MLB PLAYOFFS

Atlanta 9 LA Dodgers 2 (Atlanta leads series 3 – 1)

Houston 9 Boston 1 (Houston leads series 3 – 2)

Thursday, Oct. 21
• Braves at Dodgers, Game 5 (TBS, 8 p.m. ET)

Friday, Oct. 22
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 6 (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 23
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 6* (TBS, 5 p.m. ET)
• Red Sox at Astros, Game 7* (FOX/FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

Start time of NLCS Game 6 will move to 8 p.m. ET if the ALCS has concluded

Sunday, Oct. 24
• Dodgers at Braves, Game 7* (TBS, 7:30 p.m. ET)

WORLD SERIES
Best-of-seven

Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Appalachian State 30 #14 Coastal Carolina 27

Thursday, Oct. 21

FAU at Charlotte | 7:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Tulane at No. 21 SMU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana at Arkansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

San Jose State at UNLV | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

Friday, Oct. 22

Middle Tennessee at UConn | 6 p.m. | CBSSN

Columbia at Dartmouth | 6 p.m. | ESPNU

Memphis at UCF | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Colorado State at Utah State | 9:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Arizona | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Saturday, Oct. 23

Illinois at No. 7 Penn State | 12 p.m. | ABC

Northwestern at No. 6 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 3 Oklahoma at Kansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 2 Cincinnati at Navy | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 16 Wake Forest at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arkansas | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

UMass at Florida State | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Kansas State at Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | FS1

Northern Illinois at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Eastern Michigan at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Pennsylvania at Yale | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Morehead State at Marist | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Duquesne at Sacred Heart | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Syracuse at Virginia Tech | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Kent State at Ohio | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Brown at Cornell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina Central at Morgan State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Youngstown State at Indiana State | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgetown at Bucknell | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

San Diego at Presbyterian | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Lehigh at Fordham | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Harvard at Princeton | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Dayton at Valparaiso | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Norfolk State at Howard | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Chattanooga at Samford | 1 p.m.  | ESPN3

Incarnate Word at McNeese | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Stetson at Drake | 1 p.m. | ESPN3

Robert Morris at Gardner-Webb | 1:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas State at Georgia State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Carolina A&T at Hampton | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Illinois State at South Dakota | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Carolina at The Citadel | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

East Tennessee State at Furman | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Bethune-Cookman at Jackson State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

South Carolina State at Delaware State | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Virginia Lynchburg at Tennessee Tech | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Wisconsin at No. 25 Purdue | 3 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Jacksonville State at Sam Houston | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho State at Montana State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Western Illinois at South Dakota | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee State at Eastern Illinois | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Southeast Missouri State at UT Martin | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Iowa at South Dakota State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Charleston Southern at North Alabama | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

Austin Peay at Murray State | 3 p.m. | ESPN3

LSU at No. 12 Ole Miss | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Clemson at No. 23 Pitt | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Maryland at Minnesota | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 8 Oklahoma State at Iowa State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

No. 10 Oregon at UCLA | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

BYU at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Colorado at Cal | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Western Michigan at Toledo | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Rice at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) at Ball State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Buffalo at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico at Wyoming | 3:30 p.m.

Missouri State at North Dakota State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Mississippi State at Vanderbilt | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Boston College at Louisville | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

East Carolina at Houston | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Liberty at North Texas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Weber State at Eastern Washington | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Kennesaw State at Campbell | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Southeastern Louisiana at Northwestern State | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Colgate at Holy Cross | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Wofford at Mercer | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama | 7 p.m. | ESPN

South Alabama at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 22 San Diego State at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Nevada at Fresno State | 7 p.m. | FS2

Western Kentucky at FIU | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Temple at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 24 UTSA at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m.

Central Arkansas at Lamar | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Midwestern State at Tarleton | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Nicholls at Houston Baptist | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Prairie View A&M at Southern | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

USC at No. 13 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 5 Ohio State at Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

West Virginia at TCU | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

South Carolina at No. 17 Texas A&M | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 18 NC State at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Georgia Tech at Virginia | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Utah at Oregon State | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Montana at Idaho | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UC Davis at Cal Poly | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Colorado at Southern Utah | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Stephen F. Austin at Dixie State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Northern Arizona at Sacramento State | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico State at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m.

NFL SCHEDULE

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Denver Broncos at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Football Team at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 25, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

NBA SCOREBOARD

Chicago 94 Detroit 88

Charlotte 123 Indiana 122

New York 138 Boston 134 2OT

Washington 98 Toronto 83

Philadelphia 117 New Orleans 97

Minnesota 124 Houston 106

Memphis 132 Cleveland 121

San Antonio 123 Orlando 97

Utah 107 Oklahoma City 86

Denver 110 Phoenix 98

Sacramento 124 Portland 121

NHL SCOREBOARD

Philadelphia 6 Boston 3

St. Louis 3 Vegas 1

MLS SCOREBOARD

New England 3 DC 2

Montréal 1 Orlando City 1

Chicago 4 Cincinnati 3

Atlanta 1 New York City FC 1

Inter Miami 3 Toronto 0

Los Angeles FC 3 Dallas 2

Minnesota 3 Philadelphia 2

Los Angeles 3 Houston 0

Nashville 1 Columbus 1

Colorado 1 Seattle 1

Vancouver 3 Portland 2

San Jose 4 Austin 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE WEEK 1

South Bend Adams (3-6) at Goshen (4-5)

LaPorte (2-7) at Concord (8-1)

McCutcheon (1-7) at Zionsville (4-5)

Terre Haute North (3-6) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-1)

Jeffersonville (3-5) at Floyd Central (3-6)

Lowell (6-3) at Highland (4-5)

Griffith (4-5) at Hobart (6-3)

South Bend Riley (1-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-6)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-7) at Logansport (5-2)

Plymouth (0-9) at New Prairie (7-2)

Culver Academy (6-3) at South Bend Clay (0-8)

DeKalb (1-8) at Wawasee (1-8)

Leo (9-0) at East Noble (6-2)

Northridge (5-4) at NorthWood (5-4)

Angola (2-7) at Columbia City (4-5)

Marion (4-4) at Fort Wayne Wayne (2-7)

Fort Wayne South (1-7) at Delta (4-5)

Jay County (3-6) at Mississinewa (6-2)

New Haven (4-5) at Huntington North (2-7)

Richmond (1-8) at Shelbyville (1-5)

Muncie Central (1-8) at Connersville (1-8)

Pendleton Heights (5-4) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (8-1)

Greenfield-Central (6-3) at New Castle (2-7)

Indianapolis Chatard (5-4) at Frankfort (2-6)

Indianapolis Attucks (3-5) at Indianapolis Shortridge (2-4)

Beech Grove (3-6) at Lebanon (6-3)

Indianapolis Roncalli (9-0) at Western (6-3)

South Dearborn (6-3) at Madison (3-6)

Martinsville (5-4) at Silver Creek (5-3)

Mooresville (7-2) at Jennings County (1-8)

Greenwood (2-7) at East Central (7-2)

Evansville Memorial (7-2) at Evansville Harrison (2-7)

Evansville Reitz (3-6) at Boonville (2-6)

Northview (7-1) at Jasper (9-0)

Twin Lakes (2-7) at Hanover Central (8-1)

Calumet (6-3) at Knox (3-6)

Lakeland (3-6) at John Glenn (4-4)

West Noble (4-5) at Jimtown (7-2)

Mishawaka Marian (6-3) at South Bend Washington (3-4)

Tippecanoe Valley (9-0) at Garrett (4-5)

Norwell (8-1) at Maconaquah (2-5)

Northwestern (0-8) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-7)

Oak Hill (7-2) at Bellmont (1-8)

Heritage (4-5) at Peru (6-2)

West Lafayette (9-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (7-2)

Yorktown (5-4) at North Montgomery (3-4)

Hamilton Heights (6-3) at Guerin Catholic (2-7)

Crawfordsville (1-8) at Western Boone (5-4)

Indianapolis Ritter (0-9) at Christel House Manual (2-5)

West Vigo (3-4) at Tri-West (7-2)

Greencastle (6-3) at Danville (8-1)

Indian Creek (2-7) at Indianapolis Washington (3-5)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-8) at Princeton (2-7)

Edgewood (1-7) at Washington (0-8)

Brown County (4-5) at Pike Central (1-6)

Sullivan (7-2) at Owen Valley (7-1)

Scottsburg (6-3) at Brownstown Central (9-0)

Rushville (0-9) at Batesville (5-4)

Greensburg (3-4) at Charlestown (7-2)

Franklin County (6-3) at Lawrenceburg (8-1)

North Harrison (4-5) at Heritage Hills (7-2)

Corydon Central (0-8) at Evansville Bosse (2-7)

Salem (5-2) at Southridge (5-4)

Gibson Southern (8-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (8-1)

North Newton (6-3) at Rensselaer Central (5-4)

Wheeler (6-2) at Andrean (6-3)

Hammond Noll (1-6) at Boone Grove (1-6)

Whiting (3-6) at Bowman Academy (0-8)

Lewis Cass (3-5) at Delphi (6-3)

Wabash (2-6) at Pioneer (7-2)

Bremen (6-3) at Manchester (4-4)

LaVille (6-2) at Rochester (5-2)

Bluffton (4-5) at Eastside (9-0)

Whitko (1-8) at Central Noble (7-2)

Fairfield (4-5) at Fort Wayne Luers (8-1)

Prairie Heights (3-6) at Woodlan (3-6)

Eastern (Greentown) (7-2) at Eastbrook (8-0)

Lapel (7-2) at Frankton (3-6)

Blackford (1-7) at Tipton (8-1)

Alexandria (3-5) at Elwood (0-8)

South Vermillion (4-5) at Lafayette Central Catholic (5-4)

Southmont (5-4) at Cascade (3-6)

Monrovia (6-3) at North Putnam (2-6)

Speedway (7-2) at Seeger (5-4)

Heritage Christian (8-0) at Indianapolis Scecina (6-3)

Centerville (8-0) at Eastern Hancock (5-4)

Northeastern (5-4) at Winchester (5-4)

Providence (4-5) at Switzerland County (2-6)

Union County (4-4) at Paoli (5-2)

Triton Central (5-4) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-6)

Mitchell (3-5) at Clarksville (2-7)

North Posey (7-2) at Crawford County (2-5)

South Spencer (4-5) at North Knox (7-2)

Linton-Stockton (9-0) at Tell City (5-4)

Forest Park (3-6) at Evansville Mater Dei (7-2)

Caston (2-7) at South Central (Union Mills) (4-3)

South Newton (5-4) at Culver (2-5)

Winamac (7-0) at West Central (2-7)

Lake Station (2-5) at North Judson (6-3)

Clinton Prairie (4-4) at Clinton Central (2-7)

Traders Point Christian (4-5) at North White (4-3)

Frontier (1-8) at Carroll (Flora) (6-3)

Monroe Central (9-0) at Wes-Del (0-7)

South Adams (7-2) at Madison-Grant (4-5)

Southern Wells (0-9) at Taylor (0-5)

Union City (4-4) at Tri-Central (4-5)

Northfield (6-3) at Fremont (3-6)

North Miami (0-9) at Southwood (4-5)

Adams Central (8-1) at Churubusco (7-2)

Parke Heritage (7-2) at Attica (0-6)

North Vermillion (5-4) at South Putnam (7-2)

Fountain Central (3-6) at Covington (7-2)

Riverton Parke (2-6) at Cloverdale (0-7)

Indiana Deaf (5-3) at Covenant Christian (5-4)

Park Tudor (7-2) at Sheridan (7-2)

Edinburgh (5-4) at Indianapolis Lutheran (9-0)

North Decatur (4-4) at South Decatur (2-5)

Hagerstown (1-7) at Tri (7-2)

Knightstown (1-7) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-5)

Springs Valley (7-1) at North Daviess (4-5)

Rock Creek Academy (1-7) at West Washington (3-4)

Eastern Greene (1-8) at Tecumseh (2-6)

Perry Central (7-2) at North Central (Farmersburg) (3-5)

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

Class A (at Kokomo) — Park Tudor (15-3-1) vs. Westview (15-5), 1 p.m.

Class A (at Evansville North) — Providence (14-3-3) vs. Cascade (13-5-1), 6 p.m.

Class 2A (at Kokomo) — FW Bishop Dwenger (13-4-2) vs. West Lafayette (17-1-2), 3 p.m.

Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.

Class 3A (at Kokomo) — Noblesville (18-1-1) vs. Chesterton (18-1-1), 5 p.m.

Class 3A (at Seymour) — Castle (20-1) vs. Carmel (15-3-2), 3 p.m.

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

Class A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Andrean (14-3-3) vs. Tipton (10-4), 11 a.m.

Class A (at Providence) — Providence (13-5-1) vs. Heritage Christian (13-8), 1 p.m.

Class 2A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Leo (19-0-2) vs. Mishawaka Marian (19-3), 1 p.m.

Class 2A (at Evansville North) — Evansville Memorial (18-3-1) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-4), 4 p.m.

Class 3A (at South Bend St. Joseph) — Homestead (20-0) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (17-2-1), 3 p.m.

Class 3A (at Seymour) — Bloomington South (20-0-1) vs. Carmel (17-2-2), 5 p.m.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS

4A

at LaPorte

Penn vs. LaPorte

Crown Point vs. Munster

At Noblesville

Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Fishers

McCutcheon vs. Homestead

At Greenfield Central

Yorktown vs. Cathedral

Brownsburg vs. Roncalli

At Bloomington North

Floyd Central vs. Castle

Center Grove vs. Columbus East

3A

at Kankakee Valley

Culver Academies vs. West Lafayette

New Prairie vs. Hanover Central

At Norwell

Bellmont vs. Angola

Northwestern vs. NorthWood

At Danville

Ritter vs. Tri-West Hendricks

Brebeuf vs. Brownstown Central

At Charlestown

Greensburg vs. Evansville Memorial

Silver Creek vs. Barr Reeve

2A

at Bremen

Fairfield vs. Andrean

North Judson vs. South Central

at Elwood

Madison Grant vs. Alexandria Monroe

South Adams vs. Rossville

At Cascade

Union County vs. Covenant Christian

South Putnam vs. Western Boone

at Mitchell

North Posey vs. Mitchell

Linton Stockton vs. South Ripley

1A

at Culver

Southwood vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk

Kouts vs. Triton

At Wes-Del

Seton Catholic vs. Lafayette Central Catholic

Daleville vs. South Newton

At Morristown

Bloomfield vs. Waldron

Indiana Deaf vs. Indianapolis Lutheran

At Loogootee

Lanesville vs. Springs Valley

Trinity Lutheran vs. Loogootee

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Braves blast 4 HRs, beat Dodgers 9-2 for 3-1 lead in NLCS

LOS ANGELES (AP) Behind the red-hot bat of Eddie Rosario, the Atlanta Braves are one win away from their first World Series appearance since 1999.

All they need to do is put away the defending champion Los Angeles Dodgers.

Easier said than done.

After all, the Braves were in exactly the same position last year and failed to finish the job.

Rosario homered twice in his second four-hit game of the NL Championship Series and six Atlanta pitchers combined on a four-hitter, giving the Braves a 9-2 victory Wednesday for a commanding 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven playoff.

Game 5 is Thursday in Los Angeles. Last year, the Dodgers also trailed 0-2 and 1-3 against Atlanta in the NLCS before roaring back to win three straight games at a neutral site in Arlington, Texas.

“As we saw last year, winning a game is hard, especially a veteran team like this that we’re playing,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “But I feel good about our club just from what we experienced last year and where these guys are.”

Adam Duvall and Freddie Freeman also homered for the Braves, who bounced right back from blowing a late lead in an agonizing loss Tuesday to end their 10-game skid at Dodger Stadium.

“I feel like everyone has really hunkered down and dug their heels in and everyone is really focused,” Rosario said through a translator. “That’s something that I’m really proud to be a part of.”

Rosario became the first player to have two four-hit games in a League Championship Series. He drove in four runs and scored three while continuing his torrid postseason hitting, finishing a double short of the cycle. He homered in the second inning, tripled in the third, singled in the fifth and clocked a three-run homer in the ninth.

“As soon as I hit that first home run I just thought to myself, `Wow, I feel amazing right now,'” Rosario said, “so I kind of just carried that confidence into my other at-bats going forward.”

Rosario hit for the cycle last month against San Francisco, achieving the feat on just five total pitches.

“I’ve been using that bat that I hit for the cycle with and it has not disappointed. I had that double remaining and I’m like, `Man, this bat has not let me down yet,'” he said. “As soon as I hit that second one out, I go, `Oh well, there goes the double.'”

The Dodgers will need to jump-start their offense to have a shot at another NLCS comeback. Their first five hitters – Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, NL batting champion Trea Turner, Will Smith and Gavin Lux – were a combined 0 for 17 in Game 4.

Los Angeles, which had won 18 of 19 at home going back to the regular season, has won six consecutive postseason elimination games dating to last year.

“I feel good about it,” manager Dave Roberts said. “We have a very resilient team, a very tough team, and it’s not going to get much tougher than facing Max Fried in an elimination game, but we’ve done it before.”

Rosario was acquired from Cleveland on July 30 as the Braves remade their depleted outfield before the trade deadline.

What a find he’s been.

The left fielder has hit safely in every game of this postseason, piling up 14 hits so far – including a walk-off single in Game 2 against the Dodgers. He has struck out only once.

Rosario is 10 for 17 (.588) with two homers and six RBIs in the NLCS.

“He’s been looking so good at the plate, hitting balls hard,” Freeman said.

Atlanta’s four homers tied a postseason franchise record.

Each of the series’ first three games was decided by one run in the last two innings. But when it got late this time, the wild-card Dodgers couldn’t generate any comeback magic.

Atlanta opener Jesse Chavez combined with Drew Smyly, Chris Martin, A.J. Minter, Tyler Matzek and Will Smith to hold down the Dodgers’ offense. Los Angeles didn’t get a hit until the fifth and was limited to one the rest of the way. Smyly went 3 1/3 innings for the win.

The Braves wasted no time jumping all over 20-game winner Julio Urias, who gave up three homers in 2 2/3 innings. It was the second time he allowed that many in his career; the first time was in his second major league game in 2016.

Rosario drove an 0-2 pitch into the left-field pavilion leading off the second and Duvall followed with a shot to center, the first time the Braves homered back-to-back in the postseason since Oct. 3, 2002, against San Francisco in Game 2 of a Division Series.

Freeman went deep leading off the third. Two outs later, Rosario tripled to deep right on a two-strike pitch, sliding headfirst into the bag.

“He kind of smiled at me after he hit it in there just because it was one of those things where it just, a hot hitter and he kind of knows where he’s going,” Urias said through a translator.

Duvall was intentionally walked and Joc Pederson singled, scoring Rosario for a 4-0 lead against Urias.

The Dodgers, who won 106 games during the regular season, closed to 5-2 in the fifth on pinch-hitter AJ Pollock’s two-out, two-run single. Justin Turner singled for their first hit of the game and Cody Bellinger followed with a single and stolen base.

Freeman’s RBI double in the ninth made it 6-2 before Rosario went deep.

Urias didn’t record a strikeout until the fourth, when Dansby Swanson and Freeman went down swinging back-to-back to end the left-hander’s first clean inning. Urias gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked three.

Astros’ Valdez goes 8, beats Red Sox 9-1 for 3-2 ALCS lead

BOSTON (AP) Framber Valdez lost his perfect game in the fifth inning and then bounced the next pitch off the batter’s leg.

Astros manager Dusty Baker headed for the mound.

“It was surprising more than anything,” Valdez said, noting that a visit from the manager usually means his night is over. “The first thing I did was look back to the bullpen to see if anyone was out there. I saw nobody was there.

“He just came out and told me … ‘You know what you’re doing out here, so just breathe,'” Valdez said. “He gave me the confidence to get out of the inning.”

And much more than that.

Perfect through four, the Houston left-hander took a two-hit shutout into the seventh and became the first pitcher this postseason to complete eight innings, leading the Astros over Boston 9-1 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Yordan Alvarez had three hits and three RBIs for Houston, which could clinch a second trip to the World Series in three years with a victory at home on Friday night.

The Red Sox need a win to force a deciding seventh game on Saturday.

“We came back to Boston exactly where we wanted to be: We were 1-1,” Red Sox starter Chris Sale said. “Not in a good spot going back to Houston. There’s no denying that, but this team has won two games in the playoffs back-to-back before, and we think we can do it again.”

One day after the Astros scored seven runs to break a ninth-inning tie, they hung another crooked number on the Fenway Park scoreboard, chasing Sale while scoring five runs in the sixth. Alvarez, who homered in the second and singled in the fourth, had a two-run double to break things open.

That was plenty for Valdez, who extended the staff’s shutout streak to 14 straight innings before Rafael Devers homered with one out in the seventh – one of just three Boston hits.

Valdez departed after retiring the Red Sox in order in the eighth – completing three full turns through the Boston lineup, a dramatic break from the prevailing baseball wisdom.

“It makes me feel great” to show that starters can still have that kind of impact on a game, Baker said.

“Today, it was in the hands of Framber,” he said. “This was in this hands of Framber, and, really, in the hands of Alvarez.”

In all, Valdez gave up one run on three hits, one walk and a hit batter, striking out five. He was also the first opposing pitcher to last eight innings in a postseason start at Fenway since Cleveland’s Charles Nagy went eight in the 1998 Division Series.

Ryne Stanek pitched a perfect ninth while the rest of Houston’s relievers rested. Astros starters had not lasted three innings all series, pitching to a 18.90 ERA in the first four games and giving up 10 homers – including a record three grand slams.

Valdez was not much better, allowing two earned runs in 2 2/3 innings in Game 1.

“I didn’t get frustrated at all. I wasn’t down on myself,” Valdez said. “I just worked the entire time and I had my mindset set that I was just going to come out and have a way better outing. And that’s what I was able to do tonight.”

Valdez retired the first 12 batters on Wednesday – eight on grounders, four on strikeouts. Devers singled to lead off the fifth, then Valdez bounced the next pitch off J.D. Martinez’s leg. The Astros escaped when Hunter Renfroe grounded into a double play and Alex Verdugo bounced out to first.

“Everybody knew he had a no-hitter, and then they get a hit, and then he hits the batter,” Baker said. “That’s the time that you’ve really got to settle him down and just take the air out the ball, because the crowd was about to get into it. And he threw up a double-play pitch and then he went back to dealing again.”

Sale started almost as well, allowing just two hits – both to Alvarez – in his first five innings. But he walked Jose Altuve to start the sixth, then Michael Brantley nubbed one toward third. Devers fielded it and made the throw in time but Schwarber dropped it at first; after sliding into second, Altuve popped up and took off for third, which was uncovered.

Brantley moved up to second on a groundout to the pitcher, then Alvarez doubled to left, scoring two to make it 3-0 and chasing Sale. Ryan Brasier struck out Carlos Correa before giving up an RBI double to Yuli Gurriel and a two-run single to Jose Siri that made it 6-0.

Brantley added an RBI single in the seventh, and Gurriel singled in two more in the ninth.

Sale was charged with four runs – two earned – on three hits and two walks, striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings.

“I was good for five, and then I sucked for one,” he said. “I told myself coming into this game I had a job to do; obviously didn’t get it done. But I left (it all) out there on that mound tonight, that’s for damn sure.”

The Red Sox had won seven straight postseason games at home – dating to the 2018 ALCS – before blowing an eighth-inning lead on Tuesday night. They had never lost back-to-back postseason games under manager Alex Cora.

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Nathan Eovaldi, who won Game 2 but came on in relief and lost in Game 4, will start Friday for Boston. Baker said he had not decided on a starter.

Browns’ Mayfield out with shoulder injury, Keenum starting

CLEVELAND (AP) Baker Mayfield had to surrender to the pain.

Cleveland’s starting quarterback, who has played the past four weeks with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, will sit out Thursday’s game against the Denver Broncos and backup Case Keenum will start.

“I feel very ready. I’ve been ready,” said Keenum, who hasn’t started since 2019 with Washington. “You can say, `You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready’ and I’ve been ready since I got here.”

The Browns (3-3) announced the switch on Wednesday, ending speculation about whether Mayfield would try to push through an injury to his non-throwing shoulder that he suffered last month and has worsened in recent weeks.

“Case Keenum will be our starter tomorrow night and we have full confidence in him to lead us and do the things necessary to put us in position to win,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “Baker fought really hard to play, he’s a competitor and obviously wants to be out there but just couldn’t make it on a short week.

“We know he will continue to do everything in his power to return as quickly as possible.”

Mayfield was limited in practice on Tuesday, when he said he still expected to play. However, with this being a short week, there wasn’t enough time for the swelling in his shoulder to go down and it was decided early Wednesday for him to rest, ending Mayfield’s streak of 53 consecutive starts for Cleveland.

The loss of him means the Browns’ entire starting backfield has been wiped out by injuries.

Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, the NFL’s top running back tandem, will sit out with calf injuries. Cleveland could also be missing star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. due to a shoulder injury, and starting offensive tackles Jack Conklin (knee) and Jedrick Wills Jr. (ankle) haven’t practiced this week and could be game-time decisions.

“It’s always a great challenge,” Keenum said when asked about missing key players. “That’s what this league is about. Nobody’s at 100%. After Week 1, nobody’s playing at 100%. That’s the way it goes. That’s the hard truth, that’s why it’s a grown man’s league.”

On Tuesday, Mayfield was still planning to play despite a shoulder tear that was affecting his play and sleep. The 26-year-old underwent an MRI on Monday and the results were examined by a shoulder specialist, Dr. Orr Limpisvasti, the team physician for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, who agreed Mayfield should rest.

Mayfield needs the swelling in his shoulder to go down first before he can strengthen the injured area. By sitting out against the Broncos (3-3), Mayfield will have some extra time because the Browns don’t play again until Oct. 31 against Pittsburgh.

The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2013 when he was a walk-on at Texas Tech.

“He is a tough, tough, tough, tough dude,” Keenum said on a Zoom call. “He fought through some serious pain just to practice and just to get going a little bit. … It’d take a freight train to keep him out of the game, and I’m assuming that’s what it did because that dude plays through some serious pain.

“It’s impressive to be around. It’s inspiring. I know the guys feel the same way.”

Mayfield has been wearing a harness to stabilize his shoulder since getting hurt on Sept. 19 while trying to make a tackle against Houston after he threw an interception. He said Tuesday that the pain in his shoulder had increased after it twice popped out in Sunday’s loss to Arizona.

Mayfield’s completion percentage has plummeted in recent weeks and he had three turnovers – two fumbles and a pick – against the Cardinals.

Keenum has made 62 career NFL starts, most recently for the Washington Football Team in 2019. The 33-year-old was signed as a free agent before last season by the Browns to back up and serve as a mentor for Mayfield.

He also had a strong knowledge of Cleveland’s offense after working with Stefanski in Minnesota.

“I’m built for this,” Keenum said. “This is what I’ve done my whole career, not knowing if I’m going to start up until game time, not knowing who is out there with me to introducing to players while I’m calling a play type stuff, so I’m excited.

“What better chance to take advantage of an opportunity than on Thursday night football? I know these opportunities don’t come around too often to be a starting in this league, only 32 per week so I’m ready to take advantage of it.”

Keenum had his best season in 2017 with the Vikings, passing for 3,547 yards with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has thrown just 13 passes in four games in two years with the Browns.

Nick Mullens is expected to be elevated from the practice squad to serve as Keenum’s backup.

Texans release veteran defensive end Mercilus

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans have released veteran defensive end Whitney Mercilus.

He was the 26th overall pick in the 2012 draft and spent his entire career with the Texans. Mercilus was one of the longest- tenured players on the team after most of the team’s stars have been traded or released in recent years.

Mercilus appeared in 134 games for the Texans, which is the third most in franchise history. He has 348 tackles in his career and ranks second in franchise history behind J.J. Watt with 57 sacks.

“There aren’t many players in franchise history who have impacted our organization and community the way Whitney Mercilus has,” Texans’ owner Cal McNair said.

The 31-year-old appeared in six games this season with two starts for the Texans, who have won just one game. He has three sacks and four tackles for losses.

Houston coach David Culley said Wednesday that releasing Mercilus was a mutual decision and that the performance of some young players on the team factored into the move.

“That position he plays, we’ve got as much depth there as any position on our team,” Culley said. “We’ve got some young guys there. … those young guys are starting to play, and it gives us a chance to be able to look at them and also give him a chance to be able to continue on and play and find a team that fits him and move on with his career.”

Washington releases longtime kicker Dustin Hopkins

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington released longtime kicker Dustin Hopkins on Wednesday and signed Chris Blewitt as his replacement.

Hopkins was in his seventh season with the team but seemed on the hot seat with coach Ron Rivera for several weeks. He missed a 42-yard field goal attempt in a loss last weekend to the Kansas City Chiefs.

That was just his second missed field goal in 14 attempts this season, but Hopkins also missed two extra points Oct. 3 at Atlanta.

Blewitt was signed to the practice squad this week after trying out with other kickers. The 26-year-old is a Washington area native who played at the University of Pittsburgh and has yet to take the field in an NFL game.

Washington visits the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

49ers optimistic QB Jimmy Garoppolo will play this week

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers are optimistic starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo can return this week from a right calf injury but don’t expect backup Trey Lance back for another week.

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Garoppolo would be limited at practice Wednesday after missing one game with the injury and is on target to play Sunday night against Indianapolis.

“It’ll be good to go out there and go full go today. I know he’s limited because we’ve got to make sure he can do everything,” Shanahan said. “We’ll have a much better idea today, but I’m pretty optimistic about it.”

Lance sprained his left knee when he started in place of Garoppolo on Oct. 10 at Arizona and hadn’t healed enough during the bye week to practice Wednesday.

Garoppolo got hurt early in the game Oct. 3 against Seattle and left at halftime. He missed one game but took advantage of the bye week to get back without missing any more time.

Garoppolo said the calf “feels great” now and he is able to push off his plant leg once again.

“I didn’t want to push too much last week. But I think during the bye week, we’ve really made some big strides,” he said. “So I’m happy with where it’s at.”

Lance’s recovery is progressing as expected but he isn’t quite ready to return to practice. Shanahan said Lance has been told to stay off his feet as much as he can but was expected to do some light throwing Wednesday.

“We were hoping he could go this week. It doesn’t look like it,” Shanahan said. “He might have a chance at the end of the week. I’d be surprised if he’s not ready to go next week.”

The Niners return from the bye on a three-game losing streak as the defense has struggled to generate takeaways and the offense has not been clicking like Shanahan hoped it would.

San Francisco has been hurt by a season-ending knee injury to running back Raheem Mostert and a calf injury that will sideline tight George Kittle for at least three games. But there are still other problems not related to injuries.

“I think we’ve got to be much better in situational football,” Shanahan said. “We’ve got to be much better throwing and catching. I’d like to generate a few more explosive runs. I think we’re running the ball somewhat decent but if you don’t get big runs, you’re never going to have those numbers. Then it just comes down to execution in some real critical situations.”

NOTES: CB K’Waun Williams was back at practice after missing two games with a calf injury and is expected to play this week. … DT Javon Kinlaw (knee) and LT Trent Williams (elbow, ankle) also missed practice.

NFL is kicking off $6.2M responsible betting campaign

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) The NFL is spending $6.2 million to help expand programs to prevent or treat problem gambling across the country.

The league is launching a responsible betting initiative aimed at getting fans to set limits on their wagers, understand the risks of betting and know where to get help if things get out of hand. It is partnering with the National Council on Problem Gambling to improve the group’s nationwide help line, create new treatment programs and expand existing ones, and educate football fans who gamble on how to do so responsibly.

A three-year effort will include in-game messaging, social media outreach, broadcast, print and in-stadium messaging. Some of it will target people who are too young to legally gamble but may feel tempted to do so.

More than 45 million Americans say they plan to bet on NFL games this year, according to the American Gaming Association, the casino industry’s national trade group. That’s an increase of 36% from last year.

“Sports betting is supposed to be fun,” said Christopher Halpin, the NFL’s executive vice president, chief strategy and growth officer. “We feel it is critical that the NFL uses the power of our voice to educate and encourage fans who choose to gamble to do so in a safe and responsible way. We also recognize that responsible betting programs across the country are under-resourced, especially as legalization spreads nationwide.”

Keith Whyte, executive director of the council, said the NFL’s funding will enable it to “exponentially” expand its advocacy, awareness and assistance efforts regarding problem gambling.

“We will be able to help so many more people as a result of this,” he said. “The NFL has set an example for the other professional sports leagues who also need to realize their obligation to address the downside of sports betting as much as they embrace the upside.”

Whyte said about 2% of the U.S. population has a gambling problem, but among those who have gambled within the last 12 months, the rate is 5%.

He said the need for compulsive gambling treatment and prevention has grown since New Jersey won a U.S. Supreme Court case in 2018 clearing the way for all 50 states to offer legal sports betting. Half the states currently do.

“We think the risk has doubled since then,” Whyte said.

He said the council is seeing more respondents to its surveys say they believe gambling is a good way to make money, that they frequently rely on it as a way to pay for daily living expenses, and that they lie about their gambling to family members – all indicators of a potential gambling problem.

Whyte said the council plans to offer grants to local groups to develop programs aimed at young people, including those under the legal gambling age of 21.

“By the time kids come to college, the majority of student-athletes has already bet on sports,” he said.

Whyte said talks are underway that could lead to similar agreements with the NBA, Major League Baseball and the Women’s Tennis Association.

The NFL says it will work with its official sports betting partners – Caesars Entertainment, DraftKings and FanDuel – to share information and support the effort. Each of those sports betting operators has developed its own responsible gambling program.

“Anyone with a role in legal gaming shares a mutual interest and critical role in reducing the incidence of and harm caused by problem gambling,” said Chris Holdren, co-president of Caesars Digital.

A central message of the campaign will be the slogan “Stick to Your Game Plan. Always Bet Responsibly.”

It will encourage gamblers to decide in advance what and how much they will bet on, to know their own limitations and tendencies and to understand how betting and sports books work. It also will direct them to the website responsibleplay.org for additional resources.

Halpin said about 17% of NFL fans aged 21 and over describe themselves as frequent sports bettors, although the term has not been defined. An additional 30% describe themselves as casual bettors (who may enter office Super Bowl pools) or aspirational bettors, who say they want to bet once it becomes legal in their state.

“As legalization expands, problem gambling grows,” Halpin said. “For the casual bettor, now is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to teach them what responsible betting looks like: mindfulness, setting betting budgets, knowing your operator, knowing how parlays and other kinds of bets work. We intend to get this right.”

THIS WEEK IN THE NFL: WEEK 7

Week 7 is an important juncture in any NFL season.

Some teams are hitting their strides while others are developing new identities as adversity forces them to pivot and reframe. For younger players, the game is beginning to slow down. And, teams are reaching bye weekends that allow them to recharge mentally and physically.

Week 7 in this NFL season is important because several teams have an opportunity to reach or stay above the always-important .500 mark, keeping pace with division leaders.

Recent history proves that having a .500-or-better record after Week 7 is a key factor in earning a trip to the postseason. Over the past 10 years (2011-20), 122 teams made the playoffs and 107 of those (87.7 percent) were either .500 or above through the first seven weeks of the NFL season.

That’s why this week is key for several teams, beginning with the Thursday night matchup between 3-3 clubs, the DENVER BRONCOS and CLEVELAND BROWNS (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon). Elsewhere across the league:

  • Two teams coming off their bye weeks, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-3) and the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-2), will attempt – in primetime – to include themselves in that .500-or-better group. The 49ers host the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (2-4) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), while the Saints travel to play the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-4) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).
  • A pair of NFC South teams, the CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-3) and ATLANTA FALCONS (2-3), can maintain pace with respective trips to play the NEW YORK GIANTS (1-5) and MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-5), both 1:00 PM ET kickoffs on FOX.
  • The CHICAGO BEARS (3-3) have an opportunity to surprise the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS).
  • And, in one of the weekend’s marquee pairings, the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-3) have a date in Nashville with the TENNESSEE TITANS (4-2) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

STREAKS ARE CHIC: Four teams currently own winning streaks of at least five games: ARIZONA (six), BALTIMORE (five), DALLAS (five) and GREEN BAY (five). It’s the first time since Week 13 of the 2018 season in which four-or-more teams have winning streaks of that length.

  • Three of those clubs (Baltimore, Dallas and Green Bay) lost their 2021 openers. Last season, the Browns, Colts and Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, made the playoffs after losing their initial 2020 games.

SEESAW GAMES: Last week’s Monday night thriller in Nashville, where the Titans held off the Bills, 34-31, in the final seconds, marked the third NFL game this season with at least seven lead changes.

  • Tennessee and Buffalo matched a Monday Night Football record with their seven lead changes. The only other time it happened in the 52-year history of the primetime series was Sept. 15, 2008, when Dallas emerged with a 41-37 victory over Philadelphia at Texas Stadium.
  • Previously this season, two other games have involved seven lead changes: Arizona beat Minnesota, 34-33, in Week 2, and the Chargers defeated Cleveland, 47-42, in Week 5.
  • Teetering games have been common so far this season. On average, better than one game per week has included at least five lead changes (seven such games in six weeks).

BONUS TIME: Already this season, 11 games have gone to overtime, the second-most through the first six weeks of a season all-time. Only the 1995 season (12 games) had more at this point. Dallas, Minnesota and Pittsburgh earned overtime victories in Week 6.

  • At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first six weeks of the 2021 season, marking the second time ever (2018) that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first six weeks.
  • The league needs just one overtime contest this weekend to tie the NFL record for the longest stretch of season-opening weeks with at least one overtime game (Weeks 1-7, 2018).

There have been 23 games with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime this season, the most such games through the first six weeks all-time.

TITANS HAVE ANOTHER TITANIC QUARTERBACK ON DOCKET: Fresh off an impressive Monday night win over Buffalo, the TENNESSEE TITANS (4-2) host the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-3) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

  • The game features the NFL leader in touchdown passes, Kansas City’s PATRICK MAHOMES (18) and his top target TYREEK HILL, who is tied for the NFL lead with 46 receptions. The matchup also includes Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY, the league leader in both rushing yards (783) and rushing touchdowns (10).
  • Last week, Mahomes passed for a season-high 397 yards with two touchdowns, while tight end TRAVIS KELCE had eight receptions for 99 yards in the Chiefs’ win at Washington.
  • At Nissan Stadium on Sunday, Mahomes can record his 30th career 300-yard passing game and surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (29) for the most such games by a player in his first five seasons in NFL history.
  • Also this week, Kelce can record his 79th career game with at least five receptions and surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer SHANNON SHARPE (78) for the fourth-most such games by a tight end in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (139 games), JASON WITTEN (130) and ANTONIO GATES (96) have more.
  • Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY averaged 7.2 yards per carry (20 attempts, 143 yards) and ran for three touchdowns in the Titans’ victory last week. Henry, who ran for 130 yards and three touchdowns in Week 5, is the first player in 15 years, since Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON in 2006, with consecutive games of 100 yards rushing and three-or-more rushing touchdowns. Tomlinson reached those marks over a three-game stretch from Nov. 5-19, 2006.
  • Henry’s 13-yard touchdown with 3:05 remaining, and the Titans’ dramatic goal-line stand in the final seconds, sealed Tennessee’s Monday night win last week. The Titans, who outscored the Bills 10-0 in the fourth quarter, have the league’s most come-from-behind wins (13) in the fourth quarter or overtime since head coach MIKE VRABEL took the reins in 2018.

The most wins after trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime, since the beginning of 2018:

TEAMWINS
Titans13
Dolphins10
Chargers9
Eagles9
Raiders9
Saints9
Seahawks9

BENGALS, RAVENS BATTLE FOR DIVISION LEAD: Quarterbacks JOE BURROW and LAMAR JACKSON will square off for just the second time when the CINCINNATI BENGALS (4-2) travel to meet the BALTIMORE RAVENS (5-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

  • Last week, Jackson earned his 35th career win as a starting quarterback and surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (34 wins) for the most wins by a quarterback prior to his 25th birthday in NFL history. Jackson turns 25 in January.
  • In the Bengals’ win last week, Burrow passed for 271 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 115.7 rating, while rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE led the team with 97 receiving yards.
  • Burrow, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, has at least two touchdown passes in each of the Bengals’ first six games this season. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (first 10 games in 1984) as the only first- or second-year quarterbacks with at least two touchdown passes in each of their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.
  • Chase has 553 receiving yards this season, the second-most receiving yards by a rookie in his first six career games in the Super Bowl era. Only ANQUAN BOLDIN (592 receiving yards in 2003) had more.
  • Bengals defensive end TREY HENDRICKSON has 19 sacks since the beginning of 2020. Only T.J. WATT (22) and MYLES GARRETT (20) have more in that span.

BUCS AIM FOR BEST START IN FRANCHISE HISTORY: The TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (5-1), who began play as an expansion franchise in 1976, have matched the best start in team history. They also began 5-1 in 2005, 2002, 1997 and 1979. Tampa Bay has never opened a season 6-1 and can reach that mark with a win over the CHICAGO BEARS (3-3) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS).

  • Chicago’s defense enters the game tied for the league lead with 21 sacks, while Tampa Bay’s offense has allowed just nine sacks, tied for fifth-fewest in the NFL.
  • Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY has the second-most passing yards (2,064) and touchdown passes (17) of his career through six games, topped only by his 2,163 passing yards in 2011 and his 21 touchdown passes in his MVP season of 2007. His 2,064 passing yards this season rank No. 1 in the league.

SAINTS STRONG AFTER BYE WEEKS: The NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (3-2) are fresh off their bye week and play at the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-4) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN). Over the last 10 seasons (2011-20), New Orleans is 7-3 in games after bye weeks, tied for the best record in the NFL. On the other sideline, the Seahawks are 4-2 over the previous five seasons (2016-20) against opponents coming off bye weeks.

GOFF, STAFFORD BATTLE AT SOFI STADIUM: In their first meeting after trading places as starting quarterbacks of their respective teams, JARED GOFF and the DETROIT LIONS (0-6) go on the road to play MATTHEW STAFFORD and the LOS ANGELES RAMS (5-1) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX). The trade this past offseason involved two former No. 1 overall selections in the NFL Draft.

  • Since the beginning of 2018, when Goff led the Rams to a berth in Super Bowl LIII, he has 14,783 passing yards. Over that span, only PATRICK MAHOMES (15,755), MATT RYAN (15,303) and TOM BRADY (15,109) have more.
  • Stafford, who this week plays his 172nd NFL game, has 298 career touchdown passes. With two more on Sunday, he would become the eighth player in NFL history to reach the 300-touchdown milestone in 175-or-fewer games.
  • This season, Stafford has 16 touchdown passes, the most in NFL history for a player in his first six games with a new team.

The most passing touchdowns by a player over his first six games with a new team in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMYEAR(S)TD PASSES
Matthew StaffordLos Angeles Rams202116
Justin HerbertLos Angeles Chargers202015
Deshaun WatsonHouston Texans201715
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams1998-9915
Mark RypienWashington198815

Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP leads the NFL with seven touchdown catches, while his 46 receptions are tied for the league lead with DAVANTE ADAMS and TYREEK HILL. Last week, Kupp recorded nine catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Kupp, who also had two touchdown receptions in Week 2 and Week 3, is the first player since JULIUS THOMAS (2014) with at least two touchdown catches in three of his team’s first six games of a season.

  • Kupp also has 46 receptions for 653 yards and seven touchdowns this season and has joined Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (45 catches for 709 yards and eight touchdown receptions in 1999) as the only players with at least 45 catches, 650 receiving yards and seven touchdown receptions in their team’s first six games of a season in NFL history.

MEMORIES OF POSTSEASON CLASSICS: This week’s schedule features six contests matching franchises that met previously in significant postseason games:

TEAMS, RESULTGAMESITEDATENOTES
Packers 21, *Boston 61936 NFL ChampionshipPolo Grounds, New York12/13/1936Packers win fourth of 13 world championships
Lions 31, Rams 211952 Conference PlayoffBriggs Stadium, Detroit12/21/1952Lions advance en route to 1952 title
Raiders 27, Eagles 10Super Bowl XVSuperdome, New Orleans01/25/1981Raiders become first Wild Card team to win SB
Broncos 23, Browns 201986 AFC ChampionshipCleveland Municipal Stadium01/11/1987John Elway authors The Drive to force OT
Seahawks 41, Saints 362010 NFC Wild CardQwest Field, Seattle01/08/2011Marshawn Lynch authors the Beast Quake
Chiefs 35, Titans 242019 AFC ChampionshipArrowhead Stadium, Kansas City01/19/2020Chiefs advance to first Super Bowl in 50 years
*Washington franchise was located in Boston; game moved to New York due to poor home attendance

WEEK 7 NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, October 21Denver at ClevelandFOX/NFLN/Amazon8:20
Sunday, October 24Cincinnati at BaltimoreCBS1:00
Washington at Green BayFOX1:00
Atlanta at MiamiFOX1:00
New York Jets at New EnglandCBS1:00
Carolina at New York GiantsFOX1:00
Kansas City at TennesseeCBS1:00
Detroit at Los Angeles RamsFOX4:05
Philadelphia at Las VegasFOX4:05
Houston at ArizonaCBS4:25
Chicago at Tampa BayCBS4:25
Indianapolis at San FranciscoNBC8:20
Monday, October 25New Orleans at SeattleESPN8:15

NFL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

AFC

OFFENSE: RB DERRICK HENRY, TENNESSEE TITANS

  • Henry rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns, including the eventual game-winner late in the fourth quarter, in Tennessee’s dramatic Monday Night Football victory over Buffalo. He also had two receptions for 13 yards.


  • This marked Henry’s second-consecutive game with three rushing touchdowns and his third overall this season. No other player has two such games in 2021. He is the third player in NFL history with at least 750 rushing yards (783) and 10 rushing touchdowns (10) in his team’s first six games of a season. 


  • This is the sixth-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Henry and second this season:
    • 2018: Week 14
    • 2019: Week 17
    • 2020: Weeks 6, 17
    • 2021: Weeks 2, 6


  • He joins Matthew Stafford as the only players to earn Player of the Week honors multiple times this season.

  • Henry extends his record for most-ever Player of the Week awards by a Titans player. Shaun Alexander (seven-time winner) is the only former Alabama running back to win the award more. 


DEFENSE: LB T.J. WATT, PITTSBURGH STEELERS

  • Watt totaled seven tackles, three passes defensed, two sacks (both in overtime) and a forced fumble that set up the game-winning field goal in Pittsburgh’s Sunday Night Football victory over Seattle.


  • He became the fourth player with two sacks in a single overtime period since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic.    


  • This is the fourth-career Defensive Player of the Week award for Watt and first this season:
    • 2018: Weeks 1, 5
    • 2020: Week 2
    • 2021: Week 6


  • Watt ties James Harrison, Greg Lloyd and Joey Porter (all four-time winners) for the most-ever Defensive Player of the Week awards by a Steelers linebacker.


SPECIAL TEAMS: K MATTHEW WRIGHT, JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

  • Wright converted all three of his field goals – from 40, 54 and the game-winner from 53 yards – and both of his point after attempts in Jacksonville’s 23-20 victory over Miami in London.


  • This is the first-career Special Teams Player of the Week award for Wright. He is the first Jaguars kicker to earn the honor since Josh Lambo (Week 7, 2019).


  • Wright joins Matt Prater, the NFC’s Week 6 Special Teams Player of the Week, as the only former University of Central Florida kickers to earn Player of the Week.

NFC:

Quarterback DAK PRESCOTT of the Dallas Cowboys, safety TAYLOR RAPP of the Los Angeles Rams and kicker MATT PRATER of the Arizona Cardinals are the NFC Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played in Week 6 (October 14, 17-18).

OFFENSE: QB DAK PRESCOTT, DALLAS COWBOYS

  • Prescott completed 36 of 51 pass attempts (70.6 percent) for a season-high 445 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner in overtime, for a 108.7 rating in Dallas’ 35-29 victory over New England.   


  • It marked the most passing yards of any player in Week 6 and Prescott is now one of two players in the league (Tom Brady) with at least 400 passing yards in two games this season.


  • This is the fourth-career Offensive Player of the Week award for Prescott and first this season:
    • 2019: Weeks 1, 11
    • 2020: Week 2
    • 2021: Week 6
  • Prescott becomes the third Cowboys quarterback to earn the honor four times, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman (six-time winner) and Tony Romo (five-time winner).


DEFENSE: S TAYLOR RAPP, LOS ANGELES RAMS

  • Rapp totaled four tackles, three passes defensed and a career-high two interceptions in the Rams’ 38-11 victory over the Giants.  


  • This is Rapp’s first-career Defensive Player of the Week award and he becomes the first Rams safety to earn the honor since Oshiomogho Atogwe (Week 6, 2008).


SPECIAL TEAMS: K MATT PRATER, ARIZONA CARDINALS

  • Prater converted all three of his field goals – from 33, 36 and 51 yards – and all four of his point after attempts for a total of 13 points in Arizona’s 37-14 victory in Cleveland. It marked the most kicking points by any player in Week 6.

  • This is Prater’s 13th-career Special Teams Player of the Week award and first with the Cardinals:
    • 2008 (with Denver): Week 5
    • 2009 (with Denver): Week 12
    • 2011 (with Denver): Week 14
    • 2012 (with Denver): Week 4
    • 2013 (with Denver): Week 14
    • 2016 (with Detroit): Weeks 9, 12-13
    • 2017 (with Detroit): Week 1
    • 2018 (with Detroit): Week 17
    • 2020 (with Detroit): Weeks 3, 10
    • 2021 (with Arizona): Week 6


  • He becomes the first Cardinals kicker to earn the honor since Phil Dawson (Week 12, 2017).

Brice, Appalachian State upset No. 14 Coastal Carolina 30-27

BOONE, N.C. (AP) Chase Brice is determined to make the most of what is left of his roller-coaster college career. He took a big step forward Wednesday night.

Brice threw for 347 yards and two touchdowns, Chandler Staton kicked a 24-yard field goal as time expired and Appalachian State upset 14th-ranked Coastal Carolina 30-27 in front of a capacity crowd of 31,061 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

After spending three years at Clemson mostly backing up Trevor Lawrence and then going 2-9 last season as a starter at Duke, Brice transferred to Appalachian State looking for a new start and a chance to win big football games.

“Right now I’m getting an opportunity to kind of flip the script on certain things about me that get talked about and written about,” Brice said. “So that’s kind of my goal.”

Malik Williams had a monster game catching some well-placed bombs from Brice, finishing with 10 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown. Camerun Peoples ran for two touchdowns and Corey Sutton had 113 yards receiving and a score for the Mountaineers (5-2, 2-1 Sun Belt). They have never lost at home to the Chanticleers.

The Mountaineers moved into the driver’s seat in the conference’s East division and the loss could prevent Coastal Carolina (6-1, 2-1) from reaching the championship game.

“We’re in control of our own destiny right now,” said Appalachian State coach Shawn Clark, whose team bounced back from a 41-13 loss last week at Louisiana-Lafayette. “I’m so proud of this team and everyone involved in our organization.”

Coastal Carolina came in averaging 48.8 points, but the Chanticleers were outgained 575 to 376 and the offense struggled to protect QB Grayson McCall in the second half.

“Look how it’s flipped,” Coastal Carolina coach Jamey Chadwell said. “One loss and now we’re acting like everything in the world is ending. That’s sort of where we put ourselves. Now that we have lost and now we don’t think we’re invincible, hopefully those little things that get us, we’ll get them corrected and move forward.”

Coastal had outscored its opponents by more than 33 points coming in with only one close game – a 28-25 victory at Buffalo on Sept. 18

“This is no disrespect to Coastal Carolina, but they have not played four quarters all season long,” Clark said. “And we have. We have been battled tested. I do believe we have played a tough schedule, a very tough schedule.”

McCall threw for 291 yards and one touchdown for Coastal Carolina. It had a 11-game Sun Belt winning streak snapped.

When asked what he liked best about Brice’s performance, Clark laughed and said, “D, all of the above.

“I thought he had great poise in the pocket,” Clark said. “He had great touch on the football and he made good decisions when he pulled the ball (and ran). We’re glad he is on our football team. He’s a true Mountaineer.”

Appalachian State’s defense forced three Coastal Carolina punts on their final three possessions, the last of which set up Brice and the offense with great field position at the Mountaineers 38. From there, Brice went to Williams on consecutive throws of 19 and 16 yards to reach field goal range.

Appalachian State was careful not to score a touchdown in the closing seconds to prevent Coastal Carolina from getting the ball again with Peoples even going down on a knee at the end of one run instead of crossing the goal line. The Mountaineers ran the clock down to 3 seconds before Staton took the field for the winner.

“We felt that if we got them in a game where they had to drop back and pass, it’s in our favor a lot,” said Appalachian State defensive end Caleb Spurlin. “You got guys on the edge that just go make things happen. So I think getting them in that position where you knew they were going to have drop back and pass the ball gave us an edge up.”

It looked as if Coastal Carolina was going to run away with it early on.

The Chanticleers took a 14-0 lead when McCall faked as though he was going to run on a third and 4 play drawing the linebackers in, only to dump a pass over the middle to a wide open Kameron Brown, who raced 74 yards for a touchdown.

But the Mountaineers battled back behind super senior wide Williams, who snared two long passes to set up App State’s first score, then hauled in a 47-yard touchdown reception to tie the game after a successful onside kick.

Rolovich lawyer calls coach’s firing ‘unjust and unlawful’

(AP) — Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich’s termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday.

Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal action and that the litigation will detail what the attorney called athletic director Pat Chun’s “animus towards Coach Rolovich’s sincerely held religious beliefs” and his dishonesty at the expense of the former coach.

Rolovich and four of his assistants were fired Monday for not complying with the governor’s mandate that all state employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus. The attorney said Rolovich was escorted by campus police to his car and not allowed to speak to the team or visit his office after his dismissal.

Rolovich had requested a religious exemption but it was denied Monday, the state’s vaccination deadline.

“The institution also indicated that even if the exemption had been granted, no accommodation would have been made,” Fahling said in the statement.

The statement didn’t specify Rolovich’s religious grounds for seeking an exemption and the coach himself had declined to discuss details in recent weeks.

Pope Francis and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have stated that all COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable and that Catholics have a duty, responsibility or obligation to be vaccinated. However, some Catholics still oppose vaccination.

Statewide, about 1,800 workers have been fired, resigned or retired because of the governor’s mandate, state officials said. Rolovich was the highest-paid state employee in Washington at $3.2 million per year. He was fired for cause and will not be paid the balance of his contract.

Rolovich was hired from Hawaii two years ago, after Mike Leach left for Mississippi State, and led Washington State to a 1-3 record in the Pac-12 in a 2020 season cut short because of the pandemic. He finished with a 5-6 record in Pullman.

He was replaced for the remainder of the season by Jake Dickert, the Cougars’ defensive coordinator who was elevated to acting head coach.

Washington State (4-3) hosts BYU (5-2) on Saturday.

AP sources: 6 C-USA schools apply for AAC membership

(AP) — Six schools from Conference USA, including UAB, Texas-San Antonio and Florida Atlantic, have applied for membership to the American Athletic Conference and are expected to be accepted by the end of the week, according to two people with knowledge of the process.

Rice, North Texas and Charlotte also have applied for membership, said the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the league was not yet prepared to make its expansion plans public.

The American was in the market for new members after three of its most successful schools, Cincinnati, Houston and Central Florida, announced in September they would be joining the Big 12.

Those moves are expected to happen by the 2023 football season, and the American hopes to have its six new members in place when the departing schools leave.

The end result would be a 14-team conference, with four schools in Texas – the three new members and SMU.

The American targeted schools based in large media markets and fertile recruiting territory for football.

UAB has been C-USA’s most consistent winner in recent seasons, playing in three straight league title games and winning two. It has been a remarkable bounce back for a program that was terminated after the 2014 season but returned to competition in 2017.

FAU, located in Boca Raton, won Conference USA titles in 2017 and ’19 under then-coach Lane Kiffin.

North Texas, based in Denton, played for a C-USA title in 2017.

UTSA is a relatively new major college football program. The Roadrunners’ first season was 2011, but they already have played in two bowl games and are currently undefeated and ranked No. 24 in the AP poll.

Charlotte is also a newcomer to the highest tier of Division I football, having joined in 2013.

Rice, a Houston-based private school, has the longest history of major college football competition among the six schools heading to the American. The Owls were once a member of the Southwest Conference with schools such as Texas and Arkansas.

C-USA has been a frequent target when the American, formerly the Big East, has needed to reconstitute. After the latest realignment moves have been completed, 12 of the American’s 14 members will be former C-USA members.

Conference USA will be down to eight members – Old Dominion, UTEP, Southern Miss, Marshall, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee, Florida International and Western Kentucky.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few pleads guilty to DUI, fined $1,000

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) Gonzaga coach Mark Few has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence in Idaho and must pay a fine of $1,000 in lieu of spending four days in jail, according to court documents.

He must also perform 24 hours of community service and his driver’s license was suspended until Nov. 5, after which he will be required to use an ignition interlock device while on unsupervised probation for the next year. Few has completed a required alcohol and drug class.

Few entered the plea during a hearing Friday, saying he was “pleading guilty because I am guilty,” according to the court documents.

The 58-year-old Few had faced a maximum penalty of six months in jail.

Few had previously been suspended for top-ranked Gonzaga’s two exhibition games and the season opener Nov. 9 against Dixie State over the incident. He is expected to return for Gonzaga’s Nov. 13 game against No. 5 Texas in Spokane.

Few was pulled over by a police officer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 6 after someone reported seeing a black SUV swerving erratically and speeding. He initially refused to leave the vehicle and told the officer he had previous ankle and knee injuries that prevented him from performing field sobriety tests, according to a police report.

Few also initially told the officer that he hadn’t had any alcoholic drinks then later said he had a couple of beers. He told police he was returning from his vacation home in Hayden Lake, Idaho, and driving to Spokane, which is about 30 miles west.

He provided breath samples at the scene that registered blood-alcohol concentrations of .119 and .120, which is above the legal limit of .08.

Few has repeatedly apologized for his actions.

“I have had a month to reflect on the regretful decisions I made on Sept. 6,” Few said in a news release earlier this month. “I again offer my sincere apology and I remain committed to learning from this mistake.”

Gonzaga officials declined to comment Wednesday, referring reporters to previous statements.

Few has coached Gonzaga for 22 seasons and never generated much off-court controversy before this year. He has taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament every year except 2020, when the tournament was canceled because of the pandemic.

He is 630-125 at Gonzaga, and his .834 winning percentage is the best of any active coach. Few earlier this year led the Bulldogs to their second national title game, where they lost to Baylor.

Knicks withstand Brown’s 46, outlast Celtics 138-134 in 2 OT

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Knicks never could contain Jaylen Brown and on the last play of regulation completely lost track of Marcus Smart.

More mistakes than they’d like, but not enough to ruin their season opener.

“At the end of the day, we found a way to win a game,” Julius Randle said.

Randle scored 35 points, Evan Fournier made the go-ahead 3-pointer in the second overtime and added 32 against his former team, and the Knicks outlasted Brown and the Boston Celtics 138-134 on Wednesday night.

Brown scored a career-high 46 points after overcoming COVID-19, playing 46 minutes after spending most of the last 10 days in quarantine.

“My breathing felt irregular but fine for the most part,” Brown said. “Toward the end I could feel my heart beating through my chest.

“It would have bene better if we got a win,” he added.

The Celtics almost did.

Jayson Tatum had the biggest basket of his awful opener with a three-point play that gave Boston a 134-133 lead with 1:05 remaining. Fournier then hit his fourth 3-pointer of the overtimes with 56 seconds to go and Derrick Rose finished it off with a basket with 22 seconds to play as the Knicks finally put away a game they seemed to have won much earlier.

“It was crazy,” Fournier said.

The Celtics put together a push late in regulation of their first game under coach Ime Udoka and Smart tied it with a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

RJ Barrett scored all of his 19 points after halftime and Obi Toppin added a career-best 14 for the Knicks. Kemba Walker had 10 points and eight rebounds against his previous team.

Tatum had 20 points and 11 rebounds, but was 7 for 30 from the field, including 2 for 15 from 3-point range. The U.S. Olympic gold medalist missed badly on a jumper that could have won it at the end of the first overtime and often left Brown needing to do more than expected after his absence.

“He carried us tonight,” Tatum said. “Plays he was making, shots he was hitting, he was unbelievable and I wish I could have did my part.”

The Knicks showed off more offensive punch than last season’s team that finished 41-31 in its first season under Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau, making the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

They put six players in double figures, but it was the defense that let them down on the final possession of regulation, allowing the Celtics to race up the floor after Randle’s two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining. The Knicks seemed confused when Tatum slipped while dribbling and were slow to react, leaving Smart wide open near the sideline to tie it.

Fournier made three 3s in the first 1:20 of OT but the Celtics kept answering, with Tatum’s 3 knotting it at 128 with 2:58 to play. Perhaps out of gas, neither team scored again until the second OT.

Brown tested positive on Oct. 8 and played in only one preseason game. He said he had minor symptoms but got in two good days of workouts leading into the game and determined he was ready to play after the morning shootaround, with the Celtics ready to play him in short stints if necessary.

Nothing ended up short on this night.

Randle hit two 3-pointers during an 8-0 start that kept the loud cheers from the pregame festivities booming into the early minutes of action. But Brown scored 20 points in under 8 1/2 minutes as the Celtics went ahead 35-29 after one.

They remained ahead 58-54 at halftime despite Tatum shooting 3 for 10.

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Ball scores 31 to rally Hornets past Pacers 123-122

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) LaMelo Ball scored 31 points, hitting seven 3-pointers, and the Charlotte Hornets used a 24-0 third period run to battle back and beat the Indiana Pacers 123-122 on Wednesday night.

Indiana led 122-121 on Torrey Craig’s foul shots with 12.7 left. P.J. Washington made two free throws with 4.6 seconds left before Domantas Sabonis missed from 11 feet to seal the Hornets’ win.

The run ignited a home crowd of 15,521 that had little to cheer for at that point.

“The building had been pretty dead in the first half,” Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said. “A lot of that was we were playing well. But they got going and the energy in the building got going, and when that happens, crazy things happen in this league.”

Ball scored 12 points in the third-period run and finished with nine rebounds and seven assists. Gordon Hayward scored 27 for Charlotte, which got 14 each from newcomers Kelly Oubre Jr. and Ish Smith. Miles Bridges had 13 and Cody Martin 10 for the Hornets, who played without last year’s leading scorer Terry Rozier.

Borrego said pregame that Rozier would test his sprained left ankle and undergo tests before the team would determine his status. He was ruled out shortly before tipoff.

Sabonis scored 33 points with 15 rebounds, Malcolm Brogdon had 28, and Chris Duarte chipped in with 27 for Indiana, which had a 21-point lead early in the second half. Justin Holiday added 11 for the Pacers.

Both teams had to overcome double-digit leads in the second half to set up a tense finish.

Indiana led the entire first half and appeared set for a second straight runaway victory in the series. In May, the Pacers’ 20-7 opening run led to a 144-117 rout in a play-in game.

Wednesday, as Indiana pushed its lead past 20 to start the second half, Charlotte began its monstrous run with 8:48 to play in the third. Sabonis’ basket gave Indiana an 84-63 lead. Ball took over from there, scoring 12 of Charlotte’s 24 consecutive points, including two 3-pointers and a dunk.

Smith’s basket gave Charlotte its first double-digit lead at 106-96. During the 24-0 Charlotte run, Indiana shot 0-for-8 and committed five turnovers over a 5 1/2-minute span. The Hornets outscored Indiana 33-13 in the period.

“We picked up the ball and made them feel us all third quarter,” Hornets coach James Borrego said.

Brogdon’s 3-pointer pushed the Pacers ahead 110-109 and wiped out a 10-point deficit. Neither team could forge a lead of more than five the rest of the way.

Bezerra, Wittenbrink Goals Highlight IU’s Fifth Straight Shutout

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A pair of set piece goals and another solid defensive performance gave Indiana men’s soccer (10-3-1, 4-2-0 B1G) its fifth straight shutout victory as the Hoosiers downed Evansville (1-11-1, 1-4-1 MVC), 2-0, Wednesday (Oct. 20) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.  
 
KEY MOMENTS
• Dominating possession early in the opening half, the Hoosiers had their first shot on goal in the 17th minute when Ben Yeagley played a long through ball up to Tommy Mihalic. Mihalic dribbled wide into the box and unleashed a low, right-footed shot that forced a save from Evansville keeper Jacob Madden.
• Victor Bezerra earned a foul just outside of the 18-yard box as he cleverly dribbled through two defenders but was taken down by a third about 25 yards from goal. On the resulting free kick, Joe Schmidt tapped the ball for Bezerra, who struck a laser just inside the near post to give Indiana the lead 24 minutes in.
• In the 72nd minute, the Hoosiers were awarded another free kick deep in their offensive third after a late challenge on Ryan Wittenbrink down the left wing. Wittenbrink curled the set piece toward goal, and a deflection off Evansville defender Oliver Hald guided the ball into goal.
 
NOTABLES
• Indiana achieved its 47th double-digit win season in program history. The Hoosiers have failed to reach 10 wins only twice in the 49-year history of IU men’s soccer (1986, 2013).
• IU has not allowed a goal in five straight matches, totaling 480 minutes of play. The Hoosiers have also won seven of their last eight contests while conceding just three goals during that span.
• The Hoosiers improved to 6-1-1 in non-conference matches this season.
• The win marked Indiana’s 18th consecutive victory over Evansville and extended its unbeaten streak against the Purple Aces to 22 matches going back to the 1992 season.
• Victor Bezerra scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season. All five of those goals have come in Indiana’s last six matches as well as three of his five assists, earning the junior forward 13 points in that span.
• Four of Bezerra’s five goals have given Indiana a lead.
• Ryan Wittenbrink’s goal was his second of the season.
 
UP NEXT
Indiana’s focus shifts to its Sunday (Oct. 24) meeting with conference opponent Wisconsin (7-4-3, 3-2-1 B1G), a match that has major significance in the Big Ten regular season title race. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET from Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Hoosiers Tumble Against (RV) Michigan On Wednesday Night

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (8-13, 2-7 Big Ten) was back in action on Wednesday with a match against (RV) Michigan (12-6, 5-4 Big Ten). The Hoosiers dropped the midweek match 3-0 (22-25, 9-25, 25-21) to the Wolverines.
 
KEY MOMENTS
• In the opening points of the first frame, Kari Zumach saw the first two Indiana kills of the night.
• Indiana tied the set at 7 apiece with a block from Savannah Kjolhede and Breana Edwards. Edward tied it again at 12-12 with a kill.
• The Hoosiers were able to pull within one, forcing Michigan to call a timeout up 20-19. Edwards put up another kill, but Michigan took the opening set, 25-22.
• Zumach got the first point of the second set with a kill. Kaley Rammelsberg recorded her first kill of the night, but Indiana was still down 6-4. Needing to bounce back after letting Michigan go on a 4-0 run, Morgan Geddes slammed a kill.
• The Hoosiers tried to bounce back but the Wolverines rolled to a 25-9 victory in set two.
• Down by one, kills from Savannah Kjolhede and Brooke Westbeld put the Hoosiers up, 8-7. Morgan Geddes recorded two straight slams that helped Indiana regain its lead, 14-13, but the Wolverines found their stride to force a Hoosiers timeout.
• Out of the break and trailing, 21-16, Edwards found the floor for three straight kills to put Indiana within two and force Michigan to call a timeout.
•  Despite finding their footing, the Wolverines were too strong and took the final set, 25-21.
 
NOTABLES
• For the X straight match, senior outside hitter Breana Edwards put up a team-leading 13 kills and hit .312. The senior also tallied one block.
• Graduate student setter Brooke Westbeld recorded 24 assists on Wednesday night.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame led the Hoosiers in digs with 13.
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede saw two blocks which was a team high.
 
UP NEXT
 
The Hoosiers continue the homestand on Sunday, October 24 when they host Big Ten foe Rutgers. Sunday’s match is set for 2 p.m.

Seahawks claim Colts QB Jacob Eason off of waivers

The Seattle Seahawks claimed Jacob Eason, the former fourth-round pick off waivers Wednesday, according to the NFL’s transactions wire. Indianapolis was hoping to keep Eason on the practice squad.

Also: The Colts signed cornerback Darqueze Dennard and strong safety Josh Jones, to the practice squad Wednesday.

Dennard was a part-time starter and a nickelback in Cincinnati for six seasons, and he started eight games with Atlanta last year.

Jones is a  former second-round pick by the Packers and started 12 games in two seasons in Green Bay, then started 13 games in 2020 for the Jaguars. 

Guard Quenton Nelson, DE Dayo Odeyingbo and WR Dezmon Patmon returned to practice Wednesday.

WR T.Y. Hilton, RT Braden Smith, CB Rock Ya-Sin, DE Kemoko Turay remained out of action Wednesday.

No. 7 Purdue Falls in 5 to Michigan State

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 7 Purdue Boilermakers (14-4, 6-3 B1G) fell to Michigan State (9-9, 2-7 B1G) in five sets, 16-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-16, 10-15 inside Holloway Gymnasium. 

Hayley Bush recorded a season-high 53 assists in the match to pair with 15 digs, marking her eighth double-double of the season and the second consecutive outing the setter recorded a season-best in assists. Meanwhile, junior Maddie Schermerhorn recorded a career-best 12 digs.

Overall, the Spartan offense proved a formidable opponent, taking the edge in most statistical categories, except for digs, which Purdue held the advantage, 69-56.

Emma Ellis proved a momentum booster for Purdue after entering in the fourth set. The Charlotte, North Carolina product went errorless with three kills on five attempts (.600 attack %) while putting up two block assists in the fourth set. With Ellis’ help, Purdue registered nine unanswered points to seal the set win.

Purdue will be back in action this Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska, as Purdue will face the No. 9 Nebraska Huskers at 9 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network.

Ivey, Williams Named to CBS Sports Preseason All-America List

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Both Jaden Ivey and Trevion Williams have been named to CBS Sports’ preseason All-America third team, the outlet announced this afternoon.
 
Purdue is one of three teams to have two players mentioned among the 15-player lineup, joining Gonzaga and UCLA among that group. The duo is also among two of six Big Ten players mentioned on the three teams.
 
Ivey, a 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore guard from South Bend, Indiana, had an outstanding freshman campaign, being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after averaging 11.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. However, over the last six contests a year ago, Ivey averaged 18.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 37-of-79 (.468) from the field in that span. He scored 26 points against North Texas, the second-most ever by a Big Ten freshman in an NCAA Tournament debut.
 
Ivey then excelled this past summer on the international scene, being named to the FIBA U19 World Cup All-Star 5 Team after leading Team USA to the Gold Medal and averaging 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.7 blocks in just 16.5 minutes per game. Ivey played a major role in the Gold Medal game against France, sparking an American comeback in the second half.
 
Williams, a 6-foot, 10-inch senior forward from Chicago, was named to the third team after being a first-team All-Big Ten selection and being one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center after averaging 15.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He owned 11 double-doubles and his six 20-10 games were the third-most nationally for a major-college player. He also became just the ninth Big Ten player in the last 30 years to average at least 15 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game and was one of six players nationally this year to reach those marks.
 
The Boilermakers will open their season with an exhibition game Nov. 4, against Indianapolis. The regular-season opener comes five days later against Bellarmine in Mackey Arena.

Butler WSoccer Looks at Showdown with League-Leading, No. 17 Xavier

Matchday Information – Butler at No. 17 Xavier
DATE:                         Thursday, October 21 / 7 PM
LOCATION:                Cincinnati, Ohio / Corcoran Field
LIVE STATS:              goxavier.com
LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 13-8-4
LAST MEETING:        March 14, 2021 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 4, Xavier 0
 
Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler women’s soccer team is on the road and set to battle BIG EAST leader Xavier on Thursday, October 21, at 7pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 win over DePaul, while the No. 17 Musketeers most recently defeated Marquette, 3-1.

Bulldog Bits

  • (through games 10/17/2021)
  • Abigail Isger is 15th nationally with four game-winning goals and is tied for the BIG EAST lead.
  • Katie Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 32nd nationally with nine goals. Soderstrom is also second in the BIG EAST and 25th nationally with 24 points.
  • Alli Leonard, with seven assists, is second in the BIG EAST and 34th nationally. Soderstrom (with six) is fourth in the conference, while Isger (with five) is sixth in the BIG EAST.
  • Emma Martin’s seven shutouts are second in the BIG EAST and 15th nationally, while her .553 GAA is third in the conference and 15th nationally.
     
  • Previous match- DePaul W 2-0Amanda Kowalski’s goal was her first career game-winning goal. It was her first goal of the season and the fifth of her career. Her assist was her third of the season and 22nd of her career. The goal by Anastasia Savich was her third of the season and the 27th of her career. Julia Leonard’s assist was her second of the season and the fifth of her career. Freshman Emma Martin (12-1-1) made three saves to preserve the victory.
     
  • Bulldogs goalkeeper Emma Martin was selected as the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Goalkeeper of the Week for her performances against Providence and DePaul. She scored back-to-back shutout victories last week, making three stops in each contest. Over seven BIG EAST appearances, Martin shows a 0.41 goals-against average and .850 save percentage.
     
  • With either one win or three ties, the Bulldogs would be guaranteed a spot in the 6-team BIG EAST Tournament.
  • Butler is one of four teams, along with No. 17 Xavier, No. 20 Georgetown, and UConn, who remain mathematically in contention for a #1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament. The #1 seed will host the semifinals and championship match.
     
  • The Bulldogs have scored 31 goals in 15 matches this season (2.07 goals/match) while giving up 12 goals (0.80 goals allowed/match).
  • Twelve different players have scored at least one goal in 15 matches this season, and eleven different players have produced an assist. 

The Matchup

  • Xavier currently sits atop the BIG EAST standings (21 pts), while Butler is in third (16 pts).
  • The Bulldogs and Musketeers have met on 25 occasions with Butler coming out on top 13 times.
  • Xavier’s most recent win (2-0) was on October 31, 2019.

Scouting No. 17 Xavier
    Previous match: Marquette W, 3-1

  • Xavier has scored 28 goals this season and allowed only eight.
  • Eleven players have scored a goal for the Musketeers, and ten have produced an assist. Six players have three or more goals.
  • Current offensive standouts for Xavier include:
    #23 Chloe Netzel (5g, 2a)
    #4 Shelby Sallee (4g, 3a)
    #6 Emma Marcus (4g, 2a)
    (followed by five Musketeers with 6 points)
  • Olivia Jenkins (14-1-1) has started all 16 matches in goal. She has 41 saves (.837) and has allowed 8 goals, producing a .49 GAA. She has nine shutouts.

Butler MSoccer’s Breitkreuz Scores First Career Goal for Double-Overtime Victory Over Marquette

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team won its third match in a row Thursday night, an intense, 2-1, double-overtime victory over Marquette. The Bulldogs (6-6-1, 4-2-0 BIG EAST) scored very early and held the lead until the 83rd minute, when the Golden Eagles (6-7-1, 3-4-1 BIG EAST) answered and sent the match into extra time. In the second overtime period, Quint Breitkreuz scored his first career goal, a golden goal game-winner.
 
Key Moments

  • 6′ | From just past the center line, Quint Breitkreuz sent a high pass to Hemi Nasser over on the right side. Nasser one-timed a low pass to the PK mark, and Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was there to knock it directly into the left side of the net. The Bulldogs took and early, 1-0, lead.

HALFTIME

  • 67′ | A Golden Eagles player was ejected with a straight red card for aggressive play.
  • 83′ | Marquette’s AJ Franklin, assisted by teammate Beto Soto, leveled the match with a goal.

FIRST OVERTIME

  • 92′ | Gabriel Gjergji made a leaping save when the Golden Eagles put a head on a long service that would have gone just under the crossbar.

SECOND OVERTIME

  • 102′ | Tommy Visser took a pass into the left corner. After eluding a defender, he sent a low diagonal ball to the center, at the 18-yard line, and Breitkreuz hit a left-footed shot, just inside the right post, for the game-winning goal.

Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.Quint Breitkreuz
ASSISTS: Quint BreitkreuzHemi NasserTommy Visser

Bulldog Bits

  • The Bulldogs, now with 12 points, have moved into a tie with Villanova for third in the BIG EAST standings. Georgetown (18) sits in first, and Providence (14) remains in second.
     
  • Wilmer Cabrera, Jr.’s goal was his fourth of the season and the 16th of his career.
  • Quint Breitkreuz’s goal was the first of his career, as was his assist.
  • Hemi Nasser’s assist was his first of the season.
  • Tommy Visser’s assist was his second of the season.
  • Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji (6-6-1) picked up his sixth win of the season, making six saves in the match.
     
  • The physical match included 13 bookings. The Bulldogs were shown six yellow cards, while five players and one coach for the Golden Eagles were assessed a yellow card, and one additional player was ejected with a straight red.
  • With the Marquette red card in the 67th minute, the Butler played a man up over the final 35 minutes.
     
  • Butler is now 1-0-1 in overtime matches this season. The August 26 match vs. Oakland ended 0-0.

Up Next
Butler travels to Villanova for a 1pm kickoff on Sunday, October 24. Then, the Bulldogs play their final regular-season home match on Thursday, October 28, when Creighton comes to Indianapolis.

WILLIAMS AMONG 25 NAMED TO 2022 HAMMON AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST

HOPEWELL, N.J. – IUPUI fifth-year senior Macee Williams is among 25 players selected to the preseason watch list for the 2022 Becky Hammon Mid-Major Player of the Year Award presented by Her Hoop Stats. The award was first given out in 2020 and this year’s preseason watch list includes players from 22 schools and 13 conferences. Williams is one of two Horizon League players on this year’s watch list. 

A day after being voted the Horizon League’s Preseason Player of the Year, Williams again finds herself among elite company with this recognition. She’s a three-time Horizon League Player of the Year and enters her final season with a school record 1,851 and second on IUPUI’s all-time list with 1,003 rebounds. For her career, she averages 15.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in 115 career contests. 

She has helped lead IUPUI to back-to-back Horizon League Tournament championship games and the league title in 2020. In Williams’ four seasons to date, she’s amassed 80 victories in an IUPUI uniform. 

To be eligible for this award, players must compete in one of the 26 conferences deemed to be “mid-major.” The following conferences are considered high-major for the purposes of this award, and thus ineligible: ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12, and SEC. In January, 15 players will be named to the midseason watch list. The 10 semifinalists will be announced in February, with five finalists being announced in early March. The winner will be announced in late March. The list is fluid and players may play their way on or off the list over the course of the season.

Key Named Preseason First Team All-MVC; Sycamores Picked to Finish Ninth in MVC Preseason Poll

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State guard Tyreke Key has been named Preseason First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference while the Sycamores were tabbed to finish ninth in the MVC Preseason Poll by a voting panel consisting of coaches, sports information directors and media.
 
A Celina, Tenn. native, Key returns for a fifth season with the Sycamores after another standout season in 2020-21 when he averaged 17.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, two assists and 1.1 steals per game. Key led the MVC with 33.9 minutes per game while increasing his scoring output to 18.6 points per game during conference action. The fourth-fastest player to join the 1,000-point club in program history, Key sits sixth all time with 1,650 career points.
 
Drake has been picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference followed by Loyola and Northern Iowa. Drake picked up 29 first-place votes while Loyola (8) and UNI (6) also received votes. Missouri State and Southern Illinois round out the top five.
 
Indiana State head coach Josh Schertz takes over after a 13-year run at NCAA Division II Lincoln Memorial University where he had a career record of 337-69 (.831) en route to four national coach of the year honors.
 
Schertz returns three starters from the 2020-21 season in which the Sycamores finished fourth in the Missouri Valley Conference. Key (17.2 ppg) will be joined in the backcourt by Cooper Neese (9.5 ppg) and Julian Larry (4 ppg).
 
2021-22 MVC Preseason Poll
School (First-Place Votes)      Total
1. Drake (29)                              411
2. Loyola (8)                               363
3. UNI (6)                                   354
4. Missouri State                        325
5. Southern Illinois                     228
6. Bradley                                  171
7. Valparaiso                              151
8. Evansville                              148
9. Indiana State                         147
10. Illinois State                         68
 
2021-22 MVC Preseason Teams
 
Preseason Player of the Year:  AJ Green, UNI 
 
FIRST TEAM
AJ Green, UNI                           
Tyreke Key, Indiana State             
Isiaih Mosley, Missouri State      
Roman Penn, Drake       
Gaige Prim, Missouri State       
 
SECOND TEAM
Marcus Domask, SIU                 
ShanQuan Hemphill, Drake        
Ben Krikke, Valparaiso  
Austin Phyfe, UNI
Lucas Williamson, Loyola            
 
THIRD TEAM
Shamar Givance, Evansville        
Ja’Shon Henry, Bradley              
Lance Jones, SIU                       
Rienk Mast, Bradley                    
Braden Norris, Loyola  

 

Mastodons Continue #HLVB Play With Three-Match Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will play three matches this weekend, as the Mastodons make the trip to Milwaukee, Green Bay and UIC.

Game Day Information
Who: 
Milwaukee, Green Bay, UIC
When: Thursday, October 21 | Friday, October 22 | Sunday, October 24
Where: Milwaukee, Wis. | Green Bay, Wis. | Chicago, Ill.
Live Stats: MKE | GB | UIC
Watch: MKE | GB | UIC

Know Your Foe
• Milwaukee is atop the Horizon League at 15-6, 9-0, and has not lost since September 18 against No. 19 UCLA. The Panthers opened Horizon League play with a 3-1 win over the Mastodons. MKE is led by Ari Miller, who is averaging 3.80 kills per set, and Madi Malone, with 3.27 kills per set.

• Green Bay is 10-11, 5-4 Horizon League, coming off a pair of 3-0 wins over Youngstown State and Robert Morris. The Phoenix took a 3-2 win over the Mastodons to open their league season. Alexandra Zakutney is leading Green Bay with 3.29 kills per set. Calli Gentry, reigning Horizon League Player of the Week is dishing out 10.05 assists per set to pace the GB offense.

• UIC is 10-10, 6-2 in the Horizon League this season, coming off two wins over Youngstown State and Robert Morris. The Flames took down the Mastodons 3-2 earlier this season thanks to 24 kills from Paola Santiago. She is leading the team with 3.51 kills per set. Jaclyn Oblena is averaging 3.64 digs per set to pace the Flames’ back line.

No One Has Played More
No Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season. The Mastodons have played 88 sets this season. Marshall is second, having played 87 sets.

Nearing 100
Head coach Steve Florio is nearing 100 wins in his career. He is currently sitting at 96 wins since taking over the head coaching duties of the program in 2014.

Leader For a Reason
Katie Crowe has led the Mastodons in kills in all but two matches this season. She has 276 kills, 76 more than the next player on the team: Maggie Castleman. The only matches where Crowe did not lead the team, at No. 9 Purdue and at Robert Morris, Castleman led the team.

Saturday Night Five
The Mastodons have played six five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC and Oakland). Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.

Double Trouble
Katie Crowe has 11 double-doubles this season, with 56 total in her career. She had three consecutive against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She then got back to her double-double ways with one at Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 digs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs. Most recently, she got one against Cleveland State with 12 kills and 10 digs.

That Tends to Happen When You’re Around Forever!
Katie Crowe ranks 21st among active Division I players in career kills with 1,493, 21st in the country in career sets played with 493, and 21st in matches played at 134.

Heavy Hitter
Ramei Jackson is in the top 15 in program history in career hitting percentage.
8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)
9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)
10. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)
11. Ramei Jackson (.265, 2020-present)
12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)

Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and top-15 in career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.41, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

Digs
10. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)
11. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)
12. Sarah Leffers (1,290, 2000-03)
13. Julie Parrot (1,248, 1993-96)
14. Rachael Crucis (1,203, 2019-present)

Dishing ’em Out
Madison Gates is in the program’s top-10 in career assists.
6. Kris Wilder (3,818, 1987-90)
7. Jessica Dominiak (3,326, 2005-08)
8. Jill Lyon (2,975, 1990-93)
9. Madison Spence (2,168, 2011-14)
10. Madison Gates (1,910, 2018-present)

Moving Up the Career Charts
Katie Crowe is in the top-10 in program history in kills, digs, aces, sets played and matches played.
Kills
3. Laura Douglas (1,904, 1997-00)
4. Nicole Rightnowar (1,584, 2015-18)
5. Rebekah Roehm (1,506, 2006-09)
6. Andi Reichhart (1,502, 1994-97)
7. Katie Crowe (1,493, 2017-present)

Digs
3. Laura Douglas (1,623, 1997-00)
4. Jamie Schwartz (1,461, 2011-14)
5. Cynara Martins (1,455, 2004-07)
6. Fabiana Souza (1,434, 2002-05)
7. Katie Crowe (1,418, 2017-present)

Aces
6. Deanna Brown (144, 1998-01)
7. Janna Plummer (138, 1988-91)
8. Lisa Zehr (135, 1985-88)
9. Amy Luben (133, 1994-97)
10. Katie Crowe (127, 2017-present)

Sets Played
1. Katie Crowe (493, 2017-present)
2. Andi Reichhart (488, 1994-97)
3. Tessa McGill (487, 2009-12)
4. Emily Spencer (484, 2011-14)
5. Peachy Jankowski (482, 2004-07)

Matches Played
1. Andi Reichhart (143, 1994-97)
2. Julie Huber (135, 1989-92)
3. Laura Douglas (134, 1997-00)
3. Katie Crowe (134, 2017-present) 
5. Peachy Jankowski (132, 2004-07)

Series History
Milwaukee, Green Bay and UIC all hold a series lead over the Mastodons and have won at least the last two matches. The first game against Milwaukee came in 1989, the first against Green Bay and UIC coming in 2001.

Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne dropped a four-set contest at IUPUI on Friday night (Oct. 15). Katie Crowe led the team with 13 kills.

Coming Up
The Mastodons will return home for the last five matches of the season. The first weekend home will be October 29-30, when the ‘Dons will welcome Robert Morris and Youngstown State.

Krikke Named to Preseason All-MVC Second Team

With basketball season right around the corner, the Missouri Valley Conference released its preseason poll and preseason all-conference teams on Wednesday.

Valpo junior Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) was recognized on the Preseason All-MVC Second Team, while the Beacons were projected to finish seventh in the 10-team league based on a survey of Valley head coaches, media members and sports information directors.

Krikke led the team in scoring both overall (12.3 ppg) and in conference-only action (13.1 ppg) last season. The lone Valpo player to start all 28 games, Krikke made significant strides in 2020-21, boosting his scoring average by 5.6 points per game from the previous season. The junior is on pace to become a 1,000-point scorer as he enters the 2021-2022 campaign with 563 career points.

A season ago, the Valpo forward earned MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, MVC Most-Improved Team and All-MVC Third Team laurels, the only player in The Valley to receive all three of those honors. He was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team choice.

Krikke, who ranked eighth in the MVC in free-throw percentage and ninth in blocked shots, scored in double figures 21 times last season. His top statistical output of the year came on Jan. 24 at Illinois State, when he became just the third Valpo player in the last quarter century to record a 25-point, 15-rebound performance. The 25&15 game helped the forward garner MVC Player of the Week honors on Jan. 26.

Drake was picked to win the league, with UNI’s AJ Green earning Preseason Player of the Year accolades. The Beacons will attempt to exceed preseason expectations for a third consecutive season. Last year, the squad finished tied for fifth in the league standings after being picked eighth in the preseason poll. Head coach Matt Lottich’s team has improved its regular-season finish and State Farm MVC Tournament seeding each year since joining The Valley prior to the 2017-18 campaign.

School (First-Place Votes) Total

1. Drake (29). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411

2. Loyola (8). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 363

3. UNI (6). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 354

4. Missouri State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325

5. Southern Illinois. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 228

6. Bradley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

7. Valparaiso. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

8. Evansville. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148

9. Indiana State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

10. Illinois State. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Poll determined by panel of league sports information directors, media, and coaches.

2021-22 MVC Preseason Teams

FIRST TEAM

AJ Green, UNI Jr. G 6-4 Cedar Falls, Iowa

Tyreke Key, Indiana State Sr. G 6-3 Celina, Tenn.

Isiaih Mosley, Missouri State Jr. G 6-5 Columbia, Mo.

Roman Penn, Drake Sr. G 6-0 Calumet City, Ill.

Gaige Prim, Missouri State Sr. F 6-9 Aurora, Colo.

SECOND TEAM

Marcus Domask, Southern Illinois Jr. F 6-6 Waupun, Wis.

ShanQuan Hemphill, Drake Sr. F 6-6 Gary, Ind.

Ben Krikke, Valparaiso Jr. F 6-9 Edmonton, Alberta

Austin Phyfe, UNI R-Jr. F 6-9 Waverly, Iowa

Lucas Williamson, Loyola Gr. G 6-4 Chicago, Ill.

THIRD TEAM

Shamar Givance, Evansville Sr. G 5-10 Toronto, Ontario

Ja’Shon Henry, Bradley Sr. F 6-6 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Lance Jones, Southern Illinois Jr. G 6-1 Evanston, Ill.

Rienk Mast, Bradley So. F 6-9 Groningen, Netherlands

Braden Norris, Loyola R-Jr. G 6-0 Hilliard, Ohio

Preseason Player of the Year: AJ Green, UNI

Team determined by panel of league SIDs, media, and coaches.

NEWS | Women’s Swimming & Diving Picked First in HCAC Pre-Season Rankings

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) rolled out it’s pre-season swimming and diving polls on Wednesday (Oct. 20) morning and the Franklin College women sit atop the league’s annual coaches poll. 

The Grizzlies picked up six first-place votes and earned 47 points to top the rankings for the fourth straight year. Just behind Franklin in the rankings are the Transylvania Pioneers, who picked up the final first-place vote and 43 points. 

Additionally, five Grizzlies were named Athletes to Watch by the league. Juniors Faith Jackson and Caileigh McCafferty are joined by newcomers Emme EganErin Perkins and Alayna Kenworthy on the list highlighting the league’s top performers.

Wonder Lake, Ill.-native McCafferty is coming off a strong sophomore season that saw her earn seven total gold medals at the HCAC Championships last March. The one-time NCAA All-American claimed three individual event wins and swam anchor on four of Franklin’s conference-winning relay teams. Jackson also had a strong sophomore season as the Grizzlies’ top diver, earning a pair of silver medals for her showings on the 1 and 3-meter boards.

The pair are joined by a trio of rookies that will look to make their mark early on. Indianapolis, Ind.-native Egan and Floyds Knobs, Ind.-native Perkins are both set to join the Grizzly freestyle swimmers with Kenworthy specializing in the individual medley. 

The Grizzlies get their season underway on Saturday (Oct. 23) in Terre Haute, Ind. at the Indiana DIII Championships. Competition gets underway at 1 p.m.

NEWS | Men’s Swimming & Diving Top HCAC Pre-Season Rankings

CARMEL, Ind. – The Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) rolled out it’s pre-season swimming and diving polls on Wednesday (Oct. 20) morning and the Franklin College men sit atop the league’s annual early rankings. 

The Grizzlies collected 46 points and four first place votes to edge out annual league contender Rose-Hulman by one point in the rankings. The rankings were complied based on the votes from the league’s seven coaches.

Five Grizzlies were also named Athletes to Watch by the league. Junior diver Gauge Creech was joined by sophomores Jack Burke and Kosmo Wojack as well as freshmen Campbell Coyle and Paul Klaeren

Creech is coming off a second straight year that saw him earn HCAC Diver of the Year honors after besting the field on both the 1 and 3-meter boards at last year’s conference championships. The Franklin-native and former NCAA All-American will lead a deep group of Grizzly divers for the 2021-22 season.

Burke and Wojack are both coming off successful freshmen seasons that saw both become conference champions. Burke claimed three gold medals, winning the 100 and 200 backstroke and taking part in the winning 400 medley relay team. Wojack earned his first career league title in the 200 breaststroke and also earned a silver in the 200 IM at least year’s championships.

Both Coyle and Klaeren will be making their FC debuts this winter, with Danville, Ky.-native Coyle competing in freestyle events and Dusseldorf, Germany-native Klaeren joining Wojack as breaststroke specialists. 

The Grizzlies get their season underway on Saturday (Oct. 23) in Terre Haute, Ind. at the Indiana DIII Championships. Competition gets underway at 1 p.m.

MARIAN VB: MARIAN WINS CROSSROADS LEAGUE REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP IN SWEEP AT HUNTINGTON

Huntington, Ind. – The Marian volleyball team crowned themselves as queens of the Crossroads League Wednesday night, as the Knights wrapped up their fourth Crossroads League Regular Season Championship in five seasons with a sweep at Huntington. Marian’s undefeated run through the league has their conference record at 16-0 following the win, while they improve to 28-0 overall this season. 

The Knights and Foresters battled through three sets, with Marian holding an early edge in the first set. Michaela Hoffa and Skyler Van Note helped push their lead out to five points at 12-7, but after the pair of hitters secured a 16-12 lead, Huntington with a 6-0 run to take an 18-16 lead. Marian used a timeout, and repsonded out of the timeout with a 3-0 paced by a pair of Jai-Lyn Norwood kills to get back in system. Marian never relinquished the lead following the 3-0 jaunt, as Madison Brooks, Norwood, and Van Note polished off a 25-20 victory.

Like the first set, the second set followed with a back and forth battle early with neither team finding separation as the set opened at an 8-8 draw. Huntington held their own gaining an 11-9 lead, but a Serena Dodson kill flipped the momentum back to the Knights as they scored on five of six rallies. The run extended to 7-2 after a block from Sarah Spangler and Norwood pushed the lead to 16-13, and Marian continued to stay in fron as Averi Lanman and Brooks teamed up for a block to go up 20-17. Huntington used both of their timeouts to try and slow Marian down, but it was too late as Norwood and Spangler closed the 25-21 win.

Marian continued to fend off a scrappy Huntington team in the third set, as the home team rallied back to take a bried lead after falling behind 7-4. Norwood helped the Knights get back in system after falling back 8-7, and started a 5-1 run that featured three kills from Van Note. Two more kills from Van Note grew Marian’s lead to five at 16-11, but the Foresters stayed in the set inching within two after scoring three straight. A kill from Hoffa bumped Marian’s lead back to three, as the senior’s kill gave the Knights a cushion to withstand a late Huntington charge. Spangler won the match with a kill on the final rally, closing the sweep with a 25-23 win.

The Knights recorded 44 kills as a team in the win, and were led by Skyler Van Note‘s 13 kills on 36 swings. Spangler finished with nine kills, and Norwood had eight to go with three block assists. Lanman led Marian in blocks with five assists, and Maggie Meyer helped lead the defense with 13 digs. Lexi Spence had a service ace and nine digs as the senior led the setters with 19 assists, and Dodson had 17 assists and nine digs. 

Marian will finish their regular season next week, playing two teams either ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll. The Knights begin their two-match stretch at No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan on Wednesday October 27, and close at home for a senior day match against (RV) Bethel on October 30. 

RHIT Women’s Soccer Wins Prestigious National Award

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer program has been named one of just 16 college recipients of the United Soccer Coaches College Team Pinnacle Award, in results released today by the national organization.

The College Team Pinnacle Award was established three years ago to honor programs that combine fair play, academic, and the on-field success components that define a pinnacle quality soccer program.

Of the over 1,000 programs that play college soccer, just two men’s and 16 women’s programs earned the 2020-21 College Team Pinnacle Award.  Honorees must achieve Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze version of the College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award; earn the College Team Academic Award for outstanding accomplishments in the classroom; and record a winning percentage of .750 or greater during the respective season.  

The 2020-21 Rose-Hulman women’s soccer team earned a College Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award; qualified for the College Team Academic Award; and finished with a 7-2 record for a .778 winning percentage.  Amy Helliwell serves as head coach of the Fightin’ Engineer women’s soccer team.

This marks the first time that a Rose-Hulman soccer program has received the United State College Team Pinnacle Award.  Colleges receiving the honor this year included NCAA Division I programs Furman, Loyola Chicago, Michigan, South Dakota State, Towson, Vanderbilt and Washington; Division II program Frostburg State; and Division III programs Bridgewater, Castleton, East Texas Baptist, Grove City, Hardin-Simmons, Loras, New England College and Rose-Hulman.

RHIT Volleyball – Anderson 3, RHIT 1

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology claimed a set one victory, before Anderson University to pick up a tightly contested 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-22 volleyball win at Hulbert Arena on Wednesday night.

Sophia Koop led the Rose-Hulman with 15 kills, and Elizabeth Canon added 11 kills for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Jillian Gregg paced the squad with 30 assists, and Kylie Rathbun contributed a team-high 32 digs. 

Sophia Harrison led the team with three service aces and also had 11 digs in the match.  Allie Fults led the front row defense with three blocks.

Anderson improved to 10-11 and 3-3 in HCAC play with the victory, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 10-14 and 1-5 in league matches.  The Fightin’ Engineers return home for their annual Cancer Research Game on Sunday at 2 pm to support the Dan Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor University.

RHIT Men’s Soccer Moves Into HCAC Lead with 1-0 Win at Hanover

HANOVER, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology moved into outright first place in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer regular season standings with a key 1-0 victory over Hanover College on Wednesday afternoon.

With the win, Rose-Hulman improved to 7-0 in HCAC play while Hanover dropped to 6-1 in league matches.  The Fightin’ Engineers can secure the top seed in the upcoming HCAC Tournament with a victory either Saturday over Bluffton or next Wednesday against Anderson.

Jacob Dirienzo scored the lone goal of the match in the 79th minute off a deflection deep at the top of the Hanover box.  The Dirienzo score helped Rose-Hulman earn a victory over Hanover for the first time since 2016, in a series that had featured four draws in the previous six meetings.

Defensively, Evan Hofer led the Rose-Hulman shutout with two saves.

Hanover outshot the Engineers 11-5 in the match, led by four shots from Luke Eppler.  Rose-Hulman’s defense stood tall for its sixth shutout in its seven HCAC victories this season.

The Fightin’ Engineers return home to face Bluffton University on Senior Day this Saturday at 3:30 pm.  Rose-Hulman will honor its four seniors in Travis Bednarek, George Bulger, Colin Featherby and Matt Fix before their final weekend regular season home match.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Grimm and the Trojans Take Down RV Trinity Christian 2-1

UPLAND, Ind. – The Taylor women’s soccer team defeated RV Trinity Christian (12-3) by a score of 2-1, thanks to freshman, Audrey Grimm’s, game-winning goal with just five minutes to play.

While play unfolded quite evenly for much of the match, Taylor edged Trinity Christian in most statistical categories, outshooting the Trolls 22-18, landing 11 shots on-goal to Trinity’s eight, and, most importantly, out-scoring the visitors two to one.

Trinity Christian struck first, however, scoring the match’s opening goal with six minutes to play before half. With great precision, a Troll offensive player chipped the ball over the reach of Trojan goalie, Hannah Brackenbury. Brackenbury, though, was rock solid in goal throughout the remainder of the match, securing six saves, at least two of which were highlight worthy.

Trinity may have struck first, but the Trojans responded with haste and tied the match in a matter of 140 seconds. Senior, Erin Teevans, scored her third goal in two games, hustling after a high bounce off of a Rachel Landis pass up-field. Teevans beat the Troll defense en route to her ninth goal of the season, earning Landis her first-career assist.

The two teams entered intermission even at one, and the match would stay that way for the next 40 minutes of play before Grimm finally broke the 1-1 tie. Senior, AC Hardy, sent Grimm racing up the right side of the field, leading the freshman beautifully toward the net. Grimm received the dish and took it from there, beating a Troll defender before striking a shot that ricocheted off a defender and into the goal for a 2-1 Trojan lead.

The Winona Lake, Indiana, native knocked in the fourth goal of her freshman campaign, three of which have now served as game-winning goals as the Trojans possessed the ball throughout the match’s final minutes.

Taylor has now played coach Scott Stan’s alma mater six times on the pitch, and tonight marks the first time in which the Trojans have left victorious.

The Trojans (10-4, 2-4 CL) will look to carry the momentum from tonight’s impressive win over RV Trinity Christian, as they host No. 15 Grace (9-4-1, 4-1-1 CL) on Saturday, October 23, at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Drop Top-25 Clash at Indiana Wesleyan

MARION, Ind. – Playing in its final road match of the regular season, the No. 18 Taylor volleyball squad fell in three sets at No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan (18-3, 13-3 CL). The loss marked TU’s first time all season losing two-straight contests and dropped the Trojans into third place in the Crossroads League with two outings left to play.

Taylor never held a lead throughout the contest, falling 25-20, 25-15, 25-18. Slow starts cost the Trojans in each of the three games, as the host Wildcat club jumped to leads of 8-2 in set one, 8-2 in set two and 6-2 in set three.

TU ended with 35 kills and 55 digs to IWU’s 38 and 58, but the Purple and Gold had 22 hitting errors and posted a percentage of .102 in the defeat.

Grace Isaacs was a bright spot in limited looks for the offense, posting six kills and just one error in 14 swings and adding two blocks. Amanda Adams led the team with 11 kills and 36 swings, while Sarah Scott added eight terminations and Stephaney Fifield posted 19 digs.

No. 18 Taylor (24-6, 12-4 CL) will have a week off before closing the regular season at home against RV Mount Vernon Nazarene (25-6, 11-5 CL) on Wednesday, October 27 and Saint Francis (6-21, 4-12 CL) on Saturday, October 30.

NO. 22 WILDCATS DOMINATE NO. 18 TROJANS IN THREE SETS

MARION, Ind. – No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball dominated county rival Taylor in three sets Wednesday evening. IWU stretched their all-time record over the Trojans to 44-35. IWU remains upbeat at home this season, and are currently on a home winning streak of 31 matches.


MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
WIN 3-0: 25-20, 25-15, 25-18

  • Set one was controlled by the Wildcats, jumping out to a quick 10-4 start. The Wildcats posted four of their six service aces in the first set.
  • Wildcats pounced early in set two, tallying 15 kills and hitting at a .389 kill efficiency.
  • Midway through the third set, IWU had a comfortable nine-point lead, but the Trojans continued to chip away. Ana Collar finished the match with the final kill, tallying 14 kills on the night.
  • Paige Thibault led the defense with 13 digs followed by Martina Demarchi with 12 and Collar with 10.
  • Olivia Zawadzki spread out the offense posting 34 assists.



MOATS PERSPECTIVE

  • “I was so proud of the girls tonight! They were focused, working together, and played at a very high level! Loved watching them honor the Lord with their talents!! Thanks to the Catalyst for your amazing support! We loved it!!”



NEXT TIME OUT

  • Wildcats continue their homestand Friday, hosting #RV Saint Xavier on Senior Night.
  • The match starts at 7 p.m.  

WOMEN’S SOCCER: IU EAST AT OHIO CHRISTIAN PREVIEW

The Indiana University East women’s soccer team finishes the week at River States Conference foe Ohio Christian University on Thursday, Oct. 21.

Part of a doubleheader with the Trailblazers, the match gets underway at 3:30 p.m. The men’s contest starts at 1 p.m.

Winners of three of their last four matches, the Red Wolves are 8-6 overall and in third place in the league with a 6-2 mark. Ohio Christian is 3-6-1 and 1-5-1 after a 3-1 loss at home to Point Park University on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

IU East is coming off a 2-0 conference victory at Oakland City University on Monday, Oct. 18.

FOLLOW THE MATCH

Ohio Christian’s soccer field is located on campus at 1476 Lancaster Pike in Circleville, Ohio.

Live video for the match is scheduled to be available.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the postmatch recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* IU East leads the all-time series with Ohio Christian at 3-0-2, which includes a 1-0 win in Eaton last spring as Tori Martino scored the only goal for the Red Wolves.

* By scoring twice at Oakland City, Kimberly Trapp now has 20 goals in her career, which is the most in the five-year history of the IU East program. This season, Trapp leads the Red Wolves with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists.

* With an assist in the Oakland City match, Sophie Pohlabel added to her team-high total with five this season. Overall, she has 11 points with three goals.

*  Karissa Buttelwerth leads the Trailblazers in scoring with five goals and two assists for 12 points.

MEN’S SOCCER: WEEKEND PREVIEW

A pair of River States Conference matches on the road highlight the week for the Indiana University East men’s soccer team.

The Red Wolves visit Ohio Christian University on Oct. 21. Part of a twinbill with the Trailblazers, the men’s contest opens the action at 1 p.m. The women’s match is at 3:30 p.m.

A trip to Oakland City University is slated for Saturday, Oct. 23. The match begins at 1 p.m. (IU East time)

IU East is 1-11-1 overall and 1-5 in the league after falling 1-0 to WVU Tech on Oct. 16.

Ohio Christian is 1-12, 1-6 after losing 7-0 at home to Point Park University on Oct. 19.

Oakland City (8-3-1, 4-1) has won four in a row heading into a home match against WVU Tech on Oct. 21.    

FOLLOW THE MATCH

Ohio Christian’s soccer field is located on campus at 1476 Lancaster Pike in Circleville, Ohio. Live video for the Ohio Christian match is scheduled to be available.

Oakland City’s Aigner Field soccer complex is located at 138 N Lucretia St, Oakland City, IN 47660. Live video will be available. Oakland City is on Central time.

Monitor iueredwolves.com for the postmatch recap and box score.

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

Tristan Thomas tops the Red Wolves in scoring at 11 points on five goals and an assist.

* IU East leads the all-time series against Ohio Christian 4-1, which includes a 5-0 victory in Eaton, Ohio, last spring.

* Bryce Hull tops Ohio Christian with three goals and one assist for seven points.

* The all-time series with IU East and Oakland City is tied at 1-1 with the Mighty Oaks winning last fall 3-2. The Red Wolves won 3-2 in 2019.  

* Josue Dubon is the leading scorer for the Mighty Oaks with seven goals and an assist for 15 points.

RECAP | Spartans Spoil Volleyball Senior Night

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College volleyball team welcomed the Manchester Spartans to the Spurlock Center on Wednesday (Oct. 20) night for a big league showdown.

The Grizzlies (10-13, 2-4 HCAC) dropped a four-set matchup to the Spartans (11-11, 3-3 HCAC), 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22. Before the start of the match, the Grizzlies honored Allison Thompson and Morgan Curtis on Senior Night.

How it Happened
Down by a game, the Grizzlies got back to even with their best set of the night. Franklin did their best work late in the set, taking the final seven points to even things up with two kills from Sara Allen and Chloe Holder combined with three Spartan attack errors making up the run.

However, the momentum would not carry over as Manchester’s offense proved to be the difference over the final two sets.

Inside the Box Score
-The Grizzlies hit .110 for the night with Miranda Wilson leading all player with 13 kills. Joining her in double figures for the first time in her career was junior Alivia Brown, who put down 11 kills on 32 attempts.
Billie Jarrett and Savanna VanHoy tied for the team lead with 21 assists each.
-Thompson and Maddie Holubik tied for the team lead with 13 digs, with Thompson’s trio of aces leading the team.

Up Next
The Grizzlies close out the home portion of their schedule on Saturday (Oct. 23) afternoon, when they host league-leading Earlham. First serve from the Spurlock Center is set for 1:00 p.m.

RECAP | Grizzlies Dominate Beavers on Wednesday Night

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s soccer team began the final week of their regular season schedule on Wednesday (Oct. 20) night with a showdown against the Bluffton Beavers.

Franklin (4-10, 3-4 HCAC) got a goal in the opening minute and added an insurance goal in the second half to cap a dominating performance in a 2-0 win over Bluffton (4-10, 1-6 HCAC).

How it Happened
Franklin wasted no time taking a lead they would hold all night, with Lilly Haines potting the game-winner just 36 seconds into the match. The Grizzlies would spend the bulk of the first half in Bluffton’s zone, out-chancing the Beavers 8-1 in the first 45 minutes of play.

Bluffton’s best opportunity to equalize came in the 57th minute, but Riley Rice turned away a shot from the Beavers’ Emma White to keep the lead at one. With 16 minutes to go in the game, the Grizzlies got an insurance marker when Jaiden Baker stuck home her first career goal to double the lead.

Inside the Box Score
-Shots for the night were 15-3 in Franklin’s favor, with Haines accounting for seven shot attempts. Haines and Elaina Page led all players tied for the most shots on target with three each.
-Rice needed to stop just two shots on the night to earn her fourth clean sheet of the year.

Up Next
Franklin hosts Defiance on Saturday (Oct. 23) afternoon for Senior Day at Faught Stadium. Before the start of the match, the program will honor senior defenders Madison Short and Mackenzie Yoder. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

RECAP | Grizzlies Erase Two-Goal Deficit, Stun Bluffton for Second Straight Win

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Franklin College men’s soccer team hit the road for the final time in the regular season on Wednesday (Oct. 20) afternoon for a matchup with the Bluffton Beavers with three critical points in the conference standings up for grabs.

The Grizzlies (5-8-1, 3-3-1 HCAC) fell into a two-goal hole in the first half, but the hosts couldn’t fight off a Franklin comeback with the Grizzlies rattling off three straight to stun the Beavers (7-6, 3-4 HCAC) 3-2 for their second straight victory. 

How It Happened
Bluffton drew first blood in the ninth minute with a goal on the first shot on target in the match and added another tally in the 33rd minute to make it a two-goal game. But less than a minute after the second goal, Franklin got on the board when Angel Tapia stuck home a penalty kick, giving him his first goal of the year and sending Franklin into the break down by just one. 

The Grizzlies kept up their attack and drew even in the 54th minute when Dillon Neel found a loose ball and slammed it into the net for his sixth goal of the year. The game stayed tied until the 76th minute, when a long throw in from Jon Moore found Eddy Yousak in the box and Yousak slid a pass over to Thomas Samuel, who knocked the ball in to put Franklin ahead. 

With the Beavers pressing for the tying marker, Franklin goalkeeper Ian Rowe stood tall and stopped all three Bluffton shots over the final 10 minutes of play.

Inside the Box Score
-Samuel’s goal was the first of his career and the first points in the career of the senior from Evansville.
-Yousak collected his fifth assist of the season on the winner, giving him the second most helpers on the team behind Tapia’s seven.
-Rowe was perfect in almost 55 minutes of relief in goal, stopping eight shots on target. The Greenwood, Ind.-native has not allowed a goal in any of his last three appearances.
-Shots were 22-11 in Bluffton’s favor, with Tapia’s three attempts leading all FC players. 

Up Next
The Grizzlies return home for their final two regular season matches. The first comes on Saturday (Oct. 23) afternoon against Defiance as part of a double-header at Faught Stadium. Kick-off is set for approximately 3:30 p.m. 

Women’s Soccer Stung by Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Trine University women’s soccer team scored first but their hosts from Kalamazoo College scored the final three goals of the game to hand the team a 3-1 loss.

After an even start to the contest, the Thunder pressed into the offensive end along the right side of the field. The charge seemed loss after a strong defensive play by the Hornets, but freshman Teresa Ashbrook (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) came up with a steal just outside of the penalty area. She quickly passed the ball along to the left to classmate Bella Mabry (Oregon, Ohio / Clay) who fired a shot back across the goal into the lower right corner of the goal.

It looked like the team would take the 1-0 lead into intermission but Kalamazoo came up with a pair of goals in the final ten minutes of the first half to instead send Trine to intermission down 2-1. The Hornets would then score another goal in the final ten minutes of the second half to finish the game with the 3-1 victory.

The Thunder fall to 3-3 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play and 12-3-1 overall following the loss. They will continue their season when they host Albion College for another MIAA contest on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Hanover falls in competitive battle at Transylvania

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Hanover volleyball team traveled to Transylvania on Wednesday evening taking on the Pioneers in a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference match-up. The Panthers fell in the battle 3-1 (27-25, 28-30, 24-26, 18-25).
 
The Panthers move to 12-9 overall on the season and 4-2 HCAC.
 
The opening set did not disappoint as it set the tone for a top tier match-up as Hanover was able to capture the tight 27-25 victory. Hanover recorded 15 total kills in the set for a set high .263 hitting percentage. Pacing the Panthers was freshman Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) from the service line as she was able to give HC the 24-23 advantage. Junior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) handled the rest as she took a pass from senior Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawaka, Ind.) to secure the victory.
 
The edge of your seat battle continued into the second set as kills from senior Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) and senior Maura Dankoski (Fishers, Ind.) saw HC claim the slim 23-22 advantage. Junior Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) would deem clutch late into the set as she was able to lock the score at 25-25 before a Panther miscue and a Transylvania kill knotted the matc at 1-1. Hanover charted a contest best 20 kills on 51 attempts.
 
Set three, Hanover found themselves on the wrong side of a 17-11 deficit when they rattled off five straight points paced by Schweitzer to pull within 17-16. However, the Pioneers remained poise as they were able to chart the final two points for the 26-24 win.
 
Transylvania dominated the final set of the evening recording 16 kills on a .275 hitting percentage for the 25-18 victory. The Pioneers claimed the match 3-1.
 
Hanover returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 21 when they celebrate senior day with Centre. Game time is set for 7 PM.

Panthers play to 1-1 draw at Rose-Hulman

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Hanover women’s soccer team played to a double overtime push with Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Rose-Hulman on Wednesday evening, 1-1.
 
Hanover moves to 11-0-3 overall and 6-0-1 HCAC and sits in a three way tie for first place with Anderson and Mt. St. Joseph.
 
The opening half saw a very back-an-forth battle with neither team really giving an edge when junior Ainsleighg Spalding (Independence, Ky.) was able to get a shot on frame that was saved by the Fightin’ Engineers goalkeeper.
 
Hanover got another chance late into the stanza as senior Kelsey Hughes (Noblesville, Ind.) missed right before sophomore Cassidy Lett (Walton, Ky.) got a look at goal that was saved once more. The Panthers edged the Fightin’ Engineers in shots 6-4.
 
The second half saw a slow start as both teams continued to navigate the respective defensive efforts when Rose-Hulman delt the first blow.
 
However, Hanover wasted little time responding as sophomore Bri Matis (Liberty Twp., Ohio) fired a bullet that beat the FIghtin’ Engineers goalkeeper in the 71st minute to force extra time, 1-1.
 
Extra time would see both teams come up empty handed as the Panthers fired off three shots to Rose-Hulman’s five total attempts.
 
The Panthers return to action on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they welcome Anderson. Game time is set for 1 PM.

Men’s Soccer drops HCAC heartbreaker to Rose-Hulman

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaker on Wednesday afternoon as they fell to Rose-Hulman 1-0. The Panthers move to 10-4-1 overall and 6-1-0 in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
 
The opening frame saw a very strategic battle with both teams jockeying for position when senior Fellipe Busato (Sao Paulo, Brazil) took a shot from a top the 18-yard box that connected with the cross bar.
 
Rose-Hulman got a solid look late in the stanza as they took a free kick just outside the box that was cleared by the Panther defense. The Panthers entered the half with the 4-2 margin in shots.
 
The chess match continued in the second half as both teams picked up the intensity with senior Luke Eppler (Evansville, Ind.) getting an open look on frame that missed just left.
 
However, Rose-Hulman got the only strike as a failed Panther clear allowed for the Fightin’ Engineers to clean up the loose ball en route to the 1-0 victory.
 
Hanover returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they welcome Anderson. Game time is set for 3:30 PM.

Spartans Earn Key HCAC Road Win at Franklin

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Manchester University volleyball team earned a key Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference win on the road at Franklin College on Wednesday night.

The Spartans topped the Grizzlies in four sets to move to 3-3 in conference play this fall. Manchester currently sits in fifth-place in the HCAC standings. The Black & Gold took Wednesday’s match by set scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-19, 25-22.

The Spartans swung well on Wednesday night, hitting .219 as a team. Senior Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) led the Manchester offense with 11 kills and a .346 swinging percentage. Campbell added 6 digs and 5 block assists.

Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa) also reached double figures in kills with 10. Planck added 6 digs and 3 block assists.

Erika Kramer (Greensburg, Ind./North Decatur) chipped in 9 kills on the strength of a .444 hitting percentage. Kramer also added 1 solo block and 2 block assists. Carley Camp (Logansport, Ind./Logansport) hit .429 on Wednesday and contributed 7 kills in the win. She also had 1 solo block and 2 block assists.

Carly Ripberger (Tipton, Ind./Tipton) finished with 37 assists on the night. Both Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook) and Sara Shultz (Churubusco, Ind./East Noble) shared the team-high with 14 digs.

Franklin hit just .110 in Wednesday’s match. Miranda Wilson and Alivia Brown led the Grizzlies with 13 and 11 kills, respectively.

The Spartans are now .500 on the season, sitting at 11-11 overall. Manchester (3-3 HCAC) will head to Kentucky this weekend or a tri-match at Transylvania University. The Spartans will take on Transylvania at 1 p.m. before facing Asbury at 3 p.m.

Franklin fell to 10-13, 2-4 HCAC following the loss.

Spartans Suffer HCAC Setback at Rival Anderson

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s soccer team suffered a Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference setback at Anderson University on Wednesday afternoon. The rival Ravens took Wednesday’s match by a final score of 2-0.

Both of Anderson’s scores came after the intermission. AU’s Jordan Bossman scored in the 56th minute to put the Ravens ahead 1-0. Bossman’s goal was his fifth of the season. Anderson added a second score in the 82nd minute. Stephen Fite was able to find the back of the net for the second time this fall.

Anderson kept Manchester’s offense in check on Wednesday afternoon. The Black & Gold were limited to four total shots, with only one shot being placed on goal.

Manchester fell to 6-8-1, 3-4 HCAC. The Spartans will host Transylvania on Saturday October 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Good Field. MU will honor its senior class on Saturday afternoon.

Anderson improved to 8-6-2, 5-0-2 HCAC with the win.

Manchester Drops HCAC Match to Rival Anderson

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University Spartans fell to rival Anderson 4-0 in women’s soccer action at Good Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson broke a scoreless draw in the 36th minute when Lauren Brown scored for the Ravens. AU would add three more goals in the second half of Wednesday’s game. Taylor Fort opened the second period with a goal in the 48th minute. Taylor Baker added the other two scores for the Ravens, scoring in the 78th and 86th minutes.

Jayden Murray (Delphi, Ind./Rossville Consolidated) led Manchester with two shots against the Ravens. Alex Parr (Russiaville, Ind./Western) and Lainey Shock (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) both landed a shot on goal.

Becca Colbert (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) made 11 saves in goal for MU.

Manchester will close out its home schedule on Saturday afternoon when Transylvania comes to North Manchester. Game time between the Spartans and Pioneers is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Good Field.

Anderson improved to 7-5-2, 6-0-1 HCAC with the win.

WOMEN’S SOCCER LOSES MATCH TO HOLY CROSS AT HOME WEDNESDAY

CROWN POINT, Ind. — The Indiana University Northwest women’s soccer team was unable to come away with the victory Wednesday as the RedHawks lost to Holy Cross College.

TEAM RECORDS
Holy Cross 10-4-2 (7-3-2 CCAC) | IU Northwest 1-13-0 (0-10-0 CCAC)

HALF BREAKDOWN
FIRST HALF: Holy Cross 2, IU Northwest 0

  • Brynn Nylin tried to score the first goal of the match but Holy Cross picked up a defensive save.
  • Holy Cross struck first in the 17th minute as Lauren Cernak made it 1-0.
  • Brooke Durkin looked to connect and tie the match at 1-all in the 25th minute but her shot was saved.
  • The Saints doubled their lead in the 32nd minute as Nicole Cook scored a goal.
  • Hayley Maze recorded eight saves in the first 45 minutes.

SECOND HALF: Holy Cross 4, IU Northwest 0

  • Cook made it 3-0 HCC in the 49th minute.
  • Holy Cross wasted no time feeding Cook again this time in the 54th minute to make 4-0, giving her a hat trick.
  • One minute later, the Saints made it 5-0 after Olivia Shaw connected. 
  • Durkin was able to get attack chances in the 62nd and 67th minutes but the goalkeeper saved it.
  • Jenna Dye looked to end the drought in the 69th minute but Holy Cross saved it.
  • Nicole Melton recorded a shot attempt in the 70th minute and that was saved. 
  • Shaw made it 6-0 after scoring a goal in the 88th minute.
  • Maze recorded two more saves in the second half. 

FINAL SCORE: Holy Cross 6, IU Northwest 0 

UP NEXT

  • IU Northwest will be back in action Saturday, October 23 for Senior Night as the RedHawks host Indiana South Bend at the Crown Point Sportsplex starting at 6 p.m. CT. Before the contest, the RedHawks will honor Hayley Maze and Katherin Vargas

Titans drop home match to Judson

LAKEVILLE, Ind. – Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Paul finished with 12 saves as IU South Bend tried to keep the visiting Judson Eagles at bay, but the Titans would ultimately fall at Newton Park on Wednesday by a 6-0 margin.

The Titans (1-12, 1-9 CCAC) kept the visitors off the scoreboard for the first twenty minutes of play, before Judson (9-4-1, 7-2-1 CCAC) broke through with their first goal of the day. Another shot found the back of the net ten minutes later, and the Eagles would take a 2-0 lead into the halftime break.

In the second half, IUSB generated a pair of opportunities, with a shot from Rebekkah Guess sailing wide in the 82nd minutes, and another attempt by Alyssa Macias in the 88th getting saved by the JU goalkeeper.

The Titans hit the road for their next two matches, beginning with a trip to Crown Point, Ind. to face IU Northwest. Kickoff with the Redhawks is set for Saturday, October 23, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1957       With major league baseball coming to the Bay Area, the Giants buy the single-A minor league team in Arizona to move the San Francisco Seals to the nearby desert. The transplanted team name their new farm club, the Phoenix Giants.

1973       In Game Seven, the hometown A’s capture their second consecutive World Championship, defeating the Mets, 5-2, when Darold Knowles, coming out of the bullpen with two outs and two on in the ninth, gets Wayne Garrett to pop out. The 31 year-old southpaw reliever, who hurls 6.1 Fall Classic innings without giving up an earned run en route to recording two saves, is the first pitcher to appear in all seven games of a World Series.

1975       “Isn’t this great? Isn’t this great? This is the best game I’ve ever played in. Isn’t this great? People will remember this game forever. Isn’t this great?” – PETE ROSE, sharing his enthusiasm with teammates, opponents, and umpires. In the bottom of the 12th inning of Game Six at Fenway Park, Red Sox’s backstop Carlton Fisk hits one of the most dramatic home runs in major league history, forcing a seventh game with the Reds. In 2002 this event, seen by a record-75.9 million viewers, will be chosen as one of baseball’s most memorable moments.

1976       The Reds beat the Yankees, 7-2, to complete the World Series sweep over the Bronx Bombers for their second consecutive World Championship. The ‘Big Red Machine’ is powered by Johnny Bench’s two-run and three-run home runs.

1980       In front of 65,838 fans at Veterans Stadium, the Phillies win their first World Series ever in the 98-year history of the franchise by defeating the Royals in Game 6, 4-1. Winning pitcher Steve Carlton limits Kansas City to 4 hits in seven innings, and Tug McGraw hurls the last two frames to pick up the save.

1981       The Yankees trade their 1977 first-round (15th overall) pick Willie McGee to the Cardinals for southpaw Bob Sykes, who will never again appear in a major league game. New York’s former 22-year-old farmhand will go on to have a stellar career with the Redbirds, winning the NL MVP (1985), capturing two batting crowns (1985, 1990), and earning three Gold Gloves (1983, 1985, 1986).

1982       An estimated 150,000 people line Wisconsin Avenue on a chilly day in Milwaukee to cheer for their Brewers, who suffered a crushing defeat in Game 7 of the World Series last night. Following the parade, the fans show their support at County Stadium by chanting “M-V-P! M-V-P!” when shortstop Robin Yount appears in the left-field corner on his motorcycle, which he rides around the warning track, acknowledging the admiration.

1986       After losing the first two World Series games at home, the Mets beat the Red Sox at Fenway Park, 7-1. Lenny Dykstra’s first-inning home run marks the third time in history in which the Mets’ leadoff hitter has homered in the initial inning of Game 3 of the Fall Classic. Tommy Agee (1969) and Wayne Garrett (1973) also accomplished the feat in the first frame of Fall Classic’s third game.

1993       In Game 5, Curt Schilling becomes the first Phillies’ hurler to pitch a World Series shutout, blanking the Blue Jays at Veterans Stadium on five hits, 2-0. The game is the franchise’s 20th Fall Classic contest, having played for the world championship in 1915, 1950, 1980, and 1983.

1996       After being awarded one of the two expansion franchises for Triple-A by the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, Durham (NC) officially becomes the home of the Devil Rays’ top farm club beginning in 1998. Tampa Bay and Capitol Broadcasting Co., Inc. jointly own the new North Carolina franchise, but the team will continue to be called the Bulls.

1998       In the bottom of the ninth inning at Qualcomm Stadium, Ruben Rivera, in his only major league appearance against cousin Mariano, legs out an infield single. The future Hall of Fame closer gets the next batter to ground into a double play, quickly erasing the hit before retiring Mark Sweeney for the final out of the contest, saving Game 4 to complete the Yankees’ World Series sweep of the Padres.

1998       After spending 135 days in first place and winning their division and league titles, the Yankees, with a 3-0 victory at Qualcomm Stadium, sweep the Padres to capture their 24th World Series championship. The Bronx Bombers’ 125 wins, combining regular season (114) and playoffs (11) victories, are the most by a championship team, surpassing the record of 116 established by the Mets in 1986.

2000       In the longest World Series game ever played, the Yankees take Game 1 of the Subway Series, thanks to Jose Vizcaino’s 12th inning two-out single, defeating the Mets, 4-3, in four hours and fifty-one minutes. The victory surpasses the streak established by the Murderers’ Row clubs, as the present Bronx Bombers win their 13th consecutive World Series game.

2002       Florida team president David Samson, to get fans “falling back in love with the Marlins,” announces plans which include free hot dogs and a cozier atmosphere at Pro Player Stadium. The average crowd of 10,038 per home game, more than a third less than the previous season, was next-to-last in the major leagues in attendance this year.

2004       At Busch Stadium, the Cardinals advance to the World Series for the first time in 17 years. The Redbirds capture the National League pennant, beating Roger Clemens and the Astros in Game 7 of an exciting NLCS, 5-2.

2005       On the eve of the World Series beginning in Chicago, Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) sponsor a resolution in the U.S. Senate calling for ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson to be “appropriately honored for his outstanding baseball accomplishments.” The former White Sox outfielder, considered one of the greatest players in the game’s history, was banned from baseball for life by commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for his role in the 1919 ‘Black Sox’ Fall Classic fix.

2006       In the first matchup of rookies to start Game 1 of the World Series, Anthony Reyes bests Justin Verlander as the visiting Cardinals beat the Tigers at Comerica Park, 7-2. The 25-year-old right-hander allows two runs and four hits, striking out five Redbirds in eight innings of work.

2006       After being the site of Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in February, Detroit becomes just the second city to host both a Super Bowl and a World Series in the same calendar year. San Diego was the site of the NFL Championship game and Fall Classic in 1998.

2009       In Game 5 of the NLCS, the Phillies defeat the Dodgers, capturing their second straight pennant. With their 10-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia becomes the first National League team to repeat the feat since the Braves won consecutive flags in 1995-96.

2009       When he is issued a first-inning walk by L.A.’s starter Vicente Padilla in Game 5 of the NLCS, Chase Utley ties a postseason record by reaching base in 25 consecutive contests. The slugging second baseman, who has reached base in every postseason game he has participated in except for his first in 2007, equals Boog Powell’s mark established from 1966-1971 playing for the Orioles.

2010       Pleased to be staying in Detroit, Brandon Inge signs an $11.5 million, two-year deal to remain with the Tigers. The 33 year-old infielder, prone to striking out, is better known for his defensive prowess at third base than for his hitting.

2014       During Game 1 of the World Series, Laurence Leavy, known as the Marlin Man, is approached by a Royals representative, who informs him that the Kansas City owner is upset with his bright orange Miami jersey diverting attention from the home team on national television. Offered various inducements, including autographed memorabilia and an opportunity to sit in the luxury boxes at Kauffman Stadium, the workers’ comp attorney refuses to remove his colorful garb, choosing to remain in his $8,000 seat behind home plate.

2018       David Bell, agreeing to a three-year deal with the last-place Reds, replaces Jim Riggleman to become the franchise’s 63rd skipper. The 46-year-old former infielder and his dad, Buddy, join Bob and Joel Skinner, George and Dick Sisler, and Bob and Aaron Boone as the fourth father-son managerial duo in major league history.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots240.3332.01251270-4-02-0-02-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets140.2002.5671211-1-00-3-01-2-00-1-01 L
Miami Dolphins150.1673.0991770-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.01481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders420.6670.01471442-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-01 W
Denver Broncos330.5001.01261101-2-02-1-02-3-00-1-03 L
Kansas City Chiefs330.5001.01851761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens510.8330.01701233-0-02-1-04-1-00-0-05 W
Cincinnati Bengals420.6671.01481112-1-02-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns330.5002.01561512-1-01-2-01-2-00-0-02 L
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5002.01171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans420.6670.01661612-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-02 W
Indianapolis Colts240.3332.01391311-2-01-2-02-2-01-1-01 W
Houston Texans150.1673.0921721-2-00-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.01161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team240.3333.01361861-3-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 L
Philadelphia Eagles240.3333.01371520-3-02-1-02-3-00-1-01 L
New York Giants150.1674.01141770-3-01-2-01-4-00-2-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals6001.0000.01941092-0-04-0-03-0-02-0-06 W
Los Angeles Rams510.8331.01791272-1-03-0-04-1-01-1-02 W
San Francisco 49ers230.4003.51171190-2-02-1-02-3-00-2-03 L
Seattle Seahawks240.3334.01401490-2-02-2-01-2-01-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers510.8330.01441362-0-03-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5002.01471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears330.5002.0981242-1-01-2-01-2-01-1-01 L
Detroit Lions060.0005.01091720-3-00-3-00-4-00-3-06 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers510.8330.01951443-0-02-1-03-1-01-0-03 W
New Orleans Saints320.6001.5127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Carolina Panthers330.5002.01431212-2-01-1-01-3-01-0-03 L
Atlanta Falcons230.4002.51051481-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 W

NBA STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots240.3332.01251270-4-02-0-02-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets140.2002.5671211-1-00-3-01-2-00-1-01 L
Miami Dolphins150.1673.0991770-2-01-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.01481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders420.6670.01471442-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-01 W
Denver Broncos330.5001.01261101-2-02-1-02-3-00-1-03 L
Kansas City Chiefs330.5001.01851761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens510.8330.01701233-0-02-1-04-1-00-0-05 W
Cincinnati Bengals420.6671.01481112-1-02-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns330.5002.01561512-1-01-2-01-2-00-0-02 L
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5002.01171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans420.6670.01661612-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-02 W
Indianapolis Colts240.3332.01391311-2-01-2-02-2-01-1-01 W
Houston Texans150.1673.0921721-2-00-3-01-4-01-1-05 L
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.01161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team240.3333.01361861-3-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 L
Philadelphia Eagles240.3333.01371520-3-02-1-02-3-00-1-01 L
New York Giants150.1674.01141770-3-01-2-01-4-00-2-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals6001.0000.01941092-0-04-0-03-0-02-0-06 W
Los Angeles Rams510.8331.01791272-1-03-0-04-1-01-1-02 W
San Francisco 49ers230.4003.51171190-2-02-1-02-3-00-2-03 L
Seattle Seahawks240.3334.01401490-2-02-2-01-2-01-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers510.8330.01441362-0-03-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5002.01471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears330.5002.0981242-1-01-2-01-2-01-1-01 L
Detroit Lions060.0005.01091720-3-00-3-00-4-00-3-06 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers510.8330.01951443-0-02-1-03-1-01-0-03 W
New Orleans Saints320.6001.5127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Carolina Panthers330.5002.01431212-2-01-1-01-3-01-0-03 L
Atlanta Falcons230.4002.51051481-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 W
 

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers3300631462-0-01-0-03-0-0
Pittsburgh Penguins42026216111-0-11-0-12-0-2
Buffalo Sabres3300621243-0-03-0-0
Philadelphia Flyers3201521692-0-12-0-1
Washington Capitals3201521262-0-12-0-1
Detroit Red Wings3201521392-0-12-0-1
Toronto Maple Leafs421152872-0-10-1-02-1-1
New York Rangers4211528100-0-12-1-02-1-1
Carolina Hurricanes220042951-0-01-0-02-0-0
10 Ottawa Senators321042772-0-00-1-02-1-0
11 New Jersey Devils220042852-0-02-0-0
12 Columbus Blue Jackets3210421172-0-00-1-02-1-0
13 Tampa Bay Lightning42204212170-2-02-0-02-2-0
14 Boston Bruins211021671-0-00-1-01-1-0
15 New York Islanders3120218121-2-01-2-0
16 Montreal Canadiens4040003150-2-00-2-00-4-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
St. Louis Blues3300631583-0-03-0-0
Edmonton Oilers3300621493-0-03-0-0
Minnesota Wild3300631181-0-02-0-03-0-0
San Jose Sharks220042931-0-01-0-02-0-0
Anaheim Ducks42204213111-1-01-1-02-2-0
Dallas Stars422041892-2-02-2-0
Seattle Kraken51313111191-3-11-3-1
Vancouver Canucks41213010151-2-11-2-1
Los Angeles Kings312021971-1-00-1-01-2-0
10 Nashville Predators312021781-2-01-2-0
11 Colorado Avalanche31202110131-1-00-1-01-2-0
12 Vegas Golden Knights3120217121-1-00-1-01-2-0
13 Calgary Flames201110480-0-10-1-00-1-1
14 Winnipeg Jets3021109140-2-10-2-1
15 Arizona Coyotes3021107170-1-00-1-10-2-1
16 Chicago Blackhawks4031108170-1-00-2-10-3-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England31216462382411-3-110-3-369
Nashville SC30111634727208-8-03-8-349
Philadelphia30121084232109-3-33-7-546
Orlando City SC3012108434218-5-24-5-646
Atlanta3011109403468-4-33-6-643
CF Montreal3011910434038-4-33-5-742
D.C.30125135144710-1-42-4-941
New York City FC30118114534118-3-33-5-841
New York2911711353057-5-34-2-840
Columbus30108123740-38-3-32-5-938
Inter Miami CF30105152847-196-2-74-3-835
Chicago3187163551-166-5-52-2-1131
Toronto FC3067173459-254-5-52-2-1225
FC Cincinnati3048183259-271-5-93-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle3017765026248-4-39-3-358
Sporting KC2915775233198-5-27-2-552
Colorado30141064332117-7-17-3-552
Portland30144124849-19-2-45-2-846
Los Angeles30136114446-28-3-45-3-745
Minnesota30128103537-29-2-43-6-644
Vancouver30111094041-19-2-42-8-543
Real Salt Lake2912611484539-4-23-2-942
Los Angeles FC3011712464427-5-34-2-940
San Jose3099124047-75-3-74-6-536
Houston31612133549-146-6-40-6-930
FC Dallas30610144150-94-7-42-3-1028
Austin3074192949-205-2-82-2-1125