MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
DETROIT 12 SAN DIEGO 4
BALTIMORE 5 TAMPA BAY 1
BOSTON 3 CLEVELAND 1
KANSAS CITY 7 LA ANGELS 0
OAKLAND 7 HOUSTON 5
SEATTLE 4 TEXAS 3
CINCINNATI 11 MIAMI 2
PHILADELPHIA 6 ATLANTA 4
CHICAGO CUBS 3 PITTSBURGH 2
COLORADO 2 MILWAUKEE 0
ARIZONA 7 SAN FRANCISCO 0
WASHINGTON 4 LA DODGERS 1
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
RACING SCHEDULE AT INDY THIS WEEK
Race: Gallagher Grand Prix
Format: 85 laps (207.32 miles)
When: Green flag is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, 2022
TV: NBC; Leigh Diffey, anchor; James Hinchcliffe, Townsend Bell, analysts.
Radio: IndyCar Radio, with Mark Jaynes as anchor; Channel 160 on SiriusXM
Race: Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard
Format: 62 laps (151.2 miles)
When: 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 30, 2022
TV: NBC; Rick Allen, anchor; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, analysts.
Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network; Channel 90 on SiriusXM
Race: Verizon 200 at the Brickyard
Format: 82 laps (200 miles)
When: 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, July 31, 2022
TV: NBC; Rick Allen, anchor; Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte, analysts.
Radio: Indianapolis Motor Speedway radio network; Channel 90 on SiriusXM
INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY SCHEDULE
Friday, July 29
8:30 a.m. ET: Gates open
9:30-11 a.m.: IndyCar practice
1-2:15 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying
3:05-3:35 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity practice
3:35 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity qualifying
5 p.m.: Gates close
Saturday, July 30
7:30 a.m.: Gates open
8:15-8:45 a.m.: IndyCar warm-up
9:35-10:35 a.m.: NASCAR Cup practice
10:35-11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Cup qualifying
12:30 p.m.: IndyCar race
3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity race
Sunday, July 31
11 a.m.: Gates open
2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Cup race
THE INDIANA SRN WEEK ONE FOOTBALL BROADCAST SCHEDULE
SPEEDWAY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V TRADERS POINT
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V JASPER
PERRY MERIDIAN V FRANKLIN CENTRAL
THE INDIANA SRN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PRE-SEASON POLLS
- CENTER GROVE
- HARRISON (LAFAYETTE)
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- MT. VERNON
- EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
- GIBSON SOUTHERN
- OWEN VALLEY
- EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
- HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
- LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC
- MONROE CENTRAL
- INDY LUTHERAN
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- COVENANT CHRISTIAN
- PARKE HERITAGE
COLTS TRAINING CAMP
JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.
AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET
AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON
AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.
AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON
AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M.
2022 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE
(ALL TIMES EASTERN)
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 4||NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME, CANTON, OH JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS VS. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NBC (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 1|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 11||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||ATLANTA FALCONS AT DETROIT LIONS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 12||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||NFLN (8:30 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT CHICAGO BEARS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 13||DALLAS COWBOYS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 14||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||NFLN (4:25 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 2|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 18||CHICAGO BEARS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 19||HOUSTON TEXANS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DENVER BRONCOS AT BUFFALO BILLS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (4:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT TENNESSEE TITANS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 20||DALLAS COWBOYS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||NFLN (10:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT CLEVELAND BROWNS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||CINCINNATI BENGALS AT NEW YORK GIANTS||NFLN (7:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 21||BALTIMORE RAVENS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS||FOX (8:00 PM)|
|MONDAY, AUGUST 22||ATLANTA FALCONS AT NEW YORK JETS||ESPN (8:00 PM)|
|PRESEASON WEEK 3|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||GREEN BAY PACKERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|THURSDAY, AUGUST 25||SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT HOUSTON TEXANS||PRIME VIDEO (8:15 PM)|
|FRIDAY, AUGUST 26||SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT DALLAS COWBOYS||NFLN (8:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT ATLANTA FALCONS||NFLN (3:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||LOS ANGELES RAMS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS||NFLN (6:00 PM)|
|SATURDAY, AUGUST 27||MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT DENVER BRONCOS||NFLN (9:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||NEW YORK GIANTS AT NEW YORK JETS||NFLN (1:00 PM)|
|SUNDAY, AUGUST 28||DETROIT LIONS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS||CBS (4:30 PM)|
*LIVE GAMES ON NFL NETWORK WILL BE BLACKED OUT IN THE PARTICIPATING TEAMS’ OVER-THE-AIR STATION MARKETS.
TOP RETURNING INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
(MIN. 600 RECEIVING YARDS)
Covington High School
100 REC, 1,350 YARDS, 18TD
Cathedral High School
66 REC, 1,105 YARDS, 10TD
Southwood High School
69 REC, 1,095 YARDS, 11TD
Merrillville High School
43 REC, 1,088 YARDS, 16TD
Edinburgh High School
56 REC, 1,079 YARDS, 12TD
Batesville High School
53 REC, 1,067 YARDS, 11TD
Madison High School
74 REC, 1,024 YARDS, 10TD
Lafayette Central Catholic High School
65 REC, 1,019 YARDS, 9TD
Hanover Central High School
39 REC, 988 YARDS, 16TD
Indianapolis Lutheran High School
41 REC, 954 YARDS, 13TD
Hammond Central High School
55 REC, 920 YARDS, 12TD
Seymour High School
62 REC, 808 YARDS, 10TD
Calumet Christian High School
54 REC, 781 YARDS, 9TD
Covington High School
52 REC, 776 YARDS, 14TD
Andrean High School
51 REC, 753 YARDS, 5TD
East Central High School
44 REC, 752 YARDS, 9TD
Plainfield High School
77 REC, 735 YARDS, 5TD
Traders Point Christian High School
46 REC, 733 YARDS, 5TD
Carmel High School
46 REC, 731 YARDS, 11TD
Yorktown High School
51 REC, 725 YARDS, 5TD
Ben Davis High School
58 REC, 723 YARDS, 5TD
Northeastern High School
35 REC, 719 YARDS, 9TD
Merrillville High School
28 REC, 695 YARDS, 11TD
New Palestine High School
34 REC, 693 YARDS, 5TD
Charlestown High School
30 REC, 692 YARDS, 8TD
Perry Meridian High School
51 REC, 684 YARDS, 6TD
Sullivan High School
42 REC, 683 YARDS, 11TD
Castle High School
35 REC, 668 YARDS, 8TD
Lapel High School
35 REC, 660 YARDS, 10TD
Northridge High School
40 REC, 654 YARDS, 7TD
Riverton Parke High School
48 REC, 651 YARDS, 5TD
Parke Heritage High School
29 REC, 637 YARDS, 8TD
NorthWood High School
32 REC, 635 YARDS, 9TD
Martinsville High School
44 REC, 635 YARDS, 7TD
Wabash High School
35 REC, 628 YARDS, 8TD
NorthWood High School
38 REC, 625 YARDS, 7TD
Mt. Vernon High School
31 REC, 621 YARDS, 6TD
Edinburgh High School
57 REC, 613 YARDS, 6TD
Bloomington North High School
30 REC, 610 YARDS, 9TD
Westfield High School
41 REC, 605 YARDS, 4TD
Danville High School
39 REC, 603 YARDS, 6TD
TOP NATIONAL SPORTS HEADLINES
BIG TEN ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL PRESEASON HONORS
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced its 2022 football preseason honors on Monday ahead of the start of Big Ten Football Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium. A media panel selected the 10-member preseason list, with five representatives each from the East and West Divisions.
Ohio State placed a trio of honorees on the East Division list highlighted by the unanimous selection of quarterback C.J. Stroud, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy last season. Stroud was joined on this year’s preseason East Division squad by a pair of Buckeye offensive standouts in running back TreVeyon Henderson and wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, as well as Michigan running back Blake Corum and Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed.
Four different schools placed students on the West Division preseason list, led by two representatives from Wisconsin in running back Braelon Allen and linebacker Nick Herbig. They were joined on the list by Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell, Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski and Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell.
Last season, Stroud was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year. He was also a first-team All-Big Ten selection alongside Campbell and Skoronski, joining second-team selections Henderson, O’Connell and Allen, as well as third-team honorees Corum, Reed and Smith-Njigba.
Seven of this year’s Big Ten preseason honorees — Campbell, Reed, Skoronski, Smith-Njigba, Stroud, O’Connell and Herbig — are scheduled to attend Big Ten Media Days this week in Indianapolis.
The full list of Big Ten football preseason honorees is as follows:
Blake Corum, RB, MICH
Jayden Reed, WR, MSU
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, OSU
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, OSU
C.J. STROUD, QB, OSU
Jack Campbell, LB, IOWA
Peter Skoronski, OT, NU
Aidan O’Connell, QB, PUR
Braelon Allen, RB, WIS
Nick Herbig, OLB, WIS
Unanimous selection in ALL CAPS
CHICAGO MAYOR PRESENTS 3 OPTIONS FOR IMPROVING SOLDIER FIELD
CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday presented three options for renovating Soldier Field, the home of the Chicago Bears, but the team said it’s not interested.
Lightfoot proposed fully enclosing the stadium by rebuilding both end zones with columns that can support a dome; rebuilding both end zones with columns to make the stadium dome-ready; or modifying Soldier Field to be a multi-purpose stadium better suited for soccer.
“Any of these proposed renovations will allow Soldier Field to retain its role as an economic engine for Chicago for years to come,” Lightfoot said in a news release.
The mayor’s office estimated the costs of the three options would range from $900 million to $2.2 billion. It did not say how it would pay for any of the options.
The proposed renovations would expand seating from 61,500 seats (now the lowest capacity in the NFL) up to 70,000; increase the number of suites from 133 to 140; and quadruple concession area square footage from 50,000 square feet (4,645 square meters) to 200,000 square feet (18,580 square meters), the mayor’s office said.
The Bears had no new comment on Lightfoot’s proposals but the team reiterated the same statement it issued July 7 when a panel appointed by Lightfoot recommended the city explore enclosing Soldier Field.
“The only potential project the Chicago Bears are exploring for a new stadium development is Arlington Park. As part of our mutual agreement with the seller of that property, we are not pursuing alternative stadium deals or sites, including renovations to Soldier Field, while we are under contract,” that statement said.
The team signed a purchase agreement last year for a 326-acre (131.93-hectare) site in suburban Arlington Heights, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) miles northwest of Soldier Field, that could be the site of a future stadium. President Ted Phillips has said that deal likely won’t close until early 2023, at which point the team will decide whether it’s “financially feasible to try to develop it further.”
GREEN BAY POLICE REVIEW VIDEO IN WHICH OFFICER GRABS DILLON
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay police say their internal affairs department is conducting a review after a video on social media showed an officer grabbing Packers running back A.J. Dillon during a Saturday night soccer match at Lambeau Field.
Video posted on social media showed Dillon in the end zone greeting fans in the stands during the exhibition match between FC Bayern Munich and Manchester City FC. Dillon appeared to be on the verge of doing a Lambeau leap into the crowd when the video showed an officer grabbing him by the back of his collar and giving him a shove.
After fans booed and Dillon appeared to offer an explanation, the officer backed off and allowed Dillon to jump into the stands. When the video started to gain attention on social media, Dillon tweeted out his account of what happened.
“It is clear that there was a miscommunication between the officer and Mr. Dillon,” Green Bay police chief Chris Davis said Monday in a statement. “The Green Bay Police Department appreciates the perspective and supportive words from Mr. Dillon. The Green Bay Police Department Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Division has initiated a review of this incident.”
Davis’ statement didn’t identify the officer shown on the video.
Dillon said on social media that a couple of security officials had helped him come down to the field during a rain delay in Saturday’s soccer match so that he could do a Lambeau leap to excite the crowd.
“I’m assuming (the officer) missed them telling me to come down,” Dillon said.
In a later tweet, Dillon described the incident as “just miscommunication between parties.”
“The (at)GBPolice are great people and I’m glad we have them down for our games to keep us safe,” Dillon said. “Standing there in the pouring rain with all those people, it’s hard to know what’s going on with just one. All good.”
When he was asked about the incident Monday after the Packers’ annual shareholders meeting, team president/CEO Mark Murphy called it “obviously a very unfortunate situation that occurred.”
BROWN: BENGALS MUST PAY STAR QB BURROW TO KEEP HIM IN CINCY
CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals are already structuring finances so they can pay Joe Burrow enough money to stay in Cincinnati when the star quarterback becomes eligible to negotiate a new contract after this season, team owner Mike Brown said Monday.
Burrow likely will command a long-term deal paying him somewhere in the $40 million to $50 million range per season, based on the deals of other top NFL quarterbacks.
The latest to cash in was Kyler Murray, who last week signed a five-year, $230 million deal with the Cardinals, working out to about $46.1 million per season.
Cincinnati receiver Tee Higgins, drafted in same 2020 class as Burrow, also will be eligible to negotiate after this season, reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Ja’Marr Chase the year after that. Both also will require big contracts.
“Right now our obvious, most important issue will be our quarterback,” the 86-year-old Brown said a day before the Bengals open training camp in Cincinnati. “It’s not quite ready or ripe yet, but it’s right down the track and we see the train coming.”
The odd man out here may be safety Jessie Bates III, who has been frustrated by failed efforts to reach a long-term deal with the Bengals. A popular team leader, Bates stayed away from organized team events in the spring and will play this season with a franchise tag, meaning he can negotiate with any team after the season. No one knows when he might show up for training camp.
“We were two years trying to extend him, and we weren’t able to get there,” Brown said. “I regret that we didn’t. But we will have another chance at the end of the season. Maybe it will happen then.
“Keep in mind we have a lot going on,” Brown continued. “We’re trying to get ready for our cap and as we go down the line and we’re going to need room for our quarterback and our receivers.”
Burrow’s value to the team on the field and as the face of the franchise can’t be overstated. He led the Bengals to their first Super Bowl appearance in 33 years, losing to the Los Angeles Rams 23-20. The excitement has carried over. Season tickets are already sold out for the 2022 season.
“We couldn’t be happier with Joe Burrow,” Brown said. “He’s everything you would wish for, especially for a quarterback in Cincinnati. And our whole focus is going on keeping him here.”
Duke Tobin, the Bengals director of player personnel, said he’s got an eye on those looming contract issues, but would rather concentrate on the more immediate goal of getting back to the Super Bowl.
“We don’t really bury our head in the sand and ignore what’s going on elsewhere,” Tobin said when asked about Murray’s new contract with the Cardinals “We are aware of what’s going on elsewhere. We are aware of other deals that are out there. At this point we are just focused on 2022 and putting the best team out there.
“We are aware that we have decisions and contracts that will be coming up as our team matures,” Tobin said. “That is the design of any player we pull off the draft board. The design is they are going to earn a big, big contract. That’s what we want out of our guys. We want them to be considered top, top-level guys.”
WHAT’S IN A NAME?
The Bengals home field is still called Paul Brown Stadium, but that’s likely to change soon.
Brown said it’s inevitable that the naming rights to the 22-year-old venue that carries the name of his father and team founder will be sold. He wasn’t able to provide any details Monday but said an announcement is coming.
“We are a small-market team,” he said, noting that most NFL teams have sold naming rights. “We need the revenue streams that we can obtain. We have to do some things just to keep up.”
Brown declined to comment on whether his father’s name could be incorporated into the stadium’s new branding.
The Bengals report to camp on Tuesday with workouts beginning the next day.
Some key players will be sidelined for the opening of camp.
Alex Cappa and La’el Collins, expected starters on Cincinnati’s retooled offensive line, will be out for now. Cappa (core muscle injury) was put on the active/physically unable to perform, and Collins (back) on the active/non-football injury list. Offensive coordinator Brian Callahan said both are expected to be ready to go when Cincinnati opens the season Sept. 11 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Also out for the start of camp are LB Joe Bachie, DE Khalid Kareem, RB Samaje Perine and S Brandon Wilson.
NFL ENTERS MEDIA STREAMING MARKETPLACE WITH ‘NFL+’ SERVICE
(AP) — The NFL is making its move into offering its own media streaming platform.
The league announced that “NFL+” launched on Monday. Owners were briefed about it during the league meetings in May, while Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, confirmed in a column for “Sports Illustrated” last week that it would be starting this season.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a phone interview with The Associated Press that the direct-to-consumer offering gives the league the ability to understand what fans and non-fans are seeking in terms of content and customize it for them.
“We think this is a major step forward. It will evolve, build and get better as more and more content becomes available on this platform. The work that we’ve done either with other offerings or research has helped us sort of frame this in a way that we think would be very attractive and engage our fans.”
The launch of “NFL+” comes as 15 games on Thursday night will be carried exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. The “Sunday Ticket” package of out-of-market Sunday games currently will expire at the end of this season. Amazon, Apple and Google have emerged as the frontrunners to take over the rights that DirecTV has held since 1994.
“NFL+” will allow fans to view out-of-market preseason games on all devices; local and national regular-season and postseason games on mobile devices; team and national radio feeds, NFL Network shows on-demand along with the NFL Films archive. It could also include content produced by teams. It will be able to be accessed through the NFL app and website.
It is an upgrade of the “Game Pass” service that has been available to fans in the United States since 2015. The league began offering a package in which fans could watch replays of games online – appropriately called “Game Rewind” – in 2009. It started to gain favor among fans and analysts in 2012 when it added coaches film, including two angles where all 22 players on the field could be viewed.
The league has also offered out-of-market preseason games either through a separate package or “Game Pass” in previous seasons.
The key to the package is the live regular-season and playoff games. The league regained the mobile rights after its contracts with mobile carriers expired at the end of last season.
“NFL+” will be available for $4.99/month or $39.99/year. A premium package – which includes full and condensed game replays as well as the coaches film – is $9.99/month or $79.99/year. The “Game Pass” package was previously available for $100/year. “NFL+” will part of fans who purchase season tickets for their teams.
“We’ve had our toe in the water with `Game Pass,’ but this is our next step forward,” said Hans Schroeder, the executive vice president of NFL Media. “We think this will be attractive for fans and sort of bring down the price point for fans on a monthly basis. There is an eye on future content down the road. We’re excited to see where this can go this year and beyond.”
Goodell said recently the league is hoping to make a decision about “Sunday Ticket” and possibly selling an equity stake in NFL Media properties by the end of the year.
CHIEFS REPORT TO CAMP WITHOUT LONGTIME CLUB CORNERSTONES
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) Two cornerstones of the Chiefs’ four straight AFC title game appearances walked into training camp elsewhere this week, and Kansas City coach Andy Reid will be spending much of the next month figuring out how to replace them.
That task alone could determine whether a fifth consecutive championship game appearance awaits in January.
The biggest departure came when the Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins for a package of draft picks in January, a move made with an eye both on long-term success and the bottom line but with the immediate effect of depriving Patrick Mahomes of his favorite downfield playmaker since the moment their QB stepped foot in the league.
The other big hole opened up on defense, where Tyrann Mathieu was allowed to leave in free agency, taking not only one of their biggest playmakers on that side of the ball out of the equation but also removing one of the locker room leaders.
“I look at it more of everybody getting on the same page,” Reid said, “and it’s an urgency to that because we know the level that we are capable of performing at. Rather it is coaches and/or players, the ones that have been here or the new ones, I think there is a sense of urgency that makes it the exciting part. Let’s see what we can do.”
The Chiefs and aggressive general manager Brett Veach took a remarkably similar approach to filling the openings at wide receiver and safety, spending lavishly in free agency and the draft earlier in the offseason.
To replace Hill, the Chiefs signed JuJu Smith-Schuster and are hoping for a bounce-back season following some health issues in Pittsburgh; they signed Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who must be doing something right to go from catching passes from Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay to Mahomes in Kansas City; and they spent a second-round draft pick on Skyy Moore, who has many of the same characteristics as Hill but has a steep learning curve coming from Western Michigan.
Then there’s Mecole Hardman, the lone significant holdover in the wide receiver group, who is heading into a contract year and is bubbling with confidence despite having shown little ability to be a No. 1 player at his position.
“I ain’t trying to prove nothing to nobody,” Hardman said Monday, when veterans joined the rookies and quarterbacks in camp. “I know what I’m capable of doing. I’m just going to do that and let the work show for itself.”
The first opportunity to do that comes Wednesday, when the full squad works out for the first time at Missouri Western.
That will also be the first chance for safety Justin Reid, signed from the Texans in free agency, and the rest of the rebuilt Kansas City secondary to get on the field in camp. Reid will be joined by two more draft picks, second-rounder Bryan Cook and seventh-rounder Nazeeh Johnson, as the Chiefs move on from Mathieu’s tutelage the past three seasons.
“It’s a lot of pressure I put on myself just to learn everything around me,” Cook admitted. “As far as leadership, it’s kind of just something that – not that I fell into, but I love helping other guys around me. That’s where it kind of comes from.”
The Chiefs will take leadership wherever they can get it in the defensive backfield.
The 25-year-old Reid, who is entering his fifth season, is a veteran compared to most of the guys back there. The 22-year-old Cook and 24-year-old Johnson will battle 26-year-old Juan Thornhill for the other safety job, while the top cornerbacks are Rashad Fenton (25), L’Jarius Sneed (25) and rookies Trent McDuffie (21) and Josh Williams (22).
It might take all of them to help fill Mathieu’s void on that side of the ball.
“A big thing obviously is just learning the plays, making sure I have everything down,” McDuffie said, “and I think a big thing for me is bonding with the DBs, bonding with the whole defense, so we can all come together. I mean, there are a lot of new moving parts, so we kind of get to establish a new identity, which is going to be a lot of fun these next few weeks.”
MURRAY’S NEW DEAL REQUIRES 4 HOURS OF ‘INDEPENDENT STUDY’ PER GAME WEEK
The Arizona Cardinals are making sure Kyler Murray is doing his homework.
The star quarterback’s new five-year, $230.5-million extension requires Murray to complete “at least four hours of independent study each week” during the season over the deal’s length, according to an addendum in his contract obtained by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The requirement runs from the first Monday after the end of training camp to the last game on the team’s schedule and includes any postseason contests. The club’s bye week is excluded.
“Independent study” is defined as material given to Murray by the team in order to prepare for the upcoming game, with time spent in mandatory meetings not counting.
Murray will also receive no credit for studying material on an electronic device if he’s not “personally studying or watching the material” while it’s displayed or if he engages in a distracting activity. The contract cites watching television, playing video games, and browsing the internet as examples of distracting activities.
Failing to meet the addendum will result in Murray being deemed in “default” of his contract.
Murray does four hours of studying on his own already, but the Cardinals wanted commitment in writing in order to complete the deal, Rapoport adds.
The 24-year-old’s extension ranks second among all quarterbacks in average annual value ($46.1 million) and guaranteed money ($160 million). The Cardinals and Murray, who’ll be under contract through 2028, opened negotiations earlier this year before agreeing to a deal last week.
Murray earned the first postseason appearance of his career in 2021 after throwing for 24 touchdowns and five interceptions over 14 starts.
REPORT: PACKERS EXTEND COACH LAFLEUR, GM GUTEKUNST
The Green Bay Packers agreed to contract extensions with head coach Matt LaFleur, general manager Brian Gutekunst, and executive vice president Russ Ball this offseason, a source told ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
The terms of the deals haven’t been reported.
Packers president Mark Murphy didn’t confirm the extensions while speaking with the media Monday, though he showed optimism LaFleur, Gutekunst, and Ball will stay in Green Bay “for years to come.”
Gutekunst was promoted to general manager in 2018 on a five-year contract that was set to expire after the 2022 campaign. LaFleur became the Packers head coach in 2019 after inking a four-year pact that included a fifth-year option, according to Demovsky.
Green Bay is 45-19-1 since Gutekunst replaced Ted Thompson, including a 39-10 record across three seasons with LaFleur on the sideline. The Packers, who last season became the first team in NFL history to win at least 13 games in three straight years, reached the NFC title game in each of LaFleur’s first two campaigns. The team lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the divisional round last season after earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC.
RAIDERS OFFENSIVE LINEMAN DENZELLE GOOD RETIRES AT AGE 31
Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Denzelle Good has been placed on the reserve retired list, leaving a potential hole in the weakest part of the team’s offense.
The Raiders made the surprise announcement Monday that Good had decided to retire. Good was expected to compete for a starting spot at guard on Las Vegas’ line as he worked his was back from reconstructive knee surgery.
Good was cleared to practice at the start of training camp last week but didn’t participate on Sunday and now is calling it quits at age 31.
Good began his seven-year career with Indianapolis in 2015 and was claimed off waivers by the Raiders late in the 2018 season. He played 63 career games and was a versatile backup for much of his career, playing both guard and tackle, before starting 14 games in 2020 for Las Vegas.
Good was set to be the starter at right guard last season but he tore his ACL in the season opener and missed the rest of the year.
The retirement could create an opening for third-round pick Dylan Parham or Lester Cotton to start for Las Vegas. Parham had been working as a backup on the interior of the line early in camp with Cotton getting most of the time with the first team. Cotton has played five offensive snaps in three seasons in the NFL.
The Raiders have done little this offseason to upgrade a line that struggled last season and has only one established starter in left tackle Kolton Miller. Center Andre James had an up-and-down season in his first year as a starter, while left guard John Simpson, swing tackle Brandon Parker and 2021 first-round pick Alex Leatherwood struggled.
Leatherwood began his rookie season at right tackle before moving inside to guard after four rough games. Leatherwood has been working at tackle mostly this offseason but could be an option at guard if he loses the starting job to Parker.
The Raiders re-signed free agent G Jordan Meredith after waiving him just before the start of training camp.
2022 NFL PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Written by Juan Carlos Blanco
Tom Brady very likely is back for just one more season, so his window for a second Super Bowl title in Tampa is small. A strong incumbent group of skill players and defensive personnel combined with his still elite status ultimately will determine whether there’s one last Lombardi in store for the legend.
The Brady-Arians Tandem Is No More.
Given his outsized presence in all aspects of his career, it’s natural to assume Tom Brady calls the majority of the shots on offense, irrespective of who’s wearing the headset on the sideline. While that may have been a lot closer to reality in New England where defensive genius Bill Belichick was the boss, Brady dealt with a vastly different situation in his first two seasons in Tampa Bay.
SOUTH CAROLINA, NEW COACH PARIS SIGN 5-STAR F JACKSON
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — First-year South Carolina coach Lamont Paris has signed five-star recruit and one-time North Carolina commitment, Gregory “GG” Jackson.
The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Jackson was considered one of the top prospects for the 2023 recruiting class. But the school said he has reclassified to 2022 and will be eligible to play for the Gamecocks this season.
Jackson is from Columbia and played at Ridge View High. He has said he had a strong connection with former Gamecocks coach Frank Martin, who was dismissed from the program after 10 seasons this past March.
Soon after South Carolina hired Paris, the former Chattanooga coach, to take over, Jackson announced his commitment to the Tar Heels.
But Jackson decommitted from North Carolina this month before deciding on the Gamecocks.
Paris said in a statement that Jackson has a high basketball IQ.
“GG is a very high character individual and has an incredibly magnetic personality,” Paris said. “He will fit in perfectly with this group of young men.”
Jackson averaged 22.1 points, 10.9 points and 2.3 blocks a game his junior season last winter as Ridge View won a state championship.
INDIA’S FIRST CAREER GRAND SLAM HELPS REDS BEAT MARLINS 11-2
CINCINNATI (AP) Jonathan India hit his first career grand slam and Brandon Drury connected for a three-run shot, helping the Cincinnati Reds pound the banged-up Miami Marlins 11-2 on Monday night.
India and Donovan Solano each had three hits as last-place Cincinnati improved to 9-4 in its last 13 games. Since starting the season 3-22, the Reds have gone 34-36.
“India and Drury are a big part of our success all the time but without the home runs tonight, it’s a totally different game,” manager David Bell said. “Solano, he’s very steady. He knows exactly what he’s doing. No situation is too big for him. We missed him at the beginning of the year.”
India returned to the lineup as the designated hitter after he was scratched ahead of Sunday’s 6-3 victory over St. Louis because of a bruised left thigh. He got hurt on a headfirst slide on Saturday.
“The longer you play the better you’re going to get in this game,” India said. “The more games I log the more I get going. Hopefully, that’s a sign. I’m ready. I feel good right now.”
Miami had 15 players on its injured list, hurting its chances for staying in the NL wild-card race. The Marlins dropped to 3-12 against the Reds since 2019.
Cincinnati rookie Nick Lodolo (3-3) struck out a career-high nine over six innings. The left-hander allowed two unearned runs and five hits.
“I worked on just throwing down the middle and let my stuff work,” Lodolo said. “I just tried filling up the strike zone, throwing everything middle and let it play.”
The Marlins loaded the bases with none out in the third and failed to score. Jesus Aguilar struck out swinging before Avisail Garcia lined to first baseman Joey Votto, who caught Miguel Rojas off second to complete an inning-ending double play.
The Reds then went ahead to stay with three runs in the bottom half. Kyle Farmer singled in Drury and Solano doubled home two more.
Drury, who could be on the move ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline, hit his 19th homer in the fourth – a two-out drive to left against Trevor Rogers that made it 6-2.
Rogers “seemed to be in trouble all night,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly. “He just wasn’t able to put anybody away. We want to stay positive with him, but you want to see results.”
Rogers (4-10) was charged with six runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. He was emotional after the game and requested a few minutes to compose himself before speaking with reporters.
“This definitely wasn’t my plan for the second half of the season,” said Rogers, last year’s runner up to India for NL Rookie of the Year. “Super frustrated right now. That’s what big league hitters do, they adjust. I have to do my part and adjust back. Just trying to stay mentally tough.”
India went deep in the fifth. It was India’s sixth homer this season. A triple shy of the cycle, he lined out to left in his final at-bat in the seventh.
“Of course I thought about a cycle that whole at-bat,” India said. “I had one in high school.”
Marlins second baseman Willians Astudillo took over on the mound in the eighth and pitched a scoreless inning with a walk.
TOP PICK SIGNED
Cam Collier, the Reds’ top pick and 18th overall selection in the 2022 first-year player draft, confirmed on his Instagram account that he has signed with the team. The 17-year-old third baseman is the son of former major leaguer Lou Collier.
Marlins: RHP Max Meyer, placed on the 15-day injured list on Sunday with a right elbow sprain, is awaiting the results of an MRI he had Monday morning. … LHP Jesus Luzardo (left forearm strain) is expected to throw five innings and 75 pitches at Triple-A Jacksonville on Wednesday. … RHP Zach Popp left in the fifth with a blister underneath his fingernail.
Hard-throwing rookie Hunter Greene (3-11, 5.78 ERA) makes his 19th start for Cincinnati. Greene leads the majors with 23 home runs allowed. Pablo Lopez (6-5, 3.14 ERA) pitches Tuesday night for Miami. Lopez is 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA in two career starts against Cincinnati, both in 2019.
NICO HOERNER’S DOUBLE SENDS STREAKING CUBS PAST PIRATES 3-2
CHICAGO (AP) Nico Hoerner hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Monday night for their season-high fifth straight win.
Hoerner finished with two hits and two RBIs. Rafael Ortega homered for Chicago, and Adrian Sampson pitched seven innings of two-run ball.
Seiya Suzuki set up Hoerner’s clutch hit when he reached on rookie shortstop Oneil Cruz’s throwing error. Suzuki advanced on Ian Happ’s groundout and then hustled home on Hoerner’s drive into the gap in right-center.
“He wants that moment probably more than anyone I’ve been around,” Cubs manager David Ross said of Hoerner. “Nice base hit for him there.”
Mychal Givens (6-2) worked the eighth for the win, and Scott Effross got three outs for his first save in three chances.
Josh VanMeter hit a tying RBI double for the Pirates in the fifth. Cruz singled home a run, and Yerry De Los Santos (0-2) got the loss.
Pittsburgh has dropped two straight and seven of nine overall.
Ortega’s fifth homer – a two-out drive to right against JT Brubaker in the third – gave Chicago a 2-1 lead. Ortega also singled in the first, stopping an 0-for-29 slump.
“It’s been fun to watch,” Sampson said. “We’re playing good baseball right now.”
Brubaker allowed eight hits, struck out four and walked two in six innings.
The Cubs are expected to be sellers at the Aug. 2 trade deadline, so the two-game set against Pittsburgh could be the last one in the home dugout at Wrigley Field for several players.
Happ, an All-Star outfielder, said he was doing his best to take it all in before Chicago hits the road. Ross added he wasn’t manipulating the lineup to give players a last go-round at the iconic neighborhood ballpark.
“I find out (about a trade) about five seconds before the player does,” he said.
The waiting seems to have taken a toll on All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, who got emotional talking about the leadup to the deadline.
“I’m just trying to appreciate everything and all the memories I have here,” he said. “Probably my last homestand.”
Actor and Chicago native Bob Odenkirk, who plays the titular character in the TV series “Better Call Saul,” led the crowd in the seventh-inning stretch singalong.
Pirates: OF Bryan Reynolds (right oblique strain) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list. OF Jake Marisnick (turf toe) was placed on the 10-day IL on Sunday.
Pittsburgh’s Bryse Wilson (1-5, 6.52 ERA) faces fellow right-hander Keegan Thompson (7-4, 3.43 ERA) on Tuesday afternoon in the series finale.
FUTURE DODGER? JUAN SOTO, LOWLY NATS COOL OFF LA IN 4-1 WIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) Juan Soto’s RBI triple capped a four-run fifth inning and the lowly Washington Nationals defeated the NL West-leading Dodgers 4-1 on Monday night, snapping Los Angeles’ 11-game home winning streak.
The Nationals (33-65) brought the worst record in the majors into Dodger Stadium, where they won for the first time since the 2019 NL Division Series, against the team with baseball’s best record (64-31). The Dodgers’ season-high eight-game overall winning streak ended.
Soto said before the game he’s trying not to think about the trade talk swirling around him ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline.
The crowd of 48,647 sure didn’t help.
The “Future Dodger” fan chants Soto heard during the All-Star Game in LA last week echoed from the upper deck during his at-bats. He was heartily applauded in his first plate appearance.
The 23-year-old All-Star right fielder left his trophy from winning last week’s Home Run Derby in the visitors’ clubhouse, knowing that he’d soon be back here.
The Nationals haven’t signaled that they’re looking to unload the left-handed hitter with a .248 average and .895 OPS. But that hasn’t stopped the growing speculation, especially after Soto turned down a contract extension offer worth $440 million.
“We don’t need anything but I stand by any team can always get better,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked about Soto before the game. “Juan is a very talented player.”
Soto finished 2 for 4 with a strikeout and a walk. He chatted up former Nats teammate Trea Turner, with whom he stays in regular contact.
The Nationals batted around in the fifth when Yadiel Hernandez led off with an opposite-field solo shot over the wall in left that tied the game 1-1.
After two quick outs, Tony Gonsolin (11-1) gave up four straight base hits in his first start since taking the loss for the NL in the All-Star Game. Ehire Adrianza and Victor Robles singled back-to-back before Cesar Hernandez hit a bloop single inside the third-base line to make it 2-1.
Soto’s two-run triple over the first-base bag scored two runs to extend Washington’s lead to 4-1.
The Dodgers had the tying runs on base in the bottom of the inning. Max Muncy and Gavin Lux singled back-to-back off Nats starter Paolo Espino. Andres Machado (1-0) came in to strike out Cody Bellinger before walking Trayce Thompson to load the bases. Mookie Betts took a called third strike and Turner lined out to right for the third out.
Kyle Finnegan pitched the ninth to earn his third save.
Washington loaded the bases in a messy eighth for Reyes Moronta, who threw 31 pitches and just 15 for strikes. He had two wild pitches and hit Keibert Ruiz before Robles struck out to end the threat.
The Dodgers had the potential tying run at the plate in the eighth. Turner and Jake Lamb singled before Carl Edwards Jr. struck out Muncy for the third out.
Hitting in the ninth spot, Thompson went deep with two strikes and two outs in the third for a 1-0 lead.
Turner’s ground-rule double to deep center in the fourth extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Freddie Freeman went 0 for 4 with a strikeout to end his 12-game hitting streak.
Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner (abdomen) could return Tuesday or Wednesday. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (shoulder) played catch but there’s no timetable for him to get on a mound. … OF Chris Taylor (foot) will have a rehab assignment next week. … RHP Walker Buehler (elbow) played catch for the first time since his flexor strain injury last month.
Nationals: RHP Josiah Gray (7-6, 4.40 ERA) makes his second career start against his former team. He made his MLB debut at Dodger Stadium last July against the Giants.
Dodgers: RHP Mitch White (1-2, 3.78) faces the Nationals for the first time in his career.
GUARDIANS’ PLESAC THROWS BALL OUT OF FENWAY, BOSOX END SKID
BOSTON (AP) Cleveland pitcher Zach Plesac threw the ball completely out of Fenway Park as the grounds crew began to roll the tarp onto the field, and the Boston Red Sox ended a five-game losing streak by beating the Guardians 3-1 Monday night.
With a light rain falling, Yolmer Sanchez hit an RBI single in the third inning to put Boston ahead 1-0. Plate umpire and crew chief Dan Iassogna then called for the tarp and Plesac, who was walking toward the third-base dugout, fired the ball over the third-base roof and out of the ballpark.
There were dark skies over Fenway when Iassogna was shown the weather radar by a member of the grounds crew. The rain quickly picked up, and very shortly after the tarp was completely in place, the skies opened up for about 15 minutes, making the conditions awful for any possibility of playing.
“Well, I mean, it wasn’t even raining,” Plesac said of his frustration. “It’s kind of like they’re anticipating it. I was ready to play until we couldn’t play. I don’t think we should stop the game if we’re capable of playing at the moment.”
“I was just frustrated we shut that down. I didn’t know if we’d be able to play or not coming out of the break. Luckily, it only lasted like 40 minutes or so,” he said.
The game was delayed 38 minutes and Plesac returned to pitch.
Alex Verdugo hit a tiebreaking double and Boston’s bullpen worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings. The Red Sox are just 6-15 in July and remain only a half-game ahead of last-place Baltimore in the AL East.
“We do understand that we could be a seller, you could be a buyer,” Verdugo said of the up-coming trade deadline. “It all depends. We know we have a good team, we have a good group of guys and we could go somewhere. We’re hoping we can just stick with what we’ve got and maybe get a couple of additions and make a postseason push.”
Jose Ramirez drove in Cleveland’s run with an infield hit. It was the third straight loss for the Guardians.
Wearing their “city connect” yellow-and-powder blue uniforms, the Red Sox broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the sixth, chasing Plesac (2-8).
Verdugo doubled off the Green Monster and Rob Refsnyder raced home when the ball bounced over left fielder Steven Kwan back toward the infield as he fell to the ground trying to play the carom. Christian Vazquez added a bloop RBI single off reliever Trevor Stephan.
John Schreiber (3-1) got Myles Straw to ground out with two runners on to end the sixth before pitching the seventh. Garrett Whitlock got six outs for his second save.
“We played good defense. I think that was the difference,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said a day after said his team was playing “awful.”
Making his first start since July 15 because of the All-Star break, Plesac was charged with three runs in five-plus innings, allowing only three hits.
“It was kind of an odd night,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said of Plesac’s start. “He didn’t give up too many hits.”
Boston starter Nick Pivetta gave up seven singles and one run over 5 2/3 innings.
The Red Sox will honor David Ortiz with a ceremony before Tuesday’s game, two days after his enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.
Francona, who managed the Red Sox from 2004-11, shared his thoughts on what made Ortiz special.
“You know what, the biggest thing from my side of it, I knew David before he was Big Papi. I don’t think I ever referred to him as Big Papi. It was always David,” he said. “You guys have been around him and you’ve seen when somebody comes into a room, he can light that room up with that smile, his personality. Some guys come to Boston and kind of shrink, he kind of brought his personality out.”
Despite hot, muggy conditions with a “real feel” of 93 degrees, Guardians 1B Josh Naylor took grounders and BP wearing a winter hat with long sleeve sweatshirt.
When asked about it, he said: “I can’t wear a hat without washing my hair first. I’m serious.” He has flowing locks that come out under his baseball cap.
Naylor had the bat go flying out of his hands toward netting behind Boston’s on-deck circle, forcing a bat boy to go scampering away.
Guardians: OF Oscar Gonzalez (10-day injured list, right intercostal strain) is slated to start a rehab assignment with Double-A Akron on Tuesday.
Red Sox: DH J.D. Martinez missed his fourth straight game with back spasms. . RHP Michael Wacha (IL, right shoulder inflammation) faced hitters. He said after that he’s scheduled to do it again Saturday before going on a rehab assignment. . Trevor Story (IL, bruised right hand) took BP before the game.
Guardians: They’re likely to use an opener Tuesday. Francona said it’ll likely be RHP Bryan Shaw (4-2, 5.29 ERA).
Red Sox: Josh Winckowski (3-4, 4.38) is slated to start if he comes off the COVID IL.
TIGERS POUND MANAEA, PADRES FOR 12-4 WIN; SD’S GORE INJURED
DETROIT (AP) Eric Haase hit a grand slam off Sean Manaea, Jeimer Candelario homered twice and the Detroit Tigers routed the San Diego Padres 12-4 Monday night.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 506th career homer in the sixth inning and moved past Al Simmons for 13th on the career RBI list with 1,840.
“I’m tired,” joked Cabrera, who hadn’t homered since May 15. “It is the first time I’ve run around the bases in years.”
Manaea (5-5) was pummeled for a career-worst nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including five unearned runs in the third.
“They got something going, and instead of focusing on getting it stopped, I let it snowball,” he said. “That’s just a lack of focus.”
Making things worse for the Padres, his replacement, promising young left-hander MacKenzie Gore, was pulled with an injury.
Gore, ranked among the game’s top pitching prospects before debuting this season, got four outs despite an average fastball velocity 2 mph slower than normal. He left with a trainer during the fifth inning.
“We saw his (velocity) was down to 90, but it came back up to 92,” Padres manager Bob Melvin said. “When we saw him flexing his fist – the move you make when your elbow is hurting – we did the proper thing and got him out of there.”
Melvin said Gore will return to San Diego with the team Wednesday evening to be examined by Padres doctors.
The Tigers had lost 11 of 13, scoring five runs in the last three games.
“This felt great, because everyone was contributing and we scored a lot of runs,” said Candelario, who entered the game hitting .194. “We have to keep this rolling if we want to start winning games.”
San Diego, which didn’t arrive in Detroit until the early hours of Monday morning, lost its second in a row.
“Sean was good for a couple innings, and then it got away from him a little bit,” Melvin said. “We didn’t play cleanly behind him, and when we play like that, we lose. When we play clean, sharp baseball, we give ourselves a chance to win games.”
Manaea gave up eight hits, including two home runs, and walked one batter while striking out nine.
The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the third on Jurickson Profar’s homer, but Detroit loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the inning on an error and two singles.
Javier Baez tied it with a sacrifice fly and Willi Castro moved to third. After Robbie Grossman popped out, Manaea walked Cabrera to reload the bases, and Haase hit a line drive to right that hit the top of the fence.
The play was originally ruled a double but changed to a grand slam via instant replay.
Candelario made it 6-1 with a long homer in the fourth, and Baez’s RBI double ended Manaea’s night later in the inning. Grossman added an RBI groundout and Baez scored on Gore’s wild pitch to make it 9-1.
Tigers starter Drew Hutchison couldn’t get out of the fifth. The first six Padres hitters reached base, making it 9-4 with two on and one out when Will Vest came out of the bullpen.
“He had two really long delays while we were scoring all the runs, and while you’ll obviously take that, it did throw off his rhythm,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We were about to face Manny (Machado) and I just liked the matchup with Vest better in that spot.”
Vest (2-2) got out of the jam, and Candelario gave the Tigers an 11-4 lead in the bottom of the inning with his second homer of the night.
Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth, who grew up just north of Detroit and attended the University of Michigan, received loud cheers in his first game at Comerica Park.
The Padres will start Mike Clevenger (2-3, 3.50) on Tuesday night against Detroit RHP Garrett Hill (1-2, 5.63).
RAYS RULE KIERMAIER, ZUNINO OUT FOR SEASON WITH INJURIES
BALTIMORE (AP) Tampa Bay Rays standouts Kevin Kiermaier and Mike Zunino are out for the season because of injuries, another significant blow for the defending AL East champions.
Manager Kevin Cash said before Monday night’s game at Baltimore that Kiermaier is having an operation in the coming weeks. The 32-year-old outfielder hasn’t played since July 9 because of a left hip injury, and Kiermaier said earlier this month that he might miss the rest of the regular season.
Zunino, a 31-year-old catcher, hasn’t played since June 9 because of left shoulder problems. He’s out for the season because of thoracic outlet syndrome surgery, according to a team spokesman.
Tampa Bay entered Monday’s game holding the second of the American League’s three wild cards. In addition to missing Kiermaier and Zunino, the Rays are also without Wander Franco, Nick Anderson, Shane Baz, Tyler Glasnow, Manuel Margot and several others who are on the injured list. Brandon Lowe recently returned after missing two months.
Kiermaier, a three-time Gold Glove winner, has hit .228 with seven home runs, 22 RBIs and six steals this year. Cash indicated that his operation would be to fix the labrum.
“He’s been playing with it, and the doctor basically said years ago that you play through it until you can’t,” Cash said. “Well, we got to the point where he couldn’t.”
Kiermaier is on the 60-day IL and wasn’t eligible to return until September. Zunino was eligible to come back next month.
Zunino was an All-Star last year, when he hit a career-high 33 home runs. He’s hit .148 with five homers in 36 games this season.
MLB PLAYERS’ UNION REJECTS INTERNATIONAL DRAFT PROPOSAL
NEW YORK (AP) The players’ association rejected what Major League Baseball called its final offer for an international draft, a move that will keep direct draft-pick compensation in place for free agents and likely limit the market for some older players.
The union announced its decision about eight hours before Monday’s midnight EDT deadline for an agreement, timing specified in the March 10 lockout settlement.
“Each of our proposals was focused on protecting against the scenario that all players fear the most – the erosion of our game on the world stage, with international players becoming the latest victim in baseball’s prioritization of efficiency over fundamental fairness,” the union said in a statement. “The league’s responses fell well short of anything players could consider a fair deal.”
The decision keeps in place until December 2026 a system of qualifying offers for free agents that began in 2012. A club can make a qualifying offer following the World Series to a free agent who has been with the team since opening day, a one-year contract for the average of the top 125 deals by average annual value. Last year’s figure was $18.4 million.
If a player rejects a qualifying offer and signs elsewhere, the signing team is subject to a loss of one or two amateur draft picks and a reduction in international signing bonus pool allotment.
Some older players have found their market lessened because of the compensation. Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel delayed signing in 2019 until June, after the draft pick compensation no longer was attached.
Among the older players eligible for free agency after this season are Anthony Rizzo, J.D. Martinez, Chris Sale and Charlie Morton.
Top players have found robust markets. This year’s group is headed by Aaron Judge, Jacob deGrom and Trea Turner .
“We are disappointed the MLBPA chose the status quo over transitioning to an international draft that would have guaranteed future international players larger signing bonuses and better educational opportunities, while enhancing transparency to best address the root causes of corruption in the current system,” MLB said in a statement.
An amateur draft was established for residents of the United States and Canada in 1965 and extended to residents of U.S. territories such as Puerto Rico in 1990. MLB has pushed for a similar international amateur draft, saying part of its rationale was to combat illicit agreements made before players are age eligible – either 16 or 15 if the player turns 16 later in the signing period.
MLB proposed last July 28 that a 2024 international draft include spending of $181 million for the top 600 players and $190 million in total, up from $166 million in the 2021 signing period.
Players waited until early this July to make a counteroffer. They proposed a draft be allocated $260 million for the 2024 signing period, with teams having to guarantee slot values while having the flexibility to exceed them within bonus pools.
MLB increased its offer Saturday to $191 million for 2024 and said it was a final proposal. MLB dropped mandatory drug testing with penalties for positive tests and also changed its proposed medical combine from mandatory to optional. Management also offered to guarantee a minimum of $5,000 in educational money, a figure rising to $10,000 if the player passes a General Educational Development Test.
The union said MLB’s offer was not sufficient.
“Our draft proposals – unprecedented in MLBPA history – sought to establish minimum guarantees in player signings, roster spots, infrastructure investments, playing opportunities, scouting opportunities, as well as enforcement measures to combat corruption,” the union said. “We also made proposals to compensate international signees more fairly and in line with other amateurs, and to ensure that all prospects have access to an educational and player development safety net.”
RARE 1952 MICKEY MANTLE BASEBALL CARD GOING UP FOR AUCTION
NEW YORK (AP) A decades-old, mint condition Mickey Mantle baseball card could break a record at auction.
The collector’s item from 1952 features one of baseball’s most celebrated and charismatic legends, and is widely regarded as one of just a handful in near-perfect condition.
It’s estimated the final cost of the card could exceed $10 million when the auction ends Aug. 27. The record is $6.6 million for a 1909 Honus Wagner card that was sold at auction a year ago, months after another 70-year-old Mantle card fetched $5.2 million.
Interest was already heavy Monday when the auction debuted online, with bidding already up to at least $4.2 million.
No matter the final price for the rare Mantle rookie card, it will be a hefty profit for the current owner, a New Jersey waste management entrepreneur who bought it for $50,000 at a New York City show in 1991.
“Every time he got up to the plate, the crowd would go crazy, the roars would be there. And he never disappointed you. … He had that aura about him,” card owner Anthony Giordano said of Mantle, who spent his entire career with the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1968. “Whether you’re from the New York area or not, or a Yankees fan, it was always Mickey Mantle that was highlighted.”
The switch-hitting Mantle – “the Mick” – was a Triple Crown winner in 1956, a three-time American League MVP and a seven-time World Series champion. The Hall of Famer, who died in 1995, was considered a humble player on the field. When he hit a home run, he would often run the bases with his head bowed.
“I figured the pitcher already felt bad enough without me showing him up rounding the bases,” Mantle once said.
As for the baseball card, its rarity is on par with its subject’s mythical reputation.
“The quality of the card is the key,” said Derek Grady, the executive vice president of sports auctions for Heritage Auctions, which is running the bidding. “Four sharp corners, the gloss and the color jumps off the card.”
Grady said that the collectibles market is having a renaissance, noting that cards that are “the creme de la creme, the best of the best, are still selling despite the economy right now” and that Mantle, “the king” of baseball cards, “has always done well.”
Giordano, 75, said it was time to give the Mantle card a new home.
“It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “My boys and I have had the cards for over 30 years, and we’ve enjoyed it. We’ve enjoyed showing anybody that’s close to me – friends and relatives – and I think it’s time for someone else.”
The card will be on display in Atlantic City from Wednesday through Sunday at the National Sports Collectors Convention, and at the New York office of Heritage Auctions the following week.
REPORT: CELTICS INCLUDE JAYLEN BROWN IN OFFER FOR DURANT
The Boston Celtics have entered the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, offering a package to the Brooklyn Nets involving All-Star Jaylen Brown, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Celtics propsed trading Brown, guard Derrick White, and a draft pick, but the Nets countered to include reigning Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart, more draft capital, and potentially another rotation player, Charania reports.
Boston has unprotected first-round picks in 2025, 2027, and 2029 available as potential trade pieces, as well as pick swaps in 2024 and 2026. However, the organization has made All-Star Jayson Tatum unavailable in talks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Durant has not changed his stance since his June trade request, Charania adds, with executives from around the league curious if the former MVP would hold out if no deal comes to fruition before the start of the season.
The Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors are still pursuing the 33-year-old, according to Charania and Wojnarowski. Brooklyn is reportedly unwilling to accept a package from the Raptors without Rookie of the Year Scottie Barnes.
The Celtics, who swept the Nets in the first round of last season’s playoffs, built the core of their current team with draft picks from the 2013 deal that sent franchise legends Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to Brooklyn. The team acquired both Tatum and Brown with two of those traded picks.
REPORT: JAZZ, KNICKS INTERESTED IN LAKERS’ WESTBROOK
The Utah Jazz and New York Knicks joined the Indiana Pacers as teams that have discussed acquiring former MVP Russell Westbrook from the Los Angeles Lakers, sources told The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
A deal would also include draft capital, Charania added.
The Lakers reportedly discussed with the Pacers about trading Westbrook for Myles Turner and Buddy Hield, but the deal fell apart when Indiana asked for multiple first-round picks.
The Lakers own two first-round selections in the 2027 and 2029 drafts.
Westbrook was also reportedly linked to the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the offseason in a move for Kyrie Irving.
The nine-time All-Star is slated to make $47 million for the 2022-23 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Westbrook averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.1 assists in 78 games in his first campaign with the Lakers in 2021-22.
SUDDEN ARENA IDEA ANGERS, UNNERVES PHILADELPHIA’S CHINATOWN
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Wei Chen wants people who visit Philadelphia’s Chinatown to look through the community’s gateway arch and see the residents chatting in Mandarin on the steps to the apartments above or the vendors selling traditional Chinese food to families walking by, not a giant Philadelphia 76ers arena a block away.
“These apartments are full of people who are low-income, who are elderly people, and people who are new immigrants,” said Chen, the community engagement director for Asian Americans United. “You have to think about how Chinatown was created. We weren’t welcome in other neighborhoods.”
Chen, along with other organizers and members of Chinatown, said they were surprised by the Philadelphia 76ers’ announcement Thursday of a proposal to build a $1.3 billion arena just a block from the community’s gateway arch. They said neither the organization nor the property owner reached out for community input before the announcement.
A spokesperson for 76 Devcorp, the development company behind the arena, said in an emailed statement that the process is in its early stages – years from “anything changing” – and that the company planned to work with the community to help shape the project and ensure it’s “done right.”
“We are very sensitive to the Chinatown community’s concern in light of prior Center City proposals and are committed to listening to and working with the community in a way that hasn’t happened before,” the statement read.
Those are promises many in Chinatown have heard before. After decades of developments – like the Pennsylvania Convention Center, which took homes from 200 families; Interstate 676, also known as the Vine Street Expressway, which threatened to cut off parts of the community – and proposals for a jail, a casino and another sports facility that all were beaten back by the community, residents have a deep playbook of their own to choose from.
Across the country, there are fewer than 50 Chinatowns, some more vibrant and larger than others. Many took root in areas of cities that were thought of as red light districts. And as cities grew and changed around those communities, many Chinatowns have been under threat from gentrification or development.
Like others, the community in Philadelphia is just bouncing back after losing business during the pandemic, when Chinatown’s restaurants were shuttered for dining-in. Much of the senior population didn’t want to leave the neighborhood because of the fourfold increase since 2019 in hate crimes against people of Asian descent.
“This is an ongoing struggle for Chinatowns and other downtown communities of color and of low income,” said historian John Kuo Wei Tchen, director of Rutgers University’s Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience. “In the case of Chinatowns that play important symbolic roles for the cosmopolitan claims of the city, sport authority interests often trump such roles.”
The 76ers’ current home is in south Philadelphia, a few miles from downtown, along with most of the city’s other pro sports teams.
Many Chinatown residents and business owners are concerned that if a new arena is built, affordable street parking will disappear, traffic will increase, and holding traditional celebrations and festivals could become more difficult. But they are also worried that already-increasing property values could spike and force many who depend on the community to leave.
Debbie Wei is a founding member of Asian Americans United, started in Philadelphia in the 1980s to unite people of Asian ancestry to build the community and fight oppression. She was also an organizer of the protests against a proposed Phillies baseball stadium that city officials wanted to place at Chinatown’s door in 2000.
“If it’s not a stadium, it’s a highway or a convention center. Seattle … Detroit … Chicago, Boston, and then Washington, D.C. I have friends who grew up in Chinatown in D.C. and it’s just been decimated,” Wei said.
The home of the Washington Capitals hockey team and the Wizards basketball team moved to D.C.’s Chinatown community in 1997. Economic development experts say the increased foot traffic and more desirable real estate brought revitalization, but for the Chinatown community it meant rising rents and chain restaurants forcing them out.
Census numbers show that in 1990, about 66% of the people who lived in the D.C. Chinatown area identified as Asian American. That dwindled to 21% in 2010. And as of the 2020 census, that had dropped to about 18% in the two tracts that make up parts of Chinatown.
Wei described signs for chains like CVS and Starbucks appearing with Chinese translations beside them, calling it a “cosmetic illusion.” Chen fears the changes to D.C.’s Chinatown could happen to Philadelphia.
“If you go inside a restaurant or a business, the workers aren’t Asian anymore. The owner isn’t Asian. And a lot of the customers aren’t Asian,” he said. “So where is the Chinatown? It’s not there anymore.”
But in Philadelphia, Chinese-speaking households have been one of the fastest-growing populations, according to the census. The community passed the 5% threshold recently, meaning Chinese languages became official ballot languages. Asian and other immigrant communities contributed to the city reversing a decades-long trend of losing population in recent censuses.
Helen Gym, the first Asian American woman to serve on Philadelphia City Council and an at-large member, held up two T-shirts from previous fights against potentially detrimental developments wanting to come to Chinatown. The first says, “No stadium in Chinatown,” and the second crossed out the word stadium and replaces it with “casino,” for the 2008 proposal that hoped to put a casino near the current proposal for the arena.
Gym previously joined the fight against the stadium and said that now, as a council member, she is “extremely skeptical” of the 76ers proposal.
“To us, this is one of the most vital parts and neighborhoods and communities in the city of Philadelphia,” Gym said. “This side has been a community that has continued to invest in itself, in its people, in small businesses. And in fact, this side is the one that has grown the health and well-being of the city.”
After the stadium failed in 2000, Gym said, the community developed the nearby space north of the expressway to add a public charter school, a community center, extensions of the Chinese Christian Church, the first Cambodian arts center and other cultural organizations.
Wei was the first principal of that school, the Folk Arts Cultural Treasures charter school. She said the building’s owner turned down offers from developers who wanted to build condos.
“People don’t understand what Chinatown means to the people of this community, people all over the area who consider this their home,” Wei said.
“There are precious few communities, real communities, left in Philadelphia. They are not just geographic; they are about relationships and memories. They are a place-based core that has been systematically destroyed not just in Philadelphia and the U.S.; but around the world,” Wei said. “And once Chinatown is gone, it’s gone. You can’t rebuild it.”
JGR DECLINES TO APPEAL PENALTIES GIVEN TO HAMLIN, BUSCH
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Joe Gibbs Racing declined to appeal the penalties levied by NASCAR that stripped Denny Hamlin of his Pocono Raceway victory and cost Kyle Busch his runner-up finish. The win was awarded to Chase Elliott.
Hamlin’s No. 11 Toyota and Busch’s No. 18 Toyota both flunked postrace inspection Sunday night when NASCAR found issues in both cars that affected the aerodynamics. JGR had until Monday afternoon to file a formal appeal of the disqualifications. Joe Gibbs Racing did not immediately say why it declined to appeal the infractions.
Hamlin was the first Cup winner to be disqualified since April 17, 1960, when Emanuel Zervakis’ victory at Wilson Speedway in North Carolina was thrown out because of an oversized fuel tank.
Elliott finished in third place and was awarded the win without the Hendrick Motorsports driver ever leading a lap in his No. 9 Chevrolet.
Hamlin was stripped of his third Cup Series win of the season and a track-record seventh at Pocono.
GARCIA TO REMAIN ON DP WORLD TOUR AFTER CHANGE OF HEART
Sergio Garcia won’t be giving up his DP World Tour membership, after all.
The Spanish golfer changed his mind after hearing countryman Jon Rahm stick up for him.
“When I finished the Open Championship (last) Sunday, I said that I was most likely going to resign my membership from the (DP World) Tour,” Garcia told ESPN’s Michael Collins. “That obviously meant not being eligible for the Ryder Cup because you have to be a member.
“But thanks to the things that Jon Rahm said, and I had a couple of good conversations with guys on the (DP World) Tour, I’m going to hold off on that. I want to at least see what’s happening when the Ryder Cup qualification starts. See what kind of rules and eligibilities they have in there. If I agree with what they (are), I’ll definitely keep playing whatever I can on the tour and try to qualify for that Ryder Cup team. And if not, then we’ll move on. But it is definitely something that is in my mind.”
Rahm said after The Open he wants Garcia on the European Ryder Cup squad and was disappointed at how the DP World Tour was treating his fellow Spaniard.
Garcia gave up his PGA TOUR membership when he joined LIV Golf. While the European circuit hasn’t suspended him due to his participation in the Saudi-backed rival league, the DP Tour did remove Henrik Stenson as captain of the European Ryder Cup squad when the Swede joined LIV last week.
“I told (DP World Tour CEO) Keith Pelley, ‘I want to keep being a member of the DP World Tour. I want to play my minimum, still support the tour, still have my eligibilities to make Ryder Cup teams,'” Garcia added. “He said, ‘That’s great, but we’ve got to do what’s best for us. We’ll see what that is.'”
Garcia has been a fixture on the European Ryder Cup side for over two decades. The 42-year-old became the team’s all-time leading points scorer in 2018.
HOPE SOLO PLEADS GUILTY TO DWI, GETS 30-DAY SENTENCE, FINE
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Former U.S. women’s national team star goalkeeper Hope Solo pleaded guilty Monday to driving while impaired, almost four months after she was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in North Carolina with her 2-year-old twins inside.
Solo also was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and resisting a public officer in connection with the March 31 incident. Her attorney, Chris Clifton, said those two charges were voluntarily dismissed, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.
A news release from the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office said a judge gave Solo, 40, of Roaring Gap in Alleghany County, a suspended sentence of 24 months and an active sentence of 30 days. She was given 30 days credit for time she spent at an in-patient rehabilitation facility. The judge also ordered Solo to pay $2,500 in fines and a $600 fee for the cost of the lab tests. She also has to get a substance abuse assessment and complete all recommended treatment.
Roaring Gap is approximately 60 miles (96 kilometers) northwest of Winston-Salem.
In a statement released after her guilty plea, Solo said that although she took pride in motherhood and how she and her husband handled her children during the pandemic, “it was incredibly hard and I made a huge mistake.”
“Easily the worst mistake of my life. I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had become,” she said. “The upside of making a mistake this big is that hard lessons are learned quickly. Learning these lessons has been difficult, and at times, very painful.”
A police report said Solo was arrested in a shopping center parking lot in Winston-Salem. According to an arrest warrant, a passerby noticed Solo passed out behind the steering wheel for more than an hour with the vehicle’s engine running and the two children in the backseat.
A responding officer could smell alcohol, and the warrant said Solo refused a field sobriety test.
Solo was taken to the magistrate’s office, where she refused to take a Breathalyzer test, so police got a search warrant for a blood sample. Solo had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.24%, three times the legal limit. Tests also showed that Solo had THC in her system, according to a police report.
Solo was dismissed from the national team following the 2016 Olympics in Brazil after calling the Swedish team “cowards” for taking a defensive stance against the defending gold medalists, ending a laudable playing career that was also marred by controversy.
She was suspended for 30 days in early 2015 after she and husband Jerramy Stevens were pulled over in a U.S. Soccer-owned van and Stevens was charged with DUI. She was also benched after publicly questioning coach Greg Ryan’s decision to start Briana Scurry against Brazil during the 2007 World Cup, comments many saw as a slight against Scurry.
Solo also was involved in an altercation with family members in 2014 that resulted in Solo’s arrest, although charges in that case were eventually dropped.
Solo made 202 appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts. She won a World Cup title and two Olympic gold medals with the team.
During the 2015 World Cup championship run, she allowed just three goals in seven games with five shutouts.
She was elected to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame in January. The induction ceremony was set for May 21, but the newspaper reported that Solo requested that the ceremony be delayed until next year.
Solo married Stevens, a former tight end for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in 2012. The couple’s twins, Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens, were born on March 4, 2020.
US WOMEN’S TEAM HAS NEW VIBE, WORK TO DO BEFORE WORLD CUP
The transformation of the U.S. women’s national team has been significant in the year since the Tokyo Games.
The defending World Cup champions have a new look with young talent, and coach Vlatko Andonovski has tweaked the team’s traditional straightforward and speedy attack to take a more nuanced approach.
The players say something more is going on as well: there’s been a shift in the team’s vibe.
The United States is coming off the CONCACAF W Championship, where they secured a spot in the 2023 World Cup and also the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Although they looked somewhat disorganized at the start of the tournament in Monterrey, Mexico, they outscored opponents 13-0 and secured the title with a victory over rival Canada — a team that beat them at the Olympics.
“The vibes with the team are really incredible,” midfielder Andi Sullivan said after the team lifted the tournament trophy. “The blend between the senior leaders and the young players, for some it’s their first tournament or for some players this is their umpteenth tournament, and I think that blend is incredible. That energy after a long trip, a long tournament, it was one of the most joyous days that we had.”
Fellow midfielder Rose Lavelle also ascribed the new mood on the team to the mix of youngsters and veterans.
“This is definitely the hardest qualifying tournament I’ve been a part of, which is a credit to all the teams. Everyone’s getting better and it’s getting harder to win,” Lavelle said. “So I think it was like a good taste for everyone to have this kind of like high-pressure, high-stakes moment and a good experience for going to the World Cup.”
A year ago, the U.S. team was aiming to become the first team to win Olympic gold following a World Cup trophy. But they fell short in an uneven tournament for them that ended with the U.S. earning only a bronze medal.
In response, Andonovski set about remaking the team, pulling in young players and mixing up lineups. According to Alex Morgan, Andonovski is also approaching each game differently, based on the opponent.
“I have to say, if you ask me if we’re ready to go in a World Cup and compete in the World Cup tomorrow, we’re probably not ready for it,” Andonovski said. ”But are we going to be ready in a year? Absolutely.”
Just as the transformation since the Olympics has been marked, the U.S. team that plays in Australia and New Zealand next summer will certainly look different from the squad that played in Mexico.
Crystal Dunn and Julie Ertz will likely return from maternity leave. Players that weren’t included on the roster for qualifying because of injuries could be available, including Catarina Macario, Sam Mewis, Lynn Williams, Abby Dahlkemper, Tierna Davidson and Christen Press.
Sophia Smith, Mallory Pugh, Alana Cook, Emily Fox and Ashley Sanchez are among the young players who have played themselves onto the team as regulars. And there are many prospects waiting for their chance, like Sam Coffey and Carson Pickett.
Then there’s the vets: Becky Sauerbrunn and Megan Rapinoe will both be 38 next year. Alyssa Naeher will be 35. Alex Morgan and Kelley O’Hara turn 34.
“I think the next couple of months are building those relationships,” Smith said. “Obviously, this is a new group with a lot of young faces who are just now learning to play together and to play on this stage, so I think (it’s) learning to manage that, to work together and to just continue to grow and get better every single day that we have together.”
Fortunately for the players, they’ve got a year to figure it all out. The journey starts in earnest in September, when the team hosts Nigeria for a pair of friendlies.
“I think we are gaining momentum, and we’re doing better reading the game earlier and figuring it out on the field. We do need to understand, though, what the coach has given us,” Morgan said. “We all have to buy in, we can’t have one or two players not doing what they’re supposed to do because that ruins the whole flow of the game if we’re going to play in a certain structure. I think that’s important to know — it’s playing free, but knowing your role, and that’s going to change from game to game.”
LUNDESTRÖM AGREES TO 2-YEAR, $3.6 MILLION DEAL WITH DUCKS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Center Isac Lundeström has agreed to a two-year, $3.6 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
Lundeström and the Ducks avoided arbitration with the deal announced Monday. Anaheim general manager Pat Verbeek has re-signed all of the club’s restricted free agents.
The 22-year-old Lundeström had 16 goals and 19 assists last year in his first full NHL season, ranking fourth on the roster in goals. The Swede also excelled as a penalty killer, tying Corey Perry’s franchise record with four short-handed goals.
The Ducks’ first-round pick in 2018 has 22 goals and 22 assists in 151 career games. After the retirement of longtime captain Ryan Getzlaf, Lundeström is likely to be Anaheim’s third-line center next season behind Trevor Zegras and new free-agent signee Ryan Strome.
MCLAUGHLIN’S NEXT MOVE AMONG KEY STORIES ON ROAD TO ’24
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The conversation about what track sensation Sydney McLaughlin will do next involves more than the clock.
Yes, she brought the record in her 400-meter hurdles race down by nearly three-quarters of a second at the world championships, to a once-unthinkable mark of 50.68 seconds. But it was her run in the women’s 4×400 relay that might really get people wondering.
The Paris Olympics start two years and two days from Sunday’s close of the world championships in Eugene, Oregon. McLaughlin is 22, with plenty of work yet to do in the hurdles, she said. But she also hinted that the 400-flat, or even the 100 hurdles, could be in her future.
How far in her future will be one of the most intriguing storylines between now and Paris. What feels certain is that she can be a top contender in any discipline she chooses.
McLaughlin ran her anchor lap in Sunday’s gold-medal 4×400 in 47.91 seconds — more than a second faster than any other runner in the race.
“Take the hurdles away, it’s a little bit easier,” she said.
By the way, her 50.68 in the hurdles would’ve been good for seventh in the regular 400, where they didn’t have to traverse the 10 barriers.
Here a few other things to look forward to in track and field between now and the meet at the Stade de France in 2024:
LYLES VS KNIGHTON
The quiet and humble Erriyon Knighton vs. the charismatic and confident Noah Lyles. This is shaping up to be a 200-meter rivalry that could last for quite some time.
In one lane, there’s Knighton, the 18-year-old from Florida who could’ve been a standout football player but chose track. He prefers to do his talking with his spikes.
In another, there’s two-time world 200-meter champion Noah Lyles, the 25-year-old from Virginia by way of Florida who’s dealt with mental health issues in a public way and just broke the American record. He’s not afraid to stir the pot, like when he pointed at Knighton after beating him at nationals.
Both have the speed to be the next big thing in American track.
“Noah Lyles told me I will be one of the greatest in the sport,” said Knighton, who finished third in the 200. “It feels good coming from him.”
But Lyles won’t go down quietly. He ran 19.31 seconds in the 200 final, topping one of the most hallowed records on the books: Michael Johnson’s American mark of 19.32 that had stood since the 1996 Olympics.
“There’s no pressure,” Lyles said. “There’s pure fun out here.”
JAMAICAN SPRINT SUPREMACY
The order may change on the podium, but the destination of the medals does not. Jamaican women continue to own the sprints.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce led the island country’s sweep of the 100 meters. Led by Shericka Jackson and her second-fastest time ever, the first nation of speed also took gold and silver in the 200.
“I came out and put on the show,” Jackson said.
The Jamaicans have a knack for that. When Usain Bolt hung ’em up after the 2017 worlds, the focus on the island shifted back to the women, who had dominated in the pre-Bolt era, too, with the likes of Merlene Ottey and Veronica Campbell-Brown.
“We’re finally getting the recognition that we deserve,” Fraser-Pryce said. “I’m glad we’re able to do that and to show the world, as women, we’re strong.”
The latest women’s sweep came on the heels of a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 at the Tokyo Games.
And all of it came with Elaine Thompson-Herah, the two-time Olympic champion in both the 100 and 200, having a subpar meet. She finished third in the 100 and seventh in the 200.
Thompson-Herah will try for a pair of three-peats in Paris. The world will wait to see if the 35-year-old Fraser-Pryce will hang on for two more years, as well. She certainly seemed to be having fun in Oregon.
Ukraine brought 22 athletes to Oregon and they left with two medals — a silver from high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh that came an evening after her high jump compatriot, Andriy Protsenko, won bronze.
For these athletes, simply being here was a massive victory. Displaced from their homes after the Russian invasion of their country, they trained in faraway countries while often having to worry about their families, who were fighting or sheltering in Ukraine.
Russian athletes were not allowed in the meet. World Athletics President Seb Coe explained there was no way to justify allowing athletes from an invading country to compete against Ukrainian athletes who had to risk their lives simply to make it this far.
In a best-case scenario, the war will be over by 2024. If not, each sport sets requirements for participating in events, including the Olympics, but the IOC will certainly have a say about whether Russians can compete against Ukrainians in Paris.
AROUND THE WORLD
Armand Duplantis, the Louisiana-born pole vaulter who represents Sweden, said he felt room between himself and the bar when he cleared a world-record 6.01 meters in the last jump of the last event to wrap up Sunday night at this year’s worlds.
Hurdler Karsten Warholm of Norway, whose world record of 45.94 in the 400 hurdles was not touched, had his training hindered by injury this year and finished seventh. Still, Alison Dos Santos of Brazil ran in a world-championship-record time of 46.29. American Rai Benjamin will be back, as well, in what remains one of the most stacked events on the program.
NEWGARDEN OUT OF HOSPITAL, FERRUCCI ON STANDBY FOR INDYCAR
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden was released from a Des Moines hospital on Monday and returned to his Tennessee home, where he will wait for an evaluation to determine if he can race this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Team Penske named Santino Ferrucci as its standby driver in case Newgarden is not medically cleared to compete on the road course at Indianapolis. Newgarden collapsed in the motorhome lot Sunday at Iowa Speedway following a late crash in a race he had dominated.
Although the American was cleared by the IndyCar medical staff after his crash, he later lost consciousness and fell to the ground in the bus lot, striking the back of his head. He was airlifted from the track in Newton to MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center to speed the 45-minute journey and avoid traffic from the postrace Blake Shelton concert.
Team Penske said Sunday night that all tests on Newgarden had been negative but he was hospitalized overnight for further evaluation.
Newgarden was already scheduled for a Thursday evaluation in Indianapolis to determine if he can compete Saturday. Per IndyCar regulations, a driver receives a secondary evaluation when a crash registers more than 80 G-forces.
There was no immediate word from IndyCar or Team Penske on the force of Newgarden’s hit, but the scheduled second medical check would indicate his hit exceeded the threshold.
Newgarden, who won Saturday’s race, dominated and led 148 of the 300 laps while trying to sweep the doubleheader weekend. But something on his Team Penske car broke with 64 laps remaining, and the 31-year-old from Tennessee spun hard into the outside wall — creating an opening for Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP to win the race.
Newgarden was visibly rattled after his mandatory check in the infield care center after the crash. He said the crash into the wall “definitely rocked me. I got a little bit shaken from it, but I’m OK.
“Definitely was a bit of a shot. I want to cry, so sad for my team. I don’t know what happened,” Newgarden said. “Everything felt fine to me. Totally unexpected and it caught me by my surprise. Team Penske is the best. I never have this stuff, so maybe we were due.”
Chevrolet’s initial diagnosis was that the suspension broke on Newgarden’s car.
Newgarden was showing as the IndyCar points leader at the time of his crash; he’s now tied for third in the standings with Scott Dixon.
Ferrucci was the replacement driver for Jack Harvey at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this year when Harvey suffered a concussion. He also ran the Indianapolis 500 and finished 10th.
Ferrucci is also scheduled to race the Xfinity Series event this shared weekend between NASCAR and IndyCar.
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COLTS RELEASE: COLTS 2022 TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW: OFFENSIVE LINE
The Colts will have two new starters on their offensive line for the first time since 2018 training camp opens at Grand Park later this month – but who those new starters will be is still to be determined. Check out what to watch for from the Colts’ offensive line ahead of the start of training camp on July 27.
Dennis Kelly (signed as free agent)
Brandon Kemp (signed as free agent)
Jordan Murray (signed as free agent)
Jason Spriggs (signed as free agent)
Bernhard Raimann (drafted in third round)
Wesley French (signed as undrafted free agent)
Josh Seltzner (signed as undrafted free agent)
Ryan Van Demark (signed as undrafted free agent)
Raimann’s athletic traits are plain to see – his testing numbers were off the charts – but the Colts were sold on him in the third round in part because of his willingness and ability to be coached. He made the move from tight end to left tackle in college at Central Michigan and allowed one sack and 16 pressures in 690 pass blocking snaps for the Chippewas in 2021.
The Colts also added two veteran tackles in Kelly (10th season) and Spriggs (6th season), and brought in plenty of young depth at tackle as well in Kemp, Murray and Van Demark. French is a center and Seltzner is a guard.
Julién Davenport (signed with Chicago Bears)
Eric Fisher (free agent)
Mark Glowinski (signed with New York Giants)
Chris Reed (signed with Minnesota Vikings)
With the departures of Fisher, Glowinski and Reed, the Colts will enter the season with two new starters on their offensive line for the first time since 2018.
Will Fries (second year)
Ryan Kelly (seventh year)
Quenton Nelson (fifth year)
Carter O’Donnell (second year)
Danny Pinter (third year)
Matt Pryor (fifth year)
Braden Smith (fifth year)
First in line to replace Fisher and Glowinski will be Pryor and Pinter, respectively, though both will be part of strong competition at left tackle and right guard during training camp. The Colts return three core members of their line in Pro Bowlers Ryan Kelly and Quenton Nelson, as well as a stalwart right tackle in Smith.
What To Watch For
Pryor will get the first crack at being the Colts’ starting left tackle, but if and how Raimann pushes him during camp will be fascinating to watch. The one-on-one pass rushing drills between the O-line and D-line will be important to watch – how does Raimann become a better player from squaring off against Yannick Ngakoue, Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyingbo and a talented group of pass rushers? Those reps – always some of the most competitive of camp – will be an important part of the Colts’ evaluation of where their left tackle competition stands at Grand Park.
Training Camp Information
The Colts will return to Grand Park Sports Complex in Westfield for training camp in 2022. Click here for a full schedule of practices open to fans. Free tickets will be required to attend, which can be obtained here. For more information on Colts 2022 Training Camp Presented By Koorsen Fire & Security, click here.
Nelson has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his first four seasons in the NFL, making him:
The 56th player in NFL history to accomplish that feat,
The 8th offensive lineman,
And the second Colts player (along with fullback Alan Ameche).
IU RB DAVID ELLIS ENDS CAREER
Indiana RB David Ellis is ending his college football career, taking a medical hardship disqualification, according to the Bloomington Herald-Times.
The 6-1, 204-pound Ellis helped Chippewa Valley High School in Michigan to a state championship in 2018 and got immediate playing time at IU in 2019 as a wide receiver and kick returner, catching 16 passes for 173 yards, rushing nine times for 53 yards and a touchdown and returning 28 kickoffs for 579 yards. As a sophomore, he moved to running back where he served as a third-down pass-catching option out of the backfield, rushing 16 times for 61 yards and catching 11 passes for 137 yards in 2020.
BOOKER NAMES HIS TOP 10
6-11 Cathedral basketball senior Xavier Booker announced his top 10 school choices Monday. His choices include IU, Purdue, Notre Dame, Gonzaga, Oregon, Michigan, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Ohio State and Auburn.
He averaged 12.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and 1.4 assists per game for Class 4A state champion Cathedral
MEDIA SELECTS O’CONNELL FOR BIG TEN PRESEASON HONORS
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Big Ten media selected Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell to the conference’s preseason honors list, announced Monday afternoon (July 25). O’Connell was one of only 10 players (five representatives from each division), regardless of position, to receive the honors ahead of the 2022 season.
O’Connell was one of only two quarterbacks on the list, joining C.J. Stroud of Ohio State. The pair earned All-B1G honors a season ago. The Purdue signal caller was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree by the conference coaches and media, the first Purdue quarterback to be named to one of the first two All-Big Ten teams since Kyle Orton in 2004. Despite splitting time at the start of the 2021 season, O’Connell threw for 3,712 yards (11th nationally) and 28 touchdowns (17th nationally). He completed 71.8 percent of his passes, setting a new school record for completion percentage and ranking fourth in the country. O’Connell also completed 26.3 passes per game to rank sixth nationally. The gunslinger produced six 300-yard games, the third-most in a single season and the first Purdue quarterback to accomplish the feat since Curtis Painter in 2007.
In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, and at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell threw for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, O’Connell had a 9-0 TD-INT ratio. He passed for a career-high 536 yards in the win over No. 3 Michigan State before ending the season with 534 yards against Tennessee in a TransPerfect Music City Bowl victory. The Long Grove, Illinois, native joined Drew Brees as the only Purdue quarterbacks to record multiple 500-yard games over a career, while becoming the only one to reach the 500-yard total twice in a single season.
Entering his final season as quarterback for the Boilermakers, O’Connell looks to maintain the top marks in program history for career completion percentage (.685) and career passing efficiency (148.2). He also ranks in the Top 10 of Purdue’s career charts for 300-yard games (fifth – 8), touchdown passes (seventh – 43), completions (eighth – 506) and passing yards (eighth – 5,729).
O’Connell, along with six other preseason honorees, are scheduled to attend Big Ten Media Days this week in Indianapolis. The Boilermakers are slated to arrive on Wednesday, July 27. Joining O’Connell in representing Purdue is the trio of Cam Allen, Payne Durham and Jalen Graham.
The Purdue Boilermakers kick off the 2022 season at Ross-Ade Stadium, hosting Penn State in a Thursday night matchup (Sept. 1). The Big Ten contest is set for 8 p.m. ET on FOX.
B1G PRESEASON HONORS LIST
Blake Corum, RB, Michigan
Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State
Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
Aidan O’Connell, QB, Purdue
Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin
Nick Herbig, OLB, Wisconsin
BOILERMAKERS DRAW WEST VIRGINIA IN PHIL KNIGHT LEGACY
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – ESPN and Nike Basketball has announced that the Purdue men’s basketball team will face West Virginia in the opening round of the Phil Knight Legacy.
The Boilermakers will face the Mountaineers on Thanksgiving Day at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. The game will be televised by ESPN2.
The winner of that contest will face the winner of Gonzaga and Portland State in the semifinals on Friday night. The championship and placing games will be played on Sunday.
Purdue leads the all-time series by a 7-1 margin, having last played the Mountaineers in December 2013 (73-70). The two teams have played four times since New Year’s Day in 2010.
The other side of the bracket pits Duke vs. Oregon State and Florida against Xavier.
BUTLER MEN’S GOLF ANNOUNCES FALL SCHEDULE
Five tournaments highlight the fall schedule for the Butler men’s golf team, as the 2022 portion of the slate was announced by coach Colby Huffman Monday, July 25.
The Bulldogs will open the season at Ball State Sept. 2-3 for the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational. September also includes the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational in West Virginia (Sept. 12-13) and the Zach Johnson Invitational hosted by Drake (Sept. 26-27).
The Bulldogs will travel to Ohio for the Cleveland State Invitational Oct. 3-4 and Butler will send individuals to the Xavier Invitational Oct. 10-11.
Butler participated in four of those five events during the fall of 2021 in Huffman’s first season as head coach of the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs will feature a talented but young roster for the upcoming 2022-23 season as a standout incoming class of five freshmen join a young nucleus that includes four sophomores who saw extensive time in the line-up during their respective rookie campaigns and graduate student Raymond Sullivan.
The spring portion of the schedule will be announced at a later date.
BUTLER MTENNIS FINALIZES FALL SCHEDULE
The Butler men’s tennis team has three scheduled tournaments this fall.
First up for the Bulldogs is the Western Michigan Invitational in late September on a Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 24 and 25). Butler competed in the same event last fall.
The next competition will be at the Ball State Invitational beginning on the first Friday of October and running through that Sunday (Oct. 7-9). Butler also played in that tournament in Fall 2021.
The fall schedule concludes with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regionals hosted by Louisville from Oct. 13 to Oct. 19.
Coach Sam Miles enters his fourth season as head coach and seventh overall with the Butler men’s tennis team. The Bulldogs are coming off a season with a 13-11 record in dual matches and a semifinal appearance in the Big East Tournament. All-Conference selections Thomas Brennan and Alvaro Huete Vadillo headline the returning student-athletes to the team.
Butler’s spring schedule will be released at a later date.
Fall 2022 Schedule
Sept. 24-25 – Western Michigan Invitational (Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Oct. 7-9 – Ball State Invitational (Muncie, Ind.)
Oct. 13-19 – ITA Regionals (Louisville, Ky.)
NOTRE DAME HOCKEY: GALAJDA SIGNS WITH DJURGARDENS OF THE SWEDISH HOCKEY LEAGUE
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – University of Notre Dame graduate student goaltender Matthew Galajda has signed with Djurgardens of the Swedish Hockey League, the European Elite team has announced.
Djurgardens is based in Stockholm, Sweden and is one of the most successful Swedish hockey teams with 16 Swedish championships. Former Irish All-American defenseman Bobby Nardella played for Djurgardens during the 2020-21 season, racking up 33 points in 47 games.
Galajda played the 2021-22 season with the Irish, helping to lead Notre Dame to the NCAA Albany Regional Final. He made 12 consecutive starts for the Irish to end the season.
The Aurora, Ontario native posted an 18-8-0 record in 2021-22 to go along with a .933 save percentage, a 1.90 goals against average and two shutouts. His .933 saver percentage ranked fifth in the NCAA, while his goals against average ranked seventh. He was a 2022 Big Ten Honorable Mention selection and was also a Hobey Baker Award nominee.
Galajda earned a Master of Science in Business Analytics degree and was named a 2022 AHCA All-American Scholar.
AS A GRADUATE STUDENT
- Joined the 2021-22 Notre Dame roster as a graduate transfer from Cornell University.
- Made 15 saves and earned the victory in the season opener against Long Island (Oct. 9).
- Collected 29 saves in a win at Northern Michigan (Oct. 16).
- Pitched a 22-save shutout, the first of his Notre Dame career, in 6-0 victory over RIT (Oct. 22).
- Made a total of 45 saves and earned a win in both matchups against Holy Cross (Nov. 4-5).
- Collected a total of 46 saves and allowed just one goal in a weekend sweep against Wisconsin (Nov. 12-13).
- Made 22 saves in the 3-2 home win over Michigan State (Dec. 10).
- Tied a career-high with 35 saves in the overtime win at Penn State (Jan. 8).
- Set a career-high with 40 saves in the 8-2 win over Boston College (Jan. 19).
- Made 30 stops with a .938 save percentage in the 4-2 victory over Wisconsin (Feb. 13).
- Collected 36 saves on 37 shots faced in a 2-1 win at Michigan State (Feb. 18).
- Earned 27 saves with a .931 save percentage in a 4-2 road win in East Lansing (Feb. 19).
- Started and won each home matchup against No. 2 Michigan, stopping 59 of 61 shots, leading to B1G Second Star of the Week honors (Feb. 25-26).
- Earned his fifth 30+ save performance with 34 stops in the 3-2 win over Wisconsin in game 2 of the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals (Mar. 5).
- Stopped 24 shots and earned the win in game 3 over the Badgers to advance to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals (Mar. 6).
HONORS AND AWARDS BEFORE NOTRE DAME
- CCM/AHCA Hockey All-America First Team, East Region (2018)
- Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist (2018)
- Mike Richter Award finalist (2018, 2020)
- Ivy League Player of the Year (2018, 2020)
- Ivy League Rookie of the Year (2018)
- All-Ivy League First Team (2018, 2020)
- ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year (2018)
- ECAC Hockey All-Rookie Team (2018)
- All-ECAC Hockey First Team (2018)
- All-ECAC Hockey Third Team (2019, 2020)
J.R. KONIECZNY TO REP USA EAST COAST BASKETBALL
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s basketball sophomore guard J.R. Konieczny will have a great opportunity to garner some valuable offseason experience while also repping the Red, White and Blue. USA East Coast Basketball added Konieczny to its Barcelona roster as they head overseas in August for the 30th Anniversary of the Dream Team event.
Alex Jensen, of the NBA’S Utah Jazz, will headline the coaching staff leading some of the top collegiate players from around the country. The USA team heading to Barcelona will be well balanced with players from the ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Pac-12, American Conference, and more.
Following a media session and photoshoot in New York City, the team will hold a two-day Training Camp at Columbia University August 1st and 2nd before departing for Barcelona. The team will experience many activities and educational events pertaining to the 1992 Olympic Basketball Tournament. USA will train for two additional days before playing three consecutive games against top players from Spain’s Liga ACB. Spain’s Liga ACB is considered second only to the NBA for the best basketball talent in the world.
SYCAMORE ALUM JORDAN SCHAFFER SIGNS CONTRACT WITH LAKE COUNTRY DOCKHOUNDS
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State alum Jordan Schaffer will be continuing his baseball career as the former Sycamore shortstop signed a professional contract with the Lake Country DockHounds.
Schaffer joins the American Association of Professional Baseball organization after competing this summer in the MLB Draft prospect league and with the Terre Haute Rex.
A two-time Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection, Schaffer finished among the Sycamores leaders in multiple offensive categories including hits, runs, batting average, and stolen bases in the 2022 season. The West Terre Haute, Ind. native finished his final ISU campaign with a .320 batting average, while starting 48 games at both shortstop and third base.
The Sycamores’ regular leadoff hitter was among the conference leaders in on-base percentage (.420) while leading the MVC with 23 hit-by-pitches. He added two double-digit on-base streaks in 2022 and added 11 doubles, one triple, and four home runs. He excelled at putting the ball in play and was the toughest player in the MVC to strike out averaging one every 8.8 at-bats.
Schaffer finished his collegiate career with a .320 batting average and added 22 doubles and 11 home runs over 147 games. He added 118 runs and 69 RBI, while posting 18 stolen bases.
RILEY OTT AND BRYCE MARTENS TO REPRESENT PURDUE FORT WAYNE ON #HLSAAC
INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League has announced the student-athletes who will participate on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the 2022-23 academic year. Purdue Fort Wayne’s Riley Ott and Bryce Martens will represent the Mastodons on the committee.
Each of the League’s member institutions is represented by two student-athletes. Ott and Martens will both serve on the competition cabinet.
Horizon League SAAC participated in an in-person meeting in early June and will continue to meet over several videoconferences throughout the academic year. Additionally, SAAC members from five institutions will serve as Cabinet members in the Horizon League governance structure while two student-athletes will also represent the student-athlete voice and hold one vote on the League Council, alongside all 11 Athletics Directors, one Faculty Athletics Representative and one Senior Woman Administrator.
Wright State’s Lainey Stephenson will continue to serve as the Horizon League representative on the Division I National SAAC. The Division I National SAAC is comprised of one member from each of the 32 Division I conferences. Their mission is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student-athlete image. SAAC members comment and react to legislative proposals, issues of interest, and actions taken by their Division.
2022-23 Horizon League Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
President: Michael Zoniercyk, RMU
Vice President: Nadia Pace, Youngstown State
Secretary: Nick Dibley, IUPUI
Horizon League Council: Lainey Stephenson, Wright State & Michael Zoniercyk, RMU
Competition Cabinet: Riley Ott & Bryce Martens, Purdue Fort Wayne
Governance Cabinet: Lainey Stephenson & CJ Wilbourn, Wright State
Messaging Cabinet: Annabelle Tomei & Ian Cleary, Oakland
Resources Cabinet: Bethany Yauch & Andrew Kaye, Cleveland State
Student-Athlete Development Cabinet: Lauryn Hicks & Brandon Ponomarew, Northern Kentucky
Bethany Yauch, Women’s Tennis
Andrew Kaye, Men’s Golf
Kara Wolfbauer, Softball
Ryan Sangchompuphen, Men’s Golf
Betsey Walkowiak, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Payton Heinberg, Men’s Cross Country
Emma Ashcraft, Volleyball
Nick Dibley, Men’s Swimming and Diving
Kendall Nead, Women’s Basketball
Ben Huynh, Men’s Swimming and Diving
Lauryn Hicks, Softball
Brandon Ponomarew, Men’s Tennis
AnnaBelle Tomei, Volleyball
Ian Cleary, Baseball
Purdue Fort Wayne:
Riley Ott, Women’s Basketball
Bryce Martens, Baseball
Morgan Guelas, Women’s Soccer
Michael Zolnierczyk, Men’s Soccer
Lainey Stephenson, Women’s Volleyball
CJ Wilbourn, Men’s Basketball
Nadia Pace, Volleyball
Brian Kordupel, Men’s Golf
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS HANNAH BLAKE AS DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL OPERATIONS
INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s basketball team and head coach Kate Bruce named Hannah Blake as the Director of Basketball Operations.
“I’m excited to add Hannah to our Jaguar family,” says head coach Bruce. “She comes from a winning background as both a student-athlete and coach. Most importantly, Hannah is a person of high character who will be another wonderful mentor and role model to our student-athletes.”
The Montpelier, Ohio native joins the IUPUI staff after spending the last season as a graduate assistant for Bruce at Walsh University where she helped the coaching staff and team earn a 28-5 record and an NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance.
Prior to working as a graduate assistant at Walsh, Blake played four years at Walsh for Coach Bruce from 2016 to 2020. During her time as an athlete, the Cavaliers won back-to-back GMAC championships (regular season and tournament champs). They made two NCAA tournament appearances in 2019 and 2020 and during the 2019-20 season the Cavs recorded the best record in program history of 28-2.
“I’m elated to be joining this phenomenal program and more importantly, the IUPUI family,” said Blake. “Getting to work alongside head coach Kate Bruce, at such a respected organization is truly an honor. Jags Roar!”
ANDERSON WOMEN’S TENNIS ANNOUNCES EIGHT IN LATEST RECRUITING CLASS
The Anderson University women’s tennis program and head coach Matt Moore have announced the commitments of eight players for the 2022-23 season. Sydney Adams, Katie Bishop, Macy Crawshaw, Ella Frantz, Jenna Jenkins, Ella Maiden, Georgia Manning and Maddi Martin will represent the Class of 2026.
“I am so excited to welcome in eight exceptional women,” Coach Matt Moore said, “Their faith, competitive spirit and academic excellence will allow us to continue our success. We are blessed to welcome them to the Raven family!”
Sydney Adams Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jeffersonville)
Jeffersonville HS: Team earned Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sectional titles during junior and senior seasons … competed at No. 1 doubles … team finished 13-5 during senior season … team received Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) academic all-state honors during freshman season … state honor choir member … worked in ESPN partnership at Bellarmine University … member of National Honor Society … member of anchor club … member of chamber choir.
Major: Elementary Education
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because I loved the idea of a smaller Christian school where I could grow in a supportive community and learn more in my faith. Once I had contact with the people at AU, I was so blown away by their kindness and willingness to help. I also earn multiple scholarships along with being able to play on the women’s tennis team; it was the perfect choice for me.
Coach Moore Comments: Sydney brings a wealth of tennis knowledge to our program. She has extensive experience playing doubles and competing against many of the best teams in Indiana. She is also choosing a career path that is much needed in our state.
Katie Bishop Sellersburg, Ind. (Silver Creek)
Silver Creek HS: Team captured Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sectional title during senior season … competed at No. 1 singles as a junior … competed at No. 2 singles as a senior … team received Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) academic all-state honors during freshman and senior seasons … Solo and Ensemble Competition Gold recipient … member of marching band.
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because I really loved the idea of AU being a small Christian campus, and I wanted to go to a college away from home to get the experience that I wanted! I heard that AU was an amazing university to go to and when I realized I may have a chance to play tennis at AU, it definitely made me want to go even more! I am so happy that I chose AU, because I know it will help me grow into the person I will be when I graduate.
Coach Moore Comments: Katie showed exceptional growth during her playing career at Silver Creek. I am confident in her ability to continue evolving her game. We are excited to welcome her to our tennis family and help her grow as a student-athlete.
Macy Crawshaw Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence North)
Lawrence North HS: Team won three Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sectional titles (Fr., Jr.-Sr.) … team earned Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) crown … team received Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) academic all-state honors … competed in diving … served as Choir President.
Major: Elementary Education
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because it felt like home.
Coach Moore Comments: Macy brings a burst of energy and an infectious personality to our program. She has tremendous upsides to her game and we cannot wait to work with her both on and off the court.
Ella Frantz Gas City, Ind. (Mississinewa) Grant County Team Tennis
Mississinewa HS: Garnered Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) all-state Honorable Mention as a junior and senior … earned IHSTCA all-district honors as a junior and senior … received all-Central Indiana Conference (CIC) honors as a junior and senior … captured Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) sectional doubles title as a junior … team claimed IHSAA sectional title during senior season … team shared CIC crown during freshman and junior seasons … posted 21-4 doubles record during junior season … competed at No. 1 Doubles and No. 2 Singles as a senior … competed at No. 1 Doubles as a junior … team went 12-3 during senior season.
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because of the welcoming community and spiritual aspect on campus. AU makes you feel a part of their campus the moment you step onto it.
Coach Moore Comments: Ella brings instant potential to our program. She is a highly decorated recruit with potential to leave a lasting imprint on Anderson tennis. I look forward to her leadership on the court and watching her competitive spirit grow.
Jenna Jenkins Mooresville, Ind. (Mooresville)
Mooresville HS: Team received Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) academic all-state honors during junior and senior seasons … competed in No. 1 Doubles and No. 2 Doubles … competed in volleyball for three years (Fr.-Jr.) … scattered 92 digs in 57 sets for 1.61 digs per set … member of National Honor Society … member of National Technical Honors Society.
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because I felt welcomed and I believe I will find forever friends!
Coach Moore Comments: I love dual-sport student-athletes. There is so much to be said about a player that was successful both on the tennis and volleyball court. I cannot wait for Jenna to share her passion for sport with her teammates and to push all of us in our development.
Ella Maiden Sheridan, Ind. (Hamilton Heights)
Hamilton Heights HS: Team received Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) academic all-state recognition three times (Fr., Jr.-Sr.) … competed at No. 1 Singles and No. 2 Singles during career … participated in cheerleading for four years.
Why I Chose AU: AU feels like home. The campus is beautiful and everyone is so welcoming. I’m truly so excited that I chose AU for my new beginning!
Coach Moore Comments: Ella holds a special spot in my heart. Her private instructor is one of my mentors in coaching. She comes highly recommended for her growth potential and commitment to academic and athletic excellence.
Georgia Manning Lapel, Ind. (Lapel)
Lapel HS: Competed at No. 2 Doubles … competed in golf as a senior … team earned Madison County golf title during senior season.
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because it is a Christian school and it is close to home.
Coach Moore Comments: Georgia brings a joyful presence to our team. Her commitment to faith and to athletic progression will leave a lasting impression on her teammates. I am excited to see the progress she will make this season.
Maddi Martin Arcadia, Ind. (Hamilton Heights)
Hamilton Heights HS: Team received Indiana High School Tennis Coaches Association (IHSTCA) academic all-state recognition three times (Fr., Jr.-Sr.) … competed at No. 1 Doubles … 10-year member of 4-H and has earned various awards during career.
Major: Visual Communication Design
Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because it is a very welcoming and small campus. I wanted to go to a college that I would feel at home at and Anderson fit all the requirements. I also got offered to play tennis here, so that made it even better! I loved the campus environment and all the people were friendly. They have a good program that I want to major in as well.
Anderson University Prospective Student-Athletes comply with NCAA D-III rules regarding no athletic scholarships, no athletic financial aid adjustment and only signed the NCAA D-III Celebratory Form.
Coach Moore Comments: I am always in the recruitment market for a tennis player and 4-H all-star! Maddi shows great passion for all of her interests. This level of dedication will help her as a leader and as an on-court success for years to come.
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1879 At Star Park, Harry McCormick, the Syracuse starter, hits a first-inning homer to beat Tommy Bond and the Boston Red Stockings, 1-0. The round-tripper is most likely marks the only occurrence in major league history that a pitcher records a 1-0 victory, with his first-inning round-tripper being the game’s lone run.
1928 Bob Meusel hits for the cycle in the Yankees’ 12-1 rout of Detroit at Navin Field. The 31-year-old New York outfielder becomes the second big leaguer to perform the feat for a third time during his career, joining John Reilly, who also accomplished the rarity three times before the turn of the century.
1933 Future Yankees superstar Joe DiMaggio sees his 61-game hitting streak end in the PCL game against the Oakland Oaks. The San Francisco Seals’ 19-year-old outfielder’s accomplishment sets a new minor league record, shattering the mark of 49 established by Jack Ness in 1914.
1935 Ed Linke starts a 1-2-6 double play when catcher Jack Redmond snags Yankees outfielder Jesse Hill’s line drive that caroms off his batterymate’s head and relays the ball to shortstop Red Kress to double up Ben Chapman at second base. The Senator right-hander spends two days in the hospital after being carried off the pitcher’s mound on a stretcher.
1939 New York scores in every inning, blasting the Browns at Yankee Stadium, 14-1. The home team, which doesn’t need to bat in the bottom of the ninth frame, coasts to an easy victory, thanks to the three-hit gem thrown by Red Ruffing.
1940 Spud Chandler drives in six runs with a single and two home runs, including a grand slam, in the Yankees’ 10-2 victory over the White Sox. In addition to the six RBIs, the 32- year-old right-hander goes the distance, limiting Chicago to five hits in the Comiskey Park contest.
1948 Former Dodger skipper Leo Durocher, who left the team ten days ago, makes his first appearance at Ebbets Field since taking over the Giants. The return of ‘the Lip’ is less-than-triumphant when his new team drops a 13-4 decision to Brooklyn.
1948 The Phillies, five games under .500, name Eddie Sawyer to replace interim manager Dusty Cooke, who had filled the position when the team fired Ben Chapman earlier in the month. The former skipper of the Triple-A International League’s Toronto Maple Leafs will get off to a poor start, posting a 23-40 won-lost record in his first year at the helm before leading the Philadelphia Whiz Kids to a National League pennant in 1950.
1948 With the approval of his wife Claire, an ailing Bambino leaves a hospital bed to make his final public appearance, attending the New York premiere of The Babe Ruth Story at the Astor Theater. The ‘Sultan of Swat,’ who will die of throat cancer three weeks later, leaves halfway through the film to return to his room at New York’s Memorial Hospital.
1951 In a 9-1 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, Jim Russell becomes the first player in major league history to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in two different games. The Dodger outfielder’s accomplishment will be surpassed in 1956 when Yankee slugger Mickey Mantle goes deep both right and left-handed in the same game for the third time.
1957 Tiger right-hander Jim Bunning two-hits the Yankees in the Bronx, 3-2, but one is Mickey Mantle’s 200th career home run, a ninth-inning line drive that clears the left-field wall. At the end of their career, each player becomes a Hall of Famer.
1960 The Phillies end their scoreless streak of thirty-eight consecutive innings when Johnny Callison plates Tony Gonzalez with a sixth-inning single in the team’s 4-3 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Philadelphia’s drought began when the team failed to score in the last six frames of a 3-0 win against the Giants at Candlestick Park and continued being shut out in three straight games (2-0, 2-0, and 9-0) by the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
1961 Johnny Blanchard hits his fourth consecutive home run over three games, setting a major league mark. The backup catcher’s pair of homers help to pace the Bronx Bombers to a 5-2 victory over Chicago at Yankee Stadium.
1962 Braves hurler Warren Spahn, en route to a complete-game victory, homers off Mets right-hander Craig Anderson to set the National League record for round-trippers by a pitcher. The southpaw’s 31st career home run helps extend New York’s losing streak to 11 with a 6-1 victory at Milwaukee’s County Stadium.
1962 Red Sox pitcher Gene Conley, the losing pitcher in Red Sox 13-3 defeat to the Yankees earlier in the day, and infielder Pumpsie Green disappear after leaving the team bus stuck in traffic to use the bathroom and decide to stay in a hotel after being left behind. Green will rejoin the team tomorrow, with Conley staying AWOL for a few more days, making headlines after being denied access to the flight for Jerusalem because he doesn’t have a passport.
1963 Bob Aspromonte blasts a first-inning grand slam, fulfilling visibly-impaired ten-year-old Bill Bradley’s wish to see his hero hit a home run, leaving the third baseman in tears when the two embraced when the game stops to acknowledge the special moment. Their well-publicized friendship began last season when the Colt .45’s player went to a Houston hospital to visit the blindfolded boy, who had lost his eyesight when a tree struck by lightning fell on him.
1975 At Wrigley Field, Bill Madlock collects six hits in a game when he singles five times and triples in the Cubs’ 9-8 ten-inning loss to New York. ‘Mad Dog,’ finishing with a .354 average, will win the first of his four batting titles (1975, ’76, ’81, ’83) this season.
1984 In a 5-4 win over Pittsburgh at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, Expo first baseman Pete Rose singles for the 3,052nd time, tying him with Ty Cobb on the all-time career list. ‘Charlie Hustle’ will finish his 24-year major league career with 3,215 singles, accounting for 75.5% of his major-league record 4,256 hits.
1987 After hitting a single off Oakland’s Dennis Lamp in the first inning of the Brewers’ 7-4 victory at County Stadium, leadoff batter Paul Molitor pilfers second and third and then swipes home plate to complete a rare stolen base cycle. The Milwaukee DH becomes the first American Leaguer to steal his way around the bases since Dave Nelson accomplished the feat with the Rangers in 1974.
1991 Mark Gardner no-hits the Dodgers for nine innings, but Los Angeles wins the game in the bottom of the tenth on two singles off the Expos’ starter and Darryl Strawberry’s RBI single off reliever Jeff Fassero. It’s the first time the Dodgers had been held hitless at home for nine innings since Johnny Vander Meer’s second straight no-hitter in 1938.
1992 In his 319th career victory, which surpasses Phil Niekro’s total for #12 on the all-time list, Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23 consecutive seasons, a major league record. The 45 year-old right-hander, who is 5-0 with an ERA of 1.65 in his last six games, gets the win when the Rangers beat Baltimore and Mike Mussina at Camden Yards, 6-2.
1993 The Padres send southpaw Bruce Hurst and righty Greg Harris to the Rockies for backstop Brad Ausmus and right-handers Doug Bochtler and Andy Ashby (the player to be named later). After compiling a 55-37 (.598) record in the first four of his five seasons with Friars, the 35-year-old left-hander starts only two games due to his rehabilitation from arm surgery, appearing in only three games with Colorado after the trade.
1994 In the last appearance of his 25-year major league career, Marlins starter Charlie Hough lasts one-third of an inning, giving up five runs on four hits. The 46-year-old knuckleballer, the last active player to have been born in the 1940s, does not get tagged for the loss in the team’s eventual 10-8 defeat to Philadelphia, so he’ll retire with a 216-216 won-loss record.
1998 The Hall of Fame inducts Don Sutton and Larry Doby along with Lee MacPhail, George Davis, and Joe Rogan. MacPhail joins his dad, Larry, becoming the first father and son enshrined at Cooperstown.
1998 In the Blue Jays’ 6-3 loss to Boston at Fenway Park, Jose Canseco becomes the all-time Latin home run leader. The Toronto left fielder, hitting his 380th career homer in the eighth inning off David West, breaks the mark he shared with Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez.
1998 Trevor Hoffman fails to set a big-league record with 42 consecutive saves when Astros outfielder Moises Alou goes deep on the first pitch thrown by the Padres closer. The ninth-inning homer ties the game, but San Diego prevails and beats Houston in the tenth, 5-4.
2000 The Phillies send their number one starter, Curt Schilling, to Arizona for first baseman-outfielder Travis Lee and pitchers Omar Daal, Vicente Padilla, and Nelson Figueroa. Next season, the 33-year-old right-hander will play a major role in Arizona’s world championship, posting a 22-6 record while hurling a league-leading 256.2 innings for his new team.
2002 Carl Everett becomes the first Ranger to hit two home runs in one inning. The Texas designated hitter goes deep twice in the team’s nine-run seventh inning during the 12-4 rout of the visiting A’s.
2005 After waiting through a two-hours and 43-minute rain delay at Wrigley Field to start the game, Greg Maddux becomes the 13th pitcher in baseball history to register 3,000 strikeouts. Taking an inside fastball in the top of the third inning, Omar Vizquel of the Giants becomes the historical victim of the 39-year-old Cubs’ right-hander.
2007 In a losing effort, Jose Mesa becomes the 11th pitcher to appear in 1000 games when Washington beats the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, 7-6. The 39-year-old right-handed reliever, best known for his seven seasons with the Indians, has played for eight teams during his 19-year tenure in the major leagues.
2010 Allowing only a second-inning walk to Brennan Boesch, whose promptly erased on a double play, Matt Garza faces the minimum 27 batters in his no-hitter against the Tigers. With the right-hander’s 5-0 victory, the Rays join the 1917 Browns and White Sox as the only teams involved in three no-hitters in the same season.
2011 The 19-inning, six-hour, and 39-minute game between the Pirates and Braves at Turner Field ends in a 4-3 Atlanta victory when Jerry Meals makes one of the worst calls in baseball history. The home plate umpire rules that Michael McKenry missed Julio Lugo, although it was evident to everyone in the ballpark that the catcher tagged out the baserunner three feet in front of the dish.
2012 Starling Marte becomes the 28th player in history to homer on the first pitch he sees in the major leagues when he goes yard to deep left-center field at Minute Maid Park off Houston’s Dallas Keuchel. The 23-year-old left fielder is the first Pirates player to hit a home run in his first big-league at-bat since Don Leppert accomplished the feat against St. Louis in 1961.
2012 After hitting a long fly ball down the left-field line at Citizens Bank Park, Carlos Gomez completes his home run trot around the bases. Arriving at home plate, he is made aware that the ball was called foul, and then the embarrassed Brewers center fielder promptly takes a called third strike on a pitch thrown right down the middle.
2012 Matt Harvey sets a Mets record for strikeouts in a major league debut previously shared by Tom Seaver (1967) and Bill Denehy (1967) with eight when he fans 11 batters in the team’s 3-1 victory over Arizona at Chase Field. In his 5.1 innings on the mound, the 23-year-old rookie right-hander from New London (CT) gives up three hits while collecting a single and a double in the batter’s box.
2013 The Cubs trade Alfonso Soriano, along with cash, to the Yankees, in exchange for minor-leaguer Corey Black, a 21-year-old right-handed pitching prospect. The 37-year-old Dominican left fielder made his major league debut with the Bronx Bombers in 1999, developing into an All-Star second baseman, before being dealt to Texas four seasons later in a blockbuster deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to New York.
2020 Joining Stan Musial, Jason Giambi, and Reggie Jackson, Nelson Cruz becomes the fourth-oldest player in big-league history to record seven RBIs in a game. In the Twins’ 14-2 rout of the White Sox at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, the 40-year-old DH doubles in the first and second innings, strokes a solo homer in the fourth, and adds a three-run round-tripper in the eighth.
2020 After every team plays three games at the start of the season, there are no undefeated teams for the first time since 1954, and there are no winless teams in 55 years. The unusual occurrence results from the 0-2 Mariners, Pirates, and Diamondbacks beating, respectively, the 2-0 Astros, Cardinals, and Padres.
2020 The usually southpaw-swinging Ji-Man Choi bats from the right side of the plate for the second time in the game, homering off Antony Kay in the sixth inning of the Rays’ 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. The Tampa Bay first baseman’s 861 plate appearances before going deep as a righty marks the most before shifting to the other side among non-switch hitters since Hal Trotsky accomplished the feat, having more than a thousand PAs with the Indians in 1935.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1935
Detroit Tigers (4) vs Chicago Cubs (2)
The Detroit Tigers were still searching for that first elusive championship title as they stood atop the American League and returned for their second consecutive World Series against Charley Grimm’s Chicago Cubs (who had won twenty-one consecutive games in September). Hank Greenberg and Charlie Gehringer set the pace for Detroit’s line-up hitting thirty-six and nineteen home runs during the regular season and Greenberg topped the list with one-hundred seventy runs batted in.
On the mound, Tommy Bridges went 21-10, Schoolboy Rowe won 19-of-32 and Elden Auker finished 18-7 in an average, but well-balanced effort that resulted in a 93-58 season. Chicago was not on par (at the plate) managing a team high of only twenty-one homers for Chuck Klein and ninety-one runs batted in from Gabby Hartnett. However, what the Cubs lacked in offense, they made up for with dangerous pitching as Bill Lee (20-6) and Lon Warneke (20-13) helped their team go 100-54 and edge out the defending National Leaguechampion St. Louis Cardinals who had been picked for a repeat.
Game 1 pitted Cub’s ace Lon Warneke against Schoolboy Rowe resulting in a 3-0 shut out, but the scales tipped considerably in Detroit’s favor during Game 2 when Hank Greenberg broke his wrist (trying to score from first on a single). As a result, he was removed from the line-up for the remainder of the Series. With Greenberg on the sideline, Detroit switched third baseman Marv Owen to first and inserted Flea Clifton at Owen’s position. Both went 1-for-36 in the Series and many felt that Greenberg’s injury was the biggest deciding factor between victory and defeat as he had helped Detroit even the Series at a game apiece. Before the injury he had capped a four-run rally in the first with a two-run homer off of Charlie Root (who was in his first Series appearance since Ruth’s “called shot”). The Tigers went on to win, 8-3, on Tommy Bridges’ six-hitter.
With the Series tied at a game apiece, both teams went head-to-head for an eleven-inning, Game 3 nail biter that ended on a Jo-Jo White run-scoring single for a 6-5 Tigers’ triumph. Detroit made it three in a row the next day when Alvin Crowder out dueled Tex Carleton in a 2-1 effort that put his team ahead two games and one win away from their first World Championship. Chicago’s last stand resulted in a crucial Game 5 win featuring six shutout innings by Warneke, who left the contest due to a sore shoulder. Bill Lee came in as relief and finished the job with a 3-1 victory that set the stage for a dramatic Game 6.
The Cubs were still alive, but for how long? The answer came slowly the following day as the score remained tied 3-3 for 8½ excruciating innings. In the top of the ninth, Chicago’s Stan Hack was perched on third base with no one out. With the potential Series-tying run standing ninety feet from home plate, pitcher Tommy Bridges remained hopeful. Luckily, he wasn’t facing the heart of Chicago’s order. Instead, eighth-place hitter Billy Jurges, pitcher Larry French and leadoff man Augie Galan were due up. The Tigers’ ace came up clutch as he struck out Jurges, induced French to ground out, and forced Galan to fly out all while holding Hack stranded on third.
As Detroit took their turn, Mickey Cochrane knocked a single past Billy Herman and proceeded to advance to second on Charlie Gehringer’s groundout. With two outs, the winning run was in position and things were looking good. Goose Goslin, who had delivered the twelfth-inning hit that won Game 2 of the ’34 Series for Detroit, was up next. Goslin, in what would be his one-hundred twenty-ninth (and last) at-bat in World Series play, launched a single to the right field wall and Cochrane scored from second with the winning run. Pete Fox, who doubled home Detroit’s first run in the finale, was the leading batter in the Series with a .385 average. Gehringer hit .375 for the Tigers (after hitting .379 in the previous year’s fall classic). Billy Herman, who drove in all three of the Cubs’ runs in Game 6, had a Series-high six runs batted in and tied Klein for Chicago’s batting lead with a .333 mark.
The Tigers’ Bridges and the Cubs’ Warneke each were 2-0. After their fourth attempt, Detroit had finally won their first World Championship title.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1946
The All-Star game was never celebrated as enthusiastically as it was in 1946. The war had ended, the marquee players had returned, and America was once again, able to enjoy it’s national pastime. Most of the players stated that they had never seen a more festive occasion and many of them had not seen their league rivals in several years.
The highlight of this game was the match-up of Ted Williams and Rip Sewell, the proud possessor of the “ephus” pitch. Sewell served Williams his famous trademark and although he struggled at first, he went four-for-four, driving in five runs. Bob Feller, riding on his twenty-sixth victory, three-hundred forty eight strikeout season, was the winning pitcher.
TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY
1914 12th Tour de France won by Philippe Thys of Belgium
1928 In only his second and final defence of his world heavyweight boxing title, Gene Tunney scores an 11-round TKO win over Tom Heeney at Yankee Stadium, NYC
1928 Yanks score 11 runs in 12th beating Tigers 12-1
1931 LPGA Western Open Women’s Golf, Midlothian CC: June Beebe beats Mrs. Melvin Jones, 3 & 2 for golf’s only major title
1931 International Lawn Tennis Challenge, Paris, France: Henri Cochet beats Fred Perry 6-4, 1-6, 9-7, 6-3 to give France 3-2 win over Great Britain and 5th straight title
1931 25th Tour de France won by Antonin Magne of France
1933 Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific Coast League
1939 Yankee catcher Bill Dickey hits 3 consecutive HRs
1947 46th Men’s French Championships: Jozsef Asboth beats Eric Sturgess (8-6, 7-5, 6-4)
1947 46th Women’s French Championships: Patricia Todd beats Doris Hart (6-3, 3-6, 6-4)
1948 “Babe Ruth Story” premieres, Babe Ruth’s last public appearance
1948 Leo Durocher returns to Ebbets Field as manager of New York Giants
1950 Dodgers’ Jim Russell is 1st to switch-hits HRs twice in a game
1952 Mickey Mantle hits his 1st grand-slammer
1953 Tour de France: Louison Bobet of France wins first of 3 consecutive Tour general classification events
1955 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Meadowbrook CC: Doug Ford scores a 4 & 3 win over Cary Middlecoff in the Tuesday final; first of 2 majors (Masters 1957)
1955 Last day as Test Cricket umpire for Frank Chester
1957 Mickey Mantle hits career HR # 200
1959 Chicago White Sox Larry Doby plays final MLB game; retires in 1962 after playing for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan
1962 Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn sets HR record of 31 by a pitcher
1970 Reds catcher Johnny Bench, playing for the day in the outfield, goes 4 for 5 with 7 RBIs including 3 consecutive HRs off St. Louis Cardinals Steve Carlton in 12-5 win at Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati
1978 Johnny Bench hits his 300th career home run
1981 US Open Women’s Golf, La Grange CC: Pat Bradley shoots final round 66 (−6) to finish 1 stroke ahead of runner-up Beth Daniel; second of Bradley’s 6 major titles
1984 Expos Pete Rose ties Ty Cobb with his 3,502nd single
1984 Bowie Kuhn announces pitcher Vida Blue is suspended for the rest of 1984 due to cocaine conviction
1987 Catfish Hunter Billy Williams and Ray Dandridge inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
1987 74th Tour de France won by Stephen Roche of Ireland
1988 Mike Schmidt sets NL record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that game at 2:13 AM
1990 US beats Soviet Union 17-0 in baseball at Goodwill Games
1991 CFL assumes ownership of Ottawa Rough Riders
1991 Expo’s Mark Gardner no hits Dodgers for 9 innings, but loses in 10th
1992 US Open Women’s Golf, Oakmont CC: Patty Sheehan wins an 18-hole Monday playoff over runner-up Juli Inkster, 72 to 74
1992 Nolan Ryan strikes out his 100th batter for 23rd consecutive seasons
1992 Tour de France: Miguel Induráin of Spain defends his title by 4′ 35″ from Italian Claudio Chiappucci; Laurent Jalabert points winner
1998 US Senior Open Men’s Golf, Riviera CC: Hale Irwin wins by 1 stroke ahead of Vicente Fernández of Argentina
2009 96th Tour de France won by Alberto Contador of Spain
2009 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Sunningdale: American Loren Roberts wins his second Open Senior title in a playoff with Mark McNulty and Fred Funk
2015 British Senior Open Men’s Golf, Sunningdale: American Marco Dawson wins by 1 shot from Bernhard Langer of Germany
2019 Australian cricket captain Meg Lanning records T20 International world record individual score of 133 off 63 balls in 93-run win against England at Chelmsford; Southern Stars clinch Women’s Ashes
2020 Italian football giants Juventus wins its 9th straight Serie A title with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Federico Bernardeschiin in a 2-0 win over Sampdoria
2021 Dominant British breaststroke swimmer Adam Peaty successfully defends his 100m title at the Tokyo Olympics beating Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands and Italian Nicolò Martinenghi
2021 Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz makes history becoming the first athlete from the Philippines to win gold at the Olympics in the 55kg class at the Tokyo Games
FOOTBALL HISTORY JULY 26
College All-Star Game Off; Sponsors Blame NFLPA
The big game that traditionally pitted the in-coming rookie All-Star team against the previous year’s champs was scheduled to take place on July 26, 1974. However the Chicago College All-Star game that was supposed to be played on this date was cancelled due to the NFL Players strike of that year. The Miami Dolphins were on tap to play the All-Stars in this edition of the game. Phins coach Don Shula told the press that he was very sorry that the game had to be cancelled. “Our veterans deserved the trip to Chicago, both finacially and for the prestige.”
A more recent SI.com article states that the NFLPA was led by the rallying cry, “No Freedom, No Football,” as players wanted the ability to switch teams when their contracts expired. Owners scoffed, saying this would lead to “anarchy.” In Today’s game, we call it “free agency.” The strike lasted 42 days but was fruitless as the owners stayed strong and players broke ranks. What it may have done though was eventually show the players that they needed a stronger, better communicating Union. What they did work towards and within a couple of decades most of the items they fought for in 1974, they received in a CBA and free agency after a rookie contract was fulfilled.
July 26, 2012 – According to an NFL.com post the league announced the NFL Total Wellness program that they would be initiating. The thought was that a comprehensive health program that would provide current and former players with physical and mental health resources would benefit the players of all eras. The mission of NFL Total Wellness per the article was to enhance the overall well-being of the NFL community in the areas of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and financial health.
July 26, 2019 – NFL Veterans report to camp for the following teams; Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, LA Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. Fast forward to the end of the season and it was the Chiefs defeating the 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV played at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.
Hall of Fame Birthdays for July 26
July 26, 1896 – Everett Strupper was halfback from Georgia Tech that earned a place in the College Football Hall of Fame’s 1972 class of enrolled stars. In the 1916 season Strupper scored 8 touchdowns in his team’s 222-0 defeat of Cumberland College. Yes that is a football record for lopsided scores.
July 26, 1920 – Bob Waterfield Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined QB of the Rams franchise both in Cleveland and Los Angeles. He was important enough to the Rams franchise that his number 7 jersey was retired by the organization. The former UCLA Bruin’s signal caller had his college career briefly interrupted when the U.S. Army called him into service during WWII. His football prowess was legendary and so was his off field life as he married actress Jane Russell just before serving in the Army and playing for Fort Bennings 176th Infantry football team. Mr. Waterfield returned to the Bruins after this service in the war in an honorable discharge due to a knee injury and played in the 1944 season for UCLA. He was drafted as the 42nd pick in the 1945 NFL draft by the Cleveland Rams, and as a rookie won the starting job, led the team to a 9-1 record and the NFL Championship in an exciting 15-14 victory over the Washington Redskins!
July 26, 1934 – Tommy McDonald was a halfback/flanker that made it into both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame. His college ball was played at Oklahoma while he played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, LA Rams, Atlanta Falcons and the Cleveland Browns. As a Sooner in the 1955 college season, Mr. McDonald became the first Oklahoma player to ever score a touchdown in each game played in a season. He followed that up in 1956 by winning the covetted Maxwell Award and ranking third in the Heisman voting. In the Pros he may be most remembered scoring on a 35 yard pass from Norm Van Brocklin as he and the Eagles defeated Vince Lombardi’s Packers in the 1960 NFL Championship game.
July 26, 1939 – Bob Lilly is a member in both the Pro Football Hall of Fame & the College Football Hall of Fame. The defensive tackle played his college ball at TCU and as a Horned Frog he soon became a consensus All- American. An interesting fact about Bob LIlly is that through a series of trades and circumstances he became the first Dallas Cowboy ever draft pick. The pick was a great one too as Lilly graced the Cowboy defense for 14 seasons an earned the nickname of “Mr. Cowboy”. He played in a couple Super Bowls for Dallas including a convincing 24-3 victory over Miami in Super Bowl VI where Bob Lilly registered an NFL record 29 yard loss by sacking the great Dolphin QB, Bob Griese!
FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 26
8 – 37 – 7 – 32 – 5 – 21 – 14 – 27 – 29 – 26
July 26, 1939 – New York Yankees catcher Bill Dickey, Number 8 hit 3 consecutive home runs in a 14 -1 route over the St Louis Browns. The Yankees scored in every inning of the contest, at the time becoming the fifth team in MLB history to do so.
July 26, 1948 – “Babe Ruth Story” premieres, and with its star deathly ill, Babe Ruth made his last public appearance in front of appreciative fans.
July 26, 1950 – Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jim Russell, Number 37 was the first to switch-hit a pair of HRs twice in a game
July 26, 1952 – Mickey Mantle, Number 7 of the New York Yankees hit his 1st grand-slam
July 26, 1957 – The same Number 7, Mickey Mantle hit his career home run number 200
July 26, 1959 – Chicago White Sox Larry Doby, Number 32 played his final MLB game. Doby retired from baseball altogether in 1962 after playing for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan.
July 26, 1962 – Milwaukee Brave Warren Spahn, Number 21 set a home run record for pitchers when he smacked the 31st of his career over the wall. The Braves used it for a 6-1 victory over the New York Mets.
July 26, 1970 – Cincinnati Reds Johnny Bench, Number 5 hit 3 consecutive home runs off of Philadelphia Phillies Steve Carlton, Number 32.
July 26, 1978 – That same Number 5, Johnny Bench hit his 300th career home run. The two run shot in the fourth was to no avail though as the New York Mets pounded the Reds 14-3.
July 26, 1984 – Playing for the Montreal Expos, Pete Rose, Number 14 tied Ty Cobb’s long standing record with his 3,502nd single
July 26, 1987 – Catfish Hunter who wore Number 27 for much of his career withthe A’s and Number 29 with the Yankees, Billy Williams who wore Number 26 for most of his career with the Cubs, and Ray Dandridge who played for a variety of teams inthe Negro Leagues inducted in Baseball Hall of Fame
July 26, 1988 – Third basemen Mike Schmidt, Number 20 of the Philadelphia Phillies set a National League record appearing in 2,155 games at 3rd base, as Phillies & NY Mets end that very same game at 2:13 AM
|Pittsburgh at Chi. Cubs||2:20pm||MLBN|
|Miami at Cincinnati||6:40pm||Bally Sports|
|Atlanta at Philadelphia||7:05pm||Bally Sports|
|Tampa Bay at Baltimore||7:05pm||MASN/2|
|St. Louis at Toronto||7:07pm||Sportsnet|
|Cleveland at Boston||7:10pm||Bally Sports|
|NY Yankees at NY Mets||7:10pm||YES|
|San Diego at Detroit||7:10pm||Bally Sports|
|LA Angels at Kansas City||8:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Minnesota at Milwaukee||8:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Chi. White Sox at Colorado||8:10pm||NBCS-CHI|
|Houston at Oakland||9:40pm||NBCS-CA|
|San Francisco at Arizona||9:40pm||NBCS-BAY|
|Texas at Seattle||10:10pm||MLBN|
|Washington at LA Dodgers||10:10pm||MLBN|
|UEFA Women’s Euro Semifinals||3:00pm||ESPN2|
|Liga MX: Monterrey vs Puebla||8:00pm||FS2|
|Copa América Femenina Semifinals||8:00pm||FS1|
|Atlanta at Philadelphia||12:35pm||MLBN|
|San Diego at Detroit||1:10pm||MLBN|
|LA Angels at Kansas City||2:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Minnesota at Milwaukee||2:10pm||Bally Sports|
|Chi. White Sox at Colorado||3:10pm||NBCS-CHI|
|Washington at LA Dodgers||3:10pm||MASN/2|
|Houston at Oakland||3:37pm||NBCS-CA|
|Texas at Seattle||3:40pm||MLBN|
|San Francisco at Arizona||3:40pm||MLBN|
|Miami at Cincinnati||6:40pm||Bally Sports|
|NY Yankees at NY Mets||7:00pm||ESPN|
|Tampa Bay at Baltimore||7:05pm||MASN/2|
|St. Louis at Toronto||7:05pm||Sportsnet|
|Cleveland at Boston||7:10pm||Bally Sports|
|UEFA Champions League: Fenerbahçe vs Dynamo Kyiv||1:00pm||Paramount+|
|UEFA Champions League: Slovan Bratislava vs Ferencváros||2:30pm||Paramount+|
|UEFA Women’s Euro Semifinals||3:00pm||ESPN2|
|US Open Cup: Orlando City SC vs New York RB||7:30pm||ESPN+|
|Liga MX: Necaxa vs Pachuca||8:00pm||TUDN|
|Canadian Premier League: Cavalry vs Forge||9:00pm||FS2|
|US Open Cup: Sacramento Republic vs Sporting KC||10:30pm||ESPN+|
|NY Yankees||66||31||.680||–||37 – 12||29 – 19||32 – 16||19 – 6||10 – 6||5 – 5||W 1|
|Toronto||53||43||.552||12.5||30 – 19||23 – 24||19 – 18||13 – 10||15 – 11||8 – 2||W 6|
|Tampa Bay||52||44||.542||13.5||31 – 18||21 – 26||23 – 18||7 – 11||12 – 9||6 – 4||L 3|
|Boston||49||48||.505||17||24 – 23||25 – 25||12 – 29||13 – 7||19 – 7||2 – 8||W 1|
|Baltimore||48||48||.500||17.5||27 – 19||21 – 29||18 – 23||11 – 13||12 – 8||6 – 4||W 1|
|Minnesota||52||44||.542||–||27 – 22||25 – 22||13 – 10||25 – 19||10 – 9||5 – 5||W 2|
|Cleveland||48||47||.505||3.5||25 – 19||23 – 28||6 – 11||25 – 21||9 – 8||5 – 5||L 3|
|Chi White Sox||48||48||.500||4||21 – 27||27 – 21||14 – 15||20 – 21||7 – 9||7 – 3||W 2|
|Kansas City||39||57||.406||13||22 – 28||17 – 29||7 – 13||18 – 20||10 – 16||5 – 5||W 3|
|Detroit||39||58||.402||13.5||24 – 26||15 – 32||7 – 14||19 – 26||4 – 11||3 – 7||W 1|
|Houston||64||33||.660||–||30 – 14||34 – 19||8 – 8||16 – 4||32 – 17||7 – 3||L 1|
|Seattle||52||45||.536||12||25 – 23||27 – 22||12 – 15||7 – 6||25 – 19||7 – 3||W 1|
|Texas||43||52||.453||20||21 – 26||22 – 26||5 – 11||11 – 8||18 – 26||3 – 7||L 1|
|LA Angels||40||56||.417||23.5||22 – 27||18 – 29||6 – 18||9 – 6||18 – 19||2 – 8||L 1|
|Oakland||36||63||.364||29||15 – 33||21 – 30||10 – 16||10 – 16||14 – 26||6 – 4||W 1|
|NY Mets||59||37||.615||–||29 – 17||30 – 20||28 – 12||12 – 5||14 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|Atlanta||58||40||.592||2||33 – 21||25 – 19||22 – 15||17 – 10||13 – 11||6 – 4||L 2|
|Philadelphia||50||46||.521||9||25 – 24||25 – 22||19 – 19||8 – 8||16 – 11||4 – 6||W 1|
|Miami||45||51||.469||14||22 – 23||23 – 28||24 – 19||7 – 10||9 – 14||4 – 6||L 1|
|Washington||33||65||.337||27||15 – 36||18 – 29||8 – 36||9 – 8||11 – 13||3 – 7||W 2|
|Milwaukee||53||44||.546||–||24 – 20||29 – 24||11 – 13||28 – 19||7 – 9||5 – 5||L 1|
|St. Louis||51||46||.526||2||29 – 20||22 – 26||10 – 14||25 – 16||10 – 7||6 – 4||L 1|
|Pittsburgh||40||57||.412||13||21 – 25||19 – 32||7 – 11||18 – 28||13 – 11||3 – 7||L 2|
|Chi Cubs||39||57||.406||13.5||19 – 32||20 – 25||7 – 6||21 – 21||7 – 18||5 – 5||W 5|
|Cincinnati||37||58||.389||15||21 – 29||16 – 29||6 – 9||14 – 22||8 – 21||6 – 4||W 2|
|LA Dodgers||64||31||.674||–||34 – 14||30 – 17||11 – 10||17 – 6||25 – 11||8 – 2||L 1|
|San Diego||54||44||.551||11.5||25 – 21||29 – 23||14 – 10||19 – 10||20 – 20||4 – 6||L 2|
|San Francisco||48||48||.500||16.5||26 – 22||22 – 26||14 – 13||11 – 10||16 – 19||4 – 6||L 5|
|Colorado||44||53||.454||21||28 – 23||16 – 30||8 – 19||9 – 8||21 – 18||6 – 4||W 1|
|Arizona||43||53||.448||21.5||25 – 27||18 – 26||14 – 11||10 – 11||13 – 27||5 – 5||W 1|
X – Clinched Division, Y – Clinched Playoff Spot