying and giving the Americans a chance to erase the disappointment over finishing seventh.

“You never want to feel like you need it,” said Sean Ford, the U.S. men’s national team director. “But if you don’t learn from it, you’re really going to take a back seat a little bit. We learned a lot. We’re learning a lot because the NBA game has changed over the last seven or eight years, too. There’s much more shotmaking. It’s just unbelievable, incredible the amount of 3-point shots that are taken, the freedom of movement, the flow of the game. But the international game has stayed the physical way.”

Steve Kerr has mastered coaching one of those styles. Now, he’ll have to master the other one.

Kerr’s Golden State Warriors, the reigning NBA champions — with four titles in the past eight seasons — are the epitome of what Ford talks about when discussing the evolution of the pro game, relying on 3-pointers, movement and spacing to win. Kerr is very familiar with how the international game is different since he was with the U.S. as an assistant under then-coach Gregg Popovich for both of the last two major tournaments; the seventh-place showing in China, then the gold medal at the Tokyo Games last summer.

It was a logical progression for Kerr to take over for Popovich. And the tasks in 2023 and 2024 have been on his mind for some time now, as evidenced by him making a recruiting pitch to Stephen Curry on the night the Warriors won this past season’s NBA title.

“He’s missing an Olympic gold medal and I think he really has to focus on being on the 2024 Olympic Team,” Kerr said that night in Boston, as the Warriors were celebrating. “That’s the last thing for his career. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.”

Jokes aside, this is serious business for the U.S. A win in qualifying games, or clinching a spot in the World Cup, won’t generate much attention. Losses, or failure to qualify, would. Getting the Americans into the World Cup is a task that has largely fallen on the shoulders of Jim Boylen, who will coach the U.S. again in these next two games; he’s gone 5-1 in three qualifying windows to this point.

“We have a responsibility,” Boylen said. “A great responsibility, to play as hard as we can, to play the right way, and the reason we have to do that is because the big team has got to qualify. That’s our job.”

Kerr has been resting quite a bit this summer. He’s spent some time overseas, getting plenty of downtime with his family, preparing for the challenge of once again leading the Warriors through the grind of defending a championship.

USA Basketball is hoping he doesn’t get so much relaxation next summer. Or the one after that, since the World Cup will serve as the primary qualifier for the Paris Olympics.

“When an opportunity like this comes along, you don’t stop and say, ‘I wonder what my legacy will be.’ You say, ‘I can’t wait to dive in with the players and the coaches,’ and you go for it,” Kerr said. “When all the dust settles, you keep going forward. Hopefully, we will put together a great team and a great effort and we’ll see how we do.”

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MAC Announces 2022-23 Women’s Basketball Conference Schedule

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference has announced the 2022-23 MAC Women’s Basketball conference schedule.
 
The conference season is set to tip-off on Wednesday, January 4th with a full slate of MACtion. MAC Women’s Basketball teams will play 18 games over 9 weeks (9 home, 9 away).
 
The women’s basketball regular season will conclude on Saturday, March 4th with the top eight teams in the conference moving on to Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse for the MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament on March 8-11. 
 
The conference office will release a full women’s basketball television schedule in October. 
 
Wednesday, January 4
Bowling Green at Ball State
Buffalo at Kent State
Miami at Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
Ohio at Akron
Western Michigan at Toledo
 
Saturday, January 7
Akron at Miami
Ball State at Western Michigan
Central Michigan at Buffalo
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
Kent State at Ohio
Toledo at Northern Illinois
 
Wednesday, January 11
Akron at Eastern Michigan
Ball State at Toledo
Buffalo at Ohio
Central Michigan at Bowling Green
Kent State at Miami
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
 
Saturday, January 14
Bowling Green at Akron
Eastern Michigan at Buffalo
Miami at Ball State
Ohio at Northern Illinois
Toledo at Kent State
Western Michigan at Central Michigan
 
Wednesday, January 18
Ball State at Buffalo
Central Michigan at Akron
Eastern Michigan at Kent State
Miami at Northern Illinois
Toledo at Bowling Green
Western Michigan at Ohio
 
Saturday, January 21
Akron at Toledo
Buffalo at Western Michigan
Central Michigan at Ball State
Kent State at Bowling Green
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan
Ohio at Miami


Wednesday, January 25
Akron at Ball State
Bowling Green at Buffalo
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Kent State at Northern Illinois
Miami at Toledo
Ohio at Central Michigan
 
Saturday, January 28
Ball State at Ohio
Bowling Green at Northern Illinois
Buffalo at Akron
Central Michigan at Miami
Toledo at Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan at Kent State
 
Wednesday, February 1
Buffalo at Miami
Kent State at Akron
Northern Illinois at Ball State
Ohio at Eastern Michigan
Toledo at Central Michigan
Western Michigan at Bowling Green
 
Saturday, February 4
Akron at Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
Kent State at Ball State
Miami at Bowling Green
Northern Illinois at Buffalo
Ohio at Toledo
 
Wednesday, February 8
Akron at Northern Illinois
Ball State at Eastern Michigan
Bowling Green at Ohio
Buffalo at Toledo
Central Michigan at Kent State
Western Michigan at Miami
 
Saturday, February 11
Ball State at Akron
Bowling Green at Kent State
Buffalo at Central Michigan
Northern Illinois at Ohio
Toledo at Miami
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
 
Wednesday, February 15
Eastern Michigan at Akron
Kent State at Buffalo
Miami at Central Michigan
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green
Ohio at Ball State
Toledo at Western Michigan
 
Saturday, February 18
Akron at Kent State
Ball State at Northern Illinois
Bowling Green at Western Michigan
Central Michigan at Ohio
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Miami at Buffalo
 
Wednesday, February 22
Bowling Green at Central Michigan
Buffalo at Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois at Miami
Ohio at Kent State
Toledo at Akron
Western Michigan at Ball State
 
Saturday, February 25
Buffalo at Bowling Green
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Kent State at Eastern Michigan
Miami at Akron
Ohio at Western Michigan
Toledo at Ball State
 
Wednesday, March 1
Akron at Buffalo
Ball State at Bowling Green
Central Michigan at Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois
Kent State at Toledo
Miami at Ohio
 
Saturday, March 4
Akron at Central Michigan
Ball State at Miami
Bowling Green at Toledo
Eastern Michigan at Ohio
Northern Illinois at Kent State
Western Michigan at Buffalo

Wednesday, March 8
MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse | Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, March 10
MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse | Cleveland, Ohio

Saturday, March 11
MAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Championship
Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse | Cleveland, Ohio

MAC Announces 2022-23 Men’s Basketball Conference Schedule

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference has announced the 2022-23 MAC Men’s Basketball conference schedule.
 
The conference season is set to tip-off on Tuesday, January 3 with a full slate of MACtion. MAC Men’s Basketball teams will play 18-games over 9-weeks (9 home, 9 away).
 
The men’s basketball regular season will conclude on Friday, March 3rd with the top eight teams in the conference moving on to Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse for the MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 9-11.
 
The conference office will release a full men’s basketball television schedule in October.

Tuesday, January 3
Ball State at Toledo
Bowling Green at Eastern Michigan
Miami at Central Michigan
Northern Illinois at Akron
Ohio at Buffalo
Western Michigan at Kent State
 
Saturday, January 7
Akron at Ball State
Central Michigan at Eastern Michigan
Kent State at Miami
Northern Illinois at Buffalo
Ohio at Bowling Green
Western Michigan at Toledo
 
Tuesday, January 10
Akron at Bowling Green
Ball State at Ohio
Buffalo at Miami
Central Michigan at Northern Illinois
Eastern Michigan at Western Michigan
Toledo at Kent State
 
Saturday, January 14
Bowling Green at Western Michigan
Buffalo at Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Akron
Kent State at Ohio
Miami at Ball State
Toledo at Northern Illinois
 
Tuesday, January 17
Akron at Central Michigan
Bowling Green at Buffalo
Kent State at Eastern Michigan
Northern Illinois at Miami
Ohio at Toledo
Western Michigan at Ball State
 
Saturday, January 21
Akron at Western Michigan
Ball State at Kent State
Central Michigan at Ohio
Miami at Bowling Green
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan
Toledo at Buffalo
 
Tuesday, January 24
Bowling Green at Central Michigan
Buffalo at Ball State
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Kent State at Northern Illinois
Miami at Akron
Western Michigan at Ohio
 
Saturday, January 28
Ball State at Northern Illinois
Bowling Green at Toledo
Buffalo at Kent State
Eastern Michigan at Miami
Ohio at Akron
Western Michigan at Central Michigan
 
Tuesday, January 31
Akron at Buffalo
Ball State at Bowling Green
Central Michigan at Kent State
Northern Illinois at Western Michigan
Ohio at Eastern Michigan
Toledo at Miami
 
Saturday, February 4
Buffalo at Western Michigan
Central Michigan at Toledo
Eastern Michigan at Ball State
Kent State at Akron
Miami at Ohio
Northern Illinois at Bowling Green
 
Tuesday, February 7
Ball State at Central Michigan
Bowling Green at Kent State
Eastern Michigan at Buffalo
Ohio at Northern Illinois
Toledo at Akron
Western Michigan at Miami
 
Saturday, February 11
Akron at Ohio
Bowling Green at Ball State
Central Michigan at Miami
Kent State at Buffalo
Toledo at Eastern Michigan
Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
 
Tuesday, February 14
Akron at Eastern Michigan
Buffalo at Ohio
Central Michigan at Bowling Green
Kent State at Western Michigan
Miami at Toledo
Northern Illinois at Ball State
 
Saturday, February 18
Ball State at Western Michigan
Buffalo at Akron
Eastern Michigan at Kent State
Miami at Northern Illinois
Ohio at Central Michigan
Toledo at Bowling Green
 
Tuesday, February 21
Akron at Toledo
Bowling Green at Miami
Central Michigan at Buffalo
Kent State at Ball State
Northern Illinois at Ohio
Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan
 
Saturday, February 25
Ball State at Eastern Michigan
Buffalo at Toledo
Kent State at Bowling Green
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
Ohio at Miami
Western Michigan at Akron
 
Tuesday, February 28
Ball State at Akron
Buffalo at Northern Illinois
Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green
Miami at Western Michigan
Ohio at Kent State
Toledo at Central Michigan
 
Friday, March 3
Akron at Kent State
Bowling Green at Ohio
Central Michigan at Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois
Miami at Buffalo
Toledo at Ball State

Thursday, March 9
MAC Men’s Basketball Quarterfinals (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse // Cleveland, Ohio)

Friday, March 10
MAC Men’s Basketball Semifinals (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse // Cleveland, Ohio)

Saturday, March 11
MAC Men’s Basketball Championship Final (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse // Cleveland, Ohio)

USC transfer Slovis wins starting QB job at No. 17 Pitt

PITTSBURGH (AP) Kedon Slovis didn’t transfer from USC to Pitt planning to sit on the bench.

He won’t.

Head coach Pat Narduzzi named Slovis the starting quarterback on Wednesday, ending a months-long competition with Nick Patti for the right to replace Kenny Pickett, who is working next door with the Pittsburgh Steelers after a remarkable final season with the Panthers last fall.

Narduzzi praised the way both Patti and Slovis approached their extended job interviews but called Slovis’ accuracy the separator.

“He’s a really, really good passer,” Narduzzi said. “We think he can lead us.”

Slovis, who threw for 58 touchdowns against 24 interceptions in three seasons with the Trojans before leaving last winter, won’t get a chance to ease into the gig. The 17th-ranked Panthers, who won the program’s first ACC title in 2021, open at home against West Virginia in the renewal of the “Backyard Brawl” on Sept. 1.

It will hardly be Slovis’ first go-round in the crucible of a rivalry. He went 2-0 against UCLA and played well in losses to Notre Dame in 2019 and 2020.

“I love playing in big games,” he said. “I think every player loves playing in big games. You know, from your high school rival to college, I think everyone’s favorite games are rivalry games. So yeah, you know, obviously you feel prepared, but more so I just feel excited.”

Narduzzi and new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti – in the first year of his third go-round with the Panthers – didn’t rush to a decision. They attempted to split the practice reps 50/50 and “looked at every tiny detail” before giving Slovis the nod.

Patti, a redshirt senior, spent his first four seasons at Pitt as a backup behind Pickett. He started the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against Michigan State when Pickett opted out to focus on the NFL draft but ended up breaking his collarbone in the first half after completing just 2 of 5 passes for 21 yards.

By then, Slovis had already announced he was transferring to the Panthers. Patti stressed he welcomed the competition, and Narduzzi praised Patti’s professionalism in welcoming Slovis to campus.

“We’ve got confidence in both of them,” Narduzzi said. “Unfortunately the quarterback position is one guy, it becomes a one-man show.”

A show that is Slovis’ for the foreseeable future. Asked if he would introduce an “OR” on the depth chart to indicate a position is up for grabs – a favorite pastime of his – and Narduzzi shook his head.

“(Slovis) is the guy,'” Narduzzi said. “And we’ve got a lot of trust and faith that he’s going to be the guy.”

Slovis appeared to be “the guy” at USC indefinitely following a spectacular freshman season in which he threw for 30 touchdowns. He entered 2021 as a darkhorse Heisman Trophy-candidate before his season quickly unraveled behind injuries and inconsistent play for a team that saw head coach Clay Helton fired in mid-September.

A lower-leg injury in early November ended Slovis’ season and barely a month later he committed to Pitt after USC lured Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma to replace Helton.

There is no such uncertainty with the Panthers. Narduzzi is firmly entrenched entering his eighth season, and with two years of eligibility remaining and the entire starting offensive line from 2021 returning, Slovis is confident he can be, if not Pickett, then Pickett-like.

He said at the beginning of the month he wanted to take the standard that Pickett set and take it to the next level. Now, he’ll get his chance after a training camp that felt like a grind.

“You’ve got to remind yourself, you know, just do what coach wants you to do, be coachable, run the offense, execute,” he said. “And again, things will kind of take care of itself.”

(MEN’S GOLF NEWS)

Top PGA Tour players to commit to 20-event big money slate

ATLANTA (AP) The PGA Tour made its boldest response yet to the rival Saudi-funded league Tuesday with a plan for the best players to commit to a 20-tournament schedule in which they will compete against each other up to 17 times.

The schedule includes the four majors and features $20 million purses, except for the smallest field at the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua to start the year.

Most of the key tournaments already were in place – the Genesis Invitational at Riviera, Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill and the Memorial; Kapalua and Match Play; the three FedEx Cup playoff events; the four majors and The Players Championship.

Still to be announced are four tournaments that would be “elevated events.” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan hopes to announce those in the next two months.

Players also would be required to play three regular PGA Tour events.

The changes stem from several meetings among top players that began at the J.P. McManus Pro-Am in Ireland last month and culminated with a players-only meeting involving 23 top players at the BMW Championship last week.

Players who take part next year will be determined by the Player Impact Program, which has been revised. The tour said 20 would come from this year’s PIP program and from another list that involves the new criteria.

The tour is moving away from a system geared toward Q-rating and social media and moving more toward television exposure, media mentions and fan awareness.

The PIP bonus pool goes from $50 million to $100 million next year, with the leading player getting a $15 million bonus.

The announcement comes at the season-ending Tour Championship, where the winner of the FedEx Cup gets $18 million. The LIV Golf series is expected to announce a new batch of PGA Tour players that is likely to include as many as six players.

Woods, McIlroy behind tech-infused golf league in TV venture

ATLANTA (AP) Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy are bringing their own version of team golf to the PGA Tour.

A day after Woods and McIlroy announced a new media venture called TMRW Sports, they unveiled a project Wednesday that involves 18 players competing in a series of matches featuring technology as much as shot-making.

It’s called “TGL,” a tech-infused golf league that will be held in a stadium built for the occasion where fans can watch three-man teams compete in an 18-hole match – using simulators for the long shots, live shots for the shorter ones – that will take only two hours.

The league is to start in January 2024 and feature 15 regular-season matches on Monday nights, followed by the semifinals and the finals.

“For the fans, think sitting courtside at an NBA game. It’s that type of environment – music, player introductions. You’re right on top of the action as a fan,” said Mike McCarley, the former Golf Channel president who formed TMRW Sports with Woods and McIlroy and is its CEO. “You see everything play out in front of you.”

TMRW Sports – pronounced “tomorrow” – was formed to build technology-focused projects with a progressive approach to sports, entertainment and media.

Among the investors is Dick Ebersol, the retired chairman of NBC Sports whose many contribution to sports on TV include Sunday Night Football. He worked with McCarley at NBC.

“Since I’ve retired, I’ve refused any real work besides giving advice for plenty of friends, but this is the right idea at the right time with one of the few people I would do this with,” Ebersol said.

The announcement was lacking many details, including a broadcast partner, thought NBC is a likely candidate given its relationship with the PGA Tour and with Ebersol and McCarley. Also, McIlroy has a deal with the “GolfPass” venture in conjunction with Golf Channel.

Still to be determined are the 18 players on the six teams and when the matches will be held, though a majority figure to be the week of elevated events also announced Wednesday for the new PGA Tour schedule that starts next year.

“As a big sports fan myself, I’m excited about blending golf with technology and team elements common in other sports,” Woods said in a statement. “We all know what it’s like to be in a football stadium or a basketball arena where you can watch every play, every minute of action unfold right in front of you. It’s something that inherently isn’t possible in traditional golf.”

Woods previously was involved in real golf on Monday night when he was part of the “Showdown at Sherwood” and “Battle at Bighorn.” That faded within a decade, though the Monday night spot on the sports calendar from January to August is attractive.

Woods played only three times – all majors – this year as he recovers from leg injuries suffered in a February 2021 car crash. But he will be playing in the TGL and won’t have to walk far.

“We don’t know what his schedule is going to be. We don’t know how his body is going to be,” McIlroy said. “But to be able to see him still showcase his skills on prime time on TV without really any wear and tear on his body, to be able to see Tiger hit golf shots and still sort of provide people with a glimpse of his genius, I think it is a really good use of his time.”

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Team Penske extends Joey Logano’s contract for No. 22 Ford

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Team Penske signed Joey Logano on Wednesday to a long-term contract extension that locks down both the 2018 NASCAR champion and teammate Ryan Blaney for the next several years.

Blaney got a contract extension last week, and Logano’s has been finalized to keep him in the No. 22 Ford.

“Over the last 10 years Joey has become such an important part of Team Penske and we know he will continue to be a leader and a winner with the No. 22 Ford team well into the future,” said team owner Roger Penske. “Joey is a great champion of our sport and we are proud of how he continues to produce for our team and represent all of our partners.”

Logano joined Team Penske ahead of the 2013 season after he was dumped by Joe Gibbs Racing over lack of performance. But he’s flourished at Penske and won 27 Cup races, including the 2015 Daytona 500, the 2016 NASCAR All-Star race, the 2021 Bristol Dirt race and the first Next Gen race in the January exhibition at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Logano won his championship in 2018 when he beat Carl Edwards in the season finale to earn his only Cup title. It was only the second Cup title in Penske’s storied history.

“Since taking over the No. 22 car at Team Penske, I’ve had the opportunity to accomplish so many of my dreams both on and off the track,” Logano said. “For the last 10 years, Roger has provided me the resources to be competitive, a team that stands behind me and leadership that is second to none.

“I’m excited to be continuing our relationship together so we can keep focusing on winning races, more championships and doing what we do for many years to come.”

Logano has made the playoffs all but one season since joining Team Penske and has reached the championship round four times. He’s currently fourth in the Cup Series standings with two wins heading into Saturday night’s regular-season finale at Daytona.

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Citing personal issues, Texier takes break from Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexandre Texier will not join the team for the upcoming season because of unspecified personal problems.

The Blue Jackets said in a release Wednesday that the 22-year-old native of Saint-Martin-d’Hères, France, would not be with the team for the 2022-23 season, “per the advice and recommendation of the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.”

“During the past year, I have experienced some personal issues and challenges and I feel I need to be close to my family at this time,” the player said in a statement. “This is a hard decision, but it is the best one for me right now.”

Texier will not be paid by the Blue Jackets and his $1.5 million salary will not count against the salary cap this season. He will be allowed to sign a one-year contract to play in Europe for the 2022-23 season.

“Alexandre Texier and I recently had a very long conversation in which he indicated to me that he was not ready to resume his career in the NHL at this time,” Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “While we are disappointed Tex will not be joining us for the 2022-23 season as we anticipated, his mental health and well-being remain our top priority and we will continue to support him in any way we can.”

(WOMEN’S TENNIS NEWS)

2016 champion Kerber out of US Open; says she’s pregnant

NEW YORK (AP) Three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber withdrew from the U.S. Open on Wednesday because she is pregnant, announcing the news via social media by joking that “two against one just isn’t a fair competition” and posting a string of emojis that included a baby bottle.

The 34-year-old German won the title at Flushing Meadows in 2016 to rise to No. 1 in the WTA rankings. She also won the Australian Open that year and added a Wimbledon championship in 2018.

She hasn’t competed on tour since a third-round loss at Wimbledon on July 1. She is currently ranked 52nd.

“For the next months, I will take a break from traveling the globe as a tennis player but then again, I believe it’s for the best possible reason,” Kerber wrote Wednesday. “I will miss all of you.”

She also said: “Being a professional athlete means everything to me but I’m grateful for the new path I’m heading to. To be honest, I’m nervous and excited at the same time.”

Play in the main draw of the U.S. Open begins Monday.

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Colts lose punter with season-ending Achilles tendon injury

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) The Indianapolis Colts have lost Rigoberto Sanchez with a season-ending torn Achilles tendon.

Colts officials confirmed the injury was suffered during Tuesday’s practice and provided the diagnosis Wednesday.

“I have to say I’m extremely upset for him,” special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone said. “He put in so much hard work this entire offseason and I feel it’s like my son who got hurt. I just, I really feel for him. You’re not going to replace him. He does so much for our team.”

Sanchez has been one of the Colts special teams staples since he won the punting job as an undrafted rookie in 2017. He’s played in all but two games since then – missing those while he was undergoing cancer treatment.

The University of Hawaii alum also is Indy’s kickoff specialist and is the holder on extra points and field goals.

He’s averaged at least 45.0 yards per punt in three of the past four seasons including 45.3 yards with a net average of 39.7 last season. He’s also been brilliant at pinning teams inside the 20-yard line.

Former Buffalo punter Matt Haack is expected to be one of the front-runners to replace Sanchez.

Indy also practiced Wednesday without starting center Ryan Kelly after he tested positive for COVID-19 and second-year defensive end Kwity Paye left early after hurting his knee. It’s unclear when Kelly will return or how severe Paye’s injury might be.

The Colts hold their final training camp practice Thursday in suburban Indianapolis.

COLTS SIGN NEW PUNTER

The Colts have a new punter..Matt Haack. They signed him Wednesday afternoon. Haack is in his fifth NFL season and was recently cut by Buffalo. Haack averaged a career-low 42.9 yards per punt last season with the Bills and just 17 of his 50 punts were inside the 20-yard line, a career-low.

INDIANS EXTEND ERRORLESS STREAK IN 3-1 LOSS

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians had their four-game winning streak snapped as they were defeated by the Rochester Red Wings on Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field, 3-1.

With an errorless nine innings, the Indians (59-58) now own the longest streak without an error in Minor League Baseball this season at 11 games. It also ties the team’s 2006 11-game errorless streak as its longest since 2005.

After a one-out double by Lucius Fox and run-scoring groundout by John Nogowski in the top of the first inning, Indians starter Jerad Eickhoff stranded runners in scoring position and held the Red Wings (54-65) to just one additional hit through his remaining 4.0 innings.

The Indians (59-58) knotted the game at one run apiece in the fourth inning following a one-out double by Diego Castillo. With two outs, Cal Mitchell roped a run-scoring single to extend his RBI streak to four consecutive games. Mitchell and Mason Martin led the Indians’ offense with two hits each.

Rochester recorded its first hit since the third inning in the eighth to plate two runs and take a 3-1 lead. Andrew Stevenson led off the frame with a single and was driven in one batter later on a Lucius Fox RBI knock off Nick Mears (L, 0-1). After Fox swiped both second and third base – extending the Red Wings’ total to six on the day – he scored on another RBI groundout by Nogowski.

Red Wings starter Logan Verrett (W, 7-7) fanned six batters over 7.0 innings. Connor Sadzeck and Jordan Weems (S, 15) each struck out the side in the final two frames.

Indianapolis and Rochester will face each other again tomorrow at 7:05 PM ET for the halfway mark of the six-game series. RHP Mike Burrows (1-3, 4.31) will take the mound for the Indians, with RHP Joan Adon (0-1, 7.70) countering for the Red Wings.

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head men’s golf coach Mike Mayer announced the addition of transfer Thomas Hursey on Wednesday afternoon.

“Thomas has already made a tremendously positive impact to our program both on and off the course,” said Mayer. “He brings a wealth of experience and ability to our team and will be an immediate impact player. We will work diligently with Thomas and the School of Optometry to make sure he is able to accomplish all his aspirations both in golf and academics.”

Thomas Hursey

Suttons Bay, Mich.

Ferris State University

Hursey joined the Indiana men’s golf team after four highly successful seasons at Division II powerhouse Ferris State. He was named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First Team twice and the Second Team after his sophomore season. Hursey was also named the GLIAC Conference Player of the Year after his junior season.

The Suttons Bay, Mich., native finished the ’22 campaign as the 72nd-ranked Division II player according to GolfStat and played an average round score of 71.73 strokes in 12 counted rounds. He finished top-10 as an individual in 11 tournaments during his four-year run at FSU and claimed individual medalist honors in one tournament in each of the last three seasons.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Top Drawer Soccer released its preseason Top 100 list Wednesday (Aug. 24), and three Indiana men’s soccer student-athletes featured within the top 50 of that list. IU is one of four programs with at least three players ranked that high.

No. 3: Daniel Munie

On Tuesday, redshirt senior defender Daniel Munie was named Top Drawer Soccer first-team Best XI as well as a College Soccer News Preseason first-team All-American. IU’s team captain this season, Munie was an All-American and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2021 after leading the Hoosiers to an NCAA DI-best 13 clean sheets.

No. 38: Karsen Henderlong

Senior forward Karsen Henderlong is set to make his IU debut this season after his transfer from Xavier where he was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection a year ago. Henderlong tallied 22 goals and seven assists over three seasons in Cincinnati and had career-highs in goals (8) and assists (4) to lead the league in points (20) last fall.

No. 49: Herbert Endeley

Senior forward Herbert Endeley was a catalyst in the final third for IU in 2021, collecting two goals and a team-best six assists. Endeley has been an All-Big Ten selection in each of his first three seasons in cream and crimson, earning second-team laurels the last two years and all-freshman team honors his first season on campus.

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

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (0-0-2) will open the home slate of the program’s 30th season with an in-state matchup against Ball State (0-1-1) on Aug. 25 at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Jerry Yeagley Field in Bloomington. First kick between the Hoosiers and Cardinals is slated for 8 p.m. ET.

The match will be streamed on BTN+ with Samantha Condra (PxP) and Austin Platt (Analyst) on the call. Anna Winterhalder will handle the sideline reporting duties. Live stats of the match can be tracked on IUHoosiers.com.

ABOUT THE CARDINALS

• The Ball State Cardinals, led by fourth-year head coach Josh Rife, enter the matchup off a scoreless opening weekend. BSU fell to the University of Kentucky (3-0) on the road before earning a 0-0 draw at Queens in Charlotte.

• Rife played two seasons for the Indiana men’s soccer program under legendary head coach Jerry Yeagley. During his career, IU went to back-to-back College Cups and the 2001 Big Ten Conference title. His teams combined for 34-11-1.

• Fifth-year midfielder Jenna Dombrowski is the team’s active leader in career goals (6), career assists (5), career points (17) and career shots on goal (33). She has started 40-of-56 career matches played.

• Sophomore forward Lexi Fraley is coming off a season in which she was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team. The Harrison, Ind., native scored four goals in 16 appearances in her debut season.

• Sophomore Bethany Moser tends goal for the Cardinals and has surrendered three tallies (1.53 goals against average) in 176 minutes in net. Moser has made 11 saves (0.786 save percentage) on the 28 shots faced.

SERIES HISTORY

• The two sides have met three times on the pitch with the series split evenly, 1-1-1. All three of the previous matchups have been contested in Bloomington.

• Ball State shutout Indiana (1-0) to take the first match of the series back on Sept. 5, 2004 before IU exacted revenge with a 2-1 result on Sept. 16, 2006. In the most recent addition of the in-state rivalry, the teams were all square at 1-1 after 110 minutes of play.

• IU holds a record of 19-3-2 all time against teams currently in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Hoosiers have converted three-straight positive results against the conference dating back to a 4-0 win over Western Michigan on Aug. 27, 2017.

LAST TIME OUT

• Indiana played to a nil-nil draw for the second-straight match at Virginia Tech at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va., on Aug. 21.

• Sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg notched a career-best eight saves across the 90-minute shutout of the Hokies.

• The match marked the first career start for freshman Olivia Rush. Junior defender Alaina Kalin made her 50th career start.

• Senior defender Karlee Luker made her season debut with a first-half substitution for her 20th-career appearance for Indiana. Sophomore defender Camille Hamm recorded her 15th career start in 20 appearances. Redshirt freshman midfielder Ava Akeel made her first career appearance.

PLAYER PROFILE: JAMIE GERSTENBERG

• Gerstenberg, a member of the 2021 Big Ten All-Freshman Team, tied the Indiana program record with nine shutouts in her rookie campaign. She has posted a 9-3-6 record across 1,636 minutes in 18 starts. The Birkenwerder, Germany, native recorded 48 saves in 56 chances (0.857 save percentage).

• Through 18 career starts, Gerstenberg has posted 11 shutouts, including back-to-back shutouts to open the 2022 season. She holds a career goals against average of 0.45, which ranks tops in program history. Indiana has conceded one or fewer goals in 17-of-18 career starts made by Gerstenberg.

• She has competed for both the U17 and U19 German National Teams and was among those invited to camp prior to the 2022 FIFA U20 World Cup.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Purdue soccer team plays its first road game of the regular season at Kentucky on Thursday, August 25, in Lexington, Kentucky.

Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET at the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex.

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

The Boilermakers are 1-1-0 on the season after a 1-0 loss to Vanderbilt on Sunday. The defeat came after a memorable 3-0 victory over No. 15 USC to open the season on August 18. Kentucky enters Thursday evening’s matchup with a 2-0-0 mark after a 3-0 win against Ball State before a 4-1 victory at UT Martin.

Through two games, Purdue is second in the Big Ten with six assists and 6.00 saves per game and third with a .550 shot accuracy. The Boilermakers have scored three goals on 20 shots. Individually, freshman forward Naomi Splittorff, the Big Ten Freshman of the Week, is tied for the conference lead with one game-winning goal and she is tops with a 1.000 shot accuracy. Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway also paces the conference with two goals, which is No. 15 nationally. Additionally, freshman Kayla Budish is No. 15 in the NCAA and second in the Big Ten with two assists and sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile ranks No. 24 in the country and No. 2 in the league with 12 saves.

SPLITTORFF EARNS FIRST B1G HONOR

Freshman forward Naomi Splittorff was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday. In her first collegiate game on August 18, Splittorff scored the game-winning goal in the 44th minute to help the Boilermakers beat No. 15 USC. She played in both games last weekend and totaled 66 minutes with four shots, all on target. From Evansville, Indiana, Splittorff is the first Boilermaker to earn Freshman of the Week accolades since now-junior Nicole Kevdzija was honored twice during the 2020 season.

SERIES HISTORY VS. KENTUCKY

Thursday’s meeting is the third between the Boilermakers and Wildcats following a 1-1, double-overtime draw last season at Folk Field. The first matchup also resulted in a tie, 0-0 in 2007. The first two contests between Purdue and Kentucky, in 2007 and 2021, were the opening games of two of the greatest seasons in program history, as both Boilermaker squads reached the NCAA Tournament second round. The 2007 team went 20-2-3 and won the Big Ten Tournament title, while the 2021 team posted a 15-4-3 mark and was the Big Ten runner-up.

Last year in West Lafayette, a then-program-record crowd of 2,125 fans watched Purdue rally to tie Kentucky, 1-1. Then-senior forward Sarah Griffith scored the match-tying goal at 47:34, and it was another highlight-reel score that would be ranked No. 5 on ESPN Sports Center’s Top-10 Plays later in the evening. Purdue had an 18-14 advantage in shots, and both teams had seven shots on goal. Then-senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova and her UK counterpart each made six saves. UK’s goal came in the 30th minute. A complete recap can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS

Kentucky is 2-0-0 on the season with a pair of three-goal victories. The Wildcats’ lidlifter was a 3-0 win over Ball State at home before a 4-1 triumph at UT Martin.

UK leads the SEC with 21.50 shots and 10.50 shots on goal per game. Úlfa Úlfarsdóttir paces the conference with two goals and five points, and Jordyn Rhodes’ 5.50 shots and 3.00 shots on goal per game also are league-bests.

LAST TIME OUT: FIRST LOSS

Purdue suffered a 1-0 loss to Vanderbilt on August 21, as a 78th-minute goal was the lone score to conclude the opening weekend of the season. The Boilermakers were out-shot 15-9, and the Commodores had seven shots on goal to Purdue’s four. Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile made six saves for the second consecutive game and Vanderbilt’s keeper stopped all four shots she faced, including one penalty kick. Purdue’s nine shots came from eight different players, as senior defender Chloe Woodbeck paced the way with two. Four players had one shot on goal.

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

UP NEXT: BACK HOME AGAIN

Purdue returns home to host Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, August 28, at 1 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022. Sunday is the annual Pooches at the Pitch game, where fans are invited to bring their four-legged friends to Folk Field. The first 150 fans with dogs will receive a Purdue dog leash.

BOUNCE-BACK BOILERMAKERS

Purdue went 15-4-3 in 2021, which included a perfect 4-0-0 record following a loss. Each of the Boilermakers’ four defeats was followed by a win streak or monumental victory. Six consecutive wins came after the first loss, 1-0 at Notre Dame on September 2. The second defeat was a 2-1 home loss to No. 17 Michigan on September 30, and the Boilermakers went on the road three days later to upset No. 18 Wisconsin, 2-1. That victory put the team in the top-25 and began a three-game win streak.

A 2-1 loss at Penn State on October 17 was answered with another three-game win streak to conclude the regular season and begin the Big Ten Tournament. The season’s final loss was in the Big Ten Semifinal to No. 13 Michigan on November 4, 4-1. Purdue then won its NCAA Tournament First Round game in double overtime, 1-0 against Loyola, before a 1-1 draw to Notre Dame in the second round.

MEMORABLE SEASON-OPENING WIN

The win over No. 15 USC on August 18 to open the season was the Boilermakers’ highest-ranked home win since 2006, and it came in front of 3,296 fans, the largest home crowd in program history by more than 1,000.

In a matchup between two NCAA Tournament, top-25 and conference runners-up from a year ago, Purdue took a 1-0 lead late in the first half on a goal by freshman forward Naomi Splittorff. Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway added two goals in the second half to seal the top-15 victory while freshman forward Kayla Budish registered two assists. Meanwhile, sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile, making her first collegiate start, had six saves to earn her first career shutout.

The second Boiler Gold Rush season-opening kickoff game shattered the team attendance record, as 3,296 fans streamed through the Folk Field gates and were encircling the pitch more than 30 minutes before kickoff. The crowd easily topped the previous record of 2,125, set last season, and almost doubles what is now No. 3 on the list, 1,712 set in 2016.

A complete recap from the match, including box score, postgame comments from coach Drew Roff and highlights, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

OPENING-WEEKEND SUCCESS

The season-opening victory vs. No. 15 USC was just the second time the Boilermakers played a top-25 opponent to open the year in program history. Purdue also posted a top-25 win to begin the 2002 season, 1-0 against No. 16 St. Mary’s at a neutral site.

In eighth-year head coach Drew Roff’s tenure, the Boilermakers’ are 8-4-2 in opening-weekend games. Following the opening-night win, the Boilermakers are 6-1-1 in season-openers and 7-0-1 in home-opening contests.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER

College Soccer News has named Butler senior Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. to its 2022 Men’s Preseason All-America Second Team. The organization annually issues a preseason All-America team with the goal in mind of recognizing players who have excelled in the past and are likely to again be difference-makers in 2022.

Cabrera, Jr., from Bogota, Colombia, started all 19 matches for Butler in 2021, leading the team in goals (5) and overall points (12). Two of his goals were game-winners, and he was also credited with two assists on the season. He finished the BIG EAST portion of the season fourth in shots (27) and shots per game (2.70), tied for fifth in goals (3), and eighth in points (8), earning a nod to the 2021 All-BIG EAST First Team, his second such honor.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER

Matchday Information – No. 17 Butler vs. Illinois

DATE:                          Thursday, August 25 / 8 PM

LOCATION:                 Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl

LIVE VIDEO:               FloSports/ButlerPlus

LIVE STATS:               butlersports.com

SERIES RECORD:     Illinois leads, 4-1-0

LAST MEETING:        August 29, 2021 – Champaign, Ill. – Butler 3, Illinois 1

The No. 17 Butler women’s soccer team will face its second-consecutive Big Ten opponent when Illinois visits the Butler campus on Thursday, August 25, at 8 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 upset win over No. 9 Michigan, while the Illini most recently defeated Toledo, 4-1.

Bulldog Bits

Fifth Year Katie Soderstrom was chosen the 2022 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. Joining her on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team is senior defender Aliya Diagne.

Butler’s 2022 schedule includes four teams who received recognition in the United Soccer Coaches 2022 Pre-Season poll (#9 Michigan, #19 Georgetown, #24 Xavier, and RV Wisconsin).

Butler entered the United Soccer Coaches national poll at No. 17 after last weekend’s action, marking the highest ranking in that poll in program history. The Bulldogs were most recently ranked No. 23 in the September 11, 2018, poll, and the previous all-time high was No. 20 in the October 31, 2017, poll.

Butler’s win over No. 9 Michigan on Sunday was the program’s second win over a top-10 team. The Bulldogs’ only other top-10 win was a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Texas A&M in 2017. Butler’s most recent win over a ranked team was a 4-1 result over No. 20 Notre Dame in 2018.

Katie Soderstrom notched the game-winning goal in both of Butler’s victories in the young season.

Anna Pierce (2-0) made six saves against the Wolverines to earn the first solo shutout of her career.

Soderstrom was chosen the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, while Pierce was selected as BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week.

Five Bulldogs scored a goal in Butler’s opening-season victory over Western Michigan.

The Matchup

SERIES RECORD: Illinois leads, 4-1-0

LAST MEETING: August 29, 2021 – Champaign, Ill. – Butler 3, Illinois 1

Illinois won the first four matches of the series (2002, 2003, 2007, 2019)

The only match of the series in Indianapolis was in 2019 when the Illini won, 2-1.

Scouting Illinois

Previous match: Toledo W, 4-1

Ashley Cathro, R-Sr., D, Eileen Murphy, Sr., D, and Kendra Pasquale, R-Sr., M, were selected as Players to Watch by the Big Ten.

Offensive leaders for Illinois include:

#18 Sarah Foley (1g, 1a)

#8 Ashley Prell (1g, 1a)

#9 Madison Mariani (1g)

#12 Kendra Pasquale (1g)

#4 Makala Woods (1g)

Julia Cili (2-0) has played two complete games in goal. She has given up one goal (.500 GAA) and made five saves (.833), producing one shutout.

Butler redshirt-senior Katie Soderstrom has been named United Soccer Coaches College Player of the Week. This is the first such honor for any player in the women’s soccer program.

Soderstrom was key in Butler’s two victories over the weekend, scoring one goal in each match, including the lone goal in a win at No. 9 Michigan. Her game-winner came in the 64th minute against the Wolverines and ultimately gave the Bulldogs the top-10 win. The forward tallied nine shots during opening weekend, six of which were on goal. Soderstrom’s nine shots were second amongst BIG EAST players. She also added one assist against Western Michigan.

Butler returns to action on Thursday when Illinois visits the Sellick Bowl for an 8 pm kickoff.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER

Matchday Information – Butler vs. Western Michigan

DATE:                          Thursday, August 25 / 5 PM

LOCATION:                 Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl

LIVE STATS:                butlersports.com

LIVE VIDEO:                FloSports/ButlerPlus

SERIES RECORD:      Western Michigan leads, 4-3-0

LAST MEETING:         September 16, 2021 – Kalamazoo, Mich. – Western Michigan 2, Butler 0

The Butler men’s soccer team opens its season on Thursday, August 25, when Western Michigan comes to Indianapolis for a 5 pm kickoff. The Bulldogs are coming off a 7-9-3 season, while the Broncos were 10-8-2 in 2021.

Bulldog Bits

Senior forward Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was chosen the 2022 Preseason BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year.

Butler’s 2022 schedule includes five teams who received recognition in the United Soccer Coaches 2022 Pre-Season poll (#2 Georgetown, #13 Indiana, #14 Marshall, #16 Providence, and RV St. John’s).

Butler newcomers include players from France, Germany, and the Netherlands, as well as Indiana’s Mr. Soccer.

Joost de Schutter and Vygo Verkooijen both hail from the Netherlands. De Schutter has represented his country in 19 matches at various youth levels, and his 2019 U17 team was crowned European Champion.

Lou-Kent Bosc played for Paris Saint-Germain in France, and Jacob Jansen’s club team, Fc Köln, was the 2018-19 German U17 Bundesliga champion.

Palmer Ault was the 2021 Indiana Soccer Coaches Association State Player of the Year and completed with Indy Eleven’s USL team over the summer.

The Matchup

Western Michigan won last season’s matchup, 2-0, in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Broncos won the previous two meetings and have won four of the past six.

The opening match of the series was a 2-1 Butler win in 2013.

Scouting Western Michigan

In 2021, Western Michigan had an overall record of 7-6-5 and finished 2-3-1 in MAC play.

In 18 matches, the Broncos scored 24 goals compared to 21 for their opponents.

Western Michigan outshot its opponents, 209-166.

Nine Broncos notched a goal and 12 also tallied at least one assist.

Returning offensive standouts for Western Michigan include:

#25 Charlie Sharp (5g, 3a)

#6 Dylan Sing (5g, 3a)

#21 Mike Melaragni (3g, 2a)

#9 Eric Conerty (1g, 1a)

#8 Daniel Nimick (3a)

Graduate-transfer Hunter Morse was the primary goalkeeper for Michigan State during the 2019, spring 2021, and fall 2021 seasons.

BALL  STATE WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – It was unanimous, all 12 Mid-American Conference women’s volleyball head coaches picked the Ball State women’s volleyball team to repeat as the West Division Champions in the league’s annual preseason poll.

The Cardinals received all 72 points and all 12 first-place votes to win the division in the preseason poll, ahead of Western Michigan (55 points), Toledo (49), Northern Illinois (32), Central Michigan (29), and Eastern Michigan (15).

Ball State also received four of the 12 votes to win the league’s conference tournament, trailing only MAC East Division favorite Bowling Green in that category.

Individually, all three of Ball State’s returning All-MAC First Team honorees were selected to the West Division Preseason All-MAC Team.

Sophomore Megan Wielonski, who was also named the 2021 MAC Freshman of the Year, led the Cardinals to a program record .265 hitting percentage last season and ranked second nationally in total assists (1,394) and service aces (58).

Senior Marie Plitt ranked second in the MAC and 55th nationally with a .360 hitting percentage last season. She smashed double-digit kills in 15 matches, including a career-high 20 in Ball State’s NCAA Tournament first round victory over Michigan (Dec. 3).

Senior Natalie Mitchem ranked second on the squad with 360 total kills last season, including 22 matches in double figures. Along with tying her career high with 21 kills in a win at Toledo (Oct. 29), she scored 12 kills in BSU’s MAC Tournament semifinal win over Western Michigan (Nov. 22) and 11 in the championship match victory over Bowling Green (Nov. 24).

In addition to the MAC Preseason Poll, the Ball State women’s volleyball team earned 18 votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) preseason poll released Aug. 15. Ball State received three votes in the final 2021 poll.

The Cardinals will be tested right out of the gate Friday, when it opens the season versus another 2021 NCAA Tournament participant in South Alabama as part of the USF Opening Weekend Invite. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

2022 MAC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll

(First Place Votes)

2022 MAC Volleyball East Division Predictions

1. Bowling Green (11) – 71 points

2. Ohio – 59 points

3. Kent State (1) – 40 points

4. Buffalo – 34 points

5. Miami – 32 points

6. Akron – 16 points

2022 MAC Volleyball West Division Predictions

1. Ball State (12) – 72 points

2. Western Michigan – 55 points

3. Toledo – 49 points

4. Northern Illinois – 32 points

5. Central Michigan – 29 points

6. Eastern Michigan – 15 points

Predicted Tournament Champion: Bowling Green (7), Ball State (4), Western Michigan (1)

East Division Preseason All-MAC Team

Petra Indrova, Bowling Green

Katelyn Meyer, Bowling Green

Julia Walz, Bowling Green

Savannah Matthews, Kent State

Caroline Clippard, Ohio

Sam Steele, Ohio

West Division Preseason All-MAC Team

Natalie Mitchem, Ball State

Marie Plitt, Ball State

Megan Wielonski, Ball State

Raeven Chase, Eastern Michigan

Taylor Alt, Toledo

Logan Case, Western Michigan

Maggie King, Western Michigan

BALL STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL

MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach Michael Lewis and the Ball State men’s basketball team finalized the schedule for the 2022-23 season with the announcement of the Mid-American Conference portion of the schedule on Wednesday.

The Cardinal faithful will get its first look at the team with an exhibition against DePauw inside Worthen Arena on Oct. 29.

“We’re excited about the upcoming season,” said Coach Lewis. “After talking with those that determine the NET and KenPom rankings, our schedule is a B+ rated schedule. We’re happy about the schedule and it’s something we can use to help us continue to build the program. Scheduling is one of the more difficult things in these jobs, aligning dates, times, and contracts, allowing it all to work out. We’re very pleased with the schedule that we have. We think it will challenge us in the right way as we prepare for our MAC season and ultimately trying to compete for a championship.”

The Michael Lewis Era of Cardinal basketball begins on Nov. 7 as Earlham travels to Muncie for a Monday showdown. Ball State takes to the road for its next two contests, the first at Indiana State on Nov. 12, followed by Omaha on Nov. 16. Ball State hosts IU-South Bend on Nov. 19 before the Cardinals head to The Bahamas.

The Cardinals open the Baha Mar Hoops Nassau Championship against the Vermont Catamounts on Nov. 25. The Catamounts finished last season with an NET of 56 after they posted a 28-5 record, which earned them a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Ball State and Vermont will be joined by Long Beach State, Missouri State, North Texas, Oakland, San Jose State, and UNCW. The Cardinals will play a game on Nov. 26 and Nov. 27.

Ball State remains on the road in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, against Duquesne on Saturday, Dec. 3. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Cardinals make the trip to Charleston, Illinois, for a matchup with the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

BSU is scheduled to play the final four games of 2022 in the Hoosier state. The Evansville Aces come to Worthen Arena on Saturday, Dec. 10. Ball State will take on Illinois State inside the Gainbridge Fieldhouse on Dec. 17 as a part of the Indy Classic. The Cardinals play host to the Georgia Southern Eagles on Dec. 21 followed by the Chicago State Cougars on Dec. 28.

Ball State opens 2023 and MAC play on the road at Toledo on Jan. 3. The conference home opener will be Jan. 7 as the Akron Zips make the trek to Muncie. After a road game against Ohio on Jan. 10, the Cardinals return to the friendly confines of Worthen Arena for the next two contests. Miami comes to town on Jan. 14 and Western Michigan follows on Jan. 17.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, Ball State returns to the road for a showdown with Kent State. The Cardinals welcome the Buffalo Bulls to Muncie on Jan. 24. Ball State ends January on the road at Northern Illinois on the 28th and Bowling Green on the 31st.

February begins with a matchup at home with Eastern Michigan on the 4th. The Cardinals make their first trip to Michigan on Feb. 7 for a battle with the Central Michigan Chippewas. Bowling Green makes the return trip to Muncie on Saturday, Feb. 11. The Huskies of NIU come to Worthen Arena on Feb. 14.

The Cardinals will play three of the next four games on the road to close out February. BSU heads back to Michigan for a contest with WMU on Feb. 18. Ball State returns to Muncie as Kent State comes to town on Feb. 21. The Cardinals face the Eagles of EMU in Ypsilanti on Feb. 25. Ball State ends the month at Akron on Feb. 28.

The Cardinals end the regular season at home against the Rockets of Toledo on March 3.

The MAC Men’s Basketball Tournament will take place at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, March 9-11.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State women’s basketball team released its 2022-23 schedule in its entirety Wednesday. Just like in years past, 11th-year head coach Brady Sallee and his staff have put together an array of challenging non-conference opponents for the Cardinals talented squad in preparation for their 2023 Mid-American Conference slate.

The Cardinals start the month of November with an exhibition game in Worthen Arena on Nov. 1 against Wheeling University on Nov. 1.

Ball State’s season opener will be on the road at Tennessee Tech (Nov. 7) before the team returns home for back-to-back contests against IU East (Nov. 14) and in-state rival Butler (Nov. 17). Ball State heads back on the road Nov. 20 when it travels to South Bend for a showdown against Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) powerhouse and the 2018 national champions, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

After that, Ball State rounds out the month of November with a Thanksgiving Break trip in Utah where the Cardinals will play at Utah State (Nov. 23) and BYU (Nov. 26).

Make sure to mark your calendars for the first week of December as the Cardinals will play in Worthen Arena a total of three times hosting Western Kentucky (Dec. 1), Saint Louis (Dec. 5), IUPUI (Dec. 8).

On Dec. 11, Ball State travels to its second ACC opponent, Pitt to take on the Panthers in the Petersen Events Center. The Cardinals will fly to warmer weather, as they participate in the Puerto Rico Classic against Tarleton State (Dec. 19) and Richmond (Dec. 20).

After the quick holiday break, Ball State ends the 2022 calendar year with their final non-conference competition, hosting Chicago State Dec. 30.

Ball State will open the 2023 18-game Mid-American Conference campaign which will include eight games at home and eight on the road over a nine-week span in Worthen Arena on Jan. 4 against Bowling Green. The Cardinals will play home-and-home series with all five divisional opponents, face each cross divisional program once and play a second game versus Akron, Bowling Green, Miami and Ohio. Ball State will end the MAC regular season on the road against league rival the rival RedHawks in Oxford, Ohio on March 4.

The conference tournament runs March 8-11 with the league’s top eight teams advancing to Cleveland for quarterfinals, semifinals and the title game on Saturday, March 11.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER

ST. LOUIS – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (2-0) will have an opportunity to pick up its first-ranked victory of the 2022 season when they travel to St. Louis to take on the 19th-ranked Billikens (2-0). The Fighting Irish looked impressive with wins over Marquette and Western Michigan, posting a 5-0 goal aggregate. Meanwhile, St. Louis knocked off N0. 8 Arkansas at home, 1-0, then followed that up with a 3-0 victory over Drake.

Fans can watch the action online on ESPN+. First kick at Hermann Stadium is slated for 8 pm ET / 7 pm local time.

OPENING WEEKEND NOTABLES

What a 2-0 start it was for the Irish this past week in wins over Marquette and Western Michigan. Shots-wise, it was all Notre Dame, 52-1 in fact. The Irish rank 7th nationally in shots per game (26.0) and 4th in shots on goal per game (12.5).

Defensively, the Irish have not allowed a single shot on net yet, boasting a 25-0 advantage there. Yet, despite the two victories, the Irish somehow went from being ranked 16th in the preseason poll to unranked this week.

MAC HERMANN WATCH LIST

As a defender, sometimes your hard work can go unnoticed. However, Eva Gaetino got some well-deserved love when she was named to the Mac Hermann Trophy Watch List. On August 18, the United Soccer Coaches announced its 61 players up for soccer’s most prestigious award. The list gets narrowed down to 15 players on Nov. 30. 

BRACE YOURSELF

Both Olivia Wingate and Maddie Mercado recorded their second career braces in the opening weekend. Wingate notched two goals against Marquette, while Mercado delivered both in the air and on the ground with two against Western Michigan.

Wingate ranked third on the team last year in goals with seven, while Mercado ranked fourth with five. Both those goal totals were respective career bests for Wingate and Mercado.

FRESH BLOOD

A talented freshmen foursome join the Irish for the 2022 season: Leah Klenke, Berkley Mensik, Laney Matriano and Kiki Turner. Both Klenke and Matriano received starts in the midfield in the first two games.

Klenke in particular shone bright, registering three points over the weekend.  She scored in the 3-0 win over Marquette, then delivered a beautiful cross and assist to Mercado in the game-winner over Western Michigan. 

Coach Norman described Klenke as one of the best incoming freshmen he’s had here in terms of being ready to go for game one. He also said he can play her in any position and she’s done so in both games, starting at center mid then rotating to left back.

Speaking of the Ball State exhibition, Mensik proved she has speed that might rival Wingate. In a counter attack, Mensik dribbled past 3 defenders before setting up a Mercado goal.

LOCAL PENN STANDOUTS RETURN

Two grad student transfers into the program return home to their roots for their final season. Mackenzie Wood and Kristina Lynch, both from Granger, attended Penn High and won a state title together.

Wood, a 5-9 goalkeeper from Northwestern, will be battling Ashley Naylor for the starting spot. Expect to see both starting games early on in the season.

Lynch, a 5-7 forward from Florida State, won NCAA titles with the Seminoles in both 2018 and 2021. She is currently recovering from an ankle injury and will miss the first few weeks. 

RETURNING BACKLINE

The Irish return all but two starters from last year’s starting eleven, losing just its two central midfielders in Camryn Dyke and Brook VanDyck. Thus, its entire backline defense of Wirtz, Gaetino and Hudson is back and looking to dominate even more so than last season.

The three defenders helped post a 0.963 goals against average. All-in-all, the Irish defense allowed 22 goals with 97 shots on net. Total shots wise, they only allowed 9.6 shots per game. The 22 goals were the fewest allowed in Coach Norman’s tenure (not counting the shortened 2020 season due to Covid-19), and the fewest since 2016.

ON THE FRONT FOOT

A trend for Notre Dame in 2021 was striking early and pouncing on its opponent. All-in-all, ND scored a total of 12 goals in the first 20 minutes of games – spanning 10 different games. The Irish just may be back on that trend in 2022, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes of the Marquette game.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER

Notre Dame opens the 2022 season by welcoming Seattle University to Alumni Stadium. The match is slated to start at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 25 and will air on ACCNX.

NOTRE DAME vs. SEATTLE

Location: Notre Dame, Indiana | Alumni Stadium

Live Stream: ACCNX

Twitter Updates: @NDMenSoccer

THE SEATTLE SERIES

• Notre Dame and Seattle will face each other on Thursday evening for the third time in series history.

• The Irish are 2-0-0 against the Redhawks in the all-time series.

• The Irish won a high scoring affair in the most recent meeting, claiming a 4-2 win at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 6, 2019.

OWNING THE OPENERS

• Notre Dame has historically gotten off to a good start to its seasons, posting a record of 27-10-8 in its season openers.

• The Irish have lost just once in their last 11 openers to a season, going 6-1-4.

• Notre Dame has outscored the opposition by a combined score of 17-8 over that stretch.

• Notre Dame has been even better in home openers, recording a mark of 32-9-4.

• The Irish are 2-1-1 under Chad Riley in both home openers and season openers.

• Last season the Irish suffered a heartbreaking defeat in overtime, falling to No. 2 Indiana by a final of 3-2 at Alumni Stadium.

2021 REWIND

• The Irish are coming off one of their most successful seasons in program history.

• The 2021 squad advanced to the College Cup for the second time in history and captured the program’s first ACC Tournament title.

• Notre Dame finished the season on an eight-game unbeaten streak, going 5-0-3 during that span, all coming in postseason play.

• The Irish allowed just two goals over the final eight matches of the year.

• Notre Dame defeated Duke in the ACC Tournament final to capture the crown. The Irish didn’t allow a single goal over four matches of ACC Tournament play.

• The season came to an end in the College Cup semifinals, as the Irish fell to Clemson in penalties (5-3) in Cary, N.C.

KEEP IT CLEAN

• The Notre Dame defense returns starting goalkeeper Bryan Dowd along with three of four starters from the 2021 backline, including CB Josh Ramsey, LB Paddy Burns and RB Ben Giacobello.

The Irish closed the 2021 season with 10 clean sheets in its last 14 matches.

• The Irish totaled 13 shutouts on the season, with Bryan Dowd in goal for 10.

• The 13 clean sheets were tied for third most in program history and the most since recording 13 during the 2006 season.

• Notre Dame had eight clean sheets against ACC opponents, the most by any team in the conference last season (Pitt x2, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, Louisville, NC State x2)

• Opponents scored multiple goals in just four of 24 matches in 2021.

• Despite playing some of the top teams in the country, the Irish allowed just seven goals over the final 16 matches.

• Bryan Dowd tied the program record for consecutive clean sheets with six straight, all coming in postseason play.

BALANCED ATTACK

• Fourteen returning Irish players registered at least one point last season, as the team returns 86 points from last year.

• Ten players scored a goal through during the 2021 campaign, with six scoring multiple goals.

• Sophomore Matthew Roou is the top returning goal scorer on the 2022 squad after firing in seven goals during his debut season.

#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY

• The Irish welcome a seven-man freshman class to South Bend which was ranked as the No. 3 class in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.

• The class features four players ranked in IMG’s top 200 rankings, each ranking in the top 100.

• The seven players come from a combined five states and one foreign country (Ghana).

• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.

• Notre Dame also welcomes Mo Williams to the team, a grad transfer defender from Seton Hall.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team will look to get back above .500 when the Mastodons visit Toledo on Thursday (Aug. 25) for a 7 p.m. contest.

Game Day Information

Who: Toledo Rockets

When: Thursday, August 25 | 7 PM

Where: Toledo, Ohio | Paul Hotmer Field

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Know Your Foe

Toledo is 0-1-1 coming into its match with the Mastodons. The Rockets picked up a 2-2 draw with Dayton but fell at Illinois 4-1. Ashton Cassel, Sissy Novak and Morgan Otteson have one goal each. Emma Boutorwick and Karson Hill have split time in goal, playing one game each.

Series History

Toledo owns a 5-1-1 lead in the series against Purdue Fort Wayne. The Mastodons’ only win against the Rockets came in double-overtime in 2003. The two squads tied last season in Fort Wayne 0-0.

Brick Wall Castaneda

Samantha Castaneda owns a 1.34 career goals against average, which is the best in program history among those that played at least 750 minutes in the net. Her mark of 1.35 GAA in 2021 was the second-best for a season-long average to Sam Pavlika’s 1.07 in 2012.

Mack to the Max!

Mackenzie Evans had two goals and an assist in the Mastodons’ regular season opener against Chicago State. Her five points ties the ninth-most in a single game in program history.

She’s Been Around

Gabrielle Fanning is in her sixth year of college soccer, playing her first season in 2017. With a redshirt campaign in 2018 and the extra year due to the blanket COVID-19 waiver, Fanning is the only student-athlete at Purdue Fort Wayne of any sport to be playing her sixth year with the Mastodons. She is also the only current student-athlete to play under the “Fort Wayne” athletics branding, thus the only to play in blue and white uniforms. She has played in 64 games as a Mastodon, with 61 starts, and has a chance to become the all-time career leader in both categories.

Be Aware!

In the newest rule changes from the NCAA, overtime will no longer be played in the regular season. Overtime will only be played in postseason games, and will no longer be golden goal, meaning both 10-minute overtime periods will be played to completion.

Roster Reset

Purdue Fort Wayne’s roster consists of 17 players who have played at least two full seasons of college soccer. There are 10 seniors, seven juniors, six sophomores and three freshmen. Last season, the Mastodons were led by three All-Horizon League selections: Morgan Reitano (First Team), Gabrielle Fanning (Second Team) and Bella Reitano (All-Freshman Team). The Mastodons return 10 players who started in at least half of last season’s games.

Meet The Freshmen

Purdue Fort Wayne has three freshmen on its roster this season: Lauren Klusek, Chloe Mariotti and Lauryn Brucchieri. Klusek was a top-10 goal-scorer in the U.S. Development Academy in the 2018-19 season, Mariotti was a two-time All-Conference pick at Yorktown High School, and Brucchieri was a three-time All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Last Time Out

Eastern Illinois topped the Mastodons 2-0 thanks to two goals in less than two minutes. The ‘Dons had 22 shots, which was their most since the two teams met in 2021. Morgan Reitano and Marisa Metzger had four shots each.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne is set for a home game against Bellarmine on August 28 at 3 PM. The two teams tied 0-0 in 2021 after 110 minutes of play.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational Presented by Sonesta Select will take place on August 26-27 on the Arnie Ball Court in the Gates Sports Center. The participating teams are Purdue Fort Wayne, Canisius, Lindenwood and Western Illinois.

Tournament Information

Who: Canisius | Lindenwood | Western Illinois

When: Friday, August 26 – Saturday, August 27

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Arnie Ball Court

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

    Match 1 | Match 2 | Match 3 | Match 4 | Match 5 | Match 6

Tickets: Day 1 | Day 2

Tournament Schedule

Friday, August 26

    11 AM: Canisius vs. Lindenwood

    4:30 PM: Lindenwood vs. Western Illinois

    7 PM: Canisius at Purdue Fort Wayne

Saturday, August 27

    11 AM: Lindenwood at Purdue Fort Wayne

    1:30 PM: Western Illinois vs. Canisius

    7 PM: Western Illinois at Purdue Fort Wayne

All-Tournament Team

The All-Tournament Team selections will be chosen by head coaches. The winning team earns three selections, second place gets two, and the third and fourth place teams get one selection each.

Know Your Foes

• Canisius is coming off an 11-18 season. The Golden Griffins had a 10-8 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference record and a berth to the MAAC semifinal match. The Mastodons played two common opponents as Canisius last season: Wright State and Western Michigan. Canisius lost both of those matches 3-0. Under first-year head coach Tom Hanna, the Golden Griffins return three of their top seven hitters from last season.

• Lindenwood is in its first season of Division I competition in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Lions had a 14-13 record in 2021 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Head coach Will Condon is entering his sixth season at the helm and returns three of his top four attackers.

• Western Illinois had a 5-24 record last season, which included a 4-14 record in Summit League play. The one non-league game the Leathernecks won last season was against Eastern Kentucky. First-year head coach Dale Starr returns three of his top five, but neither of the two best attackers, from last season. The Leathernecks lost an exhibition 3-1 to Quincy to open 2022.

Series Histories

Purdue Fort Wayne has never played Canisius and Lindenwood, but has a storied history against Western Illinois. The Mastodons and Leathernecks were rivals in the Summit League for 12 years. The all-time series is 22-6 in favor of the Mastodons, including the ‘Dons winning nine of the last 10 matches. The ‘Dons have a 12-2 advantage in the Gates Sports Center.

Nearing 100

Head coach Steve Florio’s next regular season win will be his 100th. He has won 99 matches since taking over the head coaching duties of the program in 2014.

Roster Reset

Purdue Fort Wayne will look to replace former Horizon League Player of the Year Katie Crowe in 2022. The Mastodons have four seniors, including two pin hitters, Madelyn Wurster and Sidney Schiller, and two liberos, Rachael Crucis and Alexandra Traciak. The four-member junior class includes three primary starters from last season: Maggie Castleman, Ramei Jackson and Molly Mirabelli. Three sophomores and six freshmen round out the roster for this season. Sophomore transfer Taya Haffner is expected to play a major role at the setter spot.

What Happened Last Year?

The Mastodons went 8-23, 6-12 in the Horizon League in 2021. Katie Crowe had the most kills per set on the team (3.40), with Madelyn Wurster (2.48), Maggie Castleman (2.35) and Ramei Jackson (2.03) followed. Rachael Crucis dug out 3.78 attacks per set to pace the defensive efforts.

Heavy Hitter

Ramei Jackson is in the top-10 in program history in career hitting percentage.

8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)

9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)

10. Ramei Jackson (.274, 2020-present)

11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)

12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)

Diggin’ Up Everything

Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.

Digs Per Set

1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)

2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)

3. Rachael Crucis (4.30, 2019-present)

4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)

5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

Digs

8. Emily Spencer (1,403, 2011-14)

9. Olivia Hahn (1,398, 2013-16)

10. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)

11. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)

12. Rachael Crucis (1,313, 2019-present)

Coming Up

The Mastodons will head to Xavier’s tournament to play Eastern Michigan, Virginia and the host Musketeers on September 2-3.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL

Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee, Wis. / Whitnall [Winona State]) recently joined the long list of former Valparaiso University men’s basketball players who have gone on to play professionally following their careers with the Brown & Gold.

Taylor has signed his first professional contract with Lavrio Megabolt in Lavrio, Attica, Greece.

Taylor completed his collegiate career in 2021-2022, setting up his professional opportunity by putting together a strong season for the Beacons. He played in all 32 games and made 28 starts, averaging 12.8 points per game while shooting 38.3 percent from 3 and 80.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Taylor tied for the team lead with 50 assists and finished second on the squad in steals with 29. He scored in double figures 19 times to finish his collegiate career with 100 double-figure scoring outputs. He led the team in scoring on eight occasions.

The fifth-year standout finished ninth in the MVC in made 3s per game at 2.1 and was fifth in the league in minutes per game at 34.5. He had an impressive streak of 84 consecutive games with a made 3-pointer end on Jan. 30, 2022 at Southern Illinois, one of the longest streaks in NCAA history.

Taylor scored his 2,000th collegiate point on Feb. 23 vs. Drake, becoming just the third player in program history to score his 2,000th collegiate point while playing for Valpo, joining program legends Alec Peters and Bryce Drew. He became the 27th active player at that time at all levels of NCAA basketball to reach that milestone.

U OF I WOMEN’S SOCCER

INDIANAPOLIS – Soccer is on slate once again as University of Indianapolis women’s soccer hosts the Northwood Timberwolves this Thursday. The Greyhounds come off another quality year, ending with an 11-4-3 record on route to a NCAA tournament berth advancing to the second round. 

They were led offensively by Kiki Sauceda in the goals category with 15 of the total goals scored last season. Maria Herrero was a force as well finding the back of the net four times herself. The team was defensively stout with six of their 11 wins coming with clean sheets. 

With a young squad and a new season ahead of them, hear from Head Coach Holly Cox and senior midfielder Alexi Hardie about this years team here.

U OF I VOLLEYBALL

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2022 Great Lakes Valley Conference Preseason Volleyball Poll was released on Wednesday, with the UIndy volleyball team selected to share sixth place in the upcoming season.
 
The Greyhounds collected 89 points among the league’s 13 head coaches, whom are not allowed to vote for their own program. UIndy returns a host of players from the 2021 squad, which returned to the GLVC Championship Tournament last fall, including all-conference defensive specialist MaKenna Barnhart, middle blocker Elizabeth Eads, and setter Alex Equihua.
 
Defending GLVC champion Lewis earned nine first-place votes and 140 points to top the preseason rankings, while Missouri-St. Louis (three) and Rockhurst (one) rounded out the top three. Drury joined UIndy with 89 points to tie for sixth.
 
The Greyhounds have advanced to 21 of the last 22 GLVC postseason tournaments, including eight appearances under head coach Jason Reed. The 2022 UIndy volleyball schedule begins Friday, August 26, at the Indianapolis Tournament at the Athletics & Recreation Center.

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees7648.61345 – 2031 – 2835 – 2322 – 712 – 104 – 6W 3
Tampa Bay6855.5537.541 – 2327 – 3229 – 2314 – 1515 – 98 – 2W 5
Toronto6755.549836 – 2531 – 3026 – 2419 – 1515 – 116 – 4W 2
Baltimore6459.52011.536 – 2428 – 3527 – 2912 – 1415 – 85 – 5L 1
Boston6064.4841629 – 3231 – 3216 – 3415 – 1221 – 84 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland6656.54132 – 2534 – 3112 – 1431 – 2411 – 106 – 4W 2
Minnesota6260.508435 – 2827 – 3215 – 1230 – 2012 – 164 – 6L 5
Chi White Sox6361.508430 – 3133 – 3015 – 1627 – 2713 – 145 – 5W 1
Kansas City5175.4051731 – 3520 – 4012 – 2023 – 2610 – 183 – 7W 1
Detroit4877.38419.529 – 3519 – 429 – 2022 – 366 – 125 – 5W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8045.64041 – 1839 – 279 – 1022 – 840 – 216 – 4W 3
Seattle6757.54012.532 – 2735 – 3016 – 177 – 635 – 285 – 5L 1
Texas5767.46022.527 – 3430 – 335 – 1416 – 1126 – 346 – 4W 1
LA Angels5272.41927.526 – 3626 – 366 – 2114 – 925 – 292 – 8L 5
Oakland4679.3683420 – 4126 – 3810 – 1611 – 1822 – 365 – 5W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets7946.63240 – 1939 – 2743 – 1915 – 514 – 124 – 6L 2
Atlanta7848.6191.542 – 2436 – 2432 – 2220 – 1016 – 118 – 2W 3
Philadelphia6955.5569.536 – 2933 – 2629 – 2717 – 916 – 116 – 4W 3
Miami5470.43524.525 – 3329 – 3725 – 2811 – 1511 – 184 – 6L 1
Washington4283.3363719 – 4423 – 399 – 4212 – 1415 – 184 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis7153.57340 – 2131 – 3212 – 1532 – 1917 – 98 – 2L 1
Milwaukee6558.5285.531 – 2434 – 3411 – 1331 – 2810 – 134 – 6L 2
Chi Cubs5470.4351728 – 3726 – 3313 – 928 – 288 – 217 – 3W 1
Cincinnati4874.3932226 – 3622 – 3810 – 2019 – 268 – 214 – 6L 3
Pittsburgh4777.3792426 – 3621 – 417 – 1822 – 3114 – 172 – 8L 5
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers8637.69945 – 1641 – 2115 – 1121 – 935 – 127 – 3W 2
San Diego6858.54019.535 – 2833 – 3019 – 1519 – 1026 – 254 – 6L 2
San Francisco6162.4962534 – 2927 – 3314 – 1317 – 1120 – 315 – 5L 1
Arizona5667.4553032 – 3224 – 3514 – 1413 – 1521 – 314 – 6L 1
Colorado5471.4323336 – 3218 – 398 – 1911 – 1227 – 303 – 7L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1922       After leading 25-6, thanks to scoring ten second-inning runs and adding another 14 in the fourth, the Cubs need to hold on to defeat Philadelphia 26-23. The slugfest, which sets the major league mark for most tallies scored in one game and the most hits with a combined total of 51, ends with the Phillies leaving the bases loaded in the ninth.

1929       The Giants become the first team to employ a public address system when they place a microphone inside the mask of connected home plate umpire Charles Rigler. The team’s effort to have the ump broadcast ball-and-strike calls to the Polo Grounds crowd doesn’t work very well.

1934       Schoolboy Rowe wins his 16th consecutive game, tying the American League record shared by Smoky Joe Wood, Walter Johnson, and Lefty Grove. The 24-year-old right-hander from Waco, Texas, who goes 3-for-4 in the contest, singles home the eventual winning run in the ninth inning in the Tigers’ 4-2 victory over the Senators at Griffith Stadium.

1936       The Braves establish a new major league record, hitting seven doubles in one inning. The two-bagger barrage occurs in the first frame of a 20-3 rout of the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park.

1946       The Yankees become the first team to draw over two million paying patrons when 42,908 fans show up at the Bronx ballpark to watch the Bombers drop a 7-2 decision to Detroit’s Hal Newhouse. Today’s crowd brings the season’s total to 2,027,087, three-quarters of a million more than the previous American League record set by the team when they played at the Polo Grounds in 1920.

1952       At Yankee Stadium, Tiger Virgil Trucks (5-14) throws the second of his two no-hitters this season, blanking the Bronx Bombers, 1-0. Originally scored an error, Phil Rizzuto’s third-inning grounder is changed to a hit, reversed again in the sixth inning, making the no-hitter a bit controversial.

1956       General manager George Weiss and skipper Casey Stengel consult with Phil Rizzuto, wanting the shortstop’s input concerning a player move necessitated by reacquiring Enos Slaughter off waivers from the A’s. After listening to Scooter’s suggestions about who should go, the GM cuts the veteran infielder from the squad.

1959       The White Sox trade minor league infielder Bob Sagers and outfielder Harry Simpson to the Pirates for first baseman Ted Kluszewski. The 34-year-old ‘Big Klu,’ obtained for the team’s stretch run, will hit .391 and drive in 10 runs during the World Series for the AL champs.

1967       Dean Chance throws his second no-hitter of the month, defeating the Indians 2-1 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. On August 5, the Twins’ 26-year-old right-hander hurled five perfect innings in an abbreviated game against the Red Sox.

1968       Rocky Colavito, giving up just one hit in 2.1 innings of relief, is credited with the win when the Yankees beat Detroit, 6-5. The Yankees outfielder, who also homers in the game, will be the last position player to notch a major league victory until Colorado catcher Brent Mayne accomplishes the feat in 2000.

1969       Joe Niekro is traded by the Cubs, along with Gary Ross and Francisco Libran, in exchange for right-hander Dick Selma. The 22-year-old never became a favorite of Chicago skipper Leo Durocher due to his insistence on throwing a knuckleball, the signature pitch that will result in 221 career victories.

1979       At Dodger Stadium, Robin Williams, the star of Mork and Mindy, a TV show where he plays an alien, runs the bases backward in a Hollywood Stars vs. the Media game. The comedian explains circling the bags clockwise is very common on the Planet Ork, his character’s home in the universe.

1983       The Louisville Redbirds become the first minor league team to draw more than a million fans. A total of 1,052,438 people will watch the St. Louis AAA farm team play their American Association rivals at Cardinal Stadium, formerly known as Fairgrounds Stadium.

1985       At the age of 20 years, nine months, nine days, Dwight Gooden becomes the youngest 20-game winner ever when the Mets beat San Diego at Shea Stadium, 9-3. Doc is 27 days younger than Bob Feller, who accomplished the feat in 1939 with the Indians.

1986       A’s rookie Mark McGwire hits his first major league home run, going deep in the fifth inning off Walt Terrell in Oakland’s 8-4 victory at Tiger Stadium. The round-tripper is the first of 583 round-trippers that Big Mac will hit during his 16-year career.

1991       At Busch Stadium, Lee Smith becomes the fifth major leaguer to record his 300th save when he pitches a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the Cardinals’ 5-2 win over the Dodgers. The Louisiana native will retire with the most saves in major league history with 478, compiled during 18 seasons with eight different teams

1992       After posting a 12-14 record during the longest scheduled road trip in big league history, the Astros return to Houston to play a home game. The twenty-six game journey to eight cities became necessary when the Astrodome hosted the Republican National Convention

1995       At Veterans Stadium, Gregg Jefferies hits for the cycle when Philadelphia crushes the Dodgers, 17-4. The Phillies’ first baseman, who has four RBIs and scores four runs, collects all of his extra-base hits off LA starting pitcher Hideo Nomo.

1996       The Yankees dedicate a centerfield monument to Mickey Mantle, who died of liver cancer last year. The commemorative structure, the first erected by the team in 47 years, joins three other monuments in the Bronx ballpark that honor the legacies of Miller Huggins, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig.

1996       Brian Lesher becomes the first person born in Belgium to appear in a major league game. The 25-year-old from Wilrij starts in right-field and enjoys a 1-for-3 day at the plate, including a run-scoring single in the sixth inning off Andy Pettitte in the A’s 6-4 victory at Yankee Stadium.

1999       Royals’ right-hander Jeff Montgomery becomes the first closer to save 300 games for the same team. The three-time All-Star (1992, 1993, 1996) reaches the milestone when records the final out, after giving up a pair of singles to the first two men he faces, in the team’s 8-6 victory over the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium.

2000       The Giants tie a franchise record by hitting eight doubles (Bill Mueller (2), Jeff Kent, Marvin Benard, J.T. Snow, Rich Aurilia, Felipe Crespo, and Ramon Martinez) en route to a 16-3 rout of the Phillies at Veterans Stadium. Except for Bobby Estalella, every San Francisco player in the lineup participates in the 21-hit attack, including starting pitcher Russ Ortiz, who goes 3-for-3.

2002       Participating in a minor-league baseball promotion, a 28-year-old woman collapses and dies after running from the outfield fence to the infield in quest of a hidden diamond. She was among approximately 250 women hoping to find a small box containing the treasure after the Orlando Rays and Jacksonville Suns game.

2004       In the 21-6 rout of Kansas City at Angel Stadium, Jeff DaVanon becomes the first Anaheim player to hit for the cycle since Dave Winfield accomplished the feat for the Halos in 1991. The DH’s offensive output helps the club sweep an American League opponent in a season series for the first time in its 44-year history.

2006       Alfonso Soriano becomes the fastest of the 40 major leaguers that have stolen 200 bases and hit 200 home career home runs. After being walked in the third inning of the team’s 7-6 victory over Atlanta at Turner Field, the 30-year-old Nationals outfielder, who started the game with 203 homers, steals second to reach the milestone.

2007       🇸🇦 Craig Stansberry makes his big league debut with a seventh-inning pinch-hit single in the Padres’ San Diego’s 4-3 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The 25-year-old, who moved to the United States when he was an infant, becomes the first person born in Saudi Arabia to participate in a major league game.

2008       After being swept in a four-game series earlier in the month in L.A., the Phillies return the favor, beating the Dodgers, 5-0, to complete a four-game sweep against their opponents. The victory marks the first time in franchise history that Philadelphia has swept the Dodgers in a four-game series at home.

2008       The Twins get 37=year-old Eddie Guardado, their former reliever from 1993-2003, from the Rangers in exchange for 21-year-old right-hander Mark Hamburger. The veteran “Everyday Eddie” will assume the setup role for Minnesota during the stretch run.

2008       Hitting a home run to lead off the game, Grady Sizemore becomes the second Indian and 14th American League member of the 30-30 club. The Cleveland outfielder joins Joe Carter (1987) as the only other player in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

2008       Mike Pelfrey becomes the first Mets hurler with back-to-back complete-game victories since Bret Saberhagen accomplished the feat in 1995. With the help of a pair of Carlos Delgado’s three-run home runs, the 24-year-old right-hander beats the Astros, 9-1.

2009       With a 5-4 win in ten innings over the Dodgers, the Rockies move 18 games over .500 for the first time in franchise history. The wild-card leader, winning 52 of their last 74 games, the latest on a Troy Tulowitzki bases-loaded single, has cut LA’s Western Division lead from 15.5 games on June 3 to just two games.

2010       After blowing a nine-run lead over the Giants, the Reds tie the game on Paul Janish’s ninth-inning single, winning the contest, 12-11, on Joey Votto’s two-out hit in the 12th frame. The Braves squander the same size lead at Coors Field earlier in the day but lose the game, 12-10, to the Rockies, who match their largest comeback in franchise history.

2010       Felix Hernandez, the fourth youngest ever to reach the milestone, collects his 1000th strikeout, fanning David Ortiz in the sixth inning of the Mariners’ 4-2 victory over Boston at Safeco Field. Joining Randy Johnson (2,162), Jamie Moyer (1,239), and Mark Langston (1,078), the 24-year-old Seattle superstar becomes the fourth pitcher in franchise history to accomplish the feat.

2011       The Yankees become the first team to hit three grand slams in one game in a 22-9 annihilation of the A’s. Robinson Cano, Russell Martin, and Curtis Granderson go deep with the bases loaded at the Bronx ballyard.

2012       In a nine-player blockbuster trade, the Dodgers obtain Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto, and cash considerations for James Loney, Allen Webster, Ivan De Jesus, Jr., and two players to be named later (Rubby De La Rosa and Jerry Sands). The deal allows the new Dodgers ownership to show they are serious about making a run for the postseason while giving an under-performing Boston team more financial flexibility in the offseason.

2013       When he goes deep off KC’s Ervin Santana, Bryce Harper becomes the third player in baseball history to hit 40 homers before his 21st birthday. The Washington outfielder joins Mel Ott and Tony Conigliaro, who hit 61 and 56 round-trippers, respectively, for the Giants and Red Sox, before reaching their age of majority.

2013       For the first time in nearly six decades, a brother homers, supporting his sibling’s effort on the mound when Jordan Danks goes deep in the White Sox’ 5-2 win over Texas, with his older bro John, throwing six innings to earn the U.S. Cellular Field victory. In 1955, A’s catcher Billy Shantz also homered in a game whose batterymate was his brother Bobby.

2015       Calling his tweet completely unacceptable, ESPN pulls analyst Curt Schilling from the network’s Little League World Series broadcasts. The former major league pitcher’s post, which was quickly deleted, connected Muslim extremism to Nazi Germany.

2020       At Guaranteed Rate Field, White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito no-hits the Pirates, 4-0. The 26-year-old California native faces 28 batters, throwing 101 pitches en route to striking out 13 while issuing just one base-on-balls.

2020       Jon Berti becomes the first Marlin to steal three bases in an inning, pulling off the rare stolen-base cycle against catcher Ali Sánchez in the team’s 3-0 victory over the Mets. At Citi Field, the Miami center fielder swipes second and third in the sixth frame before scoring on a delayed steal of home.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1966

By the mid-’60’s the Los Angeles Dodgers had replaced the perennial champion New York Yankees as baseball’s premiere dynasty after winning the World Series for the second time in three years. After holding the “Bronx Bombers” to four total runs in their four-game sweep in ’63 and limiting the Minnesota Twins to seven runs over the last five games of the ’65 Series, the Dodgers had proven that great pitching can silence almost any line-up. Their American League rivals, the Baltimore Orioles also boasted a strong rotation featuring Jim Palmer (who had fifteen victories) and the ’66 Triple Crown winner, Frank Robinson. Robinson had finished the regular season with a league-high forty-nine home runs, one-hundred twenty-two runs batted in and a .316 batting average. Both teams seemed to match up well, although no one in a Baltimore uniform had numbers even close to Koufax, who had risen to the top step of Major League pitchers in a few short seasons.

As the Series got underway in Dodger Stadium, the Orioles’ star left-hander, Dave McNally held an early 4-1 lead in the third. Frank Robinson had started things off for “the Birds” with a two run homer in the first and Brooks Robinson matched the effort in the next at-bat. Years later, Brooks stated that hitting a “back-to-back” homer in the World Series was his biggest thrill in baseball, even topping his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. McNally retired the first Dodger batter in the third, but then allowed three consecutive bases on balls. Orioles Manager Hank Bauer exhibited a quick hook and replaced the twenty-three year-old with Moe Drabowsky. The veteran reliever struck out Wes Parker, but then yielded a walk to Jim Gilliam that resulted in Johnson crossing home. Drabowsky maintained his composure though and induced John Roseboro to foul out. It would be LA’s last scoring opportunity for the rest of the day. The thirty-one year-old reliever went on to sit down the Dodgers’ sides in the fourth and fifth innings while tying the Fall Classic record of six consecutive strikeouts. In the end, he totaled eleven strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowed only one hit on the way to a 5-2 opening lead.

For Game 2, the Orioles’ Jim Palmer was given the monumental task of keeping pace with Sandy Koufax. The Dodger veteran had just finished another all-star season with twenty-seven wins and an ERA of 1.73 and many felt that it would be no contest. Palmer surprised everyone though, by matching the LA ace pitch-for-pitch for a scoreless outing that lasted into the fifth. The Orioles were the first to break through with three unearned runs in a terrible inning for the Dodgers’ Willie Davis. First, the centerfielder dropped consecutive fly balls (after losing both in the sun). Then he threw a wild ball past third base after the second drop. Luis Aparicio added the only RBI of the inning and before the Dodgers knew what had hit them, they were down 3-0. Koufax, who was suffering from an arthritic elbow, stumbled again in the sixth after yielding an earned run when Frank Robinson tripled and Boog Powell singled him home. Before a total disaster, Koufax managed to work his way out of a bases-loaded jam, getting Andy Etchebarren to ground into a double play. However, it was an unfortunate end to Koufax’s play in the Series and ultimately, his career. He announced his retirement the following November in an effort to prevent permanent damage to his arm. Silencing his critics, Baltimore’s twenty year-old “underdog” finished on top by allowing only four hits for the 6-0 win.

As the Series moved to Baltimore for the first time in it’s sixty-three year history, another young pitcher named Wally Bunker stepped up to the mound and delivered a six hitter for a clutch 1-0 victory. Although the home team managed a meager three hits off of the Dodger’s rotation, one was a monster 430-foot homer by Paul Blair off Claude Osteen in the fifth. McNally returned to save face in Game 4 against Drysdale and both pitchers allowed only four hits. Unfortunately for the Dodgers, one of theirs was a fourth inning blast by Frank Robinson that landed in the left-field bleachers. The result was another Baltimore 1-0 victory and a World Series title. The Orioles had defeated baseball’s newest dynasty and they had done it with less-than-spectacular stats. In the end, their scorecards totaled a meager twenty-four hits and ten earned runs in four games. However, the Dodger’s boasted an even lower total (setting an all-time record) with two runs, seventeen hits, a .142 batting average and pathetic thirty-three consecutive scoreless innings.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1975

It was the middle of the 1970’s in America and change appeared to be going on everywhere. Everywhere that is, except at the All-Star Game.

Once again, the Nationals let the Americans get so close, only to take it away in dramatic fashion. Things looked pretty even as a tense eight innings passed and the teams were tied, 3-3, going into the ninth. Then it happened… Reggie Smith opened the inning with a single that Claudell Washington dropped after a long run. Al Oliver, pinch-hitting for Jon Matlack, doubled to left. Goose Gossage replaced Catfish Hunter to face Larry Bowa and promptly plunked him with a pitch, loading the bases. That brought Gossage eye-to-eye with Bill Madlock, who singled to left, scoring two runs. A third scored on Pete Rose’s sacrifice fly.

Much like in past decades when one side dominated the other, the sports press began to speculate about the future of the All-Star game. The event was becoming a routine and America’s passion for baseball began to sway as professional football took center stage. America’s favorite past-time was no longer the favorite, and many felt that it would never fully recover.

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY

August 25, 1943 – The 10th Annual Chicago Charities College All-Star game is played in the Windy City as over 48,000 fans watched the College All-Stars dismantle the defending champion Washington squad 27-7! The MVP for the college team was University of Wisconsin running back Pat Harder.

August 25, 1960 – One of the AFL’s teams on this date started putting a player’s name on the back of their jerseys. The LA Chargers had a sewn name block above the numbers to clearly identify the player by name. Our friends at Gridiron Uniform Database have this covered very well in an article found here.

August 25, 1969 – In Montreal, the NFL’s Detroit Lions defeated the Boston Patriots by a score of 22-9 in a preseason exhibition to entertain our friends north of the border.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S FOR AUGUST 25

August 25, 1900 – Chuck Carney was a former end from the University of Illinois. After playing for the Illini from 1918 through the 1921 seasons he was enshrined in the College Football hall of Fame in 1966. Carney also excelled on the hardwoods as he became the first Big 10 conference athlete to be named as an All-American in both football and basketball. He played pro football for one season with the AFPA’s Columbus Panhandles. After he was done playing he coached at several schools and then worked as a NY Stock Exchange financial representative.

August 25, 1946 – Charlie Sanders was a former tight end of the University of Minnesota that ended up being a third round draft pick of the Detroit Lions. As a rookie he caught 40 passes for over 500 yards, stunning opponents who in that era were not expecting much offensive production from a TE. He was voted into the Pro Bowl 7 times in his 10 year NFL career and even made the NFL all 1970’s team! Sanders was selected to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the induction class of 2007.

August 25, 1953 – Doug English was a defensive tackle from the University of Texas. He is remembered in the great museum called the College Football Hall of Fame since 2011 when he was enshrined there. He also went on to play in the NFL as part of the “Silver Rush” of the Detroit Lions and in 1979 was named as the Motor City team’s Defensive MVP. The 1983 season was special for English as he registered 13 sacks and scored two safeties! He registered four safeties in his career tying with several others throughout NFL history with the most.

August 25, 1965 – Cornelius Bennett was a former linebacker from Alabama. This prolific LB remarkably is one of only two Bama players to have ever been names as an All-American three times (LB Woodrow Lowe being the other.) He is remembered in the College Football Hall of Fame, where he entered as part of the induction class of 2005. Bennett went on to play professionally for the Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons and the Indianapolis Colts at LB. He also was selected to 5 Pro Bowls and was the AFC Defensive Player of the Year two times in 1988 and 1991. Bennett played in all four of Buffalo’s Super Bowl appearances in the 1990’s and then he played in a fifth SB with the Falcons.

August 25, 1972 – Marvin Harrison was a wide receiver that came out of Syracuse University. The Indianapolis Colts drafted the speedster with the 19th pick in the 1996 NFL draft after dealing QB Jeff George to the Atlanta Falcons for it. Harrison soon became Colt’s QB Peyton Manning’s favorite target as he played for 13 seasons. The eight time Pro Bowler was voted on to the 2000’s All Decade team and when he hung up his cleats after the 2008 season he finished second in career receptions for the great Jerry Rice. Harrison was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

NUMBERS IN SPORTS

29 – 16 – 7 – 2 – 3 – 16 – 24 – 25 – 27

August 25, 1921 – Was he losing Control? New York Yankee pitcher Harry Harper nailed three different batters in an inning tying record

August 25, 1922 – The Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 26-23 in highest scoring major-league game

August 25, 1924 – MLB Washington Senator Walter Johnson 2nd no-hitter beats Browns, 2-0 in 7 inn

August 25, 1968 – New York Yankee outfield player Rocky Colavito, Number 29 pitched 2/3 innings and beat the Detroit Tigers 6-5. It was a twin bill that day and Rocky played right field in second game and even homered. Not bad for a guy that started the season as an LA Dodger wearing Number 16.

August 25, 1977 – Canadian NHL player Tim Horton ( who wore Number 7 with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Number 2 with the Buffalo Sabres) was posthumously inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame. Note he did wear 16, 24 and 3 jerseys as well during his career

August 25, 1985 – New York Mets hurler Number 16, Dwight Gooden becomes youngest pitcher to win 20 games (20y 9m 9d)

August 25, 1986 – Oakland A’s Mark McGwire, wearing Number 25 hit his 1st major league home run

August 25, 2020 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, Number 27 no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates, 4-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago

TV THURSDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA Tour Golf “CP Women’s Open9:30amGOLF
2022 TOUR Championship1:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
LA Angels at Tampa Bay1:10pmESPN+
Bally Sports
St. Louis at Chi. Cubs2:20pmMLBN
Bally Sports
MARQ
Cleveland at Seattle4:10pmRoot Sports
Bally Sports
Chi. White Sox at Baltimore7:05pmNBCS-CHI
MASN/2
Cincinnati at Philadelphia7:05pmNBCS-PHI
Bally Sports
Colorado at NY Mets7:10pmATTSN-RM
SNY
Toronto at Boston7:10pmMLBN
Sportsnet
NESN
Minnesota at Houston8:10pmMLBN
Bally Sports
ATTSN-SW
NY Yankees at Oakland9:40pmMLBN
YES
NBCS-Bay
NFL PRESEASONTime ETTV
Green Bay vs Kansas City8:00pmNFLN
San Francisco vs Houston8:15pmPRIME
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA Champions League Draw: Group Stage12:00pmParamount+
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Semifinals6:30pmFS1
Liga MX: Pachuca vs Atlas8:05pmTUDN
FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Semifinals10:00pmFS1
CONCACAF League: Olimpia vs Municipal10:30pmTUDN
UEFA Champions League: Trabzonspor vs København3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: PSV vs Rangers3:00pmParamount+
UEFA Champions League: Dinamo Zagreb vs Bodø / Glimt3:00pmParamount+
NWSL: North Carolina Courage vs Portland Thorns7:00pmParamount+
Liga MX: Pumas UNAM vs Tigres UANL10:05pmTUDN

TV FRIDAY

GOLFTIME ETTV
LPGA Tour Golf “CP Women’s Open9:30amGOLF
2022 TOUR Championship1:00pmGOLF
MLBTIME ETTV
LA Dodgers at Miami6:40pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
Cincinnati at Washington7:05pmBally Sports
MASN/2
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia7:05pmATTSN-PIT
NBCS-PHI
LA Angels at Toronto7:07pmBally Sports
Sportsnet
Colorado at NY Mets7:10pmATTSN-RM
SNY
Tampa Bay at Boston7:10pmBally SPorts
NESN
Detroit at Texas8:05pmBally Sports
Baltimore at Houston8:10pmMASN/2
ATTSN-SW
Arizona at Chi. White Sox8:10pmBally Sports
NBCS-CHI
Chi. Cubs at Milwaukee8:10pmMARQ
Bally Sports
San Diego at Kansas City8:10pmBally Sports
San Francisco at Minnesota8:10pmMLBN
NBCS-BAY
Bally Sports
Atlanta at St. Louis8:15pmMLBN
Bally Sports
NY Yankees at Oakland9:40pmYES
NBCS-CA
Cleveland at Seattle10:10pmBally Sports
Root Sports
NFL PRESEASONTime ETTV
Buffalo vs Carolina7:00pm
Seattle vs Dallas8:00pmNFLN
LA Chargers vs New Orleans8:00pm
New England vs Las Vegas8:15pm
SOCCERTIME ETTV
Serie A: Monza vs Udinese12:30pmParamount+
La Liga: Girona vs Celta de Vigo2:00pmESPN+
Bundesliga: Freiburg vs Bochum2:30pmESPN+
Serie A: Lazio vs Internazionale2:45pmParamount+
First Division A: Sporting Charleroi vs Club Brugge2:45pmESPN+
Ligue 1: Ajaccio vs Lille3:00pmbeIN Sports
La Liga: Real Betis vs Osasuna4:00pmESPN+
NWSL: Orlando Pride vs OL Reign7:00pmParamount+
MLS: Austin vs Los Angeles FC8:00pmESPN
Liga MX: Puebla vs Juárez8:00pmTUDN
MLS: Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC10:00pmESPN