INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL REGIONAL BRACKETS:

4A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/GRaPr8_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/MSlyMM_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/baseball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-4a-baseball-state-tournament-class-4a-state-championship.htm

3A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/N0yQqs_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/SV21IM_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/baseball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-3a-baseball-state-tournament-class-3a-state-championship.htm

2A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/VVB-2M_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/Zz3iec_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/baseball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-2a-baseball-state-tournament-class-2a-state-championship.htm

1A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/c26pK8_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/hWDP_M_0EeyA0wqb9tl3hA/baseball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-1a-baseball-state-tournament-class-1a-state-championship.htm

INDIANA SOFTBALL SEMI-STATE:

4A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/Letqac_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/RjUhHc_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/softball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-4a-softball-state-tournament-class-4a-state-championship.htm

3A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/UipPdc_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/ah4yqM_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/softball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-3a-softball-state-tournament-class-3a-state-championship.htm

2A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/ZB7XQM_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/fBeARc_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/softball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-2a-softball-state-tournament-class-2a-state-championship.htm

1A: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/RjUhgc_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/Xhq3ZM_zEeyA0wqb9tl3hA/softball-22/2021-22-ihsaa-class-1a-softball-state-tournament-class-1a-state-championship.htm

INDIANA GIRLS TENNIS STATE FINALS

Friday, June 3, 2022

Quarterfinals | 12 pm ET | Carmel HS (Top of the bracket) | 
M1: South Bend St. Joseph vs. Jasper 
M2: Zionsville vs. Carmel 

Quarterfinals | 12 pm ET | Center Grove HS (Bottom of the bracket) | 
M3: Fishers vs. Evansville Memorial 
M4: Oldenburg vs. Delta 

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Semifinals | 10 am ET | Center Grove HS | 
M5: M1 winner vs. M2 winner.
M6: M3 winner vs. M4 winner. 

State Championship | 2 pm ET | Center Grove HS | 
M7: M5 winner vs. M6 winner. 

BRACKET:https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/girls%20sports/girls%20tennis/2021-22/2021-22%20State%20Championship%20Bracket.pdf

INDIANA BOYS TRACK STATE PERFORMANCE LIST:

HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/BOYS%20SPORTS/TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20BOYS%20STATE%20PERFORMANCE.PDF

INDIANA GIRLS TRACK STATE PERFORMANCE LIST:

HTTPS://WWW.IHSAA.ORG/PORTALS/0/GIRLS%20SPORTS/GIRLS%20TRACK/2021-22/2021-22%20GIRLS%20STATE%20PERFORMANCE%20LIST.PDF

INDIANA BOYS GOLF SECTIONAL SCHEDULE

1. VALPARAISO (10) | FOREST PARK GOLF COURSE | FRI, 9 AM CT 
BOONE GROVE, CHESTERTON, GARY WEST SIDE, HAMMOND BISHOP NOLL, HAMMOND MORTON, HOBART, MORGAN TOWNSHIP, PORTAGE, VALPARAISO, WHEELER

2. LAKE CENTRAL (12) | PALMIRA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB | FRI, 8 AM CT 
ANDREAN, CALUMET, CROWN POINT, GRIFFITH, HANOVER CENTRAL, HIGHLAND, ILLIANA CHRISTIAN, LAKE CENTRAL, LOWELL, MERRILLVILLE, MUNSTER, WHITING

3. LAPORTE (11) | BEECHWOOD GOLF COURSE | FRI, 8 AM CT 
KNOX, LACROSSE, LAPORTE, MARQUETTE CATHOLIC, MICHIGAN CITY, NEW PRAIRIE, NORTH JUDSON-SAN PIERRE, OREGON-DAVIS, RIVER FOREST, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS), WESTVILLE

4. LOGANSPORT (13) | DYKEMAN PARK GOLF COURSE | FRI, 9:30 AM ET 
CASTON, COVENANT CHRISTIAN (DEMOTTE), KANKAKEE VALLEY, LOGANSPORT, NORTH NEWTON, PIONEER, RENSSELAER CENTRAL, ROCHESTER COMMUNITY, SOUTH NEWTON, TRI-COUNTY, TWIN LAKES, WEST CENTRAL, WINAMAC COMMUNITY

5. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (13) | COYOTE CROSSING GOLF COURSE | FRI, 9 AM ET 
BENTON CENTRAL, CARROLL (FLORA), CLINTON CENTRAL, CLINTON PRAIRIE, DELPHI COMMUNITY, FAITH CHRISTIAN, FRONTIER, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC, LAFAYETTE JEFFERSON, MCCUTCHEON, ROSSVILLE, WEST LAFAYETTE

6. WESTFIELD (10) | ULEN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB | MON, 8:45 AM ET 
BETHESDA CHRISTIAN, CARMEL, FRANKFORT, GUERIN CATHOLIC, LEBANON, SHERIDAN, UNIVERSITY, WESTERN BOONE, WESTFIELD, ZIONSVILLE

7. SOUTH BEND RILEY (13) | ERSKINE GOLF COURSE | MON, 9 AM ET 
ELKHART, ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, GLENN, LAVILLE, MISHAWAKA, MISHAWAKA MARIAN, PENN, SOUTH BEND ADAMS, SOUTH BEND CLAY, SOUTH BEND RILEY, SOUTH BEND SAINT JOSEPH, SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON, TRINITY SCHOOL AT GREENLAWN

8. NORTHRIDGE (12) | MEADOW VALLEY GOLF CLUB | FRI, 8 AM ET 
BETHANY CHRISTIAN, BREMEN, CONCORD, FAIRFIELD, GOSHEN, JIMTOWN, LAKELAND, NORTHRIDGE, NORTHWOOD, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS, WEST NOBLE, WESTVIEW

9. EAST NOBLE (12) | NOBLE HAWK GOLF LINKS – KENDALLVILLE | FRI, 9 AM ET 
ANGOLA, CARROLL (FORT WAYNE), CENTRAL NOBLE, CHURUBUSCO, DEKALB, EAST NOBLE, EASTSIDE, FORT WAYNE NORTHROP, FREMONT, GARRETT, HAMILTON, LEO

10. WARSAW (12) | ROZELLA FORD GOLF CLUB | FRI, 8 AM ET 
COLUMBIA CITY, CULVER ACADEMIES, CULVER COMMUNITY, HUNTINGTON NORTH, MANCHESTER, NORTHFIELD, PLYMOUTH, TIPPECANOE VALLEY, TRITON, WARSAW COMMUNITY, WAWASEE, WHITKO

11. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (13) | CHESTNUT HILLS GOLF CLUB | FRI, 8:30 AM ET 
FORT WAYNE BISHOP DWENGER, FORT WAYNE BISHOP LUERS, FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN, FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY, FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA LUTHERAN, FORT WAYNE NORTH SIDE, FORT WAYNE SNIDER, FORT WAYNE SOUTH SIDE, FORT WAYNE WAYNE, HERITAGE, HOMESTEAD, NEW HAVEN, WOODLAN

12. PERU (12) | ROCK HOLLOW GOLF CLUB | MON, 9 AM ET 
EASTERN (GREENTOWN), KOKOMO, LEWIS CASS, MACONAQUAH, NORTH MIAMI, NORTHWESTERN, PERU, SOUTHWOOD, TAYLOR, TRI-CENTRAL, WABASH, WESTERN

13. NORWELL (12) | TIMBER RIDGE GOLF CLUB | FRI, 9 AM ET 
ADAMS CENTRAL, BELLMONT, BLACKFORD, BLUFFTON, EASTBROOK, MADISON-GRANT, MARION, MISSISSINEWA, NORWELL, OAK HILL, SOUTH ADAMS, SOUTHERN WELLS

14. INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (11) | MAPLE CREEK GOLF CLUB | FRI, 8:30 AM ET 
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN, INDIANAPOLIS ARSENAL TECHNICAL, INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD, INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL, INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA MEMORIAL, INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF INDIANA, LAWRENCE CENTRAL, LAWRENCE NORTH, NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS), PARK TUDOR, WARREN CENTRAL

15. NOBLESVILLE (12) | HARBOUR TREES GOLF CLUB | MON, 8 AM ET 
ALEXANDRIA MONROE, ANDERSON, DALEVILLE, ELWOOD COMMUNITY, FISHERS, FRANKTON, HAMILTON HEIGHTS, HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN, LAPEL, NOBLESVILLE, PENDLETON HEIGHTS, TIPTON

16. MONROE CENTRAL (12) | HICKORY HILLS GOLF COURSE | MON, 9 AM ET 
COWAN, DELTA, JAY COUNTY, MONROE CENTRAL, MUNCIE BURRIS, MUNCIE CENTRAL, RANDOLPH SOUTHERN, UNION CITY, WAPAHANI, WES-DEL, WINCHESTER COMMUNITY, YORKTOWN

17. GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (13) | HAWK’S TAIL OF GREENFIELD | MON, 9 AM ET 
BLUE RIVER VALLEY, EASTERN HANCOCK, GREENFIELD-CENTRAL, KNIGHTSTOWN, MORRISTOWN, MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE), NEW CASTLE, NEW PALESTINE, SHELBYVILLE, SHENANDOAH, SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBYVILLE), TRITON CENTRAL, WALDRON

18. UNION COUNTY (11) | LIBERTY COUNTRY CLUB | MON, 9 AM ET 
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN, CENTERVILLE, CONNERSVILLE, FRANKLIN COUNTY, HAGERSTOWN, NORTHEASTERN, RICHMOND, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, TRI, UNION (MODOC), UNION COUNTY

19. ATTICA (11) | HARRISON HILLS COUNTRY CLUB | FRI, 8:30 AM ET 
ATTICA, COVINGTON, CRAWFORDSVILLE, FOUNTAIN CENTRAL, GREENCASTLE, NORTH MONTGOMERY, NORTH PUTNAM, PARKE HERITAGE, SEEGER, SOUTH VERMILLION, SOUTHMONT

20. INDIANAPOLIS CRISPUS ATTUCKS (11) | SOUTH GROVE GOLF COURSE | MON, 9 AM ET 
BEECH GROVE, BEN DAVIS, BREBEUF JESUIT PREPARATORY, COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDPLS), DECATUR CENTRAL, INDIANAPOLIS CARDINAL RITTER, INDIANAPOLIS CRISPUS ATTUCKS, INDIANAPOLIS GEORGE WASHINGTON COMMUNITY, INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE, PIKE, RIVERSIDE, SPEEDWAY

21. MARTINSVILLE (12) | FOXCLIFF GOLF COURSE | MON, 9:30 AM ET 
AVON, BROWNSBURG, CASCADE, CLOVERDALE, DANVILLE COMMUNITY, MARTINSVILLE, MONROVIA, MOORESVILLE, OWEN VALLEY, PLAINFIELD, SOUTH PUTNAM, TRI-WEST HENDRICKS

22. LINTON-STOCKTON (12) | PHIL HARRIS GOLF COURSE | MON, 9 AM ET 
BLOOMFIELD, CLAY CITY, EASTERN GREENE, LINTON-STOCKTON, NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG), NORTHVIEW, SHAKAMAK, SULLIVAN, TERRE HAUTE NORTH VIGO, TERRE HAUTE SOUTH VIGO, WEST VIGO, WHITE RIVER VALLEY

23. VINCENNES LINCOLN (13) | CYPRESS HILLS GOLF CLUB OF VINCENNES | FRI, 9 AM ET 
BARR-REEVE, GIBSON SOUTHERN, NORTH DAVIESS, NORTH KNOX, PIKE CENTRAL, PRINCETON COMMUNITY, SOUTH KNOX, TECUMSEH, VINCENNES LINCOLN, VINCENNES RIVET, WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON CATHOLIC, WOOD MEMORIAL

24. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (12) | HELFRICH HILLS GOLF COURSE | THURS, 7 AM ET 
BOONVILLE, CASTLE, EVANSVILLE BOSSE, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL, EVANSVILLE DAY, EVANSVILLE F.J. REITZ, EVANSVILLE HARRISON, EVANSVILLE MATER DEI, EVANSVILLE NORTH, EVANSVILLE REITZ MEMORIAL, MT. VERNON, NORTH POSEY

25. FRANKLIN COMMUNITY (12) | THE LEGENDS GOLF CLUB | MON, 8 AM ET 
CENTER GROVE, EDINBURGH, FRANKLIN CENTRAL, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY, GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, GREENWOOD COMMUNITY, INDIAN CREEK, INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN, PERRY MERIDIAN, RONCALLI, SOUTHPORT, WHITELAND COMMUNITY

26. BLOOMINGTON NORTH (12) | CASCADES GOLF COURSE | MON, 8 AM ET 
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, BLOOMINGTON NORTH, BLOOMINGTON SOUTH, BROWN COUNTY, BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL, CROTHERSVILLE, EDGEWOOD, MITCHELL, SALEM, SEYMOUR, TRINITY LUTHERAN, WEST WASHINGTON

27. GREENSBURG (12) | GREENSBURG COUNTRY CLUB | FRI, 8:30 AM ET 
BATESVILLE, COLUMBUS EAST, COLUMBUS NORTH, EAST CENTRAL, GREENSBURG, HAUSER, JAC-CEN-DEL, LAWRENCEBURG, MILAN, NORTH DECATUR, OLDENBURG ACADEMY, SOUTH DEARBORN,

28. MADISON CONSOLIDATED (11) | SUNRISE GOLF COURSE | MON, 11 AM ET 
AUSTIN, CHARLESTOWN, HENRYVILLE, JENNINGS COUNTY, MADISON CONSOLIDATED, NEW WASHINGTON, RISING SUN, SCOTTSBURG, SHAWE MEMORIAL, SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER), SWITZERLAND COUNTY

29. JASPER (12) | SULTAN’S RUN GOLF CLUB | FRI, 11:30 AM ET 
CRAWFORD COUNTY, FOREST PARK, HERITAGE HILLS, JASPER, LOOGOOTEE, ORLEANS, PAOLI, PERRY CENTRAL, SOUTH SPENCER, SOUTHRIDGE, SPRINGS VALLEY, TELL CITY

30. PROVIDENCE (12) | COVERED BRIDGE GOLF CLUB | MON, 8 AM ET 
BORDEN, CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF INDIANA, CLARKSVILLE, CORYDON CENTRAL, FLOYD CENTRAL, JEFFERSONVILLE, LANESVILLE, NEW ALBANY, NORTH HARRISON, PROVIDENCE, SILVER CREEK, SOUTH CENTRAL (ELIZABETH)

INDIANA BOYS LACROSSE SEMI-FINALS:

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 11 CARMEL 6…HSE ADVANCES TO CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SATURDAY ON INDIANA SRN

INDIANA GIRLS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIPS-SATURDAY:

1A: HERITAGE CHRISTIAN VS. EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 4:30 (INDIANA SRN)

2A: CARMEL VS. GUERIN CATHOLIC 1:30 (INDIANA SRN)

MLB SCOREBOARD:

BOSTON 7 CINCINNATI 1

LA ANGELS AT NY YANKEES POSTPONED

CLEVELAND 4 KANSAS CITY 0

HOUSTON 5 OAKLAND 4

BALTIMORE 9 SEATTLE 2

TORONTO 7 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3

DETROIT 5 MINNESOTA 0

TAMPA BAY 4 TEXAS 3 (11)

NY METS 5 WASHINGTON 0

ST. LOUIS 5 SAN DIEGO 2

MIAMI 14 COLORADO 1

ATLANTA 6 ARIZONA 0

PHILADELPHIA 6 SAN FRANCISCO 5

COLORADO 13 MIAMI 12 (10)

CHICAGO CUBS 4 MILWAUKEE 3 (10)

PITTSBURGH 8 LA DODGERS 4

BOX SCORES: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/MLB/SCOREBOARD.ASP

MLB WIRE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/MLB/WIRE.ASP

MINOR LEAGUE SCOREBOARD:

INDIANAPOLIS 13 OMAHA 3

BOX SCORE: HTTPS://WWW.MILB.COM/GAMEDAY/INDIANS-VS-STORM-CHASERS/2022/06/01/665426#GAME_STATE=FINAL,LOCK_STATE=FINAL,GAME_TAB=BOX,GAME=665426

GREAT LAKES 3 FORT WAYNE 1

SOUTH BEND 3 DAYTON 0 (GAME SUSPENDED BOTTOM OF 6TH INNING)

NHL PLAYOFFS:

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

NY RANGERS [M2] VS. TAMPA BAY [A3]
GAME ONE: NY RANGERS 6 TAMPA BAY 2

BOX SCORE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=2022060101&HOME=13&VIS=20&FINAL=TRUE

FRIDAY, JUNE 3: 8 P.M. TAMPA BAY AT NYR, ESPN, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS    
SUNDAY, JUNE 5: 3 P.M. NYR AT TAMPA BAY, ESPN, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS
TUESDAY, JUNE 7: 8 P.M. NYR AT TAMPA BAY, ESPN, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS
*THURSDAY, JUNE 9: 8 P.M. TAMPA BAY AT NYR, TBD        
*SATURDAY, JUNE 11: 8 P.M. NYR AT TAMPA BAY, TBD    
*TUESDAY, JUNE 14: 8 P.M. TAMPA BAY AT NYR, TBD

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL 

COLORADO [C1] VS. EDMONTON [P2]
GAME 1: COLORADO 8 EDMONTON 6: BOX SCORE: 
HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=2022053117&HOME=17&VIS=6&FINAL=TRUE

THURSDAY, JUNE 2: 8 P.M.: EDMONTON AT COLORADO, TNT, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS
SATURDAY, JUNE 4: 8 P.M.: COLORADO AT EDMONTON, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS, TNT
MONDAY, JUNE 6: 8 P.M.: COLORADO AT EDMONTON, SPORTSNET, CBC, TVA SPORTS, TNT
*WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8 TBD: EDMONTON AT COLORADO, TBD        
*FRIDAY, JUNE 10: TBD: COLORADO AT EDMONTON, TBD    
*SUNDAY, JUNE 12: TBD: EDMONTON AT COLORADO, TBD

NHL WIRE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NHL/WIRE.ASP

NBA FINALS: PREVIEW: HTTPS://WWW.CBSSPORTS.COM/NBA/NEWS/2022-NBA-FINALS-PREDICTIONS-EXPERT-PICKS-FOR-WARRIORS-VS-CELTICS-IN-SERIES-THAT-COULD-BE-AN-INSTANT-CLASSIC/

GAME 1: THURSDAY, JUNE 2: BOSTON VS. GOLDEN STATE, 9 ET, ABC

GAME 2: SUNDAY, JUNE 5: BOSTON VS. GOLDEN STATE, 8 ET, ABC

GAME 3: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8: GOLDEN STATE VS. BOSTON, 9 ET, ABC

GAME 4: FRIDAY, JUNE 10: GOLDEN STATE VS. BOSTON, 9 ET, ABC

GAME 5: MONDAY, JUNE 13: BOSTON VS. GOLDEN STATE, 9 ET, ABC (IF NECESSARY)

GAME 6: THURSDAY, JUNE 16: GOLDEN STATE VS. BOSTON, 9 ET, ABC (IF NECESSARY)

GAME 7: SUNDAY, JUNE 19: BOSTON VS. GOLDEN STATE, 8 ET, ABC(IF NECESSARY)

NBA WIRE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/NBA/WIRE.ASP

WNBA SCOREBOARD:

NEW YORK 87 INDIANA 74

BOX SCORE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/WNBA/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=20220601005&FINAL=TRUE

ATLANTA 84 MINNESOTA 76

BOX SCORE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/WNBA/BOXSCORE.ASP?GAMECODE=20220601018&FINAL=TRUE

NFL WIRE: HTTP://HOSTED.STATS.COM/FB/WIRE.ASP

COLLEGE BASEBALL TOURNAMENT FIELD OF 64 BRACKET:

HTTPS://WWW.NCAA.COM/BRACKETS/PRINT/BASEBALL/D1/2022

KNOXVILLE REGIONAL HOSTED BY TENNESSEE

STATESBORO REGIONAL HOSTED BY GA. SOUTHERN

AUSTIN REGIONAL HOSTED BY TEXAS

GREENVILLE REGIONAL HOSTED BY EAST CAROLINA

COLLEGE STATION REGIONAL HOSTED BY TEXAS A&M

LOUISVILLE REGIONAL HOSTED BY LOUISVILLE

GAINESVILLE REGIONAL HOSTED FLORIDA

BLACKSBURG REGIONAL HOSTED BY VIRGINIA TECH

STANFORD REGIONAL HOSTED BY STANFORD

COLLEGE PARK REGIONAL HOSTED BY MARYLAND

CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL HOSTED BY NORTH CAROLINA

STILLWATER REGIONAL HOSTED BY OKLAHOMA ST.

CORAL GABLES REGIONAL HOSTED BY MIAMI (FLORIDA)

HATTIESBURG REGIONAL HOSTED BY SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

AUBURN REGIONAL HOSTED BY AUBURN

CORVALLIS REGIONAL HOSTED BY OREGON STATE

COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES MATCH-UPS

THURSDAY, JUNE 2

GAME 1: 12 P.M. | TEXAS AT NO. 5 UCLA | ESPN
GAME 2: 
2:30 P.M. | NO. 9 NORTHWESTERN AT NO. 1 OKLAHOMA | ESPN
GAME 3: 
7 P.M. | OREGON STATE AT NO. 14 FLORIDA | ESPN
GAME 4: 
9:30 P.M. | ARIZONA AT NO. 7 OKLAHOMA STATE | ESPN

FRIDAY, JUNE 3

GAME 5: 7 P.M. | LOSER OF GAME 1 VS. LOSER OF GAME 2 | ESPN2
GAME 6: 
9:30 P.M. | LOSER OF GAME 3 VS. LOSER OF GAME 4 | ESPN2

SATURDAY, JUNE 4

GAME 7: 3 P.M. | WINNER OF GAME 1 VS. WINNER OF GAME 2 | ABC
GAME 8: 
7 P.M. | WINNER OF GAME 3 VS. WINNER OF GAME 4 | ESPN

SUNDAY, JUNE 5

GAME 9: 3 P.M. | WINNER OF GAME 5 VS. LOSER OF GAME 8 | ABC
GAME 10: 
7 P.M. | WINNER OF GAME 6 VS. LOSER OF GAME 7 | ESPN2

MONDAY, JUNE 6

GAME 11: 12 P.M. | WINNER OF GAME 7 VS. WINNER OF GAME 9 | ESPN
GAME 12 (IF NECESSARY): 2:30 P.M.
GAME 13: 
7 P.M. | WINNER OF GAME 8 VS. WINNER OF GAME 10 | ESPN
GAME 14 (IF NECESSARY): 9:30 P.M.

WCWS FINALS

GAME 1: 8:30 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8
GAME 2: 7:30 P.M. ON THURSDAY, JUNE 9
GAME 3: 8:30 P.M. (IF NECESSARY), ON FRIDAY, JUNE 10

TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES

CHYTIL SCORES TWICE, RANGERS ROUT LIGHTNING 6-2 IN GAME 1

NEW YORK (AP) Filip Chytil has found his scoring touch and it’s helping the New York Rangers get on quite a roll.

Chytil scored twice in the second period and the Rangers routed the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

After scoring eight goals in 67 games during the regular season, the 22-year-old center has seven in 15 playoff games – including five goals in the last three.

“I was working hard for the whole season,” Chytil said. “There were tough moments, so many chances but I couldn’t put it in the net. … When you’re not putting pucks to the net you’re not helping the team that much and maybe start to be a little frustrated. But now it’s finally going in, I am so happy I can help the team like this in winning the games.”

Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Frank Vatrano each had a goal and an assist, Chris Kreider also scored and Alexis Lafreniere and Adam Fox each had two assists to help New York win its franchise-record seventh straight home playoff game. Igor Shesterkin stopped 37 shots to improve to 8-3 in the last 11 games.

The Rangers have totaled 17 goals while winning their last three games after scoring nine over the previous five.

“There was a lot of sharpness,” Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said. “Obviously, (the Lightning) were a little bit rusty tonight, they weren’t the same after nine days off. … Our game’s good, we’re playing well, we’re doing the right things now. We just got to continue to do that.”

Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist, and Ondrej Palat also scored for Tampa Bay, which had won six straight and was playing for the first time since completing its second-round sweep of Florida on May 23. Andrei Vasilevskiy, who gave up just three goals in four games against the Panthers, had 28 saves.

“You’ve got to give them credit. They are a really good hockey team,” Stamkos said. “We certainly didn’t have our best. I think we know what we have to do better. Been in this position before. I am confident we will have a better effort next game. It’s Game 1 of a long series.”

Game 2 is Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

The score was tied 1-1 after 20 minutes before the Rangers took control in the second period.

Vatrano gave the Rangers a 2-1 lead at 7:50 of the second as he fired a shot from the left circle past Vasilevskiy high on the blocker side for his fourth of the postseason.

Palat tied it at 8:32, backhanding the rebound of a shot by Stamkos past Shesterkin for his fifth of the playoffs.

The Rangers regained the lead 1:19 later. Kaapo Kakko brought the puck from behind the Lightning net to the goalie’s right and sent a pass to Chytil in slot that he fired past Vasilevskiy. It marked the third straight game Chytil scored.

Chytil made it 4-2 with 4:17 left as he got a cross-ice pass from K’Andre Miller and fired a one-timer past Vasilevskiy for his seventh of the postseason – and fifth in three games.

Panarin got a cross-ice pass from Andrew Copp in the left circle on a 2-on-1 and fired it past Vasilevskiy to give the Rangers a three-goal lead 30 seconds into the third. It was his fifth of the playoffs.

Less than two minutes later, Shesterkin made two big saves during a Lightning power play, and was down on the ice for several minutes after getting hit in the head by Stamkos after the second save.

Zibanejad made it 6-2 at 6:06 after extended time in the offensive zone on a power play, firing a one-timer from the left circle off a pass from Panarin for his eighth of the playoffs. It gave the Rangers a goal with the man advantage for the sixth straight game, tying a franchise playoff record, previously accomplished in 1986 and 1990.

“You just try to be ready for any pass,” Zibanejad said. “It worked out today, so it’s good. Biggest thing was it went in.”

With much of the focus coming into this series centered on the goalies, the Madison Square Garden crowd began chants of “I-gor’s bet-ter! I-gor’s bet-ter!” midway through the third period.

“They played a good game,” Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said. “They are rolling. We expected that . You never want to lose two in a row. To bounce back is going to be huge.”

Tempers flared with less than two minutes remaining as several skirmishes broke out in one corner. Ten players received penalties – including two on the Rangers’ Barclay Goodrow – to put Tampa Bay on a power play to finish the game.

Kreider got the Rangers on the scoreboard first 1:11 into the game on the game’s first shot on goal, scoring off a cross-ice pass from Zibanejad on a 2-on-1 from the inside edge of the left circle for his ninth goal of the postseason.

Stamkos tied it at 7:19 as he fired a slap shot from the high slot just under the crossbar for his fifth of the playoffs.

STATS

Zibanejad extended his points streak to six games with five goals and five assists in the stretch. … The Rangers have scored six goals in consecutive playoff games for the first time since their Cup-winning run in 1994.

CLIMBING LISTS

Kreider has 51 postseason points, tying Walt Tkaczuk for the fifth place in New York franchise history. His 33rd postseason goal moved one behind Rod Gilbert for the most in franchise history.

CANADIENS SIGN HEAD COACH ST. LOUIS TO 3-YEAR EXTENSION

MONTREAL (AP) Hall of Famer Martin St. Louis officially became the 32nd head coach in Montreal Canadiens’ history after signing a three-year contract extension on Wednesday, nearly four months after being named interim coach.

St. Louis, 46, took over from Dominique Ducharme, who was fired on Feb. 9. The Canadiens finished out the season with a 14-19-4 record under St. Louis.

“Martin is a proven leader, a great communicator with a deep understanding of and passion for the game of hockey,” general manager Kent Hughes said. “His arrival brought a renewed energy to our group, and we look forward to him returning behind the bench to continue guiding our team for the foreseeable future.”

The Canadiens, who were Stanley Cup finalists in 2021, finished last in the NHL this season, going 22-49-11.

They hold the first overall selection in the NHL draft, which is scheduled for July 7-8 at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Before coaching, St. Louis enjoyed a stellar playing career, collecting 1,033 points (391 goals, 642 assists) in 1,134 regular-season games with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers. He won the Stanley Cup and the Hart Trophy as the league MVP with the Lightning in 2004 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2018.

WHITLOCK AND BRADLEY JR. HELP RED SOX BEAT REDS 7-1

BOSTON (AP) Garrett Whitlock pitched six strong innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in four runs to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-1 on Wednesday night.

“Good,” Whitlock said of his outing. “A lot of quick outs, and me and (catcher Christian Vazquez) were on the same page.”

Whitlock (2-1) allowed five hits and one unearned run before two relievers completed the seven-hitter.

“Really good, efficient, kept the ball down, kept them off balance, we played good defense behind him,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora of Whitlock’s outing.

Boston got to Hunter Greene (2-7) in the fourth inning. Greene struck out seven batters in the first three innings before the Red Sox broke through.

“He has electric stuff,” Bradley said of Greene. “He can sit at 100 mph. He was able to locate pitches. He kept us off-balance early, and we were able to settle in and make some adjustments.”

Rafael Devers opened the fourth with a double. J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts followed with singles and Alex Verdugo had a run-scoring double. Two outs later, Bradley singled home Verdugo ending Greene’s evening. He gave up four runs in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out eight.

“Honestly, for me tonight, I lost the focus on staying present,” Greene said. “I felt very present in the first three innings. I slowly started to drift away in that next inning, in the fourth…That’s going to happen, but trying to lock back in as quick as possible is what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, that was a little more of a challenge tonight. I don’t want to think of it as an excuse, but looking back, I think that was a part of the issue in the fourth, trying to stay as present as possible.”

Boston added three more runs in the eighth inning off right-hander Jeff Hoffman, who issued three one-out walks to Bogaerts, Verdugo and Story (intentional). Bradley followed with a bases-clearing triple.

RAINER’S ROOM

Reds: OF Tyler Naquin was placed on the injured list with a left quad strain. OF Tommy Pham was scratched from the lineup because of left lower leg discomfort. He was available off the bench, and is expected to be in the lineup on Thursday. 2B Jonathan India, sidelined with a right hamstring injury, is expected to undergo an MRI on Monday. OF TJ Friedl was activated to take Naquin’s spot on the roster.

Red Sox: RHP Matt Barnes was placed on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. LHP Matt Strahm was reinstated from the COVID-19-related injury list, taking Barnes’ place on the roster.

UP NEXT:

Reds: Cincinnati opens a four-game series at Washington on Thursday. RHP Graham Ashcraft (1-0, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to face Nationals RHP Joan Adon (1-8, 6.08). Ashcraft, who made his major league debut on May 22, is making his third start of the season, first against Washington.

Red Sox: Boston has an off-day Thursday before starting a 10-game West Coast road trip on Friday in Oakland. RHP Nathan Eovaldi (2-2, 3.77) is expected to start, opposed by Athletics RHP James Kaprielian (0-2, 5.93).

MOREL HITS SAC FLY IN 10TH AS CUBS BEAT BREWERS 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) Almost as soon as the winning run crossed the plate, Chicago Cubs rookie Christopher Morel got swarmed.

He came through in a big moment and set off quite a celebration.

Morel drove in Jason Heyward with a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday night.

“I love baseball,” Morel said. “God gave me this moment, so I need to give everything every time I go on the field.”

Heyward started on second base and moved up on a groundout by Nick Madrigal. Morel then fouled off two pitches and took a ball before ending it with a fly to left against Hoby Milner (2-1) that was deep enough to bring in the winning run. Teammates mobbed the 22-year-old Dominican in the infield after Heyward scored.

Morel extended his club record by reaching base in his first 15 major league games, when he walked and scored in a two-run first.

“There are guys that were just meant to play baseball,” Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks said. “He’s definitely just a baseball player, a ballplayer. Those are guys you love having around. It feeds to everyone.”

Willson Contreras singled twice, drove in a run and scored one after hitting home runs in his previous two games.

Hendricks went five innings, allowing three runs and six hits, after losing his previous two starts.

Five relievers combined to shut out Milwaukee the rest of the way, with Mark Leiter Jr. (1-1) getting out of a tough spot in the 10th.

The Brewers had a runner on third with one out in the 10th after Jace Peterson advanced on a wild pitch. He was thrown out trying to score on Kolten Wong’s fielder’s choice grounder to second baseman Madrigal. Tyrone Taylor flied to right, and the Cubs salvaged a four-game split with the NL Central leaders after getting swept in a doubleheader on Monday.

SOLID DEBUT

Jason Alexander lasted seven innings after being called up from Triple-A Nashville to make his major league debut. The 29-year-old right-hander gave up three runs – two earned – and seven hits.

Alexander said he felt like he had been through a “30-hour day.” But he settled down after struggling through the first.

“I tried to take some breaths and slow myself down,” he said. “It’s hard to do when you’re out there on the mound but coming into the dugout after the first inning, I was able to calm myself down and then I felt fine the second inning on.”

PETERSON DELIVERS

Peterson added three hits, scored a run and drove in one. He tripled and came around in the third, and knocked an RBI double off the center-field wall in the fifth against Hendricks to give Milwaukee a short-lived 3-2 lead. He also doubled off the right-field ivy in the seventh.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: The Brewers transferred RHP Jake Cousins (right elbow) to the 60-day injured list and optioned RHP Luke Barker to Triple-A Nashville. Cousins has a 4.50 ERA in eight relief appearances.

Cubs: The Cubs placed LHP Drew Smyly on the 15-day injured list Wednesday because of a strained right oblique. The Cubs had no timeline on when Smyly will resume baseball activities, though manager David Ross said he is feeling better than the images taken would indicate. He has been one of Chicago’s most reliable starters, with a 3.80 ERA in nine outings. … The Cubs also activated Heyward from the injured list and right-hander Michael Rucker (left turf toe) from the 15-day IL. OF Nelson Velazquez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, and RHP Manuel Rodriguez was recalled from Iowa and placed on the 60-day injured list because of a strained right elbow.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (3-5, 3.69 ERA) gets the ball as the Brewers open a seven-game homestand against San Diego. LHP Sean Manaea (2-3, 4.02) starts for the Padres.

Cubs: Chicago opens a five-game, four-day series against St. Louis, with RHP Keegan Thompson (5-0, 1.58) making another spot start for the Cubs and LHP Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 3.72) pitching for the Cardinals. Thompson, who outpitched Johnny Cueto in a win over the crosstown White Sox on Saturday, has made three starts and 11 appearances.

PILKINGTON GETS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE WIN, GUARDIANS SWEEP KC

CLEVELAND (AP) Rookie Konnor Pilkington struck out eight in five innings for his first major league win and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Pilkington, making his third career start and sixth appearance, worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth. The left-hander is taking the rotation spot of injured Aaron Civale.

Pilkington was showered with beer by teammates to commemorate the win. He knew the importance of getting out of the fourth inning.

“I know I needed some kind of action, maybe a strikeout, maybe a double-play ball, something like that,” he said. “Cards fell my way and I just kept executing pitches.”

Jose Ramirez had a run-scoring groundout in the fifth for his major league leading 52nd RBI. Amed Rosario, Andres Gimenez and Richie Palacios also drove in runs for Cleveland.

Kansas City has dropped 11 of 13 and has the worst record in the majors at 16-33.

Brad Keller (1-6) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings.

Four Cleveland pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts. Royals manager Mike Matheny thought Keller gave his team a chance to win but pointed to those strikeouts as a major factor in another difficult day.

“It continues to be tough,” Matheny said. “We’ve had some really hard losses and every one of them now continues to pile on the frustration in that room.”

Pilkington (1-0) struck out his first four hitters. He stranded two in the second and one in the third before dodging major trouble in the fourth.

The inning began when Salvador Perez walked and MJ Melendez singled. Pilkington struck out Hunter Dozier, but Carlos Santana’s sharply hit single to right loaded the bases.

Pitching coach Carl Willis visited Pilkington on the mound to help him regroup. Emmanuel Rivera struck out and Nicky Lopez grounded out to end the inning.

“I don’t want to sound bad or anything but my stuff plays,” said Pilkington, who was acquired from Washington last season for infielder Cesar Hernandez. “Trusting my fastball and trusting my changeup and being able to locate those pitches. And then when they start to get on, being able to adjust.”

Pilkington began the season in Cleveland’s bullpen amid expanded rosters. He started in a doubleheader and was sent to Triple-A Columbus and was recalled when Civale was injured on May 20.

The Royals, who have a day off Thursday, completed a stretch of 26 games in 25 days.

Cleveland has had seven games postponed by inclement weather at Progressive Field this season. Heavy rain fell seconds after Emmanuel Clase recorded the final out Wednesday.

CIVALE UPDATE

Civale (left gluteal soreness) underwent a procedure to aspirate blood from the affected area, which has delayed his return. Cleveland hopes he can pitch off a mound this weekend.

STREAKS

Andrew Benintendi had three hits and has reached base in 23 straight games. … Cleveland rookie Oscar Gonzalez was 0 for 4 after hitting safely in his first five major league games.

SEE YOU LATER

The Royals don’t return to Cleveland until late September for a stretch of six days. The teams complete the regular season with six games from Sept. 30-Oct. 5.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Royals: C Cam Gallagher (left hamstring strain) caught five innings in his first game on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday and was hitless in two at-bats. He has missed 28 games.

Guardians: RHP James Karinchak (strained shoulder) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Columbus on Wednesday night. He was injured during spring training.

UP NEXT

Royals: RHP Brady Singer (2-0, 2.49 ERA), coming off a win over Minnesota in his last start, will open a three-game home series against Houston on Friday night.

Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (12-3, 3.19 ERA) will pitch the opener of a three-game series in Baltimore on Friday night. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner allowed one run in eight innings Detroit in his last start.

ARENADO SPARKS CARDINALS TO 5-2 WIN OVER PADRES

ST. LOUIS (AP) Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and drove in three, Dakota Hudson threw seven strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Nick Wittgren earned his first save as a Cardinal by getting the last out of the game when he retired pinch-hitter Robinson Cano on a fly ball with the bases loaded. The Cardinals have won five of six games. The Padres have lost four of five.

“I’ve done that quite a few times in my career, come with the bases loaded,” Wittgren said. “It never gets old. You want the ball in your hand as a reliever.”

Paul Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 23 games and reached safely for a career-best 37th consecutive game. Goldschmidt went 1 for 2 with two walks and two runs scored. He is hitting .353 this season.

Hudson (4-2) gave up a run in the first inning but shut out the Padres over the next six innings. He allowed one run on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts. At one point, Hudson retired 18 consecutive hitters.

“He stepped it up and gave us exactly what we needed,” St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said.

Yu Darvish (4-3) pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up five runs and seven hits.

“I thought everything was working pretty good,” Darvish said through a translator. “I couldn’t locate the fastball to Arenado and we got hurt there.”

Arenado’s 10th home run came after Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak with a one-out single in the sixth. Arenado sent an 0-1 fastball over the left-field fence, giving St. Louis a 3-1 advantage.

“Today it was just cool to get back-to-back hits,” Arenado said about him and Goldschmidt. “When he’s swinging it, I’m not swinging it. It felt great for me individually. But it felt good today is help us out.”

Goldschmidt’s career high-hit streak is 26, from Sept. 10, 2013 to April 4, 2014 with Arizona.

In the eighth, Arendado chased Darvish with a run-scoring single with two outs. He scored on a double by Juan Yepez, who drove in two runs.

Yepez’ first RBI made it a 1-1 tie in the fourth. His sacrifice fly scored Goldschmidt, who drew his second walk to begin the inning. He went to third with aggressive baserunning on a single by Arenado.

San Diego scored a run in the first on an RBI single by Manny Machado. Jurickson Profar led off the game with a double.

The Padres’ second run came in the ninth on a one-out homer by St. Louis native Luke Voit off reliever Kodi Whitley. It was Voit’s first homer off St. Louis, which drafted him in 2013.

“When you’re dealing with a small margin for error with us not scoring much offensively, it makes it a little more difficult,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said.

DEFENSIVE GEM

CF Harrison Bader dived head first and hit the grass as he caught a shallow fly by Ha-Seong Kim in the first inning with two outs and runners on second and third base.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: OF Matt Beaty (left shoulder impingement) was temporarily shut down in his rehab assignment and was sent to the team’s training facility in Arizona.

Cardinals: 2B Nolan Gorman (lower back tightness) missed his second consecutive game. The 22-year-old rookie is hitting .387 since he joined the club May 20. He can swing a bat but bending over to field causes some pain. … LHP Steven Matz (shoulder impingement) has played catch twice. His likely next move will be to throw two side sessions. If there are no setbacks, Matz may have a short rehab outing or return to the Cardinals on a limited-pitch basis. … RHP Alex Reyes (shoulder) was slated to undergo surgery Wednesday that’s likely to end his season.

UP NEXT

Padres: LHP Sean Manaea (2-3, 4.02) will face RHP Adrian Houser in Milwaukee. Manaea pitched seven innings against Pittsburgh in his last start, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five.

Cardinals: LHP Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 3.72) will face the Chicago Cubs and RHP Keegan Thompson (5-0, 1.58) for the first time.

CABRERA TAKES NO-HITTER INTO 6TH, MARLINS POUND ROCKIES 14-1

DENVER (AP) Rookie right-hander Edward Cabrera took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and struck out nine in earning his first big league win, Jazz Chisholm Jr. homered and drove in four, and the Miami Marlins had 21 hits in routing the Colorado Rockies 14-1 on Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Cabrera, a 24-year-old from the Dominican Republic, used a fastball topping out at 99 mph with a slider and changeup to baffle Colorado’s lineup. He allowed one hit over six innings, overcoming four walks and two hit batters in the Marlins’ second win in seven games.

“This is a game I dedicated to my aunt, who passed away a few days ago,” Cabrera said through an interpreter. “I always felt she was there. She was with me during the whole game, so it was very special.”

After Cabrera hit Yonathan Daza above the left elbow with a 98 mph fastball to lead off the sixth, C.J. Cron lined to left for the Rockies’ first hit. Cabrera (1-0) later got Sam Hilliard to fly to left with the bases loaded to end the threat.

“To achieve something like this shows the work you put through the offseason,” Cabrera said.

Cabrera, among Miami’s top prospects, made seven starts for the Marlins last year, going 0-3 with a 5.81 ERA. An injury in spring training hurt his chances of making the roster for the start of the season, and he had been at Triple-A Jacksonville.

Colorado right-hander German Marquez was to face lefty Trevor Rogers in the second game of the Rockies’ third doubleheader in 12 days.

Chisholm hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning off starter Antonio Senzatela (2-3), who gave up a career-high 13 hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings in his first start after being sidelined with a sore back.

“The backbreaker was the homer by Chisholm,” manager Bud Black said. “Looked to be a fastball and didn’t get to the spot.”

The Marlins were without Joey Wendle (hamstring) and Brian Anderson (back), who were both placed on the 10-day injured list. They didn’t need their offense in the opener, as everybody in Miami’s lineup had a hit by the fourth inning and the top five in the order went a combined 14 for 28.

Garrett Cooper, Jorge Soler, Avisail Garcia, Jesus Sanchez and Bryan De La Cruz each had three hits. The Marlins scored just one run in losing the series opener Monday.

“When we don’t hit, we don’t hit as a team,” Chisholm said. “So we need to hit as a team and that’s what we were trying to come together and do today.”

Rockies outfielder Randal Grichuk pitched a perfect ninth inning that included a 55 mph curveball in his big league pitching debut.

Brendan Rodgers’ one-out double in the ninth extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Marlins: It’s the third time Wendle has been sidelined this season with a right hamstring strain. “This is the one that has been more sore than the other ones,” manager Don Mattingly said. … Anderson should be able to return when he’s eligible on June 7, Mattingly said. … C Nick Fortes stayed in after getting hit in the helmet by Chad Smith’s 97 mph pitch in the seventh.

Rockies: LHP prospect Ryan Rolison, on the 60-day injured list, is scheduled to see a shoulder specialist on June 13. … Black said Daza was sore after getting hit and wasn’t in the Game 2 lineup.

MARLINS LOSE DUNAND

Atlanta claimed Marlins INF Joe Dunand off waivers and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett. Dunand went 3 for 10 with a homer in three games with Miami.

UP NEXT

Marlins: Return home with RHP Sandy Alcantara (5-2, 2.00 ERA) starting the opener of a four-game series against San Francisco on Thursday night.

Rockies: LHP Austin Gomber (2-5, 5.51) faces Atlanta RHP Ian Anderson (3-3, 4.34) on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Coors Field. RHP Ryan Feltner, who earned his first major league win Monday after being recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque, is expected to remain with the team and start Sunday’s series finale.

RILEY HOMERS, WRIGHT THROWS 6 SCORELESS IN ATLANTA’S 6-0 WIN

PHOENIX (AP) Austin Riley hit a three-run homer, William Contreras had three hits – including two of Atlanta’s five doubles – and Kyle Wright threw six scoreless innings in the Braves’ 6-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Riley’s homer broke open a close game in the seventh for the Braves, who salvaged the final game and avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season. Adam Duvall, Michael Harris II and Guillermo Heredia also doubled for Atlanta.

Wright (5-3) received more than three runs of support for the first time this season while giving up three hits and five walks with five strikeouts in his seventh quality start. The Braves had scored 16 runs when he was in the game in his previous nine starts.

Riley’s homer, his 13th, gave Atlanta a 5-0 lead in its third combined shutout of the season. Arizona has been shut out five times.

Atlanta’s five doubles – all with an exit velocity of at least 105 mph – came in the first four innings off Madison Bumgarner (2-4), who had won his last eight decisions against the Braves.

Ketel Marte singled and walked twice while extending his career-long hitting streak to 14 games for the Diamondbacks, who did not have a hit in the last five innings and got only three runners as far as second base.

Contreras drove in Dansby Swanson with his first doubles in the first inning, and Harris II doubled in Duvall in the second for a 2-0 lead. Bumgarner gave up seven hits and two walks and struck out six.

SLOW START

Defending World Series champion Atlanta is (24-27) is 10 1/2 games behind the the NL East-leading New York Mets (35-17), the furthest it has been out of first place since finishing the 2017 season 25 games behind Washington.

Atlanta was eight games out of first place and five games under .500 last June 16, its lowest points before rebounding in 2021. Atlanta is 7-6 during a stretch in which it will play 29 consecutive games against teams with a losing record.

DOUBLING DOWN

Matt Olson had his doubles streak broken Wednesday after hitting five in the previous three games, but he still leads the major leagues with 23 doubles this season and is on pace for 73.

Boston outfielder Earl Webb holds the major-league record, 67, set in 1931. Only six players have hit 60 doubles in a season, the last when Hall of Famers Joe Medwick and Charlie Gehringer did it in 1936. The Braves’ franchise record is 51, by Hall of Famer Hugh Duffy in 1984.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves: OF Ronald Acuna Jr. was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday as Atlanta prepares to begin a four-game series at high-altitude, big-outfield Colorado on Thursday. . LHP Tyler Matzek (shoulder inflammation) was eligible to return from the injured list Wednesday but has not begun a throwing program.

Diamondbacks: RHP Humberto Castellanos (strained right elbow) was placed on the injured list Wednesday and LHP Paul Fry was recalled from Triple-A Reno in the corresponding move. Reliever Fry was acquired from Baltimore on May 18. Castellanos started Tuesday gave up five runs in 4 2/3 innings of a no-decision.

UP NEXT

Braves: RHP Ian Anderson (3-3, 4.34 ERA) is scheduled to face Colorado LHP Austin Gomber (2-5, 5.51) on Thursday in the first game of a four-game series at Coors Field.

Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (3-3, 3.67) is to oppose Pirates RHP JT Brubaker (0-4, 4.15) in Pittsburgh on Thursday, the first game of Arizona’s season-long 10-game road trip.

METS BLANK NATIONALS AGAIN 5-0 TO FINISH PERFECT HOMESTAND

NEW YORK (AP) Pitching for the first time in the majors with his father in the stands, Carlos Carrasco wanted to come through.

Well, he certainly did. Just about everyone in a New York Mets uniform is doing that these days.

Carrasco combined with three relievers on New York’s second consecutive shutout, Tomas Nido went 4 for 4 with three RBIs at the bottom of the batting order and the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 5-0 Wednesday to polish off a perfect homestand.

“We’re playing good baseball, regardless of who steps in,” shortstop Francisco Lindor said.

Lindor extended his RBI streak to 10 games, matching Hall of Famer Mike Piazza for the second-longest in franchise history. New York went 6-0 against NL East foes Philadelphia and Washington for its first undefeated homestand of six or more games since a 10-0 run in April 2015.

On deck, a much stiffer test.

The first-place Mets, riding their longest winning streak of the season, head to California for a 10-game trip against the Dodgers, Padres and Angels that starts Thursday night.

“It’s going to be a good challenge, but I think we are prepared,” Carrasco said.

Carrasco’s father, Luis, planned to arrive from Colombia in time to see his son pitch last Friday against the Phillies, but his flight was delayed. They were able to enjoy Wednesday’s win together, though, with Carrasco’s dad celebrating right alongside the smiling pitcher and his teammates in the clubhouse.

“It was really emotional,” said the 35-year-old Carrasco, in his 13th big league season. “It was really fun. Really special what the guys did for me.”

Minus injured aces Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom, the Mets (35-17) are 18 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2015 regular season 90-72 on the way to their last World Series appearance. They began the day with a 10 1/2-game lead in the NL East, tied with the 1971 San Francisco Giants for the largest in National League history entering June.

“I think this goes back to spring training,” Nido said. “We knew this team was built to win, and from day one everybody’s come to work.”

Nido had an RBI single in the fourth inning, and another run scored on the play when center fielder Dee Strange-Gordon fumbled the ball for an error. Lindor hit a sacrifice fly that scored Nido in the seventh, and the light-hitting catcher added a two-run double in the eighth to set a career high for hits.

Nationals left-hander Evan Lee (0-1) lasted 3 2/3 innings in his big league debut after getting called up from Double-A Harrisburg. He allowed two runs and four hits with three walks.

“I like what I saw,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s got good stuff. So he’ll probably get another opportunity in five days to go back out there and start again.

“I thought he did a really good job of handling himself.”

Working carefully to the few thumpers in Washington’s lineup, Carrasco (6-1) matched his career high with five walks and pitched out of trouble all afternoon against the last-place Nationals. He needed 95 pitches to get through five innings but stranded eight runners.

Seth Lugo tossed two innings before Adam Ottavino and Edwin Diaz finished a six-hitter on the 10th anniversary of Johan Santana’s no-hitter – the first in Mets history.

It was New York’s ninth shutout this season, most in the majors, and it followed a 10-0 whitewash of Washington on Tuesday night. The Mets are 13-2-1 in series this year – though their only two sweeps came on this homestand. The six-game winning streak marks their longest of the year.

“Our pitching staff was unbelievable this series,” Nido said. “Just executing in situations with men on base. No matter who’s on the other side, we try to jam it down their throat and get the job done.”

STAYING PUT

In a radio interview, Nationals president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo said the team won’t trade Juan Soto, its star right fielder. Rizzo told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan that Washington plans to build around the 23-year-old slugger, who can become a free agent following the 2024 season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: Veteran SS Alcides Escobar was placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring after getting hurt Tuesday night making a diving stop. Washington recalled 22-year-old Luis Garcia from Triple-A Rochester and plans to play him every day at shortstop. What that means for Escobar’s future with the rebuilding Nationals is uncertain. Martinez said that will be a conversation for when Escobar gets healthy. Garcia, who played in 110 major league games over the past two seasons, went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts. … Nelson Cruz was back in the lineup at DH after sitting out Tuesday night with a bruised left ankle.

Mets: CF Brandon Nimmo returned to the leadoff spot after missing four straight starts with a sore right wrist. … 2B/LF Jeff McNeil was rested. … The next step for RHP Tylor Megill (biceps inflammation) is probably a minor league rehab outing, and he might need just one or two before rejoining the rotation. Megill threw a simulated game Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Rookie RHP Joan Adon (1-8, 6.08 ERA), tied with teammate Patrick Corbin for the major league lead in losses, pitches Thursday night at Cincinnati in a matchup between the two worst teams in the National League. Rookie RHP Graham Ashcraft (1-0, 1.69) makes his third major league start for the Reds in the opener of a four-game series.

Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (3-0, 2.83) gets the ball Thursday night against RHP Tony Gonsolin (5-0, 1.80) and the Dodgers in the opener of a four-game set between the NL’s top two teams.

VERLANDER NEARS ANOTHER NO-HITTER, ASTROS RALLY PAST A’S 5-4

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Yordan Alvarez cleared the bases with a go-ahead double in the ninth and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.

Elvis Andrus broke up Verlander’s no-hit bid with an RBI double in the seventh inning that tied the game at 1. Christian Bethancourt followed with a two-run homer, his first drive since 2016, to give Oakland a 3-1 lead.

Houston responded with four runs in the ninth, keyed by Alvarez’s three-run double. Aledmys Diaz and Alex Bregman also drove in runs for the Astros, who won their fourth in a row.

Verlander came within seven outs of his fourth career no-hitter, which would have tied Sandy Koufax for second-most in MLB history behind only Nolan Ryan’s seven. He also lost a no-hitter in the eighth inning against Minnesota on May 10, a sign the two-time Cy Young Award winner is back in prime form following Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for all of the 2021 season.

The A’s have not been no-hit since July 13, 1991, the longest streak in the majors.

Verlander finished with six strikeouts in seven innings, allowing three earned runs on two hits for a no-decision. Reliever Bryan Abreu (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

Andrus recorded his second RBI double of the game in the ninth to bring the A’s within one, but Ryan Pressly got Bethancourt to ground out, stranding the tying run at second for his 10th save.

Oakland starter Cole Irvin limited Houston to one run in 5 2/3 innings but didn’t factor into the decision. Closer Dany Jimenez (2-3) blew his second save, giving up four earned runs in just 2/3 of an inning.

The Athletics fell to 1-6 on their current 10-game homestand. Oakland’s 7-20 home record is the worst in the majors.

KOTSAY TOSSED

A’s manager Mark Kotsay was ejected for the second time in his managerial career. In the top of the eighth, Kotsay argued a close pitch to Alvarez from the dugout. When Kotsay went to the mound to remove Puk, he continued his argument with home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski, who threw him out of the game.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: OF Kyle Tucker returned to the lineup after missing three games with a left foot injury, finishing 1 for 4 with a single and a walk.

Athletics: 3B Kevin Smith returned after missing Tuesday’s game with a knee contusion, going 0 for 2 with a walk. … C Stephen Vogt (right knee sprain) caught five innings Tuesday on a rehab assignment for Triple-A Las Vegas, going 1 for 3 with a homer. … OF Stephen Piscotty, on the injured list since May 7 with left calf tightness, ran on the field and did plyometric exercises. … RHPs Brent Honeywell Jr. (right elbow) and Daulton Jefferies (thoracic outlet syndrome) played catch. Both are on the 60-day IL.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Jose Urquidy (4-2, 4.80 ERA) faces the Royals for the first time in his career on Friday as Houston opens a three-game series in Kansas City.

Athletics: RHP James Kaprielian (0-2, 5.93) seeks his first win since Sept. 18, 2021 as Oakland welcomes the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series beginning Friday.

DONALDSON DISAPPOINTED YANKEES DIDN’T PUBLICLY SUPPORT HIM

NEW YORK (AP) Josh Donaldson was hurt when New York Yankees teammates didn’t back him after he made a remark to White Sox star Tim Anderson about Jackie Robinson that Chicago manager Tony La Russa called racist.

Donaldson was suspended for one game by Major League Baseball for making multiple references to Robinson while talking to Anderson on May 21. Donaldson has appealed the discipline.

Anderson said he agreed with La Russa, and several Yankees said Donaldson was wrong. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said: “This is just my opinion – (that’s) somewhere he should not be going.” New York star Aaron Judge said: “I just don’t think it’s the right thing to do there.”

“I think that was tough to hear, for sure, just for the simple fact that I pride myself on being a good teammate, and everywhere I’ve went, every organization that I’ve been a part of, minus Oakland, has offered me extensions, has wanted me to stay back,” Donaldson said during batting practice Wednesday.

“They’ve showed that they wanted me a part of their team. Obviously it didn’t work out that way,” he said. “And that’s just the business end of it. And also everywhere I went, I’ve won. I think part of winning is having good team chemistry, and I’ve taken pride everywhere I’ve went I’ve aways tried to help people try to get better.”

A three-time All-Star and the 2015 AL MVP with Oakland, the 36-year-old Donaldson said he was surprised by criticism from White Sox reliever Liam Hendriks, his former Athletics teammate, who said he is “not a fan” of Donaldson.

Donaldson said Hendriks never brought up any issues when they met in a parking lot outside a ballpark.

“I know Liam has come out a couple times and said some stuff about me,” Donaldson said. “It’s weird because I hear one thing and then when I see him it’s different. So it’s definitely been confusing for that. I’m not saying that every one of my teammates have always been best friends with.”

Donaldson made a public apology to the Robinson family last week.

“I think everybody wanted to have a say. But they don’t know my heart,” Donaldson said. “I do feel bad that the Robinson family – I never wanted them to feel their name should ever be regarded in a bad light. That was why I issued the apology.”

He maintains of Anderson, “maybe he misinterepreted” the references but said “I haven’t had a chance to talk to him.”

“I think when it comes down to it, over the last couple of years, there’s been animosity from their team towards me,” Donaldson said. “And I don’t really have a problem with the team. I think there’s some stuff that was in question from last year.”

Donaldson riled up Chicago last season when he alleged ace Lucas Giolito had benefitted from the use of illegal sticky substances. He said he intends to stop his chatiness with the White Sox.

“I should not talk to these guys any more, just because I don’t ever want to be brought up in that light or that spectacle,” he said. “It’s been tough.”

Donaldson, acquired by the Yankees this year, is with his sixth big league team and is hitting .238 with five homers and 15 RBIs in 37 games. He is on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation and could be activated Sunday. He was also briefly away from the team with COVID-19 following the incident with Anderson.

Donaldson had felt the shoulder pain for most of this season and says his swing has responded to a cortisone injection.

“I just have a of of wear and tear in there over the years,” he said. “I have tears everywhere in the there. It’s old stuff that gets in the way at times.”

ON THE HOOK: ANGELS’ TROUT STILL FANTASY COMMISH, FOR NOW

NEW YORK (AP) Mike Trout’s future, he admits, is very much in doubt.

Not as a baseball great. As the commissioner of a fantasy football league that’s suddenly gotten a lot of attention.

“Am I going to resign? I haven’t made that decision,” the Los Angeles Angels star said Wednesday, laughing.

“But every commissioner I know always get booed,” he said.

The bizarre saga began last Friday when Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham slapped San Francisco outfielder Joc Pederson before a game. Pham later said it was over a fantasy football dispute, and he was suspended three games by Major League Baseball.

This week, Pham added another strange twist when he said Trout ran their football loop.

“Trout did a terrible job, man,” Pham told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “Trout is the worst commissioner in fantasy sports.”

Trout, a noted Philadelphia Eagles fan, said he’s tried to tamp down the beef.

“I talked to Tommy, I talked to Joc, everybody that was part of it,” Trout said before the Angels played at Yankee Stadium. “Just passionate about fantasy football.”

Pederson claimed Pham blamed him for cheating by making an illegal move with an injured reserve spot, costing the Reds player significant money.

Trout said he wasn’t going to referee that one in public.

“It’s in the past,” the three-time AL MVP said, adding, “it’s a legendary fantasy football league, for sure.”

“It’s just one of those things, everybody’s competitive. Everybody loves fantasy football. Who doesn’t?” he said.

Angels manager Joe Maddon, meanwhile, said Trout shouldn’t give up being the commish.

“Listen, guys, love it. I get it. And I did,” he said. “You get absorbed and during the week you have to make all these transactions, which really gets annoying because all you’re doing is you’re buried in the newspapers or the – at that time, it was magazines. You had to buy all the magazines. I love fantasy football, but I will not – but I’ll never do it again.”

“It absorbs you way too much. And the bad part about fantasy football is you start rooting for players on teams other than the team that you actually root for, and that’s when you have to stop doing it. When I started rooting against the Cardinals and when the particular player on my team’s playing, that’s when I knew I had to quit,” Maddon said. “And I did, about 1999, 2000, something like that.”

HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE INVITES GOODELL, SNYDER TO APPEAR

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform has invited NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder to appear at a hearing later this month as part of the Congressional investigation into the team’s workplace conduct.

Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney and Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy Chairman Raja Krishnamoorthi said Wednesday they sent letters to the league and team requesting the presence of Goodell and Snyder on June 22.

It was not immediately clear if the committee expected either to make an appearance. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had received the invitation “and will respond directly in a timely manner.”

McCarthy added, “The NFL has cooperated extensively throughout the Committee’s lengthy investigation of the Washington Commanders, including by producing more than 460,000 pages of documents and responding to numerous questions in writing and in conversations with the committee’s staff.”

Through a spokeswoman, the Commanders said they have assisted the NFL in cooperating with all prior requests from the committee and, using similar language as the league, added, that they look forward to responding to the invitation “in a timely manner.”

Congress launched an investigation into the organization’s workplace culture in October after the league declined to release a report last year about an independent review it oversaw, which led to a $10 million fine. The committee described the upcoming hearing as the next step in the investigation and said it will examine how the NFL handles allegations of workplace misconduct and how it sets and enforces standards for all teams.

“We must have transparency and accountability, which is why we are calling on Mr. Goodell and Mr. Snyder to answer the questions they have dodged for the last seven months,” Maloney, a Democrat from New York, said in a statement. “The hearing will explore how Congress can act to prevent employers from silencing victims of workplace misconduct and ensure that what happened at the Commanders organization does not happen again.”

Krishnamoorthi, an Illinois Democrat, said the committee has been stonewalled for seven months by nondisclosure agreements for former employees and other tools “to evade accountability.”

Snyder in the summer of 2020 hired attorney Beth Wilkinson to investigate allegations of workplace misconduct after several former employees made assertions about the work environment. The league took over control of that investigation, which concluded last summer.

Congress has urged Goodell to release a written report of the investigation. The league has said repeatedly it has no plans to do so.

Lawyers Lisa Banks and Debra Katz, who represent more than 40 former team employees, said in a statement Wednesday they were pleased to see the committee invite Goodell and Snyder to appear.

“We hope they will demonstrate the same courage as our clients and agree to testify,” they said. “Dan Snyder and Roger Goodell have a lot to answer for.”

When asked about the situation after the latest Commanders offseason workout, coach Ron Rivera declined comment.

COWBOYS SAY FORMER RUNNING BACK MARION BARBER DEAD AT 38

FRISCO, Texas (AP) Marion Barber III, the former Dallas Cowboys running back who is fourth in franchise history with 47 rushing touchdowns, has died, the team said Wednesday. He was 38.

Barber played a final season with Chicago in 2011 after spending his first six years with the Cowboys. He had issues with mental health after his career.

Police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said Wednesday they made a welfare check at an apartment “believed to be leased” by Barber and were investigating an unattended death there.

The Cowboys, who have their headquarters in Frisco, said they were “heartbroken by the tragic death of Marion Barber III.”

“Marion was an old-school, hard-nosed football player who ran with the will to win every down,” the team said. “He had a passion for the game and love for his coaches and teammates.”

Barber’s father, Marion Barber Jr., played seven seasons with the New York Jets in the 1980s.

The younger Barber was third on Dallas’ career list for rushing touchdowns before getting passed in 2021 by two-time NFL rushing champion Ezekiel Elliott. Barber finished with 53 overall and never had fewer than four in any of his seven seasons, even though he never had a 1,000-yard rushing season.

The former Minnesota player, a fourth-round draft pick by Dallas in 2005, had 24 touchdowns in 2006-07 despite starting just one game those two seasons. Barber’s career high was 14 TDs in 2006, when he rushed for just 654 yards.

Barber had a career-high 975 yards rushing and 10 TDs in 2007, when he made his only Pro Bowl. His role and production declined from there, and he had careers lows in carries, yards and touchdowns in his final year in Dallas in 2010.

Three years after his career ended, Barber was detained and taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. Police in Mansfield, another Dallas suburb, said it wasn’t clear what led to the calls that prompted their response.

Barber and his father both played for the Golden Gophers, and the younger Barber is second on the school’s career list with 35 rushing touchdowns.

Barber and Laurence Maroney, a first-round pick by New England in 2006, were the first pair of NCAA backs to produce two 1,000-yard seasons in consecutive years on the same team. They did it in 2003-04.

Barber’s younger brothers, Dom Barber and Thomas Barber, also played for the Gophers. Dom Barber spent four years as a defensive back with the Houston Texans.

STEELERS’ TUITT RETIRES: ‘CALLED TO MOVE BEYOND THE SPORT’

PITTSBURGH (AP) Stephon Tuitt’s NFL career is over.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive lineman announced his retirement on Wednesday, saying he feels called to move on from the game following the death of his younger brother in June 2021 and Tuitt’s recent graduation from Notre Dame.

“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to represent the city of Pittsburgh for the past eight seasons, and am blessed to leave this game with my health,” Tuitt said in a statement released by the team.

Tuitt had 34 1/2 sacks with the Steelers, who selected him in the second round of the 2014 draft. He had a career-best 11 sacks in 2020 while helping Pittsburgh win the AFC North title.

Tuitt, however, did not play last season after his younger brother, Richard Barlett III, was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Georgia last June. Tuitt also underwent knee surgery over the summer and while he did go through an extensive rehab, he did not return to action. His teammates expressed optimism that Tuitt would play in 2022, with good friend and defensive captain Cam Heyward saying he believes Tuitt would be back “sooner or later.”

“My brother was hurting last year,” Heyward said last week. “And he had to do some things in his life to get right. His knee wasn’t right. I can’t imagine being in the situation he went through, but I think he’s in a much better place.”

Yet rather than line up alongside Heyward, Tuitt instead will get on with his life’s work.

“I know I am being called to move beyond the sport of football,” Tuitt said. “I want to thank everyone for the love and support they have shown both on and off the field.”

The Steelers gave Tuitt plenty of room to sort out his future during the offseason while also adding depth at the position should Tuitt opt not to come back. Pittsburgh re-signed defensive tackle Montravius Adams and drafted defensive end DeMarvin Leal from Texas A&M in the third round of the draft.

How they replace Tuitt will be sorted out over the coming months.

“His success both on and off the field speaks volumes for who he is as a person and a player,” Steelers general manager Omar Khan said in a statement. “Stephon has always handled himself with class and maturity as he continues to be a great husband, father, son and family man in his personal life. … We are excited for what lies ahead in his life and will continue to support him in any way we can.”

‘WE’RE MOVING ON’: FISHER SAYS PUBLIC SPAT WITH SABAN DONE

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) The spat between Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher and Alabama’s Nick Saban appears to be over — at least publicly.

A jovial Fisher said repeatedly Wednesday that he was “moving on” from the war of words with his former boss that added some soap-opera drama to the Southeastern Conference’s spring meetings this week.

Fisher said he and Saban had “normal conversations” during two days of meetings with the other 12 SEC football coaches. The coaches covered topics such as future scheduling models for the conference, transfer rules and how college sports can get a handle on the way athletes are compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses.

“It’s over with. We’re done talking about it. We’re moving on to the future of what goes on and try to fix the problems that we have in college football,” Fisher said. “There’s a lot more pressing needs than our arguments.”

“We’re done. We’re moving on. I have no problem,” he added.

The next time Saban and Fisher are guaranteed to get together is Oct. 8 when the Crimson Tide hosts the Aggies. Texas A&M upset then-No. 1 Alabama last season in College Station, Texas.

Earlier this week, Saban tried to put to rest the controversy he started. Saban said he never accused Texas A&M of doing anything wrong when talked about the lack of regulation around NIL two weeks ago at a speaking engagement in Birmingham, Alabama. Saban had called out Texas A&M and other schools, essentially accusing the Aggies of buying players.

Fisher responded angrily, saying Saban’s comments were despicable and calling the seven-time national championship winning coach a “narcissist.” Fisher denied is program did anything wrong while landing the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for 2022.

Both coaches received a public reprimand from the conference office.

The SEC spring meetings – taking place in person for the first time since 2019 because of the pandemic — were the first opportunity for the two coaches to meet face-to-face since the dustup.

“Things were said. We’re moving on to the next thing,” Fisher said.

Fisher echoed Saban’s comments on NIL and what college football needs to bring some order to this new landscape where players can profit off their fame. NIL rules vary from state to state depending on local laws, and the NCAA seems to have little power to enforce its bylaws.

“We’ve got to find some kind of uniformity for the betterment of the game,” Fisher said.

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne mostly sidestepped questions about the back-and-forth between two of the highest-paid coaches in the country, which included Fisher urging reporters to “go dig into wherever” Saban has been.

“I think Coach Fisher, he was fired up,” Byrne said. “I know we feel very good about our compliance and what we do at Alabama and that’s been in the past and it’s going to continue into the future.”

Fisher was asked multiple times if he regretted laying into Saban two weeks ago.

“We’re moving on,” he said with a smile. `We’re moving on.”

TIMME, STRAWTHER, BOLTON RETURNING TO GONZAGA NEXT SEASON

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Star forward Drew Timme and wing Julian Strawther said Wednesday they will drop out of the NBA draft and return to the Gonzaga basketball team next season, a decision announced a day after guard Rasir Bolton also said he would return to the Bulldogs.

Timme is the reigning West Coast Conference player of the year, and led the Zags with an average of 18.4 points per game last season. He added 6.8 rebounds per game and was an AP Second Team All-American.

“I’m back,” Timme tweeted late Wednesday, which was the deadline to drop out of the NBA draft and return for his senior year.

All five Gonzaga starters declared for the NBA draft after last season. Only center Chet Holmgren, who is expected to be a first-round pick, and guard Andrew Nembhard remain in the draft.

The 6-foot-7 Strawther averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season while starting 31 of 32 games.

Bolton is returning to Gonzaga using the COVID-19 waiver granted to all players from the 2020-21 season. He joined the Zags last season as a graduate transfer from Iowa State.

Bolton averaged 11.2 points, 2.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds while starting all 32 games for the Bulldogs. He led the Zags in 3-pointers (64) and 3-point percentage (46.0).

Timme, Strawther and Bolton helped the Bulldogs advance to their 23rd straight NCAA Tournament.

NAMES LISTED FOR SAUDI GOLF LEAGUE, BATTLE LINES DRAWN

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) The first Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational has Dustin Johnson and 12 other PGA Tour members as part of its 48-man field next week outside London. The next move falls to the PGA Tour, which must decide whether to allow them to come back.

The first fallout after the rival league released the names of players who will compete at its inaugural event came Wednesday when the Royal Bank of Canada said it was dropping Johnson and Graeme McDowell as corporate sponsors. Both are playing the LIV event, the same week as the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour’s only comment was to mention a May 10 memo to players in which it denied releases for them to play the first LIV event. “Members who violate the tournament regulations are subject to disciplinary action,” the statement said.

Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford were among the 42 players named on the field list (six other spots are being held for a special invitation and from an Asian Tour series). Neither ever had more attention from media as they practiced Wednesday before and after the pro-am at the Memorial.

Jones confirmed he received a signing bonus and is obligated to play multiple times among the eight LIV events, each with $25 million in prize money and $4 million to the individual winner. Five of the tournaments are in the United States.

The 41-year-old Australian, who is No. 68 in the world, said it was a “good choice for me” for business and family and what he hopes will grow the game.

But he hasn’t given up on keeping his PGA Tour membership.

“My next tour stop is … I don’t know when it is, to be honest with you. We’ll see. We’ll find out what happens,” Jones said. “I don’t think banning players from playing on the PGA Tour as independent contractors is very good for golf. It’s not a good look for anyone. I understand the tour wants to protect their players and the product they have out here, but I don’t think that’s a good way to go about it.”

The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday that Johnson was offered more than $100 million just to sign up for the league Greg Norman is running. Johnson has been heavily recruited, and it was thought the courtship was over when he said in February he was “fully committed” to the PGA Tour. He was the biggest star on the list of 42 players.

Phil Mickelson, the chief recruiter of players until his inflammatory remarks about the Saudis and the PGA Tour caused him to step away from golf, was not on the list. He still could be added to the field.

Swafford, a 44-year-old from Florida who has two young children and is ranked No. 91 in the world, mentioned the appeal of team golf as part of the new league and less travel. He also wanted to stay part of the PGA Tour.

“Suspending players? That’s not growing the game of golf. That’s what LIV is trying to do – give more opportunities to more golfers,” Swafford said. “I think it’s going to be a great thing. There’s going to be a lot of eyes on it. I’m excited to play.”

Also in the field at Centurion Club on June 9-11 is U.S. Amateur champion James Piot, who turned pro last week at Colonial. Piot has received exemptions to PGA Tour events from his U.S. Amateur win. Joining the LIV circuit provides instant cash – there was no mention how much they received – that would not be available in the early days of trying to make it on the PGA Tour.

“It’s just an opportunity to play golf, a big stage and travel the world. For me, it’s a cool opportunity as a 23-year-old to do what you love to do,” Piot said, referring to it as a “golden ticket this summer.”

The LIV field currently has four of the top 50 in the world – Johnson (13), Louis Oosthuizen (20), Kevin Na (33) and Talor Gooch (35) – and 16 of the top 100.

Rory McIlroy described the field as not “anything to jump up and down about,” particularly compared with the Memorial or the Canadian Open, which he called “proper tournaments.”

But he also showed a softer side for those wanting to chase the big money.

“I certainly don’t think they should drop the hammer,” McIlroy said. “Look, they are well within their rights to enforce the rules and regulations that have been set. It’s going to end up being an argument about what those rules and regulations are.”

The regulations require a conflicting event release to play outside the PGA Tour. The next LIV event is the first week in July in Oregon. The PGA Tour does not grant releases for any tournament held in North America.

“Look, I have some very close friends that are playing in this event in London, and I certainly wouldn’t want to stand in their way to, for them to do what they feel is right for themselves,” McIlroy said. “I certainly understand why some of the guys have went, and it’s something that we are all just going to keep an eye on and see what happens over these next few weeks.”

SWIATEK WIN STREAK TO 33 IN PARIS; REMINDS PEGULA OF BARTY

PARIS (AP) Jessica Pegula reached the French Open quarterfinals before running into can’t-seem-to-lose Iga Swiatek on Wednesday. And four months ago, at the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, Pegula reached the Australian Open quarterfinals before running into eventual champion Ash Barty.

Two majors, two strong runs, two meetings with the No. 1 player at the time. So Pegula, a 28-year-old from New York, can offer a bit of a unique perspective on what it’s like to face both Swiatek and Barty, who retired in March at age 25.

Swiatek, who replaced Barty atop the WTA rankings, benefited from the chair umpire’s no-call on a double bounce that gave her a first-set service break during a key five-game run and moved into the semifinals at Roland Garros by beating Pegula 6-3, 6-2 to extend her winning streak to 33 matches.

Swiatek’s run is the longest on tour since Serena Williams won 34 in a row in 2013.

“To be honest, she kind of plays like a guy. And, I mean that as, Ash was a similar way, where they don’t play like a typical girl where they hit kind of flat and the ball kind of goes through the court. She plays a little more unorthodox in the fact that she has, like, a really heavy forehand,” Pegula said about Swiatek, “but at the same time she also likes to step in and take it really early, and I think clay gives her more time, and I think it makes her forehand even harder to deal with.”

Swiatek plays No. 20 Daria Kasatkina in one women’s semifinal Thursday, when the other will be No. 18 Coco Gauff, an 18-year-old American, against unseeded Martina Trevisan, a 28-year-old from Italy.

Gauff and her partner, Pegula, are also into the semifinals in women’s doubles.

Of the last four women in singles, only Swiatek has previously participated in the semifinals of a major tournament, losing at that stage at the Australian Open in January and taking the title at the 2020 French Open when she was ranked outside the top 50.

“This year it’s a little bit different, because I’m not an underdog,” she said, “and everything has changed, honestly.”

Kasatkina beat No. 29 Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a match between two Russian players who will not be allowed to compete at Wimbledon later this month because of that country’s invasion of Ukraine. They combined for 75 unforced errors, 50 by Kudermetova.

“It was a roller coaster,” said Kasatkina, who hadn’t reached a major quarterfinal in four years.

In the men’s quarterfinals Wednesday, 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic got to the French Open semifinals for the first time by hitting 33 aces to defeat No. 7 Andrey Rublev 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (10-2) in 4 hours, 10 minutes.

The 20th-seeded Cilic, who is 33, now takes on the eighth-seeded Casper Ruud on Friday for a berth in the final. Ruud, a 23-year-old from Norway, reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by beating 19-year-old Dane Holger Rune 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in the last quarterfinal.

A day after her 21st birthday, Swiatek was not at her dominant best against the 11th-seeded Pegula, whose parents own the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. As usual for most of this season, Swiatek was good enough to end up on the right side of the scoreline. She has not lost a match since February, winning her past five tournaments.

The persistent pressure applied to opponents is another similarity Pegula sees between Swiatek and Barty.

“You get those few chances and you kind of feel it weighing on you that if you don’t take advantage of it, you’re like, `Shoot, my chance was gone, and now I have to work so hard to either hold serve or get back in this game’ or whatever it was,” Pegula said. “Mentally, that’s also what they do so well and what I’ve been trying to do better.”

On a sunny afternoon at Court Philippe Chatrier, with the temperature above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius), Swiatek’s start was so-so for the second match in a row, although she did wind up with nearly twice as many winners as Pegula, 30 to 16.

“I feel like the ball is flying a little bit faster,” Swiatek said, “so I had to adjust to that, for sure.”

She trailed 3-2 in the opening set, and it was 3-all when she earned a break point while Pegula served.

Pegula tried a drop shot, and Swiatek ran to it, reaching out to flip the ball over the net at an impossible angle. Pegula could not get to that response, and the point went to Swiatek, giving her a 4-3 edge.

But, as Pegula later saw on a replay on the overhead videoboard, it should not have: The ball landed a second time on Swiatek’s side of the net before going off her racket. Chair umpire Emmanuel Joseph should have ruled the point belonged to Pegula, but he didn’t notice the double bounce; unlike at some other tournaments, officials at the French Open can’t consult video.

“I was like, `There’s no freaking way she got that.’ I was like, `Seriously?!'” Pegula said at her news conference. “I looked at (Joseph) and he didn’t call it. You can’t say anything. And the problem is, once they make their decision, you can’t go back and change it.”

From there, Swiatek wouldn’t drop another game until she led by a set and 1-0 in the second. In all, she took 10 of the last 12 games.

When a reporter mentioned that double bounce, Swiatek seemed to stifle a smile, as if she had anticipated the question.

“If it was two bounces, then I’m sorry,” she said, noting: “These moments are pretty tricky, because it’s all on the umpire.”

PULISIC CRITICAL OF LEVEL OF US SUPPORT AT WIN OVER MOROCCO

CINCINNATI (AP) U.S. captain Christian Pulisic was critical of the level of American support from the crowd of 19,512 at TQL Stadium during a 3-0 victory over Morocco on Wednesday night in the first of four World Cup warmup matches in June.

“For whatever reason, I’m not super happy with the amount of Americans here, however, that works out, if I’m being completely honest,” the 23-year-old Chelsea forward told a live audience on ESPN2. “But thanks to the ones who did come, and the support is always great from them.”

The U.S. had drawn a sellout crowd for its first match at the stadium, a 2-0 win over Mexico in a World Cup qualifier on Nov. 12.

Brenden Aaronson and Tim Weah scored midway through the first half and Haji Wright converted a second-half penalty kick in his international debut.

The 15th-ranked Americans, using a roster at about 75% of full-strength, won for the first time in four matches with No. 24 Morocco, also preparing for the November tournament in Qatar.

Wearing rainbow numbers on white jerseys for LGBTQ Pride month, the U.S. extended its home unbeaten streak to 24 matches since a September 2019 loss to Mexico, two shy of the team record.

Pulisic set up Aaronson for his sixth international goal in the 26th minute after pulling down a 50-yard pass from Walker Zimmerman, taking touches with both feet to spin defender Samy Mmaee and passing off.

Weah scored in the 32nd minute for his third international goal, a 22-yard shot off the goalkeeper’s glove.

Pulisic drew a penalty kick from Achraf Hakimi in the second half and handed the ball to Wright, his teammate at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, and Wright beat goalkeeper Yassine Bounou in the 64th minute.

“We go way back,” Pulisic said. “He needed that goal, and he said he was confident to go step up and take it, so I wanted him to get that confidence, and I’m glad he scored.”

Wright and left back Joe Scally entered at the start of their second half in their U.S. debuts and midfielder Malik Tillman came on in the 65th for his debut, a day after FIFA approved his change of affiliation from Germany.

The U.S. has used 118 players in this World Cup cycle, including 91 under coach Gregg Berhalter – 56 making debuts.

Central defender Cameron Carter-Vickers, a son of former NBA player Howard Carter, entered at the start of the second half in his first international appearance in three years and Weston McKennie, returning from a broken foot, came on in the 72nd.

Berhalter is using the June matches to mix look at players beyond the 38 used in World Cup qualifying. He also experimented by moving Aaronson from a wing to central midfield.

American goalkeeper Matt Turner wasn’t tested until the 52nd minute, when he dived to parry Tarik Tissoudali’s one-hop header. Selim Amallah hit the crossbar with a penalty kick in the 76th minute after referee Ismael Cornejo called Scally for a foul on Soufiane Rahimi, even though replays showed Scally had not made contact.

The U.S. plays an exhibition against Uruguay on Sunday at Kansas City, Kansas, then has CONCACAF Nations League matches against Grenada on June 10 in Austin, Texas, and at El Salvador four days later. The other World Cup prep matches for the U.S. are a pair of exhibitions in Europe in September.

The Americans open the World Cup in Qatar on Nov. 21 against the winner of Sunday’s Wales-Ukraine playoff. They play England four days later and close group play against Iran on Nov. 29.

Morocco lost for the second time in 35 matches. In its second straight World Cup and sixth overall, it opens Group F against 16th-ranked Croatia on Nov. 23, plays No. 2 Belgium four days later and faces No. 38 Canada on Dec. 1.

Hakim Ziyech was left off Morocco’s roster by coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

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INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: INDIANS’ BATS COME ALIVE IN 13-3 WIN OVER STORM CHASERS

PAPILLON, Neb.  The Indians offense exploded for a pair of five-run innings to lift them past the Storm Chasers on Wednesday night, 13-3. It was Indianapolis’ largest margin of victory on the road against Omaha dating back to 1988.

The 10-run victory was Indy’s largest against Omaha since July 9, 1995 at Bush Stadium in Indianapolis. The previous three of the Indians’ double-digit wins over Omaha since 1988 came in Indianapolis, including a 15-0 win on Aug, 15, 1988 and an 11-1 American Association Championship-clinching victory later that same season.

In Wednesday’s win, the Indians (25-24) scored first for the eighth consecutive game courtesy of a two-out solo shot from Carter Bins in the top of the second inning. In the bottom of the fourth, Nick Pratto homered on a fly ball to right field to even the contest.

With two outs in the top of the fifth inning, the Indians posted their first five-run frame of the night. Consecutive doubles from Josh Bissonette and Canaan Smith-Njigba with a pair of runners on scored three runs, and Travis Swaggerty’s third long ball of the season capped the offensive outburst.

Omaha (25-24) countered and cut the deficit to three runs in the bottom half of the fifth. A two-out, two-run single off the bat of major league rehabber Michael A. Taylor made it a 6-3 ballgame, but the threat ended there.

The Indians offense continued to do damage in the next two frames, extending the lead to 8-3. Following back-to-back walks issued to Bligh Madris and Bins, Jamie Ritchie connected for an RBI single to left field in the top of the sixth. One inning later, the Indians added an insurance run with three consecutive singles from Swaggerty, Ji-Hwan Bae and Mason Martin.

Ritchie’s second hit of the night, a double in the top of the eighth, sparked Indy’s second five-run frame of the evening. The first six batters reached safely in the frame, with a bases-loaded walk and an RBI single by Bae scored a pair. With two outs, Bins then extended Indy’s lead to 10 runs with a two-run double.

Osvaldo Bido (W, 1-3) surrendered three runs over 5.0 innings to earn his first Triple-A win in 14 outings (11 starts). Cam Alldred, Nathan Kirby, Zach Matson and Blake Weiman then combined to hold the Storm Chasers without a hit through the final four frames.

Omaha’s starter Marcelo Martinez (L, 1-4) yielded six runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in 5.0 innings of work.

Six of Indy’s nine batters registered two hits in the win. Bins and Swaggerty led the pack with three RBI apiece, and Smith-Njigba followed with two.

The third game of the series between Indianapolis and Omaha is set for Thursday night at 8:05 PM ET. The contest will feature Indians RHP Cody Bolton (1-2, 2.96) vs. Storm Chasers southpaw Austin Cox (0-3, 4.96).

INDIANA FEVER: GAME RECAP: BRIA HARTLEY MAKES DEBUT IN FEVER LOSS TO LIBERTY

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Fever guard Bria Hartley was activated by Indiana on May 20, but missed the last five games with a left hamstring injury after returning from overseas commitments. Hartley finished her Indiana Fever debut with 10 points in just more than 15 minutes off the bench as Indiana dropped a back-to-back matchup with the New York Liberty, 87-74, at Barclays Center on Wednesday night. The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for New York to improve to 2-7, while Indiana fell to 3-9 after completing one third of the 2022 regular season.

Eastern Conference Player of the Week Kelsey Mitchell led the Fever in scoring for the ninth time this season with 17 points to go along with four assists. Victoria Vivians scored all 14 of her points in the first half, which is the eighth time in her last nine games scoring in double figures. Queen Egbo ended the game with 10 points, six rebounds and the seventh game this season with multiple blocked shots in a game.

Indiana finished the game shooting 15-of-15 from the free throw line, but it would not be enough as Indiana stalled in the second half for the second time in as many days. New York outscored Indiana 47-27 in the second half and held the Fever to 1-of-16 shooting in the fourth quarter.

Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu led all scorers with 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting and seven rebounds. Center Stefanie Dolson helped New York earn its second win of the season with 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Rebecca Allen and Natasha Howard each added 17 and 16 points as well as the New York starters combined for 76 of the team’s 87 points.

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CELTICS, MORGAN ADVANCE TO NBA FINALS

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Former Indiana All-Big Ten performer Juwan Morgan, a member of the Boston Celtics playoff roster, made the 2022 NBA Finals presented by YouTubeTV.

2022 NBA Finals Schedule

Game 1: Thursday, June 2: Boston at Golden State, 9 ET, ABC

Game 2: Sunday, June 5: Boston at Golden State, 8 ET, ABC

Game 3: Wednesday, June 8: Golden State at Boston, 9 ET, ABC

Game 4: Friday, June 10: Golden State at Boston, 9 ET, ABC

Game 5: Monday, June 13: Boston at Golden State, 9 ET, ABC (if necessary)

Game 6: Thursday, June 16: Golden State at Boston, 9 ET, ABC (if necessary)

Game 7: Sunday, June 19: Boston at Golden State, 8 ET, ABC (if necessary)

Morgan has appeared in 52 NBA games in his three-year NBA career with the Utah Jazz (2019-21), the Toronto Raptors (2021-22) and the Boston Celtics (2021-22). He has played in 14 total playoff games, with five coming this season. 

Prior to the 10-day contract he signed with the Celtics, Morgan appeared in 29 games with the Maine Celtics, Boston’s G-League affiliate, including 19 starts. He is averaging 12.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He has also charted nearly a steal and a block per game for the Celtics. Morgan is shooting 51.0% from the field and 34.2% from the 3-point line.

During his four-year stint with the Hoosiers, Morgan accumulated 1,374 career points to rank 25th in IU scoring lore. He is 10th in program history in career rebounds with 757 and eighth in blocked shots at 138 for his career.

Morgan was twice named to the All-Big Ten team. He was a second-team selection following his junior season and a third-team honoree the following season.

BECKER TABBED 2ND ALL-AMERICAN IN PURDUE HISTORY

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue softball’s all-time leader in runs Rachel Becker joined elite ranks after being voted Third Team All-America At-Large at the shortstop position, announced Wednesday evening by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

The honor is just the second time in program history a Boilermaker was awarded All-America honors, coming after second baseman Andrea Hillsey received first team accolades in 2003.

The senior, who scooped up First Team All-Big Ten and All-Region honors for two consecutive years, recorded a .429 batting average in her final campaign. Not only did the mark lead the Big Ten (a feat she accomplished for two consecutive years), but also was good for third-best in program history. Additionally, the Lindenhurst, Illinois product added her name to the Purdue season annals in three additional categories: on-base % (third-best with a .522 mark), slugging % (fifth with a .662 mark) and doubles (tied for fifth with 15).

During her Boilermaker career, Becker amassed a .394 career batting average, one of only nine players in Big Ten history to do so. In addition to leading Purdue history with 149 runs, Becker finishes her Purdue career second in batting average (.394), second in doubles (48), third in walks (100) and assists (473) and fifth in slugging % (.543).

Becker, who started in every game over the last four years, is also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. She graduated in May with a degree in chemical engineering.

SYCAMORE BASKETBALL ADDS JUSTIN FURR AS ASSISTANT COACH

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head basketball coach Josh Schertz announced the addition of Justin Furr to his coaching staff Wednesday. Furr comes to the Wabash Valley after four seasons at Florida Gulf Coast.

“I am really excited to add Justin to our coaching staff, as he’s someone I’ve known for over 20 years and have worked with previously. He’s relentless and an absolute bulldog on the recruiting trail, with a proven track record of signing high character, impactful players throughout his career,” Schertz said. “Just as important are his elite interpersonal skills, which allow him to connect with a broad spectrum of people and will be something I know our players will appreciate and enjoy. I could not be more pleased to add Justin, Jennifer and Ezra to our family and look forward to working alongside him.”

Furr brings over two decades of coaching experience to the Sycamores. The veteran led the recruiting and development efforts at FGCU where he recruited the ASUN Player of the Year in 2018-19 in Schadrac Casimir as well as the 2020-21 Atlantic Sun Preseason All-Conference and ASUN All-Tournament Team guard Jalen Warren. He and the staff at FGCU signed the highest-rated high school recruiting class in program history in 2020-21, with three top prospects from the state of Florida including Tavian Dunn-Martin who was named the 2021-22 ASUN Newcomer of the Year and First Team All-Conference.

Furr also oversaw academics in which his team earned a 3.0 GPA or higher for seven consecutive semesters, setting a program record for team GPA in five-straight semesters.

“My family and I are very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Indiana State University and the Terre Haute community. Indiana State has a rich history of success in one of the true hot beds of college basketball,” Furr said. “Coach Schertz and I have a relationship that has spanned over 20 years. He is one of the most well-respected coaches in the country at all levels of basketball. I am excited to learn from him and do whatever is needed to help achieve success. We look forward to planting our roots in Terre Haute and getting to work.”

Before joining the Eagles, Furr spent five seasons at Barry University including three years as the lead assistant.

In his last season with Barry, Furr helped guide the Buccaneers to a 23-9 record in 2017-18, advancing to the Elite Eight of the D-II NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. In addition, Barry defeated Auburn – which won the SEC Regular Season Championship – in an exhibition contest to open the year. Barry made a school-record 391 three-pointers; in fact, Barry’s top four three-point total seasons came between 2014-18 with Furr on the sidelines.

In Furr’s five seasons at Barry, the Buccaneers made the NCAA Tournament each year, winning at least one game four times and advancing to the Elite Eight twice. Furr assisted Barry to an impressive 116-38 record (.753), including three-straight Sunshine State Conference championships. He also recruited the 2016, 2017 and 2018 SSC Players of the Year, in addition to three-time All-American Elvar Fridriksson. Furr was named one of the top-15 assistant coaches in the country by CoachStat.net.

In 2012-13, Furr served as an assistant coach at D-II Lynn University (Boca Raton, Fla.), where he served as a recruiting coordinator, worked with the team’s guards, scouted opponents, handled fundraising, coordinated academic mentoring and served all other facets of the program.

Prior to landing at Lynn, Furr was an assistant at D-II Newberry College from 2010-12 where he coached a conference first-team member in 2011 and the league’s freshman of the year in 2012.

Before Newberry, Furr served as an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington for four seasons from 2006-10. As the program’s recruiting coordinator, Furr assembled the No. 2-ranked class in the Colonial Athletic Association in 2007-08, according to Street and Smith’s College Basketball magazine. That class helped produce the largest turnaround among all D-I teams in 2007-08, going from 7-22 the previous year to 20-13.

He coached John Fields, who set the UNCW record for blocked shots in a season with 59. Furr also instructed Keith Rendleman, who finished his career among the top 10 in scoring, blocks and rebounds. Another one of his players, Chad Tomko, finished among UNCW’s career scoring, assists, steals and 3-point leaders.

From 2004-06, Furr was an assistant at High Point University. He aided in the development of Arizona Reid, a two-time Big South Conference Player of the Year, who scored more than 2,000 points and grabbed over 1,000 rebounds in his career. Furr also coached 2004 Big South Player of the Year Danny Gathings.

Furr was the associate head coach at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College in 2003-04. There he coached Chad Eichelberger, who played professionally in Romania, in addition to logging stints in the American Basketball Association.

From 2001-03, Furr worked as an assistant at his alma mater, Wingate University. In 2001-02, his team advanced to the D-II NCAA Tournament, finishing 26-7. He coached Lorinza Harrington, who went on to play for the Denver Nuggets, New Orleans Hornets and Memphis Grizzlies. His two Wingate teams had a combined record of 44-18.

Furr’s coaching start began at Pfeiffer University in 1999. He was there for two years and made the D-II Sweet Sixteen after becoming the first team in conference history to run the table with an 18-0 record in 1999-00. Pfeiffer led the country in scoring that year. Furr recruited 1,000-point scorer Rico Grier and a trio of All-American performers.

The native of Stanfield, N.C., played collegiately at North Carolina-based Wingate, receiving his Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management in 1999. He and his wife, Jennifer, have one son, Ezra.

JAGUARS FINISH FIFTH IN 2021-2022 HORIZON LEAGUE McCAFFERTY STANDINGS

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI Athletics Department finished fifth in the 2021-2022 Horizon League McCafferty Trophy, as announced by the league office on Wednesday (June 1). The Jaguars finished fifth in both the men’s and women’s standings to earn the program’s highest finish since 2018 (the trophy wasn’t awarded in 2020 due to COVID).

Named in honor of James J. McCafferty, who served as the conference’s first commissioner from 1979-80, the McCafferty Trophy is awarded annually by the Horizon League to the member institution that compiles the greatest number of performance points, based on its finish in the League’s 19 championship sports.

IUPUI was buoyed by championship efforts from both the men’s cross country and women’s basketball programs while men’s tennis and men’s swimming and diving also contributed on the men’s side. The women’s golf and women’s swimming and diving programs added points to the women’s sports totals as well.

For the sports of men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball, points are awarded based on combined regular-season (60 percent) and championship (40 percent) finishes. For all other sports, points are based on performance in the League championships.

Oakland captured this year’s McCafferty Trophy and swept both the men’s and women’s standings. The Golden Grizzlies were followed by Youngstown State, Cleveland State, Milwaukee, IUPUI and UIC to round out the top half of the league standings.

The full standings are listed below.

McCafferty Trophy Standings

1. Oakland – 56.5

2. Youngstown State – 45.0

3. Cleveland State – 41.0

4. Milwaukee – 40.0

5. IUPUI – 25.0

6. UIC – 21.0

7. Wright State – 19.0

8. Northern Kentucky – 12.5

t-9. Green Bay – 10.0

t-9. Purdue Fort Wayne – 10.0

t-11. Detroit Mercy – 4.0

t-11. RMU – 4.0

Men’s All-Sports Totals

1. Oakland – 25.0

2. Cleveland State – 23.0

3. Youngstown State – 21.0

4. Wright State – 17.0

5. IUPUI – 13.0

6. UIC – 12.0

7. Milwaukee – 10.0

8. Purdue Fort Wayne – 8.0

t-9. Northern Kentucky – 3.0

t-9. Detroit Mercy – 3.0

t-11. Green Bay – 0.0

t-11. RMU – 0.0

Women’s All-Sports Totals

1. Oakland – 31.5

2. Milwaukee – 30.0

3. Youngstown State – 24.0

4. Cleveland State – 18.0

5. IUPUI – 12.0

6. Green Bay 10.0

7. Northern Kentucky – 9.5

8. UIC – 9.0

9. RMU – 4.0

t-10. Wright State – 2.0

t-10. Purdue Fort Wayne – 2.0

12. Detroit Mercy – 1.0

USA U-19 TEAM WINS PAN AMERICAN CUP UNDER BROWN’S LEADERSHIP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Under the leadership of Purdue Fort Wayne men’s volleyball assistant coach Lindsay Brown, the U.S. Boys U-19 National team won a gold medal at the Pan American Cup this week.

The U.S. swept Mexico in the final, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-18) in Guatemala.

It is the first time a U.S. team has won gold in the event. The Boys U19 Team (5-0) did not lose a set in the tournament and qualified for the 2023 FIVB World Championship along the way.

U.S. outside hitter and Team Captain Sean Kelly was named tournament MVP and First Best Spiker. Tread Rosenthal was named Best Setter. Finn Kearney earned Best Opposite and Best Server. Libero Kellen Larson was named Best Digger and Best Receiver.

“I am so proud our boys came so far,” U.S. head coach Charlie Sullivan said. “They were unselfish, they gave to the team first and for young men to do that I think they grew exponentially. I don’t think they could have given any more to the system. It doesn’t work unless everybody gives to it.”

The U.S. led in kills (39-18), blocks (9-7) and aces (5-2). Mexico scored 31 points on U.S. errors while committing 22.

Kelly led all scorers with a match-high 15 points on 14 kills and one block. Outside hitter Sterling Foley added 14 points on eight kills, a match-high five blocks and one ace. Kearney totaled 13 points on nine kills, one block and a match-high three aces.

Middle blocker Kaumana Carreira scored seven points on six kills and one block. Rosenthal scored two points with a block and an ace. He set the team to a .313 hitting efficiency.

Middle Tristan Whitfield played as a substitute and scored two points on two kills. Larson was credited with 12 excellent receptions and nine digs.

Affected by slow starts throughout the tournament, the U.S. Boys had to overcome a four-point deficit late in the first set. The team remained patient, tying the score at 18 and moving on to the set win. The U.S. never struggled in the second and third sets.

2022 Boys U19 National Training Team Roster
Kellen Larson, Quinn Bishop, Victor Loiola, Jameson Vaccaro, Caleb Blanchette, Finn Kearney, Sterling Foley, Sean Kelly, Tread Rosenthal, Reed Wainwright, Tristan Whitfield, Kaumana Carreira

Head Coach: Charlie Sullivan (Head Coach, Springfield College)
Assistant Coach: Lindsay Brown (Assistant Coach, Purdue Fort Wayne)
Assistant Coach: Theo Edwards (Associate Head Coach, CSUN)
Performance Analyst: Jon Parry (Technical Coordinator, Long Beach State)
Athletic Trainer: Rachel Menze (CSUN)
Team Leader: Sam Shweisky (Head Coach, Princeton)

Pan American Cup Results
Pool Play
May 23 USA def Chile, 3-0 (26-24, 25-16, 25-11)
May 24 USA def Costa Rica, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-15)
May 25 USA def Mexico, 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-13)

Quarterfinals on May 26

Mexico def Dominican Republic, 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-17)
Chile def Guatemala vs Chile, 3- 1 (25-15, 25-13, 19-25, 25-20)

Classification and Semifinals on May 27

Guatemala def Honduras, 3-0 (25-13, 26-24, 25-15)
Costa Rica def Dominican Republic, 3-1 (25-15, 25-13, 27-29, 25-19)
USA def Chile, 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-20)
Mexico def Puerto Rico, 3-2 (25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 18-25, 17-15)

Finals on May 28
7th place: Dominican Republic def Honduras, 3-1 (19-25, 25-12, 25-13, 25-12)
Costa Rica def Guatemala, 3-0 (25-19, 30-28, 29-27)
Puerto Rico def Chile, 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-19)
USA def Mexico, 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-18)

MARCUS WILSON JOINS UE MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHING STAFF

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – It was just over four years ago when the jersey of Marcus Wilson was retired, permanently cementing his spot among the all-time greats to wear the Purple Aces’ jersey.  When the 2022-23 season commences, Wilson will find himself back on the bench as an assistant coach with the program.

Set to complete his first week at the helm of the Aces men’s basketball program, head coach David Ragland made the second addition to his coaching staff.  Wilson joins former teammate Craig Snow, who joined the staff on Saturday.

“I am elated to bring Marcus Wilson back to his alma mater in an assistant coaching position! Marcus is extra passionate about assisting in the success of our program. Marcus and I have known one another for over 20 years and I admire his competitive spirit and his desire to help young people become better in all aspects of life,” Ragland expressed.  “I wanted to hire a staff that wants to be at the University of Evansville and with the additions of Marcus and Craig, there is no doubt in my mind that this is where they want to be!”

Wilson enjoyed one of the most successful careers in program history, remaining 4th in career points with 2,053 and 5th with a total of 674 field goals.  His career free throw percentage of 88.7% is the best in UE history and remains one of the top 25 averages all-time in the NCAA.  The 1999 Larry Bird Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year led the Aces to the regular season conference championship as a senior before the team garnered an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Matched up against Kansas in the opening round, Wilson scored 34 points in front of a national audience in New Orleans’ Superdome.  Wilson garnered All-American Honorable Mention accolades following the 1998-99 campaign and was named to the MVC All-Centennial Team in 2007.

“Words cannot express the gratitude and excitement I have to return to my alma and work for Coach Ragland on the men’s basketball staff.  I have known David for over 20 years, so my trust and respect for him is off the charts,” Wilson exclaimed.  “Being a player and winning a championship for the University of Evansville was one of the highlights of my life, so to return as a coach to help young men fulfill their potential both on and off the court with the opportunity to win another championship for this university is a dream come true.”

“I have so many positive memories over the last 27 years being a part of the Evansville family and I am excited and hungrier than ever to make new memories! Evansville, I’m coming home! Go Aces!”

Following his playing career at UE, Wilson played at the professional level for 11 seasons.  In the summer of 1999, he played with the Utah Jazz in the Rocky Mountain Review Summer League.  Following that opportunity, his international career began in France with AS Bondy in the Pro B League where he led the entire league in scoring in the final portion of the 2001 season and the entirety of the 2001-02 campaign.  In addition to separate tenures in France, Wilson’s professional career included time in multiple countries that included: Germany, Belgium, Ukraine, Spain and Turkey.

After retiring as a pro in 2010, Wilson returned to the United States where he worked in executive-level positions at Aaron’s Sales and Lease along with Chick-fil-a.  In August of 2013, Wilson joined former UE head coach Jim Crews on the staff at Saint Louis University as the Video Coordinator.  His first season with the Billikens was a special one as the team won 19 consecutive games while being ranked as high as 8th in the national polls.  SLU won the Atlantic 10 regular season title before opening the NCAA Tournament as a #5 seed while defeating North Carolina State in the first round.

Wilson remained on the Saint Louis staff until 2016.  Following his tenure with the Billikens, he assumed the position of Executive Director at the Monsanto Family YMCA in St. Louis.  He earned multiple honors since that time for his work in and around the community.  One of his most impressive accomplishments was being named a Delux Magazine Power 100 recipient, which honors 100 of the most influential African American business leaders in St. Louis.

With his executive career taking off, Wilson branched into broadcasting at UE in 2017.  Since that time, Wilson has worked for the university and the MVC as a color commentator for men’s basketball games on ESPN3 and ESPN+.  He is married to 2001 UE graduate Camilla Wilson and has three children – Isaiah Wilson, Ryan Wilson and John Bol.

VUVB ADDS LIBERO MORGAN NETCOTT TO 2022 RECRUITING CLASS

VINCENNES, Ind. – The 2021 Region 24 Champion Vincennes University Volleyball team picked up their second player from VU’s Val/Sal program this week as Montague High School Salutatorian Morgan Netcott joins the Trailblazer volleyball program.

Netcott is a five-foot six libero from Montague, Mich., becoming the first Trailblazer volleyball player from the state of Michigan.

Netcott finishes out her senior season at Montague with 614 digs and 47 service aces, ending her high school career with 1,545 digs and 105 aces.

Netcott helped guide Wildcats to a record of 86-51 during her four year career, with a very impressive 43-4 record against West Michigan Conference opponents, including two conference championships and the 2019 Division Two District Championship.

Netcott was twice named to the All West Michigan Conference team and the All Area Team, while also being named to the Muskegon Chronicle’s Dream Team of the top 12 players in the Muskegon Area last season.

“Morgan is an intelligent and instinctive player,” Montague Head Coach Shawn Bectel said. “She is knowledgeable and has a great ability to read the offense and anticipate the play. Morgan was a three-year starter and team captain at Montague. She was a strong leader and a great role model to her peers on and off the court.”

“Morgan will be a great asset to the Vincennes University Volleyball program and the Montague Volleyball program wishes her continued success as she begins her volleyball career at the collegiate level,” Bectel added.

Netcott comes to Vincennes University as an outstanding student, finishing as class Salutatorian at Montague High School.

Netcott also served as Class President and was the National Honor Society Vice President. Netcott was also a National Qualifier for DECA competition and placed seventh in the state of Michigan for Public Speaking in the FFA.

“As far as we know, from talking with Assistant Coach Mike Misner, we believe that Morgan will be the first player from Michigan to play volleyball at VU,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “We’ve been looking to expand and recruit out into some of the other surrounding states, especially after VU began offering In-State Tuition to students from Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan, as well as Indiana and Illinois.”

“Volleyball wise, Morgan comes from a pretty strong area,” Sien added. “Her high school is typically a very competitive program. She has played with several teammates, both in high school and with the Inside Out Volleyball Club Team, that have gone on to play at a pretty high-level. Morgan comes to VU as a very experienced player. Her Club Team is usually one of the top teams in Michigan and they’ve won a few tournaments last year.”

“Morgan is obviously an outstanding student, coming to VU through the Val/Sal program,” Sien said. “But Morgan chose to come to VU because we have a great combination of exceptional academics and exceptional athletics. Morgan and her mom visited the campus earlier in the Spring and Morgan committed just a couple days after her visit. I think Morgan was not really looking to play volleyball anymore because of her high academics, but it really gives credit to Vincennes University and all of our various programs to get someone who wasn’t really considering playing unless the situation was just right.”

“Morgan also brings the ability to set at little to the team next season,” Sien added. “Which will be nice, because last year we really only had two players that could set but this year we have five players that can do a little bit of setting. We don’t really have anybody coming back next year that has played libero much, since we’ve had 2021 Region 24 Player of the Year Grace Earp the past two years.”

“I always feel that, at our level, it is very difficult to recruit a high-level libero because the really good ones coming out of high school are usually going Division I,” Sien said. “I always feel like we need someone who can pass nearly perfect on serve receive and in my six years at VU we’ve only ever had one true libero because we weren’t able to recruit someone we thought could play at our level. That’s when we convert some outside hitters, like Grace, into a libero. It’s unusual for us to get someone who we feel can play at this level and we definitely feel like Morgan can.”

“One nice thing heading into next season is that we are just so deep as a team,” Sien added. “We have Morgan, plus Lara Gomes de Castro returning and another libero coming in. Plus we have hitters that could move over and fill that role if needed. This group of incoming freshmen, along with our returners makes us even deeper than we were last year and we were a pretty deep team.”

“Morgan is just a very goal-oriented person,” Sien said. “She is very mature and very articulate. We were very impressed with how she was when she came on her visit.”

Netcott is the daughter of Bracken and Rachel Netcott and Morgan plans to study Psychology while at Vincennes University.

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Morgan Netcott to the 2022 recruiting class.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1883       Using 17 huge arc lights that each provided 4,000 candle power at Fort Wayne’s League Park, the Quincys become the first professional team to play under the lights. The Northwestern League’s club from Illinois beat the local Methodist College team, 19-11, in seven innings in front of 2,000 spectators who paid 25 cents to attend the game.

1891       Reds’ right-hander Charley Radbourn earns his 300th victory, beating the Beaneaters at Boston’s South End Grounds, 10-8. ‘Old Hoss,’ who will finish 484 of the 497 games he starts, will end his 11-year career this season with 309 victories.

1921       Reds’ outfielder Pat Duncan hits the first over-the-fence home run at Cincinnati’s Redland Field, a two-run drive that clears the 12-foot left-field wall over the Devere Electric Company sign. Eventually becoming a cozier Crosley Field, the once spacious ballpark made its debut nine seasons ago in 1912.

1928       Les Bell collects 15 total bases, blasting three home runs and a triple at Braves Field. The Cincinnati third baseman’s offensive output isn’t enough when Boston bows to the Reds, 20-12.

1935       Braves outfielder Babe Ruth announces his retirement from baseball. The 40-year-old former Yankees slugger wanted to retire three weeks sooner but stayed when team owner Emil Fuchs persuaded him to continue to play because Boston hadn’t played in every National League park.

1941       Upon their arrival in Detroit, the Yankees learned the sad news that their captain, Lou Gehrig, seventeen days before his 38th birthday, had died in his sleep due to ALS in his Riverdale home. On this day exactly 16 years ago, the ‘Iron Horse’ broke into the starting lineup of the Bronx Bombers.

1949       In the 12-3 rout of the Reds at Shibe Park, the Phillies hit five home runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Andy Seminick [2], Del Ennis, Willie Jones, and Schoolboy Rowe all go deep for Philadelphia.

1950       George Kell hits for the cycle when he doubles in the eighth inning of the Tigers’ 16-5 rout of Philadelphia. The Detroit third baseman had collected a home run, triple, and a single, respectively, in the first three frames in the Shibe Park contest.

1951       Due to the poor lighting during an Alabama-Florida League contest at Peanut Stadium in Headland, Alabama, Ottis Johnson of the Dothan Browns fails to get out of the way of a fastball thrown by Jack Clifton. The 24-year-old Class D minor league outfielder undergoes surgery and spends eight days in the hospital before dying on June 10 due to being hit by the Dixie Runners hurler’s pitch.

1951       During a contest against the Durham Bulls, Mike Romello hits umpire Emil Davidzuk after being called out for leaving third base early. A judge at the game arrests the visiting Danville’s shortstop on the spot, and the infielder will later be fined $25 for his assault on the arbitrator.

1955       Red Sox first baseman Harry Agganis, in his last game with the club, goes 2-for-4 in a 4-2 loss to Chicago at Comiskey Park. The Golden Greek, hospitalized after the game with pneumonia, will die of a pulmonary embolism on June 27, having fallen ill again in Kansas City two weeks after rejoining the team.

1957       Moe Drabowsky sets a National League record for the most hit batsmen in a single game when he plunks four Reds in the Cubs’ 4-3 loss at Crosley Field. Cincinnati’s right fielder Frank Robinson is drilled in consecutive innings by the right-hander, born in Ozanna, Poland.

1958       In the sixth inning, with Orioles on first and second, in an eventual 2-1 loss, Brooks Robinson lines into a triple play when Senator shortstop Rocky Bridges snares his hard-hit drive, steps on second, and then relays the ball to first baseman Julio Becquer. The triple killing is the first of four the future Hall of Fame third baseman will hit into, a major league record.

1959       The White Sox ground crew rids the playing field of gnats using a smoke bomb attached to a postgame fireworks display. The Comiskey Park contest, delayed for half an hour because of the insects, will end with a 3-2 Oriole victory when the smoke clears.

1962       The Colt .45s capture their first doubleheader sweep in franchise history when they beat the Pirates twice at Forbes Field, 10-6 and 10-3. Outfielder Carl Warwick, recently acquired from St. Louis in exchange for Opening Day starter Bobby Shantz, contributes six hits in the twin bill victories.

1987       Using their number one pick overall in the draft, the Seattle Mariners select Ken Griffey, Jr. The signing of ‘Junior,’ son of major leaguer Ken Griffey, will play a significant role in Seattle’s success in the mid-1990s.

1989       The Orioles, known as the Browns when the club played in St. Louis, become the fifth franchise in baseball history to record their 3,000th victory. The other clubs which have reached the milestone include the Cubs, Giants, Pirates, and Yankees.

1990       Randy Johnson, blanking the Tigers, 2-0, becomes the first Mariner in franchise history to pitch a no-hitter. The southpaw strikes out eight while walking six in the first hitless game thrown in the 14-year existence of the Kingdome.

1994       Tom and Ben Grieve, both outfielders, become the first father-son combination to both be chosen in the first round of the amateur draft when the A’s select Ben as the team’s first-round pick (2nd overall). Tom, presently the general manager of the Rangers, was chosen sixth overall by the Senators in 1966.

1995       After five no-decisions, Hideo Nomo picks up his first major league victory, giving up one run on two hits in 8+ innings when the Dodgers beat the Mets at Chavez Ravine, 2-1. Los Angeles signed the 26-year-old former Japanese All-Star to a minor league contract in the off-season that included a signing bonus of over $2 million.

1995       The Expos pick Serra High School (San Mateo, CA) standout Tom Brady in the 18th round, the 507th player selected overall, in baseball’s amateur draft. The tall, athletic 17-year-old catcher with a powerful left-handed swing and a rocket arm elects to play football at the University of Michigan before making his record-setting eight Super Bowl appearances as the quarterback for the NFL Patriots.

1995       Todd Helton, who will spend his entire 17-year career with the Rockies, is selected in the first round, eighth overall, by Colorado in the amateur draft. The University of Tennessee’s first baseman was the Vols’ backup quarterback, playing behind Peyton Manning, the Most Valuable Player of Super Bowl XLI in 2007.

1996       In St. Louis, Darryl Kile ties a major league record by hitting four batters. The Astros right-hander becomes the first National League player to do it since Moe Drabowsky accomplished the feat on the same date while toiling for the Cubs in 1957.

1999       In the first-year player’s draft, the Devil Rays select Raleigh (NC) prep star Josh Hamilton as the team’s top pick. Tampa Bay’s selection marks the first time since 1993 when Alex Rodriguez was chosen by the Mariners, that a high school player becomes the first overall pick.

2000       Cubs’ reliever Rick Aguilera pitches a perfect ninth inning for his 300th save to nail down Chicago’s 2-0 win over the Tigers. The game marks Detroit’s first visit to Wrigley Field for the first time since winning Game 7 of the 1945 World Series.

2000       Fred McGriff becomes the thirty-first player to hit 400 career homers. The Devil Rays first baseman’s milestone round-tripper comes off Glendon Rusch, a two-run drive in a 5-3 loss to the Mets at Shea Stadium.

2000       The Expos will wear Maurice Richard’s uniform number (9) on their right sleeves this season to pay tribute to the late Montreal Canadiens star, who played 18 years in the National Hockey League. The uniform patch marks the first time a major league team has chosen to honor a hero from a different sport.

2005       In celebration of Rotary International’s Centennial Year, The Player, a 13-foot tall bronze sculpture donated by the Denver Rotarians, is dedicated in front of Coors Field on the corner of 20th and Blake. A 24-inch version of the work of art, created by internationally prominent sculptor George Lundeen, is given annually to the recipient of the Branch Rickey Award, an honor given to a major leaguer in recognition of exceptional community service.

2008       With his major-league-leading 21st homer in a 5-4 victory over the Reds at Citizens Bank Park, Chase Utley goes yard for the fifth straight game. The Phillies’ second baseman, who previously homered in five consecutive games earlier in the season, ties his club record, which he shares with Bobby Abreu, Dick Allen, and Mike Schmidt.

2009       Ichiro Suzuki, with a first-inning leadoff infield hit off David Hernandez in the Mariners’ 8-2 victory over the Orioles at Safeco Field, sets a new team record by hitting safely in his 26th consecutive game. The 35 year-old outfielder extends the mark to 27 tomorrow, surpassing the franchise mark he established in 2007.

2010       “I feel that without enough occasional starts to be sharper coming off the bench, my continued presence as a player would be an unfair distraction to my teammates, and their success as a team is what the ultimate goal should be.” – Ken Griffey, Jr., on his retirement. After 22 seasons of compiling can’t miss Hall of Fame statistics, Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. unexpectedly issues a statement through the team announcing that he has decided to retire. The now 40-year-old Junior, once known as the Kid, leaves the game fifth on the all-time career home run list with 630 round-trippers.

2010       Jim Joyce emphatically calls Jason Donald safe at first base after Tigers starter Armando Galarraga has retired 26 consecutive Cleveland batters, although the baserunner is clearly out. After seeing the replay, the first-base arbitrator tearfully admits his error, apologizing to the 28-year-old Venezuelan for his blown call that robbed the right-hander of pitching a perfect game.

2013       At PNC Park, Garrett Jones became only the second player and the first Pirate to hit a ball into Davy Jones’ Locker on the fly when his two-run eighth inning round-tripper ties the score in the Bucs’ eventual 5-4 win over Cincinnati. In 2002, Houston’s Daryle Ward launched a shot that also splashed into the waters of the Allegheny River.

2016       Trailing by ten runs after five frames, the Mariners stage the biggest comeback in franchise history when the team beats the Padres 16-13. Seattle, tally five times in the sixth, scoring nine more times in the seventh inning to take the lead for good in the Petco Park contest.

2021       On the date that Lou Gehrig started his streak in 1925 and his death 16 years later of ALS in 1941, MLB begins its inaugural Lou Gehrig Day, a tradition that started a few seasons ago in major league parks with the reading of his “I am the luckiest person on Earth” speech. In addition to raising money to find a cure for the dreaded disease, every team will display “4-ALS” logos highlighting the Hall of Famer’s jersey number with players, managers, and coaches wearing a special commemorative patch on their uniforms.

TV THURSDAY

COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
COLLEGE WORLD SERIES12:00PMESPN
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP WORLD TOUR: EUROPEAN OPEN7:00AMGOLF
PGA: THE MEMORIAL2:00PMGOLF
US WOMEN’S OPEN3:00PMUSA
MLBTIME ETTV
MINNESOTA AT DETROIT1:10PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
TAMPA BAY AT TEXAS2:05PMMLBN
BALLY SPORTS
CHI. WHITE SOX AT TORONTO3:07PMNBCS-CHI
SPORTSNET
SAN FRANCISCO AT MIAMI6:40PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
WASHINGTON AT CINCINNATI6:40PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
LA ANGELS AT NY YANKEES7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
YES
SEATTLE AT BALTIMORE7:05PMMASN/2
ROOT SPORTS
SAN DIEGO AT MILWAUKEE7:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ST. LOUIS AT CHI. CUBS8:05PMMARQ
BALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT COLORADO8:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
NY METS AT LA DODGERS10:10PMMLBN
SNY
SPORTSNET
NBA PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
NBA FINALS GAME 1: BOSTON AT GOLDEN STATE9:00PMABC
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
WEST FINALS GAME 2: EDMONTON AT COLORADO8:00PMTNT
SOCCERTIME ETTV
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: BULGARIA VS NORTH MACEDONIA12:00PMFUBOTV
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: CYPRUS VS KOSOVO12:00PMFUBOTV
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: ESTONIA VS SAN MARINO12:00PMFUBOTV
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: SPAIN VS PORTUGAL2:45PMFS1
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: ISRAEL VS ICELAND2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: SERBIA VS NORWAY2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: SLOVENIA VS SWEDEN2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: CZECH REPUBLIC VS SWITZERLAND2:45PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: ANGUILLA VS DOMINICA4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: FRENCH GUIANA VS GUATEMALA5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: BELIZE VS DOMINICAN REPUBLIC6:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: PANAMA VS COSTA RICA7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: BARBADOS VS ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA7:30PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: GUADELOUPE VS CUBA8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
FRIENDLY: MEXICO VS URUGUAY10:00PMUNIMAS
TENNISTIME ETTV
FRENCH OPEN11:00AMNBC

TV FRIDAY

COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
NCAA TOURNAMENT12:00PMESPN
NCAA TOURNAMENT3:00PMESPN
GOLFTIME ETTV
DP WORLD TOUR: EUROPEAN OPEN7:00AMGOLF
PGA: THE MEMORIAL2:00PMGOLF
US WOMEN’S OPEN3:00PMUSA
MLBTIME ETTV
ST. LOUIS AT CHI. CUBS2:20PMMLBN
MARQ
BALLY SPORTS
SAN FRANCISCO AT MIAMI6:40PMNBCS-BAY
BALLY SPORTS
WASHINGTON AT CINCINNATI6:40PMMASN/2
BALLY SPORTS
LA ANGELS AT PHILADELPHIA7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-PHI
ARIZONA AT PITTSBURGH7:05PMATTSN-PIT
BALLY SPORTS
CLEVELAND AT BALTIMORE7:05PMBALLY SPORTS
MASN/2
DETROIT AT NY YANKEES7:05PMYES
BALLY SPORTS
MINNESOTA AT TORONTO7:07PMBALLY SPORTS
CHI. WHITE SOX AT TAMPA BAY7:10PMNBCS-CHI
BALLY SPORTS
SEATTLE AT TEXAS8:05PMBALLY SPORTS
ROOT SPORTS
HOUSTON AT KANSAS CITY8:10PMMLBN
SNY
SPORTSNET
SAN DIEGO AT MILWAUKEE8:10PMBALLY SPORTS
ATLANTA AT COLORADO8:40PMBALLY SPORTS
ATTSN-RM
BOSTON AT OAKLAND9:40PMNESN
NBCS-CA
NY METS AT LA DODGERS10:10PMSNY
SPORTSNET
NHL PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
EAST FINALS GAME 2: TAMPA BAY AT NY RANGERS8:00PMESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE: BELGIUM VS NETHERLANDS2:45PMFS1
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS VS CAYMAN ISLANDS4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: SAINT MARTIN VS ARUBA4:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS VS BONAIRE4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: SINT MAARTEN VS U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS4:30PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: BAHAMAS VS SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES5:00PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: CURAÇAO VS HONDURAS8:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL: HOUSTON DASH VS ORLANDO PRIDE8:30PMPARAMOUNT+
CONCACAF NATIONS LEAGUE: NICARAGUA VS TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO10:00PMPARAMOUNT+
NWSL: PORTLAND THORNS VS ANGEL CITY10:00PMPARAMOUNT+
TENNISTIME ETTV
FRENCH OPEN11:00AMNBC
USFLTIME ETTV
PITTSBURGH VS. NEW JERSEY8:00PMUSA
WNBATIME ETTV
CONNECTICUT AT PHOENIX10:00PMCBSSN

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES3415.69418 – 716 – 819 – 1012 – 43 – 15 – 5W 1
TORONTO2920.592516 – 813 – 129 – 103 – 314 – 58 – 2W 7
TAMPA BAY2921.5805.517 – 1112 – 1010 – 64 – 511 – 95 – 5W 1
BOSTON2427.4711113 – 1411 – 137 – 146 – 79 – 45 – 5W 1
BALTIMORE2230.42313.513 – 129 – 1811 – 164 – 64 – 55 – 5W 1
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA3022.57717 – 1113 – 116 – 517 – 97 – 64 – 6L 2
CHI WHITE SOX2325.479511 – 1312 – 129 – 97 – 124 – 34 – 6L 2
CLEVELAND2224.478511 – 811 – 163 – 412 – 84 – 65 – 5W 3
DETROIT2030.400914 – 156 – 156 – 610 – 111 – 86 – 4W 2
KANSAS CITY1633.32712.58 – 158 – 181 – 511 – 171 – 52 – 8L 4
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON3318.64714 – 619 – 123 – 69 – 118 – 97 – 3W 4
LA ANGELS2723.5405.515 – 1312 – 105 – 96 – 212 – 113 – 7L 6
TEXAS2425.490812 – 1312 – 125 – 72 – 113 – 146 – 4L 1
SEATTLE2129.42011.512 – 109 – 194 – 126 – 47 – 84 – 6L 1
OAKLAND2033.377147 – 2013 – 137 – 75 – 96 – 143 – 7L 3
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS3517.67319 – 816 – 919 – 75 – 210 – 68 – 2W 6
ATLANTA2427.47110.514 – 1410 – 1310 – 107 – 65 – 85 – 5W 1
PHILADELPHIA2229.43112.512 – 1510 – 146 – 141 – 211 – 93 – 7W 1
MIAMI2028.4171310 – 1210 – 1612 – 72 – 44 – 123 – 7L 1
WASHINGTON1834.346179 – 189 – 165 – 142 – 59 – 114 – 6L 3
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE3220.61514 – 618 – 149 – 619 – 112 – 26 – 4L 2
ST. LOUIS2921.580216 – 1113 – 104 – 611 – 69 – 57 – 3W 3
PITTSBURGH2227.4498.511 – 1411 – 133 – 19 – 199 – 66 – 4W 3
CHI CUBS2129.420109 – 1712 – 121 – 211 – 127 – 105 – 5W 2
CINCINNATI1732.34713.59 – 128 – 202 – 29 – 112 – 146 – 4L 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS3317.66015 – 818 – 97 – 68 – 514 – 56 – 4L 3
SAN DIEGO3020.600313 – 1017 – 109 – 512 – 98 – 54 – 6L 3
SAN FRANCISCO2722.5515.513 – 1114 – 1111 – 85 – 67 – 75 – 5L 1
ARIZONA2527.481914 – 1611 – 1111 – 86 – 55 – 134 – 6L 1
COLORADO2327.4601016 – 127 – 158 – 126 – 44 – 84 – 6W 1

X – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Y – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT