INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
MOUNT VERNON V DELTA 7:30PM
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V EVANSVILLE HARRISON 7:00PM CST
COLUMBUS NORTH V BISHOP CHATARD 7:00PM
TINDLEY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN 7:00PM
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V SCECINA 7:00PM (@BEECH GROVE)
HCAC GAME OF THE WEEK
KALAMAZOO V DEFIANCE 1:30PM
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5 CAPSULES:
|2. Center Grove||(8)||3-1||290||2|
|3. Indpls Cathedral||–||3-1||252||3|
|4. Hamilton Southeastern||–||4-0||212||4|
|7. Carroll (Fort Wayne)||–||4-0||102||9|
|7. Indpls Ben Davis||–||2-2||102||5|
Others receiving votes: Warsaw 38. Crown Point 38. Elkhart 36. Warren Central 26. Lawrence Central 18.
|4. Ft. Wayne Snider||–||4-0||218||5|
|7. Decatur Central||–||2-2||88||8|
|8. Ft. Wayne Dwenger||–||3-1||70||10|
|10. Bloomington South||–||3-1||54||NR|
|(tie) Ft. Wayne North||–||3-1||54||NR|
Others receiving votes: Lafayette Harrison 52. Terre Haute South 14.
|1. New Palestine||(16)||4-0||338||1|
|2. Indpls Roncalli||(1)||4-0||302||2|
|4. E. Central||–||3-1||196||7|
|5. New Prairie||–||4-0||162||4|
|8. Indpls Brebeuf||–||2-1||132||8|
|9. Ev. Reitz||–||4-0||70||NR|
|1. W. Lafayette||(10)||4-0||314||1|
|2. Gibson Southern||(4)||4-0||290||3|
|3. Indpls Chatard||(3)||2-2||244||2|
|6. Guerin Catholic||–||3-1||114||5|
|7. Oak Hill||–||4-0||110||9|
|8. Western Boone||–||3-1||92||4|
|10. Hanover Central||–||4-0||58||10|
Others receiving votes: Vincennes 52. Heritage Hills 46. Lawrenceburg 46. Charlestown 30. Tippecanoe Valley 24. Owen Valley 22. Fairfield 12. Yorktown 8.
|2. Indpls Scecina||(1)||4-0||274||2|
|6. Heritage Christian||–||3-1||126||8|
|(tie) Triton Central||–||3-1||126||9|
|8. Ev. Mater Dei||–||2-2||116||3|
|9. Ft. Wayne Luers||–||2-2||80||10|
Others receiving votes: Rochester 28. Lafayette Catholic 26. Perry Central 16. N. Posey 14. Alexandria 6. Brownstown 6. Eastside 4. Southmont 2. Eastern (Greentown) 2.
|1. Indpls Lutheran||(15)||4-0||316||1|
|2. Adams Central||(1)||4-0||284||2|
|3. N. Judson||–||4-0||212||4|
|4. Indpls Park Tudor||–||4-0||196||5|
|5. N. Decatur||–||4-0||192||6|
|6. S. Adams||–||3-1||122||3|
|8. Carroll (Flora)||–||4-0||112||8|
|9. S. Putnam||–||3-1||50||9|
Others receiving votes: Triton 28. Monroe Central 28. Sheridan 22. Providence 14. Madison-Grant 14. Edinburgh 10. Clinton Prairie 6. Covenant Christian 6. W. Washington 2.
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 3
FRIDAY, SEPT. 16
FLORIDA STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
AIR FORCE AT WYOMING | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
WOFFORD AT VIRGINIA TECH | 11 A.M. | ACC NETWORK
NO. 1 GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN
UCONN AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC
NO. 6 OKLAHOMA AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | FOX
TEXAS STATE AT NO. 17 BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1
YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT NO. 9 KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
ABILENE CHRISTIAN AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
VILLANOVA AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
PURDUE AT SYRACUSE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
CINCINNATI AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
TOWSON AT WEST VIRGINIA | 1 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
BUFFALO AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
BUCKNELL AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3
SOUTH ALABAMA AT UCLA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
OHIO AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
RUTGERS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
OLD DOMINION AT VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MURRAY STATE AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
CAL AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK
TULANE AT KANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
NEW MEXICO STATE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NO. 12 BYU AT NO. 25 OREGON | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
NO. 20 OLE MISS AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
NO. 22 PENN STATE AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
VANDERBILT AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
COLORADO AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
STONY BROOK AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3
TROY AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM
UL MONROE AT NO. 2 ALABAMA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
KANSAS AT HOUSTON | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
UT MARTIN AT BOISE STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1
LIBERTY AT NO. 19 WAKE FOREST | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
COLORADO STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE | 5 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
MARSHALL AT BOWLING GREEN | 5 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT LSU | 6 P.M. | ESPNU
NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT DUKE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX
CAMPBELL AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
TOLEDO AT NO. 3 OHIO STATE | 7 P.M. | FOX
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF AT NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+
MISSOURI STATE AT NO. 10 ARKANSAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
TEXAS TECH AT NO. 16 NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
AKRON AT NO. 15 TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
JACKSONVILLE STATE AT TULSA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHWESTERN STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
ARKANSAS STATE AT MEMPHIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
CHARLOTTE AT GEORGIA STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH FLORIDA AT NO. 18 FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
NO. 23 PITT AT WESTERN NO. 4 MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
NEVADA AT IOWA | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SMU AT MARYLAND | 7:30 P.M. | FS1
MAINE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
UCF AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
LOUISIANA AT RICE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA TECH AT NO. 5 CLEMSON | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MONTANA STATE AT OREGON STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
UTEP AT NEW MEXICO | 8 P.M. | MWN
UTSA AT NO. 21 TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK
NO. 13 MIAMI (FLA.) AT NO. 24 TEXAS A&M | 9 P.M. | ESPN
SAN DIEGO STATE AT NO. 14 UTAH | 10 P.M. | ESPN2
FRESNO STATE AT NO.7 USC | 10:30 P.M. | FOX
NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT ARIZONA | 11 P.M. | FS1
EASTERN MICHIGAN AT ARIZONA STATE | 11 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
DUQUESNE AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
NFL WEEK 2
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022
TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
COLORADO 3 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 0
SEATTLE 6 SAN DIEGO 1
BALTIMORE 6 WASHINGTON 2
CLEVELAND 5 LA ANGELS 3
HOUSTON 2 DETROIT 1
TORONTO 5 TAMPA BAY 1
NY YANKEES 5 BOSTON 3
MINNESOTA 4 KANSAS CITY 0
OAKLAND 8 TEXAS 7
PITTSBURGH 10 CINCINNATI 4
SAN FRANCISCO 4 ATLANTA 1
PHILADELPHIA 6 MIAMI 1
CHICAGO CUBS 6 NY METS 3
ST. LOUIS 4 MILWAUKEE 1
ARIZONA 5 LA DODGERS 3 (10)
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
TOLEDO 4 INDIANAPOLIS 3
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
ATLANTA 1 ORLANDO 0
NEW YORK CITY 2 ATLAS 0
AUSTIN 3 SALT LAKE 0
COLORADO 2 SAN JOSE 1
VANCOUVER 3 LA 0
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
CHARGERS’ ALLEN OUT VS. CHIEFS BECAUSE OF HAMSTRING INJURY
COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has been declared out for Thursday night’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs because of a hamstring injury.
Allen sustained the injury during the first half of Sunday’s 24-19 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Allen said he felt a slight pull and the hamstring tightened after he planted his foot to the turf during the second quarter. Despite only seeing 22 snaps, he led the Chargers with 66 receiving yards and was tied for the lead in catches with four.
Coach Brandon Staley on Tuesday said Allen’s injury “is going to take some time.” Allen is in his 10th season and has caught at least 95 passes the past five years, tied for the second-longest streak in NFL history.
Joshua Palmer is expected to get the start in place of Palmer and DeAndre Carter is likely to see increased playing time. Both had three catches against the Raiders while Carter had a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter to give Los Angeles a 17-3 lead at halftime.
Tight end Donald Parham will miss his second straight game also because of a hamstring injury.
Cornerback J.C. Jackson could make his Chargers debut after undergoing ankle surgery three weeks ago. Jackson is listed as questionable after being limited in practice for the second straight day. Jackson signed a five-year, $82.5 million contract during the offseason.
“I think he’s headed in the right direction, but I think there is still a lot to be decided before game time on Thursday night,” Staley said.
FLACCO TO START AGAIN FOR JETS IN WEEK 2 AT BROWNS
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Jets are sticking with Joe Flacco as their starting quarterback against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Coach Robert Saleh announced the decision Wednesday to stay with Flacco this week despite a less than inspired performance by the 37-year-old quarterback and the rest of the offense in a 24-9 loss to Baltimore in the regular-season opener.
“There were a lot of things that we as a team could have done to help out a lot during the game, too,” Saleh said. “We’ll give it another run and I think Joe will be a lot better.”
Flacco, starting for the injured Zach Wilson, was 37 of 59 for 307 yards and one touchdown – in the game’s final minute – with one interception while facing constant pressure from the Ravens. Flacco was sacked three times and hit 11 times behind a shuffled offensive line, and his lack of mobility didn’t help.
“Listen, my job as the quarterback is to put the ball in the end zone and score points and put our team in position to win,” Flacco said. And any time that doesn’t happen, it kind of starts and ends with your quarterback position, and that’s myself.
“So, it was obviously a frustrating day not being able to do that as well as we wanted to.”
Many fans chanted for Mike White to replace Flacco last Sunday at MetLife Stadium – and took to social media and sports talk radio this week for the backup to play at Cleveland.
Saleh left the possibility open Monday when he said all positions were being evaluated, including quarterback, but couched it by saying Flacco would “likely” get a second start. Saleh said the Jets never considered making a change from Flacco.
“Joe’s our quarterback,” Saleh said, adding that the team is focused on preparing for the Browns.
Wilson had arthroscopic knee surgery last month and also is recovering from a bone bruise in his right knee after being injured in the preseason opener at Philadelphia on Aug. 12. He’s expected to be sidelined at least two more games, with a possible return at Pittsburgh on Oct. 2.
Wilson was limited in practice Wednesday while participating in light drills, but not team drills yet.
The Jets’ struggles against the Ravens were far from just on Flacco, who was hurt by multiple dropped passes, fumbles and poor protection – “a comedy of errors,” Saleh said. Flacco’s interception occurred when tight end Lawrence Cager slipped on the rain-soaked turf.
“When you look back at the game, when he had a clean pocket, he was very, very efficient,” Saleh said of Flacco. “Part of the clean pocket is the offensive line’s responsibility to give it to him and for him to just deliver the ball where it needs to and get off of certain reads. So it was a bunch of different things.”
New York also abandoned the run early, running 62 pass plays out of 79 behind a line that had George Fant flipping from right tackle to left during the week when Duane Brown injured a shoulder and was placed on injured reserve. Rookie Max Mitchell also was forced into starting on the right side in his NFL debut.
The line will have its hands full again this week while facing the Browns and edge rusher Myles Garrett, who had two sacks in Cleveland’s season-opening win at Carolina.
Flacco, who spent 11 seasons in the AFC North with Baltimore, has some history of success against Cleveland. His previous start against the Browns came in 2018 while with the Ravens – a loss – but his 17-3 career regular-season mark against them is his most wins vs. any NFL team.
Meanwhile, Flacco remains winless as a starter for the Jets having lost his first six starts with New York going back to the 2020 season.
“It wasn’t his best performance,” Saleh said of Flacco’s game Sunday. “But it wasn’t as bad as people think it was.”
NOTES: Fant (veteran rest day), S Jordan Whitehead (ankle) and DE John Franklin-Myers (toe) didn’t practice. Saleh added Whitehead is “definitely questionable” to play Sunday. S Will Parks was signed to the active roster as possible insurance for Whitehead. … WR Braxton Berrios (heel) and P Braden Mann (back) were limited. … The Jets also signed P/K Ty Long and CB Jimmy Moreland to the practice squad, and released WR Diontae Spencer from the practice squad.
STEELERS RB HARRIS SAYS HE EXPECTS TO PLAY AGAINST PATS
PITTSBURGH (AP) Steelers running back Najee Harris expects to be available when Pittsburgh welcomes New England on Sunday.
Harris injured his left foot late in last week’s 23-20 overtime victory over Cincinnati and was replaced by rookie undrafted free agent Jaylen Warren. Harris’ leg was heavily wrapped in the aftermath, but he was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and plans to be on the field as Pittsburgh tries to beat the Patriots for just the second time since 2011.
“I’m OK,” Harris said.
Asked what happened on the fourth-quarter carry that ended with his left leg being pinned awkwardly underneath him, Harris shrugged.
“Just football happened,” he said. “Football.”
The injury, whatever it is, does not appear related to the foot issue Harris had at the beginning of training camp.
Coach Mike Tomlin said Harris had his foot stepped on, though Harris later told reporters it was a Lisfranc injury that took about six weeks to heal.
“I mean it’s a little injury,” he said. “I got hurt plenty of times, you know? I mean I had like six, seven weeks to let it calm down – the original injury – and it’s good now there’s nothing wrong with it, man.”
Harris ran for just 23 yards on 10 carries against the Bengals, though he did catch a 2-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Trubisky that gave the Steelers a 17-3 lead.
He declined to say whether he could have returned after getting hurt, saying the decision was out of his hands.
The Steelers managed to end a three-game losing streak to Cincinnati despite an offense that had trouble taking advantage of series of takeaways by the Pittsburgh defense.
The Steelers produced five turnovers, one of them a Pick-6 by safety Minkah Fitzpatrick. Pittsburgh converted two of the other turnovers into a field goal and a touchdown – both in the first half – but did nothing with a pair of takeaways in the second half that could have iced the game.
“We’ve got to make sure that every time we get the ball from the defense, we got to at least put some points on the board,” Harris said. “And so we need to get better at that.”
NOTES: CB Levi Wallace (ankle) and C Mason Cole (ankle) were both limited on Wednesday. LB Rob Spillane (eye) was a full participant. … LB T.J. Watt, who is out indefinitely with a left pectoral injury, watched practice from the sideline.
BRONCOS SAFETY JUSTIN SIMMONS TO MISS TIME WITH THIGH INJURY
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Justin Simmons’ 66-game starting streak will end this weekend after the Denver Broncos’ captain and star safety sustained a thigh injury in the season opener at Seattle.
Coach Nathaniel Hackett revealed the injury Wednesday, when Simmons was placed on injured reserve, sidelining him at least a month. The Broncos promoted cornerback Essang Bassey from their practice squad to take his roster spot.
Hackett said Simmons finished the game after getting hurt in the second half of Denver’s 17-16 loss to the Seahawks on Monday night. He had nine tackles and his second career fumble recovery.
“He’s a tough guy, so he stayed in there and rolled with it and finished the game,” Hackett said.
Simmons has been a workhorse over his seven-year career in Denver. He played every snap from 2018-19 and hasn’t missed a game since sitting out the final three weeks of the 2017 season with an ankle injury.
“He’s a competitor,” Hackett said. “He’s one of those guys. I mean, he played the whole game with it. I got so much respect for him just as a person and as a player.”
Second-year safety Caden Sterns is expected to take Simmons’ place beginning Sunday when the Broncos host the Houston Texans.
“It’s hard to replace a guy like Justin Simmons, what he does for our defense, what he does in the locker room and for this team with his leadership,” fellow starting safety Kareem Jackson said. “It’s tough. I’m sure everybody in the community knows what type of guy he is on and off the field.
“But for us, we kind of pride ourselves on having the next guy available ready, and Caden Sterns played a ton of ball in this league in such a short time, and I think he’s very ready for the situation and for the opportunity.”
Sterns, a fifth-round pick out of Texas last year, played in 15 games his rookie season, including two starts, and he had a pair of sacks.
“He’s a smart player, we’ve used him in a bunch of different roles,” Jackson said. “So, for him to step in and play safety, he did it a little bit for me last year when I was out. So, he has a ton of experience and I expect him to step in and play great.”
A day after Hackett said he should have gone for it on fourth-and-5 instead of opting for a 64-yard field goal try in the final seconds at Seattle, QB Russell Wilson said he, too, wishes he’d had the ball in his hands at that point.
“I mean, listen, I think, yeah,” Wilson said. “I think that anytime you get the chance to try to win the game … I always believe in having the ball. But, also, we got a great kicker and we’re going to believe in our kicker again, so I always trust his decisions. But I’m also always ready to go try to do it.”
Wilson has a 70% conversion rate in such fourth down situations over his career and only two out of 42 kickers in the history of the NFL have converted a field goal from the distance. The longest one ever made at Lumen Field was a 56-yarder eight years ago.
Asked if he’d speak up, given his resume, if that situation arises again, Wilson said, “I was at the line of scrimmage ready to go for it, too, and I was calling a play and we were ready to go. But that’s what we decided and we went with it and we missed by a yard, maybe half a yard.”
Hackett said the team has quickly moved on from their blunder-filled opener and Wilson said he broke down the huddle Wednesday by telling his teammates, “the thing about great teams is they always respond.”
NOTES: The Broncos signed S Anthony Harris to their practice squad. Harris is an eighth-year pro who has played in 95 NFL games with 61 starts with the Vikings (2015-20) and Eagles (2021). … Several others sat out practice, including OLB Randy Gregory (shoulder, knee), WR KJ Hamler (knee, hip), ILB Josey Jewell (calf), RG Quinn Meinerz (hamstring) and CB K’Waun Williams (wrist). Gregory and Hamler were held out as a precaution, and RT Billy Turner (knee) was a full participant at practice after being held out of the opener.
NFL’S PROBE INTO COMMANDERS, DAN SNYDER STILL ONGOING
(AP) — The NFL’s investigation into Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder is still ongoing, and his status remains unchanged.
League executive Jeff Miller said Wednesday there’s no timeline for completion of Mary Jo White’s investigation, which includes new allegations stemming from a congressional committee probe into the team’s history of workplace misconduct.
When former employees of Washington’s NFL team first complained in 2020 about rampant sexual harassment by team executives, the team hired attorney Beth Wilkinson’s firm to investigate. The league took over that probe and Wilkinson reported her findings to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The NFL fined Snyder $10 million and he temporarily ceded day-to-day operations of the franchise to his wife, Tanya. Wilkinson’s findings have not been released publicly, and leaders of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform have pressed the league to turn over details of that probe.
“The Commissioner said it. I think this remains the status quo, then he’ll have a discussion with Dan at the appropriate time. And again, those findings haven’t been made to us yet,” said Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president communications, public affairs & policy.
In July, Snyder testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight for more than 10 hours in a deposition conducted virtually and in private.
Snyder testified a month after Goodell appeared before the committee via Zoom to discuss the Washington team’s workplace culture and the league’s investigation into it. Snyder was invited to testify at the same hearing and, through a lawyer, declined.
The committee launched this investigation last year after the league did not release a written report of Wilkinson’s findings.
THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-0) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0)
Week 2 of the 2022 season gets underway with the first-ever NFL regular-season game to air exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. On Thursday, September 15 (8:15 PM ET), the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Los Angeles Chargers in a pivotal, early-season AFC West showdown. This will mark the first of 15 Thursday Night Football games to air exclusively on Prime Video this season (Weeks 2-17, excluding Thanksgiving). The game will feature Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung on the call.
The Chiefs lead the all-time regular-season series, 65-57-1, including a 34-28 overtime victory on Thursday Night Football in their last meeting in Week 15 of the 2021 season. Quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES threw the game-winning 34-yard touchdown to tight end TRAVIS KELCE on the first drive of overtime. It was the third touchdown pass of the game for Mahomes – second to Kelce – as he totaled a season-high 410 passing yards in the win. Kelce posted a career-high 191 receiving yards on 10 catches.
Each team enters Thursday coming off Week 1 victories. The Chiefs went on the road to defeat Arizona, 44-21, as Mahomes threw for 360 yards and five touchdowns for a 144.2 rating. It marked his sixth-career game with at least five touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (six) and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (six) for the fourth-most games all-time. Only DREW BREES (11), TOM BRADY (nine) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (nine) have more. Kelce led the team with eight catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, his 30th-career game with at least 100 receiving yards, joining ROB GRONKOWSKI (32 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (31) as the only tight ends with at least 30 such games in NFL history.
Running back CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE caught a career-high two touchdown passes in Week 1, while rookie running back ISIAH PACHECO rushed for his first-career touchdown. On defense, defensive tackle CHRIS JONES recorded his 11th-career forced fumble last week. He has totaled four sacks in his past two Thursday games. Defensive end CARLOS DUNLAP had a sack in his Chiefs debut on Kickoff Weekend and has 5.5 sacks in six career games against the Chargers. Linebacker NICK BOLTON, who led all rookies with 112 tackles in 2021, posted a team-high 10 tackles in Week 1.
The Chargers defeated the Raiders at home last week, 24-19. Quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 297 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 129.4 rating. It marked his ninth career game with at least three touchdown passes and no interceptions, tied with Mahomes for the most-ever by a player in his first three seasons. In four career games against Kansas City, Herbert has 13 touchdowns (10 passing, three rushing) and a 108.3 rating. He finished the 2021 season with at least 300 passing yards in each of his final five road games. Wide receiver MIKE WILLIAMS aims for his third in a row at Kansas City with at least 100 receiving yards and a touchdown catch. Running back AUSTIN EKELER tied for the league lead with 20 touchdowns last season and aims for his fourth in a row against the Chiefs with a score. Rookie fullback ZANDER HORVATH recorded a touchdown catch last week in his NFL debut.
Linebacker KHALIL MACK led the team with three sacks and had a forced fumble in his Chargers debut in Week 1. Since entering the league in 2014, Mack ranks tied for second among all players with 24 forced fumbles. Linebacker JOEY BOSA also recorded a forced fumble last week and added 1.5 sacks. He posted a sack and forced fumble in the teams’ last meeting and aims for his fifth in a row in primetime with a sack. Safety DERWIN JAMES tied for the team lead with six tackles in Week 1 and posted a sack, while cornerback ASANTE SAMUEL JR. recorded his third-career interception in the win. Samuel also had an interception in last year’s Week 3 meeting in Kansas City.
The Chiefs are looking to begin 2-0 for the fifth time in the past six years, while the Chargers are aiming to win their first two games of a season for the first time since 2012.
QB JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 279 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.4 rating last week, his 9th-career game with 3+ TD passes & 0 INTs, tied with Patrick Mahomes for most-ever by player in 1st 3 seasons. Has 13 TDs (10 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 108.3 rating in 4 career games vs. KC. Aims for his 9th in row vs. division with 2+ TD passes. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 300+ pass yards. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 72 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 36 rec.) in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row vs. KC with TD & has TD in 8 of his past 9 vs. division. Had 441 scrimmage yards (110.3 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rush, 4 rec.) in 4 primetime games last season. • FB ZANDER HORVATH (rookie) had TD catch last week in NFL debut. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had 66 rec. yards last week. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 vs. KC. Has 3 rec. TDs in 3 career games on TNF. • WR MIKE WILLIAMS has 100+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. KC. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. • WR DEANDRE CARTER & TE GERALD EVERETT each had rec. TDs last week in LAC debuts. Everett had career-high 2 rec. TDs in only career game vs. KC (11/19/18 w/ LAR). • LB KHALIL MACK led team with 3 sacks & had FF last week in LAC debut, his 2ndcareer game with 3+ sacks. Aims for his 6th in row vs. KC with 0.5+ sacks. • LB JOEY BOSA had 1.5 sacks & FF in Week 1. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Had 0.5+ sacks in 6 of 7 road games last season & 5 of 6 division games. Aims for his 5th in row in primetime with sack & 3rd in row with FF. • S DERWIN JAMES tied for team lead with 6 tackles & had sack last week. • CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. had 2 PD & INT in Week 1. Had INT in last road meeting.
QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 360 yards & 5 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 144.2 rating last week, his 6th-career game with 5+ TD passes, tied for 4th-most in NFL history. Passed for 410 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. LAC with 3+ TD passes. Has 9 TDs vs. INT for 114.3 rating in 4 career starts on Thursday. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE had 74 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 32 rec.) & career best 2 TD catches in Week 1. Rushed for 100 yards & had rec. TD in last home meeting. • RB ISIAH PACHECO (rookie) rushed for 62 yards & TD last week in NFL debut. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 8 catches for 121 yards & TD in Week 1, his 30thcareer game with 100+ rec. yards, becoming 3rd TE ever (Rob Gronkowski & HOFer Tony Gonzalez) with 30+ such games. Had 10 catches for career-high 191 rec. yards with 2 rec. TDs in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. LAC with 90+ rec. yards. • WR JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER had 6 catches for 79 yards last week in KC debut. Has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 in primetime. • WR MECOLE HARDMAN had TD catch in Week 1. Had rec. TD in last home meeting. • DT CHRIS JONES had PD & 11th-career FF last week. Had TFL in last meeting. Has 4 sacks in his past 2 Thursday games. Aims for his 3rd in row in primetime with 2+ PD. • DT TERSHAWN WHARTON had 5th-career sack in Week 1. Had FF in last meeting. • DE CARLOS DUNLAP had sack last week in KC debut. Has 5.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 6 career games vs. LAC. • LB NICK BOLTON led team with 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 1, his 4th-career game with 10+ tackles. Had 14 tackles & career-high 3 PD in last meeting. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED had 8 tackles, sack & PD last week. Had 2 TFL in last meeting.
THE STARTING 11 — NFL LOOKING TO MAKE MORE EXCITING STATEMENTS IN WEEK 2
The National Football League sure knows how to write a season-opening statement with an exclamation point.
Seven games were decided by three points or fewer, more than any opening week in league history.
A sampling from morning headlines following Week 1 games: Furious fourth-quarter rally, crazy, stunning, gutsy, thrilling, jaw-dropping, wild, blistering, historic debut.
Week 2 brings even more historic debuts. This week the NFL unveils its first new broadcast partner since 1994. Amazon Prime Video is the new home of Thursday Night Football and the package’s initial game is an AFC West showdown between the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-0) and KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-0) at 8:15 PM ET. Then, to bookend the week, the NFL presents its first staggered Monday Night Football doubleheader, with TENNESSEE (0-1) at BUFFALO (1-0) kicking off at 7:15 PM ET on ESPN and MINNESOTA (1-0)at PHILADELPHIA (1-0) at 8:30 PM ET on ABC.
The Starting 11 entering Week 2…
1. PRIMETIME PROMINENCE: JUSTIN JEFFERSON (184 yards on nine receptions) and A.J. BROWN (155 yards on 10 receptions) enter Week 2 leading the NFL in receiving yards. They play Monday at Lincoln Financial Field (8:30 PM ET, ABC). Jefferson also leads the NFL with 3,200 receiving yards since entering the league in 2020.
- JALEN HURTS squares off with Jefferson in their first meeting since the 2019 Peach Bowl, when they combined for six touchdowns (LSU’s Jefferson caught four and Oklahoma’s Hurts ran for two).
2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – .952: The Bills’ winning percentage (20-1) when quarterback JOSH ALLEN rushes and passes for at least one touchdown in the same game. Including last week’s win, Allen’s 21 games with at least one rushing TD and one-or-more passing TDs are the most in the NFL since he entered the league in 2018.
- TENNESSEE (0-1) and BUFFALO (1-0), who play Monday (7:15 PM ET, ESPN), are two of four teams with playoff berths in each of the past three years (also Green Bay and Kansas City).
- Buffalo has not punted in three of its last four regular-season games, the first team since 1939 (when the league began tracking punting statistics) with three zero-punt performances over a four-game stretch.
3. NOTE THAT MATTERS: Ten teams that missed the 2021 playoffs won their Week 1 games, including MIAMI (1-0) and BALTIMORE (1-0), who meet Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS).
- Last week, Ravens quarterback LAMAR JACKSON improved to 38-12 over his first 50 NFL starts, matching TOM BRADY (38 wins) and DANNY WHITE (38) for the third-most victories by a quarterback in his first 50 career starts since the 1970 merger. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (40 wins) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KEN STABLER (40) had more.
4. SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Linebacker FOYESADE OLUOKUN, who signed with Jacksonville as an unrestricted free agent this offseason, led the NFL with 192 tackles in 2021. On Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Oluokun and the Jaguars host Indianapolis and running back JONATHAN TAYLOR, who led the league last year in both scrimmage yards (2,171) and rushing yards (1,811).
5. SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: In 18 of the last 19 seasons (2003-21), at least two teams have won their divisions the year after missing the playoffs, including CINCINNATI (0-1) and DALLAS (0-1) in 2021. Those teams meet Sunday at AT&T Stadium (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Each team features a reigning Associated Press Rookie of the Year (the Bengals’ JA’MARR CHASE won the offensive award and the Cowboys’ MICAH PARSONS took the defensive honor), marking the third consecutive season that the league’s top offensive and defensive rookies from the previous season meet in Weeks 1 or 2.
6. STREAK SPEAK: NEW ORLEANS (1-0) hosts TAMPA BAY (1-0) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX) with seven consecutive regular-season wins over the Buccaneers, including four against TOM BRADY. It’s the longest regular-season winning streak by an NFL team against Brady as a starting quarterback. Prior to the Saints’ current streak, Brady had only lost three consecutive games to a single opponent on one occasion, to the Broncos from 2005-09 … JACKSONVILLE (0-1) hosts INDIANAPOLIS (0-0-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS), having won its last six against the Colts in Jacksonville. FRANK REICH was DOUG PEDERSON’s offensive coordinator when Philadelphia won the Super Bowl in 2017.
7. DID YOU KNOW?: This week, seven teams that have not been 2-0 since at least 2016 have that opportunity, including the CLEVELAND BROWNS (1-0). With a win Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) against the Jets (0-1), the Browns would be 2-0 for the first time since 1993, when their head coach was BILL BELICHICK. WASHINGTON (last 2-0 record in 2011), the L.A. CHARGERS (2012), NEW ORLEANS (2013), MINNESOTA (2016), the N.Y. GIANTS (2016) and PHILADELPHIA (2016) also can get off to their best starts in at least six years this week.
- Tampa Bay’s TOM BRADY has an opportunity to begin a season 2-0 as a starting quarterback for a 10th time and break a tie with Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING (nine) and DAN MARINO (nine) for most 2-0 starts in NFL history.
8. UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Former quarterback KERRY COLLINS holds a significant place in the histories of the CAROLINA PANTHERS (0-1) and NEW YORK GIANTS (1-0), who meet Sunday at MetLife Stadium (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The first-ever draft selection in Panthers history, Collins led the franchise to the NFC Championship Game in only his second season, 1996. Four years later, Collins led the Giants to a berth in Super Bowl XXXV, where the starting quarterback for his opponent was the Ravens’ TRENT DILFER. Both Collins and Dilfer are now high school football coaches in the Nashville area.
9. TREND TIME: The PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-0) have led the league in sacks each of the past five seasons (2017-21), an NFL record. They enter Sunday’s game against NEW ENGLAND (0-1) at Acrisure Stadium (1:00 PM ET, CBS) tied for the 2022 lead (with Buffalo) after a seven-sack performance in a dramatic win last week.
10. THIS WEEK IN NFL HISTORY: Sept. 15, 2002 (20 years ago) – Future Pro Football Hall of Famer BRIAN URLACHER sacks 22-year-old MICHAEL VICK twice in the fourth quarter to preserve a 14-13 Chicago win at Atlanta, dropping the Falcons to 0-2. Vick, who had taken over as Atlanta’s starter prior to the season, would then lead the Falcons to wins in eight of their next 10 games to springboard the team into the playoffs.
11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Defensive coordinators VANCE JOSEPH and PATRICK GRAHAM face off at Allegiant Stadium Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS) when Arizona travels to Las Vegas. Each coach is a former Dolphins defensive coordinator. And, each has tutored four-time Pro Bowler CHANDLER JONES, now with the Raiders. Jones had 30.5 sacks in three Cardinals seasons under Joseph (2019-21). Earlier, Graham was Jones’ first NFL position coach with New England from 2012-13, when Jones recorded 17.5 sacks over his first two seasons in the league. Since 2014, only AARON DONALD (99) has more sacks than Jones (90).
WEEK 2 NFL SCHEDULE
(All times Eastern)
|Thursday, September 15||Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City||Prime Video||8:15|
|Sunday, September 18||Miami at Baltimore||CBS||1:00|
|New York Jets at Cleveland||CBS||1:00|
|Washington at Detroit||FOX||1:00|
|Indianapolis at Jacksonville||CBS||1:00|
|Tampa Bay at New Orleans||FOX||1:00|
|Carolina at New York Giants||FOX||1:00|
|New England at Pittsburgh||CBS||1:00|
|Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams||FOX||4:05|
|Seattle at San Francisco||FOX||4:05|
|Cincinnati at Dallas||CBS||4:25|
|Houston at Denver||CBS||4:25|
|Arizona at Las Vegas||CBS||4:25|
|Chicago at Green Bay||NBC||8:20|
|Monday, September 19||Tennessee at Buffalo||ESPN||7:15|
|Minnesota at Philadelphia||ABC||8:30|
TEXTS SHOW EX-MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR HELPED FAVRE USE WELFARE FUNDS FOR VOLLEYBALL VENUE
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Newly revealed text messages show how deeply involved a Mississippi governor was in directing more than $1 million in welfare money to Brett Favre to help pay for one of the retired NFL quarterback’s pet projects.
Instead of the money going to help low-income families in one of the nation’s poorest states, as intended, it was funneled through a nonprofit group and was spent on a new $5 million volleyball facility at a university that the football star and the governor both attended.
One of the texts from 2017 showed Republican Gov. Phil Bryant, who left office in 2020, was “on board” with the arrangement. The state is suing Favre and others, alleging they misspent millions of dollars in welfare money. The director of the nonprofit has pleaded guilty to criminal charges in Mississippi’s largest public corruption case in decades.
The texts were in court documents filed Monday in state court by an attorney for the nonprofit known as the Mississippi Community Education Center. Messages between Favre and the center’s executive director, Nancy New, included references to Bryant. The documents also included messages between Bryant and Favre and Bryant and New.
“Just left Brett Farve,” Bryant texted New on July 16, 2019, misspelling the athlete’s last name. “Can we help him with his project. We should meet soon to see how I can make sure we keep your projects on course.”
New responded: “I would appreciate having the opportunity to follow through with all the good things we are working on, especially projects like Brett’s.”
Later that day, New texted Favre to let him know she was meeting with the governor.
“I love John so much. And you too,” Favre responded to New, referring to the Mississippi Department of Human Services director at the time, John Davis.
The texts also showed discussion between Favre and New about arranging payment from the Human Services Department through the nonprofit to Favre for speaking engagements, with Favre then saying he would direct the money to the volleyball facility at the University of Southern Mississippi.
Favre played football at the university in Hattiesburg before going to the NFL in 1991, and his daughter started playing on the volleyball team there in 2017.
According to court documents, Favre texted New on Aug. 3, 2017: “If you were to pay me is there anyway the media can find out where it came from and how much?”
New responded: “No, we never have had that information publicized. I understand you being uneasy about that though. Let’s see what happens on Monday with the conversation with some of the folks at Southern. Maybe it will click with them. Hopefully.”
Favre responded: “Ok thanks.”
The next day, New texted Favre: “Wow, just got off the phone with Phil Bryant! He is on board with us! We will get this done!”
Favre responded: “Awesome I needed to hear that for sure.”
According to a previous court filing, New’s nonprofit made two payments of welfare money to Favre Enterprises, the athlete’s business: $500,000 in December 2017 and $600,000 in June 2018.
On Dec. 27, 2017, Favre texted New: “Nancy Santa came today and dropped some money off (two smiling emojis) thank you my goodness thank you.”
“Yes he did,” New responded. “He felt you had been pretty good this year!”
Attorneys for Favre did not immediately respond to a phone message Wednesday from The Associated Press.
In a July 11 court filing, New’s attorney wrote that Bryant directed her to pay $1.1 million in welfare money to Favre through the education center for “speaking at events, keynote speaking, radio and promotional events, and business partner development.”
In July, a Bryant spokesperson said allegations that the governor improperly spent the money are false and that Bryant had asked the state auditor to investigate possible welfare fraud.
Bryant served two terms as governor and could not run again in 2019 because of term limits. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi.
New and her son, Zachary New, who helped run the nonprofit, pleaded guilty in April to charges of misspending welfare money. They await sentencing and have agreed to testify against others.
Favre has not been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.
In May, the Mississippi Department of Human Services filed a civil lawsuit against Favre, three former pro wrestlers and several other people and businesses to try to recover millions of misspent welfare dollars. The lawsuit said the defendants “squandered” more than $20 million from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families anti-poverty program.
About 1,800 Mississippi households received payments from the program in 2021, according to the Department of Human Services. A family of three must have a monthly income below $680 to qualify, and the current monthly benefit for that family is $260. Payments are allowed for up to five years.
In pleading guilty, Nancy and Zachary New acknowledged taking part in spending $4 million of welfare money for the volleyball facility.
The mother and son also acknowledged directing welfare money to Prevacus Inc., a Florida-based company that was trying to develop a concussion drug. Favre has said in interviews that he supported Prevacus.
Mississippi Auditor Shad White said Favre was paid for speeches but did not show up. Favre has repaid the money, but White said in October that he still owed $228,000 in interest.
In a Facebook post when he repaid the first $500,000, Favre said he didn’t know the money came from welfare funds. He also said his charity had provided millions of dollars to poor children in Mississippi and Wisconsin.
OKLAHOMA GAMES VERSUS SEC’S GEORGIA, TENNESSEE POSTPONED
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Oklahoma’s regular-season games against Southeastern Conference teams will have to wait until the Sooners are officially a conference member.
The SEC said Wednesday it has instructed Georgia and Tennessee to postpone home-and-home games scheduled for the next two seasons. The second meetings with both teams were scheduled for after Oklahoma and Texas leave the Big 12 Conference and start playing in the SEC in 2025.
Georgia was set to visit Oklahoma in 2023. The Sooners had been scheduled for a game at Tennessee in 2024.
Instead of the Georgia games, Oklahoma will host SMU on Sept. 9, 2023 and return the favor on Sept. 11, 2027. Oklahoma is still trying to replace the Tennessee slots.
“We recognize the original excitement in hosting Georgia next season and traveling to Knoxville in 2024, and the short-term disappointment this news may bring, but the circumstances obviously dictated a change in our schedules,” Oklahoma Vice President and Athletic Director Joe Castiglione said.
“The good news is that future SEC schedules will provide a reasonable rotation whereby Georgia and Tennessee come to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, and we will also play on those great campuses.”
Georgia announced it will play a home game against Ball State on Sept. 9, 2023 as a replacement for the Oklahoma game.
CASTRO HOMERS AS PIRATES BEAT REDS 10-4 FOR 4-GAME SWEEP
CINCINNATI (AP) Rodolfo Castro hit a three-run homer and an RBI single, and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a four-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 10-4 victory on Wednesday.
Rookie Oneil Cruz connected for a two-run drive, helping last-place Pittsburgh to its first four-game win streak since mid-July. Ke’Bryan Hayes had three of the Pirates’ 12 hits.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Castro said through an interpreter. “It’s what we’ve worked for. We’ve been working diligently, and we’re communicating. It’s good to see results.”
It was Pittsburgh’s first four-game series sweep in Cincinnati since July 11-14, 1991.
“We played really good defense and pitched well,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “I’m proud to say we ran the bases well, like in the late innings today. We pounded the zone. We played a full 36 innings. We played well. Sweeping a doubleheader is hard. Sweeping a series is hard.”
Kyle Farmer and Austin Romine homered for the lowly Reds, who have dropped six in a row. Nick Lodolo (4-6) struck out 11 while working 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball.
Pittsburgh broke it open with four runs in the ninth against Luke Farrell. Michael Chavis had the big blow, a two-run single that made it 9-3.
Tyler Beede (2-5) got six outs for the win in relief of Roansy Contreras. Miguel Yajure pitched three innings for his first career save.
Cincinnati jumped in front on Spencer Steer’s RBI single in the second, but Pittsburgh went ahead to stay on Castro’s ninth homer in the third. Castro also hit a three-run shot during the Pirates’ 6-3 win in the series opener Monday night.
“I’m starting to believe in my work ethic,” Castro said. “I have the mindset of staying positive through the highs and lows.”
Hayes made it 4-2 when he singled home Greg Allen in the seventh, and Cruz went deep against Joel Kuhnel in the eighth.
Lodolo allowed six hits in his first loss this month. The rookie left-hander was 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his previous two starts.
He became the first Cincinnati pitcher with back-to-back games with at least 11 strikeouts and no walks.
“It is hard to forget that one pitch, but outside of that, I felt pretty good,” Lodolo said of Castro’s shot. “It wasn’t the best command on my fastball today. I know I had two strikes. I got him on it before. I tried to get it on his back foot but hung it.”
Contreras yielded one run and three hits in four innings in his shortest start since he recorded five outs in a 19-2 loss to Milwaukee on July 1. He threw 55 pitches.
“We knew he was only four and 60 today,” Shelton said. “We’re going to monitor him. We want to keep him in the rotation and finish the season.”
The Reds got minor league infielder and Cincinnati-area native Nick Northcut from Boston to complete the Aug. 1 trade that sent outfielder Tommy Pham to the Red Sox.
Pirates: 2B Kevin Newman tumbled over the tarp and into the seats down the first base line in the ninth. He left the game with a cut finger after being checked out by a trainer. He was expected to get an X-ray.
Reds: OF Jake Fraley, hit in the head by a pitch in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, was undergoing further testing. He could play this weekend if he passes, manager David Bell said. … RHP Hunter Greene (right shoulder), sidelined since Aug. 5, is scheduled to start one of the games in Saturday’s doubleheader at St. Louis.
Pirates: RHP JT Brubaker (3-11, 4.36 ERA) is scheduled to make his team-leading 27th start of the season Thursday at the New York Mets.
Reds: RHP Chase Anderson (0-3, 9.00 ERA) is 2-4 with a 3.82 ERA in 13 career starts against the Cardinals going into Thursday’s first game of a five-game series at St. Louis.
PETERSON TAGGED EARLY, METS FALL TO CUBS 6-3 AND GET SWEPT
NEW YORK (AP) David Peterson got only one out and the slumping New York Mets fell behind early Wednesday night in a 6-3 loss that completed a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs.
The NL East leaders lost their fifth consecutive home game and dropped to 5-7 in a 16-game stretch against Washington, Pittsburgh, Miami and Chicago – all more than 20 games under .500 this season.
“It doesn’t matter who’s on the other side,” New York shortstop Francisco Lindor said. “We can’t take it for granted. We’ve got to respect our opponent, and hats off to the Cubs. They came in, they played well, they executed.”
New York remained a half-game ahead of the Braves in the division race after they lost in San Francisco earlier. The Mets have held a share of first place for all but two days this season: April 11 and Sept. 9.
New York has dropped three straight overall for the second time this month and fourth time this year.
Peterson’s only out was a strikeout of Patrick Wisdom, and the left-hander allowed two-run doubles to Yan Gomes and P.J. Higgins. Trevor Williams permitted an RBI double to Michael Hermosillo and a run-scoring single to Nelson Velazquez in Chicago’s 25-minute opening inning.
Pete Alonso and Tomas Nido homered for the Mets, who scored six runs in the series and got swept for the fourth time this year. New York was also swept in a pair of two-game sets against AL-best Houston in June and last month against the Yankees in the Bronx.
“We’re trying to get to that finish line and have a chance to be the last team standing and all those goals are still there for us, but these are the times (that test you),” manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ve had challenges this year. We know it hasn’t been always aesthetically pleasing but I think because of the time of year and the things that are going on, there’s a lot more rightful focus on it.”
The Mets were 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position during the series and were swept in a three-game set for the first time since September 2021 against St. Louis.
“I would say we are in a situation where we all want to get it done,” said Lindor, who hit into one of New York’s three double plays. “We all want to get it done desperately and we will try to do whatever it takes to get it done. We just haven’t come through.”
Peterson (7-5) allowed five runs and two hits. In his last three starts against Chicago, Miami and Washington, he has given up 11 runs in 9 1/3 innings.
“I didn’t put us in a good spot from the get-go and that’s the most frustrating thing,” he said.
The Cubs won their third straight for the first time winning five in a row Aug. 16-20.
Chicago starter Drew Smyly (7-8) allowed two runs – one earned – and four hits in five innings. He struck out five and walked one.
“I feel like Drew Smyly has been doing that all year,” Gomes said. “He keeps us in ballgames. He throws strikes when he needs to.”
Chicago earned its third sweep and scored six runs in the first inning for the second time this year.
“It was an awesome series for the Cubs,” Smyly said. “Everybody played well.”
Williams began warming up 13 minutes into the game and Gomes gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead with a double to the right field corner. Two pitches later, Higgins hit a two-run double down the right field line that just stayed fair, and Peterson was booed off the mound.
Hermosillo’s double to left pushed Chicago’s lead to 5-0, and the center fielder scored the sixth run on a single by Velazquez.
“Obviously, I put us in a big hole and it’s unfair to ask these guys to try and dig us out of that hole,” Peterson said.
The Mets were within 6-3 when Alonso connected in the eighth, but Michael Rucker whiffed rookie Mark Vientos. Mark Leiter Jr. hit Jeff McNeil in the back with a pitch to open the ninth before getting his second save.
NEAR MISS IN CENTER
Hermosillo made a leaping catch in front of the warning track in center on Eduardo Escobar and nearly collided with right fielder Seiya Suzuki before hauling in the fly ball.
WILLIAMS SPELLS RELIEF
After Peterson’s short outing, Williams allowed one run and four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out eight, including six straight.
Cubs: Suzuki was hit in the left hand by a pitch in the ninth and stayed in the game after being checked out. . C Willson Contreras (sprained left ankle) worked out on the field and might be activated Friday. . CF Rafael Ortega will miss the rest of the season with a broken finger. Ortega exited Tuesday when he was hit in the finger by a pitch he bunted foul. . SS Nico Hoerner (triceps) took swings, played catch up to 90 feet, took grounders and could return Friday.
Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (left oblique irritation) struck out seven and threw 59 pitches in 3 2/3 innings during a rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse. He’s expected to come off the injured list early next week in Milwaukee. . RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder strain) will get at least one more rehab outing at Syracuse on Friday so he can pitch in multiple innings. . RHP Drew Smith (right lat strain) will make consecutive rehab appearances with Syracuse this weekend.
Cubs: RHP Marcus Stroman (3-7, 3.91 ERA) starts Friday afternoon at home against Colorado RHP German Marquez (8-10, 5.25).
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (14-6, 3.80) attempts to reach 15 wins for the third time in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night at home against JT Brubaker (3-11, 4.36) and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
WAINWRIGHT, MOLINA MAKE HISTORY, THEN LEAD CARDS OVER BREWS
ST. LOUIS (AP) The cheers began for Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina as they walked in from the bullpen before the game, the St. Louis fans standing to salute them for all they’d accomplished together.
After the final out in a 4-1 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday night, it was time for the Cardinals to shower the record-making duo with a clubhouse celebration.
Wainwright and Molina started together for the 325th time, the most by a battery in major league history. The duo eclipsed the regular-season mark of 324 held by the Detroit Tigers pair of Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan from 1963-1975.
“Great feeling to be on top of that list,” Molina said. “And doing it with Waino, a great human being, it’s just amazing.”
Added Wainwright: “I don’t think anyone will break that record.”
Towels with the No. 325 were given out to fans as they entered Busch Stadium, and the ovations and tributes kept coming.
“The crowd was so awesome, making me get constant chills and tearing up,” Wainwright said.
“Usually when I get to the dugout after warming up, I’m very laser-focused on my approach to first batter,” he said. “But they were playing a video on the board and I thought, `you know, they’re probably not going to play any more cool videos while I’m pitching that I can really take in.’ So, I might as well enjoy it for a minute.”
Brewers leadoff man Christian Yelich got into the moment, too. The Milwaukee star stood absolutely still and made no attempt to swing at Wainwright’s first pitch, a called strike.
“They deserve that moment of respect,” Yelich said. “It was cool to see history. “
The ball was taken out play, then Wainwright and Molina went to work at extending the Cardinals’ lead in the NL Central.
Wainwright and Molina made their first start together on April 6, 2007, in Houston. Wainwright recorded a 4-2 win in that game — the first of his 213 victories with Molina behind the plate.
The 40-year-old Molina, a perennial Glove Glover, has indicated he will retire at the end of this season. The 41-year-old Wainwright has yet to make a decision on his future.
Wainwright (11-9) gave up just one run in five innings despite allowing eight hits and walking two. He struck out three in a 98-pitch stint.
Wainwright and Molina were sprayed with Cherry Coke, Sprite and apple juice by teammates in a lengthy postgame celebration in the locker room.
Molina gave his buddy a big defensive boost, throwing out Kolten Wong attempting to steal on the back end of a strikeout to end the third. Wainwright fanned Andrew McCutchen with a 74 mph curve and Molina still got Wong by plenty.
Molina put the Cardinals ahead for good with a tiebreaking single in the second. It was his 31st career go-ahead RBI in a Wainwright start.
Nolan Arenado and Lars Nootbaar both homered for the Cardinals, who have won three of four. They stretched their division lead to eight games over the second-place Brewers.
Milwaukee had a three-game winning streak snapped and remained two games behind San Diego in the race for the final wild-card spot in the NL.
Wainwright has thrown 2,141 of his 2,553 innings to Molina. He and Molina have teamed up to record 1,815 strikeouts.
Arenado hit his 29th homer in the second off Corbin Burnes (10-7).
Burnes gave up three runs on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Nootbaar pushed the lead to 3-1 with his 12th homer in the fifth.
Albert Pujols hit an RBI double in the eighth. He remains at 697 career home runs, fourth on the all-time list behind Barry Bonds (755), Hank Aaron (714) and Babe Ruth (715).
Pujols was hit on the right shoulder by Burnes’ pitch in the sixth, but remained in the contest.
Ryan Helsley picked up his 17th save in 21 opportunities.
Yelich had two hits for the Brewers, who spent 92 days in first place in the NL Central earlier in this season.
ANOTHER GREAT ONE
NHL hockey great Wayne Gretzky was seated in the front row at the game. Gretzky played 18 games for the St. Louis Blues in 1995-96 and maintains a home in the area.
Brewers: RHP Matt Bush is listed as day-to-day after being removed in the first inning of Tuesday’s game with right groin discomfort. He threw only 15 pitches. Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell indicated that Bush will not be going on the injured list.
Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (6-9, 4.61) will face New York Yankees RHP Frankie Montas (5-12, 3.89) in the first of a three-game series on Friday in Milwaukee. Houser has just six quality starts in 18 starts this season. The Brewers are 7-11 in games his has started.
Cardinals: RHP Miles Mikolas (11-11, 3.42) takes on Cincinnati RHP Chase Anderson (0-3, 9.00) in the first of a five-game set on Thursday in St. Louis. Mikolas is 3-4 with a 5.55 ERA in 15 appearances against the Reds.
FREELAND OUTDUELS CEASE, ROCKIES BLANK WHITE SOX 3-0
CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Freeland outdueled Dylan Cease and put a dent in a push by the Chicago White Sox for a playoff spot, pitching 6 2/3 shutout innings as the Colorado Rockies earned a 3-0 victory Wednesday.
The White Sox fell four games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland with 19 games remaining. Chicago travels to Cleveland for a makeup game Thursday, and the teams return to Chicago for a three-game series starting Sept. 20.
“I’ll be talking to them,” White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo said. “I’ll say, `Hey, we still got a chance. Do our job and put pressure on (the Guardians).’ “
Freeland (9-9) frustrated a Chicago lineup that was 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. He worked around seven hits and three walks, striking out five.
“I thought the fastball played as well as anytime all year,” Colorado manager Bud Black said.
Freeland has posted a 2.17 ERA over his last four starts. Chicago fell to 20-9 in games started by Cease.
Daniel Bard struck out three in the ninth for his 30th save.
Cease (14-7), a contender for the AL Cy Young Award, threw 56 pitches in the first two innings.
“I thought we had a great approach,” Black said. “We laid off a lot of borderline pitches. So I think that was the key. He’s got such great stuff, right? And he gets strikeouts in and out of the zone. And our guys were stingy out of the zone. They trusted their eyes and made him work.”
Alan Trejo, filling in for injured Jose Iglesias, hit an RBI double in the second to snap Cease’s 16-inning scoreless streak. Yonathan Daza singled home a run later in the inning.
Daza reached near the top of the left-field fence to rob Seby Zavala of an extra base hit with two runners on base to end the Chicago fourth.
Ryan McMahon opened the fifth with a double off Cease and scored on C.J. Cron’s single.
Freeland said Cease is having a great season, “but we got him today.”
The White Sox put at least one runner in scoring position in the first five innings against Freeland but didn’t score. A.J. Pollock grounded into a double play in the second, struck out with runners at first and second in the fourth and grounded to third with a runner at second to end the eighth.
Chicago brought the tying run to the plate with two out in the seventh, but newly summoned reliever Carlos Estevez struck out Yoan Moncada.
“At the end of the day, we all know what the stakes are,” Cease said. “So you can either let that get to you, or let that fuel you.”
STABILITY AT THE TOP
After receiving long-awaited results from the offense, Cairo said he’s leaning more toward a set lineup at the top.
“Right now, something is working so I’m going to keep going,” Cairo said before the White Sox fielded their 141st different lineup. Cairo still stuck with a lineup that features Elvis Andrus at the top, followed by Moncada, Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez. “I will mix up sixth and seventh,” Cairo said. “I will mix it up, but not much.”
White Sox: SS Tim Anderson (middle left finger surgery) received treatment, one day after performing baseball work. Anderson is expected to resume fielding duties Thursday, Cairo said.
Rockies: RHP German Marquez (8-10, 5.25) starts Friday against the Cubs. Marquez allowed nine runs in four innings in a 13-10 win over the Diamondbacks Sept. 9.
White Sox: RHP Lance Lynn (6-5, 4.07) starts Thursday against the Guardians. Lynn allowed two runs in six innings in a 10-2 win over the Athletics Sept. 10.
ALCÁNTARA’S 3-RUN HOMER IN 10TH LIFTS D-BACKS OVER DODGERS
PHOENIX (AP) Sergio Alcantara used a translator for most of his postgame interview following his three-run homer in the 10th inning that lifted the Arizona Diamondbacks over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 on Wednesday night.
The questions would come in English. Alcantara responded in Spanish.
That is, until he was asked if he was looking for a fastball during his clutch at-bat. No translator needed for that one.
“Yeah,” he said, grinning. “I was looking fastball.”
The slim infielder, listed at a mere 5-foot-9 and 151 pounds, got the pitch he wanted with two outs and hit his surprising long ball way over the right field fence off closer Craig Kimbrel. The D-backs snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Dodgers and avoided a three-game sweep.
The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead earlier in the 10th when Austin Barnes scored on a wild pitch by Reyes Moronta (1-0).
Kimbrel (4-6) blew his fifth save of the season. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he was still confident Kimbrel would be the team’s closer as the team prepares for postseason play. The right-hander had thrown 9 1/3 scoreless innings before Wednesday’s blown save.
“No one feels worse than Craig right now,” Roberts said.
Los Angeles started several bench players one day after clinching the NL West title. Stars like Freddie Freeman, Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Justin Turner were all out of the starting lineup.
“Everybody’s talking that it wasn’t their starters,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “I don’t care. We won a baseball game and it’ll push us to the next day. I want us to feel good about it.”
Dodgers right-hander Michael Grove threw a career-high five innings in a spot start after being called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City. He gave up two hits – both solo homers – but was otherwise very good, walking one and striking out four.
The D-backs scored their first run in three games in the first inning when Daulton Varsho smoked a homer over the right field fence for a 1-0 lead. It was Varsho’s 25th homer of the season.
Arizona rookie Corbin Carroll added a solo shot in the second that pushed the advantage to 2-0.
The Dodgers tied it 2-all in the fourth on back-to-back homers from Will Smith and Trayce Thompson. Smith’s was particularly impressive, flying 465 feet to center. It was his 22nd long ball of the year.
D-backs right-hander Zach Davies gave up two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Phoenix Suns backup guard Cameron Payne was in the crowd and joined in the postgame celebration following Alcantara’s homer.
Payne was wearing a jersey with D-backs outfielder Jake McCarthy’s name on the back. Under the jersey, he was wearing a T-shirt with he and McCarthy as teammates in the old school video game NBA Jam.
OUT AT HOME
McCarthy nearly won the game in the bottom of the ninth by trying to steal home.
McCarthy took off from third on a lazy throw from Barnes back to pitcher Evan Phillips, who then fired back to Barnes. The catcher was able to make the tag for the out. Arizona challenged the ruling on the grounds that Barnes blocked the plate, but the out call was confirmed.
Dodgers: Roberts told reporters that David Price (left wrist inflammation), Yency Almonte (right elbow tightness), Brusdar Graterol (right elbow inflammation) and Tony Gonsolin (right forearm strain) all threw bullpen sessions at Chase Field. Almonte threw live BP to 2B Gavin Lux (neck), who could return to the team soon.
Dodgers: Travel to face the San Francisco Giants for a three-game series starting Friday night. The Dodgers will throw RHP Dustin May (1-2, 4.29 ERA) against Giants RHP Logan Webb (13-8, 2.88).
Diamondbacks: Host the San Diego Padres for a four-game series starting Thursday night. The Padres will start LHP Sean Manaea (7-8, 5.23). Arizona RHP Drey Jameson will make his big league debut.
RODRÍGUEZ MAKES MORE HISTORY AS MARINERS TOP PADRES 6-1
SEATTLE (AP) Julio Rodriguez continued to strengthen his rookie of the year campaign with his fourth leadoff home run of the season, Eugenio Suarez and Carlos Santana both added homers, and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Wednesday.
Seattle rebounded quickly from being shut out for the first time in nearly three months and split the brief two-game set. Rodriguez hit the first pitch thrown by San Diego starter Mike Clevinger 385 feet into the left-field bullpen for his 26th home run of the season.
Rodriguez later nabbed his 25th stolen base of the season, making him the third rookie in league history to have at least 25 steals and 25 homers in their first season. But unlike Chris Young in 2007 and Mike Trout in 2012, Rodriguez reached the 25/25 plateau in his debut season. Both Young and Trout reached in the majors late in the previous season, but were still considered rookies.
Suarez’s homer was his 31st of the season, the second most in franchise history by a third baseman. His two-run shot in the first inning gave Seattle a 3-0 lead. Suarez has 15 homers since Aug. 1.
Santana then provided some separate with a three-run homer in the fifth inning after Clevinger (5-7) hit Rodriguez and Ty France with pitches to open the inning. Santana’s homer was his 15th.
Seattle kept pace with Toronto and Tampa Bay in the crowded race for the top wild-card spot in the AL. The Padres hold the third and final NL wild-card slot.
The three homers were plenty of offensive support for Luis Castillo, who continues to thrive since being acquired from Cincinnati ahead of the trade deadline. Castillo (7-5) threw six shutout innings, scattering four hits and striking out nine.
In Castillo’s eight starts since coming to Seattle, he is 3-1 with a 2.37 ERA and 60 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.
San Diego put a runner in scoring position in three of the first four innings against Castillo but couldn’t come through with a key hit. The Padres went 18 straight at-bats without a hit with runners in scoring position over three games before Jorge Alfaro’s RBI double in the seventh inning scored Wil Myers.
Clevinger allowed three home runs in a game for the first time in his career, and lost for the third time in his last four decisions. The six earned runs allowed was also a season high.
Mariners: RF Mitch Haniger’s sore lower back was feeling better but not well enough to be in the lineup on Wednesday. Manager Scott Servais said he would be re-evaluated ahead of Friday’s series opener against the Angels. … IF/OF Dylan Moore (oblique) felt good after taking batting practice and Servais remained optimistic Moore could be activated during the upcoming road trip.
Padres: San Diego opens a four-game series in Arizona on Thursday. LHP Sean Manaea (7-8, 5.23) will make his first start since Sept. 3 when he gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings against the Dodgers. Manaea has just one victory since July 31.
Mariners: After an off day, Seattle opens a 10-game road trip against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. LHP Robbie Ray (12-9, 3.56) is scheduled to start the opener. Ray has won four of his past five starts, but lost his last time out to Atlanta after giving up four runs in five innings.
RAMÍREZ HOMERS AS GUARDIANS BEAT ANGELS FOR 6TH STRAIGHT WIN
CLEVELAND (AP) Jose Ramirez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Wednesday for their sixth consecutive victory.
Oscar Gonzalez and Andres Gimenez each had three hits as AL Central-leading Cleveland (76-65) moved 11 games over .500 for the first time since September 2020.
With Amed Rosario aboard after a leadoff single, Ramirez drove a 3-1 slider from Ryan Tepera (4-3) deep to right for his 27th homer. The All-Star third baseman also leads the Guardians with 111 RBIs.
“In reality, we’re in a rebuild, but it’s a bit different when you have very talented players that know how to play the game the right way,” Ramirez said. “It’s fun to see them, and as long as we keep playing our way, it’s going to be fun to watch.”
The Guardians opened a four-game lead over the Chicago White Sox, who lost 3-0 to last-place Colorado. The win streak for Cleveland matches a season high.
“Ramirez does a little bit of everything and he’s really tough to pitch to,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said. “That’s why I walked him two or three times in this series already, but in that situation, you can’t put the winning run on second in Rosario.”
Trevor Stephan (5-4) recorded three outs for the win, and James Karinchak worked the ninth for his third save. Emmanuel Clase, who has an MLB-best 35 saves, was unavailable after pitching four times in the previous five days.
Luis Rengifo led off the ninth with a double for Los Angeles, but Karinchak retired the next three batters.
“We’re trying not to overdo people, but the way we play, there’s a lot of close games,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “We’re trying to manage about nine different things with our pitching staff.”
Mickey Moniak hit a two-run homer for the Angels, and Mike Trout had an RBI single in their fourth straight loss. Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 4 with an eighth-inning double.
Moniak went deep in the third for his third homer since he was acquired in an Aug. 2 trade with Philadelphia. Moniak was selected by the Phillies with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft.
Los Angeles opened a 3-1 lead when Moniak scored on Trout’s base hit in the fifth.
Cleveland got one back in the bottom half when Gimenez singled and scored on Austin Hedges’ double-play ball. Gimenez singled again in the seventh and scored the tying run on Tyler Freeman’s double off Jimmy Herget.
“There are no better veteran leaders, in my opinion, than the guys in our clubhouse,” Freeman said. “Jose is a fireball and someone to look up to, and all of them make us feel comfortable on the field or on the bus.”
Cleveland right-hander Cal Quantrill, who is 12-0 in his career at Progressive Field, allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
“I know there have been some really special players this year, but Jose deserves to be in the (MVP) discussion,” Quantrill said. “At least in the discussion at the end of the year.”
Gonzalez opened the scoring with a solo shot in the second for his second homer in two days. The rookie has four homers and 11 RBIs over his last nine games.
Angels starter Patrick Sandoval pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-run ball. The left-hander has not allowed more than two earned runs in eight straight starts.
Los Angeles is 1-21 against the Guardians on the road since 2015, losing 11 straight.
Angels: SS Andrew Velazquez (right knee) will miss the remainder of the season after tearing his right meniscus Tuesday while fielding a Gonzalez grounder. Velazquez was placed on the 10-day injured list and will require surgery.
Guardians: LHP Anthony Gose (left elbow), who has been on the IL since July 3, underwent Tommy John surgery in Dallas. The former Tigers and Blue Jays outfielder was shut down six weeks ago after feeling discomfort in his triceps.
Angels: RHP Michael Lorenzen (6-6, 4.70 ERA) works the opener of a four-game set Friday against Seattle. Lorenzen went 5 2/3 innings, allowing an earned run, at Houston last week in his return from a two-month absence with a strained right shoulder.
Guardians: RHP Hunter Gaddis (0-1, 21.60 ERA) will be recalled from Triple-A Columbus to start a makeup game Thursday against the White Sox. Gaddis lost his only big league appearance on Aug. 5 against Houston, giving up eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.
JAVIER LEADS ASTROS OVER TIGERS 2-1 FOR 7-GAME SEASON SWEEP
DETROIT (AP) Cristian Javier allowed two hits in six shutout innings, and the Houston Astros beat Detroit 2-1 on Wednesday for a seven-game season sweep of the Tigers.
Javier (9-9) struck out eight and walked none, winning for the third time in four decisions. He retired 13 in a row before Riley Greene’s two-out single in the sixth.
“They didn’t have a lot of righties in their lineup, so I knew I was mostly going to be using my slider against right-handed hitters,” Javier said. “I think our whole rotation is focused on attacking the strike zone and doing the best we can. Right now, we’re all doing that well.”
Ryan Pressly, Houston’s fourth pitcher, threw a one-hit ninth for his 28th save in 32 chances, finishing a four-hitter.
Houston swept the Tigers over a season for the first time since moving to the AL in 2013 after winning three games against Detroit both in 1998 and 1999 while in the NL.
“You have to win those kind of games,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “You know, you aren’t going to beat up everybody every day and score a bunch of runs. You have to win some games 3-2 and 2-1 – just find a way to win.”
The AL-best Astros (93-50), closing in on their sixth straight postseason appearance, are 25-8 against the AL Central this season.
Last-place Detroit (54-89), already assured of a losing record, is on the verge of its first 90-loss season since going 47-114 in 2019. The Tigers never led during this week’s series.
Joey Wentz (1-2) gave up two runs and four hits in four-plus innings. The Tigers have lost four straight and 11 of 15.
“They are a really good team – they have a plan and they rarely get away from it,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “He was seeing them for the first time and he really battled through the order twice. He was effective.”
Kyle Tucker homered leading off the fourth, and Alex Bregman hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Javier Baez homered in the seventh against Bryan Abreu, tying Jeimer Candelario for the team lead with his 13th home run. Detroit already has been shut out a team-record 21 times.
Greene nearly gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead in the eighth, but his 420-foot drive to centerfield was caught against the wall by Chas McCormick.
“This has to be the biggest ballpark left in the game, and the pitchers have to take advantage of that,” Baker said. “I remember Barry Bonds used to tell Jason Schmidt to trust the park in San Francisco, and that’s true here as well.”
Greene, who made a diving catch in deep right-centerfield on Tuesday, knows the difficulty of hitting a homer to centerfield better than anyone.
“I just had to hit it a little harder,” he said.
Yordan Alvarez was held out of the lineup by Houston. Baker said it was due to a sore hand, but Alvarez said after the game he was fine.
“I thought it was just a regular day off,” Alvarez said. “I think there was a miscommunication somewhere, but I feel great. I’ll be ready to play tomorrow.”
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, who has been sidelined since Aug. 28 because of a calf injury, is to be activated to start Friday against Oakland.
Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 2.20) starts Thursday’s opener of a four-game series against the visiting A’s, who start RHP James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.79).
Tigers: RHP Matt Manning (2-2, 3.73) takes the mound for Friday’s series opener against RHP Lucas Giolito (10-9, 5.18) of the visiting Chicago White Sox.
RODÓN LEAVES WITH BLISTER, STILL LEADS GIANTS PAST BRAVES
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Carlos Rodon struck out eight in five dominant innings before leaving with a blister and the San Francisco Giants slowed down the Atlanta Braves 4-1 Wednesday to win the series.
“It’s just something I’ve been dealing with all year,” Rodon said. “Whenever I get a lot of pressure on that slider, it just tends to crack and get that blood blister, so just something we’ve got to manage.”
Rodon (13-8) allowed just an unearned run on two hits and a walk. He moved into second in the majors with 220 strikeouts, behind only New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (228).
“We felt like where we were in the season, it was the right decision to get him out of there,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “I don’t anticipate (him missing a start) but we’re going to be cautious with Carlos and talk to him tomorrow and see how he’s feeling and go from there.”
Atlanta lost two of three to the sub-.500 Giants. The Braves began the day a half-game behind the NL East-leading New York Mets.
“You’re trying to win every game,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “Every game is big. They all mean a lot now.”
Austin Wynns drove in three runs and J.D. Davis added two hits and an RBI as San Francisco won for the fourth time in its last five games.
Giants relievers Tyler Rogers, Scott Alexander, John Brebbia and Camilo Doval combined for four scoreless innings. Doval struck out the side in the ninth inning for his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.
“I think we’re more than capable (of being) a winning team,” Rodon said. “Unfortunately, the way it’s gone this year, it’s been up and down for us and we’ve kind of been behind often. But as of late we’ve played really well.”
Robbie Grossman went 3 for 3 with an RBI for the Braves.
Charlie Morton (8-6) was charged with four runs in 5 1/3 innings for his first loss since July 27. The right-hander allowed four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.
Wynns gave the Giants the lead with an RBI single in the second. Grossman tied it with an RBI single in the third.
Davis put the Giants back in front with an RBI double in the fourth. Wynns singled home two more in the sixth.
Atlanta fell to 21-25 in day games, compared to a 67-30 record at night. The Braves entered with a .713 OPS in day games, 14th-best in the majors. Their .786 OPS in night games leads MLB.
Braves: 2B Ozzie Albies, out since June 14 with a broken left foot, went 5 for 5 with a game-winning home run in a rehab appearance with Triple-A Gwinnett on Tuesday. He was scheduled to start again Wednesday night.
Giants: LHP Alex Wood (left shoulder impingement) has not started throwing yet and may not return this season. “We’re not going to push him to make starts for him if his body isn’t ready to make starts for us,” Kapler said. “But we still are holding out hope that he’s able to, for both him and for us, make starts.” … OF Luis Gonzalez was held out of the lineup with back stiffness.
Braves: LHP Max Fried (13-6, 2.50 ERA) opens a three-game home series against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday. Fried has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven straight starts.
Giants: RHP Logan Webb (13-8, 2.88) seeks his third straight win Friday night as San Francisco welcomes the Los Angeles Dodgers for a three-game series.
MILB PLAYERS FORM UNION 17 DAYS AFTER ORGANIZING BEGAN
NEW YORK (AP) — The Major League Baseball Players Association became the bargaining agent for more than 5,500 minor leaguers on Wednesday, completing a lightning fast organization campaign that launched just 17 days earlier.
Minor leaguers, who earn as little as $10,400 per season, are expected to negotiate for an initial collective bargaining agreement during the offseason.
Martin Scheinman, the sport’s independent arbitrator, notified Major League Baseball and the union that a majority of the 5,567 players in the minor league bargaining unit had signed union authorization cards since the drive started Aug. 28. He did not provide the sides a specific number.
“This historic achievement required the right group of players at the right moment to succeed,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement. “Minor leaguers have courageously seized that moment, and we look forward to improving their terms and conditions of employment through the process of good faith collective bargaining.”
MLB had agreed Saturday that it would voluntarily accept a union if there was majority support and would not force players to petition the National Labor Relations Board to hold a representation election.
“Major League Baseball has a long history of bargaining in good faith with unions, including those representing minor and major league umpires, and major league players,” the league said in a statement. “Based on the authorization cards gathered, MLB has voluntarily and promptly recognized the MLBPA as the representatives of minor league players. We are hopeful that a timely and fair collective bargaining agreement will be reached.”
Minor leaguers form a separate bargaining unit within the MLBPA, which negotiated its first collective bargaining agreement for big leaguers in 1968. Approximately 1,200 major leaguers are covered by the big league agreement, and their average salary has risen from $19,000 in 1967 to more than $4 million this year.
Minor leaguers are expected to choose player representatives who will lead them in bargaining during the offseason. MLB and the big league union have had a contentious relationship that led to nine work stoppages, including a 99-day lockout last winter that delayed the start of this season.
Minor league union dues are likely to be a fraction of big league dues: $85 per day this year over the 182-day season.
Next year’s minor league schedule opens March 31 at Triple-A and April 6 at lower levels, when the minor leaguers’ leverage may be greatest. A strike could lead each team to keep its dozen or so optioned players at training complexes playing makeshift games.
The big league union has represented optioned players since 1981.
MLB raised weekly minimum salaries for minor leaguers in 2021 to $400 at rookie and short-season levels, $500 at Class A, $600 at Double-A and $700 at Triple-A. For players with major league contracts on option to the minors, the minimum is $57,200 per season for a first big league contract and $114,100 for later big league contracts.
In addition, MLB this year began requiring teams to provide housing for most minor leaguers.
Many amateurs, however, receive large initial signing bonuses: 67 of the top 68 draft picks this year agreed to $1 million or more, and the top 97 picks who signed got more than $690,000.
MLB and lawyers for minor leaguers agreed this year to a $185 million settlement of an 8-year-old federal lawsuit alleging violations of minimum wage laws, a deal that may be finalized next year. An early estimate is that perhaps 23,000 players could share roughly $120 million with an average payment of $5,000 to $5,500, and their lawyers will split $55.5 million.
NBA CONSIDERED SUSPENDING SARVER FOR MORE THAN 1 YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver was likely spared even stronger sanctioning by the NBA for his racist, misogynistic and hostile words and actions because of one key conclusion by investigators, Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday.
The law firm that spent nearly a year digging into the situation determined Sarver’s use of slurs “was not motivated by racial animus.”
Had that not been the case, Silver indicated, Sarver’s punishment – a one-year suspension and $10 million fine – would have been far more severe.
“It was relevant,” Silver said after the league’s Board of Governors meetings concluded. “I think if they had made findings that, in fact, his conduct was motivated by racial animus, absolutely that would have had an impact on on the ultimate outcome here. But that’s not what they found.”
And that, to Silver, is one of the key distinctions between the Sarver case and the one surrounding then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in 2014, when he was banned for life and fined $2.5 million for racist comments.
Some players, Silver said, have reached out to him to voice concerns. Silver said he would keep the details of those conversations private.
But LeBron James – obviously, one of the league’s most prominent player voices ever – took his concerns public Wednesday night, tweeting that the NBA did not go far enough with Sarver.
“I gotta be honest.Our league definitely got this wrong,” James tweeted to his 52 million followers. “I don’t need to explain why. Y’all read the stories and decide for yourself. I said it before and I’m gonna say it again, there is no place in this league for that kind of behavior.
“I love this league and I deeply respect our leadership. But this isn’t right. There is no place for misogyny, sexism, and racism in any work place. Don’t matter if you own the team or play for the team. We hold our league up as an example of our values and this aint it,” he wrote.
The NBA had the option of giving Sarver a longer ban than the one-year suspension. The $10 million fine was the maximum allowable, as was the case with Sterling’s $2.5 million fine eight years ago; NBA rules on maximum fines were changed in 2019.
Another reason Silver, who was the ultimate decider of the penalty in this case, stopped short of suspending Sarver for longer or even banning him: He said he took into account a number of anonymous details that could not be revealed in the investigative report that was published Tuesday, along with other elements of Sarver’s actions in his 18 years owning the Suns and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.
“There were these terrible things,” Silver said. “There are also many, many people with very positive things to say about him through this process. And ultimately, I took all of that into account in making the decision that the one-year suspension plus the fine was appropriate.”
A 10-month investigation into Sarver’s behavior confirmed he had used racist language, made sexually inappropriate comments, left some employees – male and female – feeling uncomfortable with his words and actions, and took part in what would be considered workplace bullying.
“Indefensible is not strong enough,” Silver said.
But the league did not have discussions about removing Sarver as owner during the Board of Governors meetings. Silver permanently banned Sterling after tapes of him making racist comments were leaked to TMZ in a move that started the process of Sterling being forced to sell the franchise.
“This case is very different,” Silver said. “It’s not that one was captured on tape and the other isn’t. … Mr. Sarver ultimately acknowledged his behavior.”
Sarver did, and issued an apology Tuesday, though noted he did not agree with all of the report’s findings.
Silver was asked about how most employees of any company would likely face firings if they were to use racial slurs or partake in lewd actions or comments in the way that the investigation showed that Sarver did.
“It’s hard to make those comparisons to somebody who commits an inappropriate act in the workplace in somewhat of an anonymous fashion versus what is a huge public issue now around this person,” Silver said. “There’s no neat answer here, other than the rights that come with owning an NBA team, how that is set up within our Constitution. What it would take to remove that team from his control is a very involved process, and it’s different than holding a job. It just is. When you actually own a team, it’s just a very different proposition.”
A difference between the Sterling and Sarver cases is this: Sarver cooperated with the league’s investigation and Sterling, in many ways, did not. Sterling wound up suing the NBA for $1 billion in federal court after his lifetime ban was announced, saying his constitutional rights were violated.
The report said Sarver “repeated or purported to repeat the N-word on at least five occasions spanning his tenure with the Suns.”
“However, the investigation does not find that Sarver’s conduct in any of these instances was motivated by racial animus,” the report read, adding that investigators made “no finding that Sarver used this racially insensitive language with the intent to demean or denigrate.”
The Sterling investigation – from when the audio tapes of him making racist remarks to a girlfriend were released, to Silver’s announcement of the lifetime ban – took three days. The Sarver probe took 100 times longer, involved more than 320 interviews and the review of more than 80,000 documents and other materials.
Both investigations were handled by the same New York-based firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz. Attorney David Anders led both probes.
Sarver will be welcomed back in 2023, though Silver made clear that his words and actions going forward will be highly scrutinized.
“I don’t have the right to take away his team,” Silver said. “I don’t want to rest on that legal point because of course there could be a process to take away someone’s team in this league. It’s very involved, and I ultimately made the decision that it didn’t rise to that level. But to me, the consequences are severe here on Mr. Sarver.”
Sarver’s punishment is also similar to others levied in past high-profile examples of wrongdoing, either words, actions or both.
In 1993, then-Cincinnati Reds owner Marge Schott was fined $25,000 and suspended one year for making “racially and ethnically offensive remarks.” And last year, the NFL fined the Washington Commanders $10 million, plus investigative fees, after a probe found the team’s workplace environment for women was, in the words of Commissioner Roger Goodell, “highly unprofessional” – but stopped short of suspending owner Daniel Snyder.
MITCHELL: I DEFINITELY THOUGHT I’D LAND WITH KNICKS
NBA fans weren’t the only ones who were surprised when Donovan Mitchell landed with the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month.
“I thought, for sure, I was going back home (to New York),” Mitchell said in his introductory press conference Wednesday.
However, Mitchell, whom Cleveland acquired from the Utah Jazz for Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji, three unprotected first-round picks, and two pick swaps, says he’s happy with his landing spot.
“I’m truly excited just to be a part of this organization, to be here in this city, to have fun playing basketball, playing with a group of guys who really want to win,” Mitchell said.
Initial trade rumors this offseason connected Mitchell to the New York Knicks. Mitchell grew up in Westchester County, New York, and his father works for the New York Mets.
Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said Cleveland wasn’t the leader to land Mitchell until late in the process.
“We just kind of hung around, and hung around, and hung around,” Altman said. “And when (the Jazz) decided to pivot, we were there.”
As Mitchell arrived in Cleveland on Wednesday morning, he received cheers from dozens of Cavaliers fans. The three-time All-Star says the fanfare has made him all the more eager to get on the court with his new team.
“The love that I’ve received – the team has received – I think is something that really, truly stands out,” Mitchell said.
“I couldn’t be more excited to get going.”
MCILROY, EUROPEANS ADDRESS RYDER CUP STATUS FOR LIV PLAYERS
GUIDONIA MONTECELIO, Italy (AP) For Rory McIlroy, it’s a flat-out “no.”
U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick is open to having LIV Golf players on Europe’s team at next year’s Ryder Cup, because, as he said, “I just want to make sure that we win.”
Europe captain Luke Donald, meanwhile, is toeing the official tour line when he says he’s in “limbo” waiting for the conflict to be decided in the courts.
As several of Europe’s top players prepare to play this week’s Italian Open on the Marco Simone course outside Rome that will host next year’s Ryder Cup, the pre-tournament discussion has been about who should and who should not be included on the 2023 team.
“I have said it once, I’ve said it a hundred times: I don’t think any of those guys should be on the Ryder Cup team,” McIlroy said Wednesday of the players who have joined the Saudi-backed breakaway series.
Litigation is ongoing on both sides of the Atlantic involving the PGA and European tours after LIV golfers were excluded from events, and the divide between the players sticking to the traditional tours and those who have joined the lucrative breakaway series is growing.
But Fitzpatrick, who won his first major title in June, is taking a more neutral stance.
“I just want to win the Ryder Cup. … I want the 11 best guys we can get,” said the Englishman, who lost all three of his matches when the U.S. romped to a record rout in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, last year. “I’m not really too bothered about where they are going to come from.”
Fitzpatrick even went so far as to reach out to a LIV player at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last week.
“I told him I’d happily have him on the team,” Fitzpatrick said, without naming the player.
Donald was named captain last month after Henrik Stenson was stripped of the title because he joined LIV.
“Nothing that’s really changed since I was appointed,” Donald said. “We’re still a little bit in limbo. We don’t know what’s going to happen with the lawsuit so I’m trying to not really put too much energy into it. Once we get a clearer picture, I can give you better answers.”
While European Ryder Cup stalwarts Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter were among the contingent of LIV golfers competing at Wentworth, none of those high-profile names came to Italy.
“I had already committed to playing in this event before Luke was the captain and it was someone else,” McIlroy said, refusing to mention Stenson by name again.
“I’ve had discussions with Luke and actually a few of us are meeting for dinner tonight for a little bit of team bonding but also to have a talk about the course and how we think it should be set up to favor the European team.”
Located a half-hour drive from the center of Rome – without traffic – the course owned and run by fashion designer Lavinia Biagiotti Cigna features hilly terrain which should lend itself to a stadium-like setting suited for the Ryder Cup.
“You’ve got two drivable par 4s (Nos. 11 and 16), you’ve got a few holes with water and you’ve got that wonderful closing hole which could be really exciting,” McIlroy said of the back nine.
The only time McIlroy previously played in Italy came when he won the European amateur championship in 2006 in the northern town of Biella.
“So I’ve got a 100% record in this country and I’d like to keep that going,” he said.
McIlroy has been enjoying strolling around Rome with family, especially since his wife once studied in the city for seven months “and she knows her way around.”
McIlroy and his teammates’ main order of business, however, is strategizing how to reduce the gap from that 19-9 whipping by the U.S. in Wisconsin.
“The European team has a core of six or seven guys that I think we all know are pretty much going to be on that team, and then it’s up to some of the younger guys to maybe step up,” McIlroy said. “I think we were in need of a rebuild anyway. We did well with the same guys for a very long time but everything comes to an end at some point. I think Whistling Straits is a good sort of demarcation.”
Donald is paired with rising Italian Guido Migliozzi and Adrian Meronk, the Polish player who won the Irish Open in July, for the opening two rounds this week.
Then there’s Nicolai Hojgaard, the 21-year-old Dane who won at Marco Simone last year a week after his identical twin brother, Rasmus, won the European Masters in Switzerland .
Vice captain Thomas Bjorn is in a group with the 24-year-old Norwegian Viktor Hovland, who is No. 11 in the world golf rankings.
“I’m excited to see their games,” Donald said. “I’ll be keeping my eye on some of the younger, exciting talent to try to make this team.”
Then there’s Francesco Molinari, the hero of Europe’s victory in 2018, who’s looking to return to the team after missing 2021 because of back issues. He’s coming off a top-10 finish at Wentworth.
“Having an Italian on the team would be huge,” McIlroy said.
Molinari said the issues with LIV will take a back seat come the Sept. 29-Oct. 1 event next year.
“The Ryder Cup is such a big, important and fantastic event that I don’t think it will be damaged at all by the conflict,” Molinari said. “Even if the situation isn’t resolved, I think that for that week everyone’s attention will be on the Ryder Cup.”
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
COLTS FOOTBALL PREVIEW VS. JACKSONVILLE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 26-16
STREAKS Colts have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Colts 11 at Jaguars 26
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22
QB MATT RYAN completed 32 of 50 atts. (64 pct.) for 352 yards & TD vs. INT last week in Ind. debut, his 74th-career game with 300+ pass yards, surpassing Philip Rivers (73 games) for 4th-most all-time. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 of his past 6 starts vs. AFC South. Ranks 8th in NFL history with 60,087 pass yards & became 2nd-fastest player ever (223 games) to reach 60,000 pass yards. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led team with 175 scrimmage yards (161 rush, 14 rec.) & had rush TD last week, his 4th-career game with 175+ scrimmage yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2020. Has 6 games with 150+ rush yards & rush TD, tied for 5th-most ever by player in 1st 3 seasons. Has 564 scrimmage yards (141 per game) in 4 career games vs. Jax. Has 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of his past 6 vs. division. • RB NYHEIM HINES had 6 catches for 50 yards last week. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had team-high 9 catches for 121 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 1. Had TD catch in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD can make season debut. Led NFL with career-high 8 FFs & had 122 tackles last season. • LB E.J. SPEED had FF & 1st-career sack in Week 1. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 9th-career FR last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. Jax. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had TFL last week in Ind. debut. Had TFL & FF in only career game vs. Jax. (12/20/20 w/ Bal.). Had 37.5 sacks & 14 FFs in 4 seasons w/ Jax. (2016-19). • DE KWITY PAYE had career-high 2 sacks in Week 1. Had sack in last home meeting. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had 2 PD & FF in his last game vs. Jax. (9/16/18 w/ NE).
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 24 of 42 atts. (57.1 pct.) for 275 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Passed for 223 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 111.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 0 INTs. • RB JAMES ROBINSON rushed for 66 yards & had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 1, his 4th-career game with 2 TDs. Rushed for TD in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. Has 20 career TDs (16 rush, 4 rec.) in 29 games, becoming 2ndfastest undrafted player to reach 20 TDs in common-draft era. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE had 65 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 18 rec.) last week in NFL debut. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 6 catches for team-high 117 rec. yards last week in Jax. debut. Had 7 catches in only career game vs. Ind. (12/25/21 w/ Az.). • WR MARVIN JONES had 7 catches for 88 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • WR ZAY JONES had 6 catches for 65 yards last week in Jax. debut. Had 8 catches for career-high 120 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (1/2/22 w/ LV). • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 4 catches last week in Jax. debut. Had 6 catches for 87 yards in only career game vs. Ind. (12/23/18 w/ NYG). • LB TRAVON WALKER (rookie) had sack & INT in NFL debut last week, becoming 1st No. 1 overall pick to record sack & INT in 1st-career game since 1982. • LB JOSH ALLEN had 2 TFL & FF in Week 1. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. • LB DEVIN LLOYD (rookie) led team with 11 tackles last week. • CB TYSON CAMPBELL had 3rd-career INT in Week 1. Had 8 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.
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COLTS RB JONATHAN TAYLOR NAMED WEEK 1 FEDEX GROUND PLAYER OF THE WEEK
For the sixth time in his career, Jonathan Taylor was recognized as the best running back in the NFL for a game week.
Taylor was named the Week 1 FedEx Ground Player of the Week on Wednesday after he rushed for 161 yards on 31 attempts with a touchdown in the Colts’ 20-20 tie with the Houston Texans on Sunday. Taylor was particularly dominant in the fourth quarter, with seventy of Taylor’s 161 yards coming in the final 15 minutes of regulation as the Colts erased a 17-point deficit to force overtime.
Detroit’s DeAndre Swift and Cleveland’s Nick Chubb were the other running back nominees for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for Week 1.
Taylor was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week four times in 2021, and only Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry has earned the honor more (eight times). Former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning holds the franchise record for most FedEx Air/Ground awards with seven from 2003-2009.
During the 2022 season, FedEx and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund will donate $2,000 in the name of each FedEx Air & Ground Player of the Week to HBCUs in the United States. Throughout the season, HBCUs will receive more than $100,000 in grants to support needs-based scholarships through the 2023-2024 school year.
INDIANS BASEBALL: GODOY HOMERS IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON LOSS
INDIANAPOLIS – Jose Godoy’s second home run in as many games gave the Indianapolis Indians an early two-run lead, but the offense fell quiet as they dropped the second game of the six-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens on Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field, 4-3.
Following Godoy’s homer in the second inning, the next 22 Indianapolis (70-66) batters were retired consecutively as the Mud Hens (76-60) came back for the win. All of Indy’s baserunners came against starter Austin Bergner, with Angel De Jesus (W, 3-1), Drew Carlton and Miguel Diaz (S, 3) combining for 4.0 perfect innings in relief.
After a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jamie Westbrook in the top of the sixth inning brought the Mud Hens (76-60) within one run, Daz Cameron roped a one-out, RBI double to tie the game in the seventh. Back-to-back walks by Hunter Stratton (L, 2-6), the last of which came with the bases loaded, gave Toledo a lead it would not relinquish.
The visiting team got on the board first in the top of the opening frame when John Valente came home as Josh Lester was caught stealing second base. Ji-Hwan Bae and Brendt Citta then countered with back-to-back two-out doubles in the bottom half to tie the game.
The Indians will look for their first win of the series against the Mud Hens as the series continues tomorrow at 12:05 PM ET. RHP Cody Bolton (4-2, 3.23) is set to take the mound for the Indians against RHP Bryan Garcia (3-3, 3.48).
PURDUE FOOTBALL: GAME 3 PREP: BOILERMAKERS HIT THE ROAD TO FACE UNDEFEATED SYRACUSE
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After kicking off the season with two games at home, Purdue Football hits the road for the first time this season. The Boilermakers face an undefeated Syracuse team (Sept. 17) at noon on ESPN2.
Purdue won the only other meeting between the two programs, a 51-0 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium (Sept. 5, 2004).
PURDUE VS. THE ACC
• Throughout program history, Purdue has faced 11 current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Purdue is an even .500 against ACC teams, going 15-15-1.
• Purdue has faced Pitt more than any other ACC opponent, holding a 4-3 cushion over the Panthers.
• The last time the Boilermakers played an ACC team, they upset No. 23 Boston College 30-13 at home (Sept. 22, 2018).
NEW YORK BOILERS
• Two of Purdue’s leading tacklers hail from the state of New York, both on the defensive side of the ball.
• In the Purdue secondary, junior Sanoussi Kane is from Harlem; while also playing football at Blair Academy, he also wrested at the school.
• Defensive end Khordae Sydnor is a native of New Rochelle, New York and attended Iona Preparatory School.
• Kane paces Purdue with 10 tackles on the season, while Sydnor ranks third on the team with seven.
• Sydnor tallied four tackles in the win over Indiana State, which included his first career sack.
• On the first play of the Indiana State game, Kane popped the ball loose that was recovered by teammate Cam Allen and gave the Purdue offense great field position for its opening drive.
ON THE ROAD
• The 2021 Boilermakers not only protected their home turf with a 4-2 record, but they found success away from Ross-Ade Stadium as well.
• Purdue went 5-2 in 2021, the most wins away from home since 1943 when Elmer Burnham’s band of Boilermakers went 9-0 on the season with a 5-0 away record.
• The Boilermakers boast a 4-1 record in their first road game of each season under head coach Jeff Brohm.
• Prior to Brohm’s arrival, Purdue lost of eight of its previous nine road openers.
• Brohm is the only head coach in Purdue history to win four of his first five opening road contests.
CHUCK’S SIZZLIN’ START
• Wide receiver Charlie Jones has gotten his Purdue career off to a strong start, leading the Big Ten in receptions (21), receiving yards (286) and receiving touchdowns (4) through the first two games of the season.
• Jones’ 286 receiving yards were the third most by a Big Ten player through the first two games of a season over the past decade, trailing only fellow Boilermaker Rondale Moore (344 yards, 2019) and Michigan State’s Tony Lippett (300 yards, 2014).
• Jones ranks among the nation’s best in several statistical categories, including leading the country in receptions per game (10.5).
• With 21 receptions through two games, Charlie Jones joined some elite company to start a season.
• Since 2000, only four Big Ten wide receivers caught at least 21 passes through the first two games of a season, all of them being Purdue Boilermakers. Now, Jones is one of them.
• Rondale Moore, an All-American currently playing for the Arizona Cardinals, hauled in 24 receptions to kick off the 2019 season.
• Taylor Stubblefield made 23 catches in 2003 before becoming a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award at the end of the 2004 campaign.
• David Bell (Cleveland Browns), also a finalist for the Biletnikoff in 2021, caught 22 passes to start the 2020 season before ending his Purdue career as an All-American.
• Playing youth football together, Aidan O’Connell and Charlie Jones were reunited at Purdue this offseason. Years passed since they were teammates, but you would not have known it in the season opener versus Penn State.
• O’Connell found Jones 12 times in his Purdue debut, and the duo connected for 153 yards through the air, both career highs.
• A week later, the pair connected nine times for 133 yards and three scores against Indiana State.
• It’s safe to say Jones enjoys the Purdue offense. After making 21 catches for 323 yards and three touchdowns during the entire 2021 season, he has already matched his reception total, surpasses his touchdowns and is nearing his total yardage.
DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE DEFENSE
• While a Jeff Brohm team is usually known for its offense, the Purdue defense is making its presence felt this season.
• Out of the eight quarters Purdue has played in 2022, the defense has kept the opposition scoreless in six of them.
• The Boilermakers have forced four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions that were returned for touchdowns.
• Purdue is one of six teams nationwide with multiple defensive touchdowns.
• The Purdue defense ranks 16th nationally in red zone defense, while allowing only 74.5 rushing yards per game to rank 18th in the country.
PICK SIX CITY
• The Purdue defense has returned interceptions for touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time since 2010 when Ricardo Allen had a pair of pick sixes against Michigan and Michigan State.
• Chris Jefferson’s 72-yard pick six against Penn State (Sept. 1) was the longest by a Boilermaker since Ja’Whaun Bentley went 76 yards versus Minnesota (Oct. 7, 2017).
• In the shutout victory over Indiana State (Sept. 10), Cam Allen’s eighth career interception became his first pick six as he scampered 65 yards to the end zone.
• Purdue joins USC and Western Kentucky as the only teams in the nation that have taken multiple interceptions back for touchdowns.
• Allen’s interception return for a touchdown was the 55th by a Boilermaker since 1950.
SMILE FOR THE CAM
• Senior safety Cam Allen factored in two of Indiana State’s three turnovers, recovering a fumble on the first play of the game before returning an interception for a touchdown in the third quarter.
• The interception was Allen’s eighth of his career, but his first pick six.
• Allen became the first Boilermaker to record an interception and fumble recovery since Anthony Brown accomplished the feat, also against Indiana State (Sept. 12, 2015).
• Purdue’s 56-0 win over Indiana State was the largest margin of victory since beating Southeast Missouri 59-0 in 2011.
• The victory was the second shutout of the Jeff Brohm era, joining the 49-0 win over UConn last season.
• Purdue allowed only 145 yards of total offense, the lowest output by an opponent since Oregon mustered just 143 yards in 1979.
• The Boilermakers held the Sycamores to just 51 yards on the ground, the third time in the Brohm era that Purdue has held an opponent to less than 60 rushing yards (Nov. 11, 2021 vs. Indiana, 58; Oct. 28, 2017 vs. Nebraska, 40).
ROOKIE SIDELINE REPORTER
• The Purdue Sports Radio Network will feature a newbie on the sidelines this weekend at Syracuse as normal reporter and former Purdue offensive lineman Kelly Kitchel will not be able to make the trip due to his assistant coaching duties with West Lafayette High School.
• Filling in for Kitchel will be College Football Hall of Fame inductee Mark Herrmann.
• Herrmann had a legendary career behind center at Purdue that featured 33 wins, three Bowl victories, MVP awards for the 1980 Liberty Bowl, 1979 Bluebonnet Bowl and 1978 Peach Bowl, the 1980.Sammy Baugh Trophy and an induction to the Purdue (1997) and College Football (2010) Hall of Fames.
• He rejoined Purdue Athletics in 2020 as the John Purdue Club Director of Leadership and Alumni Engagement.
BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: BULLDOG BRAWL SIGNALS THE END OF NON-CONFERENCE MATCHES FOR @BUTLERVB
INDIANAPOLIS – Prior to the start of BIG EAST play, Butler will host Ohio, Missouri, and Central Michigan in the 2022 Bulldog Brawl. The Bulldogs will play Thursday, Friday and Saturday night with each match getting underway at 6 PM. Notre Dame will also be in action this weekend at Hinkle Fieldhouse, but the Irish will not face the Bulldogs this weekend.
2022 Bulldog Brawl Match Schedule
Thursday – 6 PM: Ohio at Butler
Friday – 12 PM: Ohio vs. Missouri
Friday – 3 PM: Central Michigan vs. Notre Dame
Friday – 6 PM: Missouri at Butler
Saturday – 12 PM: Central Michigan vs. Missouri
Saturday – 3 PM: Notre Dame vs. Ohio
Saturday – 6 PM: Central Michigan at Butler
– The 2022 Bulldogs hold a 6-3 record, sitting in fourth in the BIG EAST standings.
– Butler finished with a 2-1 record last weekend in the Boise State Classic with 3-0 wins against Eastern Washington and Southern Utah and with the lone loss to host Boise State in 3-1 fashion.
– The Bulldog attack had its best consecutive performances of the season after reaching nearly 50 kills (50, 50, 48) in all three matches of the Boise State Classic.
– The Bulldogs are second in the BIG EAST and 63rd in the nation in opponent hitting percentage (0.167).
– Butler ranks second in the BIG EAST in blocks per set (2.28) and third in total team blocks (73).
– Jaymeson Kinley is third in the BIG EAST and 33rd in the nation in digs per set (4.94). Kinley leads the team with 158 digs and is second on the team with eight aces.
– Megan Sheridan and Grunze are the Bulldogs lead attackers with 91 and 109 kills respectively.
– Taylor Cora has been key to orchestrating the Butler attack, recording a team high 253 assist so far. Cora is fourth in the BIG EAST and 75th nationally in assists per set.
– Butler leads the all-time series record against Ohio (4-0), is even with Missouri (1-1), and behind in the series with Central Michigan (2-6).
– Maddie Renn leads BU with nine service aces she had a season-high four against Oakland this year and posted two last weekend in Idaho.
– Marisa Guisti, Autumn Flowers and Amina Shackelford lead BU in blocks (34, 27, 26).
SCOUTING OHIO: The Bobcats have begun the season with a 5-3 record. They opened the year with two tough losses to nationally ranked opponents in #19 Marquette (3-0) and #13 Kentucky (3-0). Ohio then turned things around going undefeated at the Green Wave Classic with wins against Kansas City (3-0), Howard (3-1), and host Tulane (3-1). Last weekend, Ohio hosted the Bobcat Invitational and beat Bradley (3-0) and Loyola Maryland (3-1), while suffering one defeat to Tennessee Tech (3-1).
Ohio was selected to finish second in the MAC East Division in the preseason poll. Sophomore outside hitter Caroline Clippard and junior libero Sam Steele earned Preseason All-MAC honors.
SCOUTING MISSOURI: The Tigers traveled to South Dakota to start the season with the South Dakota Tournament. They ended the weekend 1-2 after beating Northern Kentucky (3-2) and losing to #3 Louisville (3-0) and South Dakota (3-2). The Tigers then had an undefeated weekend after hosting the Mizzou Invitational with wins against Abilene Christian (3-1), Missouri State (3-0), and Northeastern State (3-0). Missouri’s most recent matchup with Kansas State ended in a defeat for the Tigers (3-2) giving them a 4-3 record to start the season.
Missouri was picked to finish 11th in the SEC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. They return star player Anna Dixon who earned a spot on the 2022 Preseason All-SEC team. The Tigers also add five new freshmen, a recruiting class that ranked top 15 in the nation.
SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN: The Chippewas have started the season with a 6-2 record. They defeated the likes of Eastern Washington (3-0) and Memphis (3-2) while suffering a lone loss to Nicholls (3-2) in the Memphis Tiger Brawl. At the Billiken Invitational, hosted by Saint Louis, Central Michigan went 3-0, only losing one set all weekend after wins against Youngstown State (3-0), St. Thomas (3-1), and Saint Louis (3-0). Most recently, the Chippewas traveled to North Dakota State to participate in the North Dakota Tournament. They beat host, North Dakota (3-2) but lost to Chicago State (3-1).
Central Michigan was picked to finish fifth in the MAC West Division Preseason Poll. Returning sophomore Aly Gurtiza earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman team after the 2021 season, leading the MAC in digs per set (5.34). Sophomore Linnea Willer ranked second on the team a year ago with 268 kills.
GRUNZE MAKES BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL: Butler outside hitter Mariah Grunze earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after her performance at the Boise State Classic. She finished third in the BIG EAST in kills (4.20) and second in points (4.85) with two of the top scoring performances of the weekend with 19.0 points against Eastern Washington and 16.5 against Southern Utah.
Grunze and Jaymeson Kinley were selected to the Boise State Classic All-Tournament Team following Saturday’s match vs. Southern Utah. Kinley had a team-best 51 digs over the team’s three matches, while Grunze posted 42 kills and 25 digs.
HEATING UP: Butler hit above .200 in every match last weekend. Their clip of .300 against Southern Utah was their second-best attack percentage of the season. BU also hit .298 against Eastern Washington marking their third highest percentage of the season.
Butler’s best team attack percentage of the season came against Hofstra (.369). BU made 41 kills on 84 swings with just 10 errors.
SHERIDAN SHINES VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON: Megan Sheridan hit .485 against the Eagles last Friday to post the highest attack percentage of any Bulldog this season. The senior recorded 17 kills on 33 swings with just one error!
Sheridan is averaging 2.94 kills per set and leads the team with her .335 attack percentage.
SET THE TABLE: Cora Taylor set a new season-high dig total at Boise State with 42 against the Broncos.
Cora also set a new season-high total in a three-set match with 38 assists vs. Southern Utah.
UP NEXT: Butler will open up BIG EAST action next weekend with an 8 PM match at DePaul. The next night BU will face the #19 Marquette Golden Eagles at 7 PM.
The first four BIG EAST matches of the season will all be played on the road for the Bulldogs. Trips to #17 Creighton and Xavier are also coming up on the schedule.
BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: @BUTLERUWSOCCER LOOKS TO RETURN TO WIN COLUMN VS. BALL STATE
Matchday Information – Butler vs. Ball State
DATE: Thursday, September 15 / 7 pm
LOCATION: Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
LIVE VIDEO: FloSports/Butler+
LIVE STATS: butlersports.com
Full Notes (PDF)
The Butler women’s soccer team hosts Ball State on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 1-0 road loss at Northwestern, while the Cardinals most recently defeated Valpariaso, 3-0.
(through games 9/11/2022)
- Katie Soderstrom is third in the nation with three game-winning goals, tenth with 2.57 shots on goal per game, 24th with 5 total goals, and 33rd with 12 points. She leads the BIG EAST in all four categories.
- Anna Pierce’s goals-against average (.880) and save percentage (.793) both rank third in the BIG EAST. Her total of two shutouts ranks fourth.
- SERIES RECORD: Butler leads, 5-3-0
- LAST MEETING: Sept. 12, 2021 – Muncie, Ind. – Butler 3, Ball State 0
- Butler has won the most recent three meetings, dating back to 2007.
- Ball State last won, 2-1, on Sept. 14, 2006.
Scouting Ball State
- Previous match: Valparaiso W, 3-0
- Ball State tied Indiana, 0-0, and has losses to Kentucky (0-3), Xavier (2-4), and Purdue Fort Wayne (0-1).
- Offensive standouts for Ball State include:
#5 Avery Fenchel (3g)
#11 Lexi Fraley (1g)
#6 Delaney Daldwell (1g)
#9 Emily Roper (1a)
- Bethany Moser (1-3-2) is the primary keeper for the Cardinals. She has given up eight goals (1.34 GAA) and has made 22 saves (.733). She has two solo and one combined shutout.
IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER TO OPEN HORIZON LEAGUE PLAY THIS WEEK
vs. Cleveland State (9/15 – 6pm): Live Stats I Game Notes (PDF)
at Purdue Fort Wayne (9/18 – 1pm): ESPN+ I Live Stats I Game Notes (PDF)
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team will open Horizon League play this week with a pair of matches as the Jaguars will host Cleveland State on Thursday (Sept. 15) before trekking to Purdue Fort Wayne on Sunday (Sept. 18) for a road tilt. Head coach Chris Johnson‘s team recently closed an unbeaten non-conference slate with back-to-back home wins over Murray State and Evansville by identical 2-0 margins. Senior Maya Lacognato tallied goals in each of the two games to collect her second #HLWSOC Offensive Player of the Week award of the season.
The Jaguars have been brilliant defensively this season, yielding just two goals and authoring six shutouts in seven games. IUPUI is riding four straight shutouts and hasn’t conceded a goal in 486 minutes entering this week’s play. That doesn’t include a scoreless half at Southern Indiana on Sept. 5 as that game was later halted at halftime due to inclement weather.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo has a 0.34 goals against average and .909 save percentage in her seven starts. In front of her, Makenna Collins, Maya Turner and Sophia White have been brilliant in limiting opponents’ attempts as IUPUI is holding opponents to just more than eight shots per game.
Offensively, IUPUI has found its way recently as Lacognato leads the squad with four goals and Emma Frey and Emma Antoine have two apiece. Lacognato has two of the team’s four game-winners while freshman forward Sarah Henson has a team-high two assists. Turner leads the team with 588 minutes played and Collins is second at 512.
“It felt good. I feel like we’re really starting to connect as a team more and we’re really starting to take opportunities that we weren’t doing at the beginning (of the season), so we’re really taking our chances farther,” freshman Emma Frey said after the 2-0 win over Evansville on Sunday (Sept. 11).
SCOUTING CLEVELAND STATE
Cleveland State is 3-2-2 overall and 2-1-1 on the road. The Vikings have scored 12 goals in their three wins, blitzing St. Joseph’s (5-0), St. Francis (Pa.) (4-1) and Niagara (3-2), but have scored just one goal in their other four games combined. Mayra Sesmas leads CSU with three goals and Lina Feltovich has a team-high two assists. Three CSU goalkeepers have combined to record a 1.57 goals against average with a .718 save percentage and two shutouts. Freshman Liv Fain has started four of CSU’s seven games with a 1.04 GAA and a 1-1-2 mark.
SCOUTING PURDUE FORT WAYNE
Purdue Fort Wayne is 4-2-2 on the year and 3-0-1 at home with wins over Chicago State (4-1), Ball State (1-0) and Southern Indiana (1-0). Mackenzie Evans leads the team in goals (4) and points (9) and Kelsey Gallagher has two goals. Rylee Vruggink has a team-high two assists. In goal, Samantha Castaneda has started all eight matches and has a 0.88 goals against average with three shutouts.
INSIDE THE SERIES
IUPUI is 6-5-1 in 12 meetings with Cleveland State and 5-1-1 in the seven meetings in Indianapolis. CSU won last year’s meeting as IUPUI had to forfeit its Sept. 16 contest due to COVID implications. Prior to that, IUPUI had won the previous two matchups.
IUPUI is 7-7-4 all-time against Purdue Fort Wayne and has won the last three meetings in the series. The Jaguars are unbeaten in the last seven meetings in the series, going 4-0-3 in that span. The Jaguars are 3-3-2 in the eight contests in Fort Wayne.
IUPUI will continue Horizon League play next week with a pair of matches – at Northern Kentucky on Thursday (Sept. 22) and against Wright State on Sunday (Sept. 25).
IUPUI WOMEN’S TENNIS: IUPUI WOMEN’S TENNIS TO HOST FALL INVITATIONAL
INDIANAPOLIS – Head coach Pawal Gajdzik begins his IUPUI reign with a Fall Invitational at home this weekend Sept. 16 (Friday) and Sept. 17 (Saturday). Holy Cross, Lake Superior State and cross-town foe UIndy are set to attend the two-day invite.
The Jags announced their 2022-23 captains, Marta Krakowski, Sarah Lounsbury, Samantha Hayward and Meghan Bernard before the individual results invite to open the 2022 fall season. IUPUI signed three freshman for the 2022-23 season with Sofia Castillo, Emma Dell and Grace Lampman.
Graduate student, Bernard finished the spring season with a team high seven singles wins, going 7-12 in the No. 2 singles spot. She was 5-14 on the season with fellow captain Hayward to lead the team in doubles wins. Hayward, a graduate student from Wylie, Texas, was second on the team in singles wins with four wins, two in the No. 3 spot and two in the No. 4 spot.
Other returners and 2022-23 captains include Lounsbury and Krakowski. Lounsbury recorded three singles wins during the 2022 spring season, one at No. 3 singles, one in the No. 5 spot and on in the No. 6 spot. Krakowski, a senior from Elgin, Illinois, earned two singles wins, one in the No. 5 spot and one in the No. 6 spot.
The Jags will begin the Gajdzik era with competition begining on the IUPUI campus courts at 3:00 PM on Friday (Sept. 16) and 9:30 AM on Saturday (Sept. 17). Results will be posted once competition concludes each day.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL: BALL STATE TO PLAY AT GEORGIA IN 2023
MUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State and Georgia have agreed to play between the hedges as the Cardinals are slated to make the trip to Athens, Ga during the 2023 season. The game, set to take place at Sanford Stadium, is slated for Sept. 9.
Ball State has faced teams from the currently constructed Southeastern Conference 11 times in program history, including this season’s opener at Tennessee.
Ticket information, game time and television network designation will be released at a later date.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: THE CARDINALS TRAVEL SOUTH FOR SHOWDOWN WITH BULLDOGS
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returns to the pitch for a match for the first time in 10 days. The Cardinals and the Butler Bulldogs are slated for a 7 p.m. kick on Thursday in Indianapolis.
Last Time Out
Ball State defeated Valparaiso 3-0 in the last contest on Sunday, Sept. 4. Avery Fenchel led the squad with two goals, while Delaney Caldwell recorded her first collegiate goal. Emily Roper picked up her first collegiate point with an assist. Bethany Moser recorded a shutout in goal for BSU.
The Cardinals are led by Fenchel with three goals on the year. Caldwell and Lexi Fraley are tied for second on the team with one goal each. Roper has the team’s lone assist. Moser has been a force in goal for Ball State and has 22 saves with two solo and one combined shutout.
Ball State enters Thursday’s match with a 1-3-2 record, while Butler holds a 3-4 mark. The Bulldogs hold a 5-3 series lead and won the last three meetings, including a 3-0 victory last season in Muncie. Ball State has a slight 2-1 advantage in matches played at Butler, including the last two matches in Indianapolis.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Butler is led by Katie Soderstrom, who is third in the NCAA with three game-winning goals. Soderstrom has five goals and two assists in seven matches. Abigail Isger, Alli Leonard, and Sara Trandji each have collected two goals. Alexei Whittaker and Alana Wood are tied for the team lead with two assists. Anna Pierce has been the primary keeper for the Bulldogs. Pierce has made 23 saves and surrendered six goals.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: GAME 8 PREVIEW AT #24 CLEMSON
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – A new week, a new ranking and a new Atlantic Coast Conference season awaits. The now No. 6 Notre Dame women’s soccer team (7-0-0) looks to continue its hot streak when they take their undefeated record into ACC play starting with a matchup at No. 24 Clemson (4-1-2). First touch is scheduled at 8 p.m. ET and will air live on the ACC Network with Jenn Hildreth on the call.
A 7-0 START
The Irish are 1-of-4 remaining undefeated teams in the country alongside Harvard, Rutgers and UCLA. With the 7-0-0 record, the Irish posted a perfect non-conference slate for the first time since 2008 –> that same year the Irish went 26-1 and made the NCAA title game.
The Irish already have two ranked wins on the season and have an opportunity for a third on Thursday. Prior, they knocked off No. 19 Saint Louis 2-0 on the road and then No. 22 Wisconsin 4-1 at home.
Notre Dame has tallied a 21-3 goal aggregate during the 7-0 record. Ironically enough, the last time ND tallied 21 goals through seven games was also back in 2008 (21-3 aggregate as well). Even more impressive is the fact that Notre Dame has scored multiple goals in all seven matches this season.
Out of the 21 goals – it’s come from nine different players: Wingate (6), Mercado (5), Klenke (2), Albert (2), Van Zanten (2), Fisher, Ospeck, Coyle and Gaetino.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
The Irish continue to climb the United Soccer Coaches weekly polls, going from No. 16 to No. 12 to now No. 6 in the week 4 poll. The last time ND was as high as No. 6 (and the last time they climbed as high as a single-digit ranking) was the 2016 season. The last time ND boasted a single-digit ranking for multiple weeks in a season – the start of the 2015 campaign.
In addition, Notre Dame’s strength of schedule ranks 10th in the country.
DOMINANT DEFENSIVE START
Notre Dame’s four shutout victories to start the year tied its second best shutout victory streak to start a season. The other instances and streaks included: 1995 (8), 2008 (4), 2010 (4).
The Irish defense surrendered its first goal of the season after 439 minutes of play in game five vs. Wisconsin. All-in-all, they’ve only allowed three goals through seven games, as their 0.429 GAA ranks 17th in the country.
The ND backline has been stout, only allowing 13 total shots on net, which equates to less than two per game. On the season, ND owns an 82-13 SOG advantage.
Total shots-wise, they’re up 175-31 over the opposition.
Notre Dame is averaging 11.7 shots on goal, which ranks 3rd nationally. Overall, the Irish are averaging 25.0 shots per game, which ranks 2nd nationally. Those shots have led to a scoring offense that ranks 13th (3.0) with a total goals ranking of 20th (21).
Also, how about tops in the country – 1st nationally in corner kicks per game – 9.9. Notre Dame finally got its first goal off a corner kick on Sept. 11 vs Ohio when Albert delivered a perfect ball to a flying Gaetino whose header found the back of the net.
Olivia Wingate — 24th in game winning goals (2) // 13th in goals per game (0.86) // 21st in points per game (1.86) // 26th in shot accuracy (0.69) // 26th in shots per game (4.14) // 3rd in shots on goal per game (2.86) // 7th in total goals (6) // 17th in total points (13).
Maddie Mercado — 24th in game-winning goals (2) // 5th in shots per game (4.57) // 3rd in shots on goal per game (2.86) // 24th in total goals (5).
THREE ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
There have been four weeks of ACC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week announcements and there’s been a Notre Dame honoree in three of them.
In her second week into collegiate soccer, Leah Klenke was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Aug. 30 in her efforts in the wins over No. 19 Saint Louis and Illinois. Klenke started at left back in both shutout victories. She also led to Sophia Fisher’s second half goal against Saint Louis, then recorded a beautiful goal against Illinois in which she floated a ball from outside the box on the left side, over the keeper and into the far post of the net.
A week later on Sept. 6, Olivia Wingate took home the offensive honor after registering her first career hat trick in a dominant 4-1 win over a ranked Wisconsin squad.
A week later on Sept. 13, it was Kiki Van Zanten who earned the offensive ACC nod. The senior scored in back-to-back games in wins over Purdue and Ohio, including a three-point performance against the latter.
RUBBER MATCH FROM 2021
Notre Dame and Clemson squared off twice in October in 2021 and split the matchups, which both took place in South Bend. The first one went to the Irish via a golden goal in double overtime. In the 107th-minute, Sammi Fisher placed a perfect free kick in the middle of Clemson’s box, where Eva Gaetino went full superman dive and headed the ball into the back of the net. It was Gaetino’s first career goal.
The second matchup was an ACC Tournament Quarterfinal. ND found itself in an early 2-0 hole and did its best to rally, pulling within one on two occasions, but the Tigers escaped with the 3-2 victory. Korbin Albert and Sammi Fisher tallied goals.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: PREVIEW | SYCAMORES WELCOME #2/3 MONTANA FOR FAMILY WEEKEND AT MEMORIAL STADIUM
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State is back home this weekend for a Saturday afternoon contest as the Sycamores welcome No. 2/3 Montana to Memorial Stadium for Family Weekend. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Grizzlies is set for 1 p.m. and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
|Date||Saturday, September 17 | 1:02 p.m. ET|
|Location | Venue | Weather||Terre Haute, Ind. | Memorial Stadium (Capacity 12,764) | Weather | Radar|
|Preview Information||Indiana State Notes|
|Live Stats||Live Stat Feed|
|Watch | Listen||ESPN+ | WVIG 105.5|
|Gates||Gates Open at 11:30 a.m. (90 minutes prior to Kickoff)|
|Series History||First Meeting All-Time|
|Game Day Sponsor||ISU Credit Union|
|Social Media||@IndStFB | @IndStAthletics|
Game Day Information and Activities
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Indiana State University and the ISU Football Team are celebrating Family Weekend at this weekend’s contest against Montana. Thank you in advance to all families that will be in attendance at the game in support of the Sycamores.
Special Halftime Announcement
Indiana State University will be making a special announcement during the halftime festivities at Saturday’s game.
Tailgating and Clear Bag Policies
Indiana State Athletics announced updated tailgating and clear bag policies for the 2022-23 athletic year. The policies are consistent with other members in both the Missouri Valley Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Tailgating Policies | Clear Bag Policy
The Big Sky-MVFC Challenge
Indiana State closes out the nonconference portion of the 2022 schedule this weekend with the Big Sky-MVFC Challenge as the Sycamores host No. 2/3 Montana at Memorial Stadium. It’s the first matchup all-time between Indiana State and Montana and the Sycamores’ first contest against a Big Sky opponent in program history.
The Big Sky-MVFC Challenge is tied at 1-1 with Montana topping South Dakota 24-7 last week, while South Dakota State held off a late challenge from UC Davis in the 24-22 win..
The ISU-Montana game is one of four MVFC-Big Sky games occurring today. The remainder are Cal Poly at South Dakota, North Dakota at Northern Arizona, and Sacramento State at Northern Iowa.
Tough Schedule Ahead
Indiana State is still scheduled to face four of the top-10 teams in the country. The Sycamores will host No. 2 Montana, No. 1 North Dakota State, and No. 6 Missouri State, while traveling to No. 3 South Dakota State.
Hendrix Takes the Field
Dante Hendrix took the field for the first time in the 2022 season this past weekend against Purdue and his impact was immediately felt. Hendrix was targeted early and often in the first half on his way to leading all Indiana State receivers with five catches for 90 yards.
Hendrix continued his Indiana State record 28th consecutive game with a reception dating back to game two of the 2019 season. Hendrix was targeted on his first pass on the Sycamores second drive, before hauling in a 17-yard reception midway through the first quarter. Over the drive, Hendrix hauled in three passes for 53 yards, including a 29-yard snag that moved the ball to the Purdue 14, while his seven-yard reception on 3rd-and-7 gave the Sycamores a 1st-and-Goal situation. In the second quarter, Hendrix brought in a 33-yard reception down the left sideline to set up a second 1st-and-Goal situation for the Sycamores for their second red zone visit.
Hendrix is tied with Kevin Barnett (5 catches, 38 yards) for the most receptions on the season.
Spreading the Wealth
Indiana State’s quarterbacks have targeted 11 different receivers so far in the 2022 season with nine different players recording receptions this year.
Dante Hendrix and Tee Hodge both recorded their first catches of the season this past weekend against Purdue, while Dawson Basinger and Lance Rees have both recorded targets, without catches.
Dante Hendrix has two of Indiana State’s longest receptions of the 2022 season with catches of 33 and 29 yards this past weekend against Purdue. Justin Dinka (30 yards) and Daijon Collins (21 yards) have also picked up 20-yard receptions this season in the opener against North Alabama.
Carrying the Ball
Indiana State doubled their ballcarrier total this past weekend against Purdue as the Sycamores had Dawson Basinger, Evan Olaes, and Cade Chambers all record their first carries of 2022.
The Sycamores continue to rely on the two-headed running back combination of Tee Hodge and Justin Dinka as the Sycamores head into their final nonconference matchup of the year. Hodge leads the way with 29 carries for 110 yards with a long run of 46 coming against North Alabama. Dinka has also hit 20-plus carries on the year with 22 totes for 81 yards and a 29-yard run coming against the Lions.
Attack the Quarterback
It took just five plays into the 2022 season for the Indiana State defense to record their first sack as Kris Reid Jr. and Casey Miller both combined to take down the UNA quarterback on the Lions’ opening possession.
From there, the defense continued to pile on recording a Curt Mallory-era record 8.0 sacks in the game with seven different players recording quarterback takedowns. Kris Reid Jr. posted a career-high 2.5 sacks to lead the defensive effort on the game. His total marked the second-most among the Sycamores under Coach Mallory and left him just behind Inoka Moala’s 3.5 sack effort last season against Western Illinois. Reid, Juju Williams (2.0) and Gianini Belizaire (1.5) continue to lead the Sycamores in the sack category as ISU failed to bring down the Purdue quarterbacks in the second game.
The Sycamores led the entire FCS in sacks after the first game of the season and currently sit ninth in the country in averaging 4.00 sacks per game. In conference play, Indiana State trails only Illinois State (4.50) in the category.
Behind the Line
In addition to getting after the quarterback, the Sycamores defense also set a Curt Mallory-era mark in tackles for loss in the 2022 season opener. Indiana State posted 15.0 tackles-for-loss in the opener against the Lions with 11 different players recording at least a half-tackle over the opening game. The Sycamores’ 15.0 TFL shattered the previous high under Mallory of 12.0 tackles for loss set back on September 30, 2017, against Illinois State. Indiana State has posted five total double-digit TFL games under Mallory, including an 11.0 TFL game against Kansas back on August 31, 2019.
Indiana State’s 15.0 tackles-for-loss also tied for the FCS lead over the first game of the season with Incarnate Word matched ISU’s total with 15.0 TFL’s in the opening weekend win over Southern Illinois. Rylan Cole (2.5) and Kris Reid Jr. (2.5) lead the charge for the Sycamores with 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage apiece.
Newcomers Garret Ollendieck and Blake Surface both picked up their first tackles for loss this past weekend against Purdue while 13 different players overall have recorded at least a half-tackle for loss this season.
Punting It Away
A spirited battle in camp could continue throughout the 2022 season, but freshman Harry Traum has been given the first opportunity to replace former Sycamore punter Travis Reiner in the starting role. Traum handled the majority of the punts over the first two games of the year with the Adelaide, Australia native averaging 37.9 yards over his 15 attempts, including a season-best 55-yard attempt. Nine of his punts have been fair caught, while two were downed inside the opponent 20-yard line.
Redshirt freshman Anthony Beacom made his 2022 debut in the punting game late in the contest against Purdue. The Roselle, Ill. native posted a pair of 48-yard punts and dropped one down at the Boilermakers’ 11-yard line to highlight his day.
Long snapper Jayden Perry secured the job early in camp and the Coastal Carolina transfer delivered in his first game with the Sycamores. Perry has been perfect on every snap so far in the 2022 season. Perry took the role from departing and former All-Conference long snapper Wyatt Harwood who held the starting role from 2017-21.
Perry made his impact felt against Purdue as the Savannah, Ga. native went down the field in the third quarter and timed his hit perfectly to force a fumble on a Purdue punt return for his first forced fumble of the season.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER: MASTODON MSOC FALLS 3-0 TO WESTERN MICHIGAN IN PARTY AT THE PITCH GAME
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The third annual Party at the Pitch saw one of the largest crowds of the season come out to the Hefner Soccer Complex on Wednesday (Sept. 14) evening. Mastodon supporters had their appetites satisfied by the food trucks on the walkway, but their thirst for a Mastodon win went unquenched as Western Michigan defeated the Mastodons 3-0.
Western Michigan took a 2-0 lead to halftime with a pair of goals in the first half. Dylan Sing scored his fourth goal of the year in the 16th minute, assisted by Matt Lockwood. Landon Fisher scored in the 40th minute.
Western Michigan rounded out the scoring in the 70th minute. A clearing attempt by the ‘Dons in the box went right to Charlie Sharp who found the back of the net.
Nathaniel Edwards and Keith Larson each had a shot on goal for the ‘Dons.
Adam Hunt had eight saves, including a diving play in the first half.
Western Michigan, who owns wins over Northwestern, Michigan State and Wisconsin this season, moves to 4-1-0. The ‘Dons fall to 1-3-2. Purdue Fort Wayne returns to league play on Saturday at Northern Kentucky.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: PURDUE FORT WAYNE WVB WRAPS UP NON-LEAGUE PLAY THIS WEEKEND
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will play its last two non-league matches of 2022 this weekend when the Mastodons play Duquesne and Toledo in the Toledo Challenge.
Who: Duquesne Dukes | Toledo Rockets
When: Friday, September 16 – Saturday, September 17
Where: Toledo, Ohio | Savage Arena
Live Stats: Link
Match 1 | Match 2
Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne
Friday, September 16
4 p.m. | Duquesne vs. Purdue Fort Wayne
Saturday, September 17
4 p.m. | Purdue Fort Wayne at Toledo
Know Your Foes
• Duquesne is 2-8 and owns wins over Canisius and Southern Indiana. Carsyn Henschen is leading the Dukes with 3.05 kills per set on a .213 hitting percentage. Morgan Kelly and Elizabeth Osborn are also terminating more than two kills per set off setter Hailey Poling. Madison Grimm is leading the defense with 3.26 digs per set.
• Toledo is 5-4 this season with three wins at the Webb-Burbridge Classic and one at each of the Michigan and Western Kentucky tournaments. The Rockets swept Horizon League member Northern Kentucky. Taylor Alt is Toledo’s best attacker, averaging 3.81 kills per set. Ryann Jaqua, sister of former Mastodon Madison Jaqua, is averaging 4.16 digs per set to lead the Rockets’ back line.
• Purdue Fort Wayne and Duquesne have played five times, with the Mastodons winning four of the five. The last three times the two have met, the ‘Dons won 3-0. The Dukes only win came in 2011. The only player left on the Mastodon roster from the last match (2018) is Madelyn Wurster.
• The Mastodons and Rockets have 13 matchups over the course of their 40-year history. The ‘Dons have won eight, but Toledo has won three of the last four. These two teams played last season, which saw the rockets win 3-0. Rachael Crucis had 16 digs in that contest.
Time and a Haffner
Purdue Fort Wayne setter Taya Haffner was named to the Geri Polvino Invitational All-Tournament Team on September 10. She finished the tournament with 104 assists, 20 digs and 14 kills, averaging 8.67 assists, 1.67 digs and 1.17 kills per set.
A Crucial Player
Rachael Crucis was named to the Xavier Tournament’s All-Tournament team for her defensive efforts for the Mastodons. She had 57 digs in nine sets of action, averaging 6.33 digs per set. If that mark was a season-long average, it would have ranked second in the nation.
Ramei Jackson is in the top-10 in program history in career hitting percentage.
8. Hailie Ripley (.281, 2011-14)
9. Natalie Seiler (.275, 2014-17)
10. Ramei Jackson (.271, 2020-present)
11. Chrissy Miller (.266, 2001)
12. Julie Hefty (.259, 1984-87)
Diggin’ Up Everything
Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in program history in digs per set and career digs.
Digs Per Set
1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)
3. Rachael Crucis (4.37, 2019-present)
4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)
5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)
1. Tessa McGill (2,324, 2009-12)
2. Peachy Jankowski (2,253, 2004-07)
3. Laura Douglas (1,623, 1997-00)
4. Katie Crowe (1,507, 2017-21)
5. Rachael Crucis (1,478, 2019-present)
Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne went 1-2 at the Geri Polvino Invitational, picking up a 3-0 win over Saint Francis (Pa.). Taya Haffner was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Purdue Fort Wayne will kick off the Horizon League season, hosting the first league match of any school. The ‘Dons will welcome Milwaukee to the Gates Sports Center at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20.
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: KNIGHTS EARN 2-1 WIN OVER RACERS
Lima, Ohio – The No. 4 Marian women’s soccer team continued their unbeaten start Wednesday afternoon, as the Knights took down the University of Northwestern Ohio 2-1 behind a pair of goals from Erin Oleksak and Allie Schlom. With the win, Marian moves to 7-0-1 on the season going into conference play next week.
Marian dominated the possession for the match, out shooting their opponents 16-8 with 10 shots on goal. The Knights got started early, firing off three quick shots in the first eight minutes of action behind the feet of Maya Decker and Oleksak.
The Knights continued their offensive pressure, causing the Racer’s defense to fall as Schlom placed a cross from the right side that would be punched into the net by Oleksak for the game’s first goal. Marian’s offensive pressure continued to produce opportunities with five shots being attempted by two different Knights, but came up empty in trying to double their score.
Marian started the second half right where they left off, compiling a number of offensive opportunities by notching four quick shot attempts by three separate Knights. As the Knights kept the pressure on the Racer’s defense, Schlom was able to double the Knights score as she broke away from the defenders to put one in the back of the net.
With the Knights up 2-0, the offensive attack did not let up, picking up three corner kicks and a header attempt. After only having three shot attempts in the first half, the Racers were able to punch five attempts in the half, but Noelle Rolfsen and the Knights defense would deny their attempts until at the 87:54 mark when UNOH was able to capitalize on a penalty kick.
In the 2-1 victory, Oleksak led the team with eight shots and the first goal of the match, while Schlom added a goal and one assist. Decker and Marian Corro Celma also picked up shot attempts, notching three and two shots. Rolfsen got the win in net for the Knights, making three saves in the full 90 minutes of action.
The Knights will return to action September 24 to start Crossroads League play as they host Grace at 7 PM.
INDIANA WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL: VOLLEYBALL RANKED 12TH IN NAIA COACHES’ TOP 25 POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana Wesleyan volleyball came in at No. 12 in the second regular season NAIA Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
The Wildcats tallied two sweeps last week with victories over No. 25 Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Thomas More University. The victory over Mount Vernon was the team’s third Top 25 win on the season. IWU sits at 8-2 on the season and 1-0 in the Crossroads League.
The team returns to action tonight as they take on Huntington University on the road. Live stats and video will be available at IWUWildcats.com.
INDIANA WESLEYAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER MOVES TO 11TH IN NAIA COACHES’ TOP 25 POLL
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer moved up another spot to 11th in the second regular season installment of the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, announced by the national office on Wednesday.
The Wildcats tallied two more shutout wins over the University of Rio Grande (Ohio) and The Master’s University (Calif.) since the last poll was released on Sept. 7. IWU scored 5 combined goals in their matches while holding the opposition scoreless for the sixth time this season. The red and grey are undefeated at 7-0 overall.
The team returns to action on Saturday as they travel to Columbia, Ky. for a ranked matchup against No. 21 Lindsey Wilson College. Live stats and video will be available at IWUWildcats.com.
EARLHAM MEN’S SOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER FALL TO RICHMOND RIVAL
RICHMOND – The Earlham College men’s soccer team drew its first loss of the 2022 season at home against cross town rival Indiana University East on Wednesday afternoon 2-0.
The Quakers fell to 2-1-1 on the season.
Despite 11 total shots in the first half, the teams went into the break scoreless. The Red Wolves found their first opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the 61st minute. The visitors notched a second goal off of a defensive breakdown in the 87th minute.
Quentin Berry and Daniel Kehinde led Earlham in shots with two each.
The Quakers were outshot 21-6 in the contest.
Tyler Smith recorded nine saves in goal.
WABASH MEN’S SOCCER: WABASH SOCCER SECURES 5-1 WIN AT ANDERSON
ANDERSON, Indiana — Wabash cruised to a 5-1 win over Anderson University Wednesday afternoon on the road at Fridley Field.
The win improved Wabash’s record to 5-2-0 overall.
How it Happened
Wabash took a 1-0 lead when Jose Escalante scored his second goal of the season in the sixth minute, assisted by Alexis Delgado and Bruno Zamora.
The Little Giants tacked on another score on a goal from Austin Hughes — his second goal of the season — in the ninth minute.
Wabash went up 3-0 on Caleb Castaño’s 18th-minute goal.
The Ravens (0-3-2) made it a 3-1 match with a 33rd-minute goal from .
Wabash added to its lead to make it a 4-1 game on Castaño’s second goal of the match and third of the season in the 57th minute, assisted by Zamora.
The Little Giants took a 5-1 lead thanks to a 74th-minute goal from Cameron Mcintosh, his second goal of the season. The 5-1 advantage held to the finish.
Soren Russell piled up five saves for the Little Giants out of 12 total Ravens shots.
Wabash registered eight shots on goal and outshot Anderson 17-11 overall.
McIntosh led the Little Giants with four total shot attempts and three shots on goal.
TRINE WOMEN’S GOLF: DUBEC FINISHES TOP-10 AT MIAA JAMBOREE #1
GRANGER, Ind. – The Trine University women’s golf team competed on Wednesday afternoon in the first Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Jamboree event of the 2022 fall season, hosted by Saint Mary’s College. The Thunder placed seventh overall in the first conference event at Knollwood Country Club.
The Belles of Saint Mary’s were the event winners with a combined score of 313. Trine shot a 352, six strokes off of Albion College.
The leading golfer for the Thunder was sophomore Grace Dubec. Dubec fired a 78, including an even back nine with two birdies. On the 14th hole, she hit a two on a par-3 and two holes later, Dubec went 1-under on the par-5 16th hole as well. She wrapped up play Wednesday tied for sixth on the player leaderboard.
Máire Sullivan was next with a score of 87. The senior finished in a tie for 27th in the MIAA field and hit for par on four of the final six holes on the course.
Senior Lily Williamson shot a 91 in the team’s first MIAA match of the season, and was the only other team member to record a birdie. Her birdie also came on the par-3 14th hole and shaved five strokes off her score compared to the front nine.
Reagan Guthrie (96) and Caroline Boyd (98) were the other two team scoring members for Trine. Sophomore Bailey Bravata was the second-best individual student-athlete at the jamboree. She tied for 20th after shooting an 83.
MIAA Jamboree #2 takes place in one week on Wednesday, September 21 at Tecumseh Golf Club, hosted by the Adrian College Bulldogs.
BETHEL WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER LOST 5-0 AFTER FIVE GOALS IN SECOND HALF
Adrian, Mich. — The Women’s Soccer team lost its first game to Sienna Heights 5-0 on the road in Adrian. The Pilots held to nine shots and three on goal. All five goals scored by the Saints came in the second half starting in the 53rd minute.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Grace outshot the Pilots 16-9
Jael Schubert had three saves
Leena Thomas led with three shots
53’| Marissa Young (SHU) assisted by Sarah Ammon
54’| Team (Own goal)
71’| Sarah Ammon (SHU) assisted by Lily Tiplady
78’| Parker Cheney (SHU) assisted by Rylie Henckel
88’| Danielle Powell (SHU)
NEXT TIME OUT
The Lady Pilots continue the Crossroads League season in Fort Wayne on September 16th at 7:00 p.m.
BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: THE LADY PILOTS COME OUT STRONG AND SWEEP GRACE 3-0.
Mishawaka, Ind—The Lady Pilots came out fighting and swept Grace 3-0. Katie Weiss grabs her 100th win as the Pilot’s head coach tonight. The Pilots had a tough end to the first and third sets but were able to close out strong.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
The Pilots held Grace to nine points in the second set
Isabelle North-Greene took control with a total of 11 kills
Jackeline Fernandez helped the defense with seven digs
NEXT TIME OUT
The Pilots will be facing Saint Francis, Sept. 16th at 7:00 p.m. and at Indiana Wesleyan, Sept. 17th at 3:00 p.m.
DEPAUW FIELD HOCKEY: DEPAUW FALLS IN THE BATTLE OF THE TIGERS 3-2 IN OVERTIME
Greencastle, Ind.- The DePauw field hockey team fell to the Wittenberg Tigers 3-2 in a nail-biting overtime loss at Reavis Stadium.
After a scoreless first half between DePauw’s, Hailey Nowak found the back of the cage at the 33-minute mark off a rebounded shot. Three minutes later, the DePauw Tigers jumped to a two-goal lead after Alexandra May slipped a goal past Wittenbergs’ Caitlin Archdeacon.
Wittenberg’s Katie Webber evened the score in the fourth quarter with two unassisted goals. The first came in the 46th minute and then seconds before the regulation’s end.
Two minutes into the overtime, the Wittenberg Tigers put the game away off a penalty corner taken by Meredith Johnson, who found Regan Mazzulli for the game-winning goal.
Wittenberg’s Archdeacon finished the night with ten saves, while DePauw’s Scarlet Oaks tallied one save, and Bella Lauber finished with two.
The DePauw Tigers move to 2-2 overall and travel to Oberlin, Ohio, on Saturday, September 17, to face the Yeowomen at noon.
HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: PANTHERS DOMINATE SPALDING IN STRAIGHT SETS
HANOVER, Ind. – Hanover (3-6 overall) dominated the Golden Eagles of Spalding on Wednesday evening en route to the straight set, 25-14, 25-18, 25-23 non-conference victory.
The Panther attack was firing on all-cylinders as they recorded a game-high 38 kills, paced by the duo of sophomore Molly Schwarzkopf (Greenfield, Ind.) and freshman CC Shick (Fort Thomas, Ky.) with 10 kills apiece.
Set one saw the two teams jockey for position early when a three point rally led by sophomore Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) propelled HC in front 12-7. The Panther excitement continued as Schwarzkopf delivered from behind the service line with six straight points extending the lead to 20-10.
HC never looked back capitalizing on a Spalding error to claim the set one victory, 25-14.
Hanover carried the momentum into set two jumping out to 12-8 advantage following back-to-back kills by Shick. Spalding pulled as close as 14-12 when Schweitzer once again deemed clutch finding freshman Maddie Robertson (Mitchell, Ind.) for the kill.
The Panthers rattle off the final four points of the set to capture the 25-18 win.
The final set would see the Eagle soar as they were able to erase a 21-14 deficit, pulling within 22-21 after an eight point rally. However, the Panthers remained poise with Shick once again delivering on a kill that secured the straight set victory.
Hanover returns to action on Friday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 17 when they host the Hanover Invitational.
HANOVER FOOTBALL: PREVIEW: HANOVER HOSTS OLIVET COLLEGE
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team welcomes the Olivet Comets to Alumni Stadium for a 1:00 PM kickoff on Saturday, Sep. 17.
PANTHERS STRUGGLE AT ADRIAN
Hanover traveled north to Michigan for a non-conference battle with the Adrian Bulldogs. Hanover was trailing 10-0 following the 3rd quarter. Adrian then put up 23 unanswered points in the final quarter, making the final score 33-0.
The Panthers were led on the ground by Sophomore Jeremy Gettelfinger (Jeffersonville, Ind.), who tallied 49 yards on 10 carries. Fifth year Senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) completed 13 passes for a total of 78 yards. Weimer’s number one target was Sophomore Lance McKee (Greenfield, Ind.) who caught two passes for 27 yards.
Defensively, Hanover’s safety junior Brody Luker (New Palestine, Ind.) led the Panthers with 12 total tackles. Junior Justin Williamson (Macon, Ga.) and Junior Jamyes Evans (Warrenton, Ga.) were also in the mix with 8 tackles each.
Olivet has started their 2022 season at 2-0. With one of their wins coming against Hanover’s rival, Franklin College. Last Saturday, Olivet rolled over Eureka College (Ill.) 54-14. Olivet’s Dontal Wright led the Comets with 197 rushing yards, 18 receiving yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Wright was selected to d3football.com team of the week, along with being named MIAA Offensive Player of the Week.
Excluding the 2020 shortened COVID season, Olivet College has not had a losing season since 2012. In 2017, Olivet hired head coach Dan Musielewicz, since his arrival, the Comets have been led to a record of 27-17 (.614).
HISTORY IN THE MIAA
This will be the first time that Hanover football has matched up against Olivet College. Since Coach Matthew Theobald took over the Panthers prior to the 2016 season, Hanover holds a 2-2 record against MIAA opponents. Despite Hanover’s small sample size against the MIAA, Olivet has matched up against the HCAC 86 times in their history, holding a record of 43-42-1.
MANCHESTER WOMEN’S SOCCER: SPARTANS UPENDED BY KNIGHTS
N. MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Spartans dropped today’s home contest against the Calvin Kinghts 5-0.
The Knights showed their offensive power in the match shooting 28 shots and 15 of which were on goal. The Knights were able to bury 5 goals on the evening.
Freshman Brie Spagnolo (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) had a career night in goal despite the loss. Spagnolo racked up 10 saves in goal for the Spartans.
Calvin continues their perfect season moving to 5-0 on the year. The Spartans fall to 1-4 on the year. The will look to get back into the win column this Sunday at Wilmington. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 P.M.
ST. FRANCIS MEN’S GOLF: BAILEY CLARK LEADS COUGARS AT TAYLOR UNIVERSITY INVITE
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Monday and Tuesday the University of Saint Francis Cougars took part in the Taylor University Invite at the Player’s Club in Woodland, and led by senior Bailey Clark, finished 12th out of 14 teams with a team score of 937 (314, 317, & 306).
In the opening round, Clark had the best outing among all Cougars during the tournament as he shot a 72. He would then shoot an 81 and a 75 to finish the tournament with 228 strokes, tying for 34th out of 80 golfers.
Alongside Clark was freshman Seth Roop tying for 45th place with scores of 79, 79, and 75, junior Levi Follett tying for 52nd with scores of 83, 78, and 75, while junior Wyatt Johnson and senior Gabe Schenk finished with scores of 243 and 255 respectively.
Click here to view the team and individual results
The Cougars resume play on Friday, September 23 when they travel to Muncie, Indiana to compete at Delaware Country Club hosted by IU East beginning at 9:00 am.
IU SOUTH BEND VOLLEYBALL: TITANS SWEEP JUDSON TO REMAIN UNBEATEN AT HOME
SOUTH BEND, Ind.- The IU South Bend Titans swept the Judson Eagles on Tuesday, September 13, to even their CCAC Conference record to 2-2 and move themselves into a tie for 4th place in conference. The loss dropped Judson to 1-2 in conference and under .500 at 6-7 for the season.
Tied at 7-7 in set one, IU South Bend took the lead thanks to one of nine kills from Sophomore middle hitter Felisha Campanello. The Titans held the lead throughout the rest of the set and ended up winning 25-19, with the winning kill coming from Abby Seeger for one of her 16 kills on the night, assisted by McKenzie Powell for one of her match leading 34 assists.
Set two saw the Titans leading a back and forth affair 14-12 before they rattled nine straight points to ultimately win the set 25-18.
Set three was the closest match of the night, tied as late as 20-20 the Titans scored five of the next eight points to win 25-23.
The IU South Bend Titans have a week off of play before returning to action on Tuesday, September 20, against the Cougars of IU Kokomo.
GRACE MEN’S SOCCER: LANCERS CONTINUE ASCENT IN NAIA POLL
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s men’s soccer team vaulted into the top 15 in the latest NAIA rankings.
Following a week which included an upset over No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan, Grace landed at No. 12 in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
The Lancers continue to improve their best mark in recorded poll history (2000) and are now the highest rated team in the Crossroads League, ahead of Bethel (No. 14) and IWU (RV).
The Lancers have proved their worth this season with a grueling schedule. Six of Grace’s seven opponents are also in the poll, four of which are ranked 17th or higher.
The Lancer will close out their nonconference portion of the schedule with another top-25 match. The Lancers travel to Missouri to take on No. 3 Columbia at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.
GRACE WOMEN’S SOCCER: GRACE SURGES TO NO. 17
WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Grace’s women’s soccer team jumped six spots in the latest edition of the NAIA Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
The Lady Lancers climbed from No. 23 to No. 17 on Wednesday following a 4-0-1 start to the season. Over the weekend, Grace earned a 1-1 tie on the road at No. 10 Southeastern to boost its resume.
The Crossroads League has three other teams in the poll, including No. 2 Spring Arbor, No. 4 Marian and No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan.
The Lady Lancers are traveling to Missouri this week for a pair of matches against Stephens (Thursday) and No. 18 Columbia (Saturday).
Next week, Grace will kick off Crossroads League play with a match on Saturday at No. 4 Marian.
GRACE MEN’S TENNIS: LANCERS CLAIM CROSSROADS LEAGUE TITLE
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Grace’s men’s tennis team can’t stop winning championships.
After winning NCCAA national titles in each of the past two seasons, the Lancers picked up another trophy with the 2022 Crossroads League regular season championship.
The Lancers did so courtesy of a 4-0 win over Goshen to start the final doubleheader of the regular season.
It marks Grace’s first league title since 2012 and 2013 when the team won back-to-back championships.
Grace will be the No. 1 seed in next week’s Crossroads League Tournament. The winner of the tourney receives the automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships during the spring.
The quarterfinals are set for Tuesday with the semifinals on Thursday and championship on Saturday. Grace will play at home for as long as they advance.
The Lancers made quick work of the Maple Leafs. The doubles’ point was won thanks to Ivan Antinori and Facundo Paredes at No. 1 doubles, and Ramiro Candia and Nicolas Doria at No. 3.
Grace quickly won three singles’ courts to clinch the match. Paredes was victorious 6-4, 6-0 at the top singles’ court. Javier Gallego won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 2, and Pablo Gregori won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3.
Grace ended the day with a dramatic 4-3 victory against host Marian to complete a perfect undefeated regular season in league play.
The Lancers claimed the doubles’ point by winning all three courts. The duos of Antinori/Paredes (No. 1), Gallego/Gregori (No. 2) and Candia/Doria (No. 3) were all victors.
Grace raced further ahead with two quick singles’ wins, putting the Lancers on the verge of victory. Gallego (No. 2) and Paredes (No. 1) won in straight sets, but the Knights clawed back with victories at No. 3, 4 and 5 singles to even the match.
The match boiled down to No. 6 singles. Francisco Margaria dropped the opening set to fall into an early hole. But the senior battled from that deficit, claiming the second set and winning the third-set tiebreaker to secure the match for the Lancers.
The Lancers will squeeze in two more home matches this week, including against Judson on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. and No. 19 Cardinal Stritch on Friday at 4 p.m.
HOLY CROSS MEN’S SOCCER: SAINTS FALL TO EAGLES 3-2
Notre Dame, Ind. The Holy Cross College women’s soccer team returned to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play this afternoon when they hosted Judson University. Judson was able to score two goals early in the match, but Lauren Cernak was able to come up with a deflection to rocket it into the back of the next to move the game to 2-1 entering halftime. Lauren Cernak knotted the game up 2-2 with another goal scored in the 62nd minute. Late in the match, Judson was able to counter to score a goal in the 80th minute. The would be the game-winning goal and the Eagles would hand the Saints the 3-2 defeat. With the loss, Holy Cross moves to 1-2-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play, while Judson moves to 3-2 and 2-0.
Score: Holy Cross fell to Judson 3-2
Records: Holy Cross (1-2-4) | Judson (3-2)
Location: Saints Field | Holy Cross College | Notre Dame, Ind.
09′ | Alex Wawrzyniak (JU) unassisted
18′ | Alondra Blanco (JU) assisted by Alex Wawrzyniak
27′ | Lauren Cernak (HC) unassisted
62′ | Lauren Cernak (HC) assisted Abby Craig
80′ | Natalia Ruiz (JU) assisted Kelly Leon
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Taylor Primack got the start in goal and recorded five saves
Lauren Cernak recorded two goals
HC was outshot by Judson 29-21 in the loss
NEXT TIME OUT
The Saints will continue their conference play on Saturday, September 17 when they travel to Governors State University. Kickoff set for 6:00 pm EST.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU VOLLEYBALL RECEIVES NO. 19 SPOT IN THE LAND
KANSAS CITY – The NAIA released its second Women’s Volleyball Coaches’ Top-25 Poll of the 2022 season on Wednesday, in which the Taylor Trojans (12-3, 1-0 CL) received the No. 19 rank in the nation.
After starting the season 6-0, the Trojans have gone 6-3 since the first national poll of the regular season was released two weeks ago. Seven of those nine matches, however, came against top-25 or RV opponents, four of whom Taylor defeated. Thus, the Trojans fell just one spot in the national rankings since the last poll.
Throughout its most-recent nine-match stretch against such fierce competition, Taylor has averaged 13.3 kills-per-set, a notch above its season average of 12.9. The reigning NAIA National Attacker of the Week, Ryan Czerniak, has played a huge role in fueling the Trojan attack and keeping the Trojans in the top-25.
In Taylor’s last nine matches, Czerniak has posted a pair of 20-or-more-kill performances, bolstering an average of 4.34 kills-per-set. Even more impressive for Czerniak, however, is her precision with the attack, posting a hitting percentage of .407-or-higher in seven of Taylor’s most-recent nine matches.
Taylor’s fifth-year senior currently leads the nation in hitting percentage and sits second in kills, having accumulated a total of 232 this season while maintaining a hitting percentage of .458.
As a team, the Trojans rank second in the Crossroads League with an average of 12.87 kills-per-set, meanwhile they lead the league with 11.98 assists-per-set, thanks to TU setter, Kacy Bragg, and her league-leading average of 10.52 assists-per-set.
Bragg, Czerniak and the No. 19 Trojans (12-3, 1-0 CL) are back in action later Wednesday evening, when they take on Spring Arbor (9-3, 0-1 CL) in Michigan at 7:00 pm ET.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | NO. 19 TROJANS TAKE CARE OF COUGARS IN THREE SETS
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – The No. 19 Taylor volleyball team (13-3, 2-0 CL) re-entered league play on Wednesday evening, a night on which the Trojans took care of Spring Arbor (9-4, 0-2 CL) in quick and decisive fashion.
The Trojans picked up their eighth three-set sweep of the season while racking up 20 more kills than the Cougars, all the while posting a team hitting percentage of .301 in comparison to a Spring Arbor percentage of just .067.
Ryan Czerniak, the reigning NAIA National Attacker of the Week, led the charge for Taylor in this way once again, totaling 13 kills in 20 attacks while committing just a single error against Spring Arbor.
Outside hitter, Arlanda Faulkner, contributed 10 kills herself alongside a .364 hitting percentage for her eighth double-digit-kill performance of the season. Meanwhile, sophomore mid-hitter, Jaylynn Dunsmore, had one of her better offensive performances of the 2022 campaign, posting 10 kills for the second time this season while maintaining a .368 hitting percentage throughout the match.
Match play unfolded in a competitive manner, as the score read 12-10 Taylor midway through the opening set. At that point, however, Taylor turned on the jets, subsequently enacting a 13-2 run to take the first set 25-12.
Set two, then, followed a similar storyline, as the Cougars hung tight with Taylor until the score read 10-10. A quick 7-1 run gave the Trojans momentum, however, which Taylor rode to a 25-17 set win.
Spring Arbor continued to battle, though, nurturing a 20-20 tie in the third set, before the Trojans once again ripped off a run that proved detrimental to the Cougar spirit. Thanks to four-consecutive kills, two of which came from the powerful right arm of Dunsmore, the Trojans took the third-and-final set by a score of 25-21, sweeping the Cougars on their home court.
Paving the way throughout the match for Czerniak, Faulkner, and Dunsmore, was TU setter, Kacy Bragg, who totaled 40 assists for the ninth time this season.
Defensively, TU mid-hitter, Grace Ieremia, sent back four blocks throughout the three-set match, which marked the eighth time this season that the Florida native has posted four-or-more blocks in a match. Meanwhile, Anna Frey and McKaylah Flagle solidified the Trojan backline, as the teammates respectively tallied 17 and 12 digs apiece.
No. 19 Taylor (13-3, 2-0 CL) is set to return home for its next match against Grace (6-7, 1-1 CL), scheduled to take place Friday evening, September 16, at 7:00 pm ET.
RHIT Women’s Soccer – RHIT 5, SMWC 1
WEST TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s soccer team took down St. Mary of the Woods 5-1 thanks to a strong second half.
The first half was a back and forth match with each team creating scoring chances. Camille Clark opened the scored for the Fightin’ Engineers with a strike in the 29th minute. However, the Pomeroys answered back with a by Sierra Mullins right before halftime in the 39th minute.
In the second half, the Fightin’ Engineers moved their front line forward, pressured the ball, and got shot after shot. They could not seem to get anything to fall until Clark broke the seal in the 66th minute for her second goal of the game.
Sarah Shoemaker, one of the graduate students for Rose-Hulman, tacked on a pair of insurance goals for the Fightin’ Engineers in the 84th and 85th minutes to extend the lead to 4-1. Shoemaker now has 16 career goals in the red and black.
Lauren Marquardt tacked on her second career goal in the 87th minute to extend the lead to 5-1.
Natalie Dillon added two saves in goal for the Fightin’ Engineers in the win.
The Fightin’ Engineers will be back in action on Saturday at Millikin at 3:00 PM CT.
RHIT MEN’S SOCCER – ROSE-HULMAN 1, DEPAUW
GREENCASTLE, Indiana — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team brings home their second road win of the season as they bring down DePauw by a score of 1-0.
The Fightin’ Engineers controlled this game in its entirety as they were able to outshoot the Tigers 15-6 in the win, but four of the DePauw shots came in the final five minutes of the contest. However, the Fightin’ Engineers were not able to capitalize on their big shot difference in the first half.
In the second half, Jackson Seida picked up the goal in the 57th minute off of an assist from Caleb Urban. This goal is the seventh of the career for Seida while Urban’s assist is the 20th of his four-year career for the Fightin’ Engineers.
John Biederstedt picked up a save on the lone shot on goal for the Tigers today as the Rose-Hulman defense was outstanding for all 90 minutes.
The Fightin’ Engineers (3-0-1) return to their home pitch on Saturday afternoon as they will host Hope at 3:30 PM.
RHIT WOMEN’S TENNIS – ROSE-HULMAN 8, MANCHESTER 1
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology women’s tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season with an 8-1 victory over Manchester University on Wednesday at the Joy Hulbert Tennis Center.
The Fightin’ Engineers won all six of their singles matches, including a pair of third set super tiebreakers, to earn the victory.
Taylor Goldman and Wynne Aldrich won in straight sets at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, after combining for a win at No. 1 doubles. Ella Dorfmueller and Violet Keith also won in straight sets at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, after combining for a win at No. 3 doubles.
Ruby Kauffman and Julia McGuire added 3-set victories at No. 3 and No. 5 singles. Kauffman rallied from a 2-5 deficit to win the first set 7-5, then won the super tiebreak 10-7. McGuire won the second set 6-2 and the super tiebreaker 10-2.
Rose-Hulman improved to 2-0 on the season and 2-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action, while Manchester dropped to 0-2 in league play. The Fightin’ Engineers travel to Anderson University next Wednesday at 4 pm for another HCAC matchup.
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|Pittsburgh||55||88||.385||29||28 – 43||27 – 45||9 – 22||28 – 35||14 – 17||6 – 4||W 4|
|X-LA Dodgers||98||44||.690||–||49 – 18||49 – 26||19 – 14||21 – 9||43 – 16||7 – 3||L 1|
|San Diego||78||65||.545||20.5||38 – 31||40 – 34||19 – 15||19 – 10||33 – 30||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Francisco||69||74||.483||29.5||39 – 33||30 – 41||19 – 14||19 – 14||21 – 36||4 – 6||W 1|
|Arizona||67||75||.472||31||38 – 36||29 – 39||16 – 15||16 – 16||24 – 37||4 – 6||W 1|
|Colorado||62||81||.434||36.5||40 – 34||22 – 47||10 – 24||14 – 15||29 – 31||6 – 4||W 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
|American Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Miami Dolphins||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||20||7||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Buffalo Bills||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||31||10||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|New York Jets||0||1||0||.000||1.0||9||24||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|New England Patriots||0||1||0||.000||1.0||7||20||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Los Angeles Chargers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||24||19||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Kansas City Chiefs||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||44||21||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Denver Broncos||0||1||0||.000||1.0||16||17||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Las Vegas Raiders||0||1||0||.000||1.0||19||24||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||23||20||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Baltimore Ravens||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||24||9||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Cleveland Browns||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||26||24||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Cincinnati Bengals||0||1||0||.000||1.0||20||23||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Houston Texans||0||0||1||.500||0.0||20||20||0-0-1||0-0-0||0-0-1||0-0-1||1 T|
|Indianapolis Colts||0||0||1||.500||0.0||20||20||0-0-0||0-0-1||0-0-1||0-0-1||1 T|
|Tennessee Titans||0||1||0||.000||0.5||20||21||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||0||1||0||.000||0.5||22||28||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|National Football Conference|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Philadelphia Eagles||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||38||35||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Washington Commanders||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||28||22||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|New York Giants||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||21||20||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Dallas Cowboys||0||1||0||.000||1.0||3||19||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Seattle Seahawks||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||17||16||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Arizona Cardinals||0||1||0||.000||1.0||21||44||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Los Angeles Rams||0||1||0||.000||1.0||10||31||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|San Francisco 49ers||0||1||0||.000||1.0||10||19||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|Minnesota Vikings||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||23||7||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Chicago Bears||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||19||10||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Detroit Lions||0||1||0||.000||1.0||35||38||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Green Bay Packers||0||1||0||.000||1.0||7||23||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||Pct||GB||PF||PA||Home||Road||vs. Conf||vs. Div||Streak|
|New Orleans Saints||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||27||26||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||19||3||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|Carolina Panthers||0||1||0||.000||1.0||24||26||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|Atlanta Falcons||0||1||0||.000||1.0||26||27||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
X – Clinched Playoff Spot, Y – Clinched Division, Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1884 Meriden, ahead 5-3 in the top of the ninth, wins the game when Hartford forfeits for refusing to use a new ball needed to replace the one hit into a marsh behind home plate, citing the sphere did not come from a box sealed by the league secretary. The suddenly Connecticut State League contest shortened game also featured the only home run hit that season at the Meriden ballpark, a round-tripper stroked by its captain, future Hall of Fame manager Connie Mack.
1890 In a Players’ League contest, Buffalo Bison right-hander Bert Cunningham throws five wild pitches in the first inning against the Chicago Pirates at South Side Park. The 1996 Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame inductee’s performance establish the regular-season record, a mark broken by Cardinals pitcher Rick Ankiel ties the infamous feat during a 2000 playoff game against the Mets.
1902 The trio of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance completes their first twin killing in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati at Chicago’s West Side Grounds. The 1910 baseball poem by Franklin Pierce Adams, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon, immortalizes the Cubs’ legendary double-play combination
1904 Giants’ southpaw George Wiltse runs his career record to 12-0 when he beats the Beaneaters at the Polo Grounds, 3-2. The 25-year-old rookie known as ‘Hooks’ loses three of the next four decisions to the campaign 13-3, but his dozen consecutive victories establish a starter’s record at beginning a career for a starter.
1928 The Braves play their ninth consecutive doubleheader, splitting the home twin bill with the Cubs, 5-2 and 1-6. The streak, which began on September 4, sees the team drop 14 of 18 decisions, including losing eight consecutive games to the Giants.
1929 Between games of a twin bill, the Reds entertain the fans by sponsoring a base-circling contest with the winning player receiving $75 in prize money. Cincinnati outfielder Evar Swanson breaks Hans Lobart’s record of 13.8 seconds set earlier in the year as he completes the 360-foot dash in 13.3 seconds, according to official AAU timers officiating the race.
1938 For the fifth time in a major league game, brothers homer in the same contest when Pirates teammates Lloyd and Paul Waner go deep off Cliff Melton in the fifth inning of the Bucs’ 7-2 victory over New York at the Polo Grounds. Although ‘Big and Little Poison’ have completed the deed twice before, they are the first siblings in history to hit the home runs in consecutive at-bats, a feat not duplicated again until the BJ and Justin Upton go yard back-to-back for the Braves in 2013.
1946 In Brooklyn, a giant swarm of gnats engulfs Ebbets Field at the end of the fifth inning during the second game of a doubleheader. Due to the bothersome insects and impending darkness, the umpires call nightcap, resulting in a 2-0 Dodger victory over the Cubs.
1950 At Ebbets Field, Cardinal starter Cloyd Boyer, sibling of Ken and Clete, hurts his arm while warming up and is replaced by Red Munger. The reliever goes the distance, beating the Dodgers, 6-2, getting credit for a complete game but not starting the contest.
1950 For the sixth time in his career, Johnny Mize hits three home runs in one game, establishing a major league record. The first baseman’s offensive output, which makes him the second player to accomplish a three-homer game in both leagues along with Babe Ruth, isn’t enough when the Yankees lose at Detroit at Briggs Stadium, 9-7.
1958 Snuffy Stirnweiss dies when the New Jersey commuter train he is riding plunges off the CRRNJ Newark Bay Bridge between Elizabethport and Bayonne. The 39-year-old former All-Star infielder, who played with the Yankees, Browns, and Indians, led the American League in hitting with a .309 average playing for New York in 1945.
1960 Willie Mays, who collects five hits in six at-bats, ties a major league mark by hitting three triples in the Giants’ 8-6 victory over Philadelphia. The Say Hey Kid’s eleventh inning three-bagger leads to the eventual go-ahead run in the Connie Mack Stadium contest.
1963 The Mets hold the first of many Banner Days between games of a doubleheader against the Astros. The Polo Grounds event, inspired by the innovation of their fans, allows the ‘New Breed’ to display their creative ideas with signs, including some with a negative tone, with a parade on the field.
1964 At Wrigley Field, Larry Jackson fires a six-hitter, beating the Reds, 6-1, to become the season’s first 20-game winner. The 33-year-old right-handed workhorse will finish the campaign with a 24-11 record for the eighth-place Cubs.
1968 The Cardinals clinch their twelfth National League pennant when the team beats Houston at the Astrodome, 7-4. The contest, which features Curt Flood collecting five hits, marks the final home run by Roger Maris, who will finish his 12-year major league career with 275 round-trippers.
1969 Cardinal hurler Steve Carlton fans nineteen batters, including three in the final frame, to establish a new major league mark for strikeouts for a nine-inning game. Lefty’s performance is spoiled when Ron Swoboda’s pair of two-run homers proves to be the difference in the Redbirds’ 4-3 loss to the Mets at Busch Stadium.
1971 Astros rookie Larry Yount, making his major league debut, injures his right shoulder in the ninth inning, throwing his first warm-up pitch. The 21-year-old right-hander, Robin’s older brother, will never get another chance to pitch in the bigs with his only major league experience consisting of that one ill-fated toss to home plate.
1971 In just his second major-league start, Cubs rookie Burt Hooton ties a franchise record for a nine-inning game when he strikes out 15 batters, going the distance in the team’s 3-2 victory over New York at Shea Stadium. The 21-year-old right-hander matches the mark established by Dick Drott against Milwaukee in 1957.
1971 The Oakland A’s win the American League West Division with their 3-2 victory over Chicago and the Royals’ 6-2 loss to California. The franchise hadn’t won a title since 1931, when Connie Mack managed the team in Philadelphia.
1974 On a bright, sunny day at Fenway Park, Rico Petrocelli is struck behind the left ear, below the helmet, when he loses Jim Slaton’s pitch due to the blinding glare of the outfield bleachers. The beaning, which causes inner ear damage, results in the third baseman missing the rest of the season and will hasten his early retirement before the start of the 1977 season at the age of 33.
1974 Gaylord Perry goes the distance for his 20th victory when he beats Baltimore and Ross Grimsley at Memorial Stadium, 1-0. The right-hander, who will finish the season with a 21-13 record, will be the last Indian pitcher in the twentieth century to win twenty games.
1975 Mike Vail ties the National League rookie record as the outfielder hits in his twenty-third consecutive game. The Mets’ late-season call up’s streak matches the 1948 freshman performances of Richie Ashburn (Phillies) and Alvin Dark (Braves).
1977 The Royals, en route to finishing with a 102-60 record and winning the American League West, set a club record of 16 straight victories when they defeat the A’s in ten innings in the nightcap of a doubleheader, 5-4. Kansas City also had a 10-game win streak in July.
1977 Fearing for the safety of his left fielder, Orioles manager Earl Weaver, trailing 4-0, pulls his team off the field when third base ump Marty Springstead declines his request to remove the tarp covering the Blue Jays’ bullpen area. After waiting for 15 minutes in light rain for the O’s to return, the Exhibition Stadium contest is forfeited to the home team by the umpires.
1978 In front of 47,188 fans at Dodger Stadium, Don Sutton throws a six-hitter to beat Atlanta, 5-0. With tonight’s attendance, Los Angeles becomes the first major league team to draw three million fans at home.
1979 After hitting a single in the second, a double in the fourth, and a triple in the eighth, Bob Watson completes a natural cycle with a home run in the ninth inning of the Red Sox’ 10-2 victory over Baltimore at Memorial Stadium. The Boston first baseman becomes the first modern major leaguer to hit for the cycle in both leagues, having accomplished the feat with the Astros in 1977.
1990 Bobby Thigpen, who played in the outfield in college, saves his 50th game of the season when the White Sox beat Boston, 7-4. The Chicago closer strikes out pinch-hitter Danny Heep looking for the final out in the Comiskey Park contest.
1990 In the first of the two times they will accomplish the feat, Billy and Cal Ripken homer in the same game. The siblings’ home runs are overshadowed by Kelly Gruber’s three-run round-tripper in the ninth inning, giving the Blue Jays a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Orioles at the Skydome.
1995 Ozzie Smith takes part in the 1,554th twin killing of his career to set a new big-league record for double plays. The Cardinals’ shortstop’s wizardry isn’t enough to prevent the Redbirds’ 7-6 loss to the Dodgers at Busch Stadium.
1996 In a 16-6 rout of the Tigers, the Orioles break the major league record for team home runs in a season, passing the 1961 Yankees mark of 240.
1996 Thanks to Andres Galarraga’s three-run homer, the Rockies establish a big-league record for runs scored at home. Colorado, which will amass 658 tallies at Coors Field this season, scores its 626th, 627th, and 628th runs when the ‘Big Cat’ goes deep to surpass the 1950 Red Sox, who crossed the plate 625 times.
1996 The Rangers retire their first number in franchise history when they honor Nolan Ryan. The team’s future owner, who wore uniform jersey #34, pitched two no-hitters, recorded his 5,000th strikeout, and won his 300th career game during his five years on the mound for Texas.
1996 When Brady Anderson goes deep leading off the game at Tiger Stadium, the Orioles set a record by homering in 24 straight road games. The accomplishment will last for 22 seasons until the A’s extend mark for road dingers to 27 consecutive games.
1996 Frank Thomas slams his 215th career home run in a White Sox uniform to surpass Carlton Fisk as the all-time franchise leader. The Big Hurt’s historic homer is the first of three round-trippers he hits in a 9-8 loss to the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park.
1997 The newly renovated Anaheim Stadium will now be known as Edison International Field. The 30-year-old Angels’ ballpark will once again be a baseball-only facility with the NFL Rams, who shared the facility from 1980-1994, having shifted their franchise from LA to St. Louis two years ago.
1998 In a 12-7 win over the Twins, Mariner Ken Griffey Jr. becomes the fourth-youngest (28 years and ten months) player to reach 1,000 RBIs. Junior got to the 1,000 mark younger than anyone except Mel Ott (27 years, three months), Jimmie Foxx (27 years, eight months), and Lou Gehrig (28 years, 9 1/2 months).
1998 Ending a six-game drought without a homer, Mark McGwire, pinch-hitting in the ninth inning, hits his 63rd homer. The solo shot off Jason Christiansen in the Cardinals’ 8-6 loss to the Pirates allows ‘Big Mac’ to regain the home-run lead over Sammy Sosa.
1998 Working the ninth for his 40th save in the Rangers’ 6-5 win over the Orioles, John Wetteland joins three other pitchers in major league history to have three or more 40-save seasons. Dennis Eckersley, Jeff Reardon, and Lee Smith have also accomplished the same feat.
1998 Rolando Arrojo (14-12) sets a record for wins by an expansion pitcher when the Devil Rays defeat the Angels, 8-1.
1999 The owners unanimously approved a resolution to redraft the Major League Agreement, allowing the American League and National League to merge in all aspects except on the field, where the leagues and divisions will remain the same.
2000 The Giambi brothers Jeremy and Jason homer in the same game for the second time in their careers, with A’s first baseman Jason setting a team record by hitting his fourth grand slam of the season when Oakland routs the Devil Rays, 17-3. The bases-loaded shot also ties a major league record for the four-run round-trippers by a team in a single season, 12.
2000 Passing Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, Mariner Rickey Henderson scores two runs to take over second place on runs scored on the career list. With 2,175, Henderson will need to tally 71 runs to pass the all-time leader, Ty Cobb (2,245).
2000 Trevor Hoffman becomes the third player in baseball history to have four 40-save seasons when he faces four batters in the ninth inning of the Padres’ 5-4 victory over the Giants at Qualcomm Stadium. The 32-year-old San Diego closer joins Dennis Eckersley and Lee Smith In accomplishing the feat.
2002 Defeating the Indians after a 67-minute rain delay, 5-0, the Twins clinch the American League Central Division flag. Minnesota, which will be making its first playoff appearance since 1991, was almost eliminated during the offseason due to contraction.
2002 Curt Schilling whiffs Brewers’ backstop Jorge Fabregas for his 300th victim this season and joins southpaw Randy Johnson in becoming the first teammates to strike out at least 300 batters in the same season. The Diamondback right-hander has now done it three times in his career, with the ‘Big Unit’ reaching the milestone six times, but neither hurler will accomplish the feat again.
2003 With his 2,063rd career base on balls, Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth on the all-time walks list. The Giant left fielder now trails only Rickey Henderson, who has 2,190 free passes.
2003 Rafael Palmeiro joins Jimmie Foxx as the only player to hit 35 homers and drive in 100 runs in nine consecutive seasons. The Hall of Famer Foxx accomplished the feat while playing for the A’s and Red Sox from 1932 to 1940.
2003 Thousands of Hanshin Tigers fans jump off the Ebisubashi Bridge into the Dotonbori River in celebration when their hometown heroes clinch the Central League title for the first time in 18 years. The plunge into the murky river when the team wins has become a local ritual for its fans.
2004 With the bases loaded in the fourth inning during an eventual 6-2 Expos victory at Dolphin Stadium, Mike Lowell tags Brian Schneider, taking a lead off third base. The Expos catcher becomes the victim of the hidden ball trick, not realizing the Marlins’ third baseman had not given the pitcher the ball after visiting the mound.
2006 En route to finishing the season with 101 defeats, the Devil Rays lose their ninetieth game for the ninth consecutive season when the team drops a 5-4 walk-off decision to the Blue Jays in ten innings at Rogers Centre. The 1936-45 Phillies are the only other team in big-league history to accomplish the infamous feat.
2007 Prince Fielder’s NL-leading 46th home run establishes a Brewers franchise record. The Milwaukee first baseman’s third-inning round-tripper off Reds’ hurler Kirk Saarloos breaks the team’s home-run mark set by Gorman Thomas (1979) and Richie Sexson (2001, 2003).
2007 Although the amount is nowhere near the money that the 1998’s Mark McGwire’s single-season home run record ball commanded, Giants slugger Barry Bonds’ career No. 756 home run baseball sells for more than experts predicted. The ball thrown by Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik on August 7, auctioned by Matt Murphy, the fan who caught the historic homer, is won by an unidentified bidder for $752,467.
2008 The day after dropping a doubleheader to the Phillies, the Brewers fire Ned Yost (457-502), ending the manager’s six-year tenure, which saw Milwaukee develop from cellar dwellers into a contender in the National League Central Division. New skipper Dale Sveum, formerly the team’s third-base coach, will try to stop the recent skid of 11 losses in 14 games and keep the 83-67 club in contention for the wild card.
2010 Rays skipper Joe Maddon is tossed from the game when Derek Jeter, giving an Oscar-worthy performance at home plate, is awarded first base by the umpires who rule the pitch thrown by Chad Qualls hit the New York shortstop. Video replay of the at-bat, which clearly shows the fastball hit the knob of the bat, prompts a national debate about the ethics demonstrated by the usually squeaky-clean Yankees captain, who admitted after the 4-3 loss to Tampa that he pretended to get hit by the pitch to get on base.
2010 The Cubs beat the Cardinals at Busch Stadium, 7-3, to complete their first three-game sweep in St. Louis in more than twenty years. The victory marks the first time since June 12th, 1988, that the visiting Chicago fans can break out the brooms in the Gateway City.
2010 At Fenway Park, Jose Bautista establishes a new Blue Jay record for home runs in a season when he hit his 48th, a two-run blast on a 3-2 fastball thrown by Michael Bowden. The 29-year-old outfielder, who has never gone deep more than 16 times in a year, breaks the mark established by George Bell in 1987.
2011 After hitting a first-inning two-run homer, singling in the second, and stroking a leadoff double in the fifth, Pablo Sandoval hit for the cycle when he drives a pitch that sails just beyond the outstretched glove of Colorado’s right fielder Carlos Gonzalez for a triple. ‘Panda,’ a third baseman not known for speed, becomes the 25th Giant player to accomplish the feat, and the first since Fred Lewis did the deed in 2007, also at Coors Field.
2012 During the Marlins’ 6-4 victory over Cincinnati in Miami, Jose Reyes is charged with baseball’s unofficial 500,000th error. The All-Star shortstop earns the dubious distinction when he flubs Drew Stubbs’ ground ball in the seventh inning.
2012 In a pregame ceremony at Petco Park, four U.S. Marine pilots unveiled a statue of Jerry Coleman, honoring the longtime Padres broadcaster for his 70 years of major league service as a player and broadcaster and his distinguished career in the Marine Corps. Three 4-foot by 8-foot panels behind the 7-foot sculpture capture the octogenarian’s roles in baseball, the military, and the broadcast booth.
2014 Jason DeGrom strikes out the first eight batters he faces in the Mets’ 6-5 loss in Miami, tying the modern-day major league mark to start a game. The Amazins’ rookie right-hander now shares the record with Jim Deshaies, who struck out the first eight Dodgers he faced with the Astros in a 1986 contest.
2017 Major League Baseball completes its investigation into allegations made by Yankees that the Red Sox used an Apple Watch to steal signs during a three-game series in August. Commissioner Rob Manfred fines Boston an undisclosed amount for violating league regulations “by sending electronic communications from their video replay room to a trainer in the dugout.”
2019 For the first time in American League history and the 12th occurrence in the majors, two teams with 100+ losses face each other when the Orioles (48-100) defeat the Tigers (44-103) at Comerica Park, 8-2. The last National League matchup of teams with triple-digit losses featured the Astros and the Cubs in the final weekend of the 2012 season.
2019 In the first inning of their game against the Orioles at Comerica Park, the Indians walked to the plate to KC and the Sunshine Band’s Give It Up in honor of minor leaguer Chace Numata, who used the tune as his walk-up song with Double-A Erie. The 27-year-old switch-hitting catching prospect from Pearl City (HI), whose family donated his liver, pancreas, heart, and kidneys to people in need, died on September 2 from injuries sustained from a skateboarding accident.
2020 The Phillies, reversing their unofficial policy of retiring numbers of only players enshrined in Cooperstown, honor Dick Allen, the 1964 National League Rookie of Year, with the ultimate tribute a franchise can pay a player by placing his uniform #15 in retirement. In addition to the former first baseman’s name and digits on the Citizens Bank Park’s hallowed brick wall, Philadelphia, in the past, has paid tribute to Richie Ashburn (#1), Jim Bunning (#14), Mike Schmidt (#20), Steve Carlton (#32), Robin Roberts (#36), Grover Cleveland Alexander, and Chuck Klein.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1987
Minnesota Twins (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (3)
The 1987 St. Louis Cardinals had once again risen to the top of the National League with an impressive 95-67 record that granted them a first-class ticket to Minnesota and the 84th Fall Classic. Their opponents, the American League’s Twins, had posted the best home-field record in the Major Leagues (56-25).
Game 1 looked to be in the American League’s favor as the Twins had a definite advantage over visiting teams who were not used to playing in the purist’s nightmare known as the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome. The trendy indoor stadium with its Teflon roof, artificial turf and trash-can lining walls had been heralded as a major achievement when it opened, but the futuristic ballpark soon became unpopular with the players as the controlled air facility couldn’t hold long fly balls or distribute the crowd noise. Despite their unconventional surroundings, Minnesota had assembled a strong line-up and were more than ready to show the Redbirds how to play inside.
As the first Classic ever to be held indoors opened, the home team’s Frank Viola schooled the visiting line-up with five hit ball over eight innings. In the fourth, Dan Gladden continued the math lesson with a textbook grand slam and Steve Lombardozzi added a two run homer for the 10-1 victory. School was back in session the following day as Randy Bush belted a two run double and Tim Laudner contributed a two run single off starter Danny Cox in the fourth. Curveball professor Bert Blyleven taught seven innings and was an 8-4 winner for Minnesota, who had graduated from freshman to seniors with the 2-0 advantage.
The Cardinals were grateful to return to the traditional outdoor settings of their own ballpark with its green grasses and wide open spaces for Games 3-5. Les Straker kept the Twins on track after six innings of shutout pitching, but was replaced by Juan Berenguer after showing signs of fatigue. The substitution proved costly as the home team hammered the reliever for three runs and four hits in 1/3 of an inning. Left-hander John Tudor fared much better and showed the visitors who owned the hill at Busch Memorial Stadium. Proving there’s no place like home; the Cards emerged as 3-1 winners and were back in the race.
Game 4 was another close one and remained a 1-1 tie in the fourth when Tom Lawless (who had two hits all season and one homer in two-hundred fifteen games) shocked both benches with a three run blast off of Viola that pushed the Cardinals to a 7-2 victory. Once again, Cox and Blyleven matched up for Game 5 and were locked in a scoreless stalemate going into the sixth inning. Curt Ford snapped the tie with a two run single in the sixth and Greg Gagne’s critical error on the next at-bat netted a third run for the 4-2 victors. After starting 0-2, the Cardinals had comeback for the advantage and were now standing one win away from another title. It wasn’t over yet though as both teams headed indoors back in Twins territory.
Learning from their mistakes in Games 1 and 2, the Cardinals managed to work through the deafening crowd noise that had played as a major advantage for the home team. Focusing on the task at hand, St. Louis maintained their momentum with a first inning homer courtesy of Tommy Herr. After 4½ innings, the visitors had built a 5-2 lead and Tudor was brought in to close it out. Minnesota had other plans though as Kirby Puckett started the Twins’ fifth with a single, Gary Gaetti doubled him home and Don Baylor followed with a home run for the 5-5 tie. Lombardozzi completed the rally with the go-ahead run off reliever Rick Horton, but the Twins were far from finished. After the Cardinals shuffled their rotation several times in the sixth (including swapping the right-handed Forsch for left-handed Ken Dayley) Kent Hrbek nailed a two out, grand slam that capped a Minnesota 11-5 triumph, putting the Twins within one win of their first World Series trophy.
Game 7 was a much tighter affair than the previous game’s romping as Frank Viola took the mound against St. Louis ace Joe Magrane. Both pitchers had entered the Major Leagues at the “tender” of twenty-two (Viola in ’82, and Magrane in ’87), but proven themselves to be mature beyond their years. Surprisingly, the more experienced Viola blinked first as the Redbirds took an early 2-0 lead in the second, but he was able to regain his composure while allowing just two more hits through the following eight innings. His teammates also contributed at the plate by scoring runs in the second, fifth, sixth and eighth frames. Jeff Reardon came out of the Minnesota bullpen in the ninth and followed his starter’s lead while securing Twins fans their first championship title. Overall, Viola’s clutch performance remained as the series standout and he was awarded with both versions of the Fall Classic’s Most Valuable Player Award; the original title, which was voted on during the final game of the World Series by a committee of reporters and officials in attendance, and the Babe Ruth MVP Award, which had been developed by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America and first awarded one year after the Bambino’s death.
While Cardinals fans and baseball purists still scoffed at the winners gaudy facilities, the Twins looked at it differently. Their field may have been unsightly, but at least their ’87 American League West, American League and World Series champion banners would always be dry.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1995
The 1995 Midsummer Classic was held at The Ballpark at Arlington for the first time in All-Star history. The National League was still riding high after breaking the American League’s six year winning streak the previous year. Despite their confidence, the National League managed only three hits during the entire game.
Unfortunately for the American League, they all counted, marking the first time in All-Star history that all of a team’s hits were homeruns. Craig Biggio, Mike Piazza and Jeff Conine all homered for the National League, despite a fantastic performance on the mound by the American League. For over five innings, three American League pitchers had held the National League hitless. Randy Johnson, Kevin Appier and Dennis Martinez combined to pitch the longest no-hitter to open an All-Star Game.
This time the American League’s offense was anemic as they batted eight times with runners in scoring position and went hitless each time. The American League’s runs came on a fourth-inning homer by Frank Thomas after a single by Carlos Baerga.
Two other notable events took place during the ’95 Midsummer Classic: Buck Showalter of the Yankees and Felipe Alou of the Expos were named All-Star managers because their teams finished the strike-shortened 1994 season with the best records in their leagues and National League starter Hideo Nomo became the first Japanese player named to the All-Star team.
September 15, 1940 – The 2nd edition of the American Football League plays it’s first game. The Milwaukee Chiefs overcame the Columbus Bullies by the score of 14-2.
September 15, 1959 – George A. Sarles patent on a radio transmitter device for inside a quarterback’s helmet is published. HELMET RADIOS INCLUDING A TRANSISTOR AMPLIFIER. US Patent 2904645A . According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s website two inventors from Ohio; George Sarles and his partner John Campbell had a concept of improving communication from the sideline to players on the field. The two men approached Cleveland Brown’s legendary Head Coach Paul Brown in 1956 with the idea. Brown loved the idea and agreed to have the inventors put a prototype into Cleveland quarterback George Ratterman’s helmet. The radio transmitter was installed carefully into Ratterman’s head protector and Paul Brown made the project of testing the device be top secret. Campbell and Sarles tested the transmission in a wooded area behind John Campbell’s house. It worked great for a bit as Sarles put on the helmet and walked off into the woods. Soon though the signal weakened and then went quiet on Campbell’s end. John went to try and find his friend, and eventually he did. Sarles was talking with a local police officer who had picked up the transmission signal on his police radio. Luckily enough the policeman was a big fan of the Browns and promised to keep the secret. The inventors made sure to change the frequency they were using though. Paul Brown had the helmet transmitter covertly used in a preseason exhibition game against the Detroit Lions. The keen Lions staff noticed that Brown was not using his normal substitution platoon to run plays from the sideline to the huddle. One Lion assistant was so suspicious that he investigated further and found the transmitter hidden behind a wooden pole. The secret was out. The rest of the league tried to come up with devices of their own, but none were the quality of Sarles and Campbell’s design. The Browns used the transmitter for 3 more games, until Commissioner Bert Bell made that type of device illegal in the NFL. John Campbell donated Ratterman’s helmet to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and it is on display for all to see.
September 15, 1975 – Notre Dame defeats Boston College 17-3 at Foxboro Stadium in the first ever meeting between the two Catholic universities. The series has been dubbed the ‘Holy War” by some.
September 15, 1979 – Wake Forest traveled to Athens, Ga. to serve as the Georgia Bulldogs’ opening game opponent. But the 12th-ranked Bulldogs didn’t expect a potent Demon Deacon team that piled up 31 first downs, ran 91 offensive plays and piled up 570 yards of total offense. Wake Forest trailed 21-13 at half despite turning the ball over six times in the first two quarters. Wide receiver Wayne Baumgardner caught a pair of first quarter TD passes from Jay Venuto for Wake’s points. The Deacons held the Bulldogs scoreless in the second half. Wake Forest pulled to 21-16 on a 34-yard field goal by Frank Harnisch in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, the Deacons took a 22-21 lead on a 9-yard pass from Venuto to James McDougald. Wake Forest defensive back Larry Ingram intercepted a pair of Buck Belue passes in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. McDougald finished with 189 yards rushing on 30 carries and Venuto was named Sports Illustrated college player of the week.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S
September 15, 1887 – John McGovern was a quarterback from the University of Minnesota. In 1909, the Walter Camp Foundation named the Golden Gopher QB to the All-American Team. The National Football Foundation selected him to enter their College Football Hall of Fame in 1966.
September 15, 1894 – Charles Wesley Harley was born in Chicago Illinois. From a young age all of his friends and family referred to him as Chic. In 1912 Chic’s family moved from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio. He attended East High School in the capital city of Ohio and his play in high school drew crowds larger than that of Ohio State’s games at old Ohio Field! Chic Harley only played in one game at East High where his team lost, and that would have been his last game of his senior season at the school to rival North High School. He enrolled into OSU and played out his freshman season on the frosh team. In that era of college football, students in their freshman seasons were not permitted to play varsity ball, they had to play on the freshman teams of their respective schools. Chic Harley was reportedly 5 foot 7 inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds nothing much to draw attention to his as being a football star, but when he got on the main Buckeye team in 1916, the star in him started to shine. With just over a minute to play against the defending Western Conference (precursor of the Big 10) champion Illinois, Chic dropped back to pass, scrambled around a bit, pump faked and then took off like lightning to pay dirt through the sloppy muddy field. Harley then called a time out, matter of factly put on a clean shoe and tied it, then kicked the game winning point in the 7-6 victory! It was Illinois’ first home loss in 4 seasons! That same season the Buckeye knocked off an undefeated Wisconsin squad by the score of 14-13, and Harley scored all of the points for Ohio State in that one too. The Ohio State teams that had Chic Harley playing for them had an amazing record of 21-1-1. The Buckeyes won every Western Conference championship game as well, except for the very last game Chic played in, and you guessed it the defeat came at the hands of the University of Illinois, the team that Harley stole a winning streak from earlier.
This last game of his was some 16 years prior to the Heisman Trophy being awarded to the nation’s top college football player, but many speculate he may have been the winner of multiple Heisman’s had it existed when he played. Harley brought Ohio State football to the forefront of national attention as he became the school’s very first consensus first team All-American as well as the first 3-time All-America selection. Chic Harley played for the Buckeyes in the 1916, 1917 and 1919 seasons, he missed the 1918 season when he spent the year as a fighter pilot in World War I. To put into perspective just how good Harley was, let’s look at the 1950 Associated Press All-Star college team of the first half of the twentieth century. Chic Harley was listed as the first team running back alongside Jim Thorpe while Red Grange was on the second team as a running back! Harley is one of the few Ohio State four sport lettermen in history. Besides football he was a starting guard on the basketball team, set a then Big Ten record in the 50-yard dash in track and was a three year starter in the outfield of the baseball team Chic was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
September 15, 1908 – Gene McEver was a halfback from the University of Tennessee. In McEver’s 3 seasons on the varsity team (1928, 1929 and 1931) at Tennessee the Vols were undefeated. He was a two time All-American and was “Mac” of the famous “Hac and Mac” backfield of the 1929 volunteers with teammate Buddy Hackman. Gene’s 98 yard kickoff return helped put the University of Tennessee’s football program on the map as it helped them knock off formerly highly ranked Alabama team 15-13, which was a tremendous upset at the time. McEver was selected to enter the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.
September 15, 1924 – John Green played for Tulane in 1942 and then for Army as a guard in the 1943 through 1945 seasons. Green was a two time All-American at Army as he and the Black Knights enjoyed back to back national championships in 1944 and 1945. He entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989
September 15, 1928 – Francis “Reds” Bagnell was a University of Pennsylvania quarterback. He grew up in West Philadelphia, and fittingly enough the house he grew up in is now part of the extended Pennsylvania University Campus. At Penn he earned 9 varsity letters, 3 each in baseball, basketball and football. The highlight of his collegiate career had to be the 1950 game against Dartmouth College when Reds Bagnell had an amazing 490 total offensive yards in the contest! Bagnell also threw 14 straight completions as the Quakers rolled to a 42-26 win at Franklin Field in Philly. The National Football Foundation selected him to enter their College Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
September 15, 1940 – Merlin Olsen was a Defensive Tackle from Utah State. Olsen was an All-American in college and also the winner of the coveted Outland Trophy for the country’s top interior lineman. At 6 foot 4 inches tall and weighing in at 270 pounds, Merlin was drafted as the number one pick of the Rams in the 1962 NFL Draft. With the Rams he became one of the pillars of the “Fearsome Foursome” defensive line. Merlin won the 1962 NFL Rookie of the Year and was an All NFL recipient 6 times. Olsen went to the NFL Pro Bowl a record 14 times in a row, missing only his final season. That is an NFL record for consecutive trips to the NFL’s game of all-stars. The National Football Foundation selected him to their College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined him in 1982. Merlin Olsen went on to become an actor and an NFL broadcaster after he cleaned out his NFL locker.
September 15, 1961 – Dan Marino was a former quarterback of the University of Pittsburgh football team. As a freshman in 1979 Dan led the Panthers to wins over local rivals West Virginia and Penn State. The 1980 version of the team finished the year ranked number 2 in the nation. After the 1981 college season Marino was selected as an All-American. The Miami Dolphins selected him as the 27th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, with five other quarterbacks chosen ahead of him including Ken O’Brien, Tony Eason, Jim Kelly, Todd Blackledge and John Elway. Dan played with Miami for 17 seasons and rewrote not only the Dolphins passing record books but most of the NFL passing records too. He played in only one Super Bowl in his second season where the Dolphins fell to the 49ers after Dan passed for over 300 yards. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined this prolific passer in 2005 and entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
September 15, 1971 – Will Shields was a 6 foot 3 inch, 320 pound guard from the University of Nebraska. With the Cornhuskers he was a consensus All-American and won the Outland Trophy. The Kansas City Chiefs drafted the big guy in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft and he entered the line up in his first game after an injury to a teammate and then never missed a game in his 14 year career. That is 223 starts in 224 games! WIll Shields went to 12 straight Pro Bowls in his career. The National Football Foundation and their College Football Hall of Fame welcomed Shields in 2011 and he entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2015.
NUMBERS IN SPORTS
36 – 9 – 23 – 41 – 14 – 32 – 27 – 43 – 26 – 37 – 8 – 12 – 1 – 13
September 15, 1902 – Chicago Cubs infielders Tinker, Evers, & Chance turn their first double play together in a 6-3 win over Cincinnati
September 15, 1912 – Boston Red Sox pitcher “Smoky” Joe Wood tied a then MLB record of 16 straight wins with a 2-1 victory over St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park
September 15, 1922 – Philadelphia catcher Butch Henline becomes first National League player to hit 3 home runs in a game since 1897 during Phillies’ 10-9 win over St. Louis Cardinals at the Baker Bowl
September 15, 1950 – For a record 6th time, New York Yankees’ first baseman Johnny Mize, Number 36 hit 3 home runs in one game
September 15, 1960 – Skater Maurice Richard, who wore Number 9 for much of his great career with the Montreal Canadiens, announced his retirement. He finishes his career with 544 goals, an NHL record at the time.
September 15, 1963 – Three brothers – Felipe Alou (Number 23), Matty Alou (Number 41), and Jesús Alou (Number 14) – all appeared in the San Francisco Giants outfield for 1 inning in a 13-5 win over Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field
September 15, 1969 – MLB St. Louis Cardinals Steve Carlton, Number 32 set a record by striking out 19 New York Mets in a game
September 15, 1979 – Boston Red Sox player Number 27, Bob Watson became the first player to hit for cycle in both the AL & NL (Astros)
September 15, 1985 – New York Yankees trade 25-year-old pitching prospect Jim Deshaies to Houston Astros where he wore Number 43 for 40-year-old pitcher Joe Niekro who wore Number 26 in pinstripes that season
September 15, 1990 – Chicago White Sox Bobby Thigpen, Number 37 is 1st to record 50 saves
September 15, 1995 – St Louis Cardinals legendary shortstop Ozzie Smith, Number 1 set a record of participating in 1554 double plays
September 15, 1996 – Texas Rangers retire their 1st number, Nolan Ryan’s Number 34
September 15, 2002 – Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, Number 12 began an NFL record-tying (Kurt Warner (Number 13), Steve Young (Number 8)) streak of 6 consecutive 300-yard passing games, throwing for 403 yards in Raiders’ 30-17 victory at Pittsburgh
SUPER BOWL 4
Jan. 17, 1971
Baltimore 0 6 0 10 — 16
Dallas 3 10 0 0 — 13
The first Super Bowl under the new merger of the NFL and AFL ended in high drama but only after both teams suffered through 60 minutes of turnovers. The Colts fumbled five times (losing three) and suffered three interceptions. The Cowboys lost one fumble and also threw three interceptions.
With Dallas leading 6-0 in the second quarter, John Unitas threw a pass off the fingertips of receiver Eddie Hinton and defensive back Mel Renfro and into the waiting arms of tight end John Mackey, who sped all the way for a 75-yard score.
Dallas regained the lead before the half on a 7-yard pass from Craig Morton to Duane Thomas. The lead stood until the fourth quarter when Rich Volk picked off a Morton pass, setting up the tying touchdown scored by Tom Nowatzke.
Then, with 1:09 to play, linebacker Mike Curtis picked off another Morton pass on the Cowboys’ 28. Three plays later rookie kicker Jim O’Brien, who had an extra point blocked earlier, booted a 32-yard field goal to give the Colts a 16-13 win.
Dallas’ Chuck Howley, who picked off two passes, became the first defensive player and the first player from a losing team to be named MVP.
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