Houston at Chicago White Sox PPD

Atlanta 3 Milwaukee 0

Boston 6 Tampa Bay 5

San Francisco 1 Los Angeles Dodgers 0


Baltimore 31 Indianapolis 25 (OT)


Toronto 107 Houston 92

Miami 104 Charlotte 103

Philadelphia 115 Brooklyn 104

Memphis 127 Detroit 92

Utah 127 New Orleans 96

Sacramento 107 Portland 93

Minnesota 128 Los Angeles Clippers 100


Cathedral 1 Lawrence North 0


Mishawaka Marian 5 Plymouth 0

Bellmont 9 Marion 0


LaPorte 3 New Prairie 0

Kankakee Valley 3 North Newton 0

Crossepointe 3 Calvary Christian 2

Oak Hill 3 Northfield 1



1 Center Grove (10) 8-0 100

2 Westfield 7-1 86

3 Carmel 7-1 81

4 Merrillville 8-0 73

5 Hamilton Southeastern 7-1 54

6 Brownsburg 6-2 49

7 Lawrence North 5-2 35

8 Carroll (Allen) 7-1 26

9 Warren Central 5-3 23

10 Ben Davis 3-5 7

Chesterton 6-2 7

Others receiving votes:

Warsaw 7-1 (6), Fishers 5-3 (2), Homestead 5-3 (1)


1 Indpls Cathedral (10) 8-0 100

2 Decatur Central 7-1 88

3 Valparaiso 7-1 78

4 FW Snider 6-1 64

5 Harrison (WL) 7-1 52

6 Bloomington South 6-1 48

7 Concord 7-1 38

8 Mishawaka 6-2 27

9 FW Dwenger 4-4 19

10 Zionsville 4-4 16

Others receiving votes:

Michigan City 5-3 (8), Castle 6-2 (7), Whiteland 4-3 (2),

Bloomington North 5-3 (1), Kokomo 6-2 (1)


1 Indpls Roncalli (10) 8-0 100

2 Leo 8-0 `86

3 East Central 7-1 73

4 Jasper 8-0 72

5 Mt. Vernon (Fortville) 7-1 56

6 Evansville Memorial 7-1 54

7 Mooresville 6-2 41

8 Indpls Chatard 4-4 30

9 New Prairie 7-1 20

10 East Noble 5-2 10

Others receiving votes:

Greenfield Central 5-3 (4), Hobart 5-3 (3), Martinsville 5-3 (1)


1 West Lafayette (8) 8-0 98

2 Indpls Brebeuf (2) 6-2 83

3 Gibson Southern 7-1 82

4 Danville 7-1 75

5 Lawrenceburg 7-1 59

6 Brownstown Central 8-0 43

7 Norwell 7-1 31

8 Tri-West 6-2 23

9 Mishawaka Marian 5-3 17

10 Mt. Vernon (Posey) 7-1 12

Others receiving votes:

Sullivan 6-2 (11), Tippecanoe Valley 8-0 (6), Hanover Central 7-1 (5),

Owen Valley 7-1 (4), Western Boone 5-3 (1)


1 FW Luers (10) 8-0 100

2 Eastbrook 7-0 85

3 Andrean 6-2 80

4 Linton-Stockton 8-0 65

5 Heritage Christian 8-0 56

6 Eastside 8-0 48

7 Evansville Mater Dei 6-2 38

8 Tipton 7-1 35

9 Lafayette CC 5-3 20

10 Centerville 7-0 7

Others receiving votes:

Speedway 6-2 (6), Indpls Scecina 5-3 (4), Monrovia 6-2 (4),

North Posey 6-2 (2)


1 Indpls Lutheran (10) 8-0 100

2 Adams Central 7-1 89

3 Monroe Central 8-0 77

4 Winamac 6-0 69

5 South Adams 6-2 54

6 Churubusco 6-2 50

7 South Putnam 7-1 37

8 Parke Heritage 6-2 26

9 Springs Valley 6-1 14

10 Covenant Christian 5-3 13

Others receiving votes:

North Judson 6-2 (12), Park Tudor 6-2 (4), Perry Central 6-2 (3),

Carroll (Flora) 6-2 (1), Sheridan 6-2 (1)


Alexandria (3-4) at Frankton (2-6)

Anderson (2-4) at Logansport (5-2)

Andrean (6-2) at Lowell (5-3)

Angola (2-6) at Eastside (8-0)

Attica (0-5) at South Vermillion (3-5)

Batesville (4-4) at Connersville (1-7)

Bedford North Lawrence (4-4) at Columbus East (3-5)

Beech Grove (3-5) at Franklin County (5-3)

Bellmont (1-7) at East Noble (5-2)

Blackford (1-6) at Oak Hill (6-2)

Bloomington North (5-3) at Southport (0-8)

Bloomington South (6-1) at Indianapolis Chatard (4-4)

Bluffton (3-5) at Lakeland (3-5)

Boone Grove (1-5) at Whiting (2-6)

Boonville (2-5) at Gibson Southern (7-1)

Bowman Academy (0-7) at River Forest (4-3)

Brown County (3-5) at Edgewood (1-6)

Brownstown Central (8-0) at Scottsburg (6-2)

Calumet (6-2) at Hanover Central (7-1)

Carmel (7-1) at Lawrence Central (3-5)

Carroll (Flora) (6-2) at Sheridan (6-2)

Center Grove (8-0) at Indianapolis Cathedral (8-0)

Charlestown (6-2) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-5)

Chesterton (6-2) at Merrillville (8-0)

Churubusco (6-2) at Fairfield (4-4)

Cloverdale (0-7) at Owen Valley (7-1)

Corydon Central (0-7) at Silver Creek (4-3)

Covington (6-2) at Riverton Parke (2-5)

Culver (2-4) at LaVille (5-2)

Danville (7-1) at North Montgomery (3-3)

Dugger Union (1-2) at Oblong (Ill.)

East Central (7-1) at Indianapolis Roncalli (8-0)

Eastern (Greentown) (6-2) at Clinton Prairie (4-3)

Eastern Hancock (5-3) at Lapel (6-2)

Elwood (0-7) at Mississinewa (5-2)

Evansville Central (2-6) at Evansville North (4-4)

Evansville Harrison (1-7) at Evansville Bosse (2-6)

Evansville Mater Dei (6-2) at Evansville Reitz (3-5)

Evansville Memorial (7-1) at Castle (6-2)

Floyd Central (3-5) at New Albany (5-3)

Forest Park (3-5) at Southridge (4-4)

Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-4) at Fort Wayne Northrop (3-5)

Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-7)

Fort Wayne Snider (6-1) at Fort Wayne Luers (8-0)

Fort Wayne South (1-6) at Homestead (5-3)

Fort Wayne Wayne (2-6) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (7-1)

Fountain Central (3-5) at Parke Heritage (6-2)

Frankfort (2-5) at Crawfordsville (0-8)

Franklin (3-5) at Decatur Central (7-1)

Frontier (1-7) at South Newton (4-4)….INDIANA SRN

Garrett (4-4) at Central Noble (6-2)

Greenfield-Central (5-3) at New Castle (2-6)

Griffith (4-4) at Wheeler (5-2)

Guerin Catholic (1-7) at Culver Academy (6-2)

Hagerstown (1-6) at Northeastern (4-4)

Hamilton Southeastern (7-1) at Brownsburg (6-2)

Hammond Central (1-7) at East Chicago Central (2-5)

Harrison (West Lafayette) (7-1) at Richmond (1-7)

Heritage (3-5) at Jay County (3-5)

Heritage Christian (8-0) at Christel House Manual (2-5)….INDIANA SRN

Highland (3-5) at Kankakee Valley (3-5)

Huntington North (2-6) at New Haven (3-5)

Indianapolis Attucks (3-4) at Gary West (5-2)

Indianapolis Lutheran (8-0) at Traders Point Christian (4-4)….INDIANA SRN

Indianapolis Ritter (0-8) at Cascade (2-6)

Indianapolis Tech (5-3) at Kokomo (6-2)

Indianapolis Tindley (3-4) at Indianapolis Washington (3-4)

Jasper (8-0) at Vincennes Lincoln (1-7)

Jennings County (1-7) at Jeffersonville (2-5)

Jimtown (6-2) at South Bend Riley (1-4)

John Glenn (3-4) at South Bend Washington (3-3)

Knightstown (1-6) at Centerville (7-0)

Knox (2-6) at Caston (2-6)

Lake Central (3-5) at Valparaiso (7-1)

Lebanon (5-3) at Western Boone (5-3)

Leo (8-0) at DeKalb (1-7)

Maconaquah (2-4) at Rochester (4-2)

Madison-Grant (4-4) at Eastbrook (7-0)

Martinsville (5-3) at Plainfield (3-5)

McCutcheon (1-6) at Marion (3-4)

Michigan City (5-3) at Crown Point (5-3)

Milan (2-6) at Switzerland County (2-5)

Mishawaka Marian (5-3) at South Bend St. Joseph (2-6)

Mitchell (3-4) at Perry Central (6-2)

Monroe Central (8-0) at Shenandoah (4-3)

Monrovia (6-2) at Indianapolis Scecina (5-3)

Mooresville (6-2) at Perry Meridian (2-6)

Mount Vernon (Posey) (7-1) at Washington (0-7)

Muncie Central (1-7) at Lafayette Jeff (5-3)

Munster (2-6) at Hobart (5-3)

New Palestine (5-3) at Delta (4-4)

New Prairie (7-1) at Elkhart (4-4)

Noblesville (2-6) at Avon (0-8)

North Central (Farmersburg) (2-5) at Eastern Greene (1-7)

North Central (Indianapolis) (1-7) at Ben Davis (3-5)

North Decatur (3-4) at Wes-Del (0-7)

North Harrison (3-5) at Providence (4-4)

North Judson (6-2) at Pioneer (6-2)

North Knox (6-2) at Paoli (5-1)

North Miami (0-8) at Northfield (5-3)

North Posey (6-2) at Pike Central (1-5)

North Putnam (2-5) at Greencastle (5-3)….INDIANA SRN

North White (3-3) at West Central (2-6)

Northridge (5-3) at Mishawaka (6-2)

Northview (6-1) at Indian Creek (2-6)

Norwell (7-1) at Columbia City (4-4)

Park Tudor (6-2) at Edinburgh (5-3)

Peru (5-2) at Manchester (4-3)

Pike (0-8) at Lawrence North (5-2)

Plymouth (0-8) at NorthWood (4-4)

Portage (1-7) at LaPorte (2-6)

Prairie Heights (3-5) at West Noble (3-5)

Princeton (2-6) at Heritage Hills (6-2)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-7) at Covenant Christian (5-3)….INDIANA SRN

Rock Creek Academy (1-6) at Clarksville (1-6)

Rushville (0-8) at Greensburg (2-4)

Seeger (5-3) at North Vermillion (4-4)

Seymour (2-5) at Madison (3-5)

Shelbyville (1-4) at Pendleton Heights (4-4)

South Bend Adams (3-5) at Penn (3-5)

South Bend Clay (0-7) at Bremen (5-3)

South Central (Union Mills) (2-3) at Hammond Noll (1-5)

South Dearborn (6-2) at Lawrenceburg (7-1)

South Decatur (1-5) at Cambridge City Lincoln (0-4)

South Putnam (7-1) at Linton-Stockton (8-0)

South Spencer (3-5) at Tell City (5-3)

Southern Wells (0-8) at South Adams (6-2)

Southside HomeSchool at Indiana Deaf (4-3)

Southwood (4-4) at Tippecanoe Valley (8-0)

Springs Valley (6-1) at North Daviess (4-4)

Sullivan (6-2) at West Vigo (3-3)

Taylor (0-4) at Delphi (5-3)

Tecumseh (1-6) at Crawford County (2-4)

Terre Haute North (3-5) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-2)

Terre Haute South (1-7) at Columbus North (5-3)

Tri-Central (3-5) at Clinton Central (2-6)

Tri-County (0-7) at North Newton (5-3)

Triton (3-5) at Winamac (6-0)

Triton Central (5-3) at Speedway (6-2)

Tri-West (6-2) at Southmont (5-3)

Union County (4-3) at Tri (6-2)

Wabash (1-6) at Whitko (1-7)

Warsaw (7-1) at Concord (7-1)

Wawasee (1-7) at Goshen (3-5)

West Washington (3-3) at Salem (4-2)

Westfield (7-1) at Franklin Central (4-4)

Whiteland (4-3) at Greenwood (2-6)

Winchester (4-4) at Union City (4-3)

Woodlan (3-5) at Adams Central (7-1)

Yorktown (5-3) at Mount Vernon (Fortville) (7-1)….INDIANA SRN

Zionsville (4-4) at Fishers (5-3)

Northwestern (0-7) at Benton Central (0-6)

Lewis Cass (2-5) at Twin Lakes (2-6)

Hamilton Heights (5-3) at Rensselaer Central (5-3)

Tipton (7-1) at Lafayette Central Catholic (5-3)

Western (6-2) at West Lafayette (8-0)




Noblesville vs. Columbia City

Fort Wayne North vs. Harrison

Elkhart vs. South Bend Adams

Chesterton vs. Munster

Castle vs. Columbus East

Bloomington South vs. Southport

East Central vs Winner Lawrence North-Cathedral (Monday)

Carmel vs. Avon



Yorktown vs. Fort Wayne Dwenger

Fort Wayne Canterbury vs. Oak Hill

West Noble vs. Bremen

West Lafayette vs. Griffith

Heritage Hills vs. Madison

Gibson Southern vs. West Vigo

South Dearborn vs. Speedway

Brebeuf vs. Tri-West Hendricks



Park Tudor vs. Liberty Christian

Carroll Flora vs. Wabash

Caston vs. Westview

Trinity vs. Illiana Christian

Forest Park vs. South Knox

Providence vs. Southwestern

Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Providence Cristo Rey

Centerville vs. Cascade




Noblesville vs. Homestead

Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Harrison

Penn vs. South Bend St. Joseph

Valparaiso vs. Crown Point

Castle vs. Floyd Central

Bloomington South vs. Columbus North

East Central vs. Roncalli

Carmel vs. Brownsburg


Hamilton Heights vs TBA

Leo vs. Western

DeKalb vs. TBA

West Lafayette vs. Hanover Central

Evansville Memorial vs. Silver Creek

Jasper vs. Northview

South Dearborn vs. Cathedral

Brebeuf vs. Tri-West Hendricks


Fort Wayne Blackhawk vs. Manchester

Faith Christian vs. Tipton

Westview vs. Argos

Trinity vs. Andrean

Forest Park vs. South Knox

Providence vs. Switzerland County

Muncie Burris vs. Heritage Christian

Greenwood Christian vs. Cascade


Quarterfinals | Carmel HS | Fri, 12 pm ET

Match 1: Munster vs. Columbus North.

Match 2: North Central (Indianapolis) vs. Carmel.

Quarterfinals | Center Grove HS | Fri, 12 pm ET

Match 3: Covington vs. Zionsville.

Match 4: Westview vs. Jasper.

Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET

Match 5: Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner.

Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET

Match 6: Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner.

State Championship | Carmel HS | Sat, 2 pm ET

Match 7: Match 5 winner vs. Match 6 winner. 


1. Crown Point | 10:30 am CT; 11:15 am CT 
Feeder Sectionals: Highland, Hebron

2. Chesterton @ Sunset Hill Farm County Park | 10:30 am CT; 11:15 am CT 
Feeder Sectionals: New Prairie, Rensselaer Central

3. Harrison (West Lafayette) | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Benton Central, Harrison (West Lafayette)

4. Culver Academies | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Manchester, Logansport

5. Elkhart @ Ox Bow Parks | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Elkhart, South Bend Riley

6. West Noble | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Fort Wayne Northrop, West Noble

7. Marion @ Indiana Wesleyan | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Bellmont, Marion

8. Delta @ Muncie Sportsplex | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Delta, Pendleton Heights

9. Ben Davis | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Ben Davis, Brownsburg

10. Noblesville | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory, Noblesville

11. Rushville Consolidated | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Connersville, Mt. Vernon (Fortville)

12. Franklin Community | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Franklin Community, South Dearborn

13. Columbus North | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Brown County, Austin

14. Bedford North Lawrence | 10:30 am ET; 11:30 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Bedford North Lawrence, Terre Haute North

15. Crawford County | 11 am ET; 11:45 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Crawford County, Jasper

16. Pike Central | 10:30 am ET; 11:15 am ET 
Feeder Sectionals: Evansville Mater Dei, South Knox


Week 7

Tuesday, Oct. 12

Appalachian State at Louisiana | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Thursday, Oct. 14

Navy at Memphis | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Georgia Southern at South Alabama | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Friday, Oct. 15

Marshall at North Texas | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Clemson at Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Cal at No. 9 Oregon | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 24 San Diego State at San Jose State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 16

No. 10 Michigan State at Indiana | 12 p.m. | FS1

No. 20 Florida at LSU | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Auburn at No. 17 Arkansas | 12 p.m. | CBS

No. 21 Texas A&M at Missouri | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Rutgers at Northwestern | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Ohio at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UCF at No. 3 Cincinnati | 12 p.m. | ABC

Tulsa at South Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Nebraska at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Yale at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 12 Oklahoma State at No. 25 Texas | 12 p.m. | FOX

Duke at Virginia | 12:30 p.m. | RSN

Ball State at Eastern Michigan | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

Akron at Miami (Ohio) | 2:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Troy at Texas State | 3 p.m. | ESPN+

Toledo at Central Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 11 Kentucky at No. 1 Georgia | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Purdue at No. 2 Iowa | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Western Kentucky at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

UAB at Southern Miss | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Arizona at Colorado | 3:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Kent State at Western Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Miami at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network

Pitt at Virginia Tech | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN, ESPN2 or ACC Network

Bowling Green at Northern Illinois | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 19 BYU at Baylor | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Vanderbilt at South Carolina | 4 p.m. | SEC Network

Texas Tech at Kansas | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Rice at UTSA | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 5 Alabama at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Colorado State at New Mexico | 7 p.m. | Stadium

Liberty at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Utah State at UNLV | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 13 Ole Miss at Tennessee | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

Stanford at Washington State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Iowa State at Kansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

TCU at No. 4 Oklahoma | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 22 NC State at Boston College | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

Army at Wisconsin | 8 p.m. | Big Ten Network

UCLA at Washington | 8:30 p.m. | FOX

Louisiana Tech at UTEP | 9 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 18 Arizona State at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN

Hawai’i at Nevada | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Air Force at Boise State | FOX, FS1 or FS2

Fresno State at Wyoming | FOX, FS1 or FS2


Thursday, October 14, 2021

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Philadelphia Eagles (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Washington Football Team 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, October 18, 2021

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN


Pederson 3-run HR, Braves blank Brewers for 2-1 NLDS lead

ATLANTA (AP) Joc Pederson credits his postseason success to “not making any moment bigger than it needs to be.”

With another jolt, Pederson put the Atlanta Braves on the verge of advancing in the playoffs.

Pederson kept enhancing his “Joctober” nickname with a three-run, pinch-hit homer and the Braves shut down Milwaukee once again, beating the Brewers 3-0 on Monday to take a 2-1 edge in the NL Division Series.

“It was pretty special,” Pederson said of the fifth-inning drive. “To come up big in a moment like that was pretty cool.”

In a matchup dominated by pitching, Ian Anderson and the Braves bullpen combined on a five-hitter and won by a 3-0 score for the second straight game.

Boosted by shortstop Dansby Swanson’s athletic defense, Atlanta can try to reach its second straight NL Championship Series when it hosts Game 4 on Tuesday.

Pederson’s homer was his second of the series, both as a pinch-hitter against Adrian Houser. Pederson singled as a pinch-hitter in his only other at-bat in this series, and has driven in four of Atlanta’s seven runs.

Pederson has hit 11 postseason home runs overall and helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series last year with his longballs. He then signed as a free agent with the Chicago Cubs in the winter and was traded to Atlanta in July.

“He’s been in the big moment, the big stage, and he’s performed and guys appreciate that,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Since winning the opening game of the series, the NL Central champion Brewers have not scored in 19 consecutive innings. They were 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position in this loss.

Asked about the poorly timed offensive slump, manager Craig Counsell said, “We’re in it. I thought we swung the bats better today. … We’ve got to catch a break, frankly.”

Anderson was dominant for the NL East champion Braves, allowing three hits over five innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Will Smith, the fourth Braves reliever, pitched a perfect ninth for his second save of the series.

Milwaukee starter Freddy Peralta pitched four scoreless innings and was pulled for a pinch-hitter when the Brewers threatened in the fifth.

Houser gave up singles to Travis d’Arnaud and Swanson to open the fifth. Pederson, hitting for Anderson, pulled a high, inside fastball deep into the right-field seats for a 3-0 lead.

“It didn’t look like a bad pitch to me, but give him credit,” Counsell said.

Asked how he pulled the high pitch for the homer, Pederson shrugged and said, “I guess I’m a pretty good player, I don’t know. I knocked it out of the yard.”

Adam Duvall made a crucial baserunning mistake when he tried to advance from first to second as Austin Riley tried to score from third on d’Arnaud’s flyball in the second. Left fielder Christian Yelich nailed Duvall for the third out before Riley crossed the plate, costing Atlanta a run.

The Brewers hit only .183 in the first two games of the series, including a 3-0 loss in Game 2. Counsell made one lineup change, inserting Luis Urias at third base for Eduardo Escobar.

The Brewers couldn’t score in the fifth after putting runners on second and third with no outs. Urias, hit by a pitch, moved to third on a double by Omar Narvaez.

Anderson escaped when Lorenzo Cain’s sharp grounder was stopped by a diving Swanson, who held the baserunners before throwing to first. Urias was caught in a rundown on pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach’s grounder to third base, and Kolten Wong lined out to Freddie Freeman at first base to end the inning.

Swanson turned an acrobatic double play to end the eighth after Luke Jackson walked Jace Peterson and gave up a one-out single to Willy Adames.

Walk it off: Red Sox eliminate Rays 6-5 with late sac fly

BOSTON (AP) Back in raucous Fenway Park for postseason baseball a year after a last-place finish, the Boston Red Sox are getting the bounces, knocking big hits in bunches and even benfiting from a little small ball.

Hardly a perfect team, even by their own estimation, Alex Cora and the wild-card Red Sox are four wins from a return to the World Series anyway.

Kike Hernandez delivered Boston’s second straight walk-off win, scoring pinch-runner Danny Santana with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to send the Red Sox to the AL Championship Series with a 6-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

After winning Game 3 of their best-of-five AL Division Series on Sunday with Christian Vazquez’s two-run homer in the 13th, Boston took Game 4 for its first set of back-to-back walk-off postseason wins since 2004 ALCS Games 4 and 5, both from David Ortiz against the Yankees.

“We always said we had a good baseball team that had some holes, and we still have some holes, but at the end, for how bad it looked sometimes, we’re still here. We’re still in the dance,” Cora said.

Rafael Devers had a three-run home run off rookie Shane McClanahan to ignite a five-run third inning that put Boston in front 5-0. Tampa Bay battled back and tied it in the eighth.

The wild-card Red Sox will await the winner of the other ALDS matchup between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox. Houston leads 2-1 going into Game 4 in Chicago on Tuesday, a makeup of Monday’s rainout.

“Since day one, you guys believed in this group,” Cora told his players before setting off a bubbly clubhouse celebration.

Boston improved to 15-3 in potential clinching postseason games since 2004 and have won each of their last eight. It’s their first under second-year chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, who came over from the Rays before the 2020 season and promptly oversaw the unpopular trade of Mookie Betts.

With Cora rehired last offseason following a one-year suspension for his role in the Astros’ cheating scandal, the retooled Red Sox are four games from the World Series a year after finishing last in the AL East.

The 2018 champs have needed a little luck. Vazquez’s homer Sunday came half an inning after Tampa Bay missed out on the go-ahead run on a bizarre ground-rule double that bounced off right fielder Hunter Renfroe and over the outfield fence.

That all followed a Game 2 rout in which Boston slugged a franchise postseason-record five homers in a 14-6 drubbing. The Red Sox hit .341 as a team with nine homers and a .915 OPS in the series.

For the Rays, it’s an abrupt end to aspirations of back-to-back trips to the World Series after winning 100 games during the regular season and rolling to the AL East title.

“There’s no doubt there’s disappointment,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “We had high aspirations to get deep into this thing. We ran into a Red Sox team that they just beat us – no other way around it. They got the big hits.”

The Red Sox are the second team to clinch a postseason series with consecutive walk-off wins. The other was the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 World Series, according to STATS.

Vazquez led off the ninth with a single to left field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Christian Arroyo. Travis Shaw hit a bouncing ground ball to third that went for an infield single when Yandy Diaz bounced his difficult throw to first baseman Ji-Man Choi. Vazquez got to third and Santana entered to run for him.

“Old school baseball right there,” Cora said. “We won the ALDS playing good fundamental baseball.”

Hernandez, who was 9 for 20 in the series, scored Santana with a fly ball to left.

“I had the chance to win the game last night and I didn’t do it,” Hernandez said. “I was thinking, walking to the plate, I was like, `I’m about to finish this game.'”

Rays postseason star Randy Arozarena ripped a tying single with no outs in the eighth inning off Ryan Brasier and advanced to second on the throw. Garrett Whitlock relieved and got through the eighth without further damage, then pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory.

“Once AC said you’ve got to keep going, that’s all I was focused on,” Whitlock said.

Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez allowed two runs and three hits with six strikeouts over five innings, plus one batter. It was redemption after he lasted just 1 2/3 innings and gave up two runs in Boston’s 5-1 loss in Game 1.

Devers finished with three hits. Wander Franco had a two-run homer for Tampa.

The Red Sox led 5-0 after three but Tampa pulled within 5-3 on Austin Meadows’ RBI single in the fifth and Franco’s two-run homer in the sixth off Tanner Houck.

After being solid on the mound throughout 2021 and in a Game 1 win, Tampa’s pitching struggled over the last three games, with the Red Sox outscoring the Rays 26-15.

Right-hander Collin McHugh was the opener Monday and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit before handing the ball off to Game 1 starter Shane McClanahan.

The rookie was pitching on three days’ rest and coming off a strong performance in which he earned the win after pitching five scoreless innings.

Boston had his number this time.

McClanahan quickly gave up a single Vazquez and walked Kyle Schwarber. He seemed on his way to getting out of trouble after he got Hernandez to fly out for the second out of the inning.

But Devers jumped all over a first-pitch fastball and launched a line drive into the first row of the center field bleachers.

Xander Bogaerts singled. That was followed by Verdugo’s double off the Green Monster that scored Bogaerts. J.D. Martinez kept it going with a single off the Monster that brought Verdugo.

McClanahan’s line for the night: five hits, five runs, a walk and home run.

“Down 5-0 nothing in the third inning, that was pretty devastating,” Cash said. “We claw back in it and we came up short tonight.”

Blowin’ in the wind: Giants edge Dodgers 1-0 on Longoria HR

LOS ANGELES (AP) Evan Longoria homered off Max Scherzer in the fifth inning and the San Francisco Giants edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 on a blustery Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in their NL Division Series.

Los Angeles nearly tied it with two outs in the ninth, when pinch-hitter Gavin Lux launched a long drive to left-center. But the wind knocked it down and the ball was caught on the warning track, leaving Lux in disbelief.

Chris Taylor flied out to center leading off, but that ball was caught, too.

“I think any other night the CT ball, the Gavin Lux ball, would have been home runs, yeah,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.

It was the Giants’ second shutout in the best-of-five playoff after winning the opener 4-0.

Game 4 is Tuesday at Dodger Stadium, where the Giants can close out the defending World Series champions. Game 5 would be in San Francisco on Thursday, if necessary.

The Dodgers routed their longtime rivals 9-2 to win Game 2, but mustered just five hits back at home. NL batting champion Trea Turner and Mookie Betts each went 0 for 4, and Corey Seager was 0 for 4 with a walk.

“I thought we took some good at-bats and we just didn’t get rewarded,” Roberts said.

Longoria broke out of an 0-for-23 slump in a big way with his leadoff shot to left-center. He had just two hits in his last 40 at-bats. It was his first postseason homer since the 2013 ALDS with Tampa Bay.

“Just this environment … this is crazy,” Longoria said. “What a wild night, too – the wind. I mean, I think that the sound in here was kind of dampened by the wind.”

After the home run, Scherzer retired his final six batters. But the Dodgers lost for the first time in his 13 starts with the team since being acquired from Washington at the July 30 trade deadline.

“You get to the postseason, you can always lose by one pitch. That comes into play. Tonight I lost it on one pitch,” Scherzer said.

The Giants’ other two hits were singles by Buster Posey and Kris Bryant. Their final 15 batters were retired, including in the ninth when Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen struck out the side.

San Francisco starter Alex Wood allowed two hits over 4 2/3 innings against his former team. The left-hander struck out four and walked two. Tyler Rogers got the win with 1 2/3 innings of relief. Camilo Doval pitched two perfect innings for the save.

Cool, gusty winds whipped the flags in center field and even caused Scherzer to stumble delivering an early pitch on a night with weather more akin to Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Napkins, peanut bags and plastic bags blew on the warning track and through the stands. A dusty haze obliterated the usual picturesque view of the San Gabriel Mountains and kept a pregame flyover from being seen except on the videoboard. A fan’s white cap came flying out of the stands and landed on the field in the second inning.

The fierce wind blew steadily from left to right field throughout the game, ruffling the pants of the pitchers on the mound.

“It’s just part of the game, Mother Nature, and you have to respect that,” said Albert Pujols, who had two of the Dodgers’ three hits.

Scherzer tweaked his mechanics in his last bullpen session before Game 3. It worked. He pitched with a rhythm missing from his last three starts, when he struggled with his command, including in the NL wild-card game against St. Louis.

He retired 10 batters between Posey’s single in the first and Bryant’s two-out single in the fourth. Bryant made his first start of the season at first for the Giants.

Scherzer gave up one run and three hits in seven innings in taking the loss. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 10 – his fifth career double-digit postseason strikeout total – and walked one on 110 pitches.

The tension was palpable into the later innings.

Pinch-hitter Steven Souza Jr. and Will Smith had one-out singles in the seventh, the Dodgers’ first back-to-back hits of the game, off submariner Rogers. Pinch-hitter Austin Barnes struck out swinging.

With the sellout crowd of 53,299 on its feet chanting, “Let’s go, Dodgers!”, Betts hit a screaming liner into the glove of leaping shortstop Brandon Crawford to end the threat.

“Just catch the ball, that’s all I’m thinking,” Crawford said. “It had a little bit of topspin on it and it was right over my head so I was able to jump and hope it was in my glove.”

The Dodgers had three hits – all singles – through six innings.

Their first hit came off the bat of the 41-year-old Pujols, whose bloop single to right led off the third in his 75th career postseason game. Along with Pujols, the Dodgers started 37-year-old Scherzer and 36-year-old Justin Turner at third.

It was Pujols’ first start and hit in the playoffs since the 2014 ALDS with the Los Angeles Angels. The three-time NL MVP hit .294 against left-handed pitching during the regular season.

Pujols singled again leading off the fifth before being replaced by pinch-runner Billy McKinney. It was his first multi-hit postseason game since his three-homer performance in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series for St. Louis.

Game 4 of Astros-White Sox ALDS ppd because of forecast

CHICAGO (AP) Game 4 of the AL Division Series between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain in the forecast. The teams are now set to meet Tuesday afternoon.

Jose Urquidy was scheduled to start Monday for Houston, with Carlos Rodon pitching for Chicago. The Astros lead the best-of-five series 2-1.

White Sox reliever implies Astros may be stealing signs

CHICAGO (AP) White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera implied that Houston may have been stealing signs in Games 1 and 2 of their AL Division Series after Chicago won the third game Sunday night.

Houston was going for a sweep after it rolled to a pair of impressive victories at home. But it struck out 16 times in a 12-6 loss at Chicago after it struck out a total of 16 times in the first two games. The AL West champions went down in order in each of the last five innings.

Tepera, who worked two perfect innings, noted the difference between the Astros at home and on the road.

“Yeah. It is what it is. They’ve obviously had a reputation of doing some sketchy stuff over there,” he said. “It’s just, we can say that it’s a little bit of a difference. I think you saw the swings and misses tonight compared to, you know, the first two games at Minute Maid. But that’s not really the story, you know? We come here to play. We’re going to compete. We’re not going to worry about what they’re going to do.

“All we have to do is execute pitches and they can’t hit them anyways.”

Game 4 of the best-of-five series is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Chicago, but there is rain in the forecast.

The Astros were disciplined by Major League Baseball after it found the team used electronics to steal signs during their run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season.

MLB’s investigation found Houston used a video feed from a center-field camera to see and decode the opposing catcher’s signs during home games. Players banged on a trash can to signal to batters what was coming, believing it would improve the batter’s odds of getting a hit.

Manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired in the fallout, but no players were punished after Commissioner Rob Manfred granted them immunity as part of the league’s investigation.

Sign stealing is a legal and time-honored part of baseball as long as it is done with the naked eye – say, by a baserunner standing on second. Using technology is prohibited.

Jackson leads Ravens back to 31-25 OT win over Colts

BALTIMORE (AP) Even more than usual, the Baltimore Ravens needed Lamar Jackson to do pretty much everything as they tried to climb out of a second-half hole.

Their running backs had been stopped, and another key offensive player had left with an injury – but the Ravens still had their star quarterback, whose latest scintillating effort may have been the best of his young career.

“It’s one of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen,” coach John Harbaugh said. “It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t like we came out, just up and down the field. We had to overcome and fight through some things.”

Jackson threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown on the first possession of overtime to give the Ravens a 31-25 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night. The Baltimore quarterback threw for a career-high 442 yards and four touchdowns, including a pair of short TD passes to Mark Andrews in the fourth quarter as the Ravens rallied from a 25-9 deficit.

Andrews also caught the two 2-point conversions during that furious comeback.

Jackson went 37 of 43 without an interception. He also ran for 62 yards. If you subtract the 5 yards Jackson lost when sacked, he accounted for 499 of Baltimore’s 523 net yards on the night.

“I was just locked in,” Jackson said. “I was just calm. Everything was just moving slow.”

The Ravens had to withstand a 47-yard field goal attempt by Rodrigo Blankenship on the final play of regulation, but the Indianapolis kicker missed, sending the teams to overtime.

The Ravens had their record-tying streak of 43 straight 100-yard rushing games snapped, and it looked like they were in big trouble after Jackson fumbled near the goal line in the third quarter. But after that turnover, Baltimore scored a touchdown on each of its final four possessions.

The Indianapolis kicking game was a big reason the game got to overtime. Blankenship – who hurt a hip in warmups – missed an extra point in the third quarter. With the Colts up 25-17, he had a 37-yard kick blocked by Calais Campbell with 4:29 remaining, giving the Ravens a chance to tie the game.

“Tough loss. Proud of the way our guys fought. We have to learn from our mistakes and learn how to finish games,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “No one is going to feel sorry for us. We have to learn from it and get better.”

Jackson directed an 11-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrews with 39 seconds remaining. Then Jackson flipped a 2-point conversion pass over the middle to Andrews to tie it.

The Colts (1-4) made it back into field goal range, with the help of an unnecessary roughness penalty on Baltimore’s Tavon Young with 13 seconds left, but Blankenship’s kick sailed wide left.

Wentz threw for a career-high of his own, 402 yards and two touchdowns. Jonathan Taylor scored on a 76-yard swing pass early in the first quarter, then added a rushing touchdown in the third as the Colts took a 22-3 lead.

But the game was far from over.

“A guy like Lamar, you know he’s going to have a couple plays,” Taylor said. “He’s a special player.”

The Ravens (4-1) took over sole possession of first place in the AFC North after Cleveland and Cincinnati lost Sunday.

The first half was fairly uneventful, but the Ravens started and finished it poorly. On third-and-15, Taylor took a swing pass, slipped into the Baltimore secondary and outran everyone for a touchdown just 2:01 into the game.

There was no more scoring until late in the second quarter, when the Ravens settled for Justin Tucker’s 23-yard field goal. The Colts had enough time to drive back the other way, and after converting on fourth-and-11, they set up for a field goal.

The kick was missed, but Baltimore’s Marlon Humphrey had jumped offside. Blankenship made the re-kick from 37 yards for a 10-3 lead at the half.

The Ravens, already without injured rookie wideout Rashod Bateman, lost receiver Sammy Watkins to a hamstring injury in the second quarter.

Indianapolis got the ball first in the second half and took a 16-3 lead on Wentz’s 42-yard scoring pass to Michael Pittman Jr. Jackson drove the Ravens back the other way, but on first-and-goal from the 1, he lost the ball and Darius Leonard picked it up for the Colts.

Leonard ran it back to about the Indianapolis 25, then lateraled to Isaiah Rodgers, who went the rest of the way for an apparent touchdown. It was ruled a forward lateral after a review, so that part of the play was negated, but the Colts still got the ball and quickly drove for a TD. Taylor’s 4-yard run made it 22-3.

Jackson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Brown late in the third.

Jon Gruden resigns as Raiders coach over offensive emails

(AP) — Jon Gruden has resigned as coach of the Las Vegas Raiders after emails he sent before being hired in 2018 contained racist, homophobic and misogynistic comments.

Gruden released a statement Monday night, saying: “I have resigned as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders. I love the Raiders and do not want to be a distraction. Thank you to all the players, coaches, staff, and fans of Raider Nation. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.”

He stepped down after The New York Times reported that Gruden frequently used misogynistic and homophobic language directed at Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in the NFL.

Special teams and assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia will take over on an interim basis.

It was a rapid downfall for Gruden, who is in the fourth year of a 10-year, $100 million contract he signed with the Raiders in 2018. It started on Friday when the Wall Street Journal reported that Gruden used a racist term to describe NFL union chief DeMaurice Smith in a 2011 email to former Washington executive Bruce Allen.

The emails were discovered in a workplace misconduct investigation into the Washington Football Team but ended up costing Gruden his job when they also showed Gruden denounced the drafting of a gay player and the tolerance of players protesting during the playing of the national anthem among other issues.

Gruden apologized for his “insensitive remarks” about Smith, saying they were made out of frustration over the 2011 lockout. But the latest emails sent from between 2011-18 when Gruden was an analyst for ESPN show his use of derogatory language went well beyond that.

A league source confirms the accuracy of the emails and said they were sent to the Raiders last week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league hasn’t made the emails public.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said last week that the email about Smith was “disturbing and not what the Raiders stand for” and said the team was reviewing the additional emails. Davis issued a statement Monday saying only that he accepted Gruden’s resignation.

The Times reported that Gruden used a gay slur to insult Goodell and said he was “clueless” and “anti-football.” He also said Goodell shouldn’t have pressured the Rams to draft “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.

Raiders defensive end Carl Nassib came out as gay in June and is the first openly gay player to appear in an NFL game.

In a 2017 email, the Times said Gruden responded to a sexist meme of a female official by saying: “Nice job roger.”

The paper also said Gruden criticized Goodell and the NFL league for trying to reduce concussions, and said that Eric Reid, a player who had demonstrated during the playing of the national anthem, should be fired.

The newspaper said Gruden also mocked an article in 2017 about players calling on Goodell to support their efforts promoting racial equality and criminal justice reform.

“He needs to hide in his concussion protocol tent,” Gruden wrote.

Gruden and Allen have a long relationship, having worked together in Oakland and Tampa Bay. The emails between the two and other men included photos of women wearing only bikini bottoms, including one photo of two Washington team cheerleaders.

Gruden also criticized President Barack Obama during his re-election campaign in 2012, and then-vice president Joe Biden.

Smith said earlier Monday that he appreciates that Gruden reached out to him following the initial report, but that the email is evidence that the fight against racism is ongoing.

“But make no mistake, the news is not about what is said in our private conversation, but what else is said by people who never thought they would be exposed and how they are going to be held to account,” Smith wrote in a Twitter thread.

Gruden’s comments to Allen about Smith came during the 2011 lockout of the players by the NFL. Gruden told the Wall Street Journal he was angry about the lockout during labor negotiations and he didn’t trust the direction the union was taking.

Bengals QB Burrow OK after precautionary hospital visit

CINCINNATI (AP) Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is healthy and expected to play Sunday after suffering a bruised throat during the loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Burrow was taken to the hospital afterward as a precaution but wasn’t admitted, coach Zac Taylor said Monday.

“I think he was just having a little difficulty talking, but as the night went on he was better, and as he woke up this morning he came right to the facility and was ready to go,” Taylor said.

Burrow wasn’t sure when he took the hit to his throat, Taylor said. The quarterback was sacked three times and hit at least eight more times. He absorbed a monster hit from two Packers at the end of a second-quarter run that kept him on the ground for an extended period, but he came out for the Bengals’ next offensive series and didn’t miss any time.

The game ended 25-22 on an overtime field goal by Mason Crosby, who had already missed three times on potential winners. The Bengals play at Detroit this week.

Miami says D’Eriq King needs season-ending shoulder surgery

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Miami quarterback D’Eriq King needs surgery to repair his right shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season, a major blow to the reeling Hurricanes and their hopes of contending in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

King was injured in the second half of Miami’s loss to Michigan State last month, a game that may end up marking the last appearance of his college career. He left the field after getting hurt, then returned and didn’t miss a series but was clearly laboring.

The Hurricanes learned the following day that he likely needed surgery, but both they and King were holding out hope that rehabilitation would give him a chance of playing again this season. That hope is now gone, coach Manny Diaz said on his weekly radio show Monday.

“We’re now however many weeks out, and I think in D’Eriq’s mind we’ve exhausted that opportunity, that possibility,” Diaz said. “So, he’s going to get the surgery on his shoulder and it’s going to be Tyler Van Dyke’s team.”

Van Dyke has started each of Miami’s last two games and is in line to start again Saturday when the Hurricanes (2-3, 0-1 ACC) visit North Carolina (3-3, 2-3). The teams were the consensus top picks in the ACC’s Coastal Division race to start the season and have struggled since.

King, who was in his sixth college season – taking advantage of a redshirt year at Houston and the NCAA decision to give everyone an extra year of eligibility in response to playing through a pandemic last season – completed 66% of his passes in three games for Miami this season. He entered the year widely touted as one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks, is the most accurate passer in Miami history and has accounted for 111 college touchdowns, 76 of them passing, 32 more rushing and three receiving.

No player in college football over the last 20 years has had as many touchdowns in each of those categories.

“That guy, as you saw in the Michigan State game, would do anything to get back on the field and be able to play for us,” Diaz said.

It’ll be two major surgeries now for King in less than a year. He underwent surgery to rebuild the ACL in his right knee in January, after getting hurt in Miami’s bowl loss to Oklahoma State to end the 2020 season. King went through his rehab and didn’t miss a game, starting for the Hurricanes against Alabama on Sept. 4 when this season began.

The Hurricanes lost that game, then beat Appalachian State and lost to Michigan State in the game where King was injured. Van Dyke and Jake Garcia split the snaps in Miami’s win over Central Connecticut State; Garcia injured an ankle in that game, needed surgery and is out until at least November.

That means Miami – which started the year ranked No. 14 in the AP Top 25 and is now unranked – is now without two of its top three quarterbacks. Little-used redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha is the backup now to Van Dyke, who has completed 25 of 41 passes this season for 473 yards and four touchdowns.

King is a captain at Miami and was the unquestioned leader on and off the field for the Hurricanes. With him gone, combined with the 2-3 start, the task of salvaging the 2021 season is now only tougher.

“That D’Eriq King-sized hole in leadership is important as well,” Diaz said.

No. 11 Kentucky loses DT Oxendine with lower leg injury

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine will miss the rest of the season with a lower leg injury sustained in the No. 11 Wildcats’ 42-21 win over LSU.

Coach Mark Stoops wasn’t more specific about Oxendine’s injury on Monday but called it a “big loss” considering Kentucky (6-0, 4-0 Southeastern Conference) has already lost nose guard Marquan McCall in the win over Florida with what he described as a lower extremity injury. Senior Abule Abadi-Fitzgerald is listed as the starter for Saturday’s East Division showdown at top-ranked Georgia.

The announcement comes as Oxendine was named SEC co-defensive line player of the week for his play against LSU. The sophomore recorded two sacks among three tackles, earning credit for a sack after forcing an intentional grounding call. He was eighth on the team with 15 tackles, including 3.5 for loss.

Report: 76ers, Rich Paul progressing on talks for Simmons to return

The Philadelphia 76ers have made progress in discussions with Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul regarding Ben Simmons’ return to the team, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The likelihood of Simmons ending his holdout from the franchise has recently increased, though the team is still exploring potential trades for the 25-year-old, Wojnarowski reports. However, the 76ers are reportedly hopeful they can convince him to stick with the team long term.

Simmons has refused to report to the 76ers in an attempt to force an exit.

So far, the three-time All-Star has missed two of the team’s four preseason contests, plus its media day availability on Sept. 27. Assuming he does not attend Monday’s preseason encounter against the Brooklyn Nets, Simmons will have forfeited over $1 million of his 2021-22 salary, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

The 76ers’ front office has apparently been active in trade discussions in the event the former Rookie of the Year remains steadfast in his desire to leave, though no one seems willing to meet their high asking price.

In negotiations with the Trail Blazers, Philadelphia reportedly asked for three future first-round selections plus the rights to swap an additional three future picks, though Portland rebuffed that proposal. The Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, and Minnesota Timberwolves have also been linked to Simmons at different points over the summer.

Lightning sign coach Jon Cooper to extension through 2024-25

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed Jon Cooper to a three-year extension through the 2024-25 season, rewarding their coach after the team won consecutive Stanley Cup titles.

Cooper has been behind bench with the Lightning since March 2013, and the team has made five appearances in the Eastern Conference Final. It has played in the Stanley Cup Final three times over the past seven seasons.

“Unequivocally, Coop is the best person for the job,” general manager Julien BriseBois said. “He is a great leader, spokesperson and ambassador for our organization. We are lucky to have him as our head coach and I very much look forward to our continued partnership.”

Cooper, the longest tenured coach in the NHL, has a 383-197-53 record in just over eight seasons with Tampa Bay.

The Lightning won the 2020 Stanley Cup title in five games over the Dallas Stars. They repeated during the shortened 2021 season, defeating the Montreal Canadiens in five games.

Report: Liddell arrested for domestic violence

UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell was arrested Monday in Los Angeles for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.

The L.A. sheriff’s department reportedly responded to a call about a fight at Liddell’s home in Hidden Hills. Police determined Liddell and his wife were involved in an alleged verbal argument that turned physical.

The 51-year-old’s bail is set at $20,000.

Liddell, one of the first major Octagon stars, won the UFC light heavyweight title in 2005 with a knockout of Randy Couture. He lost the belt to Quinton Jackson in 2007 and retired in 2010 after going 1-5 to end his career.

In 2018, Liddell briefly ended his retirement to complete a trilogy with Tito Ortiz under Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions banner. Ortiz beat Liddell via first-round knockout.

Liddell and Heidi Northcott have been married since 2010 and have two children together.

Kenyans Kipruto, Kipyogei sweep in Boston Marathon return

BOSTON (AP) Kenya’s Benson Kipruto won the pandemic-delayed Boston Marathon on Monday when the race returned from a 30-month absence with a smaller, socially distanced feel and moved from the spring for the first time in its 125-year history.

Although organizers put runners through COVID-19 protocols and asked spectators to keep their distance, large crowds lined the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston as an early drizzle cleared and temperatures rose to the low 60s for a beautiful fall day.

They watched Kipruto run away from the lead pack as it turned onto Beacon Street with about three miles to go and break the tape in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 51 seconds. Diana Kipyogei won the women’s race to complete the eighth Kenyan sweep since 2000.

A winner in Prague and Athens who finished 10th in Boston in 2019, Kipruto waited out an early breakaway by American CJ Albertson, who led by as many as two minutes at the halfway point. Kipruto took the lead at Cleveland Circle and finished 46 seconds ahead of 2016 winner Lemi Berhanu; Albertson, who turned 28 on Monday, was 10th, 1:53 back.

Kipyogei ran ahead for much of the race and finished in 2:24:45, 23 seconds ahead of 2017 winner Edna Kiplagat.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race earlier despite making a wrong term in the final mile, finishing the slightly detoured route just seven seconds off his course record in 1:08:11.

Manuela Schar, also from Switzerland, won the women’s wheelchair race in 1:35:21.

Hug, who has raced Boston eight times and has five victories here, cost himself a $50,000 course record bonus when he missed the second-to-last turn, following the lead vehicle instead of turning from Commonwealth Avenue onto Hereford Street.

“The car went straight and I followed the car,” said Hug, who finished second in the Chicago Marathon by 1 second on Sunday. “But it’s my fault. I should go right, but I followed the car.”

With fall foliage replacing the spring daffodils and more masks than mylar blankets, the 125th Boston Marathon at last left Hopkinton for its long-awaited long run to Copley Square.

A rolling start and shrunken field allowed for social distancing on the course, as organizers tried to manage amid a changing COVID-19 pandemic that forced them to cancel the race last year for the first time since the event began in 1897.

“It’s a great feeling to be out on the road,” race director Dave McGillivray said. “Everyone is excited. We’re looking forward to a good day.”

A light rain greeted participants at the Hopkinton Green, where about 30 uniformed members of the Massachusetts National Guard left at 6 a.m. The men’s and women’s wheelchair racers – some of whom completed the 26.2-mile (42.2 km) distance in Chicago a day earlier – left shortly after 8 a.m., followed by the men’s and women’s professional fields.

“We took things for granted before COVID-19. It’s great to get back to the community and it puts things in perspective,” said National Guard Capt. Greg Davis, 39, who was walking with the military group for the fourth time. “This is a historic race, but today is a historic day.”

Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono and Worknesh Degefa of Ethiopia did not return to defend their 2019 titles, but 13 past champions and five Tokyo Paralympic gold medal winners were in the professional fields.

Held annually since a group of Bostonians returned from the 1896 Athens Olympics and decided to stage a marathon of their own, the race has occurred during World Wars and even the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. But it was first postponed, then canceled last year, then postponed from the spring in 2021.

It’s the first time the event hasn’t been held in April as part of the Patriots’ Day holiday that commemorates the start of the Revolutionary War. To recognize Indigenous Peoples Day, race organizers honored 1936 and ’39 winner Ellison “Tarzan” Brown and three-time runner-up Patti Catalano Dillon, a member of the Mi’kmaq tribe.

To manage the spread of the coronavirus, runners had to show proof that they’re vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19. Organizers also re-engineered the start so runners in the recreational field of more than 18,000 weren’t waiting around in crowded corrals for their wave to begin; instead, once they get off the bus in Hopkinton they can go.

“I love that we’re back to races across the country and the world,” said Doug Flannery, a 56-year-old Illinois resident who was waiting to start his sixth Boston Marathon. “It gives people hope that things are starting to come back.”

Police were visible all along the course as authorities vowed to remain vigilant eight years after the bombings that killed three spectators and maimed hundreds of others on Boylston Street near the Back Bay finish line.

The race started about an hour earlier than usual, leading to smaller crowds in the first few towns. Wellesley College students had been told not to kiss the runners as they pass the school’s iconic “scream tunnel” near the halfway mark.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State Earn Weekly Football Honors

Co-Offensive Player of the Week
Jalen Nailor, Michigan State
WR – Jr. – Palmdale, Calif. – Bishop Gorman (Nev.)

  • Notched five receptions for a career-high 221 yards (44.2 avg.) and a career-high three touchdowns to help Michigan State defeat Rutgers 31-13
  • Tied a school record with three touchdown receptions and registered the fourth-most receiving yards in a single game in Michigan State history
  • Hauled in touchdown receptions of 63, 63 and 65 yards to account for all the Spartans’ first half points and help Michigan State build a 21-13 halftime lead
  • Becomes the first Big Ten player to record more than 220 receiving yards and at least three touchdowns since Illinois’ A.J. Jenkins caught 12 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns on Oct. 1, 2011 vs. Northwestern
  • Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Michigan State Offensive Player of the Week: Payton Thorne (Sept. 20, 2021)

Co-Offensive Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
QB – Empire, Calif. – Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) 

  • Completed 24 of 33 passes (72.7 pct.) for 406 yards and career-high-tying five touchdowns in Ohio State’s 66-17 win at Maryland
  • Became the first player in Ohio State history to register more than 400 yards passing and five touchdown passes in a game without an interception
  • Recorded just the eighth 400-plus-yard passing game in Ohio State history, with the 406 yards marking the sixth-most ever by a Buckeye
  • Earns the first Offensive Player of the Week honor of his career and his fourth Freshman of the Week accolade this season
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: TreVeyon Henderson (Sept. 20)
  • Last Ohio State Freshman of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Oct. 4, 2021)

Co-Defensive Player of the Week
Matt Hankins, Iowa
DB – Sr. – Lewisville, Texas – Marcus (Texas)

  • Recorded five tackles and an interception to help Iowa defeat then-No. 4 Penn State 23-20
  • With Iowa leading 23-20, made a key tackle on fourth-and-3 with 3:44 remaining to hold Penn State short of the sticks and give the ball back to the Hawkeyes
  • Intercepted Penn State quarterback Ta’Quan Roberson on the next drive to help preserve the win for the Hawkeyes
  • Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Jack Campbell (Sept. 27, 2021)

Co-Defensive Player of the Week
Brad Hawkins, Michigan
DB – Gr. – Camden, N.J. – Suffield Academy (Conn.)

  • Tallied five tackles (four solo), a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in Michigan’s 32-29 win at Nebraska
  • With the game tied 29-29 and less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, stripped the ball from Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez and returned it 19 yards to set up the Wolverines’ game-winning field goal 
  • Garners the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: David Ojabo (Oct. 4, 2021)

Special Teams Player of the Week
Jacob Moody, Michigan
K – Sr. – Northville, Mich. – Northville

  • Connected on all four of his field goal attempts and both extra point attempts to score 14 of Michigan’s 32 points
  • Hit 31-yard and 39-yard field goals in the final three minutes of the game, including the game-winner with 1:24 remaining in the fourth quarter
  • Registered touchbacks on all eight of his kickoffs
  • Earns the second Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career and the first since he was a freshman on Nov. 19, 2018
  • Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Giles Jackson (Nov. 23, 2020)


MAC Football East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dustin Crum, Kent State, QB 
Grad, Grafton, Ohio (Midview)         
Dustin Crum had a career night in the 48-38 prime time win over Buffalo. He became the first Golden Flash to throw for 400 yards since Jose Davis in 1997, completing 22 passes for 407 yards and three scores (all to Dante Cephas). He added 72 more yards on the ground and 2 more touchdowns, giving him 479 yards of offense and 5 touchdowns in the victory.
MAC Football East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Tyson Durant, Akron, CB        
Freshman, Copley, Ohio
University of Akron freshman CB Tyson Durant turned in a career game to help spark the Zips to a come-from-behind 35-20 victory at Bowling Green. Durant finished the contest with a career-high four tackles, including three solo stops and recorded his first career sack, interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery. With the Falcons up 13-7 in the second quarter and driving at the Akron 24-yard line, Durant intercepted the Matt McDonald pass at the 12-yard line and returned the ball 17 yards to thwart the scoring drive and allow the Zips to enter the intermission down only six, 13-7. In the fourth quarter he garnered his first career sack, a 10-yard loss that resulted in a forced fumble and Durant fumble recovery.
MAC Football East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Graham Nicholson, Miami, Kicker     
Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio   
Nicholson was 4-of-5 on field goal attempts last Saturday in a 13-12 loss at Eastern Michigan. The freshman opened the day with a career-long 49-yard field goal and added kicks from 40, 31 and 44 yards. Nicholson added three touchbacks on five attempts as well.
MAC Football West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Drew Plitt, Ball State, QB       
R-5th, Loveland, Ohio (Loveland HS)  
Fifth-year QB Drew Plitt threw for a season-high 310 yards, completing 15 of his 25 passes, including a season-high four touchdowns. Saturday’s game marked Plitt’s six 300-yard passing game during MAC play in his career. His 310 yards are the fourth-most he’s thrown in a MAC game as Ball State’s signal caller. Plitt entered the game with four passing touchdowns on the year and doubled his season output at Western Michigan. In four career games vs. the Broncos, Plitt is 72-of-106 for 965 yards, in addition to 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions, both of which game in 2018 in his second career start under center.
MAC Football West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Bryce Cosby, Ball State, S       
5th, Louisville, Ky. (duPont Manual HS)         
Fifth-year S Bryce Cosby registered a game-high 10 tackles (all solo), 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. In five career games against Western Michigan, Cosby has recorded 53 tackles (35 solo), 5.0 TFL and four PBU. Cosby led the Cardinals defense that induced four Western Michigan turnovers. The Broncos had just two turnovers on the season heading into the game. It was Cosby’s eighth double-digit tackle output of his career and the second of 2021.
MAC Football West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
John Richardson, NIU, Kicker 
Sophomore, Orland Park, Ill. (Brother Rice) 
Sophomore John Richardson kicked five field goals, the last a 29-yarder with 26 seconds on the clock to give NIU a 22-20 win over Toledo Saturday at the Glass Bowl. Richardson tied the NIU school record for field goals in a game with his five three-pointers – of 43, 26, 43, 47 and 29 yards. His five threes tied the record held by Vince Scott (vs. Ohio, 11-6-82) and Chris Nendick (vs. Temple, 10-21-06).  His 47-yard field goal was his longest of the year and he is now 11-of-12 on field goals this season. He accounted for all but six of the Huskies’ point on the day with 16 total and also kicked off seven times for a 64.0 yard average with five touchbacks.

Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State Capture Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Awards

Co-Player of the Week
Madi Kubik, Nebraska
Jr. – OH – West Des Moines, Iowa – Valley – Major: Communication Studies
• Averaged 4.29 kills and 3.00 digs per set with a double-double as No. 10 Nebraska picked up wins at No. 13 Penn State and Rutgers last week
• Matched her season high with 19 kills and logged 12 digs in the Oct. 8 win at PSU, registering her second double-double this year
• Chosen for Academic All-Big Ten recognition last season
• Earns her second career Player of the Week honor
• Last Nebraska Player of the Week: Lexi Sun (March 22, 2021)
Co-Player of the Week
Emily Londot, Ohio State
So. – OPP – Utica, Ohio – Utica – Major: Sport Industry
• Compiled 4.50 kills, 3.67 digs and 1.00 blocks per set with a double-double last week as No. 7 Ohio State recorded sweeps over Michigan State and Michigan
• Tallied match-high kill totals in both victories with 15 against MSU on Oct. 8 and 12 on Sunday against Michigan
• Added 14 digs against Michigan to post her fourth double-double of the season
• Captures her second career Player of the Week citation
• Last Ohio State Player of the Week: Emily Londot (March 1, 2021)
Co-Defensive Player of the Week
Rainelle Jones, Maryland
Sr. – MB – Oxon Hill, Md. – Oxon Hill – Major: American Studies
• Finished with 2.50 blocks and 3.13 kills per set, plus a double-double last week as Maryland split matches with Indiana (win) and Northwestern (loss)
• Recorded her first career double-double in the Oct. 9 victory over Indiana, amassing 11 kills (on a .556 percentage) and a career high-tying 12 blocks (the most by a Big Ten player in conference play this season)
• Contributed a career-best 14 kills (on .448 hitting) and eight blocks in the Oct. 8 match against Northwestern
• Receives the second Defensive Player of the Week award of her career, both this season
• Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: Rainelle Jones (Sept. 27, 2021)
Co-Defensive Player of the Week
Stephanie Samedy, Minnesota
Grad. – OPP – Clermont, Fla. – East Ridge – Major: Human Resources
• Averaged 3.78 digs and 4.56 kills per set with two double-doubles last week as the eighth-ranked Gophers split matches at Michigan State (win) and Michigan (loss)
• Tallied a season-high 22 digs and added a team-best 19 kills in the Oct. 8 match at Michigan
• Named to Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2019 and was last year’s Senior CLASS Award recipient in the sport of volleyball
• Secures her first career Defensive Player of the Week selection, to go along with 10 career Player of the Week honors (two this season)
• Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: CC McGraw (Sept. 13, 2021)
Setter of the Week
Nicklin Hames, Nebraska
Sr. – S – Maryville, Tenn. – Webb School – Major: Child, Youth & Family Studies
• Dished out 11.29 assists per set while registering 2.86 digs and 0.86 blocks per set and a double-double last week to help the 10th-ranked Huskers to road wins at No. 13 Penn State and Rutgers
• Posted her team-leading eighth double-double of the season on Oct. 8 at Penn State with a season-high 49 assists and 12 digs in her 100th career match
• A two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2019, 2020)
• Collects her first career Setter of the Week plaudit
• Last Nebraska Setter of the Week: Kelly Hunter (Sept. 25, 2017)
Freshman of the Week
Lexi Rodriguez, Nebraska
DS/L – Sterling, Ill. – Sterling – Major: Undeclared
• Recorded a team-high 5.14 digs per set for No. 10 Nebraska in last week’s wins at No. 13 Penn State and Rutgers
• Tallied a match-best 19 digs in the Oct. 8 victory at PSU
• Added a match-high 17 digs in Sunday’s win at RU
• Garners her second career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Lindsay Krause (Sept. 27, 2021)

Toledo, BGSU Sweep Week 7 Volleyball Player of the Week Honors

MAC Volleyball East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Katelyn Meyer, Bowling Green, Outside Hitter        
Katelyn Meyer led a Bowling Green offensive attack that hit over .300 on the week. On Friday, Meyer registered 14 kills on a .393 hitting percentage. She tallied six of those kills in the third set, including the match point that gave the Falcons their fifth consecutive conference win. The following night, BGSU swept the MAC West’s leader, Western Michigan. Meyer was impressive again, logging team-highs in kills (13) and hitting percentage (.423). Nine of her kills came in the third set, where she swung .600. The Falcons registered a team hitting percentage of .394, their highest in conference play this season.

MAC Volleyball East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Julia Walz, Bowling Green, Libero     

The Bowling Green Falcons swept both opponents last week, with Julia Walz playing a significant role in the team’s defensive success. The Falcons limited their conference foes to a .090 hitting percentage, with four of the six sets seeing their opponent hit below .100. Walz tallied 43 digs across the two matches, including 25 on Friday. This is her highest three-set total of the season. The senior also landed a career-best five aces that evening. On Saturday, Walz registered 18 digs, helping the Falcons win their seventh consecutive match.        
MAC Volleyball East Division Setter of the Week
Hanna Laube, Bowling Green, Setter            
Hanna Laube ran a Bowling Green offense that saw several season-best performances. Laube tallied 40 assists against NIU, the highest three-set total in MAC play. The following evening, BGSU won the battle between MAC division leaders with a sweep of WMU. Laube logged 36 assists, including an impressive 17 in the third set. In that set, the Falcons swung .475. The senior also added six digs, five total blocks and two aces on the weekend.  
MAC Volleyball West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Taylor Alt, Toledo, Outside Hitter
Alt was dominant over the weekend in wins over Buffalo and Akron. She averaged 4.50 kills/set and hit .426, tallying 27 kills on 54 attempts with just four errors. Alt had early identical stat lines in both matches, recording 14 kills and hitting .423 in the victory at Buffalo on Friday, then she followed that up by hitting .429 and collecting 13 kills on Saturday in the win at Akron. Alt ranks third in the MAC in kills (3.77/set) and second in scoring (4.49 points/set) and has been a huge part of Toledo’s school-record 14-4 start to the season.
MAC Volleyball West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Ryann Jaqua, Toledo, DS/L
Ryann Jaqua had another excellent weekend in the back row for Toledo, averaging 6.67 digs/set and successfully receiving 32-of-33 serves that came her way in the victories over Buffalo and Akron. Jaqua had 19 digs in Friday’s win against the Bulls and she had 21 digs the next day at Akron while posting a perfect reception percentage against the Zips (21-for-21). Jaqua has been outstanding in conference play, averaging 6.17 digs/set in six matches and helping the Rockets get off to a 5-1 start against MAC opponents. 
MAC Volleyball West Division Setter of the Week
Elaine Redman, Toledo, Setter          
Freshman Elaine Redman had a huge part in Toledo’s 2-0 weekend against Buffalo and Akron, averaging 11.00 assists/set and helping lead a Rocket offensive attack that hit .335 across both matches. In the match at Buffalo, Redman tallied 32 assists, as well as five kills on eight attempts, as Toledo hit .385 in the victory, the team’s highest attack percentage since 2019. The next day at Akron, she dished out 34 assists as Toledo once again won in three sets.

MAC Announces Men’s Soccer Co-Players of the Week

MAC Men’s Soccer Co-Players of the Week
Alberto Anaya, Bowling Green, Midfielder  
Freshman, Queretaro, Mexico (ITESM Leon)            
Bowling Green freshman Alberto Anaya had a five-point week as the Falcons opened MAC play with a pair of wins. Anaya scored the game’s opening goal and assisted on the winner as BGSU downed Georgia State, 3-2, on Thursday night. His goal came midway through the first half, and his assist was a diagonal ball that was headed home by Jacob Erlandson, breaking a 2-2 tie with nearly an hour gone. On Saturday evening, Anaya found the back of the net late in the first half, giving BG a 2-0 lead in an eventual 4-0 victory over Georgia Southern. Anaya has 12 points through 12 matches, and is tied for the team lead in both goals (4) and points, while ranking second in assists (4). The Falcons are 2-0-0 in the MAC and 9-2-1 overall.
Adrian Lara, NIU, Defender   
Junior, Shorewood, Ill. (Joliet Township)      
Adrian Lara scored the game-winning goal and helped the NIU men’s soccer team shutout fourth-ranked West Virginia on Saturday (Oct. 9) in the lone game of the week for the Huskies. The center back opened the scoring in the 35th minute, netting his first goal of the season, and the fourth of his career, as NIU earned its ninth consecutive victory. Lara and the NIU backline allowed just six shots, and just three on target, as the Huskies posted their seventh consecutive shutout. The fourth-ranked Mountaineers are the highest-ranked opponent NIU has beaten since knocking off second-ranked SMU, 1-0, on Sept. 19, 2008.
Other Nominees
Salar Faryar, Georgia State, Forward
Graduate Student, Frankfurt, Germany
Salar Faryar scored a pair of goals in Georgia State’s 3-1 win over No. 13 Akron on Saturday night. The win was the first MAC win for the Panthers and the seventh time in program history knocking off a ranked opponent in program history. GSU is also tied for the national lead with six road wins this season. Faryar got the Panthers on the board with a remarkable bicycle kick in the 39th minute to give GSU a 1-0 lead. Just minutes into the second half, Faryar found the back of the goal again to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. The goal proved to be the game-winning goal. Faryar shares the Georgia State lead with four goals this season and leads the team with 10 points.

Mike Melaragni, Western Michigan, Forward    
Senior, Rochester, Mich. (Stoney Creek)    

Mike Melaragni scored his first goal of the season to lift the Broncos past Oakland on Wednesday. The goal came in the 102nd minute off of a corner kick with Melaragni heading it into the back of the net. The goal snapped a five-game winless streak for the Broncos.



Basketball Mercy Rule is in effect at all levels of play and in the IHSAA tournament (Except for the State Finals), a running clock will be initiated after the first half when one team has a lead of thirty-five (35) points or more. Once the running clock begins, regular timing procedures will not be used for the remainder of the game. The Game Clock will run continuously except for the following situations when it will be stopped: 1. An official’s time-out for an injured participant. 2. A charged (team) time-out occurs. 3. Intermission between third and fourth quarter. 4. Anytime a foul is called that will result in free throws. 5. Anytime officials determine it is necessary for safety reasons. This rule will take effect with the upcoming 2021-22 boys and girls basketball seasons.

Indiana Resumes Big Ten Play Tuesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After shutting out a pair of non-conference opponents last week, Indiana men’s soccer (7-3-1, 2-2-0 B1G) restarts Big Ten Conference play Tuesday (Oct. 12) night when it hosts Ohio State (4-5-1, 0-3-0 B1G) at 7 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The match will be aired live on Big Ten Network with Dean Linke and Patrick Doody on the call. Live stats are available at
• Indiana went 2-0 last week against non-conference opponents Omaha (1-0) and Trine (9-0) and recorded clean sheets against both teams.
• Junior forward Victor Bezerra has scored four goals over IU’s last three matches, including a golden goal in Indiana’s 1-0 win over Omaha last week. Three of those goals have given the Hoosiers a lead.
• IU is looking for its first conference win at home this season.
• Ohio State is led by fourth-year head coach Brian Maisonneuve. He has compiled a record of 11-32-4 during his time with the Buckeyes.
• Before taking the helm at OSU, Maisonneuve called Indiana home both as a coach and as a student-athlete. As a player from 1991-94, Maisonneuve earned All-America honors and played beside current IU head coach Todd Yeagley. As an assistant coach at IU under Yeagley from 2010-2017, Maisonneuve helped guide the Hoosiers to the 2012 NCAA National Championship and coached nine All-Americans.
• The Buckeyes are searching for their first win in conference play, starting 0-3-0 in the Big Ten. OSU has dropped matches to Maryland, Northwestern and Wisconsin.
• Sophomore midfielder Laurence Wootton leads the Buckeyes in goal scoring, recording four goals this season. Senior midfielder Xavier Green is right behind him with three goals.
• Ohio State has turned to two different goalkeepers this season. Senior Keagan McLaughlin has seen the majority minutes in goal and leads the Buckeyes in minutes played (800:37), saves (29), goals allowed average (1.01), save percentage (.763) and shutouts (2).
• Indiana has historically dominated the series with Ohio State, owning a 46-5-4 record against the Buckeyes.
• In the last seven matches of the series going back to 2016 IU holds an undefeated 6-0-1 record against OSU. Indiana has won the last six matches via a combined score of 17-1.
• The Hoosiers are 11-1-1 against Ohio State since 2011.
• Indiana won the first 26 matches of the series, a span that lasted from 1973-2000.
• Current Hoosiers Victor Bezerra (4) and Spencer Glass (1) have scored against OSU in their careers.

Indiana Leads Shortened First Day at Kampen

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team (289; +1) came out of the gates quickly to lead the Purdue Fall Invitational after 18 holes of golf at the Kampen Golf Course on Monday afternoon.

The Hoosiers carry the team standings by two strokes over the Cincinnati Bearcats (291; +3) behind a dominant first round from sophomore Drew Salyers. The two-time Big Ten Golfer of the Week fired a 68 (-4) in the opening round to pace the field.

Play was suspended during the second round due to lightning in the area and darkness. The round was unable to be resumed and will be picked up in the morning.

Hoosiers, Buckeyes Set for Primetime Meeting on ABC

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program will play its fourth primetime game of the season when No. 6/6 Ohio State visits Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Hoosiers and Buckeyes will kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on ABC in front of a sold-out crowd.
Indiana (2-3, 0-2 B1G) and Ohio State (5-1, 3-0 B1G) will meet for the 94th time in program history.

Cosby, Plitt earn MAC West Player of the Week honors

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ball State safety Bryce Cosby and quarterback Drew Plitt were named the Mid-American Conference West Division Players of the Week, the league office announced Monday.

Cosby earned defensive player of the week honors, while Plitt picked up recognition on the offensive side of the ball while guiding the Cardinals to a 45-20 win at Western Michigan.

Cosby registered a game-high 10 tackles (all solo), 1.0 sack, one forced fumble and one pass breakup. It was the Louisville, Ky. native’s eighth double-digit tackle output of his career and the second of 2021.

In five career games against Western Michigan, Cosby has recorded 53 tackles (35 solo), 5.0 TFL and four PBU. Cosby led the Cardinals defense that induced four Western Michigan turnovers. The Broncos had just two turnovers on the season heading into the game.

Plitt threw for a season-high 310 yards, completing 15 of his 25 passes, including a season-high four touchdowns. Saturday’s game marked Plitt’s six 300-yard passing game during MAC play in his career. His 310 yards are the fourth-most he’s thrown in a MAC game as Ball State’s signal caller.

The Loveland, Ohio native entered the game with four passing touchdowns on the year and doubled his season output at Western Michigan. In four career games vs. the Broncos, Plitt is 72-of-106 for 965 yards, in addition to 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions, both of which game in 2018 in his second career start under center.

Cosby and Plitt are the third and fourth players to garner recognition from the league office this season, joining fifth-year wide receiver Justin Hall (Oct. 4) and fifth-year punter Nathan Snyder (Sept. 20) who was named MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week.

The Cardinals return to action Saturday, Oct. 16 at Eastern Michigan. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. ET in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Hall chosen to Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for second consecutive week

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Ball State wide receiver Justin Hall was selected to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll following his performance in a win at Western Michigan, the Louisville Sports Commission announced Monday.

Hall racked up 143 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns in a 45-20 win for the Cardinals Saturday afternoon.

The Douglasville, Ga. native had three catches for 49 yards and a touchdown, which was a 33-yard connection with quarterback Drew Plitt. Hall found pay dirt again in the fourth quarter with a five-yard rush. He added a nine-yard scamper earlier in the game.

Hall totaled 80 return yards on the day on three returns. His 30-yard punt return is currently tied for the longest punt return by any MAC player.

After six weeks into the 2021 season, Hall is averaging 141.8 all-purpose yards per game, good for 11th-most in the country and first in the Mid-American Conference. Hall is second in the country in average all-purpose yards among players who have logged at least one yard through rushing, receiving, punt return and kickoff return.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame running back Kyren Williams has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll following his performance in the Fighting Irish’s, 32-29, road win over Virginia Tech Saturday night. It marks the second time this season Williams has earned the honor.

Williams was the most effective weapon on offense for the Irish, as he had team-high marks in all-purpose yards (107), rushing yards (81) and receptions (5). He scored twice against the Hokies, turning in a rushing and receiving touchdown on the night. It marked his second game this season and third of his career with both a rushing and a receiving touchdown in the same game.

For the season, Williams leads the Irish with four rushing touchdowns and is tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He ranks 32nd in the country with seven total touchdowns this season.

Reitano Tabbed as Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS – The Horizon League announced on Monday (Oct. 11) Purdue Fort Wayne forward Morgan Reitano was awarded the Nike Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The Fenton, Mich. native started in both games against Northern Kentucky and Wright State this past week. She played in 143 minutes, and contributed to all four goals the Mastodons scored (recording three goals and one assist) this weekend. She scored one goal and added one assist against NKU on Thursday, Oct. 7 and scored both goals, including the game winning goal, in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 2-1 win against Wright State on Sunday, Oct. 10.

This is the second time a Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer student-athlete has won a Horizon League weekly honor this season. Samantha Castaneda was awarded the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honors back on Aug. 30. Reitano is the first Mastodon to win a league Offensive Player of the Week since Cloee Foor was awarded the Summit League’s Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 21, 2016.

Reitano has played a big role for the ‘Dons this season. She’s scored six goals and added one assist. Her goal total is tied for second in program history for single season goals. She is also tied for fifth in the Horizon League in goals scored. The ‘Dons are 4-1 in games where she scored a goal. In addition, Morgan, and her sister, Bella Reitano have combined to score eight goals and two assists on the season.

Olafsdottir and Norman Lead Mastodons at Rocket Classic

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – Through 36 holes at the Rocket Classic, Anna Olafsdottir and Taylor Norman of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team led the Mastodons with an opening day of 158 at the Catawba Island Club.

Set at a par 72, the Island Club course played from 6,118 yards.

Olafsdottir opened her day with three pars and a birdie in her first four holes. The birdie came on the 335-yard 13th. After finishing her first round, she started round two with eight pars in her first nine holes. Her 78-80-158 puts her in a tie for 23rd place with 18 to play.

After an opening round of 88, Laura Caetano rebounded with a 76, the best score the Mastodons took on day one. This totaled 164, putting her in a tie for 41st. She had nine pars in round one and 13 in round two. In the afternoon round, she birdied 16 and 17 with a pair of threes.

In her first round of the day, Kennedy Brooker had birdies on holes four and 18, both par-4s. She turned in an 80-85-165 for 44th. She had four straight pars in her second round from holes 1-4.

Emma Schroeder shot an 85-82-167 to sit in 49th with 18 to go. In her opening round, she saw a birdie fall on the 450-yard par-5 11th hole. In the afternoon, she got a birdie on 17, matching Caetano.

Casey Bunner shot 81-88-169. She birdied the third hole in her first round and finished with 18 pars on the day.

Competing as an individual, Norman shot an 80-78-158, which tied the best of any individual in the field. She is in a tie for 23rd. Arny Dagsdottir also competed, shooting an 89-87-176.

As a team, the ‘Dons shot 324-323-647 to finish in 10th. The final 18 of the Rocket Classic will fire off at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 12.

Dons and Vikings Meet For Pink Out Match on Tuesday

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will meet with Cleveland State on Tuesday, October 12 at 6 p.m. for the Mastodons’ Pink Out match.

Game Day Information
Live Stats: Link
Series History: Mastodons lead 4-2
Last Meeting: 2/23/21 | W, 3-1 | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Series History
The Mastodons and Vikings have met six times since their first meeting in 2003, with five of those matches coming since 2011. The two squads have played two Horizon League matches in their short time as league foes, both coming in the spring of 2021. They split those two matches evenly, both taking a 3-1 win.

Know Your Foe
Cleveland State is 6-12, 4-3 Horizon League, and is coming off a three-match losing streak. The Vikings lost to Green Bay (3-2), Milwaukee (3-0) and UIC (3-1). To start league play, CSU beat Robert Morris, Youngstown State, IUPUI and Oakland. Peyton Bloomer and London Portis are leading the team with 2.66 and 2.61 kills per set, respectively. Audrey McConihe is pacing the defensive line with 3.67 digs per set.

Think Pink!
Tuesday’s match with Cleveland State will be Purdue Fort Wayne’s annual Pink Out match. The ‘Dons will wear pink to honor breast cancer survivors and increase awareness. All the Mastodons will wear their normal jersey numbers, except Joanna Larsen and Molly Mirabelli will wear 24 and 13, respectively.

Only One Has Played More
Only one Division I institution has played more volleyball than Purdue Fort Wayne this season: Eastern Kentucky. The Mastodons have played 80 sets this season and Eastern Kentucky has played 82.

Leader For a Reason
Katie Crowe has led the Mastodons in kills in all but two matches this season. She has 276 kills, 76 more than the next player on the team: Maggie Castleman. The only matches where Crowe did not lead the team, at No. 9 Purdue and at Robert Morris, Castleman led the team.

Saturday Night Five
The Mastodons have played six five-set matches this season (SIUE, Kent State, Liberty, Green Bay, UIC and Oakland). Purdue Fort Wayne opened Horizon League play with three five-set matches in its first four games.

Double Trouble
Katie Crowe has 10 double-doubles this season, with 55 total in her career. She had three consecutive against SIUE (17k, 10d), Evansville (12k, 11d) and Kent State (13k, 12d). She then got back to her double-double ways with one at Western Michigan with 15 kills and 12 digs. She recorded her 50th double-double against Old Dominion with 21 kills and 10 digs. Most recently, she got a pair of double-doubles at Robert Morris and Youngstown State.

That Tends to Happen When You’re Around Forever!
Katie Crowe ranks 23rd in NCAA Division I in career kills with 1,468 and 12th in the country in career sets played with 485.

Last Time Out
Purdue Fort Wayne dropped a pair of matches at Northern Kentucky and Wright State, both 3-0 games.

Coming Up
Purdue Fort Wayne will hit the road again for four more matches to round out its stretch of 9-of-10 away from home. The Mastodons will play at IUPUI on October 15, then have a tough stretch of Milwaukee, Green Bay and UIC on October 21, 22 and 24, respectively. The ‘Dons will return home on October 29 with Robert Morris.

Valpo, VanArragon Enjoy Strong Second Round on Monday

Junior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) trimmed seven strokes off his Round-1 score, helping the Valparaiso University men’s golf team make a second-round surge on Monday’s opening day of the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate, hosted by Arkansas State at the par-72, 6565-yard RidgePointe Country Club in Jonesboro, Ark.

How It Happened

  • Valpo’s top golfer incurred a rare hiccup in Round 1, when he posted his highest score of the season, a still-respectable 75 (+3). VanArragon righted the ship in a resounding manner over the final 18 holes of the day, going one stroke off a career low with a 68 (-4).
  • The second-round showing helped VanArragon surge to t-2 on the player leaderboard in a 95-player field at 143 (-1) through 36 holes. The junior is tied with Dustin Hasley of Oral Roberts and sits just one stroke back of Arkansas State’s Jack Madden (142, -2) in the chase for medalist honors. Madden too enjoyed a remarkable Round-2 turnaround by trimming 10 strokes off his Round-1 score with a 66.
  • Senior Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) enjoyed a solid day and is well within striking distance of a top-10 finish at t-11. He needed 74 strokes in Round 1 and 73 in Round 2 to close the day at 147 (+3).
  • Senior Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point (Ball State) and freshman Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) had identical scores as both carded 77s in Round 1 and followed with 75s in Round 2. They finished the day tied for 41st at 152 (+8). All five players in the lineup carded 75 or better in the second round.
  • The Beacons vaulted four spots on the team leaderboard in Round 2, climbing into a four-way tie for third in a crowded upper echelon of a 17-team field. Thanks to a 291 in Round 2 following a 303 in the opening 18, Valpo closed the day at 594 (+18), deadlocked with Oral Roberts, Oklahoma Christian and Creighton. That group is just two strokes behind second-place Loyola, while the host Red Wolves own a sizable lead at 581 (+5).

Inside the Rounds

  • VanArragon’s 68 in Round 2 is his second-best showing of the season, behind only a 67 at the Zach Johnson Invitational. In relation to par, Monday’s second round of four under ties for VanArragon’s career best.
  • By going minus-four in Round 2, VanArragon tied for 10th in modern program history in 18-hole score in relation to par.
  • Valpo’s best statistical performance came on par-4 holes, where the team ranked third in the field with a 4.27 average.
  • The Beacons boasted 26 birdies, led by Willis with eight and VanArragon with seven.
  • Kostouros nailed an eagle in Round 2, utilizing just three strokes on the par-5 sixth hole.

Thoughts from Head Coach Dave Gring

“With some rain and wind at the beginning of the first round, we definitely had a very slow start to our day. We certainly struggled in the first six holes, playing those at 10 over. We knew that we were starting on the toughest stretch of the course, and we dug ourselves a hole to start the day. The guys showed some poise and resolve, knowing that they had a lot of golf still to play.  We played the last two thirds of the round at five over and finished on a better note.”

“We started the second round on the same stretch of challenging back nine holes and played those even par. It was a solid start for the afternoon round, and the guys played with a lot more energy and confidence. We doubled our birdie production from the first round and greatly reduced the number of double bogeys that we had in the first round – we only had two in the afternoon round. We played the Par 5s better in the second round, but still not to the level that we need. I was very pleased with the Par-3 scoring in the second round.”

“Caleb continues to play very solid for us this fall. His birdie production was really good in the second round, with six birdies in the round and only two bogeys. He just couldn’t get the putts to drop in the first round. He’s playing with a lot of confidence and his ball-striking has been exceptional. The team is going to carry some momentum into tomorrow, and we have a terrific opportunity to finish the tournament well.”

Up Next

Tee times will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday with the competitors teeing off the first and 10th holes to commence the third and final round of the event. A link to live scoring via GolfStat is available on 


INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team will cap the first half of Horizon League play this week when the Jaguars host a pair of matches inside the Jungle. IUPUI will host Oakland on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) and cap the first half when it hosts Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday (Oct. 15). Both matches will begin at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are available for both contests by reaching out to the IUPUI Ticket Office. In addition, Tuesday night’s contest will be aired on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) calls the action. 

IUPUI (2-17, 0-8 HL) has come close, but has still yet to get off the schneid in league play. Head coach Lindsey Froehlich‘s team has captured at least one set in four of its eight Horizon League contests, including dropping a five-set outcome at Cleveland State to kickoff a recent five-game stretch away from home. 

Brooke Phillips ranks among the Horizon League leaders in assists/set (8.04) and service aces (0.45/set) while Rhiannon Schuenemann is tenth in the league at 3.47 digs/set. However, a young IUPUI offense has struggled to score as freshman Briana Brown averages a team-high 2.93 kills/set and Allie Pogue puts home 2.31 kills/set. Maddie Haines (2.30 kllls/set) and Emily Alan (2.14 kills/set) both put down better than two per set with Alan hitting .190 from her middle spot. Collectively, IUPUI hits just .106 while opponents are hitting .226 for the season. 

In league play, freshman Addie Evans has assumed the libero duties and ranks fifth in the league at 4.17 digs/set. 

Brown recently registered her seventh double-double of the season with 10 kills and 11 digs at Northern Kentucky over the weekend. Brown has a pair of matches with at least 20 kills this season and has double-doubles in two of her most three recent contests. 

Oakland is 5-2 in Horizon League play and had a six-game non-conference winning streak earlier this season. The Golden Grizzlies are riding a two-game winning streak with back-to-back wins over UIC and Green Bay. Jamie Walling, the younger sister of former IUPUI middle Logan Walling, leads the Oakland attack at 3.33 kills/set and hits .269. AnnaBelle Tomei has a team-high 389 assists and defensively Lindsay Wightman averages a team-high 5.27 digs/set. Oakland boasts a strong block in Jessica Riedl (65.0), Kerra Cornist (60.0) and Walling (55.0). 

Purdue Fort Wayne enters this week at 4-17 overall and 2-6 in Horizon League play. All four of the Mastodons wins have come away from home this season. Katie Crowe averages a team-high 3.45 kills/set and 3.93 points/set while Maggie Castleman puts down 2.50 kills/set. Defensively, Rachael Crucis collects a team-high 3.89 digs/set and Ramei Jackson has a team-high 62.0 blocks. 

IUPUI is 26-12 all-time against Oakland in volleyball and 16-2 in 18 home meetings. (Series History)
IUPUI is 20-28 all-time against Purdue Fort Wayne and 12-10 in 22 meetings in Indianapolis (Series History)

IUPUI will kickoff a three-game road trip on Thursday, Oct. 21 at UIC at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+. 

Steinwascher Collects His Second GLVC Offensive Player of the Week Honor This Season

INDIANAPOLIS – For the second time this season, Alejandro Steinwascher of the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team has been selected as the Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, conference officials announced on Monday. 

Alejandro Steinwascher, Indianapolis
Sr. | F | Sterling Heights, Mich.
Major: Marketing

Team Results: 5-1 W vs. William Jewell (10/8) | 2-0 W vs. Truman State (10/10)

  • Tallied five points on two goals and one assist
  • Took seven shots with a team-high five against Truman
  • Earns second career Offensive Player of the Week award (10/11/21, 9/20/21)
  • Last Greyhounds’ Offensive Player of the Week: Alejandro Steinwascher (9/20/21)


Jackson, Mich. – After being named the MVP of the Grace College Tournament and recording her 1000th career dig, Marian volleyball’s Skyler Van Note has been named the Crossroads League Attacker of the Week. For Van Note this is the third time this season she has earned a player of the week honor from the League, marking her second Attacker of the Week in the last three weeks. 

Van Note’s busy week started on October 6 with a 14-kill, 23-dig match in a sweep over No. 17 Taylor, helping Marian keep their undefeated record in Crossroads League play. Following the strong match to start the season, Van Note totaled 39 kills in four matches at the Grace College Tournament, adding 31 digs in 11 sets to help earn the tournament MVP. In the tournament, Van Note recorded five service aces, and had six total blocks including two solos. For the week, Van Note averaged 3.8 kills, 3.9 digs and 0.5 blocks per set to go with a .431 hitting percentage. 

Marian will open a busy week on the road traveling to (RV) Mount Vernon Nazarene on Wednesday for a 7 PM match. 


MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan football picked up two MFA-Midwest Player of the Week awards Monday, capping off a great Saturday of Football. 

“With great team wins come deserved individual honors,” said Jordan Langs, Head Football Coach. “Ben and Xander both have worked hard to put themselves in this position and I am super happy for them.”

Quarterback Xander Stokes claimed Offensive Player of the Week honors for his two touchdowns, 259 passing yard performance in the Wildcats win over No. 6 Marian. This is Stokes’ first MSFA Offensive Player of the Week award this season, and the second of his career.

NAIA All-American Ben VonGunten claimed MFA-Midwest Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his clean sheet Saturday. VonGunten converted both field-goal attempts and went 5-for-5 on extra points. His three punts averaged 41.7 yards, with a long of 52 yards. This is VonGunten’s first MSFA Offensive Player of the Week award this season, and the third of his career. 

Football is back in action Saturday at 1 p.m. when they host the unbeaten Blue Devils of Lawrence Tech.

Crossroads League Runners of the Week


JACKSON, Mich. – Indiana Wesleyan Athletics Department is pleased to announce the Crossroads League has named Jenna Corwenhoven (Mokena, Ill.) as Runner of the Week. Couwenhoven led the Wildcats to a first-place showing at the Bethel Invitational. She finished first out of 174 runners with a time of 18:43.3.


JACKSON, Mich. – Indiana Wesleyan Athletics Department is pleased to announce the Crossroads League has named Eli Fullerton (Belpre, Ohio) as Runner of the Week.  Fullerton led the Wildcats to a first place finish at the Bethel Invitational. He finished first out of 130 runners with a time of 26:00.6.

Wabash Mourns The Passing Of Max Servies

Legendary Wabash College coach and athletics director Max Edward Servies passed away Saturday at the age of 85.

Servies, who first came to Wabash as a student in 1954 after graduating from Crawfordsville High School, served as the Little Giants’ wrestling coach for 40 years before retiring in 2000. His Wabash teams accumulated 487 victories in dual meets with 38 consecutive winning seasons. Twenty-one Wabash wrestlers graduated as members of Phi Beta Kappa and three of his wrestlers earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. He coached All-Americans Dan Emerson, Ryan Mills, and his own son, Tim Servies. Max also spent 33 years as the College’s Director of Athletics, stepping down from that position in 1998.

Max Servies was inducted into the Wabash Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988. He is also a member of the Indiana Wrestling Hall of Fame, the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame, and the Indiana Football Hall of Fame after serving 28 seasons as an assistant football coach at Wabash. Servies earned the Wabash Alumni Award of Merit in 1983 and the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men’s Monon Bell Citation in 1994.

Servies graduated from Wabash in 1958 as a biology major. He earned a master’s degree in biology from Purdue University in 1962. Wabash honored Servies with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2009.

Servies, with help from former Wabash professor and long-time wrestling supporter Dr. David Phillips, recently completed Some Little Giants, a book detailing the history of Wabash College athletics from its start in 1865 through the 2017 season.

Servies is survived by his wife, Nancy, along with his brother, Dick, and sisters Lois and Mary Ellen. He is also survived by three daughters, Alisa, Christina, and Stacy, three sons, Kirk, Kent, and Tim, as well as 21 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Max Servies will take place at Burkhart Funeral Home in Crawfordsville from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, October 17. Services will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday with entombment at Oak Hill Cemetery Mausoleum scheduled for Monday, October 18, at 11 a.m.

Thompson Named NCAC Offensive Football Player Of The Week

Wabash College sophomore quarterback Liam Thompson has been named the North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Football Player of the Week for his efforts in the Little Giants’ 49-20 victory Saturday over Oberlin.

Thompson threw for 255 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 41 yards and another TD in the Little Giants’ home win Saturday versus Oberlin. Thompson was an efficient 16-of-20 passing with no interceptions for a 220.1 passer rating. Thompson leads the NCAC and ranks 17th among Division III players in passing efficiency with a season mark of 175.6. He also ranks 19rh in the nation in passing touchdowns with 15.

Thompson earned the conference’s Newcomer of the Year Award in 2019 and was a Second Team All-NCAC selection that season.

Anderson Names Emma Maubach Interim Swimming & Diving Head Coach

The Anderson University athletics department and Athletic Director Marcie Taylor have named Emma Maubach the interim head swimming and diving coach for the 2021-22 season.

Maubach served as an assistant coach for Anderson during the 2020-21 season. She was a member of the inaugural Anderson swimming team. Maubach was also part of the program’s first four-year graduating class in 2020.

“Coach Maubach worked alongside Coach Donges last season and it is important that our men’s and women’s swimming & diving student-athletes have stability at this time,” Marcie Taylor said. “Coach Maubach will do a great job of making sure those student-athletes are well cared for.”

When Maubach filled the role of assistant coach during the 2020-21 season, the women secured third in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships while both the men and women’s teams broke school records for most points scored in a conference meet. Anderson combined for three all-conference individuals and eight all-conference relays.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be given this opportunity,” Emma Maubach said. “This school has my heart, this team has my heart and this sport has my heart. I wouldn’t be who I am today without AU and the swim and dive team. I am looking forward to getting to lead these young adults in life and in the sport that they love. D-III Athletics is something very special to me and I don’t take this position lightly. I can’t wait to better this program and grow alongside them.”

As a student-athlete, Maubach scored 18 points, individually, during the HCAC Championships as a sophomore. Maubach captured fourth place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5 minutes, 33.39 seconds that season. She then contributed eight points as a junior and three as a senior as an individual during the conference meets.

Maubach spent three years as a member of Anderson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), beginning with her sophomore year. As a senior, Maubach took part in the 2020 NCAA Career in Sports Forum.

A native of Bloomington, Ill., Maubach graduated from Anderson in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport & Recreational Leadership.

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

Anderson Inducts 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame Classes

Anderson University inducted its 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame Classes during the annual Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday.

During the ceremony, Anderson recognized Jeremi Mitchel ’03, Ryan Bennison ’01, Michael Niccum ’84, Gary Gerould ’62, Sue Wood ’03, Mick Dickson ’82, Chuck Rhudy ’81 and special recognition of the 2000 men’s soccer team. This year’s ceremony combined the 2020 and 2021 Hall of Fame Classes during the 2021 ceremony as last year’s ceremony was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeremi (Mitchel) Schortgen came to Anderson from Monroe, Ind. in the fall of 1999 to compete in volleyball for the Ravens.

Schortgen racked up 5,832 assists during her career, which ranks first in Anderson school history and second in HCAC history. She is a four-time first-team all-HCAC selection. Schortgen has also scattered 1,795 career digs, which ranks third in Anderson school history. During her career, Schortgen was selected as the HCAC Player of the Week four times. Schortgen compiled 1,529 assists in 2002 and 1,499 assists in 2001, which hold the top two spots among Anderson’s single-season school leaders. She was named the Anderson Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 2003.

Ryan Bennison came to Anderson from West Lafayette, Ind. in the fall of 1997 to compete in soccer for the Ravens.

Bennison was tabbed the HCAC MVP as a senior and earned first-team all-HCAC honors as a junior and senior. In 1999, Bennison led the Ravens with 33 interceptions. He also scored 15 points on six goals and three assists. Bennison topped the team in minutes during his junior year.

As a senior, Bennison paced the Ravens with 54 interceptions. He matched the team-lead with 11 goals. Bennison scored 28 points on 11 goals and six assists. During his career, Bennison notched 18 goals, 11 assists, 47 points and 145 interceptions. Bennison ranks in the top 10 among Anderson career leaders in interceptions, goals, assists and minutes. He was named to the Anderson Men’s Soccer 2009-2018 All-Decade Team.

Bennison returned to Anderson in 2008 and spent three years as an assistant coach to the men’s soccer program. He was tabbed the head men’s soccer coach at Bridgewater College in 2011, where he remains as the head coach. Bennison holds the program record for coaching wins at Bridgewater.

Michael Niccum came to Anderson from Muncie, Ind. in the fall of 1980 to compete in wrestling for the Ravens.

During the 1982-83 season, Niccum earned first-team all-Hoosier Buckeye Conference (HBCC) honors and won the NAIA District 21 title. He advanced to the NAIA National Tournament and captured fifth place. Niccum was named an NAIA All-American. He closed out the year with a 21-7 record.

Niccum compiled a 21-8 record during the 1983-84 season. He secured his second first-team all-HBCC selection and was named the HBCC Most Valuable Wrestler. Niccum claimed second in the Little State Championships. He then repeated as NAIA District 21 champion and was tabbed the NAIA District 21 Most Valuable Wrestler. Niccum returned to NAIA Nationals and finished eighth to secure NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.

Gary Gerould is from Midland, Mich. and came to Anderson University in the fall of 1958 to compete in cross country and golf. Gerould is being honored in the Meritorious Service category for his contributions as the Herald Bulletin’s College News Bureau sportswriter covering the Ravens athletics teams while a student at Anderson.

Gerould began his radio broadcasting career as a teenager in the late 1950’s. He joined KCRA-TV in 1965 and spent 12 years as a sportscaster. Then in 1979, he began his television and radio sports broadcasting career, where he has been since. Gerould has been the radio play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings since 1985. During that time, he has called more than 2,700 NBA games. Gerould has also covered more than 1,900 events as a television announcer with ABC, ESPN and NBC. He has covered various events including the Indianapolis 500, NFL football games and the 1988 Summer Olympics. Gerould called races with the IndyCar Series for more than 25 years. He also covered the NHRA Drag Racing Series for 15 years.

The 2000 Men’s Soccer team captured the HCAC regular-season and conference-tournament titles. Anderson put together a 13-8 overall record and a 5-0 HCAC record. The 2000 season marks the program’s only undefeated season in conference play. Anderson produced 53 goals and 62 assists on the season, which are both program records. The Ravens scored 2.52 goals per match and allowed 1.19 goals per match.

Ryan Bennison was tabbed the HCAC MVP that season. The Ravens set a program record of six first-team all-HCAC selections as Bennison, Adam Biedenbach, Chad Frank, Andy Foreman, Bill Hullinger and Brendon Matthews each garnered first-team all-conference honors.

Sue (Wood) Anderson came to Anderson University in the fall of 1999 from Connersville, Ind. To compete in softball for the Ravens.

Anderson was named the HCAC MVP in a season and garnered all-HCAC honors in each of the four years she competed. She currently holds the school record with 68 career stolen bases. Among the school career leaders, Anderson ranks third in hits (188), fourth in runs (118) and sixth in stolen-base percentage (.895). In her career, Anderson went 188-for-524 with a .359 batting average. She stole 68 bases on 76 attempts. The Ravens punched their tickets to the NCAA Tournament with a conference title during her freshman season in 2000.

Anderson stole 18 bases in her freshman season, which tied for fifth in single-season school history. She finished 57-for-164 with 35 runs and a .348 batting average as a freshman. As a sophomore, Anderson went 35-for-82 with 28 runs, 15 stolen bases, a .428 batting average and a .453 on-base percentage. She stole 20 bases as a junior, which tied for second in single-season school history. Anderson finished 47-for-133 with 29 runs and a .353 batting average as a junior. During her senior season, Anderson went 49-for-140 with 26 runs, 15 stolen bases and a .350 batting average.

Mike Dickson came to Anderson in the fall of 1978 from Ellicott City, Md. to compete in track and field for the Ravens.

Dickson garnered first-team all-Hoosier Buckeye Collegiate Conference (HBCC) honors in 1980, 1981 and 1982 after sweeping the 200-meter dash and 400-meter dash titles in each season. He still holds the outdoor school record in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.66 seconds. Dickson is a three-time qualifier for the NAIA national meet, qualifying as a sophomore, junior and senior. He also competed on the 1980 conference championship team, which marked the program’s first conference title.

Dickson earned NAIA All-District 21 honors as a sophomore, junior and senior. At the time of his graduation, Dickson held four school records, which included the 400-meter dash, the 200-meter dash (21.77), the 440-yard dash (49.5) and 600-yard indoor run (1:13.5).

Chuck Rhudy came to Anderson in the fall of 1977 from Louisville, Ky. to compete in football for the Ravens.

Rhudy was tabbed an NAIA All-American Honorable Mention in 1981. He was also selected to the All-HBCC first team in 1978 and 1981. Rhudy recorded 10 sacks during the 1980 season, which ties for sixth in school history among Anderson’s single season leaders. He also contributed six sacks in 1981. In 1978, Rhudy also returned an interception for a touchdown. Rhudy was twice selected to the All-NAIA District 21 Team. Among Anderson’s career leaders, Rhudy is tied for sixth in sacks.

Women’s Tennis Opens 2021-22 Season with Split of Non-Conference Matches

EAU CLAIRE, Minn. – The Bethel University women’s tennis team opened its 2021-22 season against a pair of non-conference matches in Eau Claire, Wis. Bethel fell to the host Blugolds 7-2 before defeating Wisconsin-River Falls, 9-0.
Grace Riermann and Sydney Rott picked up the lone doubles win against UWEC defeating the No. 1 doubles duo and ITA National qualifiers Lindsey Henderson and Elaine Franta. Riermann picked up the lone singles point winning in a straight set battle.
Bethel rebounded against River Falls while not dropping a single set.
UW-Eau Claire 7, Bethel (MN) 2
1. Grace Riermann (BUW) def. Clare Palen (UWECW) 6-2, 7-5
2. Elaine Franta (UWECW) def. Sydney Rott (BUW) 6-3, 6-2
3. Lindsey Henderson (UWECW) def. Elise Bierbaum (BUW) 6-4, 2-6, 10-3
4. Samantha Fuchs (UWECW) def. Rylee Schurman (BUW) 6-1, 6-0
5. Alexa Brooks (UWECW) def. Emma Thole (BUW) 6-4, 6-4
6. Morgan Nelson (UWECW) def. Macy Voss (BUW) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
1. Grace Riermann/Sydney Rott (BUW) def. Lindsey Henderson/Elaine Franta (UWECW) 8-5
2. Clare Palen/Samantha Fuchs (UWECW) def. Rylee Schurman/Emma Thole (BUW) 8-2
3. Alexa Brooks/Morgan Nelson (UWECW) def. Elise Bierbaum/Cady Peterson (BUW) 8-4
Bethel (MN) 9, UW-River Falls 0
1. Grace Riermann (BUW) def. Kailey Courteau (UWRF) 6-0, 6-0
2. Sydney Rott (BUW) def. Alexis Budzinski (UWRF) 6-4, 6-1
3. Elise Bierbaum (BUW) def. Chloe Struss (UWRF) 6-2, 6-0
4. Rylee Schurman (BUW) def. Abbie Reed (UWRF) 6-1, 6-1
5. Emma Thole (BUW) def. Erin Gallion (UWRF) 6-1, 6-1
6. Macy Voss (BUW) def. Karyn Duddeck (UWRF) 6-0, 6-1
1. Grace Riermann/Sydney Rott (BUW) def. Kailey Courteau/Chloe Struss (UWRF) 8-1
2. Rylee Schurman/Emma Thole (BUW) def. Alexis Budzinski/Abbie Reed (UWRF) 8-1
3. Elise Bierbaum/Cady Peterson (BUW) def. Karyn Duddeck/Erin Gallion (UWRF) 8-2


TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Hoosier Honored with First Career Player-of-the-Week Award

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its latest installment of weekly honors, in which Taylor men’s soccer player, Jackson Hoosier, was recognized as the CL Defensive Player of the Week.

The Colorado native played a pivotal role in the Trojans’ only match of the week, which resulted in a big 1-0 win over Spring Arbor (5-6-1, 2-2 CL). Throughout the match, Hoosier embodied a stubborn presence on defense that helped lead the Trojans in limiting Spring Arbor to a mere two shots.

Meanwhile, the Trojan defenseman drilled his first goal of the season, the match’s game-winning goal nonetheless. Mid-way into the opening half, Hoosier fired a missile from 30 yards out, just beyond the reach of the Cougar goalie and into the net’s top-right pocket.

Thanks to his impressive two-way effort, Hoosier was recognized with his first-career CL Player-of-the-Week award.

At this point in the 2021-2022 year, TU Athletics now boasts a collection of 17 Crossroads League or MSFA Player-of-the-Week awards.

Hoosier and the Trojans (7-3-1, 2-1-1 CL) return to action on Wednesday, October 13, when they take on first-place RV Bethel (10-3-0, 4-0 CL) at 7:00 pm.

River States Conference Player of the Week award winners picked for Oct. 4-10


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) freshman Avery Huntzinger for the second time this year has been named River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week. The most-recent honor is for her play Oct. 4-10.

The native of Canal Winchester, Ohio, collected 61 assists in two matches on the week. That came in eight sets for an average of 7.63 assists per set. Huntzinger also added 16 digs and five total blocks. Despite her efforts, the RedStorm suffered defeats of 3-1 at Midway (Ky.) and 3-1 at IU Southeast. 

Rio Grande (5-11, 3-5 RSC) will host Brescia (Ky.) and Oakland City this weekend. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University libero Mariana Rodriguez had a big week in the back row to earn River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week Oct. 4-10.

The sophomore from Houston, Texas, compiled 33 digs in two matches to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 week. She averaged 4.71 digs per set with a season-high 21 in a four-set win over Rio Grande (Ohio) and then 12 more in a sweep of WVU Tech. Rodriguez had just to reception errors in seven sets while also picking up 11 assists and three service aces. 

Midway is now 12-2 overall, 6-2 RSC heading into its matchup at IU Southeast on Oct. 12. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University outside hitter Brooke Trompler totaled 35 kills in two matches to gain River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week honors for Oct. 4-10.

Trompler, a sophomore from Campton, Ky., averaged 5.00 kills in seven sets as the Eagles went 2-0 on the week. Midway beat Rio Grande with Trompler getting a season-high 21 kills. In a sweep of WVU Tech, she added 14 kills and a .300 percentage. 

For the week, Trompler hit .295 and also added 12 digs and four total blocks for a total of 38.5 points. Midway is 12-2 overall, 6-2 RSC and will be at IU Southeast on Oct. 12. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande senior Cody Booth set a personal-best in a meet victory to claim River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week Oct. 4-10.

Booth, from New Philadelphia, Ohio, won first place at the Royals Cross Country Challenge Blue Division hosted by Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. Booth had a time of 24 minutes, 41 seconds in the 8K, which beat his previous best by more than a minute. 

Booth beat the next closest runner by 37 seconds and helped Rio Grande to seventh place of 25 teams. There were 188 runners in the race overall. The RedStorm will host the Rio Grande Classic Oct. 22 for their next meet. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University senior Alyssa Campbell had a high finish to garner River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Oct. 4-10. 

Campbell, from New Brighton, Pa., was second place of 111 runners at the Carnegie Mellon Invitational. That was with a time of 19:06 at the meet that had mainly NCAA Division II schools and DI Duquesne in attendance. Campbell’s 5K time helped the Pioneers to fifth place of 15 teams in the race. 

It was the second weekly honor in three times competing this year for Campbell. The Pioneers will be at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Oct. 23. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande junior Jacob Calvin won first place at the Golden Bear Classic to earn River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week Oct. 4-10. 

The native of Chillicothe, Ohio, earned a one-stroke victory at the tournament hosted by WVU Tech at Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, W.Va. He fired scores of 72 and 76 in the two-day tournament. That was good for 4-over 138. He led by two shots after shooting par the first 18 holes.

Rio Grande placed fourth of seven as a team. The RedStorm visit the Roger Merb Invitational in McDermott, Ohio, Oct. 18-19. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) senior Chase Davis had three goals on the week to register River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 4-10.

The native of Huntington, W.Va., had her three goals and six points over two games on the week. Rio Grande beat Midway (Ky.), 4-2, and later tied Asbury (Ky.), 1-1, in double overtime. Davis’ big week kept the RedStorm unbeaten in its last five games with a 4-0-1 record in that span.

The RedStorm (4-5-2, 4-1 RSC) will welcome Carlow (Pa.) and Point Park (Pa.) this weekend. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ohio Valley (W.Va.) University defender Alejandra Mesa played a key part of a conference win to pick up River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Oct. 4-10.

The senior right back from Antioquia, Colombia, had solid defense in the Fighting Scots’ 3-1 win over Carlow. She also got into the scoring with an assist on the first goal. The victory ran Ohio Valley’s record to 6-1-1 overall and kept the Fighting Scots unbeaten in conference play at 6-0 RSC. 

Ohio Valley will be at IU East on Oct. 14. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University junior Jaime Rodriguez had seven points on the week to garner River States Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week Oct. 4-10.

An outside midfielder from Madrid, Spain, Rodriguez did all of his scoring in a 4-2 win at Mt. Vernon Nazarene. He notched a hat trick to bring the Pioneers back from a 2-1 deficit at the half, and he also added an assist on the night. The Pioneers went on to lose at WVU Tech, 3-2, later in the week.

Point Park will travel to Rio Grande (Ohio) on Oct. 16. 


MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East goalkeeper Alex Visscher keyed a conference win and thus was named River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 4-10. 

The junior from Muskegon, Mich., made eight saves in the Red Wolves’ 3-2, overtime win over Brescia (Ky.). In the only game of the week, IU East picked up and big win and handed the Bearcats their first conference loss. Visscher played all 103 minutes in the victory.

IU East will be going to WVU Tech on Oct. 16. 


1907       At Detroit’s Bennett Park, right-hander Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown throws a 2-0 shutout, beating the Tigers to capture the World Championship for the Cubs. Although Game 1 ended in a 3-3, 12-inning tie, Chicago becomes the first club to sweep a Fall Classic when the team wins the next four games.

1916       In front of a record crowd of 43,620 fans at Braves Field, Red Sox right-hander Ernie Shore three-hits the Robins in Game 5 of the World Series, 4-1, to capture the team’s fourth World Championship in the 13-year history of the Fall Classic. As it did last season, Boston plays its Fall Classic home games in their crosstown National League rival’s larger ballpark, allowing more fans to attend the game than if the contest had held at Fenway Park.

1920       At Cleveland’s League Park, the Indians’ hurler Stan Coveleski blanks the Robins, 3-0, to win the 1920 World Series. The Tribe, en route to the franchise’s first World Championship, wins the best of nine series five games to 2.

1923       In front of the largest crowd in baseball history, 62,430 fans are on hand to see Casey Stengel hit his second home run of the World Series. The round-tripper proves to be the difference when Giants hurler Art Nehf outduels Yankees’ starter Sam Jones in Game 3 of the Fall Classic, 1-0.

1929       The A’s, trailing 8-0 during Game 4 of the World Series, erupt for ten runs in the seventh inning off three Cub pitchers en route to a 10-8 victory. Chicago’s Hack Wilson becomes one of the game’s goats when he loses two balls in the sun in center field.

1948       The Yankees surprise their fans and a skeptical press when they name Casey Stengel to replace Bucky Harris as the team’s manager. In his previous stints as the skipper with the National League’s Braves and Dodgers, the ‘Old Perfesser’ had never finished higher than fifth place.

1949       Vin Scully, working his first broadcast ever, does the play-by-play when Maryland defeats Boston University at Fenway Park, 14-13. The football assignment marks the start of a 67-year career in the broadcast booth for the Hall of Fame baseball announcer, who becomes the iconic voice of the Dodgers.

1954       Although a group comes forward to keep the team in Philadelphia, the American League owners approve the sale of the A’s to Arnold Johnson, a Chicago businessman planning to shift the team to Kansas City next season. The last-minute deal to keep the franchise in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ includes Charlie Finley, who will eventually buy the team after moving to KC, taking the club to Oakland in 1968.

1958       Willie Mays makes his first appearance in New York since the Giants moved to San Francisco when his barnstorming NL All-Stars beat Mickey Mantle’s American League All-Stars, 6-2. Before the game, the ‘Say Hey Kid,’ who thrills the Yankee Stadium crowd of 21,129 with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, bests ‘The Mick’ in a home run hitting contest, 2-1.

1963       At the last game featuring major-leaguers played at the historic Polo Grounds, the Latin stars from the National League beat their AL peers, 5-2, in the first and only Hispanic Major League All-Star Game. The postseason exhibition includes future Hall of Famers Luis Aparicio, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, and Juan Marichal, with Twins first baseman Vic Power, a native of Puerto Rico, is honored as the number-one Latin American player during a pregame ceremony.

1965       Larry Bowa, who did not make the baseball team during his first three years in high school, signs as an amateur free agent by Philadelphia. The persistent infielder, who made the C. K. McClatchy squad as a senior, will be given the Phillies’ starting shortstop position in 1970 by Phillies’ skipper Frank Lucchesi, an admirer of the 24 year-old’s fiery personality.

1967       Lou Brock becomes the third player in major league history to accomplish a trio of thefts in a World Series contest. The three stolen bases during the Cardinals’ 7-2 victory over Boston in Game 7 gives the speedy St. Louis left fielder a total of seven for the series, establishing a new Fall Classic mark.

1967       Boston’s Impossible Dream comes to an end when Cardinals’ ace Bob Gibson throws a three-hitter, his third complete game in the Fall Classic, beating the Red Sox, 7-2. The team’s slogan for the season, based on the hit song from the musical “Man of La Mancha,” became popular as the ninth-place team from last year won the AL flag on the last day of the campaign in a pennant race involving four teams and came up one game short from being the World Champions.

1969       Al Weis’s timely ninth-inning hit, combined with the two-hitter tossed by Jerry Koosman and Ron Taylor, enable the Mets to even the Fall Classic with the Orioles at one game apiece. New York will win the next three games, all played at Shea Stadium, to finish their amazing season with a World Championship.

1972       After clinching the pennant with a 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the ALCS, Blue Moon Odom, and Vida Blue give new meaning to the term the Swingin’ A’s when the starting pitcher and the game’s closer begin to brawl in the clubhouse. Odom, who left after five innings having allowed a run on two hits, takes exception to the universal choke sign made by Vida Blue when the reliever used the gesture to answer his own question, “How come you starters can’t finish what you begin.”

1972       In Game 5 of the ALCS, the A’s clinch their first American League pennant since 1931 by beating Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 2-1. Oakland’s Blue Moon Odom goes the first five innings, giving up one run on two hits, and the ill starter is then replaced by Vida Blue, who shuts down the opponents the rest of the way for a four-inning save.

1982       In Game 1, Brewers’ leadoff batter Paul Molitor becomes the first player to collect five hits in a World Series game. The third baseman’s 5-for-6 Fall Classic performance helps Milwaukee rout the Cardinals, 10-0, the largest shutout margin since the Yankees blanked the Bucs 12-0 in 1960.

1983       At Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, the Orioles even the series at a game apiece as they defeat the Phillies, 4-1. In a battle between rookie pitchers, Mike Boddicker throws a three-hitter, besting Charles Hudson as John Lowenstein paces the Birds’ offense with three hits, including a fifth-inning home run.

1986       The Angels, ahead 5-4 and one strike away from going to the World Series, see their lead vanish when Dave Henderson, who had Bobby Grich’s fly ball bounce over the fence off the heel of his glove, hits a two-run homer off Donnie Moore, putting the Red Sox ahead, 6-5. California will tie the Anaheim Stadium contest in the bottom of the frame, but Boston will prevail, scoring the deciding run in the 11th inning on a Henderson sac fly.

1997       Livan Hernandez, with a complete-game performance at Pro Player Stadium, strikes out 15 Braves in the Marlins’ 2-1 victory in Game 5 of the 1997 NLCS. The rookie right-hander, also the winner in Game 2 for the eventual World Champs, is named the MVP of the NL’s championship series.

2001       Tom Kelly retires as the Twins’ skipper. During his 15-season tenure, the longest among current managers, he won two World Series titles and compiled a record of 1140-1244 for the small-market team.

2003       With his team having lost three consecutive playoff games and on the brink of elimination in the NLCS, Marlins starter Josh Beckett sends the series back to Chicago, striking out 11 Chicago batters en route to tossing a two-hit 4-0 shutout at Pro Player Stadium. Florida will complete their stunning comeback by winning the final two games at Wrigley Field, including the infamous Game 6 that will make Steve Bartman an instant villain in the Windy City.

2003       Thirty-five years after creating controversy with his non-traditional rendition of the song, Jose Feliciano sings the Star-Spangled Banner at the Marlins’ NLCS game against the Cubs at Pro Player Stadium. The singer’s gospelized version of the national anthem sung before the start of Game 5 of the 1968 World Series at Tiger Stadium caused such a flap that some radio stations stopped playing his records on the air.

2005       The White Sox’ 2-1 victory, tying the ALCS at one game apiece with the Angels, will be best remembered for Doug Eddings’s controversial call which he appears to signal the third out of the ninth inning has been made, but A.J. Pierzynski takes first base as the home plate ump belatedly rules the catcher had trapped the swinging strike. Chicago will take advantage of the incident when pinch-runner Pablo Ozuna steals second and scores the winning run on Joe Crede’s double.

2007       In a move commended by environmentalists, the Devil Rays, which had decided to phase out all free parking, continues to extend its offer to all vehicles transporting four or more passengers. The decision exemplifies Tampa Bay’s continued approach to the greening of Tropicana Field and its team operations.

2009       The Phillies rally for three runs in the top of the ninth, beating the Rockies 5-4 in Game 4 of the division series to advance to the NLCS. For the second consecutive night at Coors Field, Huston Street, Colorado’s very reliable closer, gives up runs in the final frame and takes the loss.

2009       The Cubs file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Wilmington, Delaware. The anticipated short-term move will allow the club’s owner, the Tribune Company, to sell the team in an $845 million deal to the family of TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.’s founder, Joe Ricketts.

2010       The Rangers, behind the complete-game effort by Cliff Lee, beat Tampa Bay, 5-1, in the decisive Game 5 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field for the team’s first playoff series victory in franchise history, the last major league club to accomplish the task. Texas, who will take on the Yankees for the AL flag, lost three previous playoff appearances with first-round losses to the Bronx Bombers in 1996 and 1998-99.

2012       Twice within a strike of reaching the NLCS, the Nationals suffer the worst collapse ever in a winner-take-all baseball postseason game when they are stunned by the visiting Cardinals. After his team takes a 6-0 advantage in the third inning and clings to a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth, Washington’s closer Drew Storen gives up four runs in the final frame, resulting in the eventual devastating 9-5 loss at Nationals Park.

2013       Anibal Sanchez becomes the second person to strike out four batters in an inning in the postseason, whiffing Jacoby Ellsbury, Shane Victorino (reaches base on a passed ball), David Ortiz, and Mike Napoli in Detroit’s 1-0 ALCS victory over the Red Sox at Fenway Park. The 29 year-old right-hander, whose first-frame feat matches Cubs right-hander Orval Overall’s total in Game 5 of the 1908 Fall Classic, is also the first Tiger hurler to accomplish the feat in franchise history, including the regular season.

2013       For the first time in baseball history, two playoff games on the same day end with a score of 1-0. In Game One of the ALCS, the Tigers blank Red Sox with the Fenway Park lone run scoring on Jhonny Peralta’s sixth-inning sac fly, and Jon Jay’s sacrifice fly at Busch Stadium in the fifth frame provides the only tally for the Cardinals need to take a 2-0 game advantage to LA in the NLCS.

2015       The Cubs homer six times en route to an 8-6 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field in the Game 3 of the NLDS. Chicago’s sextet of round-trippers, including long balls from Kris Bryant, Starlin Castro, Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, and Jorge Soler, sets the postseason mark for home runs by one team in a game.


American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills410.8000.0172642-1-02-0-03-1-01-0-04 W
New England Patriots230.4002.096920-3-02-0-02-1-01-1-01 W
Miami Dolphins140.2003.0791540-2-01-2-01-3-01-1-04 L
New York Jets140.2003.0671211-1-00-3-01-2-00-1-01 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers410.8000.01421162-1-02-0-03-0-02-0-03 W
Denver Broncos320.6001.0102761-1-02-1-02-2-00-0-02 L
Las Vegas Raiders320.6001.01131202-1-01-1-03-1-00-1-02 L
Kansas City Chiefs230.4002.01541631-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens410.8000.01361172-0-02-1-03-1-00-0-04 W
Cincinnati Bengals320.6001.01141002-1-01-1-02-0-01-0-01 L
Cleveland Browns320.6001.01421142-0-01-2-01-2-00-0-01 L
Pittsburgh Steelers230.4002.0941121-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans320.6000.01321301-1-02-1-02-1-02-0-01 W
Houston Texans140.2002.0891411-2-00-2-01-3-01-0-04 L
Indianapolis Colts140.2002.01081280-2-01-2-01-2-00-1-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars050.0003.0931520-3-00-2-00-4-00-2-05 L
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys410.8000.01701173-0-01-1-03-1-02-0-04 W
Washington Football Team230.4002.01231551-2-01-1-02-1-01-0-01 L
Philadelphia Eagles230.4002.01151240-2-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
New York Giants140.2003.01031390-2-01-2-01-3-00-2-01 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals5001.0000.0157952-0-03-0-03-0-02-0-05 W
Los Angeles Rams410.8001.01411162-1-02-0-03-1-01-1-01 W
Seattle Seahawks230.4003.01201260-2-02-1-01-2-01-1-01 L
San Francisco 49ers230.4003.01171190-2-02-1-02-3-00-2-03 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers410.8000.01201222-0-02-1-02-1-01-0-04 W
Chicago Bears320.6001.0841002-0-01-2-01-1-01-0-02 W
Minnesota Vikings230.4002.01131092-1-00-2-02-1-01-0-01 W
Detroit Lions050.0004.0981380-2-00-3-00-4-00-3-05 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers410.8000.01671223-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-02 W
Carolina Panthers320.6001.0115872-1-01-1-01-2-01-0-02 L
New Orleans Saints320.6001.0127911-1-02-1-02-2-00-1-01 W
Atlanta Falcons230.4002.01051481-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 W

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage


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Nashville SC28111434626208-7-03-7-347
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New York2810711343046-5-34-2-837
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Toronto FC2867153454-204-5-42-2-1125
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Real Salt Lake2811611454418-4-23-2-939
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Los Angeles FC2897124041-16-5-33-2-934
San Jose2889113544-94-3-74-6-433
FC Dallas29610133947-84-7-32-3-1028

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference