Cleveland 5 Toronto 2 (10)

Baltimore 7 NY Yankees 1

Seattle 8 Tampa Bay 2

Texas 4 LA Angels 1

Philadelphia 7 Washington 5

Miami 6 NY Mets 3

Milwaukee 6 Pittsburgh 2

San Francisco 11 Arizona 8 (10)




Aug. 8, Sunday, vs. Washington, 8 p.m., NBA TV 

Aug. 10, Tuesday, vs. Atlanta, 6 p.m., NBA TV 

Aug. 12, Thursday, vs. Portland, 6 p.m., NBA TV 

Aug. 14, Saturday, vs. Oklahoma City, 6 p.m., ESPN2 

Aug. 16, Monday-Aug. 17, Tuesday, consolation rounds, TBD 

Aug. 17, Tuesday, championship game, 9 p.m.  

Pre-season IndianaSRN Poll Girl Golf Poll…Top 5

  1. Center Grove
  2. Guerin Catholic
  3. Carmel
  4. Zionsville
  5. Bloomington South

Congratulations to Coach Yoder and the NorthWood Panthers Girls Golf Team for their Pre-Season 14th ranking within the IHSGCA.


Colts’ QB Carson Wentz out 5-12 weeks with broken foot

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) Indianapolis Colts coach Frank Reich couldn’t wait to start working with quarterback Carson Wentz on the field.

He’ll have to wait at least five more weeks – perhaps longer.

Just minutes after running his first training camp practice, Reich announced Wentz would miss five to 12 weeks with a left foot injury. Wentz was injured during Thursday’s practice and spent several days debating recovery options before scheduling surgery for Monday afternoon in Indianapolis.

“The next couple days were a discussion over whether we can leave it (the bone fragment) in there. We can leave it in there, try to manage it, see how it holds up over the year,” Reich said. “We wanted what was the more predictable outcome. It was like what’s the most predictable outcome? Let’s get the piece out of there and begin the rehab process.”

Team officials believe they’ll have a better timeline a couple weeks into Wentz’s recovery.

Offensive coordinator Marcus Brady said Wentz left practice early Thursday after feeling a twinge in his foot.

What doctors found, Reich said, was an old high school injury that Wentz was likely unaware of. They told the Colts that Wentz could play through the pain but Indy decided to play it safe.

Indy’s season opener, Sept. 12 against Seattle, is almost six weeks out. A 12-week absence would keep Wentz out of seven games.

“I’m always optimistic,” Reich said. “But just knowing Carson, I’m optimistic, knowing this is the type of injury you don’t have to be pain-free to play with. I know Carson’s level of toughness. I know he can play with pain.”

For Wentz, it’s yet another addition to an already long injury list.

He had surgery on a broken bone at the base of his right thumb in 2015; a hairline rib fracture in August 2016; a fractured vertebrae in his back during the 2018 season; and a concussion in January 2020. His best season, 2017, was derailed by a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

And now after getting a fresh start with the Colts, Wentz suddenly finds himself sidelined again.

For now, Jacob Eason will continue taking snaps with Indy’s starters. Eason was a fourth-round draft pick in 2020 out of Washington and has not yet appeared in an NFL game – regular season or preseason. His results through Indy’s first five practices have been mixed.

The Colts also signed veteran Brett Hundley on Saturday. Hundley has played in 18 games and started nine. Neither of the other quarterbacks on the Colts roster, Sam Ehlinger and Jalen Morton, has played in an NFL game.

Wentz’s prognosis overshadowed what was expected to be the day’s biggest story – Reich’s return. He missed all four practices last week after testing positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.

“I feel great, I felt great the whole time,” he said. “I’m excited to get back.”

But Reich’s team is nowhere near full strength.

Two-time All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard has not practiced after having ankle surgery in June. Two-time Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher and defensive lineman Dayo Odeyingbo, a second-round pick in April, are both recovering torn Achilles tendons suffered in January.

Starting center Ryan Kelly has missed the last three practices with a hyperextended left elbow and three-time All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson needed treatment after being stepped on Monday. Nelson did return to practice.

And offensive lineman Julien Davenport, defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad and cornerback Xavier Rhodes all remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Cornerback T.J. Carrie was activated from the COVID-19 list Monday – and, of course, Reich was back, too.

The biggest question Indy faces is whether its backups can play well enough without Wentz to keep the Colts in position to make a deep playoff run.

“We’re confident in the quarterback room we have,” Reich said. “I love Jacob Eason and these reps are invaluable. He has to prepare like he’s starting Week 1.”


COLTS NOTES: Frank Reich was back with the Colts for Monday’s training camp practice at Grand Park after 10 days in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test.

Reich, who is fully vaccinated, said he “felt great the whole time” he was isolated.

The Colts’ defensive line has played lights out since the start of training camp, and Monday’s practice was no different. Defensive tackle Grover Stewart and defensive ends Ben Banogu and Kemoko Turay had noticeable pressures on 11-on-11 passing plays, while the run defense up front was stout, too.

Banogu, in particular, has made a handful of splash plays throughout camp and has displayed a relentless motor. A major test awaits him and the rest of the Colts’ defensive line when the pads come on for the first time for Tuesday’s practice, but the early part of camp has been encouraging for the 2019 second-round pick, who was inactive for seven of the Colts’ 16 games in 2020.

  • Left guard Quenton Nelson left practice after having his foot get stepped on, Reich said. 
  • Linebacker E.J. Speed had a strong day in coverage, highlighted by an impressive pass break-up in 11-on-11 work.
  • We saw two spectacular catches by wide receivers: First, Michael Pittman Jr. hauled in a difficult contested catch on a downfield throw from Jacob Eason; second, De’Michael Harris made an acrobatic diving grab to snag a pass from Sam Ehlinger. 
  • Notable again here is the Colts will hold their first padded practice of 2021’s training camp on Tuesday at 10 a.m. “I love the pads,” Stewart said with a grin. 

Top QB recruit to skip senior year of HS and join Ohio State

(AP) — Quinn Ewers, considered the top quarterback prospect in the class of 2022, said he is skipping his senior year of high school in Texas and plans to enroll at Ohio State for the upcoming semester.

In a Twitter post, Ewers explained he would soon be completing the course necessary to graduate from Southlake Carroll High School outside Dallas.

The five-star recruit said his decision was influenced by Texas rules which prohibit high school athletes from earning money from endorsement and sponsorship deals. Last month, the NCAA lifted its long-time ban on athletes being compensated for their names, images and likenesses.

Ewers said his preference would be to “complete my senior season at Southlake Carroll along with teammates and friends I’ve taken the field alongside the past three years.”

“However, following conversations with my family and those I know have my best interests in mind, I’ve decided it’s time for me to enroll at Ohio State and begin my career as a Buckeye,” he wrote.

Ewers’ parents told Yahoo! Sports that their son has several potential deals lined up, including one that could land him equity in a company that makes kombucha, but a Texas law aimed at giving college athletes NIL rights prevents high school athletes from doing so.

Ewers is one of the most highly rated players in next year’s signing class. He initially committed to Texas last year but then flipped to Ohio State.

“This is not just a financial decision; this is about what’s best for my football career,” Ewers said. “At 18, and with one final class about to be complete to earn my high-school degree, I feel it’s time to get the jump on my college career that is available to me.”

At Ohio State, Ewers would step in late to an ongoing competition to replace first-round draft pick Justin Fields this year in Columbus.

The Buckeyes have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, but none of them have thrown a college pass. CJ Stroud and Jack Miller are going into their second seasons with the Buckeyes. Kyle McCord is a class of 2021 signee.

Bills, Allen to put off talks if no deal done by season

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) Bills general manager Brandon Beane told The Associated Press on Monday he is giving himself before the start of the regular season to negotiate a long-term extension with quarterback Josh Allen before putting off discussions until next year.

Beane wouldn’t specify an exact date in saying the two sides have agreed to suspend talks before Week 1 in September so as not to serve as a distraction for the fourth-year starter, whose rookie contract runs through the end of the 2022 season.

“Josh and I are in lockstep on that,” Beane said during a brief interview after practice. “There will be no negotiating in-season. At some point we will press the pause button.”

The Bills are into their second week of practice and open the regular season hosting Pittsburgh on Sept. 12.

Beane first hinted at a deadline during an appearance on the Bills flagship radio station, Buffalo’s WGR-550 earlier in the day.

“We’ll see here soon. We’re in August, so I’d say we’re down to a few weeks to either get this done or delay it, and try it again in 2022,” he said. “Hopefully, we can get something done this year. But if not, we’ll be excited. Josh knows. He and I have had great conversations this spring and summer about it.”

The Bills bought themselves time on negotiations in May when they picked up the fifth-year option – worth nearly $23 million – of Allen’s contact. The fifth year of the contract is guaranteed, though the Bills can renegotiate the deal as part of an extension.

Allen has earned a significant raise following a breakthrough season in which he set numerous franchise passing and scoring records in leading Buffalo to win its first AFC East title since 1995 and make its deepest playoff run in 27 years. Buffalo’s season ended with a loss to Kansas City in the AFC championship game.

In doing so, the 25-year-old Allen solidified a position which had been unsettled in Buffalo since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season.

Allen opened training camp by saying he’s not concerned about contract talks.

“Whether it happens or it doesn’t happen, it’s not going to change my approach to be the best teammate, the best leader I can be for this team and this organization,” Allen said. “My focus is completely on the field.”

Eagles WR DeVonta Smith out with a knee sprain

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith is out indefinitely with a knee sprain.

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was listed as week-to-week on Monday’s injury report, so his status for Philadelphia’s preseason opener against Pittsburgh on Aug. 12 is uncertain.

The Eagles moved up two spots in the first round to select Smith with the No. 10 overall pick.

Smith had 117 catches for 1,856 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at Alabama, becoming the first receiver to win the Heisman in 29 years.

Vikings in QB shortage, with Cousins out for COVID protocols

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have started their second week of training camp with a severe shortage of quarterbacks, with Kirk Cousins and two of his backups sidelined under COVID-19 protocols.

Head coach Mike Zimmer has not made any secret of his frustration with those players who have so far declined to get vaccinated for the disease.

“I just don’t understand. I think we could put this thing to bed if we all do this. But it is what it is,” Zimmer said, after Cousins, Kellen Mond and Nate Stanley were placed on the NFL’s reserve list for COVID-19.

The trio was first held out of practice on Saturday night, with only third-year player Jake Browning remaining on the roster to run the offense. The Vikings also signed quarterback Case Cookus for emergency help on Monday before resuming their work on the field on Monday.

Quarterbacks coach Andrew Janocko and offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak have even been solicited for warmup throws to help lighten the load on Browning, who spent his first two seasons on the practice squad. He completed some eye-catching passes under the lights at the team’s practice facility and was playfully doused with water by teammates once the session was over.

Zimmer was visibly frustrated by the sudden absence of Cousins, expressing worry about a similar scenario unfolding during the regular season that would force a vital player without a proven backup to sit out of an important game.

Cousins has declined to answer questions this summer about his vaccination status. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NFL and NFL Players Association protocols were devised to keep COVID-19 information private, Cousins was deemed a high-risk close contact. His absence was thus a clear indication he has not been vaccinated because league rules for his category mandate a five-day quarantine and negative test before he can return. NFL Network reported that Mond was the player who tested positive.

Zimmer said the Vikings might have to keep one quarterback out of all of their meetings, as some teams around the league did last season.

Wide receiver Myron Mitchell, an undrafted rookie from UAB, was also placed on the COVID-19 reserve list.

The Vikings also placed wide receiver Bisi Johnson on injured reserve, after the third-year player in competition for the No. 3 spot suffered a season-ending ACL tear in his knee last week.


The Indiana Pacers have agreed to sign forward Torrey Craig to a two-year, $10 million.

Craig, a 6-7, 221-pound forward averaged 5.5 points on 48.0% shooting, 36.8% on 3s, and 3.9 rebounds with Milwaukee and Phoenix.

TJ McConnell signed with the Pacers for four years and $35 million with a partial guarantee on the final year. The deal will be finalized Friday.

McConnell averaged 8.6 points on 56% shooting, 6.6 assists, 3. 7 rebounds and 1.9 steals last season.

Doug McDermott signed with San Antonio. McDermott agreed to a three-year, $42-million deal. He averaged 13.6 points and 53.2% shooting last season.

Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul move quickly in NBA free agency

(AP) — Point guards were the immediate focus when the NBA’s free agency window opened Monday night, with Kyle Lowry headed to the Miami Heat, Lonzo Ball on his way to the Chicago Bulls while Chris Paul and Mike Conley landed lucrative deals to remain with their current teams.

Lowry and the agency that represents him, Priority Sports, said he was headed to the Heat. A person with knowledge of the deal said he would be signing a three-year contract worth nearly $30 million annually in what will become a sign-and-trade that sends Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa from Miami to Toronto. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing had yet been approved by the league.

“Miami Heat X Kyle Lowry Let’s Goo!!” Lowry wrote on Twitter, followed by five fire emojis.

Paul agreed to a contract to remain with the Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns, another person with knowledge of that deal said. It would be worth nearly $120 million if all four years are completed and would push Paul’s career earnings past the $400 million mark. He turned down a $44.2 million option for this coming season to negotiate a longer deal, and after the success the Suns had this season in their run to the NBA Finals it seemed doubtful that he would look to play elsewhere.

Conley agreed to a $73 million, four-year deal to remain with the Utah Jazz, the team that finished last season with the NBA’s best regular-season record and expects to bring back most of the same core for another run this season. Conley confirmed the signing on Twitter; a person confirmed the terms to AP.

The NBA’s window for talks opened at 6 p.m. EST, and as has become tradition, it did not take long for handshake deals to commence. No new contracts can be signed until noon Eastern on Friday. The league set the salary cap for this coming season at $112.414 million, with the tax level at $136.606 million.

Miami made the biggest early splash, not just landing Lowry but agreeing to terms with 3-point specialist Duncan Robinson on a deal that would be worth nearly $90 million if all five years are completed. Robinson, a person with knowledge of the deal said, agreed to a contract where four years are guaranteed and the fifth is only so partially.

And Miami isn’t done: Not only is this the summer where Bam Adebayo’s five-year, $163 million contract agreed to last fall kicks in, but the Heat plan to finalize an extension that would be worth an average of roughly $45 million annually with Jimmy Butler later this week. Butler and the Heat cannot begin those talks until Friday at the earliest by league rule.

Lowry is leaving Toronto after nine seasons there and helping the Raptors win the 2019 NBA championship. Considered by many the greatest Raptor ever, it’s fitting that his last move with the team amounts to another assist — a sign-and-trade to make sure Toronto got some assets back instead of just seeing him leave as a free agent.

Ball will be acquired by the Bulls from New Orleans in a sign-and-trade deal worth $85 million, Klutch Sports announced. The deal, according to ESPN, also included sending Tomas Satoransky and Garrett Temple from Chicago to the Pelicans.

Other deals struck Monday and confirmed to AP by people with knowledge of the agreements:

— The NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks are keeping Bobby Portis for next season, with a player option for 2022-23.

– The Denver Nuggets reached two-year agreements to keep guard Will Barton and forward JaMychal Green. Barton’s deal is for $32 million and Green’s for $17 million.

– The Dallas Mavericks agreed to a four-year, $74 million deal to retain Tim Hardaway Jr.

– The Indiana Pacers agreed to a four-year deal to keep point guard T.J. McConnell, with ESPN reporting that deal would be worth roughly $9.5 million annually.

Report: Heat, Butler expected to agree to max extension over $184M

The Miami Heat are expected to agree on a maximum contract extension with Jimmy Butler once the NBA officially rolls over to its new season on Aug. 6, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski.

Butler’s deal will reportedly be worth over $184 million over four years.

The five-time All-Star is coming off his second season in Miami. He registered 21.5 points, 7.1 assists, 6.9 rebounds, and an NBA-high 2.1 steals per game in 2020-21.

Hawks, Trae agree to 5-year, $207M max rookie extension

Trae Young is cashing in.

The Atlanta Hawks’ star guard agreed to a five-year, $207-million maximum rookie contract extension, his agent confirmed to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The agreement couldn’t be finalized until Tuesday at 12 a.m. ET, when all players about to enter the final season of their rookie deals were allowed to formally negotiate extensions. The Oklahoma City Thunder, for example, also had to wait until midnight in order to sign their own star guard, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, to a 172-million extension.

Atlanta is also attempting to bring back restricted free agent John Collins, but the sides weren’t close to an agreement as of Monday, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Young led the Hawks with 25.3 points and 9.4 assists per game last season as the team defied expectations to reach the Eastern Conference finals.

Report: Knicks ink Rose to new 3-year, $43M deal

The New York Knicks and Derrick Rose agreed to a three-year, $43-million deal, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

New York acquired Rose from the Detroit Pistons in February, and the former MVP helped lead the Knicks to their first postseason appearance since 2013.

Rose averaged 14.9 points and 4.2 assists while shooting 41.1% from deep over 35 appearances with New York during the 2020-21 campaign. His strong play off the bench propelled him to a third-place finish in last season’s Sixth Man of the Year voting.

The Knicks also apparently retained sharpshooter Alec Burks and inked free-agent guard Evan Fournier to a reported four-year deal worth up to $78 million. Nerlens Noel is also staying put in the Big Apple after inking a three-year, $32-million deal.

Howard returning for 3rd stint with Lakers

Dwight Howard has agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Howard, who will turn 36 in December, previously played for the Lakers in 2012-13 and 2019-20, winning his maiden NBA title in the most recent stint.

The three-time Defensive Player of the Year served as Joel Embiid’s primary backup on the Philadelphia 76ers last season, a similar role to the one he occupied in L.A. in 2019-20. In 17.3 minutes per game, Howard averaged seven points and 8.4 boards per outing in 2020-21.

AP source: Pelicans sending Ball to Bulls in sign-and-trade

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Lonzo Ball is heading to Chicago in a sign-and-trade agreement that will send Bulls guards Tomas Satoransky and Garrett Temple to the New Orleans Pelicans, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because trades cannot become official until Friday under NBA rules.

Ball is represented by Klutch Sports, which announced that the four-year veteran guard had agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract. ESPN first reported the trade, which also sends a Bulls second-round draft choice to New Orleans.

Ball, a four-year veteran who turns 24 in October and entered the offseason as a restricted free agent, is coming off his most productive season. In his second year with the Pelicans, he averaged career highs in points (14.6 per game) and field-goal percentage (41.4) while averaging 5.7 assists. Drafted second overall by the Lakers out of UCLA in 2017, Ball has changed his shooting mechanics since being traded to New Orleans as part of a blockbuster deal that sent Anthony Davis to Los Angeles.

Ball hit a career-high 172 3-pointers last season while making a career-best 37.8% of his shots from deep.

Now he goes from teaming with dynamic power forward Zion Williamson to joining Olympian Zach LaVine and two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic in a trio the Bulls hope will transform them into contenders in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls finished the 2020-21 campaign 11th in the East at 31-41, two games behind Charlotte for the final play-in spot. While they missed the playoffs for a fourth straight year, it was their first season with Arturas Karnisovas leading the basketball operation and Billy Donovan coaching the club.

The Pelicans’ long-term plans for Satoransky and Temple are unclear. New Orleans basketball operations chief David Griffin has a history of expanding initial two-team team trades to involve more teams and additional swapping of assets, as he did last season when he traded Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee. That deal expanded to include Denver and Oklahoma City.

Satoransky, from the Czech Republic, has played five NBA seasons – his first three with Washington and past two with the Bulls. He has averaged 7.4 points and 4.2 assists in 333 games.

Temple is an 11-year veteran out of LSU who also has played for Houston, Sacramento, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Charlotte, Washington, Memphis, the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn. He has averages of 6.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Meanwhile, the Pelicans still have two young guards on the roster who were first-round draft choices – Nickeil Alexander-Walker in 2019 and Kira Lewis Jr. in 2020.

New Orleans’ next starting point guard likely won’t have as prominent a role because the Pelicans regularly run their offense through Williamson, who has been effective initiating plays off the dribble and handling the ball in transition.

AP source: Mavs keeping Hardaway on $72 million, 4-year deal

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks are bringing back shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. on a $72 million, four-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said Monday.

The agreement came just as NBA free agency opened. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because contracts can’t be signed until Friday.

Hardaway came to the Mavericks from the New York Knicks before the 2019 trade deadline in a deal headlined by Kristaps Porzingis. The son of former NBA player Tim Hardaway became a consistent scoring threat alongside star point guard Luka Doncic.

After struggling from 3-point range in the weeks after the trade, Hardaway had the two most accurate seasons of his career in his first two full seasons with Dallas. Hardaway shot 39.8% during the pandemic-interrupted 2019-20 season and 39.1% last season.

Hardaway will have a new coach in Jason Kidd after moving in and out of the starting lineup under Rick Carlisle, who resigned a day after former general manager Donnie Nelson was fired in June. Nico Harrison replaced Nelson.

Harrison’s first move as GM was trading Josh Richardson, one of Hardaway’s replacements as a starter, to Boston. While that would appear to make room for Hardaway, the Mavericks might not be finished with free agency or trades.

Hardaway was the 24th overall pick by the Knicks in 2013. He was traded to Atlanta two years later and rejoined New York as a free agent in 2017. Hardaway has career averages of 13.9 points and 1.8 assists.

Mavs keep frontcourt depth by picking up Cauley-Stein option

DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Mavericks picked up the $4.1 million team option on center Willie Cauley-Stein’s contract, opting to keep a player who provides depth in a frontcourt headlined by Kristaps Porzingis.

Cauley-Stein came to Dallas in a deal with Golden State before the trading deadline in 2019-20. He played 13 games for the Mavericks before the pandemic shut down the season, then opted out of the restart in the Florida bubble.

The 27-year-old played 53 games in sporadic duty under coach Rick Carlisle, who resigned a day after general manager Donnie Nelson was fired in June.

Jason Kidd replaced Carlisle, and Nico Harrison was hired as GM and president of basketball operations after nearly 20 years in the basketball division at Nike.

The move with Cauley-Stein should leave Dallas with about $30 million in salary cap space in free agency. The Mavericks are interested in re-signing shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr., while other moves might require sign-and-trade agreements.

Harrison’s first move was trading Josh Richardson to Boston to clear some cap space as Dallas continues to try to build around star point guard Luka Doncic with questions surrounding the role of Porzingis.

Dallas acquired the 7-foot-3 Latvian in a 2019 trade with the idea of Porzingis being the Slovenian sensation’s European sidekick. The Mavericks lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round in each of their first two playoff appearances.

AP Source: Nuggets reach deals with Barton, Green

DENVER (AP) The Denver Nuggets have reached two-year agreements with a pair of their free agents, guard Will Barton and forward JaMychal Green, a person with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals, reached as the NBA free agency negotiating period opened, can’t be finalized until Friday.

Barton’s deal is for $32 million and Green’s for $17 million.

Re-signing Barton, who declined his player option last month, and Green were among team President Tim Connelly’s offseason priorities.

Barton’s return maintains some experience in a Denver backcourt that’s missing star Jamal Murray (ACL) and includes Monte Morris, Facu Campazzo, P.J. Dozier and rookie Bones Hyland, the 26th pick in last week’s NBA draft.

Barton shot nearly 40% from beyond the arc last season and averaged 12.7 points, but he’s been plagued by injuries (hamstring, knee, core) that have kept him mostly on the outside looking in during the playoffs the last three seasons. He scored 25 points in 39 minutes in Game 4 of Denver’s second-round loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Green averaged 8 points and five rebounds over 58 games in 2020-21 but his playing time was reduced down the stretch as he shared minutes with veteran forward Paul Millsap following a trade deadline roster shakeup.

Cleveland Cavaliers agree to 5-year, $100 million deal with center Jarrett Allen


Restricted free agent center Jarrett Allen has agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agents Derrick Powell and Jim Tanner told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

When the Houston Rockets decided they didn’t want Allen, 23, as part of the megatrade that sent James Harden to the Brooklyn Nets, the Cavaliers leapt into the deal, sending a future Milwaukee Bucks first rounder to the Rockets to get their hands on the young center.

Allen, a bouncy rim-runner who can also protect the paint, averaged 13.2 points and 9.9 rebounds in 51 games with Cleveland after the trade.

He became the team’s unquestioned starting center and is seen as part of what the Cavaliers hope is the core of their next playoff team alongside prior lottery picks Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Isaac Okoro — not to mention fellow big man Evan Mobley, whom Cleveland took third overall in last month’s NBA draft.

Allen, who is entering his fifth NBA season, was selected by the Nets with the 22nd overall pick in the 2017 draft.

Mike Conley staying with Utah Jazz on 3-year, $72.5 million deal, agents say


The Utah Jazz accomplished their primary offseason goal, getting point guard Mike Conley to agree to a three-year, $72.5 million deal to re-sign with the team, his agents Steve Heumann and Jess Holtz told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday.

Conley took to social media to announce his official return, writing: “Blessed to continue this journey with the @utahjazz !!!!! #takenote #nowaybutup.”

Conley’s contract, combined with the five-year extensions for Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell that kick in this season and are worth a combined $368 million, push the Jazz significantly into the luxury tax.

It’s a price new owner Ryan Smith is willing to pay to keep the Jazz’s window to contend open, although last week’s trade that sent backup center Derrick Favors and a future first-round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a future second-rounder and cash considerations was in large part financially motivated.

Conley finally made his first All-Star appearance last season, his 14th in the NBA, thriving during his second campaign with the Jazz. He averaged 16.2 points and 6.0 assists per game with a career-best .552 effective field goal percentage for the team that had the league’s best record in the regular season.

However, the 33-year-old Conley’s two seasons in Utah have been hampered by hamstring issues. He missed extended stretches during both seasons due to hamstring strains or tightness, which also forced Conley to sit out the first five games of this year’s Western Conference semifinals, a series the Jazz lost to the LA Clippers in six games.

Conley spent his first 12 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies after the franchise selected him with the fourth overall pick in the 2007 draft. The five-year, $153 million deal Conley signed with Memphis in 2016 was briefly the largest contract in NBA history.

Conley was one of the faces of the Grizzlies’ “Grit ‘n Grind” era, joining Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Tony Allen to form the group known as the “Core Four.”

KD catches fire as Team USA tops Spain, advances to semifinals

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Back and forth they went, the reigning Olympic champions from the U.S. on one side, the reigning Basketball World Cup champions from Spain on the other.

The difference: The Americans had Kevin Durant.

He’s never gone to the Olympics and not won gold — and clearly, doesn’t plan on that changing. Durant scored 29 points to keep his quest for a third Olympic title alive, and the Americans are headed to the medal round after ousting Spain 95-81 on Tuesday in a quarterfinal matchup at the Tokyo Games.

Jayson Tatum scored 13 and Jrue Holiday added 12 for the U.S., which will play either Australia or Argentina in the semifinals on Thursday. The Americans also gave themselves the chance of extending a streak like none other in Olympic basketball history — in all 18 of their previous Olympic men’s basketball appearances, they’ve gone home with a medal.

Ricky Rubio was brilliant for Spain, scoring 38 points and Sergio Rodriguez added 16.

It wasn’t easy, and rarely is against Spain. This was the fifth time the teams had met in the Olympic quarterfinals or later since 2004; the U.S. is now 5-0 in those games, but the margin of victory in those is a close-by-American-Olympic-standards: 9.2 points.

And this one was no different. Spain actually led by 10 in the second quarter, before the U.S. went on what became a 36-10 run over the next nine minutes to take control for good.

Spain had won three consecutive Olympic medals, taking silvers after losing to the U.S. in the gold-medal games in 2008 and 2012, followed by a bronze in 2016 after falling to the U.S. in the semifinals. And this may be the last time that the Spanish roster has some of its longtime mainstays; Pau Gasol is 41, other top players like Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez are much closer to the end than the beginning, and this might have been Spain’s best chance to beat the U.S. at the Olympics.

Spain got down seven early, then simply did whatever it wanted against the U.S. for a 10-minute stretch of the first half. It was a 29-12 run by the time it was over, a burst that turned a 17-10 early deficit into a 39-29 lead with 3:25 left until halftime.

Spain shot 13 for 22 during that stretch, the U.S. just 5 for 22 — missing 12 of its last 13 shots in te run. But just when it looked like the Americans were in big trouble, it was their turn to rally.

A 14-4 U.S. run to close the half made it a 43-43 game at intermission, the burst capped by seven consecutive points over the final 70 seconds. And with that, it was a 20-minute game to decide who would play for medals and who would be going home earlier than planned.

The Americans didn’t trail again.

They opened the second half on a 15-4 run — making it a 22-4 run going back to late in the second quarter — and went on to lead by as many as 16 before taking a 69-63 edge into the fourth.

Ramirez HR in Indians 10th; Jays’ 1st loss back in Canada

TORONTO (AP) Jose Ramirez homered to cap a three-run 10th inning and the Cleveland Indians beat the Blue Jays 5-2 Monday, snapping Toronto’s four-game winning streak.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 34th home run for the Blue Jays, who lost for the first time in four games since returning north of the border to Rogers Centre.

Recently acquired Toronto reliever Brad Hand (5-6) endured a rocky 10th, opening the inning with a wild pitch that allowed automatic runner Myles Straw to advance to third. Amed Rosario lined Hand’s next pitch through the drawn-in infield for an RBI single.

Four pitches later, Ramirez homered off the left field foul screen, his 23rd.

“I was looking for a high pitch and thankfully that happened,” Ramirez said through a translator. “He threw that high pitch and I was able to put the ball in play.”

It was the 150th homer of Ramirez’s career, 11 of which have come in the ninth inning or later.

Bryan Shaw (4-5) worked one inning for the win and Emmanuel Clase finished for his 14th save in 18 opportunities.

Cleveland is 6-5 in extra innings while Toronto is 2-6.

Harold Ramirez and Oscar Mercado had back-to-back RBI singles off Blue Jays left-hander Robbie Ray in third. Toronto tied it on Guerrero’s two-run homer off rookie right-hander Eli Morgan in the sixth.

Recalled from Triple-A Columbus before the game, Morgan allowed two runs and five hits in career-high six innings. He walked one and matched a career-high by striking out nine.

Jose Ramirez said Morgan did a “tremendous job,” and acting manager DeMarlo Hale called Morgan’s performance “outstanding.”

“I thought he was one step ahead of them the first two times around the order because he threw his fastball a lot more,” Hale said.

Ray gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.

“They definitely made me work today,” Ray said.

Elusive kitten, Orioles hittin’ in 7-1 romp over Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) This fast kitten followed all the fancy hittin’.

In a game delayed for several minutes while a bunch of groundskeepers tried to corral a scaredy cat in the outfield, the Baltimore Orioles hit four solo homers off Yankees newcomer Andrew Heaney to beat New York 7-1 Monday night.

The Orioles held a six-run lead in the eighth when the tabby emerged from the third base side as Yankees star Aaron Judge batted against Paul Fry.

The cat sped past Baltimore left fielder Ryan McKenna, then got on the warning track and dashed back and forth. The feline climbed up on the low padding along the wall and tried to scale the bullpen fence, but kept falling back down.

“We saw him earlier in the dugout during the game and he was just chilling and we let him be,” Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins said. “Next thing I know, the fans were cheering and I had no idea.”

“I didn’t see the cat until he got the outfield wall and it was a matter of seeing how they handle it, watching seven grown men getting their ankles broken by a cat. Pretty funny to watch,” he said.

Fans chanted “MVP! MVP!” as the cat eluded its would-be captors, even after being surrounded by several of them near the 318-foot mark in left field.

Only after 3 1/2 minutes did the cat leave the field, darting into an open gate near the seating area along the third base line.

The cat was first noticed by Joey Gallo, who was standing in the on-deck circle and pointed it out to plate umpire Mark Ripperger.

“That thing was pretty elusive to catch there,” Gallo said.

Almost too much so, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said.

“I was kind of wondering what everybody was waiting for, to be honest with you,” he said. “Our pitcher is sitting there on the mound there with Aaron Judge at the plate and we’re watching a cat run around but finally it got out there — the cat showed some good quickness and agility and vertical a few times.”

“But I didn’t know if it was a poisonous cat or what it was because there wasn’t a whole lot of movement happening when it ran on the field,” he said.

Once the cat exited, Judge flied out.

Long before the cat made its appearance, Mullins and Austin Hays hit back-to-back homers in the third off Heaney (6-8).

Ryan Mountcastle and Ramon Urias also went deep to spoil the debut of Heaney, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels just before Friday’s trade deadline.

Heaney tied a career high by allowing four homers for the second time. The other instance was in 2017 also against Baltimore.

“I thought it fell off there after a couple of innings and he made some mistakes in some nitro spots,” manager Aaron Boone said.

It was the first time a Yankee starter allowed four homers since James Paxton on July 26, 2019, at Fenway Park against the Boston Red sox.

Heaney gave up four runs on six hits in six innings with the homers coming in a span of six batters in the third and fourth.

Jorge Lopez (3-12) took a no-hit bid into the sixth and allowed one run and one hit in six innings. He worked around a career-high five walks and struck out four for his first win since June 6 to end a nine-start winless skid.

Anthony Rizzo hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth and has an RBI in his first four games with the Yankees. Joey Gallo started in left field and ended Lopez’s no-hit bid with a clean double to open the sixth.

By then the Orioles held a 6-1 lead.

Mullins hit a full-count fastball into the right field seats for his 18th homer and three pitches later Hays knocked a 1-1 fastball into the left field seats.

Mountcastle homered on the first pitch of the fourth and two batters later Urias sent a drive into the visitor’s bullpen beyond the left-center field fence.

Sacrifice flies by Pedro Severino and Maikel Franco gave Baltimore a 6-1 lead in the sixth. A double-play grounder by Anthony Santander made it 7-1 in the eighth before the cat made its appearance.

“A weird moment, but interesting for baseball,” Gallo said.

Rangers steal home in 4-1 win over Angels for 3 in a row

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his last-place team are starting to have a little fun, and seem to have already gotten over the sting of trading away their homegrown All-Star slugger, an All-Star starting pitcher and their closer.

They have won three games in a row, the latest going ahead with a steal of home after consecutive wins when they won on game-ending homers by their rookie switch-hitting catcher.

Dane Dunning won consecutive starts for the first time this season, Brock Holt scored the tiebreaking run with a headfirst slide into home on the back-end of a double steal in the fifth inning and the Rangers beat the Los Angels Angels 4-1 on Monday night.

“That was probably our best game all year, just execution wise, just the way we played the game,” Woodward said. “We looked relaxed.”

Holt got the Rangers’ second steal of home this season, and later added a sacrifice fly.

Dunning (5-7) got Shohei Ohtani out for the third time, on a ground ball ending the top of the fifth. That was the last batter for Dunning, who struck out three, walked two and allowed one run on three hits.

Spencer Patton worked the ninth for his first big league save in three chances this season (and 73 appearance overalls). That wrapped up four perfect innings by a trio of relievers for the Rangers, who had lost 14 of 15 before their winning streak.

“I told a lot of the guys after the game, that’s kind of the vision you have for a winning ballclub,” Woodward said. “There was a calmness about our guys. We’ve been preaching this for three years now, so I don’t know if it’s after the (trade) deadline or if they just feel like, obviously, it’s a good unit, good group of guys. But we need to see that more often. And if we can do that every night, we give ourselves a chance.”

The Rangers last week traded away slugger Joey Gallo to the New York Yankees, while sending starter Kyle Gibson and closer Ian Kennedy to Philadelphia. They designated former NL All-Star outfielder David Dahl earlier Monday.

Angels right-hander Chris Rodriguez (2-1) struck out seven and walked two while allowing four runs (three earned) and four hits while pitching into the seventh of his first big league start.

“He has a lot of self-confidence naturally, and a game like that will give him even greater self-confidence as a pitcher,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said.

Rodriguez made 13 relief appearances earlier this season for the Angels before being sent to the minors June 21 to become a starter. His first MLB start came a day after Reid Detmers, the only higher-rated pitching prospect in the Angels organization, made his.

“Being able to throw after he did, it’s a blessing,” Rodriguez said. “We can have conversations about our starts and keep on growing together.”

Holt was in a 3-for-36 slide before his double in the fifth. He went to third after Isiah Kiner-Falefa reached on a fielder’s choice that was the second out. Kiner-Falefa drew a throw from catcher Max Stassi as he stole second, and Holt then took off and beat a one-hop throw back to the plate by shortstop Jose Iglesias for a 2-1 lead.

“We had a different sign on, we kind of got messed up on the field,” Maddon said. “That’s not what we wanted to do.”

Escobar homers, triples as Brewers defeat Pirates 6-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) Eduardo Escobar made one heck of an initial impression on Milwaukee fans in his first home game as a Brewer.

Escobar hit a three-run homer and an RBI triple to back up Eric Lauer’s five shutout innings in the Brewers’ 6-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

“I’m so happy to have a great game today because the people maybe saw me with different teams, but it’s different when they see you with the home team,” said Escobar, who came to the Brewers on Wednesday via a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. “I’m so happy I had a good game. I’m going to continue every day to come here with my best energy every day and help the team win. That’s the most important thing.”

Escobar’s two-out triple off Kyle Keller in the sixth extended the Brewers’ lead to 2-0. He followed that up by sending a 421-foot drive to right against Nick Mears in the seventh for his 24th home of the season.

He also walked twice to reach base on each of his four plate appearances.

“He adds a professional presence to a really good lineup already, from both sides of the plate,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “There’s just a very calming presence for him when he’s in the box.”

The Brewers’ victory had a bittersweet finish.

Milwaukee’s John Axford entered the game to a standing ovation in the ninth inning as he made his first major league appearance since 2018, but he retired just one of the five batters he faced before leaving with an elbow injury that will require an MRI.

The Brewers had acquired Axford from the Toronto Blue Jays earlier in the day. He last pitched for the Brewers from 2009-13 and still owns the franchise record for saves in a season.

“It’s unfortunate,” manager Craig Counsell said. “The fact that he got himself back here was a real credit to him. You want the story to be good every night. Sometimes there’s some unfortunate stories as well.”

Pittsburgh trailed 6-0 heading into the ninth but brought the tying run to the plate after Axford and Brad Boxberger each issued bases-loaded walks. Boxberger ended the comeback attempt by striking out Phillip Evans to earn his fourth save in six opportunities.

Bryse Wilson (2-4) worked five innings and allowed just one run in his Pirates debut, but the Brewers feasted on Pittsburgh’s bullpen after his departure.

Wilson came to the Pirates along with minor league pitcher Ricky DeVito in a Friday trade with Atlanta.

“Just trying to come into the new situation with a completely open mind,” Wilson said. “Good restart. Good reset. Continue to improve my craft and just put the team in a situation to win every time we go out. It’s been a good transition so far.”

Lauer (4-4) allowed just three hits, struck out three and walked nobody. He also hit a batter. In his last six appearances, Lauer has given up only five runs over 31 1/3 innings.

“He’s done a nice job for us all year,” Counsell said. “He’s been consistent.”

The Brewers took the lead for good in the third inning. Lorenzo Cain led off with an infield single, stole second, moved to third on Lauer’s bunt hit and scored on Kolten Wong’s sacrifice fly.

Milwaukee broke the game open with a pair of two-out rallies against Pirates relievers.

The Brewers had two outs and none on in the sixth before Omar Narvaez walked and scored on Escobar’s triple into the right-field corner. Keller later walked Tyrone Taylor on a 3-2 pitch outside with the bases loaded to extend Milwaukee’s lead to 3-0.

Mears’ problems in the seventh started when Wong hit a one-out single that went off the right-hander’s leg. Mears later gave up a the three-run blast to Escobar.

“It really wasn’t the comebacker,” Shelton said. “The comebacker hit him on the back of the thigh. He twisted his ankle on the way down, and that’s what we were checking. The longer he was out there, the more it stiffened up. It was more that he rolled his ankle than it was getting hit by the line drive. As he retreated to field the ball, he twisted his ankle.”

Brewers put Josh Hader on COVID-19 list after positive test

MILWAUKEE (AP) All-Star closer Josh Hader has joined the growing collection of Milwaukee Brewers on the COVID-19 injured list.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Hader reported contact with someone experiencing “COVID-like symptoms.”

“So we tested him, and it came back positive,” Counsell said before the Brewers’ Monday night game with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates were also facing virus-related issues. Pittsburgh placed pitcher Chad Kuhl on the COVID-19 list after a positive test and recalled pitcher Shea Spitzbarth from Triple-A Indianapolis.

The positive tests mean Hader and Kuhl must sit out 10 days.

Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich and pitchers Jake Cousins, Jandel Gustave and Hunter Strickland already had been placed on the COVID-19 list over the last few days. The Brewers reinstated utilityman Jace Peterson on Monday after he had been sidelined due to contact tracing.

“The symptoms the guys are experiencing are fairly minor,” Counsell said. “We check in with them and have had no real health scares with them, so we feel like we’re in a good place there. Obviously, losing players fairly regularly hurts and makes it challenging.”

Counsell declined to say whether Hader was vaccinated.

Hader’s absence puts even more pressure on a bullpen that already had lost Cousins, Gustave and Strickland. The Brewers did shore up their relief corps by adding Daniel Norris and John Curtiss at the trade deadline.

Milwaukee made one more move to boost its bullpen Monday by acquiring John Axford from the Toronto Blue Jays. Axford, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2018, was with the Brewers from 2009-13 and set a franchise record with 46 saves in 2011.

“Different names have to step up,” Counsell said. “That’s how it’s going to have to work. We’ve dealt with this off and on throughout the year, whether it was injuries and now COVID, so other guys are going to get the ball and have to step up.”

Hader is 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA, 22 saves and 67 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings this season.

Canada upsets US with 1-0 win in women’s soccer

KASHIMA, Japan (AP) Carli Lloyd, clutch in so many critical moments for the U.S. women’s soccer team, failed to connect against Canada on Monday night and the Americans won’t play for a fifth Olympic gold medal.

Lloyd’s look in the 86th minute with the United States trailing by a goal hit the crossbar as Canada won 1-0 and dropped the Americans into the bronze medal match. It is the second straight Olympics that the U.S. failed to reach the gold medal game.

The Americans were bounced from the 2016 Rio Games by Sweden in the quarterfinals.

As Canada celebrated wildly at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Lloyd knelt to the turf with her head in her hands.

“That wasn’t good enough,” said Lloyd, the oldest player on the U.S. team at 39 and playing in what was likely her last major tournament with the national team.

The U.S. lost starting goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher when she came down awkwardly after going up for the ball around the 20th minute. Trainers attended to her for some five minutes as backup Adrianna Franch warmed up on the sideline.

Naeher tried to stay in the game, but was replaced by Franch in the 30th minute.

Canada pounced in the 74th minute on Jessie Fleming’s penalty kick, which gave Canada its first win against the United States since 2001.

Fleming booted her PK past a diving Franch and took off toward the sideline, sliding on her knees before teammates swarmed around her.

The U.S. will play for the bronze on Thursday in Kashima against Australia.

Canada will play for the gold Friday at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium against Sweden, which downed the Australians 1-0 in Yokohama.

Canada features Quinn, a midfielder who will become the first openly transgender athlete to win an Olympic medal.

Quinn won bronze in 2016 before coming out as transgender.

It is the second straight Olympics that the Americans, the two-time defending World Cup champions, will not play for the gold medal. The team was uncharacteristically uneven in Japan, starting with a 3-0 loss to Sweden that snapped a 44-game unbeaten streak.

The Americans bounced back to beat New Zealand but then came a scoreless draw with Australia in the group stage. A 4-2 penalty shootout against the Netherlands on Friday advanced the U.S. to the semifinals.

The loss of goalkeeper Naeher clearly hurt the U.S. She was key to the victory over the Dutch in the quarterfinals, with a penalty save during regulation and two more in the deciding shootout. After the semifinal loss, she was on crutches.

The previous time the U.S. played neighbor Canada in the Olympics was 2012 in a controversial semifinal match that went to overtime. Canadian star Christine Sinclair scored three goals, but the United States won it 4-3 on Alex Morgan’s header in the 123rd minute.

The controversy stemmed from questionable calls, including a rare six-second violation against Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod late in regulation. That touched off the sequence that resulted in the tying goal.

“For those of us that were part of the 2012 team, it’s nice to get a little revenge in an Olympic semifinal,” Sinclair said.

After her celebrating teammates had started to leave the field, Sinclair laid down on the field in relief.

“I was just sitting there thinking how proud I am of this team,” she said. “It’s a very unique group. It’s a special group and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”

The Canadians have won the bronze medal in the past two Olympics.

Saban’s new deal worth at least $84.8M over 8 years

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban will make $11.5 million in the final year under a new eight-year contract that’s worth at least $84.8 million.

The university released details Monday of Saban’s previously announced deal, after the board of trustees’ compensation committee formally approved it.

Saban, who has won a record seven national championships, is set to make $8.7 million this year with annual raises of $400,000. That includes a $275,000 base salary and $8.425 million in personal service, or talent, fees.

Saban, who turns 70 on Oct. 31, also can receive an $800,000 completion bonus each Feb. 28 through 2026 totaling up to $4 million. His pay, not counting bonuses, in 2028-29 would be $11.5 million.

Saban was scheduled to make $9.3 million last year, which kept him as college football’s highest-paid coach, according to USA Today’s database of college football salaries. LSU’s Ed Orgeron, Clemson’s Dabo Swinney, and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh also topped $8 million, according to the database.

Alabama is coming off another national championship season, including the second perfect record under Saban. His record seventh national title — including a BCS crown at LSU in the 2003 season — broke a tie with former Alabama coach Bear Bryant among FBS coaches.



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INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF: Clancy Cruises to Scratch Cup Individual Title


DUBLIN – Indiana women’s golf rising junior Valerie Clancy won the 49th Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup, the longest running scratch cup in the country, by seven strokes at the Hermitage Golf Club on Sunday.


Hermitage Ladies Scratch Cup • Dublin, Ireland

Hermitage Golf Club

Par 73 • 5,274 yards


• Clancy shot 138 (70-68) to win the event by seven strokes over Deirdre Smith, who shot a 145 (72-73).

• The Mitchelstown, Ireland, native was the lone golfer to shoot under par in both rounds of competition and turned in the only scorecard of the day with a round score under 70.

• Clancy, a 2021 Academic All-Big Ten selection, competed in all 18 rounds for the Hoosiers as a sophomore and averaged a score of 78.67. She finished 20th overall at the Big Ten Championships and shot a team-low round of 70 in the second round.

• The Hermitage Golf Club has been named Best Parkland Course in Leinster on three separate occasions.

PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF: Bunnabodee Tied for 14th After Opening Round of U.S. Amateur


RYE, N.Y. – Junior Kan Bunnabodee birdied three of the four par-5 holes at the Westchester Country Club in the opening round of the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Monday and finished with an 18-hole score of even-par 72. She sits in a tie for 14th with five others after the first day, three strokes behind her countrymate from Thailand Suthavee Chanachai in the standings.

Starting the round on the back nine, Bunnabodee carded a 1-under 35 with birdies on the 12th and 18th holes to open. After posting back-to-back bogies to begin the front nine, she settled in with a birdie and six pars over the next seven holes to wrap up the day even at 72.

Bunnabodee was merely one of 19 golfers in the 156-player field to shoot par or better in the opening round. She will start the second day of the tournament Tuesday with an 8:24 a.m. ET tee time on the first hole.

PURDUE SWIMMING: 5 Boilermakers to Race at USA Swimming’s Summer Championships


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Five Purdue swimmers are set to represent the men’s program this week in Greensboro, North Carolina, racing in the East division of USA Swimming’s 2021 Speedo Summer Championships.

Brett Riley (200 IM and 400 IM, 200 breast) and Michael Juengel (100 and 200 back, 200 IM) are slated to race in three individual events apiece while teaming with Andrew Alders, Blake Ratliff and Liam Walker for selected relays.

The action begins Tuesday morning and the Boilermakers have at least one event all five days of the meet at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, which also hosted the men’s and women’s NCAA Championships back in March. Juengel was among the nine qualifiers on the men’s side.

The annual long-course showcase was split into East and West divisions this year. The state of Indiana represents the western edge of the East division. Swimmers training in states west of Michigan, Indiana, and the Mississippi River south of St. Louis were placed in the West division, with that meet held in Irvine, California.

Riley posted a trio of top-five finishes last month at the Indiana Senior State Championships, including runner-up showings in the 200 breaststroke and 400 individual medley. Alders was top three in the 100 breast and 200 IM. Alders, Juengel, Ratliff and Walker all swam on multiple relay winners for Boilermaker Aquatics in Indianapolis.

At the Big Ten Championships in March, Riley scored in all three of his individual events while Juengel and Alders were part of a program record in a relay.


Greensboro Aquatic Center / Greensboro, North Carolina

Prelims at 9 a.m., Finals at 5 p.m. ET

Results Added Below Throughout the Week


• 4×100 Free Relay (Finals Only) – Juengel, Walker, Alders, Ratliff


• 200 Breast – Brett Riley

• 200 Back – Michael Juengel


• 400 IM – Brett Riley


• 100 Back – Michael Juengel


• 200 IM – Brett Riley, Michael Juengel

• 4×100 Medley Relay (Finals Only) – Riley/Juengel, Alders, Walker, Ratliff/Juengel

BALL STATE MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Mike Iandolo Named Assistant Men’s Volleyball Coach


MUNCIE, Ind. – First year Ball State men’s volleyball head coach Donan Cruz has hired Mike Iandolo to join him as an assistant coach for the Cardinals this season.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mike and his family to Ball State,” Cruz said.  “Mike is a great person that brings a wealth of experience and knowledge both as a coach and a player.  He is a major addition to our staff and will significantly help us accelerate our program forward.  I look forward to working with him as we embark on a new chapter of Ball State Men’s Volleyball.”

Iandolo is no stranger to MIVA (Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) and or Ball State as he was a standout player at fellow MIVA member Lewis University. During his career as a Flyer, Iandolo was a three-time Delahnty Award and MIVA Academic All-Conference selection at the setter position. He was also a two-time All-MIVA First Team selection. After his playing days with the Flyers, Iandolo spent the 2012-13 campaign as a graduate assistant coach for his alma mater.

“I am super excited to be joining the staff at Ball State,” Iandolo said. “I want to thank Coach Cruz for the opportunity to come back to the midwest and the MIVA. Ready to get to work and help bring championships to BSU Men’s Volleyball. My wife and I love the thought of being closer to family in the Midwest. We are looking forward to raising our kids here.”

Prior to his appointment with the Cardinals, Iandolo spent three seasons (2018-2021) as the head coach at the University of Charleston where he helped the Golden Eagles place 10 players on the EIVA (Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) All-Academic squad. Iandolo also played a hand in one of his former players Eugene Stuart to became a professional volleyball player. He also guided the Golden Eagles to the program’s first-ever victory over Harvard in 2019.

Before coming a head coach at the University of Charleston, Iandolo spent the 2017-2018 season as the assistant men’s volleyball coach at Grand Canyon University, helping the Antelopes to an 18-11 overall record including a pair of upset wins over NCAA Division I top-15 ranked teams. 

Iandolo has a wide range of coaching experiences as he has also spent time on the volleyball club scene serving as head coach with the Fusion and 18 White team in Maregno, Illinois.

The Orlando, Fla. native also played professionally with the Florida Wave where he won the Men’s Open National Championship and the PVL National Championship in 2013 as well as being named MVP for both. Iandolo would then travel abroad to play in Sweden for Falkenbergs Volleybollklubb, earning a silver medal in the Swedish Elite Series and being named Best Setter. He also received the same accolades when he played for Nea Salmina during the 2015-2016 campaign.



OTRE DAME, Ind. — Lauren Tarnoff, a 6’2” middle blocker out of Huntington Beach, California, is set to join the Irish as a sophomore for the 2021 season, Irish head coach Mike Johnson announced Monday (August 2).

“We are thrilled to add Lauren to our team,” said Johnson. “She is a great girl from a wonderful family who matches the values and ideals of Notre Dame. To have a player who has already had success in the ACC is a tremendous boost to our program. That said, there is so much more out there for her and I believe that Lauren has the dedication and work ethic needed to maximize her God given ability. Lauren wants to succeed at the very highest level and we look forward to pursuing a National Championship together. Can’t wait to get to work!”

AT MIAMI (2020)

Opened her collegiate career at the University of Miami, and appeared in eight matches for the Hurricanes in the fall portion of the 2020-21 campaign.

In 31 sets, totaled 64 kills and 16 total blocks with a .341 hitting percentage.


Hails from one of California’s elite high schools, having reached the CIF Finals in two seasons at Mater Dei.

Tarnoff is a three-time CIF academic All-American and was named to the Trinity League’s Second Team as a senior at Mater Dei.

Named Mater Dei’s “Best Offensive Player” senior year.

Earned Trinity League Honorable Mention honors as a junior.

In 2018, Tarnoff helped lead Mater Dei to a spectacular season winning the Trinity League, CIF-SS, State and was a National Champion.

Before attending Mater Dei, played two varsity seasons at Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks.

“Notre Dame’s community is remarkable in so many different aspects,” said Tarnoff. “My instant connection with the coaching staff was a huge factor because I value my time with well-respected coaches who are dedicated to their jobs as well as their athletes. I was equally impressed with Notre Dame’s high standard of education on and off the court. I believe that with intelligent and hard working ethics, we can empower each other to develop a strong sense of discipline and ultimately win the ACC championship. I stand for everything that Notre Dame embodies and I am so excited to work hard with this wonderful staff and impressive group of athletes!”

INDIANA STATE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Sycamore Basketball Releases 2021-22 Nonconference Schedule


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State men’s basketball announced its 2021-22 nonconference schedule Monday (August 2). The nonconference slate features 14 contests, including matchups versus Purdue, Ball State and Old Dominion, as well as six home games inside renovated Hulman Center.

“I am happy with the schedule we were able to piece together under the circumstances,” head coach Josh Schertz said. “All credit to Matthew Graves for his hard work on this. Finding five home games with such a late start is remarkable, and on top of that we’ve started some quality home and home series that our fans will enjoy.”

ISU will play host to Rose-Hulman (Nov. 4) in an exhibition contest, Hanover (Nov. 14), Miami Ohio (Dec. 4), Alabama A&M (Dec. 18), Oakland City (Dec. 20) and Coppin State (Dec. 29).

Indiana State will play five true road games as well as three neutral site contests at the Myrtle Beach Invitational Nov. 18-21. The Sycamores open the MTE with Old Dominion and will either play Oklahoma or East Carolina in the second round.

The Sycamores open the regular season with two-straight games on the road, beginning with a trip to Green Bay (Nov. 9) before traveling to West Lafayette to face Purdue (Nov. 12) at Mackey Arena. The team will also play road games at Ball State (Nov. 27), North Dakota State (Dec. 13) and Northern Illinois (Dec. 22)

The Missouri Valley Conference schedule will feature an 18-game home-and-home slate and will be released in the coming weeks.



INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI basketball program and head coach Matt Crenshaw continued to add pieces for the upcoming 2021-2022 campaign on Monday (Aug. 2) with the signing of 6-foot-5 guard Boston Stanton III (Denver, Colo./Denver East) to a National Letter of Intent. Stanton will be a true freshman beginning this fall and is the sixth new face to join the program since Crenshaw’s hiring.

“First and foremost, the thing that stands out about Boston is his maturity. He’s an intelligent, mature and likable young man, but he also looks the part in that he’s a legit 6-5 with a strong build and strong frame,” Crenshaw said. “He’s played the point guard position, but has the ability to play on the ball or off the ball and defend multiple positions. I like that he’s going to bring some versatility to our group. He fits in well with our current guys and we’re excited to get him to Indy and get him ready for the season.”

Stanton was considered among the top players in the state of Colorado after averaging 21 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior. He drained 49 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three-point range while earning honorable mention all-state honors. He had three double-doubles from his lead guard spot as a junior including a 32-point, 10-rebound effort in a win over Thomas Jefferson and a 31-point, 12-rebound night in a win over Mullen.

However, he suffered an injury just prior to his senior campaign reaggravated the injury in the season’s fifth game of his final campaign. He averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.6 assists per game as a senior.

“I chose IUPUI because I fell in love with the campus, community and academic culture while on my visit,” Stanton said. “I am also very excited to be a part of building something special with the rest of the basketball program.

“It is a place where I will be encouraged to succeed, both on and off the court, as well as pushed to grow as a human being.”

Stanton was the 2018 Denver Prep League Boys Co-Freshman of the Year and played with the Colorado Knights on the summer circuit. Academically, he was an honor roll student and National Honor Society member. He graduated from Denver East with a 4.78 grade point average.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S GOLF: Seven Hounds Dubbed GCAA All-America Scholars


NORMAN, Okla. – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) released its 2020-21 Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars recently, with UIndy student-athletes Keegan Bronnenberg, Cam Carroll, Ian Carroll, Erik Edwards, Spencer Klimek, Oliver Mast and Jacob Nickell all making the cut. UIndy’s seven award winners were good for the second-highest total in all of Division II.

To be eligible for All-America Scholar status this season, a student-athlete must be a sophomore, junior or senior academically, participate in at least 40 percent of his team’s competitive rounds, own a stroke average under 78.0 and maintain a minimum cumula­tive grade point average of 3.20.

Edwards and Klimek each earned their third career All-America Scholar nod; the Carroll brothers, Mast and Nickell became two-time honorees; while Bronnenberg picked up his first such award. Five of the aforementioned Greyhounds recently earned All-America honors from the GCAA, while Bronnenberg added the program’s first individual national championship.



KANSAS CITY, Mo.  – On Monday afternoon, the NAIA released their first NAIA Football FirstDown Playbook Top-25 Poll of the 2021 season, releasing the preseason rankings. The Knights earned the No. 9 ranking in the NAIA Preseason Poll, as voted on by the panel of NAIA head coaches. Defending national champions Lindsey Wilson enter the season ranked No. 1. 

Marian’s No. 9 ranking moved the Knights up one spot in the polls after ending the 2020-21 season ranked No. 10. The Knights are the second highest ranked team in the MSFA Mideast League, trailing Concordia who sits at No. 6. Marian and Concordia join St. Francis as the three schools from the MSFA Mideast League to earn a preseason ranking, with the Cougars coming in at No. 16 in the NAIA Preseason Poll.

In total six schools from the MSFA are ranked in the inagural poll of the season. MSFA Midwest members Olivet Nazarene (10th), Roosevelt (20th), and St. Xavier (RV) round out the league. 

Defending champions Lindsey Wilson hold the No. 1 ranking, while Northwestern, Morningside, Keiser, and Grand View round out the top five.

RHIT Men’s Basketball Adds Exhibition Contest at Indiana State

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Indiana State University will compete in a crosstown men’s basketball matchup when the Fightin’ Engineers travel to Hulman Center for an exhibition game on Thursday Nov. 4.

Rose-Hulman finished 10-2 during the Covid-19 shortened 2020-21 season.  The Fightin’ Engineers are projected to return three starters from last year’s team – leading scorer Dillon Duff (12.0 ppg), Samvit Ram (7.7 ppg) and Terry Hicks (6.2 ppg) under the direction of head coach Rusty Loyd.

Indiana State completed a 15-10 season in 2020-21 and the exhibition game will mark the team’s first contest under new head coach Josh Schertz.  The Sycamores are also projected to return three starters from last year’s squad.

The matchup will also represent the first basketball game open to the public in the newly renovated Hulman Center.  Ticket information will be announced at a later date.



RICHMOND, Ind. – Taylor Browning, a Rushville, Ind., native who played the past two seasons at Taylor University, is one of the newcomers on the 2021-22 Indiana University East women’s basketball roster.

Browning is a 5-10 center who helped Taylor to a 49-11 record and a national tournament appearance in her first two college seasons.

According to the IU East coaching staff: “We are excited to get Taylor in a Red Wolf uniform. We are extremely familiar with her game, and we are looking forward to having her hard-nosed mentality and work ethic on the court help propel us to the next level.”

Browning was a four-year letter winner and two-time team MVP at Rushville (Ind.) Consolidated High School, the alma mater for several current and former Red Wolves. Browning scored more than 1,000 career points in high school and ranks among the top 10 scorers in Rushville history.

Taylor is the daughter of Jeff and Sheila Browning. She plans to major in business administration.

Browning cited “close to home, family and team environment, and academics” for her choice to continue her college career at IU East.


1906       Senator right-hander Tom Hughes becomes the first pitcher to post a 1-0 victory in an extra-inning game with his own home run. Long Tom’s solo shot off Fred Glade in the top of the tenth frame proves to be the difference in the team’s victory over the Browns at Sportsman’s Park.

1914       In the seventh inning of the 4-1 loss to Detroit at the Polo Grounds, Yankees’ catcher Les Nunamaker has three assists to become the first catcher to accomplish the feat since 1887. The 25 year-old guns down Sam Crawford and Bobby Veach trying to steal and picks off Hugh High leading off second base in the frame, marking the only time this century a backstop has three assists in the same inning.

1933       A’s southpaw Lefty Grove limits New York to five hits, going the distance in Philadelphia’s 7-0 victory at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander’s shutout marks the first time that the Bronx Bombers have not scored a run a game since August 2, 1931, a span of 309 games.

1940       During a road trip in Boston, Reds backup catcher Willard Hershberger is found dead in his room after taking his own life at the Copley Plaza Hotel. Having talked with his fragile player for hours after the game, Cincinnati skipper Bill McKechnie thought he had consoled the worn-out backstop, who was distraught about leaving runners on base in every at-bat with his 0-for-5 performance at the plate.

1948       Negro League legend Satchel Paige makes his first major league start, hurling seven innings, leading the Indians over the Senators, 5-3. Before today’s game, the future Hall of Famer made eight appearances in relief, compiling a 1-1 record for the Tribe.

1957       Pirates manager Bobby Bragan hears he has been fired on the radio and replaced by Philadelphia third-base coach Danny Murtaugh. Pittsburgh general manager Joe L. Brown leaked news of the hiring before informing his disposed skipper.

1959       For the first time in major league history, a second All-Star Game takes place in the same season. The American League goes on to post a 5-3 victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum when White Sox second baseman Nellie Fox singles in Tony Kubek with the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning.

1959       In the second All-Star Game played this summer, Yogi Berra’s two-run home run off Dodgers right-hander Don Drysdale in the third inning at the LA Memorial Coliseum proves to be the difference in the American League’s 5-3 victory over the Senior Circuit. The home run will be the last one hit by a Bronx Bomber in a Midsummer Classic game for 41 years until Derek Jeter goes deep in 2001.

1961       In the largest shutout score in a National League night game, the Pirates beat the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, 19-0. Harvey Haddix throws a four-hit complete game for the Bucs in a game that takes only two hours and thirty-six minutes to play.

1962       With his sixth home run in three consecutive games, Frank Thomas ties a National League record when he goes deep off Cincinnati’s Joey Jay in the bottom of the seventh inning of a Mets 8-6 loss at the Polo Grounds. The right-handed slugger, who equaled the mark with a pair of round-trippers in each game, will add another homer to his club leading total in tomorrow’s contest.

1967       Charlie Finley fires his manager Alvin Dark after the two disagree over the owner’s handling player discipline. ‘Charlie O’ had fined and suspended Lew Krausse, Jr. for the pitcher’s reported rowdy behavior on a team flight, prompting the team’s first baseman Ken Harrelson, who will also be released, to call the A’s owner a menace to the sport.

1967       The Red Sox obtain catcher Elston Howard from the Yankees for cash and two players to be named later, with pitchers Peter Magrini and Ron Klimkowski being sent to New York to complete the trade. The 38 year-old backstop will hit only .147 for his new team, but his veteran presence will contribute to Boston capturing the American League pennant.

1967       The Braves set a club mark by hitting seven home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Cubs, with Tito Francona, Joe Torre (2), Clete Boyer (2), Denis Menke, and Hank Aaron all contributing to the record. All of Atlanta’s round-trippers come during the first five frames of the Wrigley Field contest, and all are solo shots, except for Boyer’s two-run blast in the third inning.

1967       “The pennant should be decided in the traditional manner.” – Warren Giles, National League President. A joint meeting held in Chicago foreseen as a formality turns into a four-hour fierce debate when American League and National League owners strongly disagree on implementing divisional play for next season. The AL owners unanimously agree to the plan, but the Senior Circuit brass makes it clear they will oppose any effort by the American League to implement the change by itself, citing the possibility an AL division winner could be a fourth-place club could play a first-place team in the World Series.

1969       Rich Reese’s pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning helps the Twins beat the Orioles and Dave McNally at Metropolitan Stadium, 5-2. The defeat is the southpaw’s first loss of the season, ending his fifteen-game winning streak.

1975       Denny Doyle, acquired from California in June for a player to be named (Chuck Ross) later and cash, extends his hitting streak to 22 games with a first-inning home run in the Red Sox’s 6-4 victory over Detroit at Fenway Park. The usually light-hitting infielder will bat .310 for Boston and plays a pivotal role in Boston’s successful pennant drive.

1978       In a 5-4 victory against the Dodgers at Candlestick Park, Giants’ first baseman Willie McCovey hits his 504th home run off Don Sutton, establishing him as the National League all-time left-handed home run leader. Southpaw swinger Eddie Mathews had previously led the NL, collecting 503 round-trippers playing for the Braves and Astros, adding another nine for Detroit in the American League at the end of his 17-year career.

1979       At Yankee Stadium, over 51,000 mourners attend a memorial service for Thurman Munson. The Bronx Bombers’ captain died yesterday, piloting a plane that crashed 1,000 feet short of the runway at Akron-Canton Airport.

1979       The Yankees purchase Lenny Randle from Pittsburgh to fill the roster spot of Thurman Munson, who died in a plane crash yesterday. The 31 year-old former Pirates utility outfielder and designated hitter will appear in only 20 games for the Bronx Bombers, with Jerry Narron replacing the Captain as the team’s backstop.

1982       Frank White hits for the cycle for the second time in his career. The second baseman completes the feat with a two-out triple in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a 6-5 walk-off victory over Detroit at Royals Stadium.

1982       At the request of the players, the Angels retire their first number in franchise history, honoring Gene Autry with the #26 to commemorate the team’s first owner as the 26th man on the club’s roster. The ‘Singing Cowboy,’ well-known for his roles in Hollywood westerns, acquired the American League expansion club in 1960, owning it for 38 years until he died in 1998.

1986       First ballot inductee Giant first baseman Willie McCovey, the BBWAA’s only choice, is enshrined in the Hall of Fame, along with the Veterans Committee’s selections of Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr and the late Ernie Lombardi, a catcher best known for his playing days with the Reds and Giants. Pirates announcer Bob Prince and Cincinnati beat writer Earl Lawson, respectively, accept the Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.

1987       Home plate umpire Tim Tschida throws out Joe Niekro after discovering an emery board on the Twins’ starting pitcher. The 42 year-old knuckleballer will receive an automatic ten-day suspension from the American League for defacing the ball.

1987       After his ejection in the bottom of the 12th inning for arguing a close call at first base, the Columbia Mets manager Butch Hobson yanks the bag out of the ground and brings it into the clubhouse in protest. The bounced skipper is convinced to return the stolen property to the field because the team has only one set of bases, but not before he sprays it bright orange to make the bag easier to see for the umpire.

1989       The Reds set a major league record for the most hits in the first inning of a game with 16 as they score 14 runs at Riverfront Stadium off woeful Astro pitching. The half of an inning lasts 38 minutes, with the Reds eventually winning the contest, 18-2.

1995       Making his first start for the Rockies since being acquired from the Mets, Brett Saberhagen gives up 13 hits and walks three batters, but gets the win in the team’s 9-4 win over the Dodgers. The sellout crowd gives their new hurler an enthusiastic standing ovation when he departs the game with one out in the seventh inning.

1997       Jeromy Burnitz, coming off the bench in the Brewers’ 6-5 loss to Seattle at County Stadium, homers as a pinch-hitter for the second consecutive time, tying an American League record. The major league mark for consecutive pinch-hit appearances with a home run is three, shared by Lee Lacy (Dodgers – May 2, 6, and 17, 1978) and Del Unser (Phillies – June 30, July 5 and 10, 1979).

1998       In the eighth inning of the Astros’ 11-3 loss to Florida, C.J. Nitkowski hits three consecutive batters, becoming only the third hurler to accomplish the rare feat in major league history since 1900. The Houston southpaw shares the dubious distinction with two other hurlers who also spent time in Columbus, Ohio as minor leaguers, Dock Ellis (1974 Pirates) and Wilbur Wood (1977 White Sox).

1998       In the team’s 14-1 loss to the Yankees at Network Associates Coliseum, A’s starter Mike Oquist gives up fourteen earned runs, becoming the first pitcher to give up that many runs in an appearance since 1977 when Bill Travers accomplished the dubious feat hurling for the Brewers. The 30 year-old right-hander, who gives up 16 hits to the 32 batters he faces in five innings, sets a franchise record for runs allowed, being sacrificed to save the bullpen for tomorrow’s doubleheader against the Bronx Bombers.

2000       After looking at the artists’ renderings of the new proposed enlarged Fenway Park that includes a monstrous 3,000-car garage, Diane White suggests the Red Sox, New England’s team, relocate to Hartford, Connecticut. The Boston Globe columnist believes the gigantic ballpark complex will dominate the quaint neighborhood, riling against the “bunch of rich and powerful guys” who will ask for taxpayer assistance to fund their “multi-million-dollar playground.”

2000       The independent Western Baseball League expells Kevin Mitchell of the Sonoma County Crushers for the rest of the season from the for punching the owner of an opposing team. The former National League MVP allegedly hit Solano Steelheads owner Bruce Portner, who had come on the field after a brawl, which was caused by a pitch thrown behind Mitchell, had ended.

2002       Darin Erstad agrees to a four-year contract extension worth $32 million to stay in Anaheim through 2006. The Angels’ center fielder joins Troy Glaus, Garret Anderson, and Tim Salmon as one of the key players the organization has signed at least through the 2004 season.

2002       In just the first four innings, Edgar Martinez ties the major league record for sacrifice flies in a game with three. The Mariners’ designated hitter becomes the 11th player in history to accomplish the feat, doing it in his first three at-bats in Seattle’s 12-4 victory over the Indians.

2004       In a game in which Cardinal first baseman Albert Pujols becomes the first player in history to hit at least 30 homers in each of his first four big league seasons, Tony Batista goes deep twice, knotting the score with a two-run blast in the ninth and hitting a grand slam in the 12th. The Expos third baseman’s 199th and 200th career blasts help Montreal beat St. Louis in extra innings, 10-6.

2006       The home run ball hit by Barry Bonds to pass Babe Ruth for second place on the all-time career list fetches $220,100 during a ten-day eBay auction. The money, which will go to Andrew Morbitzer, the fan who caught #715, is much less than the $800,000 dished out in 2004 for the ball the Giants’ left fielder hit for his 700th career homer.

2008       Francisco Liriano, sent down to the minors after an 0-3 start in April attempting to come back from Tommy John surgery, blanks the Indians for six innings in his return to the Twins’ rotation. The right-hander’s performance propels Minnesota into first place in the American League Central with the eventual 6-2 victory over the Tribe along with a White Sox loss.

2010       Alex Herrnberger bats for two different teams in two different cities on the same day, when he first pinch-hits a double for the Reno Aces, who are trailing 9-2 in the ninth inning against the Rainiers. Then, after the team’s loss in Tacoma, the Diamondbacks’ minor leaguer take a 30-minute plane flight to Yakima (WA) to play in the Bears game where he pinch-hits again, popping out in the short-season affiliate’s 8-0 win over the Eugene Emeralds.

2011       The Jamestown (New York) Jammers wear special game jerseys during their NY-Penn League game against Tri-City to commemorate Lucy Ball’s 100th birthday and in conjunction with the Festival of Comedy being held in her honor in Jamestown this week. The uniform tops, which feature Lucy and Desi on the front and Lucy’s 100th birthday celebration logo on the back, will be auctioned off later to benefit the Lucy-Desi Center, and the winners can have the jersey autographed by the player who wore it if so desired.

2011       After driving in the winning run yesterday, Jacoby Ellsbury, who never had a walk-off hit, does it in consecutive contests when he blasts a two-out ninth-inning homer, giving the Red Sox another dramatic victory over Cleveland. The center fielder becomes the first Red Sox player with game-ending hits on consecutive days in the regular season since Butch Hobson accomplished the feat in 1978.

2012       In the span of about an hour, the Upton brothers go deep to both record their 100th career home run on the same night in different ballparks when Diamondback outfielder Justin goes yard off Kyle Kendrick at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, and older sibling B.J., playing center field, hits a Tropicana Field round-tripper for the Rays off Baltimore’s Tommy Hunter. On July 20th, the boys from Norfolk, Virginia also hit their 99th homers on the same day.

2013       Max Scherzer becomes only the third pitcher in the last 44 years to begin the season with a 16-1 record when he gets the win in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory over the White Sox at Comerica Park. Detroit’s 29 year-old right-hander joins Roger Clemens (2001 Yankees) and Dave McNally (1966 Orioles) in getting off to a historically fast start.

2013       The first-place Dodgers set a franchise record, winning their 13th consecutive game on the road with their 3-0 victory over the Cubs in Chicago. The Giants established the National League mark in 1916 when the team won 17 straight games away from the Polo Grounds.

2015       Mike Hessman breaks the minor league home run record with the 433rd round-tripper of his nearly 19-year career, a grand slam against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in the Mudhens’ 10-8 extra-inning International League (AAA) loss at Toledo’s Fifth Third Field. The 37 year-old first baseman, who played parts of five seasons with the Braves, Tigers, and Mets, surpasses Buzz Arlett, who established the mark in 1936 while playing for the Minneapolis Millers.

2015       Adrian Beltre becomes only the fourth player in baseball history to hit for the cycle three times and the first to accomplish the feat since 1933 when Babe Herman collected four different hits for the Cubs. The Rangers third baseman, who also joins Bob Meusel (1928) and John Reilly (1890), completed the task with a fifth-inning home run in the team’s 12-9 victory over Houston.


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay6443.59834 – 2130 – 2230 – 1711 – 513 – 166 – 4L 1
Boston6344.589133 – 2230 – 2229 – 1812 – 611 – 164 – 6L 4
NY Yankees5649.533727 – 2429 – 2522 – 3013 – 612 – 76 – 4L 1
Toronto5449.524825 – 2329 – 2623 – 267 – 710 – 126 – 4L 1
Baltimore3867.3622517 – 3121 – 3613 – 268 – 1911 – 147 – 3W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox6244.58537 – 1825 – 2613 – 735 – 219 – 114 – 6W 1
Cleveland5251.5058.526 – 2326 – 289 – 1327 – 188 – 124 – 6W 1
Detroit5157.4721230 – 2421 – 336 – 723 – 3417 – 114 – 6W 1
Kansas City4559.4331628 – 2517 – 349 – 1723 – 285 – 116 – 4L 3
Minnesota4462.4151824 – 3020 – 326 – 723 – 3010 – 193 – 7L 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston6442.60434 – 2030 – 2216 – 1215 – 930 – 146 – 4L 2
Oakland6047.5614.530 – 2430 – 2313 – 1313 – 425 – 245 – 5W 1
Seattle5750.5337.533 – 2324 – 2714 – 812 – 1326 – 206 – 4W 1
LA Angels5254.4911230 – 2622 – 2811 – 1116 – 817 – 305 – 5L 2
Texas3967.3682526 – 2713 – 4011 – 138 – 1517 – 274 – 6W 3
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5550.52433 – 2022 – 3021 – 2213 – 1414 – 64 – 6L 2
Philadelphia5353.5002.531 – 2122 – 3228 – 2713 – 86 – 95 – 5W 2
Atlanta5254.4913.527 – 2725 – 2728 – 2717 – 114 – 45 – 5L 1
Washington4957.4626.529 – 2720 – 3021 – 2011 – 119 – 194 – 6L 1
Miami4561.42510.525 – 2620 – 3520 – 226 – 1316 – 124 – 6W 1
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee6443.59830 – 2434 – 1910 – 1231 – 1719 – 68 – 2W 2
Cincinnati5650.5287.526 – 2630 – 249 – 730 – 1810 – 207 – 3W 1
St. Louis5352.5051030 – 2123 – 3114 – 1319 – 2115 – 116 – 4W 1
Chi Cubs5156.4771331 – 2120 – 3512 – 1622 – 2714 – 94 – 6L 1
Pittsburgh4066.37723.523 – 3017 – 3612 – 1211 – 309 – 174 – 6L 2
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Francisco6739.63235 – 1732 – 2213 – 714 – 1029 – 166 – 4W 3
LA Dodgers6443.5983.533 – 1831 – 2513 – 710 – 1032 – 205 – 5W 2
San Diego6147.565736 – 2225 – 2511 – 1216 – 1425 – 195 – 5W 1
Colorado4660.4342133 – 2013 – 405 – 811 – 1621 – 304 – 6L 1
Arizona3374.30834.520 – 3313 – 418 – 1512 – 1712 – 344 – 6L 3


New England1711333321126-0-15-3-236
Orlando City SC16844262155-2-13-2-328
Nashville SC166912515106-5-00-4-127
New York City FC158253016146-1-22-1-326
CF Montreal16646212014-2-12-2-522
New York15537202004-1-21-2-518
Toronto FC163582133-121-4-22-1-614
FC Cincinnati153571729-120-3-33-2-414
Inter Miami CF143381224-121-2-52-1-312
Sporting KC169342919105-3-14-0-330
Los Angeles16916272706-0-23-1-428
Los Angeles FC16655221934-4-12-1-423
Real Salt Lake15564241683-4-22-2-221
FC Dallas164572024-43-5-01-0-717
San Jose164571825-72-1-42-4-317


Eastern Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Connecticut Sun146.7008-16-59-36-42 W
Chicago Sky1010.5004.03-67-48-47-32 L
New York Liberty1011.4764.55-55-65-84-62 L
Washington Mystics810.4445.05-43-65-65-51 W
Atlanta Dream613.3167.53-73-65-62-84 L
Indiana Fever416.20010.03-81-84-93-73 W
Western Conference
 WLPctGBHomeRoadConfLast 10Streak
Seattle Storm165.7628-38-28-47-31 W
Las Vegas Aces156.7141.08-37-38-47-31 W
Minnesota Lynx127.6323.06-36-48-48-27 W
Phoenix Mercury910.4746.03-76-36-74-61 L
Dallas Wings912.4297.04-55-76-74-63 L
Los Angeles Sparks613.3169.04-72-61-112-86 L