MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

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DETROIT 3 SAN FRANCISCO 2 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420629126&home=26&vis=06&final=true

NEW YORK YANKEES 5 OAKLAND 3 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420629110&home=10&vis=11&final=true

KANSAS CITY 2 TEXAS 1 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420629107&home=07&vis=13&final=true

SEATTLE 9 BALTIMORE 3 BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420629112&home=12&vis=01&final=true

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CLEVELAND 7 MINNESOTA 6 (10) BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=420629105&home=05&vis=09&final=true

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NASHVILLE 8 INDIANAPOLIS 5 BOX SCORE: https://www.milb.com/gameday/indians-vs-sounds/2022/06/29/665460#game_state=final,lock_state=final,game_tab=box,game=665460

WEST MICHIGAN 14 FORT WAYNE 4

SOUTH BEND 5 BELOIT 1

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PHOENIX 99 INDIANA 78 BOX SCORE: https://www.wnba.com/game/20220629/INDPHO/#/box-score

SEATTLE 88 LAS VEGAS 78

CHICAGO 91 CONNECTICUT 83

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ORLANDO 1 NASHVILLE 1

CINCINNATI 4 NEW YORK CITY 4

COLUMBUS 2 TORONTO 1

CHICAGO 1 PHILADELPHIA 0

MONTRÉAL 2 SEATTLE 1

MINNESOTA 3 LOS ANGELES 2

LOS ANGELES FC 3 DALLAS 1

PORTLAND 2 HOUSTON 1

BOXES AND SCHEDULE: https://www.mlssoccer.com/schedule/scores#competition=all&club=all&date=2022-06-29

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Contreras homers, Morel also goes deep as Cubs beat Reds 8-3

CHICAGO (AP) Christopher Morel unleashed a laser from center field toward the plate. In a flash, the Cubs let loose.

Chicago catcher Willson Contreras pointed toward the dugout and let out a roar. Screaming pitcher Justin Steele pounded his glove several times.

Morel’s rocket throw to cut down Tommy Pham trying to score on a fly to center got the Cubs out of a bases-loaded jam and helped propel them to an 8-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Contreras homered for Chicago. Morel also went deep, but the play that stood out came with the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 lead with one out in the fourth inning.

Donovan Solano sent a line drive to center. Morel took a few steps to his left, made the catch and, with his momentum going toward the plate, fired a 97.3 mph pellet on one hop.

Contreras hauled in the throw a little up the third-base line and reached to his right to tag Pham on the letters on his back as he slid by, ending the threat. The jubilant catcher let loose.

Steele, backing up the play, might have been even more fired up than Contreras.

“I really did not want that run to score,” he said. “That was pretty sick for him to throw him out there. I was pretty fired up there. It was pretty cool to watch.”

CONTRERAS CONNECTS

Contreras got hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Ian Happ against Hunter Greene in the first inning. He made it 5-0 in the fifth when he lined a two-run drive against Luis Cessa for his 13th homer – tops among major league catchers – and also doubled twice.

Morel singled and scored in the fifth. He added a two-run homer deep into the left-field bleachers in the sixth against Ross Detwiler, bumping the lead to 7-1.

Nico Hoerner extended his hitting streak to seven games, matching a career high, when he smacked a two-run double in the fourth. He finished 1 for 3 after five consecutive multi-hit games.

Steele (3-5) exited with a 5-1 lead after Joey Votto doubled in a run with none out in the sixth. The left-hander gave up six hits and struck out six.

Scott Effross retired the next three batters, and the Cubs bounced back after opening a three-game series between the two worst teams in the not-so-great NL Central with a 5-3 loss.

CINCY’S STRUGGLES

Cincinnati has lost nine of 12.

Brandon Drury hit his 16th homer – a solo drive in the ninth. Greene (3-9) lasted four innings, allowing three runs and two hits.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: OF Tyler Naquin (strained left quad) is scheduled to begin a rehabilitation assignment Thursday for Triple-A Louisville. . The Reds reinstated RHP Jeff Hoffman from the injured list and optioned RHP Jared Solomon to Louisville while adding him to the taxi squad.

Cubs: OF Seiya Suzuki (sprained left ring finger) is scheduled to begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. He has not played since May 26. “We’ve missed him,” manager David Ross said. “I think he’s a big part of what we’re doing here moving forward. The more experience he can gain, the better – better for us and him, speed things up for where we want to go.” Suzuki, who left Japan for a five-year, $85 million contract, is batting .245 with four homers in his first season with Chicago. … Ross said OF Jason Heyward (sore right knee) is not improving, and the Cubs will have to “take a hard look” at his situation. … RHP Marcus Stroman (right shoulder inflammation) and LHP Drew Smyly (strained right oblique) will throw bullpens in the next few days.

UP NEXT

Reds rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft (4-1, 3.27 ERA) looks to continue an impressive start to his career, while Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (3-6, 4.90) eyes his second straight win. Hendricks pitched scoreless ball into the eighth inning at St. Louis last week.

García’s homer in 9th lifts Marlins past Cardinals 4-3

ST. LOUIS (AP) Avisail Garcia hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and Sandy Alcantara pitched a complete game, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

With two outs, Garcia hit the first pitch he saw from Ryan Helsley (3-1 ) 411 feet over the wall in center field for his fifth homer. Jesus Sanchez, who walked to begin the inning, also scored.

“You hope this is a turning point for us,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “We want to win consistently. We never seem to really gain traction. Hopefully, this is something where we turn the page and get moving forward.”

It was Garcia ‘s first go-ahead, ninth-inning home run. He is the 12th MLB player to hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth this season.

“I feel relieved,” Garcia said. “A happy moment. I’m happy for us to get the win. I faced him once last year but I don’t really remember clearly. He’s nasty. He’s one of the best closers right now. I thank God that I put good wood on the fastball.”

It was the second blown save this season for Helsley, who recorded the save Tuesday with three strikeouts in the ninth.

“Obviously, one pitch was the difference in the game,” Helsley said. “I’ll just go out there and try and be better next time.”

Dylan Carlson drove in two runs while Juan Yepez hit two doubles and Edmundo Sosa also had two hits, including a triple and two runs scored for the Cardinals.

Alcantara (8-3) picked up his first victory against his original team. Alcantara improved to 1-3 in five starts against St. Louis. He gave up seven hits and three runs in his second complete game of the season.

“It’s always happy for me pitching here and facing my old team,” Alcantara said. “I just want to do my job and compete. I feel so happy because we win tonight.”

With runners on first and second in the ninth, Mattingly came out to the mound. He didn’t make a move. Alcantara got out of the jam by getting Sosa to hit into a game-ending double play.

“When me came to me, I said, `I got it. I got it.’ I think he has too much confidence in me to finish the game,” Alcantara said. “I don’t have to worry when I have men on base. I know I can throw for a strike and get a double play.”

Mattingly agreed.

“He said he had it and he did,” Mattingly said. “I wasn’t going to promise him two hitters but I gave him that one. He’s pretty special.”

Rookie Andre Pallante threw a career high seven innings for the Cardinals. He allowed two runs and five hits.

A two-run fifth inning put St. Louis ahead 3-2. A sacrifice fly by Brendan Donovan drove in Sosa, who hit a one-out triple. Carlson singled home Andrew Knizner.

St. Louis went ahead 1-0 on an unearned run in the third inning. Sosa singled and stole second. He took third on a grounder to first baseman Garrett Cooper, who made a throwing error. Carlson’s sacrifice fly to right scored Sosa.

An RBI single by Jesus Aguilar in the fourth pulled the Marlins into a 1-1 tie.

Miami took a 2-1 lead when Brian Anderson scored on a double play in the fifth. Anderson walked to begin the inning and two singles loaded the bases. But Pallante escaped with just one run scored on a double play and then a ground out.

The Cardinals are 10-2 in their last 12 games against Miami dating back to the start of 2021. It was the first Cardinals loss to the Marlins in St. Louis since June 20, 2019 – a span of 1,105 days. Miguel Rojas, Cooper and Anderson are the only Marlins who played in that game still with the club.

ROSTER MOVE

Marlins: Recalled 3B Luke Williams from Triple-A Jacksonville. Williams was traded to Miami for Giants INF Hayden Cantrelle on May 26.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: LF Jorge Soler was scratched from the lineup just before the game began due to back discomfort. … 2B Jazz Chisholm Jr. was put on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a right lower back strain. Chisholm Jr. left Tuesday’s game in the bottom of the second with right lower back tightness. … 2B Joey Wendle (right hamstring strain) is slated to return to the Marlins sometime this weekend in Washington after a rehab assignment with Jacksonville.

Cardinals: 2B Nolan Gorman (bruised left hand) was not in the lineup for second straight game. Gorman hurt his hand Monday after fouling off a ball. … LHP Steven Matz and RHP Jordan Hicks both made pitching rehab appearances at Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday. Hicks was scheduled to throw again Wednesday night against Jacksonville and could rejoin St. Louis on its upcoming road trip. Matz is scheduled for a start the game Saturday.

UP NEXT

Marlins: RHP Trevor Rogers (3-6, 5.86) will make his seventh start Friday against the Nationals in Washington. Rogers has faced Washington twice this season, going 2-0 and allowing three runs in 11 innings pitched. Nationals RHP Josiah Gray (6-4, 3.82) has pitched to a 0.82 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP) in his last two home starts after posting an 8.25 ERA (22 ER/24.0 IP) in his first five home starts.

Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (5-5, 2.57) will start Friday’s game in Philadelphia. Mikolas has not faced the Phillies since May 6, 2019 when he threw seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball en route to a 6-0 shutout win. He received a loss in his last start at Citizens Bank Park permitting four runs over five innings in a 6-5 extra-inning walk-off loss on June 18, 2018. The Phillies have yet to name a starter.

Tellez’s 2 HRs, Davis’ super catch send Brewers over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs and Milwaukee center fielder Jonathan Davis made a spectacular catch, sending the Brewers over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Wednesday.

Tellez has five home runs and eight RBIs in his past six games.

Tellez hit his 15th homer, a tiebreaking, solo drive in the eighth inning to right field off reliever Calvin Faucher (1-2). The ball struck the outer C-ring of the catwalk at Tropicana Field.

In the second, Tellez homered to deep center off opener Jalen Beeks.

“Just Rowdy getting rowdy and hitting some homers for us is a big key for our offense,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s not going to happen all the time obviously, but he’s in a little streak right now where he’s hitting some homers and that means runs for us.”

Davis robbed Randy Arozarena of an extra-base hit in the second when he made a flying, over-the-shoulder catch while crashing head-first into the wall. He stayed down for several minutes holding his back and initially stayed in the game before leaving in the bottom of the third with lower back and rib cage discomfort.

“Spectacular, scary … those two words,” Counsell said. “He’s doing pretty good. He is sore. He’s a good center fielder, so I did think he had a chance, but where the ball ended up and how hard it was hit. … for him to get there and put his health and body at risk is brilliant.”

Taylor Walls had a two-run double in the fourth that scored Arozarena and Harold Ramirez to put the Rays ahead 2-1.

Luis Urias’ two-run homer in the fifth off Shawn Armstrong also hit the C-ring in left-center and gave the Brewers a 3-2 lead.

Wander Franco hit an RBI double in the fifth that made it 3-all.

“We have seven hits, I think we left eight or nine guys on base,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “We’ve got to find ways to give our pitches more runs.”

Jace Peterson added a home run in the Brewers ninth.

“You don’t anticipate the home runs,” Cash said. “But you go back and look at the pitches and you understand why they got a hold of them.”

Brad Boxberger (2-1) struck out two in a scoreless seventh to get the win.

Josh Hader started the ninth giving up a single to Francisco Mejia and walking Brujan, but retired the final three batters to pick up his 24th save in 25 attempts.

HALF ON HOMERS

The Brewers hit four home runs for the fourth time this season. Nine of their 10 runs in the two-game set came by the homer. Home runs have accounted for 49.4 percent of Milwaukee’s total runs (169 of 342).

UMPIRE INJURED

Plate umpire David Rackley was hit under the chin by a ball off a foul tip from Urias in the top of the eighth inning. After a lengthy delay, he left the field and was replaced by first base umpire Ryan Wills

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: LHP Aaron Ashby (left forearm) threw a bullpen session and could be available to pitch in the next few days.

Rays: RHP Drew Rasmussen (left hamstring) is expected to be reinserted into the rotation this weekend.

UP NEXT

Milwaukee will send righty Adrian Houser (4-8) to the mound for the start of a four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tampa Bay’s rotation is yet to be determined for its five-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Duvall, Wright lead Braves over Phillies, now 21-5 in June

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Adam Duvall homered, Kyle Wright tossed seven sharp innings and the Atlanta Braves kept rolling this month, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Wednesday night.

The Braves improved to 21-5 in June, matching the team record for most wins in a calendar month since the club moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966. They’ll try to set a new mark when they go for a three-game sweep on Thursday night.

“We’re playing good baseball,” Wright said. “Pitching, hitting, defense, we’re doing it all. I feel like this is what we’re capable of. Just keep it rolling.”

Matt Olson hit a pair of doubles and William Contreras and Michael Harris II also had RBIs for the Braves.

“It’s been a good month,” manager Brian Snitker said.

Rhys Hoskins homered and doubled for Philadelphia, which played without star slugger Bryce Harper for the third straight game. Harper had successful surgery on his broken left thumb earlier in the day.

“We have to remind ourselves that we can’t replace him.There’s no replacing him,” Hoskins said of Harper. “If we just be ourselves, with the caliber of players we have in this room – sure, of course, we’ll miss him – but it doesn’t mean we can’t get to where we want to go with the guys in this room if we commit to being ourselves.”

There is no timetable for Harper’s return, but the Phillies remain hopeful the 2021 NL MVP can play again this season.

Wright (9-4) rebounded from two straight shaky outings and allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts and three walks. He had given up nine earned runs on 21 hits in 11 1/3 innings over his last two starts.

“Good little bounce-back start,” he said.

After Hoskins’ solo shot off the left-field foul pole in the third put Philadelphia ahead, the Braves took control against Ranger Suarez (6-5).

Atlanta took a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Olson led off with his second double of the contest and 43rd extra-base hit of the season before scoring on Contreras’ single.

It looked as if the inning was over when Duvall was ruled out at first to complete a 6-4-3 double play, but the call was overturned after a video review and Marcell Ozuna scored on the grounder.

“Huge in a game like this,” Snitker said of Duvall’s hustle down the line.

Duvall’s solo homer and Harris’ RBI single both came with two outs in the seventh, padding the Braves’ margin to three runs.

With closer Kenley Jansen sidelined on the 15-day IL with an irregular heartbeat, Will Smith finished with a perfect ninth, striking out two, for his third save in six chances.

Suarez gave up four runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

STREAK STOPPED

Kyle Schwarber went 0 for 4 with a pair of strikeouts to snap his on-base streak at 31 consecutive games. It was the longest Phillies streak since Chase Utley reached base in 35 straight in 2006.

KENNEDY HONORED

The Phillies honored the late John Irvin Kennedy, their first African American player, in a pregame ceremony. Kennedy broke the club’s color barrier on April 22, 1957, and went on to play in five games that season, going hitless in two at-bats.

APPEL DEBUT

RHP Mark Appel pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his major league debut. Appel was picked No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros in 2013 and was part of a trade to Philadelphia in 2015. Due to injuries and ineffectiveness, Appel left baseball in 2018 before coming back to the Phillies organization in 2021 and earning a promotion to the majors last Saturday.

“It’s pretty surreal,” Appel said. “I was trying to hold back the tears. It was emotional. It was special.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. (bruised left foot) will rejoin the club in Philadelphia on Thursday and could play that night, Snitker said before the game. Acuna has missed the last three games after fouling a ball off his foot in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the Dodgers. He stayed back in Atlanta for treatment when the Braves traveled to Philadelphia for this three-game series. . LHP Tyler Matzek (left shoulder inflammation) tossed one scoreless inning, striking out two, in a rehab assignment at Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday night. Matzek has been out since May 17.

Phillies: Interim manager Rob Thomson deferred all other questions about the surgery to Harper, who is expected to return to Philadelphia sometime this week to address the situation. Harper was injured on Saturday night by a fastball from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell. . Placed INF Johan Camargo (right knee strain) on the 10-day IL, retroactive to June 26 and transferred RHP James McArthur (right elbow stress reaction) to the 60-day IL. Darick Hall was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley and went 0 for 4 with a strikeout while batting cleanup in his MLB debut. Hall was the first Phillies player to bat cleanup in his MLB debut since LeGrant Scott in 1939.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Ian Anderson (6-4, 4.60) opposes Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (4-5, 2.98) in the finale of the three-game series on Thursday night.

Verlander dominates, Castro homers, Astros beat Mets 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) Justin Verlander has that look: four or five days of stubble when he takes the mound, a focused glare, a game-day demeanor that if not quite ornery is admittedly intense.

“I can’t be that guy that rolls in on start day and is just kind of like loosey-goosey and having fun with guys and then try to turn it on when I take the field,” he said. “It doesn’t work for me.”

Back in the major leagues after missing last year due to Tommy John surgery, Verlander once again is among the best pitchers in the game.

Verlander pitched two-hit ball for eight innings, light-hitting backup catcher Jason Castro lined a two-run drive in the ninth for his first homer this season and the Houston Astros beat the Mets 2-0 Wednesday to send New York to its first three-game skid this season.

“He’s the guy that stops losing streaks. He creates winning streaks,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said.

Verlander (10-3) became the major leagues’ first 10-game winner, striking out six and walking one. The 39-year-old right-hander, a two-time Cy Young Award winner and the 2011 AL MVP, lowered his ERA to 2.03 ERA – third to Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan and Miami’s Sandy Alcantara.

“My curveball this year has been really good,” Verlander said. “My slider is not as good as it was in `19. My fastball has playing pretty well, getting a lot of weak contact, kind of infield popups, high popups. Swing and miss is a little bit down. It’s just interesting. I feel largely the same, but the stuff seems to be playing a little bit different.”

Before the game, Baker compared Verlander’s game-day bearing to Andy Messersmith, Don Sutton and Jerry Reuss – they were Dodgers stars in Dusty’s playing days.

“He didn’t say `good morning’ the other day – he’s ready,” Baker said.

Brandon Nimmo doubled on Verlander’s first pitch, and Pete Alonso walked with two outs to put runners at the corners.

Jeff McNeil fouled off a full-count slider and then a fastball. Verlander shook off Castro four times and followed with one of only three changeups he would throw all day, an outside pitch McNeil chased for strike three.

“It’s gotten me out of a couple jams year,” Verlander said. “In my mind, it was screaming changeup. And I’ve been working on it, and I’m like, all right, well, if there’s ever a time, here it is.”

That started a streak of 12 consecutive hitters retired, including Dominic Smith on a grounder off a game-high 97 mph fastball that ended a 12-pitch at-bat in the fifth. Verlander retired 19 of his last 20 batters, allowing only Ender Enciarte’s infield hit on a checked-swing dribbler in the fifth.

New York’s Taijuan Walker gave up four hits in a season-high 7 1/3 innings – he was replaced with leadoff man Jose Altuve coming up and has not faced a batter four times in a game since 2017.

Kyle Tucker singled leading off the ninth against Drew Smith (1-2) and Castro, who began the day hitting .095 with one RBI in 74 at-bats, homered on a belt-high slider with two outs. Ryan Pressly pitched a perfect bottom half for his 16th save in 19 chances, finishing the Astros’ second two-game sweep of the Mets in a nine-day span.

In the clubhouse after the game, Verlander said he adopted his game-day attitude in 2009 in order to focus.

“This kind of like intensity/anger, whatever you want to call it, started from the second I opened my eyes in the morning,” he said.

Now he waits until heading the ballpark to morph into game mode because “it got a bit tiresome there after a few years of doing it.” His goal was to “be less angry, especially with my family. That’s a big benefit.”

His wife, model Kate Upton, is appreciative along with 3-year-old daughter Genevieve.

“As I’ve gotten older, I’ve been able to kind of like just have this more calm demeanor during the day,” Verlander said. “I’m able to kind of enjoy my wife and my kid and spend some time with them. But I know that she would tell you that I’m still different, quite a bit, on start day and really kind of lock it in on my way to the park.”

SCARY

Astros left fielder Yordan Alvarez and shortstop Jeremy Pena were hurt when they collided in the eighth while running down Dominic Smith’s popup. Both called for the ball and as Pena caught the pop, and they hit each other in the face with their gloves. Alvarez was removed on a cart, sitting up, and Pena walked back to the dugout during the eight-minute delay. Both were walking in the clubhouse postgame, and Baker said the team was awaiting medical reports.

ROAD WARRIORS

In a six-game trip against the Yankees and Mets, the Astros trailed only after two pitches – both walk-off hits by Aaron Judge.

PER CHANCE

Mets third baseman Luis Guillorme had a dozen chances – two putouts and 10 assists. Boston’s Rafael Devers set the record for a nine-inning game with 14 against the Yankees in 2019.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (strained oblique) was to make his second rehab start for Double-A Binghamton, at Hartford on Wednesday night. … RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction right shoulder) threw 27 pitches to batters at Port St. Lucie, Florida and could be ready to start a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Luis Garcia (5-5) starts Thursday’s one-game series at home against the New York Yankees and RHP Luis Severino (4-2), a makeup of a game postponed by the lockout.

Mets: RHP Chris Bassitt (6-5) starts a home series against Texas on Friday night.

Haase’s two-run HR allows Tigers to hold off Giants 3-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Eric Haase hit a two-run homer to break a 1-all tie in the sixth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Wednesday.

It was Haase’s fifth home run of the season and his second in the last three games. Miguel Cabrera also drove in a run for the Tigers, who improved their league-worst road record to 11-23 and split the two-game series.

“Definitely looking slider,” Haase said. “Fortunately for me, I got one in the zone and just something I could handle.”

Added Tigers manager A.J. Hinch: “I loved how he handled the game behind the plate and also came up big with the homer when we needed it to separate us a little bit and give us a little breathing room.”

Rony Garcia (3-2) won his third consecutive start for Detroit, allowing one run on four hits with four strikeouts in five innings. Gregory Soto pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 17 opportunities.

“It was wonderful,” Garcia said through a translator. “It was very, very good. I tried to do the job and fortunately, we were able to win the game today.”

Evan Longoria had a first-inning home run for the Giants, his eighth of the year, but San Francisco couldn’t capitalize on late-inning chances to tie the game.

Down 3-1 in the seventh, the Giants loaded the bases with one out. Mike Yastrzemski grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Tommy La Stella to score and cut the deficit to one. After a walk to Longoria loaded the bases again, Austin Slater struck out on three pitches.

In the eighth, La Stella doubled to left with two outs, but Wilmer Flores grounded out to third to end the inning. Overall, the Giants left nine runners on base.

San Francisco starter Alex Wood (5-7) fanned six in 5 2/3 innings but surrendered three runs on seven hits to take the loss.

“These are the days that are just extremely frustrating,” Wood said. “I felt really good. I thought it was the best my slider’s been in a long time, if not (all) year. So to have that (home run) happen at the end really sucked, to be honest. Just really frustrating.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Michael Pineda (fractured right middle finger) is expected to come off the injured list and start Friday against Kansas City. “We’re not gonna make anything official until likely Friday morning,” Hinch said. “He’s penciled in. That’s about as far as we need to take it.”

Giants: OF LaMonte Wade Jr. returned after missing nearly six weeks with left knee inflammation. Wade led off and went 1 for 5. … LHP Jose Alvarez (lower back tightness) began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, pitching a scoreless inning with one strikeout. “He’s gonna be off today and re-evaluated but it went well so far,” manager Gabe Kapler said. … RHP Jakob Junis (left hamstring strain) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

ROSTER MOVE

The Giants optioned IF/C Yermin Mercedes to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Wade on the active roster.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Pineda (1-2, 3.22 ERA) is expected to come off the IL and open a three-game home series against the Kansas City Royals on Friday. Pineda hasn’t appeared in a game since May 14. Brad Keller (2-9, 4.56) is slated to pitch for KC.

Giants: RHP Alex Cobb (3-3, 5.48) takes the hill Friday as San Francisco welcomes the Chicago White Sox for a three-game series. Lance Lynn (1-1, 6.19) will pitch for Chicago.

Judge, Stanton homer to bail out Taillon, Yanks top A’s 5-3

NEW YORK (AP) Giancarlo Stanton has seen trailing teams lose their fight a few times in his 13 big league seasons. Just not with these New York Yankees.

“We find a way to figure it out every night,” Stanton said. “We’re just like, pushing the envelope, boom-boom-boom, until the game’s over.”

Stanton and Aaron Judge homered to fuel New York’s major league-best 24th comeback victory, bailing out Jameson Taillon in a 5-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

The Yankees completed a three-game sweep of baseball’s worst team and improved to 56-20, matching the 2001 Mariners and 1998 Yankees for baseball’s best 76-game start since 1930.

Taillon gave up three runs in the first inning, but Judge countered with a two-run drive in the first and Stanton hit a three-run homer in the third against Cole Irvin.

The Yankees are 25-1 when Judge and Stanton homer in the same game, including 9-0 this season.

Taillon (9-1) grinded through five innings, and Clay Holmes pitched the ninth for his 14th save to end a seven-game homestand. Next, New York starts a season-high 11-day, 10-game trip with one game in Houston – a quirk of the sport’s reconfigured schedule after a lockout delayed opening day.

Judge’s homer was his major league-leading 29th, and his past five have come with New York either trailing or tied.

He’s on pace for 62 this season, which would be most in the majors since Stanton hit 59 in 2017.

“It’d be great if it happened,” Judge said. “It’ll be something that’s pretty cool, but I think having a ring on my finger at the end of the year would be even better.”

“Definitely capable of doing it,” Stanton said about his teammate’s chances of reaching 60.

Stanton reached for Irvin’s changeup off the outside edge of the plate and swatted it over the right-field wall. It was Stanton’s 19th homer of the season, with five in his past six games.

“Hit it like only him and Judgey can kind of hit it that way,” manager Aaron Boone said.

The Yankees have 57 homers in June, surpassing the 2016 Orioles and 2019 Braves for most ever in the month.

Irvin (2-6) allowed six hits, but he covered seven innings with 103 pitches.

Taillon struggled against a lineup that didn’t include any player with a batting average higher than .234. Seth Brown’s one-out double sparked a three-run first inning, which included a two-run double by Stephen Piscotty and a run-scoring single by Elvis Andrus.

Taillon labored after that, too, but didn’t give up any more runs. He stranded six runners over his final four innings, including the bases loaded in the second. He allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked two.

“I knew that my delivery felt good today, I thought the stuff was still good,” Taillon said. “I just had to sharpen up the command a little bit.”

Taillon also drudged through his previous start, allowing six runs over 5 2/3 innings against Houston in a game New York came back to win 7-6. The past two outings have spiked Taillon’s ERA from 2.70 to 3.32.

Piscotty had two hits, his first since returning from the injured list Tuesday from a calf strain.

“In his last two nights, his at-bats have looked good,” A’s manager Kotsay said. “He’s a professional hitter, he’s got a track record and any type of success is great for any hitter, regardless of the time they’ve been off or what they’re going through offensively.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: 2B Jed Lowrie was out of the lineup with an achy left shoulder, and Oakland hasn’t ruled out a potential move to the injured list.

Yankees: LHP Aroldis Chapman (left Achilles tendinitis) could be activated Thursday, but Friday is more likely. He last pitched for the Yankees on May 22. … RHP Ryan Weber was selected from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … 2B Gleyber Torres was back in the lineup after getting a cortisone injection in his right wrist Monday.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Adrian Martinez will be recalled from Triple-A to start in Seattle on Thursday night. Martinez pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings against Detroit on May 10 in his only career major league appearance.

Yankees: Play at Houston on Thursday before starting a series in Cleveland on Friday. RHP Luis Severino (4-2, 3.38 ERA) will face Astros RHP Luis Garcia (5-5, 3.68 ERA) in a de facto rubber match after the teams split a four-game series in the Bronx last weekend.

Julio Rodríguez hits 12th HR as Mariners topple Orioles 9-3

SEATTLE (AP) Julio Rodriguez claimed not taking a peek at where his 12th home run of the season finally came to rest.

Maybe he should have. Not many homers at T-Mobile Park land where the 21-year-old deposited his latest longball.

“That’s a long way to home run in this ballpark. You don’t see it too often,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Rodriguez hit a two-run homer as part of Seattle’s six-run fourth inning, and the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 on Wednesday for their seventh win in nine games.

The Mariners took two of three from Baltimore and continued a stretch of good baseball after a 5-1 road trip last week.

Rodriguez’s long ball was the highlight on a day there was finally plenty of offense for Seattle starter Chris Flexen. Rodriguez’s shot was estimated at 431 feet and landed in the first row of the second deck in left-center field.

Rodriguez, who was the AL rookie of the month in May, could be in line to win the award again in June. He’s hitting .288 with seven doubles, six homers and 15 RBIs for the month.

“I feel pretty good about the year that I’m having. I feel pretty good and the way that I’m helping the team,” Rodriguez said. “I don’t want to say I didn’t have expectations, but I just kind of let everything flow.”

He wasn’t alone in giving the Mariners an offensive jolt and it was the bottom of the lineup that provided the greatest impact. Abraham Toro, Adam Frazier and Sam Haggerty combined for seven hits and six runs scored. Haggerty had two doubles and a bunt single.

Servais was thrilled Seattle had three sacrifice flies as well. The Mariners started the day with just 16 on the season. Seattle was also 5 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

“I think anybody who watches us on a daily basis understands the situational heating and getting guys in from third, and getting that big hit with runners in scoring position has been a struggle for us. But we did a lot of really good things today,” Servais said.

Flexen (4-8) had received zero or one run of support while on the mound in nine of his first 14 starts this season, so getting nine runs was a welcomed change.

Given the big lead, Flexen cruised through six innings allowed three runs on seven hits. Trey Mancini had a two-run double and Ryan Mountcastle an RBI double. Seattle starters have allowed three earned runs or less in 26 of the past 27 outings.

Baltimore starter Austin Voth (0-1) lasted just three innings pitching against his hometown team for the first time in his career. Voth allowed four hits, but only one earned run in his third start with the Orioles this season.

Reliever Nick Vespi was roughed up for six runs on six hits and recorded just one out.

“Nick’s been great for us. He’s really thrown the ball well,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “He just left some balls elevated a little bit.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: OF Taylor Trammell was placed on the 10-day injured list after re-aggravating a right hamstring injury from earlier in the season. Trammell missed time while in the minors at the start of the season due to the injury. He was hurt running out a grounder in Tuesday’s game. Servais said Trammell is likely out at least a couple of weeks. … Seattle selected OF Marcus Wilson and recalled IF/OF Sam Haggerty from Triple-A Tacoma. IF Kevin Padlo was optioned to Tacoma and C Tom Murphy was transferred to the 60-day IL to clear a 40-man spot for Wilson.

DEBUT

Wilson made his debut in the majors as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and walked. Wilson, 25, was a second-round pick by Arizona in 2014. He was claimed off waivers by Seattle last year.

UP NEXT

Orioles: After a day off, Baltimore will open a three-game series in Minnesota on Friday. The Orioles have not announced a starter for that game.

Mariners: RHP Logan Gilbert (8-3, 2.44) looks to strengthen his case for an All-Star nod as Seattle opens a series against Oakland. Gilbert has won three of his last four decisions and tossed at least five innings in every start this season.

Reynolds 3 HRs, 6 RBIs as Pirates snap skid, beat Nationals

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryan Reynolds hit a career-high three homers and drove in six runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Washington Nationals 8-7 on Wednesday.

“I think Bryan Reynolds carried us to a win tonight,” said Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said, whose Pirates ended a five-game losing streak. “We kind of jumped on his shoulders.”

Reynolds had a two-run homer in the first inning off starter Paolo Espino and a solo drive in the sixth off Carl Edwards Jr. (2-2). Edwards exited with two runners on base in the seventh, giving way to Kyle Finnegan.

After Ke’Bryan Hayes struck out, Reynolds launched Finnegan’s elevated sinker into the visitors’ bullpen in left-center for a three-run homer that put the Pirates up 8-6. It was Pittsburgh’s only hit in 18 at-bats with runners in scoring position during the series.

“I guess it feels kind of surreal,” Reynolds said. “It was a good day at the plate.”

Reynolds struck out swinging in the ninth when he came up with a chance to tie the major league record of four home runs in a game. But the six RBIs are a career high for Reynolds, who became the second Pirates player to homer three times in a game this season (Jack Suwinski did it June 19).

Reynolds is hitting .337 (34 of 101) with 19 RBIs this month and eight of his 15 home runs have come in June.

Daniel Vogelbach also homered for Pittsburgh.

The Pirates denied Washington its first three-game home sweep of Pittsburgh since June 14-16, 2021. Yadiel Hernandez homered for the Nationals, who stranded 10 runners and had won three in a row and six of eight.

Chase De Jong (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Rookie Yerry De Los Santos worked a perfect ninth for his first career save.

“First professional save in a situation where we’ve lost five games in a row, I give Yerry a ton of credit,” Shelton said. “He stayed probably a lot calmer than I was.”

Pittsburgh scored its fourth run in unusual fashion. With one out in the fifth inning and the score tied at 3, Hoy Park was on second and Suwinski was on third. Hayes lined to Washington first baseman Josh Bell as both runners took off. Bell threw to third baseman Ehire Adrianza, who tagged Park and then stepped on the base.

Umpires invoked the “fourth out” rule, since Washington did not ask for an appeal before its pitcher and infielders left the field. Since Suwinski crossed the plate before Park was tagged, his run counted even though he hadn’t tagged up.

“When the third baseman tagged the runner, the third base umpire pointed and said, `He’s out. The runner’s out for the third out,'” crew chief Mark Wegner told a pool reporter. “Now at that point, if the third baseman wants to say, `I want to appeal that the guy that just scored from third left early,’ then we can call what’s called the `fourth out’ and then he can step on the base for that. But it has to be an intentional type thing.”

Washington manager Dave Martinez remained frustrated with the call after the one-run loss.

“I felt like we did everything right,” Martinez said. “We caught the ball. He threw it. He tagged the runner and the base. They said he didn’t touch the base.”

Pittsburgh starter Mitch Keller gave up five runs in four-plus innings, allowing nine hits and four walks while striking out four. Espino allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings, including Vogelbach’s solo homer in the fourth.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Pirates: OF Jake Marisnick was 1 for 4 for Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday in his first rehabilitation assignment game since undergoing left thumb surgery May 12. . OF Ben Gamel (left hamstring), INF Kevin Newman (left groin strain) and 1B/DH Yoshi Tsutsugo (lumbar muscle strain) all continued rehab assignments with Indianapolis on Tuesday. . INF/OF Tucupita Marcano (COVID-19), LHP Dillon Peters (back strain) and RHP Duane Underwood Jr. (COVID-19) began rehab assignments Tuesday at Double-A Altoona.

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (cervical nerve impingement) allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday in a rehab start for Triple-A Rochester. . RHP Mason Thompson (biceps strain) threw two scoreless innings Tuesday for Rochester.

UP NEXT

Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (1-7, 4.14 ERA) gets the ball as Pittsburgh returns home Thursday to begin a four-game series against Milwaukee.

Nationals: Washington has Thursday off. RHP Josiah Gray (6-4, 3.82) starts Friday in the opener of a four-game series against Miami as the Nationals’ homestand continues.

Clevinger 1-hit ball for 6 innings, Padres beat Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) Mike Clevinger outpitched Madison Bumgarner by throwing one-hit ball for six innings in his longest outing of the year, leading the San Diego Padres over the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-0 Wednesday.

Jake Cronenworth broke out of a 0-for-26 skid with two doubles and a single, driving in two runs and scoring once.

Clevinger (2-0) struck out six and walked one.

It was the second time in less than a week that Clevinger faced the Diamondbacks, again baffling them with his unorthodox delivery. In his previous outing, he went four innings and allowed one run and four hits.

Nick Martinez threw three in relief to complete the shutout. He gave up two hits and got his second save.

Bumgarner (3-8) allowed one run and four hits in five innings.

In the fifth, Jurickson Profar walked with two outs and Austin Nola singled, setting up Cronenworth’s RBI single.

C.J. Abrams hit an RBI single in the sixth against reliever Kyle Nelson, a run helped by two walks and an errant pickoff throw.

Cronenworth doubled in the seventh and scored on a single by Luke Voit.

Cronenworth doubled off the center field walk in the ninth to score Profar. Batting leadoff, Profar drew three walks and scored twice.

TRAINERS ROOM

Padres: 3B Manny Machado (sprained left ankle) ran the bases prior to the game for the second day in a row, giving the trainer a thumbs-up afterwards. Machado has not played since injuring the ankle on June 19, but has avoided his first IL stint since 2014

Diamondbacks: RHP Zach Davies (right shoulder inflammation) said there was no timetable yet for when he might resume throwing and that it’s likely there would be more imaging prior to beginning a throwing program.

UP NEXT

Arizona will have an off day before facing the Rockies at Coors Field on Friday. RHP Merrill Kelly (6-5, 3.64 ERA) gets the start for the D-backs.

San Diego heads to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers on Thursday. RHP Joe Musgrove (8-1, 2.12 ERA) starts for the Padres.

Mets’ deGrom, Scherzer take next steps toward rejoining Mets

NEW YORK (AP) Mets aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer took their next steps Wednesday toward returning to New York’s rotation.

DeGrom, sidelined since last July 7, threw 27 pitches to hitters in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and could progress to a minor league injury rehabilitation assignment.

“We’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said after watching on video from Citi Field. “Tomorrow, if he feels well, we’ll probably be able to talk about that next step.”

A two-time Cy Young Award winner, the 34-year-old right-hander missed the second half of last season because of right forearm tightness. He returned and made spring training starts on March 22 and 27, then was sidelined by a stress reaction in his right scapula that caused inflammation. He did not throw another bullpen session until June 4.

“He hasn’t had anything that has taken him off schedule so far,” Showalter said. “You can tell he’s upbeat about where he is. The body language, more than anything.”

Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, has been sidelined since straining his left oblique muscle while pitching against St. Louis on May 18. He was to make his second rehab start for the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies on Wednesday night, taking the mound against the Hartford Yard Goats.

“I was going to send him a ‘good luck with the Yard Goats,’ but I don’t think he’d take it well,” Showalter said. “I think I will, anyway.”

Scherzer threw 65 pitches last Tuesday for Binghamton against Reading, allowing two runs and three hits in 3 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and a walk.

After agreeing to a $130 million, three-year contract, baseball’s highest average salary, Scherzer is 6-2 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts.

St. Pete mayor reopens talks on future of Rays stadium site

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, is reopening talks about the future of the Tropicana Field site where baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays play their home games.

Mayor Ken Welch said Wednesday that two previous proposals for the 86-acre (348,000-square-meter) downtown location are being scrapped, with a new round of plans to be solicited beginning in mid-August. Welch, St. Petersburg’s first Black mayor, has made a priority of including such things as affordable housing and greater job opportunities along with Rays baseball.

Welch said the goal is to choose a new redevelopment plan by year’s end. The Rays’ Tropicana Field lease is up in 2027 and Welch said the new plan should envision including a stadium at the site.

“I don’t believe waiting a few months to get this right is unreasonable,” the mayor said at a news conference near Tropicana Field. “I think St. Petersburg is the best opportunity for the Rays. It’s about making sure we’ve got the right plan for where we are in 2022.”

The Rays have played at the domed, tilted Tropicana Field since their inaugural 1998 season. The site is in the former Gas Plant neighborhood, where Black-owned businesses and homes were uprooted for the stadium’s original development and, before that, interstate highway construction. Welch said a goal is to restore some of that former neighborhood, where his father ran a wood yard business years ago.

“It’s about rebuilding a community that was there and was dispersed,” he said, holding an axe handle from his father’s business.

Despite regular success on the field, the Rays consistently have among the lowest attendance figures in Major League Baseball. The team has looked into moving, perhaps in Tampa’s Ybor City area, and also discussed splitting the season between St. Petersburg and Montreal until MLB called a halt to that idea.

The previous bidders for the plan – developers Sugar Hill and Midtown Development – can submit new proposals under the new process, Welch said. The former mayor, Rick Kriseman, had chosen the Midtown plan just before leaving office.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in June that the Rays and Oakland Athletics need to reach new ballpark deals soon and left open the possibility of considering relocation if agreements are not struck.

“There is urgency with respect to Tampa,” Manfred said during a news conference following an owners meeting. “There needs to be a resolution in the Tampa Bay region for the Rays.”

Welch said the new redevelopment plan should bring certainty to the Rays and rebuild, to some extent, the community that was torn apart by previous projects.

“We’ve been waiting for decades,” the mayor said. “The Rays stadium question has to be answered.”

Report: NBA salary cap will jump to $123.6 million for 2022-23

The NBA is projecting a $123.6-million salary cap for the 2022-23 campaign, sources told ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

That figure represents an approximate 10% increase from last season’s mark.

It’s the second consecutive campaign that the league’s cap will increase year-over-year. After several years of growth, the spending limit was unchanged from 2019-20 to 2020-21 at $109.1 million, courtesy of Basketball-Reference. That was predominantly due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the cap saw a slight increase last season when it settled at $112.4 million.

The figure of $123.6 million falls right in line with the NBA’s last reported projections, when it estimated a $122-million cap, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. At the time, the league was reportedly predicting the luxury-tax threshold to reach $149 million.

The NBA operates with a “soft” baseline cap, which allows teams to exceed the annual marker in specific situations or by signing players using certain contract exceptions. However, any increases to the lower limit mean players who sign max contracts worth an annual percentage of the salary cap would earn corresponding raises in their pay.

NBA free agency opens Thursday, starting deal-making season

(AP) — Let the talking begin. The trading, too, and eventually the signing.

Free agency officially opens Thursday in the NBA, with teams able to begin negotiating at 6 p.m. Eastern with players who are not under contract – although, in reality, free agency and the slew of offseason movement is already off and running.

James Harden declined his $47 million option for next season with Philadelphia on Wednesday and became a free agent – but told the team he intends to stay on a new deal that will allow the 76ers the flexibility they need to sign other players this summer, according to a person with direct knowledge of that situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Harden nor the 76ers confirmed those plans publicly.

And Harden’s decision came almost simultaneously Wednesday with another massive move – the San Antonio Spurs are trading All-Star guard Dejounte Murray to the Atlanta Hawks for Danilo Gallinari and three first-round picks, according to another person with direct knowledge of the terms of that deal who spoke to AP with anonymity because the trade had not been announced by either side. ESPN first reported the completion of that deal, which pairs Murray with another All-Star in Trae Young in the Hawks’ backcourt.

Kyrie Irving and Russell Westbrook have already made their decisions; both could have been free agents this summer and found a combined 84 million reasons not to hit the open market – $47 million for Westbrook to opt-in for the last year of his deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, and nearly $37 million for Irving to do the same with the Brooklyn Nets.

Jalen Brunson will be in demand early, with the expectation that he’ll quickly agree to leave Dallas and become the new point guard in New York. And there will be players who might decide to look elsewhere, or accept huge $200-million-plus deals with their current teams – opportunities that are presenting themselves to Zach LaVine with Chicago and Bradley Beal with Washington.

The largest deal, in terms of actual dollars, coming in the next few days almost certainly won’t have anything to do with a free agent: All signs point to two-time reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic being offered a supermax extension in the $260 million range by the Denver Nuggets. The only question there will be how quickly he finds a pen to put to that paper.

Minnesota can give Karl-Anthony Towns a supermax of about $210 million this summer, as can Phoenix with Devin Booker.

Other players are restricted free agents, meaning their current teams will have the right to match offers from other clubs. The most notable name on that list is Deandre Ayton, the Phoenix center who was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft but watched others in his draft class get their first extensions last summer.

Some players will be free agents in name only. John Wall, for example, will get $41 million in a buyout from the Houston Rockets, and has already decided that he wants to play for the Los Angeles Clippers next season. The Clippers are expected to use a $6.4 million exception to sign Wall, and that figure matches the money that Wall gave back to make the buyout of what would have been the final year of his contract happen.

“We’ll see what happens as free agency opens up and everything else,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said. “I think the sky’s the limit for our team. The sky is the limit. … And of course, you’ve got to have a little bit of luck to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, which is what we’d really like.”

That will be everyone’s goal come 6 p.m. Thursday, to find ways to get closer to the Larry O’Brien, whether that’s in 2023 or beyond.

Such thinking even applies to the champion Golden State Warriors, who have a slew of rotation players – Kevon Looney, Otto Porter, Gary Payton II among them – who just last week were enjoying a parade through San Francisco and are now free to go elsewhere if the opportunities and dollars are right.

“We still do need to surround the team with vets and that’s the plan in free agency,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said. “It’s easier to get some of the older players, we think, in free agency than young players. Young players are probably the most in-demand in free agency.”

True, and that’s another element of this time of year: Young players, and not grabbing them in free agency this year, but keeping them out of free agency in future years.

Ja Morant will surely be offered a max rookie extension by Memphis, one that will kick in with the 2023-24 season. The Zion Williamson situation in New Orleans will be interesting, as the Pelicans decide how much to offer to – or safely structure a deal for – a No. 1 pick who has missed the majority of his first three NBA seasons because of injury issues. Miami is planning to offer sixth man of the year Tyler Herro an extension, though the Heat will have to determine what number makes the most sense for them going forward.

And, of course, there is a LeBron James angle: The Los Angeles Lakers were a disaster last season and will aim to revamp their roster, plus can give James a two-year extension in August worth nearly $100 million. But before he signs, they have far more pressing concerns.

Officially, it all starts Thursday. A new season is already here.

AP source: Harden declines $47M option with Philadelphia

(AP) — James Harden is taking less with hopes the Philadelphia 76ers can do more.

A person familiar with the situation said Harden chose not to exercise his $47.4 million option for next season and will become a free agent – but with no designs on leaving Philadelphia. Harden made the decision to allow the 76ers the flexibility they need to sign other players this summer, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither side confirmed those plans publicly.

That will be a major factor when the NBA opens the free agency negotiating window at 6 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, with Philadelphia among the teams that will be expected to target Miami forward P.J. Tucker, among others.

The most likely scenario for Harden now is this: The 10-time All-Star signs a new deal with Philadelphia, for something close to that $47.4 million number, after the team has addressed other needs and improved its chances of becoming a true championship contender in 2023. If Harden had opted in before his Wednesday afternoon deadline, Philadelphia would have had a much more difficult time in finding financial pathways toward luring free agents.

His decision Wednesday backed up what Harden said May 12, when Philadelphia’s season ended in the second round of the playoffs – a six-game loss to top-seeded Miami.

“I’ll be here,” Harden said that night when asked about his future. “Yeah, I’ll be here. Whatever makes this team, whatever allows this team to continue to grow and get better and do the things necessary to win and compete at the highest level.”

Harden is a three-time scoring champion and averaged 22.0 points and 10.3 assists during his time with Brooklyn and Philadelphia last season. The seven-time All-NBA player was the 2018 NBA MVP anda member of the league’s 75th anniversary team.

AP source: Nuggets and Wizards agree to 4-player swap

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a deal that would send guards Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Washington Wizards for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced. It’s not likely to be finalized until the league’s offseason moratorium is lifted on July 6.

The trade becomes the latest move by Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth to reshape the lineup around two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. Barton and Morris were both starters last season on a Nuggets team that was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by eventual champion Golden State.

ESPN and The Athletic were the first to announce a deal was in the works.

Barton averaged 14.7 points and Morris 12.6 points on an injury-riddled Denver team that was missing point guard Jamal Murray (ACL recovery) for the entire year and Michael Porter Jr. (back) for most of it.

Both Barton and Morris have been key components, but the emergence of Bones Hyland gave the Nuggets the flexibility to orchestrate this type of trade.

Caldwell-Pope started 77 games for Washington, where he averaged 13.2 points and shot 39% from 3-point range. On top of that – and this should endear him to Denver coach Michael Malone – he’s a strong perimeter defender.

The 29-year-old Caldwell-Pope won an NBA title with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020.

Smith is on the verge of joining his 13th NBA team. He started last season with Charlotte and was dealt to the Wizards in February. He played in 28 games for Washington.

The trade would be the second by Booth since gaining more front-office responsibility following Tim Connelly’s departure to Minnesota. Just before the draft, the Nuggets traded JaMychal Green and a 2027 protected first-round draft pick to Oklahoma City for Peyton Watson and two future second-round picks.

On draft night, Denver selected guard Christian Braun out of Kansas with the 21st pick. Braun helped the Jayhawks capture the NCAA national championship with a 12-point, 12-rebound performance in the title game.

Booth said at the draft the team has “work to do still this summer.”

“We’re trying to put together a team that’s going to maximize Joker’s peak years,” Booth added. “Right now, we have a lot of veterans and we have a good roster but probably have some more tweaking to do before we can say we’re done with the roster.”

Williams, Calhoun among coaches headed to college hoops Hall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Roy Williams and Jim Calhoun will join John Beilein and Lon Kruger in a star-studded cast of coaches who will be inducted into the National College Basketball Hall of Fame in November.

Another longtime coach, Jerry Krause of Eastern Washington, will join the quartet along with players Richard Hamilton of UConn, Larry Miller of North Carolina, Frank Selvy of Furman and Jimmy Walker of Providence.

The date of the induction ceremony has not been announced, but it typically coincides with the Hall of Fame Classic, which is set for Nov. 21-22 at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Williams retired in 2021 after leading two of college basketball’s bluebloods, Kansas and North Carolina, to a combined 903 wins – the third most for a Division I coach – and nine Final Four appearances. He spent his first 15 seasons with the Jayhawks before returning to his alma mater in 2003, where he led the Tar Heels to three national championships in 18 seasons.

Calhoun won three national championships at UConn, the first of them with Hamilton, who was voted the Final Four’s MVP after the Huskies beat Duke for the 1999 title. Calhoun’s other championships came in 2004 and 2011, making him one of six coaches in Division I history with at least three national titles.

Calhoun won 920 games with UConn, Northeastern and Division III Saint Joseph, where he finished his career in 2021.

Beilein won 829 games between stops at Erie Community College, Nazareth, Le Moyne, Canisius, Richmond, West Virginia and Michigan. The latter is where he became school’s winningest coach and had a pair of Final Four appearances.

Kruger also made two Final Four trips, first with Florida and then with Oklahoma, while leading five programs to the NCAA Tournament.

Krause spent 17 seasons at Eastern Washington, ushering the program from NAIA status to the Division I level.

Among the players, Miller starred on Dean Smith’s first two Final Four teams at North Carolina in the 1960s and remains one of three players in ACC history to win player of the year and tournament MVP in consecutive seasons. Selvy led Division I in scoring in 1953 and 1954, when he averaged 41.7 points for Furman. Walker led Providence to a pair of NCAA Tournaments in the 1960s, twice earning All-American honors while averaging 25.2 points for his career.

Big 12 picks Roc Nation’s Brett Yormark as next commissioner

DALLAS (AP) Brett Yormark, an executive with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and former CEO of the Brooklyn Nets, was named Big 12 commissioner Wednesday, another unconventional hire by a major conference amid the rapidly changing landscape of college athletics.

Yormark is taking over for Bob Bowlsby, who came to the league a decade ago after stints as athletic director at Stanford, Iowa and Northern Iowa.

The background for Yormark isn’t in college athletics, but could play an interesting role for a conference bracing for challenges in revenue with the impending departures of Oklahoma and Texas while adjusting to athletes cashing in on use of their celebrity.

Yormark is expected to start Aug. 1, but will be likely to make his first public appearance at Big 12 football media days in the Dallas area July 13-14.

“I’m here to listen, learn, find ways to add value, add resources and try to help shine a light on the importance of college athletics,” Yormark said. “I look forward to leveraging my experience and network alongside our presidents, chancellors and athletic directors to shape the future of the Big 12 brand and emphasize our collective strengths.”

The hiring of Yormark is similar to the Pac-12’s choice for commissioner last year – former MGM Resorts International executive George Kliavkoff, who also had an extensive background in digital media.

The biggest issue looming for Yormark is a new media rights deal without the powerful brands of the Sooners and Longhorns in the mix. The multibillion-dollar TV deal with ESPN and Fox Sports expires after the 2024-25 academic year, when Oklahoma and Texas will join the Southeastern Conference if they haven’t already moved before then.

Within weeks of OU and Texas accepting invitations from the SEC, the Big 12 expanded by adding BYU, UCF, Cincinnati and Houston. It could be a 14-team league for two years if the Sooners and Longhorns don’t leave early.

Yormark joined Jay-Z’s marketing agency in 2019 as co-CEO of Roc Nation Unified, which handles licensing and branding. The 55-year-old was promoted to the company’s overall chief operating officer in January.

Before Roc Nation, Yormark spent almost 15 years with the Nets, overseeing the club’s move from New Jersey and construction of the Barclays Center. Yormark left the Nets after Joseph Tsai bought controlling interesting in 2019.

Yormark was with NASCAR before the Nets, overseeing the $750 million agreement with Nextel Communications for naming rights to the circuit’s top racing series.

“Brett is one of the most skilled and knowledgeable executives in sports and entertainment,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “His decades of operational experience, relentless work ethic and strong industry relationships will be of enormous value to the Big 12, its schools and fans.”

Yormark joins the Big 12 in a period of uncertainty, although not one as dire as when Bowlsby took over. The 70-year-old Bowlsby is retiring but planning to transition into an interim role until his contract expires in 2025.

The league in 2012 was coming off a two-year period when it lost four schools to three other conferences and at times appeared on the brink of collapse. The Big 12 eventually settled as a 10-team league with the additions of TCU and West Virginia, and secured the lucrative media deal not long after hiring Bowlsby.

The Big 12 enjoyed almost a decade of relative stability before the stunner from Oklahoma and Texas last summer. Now the conference has to battle the perception that the loss of the Sooners and Longhorns has dropped it a notch below the other Power Five conferences.

Emoni Bates says he’s transferring to hometown E. Michigan

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) Emoni Bates, one of the top recruits in the 2021 men’s basketball recruiting class, says he is transferring from Memphis to Eastern Michigan.

Bates, in an Instagram post Wednesday, announced his decision to return to his hometown of Ypsilanti to play for the Eagles of the Mid-American Conference. An EMU spokesman said he could not confirm Bates’ transfer.

Bates averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game his freshman season at Memphis and started 13 of 18 games. He missed 15 games because of a back injury before appearing in the Tigers’ two NCAA Tournament games.

The 6-foot-9 forward announced in April that he would leave Memphis and later said he would decide among Michigan, Arkansas, Seton Hall, DePaul, Louisville and Eastern Michigan.

Bates originally was on track to be in the 2022 recruiting class, but last summer he reclassified to the class of 2021 and signed with Penny Hardaway at Memphis after de-committing from Michigan State.

Eastern Michigan was 10-21 overall and 5-15 in the MAC last season and has not appeared in the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

LA Kings get Kevin Fiala in trade with Minnesota Wild

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have acquired high-scoring forward Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for their first-round pick in the upcoming draft and prospect Brock Faber.

The Kings confirmed the deal Wednesday for the restricted free agent. They are expected to sign the Swiss star to a long-term contract extension.

Fiala was one of the most attractive potential acquisitions in the NHL this summer after putting up career highs of 33 goals and 52 assists for the Wild last season. The left wing seems to be a perfect fit on the top line for the Kings, who ended their three-year playoff drought last spring despite scoring fewer goals than every postseason team except Dallas.

The Wild get the 19th overall pick in the draft along with Faber, the Kings’ second-round pick in 2020 and a star defenseman at the University of Minnesota.

Saddled with the hefty salary cap hits from last summer’s buyouts of left wing Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter, Wild general manager Bill Guerin all but predicted he’d have to trade Fiala to stay under the cap after giving hefty long-term contracts last year to Kirill Kaprizov and Joel Eriksson Ek.

Fiala can become a restricted free agent next month. Realizing his bigger payday would come, he signed a $5.1 million contract for the 2021-22 season and flourished at left wing on a line with rookie Matt Boldy and center Frederick Gaudreau. One of only two Wild skaters to play in all 82 regular-season games, Fiala blew away his previous career bests in points and assists.

He disappeared in the playoffs for the second straight year, though. Fiala went scoreless in a six-game loss to St. Louis in the first round. Last year, he had one goal in a seven-game ouster by Vegas.

In Los Angeles, Fiala seems likely to slot in alongside veteran center Anze Kopitar and All-Star right wing Adrian Kempe on the top line of an up-and-coming team.

Fiala had 79 goals and 107 assists in 215 games for the Wild, after arriving in a midseason trade with Nashville on Feb. 25, 2019, for Mikael Granlund.

Faber was just named a captain by Minnesota coach Bob Motzko for the coming season, a sure sign he’s returning to the Gophers for his junior year. The 19-year-old is from Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Kadri: I’d love to stay with Avs, but ‘I’ve shown what my worth is’

Nazem Kadri is set to cash in after enjoying a career year right before entering unrestricted free agency. Even though his value is at an all-time high, his No. 1 choice would be returning to the Colorado Avalanche.

“How could it not be?” Kadri said on Sportsnet’s Real Kyper and Bourne.

He added: “The Kroenkes have been great supporters of mine and made it clear to me that they’d like me to stay also, but we understand that there’s a business aspect involved. We’re going to try to work together.”

Kadri set personal bests in assists (59) and points (87) in just 71 games and came up four goals shy of matching his career high of 32. He was excellent during the postseason, too, registering 15 points in 16 games. Kadri also scored the overtime winner in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in his first contest back from thumb surgery.

Even though he’s set to enter his age-32 campaign, Kadri will be a hot commodity on the open market.

“I’ve shown what my worth is, and I’m just looking forward to watching this all develop,” he said.

Kadri’s previous contract paid him $4.5 million annually, but he’s expected to receive a sizable raise – whether it be from Colorado or another team.

2-time Wimbledon champ Murray loses to Isner in 2nd round

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) The recurring cries of “Come on, Andy!” at Centre Court meandered somewhere along the continuum from pushing to pleading as two-time champion Andy Murray’s shortest stay at Wimbledon came to a close.

Unable to overcome big John Isner’s big serves, the way he always has in the past, the revered Murray lost in the second round to the 20th-seeded American 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 6-4 on Wednesday night at the All England Club, capping a disappointing afternoon and evening in the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s main stadium for the locals.

Prior to Murray vs. Isner, the host country’s other leading player, reigning U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu, was eliminated by Caroline Garcia of France 6-3, 6-3.

Asked whether he plans to be back a year from now, the 35-year-old Murray replied: “It depends on how I am physically. If physically I feel good, we’ll try to keep playing. But it’s extremely difficult, with the problems I’ve had with my body the last few years, to make predictions.”

Murray needed multiple operations on his hip and now has an artificial joint. He also recently dealt with an abdominal issue that hampered his preparations last week.

In addition to becoming Britain’s first men’s singles title winner in 77 years at Wimbledon when he claimed the trophy in 2013 – and adding another in 2016 – Murray always had managed to make it to at least the third round in his 13 prior appearances. He lost that early twice, in his 2005 debut and in 2021.

“It’s no secret that I am most definitely not a better tennis player than Andy Murray. I might have been just a little bit better than him today. It was an incredible honor to play him on this court, in front of this crowd,” said the 37-year-old Isner, who won the longest match in tennis history by a 70-68 score in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010 and reached the semifinals there in 2018. “At the age I’m at now, I need to relish these moments. This was one of the biggest wins of my career.”

Murray can still hit crisp, clean groundstrokes, and he accumulated merely 13 unforced errors to 39 winners against the 6-foot-10 (2.08-meter) Isner. And Murray can still return about as well as anyone, often getting serves topping 130 mph (210 kph) back over the net. But he could not quite do that enough: Isner hit 36 aces – moving him four away from Ivo Karlovic’s total of 13,728, a record since the ATP began tracking that stat in 1991 – and delivered another 60 unreturned serves across the match’s nearly 3 1/2 hours.

Murray, who entered the day 8-0 against Isner, only managed to obtain two break points. Both came after about a dozen minutes of play, right after Isner broke to go up 2-1 in the opening set.

Isner erased the first with a drop volley winner, part of a tremendous display of deft touch up at the net, where he won the point on 43 of 61 trips forward.

“This is why I still play,” Isner said. “This is why I work hard.”

When the second break chance for Murray arrived moments later, Isner got out of the game this way: 128 mph (206 kph) ace, 126 mph (203 kph) ace, 134 mph (216 kph) service winner.

Murray made things interesting by taking the third-set tiebreaker, celebrating by hopping around and shouting and pumping his right fist while the crowd rose and roared.

But Isner quickly broke to go up 3-2 in the fourth and that, essentially, was that.

How did Isner hold off any chance of a comeback by Murray?

“I served,” Isner said with a laugh. “That’s really all it came down to. I guess I didn’t give him many opportunities to spin his web and get me tangled up in it. If I got embroiled in too many rallies with him, it just wasn’t going to go well for me. I had an incredible serving day and I needed every single bit of it to beat him.”

Next for Isner is a third-round matchup against No. 10 seed Jannik Sinner. Other men who won Wednesday included three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and No. 5 Carlos Alcaraz, while No. 3 Casper Ruud – the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the French Open – lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, 6-4 to Ugo Humbert, and No. 15 Reilly Opelka was defeated by Tim Van Rijthoven 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4).

Only four of the top 11 men in the ATP rankings are in the bracket after Day 3.

In addition to No. 10 Raducanu’s exit, No. 2 Anett Kontaveit lost to Juke Niemeier of Germany 6-4, 6-0, and No. 9 Garbine Muguruza, the champion at Wimbledon in 2017 and the French Open in 2016, was beaten by Greet Minnen 6-4, 6-0.

Women’s winners included 2021 runner-up Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Jessica Pegula, three-time major champion Angelique Kerber and 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Raducanu won the championship at Flushing Meadows in September as an unseeded player who went through qualifying at age 18.

Since then, she’s had a birthday – and has not made it past the second round at a major.

“There’s no pressure. Like, why is there any pressure? I’m still 19. Like, it’s a joke. I literally won a Slam,” Raducanu said. “Yes, I have had attention. But I’m a Slam champion, so no one’s going to take that away from me. Yeah, if anything, the pressure is on those who haven’t done that.”

Piquet apologizes to Hamilton over ‘ill thought out’ comment

SAO PAULO (AP) Former Formula One champion Nelson Piquet apologized to Lewis Hamilton on Wednesday, saying the racial term he used about the Mercedes driver was “ill thought out” but was not meant to be offensive.

The 69-year-old Brazilian has faced heavy criticism this week over comments he made in Portuguese last November on a podcast where he referred to Hamilton as “neguinho,” which means “little Black guy.”

“What I said was ill thought out, and I make no defense for it, but I will clarify that the term used is one that has widely and historically been used colloquially in Brazilian Portuguese as a synonym for `guy’ or `person’ and was never intended to offend,” Piquet, who won three F1 titles in the 1980s, said in the statement. “I would never use the word I have been accused of in some translations. I strongly condemn any suggestion that the word was used by me with the aim of belittling a driver because of his skin color.”

Piquet used the term three times during the interview as he discussed a crash between Hamilton – a seven-time F1 champion and the only Black driver in the sport – and Max Verstappen during last year’s British Grand Prix. His daughter Kelly Piquet is Verstappen’s girlfriend.

“I apologize wholeheartedly to anyone that was affected, including Lewis, who is an incredible driver,” Piquet added. “But the translation in some media that is now circulating on social media is not correct. Discrimination has no place in F1 or society and I am happy to clarify my thoughts in that respect.”

After Piquet’s comments resurfaced this week, Hamilton called for “archaic mindsets” to change, while F1 and governing body FIA both condemned the use of racist language.

“It’s more than language. These archaic mindsets need to change and have no place in our sport. I’ve been surrounded by these attitudes and targeted my whole life,” Hamilton tweeted on Tuesday. “There has been plenty of time to learn. Time has come for action.”

The British GP is this weekend.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

Sounds Defeat Indy in Game Two, 8-5

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A pair of four-run innings erased an early 4-0 lead by the Indianapolis Indians to give the Nashville Sounds a win in the second game of the six-game series on Wednesday night, 8-5.

The Indians (36-36) scored three runs in the second inning and one in the third before Nashville (44-29) could get on the board. After Jared Oliva robbed Pablo Reyes of a home run to center field in the first inning, an RBI single by Taylor Davis and back-to-back run-scoring groundouts put Indy up, 3-0. The lead was then extended on Rodolfo Castro’s seventh home run of the season to lead off the third inning.

A leadoff walk and subsequent triple sparked the Sounds’ comeback. Two runs scored without an out being recorded in the bottom of the fourth, and a two-out, two-run homer off the bat of Reyes tied the game at 4-4.

Another leadoff walk to begin the seventh, this time at the hands of Hunter Stratton (L, 1-4), and three RBI singles broke the tie and gave Nashville an 8-4 lead.

Cal Mitchell and Taylor Davis each led the Indians offense with three hits apiece. Davis roped a ground-rule, RBI double to plate the final Indianapolis run in the eighth off Luke Barker (W, 5-0). Peter Strzelecki (S, 2) fanned three of four total batters faced to close out the win.

Indianapolis and Nashville will face off in the third game of the six-game set tomorrow night at 8:05 PM ET at First Horizon Park. RHP Jerad Eickhoff (4-3, 4.84) will take the mound for Indianapolis against RHP Dylan File (3-3, 4.50).

Game Recap: Fever Lose Regular-Season Series Finale Against Mercury

PHOENIX – The Indiana Fever were unable to earn a win in the final game of the regular-season series with the Phoenix Mercury, losing on Wednesday night, 99-78. The Mercury improved to 9-12 on the season, while the Fever sit at 5-16.

Indiana started off slow in the first quarter, but quickly rebounded from Phoenix’s 13-2 start with a run of its own to lead by one going into the second quarter. During the Fever run, guard Kelsey Mitchell made history by hitting a three-pointer at the 3:21 mark. With those three points, Mitchell passed current Seattle Storm guard Briann January to move into third place on the Fever all-time scoring list. Mitchell closed the game with 21 points and five assists — her third consecutive game scoring at least 20 points and 13th of the season.

The second quarter was an efficient one for Phoenix, shooting 10-of-16 from the field. Most of the Mercury damage throughout the game though was done in the paint, with Phoenix outscoring Indiana 38-18 down low in the first half.

The third quarter was efficient for the Fever offense, shooting 6-of-10 from the field, but still trailed 75-63 going into the fourth quarter, where the Mercury continued to keep the Fever out of the paint and secure the win.

Fever guard Victoria Vivians joined Mitchell in double-digit scoring with 13 points. Rookie forward Emily Engstler provided a lot of support off the bench with seven points, eight rebounds — six of them on the offensive glass — three assists, two blocks and one steal.

Phoenix was led by guard Skylar Diggins-Smith with 17 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. In addition to Diggins-Smith, six other Mercury players scored in double figures for the Mercury. According to Across the Timeline, that tied a WNBA record most previously done by the 2021 Chicago Sky against the Dallas Wings on June 30.

The Mercury finished the game outscoring Indiana 58-32 in the paint, tying the season-high by a Fever opponent.

MEDIA

The recordings of Coach Knox’s pregame interview, along with the postgame media availability with Coach Knox, Emily Engstler and Kelsey Mitchell can be accessed on the WNBA Content Network.

UP NEXT

The Fever conclude the four-game roadtrip at the Seattle Storm on Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

Friday’s game will be streamed on the official Indiana Fever Facebook page in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

MCWILLIAMS CHOOSES PURDUE

North Central WR TJ McWilliams will play his college football at Purdue. McWilliams chose the Boilermakers over Marshall and Miami of Ohio. He also had FBS offers from Akron, Army, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Northern Illinois, Toledo, West Virginia and Western Michigan.

McWilliams caught 36 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns last season. McWilliams is a three-star recruit.

TIBBS CHOOSES PURDUE

Cathedral WR Jaron Tibbs has decided to play college football at Purdue. Tibbs is the 15th commitment in the 2023 class.

Tibbs caught 66 passes for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

The 6-foot-4 Tibbs is the third receiver commitment this week.

Rickie Collins, quarterback, Baton Rouge, La

Winston Berglund, defensive back/linebacker, Carmel

Owen Davis, linebacker, Richwood, Ohio

Zion Gunn, defensive back, Winter Park, Fla

Drake Carlson, defensive end, Nashville

Micah Carter, defensive end, Louisville

Terrell Washington, running back, Wylie, Texas

Dillon Thieneman, defensive back, Westfield

Saadiq Clements, defensive tackle, Henderson, Ky

Will Heldt, defensive end/linebacker, Carmel

TJ McWilliams, receiver, North Central

Ethan Fields, offensive lineman, Geismar, La.

Ryne Shackelford, receiver, LaGrange, Ohio

Keyjuan Brown, running back, Atlanta

Jaron Tibbs, receiver, Cathedral

May Adds Kendall Griffin to Women’s Golf Staff

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana women’s golf head coach Brian May has completed his coaching staff with the addition of assistant coach Kendall Griffin, the program announced on Wednesday morning.

“I am so excited that Kendall has decided to join the Hoosier family,” May said. “She brings a wealth of golf knowledge and competitiveness to our program. Her desire to equip and empower others will be a great asset to our team. I cannot wait to get her started in Bloomington.”

Griffin wrapped up her five-year collegiate career at the University of Louisville during the 2021-22 season. As a graduate transfer from LSU, Griffin was the one of two players to compete in all 30 rounds for the Cardinals last season. She posted a team-best average score of 72.86 strokes per round and was named All-ACC first team. She played 13 total rounds at par or better, including a team-best five rounds in the 60s. She was named the Academic All-ACC in her lone season in Louisville.

“I am extremely honored to have the opportunity to work alongside Brian and be welcomed into the IU Family,” Griffin said. “Indiana has everything needed to build and maintain a highly competitive team and culture. Brian’s passion is contagious and his vision for the program is something I’m very excited to be a part of. I can’t wait to get started.”

Prior to joining Louisville as a graduate student, Griffin played four seasons for the LSU Tigers. She complied 104 rounds in Baton Rouge with a stroke average of 75.27 shots per round. She played 24 rounds at par or better while being named WGCA All-American Scholar all four seasons.

In total, Griffin played 134 collegiate rounds with a stroke average of 74.73 with 15 finished inside the top-20, including two in NCAA Regional play.

A native of Sebring, Fla., Griffin played her high school golf at Abeka Academy and finished inside the top-5 at the state tournament in each of her four seasons. She won the 2016 Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Tournament and was named a 2016 AJGA Rolex All-American.

Griffin also claimed victories in the 2019 and 2021 Florida Women’s Amateur events. She graduated from LSU with a marketing degree and will wrap up her master’s degree in sports administration from Louisville in the fall.

White, Rayburn Inducted into Illiana Hall of Fame

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Boilermaker standouts Stephanie White and Brittany (Rayburn) Bertsch were inducted as the inaugural class of the Greater Illiana Sports Hall of Fame. The pair of Boilermakers join the newly created honor which will be housed in the David Palmer Arena in Danville, Ill.

The Greater Illiana Sports Hall of Fame was created to honor the outstanding athletic achievement by athletes, coaches, teams and others from 50 high schools and Danville Area Community College in eastern Illinois and western Indiana.

White, originally from Seeger, was instrumental in guiding Purdue to the 1999 NCAA National Championship, the only ever won by a team from the Big Ten. In addition to joining the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame this Year, she was named Indiana Miss Basketball in 1995. White remains etched in the Purdue record book as one of the best all-around players to wear the old gold and black.

Rayburn attended Attica prior to her time in West Lafayette. A lethal sharpshooter, Rayburn was named the 2008 Indiana Miss Basketball. She guided the Boilermakers to a 2012 Big Ten Tournament title and garnered a trio of All-Big Ten honors. She is fourth in Purdue history with 201 career triples.

Geoff Young Named Men’s Tennis Head Coach

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Geoff Young has been named the head coach of Purdue Men’s Tennis, vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski announced Wednesday. Young becomes the 10th coach in the 109-year history of the program.

“We are excited to introduce Geoff Young as our head coach for Purdue Men’s Tennis,” said Bobinski. “Through the search process, it became evident that Geoff possessed an ideal combination of high character, belief in the values important to us at Purdue, and years of successful head coaching experience. Throughout his coaching career he has displayed a commitment to recruiting quality student-athletes and developing them into first-class students, highly successful competitors and contributing members of the community. Purdue Athletics extends a warm welcome to Geoff Young, his wife, Dana, and their children as they join the Boilermaker Family.”

A proven champion and recruiter, Young arrives in West Lafayette with 22 years of head coaching experience, including 15 at the helm at Minnesota. Young has a career record of 289-227 with 16 winning seasons and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances.

In addition to significant on-court success, Young’s squads have excelled in the classroom, earning 17 ITA All-Academic Team honors and 61 ITA Scholar-Athlete nods.

“I’m very grateful to Mike Bobinski and Ken Halpin and everyone on the search committee for taking the time to get to know me and my vision for this program,” Young said. “It feels like a great fit for me and Purdue. This department has everything I value in a tennis program. I want to continue coaching, and I feel like I have a lot to contribute with the years I have left. I’m excited to take advantage of this opportunity and help take this program to places it hasn’t been before.”

Prior to spending the 2022 campaign on staff at UCF, Young took Minnesota men’s tennis to historic and sustained heights during his tenure in the Twin Cities. The Golden Gophers went 209-150 under Young with a 90-62 mark in Big Ten play. Twenty-one Golden Gophers were named First Team All-Big Ten during his 15-year tenure.

Reaching the postseason 10 times in his first 13 seasons, Young guided the Golden Gophers to five NCAA Tournament Second Round appearances and one Sweet 16. Five singles players and one doubles team earned spots in the NCAA Tournament under Young’s tutelage.

Minnesota appeared in the final ITA team rankings 12 times, including No. 21 at the end of the 2014-15 campaign that saw the Golden Gophers lift the Big Ten title for the first time since 1995. Young also led 20 singles players and 13 doubles tandems to final rankings by the ITA. His teams were ranked in the Top 25 nationally in 36 different polls.

Young mentored a trio of All-Americans during his time at Minnesota, as well as 25 All-Big Ten honorees, including the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year Leandro Toledo, and 61 Academic All-Big Ten laurels.

Young was twice named the ITA Central Region Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2015 and maintained a perfect APR.

Young captured his 200th victory as the head coach of Minnesota’s men’s tennis team in 2020, making him just the third Gopher men’s tennis coach to eclipse 200 career wins with the team.

Minnesota reached the NCAA Tournament four of his final five seasons, with the only exception being the 2020 campaign that was cut short in March.

He recorded his 200th career victory when the Gophers took down Middle Tennessee State in 2017. The team finished ranked No. 39 while cracking the Top 25 once after defeating Oregon. The team earned the ITA Central Region Community Service Award.

The 2014-15 Gophers made a 10-win improvement from the season before and finished ranked 21st in the nation. They did not lose a single match at home and went 10-1 in Big Ten play to share the conference title for the first time since 1995. Young was named the ITA Central Region and Big Ten Coach of the Year. All seven players on the 2015 squad earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.

He won his 100th match on Feb. 22, 2009, against Binghamton and his 150th match on March 3, 2012, at Virginia Tech.

Off the court, Young has instilled a high academic standard, as his squads led all teams in grade-point average at Minnesota nine different seasons in the Twin Cities. Three of his rosters were also honored for having the most community service hours at Minnesota.

Young transitioned to UCF after Minnesota elected to disband the men’s tennis program after the 2021 season.

Prior to going to Minnesota, Young spent six seasons as head coach at the University of Denver. During his tenure with the Pioneers, Young posted a 71-68 overall record. In his final season in 2005-06, he led Denver to a 13-9 record and then a program-best fourth-place finish in the Sun Belt Conference and a No. 66 national ranking.

While at Denver, he worked with the Pioneers’ all-time winningest player, Magnus Ramfelt, who totaled 71 singles wins from 1998-2002. He also coached Adam Holmstrom, who set a single-season school record with 28 singles wins in 2005-06. Holmstrom also became the first Pioneers’ player to qualify for the NCAA Championships in his rookie season.

Young served as the head women’s tennis coach at Denver during the 1999-2000 season and during the fall of 2000. In his one season, the Pioneers finished 9-8 in Denver’s second season at the NCAA Division I level. Prior to his stint at Denver, Young served as an assistant men’s coach at the University of Alabama for three seasons.

A two-time All-Big Ten player at Northwestern, Young was the team’s co-captain during his senior season in 1994 and collected 83 singles victories. He graduated from Northwestern in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

A Marion, Ohio, native, Young was also a successful junior tennis player. He was ranked No. 1 in singles in the Midwest region 18-and-under division in 1989 and No. 1 in doubles in 1990.

Young is married to the former Dana Peterson, a four-time letterwinner with the Gopher women’s tennis team from 1993-96 and an assistant coach at Minnesota from 1997-99. Dana was also the head women’s tennis coach at Denver for six seasons.

Their three children are all tennis standouts in their own right. Gavin was tabbed the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, ITA Midwest Rookie of the Year and Big Ten Fall Singles Champion as a freshman in 2021-22 at Michigan. His daughter Karin garnered All-Pac-12 honors in 2021-22 as a freshman at Oregon with the highest singles winning percentage on the team. His youngest, Zan, is also an aspiring tennis player.

McDANIEL ANNOUNCES 18 NEWCOMERS FOR 2022-2023 SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department and head women’s cross country and track and field coach Antonio McDaniel announced the additions of 18 freshmen for the upcoming 2022-2023 campaign on Wednesday (June 29).

The class consists of seven individuals who will run both cross country and track and 11 who will focus solely on track and field.

“This is by far our most well rounded class in school history. We have state medalists and qualifiers in the jumps, sprints, hurdles and distance events,” McDaniel said. “Coach Seward and I had a plan to really build out our entire roster and I’m excited with the outcome. We could not be more excited about this incredible group of student-athletes.”

Below is a rundown of all 18 newcomers to the IUPUI program.

Modupe Awosanya (Indianapolis, Ind. / Southport) I Jumps

-Four-time Southport Team MVP

-Two-time Marion County, Sectional and Regional champion in the long jump

-Marion County and Sectional Champion in the 300m hurdles as a junior

-Qualified for the IHSAA State Championships in the 200m and long jump her senior year and 4×100 relay and long jump as a junior

-Was the state’s top performer during the 2022 indoor season with a jump of 19′ 1.75”; ranked No. 2 in the state during outdoor season with a jump of 19′ 0”

Wini Barnett (Warsaw, Ind. / Warsaw) I Distance

-Qualified for the IHSAA State Track Championships in the 4×400 and 4×800 relays as a junior and senior

-Anchored Warsaw’s state runner-up 4×800 relay team her junior year, helping the group run a time of 9:16.59

-Sectional champion in the 800m and 4×400 and 4×800 relays her senior year

-Three-time IHSAA State Cross Country Championship qualifier, including finishing 35th as a freshman with a time of 19:13.4

-2019 Culver Regional Champ in cross country with a personal best time of 19:05.0

-Finished her high school career with personal best times of 5:22.75 in the mile and 11:26.62 in the 3,200m event

Megan Brandon (Lowell, Ind. / Lowell) I Distance

-Was a two-time All-Sectional and one-time All-Regional performer in cross country

-Clocked a personal best 5,000m time of 20:29.9 at the Lafayette Harrison Invitational her junior year

-Finished fourth at the 2021 NCC Conference Meet her senior year in cross country

-Had personal best times of 5:36.75 in the mile and 12:12.48 in the 3,200m event in track

Jada-Marie Davis (West Lafayette, Ind. / Harrison) I Hurdles

-Three-year letterwinner in track and field

-Finished fifth at the IHSAA State Track Championships in the 300m hurdles with a personal best time of 44.83

-Earned Harrison’s Most Improved Award in 2021

-Sectional Champion in both the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles her senior year

-Closed her high school career with personal best marks of 10.11 in the 60m hurdles, 15.95 in the 100m hurdles and 44.83 in the 300m hurdles

Karis Davis (Leo, Ind. / Leo) I Sprints

-Medaled at the IHSAA State Championships in 2021 in both the 100m and 200m events

-Three-time All-Conference performer in the 100 and also earned all-conference in the 200 as a junior

-Was Sectional and Regional champion in the 100 in 2021 and Sectional champion in the 200 as a junior

-Finished her high school career with personal best times of 12.13 in the 100m and 25.33 in the 200m

Madelynn Denny (Mooresville, Ind. / Moorsville) I Sprints

-Earned 10 varsity letters in track, basketball and unified flag football

-Three-time all-conference performer in both basketball and track

-Qualified for the IHSAA State Championships in the 100 as a junior and senior and in the 4×100 relay as a sophomore and senior

-Earned Mooresville’s Mental Attitude Award her senior year

-Set school records in the 100m dash (12.28) and 4×100 relay (49.24)

-Competed with the Indiana All-Star Team at the Midwest Meet of Champions in the 100m event, placing sixth in a time of 12.81

-Closed her high school career with personal best times of 12.28 in the 100m and 25.85  in the 200m dash

Brooke Hansen (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll) I Distance

-Qualified for the IHSAA State Championships in the 4×800 relay as both a sophomore and senior

-Finished 26th overall at the IHSAA State Cross Country Championships as a junior with a time of 19:04.7

-Helped Carroll to IHSAA State Cross Country titles in 2018 and 2019 and a runner-up finish in 2020

-Ran a personal best 5K cross country time of 18:23.6 at the Marion Invitational on Sept. 5 of her junior year

-Competed with the Indiana All-Star Team at the Midwest Meet of Champions, running a personal best time of 5:10.00 in the mile

-Closed her high school career with personal best times of 5:10.00 in the mile and 11:09.63 in the 3,200m event

Morgan Hoard (Avon, Ind. / Avon) I Jumps

-Avon’s school record holder in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.53

-Collected five individual hurdles wins her senior year and was Zionsville Sectional runner-up in the 100m hurdles

-Finished eighth in the 60m hurdles at the Hoosier State Relays to close the indoor season

-Had a personal best time of 9.36 in the 60m hurdles at the HCC Indoor Invitational

-Had a personal best time of 49.90 in the 300m hurdles her senior year

Haven Hudson (Plainfield, Ind. / Plainfield) I Jumps

-Earned four varsity letters in track and field

-Was All-State and All-County in high jump her senior year

-Finished fourth in the high jump at the Hoosier State Relays in 2022 to cap her indoor season

-Closed her high school career with a personal best jump of 5’4” in high jump

Kyla Kante (Bloomington, Ind. / Bloomington South) I Sprints/Hurdles

-Undefeated in the 100m hurdles her entire senior year until finishing ninth at the IHSAA State Championships with a personal best time of 14.54

-Also competed on Bloomington South’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams at the 2022 IHSAA State Championships

-Qualified for the IHSAA State Track and Field Championships in the 100m hurdles and long jump as a sophomore

-Had personal best marks of 14.54 in the 100m hurdles, 46.81 in the 300m hurdles and 18′ 2.75” in the long jump

Olivia Martinez (Valparaiso, Ind. / Washington Township) I Jumps

-Two-time IHSAA State Track and Field Championships qualifier, qualifying in the long jump as a junior and senior and 400m dash as a junior

-Was Portage Regional Champion in the long jump as a senior with a personal best jump of 17′ 11.25”

-Was Sectional and Regional runner-up in both the 400m and long jump her junior year in 2021

-Closed her high school career with personal best marks of 17′ 11.25” in the long jump, 59.20 in the 400m event and 27.27 in the 200m dash

Reese McCuan (Lincoln, Ill. / Lincoln Community) I Jumps/Mid-Distance

-Earned 12 varsity letters in cross country, basketball and track and field at Lincoln Community (Ill.)

-Named Lincoln’s Female Athlete of the Year her senior year

-Was state runner-up at the IHSA 2A State Championships in triple jump and 4×400 relay her senior year

-Placed fifth in the state at the IHSA 2A State Championships in triple jump as a junior

-School record holder in the triple jump with a personal best jump of 37′ 1”

Hannah Robbins (Munster, Ind. / Munster) I Distance

-Earned 12 varsity letters in cross country, track and swimming

-Earned All-State honors in cross country in 2018

-Was a two-time All-Conference performer in cross country and four-year All-Conference performer in swimming

-Was a four-year scholar athlete

-Was 21st at the 2018 IHSAA State Cross Country Championships with a personal best time of 18:53.9

Lillian Sebastian (Ashland, Ky. / Ashland Blazer) I Sprints

-Earned five varsity letters at Ashland Blazer (Ky.) High School

-Finished fourth at the KHSAA Class 2A State Championships in the 200m while finishing fifth in the 100m event

-Was KHSAA Class 2A State runner-up in the 200m event her junior season

-Three-time All-State, four-time All-Area and four-time Academic All-State honoree

-Finished with five school records and two regional records

-Closed her high school career with personal best times of 12.48 in the 100m and 25.63 in the 200m dash

Skyler Sichting (Mooresville, Ind. / Center Grove) I Sprints/Hurdles

-Earned seven varsity letters in track and field and as a student athletic trainer

-IHSAA State Track qualifier in the 4×100 relay as a senior and qualifier in the 100m hurdles and 4×100 relay as a junior

-Earned All-MIC honors as a junior as the league’s runner-up in the 100m hurdles

-Qualified for the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics in 2021 in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles

-Had personal best times of 15.42 in the 100m hurdles and 47.01 in the 300m hurdles

Julie Smith (Granger, Ind. / Penn) I Distance

-Qualified for the IHSAA State Track and Field Championships in both the 1,600m and 4×800 relay as a senior

-Was Mishawaka Sectional Champion in the 3,200m and 4×800 relay as a junior and then in the mile, 4×400 and 4×800 relays as a senior

-Also helped Penn to back-to-back Goshen Regional titles in the 4×800 relay as a junior and senior

-Was sectional and regional champion in cross country in 2021 before later qualifying for the IHSAA State Championships and placing 17th overall

-Finished her high school career with personal best times of 5:06.13 in the mile and a personal best 5K cross country time of 18:42.5 to open her senior year at the Marion Invite

Julynne Spidell (Kokomo, Ind. / Kokomo) I Distance

-Qualified for the IHSAA State Track & Field Championships as a junior in the 3,200m event

-Was sectional champion and regional runner-up in the 3,200m as a junior, including running a personal best time of 11:24.96 at the Goshen Regional

-Also won a sectional title in the 3,200m as a freshman with a time of 11:43.65

-Was Logansport Sectional champion in cross country as a sophomore

-Two-time North Central Conference runner-up in cross country

-Finished her high school career with a personal best 5K time of 19:28.6 in cross country, 5:21.66 in the mile and 11:24.96 in the 3,200m event

Laci Spore (Princeton, Ind. / Princeton Community) I Distance

-Qualified for the 2021 IHSAA State Cross Country Championships as part of a strong Princeton High School team

-Had 13 individual wins in the 200 and 400m events her senior year, while also contributing to 12 relay wins

-Won the Pocket Athletic Conference titles in the 200 and 400 her junior and senior years

-Had a personal best 5K time of 20:14.9 at the Brown County Semistate her junior year

-Finished her high school career with personal best times of 26.82 in the 200m event and 59.53 in the 400

Sycamores to host 2023 Missouri Valley Baseball Championships

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State University will host the 2023 Missouri Valley Baseball Championships over May 23-27 at Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium as announced by the conference office.

The 2023 Championships will mark the fourth time Indiana State has hosted the conference’s premiere baseball event and first time since the 2016 season. ISU also hosted in both 1982 and 2014.

Overall, eight of the league’s 10 teams qualify for the double-elimination format, and the host is not guaranteed a spot in the field.

About Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium

Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium has undergone a number of changes over the past several years. The installation of a FieldTurf infield, a new locker room and coaches’ offices, the construction of a new seating area with both chair back and bleacher seats and a larger press box and parking lot highlight the renovation of the entire facility.

On the field, the Sycamores play on a FieldTurf infield and natural grass outfield, providing the team with an environment that allows for competition when weather conditions would force other facilities to stop play. New dugouts and bullpen mounds have also been installed.

Off the field, Indiana State provides numerous facilities to aid the baseball team in their success, including: a new locker room and coaches’ offices at Sycamore Stadium, a total of 2,000 chair back and bleacher seats for fans, a press box that allows for multiple broadcasts for Indiana State and their visitors, expanded parking and an indoor facility located two blocks from the playing field.

Jim Earle Named Mastodon Women’s Golf Head Coach

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Purdue Fort Wayne director of athletics Kelley Hartley Hutton has announced Jim Earle as the head coach for the Mastodon women’s golf program.

“Jim will bring a wealth of high-level coaching experience to the Mastodon women’s golf program,” Hartley Hutton said. “His previous coaching stints with successful programs gives him immense credibility with current women on the team and prospective student-athletes too. We found coach Earle’s positive communication style and coaching philosophy to lift confidence both on and off the golf course consistent with what we emphasize on our campus.

“I want to thank coach Billy King for his leadership in coaching both our men’s and women’s teams last year,” Hartley Hutton said. “This was no easy task in terms of time commitment.”

Earle comes to the Summit City after spending the last four seasons at Central Michigan.

“I would like to thank athletic director Kelley Hartley Hutton for this amazing opportunity to lead the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team,” Earle said. “This team has a great deal of talent and I am excited to help these student-athletes strive towards their full potential on and off the course.

“Fort Wayne’s golf facilities are everything a golf team could ask for. Pine Valley Country Club is an excellent course and the team’s indoor facilities at Apex Golf Lab are equally impressive. This program is set up for success, and my wife, Tracy, and I could not be more excited to join the Fort Wayne community and Mastodon family.”

Under his leadership, the Chippewas improved year-over-year, setting new 18-, 36- and 54-hole records several times in his four seasons.

Earle’s teams at CMU won six tournaments and had four individuals win medalist honors. Central Michigan had never had an individual win a tournament prior to his arrival.

Before his time at Central Michigan, he led both Cal State Monterey Bay (2015-18) and Missouri-St. Louis (2003-15) to unprecedented success.

Earle guided CSMB to four tournament victories in a three-year period and in spring 2018, led the Otters to an NCAA Regional appearance for the second season in a row. Prior to 2017, the Otters had not been to an NCAA Regional since 2008.

CSMB won medalist honors three times during Earle’s tenure, and in 2017 CSMB’s Linnea Karlsson qualified as an individual for the NCAA Championships. In 2018, CSMB had three players named an All-American Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association and two Otters earned All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honors.

Earle led UMSL to six consecutive NCAA Regional berths from 2010-15 and five times during that span a Triton qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual. The program was also the recipient of an unprecedented six consecutive NCAA SAAC Sportsmanship Awards during that span.

In 12 seasons at UMSL, Earle coached the Tritons to 41 tournament victories and 28 times a Triton earned medalist honors in a tournament. He coached 19 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selections and five times during his tenure did UMSL earn the GLVC Sportsmanship Award. In 2010, Earle was named the GLVC Coach of the Year.

Purdue Fort Wayne’s first event of the fall of 2022 will be on September 4-5 at the A-Ga-Ming Invitational in Kewadin, Michigan.

Men’s Soccer releases 2022 fall schedule

EVANSVILLE – Building off an appearance in the 2021 MVC Championship Game, head coach Marshall Ray and the University of Evansville men’s soccer team has announced their slate for the 2022 campaign.

Featuring a 19-game schedule including 17 regular season contests and a pair of exhibition matches, the Aces have continued their ways with a challenging non-conference portion of the schedule and a conference schedule that features two new additions to the league. Four of the 17 teams on the Aces’ schedule reached the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

Season tickets are currently on sale for $45 through the UE ticket office. A combined women’s and men’s soccer season ticket is also available this year for $75.  Tickets can be purchased on-line on the “Ticket” tab of GoPurpleAces.com (Click Here).  Fans with questions can also contact the UE ticket office by phone or text at 812-488-2237, or they can contact Director of Ticketing & Game Operations Luc Prevost by phone at 812-488-4065 or Associate Athletics Director for Revenue Generation Logan Belz by phone at 812-488-2623.

Tuning-up for the start of the regular season, Evansville plays host to Kentucky in an exhibition on Sunday, August 14th at 3 PM on a big night for the program and the community. The Aces close their preseason portion of the 2022 campaign a week later on Sunday, August 21st with a 5 PM kickoff against NCAA DIII Sweet 16 finalist Hanover at Arad McCutchan Stadium. Admission to both of the Aces’ exhibitions is free.

The regular season opens for Evansville on Thursday, August 25th with a trip east to take on Bellarmine in Louisville, the Aces first trip to face the Knights since 1976. Just three days later on August 28th, UE welcomes IUPUI for its regular season home-opener with a 5 PM kickoff against another regional foe on Alumni Weekend.

On Labor Day weekend, a jaunt to face old MCC rival Dayton and Incarnate Word for two matches awaits the Aces with a matchup with IWU on September 2nd and a contest with host Dayton on September 4th.

Back at McCutchan Stadium, Evansville opens a three-game home stand on September 10th against a familiar foe. For the first time, Evansville and USI will meet in an NCAA Division I regular season contest on September 10th with kickoff at 6 PM in the Mayor’s Cup. The Aces open MVC play on September 17th as the homestand hits its midpoint with a matchup with SIUE. On September 20th, former MCC rival and Big East foe Xavier comes to McCutchan Stadium with kickoff at 6 PM.

Evansville’s first conference road trip of the year comes on September 24th with an away match at Missouri State before returning home to take on new NCAA DI member Lindenwood on October 1st at 6 PM.

Conference play continues with one of the two new members to the league as the Aces travel to face Belmont in Nashville, Tenn. on October 5th and welcome Bradley to Evansville on October 9th.

The Aces resume a difficult non-conference slate on October 11th with a trip to take on Louisville, a rematch of last season’s contest in which Evansville led in the 87th minute.

The midpoint of October hits with two more conference contests, first a road matchup with SIUE on October 15th. Evansville plays three of its last four matches at McCutchan Stadium, beginning with a Senior Day matchup on October 23rd with Drake. The 2020-21 NCAA runners-up come to town on October 25th as Evansville plays host to the Indiana Hoosiers for a 6 PM kickoff.

One final road trip dots the Evansville regular season schedule as the Aces head north to Chicago to face new league member UIC on October 29th. The regular season comes to a close on November 2nd when UE hosts Belmont at McCutchan Stadium at 6 PM.

The MVC Championship will be hosted at campus sites with the No. 1 overall seed hosting the semifinals and finals.

Evansville returns a pair of its top goal scorers from a season ago in Nkosi Graham (Lumberton, N.J.) and Carlos Barcia (Gijon, Spain) each tallying three goals in 2021. Also back for Evansville is 2021 MVC Freshman of the Year Jose Vivas, who tallied three assists and helped key the Aces conference championship run. Much of UE’s impressive back line is back for 2022, including Ethan Garvey (New Orleans, La.), Oliver Hald (Copenhagen, Denmark), Francesco Brunetti (Arezzo, Italy), Raphaello Perez Colasito (Gilbert, Ariz.), and Jacob Madden (Round Rock, Texas). In all, the Aces return 12 players who started a match last season, including nine who started 10-or-more matches.

National Championship-Winning Coach Marc Mitchell Tabbed to Lead UIndy Women’s Basketball

INDIANAPOLIS—University of Indianapolis Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Young is pleased to announce Marc Mitchell as the school’s next women’s basketball head coach. Mitchell comes to the Circle City after a successful stint at Division I Saint Peter’s and a national-championship run at DIII Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham.

“I am very excited to welcome Marc as our next women’s basketball coach at UIndy,” said Young. “Any time you can hire a tenured head coach that has won a national championship, it is a very exciting time for the program.

“Marc will be a tremendous mentor for our student-athletes, and his proven success will continue to grow our department.”

Mitchell becomes the 10th head coach in UIndy women’s basketball history, replacing Kristin Wodrich as the leader of the program. Wodrich spent six seasons at the helm for the Greyhounds, compiling a 76-89 overall record and a 10-17 mark last year.

“I’d like to thank Scott Young for the opportunity to lead the women’s basketball program at UIndy,” said Mitchell. “I’d also like to thank all of my former players and assistant coaches at both St. Peter’s and FDU-Florham. Without them, I would not be where I am today, and I will always cherish the success we shared.

“I am thrilled to start this next chapter of my life, and I’m ready to get to work at UIndy.”

A native of Elizabeth, N.J., Mitchell spent the last four seasons at St. Peter’s University in Jersey City, N.J. He took over a program that averaged more than 26 losses over the previous eight seasons and turned it into a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference contender. The culmination came in 2020-21 when he led the Peacocks to their first winning conference record since 2008-09 and first MAAC Championship Game appearance in nearly two decades. Mitchell was named MAAC Coach of Year that season, the program’s first such award since 1999.

Mitchell earned his first NCAA head coaching job at Fairleigh Dickinson-Florham in 2009-10, and over the next nine seasons, he shaped the program into a national powerhouse. In 2013, he led the Devils to the first of six consecutive Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom titles and their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, picking up MAC Freedom Coach of the Year accolades along the way.

The dream season came in 2013-14, however, when Mitchell was voted the Division III Coach of the Year after guiding the Devils to a perfect 33-0 record and a national championship. He tacked on a 29-win season and an Elite Eight appearance the next season and ultimately finished his tenure at FDU-Florham with six NCAA appearances and an 187-67 (.736) record as the program’s all-time winningest coach.

Mitchell also spent time as an assistant coach at Caldwell College (2008-09) and New Jersey City University (2007-08) after three years as a teacher and head girls’ basketball coach at Elizabeth High School in his hometown.

Mitchell graduated from Kean University in 2000 with a History degree and later earned a master’s in Education from American Intercontinental in 2008. He and his wife Winsome have two daughters, Amira and Jade, and twin sons, Jemal and Jalen.

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

Anthony Bozzella, Seton Hall Women’s Basketball Head Coach…

“The University of Indianapolis hit a home run with this hire. I’ve known Marc for many years and not only is he an extremely intelligent, well-prepared and very successful head coach, but he’s a tremendous husband and father who will be a great role model for his student-athletes.”

Terrell Coburn, Wagner College Women’s Basketball Head Coach…

“Marc is a tremendous coach and has accomplished a lot in his career. There is no doubt he can lead a program and have a positive impact on the development of student-athletes. I wish him much success.”

Brian Giorgis, Marist College Women’s Basketball Head Coach…

“The loss of Marc from the MAAC is truly a gain for the University of Indianapolis. In a short period of time, Marc brought St. Peter’s back to prominence and made them a strong force in our conference. UIndy fans will be excited with his tenacity and style of play. I will miss his energy on the sidelines.”

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1894       Fred Clarke makes his major league debut, going 5-for-5 for the Louisville Colonels. The future Hall of Famer collects four singles and a triple.

1908       At New York’s Hilltop Park, Red Sox legend Cy Young no-hits the Highlanders (Yankees), 8-0. The contest marks the third time the 41-year-old has accomplished the feat.

1909       The Cubs spoil the Pirates’ debut at Forbes Field, 3-2. The new state-of-the-art ballpark, named for General John Forbes, an officer in the French and Indian War, is the first stadium to be made completely of steel and poured concrete.

1938       The Phillies lose the final game at the Baker Bowl, bowing to the Giants, 14-1. New York center fielder Hank Lieber hits the last homer in the history of the 51-year-old ballpark, which also served as the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles home for three seasons (1933-1935).

1948       At Briggs Stadium, Indians right-hander Bob Lemon throws the first American League night time no-hitter, blanking the Tigers, 2-0. The Tigers’ home was the last park in the Junior Circuit to use lights, installing illumination only two weeks ago.

1950       Joe and Dom DiMaggio both homer in the same game for the only time in their careers when each goes deep in Red Sox’s 10-2 rout of the Yankees. Dom’s sixth-inning solo shot off Joe Ostrowski pads Boston’s large lead, and Joe’s round-tripper to left field in the top of the eighth frame is much too little too late in the Fenway contest.

1954       In his major league debut, Joe Cunningham ties a National League record, driving in five runs in the Cardinals’ 11-4 victory over the Reds at Crosley Field. The 22-year-old Redbird rookie first baseman, with his three-run homer and a two-run single, equals the mark established in 1922 by Walter Mueller, playing his freshman year with the Pirates.

1961       Improving his record to 14-2, Whitey Ford becomes the first pitcher in American League history to win eight games in one month with a 5-1 victory over the Senators at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander’s five-hitter is his third complete game during the span and the team’s 22nd win in June.

Amazon 1961 Whitey Ford Baseball Card (Topps #160)

1962       Sandy Koufax becomes the first Dodger southpaw to throw a no-hitter since Nap Rucker accomplished the feat in 1908 when he keeps the expansion Mets hitless in the team’s 5-0 victory in Los Angeles. The 26-year-old left-hander, en route to fanning 13, strikes out the first three batters he faces – Richie Ashburn, Rod Kanehl, and Felix Mantilla, on nine pitches to start the game with an immaculate inning.

1962       Due to unusually thick fog at Colt Stadium, the game against the Reds is called after seven innings, giving the Colt .45’s a 7-3 victory over Cincinnati. The shortened contest allows Houston’s skipper Harry Craft to get to the hospital in time for the birth of his first daughter.

1967       Cookie Rojas, who joined the Phillies in 1964, plays his ninth different position for the team when he takes the mound in a 12-3 loss to San Francisco. In his ninth-inning appearance, the All-Star infielder allows no runs and gives up just one hit, ending the frame by getting future Hall of Famer Willie Mays to fly out to right field in the Connie Mack Stadium contest.

1970       The Braves ruin the debut of Riverfront Stadium, defeating the Reds, 8-2. In the first inning, Hank Aaron hits the park’s first home run off Cincinnati’s starter Jim McGlothlin.

1973       With an 8-7 extra-inning loss to LA at Riverfront Stadium, the Reds finish the day 11 games behind the first-place Dodgers. Led by the eventual National League MVP Pete Rose, who will win the batting title with a .338 average, Cincinnati will go on a 60-26 tear to capture the Western Division by 3.5 games.

1977       At Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Cliff Johnson joins Joe DiMaggio and Joe Pepitone as the only players in Yankee history to hit two home runs in the same inning. The designated hitter goes deep twice in the eighth as the Bronx Bombers score eight runs in an 11-5 win over the Blue Jays.

1978       Giant first baseman Willie McCovey, on an 0-2 pitch thrown by Jamie Easterly, launches his 500th career home run over the left-field fence, becoming the 12th player to accomplish the feat. Stretch’s historic homer occurs in the second inning of the opener of a doubleheader, which the Giants sweep from the Braves at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, 10-9 and 10-5.

1978       Larry Doby replaces Bob Lemon as skipper of the White Sox to become the second black to manage in the majors. Lemon will move on to New York to replace Billy Martin and will pilot the Yankees to a World Championship as Doby will be dismissed from his only managerial stint at the end of the season after posting a 37-50 record with the fifth place Pale Hose.

1983       Lance Junker hits two grand slams in the ninth inning of the Redwood Pioneers’ 16-5 victory over the Class-A Padres at Reno’s Moana Stadium. The 23-year-old California League slugger, batting for the second time in the frame, becomes the third professional player to accomplish the feat, joining Ken Myers (1947 – Las Vegas/Sunset League) and Armando Flores (1952 – Laredo Apaches/Gulf Coast League).

1985       Pedro Guerrero ties a major league record by hitting 15 home runs in June when he goes deep off Bruce Sutter in his final at-bat of the month. The eighth inning two-run round-tripper will prove to be the difference in the Dodgers’ 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Chavez Ravine.

1986       In front of 7,026 enthusiastic fans at Tim McCarver Stadium in Memphis, Auburn standout football star Bo Jackson makes his pro baseball debut, singling and driving in a run in his first at-bat in the Chicks’ 9-5 loss to Columbus (GA) in a Southern League game. The 1985 Heisman Trophy winner, who batted seventh as the designated hitter, will finish the night 1-for-4.

1988       On the last day of the legislature session, Illinois Governor James Thompson lobbies his lawmakers to approve a new ballpark to keep the White Sox from moving to Florida, finding himself six votes shy five minutes before the midnight deadline. Following the drama on TV, Floridians are shocked when the stroke of midnight is delayed by three minutes, long enough to secure the 60th vote needed to approve the $150-million stadium, depriving the Sunshine State of its first major league baseball team.

1995       At the Metrodome, Indians’ designated hitter Eddie Murray collects his 3000th hit off Twins’ right-hander Mike Trombley to become the 20th player to accomplish the feat. ‘Steady Eddie’ joins Pete Rose as only the second switch-hitter to reach the milestone.

1997       Rangers’ hurler Bobby Witt becomes the first American League pitcher to hit a home run in a regular-season game since Roric Harrison went yard for the Orioles at the end of the season. The 33-year-old right-hander’s round-tripper off Ismael Valdes helps Texas to beat the Dodgers in interleague action at Chavez Ravine, 3-2.

1998       With an eighth-inning homer against the Diamondbacks, Cubs’ slugger Sammy Sosa extends his major league record for home runs in a month, hitting his 20th round-tripper in June. At the start of July, the Chicago outfielder’s season total is 31, four less than Mark McGwire, who also homered today.

2000       Mike Piazza’s tiebreaking three-run homer completes a ten-run miracle comeback when the Mets stun the Braves, 11-8, after trailing 8-2 with two outs in the eighth inning. The team scored nine of the runs with two outs, and the ten runs equal the most ever scored in an inning by the Mets.

2001       In his hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut, Roger Connor is honored with a four-foot-high marble monument at St. Joseph’s Cemetery. The gravestone, which also includes the names of his wife and grandson, notes that the one-time all-time home run leader is a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame.

2002       The Yankees become the first team in the American League since the 1956 White Sox to have four infielders and a catcher on the All-Star roster. The fans vote for first baseman Jason Giambi, second baseman Alfonso Soriano, and backstop Jorge Posada to be starters in the Midsummer Classic, with shortstop Derek Jeter and third baseman Robin Ventura selected by AL skipper Joe Torre.

2003       The Diamondbacks extend their win streak to a franchise-record-tying 12 games, scoring four runs in the 12th inning to give the team an eventual 8-7 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field. Arizona’s winning ways, which features being ahead or tied for 97 consecutive innings, equals the dozen straight victories compiled by the 2003 club managed by Bob Brenly.

2004       For the third straight game, the Tigers win thanks to a walk-off home run. Following the lead of teammates Eric Munson and Carlos Pena in the two previous games, Dmitri Young hits a two-run dinger in the 11th inning to beat the Indians, 9-7.

2005       After loading the bases in the top of the ninth, Chad Cordero gets Ryan Doumit to fly out to deep right field, recording his 15th save in June to tie Lee Smith and John Wetteland for the most ever recorded in a single month. Washington’s 7-5 victory over Pittsburgh at RFK Stadium puts the first-place team 4.5 games ahead of Atlanta.

2006       In the fastest game ever played in the seven-year history of Seattle’s Safeco Field, the Rockies defeats the hometown Mariners, 2-0. Colorado starter Josh Fogg faces the minimum 27 batters, tossing a two-hitter in the one-hour, 52 minutes contest, also the quickest in Rockies’ history.

2006       The Reds’ 47th homer, which establishes a club for June, is a game-ending grand slam hit by Adam Dunn. The dramatic dinger, given up by closer Bob Wickman with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, powers Cincinnati over Cleveland, 9-8.

2006       In a 5-2 loss to the Marlins, which stops their winning streak at 11, the Red Sox play their 17th consecutive errorless game. The accomplishment establishes a new big league mark, surpassing the Cardinals, who played 16 straight error-free games in 1992.

2007       Making his major league debut in centerfield at Fenway Park, Jacoby Ellsbury becomes the first person from the Navajo tribe to play in the major leagues. The 23-year-old member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, who will play a significant role in the Red Sox World Championship, batting .360 in 11 total postseason games, is put out by the catcher unassisted in his first big-league at-bat.

2007       On Disability Awareness Night, the Fenway faithful show their support for the cause when they assist a young man with autism. The enthusiastic Red Sox crowd of 38,000 fans continues singing the national anthem when the nervous singer has trouble getting through the song during the pregame ceremony.

2008       A pair of demolition companies, which agree to work free of charge in exchange for the scrap metal, begin knocking down Tiger Stadium, starting with the bleachers in left-center field. The 96-year-old ballpark has been vacant since the Tigers started playing in nearby Comerica Park nearly nine summers ago.

2012       In the Padres’ 8-4 victory over Colorado, Yasmani Grandal becomes the first player to homer from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits. The San Diego catcher, who had one at-bat in his debut four weeks ago against Arizona, flew out in the second inning before connecting for his historic homers in the fourth and sixth frames of the Coors Field contest.

2013       On the day of Seattle’s 39th annual Pride Parade, the Mariners become the first major league team to fly a rainbow gay pride flag. The move comes a few days after the Supreme Court’s landmark decision declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

2013       “When it comes to compassion, the Rays are batting .000.” – DELCIANNA WINDERS, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Captive Animal Law Enforcement at the PETA Foundation. Miguel Cabrera, joining Luis Gonzalez of the Dodgers, becomes only the second player to hit a homer into the 10,000-gallon touch tank at Tropicana Field. The Tigers slugger’s round-tripper draws the attention of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), who requests the team to allow the 30 or more captive cownose rays be returned to their natural habitat because the animals are subject to harassment, loud crowds, and at the risk of being injured by baseballs.

2014       Joining Alan Trammel, who is at the ballpark as part of the team’s celebration of the 30th anniversary of its 1984 World Championship, Rajai Davis becomes just the second Tigers player since World War II to hit a game-ending grand slam with his team trailing by three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The 33-year-old outfielder goes deep off Oakland’s Sean Doolittle, who hangs a curveball that gives Detroit the dramatic 5-4 victory in front of a sold-out Comerica Park.

2015       Chris Sale, making his 100th career start, becomes only the second major league pitcher to record 10-plus strikeouts in eight straight starts when he whiffs 12 batters in the White Sox’s 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The 26-year-old southpaw joins Pedro Martinez, who also accomplished the feat in 1999 with the Red Sox.

2016       The Orioles break the record for home runs hit in June when left fielder Hyun Soo Kim goes deep off Taijuan Walker, leading off the seventh inning in the team’s 5-3 loss to the Mariners at Safeco Field. The team’s 56th round-tripper this month surpasses the mark established by the in A’s 1996.

2016       Coastal Carolina wins its first national championship in any sport with a 4-3 victory over Arizona in Game 3 of the College World Series finals. The Chanticleers become the first team in sixty years to win the title in its first CWS appearance, a feat also accomplished by Minnesota in 1956.

2017       Blue Jays first baseman Justin Smoak’s home run against the Red Sox is the 1,070th stroked in the majors in June, breaking the record for the most round-trippers hit in a month in baseball history previously set in May 2000. Before the night is over, a total of 33 dingers will increase the new monthly mark to 1,101.

2021       On his twenty-eighth birthday, Trea Turner completes his third career cycle when he triples in the sixth inning of Washington’s 15-6 rout of the Rays at Nationals Park. Joining Adrian Beltre, Babe Herman, and John Reilly, the Nats’ shortstop becomes the fourth major leaguer to accomplish the feat three times.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1911

As the “teens at the turn of the century” emerged, baseball was fast becoming more than just another entertainment spectacle. Soon it would officially be christened “America’s national pastime” due in part, to the success of the World Series. After it’s introduction in 1903, many had doubted that the merging of the National and American Leagues into a single sporting syndicate would last until the following season. Eight years later, the Fall Classic had proven all of the cynics wrong and evolved into much more than just a postseason exhibition. It had become the pinnacle of growth in Major League baseball and had set a precedent for all other professional sports in America. And they were only getting started…

The 1911 Series echoed a classic rematch of the 1905 contest between the New York Giants and the returning Philadelphia Athletics. Pitching was the most noteworthy aspect of the previous Series with five shutouts in five games and the confident Giants were poised for another outstanding performance on the mound. Christy Mathewson, their ace with three shutouts in the 1905 classic, returned to the big show with a 26-13 record and was backed up by a young emerging lefty named Rube Marquard, who had twenty-four wins as well. The A’s were also ready as their staff including Jack Coombs, Eddie Plank, Chief Bender and Cy Morgan who had combined for eighty-two victories. Both teams were also dangerous on the other side of the plate. Philadelphia’s outfielders Danny Murphy, Bris Lord and Rube Oldring batted a composite .312 and New York had set a long-standing Major League record with 347 stolen bases.

The media frenzy surrounding the 1911 Series was unprecedented due to such an even an unpredictable match-up. The A’s, were more than ready to defend their championship title and the Giants were ready to repeat history. Some favored Philadelphia as the returning champions, but many felt that New York was a stronger team after overcoming a difficult season in which their ballpark, the Polo Grounds, had burned to the ground. From April to late June, the Giants played at the yard of the American League’s new Highlanders (soon to be Yankees) and still managed to win ninety-nine games with no real “home field” advantage.

Game 1 opened before a record setting attendance of 38,281 at the newly rebuilt Polo Grounds as once again, Chief Bender and Christy Mathewson went head-to-head in a classic pitcher’s duel. After taking the lead in the second when Frank Baker scored on a Harry Davis single, the A’s stumbled and lost their advantage after several crucial errors in the fourth. Later in the seventh, New York collected the tie-breaker and 2-1 game winner when Chief Meyers scored on a Josh Devore double. In the end, Mathewson had thrown another six hitter (six was becoming his Series standard) and Bender tossed an impressive five hitter with eleven strikeouts.

Game 2 looked very familiar as another stalemate broke out on the mound between New York’s Rube Marquard and Philadelphia’s Eddie Plank. Neither walked a batter and hits were few and far between. With the score tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Marquard had retired two in a row, but was starting to show signs of weakening. Frank Baker, the A’s clean-up man who was only in his third season, took advantage of the pitcher’s fatigue and knocked one straight over the right-field wall. The Athletics held on to win 3-1 and tied the Series at a game a piece.

The next day, Baker proved that lightning can strike twice with an encore performance in Game 3. Mathewson had the Giants in the lead 1-0 going into the middle of the ninth when the A’s young powerhouse stepped up to the plate and delivered another home run over the right-field wall. The New York pitcher stood in disbelief as he watched a second Giants lead slip away in the final inning. Inspired by Baker’s back-to-back performances, the A’s also repeated and rallied to a 3-2 triumph in the eleventh inning. Both team’s aces had gone the distance with Coombs giving up only three hits and Mathewson surrendering an unimaginable nine.

Although the last two games had been close wins, the A’s were showing an incredible resolve and started to play like returning World Champions. The Giants on the other hand, were in shock, after giving up two consecutive leads so late in the game, the Series momentum had turned and New York was in trouble. They would have plenty of time to think about it as Game 4 was postponed for an entire week due to rain. When the clouds finally parted, a well-rested Christy Mathewson came back for revenge. This time his long-time advisory, Chief Bender, got the best of him in a 4-2 decision that gave the Athletics a three game lead.

Philadelphia came out swinging in Game 5 ready to end it then and there. Coombs had held a 3-0 advantage after six innings and a 3-1 lead going into the ninth. Down, but not out, New York found their own resolve and managed to start a comeback rally while going on to win 4-3 in the tenth. Fred Merkle scored Fred Snodgrass off of Philadelphia reliever, Eddie Plank. The Giants had escaped elimination and forced at least one more outing for the championship title.

Unfortunately for Giants fans, the win only prolonged their suffering as New York’s luck was about to run out. Philadelphia was disappointed in their failure to shut the door on their opponent in Game 5 and was determined not to fail again. Scoring four runs in the fourth and seven in the seventh, the A’s steamrolled the Giants on their way to a 13-2 victory and a second consecutive World Series championship. The Giants had failed miserably at the plate with six starters batting .190 or less and earning only eight runs in six games. One man in particular, clean-up man Red Murray went zero-for-twenty-one. The A’s had truly earned their back-to-back title with great tenacity, although most of the credit went to the inspired performance of “Home Run Baker”.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JUNE 30

1897 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: R.F. Doherty beats Harold Mahony 6-4 6-4 6-3 for the first of 4 titles

1899 Spin bowler Jack Hearne takes England cricket’s first Test hat-trick vs Australia in drawn 3rd Test at Headingley; dismisses champion middle order trio Clem Hill, Syd Gregory and Monty Noble

1902 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Laurence Doherty wins his first Wimbledon singles title beating defending champion Arthur Gore 6-4, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

1903 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Dorothea Chambers beats Ethel Larcombe 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, the first of 7 titles

1903 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Laurence Doherty beats Frank Riseley 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 for his second consecutive title

1908 At 41 years, 3 months future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young becomes oldest player to record a third career no-hitter as Boston Red Sox beat NY Highlanders, 8-0

1908 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Charlotte Cooper Sterry wins her 5th and final Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Agnes Morton

1909 Jack Johnson fights Tony Ross to a no decision in 6 rounds at Duquesne Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to retain his heavyweight boxing title

1911 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s Golf Club: Harry Vardon wins his 5th Championship by 10 shots in a playoff with 1907 champion Arnaud Massy of France

1929 US Open Men’s Golf, Winged Foot CC: Bobby Jones wins his third US Open title in a 36-hole playoff, dominating Al Espinosa by 23 strokes on the West Course

1933 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Olympia Fields CC: June Beebe beats Jane Weiller, 3 & 2 for golf’s only major title

1934 Detroit radio executive George Richards pays $7,952.08 to buy NFL’s Portsmouth Spartans; moves team to Detroit and rebrands it to ‘Lions’

1948 Cleveland Indians’ future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Lemon no-hits Detroit Tigers, 2-0

1962 US Open Women’s Golf, Dunes Golf & Beach Club: Murle Lindstrom wins her first LPGA Tour victory, 2 strokes ahead of runners-up Ruth Jessen and Jo Ann Prentice

1962 LA Dodgers’ future Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax no-hits New York Mets, 5-0; first of 4 career no-hitters thrown by Koufax

1965 NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle grants ownership of the Atlanta Falcons to Rankin Smith Sr., Executive VP of Life Insurance Company of Georgia; Rankin pays then-record $8.5 million

1966 England spin bowler Derek Underwood goes wicketless in his Test cricket debut v West Indies at Nottingham; captures 297 wickets in illustrious 86 Test career

1967 Philadelphia Phillies utility man Cookie Rojas pitches a scoreless 9th inning in 12-3 loss to SF Giants; Rojas had now played all 9 positions since arriving in MLB in 1963

1970 Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium opens as the visiting Atlanta Braves beat Reds, 8-2; demolished 2002

1974 Canadian Open Golf (Peter Jackson Classic), Candiac GC: Carole Jo Skala wins by 3 from JoAnn Carner

1975 Muhammad Ali retains world heavyweight boxing crown by beating Englishman Joe Bugner by unanimous points decision in a re-match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1978 Giants’ Willie McCovey becomes 12th to hit 500 HRs

1978 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Larry Doby becomes only the second African-American manager in MLB with the Chicago White Sox

1979 Davona Dale wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Tiara for fillies

1982 New Jersey NHL franchise officially named Devils by fan balloting; legend of the Jersey Devil, a creature that allegedly inhabited the Pine Barrens of South Jersey

1985 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Edgewood Tahore GC: Miller Barber wins by 4 strokes from Roberto De Vincenzo for back-to-back Senior Open titles

1987 Patrik Sjöberg of Sweden sets a new men’s high jump world record 2.42m (7 ft 11 1⁄4 in) in Stockholm, Sweden

1988 Chicago agrees to build a new stadium so White Sox won’t move to Florida

1991 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Bethesda CC: Meg Mallon wins her first major title by 1 stroke ahead of runners-up Pat Bradley and Ayako Okamoto

1993 NBA Draft: Michigan center Chris Webber first pick by Orlando Magic (traded to Golden State)

1994 Giants outfielder Darren Lewis errors after record 392 flawless games

1994 US Ice Skating Federation bars Tonya Harding for life

1995 Indians’ Eddie Murray, is 20th to reach 3,000 hits

1996 UEFA European Championship Final, Wembley Stadium, London, England: Oliver Bierhoff scores his second goal in extra time as Germany beat Czech Republic, 2-1

1999 NBA Draft: Duke power forward Elton Brand first pick by Chicago Bulls

2013 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, Fox Chapel GC: Kenny Perry wins first of 4 Champions Tour titles by 2 strokes from Fred Couples and Duffy Waldorf

2018 FIFA World Cup: Kylian Mbappé (19) becomes only 2nd teenager (Pelé 1st 1958) to score twice in a world cup match as France eliminate Argentina 4-3 in Kazan

2019 Brooklyn Nets load up on elite NBA talent on first day of free agency; sign Kevin Durant from Golden State, Kyrie Irving from Boston and DeAndre Jordan from NY Knicks

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES5620.73734 – 922 – 1126 – 1217 – 510 – 37 – 3W 4
BOSTON4333.5661320 – 1623 – 178 – 1612 – 719 – 78 – 2W 1
TORONTO4233.56013.523 – 1519 – 1814 – 1510 – 914 – 55 – 5L 1
TAMPA BAY4034.5411525 – 1715 – 1712 – 136 – 912 – 95 – 5L 2
BALTIMORE3542.45521.518 – 1717 – 2515 – 1910 – 115 – 86 – 4L 2
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA4335.55123 – 1720 – 1811 – 920 – 149 – 75 – 5L 1
CLEVELAND3834.528218 – 1520 – 195 – 816 – 119 – 84 – 6W 1
CHI WHITE SOX3539.473616 – 2119 – 1814 – 1510 – 127 – 94 – 6L 1
DETROIT2945.3921218 – 2211 – 237 – 1411 – 143 – 105 – 5W 1
KANSAS CITY2747.3651414 – 2513 – 224 – 911 – 178 – 134 – 6W 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON4727.63520 – 1127 – 165 – 813 – 321 – 127 – 3W 2
TEXAS3638.4861117 – 2019 – 185 – 89 – 715 – 185 – 5L 1
LA ANGELS3741.4741221 – 2316 – 186 – 149 – 517 – 145 – 5W 1
SEATTLE3641.46812.517 – 1919 – 228 – 157 – 617 – 157 – 3W 2
OAKLAND2552.32523.58 – 2817 – 248 – 159 – 156 – 173 – 7L 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS4729.61824 – 1223 – 1724 – 97 – 313 – 104 – 6L 3
ATLANTA4432.579324 – 1720 – 1515 – 1012 – 813 – 117 – 3W 2
PHILADELPHIA3937.513819 – 1920 – 1812 – 184 – 216 – 114 – 6L 2
MIAMI3440.4591219 – 1615 – 2418 – 143 – 69 – 145 – 5W 1
WASHINGTON2949.3721914 – 2715 – 226 – 249 – 89 – 116 – 4L 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE4433.57119 – 1525 – 1811 – 1324 – 133 – 57 – 3W 4
ST. LOUIS4335.5511.524 – 1619 – 196 – 722 – 149 – 55 – 5L 1
PITTSBURGH3045.4001317 – 2013 – 254 – 713 – 2312 – 94 – 6W 1
CHI CUBS2946.3871414 – 2615 – 203 – 317 – 207 – 144 – 6W 1
CINCINNATI2648.35116.512 – 2314 – 253 – 511 – 178 – 213 – 7L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS4628.62220 – 1226 – 1611 – 911 – 515 – 106 – 4W 1
SAN DIEGO4631.5971.521 – 1625 – 1512 – 919 – 1014 – 115 – 5W 1
SAN FRANCISCO4034.541621 – 1719 – 1714 – 138 – 911 – 93 – 7L 1
ARIZONA3442.4471319 – 2215 – 2012 – 1010 – 116 – 173 – 7L 1
COLORADO3343.4341421 – 2012 – 238 – 196 – 413 – 124 – 6L 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT