MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
St. Louis 3 Detroit 2 (10)
Tampa Bay 7 Philadelphia 4
Houston 6 Kansas City 5 (10)
Baltimore 10 LA Angels 6
Toronto 3 Chicago White Sox 1
Minnesota 9 Boston 6 (10)
Cleveland 7 Texas 2
Chicago Cubs 5 Colorado 2
Colorado 13 Chicago Cubs 10 (10)
Arizona 5 Pittsburgh 2
San Francisco 3 NY Mets 2
Miami 4 Washington 3 (10)
Milwaukee 4 Cincinnati 1
LA Dodgers 5 San Diego 3 (16)
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Louisville 6 Indianapolis 2
South Bend 14 Peoria 2
Dayton 4 Fort Wayne 3 (10)
Phoenix 106 New York 79
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER FINALS-WEDNESDAY
Tri-County North 7 Union County 0
Sullivan 3 Owen Valley 1
Chesterton 17 Michigan City 0
Shawe Memorial 6 S. Ripley 6
North Knox 1 Shoals 1
Evansville Central 0 Princeton 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 Fort Wayne Luers 0
Switzerland County 7 Rising Sun 3
Leo 2 Norwell 0
Tri-Central 3 Taylor 0
South Knox 5 Evansville Bosse 1
Valparaiso 6 LaPorte 0
Perry Meridian 3 Southport 2
Fort Wayne Snider 3 Bellmont 1
Evansville Memorial 9 Vincennes Lincoln 0
Floyd Central 2 Providence 1
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER FINALS-WEDNESDAY
Leo 1 Norwell 0
Hamilton Heights 3 Western 1
Peru 1 Eastern 0
Tri-County 11 Union County 0
Crawfordsville 1 Frankfort 1
Fort Wayne Concordia 4 Fort Wayne Wayne 0
South Knox 3 Evansville Bosse 0
Plainfield 8 Martinsville 0
Fort Wayne Northrup 2 Columbia City 1
Columbus North 2 Columbus East 0
Zionsville 1 Fishers 0
North Central 3 Indianapolis Pike 1
Cathedral 1 Roncall 1
Lawrence North 2 Warren Central 1
Hamilton Southeastern 5 Brownsburg 0
Fort Wayne Dwenger 5 Fort Wayne Luers 0
Noblesville 6 Avon 0
Richmond 3 Greenfield Central 2
Knox 3 LaVille 0
Hebron 3 Hammond Morton 0
Boonville 3 S. Spencer 0
Mount Vernon 3 N. Central 2
Mississinewa 3 Northfield 0
Springs Valley 3 Bloomfield 0
DeKalb 3 Fremont 0
Edgewood 3 Shoals 0
Lawrence North 3 Zionsville 2
Illiana Christian 3, Lake Station 0
Lincoln 3 Tri 1
Sullivan 3 Greencastle 2
Woodlan 3. Fort Wayne Northrup 0
Alexandria Monroe 3 Muncie Central 0
Brebeuf 3 Ritter 0
Perry Meridian 3 Mooresville 0
New Haven 3. Fort Wayne North 0
Wabash 3 Norwell 0
Eastern 3 Western 2
Male 3 Providence 1
INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE
|Thur Aug 26||6p||Bethesda @ Traders Pt|
|Thur Aug 26||7:30p||Covenant Christian @ Heritage Christian|
|Fri Aug 27||7p||Traders Pt @ Covenant Christian|
|Fri Aug 27||7p||TBA @ Heritage Christian|
|Fri Aug 27||7p||Franklin @ Mt Vernon|
|Fri Aug 27||7p||North White @ Frontier|
|Sat Aug 28||5p||Brebeuf @ Guerin Catholic|
|Sat Aug 28||7p||Brebeuf @ Guerin Catholic|
|Mon Aug 30||7p||Tri-West @ Heritage Christian|
|Tue Aug 31||7p||Heritage Christian @ Covenant Christian|
|Thur Sep 2||7p||Roncalli @ Guerin Catholic|
|Fri Sep 3||7p||Guerin Catholic @ Heritage Christian|
|Fri Sep 3||7p||West Vigo @ Greencastle|
|Fri Sep 3||7p||Crispus Attucks @ Covenant Christian|
|Fri Sep 3||7p||South Newton @ Traders Pt|
|Fri Sep 3||7p||Frontier @ Fountain Central|
|Fri Sep 3||7p||Mt Vernon @ Greenfield Central|
|Sat Sep 4||Noon||Chatard @ Guerin Catholic|
|Sat Sep 4||2p||Chatard @ Guerin Catholic|
|Sat Sep 4||5p||Covenant Christian @ Roncalli|
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL AP POLLS
Indiana football Class 6A rankings
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Center Grove (14) 1-0 280 1
2. Carmel – 1-0 222 2
3. Brownsburg – 1-0 210 5
4. Merrillville – 1-0 184 7
5. Westfield – 0-1 136 3
6. Elkhart – 1-0 118 8
7. Homestead – 1-0 110 9
8. Ben Davis – 0-1 80 4
9. Warren Central – 0-1 74 6
10. Lawrence North – 1-0 54 NR
Others receiving votes: Hamilton Southeastern 30. Fishers 16. Warsaw 12. Chesterton 6. Avon 4. Lafayette Jeff 4.
Indiana football Class 5A rankings
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Cathedral (14) 1-0 280 1
2. Zionsville – 1-0 240 2
3. Ft. Wayne Dwenger – 1-0 178 3
4. Valparaiso – 1-0 176 6
5. Whiteland – 1-0 170 5
6. Decatur Central – 1-0 140 7
7. Mishawaka – 1-0 78 NR
8. Ft. Wayne Snider – 1-0 76 8
9. Bloomington South – 1-0 72 9
10. New Palestine – 0-1 60 4
Others receiving votes: Michigan City 28. Castle 22. Lafayette Harrison 10. Bloomington North 8. Ev. North 2.
Indiana football Class 4A rankings
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Roncalli (13) 1-0 278 1
2. Mooresville – 1-0 236 4
3. E. Central (1) 1-0 204 5
4. Leo – 1-0 170 7
5. Bishop Chatard – 0-1 140 2
6. E. Noble – 1-0 108 9
7. Jasper – 1-0 84 NR
8. Mt. Vernon (Hancock) – 0-1 76 3
9. Northridge – 1-0 46 NR
10. New Prairie – 1-0 44 NR
Others receiving votes: Hobart 32. Ev. Memorial 26. Delta 26. Northview 24. Martinsville 16. Pendleton Hts. 12. Columbia City 8. NorthWood 6. Lowell 2. Ev. Central 2.
Indiana football Class 3A rankings
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Danville (9) 1-0 264 1
2. Gibson Southern (2) 1-0 238 4
3. Brebeuf Jesuit (2) 1-0 222 7
4. W. Lafayette – 1-0 216 6
5. Guerin Catholic – 1-0 112 9
6. Western Boone (1) 1-0 102 10
7. Lawrenceburg – 0-1 100 2
8. Ft. Wayne Concordia – 1-0 94 10
9. Mishawaka Marian – 0-1 64 3
10. Tri-West – 1-0 44 NR
Others receiving votes: Sullivan 18. Norwell 14. Southridge 14. Calumet 12. Franklin Co. 10. Mt. Vernon (Posey) 10. Tippecanoe Valley 6.
Indiana football Class 2A rankings
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. Ft. Wayne Luers (13) 1-0 268 2
2. Ev. Mater Dei (1) 1-0 236 3
3. Eastbrook – 1-0 218 4
4. Andrean – 0-1 156 1
5. Tipton – 1-0 144 T6
6. Heritage Christian – 1-0 120 T6
7. Eastside – 1-0 88 9
8. Scecina – 1-0 84 NR
9. Triton Central – 1-0 72 10
10. Rensselaer – 1-0 64 NR
Others receiving votes: Linton 36. Pioneer 28. Lafayette Catholic 10. Lapel 8. LaVille 4. Tell City 4.
Indiana football Class 1A rankings
Rank-School FPV Rcd TP Pvs
1. S. Adams (9) 1-0 260 1
2. Lutheran (5) 1-0 238 3
3. Adams Central – 1-0 224 4
4. Parke Heritage – 1-0 196 5
5. Southwood – 1-0 168 6
6. Monroe Central – 1-0 128 7
7. W. Washington – 1-0 84 8
8. Covenant Christian – 0-1 80 2
9. S. Putnam – 1-0 76 9
10. Winamac – 1-0 68 10
Others receiving votes: N. Judson 12. Triton 4. N. Decatur 2.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1
Saturday, Aug. 28
Nebraska at Illinois | 1 p.m. | FOX
UConn at Fresno State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN
Hawai’i at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
UTEP at New Mexico State | 9:30 p.m. | FloFootball
Southern Utah at San Jose State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN
Wednesday, Sept. 1
UAB vs. Jacksonville State (Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala.) | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN
Thursday, Sept. 2
Houston Baptist at New Mexico | 8 p.m.
Temple at Rutgers | 6:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Long Island University at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Boise State at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Western Illinois at Ball State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Wagner at Buffalo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
The Citadel at Coastal Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Weber State at Utah | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Florida at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
East Carolina vs. Appalachian State (Bank of America Stadium, in Charlotte N.C.)| 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU
UC Davis at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Bowling Green at Tennessee | 8 p.m. | SEC Network
UT Martin at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Ohio State at Minnesota | 8 p.m. | FOX
Eastern Washington at UNLV | 10 p.m. | Stadium
Southern Utah at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Friday, Sept. 3
North Carolina at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ESPN
Duke at Charlotte | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Old Dominion at Wake Forest | 7 p.m. | ACC Network
St. Francis (PA) at Eastern Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
South Dakota at Kansas | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Michigan State at Northwestern | 9 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Colorado at Colorado | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
South Dakota State at Colorado State | 9 p.m. | FS1
Saturday, Sept. 4
UL Monroe at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network
Colgate at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ACC Network
Western Michigan at Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN
Penn State at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | FOX
Holy Cross at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN
Stanford vs. Kansas State (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 12 p.m. | FS1
Oklahoma at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ABC
Army at Georgia State | 12 p.m. | ESPNU
Fordham at Nebraska | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Rice at Arkansas | 2 p.m. | SEC Network+
Fresno State at Oregon | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Lafayette at Air Force | 2 p.m.
Alabama vs. Miami (Florida) (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 3:30 p.m. | ABC
Marshall at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Indiana at Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
West Virginia at Maryland | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN
Northern Iowa at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Miami (Ohio) at Cincinnati | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+
Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU
Central Michigan at Missouri | 4 p.m. | SEC Network
UMass at Pitt | 4 p.m. | ACC Network
Montana State at Wyoming | 4 p.m.
Louisiana at Texas | 4:30 p.m. | FOX
San Jose State at USC | 5 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Campbell at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Gardner-Webb at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN3
Akron at Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Eastern Illinois at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Monmouth at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Syracuse at Ohio | 7 p.m. | CBSSN
Oregon State at Purdue | 7 p.m. | FS1
Texas Tech vs. Houston (NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas) | 7 p.m. | ESPN
Missouri State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Baylor at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Nicholls at Memphis | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Abilene Christian at SMU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+
Norfolk State at Toledo | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Central Arkansas at Arkansas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN3
FAU at Florida | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network
Georgia vs. Clemson (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.) | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Northwestern State at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
UTSA at Illinois | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network
Northern Illinois at Georgia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network
William & Mary at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3
Kent State at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | ESPNU
East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | SEC Network+
Southern Miss at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Duquesne at TCU | 8 p.m. | ESPN+
Montana at Washington | 8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
LSU at UCLA | 8:30 p.m. | FOX
Bethune-Cookman at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN3
Nevada at Cal | 10:30 p.m. | FS1
BYU vs. Arizona (Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada) | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN
New Mexico State at San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN
Utah State at Washington State | 11 p.m. | Pac-12 Network
Portland State at Hawai’i | 12 a.m.
Sunday, Sept. 5
Notre Dame at Florida State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC
Monday, Sept. 6
Louisville vs. Ole Miss (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 8 p.m. | ESPN
NFL PRE-SEASON FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Friday, August 27
Indianapolis at Detroit, 7:00
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7:30
Philadelphia at New York Jets, 7:30
Minnesota at Kansas City, 8:00
Saturday, August 28
Green Bay at Buffalo, 1:00
Baltimore at Washington, 6:00
Chicago at Tennessee, 7:00
Tampa Bay at Houston, 8:00
Arizona at New Orleans, 8:00
Los Angeles Rams at Denver, 9:05
Los Angeles Chargers at Seattle, 10:00
Sunday, August 29
Jacksonville at Dallas, 1:00
Miami at Cincinnati (CBS), 4:00
Las Vegas at San Francisco, 4:00
New England at New York Giants, 6:00
Cleveland at Atlanta (NBC), 8:00
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 2
Avon at Ben Davis
Bishop Chatard at Warren Central
Cascade at Beech Grove
Cathedral at Brownsburg
Christel House Manual at Purdue Polytechnic
Clinton Central at Sheridan
Crispus Attucks at Monroe Central
Decatur Central at Center Grove
Detroit King (Mich.) at Carmel
Edgewood at Monrovia
Edinburgh at Cloverdale
Fishers at Pike
Franklin at Mount Vernon
Frankton at Lapel
Greensburg at Triton Central
Greenwood at Indian Creek
Hamilton Heights at Bluffton
Hamilton Southeastern at North Central
Lafayette Central Catholic at Guerin Catholic
Lafayette Jeff at Lawrence Central
Lutheran at Cardinal Ritter
Martinsville at Bloomington South
Mooresville at Danville
New Palestine at Brebeuf Jesuit, 7:30 p.m.
North Decatur at Eastern Hancock
North Montgomery at Hamilton Heights, canceled
Pendleton Heights at Anderson
Perry Meridian at Southport
Phalen Academy at Greenfield-Central
Richmond at Shelbyville
Roncalli at Franklin Central
Scecina at Speedway
Shenandoah at Heritage Christian
Shortridge at Washington
Tech at Terre Haute North
Terre Haute South at Noblesville
Tindley at Park Tudor
Traders Point Christian at Covenant Christian
Tri-West at Plainfield
Western Boone at Western
Westfield at Harrison (West Lafayette)
Whiteland at Lawrence North, canceled
Zionsville at Lebanon
Adams Central at Eastside
Alexandria at Wabash
Andrean at Crown Point, 8 p.m.
Angola at Leo
Bedford North Lawrence at Bloomington North
Bellmont at South Adams
Benton Central at Seeger
Boonville at Southridge, 7:30 p.m.
Bowman Academy at East Chicago Central, 8 p.m.
Bremen at South Bend Washington
Brown County at Jennings County
Brownstown Central at Charlestown
Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne Snider
Caston at North Judson, 7:30 p.m.
Centerville at Hagerstown
Central Noble at Woodlan
Churubusco at Lakeland
Clarksville at West Washington
Clinton Prairie at Frankfort
Columbus North at Columbus East
Crawfordsville at West Vigo
Crossroads Christian (Ill.) at Hammond Noll, 8:30 p.m.
Culver at South Central (Union Mills), 7:30 p.m.
Culver Academy at Mishawaka Marian, 7:30 p.m.
DeKalb at Garrett
Delphi at Carroll (Flora)
Delta at Columbia City
Dupont Manual (Ky.) at Floyd Central
Eastbrook at New Haven
Eastern (Greentown) at Blackford
Eastern (Pekin) at Crawford County
Elkhart at Mishawaka
Elwood at Tipton
Evansville Bosse at Evansville Central, 8 p.m.
Evansville Mater Dei at Castle, 8 p.m.
Evansville North at Evansville Memorial 8 p.m.
Fort Wayne Concordia at Homestead
Fort Wayne North at Fort Wayne Dwenger
Fort Wayne Northrop at Fort Wayne South
Fort Wayne Wayne at Fort Wayne Luers
Franklin County at Connersville
Gary West at Calumet, 8 p.m.
Gibson Southern at New Albany, 7:30 p.m.
Greencastle at Northview
Griffith at Lake Station, 8 p.m.
Hammond Morton at Lake Central, 8 p.m.
Hanover Central at Munster, 8 p.m.
Harrison (Ohio) at East Central, 7:30 p.m.
Highland at Whiting, 8 p.m.
Hobart at Merrillville, 8 p.m.
Jasper at Evansville Harrison, 7:30 p.m.
Jay County at Huntington North
Jimtown at Concord
Kankakee Valley at Wheeler 8 p.m.
Knightstown at Winchester
Knox at Rochester, 7:30 p.m.
Kokomo at Plymouth
LaPorte at Penn, 7:30 p.m.
Lawrenceburg at Taylor (Ohio)
Lewis Cass at Maconaquah
Logansport at Northwestern
Lowell at Portage 8 p.m.
Madison at South Dearborn
Manchester at Bluffton, canceled
Marion at Mississinewa
McCutcheon at West Lafayette, 7:30 p.m.
Milan at Batesville
Mount Vernon (Posey) at South Spencer, 8 p.m.
New Castle at Rushville
North Central (Farmersburg) at North Daviess
North Harrison at Scottsburg
North Knox at Eastern Greene
North Miami at Taylor
North Posey at Princeton 8 p.m.
North Vermillion at South Vermillion
North White at Frontier
Northfield at Tippecanoe Valley
NorthWood at East Noble
Norwell at Heritage
Oldenburg Academy at Union City
Osceola Grace at Fremont
Owen Valley at South Putnam
Paoli at Corydon Central
Parke Heritage at Covington
Perry Central at Forest Park, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer at Winamac
Prairie Heights at Bronson (Mich.)
Rensselaer Central at North Newton, 8 p.m.
River Forest at Boone Grove, 8 p.m.
Riverton Parke at Fountain Central
Rock Creek Academy at Providence
Seymour at Jeffersonville
Silver Creek at Salem
South Bend Adams at Fairfield
South Bend Clay at Goshen
South Bend Riley at John Glenn
South Bend St. Joseph at Northridge
South Newton at West Central, 7:30 p.m.
Southern Wells at Madison-Grant
Southmont at North Putnam
Southwood at Oak Hill
Springs Valley at Mitchell
Sullivan at Linton-Stockton
Switzerland County at Gallatin County (Ky.), 7:30 p.m.
Tecumseh at Pike Central, 7:30 p.m.
Tell City at Heritage Hills, 8 p.m.
Thornton Fractional South (Ill.) at Chesterton 8 p.m.
Tri at Northeastern
Tri-Central at Wes-Del
Tri-County at Attica
Triton at LaVille
Twin Lakes at New Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
Union County at Cambridge City Lincoln
Valparaiso at Hammond Central, 8 p.m.
Vincennes Lincoln at Evansville Reitz, 7:30 p.m.
Warsaw at Michigan City, 7:30 p.m.
Wawasee at West Noble
Whitko at Peru
Yorktown at Muncie Central
Memphis adds 5-star guard Emoni Bates to loaded roster
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Emoni Bates has committed to Memphis, adding another five-star recruit to coach Penny Hardaway’s roster.
Bates announced his decision Wednesday on Instagram after also considering Michigan State, Oregon and the NBA’s G League. The Michigan native committed to Tom Izzo and the Spartans last year before changing his mind in April.
The 6-foot-8 guard has been called a generational talent and is projected as the No. 1 overall pick when he becomes eligible for the NBA draft after he turns 19 in 2023.
Bates, who recently reclassified to the class of 2021, joins fellow five-star recruit and former AAU teammate Jalen Duren on a Memphis roster that has added a load of talent for the upcoming season.
Hardaway has proven to be an adept recruiter since taking over at his alma mater in 2018, landing some of the nation’s top recruiting classes. The former NBA All-Star signed James Wiseman, the top overall prospect, and fellow five-star player Precious Achiuwa in his first class and has led the Tigers to three straight winning seasons.
Bates has a chance to be the best of the bunch.
He’s already appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and was the first sophomore to be named National Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 33.1 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
The addition of Bates gives Memphis the nation’s top-rated 2021 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite.
INDIANA PACERS NEWS
The Pacers signed guard DeJon Jarreau to a two-way contract. Jarreau was undrafted out of Houston after beginning his career at UMass. He was the AAC defensive player of the year in the 2020-21 season and the 2021 NCAA tournament Midwest Regional MOP. He lead the Cougars to the Final Four in Indianapolis. Jarreau averaged 11.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game in Las Vegas summer league.
Burrow to play limited snaps in preseason finale
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor announced Wednesday that quarterback Joe Burrow will play a limited number of snaps during the final preseason game Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
“I think that’s what’s best for the team. I think that’s what’s best for all of us, so we’re going to do it,” Taylor said, according to ESPN’s Ben Baby.
“We’ll be smart with what we do,” he added.
This will be Burrow’s first game action since November when he tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 against the Washington Football Team.
The 2020 first overall pick has been participating at training camp, but he’s been inconsistent at practice. The 24-year-old recently said he’s yet to fully regain his pocket presence despite feeling physically recovered.
Cincinnati holds high expectations for Burrow in his sophomore campaign. The LSU product posted a 2-7-1 record as a starter last year while completing 65.3% of his passes for 2,688 yards and 13 touchdowns against five interceptions through 10 appearances.
The Bengals host the Minnesota Vikings in their 2021 season opener on Sept. 12.
Patriots trade RB Michel to Rams for 2022 draft picks
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Los Angeles Rams are getting some much-needed help in the backfield.
The Rams announced Wednesday that they acquired running back Sony Michel from the Patriots for undisclosed 2022 draft picks.
Michel, who was drafted in the first round in 2018, brings some relief to a Rams offense that was running low on healthy running back options with the regular season fast approaching.
Darrell Henderson left practice Monday with a sprained thumb. The Rams won’t have two of last season’s top three running backs this fall after Cam Akers’ season-ending Achilles tendon injury and Malcolm Brown’s departure for Miami. They also won’t have emerging talent Raymond Calais, who was waived with an injury designation Monday after breaking his foot in their preseason game against Las Vegas.
That left only undrafted second-year pro Xavier Jones, rookie seventh-round pick Jake Funk and rookie Otis Anderson as the remaining options to support quarterback Matt Stafford.
Michel entered the preseason at a pivotal point of his injury-plagued career.
The Patriots declined to pick up his fifth-year option in May, clearing the way from him to become a free agent at the conclusion of the season.
During his rookie campaign, he fought through the lingering effects of the left knee injury he suffered as a senior at Georgia. He appeared in eight games and rushed for 931 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
He appeared in 14 games in 2019 but saw his production tail off. He ran for 912 yards and seven TDs while his yards per carry average fell to 3.7.
That average rose to 5.7 last season before a quadriceps injury sidelined him for six games. The 26-year-old also spent a week on the COVID-19 list.
His contract status left him entering training camp fighting for a roster spot this season in New England.
Damien Harris was productive in 2020, his second season, and got most of the snaps. The Patriots drafted former Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson in the fourth round in April, and he joined a depth chart that also includes veteran James White, Brandon Bolden and J.J. Taylor.
Stevenson had two impressive performances during the first two exhibition games, running for four touchdowns, including a 91-yard score.
Broncos name Teddy Bridgewater their starting quarterback
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The Denver Broncos are going with the steady over the spectacular.
Coach Vic Fangio informed the team Wednesday morning that Teddy Bridgewater has edged incumbent Drew Lock to win the starting quarterback job.
For much of training camp, the QB clash was a drudging one in which neither passer strung together stellar performances from one day to the next, and sometimes not even from one drill to another.
Both of them elevated their play in the preseason, however.
Lock had a splashy game at Minnesota in the preseason opener but Bridgewater won the job with a stellar relief performance against the Vikings and an outstanding start at Seattle.
Lock’s preseason included an 80-yard touchdown throw to K.J. Hamler and just Tuesday he began practice with a 60-yard dime to Jerry Jeudy. But he continued to scuffle in three-wide formations and didn’t show as much huddle command, pre-snap management, pocket awareness and precision as Bridgewater did.
Bridgewater will become the 11th quarterback to start for Denver since Peyton Manning retired after winning Super Bowl 50. Manning was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this month.
The Broncos are 32-48 since he retired, including Lock’s 8-10 mark in the last season and a-half. Bridgewater is 26-23 in his career in Minnesota, New Orleans and Carolina.
Surprise, surprise: Jaguars make Trevor Lawrence starting QB
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Trevor Lawrence will start Jacksonville’s season opener at Houston on Sept. 12, one of the least surprising decisions in franchise history.
Coach Urban Meyer made the announcement Wednesday, giving Lawrence the nod over third-year pro Gardner Minshew after two preseason games and a month of training camp. Meyer expects Lawrence will never have to earn a starting job in the NFL again.
“You can capitalize that if you want. Underline it. Cap it,” Meyer said.
Lawrence, the top pick in the 2021 NFL draft, and Minshew, a two-year starter in Jacksonville, split repetitions with the first-team offense during camp. Meyer wanted “healthy competition” at every position, including quarterback.
Nonetheless, just about everyone outside Minshew’s camp expected Lawrence to be Jacksonville’s starter in Houston. Lawrence was the No. 1 pick, the top college prospect in nearly a decade, and outperformed Minshew at every turn during camp.
Meyer also said Lawrence will start Jacksonville’s preseason finale at Dallas on Sunday.
“It doesn’t really change anything, though,” Lawrence said. “Still got the same task in front of us, got to get a lot better, individually, as a team, as an offense. Just looking forward to going to work this week. It brings some clarity, which is nice, going forward. But it really doesn’t change much, but, yeah, I’m really excited for the opportunity, grateful for it.”
Lawrence has completed 20 of 32 passes for 184 yards in two exhibitions, both losses. He started each game, was sacked three times, and led the offense to just a field goal in six series.
“It’s frustrating, but also we just got to stick together and keep playing,” Lawrence said. “We’re going to figure it out. I’m really confident in that. We got a bunch of guys that are putting the work in and we’re going to do everything it takes to get on the right track.”
Lawrence went 34-2 at Clemson, recording the third-best winning percentage by a starting quarterback (minimum 30 starts) in college football since 1978. He finished his college career undefeated in regular-season play and led the Tigers to the national championship as a freshman in 2018.
After a slow start to the offseason – Lawrence had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder in February and then was hampered by a strained hamstring in organized team activities – he looked every bit as advertised in camp. Teammates raved about his arm, his mobility, his touch on deep passes and his command of the huddle.
Minshew, meanwhile, looked about like he did last year. He’s undersized and has a mediocre arm and average mobility. He is 7-13 in 20 career starts for Jacksonville. He appeared to be on the trading block in March when the Jaguars signed former San Francisco backup C.J. Beathard to a two-year contract worth $5 million. Most of Beathard’s salary this season is guaranteed, making it unlikely he will get cut.
Minshew has completed 17 of 29 passes for 196 yards, with two interceptions and two sacks. He now joins Beathard in a vying for the backup spot.
Beathard has been the most effective quarterback while playing with the third-team offense. He has completed 22 passes for 223 yards and three TDs.
Shanahan not ready to reveal 49ers Week 1 starter at QB
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Coach Kyle Shanahan is pretty sure who will start at quarterback to open the season for the San Francisco 49ers, even if he’s in no rush to let everyone else know whether it’s Jimmy Garoppolo or Trey Lance.
Shanahan has said he will wait possibly up until the season opener on Sept. 12 at Detroit to announce his starter but also has said nothing has changed since the start of training camp when Garoppolo came in as the No. 1.
“I’ve got a pretty good idea,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “But as you guys can see with everything, I don’t know our schedule a couple of days from now. So, I’ve always had a pretty good idea. But there’s lots of days between now and then, at every position.”
All signs continue to point to Garoppolo keeping the job for now over the rookie Lance as he has gotten the bulk of work with the starters in training camp and Lance has shown some predictable growing pains after playing only one game in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
When Garoppolo was asked before practice if he had a good idea about who Shanahan planned to start, he said yes and laughed.
“It’s whatever he decides,” Garoppolo said. “I have a pretty good idea. I’m pretty happy with where I’m at right now and everything, just the offense as a whole. Kyle’s the head man. He’ll make the call.”
While Denver and Jacksonville announced their Week 1 starters at quarterback Wednesday, Shanahan said he sees no benefit in doing the same other than ending questions about it.
“If you could give me another reason that it’s a big advantage that helps our team, affects anything that has to do with us, then I will name it,” he said. “But I don’t think it does. Why tell people? I know you guys want an answer, which is fine. I get the suspense of it, but I’m not just going to answer it to end your guys’ suspense.”
Lance did work with the starters for a handful of plays in practice Wednesday and for the first time this camp Garoppolo got time with the second string.
Even if Garoppolo starts, the Niners plan to mix in Lance in certain situations to take advantage of his ability to run and to get him ready to eventually be the full-time starter. The team invested three first-round picks in him this offseason.
Garoppolo said shuttling in and out will take time to get used to after being accustomed to handling the full load. Former Saints quarterback Drew Brees visited the 49ers-Chargers joint practices last week and Garoppolo said they talked about how Brees handled being taken out at times for the mobile Taysom Hill the past few years in New Orleans.
“Just kind of stay ready type of thing,” Garoppolo said. “It’s a different type of flow to the game. As the quarterback, you’re used to being out there the whole time. So it’s just something that you just have to get reps in and get used to it.”
NOTES: DE Nick Bosa took part in his first team drills as he works his way back from last year’s season-ending knee injury. He had a sack on one of his first plays in practice. … S Jaquiski Tartt (toe) was activated from the physically unable to perform list and he could get into game action in Sunday’s exhibition finale against the Raiders. … LT Trent Williams (knee), CB Emmanuel Moseley (hamstring), DT Javon Kinlaw (shoulder) and WR Jalen Hurd (knee) all returned to practice.
Woodruff strikes out 10 in Brewers’ 4-1 win over Reds
MILWAUKEE (AP) Brandon Woodruff struck out 10 in six shutout innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Cincinnati 4-1 on Wednesday night, extending their NL Central lead over the Reds to 9 1/2 games.
Avisail Garcia hit an RBI double and made two big defensive plays in right field for the Brewers, who have won 12 of 15.
Woodruff (8-7), an All-Star in 2019 and 2021, struggled in his two previous starts, giving up six runs in five innings at St. Louis after lasting only three innings in Chicago against the Cubs. But this time, he permitted only four hits and retired 13 straight batters during one stretch.
“The difference for me is just getting ahead. That’s like number one for me. When I can get ahead I’m able to locate the fastball, for the most part. It just helps me out so much more with everything else. That’s my game,” Woodruff said.
“In this game, there’s always a few moments when you have to really lock it in and just mentally slow things down. Sometimes there might be some calls that go your way, there might be some some calls that don’t go your way. I think the biggest thing is just staying within yourself and mentally just trying to slow things down.”
Woodruff struck out four Reds, including Joey Votto, two times each.
Votto was called out on a 97 mph fastball in the first inning with one out and runners on second and third. The other time Woodruff was threatened was in the sixth. With a runner on third, Votto worked the count full for a third straight time, but flied out to end the inning.
In all, the teams combined for 25 strikeouts.
Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo (7-13) gave up two runs and had six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Castillo didn’t allow a hit – or a ball out of the infield – until Christian Yelich hit a grounder past third base for a leadoff double in the fourth. Two pitches later, Garcia doubled to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.
Those were the only two hits by the Brewers until Jace Peterson’s RBI double in the seventh chased Castillo.
“You can’t really pitch much better than that,” Reds manager David Bell said.
Kolten Wong scored on Amir Garrett’s wild pitch in the eighth, and Luis Urias added an RBI groundout to make it 4-0.
Garcia robbed pinch-hitter Max Schrock of a home run in the eighth. In the sixth, he threw out Nick Castellanos trying to stretch a single.
Castellanos hit his 23rd home run off Jake Cousins in the ninth.
Milwaukee reliever Brad Boxberger retired the Reds in order in the seventh inning and Devin Williams did the same in the eighth. Cousins pitched the ninth and struck out Votto, who had words with plate umpire CB Bucknor.
McMahon goes deep in 10th, Rox split long twinbill with Cubs
CHICAGO (AP) Ryan McMahon lofted a two-run homer in the 10th inning, Brendan Rodgers followed with a two-run double that gave him five RBIs for the game and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Chicago Cubs 13-10 on Wednesday night and split a doubleheader that featured almost as many innings as a pre-pandemic twinbill.
The Cubs won the opener 5-2 in a tidy 2 hours, 9 minutes, thanks to Patrick Wisdom’s tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning.
The nightcap lasted exactly twice as long – 4:18 – as the teams combined to play 17 innings. Major League Baseball shortened doubleheader games to seven innings last year to help teams get through COVID-19-related postponements and kept the rule in place this season.
“I think we just kept persevering,” McMahon said. “It was a grinder of a day for everybody. I’m glad it’s over and we got the win.
McMahon hit a high drive off Jake Jewell (0-2) that landed with a thud in the basket in left for his 19th homer that ended a 15-game longball drought. Rodgers, who hit a two-run homer in the first inning, ripped his double down the left-field line.
“It honest just felt real good to come though,” McMahon said. “I’ve been bumping and grinding out there. Then (Rodgers) can through with a huge double, too.”
Ben Bowden (3-2), the eighth of nine Colorado pitchers, got four outs in a game that took some sloppy turns. Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed the automatic runner to score in the 10th but held on to close it out as the Rockies’ three-game skid ended.
Connor Joe hit his first career grand slam in the fourth inning to put Colorado ahead 6-5. The Rockies led 8-5 after six innings before the Cubs rallied.
“Connor gave us the big boost with the grand slam,” manager Bud Black said. “He’s been giving us good at-bats. That was a huge swing for the team and a time when we needed it,”
Ian Happ’s three-run homer off closer Daniel Bard in the seventh tied the second game at 8. Bard blew his eighth save in 28 chances.
Pinch-hitter Dom Nunez singled in automatic runner Garrett Hampson in the eighth, giving Colorado a 9-8 lead.
But shortstop Trevor Story threw Matt Duffy’s grounder over first base with two outs in the eighth, allowing Wisdom to score and tie it at 9. Neither team could push across the automatic runner in the ninth before Colorado exploded in the 10th.
Rockies Starter German Marquez allowed five runs on seven hits in three innings. The All-Star righty has a 10.13 ERA over 13 1/3 innings in his last three starts.
Cubs starter Justin Steele yielded four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings in his third start since being recalled from the minors on Aug. 10.
“He’s still growing,” manager David Ross said. “I think there is a huge upside potential, but tonight I don’t think he was at his best.”
Reyes’ 451-foot homer leads Indians past Rangers 7-2
CLEVELAND (AP) Franmil Reyes drove a 451-foot home run into the left field bleachers – one of four solo homers hit by Cleveland – and the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Wednesday night.
Reyes’ blast off Wes Benjamin in the seventh landed about two-thirds of the way up the bleachers and was his 23rd of the season, capping a big night for Cleveland’s offense.
Reyes has homered three times in his last six games after going through an extended slump.
“It’s good to see that he’s kind of breaking out of it and with that threat of the home run, you’re always kind of in the game if you get some men on base in front of him,” interim manager DeMarlo Hale said.
Yu Chang homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs. Oscar Mercado and Austin Hedges also homered off left-hander Jake Latz, who gave up three home runs in his major league debut.
Latz (0-1) took the rotation spot of right-hander Dane Dunning, who became the sixth Rangers player to be placed on the COVID-19 injured list.
Mercado homered to the bleachers in left with one out in the second. Chang’s towering fly ball barely cleared the wall in right with one down in the fifth. Hedges homered around the foul pole in left two batters later.
Zach Plesac (8-4) dodged trouble in each of the first five innings before giving up Jason Martin’s two-run homer in the sixth that cut Cleveland’s lead to 3-2.
Andy Ibanez drew a one-out walk in the sixth and Martin followed with his homer to right on an 0-2 pitch. Plesac was pulled after Jose Trevino’s two-out double, but James Karinchak struck out Yonny Hernandez.
Plesac allowed two runs and scattered eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out DJ Peters with the bases loaded to end the third and Texas stranded eight runners in the first six innings.
“Those are the games when you don’t have your best stuff, you still can go give yourself a chance and your team a chance to win,” Hale said. “That says something about him.”
The Rangers have been forced to make a flurry of roster moves over the past several days. Catcher Jonah Heim, infielders Charlie Culberson and Brock Holt, and right-handers Drew Anderson and Mike Foltynewicz were previously placed on the COVID-19 list. Right-hander Spencer Howard is not with the team because of health and safety protocols.
Bregman scores winning run in 10th as Astros down KC 6-5
HOUSTON (AP) Alex Bregman had two hits and an RBI in his first action in more than two months, and he scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a groundout by Jake Meyers to lift the Houston Astros to a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.
Kyle Tucker singled with no outs in the 10th to send automatic runner Bregman to third. Meyers then hit a comebacker that struck pitcher Joel Payamps (0-3) and pulled him toward first base. Payamps tossed the ball to first for the meaningless out as Bregman slid home.
Manager Dusty Baker is glad to see his team getting back to full strength with Bregman and Tucker, who returned Tuesday night after spending 10 days on the COVID-19 injured list.
“We’re starting to get whole again,” Baker said. “It was great to have both my guys back.”
Houston won two of three in this series after dropping three of four to the Royals last week in Kansas City.
“We’ve been on the verge of rolling for a while,” Baker said. “Hopefully this is the beginning of the roll. It starts with one.”
Kendall Graveman (5-0) struck out one in a scoreless 10th.
Whit Merrifield hit a grand slam with two outs in the seventh to put the Royals up 5-3.
Meyers singled in the bottom of the inning and scored on a two-out single by Aledmys Diaz. Pinch-hitter Michael Brantley’s RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning tied it at 5.
“When you have an opportunity to put it away in the last third of the game, we’ve been pretty good about figuring out how to do that,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “We needed some guys to throw in some spots that maybe they haven’t thrown in before. Unfortunately, just got us into a (bad) spot.”
Salvador Perez extended his career high with his 34th homer in the fourth inning for the Royals.
Martin Maldonado and Yordan Alvarez hit solo homers for the Astros.
“We felt like it was a must-win game for us today,” Maldonado said.
Bregman, who had been sidelined since June 16 with a strained left quadriceps, singled in the fourth and had an RBI double in the sixth that made it 3-1.
The Astros had runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Scott Barlow retired Bregman on a groundout.
Royals starter Mike Minor allowed six hits and three runs in six innings.
Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. permitted five hits and four runs with seven strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. He departed after consecutive walks to load the bases in the seventh, and Merrifield sent reliever Cristian Javier’s first pitch over the wall in left-center for Kansas City’s second grand slam this season.
Baker felt like the grand slam was on him for leaving McCullers in too long.
“That was a tough game to swallow,” he said. “I was just praying that the boys bailed me out because I was feeling terrible.”
Ray fans 14, Kirk gets winning hit, Jays beat White Sox 3-1
TORONTO (AP) Alejandro Kirk broke a tie with an RBI single in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 Wednesday night.
After Blue Jays starter Robbie Ray matched his career high by striking out 14 over seven innings, Tim Mayza (4-1) worked a perfect eighth and Jordan Romano finished for his 13th save in 14 chances.
“This was a huge win for us, a huge momentum swing,” Ray said. “We’re looking to come back tomorrow and keep building on it.”
Ray has a 1.59 ERA in five starts this month and has struck out 42 batters in 34 innings.
“He was great again,” manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Fourteen strikeouts. Amazing.”
White Sox left-hander Aaron Bummer (2-5) struck out the first two batters he faced in the eighth before giving up singles to Teoscar Hernandez, pinch-hitter Breyvic Valera, and Kirk.
Jose Ruiz replaced Bummer, and Toronto loaded the bases when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. reached on an error by Yoan Moncada. Randal Grichuk followed with a four-pitch walk, making it 3-1.
AL Central-leading Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 0 for 4 in his return after missing four games because of tightness in both hamstrings.
Anderson lined out in the first, struck out in the third, grounded out in the sixth, and struck out on three pitches to end the seventh, stranding runners at first and second.
Anderson’s second strikeout was the 14th for Ray, who pumped his fist enthusiastically as he hopped off the mound.
“I knew it was probably my last hitter and I just dug deep,” Ray said. “I threw three really good sliders and got the punch out. I was just fired up.”
The 14 strikeouts boosted Ray’s season total to 192, one more than the New York Yankees’ Gerrit Cole for the AL lead. Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler leads the majors with 204 after fanning 10 Tampa Bay batters Wednesday.
Ray is the first left-hander in Blue Jays history to strike out 14 in a game.
“Tonight, the confidence with the slider was there,” Ray said. “I felt like I could throw it in any count at any point during any at bat and I felt like I was going toget a good result with it.”
White Sox manager Tony La Russa agreed that Ray’s slider was hard to handle.
“Our game plan was to take it if we could recognize it,” La Russa said. “That’s easier said than done.”
Chicago opened the scoring in the third when Leury Garcia led off with a single, stole second and third, and scored on a two-out hit by Moncada.
The Blue Jays tied it in the fourth on Corey Dickerson’s two-out RBI triple.
White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out six. Giolito has struck out 175 this season, fourth most in the AL.
Giolito called it “a grinder kind of outing.”
“I didn’t really have good fastball velocity,” he said. “I didn’t feel like I could just reach back and throw it 95 or 96 and blow someone up. It was a lot more trying to be crafty.”
Orioles snap 19-game skid with 10-6 win over Angels
BALTIMORE (AP) After 19 consecutive losses, the Baltimore Orioles were ready to try just about anything.
Newcomer Chris Ellis found that out while preparing to make his first big league start.
“I was sitting at my locker, kind of just going over the lineup for the day, and I saw Trey Mancini walking though there with a bunch of sage. Everybody was getting a whiff of it,” Ellis said. “Maybe we’ll have to start doing that before every game.”
The Orioles finally stopped their slide Wednesday night, rallying to beat Los Angeles 10-6 after a shaky start by Shohei Ohtani left the Angels’ bullpen with too much to do.
The Angels were up 6-2 in the fourth inning and 6-4 when Ohtani left the game after the top of the sixth. Baltimore scored a run in the seventh and five in the eighth. Ramon Urias and Kelvin Gutierrez drew bases-loaded walks to put the Orioles up 7-6, and pinch-hitter Austin Hays added a two-run double.
The Orioles were two losses shy of the American League record for the longest skid – which they set themselves in 1988 when they started 0-21.
“The clubhouse is loud right now. There’s a lot of people that are very excited, relieved,” manager Brandon Hyde said. “It’s good to hear our guys feel good about the game they just played.”
Ohtani allowed three homers on the mound and struck out three times at the plate, but the Orioles still seemed headed to a 20th straight loss after Brandon Marsh hit his first career homer, a three-run shot in the fourth that made it 6-2.
It was 6-5 when Jake Petricka (0-1) allowed a single, a double and an intentional walk to start the bottom of the eighth. He then walked Urias, his final batter, on four pitches to tie the game.
James Hoyt came on and struck out Jahmai Jones, but then he walked Gutierrez on a full count. Hays then doubled to left with the bases loaded, and Cedric Mullins added a sacrifice fly.
When Tyler Wells retired the final batter of the game on a flyout to right, he hugged catcher Pedro Severino and the Orioles celebrated casually on the field. The fans – many of whom probably came to see Ohtani – roared their approval.
“They really were behind us tonight,” Mancini said. “I’m so thankful and we are so thankful, especially after this streak, that they’re still so supportive of us.”
Mullins and Anthony Santander hit solo homers in the first, and DJ Stewart hit a two-run shot off Ohtani in the fourth.
“I feel like the homers were a little bit ambushed,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I need to make better pitches when they’re expecting the fastball.”
Jared Walsh hit a solo homer for the Angels.
Tanner Scott (5-4) won in relief for the Orioles.
Pollock’s homer sends Dodgers to 5-3 win over Padres in 16
SAN DIEGO (AP) After 16 innings that took 5 hours, 49 minutes to play, featuring 489 pitches by 19 pitchers who stranded a combined 35 baserunners, the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers finally got to celebrate.
AJ Pollock led off the 16th with a two-run homer and the Dodgers outlasted the struggling San Diego Padres 5-3 early Thursday in by far the longest major league game since pandemic rules were implemented last year.
No game had gone longer than 13 innings since MLB began putting an automatic runner on second base to start extra innings during the shortened 2020 season.
This one started Wednesday night and ended at 12:59 a.m. Thursday.
“You can listen to the excitement, elation after the game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “A lot of high-fives, maybe a couple of beer showers, guys really just on adrenaline. Just finding a way to win a ballgame. It should count as two but unfortunately it doesn’t.”
Pollock’s 16th homer came off rookie reliever Daniel Camarena (0-1), the ninth Padres pitcher. The Dodgers used 10, including winner Corey Knebel (4-0) and Shane Greene, who worked the 16th for his first save.
Greene was the 47th player of 52 on the two active rosters to appear in the game.
Pollock also had a big game in a 5-2 win in the series opener Tuesday night, robbing Manny Machado of a two-run homer and hitting a two-run single.
The free runner on second rule was adopted to quicken the completion of long games during the coronavirus pandemic. But it took seven extra innings to decide this one, which included a 14th-inning stretch.
Pinch-hitter Billy McKinney and Trea Turner gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead with consecutive RBI singles in the 15th.
Fernando Tatis Jr. tied it with a two-run homer to right field off Knebel in the bottom half, his NL-leading 35th.
Tatis’ home run was just the fourth hit for the Padres and their first since the fifth inning.
The Dodgers won for the 11th time in 12 games. The Padres, who wasted a brilliant start by Blake Snell, have lost three straight and 11 of 13.
The Dodgers went 5 for 27 with runners in scoring position and the Padres 2 for 24. Los Angeles stranded 17 baserunners and the Padres 18.
There were 11 intentional walks, eight by the Dodgers – most by a big league team since 1955.
“There’s just so much to unpack, but to come away with the win was huge,” Roberts said. “All the players we used, managing the intentional walks, it was a crazy game but a lot of good things happened.”
Snell and Dodgers ace Walker Buehler were both outstanding but were long gone by the time the game ended.
The Padres ran out of position players in extra innings and had to have pitchers Ryan Weathers and Joe Musgrove pinch-hit. Musgrove struck out with the bases loaded to end the 11th and Weathers hit into a force to end the 13th. Each time, Roberts had Machado and Jake Cronenworth intentionally walked to load the bases with two outs.
The Padres got into trouble because manager Jayce Tingler didn’t double-switch with rookie infielder Kim Ha-seong after using him as a pinch-runner to start the 10th.
“We just went as is. We were obviously trying to score runs and obviously keep them off the board, and ultimately that’s what we did,” Tingler said.
Each team had chances to win it earlier in extras.
The Dodgers had two runners thrown out in rundowns between third and home, Max Muncy in the 12th and Will Smith in the 13th. San Diego’s Austin Adams got out of a bases-loaded jam in the 12th when Smith flied out to center.
The Padres got a runner to third base with one out in the 10th but couldn’t bring him in.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth to keep the score tied at 1 and send it into extras after fanning Austin Nola for his 1,000th career strikeout.
Snell kept the Dodgers in check until Smith homered to left-center on the lefty’s 116th pitch to tie the game at 1 with one out in the eighth. After notching his 10th strikeout, against Cody Bellinger, Snell got the hook from Tingler. Daniel Hudson came on and struck out pinch-hitter Albert Pujols.
Snell threw a career-high 122 pitches in 7 2/3 innings, the longest outing of his career. He retired the first 11 batters before Justin Turner singled. The lefty allowed three hits and walked none. It was his first outing without issuing a walk since the fateful Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, when Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash pulled him with a 1-0 lead against the Dodgers. Los Angeles rallied to win the game and the Series.
Snell’s terrific start came two days after the Padres fired pitching coach Larry Rothschild. Snell, obtained in a trade with Tampa Bay just after Christmas, has been up and down all season.
Buehler also pitched brilliantly, allowing an unearned run and three hits in 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight and walking one. He was pulled after issuing the game’s first walk, to Wil Myers with two outs in the seventh, and replaced by Joe Kelly, who came off the injured list before the game.
A night after Pollock robbed Machado of a two-run homer, the Padres returned the favor. Myers made a spectacular leaping grab at the left-field fence to deny Corey Seager an opposite-field shot in the second, and Gold Glove winner Trent Grisham caught Muncy’s smash at the top of the fence in the fourth.
Myers beat out a chopper down the third-base line for an RBI infield single with two outs in the second.
Astros GM: Verlander won’t return this season amid Tommy John recovery
The Houston Astros won’t get ace Justin Verlander back this season, general manager James Click said on Houston’s SportsTalk790 on Wednesday.
Doctors told Verlander that returning this season wouldn’t be the best move for his recovery from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in October 2020.
Verlander, 38, was limited to just one outing in 2020 before undergoing the procedure.
Click said in December that he was hopeful Verlander could return at some point this season, with an initial timetable of 12-14 months for recovery.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner is set to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season. In March 2019, he signed a two-year, $66-million extension to stay in Houston.
The Astros sit atop the AL West with a 74-52 record.
Game 7 of World Series would be Nov. 3, latest since 2009
NEW YORK (AP) Game 7 of the World Series is scheduled for Nov. 3, its latest since 2009.
Major League Baseball said Wednesday its postseason will start with the AL wild-card game on Oct. 5, followed by the NL wild-card matchup the following day.
Both AL Division Series will start Oct. 7, and both NL Division Series open the following day. The AL Championship Series begins Oct. 15 and the NL Championship Series the next day.
The World Series is scheduled to start on Oct. 26 at the home of the pennant winner with the better regular-season record, and Game 7 would be Nov. 3.
The latest a World Series game has been played is Nov. 4, in 2001 and again in 2009. The Series has not gone past October since 2017, when the Houston Astros won Game 7 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Nov. 1.
MLB’s regular season is scheduled to end Oct. 3, and tiebreaker games would take place the following day.
DeGrom resumes throwing, Syndergaard set for rehab stint
NEW YORK (AP) Mets ace Jacob deGrom played catch at Citi Field on Wednesday after an MRI showed improvement with the right forearm tightness that has sidelined him since July 7, while Noah Syndergaard will begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Brooklyn on Thursday.
It was the first time deGrom played catch since being shut down from throwing entirely four weeks ago.
“We’ll see where we go from here,” manager Luis Rojas said. “There’s not a progression mapped out yet on how things are going to keep going, but at least getting to play catch today, that’s great news for us.”
Rojas did not know details of what the MRI showed, except there was enough improvement for doctors to clear him for throwing.
Zack Scott, New York’s acting general manager, said Tuesday that deGrom would have the imaging reviewed by Dr. David Altchek, and if Altchek cleared him, the two-time Cy Young Award winner would begin a throwing program immediately.
DeGrom was transferred to the 60-day injured list last weekend and isn’t eligible to return until Sept. 13. Scott said Tuesday that deGrom was unlikely to be ready by that date even if he did resume throwing this week.
Scott said the team planned to get deGrom back in game action even if New York falls further out of postseason contention to better evaluate his health going forward.
DeGrom is 7-2 with a 1.08 ERA in 15 starts this year and was on track for a third Cy Young before his season was derailed by injuries. Even with all the missed time, his 4.9 wins above replacement (WAR, per FanGraphs) ranks third in the National League behind Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes (5.9) and Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler (5.8).
Syndergaard had Tommy John surgery March 26, 2020, and is still recovering. He was shut down from a minor league rehab assignment in May with elbow discomfort but had resumed throwing live batting practice.
Rojas said Syndergaard will pitch one inning with the Cyclones on Thursday. The club plans to bring the right-hander back as a reliever to shorten the length of his rehab stint.
Francisco Lindor was out of New York’s lineup for a game against San Francisco a day after ending a five-week absence with a right oblique strain. Rojas said Lindor felt good but the team planned to be cautious since Lindor didn’t play any minor league games before returning.
Serena Williams pulls out of US Open, citing torn hamstring
(AP) — Serena Williams added herself to the list of big-name withdrawals from the U.S. Open on Wednesday, pulling out of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament because of a torn hamstring.
Williams hasn’t competed since injuring her right leg in the first set of her first-round match at Wimbledon in late June.
The American, who turns 40 next month, announced her decision to sit out the U.S. Open via a social media post. She joins Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in sitting out the competition in Flushing Meadows, where play begins next Monday, raising questions about what the future of tennis might look like without them. The draw for the tournament is Thursday.
This will be the first major tournament since 1997 without any of Williams, Federer or Nadal in the singles brackets. Williams made her Grand Slam debut at the 1998 Australian Open; Federer made his the following year; Nadal in 2003.
Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record in the professional era. Only one player in tennis history owns more, Margaret Court with 24.
Federer, Nadal and Novak Djokovic share the men’s record of 20.
“After careful consideration and following the advice of my doctors and medical team, I have decided to withdraw from the US Open to allow my body to heal completely from a torn hamstring,” Williams wrote in Wednesday’s post.
Her note ended with: “I’ll see you soon.”
Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, also put up a post on social media, saying, “we’ve done everything we could” and adding: “It is heartbreaking, but this is the only possible decision.”
Williams has won six singles championships at the U.S. Open, most recently in 2014. In her five appearances at the hard-court tournament in New York since then, she has made it to the final twice – losing to Naomi Osaka in 2018 and Bianca Andreescu in 2019 – and the semifinals three other times, including last year.
Her best-in-the-game serve and powerful groundstrokes have allowed Williams to remain among the title contenders at the biggest tournaments, especially on hard courts and grass.
This season, she was a semifinalist at the Australian Open in February, before losing to eventual champion Osaka there. At the French Open, played on red clay, Williams lost in the fourth round to Elena Rybakina.
At Wimbledon, Williams was serving while leading 3-1 in her opening match when her left shoe seemed to lose its traction while she was hitting a forehand and her right leg flexed awkwardly.
She tried to continue but eventually needed to stop playing, only the second mid-match retirement of her Grand Slam career and first since 1998.
Weatherford Added to Baseball Staff
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – There is a familiarity between Indiana head baseball coach Jeff Mercer and the final piece of his 2022 on-field coaching staff. The fourth-year head coach will add one of his former pupils in Zach Weatherford as the volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming season.
“It is awesome for me to welcome Zach to our staff because he was one of the first recruits for us at Wright State and is such an incredible person, player and coach,” said Mercer. “He was a big part of what Wright State was able to do offensively and on the base paths last season and has been a part of four NCAA Tournament teams as a player and coach, so he knows what it takes to compete on a national level.”
A four-year letterwinner at Wright State, Weatherford also spent his first season in collegiate coaching with the Raiders. In his six seasons as a part of the program, Weatherford helped WSU to the NCAA Baseball Championships in three of those seasons, including 2021 in the director of operations role. Prior to returning to WSU as a coach, Weatherford spent time with the Cleveland Indians organization.
Weatherford spent five years at Wright State as a student-athlete from 2015-19 as he redshirted his initial year on campus before helping the Raiders to two regular season and two tournament titles in the Horizon League. In 2016 and 2018, Weatherford helped WSU to the NCAA Baseball Championships after winning the regular season and conference tournament each season.
The Raiders did the same thing during his only season on the coaching staff. That season included a Horizon League-record 28 conference victories.
On the field, Weatherford won the 2019 NCAA Rawlings Division I Gold Glove in the outfield, which is awarded to the nation’s best defender at each position, and was a first-team All-Horizon League selection as a senior. In his final season with the Raiders, he was a major part of one of the best offensive teams in the history of the program, hitting .345 with nine home runs, 66 RBI and 21 stolen bases.
As a junior, he broke the WSU single-season stolen base record with 36 on his way to first-team all-league honors.
In his career, his 78 stolen bases came on 86 attempts, a success rate of 90.6 percent. His stolen base percentage ranks No. 2 all-time in program history, while the 78 career stolen bases sit No. 6 on the all-time list at Wright State.
NCAA season preview: Preseason top 30 men’s teams, NOTRE DAME #20
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For the past two seasons, qualifiers in Malibu featured more star power and hotly contested finishes than many college tournaments around the country.
Yes, Pepperdine was that deep.
And it’s because of that star power and depth that the Waves left Grayhawk Golf Club last June as the national champions, courtesy of their 3-2 victory over veteran-laden Oklahoma in the NCAA Championship final.
But as Pepperdine enters a new season as the defending NCAA champion, it does so with a new team dynamic. It’s not really who the Waves lost but more what they lost. The depth is gone, thanks to the departure of graduates Clay Feagler, Josh McCarthy and Austin Murphy, and the transfers of R.J. Manke to Washington and Caden Fioroni to UNLV.
“Going from basically nine all the way down to six really good players, it’s going to change the way we go about everything,” Pepperdine head coach Michael Beard. “It’s going to be a little bit more about how you prepare for an event rather than have the guys go battle it out and see who’s playing the best right now.”
But make no mistake: The Waves are still really, really good. Four All-Americans from a season ago return – Dylan Menante, William Mouw, Joe Highsmith and Joey Vrzich; all are top-40 amateurs in the world. Role-player-turned-starter Derek Hitchner is coming off two big summer wins, and freshman Ian Maspat arrives looking to push the older guys.
“I told them over the summer,” Beard said, “I said, ‘Hey, eyes are going to be on you. It’s not necessarily a target like guys are going to be after you, but eyes are going to be on every move you guys make.’”
That begins now, as Pepperdine begins the fall as GolfChannel.com’s preseason No. 1 team, just ahead of Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Texas and Vanderbilt.
Here is a full breakdown of the top 30 men’s teams in the country as we enter another season:
2. Oklahoma State
3. Arizona State
6. North Carolina
7. Texas Tech
11. Wake Forest
13. Georgia Tech
16. Florida State
19. Texas A&M
20. Notre Dame
21. San Diego State
25. South Florida
27. North Florida
28. New Mexico
NOTRE DAME W SOCCER
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (1-0-1) hits the road for the first time for the 2021 season, starting with a trip to Madison to take on the Wisconsin Badgers (2-0-0). That contest will kick off on Thursday, Aug. 26, at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 pm CT inside the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex. It will also stream live on BTN+.
The Irish are 14-2-1 all-time against the Badgers with a 4-2 record in Madison.
LEARNING MOMENTS FROM GAME TWO
The Notre Dame defense was once again stout and the offense outshot the Indiana Hoosiers 13-5, but the Irish settled for a 0-0 draw. Furthermore, Notre Dame didn’t allow a single IU shot on goal. In addition, ND maintained 60 percent of the possession and boasted a 9-1 advantage in corners.
The Irish had several chances around the net, but just couldn’t get it on frame as Gaetino, Hohnstein, Albert, Wingate and Fisher all had near misses.
DEFENSE STARTS STRONG
With senior leadership in net in Mattie Interian and sophomore Eva Gaetino anchoring the back-line as center-back, the Irish defense has started the year strong defensively. Through two games, they’ve allowed just one goal, which was scored off a free kick right outside of the box against Bowling Green.
The Irish defense allowed just four shots on goal against Bowling Green, and more impressively, zero against Indiana.
LOOKING FOR MORE B1G SUCCESS
A week before the season got underway, the Irish competed in two preseason tune-ups against Big Ten foes. Up first, Notre Dame hosted Ohio State at home and found themselves in an early 2-0 hole. However, the Irish ultimately rallied for the 3-2 victory. ND received goals from Van Zanten, Fisher and Wingate, as the latter scored in the final minute of play.
The Irish then traveled to Champaign to take on the Fighting Illini. It was all navy and gold, as Notre Dame cruised to a 4-0 victory, which included a goal from Brooke VanDyck.
RECORD NUMBER MAKE THEIR IRISH DEBUT
There was a record number of Irish debuts in the season opener last Thursday, as 11 different players donned the ND uniform for the first time. In fact, all eight freshmen saw game action, including midfielder Korbin Albert who started.
All-in-all, 29 different Irish players received playing time in the win over Bowling Green. Outside of center back Eva Gaetino (71 min), Coach Norman was able to keep all his starters’ minutes under 65 – which ultimately proved beneficial with Sunday’s game going 110 minutes.
Notre Dame’s two forwards plan on wreaking plenty of havoc on opposing defenses this season and their unique skillsets complement each other very well.
First, there’s Fisher, who is a two-time All-ACC selection. She enters this weekend’s slate of games with 17 career goals and nine career assists. The graduate student is looking to top her 2019 season total of six goals and she’s off to a great start. On Thursday, Fisher scored in her third consecutive home-opener (2019-21). She almost got a second one in the first half when her shot from 25 yards out hit off the crossbar.
Then there’s Wingate, with the freedom to explore space and use her speed up top. “She’s one of the fastest kids in the country in my opinion,” said Coach Norman. That speed was on display in the opening minutes against Indiana – when she outran three Hoosier defenders and almost got the Irish on the board (see highlight package).
In the season opener, Wingate got the offense rolling in the eighth minute. A nice give-and-go with Mercado at the top of the 18-yard box, led to a rocket in the upper left corner. It marked Wingate’s sixth career goal.
FRESHMAN STARTING – #2 KORBIN ALBERT
One rookie by the name of Korbin Albert was able to crack the starting lineup. The freshman midfielder has made an immediate impact, advancing the ball into the attacking third and has gotten a few good looks on net.
In the opener, Albert recorded her first career assist and point when she delivered a beautiful low cross from the left side to a sprinting Bri Martinez on the far side of the six-yard box.
In game two, the freshman fired off a shot near the right-upper corner of the 18-yard box, as the ball sailed just over the upper-left 90.
During a recent media call, Coach Norman said, “Korbin is a gifted attacking player that can do things on the ball that not too many players in this country can. She’s awesome in tight spots or 1v1 areas.”
Wisconsin is coming off of a 7-4-3 shortened season which only featured Big Ten opponents and advanced to the conference title game for the first time since 2014.
The Badgers were picked to finish fifth according to the Big Ten Conference’s preseason poll.
UW returns a strong group of players from last year’s squad, including two-time Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Jordyn Bloomer. Also returning for UW is two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree Maia Cella along with former Big Ten honorees Cammie Murtha and Lauren Rice.
UW also returns its leading goalscorer from last year in Emma Jaskaniec, who paced UW with four goals and 10 points during the 14-game season.
Wisconsin started its season by defeating Kansas City, 4-0, and Kansas, 1-0 – both on the road.
NEW BUT NATURAL FORMATION
The Irish sported a 3-5-2 formation to kick off the 2021 season. Coach Norman said the formation is what this team naturally gravitated to. His ideal style – “We want to press teams and attack relentlessly. I’m more concerned with are we making the right passes as opposed to trying to connect 20 passes in a row.”
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER SEASON PREVIEW
The Fighting Irish men’s soccer team kicks off its 2021 campaign this weekend with the first match of 16 regular season contests.
Notre Dame opens the season with a rivalry matchup, as the Irish host the No. 2 Indiana Hoosiers at Alumni Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, August 27. The two sides renew the intrastate rivalry after COVID-19 forced the rivalry to take a one-year hiatus during the 2020-21 season.
The fixture against the Hoosiers is the first of six regular season matchups that feature opponents ranked in the top 25 of the preseason polls, including four games against teams currently in the top six of the rankings.
McFarland Family Head Men’s Soccer Coach Chad Riley is looking forward to seeing how his squad responds to such a tough schedule.
“Our schedule is a gauntlet, it is designed to challenge us and help us grow to our potential,” said Riley. “The guys love to compete against the best and they know it helps them reach their best.”
The Irish have two captains to lead the team in the upcoming season, as Philip Quinton and Mohamed Omar will wear the armband. Omar has been a staple as a central defensive midfielder over the past three seasons and Quinton has been a mainstay in Notre Dame’s defense.
Notre Dame figures to have a team filled with veterans and experience in 2021, as 12 players who logged significant minutes last season are back on the roster.
“We are excited about this team,” said Riley. “We have excellent leadership from our captains and have a lot of great experience in the group. If we keep competing to get better in each training session and each game we will be in a great spot.”
The Irish return 73.7 percent of its scoring from the 2020-21 year, thanks in large part to senior Jack Lynn. The striker paced the Irish with eight goals in his junior season and has 21 over his three-year collegiate career, the most among all active Notre Dame players. Lynn earned All-ACC First Team status last season due to his prolific form in front of goal.
Two other players who are sure to be major factors in the Irish attack are graduate student Dawson McCartney and sophomore Daniel Russo. McCartney transferred into the program from Dartmouth before the spring semester and made an instant impact, scoring a goal and adding two assists in just six games. Russo scored the game-winning goal in the season-opening win over Kentucky and played in 13 matches in his first collegiate season.
A wealth of experience returns to the midfield. The aforementioned Omar, Michael Pellegrino, Ethan O’Brien, Matthew Radivojsa and Michael Lynch each made double-digit appearances in the Irish midfield a season ago.
Quinton leads the backline and is joined by left back Paddy Burns, center back Reese Mayer and converted midfielder Ben Giacobello at right back, all of whom logged major minutes during the 2020-21 season.
Sophomore Bryan Dowd looks to permanently take over the starting goalkeeper role after playing in four games his rookie season. Dowd made 11 saves while allowing four goals and recorded one clean sheet.
Seven other returning players will look to expand their roles in the upcoming season as well as the nine freshmen the Irish welcome for their rookie years.
The Notre Dame freshman class was ranked No. 5 nationally by TopDrawerSoccer.
Sycamores Set to Wrap Up Road Swing Against Missouri
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will travel to Columbia, Mo. for a matchup with Missouri on Thursday, August 26 at 7 p.m. ET at Audrey J. Walton Soccer Stadium.
The Sycamores fell to Northern Illinois 2-1 in double overtime Sunday night at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex. Freshman Mackenzie Kent scored her first career goal for Indiana State which tied the match in the 90th minute to send it into overtime. NIU would win it with a header in the 104th minute.
Missouri is led by Stefanie Golan who takes over for the Tigers after nine years as the head coach at Minnesota. The Tigers return goalie Isabella Alessio who made 45 saves in 12 starts last season. They also get back Julissa Cisneros who recorded 11 points with four goals and three assists in 14 matches.
The Tigers enter Thursday’s match with a 0-2 record which includes losses to Illinois and Nebraska. Cisneros tallied six saves over those two matches with the Tigers attempting 15 shots on the offensive side.
Indiana State will return home to Memorial Stadium on Sunday, August 29 at 1 p.m. ET to host UT Martin for their home opener.
Volleyball Ready to Open Season This Weekend in Milwaukee
Valparaiso (0-0, 0-0 MVC)
at Panther Invitational (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Saturday, Aug. 28 – vs. UC Santa Barbara (0-0) – 10 a.m.
vs. Illinois (0-0) – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 29 – at Milwaukee (0-0) – noon
This Week in Valpo Volleyball: The Valpo volleyball team competes in the traditional fall season for the first time since 2019, starting this weekend with a trip to Milwaukee to take part in the Panther Invitational. The challenging slate of three matches opens on Saturday morning against UC Santa Barbara.
Looking Ahead: Early-season tournament action continues for the Beacons next weekend at Tennessee Tech’s Golden Eagle Invitational.
Following the Beacons: Valpo’s matches against UC Santa Barbara and Illinois will have video streams via Milwaukee’s YouTube channel, while the match against the Panthers will have a live audio broadcast. Links for all the live coverge, as well as live stats for all three matches, are available via ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 20th season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 423 matches (423-207, .671) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles, as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 55 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 478-231 (.674) record overall as a head coach.
Series History: UC Santa Barbara and Illinois – First meeting
Milwaukee – The one-time Horizon League rivals had a spirited series during their time together in the league, including seven battles in the Horizon League Tournament over Valpo’s 10 seasons, with Milwaukee holding a narrow 4-3 edge in those matchups. Overall, the Panthers hold a 28-18 advantage in the all-time series, including a pair of 3-0 victories in pre-conference play in 2019.
Scouting the Opposition: UC Santa Barbara – The Gauchos did not compete in the spring of 2021 – in their last season of competition, they posted a 23-6 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UCSB was picked third in the Big West preseason poll.
Illinois – The Fighting Ilini were picked to finish seventh in the Big Ten preseason poll after going 7-11 in a conference-only schedule this spring.
Milwaukee – The Panthers played an all-Horizon League schedule this spring, posting an 8-6 record to finish in fifth place.
Valpo Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll: For the fourth time in five seasons as an MVC member, Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the conference standings in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Illinois State topped the poll with 79 points and three first-place votes, narrowly edging out Drake, which tallied 77 points, including three first-place votes. Valpo has outperformed its ranking in the preseason poll in each of its first four seasons in the MVC and is one of two programs (Illinois State) to post top-half finishes in the MVC standings in each of the last four seasons.
Looking Back at the Spring: The spring 2021 campaign saw Valpo post an 11-9 record and finish fifth in the MVC standings with a 10-8 mark in conference action. Rylee Cookerly repeated as MVC Libero of the Year, was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an AVCA All-Region honoree, while Victoria Bulmahn was tabbed the MVC Freshman of the Year. Included among Valpo’s 11 wins were the program’s first victory over Illinois State since joining the MVC and the first wins in program history over traditional power UNI.
Who’s Back and Who’s New: The Beacons return 10 letterwinners, including four starters and the libero, from the spring 2021 campaign – a group which accounted for 75% of the team’s kills, 90% of aces, 82% of digs and 86% of blocks last season. Valpo also returns a pair of players who didn’t see action last season, while welcoming in one transfer and four freshmen.
Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play in the spring 2021 season, finishing the season ranked third nationally and second in the Valley with 20.37 digs/set. Valpo has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 10 seasons, including leading the nation with 20.03 digs/set in 2017 to go along with a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation in a digs category as well, as it posted 2,613 total digs – a mark which not only ranked first nationally for total digs, but also set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era.
Cookerly Continues to Dig: A preseason All-MVC selection and two-time MVC Libero of the Year, fifth-year Rylee Cookerly is coming off another stellar season. Her average of 5.78 digs/set was good for 10th nationally and is third in a single season in program history. Cookerly finished in double figures in digs in each of her 18 matches, including 20+ digs 12 times and 30 or more on four occasions. Cookerly’s already lofty career numbers are poised to take another big jump forward this season. She owns 2,514 career digs, over 300 more than any other active player in the country. Cookerly enters this fall second in Valpo history and third in MVC history in career digs — less than 300 digs from both records — and is just outside the NCAA’s top-15 all-time in the category as well. She is less than 300 digs from second place in NCAA history in the category and sits 662 away from the all-time record of 3,176 digs.
One More Go-Round: Cookerly is one of three Beacons who opted to take advantage of the additional year of eligibility afforded by the NCAA to return for a fifth year. Setter Brittany Anderson returns to the court this fall after playing softball this past spring. A First Team All-MVC choice in 2018, she ranks ninth among active Division I players with 3,850 career assists and is fourth in program history in career assists. Middle Peyton McCarthy enjoyed another strong season this past spring, finishing second on the team with 0.87 blocks/set and contributing 2.30 kills/set on .240 hitting offensively. A First Team All-MVC selection in 2019, she enters this fall just 141 kills shy of 1,000 for her career and is 20 blocks away from Valpo’s career top-10 chart in the category.
Setting Things Up: Sophomore Victoria Bulmahn made an immediate impact running the offense in her first season at Valpo, earning MVC Freshman of the Year honors as she posted 10.84 assists/set, good for second in the Valley, 21st nationally and second nationally among freshmen. Valpo’s offense averaged 13.22 kills/set in MVC play during the spring, its highest total since joining the conference. Also strong in the back row, Bulmahn ranked second on the team and 12th in the MVC with 3.57 digs/set and reached double figures in digs 14 times.
MBB – Valpo Basketball Adds Stanford to Nonconference Schedule
The latest addition to the Valparaiso University men’s basketball nonconference schedule is a special one for head coach Matt Lottich.
Lottich will be back in familiar territory on Wednesday, Nov. 17 as Valpo visits his alma mater, Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.
“Going back to Stanford is going to be a significant honor for me,” Lottich said. “A huge thank you to Coach (Jerod) Haase for agreeing to play the game. He’s a coach who cares about the alumni and understood how important this would be to me. I’m extremely honored and excited to go back there. Our guys are excited to play a game like this. Stanford is going to be a good team playing in a good conference. We’ve been close the last couple years playing in challenging road environments like this, so we’re looking forward to the opportunity to go there to try to win.”
Lottich played at Stanford from 2000-2004 and helped lead the Cardinal to the Pac-10 title while earning NABC All-Star honors, a recognition bestowed upon the top 15 seniors in college basketball. Lottich was a member of the Wooden Award midseason watch list as a senior. He was a member of the program’s conference championship squad as a freshman in 2000-2001 and finished his career ranked among Stanford’s single-season and career leaders in 3-pointers made.
This will mark the fourth meeting between Valpo and Stanford and first since Nov. 29, 1997, a 70-65 victory for the Cardinal, then ranked No. 15 nationally. Valpo will seek its first victory over Stanford.
Stanford enjoyed a winning record at 14-13 in 2020-2021 including a 10-10 mark in Pac-12 play. The Cardinal had three wins over Sweet 16 teams and two over Elite Eight programs last season. This year’s freshman class is the program’s third top-20 recruiting class in the last four seasons, led by five-star forward Harrison Ingram.
Purdue Fort Wayne Picked Fifth in #HLVB Preseason Poll
INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League released the #HLVB Preseason Poll on Wednesday, August 25, and the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team was slotted at fifth.
The Mastodons finished fourth in the league in the spring of 2021, and will be led by reigning Horizon League Player of the Year Katie Crowe this fall. Wright State, which won the Horizon League Championship and regular season championship in the spring, was selected as the favorite to win the fall 2021 title. UIC and Northern Kentucky both picked up a first-place vote.
Purdue Fort Wayne opens up the season on Friday, August 27 when they host the Purdue Fort Wayne Invitational Presented by Sonesta Select. Horizon League play for the Mastodons begins on Thursday, September 23 when the ‘Dons host Green Bay.
#HLVB Preseason Poll
1. Wright State – 119 (9)
2. UIC – 98 (1)
3. Northern Kentucky – 97 (1)
4. Milwaukee – 94
5. Purdue Fort Wayne – 78
6. Cleveland State – 63
7. Oakland – 61
8. Green Bay – 48
9. RMU – 29
10. Youngstown State – 25
11. IUPUI – 14
Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Opens Season at Northern Illinois on Thursday
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The 2021 Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer season will get started on Thursday (August 26) afternoon when the Mastodons travel to Northern Illinois to face the Huskies.
Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons (0-0-0) at Northern Illinois Huskies (0-0-0)
When: Thursday, August 26 | 3 p.m. ET
Where: NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex | DeKalb, Illinois
Live Stats: Link
Series History: Northern Illinois leads 5-0-0
Weather: High of 87, rain
KNOW YOUR FOE:
• NIU went 1-1 in the preseason, falling to Missouri State 2-1 and defeating Purdue Northwest 5-3. Harry Jolley had two goals in the win over Purdue Northwest.
• The Huskies went 5-8-1 (4-6-0 MAC) last season, losing their final three matches of the season.
• Ryan Swan is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Huskies.
• Nick Markanich returns this season after recording nine goals in the spring and picking up the MAC Player of the Year honor.
ABOUT THE MASTODONS:
• The ‘Dons earned two Horizon League Player of the Week honors (Erik Josson (Defensive) and Logan Lee (Offensive)) last season.
• Goalkeeper Erik Josson was named to the Spring 2021 Horizon League All-Freshman Team.
• The ‘Dons finished two spots above their predicted finish in preseason poll last season.
The ‘Dons will be looking for their first win in the series this Thursday. The teams have played in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2018 and 2019.
SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:
The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.
The ‘Dons will host Bellarmine on Sunday, Aug. 29 in the home opener. Kick will be at 2 p.m. at the Hefner Soccer Complex. The game will air live on ESPN+.
Purdue Fort Wayne Women’s Basketball Unveils Non-League Schedule
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball coach Maria Marchesano announced her program’s non-league schedule on Wednesday, August 25.
The Mastodons open the season on November 9 with a game against Division III member Manchester in the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The ‘Dons then head to Mid-American Conference foe Ball State three days later (Nov. 12). To round out November, Purdue Fort Wayne will play a familiar pair of foes in Evansville at home on November 24 and SIUE on the road on November 28. The ‘Dons have played both of these teams in each of the last three seasons.
The Mastodons have three more non-league games in December, with road games at Southeast Missouri (Dec. 9) and ACC foe Notre Dame (Dec. 12), and a home game against Indiana State (Dec. 20).
The Horizon League schedule will be announced at a later date.
Valpo Tennis Reveals 2021-2022 Schedule
The Valparaiso University tennis team has announced its 2021-2022 schedule, which will begin with a home match against Holy Cross (Ind.) on Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Valpo Tennis Complex.
The match with Holy Cross (Ind.) will be the first of a pair of fall dual matches as the Beacons will also host Grand Valley State on Saturday, Oct. 16. The Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships will be hosted at the Valpo Tennis Complex from Oct. 8-10, marking the third time Valpo has hosted an MVC Championship event in any sport since joining the conference (women’s golf and cross country).
Valpo’s fall slate also features a trip to the Redbird Invite hosted by Illinois State, the ITA Midwest Regional at the University of Illinois and the Rocket Invitational at Toledo.
The spring semester slate will get underway on Saturday, Jan. 15 as Valpo hosts IUPUI at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. Other home nonconference opponents include SIUE (Jan. 22), Eastern Michigan (Feb. 13), Marian University (Feb. 19) and Northern Illinois (March 6). Road nonconference trips during the spring slate include Western Michigan (Feb. 6), Purdue Northwest (Feb. 12 in Park Forest, Ill.), Wayne State (Feb. 27), Butler (March 20) and Milwaukee (March 26).
The Missouri Valley Conference season will get underway on Saturday, April 2 as Valpo hosts Drake. The second of two home MVC matches will take place the following day as UNI comes to town for an April 3 date. The Beacons will make Valley trips to Missouri State (April 9), Illinois State (April 15) and Bradley (April 16) leading into the MVC Tournament, which will be hosted by Drake in Des Moines, Iowa from April 22-24.
Valpo finished the 2020-2021 slate with its highest win total since 2007. Head coach Bob Modesto’s squad compiled a four-match winning streak from Feb. 28 to March 13 with victories over Wayne State, Northern Illinois, Chicago State and Oakland. That marked Valpo’s longest winning streak since April 2007. The Beacons also thrived in the classroom in 2020-21 as Valpo Tennis earned a 3.71 GPA during the Spring 2021 semester, the highest among all Valpo programs. The squad finished with a 3.72 GPA for the 2020-21 year (both semesters) with eight players earning a 3.0 or above for the spring semester and seven garnering a 3.5 or better.
All seven scholarship players from last season are back for the 2021-22 campaign.
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|Philadelphia||63||63||.500||5||36 – 27||27 – 36||34 – 27||14 – 10||9 – 15||3 – 7||L 2|
|NY Mets||61||65||.484||7||36 – 25||25 – 40||25 – 27||13 – 14||16 – 16||2 – 8||L 2|
|Washington||54||71||.432||13.5||31 – 33||23 – 38||23 – 32||12 – 13||9 – 19||4 – 6||L 1|
|Miami||52||75||.409||16.5||31 – 31||21 – 44||23 – 27||9 – 17||17 – 17||2 – 8||W 1|
|Milwaukee||78||49||.614||–||36 – 28||42 – 21||12 – 13||42 – 20||20 – 8||8 – 2||W 4|
|Cincinnati||69||59||.539||9.5||36 – 29||33 – 30||16 – 10||35 – 22||10 – 20||6 – 4||L 2|
|St. Louis||64||61||.512||13||35 – 30||29 – 31||14 – 16||24 – 25||15 – 11||5 – 5||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||56||73||.434||23||33 – 32||23 – 41||12 – 19||24 – 32||17 – 12||4 – 6||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||46||81||.362||32||26 – 36||20 – 45||12 – 12||15 – 41||11 – 21||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Francisco||82||44||.651||–||42 – 19||40 – 25||17 – 8||16 – 11||36 – 18||7 – 3||W 4|
|LA Dodgers||80||47||.630||2.5||42 – 21||38 – 26||21 – 9||13 – 10||34 – 20||9 – 1||W 2|
|San Diego||68||60||.531||15||41 – 28||27 – 32||14 – 15||16 – 14||28 – 28||2 – 8||L 3|
|Colorado||58||69||.457||24.5||43 – 22||15 – 47||8 – 8||14 – 19||27 – 34||6 – 4||W 1|
|Arizona||43||85||.336||40||27 – 36||16 – 49||11 – 15||13 – 19||18 – 43||5 – 5||W 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
WILD CARD STANDINGS
|AL Wild Card Standings|
|NY Yankees||74||52||.587||+3.0||39-25||35-27||10-0||W 11|
|LA Angels||63||65||.492||9.0||33-30||30-35||5-5||L 1|
|Kansas City||56||70||.444||15.0||32-31||24-39||7-3||L 2|
|NL Wild Card Standings|
|LA Dodgers||80||47||.630||+11.5||42-21||38-26||9-1||W 2|
|San Diego||68||60||.531||1.0||41-28||27-32||2-8||L 3|
|St. Louis||64||61||.512||3.5||35-30||29-31||5-5||W 1|
|NY Mets||61||65||.484||7.0||36-25||25-40||2-8||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||56||73||.434||13.5||33-32||23-41||4-6||L 1|
Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
|Orlando City SC||20||9||7||4||30||24||6||6-3-1||3-4-3||34|
|New York City FC||19||9||4||6||34||19||15||7-1-2||2-3-4||31|
|Inter Miami CF||19||6||4||9||21||31||-10||4-2-5||2-2-4||22|
|Real Salt Lake||20||7||6||7||30||23||7||5-4-2||2-2-5||27|
|Los Angeles FC||20||6||5||9||25||28||-3||4-4-2||2-1-7||23|
|Connecticut Sun||18||6||.750||—||11-1||7-5||9-3||9-1||6 W|
|Chicago Sky||12||12||.500||6.0||4-8||8-4||9-4||5-5||1 W|
|New York Liberty||11||15||.423||8.0||6-8||5-7||5-8||3-7||3 L|
|Washington Mystics||9||14||.391||8.5||6-5||3-9||5-6||2-8||1 W|
|Atlanta Dream||6||18||.250||12.0||3-9||3-9||5-7||1-9||9 L|
|Indiana Fever||5||18||.217||12.5||3-8||2-10||4-9||4-6||1 W|