Scherzer shines as Mets cool off Braves 4-1 in series opener

ATLANTA (AP) In what he called “a measuring-stick win” in the opener of an NL East showdown, Max Scherzer was the difference-maker for the New York Mets.

Scherzer pitched seven strong innings, Luis Guillorme homered and drove in two runs, and the Mets beat Max Fried and the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Monday night.

“They’re a great team over there and you want to come out and play your best baseball,” Scherzer said.

The right-hander was very close to his very best. Thanks to Scherzer’s outstanding performance, the first-place Mets stretched their division lead over the Braves to 2 1/2 games.

“It makes it great when you have the guy behind you throwing zeros,” Guillorme said. “Everybody knows one or two might be enough when he’s in the game.”

Pete Alonso also had two RBIs and Scherzer (6-1) gave up only three hits, including Austin Riley’s 24th homer in the seventh. That cut the Mets’ lead to 2-1, but Guillorme answered with his homer off Darren O’Day in the eighth.

All-Star closer Edwin Diaz, pitching for the third straight day, struck out the side in the ninth for his 19th save.

Former Mets second baseman Robinson Cano, obtained by Atlanta for $1 in a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres on Sunday, had two hits in his Braves debut.

Scherzer had nine strikeouts with no walks in his second consecutive impressive start after missing almost seven weeks because of an oblique injury. The right-hander threw six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, with a season-high 11 strikeouts in a no-decision against Cincinnati last Tuesday.

“For the second time out, that was really, really good, I thought,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Scherzer did not feel any lingering effects from the oblique issue.

“I feel like the injury is really behind me now,” he said.

The successful return of the three-time Cy Young Award winner boosts New York hopes it can hold off Atlanta, the defending World Series champion.

Mets manager Buck Showalter said Scherzer overcame the challenge of “facing a really good team on the road in an atmosphere that was conducive to the home team. He’s a difference-maker.”

The Mets led the Braves by 10 1/2 games on June 1, but the lead was cut to 1 1/2 entering the series. The Braves went 29-8 and the Mets were 19-16 in that span going into Monday night.

Through 6 2/3 innings, Cano had Atlanta’s only hit off Scherzer, a single past Guillorme’s glove at second base with two outs in the third.

Riley lined a homer over the left-field wall with two outs in the seventh, ending Scherzer’s shutout bid. Marcell Ozuna followed with a double down the left-field line, but Scherzer pumped his right fist after striking out Eddie Rosario to end the inning.

Cano singled off Adam Ottavino with two outs in the eighth and moved to third on a double by Ronald Acuna Jr. Ottavino escaped on Dansby Swanson’s groundout.

Fried (9-3) gave up two runs on five hits and five walks, matching his career high, in five innings. He also walked five batters in a 9-3 win over the Cubs on June 25, 2019.

Despite the walks, Fried has allowed no more than two earned runs in nine of his last 10 starts.

New York scored two runs in the third. Brandon Nimmo doubled and scored on Alonso’s double to left field. Alonso scored on Guillorme’s grounder.

Alonso added an RBI grounder in the ninth off Jackson Stephens to drive in Nimmo from third, increasing his major league-leading total to 72 RBIs.


Riley’s homer was his third in three games. He ranks second in the National League and is tied for fourth in the majors with 24. It’s the third streak of homers in three or more consecutive games in his career. Last season, he had homers in four straight games from July 27-30.


Guillorme hit only his second homer of the season. Each has come against Atlanta. He hit his third career homer on May 4 against the Braves in New York.

“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Guillorme said. “I was just trying to put a good swing on the ball. … It doesn’t happen that often for me, but it’s great when it does.”


Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (stress reaction, right scapula) is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start for Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday and could be activated soon after the All-Star break. … All-Star 2B/OF Jeff McNeil was placed on the paternity list. … OF Travis Jankowski (broken left hand) started in right after he was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. … RF Starling Marte (left groin tightness) was held out for the second consecutive game.

Braves: RHP Kenley Jansen (irregular heartbeat) threw in the bullpen and appears set to return from the 15-day injured list this week. … OF Adam Duvall was reinstated from the paternity list. … With Cano’s acquisition, INF Phil Gosselin was designated for assignment and 1B Mike Ford was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.


Hard-throwing RHP Spencer Strider (4-2, 2.60 ERA) will try to continue his impressive rookie season for Atlanta when he faces LHP David Peterson (5-1, 3.48) in the middle game of the series Tuesday night.

Manny Machado homers as Padres beat Rockies at Coors Field

DENVER (AP) Manny Machado, Jake Cronenworth and C.J. Abrams hit 400-foot homers, and the San Diego Padres stopped a 10-game losing streak at Coors Field with a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.

Cronenworth had three hits, including a 410-foot solo homer in the third inning. Machado’s 446-foot solo homer made it 3-1 in the seventh, and Abrams’ three-run drive in the eighth traveled 427 feet for a 6-2 lead.

It was Abrams’ second homer in his first big league season.

“I was trying to go the other way with that sinker, and he threw me a curveball,” he said. “I reacted and got my hands to it. `Short to it, long through it’ is what my dad used to tell me. Stay quick to the ball and swing at my pitches.”

Padres left-hander Sean Manaea (4-4) gave up five hits in 6 1/3 innings, departing after Randall Grichuk’s homer got the Rockies within 3-2 in the seventh. Manaea struck out five and walked one in his second victory since April 18, a span of 13 starts.

Connor Joe and Charlie Blackmon hit two-out RBI doubles in the ninth before Taylor Rogers got C.J. Cron to ground out for his 24th save in 29 chances.

“It got a little bit dicey,” San Diego manager Bob Melvin said. “A `W’ is a `W,’ so that streak is broken, right? This is a good place to hit.”

The Padres had lost 10 of 14. They began the night eight games behind the idle Los Angeles Dodgers, the furthest they had been behind in the NL West this season.

San Diego’s lineup responded after struggling in the final two games of a weekend series against San Francisco, when the Padres had nine hits while being outscored 15-1.

With Cronenworth hitting leadoff for the first time since June 25, they had 15 baserunners – 10 hits and five walks.

“When a team has your number, you have to stop that,” Manaea said. “A perfect way to bounce back and get this thing rolling,”

Abrams connected against rookie right-hander Jake Bird, who brought a 1.69 ERA into the game.

“That’s the situation I want to be in,” Bird said. “I feel I belong there. I had just thrown (Abrams) five fastballs in a row, and my curveball is a pretty good ground ball pitch and strikeout pitch. I thought at that time it would be a good pitch to throw, maybe get weak contact. Didn’t turn out that way, but I’m confident in that pitch and I’m OK getting beat on that pitch.”

Colorado right-hander Jose Urena (0-1) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings in his second start with the Rockies after signing a minor league deal in June. He yielded one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings against the Dodgers in his first start on Wednesday.


Colorado slugger Kris Bryant was placed on the paternity list. His wife, Jessica, is expecting twins.

Bryant is batting .340 with four homers and six RBIs in 12 games since being reinstated from the injured list June 27.


Cron said he would consider participating in the All-Star Home Run Derby if asked, and he has a champion in manager Bud Black.

“I’m all in,” Black said when asked if he would be OK with Cron joining the field. “We’ll watch it. And turn the volume up. I think he’d win it. I’m going on record. He’s got raw power. He’s a home run hitter.”


Padres: SS Fernando Tatis Jr. (left wrist) was expected to see hand specialist Dr. Don Sheridan on Monday. Test results were unavailable. Tatis, who signed a 14-year, $340 million contract before the 2021 season, has not played after getting hurt in a motorcycle accident in December. … OF Wil Myers (knee) is scheduled to DH at Class A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday before progressing to the outfield. … OF Jurickson Profar (neck) is doing baseball activities and appears on track to return this week, Melvin said. … RHP Reiss Knehr was recalled from Triple-A El Paso, and RHP Dinelson Lamet was optioned to El Paso.

Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela (shoulder) is scheduled to throw five innings and 70-75 pitches in a rehab start for Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday. … Cron (left wrist) and Iglesias (neck) were back in the lineup after missing two games. … OF Sam Hilliard was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque when Bryant was placed on the paternity list.


Padres RHP Mike Clevinger (2-1, 3.34 ERA) is to face Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (4-7, 6.46 ERA) in the second game of the four-game series. Clevinger has split his last two starts while going a season-long six innings in each. The Rockies have won both of Gomber’s starts since he returned to the rotation on July 2.

Rookie Jones drives in 4 as Guardians topple White Sox 8-4

CLEVELAND (AP) Following his memorable home debut, Nolan Jones introduced himself to the Guardians’ clubhouse staff. He wanted to make sure he knew all their names.

This rookie’s going to be around for a while.

Jones drove in four runs in his first game at Progressive Field, leading Cleveland to an 8-4 win over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series between the AL Central rivals.

A 24-year-old outfielder with a sweet left-handed swing, Jones hit a two-run single in the first inning off Lance Lynn (1-2). He then chased the right-hander by driving home two more runs with a double in the fifth.

“Really cool,” Jones said of his first game in Cleveland. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Obviously getting drafted here, got to come sign my contact here and then got to play in the Futures Game here, so I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time.”

Jones is batting .538 (7 for 13) with a homer – a 457-footer that splashed into Kansas City’s famous fountains on Saturday – and eight RBIs in four games since coming up from Triple-A Columbus.

Back from a 1-6 road trip to Detroit and Kansas City, the Guardians staked Cal Quantrill (5-5) to a five-run lead in the first and moved back to .500 (42-42).

Yoan Moncada hit a three-run homer as the White Sox began an eight-game trip leading into the All-Star break.

Jones, who has climbed through Cleveland’s organization since being drafted in 2016, came to the plate with the bases loaded for his first at-bat. He then delivered a broken-bat single as the Guardians scored five times off Lynn – all with two outs – in the first.

It was the kind of moment the Guardians envisioned for Jones, who has been slowed by injuries the past few seasons.

“He was rated our No. 1 prospect for a couple years,” manager Terry Francona said. “He just couldn’t stay healthy. Now, the hope is he can because when he got to Triple-A, he worked really hard on shortening his stroke because he was always able to kind of leverage the ball, but it was a little longer.

“Now, it’s shorter and he’s to the ball. It gets a little exciting.”

Cleveland’s big inning was triggered by Josh Naylor hustling down the line to beat out an infield single with two down. Franmil Reyes followed with an RBI single and Andres Gimenez walked before Jones, who was called up from the minors on Friday in Kansas City, blooped his single to center to make it 3-0.

Two batters later, Myles Straw brought in two more runs with a single off Lynn, who settled down but only lasted four innings.

“I don’t think he got beat up in that first inning,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “He got the ground balls, they just found holes. It’s different if they’re centering it, but they didn’t. We hung in there. We came back. I like the way we competed.”

In the fifth, Reyes singled and Gimenez, a first-time All-Star, was hit by a pitch before Jones ripped his double to right-center. Straw followed with a hard comebacker that struck reliever Matt Foster and caromed into right field for an RBI.

Jones hasn’t needed long to make a strong impression on his teammates.

“Nolan has been like a lot of the rookies who have come up for us,” Quantrill said. “He’s been professional. Prepared to play at this level, committed to the approach that we bring and really just doing a good job.

“Just from what I’ve seen in these last three or four games, a really professional at-bat.”


La Russa labeled the latest report about trouble inside the team’s clubhouse as “irritating.”

La Russa conceded the White Sox haven’t played up to expectations. However, he’s confident his “very tight” team is united and has the right leaders.

“I like the veterans and I like the way our young guys respond to their responsibilities and their willingness to step forward,” he said. “I think it’s a terrific mix. … Everybody has their own opinion. It’s like strategy. You win more arguments when you win.”


Gimenez was one of three Cleveland batters hit by pitches. The second baseman has been hit seven times in the past 13 games.


Francona held a meeting in Kansas City on Sunday to introduce the team’s three All-Stars – Jose Ramirez, Emmanuel Clase and Gimenez. While Ramirez is making his fourth trip, this will be the first for Gimenez and Clase.

Francona could see the emotion in Clase’s face at learning of his selection. Gimenez’s teammates erupted when his choice was revealed.

“The place went bananas,” Francona said. “In the midst of a really tough road trip, that was a nice minute.”


Guardians: Naylor was back in the lineup after being scratched Sunday with lower back discomfort.


The Guardians play their seventh doubleheader at home – and fourth overall since June 28 – on Tuesday. RHP Shane Bieber (3-5, 3.44 ERA) starts the first game for Cleveland against Davis Martin (1-2, 4.29 ERA). Rookie Konnor Pilkington (1-1, 4.08 ERA) goes in the nightcap against White Sox RHP Dylan Cease (7-4, 2.45 ERA).

Mikolas, Pujols lead Cardinals over Phillies 6-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) Miles Mikolas pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Albert Pujols passed Stan Musial on the career extra-base hits list, and Corey Dickerson and Lars Nootbar homered as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Monday night.

The teams split the four-game series and are tied for the final wild-card spot in the National League. The Cardinals have won two straight but are just 3-6 in their last nine games.

Philadelphia lost consecutive games for the third time since the start of June.

Mikolas (6-7) gave up six hits, including a first-inning home run to Rhys Hoskins, struck out five and walked none in 7 1/3 innings.

“I thought I had good command of the curveball and fastball early,” Mikolas said. “I kind of used those two pitches off of each other to keep them off balance.”

Mikolas has allowed two earned runs or fewer in six of his past seven starts.

Aaron Nola (6-6) cruised until the bottom of the Cardinals order touched him for three runs in the fifth. Nola went seven innings, allowing five runs on seven hits. He struck out seven and walked none.

“That’s a good team over there,” Nola said. “We played them good the first two days, we came out with two wins which is good. But we’ve got a lot of baseball left.”

Pujols doubled off the right field wall to lead off the seventh, just missing a home run, to take sole possession of third place with 1,378 extra base hits. He snapped a tie with Musial, passing the Cardinals great to join a top three including Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds.

“It’s really special,” Pujols said. “Doing it here in front of our fans is even better. I don’t have any words to describe my feelings, especially the respect I have for Stan and his whole family and his legacy he left behind through this organization and to myself.”

Pujols revealed after the game that he’ll participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby this month, his fifth time in the event.

Dickerson followed with his third home run of the season, a 395-foot shot into the Cardinals bullpen.

Nootbar also connected for his third on the first pitch from reliever Michael Kelly in the eighth. Nootbar, who came in as a defensive substitution in the top of the inning, placed his shot over the left field wall to give the Cardinals a 6-1 lead.

Dylan Carlson singled to start the fourth and reached second on a fielder’s choice. With one out, Dickerson singled in Carlson and took second on the throw home. Dickerson came in on Edmundo Sosa’s double down the left-field line, and Sosa scored on Andrew Knizner’s blooper down the right field line.


Phillies: IF Alec Bohm exited with a dislocated left ring finger in the second inning after sliding headfirst into second base attempting to stretch a single into a double. He immediately began to favor his left hand and appeared to say “it’s broken” to someone on the field.

“X-Rays were negative,” interim manager Rob Thomson said after the game. “They popped it back out and he’ll play to tolerance, but we don’t know what the move is yet.”


Cardinals: LHP T.J. McFarland was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Monday. Also, St. Louis transferred RHP Jack Flaherty to the 60-day IL and optioned LHP Zack Thompson to Triple-A Memphis.


Phillies: Will be without J.T. Realmuto, Kyle Gibson, Bohm, and Nola during a two-game series in Toronto beginning Tuesday due to Canadian restrictions on unvaccinated travelers. Neither team has named a starter for the opener. The Blue Jays said over the weekend they hoped RHP Kevin Gausman (6-6, 2.86) is back from a bone bruise in his ankle to take the mound.

Cardinals: LHP Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 4.74) opens a three-game home series against the Los Angeles Dodgers and starter RHP Mitch White (1-1, 3.38). Liberatore is 2-0 and has yet to give up an earned run at home in 10 innings over two games.

Bobby Witt Jr. has 4 hits, Royals sweep twinbill vs Tigers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Bobby Witt Jr. had his first career four-hit game along with three RBIs to help the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 Monday night for a doubleheader sweep.

In the opener, Brad Keller tossed seven strong innings and rookie Vinnie Pasquantino homered and drove in two runs as the Royals beat the Tigers 3-1.

Witt had a hit in each of the first three innings in the late game, giving him six hits for the doubleheader. He scored twice and stole three bases on the day.

“It was great,” Witt said of the sweep. “It started with Brad getting on the mound and attacking. We had a lot of energy.”

Detroit starter Alex Faedo (1-5) slogged through a 37-pitch first inning, walking the bases full after Witt tied it with a double.

Witt delivered a second hit and RBI in the second inning, the third straight hit of the frame, giving Kansas City the lead.

Faedo was lifted after again loading the bases via walk. He recorded five outs while throwing 60 pitches, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks.

Ryan O’Hearn greeted reliever Tyler Alexander with a two-run single as the Royals batted around for a 4-1 second-inning advantage.

“We kept having really good at-bats,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “A couple of guys had real big days. Bobby had a real big day and was able to come through in big situations for us.”

MJ Melendez, who batted leadoff as a catcher – a franchise first – expanded the lead with a sacrifice fly the next inning.

Royals starter Daniel Lynch was greeted rudely in his return from the injured list, with Javier Baez drilling a first-pitch RBI double to score Robbie Grossman, who reached via error. Grossman collected singles in each of his next three at-bats.

Lynch struggled through four innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out three. He left after Grossman’s leadoff single in the fifth with a cut on his middle finger.

“He had a cut in a different spot than he had before,” Matheny said. “It was getting in the way of him throwing the slider.”

Angel Zerpa (1-0) earned his first major league win with two innings of scoreless relief. He was the second of four Kansas City relievers.

Miguel Cabrera’s fifth-inning RBI double cut the Royals lead to 5-3. It was his 605th career double, tying him with Paul Molitor for 15th place on the career list, and his 1836th RBI, tying Cabrera with Ken Griffey, Jr., also for 15th place.

The Tigers have lost four straight.

Injured Royals infielder Whit Merrifield didn’t play, ending his consecutive games streak at a franchise-record 553 – it dated to June 24, 2018, and was the longest active string in the majors.

“It’s been a great run for Whit,” Matheny said. “It’s just been impressive the way he’s been able to go about it.”

Merrifield exited Sunday’s game with right toe discomfort. He was fitted with a walking boot and is expected to be placed on the injured list due to a bone bruise and ligament swelling.

“It’s been a long run and I’m proud of it,” he said.

In the opener, Keller (5-9) permitted only three singles while fanning eight. He has won three straight starts and four of his last five.

Scott Barlow earned his 14th save with a scoreless ninth.

Pasquantino lined the first pitch from Michael Pineda (2-4) into the right-field bullpen with two outs in the fourth to open the scoring. It was his second career homer, both against Pineda, and both on the first pitch in the fourth inning.

“I tried to execute my fastball and he got it,” Pineda said. “This is one of the pitches I missed today. I tried to locate my fastball a little more away because I know he wanted to swing.”

Pasquantino broke a 1-all tie with a sixth-inning single that drove in Witt.

Pineda worked into the sixth inning for only the second time in eight starts, allowing seven hits and three runs.

Riley Greene had two of Detroit’s four singles and scored their lone run in the sixth on Keller’s two-out wild pitch.


Monday’s doubleheader was the Tigers’ sixth of the season, second most in the majors behind Cleveland’s seven. The Royals swept a split doubleheader for the first time since taking both games against Tampa Bay July 7, 2015.


Royals LHP Foster Griffin was designated for assignment.


RHP Beau Brieske (2-6, 4.16 ERA) takes the mound for Detroit on Tuesday against LHP Kris Bubic (1-6, 6.84).

Díaz gets 3 hits as Tampa Bay Rays beat Boston Red Sox 10-5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Yandy Diaz had three hits, scored three times and drove in three runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 10-5 on Monday night.

Diaz’s 10th multihit game since June 26 raised his batting average to .500 (27 for 54) over his last 15 games.

Tampa Bay had dropped four of six, including a three-game series sweep at lowly Cincinnati over the weekend.

After being called up for the second time this season on Monday, Luke Bard (1-0) pitched three innings for his first major league win since 2019 with the Los Angeles Angels. The 31-year-old right-hander is making a case for a long reliever spot with the big league club.

“They mentioned last time, when I was optioned, that that was kind of the need up here, and asked if I was comfortable with it,” Bard said. “I told them I would do whatever gets me here and keeps me here. I saw what was needed tonight and I was happy to fill that void.”

J.D. Martinez, Xander Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo had two hits apiece for the Red Sox, who have given up 25 runs in losing their last three games against the Rays.

The Rays led 5-1 after nine of their first 13 hitters (including Diaz and Ji-Man Choi twice each) reached base safely against Brayan Bello.

But Martinez hit a two-run double in the third, then doubled again in the fifth and scored on Bogaerts’ tying single.

Only a fully horizontal diving catch by center fielder Brett Phillips, robbing Trevor Story of a second-inning RBI double, kept the Rays from falling behind at that point.

Diaz regained the lead for Tampa Bay with a run-scoring double off Jake Diekman (4-1) in the sixth. Harold Ramirez then made it 7-5 when he drove in Diaz with a pinch-hit single off Kaleb Ort.

Diaz added a sacrifice fly in the eighth when the Rays tacked on three unearned runs.

“A lot of times in this game you hit the ball hard and you get nothing to show for it,” said Diaz, who has hit safely in 14 of 15 games. “Now I’m hitting balls that are falling in for hits.”

Bello permitted five runs and seven hits in four innings in his second major league start.

“He gave us 12 outs. We needed him to do that and he did. … He gave us a chance to win the game,” said manager Alex Cora, who was questioned about leaving the rookie in after a 42-pitch second inning.

“It’s the big leagues,” Cora said. “Yeah, we’ve got to protect him, but we’ve got to protect the rest of the staff. We were short coming into the game.”

Rays opener Matt Wiser, who pitched only the first inning, was followed by Josh Fleming, who gave up four runs in three innings before leaving the game with right oblique tightness.


Red Sox: 3B Rafael Devers, who has missed three games with lower back pain, might start Tuesday night. … RHP Nathan Eovaldi (low back inflammation) probably will pitch against the Yankees on Friday night in his first major league start since June 8. … RHP Garrett Whitlock (right hip inflammation) will pitch in another rehab game Tuesday in the hopes of rejoining the Red Sox this weekend. … C Kevin Plawecki was placed on the COVID-19-related IL and C Connor Wong was recalled from Triple-A Worcester.

Rays: SS Wander Franco (broken hamate bone) will have surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss five to eight weeks. … CF Kevin Kiermaier (hip) will visit a specialist after the All-Star break to determine whether surgery will be necessary. … 2B Brandon Lowe (low back discomfort) will play the next three days for Triple-A Durham before being re-evaluated for his return to the roster for the first time since May 16.


Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will make his season debut Tuesday night after missing the first half of the season with a right rib stress fracture. Cora said Sale could throw as many as 85 pitches based on his buildup in rehab starts. “The fact that we’re thinking about him pitching on Sunday – that tells you a lot,” Cora said. Corey Kluber (4-5, 3.62 ERA) will pitch for the Rays.

Seager HR, Smith inside-park shot send Rangers past A’s 10-8

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Corey Seager’s first four-game homer streak comes with the realization that the slugging Texas shortstop might never match what diminutive teammate Josh Smith did an inning later.

Seager connected on his 20th homer leading off the fifth before the rookie Smith got his first home run in the big leagues on an inside-the-park shot as the Rangers held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 10-8 Monday night.

Smith’s one-out liner in the sixth skipped past sliding center fielder Ramon Laureano and rolled to the warning track. The speedy leadoff hitter slid headfirst across the plate easily ahead of the throw, pausing on his belly briefly before getting up and smiling.

“I honestly never expected that to happen. I think that’s like my first one ever, inside the park,” said Smith, the 5-foot-10 third baseman who is closing in on his 25th birthday. “It almost doesn’t even feel like a homer. Try to get one out of here soon.”

Seager, the $325 million offseason addition, has been getting plenty of the over-the-fence variety. As for circling the bases without that, well, “Probably never,” Seager said.

The A’s cut an eight-run deficit to two in the eighth and had the potential go-ahead run at the plate in the ninth.

Laureano hit a two-run homer and Chad Pinder connected on a three-run shot off Kolby Allard, who was called up from Triple-A earlier in the day.

Tony Kemp stopped an 0-for-21 skid with a double off Garrett Richards. Sheldon Neuse, who homered against his hometown team for the first time with a solo shot in the fifth, had an RBI groundout before Dennis Santana got Vimael Manchin on a groundout.

“To have an opportunity to win that game from where we were, I’ve said it for most of the season, that this team shows that fight to get back into games,” manager Mark Kotsay said. “Probably one of the best offensive innings of the season.”

Brett Martin struck out two in the ninth and has his first three career saves in his past three outings. The left-hander’s streak of consecutive batters retired ended at 12 with Nick Allen’s two-out single before Elvis Andrus walked and Pinder struck out.

The first of Smith’s three RBIs came on a sacrifice fly popup caught by Andrus, the former Texas shortstop who stumbled over third baseman Manchin in foul territory as Kole Calhoun raced home for a 5-1 Texas lead in the fourth.

Leody Taveras had three hits and three RBIs for the Rangers, both career highs.

Spencer Howard’s defensive gem qualified the right-hander for his second big league win. Facing the potential tying run with two outs in the fifth, the 25-year-old dashed off the mound toward third, grabbed Sean Murphy’s slow bouncer with his bare hand and threw him out.

Howard (1-1) allowed one earned run in five innings.

The Rangers scored their first two runs on a balk and a wild pitch by rookie Adrian Martinez (2-2). The 25-year-old right-hander allowed six runs – four earned – in 4 1/3 innings with four walks and two wild pitches in his fourth career start.

“Tough outing for Adrian, command issues,” Kotsay said. “Game sped up on him there in the second inning. Kind of showed his youthfulness.”


Seager’s four-game homer streak ties Boston’s Rafael Devers and Patrick Wisdom of the Chicago Cubs for the longest in the majors this season. … Smith was the second player since the start of 2017 with an inside-the-park homer for the first of his career. Zach McKinstry did it with the Los Angeles Dodgers against Colorado last season. Smith is the fourth Texas player with an inside-the-park homer as his first.


The temperature was 75 degrees instead of the normal 72 inside Globe Life Field after officials in charge of the electric grid in Texas asked residents to conserve energy during the hottest part of the day. The first-pitch temperature outside the retractable-roof stadium was 101 on the ninth consecutive day of triple-digit heat and the 18th this year in the Dallas area.


Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty was replaced after getting hit by a pitch from Richards. Kotsay said Piscotty was day-to-day with a bruised left forearm. … Kotsay said INF Jonah Bride (right shoulder strain) could start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Las Vegas as early as Wednesday.

Rangers: C/DH Mitch Garver had season-ending surgery for the flexor tendon injury in his right forearm. Sam Huff was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock. … RHP Dane Dunning was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right ankle injury, opening the spot for Allard.


Oakland RHP James Kaprielian (1-5, 5.06 ERA) hasn’t thrown more than six innings in 24 consecutive starts going back to July 10 last year. It’s the longest such streak for a starter in Athletics history.

Texas RHP Glenn Otto (4-5, 5.26) has lost three consecutive starts with a 9.00 ERA since returning from a 15-day stint on the COVID-19 list.

Rays’ Franco, Kiermaier back on injured list indefinitely

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco will have surgery Tuesday on his right wrist.

Franco has a hamate injury. He left Saturday’s 5-4 loss at Cincinnati after fouling off a 100.2 mph Hunter Greene pitch before striking out.

Manager Kevin Cash said Monday that the 21-year-old Franco will be sidelined for five to eight weeks. Franco is hitting .260 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 58 games in the first season of a $182 million, 11-year contract.

The Rays placed Franco and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day injured list on Sunday.

Kiermaier, 32, is dealing with left hip inflammation. He will see a hip specialist in Tennessee after the All-Star break.

“KK’s going to be down for some time,” Cash said. “We need to let the hip calm down and let the expert give his recommendation. KK might have a decision to make at that point.”

Kiermaier is batting .228 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 63 games this season.

Braves acquire Canó in minor league trade for $1

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Braves have acquired veteran second baseman Robinson Cano for $1 in a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres.

Cano, 39, hit a combined .149 with one homer and four RBIs in 74 at-bats for the Padres and New York Mets this season. He has batted .333 with three homers and 20 RBIs in 96 at-bats for Triple-A El Paso since the Padres released him and re-signed him to a minor league deal last month.

The Braves are without second baseman Ozzie Albies for the next few weeks. Albies fractured his foot last month in an at-bat, and Atlanta has been relying on Orlando Arcia as his replacement. Arcia is hitting .252 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 123 at-bats this year. Manager Brian Snitker has said he’s been pleased with Arcia, especially his defense.

The Mets owe Cano nearly $45 million remaining on his original contract signed with Seattle. He was earning a prorated share of the $700,000 minimum in his major league deal with San Diego. He sat out last season in serving a second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs.

The Padres signed him to a minor league deal on June 10, eight days after releasing him. It’s likely that Cano will report to Gwinnett, the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate.

Royals send No. 35 pick to Braves for trio of prospects

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals traded their competitive balance pick in the upcoming amateur draft to the Atlanta Braves on Monday for a trio of minor league players, including former second-round pick Drew Waters.

Unlike regular draft picks, competitive balance selections can be traded provided they are not dealt for cash. The one sent to the Braves is No. 35 overall, which means it comes between Sunday’s first round and the second round.

The 23-year-old Waters, an outfielder picked 41st overall in the 2017 draft, was hitting .252 while playing primarily with Triple-A Gwinnett this season. He spent last season at the Triple-A level, where he stole 28 bases in 103 games, and has been optioned by Kansas City to its Triple-A club at Omaha.

The other two players acquired by the Royals are right-hander Andrew Hoffman, who is 7-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 15 starts at Class-A Rome this season, and infielder CJ Alexander, who is hitting .258 at Double-A Mississippi.

The Royals assigned both of those players to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

Dodger Stadium concession workers threaten strike ahead of All-Star Game

Dodger Stadium concession workers have threatened a strike in the days leading up to the All-Star Game.

Unite Here Local 11, the union that represents those workers, announced in a news release on Monday that “99%” of the employees voted in favor of going on strike, adding that one could occur “at any moment.” A representative for Levy Restaurants did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Dodger Stadium will soon host its first All-Star Game in 42 years, beginning with the Futures Game on Saturday, the Home Run Derby on Monday and the main event on Tuesday. The Dodgers will navigate a five-game road trip ahead of the festivities.

Dodger Stadium concession workers are employed by the Chicago-based company Levy Restaurants, which, according to Unite Here, employs nearly 1,500 food servers, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dishwashers at Dodger Stadium. Unite Here Local 11, which represents 32,000-plus hospitality workers in Southern California and Arizona, didn’t provide specifics on the workers’ demands, saying only that it is “seeking to negotiate a fair new union contract.”

“Stadium workers are proud of the role they play to bring fans the best game experience possible,” Unite Here Local 11 co-president Susan Minato wrote in a statement. “They are the backbone of our tourism and sports industry, yet many struggle to stay housed and to make ends meet. They often live with economic uncertainty because the quality of jobs vary stadium to stadium. No worker should have to continue living like this.”

Alonso, Pujols, Acuña say they’re in for Home Run Derby

ATLANTA (AP) Mets slugger Pete Alonso will try to become the first player to win the All-Star Home Run Derby three consecutive times against a field that will also include the Cardinals’ Albert Pujols and Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr.

The New York first baseman confirmed Monday he is one of eight participants in the July 18 competition at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

“It’s a really fun event, and it’s going to be super exciting,” Alonso said before the Mets played at Atlanta on Monday night. “I have a really good plan to go into it and, again, I have just so much fun. I don’t think anyone has more fun than I do, especially when it comes to this event.”

Dave Jauss, who was the Mets’ bench coach and is now a Washington Nationals special assistant, will pitch to Alonso for the second straight Derby.

“Just need to give him about two pots of coffee for before and a case of Bud Lite for after, and he said he’s good to go,” Alonso said.

Alonso hit 74 total home runs in last year’s Derby at Denver’s Coors Field and beat Baltimore’s Trey Mancini 23-22 in the final round. Alonso joined Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Cespedes (2013-14) in winning consecutive titles. Griffey also won in 1994 and is the only three-time champion.

Pujols will participate in his fifth Derby after coming up short in 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2015. He and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera were added to the All-Star rosters as special selections by Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Pujols will make his 11th All-Star appearance and participate in the Derby at one of his former homes. He played 85 games with the Dodgers last season after being cut by the Los Angeles Angels, then signed with St. Louis before this season, which he has said will be his last.

The 42-year-old Pujols has five homers this season and 684 in his career, fifth on the career list.

“It’s an honor to be back in the All-Star Game and to have a chance to be part of the Home Run Derby, that’s something I enjoy a lot and my kids will have a blast,” Pujols said Monday night. “Hopefully, I can put on a good show for them, because at the end of the day, it’s not about us, it’s about putting a good show for the fans.”

Acuna, the Atlanta star who will be a starting outfielder for the National League, will compete in his second Home Run Derby. Acuna was eliminated by Alonso in 2019, when he set a career high with 41 homers.

Acuna will compete in the Derby even though he is not one of seven Atlanta players with 10 or more homers.

Acuna entered Monday night’s game against the Mets hitting .274 with eight homers. He missed 19 games at the start of the season as he continued his recovery from reconstructive surgery on his right knee.

Acuna was the NL’s leader in All-Star voting.

Joey Gallo, Shohei Ohtani, Matt Olson, Salvador Perez, Juan Soto and Trevor Story also competed last year.

There was no Derby in 2020, when the All-Star Game scheduled for Dodger Stadium was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Alonso won the 2019 Derby at Cleveland as a rookie when he defeated Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the final round, also by 23-22. Guerrero, whose father won the event in 2007, hit 91 total homers but tired in the final round.

LEADING OFF: Sale rejoins Red Sox, Realmuto misses Jays trip

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:


Red Sox lefty Chris Sale is set to make his season debut when he starts against Tampa Bay at Tropicana Field.

Sale has been out with a fracture in his right rib cage. He’s made four minor league rehab starts, allowing three earned runs in 11 1/3 innings and striking out 19.

The 33-year-old Sale is a seven-time All-Star and could be a big key to Boston’s push for a playoff spot.

All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers also is likely to return for the Red Sox after missing three starts because of back discomfort. He’s hitting .327 with 19 home runs and 51 RBIs.

Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber (4-5, 3.62 ERA) starts for the Rays.


The Philadelphia Phillies will be without J.T. Realmuto, Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson during a two-game series in Toronto due to Canadian restrictions on unvaccinated travelers.

Nola started on the mound Monday night at St. Louis and was not scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays. Bohm, an infielder, came out of Monday’s game with an apparent hand injury.

President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski told reporters before the game that the four players will be placed on the restricted list and forfeit two days of pay and major league service time in accordance with the terms of MLB’s collective bargaining agreement.

Several teams have put players on the restricted list this year before trips to Toronto.


New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso will try to become the first player to win the All-Star Home Run Derby three straight times, and his competition is likely to be announced in the coming days.

Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. and Cardinals great Albert Pujols also confirmed Monday they’ll be among the eight participants in the July 18 competition at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

“It’s a really fun event, and it’s going to be super exciting,” Alonso said before the Mets beat Atlanta on Monday night. “I have a really good plan to go into it and, again, I have just so much fun. I don’t think anyone has more fun than I do, especially when it comes to this event.”

Alonso hit 74 total home runs in last year’s Derby at Denver’s Coors Field and beat Baltimore’s Trey Mancini 23-22 in the final round. Alonso joined Ken Griffey Jr. (1998-99) and Yoenis Céspedes (2013-14) in winning consecutive titles. Griffey also won in 1994 and is the only three-time champion.

There was no Derby in 2020, when the All-Star Game scheduled for Dodger Stadium was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alonso won the 2019 Derby at Cleveland as a rookie when he defeated Vladimir Guerrero Jr.


After winning the final seven games of a 10-1 homestand, Trea Turner, Mookie Betts and the Los Angeles Dodgers look to extend their winning streak when they hit the road. They visit Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a star-studded series between two of the National League’s most successful franchises.

Mitch White (1-1, 3.38 ERA) pitches for the NL West leaders against rookie left-hander Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 4.74).


A couple of under-the-radar American League teams are quietly riding eight-game winning streaks.

Jordan Lyles (5-7, 4.50 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles (43-44), last in the loaded AL East, can reach .500 for the first time since opening 4-4 last year with a road win at Wrigley Field over the Chicago Cubs, who have dropped four straight.

The Orioles had not won eight consecutive games in a season since 2005, though they won 12 straight across two seasons in late 2015 and early 2016.

“We’re just having a really good time in here,” designated hitter Trey Mancini said.

All-Star rookie Julio Rodríguez and the Mariners go for their ninth victory in a row when they begin a two-game series at last-place Washington with Chris Flexen (5-8, 4.00 ERA) trying to win his fourth consecutive start.

Seattle is 16-3 for its best 19-game stretch since 2003. Right back in the wild-card race, the Mariners (45-42) are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

“You can’t celebrate anything. We’re not there,” manager Scott Servais said. “But everybody knows the drought. It rains a lot in Seattle, so we’ve got to end the drought.”


Already depleted by injuries, the Tampa Bay Rays will now be missing shortstop Wander Franco and center fielder Kevin Kiermaier for a while.

Franco is set for surgery on his right wrist and expected to be sidelined for five to eight weeks. The 21-year-old Franco is hitting .260 with five homers and 23 RBIs in 58 games in the first season of a $182 million, 11-year contract.

Franco missed a month earlier this season because of a quadriceps injury.

The 32-year-old Kiermaier is dealing with left hip inflammation. He will see a hip specialist in Tennessee after the All-Star break.

“KK’s going to be down for some time,” manager Kevin Cash said. “We need to let the hip calm down and let the expert give his recommendation. KK might have a decision to make at that point.”

Kiermaier is batting .228 with seven homers and 22 RBIs in 63 games this season.

Athletics aim to break road skid, face the Rangers

By The Associated Press


Oakland Athletics (29-59, fifth in the AL West) vs. Texas Rangers (40-44, third in the AL West)

Arlington, Texas; Tuesday, 8:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: James Kaprielian (1-5, 5.06 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 41 strikeouts); Rangers: Glenn Otto (4-5, 5.26 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 40 strikeouts)

Mets play the Braves leading series 1-0

By The Associated Press


New York Mets (54-33, first in the NL East) vs. Atlanta Braves (52-36, second in the NL East)

Atlanta; Tuesday, 7:20 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: David Peterson (5-1, 3.48 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 67 strikeouts); Braves: Spencer Strider (4-2, 2.88 ERA, .98 WHIP, 102 strikeouts)

Dodgers take on the Cardinals after Freeman’s 4-hit game

By The Associated Press


Los Angeles Dodgers (56-29, first in the NL West) vs. St. Louis Cardinals (47-42, second in the NL Central)

St. Louis; Tuesday, 7:45 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Dodgers: Mitch White (0-1, 3.38 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 39 strikeouts); Cardinals: Matthew Liberatore (2-1, 4.74 ERA, 1.70 WHIP, 22 strikeouts)

Blue Jays play the Phillies in first of 2-game series

By The Associated Press


Philadelphia Phillies (46-41, third in the NL East) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (45-42, fourth in the AL East)

Toronto; Tuesday, 7:07 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Phillies: Andrew Bellatti (1-3, 3.14 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 41 strikeouts); Blue Jays: Jose Berrios (6-4, 5.44 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 73 strikeouts)

Angels look to end 4-game slide, take on the Astros

By The Associated Press


Houston Astros (56-29, first in the AL West) vs. Los Angeles Angels (38-49, fourth in the AL West)

Anaheim, California; Tuesday, 9:38 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Luis Garcia (7-5, 3.70 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 87 strikeouts); Angels: Noah Syndergaard (5-7, 3.84 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 55 strikeouts)

Pirates take win streak into game against the Marlins

By The Associated Press


Pittsburgh Pirates (37-50, third in the NL Central) vs. Miami Marlins (41-44, fourth in the NL East)

Miami; Tuesday, 6:40 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Chris Stratton (5-4, 5.14 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 33 strikeouts); Marlins: Daniel Castano (1-2, 3.60 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 17 strikeouts)

Cubs begin 2-game series against the Orioles

By The Associated Press


Baltimore Orioles (43-44, fifth in the AL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (34-52, fourth in the NL Central)

Chicago; Tuesday, 8:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: Jordan Lyles (5-7, 4.59 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 81 strikeouts); Cubs: Adrian Sampson (0-0, 3.32 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 19 strikeouts)

Royals take on the Tigers after Witt Jr.’s 4-hit game

By The Associated Press


Detroit Tigers (36-51, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (34-52, fifth in the AL Central)

Kansas City, Missouri; Tuesday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Tigers: Beau Brieske (2-6, 4.16 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 50 strikeouts); Royals: Kris Bubic (1-6, 7.03 ERA, 1.87 WHIP, 42 strikeouts)

Agent: Garoppolo’s shoulder rehab on schedule, Bucs rumors are false

Jimmy Garoppolo’s agent Don Yee provided a positive update on the San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s shoulder rehab and denied recent rumors involving the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Yee’s comments come after a report emerged last week that the Buccaneers were interested in acquiring Garoppolo to be the heir to Tom Brady.

“He’s progressing well and on schedule. We’re optimistic about the upcoming season,” Yee said to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. “Over the weekend, a report came out that asserted that I had spoken to a media member about his future, but the report was false.”

Garoppolo was expected to be among the first pieces to be dealt in this offseason’s quarterback carousel, but shoulder surgery has delayed any progress in trade talks. General manager John Lynch previously said that the signal-caller would not be released amid stalling trade talks.

The expectation around the league is that the 30-year-old passer will be dealt by the end of July, Pelissero adds.

The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly discussed the possibility of acquiring Garoppolo.

The 49ers are expected to hand the starting quarterback job to 2021 third overall pick Trey Lance.

Banchero’s Summer League is over; Jefferson grabs a whistle

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Paolo Banchero showed the Orlando Magic plenty in his two Summer League contests.

And the Magic decided that was enough.

The No. 1 pick is getting the rest of summer league off, after averaging 20 points, six assists and five rebounds in his two games in Las Vegas. The Magic made the decision so they could evaluate other players who are with them this summer and see who may merit a roster spot or G League opportunity.

“I want to give these other guys an opportunity to play, to kind of be able to show what they’re capable of doing,” Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said. “That’s the point of Summer League, you know, give them a chance … an opportunity for these other guys to see what they’re capable of doing. And we’ve seen what Paolo was capable of doing.”

The Magic are also expected to give Admiral Schofield and R.J. Hampton the remainder of summer league off, which opens up even more minutes for players to get opportunities in Las Vegas.

Mosley said Banchero got all he needed out of the summer experience.

“His understanding of what he needs to do in certain situations, the concepts that we’re preaching offensively and defensively, he’s grasping on to those,” Mosley said. “Watching film together, he’s observing those things. He explains to me the things that he sees on the floor. It’s only two games, but you’re watching those film sessions and you realize how he’s registering all of it. So that’s how you can make the judgment that it’s time let these other guys get those moments.”


Richard Jefferson was called for 2,637 fouls in his playing career, along with 45 technicals. He fouled out of 14 games. He even got ejected twice.

He always suspected referees didn’t have an easy job.

He’s now certain they don’t.

Jefferson, who played 17 seasons in the NBA and now works as an analyst for ESPN, was making his officiating debut at Summer League on Monday night. He worked the second quarter of a game between New York and Portland.

“I didn’t want to do this,” Jefferson said. “The NBA asked would I be interested. I have such a tremendous amount of respect for the referees, how important they are to the game and I’ve always treated every single one of them as such. I just respect them because I know their importance to our game and to the integrity to our game.”

This was not some honorary assignment. The NBA put Jefferson to work to get him ready.

He’s gone through hours of instruction for this 10-minute gig, studying video with other referees and NBA executives. He’s been learning the terminology that referees use, along with the responsibilities that come with working each of the three positions on the officiating crew.

Jefferson said he’s certain the experience will make him a better analyst.

“It’s been amazing because I love the game of basketball,” Jefferson said. “I like talking about the game of basketball so now I get an opportunity to learn a whole new piece of the game. That’s like my dream, for a basketball junkie, to sit in there and see how the referees think, how they talk, how they act, how they work together as a team. That type of stuff to me is so beneficial.”


The NBA’s Board of Governors will meet on Tuesday, with the expectation that they will finalize a change to the way transition take fouls are officiated. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last month a change to the rule was coming, and for summer league games the penalty for such a foul has been one free throw — which may be attempted by any player on the offended team who’s in the game at the time — and continued possession of the ball.

Also on Tuesday’s agenda: keeping the play-in tournament, which has generally been considered a success.


San Antonio guard Josh Primo has entered the NBA’s health and safety protocols and was ruled out of the Spurs’ Monday game against Houston.

Primo will likely miss the remainder of summer league.


Without any playoffs in summer league, there will almost certainly be tiebreakers necessary to determine which two teams make it to Sunday’s championship game in Las Vegas.

If there’s a two-team tie, the tiebreaker order will be head-to-head result, followed by point differential and then a coin flip. If there’s a tie involving three or more teams, the first criteria will be point differential, followed by a coin flip.

All 30 teams will have played four games by Friday, then everyone gets a fifth and final game on Saturday and Sunday. But there is no tournament, other than the championship game.

Analysis: Lillard shows NBA players have power to stay, too

LAS VEGAS (AP) — To understand why Damian Lillard is still with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2022, examine why he enrolled at Weber State in 2008.

Weber State showed serious interest in Lillard before any other school. That resonated with Lillard, and when higher-profile schools came calling late in the recruiting process, he didn’t forget how Weber State was the first one to believe in him.

So, he went there. And he stayed there. Fast forward to now: Portland was the team that drafted him a decade ago, and Lillard hasn’t left there, either.

Lillard’s tale is a reminder: NBA players may be more empowered now than ever before. They can align with their friends and form superteams. They can force trades (even though asking for one publicly is against league rules). They can get coaches fired.

Or they can do what Lillard has done, decide to stay in one place and try to win a ring instead of bouncing around from team to team and chase one.

And with the NBA waiting to see how the latest bit of big drama — Kevin Durant’s request to be traded out of Brooklyn — plays out, Lillard hopes more will jump off the spinning carousel.

“It shows that there’s something there for being committed and having your heart in the right place and having your mind in the right place,” Lillard said. “Hopefully it’ll have the impact going forward on players seeing that it doesn’t have to be ‘Oh, the media says this’ or ‘Everybody is telling me this’ and you just get swayed into doing what everybody is trying to convince you to do, because nobody is going to have to live with those decisions like you will.”

It also should be noted that Lillard, by staying in place, has maximized his earning potential. He came to Las Vegas and hit a jackpot this past weekend: Lillard signed a two-year, $122 million extension with the Trail Blazers on Saturday, a deal that will keep him until contract through the 2026-27 season.

By the time that season ends, he will have been paid $452 million in his career.

“Superstars in our game today are different than in my generation, in the way that they’re taking ownership of their careers,” Blazers coach Chauncey Billups said. “And what I mean by that is there’s a lot of superstars that will want to be somewhere and they’ll find a way to get where they want to go.”

Here’s the full list of current players with at least 10 years in the NBA and have never changed teams: Miami’s Udonis Haslem, Golden State’s trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, Washington’s Bradley Beal, and Lillard. That’s it.

They’re doing it their way.

Others are choosing a different way and moving around when they think there’s something better to be had.

Durant, if he gets traded and doesn’t go back to Oklahoma City or Golden State, next season will be playing for a fourth different franchise. LeBron James has played with three franchises, winning titles with Miami, Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Chris Paul has played for five teams. James Harden has played for four. Russell Westbrook has played for four and Kyrie Irving has played for three. And if Westbrook and Irving get traded for one another, it’ll be time to add another one to their totals.

That said, not every big name was filling out change-of-address cards this summer.

Zach LaVine returned to Chicago for more than $200 million over five years, a decision that made a ton of sense considering the Bulls could offer him $56 million more than any other team could. Beal got a new $251 million deal from Washington. Two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokic signed an extension with Denver worth $270 million.

“We focus a lot on ensuring through a salary-cap system that teams, in essence, have the same fair opportunity to compete,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “And that is something we’re always looking at as part of our system, something we are constantly talking to the Players Association about. And to me, that should be not just a concern shared by fans of all 30 teams but for all players in the league, all 450 players, presumably want an equal chance to win championships and be part of championship teams.”

Lillard wants a ring. Everybody does. It would just mean more to him to win one in Portland than anyplace else.

So, he’s staying.

“Something that’s missing in our league is the character and the fight and the passion and pride about not just the name on the back, but the name on the front and how you impact the people you come into contact with,” Lillard said. “I think because of how much I’ve embraced that, and haven’t pretended to embrace it, this just shows the power in that.”

Condoleezza Rice added to new Broncos ownership group

DENVER (AP) Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has been added to the new Broncos ownership group.

Rob Walton announced the inclusion of Rice in a statement issued Monday on behalf of the Walton-Penner family ownership group. The group agreed to buy the franchise from the Pat Bowlen Trust last month for a reported $4.65 billion. It’s pending approval by the NFL.

“A highly respected public servant, accomplished academic and corporate leader, Secretary Rice is well known as a passionate and knowledgeable football fan who has worked to make the sport stronger and better,” Walton said in a statement. “Her unique experience and extraordinary judgment will be a great benefit to our group and the Broncos organization.”

Rice has strong ties to the Denver community. She received her undergraduate degree and Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

The former provost at Stanford University, Rice served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2005-09. She’s also been on the College Football Playoff selection committee and chaired a commission on college basketball.

The new ownership group is led by Walton and includes his daughter, Carrie Walton Penner, and her husband, Greg Penner.

Walton, 77, was chairman of Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, from 1992-2015, when he retired. He is the eldest son of founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton and has an estimated net worth of nearly $60 billion.

Avalanche promote Sakic to president of hockey operations

DENVER (AP) The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche have promoted Joe Sakic to the role of president of hockey operations.

Sakic was the architect behind a team that captured its first title since 2001. The Hall of Fame forward-turned-front office executive was recently honored as the general manager of the year.

The team also announced Monday that assistant GM Chris MacFarland will now serve as the GM.

Colorado capped its most successful regular season by dethroning the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the final. The Avalanche closed out the series in six games and finished the postseason with a 16-4 mark.

It was another title for Sakic, who was the captain of the Avalanche when they hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1996 and 2001. He became the first in NHL history to win as a captain and GM with the same organization.

In Sakic fashion, though, he deflected praise.

“It’s a team award. We’ve got a great staff: Chris MacFarland is huge on this,” Sakic said at the NHL draft in Montreal last week. “We do everything together. It’s our scouts, every one of them – pro, amateur. But it’s the team, the players. They were so committed this year and the coaching staff. To me, it’s not an individual award. It’s an organizational award.”

Colorado finished with a combined 72 wins through the playoffs and regular season. That ties the league record set by the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens and matched by the 1983-84 Edmonton Oilers and 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings.

Sakic retired from the Avalanche as a player in July 2009. He was hired as an executive advisor/alternate governor by the team in March 2011. This was his ninth season as the team’s executive vice president/GM.

The team began what figures to be a busy offseason by re-signing veteran forward Andrew Cogliano to a one-year deal. Colorado also acquired goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers in a move that likely spells the end of Darcy Kuemper’s time in Denver.

The Avalanche have quite a few free agents on their roster, including forwards Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky and Valeri Nichushkin. There’s also defensemen such as Josh Manson and Jack Johnson.

They have a strong nucleus with Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen and captain Gabriel Landeskog.

Oilers give Evander Kane OK to negotiate with other teams

(AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have granted Evander Kane permission to speak with other teams before the NHL’s free agency period opens and Colorado’s Nicolas Aube-Kubel went from celebrating with the Stanley Cup on Saturday to not receiving a qualifying offer from the Avalanche on Monday.

In a text to The Associated Press, Kane’s agent, Daniel Milstein, wrote he’s opening talks with other teams while also continuing discussions with the Oilers with his client eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

Kane signed with Edmonton in January after the San Jose Sharks terminated the remainder of his seven-year, $49 million contract for violating COVID-19 protocols while in the American Hockey League. Kane has challenged the Sharks’ decision by filing a grievance through the NHL Players’ Association.

Earlier last season, he was suspended by San Jose for 21 games for submitting a fake vaccine card.

Kane topped 20 goals for the eighth time in 13 NHL seasons by scoring 22 goals and 39 points in 43 games with Edmonton. Oilers GM Ken Holland last week said he was having daily conversations in a bid to re-sign Kane.

In Colorado, the defending champion Avalanche informed forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel he will not receive a qualifying offer and will become a free agent when the market opens, a person with knowledge of the decision told The AP. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced its decisions.

The move comes with the Avalanche focusing their attention on attempting to re-sign forward Valeri Nichushkin, who completed the final year of his contract.

Aube-Kubel learned of the decision two days after bringing the Cup to his childhood home in Quebec. The 26-year-old Aube-Kubel has four seasons of NHL experience and was claimed by Colorado after being waived by the Philadelphia Flyers in November. He had 11 goals and 22 points in 67 regular-season games for the Avalanche, and had no points in 14 playoff games.


– The purge in Chicago continued with the Blackhawks placing veteran forward Brett Connolly and center Henrik Borgstrom on waivers with the intention to buy out the remainder of their contracts. Both had one year remaining on their respective deals. The moves follow Chicago trading forward Alex DeBrincat to Ottawa and center Kirby Dach to Montreal last week.

– The Columbus Blue Jackets declined to make offers to defenseman Gabriel Carlsson and center Kevin Stenlund. Carlsson has just two goals and 16 points in 75 career games over six seasons. Stenlund has 11 goals and 20 points in 71 games over four seasons. The Blue Jackets did extend qualifying offers to four players, including star forward Patrik Laine (26 goals, 36 assists last season).

Nichushkin staying put with Avs; Malkin set to leave Pens

(AP) — Forward Valeri Nichushkin is staying put with the Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche, while Evgeni Malkin’s tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins may be over after 16 seasons.

Malkin has decided to become a free agent rather than re-sign with the Penguins before the start of free agency, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Monday. The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity because neither Malkin nor the Penguins have disclosed this information publicly, which comes two days before the NHL’s free agency period opens.

Malkin’s decision potentially harkens the end of an era in Pittsburgh, where the soon-to-be 36-year-old teamed with Sidney Crosby to win the Stanley Cup three times. Malkin has topped 20 goals 13 times, and immediately becomes one of the more high-profile players set to hit the market on Wednesday.

Malkin’s decision comes with the Penguins attempting to balance their payroll and after re-signing defenseman Kris Letang to a six-year $36.6 million contract last week. Malkin had just completed an eight-year, $76 million contract.

Penguins GM Ron Hextall said last week he was not as close to a deal with Malkin as he was with Letang.

Pittsburgh late Monday agreed to a $30 million, six-year deal with winger Rickard Rakell, whom the team acquired at the trade deadline from Anaheim.

“Rickard proved that he is a great addition to our team this season,” Hextall said. “He brings versatility and offense to our lineup, and we know he will be an impactful player for us going forward.”

Nichushkin, meantime, isn’t going anywhere after signing an eight-year, $49 million contract with Colorado. He spent the past three years with Colorado and is coming off a season in which he had a career-best 25 goals and 52 points in 62 games in the regular season before adding nine and six in the playoffs.

Nichushkin’s signing and Malkin’s pending departure overshadowed several other roster-related developments on Monday, with teams having until the afternoon to determine whether to issue qualifying offers and retain the rights to their restricted free agents.

One of those decisions involved the Avalanche, with forward Nicolas Aube-Kubel going from celebrating with the Stanley Cup on Saturday to not receiving a qualifying offer from Colorado.

Aube-Kubel, 26, has four seasons of NHL experience and was claimed by Colorado after being waived by the Philadelphia Flyers in November. He had 11 goals and 22 points in 67 regular-season games for the Avalanche, and had no points in 14 playoff games.

The Chicago Blackhawks’ purge of talent continued with the rebuilding team set to part ways with four more regulars.

The Blackhawks first placed veteran forward Brett Connolly and center Henrik Borgstrom on waivers with the intention to buy out the remainder of their contracts. The team also elected not to extend qualifying offers to center Dylan Strome and forward Dominik Kubalik in moves that followed Chicago trading forward Alex DeBrincat to Ottawa and center Kirby Dach to Montreal last week.

The Washington Capitals’ bid to restock their goaltending ranks resumed with Ilya Samsonov set to become a free agent after not being tendered a qualifying offer days after trading Vitek Vanecek to New Jersey.

General manager Brian MacLellan said the team went into the offseason determined to remake its goaltending and also fielded offers on Samsonov.

Payroll played a role in the decision with Samsonov eligible for arbitration. In projecting Samsonov to play a backup role, the Capitals were concerned he would be awarded a contract more suitable for a starter.

Washington was already in the market for a veteran goaltender and may now need two.

“We’re open to all avenues,” MacLellan said Friday at the draft. “The goaltending market’s changing as we go here day by day. You try and stay in things you feel you’re attracted to and might be a good fit. We’ve got free agency coming up on Wednesday, so we’ll be involved in all of the discussions about goalies.”


– The Edmonton Oilers granted Evander Kane permission to speak with other teams before he’s eligible to become a free agent. In a text to The Associated Press, Kane’s agent, Daniel Milstein, wrote he’s opening talks with other teams while also continuing discussions with the Oilers.

Kane signed with Edmonton in January after the San Jose Sharks terminated the remainder of his seven-year, $49 million contract for violating COVID-19 protocols while in the American Hockey League. Kane has challenged the Sharks’ decision by filing a grievance through the NHL Players’ Association.

– The Columbus Blue Jackets declined to make offers to defenseman Gabriel Carlsson and center Kevin Stenlund. Carlsson has just two goals and 16 points in 75 games over six seasons. Stenlund has 11 goals and 20 points in 71 games over four seasons. The Blue Jackets did extend qualifying offers to four players, including star forward Patrik Laine (26 goals, 36 assists last season).

Heinz out, Acrisure in as Steelers’ stadium sponsor

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers have run out of Heinz. And they’re not running to the store to grab more.

The Steelers announced Monday that the organization has ended its longtime partnership with the formerly Pittsburgh-based food company, which had served as the title sponsor for the NFL franchise’s home stadium on the city’s North Shore since it opened in 2001.

The 68,400-seat venue will be known as Acrisure Stadium after the Steelers reached a 15-year sponsorship agreement with the Michigan-based financial tech company. Financial details were not disclosed.

“Acrisure provided us with an opportunity to ensure our stadium continues to be a valuable asset for our fans as well as keeping up with the market value of NFL stadiums,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Heinz initially signed a 20-year sponsorship agreement with the Steelers that was scheduled to end after the 2020 season. The two sides came to terms on a one-year extension that ran through 2021 but Heinz opted not to pursue a new deal.

Sports Business Journal reported in 2019 that Heinz’s time as the stadium’s sponsor was running out, primarily because the company – which dates back to Western Pennsylvania in the late 1860s – was acquired by Kraft in 2015 and moved most of its business offices to Chicago.

The Steelers moved from Three Rivers Stadium to Heinz Field in time for the 2001 season. The venue next to the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers also serves as the home of the University of Pittsburgh football team.

Officials: Ex-Cowboys RB Marion Barber died of heat stroke

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Former Dallas Cowboys running back Marion Barber III died of heat stroke, police said Monday.

In a statement, police in the Dallas suburb of Frisco said the Collin County medical examiner had ruled Barber’s death an accident. A police spokesman provided no further elaboration on the circumstances of the 38-year-old’s death, and the medical examiner’s office did not immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.

Police making a welfare check on June 1 found Barber dead at a Frisco apartment that he was believed to have been leasing.

The former Minnesota Golden Gopher was a fourth-round draft pick by Dallas in 2005 and spent six seasons with the Cowboys. He had 24 combined touchdowns in 2006 and ’07 despite starting just one game those two seasons. Barber rushed for 654 yards and a career-high 14 TDs in 2006.

Barber had a career-high 975 yards rushing and 10 TDs in 2007, when he made his only Pro Bowl. His role and production declined from there, and he had career lows in carries, yards and touchdowns in his final year in Dallas in 2010. Barber played a final season with Chicago in 2011.

Gary Moeller, former Michigan and Lions coach, dies at 81

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Gary Moeller, who succeeded Bo Schembechler as Michigan’s coach and later led the Detroit Lions, died Monday. He was 81.

The University of Michigan announced his death, and no cause was provided.

Moeller was promoted from offensive coordinator to lead the Wolverines’ program in 1990 and was 44-13-3 over five seasons.

“Gary Moeller was a great family man, great friend, great coach, and a man of integrity and high character,” Lloyd Carr, who succeeded Moeller as Michigan’s coach, said in a statement. “I admired him, I respected him and I loved him.”

The two-time Big Ten coach of the year won a conference championship in each of his first three years and had four bowl victories, including the 1993 Rose Bowl over Washington. He resigned in May 1995, less than a week after he was arrested on charges stemming from a drunken outburst at a restaurant in suburban Detroit.

Desmond Howard, who won the 1991 Heisman Trophy while playing for Moeller, lamented that the coach’s departure is part of his legacy at Michigan.

“He got pressure from administration to resign and the whole thing was messed up,” Howard said in a telephone interview Monday night. “Bo was out of town and it wouldn’t have happened if Bo was in town because he was that powerful, and no one would have overruled him.”

Moeller bounced back in his personal and professional life, becoming tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals that same year. He went on to lead the Lions’ linebackers and became their coach midway through the 2000 season when Bobby Ross quit.

Moeller was 4-3 as Detroit’s coach and was perhaps a missed kick away from keeping his job. He was fired after Chicago’s Paul Edinger made a 54-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to lift the Bears to victory in the regular-season finale, knocking the Lions out of playoff contention.

“He also suffered bad breaks, and poor timing in his career,” former Michigan player and broadcaster Jim Brandstatter said. “But, you never heard Gary Moeller complain or make excuses. He was a class act. He was a good man.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars hired Moeller to be their defensive coordinator in 2001 and he later coached the Bears’ linebackers for two seasons.

Moeller, who was from Lima, Ohio, played linebacker and was a captain for Woody Hayes at Ohio State. He was an assistant for Schembechler at Miami (Ohio) and joined him on his first staff at Michigan in 1969.

Moeller struggled in his first head coaching job, going 6-24-3 from 1977 to 1979 at Illinois. He returned to work for Schembechler and later made a successful transition to coaching offense and became an innovative coordinator.

With a relatively wide-open approach and willingness to throw the ball as head coach, he helped Howard win the Heisman Trophy in 1991 during a stretch in which the Wolverines set a Big Ten record by winning 19 straight conference games.

“He was one of the giants in modern football history at Michigan,” Brandstatter said.

Michigan won a national title in 1997 under Carr with a team led by Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson, whom Moeller helped to recruit to the school as he did with Howard.


1              Bryce Young, Alabama Crimson Tide

2              Caleb Williams, USC Trojans

3              Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

4              CJ Stroud, Ohio State Buckeyes

5              Sam Hartman, Wake Forest Demon Deacons

6              Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina Chanticleers

7              Brennan Armstrong, Virginia Cavaliers

8              Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma Sooners

9              Kedon Slovis, Pitt Panthers

10           Tyler Van Dyke, Miami Hurricanes

11           Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland Terrapins

12           Devin Leary, NC State Wolfpack

13           Clayton Tune, Houston Cougars

14           Malik Cunningham, Louisville Cardinals

15           Aidan O’Connell, Purdue Boilermakers

16           Will Rogers, Mississippi State Bulldogs

17           Jaren Hall, BYU Cougars

18           Quinn Ewers, Texas

19           Will Levis, Kentucky Wildcats

20           Tanner Mordecai, SMU Mustangs

21           Jake Haener, Fresno State Bulldogs

22           Myles Brennan/Garrett Nussmeier/Jayden Daniels, LSU Tigers

23           Hendon Hooker, Tennessee Volunteers

24           Cameron Rising, Utah Utes

25           Chance Nolan, Oregon State Beavers

26           KJ Jefferson, Arkansas Razorbacks

27           Michael Penix Jr., Washington Huskies

28           Zach Calzada, Auburn Tigers

29           Cade McNamara, Michigan Wolverines

30           Anthony Richardson, Florida Gators

31           Bo Nix, Oregon Ducks

32           Cameron Ward, Washington State Cougars

33           Tanner McKee, Stanford Cardinal

34           Stetson Bennett, Georgia Bulldogs

35           Spencer Sanders, Oklahoma State Cowboys

36           Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA Bruins

37           Phil Jurkovec, Boston College Eagles

38           Tanner Morgan, Minnesota Golden Gophers

39           Blake Shapen, Baylor Bears

40           JT Daniels, West Virginia Mountaineers

41           Hank Bachmeier, Boise State Broncos

42           Jayden de Laura, Arizona Wildcats

43           Luke Altmyer/Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss Rebels

44           Jordan Travis, Florida State Seminoles

45           Chandler Morris, TCU Horned Frogs

46           Tyler Buchner, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

47           Connor Bazelak, Indiana Hoosiers

48           Adrian Martinez, Kansas State Wildcats

49           Tyler Shough, Texas Tech Red Raiders

50           Grant Wells, Virginia Tech Hokies




















































Ronaldo ‘not for sale,’ Man United manager Ten Hag says

BANGKOK (AP) Cristiano Ronaldo is “not for sale,” Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag said Monday.

The team is in Thailand for a preseason tour but the 37-year-old forward didn’t make the trip due to an unspecified family issue, amid doubts over his future at the club.

“He’s not with us and it’s due to personal issues,” Ten Hag said at a press conference. “We are planning with Cristiano Ronaldo for this season so that’s it. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

The Portugal star has reportedly asked to leave United.

“He hasn’t told me this. I have read but what I say is Cristiano is not for sale,” Ten Hag said. “Cristiano is in our plans and we want to (have) success together.”

Ronaldo returned to United from Juventus last season after 12 years away from Old Trafford but the team finished in sixth place and only qualified for the Europa League rather than the more prestigious Champions League.

United will also travel to Australia as part of its tour.

Analysis: Unvaccinated Djokovic’s pursuit of Nadal on hold

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Fresh off a seventh Wimbledon championship, which gave him his 21st Grand Slam title — one ahead of Roger Federer, one behind Rafael Nadal — Novak Djokovic is headed off to vacation. What’s unclear is exactly how long a break he will take.

And when he will be able to resume his pursuit of the major trophies he figures, correctly, that fans, and history, value the most.

The next Slam tournament is the U.S. Open, and as of now, Djokovic can’t participate because he is not inoculated against COVID-19.

“I would really,” he said, “love to go there.”

As an unvaccinated foreigner, though, he can’t enter the United States. He tried to get around coronavirus-related rules at the Australian Open in January via a tournament-backed exemption, ended up in court and in detention, and eventually had his visa revoked and was deported from that country — which all could hamper efforts to return there in 2023.

So it’s truly hard to know what’s next for Djokovic. It is certainly an unusual sort of limbo.

This is all up to him, of course, and he has steadfastly insisted — and insisted again Sunday after beating Nick Kyrgios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (3) on Sunday at the All England Club — “I’m not planning to get vaccinated.”

There is no doubt that he already has accomplished more than enough to burnish his resume, reputation and standing in the pantheon of tennis. That’s why, for example, the 35-year-old Serb is not too fussed about no longer being No. 1 (he already broke Federer’s record for the most weeks atop the ATP) or about sliding to No. 7 in Monday’s rankings despite a fourth triumph in a row at the All England Club.

These are unusual times, to say the least, and as of this week, Djokovic loses the 2,000 points he accrued for winning the 2021 title at Wimbledon, while simultaneously gaining zero points for winning the 2022 title, a result of the WTA and ATP tours withholding all ranking points in response to the ban on athletes from Russia and Belarus over the war in Ukraine.

So No. 1-ranked Daniil Medvedev, the Russian who beat Djokovic in last year’s U.S. Open final to end his bid for the first calendar-year Grand Slam by a man since 1969, was not allowed to be at the All England Club. And now it seems Djokovic will not be allowed to be at Flushing Meadows, where play begins on Aug. 29.

Federer, who hasn’t played in a year and slid out of the rankings entirely Monday, won’t be at the U.S. Open. Nadal’s status is uncertain after he pulled out of Wimbledon with a torn abdominal muscle.

The saga in Melbourne six months ago took a toll on Djokovic. He said so. As did his coach, Goran Ivanisevic.

“This was a huge thing, what happened to him,” Ivanisevic said. “We all expected (to hear) from him after a couple of weeks: ‘OK, forget about Australia. Let’s go back and practice.’”

That’s not how it went. Instead, Ivanisevic recalled, “It took a long time.”

Djokovic said the whole episode “affected me, definitely, in the first several months of the year. I was not feeling great, generally. I mean, mentally, emotionally, I was not at a good place.”

Did Ivanisevic, who won Wimbledon in 2001, worry about lingering effects on Djokovic’s ability to be at his best, to win the biggest events?

“No. People like him, you don’t doubt,” Ivanisevic said. “He’s a great champion.”

After eventually putting Australia behind him, Djokovic also needed to set aside a French Open quarterfinal loss to Nadal. If Djokovic’s play was not perfect throughout Wimbledon, his fortitude was, with comeback wins in each of his last three matches.

“He’s so composed,” Kyrgios said. “You can’t seem to rattle him.”

Djokovic is the second-oldest man to claim a singles championship at Wimbledon in the professional era, which dates to 1968. He’s now got nine major titles since turning 30, one more than Nadal for the most in that span.

After a career spent chasing Federer in the Slam standings, Djokovic now has surpassed him.

He would like to surpass Nadal, too, something that might take longer if Djokovic won’t make himself eligible for every major event.

Not that he sounds anything at all like someone thinking about retiring.

“I don’t feel I’m in a rush, really anywhere, to end my career in a year’s time or two years’ time or whatever it is. Just, I’m not thinking about it,” Djokovic said. “I want to keep my body healthy ’cause that’s obviously necessary in order to keep going at this level.”



Lawrence Central Senior DE Joshua Mickens has decided to play his college football at LSU. Mickens is a four-star player who chose LSU over North Carolina.

Mickens is 6’5” 225 pounds who led Lawrence Central with 12 sacks as a junior. He is the second rated player in Indiana just behind Notre Dame commit Drayk Bowen.

Where the top Indiana high school players are going to college:

LB Drayk Bowen (Andrean) Notre Dame

DE Joshua Mickens (Lawrence Central) LSU

S  Daeh McCullough (SB St. Joseph) Cincinnati

OL Trevor Lauck (Roncalli) Iowa

OL Leighton Jones (Brownsburg) Iowa

OL Luke Burgess (New Palestine) Louisville

TE George Burhenn (Mt. Vernon) Purdue

WR Justin Marshall (Merrillville) Colorado State

TE Sam West (Greensburg) Indiana

LB Aycen Stevens (Decatur Central) Virginia Tech

QB Christian Abney (Zionsville) Ball State

S Winston Berglund (Carmel) Purdue

DB Elijah Davis (Pike) Ball State

OL Ben Decker (Noblesville) Miami of Ohio

WR Desmond Duffy (Carmel) Ohio

RB Carson Dunn (Fishers) Indiana State

DE Will Heldt (Carmel) Purdue

DL Patrick Kendall (Cathedral) Army

S Anthony Leadford (Pike) Western Michigan

WR TJ McWilliams (North Central) Purdue

DL Brady Neu (Roncalli) Central Michigan

OL Andrew Page (Noblesville) Kent State

TE Brady Probst (Brownsburg) Illinois State

OL Luke Skartvedt (Roncalli) Northern Illinois

WR Isaiah Thacker (New Palestine) Ball State

S Dillon Thieneman (Westfield) Purdue

DB Jalen Thomeson (Center Grove) Ohio

WR Jaron Tibbs (Cathedral) Purdue

QB Jayden Whitaker (Brownsburg) Western Illinois

TE Brennan Wooten (Cathedral) Western Michigan

Indians, Indy RBI and Indy PAL Partner with IMPD on Badges for Baseball Program

What:   The Indianapolis Indians, Indy RBI and Indy PAL are partnering with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) on the annual Badges for Baseball program which fosters positive relationships between vulnerable, inner-city youth and law enforcement. IMPD will have its horse patrol, paramedics and bomb squad in attendance plus motorcycles, drones, test tasers and more. Forest Manor Park is home to the Badges for Baseball program on Tuesday, July 12 from 6-8 PM, and Garfield Park is the location for the same Badges initiative on Wednesday, July 13 from 6-8 PM.

The Badges for Baseball program was created by the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation. Youth participants are empowered through team sports while learning about fitness, nutrition, financial literacy, bullying, resilience, adaptive sports for children with disabilities and more.

Individuals interested in attending may register here for Forest Manor Park and here for Garfield Park.

When:           Dates: Tuesday, July 12 at Forest Manor Park and Wednesday, July 13 at Garfield Park

Times: 6-8 PM

Who: Indianapolis Indians Volunteers

Indy RBI Executives

Indy PAL Executives


Youth Participants

Where:      Forest Manor Park

2000 Forest Manor Ave.

                     Indianapolis, IN 46218

                     Garfield Park

                     2345 Pagoda Dr.

                     Indianapolis, IN 46203

Mathison Earns Fourth Freshman All-America Honor

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After a record-setting first year on campus, Indiana baseball outfielder Carter Mathison brought home his fourth Freshman All-America honor, as D1Baseball honored the left-handed hitter with second-team honors on the publications list.

Along with the honors from D1Baseball, Mathison earned Freshman All-American laurels from Perfect Game and joined Josh Pyne on the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association team. The duo joined teammate Brock Tibbitts on the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Freshman All-America team.

Mathison set or tied two IU freshman records and was the first freshman since Sam Travis in 2012 to lead the team in home runs. His 19 long balls rank No. 2 all-time in Big Ten history among freshmen (21 – Brad Carlson, Iowa; 1999), passed Alex Dickerson’s IU freshman mark of 14 (2009) and finished tied for No. 5 on Indiana’s single-season charts.

The 19 home runs helped the left-handed hitter produce 58 RBIs on the season, which tied the IU freshman record set by Phil Dauphin in 1988. The 58 RBIs ranked No. 2 among Power 5 freshmen nationally and led all Big Ten rookies. Along with his team-leading 19 home runs, he also paced the team with 55 runs scored and was second on the team in RBIs.

2022 D1Baseball Freshman All-America Team

First Team

C – Hudson White, Texas Tech

1B – Nick Kurtz, Wake Forest

2B – Roc Riggio, Oklahoma State

3B – Carson DeMartini, Virginia Tech

SS – Cody Schrier, UCLA

OF – Keaton Anthony, Iowa

OF – Vance Honeycutt, North Carolina

OF – Casey Saucke, Virginia

DH – Tommy White, NC State

UT – Cade Horton, Oklahoma

SP – Drew Beam, Tennessee

SP – Chase Burns, Tennessee

SP – Drue Hackenberg, Virginia Tech

SP – Carter Holton, Vanderbilt

SP – Hunter Elliott, Ole Miss

RP – Jack Findlay, Notre Dame

RP – Alonzo Tredwell, UCLA

Second Team

C – Owen Carapellotti, Georgetown

1B – Donovan Cash, Kennesaw State

2B – Travis Bazzana, Oregon State

3B – Cade McGee, Gonzaga

SS – Caleb Ketchup, Lipscomb

OF – Jacob Jenkins-Cowart, East Carolina

OF – Kennedy Jones, UNC Greensboro

OF – Carter Mathison, Indiana

DH – Hunter Hines, Mississippi State

UT – Braden Montgomery, Stanford

SP – Daniel Avitia, Grand Canyon

SP – Ryan Feczko, Davidson

SP – Blake Morgan, Old Dominion

SP – Landon Gartman, Memphis

SP – Juaron Watts-Brown, Long Beach State

RP – Brady Tygart, Arkansas

RP – Jay Woolfolk, Virginia

Hoosiers To Face North Carolina In 2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

ROSEMONT, Ill. – Indiana women’s basketball will face North Carolina in the 2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The game will be played inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall on Dec. 1, 2022.

It will be the first meeting between the two schools in over three decades, as they have met twice before in program history. North Carolina leads the series 2-0 and have not met since the 1988-89 season. The matchup also marks the first ever meeting between the two teams in Bloomington. Indiana is 8-6 all-time in the annual conference series and are meeting UNC for the first time.

All-Americans and All-Big Ten selections Grace Berger and Mackenzie Holmes highlight IU’s roster for the upcoming 2022-23 season, as it is coming off a Sweet Sixteen appearance last season. IU completed its seventh-straight 20-win season under then eighth year head coach Teri Moren. It welcomed seven new players in the offseason, including a trio of transfers and four freshmen.

The Tar Heels are coming off a 25-7 overall and 13-5 ACC campaign where it appeared in its first Sweet Sixteen since 2015. They return four of their starting five from last season including leading scorer and All-American honorable mention and first team All-ACC selection Deja Kelly.

Purdue Finalizes Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue men’s basketball’s non-conference schedule is almost finalized, announcing today that Purdue will play five home games in addition to contests that have already been announced.

Of Purdue’s eight announced games, sans the Phil Knight Legacy, five of the opponents posted winning record with both Davidson and Marquette being selected for the NCAA Tournament.

Purdue’s schedule strength has ranked in the nation’s top 30 in each of the last four years.

Purdue will open the 2022-23 season when it hosts Milwaukee on Tuesday, Nov. 8. The Boilermakers are 0-1 all-time against the Panthers, falling 73-68 in Matt Painter’s first year at Purdue.

On Nov. 11, Purdue hosts Austin Peay for the third time in school history and the first since the 2010-11 season.

Following the Gavitt Games against Marquette in Mackey Arena on Nov. 15, the Phil Knight Legacy from Nov. 24 to 27, and the ACC / Big Ten Challenge at Florida State on Nov. 30, Purdue will then host Hofstra on Dec. 7. Purdue is 1-0 against Hofstra, winning in the 2012-13 season.

Purdue will then face Davidson in Indianapolis on Dec. 17, before hosting New Orleans on Dec. 21, and Florida A&M to close out the non-conference portion on Dec. 29. Purdue is 4-0 against New Orleans and 1-0 against Florida A&M.

Purdue Draws Syracuse for ACC/Big Ten Challenge

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team will square off with Syracuse at Mackey Arena on Nov. 30 for the 2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The matchup will be the first meeting between the two clubs in history.

Tip time and TV assignment will be announced later.

The showdown is first home non-conference game that has been unveiled for the 2022-23 season. Season tickets are still available for Mackey Arena. For more information on how you can be a part of head coach Katie Gearlds’ second season back home, call the Hayes Family Ticket Office at 765.494.3194 or click here.

Purdue has a 4-11 all-time record in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Last season, Jeanae Terry banked in a floater from the lane at the buzzer to lift Purdue to a 53-52 win over Georgia Tech at Mackey Arena.

The Boilermakers went 17-15 under Gearlds in her first season last year, reaching the second round of the WNIT. All-Big Ten honorable mention honorees Madison Layden, Jeanae Terry and Abbey Ellis headline a roster that features eight returners and five newcomers.

The Orange finished 11-18 overall last year and 4-14 in the ACC. Syracuse named former Indiana head coach Felisha Legette-Jack as its head coach in March.

Jasmyn Walker Joins Butler WBB Staff

INDIANAPOLIS – Jasmyn Walker joined the Butler women’s basketball coaching staff this week as the program’s coordinator of recruiting and creative content. Walker previously worked as an assistant coach at Ferris State and Davenport University. She was also a standout student-athlete playing at Valparaiso and Western Michigan.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jasmyn to our basketball family,” head coach Austin Parkinson stated. “We are excited about her new role and the experience she brings as a young coach in our profession.”

Walker most recently coached at Ferris State for two seasons and helped the Bulldogs win the 2022 GLIAC Tournament. The successful 2021-22 campaign featured a 22-10 overall record that included a trip to the NCAA Midwest Regional Quarterfinals. Ferris State took #2-ranked Ashland down to the wire, but were ultimately defeated in postseason play 76-73.

Ferris State had two student-athletes earn all-conference honors after the completion of the regular season. One was also recognized as the Freshman of the Year in the GLIAC.

Coaching responsibilities for Walker at Ferris State included position development of post players, scouting reports, organizing travel, managing team expenses, coordinating fundraising events, and recruiting.

Located in Big Rapids, Mich. Ferris State’s campus is located just over an hour from Walker’s hometown of Muskegon. Her parents, Jarvis and Danielle, were standout collegiate basketball players at Ferris State and are members of the school’s Bulldog Athletics Hall of Fame. Her family has many ties to the game of basketball with her sister, Jordan, playing at Tennessee and her brother, Jarvis, playing at Purdue Fort Wayne.

Before accepting the Ferris State assistant coaching position, Walker held the same title at Davenport for one season. Walker worked on a staff under the guidance of head coach Rick Albro, a 2014 Hall of Fame member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM). Walker became a WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) and WeCoach member in 2019.

Walker’s collegiate playing career included stops at Valparaiso (2014-16) and Western Michigan (2016-19). In those four seasons on the hardwood, Walker played in 111 games with just as many starts and racked up 1,147 points, averaging 10.3 per game.

As a true freshman at Valpo, Walker was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman Team as she started every game while notching 10.1 points and 8.3 rebounds a contest in addition to shooting 65 percent from the field. The 5-10 forward set the program record for rebounds by a freshman (250) and that mark was good for sixth in a single-season. Walker started every game as a sophomore as well while leading the Beacons in points (12.2), rebounds (8.0), free throws made (97) and attempted (142).

After sitting out 2016-17 due to NCAA transfer rules, Walker started the Broncos’ first 20 games of 2017-18 averaging 8.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. She rounded out her playing career in 2018-19 by compiling 10.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 dimes per contest. That season, on Jan. 16 vs. Toledo, Walker scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.

Prior to Valpo, Walker prepped at Muskegon’s Mona Shores where she was a four-year standout on the court under head coach Brad Kurth. She set numerous rebounding records, including a single-game mark of 23 in her sophomore campaign. The four-time All-State honoree was an academic all-state selection and the Player of the Year following her senior campaign in which she averaged 18.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. Walker, who also competed in track and field, was also a Muskegon Area Hall of Fame nominee and is the school’s all-time leading rebounder.

Call Received the Call

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians called up former Ball State standout Alex Call to the majors on Monday. Call joins fellow Cardinal Zach Plesac on the Guardians’ roster and becomes the 16th BSU player to make it to the major leagues.

Call was an everyday player for the Cardinals from 2014-2016, before he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Prior to being drafted, Call had a career year for BSU. He posted a batting average of .358, on-base percentage of .443, and a slugging percentage of .667. He scored 67 runs and belted 13 home runs. He led the Mid-American Conference with 87 hits, 67 runs scored, 24 doubles, six triples, 162 total bases and a slugging percentage of .667. He was a 2016 Louisville Slugger All-American first team selection as well as the MAC Player of the Year.

Call compiled a career batting average of .351, an on-base percentage of .425, and a slugging percentage of .530. He amassed 238 hits, 152 runs scored, 110 RBIs, 49 doubles, 19 home runs and eight triples.

In 2016, Call was the No. 9 ranked prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization as well as one of the top-30 prospects in all the Major League team’s farm system. Cleveland acquired Call in a trade with the White Sox.

Call started the season in Triple-A as a member of the Columbus Clippers. This season, he has notched a total of 65 hits, scored 55 runs, drew 48 walks, and has 44 RBIs. Call has produced 16 doubles, 11 home runs, and one triple while in Columbus.


GREENSBORO, N.C. ( — Two premier women’s basketball programs will clash in the 2022 ACC/B1G Challenge when Notre Dame hosts Maryland inside Purcell Pavilion on Dec. 1. It’ll mark the 10th meeting between the two storied programs, with the Irish holding a slight 5-4 series lead. The last time these two met on the hardwood was back on Dec. 3, 2014, when the Irish won 92-72.

Since joining the ACC in 2013, the Fighting Irish are 7-1 in the Challenge. Last year, Notre Dame invaded East Lansing and handed Michigan State a 76-71 defeat. The Irish also boast victories in the Challenge over Iowa (2x), Michigan, Ohio State, Maryland and Penn State.

This coming season will mark the 15th ACC/B1G Women’s Basketball Challenge, taking place over two days starting on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Game times, as well as television and streaming coverage, will be announced at a later date. All ACC home games in the Challenge will be shown on either ACC Network (ACCN), ACC Network Extra (ACCNX), an ESPN network or the ACC’s Regional Sports Networks (RSN), while Big Ten home games will appear on either Big Ten Network, Big Ten Network+ or an ESPN network.

The ACC owns a 10-1-3 all-time advantage in the Challenge, headlined by four outright titles in the last five years the event has been held. Additionally, the ACC stands a collective 104-74 against the Big Ten in the Challenge. Last year, the ACC won 10 of the 14 matchups and league teams combined to outscore the Big Ten by 107 points in victories.

The complete schedule of home/away matchups can be found below.

2022 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Matchups

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Illinois @ Pitt

Ohio State @ Louisville

Syracuse @ Purdue

Virginia @ Penn State

Wake Forest @ Minnesota

Rutgers @ Boston College

Thursday, Dec. 1

Northwestern @ Duke

Michigan @ Miami

Maryland @ Notre Dame

North Carolina @ Indiana

Nebraska @ Virginia Tech

NC State @ Iowa

Florida State @ Wisconsin

Georgia Tech @ Michigan State


NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame head women’s lacrosse coach Christine Halfpenny announced the addition of Lauren Benner to the staff as an assistant coach. Benner comes to the Irish after spending the 2022 year at Loyola.

“It’s with great excitement that we introduce our new Defensive Coordinator in Lauren Benner,” said Halfpenny. “During the search process it quickly became evident that Coach Benner was an excellent fit for Notre Dame. Her values and philosophy align with our mission and she’s driven to be the best in all that she does.

“She brings ACC Championship experience as a player, and has been part of ‘historic firsts’ everywhere she’s coached. We look forward to the immediate positive impact Benner will make on our aggressive defense along with our goalie unit.”

Benner made an immediate impact at Loyola, helping the Greyhounds finish with a school-record in wins and a 20-2 overall record, a sixth Patriot League Championship and their first trip to the NCAA quarterfinals since 2015.

With Benner on staff the Loyola defense was among the nation’s elite, ranking third in the country in scoring defense (8.05 goals allowed per game). Greyhound goalie Kaitlyn Larsson ranked third in the country in goals allowed per game with an average of 8.25 per contest.

Prior to spending the 2022 season at Loyola, Benner was the head coach and goalie director at 3d Lacrosse Colorado in Denver. Benner was responsible for developing and implementing college-level training and prep for nationally ranked goalies.

She also served as the head lacrosse coach at Valor Christian High School from 2017-20, where she was named the CHSAA State Coach of the Year in 2019 after leading Valor to a school record for most wins in a season, the school’s first-ever League Championship and a state semifinal appearance.

Benner began her coaching career at the University of Denver, where she served as an assistant coach for the 2012-15 seasons. She helped the Pioneers to four-straight winning seasons, their first MPSF Conference Championship in 2013 – a feat in which Denver repeated in 2014 – the program’s first automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and a No. 16 final ranking in the 2013 IWLCA Coaches Poll.

Under her guidance, Denver’s goalkeeper ranked first nationally in saves in 2013, third in save percentage in 2013 and 2014 and was a Top-25 Tewaaraton Award Semifinalist in 2014.

Following her time at Denver, Benner joined the Louisville staff as an assistant coach for the 2016 season. There, she helped the Cardinal to the program’s highest-ever national ranking (5th) and she helped coach a Top-25 Tewaaraton Award Semifinalist, an All-American and three Regional All-Americans.

As a player, Benner was a goalkeeper at the University of Virginia from 2007-10. She helped the Cavaliers to a pair of Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, four-straight NCAA Tournaments and an appearance in championship weekend. She was named to the IWLCA All-South Region Team in 2010 and earned VaSID All-State Team honors that same year. Due to redshirting her sophomore season, Benner was able to play her fifth year at the University of Denver, where she obtained her master’s degree in strategic communications. She also graduated from Virginia in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies/media studies.

Post-collegiately, Benner played for Team STX, where she helped to expand the reach of women’s lacrosse nationally and internationally while representing the brand and products globally.

In addition to her playing and coaching experience, Benner is a women’s lacrosse referee and owns Line 39 Lacrosse, a company committed to creating specialized training plans for individuals and groups looking to improve their lacrosse skills.

Valpo Reveals 2022 Cross Country Schedule

The Valparaiso University men’s and women’s cross country programs have announced their schedule for the 2022 season, which will take place under the direction of first-year head coach Vincent Walker.

The Winrow Valparaiso Open, the program’s annual home meet, will kick off the slate on Friday, Sept. 2 at Sunset Hill Farm County Park in Valparaiso. This will mark the 33rd running of Valpo’s home meet, which is named in honor of former Valpo head coach Ed Winrow, who passed away in March 2020. The women’s 5K will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the men’s 6K at 5:45 p.m.

After opening the season at home, the Beacons head to East Lansing, Mich. on Friday, Sept. 16 for the Spartan Invite hosted by Michigan State. The team will make the short trip to Notre Dame, Ind. for the Joe Piane Invite hosted by the Fighting Irish on Friday, Sept. 30.

The final meet prior to the conference championship will be the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday, Oct. 14 in Peoria, Ill. That will set the stage for the MVC Championship on Friday, Oct. 28, hosted by Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind. Valpo will head back to Terre Haute two weeks later for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday, Nov. 11. 


MARION, Ind. – Tipping off on July 16th at the 2022 TBT Championship will have some red & grey representation, as Indiana Wesleyan men’s basketball 2018 NAIA National Champions, Kyle Mangas and Evan Maxwell, are teaming up. They will represent the Wildcats on the TBT Men of Mackey squad, which is primarily Purdue University Alumni.

“It sure is going to be fun watching both Kyle and Evan play together on the big stage,” said Greg Tongael, Head Men’s Basketball Coach. “Those are two big-time players who have worked hard at becoming pros. Wildcat fans are excited to support them!”

Mangas will be making his second appearance with the Men of Mackey, as he played with the squad last year. Mangas is coming off his first professional season with USK Praha of the Czech National Basketball League, where he averaged 20 points-per-game on 56% shooting from the floor.

“I’m really excited to be teaming up with Evan and with the Men of Mackey in the TBT,” said Mangas. “We had a great couple years together at IWU and built a solid friendship with each other. I think our chemistry on the court is going to be fun to watch.”

This will be Maxwell’s first appearance in the TBT and is coming off his third professional season. Maxwell suited up for Zaporizhye, which is a top-tier team in the Ukraine basketball league. Maxwell averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds on 53% shooting in a shortened season due to the war.

“I’m super excited to be a part of the Men of Mackey for the 2022 TBT,” said Maxwell. “I hear such great things about Purdue’s culture and I’m excited to be a small part of it with this team. We have a great collection of talent on the team and I’m excited to see what we can do in the tournament.”

Anderson Releases Fall 2022 Women’s Golf Schedule

The Anderson University athletics department released its women’s golf schedule for the Fall 2022 season on Monday.

Anderson is slated for five meets in the fall. The Ravens open the season in the Defiance Invitational on Aug. 27-28 at Moose Landing Country Club in Ottawa, Ohio. Anderson returns to Moose Landing Country Club for the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Preview on Oct. 8-9.

Saturday, August 27at Defiance InvitationalOttawa, Ohio (Moose Landing Country Club)
Sunday, August 28at Defiance InvitationalOttawa, Ohio (Moose Landing Country Club)
Friday, Sept. 2at Red Wolves Fall InvitationalRichmond, Ind. (Highland Lake Golf Course)
Saturday, Sept. 3at Red Wolves Fall InvitationalRichmond, Ind. (Highland Lake Golf Course)
Saturday, Sept. 17at Earlham InvitationalRichmond, Ind. (Forest Hills Country Club)
Sunday, Sept. 18at Earlham InvitationalRichmond, Ind. (Forest Hills Country Club)
Friday, Sept. 23at IU East Fall Tournament (36 Holes)Muncie, Ind. (Delaware Country Club)
Saturday, Oct. 8at HCAC PreviewOttawa, Ohio (Moose Landing Country Club)
Sunday, Oct. 9at HCAC PreviewOttawa, Ohio (Moose Landing Country Club)

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Tabs Brown as Head Softball Coach

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Kyle Gould, announced on Monday that Jessica Cooley Brown had been named the new head coach for the TU softball program. Brown is set to begin her tenure with the Trojans immediately.

“I could not be happier to have Jessica coming on as our new softball coach,” said Gould. “She brings a wealth of experience playing and coaching at the highest level of collegiate softball at Mississippi State, before leading the program at Palm Beach Atlantic for two years. What set her apart from a talented pool of candidates was her passion for discipling and developing young women and seeing them flourish in this softball program. I am excited for her to get started and for the future of Taylor softball!”

Brown comes to Taylor after a two-year stint as the head coach at Palm Beach Atlantic University following a 10-year stop at Mississippi State as a student-athlete, coach and administrator.

“I want to thank Dr. Michael Lindsay, Kyle Gould and Natalie Young for this amazing opportunity to lead the Taylor softball program,” said Brown. “From my first conversation with Kyle, I knew Taylor was a special place and where I wanted to be. I am excited to see how God uses this program to further His kingdom and impact the lives around it. I cannot wait to meet each player and get to work. Go Trojans!”

Brown led the successful NCAA Division II softball program at Palm Beach Atlantic during the 2020 and 2021 seasons, helping the Sailfish to a 32-23 (.582) mark during that span with winning records in each season.

Prior to beginning her head coaching career at PBAU, Brown spent a decade within the softball program at Mississippi State University. Brown opened her time with the Bulldogs as a Southeastern Conference All-Freshmen Team selection in 2010 and highlighted her career at MSU with a Third-Team All-American nod in 2012 after belting 15 home runs for the third-highest single-season total in Mississippi State’s history.

Brown concluded her career at MSU with 27 home runs, 50 extra-base hits, 93 runs batted in and a slash line of .252/.360/.463 over 209 games played. She graduated as the only player in SEC history to record four multi-homer games in a single season and as one-of-two players in Mississippi State’s history with four multi-homer games in a career.

After wrapping her career on the diamond with the Bulldogs, Brown served as a student-assistant coach on staff at MSU for one season, prior to working as a graduate assistant for two years. Brown then spent three years as the Director of Operations for Softball at MSU, before returning to the coaching ranks with the head coaching role at Palm Beach Atlantic.

After concluding her time at PBAU, Brown married and relocated to the Fort Wayne area in the summer of 2021, with her husband Michael, who works as the Associate Athletic Director for Operations at Purdue Fort Wayne. Brown stayed active in coaching even after the move, helping coach multiple softball travel teams, while also serving as a private hitting instructor within the Fort Wayne community.

Brown graduated from Mississippi State in 2014 with a degree in marketing and a minor in communications. The two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection then went on to earn a master’s degree from MSU in sports administration in 2016.

Brown will take over a softball program at Taylor that has finished top-four in the Crossroads League in each of the past four seasons, while qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament in 2019 and 2022.


1890       Appearing in his only major league game, Mr. Lewis (first name unknown) yields 13 hits, walks seven batters, and allows 20 earned runs during the three innings of his major league debut at Brooklyn’s Eastern Park. The rookie’s performance contributes to the last place Buffalo Bisons’ 28-16 loss to the Wonders in the Players’ League contest.

1897       Louisville’s Tom McCreery hits three home runs, providing the difference in the Colonels’ 10-7 victory over the Phillies at the Baker Bowl. Each of the outfielder’s round-trippers is of the inside-the-park variety, and all are given up by Philadelphia right-hander Jack Taylor.

1901       At Boston’s Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds, Cy Young of the Americans seven-hits the A’s, 5-3, to win his 300th victory. The 34-year-old will win an additional 211 games to establish an amazing major league record of 511 career victories.

1906       At Robison Field, Sherry Magee establishes a franchise record by swiping four bases in the Phillies’ 7-6 loss to St. Louis. The Philadelphia outfielder’s mark, a feat he will repeat next month, will be equaled by Garry Maddox (1978) and Jayson Werth (2009).

1910       The legendary verse detailing the Cubs’ double-play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance, entitled That Double Play Again, is published for the first time. When the ‘New York Evening Mail’ republishes the same poem six days later, the newspaper will use the title by which the poem is best known today, Baseball’s Sad Lexicon

1911       For the second time in his career, Ty Cobb completes the stolen base cycle in one inning when he steals second, third, and home in the first frame of the Tigers’ 9-0 Bennett Park victory over Philadelphia. The ‘Georgia Peach’ will accomplish the feat four times, establishing a major league mark shared with Honus Wagner.

1931       Thanks to an overflow crowd at Sportsman Park, routine fly balls become ground-rule doubles when the ball lands among the fans ringing the outfield walls. After collecting nine two-baggers in the opener, the Cubs and Cardinals combined to hit another twenty-three, including a record 13 by the Redbirds, in the nightcap, setting a major league mark of a total of thirty-two doubles in the twin bill.

1938       In a game against the Senators, Indian second baseman Odell Hale dramatically completes his cycle when his two-out, two-run round-tripper knots the score at eight runs apiece in the ninth inning. Washington wins the Griffith Stadium contest in the bottom of the frame, scoring the walk-off tally on a sacrifice fly delivered by Sam West.

1943       An Armed Forces All-Star team managed by Babe Ruth and featuring Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams plays a fund-raising game against the Braves in Boston. The All-Stars win on a Splendid Splinter’s’ home run, 9-8.

1945       Tommy Holmes goes 0-for-4 in the Braves’ 6-1 loss to the Cubs at Wrigley Field to end his consecutive-game hitting streak at 37, which sets a modern National League record. The mark will stand for 33 years until Pete Rose surpasses it in 1978 en route to establishing a new standard of 44, but the Reds’ infielder’s effort remains a game shy of the record set by Willie Keeler’s 45-game streak over the 1896 and 1897 seasons with the NL’s Baltimore Orioles.

1946       Johnny Sain faces only 28 batters when the Braves beat the hometown Reds at Crosley Field, 1-0. The only blemish on the Boston’s right-hander performance in the 96-minute contest is Grady Hatton’s first-inning, two-out double, a popup behind third base that drops among three fielders.

1949       The major league owners agree to install warning tracks made of cinder in front of outfield fences before the start of next season. The origin of the concept began at Yankee Stadium, where an actual running track, used in the ballpark’s track and field events, helped fielders know their proximity to the outfield fence when attempting to make a play.

1949       The first All-Star Game featuring black players takes place at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. Dodgers Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson, and Don Newcombe represent the National League in an 11-7 loss to Indians’ outfielder Larry Doby and his AL teammates.

1951       At Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Yankee right-hander Allie Reynolds faces only 29 batters, en route no-hitting the Indians, 1-0, thanks to Gene Woodling’s solo home run off Bob Feller in the seventh inning. The ‘Chief’ retires the last seventeen batters to face him, striking out Bobby Avila to end the game.

1955       At Milwaukee’s County Stadium, Cardinal outfielder Stan Musial comes to bat leading off the bottom of the 12th inning of a 5-5 All-Star deadlock. After Yankee catcher Yogi Berra complains about his feet hurting, ‘The Man’ tells him, “Don’t worry, I’ll have you home in a minute,” then promptly hits a game-winning home run off Frank Sullivan on the next pitch.

1962       Exactly one month after accomplishing the feat for the first time, the Aaron brothers both homer again in the same game, giving Milwaukee an exciting 8-6 victory over St. Louis at Milwaukee’s County Stadium. Behind 6-3 going into the bottom of the ninth, Tommie’s solo shot cuts the deficit to two runs, and his older sibling Hank seals the deal four batters later with a walk-off grand slam.

1966       The National League All-Stars edge the AL, 2-1, in a game played at the newly-built Busch Stadium when hometown favorite Tim McCarver scores the winning run on Dodger shortstop Maury Wills’s tenth-inning walk-off single, with Giants hurler Gaylord Perry getting the victory by tossing a scoreless ninth and tenth inning. The 105-degree weather and the 113 degrees on the playing surface result in nearly 150 people needing treatment for heat exhaustion.

1970       In the second inning of an eventual 7-3 win over the Orioles, the Tigers lay down a record-tying three sacrifice bunts and score a run on a sac fly. Detroit muffs Cesar Gutierrez’ and Mickey Lolich’s attempts to give themselves up, resulting in both players advancing a runner and reaching first base without making an out.

1979       After a delay of an hour and 16 minutes, the White Sox forfeit the second game of a twi-night doubleheader against the Tigers when over 5000 adolescents refuse to leave the field during Disco Demolition Night. Mike Veeck’s promotion involves admitting fans for 98 cents with a disco LPs or .45s and then collecting the vinyl records to blow up in center field.

1988       Terry Steinbach homers in his first at-bat as an All-Star. The A’s catcher becomes the first major leaguer to have homered in his first major league at-bat (9/12/86) and the Midsummer Classic.

1989       Yankee left-hander Ron Guidry retires from baseball, compiling a 170-91 record with a 3.29 ERA during his 14-year career with New York. In 1978, Gator won the American League’s Cy Young Award unanimously after enjoying one of the most incredible seasons in baseball history, posting a 25-3 record with an ERA of 1.74.

1990       In a six-inning rain-shortened game, White Sox starter Melido Perez no-hits the hometown Yankees, 8-0. His bother Pascual, who is watching from the New York bench, also hurled an abbreviated no-no for the Expos in 1988, holding the Phillies hitless for five innings at Veterans Stadium.

1992       In the Braves’ 7-4 victory over Chicago at Wrigley Field, Jeff Blauser becomes the fourth shortstop to hit three home runs in a game, joining the ranks of Ernie Banks (Cubs, 1955), Barry Larkin (Reds, 1991), and Freddie Patek (Angels, 1980). The Atlanta infielder had hit only 39 homers in the past six seasons.

1993       Ken Griffey, Jr. becomes the first and only major leaguer to hit Baltimore’s B&O Warehouse on the fly. The Mariner outfielder launches the estimated 460-foot shot during the All-Star Game Home Run Derby contest at Camden Yards.

1994       At the Pirates’ Three Rivers Stadium, the National League ends its record six-game Mid Summer Classic slump when Tony Gwynn scores on Moises Alou’s double in the tenth inning, giving the Senior Circuit an 8-7 victory. Fred McGriff is named MVP, earning the honor with his dramatic two-run home run off Lee Smith that tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.

1995       In a scene reminiscent to yesteryear, the first basemen leave their mitt in the field between innings throughout Montreal’s 3-2 victory over the Cubs. The Expos’ first baseman David Segui is really sharing his glove with Chicago’s Mark Grace, whose equipment did not arrive at Olympic Stadium, due to a shipping error.

1997       Roger Clemens, pitching in Fenway for the first time as an opponent, strikes out sixteen when the Blue Jays defeat Boston, 3-1. During the game, 34-year-old right-hander appears to be continually glaring into the general manager’s suite at Dan Duquette, in response to the GM’s remarks during last year’s contentious negotiations that he hoped to keep the Rocket in Boston during the ‘twilight’ of his career.

1997       In front of a full house at Three Rivers Stadium on Jackie Robinson Night, two Pirates pitchers throw the first extra-inning combined no-hitter in big-league history. Ricardo Rincon takes over in the tenth inning to preserve starter Francisco Cordova’s effort, getting the win when Mark Smith pinch-hits a three-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the inning.

1998       Mark McGwire becomes the second player to hit 40 home runs in both leagues. The Cardinals’ first baseman, who accomplished the feat three times with the A’s, joins Darrell Evans, who hit 41 with the Braves (1973) and 40 with the Tigers (1985).

1999       At Fenway Park, Mariner outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. wins the 14th annual Home Run Derby, a feat he also accomplished in 1994 and 1998. Eliminated after the second of three rounds, the Cardinal slugger Mark McGwire hits a then-record 13 round-trippers in the first round, including a 488-foot blast that clears the Green Monster, the street, and a parking garage before hitting a billboard above the train tracks.

2000       In a six-player deal, the Reds trade Denny Neagle (8-2, 3.52) and outfielder Mike Frank to the Yankees for minor league third baseman Drew Henson, outfielder Jackson Melian, and pitchers Brian Reith and Ed Yarnall.

2000       The Phillies send hurler Andy Ashby to the Braves for pitcher Bruce Chen and Jimmy Osting. Atlanta gets the better of the midseason deal when Ashby wins eight games for his new club, compared to only three victories posted by Chen and none for Osting, who will never make the parent club.

2005       At the Home Run Derby in Detroit, Bobby Abreu shatters the records for a single round, the championship round, and the total for all three rounds of the derby by hitting 41 dingers into every part of Comerica Park. The Phillies outfielder, representing Venezuela in the event’s new international format, goes deep 24 times in the first round, adds six more in the second round, and finishes with 11 more in the championship round.

2005       During the All-Star Game Town Hall discussion, Bud Selig, believing the designated hitter is a big part of the game, states the rule will remain in use for the foreseeable future. However, the commissioner makes it clear the National League will never adopt the 1973 addition to the American League rule book.

2006       The offensively-challenged Astros obtained Aubrey Huff from the Devil Rays in exchange for two minor league prospects, RHP Mitch Talbot and infielder Ben Zobrist and cash. The team hopes the 30-year-old third baseman can provide some pop in the Houston lineup, presently for the worst batting average in the league.

2009       The Red Sox dedicate the center-field flagpole to Dom DiMaggio by raising a banner just below the stars and stripes with the former center fielder’s name. After the ceremony, his widow, Emily, throws out the ceremonial first pitch before the Fenway Park contest against Kansas City.

2011       A half-hour after the Midsummer Classic is completed, the Mets send former All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez and cash to the Brewers for two players to be named later. K-Rod, an outstanding closer for the Mets and Angels, will be used primarily as a set-up man for Milwaukee’s John Axford.

2019       On the day before what would have been her son Tyler’s 28th birthday, Debbie Skaggs throws a perfect ceremonial first pitch with his teammates wearing jersey #45 in honor of the left-hander, who was found dead in the Angels’ hotel in Southlake (TX) on July 1. LA starter Taylor Cole (2) and reliever Felix Pena (7) combine to throw the 11th no-hitter in franchise history in the team’s 13-0 victory over the Mariners before the players removed their jerseys, one by one, spreading them over the mound, covering the bump in crimson.

2021       Pete Alonso successfully defends his Home Run Derby crown, hitting 23 home runs in the finals to defeat Orioles’ first baseman Trey Mancini at Coors Field. The Mets’ first baseman set a first-round record with 35 home runs, moving past Royals catcher Salvador Perez before eliminating Juan Soto, who, after two sets of tiebreakers, spoiled Shohei Ohtani’s bid to advance to beyond the first round.

2021       The Diamondbacks select 17-year-old right-hander Jacob Steinmetz, the first known practicing Orthodox Jewish player chosen by a major league team, in the third round (77th overall) in the first-year player draft. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Long Islander, featuring a mid-to-upper-90s fastball with a devastating curveball, shared with the New York Post he will walk to games rather than taking transportation on the Sabbath but will participate in games on Friday nights, Saturdays afternoons, and Jewish holidays.


If the 1920 season had left Boston wondering if they had made a mistake, then the 1921 season surely removed any doubt. Babe Ruth was in New York and busy breaking his own records for the second consecutive season. As the Red Sox were struggling to stay competitive, the Yankees were still getting used to winning after coming off of a third place American League finish during the Babe’s “rookie” season in a pinstriped uniform. Nothing changed in 1921 as their new acquisition raised his homerun record to a staggering fifty-nine, his RBI total to one-hundred seventy-one and his batting average to .378 on the way to their first American League pennant and World Series appearance. The Babe wasn’t alone though as teammate Bob Meusel contributed twenty-four homers and one-hundred thirty-five RBIs and the rest of the Yankees batted .288 or higher. Two other “ex-Red Sox”, Carl Mays (a twenty-seven game winner) and Waite Hoyt (with nineteen) added insult to injury while Bob Shawkey added eighteen more victories.

The National League’s Giants were veterans to the Fall Classic and had plenty to smile about themselves. With a line-up of lumberjacks including Frankie Frisch, Ross Youngs, George Kelly and Irish Meusel and a solid pitching staff known as the “fearsome foursome” (Art Nehf, Fred Toney, Jesse Barnes and Phil Douglas), they promised to give Babe Ruth and his re-born Yankees a run for their money. In the first World Series to be played entirely in one ballpark (the Polo Grounds), the Big Apple’s “rival roommates” squared off in the first official Subway Series. Despite rumors of Ruth on the mound, Miller Huggins gave the Game 1 start to Carl Mays while John McGraw selected Phil Douglas. The Yankee’s pitchers quickly set the tone for the Series with an opening 3-0 victory that was repeated the following day with a two hit, 3-0 triumph by Waite Hoyt.

Down but not out, the Giants managed to come back in Game 3 after trailing four runs in the fourth. After tying it up in the bottom the inning, McGraw’s team rallied for eight runs in the seventh thanks to Ross Youngs’ bases-loaded triple. In the end, the Yankees had blinked and were taken for twenty hits and a 13-5 victory that turned the momentum back to the veterans. The Giants continued as Douglas returned the following day and vindicated himself with a 4-2 win that tied the Series at two games apiece. Game 5 was even more dramatic as an injured Babe Ruth shocked everyone with a key bunt in the fourth inning, setting up the winning run off a Bob Meusel double. The Yankees had regained their composure and walked away with a 3-1, Series leading victory, but at a terrible cost as their most valuable player would be unable to continue due to arm and knee ailments.

Despite the absence of the Babe, the Yankees still felt confident with their remaining line-up. That was until they lost Game 6, 8-5 and Game 7, 2-1. Great performances at the plate by Irish Meusel and Frank Snyder as well as a solid outing on the mound by Phil Douglas had put the Giants out in front. Game 8 evolved into a classic pitcher’s duel between Waite Hoyt and Art Nehf, who led the standoff 1-0 going into the bottom of the ninth. In a last chance effort, the desperate Yankee skipper went to his bench and replaced the struggling Wally Pipp (who had batted a miserable .154) with the still injured Babe Ruth who grounded out to first. Two plays later, the Series was over with the Giants winning five games to three.

Although they had fallen short in their first World Series appearance, the Yankees had shown a glimpse of what would become a dynasty. Waite Hoyt had not allowed a single earned run in twenty-seven innings and Carl Mays had been just as effective with an ERA of 1.73 over twenty-six. Ruth batted an impressive .313 and added his first World Series home run and four RBIs. After four straight losses, the Giants had finally reclaimed the championship title for the first time since 1905.

The Incredible Run of the 1966 to 1971 Baltimore Orioles

For nearly twenty years (1966-85), the Baltimore Orioles were a team to be reckoned with. But those 1966-71 teams were, well, something to behold, and here’s why.

It’s quite a story–from losing big to winning big. The losing part came at the beginning; from their first year as a Major League baseball team in 1901, as the then Milwaukee Brewers, and that squad lost 65% of its games (48-89). The shift to St. Louis as the Browns didn’t change the profile. From 1901 to 1953, the Browns had only 12 winning seasons and won one pennant (1944).

Team Moves to Baltimore

Things did not improve when the team moved to Baltimore in 1954 and changed its name to the Orioles. Their losing ways continued until 1960, when the Orioles had their first winning season since 1945. In 1961, the Orioles finished the season with a 95-67 record, their second-best record in franchise history. After an off-year in 1962, the team rebounded and had a winning record in 1963, 1964, and 1965.

The 1964 team finished the season with an impressive record, 97-65, just two games behind the first-place NY Yankees. Third baseman Brooks Robinson won the AL MVP award.

By 1966, Baltimore had some of the best players in baseball on their team. 6’4, 245 lb. John “Boog” Powell was at first base, and Luis Aparicio handled shortstop. Pitchers Dave McNally and Jim Palmer were two of the best in the game. Brooks Robinson, who had been with the team since 1955, was inarguably MLB’s best fielding third baseman.

But perhaps the Orioles’ best player was right fielder Frank Robinson, whom the Orioles had acquired in the off-season from the Cincinnati Reds. Robinson won the 1966 Triple Crown and also took the MVP award. On the leadership side, manager Hank Bauer knew a thing or two about winning. He captured seven World Series rings as a former right fielder for the New York Yankees.

1966: Baltimore Orioles First Championship

In 1966, Baltimore finished the season in first place with a 97-63 record, their best record in franchise history. They faced the LA Dodgers in the World Series, and it was no contest, as the Orioles swept the Dodgers in four games. So dominating was the Orioles’ pitching that LA scored only two runs in the four games. It took 66 years, but the Orioles were finally the World Champions!

1967: Hard to Repeat

As often happens with World Series participants, the following season didn’t go well for the Orioles. After finishing the 1967 season with a dismal 76-85 record, the 1968 Birds returned to their winning ways (91-71) under the new managerial leadership of Earl Weaver. But the nearly 60% win rate wasn’t good enough to capture the AL pennant. The Birds finished in second place, 12 games behind the sizzling Detroit Tigers (103-59).

Completing the Dynasty

If 1968 was the appetizer, then 1969 was the main course because the ’69 Orioles fielded one of the best teams in MLB history. Baltimore finished the regular season with a 109-53 record and made short work of the Minnesota Twins in the ALCS (3-0). But then the unexpected happened.

After winning the Series opening game against the underdog New York Mets, the Orioles dropped the next four games. It was a stunning and disappointing end to an otherwise great season. The consolation prize of sorts was Mike Cuellar winning the Cy Young award.

Thankfully for Baltimore fans, 1970 would be without a hiccup. The Orioles began by winning their division with an unbelievable 108-54 record, the 9th best by the number of wins in major league history. Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, Davey Johnson, Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, and Mike Cuellar made the All-Star team. Baltimore swept the Minnesota Twins again in the ALCS, and the O’s went on to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 4-1. Brooks Robinson put on a defensive clinic, won the World Series MVP award, and 1st baseman Boog Powell was named AL MVP.

The 1971 Orioles picked up right where they left off in 1970 with another impressive season of 101-57 losses. The team had what many consider the most fantastic pitching staff in league history: Dave McNally won 21 games, and Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar, and Pat Dobson all won 20 games. Incredible! The O’s swept the Oakland A’s in the ALCS for the team’s fourth pennant in six years. But the O’s then lost the Series to the Pittsburgh Pirates, four games to 3. That 1971 series is considered one of the best World Series ever played.

The Orioles continued winning from 1972 to 1985, never having a losing season. Along the way, they won an American League pennant (1979) and a World Series (1983). The team has not had much to brag about in the past 36 years, having had only nine winning seasons and zero pennants, but those Orioles’ teams from 1966 to 1971…whew! They were something to remember.


1 – 47 – 25 – 22

July 12, 1945 – Boston Brave outfielder Tommy Holmes, in his Number 1 Uniform was on a mission during this 1945 MLB season. Going into the game againt the Chicago Cubs on this day he had hit safely in a National League record of 37 games. The Cubs beat Boston, 6-1 and put a stop to Holmes’ streak. The record of Tommy H. from 1945 stood all the way to 1978 when Pete Rose (Number 14) sailed past it with 44 games, eventhough a couple of players reached 31 including Willie Davis (Number 3)in 1969, and Rico Carty (Number 25) in 1970.

July 12, 1946 – Vance Dinges, Number 47 hit the only Philadelphia Phillies pinch hit inside-the-park Home Run in franchise history.

July 12, 1949 – The NFL’s Los Angeles Rams signed Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to a contract. The Dutchman played for the Rams through the 1957 season. In his last three seasons of 1958 through 1960 he played with the Philadelphia Eagles even winning an NFL Championship with each team, the Rams in 1951 and the Eagles in 1960. He wore Number 25 for his first few years on the Rams and then switched to the number he would wear the reaminder of his career, Number 11.

July 12, 1951 – The New York Yankees pitcher known as Allie Reynolds, Number 22 threw a no-hit masterpiece in Cleveland against the Indians, his former team, in a 1-0 Yanks win.

July 12, 1954 – The MLBPA was founded to help players have their rights protected in an organized union.

July 12, 1979 – In one of the most bizzare forfeits of all time, “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park was the promotion in between the games of a double header between the White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The promotion was a success in the fact that fans actively participated , however when the crowd went wild and stormed the field destroying the disco records it caused game officials to declare that the White Sox had to forfeit second game of the twinbill. FOr the promotion local Chicago DJ Steve Dahl promised to blow up disco records in between games. It did not go to plan as midway through the first game records started to fly out of the stands frisbee style on to the playing field causing delays while attendants had to remove them so that players would not get hurt. Police arrested 39 people after the mob stormed the field setting fires that destroed a batting cage, pulling up bases and other vanadlism.


July 12, 1930 – Brooklyn Dodgers franchise is established in the NFL when according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website Brooklyn businessman, John Dwyer purchased the league’s Dayton Triangles franchise and moved it to New York. As was common in early professional football, Dwyer re-branded the team using a popular team in the area so that fans may have some connection with the franchise and thus attend the games. Dwyer chose the Dodgers name to connect allegiance with the baseball Dodgers fan base. The club was sold three years later to Chris Cagle and John “Shipwreck” Kelly but after a single year of ownership by this tandem the franchise was sold again to Dan Topping. Things really changed in 1940 when Ace Parker, the Duke All-American was signed. The addition of Parker transformed the Dodgers from perennial losers into one of the league’s better teams, that is until World War II sent many of the team’s stars including Ace off to war and sent the team to the basement of the NFL’s standings. In 1944 the team changed its nickname to the Tigers. One year later, Topping stunned the NFL when he announced he was joining the new All-America Football Conference. The NFL canceled his franchise and merged the team with the struggling Boston Yanks. Parker, who had returned from the war and rejoined the Yanks in ’45 followed Topping to the AAFC for one final season. He was one of the veteran leaders of his New York Yankees squad that won the AAFC’s Eastern Division.

July 12, 1931 – Cleveland Indians franchise forms after the Cleveland Tigers franchise changed their name and then subsequently folded after the 1921 season per the website. According to the American Football Fandom site this was the first of three different instances of an “Indians” pro football franchise in Cleveland. A second “Indians” NFL team arose in 1923. That team played as the “Indians” for the 1923 season before changing their name to the Cleveland Bulldogs in 1924. The third rendition of the Cleveland Indians came in 1931 when the League sponsored the club that only played games on the road. The NFL intended to locate this team permanently in Cleveland. However when no suitable owner was found, the franchise folded after just one season as visiting gate revenues. These three Cleveland teams are viewed as three totally different franchises by the NFL.

July 12, 1930 – Portsmouth Spartans/Detroit Lions franchise forms. The Spartans were officially granted a franchise at this July 12, 1930 league meeting. The teams had its ups and downs in their brief span on the NFL circuit. Twice they were faced with controversy, preventing them from having a chance to claim the Championship Title of the League. We get more in detail on these stories and more about the Portsmouth franchise in our Early Pro Teams series special on the Spartans. On June 30, 1934 the Portsmouth franchise was sold and moved to Detroit where they have resided ever since.

July 12, 1949 – The LA Rams sign Quarterback Norm Van Brocklin to a contract.

July 12, 1960 – Inventor D.H. Rayburn is awarded the Football Safety Helmet with Face Guard US Patent 2944263.

Hall of Fame Birthday for July 12

July 12, 1863 – Hobart, New York – Hector William “Hec” Cowan is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame as possibly the member of any of the football hall of fames with the earliest birth date. Think about it, he was born while the Civil War was still in the news. Hec was the captain of the Princeton squad in the late 1880’s and in 1889 was selected by Caspar Whitney to the very first All-American Team as a Tackle per the Yale star Pudge Heffelfinger claimed that Cowan was one of the strongest opponents that he ever played against per the National Football Foundation. Heffelfinger was quoted as saying, “ “He had the strongest shoulders and arms I’ve ever been up against and his stubby legs drove like pistons when he carried the ball. Hector could carry a couple of tacklers on his back, yet he was plenty fast in the open.” Mr. Cowan went on to coach after graduation at North Carolina and Kansas and had success in these duties as well. Eventually Hec became a Presbyterian Minister while in Missouri.

July 12, 1878 – Henrico County, Virginia – The guard from the University of Pennsylvania for the 1902 to 1905 seasons, Bob Torrey was born. In his bio on the NFF’s website it is brought up that after the 1905 Penn Swarthmore game President Teddy Roosevelt must have gasped at the photograph that was printed in the newspaper. The photo was that of a beat up and battered face of Swarthmore guard Robert “Tiny” Maxwell. The President was incensed as Football violence had gone far enough. Roosevelt threatened to ban the sport and his ultimatum was answered by sweeping rule changes to the game. Maxwell’s facial reconstruction was the result of play in an 11-4 Swarthmore loss to the powerful Penn Quakers. A game that the National Football Foundation states changed the course of football history. Robert Torrey, the Penn captain, was the center playing opposite Maxwell that day. Now though he did play a part in it, Torrey can not be totally blamed for Maxwell’s condition, as it was no secret that the Penn strategy that day was for the line to double and triple-team Maxwell the key to a Quaker victory to finish the season unbeaten. The strategy worked and Penn did claim an undefeated record in 1905, winning 12 as well as a single tie 6-6 game with Lafayette. A year earlier when the Quakers sported a 12-0-0 record, Swarthmore had been the only team to score against them. For certain, the Penn teams in those early years at the turn of the 20th Century were powerhouses in the rough and tumble days of gridiron play. Torrey was among the best of the nation’s linemen and won All-America honors following the 1905 season. The National Football Foundation selected Bill Torrey for entrance into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

July 12, 1920 – McKinney, Texas – Glenn Dobbs is a football player that was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980 as a halfback out of the University of Tulsa. Dobbs’ career with the Golden Hurricane spanned from 1940 through the 1942 season according to the National Football Foundation. Glenn was a first team All-America selection as a senior as he led the nation with a .626 completion rate during that 1942 campaign. Opposing coach Jimmy Phelan called Dobbs football’s first “Quad” back – able to pass, punt, run with the ball and defend against the opposition. He went on to play professionally in the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) with the Brooklyn Dodgers football team and he was the MVP of that League in 1946. An injury forced him to sit out the 1950 season but he returned to the field in a league that was the predecessor of the CFL called the Western Improvincial Football Union (WIFU) before his full retirement from playing. Dobbs returned to Tulsa to become the University’s Head Coach in the 1960’s.

July 12, 1939 – Carrollton, Ohio – Bill Cooper is a College Football of Fame member that played for Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio from 1957 to 1960. Cooper was a hard nosed put your head down and run you over type of runner. In fact this rushing style earned Bill the nickname of “Cannonball” Cooper. According to the National Football Foundation as a junior, Cannonball rushed for 1,191 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his senior year he rushed for 1,102 yards and 23 touchdowns on 158 carries. Cannonball finished his collegiate career with 3,651 yards, a 5.5-yards-per-carry average, and 364 points. The NFF says that Cooper was named as a first team All-America in 1960 after leading the Fighting Muskies to a 9-0 season. The prized fullback played his way into the NFL on the San Francisco 49ers squad.


1901 Cy Young wins his 300th game

1921 Babe Ruth sets record of 137 career home runs

1921 Indians (9) & Yankees (7) combine for an AL record 16 doubles

1927 Yankees slugger Babe Ruth half way to his MLB record of 60 home runs; smacks #30 of Joe Shaute in 9th inning in New York’s 7-0 win over Cleveland Indians at Dunn Field

1928 1st televised tennis match

1930 US Open Men’s Golf, Interlachen CC: Defending champion Bobby Jones wins record-tying 4th US Open title by 2 strokes from Macdonald Smith; third consecutive major title

1932 Hedley Verity establishes a first-class cricket record by taking all ten wickets for only ten runs against Nottinghamshire on a pitch affected by a storm

1934 Willy de Supervise swims world record 400m (5:16.0)

1945 Chicago Cubs beat Boston, 6-1 to halt Braves outfielder Tommy Holmes’ modern-day record NL hitting streak at 37 games

1946 Vance Dinges hits only Phillie pinch hit inside-the-park HR

1949 16th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 11-7 at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn

1949 Baseball owners agree to erect warning paths before each fence

1949 LA Rams sign Norm Van Brocklin

1950 ILTF re-admit Germany and Japan in Davis Cup, Poland & Hungary withdraws

1951 NY Yankees pitcher Allie Reynolds throws no-hitter in Cleveland against the Indians, his former team, in a 1-0 win

1954 Major League Baseball Players Association founded

1955 22nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 6-5 in 12 at County Stad, Milw

1959 NBC uses cameras to show catchers signals during Yankee-Red Sox game

1964 US Open Women’s Golf, San Diego CC: Mickey Wright wins her 4th Open in a playoff with Ruth Jessen

1966 37th All-Star Baseball Game: NL wins 2-1 in 10 inninngs, at Busch Memorial Stadium, St Louis

1966 Baltimore Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson voted MLB All Star game MVP

1969 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Lytham & St Annes GC: Tony Jacklin wins the first of his 2 major titles, 2 strokes ahead of Bob Charles of New Zealand; first Briton to win The Open since 1951

1970 British Open Men’s Golf, St Andrews: Jack Nicklaus beats Doug Sanders by 1 stroke in event’s first 18-hole playoff to win the 2nd of his 3 Open Championships

1975 British Open Men’s Golf, Carnoustie: American Tom Watson wins 18-hole playoff by 1 stroke over Jack Newton of Australia; first of 8 major titles; first of 5 Open Championships

1979 “Disco Demolition Night” at Comiskey Park: fans go wild destroying disco records and cause the White Sox to forfeit second game of a doubleheader to the Detroit Tigers

1981 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Oakland Hills CC: Arnold Palmer comfortably wins 18-hole playoff against Billy Casper and Bob Stone

1987 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Brooklawn CC: South African Gary Player wins by a record 6 strokes ahead of Doug Sanders

1987 Phillies Kent Tekulve pitches his 900th game in relief

1988 59th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 2-1 at Riverfront Stadium, Cin

1988 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A’s)

1988 Margo Adams alleges Red Sox Wade Bogg’s had an affair with her

1989 NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA)

1990 Chicago White Sox Melido Perez no-hits Yankees 8-0 in a rain shortened 6 inning game at Yankee Stadium (7th no-hitter of 1990)

1992 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Saucon Valley CC: Larry Laoretti wins by 4 strokes ahead of Jim Colbert for his lone professional victory

1994 65th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-8 at Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh

1994 All star MVP: Fred McGriff (Atlanta Braves)

1996 Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder, retires after 12 seasons from Minnesota Twins, due to loss of vision in one eye

1996 Michael Jordan signs a NBA contract with the Chicago Bulls, for 1 year for $30.1 million

1997 Cubs play in their 5,000th consecutive game without being no-hit

1997 Pittsburgh Pirates duo Francisco Cordova & Ricardo Rincon no-hit Houston Astros, 3-0 in 10 innings at Three Rivers Stadium

1998 Senior Players Championship Men’s Golf, TPC of Michigan: Gil Morgan wins his 3rd Champions Tour major title by 3 strokes from Hale Irwin

2005 76th All Star Baseball Game: AL wins 7-5 at Comerica Park, Detroit

2009 US Open Women’s Golf, Saucon Valley CC: Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea wins her lone major title, 1 stroke ahead of American runner-up Candie Kung

2011 82nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-1 at Chase Field, Phoenix

2015 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Novak Đoković successfully defends his title for 3rd Wimbledon crown; beats Roger Federer 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3

2015 US Open Women’s Golf, Lancaster CC: Chun In-gee of South Korea wins her first major title by 1 stroke from compatriot Amy Yang


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Chicago vs Toronto5:00pmNBATV
Memphis vs Brooklyn6:00pmESPNU
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Detroit vs Indiana9:00pmNBATV
Phoenix vs Dallas10:00pmESPN2
LA Lakers vs LA Clippers11:00pmNBATV
UEFA Women’s Euro: Denmark vs Finland12:00pmESPN2
UEFA Women’s Euro: Germany vs Spain3:00pmESPN2
Copa América Femenina: Uruguay vs Brazil5:00pmFS1
Copa América Femenina: Argentina vs Peru8:00pmFS1
MLS: Austin vs Houston Dynamo9:00pmUniMas
US vs. Italy10:30pmESPNU


American League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6125.70934 – 927 – 1628 – 1419 – 610 – 45 – 5L 2
Boston4740.54014.523 – 2024 – 2011 – 2112 – 719 – 74 – 6L 1
Tampa Bay4640.5351526 – 1720 – 2318 – 166 – 912 – 96 – 4W 1
Toronto4542.51716.525 – 1820 – 2416 – 1810 – 915 – 111 – 9L 4
Baltimore4344.49418.525 – 1718 – 2715 – 1911 – 1312 – 88 – 2W 8
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota4840.54525 – 1823 – 2213 – 1022 – 1610 – 95 – 5W 1
Cleveland4242.500421 – 1721 – 256 – 1019 – 179 – 83 – 7W 1
Chi White Sox4144.4825.519 – 2522 – 1914 – 1513 – 177 – 95 – 5L 1
Detroit3651.41411.523 – 2413 – 277 – 1418 – 203 – 106 – 4L 4
Kansas City3452.3951318 – 2616 – 264 – 917 – 199 – 166 – 4W 3
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5629.65927 – 1229 – 176 – 816 – 426 – 138 – 2W 1
Seattle4542.5171224 – 2021 – 2212 – 157 – 620 – 169 – 1W 8
Texas4044.47615.520 – 2120 – 235 – 1111 – 816 – 184 – 6W 1
LA Angels3849.4371921 – 2317 – 266 – 189 – 517 – 172 – 8L 4
Oakland2959.33028.511 – 3118 – 2810 – 169 – 158 – 234 – 6L 2
National League
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5433.62128 – 1526 – 1827 – 119 – 413 – 106 – 4W 1
Atlanta5236.5912.530 – 1922 – 1718 – 1217 – 1013 – 117 – 3L 1
Philadelphia4641.529824 – 2122 – 2015 – 198 – 516 – 116 – 4L 2
Miami4144.4821220 – 1821 – 2624 – 163 – 79 – 146 – 4L 1
Washington3058.34124.514 – 3116 – 277 – 339 – 89 – 111 – 9L 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee4839.55221 – 1927 – 2011 – 1328 – 193 – 54 – 6L 2
St. Louis4742.528226 – 1821 – 2410 – 1422 – 149 – 54 – 6W 2
Pittsburgh3750.4251120 – 2317 – 275 – 718 – 2712 – 96 – 4W 3
Chi Cubs3452.39513.517 – 2717 – 253 – 320 – 217 – 184 – 6L 4
Cincinnati3254.37215.518 – 2814 – 265 – 912 – 198 – 216 – 4W 4
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers5629.65930 – 1326 – 1611 – 915 – 521 – 119 – 1W 7
San Diego5038.5687.523 – 2027 – 1812 – 919 – 1018 – 164 – 6W 1
San Francisco4342.5061321 – 2122 – 2114 – 138 – 914 – 143 – 7L 1
Arizona3948.4481822 – 2617 – 2212 – 1010 – 1111 – 234 – 6W 1
Colorado3849.4371923 – 2215 – 278 – 196 – 418 – 185 – 5L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot