INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL RANKINGS
1)CENTER GROVE H.S. 10-0 (218)
2)CARROLL (FORT WAYNE H.S. 9-0 (160)
2)LAKE CENTRAL H.S. 8-1 (160)
4)NOBLESVILLE H.S. 8-3 (146)
5)CARMEL H.S. 7-1 (142)
6)INDPLS CATHEDRAL H.S. 7-1 (86)
7)EVANS. NORTH H.S. 7-2 (54)
8)FLOYD CENTRAL H.S. 7-3 (40)
9)EVANS. CENTRAL H.S. 9-1 (36)
10)MOORESVILLE H.S. 0-0 (34)
BEDFORD N.L. H.S., BLOOMINGTON NORTH H.S., BLOOMINGTON SOUTH H.S., ELKHART CENTRAL H.S., F.W. NORTH H.S., F.W. SNIDER H.S., HAMILTON S.E. H.S., KANKAKEE VALLEY H.S., LAPORTE H.S., MT. VERNON H.S. (FORTVILLE), PENN H.S, SEYMOUR H.S., WESTFIELD H.S., ZIONSVILLE H.S.,
1)ANDREAN H.S. 6-2 (188)
2)WESTERN H.S. 7-1 (182)
3)JASPER H.S. 8-0 (168)
4)CRAWFORDSVILLE H.S. 9-2 (140)
5)GUERIN CATHOLIC H.S. 7-1 (138)
6)NEW PRAIRIE H.S. 7-2 (114)
7)SILVER CREEK H.S. 7-3 (84)
8)WEST VIGO H.S. 6-2 (62)
9)HANOVER CENTRAL H.S. 8-1 (50)
10)CHARLESTOWN H.S. 7-0 (44)
BATESVILLE H.S., BEECH GROVE H.S., CONNERSVILLE H.S., EVANS. MEMORIAL H.S., GLENN H.S. (JOHN GLENN), MISHAWAKA MARIAN H.S., NORTH MONTGOMERY H.S., NORTHWESTERN H.S., NORWELL H.S., PRINCETON H.S., SCOTTSBURG H.S, SOUTH BEND ST.JOE H.S., SOUTHRIDGE H.S., YORKTOWN H.S.,
1)ILLIANA CHRISTIAN HS 7-1 (238)
2)FOREST PARK H.S. 7-1 (184)
3)SOUTH CENTRAL H.S. (UNION MILLS) 6-3 (130)
4)MITCHELL H.S. 8-1 (124)
5)DELPHI H.S. 5-2 (116)
6)PROVIDENCE H.S. 3-1 (102)
7)PARK TUDOR H.S. 6-0 (92)
8)SEEGER H.S. 7-3 (70)
9)WAPAHANI H.S. 4-4 (62)
10)UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL 5-4 (58)
BLACKFORD H.S., BOONE GROVE H.S., CARROLL (FLORA) H.S., CASCADE H.S., EASTERN (GREENTOWN) H.S., EVANS. MATER DEI H.S., F.W. BISHOP LUERS H.S., HAGERSTOWN H.S., LAPEL H.S., NORTHEASTERN H.S., SHENANDOAH H.S., SOUTH KNOX H.S, WABASH H.S.,
1)LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC H.S. 5-4 (196)
2)CLAY CITY H.S. 8-0 (174)
3)BORDEN H.S. 4-2 (134)
4)LOOGOOTEE H.S. 6-2 (102)
5)TECUMSEH H.S. 1-2 (90)
6)INDPLS LUTHERAN H.S. 0-1 (76)
7)BARR-REEVE H.S. 5-3 (68)
8)SHAKAMAK H.S. 1-1 (52)
9)DALEVILLE H.S. 3-0 (48)
9)RISING SUN H.S. 4-1 (48)
BLOOMFIELD H.S., F.W. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN H.S., GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, KOUTS H.S., MORGAN TWP. H.S., MORRISTOWN H.S., NORTH DAVIESS H.S., NORTHEAST DUBOIS H.S., SOUTH DECATUR H.S., TRINITY LUTHERAN H.S., UNION CITY H.S., WES-DEL H.S., WEST CENTRAL H.S., WEST WASHINGTON H.S.,
CENTRAL INDIANA BASEBALL SCORES
BISHOP CHATARD 15 WARREN CENTRAL 3
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 13 SCECINA 3
PARK TUDOR 18 HORIZON CHRISTIAN 5
EDGEWOOD 13 COLUMBIS EAST 3
SHELBYVILLE 3 KNIGHTSTOWN 1
CARMEL 19 WESTFIELD 2
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: https://www.maxpreps.com/in/baseball/scores/?date=4/17/2023
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL RANKINGS
2 CENTER GROVE
3 COLUMBUS NORTH
5 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
6 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
8 PENDLETON HEIGHTS
9 NEW PALESTINE
10 LAKE CENTRAL
3 HANOVER CENTRAL
5 GIBSON SOUTHERN
7 NEW PRAIRIE
8 FRANKLIN COUNTY
9 BEECH GROVE
10 CONNERSVILLE/SILVER CREEK
1 NORTH POSEY
4 EASTERN HANCOCK/CENTRAL NOBLE
6 UNION COUNTY
7 EASTERN GREENTOWN
8 ILLIANA CHRISTIAN
1 BARR REEVE
2 WEST CENTRAL
4 NE DUBOIS
6 MORGAN TOWNSHIP
7 NORTH MIAMI
8 CLAY CITY
10 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
CENTRAL INDIANA SOFTBALL SCORES
COLUMBUS NORTH 7 COLUMBIS EAST 0
PARK TUDOR 23 RIVERSIDE 0
BLOOMFIELD 29 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 0
CENTER GROVE 7 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 1
SHELBYVILLE 12 GREENWOOD 2
RUSHVILLE 11 GREENSBURG 1
CASCADE 12 GREENCASTLE 0
PLAINFIELD 1 NORTHVIEW 0
COMPLETE SCOREBOARD: https://www.maxpreps.com/in/softball/scores/?date=4/17/2023
PHILADELPHIA 96 BROOKLYN 84
SACRAMENTO 114 GOLDEN STATE 106
NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
***MILWAUKEE BUCKS (1) VS. MIAMI HEAT (8)
GAME 2: HEAT VS. BUCKS | WED., APRIL 19 | 9 ET (NBA TV)
GAME 3: BUCKS VS. HEAT | SAT., APRIL 22 | 7:30 ET (ESPN)
GAME 4: BUCKS VS. HEAT | MON., APRIL 24 | TBD
*GAME 5: HEAT VS. BUCKS | WED., APRIL 26 | TBD
*GAME 6: BUCKS VS. HEAT | FRI, APRIL 28 | TBD
*GAME 7: HEAT VS. BUCKS | SUN., APRIL 20 | TBD
***BOSTON CELTICS (2) VS. ATLANTA HAWKS (7)
GAME 2: HAWKS VS. CELTICS | TUES., APRIL 18 | 7 ET (NBA TV)
GAME 3: CELTICS VS. HAWKS | FRI., APRIL 21 | 7 ET (ESPN)
GAME 4: CELTICS VS. HAWKS | SUN, APRIL 23 | 7 ET (TNT)
*GAME 5: HAWKS VS. CELTICS | TUES., APRIL 25 | TBD
*GAME 6: CELTICS VS. HAWKS | THURS., APRIL 27 | TBD
*GAME 7: HAWKS VS. CELTICS | SAT., APRIL 29 | TBD
***PHILADELPHIA 76ERS (3) VS. BROOKLYN NETS (6)
GAME 3: 76ERS VS. NETS | THURS., APRIL 20 | 7:30 ET (TNT)
GAME 4: 76ERS VS. NETS | SAT., APRIL 22 | 1 ET (TNT)
*GAME 5: NETS VS. 76ERS | MON., APRIL 24 | TBD
*GAME 6: 76ERS VS. NETS | THURS., APRIL 27 | TBD
*GAME 7: NETS VS. 76ERS | SAT., APRIL 29 | TBD
***CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (4) VS. NEW YORK KNICKS (5)
GAME 2: KNICKS VS. CAVALIERS | TUES., APRIL 18 | 7:30 ET (TNT)
GAME 3: CAVALIERS VS. KNICKS | FRI., APRIL 21 | 8:30 ET (ABC)
GAME 4: CAVALIERS VS. KNICKS | SUN., APRIL 23 | 1 ET (ABC)
*GAME 5: KNICKS VS. CAVALIERS | TBD
*GAME 6: CAVALIERS VS. KNICKS | TBD
*GAME 7: KNICKS VS. CAVALIERS | TBD
***DENVER NUGGETS (1) VS. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES (8)
GAME 2: TIMBERWOLVES VS. NUGGETS | WED., APRIL 19 | 10 ET (TNT)
GAME 3: NUGGETS VS. TIMBERWOLVES | FRI., APRIL 21 | 9:30 ET (ESPN)
GAME 4: NUGGETS VS. TIMBERWOLVES | SUN., APRIL 23 | 9:30 ET (TNT)
*GAME 5: TIMBERWOLVES VS. NUGGETS | TUES., APRIL 25 | TBD
*GAME 6: NUGGETS VS. TIMBERWOLVES | THURS., APRIL 27 | TBD
*GAME 7: TIMBERWOLVES VS. NUGGETS | SAT., APRIL 29 | TBD
***MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES (2) VS. L.A. LAKERS (7)
GAME 2: LAKERS VS. GRIZZLIES | WED., APRIL 19 | 7:30 ET (TNT)
GAME 3: GRIZZLIES VS. LAKERS | SAT., APRIL 22 | 10 ET (ESPN)
GAME 4: GRIZZLIES VS. LAKERS | MON. APRIL 24 | TBD
*GAME 5: LAKERS VS. GRIZZLIES | WED., APRIL 26 | TBD
*GAME 6: GRIZZLIES VS. LAKERS | FRI., APRIL 28 | TBD
*GAME 7: LAKERS VS. GRIZZLIES | SUN., APRIL 30 | TBD
***SACRAMENTO KINGS (3) VS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (6)
GAME 1: SACRAMENTO 126 GOLDEN STATE 123
GAME 3: KINGS VS. WARRIORS | THURS., APRIL 20 | 10 ET (TNT)
GAME 4: KINGS VS. WARRIORS | SUN., APRIL 23 | 3.30 ET (ABC)
*GAME 5: WARRIORS VS. KINGS | WED., APRIL 26 | TBD
*GAME 6: KINGS VS. WARRIORS | FRI., APRIL 28 | TBD
*GAME 7: WARRIORS VS. KINGS | SUN., APRIL 30 | TBD
***PHOENIX SUNS (4) VS. LA CLIPPERS (5)
GAME 2: CLIPPERS VS. SUNS | TUES., APRIL 18 | 10 ET (TNT)
GAME 3: SUNS VS. CLIPPERS | THURS., APRIL 20 | 10:30 ET (NBA TV)
GAME 4: SUNS VS. CLIPPERS | SAT., APRIL 22 | 3:30 ET (TNT)
*GAME 5: CLIPPERS VS. SUNS | TUES., APRIL 25 | TBD
*GAME 6: SUNS VS. CLIPPERS | THURS., APRIL 27 | TBD
*GAME 7: CLIPPERS VS. SUNS | SAT., APRIL 29 | TBD (TNT)
* IF NECESSARY
NHL PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
CAROLINA 2 NY ISLANDERS 1
BOSTON 3 FLORIDA 1
MINNESOTA 3 DALLAS 2
LOS ANGELES 4 EDMONTON 3
NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
***BOSTON BRUINS (A1) VS. FLORIDA PANTHERS (WC2)
WED., APRIL 19: PANTHERS AT BRUINS, 7:30 P.M. ET, ESPN, SNE, SNO, SNP, CBC, TVAS
FRI., APRIL 21: BRUINS AT PANTHERS, 7:30 P.M. ET, TNT, SNE, SNO, SNP, CBC, TVAS
SUN., APRIL 23: BRUINS AT PANTHERS, 3:30 P.M. ET, TNT, SN1, TVAS
WED., APRIL 26: PANTHERS AT BRUINS, TBA
FRI., APRIL 28: BRUINS AT PANTHERS, TBA
SUN., APRIL 30: PANTHERS AT BRUINS, TBA
***TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (A2) VS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (A3)
TUE., APRIL 18: LIGHTNING AT MAPLE LEAFS, 7:30 P.M. ET, SNE, SNO, SNP, CBC, TVAS, ESPN
THU., APRIL 20: LIGHTNING AT MAPLE LEAFS, 7 P.M. ET, SN, CBC, TVAS, ESPN
SAT., APRIL 22: MAPLE LEAFS AT LIGHTNING, 7 P.M. ET, TBS, SN, CBC, TVAS
MON., APRIL 24: MAPLE LEAFS AT LIGHTNING, 7:30 P.M. ET, TBS, SNE, SNO, SNP, CBC
THUR., APRIL 27: LIGHTNING AT MAPLE LEAFS, TBA
SAT., APRIL 29: MAPLE LEAFS AT LIGHTNING, TBA
MON., MAY 1: LIGHTNING AT MAPLE LEAFS, TBA
***CAROLINA HURRICANES (M1) VS. NEW YORK ISLANDERS (WC1)
WED., APRIL 19: ISLANDERS AT HURRICANES, 7 P.M. ET, ESPN2, SN360, TVAS22
FRI., APRIL 21: HURRICANES AT ISLANDERS, 7 P.M. ET, TBS, SN1, TVAS
SUN., APRIL 23: HURRICANES AT ISLANDERS, 1 P.M. ET, TNT, SN360, TVAS
TUE., APRIL 25: ISLANDERS AT HURRICANES, TBA
FRI., APRIL 28: HURRICANES AT ISLANDERS, TBA
SUN., APRIL 30: ISLANDERS AT HURRICANES, TBA
***NEW JERSEY DEVILS (M2) VS. NEW YORK RANGERS (M3)
TUE., APRIL 18: RANGERS AT DEVILS, 7 P.M. ET, TBS, SN360, TVAS2
THU., APRIL 20: RANGERS AT DEVILS, 7:30 P.M. ET, TBS, SN360, TVAS
SAT., APRIL 22: DEVILS AT RANGERS, 8 P.M. ET, ABC, ESPN+, SN1, CITY, TVAS
MON., APRIL 24: DEVILS AT RANGERS, 7 P.M. ET, ESPN, SN360, TVAS
THUR., APRIL 27: RANGERS AT DEVILS, TBA
SAT., APRIL 29: DEVILS AT RANGERS, TBA
MON., MAY 1: RANGERS AT DEVILS, TBA
***COLORADO AVALANCHE (C1) VS. SEATTLE KRAKEN (WC1)
TUE., APRIL 18: KRAKEN AT AVALANCHE, 10 P.M. ET, ESPN, SN360, TVAS
THU., APRIL 20: KRAKEN AT AVALANCHE, 9:30 P.M. ET, ESPN, SN360, FX, TVAS
SAT., APRIL 22: AVALANCHE AT KRAKEN. 10 P.M. ET, TBS, SN360, TVAS
MON., APRIL 24: AVALANCHE AT KRAKEN, 10 P.M. ET, TBS, SN360, TVAS
WED., APRIL 26: KRAKEN AT AVALANCHE, TBA
FRI., APRIL 28: AVALANCHE AT KRAKEN, TBA
SUN., APRIL 30: KRAKEN AT AVALANCHE, TBA
***DALLAS STARS (C2) VS. MINNESOTA WILD (C3)
WED., APRIL 19: WILD AT STARS, 9:30 P.M. ET, ESPN2, SN360, TVAS
FRI., APRIL 21: STARS AT WILD, 9:30 P.M. ET, TBS, SN1, TVAS
SUN., APRIL 23: STARS AT WILD, 6:30 P.M. ET, TBS, SNE, SNO, SNP, TVAS
TUE., APRIL 25: WILD AT STARS, TBA
FRI., APRIL 28: STARS AT WILD, TBA
SUN., APRIL 30: WILD AT STARS, TBA
***VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (P1) VS. WINNIPEG JETS (WC2)
TUE., APRIL 18: JETS AT GOLDEN KNIGHTS, 9:30 P.M. ET, ESPN2, SNW, TVAS2
THU., APRIL 20 JETS AT GOLDEN KNIGHTS, 10 P.M. ET, TBS, SN, CBC, TVAS
SAT., APRIL 22: GOLDEN KNIGHTS AT JETS, 4 P.M. ET, SN, CBC, TVAS, TBS
MON., APRIL 24: GOLDEN KNIGHTS AT JETS, 9:30 P.M. ET, SNW, TVAS, ESPN
THU., APRIL 27: JETS AT GOLDEN KNIGHTS, TBA
SAT., APRIL 29: GOLDEN KNIGHTS AT JETS, TBA
MON., MAY 1: JETS AT GOLDEN KNIGHTS, TBA
***EDMONTON OILERS (P2) VS. LOS ANGELES KINGS (P3)
WED., APRIL 19: KINGS AT OILERS, 10 P.M. ET, SN, CBC, TVAS, ESPN
FRI., APRIL 21: OILERS AT KINGS, 10 P.M. ET, SN, CBC, TVAS, TNT
SUN., APRIL 23: OILERS AT KINGS, 9 P.M. ET, SN, CBC, TVAS, TBS
TUE., APRIL 25: KINGS AT OILERS, TBA
SAT., APRIL 29: OILERS AT KINGS, TBA
MON., MAY 1: KINGS AT OILERS, TBA
* IF NECESSARY
TBD – TO BE DETERMINED
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
PHILADELPHIA AT CHICAGO WHITE SOX POSTPONED
CINCINNATI 8 TAMPA BAY 1
CHICAGO CUBS 10 OAKLAND 1
MILWAUKEE 7 SEATTLE 3
LA ANGELS 5 BOSTON 4
CLEVELAND AT DETROIT POSTPONED
TEXAS 4 KANSAS CITY 0
HOUSTON 9 TORONTO 2
MIAMI 4 SAN FRANCISCO 3
ARIZONA 6 ST. LOUIS 3
PITTSBURGH 14 COLORADO 3
ATLANTA 2 SAN DIEGO 0
NY METS 8 LA DODGERS 6
TOP NATIONAL NEWS
AP SOURCE: HURTS, EAGLES AGREE TO 5-YEAR, $255M EXTENSION
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jalen Hurts finished runner-up to Patrick Mahomes in AP NFL MVP voting and lost again to him when Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs beat Hurts’ Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl.
But no QB is atop Hurts now – Philadelphia’s franchise player is about to become the highest-paid player in average annual value in NFL history.
Hurts and the Eagles are set to sign one of the richest deals in NFL history, agreeing to a five-year, $255 million extension, including $179.3 million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal was not yet final.
The Eagles announced later Monday on social media that “QB1 is here to stay.”
“Keeping the main thing in Philly,” they tweeted, referencing one of Hurts’ mottos. “We’ve agreed to terms with Jalen Hurts on a 5-year extension through the 2028 season.”
The 24-year-old Hurts was expected to receive $51 million per season – topping Mahomes and Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers – and only Cleveland’s Deshaun Watson ($230M) and Arizona’s Kyler Murray ($189.5M) received more in a single contract.
“Our job in this league is go out there and win football games and make money while doing it, and I’m glad the guys dong it the right way are getting the job security they deserve,” Mahomes said Monday.
Those numbers could be topped soon depending on how the contract situation between the Baltimore Ravens and QB Lamar Jackson plays out. In a series of tweets, the star quarterback said he requested a trade as of March 2. On March 7, the Ravens put the nonexclusive franchise tag on Jackson and said they were still hopeful they could reach a long-term deal with him.
If Jackson does come back without a new deal, he could play this season on Baltimore’s $32.4 million franchise tag.
Los Angeles Chargers QB Justin Herbert and Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow could each look to Hurts’ deal as a framework for their looming extensions.
The Eagles know where Hurts will be this season.
Hurts delivered a record performance in the Super Bowl, throwing for 304 yards and a touchdown, running for 70 yards and three scores, and adding a game-tying 2-point conversion. Hurts and Mahomes were the first Black QBs to face off in a Super Bowl.
“He’s someone that plays the position the right way, he goes about his business the right way,” Mahomes said. “That’s why they were in the Super Bowl, and he played a great game in the Super Bowl, and proved a lot of people wrong that were still doubting him. It’s great for the quarterback position, the Black quarterbacks coming up behind us. We know about Lamar and the situation there, getting these guys the deals they deserve.”
Philadelphia went 14-1 in Hurts’ starts and he had 3,701 yards passing, 760 yards rushing and 35 touchdowns combined in the regular season. He led the Eagles to the top seed in the NFC and a playoff victory over the New York Giants and over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC championship game.
The Eagles went 0-2 when Hurts sat out two late-season games because of a sprained right shoulder.
The Eagles stunned fans when they drafted Hurts out of Oklahoma in the second round in 2020. They seemingly had Carson Wentz entrenched at QB and had more pressing needs. Hurt was expected to serve as insurance for Wentz. Instead, he supplanted him and became one of the top young quarterbacks in the NFL.
Hurts’ teammates were thrilled to have him back in Philly for years to come.
“Dinner on JalenHurts!” right tackle Lane Johnson tweeted, along with money-bag emojis.
“my birthday is coming up at the right time!!!” tweeted wide receiver A.J Brown.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and agent Nicole Lynn negotiated the deal with Hurts, who was set to enter the 2023 season on the final year of his rookie contract. He didn’t become the full-time starter until 2021.
Now, the Eagles can’t imagine any other player taking the snaps.
AP SOURCE: JETS’ QUINNEN WILLIAMS SKIPS START OF WORKOUTS
(AP) — New York Jets All-Pro defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is not attending the start of the team’s voluntary workouts while he seeks a contract extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.
Williams is staying away from the team while the sides negotiate a potential new deal, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because teams don’t announce who doesn’t attend the voluntary offseason program. Williams’ absence Monday was expected after he said in January he wouldn’t participate without a new contract.
NFL Network first reported that Williams was not present Monday as the Jets began their offseason program.
The 25-year-old Williams, a first-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection last season, is entering the final year of his rookie contract after being drafted third overall out of Alabama in 2019. He is due to make a fully guaranteed $9.6 million this year after his fifth-year option was picked up by the Jets last offseason.
Williams is in line for a big payday as other interior defensive linemen have received large contracts this offseason. Washington’s Daron Payne received the franchise tag but then agreed last month to a four-year contract worth $90 million, with $60 million guaranteed.
San Francisco signed Javon Hargrave to a four-year, $84 million contract last month. Tennessee’s Jeffrey Simmons agreed earlier this month to a four-year extension reportedly worth up to $94 million, with $66 million guaranteed, including a $24 million signing bonus.
Williams is coming off his best season, when he set career highs with 12 sacks, 28 quarterback hits and 12 tackles for loss while establishing himself as one of the game’s elite defensive tackles. He was also selected the Jets’ MVP by his teammates.
“I did everything right on and off the field,” Williams said the day after the Jets’ 7-10 season ended. “I want to be compensated for what I am.”
Jets general manager Joe Douglas told reporters at the league meetings in Phoenix last month that talks with Williams’ agent were “in a positive place” but added there was “no exact timeline” for when a deal would get completed.
Williams has 27 1/2 career sacks with 60 quarterback hits, 33 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in his four NFL seasons.
New York re-signed Williams’ older brother Quincy in March, giving the linebacker an $18 million deal that includes $9 million in guarantees.
CHIEFS’ MAHOMES: ANKLE RECOVERING AS OFFSEASON WORK BEGINS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes plans to be ready for training camp with no limitations from the high ankle sprain that occurred during the playoffs and was such the focal point of their run to a Super Bowl victory in February.
The Chiefs began their offseason program Monday, though most of their players will spend the first two weeks of voluntary workouts at home and meeting through Zoom.
That includes Mahomes, who has gathered a group of wide receivers, running backs and tight ends at his home in Texas for the second straight year for their own workouts.
Mahomes was hurt in the divisional round of the playoffs when a Jacksonville pass rusher landed on his ankle late in the first quarter. He had X-rays taken at the stadium and returned to lead Kansas City to the 27-20 victory, then managed to play with the injury in an AFC title game win over the Bengals before beating the Eagles for his second Lombardi Trophy.
“Right now it’s been more about managing it and getting the mobility back as best I can,” Mahomes said. “I wouldn’t say I’m 100% but I haven’t had any limitations. … You want to make sure you’re still building. You might be a little sore on the weekend, but I feel like we’ve done a good job of pushing it to the limit.”
Mahomes said he hasn’t tested the ankle with full-speed running and cutting, but that could happen in the next couple of weeks, or about the time he joins the rest of the Chiefs for voluntary workouts at the team facility in Kansas City.
He also said the ankle injury isn’t as bad as the foot injury that required surgery in February 2021 and caused him to miss much of the offseason program.
In that case, Mahomes was still careful with the injury when he arrived at training camp.
“The foot was way more serious than the ankle has been,” said Mahomes, who broke the Chiefs franchise record with 5,250 yards passing along with an NFL-leading 41 touchdown passes last season. “The foot, having the surgery and having that cast on, really cut down my mobility a lot. I had to work on that into the next season.
“The ankle, I feel like we’ve improved the last few weeks a ton,” Mahomes continued. “The swelling went down finally. I didn’t have that soreness after a few days of work. With the improvements we’ve made, I have a great feeling by the time we get to training camp we won’t have any limitations.”
Mahomes said he took about two weeks off after the Chiefs celebrated their Super Bowl victory with a parade to Union Station, where the NFL will hold its draft next week. Then he got back to work with his longtime trainer, Bobby Stroupe.
“I mean, the one thing about winning the Super Bowl is your offseason gets a lot shorter,” he said. “I turned forward pretty quickly. I was ready to get back to next season. You go on your little trips here and there for relaxing, but I try to get in two or three days of workouts with Bobby so I’m back in that OTA mode and ready to go.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid took even less time off after the victory parade. He had to make some changes to his coaching staff after losing offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy to the Commanders and assistant Greg Lewis to the Ravens.
By the time that was done, Reid was looking ahead to the scouting combine and the upcoming draft.
That quick turnaround from a long playoff run to the beginning of offseason workouts is why Reid has allowed players to attend meetings remotely the past couple of seasons. He wants them to have enough time to fully recharge.
“I just want them to freshen up,” Reid said. “That season doesn’t seem like it’s very long, but you’re playing in the Super Bowl and having the parade and all of sudden you’re back, so this gives the guys an opportunity to get away.”
DOLPHINS SIGN FORMER PANTHERS, CARDINALS WR CHOSEN ANDERSON
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins signed wide receiver Chosen Anderson on Monday.
Anderson recently played for the Arizona Cardinals, but was released on March 8 after a short and unproductive stint with just seven catches for 76 yards over 10 games.
Anderson entered the league in 2016 as an undrafted college free agent and signed with the Jets. The 29-year-old caught 95 passes for 1,096 yards for the Panthers in 2020 but his production has fallen sharply since that season.
He joins a Dolphins team that has Tyreek Hill, who caught 119 passes for 1,710 yards, and Jaylen Waddle, who had 75 receptions for 1,356 yards last season.
Anderson is the second receiver Miami has added in the offseason – the Dolphins signed former Jets receiver Braxton Barrios in March.
Anderson is a Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native and played at South Plantation High School.
NFL DRAFT-EDGE DEFENDERS
This year’s edge crop features an intriguing collection of sack artists and disruptive playmakers. Anderson is the biggest prize as a high-energy defender with A+ athleticism and pass-rush skills. He’s a monster off the edge with the tools that should help him blossom into a double-digit sack artist early in his NFL career. Wilson is a heavy-handed power rusher with outstanding size and length. The Texas Tech product is a disruptive force at the line of scrimmage with rock-solid skills as a run defender and pass rusher. Van Ness is a versatile front-line defender with a high-revving motor that overwhelms opponents. The Iowa standout offers position flexibility and is a rugged player at the point of attack with outstanding skills as a run stopper/pass rusher. White plays like a bull in a china shop, utilizing an assortment of power maneuvers to create chaos in the backfield. The Georgia Tech standout overwhelms blockers with his relentless approach and non-stop energy. Murphy is an explosive edge defender with outstanding snap-count anticipation and first-step quickness. The Clemson star is a natural pass rusher with the bend-and-burst ability to develop into an annual double-digit sack producer.
WILL ANDERSON JR. ALABAMA
Anderson made an instant impact with the Tide, landing on the SEC All-Freshman Team while starting 13 games for the national champions (52 tackles, 10.5 for loss with seven sacks). The former top-100 overall high school recruit from Hampton, Georgia, showed why he is nicknamed “The Terminator” during his sophomore campaign, winning the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation’s top defender and earning All-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-SEC honors while finishing fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Anderson led the FBS with 34.5 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks among his 102 total stops in 15 starts. He won the Nagurski Trophy and was an All-American and SEC Defensive Player of the Year again in 2022, taking home the Chuck Bednarik Award and Lombardi Award, and the Lott IMPACT Trophy, as well (51 tackles, team-high 17 for loss with 10 sacks, one interception in 13 starts).
Three-year starter for vaunted Alabama program with eye-popping production that encapsulates his potential impact. Anderson is well-built with long arms. He has the rush get-off and skill level to consistently shave edges or pry open rush paths with inside moves. Even when he’s blocked around the arc or on the diagonal, Anderson’s footwork, cornering and closing speed help him dive into the pocket. There is room for more growth with hand usage and he will need to prove he can keep racking up the sack totals outside of Nick Saban’s scheme. Anderson is suited to a 3-4 front, where he can play wider to better allow his length to overcome size deficiencies at the point of attack. His traits, athleticism and production against high-level competition are indicators of a Pro Bowl future.
- Proportional build and excellent arm length.
- Get-off juice to attack the corner.
- Goodie bag filled with tactics and approaches to threaten edges.
- Couples hands and hip flip to flatten the edge into the pocket.
- Uses powerful hips to play through blocker’s inside edge.
- Athleticism and closing burst to hunt down quarterbacks when play extends.
- Fires first hands and anchors down to set a firm edge.
- Wide base and torque power allow for block discards.
- Pursuit speed to catch the runner from the back side.
- Good lateral fluidity and body control for efficient change of direction.
- Motor needs to stay turned up throughout the rep.
- Forced into extended confrontations against linemen at point of attack.
- Hip tightness limits stride length as a rusher.
- Needs to develop hand counters to defeat a well-timed punch.
- Energy as run defender appears to wane at times.
- Tennessee RT Darnell Wright’s length and power gave him issues.
TYREE WILSON TEXAS TECH
Wilson attended Texas A&M after earning second-team All-Texas honors at West Rusk High School, redshirting his first year in College Station and then playing in 12 games off the bench in 2019 (12 tackles, three for loss with 1.5 sacks). He transferred to Texas Tech for 2020, starting five of nine contests (11 tackles, 1.5 sacks). Wilson led the Red Raiders with 13.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks (among 38 total stops) in 13 starts in 2021, garnering honorable mention All-Big 12 honors. He also made the Associated Press All-Bowl Team with four tackles, two sacks and three pass deflections in the team’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl win over Mississippi State. Wilson came out strong as a senior, topping the defense with 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks among his 61 tackles in 10 starts before a foot injury ended his season. He was named a second-team Associated Press All-American and first-team all-conference selection for his efforts.
Long-limbed defender who figures to turn into a full-blown nightmare for opponents if he continues to grow into both his frame and his game. Wilson’s combination of traits and athleticism should yield flashes of dominant play in both phases as he continues to get bigger and stronger. His length and lateral quickness are ingredients for chaos as a back-side run game disruptor. He’s capable of ranging and tackling from distance if the run flows wide. On the flip side, he’s not very instinctive as a run defender and his play demeanor could stand to be a little thornier when attacking blocks. Wilson has the physical tools to create pocket push as a power rusher early on, but the hand usage and rush plan will need tutoring for him to become a well-rounded, two-way rusher. He might not set the world on fire in Year 1, but the talent and vaulted ceiling will be easy to see soon enough.
- Elite size with a massive wingspan.
- Posted high-end production with extensive upside still available.
- Controls tight ends at the point of attack.
- Wrecks run plays with hard back-side crash.
- Length allows for improbable tackles from distance.
- Swings long levers for slap-and-swim rush wins.
- Inside stab move knocks tackle off-balance and opens rush door inside.
- Cuts through the B-gap and into the pocket on end-tackle twists.
- Possesses traits to grab early control of the rush rep with more work.
- Slices through redirection and recovery blocks like butter.
- Lacks explosive get-off and ability to bend and flatten at the arc.
- Hands need to become more skilled and violent as a pro rusher.
- Play can be upright and narrow at the point of attack.
- Slower to process movement and loses his contain.
- Delayed punch and separation, allowing blockers into his frame.
- Needs to attack blocks with a little more bitterness.
LUKAS VAN NESS IOWA
Van Ness earned first-team all-state notice his senior year at Barrington High School in Illinois before signing with the Hawkeyes for the 2020 season. He redshirted as a true freshman but made an impression the following fall, recording 33 tackles, 8.5 for loss, with a team-high seven sacks in 14 appearances to earn Freshman All-American notice. Van Ness did not start any contests in 2022, either, but still garnered second-team All-Big Ten accolades after leading the Hawkeyes with 11 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks among his 38 tackles in 13 games played. He also tied for sixth nationally with two blocked kicks.
Nicknamed “Hercules” by teammates, Van Ness is a well-developed defensive end with excellent lean mass and additional growth still to come. He’s a power-centric prospect with force as his modus operandi as both a run defender and pass rusher. Van Ness needs to work on hand attacks for quicker block shedding and to diversify his rush beyond bull-rush challenges. He’s taken snaps inside at Iowa but might need to keep filling out his frame before he’s ready to succeed as a run stuffer and pass rusher as a 4i in a 3-4 front. Van Ness is more of a splash player than consistent force on tape, but he possesses projectable traits that should allow for continued ascension as a pro.
- Prototypical frame with outstanding lean muscle mass.
- Fires out of stance, capturing neutral zone quickly.
- Play strength to anchor and press blocker as two-gapper.
- Power in hips to battle through angle blocks.
- Sees runner and disengages to tackle with timing.
- Wide alignment allows creation of bull-rush momentum.
- Long-arm rush move generates good pocket push.
- Keeps pushing forward with secondary rush effort.
- Agility helps to corral mobile quarterbacks.
- Forward lean can be countered by blockers.
- Inconsistent use of hands to control and shed quickly.
- Needs more work schooling up hands as a rusher.
- Hasn’t learned to transition from bull rusher into closer.
- Very average foot quickness for inside rush moves.
- Takes too long activating change of direction as twister.
- Lacked effectiveness as interior rusher.
KEION WHITE GEORGIA TECH
The three-star recruit from Garner, North Carolina, began his career at Old Dominion as a tight end, starting eight games as a redshirt freshman in 2018 (11-124-11.3 receiving). His transition to defensive end in 2019 went quite well, as he tied the school-record with 19 tackles for loss (3.5 sacks) among his 62 tackles in 12 starts. White was not able to follow up that second-team All-Conference USA effort with the Monarchs in 2020, however, as the football team did not play that fall due to COVID-19 concerns. He transferred to Georgia Tech for 2021, making four tackles in four games after missing the start of the year due to injury. White came up big in his final season, earning third-team All-ACC notice by leading the Yellow Jackets with 14 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks among his 54 total stops in 12 starts.
Athletic big man offering scheme versatility and projectable upside. White has good short-area quickness as well as speed in space. He lacks consistent early phase technique to control the rep, but his recovery talent, hustle and athletic traits put him in position to get in on the action. His pass rush is predictable and lacks focus, but he’s bendy and could take a big leap forward in this department provided the coaching catches up with the physical gifts. He’s still in the developmental phase, but his physical/athletic profile gives him a chance to become a plus starter as a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive end.
- Outstanding blend of size and athleticism.
- Traits and potential to play as odd- or even-front end.
- Sudden with his first hands into contact.
- Pursuit speed and short-area quickness to make plays.
- Gas in the motor and rallies through the block to the football.
- Possesses an exciting level of edge bend to cultivate.
- Able to bully tackles with his downhill power rush.
- Traits are there but still waiting on consistency.
- Can be slow to diagnose blocking scheme.
- Below average punch into full extension to control block.
- Has trouble shedding block with ideal upper-body twitch.
- Body control can be lacking through contact.
- Must craft go-to moves and learn to work his hands.
MYLES MURPHY CLEMSON
Murphy attended Hillgrove High School in Georgia, the same school that produced NFL players like Bradley Chubb, Kenyan Drake and Evan Engram. The top-five national prospect burst onto the scene in his first year in Death Valley, earning Freshman All-American notice with a team-high 12 tackles for loss (with four sacks among 41 total stops in 12 games, six starts). Murphy again led the Tigers with 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks in 2021 (38 tackles, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles in 13 games, 10 starts) to garner second-team All-ACC accolades. He earned first-team honors in 2022 by tying for the team lead with 6.5 sacks (among 40 total tackles, 11 for loss, two pass breakups) in 13 games with 11 starts. Myles’ father, Willard, played football at Chattanooga.
Murphy has excellent size/traits and has been consistently productive in impact categories for three straight years. He plays with a plus motor and good first-step quickness, but his game isn’t really twitchy or explosive. He has finishing talent when he’s inside the pocket, but he needs to vary his rush angles and find an effective inside counter, as NFL tackles will be expecting his long-arm bull-rush technique. Murphy’s length and post-up strength could provide the scheme and positional versatility that puts him on every draft board. The traits and upside are there, but his skill level needs a boost to push the ceiling higher.
- NFL size and length for scheme versatility.
- Gets up the rush track with sudden first step.
- Long-arm rush move to run tackle into the pocket.
- Quick to recalibrate his rush after taking an early punch.
- Uses long strides to escape block redirection around the rush arc.
- Lateral burst to beat tackles across their face off the snap.
- Slants into gaps with proper bend and leverage to counter wash-down attempts.
- Uses spin move to disengage from run blocks.
- Crashes down hard to spoil the run from back side.
- Keeps his tank full of gas for pursuit.
- Doesn’t come up with much of a rush plan to beat tackles.
- Rides on pass blocks beyond depth of the pocket.
- Needs to work on adding an inside counter to his bag.
- Leggy movements can slow momentum as a rusher.
- Average body control through contact.
- Below average short-area agility as tackler.
- Takes him time getting to top speed in pursuit.
KINGS BEAT WARRIORS 114-106 TO TAKE 2-0 SERIES LEAD
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) As the referees went to the replay monitor to determine whether Draymond Green should be ejected for his hard stomp, the Sacramento Kings took that time to regroup and make sure they didn’t lose focus down the stretch.
De’Aaron Fox and crew took over from there and delivered the Kings a 2-0 series lead that has the defending NBA champions reeling.
Fox scored 24 points and made a backbreaking 3-pointer that led the playoff newcomer Kings to a 114-106 win Monday night for their second straight victory over the Golden State Warriors.
“I think that brought us together,” Fox said. “We huddled up and were like, ‘We have to win this game.’ Everybody thought he’d be ejected. When that happens, usually that team comes together and goes on a run. But we were able to negate that.”
The Kings closed the game strong after Green was ejected for a flagrant foul against Domantas Sabonis. They became the first team to take a 2-0 series lead over the Warriors in the Stephen Curry era.
The Warriors will try to get back into the series when it shifts less than 90 miles southwest to San Francisco for Game 3 on Thursday night.
“Got to embrace it,” Curry said. “You do this for as long as we have … we have to stay together and locked in.”
The game got heated in the fourth quarter when Green stomped on Sabonis’ chest with 7:03 to play, leading to an ejection for a flagrant foul
During the review, fans in Sacramento yelled derogatory chants toward Green, who egged them on by waving his hands, holding a hand to his ear calling for louder cheers and standing on a chair.
“My leg got grabbed,” Green said. “Second time in two nights. Referees just watch it. I’ve got to land my foot somewhere. I’m not the most flexible person, so it’s not stretching that far. … I can only step so far.”
Sabonis finished the game but coach Mike Brown said he was undergoing X-rays afterward to make sure there wasn’t damage to his ribs or lungs.
Now it will be up to the NBA to determine whether an ejection is all that was warranted or if Green will face a possible suspension.
“It was a flagrant-2 for sure,” Brown said. “It’ll be interesting to see with what the NBA does after they review it.
The Warriors fought back to tie the game before the Kings went on a 17-8 run to run away with it to the delight of the towel-waving crowd.
Fox’s 3-pointer made it 107-101 with 2:17 to play and the Kings were in control from there. Davion Mitchell put it away with another 3 that made it 112-103 with 1:18 left.
“The big 3 in the corner was honestly the nail in the coffin,” Fox said of Mitchell’s shot.
Sabonis added 24 points for Sacramento, and Malik Monk scored 18 off the bench.
Curry led the Warriors with 28 points but shot just 3 of 13 from 3-point range as Golden State struggled to get going offensively. The Warriors committed 22 turnovers.
“They played better than we did down the stretch,” coach Steve Kerr said. “They played more physical than us tonight.”
The crowd in success-starved Sacramento wasn’t quite as loud at the start as in the series opener when fans celebrated the franchise’s first playoff game following a record drought of 16 seasons.
The crowd started to get into it in the second quarter thanks to another spark off the bench from Monk, who scored 32 points in the opener. Monk hit three 3-pointers in the first 2:04 of the period to help fuel a 23-8 run that turned a six-point deficit into a nine-point lead.
Golden State fought back and tied it on a 3 by Curry before allowing the final six points of the quarter to trail 58-52 at halftime.
The Kings built the lead to 14 points in the third quarter before the Warriors scored eight in a row. Sacramento led 83-75 heading into the fourth.
The teams got off to a sloppy start with each committing nine turnovers in the first quarter. The 18 combined turnovers in the first period were the most in any game in more than six seasons and the most in a playoff game since at least the 2001-02 season.
The Kings also missed their first 11 3-pointers before Fox made one late in the first.
Warriors: Andrew Wiggins was back in the starting lineup in his second game back following an absence of more than two months to deal with an undisclosed family matter. Wiggins scored 22 points. … Golden State committed five fouls in the first 1:42 of the third quarter.
Kings: Sacramento’s 41 points in the second quarter marked the eighth time a team scored at least 40 in one quarter of a playoff game against the Warriors in Kerr’s tenure.
MAXEY, EMBIID, HARRIS POWER 76ERS TO 96-84 WIN OVER NETS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Joel Embiid pumped his fist in the air and exhorted the Philly crowd to get louder as Tobias Harris and Tyrese Maxey hit game-changing 3s and stymied Brooklyn runs with clutch boards.
“It’s as happy as I’ve ever seen him since I’ve been here with other guys making shots,” third-year coach Doc Rivers said. “He was really celebrating his teammates tonight.”
With good reason. For a franchise player who was raised in the organization to Trust the Process, Embiid has finally come around to learning how to trust his teammates.
Maxey hit six 3-pointers and scored 33 points, Embiid and Harris had 20 apiece, and the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-84 on Monday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series.
Embiid, the two-time NBA scoring champion, was quiet offensively, going 6 of 11 from the floor, but he did just about everything else. The MVP finalist had 19 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks.
“A lot of people think I just love scoring the basketball,” Embiid said. “I don’t think it’s true. I enjoy winning.”
Embiid’s increased faith in his teammates is one reason the third-seeded Sixers expect a deep run in the playoffs.
“Better teammates help,” Rivers said with a laugh. “Maturity and preparation. We work on it every day.”
Harris had 12 rebounds. James Harden scored only eight points on 3-of-13 shooting for the Sixers after a sensational Game 1 effort.
Game 3 is Thursday in New York.
Cam Johnson led the Nets with 28 points. Johnson sent Embiid stumbling on a one-handed dunk down the right side that posterized the 7-footer. Johnson stared down Embiid as the Nets forward backpedaled on defense in the first half.
“I don’t remember getting dunked on,” Embiid tried to say with a straight face.
The slam was Brooklyn’s last GIF-worthy highlight.
Maybe the 76ers just needed to listen to their coach more as they chase their first NBA championship since 1983.
After Brooklyn scored the first bucket of the second half, Rivers called a quick timeout.
“C’mon, guys! C’mon!” Rivers implored in the huddle. “Listen, it’s up to y’all what you all want to do.“
How about finally decide the game.
“It was time for us to realize we need to be ready,” Harris said of the timeout speech. “We need to pick our energy up. We need to pick our body language up. This is our arena. This is our home floor. This is our win that we need to get.”
Maxey, who kept the Sixers alive with 15 points in the first half, was stuffed by the rim on a fast break but Harris followed for the bucket and the 76ers finally tied the game at 55-all. Maxey didn’t miss on the next possession – a corner 3 that sent the crowd into a frenzy.
Then PJ Tucker missed a 3, grabbed his own rebound, dished to Harden and the Beard buried his first 3 of the game. Harris came right back and connected on a 3 that had him hopping and waving his arms off the court headed into a timeout.
Embiid then erupted in celebration with the Sixers ahead 64-56.
“We didn’t play our best basketball but in the second half we just figured out what worked and we kept doing it over and over and over,” Embiid said.
Philly’s scoring spurt was about it for the Nets, who shot 35% in the second half.
“The only adjustment made was that ball didn’t go in the hole for us,” Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said. “We got open looks, they tried to go zone, we had enough shooting out there. The ball just didn’t go in.”
The Sixers needed the spark after they spiraled from Game 1 dominance to Game 2 disaster in the first half.
No Sixer represented that fall more than Harden. His seven 3s steadied the Sixers in the opener but the aging vet – who battled left Achilles tendon soreness down the stretch of the regular season – was overwhelmed in Game 2. He missed 6 of 7 shots in the first half and all four 3-point attempts. Throw in two fouls and five turnovers and it was a marvel the Sixers only trailed 49-44 at the break.
“As bad as we played offensively we were only down five points,” Maxey said. “We knew if we could get our offense to catch up to our defense, and continue to be stingy on defense, we knew we had a shot.”
Holding only a slim lead had to distress the Nets. Johnson scored 22 points in the half but – much like in Game 1 – the Nets got crushed on the boards and in the paint. Embiid scored eight points but grabbed 15 boards, 13 defensive.
Embiid, who wore a “Best Dad Ever” sweatshirt at the podium after his young son tagged along with him after Game 1, made up for some offensive frustration with a two-handed jam late in the game that brought the crowd to its feet.
“We held Embiid under his average,” Nets forward Dorian Finney-Smith said. “They were just the best team tonight. They found a way to pull it out.”
Nets: Have lost six straight playoff games to the 76ers. … Mikal Bridges scored 21 points after he had 30 in Game 1.
76ers: Embiid’s 15 rebounds were the most by any 76ers player in a playoff half in the last 25 seasons. … Maxey made 13 of 25 shots.
The Sixers went 2-0 at Brooklyn this season and 4-0 against the Nets overall.
TIES BROKEN FOR ORDER OF SELECTION IN 2023 NBA DRAFT PRESENTED BY STATE FARM
NEW YORK – Six ties among teams with identical regular-season records were broken today through random drawings to determine the order of selection for NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm.
The drawings were conducted by NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars at the NBA office in Secaucus, New Jersey. The tiebreaker process was overseen by Marie Dhimmar, a partner from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young.
The results of the drawings:
- The Houston Rockets (22-60) won a tiebreaker with the San Antonio Spurs.
- The Indiana Pacers (35-47) won a tiebreaker with the Washington Wizards.
- The Chicago Bulls (40-42) won a tiebreaker with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
- The Miami Heat (44-38) won a tiebreaker with the Golden State Warriors and the LA Clippers. Second and third place in the tiebreaker drawings went to Golden State and the LA Clippers, respectively.
- The Phoenix Suns (45-37) won a tiebreaker with the Brooklyn Nets.
- The Memphis Grizzlies (51-31) won a tiebreaker with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
NBA Draft Lottery 2023 presented by State Farm will be held on Tuesday, May 16 and air live on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm will take place on Thursday, June 22.
Below is the order of selection for NBA Draft 2023 presented by State Farm and the probability of being awarded the first overall draft pick for teams in NBA Draft Lottery 2023 presented by State Farm.
INJURIES TO STARS GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, JA MORANT DIM START OF POSTSEASON
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer expressed cautious optimism regarding the status of Giannis Antetokounmpo after the two-time MVP left Milwaukee’s Eastern Conference playoff opener with a bruised lower back.
Antetokounmpo isn’t the only prominent player already dealing with a health issue after the first weekend of the playoffs. Injuries to some of the NBA’s top stars have dimmed the start of the postseason, with title hopes possibly fading just as quickly depending on how bad they’re hurt.
Budenholzer said Monday that Antetokounmpo underwent an MRI after the game that revealed “everything’s clean.” The Bucks lost 130-117 to the Miami Heat on Sunday and trail the best-of-7 series 1-0 heading into Game 2 on Wednesday night.
“I would say he’s still sore, but I think progress,” Budenholzer said. “He’s getting some treatment. I think we’ll just continue to monitor him for the next day or two. We’re probably fortunate that (we have) two days between games. I think (we’re) still mostly positive, mostly optimistic, but we’ll see how he feels over the next day or two.”
Injuries over the span of a couple hours Sunday also sidelined two-time All-Star Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies and the Miami Heat’s Tyler Herro, keeping them from finishing their playoff openers.
Anthony Davis scared Los Angeles Lakers fans by grabbing at his right shoulder and saying he couldn’t move his arm. Luckily for the Lakers, Davis rebounded from a stinger and returned for the start of the third quarter of their 128-112 victory over the Grizzlies.
Both Antetokounmpo and the Memphis Grizzlies’ Morant were hurt on drives to the basket where each landed awkwardly.
Antetokounmpo came down hard on his backside after being fouled by Miami’s Kevin Love. The Bucks’ forward got up slowly with 4:13 left in the first quarter. He picked up his second foul about 2 1/2 minutes later but played about 11 minutes for the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed.
The Bucks went on to lose 130-117 to Miami. Herro broke his right hand late in the second quarter, apparently while diving for a loose ball. The Heat disclosed the severity of his injury at halftime.
Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said Herro, seen with a cast on his hand after the game, won’t play Game 2 on Wednesday night and the Heat will figure out what to do next.
“I got the same diagnosis that you all heard,” Spoelstra said.
Morant came into Sunday’s first-round Western Conference series with his right hand already bandaged after being hurt in a win that clinched the No. 2 seed for the Grizzlies for a second straight season.
Then he drove to the basket against the 6-foot-10 Davis with 5:48 left with Memphis trailing the Lakers 105-101. His right hand appeared to bend the wrong direction as he hit the court. Morant writhed in pain, then ran toward the Grizzlies’ bench letting out a yell near midcourt before sprinting to the locker room.
Memphis coach Taylor Jenkins said X-rays were negative and the Grizzlies will do further testing taking this injury one day at a time.
“I’m not the medical expert,” Jenkins said.
Morant said he’s doubtful for Game 2 on Wednesday night with Memphis down 0-1 following a 128-112 loss.
“Tough man, especially with everything I’ve been through pretty much this season,” said Morant, who was suspended by the NBA for eight games in March after livestreaming himself holding a gun at a Denver-area strip club.
The guard who set the Grizzlies’ single-season scoring record averaging 26.2 points a game wants to play. Memphis already is without center Steven Adams because of an injured knee and reserve big man Brandon Clarke tore an Achilles tendon in March.
“Another incident where that’s pretty much in jeopardy,” said Morant, who missed the final three games of Memphis’ semifinals loss to eventual champ Golden State with an injured knee.
Pain level and how effective he can be will decide if Morant can play.
“I feel like I can go out there and be somewhat myself, I’ll be playing,” Morant said. “If not, I don’t want to do anything to hurt the team.”
The Clippers survived their opener by beating No. 4 seed Phoenix 115-110 without eight-time All-Star guard Paul George, who’s been sidelined by sprained right knee since late March.
Lakers coach Darvin Ham may have been the happiest coach after sending Davis to the locker room with 1:15 left in the second quarter to make sure the medical team started working on the eight-time All-Star immediately.
“Just happy he’s OK,” Ham said.
MIAMI’S WONG SAYS HE’S LEAVING SCHOOL FOR NBA DRAFT
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Isaiah Wong is going to try to make the jump from the Final Four to the NBA.
The Atlantic Coast Conference’s player of the year this season announced Monday that he intends to forgo his remaining eligibility and leave Miami for the NBA draft. Wong led Miami by averaging 16.3 points per game this season, leading the Hurricanes to a 29-8 record and a spot in the national semifinals.
“I stayed true to who I am while giving everything I’ve got for this team and for a city that has become a second home and an extension of my family,” said Wong, a 6-foot-4 guard from New Jersey. “I would do it all over again. With that said, I’m turning the page to the next chapter of my career to pursue my dreams of playing in the NBA.”
Wong has tested NBA waters before but opted to return to the Hurricanes after exploring his draft prospects. This time, he’s moving on – meaning he will be at least the second Miami starter from the Final Four team not to be back next season. Jordan Miller, whose college eligibility is exhausted, is the other.
Miller was second to Wong in scoring per game for the Hurricanes this season at 15.3 per contest.
“Coaching Isaiah Wong has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my career. My staff and I are so happy for Isaiah for all he has accomplished,” Miami coach Jim Larrañaga said. “We are excited for him as he continues to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA and look forward to supporting him in any way we can to make that a reality.”
Wong finishes his Miami career with 1,866 points, fourth-best in school history. He’s a three-time All-ACC player and helped Miami to both the Elite Eight last season and the school’s first Final Four trip this season.
The Hurricanes lost in the national semifinals to eventual champion Connecticut.
“His passion for winning set the tone for our locker room chemistry and he helped Miami basketball reach heights it never has before,” Larrañaga said. “Isaiah is unquestionably one of the greatest athletes in the history of our school and we cannot wait to see what he accomplishes as a professional.”
UCONN GUARD NAHIEM ALLEYNE TRANSFERS TO ST. JOHN’S
STORRS, Conn. (AP) UConn guard Nahiem Alleyne has become the third player to leave the program this month after helping the Huskies win the NCAA Tournament.
The 6-foot-4 senior announced Sunday night on social media that he is transferring to St. John’s, posting a rendering of himself in a Red Storm uniform along with images of the Statue of Liberty, a New York cab, a sign for the school and coach Rick Pitino.
The post on Instagram received a “like” from UConn coach Dan Hurley.
The 3-point shooter and defensive specialist spent just one season at UConn, playing an average of just under 18 minutes a game and averaging 5.2 points. He averaged 7.2 points in UConn’s six NCAA Tournament games.
He spent his first three seasons at Virginia Tech and has one more year of eligibility remaining.
Alleyne joins guard Jordan Hawkins and center Adama Sanogo in leaving UConn this spring before exhausting their college eligibility. Both Sanogo and Hawkins have announced plays to enter the NBA draft.
Alleyne becomes the fourth transfer to join Pitino’s rebuilding effort at St. John’s, along with guards Daniss Jenkins and Cruz Davis, who followed their coach from Iona and VMI wing Sean Conway.
MLB ROUNDUP: RANGERS LOSE JACOB DEGROM BUT BEAT ROYALS
Josh Jung hit a three-run, first-inning home run to pace Texas to a 4-0 road win over the Kansas City Royals on a night when the Rangers lost starting pitcher Jacob deGrom to right wrist soreness.
deGrom, a right-hander, exited after four no-hit innings, five strikeouts and one walk on 58 pitches. The two-time National League Cy Young Award winner was a prized offseason acquisition for Texas despite enduring consecutive, injury-plagued seasons at the end of his tenure with the New York Mets.
Dane Dunning (1-0) threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the win, and Jose Leclerc got the last two outs to complete Texas’ one-hit shutout.
Jordan Lyles (0-3) took the loss for Kansas City, which has dropped seven of its last eight. Lyles gave up three hits and four runs (one earned) with three strikeouts in his eight innings.
Angels 5, Red Sox 4
Hunter Renfroe hit a home run and drove in four runs as visiting Los Angeles used a fast start to earn a victory over Boston in the annual Patriots’ Day game at Fenway Park.
The Angels salvaged the finale of the four-game series. Los Angeles’ Tucker Davidson (1-1) gave up one run on three hits over 3 1/3 innings to earn the win after taking over for Shohei Ohtani. The second rain delay of the day limited Ohtani’s start to two innings, in which he gave up a run with three strikeouts.
Rafael Devers hit a one-out single in the ninth to cut the Red Sox’s deficit to a run. However, the Angels’ Carlos Estevez stranded two on base for his second save. Boston’s Brayan Bello (0-1) struck out five while allowing five runs over 2 2/3 innings.
Marlins 4, Giants 3
Jorge Soler’s pinch-hit home run, a two-run shot in the seventh inning, lifted host Miami to a win over San Francisco.
Soler connected off of Giants starter Logan Webb (0-4), who allowed eight hits and four runs in 6 2/3 innings. Prior to that at-bat, Soler had gone 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts and one walk in his career against Webb, who allowed four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Marlins starter Jesus Luzardo escaped with a no-decision after he allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings. Four Marlins relievers held the Giants to one hit, one walk and no runs over the final 4 2/3 innings. A.J. Puk pitched the ninth to earn his second save. Matt Barnes (1-0) got the win.
Mets 8, Dodgers 6
Daniel Vogelbach hit a home run and drove in three runs as visiting New York ran its winning streak to five games by rallying past Los Angeles.
Brett Baty had an RBI single in his season debut as the Mets improved to 4-0 on their 10-game West Coast road trip. David Peterson (1-2) earned the victory despite giving up six runs on seven hits over six innings.
Freddie Freeman hit two home runs for the Dodgers and had three hits. Max Muncy added a homer for Los Angeles, while Austin Wynns drove in a pair of runs in his club debut.
Reds 8, Rays 1
Kevin Newman homered and fell a triple shy of a cycle and TJ Friedl drove in four runs to lead host Cincinnati handed Tampa Bay its third loss in the past four games.
Cincinnati starting pitcher Hunter Greene was removed prior to the top of the fourth inning after taking a 97 mph, one-hop ground ball to his right shin in the top of the third inning. Greene held the Rays scoreless over three innings. He was diagnosed with a tibia contusion, and X-rays were negative.
Right fielder Jake Fraley and left fielder Stuart Fairchild made spectacular defensive plays for the Reds. Josh Lowe belted his fourth homer to open the ninth, extending Tampa Bay’s string of games with a home run at the start of a season to 17 — three shy of the record set by the Seattle Mariners in 2019.
Pirates 14, Rockies 3
Mark Mathias had a career-high four hits, Andrew McCutchen and Jack Suwinski homered and Pittsburgh pounded Colorado in Denver.
Ke’Bryan Hayes, Bryan Reynolds and Carlos Santana added two hits apiece and Ji Hwan Bae scored three times for the Pirates, which has alternated wins and losses over its past 11 games. Rich Hill (1-2) gave up one run in six innings.
Kris Bryant homered and finished with three hits and Jurickson Profar had two hits for Colorado, which has dropped six in a row. Kyle Freeland (2-1) was tagged for nine runs (seven earned) in 2 2/3 innings.
Diamondbacks 6, Cardinals 3
Pavin Smith hit a grand slam in a five-run seventh inning to power visiting Arizona past St. Louis in the opener of their three-game series.
Ketel Marte hit a solo homer and an RBI single for the Diamondbacks, who won for the seventh time in the past 10 games. Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly (1-2) allowed one run in six innings. Andrew Chafin fanned two in a perfect ninth inning for his third save.
Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (1-2) yielded four runs on in six-plus innings. Alec Burleson hit a two-run homer for St. Louis.
Astros 9, Blue Jays 2
Jake Meyers slugged an opposite-field, three-run home run in a seven-run first-inning and host Houston rolled to a victory over Toronto.
The Astros ambushed Kevin Gausman (1-2) with haste, starting with a scorching single from Mauricio Dubon leading off the first. After a flyout, six consecutive batters reached base. Gausman was charged with eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Astros right-hander Cristian Javier (2-0) allowed one run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts over five innings. Houston’s Jake Meyers and Corey Julks and Toronto’s Matt Chapman hit home runs.
Braves 2, Padres 0
Max Fried and three relievers combined on a six-hit shutout and Austin Riley hit a two-run, first-inning homer as the visiting Atlanta defeated San Diego to stretch its winning streak to seven games.
Fried (1-0), who had been on the injured list since Opening Day due to a left hamstring strain, threw five innings. Three relievers followed as the Braves handed the Padres their second straight shutout loss and their third in the past eight games.
A.J. Minter pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save. Padres starter Ryan Weathers (1-1) gave up two runs on six hits in six innings.
Brewers 7, Mariners 3
Milwaukee ace Corbin Burnes pitched 5 1/3 innings before leaving with a pectoral injury as the Brewers defeated host Seattle in the opener of a three-game interleague series.
Brice Turang homered for the Brewers, who won for the fourth time in their past five games. Burnes (2-1) got the win, and his ailment was believed to be minor.
Cal Raleigh and Julio Rodriguez hit solo shots for the Mariners, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Seattle starter Chris Flexen (0-3) allowed four runs on six hits in six innings.
Cubs 10, Athletics 1
Patrick Wisdom went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs and Cody Bellinger went 5-for-5 with a double and a run as Chicago pounded out 20 hits in pummeling host Oakland.
Wisdom became the first Cub to homer in four straight games — all on the road — since Fred McGriff in September 2001. He also moved into a tie for the major league home run lead with the Mets’ Pete Alonso, both with eight.
Hayden Wesneski (1-0) allowed one run on five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, including 15 in a row. Kyle Muller (0-1) allowed six runs on 13 hits over four-plus innings as Oakland dropped its fifth straight game.
AP SOURCE: TWINS, PABLO LÓPEZ ADD $73.5M FOR 4 YEARS
(AP) — The Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Pablo López agreed Monday on a contract that adds $73.5 million over four seasons, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.
The person confirmed the agreement to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the contract was still pending completion of a physical exam and had not yet been announced by the club.
López’s first season with the Twins has started splendidly after he arrived in a trade with Miami that sent 2022 American League batting champion and fan favorite Luis Arraez to the Marlins. The right-hander has a 1.73 ERA through four starts with 33 strikeouts in 26 innings and only 15 hits allowed.
López was the hard-luck loser Sunday in New York, when Yankees ace Gerrit Cole pitched a two-hit shutout to beat the Twins 2-0. That was the second complete game in the major leagues this year. The first one also came at López’s expense, when 2022 National League Cy Young Award winner Sandy Alcantara pitched a three-hit shutout April 4 to beat the Twins 3-0.
López is making $5.45 million this season, his second year of arbitration eligibility. The new deal will give the Twins some additional long-term stability around a rotation that has emerged in 2023 as a clear strength of the team. The Twins entered their day off Monday with a 2.58 starting pitcher ERA that was the best in the major leagues.
Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda and Tyler Mahle are all in the final year of their contracts, eligible to become free agents in the fall. Their uncertain status for next season only underscored the team’s interest in committing to López, who posted a 3.94 ERA over 94 starts with the Marlins.
Joe Ryan is the only other starter under club control beyond 2023. There’s viable depth in Triple-A, including Bailey Ober, who has a 3.81 ERA in 31 major league starts, and Chris Paddack is due back from Tommy John elbow surgery around midseason this year. But the 27-year-old López, a native of Venezuela, has given the Twins an ace-caliber leader to build around. He took the mound for a career-high 32 starts last season.
The Twins, who lead the AL Central with a 10-6 record, start a three-game series Tuesday in Boston against the Red Sox.
HURRICANES HOLD ON TO BEAT ISLANDERS TO OPEN NHL PLAYOFFS
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Antti Raanta felt ready when he got the start in net. And the Carolina Hurricanes played the kind of defense in front of him – especially on the penalty kill – that secured an early lead in their first-round playoff series with the New York Islanders.
Sebastian Aho and Stefan Noesen scored power-play goals, while Raanta finished with 25 saves in Monday night’s 2-1 win to open the best-of-7 series.
Raanta got the nod over Frederik Andersen after playing in a rotation this season, and he came up with several key stops when the Islanders generated pressure.
“A couple of shots I couldn’t see, but our guys were blocking those,” Raanta said, adding; “I think most of the time, we played really well in front of the net. So I just needed to make the first save and our guys were helping me.”
Indeed, Carolina entered with the league’s No. 2 penalty kill and denied all four of New York’s power plays, the last with 5 minutes left. The Hurricanes didn’t surrender a shot on Raanta on that one, then withstood the final roughly 90 seconds after the Islanders had pulled Ilya Sorokin for the extra attacker.
“The best penalty killer is always your goalie, No. 1,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “He made a couple of real good stops. The guys in there blocked some shots. They did what they had to do.”
The Hurricanes are in the playoffs for the fifth straight season, the first such run since the former Hartford Whalers relocated to North Carolina in 1997. And they clinched a division title for the third straight season.
Ryan Pulock beat Raanta early in the second period for the Islanders, who had reached the Stanley Cup semifinals in 2020 and 2021 before missing the playoffs last season. His score came moments after Carolina had taken a 2-0 lead, but ended up being the last time either team found the net to set up a third-period grind to the horn.
“I think we’ve just got to find a better way to be a little more clean, execute some passes,” Islanders defenseman Noah Dobson said. “But there’s not much space out there. it’s going to be like that all series. We’re just going to have to find a way to grind through it.”
Sorokin finished with 35 saves for the Islanders, including a big one midway through the third when he slid across the crease in time to stop Seth Jarvis near the post after a perfect pass from Teuvo Teravainen.
Carolina’s power play was a problem in last year’s playoffs, and the Hurricanes had come up empty on 28 of 31 chances dating to March 26. But they posted multiple power-play goals for the first time since scoring four against Tampa Bay on March 5.
Aho scored first after winning a faceoff, then drifting to the right circle to one-time a pass from Brent Burns just 5 seconds into the man advantage. Noesen’s tip on Burns’ shot from up top was the winner at 2:27 of the second period.
“The puck didn’t stay on our sticks too long,” said Martin Necas, who also assisted on both goals. “We made good plays. It’s all about confidence.”
Islanders star Mathew Barzal returned from a lower-body injury that cost him 23 straight games. He hadn’t played since Feb. 18, but returned to the top line alongside captain Anders Lee and midseason trade acquisition Bo Horvat.
Barzal saw more than 21 minutes of ice time and tallied two shots.
“It’s been a long time since he’s been out and come into a playoff game with that kind of atmosphere,” Islanders coach Lane Lambert said. “Certainly it’s not an easy thing to do, and I thought he showed well.”
Carolina star Andrei Svechnikov took part in the pregame build-up despite being sidelined by a season-ending knee injury that could present a significant obstacle to Carolina’s push to win the Cup.
The forward sounded the pregame “storm warning” siren for the team to take the ice from the locker room. Moments earlier, he got a rousing cheer and ovation from towel-waving fans, with Svechnikov waving and patting his heart in acknowledgement.
Duke football coach Mike Elko and North Carolina State men’s basketball player D.J. Burns Jr. – a fan-favorite big man with the program that shares the arena with the Hurricanes – sounded the siren for the following intermissions.
Game 2 is Wednesday in Raleigh before the series shifts to New York.
MARCHAND, NHL-BEST BRUINS TOP PANTHERS 3-1 IN GAME 1
BOSTON (AP) Brad Marchand has had his share of highlight goals in his career. His latest was more of a lowlight for Florida goalie Alex Lyon.
Marchand scored his 50th career playoff goal on a relatively easy shot, David Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk also scored, and the NHL-best Boston Bruins opened the playoffs by beating the Panthers 3-1 on Monday night.
“You never know, come playoff time, you never want to pass up a shot,” Marchand said. “That’s just kind of how the playoffs work. Sometimes those shots go in and sometimes they don’t.”
Linus Ullmark, a Vezina Trophy candidate who led the league in wins (40), goals-against average (1.89) and save percentage (.938), stopped 31 shots and Tyler Bertuzzi added two assists for Boston, which controlled the game even with captain Patrice Bergeron sitting out because of illness.
Matthew Tkachuk scored for the Panthers and Lyon made 26 saves – many of them splendid – but gave up Marchand’s goal on the soft shot.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Boston.
The Bruins captured the Presidents’ Trophy, setting NHL records in points (135) and wins (65). Florida, last season’s No. 1 seed, earned the Eastern Conference’s eighth and final playoff spot with a late-season push.
It’s the first playoff matchup between a No. 1 seed and the Presidents’ winner from the previous season since the award was introduced in 1985-86.
With the Bruins leading 1-0, Lyon gave up Marchand’s early in the second when the winger fired a seemingly harmless shot from the top of the left circle. Lyon bent down to catch it and it tipped off his glove, caroming into the net after hitting the inside of the right post.
Soon after, the TD Garden crowd started serenading him with chants of “Lyon! Lyon!”
“He was good. He’ll want the second one back,” Florida coach Paul Maurice said of Lyon. “I’m not measuring that as the tell of his game, we’ll measure it by the saves that he made.”
Pastrnak, a 61-goal scorer this season, was on the opposite side on the right wing from his usual spot on the power play. Bertuzzi collected the rebound of David Krejci’s shot in the slot and sent a quick backhand pass to Pastrnak, who snapped the puck into the net at 5:58 of the opening period, pushing Boston ahead 1-0.
Florida cut the lead in half when Boston defenseman Dmitry Orlov sent a blind, backhand pass directly out front, where Tkachuk collected it and flipped the puck past Ullmark at 6:34 of the second.
“I think both teams got better and have more to give, especially us,” Panthers center Eetu Luostarinen said.
DeBrusk restored the two-goal lead when he dove into a pile and knocked the puck into the net out of a scramble near the crease late in the second.
“I just saw the puck on his pad,” DeBrusk said. “I just tried to dive to get it. But I thought that if I obviously hit his pad, it was goaltender interference. I just tried to go over the top of it. … As soon I saw the replay, I knew I did what I wanted to do.”
As it did to so many opponents during its record-setting season, Boston bottled up Florida in the third.
“Our third period was our best period of the game,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery said. “I thought our first five, six minutes were good. After we scored that power-play goal, maybe we had two, three shifts after that, then we kind of had a lull in our game.”
The 30-year-old Lyon, undrafted and essentially a career minor leaguer, made a pair of splendid stops after Boston took its 1-0 lead, coming across to make a left pad save on Bertuzzi’s redirect from the edge of the crease and sliding across to stop Trent Frederic’s chance. He robbed Frederic again late in the second.
Bergeron left the regular-season finale in Montreal in the first period with an upper-body injury, then missed practice Saturday and Sunday.
“We have not only Bergeron, but a couple of guys that have been under the weather,” Montgomery said after the morning skate.
NOTES: Krejci missed the last six games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. … Bruins D Derek Forbort returned to the lineup. He hadn’t played since mid-March because of a lower-body injury. D Matt Grzelcyk was a healthy scratch … Panthers C Aleksander Barkov was in the lineup after missing Sunday’s practice. … Florida G Sergei Bobrovsky, a two-time Vezina winner, was the backup. He hasn’t played since March 27 because of a non-COVID illness. … Florida led the league in shots on goal per game with 36.82.
HARTMAN GOAL IN 2ND OT GIVES WILD 3-2 WIN OVER STARS IN G1
DALLAS (AP) Ryan Hartman scored 12:20 into the second overtime and the Minnesota Wild beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 in their playoff opener Monday night that dragged into early Tuesday morning.
Hartman gathered the puck in front of the crease and got it past Jake Oettinger at around 1 a.m. local time, ending a more than four-hour game in which both 24-year-old goalies had spectacular performances.
The Stars had been been turned away on a power play after Frederick Gaudreau’s tripping penalty against captain Jamie Benn 9:11 into the second overtime. Roope Hintz, who scored on a power play in the second period, hit the post and there were several other chances before the penalty expired.
Filip Gustavsson stopped 52 shots for the Wild, including 12 in the third period and 17 in the first overtime. He started the opener ahead of three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-André Fleury after the goalie tandem had split games throughout most of the season.
Oettinger had 45 saves for the Stars in his first playoff game since his 64-save performance in Game 7 in the first round last May when top-seeded Calgary scored the series clincher in overtime.
Game 2 is Wednesday night in Dallas.
Veteran Stars center Joe Pavelski left the game midway through the second period after a massive hit from Matt Dumba, who was only assessed a minor roughing penalty. Referees had initially called it a five-minute major, but changed it after a lengthy replay review.
Another playoff hit Pavelski took in 2019, when still with San Jose, helped lead the NHL to expand its video review process to allow referees to review major penalties and gave them the option to reduce them to a minor, as happened on the hit by Dumba.
KINGS EDGE OILERS 4-3 IN OT TO TAKE EARLY LEAD IN SERIES
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Alex Iafallo scored in OT to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers to open their first-round playoff series Monday night.
Iafallo scored a power-play goal at 9:19 of OT by converting Victor Arvidsson’s feed from behind the net.
Adrian Kempe scored twice and Anze Kopitar had a goal and three assists for Los Angeles, which held Oilers captain and NHL scoring leader Connor McDavid scoreless.
Kings goaltender Joonas Korpisalo made 38 saves for the win.
Leon Draisaitl countered with a pair of goals and Evan Bouchard also scored for the Oilers (50-23-9), who ranked second in the Pacific Division this season ahead of third-seeded Kings (47-25-10).
Oilers starter Stuart Skinner stopped 31 shots in his NHL playoff debut.
Edmonton defenseman Vincent Desharnais was penalized in overtime for tripping Blake Lizotte, although Lizotte appeared to step on a broken stick on the ice and fall.
The Oilers almost ended it at 1:54 of OT, but officials ruled Ryan McLeod’s shot from the blue line deflected off Derek Ryan’s high stick.
The Oilers will try even the series in Wednesday’s Game 2 at Rogers Place.
Edmonton also dropped the opener of a first-round series against the Kings last year, but the Oilers took it in seven games to advance.
The Oilers led Monday’s opener 2-0 after the first and second periods before a four-goal third.
Kempe halved the deficit 52 seconds into the third period when the clubs played four aside.
Draisaitl restored Edmonton’s two-goal lead at 8:46 only for Kempe to pull his team within a goal again at 11:23.
With Bouchard serving a high-sticking penalty, and Korpisalo pulled for an extra attacker, Kopitar produced the equalizer with 17 seconds remaining in regulation.
The puck lay in the crease for Kopitar to poke in after Philip Danault’s shot squeezed between Skinner’s pads.
Quinton Byfield fed Kempe following an offensive zone faceoff for the latter to beat Skinner with a shot far side for his second goal of the game.
Korpisalo made the initial save on Draisaitl’s backhand attempt as the big centre skated out from behind the net.
The puck squirted loose in the ensuing goalmouth scramble. Draisaitl skating by again reached back to get a shot away for his second goal.
Kempe cut from the wing to the high slot and put a backhand by Skinner’s glove for his first of the game.The Oilers killed off a pair of penalties early in a goal-free second period.
BOSTON MARATHON SWEEP FOR KENYA, BUT NOT FAVORITE KIPCHOGE
BOSTON (AP) Defending Boston Marathon champion Evans Chebet wasn’t focused on beating Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder considered the greatest marathoner of all time.
Conquering the course was the goal.
Chebet won the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon on Monday for the second year in a row, leaving Kipchoge behind at Heartbreak Hill to spoil the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s much-anticipated debut and win in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 54 seconds.
Gabriel Geay of Tanzania won a footrace for second, finishing 10 seconds behind the winner and two seconds ahead of Kenyan Benson Kipruto. Kipchoge finished sixth – just his third major marathon loss to go with 12 victories.“When we race, we don’t race against an individual,” said Kipruto, the 2021 winner and Chebet’s training partner. “When we woke up this morning, we were going for a race, not for an individual. … And that’s what happened.”
Hellen Obiri, a two-time Olympic silver medalist in the 5,000 meters, won the women’s race in 2:21:38 to complete the Kenyan sweep. Amane Beriso of Ethiopia was second, 12 seconds back, followed seven seconds later by Israeli Lonah Salpeter.
“I tried to be patient and wait for the right time to happen,” said Obiri, who finished sixth last fall in New York in her marathon debut. “Today was my time.”
It was the third straight Kenyan sweep. Obiri is the 15th Kenyan to win the distaff division since 1966. Chebet is the 25th Kenyan men’s champion and fourth in a row; he is the first man to defend his Boston title since Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot won three in a row from 2006-08.
Chebet’s time was the sixth-fastest in course history. Kipchoge finished in 2:09:23, the slowest marathon of his career.
“In a marathon anything can happen,” Obiri said of the men’s race. “It was a strong field, and everybody was there to race.”
Chebet was in a lead pack that dropped Kipchoge around Mile 20, shortly after he missed his bottle at a water station. Geay, Kipruto and Chebet pulled away with about three miles left, and Chebet made his move in the final mile.
“Most of them blew up. Even Eliud Kipchoge blew up,” said Scott Fauble, who finished seventh and was the top American. “I almost caught him.”
Kipchoge had been hoping to add a Boston Marathon victory to his unprecedented running resume. The 38-year-old has won four of the six major marathons; Boston is the only one he has competed in and failed to win. (He has never run New York.) He also broke 2 hours in an exhibition in a Vienna park.
Fighting a headwind and rain that dampened the roads, Kipchoge ran in the lead pack from the start in Hopkinton until the series of climbs collectively known as Heartbreak Hill. But to the surprise of the fans lined up along Boylston Street for the final kick, he wasn’t among the three leaders.
“I live for the moments where I get to challenge the limits,” Kipchoge said in a statement distributed by the race organizers. “It’s never guaranteed, it’s never easy. Today was a tough day for me. I pushed myself as hard as I could, but sometimes, we must accept that today wasn’t the day to push the barrier to a greater height.”
He also congratulated the winners and thanked the fans for their support.
“In sports you win and you lose and there is always tomorrow to set a new challenge,” said Kipchoge, who has stated a goal to win all six major marathons but did not announce any plans on Monday. “Excited for what’s ahead.”
Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race in a course record time – his sixth victory here. American Susannah Scaroni won her first Boston title despite having to stop early to tighten a wheel that began to wobble on the bumpy pavement.
“It’s better to pull over losing that time tightening it,” she said. “The speed you lose when your wheel is (loose) is much greater than the time you would lose by not tightening it. I was disappointed. I just tried to get back to the … pace as quickly as I could.”
Kae Ravichandran finished in 2:38:57 to win the new nonbinary category, which included 27 entrants. Runner-up Cal Calamia, who wore a transgender patch on their singlet, said they heard spectators cheering for them all along the course.
“To be able to do it in this way, in this category, makes it so much more special,” said Calamia, who was running their sixth marathon and first Boston. “Knowing how much work has gone into getting this category – in a way, that was already a win.”
Also running were former Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who finished in 3:38:23, and celebrity chef Daniel Humm, with a time of 2:58:53. Olympic tennis gold medalist Monica Rakitt, who was known as Monica Puig when she won the Rio Games, wore bib No. 2016 and finished in 3:49:47.
Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie, who wore No. 22 at Boston College and No. 2 for much of his NFL career, had bib No. 222 while finishing in 5:28:34.
Chara, who wore No. 33 for the Bruins, had bib No. 3333.
No one was assigned bib No. 2013 in remembrance of the 2013 finish line bombings that killed three people and wounded hundreds more. The race included 264 members of the One Fund community – those injured by the attack, their friends and family and charities associated with them.
The city marked the anniversary in a ceremony on Saturday.
A robotic dog named Stompy belonging to the Department of Homeland Security patrolled the start line before the race began, trailed by photographers capturing the peculiar sight. Officials said there were no known threats.
At 6 a.m., race director Dave McGillivray sent out a group of about 20 from the Massachusetts National Guard that hikes the course on the state holiday of Patriots’ Day commemorating the start of the Revolutionary War.
Capt. Kanwar Singh, 33, of Malden, Massachusetts, said the race reminds him of Boston’s resilience.
“Ten years ago, the city came to a halt. It’s an incredibly strong comeback, as a group together,” he said. “I tell people, never bet against Bostonians.”
BIG 10 BASEBALL
INDIANA, MICHIGAN STATE AND RUTGERS RECEIVE BASEBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
Player of the Week
Jack Frank, Michigan State
Jr. – RF – Strongsville, Ohio – Strongsville
- Compiled a slash line of .588/.682/1.118 to go with an OPS of 1.799
- Went 6-for-8 with two home runs, five RBI and five runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Western Illinois on April 15
- Helped Michigan State to a 5-0 record last week, which included a 7-6, 11-inning win at Notre Dame on April 11
- Garners his first Big Ten Player of the Week award
- Last Michigan State Player of the Week selection: Brock Vradenburg (Feb. 21, 2023)
Pitcher of the Week
Christian Coppola, Rutgers
Fr. – RHP – Galloway, N.J. – Cedar Creek
- Won his first career start in tossing a five-hitter against Michigan on April 14
- Didn’t allow any runs or walks while striking out 12 over eight innings
- Fanned five of the last six batters he faced, including three straight in the seventh and back-to-back strikeouts in the eighth
- Earns his first Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor
- Last Rutgers Pitchers of the Week: Ben Gorski and Jake Marshall (March 13, 2023)
Freshman of the Week
Devin Taylor, Indiana
Fr. – OF – Cincinnati, Ohio – LaSalle
- Produced four multiple-hit games and had seven of his nine hits go for extra bases
- Ignited Indiana’s series-clinching win versus Illinois with a grand slam April 15; homer twice in the series opener on April 14
- Extended his on-base streak to 25 games, which dates to Feb. 25
- Collects his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of the season
- Last Indiana Freshman of the Week: Devin Taylor (March 27, 2023)
BIG 10 SOFTBALL
MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA AND NEBRASKA EARN BIG TEN SOFTBALL WEEKLY AWARDS
Player of the Week
Brooke Andrews, Nebraska
Jr. – UT – Gretna, Neb. – Gretna – Major: Psychology
• Batted .600 with a 1.100 slugging percentage and .600 on-base percentage last week, leading Nebraska to a three-game sweep at Indiana
• Collected six hits (two doubles, one home run), six RBI and three runs scored during the weekend conference series
• Had at least one hit and one RBI in all three games, highlighted by three RBI, two runs and two hits in the opener of an April 15 doubleheader with the Hoosiers
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient (2021, 2022)
• Earns her first Big Ten Player of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Billie Andrews (March 8, 2022)
Pitcher of the Week
Lauren Derkowski, Michigan
So. – RHP – Elmhurst, Ill. – York Community – Major: Industrial & Operations Engineering
• Went 3-0 with a 0.32 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 21.2 innings (three complete games) last week, tossing back-to-back complete-game no-hitters on April 14-15 against Purdue
• Became the first Big Ten pitcher to throw complete-game no-hitters on consecutive days since April 21-22, 1987, when Northwestern’s Lisa Ishikawa blanked Iowa and Illinois State by identical 1-0 scores
• Also became the first pitcher in Michigan softball history with complete-game no-hitters in consecutive starts
• Fanned 13 batters in the April 14 opener against Purdue before coming back with seven strikeouts in the series finale on April 15
• Receives her first career Big Ten Pitcher of the Week award
• Last Michigan Pitcher of the Week: Alex Storako (March 8, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Jess Oakland, Minnesota
SS – San Jose, Calif. – Saint Francis – Major: Kinesiology
• Posted a .500 batting average, .500 slugging percentage and .583 on-base percentage last weekend, as Minnesota took two of three games against conference foe Michigan State
• Recorded five hits, three runs, three stolen bases and one RBI during the weekend series
• Logged three hits, two runs and an RBI in the series opener against MSU on April 14
• Captures her second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award
• Last Minnesota Freshman of the Week: Jess Oakland (Feb. 13, 2023)
MAC ANNOUNCES WEEKLY BASEBALL AWARD WINNERS
MAC Baseball Player of the Week
Aidan Longwell, Kent State, 1B/RP
Junior, Massilon, OH (Massilon Washington)
Longwell was on fire this week, collecting three multi-hit games over a 4-0 week for the Golden Flashes. He started the week with a three hit, two run night in a win over Pitt before going 8-10 against the zips. He hit the game-tying homer on Sunday, and was a double away from the cycle in the finale of the rivalry weekend. All told, he hit .786 with seven RBI’s over the weekend, raising his average to .425.
MAC Baseball Co-Pitchers of the Week
Mitch Scott, Kent State, RP
Grad., San Mateo, CA (CAL)
Scott was electric again this week, recording a save in each of his three appearances this week. Scott shut it down in the win over Pitt, striking out all four in a four-out save. In the rivalry weekend, Scott nailed down a 3-0 shutout on Saturday, striking out four of the six outs he recorded. He worked a 1-2-3 ninth on Sunday, shutting down the Zips after the Flashes came back to take the lead in the 8th. Scott now leads the MAC with 8 saves on the year.
Adam Mrakitsch, Central Michigan, LHP
Sophomore, Howell, Mich. (Howell)
Central Michigan’s Adam Mrakitsch tossed a two-hit, 10-strikeout gem in a 9-1 victory over MAC-leading Ball State in the opener of a three-game series, setting the tone in the Chippewas’ three-game sweep of the defending league regular season champions. Mrakitsch surrendered a leadoff double in the third inning and a solo homer in the fourth and then set down 15 consecutive Cardinals in improving to 5-2 with a 3.77 ERA.
TOP INDIANA RELEASES
INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS/HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Four Indiana high school baseball teams will compete in the 14th edition of the Victory Field Classic presented by BSN Sports and U.S. Army Recruiting on Friday, May 12 at Victory Field. The 5:30 PM contest pairs Guerin Catholic (3A No. 4 by Prep Baseball Report) vs. Heritage Christian ahead of the 8 PM matchup between Franklin Community – which has the top 2023 high school draft prospect in the country, outfielder Max Clark – and Zionsville (4A No. 4 by Prep Baseball Report).
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the third time this season, Indiana baseball freshman outfielder Devin Taylor has earned a weekly award from the Big Ten Conference office. Taylor was selected as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday (April 17).
Taylor’s three rookie awards are tied for No. 2 in Indiana history behind the four Freshman of the Week awards claimed by Logan Sowers in 2015. Three other Hoosiers have won three weekly freshman awards which includes Dustin DeMuth (2011), Kyle Schwarber (2012) and Sam Travis (2012).
Taylor collected multiple hits in each of his four games to move his reached base streak to 25 games and his hitting streak to five games, to tie his season long, which he has done three times. He logged four multi-hit games with three multi-RBI contests on the week.
Taylor hit .500 and posted a 1.778 OBP with seven of his nine hits going for extra bases. Of the seven extra base hits, he had three doubles, one triple and three home runs. The three home runs pushed his season total to eight, which is tied with Schwarber (2012) for No. 6 on the all-time freshman list at IU.
He scored at least one run, had multiple hits, and drove in at least one RBI in all four games on the week, and posted at least one extra base hit in each contest. Overall, he scored eight runs and drove in 10 RBIs on the week.
Taylor provided all the runs IU would need in the series-clinching victory at Illinois with a third inning grand slam in the second game of the doubleheader. He finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and four RBIs with a single, double, and home run in the game. In the first game of the doubleheader, he tripled, singled, scored one run and drove in one RBI.
The left-handed hitter homered twice and drove in three RBIs in the series opener at Illinois for his second career multi-home run game. he opened the week with a two-hit, two-RBI, two-run scored game versus Ball State. Both hits were doubles against the Cardinals.
Indiana (25-11, 9-3 B1G) entertains No. 10 Louisville on Tuesday (April 18) at 6 p.m. at Bart Kaufman Field. After a trip to Cincinnati on Wednesday (April 19), the Hoosiers will host Ohio University for a three-game series from April 21-23.
PURDUE CLOSES HOMESTAND WITH IN-STATE MIDWEEK ACTION
Ball State (23-12, 10-5 MAC) at Purdue (16-18, 7-5 B1G)
Tuesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. ET / Watch B1G+
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
$3 Midweek Matchup: $3 Deals on GA Tickets, Beers, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Nachos
Butler (7-27, 0-6 Big East) at Purdue
Wednesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. ET / Watch B1G+
Alexander Field / West Lafayette, Indiana
$3 Midweek Matchup: Deals on GA Tickets, Beers, Hot Dogs, Popcorn, Nachos
PROBABLE STARTING PITCHERS
Tuesday: CJ Backer (Jr, RHP) vs. BSU’s Tanner Knapp (Sr, RHP)
Wednesday: TBA for Purdue vs. BU’s Gabe Pancratz (Fr, RHP)
All-Time vs. Ball State: Purdue leads 52-40-2
All-Time in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 33-19-1
Last Meeting: Purdue 9, Ball State 3 (May 2019 in West Lafayette)
First Meeting: Purdue 9, Ball State 7 (April 1930 in West Lafayette)
All-Time vs. Butler: Purdue leads 105-37-3
All-Time in West Lafayette: Purdue leads 68-16-1
2022: Purdue 11, Butler 6 (May 10 in West Lafayette)
First Meeting: Purdue 9, Butler 0 (June 1888 in West Lafayette)
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball plays consecutive midweek games at Alexander Field over the next 10 days and the in-state matchups with Ball State and Butler this week double as the conclusion of the Boilermakers’ six-game homestand.
First pitch is set for 6 p.m. ET on both Tuesday vs. Ball State and Wednesday vs. Butler. General admission tickets, hot dogs, popcorn, nachos and domestic canned beers are all specially priced at $3 for midweek games at Alexander. The Boilermakers have filled up all the seats at Alexander for the last four regularly scheduled home dates dating back to April 4 vs. Evansville. Wednesday, the forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s again.
The Boilermakers scored in the first inning of all three games vs. Penn State this past weekend, winning their third straight Big Ten series in the process. But the fourth inning has actually been Purdue’s most prolific this season – its 38 runs and plus-24 scoring advantage are both the best of any frame. The second inning is close behind (37, +18).
The Boilermakers continue their busy stretch of 21 games in 31 days through the end of April and 15 of 18 at home through May 8. They’re currently 5-5 in April and 2-2 during the six-game homestand. Thankfully, Purdue has won six of its last nine games on weekends since March 31. Now it’s an opportunity to carry over the weekend success to the non-conference midweek dates.
Butler’s coaching staff features Purdue alumnus and former staff member Ross Learnard, who was a two-time All-American reliever and set the program’s single-season saves record with 15 in 2018. Former Ball State assistant Blake Beemer was hired as the head coach at Butler in June and brought Learnard to Indianapolis as the Bulldogs’ pitching coach.
Last year’s Purdue-Butler game was a wild one at Alexander Field. The Boilermakers raced out to a 3-0 lead before BU scored six unanswered runs. But a seven-run sixth inning carried Purdue to an 11-6 victory. Twelve of the Boilermakers’ 13 hits that night were singles. CJ Valdez delivered a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth inning as the home team’s lone extra-base hit.
Valdez broke out of a slump Saturday with four hits and four RBI in the doubleheader sweep of Penn State.
After a weekend road trip to Maryland, Purdue hosts Valparaiso and Miami (Ohio) on consecutive days next week to open a season-long nine-game homestand at Alexander.
• Connor Caskenette – 13-game on-base streak; 8-game on-base streak at Alexander Field; 6-game hit streak
• Jake Parr – 8-game hit streak; 5-game hit streak at Alexander Field
• Mike Bolton Jr. – 6-game on-base streak; drawn a walk in 5 straight games
• Paul Toetz – 6-game on-base streak; 5-game hit streak at Alexander Field
PARR’S 8-GAME HIT STREAK (Since April 2)
• 13-for-29 (.448/.500/.828), 3 2B, 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 BB, 5 R, SB
CASKENETTE’S 13-GAME ON-BASE STREAK (Since March 26)
• 14-for-45 (.311/.404/.600), 4 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 4 BB, 3 HBP, 7 R
PURDUE’S ALL-TIME TOP 5 IN STOLEN BASES
1.) Dave Scheitlin (1988-91) – 70
2.) Jeff Allison (1984-87) – 69
3.) Mike Bolton Jr. (2020-Pr) – 64
4.) Chris Walker (1997-00) – 60
5.) Chris Detrick (1978-81) – 57
DOUBLEHEADER SWEEPS (Since 2012)
• April 15, 2023 vs. Penn State – W, 9-8 & 4-3
• March 4, 2023 vs. Akron – W, 17-9 & 13-0 (in Holly Springs, N.C.)
• March 20, 2022 vs. Illinois State – W, 9-2 & 7-6 (10)
• Feb. 26, 2022 vs. Princeton – W, 4-3 & 5-4 (in Holly Springs, N.C.)
• Feb. 25, 2022 vs. Princeton – W, 9-3 & 8-3 (in Holly Springs, N.C.)
• Feb. 19, 2022 vs. South Dakota State – W, 11-1 & 14-3 (in Sugar Land, Texas)
• April 18, 2021 vs. Michigan State (8-3) & at Illinois (6-4) – in Champaign, Ill.
• March 31, 2018 at Penn State – W, 6-3 & 9-0
• Feb. 23, 2018 vs. Saint Louis (5-2) & Incarnate Word (5-4, 10 Innings) – in San Antonio, Texas
• Feb. 17, 2018 vs. Western Michigan – W, 5-1 & 5-1 (in Emerson, Ga.)
• March 18, 2017 at Santa Clara – W, 8-7 & 10-5
• Feb. 21, 2015 vs. Sam Houston State – W, 4-3 (12) & 9-7 (in Corpus Christi, Texas)
• April 15, 2012 vs. Illinois – W, 4-1 & 5-3
• March 24, 2012 at Ohio State – W, 8-5 & 8-1
ALSO WON 2 GAMES IN 1 DAY
• May 18, 2018 vs. Michigan – W, 6-3 & 2-1 (Resumed Game 1 in B-8th After Suspended Due to Rain)
• May 19, 2017 at Minnesota – W, 5-2 & 11-1 (Resumed Game 1 in B-7th After Suspended Due to Power Outage)
• Feb. 18, 2012 vs. Connecticut (W, 9-4) & Cincinnati (W, 6-0) – Games at 2 Different Fields in St. Petersburg Area
BUTLER WTENNIS TO OPEN 2023 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT AGAINST PROVIDENCE
The Butler women’s tennis team will be the No. 7 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament as announced by the conference on Monday. The Bulldogs will take on tenth-seeded Providence with first serve set for 9 a.m. on Thursday.
Both BIG EAST men’s and women’s tennis tournaments will take place in Cayce, S.C. The women’s tournament begins Thursday and will go through Sunday.
Butler enters the tournament having won eight of their last 10 matches. They hold a 10-11 overall record and are 4-2 in conference play.
In singles play, the Bulldogs have been led by Natalie Boesing. The junior is 12-7 from the No. 1 spot and has won six of her last seven matchups. Boesing and teammate Chase Metcalf hold Butler’s top doubles record at 10-7.
Providence is 4-11 on the season and 1-4 in conference play. The Friars started out 0-9 before winning four of their last six matchups.
Villanova: Butler, W, 7-0 | Providence, L, 2-5
Seton Hall: Butler, W, 4-3 | Providence, W, 5-2
Connecticut: Butler, L, 2-5 | Providence, L, 2-5
The winner of Thursday’s first round match will advance to Friday’s quarterfinal to play the No. 2 seed DePaul.
1 – Xavier
2 – DePaul
3 – Creighton
4 – St. John’s
5 – Georgetown
6 – UConn
7 – Butler
8 – Marquette
9 – Villanova
10 – Providence
11 – Seton Hall
Women’s First Round – Thursday at 9:00 a.m.
#6 UConn vs. #11 Seton Hall
#7 Butler vs. #10 Providence
#8 Marquette vs. #9 Villanova
Women’s Quarterfinals – Friday at 9:00 a.m.
#1 Xavier vs. Marquette/Villanova winner
#2 DePaul vs. Butler/Providence winner
#3 Creighton vs. UConn/Seton Hall winner
Women’s Quarterfinals – Friday at 12:45 p.m.
#4 St. John’s vs. #5 Georgetown
Women’s Semifinals – Saturday at 9 a.m.
Women’s Championship – Sunday at 9 a.m.
BUTLER MTENNIS DRAWS DEPAUL TO OPEN 2023 BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
The Butler men’s tennis team will enter the BIG EAST tournament as the No. 4 seed as announced by the conference on Monday. The Bulldogs will match up with fifth-seeded DePaul in the quarterfinals with first serve set for 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Both BIG EAST men’s and women’s tennis tournaments will take place in Cayce, S.C. The men’s tournament starts on Friday and will conclude on Sunday. Women’s play begins Thursday.
Butler enters the tournament having won their last two matchups with dominant 6-1 score lines. They hold a 13-9 overall and are 4-1 in conference play.
The Bulldogs are led in singles play by Thomas Brennan. The senior is 15-5 and has won six consecutive from the top court. Brennan has also set a new program record for most career wins (149).
Brennan has combined with Alvaro Huete Vadillo for the team’s top doubles record of 12-6. The duo earned BIG EAST weekly honors four times during the 2023 season.
Earlier in the season, Butler edged out the Blue Demons in a close 4-3 match. The Bulldogs took the doubles point as the No. 2 duo of Borja Miralles and Nicolas Arts as well as No. 3 duo of Patrick Joss and Rahulniket Konakanchi earned 6-2 and 6-1 wins respectively. The two teams split the singles matches as the top three courts went Butler’s way and the bottom three went to DePaul.
Leon Huck holds DePaul’s top singles record at 13-6 and 7-2 from the No. 1 spot. Huck and Pablo Torres Almeida are the top doubles team for the Blue Demons after going 6-2 overall and 4-2 from the No. 1 in the regular season.
Notre Dame: Butler, L, 3-4 | DePaul, L, 0-7
Purdue: Butler, L, 3-4 | DePaul, W, 5-2
Cleveland State: Butler, L, 3-4 | DePaul, L, 2-4
Marquette: Butler, W, 6-1 | DePaul, L, 3-4
Xavier: Butler, W, 6-1 | DePaul, W, 5-2
Eastern Kentucky: Butler, W, 6-1 | DePaul, W, 4-2
Illinois State: Butler, W, 4-1 | DePaul, W, 4-3
Georgetown: Butler, L, 0-7 | DePaul, L, 2-5
UIC: Butler, W, 4-3 | DePaul, W, 4-3
Villanova: Butler, W, 5-2 | DePaul, W, 6-1
IUPUI: Butler, W, 7-0 | DePaul, W, 6-1
The winner of Friday’s quarterfinal match will advance to Saturday’s semifinal to play the winner of No. 1 seed Creighton and No. 8 seed Villanova.
1 – Creighton
2 – St. John’s
3 – Georgetown
4 – Butler
5 – DePaul
6 – Xavier
7 – Marquette
8 – Villanova
Men’s Quarterfinals – Friday at 12:45 p.m.
#1 Creighton vs. #8 Villanova
#2 St. John’s vs. #7 Marquette
Men’s Quarterfinals – Friday at 4:30 p.m.
#3 Georgetown vs. #6 Xavier
#4 Butler vs. #5 DePaul
Men’s Semifinals – Saturday at 1 p.m.
Men’s Championship – Sunday at 1 p.m.
BULLDOGS WRAP UP FIRST ROUND OF BIG EAST WOMEN’S GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
HARDEEVILLE, S.C. – Butler is in sixth place after the opening 18 holes of the 2023 BIG EAST Women’s Golf Championship Presented by JEEP at the Riverton Pointe Country Club in Hardeeville, S.C. Windy conditions impacted scores for all teams.
The 54-hole championship is slated for morning rounds both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Freshman Kelli Scheck is the top Bulldog on the leaderboard; she is tied for 20th after a round of 84 (+12) Monday.
Top-seeded Xavier has the lead after the first round. The Musketeers shot a team score of 16-over 304 and hold a 13-stroke lead over Georgetown (317). Seton Hall, St. John’s and Creighton are bunched at third, fourth and fifth. The Pirates are third at 326 (+38), one stroke ahead of St. John’s 327 (+39) and two strokes ahead of Creighton 328 (+40). Butler is sixth at 349 (+61).
On the individual leaderboard, the Musketeers own four of the five top positions. Junior Emma McMyler, who was a co-medalist last year, is the individual leader with at 2-over 74.
The BIG EAST will crown a team champion, which gains an automatic berth to the 2023 NCAA Championship. The individual medalist also receives an NCAA Championship invitation.
The second round begins at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Live scoring is available on GolfStat.com. For the first time, GameKast Live, a golf streaming service, is providing coverage. Viewers will form an account, but there will be no charge for the service this year. GKLive.TV will cover the entire 54-hole event using over 20 cameras. Live commentary from the 18th green, player and coach interviews and highlights will be provided.
The Bulldogs – Following First Round
T20. Kelli Scheck, 84
T24. Cybil Stillson, 87
T24. Lily Celentano, 87
28. Katie Steinman, 91
29. Alaina Bowie, 93
Team Standings – Following First Round
1. Xavier, 304 (+16)
2. Georgetown, 317 (+29)
3. Seton Hall, 326 (+38)
4. St. John’s, 327 (+39)
5. Creighton, 328 (+40)
6. Butler, 349 (+61)
Individual Leaders – Following First Round
1. Emma McMyler, Xavier, 74
2. Kara Carter, Xavier, 75
T3. Madison Reemsnyder, Xavier, 77
T3. Gabriella Gilrowski, Georgetown, 77
5. Abby Kiefer, Xavier, 78
BACK-TO-BACK MIDWEEK GAMES ON TAP FOR @BUTLERSOFTBALL
Game Information – Butler at Purdue
DATE: Tuesday, Apr. 18
LOCATION: West Lafayette, Ind. / Bittinger Stadium
LIVE STATS: purduesports.com
LIVE VIDEO: B1G+
Game Information – Butler vs. Indiana State
DATE: Wednesday, Apr. 19
LOCATION: Indianapolis, Ind. / Butler Softball Field
LIVE STATS: butlersports.com
LIVE VIDEO: N/A
The Butler softball team will play back-to-back midweek games, one home and one away, before an eight-day break in the schedule. The Bulldogs (15-27, 9-6 BIG EAST) will travel to Purdue (19-24, 3-11 Big Ten) on Tuesday and will then host Indiana State (21-21, 10-7 Missouri Valley) on Wednesday.
(as of 4/16/23)
Kieli Ryan has thrown out 12 runners attempting to steal. She sits atop the BIG EAST and is 17th nationally in that category. She is the only player in the conference who has picked off two baserunners.
Monique Hoosen is second in the BIG EAST (42nd nationally) with 11 home runs. Her slugging percentage (.613) ranks eighth in the conference.
Paige Dorsett ranks ninth in the BIG EAST with a .611 slugging percentage.
Olivia Moxley is one of only four players in the BIG EAST with two triples this season.
Kaylee Gross ranks third in the conference with 5 sacrifice bunts.
With 11 home runs this season, Monique Hoosen is now tied for second on Butler’s all-time single-season list. With 24 in her career, she is now third on Butler’s all-time list for career home runs.
Cate Lehner has at least one hit in the past eight games. She is 12-for-24 (.500) in that span and had a career- high three hits in game one at UConn last weekend.
SCOUTING PURDUE (19-24, 3-11 Big Ten)
Series: Purdue leads, 19-10-1
In the most recent meeting (2/20/16), Purdue won, 5-0, in West Lafayette.
Butler’s only win in the past 10 games was a 3-0 victory in 2010 in West Lafayette.
2023 notable results: #4 Florida State L, 1-8 | #23 UCF L, 3-6 | #24 Indiana L, 5-8 & L, 4-5
#3 Tyrina Jones (.313) 45 H, 9 2B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 9 SB
#21 Alex Echazarreta (.302) 32 H, 7 2B, 5 HR, 22 RBI
#95 Kiara Dillon (.301) 25 H, 19 SB
#17 Mo Wimpee (4-4) 3.00 ERA, 34 K
#45 Madi Elish (8-2) 3.29 ERA, 38 K
#21 Alex Echazarreta (5-11) 3.75 ERA, 58 K
SCOUTING INDIANA STATE (21-21, 10-7 Missouri Valley)
Series: Indiana State leads, 34-19
Indiana State defeated Butler twice in 2022–11-5 in Terre Haute, and 7-1 in the Blues City Classic (Memphis).
Butler most recently won, 3-0, in 2021 in Indianapolis.
The Sycamores have won seven of the most recent ten contests.
2023 notable results: Alabama L, 14-4 | Dayton L, 2-6 | Purdue W, 6-2 & L, 2-9 | IUPUI W, 4-1 & W 2-1 | SIU (lost three)
#12 Isabella Henning (.398) 49 H, 12 2B, 4 HR, 23 RBI
#15 Kennedy Shade (.336) 36 H, 8 2B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 4 SB
#24 Annie Tokarek (.280) 33 H, 8 2B, 3 HR, 27 RBI
Lexi Benko (10-6) 2.49 ERA, 70 K
Cassi Newbanks (4-5) 2.69 ERA, 32 K
Lauren Sackett (4-7) 3.09 ERA, 91 K
BULLDOGS PREP FOR MIDWEEK GAMES VS. NORTHERN KENTUCKY AND PURDUE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs will play two midweek games before traveling to Seton Hall this weekend for more BIG EAST action. Butler will host Northern Kentucky Tuesday afternoon at Bulldog Park. The contest will begin at 4 PM. The following day, Butler will play at Purdue. The game will stream on B1G+ at 6:30 PM.
Tuesday, April 18 vs. Northern Kentucky – 4 PM
Wednesday, April 19 at Purdue – 6:30 PM
Scouting Northern Kentucky
The Norse swept Oakland over the weekend to improve to 21-13 overall and take sole possession of first place in the Horizon League standings (11-4). NKU is the conference leader in batting average (.300), doubles (80), on-base percentage (.456), slugging percentage (.472), stolen bases (64) and runs scored (284). Head Coach Dizzy Peyton played at NKU and was an assistant coach for the program for 17 years before being promoted in the summer of 2021. Noah Fisher, Liam McFadden-Ackman, Colton Kucera and John Odom are all talented players in the NKU lineup. Fisher has a .361 average with 12 doubles, two triples and 10 home runs on the season for a team-best 45 RBIs. McFadden-Ackman is another power hitter in the order with 10 doubles and eight home runs this season. Kucera is tied with McFadden-Ackman with 39 hits this year, yet he has the best average on the team at .382. Odom is third on the team with a .356 batting average. A fourth player to keep an eye on is Treyvin Moss. The redshirt-senior from Fort Wayne ranks 21st in the NCAA in stolen bases with 21. NKU hosted two games last week with Aaron Massie taking the start on Tuesday and Aiden Bradbury getting the game ball on Wednesday. The Norse used seven arms in the win at Dayton and 10 pitchers in the loss at Miami Ohio.
The Boilermakers are 16-18 overall after winning a weekend series at home over Penn State. The Nittany Lions scored 15 runs to defeat Purdue on Friday, but the Boilers won two on Saturday as part of a doubleheader. PU is now 7-5 in the Big Ten and 5-5 at Alexander Field in West Lafayette. They will host the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday before Butler on Wednesday. Head Coach Greg Goff joined Purdue as an assistant in 2017, and was promoted in the summer of 2019. His 2023 roster features five players batting over .300. Jake Jarvis and Paul Toetz combine for 16 home runs and 71 total hits. Evan Albrecht has the best average on the team at .339 and Jake Parr is close behind at .320. Both Albrecht and Mike Bolton Jr. like to run once on base. Bolton leads the Boilers with 18 stolen bags and Albrecht is third on the team with 11. Purdue is officially TBA for Wednesday’s starter.
A Year Ago
Butler split a pair of games against Northern Kentucky last year. The Bulldogs lost 13-8 at NKU, but claimed a 6-5 win at home in the rematch. In the lone game against Purdue, Butler fell to the Boilers 11-6.
BIG EAST Standings
UConn 4-2, 26-9
Xavier 4-2, 22-14
Seton Hall 4-2, 18-16
Georgetown 5-4, 20-16
Villanova 5-4, 9-25
Creighton 3-3, 15-14
St. John’s 2-4, 18-15
Butler 0-6, 7-27
Upcoming BIG EAST Schedule
Xavier at Villanova
Butler at Seton Hall
Georgetown at UConn
St. John’s at Creighton
Carter Dorighi hit .563 over a four-game stretch last week with nine hits in 16 at-bats. The BU newcomer scored five runs, posted six RBI and also stole three bases. Xavier Carter was seeing the ball well to post a .500 batting average. He came up with seven hits, including two doubles and a triple. Scott Jones hit two triples for BU last week while Kollyn All and Garret Gray added home runs to their season totals.
– Butler recorded a season-high 18 hits in their last game
– The Bulldogs had 17 hits in their first game vs. Nova
– BU has now recorded 10+ hits in seven games this season
– Butler tied a season-high with 14 RBI in their last game
– BU set a new season-high total with 28 total bases
– Xavier Carter has 16 hits in the month of April including two, four-hit games
– Carter has reached base safely in five-straight games
– Carter Dorighi is batting .405 during the month of April
– Dorighi heads into the midweek games on a five-game hitting streak
– Dorighi came up with a season-high four hits in his last game
– Joey Urban has 11 multi-hit games and six contests with multiple RBIs
– Keegan Connors started at DH for BU over the weekend
– Connors had four hits and scored four runs for the Bulldogs vs. Nova
– Jake DeFries had at least one hit in all three games vs. Villanova
– Garret Gray has a home run in the final game of each BIG EAST series this year
– Scott Jones opened his last start going 2-for-2 with two triples
– Jones has four triples this season, but has yet to hit a double
– Nick Miketinac threw a season-high 57 pitches in his last start
– Lukas Galdoni had his longest outing of the season over the weekend (5.1 IP)
– Cole Graverson threw at least one inning in all three games vs. Villanova
– Cade Thune got the start for Butler during last week’s Tuesday game
– Cory Bosecker threw a season-high 109 pitches in his last start vs. Villanova
Butler will play at Seton Hall this weekend. The three-game series will run from April 21-23. All three games will stream on FloSports.com.
BALL STATE TRAVELS TO PURDUE FOR IN-STATE BATTLE
MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State baseball team makes its first trip back to West Lafayette since 2019 for a matchup with in-state foe Purdue on Tuesday. The Cardinals and Boilermakers are slated for a 6 p.m. start on the Big Ten Network+.
The Cardinals are coming off an 0-3 series at Central Michigan. Ball State enters Tuesday with a 23-12 record, while Purdue boasts a 16-18 mark.
Gold Glove Peltier
At the conclusion of last season, Ryan Peltier was honored as the best defensive third baseman in the NCAA and received an ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove. After being named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and earning a spot on the All-MAC Second Team for back-to-back seasons, Peltier was awarded the first Gold Glove in BSU history. He was a 2023 Preseason All-American honoree from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.
Peltier is second on the team with a .399 batting average, which is tied for 44th in the NCAA and second in the MAC. He has pelted a team-best seven homers and has a team-high 31 RBIs. He has a slugging percentage of .667, which is tied for 124th in the country and third in the MAC. Peltier has scored 46 runs, which is tied for 19th in the NCAA and is first the MAC. He leads the team in doubles with 14 and he has added one triple. His 14 doubles are tied for 36th in the NCAA and are tied for third in the conference.
What Can Brown Do for You?
Ryan Brown was named the No. 49 prospect in college baseball by D1 Baseball. Brown was the only Mid-American Conference player selected to the top-100 list. He was also tabbed as one of the top mid-major prospects for the 2023 season. Brown also landed on the 2023 MLB Draft: Rising Righthanded Pitchers watch list. Last season, Brown earned recognition as a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-American along with the MAC Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He also earned a spot on the All-MAC Second Team.
Brown is currently tied for 119th in the NCAA with 54 strikeouts. He his 4-1 on the year and has thrown 27 2/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .170 against him for the season.
Don’t Mess with Tex
Trennor O’Donnell leads the team with a 3.12 ERA. His ERA is tied for the 101st best in the country and is second in the MAC. His 56 strikeouts are tied for 101st in the NCAA. He has a 2-2 record and has thrown 49 innings. Opponents are hitting just .231 against him.
Scouting the Cardinals
Decker Scheffler is second on the squad with .375 batting average, which is tied for 99th in the NCAA and is tied for fourth in the MAC. He has 29 RBIs, 25 runs scored, seven doubles, four homers, and three triples. His three triples are tied for 51st in the country and tied for first in the conference. Scheffler is tied for the 77th as toughest player to strikeout in the NCAA and is fourth in the MAC. Adam Tellier is third on the team with a .329 average. He has 33 runs scored, 18 walks, 20 RBIs, nine doubles, three triples, and three home runs. His three triples are tied for 51st in the NCAA and are tied for first in the MAC. Nick Gregory might only be hitting .250, but he leads the team with 31 walks. His 31 walks are tied for 42nd in the NCAA and are tied second in the MAC. He has scored 27 runs and driven in 13 runs.
Logan Schulfer is third on the team with 38 strikeouts. He as a 2-2 record with a 6.41 ERA. Ty Johnson is fourth on the team with 36 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings of work. He has a 3-2 record with a 4.25 ERA. Ty Weatherly has 35 strikeouts on the season. He has a 6.49 ERA in 34 2/3 innings of work and a 1-1 record. Tanner Knapp has 31 strikeouts in 32 innings. He is 1-1 on the season with a 6.75 ERA. Jacob Hartlaub is the remaining pitcher with more that 20 strikeouts, with 24. He has a 3-2 record.
Ball State vs. Purdue: The Series
The Cardinals and Boilermakers will meet for the 95th time on Tuesday. Purdue holds a 52-40-2 series edge. Purdue won the last meeting 9-3, on May 7, 2019, but Ball State won the other meeting on March 19, 2019, 6-0. The Cardinals are 16-31 against the Boilermakers in West Lafayette.
Scouting the Boilermakers
The Boilermakers are led by Evan Albrecht with a .339 batting average. He has scored 29 runs, driven in 22, has seven doubles and one triple. Jake Parr is second on the team with a .320 average. He has 22 RBIs, 18 runs scored, a team-best nine doubles, tied for a team high with three triples, and has three home runs. Jake Jarvis is tied a team-best eight home runs and has a team-high 15 walks. He is batting .319 on the season with 27 RBIs, 25 runs scored, two doubles and one triple. Paul Toetz is tied for a team-high eight homers and leads the squad with 39 RBIs. He is hitting .315 with 27 runs scored, eight doubles, and two triples. Mike Bolton Jr. rounds out the .300 hitters with a .313. He has scored a team-best 31 times and is tied for the team lead in triples, with three. He has added two doubles and two home runs.
Kyle Iwinski leads the team with a 3.27 ERA in 41 1/3 innings of work. He has 27 strikeouts and a 2-3 record. Jonathan Blackwell has a team-high 43 strikeouts in 50 innings. He has a 4-2 record with an ERA of 4.14. CJ Backer is expected to get the start for Purdue on Tuesday. He enters with a 4.45 ERA and has 24 strikeouts on the year.
BALL STATE ADDS ZANE DOUGHTY, JOEY BROWN TO 2023 RECRUITING CLASS
MUNCIE, Ind. – Head Coach Michael Lewis and the Ball State men’s basketball team announced the addition of Zane Doughty and Joey Brown to the 2023 recruiting class on Monday.
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Doughty is a Ben Davis graduate and will enter his first year of eligibility. He was a 2023 Indiana Mr. Basketball Finalist, a 2022-23 Indiana All-Star, the 2022-23 Marion County Player of the Year, a 2022-23 AP First Team All-State selection, and a 2021-22 Core Junior All-Star honoree. He led Ben Davis to a 2023 IHSAA 4A State Championship and a perfect 33-0 record, with no other team in state history going 33-0 in 113 seasons. He holds the single season record at Ben Davis with 319 rebounds and is the program’s career leader in rebounding. He also ranks seventh in school history with 103 free throws made in a season.
Doughty recorded a game-high 20 points on 10-of-13 shooting with three rebounds in the 4A State Championship. He produced 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocks against Carmel. As a senior, he averaged 13.5 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks. He finished the season shooting 61.1 percent from the field. For his career, he tallied 947 points, brought down 812 rebounds, and blocked 251 shots.
Head Coach Michael Lewis on Zane
“We’re very excited to add Zane to our program. He brings a level of toughness and competitiveness which will help elevate our team. As the best player on the best team in the state, helping Ben Davis to a 33-0 record and a state championship, you know he understands what it takes to win. For us, he will provide size and rebounding, while he continues to develop his offensive game. He didn’t begin playing basketball until junior high, so his rate of development is high. He’s an outstanding person and the thing I love most about him is he’s not scared of competition.”
Zane on why he chose Ball State
“I chose Ball State because they’ve shown and expressed they want me to play for them as much as I want to play for them. They’ve shown how much they care about my future as well.”
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Brown is a North Central graduate and will be entering his first year of eligibility with Ball State. He was a 2021-22 Red Group Junior All-Star. He led North Central with 13 points in a win over Crispus Attucks during his senior campaign. During his junior season, he averaged 13.2 points, collected 6.2 rebounds, dished out 2.3 assists, and had 1.0 steals a contest. In 2021-22, he hit the game-winning free throw to defeat Ben Davis, 74-73, in the Marion County Championship.
Head Coach Michael Lewis on Joey
“We’re very excited about the potential that Joey brings to our program. When you look at Joey, he has a lot of ability and a high ceiling. As he continues to devote himself to the weight room and skill development, he can evolve into a really good player here at Ball State. He’s a bigger and longer wing player that has a ton of versatility at both ends of the floor. We’re excited about his future.”
Joey on why he chose Ball State
“After meeting with Coach Lewis and Coach Meeks, I felt like they really wanted me here. I believe the vision they have for me is the same vision I have for myself. They want to make me better on and off the court. Secondly, my biggest fans are my family and they’ve been very supportive since I was playing at the YMCA. I feel like Muncie is far enough away to say I’m gone but close enough that they can get here and be part of the Cardinal family. Finally, I think Muncie is the perfect college town. The residents are very supportive of Ball State. I feel that I can thrive as a student as well as an athlete. BSU offers a number of resources to support students. I think that I can be successful here. I am excited to be Ball State bound, and to become a Cardinal, Chirp Chirp!”
ANNA DEWOLFE JOINS IRISH FOR GRADUATE SEASON
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey has picked up her first transfer of the 2023 offseason.
On Wednesday, the Irish announced that former Fordham guard Anna DeWolfe will play her graduate year of college basketball in South Bend. The 5-8 guard out of Cumberland, Maine is a three-time All-Atlantic 10 selection, just the second Ram to ever do so. She was the Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Year in 2021. DeWolfe averaged 18.4 points per game last season, which ranked 32nd in the nation.
“We are so excited to welcome Anna to our Notre Dame family!” Ivey said. “She will bring experience and a dynamic skill set that will translate well into our system. She is a competitive combo guard with an incredible motor. What I love most about Anna is her work ethic, toughness and passion for the game. She matches our team’s identity perfectly!”
A shooter, DeWolfe made 41.5 percent of her attempts from the floor as a senior. She made 79 treys, which ranked third in the Atlantic 10. The guard also took on a bit of a facilitator role last season, posting a career-high 83 assists. The Fordham scoring offense ranked second in the conference, putting up 72.3 points per game en route to a 19-13 finish.
While the numbers from the most recent season stand out, DeWolfe saw consistent success over her four seasons at Fordham: 17.0 points and 36.8 minutes per game with a lifetime 40.8 field goal percentage, 33.7 percentage from deep and 83.9 percentage from the charity stripe. She has started 109 of the 111 collegiate games in which she has played.
DeWolfe is the third all-time leading scorer in Fordham history, posting 1,883 points in a Rams uniform. Prior to joining the Fordham program, she was Miss Maine Basketball in 2019.
DeWolfe joins an Irish team that lost fifth-year and 3-point specialist Dara Mabrey. Both Sonia Citron and Maddy Westbeld had their moments from behind the arc last season, but DeWolfe will be a welcomed addition in that area. She will also provide a leadership element for what remains a relatively young team; Notre Dame returns four of its five starters from last season, and Westbeld is the only senior in that group.
SYCAMORES CLOSE OUT ROAD TRIP AT VANDERBILT TUESDAY NIGHT
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. –Indiana State closes out the five-game road trip with a tough test on Tuesday night as the Sycamores take on #4 Vanderbilt at Hawkins Field in Nashville, Tenn. First pitch between the Sycamores and the Commodores is set for 7 p.m. ET.
Tuesday night’s game will be streamed live on SEC Network Plus and 105.5 The Legend. Live stats will also be provided on VUCommodores.com
The Sycamores enter the week on a 10-game winning streak and winners of 14 of their last 15 dating back to the March 25-26 series sweep over Valparaiso. In addition to the trio of wins over Valpo, the Sycamores added victories over Purdue (twice) and Indiana, while taking two from UIC and sweeping both Illinois State and Belmont. The recent stretch improved the Sycamores record to 22-12 overall in the 2023 season. The 10-game winning streak is the second double-digit winning streak in the Mitch Hannahs coaching era sitting two games behind a 12-game streak set back in the 2014 season.
ISU also continues to climb in the national recognition as the Sycamores made their 2023 debut in the top 25 in the national baseball polls this week. Indiana State enters Tuesday night’s contest sitting No. 22 in the Collegiate Baseball Division I poll and is receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches Poll for the second consecutive week. The recognition marked the first time the Sycamores have been ranked since April 2021 when ISU was ranked in five national baseball polls (No. 19 Perfect Game, No. 21 D1Baseball, No. 24 Baseball America, No. 24 USA Today, No. 27 NCBWA).
The Sycamores also posted their highest mark in the RPI rankings to date as announced by the NCAA and WarrenNolan.com on Monday. Indiana State enters the week sitting 19th overall in the Division I rankings to remain in the top-35 in the rankings for the sixth consecutive week. ISU remains the Missouri Valley leader in RPI with Evansville (74), Southern Illinois (85), and Valparaiso (90) all sitting among the top 100 in the country on Monday. Missouri State is also knocking on the door of the top-100 sitting at 102.
The Sycamores have earned the high RPI mark this year with ISU playing the second-toughest non-conference strength of schedule in the country to date according to WarrenNolan. The Sycamores trail only San Diego (1) for the top spot in the country following the weekend and held the top overall ranking for nearly the entire month of March prior to the start of conference play.
ISU has played or is scheduled to play against top-50 RPI opponents in Kentucky (1), Vanderbilt (7), Miami (12), Indiana (20), Missouri (25), and Northeastern (47). Other top-100 opponents on the schedule include Iowa (55), Michigan State (56), Florida Gulf Coast (59), Evansville (74), Southern Illinois (85), Illinois (87), Valparaiso (90), and Ball State (96).
Indiana State has only lined up against one team that was ranked in the top-25 in the national polls at the time of their competition with the Sycamores traveling to take on then-No. 22 Miami back on February 22. The Hurricanes utilized four home runs in the 9-3 win over the Sycamores, but the game was a coming out party for several Sycamores as Luis Hernandez homered and Cameron Holycross shined on the mound in the loss.
The momentum over the last month for Indiana State has been aided primarily by timely hitting and strong pitching as the Sycamores showcased both this weekend against Belmont.
Matt Jachec went seven scoreless innings in the opener against the Bruins with a career-high 11 strikeouts, while Adam Pottinger connected on an early home run in ISU’s 2-1 win. The power bats came to play on Saturday in support of a strong 8.0-inning outing from Connor Fenlong as Randal Diaz and Keegan Watson both homered to highlight a 17-hit game. Lane Miller was strong once again on the mound in the series finale and Jorge Pereira came through with a key pinch-hit two-run single in the 5-3 win to close out the series.
ISU’s pitchers have been dominant over the 10-game winning streak with the Sycamores posting a team 1.88 ERA and a 74:26 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Sycamores added a pair of shutouts over Indiana and Illinois State over the stretch with seven pitchers posting perfect 0.00 ERAs over the last 10 games.
Indiana State boasts the second-best team batting average (.301) and top ERA (2.75) in Missouri Valley play through the first 12 games of the conference this season. Offensively, the Sycamores are also second in team home runs (19) and slugging percentage (.492), while the pitching staff leads the Valley in hits allowed (89) and is second in opposing batting average (.223) and strikeouts looking (29).
Seth Gergely remains Indiana State’s top hitter coming into the week as the redshirt senior is hitting a team-best .320 on the season through the first 34 games. Randal Diaz (.291) has come on strong as the weather has heated up with six extra-base hits over his last five games, while Mike Sears has hit safely in five of the last six contest with a pair of home runs.
Diaz leads the team with 18 extra-base hits on the season, while Sears is the team leader with 11 home runs and 31 RBI. Luis Hernandez boasts a team-high 10 doubles.
Sixteen different Indiana State pitchers have seen time on the mound this year with the Sycamores boasting a team 4.52 ERA and a 297:128 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Matt Jachec and Connor Fenlong have recorded four wins in the 2023 season to lead ISU’s staff, while Holycross (1.13 ERA) and Lane Miller (1.95 ERA) are the staff’s ERA leaders. Jachec (57) and Fenlong (37) are the strikeout leaders.
The Sycamores continue to be elite defensively. Indiana State entered the week seventh in the NCAA and first in the MVC in fielding percentage. The Sycamores are fielding at a .983 clip on the season with four players posting perfect 1.000 percentages with at least 20 chances, while three others are fielding at .990 or higher.
Scouting the Opposition
Vanderbilt enters the Tuesday night contest with a 29-7 overall record including a 13-2 SEC mark following taking two of three this past weekend against South Carolina. The Commodores are 19-4 this season at Hawkins Field this year.
RJ Schreck (.354) leads the Vanderbilt hitting efforts on the season and is the team leader with 12 doubles, nine home runs, and 42 RBI. Enrique Bradfield Jr. is another name to watch on Tuesday night as the fleet-footed outfielder is hitting .310 from the plate while pacing the team with 26 stolen bases in 30 attempts. Overall, Vanderbilt is hitting .287 as a team with 48 home runs on the year.
Vanderbilt’s pitching staff has posted a team 3.50 ERA on the season with 16 different arms making appearances on the mound in 2023. Five different pitchers have made midweek starts outside the normal rotation with the Commodores combining for six shutouts on the season. Overall, Vanderbilt has posted a 362:133 strikeout-to-walk ratio and is allowing opponents to hit .199 from the plate this year.
Vanderbilt slotted in third in the Eastern Division in the SEC Baseball Preseason Coaches Poll as announced prior to the start of the season. The Commodores received 64 points in trailing behind Tennessee (90) and Florida (79). Enrique Bradfield Jr. was voted on the preseason All-SEC First Team with starting pitcher Carter Holton garnering Second Team honors. Bradfield Jr., Holton, and Thomas Schultz were also honored on the NCBWA Preseason All-American squad.
Vanderbilt’s 2023 non-conference schedule features two Missouri Valley schools in addition to Indiana State this season. The Commodores topped Evansville in a 17-inning thriller on March 8, 2-1. Vanderbilt defeated Belmont 15-6 one week later. Both games took place at Hawkins Field.
Indiana State – Vanderbilt History
Indiana State is 3-9 all-time against Vanderbilt dating back to the team’s inaugural contest back in the 1987 season when the Sycamores topped the Commodores, 10-7, under Coach Bob Warn. ISU won the next contest between the two programs in 1990 to move to 2-0 against Vanderbilt. The series started back up in 2014 under Coach Hannahs and ISU picked up its third win over the Commodores back in 2015 down in Port Charlotte, Fla. at the Snowbird Baseball Classic.
Indiana State has advanced to the Nashville Regional in the NCAA Tournament twice under Coach Hannahs with the Sycamores falling twice to Vanderbilt in the 2019 season. ISU did not get a chance to take on the Commodores in the 2021 postseason.
Last year, Indiana State took Vanderbilt down to the wire before a pair of late ISU errors in the 11th inning gave the Commodores the 8-7 win. Josue Urdaneta homered and drove in four RBI in the contest, while reliever Jake Ridgway went 5.0 strong innings in relief in the Sycamore midweek loss.
BASEBALL ACES RETURN HOME TUESDAY AGAINST WKU
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Evansville baseball team will briefly return home on Tuesday night to conclude a home-and-home mid-week series against the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers. First-pitch is set for 6 p.m. at German American Bank Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium.
Evansville will bring a 20-15 overall record into Tuesday night’s game after a heart-breaking 3-2 walk-off loss to Southern Illinois on Sunday. After winning the series-opener 10-2 on Friday night at SIU, the Salukis rallied for 6-3 and 3-2 victories to win the series.
Graduate outfielder/pitcher Eric Roberts led UE last week both offensively and on the mound. Roberts hit a team-best .389 last week with two doubles, a home run, four RBI and two stolen bases to lead the Purple Aces’ offense. He also went 3.0 shutout innings in his first career start on the mound last Tuesday at WKU. Overall, Roberts is hitting .307 with a Missouri Valley Conference-leading 14 home runs and 42 RBI. He is joined above .300 this year by fifth-year first baseman Chase Hug, who is hitting a team-best .366 going into Tuesday night’s action.
WKU will enter Tuesday’s game at 19-18 overall after winning two out of three games at UAB over the weekend. WKU infielder Tristin Garcia was named the Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday, after hitting .556 last week to help the Hilltoppers to three victories. Garcia went 1-for-4 in the game between UE and WKU last Tuesday, but exploded for nine hits in three games at UAB. He will bring a team-best .370 batting average into Tuesday night’s game.
WKU used eight different pitchers to keep UE at bay last Tuesday night in a 6-2 win in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Senior third baseman Brent Widder had two of UE’s five hits with a double and a solo home run to pace the Purple Aces’ attack. Evansville will send freshman RHP Max Hansmann (2-0, 9.15 ERA) to the mound to try and get revenge on Tuesday night. WKU will counter with LHP Cal Higgins (0-1, 10.22 ERA), who also started last Tuesday’s game for the Hilltoppers. Higgins worked a scoreless first inning last Tuesday, issuing a walk and recording a strikeout.
The game will not be televised and there will be no local radio available. The only audio stream available will be WKU’s radio stream, available at the link above.
REIGNING OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR IS HEADING TO EVANSVILLE
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – One of the top freshmen from the 2022-23 college basketball season has officially joined the University of Evansville men’s basketball team as head coach David Ragland has announced the addition of Cameron “Cam” Haffner.
The 2023 Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year joins the Purple Aces following his freshman campaign at Eastern Illinois. He is the son of Evansville basketball legend Scott Haffner.
“Ace’s fans and family will be excited to welcome in the son of a legend. Cam is competitive, a gym rat and can shoot with the best of them,” Ragland said. “Our staff is excited to work with someone as committed to improvement as Cam is.”
“Cam is coming off a freshman season where he was able to be challenged at the collegiate level and gain in game experience. Cameron shares the passion, along with our staff, the hunger and eagerness to help rebuild our storied program,” Ragland continued. “It is important to continue to build our program with individuals who have won at a high level and have an affinity for the University of Evansville.”
Haffner completed his inaugural collegiate season as the top freshman scorer in the OVC with 7.5 points per game. He was even better in league outings, scoring 9.2 points. He scored a season high of 17 points on three occasions, including a game at Little Rock that saw him drain five 3-pointers.
One of the top 3-point shooters in the OVC, the 6-foot-2 guard ranked third in the league with 42.7% of his outside attempts finding the bottom of the net. He reached double figures on nine occasions as a freshman while hauling in his top total of nine rebounds against Tennessee State.
As a senior at Westfield High School, he averaged 16.5 points per game while converting a single season school record of 85 triples in his final seasons. The Indiana Large School All-State honoree in 2022 was named to the Indianapolis Star All-Super Team, which recognizes the top 15 players. In his senior campaign, Haffner was named to the All-Regional Team while earning All-Sectional Team accolades in his final two high school seasons. He was also a 3-time All-Conference selection
His father – Scott – is one of the most recognizable names in UE men’s basketball history. His #3 jersey was retired by the program in 2014, making him the first player in UE’s Division I era to receive the honor. In just three seasons with the program, he accumulated 1,686 points. Scott’s most impressive outing with the Aces came on February 18, 1989 when he scored a program record 65 points in a 109-83 win over Dayton at Roberts Stadium.
ACES WELCOME SIUE ON TUESDAY EVENING
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In its final non-conference game of the regular season, the Purple Aces welcome SIU Edwardsville on Tuesday evening for a 6 p.m. game. ESPN+ will have the coverage from Tri-State Orthopaedics Field at James and Dorothy Cooper Stadium.
Last Time Out
– On Sunday, the Purple Aces fell to Murray State in the weekend finale by a 6-2 final
– The Racers plated two runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings to take the commanding lead; Evansville scored twice in the seventh but could not get closer
– On Friday at Murray State, Alexa Davis had one the Purple Aces’ top offensive games of 2023
– The junior was 2-for-3 with six RBI; after hitting a 2-run double, Davis came back with a grand slam in her next plate appearance
– Davis now has a season tally of 19 RBI, which is tied for the team lead.
– With two outs and two runners on base in a scoreless game on April 11 at Indiana State, she belted a 2-run double to left center that would prove to be the game-winner in a 2-0 shutout win over the Sycamores
– Davis continues to rank in the top five in the MVC in triples (T-3rd), stolen bases (3rd) and walks (T-rth)
Nice Week at the Plate
– Marah Wood recorded a hit in all four games for the Purple Aces last week while batting an even .500
– She was 6-of-12 from the plate and added a home run, three RBI, three runs, two walks and a sacrifice fly
– Tuesday’s win at Indiana State saw Wood go 1-3 with a hit and a walk
– In Friday’s victory at Murray State, she posted a 2-4 effort at the plate while scoring twice
– On Saturday, Wood had her top contest of the week, going 2-2 with a home run and three RBI before completing the weekend with a double and a walk in the series finale versus the Racers.
Big Time Shutout
– In nine frames of work in Evansville’s four games last week, Mikayla Jolly allowed just one earned run while finishing with an ERA of 0.78
– She made the start on Tuesday at Indiana State, tossing five scoreless innings and gave up five hits while striking out one
– With the performance, Holly earned her fourth pitching victory of the season
– On Saturday at Murray State, Jolly received a no-decision as she allowed one run in four innings
STRONG THIRD ROUND PROPELS EAGLES TO THIRD PLACE FINISH
SPRINGBORO, Ohio. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf completed their final regular season match on Monday as they finished in third place at the Wright State Invitational. The Screaming Eagles would finish the tournament with a 916 (+64) team score. This is USI’s third top-three finish this spring and fifth on the year.
USI finished the tournament with the fourth lowest par-four average score as a team, 4.44, as well as the recording the third most pars of any team. The Eagles were also one of five teams to record an eagle and one of three to record multiple.
Senior Zach Williams (Mt. Vernon, Illinois) led USI on the tournament, finishing in a tie for 11th after posting a 228 (+15), shooting 72-76-80 on the tournament. Sophomore Jason Bannister (Laguna Niguel, California) finished right behind Williams, ending tied for 13th after finishing with a 229 (+16), shooting 77-80-72. The 72 (+1) by both players was the lowest scores of the tournament for any Eagle in one round. Williams was one of two Eagles to finish with the fifth most pars recorded on the tournament with 32. Bannister was the first of two Eagles to record an eagle on the tournament, doing so in round two on the par-five ninth.
Junior Bryce Kirchner (North Vernon, Indiana) finished in a tie for 32nd with a 234 (+21), he would shoot 74-84-76 on the tournament. Kirchner joined Williams with 32 pars recorded.
Junior Jace Day (Bloomington, Indiana) and sophomore Carter Goebel (Breese, Illinois) both finished in a tie for 41st, both finishing with a 236 (+23). Day would shoot 76-80-80 while Goebel would shoot 78-82-76 on the tournament. Day finished the tournament with the fourth lowest average par-five score with an average of 4.78.
Junior Trevor Laub (Edwardsville, Illinois) would round out the scorers for USI, finishing in a tie for 53rd with a 241 (+28), shooting 84-79-78. Laub would be the second Eagle to record an eagle on the tournament, doing so in round three on the par-four sixth.
Up Next for The Eagles:
USI heads to Cape Girardeau, Missouri to compete in their first Ohio Valley Conference Championships beginning on April 23-26 at the Dalhousie Golf Club. The tournament will consist of three days of stroke play followed by the top four teams advancing to match play on the final day.
The Eagles have competed against six of the eight other OVC schools this spring with at least one other member being at each tournament. USI has been the highest finisher of all OVC schools in four of the five tournaments, the lone tournament being the Craft Farms Intercollegiate where Tennessee Tech University finished higher.
The Eagles have finished higher than Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State University, Lindenwood University, and Morehead State University once each while finishing above the University of Tennessee-Martin and Eastern Illinois University twice.
SKRINE, NOWAK SWEEP MVC WEEKLY AWARDS
After sweeping Bradley over the weekend, the Valparaiso University baseball team earned another sweep on Monday when the Missouri Valley Conference released its weekly awards. Jake Skrine (Longmont, Colo. / Mead [Indiana]) was named MVC Player of the Week, while Bobby Nowak (Cedar Lake, Ind. / Hanover Central) earned the league’s Pitcher of the Week honor.
Skrine batted .636 (7-for-11) with five runs scored, three home runs and nine RBIs in this week’s three-game road sweep of Bradley. He hit a home run in each of the three games in the series on his way to racking up 16 total bases, slugging 1.455 and reaching base at a .643 clip. All three of his home runs in the series were no doubters. In the second game of the series, Skrine had the first five-RBI game by a Valpo player in two years while going 4-for-4 plus a sacrifice fly. In Saturday’s doubleheader, he went 6-for-7 with two home runs, four runs scored and seven RBIs over the two games. His huge weekend came after he missed the previous two games due to an injury. Skrine was also named National Player of the Day by D1Baseball on Saturday.
Skrine’s showing propelled Valpo to its first road sweep of a Missouri Valley Conference series since joining the league as the Beacons beat the Bradley 4-3, 12-8 and 10-0. In the series finale, Skrine’s bat helped Valpo invoke the 10-run rule in a league game for the first time since joining the conference. His defense behind the plate was also a positive factor in the series as he cut down a pair of would-be base stealers and had a perfect fielding percentage with no passed balls.
Nowak twirled a shutout in Saturday’s series finale, putting together a three-hit, complete game masterpiece while striking out six and walking three in a 10-0, seven-inning win that clinched a series sweep at Bradley.
Nowak, who registered the win to improve to 4-0 on the season, pitched Valpo’s first shutout since March 12, 2021 (Colin Fields’ no-hitter). He threw the team’s first three-hitter since May 2015. The only member of the program to allow three hits or fewer in a complete game since then was Fields in the no-no. Nowak, who was making just his third Valpo start after being used in relief for most of his career, improved his ERA to a glittering 2.10 and his opponents’ batting average to .172 thanks to his brilliance against the Braves.
Nowak becomes Valpo’s third MVC Pitcher of the Week this season, joining Jacob Rosenkranz and Connor Lockwood. They join Jake Miller, Colin Fields (twice) and Easton Rhodehouse as the only Valpo players to earn MVC Pitcher of the Week honors since the program joined the MVC.
Skrine becomes the fourth member of the program to win MVC Player of the Week since joining the league, joining Sam Shaikin, Kaleb Hannahs and Nolan Tucker. This marks the first time Valpo has swept the league’s weekly awards since joining The Valley. The last time Valpo swept the weekly awards in any conference was May 16, 2016, when Jake Hanson was named Horizon League Batter of the Week and Ellis Foreman achieved Horizon League Pitcher of the Week status.
The Beacons will return to action on Tuesday at Notre Dame before hosting UIC this weekend.
MORAN COLLECTS GLVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
INDIANAPOLIS – UIndy redshirt-junior goalkeeper Audrey Moran has been named as the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Defensive Players of the Week in women’s lacrosse, it was announced by the league office Monday.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Audrey Moran, #6 Indianapolis
R-Jr. | GK | Naperville, Ill.
Team Result: 18-3 W at Rockhurst (4/14)
Made seven saves for a .700 save percentage, facing 15 shots in lone win last week
Scooped up four ground balls
Earns third career Defensive Player of the Week Award (4/17/23, 3/13/23, 2/27/23)
Last Greyhounds’ Defensive Player of the Week: Audrey Moran (3/13/23)
MEN’S LACROSSE MATCHES HIGHEST NATIONAL RANKING IN PROGRAM HISTORY
BALTIMORE, Md. – The UIndy men’s lacrosse team matched its highest ranking in program history on Monday, entering the top three for the first time since March 7, 2022. The Greyhounds, now ranked No. 3 in the national poll, are set to square off with No. 4 Wingate on Saturday, April 22, at 12 p.m. in Wingate, N.C.
UIndy inched up one spot in the poll after winning their sixth straight contest last Saturday, earning a big 15-6 league victory at Rockhurst.
Le Moyne and Adelphi remain in the top-two positions in the national rankings, both of which are in the North Region. The Dolphins handed the Hounds their lone loss of the spring back on March 5.
WOMEN’S LACROSSE AT #6 ONCE AGAIN IN ILWOMEN/IWLCA RANKINGS
NORTHBOROUGH, Ma. – The UIndy women’s lacrosse team (13-2, 4-0 GLVC) remains at No. 6 in the recently updated ILWomen/IWLCA rankings, officials announced on Monday.
The Hounds earned 475 points from coaches throughout the country and members of the media. West Chester holds the top spot while Pace, Tampa, Regis (CO), and Florida Southern sit in second through fifth, respectively.
In the USA Lacrosse Magazine rankings, the Hounds sit at No. 4.
UIndy returns to action on Friday for the annual “One Love Game” at Key Stadium to battle the Quincy Hawks. Play is set for 7 p.m. ET.
GIORGIA MAMELI NAMED CROSSROADS LEAGUE TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
JACKSON, Mich. – After hitting three NAIA standards this past weekend at the Indiana State Gibson Invitational, sophomore Giorgia Mameli claimed the Crossroads League Track Athlete of the Week honors.
Mameli turned in NAIA standard performances in the 100, 200 and 4×100-meter relay for Marian at the Indiana State Invitational. Mameli finished top-five in the individual events and helped the MU relay automatically qualify for Nationals.
This is the second time in her career Mameli has earned the award.
Mameli and the Knights will be back action April 21-22, competing at Indiana Wesleyan’s Little State meet.
LUKE BEETZ GARNERS CROSSROADS LEAGUE GOLFER OF THE WEEK
JACKSON, Mich. – Freshman Luke Beetz had another impressive outing to garner his second Crossroads League Golfer of the Week accolade, as announced by the conference earlier today.
Beetz led Marian at the Sagamore Shootout, carding scores of 70 and 79 to tie for fifth in the 45-member field.
Marian will next compete tomorrow at the Ackerman-Allen Invitational in a 36-hole
ISAIAH TIPPING NAMED CL FIELD ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Jackson, Mich. – The Marian men’s track and field team earned their third Field Athlete of the Week honor of the spring season Monday afternoon, as the Crossroads League recognized Isaiah Tipping as the winner for the week of April 10-16. Tipping joins teammate Christian Rios, who has won the award twice this spring, as 2023 outdoor field athlete honorees.
Tipping hit standards in the hammer and discus for Marian at the ISU Gibson Invite. Tipping won the hammer and automatically qualified for NAIA Nationals with a MU record distance of 62.09 meters, while his B standard mark in the discus was good for an 11th place finish. Tipping ranks fourth nationally in the hammer as the week begins.
Marian is scheduled to compete this weekend at the Little State Championships, hosted by Indiana Wesleyan.
HCAC BASEBALL NOTEBOOK
Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Johnathon LaGuire-Cruz (Lafayette, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior- LaGuire-Cruz spent his week punishing baseballs, going 8-for-20 with five home runs, 11 RBI and 11 runs scored as Franklin went 4-1 on the week. LaGuire-Cruz opened the week by going 3-for-5 with three home runs and six RBI in a 16-12 win over DePauw…in Saturday’s series opener with MSJ, he hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the 10th that gave Franklin an 11-9 comeback win. Laguire- Cruz went 3-for-5 with another home run, three RBI’s and four runs scored on Sunday to help the Grizzlies finish off a sweep of the Lions.
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Ty Layson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Manchester University | First Year- Layson tossed a complete game during game two of Saturday’s doubleheader against Bluffton. The first-year held the Beavers to just three hits with one walk and five strikeouts to help Manchester take the doubleheader sweep.
- Sam Thombs (Commerce Township, Mich.) Defiance College | Sophomore- Thombs picked up his first win of the year and helped lead Defiance to their first HCAC win of the year against Anderson. He started and pitched 7.0 innings, allowed one earned run and struck out five.
- Ian Kline (Frederick, Md.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior- Kline tossed 6.2 innings with six strikeouts and three earned runs allowed to earn a no-decision in Rose-Hulman’s narrow loss to Transylvania on Saturday.
- Marcus Goodpaster (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Junior- Goodpaster led the Panthers posting a 1-0 week as he charted the game two win over Earlham. He pitched six complete innings, surrendering seven hits and one earned run. He also charted four strikeouts.
- Jackson Young (Greenwood, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior- Young turned in another quality start for Franklin on Saturday in an 8-3 win over Mt. St. Joseph, tossing eight innings of three-run ball with one walk and eight strikeouts.
- Justin Maurer (Springfield, Ohio.) Bluffton University | Sophomore- Maurer went 5-of-10 at the dish, hitting .500 with 2 homers and 6 RBI. Maurer score 2 runs and lifted 2 sacrifice flies while slugging 1.100 for the week.
- Josh Vischer (Genoa, Ohio.) Defiance College | Senior- Vischer had a big week for Defiance finishing the four-game slate with a .647 batting average (11-for-17). He had a five-hit game against Ohio Wesleyan, becoming the 10th man in Defiance baseball history to record five hits in a game. He followed that up with a 6-for-11 series against Anderson (.545 BA) in which he recorded two multi-hit games. He finished the week with six runs, three RBIs, and two walks. His on base percentage for the week was .684 and slugging was .647
- Mark Serdinak (Sagamore Hills, Ohio.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First Year- Serdinak hit .316 (6-19) with two doubles and two home runs to lead Rose-Hulman’s offense in a five-game week. Serdinak slugged at .737 with three runs scored and five RBIs.
- Jacob Dupps (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Senior- Dupps led the Panthers to a 2-1 week as they picked up a sweep of HCAC foe Earlham. The senior charted a team-best 12 RBI with a 1.182 slugging percentage and a grand slam. He also added three extra base hits and posted a .733 on base percentage.
- Aiden Stevens (Rensselaer, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior- Stevens hit a walk-off home run in the ninth inning of game one on Saturday’s doubleheader against Bluffton to give MU the 11-10 victory. On the week, Stevens helped lead Manchester to a 2-1 record with a .385 batting average and an on base percentage of .471. Stevens tallied three runs scored, four RBI, two doubles, and a home run.
HCAC SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK
Athletes of the Week:
Hitting Athlete of the Week:
Annie Schuck (Selma, Ind.) Transylvania University | Senior- Shuck went 6-11 (.546) on the week after a split doubleheader with Centre and a doubleheader shutout sweep of Defiance. She delivered two homeruns, scored three runs, and had 8RBI, adding one stolen base and one walk to her offensive totals
Pitching Athlete of the Week:
Sophie Moshos (Brazil, Ind.) Transylvania University | First Year – Moshos pitched 13 innings this week in two games, one against Centre and one against Defiance. She had 17 strikeouts and had her first career no-hitter, also a shutout, against Defiance in a 7-0 win over the Yellow Jackets.
- Bobbi Adams (Delaware, Ohio.) Bluffton University | Senior- Adams was nearly perfect at the plate, going 5-of-6 for a white-hot .833 batting average for the week. She had one homer and 3 RBI’s with a 1.333 slugging percentage.
- Ali Mowen (Eaton, Ohio.) Defiance College | First Year- Mowen finished the week with four RBIs and two walks. In the 7-6 win over Alma, she drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning for the walk off win. Saturday against Transylvania, Ali worked a walk off of Transylvania’s Sophie Moshos who threw a no hitter. The walk would be the only blemish on Monshos’ stat line.
- Nicole Lang (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior- Lang batted .438 (7-16) with 2 doubles and 1 home run in 6 games last week. Lang scored 4 runs with 6 RBIs and hit a single-season school record tying 7th home run against Webster.
- Dani Steward (Shelbyville, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore- Steward led the Panthers to a 3-1 overall week including a walk-off hit that propelled HC to a sweep of Rose-Hulman. The sophomore posted a 1.000 slugging percentage with four RBI and four doubles. She went 10-of-14 at the dish with three runs
- Lauren Beaman (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore- Beaman led the Panthers posting a 1-1 mark in the circle. She pitched 15 complete innings surrendering just 12 hits with 14 strikeouts. Beaman posted a 3.73 ERA.
- Kaitlyn Carr (Valparaiso, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore- Carr tossed 6.0 innings for the Spartans during Manchester’s narrow loss to Kalamazoo on Thursday. Carr allowed five hits with five strikeouts. On the season, Carr has a 1.98 ERA with 38 total strikeouts.
- Lexi Rankin (Greenfield, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior- Rankin went 2-1 with a shutout in three starts last week. Rankin struck out 8 batters, issued six walks and allowed four runs on 11 hits in 12.1 innings. Rankin finished the week with a 2.21 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP and 4.42 K/7.
- Sydney Pitts (Rising Sun, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior- Pitts went six innings scattering six hits and allowing one earned run in a 14-1 win at Bluffton on Saturday where she walked one and struck out a pair.
- Molly Buck (Fortville, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore- Buck went 9-for-14 with 2 homers, 8 RBI’s and 4 runs as Anderson went 3-1 on the week. Buck broke a 6-6 tie in the bottom of the 6th of Game two against Wittenberg with a three-run blast. She slashed .642/.642/1.071 for the week.
- Dani Steward (Shelbyville, Ind.) Hanover College | Sophomore- Steward led the Panthers to a 3-1 overall week including a walk-off hit that propelled HC to a sweep of Rose-Hulman. The sophomore posted a 1.000 slugging percentage with four RBI and four doubles. She went 10-of-14 at the dish with three runs.
- Izzy Ditmar (Warsaw, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior- Dittmar hit .429 on the week for Manchester. Dittmar collected three runs with one RBI and a double as the Spartans with 1-3 on the week.
- Rayvn Mcclaren (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore- McClaren played a major role in Franklin’s sweep of Bluffton on Saturday, going 4-for-7 with six runs knocked in as the Grizzlies claimed a pair of dominant wins…went 3-for-3 with four runs knocked in during the opening game with the Beavers…drove in two more runs in game two to help seal the sweep.
- Macy Cornelius (Whiteland, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Sophomore- Cornelius was dominant at the plate this week for the Lions. Cornelius finished the week batting .538 (7-13) with 1 double, 1 triple and 1 home run. Across 4 games for the Lions Cornelius tallied 5 RBIs while scoring 3 runs herself.
HCAC TENNIS NOTEBOOK
Athlete of the Week:
Joey Keal (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Junior- Keal led the Panthers as they remained perfect in HCAC action defeating both Earlham and Anderson. The junior posted a perfect record on the weekend posting a 2-0 mark as part of no. 1 doubles and a 2-0 mark as part of no. 1 singles. The Panthers remain the lone unbeaten team in the HCAC.
- Owen Pickerill (Pekin, Ind.) Franklin College | Sophomore- Pickerill went 3-0 in singles play, winning all three of his matchups in three sets over the weekend as Franklin accumulated a 1-2 overall record. Pickerill won 3-6, 6-3, 10-7 from No. 1 singles on Friday against Concordia Ann-Arbor in a 9-0 FC win…claimed a 7-5, 6-7, 10-6 No. 3 singles win in a conference matchup with Rose-Hulman on Saturday. Pickerill was a 3-6, 6-1, 10-7 winner at No. 3 singles on Sunday against Kentucky Wesleyan.
- Chris Kaufmann (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | First Year- Kaufmann competed against Manchester, Arjun Gupta and Chris Kaufmann finished first with an 8-1 win at #1 doubles. Kaufmann would go on to win #1 singles 6-0 and 6-2. Chris is now ranked in region VI in singles.
- Andrew Leonard (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First Year- Leonard finished a perfect 2-0 at No. 5 singles and a perfect 2-0 at No. 2 doubles as Rose-Hulman defeated Franklin 5-4 and fell 6-3 to Transylvania last week.
Athlete of the Week:
Maddie Cherry (Las Vegas, Nev.) Earlham College | Sophomore- Cherry went 2-0 for the Quakers against Asbury with wins at No.1 singles and No.1 doubles. The sophomore won her singles match 6-1, 6-1, and took her doubles match 8-6.
- Lauryn Bates (Anderson, Ind.) Franklin College | First Year- Bates made the most of her time on the court on Friday afternoon, winning two points as Franklin bested Concordia Ann Arbor…teamed with Samantha Schick for an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles…won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6 singles to help seal Franklin’s 6-3 win.
DIEMER-MCKINNEY, THOMAS NET NCAC ATHLETE OF THE WEEK HONORS
Two Wabash College track and field team members earned North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors. Freshman Haiden Diemer-McKinney received the NCAC Men’s Distance / Mid-Distance Athlete of the Week award. Senior Reis Thomas earned the NCAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week award.
Diemer-McKinney won the 800-meter run at Saturday’s Indiana DIII Championships held at DePauw University and broke the meet and facility record. The freshman crossed the finish line in 1:51.18 to eclipse the old meet mark of 1:55.44 held by former Wabash runner Hayden Baehl. That time also broke the Blackstock Stadium record of 1:52.51 set in 2001. His time is tied for the 10th-quickest in Division III this season.
Diemer-McKiney also anchored the Little Giants’ winning 4×400-meter relay team. The foursome of TK Walls, Christopher Royal, Will Neubauer, and Diemer-McKinney combined for a season-best time of 3:20.23, the third-fastest in the conference this season.
Thomas won the discus throw at Saturday’s Indiana DIII Championships held at DePauw University with a top distance of 47.64 meters (156 feet, 3 inches). His meet-best throw was nearly one meter farther than the second-place mark of 46.73 meters.
River States Conference Player of the Week awards picked for April 10-16
Olivero gets RSC Women’s Tennis Player of the Week for third time
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Augustina Olivero from Midway (Ky.) University earned River States Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16. It marks the third time this year’s she’s won the honor.
Olivero, a freshman from Montevideo, Uruguay, went 4-0 on the week to lead the Eagles to wins over Georgetown (Ky.) and IU Southeast. She won twice at No. 1 singles and also at No. 1 doubles. She helped Midway to a 4-3 win over Georgetown with a singles win of 7-5, 6-1. Her singles victory over IU Southeast was 6-4, 6-1 as part of a 7-0 team sweep. Olivero and her partner won 6-4 and 6-2 in their doubles matchups.
Ojeda picked for RSC Men’s Tennis Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Tomas Ojeda from Oakland City (Ind.) University is the River States Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
The freshman from Montevideo, Uruguay, secured a big victory for the NAIA No. 25-ranked Mighty Oaks. He earned match point in a win over NCAA Division II team Walsh when he picked up a victory at No. 6 singles. Oakland City won the match, 4-3, with Ojeda taking his match, 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets.
Wagner goes back to back on RSC Men’s Golfer of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Drew Wagner from Indiana University Kokomo captured River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16. It is the second week in a row he’s won the award.
Wagner, a sophomore from Batesville, Ind., tied for 10th place of 45 golfers at the Sagamore Shootout. He shot a final-round score of 1-under 71 to climb the leaderboard and put him at 7-over 151 in the 36-hole tournament. He rebounded from shooting 80 to begin. Wagner’s effort led the Cougars to third place of eight teams.
Cromwell gets RSC Women’s Golfer of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Brooklyn Cromwell from Indiana University East secured River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
A junior from Orleans, Ind., Cromwell placed first of 28 golfers at the IU East Spring Invitational to get the honor. She shot two rounds in the 70s firing a 79 each day to win by five strokes. Cromwell’s 7-over par effort on back to back days led the Red Wolves to first place as a team.
Blatnik gets another RSC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Jakob Blatnik from Point Park (Pa.) University earned River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
Blatnik, a native of Slovenia, took over the No. 1 ranking in the NAIA in the javelin this past weekend. He did so with a national-best toss of 67.66 meters. That put him third place of 41 throwers at the NCAA Division I Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic. Blatnik has been ranked No. 1 in the RSC all year, and he is currently 52nd in all of collegiate track and field.
Ulunque picks up RSC Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ramiro Ulunque from Point Park (Pa.) University raced to River States Conference Men’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
A sophomore from Bolivia, Ulunque ran the No. 1 time in the RSC for the 800 meters and set a school record in the process. His record came with a time of 1:53 at the Bucknell Bison Outdoor Classic, which placed 29th out of 189 runners at the NCAA DI meet and just missed NAIA national qualification.
Ulunque led off the Pioneers’ national-qualifying 4×800 relay, which had our members all break 2:00 for a time of 7:46. That placed third of 11 teams and sent the Pioneers to nationals.
Greschner claims RSC Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Mya Greschner from Carlow (Pa.) University claimed River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
A freshman from Jefferson Hills, Pa., Greschner set a school record in the 400 meters winning first place at the Thiel Tomcat Invitational. That was with a time of 1:00.02. Greschner had another high finish in the 200 meters running 26.53 seconds for third place.
Greschner was also part of a 4×100 relay team that set a school record and place first with a time of 49.67 seconds.
Brown named RSC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Nevaeh Brown from Midway (Ky.) University is selected River States Conference Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
The junior from Louisville, Ky., hit the NAIA national qualifying standard in the pole vault once again to win another conference weekly honor. She met the NAIA B standard at the Centre Twilight by clearing 3.55 meters. That won the meet over five vaulters. Brown is currently ranked No. 1 in the RSC and seventh in the NAIA for pole vault.
Crawford hits for RSC Softball Player of the Week
MIDDLETOW, Ohio — Jaleigh Crawford from St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College is the River States Conference Softball Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
The freshman infielder/outfielder hit .500 on the week with 10 hits in six games. Crawford amassed two doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBIs. She stole two bases and walked once.
Crawford was 3 for 4 with a double and a homer in the second game to give SMWC a sweep over IUPUC. She was 3 for 3 with a triple to start off a doubleheader sweep of IU Southeast. Crawford finished off the week going 2 for 4 in taking two games over Miami-Hamilton.
Ludwig named RSC Softball Pitcher of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Madison Ludwig from Midway (Ky.) University was chosen River States Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
Ludwig, a senior out of Louisville, Ky., was 4-0 with a save in her five outings on the week. She pitched 30.0 innings in five games and compiled a 0.47 ERA. She struck out 30 batters and walked just two in leading the Eagles to a 6-0 record.
Highlights were a 1-hit shutout of Alice Lloyd (Ky.), 5-0, winning both ends of the doubleheader while pitching a combined 15.0 innings versus Oakland City, 8-2 and 2-1, and getting a win and a save in victories over Brescia (Ky.), 4-2 and 1-0 while covering 8.0 innings on the day. During all of that, she gave up 20 hits and just two earned runs on the week.
Hotchkiss picked for RSC Baseball Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Grant Hotchkiss from Midway (Ky.) University is the River States Conference Baseball Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16.
Hotchkiss, a sophomore outfielder from Richmond, Ky., hit .417 in four games with five home runs and seven RBIs. He was 7 for 17 on the week with five of those hits going yard. He also walked once and stole a base. Hotchkiss racked up a slugging percentage of 1.294 for the week.
Hotchkiss hit four homers in the series win over Point Park. He clubbed two in a 3-2 win and another in the series clincher, 12-8. Hotchkills hit safely in all four games on the week to lead the Eagles to a 3-1 record. He had three games of two hits apiece.
Letsinger gets RSC Baseball Pitcher of the Week for third time
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Lucas Letsinger from Indiana University Kokomo is selected the River States Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for April 10-16. It is the third time this season he’s gotten the award.
Letsinger, a sophomore right-hander from Arcadia, Ind., spun a 1-hit shutout of Brescia (Ky.) to win this time. In 7.0 innings, he struck out seven and walked two. It was a complete game as the game ended 10-0 on the run rule. It was his second complete game in a row.
VU BASEBALL FALLS IN CONFERENCE DOUBLEHEADER TO JOHN WOOD
QUINCY, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazer baseball team opened up another Mid-West Athletic Conference (MWAC) series Monday afternoon at John Wood Community College and fell 11-1 in game one and 11-2 in game two.
The day got off to a rough start for the visiting Trailblazers with John Wood picking up the early lead with a pair of runs in the first two innings and took a commanding lead with a six-run third inning to grab a 10-0 advantage.
VU would get on the board in the fourth after sophomore Colton Evans (Henderson, Ky.) led off the inning with a triple. Evans would later score on an RBI single by Kobe Bartlett (Rockport, Ind.).
This would be the highlight of the game for VU as John Wood put the game away in the fifth with a walk-off single to finish out the 11-1 victory.
Sophomore Dawson Blaylock (Eaton, Ohio) got the start in game one of the day, throwing two and one-third innings, allowing eight runs on six hits and striking out two.
Freshman Keegan Schlotterbeck (Centerville, Ind.) took over on the mound in the third and lasted one and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs on three hits and striking out two.
Game two got off to a much better start for the Blazers, with sophomore Ethan Burdette (Linton, Ind.) leading off the game by reaching third on an error and scoring on a passed ball to give Vincennes the early 1-0 lead.
John Wood answered back in the second with a pair of runs to take the lead before VU came through in the third with sophomore Will Egger (Terre Haute, Ind.) leading off the inning with a single and advancing on an error. Egger would even the score at 2-2 after scoring on a groundout by sophomore Kaden Elliott (New Albany, Ind.).
John Wood would grab the momentum back in the bottom half of the third however with a three-run inning, followed by four runs in the fourth to take a 9-2 lead.
John Wood added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth and managed to hold off any VU comeback attempts at VU fell in game two 11-2.
Freshman Josh McCormick (Indianapolis, Ind.) got the start in game two, throwing three and two-third innings, allowing nine runs, four earned runs, on seven hits while punching out one.
Freshman Aaron Fenn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) threw the remaining two and one-third innings, allowing two runs on three hits and matching his career-high with four strikeouts.
Vincennes will return to John Wood Community College tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18 for the final two games of this four-game conference series. First pitch tomorrow is set for 1 p.m. eastern.
TAYLOR ATHLETICS | CRABTREE CROWNED AS CROSSROADS LEAGUE PITCHER OF THE WEEK
JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League released its latest installment of weekly awards on Monday afternoon, when freshman relief pitcher, Nick Crabtree, was crowned the CL Pitcher of the Week.
The award marks the first of Crabtree’s young career and just the second player-of-the-week award of the 2023 Taylor baseball campaign. Crabtree earned the honor in light of two solid performances out of the pen, securing two of Taylor’s six wins for the week.
In each outing, Crabtree completed three innings of key relief with the first coming in game three of TU’s four-game series with Bethel. After the Trojan starter navigated four innings of two-run work, the freshman lefty took the bump and subsequently posted three-consecutive zeroes on the board, recording five strikeouts without allowing a single hit.
Crabtree’s second win of the week came in an especially pivotal performance out of the pen in game one of TU’s series-sweep of RV Indiana Wesleyan. After the Wildcats had plated seven runs in the previous two frames, Crabtree entered the game in the fifth inning with the Trojans down 7-6.
Taylor’s dynamic lefty held the IWU lineup at bay, traversing three innings of work in which Crabtree piled up a career-best six strikeouts alongside just one hit.
TU’s electric offense eventually put Crabtree in line for the win with three runs in the top of the eighth inning, claiming a pivotal game-one victory that soon morphed into a four-game series sweep.
Crabtree totaled 11 strikeouts in six innings of scoreless, one-hit relief throughout the week, earning two wins to boost his season-total to five for a share of the team lead. The Muncie, Indiana, native has now completed three-consecutive scoreless relief appearances, while also allowing just three runs throughout his last 15-and-two-thirds innings of work that dates back to February 18.
Taylor athletes have now combined for 43 Crossroads League or MSFA Player-of-the-Week awards throughout the 2022-2023 athletic year.
With Crabtree ever ready to contribute out of the pen, RV Taylor (31-11, 24-4 CL) will look to maintain its grip on first place in the Crossroads League when the Trojans host Marian (14-22, 8-16 CL) this Friday, April 21, at 3:00 pm.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETIC SITES:
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
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|Tampa Bay||14||3||.824||–||10 – 0||4 – 3||5 – 2||3 – 0||3 – 0||7 – 3||L 1|
|NY Yankees||10||6||.625||3.5||6 – 4||4 – 2||2 – 1||4 – 3||0 – 0||6 – 4||W 2|
|Toronto||10||7||.588||4||4 – 2||6 – 5||2 – 1||5 – 2||2 – 2||6 – 4||L 2|
|Baltimore||9||7||.563||4.5||4 – 3||5 – 4||2 – 4||2 – 1||5 – 2||6 – 4||W 1|
|Boston||8||9||.471||6||5 – 5||3 – 4||2 – 5||3 – 0||3 – 1||5 – 5||L 1|
|Minnesota||10||6||.625||–||4 – 2||6 – 4||2 – 2||5 – 1||2 – 1||6 – 4||L 2|
|Cleveland||9||7||.563||1||2 – 4||7 – 3||1 – 2||0 – 0||6 – 4||5 – 5||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||6||10||.375||4||2 – 4||4 – 6||1 – 2||1 – 2||2 – 2||3 – 7||L 1|
|Detroit||5||9||.357||4||2 – 3||3 – 6||1 – 8||0 – 0||2 – 1||4 – 6||W 3|
|Kansas City||4||13||.235||6.5||1 – 10||3 – 3||1 – 3||0 – 3||1 – 3||3 – 7||L 4|
|Texas||10||6||.625||–||6 – 3||4 – 3||1 – 2||3 – 1||2 – 1||6 – 4||W 2|
|LA Angels||8||8||.500||2||3 – 3||5 – 5||2 – 5||0 – 0||4 – 2||4 – 6||W 1|
|Houston||8||9||.471||2.5||5 – 6||3 – 3||1 – 0||4 – 6||1 – 2||5 – 5||W 1|
|Seattle||8||9||.471||2.5||5 – 6||3 – 3||0 – 0||3 – 4||1 – 2||6 – 4||L 1|
|Oakland||3||14||.176||7.5||2 – 8||1 – 6||1 – 6||1 – 2||1 – 2||1 – 9||L 5|
|Atlanta||13||4||.765||–||4 – 3||9 – 1||2 – 1||6 – 0||2 – 3||7 – 3||W 7|
|NY Mets||11||6||.647||2||4 – 2||7 – 4||5 – 2||0 – 3||3 – 1||8 – 2||W 5|
|Miami||9||8||.529||4||6 – 5||3 – 3||4 – 6||0 – 0||3 – 1||6 – 4||W 1|
|Philadelphia||6||10||.375||6.5||3 – 3||3 – 7||1 – 2||4 – 3||0 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Washington||5||11||.313||7.5||2 – 7||3 – 4||1 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 2||4 – 6||W 1|
|Milwaukee||12||5||.706||–||5 – 1||7 – 4||3 – 0||4 – 2||4 – 3||6 – 4||W 2|
|Chi Cubs||9||6||.600||2||5 – 4||4 – 2||0 – 0||2 – 3||2 – 1||7 – 3||W 2|
|Pittsburgh||10||7||.588||2||3 – 3||7 – 4||0 – 0||3 – 4||1 – 0||5 – 5||W 1|
|Cincinnati||7||9||.438||4.5||6 – 4||1 – 5||3 – 7||3 – 2||0 – 0||4 – 6||W 1|
|St. Louis||7||10||.412||5||4 – 7||3 – 3||0 – 3||3 – 4||2 – 2||5 – 5||L 1|
|Arizona||10||7||.588||–||5 – 2||5 – 5||1 – 2||3 – 1||6 – 4||7 – 3||W 2|
|LA Dodgers||8||9||.471||2||5 – 5||3 – 4||0 – 1||1 – 2||7 – 6||3 – 7||L 2|
|San Diego||8||10||.444||2.5||4 – 7||4 – 3||4 – 4||1 – 3||3 – 3||4 – 6||L 2|
|San Francisco||5||10||.333||4||2 – 4||3 – 6||0 – 1||0 – 0||1 – 2||3 – 7||L 4|
|Colorado||5||12||.294||5||3 – 5||2 – 7||2 – 2||1 – 3||2 – 4||2 – 8||L 6|
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1899 John McGraw, 26, makes his debut as a major league manager when his Orioles enjoy a 5-3 victory over the Giants, a team he will later manage for 30 years. ‘Mugsy,’ a 1937 Hall of Fame inductee, will finish his 33-year managerial career with a 2763-1948 (.586) record, winning ten pennants and capturing three World Championships.
1923 Yankee Stadium opens in front of over 72,000 fans with Babe Ruth hitting the park’s first home run, a two-run homer off Red Sox hurler Howard Ehmke, which helps beat Boston, 4-1. The new $2.5-million ballpark is the first to feature three decks.
1923 At South Field on Columbia’s campus in New York City, a collegian hurler strikes out seventeen batters to establish a school record but loses the game due to wildness to Williams, 5-1. The young southpaw, named Lou Gehrig, will become better known for his hitting prowess with the Yankees.
1925 At his Waldorf-Astoria apartment, 65-year-old Dodgers’ owner Charles H. Ebbets dies of a heart attack. Later in the day, his team opens the home season in Brooklyn, losing to the Giants at Ebbets Field, 7-0.
1925 The Cardinals rout the Cubs, 20-5, in a game that sees Rogers Hornsby score five runs. Redbirds’ third baseman Les Bell leads the Wrigley Field 22-hit attack, compiling 12 total bases with a pair of home runs and two doubles.
1929 The Yankees will become the second team to wear numbers on uniforms when rain postpones their Opening Day game, giving the Indians the distinction of being the first to don the digits. The assignment of the numbers, Earle Combs #1, Mark Koenig #2, Babe Ruth #3, Lou Gehrig #4, Bob Meusel #5, Tony Lazzeri #6, Leo Durocher #7, Johnny Grabowski #8, Benny Bengough #9, and Bill Dickey #10 (#’s 8-10 are all catchers) is the result of the player’s position in the lineup.
1929 In his first at-bat since his marriage yesterday, Babe Ruth hits a home run, a first-inning solo shot off Red Ruffing in the Yankees’ eventual 7-3 victory over Boston. As the ‘Bambino’ rounds second base, he tips his hat to his new bride, Claire Hodgson.
1939 The five-year ban on broadcasting games played by the New York major league teams ends when Red Barber, hired away from the Reds by Larry McPhail, calls Brooklyn’s 7-3 loss to the Giants at Ebbets Field. In 1934, the two National League teams and the Yankees agreed not to air their games on the radio, fearing the exposure would reduce the number of fans attending games.
1939 In Brooklyn, Red Barber calls the action in the first broadcast of a regular-season Dodger game, a 7-3 loss to New York at Ebbets Field. The future Hall of Fame announcer was brought in from Cincinnati by the team’s new president, Larry MacPhail, who had hired the ‘Ol Redhead’ when he was in a similar post with the Reds.
1942 Due to the fear of a Japanese attack, General L. Dewitt, the Fourth Army Commander, asks the Pacific Coast League teams to limit night-game attendance to the previous year’s average number of fans, 3,000 fans for most clubs. Later in the season, the commanding officer will prohibit all evening contests scheduled for ballparks within 15 miles of the Pacific Ocean, making San Diego the only club not having to shuffle their starting times.
1946 In a game against the Jersey Giants at Roosevelt Stadium, Montreal Royals’ on-deck batter George Shuba congratulates Jackie Robinson with a handshake after his teammate hits his first professional home run. The gesture will become known as ‘A Handshake for the Century’ because the deed marks the first time a white player publicly acknowledges the accomplishment of a black teammate. Photo courtesy of Mike Shuba
1947 Dodger president Branch Rickey names 62-year-old Burt Shotton, a team scout, to replace Leo Durocher, suspended ten days ago by Commissioner Happy Chandler for acts “unbecoming to a major league manager.” Brooklyn’s new skipper, the son of a sailor who operated freighters on Lake Erie, reluctantly takes over the team two games into the season and manages the club for one year in his street clothes while wearing the team’s hat and jacket.
1950 Eddie Waitkus, who missed most of last season after being shot in June by a deranged fan in a Chicago hotel room, goes 3-for-5 in the Phillies’ Opening Day 9-1 victory over the Dodgers at Shibe Park. The Philadelphia first baseman will be named the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year, scoring a team-high 102 runs while playing every National League Champions game.
1950 The Yankees defeat the Red Sox on Opening Day, 15-10, after trailing 9-0 after five innings. The Bronx Bombers take the lead when they score nine times in the top of the eighth frame at Fenway Park, thanks to eight hits, none being home runs, and three walks surrendered by Boston’s starter Mel Parnell and four relievers.
1950 In the first Opening Day game scheduled as a night contest, the Cardinals beat the Pirates at Sportsman’s Park, 4-2. Gerry Staley gets the win, and Stan Musial homers in the St. Louis contest.
1950 Former Cleveland Buckeyes star of the Negro American League, Sam Jethroe, becomes the first black player for the Braves. The 33-year-old highly-touted prospect, who will lead the majors with 35 stolen bases, will be named the National League’s Rookie of the Year.
1950 Vin Scully calls the first game of his illustrious 67-year career with the Dodgers, detailing Brooklyn’s 9-1 defeat to the Phillies on Opening Day at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. The 22-year-old broadcaster, who will become the team’s primary announcer just three seasons later, will be awarded the Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award by Bud Selig in 2014.
1950 The Phillies play their first game with the team’s name officially changed back from Blue Jays, routing the Dodgers at Shibe Park, 9-1. Skipper Eddie Sawyer has his team wear red pinstriped uniforms, a design reminiscent of the club’s look in the early 1900s.
1952 On Opening Day in Brooklyn, Willie Mays is knocked unconscious when he smashes into the Ebbets Field wall after chasing pinch-hitter Bob Morgan’s seventh-inning, two-out base-loaded line drive into the gap in left field. All three Dodgers baserunners cross the plate but do not score when the motionless Giants center fielder comes to his feet and jogs into the dugout, apparently unhurt, having held onto the ball after making a fantastic catch for the third out to end the inning.
1952 In the Pirates’ home Opener‚ Bob Friend tosses a five-hitter, blanking the Reds at Forbes Field‚ 3-0. After beating the Cardinals yesterday, Pittsburgh’s second consecutive victory is an accomplishment not surpassed when the team does not have a winning streak longer than two games all season‚ setting a twentieth-century mark for futility.
1955 In his first major league appearance, 25-year-old Pirates reliever Al Grunwald, getting just one batter out, gives up a single to Don Mueller, a double to Monte Irvin, a triple to Willie Mays, and a homer to Whitey Lockman. The Giants’ fourth-inning ‘cycle’ contributes to an eight-run frame in the team’s eventual 12-3 victory over Pittsburgh at the Polo Grounds.
1956 Third base umpire Ed Rommel becomes the first major league arbitrator to wear glasses during a game during the Yankees’ 9-5 victory over Washington at Griffith Stadium. The bespectacled arbitrator, known as the father of the modern knuckleball, played 13 seasons with Philadelphia, compiling an impressive 171-119 record with the A’s from 1920 to 1932.
1957 At Briggs Stadium, Roger Maris hits a game-winning, grand-slam home run in the top of the 11th inning against Detroit in the Indians’ second game of the season. In his major league debut two days ago, the 22-year-old rookie outfielder went 3-for-5 in the Tribe’s 3-2 loss to Chicago at Cleveland Stadium.
1958 In front of a National League record crowd of 78,672, the Dodgers play their first home game on the West Coast. Carl Erskine gets the win, besting Al Worthington and the Giants, 6-5, in the LA Coliseum contest.
1959 Branch Rickey, former general manager of the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Pirates, is appointed the president of the Continental League. The third potential major league never materializes but helps accelerate the expansion of the existing clubs, including putting a National League team in New York to fill the void created by the Giants’ and the Dodgers’ 1958 departure to the west coast.
1960 Ted Williams becomes the first major leaguer to homer in four different decades when he blasts a pitch from Senators’ right-hander Camilo Pascual over the center-field wall for the only run in the Red Sox’s 10-1 Opening Day loss at Griffith Stadium. In 1939, as a 20-year-old, the ‘Kid’ hit the first of his 521 career round-trippers, a first-inning two-run shot off Philadelphia’s Bud Thomas at Fenway Park.
1964 In the top of the third inning, Los Angeles southpaw Sandy Koufax throws the second immaculate innings of his two career when he strikes out the side on nine pitches, quickly setting down Leo Cardenas, Johnny Edwards, and Jim Maloney. Cincinnati will score all of the game’s runs in the next frame, thanks to Deron Johnson’s three-run homer, beating the Dodgers in the Chavez Ravine contest, 3-0.
1966 Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills becomes the first batter to collect a hit on artificial turf in a major league game when he singles to center off future Hall of Famer Robin Roberts. The Astrodome’s new playing surface, called Chemgrass initially by the Monsanto Company, cannot be made quickly enough, covering only the infield, with the outfield remaining painted dirt until July.
1970 Denny Doyle’s first-inning single is the only hit allowed by Nolan Ryan when he blanks the Phillies at Shea Stadium, 7-0. The 23-year-old right-hander ties the Mets’ mark established by Jerry Koosman in 1968 with 15 strikeouts, but Tom Seaver will break the short-lived record, whiffing 19 Padres later in the week.
1972 For the first time in franchise history, the Yankees play a night game at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day. The Bronx Bombers, behind the three-hitter by thrown Steve Kline, beat the Brewers in the Bronx ballpark, 3-0.
1973 Dave Rader completes an unusual unassisted double play for a catcher in the top of the 11th inning in San Francisco’s 4-3 victory over Atlanta at Candlestick Park. After catching an attempted popped-up sacrifice bunt with Braves runners on first and second base, the Giants’ backstop races to second base and steps on the bag before Sonny Jackson, who had headed toward third on contact, can get back.
1978 Lyman Bostock, a highly-sought free agent in the offseason who hit .336 for the Twins last year, offers not to accept a salary for April if he doesn’t begin producing after going 2-for-39 (.051) to start the season. The 27-year-old outfielder raises his batting average to .296, the club’s highest, before being fatally shot near the end of the season as an unintentional victim while riding a passenger in a car.
1978 After getting ahead in the count 3-0, Reggie Jackson, knowing he has a green light to hit away, feigns to be upset by getting a bogus take sign from third base coach Dick Howser. Oriole right-hander Tippy Martinez, deceived by the batter’s behavior, grooves a fastball down the middle of the plate that the Yankee slugger promptly puts over the fence, giving the Yankees a 4-3 walk-off victory.
1981 Joining Walter Johnson, Gaylord Perry, Bob Gibson, and Nolan Ryan, Reds’ right-hander Tom Seaver becomes the fifth major leaguer to collect 3,000 strikeouts when he whiffs Cardinals’ infielder Keith Hernandez in the team’s 10-4 loss at Riverfront Stadium. Hernandez is the fourth first baseman to mark a milestone K for the future Hall of Fame hurler, with Donn Clendenon being strikeout victim number 1, followed by Willie Montanez at #1,000 and Dan Driessen at #2,000.
1981 In International League action at McCoy Stadium, the Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings begin the longest professional game ever played. At 4:07 am, the league suspends the 32-inning contest knotted at 2-2, being completed later in the season, with the Red Sox scoring the winning run in the 33rd inning.
1982 Joe Torre’s Braves set a National League record when they win their 11th straight game to start the season, beating Houston at the Astrodome, 6-5. The eventual NL West Division champs, who will finish the campaign with an 89-73 record, will extend the mark to 13-0 when they add two more victories against Cincinnati at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.
1987 Mike Schmidt becomes the 14th player in major league history to hit 500 career home runs. The Phillies’ third baseman’s three-run ninth-inning shot off Don Robinson is cheered by the Pirates fans and his teammates in the team’s eventual 8-6 victory at Three Rivers Stadium.
1991 A sellout crowd of 42,191 watches the White Sox play their first game at new Comiskey Park and sees the home team get crushed by the Tigers, 16-0. Jack McDowell gives up the park’s first homer to Cecil Fielder.
1997 Rangers’ right-hander Roger Pavlik begins the game by walking the first four batters, equaling the dubious feat last accomplished Randy Nosek of the Tigers in 1990. The Blue Jays take advantage of the All-Star hurler’s wildness by scoring five runs in the frame en route to a 6-5 victory at the Ballpark in Arlington.
2000 Adam Kennedy ties a franchise mark by driving in eight runs during the Angels’ 16-10 rout of Toronto. The Halo infielder’s run-producing single, three-run triple, and grand slam account for his RBIs in the SkyDome contest.
2000 After serving a 12-game suspension for making disrespectful comments about minorities, John Rocker pitches a scoreless ninth inning against the Phillies in a 4-3, 12-inning home victory. The outspoken Braves’ reliever receives a standing ovation as he enters the game.
2000 During the Angels’ 16-10 victory over the Blue Jays, a SkyDome promotion becomes a bit too frank when fans get hit with bits of hot dogs when the wieners fall apart after being shot from the ‘Hot Dog Blaster.’ Undaunted by the fallout, promoters continue to propel the missiles even though the hot dogs repeatedly splatter the onlookers.
2001 After a 4-10 start, former Royals’ skipper Hal McRae replaces Larry Rothschild as the manager of the Devil Rays. Rothschild, the only pilot in the four-year existence of the team, finished in last place for three consecutive years, compiling a 205-294 record.
2002 After the Brewers’ dismal start of 3-12, GM Dean Taylor releases manager Davey Lopes. The fired skipper, who compiled a 144-195 overall record with Milwaukee, will be replaced on an interim basis by bench coach Jerry Royster.
2004 At Wrigley Field, Sammy Sosa surpasses Ernie Banks as the Cubs’ all-time home run leader when he goes deep off Reds right-hander Paul Wilson in the first frame in the team’s 11-10 loss when he slugs his 513th dinger for the franchise. Slammin’ Sammy adds another round-tripper in the third inning to bring his current career total to 543 homers, en route to finishing with 609 during his 18-year tenure in the majors.
2007 At Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field, Mark Buehrle hurls the 16th no-hitter in White Sox history and the first home no-no since 1967. The South-side southpaw faces the minimum 27 batters, thanks to picking off Sammy Sosa, who walked in the fifth inning.
2008 In his final season, Braves’ right-hander Tom Glavine is put on the disabled list for the first time during his 22-year major league tenure. The 42-year-old southpaw’s ailing right hamstring needs more time to heal before going after his 304th and next-to-last career win.
2008 The T-Bones, a minor league team in the independent Northern League, cancel the Michael Vick “Welcome to the Neighborhood Night” after receiving numerous complaints about the promotion. The plans for the event included the teams wearing black and white striped jerseys and orange jumpsuit-style uniforms to mock the former Falcons quarterback, who is serving a 23-month sentence in the nearby Leavenworth prison after pleading guilty to federal charges related to dogfighting.
2008 Conor Jackson, needing only a double to complete the cycle, hustles instead to get his second triple of the game. The Diamondbacks outfielder’s unselfish offensive output helps pace the club to a 9-0 win over the Padres.
2008 The Dodgers announce the fans’ selection of Joe Beimel in an online poll during spring training as the player whose likeness will appear in an August 12th bobblehead promotion. The 30-year-old southpaw reliever, considered a long shot for the honor, gets the nod due to an intense internet campaign orchestrated by his parents, Ron and Marge.
2011 Tiger outfielder Ryan Raburn becomes the first player to hit a ball off Seattle’s Safeco Field’s retractable roof when his first-inning pop fly strikes one of the trusses approximately 175 feet above the playing field. According to the ball rules, the redirected foul ball, which falls between Mariner catcher Miguel Olivo and third baseman Chone Figgins, if caught, would have been the second out of the inning.
2012 Beginning with the second pitch of the fifth inning through the seventh pitch of the eighth frame, A’s right-hander Bartolo Colon throws 38 consecutive strikes en route to winning the team’s 6-0 decision over the Angels. The Oakland starter faces eleven straight batters who never see a pitch that is called a ball in the Anaheim contest.
2012 A memorable pitching duel between Cliff Lee, who throws ten innings of scoreless ball against San Francisco, and Matt Cain, who doesn’t give up a run to the Phillies in his nine innings of work, ends with the Giants beating the Phillies, 1-0, in 11 innings at AT&T Park. The only run in the two-hours and 27-minute extra-inning contest scores thanks to Melky Cabrera’s one-out RBI single off Antonio Bastardo.
2021 Shane Bieber becomes the first major leaguer to begin the season with at least ten strikeouts in his first four starts. The Indians’ right-hander fans 13 in the team’s 6-3 victory over the Reds at the Great American Ball Park.
|COLLEGE BASEBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|LOUISVILLE VS INDIANA||6:00PM||ESPNU|
|SAMFORD VS AUBURN||7:00PM||SECN|
|CREIGHTON VS NEBRASKA||8:00PM||BTN|
|GEORGIA STATE VS GEORGIA TECH||8:00PM||ACCN|
|COLLEGE SOFTBALL||TIME ET||TV|
|MICHIGAN VS MICHIGAN STATE||6:00PM||BTN|
|MLB REGULAR SEASON GAMES||TIME ET||TV|
|CLEVELAND AT DETROIT||6:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|SAN FRANCISCO AT MIAMI||6:40PM||NBCS-BAY|
|TAMPA BAY AT CINCINNATI||6:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|LA ANGELS AT NY YANKEES||7:05PM||MLBN|
|BALTIMORE AT WASHINGTON||7:05PM||MASN/2|
|PHILADELPHIA AT CHI. WHITE SOX||7:10PM||NBCS-PHI|
|MINNESOTA AT BOSTON||7:10PM||MLBN|
|TEXAS AT KANSAS CITY||7:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ARIZONA AT ST. LOUIS||7:45PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|TORONTO AT HOUSTON||8:10PM||ATTSN-SW|
|PITTSBURGH AT COLORADO||8:40PM||ATTSN-PIT|
|CHI. CUBS AT OAKLAND||9:40PM||MARQ|
|MILWAUKEE AT SEATTLE||9:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|ATLANTA AT SAN DIEGO||9:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|NY METS AT LA DODGERS||10:10PM||SNY|
|NBA PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: ATLANTA AT BOSTON||7:00PM||NBATV|
|EAST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: NEW YORK AT CLEVELAND||7:30PM||TNT|
|WEST QUARTERFINALS GAME 2: LA CLIPPERS AT PHOENIX||10:00PM||TNT|
|NHL PLAYOFFS||TIME ET||TV|
|GAME 1: NY RANGERS AT NEW JERSEY||7:00PM||TBS|
|GAME 1: TAMPA BAY AT TORONTO||7:30PM||ESPN|
|GAME 1: WINNIPEG AT VEGAS||9:30PM||ESPN2|
|GAME 1: SEATTLE AT COLORADO||10:00PM||ESPN|
|UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: CHELSEA VS REAL MADRID||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: NAPOLI VS MILAN||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: INTERNACIONAL VS METROPOLITANOS||6:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: FLUMINENSE VS THE STRONGEST||6:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: BOCA JUNIORS VS DEPORTIVO PEREIRA||8:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|COPA LIBERTADORES: INDEPENDIENTE DEL VALLE VS LIVERPOOL||10:00PM||BEIN SPORTS|