INDY AREA HS FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 1
ALEXANDRIA AT EASTERN HANCOCK
AVON AT LAWRENCE NORTH
BATESVILLE AT INDIAN CREEK
BISHOP CHATARD AT BREBEUF JESUIT
BLOOMINGTON NORTH AT MOORESVILLE
BROWNSBURG AT BEN DAVIS
CASCADE AT TRITON CENTRAL
CATHEDRAL AT LAFAYETTE JEFF
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL AT NOBLESVILLE HOMESCHOOL
COLUMBUS NORTH AT DECATUR CENTRAL
COVINGTON AT WASHINGTON
CRISPUS ATTUCKS AT GREENCASTLE
FISHERS AT NORTH CENTRAL
FRANKLIN AT DANVILLE
GRAND VALLEY HOMESCHOOL (MICH.) AT GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL AT PLAINFIELD
GREENSBURG AT SHELBYVILLE
HAMILTON HEIGHTS AT LAPEL
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL
INDIANA DEAF AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC
LOUISVILLE TRINITY (KY.) AT CARMEL
LUTHERAN AT BEECH GROVE
MARTINSVILLE AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE
MCCUTCHEON AT GUERIN CATHOLIC
MONROVIA AT CARDINAL RITTER
MT. VERNON AT NOBLESVILLE
PENDLETON HEIGHTS AT LEBANON
PERRY MERIDIAN AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (INDIANA SRN)
PHALEN ACADEMY AT SCECINA
RONCALLI AT SOUTHPORT
SEYMOUR AT GREENWOOD
SHORTRIDGE AT PARK TUDOR
SPEEDWAY AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDIANA SRN)
TECH AT CULVER ACADEMY
TINDLEY AT EDINBURGH
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (INDIANA SRN)
TRI-WEST AT WESTERN
WARREN CENTRAL AT CENTER GROVE
WESTERN BOONE AT SHERIDAN
WESTFIELD AT NEW PALESTINE
ZIONSVILLE AT PIKE
WEEK ONE FRIDAY CAPSULES: http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded
WEEK ONE SATURDAY CAPSULES: http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsSat.htm#loaded
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SCOREBOARD (REPORTED)
CATHEDRAL 3 MOUNT VERNON 0
WOODLAN 3 CHRUBUSCO 1
GOSHEN 3 WEST NOBLE 0
GREENSBURG 3 EAST CENTRAL 0
WINCHESTER 3 COWAN 1
TRINITY LUTHERAN 3 HENRYVILLE 0
SHAW MEMORIAL 3 NEW WASHINGTON 2
PAOLI 3 NORTH DAVIESS 1
NORTH CENTRAL 3 CLOVERDALE 2
NEW ALBANY 3 NORTH HARRISON 0
BARR REEVE 3 BLOOMFIELD 0
SOUTHWESTERN 3 SOUTH DEARBORN 2
EASTERN 3 MISSISSINEWA 0
FAITH CHRISTIAN 3 TRI-CENTRAL 0
YORKTOWN 3 WESTFIELD 0
PLAINFIELD 3 CASCADE 0
KOUTS 3 HIGHLAND 0
SOUTHPORT 3 CASCADE 0
MCCUTCHEON 3 ZIONSVILLE 0
SOUTHPORT 3 DECATUR CENTRAL 0
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 3 CARMEL 0
SOUTH NEWTON 3 FOUNDER CENTRAL 0
NORTHEAST DUBOIS 3 WOOD MEMORIAL 0
JIMTOWN 3 CENTRAL NOBLE 1
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3 SOUTH CENTRAL 0
CRAWFORDSVILLE 3 SHERIDAN 0
HOMESTEAD 3 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 0
JASPER 3 LOOGOOTEE 2
SULLIVAN 3 SOUTH KNOX 0
NORWELL 3 FORT WAYNE NORTH 0
SOUTH ADAMS 3 BLACKFORD 0
SHAKAMAK 3 OWEN VALLEY 1
PENDLETON HEIGHTS 3 RICHMOND 0
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCOREBOARD (REPORTED)
INDY GENESIS HOMESCHOOL 4 SUBURBAN CHRISTIAN 1
WHEELER 4 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 2
GARRETT 2 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0
PLYMOUTH 2 BREMEN 1
FORT WAYNE WAYNE 0 NORWELL 0
LAPORTE 5 NORTH WHITE 1
CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 6 LANESVILLE 0
SOUTH KNOX 7 EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 3
SOUTH DEARBORN 8 CALVARY CHRISTIAN 0
MUNSTER 4 PORTAGE 0
EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 5 VINCENNES LINCOLN 1
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 1 FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 1
CROWN POINT 3 HARRISON 2
SOUTHMONT 3 SHERIDAN 1
PLAINFIELD 1 BROWNSBURG 1
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCOREBOARD (REPORTED)
CORYDON CENTRAL 4 SOUTHRIDGE 2
SWITZERLAND COUNTY 9 MILAN 0
JASPER 4 EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 2
BOONE GROVE 9 HAMMOND MORTON 0
DANVILLE 2 DECATUR CENTRAL 1
SEYMOUR 8 SALEM 0
LEO 6 HERITAGE 1
ANGOLA 6 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 0
SOUTHMONT 2 SHERIDAN 1
EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 7 MOUNT VERNON 4
FAITH CHRISTIAN 5 CASCADE 1
WEST VIGO 7 WHITE RIVER VALLEY 1
LAKELAND 1 WAWASEE 1
PROVIDENCE 10 TRINITY LUTHERAN 0
BLOOMINGTON NORTH 16 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 0
NORTH HARRISON 8 AUSTIN 1
LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 8 NEW HAVEN 0
MADISON 6 SCOTTSBURG 1
NORTHWESTERN 3 W. LAFAYETTE 2
ANDREAN 7 HAMMOND NOLL 0
FISHERS 5 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 0
CARMEL 5 PLAINFIELD 1
ZIONSVILLE 2 BREBEUF 2
CHATARD 3 MOUNT VERNON 1
PARK TUDOR 2 AVON 0
INDIANA BOYS SOCCER POLLS
8. HAMILTON SE
10. LAKE CENTRAL
12. CENTER GROVE
14. COLUMBUS NORTH
16. PERRY MERIDIAN
1. BREBEUF JESUIT
2. EV. MEMORIAL
3. WEST LAFAYETTE
5. GUERIN CATHOLIC
6. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN
7. BISHOP DWENGER
8. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
9. CULVER ACADEMIES
11. SB ST. JOSEPH
13. WASHINGTON COMMUNITY
14. HERITAGE HILLS
16. GIBSON SOUTHERN
18. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
1. PARK TUDOR
5. NORTH WHITE
6. FAITH CHRISTIAN
7. SOUTH KNOX
8. FOREST PARK
9. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDPLS)
10. SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBY)
12. LUTHERAN (INDPLS)
13. CARROLL (FLORA)
14. SOUTH RIPLEY
15. BETHANY CHRISTIAN
16. PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY
17. NORTHEAST DUBOIS
18. SWITZERLAND COUNTY
INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER POLLS
2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
5. SB SAINT JOSEPH
7. CENTER GROVE
10. EVANSVILLE REITZ
12. NORTH CENTRAL
13. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
15. EAST CENTRAL
16. COLUMBUS NORTH
20. CROWN POINT
1. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
3. GUERIN CATHOLIC
4. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
5. BREBEUF JESUIT
7. MATER DEI
8. TRI WEST
9. WEST LAFAYETTE
10. HANOVER CENTRAL
11. HAMILTON HEIGHTS
12. HERITAGE HILLS
13. SILVER CREEK
15. SOUTH DEARBORN
20. GIBSON SOUTHERN
1. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
2. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN
3. MATER DEI
8. FOREST PARK
9. FAITH CHRISTIAN
11. FW CANTERBURY
12. NORTHEAST DUBOIS
15. SWITZERLAND COUNTY
17. COVENANT CHRISTIAN DEMOTTE
18. BOONE GROVE
19. LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN
AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON POLL
2. OHIO STATE
5. NOTRE DAME
6. TEXAS A&M
12. OKLAHOMA STATE
13. NORTH CAROLINA STATE
15. MICHIGAN STATE
16. MIAMI (FL)
21. OLE MISS
22. WAKE FOREST
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL SCOREBOARD
CLEVELAND 4 DETROIT 1
DETROIT 7 CLEVELAND 5
TAMPA BAY 4 NY YANKEES 0
BALTIMORE 7 TORONTO 3
MINNESOTA 4 KANSAS CITY 2
TEXAS 2 OAKLAND 1
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 HOUSTON 2
SEATTLE 6 LA ANGELS 2
PHILADELPHIA 4 CINCINNATI 3
MIAMI 3 SAN DIEGO 0
WASHINGTON 5 CHICAGO CUBS 4
ATLANTA 13 NY METS 1
LA DODGERS 4 MILWAUKEE 0
SAN FRANCISCO 6 ARIZONA 1
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS: THURSDAY, AUG. 18 AT 8 P.M. ET (ESPN)
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 8 P.M. ET
HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS: FRIDAY, AUG. 19 AT 10 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
DETROIT LIONS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 1 P.M. ET
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 4 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: SATURDAY, AUG. 20 AT 10 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 7 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS: SUNDAY, AUG. 21 AT 8 P.M. ET (FOX)
ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS: MONDAY, AUG. 22 AT 8 P.M. ET (ESPN)
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS: THURSDAY, AUG. 25 AT 8:15 P.M. ET (PRIME VIDEO)
BUFFALO BILLS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 7 P.M. ET
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8 P.M. ET
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS: FRIDAY, AUG. 26 AT 8:15 P.M. ET
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 3 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 6 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET
CHICAGO BEARS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT MIAMI DOLPHINS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT TENNESSEE TITANS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7 P.M. ET
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 7:30 P.M. ET
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS: SATURDAY, AUG. 27 AT 9 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 1 P.M. ET (NFL NETWORK)
DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS: SUNDAY, AUG. 28 AT 4:30 P.M. ET (CBS)
NFL WEEK ONE AND TWO SCHEDULES
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022
BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022
DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS
HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022
TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN
MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
Syndergaard sharp, Sosa drives in 3, Phillies beat Reds 4-3
CINCINNATI (AP) Noah Syndergaard won for the second time in three starts since being traded to Philadelphia, and Edmundo Sosa drove in three runs as the Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Monday night.
Syndergaard (7-8) allowed three earned runs through seven innings. The 29-year-old right-hander was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels at the trade deadline.
“Good delivery, just attacking the zone, that’s really it,” Phillies interim manager Rob Thomson said. “His stuff keeps getting better. He gave up some hits, but he really limited the damage. Sosa made two tremendous plays.”
Michael Papierski put the Reds ahead with a two-run single in the second, but Syndergaard allowed just three hits over the next five innings.
Syndergaard threw 24 first-pitch strikes to 28 batters with only 16 balls.
“A scout came to my house when I was 17 years old and asked me what the most important pitch in baseball is, not fastball, changeup, it’s strike one,” Syndergaard said. “That’s something I take great pride in. I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be at. I have a lot of confidence.”
Sosa’s two-run single highlighted a three-run third for the Phillies. He also had an RBI double in the fifth.
Those runs came as a relief for the Phillies, who scored one run while losing two of three to the Mets at Citi Field.
“The reality is the Mets have a pitching staff comparable to anyone in the league,” Phillies right fielder Nick Castellanos said. “When pitching is good, hitting is really hard. (Tonight) reassured what we all know, how good of an offensive team we really are.”
Jake Fraley led off the eighth with a solo homer, his fourth of the season, and Syndergaard was done after 77 pitches.
Seranthony Dominguez notched his ninth save in 10 chances with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Reds starter Mike Minor (1-10) became the first Reds pitcher to start in 10 straight losses since Homer Bailey in 2018.
Syndergaard owned a 2.11 career ERA against Cincinnati coming in, his lowest against any team he has faced at least five times.
“He got a lot of first pitch outs,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It made it easier on him. He really pounded the strike zone. We hit some balls hard right at guys, but that’s not taking anything away from him.”
Contreras, Rosario, Acuña lead Braves’ blowout win over Mets
ATLANTA (AP) William Contreras and Eddie Rosario hit back-to-back homers off Carlos Carrasco in the second inning, Ronald Acuna Jr. doubled three times and drove in three runs, and the Atlanta Braves routed the New York Mets 13-1 Monday night for their seventh straight win.
The second-place Braves moved within 4 1/2 games of New York for the NL East lead and put a brief halt to a hot streak in which the Mets had won 17 out of 20.
“We won the first game against the Mets in this series,” Acuna said through a translator. “Tomorrow we’re going to come with the same energy and take that one as well.”
Carrasco (13-5) allowed three runs in two innings, and his outing was interrupted by a 55-minute rain delay in the second inning. He returned after the break to get the final out of the inning, but he winced on his last pitch and was pulled with left side tightness.
“We’re just going to wait to see how I feel tomorrow and go from there,” Carrasco said. “This is my first time that I’ve felt something like this. It just happened on the last pitch of the game.”
New York had allowed two runs or fewer in eight straight games to tie a franchise record set in 1969. Contreras’ homer ended the Mets’ streak of 19 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Braves, who improved to 48-19 since June 1, sent 12 batters to the plate and blew the game open with an eight-run sixth on Michael Harris II’s single, Acuna’s double, Dansby Swanson’s two-run single, Matt Olson’s single and Travis d’Arnaud’s three-run homer.
Atlanta took a 3-0 lead in the second. After Contreras connected for the 16th time and Rosario went deep for the fourth, the Braves tacked on another run with two outs when Mark Canha lost track of a flyball by Acuna that went over the left fielder’s head and allowed Harris to score from first. Acuna was credited with a double. That was all before rain prompted umpires to call for the tarp.
Braves starter Spencer Strider (7-4) also returned after the delay and retired 10 of the last 12 batters he faced, the only blemishes a two-out walk to Starling Marte in the third and a leadoff double by Jeff McNeil in the fifth. McNeil advanced to third on the play when Acuna made an errant throw from right-center and scored on a groundout to make it 5-1.
Strider, a rookie, was coming off the shortest start of his career, a 6-4 loss at New York on Aug. 7. The right-hander struck out four and gave up three hits and one run in five innings.
“It’s been eight days and we kind of had to restructure the rotation down in Miami,” Strider said. “So I was eager to get out and pitch again. I was definitely a little rusty, and the rain delay didn’t help, but I was able to go back out there and kind of eat some innings for the ‘pen.”
Atlanta went up 5-0 in the fourth on Acuna’s RBI double and Swanson’s RBI single. Vaughn Grissom crossed the plate on Acuna’s double, giving the rookie a run scored in each of his first six career games.
Braves manager Brian Snitker has been pleased to see Acuna returning to form after the three-time All-Star had a late start to the season recovering from ACL surgery. Acuna, who’s hitting .377 in 14 games this month, has been particularly tough against the Mets, batting .370 against them this season with seven doubles, a homer, eight RBIs and five runs.
“We’ve been seeing it coming the last couple of weeks,” Snitker said. “He’s been getting better, better and better. You can see him getting his feet on the ground here now.”
The Mets were attempting to move 36 games over .500 for the first time since the final game of 1988, when the club finished 100-60.
Carrasco gave up four hits with one walk and one strikeout. The right-hander had gone 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA over his last seven starts, and New York was 7-0 over that stretch.
Yankees blanked for 2nd straight game, lose to Rays 4-0
NEW YORK (AP) The slumping New York Yankees were shut out in consecutive games for the first time since 2016, losing to Ryan Yarbrough and the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Monday night.
Coming off a 3-0 defeat Sunday night against the Boston Red Sox, New York failed to provide any run support for ace Gerrit Cole, whose only run allowed followed a misplay in center field by Aaron Hicks.
“Obviously we gotta play better, we gotta do better than that,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
The AL East leaders were blanked for the fourth time in nine games and dropped to 8-16 since the All-Star break after a 64-28 start.
Yarbrough (1-7) pitched four innings as a bulk reliever for his first win in nearly a year, striking out six without a walk. He previously won Sept. 24, 2021 and had lost eight straight decisions over 14 appearances, matching the franchise record.
“It was nice,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “I think Yarbs has pitched really well here as of late. He probably deserves a little bit better in the win-loss column, but he’s contributing in a big way.”
The Yankees hadn’t been held without a run in back-to-back games since Sept. 22-24, 2016, when they were blanked once by the Rays and twice by the Toronto Blue Jays.
“Right now we gotta do better and it’s hard right now,” Boone said. “It’s hard and we gotta find a way. We gotta keep digging ourselves out of this.”
Hicks got turned around on the warning track and couldn’t field David Peralta’s flyball in the fourth inning, resulting in a triple. Isaac Paredes then singled off Cole (9-5) for a 1-0 lead, enough to get the Rays on their way to a third straight victory.
“First off, I turned the wrong way,” Hicks said. “I tried to recover. I ended up thinking it was still right on top of me and it ended up being behind me.”
Tampa Bay added three runs in the ninth on Jose Siri’s RBI single and Yandy Diaz’s two-run single.
Cole allowed one run and five hits in six innings. He struck out six, walked two and allowed one run or less for the 11th time this season.
Hicks batted with the bases loaded in the fourth but hit a soft comebacker to Yarbrough, who started a 1-2-3 double play
After Yarbrough’s 58-pitch outing, Ryan Thompson got the next five outs, getting Aaron Judge on a double play in the eighth. Brooks Raley fanned Anthony Rizzo before the Rays added on, and Jason Adam pitched the ninth.
Moncada, Cueto lead White Sox past Astros 4-2
CHICAGO (AP) Johnny Cueto kept going after a tough start – long enough for Yoan Moncada to deliver a big hit.
Moncada lined a tiebreaking two-run single in Chicago’s four-run eighth inning, and the White Sox beat the Houston Astros 4-2 on Monday night for their fourth straight win.
Chicago (60-56) moved four games over .500 for the first time since it was 6-2 on April 16. It also pulled within two games of AL Central-leading Cleveland, which split a doubleheader against Detroit.
“That’s what we need to do in every game,” Cueto said through a translator. “Just have to compete and have the same energy level and excitement that we had today.”
Chicago’s winning rally started after Jose Urquidy retired the first two batters. Urquidy was pulled after AJ Pollock’s infield hit, and the White Sox jumped all over Rafael Montero (4-2).
Andrew Vaughn doubled before Eloy Jimenez bounced a tying two-run double down the third-base line. Walks to Jose Abreu and Yasmani Grandal loaded the bases for Moncada, who made it 4-2 with a liner into center.
“I went out there just looking for fastball,” Moncada said through a translator. “I wasn’t looking for anything else, just fastball, and he threw me a fastball.”
The four-run outburst handed a win to Cueto (5-5), who pitched eight masterful innings. Liam Hendriks finished his 26th save when he retired Mauricio Dubon on a popup to first with two runners on.
Houston (75-42) wasted a stellar performance by Urquidy, who permitted six hits – all singles – struck out four and walked none. The AL West leaders had won four in a row.
“That unraveled like very, very quickly,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said, “and it’s tough to take. It’s tough.”
The White Sox improved to 2-2 in the season series after they were eliminated by the Astros in the playoffs last year. The reigning AL Central champions send Dylan Cease to the mound Tuesday night, but the Astros counter with Justin Verlander in a matchup of two of baseball’s best pitchers.
Houston got to Cueto for two in the first, helped by an error on second baseman Josh Harrison. Yordan Alvarez hit a sacrifice fly, and Alex Bregman doubled home Yuli Gurriel from first.
But Cueto was terrific for the rest of his outing, allowing a total of six hits and walking one. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last nine starts.
“It’s fun to watch him,” manager Tony La Russa said.
Mountcastle HRs, surging Orioles beat struggling Jays 7-3
TORONTO (AP) Ryan Mountcastle hit a two-run home run in his return to the lineup, Ryan McKenna had his first three-hit game and an RBI, and the surging Baltimore Orioles improved to 9-4 in August by beating the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 Monday night.
“Really happy with how we played tonight,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.
Baltimore (60-55) reached 60 wins in a season for the first time since going 75-87 in 2017. The Orioles didn’t win more than 54 games in any of the past three full seasons. Baltimore is fourth in the race for one of three AL wild-card spots.
Mountcastle sat out Sunday’s loss at Tampa Bay after being hit on the left wrist by a pitch Saturday. He reached base three times Monday, walking in the first and fifth innings and homering off Blue Jays left-hander Yusei Kikuchi in the third.
“It was great to see him back in the lineup today,” Hyde said.
Mountcastle left without speaking to reporters.
Five of Mountcastle’s 16 home runs this season have come against the Blue Jays. He has 12 home runs and 25 RBI against Toronto since the start of 2021. He also homered off Kikuchi in his last start, a week ago in Baltimore.
“He’s a great player, a great hitter, especially in Toronto,” Orioles right-hander Kyle Bradish said. “Any time he gets up to bat, he can do damage.”
Bradish allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings and Bryan Baker (4-3) worked 1 1/3 innings for the win.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 24th home run as the struggling Blue Jays (61-53) lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Toronto outfielder George Springer was activated off the injured list after missing eight games because of a sore right elbow. The Blue Jays went 2-6 without him.
Springer led off and started at designated hitter Monday, going 2 for 4 with a walk and scoring once. Springer’s elbow is still too sore to throw, preventing him from playing defense for now.
Baltimore didn’t have a baserunner until the ninth inning in Sunday’s 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay, when Rays right-hander Drew Rasmussen was perfect through eight. Getting on the board early Monday was a relief to Hyde.
“We had a tough series in Tampa,” Hyde said. “It was a tough last two games there and there was a lot of disappointment. For us to score right away in the first inning, for me, that was big.”
Kikuchi (4-7) allowed a season-high six runs, three earned, and four hits in 3 1/3 innings, losing for the sixth time in 11 starts.
“It’s frustrating for us, but I thought overall his stuff was OK,” interim manager John Schneider said of Kikuchi.
Some in the crowd of 26,769 booed when Kikuchi was removed after McKenna’s RBI double in the fourth.
Anthony Santander hit an RBI single off Kikuchi in the first, and Mountcastle made it 3-0 with his drive into the second deck in left field in the third. Toronto’s Lourdes Gurriel Jr. cut it to 3-2 with a bases-loaded single in the bottom half.
Tyler Nevin’s fielder’s choice made it 4-2 in the fourth and, after McKenna chased Kikuchi, Adley Rutschman greeted right-hander Trevor Richards with a sacrifice fly.
Orioles infielder Terrin Vavra added a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Guerrero replied in the bottom half.
Urías, Dodgers blank Brewers 4-0, continue 2nd-half surge
MILWAUKEE (AP) Julio Urias continued his career-long pattern of shutting down lineups after the All-Star break.
The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers hope he can stay hot all the way through the postseason.
Freddie Freeman and Gavin Lux homered to back Urias’ five solid innings, and the Dodgers blanked the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Monday night. Urias (13-6) is 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 starts.
“We’ve got to be getting close to him being in the Cy Young race here,” Freeman said. “Every single time he goes out there, it’s a chance for us to win. And it’s a chance for him to throw a scoreless outing it seems like every single time.”
Urias has a career 1.87 ERA after the All-Star break, the lowest in major league history by anyone who has pitched at least 180 innings after the Midsummer Classic.
He came through again for the Dodgers on a day when they announced two-time All-Star right-hander Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery. Buehler’s injury had prevented him from pitching for the last two months.
“We know how tough of a loss it is, especially losing Walker,” Urias said through a translator. “But we have a good rotation. We know what we’re capable of doing.”
A day after their 12-game winning streak ended with a 4-0 loss at Kansas City, the major league-best Dodgers got back on track, improving to 20-4 since the All-Star break.
Freeman hit a solo shot in the first inning off Freddy Peralta (4-3) and Lux added a two-run blast against Hoby Milner in the sixth.
Urias worked out of trouble in the first three innings. He finished with six strikeouts while allowing four hits and two walks, improving to 10-0 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 starts.
The Brewers got the leadoff man on base in each of the first three innings against Urias. But they went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and were hitless after Rowdy Tellez’s one-out single in the fourth.
“I feel like if we attack first we break that momentum on him,” Brewers shortstop Willy Adames said. “But we didn’t do that and he got comfortable.”
Milwaukee even struck out four times against reliever Chris Martin in the sixth inning.
Andrew McCutchen whiffed to start the inning but reached on a third-strike passed ball and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Martin then struck out Kolten Wong, Hunter Renfroe and Tellez.
Freeman’s homer was his 16th this season. He also doubled in the seventh.
Peralta allowed one run but lasted just four innings. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by striking out Cody Bellinger with his 92nd and final pitch.
The Dodgers added an unearned run in the fifth before Lux’s drive to left in the sixth made it 4-0. Lux, who grew up about 40 miles south of Milwaukee in Kenosha, said he had 30 to 35 friends and relatives at the game.
“My dad and my grandma and grandpa were right next to the dugout, so I pointed at them (after the homer) as I was running in,” Lux said. “My grandma and grandpa haven’t gotten to see me play in a long time, so it was cool.”
Alcantara dominant, shuts down Padres in Marlins’ 3-0 win
MIAMI (AP) Sandy Alcantara threw seven innings of four-hit ball and the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Monday night.
Although the Padres made Alcantara throw 76 pitches through the first four, the All-Star right-hander notched his 17th outing of at last seven innings. Alcantara (11-5) walked two and struck out seven on 108 pitches.
“It’s always frustrating, you want to get out of innings with seven or 10 pitches,” Alcantara said. “They were aggressive with me tonight and I was competing, throwing my best stuff.”
Miguel Rojas and Jacob Stallings had three hits apiece and rookie JJ Bleday homered for the Marlins, who snapped a four-game skid.
Alcantara lasted a season-low 4 2/3 innings at San Diego on May 6, allowing three runs and five hits.
“The second half divides the men from the boys,” Alcantara said. “I feel just as strong as I did at the beginning of the season.”
Padres star slugger Juan Soto had one of the hardest-hit balls against Alcantara but Marlins left-fielder Luke Williams retreated and caught his drive on the warning track to end the fifth inning. Soto ended 0 for 2 with a walk.
“Everybody was grinding, everybody was taking really good at-bats the whole game,” Soto said. “He’s a great pitcher. He threw his stuff and at the end of the day, it didn’t go our way.”
While one streak ended, another continued for the Marlins. In the division era, they surpassed the 1979 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest stretch of games with three runs or fewer at 16. The 1969 California Angels had the longest drought at 17.
Miami struck early against Padres starter Joe Musgrove (8-6) with a two-run second. Bleday hit a leadoff homer and Rojas followed with a single. Rojas advanced to third on Stallings’ single to right and scored on Lewin Diaz’s sacrifice fly.
Rojas tripled in the sixth and Stallings followed with an RBI single to center over a drawn-in infield to pad Miami’s lead.
“They were the best two guys in the order all night,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said of Rojas and Stallings. “It was good to see Miggy use the whole field again and get back to being himself, not trying to do too much.”
Steven Okert relieved Alcantara and pitched a perfect eighth. Tanner Scott followed and got the first two outs, then walked Jake Cronenworth and allowed pinch-hitter Wil Myers’ single. Ha-Seong Kim lined out to second baseman Jon Berti after a 12-pitch at-bat for Scott’s 17th save.
“Redemption – today’s another day,” said Scott, who squandered a save opportunity in the ninth Sunday. “It’s my saying, and I was just going with it.”
Musgrove was lifted after six innings. The right-hander allowed three runs, eight hits, struck out five and hit a batter.
Mariners score 4 in 9th after Ohtani departs, top Angels 6-2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Angels star Shohei Ohtani struck out eight and allowed two runs in six innings, before the Seattle Mariners scored four runs in the ninth and took advantage of shoddy fielding to beat Los Angeles 6-2 on Monday night.
Jesse Winker and J.P. Crawford each had two hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who vaulted over Toronto and Baltimore into the top wild-card spot in the AL.
Winker, who homered in the first inning, has reached base in 12 of his last 13 games and also has four home runs in that span.
It was the first time since May 18 at Texas that Ohtani had a no-decision. The Japanese two-way phenom had gone 7-5 with a 2.60 ERA in his last 12 starts.
Los Angeles’ Luis Rengifo homered while Jared Walsh had two hits and an RBI.
The game was tied at 2 going into the ninth inning before the Mariners broke through. Sam Haggerty got aboard with a one-out single off Aaron Loup (0-4). Haggerty advanced to second when Angels catcher Max Stassi wildly threw to the bag even though Haggerty wasn’t running. Haggerty stole third and then scored the go-ahead run when he eluded a rundown and made it home when no one was covering the plate.
Seattle got some breathing room when Dylan Moore scored on Ty France’s grounder, when Stassi was unable to catch it at the plate. Julio Rodriguez scored on Winker’s grounder and Crawford’s base hit plated France.
Andres Munoz (2-4) got the win.
Luis Castillo, making his third start since being acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, struck out nine in six innings.
The teams traded two-out solo homers in the first. Winker went deep to right center on a full-count slider by Ohtani. It was the fifth time Ohtani allowed a home run in the opening frame and the first since he gave up a pair against the Yankees on June 2.
Rengifo tied it with the help of Seattle’s outfield. Center fielder Rodriguez tried to call off right fielder Mitch Haniger, but both players jumped at the ball in right-center. The ball bounced off Rodriguez’s glove and over the yellow line, giving Rengifo his eighth homer of the season. It was originally ruled a triple before being overturned by replay.
The Mariners took a 2-1 lead in the third when Crawford’s base hit up the middle drove in Winker. The Angels evened it in the fourth when Taylor Ward led off with a double down the left-field line and scored on Jared Walsh’s single to right.
Schoop, Carpenter homer, Tigers split DH with Guardians
CLEVELAND (AP) Jonathan Schoop and rookie Kerry Carpenter hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied for a 7-5 win over the Cleveland Guardians in the second game of a doubleheader on Monday night, snapping an eight-game losing streak.
All-Star Andres Gimenez belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning of the opener, a 4-1 win for AL Central-leading Cleveland. Gimenez added a two-run homer in the nightcap, finishing with four hits and five RBIs on the day.
The Guardians are 8-2 since Aug. 6 and lead the Twins and White Sox by two games in the division. Detroit, which fired general manager Al Avila last week, has lost 11 of its last 13 and is 3-14 since July 30.
“It’s really cool to be part of this win and I hope it continues,” Carpenter said.
Schoop gave the Tigers a 4-3 lead in the nightcap when he launched a changeup from Eli Morgan (4-3) over the wall in left. Detroit had trailed 3-1 after four innings.
Carpenter followed with his first homer in the majors, giving him 31 on the season between Detroit, Triple-A Toledo and Double-A Erie. He went 3 for 4 with three runs scored.
“The home run definitely loosened me up a little bit,” Carpenter said. “It was key. The celebration in the clubhouse afterward got a little crazy, but it was worth it because we got the win.”
Tucker Barnhart and Victor Reyes each had three hits and drove in two runs for the Tigers, who totaled 15 hits against five pitchers.
Detroit starter Bryan Garcia (1-0) surrendered three runs in six innings, including homers to Gimenez and Luke Maile. Gregory Soto allowed one run in the ninth but picked up his 21st save.
“The first homer to Gimenez was not a pitch I feel very bad about,” Garcia said. “It was a changeup down and he went and got it.”
Right-hander Xzavion Curry became the 14th player to make his big league debut for the Guardians in 2022. The Georgia Tech product lasted five innings and allowed three runs.
“Honestly, I learned that I can compete, like I belong here,” Curry said. “Obviously, I’ve got to work out little minor things with pitching, but it’s still the same game.”
In the opener, Gimenez connected off Andrew Chafin with two outs in the seventh, scoring Myles Straw and Amed Rosario to break a 1-all tie. Tigers reliever Will Vest (3-3) was charged with two runs and the loss.
“I just tried to stay focused and get a good pitch to hit,” Gimenez said. “I recognized the slider soon enough.”
James Karinchak (1-0) worked a scoreless seventh and Emmanuel Clase pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save. Cleveland did not allow a hit after the third.
“Everybody pitched good and it was a good day to pitch,” Guardians manager Terry Francona said. “There were some balls hit on both sides that were pretty good, but didn’t leave the ballpark because of the wind.”
Cleveland right-hander Aaron Civale struck out a season-high 10 batters over six innings, allowing one run in his second start since returning from a sprained right wrist.
“If the starters keep the game close, there is no thought about not winning the game,” Civale said. “And it’s been like that for a while.”
Drew Hutchison worked 5 1/3 innings for Detroit, giving up one run and seven hits. The right-hander threw 101 pitches, his most since Aug. 29, 2015.
The doubleheader was caused by the postponement of a July 17 game because of rain.
The Guardians have played an MLB-high 10 doubleheaders, their most in a season since 1985. Detroit has the second-most twinbills with eight.
Cruz’s eighth-inning homer lifts Nationals over Cubs 5-4
WASHINGTON (AP) Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lift the Washington Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Monday night.
Cruz, who hit a two-run double in the fifth, smacked a 1-1 pitch from Brandon Hughes (1-1) to center to snap a 4-all tie with one out in the eighth. It was Cruz’s ninth homer of the season and first since June 25.
“He’s been working really hard on getting the ball in the air,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “He’s hitting the ball but it hasn’t really been in the air, and to get that ball in the air and hit it the way he did was awesome.”
Cruz is 9 for 25 (.360) over his past eight games.
“It’s about adjustments. You’ve got to adjust on the fly. Even (between) at-bats,” he said. “I’ve been more consistent hitting the ball and swinging at strikes. That’s the key.”
Carl Edwards Jr. (4-3) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Kyle Finnegan worked the ninth for his fifth save.
Ian Happ hit two solo homers for the Cubs, including a drive into the second deck in right center, giving him three in his past three games.
Washington recalled shortstop prospect CJ Abrams from Triple-A Rochester on Monday and he went 0 for 4 with a throwing error in his Nationals debut. Abrams, 21, was one of five prospects obtained from the San Diego Padres in the Juan Soto-Josh Bell trade on Aug. 2.
Starter Josiah Gray allowed three runs on five hits for Washington. He walked two and struck out 10.
Lane Thomas and Yadiel Hernandez had two hits apiece for the Nationals, who had lost nine of 11.
Cubs starter Marcus Stroman allowed four unearned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Trailing 3-0, the Nationals rallied during a four-run fifth inning started when Lane Thomas reached on Zach Ministry’s throwing error. Cruz greeted reliever Mark Leiter, Jr. with a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 4-3.
“I thought (Stroman) threw the ball well,” manager David Ross said. “Didn’t play good defense that last inning and I probably took him out one batter too soon.”
Chicago tied it at 4 in the seventh when Seiya Suzuki singled off the glove of a diving Abrams to score Nick Madrigal from second.
Dodgers’ Buehler to have elbow surgery, out for season
MILWAUKEE (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery, a setback for the team with the majors’ best record.
The Dodgers announced Monday before the start of their four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers that Dr. Neal ElAttrache would perform the surgery on Aug. 23.
“It’s certainly a blow,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “We’re better with Walker on our ballclub, but there’s nothing we can do about it. I still believe we have enough guys to prevent runs to get through October, but yeah, we wanted him to be a part of this.”
Buehler hadn’t pitched for the last two months due to his injury. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in mid-June to remove bone spurs from his elbow.
“Then as he went through his progression, the pain wouldn’t subside,” Roberts said. “Dr. ElAttrache thought the best course of action was to go back in and get surgery to really figure out what the problem is and fix it. As a result, he’s obviously done for the rest of 2022. And until the surgery happens, we have no timeline for his return.”
Los Angeles also has three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on the injured list with lower back pain, though he’s expected to return this season.
The Dodgers have hardly suffered in the two stars’ absence. With Tony Gonsolin, Tyler Anderson and Julio Urias anchoring the rotation, LA is 20-4 since the All-Star break. The Dodgers beat the Brewers 4-0 on Monday night with Urias on the mound.
The Dodgers got some good news about their pitching staff Monday. Dustin May, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, is expected to make his season debut Saturday against Miami.
May hasn’t pitched in the majors since May 1, 2021, when he hurt his elbow during an appearance at Milwaukee. He is 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 31 career appearances, including 19 starts.
“All the numbers and everything are normal,” May said. “I feel normal. I’m in a good spot right now. That’s all I could ask for.”
Buehler, a two-time All-Star, is 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA in 12 appearances this season. He last pitched June 10 and left that game after four innings when his elbow began bothering him.
“We took a chance to try to take time off, start a progression to get him back this year, but as he started his progression, he just couldn’t get over the hump,” Roberts said. “We took a shot at it, but now we have to go in.”
The Dodgers (80-34) are 17 games ahead of San Diego in the NL West. But they’ll have a tough time replacing Buehler as they prepare for a near-certain postseason appearance.
Buehler, 28 has a 46-16 career record with a 3.02 ERA. He went 16-4 with a 2.47 ERA last season and finished fourth in the NL Cy Young Award voting.
“I talked to Dustin today,” Roberts said. “He’s not a savior. I just want him to come out and pitch well. He’s just got to do his job. When Clayton gets back, he’s got to do his job. I don’t look at it as pressure. It’s just more of we don’t have a guy that we hoped would be with us, who’s been a big part of things we’ve done, but there’s nothing we can do about it. Guys have just got to do their jobs.”
Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward short of his 500th game
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers fired fourth-year manager Chris Woodward on Monday, a move made in hopes of building momentum toward next year, when the team has long expected to win again after a seasons-long rebuilding effort.
The Rangers are on pace for their sixth consecutive losing season since their last AL West title in 2016. While better than last year’s 102-loss team, they haven’t made the desired progress this year, or even had a winning record at any point since spending a half-billion dollars last winter to sign shortstop Corey Seager and second baseman Marcus Semien.
“We did not come into this season thinking we had put together a championship roster. We thought we’d taken a major step forward in talent from where we were a year ago,” said Jon Daniels, the team’s president of baseball operations. “We’ve certainly had aspirations maybe to overachieve some and still do have those, but we were, and continue to be, realistic about about where we are. … That said, we did think that we’d be better than our record, and better than the way that we’ve played at times.”
After peaking at 24-24 at the end of May, Texas lost its next three games and five of six. The Rangers, who were 6-24 in one-run games under Woodward, beat Oakland 2-1 on Monday night in third base coach Tony Beasley’s first game as interim manager. Texas improved to 52-63 and has won three straight for the first time in two months.
Woodward, the fourth big league manager to be fired this season, was two games shy of managing his 500th game for the Rangers. He finished with a 211-287 record, which came during the extended rebuilding process that also included the pandemic-shortened 2020 season and the MLB lockout last winter after the Rangers had signed Seager and Semien.
Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced by Rob Thomson on June 3, the Los Angeles Angels’ Joe Maddon by Phil Nevin four days later and Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo by John Schneider on July 13.
Daniels, who was the general manager when Woodward was hired, and current GM Chris Young both spoke about making the managerial change now to start addressing items such as how the team prepares and its style of play.
“I think it’s just the overall structure, the environment. It’s not necessarily the content of the preparation, but the way it’s utilized,” Young said. “The way we utilize meetings, the way we utilize different resources throughout the day, creating a structure that’s really tailored towards winning a game every single day when we come in, and we felt like at times that got a little loose.”
Woodward, who was the third base coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers before landing his first managerial job, was under contract through next season. The team held an option for 2024.
Seager spent his first seven big league seasons with the Dodgers, and was the National League rookie of the year in 2016, the first of Woodward’s three seasons as the third base and infield coach in Los Angeles. Seager was reunited with Woodward after signing a $325 million, 10-year contract last December.
“Obviously, he was a really important person in my career and in my life. He was around me at a really pivotal point in my career. And I don’t have anything bad to say. I have the utmost respect for him,” Seager said on the field before Monday’s game. “It’s one of those things I just wish we could have played a little better and maybe outcomes would be different. “
Along with Seager and Semien ($175 million, seven years), the Rangers also last winter signed right-hander Jon Gray (four-year, $56 million) to be at the top of their rotation. Gray was in his best stretch of the season before a left oblique injury earlier this month that could potentially sideline him the rest of the year.
Beasley is in his eighth season with the Rangers, and is the longest-tenured member of their big-league coaching staff. He previously was on the major league staffs with Washington (2006) and Pittsburgh (2008-10), and had a 590-472 record in eight seasons as a minor league manager in those organizations.
“He has all the attributes that we’re looking for. He has the respect of the staff, the respect of the players,” Daniels said. “He’s an intelligent baseball veteran, who’s won at the minor league level, performed in a variety of roles, both here and elsewhere. … He’s the right person for us as we move forward.”
Bengals’ Burrow is practicing, should be ready for opener
CINCINNATI (AP) Three weeks after having an appendectomy, Joe Burrow is fully participating in training camp with an eye toward getting ready for the regular-season opener next month.
The Bengals quarterback was in full uniform as he threw crisp passes in seven-on-seven drills for a second day Monday. He had surgery July 26, a day before the first workout of camp.
“The seven-on-sevens are more just mentally getting back in the groove of things, the timing of the throws, the accuracy, going against the defense and trying to see some of the disguises,” Coach Zac Taylor said before practice Monday.
“I got a chance to see him throw the ball farther than I’d seen him throw (Sunday),” Taylor said. “He looked crisp on that, he played on time, he was aggressive with his decision-making. I thought he moved well, and so again, we’ll just take it day by day.”
Taylor said he’s satisfied with the practice schedule moving forward with his franchise quarterback, who hasn’t talked to reporters since his surgery.
“We’ve got a good plan in place now,” Taylor said. “As we narrowed it down to what it’s going to look like over this week, we feel like we’ve got a good timeline on the rest of training camp and what we can do on offense to make sure he’s getting all the looks he needs to see. For him, it’s (about getting ready for) Pittsburgh. Be ready for Week 1 of the season.”
Receiver Tee Higgins is also back at practice after rehabbing from the shoulder surgery he had after the Super Bowl loss to the Los Angeles Rams in February.
The starting trio of receivers – Ja’Marr Chase, Tyler Boyd and Higgins – were back on the field together, along with the new starter at tight end, Hayden Hurst.
“It’s good to see Tee out there running around for sure,” Taylor said. “He’s such a big target, a game-changer. He does bring a lot of energy to the huddle as well. They all bring certain energy, but then when you combine them all it’s just one big ball of energy. They really play off each other, and it’s pretty cool to see that group together.”
Higgins, who rehabbed on the sidelines all the way through the organized team workouts in May and June, said he’s back to 100%.
“It felt good to be tired and actually running routes, just being out there with the guys, huffing and puffing. It felt good,” he said.
Taylor said few, if any, of the starters will play Sunday against the New York Giants as evaluation continues for rookies and players on the bubble.
The Bengals will practice against the Rams for two days before the final preseason game Aug. 27. The regular season opener is at home against AFC North rival Pittsburgh on Sept. 11.
Notes: RT La’el Collins did not practice Monday. … Participating was backup quarterback Brandon Allen, who went out after the first series in Friday’s preseason loss to the Cardinals with a suspected concussion. … Rookie cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt, who missed the preseason opener because of a core muscle injury, was still absent Monday. It’s unknown how much time he will miss.
Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters returns to practice
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marcus Peters returned to practice Monday.
Peters missed all of last season with a knee injury, and coach John Harbaugh said he’s “in a good place” after doing individual work. Baltimore plays its second preseason game at Arizona on Sunday.
The Ravens also announced Monday they released running back Corey Clement and cornerback Robert Jackson.
Peters and running backs J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards all missed last season because of knee injuries. Dobbins returned to practice recently.
Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether quarterback Lamar Jackson would play against the Cardinals after being held out of the preseason opener against Tennessee.
49ers S Jimmie Ward sidelined with hamstring injury
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers safety Jimmie Ward pulled his hamstring and might not be ready to return for the season opener on Sept. 11 in Chicago.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Ward got injured in practice Sunday and will likely be out at least a few weeks.
“It was a pretty bad hamstring injury,” Shanahan said before practice Monday. “We’ll see over the next couple of weeks how it plays out.”
The absence of Ward would be significant for the Niners after he has emerged in recent seasons as the anchor in the secondary at free safety.
Talanoa Hufanga is projected to step in as starter for the first time this season at the other safety spot, leaving veteran George Odum and Tarvarius Moore as the top internal options to replace Ward. Moore has 13 career starts but missed all last season with a ruptured Achilles.
Shanahan said the Niners could look into adding outside help, especially with versatile defensive back Dontae Johnson also sidelined by a rib injury.
Ward is the third 49ers player in recent days to go down with a hamstring injury in practice, joining cornerback Emmanuel Moseley and running back Elijah Mitchell. Offensive lineman Daniel Brunskill also injured his hamstring in the exhibition game against Green Bay and cornerback Charvarius Ward is out with a groin injury suffered in practice.
Those injuries are all considered less serious than Jimmie Ward’s but the pattern is a concern for Shanahan.
“It’s been bothersome to me,” he said. “They’ve all come after days off. This has been a real challenge this camp. How it’s spaced out with these games and our day-off rules to really get into a groove for guys. … Our biggest challenge is getting these off days and coming back from them.”
Jimmie Ward is coming off perhaps his best season in eight seasons in the NFL. He had a career-high two interceptions, including one returned for a TD, six passes defensed and 77 tackles. He also was one of the more dependable safeties in deep coverage in the league.
NOTES: Shanahan said there are no updates on the status of QB Jimmy Garoppolo, who won’t travel with the team for joint practices in Minnesota this week as the Niners search for a trade partner. … The 49ers released CB Darqueze Dennard, who began camp as the top slot cornerback but has been passed recently by rookie Samuel Womack. … San Francisco also waived FB Josh Hokit, WR KeeSean Johnson and DL Tomasi Laulile. … RT Mike McGlinchey will miss this week with a knee injury but Shanahan said it wasn’t related to the torn quadriceps injury that knocked him out last season.
Browns star CB Ward returns from foot injury, practicing
BEREA, Ohio (AP) The Cleveland Browns secondary got back a primary piece.
Pro Bowl cornerback Denzel Ward was activated from the physically unable to perform list on Monday and will practice for the first time since Cleveland’s training camp opened. He had been sidelined with a sprained left foot.
Ward was hurt during Cleveland’s final practice of minicamp in June and has been restricted to working on the side with trainers in camp.
“It’s great,” coach Kevin Stefanski said of Ward’s return. “He’s been working very hard inside and out here, so ready to get back on the field, and obviously we’re excited about getting him back out here.”
Stefanski said Ward will be eased back “appropriately” before he’s cleared to be a full participant in practice.
Stefanski said “we’ll see” when asked if Ward will be back when the Browns host the Philadelphia Eagles for practices on Thursday and Friday before hosting them in an exhibition Sunday.
The Browns remain without All-Pro defensive end Myles Garrett, who was excused from his second straight practice. Stefanski did not give a reason for Garrett’s absence and said he didn’t know when he’d return.
It was also a rough day for three rookies as center Dawson Deaton (knee), wide receiver Mike Harley Jr. (ankle) and DE Isaiah Thomas (hand) left practice early.
Dawson tore his anterior cruciate ligament, the second Browns center to suffer a serious knee injury in days after starter Nick Harris got hurt in Friday’s exhibition opener and will likely undergo season-ending surgery.
Dawson was drafted in the seventh round from Texas Tech.
Thomas, another seventh-round pick from Oklahoma, had two sacks in Friday’s exhibition win over Jacksonville.
The 25-year-old Ward signed a five-year, $105 million contract extension in April, a deal that at the time made him the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback.
The No. 4 overall pick in 2018, Ward had three interceptions last season, including one against Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow that he returned 99 yards for a touchdown in the Browns’ 41-16 win.
Cleveland’s defensive backfield has been undermanned lately. Not only was Ward out, but starting cornerback Greg Newsome II is dealing with a hamstring injury sustained last week. Stefanski doesn’t expect Newsome to be sidelined long.
NOTES: Running backs coach Stump Mitchell said he hasn’t gotten the best out of RB Kareem Hunt, who recently sat out of some drills while pushing to get a contract extension. “He’s a physical, talented guy,” Mitchell said. “I have to get him to play within our system and then, you all have not seen the best of Kareem, by no stretch of the imagination.” … Stefanski again expressed confidence QB Jacoby Brissett can handle being a long-term starter if Deshaun Watson is suspended for the season. “He has been sharp since April,” Stefanski said. “I’ve been very impressed by Jacoby. Very comfortable with him. Understand his skillset. I think he has a very good understanding of what we are trying to do offensively.” … DE Jadeveon Clowney had an excellent practice, batting down one pass and being disruptive on rushes.
Seahawks send Ugo Amadi to Eagles for J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
RENTON, Wash. (AP) The Seattle Seahawks agreed Monday to trade defensive back Ugo Amadi to the Philadelphia Eagles for wide receiver/tight end J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.
The deal involves players who haven’t completely lived up to the expectations their teams had when they drafted them. Amadi has played mostly as a nickel cornerback and backup safety for the Seahawks. Arcega-Whiteside has struggled to get involved offensively for the Eagles and was switched to tight end this offseason.
Seattle is likely to keep Arcega-Whiteside as a wide receiver due to the team’s depth at tight end.
Amadi was a fourth-round pick in 2019 and has started 12 of 47 regular season games. Seattle signed nickel cornerback Justin Coleman in the offseason and has used rookie Coby Bryant in that spot during training camp.
Arcega-Whiteside was a second-round selection in 2019 and has been maligned for his lack of production while the likes of DK Metcalf, Dionte Johnson and Terry McLaurin were selected after him. Arcega-Whiteside has 16 career receptions in 40 games played.
“He was a heavier wide receiver, and it’s not going to be hard for him to put on some weight and take his athleticism over to the tight end side where he can create a little bit different mismatches there against safeties and linebackers as opposed to corners and nickels. So, I think that will help J.J.,” Eagles coach Nick Sirianni said in April.
Broncos sign free agent Schobert, activate Gregory, Turner
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The reinforcements arrived by the bunches Monday for the Denver Broncos.
They signed veteran linebacker Joe Schobert and activated prized offseason acquisitions Randy Gregory (shoulder) and Billy Turner (knee), both of whom aim to play in the regular-season opener at Seattle on Sept. 12.
“We’re trying to get everybody to Week 1,” coach Nathaniel Hackett said.
That includes inside linebacker Jonas Griffith, who dislocated his left elbow in the Broncos’ 17-7 exhibition victory over the Cowboys on Saturday night.
“We’re looking at that four-to-six (week window), so we’re going to be right on that fine line there,” Hackett said. “But I know the type of man he is and just looking at him and talking with him after the game, you know, I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s there for Week 1.”
Griffith’s injury led to the signing of Schobert, a seventh-year pro from Wisconsin who’s played for the Browns (2016-19), Jaguars (2020) and Steelers (2021) and is the only NFL player to amass 600 tackles, 10 interceptions and 10 forced fumbles over the last six seasons.
“Schobert is another experienced guy that we know we can put in there and can play right away,” Hackett said. “He can bring that leadership. He’s had lots of years with hundreds of tackles and he’s a guy who’s played special teams”
Schobert has started 81 NFL games, including playoffs,
“This will be my seventh defensive scheme in seven years,” he said. “I’ve been pretty much on every defensive scheme you can have in the NFL.”
Schobert lives in nearby Castle Rock, so he won’t have to worry about any altitude acclimation, either, as he lines up alongside Josey Jewell.
He worked out for the Broncos and other teams earlier this month but missed all of training camp.
“It was a little hard to watch something that you’ve been doing for the last six years professionally but then I’d go fishing and I wouldn’t watch it and I’d be in the mountains will no cell service,” Schobert said.
Gregory is the gem of GM George Paton’s 2022 free agent class. He underwent surgery to repair his right rotator cuff shortly after choosing Denver over Dallas in free agency and signing a five-year, $70 million contract.
“It’s something I’d been dealing with for two, maybe three years,” said Gregory, who’s coming off a six-sack season in his final year in Dallas. “I’d been playing with it for so long, I kind of wanted to fight through it. But I think for the long term it was better for me and for the team.”
Hackett said he and his staff got a chuckle last week as they watched film of the Cowboys in preparation for their preseason opener.
“We put a game on just because we wanted to make sure we knew what they were going to be presenting us, and the whole time it was funny, we’re all looking at each other and going, `We’re really happy that guy’s on our team,'” Hackett said.
“I mean, he’s a dynamic guy. He’s got an unbelievable motor. He is nonstop all throughout the whole play. He’s physical. He’s fast. He’s a smart player. I think all of those things that he brings are so great for our football team and watching him off the edge is something I’m excited to see.”
Hackett was also eager to see Turner back on the field. They were together in Green Bay for the past three years. The versatile 10th-year offensive lineman returned to Denver, where he played from 2016-18, on a four-year, $28 million free agent contract this spring.
Turner is projected as the Broncos’ starting right tackle, but he missed training camp while recovering from a left knee injury that goes back to last season.
“Am I mentally ready and prepared” to play in the opener? “I mean, that’s what these next four weeks are going to be about for me,” Turner said.
The Broncos also designated guard Ben Brady as waived/injured.
Titans linebacker Dupree pleads guilty in drugstore assault
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Bud Dupree pleaded guilty on Monday to a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an altercation in a Nashville drugstore.
Dupree was sentenced to 6 months of supervised probation, according to the judgement filed Monday.
Police said Dupree grabbed a Walgreens employee and the man’s phone after the employee had argued with some shoppers on the evening of Jan. 2.
Dupree initially was charged with assault, fear of bodily injury, which is a class A misdemeanor. He plead guilty to the lesser charge of assault, offensive or provocative contact, a class B misdemeanor.
The 6-foot-4, 269-pound linebacker was the Titans’ top free agent signee last year, getting a five-year deal worth $82.5 million. The Titans had no comment on Monday.
Flacco, 37, steps in at QB for Jets with Wilson sidelined
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) There are moments – and they seem to be increasing by the year – when Joe Flacco knows his teammates are laughing at him.
Not for anything he’s doing on the field. But the New York Jets quarterback is 37 years old, and that’s practically ancient when you consider he’s on a roster filled with guys who were still learning how to add, subtract and read when he was starting his NFL career.
“I don’t view myself as an old person,” Flacco said with a smile. “But every now and then, when these guys come up to you and say something to you, I’m like, `Oh, OK, you think I’m like 50 years old. I got it.'”
Still a kid at heart with the arm of a youngster, Flacco is the Jets’ QB1 while New York awaits the results of Zach Wilson’s arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles. Wilson is expected to miss two to four weeks with a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his right knee, but it could be more if doctors discover additional damage.
While Wilson playing in the season opener on Sept. 11 against Baltimore remains a possibility, it would seem more likely that Flacco is under center against the Ravens – his old team – and perhaps a few opponents beyond. It all depends on Wilson’s knee.
Until then, Flacco is preparing just as he always has.
“I’m happy with what I’m doing and I love helping out a young guy and playing my role on this team,” Flacco said. “But I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t have the desire to still be really good at what I do and didn’t still believe that I could still play this game.”
Coach Robert Saleh has raved about Flacco since the Jets re-signed him in March to be Wilson’s backup. Saleh has run down the list of accomplishments, which include winning the Super Bowl and the game’s MVP award to cap the 2012 season with the Ravens. He has thrown for 41,269 yards and 227 touchdowns in his 14 NFL seasons.
Flacco has been a starter and, at one time, the highest-paid quarterback in league history. He also has been a backup and mentor. Now, he needs to be a starter again, at least for the next few weeks – and possibly the start of this season.
“He’s a veteran,” Saleh said, “and I just expect him to approach it like he has his entire career.”
Flacco realizes he’s part of an older generation of players – especially in his own locker room. After all, Wilson is 23. Cornerback Sauce Gardner, the Jets’ top draft pick in April, is a mere 21. There are only eight players out of 90 even in their 30s, with Flacco topping the list – and newly signed left tackle Duane Brown right behind him, with his 37th birthday on Aug. 30.
“Every now and then, you think about the fact that I’m the oldest person in the room and it’s tough to wrap my head around because when you’re in the locker room and around a bunch of … I mean, Sauce is like 20 or 21 years old,” Flacco said. “I view myself as 25, 26 at max, so it’s just one of those things you just get used to it and you develop relationships and all that other stuff just goes out of the window.”
Age becomes just a number if you can still perform. Just ask Tom Brady, who retired after last season but is back for another year with Tampa Bay at age 45.
“Tom’s different,” Flacco said. “To be able to do what he has done, it’s crazy.”
But what Flacco is doing isn’t too shabby, either. And while the age gap between him and the rookies continues to grow with each season, Flacco’s teammates keep the father of five feeling young.
Even if it’s by him being the butt of their old-man jokes.
“You get to know guys and you get to develop relationships with people and they see you different,” Flacco said. “After they interact with me for a little bit, they’re sitting at lunch and we’re chopping it up and all of a sudden in a couple of minutes they might see me completely different than they did before they sat down at the table, so it’s really neat.
“I feel like I’m like a dad that’s easy to pick on and they like laughing at me because of that, so I embrace it.”
NOTES: The Jets made Brown’s signing official before practice. WR Keshunn Abram was waived to make room on the roster. … DE Quinnen Williams sat out with what Saleh said was a minor ankle ailment. … K Eddy Pineiro also was out with back stiffness.
No. 1 Alabama tops preseason AP Top 25; Ohio St, ‘Dawgs next
With two of the best players in the country leading the way – and a championship game loss as motivation – Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press preseason college football poll for the second straight season and ninth time overall.
Heisman Trophy winner Bryce Young, national defensive player of year Will Anderson Jr. and the Crimson Tide received 54 of 63 first-place votes and 1,566 points in the Top 25 presented by Regions Bank released on Monday.
Ohio State is No. 2 with six first-place votes (1,506 points) from the media panel and defending national champion Georgia is third with three first-place votes (1,455 points). Clemson is No. 4. Notre Dame rounds out the top five, setting up a tantalizing opener at Ohio State on Sept. 3.
The Tide’s preseason No. 1 ranking is the seventh in 15 years under coach Nick Saban. Since the preseason rankings started in 1950, only Oklahoma with 10 has been No. 1 in the initial poll more often than Alabama.
The Crimson Tide started last season No. 1 and finished ranked No. 2 after losing the national championship game to the Southeastern Conference rival Bulldogs.
“It wasn’t our end goal that we wanted,” Anderson said in the spring. “But I’m super proud of those guys, the way they fought. We were a young team. We had people go down. People had to step in that never been there before. So, I think that’s just a learning experience.”
Saban recently called 2021 a rebuilding season for his Tide dynasty, which has won six national titles over the last 13 years. He has a point.
Young was in his first season as a starter, playing behind an inexperienced offensive line. He was unfazed, throwing for 4,872 yards and 47 touchdowns.
Anderson was a force on the other side ball as Alabama broke in a back seven with mostly new starters. The sophomore led the nation in tackles for loss with 33 1/2, 11 1/2 more than No. 2 on the list.
Ohio State brings back a Heisman Trophy finalist at quarterback in C.J. Stroud while at Georgia, most of the key players from one of the best college defenses of the last 25 years are now in NFL. Still, quarterback Stetson Bennett and All-America tight end Brock Bowers return to a Bulldogs offense that could be even more explosive in 2022.
Texas A&M, which finished last season unranked despite handing Alabama its only regular-season loss, starts this season No. 6.
Defending Pac-12 champion Utah is seventh, the best preseason ranking in school history. Defending Big Ten champion Michigan is No. 8 after making the playoff for the first time last season.
No. 9 Oklahoma is the highest-ranked Big 12 school, one spot ahead of defending league champion Baylor.
Alabama has been in the preseason top five in each of last 14 seasons and in the preseason top three in 13 straight. The Tide’s 31st preseason top-five ranking this year matches Ohio State for second-most in poll history behind Oklahoma’s 37.
Turning preseason No. 1 into a national championship has proved tricky throughout history, even for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide have gone on to win the national championship after starting No. 1 just once under Saban and twice overall.
Since the AP preseason poll began in 1950, there have been 11 preseason No. 1 teams that also finished the season top ranked. Alabama was the last to do it (2017).
RARITIES AND STREAKS
– No. 13 North Carolina State is ranked in the preseason for the first time since 2003. The Wolfpack matched their best preseason ranking. They were also 13th in 1975.
– No. 17 Pitt is in the preseason rankings for the first time since 2010.
– No. 20 Kentucky is making its first preseason poll appearance since 1978.
– No. 22 Wake Forest made the preseason rankings for the first time since 2008.
– Ohio State is ranked in the preseason for the 34th straight season, breaking a tie with Nebraska (1970-2002) and Penn State (1968-2000) for the longest such streak in poll history.
– Texas A&M has the second-best preseason ranking for a team that finished the previous season unranked. Ohio State was No. 3 in the 1972 preseason poll after being unranked at the end of the 1971 season and Notre Dame also started No. 6 in 1983 after finishing unranked in 1982.
How did the seasons work out for those teams? Ohio State went 9-2 and finished the season No. 9. The Irish went 7-5 and unranked again.
– LSU with new coach Brian Kelly will start the season unranked for the first time 2000, Saban’s first of five seasons as coach of the Tigers.
– Florida and Florida State are both unranked to start the season, which has not happened since 1974.
Five schools ranked in the preseason poll have head coaches starting their first full seasons: Notre Dame (Marcus Freeman), Oklahoma (Brent Venables), No. 11 Oregon (Dan Lanning), No. 14 USC (Lincoln Riley) and No. 16 Miami (Mario Cristobal).
This is the second time in the last five seasons that five teams with new coaches were ranked in the preseason, according to Sportradar. It also happened in 2018, but before that season that type of representation in the preseason poll for teams with new coaches was a rarity.
You have to go all the way back to 1990 when six schools with coaches entering their first full season appeared in the preseason Top 25, according to Sportradar. That list includes some notable names: Gary Moeller, Michigan; Ken Hatfield, Clemson; Gene Stallings, Alabama; Jack Crowe, Arkansas; Paul Hackett, Pittsburgh; and John Jenkins, Houston.
For the fourth straight season, the Southeastern Conference has three teams in the top six.
The Atlantic Coast Conference matched its best showing in the preseason poll with five teams. The ACC has reached that number four previous times.
SEC – 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 6, 19, 20, 21).
ACC – 5 (Nos. 4, 13, 16, 17, 22).
Big Ten – 4 (Nos. 2, 8, 15, 18).
Big 12 – 3 (Nos. 9, 10, 12).
Pac-12 – 3 (Nos. 7, 11, 14).
American – 2 (Nos. 23, 24).
Independents – 2 (Nos. 5, 25).
No. 4 Clemson DE Thomas injures foot, out up to 6 weeks
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Clemson starting defensive end Xavier Thomas will miss up to six weeks with a foot injury suffered over the weekend.
Defensive coordinator Wes Goodwin said Monday that Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound fifth-year lineman, will need surgery.
Thomas hurt himself during a scrimmage Saturday and tweeted afterward: “Small thing to a GIANT. The work does not stop! Ill be right back.”
A Clemson spokesman said in a text to The Associated Press that he didn’t know if Thomas injured his right or left foot.
Thomas had 27 tackles, including 3 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles in 12 games last season, 10 of them starts. Thomas, who is from Florence, South Carolina, has started 19 games in his Clemson career, with 112 tackles and 12 1/2 sacks.
Goodwin is hopeful that Thomas could return in time for No. 4 Clemson’s game at 22nd-ranked Wake Forest, the defending ACC Atlantic champion, on Sept. 24.
“Unfortunate setback, but he’s got the right mindset and he’ll respond, (we’ll) get him back early in the year,” Goodwin said.
CFP championship games to return to Atlanta, South Florida
Atlanta and South Florida have been selected to host College Football Playoff national championship games for the second time.
The CFP announced Monday that Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, would be the site of the title game scheduled to be played in January 2026, the final game of the current 12-year media rights deal with ESPN.
Miami Gardens hosted the 2021 game, following the 2020 pandemic-altered season.
“South Florida was a great host for the 2021 national championship game despite the event having to be scaled back because of COVID-19, and we look forward to returning in 2026 with a full complement of events and activities during national championship weekend,” CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock said in a statement.
The game between Alabama and Ohio State at Hard Rock Stadium, home to the Miami Dolphins, was limited to about 15,000 fans because of COVID-19 restrictions. The stadium holds more than 65,000.
In its announcement, the CFP said the host of the 2025 game also was selected and would be announced at a later date.
A person familiar with the decision, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official announcement had not been made, said Mercedes-Benz Stadium would be the site of that game.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that decision.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the 75,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium, is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United and the Peach Bowl.
A news conference has been scheduled at the stadium on Tuesday to make the announcement. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens are scheduled to attend.
The first Alabama-Georgia championship game in 2018 was played in Atlanta and won by the Crimson Tide in overtime.
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COLTS: Remove WR Mike Strachan From Physically Unable to Perform List
WESTFIELD, Ind. – The Colts on Monday removed wide receiver Mike Strachan from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Strachan, a seventh-round pick (No. 229 overall) of the Colts in the 2021 NFL Draft, underwent a procedure on his knee in the spring and began training camp on the PUP list. The 6-foot-5, 224 pound Strachan caught two passes for 26 yards in six games as a rookie.
Just Announced: 2022 Colts Gameday Themes and Promotions
The Indianapolis Colts today announced the gameday themes and promotions for the Colts 2022 preseason and regular season home games at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Themes for the upcoming season include Family Day, Marvel and Blue Out, as well as NFL-wide celebration and special Colts celebrations. Fans can stay up-to-date on the latest promotions at Colts.com/promos and gameday info at Colts.com/gameday.
Colts vs. Lions | Sat., Aug. 20 – 1 p.m.
THEME: Family Day
GIVEAWAY: Colts Sunglasses
HALFTIME: Junior Cheer Halftime Show
Colts vs. Buccaneers | Sat., Aug. 27 – 7:30 p.m.
THEME: Play Football
Colts vs. Chiefs | Sun., Sept. 25 – 1 p.m.
THEME: NFL Kickoff
SPONSOR: IU Health
GIVEAWAY: Home Opener T-Shirt
HALFTIME: South Carolina State University Band
Colts vs. Titans | Sun., Oct. 2 – 1 p.m.
SPONSOR: American Family Insurance
GIVEAWAY: Limited Edition Marvel Comic Books featuring Colts Super Heroes (Volume 1)
HALFTIME: Colts Cheerleaders
Colts vs. Jaguars | Sun., Oct. 16 – 1 p.m.
THEME: Marvel and Crucial Catch
GIVEAWAY: Limited Edition Marvel Comic Books featuring Colts Super Heroes (Volume 2) and Crucial Catch Ribbons
Colts vs. Commanders | Sun., Oct. 30 – 4:25 p.m.
THEME: Ring of Honor – Tarik Glenn
SPONSOR: CSI Cargo Services
GIVEAWAY: Tarik Glenn Poster and Trick or Treat Buckets
HALFTIME: Ring of Honor Ceremony
Colts vs. Eagles | Sun., Nov. 20 – 1 p.m.
THEME: Salute To Service
GIVEAWAY: Playing Cards
HALFTIME: United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon
Colts vs. Steelers | Mon., Nov. 28 – 8:15 p.m.
THEME: Throwback and Kicking The Stigma
SPONSOR: Lucas Oil
GIVEAWAY: Lucas Oil Beanies
HALFTIME: Pat McAfee
Colts vs. Chargers | Mon., Dec. 26 – 8:15 p.m.
THEME: Blue Out and Holiday
SPONSOR: Koorsen Fire & Security
HALFTIME: Colts Cheerleaders and Drumline
Colts vs. Texans | Jan. 7/8, 2023 – TBD
THEME: Marvel and Fan Appreciation
GIVEAWAY: Limited Edition Marvel Comic Books featuring Colts Super Heroes (Volume 3) and Knitted Scarf
HALFTIME: High School Football Recognition
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Hoosier Trio Named to Women’s Soccer Watch List
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosiers women’s soccer team had three players selected to the 2022 Big Ten Women’s Soccer Players to Watch List, the league announced on Monday.
Sophomore keeper Jamie Gerstenberg, sophomore forward Jordyn Levy and freshman defender Arianna Rose were among the 42 players recognized by the conference’s coaches.
Indiana was selected to finish 10th in the preseason poll.
Jamie Gerstenberg, So., GK
Gerstenberg, a member of the 2021 Big Ten All-Freshman Team, tied the Indiana program record with nine shutouts in her rookie campaign. She posted a 9-3-4 record across 1,456 minutes in 16 starts. The Birkenwerder, Germany, native recorded 36 saves in 44 chances (0.818 save percentage) and allowed just 0.49 goals per game.
Jordyn Levy, So., F
Levy tied for second on the team in goals scored (4) in ’21, tied for fourth in assists (2) and third in total points (10) among Hoosier attackers. Three of her four goals were game-winning tallies, the highest mark on the team.
Arianna Rose, Fr., D
Rose joined the IU women’s soccer program after spending three seasons with the Canadian youth program. She hails from Brampton, Ontario, Canada and competed for Ontario’s National Development Center.
The Hoosiers will kick off the regular season with the first of a two-game road trip at West Virginia on Aug. 18. First kick is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET. The home opener comes a week later on Aug. 25 against Ball State.
2022 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON POLL
1. (tie) Penn State
5. Ohio State
6. Michigan State
2022 BIG TEN WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS TO WATCH LIST
Ashley Cathro, R-Sr., D, Illinois
Eileen Murphy, Sr., D, Illinois
Kendra Pasquale, R-Sr., M, Illinois
Jamie Gerstenberg, So., GK, Indiana
Jordyn Levy, So., F, Indiana
Arianna Rose, Fr., D, Indiana
Samantha Cary, Sr., D, Iowa
Kenzie Roling, So., F, Iowa
Hailey Rydberg, Grad., M, Iowa
Malikae Dayes, Grad., F, Maryland
Mikayla Dayes, Grad., F, Maryland
Juliana Lynch, Jr., M, Maryland
Hannah Blake, Sr., M, Michigan
Lily Farkas, Sr., M, Michigan
Avery Kalitta, So., M, Michigan
Ruby Diodati, Grad., D, Michigan State
Lauren Kozal, R-Sr., GK, Michigan State
Samantha White, Grad., D, Michigan State
Sophia Boman, Jr., M, Minnesota
Izzy Brown, Sr., F, Minnesota
Megan Platschko, Sr., GK, Minnesota
Eleanor Dale, Jr., F, Nebraska
Reagan Raabe, Jr., M, Nebraska
Sarah Weber, So., F, Nebraska
Josie Aulicino, Jr., M, Northwestern
Meg Boade, Jr., F, Northwestern
Aurea del Carmen, Sr., M, Northwestern
Talani Barnett, Grad., D, Ohio State
Kayla Fischer, Grad., F, Ohio State
Sydney Jones, So., D, Ohio State
Penelope Hocking, Grad., F, Penn State
Payton Linnehan, Sr., F, Penn State
Ally Schlegel, R-Sr., F, Penn State
Sydney Duarte, Grad., M, Purdue
Gracie Dunaway, So., F, Purdue
Emily Mathews, Jr., M, Purdue
Sara Brocious, Jr., M, Rutgers
Meagan McClelland, Grad., GK, Rutgers
Riley Tiernan, So., F, Rutgers
Emma Jaskaniec, Sr., M, Wisconsin
Aidan McConnell, So., D, Wisconsin
Natalie Viggiano, Grad., M, Wisconsin
PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Boilermakers Voted #13 in AVCA Preseason Poll
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue volleyball squad was picked No. 13 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll, announced by the national office Monday.
Purdue’s ranking marks the third consecutive season the Boilermakers have been ranked No. 13 or better in the preseason prediction.
The Boilermakers are set to take on eight top-25 preseason poll programs this season, five of which rank among the top-7 in the nation. Furthermore, the squad is slated to face four non-conference foes ranked or receiving votes, including at No. 4 Louisville and vs. No. 22 Utah. Overall, Purdue is one of seven Big Ten teams with a top-25 nod, and rank the fifth among its league peers.
Coming off 22 consecutive weeks ranked in the AVCA top-10 and two back-to-back elite eight appearances, Purdue returns middle blocker Raven Colvin, defensive specialists Maddie Schermerhorn, setter Megan Renner and pins Maddy Chinn, Emma Elllis and Madeline Koch. Meanwhile, the Boilermakers welcome six newcomers, including three transfers and freshmen Eva Hudson, Brielle Warren and Lizzie Carr.
Purdue is set to open the season Friday, August 26 at the Tennessee Classic, where the Boilermakers will take on Bowling Green, Loyola Chicago and Tennessee.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Trio Named Big Ten Players to Watch
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Ahead of the season-opener on Thursday night, three Purdue soccer players have been named to the 2022 Big Ten Players to Watch List, the conference announced on Monday.
Fifth-year midfielder Sydney Duarte, junior midfielder Emily Mathews and sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway were recognized on the preseason watch list. All three are honored in the preseason for the first times in their careers, while Mathews’ recognition comes after she was named to the All-Big Ten First Team at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
The trio helped Purdue to one of its greatest seasons in program history in 2021. The Boilermakers went 15-4-3, their second-best record and second-most wins all-time behind only 2007. The team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009, and seventh time ever, and advanced to the second round for the fourth time and first since 2007.
Duarte played in 20 games with 16 starts in 2021 as a senior. She scored three goals, tied for third on the team, with one game-winning goal. She added a game-winning assist and had seven points. From Lake Forest, California, Duarte has played in 66 career games with 51 starts. She has five goals with four assists for 14 points in her first four seasons as a Boilermaker.
Mathews earned All-Region Third Team accolades and was recognized on the All-Big Ten First Team last season as a junior. She started all 22 games and tied the team lead with seven assists, including a squad-best three game-winners, and was second with six goals, two game-winning goals and 19 points. Her three game-winning assists is tied for No. 7 all-time and her seven assists tied for No. 9 in the record books and was seventh in the Big Ten. A Macomb, Michigan, native, Mathews also led the Big Ten with five assists in conference play, was second with five goals and third with 13 points.
As a freshman in 2021, Dunaway started all 22 games and notched a team-high-tying seven assists, including two game-winners, and added a goal for nine points, third-most on the team. From Mars, Pennsylvania, Dunaway’s seven assists are ninth-most in team history and second-most all-time by a freshman, and they were tied for seventh-most in the Big Ten last season.
Also on Monday, the Big Ten Preseason Poll was unveiled. In a vote amongst the leagues’ 14 head coaches, the Boilermakers were voted to finish seventh. Last season, Purdue was picked 11th in the preseason but finished as the Big Ten runner-up with an 8-2-0 conference record. The eight wins and second-place finish tied the 2007 squad for the best in team history.
Duarte, Mathews, Dunaway and the Boilermakers open the 2022 season on Thursday night against No. 15 USC at Folk Field at 7 p.m. ET. The nationally-televised contest on the Big Ten Network is a matchup between two NCAA Tournament, top-25 and conference runners-up from a season ago.
Admission is free for all fans to Thursday’s match and every regular-season home game once again in 2022.
Thursday is the beginning of Purdue’s 17-game schedule, which features nine home matches and 10 Big Ten games. USC is one of four 2021 NCAA Tournament teams that will come to Folk Field in 2022.
BUTLER FOOTBALL: PREVIEW, Offensive Linemen
INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs return two of the five starters from last year’s offensive line unit. Skyler Spetter and Colton Ruhland highlight the position group with Spetter on the right side as a tackle a year ago and Ruhland at left guard. Luke Kessinger, Bryan Bystol and Jake Briskey are other upperclassmen in the mix to fill the void.
“It’s been a lot of fun getting back on the field and watching the guys compete,” offensive line coach Alex Barr said. “As an offensive line, we are focused on daily improvement and refining the details of our play.”
Luke Kessinger (6-5, 290)
Colton Ruhland (6-1, 270)
Skyler Spetter (6-5, 302)
Spetter was an All-Pioneer Football League honorable mention selection for the second time in his career after the completion of his junior season. He started in all 11 games at right tackle in 2021 and was part of a Bulldog offensive line that ranked second in the conference in rushing offense. BU averaged 174 rushing yards per game with backs averaging 4.4 yards per carry. Pass protection was also on point with BU averaging 181 yards through the air to keep the offensive scheme balanced. Ruhland played in all 11 games for the ‘Dawgs last season and moved into a starting role for the final eight at guard. Kessinger appeared in four games playing weeks two, three, six and seven.
Jake Briskey (6-1, 270)
Bryan Bystol (6-2, 280)
Bystol played in eight games last season as an interior lineman and will attempt to move into a starting role for the 2022 campaign. Fellow junior, Briskey did not see playing time as a sophomore.
Jackson Davis (6-3, 275)
Fabian Gonzalez (6-3, 285)
Owen Keane (6-3, 285)
Jack Turner (6-3, 302)
The sophomore class has great size with the four student-athletes averaging a frame of 6-3, 286 pounds. Turner saw the most playing time of this group, taking the gridiron in 10 games. Gonzalez also carved out a role by playing in seven games. He jumped into the starting lineup as well in the game against Taylor. Keane got his feet wet at the collegiate level by playing in five games a year ago and Davis will keep taking reps to find his spot after not seeing playing time last season.
Watson Allan (6-1, 298)
Liam Cashin (6-2, 305)
*Adam Dolan (6-8, 300)
Kirk Doskocil (6-3, 293)
Kadin Featherstone (6-0, 303)
*Nick Grace (6-5, 270)
Jack Mitchell (6-2, 270)
Owen Sacks (6-1, 315)
*Otto Weight (6-4, 285)
* – Redshirt Freshmen
A talented group of freshman will provide competition and depth at this position group. Dolan and Weight come back this year as redshirt-freshmen along with Cincinnati transfer Nick Grace.
Butler’s best game on the ground came on Sept. 11, 2021 when a stable of running backs ran for 383 yards and five touchdowns against DePauw on 60 carries. Weeks later, the ‘Dawgs went with an air attack at Dayton to pass for 411 yards against the Flyers. Pass protection was solid with Bushka completing 30 passes on 49 attempts. The offensive line only allowed one sack on the road that day.
BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: SEASON PREVIEW, MIDDLE BLOCKERS
Four Bulldogs will look to replace a stalwart at middle blocker for the 2022 season.
Three-time All-Big East selection and 2021 Honorable Mention AVCA East All-Region Melody Davidson has graduated, and the quartet of Grace Boggess, Autumn Flowers, Marisa Guisti and Amina Shackelford are ready to replace the lost production at the position.
“Our middle blockers have big shoes to fill from our All-Region graduate (Davidson),” head coach Sharon Clark said. “The level of pure athleticism Autumn brings to this position will be a huge asset. Marisa is by far one of the fastest closing middles to wear the Bulldog jersey, and Grace has a huge presence at the net. Her offense is a much welcomed addition. Amina is such a versatile player. She can shore up this group at the drop of a dime.”
Boggess, a local product from Greenwood, Ind., saw most of her playing time come early in her freshman season. The tallest player on the team at 6-foot-3 totaled 71 kills, 32 blocks, 18 digs and 11 aces in 2021.
Flowers, a junior academically, will have four years of eligibility remaining after joining the team during the pandemic season which didn’t count against eligibility then redshirting in 2021.
Guisti also saw most of her court time in 2021 come early in the season, contributing 21 kills, 24 digs and four blocks in the fall. She displayed versatility during spring ball and can be relied on at multiple positions.
Shackelford, a junior academically with three more seasons of eligibility, was a steady presence at the net for the Bulldogs in 2021, putting down 199 kills and totaling 74 blocks, which were fourth and second on the team, respectively. Her hitting percentage of .206 was third on the team among those with at least 100 kills, and she also added 46 digs on the season.
The Bulldogs begin the 2022 season with an exhibition on Aug. 20 against Bradley at Hinkle Fieldhouse before hosting Eastern Illinois on Aug. 26 in the regular season opener.
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: JAGUARS BLANK SIUE IN PRESEASON OPENER, 2-0
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team posted an impressive clean sheet and tallied a pair of first half scores in a thrilling 2-0 preseason win over SIUE at Carroll Stadium on Monday night (Aug. 15). The victory provided an early look at new head coach Sid van Druenen’s inaugural team as six newcomers earned starts to open the preseason.
“Kudos to the guys,” van Druenen said. “To be able to put up a performance like this and it wasn’t just a win, but it was a shutout, it’s a deserved win and we created enough (opportunities) to score probably a couple more, so there’s nothing but pluses to take out of this performance.
“I think we’ve put a lot of work into both sides of the ball. We created a ton and didn’t give much away and if we can build on that and keep doing that, wins will come.”
Junior goalkeeper Lucas Morefield stopped a penalty kick in the opening half and both Josemir Gomez and Gavin O’Shea deposited goals to fuel the victory.
IUPUI took the lead in the 18th minute when Edgar Correia sent Logan Finnegan forward with a gorgeous through ball behind the SIUE back line. Finnegan tracked the ball down just before it crossed the endline and centered a pass to a trailing Gomez, who blasted a shot into an open net. Morefield helped the Jags maintain their advantage by stopping a penalty kick in the 27th minute, stonewalling SIUE’s Pau Palacin with a sprawling stop, evoking a loud cheer from a solid IUPUI contingent.
The Jaguars capped a strong half with another highlight reel play in the 32nd minute when O’Shea sent a dazzling diving header past SIUE goalkeeper Eric Bauche for a 2-0 lead. Fellow freshman Dominic Breidenbach initiated the goal with a cross from the left side while Finnegan also earned an assist on the play.
The second half saw the IUPUI defense weather a more determined SIUE attack, especially as play deteriorated over the course of the evening. Correia and freshman running mate Pedro Arruda capably manned the outside back spots while the tandem of Caleb Hussain and Ethan Miller helped patrol the middle. Wright State-transfer Bryson Najarian played a scoreless second half in goal in his IUPUI debut, sending away three SIUE attempts.
Freshman Kade Tepe led the IUPUI attack with three shot attempts, narrowly missing the far post on two separate occasions. Gomez, who missed all of last season due to injury, was a wrecking ball in the attacking third, consistently getting into dangerous situations to test the Cougars’ defense. IUPUI finished with a 12-8 shot advantage and 5-4 margin on corner kicks after not allowing SIUE a corner in the final 45 minutes.
“It was amazing,” Finnegan said of the win. “Just to do it with my new teammates – a bunch of them are great players – I’m really excited to build off of this and keep going with it.
“We do a lot of attacking minded drills and being in the right moment. It all just kind of connected and went together well.”
Eighteen different Jaguars earned playing time on Monday, ten of whom were making their IUPUI debuts. The two sides played an additional 20 minutes following Monday’s contest in an effort to get reserves some much needed experience, ultimately ending in a scoreless draw. Freshman goalkeeper Gabe Ingle kept the sheet clean for those 20 minutes.
The Jaguars will cap the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 20 when they take on Dayton at 7:00 p.m.
NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL: IRISH RELEASE 2022-23 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Just a week away from starting classes here at the University of Notre Dame, but the 2022-23 men’s basketball non-conference schedule is already here. The men’s program released its 11-game non-con slate which features nine games inside Purcell Pavilion, starting with the season opener on Nov. 10.
The Fighting Irish kick off the 2022-23 campaign with Radford on Nov. 10. Then Notre Dame hosts Youngstown State (Nov. 13), Southern Indiana (Nov. 16), Lipscomb (Nov. 18) and Bowling Green (Nov. 25). The Southern Indiana and Bowling Green contests are part of the 2022 Gotham Classic, with the main event of said tournament taking place Nov. 25 in UBS Arena against St. Bonaventure.
Next up, is the ACC/B1G Challenge on Nov. 30, as the Michigan State Spartans roll into South Bend. Since joining the league, Notre Dame is 4-5 in the ACC/B1G Challenge and has faced the Spartans twice in said games. This year will mark the rubber match.
A week later, the Irish will host Boston University of Dec. 7, followed by a battle with Big East foe Marquette on Dec. 11.
Following a week off due to final exams, the Irish are back with a neutral site showdown with Georgia in the ATL on Dec. 18. The Irish then close out its non-con slate with Jacksonville on Dec. 27.
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Radford – ND trails 1-0 // Last meeting: Nov. 14, 2018
Youngstown St – ND leads 3-0 // Last meeting: Dec. 21, 2015
Southern Indiana – First meeting
Lipscomb – First meeting
Bowling Green – ND leads, 5-2 // Last meeting: Feb. 14, 1972
St. Bonaventure – ND leads 5-2 // Last meeting: Dec. 22, 1994
Michigan St – ND leads, 60-37 // Last meeting: Nov 28, 2020
Boston – ND leads, 3-0 // Last meeting: Dec. 13, 2008
Marquette – ND leads, 81-37 // Last meeting: March 14, 2013
Georgia – ND leads 2-1 // Last meeting: Nov. 22, 2011
Jacksonville – ND leads 1-0 // Last meeting: Dec. 20, 2018
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: MVFC announces 2023 and 2024 conference schedules
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced the 2023 and 2024 competition dates and matchups in league play on Monday morning.
Indiana State will take on MVFC newcomer Murray State, Northern Iowa, Illinois State, South Dakota, North Dakota, Youngstown State, Western Illinois, and Southern Illinois as the conference announced the league schedule for the next two seasons. As a part of league’s scheduling, Indiana State is not scheduled to compete against North Dakota State, South Dakota State, or Missouri State in conference play.
League members (there will be 12 MVFC institutions in 2023) will play eight Conference games each year. While the Conference cannot play a full round robin each season, it should be noted that every MVFC institution plays every other MVFC institution at least two-thirds of the time in a six-year cycle (at least 4 out of every 6 seasons), supporting continuation of league identity and increasing competitive fairness over time.
Staff had considered multiple options, including divisional play, four-team pods and a true rotation, before arriving at the current model, which utilizes agreed-upon scheduling principles, including maximizing bus trips to the greatest extent possible and protecting rivalries.
Game dates for each MVFC institution accommodated facility and nonconference scheduling conflicts.
Below is Indiana State’s conference schedule for both the 2023 and 2024 season.
2023 Indiana State MVFC Schedule
Sept. 30 – at Murray State
Oct. 7 – Northern Iowa
Oct. 14 – at Illinois State
Oct. 21 – South Dakota
Oct. 28 – at North Dakota
Nov. 4 – Youngstown State
Nov. 11 – Western Illinois
Nov. 18 – at Southern Illinois
2024 Indiana State MVFC Schedule
Oct. 5 – Illinois State
Oct. 12 – at Western Illinois
Oct. 19 – Murray State
Oct. 26 – at South Dakota
Nov. 2 – North Dakota
Nov. 9 – at Northern Iowa
Nov. 16 – at Youngstown State
Nov. 23 – Southern Illinois
Indiana State continues preparations for the 2022 season opener on Thursday, September 1, as the Sycamores welcome the University of North Alabama to Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. and will be carried live via ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
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PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Mastodons Take Down Goshen in Exhibition Contest
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team defeated the Goshen Maple Leafs on Monday night (Aug. 15) with a 2-0 clean sheet.
The Mastodons struck quickly, scoring the game-winning goal in the eighth minute. Rylee Vruggink charged into the box off a slow pass from Alyssa Weisbrodt and buried a roller into the back of the net.
The score remained 1-0 for the remainder of the first half, despite the Mastodons out-shooting the Maple Leafs 8-4 in the first 45.
The Mastodons put a security goal on the board in minute 46 when Mackenzie Evans rushed in from the right side to slide a worm-burner past three defenders to find Zoe Greenhalge for the goal.
Purdue Fort Wayne finished with a 19-6 advantage in shots, 7-1 in the on-target variety. Melina Kozachik had the only save for the Mastodons, combining with Belle Plautz for the shutout. Both keepers spent 45 minutes between the sticks.
After a 1-1 exhibition season, the Mastodons will open the regular season on Thursday, August 18 at 7 p.m. against Chicago State at the Hefner Soccer Complex. That matchup will be on ESPN+.
SOUTHERN INDIANA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: DeHart joins USI Women’s Basketball staff
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball Head Coach Rick Stein announced the hiring of Emma DeHart as an assistant coach in 2022-23. DeHart joins the staff following her USI playing career from 2017-22.
“Emma has been an integral part of our women’s basketball program for the last five seasons,” Stein said. “Her numbers and accomplishments are easily noticed, but it was her leadership, work ethic, dedication, and passion for USI Women’s Basketball that certainly helped her and her teams to have success.”
Since USI’s 2021-22 season ended last Spring, DeHart has been learning and working with the USI coaching staff on a part-time basis, acclimating herself to college coaching. Going forward, DeHart will continue to be involved with on-court skill development, scouting, travel, student-athlete academics, and recruiting.
DeHart was a three-time All-GLVC honoree and five-time Academic All-GLVC member while playing for the Screaming Eagles under Stein. She finished her career ranked No. 1 all-time at USI in games played (126), No. 2 in three-point field goals attempted (433), No. 8 in free throws made (296) and three-point field goals made (127), No. 9 in free throws attempts (389), No. 12 in scoring (1,189) and assists (230).
In her career, DeHart scored in double-figures 59 times, including seven 20-point outings. Her career-high 39 points came in 2020-21 in a come-from-behind overtime road win over Rockhurst. The 39 points tied Amie Newhart and LeAnn Freeland for third on USI’s all-time single-game scoring list and was the most points ever scored by a USI women’s basketball player in a road win.
DeHart wrapped up her playing career at USI in 2021-22 starting all of USI’s 29 games, averaging 9.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per contest. She reached double-figures in the scoring column 12 times and the 20-point plateau twice, including a season-high 24 points in USI’s 90-78 win over West Texas A&M at the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic.
“Emma’s experience here as a player, and the experience she gained these last few months with our coaching staff, will definitely help her and our program as we move forward into preseason workouts next week,” Stein added.
DeHart is an Indianapolis, Indiana native where she attended Southport High School.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: Ibra Bayu to Join Valpo Men’s Basketball Program
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has announced the addition of Ibra Bayu (Flevoland, The Netherlands / Perkiomen), who joins the 2022-23 roster as a true freshman.
The 6-foot-8 forward is a native of The Netherlands and attended high school in the United States at Perkoimen School in Pennsburg, Pa.
“Ibra is a highly athletic, high-upside player who we think can come in and have an immediate impact by his sheer motor and ability to affect the game athletically,” Valpo head coach Matt Lottich said. “We’re excited about the steps that he’s taken in developing a perimeter game. I think he’s someone we can really develop into a special player.”
Bayu’s story to get to this point is one of perseverance, as he overcame several obstacles during his high school career. During his first season in the United States as a sophomore, his team’s season was cut short by COVID-19. During his junior year, he was sidelined by a significant health issue. As a senior, he fractured one ankle in September and returned to the court for a few games in late January before fracturing his other ankle.
“It will mean everything to me to be on the court at Valpo,” Bayu said. “I haven’t played in so long, and playing is everything to me. This is a dream come true. I had thoughts of quitting during my senior year, but my coaches and family kept me positive and said I would get through it. It’s been a long high school journey, so I feel blessed and I’m very excited to play at the Division-I level.”
The opportunity to take the court at Valpo makes persevering through all of the challenges presented over the last few seasons well worth it. He’s enthusiastic to join a program and institution that fits exactly what he was seeking.
“I talked to the coaches and told them that I wanted a place where it feels like family,” Bayu said. “They said it’s like a big family there. That was one of the main reasons I chose Valpo. Coach Lottich is very similar to my high school coach. He seems extremely smart and calm. I can’t wait to play for him.”
In addition, he’ll be reunited with his close friend and fellow Netherlands native Jerome Palm, another Valpo basketball newcomer for the 2022-23 campaign.
“Another reason I chose Valpo is that Jerome is a good friend of mine,” Bayu said. “I feel really good about Valpo because it’s a big family and I’m going in with someone I know. Jerome and I have the same trainer; he’s like a big brother to me. Whenever something is wrong, I can ask him for advice. He’s always there for me.”
Bayu’s tremendous potential has Valpo’s coaching staff excited about the final addition to the 2022-23 roster.
“I am a high-energy guy who is very athletic,” Bayu said. “I love to play defense, block shots and run the floor. I’m loud and I love to talk. Off the court, I’m a very social person. I love to talk, make jokes and laugh.”
Bayu played soccer during his youth, but was advised during a gym class in school that he should try basketball at age 10. That’s where the journey began.
“I’ve always been tall,” he said. “They said I had talent and potential. From there, I kept playing basketball. My freshman year back home in The Netherlands, I watched a couple of college March Madness games and I dreamed of playing in March Madness. Playing at Valpo and having the opportunity to achieve that goal is a dream come true.”
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: KNIGHTS DT DRAWS WITH THOMAS MORE IN SEASON OPENER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team developmental team played to a draw in their first match of the 2022 season on Monday night, tying the Thomas More JV squad 1-1.
The Knights defense played a solid first half, limiting the Thomas More attack while keeper Mychaela Johnson pitched a scoreless first half. Johnson made a handful of saves in the first half, recording a clean sheet in her third stint of action in the young preseason. The offense worked to get multiple looks, but came up short in trying to find a first half score.
In the second half, the Knights offense found work in the first 15 minutes, putting together multiple runs on the net. Olivia Hernandez broke the draw with 31 minutes to play in the second half, slipping a shot past the keeper for her first collegiate goal, giving Marian a 1-0 lead. Marian’s lead lasted for the next 20 minutes, but the Saints offense was able to generate a run to tie the match with 8:22 to go, getting a shot to slide in top-shelf over Kristen Morgan’s outstretched-reach. Marian put together a pair of runs and had an attempt from Hannah Wleklinski in the final four minutes, but were unable to score a go-ahead goal, ending the match in a 1-1 draw.
Marian will return to action on Thursday night, taking on Mount St. Joseph at 8 p.m. in their second match of the season.
WABASH MEN’S GOLF: Kopp Named Interim Wabash College Golf Coach
Wabash College has named Justin Kopp ’21 as the golf program’s interim head coach. Wabash Director of Athletics and Campus Wellness Matt Tanney announced Kopp’s hire Monday.
“Justin had a terrific academic and athletic career at Wabash,” Tanney said. “His knowledge of the game and leadership of the team provides a seamless transition for the men in the golf program. He’s a winner on and off the course that will positively impact everyone associated with Wabash Golf.”
Kopp played four seasons of golf and soccer at Wabash before graduating in 2021 after majoring in religion and Spanish. He played in 33 rounds over his career and posted ten top-10 finishes, including three spots in the top five. Kopp captured four top-10 finishes as a senior with one tournament victory as part of two top-five efforts. He earned the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men’s Scholar-Athlete Award presented annually to the Wabash senior who best demonstrates the combination of scholarship and athletics.
Kopp helped the Wabash soccer program earn three berths in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. He played in 53 career games for the soccer team, scoring five goals and handing out 14 assists to tie for 11th on the team’s all-time records list. Kopp earned second team all-conference honors on defense as a junior.
Kopp is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. As a student, he was a senior consultant with the College’s Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship (CIBE), a Sphinx Club member, and a Wabash Student Senate representative. He received an Orr Fellowship and has worked at Lev, a Salesforce consultancy marketing company, since graduating in 2021.
“The Wabash College golf program is something I’m really passionate about,” Kopp said. “I had the opportunity as a player to see how far the golf program has advanced from my freshman year through last season playing against some of the top teams in the country. I’m thrilled to return and help continue that upward trajectory to keep the program moving forward.”
Kopp begins his duties immediately.
ROSE-HULMAN FOOTBALL: Justin Pierson Named D3football.com Preseason All-American
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior offensive lineman Justin Pierson has been named a D3football.com Third-Team Preseason All-American in results released by the national website on Monday.
The 6-3, 305-pound offensive guard from Manor, Texas earned first-team D3football.com all-region honors in 2021. The electrical engineering major was also named first-team all-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference as part of an offensive line that helped the Fightin’ Engineers win the 2021 HCAC championship.
Pierson was starting left guard on the 2021 offensive line that set school records for single-season all-purpose yards (6,505), passing touchdowns (33), and total points scored (452). The team also finished 2nd in school history in total offensive yards (4,911) and 2nd in passing yards (3,375).
Rose-Hulman reached the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second time in school history last season, narrowly falling 26-21 in a first round postseason game at DePauw University. The Fightin’ Engineers finished 8-3 overall last season and were a perfect 7-0 in HCAC play.
Rose-Hulman opens the 2022 season at DePauw on Sept. 3, before opening the home schedule on Saturday night Sept. 10 against Trine University.
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TRINE FOOTBALL: Thunder Projected to Compete for MIAA Title; Third in Logjam Atop Coaches Poll
HUDSONVILLE, Mich. – The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) football coaches have predicted a tightly contested race in the 2022 MIAA football season with the Trine University team selected to be right in the mix for the championship.
Three teams were selected in a virtual tie atop the poll separated by just one point each. The Thunder came in third with 12 points including a pair of first-place nods. Last year’s co-champions were the only teams to come ahead of Trine with Hope taking the top spot with 10 points, including three first-place votes, and Albion coming in second with 11 points, including two first-place votes.
The point totals are determined by votes cast by the association’s coaches, who cannot vote for their own team, with low point total receiving the top spot.
Last season the Thunder finished third in the conference going 4-2 during the conference season, their two losses came in close games against Albion and Hope. Overall the team finished 6-4.
Six All-MIAA student athletes return from last season to anchor the squad. Highlighting the group is senior Kyle Naif. In addition to his first team All-MIAA selection, Naif earned D3football.com All-Region and American Football Coaches Association All-American honors.
Naif finished the 2021 season with 77 tackles leading the team and tied for seventh in the MIAA during conference play with 41 tackles. He also led the team with five and a half sacks in the season, while coming in fifth during MIAA season with four. He finished the season with nine and a half tackles for a loss. He forced one fumble and recovered another which he returned for a defensive touchdown. He also made his mark on special teams with a pair of punt blocks.
Junior Jamon Gibson was a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line and earned a spot as a first team All-MIAA selection. He finished the season with 15 tackles for a loss for a total of 77 yards lost, including five sacks. Those five sacks all came during conference play the fourth highest total among MIAA student-athletes. All told he finished with 48 tackles including 29 coming solo. He forced a fumble during and returned his lone interception of the season back for a 62-yard touchdown.
Keysean Amison rounds out the first team selections returning to the team. Last season he came in second on the team with 76 tackles during the season, including a team high 48 on his own. During MIAA play his 48 tackles was third best among competition. He recorded seven pass break ups from his safety position while also forcing a pair of fumbles. His five breakups during MIAA play was second amongst competitors.
Three second-team selections also return. Senior Jackson Linback was a staple on the offensive line which helped the Thunder rack up over 1600 yards of rushing. Classmate Xaine Kirby accounted for over 800 of those yards while averaging just under 100 yards per game. During the MIAA season Kirby was third with 494 yards averaging 82.3 per game. Senior Angel Sanchez, one of the team’s starting defensive backs, finished the season with a pair of interceptions and seven pass breakups. He totaled 28 tackles through the season.
The Thunder are set to open the season under the lights at Zollner when they host Anderson (Ind.) University on Thursday September, 1. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS CROSS COUNTRY: USF Hires Brendon Moody as New Head Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Coach
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis athletic department is excited to announce the recent hiring of Brendon Moody as the new head coach for men’s and women’s cross country.
Moody comes to Saint Francis from Tiffin University where he worked from 2016-20 as the recruiting coordinator and long-distance coach. He continued his work in the spring of 2021 with a brief stint at Bluffton University as the long-distance coach.
“I am super grateful for this opportunity,” Moody said on his hiring. “I hope to continue what Coach Allison has done over the past six years and continue bolstering college athletes to perform the best that they can.”
An Alumni of Heidelberg University, Coach Moody graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Education. As an athlete, Moody was a two-time National Qualifier in the 3000-meter Steeplechase, and multiple all OAC selection in both cross country and track & field.
“I am excited to announce that Coach Brendon Moody will take over the Head Cross Country/Distance coaching duties!” Coach Kyle Allison said. “Coach Moody brings over a decade of experience at the NCAA D2 and D3 levels. During his time at Tiffin University, he coached athletes to All American and National Champion awards. With what we have inside the distance team at USF that experience at that level was pivotal in our next coach.”
After graduation, Moody earned his master’s degree from Heidelberg University while working as a graduate assistant with the cross country and track and field programs. Coach Moody is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) Program at the University of Findlay.
“Outside of coaching accomplishments it was evident that Coach Moody is dedicated to serve the community being involved in multiple service organizations,” Coach Allison said. “We are looking forward to another great year with Coach Moody in charge!”
Brendon and his wife Kylee, live in Van Wert, OH, with their three children, Myles, Brynleigh, and Colton.
Cougar fans, stay updated with all events and recaps from USF athletics by visiting Saintfranciscougars.com or by downloading the Saint Francis Cougars app.
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|Houston||75||42||.641||–||39 – 18||36 – 24||9 – 10||18 – 7||40 – 21||6 – 4||L 1|
|Seattle||63||54||.538||12||31 – 26||32 – 28||16 – 17||7 – 6||32 – 26||6 – 4||W 1|
|Texas||52||63||.452||22||26 – 32||26 – 31||5 – 14||13 – 10||25 – 32||5 – 5||W 3|
|LA Angels||51||65||.440||23.5||26 – 34||25 – 31||6 – 18||13 – 7||25 – 27||6 – 4||L 1|
|Oakland||41||75||.353||33.5||17 – 38||24 – 37||10 – 16||11 – 18||18 – 34||1 – 9||L 9|
|NY Mets||75||41||.647||–||40 – 19||35 – 22||39 – 16||15 – 5||14 – 12||8 – 2||L 1|
|Atlanta||71||46||.607||4.5||38 – 22||33 – 24||30 – 21||17 – 10||16 – 11||7 – 3||W 7|
|Philadelphia||64||51||.557||10.5||32 – 26||32 – 25||28 – 24||13 – 8||16 – 11||7 – 3||W 1|
|Miami||51||65||.440||24||24 – 32||27 – 33||25 – 28||11 – 15||10 – 14||3 – 7||W 1|
|Washington||39||78||.333||36.5||19 – 42||20 – 36||9 – 42||12 – 12||13 – 16||3 – 7||W 1|
|St. Louis||63||51||.553||–||37 – 21||26 – 30||12 – 15||30 – 17||11 – 9||7 – 3||W 1|
|Milwaukee||61||53||.535||2||29 – 23||32 – 30||11 – 13||30 – 26||7 – 10||4 – 6||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||47||67||.412||16||24 – 34||23 – 33||11 – 9||24 – 25||8 – 21||6 – 4||L 2|
|Cincinnati||45||69||.395||18||25 – 35||20 – 34||9 – 16||17 – 25||8 – 21||3 – 7||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||45||70||.391||18.5||24 – 29||21 – 41||7 – 15||21 – 29||14 – 17||2 – 8||L 4|
|LA Dodgers||80||34||.702||–||40 – 15||40 – 19||12 – 11||18 – 6||35 – 12||9 – 1||W 1|
|San Diego||65||53||.551||17||33 – 24||32 – 29||16 – 12||19 – 10||26 – 25||4 – 6||L 1|
|San Francisco||58||57||.504||22.5||33 – 27||25 – 30||14 – 13||17 – 11||18 – 27||7 – 3||W 4|
|Arizona||53||62||.461||27.5||32 – 29||21 – 33||14 – 14||13 – 12||19 – 30||6 – 4||L 1|
|Colorado||51||66||.436||30.5||33 – 30||18 – 36||8 – 19||11 – 9||25 – 29||5 – 5||L 2|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1890 Bill Phillips becomes the first pitcher to allow two grand slams in the same inning when Tom Burns and Malachi Kittridge take the Alleghenys’ right-hander deep in the same frame of an 18-5 loss to the Chicago Colts. In 1999, Chan Ho Park will match the dubious feat, having the distinction of giving up both bases-full homers to the same batter, Fernando Tatis of the Cardinals.
1909 Red Murray’s spectacular grab of Dots Miller’s long drive becomes a truly electrifying catch on a gloomy and extremely overcast day at newly-opened Forbes Field. Just as the Giants’ outfielder snags the ball on a full run in deep right-center field, a bolt of lightning illuminates the play, creating an eerie but unforgettable split-second image.
1920 On a dreary afternoon at the Polo Grounds in New York, popular Indians shortstop Ray Chapman suffers a fractured skull when hit in the head by a fastball thrown by Yankee right-handed submariner Carl Mays. The 29-year-old newlywed will die before daybreak tomorrow, becoming the first on-field player fatality in major league history.
1927 Babe Ruth, teeing off on a Tommy Thomas fastball, becomes the first player to hit a homer out of Comiskey Park. The Bambino’s 37th homer traveled over the new double-deck roof in right field, powering the Bronx Bombers past the Pale Hose at the Chicago Southside ballpark, 8-1.
1947 At Forbes Field, the Pirates beat the Cardinals 12-7 thanks to Ralph Kiner’s three home runs, solo shots in the third and eighth, and a three-run blast in the fourth inning. The future Hall of Famer is the first Pirate player to accomplish this feat in the 65-year history of the franchise.
1948 With his wife Claire and his two adopted daughters at his side, Babe Ruth, 53, dies of throat cancer at Memorial Hospital in New York City. The Bambino made his final public appearance at the premiere of The Babe Ruth Story three weeks ago in New York.
1950 At the Polo Grounds, Hank Thompson’s two inside-the-park home runs off Don Bankhead and Carl Erskine contribute to the Giants’ 16-7 drubbing of the Dodgers. The 24-year-old third baseman will hit 129 round-trippers in his 9-year career, three of which will be of the IPHR variety.
1954 The first issue of Sports Illustrated is available at the newsstands. The inaugural cover of the innovative new magazine features a Mark Kauffman photo of Braves slugger Eddie Mathews at-bat, Giants catcher Wes Westrum behind the plate, and umpire Augie Donatelli calling balls and strikes in Milwaukee County Stadium.
1961 Roger Maris hits two home runs off White Sox hurler Billy Pierce, giving the slugger 48 in his quest to break Babe Ruth’s single-season mark. The Yankee outfielder has gone deep in sixth consecutive games, tying an American League record.
1964 St. Louis outfielder Curt Flood collects eight consecutive hits during a doubleheader against Dodgers pitching. The Cardinals split the twin bill in Los Angeles, losing the opener to Sandy Koufax, 3-0, but take the nightcap when Curt Simmons tosses a six-hitter to give the Redbirds a 4-0 victory.
1966 In the Giants’ 3-1 win over the Cardinals, Willie Mays hits his 534th career home run. The Say Hey Kid’s third-inning round-tripper ties him with Jimmie Foxx for most career home runs hit by a right-handed batter in major league history.
1967 After retiring the first 19 Pirates he faces, Reds’ starter Jim Maloney needs to leave the game when he hurts his ankle stepping in a hole in the Forbes Field turf. Billy McCool finishes the contest, giving up two hits in Cincinnati’s 4-0 victory over the Pirates.
1968 Denny McLain, who compiles a 31-6 record at the end of the season, improves his undefeated decisions on the road to 16-0 when he blanks the Red Sox 4-0 at Fenway Park. The Detroit right-hander will finish 17-2 and an ERA of 1.44 in the 21 games he pitches away from Tiger Stadium.
1969 The Phillies post their fourth consecutive shutout, blanking the Astros at Connie Mack Stadium, 7-0. Rick Wise’s four-hitter follows the complete-game performances by teammates Jerry Johnson, Woodie Fryman, and Grant Jackson.
1970 In late June, Milt Mason vowed not to leave his team-sponsored trailer on top of the County Stadium scoreboard until the Brewers drew a home crowd of 40,000, ending his 40-day boycott, descending from a 30-foot rope when 44,387 fans show up for Bat Day. As a tribute before he died in 1973, the team recognized the retired aviation engineer as the original Bernie Brewer. Milwaukee introduced a costumed character with the same name as the team’s official mascot the same year.
1973 At the major league’s annual summer meetings in Milwaukee, American League owners vote “yes,” and National League owners vote “no” on a proposal introducing interleague play next season. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, favoring a limited number of interleague contests, does not cast a vote that could have broken the impasse, citing the possibility of doing so when the legality of his ballot, presently challenged by the Senior Circuit, is resolved.
1975 After a frustrating 9-1 loss in Minnesota, Indians manager Frank Robinson chews out his 52-65 team. The fiery skipper appears to have gotten the players’ attention when the Tribe wins 27 of the remaining 42 contests, finishing the season just one game under .500.
1996 Due to a conflict with the Republican National Convention in San Diego, the first major league game ever played outside of the United States or Canada takes place in Monterrey, Mexico, with the ‘home team’ Padres out-slugging the Mets at Estadio de Beisbol, 15-10. Fernando Valenzuela, a native of the Mexican city of Navojoa, opens the three-game series and goes six innings to get the victory for the first-place Friars.
2000 The Astros, who clout six homers for the second time in four days in their 11-10 victory over Pittsburgh, set a National League record by hitting 18 home runs in four consecutive games. Enron Field will become known as ‘Ten-Run’ due to Houston’s new ballpark’s hitter-friendly dimensions, especially in left field.
2001 Despite numerous injuries to key players, the Red Sox dismisses Jimy Williams after he pilots the team 13 games above .500 . The club’s well-respected pitching coach, Joe Kerrigan, replaces the ousted skipper, who finishes the season with a 17-26 record for the second-place club.
2001 Barry Bonds’ second home run of the game and 53rd of the season breaks the franchise record established by his godfather, Willie Mays. With his first homer, the left fielder eclipses the National League record for home runs by a left-handed batter, established in 1947 by another Giant, Johnny Mize.
2002 Curt Schilling wins his 20th game of the season, striking out 12 Cubs in the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 victory at Wrigley Field. The 35-year-old right-hander, who will finish the season with a 23-5 record, reaches the milestone for the second consecutive year, a feat that teammate Randy Johnson will also accomplish next month.
2002 After four days of delaying the decision, the Major League Players’ Association executive board votes 57-0 to set an August 30 strike date. All eight previous negotiations since 1972 have resulted in work stoppages in the national pastime.
2002 At the opening ceremonies of the Little League Baseball World Series at Volunteer Stadium, the 1955 Little League team from Charleston (SC) is honored when fourteen players from the Cannon Street YMCA Little League, 47 years after being banned from their own state’s postseason tournament due to the color of their skin, are invited to Williamsport to be recognized. At the time of their banishment, Little League officials informed the other 61 all-white South Carolina leagues that the winner of their state finals would not be permitted to participate in the tournament because they refused to play against a duly franchised team.
2005 As skipper of the Fort Worth Cats of the Central League, Bobby Bragan becomes the oldest person to manage a professional baseball game. The 87-year old’s one day of employment, shortened by being ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes, finds him eight days older than Connie Mack, who managed his last game for the 1950 Philadelphia A’s.
2006 Before the Red Sox and Tigers game, the Red Sox honored Bruce Froemming during an on-field ceremony at Fenway Park. The 66-year-old home plate umpire works the 5,000th major league game of his 36-year career, behind only Bill Klem, who arbitrated 5,374 games from 1905-40.
2007 Jose Reyes becomes the first infielder and tenth player overall in the modern era (post-1898) to steal sixty bases in three consecutive seasons. The Mets shortstop, who will swipe 78 sacks this season, steals second base in the second inning for the second time in a 10-7 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park.
2007 With nine minutes left to the signing deadline, the Orioles and their top draft choice, fifth overall, come to terms when Georgia Tech standout Matt Wieters agrees to a minor league contract, including a $6 million signing bonus. The switch-hitting catcher’s deal ranks second behind Justin Upton, who received $6.1 million in 2005 to play with the Diamondbacks.
2008 Francisco Rodriguez ties his own team record when he picks up his 47th save in the Angels’ 4-3 win over Cleveland. After yielding a single to Jhonny Peralta, the right-handed closer records three quick outs–two with strikeouts–to match the mark he established in 2006.
2009 With his 3-for-4 performance in the Yankees’ 10-3 loss in Seattle, Derek Jeter passes Luis Aparicio for the most hits ever compiled by a major league shortstop. The New York infielder, collecting career hits #2,673 and #2,674 in his first two at-bats, surpasses the Hall of Famer’s total, who spent his 18-year career, ending in 1973, with the White Sox, Orioles, and Red Sox.
2011 Rangers president Nolan Ryan announces a bronze artwork depicting Shannon Stone and his six-year-old son attending a game will most likely reside outside the home plate entrance to the Arlington ballpark at the start of next season. The 39-year-old firefighter died after falling more than 20 feet while attempting to catch a ball tossed by Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton during a game in July.
The Ballpark in Arlington
2012 Clay Buchholz strikes out Adam Jones (looking), Matt Wieters (looking), and Chris Davis (swinging) on nine pitches in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Red Sox’s 6-3 victory over Baltimore at Camden Yards. The immaculate inning thrown by the Red Sox right-hander marks the 47th occurrence of the feat in major league history and the first for a Boston hurler since Pedro Martinez turned the trick in 2002.
2012 With a unanimous vote, the Major League owners approve the transfer of the San Diego Padres from John Moores, who had owned the team for 18 years, to a group headed by longtime local businessman Ron Fowler. The new ownership group, the fifth in franchise history, also includes pro golfer Phil Mickelson, a San Diego native.
2013 The Phillies name Ryne Sandberg as the team’s interim manager, replacing Charlie Manuel, the winner of more games than any other skipper in franchise history. During his nine seasons in the Philadelphia dugout, the 69-year-old, never selected as the NL Manager of the Year, led the club to five consecutive division titles and a world championship in 2008.
2020 Keibert Ruiz becomes the seventh player in the 131-year history of the Dodgers to homer in his first major league at-bat and the first since Garey Ingram accomplished the feat in 1994. On his first swing, the 22-year-old Venezuelan catcher deposits Julio Teheran’s 1-1 fastball over the right-field fence in the team’s 8-3 victory at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
2020 In a 7-2 victory over the Cardinals at Guaranteed Rate Field, the White Sox hit four consecutive home runs against Roel Ramirez, a 25-year-old right-hander making his major league debut. The quartet of round-trippers, with Yoan Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu, and Eloy Jimenez all going deep in the six-run fifth inning, marks the tenth time in a team homers in four straight at-bats, including the Southsiders accomplishing the feat for the first time in 2008.
2020 After striking out his first hitter, Cardinals’ right-hander Roel Ramirez, making his major-league debut, gives up a single, another single, and a walk to the next three White Sox batters before allowing four consecutive home runs in a row. The 25-year-old Redbird rookie reliever becomes the ninth pitcher since at least 1901 to allow four or more round-trippers in his first visit to a big-league mound, but the only one of those to allow the homers consecutively.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1957
As predicted (and as usual) the New York Yankees continued to dominate the American League on their way to their twenty-second Fall Classic with what seemed like a never-ending line-up of superstars. Manager Casey Stengel had already become the most successful skipper in postseason history and many fans were beginning to wonder if “The Curse of the Bambino” had rubbed off on the rest of the American League. Their counterpart was an up-and-coming franchise that lacked the familiar line-up card, but equally dominated the National League on the way to their third pennant. The Milwaukee Braves were a definite contender and featured a “big gun” outfielder named Henry Aaron. “Hank” as he was called, tallied forty-four home runs, one-hundred thirty-two runs batted in and batted .322 in only his fourth season. He was backed up by third baseman Eddie Mathews who knocked out thirty-two home runs of his own and outfielder Wes Covington who added twenty-one in ninety-six games. Defensively the Braves were stacked with Del Crandall behind the plate, Johnny Logan and Red Schoendienst serving as the keystone combination and Billy Bruton in centerfield. Burton was eventually replaced after a knee injury by Bob Hazle who batted a phenomenal .403 in forty-one games. On the mound, Milwaukee’s rotation boasted fifty-six wins from Warren Spahn (who had twenty wins for the eighth season), Bob Buhl and Lew Burdette. The National League champs were a well-balanced team indeed and a perfect candidate to match up with the perennial champion Yankees.
Game 1 opened in New York with Series veteran Whitey Ford tossing a five-hitter that ended as a 3-1 victory, but the Braves answered back the next day with a Burdette 4-2 win. Game 3 moved the Series to Milwaukee and an unwanted “hometown hero” named Tony Kubek made a triumphant return. The twenty year-old rookie, who doubled as both a utility outfielder and infielder, nailed two homeruns for the Yanks on the way to an embarrassing 12-3 thrashing of the home team. Spahn was determined to retrieve the respect the Braves had lost in their own house and carried a 4-1 lead in Game 4 going into the ninth. After retiring the first two batters and holding a 3-2 count on Elston Howard, the Milwaukee ace blinked and surrendered a game-tying home run into the left-field stands. Then, in the top of the tenth, Hank Bauer tripled home Kubek, and the Yankees, (who were one strike away from defeat), pulled ahead, 5-4. Nippy Jones led off for the Braves as a pinch-hitter for Spahn. Umpire Augie Donatelli called Tommy Byrne’s first pitch a ball, but the thirty-two year-old reserve infielder argued that he had been struck on the foot. In an effort to prove his point, Jones retrieved the baseball, showed Donatelli a smudge of shoe polish on it and was awarded his base. Felix Mantilla was sent in to run for Jones and scored on a Johnny Logan double off of Bob Grim. With the game tied, 5-5, Eddie Mathews put his team over the top by belting a home run to right for the 7-5 comeback.
The Braves entered Game 5 with a renewed vigor and a controversial pitcher who had evened the score in Game 2. Lew Burdette had been criticized throughout his career for using the “spitball” technique and many fans had suspected that the right-hander had prospered (eighty-five wins over six seasons) by practicing the illegal toss. Despite the mounting questions, Burdette bested Whitey Ford for another clutch 1-0 performance. The Yankees Gil McDougald almost changed the outcome with a leadoff drive to deep left-field, but Wes Covington saved the day with a wall jumping grab. Milwaukee then scored the game’s only run in the sixth. After two were out, Mathews, Aaron and Joe Adcock all singled. For Adcock, the timely hit was well overdue after a long frustrating year at the plate. After slugging thirty-eight home runs in ’56, he had managed a meager twelve homers in sixty-five games.
Game 6 remained anyone’s for seven innings until Hank Bauer launched a rocket off of Braves reliever Ernie Johnson, who otherwise pitched brilliantly in a 4 1/3-inning effort. Milwaukee made it interesting with a 2-2 tie in the top of the inning on a bases-empty homer by Aaron. Earlier, Yogi Berra had belted a two-run shot for the Yanks and Frank Torre had connected for the Braves. Besides surrendering the two homers, Yankees right-hander Bob Turley allowed only two other hits. In a bizarre twist, one year and two days after his perfect Game 5 against Brooklyn, Don Larsen had another chance to be a hero in Game 7. Unfortunately, in a rare instance for the Yankees, history did not repeat itself and the young righty didn’t even make it through the third-inning. After Mathews tagged him for a two-run double, Larsen allowed the Braves to score four times. Del Crandall tacked on another run in the eighth giving Burdette his second shutout and a World Championship title.
In the end, the questioned pitcher had not only clinched the Series for Milwaukee, he had done so with three complete-game victories (with or without his “spitball”). Aaron had remained the Braves top standout throughout the postseason with three home runs, seven runs batted in and a spectacular .393 average. Although the Yankees had continued to add American League pennants to their collection, they had now lost two out of three World Series and both teams would find themselves in a classic rematch the following year.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1966
The top story of the 1966 All-Star Game had nothing to do with baseball. It was the blistering one hundred five-degree game time temperature. Spectators in St. Louis’ Busch Stadium were passing out in the stands and smelling salts and oxygen were required in the dugouts. Despite these intense conditions, the game went on as scheduled, although no one wanted to spend much time on the field.
The American League took a 1-0 lead against Sandy Koufax in the second when Brooks Robinson hit a one-out liner to left and wound up with a triple when Hank Aaron let the ball slip past him. Robinson scored a few moments later on a wild pitch.
The National League tied it against Jim Kaat in the fourth on singles by Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Ron Santo. As the game went into extra innings, Tim McCarver singled against Pete Richert. Then after Ron Hunt sacrificed, Maury Wills singled to right driving in the winning run. Some joked that Wills had saved many lives by holding the 100+ degree game to only ten innings.
TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY
August 16, 1965 – The Miami Dolphins franchise forms and becomes the AFL’s first expansion franchise. About 8 seasons later the team would become the first and at the time of this writing only undefeated NFL Champion in the Super Bowl Era. Wow a lot can happen in 8 years! George Wilson was the Dolphins fist head coach, and he was there for four seasons until the legendary Don Shula took over and stayed as the side line boss for the next 26 seasons.
August 16, 1976 – Tokyo, Japan – In the first NFL game outside of North America, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Chargers 20-10 in a preseason game per the NFL.com. Nearly 38,000 fans were in attendance at the stadium.
August 16, 2010 – The New Meadowlands Stadium, which is now MetLife Stadium, hosted in inaugural football game as the Giants defeated the Jets, 31-16, in a 2010 preseason game per NFL.com.
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HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS
August 16, 1862 – Amos Alonzo Stagg was a former end and halfback for Yale University but may more even more well known for his accomplishments in coaching football. This legend of the game was enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame in the induction ceremonies of 1951. As a player Stagg was a standout end for the Bulldogs earning All-American honors in 1889 under the coaching of Walter Camp. The legendary coach spear headed the Chicago Maroon teams of 1905 and 1913 to the National Championships. This prolific coach is famous for creating a bond between playing as a team and religious beliefs and he also helped forge the sport of basketball to have 5 players on the court at a time. Interestingly enough that was due to wanting his football players to stay in shape during the offseason by playing hoops against each other. For this and many other contributions he was also entered into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959. He also coached baseball for various schools. Football though was his main focus and he finished with a overall coaching record of 314-199-35 and is remembered to this day as the NCAA Division III football championship game is named in his honor. For more on Amos Alonzo Stagg, our friend Jennifer Taylor Hall has an incredible book on the Grand Old Man of Football titled Amos Alonzo Stagg: Football’s Man in Motion.
August 16, 1913 – Bobby Wilson was a former halfback at SMU. He is found in the College Football Hall of Fame from the entry class of 1973. The Mustang rusher earned All-American honors for his play after the 1935 season when he was a senior. He was drafted 40th overall in the 1936 NFL Draft by the Brooklyn Dodgers.
August 16, 1921 – Dick Wildung was a tackle from Minnesota that is also found in the College Football Hall of Fame inducted in 1957. The Golden Gopher lineman earned consensus All-American honors for his play in the 1941 and 1942 seasons. After college he went on to play for the Green Bay Packers after serving for his country a few years during World War II in the United States Navy. He played 6 seasons all together for the Packers earning Pro Bowl honors after the 1951 season.
August 16, 1926 – Art Weiner was a University of North Carolina end who was selected into the College Hall of Fame in 1992. He also played professional ball for the NFL’s New York Yanks. In 1949 the Tar Heel receiver tied the then NCAA record when he caught 49 passes in the season, quite a lot for the running style of play of the era.
August 16, 1930 – Frank Gifford was a halfback from the University of Southern California. He has been immortalized in both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Gifford had a great 11 year NFL career as a back and a flanker for the NY Giants. He won the 1956 NFL Most Valuable player Award and helped his team win the NFL Championship that same year. After hanging up his cleats he spent 27 years broadcasting ABC’s Monday Night Football many of them alongside Howard Cosell and Dandy Don Meredith.
August 16, 1935 – Bill Glass the former guard from Baylor University and is an enshrined player in the College Football Hall of Fame. Glass’ professional career actually started north of the border with a season in Saskatchewan with the Rough Riders. He also played 11 seasons in the NFL both for the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns. As a member of the Browns he helped the team to win the NFL Championship in 1964 and the Eastern Title in 1965.
SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS-AUGUST 16
4 – 21 – 7
August 16, 1927 – Yankees slugger Babe Ruth blasts a Tommy Thomas pitch in the 5th inning to hit first homerun hit out of Comiskey Park, Chicago. The New York club used it to defeat the White Sox, 8-1 spoiling thier debut in the new confines.
August 16, 1947 – I hope they brought enough balls to the ballpark! Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Ralph Kiner, Number 4 hit 3 successive home runs for host Pittsburgh Pirates in a 12-7 win over St. Louis Cardinals. Combined both clubs crushed a then MLB record 10 homers in the contest.
August 16, 1964 – A “Flood” of hits. St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Curt Flood, Number 21 had 8 straight hits in a doubleheader split against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium
August 16, 1965 – American Football League’s 9th franchise is officially awarded to Joe Robbie and television star Danny Thomas. They were called the Miami Dolphins and the franchise started play as a member of the AFL’s Eastern Division in 1966.
August 16, 2003 – Number 7, Cristiano Ronaldo (18 years of age) made his debut for Manchester United and the Premier League in a 4–0 home victory over Bolton Wanderers.
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|Women’s International Champions Cup: Olympique Lyonnais vs Chelsea FC||8:30pm||ESPNU|
|MLS: Dallas vs Philadelphia Union||9:00pm||ESPN+|
|MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Colorado Rapids||10:00pm||ESPN+|
|FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Korea Republic vs France||10:00pm||Telemundo|
|FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup: Nigeria vs Canada||10:00pm||FS2|
|Liga MX: Pachuca vs América||10:05pm||UniMas|
|Women’s International Champions Cup: Portland Thorns vs Monterrey||11:00pm||ESPN2|