MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

LA ANGELS 5 MIAMI 2

NY YANKEES 16 PITTSBURGH 0

DETROIT 8 CLEVELAND 2

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 9 MINNESOTA 8 (10)

TORONTO 2 OAKLAND 1

BALTIMORE 2 TEXAS 1

TAMPA BAY 7 BOSTON 1

KANSAS CITY 7 HOUSTON 4

CHICAGO CUBS 2 MILWAUKEE 1

NY METS 8 CINCINNATI 3 (10)

WASHINGTON 3 PHILADELPHIA 2

ATLANTA 3 ST. LOUIS 0

SAN FRANCISCO 7 ARIZONA 5

LA DODGERS 2 COLORADO 1

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

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

IOWA 4 INDIANAPOLIS 1

BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/cubs-vs-indians/2022/07/06/665962#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=665962

SOUTH BEND 3 WISCONSIN 0

LAKE COUNTY AT FORT WAYNE POSTPONED

WNBA

MINNESOTA 81 CHICAGO 78

WASHINGTON 85 ATLANTA 66

NEW YORK 116 LAS VEGAS 107

INDIANA PACERS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

JULY 8, FRIDAY: 6 P.M., VS. CHARLOTTE, ESPN2

JULY 10, SUNDAY: 3 P.M., VS. SACRAMENTO, ESPN

JULY 12, TUESDAY: 9 P.M., VS. DETROIT, NBA TV

JULY 15, FRIDAY: 9 P.M., VS. WASHINGTON, ESPN2

COLTS TRAINING CAMP

JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.

AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

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

AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

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

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

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

AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

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

AUG. 27, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. TAMPA BAY, 7:30 P.M.

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

BROWNS FINALLY TRADE MAYFIELD, SEND QUARTERBACK TO PANTHERS

CLEVELAND (AP) From being drafted first to dumped in four years, Baker Mayfield’s wild four-year ride in Cleveland is over.

The No. 1 overall pick in 2018, Mayfield was traded Wednesday by the Browns, who moved on from the divisive quarterback months ago and finally sent him to the Carolina Panthers for a future draft pick.

Mayfield, who was pushed out of his starting job amid the Browns’ pursuit of Deshaun Watson, is going to Carolina for a conditional draft pick in 2024 or 2025.

The Browns are paying $10.5 million of Mayfield’s $18.8 million contract for next season, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The Panthers will pay $4.8 million and Mayfield will take a $3.5 million pay cut, said the people, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade can’t be finalized until Mayfield passes a physical.

However, the trade was announced by the Panthers, who will host the Browns in the coming season’s opener – with Mayfield’s addition spicing up the matchup.

Mayfield’s time with the Browns effectively ended in March when the team traded three first-round selections and six overall to the Houston Texans for Watson, who is facing a possible suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Watson has been accused of sexual misconduct by two dozen massage therapists in Texas.

Mayfield, who played most of last season with a left shoulder injury, felt betrayed by Cleveland’s move for Watson, demanded a trade and then had to wait until the Browns found a team both interested in him and willing to take on his salary.

Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam thanked Mayfield for his contributions.

“From the moment he was drafted, he gave his all for this organization and this city,” they said. “With his fierce competitive spirit, he excited the fanbase and accomplished things that no player at his position had done in Cleveland for a very long time. He also made a difference in the community, whether it was hosting events at the Boys and Girls Club, honoring our troops, supporting the Special Olympics as well as countless other charitable endeavors.”

The 27-year-old will compete for Carolina’s starting QB job with Sam Darnold, who was taken two picks after Mayfield in 2018.

The Panthers, who have not made the playoffs since 2017, have been searching for stability at the quarterback position ever since head coach Matt Rhule was hired in 2020. They also took a run at Watson before he chose Cleveland.

Mayfield’s four years with the Browns included fewer memorable moments than distracting ones as he couldn’t end the team’s long search for a franchise QB.

The stint was full of highs and lows, coaching changes, too much drama and not nearly enough wins.

Former Browns general manager John Dorsey was enamored with Mayfield’s talent and swayed by his swagger, choosing the Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma first despite other options, including Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson.

Mayfield began his rookie season as Tyrod Taylor’s backup before coming off the bench in Week 3 and rallying the Browns to their first win in 635 days, a 21-17 victory over the New York Jets on national TV.

Mayfield wound up passing for 3,725 yards and throwing 27 touchdown passes as a rookie, breaking the NFL record for a first-year quarterback. For the first time in years, there was genuine hope for a floundering franchise that has had 32 starting QBs since 1999.

However, Mayfield’s second season was a major setback. He threw nearly as many interceptions (21) as touchdowns (22) and seemed to be on a different page of the playbook than star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Cleveland went 6-10 and fired coach Freddie Kitchens.

Mayfield also regularly squared off with commentators criticizing his play and sparred with local reporters. His immaturity showed particularly on social media, where he often posted rebukes to detractors.

The 2020 season signaled a turnaround as Mayfield led the Browns back to relevance with their first postseason appearance since 2003. He thrived in first-year coach Kevin Stefanski’s offense, throwing 20 TD passes and just three interceptions in his last 12 games.

Mayfield directed a playoff win – the Browns’ first since 1994 – over the rival Pittsburgh Steelers on Jan. 10, 2021, and came within minutes of getting Cleveland to the AFC Championship a week later before losing at Kansas City.

The resurgence triggered Super Bowl predictions for the Browns in the 2021-22 season and speculation they would sign Mayfield to a long-term contract.

Neither came close to happening.

After dropping the hyped season opener to the Chiefs, the game’s outcome decided when Mayfield threw a late interception, he suffered a torn left shoulder labrum the following week while trying to make a tackle.

The injury worsened when he was sacked by Arizona’s J.J. Watt a few weeks later, and Mayfield never found his rhythm the rest of the season. Beckham forced his way off the roster and the Browns stumbled to a 8-9 finish and missed the playoffs.

Mayfield also raised eyebrows by publicly questioning Stefanski’s play-calling.

Mayfield sat out the finale and had surgery soon after. Browns general manager Andrew Berry said he expected Mayfield to bounce back as the team’s starter in 2022, but everything changed with the pursuit of Watson.

In recent weeks, as Watson’s legal entanglement dragged on, there had been speculation the Browns could turn to Mayfield. But the quarterback recently said he didn’t think a reconciliation was possible.

They were done with him long ago.

FALCONS SIGN FORMER BEARS DT EDDIE GOLDMAN TO 1-YEAR DEAL

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons acquired run-stopping help for the middle of their defensive line, signing former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman to a one-year deal Wednesday.

Goldman, 28, started 73 of 81 games in six seasons with the Bears. He was a second-round pick from Florida State in 2015 and likely will compete for a starting job at nose tackle in the Falcons’ base 3-4 defense.

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound Goldman will join Grady Jarrett as veterans on the defensive front in the Falcons’ base 3-4 scheme. Goldman played in 14 games, including 10 starts, in 2021.

The addition of Goldman addresses a glaring need on the defensive line for the Falcons, who were 7-10 in 2021 under first-year coach Arthur Smith. Atlanta did not re-sign free agent Tyeler Davison and are counting on such young linemen as Marlon Davidson and Ta’Quon Graham to play a bigger role this season.

Jarrett, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, is returning after signing a $51 million, three-year contract extension that continues through the 2025 season.

NFL MAKES STRONG PUSH FOR FLAG FOOTBALL WITH EYE ON OLYMPICS

Flag football will be played at an international, multi-sport event for the first time next week during the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama.

The NFL may be the sport’s biggest cheerleader.

“When we talk about the future of the game of football, it is, no question, flag,” NFL executive Troy Vincent told The Associated Press. “When I’ve been asked over the last 24 months, in particular, what does the next 100 years look like when you look at football, not professional football, it’s flag. It’s the inclusion and the true motto of ‘football for all.’ There is a place in flag football for all.”

Vincent points to the growing number of men and women playing flag football globally. He’s encouraged that six states — Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and New York — have sanctioned flag football as a varsity sport in high school with 20 more states interested or in the process of piloting to get it sanctioned.

Multiple NFL clubs support high schools in their respective states with helping fund the initiative. The Atlanta Falcons unveiled a girls flag wall in their stadium in May. The league says 450 schools, and more than 10,000 girls participate in flag football across the country.

It was an important step when the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics declared women’s flag football as an emerging sport in 2020. The National Junior College Athletic Association did the same.

“It’s a cost-effective sport feasible for all to play,” Vincent said.

The NFL partnered with the International Federation of American Football to bring flag football to The World Games with an eye on the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.

“That’s the ultimate goal to make flag football an Olympic sport,” Vincent said.

Sixteen of the world’s best flag football teams will compete for gold for the first time at The World Games kicking off Sunday at Birmingham’s historic Legion Field. Flag football is one of 33 sports in the program at the Olympic-style, multi-sport event, following its inclusion by the International World Games Association in 2020.

“We are thrilled to have flag football join the official sports program at The World Games for the first time,” IFAF President Pierre Trochet said in a statement. “This is a milestone in the sport’s development and a fantastic opportunity to showcase flag as a truly world-class, international sport.

The World Games are back in the United States for the first time since 1981. The United States men’s and women’s teams both pre-qualified for the tournament by winning gold at the 2021 IFAF Flag World Championships held in Jerusalem last December. A record 39 national teams across four continents competed. The remaining 14 teams earned their place through IFAF’s international qualifying process.

Austria, France, Italy, Mexico and Panama also qualified men’s and women’s teams. Denmark and Germany have the remaining men’s teams. Brazil and Japan have the other two women’s teams.

“This is not something that we dominate because it’s football, the national pastime in America,” Vincent said. “You watch these young ladies and men play in other countries. They come to play. It’s a transitional sport. It’s a cross-functional sport. The best flag players come from soccer, lacrosse, cricket because these are men and women who have tremendous agility. It’s a fast-paced game played in space. You don’t have to play it for years and years. You can develop. You can transfer those skills that you learned in soccer, lacrosse, cricket to flag football.”

2022 NFL QUARTERBACK RANKINGS

***THE OLD FELLAS***

1. TOM BRADY, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

2. AARON RODGERS, GREEN BAY PACKERS

3. RUSSELL WILSON, DENVER BRONCOS

4. MATTHEW STAFFORD, LOS ANGELES RAMS

5. MATT RYAN, INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

***THE BEST OF THE YOUNG VETS***

1. PATRICK MAHOMES, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

2. JOSH ALLEN, BUFFALO BILLS

3. JUSTIN HERBERT, LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

4. JOE BURROW, CINCINNATI BENGALS

5. LAMAR JACKSON, BALTIMORE RAVENS

6. BAKER MAYFIELD, CAROLINA PANTHERS

***BIG NAMES, BIG GAMES***

1. DAK PRESCOTT, DALLAS COWBOYS

2. KYLER MURRAY, ARIZONA CARDINALS

3. DEREK CARR, LAS VEGAS RAIDERS

***BETTER BY THE SYSTEM***

1. RYAN TANNEHILL, TENNESSEE TITANS

2. KIRK COUSINS, MINNESOTA VIKINGS

3. JIMMY GAROPPOLO, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

4. JARED GOFF, DETROIT LIONS

***BETTER PLAY BETTER***

1  JAMEIS WINSTON, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

2. DANIEL JONES, NEW YORK GIANTS

3. JALEN HURTS, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

4. TUA TAGOVAILOA, MIAMI DOLPHINS

5. DREW LOCK, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

***LET’S WAIT AND SEE***

1. CARSON WENTZ, WASHINGTON COMMANDERS

2. MARCUS MARIOTA, ATLANTA FALCONS

3. MITCHELL TRUBISKY, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

4. SAM DARNOLD, CAROLINA PANTHERS

***THE JINX?***

1. TREVOR LAWRENCE, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

2. MAC JONES, NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

3. JUSTIN FIELDS, CHICAGO BEARS

4. TREY LANCE, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

5. ZACH WILSON, NEW YORK JETS

6. DAVIS MILLS, HOUSTON TEXANS

5 QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED AFTER USC, UCLA JOIN THE BIG TEN

The Big Ten is officially heading west with the stunning announcement that USC and UCLA are joining the conference in 2024.

The move comes just one year after Big 12 powerhouses Texas and Oklahoma announced they would leave the conference for the riches of the SEC in either 2023 or 2024.

The Big Ten has now made its counterpunch by grabbing two of college sports’ biggest programs from the second-largest media market in the country.

Now that the dust has settled – for the moment – here are five questions to be answered from the massive shift in the college sports landscape.

Why did this happen?

There’s a fairly simple explanation as to why USC and UCLA opted to leave the Pac-12 and join a conference that could see them travel 2,800 miles for a league game – money and a whole lot of it.

Hampered by restrictions and cancelations due to COVID-19, UCLA posted $62.5 million in athletic department losses for the 2021 fiscal year, according to a statement of revenues and expenses obtained by Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times. While USC’s financials aren’t readily available, athletic director Mike Bohn confirmed in 2020 that the lack of football during the pandemic could cost the department $60 million.

Those losses, combined with the fact that the Big Ten happens to be negotiating its next TV contract, made it a perfect time for both schools to leap and the conference to take them on.

The Big Ten’s TV rights have been widely rumored to top $1 billion, and that figure was out in the open well before the massive media market of Los Angeles was added in the form of the Trojans and Bruins. Sources told Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated that the schools expect to at least double their income from the conference media rights deal with the move to the Big Ten.

Federal tax records obtained by Laine Higgins of the Wall Street Journal show the Big Ten’s media deal paid out over $54 million to most of its members for the 2020 fiscal year. The Pac-12 lagged well back that same year, paying out just 62% of that figure at $33.6 million.

With the Big Ten’s rights expected to skyrocket and the Pac-12’s likely to fall without USC and UCLA, the money was too good for the Los Angeles schools to pass up.

What does this mean for the Rose Bowl?

“We’re literally nuking the Rose Bowl,” a Big Ten source told Nicole Auerbach and Matt Fortuna of The Athletic after the news dropped. “But what’s the point of the Rose Bowl if the whole point is the playoff?”

The “Granddaddy of Them All” was first played in 1902 and has featured a matchup of Pac-12 and Big Ten teams almost every year since 1960.

USC has participated in the most Rose Bowls by a long shot with 34 appearances, 14 more than Michigan and 18 more than Ohio State. The matchup between the Trojans and Wolverines is also the contest seen the most in Pasadena, with the two teams meeting eight times and USC holding a 6-2 edge.

Instead of a game set against the backdrop of the setting sun on New Year’s Day, the Trojans and Wolverines now could be squaring off on a snowy afternoon in Ann Arbor in November for a conference matchup.

The Rose Bowl won’t fade away even if the Pac-12 slowly does. The entire pomp and circumstance around the game have made that impossible. However, what is certain is that it will lose a great deal of its historical standing with USC and UCLA moving to the Big Ten.

One solution would be to make the game a permanent fixture for a College Football Playoff semifinal – something it has been doing on a rotating basis every few years since the CFP’s creation.

What’s the Pac-12 do now?

The Pac-12 has instantly gone into survival mode as USC’s and UCLA’s departure forces them to open themselves for expansion to add new schools. Unfortunately, it may be too little, too late for the so-called “Conference of Champions.”

Oregon and Washington will likely be the Big Ten’s next targets as it attempts to continue loading up on big-name programs to combat the SEC’s impending additions of Oklahoma and Texas.

Backed by the dollars of Nike founder Phil Knight, the Ducks have grown into one of college athletics’ biggest powers and would be a huge get for the Big Ten. Washington would give the conference a foothold in the Seattle area and keep the Big Ten with an even number of teams.

The rumor mill already has the Big 12 eyeing Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado, a move that would essentially end the Pac-12’s standing as a major conference.

Keeping Oregon and Washington is the next biggest challenge facing the Pac-12 as it begins the fight to maintain its existence.

Is the Big Ten done adding programs?

Absolutely not.

The Big Ten is now the popular kid at school with everyone wanting to latch on and become part of the inner circle. Sources told Higgins that ten different programs have already reached out to the conference in the past few days.

If the Big Ten wants to continue its western expansion, Oregon and Washington would be strong fits. The conference has already seen early-season matchups between Ohio State versus the Ducks and Michigan versus the Huskies in recent years, so there’s some football history there.

A further push south could see the addition of North Carolina – a school that would significantly bolster the men’s basketball competition in the conference. Clemson’s recent football brilliance would also be very appealing to the Big Ten if it were to look at the ACC powerhouse.

Rumors will be flying into overdrive with plenty of schools mentioned in the coming weeks. However, one institution has been linked to the Big Ten for years and makes the most sense to become the next one added.

And that brings us to our final question.

Will Notre Dame now join a conference?

If you thought the idea of Notre Dame to the Big Ten had legs before this recent expansion, get ready to see that turned to the max in the coming months.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith made his thoughts clear a couple of days after the announcement of USC and UCLA became official.

Notre Dame has famously remained an independent in football with a standalone TV contract with NBC reportedly pulling in $15 million per season. It participates in the ACC for the other sports, but joining the Big Ten on all fronts would certainly boost overall revenue.

Geographically speaking, the Indiana-based school fits perfectly in the Big Ten’s footprint – something that has been thrown off by the addition of USC and UCLA. Academically, Notre Dame would instantly bring even more reverence to the conference along with perhaps the most storied football past in the sport.

For the near future, Notre Dame will likely keep its independent status as it still has an inside track to the College Football Playoff. However, the Fighting Irish might be forced to finally make the leap if the Big Ten and SEC continue to hoard the top programs in the country and force a change to the playoff format.

METS RALLY IN 9TH, SCORE 5 IN 10TH TO BEAT REDS 8-3

CINCINNATI (AP) Brandon Nimmo’s three-run homer capped a five-run 10th inning and the New York Mets came back late to beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-3 on Wednesday night.

Starling Marte grounded an RBI double over third base off Hunter Strickland with one out in the ninth, scoring Nimmo from first to tie the game at 3.

Dominic Smith’s double off Dauri Moreta (0-2) drove home pinch-runner Ender Inciarte from second base with the go-ahead run in the 10th. James McCann delivered an RBI single before Nimmo’s shot sent the NL East leaders to their 20th series win this season – they took two of three from the last-place Reds.

“Even though it’s Cincinnati and it’s a hitter’s ballpark, it’s huge,” Nimmo said. “We know we’re a good offense but we also faced good pitching the last few days. We know we’re capable of it. This does nothing but add confidence to the offense and for the guys in the clubhouse.”

Pete Alonso went 4 for 5 with a double. Nimmo had three hits and scored three times from the leadoff spot as New York remained 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Atlanta.

A loss would have left the Mets with their slimmest lead since April 16.

Adam Ottavino (3-2) struck out two in a hitless ninth for the win.

Nick Senzel hit a two-run homer for the Reds, who have the worst record in the National League.

“You have to play all nine innings, sometimes 10,” Cincinnati manager David Bell said. “That’s what we did and that’s what the Mets did. They got us tonight, but we gave ourselves a chance to win.”

Facing a hard-throwing rookie for the third straight day, the Mets couldn’t get much going against Graham Ashcraft, who allowed 10 hits but only two runs in six innings.

Cincinnati threw Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo and Ashcraft in succession against the Mets, who were shut out 1-0 on Tuesday night.

“They made us scratch and claw this entire series,” Nimmo said. “Hats off to those starters we faced the past few days. It was really important to pull it out at the end today.”

Mets lefty David Peterson came off the paternity list to pitch following the birth of his son, but his first career start against Cincinnati lasted only 3 2/3 innings. He allowed three earned runs and walked five.

Senzel, who had one homer through his first 181 at-bats this season, homered for the second time in three games to put the Reds ahead 2-1 in the second.

Adonis Medina permitted only one hit in three scoreless innings of relief to keep it a one-run game. But the Mets didn’t break through against the worst bullpen in baseball until the ninth.

“We had a lot of hits, a lot of opportunities. It was frustrating not to be able to break through,” manager Buck Showalter said. “We’re getting people out there and just not cashing in. It’s a good win for the trip back home tonight.”

New York’s only runs prior to the ninth came on Jeff McNeil’s RBI single in the first and a broken-bat single by Tomas Nido that drove home a run in the fourth.

Things got testy in the 10th when Moreta brushed back Eduardo Escobar with a pitch, but both players were restrained before any others left the dugouts.

PROUD PAPA

After a whirlwind week with the birth of his son, Peterson was able to throw a bullpen and get one good night’s sleep before Wednesday’s start. “I was able to get in a decent time last night and catch up on some sleep,” he said. “I’m glad my wife and him are healthy and everything’s good back home. He’s a blessing. Being a father is the most amazing thing that’s happened to me.”

NO SLEEP ‘TIL FLUSHING

Showalter wasn’t happy the Mets had a night game in Cincinnati before starting a four-game home series Thursday night against Miami. “I don’t know how they get away with that,” he said. “The schedule is what it is. I don’t think it’s good for the game, quite frankly. Still a great way to make a living, even if you don’t sleep.”

Thursday’s starter, Trevor Williams, traveled back to New York ahead of the team.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Chris Bassitt remains on track to start Friday against the Marlins at Citi Field. Bassitt was placed on the COVID-19 injured list last Friday.

Reds: 1B Joey Votto did not play due to tightness in his lower back. … RHP Tyler Mahle has a strained right shoulder and was placed on the 15-day IL, retroactive to Sunday. … DH Jonathan India was hit on the left ankle by a pitch leading off the game and exited an inning later. X-rays were negative.

UP NEXT

Mets: Williams (1-5, 4.34 ERA) pitches Thursday night against Miami at Citi Field.

Reds: LHP Mike Minor will start the first game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the Pirates, which makes up a May 6 postponement. The starter for Game 2 is undetermined after Mahle went on the IL.

CUBS RALLY AGAINST BREWERS’ BULLPEN, WIN 2-1 AT MILWAUKEE

MILWAUKEE (AP) P.J. Higgins has learned how to stay ready when he isn’t getting consistent playing time.

The Cubs’ backup catcher and first baseman delivered a tiebreaking two-out double off three-time All-Star Josh Hader in Chicago’s 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

“I’ve just got to mentally prepare myself, do what I need to do in the cage and just kind of prepare myself that way versus playing every day,” Higgins said. “That’s my role. I’ve accepted it. I’m all about it.”

Chicago took two of three at Milwaukee as the Cubs continue recovering from their June swoon.

The Cubs lost 10 straight games last month to fall to 23-40, but they’ve gone 11-8 since and have won each of their last four series.

“Just good quality baseball,” manager David Ross said. “Good pitching in close games and guys executing when they need to.”

After Brewers starter Corbin Burnes threw seven shutout innings, the Cubs broke through against Milwaukee’s bullpen by scoring in each of the last two frames.

“We’ve played a lot of close games, played a lot of extra-inning games that didn’t go our way sometimes, but we constantly battle,” Higgins said. “I think that’s just kind of our demeanor and that’s kind of our mindset. We’re always in games. We have to scratch and fight to the very end and hopefully come out on top.”

Patrick Wisdom led off the ninth by walking on four straight pitches and stole second one out later. Higgins brought home Wisdom by sending Hader’s 1-1 slider just inside the right-field line.

“Probably the execution of it was bad,” Hader said. “It was just up in the zone. (He was) able to get the barrel to it.”

Hader (0-2) has a 1.63 ERA but gave up a run in each of his two appearances in this series.

“For Josh, the leadoff walk on four pitches is rare for him,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “There’s going to be walks, but a four-pitch walk is a rare at-bat for him. That was really the only strange thing that happened for me in that inning. Everything else was pretty good.”

David Robertson retired the side in order amid chants of “Let’s go, Cubbies” from the large contingent of Chicago fans at American Family Field to earn his 12th save in 16 opportunities.

Keston Hiura homered for the Brewers and made a superb catch in left field, where he made a rare start.

The Cubs’ comeback began when Christopher Morel hit a one-out triple to right-center off Brad Boxberger in the eighth. Morel’s drive went just over the glove of center fielder Jonathan Davis, hit the yellow line at the top of the wall and caromed back into play.

“I thought I was going to catch it but on the way up, I caught the wall,” Davis said. “And at that point, my momentum was shot so I couldn’t reach the ball.”

After Boxberger walked pinch-hitter Seiya Suzuki, Rafael Ortega lined an RBI single to right.

Counsell said usual eighth-inning setup man Devin Williams wasn’t available Wednesday because of his recent workload.

The Brewers wasted an opportunity to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning.

Davis hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on Mychal Givens’ wild pickoff attempt and moved to third when Christian Yelich grounded out. After Willy Adames popped out, Givens (5-0) intentionally walked Rowdy Tellez and struck out Luis Urias to end the threat.

Until the Cubs rallied, the story of the game had been two remarkable fifth-inning plays by Hiura.

He crashed into the wall in left-center while making a catch to rob Higgins of an extra-base hit that would have driven in Alfonso Rivas from second. Normally an infielder, Hiura was making just his second career start and fourth appearance in left field.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Hiura connected on a 3-2 sinker from Adrian Sampson and sent it 440 feet, well beyond the wall in left-center field for his eighth homer.

Sampson struck out five, walked none and allowed four hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Burnes was even better, striking out 10 and allowing three hits and one walk. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner has 18 career games with at least 10 strikeouts, tying Yovani Gallardo for the most in Brewers history.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks went on the injured list Wednesday with a sore throwing shoulder after lasting three innings – his shortest start of the season – in Tuesday’s 8-3 win. The Cubs recalled RHP Anderson Espinoza from Double-A Tennessee.

Cubs C Willson Contreras was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day due to hamstring tightness.

UP NEXT

Cubs: Head to Los Angeles to begin a four-game series against the Dodgers on Thursday. Scheduled starters are Mark Leiter Jr. (2-2, 4.85 ERA) for the Cubs and Tony Gonsolin (10-0, 1.54) for LA.

Brewers: Begin a three-game home series with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday with LHP Aaron Ashby (1-6, 4.60) on the mound.

JUDGE, HICKS HIT GRAND SLAMS AS YANKEES POUND PIRATES 16-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Aaron Judge felt like he was “stuck” on 29 home runs for “a while.”

Of course, “a while” is a relative term when it comes to the New York Yankees slugger. What Judge considered a drought of sorts was in reality a span of four games.

One mighty swing put Judge back on track and helped the Yankees start the second half of their schedule with a bang.

Judge sent a laser to the seats in left field in the eighth inning for his third career grand slam – and 30th homer of the season, most in the majors – as New York drilled the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-0 on Wednesday night to split their two-game interleague set.

Aaron Hicks added a grand slam of his own an inning later on a night when the Yankees hit six home runs in all to push their team total to a major league-leading 139.

Giancarlo Stanton, Josh Donaldson, Joey Gallo and Kyle Higashioka also homered for New York to back Luis Severino.

“Games like this help guys get rolling,” Judge said. “Guys had good at-bats, put a couple of balls in the gaps and all of a sudden guys take off for a week or two or a whole month or even the rest of the season.”

It’s a zone Judge has seemingly been in since opening day. Hours after Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner admitted it may take a record contract to keep Judge from hitting free agency next winter, the outfielder looked worth every penny. He finished with three of New York’s season-high 22 hits while becoming the first Yankees player to reach the 30-homer plateau before the All-Star break twice in his career.

It’s a number that left New York manager Aaron Boone shaking his head.

“It’s hard for me to relate to that,” said Boone, who never hit more than 26 home runs in a season during his 12-year career. “So it’s been pretty impressive, whatever – halfway in here – the kind of baseball he’s playing. Obviously the power has been right there.”

Hicks cleared the bases in the ninth when he went deep against Pirates utility infielder Josh VanMeter, who was making his third relief appearance of the season.

“It feels like any one of those guys could hit a homer at any point,” VanMeter said. “You just go out there and throw strikes and whatever happens happens, really. You’re not out there competing. You’re just trying to save some pitchers’ arms and pick them up.”

Severino (5-3) allowed four hits over six dominant innings, striking out three without a walk to pick up his first victory in more than a month. The right-hander retired 12 straight and 18 of the final 20 hitters he faced after giving up a single to Ke’Bryan Hayes and a double to Bryan Reynolds to begin the bottom of the first.

The victory ended a two-game skid for New York, which began the second half of the season with the same recipe that carried the Yankees to the best record in the majors and the second-best start in franchise history through 81 games: dominant starting pitching and plenty of power.

After using some small ball to take a 2-0 lead in the fourth thanks in part to a hit-and-run and a stolen base, Donaldson and Gallo took Mitch Keller (2-6) deep twice in the span of three pitches in the sixth to break it open.

New York was just getting started, adding one in the seventh, then five in the eighth and six in the ninth to improve to 3-3 on a four-city, 10-game road trip.

“It’s tough to hold this lineup down,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “You don’t see it happen very often. They score a bunch of runs and (Judge) is the catalyst for that.”

Reynolds had two of Pittsburgh’s four hits but the Pirates could muster little against Severino and three New York relievers.

Keller worked in and out of trouble over six innings, allowing four runs on a season-high 10 hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. He was long gone by the time New York overwhelmed Pittsburgh’s overtaxed bullpen.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Held 1B Anthony Rizzo out of the lineup for a second straight game due to back stiffness. Boone indicated Rizzo would likely miss Thursday’s game in Boston, too.

Pirates: OF Greg Allen (hamstring) was scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment at Class A Bradenton. Allen, claimed off waivers from the Yankees last fall, hasn’t played all season.

ON THE MOVE

The Yankees reinstated reliever Miguel Castro from the restricted list and designated reliever Ryan Weber for assignment.

Pittsburgh reinstated reliever Yerry De Los Santos from the COVID-19 list. The Pirates optioned reliever Cam Vieaux to Triple-A Indianapolis and designated reliever Austin Brice for assignment.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Head to Boston for the first time this season when they begin a four-game weekend series at Fenway Park on Thursday night. Gerrit Cole (7-2, 2.99 ERA) faces Boston’s Josh Winckowski (3-2, 3.12) in the opener.

Pirates: Play a day-night doubleheader in Cincinnati on Thursday.

OHTANI DOMINANT ON MOUND, HITS GO-AHEAD SINGLE FOR ANGELS

MIAMI (AP) Shohei Ohtani allowed one unearned run in seven dominant innings and had the go-ahead hit in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.

The reigning AL MVP won his fifth consecutive start, limiting the Marlins to two hits. Ohtani (8-4) walked three and struck out 10 before 18,741, the fourth largest crowd at loanDepot Park this season.

“I didn’t change much, the most important thing is I made my pitches when I needed to,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I think it’s huge when we’re winning and I’m pitching because I’m part of the ball club.”

Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout was hitless in four at-bats and had an RBI. Trout is 1 for 21 with 13 strikeouts through the first five games of Los Angeles’ nine-game trip.

Max Stassi doubled and reached base three times to help the Angels snap a four-game skid.

During his current stretch of successful outings, Ohtani has an ERA of 0.27 and limited opponents to 16 hits in 33 2/3 innings.

“I’m able to go without any worries on my body, fully healthy,” Ohtani said. “It’s a huge part why I’m pitching well.”

Ohtani’s two-RBI single with the bases loaded chased Miami starter Trevor Rogers (4-7) and capped a three-run fifth that put Los Angeles ahead 3-1.

“He’s one of the better arms in baseball, and then you’re going to see him at the plate same day, too,” Stassi said about Ohtani. “He’s a superstar pitcher and he’s a superstar hitter.”

Trout was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, tying it at 1. The 96 mph fastball from Rogers struck Trout on his left knee. Trout limped to first base, where Angels training staff tended to him.

Run-scoring singles from Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo in the seventh padded the Angels’ lead.

“Up and down the lineup we had guys sacrificing themselves, putting the ball in play,” Angels acting manager Ray Montgomery said. “We’ve talked endlessly about strikeouts, contact. I don’t think we did anything differently, I think we had better at bats.”

The loss snapped the Marlins’ six-game winning streak.

Rogers allowed three runs, four hits, walked two, struck out five and hit two batters in 4 2/3 innings.

The Marlins struck first on Garrett Cooper’s sacrifice fly in the first that ended Ohtani’s scoreless string at 21 2/3 innings. Leadoff hitter Jon Berti reached on shortstop Luis Rengifo’s throwing error and advanced on Joey Wendle’s double.

“When you get one in the first, you feel good about it but with a guy like (Ohtani) as the game goes, he gets better and better,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: RHP Austin Warren (right triceps strain) was scheduled to appear in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake Wednesday. The next step is to pitch on consecutive days.

Marlins: RHP Edward Cabrera (right elbow tendinitis) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday with another scheduled for Thursday. … RHP Cody Poteet (right elbow muscle injury) threw two innings in his rehab assignment with Class-A Jupiter Monday. His next appearance will be determined.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Chase Chiselth (1-2, 5.23) will start Thursday as the club begins the final leg of a three-city road set at Baltimore.

Marlins: LHP Daniel Castano (1-1, 2.47) will start the opener of a four-game series at NL East-leading New York Mets Thursday.

SCHWARBER HOMERS TWICE, PHILLIES STILL FALL TO NATIONALS 3-2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Kyle Schwarber insists – even as he launches balls deep into the seats at such a pace he could set several Phillies home run records – that nothing has changed about his stance, his routine, his mental approach.

“I just always go back to the process,” Schwarber said. “They’re just happening to go out of the park. It’s not like I’m going up there trying to hit a home run.”

He just could have used some help at the plate to keep the Phillies rolling.

Josiah Gray struck out a career-high 11 and shook off Schwarber’s second consecutive two-homer game to help the last-place Washington Nationals beat Philadelphia 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Luis Garcia hit a two-run double in the seventh inning off Phillies starter Aaron Nola (5-6) for a 3-2 lead, spoiling another sensational power display from Schwarber.

Schwarber’s two homers off Gray (7-5) increased his NL-best total to 27. Only New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has more homers with 30.

They call his shots Schwar-bombs in Philly – well, same as they did at pretty much any of his previous three stops – and his prodigious power has made him an instant fan favorite in his first season with the Phillies.

Schwarber’s homer-happy production in the first half has stamped him among the greats in franchise history for best starts with the long ball.

— He has the most home runs in Phillies history in a player’s first 80 games with the franchise (Raul Ibanez had 26 in 2009).

— He is the first Phillies player with back-to-back multi-homer games since Chase Utley in 2006.

– Schwarber had his 19th career multi-homer game and fifth this season. He has seven homers in his last nine games.

— And he’s four away from matching Mike Schmidt for most home runs by a Phillies player before the All-Star break (Mike Schmidt, 31 in 1979).

His $80 million, four-year deal suddenly seems like a bargain.

Schwarber led off the game with a single. Fine, of course, but not what 22,369 fans paid to see.

He delivered in the fourth with a 375-foot shot that landed about five rows into the right-field seats and tied the score 1-all. Schwarber connected again in the sixth, a long drive that knocked off a Toyota ad that hangs off the second deck for a 2-1 lead. His teammates splashed water bottles his way from the dugout and fans deliriously danced in the stands celebrating what has become the Summer of Schwarbs.

“When he gets going, he can hit them a long way,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.

Schwarber had a chance to tie the game leading off the eighth but struck out on a check swing against Kyle Finnegan.

“Just got beat by a fastball there,” Schwarber said.

He had little help on offense, though, as Gray and three relievers held the Phillies to four hits while striking out 16 batters. Tanner Rainey worked the ninth for his 12th save to help the Nationals snap a six-game losing streak.

Yadiel Hernandez and Keibert Ruiz hit consecutive singles off Nola in the seventh and Garcia followed with a double to center that Odubel Herrera got a bad read on and misplayed to make it 3-2.

“I missed pretty bad on Garcia. I tried to go down and away and missed way up,” Nola said.

Washington star Juan Soto batted second as the designated hitter in his first start since he left a game Sunday with tightness in his left calf. He pinch-hit Monday and sat out Tuesday’s 11-0 loss. He lined a single to center in the fourth and scored on Hernandez’s double to right over the outstretched glove of Nick Castellanos.

Gray walked one and allowed four hits over six innings.

“His slider has late bite,” Martinez said. “When he can throw his fastball around the plate, and be consistent with throwing his fastball, that makes his slider that much better. He did that tonight. When he pounds that strike zone like he did and can make pitches when he needs to, he gives us good outings all the time.”

Nola gave up three runs, seven hits and struck out three in 7 2/3 innings – his sixth straight start of at least seven innings.

“There were some soft hits tonight,” Phillies manager Rob Thomson said. “I saw two balls that were hit hard, basically.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: Nelson Cruz sat out a second straight game with a stomach illness.

JUST THE VAX

The Phillies could hit a bump in the wild-card run if they don’t have a full roster of their regular players because of COVID-19 regulations for their games Tuesday and Wednesday in Toronto. Unvaccinated foreign nationals are currently prohibited from entering Canada, and limited exemptions to the rule no longer apply to professional athletes. Thomson said it was “a concern not having a full club” but that he would address the issue this weekend in St. Louis. Thomson said unvaccinated players had been encouraged to receive the necessary shots.

UP NEXT

The Phillies send LHP Bailey Falter (0-2, 4.88 ERA) to the mound against Washington RHP Joan Adon (1-11, 6.97).

VAUGHN, GARCIA HELP WHITE SOX RALLY, BEAT TWINS 9-8 IN 10

CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Vaughn tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and Leury Garcia hit a game-ending single in the 10th to give the Chicago White Sox a 9-8 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.

The White Sox trailed five times in the game and tied it each time before taking their first and only lead in extra innings to avoid a three-game sweep. Chicago snapped a seven-game losing streak to the AL Central-leading Twins.

“I was dancing in the locker room,” White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “Pulled something, too.”

Playing his first game since April 23, Eloy Jimenez made an immediate impact for the White Sox, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning that tied the game 3-all and an RBI single in the seventh that made it 6-6. Jimenez had been sidelined with a torn tendon in his left hamstring. He also made a difficult catch before running into the netting down the left-field line to end the sixth.

“It was one of the days you feel like, `Yeah, I’m back,'” Jimenez said.

Jorge Polanco homered twice, both times giving Minnesota the lead.

Jose Ruiz (1-0) walked Jose Miranda to start the 10th but got out of trouble with an inning-ending double play.

In the bottom of the inning, automatic runner Adam Engel advanced to third on a passed ball by catcher Ryan Jeffers as Josh Harrison walked. Engel scored on Garcia’s hit off Jovani Moran (0-1).

“Unfortunately, things haven’t gone our way for most of the season, but we haven’t stopped working,” Garcia said. “We’ve been working hard, and today was a good day for us.”

Vaughn hit his game-tying homer off reliever Trevor Megill with two out in the eighth, and he robbed Gilberto Celestino of a hit by making a leaping catch at first base in the ninth.

“We pitched well when we needed to,” Vaughn said. “We hit well when we needed to and got the win out of it.”

Luis Arraez had four hits for the Twins, extending his hitting streak against the White Sox to 15 games. Arraez is batting .441 (26 for 59) during those contests.

Gio Urshela put the Twins ahead 8-6 in the eighth with a two-run homer off Matt Foster.

Luis Robert hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Chicago.

Polanco had the fifth multi-homer game of his career and first since Sept. 11, 2021, hitting a two-run shot in the fifth off Lance Lynn and a solo drive in the seventh off Kendall Graveman.

White Sox designated hitter Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI double in the first.

TRANSACTIONS

White Sox INF Jake Burger (bruised right hand) was placed on the 10-day injured list. RHP Vince Velasquez (right index finger blister) was placed on the 15-day IL. RHP Jimmy Lambert was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. INF Danny Mendick (right knee ligament tear) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox 3B Yoan Moncada left after six innings because of a right foot bruise. X-rays were negative, and he was listed as day-to-day.

Twins shortstop Carlos Correa wasn’t available, manager Rocco Baldelli said. Correa’s legs were tight, and Baldelli wanted to give him extra rest with a day off Thursday.

UP NEXT

The Twins will send RHP Sonny Gray (4-1, 2.47 ERA) to the mound Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Texas.

The White Sox welcome Detroit for a three-game series starting Thursday night with RHP Dylan Cease (7-3, 2.51) on the mound. Cease is 10-0 with a 1.91 ERA in 11 career starts against the Tigers.

CABRERA MAKES CASE FOR ALL-STAR GAME, TIGERS SWEEP GUARDIANS

DETROIT (AP) Miguel Cabrera took another step toward earning a 12th All-Star bid, and his first since 2016, on the merits of his play in 2022.

Cabrera hit a two-out, two-run single in the fifth inning and had a third RBI on a sacrifice fly to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Guardians 8-2 on Wednesday, completing a four-game sweep against their AL Central rivals for the first time since 2013.

Cabrera, who early this season became the seventh player with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, moved past Dave Winfield into a tie for 17th with Rafael Palmeiro on baseball’s all-time list with 1,835 RBIs.

The 39-year-old from Venezuela might be given a spot in the Midsummer Classic on July 19 in Los Angeles by the commissioner’s office based on the career he has had.

Cabrera could be on the AL roster, though, simply for his play this season. He leads the Tigers with a .308 batting average, which ranks among league leaders, and 31 RBIs as perhaps the most productive player on a disappointing team.

“If the commissioner wants to add him as a legend, he’s dead on,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “But when you look around at the guys on our team, he’s certainly a viable candidate on his own.”

In Tuesday’s 11-4 win over Cleveland, Cabrera had three hits in a game for the eighth time this year.

“Nothing he does surprises me,” said Detroit outfielder Robbie Grossman, who hit a RBI triple in the seventh and scored on Cabrera’s fly. “There’s a reason he will be one of the greatest hitters to ever play.”

Even though there was a base open to give to Cabrera with runners on second and third in the pivotal fifth inning, manager Terry Francona said he didn’t want to pitch around him.

“We were trying to get him out,” Francona said.

ON THE MOUND

Tigers starter Michael Pineda (2-3) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings, then four teammates combined to pitch four innings of scoreless relief.

Cleveland’s Shane Bieber (4-4) gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out six over 5 2/3 innings.

“I was hoping to be that energy source for us and unfortunately just couldn’t do it,” Bieber said. “That’s frustrating. I expect more from myself.”

FLIPPING THE SCRIPT

Detroit is 7-2 against the Guardians this year and is set up to win the season series against them for the first time since 2015.

BRIEF LEADS

Franmil Reyes hit a solo shot off Pineda in the second to put Cleveland up 1-0, but the Tigers went ahead in the bottom half of the frame when Kody Clemens and Tucker Barnhart hit RBI singles.

The Guardians took the lead again in the fifth on Steven Kwan’s double. But in the bottom of the fifth, Javier Baez hit a game-tying single and Cabrera’s two-run single gave Detroit a 5-2 lead.

IN LIMBO

The Tigers haven’t heard from lefty pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez since he went on the restricted list nearly a month ago, Detroit general manager Al Avila said.

Avila declined to say if the Tigers are attempting to void the $77 million, five-year contract that Rodriguez signed in November. Rodriguez is 1-3 with a 4.38 ERA in eight starts this season.

Rodriguez’s agent, Gene Mato, didn’t immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: 2B Andres Gimenez was not in the lineup. “We took him out (Tuesday) night because he got hit in the knee pretty hard,” Francona said. “We were hoping that would help. He came in, and he’s pretty sore.”

Tigers: RHP Wily Peralta went on the 15-day injured list with a strained left hamstring strain. RHP Will Vest was recalled from Triple-A Toledo and pitched the ninth.

UP NEXT

Guardians: After a day off, Cleveland heads to Kansas City for a series that starts Friday. RHP Aaron Civale (2-5, 7.04 ERA) goes for the Guardians. The Royals haven’t announced their starter.

Tigers: Detroit will be at the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night, starting a three-team, 12-game trip. The Tigers will have RHP Beau Brieske (1-6, 4.54) on the mound against Chicago RHP Dylan Cease (7-3, 2.51)

STEINBRENNER REALIZES MAY TAKE RECORD PRICE TO KEEP JUDGE

(AP) — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner realizes there is a chance the price may be going up to sign Aaron Judge to a long-term contract after the star slugger’s outstanding first half.

Judge turned down an eight-year contract worth $230.5 million to $234.5 million, cutting off talks ahead of the April 8 opener and saying he wouldn’t negotiate again until after the season. Judge’s representatives wanted a nine-year deal in excess of the average annual value of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout’s contract, which comes to $319.6 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said then, speaking on condition of anonymity because Judge’s stance was not made public.

“Is it a possibility? Of course it’s a possibility,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday during his midseason media availability. “But cross that bridge when I come to it.”

Judge, eligible for free agency after the World Series, leads the major leagues with 29 homers. He is second in the AL with 60 RBIs and is batting .281, a big reason the Yankees began Wednesday with a major league-best 58-23 record and a 13-game lead in the AL East.

“Aaron is a great Yankee and he’s very valuable to this organization,” Steinbrenner said. “He’s a great leader. Obviously, he’s performed extremely well this year, which we’re all thrilled about. So, look, any great Yankee, yes, it’s something we’re going to be looking at and talking about seriously. It means a lot to the organization. Nobody’s going to deny that.”

After the Yankees made their long-term offer public in April, Judge and the team agreed last month to a $19 million, one-year deal that avoided an arbirtation hearing. Steinbrenner said even if talks do resume during the season, the team wouldn’t publicly discuss negotiations until after the Yankees’ season is over.

“We made an offer that I feel was a very good one,” Steinbrenner said. “It was based on the numbers, of course, but it was also based in part as what he means to this organization. It was a combination of both. And we just didn’t get a deal done. We had less time, of course, this offseason than we would normally because of lockout and all. But there’s no regrets. We’re going to be having discussions at some point.”

Steinbrenner expressed satisfaction with the team’s offseason makeover, which included trading catcher Gary Sanchez, acquiring shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, third baseman Josh Donaldson and catcher Jose Trevino, and hiring hitting coach Dillon Lawson. New York didn’t try to sign a premier free-agent shortstop, such as Carlos Correa or Trevor Story.

“To be a great team Gene Michael always used to say defense up the middle, right? That’s something we definitely improved upon,” Steinbrenner said “I didn’t spend $300 million to do it, but I think most people are pretty happy with Isiah and the job he’s done.”

As the Aug. 2 trade deadline approaches, New York may seek a corner outfielder. Joey Gallo began Wednesday with a .165 average, nine homers, 18 RBIs and 89 strikeouts in 194 at-bats.

“It’s been difficult for him, there’s no doubt about it. But there’s a lot of baseball to be had this season.” Steinbrenner said, “I still expect great things out of him. … I am hesitant to give up top prospects. I always have been. But we’ve done it in the past. and all that will be on the table, too.”

Steinbrenner anticipates the path to a title will include a matchup against Houston, which beat the Yankees in the 2017 and 2019 AL Championship Series.

“We all need to be concerned about Houston. They’re a very good team,” he said. “But it’s going to be a challenge for them, too, make no mistake.”

He wouldn’t mind a Subway Series against the Mets, who entered Wednesday with the second-best record in the NL at 50-31.

“I’m all for it,” Steinbrenner said. “Means I’ll be there.”

CUBS’ KYLE HENDRICKS GOES ON INJURED LIST WITH SORE SHOULDER

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chicago Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks has been placed on the injured list after leaving his Tuesday night start early due to soreness in his throwing shoulder.

Hendricks had his shortest start of the season, lasting just three innings in the Cubs’ 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. He threw 69 pitches and his velocity was lower than usual.

The 32-year-old Hendricks said Tuesday night that he felt fine before the game but could tell something was off as soon as he threw his first warmup pitch at the start of the game. Hendricks went through a similar issue with the shoulder in early June, causing him to take 12 days off between starts.

Hendricks is 4-6 with a 4.80 ERA this season.

“Being cautious, dealing with this a little bit before, we’ve got the All-Star break coming up, giving him a little rest and building him back up is the smart thing to do,” Cubs manager David Ross said before their Wednesday afternoon game at Milwaukee.

Hendricks said he expects to undergo an MRI. Ross said Wednesday that exam hadn’t taken place yet.

Chicago filled Hendricks’ spot on the roster by recalling right-hander Anderson Espinoza from Double-A Tennessee.

The Cubs have been dealing with numerous injuries to their pitching staff. Hendricks joins teammates Alec Mills, Wade Miley, Drew Smyly and Marcus Stroman on the injured list.

AP SOURCE: HEAT, CALEB MARTIN AGREE ON 3-YEAR, $20.4M DEAL

(AP) — Caleb Martin is coming off the best season of his career, and the Miami Heat are giving him three more years as a reward.

Martin agreed to a three-year contract on Wednesday, one that will start with the forward making $6.5 million this coming season and be worth $20.4 million over the full three years, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Heat had not yet announced the signing of the deal.

Martin is coming off his third NBA season, his first in Miami, and set career bests in a slew of categories. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 60 games with the Heat, shooting 51% from the floor.

The Heat were 8-4 in games Martin started this past season, when Miami finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference and made the East finals.

CLIPPERS RE-SIGN FREE AGENTS BATUM AND COFFEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nicolas Batum is returning to the Los Angeles Clippers, who re-signed the free agent forward on Wednesday.

Joining him is free-agent forward Amir Coffey, who hit career highs last season when he was a regular in the rotation.

Batum averaged 8.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists while starting 54 of 59 games last season. He shot 40% from 3-point range. The 33-year-old native of France is one of eight active NBA players with 10,000 points, 4,500 rebounds and 1,400 3-pointers made.

“Nico is a selfless vet and a winning player whose intelligence, versatility and skill have lifted our team for the past two years,” said Lawrence Frank, president of basketball operations. “We wanted to keep building with him and are honored he wanted the same.”

Batum helped France to a silver medal in last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Coffey started 30 of 69 games last season, averaging career-highs of 9.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists. The 25-year-old forward has played the last three season with the Clippers.

“Amir joined our organization as an undrafted free agent and has turned himself into a reliable and versatile two-way wing,” Frank said. ”He is an important part of our present and future.”

BULLS SIGN TWO-TIME ALL-STAR CENTER ANDRE DRUMMOND

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls signed veteran center Andre Drummond on Wednesday, adding a two-time All-Star and four-time rebounding champion.

The team also re-signed backup forward Derrick Jones Jr.

The 28-year-old Drummond has averaged 13.8 points and 13.3 rebounds over 10 seasons with Detroit, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia and Brooklyn. He figures to back up Nikola Vucevic.

Drummond had a strong second half for Brooklyn last season after being traded in the deal that sent James Harden to Philadelphia, averaging 11.8 points and 10.3 rebounds in 24 games for the Nets. Drummond has averaged 13.8 points and 13.3 rebounds over 10 seasons with Detroit, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia and Brooklyn.

Jones averaged 5.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 51 games last season — his first in Chicago and sixth in the league.

The Bulls won 46 games and enjoyed their best record in seven years with DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine leading the way. They made the playoffs for the first time since 2017, losing to Milwaukee in five games.

Chicago has a five-year maximum deal worth about $215 million in place with LaVine as well as a one-year, $2.9 million agreement with veteran guard Goran Dragic, people familiar with the situations have told The Associated Press. The team had not announced those deals as of Wednesday night.

ONE YEAR OF NIL: HOW MUCH HAVE ATHLETES MADE?

After the first year of college sports’ name, image and likeness era, football and men’s basketball still claim the throne for the number of deals and average compensation, and social media remains the most popular way to get that NIL money.

The total amount spent was about $917 million, NIL platform Opendorse estimated.

An average football deal comes out to nearly $3,400 on two platforms. And while softball and women’s basketball generally landed in the top five overall, when you subtract football, women’s sports are getting more deals than men’s sports, Opendorse said. Female gymnasts make big bucks, too: about $7,000 on average per deal, according to NIL platform INFLCR.

A full accounting of the first year of NIL, from July 1, 2021, to June 30 is hard to come by, for numerous reasons. The majority of schools don’t make public the number of deals and amounts their athletes have received (though a couple have divulged some information in what could be considered recruiting or marketing strategy).

There also is no central framework for how and when deals should be reported.

“You have all of these different stakeholders involved in this ecosystem and a lack of consistency, not just in platform where information is being reported, but in requirements relative to what information is necessary,” said Andrew Donovan, the executive vice president of collegiate partnerships at Altius Sports.

So it’s up to major NIL tech platforms — some of which facilitate deals and disclosures, and others disclosures only — to fill in the gaps. Sort of.

“I know that what’s being reported is not a full picture,” said Donovan, whose organization works with 30 schools on education and strategic guidance and talks with donors, boosters, corporate partners and others. ”… Athletes are regularly acknowledging to us that they’re not disclosing. Schools are regularly communicating the struggles that they’re having getting athletes to disclose … It’s very clear that this is not a full, complete picture of what’s going on in the NIL space.”

What lies ahead for Year 2, beyond maybe new laws or group licensing? Opendorse thinks it’s the potential of NIL spending topping more than $1 billion.

An estimated $607.4 million could go to Power Five schools, with an average annual compensation $16,074 per athlete, Opendorse said. Already, about three-fourths of the known or forming collectives, which are third-party NIL kingmakers made up of school donors and boosters, are connected to Power Five schools.

Athletes’ deals with brands — from financial businesses to apps to fashion — will likely rise, too. Opendorse projects that brand deals will encompass 64% of all NIL compensation in Year 2 and bring in about $730.4 million.

Donovan, a former president of the National Association for Athletics Compliance, also believes there will be more importance placed on helping athletes understand tax implications of NIL deals: “There’s several schools across the country that are doing a good job there, but that needs to be built out as we see these large financial figures.”

ATHLETES MAKE HOW MUCH?

It’s a broad range. INFLCR’s overall average NIL transaction value is $1,815 through June 30. Athliance, another disclosure platform, has an average value of $1,524.58. Though the true picture may lie in INFLCR’s median NIL transaction value of $53.

The Opendorse platform said average annual compensation for an athlete in NCAA Divisions I-III combined is $3,438 ( through May 31). By division, DI athletes saw an average of $3,711, $204 in DII and $309 in DIII.

Football NIL deals tend to be hefty, with an average of $3,390.95 on Athliance and $3,396 on INFLCR. Opendorse broke down average compensation per football position, ranging from $403 for a specialist, $758 for the defensive line and $2,128 for quarterback.

Women’s sports overall received $1,084 on average for an NIL deal, per INFLCR, with women’s gymnastics soaring to a $7,054 average.

Some of the average transaction figures for nonrevenue sports through May 31 on INFLCR were surprising: $8,967 for swimming and diving, $6,087 for rifle and $4,813 for men’s golf — all higher than football and in the platform’s top five. Athliance cited an average of $1,850 for hockey, $1,400 for waterskiing and $1,026.67 for indoor track and field.

MEN’S VS. WOMEN’S

As of June 20, men’s sports received 62.7% of total compensation in the NCAA and NAIA combined, compared with 37.3% for women’s sports, Opendorse said. Remove football and women flip it to 52.8% vs. 47.2% for men. The difference in Division III was stark through May 31: 82.9% men vs. 17.1% women.

Football (49.9%) and men’s basketball (17%) dominated total NIL compensation by sport in Opendorse’s platform through June 20, with women’s basketball (15.7%), women’s volleyball (2.3%) and softball (2.1%) rounding out the top five. Football also took the top spot in INFLCR’s number of NIL transactions through May 31 with 23.7%, followed by men’s basketball (22.3%), softball (8.2%), baseball (6%) and women’s basketball (4.7%).

When it comes to total NIL activities, Opendorse says football (29.3%) is the leader, then baseball (8%), men’s basketball (7.6%), women’s track and field (5.6%) and women’s volleyball (5.5%).

Donor money also favors men’s sports — a whopping 93% of it, Opendorse said. The average monthly compensation from donors at the DI level is $1,012.

Meanwhile, 91% of all women’s NIL activities are brand-related on Opendorse’s platform, but 62% of all brand compensation went to men’s sports.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR YOUR DOUGH?

Social media remains supreme for NIL activity/transactions — 67.6% from Opendorse and 61% from INFLCR, both as of June 30. The average value of a social media NIL transaction is $905 and the median is $50, INFLCR said.

Multi-activity brand endorsement — endorsing something more than once — has a major share in Opendorse’s platform at 24.4% of NIL compensation. When it comes to brand activity, 36.73% is licensing rights for an average of $9,877 per deal and 34.19% is posting content with an average of $156 per post.

WHAT THE SCHOOLS HAVE DIVULGED

Ohio State says its athletes have gotten more than 1,000 NIL deals since July 1, 2021 — up from about 600 worth a total of $2.98 million at the six-month mark.

Kansas athletes inked 219 deals from July 1, 2021, to May 5 — a period that includes the Jayhawks winning the men’s NCAA basketball tournament — for a total value of $380,915.01, according to public records obtained by the Topeka Capital-Journal. The majority of deals were for less than $1,000.

At least one Kansas athlete from all 18 sports had at least one deal, according to a recent release from the school.

And at Norfolk State, running back Rayquan Smith let everyone know he has 66 NIL deals, calling himself the “ King of NIL.”

NHL RELEASES 2022-23 SCHEDULE

The NHL released its 2022-23 regular-season schedule on Wednesday, with puck drop on the next campaign earmarked for October 7. The Nashville Predators will face the San Jose Sharks in Prague to open the season and battle there again one day later.

October 11 will mark opening night in North America, featuring an Eastern Conference Final rematch between the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the Los Angeles Kings playing host to the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Colorado Avalanche will raise their Stanley Cup championship banner the following evening when they meet the Chicago Blackhawks as part of a six-game slate.

The Avalanche and Lightning will face off again five days after their first Cup Final rematch, that time in Denver.

There will also be 15 games on Nov. 23, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in the United States.

If all goes well, the 2022-23 campaign will be the first conventional NHL season since 2018-19. There was a three-week break in 2021-22. It was originally established to accommodate the Olympics, but instead allowed for a slew of COVID-19 postponements when the NHL chose not to go to the Games.

The 2021 regular season began in January of that year and spanned only 56 games, while the 2019-20 campaign was postponed in March 2020 at the outbreak of the pandemic until resuming with the playoffs in August.

SCHEDULE BY CLUB: https://media.nhl.com/site/vasset/public/attachments/2022/07/16302/2022-23%20NHL%20Regular%20Season%20Schedule%20(by%20Club).pdf

FORMER NHL DEFENSEMAN BRYAN MARCHMENT DIES AT 53

MONTREAL (AP) Former NHL defenseman Bryan Marchment died unexpectedly Wednesday in Montreal, his agent said. He was 53.

Longtime agent Rick Curran confirmed Marchment’s death to The Associated Press. Marchment was attending the NHL draft in Montreal as a scout for the San Jose Sharks.

A cause of death was not immediately available.

“It’s a sad day for for me personally, a very sad day for our organization,” said Mike Grier, who was named Sharks general manager on Tuesday. “He meant a lot to a lot of people in our organization, our players, our staff -anyone who knew Brian, the type of man he was. He was just an honest, a down-to-earth, loving person who just cared about everyone. He had time for everyone in the building. Anyone he came across, he had time for. “

Marchment played parts of 17 NHL seasons from 1989-2006 with Winnipeg, Chicago, Hartford, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Colorado, Toronto and Calgary. The Scarborough, Ontario native had been working in scouting and other roles for the Sharks and their American Hockey League affiliate since 2007.

The NHL and NHL Alumni Association offered their condolences in statements released Wednesday afternoon. News of Marchment’s death reached GMs while they were attending their annual meeting at the draft.

“Just shocking and devastating news,” Philadelphia’s Chuck Fletcher said. “Very young man. Obviously, you’re thinking of his family and friends right now.”

Grier played with Marchment with the Oilers and said Marchment was quick to treat him with respect and make him feel at home..

“If I ever needed anything, whether it was a home-cooked dinner instead of eating out every day, he and (wife) Kim would have me over,” Grier said. “So, it’s a very difficult day.”

Grier praised Marchment as a hard worker and said members of San Jose’s staff would carry on with their responsibilities at the draft with heavy hearts.

“I gave them some time to regroup and have some time to themselves and process and grieve,” he said. “I know ‘Mush’ – that’s what he would say. He would want us to get back to work and do our best and have the best draft possible, so we’ll get back to work. “

HAMPERED NADAL GETS PAST FRITZ AT WIMBLEDON; KYRGIOS NEXT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Wincing from abdominal pain, unable to ply his customary relentless style of tennis, Rafael Nadal though he might need to stop playing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals against Taylor Fritz.

Up in the Centre Court stands, Nadal’s father was waving his arms, motioning to the 22-time Grand Slam champion to quit. Not surprisingly, perhaps, he didn’t listen. Nadal stayed out there, adjusted his service motion and his strategy – and figured out a way to win.

With much of the crowd roaring and standing after Nadal’s best strokes, he twice erased one-set deficits against the 11th-seeded Fritz and emerged with 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) victory Wednesday to reach his eighth semifinal at the All England Club.

“For a lot of moments,” Nadal said, “I was thinking, `Maybe I will not be able to finish the match.'”

He did complete it, but said he couldn’t be sure whether he will be able to play Friday against Nick Kyrgios, a 27-year-old Australian who earned his Grand Slam semifinal debut with a 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Cristian Garin of Chile.

“I don’t know exactly what I have. It’s clear something’s not right,” said Nadal, who will get tests Thursday for an issue that first cropped up nearly a week ago but got much worse at 3-1 in the first set against Fritz. “I’m obviously worried.”

The other men’s semifinal is Novak Djokovic against Cam Norrie. The women’s semifinals Thursday are 2019 champion Simona Halep against Elena Rybakina, and Ons Jabeur against Tatjana Maria. Halep eliminated Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-4, and Rybakina defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal got to his 38th career major semifinal by denying what would have been a first such appearance for Fritz, who beat Nadal in the hard-court final at Indian Wells, California, in March. That ended a 20-match winning streak for Nadal, who was bothered that day by a painful rib injury.

This time, the problem was a muscle in his stomach area, which had some athletic tape. Nadal left the court with a trainer for a medical timeout while up 4-3 in the second set; Fritz paced around the baseline, waiting.

A doctor gave Nadal some pills; the trainer tried to relax the muscle.

“They can’t do much,” Nadal said. “Nothing can be fixed when you have a thing like this.”

When action resumed, Nadal clearly was compromised. It was hard not to think: Might he give up?

Nadal acknowledged that went through his mind. Fritz did, too.

“It definitely made me kind of think. I kind of stopped being as aggressive,” the 24-year-old American said. “I feel like I let it kind of get to me a little bit.”

He pretty much handed over the second set of what would become a 4-hour, 21-minute contest under a sky of slate clouds. After Fritz took the third set, his big serve got broken three times in the next.

Nadal occasionally would watch a ball off Fritz’s orange racket fly by. Nadal couldn’t move the way he usually does. His trademark grunts of “Uhhhh!” were rare. He didn’t generate the usual zip on his serves, which dipped from a high of 120 mph to barely above 100 mph. He sought to end exchanges with a quick-strike forehand or a drop shot – sometimes with success, often not.

Still, he summoned his best for last, grabbing a 5-0 lead in the closing tiebreaker – the first-to-10, win-by-two format starting at 6-all in a fifth set is new to Wimbledon this year – and then five of the last six points.

Fritz’s take on the tiebreaker? “I just got destroyed,” he said.

“Probably hurts more than any loss I’ve ever had,” Fritz said. “After the match was over, I was sitting there and I felt like crying.”

Nadal extended his unbeaten mark in 2022 Grand Slam matches to 19-0 as he seeks to add a trophy at Wimbledon to his triumphs at the Australian Open in January and French Open in June. For everything he’s accomplished, the 36-year-old Spaniard never has won the first three Slam titles of a season.

Nadal, who won Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010, leads Kyrgios 6-3 head-to-head; they are 1-all at Wimbledon. In 2014, Kyrgios, then just 19 and ranked 144th, announced himself to the world by winning; in 2019, Nadal took the rematch after Kyrgios was at a local pub into the wee hours the night before.

“I feel like that would be a mouth-watering kind of encounter for everyone around the world,” Kyrgios, never afraid of a little hyperbole, said about facing Nadal again. “That would probably be the most-watched match of all time.”

Give Kyrgios credit for honesty on this matter, at least: Even he did not think this day ever would arrive. Kyrgios became the first unseeded and lowest-ranked man to get to the final four at the All England Club since 2008 by playing what, for him, amounts to a restrained and efficient brand of tennis against Garin.

“I thought my ship had sailed,” Kyrgios said. “Obviously, I didn’t go about things great early in my career and may have wasted that little window.”

Kyrgios, who is ranked 40th, has garnered more attention for his behavior on and off the court than his skills with a racket in hand. His match against the unseeded Garin came a day after police in Canberra, Australia, said that Kyrgios is due in court next month to face an allegation of common assault stemming from something that happened in December.

“I have a lot of thoughts, a lot of things I want to say, kind of my side about it,” Kyrgios said at his post-match news conference. “Obviously I’ve been advised by my lawyers that I’m unable to say anything at this time.”

Worth noting, too, is how well Kyrgios has been playing. His serve, in particular, is among the best in the game, regularly topping 130 mph, and he pounded 17 aces against Garin while getting broken just once – in the very first game, at love.

His big forehands are terrific, too, but little else is conventional about Kyrgios. One example: “I don’t have a coach,” Kyrgios said with a smile. “I would never put that burden on someone.”

SIMONA HALEP GETS BACK TO SEMIFINALS IN WIMBLEDON RETURN

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) In a roundabout way, Simona Halep is finally getting a chance to defend her Wimbledon title.

And she’s picking up right where she left off.

Halep won the title at the grass-court Grand Slam in 2019, but she missed a chance to play as reigning champion in 2020 because the tournament was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. She then missed a second chance last year because of an injured left calf.

“That was the perfect match of my life,” Halep said of her straight-set victory over Serena Williams three years ago. “Now I’m playing really well. I’m feeling confident that I feel the game the way I felt back then.”

The 16th-seeded Halep extended her winning streak at the All England Club to 12 matches and reached the semifinals for the third time by beating Amanda Anisimova 6-2, 6-4 Wednesday on Centre Court.

In the semifinals on Thursday, again on Centre Court, Halep will face Elena Rybakina in the second match of the day. The 17th-seeded Rybakina defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on No. 1 Court in Wednesday’s other quarterfinal match.

Third-seeded Ons Jabeur will play Tatjana Maria in the first semifinal match. They advanced by winning their quarterfinal matches on Tuesday.

In the men’s quarterfinals, two-time champion Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios both won Wednesday and will play Friday in the semifinals. Nadal beat Taylor Fritz 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (10-4) on Centre Court. Kyrgios defeated Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5) on No. 1 Court.

Halep is making her 10th appearance at Wimbledon. She is the only Grand Slam champion left in the women’s tournament, winning the French Open in 2018 before taking the title at the All England Club the next year.

“I’m different. I play different. I play well now. All the matches were different than in 2019,” Halep said. “I think every match I got a little bit better. I had tough opponents, and I did what I had to do every day.”

The match against Anisimova appeared to be as straightforward as her first four victories at this year’s tournament – all came in straight sets. But the 20th-seeded American broke Halep when she was serving for the match at 5-2.

Anisimova then had three more break points when Halep again served for the match at 5-4, but the Romanian won five straight points to finish the match.

“I feel like she played without thinking that she has something to lose, so every ball was really hard hit,” Halep said. “But I refused that she’s going to come at 5-all. Even if I was 0-40, I was hard a little bit on myself. I pumped myself. I served very well.”

Halep injured her left calf more than a year ago, forcing her to withdraw from last year’s French Open and Wimbledon. She started working with Patrick Mouratoglou, the former coach of Williams, in April and has now matched her best run at a major since reaching the semifinals at the 2020 Australian Open.

Next up for the Romanian will be Rybakina, a 23-year-old Kazakh who is playing at Wimbledon for only the second time in her career. She lost in the fourth round last year.

Rybakina dropped her first set of the tournament but broke Tomljanovic early in the second and third sets. She finished the match with 15 aces.

“I think that the key, of course, is my serve, aggressive game,” Rybakina said of her next match against Halep. “She’s a great champion. She’s moving really well, reading the game. I just try to do my best, focus on things which I can control: my serve, my shots, emotions.”

PGA TOUR, LPGA TOUR CANCEL TOURNAMENTS IN CHINA IN OCTOBER

(AP) — The PGA Tour and LPGA Tour have canceled their tournaments in Shanghai that were scheduled for October because of ongoing restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HSBC Champions, part of the World Golf Championships series, was canceled for the third straight year. It was to be played at Sheshan International on Oct. 27-30.

The Buick LPGA Shanghai was to be held Oct. 13-16 at Qizhong Garden Golf Club. It also has not been played since 2019.

Both decisions were made with the China Golf Association, which approves golf tournaments.

The announcement Thursday comes as residents in parts of Shanghai and Beijing were ordered to undergo further rounds of COVID-19 testing following the discovery of new cases.

MEAD GIVES ENGLAND WINNING START IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

MANCHESTER, England (AP) Beth Mead scored the only goal of the game as host England beat Austria 1-0 in front of a tournament-record crowd of 68,871 at Old Trafford in the women’s European Championship opener on Wednesday.

Mead skillfully flicked the ball over Austria goalkeeper Manuela Zinsberger in the 16th minute but it needed goal-line technology to prove it had just crossed the line before being cleared.

“What an amazing night, it’s great to start the tournament with a win and I’m glad to get a goal for my team,” Mead told the BBC. “I was pretty sure it went over (the line) but you always doubt yourself.”

The narrow margin of victory reflected a close game in which England dominated possession but couldn’t create enough clear chances to match its more convincing pre-tournament wins over teams like Belgium, Denmark and the defending champion Netherlands.

The 16-team tournament kicked off a year later than originally scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. It carries hopes that it will further boost the fast-growing audience for women’s soccer in Europe, and UEFA has said more than 500,000 tickets have been sold. The previous record attendance for a European Championship game was 41,301 for the 2013 final between Germany and Norway at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Since the last tournament in 2017, England has been at the forefront of that development as Women’s Super League clubs signed many of the world’s best players and increased revenue and TV audiences. Now unbeaten in 15 games over the last year, the England national team is still seeking a first major tournament title.

Austria was a surprise semifinalist in the 2017 European Championship on its only previous appearance, when it conceded one goal in five games and only lost in a penalty shootout.

England goalkeeper Mary Earps stopped Austria getting a point Wednesday when she dived at full stretch in the 78th to stop Barbara Dunst’s dangerous curling shot.

England could earlier have scored more when Ellen White headed wide in the 26th and Zinsberger reacted quickly to keep out Lauren Hemp’s effort in first-half stoppage time.

“We should have scored a couple of times to make it easier, but overall I’m very happy. We have a win, and don’t underestimate Austria – they are a very well-organized team,” England manager Sarina Wiegman, who coached the Netherlands to the 2017 title, told the BBC. “I’m not frustrated, I just think we can do better. Sometimes we rushed. We have to be a little calmer in the final stage.”

NASCAR PENALIZES GRAGSON FOR INTENTIONAL ROAD AMERICA CRASH

NASCAR on Wednesday penalized Noah Gragson for a deliberate and dangerous crash he caused in the Xfinity Series race at Road America.

Gragson, who turns 24 later this month, was docked 30 points and fined $35,000 by NASCAR for intentionally crashing into Sage Karam on Saturday at the road course in Wisconsin. NASCAR cited a rule against “intentionally wrecking another vehicle” and “actions by a NASCAR Member that NASCAR finds to be detrimental to stock car racing or NASCAR.”

Gragson’s swerve into Karam triggered a frightening multicar crash that was so egregious, Gragson was criticized publicly by Dale Earnhardt Jr. ahead of the penalty announcement. The NASCAR Hall of Famer and co-owner of the JR Motorsports team Gragson has represented since 2019 was surprised NASCAR didn’t immediately penalize his driver.

“I was shocked, to be honest with you, when I saw Noah make that decision,” Earnhardt said Wednesday morning on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “I was just completely shocked and in a bit of a disbelief not only that he made that choice but that he, you know, that it created such an accident and got so many other guys involved. That was tough to watch, really tough.

“I think that NASCAR doesn’t want to over-officiate the races, but I think in some situations there’s some things that do cross over a line. And I felt like that was definitely one of those situations where had I been in the booth directing the race I think I would’ve had to bring Noah to pit road and hold him there for a while.”

NASCAR said it did not immediately issue the penalty after the 13-car crash because the racing Saturday on the road course had been so aggressive that it wanted to speak with Gragson and examine his Chevrolet to ensure he had not suffered a mechanical failure.

“Obviously nothing was wrong with the car and it was clear it was intentional,” NASCAR said in a statement. “Parking the (number) 9 during the event was an option, but we felt that more information was needed before making a decision on any disciplinary measures.”

The points deduction did not drop Gragson in the standings; he has two victories this season.

Kelley Earnhardt Miller, who was initially defiant against calls for Gragson to be punished, said on Twitter the team she co-owns with her brother “understands” the NASCAR penalty.

“Noah is a passionate race car driver, and his actions occurred in the heat of the moment,” she wrote. “Learning how and when to keep emotions in check is all part of the learning experience.”

Gragson lost his temper after he and Karam banged several times shortly after the start of the third stage. Gragson turned right deliberately to hook Karam on the straightaway between Turns 3 and 5, which triggered other crashes.

Karam was immediately critical of the danger Gragson’s action caused other drivers, and Gragson was unapologetic for crashing Karam.

“It’s one thing if you’re faster than someone,” Gragson said, “but to throw it off in there and run you off the racetrack in the corner, door you, run you off the track. Finally, after the third time, I’m over it. It’s not the ideal situation for him and his team, but two or three times, I’m done with it.”

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TECH LEAVING NCC

Indianapolis Tech will end its affiliation with the NCC following the 2022-23 school year. Tech principal Corye Franklin said Wednesday in a release from IPS the departure will allow Tech to seek out new conference affiliations closer to home and cut down on travel to and from games. Tech will continue to play games as a member of the conference through June 1, 2023.

“Finding a centrally-located conference would be more conducive to the lives of our student-athletes by reducing long bus rides to out-of-town games that often end late on school nights,” Franklin said in a release. “It will also allow for more families, alumni, and staff to attend games.”

INDIANS BASEBALL: EICKHOFF’S GEM SQUANDERED IN NINTH

INDIANAPOLIS – Travis Swaggerty launched his seventh home run of the season and Jerad Eickhoff dazzled over 7.0 innings of one-run ball, but a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Iowa Cubs to a win over the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday night, 4-1.

After a leadoff single by Greg Deichman and a walk to follow against Cam Alldred (L, 2-3), John Hicks launched a one-out, no-doubt homer to left field off Cristofer Melendez to give Iowa (35-44) it’s first lead of the game.

Swaggerty began the scoring for the Indians (35-44), sending a two-out home run into the right-field corner. It was one of five hits for Indy, with Ji-Hwan Bae’s two hits ­– for his third consecutive multi-hit game – leading the offense.

Eickhoff dealt over 7.0 innings, allowing just two hits up until back-to-back two-out hits – sparked by a double off the bat of Deichmann – tied the game at 1-1. The outing was Eickhoff’s longest since tossing 8.0 innings on May 8, 2019 with Philadelphia at St. Louis, and his seven strikeouts for the second consecutive game tied his season high.

Former Indians hurler and 2017 International League Most Valuable Pitcher Steven Brault (W, 1-0) made his season debut and surrendered two hits in one scoreless inning of relief.

Kevin Newman singled to extend his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games across both his rehab stints with Indianapolis. Cal Mitchell, who was working an 11-gamer entering tonight, had his streak snapped with an 0-for-4 showing.

The Indians and I-Cubs will continue their six-game series tomorrow night at 7:05 PM ET at Victory Field. RHP Mike Burrows (0-1, 6.00) will take the mound for Indianapolis against RHP Cam Sanders (0-4, 5.60).

INDIANA ATHLETICS: BURNS, GILLILAND NAMED IU ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana swimming and diving junior Brendan Burns and sophomore Tarrin Gilliland were named the recipients of the IU Athlete of the Year awards for the 2021-22 season in which each won an individual NCAA Championship.

“Congratulations to Tarrin and Brendan for their remarkable accomplishments this season and for being selected as our 2021-22 Athletes of the Year,” said IU Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson. “Our men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs have produced some of the most accomplished competitors in the history of their sports, and Tarrin and Brendan very much belong in that distinguished group. From their individual NCAA Championships this season to the leadership role they each played in helping our men’s and women’s programs to tremendous success at the Big Ten and NCAA Championships, they have excelled on the biggest stages. Congratulations to them both, and we’re excited that they’ll each be returning to represent IU again in 2022-23!”

Gilliland was named the CSCAA Women’s Diver of the Year, the Big Ten Women’s Diver of the Year and one of four finalists for the Honda Sport Award after repeating as the NCAA Champion in platform diving. The Midland, Texas, native became just the second athlete ever to repeat as platform diving champion during their freshman and sophomore seasons, joining Stanford’s Eileen Richitelli (1992-93). For a second-straight season, Gilliland was an All-American in all three diving disciplines, and in 2022 was one of two athletes to qualify for all three championship finals as she placed third on the 3-meter springboard and eighth on the 1-meter board. Gilliland was a top-four finisher in all three events at the Big Ten Championships, where she won her first-career Big Ten crown in platform diving as well as bronze on the 3-meter board. Gilliland led a men’s and women’s diving group that totaled 148 points at the NCAA meet, 37 points better than the next-best combined program. At USA Diving Winter Nationals in December, Gilliland won titles in both the mixed and women’s synchronized platform diving events.

“I am so proud of Tarrin for her accomplishments in the pool, the classroom and as a teammate,” IU head diving coach Drew Johansen said. “Winning back-to-back platform titles in the NCAA is one of the hardest things to do in our sport. Tarrin has made huge strides from freshman to sophomore year, and I can’t wait to see what she does next!”

In March, Burns became IU’s first NCAA Champion in the 200-yard butterfly since 1973, joining a list full of Olympians. The junior from Berwyn, Pennsylvania, placed top 10 in five-of-five events at the national championships, adding two silver medal performances to his title. The month before, Burns was named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Championships after winning gold in all five events swam at the conference meet while leading the Hoosier men to their fourth Big Ten team title in six years. Burns set program records in the 200-yard butterfly (1:38.71) and 100-yard backstroke (44.15), earned first-team All-Big Ten honors and won four Big Ten Swimmer of the Week awards during the dual meet season. For his exploits, Burns was named the Big Ten Men’s Swimmer of the Year.

“It is such a humbling honor to have Brendan named Indiana University Male Athlete of the Year,” IU head swimming coach Ray Looze said. “He has worked hard to become one of the top swimmers in the NCAA, and he authored one of the most surprising upsets in the history of our sport by becoming our first swimmer to win the 200 butterfly since the early 1970s. Not only is he an amazing swimmer, but he’s a better person. We are lucky to have him as one of our leaders.”

INDIANA MEN’S GOLF: GOLF 2022-23 SLATE UNVEILED

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head men’s golf coach Mike Mayer announced the program’s 2022-23 schedule on Wednesday morning. The schedule includes 11 regular season events, highlighted by the Hoosier Collegiate at The Pfau Course in April of 2023.

“Our 2022-23 schedule will give us the opportunity to compete against many of the top teams in the country at some of the best tournaments and venues in college golf,” said Coach Mayer. “It will help us as we prepare to make a run at the 2023 Big Ten Championship and our ultimate goal of an NCAA championship.”

Indiana will kick the season off at the Fighting Irish Classic, the first of three tournaments in the month of September. The event will be held from Sept. 4-5 on the Warren Golf Course in South Bend. IU will then head to Chicago for the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational from Sept. 16-18 before closing the month at the Windon Memorial Classic at the in Skokie, Ill. from Sept. 26-27.

The fall slate of the schedule will conclude with three tournaments in the month of October, including a return trip to West Lafayette for the Purdue Fall Invitational, an event won by the Hoosiers in 2021, at the Kampen Golf Course on Oct. 10-11. Indiana will then head south for a pair of tournaments in the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 16-17) and the Williams Cup (Oct. 21-23).

The spring season will begin with the Big Ten Match Play Championship at the Ocean Golf Club in Hammock Beach, Fla. from Feb. 4-5. The Hoosiers are the back-to-back defending champions of the event after besting the Michigan State Spartans 3-2 in the final match in 2022. This season will mark the ninth-straight year in which the tournament has been played in Hammock Beach.

After a month away from competition, Indiana will jump back into action at the Colleton River Collegiate on March 6-7 at the Colleton River Club in Bluffton, S.C. A week later the squad will head down to Tallahassee, Fla. for the Florida State Invitational (March 13-14).

IU will then host the Hoosier Collegiate from April 8-9 at the pristine Pfau Course before closing the regular season at the Fighting Illini Collegiate (April 22-23) at Atkins Golf Course on the campus of Illinois.

Postseason play will begin with the Big Ten Championships at Galloway National Golf Course from April 28-30 in Galloway, N.J. NCAA Regionals will take place May 15-17 with the NCAA Finals May 26-31 in at the Grayhawk Golf Course in Scottsdale, Ariz.

SCHEDULE: https://iuhoosiers.com/sports/mens-golf/schedule

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: 5 BOILERMAKERS TO PLAY IN NBA SUMMER LEAGUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Five former Boilermakers will appear in the 2022 NBA Summer League, starting with Dakota Mathias last night in Salt Lake City.

Mathias, Jaden Ivey (Detroit), Sasha Stefanovic (San Antonio), Trevion Williams (Boston) and Vince Edwards (New York) will all play in the NBA Summer League. Some teams will start play July 5 (Mathias with Memphis), in Salt Lake City, but the majority of the NBA will begin play in Las Vegas on July 7.

Mathias started play in Utah last night with 10 points, three assists, two rebounds, a block and a steal in just under 16 minutes against the 76ers. He was 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-3 from long distance.

Boilermaker fans will have to stay up late to see Ivey’s first appearance with the Detroit Pistons, tipping off against the Trailblazers on midnight ET on July 7. The Pistons will also face the Wizards (July 9 – 6 p.m. ET; ESPN2), the Pacers (July 12 – 9 p.m. ET; NBATV) and the Cavaliers (July 14 – 5:30 p.m. ET; NBATV).

Ivey was selected No. 5 in June’s NBA Draft after a standout sophomore season in which he was named first-team All-American by the NABC after averaging 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He was Purdue’s highest draft pick since Glenn Robinson went No. 1 in 1994.

Stefanovic will be the second Boilermaker to take the court in Las Vegas, first appearing with the San Antonio Spurs against the Cavaliers on NBATV at 5 p.m. ET, on July 8. Stefanovic’s other games will be against the Warriors (July 10 – 7:30 p.m. ET; NBATV), the Rockets (July 11 – 7 p.m. ET; ESPN) and the Hawks (July 14 – 3 p.m. ET; ESPN2).

Stefanovic was an honorable mention All-Big Ten honoree after averaging 10.4 points and 3.0 assists while making 37 starts for the 29-8 Boilermakers. He made 87 trifectas and shot 38.8 percent from deep for his career, making 226-of-582 from long distance.

Vince Edwards will play with the New York Knicks this summer, first appearing in Vegas on July 8 against the Warriors at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. The other Knicks’ games will be against the Bulls (July 10 – 5 p.m. ET; ESPN2), the Trailblazers (July 11 – 11 p.m. ET; ESPN2) and the Magic (July 14 – 7:30 p.m. ET; NBATV).

Edwards played in one game as a rookie for Houston during the 2018-19 season and had a successful stint with the Iowa Wolves last year in the G-League, averaging 15.1 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists.

Trevion Williams will start his summer league play with the Boston Celtics on July 9, tipping off against the Heat at 5:30 p.m. ET, on NBATV. The Celtics will also play the Bucks (July 11 – 8 p.m. ET; NBATV), the Warriors (July 12 – 8 p.m. ET; ESPN2) and the Grizzlies (July 14 – 3:30 p.m. ET; NBATV).

Williams was a third-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2022 after being a first-team all-conference performer in 2021. He finished his career with over 1,400 points, 900 rebounds and 200 assists in under 2,500 minutes – the only player in the last 30 years to reach those marks in under 2,500 minutes.

Mathias will be the last Boilermaker to make an appearance in Las Vegas, beginning play with Memphis on July 9 against the Clippers at 9:30 p.m. ET, on NBATV. The Grizzlies will also play the Timberwolves (July 10 – 9 p.m. ET; ESPNU), the Nets (July 12 – 6 p.m. ET; ESPNU) and the Celtics (July 14 – 3:30 p.m. ET; NBATV).

Mathias has played in 14 NBA games, scoring 54 points with 14 assists. During his rookie season in Philadelphia in 2020-21, Mathias hit a game-winning 3-pointer in a contest against the Miami Heat and played six games with the Grizzlies in 2021-22.

The July 14 matchup between the Grizzlies and Celtics will be the only matchup between former Boilermakers.

The NBA Summer League runs from July 7 to 17, in Las Vegas.

SCHEDULE: https://www.nba.com/news/2022-nba-summer-league-schedules-las-vegas-san-francisco-and-salt-lake-city

BUTLER FOOTBALL: JALEN MOSS ADDED TO BUTLER FOOTBALL STAFF AS CORNERBACKS COACH

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler football head coach Mike Uremovich added a member to his coaching staff this week with the hire of Jalen Moss. A former student-athlete at Indiana State, Moss will coach cornerbacks for the Bulldogs in 2022.

Moss spent the 2021 season at Indiana State after beginning his collegiate playing career at the University of Saint Francis (Ind.). While with the Sycamores, Moss recorded 10 tackles (eight solo, two assisted) and finished the year with one fumble recovery. He came up with a season-high four tackles in a game vs. Eastern Kentucky. During his stay in Terre Haute, Moss also obtained a master’s degree in coaching.

Moss earned a bachelor’s degree in science management at Saint Francis while playing defensive back for the Cougars from 2017-2020.

The move to Indianapolis will be a homecoming for Moss, who is a Fishers native that played high school football at Fishers H.S. This role will be his second on the sidelines of the gridiron. Moss also worked as an assistant coach at Homestead H.S. working primarily with safeties.

BALL STATE FIELD HOCKEY: NEW ERA BEGINS FOR FIELD HOCKEY, CARDINALS RELEASE 2022 SCHEDULE

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State field hockey team has released its 2022 schedule as the Cardinals begin a new era under the direction of first-year head coach Caitlin Walsh.

“I am looking forward to my first fall season with this group of ladies,” Walsh said. “We have a challenging schedule that is balanced with home and away matches and has a good mix of old rivalries and new opponents. It will be nice to open at home for our first two weekends and start off strong before heading into conference play. The staff and team are extremely excited for what the 2022 fall season has in store.”

Walsh is no stranger when it comes to Ball State field hockey and its historic success over the years.  Walsh has spent the last three season as an assistant coach for Kent State helping the Golden Flashes amass a 34-18 record, including a 20-5 ledger in Mid-American Conference play. She was also part of both the Golden Flashes MAC regular season conference championships in 2019 and 2021.

Ball State will face multiple teams from the Big Ten again this season — Indiana (Sept. 9), Iowa (Sept. 25), Michigan (Oct. 2), Michigan State (10/9) and Ohio State (Oct. 30).

The Cardinals will host eight home contests at Briner Sports Complex plus one scrimmage against Indiana on August 19 at 1 pm ET. BSU’s home opener will come against Saint Francis University on August 26 at 1 pm ET.

Ball State will also welcome non-conference opponents Lehigh (Sept. 3), Villanova (Sept. 4), Iowa (Sept. 25) and Michigan State (Oct. 9).

The Cardinals host three Mid-American Conference opponents this season Longwood (Sept. 16), Ohio (Oct. 7) and Miami (Oct. 28) in the Cardinals home finale.

The MAC Tournament is slated for Nov. 3-5 at Miami in Oxford, Ohio.

IUPUI MEN’S BASKETBALL: MEN’S BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES THREE NON-SCHOLARSHIP ADDITIONS FOR 2022-2023

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head basketball coach Matt Crenshaw announced the additions of three non-scholarship student-athletes for the upcoming 2022-2023 campaign. Crenshaw has added Braden Allen (Brazil, Ind./Northview), Caleb Crane (Avon, Ind./Covenant Christian) and Bobby Wonnell (Indianapolis, Ind./ Taylor) to the roster and all will be freshmen this coming season.

“I know as a staff we’re excited to be adding all of these young men to the program,” Crenshaw said. “All three come to us highly recommended and know how to play the game the right way. They’ll immediately up the competitiveness in practice and fit in well within the culture of our program. They’re going to be fun to coach and fun to have in our program.

Allen, a 6-foot-3 guard, starred at Northview High School, averaging 14.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game his senior year. He earned All-Western Indiana Conference honors and helped the Knights to a 17-10 mark in 2022. He tallied a career-high 28 points at Plainfield his senior year and was also an Academic All-State pick.

Crane, a 6-foot-2 guard, attended IUPUI last year but did not play basketball. He joins the IUPUI program after playing at nearby Covenant Christian High School. He was an Academic All-State honoree and helped Covenant Christian to a 22-5 record his senior year. Crane shot 36 percent from three-point range for his varsity career.

Wonnell, a 6-foot-2 guard, concluded a standout career at Kokomo Taylor High School. He finished his high school career with 1,223 career points and shot 84.7 percent from the free throw line. He was an IBCA Senior All-State and All-Hoosier Heartland Conference honoree in 2022 after scoring 22.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He previously attended Kokomo High School, earning All-North Central Conference honors as a sophomore and junior.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: ERON GORDON NAMED TO HOUSTON ROCKETS SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER

Valparaiso University men’s basketball product Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) has been named to the Summer League roster for the Houston Rockets of the NBA.

Gordon recently visited his brother, NBA veteran and Rockets standout Eric Gordon, and began working out with the team. Rockets assistant coach John Lucas II asked him to take the court with several Houston players, an opportunity that eventually led to the Summer League roster spot.

“He had me come back another day, and then another day,” Gordon said. “Eventually, the front office liked my game and thought I’d fit well on the summer league roster. After Valpo, I had a lot of offers to play overseas, particularly one in France that I really liked, but I wanted to make sure I finished off my master’s degree that I had worked so hard for. I wasn’t sure I was going to be affiliated with an NBA organization this quickly, but it’s been a blessing. A lot of people go through their entire lives waiting for an opportunity like the one that I’ve been blessed with, so I’m going to have fun and enjoy the experience.”

The Rockets Summer League team will begin its four-game schedule on Thursday vs. Orlando at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN. The team will play again on Saturday at 7 p.m. vs. Oklahoma City on ESPN2 and Monday, July 11 at 6 p.m. vs. San Antonio on ESPN before closing out the Summer League slate on Thursday, July 14 vs. Portland at 8:30 p.m. on NBA TV. All four games will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

“My mindset going into it is to learn a lot and have fun,” Gordon said. “Summer League is not the be all, end all. For players who are getting their feet wet, it is important to soak up as much information as possible. The best part about Summer League that not a lot of people talk about is getting to be around the head coach, general manager, front office staff and veteran players.”

Gordon, who graduated from Valpo in May 2020 with an undergraduate degree in journalism before earning his master’s in sports administration in May 2022, appeared in all 95 games over his three seasons at Valpo, a tenure highlighted by the go-ahead basket with three seconds left in overtime in the program’s 74-73 upset win over Loyola in the 2020 MVC Tournament quarterfinals, helping the team complete an 18-point rally. He is one of only three Valpo players in the last 30 years to hit a game-winner in the final five seconds of a conference tournament or postseason tournament game, joining Ryan Broekhoff (2013 vs. Green Bay) and Bryce Drew (1998 vs. Ole Miss).

“Valpo is always going to be No. 1 in my heart,” Gordon said. “Spending four years there and having two degrees from there makes it special. I feel like I made my mark with the program. We won some and lost some, but we always had good battles. I’ll always have a great place in my heart for the University and athletic department as a whole.”

Following the 2020-2021 campaign, Gordon earned the Valparaiso University Male Unsung Hero Award at the Department’s ARC Awards. During that season, he ranked sixth in the MVC in defense rebounds per game and second among guards while averaging 5.1 boards per outing, over doubling his rebounding average of 2.3 from the previous season.

Eric Gordon won the 2017 NBA 3-Point Contest and was named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year that season. He has played for the Rockets since 2016 after previous stints with the Los Angeles Clippers (2008-2011) and New Orleans Hornets/Pelicans (2011-2016). Eron’s other brother Evan has spent significant time playing professionally overseas in China.

“Not too many times in major professional sports will you have two brothers in the same organization,” Gordon said. “Being on the Rockets Summer League roster means a lot in terms of what my family has accomplished. This is my dad’s dream to have all three of his sons play professionally, so it means a lot to see that come to fruition. His goal was always to have all three boys accomplish things that he couldn’t, so this opportunity is the beginning of the final chapter in that story.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1900       By defeating the Cubs, 11-4, Beaneaters’ hurler Kid Nichols takes only nine seasons to get his 300th victory. The 30-year-old righty will amass 361 wins during his 15-year career and remain the youngest player ever to accomplish the feat.

1909       In a 15-3 blow-out of the Browns, the White Sox collect 12 stolen bases. The thievery at Chicago’s South Side Park includes the theft of home plate three times.

1920       After he appears in 55 games, the Giants trade Benny Kauff and cash to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League for Vern Spencer. Although acquitted of the charges, the New York outfielder, slated to rejoin the team in 1921, is banished from baseball for life by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis after being implicated in a car theft ring during the offseason.

1923       Lefty O’Doul, who will become an outstanding major league hitter later in his career, gives up 13 runs in the sixth inning as the Indians rout the Red Sox, 27-3. The San Francisco native will finish his 11-year stint in the majors with a lifetime batting average of .349.

1923       The Indians become the first American League team to score a run in every inning when they rout Boston, 27-3, in the first game of a doubleheader at Cleveland’s Dunn Field. The Tribe tallies nearly half their runs in the sixth frame, crossing the plate 13 times, in a contest that takes only two hours and ten minutes to complete.

1931       The White Sox outlast and outslug the Browns, beating St. Louis in 12 innings, 10-8. During the Sportsman’s Park contest, the five pitchers who take the mound do not record a strikeout, making it the longest game in major-league history without a strike three.

1936       The Senior Circuit wins its first All-Star game, edging the American League at Braves Field in Boston, 4-3. The Junior Circuit had taken the first three contests of the Midsummer Classic.

1936       Joe DiMaggio becomes the first rookie to appear in an All-Star Game when he starts in right field and bats third for the Junior Circuit in the team’s 4-3 loss to the National League at Boston’s Braves Field. The 21-year-old Yankees outfielder doesn’t fare well in the fourth edition of the Midsummer Classic, committing an error and making the last out of the game with a man in scoring position to finish his day 0-for-5 at the plate.

1937       With Franklin D. Roosevelt in attendance at Griffith Stadium in Washington, Yankees’ first baseman Lou Gehrig drives in four runs with a home run and a double to lead the AL to an 8-3 victory over the National League in All-Star action. FDR, who tosses the ceremonial first pitch, is the first U.S. president to attend an All-Star Game.

1948       On his 42nd birthday, Negro League legend Satchel Paige signs a contract to pitch with the Indians. Though viewed by many as another publicity stunt by team owner Bill Veeck, the crafty right-hander will finish the season 6-1 for the eventual world champs.

1951       Hoot Evers strokes four singles and a double in the Tigers’ 13-3 rout of the Indians. The Detroit outfielder’s 5-for-5 day is a productive one when he scores five times in the Briggs Stadium contest.

1953       The Dodgers set a major league mark for the most consecutive games with a home run by a team with a least one round-tripper in their 24 contests. Brooklyn starter Preacher Roe hits the record-breaking homer with a third-inning blast in the team’s 9-5 victory over Pittsburgh at Forbes Field.

1953       The Browns, with their 6-3 loss to the Indians at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis, set a major league record, losing their 20th consecutive home game. The non-winning streak dates back to June 3.

1959       At Forbes Field, Hank Aaron’s eighth-inning single ties the score, and a triple hit by Willie Mays plates Aaron with the winning run in the 5-4 All-Star victory in the first of the two Midsummer Classics to be played during the season.

1964       In the only All-Star Game ever played at Shea Stadium, the National League evens the all-time series at 18 victories for each circuit by beating the AL, 7-4, with a dramatic ninth-inning rally which includes a three-run homer by Phillies slugger Johnny Callison. Home team second baseman Ron Hunt becomes the first Mets player selected as a starter in the Midsummer Classic.

1968       Throwing just nine pitches, Tom Seaver earns the only save of his 20-year major league career when the Mets beat the Phillies at Connie Mack Stadium, 4-2. Tom Terrific strikes out Dick Allen on three pitches and then quickly dispatches Johnny Callison and Tony Taylor on outfield flies.

1970       Rico Carty, the National League’s leading hitter, becomes the first player voted to play in the All-Star Game as a write-in candidate. The ballot, drawn up by managers and general managers before spring training, did not list the Braves outfielder’s name.

1970       Lew Krausse tosses the first shutout in Brewers’ history, blanking the White Sox at Milwaukee’s County Stadium, 1–0. The game’s lone run scores from second base on Joe Horlen’s errant throw fielding a sacrifice bunt, plating Mike Hegan, who had doubled to lead off the seventh inning.

1971       After the first plan of placing the new inductees in a separate wing creates a storm of controversy, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Hall of Fame president Paul Kirk announce former Negro League players will have full membership in the Cooperstown shrine. Last month, the HOF created a committee to select players annually who played at least ten years in the Negro Leagues and were ineligible for induction into the regular Hall.

1974       The Cubs snap Buzz Capra’s nine-game winning streak when the team beats the Braves at Wrigley Field, 4-3. The 26-year-old All-Star right-hander, who established a franchise mark for consecutive victories, will finish the season with a 16-8 record, posting a major league-leading ERA of 2.28.

1975       During an 8-6 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, Giants outfielders Gary Thomasson, Bobby Murcer, and Chris Arnold each nail a baserunner trying to score. The rare feat last occurred in 1905 when Cubs flycatcher Jack McCarthy accomplished the feat with his three outfield assists.

1982       Harold Baines hits three consecutive home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the White Sox over the Tigers, 7-0. The Chicago right fielder hits solo round-trippers leading off the fifth and seventh frames before going deep in the eighth with the bases full to seal the deal in the Comiskey Park contest.

1998       In a game remembered more for ‘Glory,’ a patriotic-colored Beanie Baby souvenir given to the fans, the American League beats the senior circuit, 13-8, in the thin air at Coors Field in Denver. The 21-run total surpasses the previous record set in 1954, when the AL beat the National League in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, 11-9.

1998       Jeff Shaw becomes the first player to participate in an All-Star Game wearing a uniform for a team he hasn’t yet played for when he allows three hits and a run pitching an inning for the National League squad before appearing in a regular-season game for the Dodgers. The 32-year-old closer, who posted a 1.81 ERA and 23 saves in the first half of the season for the Reds, was traded three days ago by Cincinnati to Los Angeles for Paul Konerko and Dennys Reyes.

2000       The Butte Copper Kings ‘John Rocker Awareness Night promotion,’ is a huge success when the Angel rookie-league club offers free admission to anyone belonging to a group insulted by the Atlanta reliever in his Sports Illustrated interview. The 672 fans in attendance for the Pioneer League contest, one of the team’s largest crowds of the season, include single moms with multiple children, people with purple hair, ‘foreigners’, and people with alternative lifestyles.

2003       Shea Hillenbrand becomes the sixth player to homer in three consecutive innings, tying a big-league record. The third baseman’s fourth, fifth, and sixth inning round-trippers account for half of the runs the Diamondbacks score in their 14-6 victory over Colorado at Bank One Ballpark.

2004       Blanking the Royals, 12-0, Twins’ hurler Kyle Lohse helps establish a club record, throwing the team’s third consecutive shutout. Johan Santana (Royals, 4-0) and Brad Radke (Royals, 9-0) started the streak of 27 scoreless innings, which is also a franchise record.

2004       Kazuhisa Ishii tosses a one-hitter in the Dodgers’ 11-0 defeat of Arizona. The 30-year-old Japanese southpaw retires the first 12 batters he faces before issuing a leadoff walk to Luis Gonzalez and a single by Shea Hillenbrand, but the left-hander proceeds to set down the next 15 D-Backs to finish his masterpiece.

2006       John Lackey retires the next 27 A’s batters after leadoff batter Mark Kotsay doubles to start the bottom of the first inning on a 3-0 count and after falling behind Nick Swisher on the same count. The 3-0 Angel victory, which takes 2 hours and 1 minute to complete, also halts LA shortstop Orlando Cabrera’s streak of reaching base safely in 63 consecutive games, twenty-one shy of Ted Williams’ record of 84 straight games established in 1949.

2006       Travis Hafner hits his fifth grand slam of the season when he clears the bases in the second inning of the Indians’ 9-0 win over Baltimore at Jacobs Field. The Cleveland DH becomes the first player in major league history to accomplish the feat before the All-Star break and surpasses the franchise record of four-baggers established in 1951 by Al Rosen.

2007       Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki records the first inside-the-park home run in All-Star Game history when he hits Chris Young’s fastball into deep right-center field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park. The fifth-inning blast caroms off the park’s quirky configuration, getting past NL center fielder Ken Griffey Jr., allowing the American League leadoff hitter, who will be named the game’s MVP, to complete his way around the bases for the historic round-tripper.

2008       After taking a nine-run lead into the sixth inning, the Mets hold on to beat the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 10-9. The game is eerily similar to a 1992 contest, also played in Philadelphia, that caused Hall of Fame announcer Bob Murphy to remark after the final out, “they win the damn thing by a score of 10 to 9!”

2008       To reach the postseason for the first time since 1982, the Brewers trade four highly touted farm hands to the Indians to obtain CC Sabathia. Milwaukee sends last year’s first-round draft pick, Matt LaPorta, minor league pitching prospects Zach Jackson and Rob Bryson, and Taylor Green (player to be named later), the team’s minor league player of the year, to Cleveland for last season’s American League Cy Young Award winner.

2009       Without throwing a pitch, Alan Embree is credited with the win when Colorado scores the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat the Nationals at Coors Field, 5-4. After entering the tied contest with two outs in the top of the frame, the Rockies reliever picks off Austin Kerns off first base (caught stealing/PO –> P-1B-SS-P) for the third out of the frame without facing a batter.

2010       With the score tied at seven in the bottom of the ninth at Coors Field, Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta makes Evan MacLane’s major league debut memorable when he leads off the inning, hitting a walk-off home run off the 27-year-old rookie. The Cardinals’ southpaw is the first hurler to surrender a game-winning homer to the first major league batter he faces since Padres’ right-hander J.J. Trujillo accomplished the dubious deed, allowing Baltimore’s Tony Batista to end a game with a round-tripper in 2002.

2010       Adam Dunn becomes the second Washington Nationals’ player to hit three home runs in a game and the first major leaguer to accomplish the feat at the three-year-old Nationals Park. The first baseman’s offensive output, which matches Alfonso Soriano’s performance in 2006, helps the home team edge San Diego, 7-6, on a hot night in the nation’s capital.

2011       Trailing by four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Indians rally to beat the Blue Jays, 5-4. Travis Hefner delivers the keynote blast, whose walk-off grand slam off Luis Perez to deep right field delights the Progressive Field fans.

2011       Trying to grab the ball tossed into the stands by Josh Hamilton, Ranger fan Shannon Stone dies when he tumbles over the railing and falls 20 feet to the concrete pavement below. The 39-year-old Brownwood (TX) firefighter had attended the game with his six-year-old son, Cooper.

2011       The Cubs erase an eight-run deficit, beating Washington at Nationals Park, 10-9. The defeat of the hometown team marks the largest blown lead in franchise history for the Nats, including their tenure in Montreal as the Expos.

2012       In the bottom of the first inning at Minute Maid Park, first base umpire Sam Holbrook tosses Zack Greinke from the game. The arbitrator takes exception when the Brewers starter, who had thrown only four pitches, spiking the ball after he called Jose Altuve safe on a close play in which the Milwaukee hurler covered the bag in the 6-4 loss to Houston.

2012       Bryce Harper becomes the youngest position player to make an All-Star team when he is named to replace Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton, who cannot participate because of an injury. The 19-year-old Nationals outfielder, who is older than hurlers Dwight Gooden (Mets) and Bob Feller (Indians) when they played in their first Midsummer Classics, surpasses backstop Butch Wynegar (Twins) as the youngest non-pitcher to be selected.

2016       Rockies shortstop Trevor Story, with his twenty-first home run, ties the National League mark shared by Dave Kingman (Giants,1972) and Albert Pujols (Cardinals, 2001) for the most home runs by a rookie before the All-Star break. Mark McGwire established the major league record, going deep 30 times before the Midsummer Classic while playing for the A’s in 1987.

2017       Eight seconds before a 5 p.m. ET deadline, the Reds and their No. 2 overall pick, Hunter Greene, reportedly agree to a record $7.23 million bonus. The 17-year-old two-way Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA) senior, who recently appeared on a Sports Illustrated cover, has been selected primarily as a pitcher but will bat and play shortstop on occasion.

2017       Carlos Carrasco tosses an immaculate inning when he strikes out the side in the fifth frame on nine pitches in the Indians’ 11-2 victory over the Tigers at Progressive Field. The Venezuelan right-hander is only the second pitcher in franchise history, along with Justin Masterson, who accomplished the feat in 2014.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1916

Boston Red Sox (4) vs Brooklyn Robins (1)

Another World Series newcomer, the Brooklyn Robins (later known as the Dodgers) had paved their way to the 1916 Fall Classic with solid hitting by Zack Wheat and standout pitching from the arm of Jeff Pfeffer, a twenty-five game winner. They also boasted two World Series veteran acquisitions in Rube Marquard and Jack Coombs who had made several postseason appearances with the Giants and A’s.

The deck appeared stacked in their favor, but the returning World Champion Red Sox would have something to say about that. Brooklyn manager Wilbert Robinson felt that starting two lefthanders would give his team an upper hand, so he nominated veteran Marquard and another standout, Sherry Smith for Games 1 and 2 in Boston. Once again, the Red Sox turned to the cross-town Braves Field in favor of Fenway Park to handle to ever-increasing World Series crowds.

The Robins’ Marquard went up against the 1915 opener’s loser, Ernie Shore in what first appeared to be a standoff. The Red Sox were up 2-1 through six innings with neither pitcher flinching. That was until both clubs started a scoring frenzy. First, the Red Sox knocked Marquard for three runs in the seventh (forcing the veteran to be pulled in favor of Pfeffer) and one more in the eighth. Brooklyn answered back with four runs of their own in the ninth, sending Shore to the showers, but Boston brought in Carl Mays, who cinched the rally and held on for the 6-5 win.

Sherry Smith and another young lefty nicknamed “The Babe” went at it for Game 2 in what has been dubbed as both a “double masterpiece” and a ‘hitters nightmare”. Through thirteen innings, both had allowed only six hits and one run each. In the bottom of the fourteenth, Dick Hoblitzell set the stage for a dramatic finish by drawing his fourth walk of the game. Duffy Lewis followed suite by sacrificing Hoblitzell into scoring position at second. With all his pieces in place, Red Sox manager Bill Carrigan prepared to checkmate his opponent by sending in Mike McNally as a pinch-runner and Del Gainor as a pinch-hitter. Gainor stepped up and delivered, driving in Hoblitzell and sealing Boston’s 2-1 victory.

Robinson turned to another Series veteran for Game 3, but this time he chose a right-hander in Jack Coombs. In the first World Series game ever to be played at the newly constructed Ebbets Field, he combined with relief from Jeff Pfeffer, to pitch a 4-3 triumph that put his team back into play. Boston came back the very next day with a counter attack from Dutch Leonard who threw an eight hitter in a 6-2 reply. Larry Gardner backed him up by adding his second home run in two days with a three run blast.

Series veteran Ernie Shore returned in Game 5 for the Red Sox and shut the door on the Robins with a 4-1, Series deciding victory.

The Beantown Bombers had joined the ranks of baseball’s elite as back-to-back World Champions without ever playing a single postseason game in their own house. One of Brooklyn’s few standouts, an outfielder named Casey Stengel (who batted a Series leading .364) would go on to become one of the most successful postseason managers in the history of baseball. Unfortunately for Brooklyn fans, it would be with the New York Yankees and four of his wins would be over the Dodgers.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1868 Surrey wicket-keeper Ted Pooley completes a then-1st class cricket record 12 dismissals (8 caught, 4 stumped) in a County match against Sussex at The Oval

1887 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: 3-time runner-up Herbert Lawford wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ernest Renshaw 1-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

1890 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Irishman Willoughby Hamilton wins his only Wimbledon title beating 7-time champion William Renshaw 6-8, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

1892 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dod beats Blanche Bingley-Hillyard for a 4th time in a Wimbledon final 6-1, 6-1

1900 Boston Beaneaters pitcher Kid Nichols notches his 300th career MLB victory with an 11-4 win over Chicago Orphans

1911 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothea Chambers becomes first player not to concede a game in a final beating Dora Boothby 6-0, 6-0

1912 American athlete Jim Thorpe wins 4 of 5 events to win the Pentathlon gold medal at the Stockholm Olympics, medal stripped 1913 (played pro baseball), reinstated 1982

1914 Baltimore Orioles owner Jack Dunn offers future baseball legend Babe Ruth, Ernie Shore & Ben Egan for $10k to Connie Mack (Philadelphia A’s); refuses pleading lack of finance

1919 Philadelphia Phillies tie MLB record of 8 steals in an innings (9th) in a 10-5 loss vs NY Giants

1919 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In the first all-Australian final Gerald Patterson beats Norman Brookes 6-3, 7-5, 6-2

1923 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Bill Johnston beats fellow American Frank Hunter 6-0, 6-3, 6-1 for his only Wimbledon title

1923 Cleveland Indians set an AL record 27 runs including 13 in the 6th in 27-3 win v Boston Red Sox

1924 American Robert LeGendre sets then long jump world record at 25′ 5½” in Paris, France

1928 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Helen Moody wins 2nd of 4 consecutive Wimbledon singles titles beating Lilí Álvarez 6-2, 6-3

1928 American Edward Hamm sets then long jump world record at 25′ 11″ at Cambridge, Massachusetts

1932 Australian cricket batsman supreme Don Bradman scores a double century during a Goodwill Tour in Montreal, Canada

1933 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Australian Jack Crawford wins his only Wimbledon singles title beating American Ellsworth Vines 4-6, 11-9, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

1934 Mary Hirsch, daughter of 3-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Max Hirsch, becomes first woman to be licensed to train thoroughbred horses in the United States

1934 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothy Round Little of England beats American Helen Jacobs 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 for her first Wimbledon singles title

1936 4th MLB All Star Game, Braves Field, Boston: After losing the first 3 AS Games, NL wins 4-3, 4 different Cubs players score the runs

1937 5th MLB All Star Game, Griffin Stadium, Washington: AL wins 8-3, Lou Gehrig drives in 4 runs with HR & double

1939 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Bobby Riggs beats fellow American Elwood Cooke 2-6, 8-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for Wimbledon sweep, also won doubles & mixed doubles titles

1942 Milt all star team (including Bob Feller) loses to AL all stars 5-0

1948 Cleveland Indians stun MLB by signing 42 year old veteran Negro Leagues pitcher Satchel Paige

1950 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Budge Patty wins his only Wimbledon singles title 6-1, 8-10, 6-2, 6-3 over Australian Frank Sedgman

1950 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Troon: Bobby Locke of South Africa retains title by 2 strokes from Roberto De Vicenzo of Argentina

1951 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Doris Hart outclasses fellow American Shirley Fry 6-1, 6-0 for her only Wimbledon singles title

1953 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Birmingham CC: Walter Burkemo wins 2 & 1 from Felize Torza in the Tuesday final; his lone major title

1954 British runner Jim Peters, 17 minutes ahead of any rival, collapses on the final stadium lap of the Commonwealth Games marathon in Vancouver

1959 26th MLB All Star Game, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh: Willy Mays triples to score Hank Aaron as NL wins 5-4

1961 75th Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Rod Laver of Australia beats American Chuck McKinley 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 for his 1st of 4 Wimbledon singles titles

1962 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: American Karen Susman beats Věra Suková of Czechoslovakia 6-4, 6-4 for her only Grand Slam singles title

1962 Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 American thoroughbred races

1964 35th MLB All Star Game, Shea Stadium, New York: NL wins 7-4 on the back of Johnny Callison’s 3-run 9th inning homer

1967 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: John Newcombe outclasses Wilhelm Bungert of Germany 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 for his 1st of 3 Wimbledon singles titles

1968 US Open Women’s Golf, Moselem Springs GC: Susie Maxwell Berning beats Mickey Wright by 3 strokes

1971 MLB Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announces that Negro League players elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame to be given full membership in the Museum

1972 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Billie Jean King earns her 8th Grand Slam singles title beating Evonne Goolagong of Australia 6-3, 6-3

1973 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Chris Evert 6-0, 7-5 for her 10th career Grand Slam singles title

1973 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Czech Jan Kodeš beats Alex Metreveli of Russia 6-1, 9-8, 6-3 for his 3rd Grand Slam singles success

1974 Milwaukee’s Don Money sets MLB record for consecutive errorless games at 3rd base (78) in Brewers 8-5 win v Twins

1974 FIFA World Cup Final, Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany: Striker Gerd Müller scores 43rd minute winner as West Germany beats the Netherlands, 2-1

1978 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her first Grand Slam singles title beating Chris Evert 2-6, 6-4, 7-5

1978 NBA approves franchise swap; Buffalo Braves owner John Y. Brown and Harry Mangurian acquire Boston Celtics, while the Celtics owner Irv Levin gets Braves, later moved to San Diego to become the Clippers

1979 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Björn Borg beats American Roscoe Tanner 6-7, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 for his 4th consecutive Wimbledon title

1980 American boxer Larry Holmes scores a 7th round TKO of Scott LeDoux in Bloomington, Minnesota in defence of his WBC heavyweight title

1985 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Boris Becker beats South African Kevin Curren 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4 to become the youngest man (17) to win a Wimbledon singles title

1986 American athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets world heptathlon record of 7,148 points in the inaugural Goodwill Games at Moscow

1990 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova wins her record 9th Wimbledon singles title beating American Zina Garrison 6-4, 6-1

1990 New Jersey Devils sign star Russian defensemen Viacheslav Fetisov & Sergei Starikov to NHL contracts despite criticism they are taking North American jobs

1991 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In the first ever all-German final Michael Stich beats Boris Becker 6-4, 7-6, 6-4

1992 South Africa beats Cameroon 1-0 in Durban in first FIFA sanctioned match after nearly 20 years international isolation, apartheid

1993 Lenny Dykstra hits bases loaded 2-run double to end Phillies 7, LA Dodgers 6 in 20 innings in Philadelphia

1996 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Richard Krajicek becomes first Dutchman to win a Grand Slam singles title beating American MaliVai Washington 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

1996 US Open Senior Golf, Canterbury GC: Dave Stockton wins by 2 strokes from Hale Irwin for his 3rd Champions Tour major title

1998 69th MLB All Star Game, Coors Field, Denver: In the highest scoring AS Game in history, AL wins 13-8

2001 In his first appearance at Daytona since the death of father Dale Earnhardt Sr., Dale Jr. wins Pepsi 400 coming from 7th with 9 laps remaining to beat teammate Michael Waltrip

2002 US Open Women’s Golf, Prairie Dunes CC: Juli Inkster wins her second US title, 2 strokes ahead of runner-up Annika Sörenstam; Inkster’s 7th and final major victory

2003 US Open Women’s Golf, Pumpkin Ridge GC: Hilary Lunke wins in a playoff with Kelly Robbins & Angela Stanford for her only career LPGA tournament victory

2006 Cleveland Indians first baseman Travis Hafner becomes first player in MLB history to hit 5 grand slams before the All-Star break when he homers off Baltimore’s Kris Benson

2007 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lowest ever seeds contest final, Venus Williams (20) beats Marion Bartoli (18) 6-4, 6-1

2012 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats Agnieszka Radwańska of Poland 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 to win her 5th Wimbledon singles crown; 5 hours later teams with sister Venus to win doubles title

2013 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Andy Murray beats Novak Đoković 6-4. 7-5. 6-4 to become the first British man to win a Wimbledon singles title since 1936

2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Décines-Charpieu: Defending champions US win record 4th title beating the Netherlands, 2-0, Megan Rapinoe Player of the Match

2019 Copa América Final, Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro: Home team Brazil win their 9th title, beating Peru, 3-1; first title since 2007

2021 Stanley Cup Final, Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL: Defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning beat Montreal Canadiens, 1-0 in Game 5; retain title, 4-1

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees5923.72034 – 925 – 1426 – 1219 – 610 – 47 – 3W 1
Boston4537.5491421 – 1824 – 199 – 1812 – 719 – 74 – 6L 2
Tampa Bay4537.5491425 – 1720 – 2017 – 166 – 912 – 95 – 5W 2
Toronto4538.54214.525 – 1820 – 2016 – 1810 – 915 – 74 – 6W 1
Baltimore3944.47020.521 – 1718 – 2715 – 1911 – 138 – 85 – 5W 4
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota4738.55325 – 1822 – 2013 – 1022 – 169 – 75 – 5L 1
Cleveland4040.5004.520 – 1720 – 236 – 1017 – 159 – 83 – 7L 4
Chi White Sox3941.4885.517 – 2322 – 1814 – 1511 – 147 – 96 – 4W 1
Detroit3447.4201123 – 2411 – 237 – 1416 – 163 – 106 – 4W 4
Kansas City3050.37514.514 – 2516 – 254 – 913 – 189 – 154 – 6W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5328.65426 – 1227 – 166 – 815 – 424 – 128 – 2L 1
Seattle4142.4941320 – 2021 – 228 – 157 – 620 – 167 – 3W 4
Texas3743.46315.517 – 2020 – 235 – 119 – 715 – 183 – 7L 4
LA Angels3845.4581621 – 2317 – 226 – 149 – 517 – 174 – 6W 1
Oakland2856.33326.510 – 2918 – 2710 – 169 – 157 – 203 – 7L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5131.62226 – 1325 – 1824 – 99 – 413 – 105 – 5W 1
Atlanta4934.5902.527 – 1722 – 1715 – 1117 – 913 – 117 – 3W 3
Philadelphia4339.524823 – 2120 – 1814 – 196 – 316 – 116 – 4L 1
Miami3941.4881120 – 1719 – 2422 – 143 – 69 – 147 – 3L 1
Washington3054.3572214 – 3116 – 237 – 299 – 89 – 114 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4737.56020 – 1727 – 2011 – 1327 – 173 – 56 – 4L 2
St. Louis4440.524324 – 1620 – 247 – 1222 – 149 – 53 – 7L 4
Chi Cubs3448.4151217 – 2717 – 213 – 320 – 217 – 147 – 3W 2
Pittsburgh3348.40712.520 – 2313 – 254 – 715 – 2512 – 94 – 6L 1
Cincinnati2853.34617.514 – 2714 – 265 – 911 – 188 – 214 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers5229.64226 – 1326 – 1611 – 911 – 521 – 117 – 3W 3
San Diego4736.566621 – 1826 – 1812 – 919 – 1015 – 142 – 8L 2
San Francisco4139.51310.521 – 2020 – 1914 – 138 – 912 – 113 – 7W 1
Arizona3745.45115.521 – 2316 – 2212 – 1010 – 119 – 205 – 5L 1
Colorado3547.42717.523 – 2112 – 268 – 196 – 415 – 164 – 6L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot