****INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 3 SCHEDULE****
ALEXANDRIA (2-0) AT BLACKFORD (0-2)
ATTICA (0-2) AT SEEGER (1-1)
AVON (0-2) AT HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (2-0)
BATESVILLE (2-0) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (1-1)
BLOOMINGTON NORTH (2-0) AT TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (0-2)
BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (2-0) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (0-2)
BREBEUF JESUIT (1-1) AT MISHAWAKA MARIAN (1-1)
BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (2-0) AT EASTERN (PEKIN) (1-1)
CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (1-1) AT TRI (1-1)
CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (1-1) AT FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-2)
CASTLE (1-1) AT EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-1)
CASTON (0-2) AT TRITON (1-1)
CENTRAL NOBLE (0-2) AT FAIRFIELD (1-1)
CHESTERTON (0-2) AT MICHIGAN CITY (1-1)
CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (1-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (0-2)
CHURUBUSCO (0-2) AT GARRETT (0-2)
CINCINNATI MOELLER (OHIO) AT EAST CENTRAL (2-0)
CLARKSVILLE (0-2) AT CHARLESTOWN (1-1)
CLINTON PRAIRIE (2-0) AT CLINTON CENTRAL (0-1)
CLOVERDALE (1-1) AT BROWN COUNTY (0-2)
COLUMBIA CITY (2-0) AT BELLMONT (0-2)
COLUMBUS EAST (0-2) AT SEYMOUR (1-1)
CORYDON CENTRAL (0-2) AT NORTH HARRISON (2-0)
COVENANT CHRISTIAN (1-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (2-0)
CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-2) AT PERRY CENTRAL (0-2)
CRAWFORDSVILLE (0-2) AT WESTERN BOONE (2-0)
DECATUR CENTRAL (2-0) AT WHITELAND (1-1)
DEKALB (2-0) AT NEW HAVEN (2-0)
DELTA (2-0) AT SHELBYVILLE (2-0)
DETROIT KING (MICH.) AT CARMEL (1-1)
EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (0-2) AT CALUMET (0-2)
EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (1-1) AT DELPHI (0-2)
EASTERN GREENE (0-2) AT NORTH DAVIESS (2-0)
EASTERN HANCOCK (2-0) AT CENTERVILLE (2-0)
EDGEWOOD (1-1) AT CASCADE (1-1)
EDINBURGH (0-2) AT SOUTH DECATUR (1-1)
EVANSVILLE HARRISON (0-2) AT EVANSVILLE NORTH (1-1)
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (2-0) AT EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-2)
EVANSVILLE REITZ (2-0) AT JASPER (1-1)
FISHERS (2-0) AT NOBLESVILLE (2-0)
FOREST PARK (2-0) AT TELL CITY (1-1)
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK (0-2) AT ADAMS CENTRAL (2-0)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (0-2) AT FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (0-2)
FORT WAYNE NORTH (0-2) AT FORT WAYNE DWENGER (0-2)
FORT WAYNE SNIDER (2-0) AT FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (0-2)
FRANKLIN (1-1) AT PERRY MERIDIAN (1-1)
FRANKLIN CENTRAL (2-0) AT BROWNSBURG (2-0)
FRANKTON (1-1) AT ELWOOD (0-2)
FREMONT (1-1) AT NORTH CENTRAL (OHIO)
GARY WEST (1-1) AT BOONE GROVE (1-1)
GREENSBURG (0-2) AT CONNERSVILLE (1-1)
GREENWOOD (2-0) AT MARTINSVILLE (1-1)
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (0-2) AT WES-DEL (0-2)
GRIFFITH (0-2) AT HAMMOND CENTRAL (2-0)
GUERIN CATHOLIC (2-0) AT HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (2-0)
HAGERSTOWN (1-1) AT UNION CITY (0-2)
HAMMOND MORTON (1-1) AT ELKHART (0-2)
HAMMOND NOLL (1-1) AT WHITING (1-1)
HANOVER CENTRAL (2-0) AT HIGHLAND (2-0)
HERITAGE HILLS (2-0) AT BOONVILLE (1-1)
HOMESTEAD (0-2) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (2-0)
HUNTINGTON NORTH (0-2) AT EAST NOBLE (1-1)
INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (0-2) AT PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (1-1)
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (1-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (2-0)
INDIANAPOLIS TECH (0-2) AT LAFAYETTE JEFF (0-2)
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (1-1)
JAY COUNTY (2-0) AT SOUTHERN WELLS (1-1)
JEFFERSONVILLE (0-2) AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (0-2)
JOHN GLENN (1-1) AT ANGOLA (0-2)
KANKAKEE VALLEY (1-1) AT ANDREAN (0-2)
KNOX (2-0) AT CULVER (0-2)
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (1-1) AT HAMILTON HEIGHTS (2-0)
LAKELAND (2-0) AT PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (0-2)
LAWRENCE CENTRAL (1-1) VS. LAWRENCE NORTH (2-0)
LAWRENCEBURG (1-1) AT MILAN (1-1)
LEBANON (0-2) AT DANVILLE (1-1)
LEO (1-1) AT NORWELL (0-2)
LEWIS CASS (1-1) AT PERU (2-0)
LINTON-STOCKTON (2-0) AT MONROVIA (2-0)
LOGANSPORT (0-2) AT KOKOMO (2-0)
LOUISVILLE TRINITY (KY.) AT CENTER GROVE (1-1)
LOWELL (1-1) AT NEW PRAIRIE (1-1)
MACONAQUAH (1-1) AT NORTHFIELD (0-2)
MADISON-GRANT (2-0) AT MISSISSINEWA (2-0)
MARION (1-1) AT HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (1-1)
MCCUTCHEON (0-2) AT MUNCIE CENTRAL (0-2)
MERRILLVILLE (2-0) AT CROWN POINT (2-0)
MISHAWAKA (1-1) AT NORTHRIDGE (2-0)
MONROE CENTRAL (1-1) AT NORTH DECATUR (1-1)
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (1-1) AT GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (2-0)
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (1-1) AT PIKE CENTRAL (1-1)
MUNSTER (1-1) AT HOBART (1-1)
NEW CASTLE (1-1) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (2-0)
NOBLESVILLE HOMESCHOOL AT FRONTIER (0-2)
NORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) (0-2) AT IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (0-2)
NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-2) AT WARREN CENTRAL (0-2)
NORTH JUDSON (2-0) AT CULVER ACADEMY (1-1)
NORTH NEWTON (0-2) AT LAKE STATION (0-2)
NORTHVIEW (2-0) AT SULLIVAN (1-0)
NORTHWESTERN (0-2) AT BENTON CENTRAL (1-1)
NORTHWOOD (2-0) AT CONCORD (2-0)
OAK HILL (2-0) AT EASTBROOK (2-0)
OSCEOLA GRACE AT JIMTOWN (0-2)
OWEN VALLEY (1-1) AT INDIAN CREEK (0-2)
PARK TUDOR (1-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (2-0)
PENN (2-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (1-1)
PIKE (0-2) AT BEN DAVIS (2-0)
PIONEER (2-0) AT LAVILLE (2-0)
PLAINFIELD (2-0) AT MOORESVILLE (1-1)
PORTAGE (0-2) AT LAKE CENTRAL (1-1)
PRINCETON (0-2) AT GIBSON SOUTHERN (1-1)
PROVIDENCE (2-0) AT MADISON (0-2)
RENSSELAER CENTRAL (2-0) AT WESTERN (0-2)
RICHMOND (0-2) AT ANDERSON (0-2)
RIVER FOREST (2-0) AT WHEELER (0-2)
RIVERTON PARKE (1-1) AT FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (1-1)
ROCHESTER (1-1) AT WHITKO (1-1)
RUSHVILLE (0-2) AT FRANKLIN COUNTY (1-1)
SCOTTSBURG (1-1) AT SALEM (0-2)
SHENANDOAH (1-1) AT LAPEL (0-2)
SHERIDAN (1-1) AT TRI-CENTRAL (1-1)
SILVER CREEK (1-1) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (1-1)
SOUTH ADAMS (2-0) AT BLUFFTON (2-0)
SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-2) AT CHICAGO CHRISTIAN (ILL.)
SOUTH BEND RILEY (2-0) AT SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-1)
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (0-2) AT SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (1-1)
SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (1-1) AT BREMEN (1-1)
SOUTH NEWTON (1-1) AT FISHER (ILL.)
SOUTH PUTNAM (2-0) AT NORTH PUTNAM (0-2)
SOUTH SPENCER (1-1) AT NORTH POSEY (2-0)
SOUTHMONT (2-0) AT NORTH MONTGOMERY (1-1)
SOUTHPORT (0-2) AT COLUMBUS NORTH (1-1)
SOUTHWOOD (0-2) AT NORTH MIAMI (0-2)
SPEEDWAY (1-1) AT BEECH GROVE (0-2)
SPRINGS VALLEY (2-0) AT PAOLI (1-1)
TAYLOR (1-1) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (2-0)
TECUMSEH (0-2) AT SOUTHRIDGE (1-1)
TRIMBLE COUNTY (KY.) AT SWITZERLAND COUNTY (2-0)
TRITON CENTRAL (2-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (2-0)
TRI-WEST (1-1) AT FRANKFORT (1-1)
TWIN LAKES (2-0) AT TIPPECANOE VALLEY (2-0)
UNION COUNTY (0-2) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (0-2)
VALPARAISO (1-1) AT LAPORTE (1-1)
VINCENNES LINCOLN (1-1) AT EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (1-1)
WABASH (0-2) AT MANCHESTER (1-1)
WARSAW (2-0) AT PLYMOUTH (1-1)
WASHINGTON (1-1) AT NORTH KNOX (1-1)
WAWASEE (0-2) AT GOSHEN (0-2)
WEST CENTRAL (2-0) AT TRI-COUNTY (1-1)
WEST LAFAYETTE (1-1) AT TIPTON (1-1)
WEST NOBLE (2-0) AT EASTSIDE (1-1)
WEST VIGO (0-2) AT GREENCASTLE (0-2)
WEST WASHINGTON (2-0) AT MITCHELL (0-2)
WESTFIELD (2-0) AT ZIONSVILLE (2-0)
WINAMAC (0-2) AT NORTH WHITE (2-0)
WINCHESTER (2-0) AT NORTHEASTERN (2-0)
WOODLAN (1-1) AT HERITAGE (2-0)
YORKTOWN (2-0) AT NEW PALESTINE (0-2)
*****INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL COACHES ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL POLLS WEEK 3*****
1 BEN DAVIS
2 CENTER GROVE
3 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
9 FORT WAYNE CARROLL
10 FRANKLIN CENTRAL
1 FORT WAYNE SNIDER
3 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
4 DECATUR CENTRAL
10 BLOOMINGTON NORTH
1 EAST CENTRAL
3 EVANSVILLE REITZ
4 EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL/NORTHWOOD
10 BLOOMINGTON NORTH
1 BISHOP CHATARD
2 GUERIN CATHOLIC
4 WEST LAFAYETTE
5 GIBSON SOUTHERN
6 HANOVER CENTRAL
7 WESTERN BOONE
9 HERITAGE HILLS
10 OAK HILL
1 TRITON CENTRAL
4 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI HIM
5 LINTON STOCKTON
6 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
7 BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
9 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
1 INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
2 ADAMS CENTRAL
3 CARROLL FLORA
4 NORTH JUDSON
5 SOUTH PUTNAM
6 PARK TUDOR
7 SOUTH ADAMS
10 NORTH DECATUR
*****INDIANA SRN “POWER POLL” WEEK 3*****
- CENTER GROVE
- BEN DAVIS
- LAWRENCE CENTRAL
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- CROWN POINT
- FW SNIDER
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- DECATUR CENTRAL
- MICHIGAN CITY
- EAST CENTRAL
- EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
- EVANSVILLE REITZ
- NEW PALESTINE
- EAST NOBLE
- MT. VERNON
- BISHOP CHATARD
- HERITAGE HILLS
- GIBSON SOUTHERN
- GUERIN CATHOLIC
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- VINCENNES LINCOLN
- OAK HILL
- TRITON CENTRAL
- EASTERN HANCOCK
- BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
- HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
- INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- SOUTH PUTNAM
- CARROLL FLORA
- NORHT JUDSON
- SOUTH ADAMS
- PARK TUDOR
- MADISON GRANT
*****INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY POLLS*****
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
- FORT WAYNE CARROLL
- NORTH CENTRAL
- FRANKLIN CENTRAL
- BLOOMINTON SOUTH
- MORGAN TOWNSHIP
- FLOYD CENTRAL
- LAKE CENTRAL
- COLUMBUS NORTH
- GUERIN CATHOLIC
- WEST NOBLE
- FRANKLIN CENTRAL
- LAKE CENTRAL
- FLOYD CENTRAL
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- CENTER GROVE
- COLUMBUS NORTH
- BLOOMINGTON NORTH
- FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
- MT VERNON
- BLOOMINTON SOUTH
- GREENFIELD CENTRAL
- NORTH CENTRAL
- PERRY MERIDIAN
******INDIANA BOYS TENNIS POLL*******
18.SB ST JOSEPH
27.MT VERNON (FORT)
******INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER POLLS********
3A ISCA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER POLL (8/28/23)
- COLUMBUS NORTH
- LAKE CENTRAL
- HAMILTON SE
- CENTER GROVE
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- WL HARRISON
2A ISCA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER POLL (8/28/23)
- BREBEUF JESUIT
- MISHAWAKA MARIAN
- HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (INDPLS)
- EV. MEMORIAL
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- ILIANA CHRISTIAN
- BISHOP DWENGER
- GUERIN CATHOLIC
- BISHOP NOLL
- SB ST. JOSEPH
- HERITAGE HILLS
- CULVER ACADEMIES
- MATER DEI
- BISHOP CHATARD
- CONCORDIA LUTHERAN
2. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDPLS)
3. PARK TUDOR
4. BETHANY CHRISTIAN
5. FAITH CHRISTIAN
8. OLDENBURG ACADEMY
9. CARROLL (FLORA)
10. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN
11. FOREST PARK
12. SWITZERLAND COUNTY
14. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN
16. SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBY)
17. MUNCIE BURRIS
18. NORTH PUTNAM
19. NORTH WHITE
20. SOUTH KNOX
3A GIRLS SOCCER
1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
6. CROWN POINT
7. EAST CENTRAL
13. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
19. MT VERNON
20. FLOYD CENTRAL
2A GIRLS SOCCER
2. BREBEUF JESUIT
4. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
5. GUERIN CATHOLIC
6. BISHOP DWENGER
7. WEST LAFAYETTE
11. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
12. HANOVER CENTRAL
14. SILVER CREEK
15. TRI WEST
19. GIBSON SOUTHERN
1A GIRLS SOCCER
1 PARK TUDOR
3 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
4 FW CANTERBURY
5 EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN
6 MATER DEI
8 FAITH CHRISTIAN
9 FOREST PARK
10 SWITZERLAND COUNTY
16 N.E. DUBOUIS
17 CULVER COMMUNITY
*****INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SCORES*****
EMINENCE 3 INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON 0
MADISON 3 SOUTH RIPLEY 0
NORTHVIEW 3 CLOVERDALE 0
NORTHFIELD 3 BLUFFTON 0
FRONTIER 3 DELPHI 0
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 3 ALEXANDRIA MONROE 0
FRANKFORT 3 PERU 0
BORDEN 3 SALEM 0
NORTH POSEY 3 EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN 0
SOUTHWESTERN 3 MEDORA 1
INDIANA DEAF 3 PURDUE POLY 0
MONROVIA 3 SOUTH PUTNAM 0
WHITING 3 GRIFFITH 0
CENTRAL NOBLE 3 FORT WAYNE NORTH 0
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 3 RIVER FOREST 0
NORTH WHITE 3 TRI-TOWNSHIP 1
EASTSIDE 3 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 0
CARROLL 3 COLUMBIA CITY 0
CRISPUS ATTUCKS 3 IRVINGTON PREP 2
EDGEWOOD 3 W. VIGO 0
WOODLAN 3 FORT WAYNE LUERS 0
BELLMONT 3 FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 0
HORIZON CHRISTIAN 3 KINGS ACADEMY 1
*****INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCORES*****
VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1 BOONE GROVE 0
PENN 2 CHESTERTON 0
WHITE RIVER VALLEY 9 NORTH KNOX 0
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 9 WESTVILLE 0
TWIN LAKES 3 CARROLL 2
HEBRON 7 OREGON DAVIS 0
SUBURBAN CHRISTIAN 3 KINGS ACADEMY 0
HAMMOND NOLL LAPORTE 2
COLUMBIA CITY 10 CENTRAL NOBLE 0
HANOVER CENTRAL 4 KOUTS 2
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 11 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 0
MORRISTOWN 1 SOUTHWESTERN 1
PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY 6 LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 4
TFNTFS (CO-OP) 8 HAST 0
GARRETT 0 NEW HAVEN 0
OLDENBURG ACADEMY 3 HAUSER 0
NORTHEAST DUBOIS 2 BARR REEVE 0
FORT WAYNE WAYNE 9 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0
MMBA 9 FAIRHAVEN CHRISTIAN 1
HERRON 6 SHERIDAN 0
HERITAGE 3 JAY COUNTY 2
PERU 2 TIPTON 2
MISSISSINEWA 2 MARION 2
WASHINGTON 4 SOUTHRIDGE 3
FORT WAYNE LUERS 3 FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 1
SHAWE MEMORIAL 2 CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1
SOUTHSIDE THUNDER 7 MOORESVILLE CHRISTIAN 1
VALPARAISO 12 GRIFFITH 0
MISHAWAKA MARIAN 1 BETHANY CHRISTIAN 0
WHEELER 2 CULVER ACADEMIES 1
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 0 HOMESTEAD 0
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 7 HIGHLAND 0
TERRE HAUTE NORTH 8 SOUTH VERMILLION 1
WARSAW 7 PLYMOUTH 0
NORTH PUTNAM 0 GREENCASTLE 0
LAWRENCE CENTRAL 1 BEN DAVIS 1
*****INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER*****
MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 6 E. CHICAGO CENTRAL 0
MORGAN TWP. 3 VICTORY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1
SHERIDAN 16 TAYLOR 0
SCECINA 2 RITTER 1
FRANKLIN COUNTY 10 RUSHVILLE 0
GREENCASTLE 3 DANVILLE 2
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 12 RIVER FOREST 0
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 5 SHORTRIDGE 0
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 13 EVANSVILLE BOSSE 0
JIMTOWN 6 CULVER COMMUNITY 1
BLOOMINGTON NORTH 3 EDGEWOOD 0
KOUTS 1 HAMMOND CENTRAL 0
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 6 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 1
GREENWOOD 4 PERRY MERIDIAN 0
LEO 11 NEW HAVEN 0
SOUTHMONT 10 ROSSVILLE 1
NEW ALBANY 7 CHARLESTOWN 2
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 5 INDY GENESIS 0
CORYDON CENTRAL 5 SALEM 0
MACONAQUAH 3 PERU 0
BEECH GROVE 2 INDIAN CREEK 0
WARREN CENTRAL 5 CHRISTAL HOUSE 0
DECATUR CENTRAL 1 SOUTHPORT 1
TRINITY 1 NORTHWOOD 0
WEST LAFAYETTE 4 FAITH CHRISTIAN 0
COLUMBUS EAST 1 FRANKLIN 0
HOBART 7 GRIFFITH 2
WHITE RIVER VALLEY 2 NORTH KNOX 1
AVON 2 WHITELAND 0
CARMEL 9 PENDLETON HEIGHTS 0
WESTFIELD 3 GUERIN CATHOLIC 0
SHELBYVILLE 1 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 0
PROVIDENCE 2 DUPONT MANUAL 1
FORT WAYNE CARROLL 3 FORT WAYNE DWENGER 1
BROWNSBURG 4 HARRISON 2
NORTHEAST DUBOIS 11 WOOD MEMORIAL 0
PLAINFIELD 5 COLUMBUS NORTH 0
MOORESVILLE 2 TRI-WEST 1
*****WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE*****
DETROIT LIONS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
****MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL****
PHILADELPHIA 6 LA ANGELS 4
TORONTO 6 WASHINGTON 3
TEXAS 4 NY METS 3
PITTSBURGH 5 KANSAS CITY 0
NY YANKEES 4 DETROIT 1
BALTIMORE 9 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 0
HOUSTON 13 BOSTON 5
MINNESOTA 10 CLEVELAND 6
SEATTLE 7 OAKLAND 0
SAN DIEGO 4 ST. LOUIS 1
MILWAUKEE 6 CHICAGO CUBS 2
ATLANTA 14 COLORADO 4
SAN FRANCISCO 4 CINCINNATI 1
LA DODGERS 7 ARIZONA 4
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
PLAYER NEWS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/news.asp
****MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL****
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
NEW YORK 94 LAS VEGAS 84
****MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER****
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
*****COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*****
THURSDAY, AUG. 31
WAKE FOREST VS. ELON | 7 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
UCF VS. KENT STATE | 7 P.M. | FS1
GEORGIA STATE VS. RHODE ISLAND | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
WESTERN MICHIGAN VS. ST. FRANCIS (PA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UCONN VS. NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MINNESOTA VS. NEBRASKA | 8 P.M. | FOX
MISSOURI VS. SOUTH DAKOTA | 8 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
UTAH VS. FLORIDA | 8 P.M. | ESPN
TULSA VS. ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UAB VS. NORTH CAROLINA A&T | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
ARIZONA STATE VS. SOUTHERN UTAH | 10 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
FRIDAY, SEPT. 1
EASTERN MICHIGAN VS. HOWARD | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN+
MICHIGAN STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 7 P.M. | FS1
MIAMI (FLA.) VS. MIAMI (OHIO) | 7 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
GEORGIA TECH VS. LOUISVILLE (MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM IN ATLANTA) | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
KANSAS VS. MISSOURI STATE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
HAWAI’I VS. STANFORD | 11 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, SEPT. 2
IOWA VS. UTAH STATE | 12 P.M. | FS1
KENTUCKY VS. BALL STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
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MLB ROUNDUP: ASTROS RIDE JOSE ALTUVE’S CYCLE TO WIN
Jose Altuve hit for the cycle and Yordan Alvarez added four hits and four RBIs as the visiting Houston Astros rolled to a 13-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday.
Altuve, who went 4-for-6 and scored four runs, homered in the eighth inning to complete the first cycle by an Astro since Brandon Barnes accomplished the feat in 2013. Alvarez and Jose Abreu also went deep for Houston, which put together a six-run sixth inning en route to its third straight win.
Kendall Graveman (4-6) earned the win in relief. Jose Urquidy was credited with a four-inning save.
Masataka Yoshida went 3-for-3 with three runs and Adam Duvall homered for the Red Sox, who have lost three of their past four games. Reliever Kyle Barraclough (1-1) allowed 10 runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.
Braves 14, Rockies 4
Ronald Acuna Jr. homered among his four hits, stole two bases, drove in five runs and was involved in an unsavory incident involving fans on the field as Atlanta beat Colorado in Denver.
Ahead of the bottom of the seventh inning, a fan ran to Acuna in right field and put his arms around the Braves player. Security officials tried to pull the man off the four-time All-Star as another fan ran into the scrum, and Acuna was knocked to the ground. Both fans were taken away and Acuna stayed in the game.
Ryan McMahon homered among his two hits and Charlie Blackmon and Hunter Goodman also had two hits for Colorado. Karl Kauffmann (1-4) took the loss.
Orioles 9, Blue Jays 0
Grayson Rodriguez and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and Anthony Santander smacked a three-run home run among his two hits to lead Baltimore past visiting Chicago.
The Orioles have won eight of 10 overall, while the White Sox have lost eight of 12. Ryan O’Hearn and Gunnar Henderson had two hits each for the Orioles.
Chicago managed just one hit in six innings against Rodriguez (4-3), who walked one and fanned six. Luis Robert Jr. collected both of the hits for the White Sox. Michael Kopech (5-12) yielded four runs and seven hits in four innings.
Giants 4, Reds 1
Local product Kyle Harrison made his first major league home start a memorable one, striking out 11 in San Francisco’s victory over Cincinnati.
Harrison (1-0) struck out the first five batters he faced en route to 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He allowed three hits and two walks. Camilo Doval threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 35th save.
Reds starter Andrew Abbott (8-4) was pulled after 3 1/3 innings, charged with three runs on five hits. Cincinnati’s run came on Elly De La Cruz’s RBI double.
Pirates 5, Royals 0
Johan Oviedo recorded his first career shutout and Ke’Bryan Hayes went 4-for-4 with a walk and an RBI as visiting Pittsburgh opened a three-game series against Kansas City with a win.
Oviedo (8-13) allowed two hits with two walks and five strikeouts while throwing a career-high 112 pitches for Pittsburgh, which snapped a two-game skid.
Royals starter Zack Greinke (1-13) gave up two runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings. Kansas City’s only two hits came on MJ Melendez’s two-out single in the third and Drew Waters’ leadoff single in the fifth.
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 4
Jason Heyward and James Outman hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth inning as Los Angeles rallied past visiting Arizona.
Freddie Freeman and Max Muncy hit first-inning home runs as the Dodgers improved to 22-4 in August. Los Angeles rookie Bobby Miller (8-3) gave up four runs on seven hits over six innings. Caleb Ferguson pitched the ninth for his third save.
Gabriel Moreno hit a home run and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks. Zac Gallen (14-6) was tagged for six runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.
Yankees 4, Tigers 1
Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres hit back-to-back homers, Luis Severino pitched seven shutout innings and New York won at Detroit.
Severino (4-8) gave up five hits and didn’t issue a walk while striking out a season-high eight. Torres had two RBIs in the opener of a four-game series. New York is 0-8-2 in its past 10 series.
Akil Baddoo homered in the ninth inning for Detroit’s lone run. Reese Olson (2-6) recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball.
Brewers 6, Cubs 2
Christian Yelich and Mark Canha homered during a four-run first inning as visiting Milwaukee beat Chicago to extend its season-best winning streak to nine games.
Starter Wade Miley (7-3) allowed solo homers to Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom, plus two other hits, over six strong innings for the Brewers. Yelich was one of four players with two hits for Milwaukee, which has averaged 7.1 runs per game during its longest winning streak since an 11-game run in 2021.
Chicago starter Jameson Taillon (7-9) lasted six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits.
Phillies 6, Angels 4
Trea Turner hit two home runs and drove in three runs to lift host Philadelphia past Los Angeles.
Bryce Harper homered and knocked in two runs for the Phillies, who have won four straight games. Philadelphia starter Taijuan Walker (14-5) tossed 5 2/3 innings and allowed eight hits and three runs.
Brandon Drury led the Angels with three singles and two RBIs. Los Angeles starter Lucas Giolito (7-11) gave up four hits and five runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Rangers 4, Mets 3
Nathaniel Lowe delivered a go-ahead, two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning for visiting Texas, which came back to edge New York in the opener of a three-game series.
The rally made a winner of Martin Perez (9-4), who whiffed two in two scoreless innings. Jose Leclerc threw a hitless ninth to record his second save. Corey Seager recorded three hits for the Rangers.
Brandon Nimmo hit a two-run homer in the third and DJ Stewart hit a solo shot in the fifth for the Mets. Trevor Gott (0-4) took the loss.
Blue Jays 6, Nationals 3
Danny Jansen hit a solo home run, walked twice and scored three runs as Toronto defeated visiting Washington.
CJ Abrams had three hits and three stolen bases for the Nationals, while Joey Meneses had two hits and three RBIs. Washington starter Josiah Gray (7-11) allowed four runs in two innings. The Nationals are 4-3 on their nine-game road trip.
Toronto starter Kevin Gausman (10-8) allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings.
Twins 10, Guardians 6
Royce Lewis belted a grand slam for the second game in a row, and Minnesota pulled away for a win over Cleveland in Minneapolis.
The 24-year-old Lewis became the first player in Twins history to hit grand slams in back-to-back games. He has three grand slams among his first 10 career home runs. Jorge Polanco and Matt Wallner also homered for Minnesota, which has won four of its past five games.
Twins reliever Kody Funderburk (1-0) earned the victory in his major league debut. Bo Naylor homered for Cleveland, which has lost four of its past six games. The Guardians took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second, but they let it slip away.
Padres 4, Cardinals 1
Blake Snell threw seven scoreless innings and Garrett Cooper drove in three runs as visiting San Diego defeated St. Louis.
Snell (11-9) held the Cardinals to two hits and five walks while striking out nine batters. Josh Hader sealed the victory for his 28th save.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a homer for the Cardinals, who lost their fourth straight game and their 10th in 12 games. They fell 20 games under .500 for the first time since the 1995 season. St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright (3-10) allowed one run on eight hits in six innings.
Mariners 7, Athletics 0
J.P. Crawford and Julio Rodriguez hit home runs and rookie Bryan Woo pitched six scoreless innings as Seattle defeated visiting Oakland.
Rodriguez finished 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs. Woo (2-3) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out five.
A’s starter Kyle Muller (1-5) gave up six runs on nine hits over four innings. Oakland finished with just four hits.
BRAVES’ RONALD ACUNA JR. FALLS AFTER FANS RUN ON FIELD
Atlanta right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. was involved in an on-field incident with two fans during the Braves’ 14-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday in Denver.
With Atlanta taking the field before the Rockies batted in the bottom of the seventh inning, a fan ran to Acuna in right field and put his arms around the Braves star. Security officials tried to pull the man off the four-time All-Star as another fan ran into the scrum, and Acuna was knocked to the ground.
Both fans were taken away and Acuna stayed in the game. He had two more hits later in the game, making him 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, a double, five RBIs, two stolen bases, four runs and a walk.
Acuna, 25, is one of the National League MVP front-runners with a .335 average, a .418 on-base percentage, a .572 slugging percentage, 29 homers, 79 RBIs and major-league-leading totals in steals (61) and runs (119).
ALL 30 MANAGERS WHO STARTED THE MLB SEASON ARE STILL EMPLOYED, BUT THE AX COULD BE COMING SOON
It’s five months into the regular season and all 30 Major League Baseball managers who started the year with their respective teams are all still employed. That’s fairly rare but not totally uncommon.
The ax could be coming soon.
Here’s a look at some of the managers who are in a tenuous position as the season winds down.
— Aaron Boone, New York Yankees: This is Boone’s sixth season and the previous five were all very good. But the Yankees have fallen to last place in the AL East with a 62-68 record, GM Brian Cashman called the season a “disaster” and it’s fair to say that patience isn’t always the best virtue for teams in the Big Apple. The Yankees haven’t had a losing season since 1992.
— Buck Showalter, New York Mets: The 67-year-old had the Midas touch in 2022, leading the Mets to 101 wins before a disappointing wild-card round exit against the San Diego Padres. Another big season was expected after owner Steve Cohen spent huge on the team’s payroll, but the Mets have plunged to the bottom of the NL East with a 60-71 record.
— Bob Melvin, San Diego Padres: The 61-year-old is well respected and took over the Padres in 2022, leading them to an 89-win season and a spot in the NLCS before losing to the Phillies in five games. But the high-priced roster — with stars like Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto, Manny Machado, Yu Darvish and Xander Bogaerts — is just 61-70 this season and almost certainly will miss the playoffs.
— Oliver Marmol, St. Louis Cardinals: The 37-year-old was surprise choice in 2022 to lead the storied franchise, but the front office looked like geniuses after Marmol guided the team to a 93-win season. He hasn’t been able to keep the momentum, with the Cardinals falling to 56-75 and a last-place spot in the NL Central. They’re on pace to lose at least 90 games for the first time since 1990.
— Pedro Grifol, Chicago White Sox: The first-year manager has been in charge during a hugely disappointing season on the South Side, and owner Jerry Reinsdorf just fired executive vice president Ken Williams and GM Rick Hahn. On top of that, pitcher Keynan Middleton didn’t have a lot of great things to say about the clubhouse culture following his trade to the Yankees.
— Bud Black, Colorado Rockies: The 66-year-old manager is well liked but is now presiding over his fifth straight losing season. It’s not all Black’s fault — the team’s roster construction is a mess and the team’s best players can’t seem to stay healthy — but it seems like the Rockies might need a new voice in the dugout.
— Phil Nevin, Los Angeles Angels: Nevin took over from the fired Joe Maddon midway through last season but hasn’t had much more success. The Angels are one of the most confounding teams in baseball, failing to make the playoffs despite having two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani and one of this generation’s best players in Mike Trout. Nevin is far from that team’s only problem, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see the franchise make a change.
The Yankees have finished last in their division just twice over the past century. What were those seasons?
ALL OR NOTHING
Square-shaped slugger Kyle Schwarber continues one of the most unusual seasons in MLB history and could become the first player in the sport’s history to hit 40 homers despite a sub-.200 batting average.
Schwarber smacked his 36th homer of the season on Sunday, helping the Phillies beat the Cardinals 3-0. The 30-year-old is hitting just .189 this season and more than a third of his hits — 36 of 89 — have been long balls. He’s also on pace to strike out 200 times for a second straight season.
One reason Schwarber remains a useful player is that he’s not afraid to walk. He’s already taken 100 free passes this season, meaning his .335 on-base percentage is above the MLB average despite such a low batting average.
The Seattle Mariners continue to play inspired baseball, jumping to the top of the AL West with a 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
They’re 24-6 over their past 30 games, rocketing past the defending World Series champion Houston Astros and scuffling Texas Rangers.
Speaking of the Rangers, they looked like they were going to waltz into the playoffs just a few weeks ago.
Now, it’s not so clear.
Texas has lost nine of its last 10, no longer leads the AL West and is just 2 1/2 games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays for the final AL wild-card spot.
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REPORT: FORMER MLB MANAGER PAT CORRALES DIES AT 82
Former major league catcher, coach and manager Pat Corrales has died at 82, USA Today reported Monday.
He played nine seasons with four teams from 1964-73. He later managed parts of nine years with three teams.
Corrales was the first base coach for the 1995 World Series champion Atlanta Braves.
Corrales batted .216 with four homers in 300 games with the Philadelphia Phillies (1964-65), St. Louis Cardinals (1966), Cincinnati Reds (1968-72) and San Diego Padres (1972-73).
He compiled a 572-634-5 record as manager of the Texas Rangers (1978-80), Phillies (1982-83) and then-Cleveland Indians (1983-87).
Corrales also worked as a coach with the Rangers (1976-78), New York Yankees (1989), Braves (1990-2006) and the Washington Nationals (2007-08, 2009, 2011).
In 2012, he joined his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers as a special assistant to the general manager.
SHOOTING THAT WOUNDED 2 AT WHITE SOX GAME LIKELY INVOLVED GUN FIRED INSIDE STADIUM, POLICE SAY
CHICAGO (AP) A shooting that wounded two women at Friday night’s Chicago White Sox-Oakland Athletics game most likely involved a gun that went off inside Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago’s interim police superintendent said Monday.
Officials have said little about where the bullets came from, or if someone brought a gun into the stadium, but Fred Waller, interim superintendent of Chicago Police Department, said Monday that investigators have nearly ruled out the possibility that the shots came from outside the ballpark, the Chicago Tribune reported.
“We’re dispelling a lot of things,” Waller said during a brief media availability. “(A shot) coming from outside is something we’ve almost completely dispelled. We’re still looking at every avenue. It’s still under investigation. Something from inside, it could’ve happened that way. We’re looking at every avenue, exploring every lead and everything that we can get.”
A spokesperson for Major League Baseball declined comment Monday.
Both wounded women, ages 42 and 26, were expected to recover from the shooting that occurred during the fourth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field during Oakland’s 12-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Police said the 42-year-old sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and the 26-year-old had a graze wound to her abdomen.
Waller said the police department initially requested that the game be halted after the shooting was discovered.
Mayor Brandon Johnson said he was made aware of the shooting shortly after it occurred Friday, but he declined to say whether he was part of the decision to allow the game to continue or whether in hindsight that was the right choice.
“Obviously, this is an ongoing investigation and the Chicago Police Department has done a remarkable job of gathering all the evidence and as more information becomes available, that information will be reported,” Johnson said.
The White Sox said Saturday that they were not aware at first that a woman injured during the game was shot, and that the Chicago Police Department would have stopped play if officers thought it was unsafe to continue.
DODGERS’ RIGHT-HANDER TONY GONSOLIN WILL UNDERGO SEASON-ENDING TOMMY JOHN SURGERY ON FRIDAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Friday, the latest in a season-long run of injuries to Los Angeles’ rotation.
Gonsolin will have his right torn ulnar collateral ligament repaired on Friday by head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles, the Dodgers said before Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 29-year-old right-hander was 8-5 with a 4.98 ERA in 20 starts this season. He was placed on the injured list on Aug. 19 after allowing a career-high 10 earned runs and five home runs in 3 1/3 innings against Miami the night before.
Manager Dave Roberts said Gonsolin has been dealing with an elbow issue for most of the season.
“It is something he was dealing with, but there was a point where he felt he could get hitters out until he couldn’t,” Roberts said. “He was asymptomatic. To be honest, he could pitch right now but it isn’t productive.”
Gonsolin had a $3.25 million salary this year and triggered escalators that boosted his 2024 pay to $5.4 million. He earned $500,000 for his 14th start and $500,000 for each additional two.
“I think that was motivation to pitch, and I can sympathize and understand from a player’s perspective. If we would have stopped this process a month ago he would be in the same position,” Roberts said. “We were running through some guys and he felt he wanted to keep pitching and help his team.”
Los Angeles led the NL West by 12 games and is on track to avoid playing in the wild card round despite each member of their season-opening rotation having a stint on the IL.
Going into Monday’s game, Dodgers’ starters had thrown the third-fewest innings in the National League. Their starters’ 4.48 ERA is ninth among the 15 NL teams.
Gonsolin will miss his second straight postseason. A right forearm strain sidelined him for the final five weeks last year.
Gonsolin is the third Dodgers starter since the start of last season needing Tommy John surgery. Right-hander Dustin May had his right flexor tendon repaired on July 18.
Walker Buehler has not pitched this year after reconstructive elbow surgery last August. The right-hander had hoped to return late in the season, but has yet to throw more than an inning in the Arizona Complex League.
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NFL TRANSACTION ROUNDUP: QBS COLT MCCOY, TRACE MCSORLEY RELEASED
The Cardinals released veteran QB Colt McCoy, who started six games for them over the past two seasons. With Kyler Murray not expected to be healthy to play Week 1, Arizona will start either rookie QB Clayton Tune or recently acquired Joshua Dobbs. The Cardinals also released safety Sean Chandler and cornerback Nate Hairston.
The Ravens confirmed seven moves, waiving DB DeAndre Houston-Carson and cutting DT Trey Botts, DT Kai Caesar, WR Dontay Demus Jr., G Jake Guidone, CB Corey Mayfield Jr. and OLB Kelle Sanders.
Cleveland acquired K Dustin Hopkins from the Los Angeles Chargers in exchange for a 2025 seventh-rounder. The Browns also terminated the contract of G Wes Martin and placed G Drew Forbes on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Green Bay Packers
Veteran punter Pat O’Donnell was released after nine NFL seasons, eight with Chicago and one with Green Bay. The Packers will turn to rookie Daniel Whelan at the position.
Los Angeles Rams
The Rams waived LB Kelechi Anyalebechi, WR Braxton Burmeister, DB Timarcus Davis, DB Tyon Davis, DB Vincent Gray, WR Tyler Hudson, DB Tanner Ingle, DB Jordan Jones, G Sean Maginn, WR Lance McCutcheon, TE Camren McDonald, TE Christian Sims and DT Taron Vincent. They also waived LB Ryan Smenda with an injury designation.
Miami released T Geron Christian, WR Keke Coutee and LB A.J. Johnson. The team also waived LB Mitchell Agude, QB James Blackman, DT Josiah Bronson, DE Randy Charlton, WR Chris Coleman, LB Aubrey Miller II, LB Garrett Nelson, S Keidron Smith, T James Tunstall, DT Jaylen Twyman and DT Jamal Woods.
The Vikings waived DL Calvin Avery, CB Kalon Barnes, CB C.J. Coldon Jr., T Christian DiLauro, CB Jameson Houston, LB Wilson Huber, WR Garett Maag, RB Abram Smith, OL Josh Sokol, QB Jordan Ta’amu, TE Colin Thompson and T Jarrid Williams. LBs Jake Gervase and Tanner Vallejo were released, and CB Tay Gowan was waived with an injury designation.
New England Patriots
Trace McSorley, who made one start (six appearances) at quarterback for Arizona last season, was released, leaving Mac Jones, Bailey Zappe and rookie Maalik Cunningham at the position in New England. The Patriots also released punter Corliss Waitman.
New York Giants
Guards Jack Anderson and Wyatt Davis and DB Zyon Gilbert were waived with an injury designation, while TE Chris Myarick was moved to injured reserve.
New York Jets
The Jets placed CB Jimmy Moreland on IR and released OL Greg Senat, LB Pita Taumoepenu and LB Nick Vigil.
The Eagles signed CB Isaiah Rodgers, who is suspended for at least the 2023 season due to a gambling policy violation. The team also waived DT Noah Elliss with an injury settlement.
Pittsburgh released OL Le’Raven Clark, OL William Dunkle, S Jalen Elliott, RB Darius Hagans, CB Lavert Hill, DL Manny Jones, QB Tanner Morgan, LB Tanner Muse, LB Toby Ndukwe and S Kenny Robinson.
Tennessee placed RB Hassan Haskins on injured reserve.
Washington placed T Braeden Daniels on injured reserve. The team also released WR Zion Bowens, LB Milo Eifler, CB DaMarcus Fields, LB Ferrod Gardner, S Joshua Kalu, WR Marcus Kemp, DT Isaiah Mack, DT Anthony Montalvo, T/G Aaron Montiero, RB Jaret Patterson, DE Joshua Pryor and CB D.J. Stirgus.
CARDINALS RELEASE QB COLT MCCOY, LEAVING POSITION IN FLUX AS REGULAR SEASON APPROACHES
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Less than two weeks before the start of the regular season, the Arizona Cardinals are searching for a starting quarterback to man the position while Kyler Murray continues his recovery from a knee injury.
The Cardinals released their expected starting quarterback Colt McCoy on Monday, throwing the position into flux as Week 1 approaches against the Washington Commanders on Sept. 10.
The most likely options are rookie Clayton Tune or the recently acquired Joshua Dobbs, who came to the Cardinals in a trade with the Cleveland Browns last week.
“Every spot is open competition,” first-year Cardinals coach Jonathan Gannon said. “I think we’ve got a pretty good plan in place, but I want to see them both go through the next two weeks.”
Veteran David Blough has also received considerable playing time during the preseason.
The 36-year-old McCoy had a 3-3 record in spot starts as Murray’s backup over the past two seasons, and was expected to take the snaps this fall while Murray recovers from a torn ACL suffered last season. McCoy was 9 of 12 passing for 45 yards in limited time during two preseason games.
Gannon said there wasn’t one performance that led to McCoy’s release, just the realization over time that the team needed to move in a different direction.
“Colt’s awesome, he’s a true pro’s pro,” Gannon said. “You know they care, they put a lot of hard work and sacrifice into their craft. But ultimately, if you’re honest with them, they appreciate that, and they know that we’re going to do what we have to do for what’s best for the team.
“But, yeah, these are tough days.”
It’s unclear how much of this season Murray will miss.
Gannon said it’s possible the franchise quarterback – who signed a $230.5 million, five-year deal in 2022 – could start the season on the PUP list, meaning he’ll miss at least four games, but Gannon didn’t have many updates on Monday.
“He’s doing great,” Gannon said.
McCoy’s release was a surprise, but there were clues it might happen. Gannon declined to announce a starter during training camp and the arrival of Dobbs last week signaled that the Cardinals wanted more options under center.
The 28-year-old Dobbs should have some familiarity with the Cardinals’ system. Arizona’s new offensive coordinator Drew Petzing was the quarterbacks coach in Cleveland before coming to the desert.
Dobbs started two games for the Titans in 2022, losing both.
“He’s a mobile guy who understands the system,” Gannon said. “He can make throws, play in the pocket or play outside the pocket.”
Tune – a fifth-round selection out of Houston – has flashed some potential, but is still in the very early stages of his development.
In other Monday moves, the Cardinals also released safety Sean Chandler and cornerback Nate Hairston. They also placed offensive lineman Pat Elflein on injured reserve.
McCoy has played 12 seasons with five teams, mostly as a backup. He’s thrown for 7,975 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career and has a 11-25 mark in 36 starts.
REPORT: AGENT FOR DE DEREK BARNETT SEEKING TRADE OPTIONS
The agent for Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett is seeking trade partners, ESPN reported Monday.
Barnett, who tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2022 season, now finds himself behind a slew of young and talented defensive linemen in Philly and is looking for an opportunity for more playing time, per the report.
The Eagles, however, are planning to keep Barnett, per ESPN.
Barnett has been a full participant in training camp.
Barnett, 27, has 21.5 sacks in 65 games (45 starts) in six seasons with the Eagles, who selected him No. 14 overall in the 2017 draft.
The Eagles restructured Barnett’s contract earlier this summer, and he’s set to make $3.5 million this season.
Barnett is listed behind starter Josh Sweat at right defensive end. Brandon Graham is the Eagles’ starting DE on the other side. The Eagles also have Haason Reddick and rookie Nolan Smith.
JAGUARS LOSE ROOKIE LINEBACKER VENTRELL MILLER FOR THE SEASON WITH A RUPTURED ACHILLES TENDON
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars rookie linebacker Ventrell Miller will miss the season after rupturing his right Achilles tendon in the team’s preseason finale against Miami.
Coach Doug Pederson made the announcement Monday, one day before the team has to pair its roster to 53.
“He’ll be missed,” Pederson said.
A fourth-round draft pick from Florida, Miller had been battling Shaq Quarterman for a backup spot behind starters Foye Oluokun and Devin Lloyd. But now Miller will spend the year rehabbing on injured reserve.
It’s the third consecutive season Miller has dealt with a significant injury. He had surgery in late December for a broken bone — a Jones fracture — in his right foot that prevented him from participating at the Senior Bowl, the NFL scouting combine and Florida’s pro day.
The Jaguars still chose him 121st overall, a somewhat surprising move considering they spent first- and third-round picks on inside linebackers Lloyd and Chad Muma in 2022 and have veteran Oluokun under contract for at least two more seasons.
But Jacksonville felt Miller was worth a low-risk gamble even though he missed most of the 2021 season with a torn biceps and played nine games last fall with a broken foot. Miller said he took weekly pain-numbing shots to stay on the field for the Gators.
Miller finished the 2022 season with 74 tackles, including 8 1/2 for loss, and was by far Florida’s best defender. He ended his college career with 240 tackles, the kind of production the Jaguars envision translating to the next level.
But he’ll have to wait to show it.
Also Monday, Jaguars defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton returned to the facility after missing more than a week with a back injury sustained away from football. Pederson said defensive lineman Foley Fatukasi (foot) is expected to return to practice this week while backup offensive linemen Josh Wells (abductor) and Cooper Hodges (knee) are considered week to week. Hodges, a seventh-round draft pick from Appalachian State is “not close yet,” Pederson said.
COMMANDERS’ ROBINSON FEELS ‘NIGHT AND DAY’ A YEAR SINCE BEING SHOT IN AN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Brian Robinson Jr.’s introduction to the NFL a year ago was humming along smoothly, with his training camp and preseason performances putting him on course to be the Washington Commanders’ top running back.
Then, on a Sunday evening, that trajectory stopped in an instant. Robinson was shot twice in the right leg as part of an attempted robbery/carjacking in the city.
Robinson was hospitalized, underwent surgery and recovered so quickly he played football six weeks later, finishing his rookie season with nearly 800 yards rushing in 12 games. A full year removed from the shooting, Robinson is finally feeling himself again, and his role in Washington’s new offense under Eric Bieniemy has him primed for what could be a breakout season.
“I feel night and day from like last year,” Robinson said. “There wasn’t one time I felt like Brian Robinson, so that’s night and day from then to now. People should expect a lot great things to come when you compare all the things I did while I was limping around all year last year.”
Robinson, now 24, said he feels more like himself every day — free from some of the lingering issues he dealt with in his right knee and hip from the shooting.
Incredibly, the bullet that struck his knee missed all the bones and ligaments in it, allowing him the possibility of getting back on the field, but that didn’t mean he was pain free.
With Antonio Gibson also on the roster, the coaching and medical staffs were patient with Robinson, putting him on the non-football injury list and ruling out a return in the first four weeks of the season. The 2022 third-round pick out of Alabama got a chance to ramp up once he made his pro debut, splitting carries with Gibson before taking over as the No. 1 back.
A bruised thigh derailed the end of his season, just after Robinson started to find a groove.
“I think he is coming in with a whole different perspective,” coach Ron Rivera said. “Last year, he was a wide-eyed rookie and went through a very traumatic situation very early and just never really got a chance to enjoy it and show his personality to who he really is. …
“Now, folks are going to get to see who he is.”
Robinson looks to be one of the keys to Washington’s offense, with unproven second-year pro Sam Howell installed as the starting quarterback and a remade line he’ll need to run behind. Bieniemy likes what he has seen so far, and that goes beyond rushing.
“Not only can he run it, but he for sure can catch it — and on top of that, he does a heck of a job stepping up in protection,” Bieniemy said last week. “We want the most complete football player … at every position to be their best. It helps tremendously when you have a player and a person like that that’s willing to do it all.”
Rivera this summer has noticed a more mature version of Robinson than a year ago, acknowledging there’s still room for growth.
“He’s still learning,” Rivera said. “But there’s a lot of promise. There’s a lot of excitement right now.”
Robinson said he can do anything in the playbook, including catching the ball out of the backfield. He considers the next step in his progression to be breaking off game-changing runs of 50-plus yards and getting into the end zone after just two touchdowns last season.
“I just don’t want to be one-dimensional and I don’t want to be just a power back: I want to be able to run routes, run down the field, catch the ball with soft hands and continue to grow my game,” Robinson said. “(There are) no limits on what I can do.”
BROWNS’ COMMITMENT AND CONFIDENCE IN CADE YORK APPEARS MORE SHAKEN AFTER KICKER’S LATEST MISS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cade York may no longer have a powerful leg to stand on with the Browns.
York’s struggles this summer have eroded Cleveland’s confidence in him and coach Kevin Stefanski’s failure to commit to the second-year kicker for the season opener has raised more questions about his future.
Despite York’s misses in exhibition games, the Browns had been adamantly supporting York, a fourth-round draft pick who had an underwhelming rookie season in 2022.
That changed Sunday.
After York missed an extra point (it was nullified by penalty) and had a late field-goal attempt blocked (it looked low) in a 33-32 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, Stefanski was asked if the 22-year-old will be Cleveland’s kicker in the Sept. 10 opener against Cincinnati.
He didn’t say yes. He didn’t say no.
“We always keep those internal as we get through this week,” Stefanski said on a Zoom call. ”But I’ll reiterate I think Cade is very, very talented.”
Talent has never been the problem with York. Accuracy is the issue.
While York has looked as good as ever in practice, he’s not carrying it over into games. He went just 4 of 8 on field-goal tries in Cleveland’s four preseason games and missed potential game-winners the past two weeks.
On Saturday, York, who briefly left with a shin injury in the first quarter, had his 43-yarder with 57 seconds left deflected by Chiefs defensive tackle Phil Hoskins at the line of scrimmage. Stefanski was vague in pinpointing what went wrong.
“Obviously didn’t hit it like we wanted to and that’s something I know we want to be able to finish there as a team, so it was disappointing,” Stefanski said. “But it doesn’t change our mentality that each one of our players is going to continue to work at this thing and get better.”
That’s been the company line for weeks as York’s situation has spiraled further off course. The Browns’ stance is that he’s like any player working on his craft in the runway up to the regular season.
However, York’s inconsistency last season — he went 24 of 32 on field goals — along with the team’s attempts to protect him from outside criticism, seem to point to there being deeper complications.
During the TV broadcast, Browns general manager Andrew Berry, who used a precious pick on the former LSU standout, reiterated his supported and indicated the team was prepared to begin a critical 2023 season with York.
But that endorsement came before the latest late-game failure, and now Berry may be forced to sign a veteran or at the very least have one on standby as a backup plan in case York continues to be off the mark.
Veterans Robbie Gould and Mason Crosby headline a group of proven kickers available to the Browns. There could be others for Berry to choose from this week as NFL teams trim their rosters to 53.
To his credit, York has remained confident in his ability and that he’ll turn things around.
“I want to be a weapon,” he said in Kansas City. “I know how good I am. That’s been the most frustrating thing the last month, struggling with that.”
York also grew testy with a reporter when he was pressed about why he’s not performing as well as hoped.
Stefanski said he understood York’s frustration.
“He works very hard, wants to come through,” Stefanski said. “So of course he’s going to be frustrated. I’ve been in that situation when you have to answer some questions when you’re frustrated, so we have to be pros in that situation. But these are human beings, so we do sometimes let frustrations get the better of us.”
Cleveland thought its long-term kicking situation was solved when it drafted York.
At the moment, that seems short-sighted.
BROWNS REPLACE KICKER CADE YORK, TRADE PICK TO CHARGERS FOR VETERAN DUSTIN HOPKINS, AP SOURCE SAYS
CLEVELAND (AP) With kicker Cade York struggling badly, the Cleveland Browns acquired Dustin Hopkins in a trade with the Los Angeles Chargers, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday.
The Browns sent a seventh-round pick in 2025 to the Chargers for Hopkins, said the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams are waiting for the trade to be cleared by the NFL.
York could be released by the Browns after a rough exhibition season. He went 4 of 8 on field goals and had a potential game winner blocked in the final minute on Saturday in Kansas City. York had an inconsistent rookie season after being drafted in the fourth round in 2022.
The 32-year-old Hopkins gives the Browns a reliable kicker to start the season. He spent seven seasons with Washington and the past two in Los Angeles.
Hopkins has made 190 of 224 of his field-goal attempts.
PATRIOTS ACQUIRE OL VEDERIAN LOWE FROM VIKINGS
The New England Patriots acquired offensive lineman Vederian Lowe from the Minnesota Vikings on Monday.
Terms of the deal were not announced. The transaction is pending the result of a physical exam for Lowe, 24.
The Vikings drafted Lowe in the sixth round in 2022 and the 6-foot-6, 320-pound rookie played in four games.
LIONS QB NATE SUDFELD TORE ACL IN FINAL PRESEASON GAME
Detroit Lions backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld tore his ACL in his only series played in Friday’s final preseason game, ESPN and the Detroit Free Press reported Monday.
Lions head coach Dan Campbell declined to say Monday if Sudfeld indeed tore his ACL, saying only that it’s serious and that he’s getting a second opinion.
“If it is the deal with Nate it’s awful, and I hate that for him,” Campbell said. “That’s tough, cause Nate’s given us everything he’s had and he came in last year and brought something to us, and somebody we were very comfortable with, enough to sign him back. So I hate that if that’s the way it goes here.”
Sudfeld, 29, was relegated to QB3 when the Lions signed Teddy Bridgewater earlier this month to be the primary backup to Jared Goff. However, the Lions were considering keeping Sudfeld on the 53-man roster.
Sudfeld completed 26 of 51 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown against three interceptions in three preseason games.
Sudfeld joined the Lions at the end of camp in 2022 and was Goff’s primary backup last regular season, appearing in two games.
Sudfeld has appeared in six career NFL games, throwing for 188 yards and a TD and INT for the Philadelphia Eagles and Lions. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2016 draft by Washington.
TEXANS TAP ROOKIE C.J. STROUD TO START WEEK 1
Texans rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud is set to begin the 2023 season as Houston’s starter.
Head coach DeMeco Ryans said the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft proved himself ready during training camp and capped a preseason test run with 3-yard TD pass in Sunday’s win over the New Orleans Saints.
Stroud said the designation was “definitely earned,” but doesn’t change anything immediately.
“I’m still going to work the way I’ve been working, even more now. Blessed enough to be a starter so young in this league,” Stroud said, “which isn’t the easiest thing to do, but I know my coaches have trust and faith in me. So I’m going to go out there and try to do my best.”
The Texans open the season on the road Sept. 10 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Stroud had a passer rating of 62.3 in three preseason games, completing 11 of 20 pass attempts for 89 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Stroud unseated Davis Mills for the starting job. Mills will begin the season as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart.
Texans linebacker Will Anderson Jr., the No. 3 pick in the draft, will also be a starter when the Texans face the Ravens in Week 1. Anderson was one of the highest-graded rookies in the preseason according to Pro Football Focus.
WINNERS AND LOSERS OF THE PRE-SEASON
The 2023 NFL preseason is finally in the books, and this year’s exhibition slate once again provided exciting and head-scratching moments for each team.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from the preseason:
Winner: Rookie QBs
What more could you want from a young group of quarterbacks in their first NFL action? Each of the first-round signal-callers looks the part heading into their first regular-season game, with Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, and Anthony Richardson easily winning starting jobs with the Panthers, Texans, and Colts, respectively. Growing pains are to be expected, but it’s easy to see why these three flew off the board on draft night.
It’s not just the top picks making early impressions, either. Sixth-round pick Tanner McKee is already outplaying Marcus Mariota in Philadelphia. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, a fifth-round selection out of UCLA, ran away with the backup job in Cleveland. Raiders fourth-round pick Aidan O’Connell looked like a seasoned vet in his extended preseason action. And the Packers were so confident in fifth-rounder Sean Clifford as a reliable backup from Day 1 that he never even faced veteran competition. There’s also Bears undrafted free agent Tyson Bagent, who beat out P.J. Walker to serve as Justin Fields’ understudy after two seasons as the starter at Division II Shepherd.
It’s only preseason, of course, but might this quarterback class end up proving to be deeper than anyone could’ve imagined?
Loser: Kyle Shanahan/John Lynch
Trey Lance being traded to Dallas for a fourth-round pick is a colossal disaster for the 49ers. Nobody can argue against the aggressiveness in pursuit of a franchise quarterback, and perhaps this story would’ve had a different ending if injuries and a pandemic hadn’t limited Lance to 132 pass attempts across three seasons (one in college, two in the NFL) so crucial to his development. The results are what they are, though, and this one stings.
Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch spending three first-round picks on a quarterback that provided zero impact has the potential to be the difference in whether this team can capitalize on an extended Super Bowl window. Maybe the stroke of genius (read: luck) in finding a capable starter in Brock Purdy at the end of last year’s draft eases the pain a little bit. But the long list of All-Pro talents drafted shortly after Lance, and even at San Francisco’s original No. 12 slot (Micah Parsons), makes it easy to dream of what could’ve been.
Winner: Steelers’ offense
Don’t look now, but Kenny Pickett and Co. are coming. With Pickett under center, the Steelers’ offense was virtually unstoppable this preseason while producing several big plays. Pickett, a first-round pick last year, completed 13 of 15 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions this preseason. Pittsburgh scored a touchdown in all five drives with the second-year passer on the field.
Pickett isn’t the only Steelers second-year player who looked good, as 2022 second-round receiver George Pickens also turned heads. Two of Pickens’ three catches this preseason were for 30-plus yards, including a 33-yard catch-and-run touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Granted, it’s just preseason. But the Steelers bolstered their offensive line and are expecting a lot from Pickett in Year 2 after an inconsistent rookie season. A solid passing attack could make Pittsburgh and its solid defense playoff contenders in 2023.
Jonathan Taylor was one of the many running backs upset with his contract situation this offseason. Much like the others, his team doesn’t seem all that inclined to address the matter with a long-term deal. But this saga features a truly special level of weirdness, thanks in large part to some bizarre public comments from Jim Irsay. The Colts owner weighing in on the running back market, and seemingly downplaying the concerns of top runners league-wide, appeared to have increased bubbling tensions with his own superstar playmaker. Taylor requested a trade out of Indianapolis days later, and the organization has since granted him permission to seek out a deal.
It remains to be seen whether he’ll find another team willing to both surrender premium draft picks and give him the contract he desires. One thing is certain, though: the Colts, and Irsay specifically, have really messed this one up. Laugh at the idea of running back contracts all you want, but there’s something to be said for keeping your best player happy. Taylor is still just 24. And, if ever there were a team that could justify guaranteeing three years of a new running back contract, it’s the notoriously cap-rich Colts, who now have a rookie at quarterback. Just pay the man.
Winner: Jets hype train
It’s hard not to be excited if you’re a Jets fan. Few teams were as active as New York this offseason, and the team’s aggressiveness resulted in the arrivals of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Dalvin Cook, among others. Suddenly, the Jets – who missed the playoffs for the 12th straight season in 2022 despite boasting a top-five defense – are thinking about the Super Bowl.
The already sky-high offseason expectations became even higher after Rodgers – in his first preseason start since 2018 – tossed a perfect touchdown to Garrett Wilson on Saturday to cap his second and final drive during his preseason debut with the team. Rodgers is happy in New York after almost two decades with the Green Bay Packers, and his connection with Wilson has been hot throughout training camp. New York’s O-line still has question marks, but Rodgers, surrounded by one of football’s most promising receivers and an elite defense, could be the answer to most of the Jets’ problems.
Loser: AFC bubble teams
Our limited exposure to clubs throughout the preseason has provided some confirmation that the AFC is unfathomably loaded. We know all about the top dogs: the Chiefs, Bills, and Bengals are the class of the conference and, once again, bona fide Super Bowl contenders. But how the other playoff spots get sorted out will be one of the most interesting stories of the upcoming season.
The Jets, as discussed above, are a potential powerhouse. And with the Dolphins still on the rise and the Patriots unveiling a professional offense after last year’s mess, every AFC East team has playoff aspirations. The same can also be said for the AFC North, with a new-look offense potentially pushing the Ravens over the top, Pickett’s development boosting the forever competitive Steelers, and the Browns having constructed a wildly talented roster around Deshaun Watson. Even if you consider the Jaguars, Chiefs, and Chargers the only playoff-caliber clubs from the remaining two divisions, that’s 11 contenders for seven spots. There won’t be any bad teams sneaking into the bottom of the AFC playoff picture this year.
Winner: Trevor Lawrence
Lawrence finished this year’s preseason with 13 completions on 16 attempts for 128 yards and one touchdown against one interception. But he isn’t on this list necessarily because of his stats. The 2021 No. 1 pick, who broke out last season and led Jacksonville to the playoffs, should particularly be happy with what he’s seen from Calvin Ridley. The Jaguars acquired Ridley from the Atlanta Falcons last year while the wideout was still suspended. After not playing at all in 2022, the now-reinstated Ridley turned heads at training camp due to his speed and route-running ability.
The Jaguars bolstered their offensive line and drafted tackle Anton Harrison in the first round in April and have done a solid job improving Lawrence’s supporting cast in recent years. Ridley, a former first-round pick who earned a second-team All-Pro nod in 2020, could help Lawrence take his game to another level.
Loser: Russell Wilson
It’s still early to judge the 2023 Broncos, but things haven’t looked good for Wilson and Co. There are a lot of expectations surrounding Denver, as the team brought in Sean Payton as head coach after a disappointing 2022 campaign. The club’s hoping Payton, one of the brightest offensive minds of his generation, can help put Wilson’s game back on track. However, this year’s preseason suggests it could be another long year in Denver.
Wilson looked far from impressive in two appearances this month, and the team’s lack of points with him under center pushed Payton to play the nine-time Pro Bowler and other starters until midway through the second quarter in their first preseason game. Wilson also saw two of his top receivers go down with injuries. Jerry Jeudy is reportedly expected to miss several weeks due to a hamstring injury, and Tim Patrick is out for the season after suffering a torn Achilles. Finally, quarterback Jarrett Stidham, whom the Broncos signed in the offseason to back up Wilson, played well in his last two preseason games this year. He helped the team beat the Los Angeles Rams 41-0 on Saturday, completing 17 of 28 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown.
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MICHIGAN SUSPENDS OC SHERRONE MOORE FOR SEASON OPENER AGAINST EAST CAROLINA
Michigan offensive coordinator Sherrone Moore will join head coach Jim Harbaugh in serving a suspension for the Wolverines’ season opener as part of the university’s self-imposed punishment.
Harbaugh, as previously announced, will miss the first three games, penalized by Michigan for NCAA recruiting infractions.
Moore, also the offensive line coach, will miss the home game Saturday against East Carolina, with quarterbacks coach Kirk Campbell calling plays.
Both will be able to coach and participate in team activities during the week but won’t be present at the game.
Michigan had announced on Aug. 24 the delegating of game-day duties with Harbaugh’s absence on Saturday, on Sept. 9 against UNLV and Sept. 16 against Bowling Green.
Moore will be in charge for the Bowling Green contest. He also was to split the second half of the UNLV game with run game coordinator and running backs coach Mike Hart. Instead, Hart has sole duties for the second half, with the special teams coordinator, Jim Harbaugh’s son Jay, in charge in the first half.
Defensive coordinator Jesse Minter is the game-day head coach this Saturday.
Jim Harbaugh had earlier designated his father, Jack Harbaugh, as assistant head coach and added associate head coach to strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert’s titles.
Michigan has tried to get ahead of NCAA-issued penalties after an NCAA investigation had concluded there were infractions in recruiting, coaching time and roles — Level II violations. The NCAA also alleges that Harbaugh misled its investigators — a Level I violation.
The governing body was in the process of suspending Harbaugh for a negotiated settlement of four games (all at home), but it was put on hold this summer after the NCAA’s committee on infractions denied the proposal, according to reports.
The settlement had included one-game suspensions for Moore and tight ends coach Grant Newsome, who is not expected to receive a self-imposed punishment.
While Harbaugh denies he lied to investigators, claiming he didn’t recall specific details, athletic director Warde Manuel said that Michigan levied the suspension “in an attempt to further” the NCAA investigative process.
Harbaugh is set to return for Michigan’s Big Ten opener Sept. 23 against visiting Rutgers.
Moore is in his sixth season on the Michigan staff and first as the lone offensive coordinator. He was tight ends coach from 2018-20, offensive line coach since 2021 and co-offensive coordinator from 2021-22.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL WEEK 1
• The 127th season of Big Ten football will commence this week as Minnesota welcomes Nebraska at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
• Michigan State will make its debut on Friday, Sept. 1, with the Spartans playing host to Central Michigan at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. The remaining 11 schools will begin the 2023 campaign on Saturday and Sunday, highlighted by a pair of conference matchups. The complete opening weekend schedule appears to the right.
• The conference announced its 12th annual football preseason honors list, a group which featured nine returning All-Big Ten selections. A media panel selected the 10-member preseason list, with five representatives each from the East and West Divisions. The full list of honorees can be found on page 3.
• The 2023 campaign will feature 99 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season, with Ohio State leading the way with 16 all-conference returnees. The East Division welcomes back 56 all-conference players, while the West returns 43. Illinois is the only West team with double-digit all-conference returnees with 10, while each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning.
• The National College Football Awards Association announced the 2023 watch lists July 31-Aug. 14, with 83 different Big Ten players featured for expected on-field performance. Thirteen schools are represented with Michigan and Ohio State leading the way with 14 honorees each, followed by Penn State with 10 and Iowa with eight. The full list of Big Ten standouts featured on the 2023 NCFAA watch lists can be found on page 2.
• The Big Ten welcomes four new head coaches to the sidelines for the 2023 campaign in in Nebraska’s Matt Rhule, Northwestern’s David Braun, Purdue’s Ryan Walters and Wisconsin’s Luke Fickell.
• The Big Ten finished last season with three teams ranked in the AP Top 25, tying for the third-most of any conference. All three teams finished in the Top 10, marking the second straight year that the conference had three top 10 teams at the end of the season. The 2023 AP Preseason Poll also featured five Big Ten teams in No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 19 Wisconsin, and No. 25 Iowa, while Illinois and Minnesota are both receiving votes.
• Michigan was crowned 2022 Big Ten Champion after its 44-22 win over Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game presented by Discover on Dec. 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It was the Wolverines’ conference-leading 44th Big Ten title and their second in as many years.
• Last season, the Big Ten posted the fifth-highest single-season attendance total in conference history with 6,333,196 fans attending home games. Excluding 2020, this marked the ninth consecutive season and 10th time in 11 seasons that more than six million fans have attended Big Ten home football games.
• Michigan and Purdue will look to repeat as division champions this season, as the Wolverines finished 9-0 to win the East Division and the Boilermakers finished atop the West Division standings at 6-3 in conference play.
NEW-LOOK NO. 1 GEORGIA EAGER TO EXTEND WINNING IDENTITY
Carson Beck debuts as Georgia’s starting quarterback on Saturday when the No. 1 Bulldogs open defense of their latest national championship on their home field in Athens against Tennessee-Martin.
Beck, officially named the starter by coach Kirby Smart on Aug. 19, handled every test the coaching staff put in front of him since Stetson Bennett’s storybook stay at Georgia ended with the second of the program’s back-to-back national titles in January.
“Carson is very knowledgeable, very intelligent,” Smart said of the promotion. “One of the smartest quarterbacks I’ve been around.
“He did the best job.”
Beck said last month he “was just not ready” to be the No. 1 quarterback when Bennett jumped him on the depth chart just before the opener in 2021. Smart asked Beck to share with the entire locker room his experience, which the coach described as a “missed opportunity.” But Smart said the end result to date is that Beck learned how to prepare, and he is ready for the moment this time around. The junior threw for 310 yards with four TD passes in 2022.
“He’s different, the players really enjoy him, they rally around him,” Smart said. “He has a way with the skill players, calm, cool and collected, and poised in the pocket. People point to the fact he hasn’t done it in a game, but around here we value practice, and a lot of times the practice is more valuable than the game in terms of who you are going against.”
Smart doesn’t want most of the roster to revisit the past, or put any weight into the narrative of being a team chasing a three-peat as back-to-back defending champs without a loss in the Southeastern Conference regular season over the past two years.
In addition to Bennett, the Bulldogs have a bevy of key players now playing their craft professionally. Among the All-SEC honorees Smart had to replace on the depth chart are top-10 pick Jalen Carter (Philadelphia Eagles) and two other first-round picks in offensive tackle Broderick Jones (Steelers) and linebacker Nolan Smith (Eagles).
UT-Martin (0-0) went to Tennessee last season and lost 65-24 but the FCS power has “the football character to compete,” said coach Jason Simpson, whose son, Ty, spent the summer competing to be the starting quarterback for Alabama.
“I’m waiting for these guys to say something about being picked third,” Simpson said of his team in the preseason Ohio Valley Conference poll, which now includes the Big South.
The Skyhawks have won consecutive OVC titles. Like Smart, Simpson spent the summer reminding his team that 2021 and 2022 hardware means noting in 2023.
Simpson doesn’t have the benefit of the top-ranked recruiting class in the country to lean on when attempting to replace 14 All-OVC players from the 2022 roster. He does have a defense that is expected to rate near the top of the OVC-Big South, led by defensive end Daylan Dotson, defensive tackles Giovanni Davis and Jay Rogers, safety Carson Evans and linebacker Tevin Shipp.
Kinkead Dent, an Ole Miss transfer, takes over at quarterback in a backfield that returns 2022 OVC Freshman of the Year Sam Franklin.
“The biggest challenge is getting the new players caught up to speed to play winning football,” Simpson said. “It all hits at different spots and it will all come together at some point, but you just wish you could speed it up.”
HURRICANES SEEK FRESH START FACING OTHER MIAMI, THE REDHAWKS
The Miami Hurricanes have a lot to prove.
Coming off a disappointing 5-7 season in their debut under coach Mario Cristobal, the Hurricanes will open their 2023 season at home on Friday night against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The Hurricanes, favored by 17 points, are led by quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who is back for his third season as the starter. Slowed by injuries last year, Van Dyke for his career has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 4,766 yards, 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 21 games (17 starts).
Henry Parrish Jr. is the Hurricanes’ top running back. He had a career-high 616 rushing yards last year, averaging 4.7 per carry and was voted to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team.
Slot receiver Xavier Restrepo is Van Dyke’s top target, but there’s also emerging talent Colbie Young on the outside.
Watch out for wide receiver Nathaniel “Ray Ray” Joseph, one of several true freshmen who figure to contribute to the Hurricanes this season. That list also includes starting right tackle Francis Mauigoa, offensive tackle Samson Okunlola, running back Mark Fletcher Jr., tight end Riley Williams, defensive end Rueben Bain Jr. and cornerback Damari Brown.
“This freshman class has over a dozen guys who don’t flinch,” Cristobal said. “They don’t sit back waiting to inherit a job. They want to go win one.”
The Hurricanes also added some key transfers, including center Matt Lee, who started 36 games at UCF; left guard Javion Cohen, who made second-team All-SEC at Alabama in 2022; linebacker Francisco Mauigoa, who was a standout at Washington State; and cornerback Davonte Brown, who started 31 games in three seasons at UCF.
In addition, the Hurricanes may have the ACC’s best safety duo in James Williams and 2022 first-team All-American Kamren Kinchens.
Meanwhile, the RedHawks finished 6-7 last season, losing starting quarterback Brett Gabbert due to a broken collarbone but still rallying to reach a bowl game.
The RedHawks lost to UAB 24-20 in the Bahamas Bowl.
Gabbert, who has 31 games of college experience including four starts last season, is back for his fifth year with the RedHawks. His career completion percentage is just 58.8 percent, but his touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio is impressive at 45-14.
The RedHawks, though, lost three key offensive players to transfers: running back Tyre Shelton (Louisiana Tech), second-team All-MAC center Rusty Feth (Iowa) and left guard Caleb Shaffer (Oklahoma). The RedHawks also graduated their top receiver in Mac Hippenhammer (54 catches, 769 yards and nine touchdowns), a second-team All-MAC selection.
On the plus side, the RedHawks gained transfer wide receiver Gage Larvadain, who caught 95 passes for 1,252 yards and seven touchdowns in two years for an FCS program, Southeastern Louisiana.
The RedHawks also brought in two other potential starters from the transfer portal: ex-Notre Dame receiver Joe Wilkins Jr. and former Kentucky center John Young, who will join three returning RedHawks starters on the offensive line.
Defensively, the RedHawks return seven starters from a unit that led the MAC in fewest points allowed (22.6). The biggest loss was starting cornerback John Saunders, who bolted to Ole Miss. He could be replaced by Southern Cal transfer Jayden Williams.
“We have a chance to be a really good football team,” RedHawks coach Chuck Martin said. “We’re excited about our first opportunity, playing one of the most storied programs in college football.
“This will be different for our kids to go across the country to play an opponent we’re not familiar with.”
REPORT: ACC NEARING VOTE ON EXPANSION EFFORTS
The Atlantic Coast Conference is nearing a decision about adding Stanford, Cal and SMU, ESPN reported Monday.
ACC officials were said to be organizing a conference call of the league’s presidents and chancellors on Monday morning to potentially vote on the issue.
A source told ESPN that expansion efforts are “trending in the direction of happening” but cautioned that nothing is finalized, and the additions are “only in pencil.”
Expansion requires the approval of 12 of the 15 existing ACC members, however four schools — Clemson, Florida State, NC State and North Carolina — have expressed their dissent. One of those programs would need to change its vote, “and there’s an expectation that will happen this week,” per the report.
If approved, all three newcomers would be expected to join the ACC in all sports for the 2024-25 season.
Stanford and Cal reportedly agreed to accept a smaller share (approximately 30 percent) of league revenues if they join the ACC, while SMU reportedly would be amenable to getting zero broadcast money for its first seven years in the league.
Cal and Stanford are looking for new homes after the disintegration of the Pac-12 Conference over the past year. UCLA and Southern Cal kicked off the exodus last summer by announcing their move to the Big Ten. Last month, Colorado moved to the Big 12, and Arizona, Arizona State and Utah soon followed.
Oregon and Washington then relocated to the Big Ten, leaving just Stanford, Cal, Oregon State and Washington State still in the Pac-12.
The ACC last changed its membership in 2014, when Louisville arrived as Maryland exited. Notre Dame is one of the 15, though it maintains independence in football despite playing multiple ACC opponents annually.
UCLA WILL START ETHAN GARBERS AT QB, BUT MOORE AND SCHLEE WILL ALSO SEE PLAYING TIME
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA will go with three quarterbacks during Saturday’s opener against Coastal Carolina.
Coach Chip Kelly said before Monday’s practice that Ethan Garbers will get the start but that Collin Schlee and Dante Moore will see playing time during the game.
Other than Garbers taking the first snap, Kelly said they will figure out how to divide the snaps later in the week. It’s also the first time in Kelly’s 29 years of coaching in college that he has gone into an opener without a clear starter.
“It is a unique situation, but they deserve to play. It’s the only fair way to do it,” Kelly said. “They all competed at a high level. We said it was going to be authentic and organic and this is what it is right now.”
Garbers, a redshirt junior, has seen action in 11 games over the past two years. His lone start came in a 2021 loss at Utah.
The Newport Beach, California, native started his career at Washington before transferring to UCLA in 2020.
Schlee made 11 starts for Kent State last season before transferring to the West Coast. He passed for 2,109 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions last season.
Moore is the first five-star recruit Kelly has landed since coming to Westwood. He was an early enrollee and participated in spring drills.
Kelly said he has been pleased with Moore’s accuracy and decision-making in practice but wants to see it during a game.
KANSAS QB JALON DANIELS, THE PRESEASON BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, TO START OPENER
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels, the preseason Big 12 offensive player of the year, is expected to start the Jayhawks’ opener against Missouri State on Friday night after dealing with a back injury that limited him in fall camp.
Jayhawks coach Lance Leipold made the announcement Monday while revealing the team’s first depth chart of the season.
“We just released the two-deep, and that’s kind of where we’re at right now and where we’re going,” Leipold said. “He hasn’t practiced a lot, but he went through everything today, and yeah, we’re planning on playing everyone who is available.”
Daniels generated some Heisman Trophy buzz while leading Kansas to five straight wins to start last season. But he hurt his shoulder the following week against TCU, sidelining him the next four games and putting a halt to that momentum.
Daniels returned to lead the Jayhawks to their first postseason game since 2008, a 55-53 triple-overtime loss to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl. He threw for 544 yards and five touchdowns while running for another score in the game, once more showcasing what made him one of the most entertaining players in college football early in the year.
Daniels finished with 1,014 yards passing, 18 touchdowns and four picks while running for 425 yards and seven scores.
He was limited throughout spring football by the shoulder injury, then the back tightness popped up in fall camp. Leipold said it didn’t prevent Daniels from practicing entirely, but it was enough to limit his reps ahead of backup Jason Bean.
After the Jayhawks open against Missouri State, they face a significant step up against Illinois. But the risk of aggravating Daniels’ injury against a team from the Football Championship Subdivision that Kansas is heavily favored to beat apparently was not enough to dissuade Leipold and offensive coordinator Andy Kotelnicki from sitting him Week 1.
“That’s the balancing act we have to do here,” Leipold said. “We’re getting him as much work as we can, as many different ways as we can. He’s been getting work; he’s been doing things. To make it sound like he’s never practiced the last two weeks is not accurate, either. We’re confident. Unfortunately for him, it’s something he’s gone through before, getting little reps and where he is at, but I think we’re in a good spot with him.”
WORLD BASKETBALL NEWS
US EASES PAST GREECE 109-81 AT BASKETBALL WORLD CUP TO ADVANCE TO THE SECOND ROUND
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The first required step at the Basketball World Cup for the Americans is now complete. They’re going to the tournament’s second round.
An achievement, technically — but one barely worth acknowledging.
Winning gold is the only goal for the Americans on this end-of-summer trip to Manila, and Monday was just another step, they hope, toward getting there. Austin Reaves led a balanced scoring effort with 15 points and the U.S. topped Greece 109-81 to clinch a spot in the second round that starts Friday.
“There’s only really one thing that gets us excited out here,” U.S. guard Tyrese Haliburton said. “We’ve got to take care of business every night to be able to do that.”
Jalen Brunson and Anthony Edwards each scored 13 for the Americans (2-0), who haven’t lost in seven games overall this summer. Brunson made all five of his shots, Bobby Portis had 10 points and Josh Hart grabbed 11 rebounds for the winners.
The win, combined with New Zealand’s 95-87 overtime victory over Jordan earlier Monday, ensured that the U.S. is moving on. The Americans will finish group play against Jordan on Wednesday, then play Lithuania and Montenegro — in some order — on Friday and Sunday in Round 2.
“We’re really excited to win the first two and to guarantee ourselves moving to the next round,” U.S. coach Steve Kerr said. “But we just keep on, one game at a time — and, hopefully, six more.”
Georgios Papagiannis led Greece (1-1) with 17 points. Nikos Rogkavopoulous added 14.
“We couldn’t compete the way we wanted to,” Greece coach Dimitrios Itoudis said. “We wanted them to feel us a little bit on the court.”
Getting to the second round isn’t exactly a surprise for the U.S., the current tournament favorites and a team seeking a sixth World Cup gold medal. There was no real gold-medal contender in Group C along with the U.S., and the Americans followed up a 27-point win over New Zealand in Saturday’s opener with a 28-point victory that was never in doubt Monday.
But France — the reigning Olympic silver medalist — getting eliminated in Round 1 of this World Cup served as a reminder: Even for basketball superpowers, nothing is guaranteed anymore. And the U.S. took a businesslike approach to get past Greece.
“All respect to Greece,” Brunson said. “That team over there, they play hard, they’re well-coached. A lot of respect for that squad. And for us, we’re still getting better.”
Greece is playing this summer without its best player, two-time NBA MVP and 2021 NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. He said he needed more time to recover from offseason knee surgery.
Without Giannis, Greece went to Papagiannis instead.
The former lottery pick — taken No. 13 in the 2016 draft — played 39 games in the league with Sacramento and Portland, last appearing in the NBA in 2018. He provided a flash of what he could do, scoring 11 points in the first quarter, 15 in the half, and trying to keep Greece’s upset shot afloat.
It wasn’t anywhere near enough. The U.S. lead was 50-37 at the half, and the Americans pushed the margin out to 79-56 going into the final 10-minute period.
“We’re 12 deep on our roster and we’re just trying to stay solid on every possession and put pressure on the opponent,” Kerr said. “We needed to do that tonight. … Eventually, we broke the dam and opened up the game.”
USA: Reaves also had six assists and five rebounds. … The Americans improved to 10-1 all-time in senior men’s national competition against Greece including exhibitions (like the one earlier this month in Abu Dhabi), and 5-1 when those games come in what is now called the World Cup. … A weird sequence: In the second quarter, Hart — who was seated on the court at the time — threw a bounce pass to Cam Johnson, who also was seated on the court at the time.
Greece: The winner of the Greece-New Zealand game on Wednesday goes to the second round. Both teams are 1-1. … Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis’ brother, missed two shots in a 14-second span of the first quarter — both blocked by Jaren Jackson Jr., the reigning NBA defensive player of the year. The first was a shot in the lane off a post-up; the other a dunk attempt in transition.
The U.S. made its first 22 free throws before a miss. The Americans finished the game 30 of 34 from the foul line.
Jordan cannot reach the second round, even if it beats the U.S. on Wednesday in the Group C finale for both squads.
USA: Faces Jordan on Wednesday in group-stage finale.
Greece: Faces New Zealand on Wednesday in group-stage finale.
SABRINA IONESCU GUIDES LIBERTY TO SEASON SPLIT WITH ACES
Sabrina Ionescu scored 25 points as the host New York Liberty took control in the second quarter and recorded a 94-85 victory over the league-best Las Vegas Aces on Monday night.
The Liberty (28-7) won their fourth straight game and reached 90 points for the 14th time this year. New York also gained a split of the regular-season series at two games apiece and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the Aces (30-6).
New York’s Breanna Stewart, despite a 9-of-23 showing from the floor that included 0-of-7 accuracy from 3-point range, wound up with 20 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. Betnijah Laney and Courtney Vandersloot added 17 points apiece for the Liberty, who shot 45.3 percent.
Vandersloot handed out 10 of New York’s 24 assists.
Jackie Young put up 24 points for the Aces, who dropped consecutive games for the first time this season and have lost three of their past five. A’ja Wilson added 23 points and Chelsea Grey contributed 16 points and nine rebounds, but Kelsey Plum was held to nine points and shot 4-for-14 as the Aces shot 44.9 percent overall.
After Las Vegas led by nine in the first quarter, Ionescu scored 10 points in a 15-3 run to put New York in front. Her 3-pointer with 21.2 seconds gave the Liberty a 22-19 lead through the opening quarter.
The Aces were within 27-26 after Wilson’s second-quarter jumper before the Liberty ripped off a 12-0 run. Ionescu hit her third trey of the half with 8.9 seconds left for a 47-35 lead.
Ionescu’s fourth 3-pointer extended the lead to 58-39 with 6:41 remaining in the third, and the Liberty maintained a 70-58 advantage going into the fourth after Plum missed a 3-point try in the final seconds.
Vandersloot’s three-point play gave New York a 77-60 lead with 7:11 left, and Ionescu’s fifth 3-pointer made it 88-72 with 3:22 to go. The Aces mounted a late charge, ripping off a 10-2 run that got them within 90-82 on Young’s 3-pointer with 84 seconds left, but Las Vegas could not get any closer.
2023 U.S. OPEN: NOVAK DJOKOVIC SLIGHT TITLE FAVORITE OVER CARLOS ALCARAZ
Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz have forged a new rivalry at the top of men’s tennis, and they could be headed for a third epic showdown this summer.
Entering the U.S. Open, Djokovic is coming off a dramatic win over Alcaraz at the Western & Southern Open earlier this month. That provided a measure of payback after the young Spaniard dethroned the all-time Grand Slam king in a five-set thriller at Wimbledon last month.
Alcaraz holds the No. 1 ranking entering the final Grand Slam of the year, and he’s the defending champion in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. However, it’s Djokovic who is the slight favorite to win the men’s title at +175 ahead of Alcaraz at +170 at BetMGM.
The Serbian, who is attempting to add on to his record 23 Grand Slam titles, leads the book with 35.2 percent of the total bets and 48.9 percent of the money wagered on the men’s champion backing him to win. Alcaraz is close behind with 27.9 percent of the tickets but has drawn just 19.4 percent of the money.
No other player has shorter than third-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev’s +1000 odds, which has drawn modest public support with 5.8 and 5.5 percent of the action, respectively. No. 6 Jannik Sinner of Italy has been the third most popular player, having been backed by 8.35 percent of the bets and 5.8 percent of the money at +1400.
The odds are similar at DraftKings, where Djokovic is the +120 favorite, followed by Alcaraz (+190), Medvedev (+1100) and Sinner (+1400).
Djokovic will begin his quest for a 24th Grand Slam title against unseeded Alexandre Muller at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday, while Alcaraz kicks off his title defense against unseeded Dominik Koepfer at the same time on Tuesday.
Alcaraz, 20, is attempting to become the first player to successfully defend a U.S. Open title since Roger Federer in 2008. His half of the draw includes Medvedev, Sinner and No. 8 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia.
“I feel that I’m more mature on court. I feel that I’m a better player than I was a year ago,” Alcaraz said in his pre-tournament press conference. “I got my first Grand Slam last year, but I feel like I’m more mature and I’m better.”
Djokovic, 36, faces a draw that includes Denmark’s Holger Rune, the No. 4 seed, and No. 5 Casper Ruud of Norway, along with No. 7 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and the American trio of No. 9 Taylor Fritz, No. 10 Francis Tiafoe and No. 14 Tommy Paul.
After taking the first two Grand Slam titles of the year, Djokovic’s record in majors this year is 20-1 — with the lone blemish being the instant classic against Alcaraz at Wimbledon.
“Grand Slams are the biggest goals that I have in my career at the moment,” he said. “I always speak about that, that I aim to peak and perform my best in Grand Slams. I don’t know how many more Slams I’ll have. … I see every Grand Slam that I play right now as really a golden opportunity to make more history.
“Of course, there’s a big significance to that.”
WOMEN’S GOLF NEWS
U.S. SOLHEIM CUP TEAM NAMES NINE AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS
World No. 1 Lilia Vu and No. 2 Nelly Korda lead the list of nine automatic qualifiers announced Monday for the U.S. Solheim Cup team.
Stacy Lewis captain’s the squad for next month’s biennial competition in Spain, which includes five others based on Solheim Cup point standings — Allisen Corpuz, Megan Khang, Jennifer Kupcho, Danielle Kang and Andrea Lee — plus Lexi Thompson and LPGA Tour rookie Rose Zhang, the two highest Americans in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings who were not in the top seven in the U.S. Solheim Cup standings.
Lewis plans to announce three additional captain’s picks for the 12-member squad at noon ET on Monday.
The U.S. will take on Team Europe and captain Suzann Pettersen at Finca Cortesin in Andalucia, Spain, from Sept. 22-24.
“I am so excited to have these nine players on the team for the 2023 Solheim Cup. The last year has been exciting — and challenging — and to have these players locked in has me pumped for the week in Spain,” Lewis said. “Even the rookies aren’t true rookies in my eyes. Over the last two years, they have proven to be great competitors and I have no doubt that they won’t be overwhelmed by the experience. When we add in the captain’s picks, this is definitely going to be a very strong team.”
This is Thompson’s sixth appearance in the Solheim Cup. Kang will represent the U.S. for the fourth time, with Khang and Korda appearing on their third teams. Kupcho will wear the Stars and Stripes for a second time, while Corpuz, Lee, Vu and Zhang will play in their first Solheim Cup.
“It’s an honor to be on this team, for me to be with the best players in the world as well as be an athlete that represents her country,” Zhang said. “I can’t wait to go to Spain and tee it up with these amazing girls, and at the same time represent the Red, White and Blue.”
In 2019, Team Europe earned a 14.5-13.5 victory at Gleneagles in Scotland, a breathtaking win that saw Pettersen knock in the winning putt on the final hole of the final match. The U.S. Team leads the European Team, 10-6, all-time in Solheim Cup competition.
OHIO STATE, NEBRASKA, MINNESOTA EARN FIRST 2023 WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL HONORS
ROSEMONT, Ill. (Aug. 28, 2023) – The Big Ten Conference has announced the season’s first Volleyball Weekly Awards for the week of August 21 – 27.
Offensive Player of the Week
Emily Londot, Ohio State
Sr. – Outside Hitter – Utica, Ohio – Utica – Major: Sport Industry
- Posted 5.18 kills/set, 1.73 digs/set and a team-best 0.73 blocks/set in helping lead the No. 14 Buckeyes to a perfect 3-0 weekend at the NKU Invitational, where she earned All-Tournament Team honors
- Recorded her first double-double of the season with 26 kills and 10 digs in a win over Bowling Green
- Moved into Ohio State’s Top-20 in career kills (15th) and tallied her 700th career dig
- Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Emily Londot (11/14/22)
Defensive Player of the Week
Kylie Murr, Minnesota
Gr. – Libero – Yorktown, Ind. – Yorktown – Major: Master’s in Sports Management
- Averaged 5.71 digs/set to earn Big Ten/Big 12 Challenge All-Tournament Team recognition, as well as the Best Libero Award
- Posted 13 digs, eight assists and two aces in the No. 7 Gophers sweep of No. 15 Baylor
- Tallied 27 digs, seven assists and an ace in a four-set win over TCU
- Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy (10/11/21)
Setter of the Week
Mia Tuman, Ohio State
Fr. – Setter – Sewickley, Pa. – North Allegheny – Major: Exploration
- Averaged 11.6 assists/set, 2.4 digs/set to earn All-Tournament Team honors at the NKU Invitational
- Earned her first double-double in a win over Bowling Green with 55 assists and 14 digs
- Totaled 116 assists in the No. 14 Buckeyes three season-opening victories
- Last Ohio State Setter of the Week: Mac Podraza (11/14/23)
Freshman of the Week
Harper Murray, Nebraska
Fr. – Outside Hitter – Ann Arbor, Mich. – Skyline – Major: Business & Law
- Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Ameritas Players Challenge after leading the No. 5 Cornhuskers to a perfect 3-0 start to the season
- Recorded 3.67 kills/set on .343 hitting and 2.33 digs/set during the weekend
- Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Bekka Alick (10/24/23)
MAC ANNOUNCES WEEK ONE VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Keona Salesman, Western Michigan, Outside Hitter
Salesman was named to the Western Michigan Tournament All-Tournament Team after helping the Broncos to a trio of four-set victories. The senior totaled 32 kills (3.56/set) while hitting .346 for the weekend. She racked up nine kills in the season-opening win over Milwaukee, and then had eight on a blistering .533 hitting percentage in Saturday’s win over UNI. Salesman then capped the weekend with a 15-kill performance against Villanova, during which she hit .325.
West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Andelyn Simkins, Western Michigan, Libero
Simkins was named to the Western Michigan Tournament All-Tournament Team after helping lead the Broncos to a trio of four-set victories. The senior totaled 46 digs (3.83/set) for the weekend and successfully received 59-of-60 opponent serves (.983). Simkins totaled 18 digs in the season-opening win over Milwaukee and followed that up with 22 in Saturday’s win over UNI. In those two matches, she went a combined 41-for-41 in serve reception.
West Division Setter of the Week
Logan Case, Western Michigan, Setter
Case was named the MVP of the Western Michigan Tournament over the weekend, leading the Broncos to three straight four-set victories. The senior handed out 139 assists (11.58/set) to help the WMU attack hit .234 for the weekend. On the defensive end, Case also added 28 digs (2.33/set) and five block assists. The Maineville, Ohio, native capped the weekend with her first double-double of the new season as she handed out 44 assists and tallied 14 digs as the Broncos hit .321 in a four-set win over Villanova.
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Amanda Otten, Bowling Green, Right Side/Setter
Freshman Amanda Otten burst onto the scene for the Falcons with two double-doubles during the opening weekend. In Otten’s first match, she landed six kills with a .455 hitting percentage to go along with 18 assists, seven digs, two aces and two block assists. She followed it up on Saturday with her first career double-double, nearly a triple-double, against No. 14 Ohio State with 14 kills, 23 assists and nine blocks. Otten added a .481 hitting percentage, two aces and two digs. Otten wrapped up the weekend with another double-double, this one against Northern Kentucky, with 17 assists and 13 kill along with seven digs and a weekend-best .526 hitting percentage.
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Sam Steele, Ohio, Libero
Senior DS/L Sam Steele led the Ohio volleyball team defensively this past weekend at the LD&B Insurance Invitational hosted by JMU, leading the Bobcats to a 2-1 opening weekend. Overall, Steele played in all 12 sets on the weekend, registering 65 digs in 70 attempts and 5.42 digs per set. She also only recorded one receiving error and had a .986 reception percentage. She also added nine service aces and 13 assists. In Ohio’s opening match against UMBC, Steele had 25 digs, 27 receptions and eight assists. Then in Ohio’s sweep of JMU, Steele recorded 19 digs and five aces, before closing out the weekend with 22 digs and three aces in the Bobcats’ 3-1 win against High Point on Sunday.
East Division Setter of the Week
Parker Kwiatkowski, Ohio, Setter
Graduate student setter Parker Kwiatkowski helped the Ohio volleyball team to a 2-1 weekend at the 2023 LD&B Insurance Invitational hosted by James Madison. Overall, Kwiatkowski played in all 12 sets and recorded 127 assists on 355 attempts for a .358 assist percentage, while averaging 10.58 assists per set. In the Bobcats’ first match against UMBC on Friday, Kwiatkowski had 50 assists in 130 chances for a .385 set percentage. On Saturday in Ohio’s sweep of JMU, Kwiatkowski had 32 assists in 96 chances, while wrapping up the weekend with 45 assists in Ohio’s 3-1 win over High Point.
RIVER STATES CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS PICKED FOR AUG. 21-27
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – River States Conference Player of the Week awards have been selected for this past week in the sports of men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. See below for the winners announced at RiverStatesConference.com.
Bickel grabs RSC Volleyball Defender of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ella Bickel from Indiana University East picked up River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week for Aug. 21-27.
The sophomore defensive specialist from Fort Wayne, Ind., compiled 100 digs in five matches on the week. That was with an average of 5.88 digs per set. Her defense led the Red Wolves to a 3-2 record.
Bickel had a high of 24 digs and three aces in a win over No. 21 Marian (Ind.). She also had 20 digs in a victory over (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.).
Swimm garners RSC Volleyball Attacker of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Jessica Swimm from Indiana University East is the River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week for Aug. 21-27.
A junior outside hitter from Hagerstown, Ind., Swimm averaged 4.71 kills per set to lead the Red Wolves to a 3-2 week. She put up 80 kills in the five matches getting double-digit kills in every match and collecting two double-doubles in kills and digs.
Big matches on the week were 26 kills, eight digs and a .389 percentage in a win over No. 21 Marian (Ind.) and 15 kills, 10 digs and a .500 percentage in a sweep of (RV) Campbellsville (Ky.).
Shirley picked for RSC Volleyball Setter of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Reece Shirley from Indiana University East is the River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for Aug. 21-27.
The senior from Michigan City, Ind., averaged 11.18 assists per set in five matches for the Red Wolves. That amassed 190 total assists, and she also had 58 digs, 11 kills and 10 total blocks.
Shirley posted four double-doubles of assists and digs in the five matches. That led the Red Wolves to a 3-1 win over No. 21 Marian (Ind.) and victories over “receiving votes” teams St. Xavier (Ill.) and Campbellsville (Ky.). A big performance was 47 assists, 13 digs and four blocks versus No. 21 Marian. Also 41 assists, 15 digs and two blocks versus Campbellsville.
Hoopingarner picked for RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Keely Hoopingarner from Indiana University Kokomo is the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Aug. 21-27.
A senior from Noblesville, Ind., Hoopingarner scored two goals and six points in a 1-1-1 week for the Cougars. She had two goals and two assists in a 6-1 win over Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) to provide the scoring. IU Kokomo also had a 1-1 tie versus Blue Mountain (Miss.) and 4-0 loss to No. 2 Marian (Ind.).
Field picked for RSC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Chloe Field from St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College has been selected as the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 21-27.
A sophomore, Field played in the defensive midfield for the Pomeroys during a 1-1 week. She keyed a 2-1 win over Huntington (Ind.) to highlight the week. There was also a 3-1 loss to Trinity Christian (Ill.).
Harder named RSC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Philipp Harder from Point Park (Pa.) University has been chosen as the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Aug. 21-27.
A senior midfielder from Kiel, Germany, Harder had four goals and nine points in three games, all wins for the Pioneers. He scored two goals and picked up an assist in a 5-1 win over Goshen (Ind.). Harder also scored both goals in a 2-1 win at Michigan-Dearborn. The Pioneers also notched a 2-1 win over No. 17-ranked Madonna (Mich.).
Garcia selected RSC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Eduard Garcia from Point Park (Pa.) University is the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 21-27.
A sophomore from Sant Celoni, Spain, Garcia was a part of three wins for the Pioneers. He played all 270 minutes on the week to improve Point Park to 3-0. Garcia made four saves each in a 5-1 win over Goshen (Ind.) and a 2-1 win over No. 17 Madonna (Mich.). There were also two saves in a 2-1 victory over Michigan-Dearborn.
TOP INDIANA PRESS RELEASES
REPORTS: COLTS RELEASING WR BRESHAD PERRIMAN
The Indianapolis Colts are reportedly cutting wideout Breshad Perriman, a former first-round draft pick.
Multiple outlets reported Monday on the impending release of Perriman, who signed with the Colts in June.
Perriman, who turns 30 on Sept. 10, caught four passes for 34 yards during the preseason.
The Baltimore Ravens selected Perriman with the 26th pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
He has 145 receptions for 2,343 yards and 16 touchdowns in 80 games (25 starts) with the Ravens (2016-17), Cleveland Browns (2018), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2019, 2021-22) and New York Jets (2020).
NFL teams have until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday to reduce their rosters to 53 players.
INDIANA FOOTBALL: TOM ALLEN PRESS CONFERENCE
Tom Allen | Head Coach
WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Dz8fHEplS0
TA: Really exciting about camp and the way that our guys worked, all that went into that. A lot of individuals that make it happen and just effort and the work and getting all of our new faces integrated into our program. So, it’s been a very, very good camp for us. Excited to open the season on Saturday here at home against the Ohio State Buckeyes. It’s a 3:30 kickoff on CBS. Should be an awesome, awesome day. Looks like the weather is going to be nice as well.
On where he feels comfortable with the team going into week one and some positions that still have questions…
TA: I think throughout camp, as you guys have asked and we’ve talked about different positions, I think an area that kind of sticks out numerically is our defensive line and just having some new guys there and the way those guys have performed during camp. So just excited to see those guys play. I think that’s going to be one of the strengths of our defense.
Then our receiver room has a lot of depth to it. I like that room a lot. I feel the same way about it and getting those guys through camp and working through injuries. Nothing serious there, but just everybody has pulled things along the way that you work through. Feel good about where we’re at with those guys and those positions.
And I need a big week this week. Obviously, we’re still in game week mode or preparation for that, just continuing to build our offensive line. The depth there is always big. It’s always important. I like the progress those guys have made, but we’ll continue to work in that area as well and keep building.
I think the biggest question mark is just a lot of new faces in the secondary, and they’ll be tested at a very, very high level right from the get go. Definitely excited about that.
The kicking battle is an ongoing thing. Guys have made a lot of progress there. Excited about where we are. I feel way better about that than I did a couple of weeks ago. Those guys have performed very, very well in our mod game situation where they get a chance to really — all their kicks are game situations for them. So I thought they responded well there. Special teams was crisp and sharp.
Got to play our best football right out of the gate.
On if a starting kicker has been named…
TA: We do, yeah. Those guys know all that. We’re not going to post anything, but I feel good about that. I do feel like we have options, which is good. We’ve got guys that have different skillsets and different strengths and things that they do in the kicking game.
Obviously, both of our kickers are inexperienced in regards to field goals an on college Saturdays, but in regards to the reps, I feel really good about where we’re at with that. I think they’re ready to roll.
On if there’s a possibility of splitting kicking duties…
TA: I would say Chris Freeman is going to be our kickoff specialist. He was our specialist all last year. He’s done a great job with that. He’s done really, really well all fall camp.
The field goals themselves is where we’re still kind of working through. I think it could be a situation where it’s distance driven based on certain parts of the field, different areas where guys are better at, even locations, hashes, and maybe more probably distance than anything.
But at the same time, we’ve got some new opportunities here, and I feel good about the multiple options we have. Both Chris and Nico have really done well. I feel like those guys have put themselves in position to be ready when called upon. We’ll probably let the situation dictate that.
On his thoughts for the Big Ten’s decision to announce lineups two hours ahead of game time…
TA: It was obviously discussed several weeks ago within the Big Ten at our meetings. Obviously we were expecting that to happen, so that was really driven by our leadership and our conference.
I think the coaches were — we had some questions at first, just how it was going to look and work, but I think it’s pretty — it’s not real specific. Obviously if a guy’s out, he’s out. That’s one thing where if you list him as out, he cannot play. That’s one thing that’s different. Instead of saying, hey, this guy is probable in these situations. And the second category is a guy who could play, may not play.
So I think it’s good. It’s good for all of us to have that clarity and that openness about it. There has been a couple of teams over the years that have done this. I know Wisconsin did this, and has always done this for a while since I’ve been here. The couple times we played them, they would put theirs out.
I think in regards everybody knows why they’re doing this. So I think it’s something that’s good and we’re all on the same page. We kind of wanted to be the leader on that as a conference. Our new commissioner really, really pushed for this, and I think he was right. I think it’s the right thing to do.
And I think our guys — it doesn’t affect our players. We’ll have a systematic way of communicating that and putting that out before kickoff, and I like the fact that everybody’s doing the same thing.
On if there have been any different changes to camp with the different roster…
TA: It has. It’s affected some things we’ve done in practice. It affected the way we did our mod game, just having so many new guys, just making sure it was probably more true to a real game than it’s been since I’ve been here just because of having a number of guys that are new with us that are going to be playing.
A lot of times you get new faces, but those guys aren’t playing as much. But I think you’re going to see there’s a lot of new faces that are going to do a lot of the playing. I think it’s important to do that.
And even as this week unfolds, yes, it’s our first true game week. Obviously to be able to go through the schedule and flow and all the things we’re doing and being very prescriptive about that with our guys and our coaching staff and the meeting time with our players.
I just think, when you have new individuals, even when you have a few new coaches as well, so just making sure there’s no game day things that haven’t been covered thoroughly. I want to make sure we’re really, really on point with all that to allow them to be able to be in a routine and be able to play their best and function at their best as a coaching staff.
Yeah, I think there’s no question that the newness of a lot of guys has caused us to really be kind of very, very purposeful in everything we do. We always have been but even to a higher degree for sure.
On what the starting quarterback has to bring to the table against Ohio State, no matter who is under center…
TA: It’s preparation. Preparation creates that confidence. There’s nothing you can do. You’ve got to play the game. There’s no other way around it.
I think experience has taught me that. I think it’s somewhat obvious in a lot of ways. In that position for sure, you’ve got to be in the fire and be able to have those opportunities.
But preparing every possible way. I think that’s the big emphasis I’ve seen in almost every single quarterback meeting and every fall camp. Just the work they’re doing and even how we think about, well, Monday’s an off day. Well, it’s an off day for everybody but the quarterbacks. That’s how they operate. That’s the way they think. And the way they study film and prepare and all the work they do together is huge.
So I think it’s just you prepare and you leave no stone unturned, the confidence that you have in your position and your skill set and what you’re doing and running the offense. I just want them to be confident and play with decisive decision-making.
You try schematically to help in that regard. You want to make sure you set them up to have the best success possible, but they’ve still got to get in the fire and play against a really, really talented defense that’s big and fast and physical and has really, really good coaches, and they’re going to be very well coached.
Yeah, to me it’s just a matter of preparation. That’s the best answer I can give, and it’s going to be key. It’s going to reveal itself, and we’ve got to do a great job as coaches of putting them in the best position as possible.
On what he is looking for out of the defensive back group against Ohio State…
TA: I think it’s — all you’ve got to do is put the film in and watch it for a little bit. They’ve added some new talented receivers to the group that was already very, very talented.
But I think it’s like anything else. We have to play extremely well within our system. We have to do what we do well, and they’re going to have some catches and get some yards. You’ve got to be able to do a great job of preventing the explosive plays. I think we all know that. But saying that and doing that is not as simple as it might sound.
But at the same time, you’ve got to play your system, and we’ve got to do a great job of — like we always do within our scheme of disguising things. If they know what you’re in, it’s not usually good for the defense. They’ve got such talented players.
They’re going to have a new quarterback, whoever it might be, and I’m sure we’re expecting to see them both. To be able to adapt to that — but once again, it goes back to what I even said with the quarterbacks. It’s preparation. It’s confidence. It’s playing at a high level of, you know what, they make a play, we’ve got to flush it and play the next play. We make a play ourselves, we’ve got to flush it and play the next play. So having some maturity.
Some of these guys have played football quite a bit. They may be new to us, but not new to the game and not new to college football. But we do have some young guys who are going to play more than they have played in the past in the secondary. Yeah, they’ll be tested without question. They’ll be put in a situation where they’re going to have to play really, really well, and they’re going to have to have a really bad memory. If something happens, you’ve got to flush, and you’ve got to go.
We respect them without question, but we’ve got to play our game. We’ve got to play to our standard, and we’ve got to play really good football on defense.
On players who have impressed throughout fall camp…
TA: I think Amare Ferrell is a guy that sticks out to me. Been here since January, true freshman, really good football player. Really he’s a guy that we’ve said, you know what, we’ve got to get him involved on special teams, and he’s risen on the depth chart.
Jordan Grier is another one that has elevated his status on our team and I think really improved a lot as a player. Then in the course of the spring, I expected that and wanted that from these guys, especially a guy like Jordan who’s been here.
Like Amare, you really don’t know. It’s his first fall camp he’s ever been in, and he had spring football as a high school athlete from the state of Florida. But being here and being here all summer, just changing his body through the off-season coming through the summer and just being a guy that, when you put the pads on, just shows up. I think that’s a really good thing. That’s what you want.
I think Lanell Carr continues to be a guy that is playing with a lot of confidence right now with regards to what he sees in practice. It needs to translate to the game without question, but he’s a guy that’s been playing at a higher level maybe than we even expected in the beginning. So I’m really excited about that.
Those are guys that need to do that at a high level for sure. I think Donaven McCulley continues to elevate his game, and to me that’s something I really challenge him about. He’s worked extremely hard this off-season and just being able to be a guy that can make game changing plays, which is what we need on that side of the ball and need to create explosive plays on offense to be able to allow us to move the football and do good things in that regard.
So those guys stick out to me.
On the respect he has for Ryan Day…
TA: There’s no question. It amazes me, sometimes when you hear people’s comment and whatever, and all he does is win a lot. You just go through, and you study what they’ve done offensively, it’s impressive. And the way they continue to recruit. Obviously he took — he was obviously given a great situation without question, but that’s hard to take it and elevate it.
They were one makable field goal away from playing for a National Championship. I have a ton of respect for him. He’s done a helluva job there. I think he’s a first class person. I think he cares about his players. I think he does it the right way. I just think he’s special, I really do. So, yeah, a lot of respect from my end for him and the way he does.
Obviously being a defensive guy and he’s an offensive guy, and he calls their plays, so I just think that he’s sharp and really maximizes. Obviously they have great players, and that’s part of it too, but also has a system in place that puts you in a lot of conflicts defensively.
Yeah, he’s done a tremendous job. That was a lot of pressure. They’re expected to do certain things every single week. Some people look at that and they go, that’s hard. That’s hard to maintain that and then elevate it. Obviously the expectation for them is to win a National Championship. Until you do that, you get questions.
At the same time, you can see it, and they just keep continuing to get better and better. They may have their best team that he’s had since he’s been there.
On prepping for Ohio State with a lot of things still to be settled…
TA: That’s a good point. You think about those — the tackles, the center, and the quarterback. That’s really kind of the triangle of how things operate for an offense. Once again, talented players.
We’ve been through this before where they have a new quarterback and it’s — whoever it’s going to be is going to be a very, very talented player. They’re going to have new guys at other positions, but they’re going to be very talented new guys even though we haven’t seen them play a lot for Ohio State.
But the unknown to me, when you think about quarterback-wise, we’ve had — I think it’s not very many times that we’ve had a quarterback that we don’t really know a lot about. So there’s not a lot. You have to go back to high school film for a lot of these guys, for both of these guys. So I think that makes it unique. They’re also different quarterbacks as well. They have different skill sets. Both can throw the ball extremely well, and one’s more athletic than the other one is. From a running perspective, both can elude things.
That creates challenges without question, but we’re playing for that, but we’re preparing for that. We’re preparing for both. They have a standard of how they play, and you’ve got a consistency in what they’re doing offensively. So that’s going to make it very — you’ve got to go out and out compete them for balls and for plays and for making tackles.
We’ve got to tackle extremely, extremely well. They get you in space. They’ve got great athletes, and that’s where they put a lot of pressure on you defensively.
But from a position perspective, that’s going to have to be in game adjustments. We’ll see how it unfolds, who they’re using and how they’re using them, and how they use it to modify what they do. Their system is what it is, and they do a really good job. At the end of the day, you’ve got to stop it.
On the progress of the offensive line…
TA: We have. I think it is hard to tell, though. You mentioned it, we haven’t played against anybody else except ourselves for spring and fall camp. But I do feel like our defensive line has some different players than we’ve had in terms of just the mass and the talent level. So that helps give us a true picture of who they’re going against.
But I feel like we’ve made progress. I guess we’ll know for sure on Saturday. Obviously it’s a tremendous test. I’ve been here, this is going on my eighth season overall. Running the football against these guys has never been easy, whatever year it’s been, even the year when we’ve had a chance to be in — one year, first year, we had a chance, third quarter we were in striking distance. And in 2020 came down to the final possession. Even in that year, we threw the ball well but didn’t run the ball very well against them. That’s been a challenge consistently every year we’ve played them.
I do feel like our O-line has improved, but at the same time, they’ve got to show it on game day. It’s got to be a consistent thing we see each and every week. But I know the work they put in. I know the work our coaching staff has put in. As we know, it’s a huge part of the game just being able to run the football, protect the quarterback, and do a great job of playing great defensive football up front.
Both line of scrimmages are going to be huge on Saturday, and that’s not going to be any different this weekend.
On takeaways from sitting in on the quarterback meetings…
TA: By not calling the defense, it allows me to do that. I was able to do that in the past when I wasn’t calling. It definitely gives me a better feel for them individually, interactions with Coach Bell in those meetings. Just their ability to stay locked in and focused during that time is important.
And the feedback you get from them, you kind of get the feel for what they’re thinking when they make a decision, what their process went through, and that helps me a lot.
The others, no question, just a feel for the offense. Obviously you go against it in the past, but now you’re in the meetings more. So that’s a bit of positive without question. So it just adds to further make the best decision possible even as we move forward.
I think it’s just time on task with the very critical position of the quarterbacks has been helpful for sure.
On how Donaven McCulley has grown in the last year…
TA: Sure. I think the number one thing is just learn how to be a receiver. Whatever your perception of the position is, it takes more than just being a good athlete. There’s a lot of technical sides of running great routes, and how do you get open and how do you separate? How do you understand the coverage that you’re looking to read and evaluate? That’s all been a growth process for him.
I just think the more he’s done it, and he’s obviously had a chance to have two really good receiver coaches, one’s now in the NFL and now Coach Tuck does a phenomenal job. I think it’s been neat to see that.
My challenge to him is just go out there and play with the confidence and the belief that you know you have to be in as the lead receiver. When the ball’s in the air, it is your ball. I don’t care who we’re playing against, what coverage you’re in, I don’t care about anything else. When that ball is anywhere near you, you come down with it, and you have that edge about you, that swagger about you. He’s big, he’s long, he’s athletic, and all those things you see.
That’s what we’re starting to see is he’s playing with that same kind of confidence. You can’t guard me. It doesn’t matter what you do. I just think that being able to have that core belief that this is how we’re going to play no matter what the circumstances, no matter what the conditions, no matter what the coverage, no matter what they try to do to you.
Just really love the kid. He’s an awesome young man. He works extremely hard and cares a whole bunch. I just think he needed to grow in his confidence as a receiver and as a playmaker in that role. I think we’ve seen that. Now he’s got to go do that on game day.
On the positives of testing an inexperienced quarterback with a great team in their first go…
TA: I think that, as challenging as it might appear — which there’s no doubt there is. I think we all acknowledge that. But I think when you prepare for and get a chance to play against the very, very best, number one, that’s why you come here. Number two, I think it really accelerates your growth, I really do.
I think there may be some growing pains through all of that. We get that. We get that. But I think there’s nothing like being tested by the best. Those that are elite competitors, they thrive in that. They want that. They can’t wait for those things to happen.
Even though it isn’t the easiest way to start something out, I think it also can be the best way for you to become who I believe you can become. When you’re going against that high level competition right out of the gate, the urgency, the focus, all of it, it’s just — I thought yesterday’s work and walk-throughs were just extremely focused and the high intensity of just the mental side of things, which is demanded in that situation.
The quarterback’s obviously no different. When you do that, everything accelerates in a positive way. To me, it’s how do you handle the adversity that’s going to happen in the game? Because it’s going to happen. No one knows what it’s going to look like, but how you respond to that, to me, is going to be big and how a game like this plays itself out.
I’m excited for that. Gets a chance to get a lot of questions answered without question right away and a chance to be able to go against the very, very best from week 1 on. So I’m excited for our football team, and we will be ready.
Going to have a great week of preparation, and we coach till kickoff here at Indiana. Can’t wait for Saturday. It will be soon. Go Hoosiers!
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
NO. 2 INDIANA HOSTS DEPAUL TO OPEN HOMESTAND
BLOOMINGTON — Current No. 2-ranked Indiana men’s soccer (0-0-1) opens a three-match homestand Tuesday (Aug. 29) night when it hosts DePaul (1-0-0) in its home opener on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET.
The first 500 students at Tuesdays match will receive a free Hoosier Army t-shirt. Students can attend the match for free with a valid crimson card.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana’s home opener is the first game of a three-match homestand at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The Hoosiers will also host current No. 6-ranked Washington (Sept. 1) and Seton Hall (Sept. 4) in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic over the next week.
• IU was 9-1-3 at home last season and, since 2016, has collected a 66-6-11 record and 52 shutouts in that span.
• Freshman Collins Oduro scored on his debut in IU’s season opener on Thursday, a 1-1 draw at Notre Dame.
• Oduro was one of five debuts – senior transfer Hugo Bacharach and freshman Alex Barger also started, and freshmen Clay Murador and Justin Shreffler came off the bench.
ABOUT THE BLUE DEMONS
• DePaul is 1-0-0 after a 1-0 win over Lindenwood on Thursday.
• The Blue Demons are led by sixth-year head coach Mark Plotkin, who has compiled a 24-36-18 record at DePaul.
• Junior midfielder Callum Watts was the lone goal scorer in DePaul’s season opening win, converting an 83rd-minute header.
KINLEY NAMED BIG EAST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK — Butler libero Jaymeson Kinley was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Bulldogs to a 3-0 record at the Bulldog Brawl over opening weekend. Kinley was the Bulldog Brawl Tournament MVP by racking up 56 digs over the first three matches of the season.
Kinley opened the new year with 11 digs in the sweep over Kent State and then supplied BU with 19 digs in a four-set win over Fresno State. Her best individual effort came in the five-set Saturday win over UC San Diego. The redshirt-senior came up with a match-high 26 digs to keep Butler undefeated. For the weekend, Kinley averaged 4.67 digs per set while adding 17 assists and a service ace.
Butler will travel to Dayton this weekend to compete in the Dayton Invite. The Flyers will host North Dakota State, Ohio and Butler over the two-day tournament. Butler has two matches on Friday and one against host Dayton on Saturday.
BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RELEASES 2023-24 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler women’s basketball program released their 2023-24 non-conference schedule on Monday morning. The Bulldogs will host seven regular season games at Hinkle Fieldhouse and participate in the Tiger Turkey Tip-Off hosted by Pacific. Fans first chance to see the team is Monday, Oct. 30 in an exhibition game vs. Franklin. The season opener will be a road game at Iowa State on Nov. 6.
The trip to Ames, Iowa will be a stiff test for Butler with the Cyclones coming off a 22-10 season in 2022-23 that concluded with a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Iowa State won their first Big 12 Tournament Title since 2001 with victories over Baylor, No. 14 Oklahoma and No. 15 Texas. The Cyclones also knocked off No. 25 Villanova last year in non-conference action.
Butler will return to Hinkle later that week to host Detroit Mercy in the home opener on Nov. 12. Additional home games for BU have Austin Peay and Roosevelt visiting Indianapolis. The Governors were a quality team last season with a 17-12 overall record. They finished fourth in the ASUN standings with a 12-6 conference record.
The Bulldogs will spend Thanksgiving in Stockton, Calif. this year playing in the Tiger Turkey Tip-Off. Butler will face Pacific on Nov. 24 and St. Thomas the following day. The last game during the month of November for Butler will feature the ‘Dawgs hosting Bradley on the 29th.
The month of December opens with Butler playing at Wisconsin on the 3rd. The final three non-conference matchups will be played at home vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 7), Chicago State (Dec. 10) and Ohio (Dec. 21).
Head Coach Austin Parkinson will enter his second year at the helm of the program in 2023-24. Under his direction, BU saw a 10-win improvement and earned the No. 8 seed in the conference tournament.
The 2023-24 roster includes eight returners, three transfers and three freshmen. Sydney Jaynes and Anna Mortag are the top returning scorers for BU. The transfers came in from Michigan, Purdue, and IUPUI, and all three freshmen were 2023 Indiana All-Stars.
INDIANA STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER
ALEXANDER NAMED MARK CLINKENBEARD CONSTRUCTION ISU STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer’s Maddie Alexander was named this week’s Mark Clinkenbeard Construction ISU Student-Athlete of the Week as announced by the athletic department on Monday afternoon.
Alexander is the first Sycamore to receive the award as the senior goalkeeper guided Indiana State to four consecutive draws to open the 2023 season. The Battle Creek, Mich. native was named the Missouri Valley Goalkeeper of the Week over the first week of the season after posting back-to-back shutouts at Louisville and Miami University.
She followed up this week limiting both Marshall and Eastern Illinois to one goal apiece in a pair of 1-1 draws as the Sycamores sit as just one of two teams in the NCAA Division I to start the 2023 season with four tied matches.
Alexander is tied for the national lead in minutes played (360:00) and is 23rd in the country in total shutouts (2). She boasts a 0.895 save percentage with 17 stops overall in the 2023 season.
The Mark Clinkenbeard Construction ISU Student-Athlete of the Week will be announced every Monday afternoon throughout the 2023-24 athletic season.
INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL
SCHERTZ, SYCAMORES ANNOUNCE 2023-24 INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Head Coach Josh Schertz and the Indiana State men’s basketball program announced the 2023-24 nonconference schedule on Monday morning. The 11-game slate will feature four games inside the Hulman Center, while road trips to Alabama and Michigan State highlight the road portion that also includes the Ball Dawgs Classic in Las Vegas and the Indy Classic against Ball State.
Overall, the nonconference schedule features home games against St. Mary of the Woods, IUPUI, Southern Indiana, and Tennessee State. The road portion includes the aforementioned contests, as well as an early December trip to Northern Illinois.
ISU opens the competition slate against local opponent St. Mary of the Woods on Monday, November 6, as the Sycamores open the regular season at home inside Hulman Center.
The Sycamores make their first road trip of the 2023-24 season down to Tuscaloosa, Ala. as Indiana State heads to take on the Crimson Tide for the first time in program history. Alabama is coming off one of the best seasons in program history as the Crimson Tide earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
Indiana State returns for their second home game of 2023-24 with a November 14 contest against IUPUI at Hulman Center. It marks the first time the programs have met since the 2015 season and ninth overall.
The Sycamores head to Las Vegas, Nev. for Thanksgiving as ISU is set to join five other teams for the Ball Dawgs Classic at The Dollar Loan Center. Indiana State will take on Rice (Nov. 21), Pepperdine (Nov. 22), and Toledo (Nov. 24) over the four-day event held in the home of the NBA G League Ignite.
ISU remains on the road to open the final month of 2023 as the Sycamores make the return trip to Northern Illinois on December 5th. The trip closes out the home-and-home series between the two programs started when the Huskies visited Hulman Center on December 22.
The Sycamores welcome Southern Indiana to Hulman Center on December 9 as ISU enters year two of the four-year contract with the Screaming Eagles.
Indiana State heads to Gainbridge Fieldhouse on December 16 for the second annual Indy Classic as the Sycamores take on Ball State. ISU and the Cardinals have an extensive history against each other dating back to the inaugural matchup in 1919. The Sycamores lead the all-time series, 73-63, after their most recent win over Ball State in Terre Haute last November.
ISU’s final nonconference home game is set for December 19 as the Sycamores welcome Tennessee State to Hulman Center. The contest will mark the fourth all-time meeting between the programs and first since 2019.
The Sycamores’ final nonconference game features an opponent of historical significance to Indiana State as ISU makes the first trek to East Lansing, Mich. in program history to take on Michigan State for the first time since the 1979 NCAA Championship Game. Tipoff against the Spartans inside the Breslin Center will be on either December 29 or 30 based on the Big Ten schedule.
Get Indiana State Men’s Basketball Season Tickets Now
Season tickets for the 2023-24 Indiana State men’s basketball team is on sale now. The Sycamores will host 10 conference games to go along with the nonconference slate.
The full schedule for the season will be announced in the coming weeks. The pricing list for the 2023-24 men’s basketball season tickets with court diagram can be found at GoSycamores.com.
SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL
EAGLES STAY IN TOWN TO FACE PURPLE ACES
EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Volleyball (1-2) will head across the city of Evansville to battle the University of Evansville (1-1) on Tuesday at Meeks Family Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. The Screaming Eagles look to reverse their fortunes from last year’s 3-0 loss to the Purple Aces.
Information about USI Volleyball, including live stats, video, and audio broadcasts, is available on USIScreamingEagles.com.
For more information about ticket prices, follow this link.
Screaming Eagles Headlines:
Eagles show promise. The Screaming Eagles went 1-2 at the Indiana Invitational, defeating Radford University in sweeping fashion. USI has already matched their win total from last season when the Eagles went 1-28.
Aucoin gets first win. Newly hired head coach Jeffrey Aucoin earned his first-ever head coaching win on Friday against Radford. Prior to USI, Aucoin spent 10 seasons at Harvard University as an assistant coach.
Consistent Starts. In just three matches, senior Leah Anderson has racked up 10 or more kills while junior Carly Sobieralski has totaled 20 or more assists in the same number of matches. Junior Abby Weber has the same number of aces (7) as sets played.
OVC Leaderboard. USI ranks second in digs per set (15.60) and opponent service aces per set (0.80) within the conference. The Eagles also stand fourth in aces per set (1.60), fifth in assists per set (10.30), and sixth in multiple categories including kills per set (10.80) and opponent hitting percentage (.189).
OVC Leaders. Junior Abby Weber leads the conference with one service ace per set while senior Leah Anderson is third best in kills per set (4.10). Junior Carly Sobieralski is fourth in assists per set (8.60) while sophomore Keira Moore has the seventh most digs per set (3.80).
Team Leaders. Senior Leah Anderson leads the pack in a pair of categories with 41 kills and six blocks. Junior Carly Sobieralski has shown true potential in the passing game, putting up 87 assists. Junior Abby Weber has produced a team-leading seven service aces while sophomore Keira Moore has added 38 digs to the stat line.
You Have To #OVCit. The Eagles are in their second season in NCAA Division I and the OVC. USI is looking for their first conference tournament berth in the DI era, but only the top eight teams make it to the championship.
New Faces. USI has added five newcomers to the roster: Leah Coleman, Ellie Marbet, Mariah Minor, Jillian Moonan, and Maeve Moonan. The Eagles also hired first-year head coach Jeffrey Aucoin as the 13th head coach in program history.
Preseason Poll and All-OVC. Senior Leah Anderson scored enough votes to land herself on the 2023 Preseason All-OVC Team. The Eagles were picked to finish last out of 11 teams within the conference. Anderson has earned preseason honors in back-to-back seasons and is the only player to be on the All-OVC Preseason Team in USI program history.
All-Conference Selection. Senior Leah Anderson nabbed the program’s first-ever All-OVC honor in 2022, securing second-team accolades.
Schedule Forecast. The Eagles’ 2023 campaign will consist of 12 home, 13 away, and four neutral matches. USI will also host a four-team tournament in September. The conference slate will feature nine home and nine away matches including the OVC Championship in late November.
History in Progress. Senior Leah Anderson will look to leave her mark as one of the greatest in USI Volleyball history. She enters the 2023 season ranked No. 3 all-time at USI with 169 career service aces, No. 5 with 1,272 kills, and No. 10 with 1,123 digs. The outside hitter became the 15th player to reach 1,000 kills, the 13th player to reach 1,000 digs, and the fifth player in program history to reach both feats. She has joined an elite group that includes Shannon Wells, Jamie Roth, Danielle Peter, and Leeanne Gross in the 1,000 kills/1,000 digs club.
About Evansville. The Purple Aces have a 1-1 record going into the match after defeating Central Michigan, 3-2. UE finished last season with a 16-19 overall record and an 11-7 MVC record. So far, the Purple Aces have accumulated 93 kills, 90 assists, and 20 aces along with 100 digs and 20 blocks. USI and UE faced off for the first time in the regular season last year when the Purple Aces defeated the Eagles, 3-0, at Meeks Family Fieldhouse. This will be UE’s first home match of the season.
Leading the Purple Aces. Junior Giulia Cardona has racked up 42 kills, 26 digs, and eight aces in eight sets to lead UE. Sophomore Kora Ruff leads the passing game with 63 assists while senior Brooke Springer and junior Madisyn Steele each have nine blocks to lead the Purple Aces at the net.
More Information. For more information about USI Volleyball and Athletics, go to USIScreamingEagles.com or follow USI Athletics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
VOLLEYBALL TAKES ON ILLINOIS, HOSTS POPCORN CLASSIC
Valparaiso (2-1, 0-0 MVC)
Tuesday, Aug. 29 – at Illinois (1-0) – 6 p.m.
Popcorn Classic (Valparaiso, Ind.)
Friday, Sept. 1 – Western Illinois (0-2) – 10 a.m. | Eastern Michigan (0-3) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 2 – Oakland (1-2) – 5 p.m.
Next Up For Valpo Volleyball: The Valpo volleyball team takes on the first of two Big Ten opponents this year on Tuesday when it travels to Illinois before returning home to host the Popcorn Classic this coming weekend. The Beacons welcome Western Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Oakland to town for the two-day, six-match event.
Looking Ahead: Valpo’s third in-season tournament of the campaign sees the Beacons travel to Clarksville, Tenn. next weekend to take part in Austin Peay’s Stacheville Challenge.
Following the Beacons: Tuesday’s match at Illinois will be carried on BTN+, while all three matches this weekend will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Links for the live video and live stats will be available at ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 22nd season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 473 matches (473-229, .674) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles. The program has made seven postseason appearances under Avery, including three NCAA Tournament appearances, and advanced to the championship match of the 2021 NIVC. A two-time Mid-Con Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 60 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo, which has spanned three different conferences. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 528-253 (.676) record overall as a head coach.
Series History: Illinois – The two programs have met just once all time, a 3-0 Illinois win in 2021 at Milwaukee’s Panther Invitational. Bella Ravotto had six kills in that contest, while Victoria Bulmahn tallied 14 assists and nine digs.
Western Illinois – Valpo has dominated the all-time series against its former Mid-Continent Conference partner, 32-6. The two teams last met Sept. 17, 2021 at the SIUE Cougar Classic, a 3-0 Valpo victory. Elise Swistek had a match-high eight kills and posted 16 digs in the win, while Mallory Januski led the Beacons with five blocks.
Eastern Michigan – Valpo owns a 3-4 record against EMU, but the two programs have met just once in the last 17 seasons – a 3-2 Valpo victory as part of the 2013 Popcorn Classic.
Oakland – Former conference rivals in both the Mid-Con and the Horizon League, Valpo is 22-7 in program history versus the Golden Grizzlies. The two teams have not met since their last matchup in Horizon League play, a 3-1 Valpo win at the ARC on Nov. 9, 2016.
Scouting the Opposition: Illinois – The Fighting Illini have played just once this season, a 3-1 victory over Northern Illinois. Illinois posted a 15-15 overall record last season and was 10-10 in Big Ten action.
Western Illinois – WIU dropped a pair of matches on opening weekend, 3-0 to Cleveland State and 3-1 to Murray State. The Leathernecks went 4-26 in 2022 and were 0-18 within the Summit League.
Eastern Michigan – EMU went 0-3 in the first weekend of action, falling 3-1 to SIUE and Bradley and 3-2 to IUPUI. The Eagles were 5-25 a season ago, including a 4-14 mark in MAC play.
Oakland – Oakland closed out opening weekend with a 3-1 win over St. Thomas after dropping matches to Lindenwood (3-2) and UIC (3-0). The Golden Grizzlies are coming off an 11-19 campaign in 2022 and were 7-11 in Horizon League competition.
Valpo Picked Sixth in Preseason Poll: Valpo has been picked to finish in sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2023, according to preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. The Beacons accumulated 73 points in the polling to come in at sixth position, outpacing Illinois State by two points. UNI claimed seven of 12 first-place votes and nipped Drake by two points for the top spot in the poll.
Looking Back at Last Season: The Beacons enjoyed another successful season in 2022, finishing the campaign with a 22-11 overall record. Valpo posted a 9-9 mark in MVC play to finish in sixth place in the newly-expanded 12-team conference and won a match at the MVC Tournament for its fourth straight appearance. The Beacons earned an at-large bid to the 2022 NIVC, their third showing in the tournament in the last five seasons. After a record-setting rookie campaign, freshman libero Emma Hickey was named a Second Team All-MVC and MVC All-Freshman Team honoree.
What’s Back: Valpo returns plenty of experience from last year’s squad, as 11 letterwinners are back this year, including four starters plus the libero. In all, 98% of the assists, 89.3% of the digs, 62.7% of the blocks and 60.9% of the kills from last season are back in 2023.
Who’s New: Joining the 11 returnees on this year’s team are six players looking to make an impact in their first season as Valpo. The sextet includes four true freshmen and two transfers – one fifth-year grad transfer and one sophomore.
Capturing Crowns: While Valpo’s streak of capturing in-season tournament titles was snapped at five last weekend, the program has still enjoyed tremendous success over the years in tournament action. Valpo has won 33 in-season tournament titles in head coach Carin Avery’s time at the helm of the program. The team has won at least one tournament in 16 of her seasons, and multiple tournaments 11 times. Those tournament titles have come in 14 different states.
Hosting Success: This weekend marks the 12th time in Avery’s tenure as head coach that Valpo will host an early-season tournament. Valpo has claimed the tournament title with a perfect record in seven of the previous 11 events, including most recently a 3-0 mark in last season’s Popcorn Classic. The program has never finished below .500 at a home tournament under Avery and has finished with one loss or fewer in 10 of the 11.
All-Tournament Team Honorees: After finishing in second place last weekend at the EIU Volleyball Invitational, a pair of Valpo players were named to the All-Tournament Team. Fifth-year middle Miranda Strongman paced Valpo with 10 blocks and eight service aces over the three matches while also hitting .382 with 14 kills to pick up her second career All-Tournament honor. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore right side Sam Warren took advantage of the first regular playing time of her career to earn her first career All-Tournament accolade, notching 20 kills on .294 hitting and six blocks for the weekend.
Squad Goals: It was a total team effort over the weekend’s three matches for Valpo on opening weekend. 15 of the 17 players on the Beacons’ roster saw action, with 12 of those 15 appearing in at least four sets. Laura Ilizastigui made her Valpo debut in the fifth set against Eastern Illinois, while Kennedy Arp and Mara Thomas both made their collegiate debuts in that same set as well. On Saturday versus ULM, Maddie Moan made her Valpo debut as well.
Record-Setting Service Run: Fifth-year middle Miranda Strongman served out Valpo’s sweep of ULM on Saturday with a record-setting run, serving the final seven points of the match, the last six of which included five service aces. The five aces match the most by a Valpo player in the 25-point era in any length match and are tied for fifth-most in a three-set match in any era at Valpo. The last Valpo player to rack up five aces in a single set was Ariel Cudney on Nov. 19, 2010 versus Green Bay in the quarterfinals of the Horizon League Tournament.
Not Just a Libero: Sophomore Emma Hickey made waves last season with her standout play as a rookie at libero, ranking fourth nationally in digs per set while setting Valpo and MVC records for digs by a freshman. But Hickey showed this weekend that she can contribute on the attack as well. Hickey earned a start at outside hitter against ULM and looked right at home offensively, racking up nine kills to tie for match-high honors while hitting at a .412 clip. The sophomore, who did shed the libero jersey for a set at outside hitter last season in the NIVC at Ohio, picked up nine digs defensively as well.
Another 20-Win Campaign: It’s a milestone that has become routine for the program, yet still impressive in its totality – Valpo finished with 22 wins in 2022 and has now won 20 or more matches in 17 of Carin Avery’s 21 seasons as head coach. Even more remarkably, one of the four seasons Valpo didn’t reach 20 wins was the shortened spring 2021 campaign, when the program played just 20 matches total. The Beacons also secured their 19th winning season in Avery’s 21 seasons at the helm.
Top Half Finishes: In addition to the 20-win season, the Beacons also secured a top-half finish in the MVC standings as they finished in sixth place in the 12-team conference. Valpo has now finished in the top-half of the Valley standings in each of its six years in the conference, the only MVC program to accomplish that feat – Illinois State had finished top-half each of the last five years, but dropped out of the top-six in 2022. Going back further, Valpo has posted top-half conference finishes in 20 of Avery’s 21 seasons – as well as qualifying for the conference tournament in each of her 21 seasons – and 29 of the last 30 years overall.
Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play last fall, finishing 10th nationally and leading the MVC with 17.27 digs/set. The program has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 12 seasons, highlighted by the 2017 campaign in which it led the nation with 20.03 digs/set. Other top finishes include third nationally in the spring 2021 season (20.37/set), a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era.
Hickey Sets New Standards: Emma Hickey made an immediate impact on Valpo’s backcourt and the record books in her rookie season. She set Valpo and MVC freshman record for digs in a season, finishing with 735 total digs, and led the Valley and ranked fourth nationally with 5.70 digs/set. No D-I freshman was within 200 digs of her season total, while it was tied for the second-most digs by a D-I freshman in the last 12 seasons. Her 735 digs are tied for fourth overall on Valpo’s single-season chart and rank sixth in MVC history as well.
Januski Runs the Middle: Senior middle Mallory Januski bided her time behind a pair of All-Conference middles in her first two seasons at Valpo, but given the opportunity in 2022 to run with a starting role, Januski took full advantage. She led Valpo and ranked fourth in the Valley with a .353 hitting percentage, a mark which smashed the program’s single-season record. Januski also ranked seventh in the Valley with 0.98 blocks/set, tallying 122 total blocks — seventh-most by a Valpo player in the 25-point era. That total includes a monster 13-block performance at Murray State, a program record for the 25-point era.
One More Year: Three Valpo players are taking advantage of the additional season of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to play a fifth year of collegiate volleyball, but each of the three are at a different point in their Valpo journey. Bella Ravotto has spent all five years at the ARC, while Miranda Strongman is on her second season as a Beacon after playing three seasons at LIU. Most recently, Laura Ilizastigui joined the program as a graduate transfer for this season after spending two years apiece at Chicago State and the College of Southern Idaho.
VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL
VALPO BASKETBALL ANNOUNCES 2023-24 NONCONFERENCE SCHEDULE
The Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has revealed its nonconference schedule for the 2023-24 season, the first season of the Roger Powell Jr. head coaching era. The nonleague docket is highlighted by seven home regular-season contests plus a home exhibition.
Fans will receive their first chance to check out the new-look Beacons on Wednesday, Nov. 1 when Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods comes to town for an exhibition game. Valpo will tip off the regular season five days later against Trinity Christian College, which is under the direction of former Valpo player and coach Jason Hawkins. This will mark the seventh time in nine years that the Beacons and Trolls have faced off. The Nov. 6 showdown will mark Powell’s first regular-season game as a head coach.
The renewal of an instate rivalry that has been on hold since 2011 will occur on Nov. 10 when IUPUI makes its way to the Athletics-Recreation Center. Valpo has won 16 of the 24 all-time matchups, most of which occurred when the two schools shared Mid-Continent Conference affiliation from 1998-2007. Valpo prevailed 89-69 on Dec. 20, 2012 at the ARC in the most recent showdown.
A home-heavy early season stretch continues on Friday, Nov. 14 when Green Bay comes to town for the first game between the two teams since spending a decade as Horizon League adversaries from 2007-2017. The squads have clashed 55 times on the hardwood and also shared conference affiliation in the Mid-Con/AMCU from 1982-1994. Green Bay has provided the opposition for several memorable moments including Valpo’s 54-44 win in the 2015 Horizon League title game at the ARC to punch a ticket to the NCAA Tournament and the 70-69 win in the 2013 Horizon League semifinal at the ARC, when Ryan Broekhoff hit the second most storied shot in program history.
After three straight home dates to open the season, the Beacons will hit the road for the first time when they visit Illinois on Nov. 17 as part of the Joseph J. Biggs Invitational. The game against the Fighting Illini – an NCAA Tournament team from last season – will be a homecoming for Powell, who enjoyed a standout playing career in Champaign including a 37-2 record and national runner-up finish as a senior in 2005. This will mark the eighth matchup between the two teams and first since the 2017 NIT opener.
Valpo will receive two home games as part of the multi-team event as Western Illinois (Nov. 21) and Southern (Nov. 25) will play at the ARC. The Leathernecks, another former league foe, will play Valpo for the 58th time and first since 2007, Valpo’s final season in the Mid-Con. Southern will be a first-time opponent.
After playing five of their first six at home, Valpo will start Missouri Valley Conference play with two games in late November and early December. Then, the team will have back-to-back road games when they step back outside of league action, visiting Central Michigan (Dec. 6) and Virginia Tech (Dec. 9). This will be the 10th all-time game against the Chippewas and the two programs have met as recently as 2020. Valpo has never played the Hokies, an ACC program that reached the postseason last year with an NIT appearance.
Chicago State (Dec. 16) and Samford (Dec. 19) will come to the ARC as part of return trips from home-and-home series that began with Valpo visiting those schools last year. Valpo and Chicago State are also former league foes in the Mid-Continent Conference and have 37 all-time matchups. The Beacons will close out the nonconference portion of the season with the program’s first ever trip to Elon in Elon, N.C. on Dec. 29.
Powell, who helped guide Gonzaga to a 121-13 record over the last four seasons as an assistant coach, returns to Valpo, where he previously served as an assistant coach from 2011-2016 and helped lead the team to 124 wins in five seasons. His roster features four returning players (three scholarship) and 11 newcomers (nine scholarship).
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*****MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS*****
|Baltimore||82||49||.626||–||41 – 25||41 – 24||26 – 15||19 – 7||16 – 10||8 – 2||W 1|
|Tampa Bay||80||52||.606||2.5||45 – 23||35 – 29||22 – 15||20 – 6||13 – 12||8 – 2||W 2|
|Toronto||72||60||.545||10.5||34 – 29||38 – 31||12 – 25||19 – 10||14 – 11||5 – 5||W 1|
|Boston||69||63||.523||13.5||36 – 31||33 – 32||19 – 14||16 – 10||14 – 13||5 – 5||L 2|
|NY Yankees||63||68||.481||19||36 – 33||27 – 35||16 – 26||13 – 10||16 – 13||3 – 7||W 1|
|Minnesota||69||63||.523||–||40 – 27||29 – 36||12 – 17||24 – 19||14 – 9||6 – 4||W 2|
|Cleveland||62||70||.470||7||33 – 33||29 – 37||12 – 13||19 – 22||13 – 12||4 – 6||L 1|
|Detroit||59||72||.450||9.5||28 – 38||31 – 34||5 – 21||25 – 15||10 – 15||4 – 6||L 3|
|Chi White Sox||52||80||.394||17||28 – 37||24 – 43||8 – 18||19 – 17||12 – 21||4 – 6||L 1|
|Kansas City||41||92||.308||28.5||23 – 41||18 – 51||6 – 18||13 – 27||6 – 19||2 – 8||L 4|
|Seattle||75||56||.573||–||38 – 28||37 – 28||12 – 15||20 – 13||23 – 11||9 – 1||W 4|
|Texas||74||57||.565||1||42 – 24||32 – 33||14 – 11||18 – 8||21 – 15||2 – 8||W 1|
|Houston||75||58||.564||1||35 – 31||40 – 27||13 – 12||13 – 12||26 – 17||5 – 5||W 3|
|LA Angels||63||69||.477||12.5||32 – 33||31 – 36||13 – 13||14 – 8||18 – 22||3 – 7||L 2|
|Oakland||38||94||.288||37.5||20 – 45||18 – 49||7 – 22||11 – 14||6 – 29||4 – 6||L 3|
|Atlanta||85||45||.654||–||44 – 22||41 – 23||27 – 8||16 – 6||16 – 11||7 – 3||W 1|
|Philadelphia||73||58||.557||12.5||40 – 25||33 – 33||16 – 19||14 – 8||16 – 14||7 – 3||W 4|
|Miami||66||65||.504||19.5||38 – 29||28 – 36||15 – 21||13 – 10||12 – 16||3 – 7||W 1|
|Washington||61||71||.462||25||29 – 36||32 – 35||15 – 24||12 – 14||14 – 14||6 – 4||L 2|
|NY Mets||60||72||.455||26||32 – 31||28 – 41||18 – 19||12 – 17||15 – 13||4 – 6||L 1|
|Milwaukee||74||57||.565||–||38 – 27||36 – 30||10 – 9||25 – 12||13 – 19||9 – 1||W 9|
|Chi Cubs||69||62||.527||5||35 – 31||34 – 31||11 – 17||24 – 16||9 – 8||7 – 3||L 1|
|Cincinnati||68||65||.511||7||31 – 34||37 – 31||13 – 16||16 – 23||17 – 13||4 – 6||L 2|
|Pittsburgh||59||73||.447||15.5||32 – 36||27 – 37||10 – 10||17 – 23||16 – 15||5 – 5||W 1|
|St. Louis||56||76||.424||18.5||28 – 38||28 – 38||11 – 15||14 – 22||10 – 17||2 – 8||L 4|
|LA Dodgers||81||49||.623||–||44 – 21||37 – 28||13 – 8||19 – 14||24 – 12||7 – 3||W 2|
|Arizona||69||63||.523||13||35 – 32||34 – 31||13 – 15||14 – 11||25 – 20||7 – 3||L 1|
|San Francisco||68||63||.519||13.5||37 – 30||31 – 33||13 – 18||19 – 9||18 – 11||4 – 6||W 2|
|San Diego||62||70||.470||20||35 – 33||27 – 37||15 – 14||9 – 18||17 – 22||4 – 6||W 1|
|Colorado||49||82||.374||32.5||28 – 34||21 – 48||14 – 18||11 – 13||8 – 27||3 – 7||L 1|
*****TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY*****
1918 Cubs southpaw Lefty Tyler tosses a gem, beating the Reds at Wrigley Field, 1-0. The victory clinches the National League pennant for Chicago, ending the season 10.5 games ahead of the second-place Giants.
1934 In the nightcap of a twin bill, Schoolboy Rowe, after sixteen straight victories, finally loses when the A’s chase him after seven innings in a 13-5 final at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. In his last start, the Tiger right-hander tied the American League record for consecutive wins shared by Smoky Joe Wood, Walter Johnson, and Lefty Grove.
1939 Wheaties sponsors the first telecast of a baseball game when their ads air during the Ebbets Field contest between the Reds and the Dodgers. The commercial broadcast is available only in New York City, where approximately 500 people own television sets.
1948 Jackie Robinson hits for the backward cycle when he homers in the first inning, triples in the fourth, and doubles in the sixth, completing the rare event with a single in the eighth. In addition to his ten total bases, the Dodger second baseman drives in two runs, scores three times, and steals a base, helping Brooklyn beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 12-7.
1951 With his second home run of the game, the sixth time he has accomplished the feat this year, Gil Hodges hits his 36th round-tripper to establish a new franchise record for homers in a season. The Dodger first baseman’s seventh-inning three-run blast in the team’s 13-1 rout of Cincinnati at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field surpasses the 35 set by Babe Herman in 1930.
1951 The Yankees send rookie hurler Lew Burdette and $50,000 to the Braves for 33-year-old right-hander Johnny Sain. The trade will come back to haunt the Bronx Bombers when the right-hander throws three complete-game victories in the 1957 World Series, won by Milwaukee in seven games.
1965 Giants center fielder Willie Mays breaks Ralph Kiner’s record for home runs in a month when the ‘Say Hey Kid’ hits a moon shot off Jack Fischer for his 17th round-tripper in an 8-3 victory over New York. The former Pirates outfielder, now a broadcaster for the Mets on WHN radio and WOR-TV, calls the four-bagger, breaking the monthly mark he established with 16 round-trippers in September of 1949.
1966 On a typically cool night at Candlestick Park, the home of the San Francisco Giants, the Beatles play their final concert, ending their half-hour set with Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally.” The ‘Fab Four’s performance on a five-foot stage, located just behind second base surrounded by a six-foot-high wire fence, is less than stellar due to the ballpark’s inadequate lighting, poor acoustics, and the group’s growing disdain for doing live shows.
1966 Getting the Cubs’ 4-2 win in relief, Robin Roberts becomes the first and only pitcher to beat the Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta Braves. On Independence Day in 1948, the future Hall of Famer went the distance to notch his third big league victory, beating the Boston Braves at Shibe Park in his rookie year with the Phillies.
1967 Kansas City’s leadoff batter Bert Campaneris’ three triples at the spacious Municipal Stadium are to no avail as the home team loses to Cleveland in ten innings, 9-8. The A’s shortstop becomes the first American Leaguer to accomplish the feat since Ben Chapman tagged a trio of three-baggers in 1939 for the Tribe.
1971 Braves’ outfielder Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the National League to drive in at least 100 runs in eleven seasons. The future Hall of Famer will collect 2297 RBIs during his 23-year Hall of Fame career to set an all-time major league mark.
1972 In a 3-0 victory, Giants’ right-hander Jim Barr retires the first 20 Cardinals he faces today, setting a major league record of recording 41 consecutive outs, having put out the final 21 players in his previous appearance against the first-place Pirates.
1977 After four seasons and 1,382 major league at-bats, Duane Kuiper hits his first and only homer when he goes deep off Steve Stone in the Indians’ 9-2 victory over the White Sox at Cleveland Stadium. The 27-year-old second baseman will come to bat 3,379 times during his 12-year career, establishing the modern major league record for most career at-bats with exactly one home run.
1977 At Jack Murphy Stadium, 39-year-old Cardinals outfielder Lou Brock swipes his 893rd bag, breaking Ty Cobb’s 49-year-old major league career record for stolen bases. The Georgia Peach had established the mark in 1928 as a member of the Philadelphia A’s at the age of 41.
1977 In a 6-1 loss at Baltimore, Angel starter Nolan Ryan, who will finish the season fanning 341 batters, strikes out 11 Orioles to pass the 300 mark for the fifth time in his career. The future Hall of Fame right-hander will retire as baseball’s all-time leader with 5,714, averaging 9.5 K’s per nine innings.
1985 Angels’ hurler Kirk McCaskill’s first-inning pitch hits Don Baylor. The Yankee DH’s 190th HBP breaks, pardon the expression, the American League record established by Minnie Minoso in 1963 while playing with the White Sox.
1986 Down by eight runs in the bottom of the final frame, the Angels score nine times to beat the Tigers, 13-12. Dick Schofield, batting for the second time in the inning, completes the amazing comeback with a two-out walk-off grand slam off Willie Hernandez.
1986 Let’s Go Mets Go!, a music video that features players, coaches, and fans, and a cameo appearance by Joe Piscopo, Howard Stern, and film critic Gene Shalit debuts on the Shea Stadium Diamondvision. Shelton Leigh Palmer, best known for writing the Meow Mix jingle, composed and produced the team’s official theme song, which becomes a Gold Record, and directed the accompanying triple-platinum four-minute video.
1989 Giving up just three singles, recently acquired Mets southpaw Frank Viola outduels Orel Hershiser and beats the Dodgers, 1-0. The classic contest between two aces marked the first time in baseball history that the reigning winners of the Cy Young Award have faced one another in the regular season.
1993 Joining Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, George Brett becomes the third player in baseball history to swipe his 200th stolen base and collect 3,000 hits and 300 home runs. The Royals’ third baseman’s historic heist occurs during a 5-4, 12-inning victory over the Red Sox at Kauffman Stadium.
1995 With two out in the ninth inning at Three Rivers Stadium, Paul Wagner loses a no-hitter against the Rockies on an infield single by Andres Galarraga. The 27-year-old Pirates right-hander will win the game, 4-0, but will lead the National League in losses this season, posting a 5-16 record for Pittsburgh.
1996 The Orioles become the first major league team to have seven players hit 20 or more home runs in the same season when Bobby Bonilla goes deep off right-hander Bob Wells in the first inning of a 9-6 loss to Seattle at the Kingdome. The other Baltimore sluggers to reach the plateau are Rafael Palmeiro, Roberto Alomar, Cal Ripken, B.J. Surhoff, Brady Anderson, and Chris Hoiles.
1998 Derek Jeter hits his 17th home run to establish a new record for Yankee shortstops. The 24-year-old infielder surpasses Roy Smalley’s 1982 mark when he goes deep to right field off Bob Wells in the team’s 11-6 victory over Seattle in the Bronx.
1999 Tony Eusebio’s home run in the top of the 13th inning is the difference in the Astros’ 11-9 victory over the Braves in Atlanta. The Houston catcher’s homer breaks the skid of eleven consecutive losses, a team record.
2000 On a night when every player in the Astros’ starting lineup gets a hit, reserve catcher Tony Eusebio’s hitting streak ends at 24 games, a franchise record. The backup backstop’s accomplishment is the fifth-longest by a big-league catcher since 1900.
2000 Darin Erstad, going 3-for-5, gets his 200th hit in the Angels’ 9-4 comeback victory over the Blue Jays at Edison Field. The Anaheim DH reaches the 200-hit plateau quicker than any other player since Cardinal outfielder Ducky Medwick accomplished the feat in 131 games in 1935.
2000 When the Braves come to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning, trailing the Reds, 4-2, a power spike causes most of the lights to go out at Turner Field, causing a 12-minute delay. The Atlanta crowd hears a rendition of the song “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia,” waiting for the game to resume.
2001 The Cardinals score two runs on a strikeout when runners, breaking from first and second, score after pinch-hitter Bobby Bonilla throws his bat down the third-base line after striking out, causing the Padres’ third baseman Phil Nevin to duck. At the same time, catcher Ben Davis’s throw to an unmanned third base goes into left field, allowing Edgar Renteria to score from second, followed by Eli Marrero tallying from first as left fielder Rickey Henderson misplays the errant throw.
2002 To show their displeasure about tomorrow’s impending strike, fans at the Devil Ray-Angel game throw trash and foul balls back onto the field. Adding new words to the traditional seventh-inning rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” many fans at Edison Field begin chanting, “Don’t strike! Don’t strike! Don’t strike!”.
2004 At Toronto’s SkyDome, Blue Jays broadcaster Tom Cheek joins George Bell, Joe Carter, Tony Fernandez, Dave Stieb, Cito Gaston, and Pat Gillick as the seventh member of the club’s Level of Excellence. The team’s highest award for individual achievement comes as an emotional surprise for the play-by-play announcer, who called 4,306 consecutive regular-season games and another 41 postseason contests during the first 28 seasons of the franchise’s existence.
2004 In the eighth inning of the Cardinals’ 4-0 victory over the Bucs, Albert Pujols drives in a run with a solo shot at PNC Park, his 40th home run this season, to become only the fourth player to start a major league career with four consecutive seasons with at least 100 RBIs. The 24-year-old St. Louis first baseman joins Hall of Famers Al Simmons, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams in accomplishing the feat.
2006 In a pregame ceremony at Coors Field, the Rockies unveil a five-sided commemorative plaque planned to mark the exact spot of Mile High Stadium’s home plate, now in the parking lot. Although the team played just two seasons at the old ballpark, the structure, built in 1948, served as the home for the popular minor league Denver Bears, the precursor of a major league team arriving in 1993.
2006 Roy Oswalt and the Astros agree on a $73 million contract extension, keeping the two-time 20-game winner in Houston for five years. The right-hander signs the largest multi-season deal in franchise history on his 29th birthday.
2006 With his two homers (726, 727) in a 13-8 losing effort to the Braves at Miller Park, Giants slugger Barry Bonds passes Sammy Sosa into second place with 69 career multi-homer games. Babe Ruth hit two or more homers on 72 occasions during his 22-year career in the majors.
2006 The Astros center fielder Willy Taveras’ consecutive game-hitting streak is stopped at 30, establishing a new franchise record. The 24-year-old Houston leadoff hitter plunked twice by Brewer starter Tomo Ohka goes 0-for-3 in the team’s 10-3 victory at Minute Maid Park.
2007 With Bobby Abreu’s at-bat and Derek Jeter on second base in the second inning at Yankee Stadium, visiting Red Sox manager Terry Francona is told to go to the dugout tunnel to show compliance with baseball’s dress code. The Boston skipper, known not to wear his uniform jersey underneath his pullover, is upset with the timing of ‘Shirtgate’ because the inspection occurs during the game.
2008 The Rays record their first winning season in the 11-year-old history of the franchise by beating the Orioles, 14-3. Tampa Bay, presently in first place with an 82-51 record, had never won more than 70 games in a season.
2010 After initially ruling Brian McCann’s drive a double, the umpires take only 86 seconds to overturn the call, making it the first time in baseball history a game ends with a walk-off home run thanks to a video review of a play. The backstop’s ninth-inning round-tripper, which bounced off the top of the outfield wall and struck a second barrier, gave the Braves a 7-6 comeback victory over Florida.
2010 Nationals manager Jim Riggleman benches Nyjer Morgan for the outfielder’s ‘unprofessional’ play during yesterday’s 14-5 victory over St. Louis. After bowling over and severely injuring Bryan Anderson in the bottom of the eighth inning, even though the Cardinal catcher didn’t have the ball, the ump called the center fielder out on the play when he neglected to touch home plate.
2010 In a pregame ceremony before their game against the Yankees, the White Sox retire Frank Thomas’ jersey number 35. The ‘Big Hurt,’ a two-time American League MVP who played 16 of his 19 years in the big leagues in Chicago, retired in the offseason with a .301 lifetime batting average, 521 homers, and 1,704 RBIs.
2012 Darwin Barney sets a National League single-season record when he plays in his 114th straight errorless game at second base, established in 2010 by Padres’ infielder David Eckstein when official scorer Bob Rosenberg changes his scoring of the mishandled throw. The 26-year-old Gold Glover originally received an error in the Cubs’ 3-1 loss to the Brewers at Wrigley Field for his toss to Luis Valbuena, but the retired sportswriter changed his mind, giving the third baseman an error for muffing the catch.
2014 Minnesota, dating back to its origins in the nation’s capital, becomes the 16th franchise in baseball history to reach the 10,000 home run plateau. The historic homer, struck by the Twin third baseman Trevor Plouffe, receives little fanfare, being the only tally the team scores in a 9-1 loss in Baltimore.
2017 Whit Merrifield’s third-inning two-out home run off Rays right-hander Alex Cobb ends the Royals’ franchise-record scoreless streak at 45 frames, three shy of the major league mark established by the 1968 Cubs and the 1906 A’s. With their 6-2 victory at Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City snaps a five-game losing skid, staying in contention for the second American League Wild Card spot.
*****BASEBALL HALL OF FAME******
“Having Willie Stargell on your ball club is like having a diamond ring on your finger.” – Chuck Tanner
Willie Stargell was a feared power hitter and a leader on the field and in the clubhouse during his 21 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Stargell signed with the Pirates as an amateur free agent in 1958 and would be forever associated with the franchise. He debuted in the big leagues in 1962 – and in 1964 the left-handed slugger belted 21 home runs, the first of 13 consecutive seasons in which he would hit 20-or-more. Playing in cavernous Forbes Field – the Pirates home park – for the first seven-and-a-half years of his career, Stargell still earned a reputation as one of the game’s most powerful hitters.
Over 62 seasons, an estimated 18 balls were hit out of Forbes Field in right field and into the surrounding Pittsburgh cityscape. Stargell was responsible for seven of those.
In 1971, the Pirates’ first full season in Three Rivers Stadium, Stargell led the NL with a career-high 48 home runs, finishing second in the National League Most Valuable Player voting. His .295 batting average and 125 RBI helped the Pirates win the National League East for the second straight year – and this time Pittsburgh captured the World Series title in seven games against the Baltimore Orioles.
In 1973, Stargell again finished second in the NL MVP voting after htting .299 while leading the NL in doubles (43) home runs (44), RBI (119) and slugging percentage (.646).
A left fielder for his first 13 big league seasons, Stargell moved to first base in 1975. By 1979, the Pirates were back in the World Series, with Stargell spiritual father of the “We Are Family” team. With “Pops” handing out “Stargell Stars” to players who’d made great contributions, the team again bested the Orioles in seven games. Stargell swept the MVP awards that year, winning the NLCS MVP, the World Series MVP and sharing the regular season NL MVP award with Keith Hernandez – becoming the first player to win all three awards in one season.
The seven-time All-Star retired following the 1982 season with 475 home runs and 1,540 RBI. He left a legacy of winning, leadership, focus and fun.
“It’s supposed to be fun,” Stargell said. “The man says ‘Play ball,’ not “Work ball,’ you know.”
Stargell was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1988. He passed away on April 9, 2001.
August 29, 1935 – The 2nd ever Chicago Charities College Football All-Star Game is played at Soldier Field as the hometown favorite Bears defeated the collegians by a very rare score of 5-0. 77,450 in attendance witnessed the event. A very interesting player from the University of Michigan played in this game for the All-Stars, a certain Gerald Ford, yes the one that became President of the United States in 1973.
August 29, 1940 – The 7th annual Chicago Charities All-Star game is played in the Windy City as the Green Bay Packers treat the over 84,500 fans in attendance at Soldier Field to a 45-28 drubbing of the All-Stars. The game’s MVP was Ambrose Schindler the running back from Southern Cal.
August 29, 2018 – Packer’s starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers signed a record contract extension worth $103 million in guaranteed money for the 4 year $134 million with a top side of $180 million with incentives to play for Green Bay.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR AUGUST 29
August 29, 1896 – George McLaren was a former fullback for the University of Pittsburgh who was an All-American in 1917 and 1918 under the legendary coaching of Pop Warner. Remarkably he was never stopped for a loss on any recorded running play where he carried the ball! He was enshrined in 1965 into the College Football Hall of Fame.
August 29, 1915 – George Cafego was a former halfback that played for the University of Tennessee from 1936 through 1939. As a Vol he rushed for 2139 total yards and was voted as an All-American twice. Cafego was also a finalist for the Heisman Memorial Trophy. George Cafego was the number one overall pick in the 1940 NFL Draft by the Chicago Cardinals and played a few seasons with the Cards. After that he played one season with the Brooklyn Dodgers Football team before serving his country in the Army during World War II. During his Army service he played a few games for the Newport News Builders of the Dixie League. When his war service ended in 1943 he returned to the Brooklyn team and then shortly after was traded to the Washington Redskins. The 1944 and 1945 seasons saw Cafego play football for the Boston Yanks and then retiring from the game. Cafego was selected into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969.
August 29, 1924 – Clyde Scott was a former U.S naval Academy and University of Arkansas fullback who entered the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971’s induction class. Scott was a speedster and this showed when in the 1948 Olympics in London he brought home a Silver Medal in the 110 meter hurdles. He was the 8th player chosen overall in the 1948 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and later played for the Detroit Lions. Clyde played on two NFL Championship teams the 1949 Eagles and the 1952 Lions. The University of Arkansas retired his jersey number 12, as one of only two that were ever retired by the school.
August 29, 1939 – Bob Ferguson was a fullback from Ohio State University. After a great 1961 season, Ferguson was the winner of the Maxwell Award and the runner up for the Heisman. He became a first round draft pick of the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers of the AFL and chose to play for the Steelers. He suffered a head injury early on in his NFL career so after two seasons with the Steelers and Minnesota Vikings he retired from football. In 1996 Bob Ferguson was recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame when they enshrined him into their museum of football legends.
*****INDIANA FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME*****
Jasper High School
Jasper High School
2-year letterman for Jasper High School football team, participated in 1977 & 1978 state finals football games. 2-year letterman for Jasper High School track, participated in state track finals in 1977 & 1978 in the 100m and 200m dash.
Garden City Kansas, Indiana University
Member of Indiana University football team that went to the Holiday Bowl in 1980.
Assistant coach of South All-Stars for three years, Region 9 Director for two years, Leaders in Sportsmanship Award 2011
Tony and Christy (Waddell) Ahrens have been married for 33 years and have three children. Austin (Olivia), Mackenzie and Nolan.
Graduate Assistant for Lee Corso – 1982, Graduate Assistant for Sam Wyche 1983, Graduate Assistant for Bill Mallory 1984 18 years as Jasper assistant varsity football coach and 15 years as Jasper head football coach Jasper assistant and head track coach, Jasper assistant wrestling coach. Received over 30 Positive Achiever Awards from various Jasper High School students at the annual Academic Banquet Retired from football coaching in 2018. Retired from teaching in 2021. Class 4A Assistant coach State Runner-Up 1987 at Jasper, Class 4A Assistant coach State Champion 2001 at Jasper, Head coach record at Jasper High School 144-44- eight Big Eight titles, three Sectional titles and a regional title. Colts/Anthem Coach of the Week for 2009
******FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME******
Place of Birth: Bethlehem, PA
Date of Birth: May 01, 1925
Place of Death: Richland, PA
Date of Death: Mar 21, 2015
Jersey Number: 60
High School: Bethlehem, PA (Liberty HS)
“Concrete Charlie” Chuck Bednarik was a hero long before he reached Franklin field at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a 20-year-old veteran of World War II, a highly-decorated aerial gunner with 30 combat missions over Germany to his credit. The 6-3, 220-pound Bednarik proved just as devastating on the gridiron. In a day when the rules allowed for free substitution, Bednarik remained a 60-minute player, operating at center and linebacker. As a senior in 1948, Bednarik won the Maxwell Award, symbolic of the top collegiate player in America. His performance prompted the Philadelphia Eagles to make him their number one draft choice. When he retired from football in 1962 he left a game that had given him two All-America awards as a collegian, eight All-Pro awards as a professional and world championships in 1949 and 1960. He retired as pro-football’s last two-way player. In 1969 he was voted by a panel of sportswriters, coaches and hall of fame players as “The Greatest Center of All-Time.”
******NUMBERS IN SPORTS******
7 – 3 – 32 – 24 – 33 – 5 – 25 – 9
August 29, 1885 – Philadelphia’s Charlie Ferguson tossed no-hitter against Providence, by the score of 1-0. An all-around natural athlete who starred for the Philadelphia Quakers of the National League from 1884 through 1887, and then at the age of 25 suffered and untimely death. His trajectory prior to his death showed that he very well could have been one of the top MLB players of the 19th century.
August 29, 1925 – After a night on the town, Babe Ruth showed up late for batting practice and so Yankees skipper, Miller Huggins suspended Ruth and slapped a $5,000 fine on him
August 29, 1964 – On Elston Howard Night, to celebrate the first African-American Yankees roster member, Mickey Mantle, Number 7 tied (Number 3) Babe Ruth’s career strikeout record at 1,330 when he went down swinging. Howard had worn Number 32 with the Yankees back in 1955.
August 29, 1965 – Willie Mays, Number 24 set a National League record for home runs in a month with his 17th of August
August 29, 1972 – San Francisco Giants Jim Barr, Number 33 retired the 1st 20 batters he faced which when added to last 21 he retired in his last previous start, some 6 days earlier, it took it to an MLB record of 41 in a row.
August 29, 1977 – MLB St Louis Cardinals Lou Brock, Number 20 eclipsed Ty Cobb’s 49-year-old career stolen bases record at 893 as Padres win 4-3
August 29, 1982 – George Brett, Number 5 of the Kansas City Royals batted his 1,500th hit
August 29, 1985 – New York Yankees batter Don Baylor, Number 25 was hit by a pitch for an MLB record 190th time. Just 5 days prior to this he tied legend Minnie Minoso at the mark of 189.
August 29, 2009 – Cristiano Ronaldo, wearing Number 9 made his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña
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