MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Detroit 4 Milwaukee 1

Toronto 6 Tampa Bay 3

Boston 9 Seattle 4 (10)

NY Yankees 4 Baltimore 3

Cleveland 12 Minnesota 3

Houston 7 Texas 2

LA Angels 3 Chicago White Sox 2

Oakland 12 Kansas City 10

Miami 8 Washington 6

Pittsburgh 5 Cincinnati 4

Philadelphia 6 Chicago Cubs 5

St. Louis 11 NY Mets 4

Colorado 3 Atlanta 2 (10)

San Diego 9 San Francisco 6

LA Dodgers 5 Arizona 3

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

St. Paul 3 Indianapolis 2

Dayton 9 Fort Wayne 2

Quad Cities 12 South Bend 4

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Atlanta 4 Cincinnati 0

DC 3 Chicago 0

Montréal 4 Orlando City 2

Sporting KC 4 Minnesota 0

Los Angeles FC 2 Austin 1

Portland 2 Colorado 2

Los Angeles 1 Houston 1

Real Salt Lake 4 San Jose 3

WNBA

Connecticut 98 New York 69

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Richmond 2 Muncie Central 1

Chesterton 3 Crown Point 1

South Ripley 2 Southwestern 1

Jac-Cen-Del 5 Milan 0

South Knox 9 Sullivan 0

Mooresville 2 Greencastle 0

Breman 10 Glenn 0

North Harrison 3 Corydon Central 0

Huntington North 9 E. Noble 0

Herron 9 Monrovia 0

Rossville 9 Taylor 0

Shawe Memorial 10 Rising Sun 1

Leo 2 DeKalb 1

Hobart 4 Lowell 0

Silver Creek 5 Scottsburg 0

South Bend Washington 7 New Prairie 0

Lake Central 10 LaPorte 0

Henryville 3 Mitchell 0

Wawasee 1 Columbia City 1

Kankakee Valley 3 Andrean 2

Fort Wayne Concordia 2 Norwell 0

Western 1 Logansport 1

Yorktown 4 Pendleton Heights 0

Castle 2 Evansville Memorial 1

Fort Wayne Northrop 2 Carroll 1

Elkhart 7 Mishawaka Marian 3

Valparaiso 7 Merrillville 0

Penn 4 South Bend Adams 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Morgan Twp. 2 Washington Township 1

Oak Hill 3 Maconaquah 1

North Posey 5 Evansville Day 0

Scecina 4 International 3

Wapahani 5 Knightstown 0

South Bend St. Joseph 3 Plymouth 0

East Noble 1 Woodlan 0

Jasper 9 Vincennes Lincoln 1

Fort Wayne Snider 4 Fort Wayne Luers 1

Columbus East 6 Jennings County 0

Leo 1 DeKalb 0

Heritage 7 New Haven 1

East Central 10 Rushville 0

Carmel 9 Warren Central 0

Lawrenceburg 2 S. Dearborn 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Harrison 1

Plainfield 8 Greenwood 1

Northridge 2 Concord 1

Brownsburg 2 Fishers 1

Pike 1 Lawrence Central 0

Tri-West 2 Lebanon 1

Franklin 5 Martinsville 1

Noblesville 6 Zionsville 0

North Central 7 Ben Davis 0

Bloomington South 4 Bloomington North 0

Westfield 2 Hamilton Southeastern 1

Center Grove 8. Lawrence North 0

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

Knox 3 Logansport 0

Kouts 3 Washington Township 0

Lakeland 3 W. Noble 2

Wapahani 3 Madison Grant 0

Shawe Memorial 3 Clarksville 0

Triton Central 3 Speedway 0

Brebeuf 3 Chatard 0

Lowell 3 Griffith 0

Charlestown 3 Lanesville 1

Marquette Catholic 3 Michigan City 0

Hebron 3 LaCrosse 0

Northview 3 Greencastle 0

Hamilton Southeastern 3 Westfield 1

Shoals 3 Dugger Union 1

Garrett 3 DeKalb 2

Avon 3 Plainfield 1

Westville 3 Boone Grove 1

Park Tudor 3 Pike 1

Guerin Catholic 3 Lafayette Central Catholic 1

South-Central 3, Lake Station 0

Oak Hill 3 Elwood 0

Providence 3 Floyd Central 1

Alexandria Monroe 3 Tipton 0

McCutcheon 3 Center Grove 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3 E. Noble 0

Hamilton Heights 3 Greenfield Central 0

Angola 3 Woodlan 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Brebeuf Jesuit at Culver Academy, 7:30 p.m.

Cascade at Lutheran 

Cathedral at Columbus North 

Center Grove at North Central 

Christel House Manual at Phalen Academy 

Cincinnati Country Day (Ohio) at Park Tudor 

Clinton Prairie at Sheridan 

Covenant Christian at Tindley 

Danville at Tri-West 

Decatur Central at Mooresville 

Delta at Mt. Vernon, 7:30 p.m.

Edinburgh at South Decatur 

Fishers at Brownsburg

Franklin at Martinsville 

Franklin Central at Avon 

Frontier at Traders Point Christian 

Greenwood at Plainfield 

Hamilton Heights at Western 

Knightstown at Eastern Hancock, canceled

Lapel at North Decatur 

Lawrence Central at Pike 

Lawrence North at Carmel 

Lebanon at Frankfort

Pendleton Heights at New Palestine, 7:30 p.m.

Purdue Polytechnic at Crispus Attucks

Roncalli at Guerin Catholic 

Scecina at Heritage Christian 

Shelbyville at Greenfield-Central, canceled

Shortridge at Cardinal Ritter, canceled

South Putnam at Eastern Hancock

Southport at Bishop Chatard 

Speedway at Monrovia 

Tech at Muncie Central 

Triton Central at Indian Creek 

Warren Central at Ben Davis 

Washington at Beech Grove

Western Boone at North Montgomery 

Westfield at Hamilton Southeastern 

Whiteland at Perry Meridian 

Zionsville at Noblesville, 7:30 p.m.

Andrean at Highland, 8 p.m.

Attica at Fountain Central 

Bedford North Lawrence at Seymour 

Benton Central at Twin Lakes 

Blackford at Madison-Grant 

Bloomington South at Terre Haute South, 7:30 p.m.

Bluffton at Jay County

Boonville at Linton-Stockton, 7:30 p.m.

Bremen at Jimtown 

Brown County at West Vigo 

Calumet Christian at Bowman Academy, 8 p.m. (at Gary West)

Cambridge City Lincoln at Hagerstown

Carroll (Flora) at Eastern (Greentown)

Carroll (Fort Wayne) at Fort Wayne Dwenger 

Castle at Vincennes Lincoln, 7:30 p.m.

Central Noble at Fremont 

Churubusco at Prairie Heights

Clinton Central at Taylor 

Concord at Goshen 

Connersville at Rushville 

Covington at Seeger 

Crawfordsville at Southmont 

Crown Point at Portage, 8 p.m.

DeKalb at Columbia City

East Central at Batesville 

East Chicago Central at Calumet, 8 p.m.

Eastbrook at Frankton 

Eastern (Pekin) at Corydon Central 

Elkhart at Penn 

Elwood at Alexandria 

Evansville Bosse at Evansville North 8 p.m.

Evansville Harrison at Evansville Memorial 8:00 pm

Evansville Reitz at Evansville Central 8:00 pm

Floyd Central at Jeffersonville 

Forest Park at Mount Vernon (Posey), 7:30 p.m.

Fort Wayne Concordia at Fort Wayne Northrop 

Fort Wayne Luers at Fort Wayne North

Fort Wayne Snider at Homestead 

Fort Wayne South at Fort Wayne Wayne 

Franklin County at Lawrenceburg 

Garrett at Eastside 

Gary West at Hammond Morton, 8 p.m.

Griffith at Hanover Central. 8 p.m.

Hammond Central at Pioneer, 7:30 p.m.

Harrison (West Lafayette) at Anderson 

Heritage at Adams Central 

Huntington North at Bellmont 

Jasper at Evansville Mater Dei, 7:30 p.m.

John Glenn at Knox, 7:30 p.m.

Kankakee Valley at Munster 8 p.m.

Lafayette Jeff at Kokomo 

Lake Central at LaPorte, 8 p.m.

Lakeland at Angola

LaVille at Caston 

Leo at East Noble 

Lewis Cass at Northwestern 

Lowell at Hobart, 8 p.m.

Madison at Jennings County

Marion at Richmond 

McCutcheon at Logansport 

Merrillville at Michigan City, 8 p.m.

Milan at New Miami (Ohio)

Mississinewa at Oak Hill

Mitchell at Crawford County 

New Albany at Columbus East

New Castle at Yorktown, 7:30 p.m.

New Prairie at South Bend St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.

North Central (Farmersburg) at North Knox

North Harrison at Brownstown Central 

North Miami at Whitko 

North Posey at Heritage Hills 8 p.m.

North Putnam at Cloverdale 

Northfield at Manchester

Northridge at Warsaw 

Norwell at New Haven 

Osceola Grace at South Central (Union Mills), 7:30 p.m.

Owen Valley at Northview

Parke Heritage at Greencastle 

Perry Central at Tecumseh, 8 p.m.

Peru at Maconaquah 

Plymouth at Mishawaka

Princeton at South Spencer, 8 p.m.

Providence at Charlestown, 7:30 p.m.

Rensselaer Central at West Lafayette, 8 p.m.

Riverton Parke at North Vermillion

Rock Creek Academy at North Daviess 

Salem at Clarksville 

Shenandoah at Wes-Del

Silver Creek at Scottsburg 

South Adams at Monroe Central, 7:30 p.m.

South Bend Adams at Mishawaka Marian 

South Bend Clay at South Bend Washington 

South Bend Riley at Mattawan (Mich.), 7:30 p.m.

South Dearborn at Greensburg 

South Newton at Tri-County 

South Putnam at Edgewood, canceled 

South Vermillion at Sullivan 

Southridge at Gibson Southern, 7:30 p.m.

Southwood at Wabash

Springs Valley at Tell City, 7:30 p.m.

Switzerland County at Oldenburg Academy 

Terre Haute North at Bloomington North, 7:30 p.m.

Tippecanoe Valley at Rochester, canceled

Tipton at Lafayette Central Catholic 

Tri at Centerville 

Tri-Central at Delphi 

Triton at Culver

Union City at Northeastern 

Valparaiso at Chesterton, 8 p.m.

Washington at Pike Central

Wawasee at NorthWood 

West Central at North Newton, 7:30 p.m.

West Noble at Fairfield 

West Washington at Paoli 

Wheeler at Boone Grove, 8 p.m.

Whiting at River Forest, 8 p.m.

Winamac at North Judson, 7:30 p.m.

Winchester at Union County 

Woodlan at Southern Wells 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 3

Thursday, Sept. 16

Ohio at Louisiana | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Sept. 17

UCF at Louisville | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Maryland at Illinois | 9 p.m. | FS1

Saturday, Sept. 18

Nebraska at No. 3 Oklahoma | 12 p.m. | FOX

New Mexico at No. 7 Texas A&M | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 8 Cincinnati at Indiana | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 15 Virginia Tech at West Virginia | 12 p.m. | FS1

No. 16 Coastal Carolina at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Michigan State at No. 24 Miami | 12 p.m. | ABC

Northern Illinois at No. 25 Michigan | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Eastern Michigan at UMass | FloSports

Chattanooga at Kentucky | 12 p.m. | SEC Network+/ESPN+

Southeast Missouri State at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network+/ESPN+

Tennessee Tech at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | | SEC Network+/ESPN+

Western Michigan at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Albany at Syracuse | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Boston College at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

UConn at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Minnesota at Colorado | 1 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Nevada at Kansas State | 2:05 p.m. | ESPN+

Purdue at No. 12 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 1 Alabama at No. 11 Florida | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Kent State at No. 5 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Georgia Tech at No. 6 Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Tulsa at No. 9 Ohio State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

SMU at Louisiana Tech | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Florida State at Wake Forest | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Delaware at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Baylor at Kansas | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Long Island University at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Bryant at Akron | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Elon at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Idaho at Oregon State | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

USC at Washington State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Georgia Southern at No. 20 Arkansas | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Mississippi State at Memphis | 4 p.m. | ESPN2

Ball State at Wyoming | 4 p.m. | Stadium

Northwestern at Duke | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Colorado State at Toledo | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Sacramento State at Cal | 4 p.m. | Stadium

Arkansas State at Washington | 4:15 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Murray State at Bowling Green | 5 p.m. | ESPN3

Middle Tennessee at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Fordham at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Old Dominion at Liberty | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

East Carolina at Marshall | 6 p.m. | Facebook/CBSSN

South Carolina at No. 2 Georgia | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Charlotte at Georgia State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

FIU at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Troy at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Grambling at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida A&M at South Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Incarnate Word at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Utah at San Diego State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Stony Brook at No. 4 Oregon | 7:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Virginia at No. 21 North Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Central Michigan at LSU | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Furman at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN3

UAB at North Texas | 7:30 p.m. | Stadium

Utah State at Air Force | 7:30 p.m. | FS2

Tulane at No. 17 Ole Miss | 8 p.m. | ESPN2

Stanford at Vanderbilt | 8 p.m. | ESPNU

South Carolina State at New Mexico State | 8 p.m. | Bally Sports AZ/Flo Sports

Rice at Texas | 8 p.m. | Longhorn Network

Jackson State at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Alcorn State at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN3

Oklahoma State at Boise State | 9 p.m. | FS1

Northern Arizona at Arizona | 10 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 19 Arizona State at No. 23 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN

No. 14 Iowa State at UNLV | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Fresno State at No. 13 UCLA | 10:45 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

San Jose State at Hawai’i | 12:30 a.m. Sunday | FS1

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 2-WHERE TO WATCH

Thursday, September 16, 2021

New York Giants at Washington Football Team (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, September 19, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

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

San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 20, 2021

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

NATIONAL/INDIANA HEADLINES

Fisher eager to move beyond Achilles injury, play for Colts

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Fisher’s life changed the moment he felt the pain in his left foot last January.

He watched the Super Bowl in agony, unable to protect Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes against Tampa Bay’s fierce pass rush. In March, he was released in a cost-cutting move by the only NFL team he’d ever played for, Kansas City.

Fisher spent the next two months as an unsigned free agent before the Indianapolis Colts called, and after nearly eight months of rehab from a ruptured Achilles tendon, he tested positive for COVID-19.

Last week, Fisher finally did limited work in practice and if all goes well this week, he could play Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

“I’ve been doing everything I can in my power to be available for this team,” he said before Wednesday’s workout. “I don’t think there’s any doubt in my mind the way I feel, especially with how things work around here, I definitely think I can return to the level of play, if not, take the next step in my career.”

The timing couldn’t be better.

Julie’n Davenport started in place of Fisher last weekend and new quarterback Carson Wentz found himself under heavy duress. He was sacked three times and hit a total of 10.

Wentz has acknowledged he could have solved some problems with better reads and calls. Coach Frank Reich also declined to blame Davenport, choosing instead to discuss the offensive line play as a whole.

But getting a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion and his 6-foot-7, 315-pound frame on the field would help, especially with last year’s top-ranked defense coming to Indy under these circumstances.

Right tackle Braden Smith hurt his foot in the season-opening loss. He didn’t practice Wednesday and his game-day status remains unclear.

All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson, meanwhile, faces the most daunting challenge of his four-year career against three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. Nelson also sat out Wednesday with foot and back injuries.

Wentz, for one, is eager to see exactly what Fisher can do on the field.

“I was in the training room with him, unfortunately, so I got to see how hard he was working, how bad he wanted to get out there as soon as he could,” he said. “So, we’re excited for him.”

Fisher is an ideal fit in Indianapolis.

He grew up in Michigan, briefly crossed paths with Antonio Brown at Central Michigan, and then stayed in the Midwest as the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2013 — Andy Reid’s first season in Kansas City.

So when Indy’s longtime left tackle, 32-year-old Anthony Castonzo, retired in January and general manager Chris Ballard didn’t find a suitable replacement in the draft, he called an old friend from his time with the Chiefs.

Jaguars coach Urban Meyer says ‘no chance’ he lands at USC

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Urban Meyer rarely, if ever, experienced anything like this at Ohio State or Florida.

Ten penalties, six dropped passes, three turnovers, down 20 at halftime. Confusion on the sideline and in the huddle.

The Jacksonville Jaguars essentially looked unprepared in Meyer’s NFL debut, a 37-21 loss at Houston on Sunday. It was such a shoddy performance against another team presumed to be one of the league’s worst that critics wondered whether Meyer would stick around long enough to fix the floundering franchise.

And when Southern California fired coach Clay Helton a day later, speculation swirled about Meyer’s immediate future in Jacksonville.

Meyer responded Wednesday by saying “there’s no chance” he takes the Trojans job. Believe him or not, he insists he’s in for the long haul.

“I’m here and committed to try to build an organization,” Meyer added.

It’s unlikely to be the last time Meyer’s name gets linked to a collegiate job opening. After all, the 57-year-old coach has found success at every stop, building winners at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State. He won two national championships with the Gators (2006, 2008) and another with the Buckeyes (2014).

He stepped down after the 2018 season and spent two years working as a college football analyst at Fox Sports. Jaguars owner Shad Khan persuaded him to return to the sideline in an effort to deliver a consistent contender in Jacksonville.

So far, little has gone right for Meyer.

He botched the hiring of two coordinators (Chris Doyle, Brian Schneider); filled his staff with longtime NFL types instead of guys who know his wants and ways; invited Tim Tebow to training camp as a tight end; and had No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence split valuable first-team repetitions in training camp with a quarterback no longer on the roster.

He raised eyebrows last week when he mistakenly identified Joe Mixon as Houston’s running back and again this week when he couldn’t come up with the name of his backup swing tackle, Will Richardson.

At best, Meyer looked like a stretched-thin coach wading into uncharted waters. At worst, he was in too deep.

“I was warned many, many, many, many times it’s a journey; it’s not a sprint,” he said. “We’re healthy, attitudes are good, we have good players and we’re building something.”

Meyer’s project looked like a money pit in the opener, between the defense getting gouged repeatedly and the offense struggling to line up properly.

“The main thing (is) we can’t have the young guys feeling like they can get used to losing `cause it’s not the environment we’re trying to create,” cornerback and team captain Shaquill Griffin said. “For captains, we’ve got to do a little bit more. We’ve got to bring the guys along. We’ve got to keep them up. We’ve got to keep their spirits up and getting them starting to believe in something that’s a lot bigger than Game 1.”

The Jaguars are counting on a better performance Sunday against Denver, which won its opener at the New York Giants.

“It’s just we lost a game,” Meyer said, downplaying any “narrative” or “silliness” circulating around him or the team right now.

Browns’ Beckham not ready after surgery, 2021 debut delayed

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Browns star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. isn’t ready to play following knee surgery and won’t make his debut Sunday against Houston.

Coach Kevin Stefanski ruled Beckham out Tuesday, saying he will practice on a limited basis this week but will sit out against the Texans (1-0).

“I talked to Odell about it,” Stefanski said. “This is my decision and felt it was the right thing to do for this week.”

Beckham, who tore his left anterior cruciate ligament last October, was expected to play in the season opener at Kansas City. However, after going through pregame warmups, the three-time Pro Bowler told the Browns he couldn’t be on the field for the number of plays they wanted and he was ruled inactive.

Stefanski said he decided to reveal Beckham’s status early in the week.

“Just felt like that was the right thing to do,” Stefanski said before Tuesday’s workout. “Last week I felt we had a good plan, he was close, working very hard on the side. But just felt like it made more sense to have clarity early in the week from a game-planning, practice standpoint.’

“So that’s the plan for this week.”

Stefanski reiterated that Beckham, who is in his third season with Cleveland, has not suffered any setbacks and that the decision to make him inactive after he practiced all week wasn’t out of the ordinary.

“That happens in the NFL,” he said. “You practice guys, you have guys in different spots and sometimes you make a decision close to game time. And it’s the classic it is what it is. He’s pushing to get there, just didn’t feel like he could play the significant number of snaps.

“I just felt like for this week the prudent thing to do was let’s let these other guys get all those reps, although they got a bunch last week, let’s game-plan accordingly and then we’ll update you guys as we get into next week.”

With Beckham out, rookie wide receiver Anthony Schwartz stepped in and had a solid debut, catching three passes for 69 yards.

Beckham was off to a good start last season (23 catches, three TDs) before getting hurt against the Bengals. Interestingly, Cleveland’s didn’t miss a beat without him and quarterback Baker Mayfield led the Browns to their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season.

Jets expected to get Crowder, Cole back at WR this week

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Reinforcements are coming. Well, at least a few.

The New York Jets are expected to get wide receivers Jamison Crowder and Keelan Cole back this week, with both possibly able to play in the home opener Sunday against New England after they sat out Week 1.

Crowder has been on the COVID-19 list, while Cole is dealing with a knee injury.

“It’s going to be huge, man,” said fellow wide receiver Corey Davis, who had five catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns last week. “Jamison and Keelan, they’re a big presence in our offense and they both do different things and bring different things to the table, which elevates our offense.”

Crowder, the Jets’ leading receiver the past two seasons, went on the COVID-19 list on Sept. 3 after testing positive for the coronavirus. Crowder, who’s vaccinated, has been working through symptoms. He should be cleared Thursday, which will put him on track to play Sunday.

“He’s got to clear one more day today,” coach Robert Saleh said. “So he’s progressing along fine. We’re expecting him to progress.”

Before he tested positive for COVID-19, Crowder was also dealing with a groin injury that Saleh said the receiver has no issues with now.

Cole tweaked his knee in practice last Thursday and was scratched for the game. He was back practicing Wednesday on a limited basis, an encouraging sign he could be ready to play against New England.

That’s good news on the injury front, which has been mostly dismal lately with left tackle Mekhi Becton, safety Lamarcus Joyner, linebacker Blake Casman and punter Braden Mann all going on injured reserve this week. The Jets also lost defensive end Carl Lawson for the season in training camp.

Along with Davis and rookie Elijah Moore, Crowder and Cole are two of the Jets’ top four wide receivers. So having all of them available for rookie quarterback Zach Wilson should help an offense that struggled in the first half of its 19-14 loss at Carolina last Sunday.

“Those guys do things the right way, they’re where they’re supposed to be,” Saleh said of Crowder and Cole. “They’re all gas, 100% of the time and they’re reliable. So, for a quarterback you can’t ask for much more than that. To have two more options on the football field for that quarterback is priceless.”

Even without Crowder and Cole, Wilson finished with respectable numbers in his debut. The No. 2 overall pick threw for 258 yards and the two TDs to Davis. But he was also chased all game, with the offensive line giving him little protection, especially in the first half. He was hit 10 times, sacked six and pressured 14.

Having a few more veteran receivers on the field should help open up things downfield for Wilson.

“Yeah, for sure, because it still comes down to everybody being on the same page,” Saleh said. “We talk about quarterback pressures and all that, it’s everybody being on the same page and collectively working within the timing of a play. That’s how it all works. From offensive linemen blocking, first and foremost, but receivers running the right routes, being where they’re supposed to be, and the quarterback delivering it when he needs to deliver it. So, it’s all encompassing.”

Report: Cowboys’ Lawrence out indefinitely with broken foot

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence is out indefinitely after suffering a broken foot at practice Wednesday, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Lawrence broke the fifth metatarsal in his foot and will need surgery, Rapoport adds. The 29-year-old could reportedly return as early as November.

The Cowboys are also getting ready for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers with the assumption that starting defensive end Randy Gregory won’t play, sources told David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas placed Gregory on the COVID-19 reserve after he tested positive, per Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

The absences mean more defensive troubles for the Cowboys, who were one of two teams without a sack in Week 1. Dallas had only two quarterback hits against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, while Lawrence recorded five tackles and Gregory produced just one.

Lawrence is the Cowboys’ most decorated pass-rusher. The two-time Pro Bowler, who signed a five-year, $105-million extension in 2019, led the team with 6.5 sacks and four forced fumbles last year. He hasn’t missed a game due to injury since the 2016 season.

Gregory racked up 3.5 sacks through 10 appearances in 2020 after being suspended for the entire 2019 campaign for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

Dallas has also suffered significant losses on the offensive side of the ball in 2021. The team recently placed wide receiver Michael Gallup on injured reserve with a calf injury, and right tackle La’el Collins received a five-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.

College Football Picks: Big Ten gets 5 big tests in Week 3

(AP) This week it is the Big Ten that gets an opportunity to make a statement.

The Pac-12 was in the spotlight last week, and while the conference as a whole didn’t fare well going 3-5 in nonconference games against FBS opponents, Oregon’s upset at Ohio State was a potential season-shaper.

The Big Ten has five teams facing ranked nonconference opponents on Saturday. According to the Big Ten network, that hasn’t happened since October 4, 1975.

The main event is Saturday night in Happy Valley with No. 22 Auburn at No. 10 Penn State, a rare SEC-Big Ten regular-season game matching ranked teams in a home stadium. The last was No. 3 Alabama’s 27-11 victory at No. 23 Penn State in 2011.

The only other time a ranked SEC team has played at a Big Ten school was Georgia at Michigan in 1965. The Bulldogs won 15-7.

Elsewhere Saturday, four games have unranked Big Ten teams facing ranked nonconference foes. The Big Ten is an underdog in each and the road team in three of them, so keep expectations modest.

Especially for Nebraska, which is a three-touchdown underdog against Oklahoma in a meeting that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1971 Game of the Century between the Cornhuskers and Sooners. Nostalgia might be the only appeal of this matchup of former Big Eight/12 rivals.

Purdue (at No. 12 Notre Dame) and Michigan State (at No. 24 Miami) are both single-digit road underdogs and Indiana is underdog at home against No. 8 Cincinnati.

Nether is ranked, but Minnesota at Colorado is another Power Five vs. Power Five there for the taking for the Big Ten.

The Big Ten’s best, Ohio State, took a hit last week, but the rest of the league can pick up the slack on Saturday.

The picks with lines from FanDuel Sportsbook:

SATURDAY

No. 1. Alabama (minus 15 1/2) at No. 11 Florida

The last Gators QB to beat the Tide was Tim Tebow; ’Bama has won seven straight meetings, the last three in the SEC championship game … ALABAMA 42-28.

South Carolina (plus 30 1/2) at No. 2. Georgia

Bulldogs might get QB JT Daniels back, but figure they’ll play it safe against an SEC rival that barely squeaked by East Carolina last week … GEORGIA 35-10.

Nebraska (plus 22 1/2) at No. 3. Oklahoma

Last meeting came in the 2010 Big 12 championship game; since parting ways, the Huskers are 80-60 and Sooners are 108-25 … OKLAHOMA 45-21.

Kent State (plus 22 1/2) at No. 5. Iowa

Hawkeyes have scored at least 25 points in eight straight games (all wins), a school record … IOWA 41-14, BEST BET.

Georgia Tech (plus 28 1/2) at No. 6. Clemson

Tigers have a 29-game home winning streak and seven straight wins against the Yellow Jackets … CLEMSON 45-10.

New Mexico (plus 28 1/2) at No. 7. Texas A&M

Lobos start former Kentucky QB Terry Wilson, who has completed 73% of his passes for six touchdowns … TEXAS A&M 49-13.

No. 8. Cincinnati (minus 3 1/2) at Indiana

Bearcats QB Desmond Ridder is averaging 11.4 yards per attempt but the Hoosiers will be a huge step up in competition from his first two games … CINCINNATI 27-20.

Tulsa (plus 27 1/2) at No. 9. Ohio State

Buckeyes coach Ryan Day didn’t exactly give a vote of confidence to defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs following another shoddy defensive performance … OHIO STATE 52-21.

No. 22 Auburn (plus 6 1/2) at No. 10. Penn State

Tigers don’t get to these parts much; Auburn’s only previous regular-season road game against a Big Ten team was 1931 at Wisconsin … PENN STATE 24-20.

Purdue (plus 7 1/2) at No. 12. Notre Dame

Irish have won seven straight and nine of 10 against the Boilermakers, but they haven’t played since 2014 … NOTRE DAME 28-22.

Fresno State (plus 11 1/2) at No. 13. UCLA

Bruins are looking to go unbeaten in nonconference games for the first time since 2015 … UCLA 34-21.

No. 14. Iowa State (minus 30 1/2) at UNLV

Been kind of a disappointing start to the season for the Cyclones; nothing like a trip to Vegas to forget your troubles … IOWA STATE 35-10.

No. 15. Virginia Tech (plus 2 1/2) at West Virginia

Longtime rivals have played only once since 2017 and haven’t played on campus since 2005 … VIRGINIA TECH 23-21.

No. 16. Coastal Carolina (minus 13 1/2) at Buffalo

Bulls probably would have preferred hosting the Chants from Myrtle Beach in late October … COASTAL CAROLINA 31-24.

Tulane (plus 14 1/2) at No. 17. Mississippi

SEC championships: Rebels, six; Green Wave, three … OLE MISS 41-28.

No. 19. Arizona State (minus 3 1/2) at No. 23 BYU

Cougars, bound for the Big 12, trying to go 3-0 against the Pac-12 … BYU 27-24.

Georgia Southern (plus 23 1/2) at No. 20. Arkansas

Razorbacks have won consecutive games for the first time since 2017 and look to go 3-0 for the first time since 2016 … ARKANSAS 34-13.

Virginia (plus 8 1/2) at No. 21. North Carolina

Get to know Cavaliers QB Brennan Armstrong, who has thrown for 744 yards and seven touchdowns in two games … NORTH CAROLINA 38-31.

Michigan State (plus 6 1/2) at No. 24. Miami

Are the Spartans for real under second-year coach Mel Tucker? … MICHIGAN STATE 31-28, UPSET SPECIAL.

Northern Illinois (plus 26 1/2) at No. 25. Michigan

Wolverines are 34-1 against MAC schools … MICHIGAN 45-14.

TWITTER REQUESTS

UCF (minus 6 1/2) at Louisville, Friday — @ChristDavis034

Last time the Knights and Cardinals played was 2013, the one season both were members of the American Athletic Conference and UCF’s upset help send it to the BCS … UCF 34-30.

Minnesota (plus 1 1/2) at Colorado, Saturday — @40buffdad

Second straight week with a nonconference Power Five game for the Buffs … MINNESOTA 21-19.

Southern California (minus 8 1/2) at Washington State, Saturday — @Keith_Clark—

What to expect from the post-Clay Helton Trojans? … USC 27-21.

Florida State (plus 4 1/2) at Wake Forest, Saturday — @gregnole

Seminoles trying to avoid first 0-3 start since 1976, the late Bobby Bowden’s first season as coach … WAKE FOREST 28-26.

Oklahoma State (plus 3 1/2) at Boise State, Saturday — @jeremyhansen15

Cowboys are second-to-last in the Big 12 in yards per play; not what you’d expect from a Mike Gundy team … BOISE STATE 27-24.

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Last week: 14-7 straight; 12-9 against the spread.

Season: 28-15 straight; 24-19 against the spread.

Difo scores winning run in ninth, Pirates keep Reds slumping

PITTSBURGH (AP) Wilmer Difo scored on a groundout from Colin Moran with one out in the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Cincinnati Reds a seventh loss in nine games with a 5-4 win Wednesday night.

Difo skied a ball down the left-field line against Mychal Givens (3-3) that seemed primed for an out before Max Schrock overran it, allowing it to drop in play for a one-out double.

“Not really any excuses there,” Schrock said. “Misplayed the ball. That’s all that happened. I’m going to continue to keep working out there and try not to be discouraged by what happened tonight.”

Moran grounded to first, where Joey Votto couldn’t field it cleanly before moving the ball onto Givens covering. Difo beat the throw home.

“I’m a very aggressive ballplayer,” Difo said. “From a young age, I’ve always played this game very aggressively. Anytime I get on base, my mentality is always to get to the next base.”

Cincinnati fell 1 1/2 games back of the St. Louis Cardinals for the second wild card in the National League. It was a half-game up on St. Louis and the San Diego Padres before losing 6-5 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

“We’re all in it together,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s all of us. We continue to do our job, compete, prepare, continue to just fight through it. It’s an honor to be able to do that. We’re still playing extremely important games. That’s fun. We have to just continue to work and continue to play. It’ll turn around.”

Chris Stratton (6-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the Pirates, striking out the first two batters before getting Jonathan India to ground out.

Kyle Farmer drove the first pitch he saw from Pirates reliever Sam Howard 381 feet into the left-field bleachers, tying it at 4 in the eighth with his 14th homer. Tucker Barnhart scored on a sacrifice fly the previous inning to cut into a 4-2 deficit.

“After a game like tonight, it was really quiet,” Farmer said. “Guys were down, as we should be. We’re down, for sure. The clubhouse is down. But just have to keep being positive. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

After falling behind by two in the first, Pittsburgh took the lead with three runs in the third.

Phillies win wild one on passed ball in 9th; top Cubs 6-5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Andrew Knapp watched the ball roll toward Chicago’s dugout and pulled up on his sprint down the basepath. He could stroll home on the wildest of walkoffs – a passed ball that kept the Phillies from dropping further in the NL pennant race.

Knapp scored when the ball knocked off Robinson Chirinos’ mitt in the ninth inning to bolster Philadelphia’s tenuous playoff push with a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

“Sometimes, you’re going to get punched in the face,” Knapp said. “We’ve been talking about just being able to flush everything and really focus on the next inning, the next pitch.”

The Phillies bullpen blew the lead in the eighth and ninth innings. Chirinos hit a two-run homer off Jose Alvarado that tied it 4-all in the eighth. Matt Duffy hit a solo shot off Ian Kennedy (2-1) in the ninth and tied it at 5.

The Phillies have 32 blown saves this season.

“We won the game. That’s all that matters,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said.

J.T. Realmuto, the All-Star game catcher playing first because of a sore right shoulder, led off the eighth inning with his 15th homer of the season in a topsy-turvy final two innings for a club clinging to playoff aspirations.

Knapp led off the ninth with a single off Trevor Megill (1-2) and advanced to third on a sacrifice and a groundout. Chirinos couldn’t get a handle on Megill’s knuckle-curve and Knapp scooted home with the winning run.

“It’s hard to get crossed-up with nobody on second base,” said Cubs manager and former catcher David Ross. “Sometimes as a catcher, when you’re a catcher and you’re expecting the ball to break and it goes the other way, that can tip off your glove and get some funny spin on it which is tough to catch.”

The Phillies entered 4 1/2 games behind first-place Atlanta in the NL East and remained three games behind St. Louis in the wild-card race. San Diego and Cincinnati are ahead of the Phillies for the second wild card with 17 games left this season.

“I know that we can do it,” Knapp said. “I know that tonight’s win is how we’re going to have to do it.”

Urías wins MLB-leading 18th, Dodgers beat D-backs 5-3

LOS ANGELES (AP) Julio Urias earned his major league-leading 18th victory, Gavin Lux singled in the go-ahead run in the fourth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Wednesday night to complete a 6-0 homestand.

The Dodgers pounded out 14 hits in winning their sixth straight overall and ninth in a row at home, where they are 52-23, tops in the majors.

Lux went 2 for 4 and drove in two runs. Max Muncy went 2 for 5, drove in a run and scored another.

Urias became the fourth Mexican-born pitcher in the majors to record 18 or more wins in a season. Dodgers legend Fernando Valenzuela and Esteban Loaiza did it twice each and Teddy Higuera once.

Urias (18-3) allowed two runs and three hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two as the Dodgers improved to 23-6 in his 29 starts. The left-hander retired nine of his first 10 batters and didn’t give up a hit until Christian Walker’s single in the fourth.

Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 33rd save and 12th in a row.

Using Albert Pujols’ bat for the second straight night, Muncy got the same result: a homer. He blasted his 34th of the season in the fifth, extending the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2. He hugged Pujols in the dugout.

The D-backs closed to 4-3 on Walker’s solo shot off Phil Bickford’s first pitch in the sixth.

The Dodgers answered in the bottom of the inning to go up 5-3. Trea Turner legged out an infield single, scoring pinch-hitter Matt Beaty, who was hit by a pitch.

Arizona led 2-1 in the fourth on Henry Ramos’ two-run single.

The Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Cody Bellinger grounded out to short, scoring Justin Turner, who singled. Lux singled in the go-ahead run. He had a bases-loaded RBI single in the second.

Merrill Kelly (7-10) gave up four runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings after being out a month because of a positive test for COVID-19. The right-hander struck out one and walked two.

Tatis, Padres end 5-game skid, cut Giants’ 9-game win streak

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Fernando Tatis Jr. matched his career high with four hits, Jurickson Profar homered and the San Diego Padres snapped a five-game skid, holding off San Francisco 9-6 Wednesday night and ending the Giants’ nine-game winning streak.

Adam Frazier got four hits and Manny Machado doubled twice for the Padres, who trail St. Louis by one game for the second NL wild-card spot.

San Francisco had its lead in the NL West cut to 1 1/2 games by the Los Angeles Dodgers, with both teams already assured playoff spots. The majors-best Giants (95-51) held the club’s longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2004.

The Giants hit four solo homers: pinch-hitter Thairo Estrada in the third, Kris Bryant in the sixth, then late lineup addition Steven Duggar and Brandon Belt each connected in the seventh.

Duggar struck out against Emilio Pagan to end the eighth with two runners aboard and the Giants trailing 7-5.

Joe Musgrove (11-9) earned his third win in four starts and bounced back from a loss to the Dodgers his last time out, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings.

Frazier doubled in a two-run first against Dominic Leone (3-4) – it was another Giants bullpen outing with the team still down two starters. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run single in the second as the Padres made it 5-1.

San Diego had been held to one run in each of the first two games of the series – outscored 15-2 – and gotten no more than one run in five of its previous seven games, losing six of those.

Evan Longoria hit an RBI double in the second for San Francisco. Estrada’s first career pinch-hit homer marked a franchise-record 15th by San Francisco this season.

Before Wednesday’s total, San Francisco had scored at least six runs in nine straight games – most in the club’s San Francisco history dating to 1958 and trailing only a stretch of 15 such games accomplished in 1929, which marks the longest run in baseball history since at least 1909.

Bichette HRs, drives in 5; Ray fans 13 as Jays beat Rays 6-3

TORONTO (AP) Bo Bichette homered and matched his career-high with five RBIs, Robbie Ray fanned 13 over seven innings to claim the major league strikeout lead and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 Wednesday.

Vladimr Guerrero Jr. doubled twice and scored twice, and Teoscar Hernandez added an RBI single. The Blue Jays improved to 13-2 in September to move ahead of Boston and the New York Yankees for the top AL wild card before those teams play later Wednesday.

“We’re showing everybody who we are,” Bichette said.

Tampa Bay lost for the fifth time in seven games. The AL East leaders are 6-8 in September after going 21-6 in August.

Ray (12-5) allowed one run and four hits to win his fourth straight decision. The left-hander is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 91 strikeouts since his last loss, July 21 against Boston.

“Early on, the fastball was electric,” Ray said. “I felt like it was getting on guys, I was able to pound guys with it.”

Ray allowed leadoff doubles in the second and fourth but didn’t allow a run until Mike Zunino homered to begin the fifth. The homer was Zunino’s 30th.

Ray left to a standing ovation after striking out Jordan Luplow to end the seventh. He raised his season total to 233 strikeouts, passing Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (224) and Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler (225).

“It’s tough to make an argument that that’s not the best fastball going right now in the American League,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said of Ray. “For the most part, he’s going to come at you with fastballs and pound the zone. And when it’s there, there’s really not a ton you can do with it.”

Ray didn’t walk a batter and threw 101 pitches, 75 strikes. He has struck out 10 or more batters in five of his past six outings. His 11.2 strikeouts per nine for his career are the most in major league history among pitchers with at least 1,000 innings.

Ray also lowered his AL-best ERA to 2.64.

Cardinals power past Mets 11-4 for 3-game sweep

NEW YORK (AP) After a big night back home, Harrison Bader was munching happily on his postgame meal when it was time to field a few questions.

“New York-style pizza is delicious,” he said. “New York-style bagels, New York-style pizza, is just good for the soul.”

Bader and the streaking Cardinals are starting to taste another trip to the postseason.

Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado each hit one of St. Louis’ four homers, and the Cardinals flashed some fantastic outfield defense in beating the New York Mets 11-4 on Wednesday for their fifth straight victory.

Bader homered, drove in three runs and made a timely grab at the center-field fence in his New York homecoming to help Jon Lester improve to 9-1 against the Mets. Edmundo Sosa also went deep and Goldschmidt had three hits for the Cardinals, who totaled 25 runs in a three-game sweep.

“Pretty fun series,” Lester said. “The defense is unreal.”

St. Louis, which jumped into playoff position Tuesday night for the first time since May 30, has won seven of eight to move a game ahead of San Diego for the second NL wild card heading into a pivotal series against the Padres this weekend.

“We’re going to have a lot of fun down the stretch,” Bader said. “Looking forward to seeing where it ends up.”

Pete Alonso and Kevin Pillar homered for the fading Mets, who appear finished in the pennant race with 15 games to go. They went 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and dropped five games behind St. Louis, with three teams in between.

“We’ve got to get real hot,” said Jeff McNeil, who was a home run short of the cycle. “We’re fighting for our lives now.”

Tyler O’Neill laced a two-run double in a five-run first inning against rookie Tylor Megill (3-5), who was coming off an outstanding start against the Yankees.

Biles: FBI turned ‘blind eye’ to reports of gymnasts’ abuse

WASHINGTON (AP) Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles told Congress in forceful testimony Wednesday that federal law enforcement and gymnastics officials turned a “blind eye” to USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of her and hundreds of other women.

Biles told the Senate Judiciary Committee that “enough is enough” as she and three other U.S. gymnasts spoke in stark emotional terms about the lasting toll Nassar’s crimes have taken on their lives. In response, FBI Director Christopher Wray said he was “deeply and profoundly sorry” for delays in Nassar’s prosecution and the pain it caused.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist and five-time world champion – widely considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time – said that she “can imagine no place that I would be less comfortable right now than sitting here in front of you.” She declared herself a survivor of sexual abuse.

“I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse,” Biles said through tears. In addition to failures of the FBI, she said USA Gymnastics and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee “knew that I was abused by their official team doctor long before I was ever made aware of their knowledge.”

Biles said a message needs to be sent: “If you allow a predator to harm children, the consequences will be swift and severe. Enough is enough.”

The hearing is part of a congressional effort to hold the FBI accountable after multiple missteps in investigating the case, including the delays that allowed the now-imprisoned Nassar to abuse other young gymnasts. At least 40 girls and women said they were molested after the FBI had been made aware of allegations against Nassar in 2015.

An internal investigation by the Justice Department released in July said that the FBI made fundamental errors in the probe and did not treat the case with the “utmost seriousness” after USA Gymnastics first reported the allegations to the FBI’s field office in Indianapolis in 2015. The FBI has acknowledged its own conduct was inexcusable.

Wray blasted his own agents who failed to appropriately respond to the complaints and made a promise to the victims that he was committed to “make damn sure everybody at the FBI remembers what happened here” and that it never happens again.

A supervisory FBI agent who had failed to properly investigate the Nassar case, and later lied about it, has been fired by the agency, Wray said.

McKayla Maroney, a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic gymnastics team in 2012, recounted to senators a night when, at age 15, she found the doctor on top of her while she was naked – one of many times she was abused. She said she thought she was going to die that evening. But she said that when she recalled those memories in a call with FBI agents, crying, there was “dead silence.”

Maroney said the FBI “minimized and disregarded” her and the other gymnasts as they delayed the probe.

“I think for so long all of us questioned, just because someone else wasn’t fully validating us, that we doubted what happened to us,” Maroney said. “And I think that makes the healing process take longer.”

Biles and Maroney were joined by Aly Raisman, who won gold medals alongside them on the 2012 and 2016 Olympic teams, and gymnast Maggie Nichols. Raisman told the senators that it “disgusts” her that they are still looking for answers six years after the original allegations against Nassar were reported.

Raisman noted the traumatic effect the abuse has had on all of them.

“Being here today is taking everything I have,” she said. “My main concern is I hope I have the energy to just walk out of here. I don’t think people realize how much it affects us.”

Biles acknowledged in January 2018 that she was among the hundreds of athletes who were abused by Nassar. She is the only one of the witnesses who competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – held this year after a one-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic – where she removed herself from the team finals to focus on her mental health.

She returned to earn a bronze medal on beam but told the committee the lingering trauma from her abuse at the hands of Nassar played a factor in her decision to opt out of several competitions. At the hearing, she said she had wanted her presence in Tokyo “to help maintain a connection” between the failures of officials and the Olympic competition, but that “has proven to be an exceptionally difficult burden for me to carry.”

Democratic and Republican senators expressed disgust over the case and said they would continue to investigate. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Richard Durbin, D-Ill., said it was among the most compelling and heartbreaking testimony he had ever heard.

“We have a job to do and we know it,” Durbin said.

Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said Congress must “demand real change, and real accountability, and we will not be satisfied by platitudes and vague promises about improved performance” from federal law enforcement. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kansas, called Nassar a “monster” and wondered how many other abusers have escaped justice, considering that even world-class athletes were ignored in this case.

The internal probe by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who testified alongside Wray, was spurred by allegations that the FBI failed to promptly address complaints made in 2015 against Nassar. USA Gymnastics had conducted its own internal investigation and the organization’s then-president, Stephen Penny, reported the allegations to the FBI’s field office in Indianapolis. But it was months before the bureau opened a formal investigation.

The watchdog investigation found that when the FBI’s Indianapolis field office’s handling of the matter came under scrutiny, officials there did not take any responsibility for the missteps and gave incomplete and inaccurate information to internal FBI inquiries to make it look like they had been diligent in their investigation.

The report also detailed that while the FBI was investigating the Nassar allegations, the head of the FBI’s field office in Indianapolis, W. Jay Abbott, was talking to Penny about getting a job with the Olympic Committee. He applied for the job but didn’t get it and later retired from the FBI, the report said.

Nassar pleaded guilty in 2017 to federal child pornography offenses and sexual abuse charges in Michigan. He is now serving decades in prison after hundreds of girls and women said he sexually abused them under the guise of medical treatment when he worked for Michigan State and Indiana-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

Litigation over the abuse may soon be coming to an end after USA Gymnastics and hundreds of Nassar’s victims filed a joint $425 million settlement proposal in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Indianapolis last month.

NASCAR adds Gateway, returns Homestead to playoffs for 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Homestead-Miami Speedway will return to the playoff portion of the season in 2022, while St. Louis was awarded a Cup Series race and NASCAR will race on Easter Sunday for the first time in more than three decades in schedule changes released Wednesday.

Homestead hosted the season finale from 2002 through 2019 but was bumped to an early-season race date last year as NASCAR began experimenting with long overdue schedule changes. Phoenix Raceway was awarded the finale in 2020 and is slated to host it for a third consecutive season next year.

Homestead was given a second chance for 2022 with an Oct. 23 race date that makes it the middle race of the third round of the playoffs. The track located 40 miles south of Miami Beach is beloved by drivers but lost its cache after 17 years of hosting the finale.

World Wide Technology Raceway in Illinois across the Mississippi River from St. Louis will make its Cup debut on June 5. The 1.25-mile oval has held NASCAR national series races since 1997 and IndyCar the past six seasons. It is the only new track added to the 2022 Cup schedule.

“I set some ambitious goals when I took over the racetrack and to see them come to fruition is a dream come true,” said Curtis Francois, who purchased shuttered Gateway Motorsports Park in 2012 and re-opened the facility. “I am proud to welcome the NASCAR Cup Series to the St. Louis region. I can’t wait to celebrate this incredible victory with our fans.”

The Cup Series will be 36 races as always, but Pocono Raceway lost one of its two dates to get the race near St. Louis. Pocono hosted two races a year from 1982 through 2021, but the last two years the events were doubleheaders held on the same weekend.

The 2022 season will officially open Feb. 20 with the Daytona 500, but NASCAR on Tuesday said its exhibition, made-for-television Clash that typically opens Speedweeks in Daytona will instead be held Feb. 6 on a temporary quarter-mile oval inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

It is the first time the Clash has not been held at Daytona International Speedway since its 1979 inception. NASCAR this year ran the race on Daytona’s road course.

NASCAR will race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course for the second year in a row as part of a shared weekend with the IndyCar Series on July 31. But NASCAR wants the race back on the oval and IMS officials said Wednesday it will consider moving the race — potentially on a rotating basis with the road course — as fans and drivers are attracted to the prestige of the famous speedway.

The Brickyard 400 was held on the 2.5-mile Indy oval for 27 years before it moved to the road course this year.

NASCAR will also return to the dirt at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 17, its first Easter Sunday race since 1989. Bristol this year experimented by covering its 0.533-mile track in dirt as part of radical NASCAR changes to the 2021 schedule.

The Tennessee track announced during its March race that it would be on dirt again next year, but it moves a month later to avoid weather concerns that have plagued the track for years.

The race will be in primetime, which Bristol general manager Jerry Caldwell said will allow viewers to tune-in “after many have finished with their Easter traditions.”

“For those who join us at the track, in addition to the thrilling racing, we will also have plenty of fun activities lined up throughout the day for our guests to celebrate Easter Bristol-style and create plenty of wow moments and cherished memories,” Caldwell added.

INDIANS BASEBALL: Indy’s Afternoon Rally Falls Short, 3-2

INDIANAPOLIS ­– After four shutout innings by the bullpen, the Indianapolis Indians offense stranded the game-tying runner at third base in the bottom of the ninth inning to lose to the St. Paul Saints on Wednesday afternoon, 3-2.

Facing a 3-1 deficit entering their final half inning, Bligh Madris led off the rally with his 20th double of the season for the Indians (54-61). With two outs and two runners on, Taylor Davis singled home Madris and Ethan Paul walked to load the bases with the top of the order coming up. Yennier Cano (S, 2) got a groundout of Tucupita Marcano to end the threat.

Both teams traded runs in the second inning to begin the scoring, the Indians tying the game at 1-1 on an RBI single off the bat of John Nogowski. Hunter Owen opened up the frame with a one-out double off the wall in left-center field.

The Saints (60-56) scored one in the third and one in the fourth off Tanner Anderson (L, 2-4) to take a 3-1 lead. Beau Burrows (W, 3-5) allowed just one run over 6.1 innings in his fourth outing at Victory Field this season.

The Indians will look to win their first win of the series on Thursday night at 7:05 PM ET. RHP James Marvel (5-6, 5.24) is set to face off against RHP Derek Law (1-0, 3.20).

INDIANA WRESTLING: Indiana Wrestling Releases 2021-2022 Schedule

BLOOMINGTON, Ind – Fourth-year head coach Angel Escobedo and the Indiana Wrestling team announced its 2021-2022 Schedule on Wednesday morning.

After a year of conference-only competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the IU program returns to a full schedule in the upcoming season.

“We are grateful to be back in action this season with both non-conference and conference opponents,” Escobedo said. “We’ve added two new out-of-conference opponents in Ohio and Bellarmine and we will return to the prestigious Midlands Championships this year.”

IU returns three NCAA qualifiers from a year ago in the form of Graham Rooks, Cayden Rooks and Donnell Washington. Those three, along with Brock Hudkins, made InterMat’s Preseason Rankings List for the upcoming campaign.

The Hoosiers will begin the year on Saturday, November 6th with a trip to Louisville, KY to take on SIUE and Bellarmine in a tri-duel. The following weekend, IU will head to Boone, NC for the Mountaineer Invitational.

IU opens its home slate with a duel against Duke on November 20th. December will take IU to the Cleveland State Open on the 11th and the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. on December 29th and 30th. IU will wrap up the early non-conference portion of the schedule with a match against Ohio on January 4th.

Once again, the Big Ten Conference figures to be tough from top to bottom this season. This marks the first season of the divisional format for wrestling. IU will take on all six Big Ten East opponents and wrestle in two crossover matches against opponents in the Big Ten West. The divisions will be the same that are used in football.

IU opens the conference portion of its schedule with a trip to Rutgers on January 7th followed by a match at Penn State on January 9th. IU ends the month of January with three-straight matches at home. Michigan State and Maryland come to Bloomington on the 17th and 21th respectively before IU welcomes in-state rival Purdue to town on January 29th.

The Hoosiers will visit Illinois on February 6th and Ohio State on February 13th with a home match against Michigan sandwiched between the two on February 11th. To wrap up the regular season, IU will wrestle Chattanooga in Bloomington on February 20th.

This year’s Big Ten Championships will be held in Nebraska on March 5th-6th and the NCAA Championships will take place in Detroit, MI from March 17th-19th.

“We’re excited to host six home matches and we can’t wait to compete in front of our fans once again,” Escobedo said.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Indiana Volleyball Ready To Host First Home Weekend Of 2021

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (5-4) will play inside Wilkinson Hall for the first time this fall as they host the Indiana Invitational on September 16 and 17.  The Hoosiers will face Alabama A&M (0-7), Chicago State (6-3), and Ole Miss (8-0). All of Indiana’s matches will stream live on BTN+.

Indiana Invitational

Bloomington, Ind. | Wilkinson Hall

Thursday, September 16 • Alabama A&M, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 17 • Chicago State, 10:00 a.m.

Friday, September 17 • Ole Miss, 7:00 p.m.

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The Opening Serve

• The Hoosiers made the trip to Atlanta this past weekend for the Georgia Tech Classic where they faced high competition in Mississippi State, Oklahoma, and No. 21 Georgia Tech. Despite dropping the three matches, Indiana took the Bulldogs and Sooner to five sets and the hosting Yellow Jackets to four.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg leads the squad in kills and hitting percentage with 85 kills and a percentage of .429. Her .429 ranks sixth among the Big Ten Conference.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame has recorded a team leading 160 digs. This is good for eighth in the Big Ten. She is also averaging 4.21 per set.

• As a team, Indiana has put up 136 bocks which is fifth in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are averaging 2.76 blocks per set.

• The Hoosiers are eighth in the conference with 543 digs and 14.29 per set.

All-Time Series

• Indiana and Alabama A&M played back-to-back in 2009 and 2010 where the Hoosiers won both matches.

• The Hoosiers and Chicago State have only played twice in their program’s history, in 2006 and 1976. Indiana holds the series record, 2-0.

• Indiana and Mississippi have met just once previously in 1996 where the Hoosiers swept the Rebels, 3-0.

Checking Out the Competition

• Alabama A&M: Rose Magers-Powell is at the helm of the Alabama A&M program. The Bulldogs are 0-7 on the season and have yet to win a set against the opponents. Freshman middle blocker leads the way in kills with 33.  Freshman Aerienne Acuff is their main setter and has recorded 48 assists this season while Sophomore middle blocker Catherine Nduke has recorded a team-high 11 blocks.

• Chicago State: The Cougars are led by Head Coach Tony Trifonov who is in his second season at the helm. Chicago State has compiled a 6-3 record so far in 2021. Up those six wins, three have been straight-set sweeps. Redshirt sophomore outside hitter Yanlis Feliz leads the Cougars attacks with 154 kills and a .249 hitting percentage. On defense, redshirt sophomore middle blocker Mesalina Severino has recorded a team-high 30 blocks this season. As a team, Chicago State is hitting .239 and 1.61 blocks per set.

• Ole Miss: Kayla Banwarth entered her second season as the head coach of the Rebels in 2021 and has led them to an 8-0 record. In a balanced attack, Sasha Ratliff leads the way with 61 kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Ratliff also holds a team-high 30 blocks. Kylee McLaughlin is the main setter, racking in 252 assists in 2021. As a unit, Ole Miss is hitting .300 with 13.67 kills per set. They are allowing opponents to hit just .105.

News and Notes

• Kaley Rammelsberg and Paula Cerame landed on the Georgia Tech Classic All-Tournament Team on Sept. 12.

• Freshmen Mady Saris and Camryn Haworth were named to the Discover Kalamazoo Classic All-Tournament team on September 4.

• Kaley Rammelsberg and Kari Zumach earned All-Tournament team honors at the Top Dawg Challenge on August 28.

• Graduate Student setter Brooke Westbeld has put up 283 assists which leads the team.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg has a team best hitting percentage of .429. She also has tallied 85 kills.

• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris leads the Hoosiers in kills with 112 so far this season.

• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede has a team-leading 41 blocks through the first nine games of 2021.

Becoming a Hoosier

• Indiana welcomed three transfers during the offseason, Paula Cerame (Florida), Isa Lopez (La Salle), and Kaley Rammelsberg (High Point).

• Cerame hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico and played the last three seasons at Florida.While playing for the Gators, she appeared in 67 matches with 276 digs and 49 assists.

• Lopez comes to Indiana from La Salle. Lopez is from Richardson, Texas where she was a three-year letter winner at Ursuline Academy of Dallas.

• Rammelsberg spent the two seasons prior to 2021 at High Point where she was part of the 2020-21 Big South conference championship team and made the All-Big South First Team in 2019 and 2020. She was also named Big South Freshman of the Year.  The Westerville, Ohio native played in 185 sets across 52 matches. She recorded 386 kills, 157 blocks, and 53 digs.

Returning in 2021

• Kari Zumach makes her way back to the court for Indiana after not playing in the 2020 season due to injury. During her sophomore season, Zumach played 13 matches where she tallied 49 kills, 23 blocks, and 21 digs.

•  Brooke Westbeld returns for her final season with the Hoosiers after leading the squad in assists with 376 and kills with 177 in 2020-21.

• Haley Armstrong led the squad in digs with 209 during the 2020-21 campaign. She also tied the team high sets played with 65.

• Savannah Kjolhede leads the way for Indiana when it comes to blocks. She tallied 58 during her freshman season.

PURDUE WRESTLING: B1G Wrestling Schedule Released

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Big Ten Conference unveiled its 2022 wrestling schedule Wednesday, announcing Purdue’s final eight dual dates for the upcoming season. The conference made two significant changes to the wrestling calendar for 2022, reducing the number of Big Ten duals from nine to eight, and mirroring the conference’s East/West format for scheduling.

“Any piece of information that takes us one step closer to the season starting is a welcome one in my book,” said Purdue head coach Tony Ersland. “We’re very pleased with how the schedule played out and can’t wait to get things going.”

The projected Purdue lineup has six individuals in the preseason rankings, via InterMat Wrestling, and the outstanding Big Ten remains as tough as ever. The Boilermakers’ eight conference dual opponents boast a combined 55 ranked wrestlers, including 21 individuals ranked inside the top-10 at their respective weight classes.

The Big Ten schedule will open just after the start of the New Year, with teams opening competition on Friday, January 7, 2022. The Boilermakers will get things going on the road, heading west to face Nebraska and defending conference and NCAA Champion Iowa on January 7 and 9, respectively.

The Boilermakers open their Big Ten home schedule on Saturday, January 15, hosting Michigan State in Holloway Gymnasium. Purdue has won eight straight over Michigan State, including last year’s 21-12 victory over the No. 22 Spartans in East Lansing. The homestand continues the following weekend as Purdue will play host to Illinois and Wisconsin on Friday and Sunday, January 21 and 23, respectively.

Purdue’s annual intrastate rivalry against Indiana is slotted for Saturday, January 29 in Bloomington, where the Boilermakers will aim for their 12th straight over the Hoosiers. The Boilermakers posted a dominant 38-3 win over Indiana in Holloway in 2021, winning nine of the 10 weights and taking six by bonus points.

The Boilermakers’ final home dual of 2022 is set for Sunday, February 6, as Minnesota comes to West Lafayette. After an open weekend, Purdue will finish the regular season at Northwestern on Saturday, February 19, battling the Wildcats at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Big Ten Championships are scheduled for March 5-6 and will be hosted for the first time by Nebraska at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The NCAA Championships will follow March 17-19 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Purdue’s dates and times are subject to change with the pending Big Ten Network television schedule, which is projected to be released in the next month.

BUTLER WBB: Butler WBB Adds Three In-State Rivals to 2021 Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI, Ball State and Evansville will go head-to-head against Butler this season. The first road game of the 2021-22 campaign will send the Bulldogs downtown to play at IUPUI on Nov. 28. BU will host both Ball State and Evansville. The Cardinals visit Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 16 and Purple Aces will signal the end of non-conference action when they come to Indy on Dec. 22.

Butler faced IUPUI and Ball State during the 2019-20 season and was set to play Evansville last year, but the game was canceled due to COVID-19. The ‘Dawgs lead the all-time series over all three opponents. They defeated IUPUI at Hinkle in the last meeting 64-61. The last game against Evansville was played back during the 2010-11 season.

Additional non-conference opponents and tip-times will be released at a later date.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Butler WSoccer Set to Host Western Michigan

Matchday Information – Western Michigan at Butler                 

DATE:                         Thursday, September 16 / 7 PM

LOCATION:                Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl

LIVE STATS:              ButlerSports.com

LIVE VIDEO:               FloSports

SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 1-0-0

LAST MEETING:        September 8, 2002 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 1, Western Michigan 0

The Butler women’s soccer team is preparing to host Western Michigan for a Thursday evening match on September 16, at 7 pm, in the Sellick Bowl. The Bulldogs (6-1-0) most recently beat Ball State, their sixth win in as many matches. The Broncos are coming off an 0-5 loss to USC.

Against Ball State, Abigail Isger scored her fourth goal of the season, which was the fifth of her career. Gretchen Skoglund notched her first goal of the season and sixth of her career. Katie Soderstrom’s fifth goal of the season was the 21st of her career. Helping the goal scorers, Amanda Kowalski tallied her second assist of season and 13th of her career, while Anastasia Savich’s first assist of season was the 10th of her career.

·   The Bulldogs have scored 15 goals in seven matches this season (2.14 goals/match) while giving up nine goals (1.29 goals allowed/match).

·   Six different players have scored goals in seven matches this season, and eight different players have produced an assist.

·   Butler has taken 37 corner kicks this season while opponents have taken 19.

·   Amanda Kowalski was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for her for her performances in the wins over Wright State and Ball State. The Kowalski-led Butler defense limited opponents to just two shots on goal last week as the Bulldogs outshot the Wolves and the Cardinals by a combined 42-3 margin, including 22-2 on target. Kowalski added an assist against Ball State, dishing on Abigail Isger’s seventh-minute game winner. For Kowalski, the weekly honor is the third of her Butler career.

·   Forward Abigail Isger (4g, 4a, 12p) and midfielder Katie Soderstrom (5g, 1a, 11p) lead the Bulldogs in offensive points.

·   Soderstrom (5), Isger (4), and Gabby Smith (2) each have mutiple goals after seven matches.

·   Three Bulldogs have three or more assists on the season: Isger (4), Alli Leonard (3), and Becky Dean (3).

·   Emma Martin (6-0) has allowed five goals in seven matches (six starts) this season and has recorded 18 saves (.783). Her goals against average is 0.80.

Scouting Western Michigan

Western Michigan finished the 2020-21 spring season with an overall record of 6-2-2, outscoring its opponents, 15-8. Leading offensive standouts (who returned for the fall 2021 season) were Bailey Korhorn (5g, 1a), Morgan Otteson (2g, 4a), Jenna Blackburn (4a) and Kayla Whelchel (2g).

Current offensive standouts for the Broncos include:

#9 Bailey Korhorn (4g, 1a)

#3 Jenna Blackburn (3g)

#28 Mary Dziuba (2g)

#24 Cas Flanagan (2g)

#6 Morgan Otteson (3a)

Goalkeeper Maggie Rodgers (2-3) has started five matches and has one shutout. She has 33 saves (.717) and has given up 13 goals (2.66 GAA).

BALL STATE MEN’S GOLF: Men’s Golf Set To Host Earl Yestingsmeier Invite This Weekend

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State Men’s Golf program brings back its annual home fall tournament, the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational, Friday (Sept. 17) and Saturday Sept. 18) at the Delaware Country Club.

Although, the Cardinals host many events that pay tribute to their late legendary former coach and player Earl Yestingsmeier (1933-2014), this is the first time since the 2012 season that the Ball State men’s golf team has put on this once annual event during the fall.

The following 13 teams will be represented Ball State, Bowling Green, Butler, Eastern Kentucky, IUPUI, Loyola, Morehead State, Northern Kentucky, Oakland, Ohio, Purdue Fort Wayne, Taylor and Wright State.

The 54-hole tournament will be played over two days on the par-70 at Delaware Country Club in a five-player four-count team format. The first 36 holes are scheduled for Friday with a 9 a.m. continuous play shotgun with the final 18 slated for a split tee 9:30 a.m. start on Saturday.

The five-player lineup for the Cardinals will be Joey Ranieri, Evan Bone, Colin Nasser, Joey Wiseman and Ali Kha. Individual participants for Ball State are Kash Bellar, Griffin Hare, Carson Orr and Drew Todd

Ball State head coach Mike Fleck, who is in his 24th season at the helm of the Cardinals, has won the EY invitational six times with his last time being in 2011. The Cardinals have hosted this tournament on and off since the 1974-75 season. It was previously known as the Ball State Invitational, the event was then re-named in Yestingsmeier’s honor beginning with the 2001-02 season.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: MAYER NAMED JOHN MACKEY TIGHT END OF THE WEEK

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Sophomore tight end Michael Mayer was named John Mackey Tight End of the Week following his performance in the win over Toledo last Saturday.

Mayer had another complete game for the Irish as he had seven receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns against Toledo. He hauled in the game-winning touchdown with 1:09 minutes remaining for his second touchdown of the afternoon and his first multi-touchdown game of his career.

He has collected seven or more receptions in three consecutive games dating back to last season. He is the first Irish receiver to record seven or more receptions in three-straight games since Michael Floyd during the 2011 season. He is also the first Irish tight end to have two touchdowns in a game since Alize Mack against Florida State on Nov. 10, 2018.

NOTRE DAME CC: 42ND NATIONAL CATHOLIC INVITATIONAL SET FOR FRIDAY

The Irish return home on Friday for the first of two regular season home competitions this fall.  The National Catholic Invitational will return after not being held last year due to COVID concerns.  The Notre Dame women come into the weekend ranked 20th in the nation, while the men hold steady at #2 in the nation.

This year’s Invitational will feature 15 Catholic Institutions from 9 different states across the country.  There will be NO Open Division race and all competitors will run in their respective Championship Race.  The women’s race will begin at 4:15pm with the men to follow at 5:00pm.

What you need to know:

FREE to the public.

Spectator parking is available in lot D6 South located off of Dorr Rd, just north of Burke Golf Course.

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BB: 2021-22 Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Schedule Announced

ST. LOUIS – Indiana State women’s basketball’s 2021-22 Missouri Valley Conference schedule was finalized Wednesday afternoon when the Valley released the league slate for the upcoming season.

The Sycamores, entering their first season under the direction of Chad Killinger, will open Valley play on the road on Dec. 30 at Drake and will end the season with a matchup with the Bulldogs on Mar. 5.

Indiana State fans will get their first chance to see the Sycamores in conference action on Jan. 7 when Illinois State comes to town for a showdown in the Hulman Center. Missouri State, who ended the season ranked 20th in the nation, will make the trek to the Wabash Valley on Jan. 29.

The conference season will end with a home series with Northern Iowa on Mar. 3 before Drake comes to town on Mar. 5. Hoops in the Heartland will be hosted Mar. 10-13 in Moline, Ill., for a chance at a NCAA Tournament berth.

Tipoff times and television designations will be announced when finalized. The non-conference portion of the schedule will be announced at a later date.

Mastodons Ready to Party on Thursday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team starts Horizon League at the Hefner Soccer Complex against UIC on Thursday, Sept. 16 (6 p.m.).

Game Day Information
Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (1-2-4, 0-0-0 Horizon League) vs. UIC (0-5-1, 0-0-0 Horizon League) 
When: Thursday, September 16 | 6:00 p.m. ET 
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Series History:  UIC leads 1-0. This is the second time the Mastodons and the Flames will meet. The lone match between the two teams was a 2-0 win for UIC in Loves Park, Ill.

Scouting the ‘Dons
The Mastodons head into Horizon League action with a 1-2-4 record. The Mastodons have already set the single season program record for ties in a season with four. Under head coach Jason Burr, the Mastodons are 1-0 in Horizon League home openers. The win came against Cleveland State by a score of 3-2 back on Feb. 25, 2021. Burr has played 20 players in all seven games to start the season.

The Mastodons are led by Kelsey Gallagher, who leads the team in points (five), assists (three) and is tied for second in goals (one). Gallagher sits tied for fifth in the Horizon League in assists. The Mastodons’ leading goal scorer is Mackenzie Evans with two goals. Samantha Castaneda has started all seven games in goal for the ‘Dons. In the Horizon League, she ranks first in minutes played (700:52), second in shutouts (two), saves (45), and saves per game (6.43). 

Scouting UIC
UIC enters Thursday’s game with a 0-5-1 record. Its lone tie came against Minnesota back on Aug. 22 by a score of 0-0. The Flames were picked to finish fourth in the Horizon League, which included a first place vote. The Flames are still looking for their first goal of the season. Grace Setter was one of three Flames who scored led the team in scoring in the spring, with three goals. Setter is second on the Flames in shots (four) behind Makena Shaw (seven).
 
UIC is led by first year head coach David Nikolic. Nikolic comes to UIC after nine seasons as the associate head coach at Northwestern University. He helped the Wildcats earn four straight NCAA Tournament berths from 2015-18, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016. Northwestern also captured the 2016 Big Ten Regular Season Championship. Prior to his tenure at Northwestern, Nikolic helped guide Milwaukee to 13 Horizon League regular season titles, 12 consecutive Horizon League Championships and nine NCAA Tournament appearances.
 
Party Time
Thursday’s game will feature the second annual Party at the Pitch. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with games, music, food trucks, and a beer tent for patrons over the age of 21. The first 200 students in attendance will receive a Mastodon soccer scarf and $10 in food truck vouchers. Admission for the event is free for all. Per Purdue Fort Wayne campus policy, a mask is not required outdoors.

Up Next
The Mastodons will hit the road for a Horizon League came against IUPUI on Sunday, Sept. 19 (1 p.m.). The Jaguars are 1-5-1 on the season. Their lone win of the season came against Marian University (Ind.) back on Aug. 23.

Mastodon Men’s Basketball Horizon League Schedule Released

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Horizon League office released the 2021-22 men’s basketball schedule on Wednesday (Sept. 15).

Purdue Fort Wayne will open the league slate with a pair of home games. First up is co-regular season champion Wright State (Dec. 2) followed by Northern Kentucky (Dec. 4) before returning to non-league play.

Horizon League play will kick up again with a five-game road stretch starting with UIC (Dec. 30) before heading to IUPUI (Jan. 1). The ‘Dons will play three games in five days with contests at defending tournament champion Cleveland State (Jan. 5), Youngstown State (Jan. 7) and Robert Morris (Jan. 9).

The ‘Dons will play four straight home games starting with Michigan schools Detroit Mercy (Jan. 13) and Oakland (Jan. 15) coming to town followed by Robert Morris (Jan. 21) and Youngstown State (Jan. 23).

The ‘Dons will then play at Northern Kentucky (Jan. 28) and at Wright State (Jan. 30).

Five home contests will follow with Milwaukee (Feb. 4), Green Bay (Feb. 6), rival IUPUI (Feb. 10), UIC (Feb. 12) and Cleveland State (Feb. 14) coming to town. The ‘Dons will then close out the regular season with four straight road games, starting with Green Bay (Feb. 18) and followed by Milwaukee (Feb. 20), Oakland (Feb. 24) and Detroit Mercy (Feb. 26).

All eligible teams will compete in this year’s Horizon League Basketball Championships and eight teams – four men and four women – will look to advance to Indianapolis March 7-8 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.

The opening rounds of the Horizon League Basketball Championships will start on campus with early round matchups set for March 1 and 3. The top-four teams in the regular season will earn a bye to the quarterfinals and a home game on Thursday, March 3 with the winners advancing to the semifinals on March 7 at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The first round will feature the teams placing fifth through 12th competing on campus at the highest-available seeds on Tuesday, March 1.

Continuing a partnership that began during the 2014-15 season, ESPN+ and ESPN3 will be the home for the League’s live streaming game content. Full television information and start times will be announced at a later date.

Locations and times for Mastodon home games will be announced later. Season and individual ticket information will be announced soon.

VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER: Soccer Opens MVC Play Friday at Brown Field

Valparaiso (3-4-1, 0-0-0 MVC)

Friday, Sept. 17 – Illinois State (2-6-0, 0-0-0 MVC) – 7:30 p.m.

Next Up in Valpo Soccer: After eight nonconference games over a span of 25 days, the Valpo soccer team opens up Missouri Valley Conference play this weekend as it welcomes Illinois State to Brown Field. Valpo enters MVC action coming off of a three-goal win over Chicago State this past Sunday.

Previously: Valpo split its final two pre-conference matchups last weekend, falling to Western Illinois 2-1 under the lights at Brown Field last Friday evening before rebounding with a 3-0 victory over the Cougars of Chicago State at the SeatGeek Stadium Turf Field on Sunday afternoon.

Looking Ahead: MVC play continues for the Beacons next Friday evening as they travel to Terre Haute to face Indiana State.

Following the Beacons: Friday’s match will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and will have live stats available via ValpoAthletics.com. All remaining home matches and select road matches will be carried live on The Valley on ESPN.

Head Coach John Marovich: In his 14th season at the helm of the Valpo program, John Marovich holds a 106-103-37 (.506) record both overall and at Valpo as a head coach. The 2014 Horizon League Coach of the Year, Marovich holds Valpo’s all-time records for both victories and winning percentage.

Series Notes: Valpo owns just a 2-7-0 record against the Redbirds all-time, but both of those victories have come in the last three meetings between the programs. Valpo already has one win over Illinois State this calendar year, as it traveled to Normal for the regular season finale in April and came away with a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Natalie Graf and nine saves by Nikki Coryell. That win secured third place in the regular season standings for Valpo and gave the program a first-round home match in the MVC Tournament.

Scouting the Opposition: After posting a 4-7-1 overall record and a 4-4-0 record in MVC play during the spring 2021 campaign, Illinois State – which was picked second in the MVC preseason poll – currently sits at 2-6-0 this year following a challenging pre-conference slate. One of those victories came in the Redbirds’ last outing, however, as they traveled to Northern Illinois and came out with a 2-0 win. Natalie Vaughn-Low leads ISU with four goals and owns an assist as well, while Riley O’Brien has contributed three goals and two assists. Priya Gillan has started seven of eight matches in goal for the Redbirds and has a 2.25 GAA.

Valpo Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll: Valpo has been chosen to finish in fourth place in the MVC this fall in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Valpo racked up 51 points in the polling — including one first-place vote — to come in fourth position. Loyola claimed the rest of the first-place votes to top the poll, while Illinois State and Indiana State were picked just in front of the Beacons. Valpo was 13 points clear of Missouri State and UNI, who tied for fifth place. Valpo also boasted a trio of preseason All-MVC honorees: Nikki Coryell (First Team), Kiley Dugan (First Team) and Kelsie James (Honorable Mention).

Looking Back at Last Season: Valpo enjoyed a strong spring 2021 campaign, posting its best regular-season finish since joining the MVC (third place) and advancing to the title match of the MVC Tournament for the first time. Valpo finished with a 5-4-5 overall record, a seven-game improvement from its record the previous season — the third-best year-over-year improvement in the nation. Freshman Nikki Coryell was the MVC Goalkeeper of the Year and was joined on the All-MVC First Team by senior defender Keegan Maris and sophomore forward Kiley Dugan – Second Team and Third Team All-Region honorees, respectively.

Who’s Back and Who’s New: Valpo returns 12 letterwinners from the spring 2021 campaign, eight of whom were regulars in the starting XI last season and six of whom found the back of the net in the spring. Joining the 12 letterwinners, as well as five other returnees, on this year’s team are two transfers and 10 freshmen.

Getting On the Scoresheet: It was a plethora of firsts at Chicago State on Sunday for the Valpo attack, as sophomore Cassidy Eckstein, freshman Dana Fish and junior Cierra Welch all found the back of the net for the first time in their respective collegiate careers. It is the first known time in program history that three players have all scored their first collegiate goal in the same match. Of Valpo’s eight goal scorers to date this year, six of them entered the season with zero collegiate goals.

A Helping Foot: Not to be outdone, two other Valpo players also registered their first collegiate point in the match at Chicago State as well. Senior Katie Hansen delivered the assist on Fish’s goal, while freshman Peyton Evans picked up the helper on Welch’s insurance tally.

Familiar One-Sided Scoreline: The win over Chicago State was the second consecutive Sunday that the Beacons earned a 3-0 victory, as they did so as well one week earlier against Saint Bonaventure. It is the first time Valpo has won multiple games by three-plus goals in the same season since the 2017 squad earned a 4-1 win over Fort Wayne and a 5-1 victory over Chicago State.

Finding Goal Scorers: The three first-time goal scorers at Chicago State gives Valpo eight different players who have found the back of the net at least once this season – the program’s highest number of goal scorers in one season since the 2017 team had 10 goal scorers. Interestingly, in a 21-season stretch from 1997 through 2017, Valpo had somewhere between seven and 10 goal scorers in every season but two: the 2004 side had 13 players score a goal, while the 2006 team saw 14 players put at least one away.

Always in the XI: With Georgia Henkel getting the start in goal Sunday at CSU, Nikki Coryell saw her streak of consecutive matches started come to an end at 21 straight matches. That leaves just four players who have started each of the season’s first eight matches: Kiley Dugan, Nicole Norfolk, Allie Anderson and Abby White. In their third season in the Valpo uniform, Dugan and Norfolk have both started all 40 matches since stepping on campus.

Goalkeepers Stand Out: Valpo got a pair of strong performances in goal in the final tuneups before the start of MVC play. Coryell made a career-high 10 saves in the Friday match against Western Illinois, limiting a Leathernecks side which already owns four-goal performances against Illinois State and UNI this season to just two goals. Then on Sunday, making her first start since the 2019 MVC Tournament, Henkel made a strong save on CSU’s lone shot on goal of the match and played well with her feet in starting the Valpo attack out of the back.

Back-to-Back Tallies: Freshman Addy Joiner has made an impact on the Beacons’ attack early on in her Valpo career. Chesterton’s record holder for career goals, Joiner found her first collegiate goal in the win over St. Bonaventure, and the very next match, found the back of the net against Western Illinois just 16 seconds after WIU had taken a two-goal lead. She became the first Valpo freshman with goals in consecutive fixtures since Vanesa Abad scored in the 2014 regular season finale and Horizon League Tournament semifinal, both against Green Bay.

Streak Comes to a Close: Junior defender Nicole Norfolk earned a well-deserved rest late in the St. Bonaventure match. Leading by three goals, John Marovich subbed Norfolk out in the 83rd minute, ending her streak of consecutive minutes played since stepping on campus at 3,591 straight minutes. She played all 1,659 minutes in 2019 as a freshman, played 1,379 minutes during the spring 2021 campaign and was at 553 straight minutes this season before coming off the park. Norfolk surpassed Tracy Roos’ mark of 3,413 consecutive minutes played (2009-11), the previous known program record for consecutive minutes played by a Valpo field player, late in the game at Robert Morris.

VALPO WBB: Valpo Announces 2021-22 Women’s Basketball Schedule

Valpo women’s basketball head coach Mary Evans unveiled her program’s schedule for the upcoming 2021-22 season this afternoon. Five games against teams which finished in the top 100 of the NCAA NET ranking last season — including a visit to the ARC from Notre Dame — highlight the nonconference slate and will help prepare the Beacons for the always-challenging Missouri Valley Conference schedule, which was released by the conference office today.

“I am excited about our nonconference schedule this year,” Evans said. “I believe the first two months of the season will really challenge our players and help prepare them to play in one of the toughest mid-major conferences in the country.”

The season will open with back-to-back home games at the ARC against opponents out of the MAC. Miami (Ohio) kicks off the campaign on Nov. 10 before Central Michigan visits on Nov. 14. The Chippewas went 18-9 last season with a NET of 90 and won the MAC Tournament to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Following the two home games, the Beacons will embark on a number of trips, taking their show on the road for the next five games. The stretch of games away from home begins with a Nov. 16 visit to Big Ten foe Michigan State, which finished last season with a NET of 34 and posted a 15-9 record, enough to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The swing of road games continues Nov. 21 at Xavier, Nov. 23 at UIC and Nov. 29 at Western Michigan before culminating Dec. 5 at Bowling Green. The Falcons won the MAC regular season title last season, finishing the year with a 21-8 record and a NET of 65.

Valpo returns home Dec. 8 as it welcomes Notre Dame to the ARC for the 10th time in program history and the first time since 2015. The Fighting Irish closed last year with a NET of 56.

“It’s really exciting to have the opportunity to play a team from a power-five conference in your own gym, and especially one from the region,” Evans said. “Our team is really eager for the chance to host Notre Dame.”

Next up will be a trip to South Dakota for a Dec. 10 matchup with the Coyotes, who are coming off a 19-6 campaign with a NET of 35. USD — which won the Summit League Tournament and played in the NCAA Tournament — has traditionally been a tough opponent on its home court, going 35-1 in Vermillion over the last three seasons. Closing out the pre-conference schedule is two games in three days prior to Christmas, as Valpo plays at Morehead State Dec. 19 before a home game against Detroit Mercy Dec. 21.

The double-round robin MVC slate of games begins for Valpo at Southern Illinois Dec. 31. The first conference home game is against UNI Jan. 7, and the Beacons will close the regular season at the ARC March 3 versus Missouri State and March 5 against Southern Illinois. The schedule is back to the traditional travel partner model with two games in three days after a one-year departure.

Hoops in the Heartland returns to Moline, Ill. March 10-13, where all 10 teams will vie for the chance to win the MVC Tournament and earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.

Valpo returns the vast majority of its production from last year’s team into the 2021-22 season. 14 letterwinners, including four starters, from last season accounted for 93% of the team’s scoring, 91.6% of the rebounding and 96.4% of the assists in 2020-21.

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Earns 1-1 Draw at Western Michigan

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer picked up a positive result on Wednesday (Sept. 15) evening at Western Michigan with a 1-1 tie following two scoreless overtimes.

The Mastodons tied the match at one with a goal in the 55th minute thanks to a converted penalty kick by Keith Larson. It stands as his second goal of the season.

It tied the match after Western Michigan’s Dylan Sing scored in the 30th minute to put the Broncos up 1-0. Caden Jackman and Brennan Creek assisted on the play.

The ‘Dons appeared for a moment to tie it just before half but a goal was waived off after a foul was called in the box.

Purdue Fort Wayne controlled much of the possession in the second half, recording eight corner kicks in the second period. The pressure helped earn the penalty kick opportunity.

In extra time Western Michigan held a 3-0 edge in corner kicks and a 3-1 advantage in shots, but the Mastodons’ Luke Benford recorded the only shot on goal in the extra 20 minutes.

Adam Hunt played the first half in goal, making one save. Danny Salazar went the rest of the way allowing no goals and making two saves in 65 minutes.

It is the third positive result in four games for the ‘Dons.

The Mastodons are now 2-3-1. Western Michigan is 2-2-2. Purdue Fort Wayne returns to Horizon League action on Saturday (Sept. 18) when the Norse of Northern Kentucky comes to Fort Wayne.

MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: MARIAN DT FALLS TO UNOH 1-0

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer developmental team lost their reserve match on Wednesday afternoon, falling 1-0 at home to Northwestern Ohio.

UNOH scored the lone goal of the game with 30:10 remaining in the match, breaking the scoreless tie on a penalty kick that beat the out-stretched arms of Kaitlin Stewart. Stewart kept tough and made a pair of saves later in the match, ending with three on the day. Kristen Morgan also made a save playing the first half.

For Marian’s offense, Lexi Curry led the team with two shots on goal, and had an opportunity to score in the 70th minute on a free kick from the top of the box, but her look was saved. Miranda Nosko led Marian with three shots, and Lillian Woeste had two shots on goal.

Marian will play next on Saturday at Aquinas.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Gerber Honored as NAIA Runner of the Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Daniel Gerber was honored as the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week following his victory at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invite Friday evening.

In his first race of the 2021 campaign, Gerber claimed the individual win in a field of 175 runners. The Danville, Indiana native finished with a massive kick, caught the leader at the line and won by inches. The senior clocked a time just 0.10-seconds ahead of second place and set a lifetime-best mark of 24:38.9, logging the fifth-fastest 8k time in the history of Taylor’s program.

This is the Gerber’s first NAIA National Cross Country Runner of the Week honor during his Taylor career.

Gerber and the No. 1 Trojans will be back in action on their home course Friday, September 17 at the TUXC Farm in Upland, Indiana for the Ray Bullock Invitational. 

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Volleyball Receives Votes in NAIA Top-25 Poll

KANSAS CITY – In the midst of its best start since the 2010 season, the Taylor volleyball program received votes in the NAIA Top-25 Poll for the first time since 2015, as announced by the NAIA national office on Wednesday afternoon.

The Trojans received 37 points in the NAIA Top-25 Poll, marking the 30th-best point total in the poll and putting TU just outside of its first Top-25 ranking since spending the majority of the 2012 season with a national ranking.

Taylor has opened its 2021 season with a 13-2 record that is the team’s best start since beginning the 2010 season at 18-1. This year’s fast start has included an 11-match win streak and TU’s first win over a nationally-ranked foe since 2017, via its five-set win at then-No. 25 Bethel on September 11.

The Trojans rank favorably in the nation among a host of statistics, entering play on Wednesday rated seventh in the NAIA with 724 kills, seventh with 673 assists and seventh with 941 digs.

The trio of Stephaney Fifield, Kacy Bragg and Amanda Adams are all near the top of the national leaderboards in their key statistical field as well, with Fifield ranked second with 331 digs, Bragg fifth with 555 assists and Adams 11th in the NAIA with 184 kills.

Taylor (13-2, 3-1 CL) will look to continue adding to its impressive start when it hosts Goshen (3-12, 0-4 CL) on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. TU is looking for its first 4-1 start to Crossroads League play since 2016, while also hoping to secure the 100th career head coaching victory for Erin Luthy.

Anderson Releases 2021-22 Swimming & Diving Schedule

Anderson University released its 2021-22 swimming and diving schedule on Wednesday.

The Ravens are set to compete in 11 meets with the three-day Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships set to begin on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. in Terre Haute.

Anderson opens with the Indiana Intercollegiate hosted by Purdue University on Oct. 16 at 12 p.m.in Lafayette. The Ravens kick off HCAC regular-season with a triangular with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and first-year program Bluffton University on Nov. 6 at 1 p.m. in Terre Haute at the Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center. Anderson hosts Asbury University for the home opener on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Bennett Natatorium. Senior Day is scheduled for Anderson’s meet with Bethel University (Ind.) on Jan. 29 at 2 p.m.

DateMeetTimeLocation
Saturday, Oct. 16Indiana Intercollegiate12:00 PMLafayette, Ind.
Saturday, Oct. 23at Indiana D-III Invite1:00 PMTerre Haute, Ind. (Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center)
Saturday, Nov. 6at Rose-Hulman*1:00 PMTerre Haute, Ind. (Rose-Hulman Sports & Recreation Center)
Saturday, Nov. 6vs. Bluffton*1:00 PMTerre Haute, Ind. (Rose-Hulman Sports & Recreation Center)
Saturday, Nov. 13at Hanover*1:00 PMHanover, Ind.
Saturday, Nov. 20at Manchester*1:00 PMNorth Manchester, Ind.
Saturday, Nov. 20vs. Olivet1:00 PMNorth Manchester, Ind.
Saturday, Dec. 4at Franklin*1:00 PMFranklin, Ind.
Friday, Dec. 10vs. Asbury6:00 PMAnderson, Ind. (Bennett Natatorium)
Saturday, Jan. 15vs. Indiana Wesleyan (Women Only)2:00 PMAnderson, Ind. (Bennett Natatorium)
Saturday, Jan. 22at Transylvania*1:00 PMLexington, Ky.
Saturday, Jan. 29vs. Bethel (Ind.) (Senior Day2:00 PMAnderson, Ind. (Bennett Natatorium)
Thursday, Feb. 10at HCAC Championships*10:00 AMTerre Haute, Ind. (Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center)
Friday, Feb. 11at HCAC Championships*10:00 AMTerre Haute, Ind. (Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center)
Saturday, Feb. 12at HCAC Championships*10:00 AMTerre Haute, Ind. (Vigo County School Corporation Aquatic Center)

*indicates HCAC meet

ANDERSON Women’s Tennis: Ravens Cruise Past Grizzlies in HCAC Opener

The Anderson University women’s tennis team (3-2, 1-0) cruised past Franklin College (0-3, 0-2) with a 9-0 victory on Wednesday in Pendleton at the Community Sport and Wellness Center.

“We did an excellent job controlling points and looking for opportunities to put balls away,” Coach Matt Moore said. “In doubles, we used formations well and did our part to take control at the net. In singles, we worked smart patterns and kept errors to a minimum. It was a great way to start the conference season.”

DOUBLES RESULTS

No. 1 – Anna Creech/Megan Long (Anderson) def. Grace Otee/Maecee Terhune (Franklin) 8-2

No. 2 – Madelyn Brown/Morgan Nation (Anderson) def. Emma Foley/Sydney Logsdon (Franklin) 8-6

No. 3 – Jenna Kuntz/Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) def. Caitlin Fedor/Claire Cherry (Franklin) 8-3

SINGLES RESULTS

No. 1 – Anna Creech (Anderson) def. Emma Foley (Franklin) 6-1, 6-3

No. 2 – Madelyn Brown (Anderson) def. Sydney Logsdon (Franklin) 6-2, 6-3

No. 3 – Megan Long (Anderson) def. Maddie Bright (Franklin) 6-1, 6-0

No. 4 – Jenna Kuntz (Anderson) def. Caitlin Fedor (Franklin) 6-0, 6-2

No. 5 – Morgan Nation (Anderson) def. Maecee Terhune (Franklin) 6-3, 6-3

No. 6 – Claire Hannaford (Anderson) def. Jenna Gates (Franklin) 6-4, 6-1

No. 7 (Exhibition) – Morgan Oconitrillo (Anderson) def. Claire Cherry (Franklin) 8-2

UP NEXT

Anderson faces off with Trine University (4-0) on Friday at 4 p.m. at the AU Tennis Courts.

ANDERSON W SOCCER: Women’s Soccer: Anderson Takes Down Bethel with Golden Goal

The Anderson University women’s soccer team welcomed the Bethel University Pilots to the AU Soccer Fields on Wednesday for a non-conference matchup. In a double overtime thriller, the Ravens secured a 2-1 victory, their first of the 2021-2022 season.

Both teams came out strong in the first seven minutes, with Anderson (1-3-1) taking two and Bethel (0-7) with three. Unfortunately, in the 10th minute, the Ravens committed a foul inside the 18-yard box, giving the Pilots a penalty kick. Audrey Lerch of Bethel was able to convert the penalty kick and gave the Pilots a 1-0 lead over the Ravens. Anderson went on to dominate the rest of the half, the defense would not allow the Pilots to take another shot on goal, while the offense went on to record nine more shots.

Coming out of halftime trailing by one, the Ravens gave it everything they had. They continued to fire shots on goal, with the Pilots goalkeeper Corryn Berlin making a couple of spectacular saves. In the 72nd minute, senior Corissa Horton (Fountaintown, Ind. / Triton Central) subbed into the match and wasted no time making an impact. Just nine minutes later in the 81st minute, Taylor Fort (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights) won the ball near the midfield, dribbled past two defenders and passed the ball to Corissa Horton who took one touch with her left foot past the inside of her defender and rocketed the ball with her right foot into the upper left corner of the net from 25 yards out, tying the game 1-1 with nine minutes left in regulation. Anderson wouldn’t give up, as they continued to fire four more shots before the final whistle. The Ravens and Pilots would end regulation tied 1-1 as they headed into overtime.

For the second game in a row, the Ravens found themselves playing extra soccer. This time they hoped for a better result. The first 10 minutes of overtime saw Ravens goalkeeper Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio / Homeschool) make two saves to keep it a 1-1 draw. The Ravens would take three chances with one on goal being stopped by the Pilots goalkeeper. Anderson and Bethel would end the first overtime still tied with just 10 minutes of action remaining.

Even after 100 minutes of play, the Ravens still came into the second overtime with energy. Taylor Fort immediately took a shot, going just over the goal. Then, in the 105th minute, the Ravens would earn a free kick. After a couple of passes, Taylor Fort ended up with the ball near the top of the 18-yard box. Fort dribbled towards the left side and passed the ball out to Lauren Brown (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) who was on the left outside of the 18 and crossed it high in the air near the 6-yard box where Holly Garrett (Dayton, Ohio / Dayton Christian) backed off of her defender, jumped, and headed the ball past the goalkeeper into the left side netting. With the game being in overtime, Garrett’s goal was the golden goal needed to end the game and secure the Ravens first victory.

Throughout the match, the Ravens dominated on the offensive side, recording 27 shots to the Pilots 10 over the course of 105 minutes. Taylor Fort and Corissa Horton led the Ravens on shots, with each recording five. Right behind them was Holly Garrett with four. Horton and Garrett led the team with three on goal. Kaitlyn Revell (Louisville, Ky. / Assumption) and Lillie Casey (Loveland, Ohio / Goshen) had two shots. While Jessica Pulaski (Centerville, Ohio / Centerville), Taylor Baker (Springfield, Ohio / Catholic Central), Lauren Brown, Anhely Montes (Portland, Ind. / Jay County), and Rebekah Hisle (St. Joseph, Mich. / Michigan Lutheran) each had one shot. Emmalee Paarlberg made six saves against the Pilots.

Head Coach Jennifer Myhre had the following to say about Wednesday’s match: “What I loved about [Wednesday] was the fight and perseverance. Despite the early PK, we kept pressing and believed the goal would come. It was a great look and take by Corissa to equalize it and give us the momentum to press on. Lauren served a smart ball across and Holly was in the right position framing the back post to head it home. This was a well-deserved team win and effort.”

The Ravens will be back in action at the AU Soccer Fields on Saturday as they welcome the Belles of St. Mary’s College (4-1). Kick-off is set for 1PM.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Drop First Game in Double-Overtime

ADRIAN, Mich. – TU men’s soccer played Siena Heights on its turf, where the Trojans dropped their first game of the season in double-overtime.

It was an aggressive game throughout, with each team battling the other for control of the match. Siena Heights (3-1-0) came out of the gate with speed, ripping off four shots in the opening four minutes of the match. Twenty minutes in, the Saints were out-shooting the Trojans 11-to-one, yet, TU goalie, Sam Spiegel, and the Trojan defense stubbornly withheld the Saints’ attack.

Taylor responded with three shots of its own but none landed on frame. The match moved into the half tied 0-0, but the zeros would not remain.

Siena Heights was the first to break the scoreless match, scoring its first goal of the night in the 63rd minute. After one Saints player struck the crossbar, a second rebounded the shot with the match’s first goal. Yet, it would not take long for the Trojans to respond.

TU countered with a rebounded goal of its own, ignited by the attack of junior, Sawyer Watterson. The Parma, Michigan, native fired a strike that was deflected by the Saints’ goalie. Luke Holwerda was in stellar position to transform Watterson’s shot into his second assist on the season, granting Holwerda his third goal on the year.

Tied at 1-1, the match would progress until the end of regulation, through one overtime and into a second. At last, the home team broke the tie with a chip-shot beyond Spiegel’s grasp, sending the Trojans home with their first loss of the season.

Taylor (4-1-0) returns to action inside Turner Stadium on Saturday, September 18, when the Trojans take on Missouri Baptist (1-5-0) at 12:00 pm.

RHIT Women’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 1, Knox 1

GALESBURG, Ill. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology stands 3-0-1 on the women’s soccer season after battling to a hard fought 1-1 draw at Knox College on Wednesday afternoon.

Christina Rogers scored Rose-Hulman’s lone goal in the 73rd minute to give the Fightin’ Engineers a 1-0 lead.  Sarah Shoemaker provided the assist.

Knox scored the first goal against Rose-Hulman this season to force the 1-1 draw.  Lydia Mitchell scored for the Prairie Fire on an assist from Ashlynn Lenertz.

Rose-Hulman outshot Knox 20-15 in the contest, including 7-3 in the opening 45 minutes.  Lane Lawrence recorded four shots on goal and Meghan Garry had four total shots to lead the Engineer offense.

The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Saturday at home against Millikin at 1 pm.

RHIT Men’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 3, DePauw 1

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team defeated previously unbeaten DePauw University on Wednesday by a score of 3-1.  Rose-Hulman improved to 2-2-1 while DePauw fell to 5-1.

Caleb Urban assisted all three Rose-Hulman goals in the evening. At the halftime break, the Fightin’ Engineers held a 2-0 lead on a goal by Takezo Kelly and a header by Travis Bednarek. The Tigers scored the first goal in the second half, but Kelly scored Rose-Hulman’s third goal in the 87th minute to secure the win.

Kelly now has four goals on the season and 21 in his career. Bednarek’s header was his first of the season and the 12th of his career. Urban’s three assists move his assist total to five.

Rose-Hulman outshot DePauw 14-7 in the contest, led by five shots from Takezo Kelly.  Bednarek added three shots.  Evan Hofer paced the Fightin’ Engineer defensive effort with three saves.

The Fightin’ Engineers host Albion College on Sunday, September 19 at the Rose-Hulman Soccer Field with a 1pm kickoff.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Sweep Goshen for Luthy’s 100th Win

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor volleyball head coach Erin Luthy snagged her 100th win with the Trojans on Wednesday with a 25-17, 25-11, 25-15 sweep of visiting Goshen, improving Taylor to 14-2 overall and 4-1 within the Crossroads League.

Luthy became the fifth head coach in the rich history of the Taylor volleyball program to reach the 100-win milestone, upping her career mark to 100 wins and 78 losses through her first six seasons at the helm for the Purple and Gold.

The win also continued Taylor’s best start to a season since opening 18-1 in 2010 and gave TU its best start to a season in league play since opening 5-1 in 2016.

The sixth-straight three-set sweep of Goshen (3-13, 0-5 CL) by a Taylor volleyball squad started slowly however, with TU needing to overcome 12 hitting errors in the opening set to take the win. Taylor righted the ship from there and rolled to comfortable margins in the second and third sets.

Amanda Adams moved to within 14 kills of 10th in program history with 14 terminations in the match and Ryan Czerniak added 12. Karli Ware and Stephaney Fifield had their serves working as well, with Ware notching four aces and Fifield collecting two.

Taylor was also strong at the net on defense with 11 total blocks in the contest. Grace Isaacs led with four solo blocks and two block assists. Jaylynn Dunsmore also got in on the act with five block assists and Adams added four block assists.

Taylor is set to return to action this weekend with two more home contests on September 17 and 18. TU is slated to host Spring Arbor (8-9, 1-4 CL) on Friday at 7:00 pm and No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan (7-1, 4-1 CL) on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Receives Votes in Latest NAIA Poll

KANSAS CITY – The NAIA released its second Top-25 poll of the 2021 season, in which Taylor women’s soccer received three votes in recognition of the team’s strong start to the season.

The Trojans boast a record of 6-0 and are yet to allow a goal. TU leads the nation with six shutouts and has now extended its program-record for consecutive shutouts to start a season to six. Thanks to a strong effort by Trojan sister-defenders, Riley and Claire Massey, along with Hannah Dempsey and Rachel Landis, TU goalie, Hannah Brackenbury, leads the league with a perfect goals-against average of 0.0 and has collected 17 saves.

Taylor’s offensive effort has also been quite remarkable, leading the nation with 179 shots while ranking second in the NAIA with 96 shots-on-goal and fourth with 30 goals. Seniors, Erin Teevans and Linli Tu, lead the team with 29 shots a piece, while Teevans alone leads the team with six goals and 13 points. Ali Vander Kolk and Tu closely follow Teevans in goals with four each. Defender, Claire Massey, has also posted a strong start to the year, scoring eight points while leading the team with four assists.

TU has also collected two Crossroads League Player-of-the-Week awards thanks to the efforts of Massey and sophomore forward, Chloe Sena.

RV Taylor (6-0-0) wraps up its non-conference season on Saturday, September 18, as the team takes on Indiana Tech (3-2-0) at 4:00 pm. The Trojans will look to further extend their program-record for consecutive shutouts to start a season, achieving a seventh-consecutive shutout for the first time in program history.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Record Start Continues as Trojans Win at Home 2-0

UPLAND, Ind. – The Trojan women’s soccer team extended its program-record start to the year, as the Trojans racked in their sixth-consecutive shutout to start the 2021 campaign.

TU took the pitch after having received three votes in the latest NAIA Top-25 poll, in which the Trojans were recognized for their strong start to the season. Even though Georgetown began the match with aggressive play, Taylor maintained the season’s momentum by quickly commanding the flow of the game.

In the first half alone, TU fired off 26 shots, 11 of which landed on frame. The Tiger defense was stubborn throughout, however, as Georgetown kept the net clean. Goalie, Lani Irwin, recorded 11 saves, and her team’s back line defense was simply outstanding as the Tigers made five team-saves in the first 45-minutes of play.

Seniors, Erin Teevans and Linli Tu, led Taylor’s relentless first-half offense, each taking seven shots a piece. Yet, the match moved into the half tied 0-0.

TU refused to slow its effort in the second half, taking another 19 shots in the final-45, giving the Trojans a total of 45 shots for the match. Freshman, Audrey Grimm, finally broke the tie in the sixth-minute of the half. Sophomore, Claire Massey, lined up a corner kick and ripped a solid strike to the back side of the net, where Grimm scored her third goal of the season via her head.

Now up 1-0, Taylor continued the attack, striking seven more shots before Tu sent one of hers into the net. Tu followed Grimm’s lead by using her head as well, this time, however, the assist was made by sophomore forward, Chloe Sena. Sena, recently named the Crossroads League Offensive Player of the Week, made a defender miss before offering a beautiful pass cross-field, where Tu made her fourth goal of the season look easy.

While the Trojan offense controlled the ball for much of the match, TU’s defense continued its incredible start to the 2021 campaign. Taylor limited Georgetown to a mere six shots, in drastic contrast to TU’s 45 total shots on the day. Only two of the Tigers’ shot landed on frame, both of which were saved by Taylor goalie, Hannah Brackenbury.

Taylor leads the nation with six shutouts and has now extended its program-record for consecutive shutouts to start a season to six. Taylor’s win marks the first time the Trojans have recorded six-consecutive shutouts since 2008. The team has also started the season 6-0 for the first time since beginning the year 9-0 in 2016.

TU (6-0-0) will look to extend its record-start to the year, as the Trojans play Indiana-Tech (3-2-0) on the road this Saturday, September 18, at 4:00 pm.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay9056.61645 – 2645 – 3047 – 2317 – 1114 – 174 – 6L 1
NY Yankees8264.562841 – 3141 – 3330 – 3621 – 819 – 124 – 6W 3
Toronto8264.562841 – 3041 – 3437 – 3015 – 1216 – 168 – 2W 1
Boston8365.561844 – 2939 – 3637 – 3020 – 1315 – 184 – 6W 2
Baltimore4699.31743.522 – 5124 – 4817 – 4910 – 2413 – 153 – 7L 5
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox8362.57249 – 2634 – 3619 – 1438 – 2714 – 155 – 5L 1
Cleveland7173.49311.536 – 3635 – 3711 – 2038 – 2613 – 163 – 7W 1
Detroit7076.47913.539 – 3631 – 4016 – 1225 – 3918 – 166 – 4W 3
Kansas City6679.4551735 – 3631 – 4312 – 2129 – 3413 – 166 – 4L 1
Minnesota6483.4352034 – 4030 – 4310 – 1633 – 3713 – 204 – 6L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston8560.58645 – 2740 – 3316 – 1219 – 1643 – 226 – 4W 1
Oakland7867.538740 – 3438 – 3315 – 1822 – 1030 – 304 – 6W 1
Seattle7868.5347.542 – 3336 – 3519 – 1513 – 1637 – 264 – 6L 2
LA Angels7174.4901438 – 3433 – 4016 – 1720 – 1224 – 364 – 6W 1
Texas5491.3723132 – 3922 – 5212 – 159 – 1726 – 467 – 3L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta7668.52837 – 3639 – 3240 – 3022 – 128 – 125 – 5L 2
Philadelphia7372.5033.541 – 3232 – 4038 – 2916 – 1313 – 194 – 6W 1
NY Mets7275.4905.543 – 3129 – 4434 – 3213 – 1716 – 173 – 7L 3
Miami6284.4251538 – 3424 – 5031 – 3511 – 1817 – 175 – 5W 1
Washington6086.4111734 – 4126 – 4528 – 4513 – 159 – 194 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee8957.61040 – 3149 – 2614 – 1444 – 2223 – 97 – 3L 2
St. Louis7669.52412.539 – 3337 – 3617 – 1631 – 3117 – 137 – 3W 5
Cincinnati7571.5141438 – 3337 – 3817 – 1239 – 3010 – 203 – 7L 4
Chi Cubs6680.4522339 – 3627 – 4413 – 2030 – 3317 – 155 – 5L 1
Pittsburgh5491.37234.534 – 4020 – 5114 – 1319 – 4711 – 216 – 4W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco9551.65147 – 2448 – 2719 – 1020 – 1443 – 209 – 1L 1
Y-LA Dodgers9453.6391.552 – 2342 – 3024 – 915 – 1243 – 248 – 2W 6
San Diego7570.51719.544 – 3131 – 3914 – 1516 – 1431 – 354 – 6W 1
Colorado6878.4662745 – 2723 – 5115 – 1114 – 1929 – 385 – 5W 3
Arizona4799.3224828 – 4319 – 5612 – 1813 – 1919 – 482 – 8L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

AL WILD CARD

TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
NY Yankees8264.56241-3141-334-6W 3
Toronto8264.56241-3041-348-2W 1
Boston8365.56144-2939-364-6W 2
Oakland7867.5383.540-3438-334-6W 1
Seattle7868.5344.042-3336-354-6L 2

NL WILD CARD

TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadLast 10Streak
Y-LA Dodgers9453.639+17.052-2342-308-2W 6
St. Louis7669.52439-3337-367-3W 5
San Diego7570.5171.044-3131-394-6W 1
Cincinnati7571.5141.538-3337-383-7L 4
Philadelphia7372.5033.041-3232-404-6W 1
NY Mets7275.4905.043-3129-443-7L 3
Colorado6878.4668.545-2723-515-5W 3

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins1001.0000.017160-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
New York Jets010.0001.014190-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Buffalo Bills010.0001.016230-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
New England Patriots010.0001.016170-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders1001.0000.033271-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs1001.0000.033291-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Denver Broncos1001.0000.027130-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Los Angeles Chargers1001.0000.020160-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers1001.0000.023160-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals1001.0000.027241-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns010.0001.029330-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
Baltimore Ravens010.0001.027330-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Houston Texans1001.0000.037211-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Indianapolis Colts010.0001.016280-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Tennessee Titans010.0001.013380-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars010.0001.021370-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1001.0000.03260-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Washington Football Team010.0001.016200-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
New York Giants010.0001.013270-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys010.0001.029310-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams1001.0000.034141-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
San Francisco 49ers1001.0000.041330-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Arizona Cardinals1001.0000.038130-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Seattle Seahawks1001.0000.028160-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings010.0000.024270-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Detroit Lions010.0000.033410-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
Chicago Bears010.0000.014340-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers010.0000.03380-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints1001.0000.03831-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1001.0000.031291-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers1001.0000.019141-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Atlanta Falcons010.0001.06320-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England25174447291810-1-17-3-355
Nashville SC23101123821178-6-02-5-241
Orlando City SC241086353327-4-23-4-438
New York City FC2310584127148-2-22-3-635
D.C.2410410393368-0-32-4-734
CF Montreal24978343046-3-23-4-634
Atlanta24897322846-3-32-6-433
Inter Miami CF239592431-75-2-54-3-432
Philadelphia23887282446-3-32-5-432
Columbus2586112934-56-3-32-3-830
New York2265112528-35-3-31-2-823
Chicago2465132438-145-4-41-1-923
FC Cincinnati2348112342-191-5-43-3-720
Toronto FC2436152650-241-5-42-1-1115
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC2513754326177-5-16-2-446
Seattle2313643619176-4-37-2-145
Colorado2312743423116-4-16-3-343
Los Angeles241158373707-2-44-3-438
Portland24104103441-76-2-34-2-734
Real Salt Lake24969403556-4-23-2-733
Los Angeles FC24969373436-5-23-1-733
Minnesota238782429-56-2-32-5-531
Vancouver237882933-46-2-41-6-429
FC Dallas2569103640-44-6-22-3-827
San Jose246992835-73-3-63-6-327
Houston25411102837-94-5-30-6-723
Austin2454152236-143-2-62-2-919

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
x-Connecticut Sun256.80614-111-511-310-013 W
x-Chicago Sky1515.5009.55-910-69-55-51 L
Washington Mystics1218.40012.58-74-117-74-62 W
New York Liberty1120.35514.06-95-115-91-98 L
Atlanta Dream822.26716.54-114-116-82-81 W
Indiana Fever624.20018.54-112-134-102-85 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
x-Las Vegas Aces228.73313-39-510-48-22 W
x-Minnesota Lynx2010.6672.013-37-710-57-32 W
x-Seattle Storm2011.6452.510-510-68-64-61 L
x-Phoenix Mercury1911.6333.07-812-36-79-11 L
x-Dallas Wings1318.4199.56-97-96-84-61 L
Los Angeles Sparks1119.36711.08-83-112-124-61 W