INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE-WEEK 6

FRIDAY

Alexandria (3-1) at Eastbrook (5-0)

Anderson (1-4) at Kokomo (4-1)

Avon (0-5) at Fishers (3-2)

Batesville (3-2) at Lawrenceburg (4-1)

Beech Grove (2-3) at Monrovia (4-1)

Bellmont (0-5) at Leo (5-0)

Ben Davis (2-3) at Lawrence North (3-1)

Blackford (0-5) at Elwood (0-4)

Bloomington North (4-1) at New Albany (3-2)

Brebeuf Jesuit (5-0) at Indianapolis Roncalli (5-0)

Brownsburg (4-1) at Westfield (4-1)

Brownstown Central (5-0) at Seymour (1-3)

Calumet (4-1) at Griffith (2-3)

Carroll (Fort Wayne) (4-1) at Fort Wayne South (1-3)

Cascade (1-4) at North Putnam (1-3)

Caston (1-4) at North White (2-1)

Center Grove (5-0) at Lawrence Central (2-3)

Central Noble (5-0) at Lakeland (2-3)

Chesterton (4-1) at Portage (1-4)

Christel House Manual (0-4) at Bowman Academy (0-4)

Clarksville (1-4) at Perry Central (4-1)

Cloverdale (0-4) at Riverton Parke (1-3)

Columbia City (4-1) at New Haven (1-4)

Columbus North (2-3) at Terre Haute North (2-3)

Corydon Central (0-4) at Salem (2-1)

Covington (3-2) at South Newton (3-2)

Crawford County (2-2) at Springs Valley (4-1)

Culver (1-2) at Winamac (3-0)

DeKalb (0-5) at Huntington North (2-3)

Delphi (3-2) at Clinton Prairie (2-2)

East Noble (3-1) at Norwell (4-1)

Eastern (Greentown) (4-1) at Clinton Central (2-3)

Eastern Greene (1-4) at Paoli (2-1)

Eastern Hancock (3-2) at Milan (2-3)

Eastside (5-0) at Prairie Heights (2-3)

Edgewood (1-3) at Indian Creek (1-4)

Edinburgh (4-1) at Speedway (4-1)

Eminence (Ky.) at Switzerland County (1-3)

Evansville Central (1-4) at Jasper (5-0)

Evansville Memorial (4-1) at Evansville Bosse (2-3)

Evansville North (3-2) at Evansville Mater Dei (3-2)

Evansville Reitz (2-3) at Castle (4-1)

Floyd Central (1-4) at Columbus East (1-4)

Fort Wayne Dwenger (3-2) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-4)

Fort Wayne Northrop (2-3) at Fort Wayne Luers (5-0)

Fort Wayne Wayne (1-4) at Fort Wayne Snider (3-1)

Frankton (2-3) at Mississinewa (2-2)

Fremont (2-3) at Churubusco (3-2)

Gary West (2-2) at West Central (1-4)

Greencastle (3-2) at Brown County (3-2)

Greensburg (1-2) at Franklin County (3-2)

Hagerstown (1-3) at Shenandoah (2-2)

Hamilton Southeastern (4-1) at Zionsville (3-2)

Hammond Central (1-4) at East Chicago Central (1-4)

Hammond Morton (1-4) at Indianapolis Cathedral (5-0)

Hanover Central (4-1) at Boone Grove (0-3)

Heritage Christian (5-0) at Covenant Christian (4-1)

Heritage Hills (4-1) at Gibson Southern (4-1)

Hobart (3-2) at Andrean (3-2)

Holy Cross (Ky.) at Providence (2-3)

Homestead (3-2) at Fort Wayne North (1-4)

Indianapolis Attucks (1-3) at Phalen Academy (1-3)

Indianapolis Chatard (1-4) at Guerin Catholic (1-4)

Indianapolis Ritter (0-5) at Triton Central (3-2)

Indianapolis Scecina (3-2) at Indianapolis Lutheran (5-0)

Indianapolis Tech (3-2) at McCutcheon (0-5)

Indianapolis Tindley (1-3) at Purdue Polytechnic (1-4)

Jay County (3-2) at Woodlan (2-3)

Jeffersonville (1-3) at Silver Creek (3-1)

Jennings County (1-4) at Bedford North Lawrence (2-3)

Jimtown (3-2) at South Bend Clay (0-5)

John Glenn (3-2) at Bremen (2-3)

Knightstown (0-4) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-2)

Knox (1-4) at LaVille (3-1)

Lafayette Central Catholic (2-3) at Rensselaer Central (3-2)

Lake Station (1-2) at South Central (Union Mills) (0-3)

Lapel (4-1) at Traders Point Christian (2-3)

LaPorte (2-3) at Merrillville (5-0)

Lebanon (2-3) at Tri-West (4-1)

Lowell (2-3) at Kankakee Valley (3-2)

Maconaquah (1-2) at North Miami (0-5)

Madison (2-3) at Mitchell (3-1)

Madison-Grant (2-3) at Oak Hill (3-2)

Manchester (1-3) at Southwood (3-2)

Martinsville (3-2) at Whiteland (2-2)

Michigan City (2-3) at Lake Central (3-2)

Mishawaka (4-1) at Concord (4-1)

Mooresville (4-1) at Franklin (1-4)

Mount Vernon (Posey) (5-0) at Boonville (0-4)

Muncie Central (1-4) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (4-1)

Munster (2-3) at Highland (2-3)

New Castle (2-3) at Delta (3-2)

New Palestine (2-3) at Greenfield-Central (3-2)

New Prairie (4-1) at South Bend Adams (3-2)

Noblesville (2-3) at Franklin Central (3-2)

North Central (Indianapolis) (0-5) at Carmel (4-1)

North Daviess (4-1) at Linton-Stockton (5-0)

North Decatur (0-4) at Rushville (0-5)

North Harrison (1-4) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-2)

North Judson (4-1) at Culver Academy (3-2)

North Montgomery (1-2) at Crawfordsville (0-5)

North Newton (2-3) at Frontier (0-5)

North Posey (4-1) at Tecumseh (1-3)

North Vermillion (2-3) at Attica (0-2)

Northeastern (3-2) at Centerville (4-0)

Northview (3-1) at Terre Haute South (0-5)

Northwestern (0-4) at Tipton (5-0)

NorthWood (3-2) at Northridge (4-1)

Oblong (Ill.) at Dugger Union (0-1)

Parke Heritage (3-2) at South Vermillion (2-3)

Pendleton Heights (3-2) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (4-1)

Penn (1-4) at Mishawaka Marian (3-2)

Perry Meridian (2-3) at Greenwood (1-4)

Pike (0-5) at Warren Central (4-1)

Pike Central (1-2) at North Knox (4-1)

Plainfield (3-2) at Decatur Central (4-1)

Plymouth (0-5) at Wawasee (0-5)

Princeton (1-4) at Washington (0-4)

Richmond (1-4) at Logansport (4-0)

River Forest (2-2) at Hammond Noll (1-2)

Rock Creek Academy (1-3) at West Washington (1-2)

Scottsburg (4-1) at Charlestown (3-2)

Seeger (3-2) at Fountain Central (3-2)

Sheridan (3-2) at Taylor (0-1)

Simon Kenton (Ky.) at Connersville (1-4)

South Adams (4-1) at Adams Central (4-1)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-3) at Elkhart (2-3)

South Bend Washington (2-1) at South Bend Riley (1-3)

South Dearborn (4-1) at East Central (4-1)

South Spencer (2-3) at Forest Park (2-3)

Southern Wells (0-5) at Bluffton (1-4)

Southmont (5-0) at Danville (4-1)

Southport (0-5) at Bloomington South (5-0)

Southside Home School at Indianapolis Shortridge (1-2)

Sullivan (3-2) at Owen Valley (5-0)

Tell City (3-2) at Southridge (2-3)

Tri-Central (2-3) at Carroll (Flora) (4-1)

Tri-County (0-4) at Heritage (1-4)

Triton (3-2) at Pioneer (3-2)

Twin Lakes (2-3) at Hamilton Heights (3-2)

Union County (3-2) at Union City (3-2)

Valparaiso (5-0) at Crown Point (3-2)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-4) at Evansville Harrison (0-5)

Wabash (0-4) at Northfield (3-2)

Warsaw (4-1) at Goshen (2-3)

Wes-Del (0-4) at Monroe Central (5-0)

West Lafayette (5-0) at Benton Central (0-3)

West Noble (2-3) at Garrett (3-2)

West Vigo (1-2) at South Putnam (4-1)

Western (3-2) at Lewis Cass (2-2)

Whiting (2-3) at Wheeler (3-1)

Whitko (1-4) at Tippecanoe Valley (5-0)

Winchester (2-3) at Tri (3-2)

Yorktown (3-2) at Shelbyville (1-1)

INDIANA GIRLS GOLF-REGIONALS

1. Lafayette Jefferson | Battle Ground Golf Club | Sat, 9 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Lafayette Jefferson, Lake Central, LaPorte, Twin Lakes, Valparaiso, Western.

2. East Noble | Noble Hawk Golf Club | Fri, 8:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Angola, East Noble, Eastbrook, Norwell, Penn, Warsaw Community.

3. Lapel | Edgewood Golf Club | Sat, 9 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Greensburg, Indianapolis Cathedral, Muncie Central, New Palestine, Noblesville, Richmond.

4. Roncalli | Smock Golf Club | Fri, 9 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Attica, Brownsburg, Franklin Community, Guerin Catholic, Madison Consolidated, Northview.

5. Washington | Country Oaks Golf Club | Sat, 8:30 am ET
Feeder Sectionals: Bedford North Lawrence, Bloomington North, Corydon Central, Evansville Memorial, Jasper, North Knox.

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Kouts 10 Westville 0

Portage 3 LaPorte 1

Illiana Christian 7 Hanover Central 0

Eastbrook 2 Woodlan 0

Leo 2 Heritage 2

Mississinewa 1 Manchester 0

Lawrenceburg 10 Franklin County 0

Elkhart 8 South Bend Riley 0

Valparaiso 3 Crown Point 0

Kankakee Valley 1 Highland 0

Lake Central 3 Chesterton 2

New Castle 3 Rushville 0

Fort Wayne Snyder 2 Fort Wayne Dwenger 0

Hobart 3 Andrean 0

Indianapolis Tech 4 Providence Cristo Rey 0

Zionsville 3 Hamilton Southeastern 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Rochester  7 Wabash 1

Chesterton 9 Michigan City 0

Bremen 2 Jimtown 0

DeKalb 9 Lakeland 0

Scecina 3 Triton Central 1

LaVille 2 Culver 1

Hobart 1 Boone Grove 1

Norwell 1 Heritage 0

Huntington North 3 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Madison 1 Coryadon Central 1

Mississinewa 6 Marion 1

Maconaquah 2 Manchester 0

South Bend St. Joseph 3 Penn 0

Noblesville 3 Franklin Central 0

Hanover Central 10 Illiana Christian 1

Carmel 2 Center Grove 2

Mishawaka Marian 2 South Bend Adams 0

Bellmont 7 E. Noble 0

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

South Central 3 Morgan Twp. 0

Munster 3, Valparaiso 1

Culver Academies 3 LaVille 0

Knox 3 Hebron 0

Evansville Mater Dei 3 Tecumseh 1

South Adams 3 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Mount Vernon 3 Triton Central 0

Madison Grant 3 Wabash 1

Wapahani 3 Monroe Central 0

Logansport 3 Manchester 1

Daleville 3 Shenandoah 0

Wes-Del 3 Frankton 0

Indiana Deaf 3 Tindley 0

Hamilton Heights 3 Lapel 0

South Vermillion 3 Riverton Parke 1

Yorktown 3 Greenfield Central 0

Andrean 3 Marian Catholic 1

Cascade 3 Decatur Central 1

Hanover Central 3 Hobart 0

Highlander 3 Kouts 1

Carmel 3 Noblesville 2

Covenant Christian 3 Monrovia 0

Evansville North 3 Evansville Central 0

Alexandria Monroe 3 Oak Hill 0

Brownsburg 3 Westfield 1

Churubusco 3 Fort Wayne Canterbury 0

Pike 3 Warren Central 0

Providence 3 Silver Creek 0

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Philadelphia 4 Baltimore 3

Boston 12 NY Mets 5

Minnesota 5 Chicago Cubs 4

Chicago White Sox at Detroit postponed

Kansas City at Cleveland postponed

Tampa Bay 7 Toronto 1

NY Yankees 7 Texas 3

Houston 9 LA Angels 5 (12)

Seattle 4 Oakland 1

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati postponed

Washington 7 Miami 5

St. Louis 10 Milwaukee 2

Colorado 10 LA Dodgers 5

Atlanta 9 Arizona 2

San Francisco 8 San Diego 6

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Omaha 4 Indianapolis 3

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Nashville 5 Inter Miami 1

New England 3 Chicago 2

New York 1 New York City 1

COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Week 4

Thursday, Sept. 23

Marshall at Appalachian State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Sept. 24

Middle Tennessee at Charlotte | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Wake Forest at Virginia | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Liberty at Syracuse | 8 p.m. | ACC Network

UNLV at Fresno State | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Sept. 25

Notre Dame vs. Wisconsin (Soldier Field in Chicago) | 12 p.m. | FOX

Georgia at Vanderbilt | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Missouri at Boston College | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Bowling Green at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Wagner at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Miami (Ohio) at Army | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

FIU at Central Michigan | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Richmond at Virginia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

LSU at Mississippi State | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Boise State at Utah State | 12 p.m. | CBS

Villanova at Penn State | 12 p.m.

New Hampshire at Pitt | 12 p.m. | ESPN+/ACCNX

Ohio at Northwestern | 12 p.m.

SMU at TCU | 12 p.m.

Texas Tech at Texas | 12 p.m. | ABC

UMass at Coastal Carolina | 1 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Connecticut at Miami (Fla.) | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

San Jose State at Western Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Texas State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Toledo at Ball State | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at Utah | 2:30 p.m.

Maine at Northern Illinois | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas A&M at Arkansas (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Rutgers at Michigan | 3:30 p.m.

Wyoming at UConn | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Iowa State at Baylor | 3:30 p.m.

Colorado State at Iowa | 3:30 p.m.

UTSA at Memphis | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Clemson at NC State | 3:30 p.m.

Towson at San Diego State | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Louisville at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Illinois at Purdue | 3:30 p.m.

Kent State at Maryland | 3:30 p.m.

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

Georgia State at Auburn | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Arkansas State at Tulsa | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Charleston Southern at East Carolina | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisiana at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Buffalo at Old Dominion | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

UCLA at Stanford | 6 p.m.

Texas Southern at Rice | 6:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Tennessee at Florida | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kentucky at South Carolina | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Nebraska at Michigan State | 7 p.m.

North Texas at Louisiana Tech | 7 p.m.

Kansas State at Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Navy at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia) | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Southern Miss at Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

West Virginia at Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Akron at Ohio State | 7:30 p.m.

Hawai’i at New Mexico State | 8 p.m.

Indiana at Western Kentucky | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Troy at UL Monroe | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

FAU at Air Force | 8 p.m.

UAB at Tulane | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

New Mexico at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Cal at Washington | 9:30 p.m.

South Florida at BYU | 10:15 p.m.

Arizona at Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Oregon State at USC | 10:30 p.m.

Colorado at Arizona State | 10:30 p.m.

WEEKEND NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 3-WHERE TO WATCH

WEEK 3
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NFLN


Sunday, September 26, 2021
Washington Football Team at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Jets at Denver Broncos 2:05p (MT) 4:05p CBS
Miami Dolphins at Las Vegas Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC


Monday, September 27, 2021
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Colts prepare for Titans with uncertainty at quarterback

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indianapolis coach Frank Reich still doesn’t know who will start at quarterback against Tennessee.

Carson Wentz has two sprained ankles and missed Wednesday’s practice and the Colts have only two other healthy quarterbacks on the roster – Jacob Eason and Brett Hundley.

So Reich is preparing for Sunday’s key division game with Eason taking first-team snaps. Wentz is hopeful he can recover quickly enough to give it a shot.

“Still sore, both of them and working through it,” Wentz said after walking without a boot to a microphone. “Honestly, a lot of unknown. See how my body responds and doing everything we can. Each day, shoot, each couple of hours it’s gotten better. So, we’ll see how it continue to progress.”

Wentz hurt his right ankle when he got twisted around in a pile midway through the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams and said he was fortunate it wasn’t broken. The left ankle, Wentz believes, was injured during the third quarter.

He spent the previous two days studying film, getting treatment and resting.

While it sounds as if Wentz may not practice Thursday, Reich declined to rule him out even though his general rule is a player must practice at least Friday to play – though he has made exceptions.

Wentz said he’s played after being limited in practice, he couldn’t recall playing without practicing.

The timing couldn’t be worse.

Indy is off to its first 0-2 start during Reich’s four-year tenure and is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 2011 when Peyton Manning missed the entire season after having neck surgery.

And after earning wild-card spots in two of the past three seasons, the Colts know they can take a big step toward winning the AFC South if they get a road win over the defending division champs.

“We just have to approach the week like we’re 2-0 because you can’t let this thing snowball into 0-3, 0-4, 0-5,” All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said.

So the Colts are doing what they can. They’re preparing slightly different game plans for Wentz and Eason, closely monitoring Wentz’s progression and working to get back in sync.

It’s not just Indy, either.

The Titans also are studying both Colts quarterbacks though that may prove a tougher challenge given the limited amount of game tape.

Wentz is in the midst of his sixth NFL season, but has only two games with Indy. And if he doesn’t practice at all this week, it would be the fifth time that’s happened since training camp.

“Honestly, I’m expecting to see Wentz,” Tennessee safety Kevin Byard said. “We’ll prepare for both quarterbacks, for sure. Wentz has been a quarterback in this league for a long time, and I know Eason, he’s a younger guy. But we’ll prepare for both of them as if I think both of them are starting quarterbacks in this league.”

Eason started his college career at Georgia and finished at his home state school, Washington. He has thrown five passes since Indy drafted him in 2020 – all coming in the waning minutes last week as he tried, unsuccessfully, to rally Indy from a 27-24 deficit. He completed two passes for 25 yards and was picked off by All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey on his second throw.

Reich believes Eason can get the job done.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence in every man on this roster,” Reich said Monday and reiterated Wednesday. “If called upon, I’m confident Jacob will do a nice job. The situation he got thrown into the other day is as tough as it gets. I can tell you that from experience. But yeah, he’ll be ready if he has to be.”

The Colts also have other injury concerns.

Though Reich said left tackle Eric Fisher came out of his Colts debut in good shape, right tackle Braden Smith did not practice because of a strained foot. Indy deactivated Smith against the Rams because of the injury, preventing the offensive line from playing its first game with all five projected starters.

Indy has given up six sacks and 21 quarterback hits in two games, including the two that led to Wentz’s injuries.

Now the Colts must wait to see if Wentz can play through the pain – or whether Eason will make his first pro start.

“There’s no question it’s a different approach if Carson’s in there,” Reich said. “The obvious answer is we have to approach it like he’s not going to be in there given everything that we know and then be surprised if he is in there. He’s not ruled out. We’ll just see how it goes.”

Fields to make first start for Bears with Dalton injured

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Justin Fields is set to make his first start for the Chicago Bears.

The team will go with the prized rookie quarterback when the Bears visit the Cleveland Browns this week with veteran Andy Dalton sidelined because of a left knee injury, coach Matt Nagy said Wednesday.

“Justin’s gonna be our starter,” he said.

Nagy said Dalton remains the team’s No. 1 quarterback for now and the plan is for him to be the starter when he is healthy. Nagy said the three-time Pro Bowler is week to week, though the Bears don’t think he will be placed on injured reserve. Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles will be the backup quarterback.

Fields, the No. 11 pick in the draft, took over on Chicago’s final drive in the first half of Sunday’s 20-17 win over Cincinnati after getting in a handful of plays earlier in the game, and he led the Bears the rest of the way.

Dalton was injured on a 14-yard run early in the second quarter. Fields took the final three snaps of that possession.

Dalton was in for the next drive, before Fields led Chicago’s final one of the half.

Fields showed some promise in his first extended look as a pro. But by his own admission, it wasn’t a great outing. He completed just 6 of 13 passes for 60 yards and threw an interception late in the game that led to a touchdown. He also ran for 31 yards.

Dolphins say Tagovailoa broke ribs, won’t play vs. Raiders

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa has fractured ribs and will not play Sunday when the Miami Dolphins visit the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Dolphins announced the updated diagnosis Wednesday, after initial tests suggested Tagovailoa was dealing with bruised ribs. Further exams showed the fractures, and the Dolphins already have decided that Jacoby Brissett will start this weekend.

It’s unclear how long Tagovailoa will be sidelined. Dolphins coach Brian Flores did not want to offer a timetable for a potential return but said Tagovailoa is already improving.

Tagovailoa was injured on the second series of Miami’s 35-0 loss to Buffalo last weekend. He took a hit on a fourth-down play from the Bills’ A.J. Epenesa, then slowly made his way to the sideline where a cart was waiting to take him off the field.

Tagovailoa completed 17 of 22 passes for 94 yards and a touchdown when the Dolphins went to Las Vegas and beat the Raiders 26-25 last season.

Brissett completed 24 of 40 passes for 169 yards and an interception after entering the game as Tagovailoa’s replacement last week. He was sacked four times, part of a six-sack-yielded day by the Dolphins’ offensive line – a figure that doesn’t even count the play where Tagovailoa got hurt.

Antonio Brown has COVID

The Buccaneers placed Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. He’ll have to produce two negative tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to play Sunday against the Rams.

Analysis: Tom Brady will still have plenty of weapons at his disposal if Brown can’t be cleared, though an absence from the veteran wideout does make Tampa’s offense less formidable. Brown was sensational in Week 1, recording five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, but had a quiet game against the Falcons this past Sunday.

Roethlisberger, Watt among growing list of Steelers injuries

PITTSBURGH (AP) So much for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ very brief run with good health.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith, wide receiver Diontae Johnson and cornerback Joe Haden and inside linebacker Devin Bush are among a growing list of players dealing with issues as the Steelers (1-1) prepare to host Cincinnati (1-1) on Sunday. Defensive lineman Tyson Alualu is now on injured reserve after undergoing surgery Monday on his fractured right ankle.

Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday that Roethlisberger is dealing with an injury to his left pectoral, leaving his participation in practice this week in question. Tomlin wasn’t sure when Roethlisberger got hurt, though he did not miss a snap during a 26-17 loss to Las Vegas last week.

Watt, Highsmith, Bush and Haden are all dealing with groin injuries. Haden and Bush were both inactive on Sunday after testing the injuries during pregame. Watt sustained his injury in the second quarter and watched from the sideline in sweatpants as Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr lit the Steelers up for 263 yards and two touchdowns after halftime. Highsmith was on the field during the Raiders’ final drive.

Tomlin did not rule any of them out for Cincinnati’s visit to Heinz Field. He sounded less optimistic about Johnson, who injured his knee at the end of a short gain on the game’s final snap.

“He’s looking better, but that’s not to be confused with great,” Tomlin said of Johnson, who leads the team with 14 receptions through two weeks.

Tomlin stressed all of the answers to his team’s injury problems are “in house,” indicating he doesn’t expect them to be long term while expressing confidence in his reserves and practice squad players.

“I’m not necessarily worried about the injury in terms of our expectations or in terms of our performance,” Tomlin said. “We have a week to prepare with known issues. In-game injuries caused more problems than known issues like you’re faced with here at the top of the week.”

Veteran linebacker Melvin Ingram played well in the second half with Watt on the sideline, racking up his first sack in two years. Jamir Jones could be thrown more heavily into the rotation if Watt and/or Highsmith are unavailable.

“(Jones) is doing the things that young guys do, which is part of the natural maturation process,” Tomlin said.

The Steelers do have depth at wide receiver if Johnson can’t go in fourth-year man James Washington, who has seen limited playing time behind Johnson, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool.

While there figure to be plenty of moving pieces in the lineup on Sunday, the offensive line does not appear to be one of them. Tomlin said he will not make any changes along the line even with the Steelers ranked last in the NFL in yards rushing through two weeks, the same position they held in 2020.

Pittsburgh has two rookies (left tackle Dan Moore and center Kendrick Green), a second-year player (left guard Kevin Dotson), a fourth-year player (right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor) and veteran right guard Trai Turner in front of Roethlisberger and rookie running back Najee Harris.

Harris has just 26 carries for 83 yards through two games and Roethlisberger has already been sacked four times, more than a quarter of the total he absorbed in 2020. Tomlin allowed Roethlisberger is getting hit too much, but preached patience as the line attempts to create some form of chemistry.

“It doesn’t happen in an instant,” he said. “It doesn’t happen overnight. We’re sensitive to that. But at the same time, there’s urgency because we got ballgames to win in the midst of all of this.”

The Steelers have won 14 of 16 against Cincinnati, though their last game versus the Bengals was a 27-17 road loss last December even with Cincinnati missing rookie quarterback Joe Burrow. Burrow will be available this time around, and Pittsburgh could be short-handed in several areas.

Not that it matters to Tomlin.

“Every man is working with great urgency,” he said. “And when I ring the bell, they better answer.”

Browns’ Beckham full go in practice, could return vs Bears

BEREA, Ohio (AP) Odell Beckham Jr.’s return moved a little closer to reality.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski did not rule out Beckham for Sunday’s game against Chicago, clearing the way for the star wide receiver to make his season debut and play for the first time since undergoing knee surgery last year.

“We’ll see how he progresses this week, but I expect him to be full go today at practice,” Stefanski said before the Browns worked out in their indoor field house because of heavy rain.

Last week, Stefanski slammed shut any speculation about Beckham’s status by saying he would not play against Houston days before the home opener.

Beckham had been in line to play Week 1 at Kansas City, but was ruled inactive following pregame warmups after telling the team he wasn’t prepared to handle the workload they had in store for him.

Stefanski was asked if the plan is for Beckham to play against the Bears.

“The plan is to practice Wednesday, see how it goes this week, but I’m not ruling him out,” Stefanski said.

Beckham has been listed as “limited” in every Cleveland practice through the season’s first two weeks.

On Tuesday, the 28-year-old, who recovered from anterior cruciate ligament surgery quicker than expected, looked like he has since training camp, running crisp routes with his customary bursts of speed.

Beckham’s return could come at an ideal time for the Browns, who will be without receiver Jarvis Landry for at least three games. Landry suffered a sprained knee ligament against the Texans and went on injured reserve Monday.

Stefanski remains noncommittal on Beckham, but appreciates what he can give quarterback Baker Mayfield and Cleveland’s offense.

“We’ll see how it goes, but I’ll tell you Odell has been great out here at practice,” Stefanski said. “He’s working really hard. He’s gotten a ton of reps with just him and Baker, a ton of reps in seven-on-seven and the team drills. I think the guys recognize that he is a dynamic football player.”

When other Cleveland players have come back from injuries, they’ve typically been eased back with limited playing time. Stefanski was asked if Beckham would be on a reduced number of snaps once he’s back on the field.

“We’ve got to be smart with any player coming off of an injury,” he said. “We have to be mindful of where that player is and then make decisions on a case-by-case basis. Specific to Odell, if he plays in the game, I can’t tell you if there will be a pitch count or not.”

Mannings’ “MNF” broadcast jumps 138%, averages 1.9 million

NEW YORK (AP) The “Monday Night Football” presentation with Peyton and Eli Manning increased its viewership by 138% over last week’s debut, becoming the most-watched alternate telecast in ESPN history.

ESPN and Nielsen reported that the Mannings’ freewheeling telecast of the Green Bay Packers’ 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions on ESPN2 averaged 1.9 million viewers. The Week 1 overtime thriller between the Baltimore Ravens and Las Vegas Raiders averaged 800,000.

The previous high for an ESPN alternate presentation was 1.03 million for the January 2018 College Football Playoff championship game between Alabama and Georgia on ESPN2.

Monday night’s game had an overall average of 13.81 million across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes.

The Mannings are scheduled to do eight more Monday night games this season, including next week’s contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys. The remaining seven have not been determined.

NFL viewership is up 14% over the first two weeks last year, according to the league and Nielsen. The 17.7 million average viewership is the highest since 2016.

The Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on CBS late Sunday afternoon averaged 24.29 million, making it the most-watched program on television for the week.

The NBC “Sunday Night Football” game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens averaged 20.8 million on TV and online.

Ware, Mathis among 1st-year eligibles for Pro Football Hall

CANTON, Ohio (AP) Ten first-year eligible players, including defensive standouts DeMarcus Ware and Robert Mathis, and receivers Andre Johnson, Steve Smith and Anquan Boldin are among 122 nominees for the 2022 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Other first-year eligibles are kick returner Devin Hester; offensive linemen Jake Long and Nick Mangold; defensive lineman Vince Wilfork and defensive back Antonio Cromartie.

The list will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January before the selection committee discusses and chooses the class of 2022 that will be enshrined in August.

The roster of nominees consists of 65 offensive players, 46 defensive players and 11 special teamers.

Finalists from 2021 re-nominated for next year are wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt; tackle Tony Boselli; defensive end Jared Allen; defensive tackle Richard Seymour; linebackers Sam Mills and Zach Thomas; and defensive backs Ronde Barber and LeRoy Butler.

Recently selected as a senior finalist was receiver Cliff Branch. The contributor finalist is former referee and league officiating chief Art McNally. The coach finalist is Dick Vermeil, who won the Super Bowl in 2000 with the Rams.

NFL PREVIEW: CLOSE GAMES IN ABUNDANCE AS NFL ENTERS WEEK 3

Special players want the ball when games are on the line in the fourth quarter. And if it seems as though games have been on the line more often this season, that’s because they have been.

Through two weeks, the 2021 season has produced 10 games decided by a field goal or less. That’s tied for the fourth-most such contests in NFL history through Week 2. Seven of the league’s 16 games last week were thrillers in that category.

The seasons with the most games decided by three points or fewer through Week 2:

SEASONGAMESSEASONGAMES
201311201910
199711200710
198811200010
202110199910

Each of the DALLAS COWBOYS’ two games have been decided by three points or fewer, including their walk-off road win over the Chargers last week. The Cowboys (1-1), who host the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-2) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), have kept games close by leading the NFL in both takeaways (six) and turnover margin (plus-four).

Dallas’ opponent last week, the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-1), travels to face the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Each of the AFC West rivals has played two games this season decided by four points or less.

Close games are the culture in the NFL, so as the league enters Week 3, get ready for special players to seize the day.

SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE: Don’t be surprised if one of those close games takes place at SoFi Stadium, where two undefeated teams – the TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-0) and LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-0) – clash on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). The road team in the series has won each of the past three meetings, including last season, when the Rams secured a 27-24 win at Tampa Bay in Week 11.

  • Tampa Bay quarterback TOM BRADY will add to his legacy by starting an NFL game in a 37th city and a 44th stadium, including the postseason. The 36 cities in which Brady has started NFL games include two in other countries, Wembley Stadium in London (England) and Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (Mexico). Three of his starts have been regular-season games on college campuses, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., and TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. He also has started NFL games at seven venues that are no longer in existence: Texas Stadium in Arlington, Texas; the Georgia Dome in Atlanta; Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.; Foxboro Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.; the RCA Dome in Indianapolis; the Metrodome in Minneapolis and Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
  • Including the postseason, Tampa Bay has won 10 straight games. The Buccaneers are now the first team in NFL history to win nine consecutive games while scoring at least 30 points in each contest, including the postseason.
  • The Rams are 39-0, including the postseason, when leading at halftime since SEAN MCVAY became head coach in 2017.
  • Last week, Brady threw five touchdown passes, two to tight end ROB GRONKOWSKI, and enters Week 3 leading the NFL with nine touchdown passes.
  • Gronkowski, who leads the NFL with four touchdown receptions, now has 19 career regular-season games with at least two touchdown catches. Last week, he surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (18 games) for the second-most such games by a tight end in NFL history. Only ANTONIO GATES (21 games) has more. Gronkowski, who also recorded two touchdown receptions in Week 1, joined BEN COATES (1994) and DEE MACKEY (1962) as the only tight ends in league annals with at least two touchdown receptions in each of their team’s first two games of a season.
  • Also last week, Buccaneers safety MIKE EDWARDS returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the fourth quarter, becoming the first player since ROBERT MASSEY (Oct. 4, 1992) with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a single game. He also became the first player since ZACH BROWN (Dec. 30, 2012) with two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a single game.
  • Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP is tied for the league lead with 16 receptions, including nine for 163 yards and two touchdowns last week. Kupp is one of two wide receivers (TYLER LOCKETT) with 100-or-more receiving yards and at least one touchdown catch in each of the season’s first two weeks.
  • Los Angeles quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD bids for his fourth straight game (dating back to last season) with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 100 or higher. He has at least 295 passing yards in four of his five career starts against Tampa Bay.
  • In last season’s win at Tampa Bay, Kupp had 11 catches for 145 yards and wide receiver ROBERT WOODS had 12 catches for 130 yards and a touchdown. They became the fourth pair of wide-receiver teammates each with at least 11 receptions and 130 receiving yards in the same game since 1970.
  • Rams defensive lineman AARON DONALD leads the NFL in sacks (86.5) and tackles for loss (133) since 2014.

A RUSH OF ROOKIES UNDER CENTER: Six rookie quarterbacks – Chicago’s JUSTIN FIELDS, New England’s MAC JONES, San Francisco’s TREY LANCE, Jacksonville’s TREVOR LAWRENCE, Houston’s DAVIS MILLS and the New York Jets’ ZACH WILSON – have attempted a pass this season, tied with 1971 (six) for the most rookie quarterbacks to attempt a pass in the first two weeks of a season since the league merger in 1970.

  • Five of those rookies could start this week, which would make Week 3 of the 2021 season the second time in the Super Bowl era, excluding the strike-shortened 1987 season, in which five rookie quarterbacks started in the same week within the first three weeks of a season. It also happened in 2012.
  • One of those rookies, Lawrence, goes head-to-head against another former No. 1 overall selection, quarterback KYLER MURRAY, when the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-2) host the ARIZONA CARDINALS (2-0) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The game marks the NFL’s 30th meeting of starting quarterbacks drafted No. 1 overall since the beginning of 2018.
  • Arizona has an opportunity to begin a season 3-0 for the first time since 2015, when the Cardinals advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
  • Arizona rookie wide receiver/kick returner RONDALE MOORE leads the team in both receptions (11) and receiving yards (182).
  • Last week, Murray passed for 400 yards with three touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown in the Cardinals’ 34-33 comeback win over Minnesota. Murray, who had four touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in Week 1, is the first player with at least three touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown in each of his team’s first two games of a season in NFL history.
  • Murray now has 12 career games with both a passing and rushing touchdown, surpassing STEVE GROGAN (11 games) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only CAM NEWTON (20 games), JOSH ALLEN (16) and DAK PRESCOTT (13) have more.
  • The game also features two head coaches, Arizona’s KLIFF KINGSBURY and Jacksonville’s URBAN MEYER, who took the reins of their teams after serving as head coaches of college programs. Kingsbury and Meyer did not face each other as college head coaches.

EXCLUSIVE COMPANY: The GREEN BAY PACKERS (1-1) head west to battle the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-0) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Packers head coach MATT LAFLEUR and 49ers head coach KYLE SHANAHAN helped lead the Falcons to Super Bowl LI as Atlanta assistant coaches in 2016. They also served together on coaching staffs in Houston and Washington.

  • San Francisco has started 2-0 for the third time in 10 seasons, and second under Shanahan. In each of their previous 2-0 starts – 2012 and 2019 – the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl.
  • LaFleur in each of his first two seasons as an NFL head coach has guided the Packers to consecutive berths in the NFC Championship, including the 2019 season when he met Shanahan and the 49ers in that contest. LaFleur is one of only seven individuals ever, including two former 49ers head coaches, to do that.

Individuals to guide teams to conference championship games in each of their first two seasons as an NFL head coach:

HEAD COACHTEAMSEASONS
John MaddenHOFOakland Raiders1969-70
Don McCaffertyBaltimore Colts1970-71
George SeifertSan Francisco1989-90
Barry SwitzerDallas1994-95
Rex RyanNew York Jets2009-10
Jim HarbaughSan Francisco2011-12
Matt LaFleurGreen Bay2019-20
  • Green Bay running back AARON JONES, who reached paydirt four times in the Packers’ Monday Night Football victory last week, has scored 42 touchdowns over his past 40 regular-season games. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famers DON HUTSON (53 touchdowns), JIM TAYLOR (47) and PAUL HORNUNG (41) as the only other players in team history to score at least 40 touchdowns over a 40-game stretch.
  • Packers wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS has recorded a touchdown reception in nine consecutive games on Sunday Night Football, the longest such streak in NFL history.
  • San Francisco wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL leads the NFL with 282 receiving yards, while 49ers quarterback JIMMY GAROPPOLO is 26-8 (.764) in 34 career starts.

BODY-CLOCK ADJUSTMENTS: The LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (1-1) travel two time zones for an important early season AFC West clash with the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The Chargers are playing their second 2021 road game, having flown three time zones to secure a win at Washington in Week 1.

  • Through the season’s first two weeks, NFL clubs when traveling at least two times zones are an impressive 11-3 (.786). And when traveling three time zones, the league is 5-1 (.833) this season, not counting the second of the two wins by the 49ers, who practiced in West Virginia between their ET games.
  • In Week 2, Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 338 yards, his 10th career game with at least 300 passing yards, tied with PATRICK MAHOMES (10 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (10) for the most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.
  • Meanwhile, the MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-1) travel three time zones this week to play the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (2-0) at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS). The Raiders enter the game leading the NFL with 458.0 yards per game.
  • Last week, Las Vegas quarterback DEREK CARR passed for 382 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions for a 126.2 rating in the Raiders’ 26-17 win at Pittsburgh. Carr, who passed for 435 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1, is the fifth quarterback in the Super Bowl era with at least 375 passing yards and two touchdown passes in each of his team’s first two games of a season, joining DREW BLEDSOE (1994), TOM BRADY (2011), RYAN FITZPATRICK (2018) and PATRICK MAHOMES (2019).
  • Miami’s XAVIEN HOWARD, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions last season, registered his first 2021 interception last week. Howard is also the only NFL player this season with an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

The players with the most interceptions since the beginning of the 2018 season:

PLAYERTEAM(S)INT
Xavien HowardMiami19
J.C. JacksonNew England19
Tyrann MathieuHouston-Kansas City14
Marcus PetersL.A. Rams-Baltimore12
Justin SimmonsDenver12

SIGNIFICANT STARTS: Both the CAROLINA PANTHERS and LAS VEGAS RAIDERS have an opportunity to go 3-0 this week. The last time Carolina opened 3-0 was 2015, when the Panthers advanced to Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos. The last time the Raiders opened 3-0 was 2002, when they advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII against current head coach JON GRUDEN and the Buccaneers.

CHESS MATCH AT GILLETTE: Two of the NFL’s longest-tenured active head coaches will square off this week when the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (1-1) meet the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-1). The Saints’ SEAN PAYTON and the Patriots’ BILL BELICHICK, both former assistants with the New York Giants, are two of just five active coaches with at least 150 career wins, including the postseason.

ENHANCED SEASON: The NFL this week plays its first two games – the CAROLINA PANTHERS (2-0) at HOUSTON TEXANS (1-1) on Thursday (8:20 PM ET, NFLN) and WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-1) at BUFFALO BILLS (1-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX) – that were added as part of the enhanced scheduling rotation. This season features each team playing 17 regular-season games and three preseason games for the first time, providing fans an extra week of regular-season action. It marks the first change to the season structure since the 1978 campaign ushered in an era of 16 regular-season and four preseason games. The 17th game on each club’s schedule features an interconference opponent that finished in the same standing within the teams’ respective divisions the previous season. The AFC was determined to be the home conference for the 17th game in 2021. The NFC will host the 17th game next season.

AFC SOUTH POWER STRUGGLE: The INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-2) head to Nashville to play the TENNESSEE TITANS (1-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The road team in the series has won each of the last five meetings. Last season, the teams split the series and both clubs earned playoff berths. Since 2017, at least one of the two division rivals has advanced to the playoffs in each of the past four seasons.

  • The Colts under head coach FRANK REICH (2018-20) have won four of the last six games against Tennessee, with a different starting quarterback in each of those three seasons.
  • Last week in an overtime win at Seattle, Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY totaled 237 scrimmage yards (182 rushing, 55 receiving) and three rushing touchdowns while wide receiver JULIO JONES added 128 receiving yards.
  • Henry is the fourth player in NFL history with 10 career games of at least 150 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (13 games), LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (12) and BARRY SANDERS (10).
  • Jones recorded his 59th career game with at least 100 receiving yards, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (59 games) for the third-most such games in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers JERRY RICE (76 games) and RANDY MOSS (64) have more.
  • Jones, who enters Week 3 with 13,053 receiving yards in 137 career games, became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 13,000 receiving yards, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer JERRY RICE (154 games).

COUSINS RIDING NOTABLE STREAK: Quarterback KIRK COUSINS and the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (0-2) host the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (1-1) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX). Cousins enters the contest with the second-longest streak of games with a passer rating of 90-or-higher in NFL history.

The players with the longest streaks of games with a passer rating of 90-or-higher in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAMGAMESDATES
Peyton ManningHOFDenver23Sept. 30, 2012 – Nov. 17, 2013
Kirk CousinsMinnesota16Sept. 27, 2020 – Sept. 19, 2021*
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis15Sept. 9, 2004 – Dec. 26, 2004
Steve YoungHOFSan Francisco15Oct. 9, 1994 – Sept. 25, 1995
*active streak   
  • Seahawks quarterback RUSSELL WILSON leads the NFL with a 146.9 passer rating. Wilson, who has 99 career regular-season victories, can earn his 100th win this week. Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (105 wins) holds the record for the most regular-season wins by a quarterback in his first 10 career seasons.
  • Also this week, with a win in his 147th career regular-season start, Wilson would tie Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRY BRADSHAW (147 starts) for the third-fewest regular-season starts to earn 100 regular-season wins in NFL history. Only TOM BRADY (131 starts) and Pro Football Hall of Famer JOE MONTANA (139 starts) reached the 100-win mark in fewer regular-season starts.
  • Seattle head coach PETE CARROLL has not lost to the Vikings since Nov. 2, 1997, when he was head coach of the New England Patriots. He’s 8-1 overall against Minnesota, including postseason, with seven straight wins.
  • Last week, Seattle wide receiver TYLER LOCKETT registered eight receptions for 178 yards and one touchdown. Lockett, who recorded a 63-yard touchdown reception in Week 2 after registering a 69-yard touchdown catch on Kickoff Weekend, is the fourth player since 1990 with multiple touchdown receptions of at least 60 yards in his team’s first two games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers RANDY MOSS (2005) and JERRY RICE (1991), as well as STEVE SMITH (2007).

CHASING HISTORY: Every team in the AFC North is 1-1 after two weeks. Two of those clubs, the CINCINNATI BENGALS (1-1) and PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-1), meet at Heinz Field Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Cincinnati rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE, who recorded a 42-yard touchdown reception in Week 2, can become the second player in NFL history with a touchdown catch of at least 40 yards in each of his first three career games, joining BILLY HOWTON (1952). Chase, who caught a 50-yard touchdown reception in his NFL debut on Kickoff Weekend, is the second player since 1970 to record a touchdown reception of at least 40 yards in each of his first two career games, joining SAMMY WHITE (1976).

KEEPING UP WITH JONES: Giants quarterback DANIEL JONES had a career-high 95 rushing yards last week and has a rushing touchdown in each of his team’s first two games. With another rushing touchdown this week when the NEW YORK GIANTS (0-2) host the ATLANTA FALCONS (0-2) at MetLife Stadium on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Jones would become the fourth quarterback since the 1970 league merger with a rushing touchdown in each of the first three weeks of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRY BRADSHAW, as well as CHARLIE FRYE and KYLER MURRAY.

  • Giants kicker GRAHAM GANO and Seahawks kicker JASON MYERS bring into Week 3 two of the longest streaks of consecutive field goals made in NFL history.

The most consecutive field goals made in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)SEASONSFG
Adam VinatieriIndianapolis2015-1644
Mike VanderjagtIndianapolis2002-0442
Gary AndersonSan Francisco, Minnesota1997-9840
Jason MyersSeattle2019-21*36
Matt StoverBaltimore Ravens2005-0636
Graham GanoN.Y. Giants2020-21*35
Justin TuckerBaltimore Ravens2015-1635
Adam VinatieriIndianapolis2013-1435
*current   

WEEK 3 NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, September 23Carolina at HoustonNFLN8:20
    
Sunday, September 26Washington at BuffaloFOX1:00
Chicago at ClevelandFOX1:00
Baltimore at DetroitCBS1:00
Arizona at JacksonvilleFOX1:00
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas CityCBS1:00
New Orleans at New EnglandFOX1:00
Atlanta at New York GiantsFOX1:00
Cincinnati at PittsburghCBS1:00
Indianapolis at TennesseeCBS1:00
New York Jets at DenverCBS4:05
Miami at Las VegasCBS4:05
Tampa Bay at Los Angeles RamsFOX4:25
Seattle at MinnesotaFOX4:25
Green Bay at San FranciscoNBC8:20
    
Monday, September 27Philadelphia at DallasESPN8:15

CFP expansion stalls as commissioners sort through issues

(AP) — A plan to expand the College Football Playoff stalled Wednesday when the management committee was unable to come to a consensus on a whether to grow the postseason format from four to 12 teams.

The 10 major college conference commissioners and Notre Dame’s athletic director who make up the management committee met to share feedback from their members and address concerns about the expansion proposal that was unveiled in June.

“As the committee moves forward, there remains issues to be discussed,” CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said in a statement. “Given the complexity of these matters, the management committee will meet again in Chicago next week to continue our discussions.”

The meeting in the Dallas area, which was attended in person by some of the participants and virtually by others, was a prelude to the Chicago session that was supposed to include the CFP board of managers.

The board is comprised of university presidents and chancellors representing each conference. The board has final say in all matters related to the playoff and there was hope the management committee would bring the presidents a recommendation to approve a format change.

Instead, the management committee will reconvene next week, with the presidents joining via Zoom. No vote is expected.

Since the public rollout of the 12-team playoff plan, there have been concerns raised about components of the format, including the possibility of increasing the number of games in a season required to play for a championship to as much as 17. There were also concerns about the impact subsequent conference realignment could have on a new version of the CFP.

In July, the Southeastern Conference invited Texas and Oklahoma to leave the Big 12 and join the powerhouse league in 2025 after the Big 12’s current television contracts expire.

The Big 12 responded by inviting American Athletic Conference members Houston, Cincinnati and Central Florida to join the league along with BYU, which is a football independent that also competes in the West Coast Conference.

The 12-team plan was developed over two years by four members of the management committee: SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby, Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick. The group studied various formats, including six, eight and 16 teams.

During that time the subcommittee was working on expansion, three Power Five conferences – the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten and Pac-12 – hired new commissioners.

Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff, who officially stepped into the job July 1, and Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, who took over January 2020 – a year after the subcommittee began work on expansion – have both publicly supported CFP expansion but have stopped short of fully endorsing the 12-team proposal.

“As we said in June when the 12-team playoff was proposed, that was the first step in a long process,” Hancock said. “It is vital that all issues be fully explored and addressed.

Kepler homers twice, Ryan’s 11 Ks lead Twins over Cubs 5-4

CHICAGO (AP) Max Kepler homered twice, rookie Joe Ryan struck out a season-high 11, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 Wednesday night.

Kepler staked the Twins to a 2-0 lead with a homer in the first inning and hit his 19th home run in the fourth, a tiebreaking drive. He has 11 multihomer games, including two this year.

The Cubs and Twins are both 67-85, nearing the end of disappointing seasons. Chicago lost for the ninth time in 11 games.

Ryan (2-1), a U.S. Olympian acquired from the Tampa Bay on July 22 with minor league pitcher Drew Strotman for Nelson Cruz, limited the Cubs to three hits in five innings in his fourth major league appearance.

“He’s making a very distinct impression on everyone here,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “You get the feeling from him it’s not just about the start or proving himself. He just wants the ball. He simplifies things very well. He’s not getting caught up with the distractions that can come up.

“I think his overall readiness level to be here is reasonably high, and he’s showing that with his performance here,” he said.

Ryan, a 25-year-old righty, allowed a two-run single to Nico Hoerner in the second before retiring 10 of his final 11 batters.

Chicago’s Frank Schwindel extended his career-best hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the third.

Ryan struck out the next seven batters, including the last five on called third strikes.

“I’ve been told I have some good hop at the end of my pitches,” Ryan said. “I don’t know what it is.”

Since losing to the Cubs 3-0 in his major league debut on Sept. 1, Ryan has allowed three runs while striking out 20 in 17 innings. He has a 2.45 ERA.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (14-7) didn’t walk a batter for the ninth time in 31 starts. However, the two homers by Kepler increased Hendricks’ home runs allowed to a career-high 31 this season.

“I think that was much more characteristic of how Kyle goes about his business,” Cubs manager David Ross said of Hendricks, who induced 11 groundouts.

NL East-leading Braves overcome Duvall’s lost HR in victory

PHOENIX (AP) Adam Duvall lost a home run to a baserunning miscue, but Atlanta rebounded with homers by Austin Riley, Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman and the Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2 on Wednesday night.

Ian Anderson pitched two-hit ball in six-plus innings as Atlanta (80-70) won its fifth straight and maintained its three-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East with 12 games remaining.

The Braves got to Merrill Kelly for three runs in the first – and that could have been four, except Duvall passed Riley between first and second after his deep drive to left-center tipped the glove of Arizona center fielder Jake McCarthy and went over the wall.

Kelly (7-11) walked leadoff man Jorge Soler, and Freeman followed with a double. Albies hit a sacrifice fly to left and Riley beat out an infield hit with Freeman advancing to third.

Duvall then hit what appeared to be his 38th homer of the season. But Riley, thinking McCarthy had the ball in his glove, retreated to first base as Duvall passed him between first and second. Duvall was ruled out at second on what’s known as a “runner’s fielder’s choice.” Freeman and Riley scored on the play to give Duvall 109 RBIs this season, which leads the National League.

“I wasn’t sure he didn’t catch it,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “You may be making the right play, but if the guy in front of you doesn’t, you’ve got to be aware of it. It’s not a bad rule at all.”

Albies became the third player to reach 30 home runs for the Braves this season, joining Riley (31) and Freeman (31). Duvall has 15 with the Braves since being acquired from Miami in July. He also became the first second baseman age 24 or younger to hit 30 home runs and record 100 RBIs in a season.

“It’s very special,” Albies said.

Snitker credited Albies’ preparation.

“Ozzie’s that boring pro,” Snitker said. “Comes to work, his attitude is off the charts. He brings the energy every day. He never has a bad day.”

Duvall also singled off the wall in left in the eighth, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. The call was appealed, but upheld on replay review.

Riley homered to deep left-center with two out and no one on in the third for his 31st of the season. Freeman doubled with two out in the fifth, and Albies homered to right, making it 6-1.

Cards win 11th in row, best streak since 2001; stall Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill homered as the St. Louis Cardinals won their 11th straight game, extending their lead for the second NL wild-card spot and beating the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers 10-2 Wednesday night.

Goldschmidt also doubled, singled and scored four runs to help St. Louis stretch its best winning streak since an 11-game string in 2001.

The Cardinals’ longest winning streak in franchise history is 14, in 1935 with a team led by Hall of Famer pitcher Dizzy Dean.

St. Louis was 8 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot on Aug. 10 before surging. They now lead by 4 1/2 games over Cincinnati and Philadelphia for the final NL playoff slot.

“We grow from the previous days. We grew from today, we’ll get after it tomorrow,” manager Mike Shildt said. “One of the biggest things this team does is just stay present, so it’s just about staying present, keep playing, getting after it.”

The Brewers clinched their fourth straight playoff berth on Sept. 18, but have since lost four straight, including three to the Cardinals. They have scored a total of only five runs in the three games against St. Louis.

“You score runs by, up and down the lineup, having tough at-bats,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We’ve got to string together some hits. We haven’t done that. There’s no secret on what offense is. We haven’t done it over the past four or five days. We’re going to need to score more runs, I think that’s pretty clear. We will. Just didn’t do it again tonight.”

The Brewers, whose magic number to clinch the NL Central stayed at three, lead the Cardinals by 8 1/2 games.

Miles Mikolas (2-2), who missed all of 2020 with an injured right shoulder and a considerable part of this season with forearm tightness, gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings. It was his longest outing of the season.

“I love feeling a little bit of the pressure there like, hey, don’t drop the ball, don’t mess this up, we’ve got a really nice streak going here,” Mikolas said. “I like having a little bit of pressure on me. I think a little bit of pressure brings out the best in most. I think it brings out the best in me, for sure.”

Bryant, Posey lead Giants to 8-5 win over fading Friars

SAN DIEGO (AP) Kris Bryant hit a bases-clearing double, Buster Posey had four hits and scored three times, and reliever Camilo Doval got San Francisco out of a big jam as the Giants beat the free-falling San Diego Padres 8-6 Wednesday night to take a two-game lead in the NL West.

The Giants got some help in their push for their first division title since 2012 when the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers lost 10-5 at Colorado. The Dodgers have won the division eight straight seasons.

The Giants, whose 99-53 record is the best in the majors, pulled within one win of reaching 100 for the eighth time in franchise history.

Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his NL-leading 40th homer for the Padres, who moved closer to elimination as their brutal collapse continued. They lost for the 10th time in 12 games, a skid that has dropped them from a one-game lead for the second wild-card spot to six games behind red-hot St. Louis, with Cincinnati and Philadelphia each 1 1/2 games ahead of them.

San Diego is a loss away from .500.

Tatis came to bat with two outs in the ninth and two runners on and flied out to left.

Bryant, acquired from the Chicago Cubs at the trade deadline, hit a bases-loaded double to the gap in right-center with one out in the first for a 3-0 lead. Opener Vince Velasquez (3-8) got into trouble right away when leadoff batter Tommy La Stella reached on catcher interference on Victor Caratini, Brandon Belt walked and Posey singled. LaMonte Wade Jr., who had a go-ahead hit in the ninth inning of Tuesday night’s 6-5 win, struck out before Bryant doubled.

Scott Kazmir, a 37-year-old lefty, got through four scoreless innings before getting into a jam that could have swung the game for the Padres. Kazmir opened the fifth by walking Caratini, allowing a single to pinch-hitter Jake Marisnick and walking Tatis. A catcher interference call against Posey while Jake Cronenworth was batting brought in a run.

Manager Gabe Kapler summoned Doval (4-1), who struck out Manny Machado on three straight sliders and then got Tommy Pham to ground into an inning-ending double play.

The Giants took an 8-1 lead thanks to RBI singles by Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski in the sixth, and Posey’s RBI double and Wade’s two-run single in the seventh.

Astros move closer, beat Angels in 12; Ohtani out at plate

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Jose Altuve hit a two-run double in the 12th inning and the Houston Astros, after throwing out Shohei Ohtani at the plate to preserve a tie, broke away to defeat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 Wednesday night.

Houston, which has won four straight and seven of eight, reduced its magic number to three for clinching its fourth AL West title in five seasons.

Ohtani missed a chance to win it in the 10th when he made an ill-advised run home on David Fletcher’s bases-loaded lineout to shallow right field. Chas McCormick caught Ohtani by several steps with a one-hop throw – the two-way star didn’t slide, tried to avoid the tag and ran past the plate, and easily was tagged out by catcher Jason Castro.

Pinch-runner Marwin Gonzalez began the 12th as the automatic runner. He advanced to third on McCormick’s hit to right and scored the go-ahead run on Jake Meyers’ single off Sam Selman (0-1).

Altuve then provided some insurance with a double down the right-field line to make it 8-5. Altuve advanced to third on the throw home and scored on Alex Bregman’s sacrifice fly.

Yordan Alvarez had three hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs for the Astros. Castro also homered and Luis Garcia tossed six shutout innings.

Yimi Garcia (4-9), the seventh of eight Houston pitchers, got the win.

The Angels, who have dropped six straight, trailed 3-0 going into the seventh before scoring five times. Jack Mayfield provided the key hit with a two-out, three-run double down the right-field line off Kendall Graveman to give Los Angeles a 5-3 lead.

Luis Rengifo had an RBI single to put the Angels on the board. Reliever Phil Maton then walked in another run when Kean Wong checked his swing on a full count.

The Astros quickly responded with a pair of runs in the eighth to tie. Alvarez hit an RBI double and scored on Yuli Gurriel’s single through the hole at shortstop.

The Astros jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first when Alvarez drove a fastball by Janson Junk 456 feet to the berm in right-center. It was the longest home run of Alvarez’s career and the second-longest by an opposing player at The Big A this season – Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton had a 457-foot drive last month.

Yanks sweep Texas, pass Blue Jays, roll into Fenway showdown

NEW YORK (AP) Gleyber Torres and the New York Yankees are rolling into a season-ending divisional gauntlet taking solace in the standings.

“We’re in control of things,” manager Aaron Boone said. “And there’s some comfort in that. It’s on us, it’s right in front of us.”

Torres doubled home Joey Gallo for the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, Gary Sanchez followed with a two-run homer and New York rallied past the Texas Rangers 7-3 Wednesday night for a three-game sweep and an inside track to a playoff spot.

Next up, a nine-game stretch that will decide its postseason fate.

The Yankees’ wild-card chase takes them to Fenway Park for three games starting Friday night followed by three at Toronto and a season-ending three-game homestand against AL East-leading Tampa Bay.

New York is half a game ahead of the Blue Jays for the second and final AL wild card after Toronto lost a matinee to the Rays, who clinched a postseason spot with the victory. The Red Sox remained two games ahead of the Yankees after a blowout win against the Mets.

“There’s some comfort in knowing we don’t have to get help from anyone else,” Boone said.

The Yankees made two errors, allowed two stolen bases, had a baserunner sprint through a stop sign but score easily and another thrown out at home plate.

They escaped with a win over the last-place Rangers. It’s about to get significantly tougher.

New York won its third straight following a 7-15 slump. It scored four runs with two outs in the eighth inning after Gallo reached versus his former team when his popup off Spencer Patton (1-2) dropped in deserted left field against the shifted Rangers.

Torres followed with a liner into the right-field corner for a 4-3 lead, then scored from second when second baseman Yonny Hernandez bobbled Gio Urshela’s grounder. Torres dived for the corner of the plate and just eluded Jose Trevino’s tag. The safe call was upheld by a replay review.

Seager, France HR, Mariners top A’s, move up in playoff race

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Seattle manager Scott Servais has said the Mariners might need a nice winning streak during the September stretch run to make a real postseason push.

Kyle Seager hit his 35th home run for a career-best 100 RBIs, Ty France also connected and the Mariners moved up in the playoff race, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight win.

Seattle topped the A’s for the third day in row to pull within 2 1/2 games of the Yankees for the second AL wild card. Oakland fell 3 1/2 back of New York.

“Won the series. I said along the way we might need to get a little lucky and sweep somebody, so we have a chance to do that tomorrow,” Servais said. “We’ll see if we can get it done.”

A’s manager Bob Melvin and bench coach Ryan Christenson were both ejected by plate umpire Greg Gibson in the top of the sixth during a strange sequence.

Melvin said he came out to inquire whether Gibson had called timeout after Seattle’s Jarred Kelenic stole second on a foul tip by Dylan Moore that was not caught. But there was no sign for a foul during the play.

Runners are permitted to steal on foul tips that are cleanly caught – in this case, the ball hit Moore’s bat and popped out of catcher Sean Murphy’s mitt and fell to the dirt.

Kelenic, likely thinking it was indeed a foul ball, then returned to first and was tagged out by Matt Olson.

Gibson, meanwhile, had signaled timeout, so Kelenic was put back at second.

Melvin became furious when Christenson was tossed first trying to communicate to Melvin he had seen a foul tip, but Gibson clearly thought Christenson was yelling at him. That meant third base coach Mark Kotsay moved into the active manager role.

“He said he did. I didn’t think he did,” Melvin said of the timeout call. “And then in the meantime Rhino was telling me after talking to our replay that it was a foul ball and he thought he was talking to him and threw Rhino out. So I was trying to defend Rhino and tell him that he was telling me that it was a foul ball, not him, and I stayed out there too long. I shouldn’t have gotten thrown out but I was trying to defend Rhino.”

Gibson declined to discuss the ejections.

Kiermaier hit after scouting report flap; Rays to playoffs

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Hit by a pitch two days after scooping up a Toronto scouting report and setting off a flap, Kevin Kiermaier hopes to see the Blue Jays in the playoffs.

“Oh yeah, it was intentional,” Kiermaier said after reliever Ryan Borucki hit him on the back with his first pitch in the eighth inning Wednesday.

Tampa Bay’s 7-1 victory clinched its third straight postseason berth. When asked why he wants to face Toronto again, Kiermaier replied: “The motivation is there. That’s all that needs to be said.”

“Pretty much almost went behind me,” Kiermaier said. “I thought it was a weak move, to be quite honest. It’s over. It’s didn’t hurt by any means, so I don’t care. Whatever. We move on. We got a series win, and I hope we play those guys, I really do.”

Borucki was ejected after the umpires met, which prompted Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo and enraged pitching coach Pete Walker to storm out of the dugout to argue as played spilled onto the field. Walker also was tossed, and there were no incidents between the players.

“I wanted to go down and away, as I was coming forward I felt the ball slip out of my hand and I missed up and in, and I accidentally hit him,” Borucki said. “They can think want they want over there in their locker room, but it is what it is.”

Borucki was tossed by crew chief Joe West.

“I was just like, I missed arm-side, like I miss arm-side a lot,” Borucki said. “I pitch inside all the time, and he was like, `You’ve just got to go.'”

Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe called the hit by pitch “kind of bush league,”while manger Kevin Cash was disappointed.

Montoyo said Kiermaier was not hit intentionally, maintaining he didn’t want to use another pitcher in the one-sided game.

Schwarber, Sale help Boston win 7th in a row, 12-5 over Mets

BOSTON (AP) The red-hot Red Sox are rallying around their yellow jerseys, and even Chris Sale is on board.

That’s what a winning streak will do.

“I love them. I do,” Sale said after striking out eight in five innings to help Boston win its seventh straight game, 12-5 over the New York Mets. “I know that might be a surprise to some people, but I think it’s great.”

Before coming to Boston in 2017, Sale pitched for the White Sox and once hated the throwbacks set out for his start so much that he snipped them with scissors to make them unwearable. He was suspended five games.

But this is different, Sale said, because the jerseys are a tribute to the Boston Marathon and the city’s connection to the race since the 2013 bombing at the finish line killed three people and injured hundreds of others.

“What it represents means even more to us,” Sale said. “It’s kind of crazy. We’re wearing baby blue and yellow and we’re a red-white-blue-gray team. But I think you’re going to see them more because we play well in them. I think we’re going to keep that rolling.”

Kyle Schwarber homered twice and scored four times as the Red Sox scored in each of the first six innings to open a 12-3 lead.

They have not lost since dropping the opener of a three-game series at Seattle on Sept. 13. They had planned to wear the alternate jerseys for last weekend’s series against Baltimore, but after sweeping the Orioles they stuck with them through the two-game sweep of the Mets.

The winning streak has lifted Boston from fourth place in the AL East – percentage points out of playoff position – into second and the top AL wild-card spot, with a two-game lead over the Yankees. New York beat Texas 7-3 on Wednesday to move ahead of Toronto, a 7-1 loser to Tampa Bay, in the race for the final wild-card berth.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said “there’s a pretty good chance” they will wear the yellow jerseys on Friday when they open their three-game series against the Yankees.

Timberwolves fire basketball ops boss Rosas after 2 seasons

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Timberwolves fired president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas on Wednesday, less than a week before training camp in yet another leadership change for a franchise often in flux.

Owner Glen Taylor announced that the Timberwolves “parted ways” with Rosas in a two-sentence statement that revealed no explanation for the dismissal after just two seasons.

“As an organization, we remain committed to building a winning team that our fans and city can be proud of,” said Taylor, who has begun the process of selling his majority stake in the club to e-commerce mogul Marc Lore and former baseball star Alex Rodriguez.

Rosas became the highest-ranking Latino to run an NBA team, when he was hired in May 2019 after a long tenure in the front office with the Houston Rockets. Rosas replaced Tom Thibodeau, who held the dual role of head coach and president of basketball operations until his firing by the Timberwolves four months earlier.

NBA fines Warriors owner Lacob $50,000 for Simmons comments

NEW YORK (AP) The NBA fined Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob $50,000 for violating the league’s anti-tampering rule with comments he made about Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons.

Lacob said the Warriors had no interest in the disgruntled Sixers guard.

“In some ways, it doesn’t really fit what we’re doing,” Lacob said this week. “He makes a lot of money. And, can he finish games? I don’t know.

“He’s very talented. The problem is: We have Draymond (Green). Draymond and him are very similar in the sense that neither one really shoots and they do a lot of the playmaking. That’s one issue. The salary structure is another.”

NHL finds no evidence Evander Kane gambled on games

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The NHL found no evidence that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane bet on NHL games or tried to throw games after investigating allegations made by his estranged wife.

Anna Kane alleged in an Instagram post this summer that Kane bet on NHL games and was “obviously throwing games to win money,” launching a probe by the league.

The NHL released the findings of that investigation conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP in conjunction with NHL Security on Wednesday, a day before the Sharks are set to begin training camp.

Kane won’t take part in camp until further notice while the league investigates additional allegations of sexual and physical abuse made by Anna Kane in a restraining order application filed in Santa Clara County Family Court this week.

“We take the allegations very seriously and have been in communication with the NHL,” the team said in a statement. “The league will continue to have our full cooperation regarding the ongoing investigation.”

Kane’s attorney, Travis Krepelka, refuted those allegations in a statement, saying “Evander denies ever abusing Ms. Kane or their daughter Kensington, whom he cherishes.”

The league said the gambling investigation included detailed reviews of social media, public data, court filings from Kane’s bankruptcy proceeding and pending divorce and a review of sports betting data and analysis. The league said it interviewed Kane and other members of the Sharks organization but Anna Kane declined to participate in the probe.

“The investigation uncovered no evidence to corroborate Ms. Kane’s accusations that Mr. Kane bet or otherwise participated in gambling on NHL games, and no evidence to corroborate the allegations that Mr. Kane `threw’ games or did not put forward his best effort to help the Sharks win games,” the league said in a statement. “To the contrary, the evidence raises doubts about the veracity of the allegations.

“While Mr. Kane denied the accusations, our findings are not based on these denials but instead on other evidence uncovered during the investigation.”

Sabres agree to terms with Dahlin on $18M, 3-year contract

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Sabres agreed to terms Wednesday with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin on a three-year contract worth $18 million, getting the deal done on the eve of Buffalo’s first training camp practice.

Dahlin was among the last unsigned restricted free agents around the NHL. The 6-foot-3 Swede has 107 points on 18 goals and 89 assists in 197 games since Buffalo took him with the first pick in the 2018 draft.

With Dahlin’s situation settled, the Sabres focus is now squarely on injured captain Jack Eichel, who was expected to report for his physical after an offseason of trade talks. Eichel’s future with the team is unclear.

Dahlin will count $6 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season, a contract that could set a comparable deal for Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes, the only other prominent restricted free agent defenseman left unsigned.

Kings sign G Cal Petersen to 3-year, $15 million extension

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Goalie Cal Petersen has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings announced the deal Wednesday for Petersen, an Iowa native and Notre Dame product who signed with the club as an unrestricted free agent four years ago.

Petersen’s extension begins in the 2022-23 season. He will play the upcoming season under a three-year, $2.575 million deal signed in July 2019.

Petersen went 9-18-5 last season for the struggling Kings, but established career-bests in goals-against average (2.89) and save percentage (.911). He appeared in a team-leading 35 games while assuming the role of Los Angeles’ No. 1 goalie in the injury absence of Jonathan Quick.

The 26-year-old Petersen also backstopped the U.S. team to bronze medals at the IIHF world championships this summer. He is 19-25-6 with a 2.79 GAA, .916 save percentage and one shutout in 54 NHL appearances.

Quick, the Kings’ two-time Stanley Cup champion and their starting goalie since the 2008-09 season, appeared in just 22 games last season while dealing with injuries. He had shoulder surgery during the offseason.

The 35-year-old Quick will make $5.8 million in each of the next two seasons to complete the 10-year contract extension given to him by former general manager Dean Lombardi in 2012 shortly after Quick won the Conn Smythe Trophy while leading the Kings to their first Stanley Cup title.

Ekblad’s back, a good sign for NHL’s Panthers entering camp

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers have their first win of the season: Aaron Ekblad has pronounced himself ready for training camp.

The top-line defenseman will be on the ice when the Panthers formally begin practice Thursday, just short of six months since he broke his left leg in a scary on-ice incident. Ekblad has been skating for several weeks and does not expect to be limited as camp begins.

“I’ve never been so excited for a training camp or an exhibition game in my career so far,” Ekblad said. “I’m really excited to get going and really test all my rehab and my preparation.”

The Panthers will practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They open preseason play with a doubleheader at home against Nashville on Sunday and, barring a setback, Ekblad will likely play in one of those games.

Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar said Ekblad – in between deep-sea fishing trips on his boat to land some yellowfin tuna in the Bahamas, along with some golf outings this summer – has been locked on his rehab and getting ready for a season where Florida has expectations of a deep, title-contending playoff run.

“His attitude has been great,” Weegar said. “I know for a fact he’s been dialed in on getting back to 100%, and I think it’s even more than that. He’s more than ready. He looks phenomenal out on the ice. He’s going to be another key guy, another leader for us.”

Ekblad got hurt on March 28, during the second period of a game in Dallas. Ekblad took a hit and fell very awkwardly, screaming in pain on the ice. An air cast was eventually put on his left leg and Ekblad was taken off the ice on a stretcher.

Surgery followed the next day, and the rehab process was predictably arduous: He could do nothing for the first couple of weeks while waiting for stitches to come out, and it was almost three months before he was permitted to even start skating again.

“Obviously, it’s not perfect,” Ekblad said. “I continue to work on it every single day, but I’m happy with all of my progressions to this point and I feel very confident that I can reach the same level of play and exceed my level of play from last season.”

Ekblad was a major part of Florida’s turnaround last season, even while missing the final 21 games of the regular season and then the team’s first-round series against eventual Stanley Cup winner Tampa Bay. He had 11 goals and 11 assists, logged an average of more than 25 minutes per game on the ice – a career high – and tied a career best with six goals on the power play.

Ekblad said watching the Panthers in the playoffs and not being able to participate was “brutal” and “gut-wrenching.”

“Sitting around and watching is not something I’ve ever done in my career. I’ve never had a major injury like this, so it was different for me and it wasn’t fun by any means,” Ekblad said. “And it was a long road to recovery. But seeing it from a different perspective and watching the game, maybe I learned some things. Ultimately, it is what it is, and it happened and it’s over and it’s a new year and hopefully we can repeat some of that success and bring it further.”

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INDY ELEVEN: RECAP | Memphis 901 FC 1 : 0 Indy Eleven

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MEMPHIS, TENN. (Wednesday, September 22, 2021) – Indy Eleven suffered a frustrating 1-0 loss on the road at Memphis 901 FC Wednesday evening. A lack of shots from each side ultimately saw 901 FC’s Kyle Murphy score the first half game-winner after an unfortunate deflection sent the ball skipping into Indy’s net.

Wednesday’s loss saw Indiana’s Team drop to seventh on the Central Division table, but another key midweek result kept Indy with arm’s reach of a postseason berth. Atlanta United 2 (6th) dropped points in a 4-0 loss in its Wednesday night fixture against Birmingham Legion FC (2nd), the result keeping Indy within a win for a three-way tie with Memphis (31 pts.) and OKC Energy FC (31 pts.) for the coveted fourth place position in the increasingly crowded division.

Both teams had bouts of pressure in the first 45 minutes of play, but neither side could muster much in terms of goal scoring opportunities. Indiana’s Team found its first and only chance of note of the half in the 10th minute, when a pair of passes from forwards Gordon Wild and Manuel Arteaga moved the ball across the top of Memphis’ 18 to an open pocket towards the left of the box. Nicky Law’s run into the penalty area pulled Memphis’ back line far away enough to give Ayoze a clear shot as he darted in from the flank, his low strike forcing 901 FC goalkeeper Cody Cropper into a diving save.

Nineteen minutes eclipsed before Eleven goalkeeper Jordan Farr was tested, his first bit of action keeping the sheet clean after Memphis midfielder Alan Winn’s cross into the six took a hard bounce off the inside of Indy defender Neveal Hackshaw’s boot and towards goal. The proceedings took a turn for the worse for Indy two minutes later in the 31st minute, when a loose ball went bouncing towards the top of Farr’s box with Murphy in tow. Hackshaw and fellow defender Timmer crowded in front of the forward while the ‘keeper attempted to clear the danger, but Farr’s clearance ricocheted off Murphy’s hip and quickly hopped towards goal for what would end up being the lone goal of the evening.

Memphis had its first and only true shot on goal of the first half in the 45th minute, Mark Segbers finding Dre Fortune in the top-right of the penalty area through a swarm of Eleven players for an attempt at the near post, a hit that Farr palmed back into the box for a clearance. Despite outshooting the hosts 5-4 and holding over 64% possession, Indy Eleven trailed by one heading into the break.

There was only one chance on goal throughout the second stanza for either team, this time favoring 901 FC. In the 48th minute, Winn dribbled his was through the left wing for a shot within the 18 to the near post, forcing Farr to jump off his line for the save. Indy continued to play a stout possession game throughout the second half having retained the ball for 63% percent of the remaining time, but that wasn’t enough for the Boys in Blue to salvage a point on the road.

Indy attempted to bring in a jolt of energy near the end of the evening with several late game substitutions, including a USL Championship debut for 17-year-old USL Academy signing Alann Torres, but the night eventually ended after eight minutes of stoppage time ticked away at AutoZone Park.

The Boys in Blue will continue their stretch of away games in the first matchup of a doubleheader at OKC Energy FC this Sunday, September 26. Kickoff from Taft Stadium is slated for 6:00 p.m. ET for a match fans can watch live on ESPN+, as well as follow online via the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers. Those same details can be followed to track the two sides’ 2021 series finale next Wednesday, Sept. 29, this time kicking off in Oklahoma City at 8:30 p.m. ET.

INDY ELEVEN: Former USL Championship MVP Emmanuel Ledesma Signs with Indy Eleven

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INDIANAPOLIS (Wednesday, September 22, 2021) – Indy Eleven added a well-known commodity in USL Championship circles for the stretch drive of its 2021 regular season campaign with today’s signing of former league Most Valuable Player Emmanuel Ledesma. Terms of the deal that brings the Argentinean playmaker to the Circle City will not be released, per club policy. 

The 33-year-old attacking midfielder is currently completing the paperwork process for entry into the United States and is expected to join Indiana’s Team as early as next week. The native of Quilmes, Argentina, brings a wealth of experience to Indy Eleven after playing 13 seasons across Europe and the Americas, during which he tallied 61 goals and 50 assists in 277 professional league and cup matches.

“To receive a player the quality of Emmanuel Ledesma at this point in our season signifies we still have every expectation to not only reach, but to succeed in the USL Championship Playoffs,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers. “Emmanuel has proven that he can be a special performer in this league, and we look forward to his contributions in the coming weeks as we aim to reward our fans with a postseason berth.”

After rising through the youth ranks at Serie A side Genoa, Ledesma spent most of his first three seasons in Italy (Salernitana, Novara Calcio & Cortone); however, he made his professional first team debut in 2008 while on loan to English Championship side Queens Park Rangers. After two stints with Walsall in England’s League One and a brief return home to Argentina to his boyhood club of Defensa y Justicia, Ledesma returned to the English second flight for five seasons in the Championship from 2010-16 with Middlesborough, Rotherham United (twice), Brighton Hove & Albion, and Brentford.

A short stint with Greek Super Club side Panetolikos preceded Ledesma’s first trek to the United States to join the NASL’s New York Cosmos in 2017, when he bagged 10 goals in 21 contests playing alongside his new Eleven teammate and captain Ayoze. Ledesma dazzled with FC Cincinnati during his USL Championship MVP campaign in 2018, scoring 16 goals to go along with a then league record 16 assists in helping FCC to another Championship record of 77 points from regular season play. After he stayed with Cincinnati for its inaugural season in Major League Soccer in 2019, Ledesma spent the last two years in the Finnish First Division (Veikkausliiga) with SJK (Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho) before returning stateside with Indy Eleven.

Ledesma’s addition brings the active Indy Eleven (8W-11L-5D, 29 pts., 6th place in Central Division) roster to 27 players as the club enters the final quarter of its 2021 regular season slate, which begins tonight with a crucial away affair at Memphis 901 FC (7W-8L-7D, 28 pts., 7th in Central). Kickoff from AutoZone Park in Memphis is set for 8:00 p.m. ET for a contest fans can watch live on MyINDY-TV 23 and ESPN+ and track online via the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Game 4 Prep: Purdue Returns Home to Defend Cannon vs. Illinois

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WEST LAFAYETTE – The Purdue Boilermakers (2-1, 0-0) are back at home inside Ross-Ade Stadium this Saturday (Sept. 25), as head coach Jeff Brohm’s squad will face off against the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-3, 1-1) on the Big Ten Network (3:30 p.m.). The game bears a higher level of significance to many in the Boiler fan base, as festivities have been scheduled for both Ag Day and the honoring of Purdue’s 2001 Rose Bowl team.

Headlined by former Boilermakers such as Akin Ayodele, Brent Botts, Drew Brees, Matt Light, Matt Mitrione, Tim Stratton and Vinny Sutherland, Purdue Athletics will honor more than 50 former student-athletes that helped the Old Gold & Black advance to the 2001 Rose Bowl Game. The 2000 Boilermakers finished 8-4 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten that season, including thrilling wins over Michigan, Northwestern and Ohio State.

PURDUE-ILLINOIS SERIES HISTORY

• The Boilermakers are playing for continued ownership of the Purdue Cannon on Saturday, Sept. 25, as Purdue and Illinois take the field at Ross-Ade Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on the Big Ten Network.

• The Old Gold & Black have claimed four of five contests against Illinois dating back to 2016. Additionally, Purdue has won seven of the last 10 matchups in the series.

• Head coach Jeff Brohm has a 3-1 record leading the Boilermakers against Illinois in The Cannon Game. Brohm is 3-2 all-time against Illinois as a head coach.

• Purdue’s game against Illinois will be the 97th meeting between the two football programs, which stands as the second-most contests against a common opponent in school history, trailing only the 122 all-time games against Indiana.

• The two schools first played in 1890, with the all-time series tied at 45-45-6 through the 2020 season. Saturday’s game will tip the scale in favor of one program.

BATTLE FOR THE CANNON

• The Cannon Game has a long and rich history. It all started in 1905 when a group of Purdue students took the weapon, quite miniature in nature, to Champaign in anticipation of firing it to celebrate a victory. Although Purdue did win the game 29-0, Illinois supporters, including Quincy A. Hall, had discovered the Cannon in its hiding place – in a culvert near the old Illinois field – and confiscated it before the Purdue students could return to start their “booming” celebration.

• Later, Hall moved the Cannon to his farmhouse near Milford, Illinois, where it survived a fire and gathered dust until Hall suggested it be used as a trophy between the two schools when the rivalry was resumed in 1943 after a 12-year lapse.

• The Tomahawk Service and Leadership Honorary at Purdue and Illini Pride now share the maintenance duties for the trophy. Purdue leads the Cannon series 37-30-2, including 12 wins in the last 16 matchups.

REMEMBER SEPTEMBER

• Early success in a season can springboard a football program onward in its campaign, and that is exactly what Purdue and head coach Jeff Brohm will be working for against Illinois. The Boilermakers have the opportunity to claim three wins in the month of September for the first time since 2012 with a victory over Illinois on Saturday.

• The 2012 squad, led by former head coach Danny Hope, started 3-1 on the year with wins over Eastern Kentucky (48-6, Sept. 1, 2012), Eastern Michigan (54-16, Sept. 15, 2012) and Marshall (51-41, Sept. 29, 2012).

• A potential 3-1 start for the 2021 edition of Purdue Football would match the season start of the aforementioned 2012 group and be the best since Purdue’s 5-0 start to the 2007 season.

CAREER PERFORMANCES AT NOTRE DAME

• Despite the loss to No. 10 Notre Dame (Sept. 18), breakout performances were had by a grouping of Boilermakers in front of the 74,341 on hand at Notre Dame Stadium.

• Fifth-year WR Jackson Anthrop caught seven passes for a career-best 90 yards, while junior RB King Doerue set career bests in both receptions (six) and receiving yards (39). Sophomore WR Mershawn Rice also had a career day with a personal-best in both catches (four) and receiving yards (37).

• Junior S Cam Allen’s nine tackles at Notre Dame set a career-high for the Bluefield, Virginia, native. Sophomore S Marvin Grant’s eight stops also was a career-best.

• Notably, junior WR David Bell heads into Saturday’s Purdue-Illinois matchup just 19 receiving yards shy of the 2,000-yard mark for his career. Bell caught seven passes for 64 receiving yards in the setback.

COMING SOON – MR. 2,000

• Junior WR David Bell will soon cross the 2,000-yard barrier in receiving production for his Purdue career; a significant milestone in and of itself, but especially noteworthy when considering the Boilermaker star has only played in 21 games.

• As it currently stands, Bell will be the fastest active FBS receiver to crack 2,000 receiving yards. Western Kentucky’s Ben Ratzlaff (18 career games) would pose a threat to accomplish the feat in 22 games if he were to produce 442 receiving yards in the Hilltoppers’ next four contests.

• Bell would be the 12th 2,000-yard receiver in school history, and the first to do so since WR Greg Orton during the 2008 season. Orton finished his career (2005-08) with 2,356 receiving yards.

CONFERENCE OPENERS

• Purdue will be out to win its second-straight Big Ten Conference opener with its game against Illinois. Last season, the Boilermakers started off with a 24-20 victory vs. Iowa on Oct. 24, 2020. In the win, then-sophomore WR David Bell hauled in 13 catches for 121 yards and three touchdowns. Also a sophomore at the time, WR Milton Wright snagged seven passes for 85 receiving yards. Defensively, then-junior LB Jaylan Alexander racked up 10 tackles and one forced fumble. Then-sophomore DE George Karlaftis had three tackles and 1.0 sack.

• Reversing long-term fortunes will be Purdue’s charge to start its 2021 conference slate, as the Boilermakers are 10-11 in Big Ten openers since 2000. This matchup will be the first time since 2004 that Purdue begins league play with Illinois. The mighty Boilers took down No. 15-ranked Illinois in Champaign by a score of 38-30 (Sept. 25, 2004).

• Claiming the Big Ten opener has boded well for Purdue postseason aspirations in recent memory. Since 1997, which was former head coach Joe Tiller’s opening campaign as the leader of the Boilermakers, Purdue has advanced to a bowl game every time it has won its league opener but twice, in 2010 and 2020.

CAN YOU SMELL THE ROSES

• Purdue Athletics will honor and celebrate its 2000 team, which made the Rose Bowl Game, on Saturday, Sept. 25, with recognitions throughout the game vs. Illinois. Honorary captains for the day include: Akin Ayodele, Brent Botts, Drew Brees and Montrell Lowe.

• During pregame warm-ups, and the first quarter, the four honorary captain will be on the sidelines, as well as during the third quarter, in which the famed tradition of “Shout” is sang in Ross-Ade Stadium.

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Road Swing Continues at Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Purdue soccer team takes its four-match win streak to Champaign, Illinois, for a matchup at Illinois on Thursday, September 23, at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, at Demirjian Park.

The match will be broadcast live on B1G+ and live stats are available at FightingIllini.com. Additional updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

The Boilermakers enter the midweek matchup with a 6-1-2 record, their best start to a season since 2007. Purdue has won four in a row and six of its last seven contests, and the team opened the Big Ten slate with a road win for the first time since 2017.

Seventeen players have earned at least a point and 15 have at least one assist, both the most in the Big Ten. Nine Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for fourth-most in the conference. Purdue boasts an 18-7 advantage in goal differential, including 12-3 in the second half.

Through nine matches, the Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten with 5.00 saves per match and third with 18 goals, 21 assists, 57 points and an .865 save percentage. Individually, senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova leads the conference and is No. 19 nationally with 850:00 minutes played, and she also leads the league with 45 saves and is No. 4 with an .865 save percentage. Senior forward Sarah Griffith is third in the Big Ten with 4.12 shots per game and fifth in goals (5) and shots on goal per game (1.75). Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews is sixth in game-winning goals (2).

Griffith also leads the team with 11 points, and Mathews is second with 10 points. Freshman forward Gracie Dunaway has a squad-best four assists and is third with six points. Bova has played every minute in goal and has allowed seven goals for a 0.74 goals-against average. She has six wins with two shutouts.

The Fighting Illini are 4-4-0 and 0-1-0 in the Big Ten following a 2-1, double-overtime loss at No. 21 Michigan on Friday.

MATHEWS EARNS WEEKLY ACCOLADES

After she scored a hat trick in Purdue’s victory at Nebraska, Mathews was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week on Tuesday. Both the Big Ten and TDS honors are the first of her career.

A Macomb, Michigan, native, Mathews’ hat trick is the seventh in program history, the third in Big Ten play and the first in a conference road match. Her three goals tied the program record, and she now has four career goals, all in a three-game span. The hat trick is the second by a Boilermaker this season, as Griffith also achieved the feat on August 29, and Purdue has multiple hat tricks in the same year for the first time.

Mathews is the third Boilermaker to earn Big Ten weekly accolades this season, joining Griffith and sophomore defender Nicole Kevdzija, who both were recognized on August 31.

LAST TIME OUT: BIG TEN-OPENING WIN

A hat trick by Mathews and six fantastic saves by Bova led Purdue to a 3-1 win at Nebraska to begin Big Ten play on Sunday.

Mathews’ first goal came in the 16th minute, but Nebraska quickly answered to even the match at 1-1 less than two minutes later. Mathews scored her second in the 71st minute to give the Boilermakers the lead back, and she netted her third on a breakaway in the 90th minute to complete the hat trick. Her second goal also was her second career game-winner. Meanwhile, Bova made six saves, including one in the 57th minute that was named the No. 6 play on ESPN’s Top 10 Plays on Sports Center later that night.

The Boilermakers had an 18-13 advantage in shots and a 7-6 edge in shots on goal. Mathews had a team-high five shots, four on goal. Dunaway and senior midfielder Grace Walsh earned assists on Mathews’ first goal and Griffith and senior forward Sydney Duarte collected the assists on the second. Her third goal was unassisted.

A complete recap from the match, including box score, postgame comments from coach Drew Roff and highlights, can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

SERIES HISTORY VS. ILLINOIS

Purdue is 9-13-3 all-time against Illinois and 1-10 in Champaign. The Boilermakers have lost two in a row in the series, both away from West Lafayette, which snapped a three-game win streak. Since 2013, Purdue is 4-3-0 against the Fighting Illini.

Last season, Purdue suffered a 1-0 loss to Illinois on February 18. The Boilermakers had a 12-8 advantage in shots, and Bova made six saves, but the Fighting Illini found the lone goal in the 81st minute. In her first collegiate match, Kevdzija led the team with three shots, one on goal, and Griffith had two shots. The match, a U of I home game played indoors at the Grand Park Sports Campus in Westfield, Indiana, began the 2020 campaign, which was contested in the spring of 2021.

SCOUTING THE FIGHTING ILLINI

Illinois is 4-4-0 following a 2-1 loss in double overtime at No. 21 Michigan to open Big Ten play on September 17. The loss snapped a two-match win streak, with victories at Bowling Green and Toledo. The Fighting Illini also own wins at Missouri and Illinois State, but they are 0-3-0 at home.

U of I leads the Big Ten with 5.25 saves per game, and the Fighting Illini are second with 19 goals and third with 6.38 points per game. Individually, goalkeeper Julia Cili is third in the Big Ten with 4.60 saves per match, while Sydney Stephens is fourth with five assists. Goalkeeper Naomi Jackson was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday after she made 13 saves on Friday vs. Michigan.

UP NEXT: BACK HOME SUNDAY

The Boilermakers return home to host Iowa on Sunday, September 26, with kickoff at Folk Field set for 1 p.m. ET. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home matches in 2021. Sunday is the culminating event of the annual Reunion Weekend, and Purdue soccer alumnae can visit https://boile.rs/SOCReunion21 to RSVP and register.

NOTRE DAME VS. WISCONSIN FOOTBALL NOTES

NOTRE DAME NOTES:

BY THE NUMBERS

4

Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 36-5 (.878). That rate

ranks fourth among all teams who have made an appearance

in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.

Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just four teams that

have totaled five or fewer losses (Clemson, Alabama, Ohio

State) since the start of 2018.

9

The Irish are 9-0 in Shamrock Series games since it began in

2009. This is the first Shamrock Series game since 2018, which

was played at Yankee Stadium against Syracuse.

12

Linebacker JD Bertrand tied a career high in tackles with 12

against Purdue. He is the first Irish defender to have three consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi

Gilman in 2018-19 (Southern Cal, Clemson and Louisville).

13

Notre Dame has totaled 13 sacks over the first three games of

the season. It is the most sacks to start a season since 1996,

when the Irish also had 13 sacks through the first three games.

26

With the win over Purdue, the Irish extended their home

winning streak to 26 games. It is the longest home winning

streak in the program’s modern era.

35

Notre Dame also extended its win streak over unranked

opponents to 35 games with the win over Purdue. The Irish

have not lost to an unranked opponent since the 2016 season

(Virginia Tech).

35

JD Bertrand totaled 35 tackles through the first three games

of the season. That ranks fifth nationally and is the most by

an Irish player through the first three games of a season since

Courtney Watson had 38 in the first three games of the 2001

season.

105^ Head coach Brian Kelly tied Knute Rockne for the most wins

in program history after securing his 105th win over Purdue

on Sept. 18.

374^ Career games coached by Brian Kelly, second among active

NCAA coaches to Mack Brown (North Carolina).

1964

The last time Notre Dame and Wisconsin met on the gridiron

was Sept. 26, 1964. The Irish came away with a 31-7 win in

Ara Parseghian’s first ever game coaching at Notre Dame.

The Irish extended their winning streak to nine over Purdue to retain the Shillelagh Trophy with the 27-13 win on Sept. 18. • The defense put together its best performance of the season, limiting the Boilermakers to their fewest points in a game since Oct. 26 2019 against Illinois. • With the win, the Irish extended its longest modern-era home winning streak to 26 games. • Notre Dame also extended its winning streak against unranked opponents to 35 games with the win. • Running back Kyren Williams led the way with 168 allpurpose yards, the most by an Irish player this season and the third most of his career. • Williams currently ranks 20th in the country with 133.3 all-purpose yards per game this season. • Quarterback Jack Coan finished the day with 223 yards and two touchdowns, his third-straight game with two touchdowns or more. • It is the first time in his career he has had two or more touchdowns in three-straight games. It is also Coan’s second career streak of three-straight games with 200 yards passing or more. • Wide receiver Avery Davis was Coan’s favorite target as he had a career day with five receptions for 120 yards and a 62-yard touchdown reception. • The Irish keep the Shillelagh Trophy home and continue to hold all five traveling trophies. They have had all five trophies on campus since 2018.

Notre Dame will take part in its 10th Shamrock Series game this weekend when it travels to Chicago to take on Wisconsin at Soldier Field.

Yankee Stadium (New York, NY) 2018 ND 36, Cuse 3 Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) 2016 ND 44, Army 6 Fenway Park (Boston, MA) 2015 ND 19, BC 16 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis IN) 2014 ND 31, PUR 14 AT&T Stadium (Dallas, TX) 2013 ND 37, ASU 34 Soldier Field (Chicago, IL) 2012 ND 41, MIA 3 FedEx Field (Landover, MD) 2011 ND 45, MD 21 Yankee Stadium (New York, NY) 2010 ND 27, Army 3 Alamodome (San Antonio, TX) 2009 ND 40, WSU 14

The Irish are a perfect 9-0 in Shamrock Series games and have won each game by an average score of 22.8 points. The Irish have scored 27 or more points in eight of the nine previous Shamrock games. • This will be the third time the Irish return to a previous Shamrock venue as they first played at Soldier Field in 2012. • Notre Dame defeated Miami 41-3 in 2012 during the Shamrock Game at Soldier Field. Cierre Wood and George Atkinson both ran for over 100 yards in the game. It was the first time since Oct. 5, 2002 that the Irish had two 100- yard rushers in the same game (Rashon Powers-Neal and Ryan Grant). • This will be the second B1G opponent the Irish are set to face in the Shamrock Series as they defeated Purdue 31-14 in Lucas Oil Stadium during the 2014 season.

WISCONSIN NOTES:

STAGE IS SET FOR SOLDIER FIELD SHOWCASE  Soldier Field is the setting for a Saturday showdown between 18th-ranked Wisconsin (1-1) and No. 12 Notre Dame (3-0), which meet for the first time in 57 years in a game that will kick off at 11 a.m. and air live on FOX.  The clash between the Badgers and Fighting Irish will be the backdrop for both of college football’s major pregame shows, with ESPN College GameDay and FOX Big Noon Kickoff on site in Chicago to set the stage.  Wisconsin and Notre Dame have faced off 16 times previously, but not since 1964, and will meet as ranked opponents for the first time. The Irish own an 8-6-2 lead in the all-time series, including a win in the teams’ previous meeting at Soldier Field, in 1929.  Notre Dame comes to Chicago having won three straight to open the season, while the Badgers were idle last week following a bounce-back win over Eastern Michigan on Sept. 11 that improved them to 1-1.

The Badgers are in their 7th season under head coach Paul Chryst, who is 57-20 (.740) as head coach at his alma mater. The two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year has led the Badgers to a 37-14 (.725) conference record and a 5-1 mark in bowl games. Chryst is in his 16th season overall on the Badgers’ coaching staff.

Jim Leonhard is back for a 5th season as defensive coordinator, and 6th season on the coaching staff overall, at his alma mater. Under Leonhard — an All-America safety during his playing days at UW — the Badgers have continued their run as one of the nation’s most consistently high-performing defenses. Over Leonhard’s first 5 seasons on staff, Wisconsin has ranked among the nation’s top 3 units in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and passing efficiency defense

With junior Chez Mellusi, junior Isaac Guerendo and redshirt freshman Jalen Berger, the Badgers have the makings of another strong rotation of running backs, something that Wisconsin has utilized with great success over the years.

Senior TE Jake Ferguson, a 2020 Mackey Award semifinalist and first-team All-Big Ten selection, ranks No. 2 among active FBS tight ends in receptions and No. 3 in receiving yards. The Badgers will wear a special white “Forward” uniform set to honor the state of Wisconsin. The helmet and pants feature a version of the Motion W logo that includes the stripe from the Wisconsin state flag emblazoned with the state motto, “Forward.” The jersey also features a string of six stars, an element featured on a plaque affixed to the Camp Randall Memorial Arch, just outside the stadium. The plaque honors the 70,000 Wisconsinites who passed through the Union Army’s Civil War training site at Camp Randall from 1861 to 1865.  Saturday’s game originally was slated as the second half of a two-game series between Wisconsin and Notre Dame, but last season’s highly-anticipated meeting in Green Bay was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting schedule changes. The Badgers and Irish will now meet at Lambeau Field in 2026.

Wisconsin leads the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed this season, giving up just 33.0 per game. Over the last 6 years, UW has allowed an average of 108.0 rushing yards per contest, second only to Alabama (106.2 ypg) among Power Five teams in that time.

RB Isaac Guerendo’s background as a state champion sprinter has clearly translated to the field, with the junior hitting a top speed of 22.15 miles per hour on his careerlong 82-yard TD run vs. Eastern Michigan. He posted a career-high 92 rushing yards in the game.

The Badgers have held the ball for better than 40 minutes in each game this season and lead the nation in average time of possession, at 40 minutes, 57 seconds per game. Army ranks No. 2, at 40:47, with the Badgers and Black Knights set to meet on Oct. 16.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL VS. TOLEDO GAME NOTES

BALL STATE NOTES:

Ball State and Toledo are set to kick off Mid-American Conference play Saturday afternoon

inside Scheumann Stadium. Despite trailing in the all-time series 24-21-1, the Cardinals have

won the last two duels, including last season’s 27-24 win at the Glass Bowl.

The Cardinals are 22-24 in their MAC opener since joining the conference in 1975. The

opening game has been important for the Cardinals in their MAC Championship seasons.

Ball State is 4-2 in the first league game during its championship seasons, earning wins in

1976, 1978, 1989 and 1993. However, in the Cardinals’ last two title-winning campaigns, Ball

State lost its conference opener (1996, 2020).

Ball State is 23-23 in its Mid-American Conference home opener all-time. The Cardinals

have won the last three league home openers under head coach Mike Neu, defeating Kent

State 52-24 in 2018, Toledo 52-14 in 2019, Eastern Michigan 38-31 in 2020.

8 WR Justin Hall leads all active FBS players in career receptions with 274, a Ball State

school record, and nearly 40 more than the next-highest (Jerreth Sterns, Western Kentucky

– 236). He has recorded at least one catch in 46 straight games (every game of his career),

the longest active streak in the country at the FBS level. Hall needs 67 yards to break Dante

Ridgeway’s record of 3,030 career receiving yards at Ball State.

QB Drew Plitt, in his third year as Ball State’s full-time starter, in the MAC’s career leader

among active players in passing yards (6,934) and passing touchdowns (52). Plitt needs just

126 yards to become the fourth 7,000-yard passer in school history joining Keith Wenning

(2010-13), Nate Davis (2006-08) and Riley Neal (2015-18).

In MAC play alone, Plitt has thrown for 3,992 yards with 31 touchdowns compared to 14

interceptions while completing 64.2 percent of his passes through 17 games under center

in league action.

RB Carson Steele has a touchdown in all three games against the likes of Western

Illinois, Penn State and Wyoming. He is the only true freshmen in the country to rush for a

touchdown in both games to begin the season. Steele is one of just two players overall in

the MAC to rush for at least one touchdown in all three games to begin the 2021 campaign,

joining La’darius Jefferson (WMU).

TOLEDO NOTES:

Toledo, Ohio – The Toledo Rockets open their conference season with an early showdown game at defending Mid-American Conference champion Ball State on Saturday, Sept. 25 (2:00 p.m. ESPN+). Despite being the very first game of the conference schedule, much is at stake in this battle. The Cardinals, preseason pick to repeat as league champions by both the league’s media and coaches, are still the team to beat in the MAC at this point. Plus, the winner of Saturday’s game will hold the head-to-head tie-breaker and thus virtually a two-game edge in the battle for the West Division crown. Toledo (1-2) is coming off a 22-6 home loss to Colorado State on Sept. 18. Toledo’s defense held CSUs offense out of the end zone but five Ram field goals and a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown was enough for the win. The Rockets were only able to convert a pair of field goals by Thomas Cluckey. UT was still in the game almost to the very end, trailing only 13-6 midway through the fourth quarter. However, three late Rocket drives came up empty and Colorado State tacked on three field goals. Ball State (1-2) lost at Wyoming last Saturday, 45-12. The Cardinals opened the season with a victory over Western Illinois, 31-21, before losing at Penn State, 44-13, on Sept. 11.

Rocket Round-Up • Sophomore kicker Thomas Cluckey connected on a career-long field goal of 43 yards as well as a 38-yarder vs. Colorado State. He improved to 5-for-5 on field goals this season and is now a perfect 13-for-13 for his career. • Redshirt freshman Jackson Barrow and sophomore defensive tackle Judge Culpepper tied for the team lead vs. CSU with eight tackles, career highs for both players. • Toledo ranks first in the MAC in total defense (347.7) and second in scoring defense (21.3). • Eleven different players caught a pass for Toledo on Saturday, with senior wide receiver Bryce Mitchell (five receptions, 87 yards) leading the way. It was Mitchell’s most receptions since he grabbed five balls vs. Ball State on Nov. 28, 2020 and one shy of his career high. • The Rocket defense held Colorado State to 110 yards passing, the second time this season they have held an opponent to 150 yards passing or fewer (134 passing yards allowed vs. Norfolk State). • Bryant Koback has 2,824 career rushing yards, eighth on Toledo’s all-time list. He needs 296 yards to pass Jalen Parmele (3,119 from 2004-07) for No. 7 on the list.

ROCKET UPDATE • Toledo is 1-2 following its 22-6 loss to Colorado State on Sept. 18. • Sophomore quarterback Carter Bradley completed 22-of-36 passes for 254 yards vs. Colorado State, his third career game with at least 250 passing yards. • Eleven different players caught a pass for Toledo on Saturday, with senior wide receiver Bryce Mitchell (five receptions, 87 yards) leading the way. It was Mitchell’s most receptions since he grabbed five balls vs. Ball State on Nov. 28, 2020 and one shy of his career high. • The Rocket defense held Colorado State to 110 yards passing, the second time this season they have held an opponent to 150 yards passing or fewer (134 passing yards allowed vs. Norfolk State). •Sophomore kicker Thomas Cluckey improved to 5-for-5 on field goals this season and is now 13-for-13 for his career. Cluckey connected on careerlong field goal of 43 yards in the second quarter. His previous long was 41 yards. • Redshirt freshman Jackson Barrow and sophomore defensive tackle Judge Culpepper tied for the team lead with eight tackles, career highs for both players. • Senior Bailey Flint averaged 46.6 yards on eight punts.

TOLEDO-BALL STATE SERIES Toledo leads the series with Ball State, 24-21-1. The Cardinals have won the last two games in the series, including a 27-24 victory at the Glass Bowl last year. Saturday’s game will mark the 47th consecutive season in which the two teams have played, every year since Ball State began playing MAC football in 1975. LAST TIME VS. BALL STATE Toledo scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter, but a turnover on its final drive of the game ended the comeback attempt in a 27- 24 loss at the Glass Bowl. Senior quarterback Eli Peters threw for a career high 363 yards and two touchdowns before exiting the game late with an apparent injury.

INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF: Salyers Earns Second Big Ten Golfer of the Week Accolades

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana sophomore Drew Salyers was selected as the Big Ten Golfer of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the league office announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The Howard, Ohio, native earned his second-straight top-5 individual finish to open his second season with the Cream and Crimson. Salyers tied for fifth place at the OFCC/Fighting Illini Invitational after shooting a 209 (68-72-69; -1) against some of the top teams across the country over the weekend.

He helped to lead the Hoosiers to a sixth-place finish in the event, the best placing for the program since 2008 at the Olympia Fields Country Club. IU topped six teams ranked inside the top-25 of the Bushnell/Golfweek Preseason Coaches’ Poll. His efforts propelled the Hoosiers up to No. 18 in the latest GolfWeek Poll, the highest ranking from any Big Ten program.

Salyers (No. 12) was joined by senior teammate Mitch Davis (No. 98) inside the top-100 of the GolfWeek individual collegiate rankings. The two-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week has completed four of his six rounds this season with a scorecard under 70.

He also earned the distinction after leading the Hoosiers to a third-place team finish at the Hoosier Collegiate Invitational over Labor Day Weekend at The Pfau Course.

The Hoosiers will be back on the course for the Windom Memorial Classic hosted by Northwestern from Sept. 27-28 at the Lake Shore Country Club in Glencoe, Ill.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Butler WSoccer Travels to Marquette to Open BIG EAST Play

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Matchday Information – Butler at Marquette                   

DATE:                         Thursday, September 23 / 6 PM CT (7 PM ET)

LOCATION:                Milwaukee, Wis. / Valley Fields

LIVE STATS:              gomarquette.com

LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports

SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 7-3-1

LAST MEETING:        March 28, 2021 – Milwaukee, Wis. – Butler 1, Marquette 0 (2OT)

The Butler women’s soccer team is preparing to travel to Milwaukee, Wis., on Thursday, September 23, for its first BIG EAST match of the season. The Bulldogs (7-1-0) most recently beat Western Michigan, their seventh win in as many matches. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 1-0 (2OT) win against North Dakota State.

In the win over Western Michigan, Katie Soderstrom knotched her second career hat trick and the fourth multi-goal match of her career. Her assist was her second of the season and 18th of her career. Abigail Isger scored her fifth goal of the season, which was the sixth of her career. Gabby Smith’s goal was her third of the season and the fourth of her career. Alli Leonard was credited with two assists, her fourth and fifth of the season, giving her a career total of eight. This is the second time she has made two assists in a single match. Morgan Kloosterman knotched two assists, her first of the season and the third and fourth of her career. This was the first time she has produced multiple assists in a match. Anastasia Savich’s assist was her second in as many matches and the 11th of her career. Freshman Emma Martin made one save to improve to 7-0-0 on the season and was credited with her third shutout.

Bulldog Bits

The Bulldogs have scored 20 goals in eight matches this season (2.5 goals/match) while giving up nine goals (1.13 goals allowed/match).

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

Butler has taken 40 corner kicks this season while opponents have taken 21.

Katie Soderstrom was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for her performance in the win over Western Michigan. She helped the Bulldogs close non-league play on a seven-match winning streak after erupting for seven points in Butler’s non-conference finale win over the Broncos. The redshirt-junior tallied three goals and an assist as the Bulldogs won 5-0 last Thursday. It marked her second career hat trick and fourth career multi-goal match.

Soderstrom, who has scored in five of Butler’s eight matches this season, is the second Bulldog in program history to score seven points in one match. Four other Bulldogs have scored eight points in one match, and they lead the pack.

Soderstrom (8g, 2a, 18p) leads the Bulldogs in offensive points. She now has 24 goals for her career which ties her for eighth on Butler’s career list

Forward Abigail Isger (5g, 4a, 14p) is second in points for the Bulldogs

Soderstrom (8), Isger (5), and Gabby Smith (3) each have mutiple goals after eight matches

Three Bulldogs have three or more assists on the season: Alli Leonard (5), Isger (4), and Becky Dean (3)

Emma Martin (7-0-0) has allowed five goals in eight matches (seven starts) this season and has recorded 19 saves (.792). Her goals against average is 0.69. She is credited with three shutouts.

The Matchup

Butler and Marquette have met 11 times with Butler coming out on top the previous five.

The most recent Marquette win (2-1, OT) was October 23, 2016.

The teams have played every season since 2013.

In the BIG EAST Preseason Poll, Butler was picked second, and Marquette was picked eighth.

Scouting Marquette

Seven players have scored a goal for Marquette, while six have produced an assist.

Current offensive standouts for the Golden Eagles include:

#24 Katrina Wetherell (2g, 1a)

#28 Maggie Starker (2g, 1a)

#23 Rachel Johnson (2g)

#22 Elsi Twombly (1g, 2a)

#10 Kate Gibson (1g, 1a)

Marquette has used three different goalkeepers this season, each giving up 3 or more goals. Mikki Easter (4-2-0) has seen the most action and has three shutouts. She has 23 saves (.885) and has given up 3 goals (0.51 GAA).

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH HOST FLORIDA STATE & MIAMI TO OPEN ACC PLAY

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame opens conference play this weekend with a pair of home matches against Florida State and Miami. The Irish first host the Seminoles on Friday at 7 p.m. ET on ACC Network Extra before taking on the Hurricanes on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on ACC Network.

NOTRE DAME VS. FLORIDA STATE

Friday, September 22 – 7 p.m. ET

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NOTRE DAME VS. MIAMI

Sunday, September 24 – 1 p.m. ET

ACC Network

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FOR STARTERS

The Irish open ACC action after wrapping up the non-conference slate against three straight matches against top-3 opponents (at #1 Texas, vs. #3

Ohio State and at #3 Ohio State).

Notre Dame owns a 60-32 record in ACC contests since the start of the 2016 season.

Charley Niego has recorded a double-double in five consecutive matches and six of her last seven outings.

HISTORY VS. FLORIDA STATE

The Irish and Seminoles are meeting for the 19th time on Friday night inside Purcell Pavilion with Florida State holding a 13-5 edge in the all-time series.

Since 2017, the teams have split their six matchups with Notre Dame holding a 1-1 record in their two home matches against the Seminoles.

The Irish are looking to avenge a five-set defeat to Florida State last season, which took place on March 12, 2021 in Tallahassee.

HISTORY VS. MIAMI

The Irish and Hurricanes will be squaring off for the 17th time on Sunday with Notre Dame owning a 9-7 record all-time against Miami.

The Irish have won three of their last four matchups against the Hurricanes, including a straight-set triumph at home last season on March 7, 2020.

In that victory, the Irish recorded a whopping 16 blocks in three sets and hit .273 as a team while limiting the Hurricanes to a mark of .055.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Cardinals Welcome Eagles for MAC Opener

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Match 7: Thursday, Sept. 23 (4 p.m.)

Ball State (2-4-0) hosts Eastern Michigan (5-1-0)

Muncie, Ind. (Briner Sports Complex)

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MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returns to the pitch for the Mid-American Conference opener against Eastern Michigan on Thursday from the Briner Sports Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.

The Cardinals enter the contest with a 2-4 record, while the Eagles enter with a 1-5-1 mark. Ball State comes into Thursday’s match with a 14-8-2 record against Eastern Michigan and is 7-4-1 on matches played at the Briner Sports Complex. BSU has won the last three meetings, including a 2-1 victory in Muncie in the last contest.

Nicky Potts and Chelcy Ralph are tied for the team lead with four points as they each have recorded two goals. Melissa Diceman, Avery Fenchel, Kennedy Metzger, and Emily Simmons each have added one goal. Alex DeRuvo has started all six contests in goal for the Cardinals and has made 21 saves on the year. 

EMU enters Thursday’s matchup with five goals. Chloe Chatzis, Amanda Cripps, Jamie Lefebvre, Maddie O’Farrell, and Madeline Olson have found the back of the net once. Chelsea Abbotts and Rebecca Przybylo have split time in net for the Eagles. Abbott has made 24 saves in four matches, while Przybylo has stopped 18 shots in three matches.

Ball State’s Top 5 Active Career Scorers:

1. Tatiana Mason – 37 Points / 12 Goals (7 match-winners) / 13 Assists

2. Nicky Potts – 31 Points / 12 Goals (5 match-winners) / 7 Assists

3. Jenna Dombrowski – 12 Points / 5 Goals (2 match-winners) / 2 Assists

4. Melissa Diceman – 11 points / 4 Goals (2 match-winners) / 3 Assists

5. Grace Alsop – 10 points / 4 Goals (1 game-winner) / 2 Assists

BALL STATE BASKETBALL: ST. PETERSBURG SET TO HOST NCAA BASKETBALL EVENT

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Van Wagner and Superior Sports in a partnership with Visit St. Pete/Clearwater announce the inaugural Jersey Mike’s Classic presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater. The three-day event will be hosted on the campus of beautiful Eckerd College sitting on the southern tip of St. Pete, nestled on the water between Boca Ciega and Tampa Bay. All games will be played in St. Pete, November 18, 19 and 20, the weekend prior to Thanksgiving Week.

UNC Greensboro, fresh off their conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance where they took ACC Champion Florida State to the wire in the 2nd round, join UMass, Weber State, Ball State, FIU and Wisconsin Green Bay to make up the field for the first year of the Jersey Mike’s Classic presented by Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

St. Petersburg is nicknamed the “Sunshine City” for averaging 361 days of sunshine annually.  Sunshine City offers a vibrant mix of tropical weather, arts and culture, shopping, dining, sports and outdoor recreation along a stunning shoreline featuring TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked beach in the United States for 2021, St. Pete Beach. St. Pete attracts tourists from across the country and beyond and is excited to continue to welcome sports fans and visitors dating back to the birthplace of spring training for MLB as far back as 1914.

“We are thrilled to host the inaugural Jersey Mike’s Classic presented by Visit St. Pete Clearwater. We are pleased and are honored to partner with US Eckerd College and look forward to hosting the teams and fans in our world-class destination” states Tim Ramsberger, Chief Operating Officer, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater.

The basketball action tips off Thursday, November 18 with the six-team Jersey Mike’s Classic.  The field focused strictly on mid-major NCAA programs giving them an opportunity for quality non-conference matchups on a neutral floor in a prime location. The three day field of match-ups are:

Thursday, Nov 18

3 p.m. Green Bay vs UNC Greensboro

5:30 p.m. UMass vs Weber State 

8 p.m. Ball State vs FIU

Friday, Nov. 19

3 p.m. UNC Greensboro vs UMass

5:30 p.m. Weber State vs Ball State

8 p.m. FIU vs Green Bay

Sunday, Nov. 21

Noon   Green Bay vs Weber State

2:30 p.m. Ball State vs UMass

5 p.m. UNC Greensboro vs FIU

 From the Coach – Head Coach James Whitford

“The Jersey Mike’s Classic will be a great opportunity for us. We’re playing three really good programs, and the format is very similar to what we will have to face in

Cleveland at the MAC tournament. An excellent chance for us to get used to playing back-to-back nights, while also competing against really good teams. It should be a great event.”

INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Sycamore Women’s Basketball Releases Non-Conference Schedule

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s basketball has released a portion of their non-conference schedule, head coach Chad Killinger announced on Wednesday afternoon.

Of the announced portion of the schedule, ISU will host three home games, as well as a road matchup with a Big Ten opponent.

“The young women in our program have been working hard to prepare for the beginning of practice and the upcoming season,” Killinger said. “We are looking forward to competing against a non-conference schedule that will provide us with different challenges with each opponent we face and we are excited about the opportunity to continue to grow together as a family as we lay the foundation of our program.”

Fans will get their first look at the Sycamores on Tuesday, Nov. 9 when Stephens College visits the Hulman Center for a matchup before hitting the road for a game with Saint Louis on Nov. 14. The Sycamores will return home on Nov. 17 to take on over-the-border rival, Eastern Illinois, prior to a road game at Western Kentucky on Nov. 24. 

Indiana State will also begin December on the road, making the journey north to Chicago to face Chicago State on Dec. 1. Western Michigan will make their way to Terre Haute on Dec. 4, a week before the Blue & White head to Big Ten country to take-on Nebraska on Dec. 11.

The non-conference season will end on the road at Purdue Fort Wayne on Dec. 20.

“Our schedule has been completed and three additional games will be announced as those contracts are finalized,” Killinger said.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Horizon League Play Begins For Mastodon WVB This Week

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will open Horizon League action this week with three matches in the Gates Sports Center.

Game Day Information

Who: Green Bay, Milwaukee, UIC

When: Thursday-Sunday, September 24-26

Where: Fort Wayne, Ind. | Arnie Ball Court

Live Stats: Link

Watch: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Green Bay | Milwaukee | UIC

Game Schedule

Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Green Bay: Thursday, September 23, 6 PM

Purdue Fort Wayne vs. Milwaukee: Friday, September 24, 7 PM

Purdue Fort Wayne vs. UIC: Sunday, September 26, 3 PM

Know Your Foes

• Green Bay is 5-7 on the year, coming off a 3-0 loss to No. 2 Wisconsin. The Phoenix have wins over St. Thomas, Texas Southern, Abilene Christian, North Dakota and Northern Illinois. Green Bay is led by Alexandra Zakutney, who was second in the Horizon League in kills last season behind Katie Crowe. She is averaging 3.86 kills per set this season. Calli Gentry is dishing out a league-high 10.23 assists per set. Tiffany Paalman is leading the Horizon League with 50 blocks.

• Milwaukee is 6-6 heading into Horizon League play, with wins over Cincinnati, (RV) Notre Dame, Bradley, Central Arkansas, Butler and Western Michigan. The Panthers are coming off a 3-1 loss to No. 19 UCLA. Middle blocker Ari Miller is leading the team at 3.59 kills per set while freshman outside hitter Madi Malone is getting the job done on the left side with 3.04 kills per set. Miller is hitting a league-high .367.

• UIC was 4-8 in its non-league schedule, with wins over Bowling Green, Ohio, Belmont and Chicago State. The Flames lost to common foe Indiana in three sets. UIC is coming off three straight losses to Northwestern, Loyola Chicago and DePaul, and will face IUPUI before coming to Fort Wayne. Martina Delucchi and Paola Santiago are both averaging over three kills per set. Jaclyn Oblena and Delucchi are digging out more than three attacks per set.

Welcome to the Club!

Rachael Crucis is the newest member of the Purdue Fort Wayne 1,000-dig club. On September 14, in the Mastodons’ first set against Toledo, Crucis recorded the five digs necessary to reach the 1,000-dig plateau.

What a Classic!

After her performance at the Stacey Clark Classic, Maggie Castleman was named to the All-Tournament Team. She registered 2.30 kills per set with a .268 hitting percentage and 1.60 digs per set from the right side. Against Jacksonville State, she recorded nine kills with a .350 hitting clip. This was the first All-Tournament designation of Castleman’s career.

Saturday Night Five

The Mastodons have already played three five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State and Liberty). This is more than the entirety of the spring 2021 season, as the ‘Dons had just one: a 3-2 loss at Green Bay.

Fort Wayne 5-Oh!

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

Diggin’ Up Everything

Rachael Crucis is in the top-five in digs per set and top-20 in career digs.

Digs Per Set

1. Tessa McGill (4.77, 2009-12)

2. Peachy Jankowski (4.67, 2004-07)

3. Rachael Crucis (4.48, 2019-present)

4. Olivia Hahn (3.93, 2013-16)

5. Katie Bruening (3.58, 1997-98)

Digs

12. Sarah Leffers (1,290, 2000-03)

13. Julie Parrot (1,248, 1993-96)

14. Kendall Wienkes (1,184, 2011-14)

15. Lindi Bankowski (1,085, 2001-04)

16. Rachael Crucis (1,043, 2019-present)

Moving Up the Career Charts

Katie Crowe is moving up the kills, digs and aces career leaderboards. She is in the top-10 in kills, top-15 in digs and top-15 in aces.

Kills

3. Laura Douglas (1,904, 1997-00)

4. Nicole Rightnowar (1,584, 2015-18)

5. Rebekah Roehm (1,506, 2006-09)

6. Andi Reichhart (1,502, 1994-97)

7. Katie Crowe (1,356, 2017-present)

Digs

7. Emily Spencer (1,403, 2011-14)

8. Olivia Hahn (1,398, 2013-16)

9. Jen Milligan (1,354, 2010-13)

10. Nicole Rightnowar (1,348, 2015-18)

11. Katie Crowe (1,309, 2017-present)

Aces

11. Kim Heimann (118, 1978-81)

12. Emily Spencer (117, 1992-95)

13. Heather Teagarden (115, 1992-95)

13. Jill Lyon (115, 1990-93)

13. Katie Crowe (115, 2017-present)

Dishing ’em Out

Madison Gates is in the program’s top-10 in career assists.

6. Kris Wilder (3,818, 1987-90)

7. Jessica Dominiak (3,326, 2005-08)

8. Jill Lyon (2,975, 1990-93)

9. Madison Spence (2,168, 2011-14)

10. Madison Gates (1,613, 2018-present)

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne went 0-3 at the Stacey Clark Classic, dropping matches to No. 22 Tennessee, No. 9 Purdue and Jacksonville State in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Mastodons took one set off the Gamecocks of JSU. Maggie Castleman was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will have three weeks away from home after their match against UIC. Purdue Fort Wayne will travel to Oakland, Robert Morris, Youngstown State, Northern Kentucky and Wright State before coming home to welcome Cleveland State on October 12. The first game of this five-match stretch away from home is at Oakland on Tuesday, September 28.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Mastodons Head To Moon Township For Horizon League Match Against Robert Morris

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team is set to travel to Moon Township, Pa for a Horizon League match against Robert Morris on Thursday, Sept. 23 (2 p.m.).

Game Day Information

Who: Purdue Fort Wayne (2-3-4, 1-1-0 Horizon League) at. Robert Morris (4-5-1, 0-1-1 Horizon League)

When: Thursday, September 23 | 2:00 p.m. ET

Where: North Athletic Complex | Moon Township, Pa.

Live Stats: Link

ESPN+: Link

Weather: Sunny, high of 57 degrees

Horizon League Standings: The Mastodons are tied for fifth place with three points. Top six teams make the Horizon League tournament.

Scouting The Mastodons

The Mastodons started Horizon League play last week with a 1-1 record. They defeated UIC 2-0 on Thursday, Sept. 16 for their Horizon League home opener and fell to IUPUI by a score of 1-0 on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Indianapolis, Ind.

As a team, the ‘Dons are tied for fourth in the Horizon League in shots (112), tied for fourth in goals allowed (13) and fifth in saves (57). Individually on offense, Kelsey Gallagher is fourth in the Horizon League in assists (three). Mackenzie Evans, Morgan Reitano, and Megan Sinnott lead the ‘Dons in goals with two. In goal, Samantha Castaneda is first in the conference in goalie minutes played (880:52), tied for first in shutouts (three), second in saves (52) and third in saves per game (5.78). Castaneda is also tied for 28th in the country in shutouts and ranks in the top third of the country in save percentage (.800).

Scouting Robert Morris

Robert Morris enters Thursday’s game with a 4-5-1 record overall and a 0-1-1 record in Horizon League play. The Colonials opened conference play with a 1-1 tie against Green Bay on Thursday, Sept. 16 and lost to Milwaukee by a score of 2-0 on Sunday, Sept. 19 in Moon Township. They are tied for seventh in the conference standings with one point.

As a team, the Colonials are second in the Horizon League in shots (142) shots per game (14.20), goals (14) and assists (12). Individually, Haleigh Finale has been one of the best players in the Horizon League this season. She is first in the conference in shots (36), shots per game (3.60), and shots on goal (18), second in shots on goal per game (1.80) and assists (six), third in points (12), and tied for seventh in goals (three). The Colonials have switched between Courtney Worstell and Isabella Bohlen in goal. Worstell has appeared in six games, started in five. She’s racked up 24 saves and owns a 1-4 record. Bohlen has started in five games, racked up 10 saves, and owns a 3-1-1 record in net.

Series History

The Mastodons lead the series over the Colonials with a 2-1-1 record. The ‘Dons won the first two meetings back in 2015 by a score of 3-2 and in 2017 by a score of 4-2. The last time these two teams met was on March. 3, 2021 in Canonsburg, Pa. where the Colonials defeated the ‘Dons 4-2.

Up Next

The Mastodons will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 26 (noon) at the Hefner Soccer Complex for a Horizon League game against Oakland University. The Golden Grizzles are 2-7-1 overall (1-0-1 Horizon League) and will face UIC on Thursday, Sept. 23 in Rochester, Mich. before heading to Fort Wayne.

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGUARS TO OPEN #HLVB SCHEDULE WITH THREE STRAIGHT HOME MATCHES

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vs. Milwaukee (Sept. 26 / 2:00 pm): Live Stats I Tickets I Series History

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team will open the Horizon League portion of its schedule this week when the Jaguars host a trio of matches over a four-day span inside the Jungle. Tickets will be available on-site for each of the three matches or by contacting the IUPUI Ticket Office. In addition, fans attending Friday’s match with Green Bay will receive a complimentary IUPUI seat cushion, while supplies last.

On the court, IUPUI (2-9) is seeking a turn of fortune as the schedule turns to Horizon League play. The Jaguars come in on a six-game slide but have showed promise against some stiff competition in September. Head coach Lindsey Froehlich’s squad is 1-2 inside the Jungle this season with a win over former league opponent Western Illinois and tough losses to Chattanooga and Toledo. The young offense has been problematic this season as the Jaguars come in hitting just .110 and producing 10.51 kills/set. True freshman Briana Brown has a team-high 2.83 kills/set while Allie Pogue is putting down 2.38 kills/set. Maddie Haines is next in line at 2.08 kills/set and is second on the team with 81 kills. Brooke Phillips (206 assists) and Darragh Dixon (129 assists) have shared setting duties this season with Sidney Veatch also seeing time.

Defensively, fifth-year senior Rhiannon Schuenemann owns a team-high 186 digs, collecting 4.54 digs/set. Brown is second on the team at 2.12 digs/set. Up front, Millai Madison has a team-high 32.0 blocks while Emily Alan has 26.0 and Haines has 20.0. The Jaguars have been strong on the service line as Phillips has a team-high 15 aces and freshman Addie Evans has 14. The Jaguars are collecting nearly two aces per set this season.

SCOUTING UIC

UIC enters the week at 4-8 overall and 2-7 away from home this season. The Flames own wins over Belmont, Bradley, Chicago State and Ohio during their non-conference schedule. Martina Delucchi owns a team-high 3.57 kills/set and 157 total kills while Morgan Kull has a team-high 252 assists. Defensively Jaclyn Oblena has collected a team-high 3.64 digs/set and Becca Oldendorf is tops on the team with 34.0 blocks.

SCOUTING GREEN BAY

Green Bay comes into league play with a 5-7 mark with wins over Abeline Christian, North Dakota, Northern Illinois, St. Thomas and Texas Southern. The Phoenix are 3-0 in true road matches so far this season. Alexandra Zakutney leads the Green Bay attack with 3.22 kills/set and Cora Behnke checks in at 2.71 kills/set. Calli Gentry delivers 10.23 assists/set and Abby Gardner is tops on the squad at 4.00 digs/set. Redshirt freshman middle Tiffany Paalman is tops on the team with 50.0 blocks, averaging better than a block per set.

SCOUTING MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee is 6-6 entering the week which includes wins over Butler, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. The Panthers have been strong offensively, hitting .242 as a team while holding foes to .215 overall. Ari Miller (3.59 kills/set) and Madi Malone (3.04) both put down better than three kills set and Rylie Vaughn and Kaley Blake combined to deliver 11.77 assists/set. Jess Grabowski is tops among the Panthers’ back line with 4.29 digs/set and Miller has a team-high 41.0 blocks.

UP NEXT

IUPUI’s next five contests will be on the road, including three contests next week at Cleveland State (Sept. 28), Robert Morris (Oct. 2) and Youngstown State (Oct. 3). All three are expected to be

broadcast on ESPN+.

IUPUI WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER TO HOST NKU, TREK TO WSU THIS WEEK

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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s soccer team will return to action this week when the Jaguars host Northern Kentucky on Thursday night (Sept. 23) and then trek to Wright State for a matinee on Sunday (Sept. 26) at 1:00 p.m.. Thursday’s contest against the Norse will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Jonathan Matthes (pxp) is on the call. In addition, tickets will be available at Carroll Stadium or by contacting the IUPUI ticket office.

IUPUI (2-6-1, 1-1 HL) is coming off a 1-0 Horizon League win over Purdue Fort Wayne last week as redshirt freshman Ashton Kudlo dialed up a shutout in goal and Elizabeth Bueckers netted her sixth goal of the season in the game’s fourth minute. Bueckers settled a Maya Lacognato feed and blasted a shot just inside the post for league leading sixth goal and 13th point in just eight games. Even after tallying the game’s first goal, Bueckers continued hunting insurance as she attempted a game-high six shots as IUPUI outshot the Mastodons, 15-9. Head coach Chris Johnson reconfigured his lineup, largely keyed by the most of Autumn Weeks to the center back position. Weeks helped keep the PFW offense at bay as the ‘Dons put just five shots on goal against Kudlo, making her collegiate debut.

For the year, Bueckers has six of the team’s 10 goals and Lacognato has two to her credit. Lacognato and Sam Slimak have a team-high two assists each while Slimak has been limited to just two games due to injury. Weeks and freshman Makenna Collins lead the field players in minutes played as Weeks has played 88 percent of the team’s minutes. Collins has started all eight matches at her outside back position and is second on the team with 651 minutes total.

In goal, senior AP Woodall has been the team’s primary netminder, starting seven matches and amassing a 2.17 goals against average and recording 59 stops.

PRESEASON POLLS

IUPUI was picked to finish fifth in the league according to the preseason poll released on Aug. 18: Read More

PROBABLE XI (based on the last outing)

GK- Ashton Kudlo, R-Fr.

D- Makenna Collins, Fr.

D- Grace Moore, Jr.

D- Maya Turner, Jr.

D- Autumn Weeks, Jr.

MF- Renae Blevins, Sr.

MF- Abbie Schad, Jr.

MF- Leah Shumate, Soph.

F- Emma Antoine, Soph.

F- Elizabeth Bueckers, Sr.

F- Maya Lacognato, Jr.

FIRSTS

Two IUPUI players have tallied their first collegiate goals this season in junior Ciena Miller and sophomore Sam Slimak. Both came against Marian as Miller tallied in her tenth career appearance and Slimak scored in her sixth career game. In addition, Ashton Kudlo registered a shutout in her first match in goal, blanking Purdue Fort Wayne on Sept. 19.

HEAD COACH CHRIS JOHNSON

Johnson is now in his 19th season on the IUPUI sidelines and owns a 133-165-42 mark with the Jaguars. He spent his first nine years of his coaching career at the University of Indianapolis where he amassed an 81-79-2 mark. All total, Johnson has 214 collegiate wins to his credit. 

SCOUTING NORTHERN KENTUCKY

NKU is 4-3-2 on the year and 2-0 to open Horizon League play with wins over Detroit Mercy and UIC. Three NKU players have two goals as Kayla Wypasek has a team-high five points (two goals and an assist). Sofia Wilmes leads the NKU attack with 25 shot attempts and Madelyn Koewler has a team-high three assists. NKU has been stingy defensively, allowing just 10 goals as Mimi Stines has a 1.14 goals against average and 28 saves for the Norse.

SCOUTING WRIGHT STATE

Wright State enters the week at 2-5-2 overall and 0-1-1 in Horizon League play. The Raiders claimed non-league wins over Marshall and Akron and were defeated by Milwaukee and played Youngstown State to a draw to start league play. WSU is 0-2-2 at home so far this season. Destiny Johnson leads the Wright State attack with three goals while Olga Massombo has two goals and an assist. Wright State has been outscored 16-10 on the year and outshot by 5.5 shots per game. In goal, Jessika Seward has been the primary netminder, posting a 1.54 goals against average and 49 saves in her eight starts.

ALL-TIME SERIES

IUPUI is 1-4-1 all-time against NKU and 0-3-1 in the four meetings in Indianapolis. (Series History)

The Jaguars are 3-8 all-time against Wright State and have never beaten the Raiders in Dayton, going 0-5 in those contests. (Series History)

UP NEXT

IUPUI will travel to Oakland University on Saturday, Oct. 2 to face the Golden Grizzlies at 4:00 p.m.

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: NO. 8 KNIGHTS DOMINATE HOME SWEEP OF NO. 16 INDIANA WESLEYAN

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INDIANAPOLIS – Fueled by a loud and rowdy home crowd, the No. 8 Marian volleyball team swept No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan Wednesday night in the PE Center, improving their undefeated start to the 2021 season. Marian’s 3-0 victory gives them a 16-0 overall record, while they sit with an 8-0 mark in league play.

Marian fell behind 4-2, but that would be the last time they trailed in the first set, as they used multiple runs to take control of the set. Michaela Hoffa drilled a kill to give Marian their fisrt lead at 5-4, which slowly increased to six following a pair of Skyler Van Note kills. Indiana Wesleyan called a timeout to attempt to halt a 4-0 Marian run, but it did little to impact the Knights’ lead as Van Note and company held a steady line. A powerful swing from Sarah Spangler put the Knights up 16-11 as she made up for an error on the previous rally, and sparked the final run of the set, with Marian scoring 10 of the final 12 points to take a 1-0 lead.

Indiana Wesleyan again scored the first point of the second set, but Marian raced right back in front with Jai-Lyn Norwood and Spangler skying for a block. After capturing the 4-2 advantage, the Knights continued to attack like they did in the first set, pushing their lead to six after a Lexi Spence service ace. With a 12-6 lead at hand, Marian charged ahead, using a 5-0 run to claim a 21-10 lead, as Gabby Fish and Norwood each recorded a pair of kills in the spree. A Madison Brooks kill forced set point with the Knights on top 24-15, and after withstanding a late push from the Wildcats, a Brooks kill closed a 25-18 win.

The thid set started as a back and forth battle, with Indiana Wesleyan showing a late fight in the match as the set moved to an 8-8 draw. The fight soon ended after a pair of Van Note kills helped Marian grow an 11-8 lead, using a 4-0 run to gain separation. An IWU timeout did little to slow the Knights after they captured the momentum, with another 4-0 spurt pushing the lead to six. Norwood and Van Note alternated kills as the run extended to 7-1, giving Marian a comfortable 20-12 lead. The Knights coasted to through the remaining 11 rallies, ending the night on a block from Hoffa and Jaymison Summers, sealing the 25-18 third set win.

Marian had 48 kills as a team in their win hitting .320 on the evening, with Van Note leading the charge with a match-high 15 kills on 32 swings. Norwood finished with 10 kills, while Hoffa and Fish each had six. Serena Dodson led the Knights with 23 assists while also recording six digs, and Alison Dreves ended second on the team with 12 digs. Maggie Meyer led Marian with 15 digs, and Averi Lanman had both of Marian’s solo blocks.

The road continues to stay tough for Marian as they travel to No. 22 Bethel on Friday night, closing out the opening half of the Crossroads League season. Friday’s match gets underway at 7 PM.

IU EAST WOMEN’S SOCCER: WEEKEND PREVIEW

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The Indiana University East women’s soccer team faces a pair of River States Conference foes this week.

On Sept. 23, IU East visits St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, which joined the conference this year. The second half of a men’s and women’s doubleheader, the contest is scheduled at 5 p.m.

The Red Wolves entertain the University of Rio Grande on Sept. 25. The opener of a men’s and women’s twinbill, that affair gets underway at Centerville High School at 1 p.m.

IU East is 3-4 overall and 1-0 in the conference after the Red Wolves defeated Midway University 4-0 on Sept. 18.

St. Mary-of-the-Woods is 5-1, 1-0. The Pomeroys have won five in a row, including a 4-0 win at Midway on Sept. 16.

Rio Grande is 0-5-1, 0-1 as the RedStorm fell in overtime 3-2 to Ohio Valley College, which another new RSC member, on Sept. 18.

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The St. Mary-of-the-Woods soccer field is located at 1 St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

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YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* This is the first meeting between IU East and the Pomeroys.

* After matching her career high with three goals against Midway, Kimberly Trapp leads IU East in scoring with four goals and one assist for nine points.

* Kennedy Trigg of SMWC was named the RSC Offensive Player of the Week after recording six goals and two assists in three victories for the Pomeroys. She has 10 goals and two assists this season.

* IU East has a 3-2 edge in the all-time series with Rio Grande with wins in the last three matches, including a 1-0 victory in 2020 as Kayla Amidon scored the only goal.

* Rio Grande entertains Ohio Christian University on Sept. 23.

* Isabel Ruff leads Rio Grande with two goals this season.

IU EAST MEN’S SOCCER: WEEKEND PREVIEW

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The Indiana University East men’s soccer team is back in action this week with a pair of River States Conference matches.

First up, the Red Wolves travel to St. Mary-of-the-Woods College on Sept. 23 as part of a men’s and women’s doubleheader. The men’s contest is at 3 p.m., while the women play the second match at 5 p.m.

On Sept. 25, the Red Wolves welcome the University of Rio Grande for a match at Centerville High School. The second match of another doubleheader, the affair against the No. 20 RedStorm begins at 3:30 p.m.

IU East is 0-8-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference after falling 2-1 at Midway University on Sept. 18.

SMWC is 4-1-1 overall and 1-0 in the RSC after beating Midway 5-3 on Sept. 16.

Rio Grande is 4-2-1 and 0-0 in the league after beating No. 24-ranked University of Northwestern Ohio 1-0 on Sept. 21.

Saturday’s match will be the RSC opener for the RedStorm after their contest with Ohio Valley College was canceled on Sept. 18.

FOLLOW THURSDAY’S MATCH

The St. Mary-of-the-Woods soccer field is located at 1 St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.

Live video without commentary and live stats for the match are scheduled to be available.

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

YOU OUGHT TO KNOW

* Tristan Thomas tops IU East in scoring with three goals and one assist this season.

* Alex Knight scored his first career goal for IU East at Midway.

* This is the first match between the Red Wolves and St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

* Juan Parra leads SMWC with six goals and three assists for 15 points this season. Teammate Hamza Zagmouzi also has six goals with an assist for 13 points.

* Rio Grande entertains Ohio Christian University on Sept. 23.

* Benjamin Cam Orellana leads Rio Grande with four goals and one assist this season.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Remembers Hall of Fame Coach Paul Patterson

UPLAND, Ind. – Paul Patterson, Taylor University’s Hall of Fame men’s basketball coach led his team to more than 700 wins, numerous conference championships and a Final Four, died Monday at the age of 78 after a lengthy illness.

Coach Patterson ended a 34-year career at Taylor after the 2012-2013 season. During his tenure, the Trojans won 734 games and 15 league championships. The team made 14 trips to the NAIA National Tournament, reaching the Sweet 16 twice and the Final Four once in 1991.

Patterson’s teams posted 28 winning seasons, won at least 20 games in 23-of-34 campaigns and registered 10-straight years with 25-or-more victories from 1984 through 1994.

Patterson was named Coach-of-the-Year 12 times and was the NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1991. Patterson is also a member of the NAIA, Taylor, Hanover College, Indiana Basketball, Grant County and Hammond Sports Halls of Fame.

When he retired in 2013, Patterson ranked second in wins among all active NAIA Division II men’s basketball head coaches, 11th among all men’s basketball collegiate coaches on any level and tops among all collegiate men’s basketball coaches in the state of Indiana.

Patterson’s student-athletes picked up 24 NAIA All-American honors and every individual who played four seasons for him at Taylor earned a college degree.

Patterson is survived by his wife, Phyllis, two children, Shannon Patterson and Michelle (Chris) Bombei, two granddaughters, Maddie and Emily, his brother Steve (Marcia), sister-in-law, Pam, and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may show their love and support from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Monday, September 27 and from 10:00 am to 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 28 at Jones Crossing Banquet Center in Mooresville, Indiana. A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 28 at the banquet center.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Continue to Receive Votes in Latest NAIA Poll

KANSAS CITY – The NAIA announced its latest Top-25 poll, in which the Trojan women’s soccer team received three votes for the second-consecutive week.

Since the NAIA’s previous poll, TU extended its program-record start to the season by defeating IU-Tech (4-3-0) on the road by a score of 2-0. The Trojans are now 7-0 with seven-consecutive shutouts to start the season. Even more, Taylor has beat its opponent by at least two goals in each of its seven competitions, which is the first time in program history that the Trojans have won seven-consecutive matches by two goals or more.

In their most recent shutout-win, the Trojans were fueled by the efforts of freshman, Sarah Mullins, and junior, AC Hardy, who each scored their second goals of the year. Goalie, Hannah Brackenbury, who was recently named both the Crossroads League and NAIA Defensive Player of the Week, secured two saves, giving her a total of 22 on the season while maintaining a perfect 0.0 goals-against average.

As a team, Taylor continues to lead the nation with 207 shots, 111 shots on goal and seven shutouts, while racking in the fifth most goals with 32.

RV Taylor (7-0-0) kicks off conference play on Saturday, September 25, when the Trojans take the road to compete against Mount Vernon Nazarene (3-3-0) at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Score Three-Set Sweep at MVNU

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The Taylor volleyball team continued marching through its schedule, dismantling a 16-win Mount Vernon Nazarene squad on the road on Wednesday and handing the Cougars their first home loss of the season via a commanding 25-22, 25-16, 25-17 margin.

The night started with an energized MVNU (16-3, 6-2 CL) club surging to a 17-10 lead in the opening set, before the Trojans countered with a 10-3 spurt to draw even at 20-20. TU finished off the comeback with five of the next seven points and carried the momentum for the rest of the evening, jumping to a 10-3 lead in the second and cruising to comfortable wins in the final two sets to complete the sweep.

Taylor earned just its second win at Mount Vernon Nazarene in its last nine trips by piling up 30 more kills and six more blocks than the hosts. TU also out-hit MVNU by a .254 to .028 gap and held the Cougars below .100 in all three sets. The Trojans got stronger throughout the match, hitting .185, .262 and .367 progressively in the three sets.

Kacy Bragg flirted with registering her third career triple-double, tagging a career-high 11 kills in 17 swings and adding 33 assists, eight digs and one service ace.

Stephany Fifield, Nikki Parrett and Ryan Czerniak paced the Taylor defense with strong efforts. Fifield logged 22 digs for her 14th match of at least 20 digs in 19 contests this season, while Parrett added 10 digs and Czerniak had four blocks.

TU’s big-three hitters of Amanda Adams, Czerniak and Grace Isaacs also delivered, as Adams posted 12 kills and two aces, Isaacs had nine kills and Czerniak also slammed nine kills.

RV Taylor (17-2, 7-1 CL) will close its first-half of the Crossroads League schedule on Friday, when it plays at Saint Francis (4-15, 2-6 CL) in a 7:00 pm start. TU is then set to host Grace (7-9, 2-6 CL) on Saturday at 3:00 pm.

VALPO: VanArragon Earns MVC Golfer of the Week Recognition

A banner week for the Valparaiso University men’s golf program continued on Wednesday as junior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) was tabbed the Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week for his play at this week’s Valpo Fall Invitational.

VanArragon earned individual runner-up honors in a 75-player field at the program’s annual home event, held on Monday and Tuesday at the par-72, 7042-yard Sand Creek Country Club course. Despite battling intermittent rain and challenging weather conditions over the two days, VanArragon carded a 54-hole score of 212 (72-71-69), finishing the tournament at four strokes under par. He was one stroke behind the individual medalist.

VanArragon finished a tournament at minus-4 for the fourth time in his career. The 69 (-3) on Tuesday represented a season-low round and was one stroke away from a personal best. He tied his own mark for the seventh-best 54-hole tournament low in the program’s modern history. The junior achieved an eagle on the par-5 first hole in Round 3. He helped Valpo post the second-best 54-hole tournament score in program history (855, -9) as the Beacons placed second in the 12-team field.

This marks the first time this season and the sixth time in his collegiate career that VanArragon has been tabbed MVC Golfer of the Week. He won two weekly awards as a freshman and three as a sophomore.

The Beacons will be back in action on Monday, Sept. 27 to begin the Zach Johnson Invitational, hosted by Drake in West Des Moines, Iowa. 

ANDERSON: Men’s Tennis: Nation Garners HCAC Athlete-of-the-Week Honors

Anderson University men’s tennis standout Seth Nation (Middletown, Ind./Shenandoah) garnered Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Athlete-of-the-Week honors, which was announced by the conference on Tuesday.

Nation was selected as the HCAC Athlete of the Week for the second time in his career.

Anderson went 2-0 on the week to move to 5-1 on the season. The Ravens topped Trine University (2-2) with a 5-4 victory at the AU Tennis Courts on Friday. Anderson then fought past Calvin University (1-1) with a 5-4 win at the Riviera Club in Indianapolis on Saturday.

Nation put together a 4-0 week for the Ravens. On Friday against Trine, Nation and Peter Hallam (Fishers, Ind./Fishers) turned in an 8-2 win against Jaxon Davis/Caleb Morris at No. 2 doubles. Nation then captured a 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 victory against Davis at No. 3 singles. The win gave Anderson its fifth point in a 5-4 victory against Trine.

On Saturday against Calvin, Nation and Parker Bradley (Brandenburg, Ky./Meade County) earned an 8-5 win against Harrison Sindelar/Isaac Jeong at No. 2 doubles. Despite facing elimination on a match point seven times, Nation still grinded out a 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10) victory against Jeong at No. 3 singles.

The Ravens return to action on Oct. 2 with two road matches in Michigan. Anderson goes head-to-head with Albion College (0-0) at 11 a.m. in Albion, Mich. The Ravens then face off with Alma College (0-0) at 4 p.m. in Alma, Mich.

Wabash Completes Non-Conference Schedule With Shutout at MSJ

The Wabash College soccer team improved to 7-2 on the year by winning its sixth consecutive match with a 3-0 shutout at Mount St. Joseph University Wednesday evening.

The Little Giants took a 1-0 lead when Alexis Delgado scored in the 13th minute with an assist from Coledon Johnson for what would prove to be the game-winning goal. Wabash pushed the attack in the 27th minute when Mitchell Keeling drew a foul on the left side of the penalty box. Keeling scored on the ensuing penalty kick for his second goal in as many matches to give the Little Giants a 2-0 lead.

Austin Hughes, who was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week on Monday after scoring two goals and handing out three assists in three games, scored his third goal of the season in the 58th minute to complete the evening for Wabash.

Freshman goalkeeper Andrew Dever picked up his second shutout of the season. He faced five total shots in the match and recorded two saves.

Wabash begins the NCAC portion of its schedule on Saturday when the Little Giants travel to the College of Wooster for a 1 p.m. contest.

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: Trailblazers use 11 aces to get road win over Frontier CC

FAIRFIELD, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team took their show on the road again Wednesday night, traveling to Fairfield to take on Frontier Community College.

VU came away with the three-set sweep over the host Bobcats, winning 25-15, 25-18, 25-16.

Vincennes found themselves in a tight back-and-forth battle to start the opening set. Frontier worked their way back from down 7-3 to even the score at nine-all.

The Trailblazers responded quickly however, going on a 8-1 scoring run.

Vincennes would continue to grow their lead and would come away with the first set win 25-15.

VU carried their momentum into the second set, scoring the first four points of the game.

The two teams would trade side outs until Frontier cut the deficit to just two points.

The second set would end on a series of scoring runs, with the Blazers ultimately coming away with the 25-18 set victory.

The Bobcats looked to defend their home floor in set three after gaining an early 5-3 lead.

VU would again respond, this time with freshman Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) at the service line, leading the way for an 8-0 scoring run.

The Blazers built on this advantage and finished out the set on a 7-0 scoring run to take set three and the match 25-16.

“While I always appreciate a win, we looked a little disjointed and didn’t really have a lot of consistency out there,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said.

VU was led offensively by sophomore hitter Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.). Russell led the Blazers with eight kills and three block assists, while also adding an ace and one dig on the night.

Sophomore Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) finished her night with seven kills, a team-high 10 digs and two aces.

Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.), Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.), Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) and Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) all finished the game with six kills each.

Freshman Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) ran the Trailblazer offense all night from the setter position, ending her night with 30 set assists, to go along with four kills and four digs.

“One bright spot for us was that we served really well,” Sien said after his team combined for 11 aces on the night. “Our serving allowed us to go on some runs, which really helped us to the win.”

“Lara Gomes had a good run for us in the third set,” Sien added. “Addison Ainscough had a couple of scoring runs, as well as Josephine Mulligan and Grace Earp.”

Vincennes will hit the road again this weekend when the Blazers travel to Champaign, Ill. to take part in the Parkland College Classic Friday, Sept. 24 and Saturday, Sept. 25.

VUVB will face host Parkland College Friday at 2 p.m. eastern, followed by Des Moines Area at 4 p.m. eastern.

The classic will conclude Saturday when VU faces McHenry County at 10 a.m. eastern., followed by Lincoln Land at 12 p.m. eastern.

“We missed several really good matches when we didn’t go to the tournament at Owens earlier this year because similar to this, there were some good teams there that I was looking forward to playing,” Sien said. “All four of the teams we are going to play this weekend are either presently ranked in Division II or have been ranked this season.”

“It’s going to be a pretty difficult tournament. Plus, we’re playing back-to-back both days,” Sien added. “We played tougher competition at the IU-Kokomo scrimmage before the season. That’s why we went to that, was to prepare us for tournaments like this weekend, where you have to play some of the toughest teams in Division II back-to-back.”

Frontier – 15  18  16  x  x

VUVB (8-1, 2-0) – 25  25  25  x  x

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Josephine Mulligan – 4 points, 4 kills, 4 digs, 30 set assists

Amee Beedle – 9 points, 2 aces, 7 kills, 10 digs

Addison Ainscough – 9 points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 2 block assists, 3 digs, 1 set assist

Lara Gomes de Castro – 1 point, 1 ace, 4 digs, 1 set assist

Emilie Cornelson – 6 points, 6 kills, 2 digs

Jagoda Szybinska – 8 points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 6 digs

Breanna Metzger – 9.5 points, 2 aces, 6 kills, 1 solo block, 1 block assist, 7 digs

Jamie Russell – 10.5 points, 1 ace, 8 kills, 3 block assists, 1 dig

Grace Earp – 1 point, 1 ace, 8 digs

Malgorzata Banasiak – 1 dig

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1901       The Superbas establish a new franchise record for runs scored in a game when routing the Reds, 25-6. Brooklyn tallies 11 times in the fifth inning during the League Park contest played in Cincinnati.

1905       In Detroit’s 8-5 loss to Washington, 18 year-old Tiger rookie outfielder Ty Cobb hits a three-run homer off Washington’s Cy Falkenberg. The American League Park inside-the-park round-tripper off is the first of the 117 home runs for Georgia Peach, who will lead the league just once during his 24-year career, hitting 9 in 1909.

1908       When Fred Merkle fails to touch second base after an apparent game-winning hit, scoring McCormick from third costs the Giants a 2-1 win over the Cubs with the ump calling him out and ruling the game a tie. The play, dubbed ‘Merkle’s Boner,’ will eventually cost the Giants the flag.

1916       Allowing only one walk during a twin bill with the Cincinnati Reds, Grover Cleveland Alexander of the Phillies wins both ends of a doubleheader, 7-3 and 4-0, to establish a National League record. The future Hall of Famer will repeat the feat on September 3, 1917, against the Brooklyn Robins at Ebbets Field.

1930       In a slugfest played at Philadelphia’s Baker Bowl, the Cardinals set a franchise record, collecting 26 hits in a 19-16 victory over the Phillies. It will be another seventy-eight years before the Redbirds have an equal amount of hits in a game.

1933       Tom Oliver strikes out as a pinch-hitter in his final major league at-bat, ending his four-year career with 2,073 homerless plate appearances. The 30 year-old Red Sox outfielder’s long-ball drought sets a modern record, but nineteenth-century catcher Bill Holbert, who also never went deep throughout his entire career, made 2,396 trips to the plate without hitting a home run.

1939       In the first game of a twin bill, Brooklyn’s third baseman Cookie Lavagetto reaches base seven consecutive times as the Dodgers rout the Phillies, 22-4. The 26-run Shibe Park contest takes only two hours and five minutes to complete.

1947       Before the game against the Giants in a sold-out Ebbets Field, the Dodgers staged Jackie Robinson Day. The Brooklyn rookie, who endured much grief this season as the game’s first black player in modern times, is touched when his teammates crowd around home plate to participate in the ceremony.

1949       With the Indians eliminated from the pennant race, team owner Bill Veeck and a few players, serving as pallbearers, hold funeral services for the 1948 pennant, using a horse-drawn hearse to take the casket with the 14-by-20-foot flag for burial behind the center-field fence at Cleveland Municipal Stadium. The buried item has disappeared, causing some superstition fans to believe the missing pennant is why the Tribe hasn’t won a World Series since the ceremony.

1952       The Dodgers clinch the National League pennant with a 5-4 victory over the Phillies in the first game of a twilight twin bill at Ebbets Field. Brooklyn becomes the first team since 1948 to capture the Senior Circuit flag before the season’s final game.

1955       The Yankees clinch their 21st American League pennant by beating Boston in the nightcap at Fenway Park, 3-2. The team, who will lose the World Series to Brooklyn in seven games, will finish the season three games ahead of Cleveland.

1956       🇩🇴 Ozzie Virgil becomes the first Dominican to reach the majors. The 23 year-old Monte Cristi native, who will also see his son Ozzie catch in the big leagues, plays third base for the Giants.

1956       Due to the enforcement of a curfew, the Sunday contest between the Dodgers and Pirates is postponed with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, sending the 44,932 fans, the largest crowd in Forbes Field’s history, home. The game will be completed tomorrow with Brooklyn maintaining their 8-3 advantage over Pittsburgh.

1957       Ted Williams extends his consecutive on-base streak to a major league record 16 when he reaches base five straight times in the Red Sox’ 9-4 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. During his run, the ‘Splendid Splinter’ has collected two singles, four home runs (in consecutive at-bats), and nine walks, and reaches base when hit by a pitch.

1957       The Braves clinch the National League pennant, defeating the Cards 4-2 thanks to Hank Aaron’s 11th inning home run. Milwaukee’s accomplishment marks the first time since 1950 that a team that plays its home games in the state of New York team hasn’t finished first in the National League.

1962       In his first major league start, 17 year-old first baseman Ed Kranepool gets his first hit, an eighth-inning double at the Polo Grounds in the Mets’ 2-1 walk-off victory over Chicago. When the former James Monroe High School standout retires, he will be the franchise leader in eight offensive categories, including collecting 1418 hits during his 18 seasons with the team.

1965       In an 11-5 complete-game victory at Wrigley Field, Jim Bunning breaks the Phillies’ season record for strikeouts when Cubs shortstop Jimmy Stewart becomes his 242nd victim of the year. The right-hander, who finishes the campaign fanning 268 batters, surpasses the mark established in 1915 by Pete Alexander.

1969       In an 8-3 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park, Red Sox first baseman Carl Yastrzemski hits his 200th career home. Yaz, who will hit 452 homers during his 23-year tenure in the major leagues, blasts a third-inning pitch off starter Mel Stottlemyre to reach the milestone, and then adds #201 in the eighth off Lindy McDaniel.

1969       Exactly one year after their manager suffered a heart attack, the Mets give Gil Hodges a reason to relax a bit when the team clinches a tie for the NL East flag, beating the Cardinals, 3-2, on a Bud Harrelson’s11th inning walk-off single off Bob Gibson. Before the Shea Stadium victory, Linton H. Bishop, Jr., the skipper’s cardiologist, had sent him a telegram that read, “Happy to see you’re No. 1. Hope your team does as well as your heart.”

1969       In his last major league at-bat, John Miller homers, making the Dodger only the player, joining Cubs’ back catcher Paul Gillespie’s accomplishment in 1945, to hit a home run in his first and last plate appearance in the major leagues. In 1966, as a Yankee, he went deep in the first of only 61 big league career at-bats in which he would collect only ten hits, including the two memorable round-trippers to start and end his 32-game career.

1973       The A’s clinched their third straight AL West division title, beating Chicago at Comiskey Park, 10-5. Vida Blue notches his 20th victory, joining teammates Ken Holtzman (21) and Catfish Hunter (21) as a 20-game winner, with White Sox right-hander Wilbur Wood suffering his 20th defeat, bringing the knuckleballer’s record to 24-20.

1978       While riding as a passenger in a car, Lyman Bostock is killed by the estranged husband of Barbara Smith, who mistakenly shoots the 27 year-old Angel outfielder in the right temple while attempting to murder his wife. After the first trial results in a hung jury, Leonard Smith, the perpetrator, is found not guilty by reason of insanity and will serve only seven months after the verdict, prompting the Indiana legislature to change the state’s laws regarding insanity.

1979       In a ten-inning 7-4 Cardinal victory over New York, Lou Brock steals his 938th and final base to surpass Billy Hamilton’s mark established last century. In 1977, the St. Louis outfielder broke Ty Cobb’s modern major league record of 892 thefts.

1983       With a 6-2 win over the team which traded him, Phillies’ southpaw Steve Carlton records his 300th victory, beating the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The Redbirds traded the future Hall of Fame left-hander to Philadelphia for Rick Wise.

1984       At Tiger Stadium, Willie Hernandez establishes a franchise record when he converts his 32nd consecutive save opportunity, holding the Yankees to one run over two innings in Detroit’s 4-1 victory. The closer’s mark will last for 27 years until it is broken in 2011 by Jose Valverde.

1984       The Tigers defeat the Yankees, 4-1, making Sparky Anderson the first manager to win 100 games in a season in each league. As skipper of the ‘Big Red Machine,’ his team won 108 games in 1975 and 102 in 1976.

1986       Astros rookie southpaw Jim Deshaies, en route to tossing a two-hit shutout with ten strikeouts, sets a major league record by striking out the game’s first eight batters. The 26 year-old left-hander streak ends in the top of the third inning when Dodger pinch-hitter Larry See, batting for the opposing pitcher, pops out to second baseman Bill Doran.

1987       Albert Hall, needing a three-bagger to complete the cycle, hits a bases-empty, two-out triple in the bottom of the ninth inning, and will score the decisive run on Dave Smith’s wild pitch, giving Atlanta a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Houston. The 29 year-old outfielder is the first Braves’ player to hit for the cycle since 1910 when Bill Collins accomplished the rare feat.

1988       Jose Canseco of the A’s becomes baseball’s first 40-40 player when he swipes his 39th and 40th base in a 14-inning victory over the Brewers, 9-8. The Oakland slugger, who will finish the season with 42 homers and 40 stolen bases, will never have a 30-30 season in his 17 years in the major leagues.

1992       Leadoff hitter Bip Roberts ties the National League record with his tenth consecutive hit, a first-inning single in the Reds’ 3-0 victory over Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine. The Cincinnati left fielder’s streak ends when he grounds out in the fifth inning, facing Dodger starter Pedro Astacio.

1996       Atlanta beats the Expos, 8-2, to clinch the National League East. The Braves become the first National League team to take five straight division titles.

1997       The Mariners break the record for the most home run by a major league team when Jay Buhner goes deep for the club’s 258th round-tripper of the season in the first inning of the 4-3 victory over Anaheim at the Kingdome. The eventual AL Division Champs will have six players hit at least 20 homers, breaking the record established last year by the Orioles, and will extend the mark to 264 round-trippers by season’s end.

1997       The Marlins, with a 6-3 victory over the Expos at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, clinch their first-ever postseason berth. Florida, which reaches the playoffs in just their fifth year in existence, will become the youngest franchise ever to win a World Championship.

1998       With an 8-4 victory over the Indians, the 1998 Yankees tie the 1927 team for the most wins in franchise history. The Bronx Bombers’ 110 victories pull them within one game of the American League’s 111 wins by the 1954 Indians.

1998       With his team ahead 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases full of Brewers and two outs, Cubs’ outfielder Brant Brown drops Geoff Jenkins’s routine long fly ball to left field, allowing three runs to score, giving Milwaukee an 8-7 walk-off win at County Stadium. The infamous error will be immortalized by Ron Santo’s radio call when the broadcaster mournfully exclaims, “Nooooooooo!!!!!” as the ball rolls toward the ivy-covered wall.

1998       Craig Biggio becomes the first player since Tris Speaker in 1912 to accumulate 50 stolen bases and 50 doubles in the same season. The Astros second baseman reaches the milestone when he swipes second in the top of the sixth inning in the team’s 7-1 victory over St. Louis in Busch Stadium.

1998       In Chicago’s 8-7 loss at Milwaukee, Cubs’ outfielder Sammy Sosa goes deep, hitting his 64th and 65th homers to tie Mark McGwire in the historic home run race. After both sluggers blast their 66th in two days to stay even, ‘Big Red’ will collect four more round-trippers in the final two days of the season to finish with 70.

1999       In a 12-4 Orioles victory over the A’s at Camden Yards, Albert Belle becomes only the third player in baseball history to hit four doubles in one game twice during his career, and the first one to do so in one season. Along with the Baltimore designated hitter, Gavvy Cravath and Bill Werber are the two other major leaguers to accomplish the feat.

1999       With a crowd of 27,549 fans, the Yankees break the New York City season attendance record with a total of 3,072,009. The Mets had previously held the record when 3,047,724 turned the turnstiles in 1988.

2000       Joining Frank Robinson, Devil Rays’ Fred McGriff becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 200 homers in both the American and National League.

2000       Surpassing the major league team mark shared by the 1997 Braves and the 1999 Indians for grand slams in a season, Ben Grieve’s seventh-inning home run with bases loaded gives the A’s a record-breaking 13 grand slams. The four-run homer off Mariner’s right-handed reliever Jose Paniagua fuels the team’s 8-4 victory at Safeco Field.

2000       Rafael Palmeiro becomes the 32nd major leaguer to hit 400 career homers as he hits a three-run shot in the fifth inning of a 15-4 defeat to the Angels at the Ballpark in Arlington (TX).

2001       Sammy Sosa sets a major league record with his third three-homer game of the season, hitting #’s 56, 57, and 58 off Astros’ rookie Tim Redding. Slammin’ Sammy also accomplished the feat against the Rockies (August 9) and the Brewers (August 22).

2001       Alex Rodriguez’s 48th home run breaks Ernie Banks’ major league record for most in a season by a shortstop, which ‘Mr. Cub’ established in 1957. The homer also ties the Rangers’ infielder with Frank Howard (1969 as a Senator) for the franchise record for home runs in a season.

2001       At Camden Yards, Yankee closer Mariano Rivera establishes a franchise single-season record when he saves his 47th game, a 5-4 victory over Baltimore in 10-innings. Dave Righetti set the previous set the mark in 1986.

2001       Barry Bonds ties Sammy Sosa for the second-most home runs in a season, hitting his 66th round-tripper off rookie Jason Middlebrow. The Giants’ left fielder also sets a major league record with 34 road homers, passing Babe Ruth (1927) and Mark McGwire (1998), who both had 32 dingers away from home.

2002       In the last public event in 32 year-old Cinergy Field, over 40,000 fans attend a softball game featuring Reds greats of the ‘Big Red Machine’ against an all-star team of players made up from the same era. Pete Rose is allowed to participate in the non-affiliated MLB game and receives a tremendous ovation from the Cincinnati fans.

2005       Jimmy Rollins’ first-inning single makes the shortstop’s 28-game hitting streak the longest by a Phillies player in over one hundred years. Ed Delahanty got at least one hit in 31 consecutive contests for the Philadelphia’s National League franchise during the 1899 season.

2005       As a result of the merger of Bank One and JP Morgan Chase & Company, the Diamondbacks’ home field, Bank One Ballpark, is renamed Chase Field. Arizona fans, who have affectionately come to call the stadium ‘Bob,’ will be comforted to know the team will continue to employ D. Baxter Bobcat as the team’s mascot.

2006       In Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Barry Bonds hits his 734th career homer, surpassing Hank Aaron, and establishes a new all-time National League home run mark. The historic long ball hit by the unpopular 42 year-old Giants slugger receives little fanfare in the city in which ‘Hammerin’ Hank,’ a former player for the Braves and Brewers, is a local legend.

2006       With one home game left on the schedule, the Dodgers break their single-season attendance record established in 1982 as the team sells 3,708,723 tickets to its games played in Chavez Ravine. The actual turnstile count set the previous record of 3,608,881, the method formerly used by the National League to count fans.

2006       At Camden Yards, Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons hits a foul ball straight back over the screen that hits a fan in the rib cage. The injured patron is the batter’s wife, Laura.
2007       At Petco Park, the Rockies beat the Padres, 7-3, for their 84th win of the season to break a club record. Jeff Francis, who gives up seven hits and two runs in his eight innings of work, ties Kevin Ritz (1996) and Pedro Astacio (1999) for club victories and establishes a new franchise mark for left-handers, winning his 17th game of the campaign.

2007       Mike Mussina becomes the 45th pitcher in major league history to win 250 games when the Yankees beat the Blue Jays in the Bronx, 7-5. ‘Moose’ insists that the game ball go to Joba Chamberlain, the rookie phenom who picks up his first career save.

2007       In front of the largest crowd of the season, the Nationals, in the last major league game played at RFK, beat Philadelphia, 5-3, to finish their three-year stay at the 41 year-old Washington, D.C. stadium with a home win-loss record of 122-121. The ballpark, the former home of the expansion Senators and the NFL’s Redskins, had served as the Nats’ home since 2005 when the franchise shifted from Montreal to the District of Columbia.

2007       Milton Bradley tears an anterior cruciate ligament when his manager Bud Black spins him to the ground, preventing him from going after umpire Mike Winters in the eighth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Rockies. The Padres’ left fielder will miss the rest of the season due to the injury, and baseball suspends the first base ump for the remainder of the season without pay for his actions during the confrontation.

2008       With a 5-4 victory over the Indians at Fenway Park, the Red Sox earn at least a wild-card playoff berth. Boston’s win eliminates the Yankees, who had appeared in 13 consecutive postseasons, spanning Derek Jeter’s entire career.

2008       The Tigers, bowing to the Royals, 5-0, fall into last place in the American League Central Division, getting blanked for the 13th time this season. After making significant moves in the offseason, Detroit appeared to be one of the best teams in baseball.

2008       For the third consecutive season, the Marlins have established a new franchise record for home runs. Josh Willingham’s second inning round-tripper, the club’s 202nd, sets the new mark in Florida’s 9-4 loss to the Nationals.

2008       Tim Lincecum sets the Giants’ single-season record with 252 strikeouts. The San Francisco right-hander whiffs nine Colorado batters in 4.1 innings to surpass Jason Schmidt, who had 251 K’s in 2004.

2008       Jose Reyes collects his 200th hit of the season with a bases-loaded triple in a much-needed Mets 6-2 victory over the Cubs at Shea Stadium. The 25 year-old shortstop joins Lance Johnson (1996) as one of the only two players in franchise history to reach the esteemed plateau.

2009       After signing him to a one-year contract extension for 2010, the Braves announce Bobby Cox will retire as the manager of the Braves after next season. The 68 year-old skipper has led the team to a string of 14 consecutive postseason appearances and a world championship during his 24-year tenure in Atlanta.

2009       Trailing 8-0 at Dodger Stadium, the Giants take the lead, scoring nine runs in the top of the seventh inning. Although L.A. will come back twice to tie the score with clutch two-out hits in the eighth and ninth, San Francisco tallies four runs in the top of the tenth frame for the 14-10 victory.

2010       The lone run in the Blue Jays’ 1-0 victory over Seattle at the Rogers Centre scores in the first inning when Jose Bautista hits his 50th home run of the season, making the right-fielder the 26th player to reach the coveted plateau. Prince Fielder (50) and Alex Rodriguez (54) most recently reached the milestone in 2007.

2010       Ichiro Suzuki, with his fifth-inning single off Toronto’s Shawn Hill, becomes the first major leaguer to compile ten consecutive 200-hit seasons, breaking the record he shared with Willie Keeler. The Mariner outfielder now has more 200-hit seasons than any player in AL history, surpassing Ty Cobb, and joins Pete Rose as the only other player with ten seasons with 200 or more hits.

2011       Starlin Castro collects his 200th hit on with a leadoff single off Chris Carpenter in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Cardinals to become only the 10th player to accomplish the feat before the age of 22 years old and the youngest Cub in franchise history to do so in a single season. Chicago’s 21-year-old shortstop, en route to finishing the season with a league-leading 207, reaches the milestone being two years younger than Billy Herman (1932) and Augie Galan (1935), who were both 23 at the time.

2011       The Brewers win their first division title in 29 years when they beat Florida 4-1. Ryan Braun’s three-run home run in the eighth inning, breaking the 1-1 deadlock, is the decisive blow in the Miller Park clincher.

2011       The Rangers’ 5-3 victory over Seattle, coupled with a Halos’ loss, clinches the AL West division. The title is the second in a row for Texas and the fifth in franchise history.

2011       The Diamondbacks beat San Francisco, 3-1, to win the NL West division for the first time in four years. Arizona, who finished 65-97 last season, clinched their worst-to-first title with an eighth-inning rally, much to the delight of the cheering fans at Chase Field.

2013       Alex Rios triples to right-center field in the sixth inning to complete the cycle in the Rangers’ 12-0 rout of Houston at the Ballpark in Arlington. The Texas outfielder doubled in the first inning, beat out an infield single in the third, and went deep with 18th homer in the next frame.

2013       With their 2-1 win over Chicago thanks to Starling Marte’s ninth-inning homer, along with Washington’s defeat in St. Louis, the Pirates will appear in the postseason for the first time since 1992. The victory assures the Bucs one of the two wildcard berths, with a division title still within reach.

2014       The Diamondbacks name Dave Stewart to be the team’s fourth general manager in franchise history. The former All-Star big league pitcher, a 20-game winner for four consecutive seasons beginning in 1987, will report to the Diamondbacks’ chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, who was his manager when he posted a 119-78 record (.604) during his eight seasons with the A’s.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-Tampa Bay9459.61449 – 2945 – 3049 – 2419 – 1314 – 175 – 5W 1
Boston8865.575649 – 2939 – 3640 – 3020 – 1315 – 188 – 2W 7
NY Yankees8667.562845 – 3341 – 3430 – 3722 – 1022 – 127 – 3W 3
Toronto8567.5598.543 – 3142 – 3638 – 3217 – 1316 – 166 – 4L 1
Baltimore48104.31645.523 – 5125 – 5318 – 5210 – 2413 – 152 – 8L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox8566.56349 – 2736 – 3919 – 1438 – 2916 – 174 – 6L 2
Cleveland7476.49310.537 – 3837 – 3813 – 2139 – 2813 – 165 – 5W 1
Detroit7478.48711.541 – 3633 – 4218 – 1427 – 3918 – 167 – 3W 4
Kansas City6983.45416.536 – 3933 – 4412 – 2131 – 3514 – 195 – 5L 1
Minnesota6785.44118.534 – 4033 – 4511 – 1833 – 3713 – 204 – 6W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9161.59947 – 2844 – 3316 – 1219 – 1647 – 228 – 2W 4
Seattle8369.546842 – 3341 – 3619 – 1515 – 1740 – 266 – 4W 4
Oakland8270.539940 – 3742 – 3315 – 1823 – 1033 – 335 – 5L 3
LA Angels7280.4741938 – 4034 – 4016 – 1721 – 1224 – 422 – 8L 6
Texas5597.3623633 – 4222 – 5512 – 1810 – 1926 – 472 – 8L 4
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta8070.53337 – 3643 – 3440 – 3022 – 1212 – 145 – 5W 4
Philadelphia7874.513344 – 3334 – 4140 – 3017 – 1313 – 196 – 4W 2
NY Mets7379.480844 – 3329 – 4635 – 3413 – 1716 – 172 – 8L 2
Miami6488.4211740 – 3824 – 5032 – 3712 – 2017 – 174 – 6L 2
Washington6389.4141835 – 4328 – 4630 – 4613 – 1510 – 215 – 5W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-Milwaukee9161.59942 – 3549 – 2614 – 1446 – 2623 – 94 – 6L 4
St. Louis8269.5438.542 – 3340 – 3617 – 1634 – 3120 – 1310 – 0W 11
Cincinnati7874.5131340 – 3638 – 3817 – 1241 – 3111 – 223 – 7L 1
Chi Cubs6785.4412439 – 3828 – 4713 – 2131 – 3517 – 152 – 8L 2
Pittsburgh5794.37733.534 – 4123 – 5316 – 1420 – 4911 – 216 – 4W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco9953.65149 – 2650 – 2721 – 1120 – 1445 – 217 – 3W 2
Y-LA Dodgers9755.638252 – 2345 – 3224 – 917 – 1344 – 258 – 2L 1
San Diego7675.50322.544 – 3332 – 4214 – 1516 – 1732 – 372 – 8L 5
Colorado7180.47027.546 – 2825 – 5217 – 1214 – 1930 – 397 – 3W 1
Arizona48104.3165128 – 4620 – 5812 – 2113 – 1919 – 482 – 8L 4

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills110.5000.051230-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-01 W
Miami Dolphins110.5000.017510-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New England Patriots110.5000.041230-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 W
New York Jets020.0001.020440-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders2001.0000.059441-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
Denver Broncos2001.0000.050260-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Kansas City Chiefs110.5001.068651-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers110.5001.037360-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers110.5000.040420-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Baltimore Ravens110.5000.063681-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns110.5000.060541-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals110.5000.044441-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Houston Texans110.5000.058521-0-00-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
Tennessee Titans110.5000.046680-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Indianapolis Colts020.0001.040550-2-00-0-00-0-00-0-02 L
Jacksonville Jaguars020.0001.034600-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Washington Football Team110.5000.046491-1-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles110.5000.043230-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys110.5000.049480-0-01-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
New York Giants020.0001.042570-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers2001.0000.058440-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
Los Angeles Rams2001.0000.061381-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2001.0000.072461-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Seattle Seahawks110.5001.058490-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers110.5000.038551-0-00-1-01-1-01-0-01 W
Chicago Bears110.5000.034511-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings020.0001.057610-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-02 L
Detroit Lions020.0001.050760-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2001.0000.079542-0-00-0-02-0-01-0-02 W
Carolina Panthers2001.0000.045212-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
New Orleans Saints110.5001.045291-0-00-1-01-1-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons020.0002.031800-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England27185451321910-2-18-3-359
Nashville SC25111134424208-6-03-5-344
New York City FC2511684429158-2-23-4-639
Orlando City SC251087363607-4-23-4-538
CF Montreal251078363067-3-23-4-637
Atlanta25997353057-3-32-6-436
Philadelphia24987312567-3-32-5-435
D.C.2510411413658-0-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2595112540-155-2-74-3-432
Columbus2687113035-56-3-32-4-831
New York247611302915-4-32-2-827
Chicago2665152643-175-4-51-1-1023
FC Cincinnati2448122444-201-5-53-3-720
Toronto FC2546152851-232-5-42-1-1118
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC2513754326177-5-16-2-446
Seattle2413653620166-4-37-2-245
Colorado2412843524116-5-16-3-344
Los Angeles2511593740-37-2-44-3-538
Portland25114103642-67-2-34-2-737
Real Salt Lake251069413567-4-23-2-736
Minnesota249782729-27-2-32-5-534
Los Angeles FC259610383626-5-23-1-833
Vancouver247983034-46-2-41-7-430
San Jose257993238-63-3-64-6-330
FC Dallas2669113843-54-6-22-3-927
Houston26511103139-85-5-30-6-726
Austin2554162540-153-2-72-2-919

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference

WNBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
x-Connecticut Sun266.81315-111-512-310-014 W
x-Chicago Sky1616.50010.06-1010-610-55-51 W
x-New York Liberty1220.37514.07-95-116-92-81 W
Washington Mystics1220.37514.08-84-127-84-62 L
Atlanta Dream824.25018.04-124-126-92-82 L
Indiana Fever626.18820.04-122-144-112-87 L
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
x-Las Vegas Aces248.75013-311-511-48-24 W
x-Minnesota Lynx2210.6882.013-39-710-59-14 W
x-Seattle Storm2111.6563.011-510-69-65-51 W
x-Phoenix Mercury1913.5945.07-912-46-97-33 L
x-Dallas Wings1418.43810.07-97-97-85-51 W
Los Angeles Sparks1220.37512.08-84-122-133-71 L

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Conference