INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Thur Sep 307pCovenant Christian @ Traders PtVolleyball
Thur Sep 307pHeritage Christian @ LapelVolleyball
Fri Oct 17pMt Vernon @ New CastleFootball
Fri Oct 17pLapel @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Fri Oct 17pCovenant Christian @ ClarksvilleFootball
Fri Oct 17pTraders Pt @ EdinburghFootball
Fri Oct 17pFrontier @ Tri-CountyFootball
Sat Oct 21:15pMt St Joseph @ BlufftonCollege Football

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Chicago White Sox 6 Cincinnati 1

Boston 6 Baltimore 0

Toronto 6 New York Yankees 5

Minnesota 5 Detroit 2

Los Angeles Angels 7 Texas 2

Kansas City 10 Cleveland 5

Tampa Bay 7 Houston 0

Seattle 4 Oakland 2

Colorado 10 Washington 5

Chicago Cubs 3 Pittsburgh 2

Miami 3 New York Mets 2

Atlanta 7 Philadelphia 2

Milwaukee 4 St. Louis 0

San Francisco 1 Arizona 0

Los Angeles Dodgers 11 San Diego 9

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Toronto 3 Cincinnati 2

Atlanta 1 Inter Miami 0

DC 3 Minnesota 1

New York 1 Philadelphia 1

New England 4 Montréal 1

Chicago 2 New York City 0

Sporting KC 3 Dallas 1

Nashville 2 Orlando City 2

Colorado 3 Austin 0

Houston 0 Vancouver 0

Real Salt Lake 2 Los Angeles 1

Seattle 3 San Jose 1

Portland 2 Los Angeles FC 1

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEEK 5

Thursday, Sept. 30

Virginia at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Oct. 1

Houston at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 5 Iowa at Maryland | 8 p.m. | FS1

No. 13 BYU at Utah State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 2

No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 8 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Michigan | 12 p.m. | FOX

North Carolina vs. Duke | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Texas at TCU | 12 p.m. | ABC

Charlotte at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Western Michigan at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

Minnesota at Purdue | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Pitt at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Toledo at UMass | 12 p.m. | FloSports/NESN

Tennessee at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

Louisville at No. 24 Wake Forest | 12:30 p.m.

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 12 Ole Miss | 1:30 p.m. | CBS

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

USC at Colorado | 2 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 16 Coastal Carolina vs. UL Monroe | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 7 Cincinnati at No. 9 Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

No. 6 Oklahoma at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Troy at South Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network

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

FIU at FAU | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Tulane at East Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UCF at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Texas Tech at West Virginia | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 3 Oregon at Stanford | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Nevada at Boise State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

Syracuse at Florida State | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

South Florida at SMU | 4 p.m. | ESPNU

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Army at Ball State | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington State at Cal | 5:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

No. 10 Florida at Kentucky | 6 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana Tech at No. 23 NC State | 6 p.m. | ACC Network

UNLV at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

Air Force at New Mexico | 6:30 p.m. | FS2

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

No. 15 Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN/SEC Network

Iowa State vs. Kansas | 7 p.m. | FS1

No. 21 Baylor at No. 19 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

Marshall at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Liberty at UAB | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 4 Penn State vs. Indiana | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 25 Clemson vs. Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

UConn at Vanderbilt | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Western Kentucky at No. 17 Michigan State | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Northwestern at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Auburn at LSU | 8 p.m. | ESPN

Louisiana at South Alabama | 8 p.m. | ESPN+

Washington at Oregon State | 9 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Old Dominion at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

Arizona State at No. 20 UCLA | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

New Mexico State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m.

No. 18 Fresno State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE INDIANA SRN GAME OF THE WEEK

Saturday, October 1

Mount St. Joseph vs. Bluffton

Pregame 1:15pm

Kickoff 1:30pm

ALSO:

Manchester @ Franklin

Anderson @ Hanover

Defiance @ Rose Hulman

NFL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, October 03, 2021
Washington Football Team at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX
Houston Texans at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Carolina Panthers at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Indianapolis Colts at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Cleveland Browns at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS
New York Giants at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX
Tennessee Titans at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Kansas City Chiefs at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS
Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX
Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 04, 2021
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 7 SCHEDULE

Adams Central (5-1) at Southern Wells (0-6)

Anderson (1-4) at Indianapolis Tech (4-2)

Batesville (3-3) at Greensburg (1-3)

Bedford North Lawrence (3-3) at Floyd Central (1-5)

Beech Grove (2-4) at Indianapolis Ritter (0-6)

Bloomington South (6-0) at Columbus North (3-3)

Bluffton (2-4) at Heritage (2-4)

Boone Grove (0-4) at Griffith (2-4)

Boonville (0-5) at Princeton (2-4)

Bowman Academy (0-5) at Lake Station (1-3)

Brebeuf Jesuit (5-1) at Terre Haute South (0-6)

Cambridge City Lincoln (0-3) at Union City (4-2)

Carmel (5-1) at Ben Davis (2-4)

Cascade (2-4) at Speedway (5-1)

Castle (5-1) at Jasper (6-0)

Centerville (5-0) at Union County (3-2)

Charlestown (4-2) at Corydon Central (0-5)

Churubusco (4-2) at Central Noble (6-0)

Clinton Central (2-4) at Carroll (Flora) (5-1)

Clinton Prairie (2-3) at Taylor (0-2)

Columbus East (2-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (2-4)

Concord (5-1) at Plymouth (0-6)

Connersville (1-5) at East Central (5-1)

Cooper (Ky.) at Madison (3-3)

Covenant Christian (4-2) at Clarksville (1-5)

Covington (4-2) at Attica (0-3)

Crawfordsville (0-6) at Lebanon (3-3)

Culver (1-3) at Caston (2-4)

Culver Academy (4-2) at Woodlan (3-3)

Danville (5-1) at Frankfort (2-3)

Decatur Central (5-1) at Greenwood (2-4)

Delta (4-2) at Pendleton Heights (3-3)

East Chicago Central (1-4) at Gary West (3-2)

East Noble (3-2) at Columbia City (4-2)

Eastbrook (6-0) at Blackford (1-5)

Eastern (Greentown) (5-1) at Tri-Central (2-4)

Eastern (Pekin) (0-3) at Salem (3-1)

Eastern Greene (1-5) at Owen Valley (5-1)

Eastside (6-0) at Fremont (2-4)

Elwood (0-5) at Madison-Grant (2-4)

Evansville Harrison (1-5) at Evansville Central (1-5)

Evansville Mater Dei (4-2) at Evansville Bosse (2-4)

Evansville Memorial (5-1) at Evansville Reitz (2-4)

Fairfield (2-4) at Garrett (3-3)

Forest Park (2-4) at North Posey (5-1)

Fort Wayne Concordia (1-5) at Fort Wayne Wayne (1-5)

Fort Wayne Luers (6-0) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-2)

Fort Wayne North (1-5) at Fort Wayne South (1-4)

Fort Wayne Snider (4-1) at Fort Wayne Northrop (2-4)

Fountain Central (3-3) at South Vermillion (2-4)

Franklin (1-5) at Plainfield (3-3)

Franklin Central (4-2) at Fishers (4-2)

Franklin County (4-2) at South Dearborn (4-2)

Frontier (0-6) at Tri-County (0-5)

Gibson Southern (5-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (6-0)

Goshen (2-4) at Northridge (4-2)

Greencastle (4-2) at Cloverdale (0-5)

Greenfield-Central (3-3) at Yorktown (4-2)

Guerin Catholic (1-5) at Northview (4-1)

Hagerstown (1-4) at Winchester (2-4)

Hamilton Heights (4-2) at Tipton (6-0)

Hammond Central (1-5) at Hammond Morton (1-5)

Hammond Noll (1-3) at Wheeler (4-1)

Hanover Central (5-1) at Whiting (2-4)

Harrison (West Lafayette) (5-1) at McCutcheon (0-6)

Heritage Hills (4-2) at Washington (0-5)

Highland (3-3) at Lowell (3-3)

Homestead (4-2) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (5-1)

Indian Creek (2-4) at Brownstown Central (6-0)

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

Indianapolis Cathedral (6-0) at Cincinnati LaSalle (Ohio)

Indianapolis Lutheran (6-0) at Monrovia (5-1)

Indianapolis Roncalli (6-0) at Bloomington North (5-1)

Indianapolis Scecina (3-3) at Triton Central (4-2)

Indianapolis Tindley (2-3) at Wes-Del (0-5)

Jay County (3-3) at South Adams (4-2)

Jeffersonville (2-3) at New Albany (3-3)

Kankakee Valley (3-3) at Hobart (3-3)

Knox (1-5) at Pioneer (4-2)

Lafayette Central Catholic (3-3) at Twin Lakes (2-4)

Lafayette Jeff (3-3) at Richmond (1-5)

Lake Central (3-3) at Chesterton (5-1)

Lakeland (2-4) at West Noble (3-3)

Lapel (5-1) at Heritage Christian (6-0)

LaPorte (2-4) at Crown Point (3-3)

LaVille (4-1) at John Glenn (3-3)

Lawrence Central (2-4) at North Central (Indianapolis) (0-6)

Lawrenceburg (5-1) at Rushville (0-6)

Leo (6-0) at Huntington North (2-4)

Linton-Stockton (6-0) at North Knox (5-1)

Logansport (5-0) at Kokomo (5-1)

Manchester (2-3) at Whitko (1-5)

Martinsville (4-2) at Perry Meridian (2-4)

Merrillville (6-0) at Valparaiso (6-0)

Milan (2-4) at Providence (2-4)

Mishawaka Marian (3-3) at Angola (2-4)

Mississinewa (3-2) at Alexandria (3-2)

Mitchell (3-2) at Scottsburg (4-2)

Monroe Central (6-0) at Eastern Hancock (4-2)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (5-1) at New Castle (2-4)

Muncie Central (1-5) at Marion (2-3)

Munster (2-4) at Andrean (4-2)

New Haven (2-4) at Bellmont (0-6)

Noblesville (2-4) at Hamilton Southeastern (5-1)

North Daviess (4-2) at North Decatur (1-4)

North Judson (4-2) at Triton (3-3)

North Miami (0-6) at Wabash (0-5)

North Newton (3-3) at Delphi (4-2)

North Putnam (1-4) at West Vigo (1-3)

North White (2-2) at South Newton (3-3)

Northfield (4-2) at Rochester (3-1)

NorthWood (4-2) at Mishawaka (4-2)

Norwell (5-1) at DeKalb (1-5)

Oak Hill (4-2) at Frankton (2-4)

Oldenburg Academy (0-3) at Christel House Manual (1-4)

Paoli (3-1) at Crawford County (2-2)

Parke Heritage (4-2) at North Vermillion (3-3)

Phalen Academy (1-4) at Park Tudor (4-2)

Pike (0-6) at Center Grove (6-0)

Pike Central (1-3) at Tell City (3-3)

Portage (1-5) at Michigan City (3-3)

Prairie Heights (2-4) at Bremen (3-3)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-5) at Indianapolis Washington (1-4)

Rensselaer Central (3-3) at Benton Central (0-4)

River Forest (3-2) at South Central (Union Mills) (1-3)

Riverton Parke (2-3) at North Central (Farmersburg) (1-4)

Seymour (1-4) at Jennings County (1-5)

Shelbyville (1-2) at New Palestine (3-3)

Shenandoah (3-2) at Northeastern (3-3)

Sheridan (4-2) at Seeger (4-2)

Silver Creek (3-2) at North Harrison (2-4)

South Bend Clay (0-6) at Calumet (5-1)

South Bend Riley (1-3) at New Prairie (5-1)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-4) at Penn (2-4)

South Bend Washington (2-2) at Jimtown (4-2)

South Putnam (5-1) at Brown County (3-3)

Southridge (3-3) at South Spencer (3-3)

Southside HomeSchool at Rock Creek Academy (1-4)

Southwood (3-3) at Peru (3-2)

Sullivan (4-2) at Edgewood (1-4)

Switzerland County (1-4) at South Decatur (0-4)

Tecumseh (1-4) at Springs Valley (4-1)

Terre Haute North (2-4) at Southport (0-6)

Tippecanoe Valley (6-0) at Maconaquah (2-2)

Traders Point Christian (2-4) at Edinburgh (4-2)

Tri (4-2) at Knightstown (1-4)

Tri-West (4-2) at North Montgomery (2-2)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-5) at Evansville North (3-3)

Warren Central (5-1) at Lawrence North (4-1)

Wawasee (1-5) at Warsaw (5-1)

West Lafayette (6-0) at Lewis Cass (2-3)

West Washington (2-2) at Perry Central (5-1)

Western (4-2) at Northwestern (0-5)

Western Boone (4-2) at Southmont (5-1)

Westfield (5-1) at Avon (0-6)

Whiteland (2-3) at Mooresville (5-1)

Winamac (4-0) at West Central (1-5)

Zionsville (3-3) at Brownsburg (4-2)

INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL BROADCAST SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Lapel @ Heritage Christian WEBTV

Mt Vernon @ New Castle WEB TV

Traders Point @ Edinburgh SRN radio

Frontier @ Tri County SRN Radio

Covenant Christian @ Clarksville  SRN Radio

INDIANA BOYS TENNIS SECTIONAL SCORES-REPORTED

Whiteland 5 Greenwood 0

Decatur Central 4 Indianapolis Shortridge 1

Perry Meridian 4 Southport 1

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER

Kouts 2 Morgan Twp. 2

Bloomfield 3 Shoals 1

Washington Township 12 River Forest 3

Union County 2 Seton Catholic 1

Salem 2 Scottsburg 2

South Bend Washington 3 South Bend Clay 0

Concord 9 Mishawaka 0

Manchester 9 N. Miami 0

Shawe Memorial 5 Milan 1

Chesterton 3 Portage 0

LaPorte 7 Michigan City 1

Rochester 3 Tippecanoe Valley 2

Roncalli 5 Franklin Central 2

Maconaquah 3 Peru 2

Heritage 3 DeKalb 1

Crispus Attucks 3 Knightstown 0

Oak Hill 1 Mississinewa 0

Breman 8 New Prairie 0

Henryville 4 Hauser 2

SB Washington 3 SB Clay 0

Andrean 2 Lowell 1

Munster 2 Kankakee Valley 1

Valparaiso 3 Lake Central 1

Elkhart 2  SB Adams 0

Hobart 1 Highland 0

Carmel 4 Harrison 1

Jeffersonville 4 Charlestown 2

FW Dwenger 2 FW Northrup 2

Indy Tech 2 Cathedral 1

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER

Norwell 2 Woodlan 1

North Montgomery 6 Lebanon 4

Wheeler 8 Kouts 1

North Knox 3 White River Valley 2

Tri-Central 9 Rossville 0

Mississinewa 6 Muncie Burris 1

Fort Wayne Wayne 2 S. Adams 1

Hammond Noll 3 Hebron 2

Central Noble 2 Garrett 0

Oldenburg Academy 8 Rushville 1

Martinsville 7 Monrovia 0

Hamilton Heights 1 Pendleton Heights 0

East Central 10 Greensburg 0

Danville 2 Frankfort 0

Manchester 3 Peru 0

Tipton 5 Sheridan 0

Evansville Reitz 14 Vincennes Lincoln 0

Columbia City 9 Marion 0

Cathedral 3 Chatard 0

Greenwood 1 Perry Meridian 0

Corydon Central 8 Salem 1

West Vigo 2 Edgewood 1

Lawrence North 2 Speedway 1

Scottsburg 3 N. Harrison 1

Franklin 0 Plainfield 0

Mooresville 0 Whiteland 0

Fort Wayne Carroll 4 Bellmont 2

Noblesville 0 Hamilton Southeastern 0

Guerin Catholic 3 Fishers 0

North Central 7 Southport 0

Roncalli 2 Park Tudor 1

Brebeuf 5 Pike 0

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL

Evansville North 3 Vincennes Lincoln 0

Hanover Central 3 Portage 1

Brebeuf 3 Beech Grove 0

Culver 3 LaVille 2

North Central 3 Perry Meridian 1

Lawrence North 3 Lawrence Central 0

Decatur Central 3 Warren Central 0

Linton Stockton 3 W. Vigo 0

Jennings County 3 Bedford North Lawrence 1

Alexandria Monroe 3 Eastbrook 1

Greensburg 3 Hauser 0

Shawe Memorial 3 South-Central 0

Sheridan 3 University 2

Roncalli 3 Southport 0

Evansville North 3 Vincennes Lincoln 0

Franklin 3 Greenwood Christian 0

Highland 3 Hammond Central 0

Eastside 3 Central Noble 1

Castle 3 Tecumseh 0

Covenant Christian 3 Tri-West 1

Woodlan 3 Garrett 0

Evansville Central 3 Princeton 0

Culver Academies 3 Oregon Davis 0

Eastern 3 Peru 1

West Lafayette 3 Lafayette Central Catholic 1

Lebanon 3 Southmont 1

Fort Wayne Snyder 3 E. Noble 0

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Cards’ 17-game winning streak ends with 4-0 loss to Brewers

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis manager Mike Shildt was philosophical after the Cardinals’ team-record 17-game winning streak came to an end.

“That was a cool run,” he said. “Let’s start another one.”

Daniel Vogelbach hit a two-run homer that backed Adrian Houser and led the Milwaukee Brewers over St. Louis 4-0 Wednesday night.

St. Louis was given a standing ovation after the defeat by the crowd of 35,283. The streak, the longest in the major leagues since Cleveland won 22 straight in 2017, lifted the Cardinals into next week’s NL wild-card game against the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Francisco.

The Cardinals were 71-69 after losing to Cincinnati 6-4 on Sept. 10, their previous defeat. St. Louis is 21-7 in September, tying the 1930 and 1942 Cardinals for most wins in the month.

“This shows that we’re capable of anything,” St. Louis pitcher Andrew Miller said. “Confidence is everything in this game. The guys in this clubhouse figure that no matter who we play, we can go and beat anybody, beat any pitcher.”

Shildt said the key to the run was that, “everybody was laying it out there every single opportunity they got. That’s my favorite part of it.”

Vogelbach enjoyed putting an end to the streak, which was the longest September run since the Chicago Cubs won 21 in a row from Sept. 4-27, 1935.

“Going out there and being able to put a stop to their winning streak makes you feel pretty good,” Vogelbach said.

Manny Pina added a solo homer for the NL Central champion Brewers, who have won four of five.

A night after clinching a postseason berth, the Cardinals did not start regulars Nolan Arenado, Tyler O’Neill and Tommy Edman.

Houser (10-6) allowed three hits in five innings. He has given up one earned run or none in four of his last five starts. Brent Suter, Brad Boxberger and Aaron Ashby finished a three-hitter.

Vogelbach homered in the sixth off Miles Mikolas (2-3), who allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. Mikolas was sidelined most of the season with right forearm tightness,

“I feel like there was a lot for me to like about this game except for that one pitch in the last inning,” Mikolas said.

Rays clinch top seed in AL playoffs, stall Astros in West

HOUSTON (AP) After locking down the top seed in the American League playoffs and the best record in franchise history, the Tampa Bay Rays were still looking for more.

“I don’t think we’re satisfied,” starter Drew Rasmussen said. “We still have a chance to win 100 games.”

Rasmussen and three relievers combined for a three-hitter, Brandon Lowe and Ji-Man Choi both homered and the Rays coasted past the Houston Astros 7-0 Wednesday night.

The Astros lost for the fifth time in six games on a night they could have clinched their fourth AL West title in five seasons with a win. Their magic number to win the division is still one over Seattle, which beat Oakland 4-2.

“The key is you’re still on the cusp,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. “There’s a whole bunch of people who ain’t on the cusp. You’ve got to play the game. Nobody is going to give it to you.”

Tampa Bay improved to 98-60, outdoing the 2008 team for most wins in franchise history. With the best record in the AL, the two-time AL East champions secured home-field advantage through the AL Championship Series.

“You want to get in, you want to win the East and if you have a chance you want to do what these guys did tonight,” manager Kevin Cash said.

Cash said he’s known this team was special for a while but setting the win mark is a nice way to show it.

“It solidifies it that much more,” he said. “There’s been a lot of good teams over the years… to be able to be at the top of the list with that many wins says a lot about the guys in the clubhouse.”

It’s the third time the Rays will enter the playoffs as the top seed and they’re the first AL team to do it in consecutive seasons since the New York Yankees in 2011-12.

Rays rookie Wander Franco doubled and singled twice, and safely reached base for the 43rd straight game, tying him with Frank Robinson in 1956 for the longest streak by a player 20 or younger.

Rasmussen (4-1) allowed one hit over five innings. Luis Patino allowed one hit in two innings and Ryan Sherriff gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings, but was lifted after walking a batter and hitting another one with two outs in the ninth. Louis Head took over and got the final out.

Lowe’s 31st two-run homer put the Rays up 3-0 in the second. Choi’s three-run shot in the fifth pushed Tampa Bay’s lead to 6-0 before the Astros got a runner on base.

The Astros didn’t get a hit until the fifth inning Wednesday, a night after being held hitless until the sixth before rallying for a 4-3 victory.

“During this period it’s been tough, but these guys are tough,” Baker said. “I’m not worried about them.”

Bryant’s sacrifice fly lifts Giants to win No 104

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Alex Wood and three relievers combined for a four-hitter for San Francisco, Kris Bryant hit a sacrifice fly and the Giants reached 104 wins for the first time since 1905 by beating the woeful Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Wednesday night.

Manager Gabe Kapler’s ballclub joined the 1945-46 Boston Red Sox as the only teams to follow a losing season with 104 victories. With four games left, the Giants have a chance to break the franchise wins record of 106 set by the 1904 New York Giants.

“Our players can and should be proud,” Kapler said. “It’s a huge accomplishment. This team has done so many good things. To say that this club has won more games than any other San Francisco Giants team is quite fulfilling.”

San Francisco maintained a two-game lead in the NL West over the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers, who rallied to beat San Diego 11-9. The Giants are seeking their first division title since 2012 and have clinched no worse than a wild-card berth.

Arizona dropped to 50-108, is the losingest team in the big leagues and is 0-8 at San Francisco this season. The Diamondbacks are nearing their team record of 111 losses, set in 2004.

“The margins between a win and a loss are very small,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “We had a couple of opportunities, and we couldn’t take advantage of them. They took advantage of the one they had.”

Wood was dominant in his third start since coming off the COVID-19 list, allowing three hits in six innings with six strikeouts. He induced a double play to escape a two-on jam in the third, then struck out pitcher Merrill Kelly with two on to end the fifth.

Dominic Leone (4-5) retired three batters, Jarlin Garcia followed and Camilo Doval pitched the ninth for his second save.

“We can win games so many different ways,” Wood said. “We pitched really well and the bullpen’s been nails all year. I can’t wait for October. The fun is just beginning.”

Tommy La Stella, who left Tuesday’s game with soreness in his left Achilles tendon, singled leading off the seventh against Noe Ramirez (0-2). Pinch-runner Steven Duggar stole second and was sacrificed to third before Bryant hit a low liner to right. Duggar scored with a headfirst slide that easily beat the one-hop throw from Henry Ramos.

“That’s more of what you see in the postseason,” said Bryant, who won a World Series with the Cubs in 2016. “Usually the teams that win it all do the little things right. We’re just hoping we can keep winning and keep the Dodgers off our tail. It’s crazy to have as many wins as we do and still fighting for a division.”

Winless since July 24, Kelly allowed three hits in five innings.

Bichette homers twice, Blue Jays top Yanks 6-5, tighten race

TORONTO (AP) Bo Bichette homered twice, including a tiebreaking home run off Clay Holmes in the eighth inning that lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the Yankees 6-5 Wednesday night, tightened the AL wild card race and ended New York’s seven-game winning streak.

Boston (89-69) closed within one game of the wild card-leading Yankees (90-68) after winning 6-0 at Baltimore, and Toronto (88-70) is one game back of the Red Sox. Seattle (89-70) is a half-game behind the Blue Jays after winning 4-2 over Oakland.

Marcus Semien hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the first off a faltering Gerrit Cole, setting a big league record with his 44th home run of the season as a second baseman. Semien topped the 43 by Davey Johnson for Atlanta in 1973.

George Springer doubled on Cole’s first pitch and Semien homered on Cole’s sixth. Springer hit an RBI single in the second and Bichette’s solo homer in the third built a 4-0 lead against Cole, who allowed his first six hits on fastballs.

“Our game plan to establish the fastball and their game plan to jump on it kind of matched up together,” Cole said.

Kyle Higashioka hit a tying, two-run single off Tim Mayza in the seventh.

With the score 5-all, Bichette led off the eighth against Clay Holmes (8-4) with his 28th home run, an opposite-field drive that cleared the scoreboard in right-center.

“He bailed us out,” Semien said.

Bichette beat his chest and raised his fist as he looked into Toronto’s dugout while rounding the bases after his second homer. He has eight home runs against the Yankees this season.

“I still really haven’t calmed down yet,” Bichette said. “Just a lot of excitement. Big spot and I got the job done, so it felt good.”

Adam Cimber (3-4) got four outs for the win. With a runner on second and the crowd of 29, 601 on its feet, Jordan Romano retired Tyler Wade on a game-ending flyout for his 22nd save in 23 chances. He has converted 22 in a row, the longest active streak in the big leaguers.

New York’s Joey Gallo hurt a hand when he was hit by a Mayza pitch in the sixth and left the game. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Gallo was set for an X-ray and that his condition would be updated Thursday.

Boon said Luke Voit felt pain in his knee while running to first after striking out as a pinch hitter later in the inning. Voit broke for first on a wild strike three even though there was a runner on first and fewer than two outs.

“Hopefully he should be OK,” Boone said. “When he stopped, it just kind of bit him a little bit.”

Cole allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings, raising his ERA to 3.23. He could start Sunday on three days’ rest against Tampa Bay in the regular-season finale or would be lined up to pitch next Tuesday’s wild-card game.

Cole said he would be ready “as soon as possible.”

“I wish I could keep pitching right now,” Cole said, “and start throwing up some zeroes and make up for it.”

Toronto has hit a major league-high 251 home runs. Bichette set a Blue Jays singlle season record for home runs by shortstops.

Semien and Bichette reached 100 RBIs and joined Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to give Toronto four 100-RBI players for the first time. All four players reached 100 RBI for the first time in their careers.

“It’s a special group on both sides of the ball,” Bichette said.

Jose Berrios retired the first 14 Yankees in order, striking out seven, before giving up three straight hits in the fifth. Gleyber Torres broke up the perfect game with a double down the left- field line, Gio Urshela hit an RBI single and scored when Brett Gardner doubled.

Guerrero snapped an 0 for 20 slump with an RBI double down the line past drawn-in third baseman DJ LeMahieu in the bottom hal, That scored Springer, who reached when Gallo and Urshela failed to communicate and allowed his leadoff fly to drop between them just 210 feet from home plate in left field for a double.

“Joey’s just got to completely take charge on that one,” Boone said. “He’s just got to be super-aggressive, get loud and take it.”

Aaron Judge’s sacrifice fly in the sixth cut it to 5-3.

Contending Mariners win for 10th time in 11 games; A’s out

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners won for the 10th time in 11 games and stayed in the thick of the AL wild-card race with a 4-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night.

Ty France’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning gave Seattle the lead and Abraham Toro added some cushion with his first home run since Aug. 31 with two outs in the eighth inning.

Seattle stayed a half-game behind Boston for the second wild-card slot and is 1 1/2 games behind New York for the top spot, trying to end a 20-year drought since last reaching the postseason. The Mariners have an off day on Thursday before starting their final series of the regular season at home against the Los Angeles Angles.

Seattle won its 12th straight game over Oakland, the longest win streak over a single team in franchise history, and in the process eliminated the A’s from postseason contention. The A’s had reached the playoffs in three straight years and six of the last nine.

The Mariners also delayed Houston from clinching the AL West for at least one more day. The Astros’ magic number stayed at one.

France’s sacrifice fly drove in Dylan Moore, who moved into scoring position thanks to a perfectly executed hit-and-run by J.P. Crawford. And while France barely missed a home run, Toro’s drive carried over the wall for his 11th of the season.

It was a window into Seattle’s promising future that set the stage for the late surge.

Rookie Logan Gilbert allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in the biggest start of his young career to date. The 24-year-old scattered three hits, walked two and struck out four. Gilbert finished September with a 2.70 ERA in six starts.

And fellow rookie Jarred Kelenic ripped a two-run double in the sixth inning to give Seattle the lead after managing just four baserunners against Oakland starter Frankie Montas through the first five innings.

Seattle’s bullpen was again solid, with the exception of Diego Castillo (5-5) allowing a solo homer to Seth Brown in the seventh inning. Paul Sewald worked around a two-out walk in the eighth inning and Drew Steckenrider pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

Andrew Chafin (2-4) took the loss for Oakland working the seventh inning. But it was sloppy errors by second baseman Tony Kemp and shortstop Josh Harrison in the sixth inning that provided the opportunity for Kelenic to come through with the double that gave Seattle a 2-1 lead.

Kemp provided the only run off Gilbert with a homer leading off the sixth inning.

Rodón returns as White Sox beat Reds for 4th straight win

CHICAGO (AP) Carlos Rodon made the most of the stuff he had. That was enough for manager Tony La Russa.

Rodon pitched five scoreless innings in a closely watched start ahead of the playoffs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-1 on Wednesday night.

“Sometimes you have to go out there and pitch,” he said. “Didn’t have that overpowering fastball but had some secondary stuff and got weak contact.”

Tim Anderson and Gavin Sheets homered as the White Sox (91-68) moved a season-high 23 games above .500 with their fourth consecutive victory. Sheets drove in three runs for the AL Central champions, and Leury Garcia had an RBI single.

Rodon (13-5) allowed one hit, struck out four and walked two in his first start since he lasted just three innings in a 4-3 loss at Detroit on Sept. 20. The All-Star left-hander reported some arm soreness after his previous outing that he described as normal, but it drew some concern from La Russa.

Rodon’s 24 starts and 132 2/3 innings are his highest totals since 2016, well beyond his totals in the previous two years combined. While acknowledging the strain of the increased workload, Rodon said he isn’t going to use that as an excuse.

“As you see, I still go out there and I go do my job,” he said. “I have to go win for a team, that’s what I’m going to do.”

If Rodon can keep going in the postseason, he could provide a big lift for the White Sox. La Russa said he is interested in how he feels on Thursday.

Rodon improved to 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA over his last six starts. While he didn’t have his usual velocity, topping out at 92.7 mph, he breezed through a Reds lineup missing two of the team’s best hitters. He threw 69 pitches, 43 strikes for strikes.

“We didn’t ask him, `Hey, show us that you can get in the upper 90s,'” La Russa said. “That wasn’t the way it was. I thought he made pitches.”

Delino DeShields hit an RBI double in the ninth for Cincinnati, which finished with four hits. First baseman Joey Votto and outfielder Nick Castellanos rested a day after the Reds (82-77) were eliminated from playoff contention.

Cincinnati right-hander Sonny Gray (7-9) was charged with five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.

“Really good stuff, really good,” manager David Bell said. “Maybe just missed off more than he caught the plate. … Definitely could have been a different night.”

Sheets drove in Garcia with his 11th homer in the third, going deep in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. The rookie also singled in Yoan Moncada in the fourth.

Anderson tacked on his 17th homer in the seventh, a solo drive to right-center off Jeff Hoffman.

Anderson started at shortstop after he decided to appeal a three-game suspension for making contact with umpire Tim Timmons during Monday’s 8-7 win at Detroit. He also was fined.

Contreras 3 RBIs, Cubs beat Pirates, end 7-game losing skid

PITTSBURGH (AP) Willson Contreras drove in all of the Cubs’ run as Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Wednesday night to end a seven-game losing streak.

Contreras’ two-run double high off the right-field wall in the seventh inning rallied the Cubs from a 2-1 deficit. He also accounted for the game’s first run with a long sacrifice fly to center field in the fifth.

Contreras, Rafael Ortega and Frank Schwindel – the top three hitters in the batting order — each had two hits for the Cubs. It was Schwindel’s 24th multihit game in 52 games since being claimed off waivers from Oakland in July.

“There are a lot of things to smile about today,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “Considering we’re on the back end of season and where we’ve been, it was a good effort and a good win.”

Bryan Reynolds became the first Pirates player to hit two triples in a game since Josh Harrison in 2014. Reynolds’ second triple came in the sixth and drove in a run, and he scored on Kevin Newman’s sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.

Reynolds also made two outstanding catches in center field while raising his batting average to .298.

Pinch-hitter Trayce Thompson doubled with one out in the Cubs seventh and Schwindel walked with two outs. Nick Mears relieved Chasen Shreve (3-3) and gave up Contreras’ double.

Adam Morgan (2-1) pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the win. Codi Heuer notched his second save with a perfect ninth inning.

The defeat put the Pirates (59-99) on the brink of the ninth 100-loss season in franchise history.

Roansy Contreras started for the Pirates and pitched three scoreless innings in his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis. The 21-year-old allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four.

“It would have been easy for him to come out and try to do too much, so what I was most impressed with is I don’t think he overthrew one pitch,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “It was a very impressive major league debut.”

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks failed in his seventh attempt at his 15th win of the season. He gave up two runs on five hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

“I feel a lot better about things,” Hendricks said. “I kind of built off the last one in that I was able to get the fastball down in the zone and get a lot of balls on the ground. It feels good to go into the offseason building off some of the things I wanted to build off.”

KO’d: Devin Williams hits wall, breaks hand; out of playoffs

ST. LOUIS (AP) Milwaukee Brewers reliever Devin Williams fractured his throwing hand when he punched a wall after his team celebrated its NL Central title, likely knocking him out for the entire postseason.

Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns said before the Brewers’ Wednesday night game with the St. Louis Cardinals that Williams’ injury likely will require surgery. Stearns said there’s an “outside chance” the 2020 NL rookie of the year could be available for the World Series if the Brewers get that far.

The Brewers clinched the division crown Sunday by beating the New York Mets 8-4 in their regular-season home finale.

“After our celebration, I went out to have a few drinks,” Williams said Wednesday. “On my way home, I was a little frustrated and upset, and I punched a wall. That’s how it happened.”

The injury leaves the Brewers without their main setup man for All-Star closer Josh Hader.

“I don’t think it’s going to be one player who fills that role,” manager Craig Counsell said. “I think it’s going to be multiple players that fill that role. And when you say the role, don’t think about the regular season is what I guess I would say. It’s going to be a pitcher. It’s not necessarily going to be a reliever. We have to get 27 outs to win a playoff game. That’s truly how we see it.”

Williams, a 27-year-old right-hander, has an 8-2 record with a 2.50 ERA in 58 games this season. He has struck out 87 batters in 54 innings. Opponents are batting .186 against him.

Last year as a rookie, Williams went 4-1 with an 0.33 ERA in 22 appearances while striking out 53 batters in 27 innings, and opponents batted .090 against him.

Williams initially didn’t realize the severity of his injury.

“Devin actually tried to throw with this yesterday,” Stearns said. “We were not aware of this. He went out and tried to throw. I think at that point, he recognized that he had hurt himself.”

Stearns said Williams then notified the Brewers’ medical staff. Williams received an X-ray during Tuesday’s game that revealed the fracture.

Williams apologized to the Brewers and their fans for the circumstances that led to his injury.

“I’m pretty upset with myself,” Williams said. “There’s no one to blame but me. I feel like I’ve let my team down – our coaching staff, our fans, everyone. I know how big of a role that I play on this team. There’s a lot of people counting on me. I guess all I can do now is cheer my team on and learn from it and don’t make that same mistake in the future.”

The Brewers placed Williams on the injured list. They recalled right-handed pitcher Colin Rea from Triple-A Nashville and designated utilityman Tim Lopes for assignment.

“The way we look at it now is it’s an opportunity for someone else,” Counsell said. “Somebody else is going to get a big job in the postseason and an opportunity to help us win.”

Bucs add CB Richard Sherman to injury-ravaged secondary

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) When Tom Brady calls, people listen.

Richard Sherman, a three-time All-Pro cornerback who has been dealing with offseason legal issues, is the latest high-profile player to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in hopes of helping Brady win another Super Bowl.

Sherman got a one-year deal Wednesday with the defending NFL champions, who have been hit hard by injuries to their secondary.

Much as he did in luring Rob Gronkowski out of retirement and lobbying for the Bucs to sign Antonio Brown and Leonard Fournette last season, Brady contacted Sherman to inquire about whether the 11th-year pro was in shape and interested in resuming his career.

“Me and Tom have had a great relationship over the years … and always thought it would be really cool to play together if we had the opportunity,” Sherman said. “It’s crazy how things shake out.”

Sherman practiced Wednesday, but barring more injuries to an already decimated secondary is not expected to play Sunday when the Bucs visit the New England Patriots.

“Obviously he’s got a lot to learn and get into football speed,” coach Bruce Arians said.

“It’ll be a bunch of guys hurt if he’s out there this week. But we’ll wait and see,” Arians added. “It’s not like he has to play this week. We have time.”

A five-time Pro Bowler, Sherman spent the past three seasons with San Francisco. Before that, he was one of the NFL’s top defenders with Seattle, helping the Seahawks win the 2013 title and go to the Super Bowl the next season. He played seven seasons in Seattle (2011-17).

The 33-year-old cornerback was involved in several incidents during the offseason, including being arrested in July at the home of his wife’s parents in Redmond, Washington. He was charged with five misdemeanors, including two counts of domestic violence, plus resisting arrest, DUI and reckless endangerment.

Sherman pleaded not guilty to those charges while saying on social media he was “deeply remorseful” for his actions.

He didn’t shy away from questions Wednesday.

“There’s always a silver lining to everything,” Sherman said. “Obviously it was an unfortunate situation and regrettable, but it led to some positive changes, some help, some therapy, some tools that I didn’t have before to address some things that you kind of let stack up in your mind.”

Arians, who faced Sherman in the NFC West for much of the player’s career while Arians was coach of the Arizona Cardinals, said he had no concerns about signing Sherman, who could earn up to $2.25 million, including performance incentives.

Sherman has the most interceptions in the league over the past 10 seasons (36). He also has been a star in the playoffs and was selected to the NFL Team of the Decade for the 2010s.

Tampa Bay lost starting cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting to an elbow injury during a season-opening win over Dallas. The other starter, Jamel Dean, left last Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams with a knee injury but practiced Wednesday.

Bears move closer to leaving Soldier Field for the suburbs

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bears took a major step toward moving out of their longtime home at Soldier Field – one of the most recognizable stadiums in the United States – and into the suburbs by signing a purchase agreement for Arlington Park about 30 miles northwest of the city.

“We are excited to have executed a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the Arlington Park property,” Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said in a statement Wednesday. “Much work remains to be completed including working closely with the Village of Arlington Heights and surrounding communities, before we can close on this transaction.”

Churchill Downs Incorporated, which owns the property officially known as Arlington International Racecourse, announced that the sale price was $197.2 million.

At a press briefing, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she will “do what I can to keep (the Bears) here in the city of Chicago and I don’t think the door has closed by any means.”

But she said she first needs to hear from the team, saying Bears officials have declined to meet with her office, most recently as Tuesday when the team canceled a planned meeting with city officials.

“The bottom line is they’ve got to come to the table,” she said.

Lightfoot, who said the city is prepared to work out a deal that maximizes revenue for both the team and the city, also made clear that if the Bears do decide to move, the price tag of the land in Arlington Heights may not be the only thing the Bears pay for.

“I know they’ve got a contract with us that runs through 2033 and as I told (team chairman) George McCaskey, I’m not about breaking that contract, and if they want to get out of it early, they’re going to have to pay us for it.”

The statement released by the Bears does not include any mention of how the team plans to finance a stadium or how much a new stadium would cost, but Lightfoot pointed out that the two newest NFL stadiums – the home of the Las Vegas Raiders and the stadium shared by the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers – were both “$4 billion-$5 billion ventures.”

The Bears, who have played at the lakefront stadium since 1971 after moving from Wrigley Field, have raised the possibility of moving over the years. One big factor is that the stadium, which is owned by the Chicago Park District, holds fewer fans – 61,500 – than any other stadium in the NFL.

In those years, the Bears have watched other teams leave their homes for new, shiny ones – some outside the cities, and even the state, where they spent decades. The New York Giants and the New York Jets now play in New Jersey, the Rams have bounced from Los Angeles to St. Louis and back again, and Las Vegas is only the latest home of the Raiders, who have moved from Oakland to Los Angeles, back to Oakland and now Las Vegas.

Lightfoot seemed to recognize that moving is a distinct possibility for the Bears. “Life goes on,” she said.

If the Bears do move, they would be able to develop more than 300 acres around the stadium with dining, shopping and entertainment – something other teams such as the Rams, Chargers and Raiders have done to add revenue.

It would also be the latest chapter in the long and sometimes controversial history of Soldier Field.

When the Bears moved to Soldier Field from Wrigley Field, the longtime home of the Chicago Cubs, in 1971, Soldier Field already had a storied history.

It was the site of the 1927 boxing match between Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney that became known as the “Battle of the Long Count” after Dempsey failed to go to a neutral corner immediately after knocking down Tunney, giving Tunney time to recover and ultimately win the fight.

It has hosted rock concerts and speeches by such luminaries as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr.

But it has been associated most closely with the Bears, both when it was home to some truly awful teams as well as the storied 1985 team that won the franchise’s only Super Bowl.

The stadium itself has made its share of headlines. After playing the 2002 season at Champaign’s Memorial Stadium – the home of the University of Illinois – while Soldier Field underwent a $690 million renovation, the Bears returned to a home where boos could be heard both for the team on the field and the stadium itself because it looked something like a spaceship that had landed – and landed hard – on top of the famed neoclassical Doric columns. One of the city’s two major newspapers dubbed it the “Mistake by the Lake,” with the other conducting a poll that concluded it was Chicago’s ugliest building.

As for the Bears’ possible new home, Arlington Park has been around for about as long as Soldier Field. The track itself opened in 1927, and in 1981 it hosted the first million-dollar race for thoroughbreds.

Titans’ Pro Bowl receivers sidelined by hamstring injuries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Titans have had a hard time getting their two Pro Bowl wide receivers going at the same time.

Now they may not have either Sunday in starting a two-game road swing at the New York Jets.

A.J. Brown played only eight snaps before hurting a hamstring in last week’s win over Indianapolis, while seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones played only 34 of the offense’s 68 snaps. In the fourth quarter, the Titans instead used Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers, Cameron Batson and rookie Racey McMath.

Neither Brown nor Jones practiced Wednesday with both on the injury report with hamstrings. Jones, 32, was limited to nine games last season with a nagging hamstring injury.

So the Titans are ready to lean on the next man up, or receiver, as needed in this case.

“I’m not sure who’s going to end up trotting out there on Sunday, but confident in whoever it is,” quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. “Had a ton of reps and confidence in those guys. And it’s been something we’ve done since I’ve been here, so excited about the guys we have that could possibly step up for us.”

Issues in training camp actually have the Titans (2-1) quite prepared for this situation along with a roster loaded with seven wide receivers. An eighth, Marcus Johnson, started practicing Wednesday for his return from injured reserve.

Coach Mike Vrabel said the Titans try to insulate themselves everywhere for how player availability fluctuates through a season.

“And so hopefully, everybody that shows up for meetings and comes to practice can understand that they could potentially have a role in the game,” Vrabel said.

Jones missed three weeks of training camp after coming down on a foot awkwardly. Brown also practiced sporadically. That left plenty of work for the other wide receivers.

“Just take it like preseason, just how it was when those guys were out,” Rogers said. “You got to step up and make plays. So that’s definitely how I’m looking at it.”

Westbrook-Ikhine started last week and caught the first touchdown pass of his career. Rogers has as many catches and touchdowns (one) as Brown with an average of 12.9 yards per reception that’s just off of what Brown has at 13.1 yards per catch.

Westbrook-Ikhine has size at 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds. He went undrafted out of Indiana in 2020, but earned his way onto the practice squad before being promoted to the roster on September 2020. He wound up playing in 14 games with one start and finished with three catches for 33 yards.

His secret? Know the playbook and know where everyone has to be, especially when a new play is put in.

“You can plug in place wherever it needs to be,” Westbrook-Ikhine said. “And, you know, I kind of had that to me pretty much throughout my career in college. I was the same way, to being able to know the whole playbook and make yourself valuable.”

Vrabel said that isn’t as easy as it sounds.

“Nick’s been able to handle that, play multiple positions, play in the kicking game, come up with some big catches in opportune times,” Vrabel said.

NOTES: Brown and Jones were among six Titans who did not practice Wednesday, a group including OLB Bud Dupree (knee), LT Taylor Lewan (toe), rookie CB Caleb Farley (shoulder) and DL Larrell Murchison (elbow). CB Kristian Fulton (ankle), LG Rodger Saffold (shoulder), DL Teair Tart (shoulder) and P Brett Kern (right groin) all were limited. LB Jayon Brown (hamstring) and TE Anthony Firkser (knee) practiced fully. … Rookie S Brady Breeze also returned to practice Wednesday, though he remains on injured reserve. The Titans also signed DL Abdullah Anderson to the practice squad. He has played seven games over three years with Chicago, Minnesota, Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

Nagy not saying who Bears’ starting QB will be against Lions

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) Bears coach Matt Nagy was not ready to say who the starting quarterback will be when Chicago hosts the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Veteran Andy Dalton remains the No. 1 signal-caller, with rookie Justin Fields backing him up and Nick Foles in the third spot, Nagy said Wednesday.

But as for who will start this week?

Nagy said that “will be sorted out once we have a clearer picture” on the health of his top two quarterbacks. Both practiced Wednesday, with Dalton (bone bruise in left knee) limited and Fields (right thumb) a full participant.

Nagy would not say, either, if he will continue to call plays on offense.

The Bears (1-2) delivered one of the worst performances ever on that side of the ball by an NFL team in a 26-6 loss at Cleveland last week. They had just 47 yards, the ninth-lowest total in league history and the second worst for the charter franchise.

Fields had a particularly rough time in his first NFL start. The No. 11 overall pick got sacked nine times for 67 yards and threw for just 68 on 6-for-20 passing. He also hurt his thumb in the game.

It was not the sort of outing he was looking for with Dalton sidelined after leaving after a Week 2 win over Cincinnati. But while Nagy insisted nothing has changed “as far as the depth chart,” all sorts of questions remain.

One would be whether the best course of action is to go with Dalton or give Fields a chance to redeem himself against the winless Lions (0-3), assuming both are able to play.

“More than fair question,” Nagy said.

He praised Fields for keeping his composure in a difficult situation. And he insisted he is not worried about letting a poor performance linger in the prized quarterback’s mind by not giving him another start.

“No. Because the career he’s about to have and where he’s gonna be, I don’t worry about that,” Nagy said. “There’s about probably four or five things in there that from the quarterback perspective he can learn from. And they’re little things that maybe he hasn’t gone through before, even in preseason, so he’s taking those and he’s stacking those up and he’s gonna use those so that the next time, he can get better.”

Cornerback Jaylon Johnson predicted Fields will do just that.

“I think he’ll bounce back,” he said. “We all believe that. Even everybody in this room, we know the type of person Justin is, the way he looks at football, his competitive nature. For us, there’s no hesitation that he’s gonna keep bouncing back and keep fighting for everything he wants.”

The Bears probably didn’t do Fields any favors with a plan that seemed more suited for Dalton, with the quarterback in the pocket rather than on the move. The struggles on the offensive line didn’t help, either.

All that did nothing to turn the heat down on Nagy.

Chicago ranks last in the NFL in total offense and passing and 31st in points per game. But if he is handing off play-calling duties, Nagy is “gonna keep that internal.”

He was open when he gave them to offensive coordinator Bill Lazor last November, when the Bears were in the middle of a six-game losing streak. Chicago started to find a rhythm on offense and eventually won three straight on the way to making the playoffs.

In April, Nagy announced he would be calling plays again. But he was tight-lipped on Wednesday and didn’t give a clear reason why.

“There’s communication you have on the back end, but then there’s also the ability for us to understand why we don’t get into some of the answers that you’re asking right now,” Nagy said. “That said, whatever is best for this team is what we’re going to do. And every year is probably a little bit different with how you do it.”

NOTE: LB Khalil Mack (foot) did not practice. .. Nagy said the Bears are designating LB Danny Trevathan (knee) to return from injured reserve. He has a three-week practice window before the team has to decide whether to add him to the active roster.

Bengals’ Higgins, Bates out with injuries for Jaguars game

CINCINNATI (AP) The Cincinnati Bengals will be without receiver Tee Higgins and safety Jessie Bates for their Thursday night matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

And the team likely will be missing cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (groin) and guard Xavier Su’a-Filo (knee). Both were listed Wednesday as doubtful.

However, cornerback Trae Waynes is expected to make his Bengals debut. He signed a three-year, $42 million deal with the team before the 2020 season, but missed the entire year with a pectoral injury. He’s been bothered this season by a hamstring injury.

Higgins, the Bengals leading receiver in 2020, will miss his second game with a shoulder injury. Bates, a key player in the team’s retooled defense, didn’t miss any time in last week’s win over the Steelers, but is unable to play because of a neck injury.

Awuzie was injured during the Steelers game. Su’a-Filo was out last week, replaced by rookie Jackson Carman at right guard. Carman did not allow a sack or hit on quarterback Joe Burrow.

The Jaguars will be without kicker Josh Lambo and defensive tackle Roy Robertson-Harris.

Lambo missed two extra points in Sunday’s 31-19 loss to Arizona and has missed all three of his field-goal attempts in three games. Robertson-Harris also was out for Sunday’s game.

AP source: Jets S Maye sidelined 3-4 weeks with ankle injury

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets safety Marcus Maye will be sidelined three to four weeks with an ankle injury, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation.

The exact nature of the injury is uncertain, but it is believed Maye was hurt in the 26-0 loss at Denver on Sunday – although he played every snap on defense.

Maye was surprisingly listed on the Jets’ injury report Wednesday as having not practiced. The news came a few hours after coach Robert Saleh spoke to reporters, but didn’t mention Maye’s injury.

NFL Network first reported the timeline for Maye’s injury. The person confirmed it to the AP on condition of anonymity because the team hadn’t announced how long the safety will be sidelined.

Erik Burkhardt, Maye’s agent, curiously posted on Twitter the safety “Should be back fully healthy just before the trade deadline.” and added a handshake emoji.

Maye was given the franchise tag by the Jets during the offseason and the sides were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term extension. He expressed disappointment over not getting a new deal, sitting out voluntary practices in the spring before showing up for mandatory minicamp in June and then training camp in July.

Maye is playing this season on the franchise tag amount of $10.6 million, and the Jets could choose to use the tag on him again next offseason if they don’t reach agreement on an extension – although that could further strain the relationship between the sides. Or the Jets, who are off to an 0-3 start under Saleh, could try to trade Maye before the NFL’s trade deadline on Nov. 2.

“I’ll play where I’m welcome,” Maye said in late-July. “I was drafted here. I’d love to be here.”

Maye was a second-round pick out of Florida in 2017 and has established himself as one of the most consistent performers at his position. He also stepped into a leadership role last season after Jamal Adams was traded to Seattle and was selected the Jets’ MVP by his teammates.

Maye is second to C.J. Mosley in tackles with 23 along with a sack, a quarterback hit and one pass defensed.

The injury to Maye leaves the Jets without their two projected starters at safety as they prepare to face Tennessee at home Sunday. Lamarcus Joyner was lost for the season in the opener with an elbow injury that required surgery.

Adrian Colbert and Jarrod Wilson are the only other safeties on the active roster, although both Ashtyn Davis and Sharrod Neasman were cleared to return to practice Wednesday after stints on injured reserve. Davis has been recovering from a foot injury suffered late last season, while Neasman hurt a hamstring before the season opener. New York has three weeks to activate Davis and Neasman or they will revert to IR and be lost for the season.

Sheldrick Redwine, who played in the first two games, is also on the Jets’ practice squad.

The news on Maye added to what was already a tough day for injuries on the team. Wide receiver Jeff Smith has a concussion after he was in a car accident on his way to the team’s facility Wednesday morning. Smith is in the concussion protocol and appears unlikely to play Sunday against Tennessee.

WEEK 4 NFL CAPSULES

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-3) AT CINCINNATI BENGALS (2-1)

THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // PAUL BROWN STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Jaguars lead all-time series, 13-10

STREAKS: Jaguars have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 10/4/20: Jaguars 25 at Bengals 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/4/20

JAGS NOTES:

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) completed 22 of 34 passes (season-high 64.7 pct.) for 219 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs & rushed for season-high 27 yards last week. • RB JAMES ROBINSON led team with season-high 134 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 46 rec.) & had 1st rush TD of season last week. Had 107 scrimmage yards (75 rush, 32 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TD. Had 129 scrimmage yards (83 rec., 46 rush) in only career game on TNF (9/24/20 vs. Mia.). RB CARLOS HYDE rushed for 44 yards in Week 3. Rushed for TD in his last game on TNF (11/19/20 vs. Az. w/ Sea.). • WR MARVIN JONES had 6 catches for team-high 62 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4. Has 305 rec. yards (101.7 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 on road. WR DJ CHARK had TD catch in Week 3. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4. Had 8 catches for 95 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Had TD catch in only career game on TNF (9/19/19 vs. Ten.). WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had career-high 86 rec. yards in last meeting. • LB MYLES JACK led team with season-high 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with INT. DE/LB JOSH ALLEN has sack in 2 of 3 games this season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cin. with sack. Has 3 sacks in 2 career games on TNF. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Had PD in only career game vs. Cin. (9/8/19 w/ Sea.). S ANDREW WINGARD had 1st INT of season in Week 3. Had 9 tackles & PD in last meeting.

BENGALS NOTES:

QB JOE BURROW completed 14 of 18 passes (career-high 77.8 pct.) for 172 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 122.9 rating last week. Is 1 of 3 in AFC (DEREK CARR & PATRICK MAHOMES) with 2+ TD passes in 3 games this season. Passed for 300 yards & TD vs. INT for 92.4 rating in last meeting. Passed for 316 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs in only career game on TNF (9/17/20 vs. Cle.). • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 90 yards in Week 3. Aims for 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Had 181 scrimmage yards (151 rush, 30 rec.) & career-high 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 85+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER BOYD had 1st TD catch of season last week. Had 7 catches for 90 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC South with 75+ rec. yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with TD catch. Rookie WR JA’MARR CHASE had 4 catches for 65 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3. Is 3rd rookie in NFL history with TD catch of 25+ yards in 1st 3 career games. Is 1 of 4 in NFL with rec. TD in 3 games this season. WR TEE HIGGINS had 4 catches for 77 yards in last meeting. • S VONN BELL had PD & 1st FF of season last week. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. S JESSIE BATES had 8 tackles & TFL in Week 3. Had 2 PD & TFL in last meeting. LB LOGAN WILSON set career highs in tackles (14) & INTs (2) last week. Leads NFL with 3 INTs & aims for 3rd in row with INT. Aims for 4th in row with 7+ tackles. DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT B.J. HILL had sack last week & has sack in 2 of 3 games this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NFLN (8:20 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink (field reporters) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Golic SIRIUS: 81 (Jax.), 83 (Cin.) | XM: 226 (Jax.), 225 (Cin.) | SXM App: 814 (Jax.), 806 (Cin.)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (1-2) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Washington leads all-time series, 14-10-1

STREAKS: Falcons have won past 6

LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Falcons 38 at Washington 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/15: Falcons 25, Washington 19 (OT)

WASHINGTON NOTES:

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 212 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & had 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TD passes. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON had 104 scrimmage yards, incl. career-long 73-yard rec. TD, his 1st-career TD catch, last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has 8 TDs (7 rush, 1 rec.) in 8 career road games. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 5 receptions in his last game vs. Atl. (11/20/17 w/ Sea.). Since 2020, ranks 2nd among RBs with 87 catches. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 4 catches for 62 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. TE LOGAN THOMAS had 4 receptions for 42 yards & 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. Since 2020, ranks 4th among TEs with 84 receptions. • DE CHASE YOUNG has TFL in 2 of his past 3. Has 7 TFL & 4 sacks in 10 career road games. DE MONTEZ SWEAT has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. Has 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. DT JONATHAN ALLEN has sack in 2 of his past 3. LB COLE HOLCOMB led team with career-high 14 tackles & had TFL in Week 3, his 6th career game with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 10th in row on road with 6+ tackles. LB JON BOSTIC aims for his 7th in row on road with 6+ tackles. CB KENDALL FULLER had 10 tackles last week, his 2nd career game with 10+ tackles. Had PD in 2 of his past 3 on road. S KAMREN CURL had season-high 9 tackles in Week 3. Rookie CB BENJAMIN ST-JUSTE aims for his 3rd in row with PD.

FALCONS NOTES:

QB MATT RYAN passed for 243 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.2 rating last week. Has 2+ TD passes in 5 of his past 6 starts. Passed for 350 yards & 4 TDs vs. INT for 121.6 rating in last meeting. Has 275+ pass yards in 3 of his past 4 home starts vs. NFC East. • RB MIKE DAVIS aims for his 4th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in his last game vs. Was. (12/27/20 w/ Car.). RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 6 receptions for team-high 82 yards last week. Is 1 of 3 RBs (CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY & D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 150+ rec. yards (153) in 2021. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY led team with 8 receptions & had 61 rec. yards in Week 3. Has 5+ catches in 10 consecutive games, 3rdlongest active streak. Aims for his 12th in row at home with 5+ receptions. Had 6 catches for 71 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 3rd-career rec. TD in Week 3. WR RUSSELL GAGE has 50+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE KYLE PITTS leads all rookie TEs in receptions (11) & rec. yards (139). • LB DEION JONES had 13 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 10+ tackles. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN led team & tied his career high with 14 tackles last week. Aims for his 9th in row with 6+ tackles. DT GRADY JARRETT had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had sack in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Was. with TFL. LB DANTE FOWLER aims for his 3rd in row with sack & FF.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Was.), 83 (Atl.) | XM: 383 (Was.), 225 (Atl.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 801 (Atl.)

HOUSTON TEXANS (1-2) AT BUFFALO BILLS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Texans lead all-time series, 5-4

STREAKS: Texans have won 4 of past 5

LAST GAME: 10/14/18: Bills 13 at Texans 20

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/15: Bills 30, Texans 21

TEXANS NOTES:

QB DAVIS MILLS (rookie) completed 19 of 28 passes (67.9 pct.) for 168 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.5 rating last week in 1st NFL start. • RB MARK INGRAM has 210 scrimmage yards (105 per game) & 3 rush TDs in 2 career games vs. Buf. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his past 7 vs. AFC East. Leads all active RBs in rush yards (7,471) & rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON had 111 scrimmage yards (83 rush, 28 rec.) in only career game vs. Buf. (9/25/16 w/ Az.). Has 502 scrimmage yards (125.5 per game) & 6 rush TDs in 4 career games vs. AFC East. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 9 catches for 112 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Leads AFC with 322 rec. yards this season. WR ANTHONY MILLER had TD catch in Hou. debut last week. Had 5 catches for 49 yards in only career game vs. Buf. (11/4/18 w/ Chi.). • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had season-high 14 tackles in Week 3. Had 13 tackles in last meeting. Leads NFL with 191 tackles since 2020. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had season-high 10 tackles last week. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 7+ tackles. DE WHITNEY MERCILUS had sack last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had sack & FF in season debut last week. DT ROSS BLACKLOCK had 1st-career sack & FF in Week 3. CB VERNON HARGREAVES had 8 tackles & PD last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 5+ tackles. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. Buf. (10/22/17 w/ TB).

BILLS NOTES:

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 32 of 43 passes (74.4 pct.) for 358 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 129.8 rating & rushed for TD last week & became 4th player ever with 300+ pass yards, 4+ TD passes & rush TD in multiple career games. Has 2+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 at home. • RB ZACK MOSS had career-high 91 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 31 rec.) & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. RB DEVIN SINGLETARY has 80+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 6 catches for 62 yards in Week 3. Aims for his 9th in row with 60+ rec. yards. Since 2020, leads NFL in catches (146) & rec. yards (1,726). WR COLE BEASLEY led team with 11 catches & 98 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for 94 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3, all season highs. Had 6 catches in his last game vs. Hou. (11/4/18 w/ Den.). TE DAWSON KNOX aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • CB TRE’DAVIOUS WHITE had 1st FF of season last week. Had TFL in last meeting. S MICAH HYDE had 5 tackles, TFL & 1st INT of season in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Aims for 3rd in row at home with PD. S JORDAN POYER had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD. Had TFL & PD in last meeting. LB MATT MILANO had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & FR last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TFL & 3rd in row with FR. Had 2 TFL & PD in last meeting. DT STAR LOTULELEI had sack in Week 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Beth Mowins, Tiki Barber SIRIUS: 113 (Hou.), 81 (Buf.) | XM: 384 (Hou.), 226 (Buf.) | SXM App: 812 (Hou.), 803 (Buf.)

DETROIT LIONS (0-3) AT CHICAGO BEARS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 102-75-5

STREAKS: Bears have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 12/6/20: Lions 34 at Bears 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20

LIONS NOTES:

QB JARED GOFF had 93.3 rating in Week 3 & aims for his 4th start in row with 90+ rating. Passed for 220 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 108.1 rating in his last start vs. Chi. (10/26/20 w/ LAR). Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. NFC North with 2+ TD passes. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had 7 receptions, 107 scrimmage yards (60 rec., 47 rush) & 1st rush TD of season last week. Ranks 2nd among RBs in receptions (19) & 4th in scrimmage yards (289) this season. Has 5 rush TDs in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had 67 scrimmage yards (42 rush, 25 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season in Week 3. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. Had 7 catches for 84 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Chi. with 5+ receptions. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 on road vs. NFC North. Since 2020, ranks 3rd among TEs in receptions (85) & rec. yards (896). WR KALIF RAYMOND had career-high 6 receptions & 68 rec. yards last week. • DE ROMEO OKWARA had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. DE CHARLES HARRIS had sack last week & aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in only career game vs. Chi. (9/27/20 w/ Atl.). LB ALEX ANZALONE had 5th-career sack in Week 3. LB AUSTIN BRYANT had 1st-career sack last week. CB BOBBY PRICE had career-high 3 PD in Week 3. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had 4th-career INT last week.

BEARS NOTES:

QB ANDY DALTON has 610 pass yards (305 per game) & 4 TDs vs. INT for 104.9 rating in 2 career starts vs. Det. Rookie QB JUSTIN FIELDS has 138 pass yards & 46 rush yards with rush TD in 2021. QB NICK FOLES had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in only career start vs. Det. (12/8/13 w/ Phi.). • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY has 825 scrimmage yards (103.1 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 8 at home. Aims for his 6th in row at home with 75+ scrimmage yards. Had 111 scrimmage yards (72 rush, 39 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last meeting. Had 622 scrimmage yards (124.4 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 games vs. NFC North in 2020. Aims for his 5th in row vs. division with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches for 75 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Det. with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Has 6+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 at home vs. NFC North. TE COLE KMET had 5 catches for 37 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB KHALIL MACK had 2 sacks in Week 3. Is 1 of 5 with 15+ games (15) of 2+ sacks since 2014. Has 3 sacks, FF & FR in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 9 tackles last week. Has 64 tackles (10.7 per game) & 4 sacks in 6 career games vs. Det. LB ROBERT QUINN had 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. DL MARIO EDWARDS had 1st sack of season in Week 3. DB EDDIE JACKSON has 7 PD & 2 INTs in his past 6 vs. Det.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Gus Johnson, Aqib Talib, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Det.), 133 (Chi.) | XM: 386 (Det.), 228 (Chi.) | SXM App: 810 (Det.), 805 (Chi.)

CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-0) AT DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // AT&T STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 9-3

STREAKS: Panthers have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/9/18: Cowboys 8 at Panthers 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/26/15: Panthers 33, Cowboys 14

PANTHERS:

QB SAM DARNOLD passed for 304 yards with 95.7 rating & had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 4th in row with 95+ rating. Passed for 338 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 113.8 rating in only career start vs. Dal. (10/13/19 w/ NYJ). Has 861 pass yards (287 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 112.6 rating in 3 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 6 catches & 95 scrmimage yards (50 rush, 45 rec.) in last meeting. Rookie RB CHUBA HUBBARD had 79 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 27 rec.) last week. • WR DJ MOORE led team with 8 receptions & 126 rec. yards last week, his 10th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 75+ rec. yards & 7th in row with 5+ receptions. Since 2019, ranks 5th in NFL with 2,653 rec. yards. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 5 receptions for 125 yards, incl. career-long 92-yard TD catch, in his only career game vs. Dal. (10/13/19 w/ NYJ). Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. Aims for his 3rd in row on road vs. NFC East with TD catch. Rookie TE TOMMY TREMBLE had 1st-career rush TD last week & became youngest TE with rush TD in NFL history. • LB HAASON REDDICK aims for his 4th in row with 1.5+ sacks. Had 2 sacks in his last game at Dal. (10/19/20 w/ Az.). DE BRIAN BURNS has 6 sacks in his past 5 & aims for his 6th in row with sack. LB SHAQ THOMPSON had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. S JEREMY CHINN aims for his 9th in row on road with 5+ tackles.

COWBOYS NOTES:

QB DAK PRESCOTT completed 21 of 26 atts. (80.8 pct.) for 238 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 143.3 rating in Week 3. In his past 6 starts at home, has 1,871 pass yards (311.8 per game) & 17 TDs (14 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 117.3 rating. Has 100+ rating in 5 of his past 6 at home. • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 116 scrimmage yards (95 rush, 21 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in Week 3, his 11th-career game with 2 rush TDs. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (8,593) & games with 100+ scrimmage yards (45). Had 86 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 17 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB TONY POLLARD aims for his 3rd in row with 60+ rush yards. • WR AMARI COOPER aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC South with 100+ rec. yards. WR CEEDEE LAMB had 66 rec. yards last week. Has 60+ rec. yards in 8 of 9 career home games. Aims for his 4th in row with 60+ rec. yards. TE DALTON SCHULTZ led team in catches (6), rec. yards (80) & rec. TDs (2) last week, his 1stcareer game with 2 rec. TDs. Has 6+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • CB TREVON DIGGS had 3 PD & 59-yard INT-TD last week, his 6th-career INT & 1st-career TD. Is only player in NFL with INT in each of 1st 3 weeks & can become 1st player since 2019 (DEVIN MCCOURTY) with INT in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Rookie LB MICAH PARSONS aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. Rookie DT OSA ODIGHIZUWA had 1st-career sacks (1.5) last week. CB ANTHONY BROWN had 7th-career INT in Week 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Burkhardt, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 204 (Car.), 211 (Dal.) | XM: 387 (Car.), 229 (Dal.) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 808 (Dal.)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-3) AT MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // HARD ROCK STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 46-27

STREAKS: Colts have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 11/10/19: Dolphins 16 at Colts 12

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Colts 18, Dolphins 12

COLTS NOTES:

QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 194 yards with 0 INTs last week. Has 0 INTs in 2 of 3 games this season. Passed for 310 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 93.6 rating in only career game vs. Mia. (12/1/19 w/ Phi.). Has 6 TDs vs. INT in 4 career games vs. AFC East. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for season-high 64 yards last week. Aims for his 10th in row with 50+ rush yards. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 on road. RB NYHEIM HINES had 79 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 25 rush) & 5 catches last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. Ranks 3rd among RBs with 75 catches since 2020. RB MARLON MACK aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN led team with 6 catches for 68 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 6+ catches. WR ZACH PASCAL has rec. TD in 2 of 3 games this season. TE JACK DOYLE aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with TD catch. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • LB DARIUS LEONARD had 6 tackles, INT & FR in Week 3. Aims for his 14th in row with 5+ tackles. Had sack, FF & INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with sack. Since 2018, ties for lead among LBs with 8 INTs. LB BOBBY OKEREKE had 8 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. CB KENNY MOORE had 7 tackles, TFL & 1st INT of season in Week 3. Has TFL in 2 of past 3. Had TFL & FR in last meeting. CB ROCK YA-SIN had FF & FR last week. Had PD in last meeting. S JULIAN BLACKMON led team with career-high 11 tackles last week.

DOLPHINS NOTES:

QB JACOBY BRISSETT completed 32 of 49 passes (65.3 pct.) for 215 yards with 0 INTs & rushed for 37 yards & TD last week in 1st start of season. Had 6,059 pass yards & 42 TDs (31 pass, 11 rush) vs. 13 INTs in 46 games (30 starts) with Ind. (2017-20). • RB MYLES GASKIN rushed for season-high 65 yards last week. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6. RB MALCOLM BROWN rushed for 1st TD of season in Week 3. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Ind. (9/10/17 w/ LAR). • WR DEVANTE PARKER had 5 catches for 69 yards in last meeting. Has 65+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Ind. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with 5+ catches. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 58 rec. yards on team-high 12 catches last week, most catches by rookie WR in single game since 2014 (ODELL BECKHAM JR.). Leads all rookies with 22 catches this season. TE MIKE GESICKI had 10 catches for team-high 86 yards in Week 3. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD has 4 PD in his past 2. Had 2 INTs in only career game vs. Ind. (11/25/18). Has INT in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC South with INT. S BRANDON JONES had 6 tackles & career-high 2 sacks last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ tackles. LB ELANDON ROBERTS had FF & 85-yard INT-TD last week, his 1st-career TD. Had 6 tackles in only career game vs. Ind. (10/4/18 w/ NE). DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season in Week 3. DT ZACH SIELER had PD & led team with 9 tackles last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 77 (Ind.), 156 (Mia.) | XM: 388 (Ind.), 230 (Mia.) | SXM App: 813 (Ind.), 819 (Mia.)

CLEVELAND BROWNS (2-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Vikings lead all-time series, 11-4

STREAKS: Vikings have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 10/29/17 (London): Vikings 33 vs. Browns 16

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Browns 31, Vikings 27

BROWNS NOTES:

QB BAKER MAYFIELD completed 19 of 31 passes (61.3 pct.) for 246 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 97 rating & rushed for seasonhigh 31 yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 95+ rating. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB NICK CHUBB led team with 84 rush yards last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 80+ rush yards. Aims for his 6th in row on road with rush TD. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 262 rush yards in 2021. RB KAREEM HUNT led team with 155 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 74 rec.) & had rush TD last week, his 6th-career game with 150+ scrimmage yards. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rush TD. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC. • WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. had 5 catches for team-high 77 rec. yards last week in season debut. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 5+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. WR RASHARD HIGGINS has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 1st TD catch of season in Week 3. Had 9 catches for 77 yards in his last game vs. Min. (9/8/19 w/ Atl.). • DE MYLES GARRETT had franchise-record 4.5 sacks last week, his 11th-career game with 2+ sacks, tied 3rd-most in NFL since 2017. Aims for his 8th in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. Leads NFL with 5.5 sacks in 2021. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 1st 2 sacks of season in Week 3, his 6th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Has 6 TFL in 3 career games vs. Min. S RONNIE HARRISON had PD & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL.

VIKINGS NOTES:

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 323 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 128.4 rating in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 QBs (MATTHEW STAFFORD) with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating in each of 1st 3 games of season. Can join TOM BRADY (2010-11) as only QBs with 2+ TDs, 0 INTs & 100+ rating in 6 straight games. Has 90+ rating in 17 straight games, 2nd-longest streak in NFL history. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Cle. with 2+ TDs & 100+ rating. • RB DALVIN COOK has 1,031 scrimmage yards (171.8 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 6 at home. Has 100+ rush yards & 150+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5. Since 2019, is 1 of 2 RBs (DERRICK HENRY) with 30+ rush TDs (30). RB ALEXANDER MATTISON had career-high 171 scrimmage yards (112 rush, 59 rec.) last week. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 6 catches for 50 yards & rec. TD in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (COOPER KUPP) with rec. TD in each of 1st 3 games of season. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 8 at home & aims for his 5th in row at home with TD catch. Had 98 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for 118 yards & rec. TD last week, his 8th-career 100- yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5 at home. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had FF in last meeting. DE EVERSON GRIFFEN had 1st sack of season last week. Had sack in last meeting. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 11 tackles & 10th-career sack last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 10+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 148 (Cle.), 106 (Min.) | XM: 389 (Cle.), 231 (Min.) | SXM App: 807 (Cle.), 820 (Min.)

NEW YORK GIANTS (0-3) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: BRAD ROGERS

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 16-14

STREAKS: Saints have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 9/30/18: Saints 33 at Giants 18

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/1/15: Saints 52, Giants 49

GIANTS NOTES:

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 266 yards & had 90.9 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 90+ rating. Has rush TD in 2 of his 3 games this season. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had 6 catches, 94 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 43 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 3. Had 6 catches, 100 scrimmage yards (56 rec., 44 rush) & rush TD in last meeting. Has 606 scrimmage yards (101 per game) & 8 TDs (5 rush, 3 rec.) in 6 career games vs. NFC South. • WR KENNY GOLLADAY had 4 receptions for 64 yards last week. Had 62 rec. yards & TD catch in his only career game vs. NO (10/4/20 w/ Det.). Has 60+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC South. WR STERLING SHEPARDhas 6+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ receptions & 75+ rec. yards. Has 18 receptions for 194 yards (97 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career games vs. NO. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NO with 8+ catches & 75+ rec. yards. TE EVAN ENGRAM has 5+ receptions in 4 of his past 5 on road. WR COLLIN JOHNSON had career-high 5 catches last week. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with 11 tackles last week, his 3rdcareer game with 10+ tackles. DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 1st sack of season in Week 3. Had INT in only career game vs. NO (12/17/17 w/ NYJ). Rookie LB AZEEZ OJULARI had sack & 1st-career FF last week. Can become 3rd rookie since 1982 [SANTANA DOTSON (1992) & TERRELL SUGGS (2003)] with sack in each of 1st 4 career games.

SAINTS NOTES:

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.8 rating in Week 3. Has 1,158 pass yards (289.5 per game) & 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 104.4 rating in 4 career starts vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. QB TAYSOM HILL had 1st rush TD of season in Week 3, his 12th-career rush TD. • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 118 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 29 rec.) & TD catch last week. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in NFL with 60 scrimmage TDs (43 rush, 17 rec.) & 6,403 scrimmage yards. Had 181 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 47 rec.) & 3 rush TDs in last meeting. Has 12 TDs (9 rush, 3 rec.) in his past 6 when NO is home team. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY had 41 rec. yards & 1st career rec. TD in Week 3. WR KENNY STILLS had TD catch in only career game vs. NYG (12/14/15 w/ Mia.). • S MALCOLM JENKINS had 7 tackles, 2 PD & 34-yard INT-TD in Week 3, his 8th-career defensive TD. Has 4 PD, 3 FF, 2 TFL & INT in his past 3 vs. NYG. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with FF. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE had team-high 10 tackles & 11thcareer INT in Week 3, his 3rd-career game with 10+ tackles. Had FR in last meeting. Aims for his 9th in row with PD. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 2 TFL & 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & PD. Had 11 tackles & 2 sacks in last meeting. DE CAMERON JORDAN has 4 TFL in his past 3 vs. NYG & aims for his 4th in row vs. NYG with TFL.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Sara Walsh (field reporter) SIRIUS: 147 (NYG), 94 (NO) | XM: 390 (NYG), 232 (NO) | SXM App: 823 (NYG), 822 (NO)

TENNESSEE TITANS (2-1) AT NEW YORK JETS (0-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Titans lead all-time series, 24-19-1

STREAKS: Jets have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Jets 22 at Titans 26

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/13/15: Jets 30, Titans 8

TITANS NOTES:

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 18 of 27 passes (66.7 pct.) for 197 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & tied career-high with 56 rush yards last week. Has 90+ rating in 3 of his past 4. Has 6 TDs vs. INT in his past 3 vs. NYJ. Has 3 TD passes in 3 of past 4 at home. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 144 scrimmage yards (113 rush, 31 rec.) last week, his 22nd-career game with 100+ rush yards, 2ndmost in NFL since 2016. Has 140+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4 & aims for 8th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards. Has 215+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had rush TD in last meeting. Leads NFL with 353 rush yards & ties for lead with 3 rush TDs in 2021. RB JEREMY MCNICHOLS had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • WR JULIO JONES had 74 rec. yards in his last game vs. NYJ (10/29/17 w/ Atl.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with 70+ rec. yards. WR CHESTER ROGERS had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. Had 4 catches for 55 yards & TD in his last game vs. NYJ (10/14/18 w/ Ind.). WR NICK WESTBROOK-IKHINE had 4 catches for 53 yards & 1st-career TD last week. • S KEVIN BYARD had 5 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles in last meeting. CB JANORIS JENKINS aims for 3rd in row with PD. Has 3 PD in his past 2 vs. AFC East. Ranks 6th among active players with 26 INTs. LB OLA ADENIYI had career-high 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB DAVID LONG tied for team lead with 8 tackles & had TFL last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4.

JETS NOTES:

QB ZACH WILSON (rookie) completed 19 of 35 passes (54.3 pct.) for 160 yards last week. Has 200+ pass yards in 2 of 3 games this season. • RB TY JOHNSON has 50+ rush yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. RB MICHAEL CARTER ranks 4th among rookie RBs in scrimmage yards (137) & rush yards (89) this season. • WR COREY DAVIS led team with 5 catches for 41 yards last week. Has 5 catches in 2 of 3 games this season. Had 207 catches for 2,851 rec. yards & 11 rec. TDs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Ten. WR JAMISON CROWDER had 5 catches for 78 yards in only career game vs. Ten. (12/22/18 w/ Was.). WR BRAXTON BERRIOS has 5+ catches in 2 of 3 games this season. WR KEELAN COLE had 7 catches for 67 yards & TD in his last game vs. Ten. (12/13/20 w/ Jax.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with 6+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • S MARCUS MAYE had season-high 9 tackles last week. Has 8+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. Has 5 PD in his past 4 at home. CB BRANDIN ECHOLS had 5 tackles & PD in Week 3. Has 5 tackles in 2 of 3 games this season. LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 10 tackles in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. Has 17 tackles (5.7 per game) in 3 career games vs. Ten. LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had 6 tackles, 2 TFL & 2nd-career FF last week. Had 6 tackles & TFL in his last game vs. Ten. (11/24/19 w/ Jax.). DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS led team with 1.5 sacks last week, his 3rdcareer game with 1.5+ sacks. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 121 (Ten.), 99 (NYJ) | XM: 391 (Ten.), 233 (NYJ) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 824 (NYJ)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (1-2) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 1:00 PM ET // LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Series tied, 4-4

STREAKS: Chiefs have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/17/17: Eagles 20 at Chiefs 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/19/13: Chiefs 26, Eagles 16

CHIEFS NOTES:

QB PATRICK MAHOMES passed for 260 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed for season-high 45 yards last week. Is only QB in NFL with 3+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 weeks & can become 4th QB ever with 3+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Has 15,092 pass yards in 49 career games & became fastest player ever to reach 15,000 career pass yards. • RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE rushed for season-high 100 yards & had TD catch last week, his 3rd-career game with 100+ rush yards. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led team with 7 catches for 104 yards in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 6 of his past 7. Had 8 catches for 103 yards & TD in last meeting. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. Leads TEs with 289 rec. yards & ties for lead with 20 catches. WR TYREEK HILL had 5 catches for 56 yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 11 of his past 12. Has rec. TD in 5 of his past 6 on road. WR MECOLE HARDMAN had 1st TD catch of season in Week 3. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 vs. Phi. S DANIEL SORENSEN tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had PD last week. Had 6 tackles in last meeting. LB NICK BOLTON tied for team lead with 7 tackles last week & leads all rookies with 23 tackles in 2021. DT CHRIS JONES has TFL in 2 of 3 games this season. Had career-high 3 sacks with 2 FFs in last meeting. DE MICHAEL DANNA had 1st sack of season in Week 3.

EAGLES NOTES:

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 86.1 rating & had 35 rush yards last week. Aims for his 8th start in row with 30+ rush yards. Aims for his 3rd home start in row with rush TD. • RB MILES SANDERS had 55 scrimmage yards (28 rec., 27 rush) last week. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 7 at home. Since 2019, is 1 of 4 RBs (NICK CHUBB, DERRICK HENRY & AARON JONES) with 4.9+ yards per rush attempt (min. 300 atts.). • TE ZACH ERTZ had 4 catches for 53 yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. Had 5 receptions for 97 yards in last meeting. Since 2013, ranks 2nd among TEs in receptions (568) & rec. yards (6,171). TE DALLAS GOEDERT had team-high 66 rec. yards last week. WR JALEN REAGOR had 5 catches for 53 yards in Week 3. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3. WR DEVONTA SMITH is 1 of 3 NFC rookie WRs (TERRACE MARSHALL & RONDALE MOORE) with 10+ catches (11) in 2021. • DT FLETCHER COX had FR-TD in Week 3, his 3rd-career FR-TD. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with sack. DT JAVON HARGRAVE had 2 sacks & FF last week. Is only player in 2021 with 2+ sacks in 2 of 1st 3 games. CB DARIUS SLAY had TFL last week. Had 2 PD in only career game vs. KC (11/1/15 w/ Det.). Ranks 4th among active players with 111 career PD. S ANTHONY HARRIS had team-high 14 tackles in Week 3 & aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB ALEX SINGLETON aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (KC), 82 (Phi.) | XM: 385 (KC), 227 (Phi.) | SXM App: 815 (KC), 825 (Phi.)

ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-0) LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-0)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 44-38-2

STREAKS: Rams have won past 8

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Cardinals 7 at Rams 18

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21

CARDS NOTES:

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 316 yards & had rush TD last week. Has rush TD in each of 1st 3 weeks for 2nd-consecutive season & can become 1st QB ever with rush TD in each of his team’s 1st 4 games of season. Has 2+ TD passes in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. LAR. Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ comp. pct. • RB CHASE EDMONDS tied his career high with 7 receptions & had 75 scrimmage yards (49 rec., 26 rush) in Week 3. Is 1 of 2 NFC RBs (D’ANDRE SWIFT) with 75+ scrimmage yards in each of 1st 3 games of season. RB JAMES CONNER had 1st 2 rush TDs of season last week, his 6th-career game with 2 rush TDs. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS has 5+ catches in 6 of his past 7 vs. NFC West. WR A.J. GREEN had 5 receptions for team-high 112 yards last week. Has 34 games with 100+ rec. yards since 2011, tied-4th most in NFL. Had 2 rec. TDs in his last game vs. Rams (11/29/15 w/ Cin.). WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 7 catches for 104 yards in Week 3, his 4th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in his past 6 on road vs. NFC West. DE J.J. WATT has TFL in 2 of 3 games in 2021. LB MARKUS GOLDEN aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Had sack in last meeting. LB JORDAN HICKS led team with 12 tackles & had sack & 4th-career FF last week. Had INT in last meeting. S BUDDA BAKER has 10+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. LAR. CB BYRON MURPHY had 2 INTs, incl. 1st-career INT-TD, in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 2+ PD.

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 343 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 134 rating in Week 3, his 51st-career game with 300+ pass yards. Is 1 of 2 QBs (DEREK CARR) with 275+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in each of 1st 3 weeks. Ranks 2nd in rating (129.8) & tied-2nd in TD passes (9) in 2021. Aims for his 3rd start in row vs. Az. with 2+ TDs, 0 INTs & 110+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had rush TD in his last game vs. Az. (12/6/20). Aims for his 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. RB SONY MICHEL had 79 scrimmage yards (67 rush, 12 rec.) in Week 3. • WR COOPER KUPP had team-high 9 receptions for 96 yards & 2 TDs last week. Leads NFL in rec. yards (367) & rec. TDs (5). & ties-1st in receptions (25). Is 1 of 2 NFC WRs (ADAM THIELEN) with rec. TD in each of 1st 3 weeks. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Az. & 8th in row overall with 5+ catches. WR ROBERT WOODS has 5+ catches in 7 of 8 career games vs. Az. WR DESEAN JACKSON had 38th-career game with 100+ rec. yards (120) last week. Became 5th player in SB era with 10 career TDs of 75+ yards. TE TYLER HIGBEE had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. • DL AARON DONALD aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack & 10th in row overall with TFL. Has 12 sacks & 18 TFL in 14 career games vs. Az. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (87.5) & TFL (134). LB LEONARD FLOYD had sack & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 8 tackles last week. Had 4 PD in last meeting.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jennifer Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 85 (Az.), 83 (LAR) | XM: 383 (Az.), 225 (LAR) | SXM App: 800 (Az.), 818 (LAR)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-1) AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // LEVI’S STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 27-17

STREAKS: 49ers have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Seahawks 26 at 49ers 23 (Arizona)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/11/19: Seahawks 27, 49ers 24 (OT)

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON passed for 298 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 111.2 rating in Week 3. Leads NFL with 133.6 rating in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with 110+ rating. Has 33 TDs (32 pass, 1 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 99.4 rating in 18 career starts vs. SF. Has 2+ TD passes in 6 of his past 7 vs. SF. • RB CHRIS CARSON rushed for 80 yards & TD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 540 scrimmage yards (108 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 5 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 6th in row vs. SF with 80+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 4 catches last week. Had 12 catches for 90 yards & 2 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road vs. division with 5+ catches. WR DK METCALF had 6 catches for 107 yards & rec. TD in Week 3, his 7th-career 100- yard game. Has 27 receptions for 333 yards (83.3 per game) & 3 TDs in 4 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. TE GERALD EVERETT had season-high 5 catches for 54 yards in Week 3. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 11 tackles in Week 3. Leads NFL with 44 tackles in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row with 10+ tackles. Has 153 tackles (8.5 per game), 12 PD & 6 sacks in 18 career games vs. SF. Aims for his 19th in row vs. SF with 5+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS led team & tied his career high with 12 tackles last week. Has 6.5 sacks & 9 TFL in 8 road games with Sea. DE DARRELL TAYLOR had 2nd-career sack & 1st-career FF last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack.

49ERS NOTES:

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO passed for 257 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 87.2 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start at home vs. division with 2+ TD passes vs. 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Rookie QB TREY LANCE had 1st-career rush TD last week. • FB KYLE JUSZCZYK had 4 catches, 51 scrimmage yards (37 rec., 14 rush) & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 when SF is home team. Rookie RB TREY SERMON had his 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. • TE GEORGE KITTLE led team with 7 catches & 92 rec. yards last week. Had 7 receptions for 68 yards in last meeting. Is 1 of 3 NFC TEs (ROB GRONKOWSKI & T.J. HOCKENSON) with 15+ receptions (15) in 2021. WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 5 receptions for 52 yards in Week 3. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 334 rec. yards. Has 5+ receptions in 7 of his past 8. Has 247 scrimmage yards (123.5 per game) & rush TD in 2 career games vs. Sea. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. WR BRANDON AIYUK had 1st rec. TD of season last week. Had 8 receptions for 91 yards & TD catch in only career game vs. Sea. (11/1/20). • DL NICK BOSA is 1 of 2 in NFC (CHANDLER JONES) with 3+ sacks (3) & 5+ TFL (5) in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. LB FRED WARNER aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 3 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 4 vs. Sea. Aims for 3rd in row when SF is home team vs. Sea. with 10+ tackles & sack. DL ARIK ARMSTEAD had 1st sack of season last week. CB JOSH NORMAN had FF last week. Ranks 2nd among active DBs with 14 FFs.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:05 PM ET): Adam Amin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 135 (Sea.), 133 (SF) | XM: 386 (Sea.), 228 (SF) | SXM App: 828 (Sea.), 827 (SF)

BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-0)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Series tied, 6-6

STREAKS: Broncos have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 9/23/18: Broncos 14 at Ravens 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/15: Broncos 19, Ravens 13

RAVENS NOTES:

QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for season-high 287 yards & TD vs. INT & rushed for 58 yards last week. Aims for his 6th in row with 50+ rush yards. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC West with 80+ rush yards. Leads QBs with 251 rush yards this season. • RB LATAVIUS MURRAY has rush TD in 2 of 3 games in 2021. Rushed for 124 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Den. (11/29/20 w/ NO). Has 125+ scrimmage yards & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his past 3 vs. Den. Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC West with TD. RB TY’SON WILLIAMS has 90+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 games this season. RB DEVONTA FREEMAN had 123 scrimmage yards (88 rush, 35 rec.) in only career game vs. Den. (10/9/16 w/ Atl.). • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 5 catches for 109 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 59 rec. yards in last meeting. WR MARQUISE BROWN aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC West with TD catch. WR DEVIN DUVERNAY had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • S CHUCK CLARK led team with season-high 12 tackles & had 1st sack of season last week. CB TAVON YOUNG had 1st sack of season in Week 3. DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had season-high 2 TFL last week. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. Den. LB PATRICK QUEEN aims for his 4th in row with 6+ tackles. Has TFL in 2 of past 3 on road. • K JUSTIN TUCKER converted game-winning 66-yard FG as time expired last week, longest FG in NFL history.

BRONCOS NOTES:

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 19 of 25 passes (76 pct.) for 235 yards with 0 INTs for 104.6 rating last week. Is only QB in NFL with 75+ comp. pct. in each of 1st 3 weeks ofseason & can become 2nd QB ever (TOM BRADY in 2007) with 75+ comp. pct. in each of team’s 1st 4 games. Aims for 4th in row with 100+ rating & 0 INTs. Leads qualified passers with 76.8 comp. pct. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 82 scrimmage yards (61 rush, 21 rec.) & rush TD last week. Aims for 4th in row at home with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had rush TD in only career game vs. Bal. (12/22/18 w/ LAC). Has TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC West. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had 62 scrimmage yards (33 rec., 29 rush) & 1st-career rush TD in Week 3. Ranks 2nd amoing rookie RBs with 177 scrimmage yards & 138 rush yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with 50+ rec. yards. WR TIM PATRICK had 5 catches for team-high 98 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with rec. TD. TE NOAH FANT has 6 catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB VON MILLER is only player in AFC with sack in each of 1st 3 weeks of season. Has TFL in 2 of 3 career games vs. Bal. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. LB A.J. JOHNSON led team with career-high 2 sacks & had PD last week. S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 1st INT of 2021 in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT. Rookie S CADEN STERNS had 1st-career INT last week. Rookie CB PAT SURTAIN II aims for 3rd in row with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Amanda Balionis (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Bal.), 81 (Den.) | XM: 384 (Bal.), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 802 (Bal.), 809 (Den.)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2) AT GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1)

SUNDAY, OCT. 3, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // LAMBEAU FIELD // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 18-16

STREAKS: Steelers have won past 5

LAST GAME: 11/26/17: Packers 28 at Steelers 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/22/13: Steelers 38, Packers 31

STEELERS NOTES:

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER passed for season-high 318 yards & TD vs. 2 INTs last week. Has 1,021 pass yards (340.3 per game) & 10 TDs (9 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.2 rating in 3 career games vs. GB. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC North with 315+ pass yards. Has 399 career TD passes & can become 8th QB ever with 400+ TD passes. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had season-high 142 scrimmage yards (102 rec., 40 rush) & 14 catches last week, tied for most catches ever by rookie RB in single game. Aims for 3rd in row with 80+ scrimmage yards & 5+ catches. Leads all rookies with 272 scrimmage yards & leads all RBs with 20 catches in 2021. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 6+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL led team with career-high 9 catches for 96 yards last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 70+ rec. yards. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 1st-career TD catch in Week 3. • LB T.J. WATT aims for his 5th in row with sack & 4th in row with FF. Had sack & PD in last meeting. S TERRELL EDMUNDS had TFL & 1st INT of season last week. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 on road. LB JOE SCHOBERT aims for his 15th in row with 5+ tackles. Has 19 tackles (9.5 per game) in 2 career games vs. GB. LB MELVIN INGRAM has TFL in 2 of 3 games this season. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK had PD in only career game vs. GB (11/11/18 w/ Mia.). Has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC North.

PACKERS NOTES:

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 261 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 113.3 rating last week. Ranks 7th all-time with 418 TD passes & can surpass PHILIP RIVERS (421) & HOFer DAN MARINO (420) for 5th-most TD passes ever. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 at home. Passed for 383 yards & had 4 TDs (3 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 101.3 rating in only career start vs. Pit. (12/20/09). • RB AARON JONES had 96 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 14 rec.) & rush TD last week. Ties for NFL lead with 5 TDs in 2021. Has 29 TDs (23 rush, 6 rec.) in 27 career home games. Is 1 of 3 RBs (DALVIN COOK & DERRICK HENRY) with 30+ TDs (35) since 2019. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 90+ scrimmage yards. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 12 receptions for 132 yards & 1st rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rec. yards. Leads NFL with 59 rec. TDs since 2016. Had 5 catches for 82 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Has 10 rec. TDs in his past 7 at home. WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had 59 rec. yards & 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. TE ROBERT TONYAN has rec. TD in 4 of his past 5 at home. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 11 tackles & had 2ndcareer FR in Week 3. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. LB PRESTON SMITH had 1st sack of season last week. CB JAIRE ALEXANDER had 3 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 3, his 5thcareer INT. Has 6 PD in his past 4 at home. S DARNELL SAVAGE has 4 INTs & 9 PD in his past 6 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Pit.), 82 (GB) | XM: 385 (Pit.), 227 (GB) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 811 (GB)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2-1) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (1-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 4, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // GILLETTE STADIUM // REFEREE: BILL VINOVICH

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 7-2

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 4

LAST GAME: 10/5/17: Patriots 19 at Buccaneers 14

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Patriots 23, Buccaneers 3

BUCS NOTES:

QB TOM BRADY passed for 432 yards & had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) in Week 3. Has 80,291 pass yards & can surpass DREW BREES (80,358) for most in NFL history. Spent 20 seasons (2000-19) with NE & is franchise’s all-time leader in wins (219), pass yards (74,571), pass TDs (541) & completions (6,377), all the most by any QB with one team ever. Led NE to 6 Super Bowl titles & 17 division titles & was 3x NFL MVP & 4x Super Bowl MVP with Patriots. Totaled 1,025 completions, 11,388 pass yards, 73 TD passes & 30 wins in 41 postseason games with NE. • RB GIOVANI BERNARD tied his career-high with 9 catches & had 12th-career rec. TD in Week 3. • TE ROB GRONKOWSKI spent 9 seasons (2010-18) with NE & had 521 receptions for 7,861 yards & 79 TDs, the most rec. TDs in franchise history. Had 81 receptions for 1,163 rec. yards & 12 TDs in 16 postseason games with NE. Has 8,668 rec. yards & can surpass GREG OLSEN (8,683) for 5th-most rec. yards by TE in NFL history. WR MIKE EVANS had 8 catches for 106 yards in Week 3, his 29th-career 100-yard game. Since 2014, ranks tied2nd in rec. TDs (63) & 3rd in rec. yards (8,471). WR CHRIS GODWIN had 6 receptions for 74 yards & 1st-career rush TD last week. Has TD in 6 consecutive games, longest active streak in NFL. • LB LAVONTE DAVID aims for his 17th in row with 5+ tackles. LB DEVIN WHITE aims for his 14th in row with 6+ tackles. Has 8 sacks & 9 TFL in his past 6 on road. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT has 6 TFL in his past 6.

PATS NOTES:

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed season-high 30 of 51 passes (58.8 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. 3 INTs & rushed for season high 28 yards last week. Leads all qualified rookies in pass yard (737), completions (81) & comp. pct. (67.5). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5. Rushed for 121 yards in only career game on SNF (11/15/20 vs. Bal.). RB BRANDON BOLDEN had 100 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 49 rec.) in last home meeting. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS had season-high 9 catches for 94 yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE set season highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (team-high 96) & had 1st rec. TD of season in Week 3. WR NELSON AGHOLOR aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with 5+ catches, 85+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. TE HUNTER HENRY had season-high 5 catches last week. TE JONNU SMITH had 6 catches for 78 yards & TD in only career game vs. TB (10/27/19 w/ Ten.). • DB J.C. JACKSON had season-high 5 tackles in Week 3. Has PD in 2 of 3 games this season. Has 11 INTs since 2020, tied-most in NFL. DB DEVIN MCCOURTY had 11 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on SNF with PD. LB MATT JUDON had season high 2.5 sacks last week, his 7th-career game with 2+ sacks. Aims for 3rd in row with sack. LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with 7 tackles & had PD in Week 3. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ tackles & PD. LB JOSH UCHE aims for his 3rd in row with sack.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Ryan Radtke, Tony Boselli SIRIUS: 81 (TB), 83 (NE) | XM: 226 (TB), 225 (NE) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 817 (NE)

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-0) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2-1)

MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Raiders lead all-time series, 65-55-2

STREAKS: Raiders have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 12/17/20: Chargers 30 at Raiders 27 (OT)

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/8/20: Raiders 31, Chargers 26

RAIDERS NOTES:

QB DEREK CARR completed 26 of 43 passes (60.5 pct.) for 386 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.7 rating last week. Can become 1st player ever with 375+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in each of team’s 1st 4 games of season. Aims for his 6th in row vs. LAC with 0 INTs. Leads NFL with 1,203 pass yards, 4th most in NFL history through team’s 1st 3 games of season. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 114 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 38 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. LAC with rush TD. Has 2 rush TDs in 2 of 3 career games on MNF. RB PEYTON BARBER led team with 142 scrimmage yards (careerhigh 111 rush, 31 rec.) & had rush TD last week. RB KENYAN DRAKE aims for his 6th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • TE DARREN WALLER aims for his 9th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 9 catches for 150 yards & TD in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. LAC with TD catch. WR HUNTER RENFROW had 5 catches for 77 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. WR BRYAN EDWARDS led team with 89 rec. yards in Week 3. • DE MAXX CROSBY has TFL in 4 of his past 5. Had sack in last road meeting. DT SOLOMON THOMAS had 0.5 sacks & 1st-career FF last week. LB DENZEL PERRYMAN is 1 of 3 in NFL (ERIC KENDRICKS & BOBBY WAGNER) with 10+ tackles in 3 games this season. LB CORY LITTLETON had 10 tackles & PD in Week 3. Has 9+ tackles in 4 of his past 5.

CHARGERS NOTES:

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 26 of 38 passes (68.4 pct.) for 281 yards & season-high 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for season-high 125 rating last week, his 2nd-career game with 4+ TD passes. Is 5th player in SB era with 5 games with 3+ TD passes & 0 INTs in 1st 2 seasons. Has 300+ pass yards in 3 of past 4. Had 640 pass yards (320 per game) & 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 112.4 rating in 2 games vs. LV last season. • RB AUSTIN EKELER had 107 scrimmage yards (55 rush, 52 rec.) & 1st TD catch of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 6+ catches. • WR KEENAN ALLEN had team-high 8 catches for 50 yards & 1st TD of season last week. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 9 of his past 10 vs. Raiders. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with rec. TD. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 7 catches for season-high 122 yards & 2 TDs in Week 3. Aims for his 5th in row with 6+ catches, 80+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 75+ rec. yards. • DE JOEY BOSA had 0.5 sacks last week. Has 8 TFL & 6 sacks in 7 career games vs. Raiders. Has sack in 2 of 3 career games on MNF. LB KYZIR WHITE had season-high 8 tackles & 1st sack of season in Week 3. Aims for 4th in row with 5+ tackles. Had PD in last home meeting. Rookie CB ASANTE SAMUEL JR. aims for 3rd in row with INT. Leads rookies with 2 INTs this season. CB TEVAUGHN CAMPBELL had 2 PD & 2 FFs in Week 3. S ALOHI GILMAN had 1st-career INT last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (LV), 83 (LAC) | XM: 226 (LV), 225 (LAC) | SXM App: 816 (LV), 817 (LAC)

NFL NEWS: DRAMATIC ENDINGS, RESURGENT TEAMS & YOUNG QUARTERBACKS: GET READY FOR MORE IN WEEK 4

Like a poem written by Steve Sabol and narrated by John Facenda, complete with a score composed by Sam Spence, the 2021 NFL season somehow continues to get better as it rolls along.

Week 3 featured five games decided in the final minute of regulation or overtime. One of those contests ended with the longest field goal in NFL history, JUSTIN TUCKER’s 66-yarder to lift Baltimore. Eleven of 16 games in Week 3 were within one score (eight points) in the final quarter.

What’s in store for Week 4? Take a deep breath.

For starters, this week features a clash of undefeated NFC West rivals in Los Angeles, and TOM BRADY and ROB GRONKOWSKI returning to New England, where Brady needs 68 passing yards to break the NFL’s career record. ANDY REID returns to Philadelphia with an opportunity to become the first coach in NFL annals to win 100 games with one franchise and 100 with another.

If that’s not enough, how about a pair of resurgent division leaders, the CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-0) and DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1), at AT&T Stadium, or two of the most prolific passers in league history, BEN ROETHLISBERGER and AARON RODGERS, at Lambeau Field?

The week begins Thursday night with a primetime matchup of the last two No. 1 overall selections in the NFL Draft, JOE BURROW and TREVOR LAWRENCE, and it ends on Monday night when the head-turning LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2-1) host the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-0), off to their best start in 19 years.

Intermission is over, so get to your seats. Dim the house lights and cue the orchestra. Here comes Week 4.

LATE-GAME DRAMA: Through Week 3, NFL teams have scored the winning points in the final minute of the fourth quarter or in overtime on 11 occasions. Just one other year has produced more such games at this point of a season.

The seasons with the most games in which the winning points were scored in the final minute of the fourth quarter or in overtime through three weeks:

SEASONGAMES
201312
202111
201211
200311
199711

WORKING OVERTIME: For the first time since 2018, at least one NFL game has gone to overtime in each of the season’s first three weeks. The league has had overtime games in each of the first four weeks of a season on only four occasions: 2018, 2002, 1983 and 1979.

WILD, WILD NFC WEST: Five teams, including four that missed the playoffs last year (Arizona, Carolina, Denver and Las Vegas) are 3-0. Two of the undefeated teams are NFC West rivals that will meet at SoFi Stadium, where the ARIZONA CARDINALS (3-0) travel to clash with the LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-0) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, FOX). Arizona is tied for the league lead with 34.3 points per game, while the Rams rank third with 31.7.

  • With a rushing touchdown on Sunday, Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY would become the first quarterback in NFL history to run for a touchdown in each of his team’s first four games of a season. Murray has rushed for a touchdown in each of his team’s first three games for the second season in a row. The only other quarterbacks with a rushing touchdown in each of their team’s first three games of a season since 1970 are Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRY BRADSHAW (1972) and CHARLIE FRYE (2006).
  • Murray, who passed for 316 yards in last week’s win at Jacksonville, aims to lead the Cardinals to their best start in nine years, when they opened 4-0 in 2012. The last time Arizona began 3-0 was 2015, when the Cardinals advanced to the NFC Championship Game.
  • The Rams’ COOPER KUPP leads the NFL in both receiving yards (367) and touchdown catches (five). He’s also tied for the league lead with 25 receptions.
  • Last week, Rams wide receiver DESEAN JACKSON recorded a 75-yard touchdown reception in the team’s win over Tampa Bay. He became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to register 10 career touchdowns of at least 75 yards, joining DEVIN HESTER (14 touchdowns), DANTE HALL (11), JOSH CRIBBS (10) and TYREEK HILL (10).
  • Rams quarterback MATTHEW STAFFORD has established a blistering pace through his first three games with the Rams, ranking second in the league with a 129.8 passer rating and tied for second with nine touchdown passes. He’s only the sixth player since 1950 to throw nine-or-more touchdown passes in his first three starts with a team. If he throws for three more touchdowns on Sunday against the Cardinals, he would join elite company.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first four starts with a franchise since 1950:

PLAYERTEAMYEAR(S)TD PASSES
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams199914
Patrick MahomesKansas City2017-1813
Brett FavreHOFN.Y. Jets200812
Mark RypienWashington198812
    
Matthew StaffordL.A. Rams20219*
*Entering Week 4

REUNION GAMES: Three notable individuals come back to their former NFL homes this week. Chiefs head coach ANDY REID makes a return to Philadelphia, where the Eagles (1-2) host Kansas City (1-2) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Meanwhile, Tampa Bay (2-1) is at New England (1-2), where the Buccaneers’ tandem of TOM BRADY and ROB GRONKOWSKI make a return to Foxboro on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC).

  • For Reid, head coach of the Eagles from 1999-2012, it’s a second return trip, following his first game at Lincoln Financial Field with the Chiefs in 2013. Reid has won each of his two games against the Eagles, including a 2017 victory at Arrowhead Stadium. This week, Reid can become the first head coach in NFL history to win 100 games, including the postseason, with multiple franchises. He’s 99-45-0 in nine years with the Chiefs and was 140-102-1 in 14 years with the Eagles, including the postseason. Overall, Reid’s 239 career victories rank fifth all-time.
  • Reid is also one of just seven coaches to take multiple teams to the Super Bowl.

The seven head coaches to lead multiple franchises to Super Bowl appearances:

HEAD COACHTEAM, SUPER BOWL SEASON(S)TEAM, SUPER BOWL SEASON(S)
Don ShulaHOFBaltimore Colts, 1968Miami Dolphins, 1971-73, 1982, 1984
Bill ParcellsHOFNew York Giants, 1986, 1990New England Patriots, 1996
Dan ReevesDenver Broncos, 1986-87, 1989Atlanta Falcons, 1998
Dick VermeilPhiladelphia Eagles, 1980St. Louis Rams, 1999
Mike HolmgrenGreen Bay Packers, 1996-97Seattle Seahawks, 2005
John FoxCarolina Panthers, 2003Denver Broncos, 2013
Andy ReidPhiladelphia Eagles, 2004Kansas City Chiefs, 2019-20

For Brady, selected by the Patriots in the sixth round (199th overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft, his first return trip to New England figures to be historic. Brady, who enters the week with 80,291 career passing yards, needs just 68 more to break the NFL’s career record, held by DREW BREES (80,358).

The players with the most career passing yards in NFL history:

PLAYERTEAM(S)SEASONSPASSING YARDS
Drew BreesSan Diego Chargers, New Orleans2001-2080,358
Tom Brady*New England, Tampa Bay2000-2180,291
Peyton ManningHOFIndianapolis, Denver1998-201571,940
Brett FavreHOFAtlanta, Green Bay, N.Y. Jets, Minnesota1991-201071,838
Philip RiversSan Diego Chargers, Indianapolis2004-2063,440
Dan MarinoHOFMiami1983-9961,361
Ben Roethlisberger*Pittsburgh2004-2161,149
Eli ManningN.Y. Giants2004-1957,023
Matt Ryan*Atlanta2008-2156,474
Aaron Rodgers*Green Bay2005-2151,894
*Active

Brady’s former head coach, the Patriots’ BILL BELICHICK, has not lost to the Buccaneers since Sept. 3, 2000. Brady and Belichick in 20 years with the Patriots (2000-19) won six Super Bowls and 17 division titles. Their combined 249 wins, including postseason, is the most ever by a coach and starting quarterback duo.

Quarterbacks in their first starts against head coaches with whom they won a Super Bowl in NFL history:

DATEQUARTERBACK, TEAMCOACH, TEAMYDSTDINTRATINGRESULT
09/11/1994Joe Montana,HOF Kansas CityGeorge Seifert, San Francisco20320101.0KC, 24-17
10/09/1994Jeff Hostetler, L.A. RaidersBill Parcells,HOF New England2501352.6LAR, 21-17
10/27/1996Troy Aikman,HOF DallasJimmy Johnson,HOF Miami36330127.0DAL, 29-10
11/01/1999Brett Favre,HOF Green BayMike Holmgren, Seattle1801426.8SEA, 27-7
10/16/2005Trent Dilfer, ClevelandBrian Billick, Baltimore1470153.1BAL, 16-3
10/26/2008Brad Johnson, DallasJon Gruden, Tampa Bay1221075.6DAL, 13-9
10/03/2021Tom Brady, Tampa BayBill Belichick, New England???

Gronkowski, selected by the Patriots in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, ranks first in New England history with 79 touchdown receptions, second with 7,861 receiving yards and fifth with 521 career receptions.

AFC WEST SHOWDOWN TO CLOSE WEEKEND: Last week, the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (3-0) overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Miami, 31-28, in overtime and became the fourth team to win two overtime games within its first three games of a season, joining the 1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1995 Kansas City Chiefs and 1994 Detroit Lions. This week, the Raiders battle the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (2-1) on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

  • In the Raiders’ overtime win against Miami, quarterback DEREK CARR passed for 386 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for a 95.7 rating, leading the team to its first 3-0 start since 2002, when they advanced to the Super Bowl. Carr, who enters Week 4 with an NFL-best 1,203 passing yards, is the fourth player with at least 1,200 passing yards through his team’s first three games of a season in NFL history, joining TOM BRADY (1,327 passing yards in 2011), RYAN FITZPATRICK (1,230 in 2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (1,221 in 2000).
  • Dating back to Week 16 of last season, Carr has recorded at least 325 passing yards in five consecutive games, joining RICH GANNON (six games with the Raiders in 2002), DREW BREES (five games with the Saints in 2011) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (five games with the Rams in 2000 and five games with the Cardinals in 2008) as the only players to pass for 325 yards in five straight games in NFL history.
  • The Raiders lead the NFL with 471.0 total yards of offense per game.
  • Last week in a win at Kansas City, Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 281 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions for a 125.0 rating, including the game-winning touchdown pass with 32 seconds remaining. Herbert became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era to record five games with at least three touchdown passes and zero interceptions in his first two seasons, joining LAMAR JACKSON (six games), Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (six), PATRICK MAHOMES (five) and DAK PRESCOTT (five).

STIFF TEST ON TAP FOR COWBOYS: Four games this week feature two teams with at least two wins, including the CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-0) at the DALLAS COWBOYS (2-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

  • The Panthers are 3-0 for the first time since they opened 14-0 in 2015 en route to a berth in Super Bowl 50. Carolina’s defense leads the NFL in fewest total yards allowed per game (191.0) and ranks second in fewest points allowed per game (10.0).
  • Panthers quarterback SAM DARNOLD is 8-2 in 10 career starts when passing for at least 270 yards, including 3-0 this season.
  • Carolina linebacker HAASON REDDICK has 12 sacks over his past seven games, dating back to Week 14 of last season. Prior to Reddick, the last player with that many sacks over a seven-game span was Rams defensive lineman AARON DONALD, who registered 12.5 over a seven-game stretch in 2018.
  • Last week, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT completed 21 of 26 passes for 238 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 143.3 rating. He now has 20 career games with three-or-more touchdown passes.
  • The Cowboys, who lead the NFL with eight takeaways and are tied for first with a plus-five turnover margin, have at least two takeaways in seven straight games (dating to Week 14 of last season), the longest active streak in the league.
  • Dallas cornerback TREVON DIGGS is tied for the NFL lead with three interceptions, while two Cowboys rookies, linebacker MICAH PARSONS and defensive tackle OSA ODIGHIZUWA, are tied for the team lead with 1.5 sacks.

DERBY CITY PIPELINE: Starting quarterbacks from the University of Louisville, both first-round draft choices selected 32nd overall, will lead their teams when the BALTIMORE RAVENS (2-1) meet the DENVER BRONCOS (3-0) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Baltimore’s LAMAR JACKSON, selected at the end of the first round by the Ravens in 2018, and Denver’s TEDDY BRIDGEWATER, taken by the Vikings to close the first round in 2014, both hail from South Florida.

  • In 40 career starts, Jackson now has 90 touchdowns (70 passing, 20 rushing) and joined PATRICK MAHOMES (107 touchdowns) and Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (95) and KURT WARNER (91) as the only quarterbacks with at least 90 combined passing and rushing touchdowns in their first 40 career starts.
  • Last week as time expired in Detroit, Baltimore kicker JUSTIN TUCKER converted a game-winning 66-yard field goal, the longest field goal in NFL history. Tucker, who also converted a 50-yard field goal in the third quarter last week, has seven career games with multiple 50-yard field goals, tied with BRANDON MCMANUS (seven games) and MATT PRATER (seven) for the most such games in NFL history.
  • Tucker is now 20-for-20 on career field goals attempted either in overtime or the final minute of the fourth quarter.
  • In the league rankings, Baltimore is first with 185.3 rushing yards per game while Denver’s defense is second against the run, allowing just 59.3 rushing yards per game.
  • Denver, which also leads the NFL in fewest points allowed per game (8.7), is off to its best start since opening 4-0 in 2016.
  • Sunday’s game is a rematch of a thrilling 2012 AFC Divisional playoff in Denver, won by the Ravens, 38-35, on JUSTIN TUCKER’s 47-yard field goal in double overtime. With 31 seconds remaining in regulation, Tucker’s extra point knotted the game, following Joe Flacco’s 70-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Jones. Baltimore used the win as a springboard to a victory in Super Bowl XLVII three weeks later.

LEGENDS AT LAMBEAU: Sunday’s game between the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (1-2) and the GREEN BAY PACKERS (2-1) at Lambeau Field (4:25 PM ET, CBS) is significant because it comes more than a decade after starting quarterbacks BEN ROETHLISBERGER and AARON RODGERS met in Super Bowl XLV. This week’s contest will mark the first time two starting quarterbacks have met 11-or-more seasons after a Super Bowl matchup. Prior to this week, the longest stretch was 10 years, when Roethlisberger and MATT HASSELBECK met on Dec. 6, 2015, 10 years after they squared off in Super Bowl XL.

  • Rodgers ranks seventh in NFL history with 418 career touchdown passes and this week can advance to No. 5 on the all-time list. Against Pittsburgh, he can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (420) and PHILIP RIVERS (421). Rodgers also ranks 10th all-time in passing yards (51,894) entering Week 4.
  • Roethlisberger has 399 career touchdown passes and can become the eighth quarterback all-time to reach 400. He also has 61,149 career passing yards and can surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (61,361) for the sixth-most passing yards in NFL history.
  • Last week, Pittsburgh rookie running back NAJEE HARRIS totaled 14 receptions for 102 yards. Harris’ 14 catches tied SAQUON BARKLEY (Sept. 16, 2018) and ROY HELU (Nov. 6, 2011) for the most single-game receptions by a rookie running back in NFL history.

ALLEN WRENCH: The BUFFALO BILLS (2-1) host the HOUSTON TEXANS (1-2) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) in a rematch of an exciting 2019 Wild Card playoff. In that contest, Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN put the Bills on the board by catching a 16-yard touchdown pass and wound up with 92 rushing yards and 264 passing yards, but Houston stormed back with timely plays, including a fourth-quarter sack and forced fumble by the Texans’ WHITNEY MERCILUS, and Houston prevailed in overtime, 22-19.

  • Since that game, Allen has led the Bills to a 17-5 record, including the postseason.
  • Last week, Allen passed for 358 yards and four touchdowns, and added one rushing touchdown in the Bills’ win over Washington. Allen became the fourth player in NFL history to record multiple career games with at least 300 passing yards, four touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown, joining DREW BREES (four games), AARON RODGERS (three) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (two). Allen’s first such game was Week 3 of the 2020 season, when he registered 311 passing yards with four touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown.
  • Plus, among players in their first four NFL seasons, Allen is the fifth player ever to record five games with at least 300 passing yards and four touchdown passes. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (nine games), Pro Football Hall of Famers DAN MARINO (nine) and KURT WARNER (six), and ANDREW LUCK (six) have accomplished the feat during their first four years in the league.

WEEK 4 NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, September 30Jacksonville at CincinnatiNFLN8:20
   
Sunday, October 3Washington at AtlantaFOX1:00
Houston at BuffaloCBS1:00
Detroit at ChicagoFOX1:00
Carolina at DallasFOX1:00
Indianapolis at MiamiCBS1:00
Cleveland at MinnesotaCBS1:00
New York Giants at New OrleansFOX1:00
Tennessee at New York JetsCBS1:00
Kansas City at PhiladelphiaCBS1:00
Arizona at Los Angeles RamsFOX4:05
Seattle at San FranciscoFOX4:05
Baltimore at DenverCBS4:25
Pittsburgh at Green BayCBS4:25
Tampa Bay at New EnglandNBC8:20
    
Monday, October 4Las Vegas at Los Angeles ChargersESPN8:15
            

INDIANA SPORTS HEADLINES

INDY ELEVEN: RECAP

(INDY ELEVEN RELEASE)

OKLAHOMA CITY (Wednesday, September 29, 2021) – Indy Eleven claimed a vital point on the road tonight at Taft Stadium, as forward Manuel Arteaga’s early goal helped earn a 1-1 draw at OKC Energy FC in a Central Division clash with playoff implications all over it. 

The result allowed Indy Eleven (8W-13L-6D, 30 pts.) to stay within arm’s reach of Energy FC (8-8-11, 35 pts.), which maintained its five-point grip on the Central’s fourth and final playoff berth over both the Eleven and Atlanta United 2, which also drew 1-1 at home tonight against division leading Louisville City FC. Memphis 901 FC remains wedged in between in fifth place on 32 points heading into a hectic full weekend of action for the playoff hopefuls. 

“I’m really proud of the players’ efforts this evening. I thought they worked really hard and showed good tactical organization and things that maybe don’t come across on the television, they followed exactly what we were after,” said Indy Eleven Interim Head Coach Max Rogers. “The good thing is that now we have a goal, we stopped a run of defeats and we’ve got five games with no more midweek games. We can prepare and attack these last five games.”

With Indy playing its fourth match in 12 days and in need of fresh legs, Rogers made four changes to the starting XI in an effort to insert much needed fresh legs. The quartet included two of last week’s three new roster signings – defender Tobi Adewole and midfielder Kevin Partida – and midfielder Alann Torres, the 17-year-old Elkhart native who made his professional debut off the bench in Sunday evening’s “round one” of the Eleven’s doubleheader in Oklahoma City. 

After coming off the bench to score OKC’s second goal on Sunday night, Energy FC striker Aiden Daniels signaled his intentions from the start this evening, his 20-yard effort bouncing off the left post and away from goal in the fifth minute. 

The fourth of Indy’s starting lineup changes was the reinsertion of Ayoze, and the captain made his presence felt early and often, starting with the game’s opening goal in the 12th minute. Manning the left flank 30 yards from the endline, Ayoze put his defender on skates to gain a yard of space before snapping off a cross to the six-yard box. Arteaga met the pacy pass with a lunging header, steering it into the lower right corner to give Indy the lead on its first true chance of the match. The play gave the Venezuelan striker his team-high eighth goal of the season, while Ayoze’s third assist of the campaign boosted his club record in the category to nineteen. Another service from the Spaniard five minutes later nearly paid off as well, but Torres couldn’t beat his mark to the well-driven ball to the six.

The Energy FC attack had little more to show until the 34th minute, when Villyan Bijev’s dipping blast from 20 yards flew just over the crossbar. Six minutes later it was Bijev looking to finish a swift OKC counter, but a backtracking Indy defender clipped the chance off the Bulgarian’s foot, allowing it to dribble weakly to Eleven ‘keeper Bobby Edwards for collection. The half’s final minute of regulation saw Sunday’s other Energy FC goal scorer, Jaime Chavez, nearly equalize, but he pushed his header off Yuki Kurimoto’s looping cross just wide of the left post, sending Indy into the interval with the 1-0 advantage. 

It was Chavez looking dangerous again six minutes into the second stanza, his attempt whistling just over the bar. Partida would exit the match after a dutiful shift in the 63rd minute, and his replacement in midfield, Aboubacar Sissoko, would make a key play just seconds after entering via a close-range block of Lamar Batista’s volleyed rocket. 

After playing provider all night Ayoze took his try at finishing in the 67th minute, but after beating a man inside the area his shot from eight yards was stopped by a fine reaction save by OKC goaltender CJ Cochran on his line. The 80th minute saw Arteaga’s hustle pay off with a point to the penalty spot, as he was pulled down by Mitch Osmond inside the area seconds after stripping the ex-Eleven defender of the ball. Arteaga would take the chance himself and tried to pick out the same lower right corner that paid dividends in the first half, but Cochran was up to the task with a diving, two-handed save to keep OKC’s deficit at one.

Indy’s defense more than held its own as the half progressed, holding Energy FC without a shot for 20 minutes following Batista’s earlier blocked effort. However, the home side would get its equalizer in the 87th minute on a delivery and finish remarkably similar to Indy’s opener, Seyi Adekoya rising to meet Arun Basuljevic’s cross from the right flank. Indy garnered the best chance deep into the eight minutes of stoppage time when defender Liam Doyle’s header from the six had eyes for the right post, but Cochran was there again to make the tense evening’s final save.

Indy Eleven will return to Carroll Stadium this Saturday, Oct. 2, with its final of four 2021 meetings against fellow postseason contender Atlanta United 2. Tickets for the 7:00 p.m. ET kickoff on the club’s annual Hispanic Heritage Night, presented by Financial Center First Credit Union and Morales Group, can be secured by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or by calling 317-685-1100 during regular business hours.

Fans who cannot make it to “The Mike” can watch live on MyINDY-TV 23 and ESPN+, listen on Exitos Radio 94.3 FM & exitos943.com, and follow online via the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed, presented by Central Indiana Honda Dealers.

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS: Cruz Leads Indy In Walk-Off Winner

INDIANAPOLIS – A two-run, game-tying home run off the bat of Oneil Cruz in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Indianapolis Indians on their way to an extra-inning walk-off victory over the Nashville Sounds on Wednesday night, 4-3.

Following Cruz’ 412-foot home run to tie the game in the ninth, the Indians scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th off Connor Sadeck (L, 3-3). With one out and the automatic runner on third base following a wild pitch, a fielding error by former Indians shortstop Pablo Reyes allowed Bligh Madris to score.

Indianapolis (60-65) got on the board first in the third inning when Bligh Madris doubled home Oneil Cruz from second base. Cruz’s one-out double was his first hit of the game after flying out to right field in the first inning.

The Sounds (68-57) took a 4-1 lead with five consecutive singles to lead off the top of the fourth inning. They had six hits total in the inning and scored one run on a sacrifice fly.

Diego Castillo led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his third Triple-A home run of the season, a solo shot to left field.

After John O’Reilly surrendered four runs in 4.0 innings, four Indians relievers combined for six scoreless innings with just four baserunners allowed. Blake Weiman (W, 5-0) earned the win with a scoreless 10th inning.

Cruz, in his fifth Triple-A game since being promoted from Double-A Altoona last week, went 4-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits and two RBI. It was his second four-hit game of the season, following June 2 at Double-A Richmond when he went 4-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.

The Indians and Sounds will face off in the second game of the five-game set on Thursday night at 7:05 PM ET. RHP Beau Sulser (7-8, 5.42) will take the mound for Indy, while Nashville has yet to name a starter.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: Hoosiers Put Up Fight, But Fall To Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Indiana Volleyball (7-8, 1-2 Big Ten) hung with No. 8 Ohio State (11-2, 1-2 Big Ten) but ultimately dropped the midweek matchup with the Buckeyes, 3-0 (25-10, 27-25, 20-25).

KEY MOMENTS

• Breana Edwards went up for the first IU kill to tie at one apiece in the first set. Edwards also kept the Hoosiers in it with her second slam of the night to make the Buckeyes advantage just one point, 4-3.

• With Ohio State out to a 13-6 lead, Savannah Kjolhede served up the first ace of the contest before Kari Zumach recorded her first kill moments later.

• Morgan Geddes made the score 21-9 with a kill to give Indiana some life but the Buckeyes kept rolling and won the opening frame, 25-10. 

• The Hoosiers opened the second set by forcing Ohio State into two service aces. Kaley Rammelsberg had back-to-back kills to tie the match at 5-5.

• Not backing down, Brooke Westbeld popped one over the net before Zumach had two-straight kills and gave Indiana the momentum it needed.

• A block by Rammelsberg and Westbeld tied the frame at 15-15 prior to Edwards givingIndiana the lead 17-16 by finding a Buckeyes gap.

• Letting Ohio State back in to tie it, Rammelsberg threw down a slam to put the Hoosiers back on top, 18-17. 

•  Ashley Zulauf captured an ace to knot the second set at 19-19. The Buckeyes regained control, but the Hoosiers wouldn’t go down easy as Geddes erased their set point and made the score, 25-25. Ohio State found the set point and would take the second frame, 27-25.

• Kjolhede served as the spark plug to begin the third set as she recorded the first kill for Indiana. Zumach and Kjolhede went up for the block and came down with Indiana out to 3-2 lead. Geddes brought it within two, but Ohio State maintained its lead.

• Edwards and Kjolhede hit back-to-back kills to bring the Hoosiers within four. A ball handling issue led to an Edwards slam and made the score 12-11 Ohio State.

•  Rammelsberg tried to get the Hoosiers back in it with a kill to tie the third set at 18-18 but the Ohio State attack proved too potent and took the final set, 25-20.

NOTABLES

• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards led the attack with 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .364.

• Graduate student center Brooke Westbeld put up a team-leading 17 assists and a kill.

• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg threw down seven kills and led the team in blocks with four.

• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame recorded 15 digs to lead the Hoosiers.

IU Head Coach Steve Aird

“I’m disappointed with how we started the match, but I thought we had a chance in set two and three. Our biggest weakness was consistency, and we have to get better at that. Kari Zumach, Kaley Rammelsberg played well, and Brook Westbeld played really well off the bench. Ohio State is a good to team and hard to beat on the road. Looking forward to get back to practice before Penn State on Saturday.” – Head Coach Steve Aird

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will return home on Saturday, October 2 when they welcome Penn State to town. The match against the Nittany Lions is slated for a 6 p.m. start inside Wilkinson Hall. Indiana will be hosting a food drive benefiting the Hoosier Hills Good Bank and fans are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item for donation.

PURDUE WSOCCER: Purdue Hosts No. 17 Michigan Thursday

(PURDUE RELEASE)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team faces its second ranked opponent of the season when they host No. 17 Michigan on Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m. ET at Folk Field.

Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021. Thursday is the annual Hammer Down Cancer match, where the team will honor all who have fought or are currently fighting cancer. The Boilermakers will wear special uniforms that will be auctioned off, beginning on Thursday at 9 a.m. ET, and closing on Friday at 5 p.m. ET. The auction can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer or https://boile.rs/HDC21Jerseys. The proceeds for the jersey auction, along with any donations received through the auction website, will go to the Purdue Center for Cancer Research.

Additionally, luminary candles will line the Folk Field entrance, and fans will have the opportunity to decorate a bag with a message to or in honor of someone who has battled or is battling cancer. Hammer Down Cancer buttons also will be available for fans.

University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.

For fans unable to cheer on the Boilermakers in person, the match will be broadcast live on B1G+ and live stats are available at Purdue.Statbroadcast.com. 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 own an 8-1-2 record, 3-0 in the Big Ten, and are off to their best start to a season since 2007. Purdue has won six in a row and eight of its last nine matches, and the team is 3-0 in Big Ten play also for the first time since 2007. The squad is alone in first place in the Big Ten with nine points and is coming off a win at Illinois on September 23 and a dramatic overtime win over Iowa on September 26.

Seventeen players have earned at least a point and 15 have at least one assist, both the most in the Big Ten. Ten Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for third-most in the conference. Purdue boasts a 22-9 advantage in goal differential, including 15-5 in the second half.

Through 11 matches, the Boilermakers are second in the Big Ten with 22 goals, 68 points and 5.00 saves per game. Purdue is third in the league in assists (24) and save percentage (.859).

Individually, senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova leads the conference and is No. 11 nationally with 1037:43 minutes played, and she is first in the Big Ten with 54 saves and fourth with a .857 save percentage. Senior forward Sarah Griffith is No. 15 in the NCAA with 4.60 shots per game, and she also leads the league with seven goals. She is second in the conference with 2.10 shots on goal per game and third with 15 points. Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews’ two game-winning goals is sixth in the Big Ten. Mathews is second on the team with 11 points, and freshman forward Gracie Dunaway has a team-best four assists.

The Wolverines are 7-1-2 and 1-0-1 in Big Ten play following a scoreless tie against Wisconsin on Sunday. Michigan is tied for seventh in the conference standings with four points, though UM has only played two matches and all but one other team has played three. Michigan is ranked in each major national poll, coming in as high as No. 18 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll and the Soccer America top-25.

LAST TIME OUT: OVERTIME THRILLER

A 90th-minute match-tying goal by Griffith and the golden goal in overtime by senior midfielder Teagan Jones propelled Purdue to a 2-1 victory over Iowa on Sunday afternoon at Folk Field.

The win came in dramatic, come-from-behind fashion, as Griffith’s seventh goal of the year tied the match at 1-1 with 18.9 seconds left in regulation. Jones won it in the 98th minute with her first goal in 2021 and the third of her career. Griffith and Jones’ heroics came after the Hawkeyes scored the game’s first goal in the 87th minute.

Both teams had 17 shots, while Purdue had a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Jones had a match-high seven shots, and Griffith was second with six shots and a match-best three shots on goal. Bova made two saves and the Boilermaker defense cleared another shot off the line. Griffith’s goal was assisted by sophomore defender Nicole Kevdzija, and Jones’ golden goal was assisted by Mathews and junior defender Lauren Holleran.

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. MICHIGAN

Purdue is 4-12-4 all-time against Michigan and 3-4-2 in West Lafayette. The Boilermakers are 2-4-1 against the Wolverines when they are ranked and 2-1-1 at home, with wins in 2002 and 2005.

The two teams last met in 2019, a 2-1 Michigan win in Ann Arbor. Bova made four saves in the contest and Sydney Duarte had two shots, one on goal.

SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES

Michigan is 7-1-2 on the season, 1-0-1 in the Big Ten and 2-0-1 on the road. The Wolverines are coming off a 0-0, double-overtime draw at home to Wisconsin on September 26, and their matchup at No. 9 Rutgers on September 23 was postponed due to inclement weather. Michigan began conference play with a 2-1 win in overtime over Illinois, and the squad is unbeaten in its last five contests with a 3-0-2 mark.

The Wolverines lead the Big Ten and are No. 7 nationally with 22.60 shots per game, and they are No. 14 in the NCAA with a 0.470 goals-against average and No. 21 with 9.10 shots on goal per game. Michigan also is fourth in the Big Ten in save percentage (.857) and fifth in shutout percentage (.500).

UP NEXT: BOILERMAKERS AND BADGERS

The weekend continues with another top-25 matchup, as Purdue faces No. 18 Wisconsin on the road. Kickoff in Madison is set for 3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Butler MSoccer Unable to Corral No. 5 Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.V. – The Butler men’s soccer team suffered its second consecutive loss on Wednesday evening, an 0-2 setback to No. 5 Marshall. The Thundering Herd (5-1-3) scored once in each half. The Bulldogs (3-5-1) generated several opportunities but were unable to capitalize.

Key Moments

·   16′ | Three consecutive crosses/shots into the box by Marshall are headed away by the Butler defense.

·   21′ | The Thundering Herd produces a hard shot from inside the penalty area as Gabriel Gjergji makes the save.

·   23′ | Marshall’s leading scorer, Vinicius Fernandes carries the ball into left side of box and passes horizontally over to Pedro Dolabella in the center. Dolabella strikes it low and to the right of a diving Gjergji, as the Herd takes a 1-0 lead.

·   36′ | Tommy Visser heads a cross toward the goal, but with little velocity, it is easily saved by the Marshall keeper.

·   42′ | Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. passes in the area to Quint Breitkreuz, who sends it right back. Cabrera, Jr. quickly takes a close shot, but it is right at the keeper.

·   45′ | Gjergji makes a full-stretch save to the right side, denying a Dolabella shot from well outside the box.

HALFTIME

·   53′ | Jack Haywood has a good look but sends it well over the bar.

·   59′ | A dangerous Marshall cross to the far post is volleyed out of the air but goes just wide of the post.

·   71′ | A long cross from the right side finds DJ Hooks on the far post, but the one-touch redirection is saved.

·   73′ | Gjergji saves a straight-on strike from 18 yards.

·   76′ | A Marshall yellow card leads to Butler free kick about 25 yards out and to the left side. A driven ball in front of the goal is handled by Marshall’s defense.

·   77′ | Marshall carries into the right side of the box. A pass is flicked to Dolabella who touches his second ball of the night into the back of the net.

·   82′ | Griffen DeBolt clears a ball off the line after Gjergi deflects a point-blank shot to the side.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: (none)

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

·   No. 5 Marshall outshot Butler 11-9 overall and also led in shots on goal, 6-4.

·   DJ Hooks and Wilmer Cabreta, Jr. led Butler offensively as each produced a pair of shots. Seven Bulldogs had at least one shot. Tommy Visser and Henri Kumwenda joined Hooks and Cabrera, Jr. with a shot on goal.

·   Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji (3-5-1) made four saves in the match.

·   For the third consecutive match, the Bulldogs were without the services of All-BIG EAST defender Rhys Myers, Hemi Nasser, and Nick Okoro due to injury and non-COVID illness.

Up Next

Butler returns to Indianapolis to host Seton Hall for a BIG EAST match on Saturday, October 2, at 7 pm. A week later, on Saturday, October 9, the Bulldogs travel to No. 1 Georgetown.

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Butler WSoccer Will Face Red Storm on the Road

Matchday Information – Butler at St. John’s       

DATE:                         Thursday, September 30 / 7 PM

LOCATION:                Queens, N.Y. / Belson Stadium

LIVE STATS:              redstormsports.com

LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports

SERIES RECORD:     Tied, 4-4-1

LAST MEETING:        October 13, 2019 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 1, St. John’s 0

The Butler women’s soccer team is preparing for an away trip to St. John’s after coming out of their Senior Day match against Seton Hall with a 3-1 victory. The Bulldogs (9-1-0) recently captured victories over Marquette, and Western Michigan. The Johnnie’s are coming off a 1-0 win over DePaul on Sunday.

In the Bulldogs’ win over Seton Hall, Anastasia Savich put two in the back of the net with her second one proving to be the winner. Julia Leonard also added a tally to the score sheet in the Bulldogs’ convincing come-from-behind win. Freshman Emma Martin was once again stellar between the pipes allowing one goal in her 87 minutes of action and adding one save as well.

Bulldog Bits

Abigail Isger is second nationally with four game-winning goals and leads the BIG EAST.

Katie Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 14th nationally with eight goals. Soderstrom is also second in the BIG EAST and 16th nationally with 20 points. Isger (with 15) is fourth in the BIG EAST.

Alli Leonard and Isger, who each have five assists, are second in the BIG EAST and 37th nationally. Soderstrom (with four) is fifth in the BIG EAST.

Previous match: Seton Hall (W, 3-1): Anastasia Savich scored her first two goals of the season, the sixth multi-goal match of her career. Julia Leonard’s goal was the third of her career but the first since her freshman season in 2017. Assists came from Katie Soderstrom (2), Abigail Isger, Arianna Jalics, and Gabby Smith. For Jalics and Smith, it was the first assist for each this season. Freshman Emma Martin improved to 9-0-0 on the season, making two saves for the Bulldogs.         

Aliya Diagne was named to the Top Drawer Team of the Week after helping secure two big wins for the Bulldogs while also scoring the game-winner in the 90th minute against Marquette.

Anastasia Savich now has 26 career goals and has moved into the sixth position, alone, on Butler’s career list. Katie Soderstrom is tied for eighth on the same list, with 24 total goals.

The Bulldogs have scored 24 goals in ten matches this season (2.40 goals/match) while giving up ten goals (1.00 goals allowed/match).

Nine different players have scored at least one goal in ten matches this season, and eleven different players have produced an assist.

The Matchup

As both teams are 2-0 in the conference, the winner of this match will take sole possession of first place in the current BIG EAST standings.

Butler and St. John’s have faced each other nine times, with the series tied, 4-4-1.

Butler won the most recent contest (2019, 1-0), and St. John’s most recent win was October 7, 2018 (2-1).

The series has been back-and-forth, with the Bulldogs winning the initial meeting in 2013 and the Red Storm winning the next three. Butler has won three of the most recent five.

Scouting St. John’s

Previous match: DePaul W, 1-0

Nine players have scored a goal for the Johnnies, while sixteen have produced an assist.

Current offensive standouts for St. John’s include:

#8 Ava Collins (3g, 1a)

#12 Jessica Garziano (1g, 5a)

#3 Brooke Boyd (3g)

#20 Nicole Gordon (1g, 4a)

Naya Lipkens (6-2-1) has played 821 of 838 minutes thus far this season. She has 39 saves (.830) and has allowed eight goals (0.88 GAA). She has five shutouts.

BUTLER MEN’S BASKETBALL: Tip Times and Television Announced for @ButlerMBB Games

Butler has solidified tip times and television assignments for a majority of its games following a conference-wide announcement by the BIG EAST today.

All of Butler’s men’s basketball games will be nationally televised this season with a majority airing on FS1. Two of the Bulldogs’ contests – vs. Purdue in the Crossroads Classic Dec. 18 and at Marquette Feb. 26 – will air on FOX.

FS1 will broadcast at least 18 of the Bulldogs’ games, while CBS Sports Network and FS2 will each television three Butler contests. The 2021 Maui Invitational will air on the ESPN family of networks as previously announced.

The one game still without a game time and television assignment is Butler’s Dec. 7 contest at Oklahoma as part of the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle.

For the first time, FOX Sports will provide whip-around BIG EAST coverage on Nov. 9, the opening night of the college basketball season. The BIG EAST Opening Night Tip-Off will include live look-ins on FS1 of seven non-conference contests. Full game coverage will be available on the Fox Sports App. The Bulldogs host IUPUI that night, which is part of the whip-around coverage.

The regular season concludes on Saturday, March 5, with a FOX Wildcard day.  FOX or FS1 will carry all five games, though telecast decisions will not be made until late in the season. Butler hosts Villanova at Hinkle Fieldhouse on this day.

Season tickets for the upcoming 2021-22 Butler men’s basketball season are on sale now. Season ticket information can be found here. Mini-plan and single-game ticket information and on-sale dates will be announced in the coming days. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets can contact the Butler Athletics Ticket Office at (317) 940-DOGS or tickets@butler.edu.

Coach LaVall Jordan enters his fifth season guiding the Butler program. The Bulldogs return 10 of their top 11 scorers from a season ago.

Highlights of the 2021-22 BIG EAST television schedule:

The BIG EAST will have at least 22 over-the-air network broadcasts, matching the highest total in league history – 20 on FOX for the regular season and the BIG EAST Tournament title game, and two on CBS Sports.

BIG EAST coverage on the FOX broadcast network includes 16 league games and three non-league contests, in addition to the BIG EAST Tournament championship game.

CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network will televise a total of 22 games, with CBS Sports Network carrying three non-conference contests.

For the seventh straight year, the BIG EAST Tournament championship game will be carried on FOX.  Tipoff will be 6:30 p.m. ET.  The FS1 tourney coverage will begin with a first-round tripleheader on Wednesday, March 9.  Quarterfinal doubleheaders will be played Thursday afternoon and evening, March 10.  The semifinal doubleheader will be held Friday, March 11, followed by the title game on Saturday evening, March 12. 

With the addition of UConn in 2020-21, the BIG EAST conference slate has expanded to 110 games and features a 20-game double round-robin schedule.

The BIG EAST is coming off a season that had four teams reach the NCAA Tournament.   For the seven years of NCAA Tournament play for the league since it re-formed in 2013, the BIG EAST has earned 36 NCAA invitations, averaging more than five NCAA bids per season.    

The number of FS1 telecasts again will top 100.  All 110 regular-season conference games will be televised.  Play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson along with analysts Bill Raftery and Jim Jackson are back to form the FOX Sports lead announce teams.

BIG EAST basketball during the 2021-22 season will also be covered on the BIG EAST Digital Network.  Shootaround, the BIG EAST’s live weekly men’s basketball online show that captures interviews and highlights of league action, will begin its fifth season in 2021-22. The award-winning program will air on the league’s social media platforms ahead of the biggest games. Be sure to follow @BIGEASTMBB and @BIGEAST on Twitter and follow the league on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube @BIGEAST.

The FOX Sports App provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on-the-go.   FOX Sports App users, who are also subscribers of participating video providers, can live stream men’s basketball telecasts carried on the FOX broadcast network, FS1 and FS2.

BALL STATE WSOCCER: Cardinals Travel to Bulls, Host Zips

Match 9: Thursday, Sept. 30 (7 p.m.)

Ball State (3-4-1, 1-0-1 MAC) vs. Buffalo (6-2-1, 0-1-1 MAC)

Buffalo, N.Y. (UB Stadium)

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Match 10: Sunday, Oct. 3 (2 p.m.)

Ball State (3-4-1, 1-0-1 MAC) vs. Akron (2-8-0, 0-2-0 MAC)

Muncie, Ind. (Briner Sports Complex)

Watch | Live Stats

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team returns to action for two Mid-American Conference matches this week. The Cardinals travel to Buffalo for a matchup with the Bulls on Thursday, before hosting the Akron Zips on Sunday.

The Cardinals are coming off of a 2-1 victory on the road against the Central Michigan Chippewas on Sunday. Chelcy Ralph and Grace Alsop ended the three-match scoreless streak. Lexy Smith and Jenna Dombrowski each added an assist. Ralph leads BSU with six points on three goals. Nicky Potts is second on the team with four points on two goals. Alex DeRuvo enters the contest with a 3-4-1 record in goal for Ball State.

This will be the 22nd meeting between BSU and UB. Ball State leads the overall series 14-7-2, including a 3-2 overtime victory in the last meeting in 2019.  The Cardinals enter the match with a 3-4-1 overall record and a 1-0-1 mark in the MAC. The Bulls come into the meeting with a 6-2-1 record and are 0-1-1 in the MAC. Kickoff between Ball State and Buffalo is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Marcy Barberic leads the Bulls with 16 points, seven goals and two assists. She is tied for 31st in the NCAA and leads the MAC in points. Katherine Camper is second on the team with two goals and three assists for seven points. Emily Kelly leads Buffalo with a 6-2-1 record in net. She has stopped 35 shots on the year.

Ball State holds a 13-2-5 series lead over Akron, including a 1-0 victory in the last meeting in 2019. The Zips enter this week’s contests with a 2-8 record and are 0-2 in conference play. Katie Stafford leads the team with three goals and six points. Sarah Nguyen is second on the squad with four points, all on assists. Penelope Cuirinier has played all 900 minutes in goal for Akron. She has made 51 saves, which is fourth in the MAC.

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. Grace Alsop – 14 points / 6 Goals (1 game-winner) / 2 Assists

4. Jenna Dombrowski – 13 Points / 5 Goals (2 match-winners) / 3 Assists

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

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Returns To Worthen Arena To Battle Ohio

Match 15: Ball State (11-3; 1-1 MAC) hosts Ohio (1-12; 1-1 MAC)

   Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. ET – Worthen Arena

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Match 16: Ball State (11-3; 1-1 MAC) hosts Ohio (1-12; 1-1 MAC)

   Friday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. ET – Worthen Arena

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – After opening Mid-American Conference play on the road last weekend, the Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to Worthen Arena Thursday for the first of two matches versus Ohio.

The Cardinals (11-3; 1-1 MAC) and Bobcats (1-12; 1-1 MAC) will also battle again Friday, with both contests starting at 6:30 p.m. and being broadcast live on ESPN+. Joel Godett will call the play-by-play action both nights, while former four-year letterwinner Amber Seaman (2016-19) will serve as analyst.

Ball State opened league play at Kent State last weekend, splitting a pair of matches with the Golden Flashes. KSU won the opener in five last Friday, fending off three BSU match points in the third set and another in the fifth to complete the come-from-behind victory. The Cardinals responded with a decisive sweep in Saturday’s rematch, keeping Kent State under 15 points in all three frames.

Overall, the Cardinals own the best record in the MAC so far this season at 11-3 (.786). Western Michigan and Toledo are not far behind, at 10-4 (.714) each, with the Broncos leading the MAC with a perfect 3-0 league ledger to this point.

One of the keys to the Cardinals’ strong start to the season has been the team’s ability to spread out its offense and keep opponents guessing on every swing. Four different Ball State players enter the Ohio series averaging at least 2.22 kills per set, while six are smashing at least 1.57 kills per set.

After leading the Ball State offense at Kent State last weekend, including 19 kills in Saturday’s sweep, graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn leads the club with a 3.02 kills-per-set average. Junior opposite Natalie Mitchem is not far behind at 2.72.

The BSU’s offense is also connecting at a league-best .248 clip this season, slightly ahead of Western Michigan which is hitting .243 as a squad. In fact, the Cardinals have hit .200-or-above in 13 of its 14 matches this season, including finishing last weekend’s two-match series at Kent State with a .306 rate of success.

Playing a large role in guiding the offense has been freshman setter Megan Wielonski who is fourth in the MAC with a 10.20 assist-per-set average. In fact, Wielonski set Ball State to a .476 attack percentage in the sweep of St. Thomas (Aug. 27), which ranks as the third-best single match team performance in program history.

Sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson leads the Ball State defense with a 3.67 dig-per-set average. Junior Natalie Risi, who has started at libero for BSU over the last two weekends, is second on the team at 2.72 digs per set.

At the net, sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland leads the squad and is seventh in the league at 0.92 blocks per set, while junior middle Marie Plitt is not far behind at 0.72.

As a team, the Cardinals are limiting opponents to a .208 attack percentage and rank fourth in the MAC at 2.03 blocks per set and sixth in the league at 14.57 digs per set.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL QUICK HITS:

In addition to leading the MAC with a .248 team attack percentage, Ball State features a pair of players ranked in the top five in the league in individual attack percentage … Junior middle Marie Plitt is second in the MAC and 83rd nationally with her .358 hitting mark, while sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland is fifth in the league and 138th nationally at .332.

Freshman setter Megan Wielonski enters the weekend ranked 12th nationally with her 551 total assists, while her 10.20 assists-per-set average is 54th … Wielonski is also putting up big numbers in the backcourt with eight assist/dig double-doubles in the last 10 matches … In fact, her 143 total digs, including a career-high 21 at Wright State (Sept 3), are third on the squad as is her 2.65 digs-per-set average.

In addition to being one of the top setters in the MAC, freshman Megan Wielonski has also proven to be one of its top servers ranking third at 0.43 aces per set … In fact, Wielonski’s 23 service aces, including a career-high five vs. UNI (Aug. 28), are first in the league and rank 31st among all NCAA Division I players nationwide.

Graduate transfer Jaclyn Bulmahn has made her presence felt in the Ball State lineup, leading the squad with a 3.02 kills-per-set average … A First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference selection at Valparaiso last season, Bulmahn has reached double digits in 10 matches so far this season, including a season-high 19 kills in last Saturday’s sweep at Kent State … The 19 kills tie as the most in a three-set match in the MAC this season and are four shy of her career-high 23 set versus Southern Illinois (Feb. 14, 2021) during her 2021 spring season at Valpo.

Jaclyn Bulmahn enters Thursday’s match at Ohio with 819 career kills, including 160 so far in her first season at Ball State … Her season-high for kills in a season is 277 set her junior year at Valpo, while she averaged a career-best 3.05 kills per set for the Beacons last season.

Junior opposite Natalie Mitchem has gotten off to a strong start in 2021, ranking second on the team with a 2.72 kills-per-set average … She has smashed double-digit kills in nine of BSU’s 14 matches, including a season-high 16 in the win over Wright State (Sept. 3) … She’s also turned in a strong effort at the net, averaging 0.65 blocks per set, with at least one block in 13 matches.

After serving as the team’s libero for the first three weeks of the season, sophomore defensive specialist Kate Vinson anchors the Ball State defense and ranks eighth in the MAC with a 198 total digs … She has collected double-digit digs in 11 of the 14 matches, including a career-high 29 versus Marshall (Sept. 4) … The 29 digs tie as the third-most in a match in the MAC so far this season.

Junior Natalie Risi transitioned from the outside back to the libero position for the past two weekends, and is now second on the team with a 2.72 digs-per-set average … Since moving to libero for the Northern Kentucky series, Risi is averaging 4.07 digs per set, including a season-high 25 in last Friday’s match at Kent State (Sept. 24).

Ball State enters Thursday’s match with a 952-623-2 (.604) all-time record in women’s volleyball in its 50th season of play … In addition, the Cardinals own a 402-212 (.655) all-time record in Mid-American Conference play … The only program with a better all-time league mark is Western Michigan at 409-206 (.665) mark … Ohio is fifth all-time based on winning percentage at 346-266 (.565).

Ball State holds a 39-20 edge in the all-time series versus Ohio after the teams split a pair of matches in Athens during the 2020-21 spring season … Ball State rallied from down two sets to win the opener by a score of 3-2 (25-27, 21-25, 25-13, 28-26, 15-11) on March 4, while the Bobcats swept the second match 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 26-24) the following afternoon … The Cardinals also hold a 17-8 lead in matches played in Worthen Arena, including a 3-1 (25-20, 28-26, 20-25, 25-18) victory in the most recent meeting on BSU’s home court Oct. 12, 2018.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH DROP DECISION TO MIAMI

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Charley Niego earned her seventh consecutive double-double with a team-high 14 kills and 16 digs, but Notre Dame fell to Miami in straight sets (21-25, 15-25, 22-25) on Sunday afternoon inside Purcell Pavilion.

“Bottom line. We aren’t playing the game well. It’s on me to fix it. We will not roll over,” said Irish head coach Mike Johnson.

Hattie Monson added 10 digs for the Irish defensively while Lauren Wenzel and Lindsey Miller each added three blocks. Miller also led the Irish with a pair of service aces.

HOW IT HAPPENED

First Set

The Hurricanes used a 5-0 run to grab an early 6-3 lead before a pair of kills each by Niego and Caroline Meuth helped the Irish go back on top, 12-10. After the teams worked to a 14-14 tie, two more kills by Niego sparked a 4-1 Notre Dame run to put the hosts up 18-15 and forced a Miami timeout.

Miami came out of the timeout and earned 10 of the next 13 points to take the first set, 25-21.

Second Set

An ace by Miller gave the Irish a 5-4 lead, but the Hurricanes earned the next five points to go up 9-5. A kill by Phyona Schrader got Notre Dame back within one at 11-10 before Miami answered with a 6-1 run to go up 17-11. The Hurricanes stayed in control from there en route to a 25-15 decision in the second stanza.

Third Set

Miami earned a 6-2 lead to start the third and force an early Irish timeout. The Irish got within one on three occasions, including 13-12, before the Hurricanes went on a 4-1 stretch to regain a four-point advantage at 17-13.

Notre Dame used a 4-1 run of their own, which included a block by Meuth and ace by Monson, to finally tie the frame at 20-all. However, Miami earned five of the next seven points to take the third set, 25-22.

UP NEXT

The Irish continue ACC play on the road next weekend against Georgia Tech and Clemson.

Notre Dame first takes on the Yellow Jackets next Friday (Oct. 1) at 7 p.m. ET in Atlanta before meeting the Tigers on Sunday (Oct. 3) at 1 p.m. ET

Both matches will be streamed via ACC Network Extra.

INDIANA STATE WSOCCER: Indiana State and Drake End in 1-1 Tie

(ISU RELEASE)

DES MOINES, Iowa. – Indiana State women’s soccer played to a 1-1 tie with Drake on Wednesday night at Drake Stadium. The Sycamores record moves to 2-7-2 (0-2-1) and the Bulldogs are now 5-3-4 (0-0-2) on the season.  

A fast paced first half saw the Sycamores jump out in front 1-0 in the 10th minute when Sasha Thompson scored her second goal of the season on a feed from Katie Yankey who found Thompson open in the box. That was Yankey’s second assist of the year.

There were numerous scoring opportunities on both ends of the field with Maddie Alexander making multiple stops to keep the Bulldogs off the board and Kelsie Stone making a save to limit the damage from the Sycamores.

Indiana State finished the first half with four shot attempts while Drake recorded seven. Both teams put two attempts on goal.

The second half got off to a quiet start until Indiana State was whistled for a foul in the box, awarding Drake a penalty kick in the 70th minute where Emma Nagel scored her third goal of the season to even the match at one.

The score remained tied 1-1 after 90 minutes of play to send the match into overtime. This was the fourth match of the season to go into overtime for the Sycamores.

Both teams put a shot on goal in the first overtime period but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Drake got off four shots in the second overtime but the Indiana State defense stood tall to keep the Bulldogs from taking home a victory.

The Sycamores finished the match with 15 shot attempts, putting seven of them on goal. CeCe Wahlberg led the way with five attempts. Mackenzie Kent was close behind with four. Maddie Alexander made five saves on the night.

The Bulldogs fired a season-high 24 shots with six of them being on goal. Emma Nagel also set a career-high with five shot attempts. Kelsie Stone finished the night with six saves.

Up Next

Indiana State will return home to face Evansville on Sunday, October 3 at Memorial Stadium. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. ET.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL: Four ‘Dons Post Double-Doubles in Five-Set Loss at Oakland

ROCHESTER, Mich. – Despite four players recording double-doubles, the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team dropped its third five-set match in five days. The Mastodons fell to Oakland 3-2 (27-25, 22-25, 16-25, 25-13, 15-13) on Tuesday (Sept. 28) in the Athletics Center O’Rena.

The Mastodons have played 19 sets of volleyball over the last five days, with just one of the four matches not going to a decisive fifth game.

Rachael Crucis notched her first double-double of the season with 18 digs and 11 assists. Madison Gates had 38 assists and a career-high 25 digs. Katie Crowe and Maggie Castleman both got double-doubles from the outside, with 18 kills and 19 digs for Crowe and 18 kills and 11 digs for Castleman.

Purdue Fort Wayne used a pair of 5-0 runs to build a small lead in the first set, then reached a set point opportunity after a kill from Crowe. The Mastodons had a 24-22 advantage, but Oakland scored five of the last six points and ultimately took the set. Crowe had seven of her 18 kills in the opening frame.

In the second set, the ‘Dons hit .313 to take advantage of the Golden Grizzlies, who hit .179.  Late in the set, Crowe slammed down a kill, then Madelyn Wurster and Leigha Baldwin combined for a block to force a Golden Grizzlies timeout. Alexandra Traciak dropped in a timely ace on set point to even the score at one set each.

After the break, the Purdue Fort Wayne offense continued, as the team hit . 353 while keeping Oakland at .070. The Mastodons were without a service error in the third set, with a pair of aces. Purdue Fort Wayne jumped out to a 7-0 lead under Baldwin’s service. This run started with two blocks from Ramei Jackson, one with Castleman and one with Wurster. Wurster got an ace to extend the lead to 10-1 and force OU to burn its second timeout of the set. This lead was enough to nurse for the rest of the set. Baldwin, in her first-career start, blocked a ball with Wurster, then forced an attack error to give the Mastodons a 2-1 edge.

Oakland dominated the fourth set, forcing the Mastodons to hit negative thanks to three blocks.

In the fifth, Oakland built up a 12-7 lead. The ‘Dons cut it to 12-11 after Jackson blocked an attack, but the Golden Grizzlies traded points the rest of the way and ended the match on a block.

All told, Oakland out-hit the Mastodons .162-.161, despite the ‘Dons hitting over .300 in two sets. The Mastodons finished the match with 95 digs, the most in a match since the 2018 season.

The Mastodons fall to 2-15, 0-4 Horizon League while Oakland improves to 9-5, 3-0 Horizon League. Purdue Fort Wayne has another two matches this weekend, with the ‘Dons continuing its stretch of 9-of-10 on the road. The Mastodons will visit Robert Morris (Oct. 1) and Youngstown State (Oct. 2).

IUPUI MSOCCER: JAGS YIELD THREE UNANSWERED IN 3-1 LOSS AT #HLMSOC LEADER CLEVELAND STATE

(JAGS RELEASE)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Despite getting the game’s initial goal early in the first half, the IUPUI men’s soccer team was hit with a barrage of goals by Cleveland State as the Vikings rushed to a 3-1 home win over the Jaguars on Wednesday night (Sept. 29). Junior midfielder Chris Workman staked IUPUI to a 1-0 lead in the game’s 49th minute, only to see Cleveland State fire back with three unanswered tallies in a 13-minute span to remain undefeated in Horizon League play.

Head coach Brian Barnett altered his starting lineup with hopes that it would jumpstart an otherwise pedestrian offensive unit. The immediate returns showed that IUPUI (2-5-1, 1-3 HL) was more engaged offensively as the Jaguars ultimately outshot Cleveland State 7-5 in a scoreless first half. The Jags had an early attempt by Corey Goede knocked down and Carson Shrader pushed the rebound attempt wide of target.

IUPUI finally broke through in the 49th minute when Workman tallied off a Tylin Broaders assist for his first tally of the season and second of his collegiate career. Life was good for just more than four minutes until Cleveland State (5-3, 4-0 HL) got the equalizer off the foot of Ryan Kolonick in the 54th minute.

Jannis Schmidt put home the game-winner on a long strike in the 63rd minute and Bojan Kolevski added insurance in the 67th minute to make it 3-1.

IUPUI fired at will against Cleveland State from there, but CSU goalkeeper Omeed Naeemy made four saves down the stretch to keep the Jags from chipping away. Owen Jarrell tried the CSU keeper before Mandela Cybahiro hit an attempt right at the CSU netminder in the 70th minute. Later, both Tommy Patacca and Gianni Catenacci put shots on frame to no avail.

IUPUI was outshot 15-7 after halftime and 20-14 for the game. Patacca led IUPUI with three shot attempts and Logan Finnegan had two attempts.

IUPUI will return home to host Milwaukee on Saturday (Oct. 2) at the on-campus Michael A. Carroll Stadium at 1:00 p.m.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Graham leads attack as Evansville drops MVC contest with SIUE

EVANSVILLE – In its first conference match with the Cougars since 2016, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team fell to SIUE, 4-0, on Wednesday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Junior Nkosi Graham led the Aces attack, recording a season-high three shots, putting all three on frame in the loss. Between the posts, redshirt junior Jacob Madden made five saves in his fifth-straight start.

Featuring a crowd of nearly 500, the Aces came off kickoff quickly, generating opportunities in the attacking third. Countrymen Carlos Barcia and Pablo Guillen both recorded shots for the Aces inside the first 20 minutes to jumpstart Evansville’s attack as the Aces would tally seven total shots in the opening half. Just before the break, SIUE opened the scoring as Mitchell Murphy made a run and found thr back of the net in the 42nd minute.

Two quick goals from the Cougars inside the first 12 minutes in the second half increase its advantage to 3-0 as Pau Palacin scored and Murphy recorded his second of the match off an assist from Max Broughton. In the 78th minute, Graham nearly pulled one back for the Aces as the Lumberton, New Jersey native made a run and attempted a shot from an acute angle that the Cougars keeper saved. Closing the match, SIUE scored its fourth of the night in the 82nd minute as Noah Fetter found the back of the net off an assist from Pau Palacin in the Cougars 4-0 win.

Evansville goes back on the road this weekend, traveling to Des Moines, Iowa for a Saturday matchup with Drake at Noon.

VALPO WSOCCER: Soccer Claims Three More Points With 2-0 Win Over SIU Wednesday

A strong run of recent form from Valpo soccer freshman Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) continued on Wednesday night at Brown Field, as the rookie hit the back of the net in the 75th minute to break a scoreless tie for the eventual match-winning goal in the Beacons’ 2-0 victory over Southern Illinois. The win, Valpo’s fourth in a row, keeps the team perfect in MVC play so far this season.

How It Happened

Valpo controlled much of the first half of play, ending the period with an 8-4 advantage in shots and putting three on goal, but could not find the back of the net as the match went into halftime scoreless.

Sophomore Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) had a pair of strong opportunities inside the box early in the second half, but her efforts in the 49th and the 53rd minutes were both saved by SIU goalkeeper Maddy Alaluf.

The Beacons continued to push for the opening goal, eventually tallying 16 shots in the second half. Finally, they broke through in the 75th Senior Morgen Metzger (Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc) sent a perfectly-placed pass from the midfield in between two SIU backs. Fish, running on the right, ran onto it past the Saluki backs, carried it on inside the box and struck it from 10 yards out along the ground inside the far post to put Valpo on top.

The Beacons would not surrender a shot to the Salukis the remainder of the game. Valpo put the match away in the 89th minute, as James was tripped up in the box by an SIU defender. The sophomore took the ensuing penalty kick herself and struck it well into the bottom-left corner for the two-goal edge.

Inside the Match

This marks Valpo’s first four-match winning streak since winning 12 straight during the 2014 campaign. That season was also the last time the program started a league season with three consecutive wins.

The 2014 season also boasts the last time before this year Valpo registered four straight clean sheets, as that year’s squad blanked Northern Arizona, Western Illinois, IPFW and Evansville in succession in early-season action.

You have to go back to 2009 to find the last time Valpo won four in a row, all in shutout fashion — that season saw the Brown and Gold hold five straight opponents scoreless late in the season: Youngstown State, Cleveland State, Butler, IPFW and Green Bay.

The Beacons have held their opposition scoreless for 376 consecutive minutes dating back to the Sept. 10 match against Western Illinois.

Fish came up with another big play on Wednesday night with her match-winning goal. The goal was her third, all of which have come in Valpo’s last four matches. She has had a hand in all three of the Beacons’ match-winners in MVC play, scoring two of them — making her the only player in the conference with two game-winners through the first three match days of the Valley slate.

Playing in her 55th match in the Valpo uniform, Metzger recorded her first career assist on Fish’s match-winner.

James added on to her team-high scoring total with the late penalty, knocking home her fifth goal of the year, which ties her for the Valley lead in the category.

Valpo out-shot SIU 24-9 on the evening and put 11 shots on frame to the Salukis’ five. Sophomore Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made five saves, most of which came on shots from distance, to keep the clean sheet — her third of the season and the 10th of her career.

Thoughts From Coach Marovich

“Obviously getting three points in conference, giving us nine points though three matches, is the first thing on your mind when the match is over. It was a good performance for our entire group tonight – we moved the ball well, held the ball well, progressed well and eventually got the result.”

“To get to this point, to be 6-4-1 and be progressing the way we are, our players deserve so much credit. They are doing a great job of sticking to our game model and developing as a group.”

“We took another step forward tonight with the way we solved things centrally and got the ball into the creative gaps. Now it’s about refining that last move, the last piece in putting up goals.”

“Nikki was Nikki in goal tonight — she did what she always does and was solid back there. I thought Chase was great in the air winning long balls for us and getting possession back. Morgen’s pass on Dana’s goal was fantastic, one of those moments we’re trying to find within the game. It was great to have Peyton get back on the field tonight as well to chip in to a good performance from our back line.”

Next Up

Valpo (6-4-1, 3-0-0 MVC) tries to keep its current roll going this Sunday afternoon as it treks to Springfield, Mo. to face Missouri State. The matchup with the Bears is set for a 1 p.m. kickoff and can be seen live on ESPN+.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Opens Home Slate With Three Matches in Four Days

Valparaiso (10-3, 1-1 MVC)

Friday, Oct. 1 – Indiana State (9-2, 1-0 MVC) – 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2 – Evansville (10-2, 0-1 MVC) – 6 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 4 – Drake (6-4, 1-1 MVC) – 6 p.m.

This Week in Valpo Volleyball: After playing its first 13 matches of the season away from home, the Valpo volleyball team finally steps on the court at the ARC for the first time this season, hosting three matches in a four-day stretch starting Friday evening against Indiana State.

Previously: Valpo opened MVC play with a split of the longest road trip of the conference slate, winning a four-set match at Southern Illinois on Friday before dropping a four-setter at Missouri State on Saturday.

Looking Ahead: The Beacons face their travel partner next weekend, making the short trip to Chicago to take on Loyola Friday evening.

Following the Beacons: The matches against Indiana State and Drake will be broadcast live on ESPN+, while Saturday’s Evansville contest will be live on ESPN3. Links for the live video, as well as live stats for all matches, are available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 20th season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 433 matches (433-210, .673) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles, as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 55 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 488-234 (.676) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Indiana State – While the all-time series with the Sycamores is tied at 15-15, Valpo owns a 10-5 advantage in the series in Avery’s tenure and is 5-3 against ISU since joining the MVC. Last season, the two squads split the series at Valpo, with Valpo winning 3-0 and Indiana State responding with a 3-1 win.

Evansville ­- The Purple Aces own a slim 12-11 advantage all-time over Valpo, but most of Evansville’s wins came in the 20th century, as Valpo is 9-2 versus UE under Avery and 6-2 since joining the MVC. The teams split the series at Evansville last year to close the regular season, with UE earning a three-set sweep on day one before Valpo came back with a 3-1 win in the finale.

Drake – Valpo is 10-4 all-time against the Bulldogs, including a 9-3 mark under Avery and a 6-2 record since joining the MVC. Last season, Valpo earned the series sweep on the road in Des Moines, winning in four sets in the opener before a dramatic five-set win in the second match – a match in which Valpo held off four Drake match points and set a program record for digs in a rally-scoring match with 134 digs.

Scouting the Opposition: Indiana State – The Sycamores come into the ARC with a 9-2 overall record and defeated Evansville in their MVC opener last Friday. Indiana State leads the Valley with a .254 team hitting percentage this season, led by Karinna Gall, who is hitting .294 with a team-best 2.79 kills/set.

Evansville – The Purple Aces sit at 10-2 overall entering the weekend despite dropping their MVC opener to the Sycamores last weekend. Two of Evansville’s pin hitters top the conference in kills, as Alondra Vazquez leads the Valley and ranks 11th nationally with 4.71 kills/set, while Giulia Cardona ranks second in the MVC with 3.71 kills/set.

Drake – The Bulldogs own a 6-4 record entering this weekend’s action, most recently splitting against Illinois State (W 3-0) and Bradley (L 3-1). Drake leads the MVC with 2.57 blocks/set and is paced by conference leader Kacie Rewerts, who averages 1.31 blocks/set.

Valpo Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll: For the fourth time in five seasons as an MVC member, Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the conference standings in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Illinois State topped the poll with 79 points and three first-place votes, narrowly edging out Drake, which tallied 77 points, including three first-place votes. Valpo has outperformed its ranking in the preseason poll in each of its first four seasons in the MVC and is one of two programs (Illinois State) to post top-half finishes in the MVC standings in each of the last four seasons.

Looking Back at the Spring: The spring 2021 campaign saw Valpo post an 11-9 record and finish fifth in the MVC standings with a 10-8 mark in conference action. Rylee Cookerly repeated as MVC Libero of the Year, was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an AVCA All-Region honoree, while Victoria Bulmahn was tabbed the MVC Freshman of the Year. Included among Valpo’s 11 wins were the program’s first victory over Illinois State since joining the MVC and the first wins in program history over traditional power UNI.

Who’s Back and Who’s New: The Beacons return 10 letterwinners, including four starters and the libero, from the spring 2021 campaign – a group which accounted for 75% of the team’s kills, 90% of aces, 82% of digs and 86% of blocks last season. Valpo also returns a pair of players who didn’t see action last season, while welcoming in one transfer and four freshmen.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play in the spring 2021 season, finishing the season ranked third nationally and second in the Valley with 20.37 digs/set. Valpo has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 10 seasons, including leading the nation with 20.03 digs/set in 2017 to go along with a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. Valpo currently sits 26th nationally in digs/set this season.

Finally Home: It’s been a long time coming, but the Beacons will finally take the floor at the ARC for the first time this season on Friday evening after playing 13 consecutive matches away from home to begin the season. The Oct. 1 home opener is the program’s latest since 2008 – that year’s squad also played 13 matches away from home to open the season before playing its home opener on Oct. 3. Valpo posted a 6-3 mark at home last season during the spring campaign.

Starting With a Win: For just the second time in five seasons as a member of the MVC, Valpo opened conference action with a victory as it took down SIU in four sets last Friday. This year also marks the fourth straight season Valpo has opened the MVC slate away from home.

Another Trophy For the Collection: The Beacons earned their second tournament championship of the season as they won the SIUE Cougar Classic with victories over SIUE and Western Illinois, pairing it with the trophy they won earlier this year at Tennessee Tech’s Golden Eagle Invitational. Valpo has now won 27 in-season tournament titles under head coach Carin Avery, and this season marks the 11th time in her tenure the program has claimed multiple in-season tournament championships in the same season.

A Clean Sweep: Both of Valpo’s victories at SIUE came in the minimum three sets as the Beacons made a clean sweep of the tournament. It is the first time Valpo has claimed a tournament title without dropping a set since the 2014 squad swept Western Carolina, Drake and UT Martin to win UT Martin’s Skyhawk Invitational.

Five Stars: Sept. 11 marked the fifth time this year the Beacons have faced a fifth set, going the distance in their matchup against tournament host Toledo, and for the fifth time, Valpo came out victorious. Valpo has now won eight consecutive five-set matches dating back to last season, the longest-such streak in program history. Notably, Valpo was down 2-0 in two of those matches – UCSB and South Alabama – before rallying to win, and faced a match point in two of those matches – Tennessee Tech and South Alabama – as well.

Lengthy Winning Streak: Valpo’s win over Toledo was its sixth victory in a row, the program’s longest winning streak since reeling off 11 straight wins in September 2018. The program has now had 18 separate winning streaks of at least six consecutive matches under Coach Avery.

Cookerly Breaks One Record, Nears Another: Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly checked another mark off the list last weekend, breaking the Valpo career digs record, previously held by Taylor Root, in Friday’s match at SIU. The two-time MVC Libero of the Year, who entered this season ranked 16th in NCAA history in career digs, now owns 2,774 digs and is now fifth on the all-time chart. Cookerly is just four digs shy of tying and five away from passing Courtney Pence’s MVC career mark, which ranks fourth in NCAA history. Beyond that, she is also poised to pass Hartford’s Kim Diehlmann (2,780) for third position and Minnesota’s Paula Gentil (2,791) for second place all-time.

Hart Has Strong Weekend: Senior middle Haley Hart led Valpo in kills and blocks in both matches last weekend, finishing the weekend hitting .383 with 3.38 kills/set and 1.25 blocks/set. Her Friday performance stood out, as Hart posted 15 kills on .538 hitting to go with six blocks in the MVC-opening win at SIU. Entering the weekend, Hart had led Valpo in kills just five times in her career and hadn’t yet this season. She is hitting .307 on the season, good for seventh in the Valley, and is also in the top-10 in blocks with a team-high 0.93/set.

McCarthy Nears 1K: Fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy notched 18 kills over the course of last weekend, pushing her career total to 978. She enters this weekend’s set of three matches just 22 shy of the 1,000-kill milestone for her career, a mark which only 18 players in program history have reached. McCarthy also cracked the top-10 in program history in career blocks the weekend before last and currently sits tied for seventh all-time at Valpo with 368 rejections.

All the Honors: Seven different Valpo players received All-Tournament Team accolades over its four early-season tournaments this season. Juniors Bella Ravotto (MVP) and Gretchen Kuckkan picked up awards for their play at the SIUE Cougar Classic. Senior Jillie Grant represented the Beacons on the All-Tournament Team at Toledo in the third weekend of action. In the second weekend of play at Tennessee Tech, fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy was named Tournament MVP (and went on to be named MVC Player of the Week) and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson and sophomore setter Victoria Bulmahn. In the opening weekend at Milwaukee, McCarthy and senior middle Haley Hart earned spots on that All-Tournament Team.

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: KNIGHTS ROLL PAST SPRING ARBOR IN 3-0 SWEEP

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team’s undefeated start to 2021 continued on Wednesday night in the PE Center, as the Knights earned their 19th win of the season with a 3-0 sweep of Spring Arbor. Marian’s win gives them an 11-0 mark in Crossroads League play, boasting a 19-0 overall record.

Marian got off to a strong start in their opening game, taking advantage of four Spring Arbor errors to jump out to a 6-1 lead. After a quick Spring Arbor timeout, the Knights let off the gas for a moment, but turned it back on with Michaela Hoffa and Gabby Fish scoring three straight to retain a five-point lead. Fish and Hoffa continued to be the catalyst in the set, and a solo block from Averi Lanman capped the third different run of three points to put her team up 16-7. Spring Arbor was unable to come closer than seven the rest of the set, as Marian rolled to a 25-14 set one win.

Like the first set, Marian pounced early on the Cougars and grabbed an 8-4 lead, using a combination of kills, blocks, and attack errors to build their lead. A service error gave a brief side out to Spring Arbor, but a slam from Jai-Lyn Norwood started an elongated Marian run, eight of the next points to take a 16-6 lead. Spring Arbor attempted to slow Marian’s run with a timeout, but Fish and Maggie Meyer made sure to keep Marian in system as Fish added two kills while Meyer delivered a service ace. The Knights ended the set on a 9-5 spurt which included four of the final five points, with Serena Dodson winning the 25-12 set on an ace.

In the final set, Marian built a commanding lead early as Jaymison Summers and Sydney Schaffer helped put the Knights in front 7-2. Spring Arbor showed fight after falling behind early to rally within two, but Fish and Hoffa continued to swing strong, keeping Marian in the lead. A kill from Hoffa kept Marian in front 12-9, and started a run that put her team up five. Three consecutive attack errors from the Cougars helped Marian start their closing sprint, and similar to how the set started, a Schaffer service ace and Summers kill capped the final 3-1 run to seal the sweep with a 25-19 victory.

Hoffa finished with a team-high nine kills, and Skyler Van Note had eight kills on 10 attacks. Fish finished with seven kills, hitting .400 on the night. Lexi Spence led Marian’s setters with 15 assists while notching 11 digs to post a double-double, and Dodson finished with 14 assists. Schaffer had a match-high four service aces, and Lanman led Marian with three total blocks. As a team the Knights hit .405 recording 40 kills, notching 38 assists and 41 digs as a team.

The Knights will enjoy a pause in the schedule before returning to action next Wednesday, when they host No. 17 Taylor in a matchup of the top-two Crossroads League teams. The October 6 contest gets started at 7 PM.

MARIAN MSOCCER: JENKINS’ BRACE NOT ENOUGH AS KNIGHTS FALL TO SPRING ARBOR

Spring Arbor, Mich. – An early Spring Arbor started a high-scoring game, and the Knights were unable to get back to even on Wednesday night as the men’s soccer team fell 3-2 in Crossroads League play. Marian’s record drops to 5-4-2 this season, while they slide to 1-1 in league play.

Spring Arbor jumped out to an early lead, scoring nine minutes into play on their second shot of the game. Mairan started strong on offense launching three shots before the Cougars managed one, but in the ninth minute Trevor Kacou changed the pace with a shot missing over the frame. Just 28 seconds after the miss, Kacou got the ball back and passed off a shot for Nico Tallarico, who buried the game’s first goal to put the Cougars up 1-0. After scoring the goal Spring Arbor stayed aggressive and dominated possession, taking five shots over the final 24 minutes of the half.

Each of the shot attempts missed the frame, and the game moved to halftime with the Cougars holding a 1-0 lead. Six of Spring Arbor’s seven shots in the opening half either missed wide or high, as they led Marian 7-3 in the category.

The Cougars wasted no time doubling their lead in the second half, with Owen Sawn scoring over five minutes after the restart to take a 2-0 lead. Marian responded as they began to gain an offensive rhythm, with Nate Van Keulen driving a shot on goal in the 56th minute. Just one minute later, the Knights cut the lead in half, as senior James Jenkins took a pass from Valentin Neuhold, and buried his fourth goal of the season making it a 2-1 game.

Marian continued to press on offense taking a pair of shots in the ensuing minutes, as they searched for a tying goal. The road for the tying goal got tougher with 25 minutes remaining, as the Knights dropped to 10 on the field after Jalen Rice recorded his second yellow card of the match. Spring Arbor used the man-advantage to hold possession, and in the 83rd minute they netted an insurance goal on a Lirim Sefkiu penalty kick.

Trailing 3-1 with under eight minutes to play, Marian attempted to mount a comeback, and inched closer in the 87th minute after Jenkins scored on a penalty kick. Needing one goal to force overtime, Dylann Merchand moved to attack from his defensive position, but a pair of shots in the final two minutes ended up saved by Christopher Banfi, ending the game in a 3-2 loss for the Knights.

Jenkins scored both of Marian’s goals and took a team-high three shots in the game. Rice and Merchand each took two of Marian’s 10 shots, with Van Keulen taking one while assisting on the team’s first score. Brendan Weiger came up without a save in the match, as the Cougars scored on each of their shots on goal.

Marian will come home on Saturday looking to keep their unbeaten streak at St. Vincent Field alive when they host Bethel at 3 PM.

INDIANA WESLEYAN MSOCCER: WILDCATS DROP TO PILOTS IN OVERTIME

MISHAWAKA, Ind. – RV Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer dropped a tough one on the road to RV Bethel University in overtime 1-2 this evening.  With conference games starting this week, this marks the

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Bethel got onto the scoreboard early into the second half taking the lead 1-0.

IWU’s Euwin Stevens found the back of the net at the 62-minute mark.  This marks Stevens second goal on the season.

Bethel scored the game winner on a cross ball with one minute remaining in the first overtime.

Pilots attacked the offense posting 13 shots (seven on goal) to Wildcats four (three on goal).

NEXT TIME OUT

Wildcats host Taylor University on Saturday night under the lights at 7pm.

INDIANA WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL: WILDCATS DOMINATE COUGARS

MARION, Ind. – No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball took down Saint Francis 3-0 this evening. This marks the seventh straight win over the Cougars dating back to October 30, 2019.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

WIN 3-0: 25-14, 25-12, 25-13

Wildcats hit their season best .400 kill efficiency while collecting 41 kills to Cougars 23.

Courtney Watkins connected on her season best .769 kill percentage while collecting 10 kills.

Martina Demarchi led the service efforts collecting three of the team’s six service aces.

Ally Barkhaus posted 13 of the team’s 39 digs in her first start at libero.

MOATS PERSPECTIVE

“Our ball control was outstanding tonight! The togetherness I saw in our play raised our level! Very proud of everyone.”

NEXT TIME OUT

Wildcats have the weekend off before resuming play at Goshen College on Wednesday, October 6 at 7pm.

EARLHAM MSOCCER: Men’s soccer stumped by Hanover

RICHMOND — The Earlham College men’s soccer team was stumped in its HCAC opening match at Matlack-Messer Stadium. The Quakers were defeated by Hanover College with a score of 4-0.

Earlham drops to 0-8, 0-1 HCAC while Hanover improves to 5-3-1, 1-0 HCAC.

Hanover scored on the first two shots of the game. The first one came in the eighth minute with the next coming in the ninth minute.

A third goal was netted by Hanover in the 24th minute off of a corner kick play.

The final goal of the match was scored by Hanover in the 49th minute.

The Quakers were out-shot 17-1 and had a 6-1 deficit in corner kicks.

Earlham’s only shot of the contest came from Taye Ogundipe in the 53rd minute, and was collected by the Hanover goalkeeper.

Quaker keeper Tyler Smith collected nine saves in the loss.

Earlham will continue HCAC competition on Saturday against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The match will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and will be a part of Homecoming festivities.

EARLHAM WSOCCER: Women’s soccer drops conference opener

HANOVER — The Earlham College women’s soccer team dropped its conference opener at Hanover College on Wednesday. The Panthers first scored in the fourth minute and kept the pressure on to total five goals by the end of the match.

Earlham falls to 1-6, 0-1 HCAC while Hanover improves to 6-0-2, 1-0 HCAC.

The Panthers netted three goals on junior goalkeeper Becca Hancock in the first half, and began the second frame strong with two more goals in the first 17 minutes.

The Quakers were blanked on the shot category while Hanover took 2t attempts on goal, and put 11 on target. Earlham was also kept off the board for corner kicks while the Panthers enjoyed 11 set plays from the corner arc.

Hancock recorded six saves in the effort.

The Quakers will be back in action on Saturday for a 1 p.m. contest with Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The match will serve as the first part of a doubleheader with the men’s teams doing battle afterwards.

Men’s Soccer: Ravens and Pioneers Grind Out Defensive Draw

The Anderson University men’s soccer team and Transylvania University grinded out a 0-0 tie to open the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season on Wednesday in Lexington, Ky.

“I’m very proud of [Wednesday’s] efforts,” Coach Scott Fridley said. “The boy’s made some strides. When we moved the ball, we were very dangerous.”

Transylvania (2-3-2, 0-0-1) outshot the Ravens (3-6-1, 0-0-1) by a 14-8 margin. Both teams registered three shots on goal apiece.

Victor Silva (Paramount, Calif. / St. Matthias Catholic) tallied three shots and one shot on goal. The sophomore from Paramount, Calif. provided Anderson’s best scoring look as a corner kick he took in the 100th minute struck the post.

Usman Kamara (Indianapolis, Ind. / Franklin Central) took two shots for the Ravens. Luke Burkle (Muncie, Ind. / Delta) and Stephen Fite (Muncie, Ind. / Delta) each put their only shot on frame. Caleb Gonser (Terre Haute, Ind. / Terre Haute South) also added a shot.

Anderson’s defense limited Transylvania to three shots on goal and Josh Brown (Thompson’s Station, Tenn. / Columbia Academy) posted a three-save shutout.

“I feel like Josh Brown and the defenders did a very good job of just staying patient and keeping the ball.”

The Ravens face off with Franklin College (2-6, 0-1) in HCAC action on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields.

“I think we grew up a little against a very talented team that is well coached. Getting a point in Lexington is no easy thing to do. Onward to Saturday.”

Women’s Soccer: Anderson Takes Down Transylvania in HCAC Opener

On Wednesday, the Anderson University women’s soccer team secured a huge 2-1 victory over the visiting Transylvania University Pioneers in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) opener for the 2021-2022 season.

Entering the match, the Pioneers (5-3-1, 0-1) had scored 14 times and allowed just five goals in eight matches. The Ravens (2-5-1, 1-0) are the first team this season to net multiple goals against Transylvania. “The start of conference is a time reset and have a clean slate, where everyone is in the chase,” said Coach Jennifer Myhre.

Taylor Fort (Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights) opened the game with a shot outside the 18-yard box within the first two minutes for the Ravens but the Pioneers’ goalkeeper Morgan Patton was able to get to it, stopping an early lead for the Ravens. From that point on, both sides wasted no time firing shots at goal. It was an evenly-matched contest through the first 45 minutes, with both sides taking seven shots a piece. The Ravens hit three on frame, while the Pioneers recorded just one that Ravens goalkeeper Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio / Homeschool) was able to get her hands on to keep it a scoreless game. The first half came and went with neither team finding the back of the net.

Coming out of halftime at a 0-0 draw, both teams were giving it their all to get on the board. In the 59th minute, the Pioneers did just that. A foul by the Ravens rewarded the Pioneers with a free kick outside the 18-yard box on the right side of the field. Abby Baker of Transylvania took the free kick, and netted the ball into the center of the goal, just under the crossbar.

A few minutes passed before the Ravens were able to gain possession on their offensive end. Then, in the 62nd minute, Izzy Wilson (Decatur, Ind. / Bellmont) received the ball from Jessica Pulaski (Centerville, Ohio / Centerville) on the left outside the 18-yard box where she juked her defender to take a touch towards the inside of the goal. Wilson then blasted a shot towards the goal and into the back of the net to tie the game up 1-1. With the game tied up, the Ravens found a new round of energy to keep pushing because two minutes later in the 64th minute, the Ravens would once again find the back of the net. Anderson’s second, and game-winning goal came from Taylor Fort who was assisted by Holly Garrett (Dayton, Ohio / Dayton Christian) and Lillie Casey (Loveland, Ohio / Goshen). The play started with Garrett receiving the ball on the right side inside the 18-yard box, making a one-touch pass into the center of the box to an oncoming Lillie Casey. Casey mishit the ball but Taylor Fort was there to step in and slide the ball past the Pioneers goalkeeper to give the Ravens a 2-1 lead.

Through the remainder of the half the Ravens held strong defensively, allowing the Pioneers to record just one more shot.  Anderson took two more chances before moving to a complete defensively-minded game to secure a home victory.

“We had focused in practices and renewed energy this week, which set the tone for [Wednesday]. As alumna Donna Fishter reminded us this is the time to go into the next gear and accelerate into conference, leaving nothing behind.” Jennifer Myhre said after the match. “We had the fight all game, and didn’t let up even going down. Izzy Wilson really brought the energy and took a great strike to get us on the board. With Holly’s cross it was great to have both Lillie and Fort running through and good discipline to put it away. Defensively Izzy Trader really stepped up and was on them all game. This was key and [I’m] proud of the preparation, fight and energy by all.”

Anderson and Transylvania competed evenly through the entire 90 minutes, both teams took a total of 12 shots, with the Ravens recording six on goal and the Pioneers tallying two. Taylor Fort and Izzy Wilson each tallied four shots on the day, with each of Fort’s shot’s being on frame while Wilson hit one. Corissa Horton (Fountaintown, Ind. / Triton Central) took two shots for the Ravens, Jessica Pulaski had one, and Lillie Casey hit her only shot on frame.

The Ravens now look to build on their conference win as they host Franklin College in an HCAC matchup and Kicks for Cancer on Saturday. Franklin comes in with a 2-6 overall record and a 1-0 conference record after defeating Manchester University 1-0 on Wednesday. Kickoff is set for 1PM at the AU Soccer Fields.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Outshoot Foresters 47-5 as Taylor Wins in 2OT

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor women’s soccer won its first Crossroads League match against Huntington (3-4-2, 0-2 CL) by a score of 3-2 in double-overtime. While the scored remained even for much of the game, Taylor dominated control of the ball as the Trojans outshot the Foresters 47 to five and 27 to two concerning shots-on-goal.

Claire Massey led the way with her second multi-goal match of the season, but it was sophomore, Caroline Monberg, who got the Trojans on the board first.

A mere 40 seconds into the match, Monberg capitalized on a fumble released by the Huntington goalie as the Colorado native locked in her third goal of the season. While the Trojans ripped off 12 more shots in the opening half, the score remained 1-0 as the teams broke for intermission.

Just over nine minutes into the second half, Massey ignited her multi-goal night while benefiting from a beautiful cross from the corner by Kate Kortenhoeven. The Wheaton, Illinois, native sent a solid line-drive into the box, where Massey masterfully headed the ball into the net’s right pocket for the Trojans second goal of the night.

It was not long before Huntington rallied back, however, scoring its first goal just minutes after Massey’s. Swiping the ball from the Taylor defense, a Forester forward charged the box before sending it just beyond goalie, Hannah Brackenbury’s, reach for a Huntington goal.

With haste, Huntingon tacked another goal on the board, tying the match at two. Once again, the Foresters managed the take possession on Taylor’s side of the field before burying a perfect shot in the top-right pocket of the net.

With the match tied at two, Taylor went on a shooting spree, ripping off 26 shots before finally scoring the game-winning goal in double-overtime. Along the way, Huntington goalie, Ireland Aerni, had some incredible saves, as Erin Teevans, in particular, relentlessly attacked the net. It was Massey who would finally end the match with the Trojans on top, however.

With 90 seconds remaining in the second overtime period, Massey dribbled the ball 40 yards up the right side of the field before cutting in to the middle, where she left-footed it just inside the right post for the game-winner.

En route to a 3-2 double-overtime win, Taylor took 47 shots, the most since 2010 when the team took a total of 51 against Midway College. Monberg collected her third goal of the season, while Massey scored her third and fourth and Kortenhoeven dished out her season’s second assist.

As a team, Taylor now leads the nation with 262 total shots, 29.1 shots per game and 139 shots.

The Trojans (8-1, 1-1 CL) will remain in Upland, where they take on No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan (7-2, 2-0 CL) on Saturday, October 2, at 7:00 pm.

TU Draws First Tie of the Season

HUNTINGTON, Ind. – After 110 minutes of scoreless play, Taylor men’s soccer drew its first tie of the 2021 campaign.

Not only was the final score even at zero, but the teams also drew even in just about every other statistical category. 11 shots a piece, seven of which landed on frame, six of those being saved, along with 15 fouls each and even one yellow card per team, Taylor and Huntington could hardly have been more evenly matched on the pitch tonight.

Huntington (6-4-1, 1-0-1 CL) was first to put the pressure on the opponent, as the Foresters ripped a shot on goal within the first five minutes of the match, only to be saved by Trojan goalie, Sam Spiegel. TU countered just minutes later, as it was the Trojans’ turn to heighten the pressure.

Sawyer Watterson was the one to do it, as he struck a shot on frame, only to be saved by Huntington’s goalie, however. And that was the story of the match, as the teams combined for 12 more scoreless shots on target before the final whistle.

In the two overtime periods, Taylor was the sole aggressor, taking four combined shots while the Foresters failed to take even one. In the end, however, both nets stayed clean as each goalie secured six saves en route to a 0-0 tie after 110 minutes of play.

Luke Holwerda, Quinn Partain and Clay Vander Kolk matched Watterson with two shots, as the four Trojans combined for eight of Taylor’s 11. Sam Spiegel secured six saves, while improving his goals-against average on the season to 0.51.

Taylor (6-2-1, 1-0-1 CL) stays on the road, returning to action on Saturday, October 2, as the Trojans take on cross-town rival RV Indiana Wesleyan (7-3, 1-1 CL), at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 17 Taylor Sweeps Huntington for 20th Win

UPLAND, Ind. – The newly 17th-ranked Taylor volleyball team continued to roll on Wednesday, sweeping Huntington 25-17, 25-21, 25-18 for its eighth-straight win and fourth-straight 3-0 victory. The win improved the Trojans to 20-2 on the season and 10-1 in Crossroads League play.

The night started slowly, with Huntington (8-12, 3-8 CL) jumping to a 10-3 lead, before Taylor awoke with 13-straight points off the serve of Amanda Adams. The Trojans never looked back in the set, easing to the 25-17 victory behind six kills in six swings from Sarah Scott.

The entire TU offense clicked in the second, as Taylor led throughout in a 25-21 decision. Taylor teamed for 16 kills and just three errors to control the action.

A back-and-forth third set went Taylor’s way late, as the Purple and Gold closed on an 11-4 spurt to secure the 25-18 win and seal the match victory.

Scott and Adams led the offense for TU with 11 kills each, while Ryan Czerniak added eight kills and Grace Isaacs had seven. Isaacs and Scott played well defensively as well with three blocks each and Stephaney Fifield collected 13 digs. Bragg ended with 37 assists and eight digs and Adams added three aces and seven digs.

No. 17 Taylor (20-2, 10-1 CL) is set to play at Thomas More (16-3) on Friday, October 1 and at Georgetown (6-11) on Saturday, October 2, before returning to CL play with a match at No. 7 Marian (19-0, 11-0 CL) on Wednesday, October 6.

Taylor Athletics Announces 2021 Hall of Fame Class

UPLAND, Ind. – TU Athletics will induct four new members into its Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 9 as part of the 2021 Taylor University Homecoming festivities. The 2021 inductees are Rhett Goodmiller, Courtney Herschberger, Mary Edna Glover Lafata and Steve Wilt.

Goodmiller graduated from Taylor in 2012, following a distinguished three-year career on the diamond for the Trojans that saw him post a career .407 batting average and .520 on-base percentage. Goodmiller helped Taylor to a 111-51 overall record with three conference championships and a pair of NAIA National Tournament appearances, while earning a trio of MCC First-Team honors for his production. The MCC Gold Glove catcher and 2012 NAIA All-American also excelled in the classroom, earning a pair of CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and two NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards. Goodmiller was named Taylor’s Gates-Howard Award recipient in 2011 as TU’s top male student-athlete and earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2012.

Herschberger also graduated from TU in 2012, after a record-setting career with the Purple and Gold on the volleyball court. Herschberger closed her time in Upland as the program’s all-time leader with 2,891 digs, which ranked fourth in the NAIA at that time. In addition to her tremendous defensive work for the Trojans, the three-time MCC Libero of the Year tacked on 164 service aces over four seasons. Herschberger was a 2012 NAIA All-American and a three-time all-conference standout, while helping Taylor to a 123-41 overall record, three league championships, three NAIA National Tournament bids and a 54-6 record in conference play. Herschberger was also accomplished academically, hauling in a pair of NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognitions.

Lafata was a pioneer for women’s sports at Taylor University, helping usher in and build an outstanding and long-lasting legacy of competitive, Christ-centered women’s athletics at Taylor. From 1973 through 1981, Lafata served as the head coach at various times for volleyball, women’s basketball and women’s track and field for the Trojans. Lafata guided the TU volleyball program to Small State Championships in 1978 and 1980 and was named to the Outstanding Young Women of America list in 1979.

Wilt led Taylor on the football field for 12 seasons from 1994 through 2005, closing his tenure ranked second on TU’s all-time wins list. Wilt’s time with the Purple and Gold was highlighted by Mid-States Football Association Midwest League Championships and NAIA Playoff appearances in 1998 and 1999. The 1999 squad still holds the program’s single-season record with 10 victories and boasts TU’s only NAIA Playoff win, while the 1998 and 1999 teams combined for the highest two-year wins total in program history with 18. Throughout his 12 years at the helm, Wilt coached 16 NAIA All-Americans.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Volleyball Jumps into NAIA Top-25 for First Time Since 2012

KANSAS CITY – A 19-2 start with a pair of wins over nationally-ranked foes has put Taylor volleyball into the national spotlight, as the Trojans were rated No. 17 in Wednesday’s NAIA Top-25 Poll.

The Top-25 ranking is the first for the Taylor volleyball program since carrying a national ranking through seven polls during the 2012 season. That stretch was the end of 48-straight polls inside the Top-25 for TU from 2008 through 2012, with Taylor climbing as high as No. 8 nationally.

The Trojans jumped from 37 points in the previous NAIA Top-25 Poll on September 15 to 278 points in this September 29 edition, climbing 13 spots in the poll and joining No. 13 Dakota Wesleyan and No. 25 Embry-Riddle as the only teams to jump from unranked into the Top-25 from the previous poll.

Taylor won all six of its matches between the two polls, including a win over then-No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan and an impressive road sweep over now-RV Mount Vernon Nazarene.

TU is currently riding a seven-match win streak and has won 18-of-19 matches dating back to a loss to now-No. 1 Jamestown. Taylor’s lone setback in that stretch was a loss to now-No. 7 Marian.

The Trojans are all over the NAIA’s statistical leaderboards as well, entering Wednesday’s match second in the nation in assists, third in kills, fourth in digs and eighth in blocks. Individually, Stephaney Fifield sits No. 2 with 467 digs, Kacy Bragg is No. 3 with 777 assists and Amanda Adams is No. 5 with 264 kills.

No. 17 Taylor (19-2, 9-1 CL) will look for an eighth-straight triumph when it hosts Huntington (8-11, 3-7 CL) inside Odle Arena at 7:00 pm on Wednesday evening.

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS ANNOUNCES ESPN PARTNERSHIP

MARION, Ind. – After a unique year to due COVID-19, Indiana Wesleyan Athletics is excited to announce the renewal of their partnership with the ESPN Networks. Wildcat fans can catch every home Football, Men’s Basketball, and Women’s Basketball game streaming live on ESPN Networks. The partnership with ESPN began in January 2016, and Indiana Wesleyan is one of the few NAIA schools on ESPN nationwide. 

“IWU Athletics is excited to see the partnership with ESPN relaunched,” said Deane Webb, Director of Athletics. “We are extremely grateful to John Jones, Vice President for Operations, Nathan Johnson, Director of Campus Media, and their incredible team of students who continue to serve our Department and Campus with the highest level of excellence. This is a tremendous opportunity for our student production team and our student-athletes to showcase their excellent skills and abilities that they have been given by God to a national audience.” 

Each event will be streamed live on the ESPN app for smartphones and mobile devices, as well as smart televisions and connected devices such as Roku, AppleTV, and Amazon Fire. 

“IWU is grateful for the continued partnership with ESPN to stream IWU athletic events on their world-class platform,” said John Jones, Vice President for Operations. “This partnership expands the reach of our sports programs to fans all across the globe. ESPN’s involvement is a testament to the excitement IWU brings to competition and the quality of athletes IWU is blessed to have on our teams.  I am excited to support Deane Webb and the coaches as they fulfill the mission and vision of IWU through athletics.” 

Fans without access to ESPN can always visit IWUWildcats.com for live stream links to watch all home volleyball, soccer, basketball, baseball, softball and football events.

Anderson SAAC Takes Third in 7th Annual HCAC Unified Bowling Championship

The Anderson University Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) took third place during the 7th Annual Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Unified Bowling Championship, which was held on Sunday at Royal Pin Woodland Bowling Center in Indianapolis.

The event saw over 60 student athletes from its 10 member schools and over 60 special Olympics athletes from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio participate. The day filled with laughs and smiles also showcased some top-notch competitive bowling. Unified sports give athletes with intellectual disabilities and athletes without intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete together on a team.  Each school had a total of three teams, with each team comprised of a total of four, two athletes with intellectual disabilities and two athletics without. Teams finishing first, second, or third in their division received gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively, while fourth through tenth place received ribbons.

Anderson SAAC continued its annual partnership with Special Olympics Madison County.

“The Conference Unified Bowling event is always a great time to see how sports bring people together to impact lives,” SAAC Advisor Jennifer Myhre said. “The Special Olympic Athletes love to compete as much as the students and it’s nice for the athletes to give back and make the Special Olympic Athletes feel as part of a college team.”

For Anderson’s Team Orange, Javen Jones threw a bowler’s total of 634. Katherine Custer compiled a bowler’s total of 600 and Denzel Kelly recorded a bowler’s total of 592. Jennifer Myhre tossed a bowler’s total of 856 to lead the tournament. As a team, Anderson’s Team Orange tallied a score of 2,682.

For Anderson’s Team Black, Wes Crowe provided a bowler’s total of 636. Jamie Shul put together a bowler’s total of 630 and Aaron Mickle turned in a bowler’s total of 548. Noah Labelle (Men’s Soccer) posted a bowler’s total of 635. As a team, Anderson’s Team Black notched a team score of 2,449.

Overall, Anderson compiled a team score of 5,131.

Bluffton University’s Mike Moore closed out the day with the highest three-game scratch total of 581.

Franklin College captured the team title with a score of 5,372. Hanover College came in second with a score of 5,252, finishing ahead of Anderson (5,131), Transylvania University (5,081), Mount St. Joseph University (5,073), Bluffton (4,962), Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (4,869), Earlham College (4,850) and Defiance College (4,697), which rounds out the team standings

RHIT Women’s Soccer – MSJ 1, RHIT 0

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mount St. Joseph University scored in the seventh minute and withstood Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offensive efforts to record a 1-0 women’s soccer victory in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference opener for both schools on Wednesday night.

Poetrie Bedgood scored the lone goal of the match in the seventh minute, on an assist from Madeline Scherpenberg, for the eventual winning margin.

Rose-Hulman outshot Mount St. Joseph 14-9 in the contest, including eight shots on goal.  Lane Lawrence had three shots to lead the offense.  Meghan Garry, Mega Foder, Elle Vuotto and Kiley McKee added two shots each.

Mount St. Joseph relied on eight saves from Madison Hart in the shutout to improve to 4-7 and 1-0 in HCAC play.  Natalie Dillon made three saves for the Fightin’ Engineers.

Rose-Hulman stands 4-2-1 on the season and returns to action on Saturday at Earlham College with a 1 pm kickoff.

RHIT Men’s Soccer – RHIT 3, MSJ 1

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology scored a pair of second half goals to pick up a 3-1 victory over Mount St. Joseph in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer action on Wednesday night at the Engineer Soccer Field.

Matt Fix scored the first goal of the match in the 23rd minute, courtesy of a pass from Takezo Kelly.  Mount St. Joseph tied the score 1-1 at the half on a score from Michael Abel, assisted by Willis Johnson.

Rose-Hulman scored the game winner two minutes into the second half, when AJ Yilmaz booted home a goal on an assist from Julius Salinas.

Kelly added an insurance goal in the 58th minute to give the Fightin’ Engineers a 3-1 lead which they held for the remainder of the match.

Rose-Hulman outshot Mount St. Joseph 24-7 in the match, with Yilmaz recording seven shots and Kelly tallying six.

Rose-Hulman improved to 4-4-1 on the season and 1-0 in HCAC play, while Mount St. Joseph dropped to 1-8 and 0-1.  The Fightin’ Engineers return to action on Saturday at Earlham College with a 3:30 pm kickoff.

TRINE VOLLEYBALL: Trine Defeats Adrian in Straight Sets Wednesday

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University volleyball team picked up their second straight Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) victory on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Adrian College.

On the season, Trine moves to 10-9 overall and 2-0 in conference action. Adrian falls to 4-11 on the year, 1-2 against MIAA opposition.

Jacqueline Baughman [Lake Orion, Mich. / Lutheran Northwest] started the set with two early kills out of sequence for the Thunder to build momentum for the Thunder in the first set. An Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] kill sparked a 6-0 run as Trine took a 13-8 lead.

Later in the first, Chloe Behm [Albion, Ind. / Central Noble] scored on three consecutive possessions, two via block assists and a kill. Samantha Carlin [Celina, Ohio / Celina] put it out of reach with a service ace on their way to a 25-21 win.

Trine responded to a 3-0 run for Adrian at the start of the second with a 7-1 scoring spurt, highlighted by a monster swing from Hannah Sands [Jonesville, Mich. / Jonesville] for a kill and a pair of aces by Jolliffe.

Francesca Queary [Midland, Mich. / H.H. Dow] and Jocelynn Nicholls [Montgomery, Mich. / Camden-Frontier] connected for back-to-back kills to force a Bulldogs timeout at 20-13. The break would refocus Adrian, as they went on a 7-0 tear to tie the match up at 20. The final five points were achieved by three Baughman kills, one from Jolliffe and an attack error in a 25-23 victory.

It was a near perfect set offensively for the Thunder in the third set with nine kills to only one error. Trine pulled away to a 25-9 match-clinching third set with a .571 hitting percentage. A 10-0 run with five service aces from Carlin made it 22-7, and Trine clinched the third with a pair of Bulldog errors.

Jolliffe led the way for the Thunder offense with 13 kills in 27 attacks and a .444 hitting percentage. Baughman contributed with 27 assists, seven kills, just one off her season-high, and a team-best 10 digs. Carlin, who entered the match second in NCAA DIII in total digs, had nine in the contest. Carlin also had six total aces, the most in a game for the freshman in 2021.

Next on the docket is another match inside Hershey Hall on Friday, October 1 when Saint Mary’s College comes to Angola. That match will start at 7 pm and be a non-conference match, with the MIAA event against the Belles coming later in the month.

TRINE WLACROSSE: Kevin Cooke Named Trine Women’s Lacrosse Coach

ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University athletic department has announced Kevin Cooke as the new head women’s lacrosse coach going into the spring of 2022 season.

“We are excited for Coach Cooke to lead our Women’s Lacrosse program as we look to take the next step,” Athletic Director Matt Land stated. “With 20 years of women’s lacrosse experience, he has positioned us to compete at the highest level.”

Most recently, Cooke was the head coach at Mercyhurst University from 2016-2021. Prior to that, he also served as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Edinboro University and Queens University of Charlotte. He started his coaching career at Mercyhurst as well, where he was the head women’s lacrosse and head women’s field hockey coach from 1997-2002.

In total, Cooke has had 36 All-Conference Players, 13 All-Region Selections, 16 All-Americans, an NCAA Statistical Leader, and a National Player of the Year on his roster. He also coached teams to eight conference championship appearances and two NCAA Tournament appearances. Cooke was at the helm of five IWLCA Academic Teams and currently sits sixth in All-Time Wins at the NCAA DII level.

“I would sincerely like to thank Coach Land, President Brooks and the Trine Community for being so welcoming,” Cooke said. “I could tell from the moment that I stepped on campus that this was the family that I wanted to be a part of. The athletic department and university’s leadership is something that can see throughout the entire coaching staff.  We have an awesome group of players that are excited for the new season and I look forward to building on the program’s success.”

Cooke graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Marketing and from the College at Brockport in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education.

BETHEL VOLLEYBALL: Cotter Paces No. 21 Bethel to Three-Set Victory at Saint Benedict

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. – Behind a match-high 17 kills from junior opposite Kirstin Cotter, the No. 21 Bethel University volleyball team earned its first true road win of the year defeating Saint Benedict in straight sets Wednesday evening (25-22, 25-16, 25-22).

Offensively the Royals hit .197 for the night while defensively they totaled 12 blocks. Junior middle blocker Emily Rossing led the way with six block, two solos, while sophomore Abigail Drury added four. The Royals limited CSB to a .059 hitting percentage, the seventh time this year BU has limited its opponent to a sub-.100 hitting percentage.

Senior setter Hannah Wilhite tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 34 assists and 15 digs.

Bethel (13-3, 2-0 MIAC) used an early four point-run turning a 5-5 into a 9-5 advantage. Cotter picked up steam from the opening set as one of her seven kills in the set kick started a six-point run opening up the Royals advantage to eight. A late rally by Saint Benedict (2-9, 0-2 MIAC) pulled it even at 19-19. Up 23-22, a kill by Cotter followed by a solo block gave BU a crucial opening set.

A couple of three point runs by BU gave them the lead early in the second, but CSB still kept within reach. A kill from Wilhite put the Royals up 20-15. A kill on the next rally by Allie Fauth allowed the Royals to score five of the last six points.

Saint Benedict opened the third with a 6-1 advantage. A block from Drury and Fauth kicked off a run that got BU back in the lead at 9-8. Five more ties occurred before Bethel took the lead for good. There was nothing more fitting than Cotter grabbing a pair of kills giving BU the win. 

The Royals return to the Robertson Center Saturday at 7 p.m. for a big MIAC clash with Gustavus Adolphus.

BETHEL WSOCCER: Waterman’s Early Goal Holds for Royals at Macalester

ST. PAUL, Minn. – An early goal in the first half from Rachel Waterman led the Bethel University women’s soccer team to a victory on the road over Macalester, 1-0.

The Royals struck 14 minutes into the contest thanks to Waterman who scored her third goal of the season. Hannah Hansen’s pass nutmegged a Scots defender setting up Waterman for a shot 28 yards out. A strong strike tipped off the Macalester keeper’s hands with the momentum carrying the ball across the line.

With shots dead even at nine a piece, BU’s back line limited scoring chances off of Macalester’s three corner kicks. Between the posts, Izzy Smith collected four saves, three in the second half, earning her second shutout of the year.

Bethel is back in action Saturday, hosting the College of St. Scholastica starting at 3:30 p.m.

WABASH VOLLEYBALL: Denison Sweeps Tigers

Granville, Ohio – DePauw dropped to 8-6 overall and 1-2 in the North Coast Athletic Conference following a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-16) loss at Denison. The Big Red moved to 10-5 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC.

Denison outhit the Tigers, .158-.121 and held a 41-29 edge in hills. The Big Red also served up 12 aces in the win.

Jessica Levy led DePauw with eight kills, while Daria Rodriguez paced the Big Red with 13. Grace Filbrun had a team-high 13 assists for the Tigers and Jenna Purichia led with 17 digs. Lauren Ridgway totaled five assists for DePauw.

The Tigers travel to Wooster on Saturday, October 2, for a 1 p.m. NCAC match against the Fighting Scots.

MANCHESTER FOOTBALL: Jalen Masden Named a Semifinalist for 2021 William V Campbell Trophy

IRVING, Texas – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the 176 semifinalists for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy®, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, on Wednesday September 29.

The impressive list of candidates boasts an impressive 3.66 average GPA, with more than two-thirds of the semifinalists having already earned their bachelor’s degrees.

Celebrating its 32nd year, the Campbell Trophy® recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance, and exemplary leadership.

Manchester University senior linebacker Jalen Masden (Evansville, Ind./Harrison) was named a semifinalist for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy on Wednesday. Masden was one of just 39 players from NCAA Division III to be named a semifinalist. He was the only representative from the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on this year’s semifinalist listing.

On the season, Masden has compiled 23 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, and 5.5 tackles-for-loss. Masden has racked up 57 total tackles in his Black & Gold career.

The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on October 27, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 2021 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class Presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas for the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by Las Vegas on December 7, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. Live during the event, one member of the class will be declared as the winner of the 32nd Campbell Trophy® and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

ST. FRANCIS WSOCCER: Second Half Surge Falls Short Against No. 16 Lancers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-6-1; 0-2 Crossroads) played host to the No. 16 Grace College Lancers (6-3-1; 1-1 Crossroads) Wednesday evening at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium in a Crossroads League game and fell 2-1 despite a gritty performance in the second half.

As the game got underway, the Lancers applied the pressure on offense. The Cougars struggled to produce a scoring opportunity through the first 45 minutes as they were held to just one shot in the first half.

The Lancers meanwhile initially struggled against the Cougars defense along with senior goalkeeper Melanie Xouris making a couple saves.

But then in the 21st minute, a corner kick from the Lancers was headed towards the net off the crossbar. What followed was a rebound from the Lancers who put it in the net for the first goal of the game.

The remainder of the first half went scoreless as the Lancers held their 1-0 lead into the half.

During the first half, the Lancers managed 10 shots with five on goal, and Xouris making four saves.

Heading into the second half, the Cougars began applying more consistent pressure on offense. Both teams would battle back and forth throughout the second half, but neither was able to gain an edge.

Xouris made a couple more saves to give her team a chance to win, but after the early minutes the Cougars couldn’t produce a scoring opportunity for the remainder of the game. Then in the 76th minute, the Lancers added some insurance with a second goal, doubling the lead.

In the final minutes though, the Cougars didn’t go quietly. They kept battling and then freshman midfielder Carlee Biddle got the rebound off a shot and found the net to get the Cougars on the board now trailing 2-1.

Biddle’s goal came in the 82nd minute though, and the Cougars didn’t have enough time to produce another scoring chance as they fell in the end.

Throughout the game, Xouris made four saves on six shots on goal, while the Cougars had two shots on goal themselves.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Goshen, Indiana for a road conference match against the Goshen College Maple Leafs (4-4; 0-1 Crossroads) beginning at 2:00 pm.

ST. FRANCIS MSOCCER: Grace Lancers Prove too Strong for Cougars to Overcome

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (4-5-2; 0-2 Crossroads) traveled to Winona Lake, Indiana Wednesday evening for a road conference game against the Grace College Lancers (4-6; 1-0 Crossroads) but couldn’t produce enough offense falling 3-0.

As the game got underway, the first shot of the game taken by the Lancers got past sophomore goalkeeper Gabe Vessely to put Grace ahead 1-0 in the fourth minute of play.

Through the next several minutes of the first half, it was the Lancers applying the consistent pressure on the Cougars defense getting six shots in the first 25 minutes.

Both goalkeepers then had to step up and make a save each, and no more scoring was done in the first half as the Cougars went to the locker room trailing by one.

Opening the second half, the script remained like the first. Both teams managed a couple shots to open the frame, but then the third shot taken by Grace found the net as they doubled their lead over Saint Francis.

The Cougars then produced a scoring chance for themselves though it fell short, and less than 10 minutes later in the 63rd minute, the Lancers made it three goals on the game, producing a lead too big for the Cougars to overcome as they dropped their second straight in conference.

Throughout the game the Cougars had seven shots with three being on goal while Vessely made three saves on six shots on goal by the Lancers.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday evening when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium for a home conference match against the Goshen College Maple Leafs (4-3-3; 0-1 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm. In addition to Saturday’s game, the Cougars will also honor their seniors for Senior Day.

ST. FRANCIS VOLLEYBALL: Cougars Suffer Tough Loss to No. 16 IWU Wildcats

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (4-18; 2-8 Crossroads) traveled to Marion, Indiana Wednesday evening for a Crossroads League match against the No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats (10-3; 7-3 Crossroads), and lost in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-12, and 25-13.

In the opening set, the Wildcats set the tone. With a 6-4 score, they then pulled ahead, and thanks in large part to a nine-point service run, Indiana Wesleyan took the opening set.

Opening the second set, the Wildcats picked up where they left off, jumping out to an 11-3 lead over the Cougars. During the frame, the Cougars didn’t manage anymore than three straight points as they fell to go down by two games.

In the third set, the Cougars started out strong battling the Wildcats point for point in the early going. But after the score stood 6-4 in favor of Indiana Wesleyan, Saint Francis fell further behind and was never able to recover as they suffer the tough loss.

Throughout the match, freshman outside hitter Paige Fortkamp led the team in kills with 10, freshman setter Alexa Sparks led in assists with 18, and junior libero Maile Steckelberg had a team-leading 11 digs.

The Cougars resume play next Wednesday evening when they travel to Winona Lake, Indiana for a conference road match against the Grace College Lancers (8-10; 3-7 Crossroads) beginning at 7:00 pm. 

VUVB’s offensive efficiency helps lead Blazers to Region 24 win over Lake Land

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University volleyball team remained unbeaten in Region 24 play after defeating Lake Land College, 25-9, 25-8, 25-18, Wednesday night.

VU returned to their home floor for the first time in 11 days and defended their home floor well against the Lakers.

Vincennes opened the match by scoring 10 of the first 12 points and continued to build to a 21-7 advantage.

VUVB would close out the first set strong, taking the opening set 25-9.

The Blazers continued to roll in to the second set, scoring 12 of the first 14 points of the set, behind some well-placed serves by freshmen Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) and Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.).

Vincennes looked overpowered in set two, building a 23-7 lead before taking the set 25-8 to take a 2-0 match lead.

VU continued to look strong midway through the third set, well on their way to a sweep while holding a 13-6 lead.

The Lakers fought back however and to cut the Trailblazer lead to just three points.

Vincennes bounced back and closed out the third set by scoring five of the final six points, winning the set and the match 25-18.

“We just served really well. I know we only came away with three aces, but I don’t think you can judge how a team served just on the number of aces,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We targeted certain players and took them out of the offense and really effected their passing.”

“Our serving game was extremely good. I would use the word surgical, because we really hit a majority of the passers that we wanted to target and that’s tough to do,” Sien added. “Our defense read them extremely well also. Lake Land was trying to tip the ball on us and our two middle backs Amee Beedle and Addison Ainscough did an extremely good job of going from corner to corner and covering all kinds of tips, which means they were really prepared to play.”

The Trailblazers were led offensively by Addison Ainscough and fellow freshman Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland).

Ainscough would finish with her fifth double-double of the season, ending with a team-high 11 kills and 10 digs. Ainscough would also add an ace and a block assist to her totals and a .375 hitting percentage.

Szybinska also reached double-digit kills, finishing with 10 on the night, while also contributing three digs and two block assists and a .471 hitting percentage.

Sophomores Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) and Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) controlled the net both on offense and defense for the Blazers.

Russell finished with seven kills offensively and a team-high three block assists on the defensive side.

Cornelson ended her night five kills and a team-high three block assists. Cornelson also finished the match with no hitting errors, giving her a .714 hitting percentage on the night.

Freshman setters Hannah Graber and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) ran the VU offense, with Graber ending the match with 19 set assists and Mulligan adding 14.

The VUVB offense was very efficient hitting the ball against the Lakers, finishing with a .298 hitting percentage as a team.

Defensively the Blazers were led by sophomores Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.) and Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.).

Beedle led VU with 13 digs on the night, with Earp finishing right behind her with 12. Earp would also add a pair of set assists to her line score.

“Hitting nearly .300, that’s exceptional against a good team,” Sien said. “We always say, if we pass on-point, it’s hard to stop us on offense because of the type of players that we have out there.”

“Our setters made some really good choices tonight, holding their middle blockers as long as possible so we were hitting against one blocker instead of two,” Sien added. “One hitter going up against one blocker, the advantage is to the hitter and that’s the definition of being ‘in system’ offensively.”

The Blazers will hit the road this weekend for a pair of Region 24 matches. Starting Friday, Oct. 1 when VU travels to take on Wabash Valley at 7 p.m. eastern.

Vincennes will follow that with a rematch with Lake Land College in Mattoon, Ill, Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. eastern.

“We can’t be overconfident heading into this weekend,” Sien said. “Obviously we had a really good match tonight, but that’s done and the tough thing, which doesn’t normally happen, is we have to face the same opponent twice in four days in Lake Land.”

“Going to Wabash Valley on Friday, they are going to be tough. They returned a number of their starting players from last year. We split with them last year, so we can’t just assume that they are going to lay down for us. It’s going to be a pretty tough game. The nice thing with facing Wabash Valley is that it’s not the long of a drive. It’s under an hour, so that’s almost like it’s a home game.”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Tampa Bay9860.62052 – 2946 – 3149 – 2419 – 1315 – 186 – 4W 1
NY Yankees9068.570845 – 3345 – 3534 – 3822 – 1022 – 127 – 3L 1
Boston8969.563949 – 3240 – 3741 – 3420 – 1315 – 186 – 4W 1
Toronto8870.5571044 – 3244 – 3839 – 3319 – 1516 – 165 – 5W 1
Baltimore51107.3234726 – 5425 – 5319 – 5310 – 2415 – 174 – 6L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox9168.57251 – 2740 – 4119 – 1442 – 3116 – 176 – 4W 4
Cleveland7781.48713.540 – 4137 – 4013 – 2142 – 3313 – 164 – 6L 2
Detroit7583.47515.542 – 3933 – 4418 – 1428 – 4418 – 165 – 5L 4
Kansas City7385.46217.538 – 3935 – 4612 – 2135 – 3714 – 196 – 4W 2
Minnesota7187.44919.538 – 4233 – 4513 – 2035 – 3713 – 206 – 4W 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9266.58248 – 2944 – 3717 – 1319 – 1647 – 265 – 5L 1
Seattle8970.5603.545 – 3344 – 3719 – 1515 – 1746 – 279 – 1W 4
Oakland8574.5357.543 – 3842 – 3615 – 1823 – 1036 – 373 – 7L 3
LA Angels7583.4751740 – 4235 – 4116 – 1721 – 1227 – 453 – 7W 1
Texas58100.3673434 – 4324 – 5714 – 2010 – 1927 – 483 – 7L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta8572.54139 – 3746 – 3542 – 3022 – 1215 – 169 – 1W 5
Philadelphia8177.5134.547 – 3434 – 4340 – 3220 – 1413 – 195 – 5L 3
NY Mets7583.47510.546 – 3429 – 4937 – 3513 – 2016 – 173 – 7L 1
Miami6593.41120.540 – 3825 – 5533 – 3912 – 2017 – 173 – 7W 1
Washington6594.4092135 – 4330 – 5130 – 4614 – 1811 – 234 – 6L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Milwaukee9563.60145 – 3650 – 2717 – 1447 – 2823 – 94 – 6W 1
Y-St. Louis8870.557743 – 3445 – 3617 – 1640 – 3220 – 139 – 1L 1
Cincinnati8277.51613.544 – 3738 – 4020 – 1342 – 3111 – 225 – 5L 2
Chi Cubs6890.4302739 – 4229 – 4813 – 2132 – 4017 – 152 – 8W 1
Pittsburgh5999.3733635 – 4224 – 5717 – 1721 – 5111 – 213 – 7L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco10454.65851 – 2653 – 2821 – 1120 – 1450 – 228 – 2W 5
Y-LA Dodgers10256.646254 – 2348 – 3324 – 917 – 1349 – 268 – 2W 3
San Diego7880.4942645 – 3633 – 4415 – 1816 – 1733 – 391 – 9L 5
Colorado7385.4623148 – 3325 – 5219 – 1314 – 1930 – 433 – 7W 2
Arizona50108.3165430 – 4820 – 6013 – 2113 – 1920 – 522 – 8L 3

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills210.6670.094441-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-02 W
Miami Dolphins120.3331.045820-1-01-1-01-2-01-1-02 L
New England Patriots120.3331.054510-2-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New York Jets030.0002.020700-1-00-2-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders3001.0000.090722-0-01-0-03-0-00-0-03 W
Denver Broncos3001.0000.076261-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Los Angeles Chargers210.6671.067600-1-02-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs120.3332.092951-1-00-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals210.6670.068541-0-01-1-01-0-01-0-01 W
Baltimore Ravens210.6670.082851-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Cleveland Browns210.6670.086602-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers120.3331.050660-2-01-0-01-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans210.6670.071841-1-01-0-01-0-01-0-02 W
Houston Texans120.3331.067761-1-00-1-01-1-01-0-02 L
Indianapolis Colts030.0002.056800-2-00-1-00-1-00-1-03 L
Jacksonville Jaguars030.0002.053910-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys210.6670.090691-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-02 W
Washington Football Team120.3331.067921-1-00-1-01-0-01-0-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles120.3331.064640-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-02 L
New York Giants030.0002.056740-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Rams3001.0000.095622-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-03 W
Arizona Cardinals3001.0000.0103651-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-03 W
San Francisco 49ers210.6671.086740-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Seattle Seahawks120.3332.075790-1-01-1-00-1-00-0-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers210.6670.068831-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears120.3331.040771-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-01 L
Minnesota Vikings120.3331.087781-0-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions030.0002.067950-2-00-1-00-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Carolina Panthers3001.0000.069302-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers210.6671.0103882-0-00-1-02-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints210.6671.073421-0-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons120.3332.048940-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England29205457342311-2-19-3-365
Nashville SC27111334626208-7-03-6-346
D.C.27124114839910-0-32-4-840
New York City FC27116104432128-2-33-4-739
Philadelphia261097332678-3-32-6-439
Atlanta271098363158-3-32-6-539
Orlando City SC2710983940-17-4-23-5-639
CF Montreal2710710383627-3-33-4-737
Columbus2797113236-47-3-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2695122541-165-2-74-3-532
New York268711323025-5-33-2-831
Chicago2876152843-156-5-51-1-1027
Toronto FC2757153153-223-5-42-2-1122
FC Cincinnati2648142851-231-5-53-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2615654122196-4-39-2-251
Sporting KC2714764729187-5-27-2-449
Colorado2613943824147-6-16-3-348
Portland2713410444408-2-35-2-743
Real Salt Lake2711610444228-4-23-2-839
Los Angeles27115113844-67-2-44-3-738
Minnesota2610793032-28-2-32-5-637
Vancouver2681083134-37-2-41-8-434
Los Angeles FC2796123940-16-5-33-1-933
San Jose2789103541-64-3-74-6-333
FC Dallas2869133947-84-6-32-3-1027
Houston28512113141-105-6-30-6-827
Austin2764172743-164-2-72-2-1022

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference