INDIANA HS FOOTBALL SECTIONAL MATCH-UPS

CLASS 4A
SECTIONAL 17
LOWELLATCULVER ACADEMY 7:30 PM
KANKAKEE VALLEYATNEW PRAIRIE 8:00 PM
GARY WESTATHOBART 8:00 PM
HIGHLANDATEAST CHICAGO CENTRAL 8:00 PM
SECTIONAL 18
WAWASEEATLOGANSPORT 7:00 PM
NORTHRIDGEATSOUTH BEND RILEY 7:00 PM
NORTHWOODATSOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 7:00 PM
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPHATPLYMOUTH 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 19
EAST NOBLEATANGOLA 7:00 PM
FORT WAYNE SOUTHATLEO 7:00 PM
NEW HAVENATDEKALB 7:00 PM
COLUMBIA CITYATFORT WAYNE WAYNE 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 20
MISSISSINEWAATMARION 7:00 PM
HUNTINGTON NORTHATMUNCIE CENTRAL 7:00 PM
KOKOMOATFRANKFORT 7:00 PM
WESTERNATJAY COUNTY 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 21
BREBEUF JESUITATNORTHVIEW 7:00 PM
LEBANONATMOORESVILLE 7:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLIATINDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE 7:00 PM
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTONATINDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 22
RICHMONDATCONNERSVILLE 7:00 PM
BEECH GROVEATNEW CASTLE 7:00 PM
NEW PALESTINEATMOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) 7:00 PM
PENDLETON HEIGHTSATGREENFIELD-CENTRAL 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 23
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCEATSHELBYVILLE 7:00 PM
MARTINSVILLEATGREENWOOD 7:00 PM
SILVER CREEKATJENNINGS COUNTY 7:00 PM
EDGEWOODATEAST CENTRAL 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 24
EVANSVILLE MEMORIALATEVANSVILLE BOSSE 8:00 PM
BOONVILLEATEVANSVILLE HARRISON 8:00 PM
EVANSVILLE CENTRALATEVANSVILLE REITZ 8:00 PM
CLASS 3A
SECTIONAL 25
TWIN LAKESATWEST LAFAYETTE 7:00 PM
BOONE GROVEATCALUMET 8:00 PM
GRIFFITHATRIVER FOREST 8:00 PM
HANOVER CENTRALATRENSSELAER CENTRAL 8:00 PM
SECTIONAL 26
MISHAWAKA MARIANATWEST NOBLE 7:00 PM
LAKELANDATKNOX 7:00 PM
SOUTH BEND CLAYATJIMTOWN 7:00 PM
FAIRFIELDATJOHN GLENN 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 27
NORWELLATHERITAGE 7:00 PM
FORT WAYNE CONCORDIAATWOODLAN 7:00 PM
YORKTOWNATDELTA 7:00 PM
BELLMONTATGARRETT 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 28
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARDATNORTHWESTERN 7:00 PM
HAMILTON HEIGHTSATMACONAQUAH 7:00 PM
GUERIN CATHOLICATOAK HILL 7:00 PM
TIPPECANOE VALLEYATPERU 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 29
WESTERN BOONEATCRAWFORDSVILLE 7:00 PM
TRI-WESTATDANVILLE 7:00 PM
MONROVIAATPURDUE POLYTECHNIC 7:00 PM
SPEEDWAYATNORTH MONTGOMERY 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 30
VINCENNES LINCOLNATGIBSON SOUTHERN 7:30 PM
OWEN VALLEYATMOUNT VERNON (POSEY) 7:30 PM
PRINCETONATWEST VIGO 8:00 PM
WASHINGTONATPIKE CENTRAL 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 31
LAWRENCEBURGATSOUTH DEARBORN 7:00 PM
GREENSBURGATRUSHVILLE 7:00 PM
INDIAN CREEKATFRANKLIN COUNTY 7:00 PM
BATESVILLEATCENTERVILLE 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 32
SCOTTSBURGATCORYDON CENTRAL 7:00 PM
NORTH HARRISONATSOUTHRIDGE 7:30 PM
MADISONATHERITAGE HILLS 8:00 PM
CHARLESTOWNATSALEM 7:00 PM
CLASS 2A
SECTIONAL 33
WHITINGATLAVILLE 8:00 PM
WHEELERATBREMEN 7:30 PM
HAMMOND NOLLATLAKE STATION 8:00 PM
SECTIONAL 34
WINAMACATLAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 7:00 PM
ROCHESTERATSEEGER 7:00 PM
BENTON CENTRALATDELPHI 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 35
PRAIRIE HEIGHTSATFORT WAYNE LUERS 7:00 PM
CHURUBUSCOATCENTRAL NOBLE 7:00 PM
EASTSIDEATWABASH 7:00 PM
MANCHESTERATWHITKO 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 36
EASTBROOKATFRANKTON 7:00 PM
ELWOODATALEXANDRIA 7:00 PM
BLUFFTONATBLACKFORD 7:00 PM
TIPTONATEASTERN (GREENTOWN) 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 37
LINTON-STOCKTONATSOUTH VERMILLION 7:00 PM
NORTH KNOXATSOUTHMONT 7:00 PM
SULLIVANATNORTH PUTNAM 7:00 PM
GREENCASTLEATCASCADE 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 38
INDIANAPOLIS RITTERATSHENANDOAH 7:00 PM
HERITAGE CHRISTIANATNORTHEASTERN 7:00 PM
WINCHESTERATLAPEL 7:00 PM
EASTERN HANCOCKATUNION COUNTY 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 39
TRITON CENTRALATCHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL 7:00 PM
BROWNSTOWN CENTRALATBROWN COUNTY 7:00 PM
SWITZERLAND COUNTYATINDIANAPOLIS SCECINA 7:30 PM
CLARKSVILLEATEASTERN (PEKIN) 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 40
FOREST PARKATNORTH POSEY 7:30 PM
MITCHELLATPAOLI 7:00 PM
TELL CITYATCRAWFORD COUNTY 7:30 PM
PERRY CENTRALATEVANSVILLE MATER DEI 8:00 PM
CLASS 1A
SECTIONAL 41
BOWMAN ACADEMYATSOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) 8:00 PM
NORTH NEWTONATCULVER 7:30 PM
TRITONATPIONEER 7:00 PM
NORTH JUDSONATSOUTH NEWTON 7:30 PM
SECTIONAL 42
CLINTON CENTRALATTRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 7:00 PM
NORTH VERMILLIONATCOVINGTON 7:00 PM
PARK TUDORATCLINTON PRAIRIE 7:00 PM
FOUNTAIN CENTRALATATTICA 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 43
FRONTIERATTAYLOR 7:00 PM
WEST CENTRALATCASTON 7:00 PM
TRI-COUNTYATTRI-CENTRAL 7:00 PM
CARROLL (FLORA)ATNORTH WHITE 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 44
FREMONTATSOUTH ADAMS 7:30 PM
ADAMS CENTRALATSOUTHWOOD 7:00 PM
NORTH MIAMIATMADISON-GRANT 7:00 PM
NORTHFIELDATSOUTHERN WELLS 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 45
UNION CITYATSHERIDAN 7:00 PM
INDIANA DEAFATINDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY 7:00 PM
WES-DELATHAGERSTOWN 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 46
KNIGHTSTOWNATEDINBURGH 7:00 PM
SOUTH DECATURATMILAN 7:00 PM
NORTH DECATURATTRI 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 47
SOUTH PUTNAMATINDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 7:00 PM
RIVERTON PARKEATNORTH CENTRAL (FARMERSBURG) 7:00 PM
COVENANT CHRISTIANATPARKE HERITAGE 7:00 PM
SECTIONAL 48
SOUTH SPENCERATTECUMSEH 8:00 PM
SPRINGS VALLEYATPROVIDENCE 7:00 PM
WEST WASHINGTONATEASTERN GREENE 7:00 PM

FINAL REGULAR SEASON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL INDIANA SRN POLLS

6A

  1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  2. CROWN POINT
  3. CARROLL
  4. CATHEDRAL
  5. BROWNSBURG

5A

  1. MERRILLVILLE
  2. MISHAWAKA
  3. WHITELAND
  4. FW SNIDER
  5. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

4A

  1. NEW PALESTINE
  2. RONCALLI
  3. NORTHWOOD
  4. KOKOMO
  5. EVANSVILLE REITZ

3A

  1. WEST LAFAYETTE
  2. GIBSON SOUTHERN
  3. NORWELL
  4. OAK HILL
  5. HANOVER CENTRAL

2A

  1. LINTON STOCKTON
  2. ANDREAN
  3. SCECINA
  4. LAVILLE
  5. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI

1A

  1. INDY LUTHERAN
  2. NORTH JUDSON
  3. ADAMS CENTRAL
  4. NORTH DECATUR
  5. TECUMSEH

FINAL INDIANA COACHES FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

1 HAMILTON SE 9-0 (8) 98

2 INDPLS CATHEDRAL 7-1 (2) 91

3 CENTER GROVE 7-2 70

4 BROWNSBURG 8-1 66

5 CARROLL (ALLEN) 9-0 54

6 CARMEL 6-3 50

7 BEN DAVIS 6-3 49

8 CROWN POINT 9-0 31

9 PENN 7-2 16

WESTFIELD 6-3 16

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

FISHERS 6-3 (7), WARREN CENTRAL 4-5 (5), ELKHART 7-2 (1)

5A

1 FW SNIDER 8-1 (9) 99

2 WHITELAND 8-1 88

3 MISHAWAKA 8-1 74

4 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 7-1 (1) 65

5 MERRILLVILLE 7-2 58

6 HARRISON (WL) 8-1 56

7 FW NORTH 7-2 42

8 FRANKLIN 7-2 30

9 VALPARAISO 6-3 22

10 FW DWENGER 6-3 7

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

TH SOUTH 6-3 (2)

4A

1 NEW PALESTINE 9-0 (10) 100

2 INDPLS RONCALLI 8-1 90

3 NORTHWOOD 9-0 75

4 EAST CENTRAL 7-2 58

5 EVANSVILLE REITZ 9-0 57

6 KOKOMO 8-1 50

7 NEW PRAIRIE 8-1 41

8 MOORESVILLE 7-2 34

9 COLUMBIA CITY 8-1 21

10 BREBEUF JESUIT 5-3 7

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

GREENFIELD CENTRAL 6-3 (5), MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 6-3 (3), MARTINSVILLE 6-3 (2),

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 6-3 (1), HOBART 6-3 (1), LEO 6-3 (1)

3A

1 WEST LAFAYETTE 9-0 (9) 98

2 GIBSON SOUTHERN 9-0 88

3 INDPLS CHATARD 5-4 (1) 78

4 HANOVER CENTRAL 9-0 56

5 LAWRENCEBURG 8-1 45

6 OWEN VALLEY 9-0 35

7 NORWELL 8-1 34

8 TRI-WEST 7-2 16

9 GUERIN CATHOLIC 5-4 15

SOUTHRIDGE 8-1 15

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

OAK HILL 9-0 (7), SOUTH DEARBORN 7-2 (2), BATESVILLE 4-5 (1)

2A

1 LINTON-STOCKTON 9-0 (10) 100

2 LAVILLE 9-0 86

3 ANDREAN 6-3 74

4 INDPLS SCECINA 8-1 70

5 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 6-3 54

TRITON CENTRAL 7-2 54

7 EASTSIDE 7-2 42

8 FW LUERS 5-4 23

9 LAFAYETTE CC 6-3 22

10 ROCHESTER 8-1 16

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

EASTBROOK 6-3 (11), HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 5-3 (3), PERRY CENTRAL 8-1 (2),

LEWIS CASS 6-3 (1)

1A

1 INDPLS LUTHERAN 9-0 (9) 99

2 ADAMS CENTRAL 9-0 (1) 91

3 NORTH DECATUR 9-0 77

4 NORTH JUDSON 8-1 ` 67

5 SHERIDAN 8-1 55

6 CARROLL (FLORA) 8-1 37

7 TRI 8-1 36

8 TECUMSEH 8-0 34

9 SOUTH PUTNAM 7-2 26

10 SOUTH ADAMS 7-2 15

TRITON 6-3 15

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

SOUTHWOOD 7-2 (2), COVENANT CHRISTIAN 6-3 (1), PARK TUDOR 6-3 (1)

INDIANA BOYS/GIRLS SOCCER SEMI-STATE MATCH-UPS

NORTH

1. KOKOMO
1 PM ET | CLASS 1A BOYS | WESTVIEW (19-1-1) VS. PARK TUDOR (18-2-1)
3:30 PM ET | CLASS 3A BOYS | PENN (13-4-4) VS. NOBLESVILLE (14-3-3)
6 PM ET | CLASS 3A GIRLS | CROWN POINT (17-4-1) VS. NOBLESVILLE (18-1) 

2. CHESTERTON
1 PM CT | CLASS 2A BOYS | MISHAWAKA MARIAN (17-1-2) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (16-1-3)
3:30 PM CT | CLASS 2A GIRLS | MISHAWAKA MARIAN (19-1-1) VS. LEO (17-4) 
6 PM CT | CLASS 1A GIRLS | ANDREAN (14-2-4) VS. FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY (10-8-3) 

SOUTH

3. EVANSVILLE NORTH 
1 PM CT | CLASS 2A GIRLS | INDIANAPOLIS BISHOP CHATARD (18-2-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (20-0-1)
3:30 PM CT | CLASS 2A BOYS | BREBEUF JESUIT (15-4-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (15-3-2) 
6 PM CT | CLASS 1A GIRLS | PARK TUDOR (19-1-1) VS. EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (14-7)

4. SEYMOUR
1 PM ET | CLASS 3A GIRLS | CARMEL (17-2-2) VS. CENTER GROVE (17-2-2)
3 PM ET | CLASS 3A BOYS | INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (10-7-5) VS. COLUMBUS NORTH (18-1-1)
5 PM ET | CLASS 1A BOYS | GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (10-7-3) VS. FOREST PARK (14-6-1)

INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY SEMI-STATE

1. NEW PRAIRIE | 10:30 AM CT; 11:15 AM CT | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: CROWN POINT, CULVER ACADEMIES, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE), CHESTERTON

2. NEW HAVEN @ INDIANA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: DELTA, ELKHART, MARION, WEST NOBLE

3. SHELBYVILLE @ BLUE RIVER PARK | 10:30 AM ET; 11:15 AM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEN DAVIS, NOBLESVILLE, RUSHVILLE CONSOLIDATED, FRANKLIN COMMUNITY

4. BROWN COUNTY | 11:30 AM ET; 12:15 PM ET | TICKETS 
FEEDER REGIONALS: BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE, COLUMBUS NORTH, CRAWFORD COUNTY, PIKE CENTRAL

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL REGIONAL MATCH-UPS

4A BRACKET: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/5v-tgzOdEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/8vnb7jOdEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-4a-volleyball-state-tournament-class-4a-state-championship.htm

3A BRACKET: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/-QAiQTOdEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/Cvlv7jOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-3a-volleyball-state-tournament-class-3a-state-championship.htm

2A BRACKET: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/CvlwBjOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/HP6pSzOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-2a-volleyball-state-tournament-class-2a-state-championship.htm

1A BRACKET: https://www.maxpreps.com/tournament/HP6o-zOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/KO8TeTOeEe2A0wqb9tl3hA/volleyball-22/2022-23-ihsaa-class-1a-volleyball-state-tournament-class-1a-state-championship.htm

COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLLS

AP TOP 25

1. GEORGIA (31), 7-0 LAST WEEK: 1

2. OHIO STATE (17), 6-0 LAST WEEK: 2

3. TENNESSEE (15) 6-0 LAST WEEK: 6

4. MICHIGAN 7-0 LAST WEEK: 5

5. CLEMSON 7-0 LAST WEEK: 4

6. ALABAMA, 6-1 LAST WEEK: 3

7. MISSISSIPPI 7-0 LAST WEEK: 9

8. TCU 6-0 LAST WEEK: 13

9. UCLA 6-0 LAST WEEK: 11

10. OREGON 5-1 LAST WEEK: 12

11. OKLAHOMA STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 8

12. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 6-1 LAST WEEK: 7

13. WAKE FOREST 5-1 LAST WEEK: 14

14. SYRACUSE 6-0 LAST WEEK: 18

15. UTAH 5-2 LAST WEEK: 20

16. PENN STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 22

17. KANSAS STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 17

18. ILLINOIS 6-1 LAST WEEK: 24

19. KENTUCKY 5-2 LAST WEEK: 22

20. TEXAS 5-2 LAST WEEK: 22

21. CINCINNATI 5-1 LAST WEEK: 21

22. NORTH CAROLINA 6-1 LAST WEEK NR

23. NC STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 15

24. MISSISSIPPI STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 16

25. TULANE 6-1 LAST WEEK: NR

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: PURDUE 95, LSU 87, UCF 13, SOUTH CAROLINA 13, KANSAS 12, OREGON STATE 6, JAMES MADISON 6, MARYLAND 5, SOUTH ALABAMA 4, LIBERTY 2, MINNESOTA 1, FLORIDA STATE 1, ARKANSAS 1

USA TODAY COACHES POLL

1. GEORGIA (43), 7-0 LAST WEEK: 2

2. OHIO STATE (17), 6-0 LAST WEEK: 3

3. MICHIGAN (1) 7-0 LAST WEEK: 4

4. TENNESSEE (2) 6-0 LAST WEEK: 8

5. CLEMSON 7-0 LAST WEEK: 5

6. ALABAMA, 6-1 LAST WEEK: 1

7. MISSISSIPPI 7-0 LAST WEEK: 9

8. TCU 6-0 LAST WEEK: 15

9. OREGON 5-1 LAST WEEK: 11

10. UCLA 6-0 LAST WEEK: 12

11. OKLAHOMA STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 7

12. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 6-1 LAST WEEK: 6

13. WAKE FOREST 5-1 LAST WEEK: 14

14. SYRACUSE 6-0 LAST WEEK: 18

15. UTAH 5-2 LAST WEEK: 19

16. PENN STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 10

17. KANSAS STATE 5-1 LAST WEEK: 16

18. KENTUCKY 5-2 LAST WEEK: 22

19. CINCINNATI 5-1 LAST WEEK: 21

20. ILLINOIS 6-1 LAST WEEK: NR

21. TEXAS 5-2 LAST WEEK: 24

22. NORTH CAROLINA 6-1 LAST WEEK 25

23. NC STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 13

24. MISSISSIPPI STATE 5-2 LAST WEEK: 17

25. TULANE 6-1 LAST WEEK: NR

SCHOOLS DROPPED OUT

NO. 20 KANSAS; NO. 23 BAYLOR.

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES

LOUISIANA STATE 51; CENTRAL FLORIDA 33; KANSAS 30; SOUTH CAROLINA 24; PURDUE 23; MARYLAND 15; LIBERTY 12; WASHINGTON 9; BAYLOR 7; COASTAL CAROLINA 5; PITTSBURGH 4; SOUTH ALABAMA 3; ARKANSAS 3; TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO 1.

INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

ANDERSON AT DEFIANCE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.

BALL STATE VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 2 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)

BUTLER VS. MARIST, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: FLOSPORTS)

DEPAUW VS. OHIO WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

FRANKLIN AT ROSE-HULMAN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.

HANOVER VS. MT. ST. JOSEPH, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.

INDIANA AT RUTGERS, OCTOBER 22 AT NOON (TV: BIG TEN NETWORK)

INDIANA STATE VS. ILLINOIS STATE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: ESPN3)

MANCHESTER VS. BLUFFTON, OCTOBER 22 AT 1:30 P.M.

MARIAN AT CONCORDIA, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

NOTRE DAME VS. UNLV, OCTOBER 22 AT 2:30 P.M. (TV: PEACOCK)

PURDUE AT WISCONSIN, OCTOBER 22 AT 3:30 P.M. (TV: ESPN)

ST. FRANCIS AT INDIANA WESLEYAN, OCTOBER 22 AT NOON (TV: ESPN3)

TAYLOR VS. MADONNA, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

TRINE VS. ALBION, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

UINDY VS. QUINCY, OCTOBER 22 AT 6 P.M.

VALPARAISO AT MOREHEAD STATE, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M. (TV: ESPN+)

WABASH AT OBERLIN, OCTOBER 22 AT 1 P.M.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 8 SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19

GEORGIA STATE AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

THURSDAY, OCT. 20

VIRGINIA AT GEORGIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

TROY AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

FRIDAY, OCT. 21

PRINCETON AT HARVARD | 7 P.M. | ESPNU

LONG ISLAND AT WAGNER | 7 P.M. | ESPN3

TULSA AT TEMPLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2

UAB AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

IOWA AT OHIO STATE | 12 P.M. | FOX

SYRACUSE AT CLEMSON | 12 P.M. | ABC

UT MARTIN AT TENNESSEE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

KANSAS AT BAYLOR | 12 P.M.

CINCINNATI AT SMU | 12 P.M.

UL MONROE AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

INDIANA AT RUTGERS | 12 P.M.

HOUSTON AT NAVY | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

AKRON AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN+

DUKE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TOLEDO AT BUFFALO | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

BOWLING GREEN AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT OHIO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

UNLV AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | PEACOCK

WEST VIRGINIA AT TEXAS TECH | 3 P.M.

RICE AT LOUISIANA TECH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+

TEXAS AT OKLAHOMA STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

OLE MISS AT LSU | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

UCLA AT OREGON | 3:30 P.M.

BOSTON COLLEGE AT WAKE FOREST | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MARSHALL AT JAMES MADISON | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

BYU AT LIBERTY | 3:30 P.M.

PURDUE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN

NORTHWESTERN AT MARYLAND | 3:30 P.M.

MEMPHIS AT TULANE | 3:30 P.M.

WESTERN MICHIGAN AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT OLD DOMINION | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

FIU AT CHARLOTTE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

NORTH TEXAS AT UTSA | 3:30 P.M.

VANDERBILT AT MISSOURI | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ARIZONA STATE AT STANFORD | 4 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

HAWAI’I AT COLORADO STATE | 4 P.M.

FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT UTEP | 4 P.M. | ESPN+

ARKANSAS STATE AT LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTHERN MISS AT TEXAS STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+

SAN JOSE STATE AT NEW MEXICO STATE | 6 P.M.

FRESNO STATE AT NEW MEXICO | 6:30 P.M. | FS2

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN

BOISE STATE AT AIR FORCE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN

MINNESOTA AT PENN STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

TEXAS A&M AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

UCF AT EAST CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

KANSAS STATE AT TCU | 8 P.M.

COLORADO AT OREGON STATE | 8 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

PITT AT LOUISVILLE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

UTAH STATE AT WYOMING | 9:45 P.M.

WASHINGTON AT CAL | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN

SAN DIEGO STATE AT NEVADA | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN

PRE-SEASON MEN’S AP BASKETBALL POLL

1. NORTH CAROLINA

2. GONZAGA

3. HOUSTON

4. KENTUCKY

T-5. KANSAS

T-5. BAYLOR

7. DUKE

8. UCLA

9. CREIGHTON

10. ARKANSAS

11. TENNESSEE

12. TEXAS

13. INDIANA

14. TCU

15. AUBURN

16. VILLANOVA

17. ARIZONA

18. VIRGINIA

19. SAN DIEGO STATE

20. ALABAMA

21. OREGON

22. MICHIGAN

23. ILLINOIS

24. DAYTON

25. TEXAS TECH

NFL SCOREBOARD WEEK 6

LA CHARGERS 19 DENVER 16 OT

NFL WEEK 7

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (THU) 5:15P (MST) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2022

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

ATLANTA FALCONS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

DETROIT LIONS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK GIANTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW YORK JETS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:05P (MT) 4:05P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P CBS

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC*

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2022

CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN

MLB PLAYOFFS

ALDS GAME 5, CLE @ NYY 7 POSTPONED TO TUESDAY

The National League Championship Series presented by loanDepot is set to begin Tuesday, Oct. 18, and will be televised by FOX or FS1. The American League Championship Series presented by loanDepot will get underway Wednesday, Oct. 19, on TBS. If necessary, Game 7 of the NLCS is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 25, while Game 7 of the ALCS is set for Wednesday, Oct. 26.

The winners of the NLCS and ALCS will meet in the 2022 World Series, with the Fall Classic slated to run through Saturday, Nov. 5, if seven games are necessary.

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

TUESDAY, OCT. 18

NLCS GAME 1, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FS1

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19

NLCS GAME 2, PHI @ SD 4:30 P.M., FOX OR FS1

ALCS GAME 1, NYY/CLE @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS

THURSDAY, OCT. 20

ALCS GAME 2, NYY/CLE @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS

FRIDAY, OCT. 21

NLCS GAME 3, SD @ PHI 7:30 P.M., FS1

SATURDAY, OCT. 22

ALCS GAME 3, HOU @ NYY/CLE 5 P.M., TBS

NLCS GAME 4, SD @ PHI 7:45 P.M., FOX

SUNDAY, OCT. 23

NLCS GAME 5, SD @ PHI 2:30 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)

ALCS GAME 4, HOU @ NYY/CLE 7 P.M., TBS

MONDAY, OCT. 24

ALCS GAME 5, HOU @ NYY/CLE 4 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

NLCS GAME 6, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FS1 (IF NECESSARY)

TUESDAY, OCT. 25

ALCS GAME 6, NYY/CLE @ HOU 6 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

NLCS GAME 7, PHI @ SD 8 P.M., FOX OR FS1 (IF NECESSARY)

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26

ALCS GAME 7, NYY/CLE @ HOU 7:30 P.M., TBS (IF NECESSARY)

WORLD SERIES

FRIDAY, OCT. 28

GAME 1 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX

SATURDAY, OCT. 29

GAME 2 (AT BETTER RECORD), FOX

MONDAY, OCT. 31

GAME 3, FOX

TUESDAY, NOV. 1

GAME 4, FOX

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2

GAME 5, FOX (IF NECESSARY)

FRIDAY, NOV. 4

GAME 6, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)

SATURDAY, NOV. 5

GAME 7, FOX (IF NECESSARY, AT BETTER RECORD)

NHL SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 5 FLORIDA 3

ARIZONA 4 TORONTO 2

MONTRÉAL 3 PITTSBURGH 2

NY RANGERS 6 ANAHEIM 4

WASHINGTON 6 VANCOUVER 4

LOS ANGELES 5 DETROIT 4

COLORADO 6 MINNESOTA 3

DALLAS 4 WINNIPEG 1

CAROLINA 5 SEATTLE 1

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Guardians-Yankees rained out, to play ALDS Game 5 on Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) After fans waited through a 2 1/2-hour rain delay, Major League Baseball postponed the decisive Game 5 of the AL Division Series between Cleveland and New York – and the Yankees announced Nestor Cortes will start on short rest Tuesday against the Guardians.

Cleveland was expected to stay with Aaron Civale for the game, which was rescheduled for 4:07 p.m.

Neither manager spoke with media after Monday night’s rainout, and Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said Aaron Boone had texted him with the change to Cortes in place of Jameson Taillon.

The game was scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m., and the postponement was announced at 9:38 p.m.

“Once it became clear that it was going to be well after 10 o’clock when the game was going to start, I think we felt like it was a no-brainer,” said Chris Marinak, MLB’s chief operations and strategy officer.

The winner will have a short turnaround, traveling to Houston to face the Astros in the AL Championship Series starting Wednesday at 6:37 p.m. CDT.

Cortes, a first-time All-Star who went 12-4 this season, allowed two runs over five innings Friday in Game 2, which the Yankees lost 4-2 in 10 innings. He threw 99 pitches.

His only time starting on short rest was Sept. 10, 2019, at Detroit, when he was used as an opener and left with a 6-1 lead and two runners on in the third inning. Cortes allowed four runs – two earned – and six hits in 2 1/3 innings while throwing 46 pitches in the Yankees’ 12-11 loss. He had thrown 16 pitches in relief four days earlier at Fenway Park.

Civale was in Cleveland’s rotation before being sidelined three times this season with injuries.

Bieber, the 2020 AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed two runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in Game 2, giving up Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run homer in the first. He threw 101 pitches.

A strained right shoulder limited Bieber to 16 games last year, and manager Terry Francona said last week the team was hesitant to start him on short rest.

“You don’t ever want to just say no. But I think (pitching coach Carl Willis) and I, both our thoughts were that we weren’t leaning towards that as an option that we really wanted to do, just because of what he’s been through and everything,” Francona said last Thursday.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman would not address the pitching change and said it was not his call to make Boone available to reporters.

“He’s had a rough go of it. We got in late last night and been here all day. We’ve got a lot on our minds,” Cashman said.

Cashman said approximately six Zoom calls took place involving both general managers, MLB and forecasters.

“The forecast was that any point from 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9 at the latest, worst-case scenario, we could get this thing in. It’d be dry after,” he said. “It slowed down on us. So, obviously it adjusted the goalpost to some degree closer to the worst-case scenario, but at no point was it ever that we expected not to play.”

“We were actually wrestling with the first-pitch time and then a new system popped up with moderate rain,” he added, “and that’s obviously what eventually took us down.”

Both teams took batting practice Monday under partly cloudy skies.

Cleveland center fielder Myles Straw, who got into an angry confrontation with Yankees fans in April, tossed a football with fans in the first and second decks during the early part of the delay, as did backup outfielder Will Brennan.

The center field video board showed split screen coverage of New York City’s 3-0 win over Miami in the Major League Soccer playoffs, the New York Rangers’ NHL game against the Anaheim Ducks and the Denver Broncos’ NFL matchup vs. the San Diego Chargers.

It was the second postponement of the series following Game 2 at Yankee Stadium getting pushed back a day last week until Friday afternoon.

Cleveland has been contending with inclement weather all season. The young Guardians were rained out nine times at home and had two more postponements on the road, one because of a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Yankees get an extra day to rest their banged-up and beleaguered bullpen.

New York used Clay Holmes for 17 pitches and Wandy Peralta for seven on Sunday, a night after Peralta threw 27, Clarke Schmidt 12, Jonathan Loaisiga 15 and Lou Trivino seven. Peralta had pitched three straight days.

The Yankees are missing relievers Chad Green, Scott Effross, Zack Britton, Michael King and Ron Marinaccio because of injuries, and Aroldis Chapman was left off the series roster after failing to show up for a mandatory Oct. 7 workout.

Cleveland has not used its top relievers since Friday, when All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase threw 33 pitches after Trevor Stephan tossed 21 and James Karinchak 29.

The Guardians used Sam Hentges (31), Enyel De Los Santos (19) and Eli Morgan (12) on Saturday, and Morgan (23), Cody Morris (22) and Zach Plesac (11) on Saturday.

PLAYING THE FIELD

Stanton could see time in left field in Houston if the Yankees advance. He has been limited to DH and pinch hitting, and he last played the outfield on July 21, before he went on the injured list for a month with left Achilles tendinitis.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Marinaccio (right shin) and fellow RHP Frankie Montas (right shoulder inflammation) could be available if the Yankees face Houston. Marinaccio last pitched Oct. 2 and Montas on Sept 16. … OF Andrew Benintendi, who hasn’t played since Sept. 2, had an injection for his right wrist and probably would not be available against the Astros.

Late turnover, Hopkins 4th field goal gives Chargers OT win

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) Justin Herbert didn’t throw a touchdown pass for the first time in 27 games. For once, it didn’t matter thanks to the Los Angeles Chargers special teams.

Dustin Hopkins kicked four field goals, including a 39-yarder with 2:38 remaining in overtime, as the Chargers rallied for a 19-16 victory over the Denver Broncos.

Hopkins, who injured a hamstring during the first half, grimaced as he kicked the ball and fell to the ground before being picked up by teammates. The ninth-year kicker was inactive for last week’s game against Cleveland due to a quadriceps injury.

Hopkins’ heroics were set up when Deane Leonard recovered a muffed punt at the Denver 28-yard line.

Herbert, who is still recovering from fractured rib cartilage from a hit one month ago, appreciated Hopkins being able to gut it out.

“We’ve got so much respect for him. For him to go out there and play and put up with some pain like that, it was great to see,” said Herbert, whose 56 attempts without a TD pass is an NFL record.

Coach Brandon Staley said Hopkins’ hamstring kind of cramped up early, but started to loosen up during the second half.

“You can’t say enough about him hanging in there,” Staley said. “At the end we had no choice. We were going to kick no matter what.”

Hopkins has five games with four or more field goals. It is also the first OT game-winner of his career.

“I was trying to focus on a little backswing and just get through the ball. And that was it,” Hopkins said. “I wasn’t thinking about the circumstance or anything like that.”

The Chargers have won three straight to improve to 4-2. They are tied with Kansas City atop the AFC West. It is the first time in franchise history they have rallied from a double-digit deficit at the end of the first quarter to win.

Los Angeles was down 14-3 at the end of the first quarter last Sunday in Cleveland before pulling out a 30-28 win.

This game appeared to be headed toward a tie until Denver’s Montrell Washington muffed JK Scott’s punt at the Broncos 32-yard line. It was recovered by Deane Leonard at the 28.

Washington called for a fair catch, but Denver safety P.J. Locke didn’t hear Washington and tried to block Ja’Sir Taylor when Locke bumped into Washington.

“I just saw the returner running up, he was kind of relaxed, and then his teammate was just standing there,” Taylor said. “At first, if you go back, I paused a little bit, and then it just clicked in my head like, `Oh, just throw him onto the returner.’ And it happened, and the ball came out.”

Herbert, who completed 37 of 57 for 238 yards and an interception, passed to Mike Williams for 9 yards on third-and-12 from the Denver 30 to get Hopkins closer.

Russell Wilson was 15 of 28 for 188 yards and a touchdown for the Broncos (2-4), who dropped a game in overtime for the second straight week.

“We felt like we could have won the game, and then we had the fluke play at the end. It didn’t work out, but everybody is together,” Wilson said.

Denver jumped out to a 10-0 lead with scores on the first two drives. Brandon McManus was good from 51 yards midway through the first, and Wilson found a wide-open Greg Dulcich for a 39-yard touchdown with 1:49 remaining in the quarter.

Dulcich’s TD was the first of his career and the Broncos’ first in 87 minutes, 54 seconds.

The Chargers answered on their ensuing possession, putting together a 15-play, 82-yard drive that was capped by Austin Ekeler’s 6-yard run up the middle with his linemen helping him get across the goal line.

Following a Denver three-and-out, Los Angeles evened it at 10 on Hopkins’ 37-yard field goal with 53 seconds remaining in the half.

The Broncos were not content to run out the clock though. KJ Hamler hauled in a 47-yard pass to the LA 28. Denver got to the Chargers 9 before McManus was good from 27 yards.

The Chargers tied it on their first drive of the third quarter when Hopkins split the uprights from 31 yards.

The teams traded field goals in the fourth quarter. McManus was good from 48 yards after Baron Browning picked off Herbert. The Chargers answered with Hopkins making it from 35.

“This is very disappointing,” Denver coach Nathaniel Hackett said. “We had some opportunities there, and we’ve got to execute at a higher level. We’ve got to come up with some better plays.”

IT’S OVER

Herbert had a 26-game TD pass streak snapped. It was the third-best run in franchise history and second-longest active streak in the league.

FLAG NIGHT

The teams combined for 19 penalties and a season-high 240 yards. The Broncos were flagged 10 times for 151 yards, the 24th time since 2000 a team has drawn more than 150 penalty yards, according to TruMedia.

The Broncos had four pass interference calls for 87 yards.

Ron Torbert’s crew had been conservative coming into the game. In their four previous contests this season, they averaged 12 flags for 92.8 yards.

DISTRIBUTING THE BALL

Wilson’s first nine completions were to nine different players. According to the NFL, he is the first player to complete his first nine attempts of a game to nine different receivers since at least 1991, when play-by-play data was first recorded.

INJURIES

Chargers: RB Joshua Kelley suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return.

Broncos: Hackett said CB Essang Bassey (hamstring) and LB Aaron Patrick (knee) were sidelined during the game.

UP NEXT

Broncos: Host the surprising New York Jets on Sunday.

Chargers: Host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Commanders’ Carson Wentz has surgery to repair broken finger

WASHINGTON (AP) Carson Wentz underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken right ring finger, sidelining the Washington Commanders starting quarterback six games into his tenure with the team.

The Commanders announced Wentz had surgery in Los Angeles, but did not provide a specific timeframe of how much time Wentz will miss. If he goes on injured reserve, he would be out at least four games, which would mean missing returns to Indianapolis and Philadelphia.

Taylor Heinicke is expected to start Sunday when Washington hosts Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, his 17th NFL start since being a surprise playoff star in the playoffs in January 2021.

Wentz was injured when his throwing hand got tangled up with Chicago Bears defensive lineman Justin Jones while delivering a pass during the second quarter of the game Thursday night. He continued to play despite the injury and helped the Commanders snap a four-game losing streak.

Dr. Steven Shin at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center did the operation, the team said.

On his third team in as many seasons, Wentz has thrown for 10 touchdowns and six interceptions. He was the Commanders starter after they traded multiple picks to the Colts for him in March.

They now turn to Heinicke, who started 15 games last season after replacing Ryan Fitzpatrick in the first half of Washington’s opener. He made his first NFL start against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild-card round the previous season, completing 26 of 44 passes for 306 yards not long after being out of the league and taking college classes online.

Tagovailoa to prepare this week as Dolphins starter

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Tua Tagovailoa is back, and his return will be a welcome sight for a Dolphins team that has not won a game since he suffered a concussion on Sept. 29.

Tagovailoa will go through practice this week as the Dolphins starter, and assuming all goes well, he is expected to start Sunday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“He’s a captain for a reason,” Dolphins coach Mike McDaniel said. “I think he’s a very, very good player at that position. Very good players, they definitely give people a boost, not because of what other people aren’t, but because he is who he is.”

Tagovailoa returned to practice on a limited basis last week. He had been in the concussion protocols since getting hurt and needing to be taken off the field on a stretcher against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 4.

Tagovailoa was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday, but was listed as a full participant Friday. He, along with backup Teddy Bridgewater, was medically cleared to return on Saturday after completing all of the return-to-play steps required by the NFL.

After watching Tagovailoa throw the ball in practice, McDaniel said he doesn’t expect him to have much rust from a mechanics standpoint.

“He was really the same guy. Luckily, he didn’t start throwing right-handed,” McDaniel joked about Tagovailoa, who is left-handed.

McDaniel added that he talked to Tagovailoa about conceding plays to protect himself on the field, which he admitted does not come naturally to the third-year quarterback because of his competitive nature.

“He wants to break every tackle, and he doesn’t like when plays don’t work,” McDaniel said. “Well, sometimes they won’t.”

He added: “The guys that set forth the example of how to play the position, they do find ways to be available, and part of that is that concession.”

The Dolphins have lost three straight games, including Sunday’s 24-16 home loss to the Vikings.

Rookie Skylar Thompson started that game after Bridgewater was affected by the NFL’s amended concussion protocols against the Jets in Week 5. He took a hit on the first offensive play and was placed in the protocols despite not showing any concussion symptoms.

Bridgewater was active Sunday and replaced Thompson in the first half after the third-stringer left with a bloody right thumb. McDaniel said Thompson’s injury will be reassessed Wednesday.

Tagovailoa was also there on the Dolphins sideline, but he was inactive.

NOTES: McDaniel said cornerback Nik Needham, who was carted off the field with a torn Achilles tendon Sunday, will go on injured reserve. … Miami will update defensive back Keion Crossen’s knee injury status later this week. … Cornerback Byron Jones likely will not practice this week. He remains on the physically unable to perform list after having surgery in March on his lower left leg. … McDaniel said it was a “step in the right direction” to hold left tackle Terron Armstead out of Sunday’s game as he nurses a lingering toe injury. … Right tackle Austin Jackson, who was placed on short-term IR last month with a right ankle injury, has not had any setbacks, but McDaniel wants to be cautious about bringing him back too soon.

Cardinals acquire WR Robbie Anderson from Panthers

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Cardinals have made a move to bolster their struggling offense, adding disgruntled receiver Robbie Anderson in a trade with the Carolina Panthers on Monday.

Both teams announced the deal, saying the Panthers would receive “undisclosed draft compensation” in return.

A person familiar with the trade said the Panthers would receive a sixth-round pick in 2024 and a seventh-round pick in 2025. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because some details of the trade haven’t been announced.

The trade could be beneficial to both sides: Anderson’s days in Carolina appeared numbered after he was sent off the field and into the locker room by interim coach Steve Wilks during the second half of the Panthers’ 24-10 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, following a sideline argument with an assistant coach.

The Cardinals were in the market for an impact receiver, particularly after the team’s leading receiver Marquise Brown suffered a foot injury in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Brown is expected to miss several weeks.

“Had an opportunity to get a guy who brings some speed with that dynamic (Brown) had,” Kingsbury said. “So we’ll see where he fits in.”

The Panthers will save $690,000 this year under the salary cap for the trade, but will have to absorb $19.4 million in dead money over the next two seasons.

The 29-year-old Anderson has been durable and productive for the Jets and Panthers over the past seven seasons. His best year came in 2020, when he caught 95 passes for 1,096 yards and three touchdowns.

Anderson joins a Cardinals offense that will also welcome back three-time All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins, who missed the season’s first six games after being suspended for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

The Cardinals host the Saints on Thursday night.

Anderson didn’t seem disappointed by Monday’s news, posting to social media multiple emojis, including a “fingers crossed” symbol.

“I spoke with Robbie today and we had a good conversation with him,” Wilks said. “I wish him well and he’s excited about his new opportunity. I’m sure he is going to go out there and do well.”

The Cardinals (2-4) hope that Anderson’s arrival – along with Hopkins’ return – can open up an offense that’s been among the worst in the NFL.

Arizona’s coming off a frustrating 19-9 loss to Seattle. The Cardinals didn’t score an offensive touchdown in the game.

The Cardinals hope Anderson will be happier than he was in Carolina, which is going through its own upheaval after firing coach Matt Rhule last week following a slow start to the season.

Anderson was close with Rhule. The receiver played for Rhule in college at Temple, and signed with the Panthers in 2020 when Rhule became the coach.

During the first half of the Panthers’ game on Sunday, Anderson got into an argument with receivers coach Joe Dailey. He was on a stationary bike early in the third quarter before sitting alone on a cooler.

Anderson came off the field late in the third quarter when he again exchanged words with Dailey. That was the last straw for Wilks, who got between the two and sent Anderson to the locker room.

Neither Wilks nor Anderson seemed committed to a long-term future in Carolina after Sunday’s sideline dustup. One day later, he was sent packing for the desert.

“It’s going to sting a little,” Panthers receiver D.J. Moore said. “At the end of the day, Robbie is my guy and I will love him until the end of it all. He got traded today and that’s what it is. It’s a business. I wish him all of the best.”

Executive VP Easterby let go by Houston Texans

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Texans, off to a 1-3-1 start, have parted ways with executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby.

“I met with executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby and we have mutually agreed to part ways,” team owner Cal McNair said. “For the remainder of the season, effective immediately, his responsibilities will be absorbed by our football operations staff. We acknowledge Jack’s positive contributions and wish him and his family the best in the future.”

Easterby came to Houston in 2019 after working for the New England Patriots for several years in jobs such has chaplain and character coach.

He was hired as executive vice president of team development before being promoted to his current role in January 2020.

He was close to McNair and gained more power in the organization after coach and general manager Bill O’Brien was fired following the team’s 0-4 start in 2020.

Easterby and the Texans drew criticism in 2021 when they ignored a search firm’s recommendations and instead hired former Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio as their new GM.

Andre Johnson, the team’s all-time leading receiver, was among those who publicly criticized Easterby and his power in the organization.

Easterby seemed to be very involved in the team’s decision-making process after that hire, but had been less vocal and visible this season after coach Lovie Smith was hired to replace David Culley, who was fired after just one season.

Before working for the Patriots, Easterby worked for the Kansas City Chiefs for two seasons where he focused on player development and character development.

Easterby didn’t immediately respond to a message from The AP seeking comment.

Smith would not comment on Easterby’s job status Monday, saying you don’t talk about “anything until it’s official,” but did address their relationship.

“My dealing with Jack has been great,” Smith said. “He’s been good for our organization. One of the first guys that I got a chance to talk with before I came down here.”

Hawks commit to Hunter with $95 million, 4-year extension

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Hawks have committed to De’Andre Hunter as one of the key players on a team looking to return to championship contention, signing the small forward to a $95 million, four-year extension.

The new deal begins with the 2023-24 season. Hunter could have become a restricted free agent following this season.

The Hawks confirmed the deal, first reported by ESPN, on Monday night.

The Hawks are looking for a return to their 2020-21 form, when they advanced to the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-7 Hunter averaged 13.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists last season, when the Hawks needed two wins in the play-in tournament to return to the playoffs. They lost to the Miami Heat in the first round.

Hunter has shown potential but has lacked consistency, especially as an outside shooter. He scored a career-high 35 points with 11 rebounds in Game 5 against the Heat, offering a reminder of his high upside.

Hunter averaged 15 points and 4.8 rebounds in the 2020-21 season and was selected to the NBA Rising Stars roster.

The extension solidifies Hunter’s status as an important part of the Hawks’ core, joining point guard Trae Young, forward John Collins and their big offseason addition, guard Dejounte Murray.

Houston Rockets agree to 4-year extension with Porter

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Rockets announced a multiyear contract extension with Kevin Porter Jr. on Monday that could be worth as much as $82 million.

The team did not reveal details, but a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press it was a four-year extension with only the first season, in 2023-24, guaranteed at about $16 million.

The deal was reached Monday, the deadline for players out of the rookie draft class of 2019 to agree to extensions. The 22-year-old Porter will make $3.2 million this season in the last year of his current deal which remains in place, according to the person who spoke with AP on condition of anonymity because details were not released.

Porter is one of the young players the rebuilding Rockets hope will help them return to contention. He has played in 87 games with 84 starts over two seasons, averating 15.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds last season.

“We value the player and the person that Scoot is becoming and are eager to invest in him and his journey,” general manager Rafael Stone said. “He’s expressed how happy he is to be with this organization and has shown his commitment to putting in the work both on and off the court. We are excited for the opportunity to continue to build something special with him.”

Porter was the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft and spent his first NBA season with the Cavaliers before being traded to the Rockets in January 2021.

Porter is one of eight players over the past two seasons to have averaged at least 15 points, six assists, four rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers a game. The other players to have done that are former Rockets star James Harden, LaMelo Ball, Steph Curry, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet.

Porter was 21 when he scored 50 points with 11 assists against Milwaukee on April 29, 2021 to become the fifth-youngest player to have a 50-point game in NBA history. He passed James as the youngest player to have a 50-point game with at least 10 assists.

Porter recorded a triple-double of 30 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists on March 30, 2022 against Sacramento to become the youngest player in franchise history with a triple-double.

Hornets’ LaMelo Ball unlikely to play in season opener

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets All-Star point guard LaMelo Ball is expected to miss Wednesday night’s season opener against the San Antonio Spurs with a sprained left ankle.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford said Monday that Ball is doubtful for the game and is uncertain if he will make the trip out West.

“He wasn’t able to do anything today,” Clifford said. “He is doing extra rehab and everything he can, but I would say very doubtful.”

Ball was injured in the Hornets’ preseason loss to the Washington Wizards on Oct. 10 when Anthony Gill stepped on his foot. Ball hasn’t practiced or played since.

Clifford said there is no timetable for Ball’s return.

If Ball doesn’t play, Terry Rozier would start at point guard alongside Kelly Oubre Jr., Gordon Hayward, P.J. Washington and Mason Plumlee, Clifford said.

When asked about not having Ball in the lineup, Clifford joked, “I’m not sleeping as much. I’m eating more. Usually I have one bag of cough drops. Today I have had three. Other than that, everything else is the same.”

Ball averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 assists and 6.7 rebounds in his second season.

North Carolina No. 1 in preseason AP Top 25 men’s basketball

(AP) — North Carolina surprised just about everyone last year when a talented team led by first-year coach Hubert Davis parlayed a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament into a run to the national title game.

The Tar Heels won’t be sneaking up on anyone this year.

With four starters back from the team that lost to Kansas in New Orleans, the Tar Heels are the runaway pick as the preseason No. 1 in the AP Top 25 released Monday. They earned 47 of 62 first-place votes from a national media panel to easily outdistance Gonzaga, the top preseason team the past two years.

“As they opened up their lockers for the first practice of last year, there was a picture of the New Orleans Superdome in there. I wanted them to see where we were headed in April,” Davis recalled last week. “The hard work and preparation, the practice that had to be put into place to put ourselves in position to do that. t’s the same approach this year compared to last year. The only difference this year is the outside noise.

“Last year,” Davis said, “the outside noise didn’t think we had a chance. The outside noise this year thinks we do.”

Gonzaga received 12 first-place votes while No. 3 Houston had one and fourth-ranked Kentucky the other two. Houston has its highest preseason ranking since 1983, when the third of the Cougars’ Phi Slama Jama teams reached its second consecutive title game. Kentucky has its best preseason rank since 2019, when the season ended amid the pandemic.

There was a tie at No. 5 between the Jayhawks, who raised their latest national title banner inside Allen Fieldhouse earlier this month, and Big 12 rival Baylor, which raised its own championship banner the previous season.

It is the 10th time that North Carolina has been preseason No. 1, breaking a tie with Duke for the most in the history of the AP poll. Of those 10, two Tar Heels teams have gone on to win the NCAA title: the 1981-82 team coached by Dean Smith and featuring James Worthy, Sam Perkins and Michael Jordan, and the 2008-09 team coached by Roy Williams and featuring Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington and Ty Lawson.

A third team, Williams’ 2015-16 squad, lost the final to Villanova on Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our team’s potential,” Davis said of securing the top spot in the poll, “but the only way for us to reach any of our dreams and goals will be to improve each and every day by our commitment to preparing, practicing and playing to the best of our ability.”

Caleb Love, one of the four returning starters for North Carolina along with R.J. Davis, Leaky Black and Armando Bacot, said the focus will be on getting better daily ahead of the ACC grind.

Duke, where Jon Scheyer replaced Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski, was ranked seventh and UCLA eighth. Creighton has its best preseason ranking at No. 9, followed by Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Indiana, TCU and Auburn.

“You don’t pay a lot attention to it when you’re picked ninth,” Bluejays coach Greg McDermott said of their preseason ranking in the Big East last season. “You go to work every day and try to get better every day. It’s important we approach it the same this year.”

The No. 13 Hoosiers have their first ranking since January 2019 and highest in the preseason since 2016.

Villanova, where Kyle Neptune is taking over for Hall of Fame coach Jay Wright, is No. 16, the lowest preseason ranking for the Wildcats since 2008. They were followed by Arizona, Virginia, San Diego State and Alabama.

The final five are Oregon, Michigan, Illinois, Dayton and Texas Tech.

“When I was in school as a player, I never bought into the rankings, what the media would say about our ball club. You still got to go out and play the game,” Hoosiers coach Mike Woodson said. “Hell, my senior year we were ranked No. 1 and we didn’t get it done. So at the end of the day I guess it’s kind of nice for our players who haven’t experienced that. Again, you got to go out and play. I mean, you got to prove it on the basketball floor. That’s when it counts.”

CONFERENCE WATCH

The Big 12 and SEC lead the way with five ranked teams. The Big Ten, Pac 12 and ACC have three apiece and the Big East has two. The West Coast, Atlantic 10, Mountain West and American Athletic conferences each have one team in the poll.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

Texas A&M was the first team outside the poll, followed by UConn, which appeared on 24 of 62 ballots. Miami, Purdue and Saint Louis were also eyeing a spot in the Top 25 when the first regular-season poll is released Nov. 14.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

The season begins for most teams Nov. 7, but as usual, the first meeting of heavyweights will be the Champions Classic on Nov. 15 in Indianapolis: No. 4 Kentucky plays Michigan State, unranked in the preseason poll for the second year in a row, before No. 5 Kansas plays No. 7 Duke in the nightcap.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW: 25 FRESHMEN TO WATCH

1. Nick Smith Jr., Arkansas

In this class, there isn’t a more perfect marriage of player and situation. Smith is a star with his complete scor[1]ing package, outstanding length and athleticism. Conveniently, Arkansas lost over 80 percent of its scoring.  The keys to the Muss Bus now belong to the North Little Rock native.

2. Keyonte George, Baylor

George may be the best pure scorer in the 2022 class. An elite three-level bucket-getter, he will pair with Adam Flagler and LJ Cryer to form a devastating backcourt. George already turned heads with the Bears in the Global Jam, averaging 22.8 points and dropping 37 on Canada.

3. Dariq Whitehead, Duke

Whitehead is an elite wing recruit joining a potential top10 squad with only one proven veteran. His pathway to  production is crystal-clear, as he will almost certainly start. A powerful athlete who devastates in transition,  Whitehead’s three-level scoring could make him Duke’s  top scorer, assuming he’s back to full strength after offseason foot surgery.

4. Cam Whitmore, Villanova

Whitmore put together an absolutely outrageous highlight reel at the FIBA Americas U18 event this summer. His bounce and power leapt off the screen, fueling unbridled enthusiasm about his debut on the Main Line. He’ll be a critical piece for the Wildcats in their post-Jay Wright debut.

5. Brandon Miller, Alabama

A lanky forward with impressive ball skills, Miller is tailor-made for Nate Oats’ transition-heavy system. Indeed, Oats raved about him to The Almanac this summer, and Miller produced at a high level on the Tide’s summer trip. If his jumper translates, he could be Bama’s best player.

6. Dereck Lively II, Duke

Lively is perhaps the country’s most physically gifted incoming freshman. A bouncy athlete with long arms, the 7-1 Lively will make an immediate impact as a menacing shot-blocker. His ceiling depends on his development. While raw, he is skilled on offense and will be important for Duke.

7. Cason Wallace, Kentucky

It seems like every year, Coach Cal has a successful five[1]star guard on his roster — sometimes multiple. This season, it should be Wallace, a bulldog defender with burgeoning offensive skill. He’ll play next to Sahvir Wheeler, CJ Fredrick and Antonio Reeves in the Wildcats’ back[1]court.

8. Anthony Black, Arkansas

At 6-7 with long arms, Black is the rare pass-first point guard with switchable size. He stuffs the stat sheet nightly, and the rest of the Hogs’ newcomers are potent enough to give him plenty of passing targets. He looks likely to land a huge role considering the massive roster upheaval.

9. Kel’el Ware, Oregon

Ware was already a highly-touted five-star prospect, but his performance at the McDonald’s All-American Game — both the practices and the game itself — further opened eyes. His skill level, athleticism and shot-blocking prowess should slot into Dana Altman’s system perfectly.

10. Amari Bailey, UCLA

A combo guard with size and length, Bailey should slot into a critical role following the losses of Johnny Juzang and Jules Bernard. One of Bailey’s most bankable skills is his transition scoring. Mick Cronin may feel compelled to let his Bruins run opportunistically with Bailey in the fold.

11. JJ Starling, Notre Dame

Notre Dame is a veteran-laden group, but Starling is the ceiling-raiser. The five-star freshman is an excellent perimeter shooter and looks to propel the Irish’s potent offense to elite levels. He is a different player from the now-departed Blake Wesley but could have a similar first-year impact.

12. Jarace Walker, Houston

The best recruit in school history, per 247Sports, Walker could make an immediate impact for a top-10 team. Whether he starts is an open question, but his relentless physicality is perfect for a Kelvin Sampson team. He can drive and shoot, making him a tough cover as a face-up forward.

13. Adem Bona, UCLA

A five-star post player joining a UCLA squad that lost both halves of its center platoon? Talk about a big-time opening. Bona’s motor should endear him to tough-minded coach Mick Cronin, who demands a lot from his big men. He is a fluid, tremendously strong athlete at 6-10, 235.

14. Kyle Filipowski, Duke

Rated a top-five recruit by almost everyone, Filipowski adds to Jon Scheyer’s riches in the class of 2022. At 6-10, “Flip” also possesses a high degree of skill. He can bully small defenders to the rim or pull lumbering ones to the perimeter. He and Lively give Duke a terrifying front[1]court.

15. Skyy Clark, Illinois

The Illini’s Big Ten fortunes hinge on Clark’s impact at point guard. After missing most of his final high school season with a torn ACL, this high-scoring attacker must regain the explosiveness that made him such a standout recruit. If he does, he can be the final piece to the Illinois puzzle.

16. GG Jackson, South Carolina

Jackson’s late drama with his decommitment from UNC and reclassification to the 2022 class overshadowed his immense talent. Still, he enters a difficult situation with a ground-up rebuild in Columbia. He’ll get touches inside and plenty of rebounds, but the Cocks still may not win much.

17. Dillon Mitchell, Texas

There’s no question about Mitchell’s absurd athleticism. His bounce and sudden burst make him a terror on the defensive end and in transition. The bounce fits perfectly at Texas, but the burst may be muted in Chris Beard’s slower system. Mitchell is still developing as a half-court scorer.

18. Gradey Dick, Kansas

The defending champs had a major hole to fill on the perimeter after losing their best shooters over the offseason. Gradey Dick arrives to recoup some of those losses; he is already arguably the best shooter on the roster. He’ll play a pivotal role in the Jayhawks’ difficult quest to repeat.

19. Jalen Hood-Schifino, Indiana

A jack-of-all-trades from Montverde Academy, Hood-Schifino joins the Hoosiers along with high school teammate Malik Reneau and has the clearer path to an immediate impact. He may not be a lights-out shooter, but he has a sky-high hoops IQ and makes winning plays on both ends.

20. Jett Howard, Michigan

An IMG Academy product from NBA pedigree sounds like a productive piece. Even better, Jett Howard now plays for his father Juwan in Ann Arbor, and he has a shot at earning immediate minutes. It’s not just nepotism: though not an electric scorer, Jett does almost everything well.

21. Vincent Iwuchukwu, USC

Onyeka Okongwu. Evan Mobley. Isaiah Mobley. USC has been a big-man factory that turns top recruits into NBA prospects. One-and-done expectations for Iwuchukwu may be unfair, but his physical tools mixed with the Trojans’ proven development sets the L.A. local up for success.

22. Desmond Claude, Xavier

Perhaps a surprise on this list, the Putnam Science Academy grad has earned rave reviews from the Xavier coaching staff this offseason. With Paul Scruggs’ departure, the Musketeers’ point guard spot is open for competition. Claude’s range, size and savvy could earn him the job.

23. Jaxon Kohler, Michigan State

The Spartans’ interior rotation is unsettled without Marcus Bingham and Julius Marble, opening the door for Kohler to play immediately. The skilled post has deft footwork and soft touch around the rim. He’s the perfect candidate to outperform his ranking because of his productivity and fit.

24. Judah Mintz, Syracuse

With Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim off to the pros along with Cole Swider, Syracuse has a chasm of production to fill, mostly on the perimeter. Enter Mintz, an Oak Hill Academy product with size who gets downhill off the bounce. He likely steps into a starting role with the ball in his hands.

25.. Youssef Khayat, F, Michigan

Michigan’s lineup uncertainty is such that we’re taking a second bite at the apple. The Lebanese marksman joined the team late this offseason, during UM’s foreign trip in France. His skill could earn him a huge role, carrying on the Euro legacy of the Wagner brothers and Iggy Brazdeikis.

Honorable Mentions: Yohan Traore, Auburn; Mark Armstrong, Villanova; Chris Livingston, Kentucky; Julian Phillips, Tennessee; Jordan Walsh, Arkansas; Dior Johnson, Pittsburgh; MJ Rice, Kansas; Tyrell Ward, LSU; Kamari Lands, Louisville; Fletcher Loyer, Purdue; Tyrese Proctor, Duke; Henri Veesaar, Arizona; Ohio State’s incoming group; Virginia’s incoming group.

25 MID-MAJOR PLAYERS TO WATCH

1. Max Abmas, G, Oral Roberts

22.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.7 APG

The lights-out scorer from Rockwall is a two-time AP Honorable Mention All-American and the 2021 national scoring leader.

2. Jordan “Jelly” Walker, G, UAB

20.3 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.9 APG

Finally at home at UAB after stints with Seton Hall and Tulane, Jelly became a household name after his heroics in the 2022 C-USA Tournament.

3. Darius McGhee, G, Liberty

24.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.6 APG

The nation’s top returning scorer looks to lead Liberty to its fourth ASUN tournament title in five seasons.

4. Antoine Davis, G, Detroit Mercy

23.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.4 APG

Detroit’s all-time leading scorer will have one last chance to make an NCAA Tournament run and join the illustrious 3,000-point club.

5. Jake Stephens, C, Chattanooga

19.6 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 3.3 APG

The VMI transfer spurned high-major offers and instead traveled intra-conference, joining head coach Dan Earl in Chattanooga.

6. Jamarion Sharp, C, Western Kentucky

8.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 4.6 BPG

Last year’s national leader in blocks per game and the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year is back to torment the masses with his 7-foot-7 wingspan.

7. Sincere Carry, G, Kent State

17.9 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.8 APG

Last season, Carry propelled Kent State to a 14-game winning streak on his way to picking up MAC Player of the Year honors.

8. Tosan Evbuomwan, F, Princeton

16.0 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 5.1 APG

Evbuomwan is the fulcrum of the Princeton offense and won the 2022 Ivy League Player of the Year award in unanimous fashion.

9. Aaron Estrada, G, Hofstra

18.5 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.0 APG

The 2022 CAA Player of the Year scored 30-plus points on four separate occasions last season, and he’s back for more in Hempstead.

10. Tylor Perry, G, North Texas

13.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 1.3 SPG

Despite starting just one game, Perry led the team in scoring, earned All-Conference USA First Team honors, and was named C-USA’s Newcomer of the Year.

11. Taran Armstrong, G, Cal Baptist

10.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 6.3 APG

The reigning WAC Freshman of the Year is one of the country’s premier point guards and an intriguing future NBA prospect.

12. Dayvion McKnight, G, Western Kentucky

16.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 5.5 APG

The former Mr. Kentucky Basketball made the All-Conference USA First Team last season while leading the Hilltoppers in scoring and assists.

13. Tucker DeVries, G, Drake

13.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.1 APG

DeVries won MVC Freshman of the Year and took home all-conference honors while playing for his dad in Des Moines.

14. Mike Bothwell, G, Furman

15.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 3.0 APG

A two-time All-SoCon First Team selection, Bothwell will look to lead his Paladins to their first NCAA Tournament since 1980.

15. Jalen Slawson, F, Furman

14.5 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 3.7 APG

The 2022 SoCon Defensive Player of the Year can score from all three levels, crash the boards and dish with the best of them.

16. Enrique Freeman, F, Akron

13.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 1.1 BPG

The reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year was one of just 15 players in the country last season to average a double-double.

17. Ben Sheppard, G, Belmont

16.2 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.2 SPG

After landing on the OVC’s All-Conference First Team, Sheppard could be Player of the Year in the Bruins’ new Missouri Valley home.

18. Jordan Dingle, G, Penn

20.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.4 APG

A unanimous All-Ivy First Team selection and the league’s leading scorer, Dingle returns to hoist the Red & Blue back up to the top of the conference standings.

19. Jubrile Belo, F, Montana State

12.8 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.8 BPG

The 2022 Big Sky Player of the Year looks to lead his Bobcats to a second-consecutive NCAA Tournament under head coach Danny Sprinkle.

20. Joe Bryant Jr., G, Norfolk State

16.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 3.2 APG

Bryant is back for a fifth season on the heels of winning MEAC Player of the Year, and he will try to lead his Spartans to a third-consecutive Big Dance.

21. Jordan Brown, F, Louisiana

15.3 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.1 BPG

A former five-star recruit, Brown finally broke through last season at his third collegiate stop, earning All-Sun Belt Second Team honors.

22. Drew Pember, F, UNC Asheville

15.7 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3.0 BPG

After two muted years at Tennessee, Pember exploded in his Big South debut. He was named the Big South’s DPOY and an all-league first-teamer.

23. Nelly Junior Joseph, F, Iona

13.0 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 1.9 BPG

An All-MAAC First Team selection a year ago, Joseph returns to lead the league’s best team back to the Promised Land.

24. Ajay Mitchell, G, UC Santa Barbara

11.6 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 3.7 APG

The Belgian sophomore is a top breakout candidate after capturing the Big West’s Freshman of the Year award and ranking third in the league in assists.

25. Emoni Bates, F, Eastern Michigan

9.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.3 APG

A former top-five prospect and one of the biggest names coming out of high school in recent memory, Bates looks to bounce back in his hometown after a challenging first season at Memphis.

Honorable Mentions: Charles Pride, Bryant; Eric Gaines, UAB; Daylen Kountz, Northern Colorado; Ahsan Asadullah, Lipscomb; A.J. Plitzuweit, South Dakota; Jalen Cone, Northern Arizona; Roman Penn, Drake; Xavier Pinson, New Mexico State; Cam Holden, Towson; Zeke Mayo, South Dakota State; Sam Sessoms, Coppin State

DeBrusk scores 2 as Bruins beat Panthers 5-3

BOSTON (AP) Jake DeBrusk scored 21 seconds into the game and added an empty-netter as the Boston Bruins beat the Florida Panthers 5-3 on Monday night.

DeBrusk also assisted on the go-ahead goal, splitting a pair of defenders in a race for the puck and feeding Patrice Bergeron with a behind-the-back pass to put Boston up 2-1 with 7:25 left in the second period.

DeBrusk, who turned 26 on Monday, said he wasn’t even sure in the morning he’d be able to play because of an injury he suffered in the season-opener that kept him out of Boston’s win over Arizona on Saturday.

“It was nice to contribute, obviously. That’s the best way to help the team,” DeBrusk said. “That early in the game to kind of set the tone, that’s what we all want to do and I was lucky enough to kind of get a lucky one there.”

Bergeron finished with a goal and assist for the Bruins, who improved to 3-0-0 under new coach Jim Montgomery and handed Florida its first loss of the season after opening with two wins. David Pastrnak and Trent Frederic also scored for Boston. Linus Ullmark stopped 36 shots.

Gustav Forsling had a goal and an assist for Florida, which never recovered after falling behind 4-1 in the third. Sam Bennett and Colin White also scored for Florida. Matthew Tkachuk had an assist, giving him two goals and two assists in three games with the Panthers, who picked him up in an offseason trade with Calgary. Sergei Bobrovsky had 29 saves.

The Panthers were already without defenseman Brandon Montour with an upper-body injury and lost defenseman Aaron Eckblad midway through the second period.

Coach Paul Maurice, hired to take over the Panthers in June, said he was impressed with his short-handed club’s tenacity on Monday night and likes what he has seen thus far. Florida opened the season with three straight road games and went 2-1 on the trip.

“They’re on the path. I like the way they think the game. I like the way they treat each other on the bench. I like how wired how they are before the game. They like playing. They’re excited,” Maurice said. “In a game tonight when it wasn’t easy, there was no complaining. They just keep battling.”

Pastrnak hit the side of an empty net with about 3:20 left to play after the Panthers, down two goals, pulled Bobrovsky for an extra skater while on a power-play. White scored with 1:37 left to pull the Panthers to 4-3, but DeBrusk scored his empty-net goal for the Bruins just 34 seconds later.

DeBrusk put Boston up 1-0 in the opening minute of the game on wrist shot from the right circle that seemed to catch Bobrovsky by surprise.

Tkachuk helped Florida tie it with an assist on Bennett’s goal, feeding him a pass for an easy tip-in 4 1/2 minutes into the second.

Midway through the period, Tkchuk got the Bruins’ attention again after a big hit at center ice and a subsequent scrum. Nick Foligno tried to get at Tkachuk but was held back. Boston’s Dan Renouf then tried to engage the new Florida forward but was also contained as the officials kept it from escalating.

Tkachuk recived a double-minor for roughing, Foligno went off for roughing and and Boston’s Tomas Nosek picked up a minor for kneeing Rudolf Balcers on the initial hit.

“We had everybody in there,” Montgomery said. “We were a pack of wolves in there together and after that I thought we had our best three minutes of the game – and we were down to three lines. So I think it speaks volumes about how hard they play for each other.”

David Krejci drew an interference penalty on Forsling after getting tripped up in front of the Florida net during an extended possession for the Bruins in the Panthers’ zone. Just after the penalty ended, Bergeron fed Pastrnak with a pass back inside the Florida zone and Pastrnak took it from there, slipping the puck between Marc Staal’s skates and getting in alone on Bobvrosky for his second goal of the season.

NOTES: Boston has 16 goals scored by 12 different players in its first three games. … DeBrusk’s goal was his first of the season and gave him 93 for his career. … Maurice said Ekblad will be evaluated on Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Bruins: At Ottawa on Tuesday night.

Panthers: Host Philadelphia in their home opener Wednesday night.

Gostisbehere scores late as Coyotes beat Maple Leafs 4-2

TORONTO (AP) Shayne Gostisbehere scored on a power play late in the third period and added an assist as the Arizona Coyotes picked beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 Monday night for their first win of the season.

Christian Fischer, Nick Ritchie and Lawson Crouse also scored for Arizona, which opened the season with two losses. Karel Vejmelka made 26 saves for the Coyotes, who blew a 2-0 lead with under eight minutes left in regulation.

William Nylander and Mitch Marner scored for Toronto, and John Tavares had two assists to reach 900 points in his career. Erik Kallgren finished with 15 saves in his first start of the season.

After the Maple Leafs stormed back to tie the score 2-2 late in the third, Gostisbehere scored on a power play with 1:33 left in regulation.

“Great win for our team in the sense of how we rebounded for these young guys to get the experience of what it takes to get two points in this league,” Gostisbehere said. “It’s very hard.”

Toronto appeared to tie it again when Kerfoot scored with 39 seconds left, but the NHL situation room determined there was a hand pass by defenseman Morgan Rielly earlier in the sequence, negating the goal.

The Maple Leafs argued the puck hit Coyotes forward Clayton Keller at the blue line before Marner took control, but to no avail.

“Crazy that we’re talking about such little things on these reviews,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. “Got to do a better job of not putting yourself in that spot.”

Crouse sealed the win with an empty-netter with 10.2 seconds left as boos rained down from the stands.

“Crazy third,” Gostisbehere said. “Fortunately we got a call.”

Kallgren, a seventh-round pick by Arizona in the 2015 NHL draft, got the call with Ilya Samsonov getting a breather and Matt Murray (groin) on long-term injured reserve.

“Games like this, you don’t see a lot of shots,” the Swedish goalie said. “But when you see them it can be a breakaway or really good scoring chance. … Got to stay focused.”

The Coyotes, who opened the season by getting outscored a combined 12-5 in Boston and Pittsburgh, jumped out to a surprising lead against the heavily favored Maple Leafs with 25.8 seconds left in the first period on a power play.

Ritchie, signed by Toronto in the summer of 2021 to play on the top line with Marner and Auston Matthews before falling out of favor and subsequently getting traded to Arizona, fired a shot from the slot off the post and in on Kallgren for his third goal in three games.

The Maple Leafs had a pair of man-advantage opportunities in the opening period and barely let the Coyotes touch the puck for long stretches in what looked at times like a long game of keep away, but only registered five total shots.

The Coyotes, who finished 31st in the overall standings last season and appear destined for a similar finish in 2022-23, went ahead 2-0 at 8:30 of the second when Fischer beat Kallgren between the pads from in tight.

Toronto nearly gave up another goal later in the period, but Kallgren held the fort on a Coyotes power play before the Maple Leafs were booed off the Scotiabank Arena ice at the second intermission.

“It’s the National Hockey League,” Tavares said. “Every night you have to compete and you have to play well and you have to execute or you’re not going to win.”

The crowd only got more restless in the third period when Toronto’s power play went a fourth straight opportunity without registering a shot. Kallgren followed that up by stopping Zack Kassian on a breakaway to keep his team down by two.

The Maple Leafs got another power play, and after more fan frustration, finally got on the board when Nylander picked up a loose puck and fired home his third with 7:06 left in regulation.

With the forward lines in a blender, Marner tied it just 24 seconds later when he jumped on a Coyotes turnover for his first.

MUZZIN OUT

The Maple Leafs lost defenseman Jake Muzzin to a neck injury in the second period. The 33-year-old missed the start of training camp with back discomfort.

UP NEXT

Coyotes: At the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night.

Maple Leafs: Host the Dallas Stars on Thursday night.

Kirby Dach scores in OT as Canadiens beat Penguins 3-2

MONTREAL (AP) Kirby Dach scored 3:09 into overtime, lifting the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 victory over Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night.

Nick Suzuki had a goal and an assist for Montreal, which trailed 2-0 after two periods. Cole Caufield also scored, and Kaiden Guhle had two assists.

The Canadiens (2-2-0) also won their home opener, beating Toronto 4-3 on Wednesday night.

“It’s huge for us,” Suzuki said. “We want to be good on home ice. In the last couple of years, we haven’t really done that. It’s important to win at home and we want to put on a good show for our fans, so to win games, and to win games like that, it’s pretty fun.”

After Jeff Petry was sent off in overtime for cross-checking for his third penalty of the game, Dach got a pass from Sean Monahan and beat Casey DeSmith for the power-play goal.

It was Dach’s first goal since he was acquired in a July trade with Chicago.

Evgeni Malkin had two goals for Pittsburgh, and Bryan Rust had two assists. DeSmith made 36 saves.

“It’s real disappointing,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “We didn’t like the first period at all. I thought the second period we started to play. I thought we were probably the better team in the second period, but that’s the only period. It’s hard to win in this league when we only play one period.”

Crosby was held off the scoresheet. The center had a goal and two assists in each of the Penguins’ first two games – both victories.

Samuel Montembeault stopped 26 shots for Montreal.

The Penguins nearly jumped out to an early lead. Danton Heinen grabbed a loose puck in the left faceoff circle and surprised Montembeault with a wrist shot, but a video review showed the puck hit both goalposts without crossing the goal line.

After a scoreless first period, Malkin got his second goal of the season 3:52 into the second. He converted a one-timer off a cross-ice pass from Marcus Pettersson.

Malkin recorded his second goal of the game four minutes later. The center hopped on Montembeault’s rebound in the slot to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead.

The Canadiens cut the deficit to one early in the third. Suzuki broke into the offensive zone and hit the post with a wrist shot, but the captain rounded the net to grab his own rebound and tapped it in.

With 2:26 remaining, the Canadiens called a timeout and pulled Montembeault. Jonathan Drouin then found Caufield with a cross-ice pass, and Caufield tied it at 2.

PETRY RETURNS

Petry played his first game at the Bell Centre in a Penguins uniform. The 34-year-old defenseman was booed on his first touch of the puck.

During a commercial break in the first period, the Canadiens showed a video honoring Petry’s eight seasons in Montreal. He received a nice ovation, only to be booed seconds later on his next shift.

ALLEN ON LEAVE

Goaltender Jake Allen missed the game because he was on parental leave with his wife due to give birth. Montembeault was told he would be in for Allen the morning of the game.

“It wasn’t too bad,” Montembeault said about preparing for the game. “It wasn’t until this morning when I showed up to the rink and I saw that his gear wasn’t there, so I kind of knew at that moment that I was going to be in.”

UP NEXT

Penguins: Host the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday night.

Canadiens: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

Zibanejad, Panarin lead Rangers to 6-4 win over Ducks

NEW YORK (AP) Mika Zibanejad had two goals and two assists, Artemi Panarin had a goal and three assists, and the New York Rangers beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-4 Monday night.

Vincent Trochek had a goal and an assist, Kaapo Kakko and Alexis Lafreniere also scored, and Adam Fox had three assists to help the Rangers win for the third time in four games this season. Igor Shesterkin had 18 saves to improve to 3-0-0.

“It’s nice to contribute,” Zibanejad said. “We are working for each other. That’s a big key for us.”

Frank Vatrano, Trevor Zegras, Max Comtois and Derek Grant scored for the Ducks. Troy Terry and Pavol Regenda each had two assists. John Gibson gave up five goals on 34 shots through two periods before Anthony Stolarz came on to start the third and stopped eight of the nine shots he faced.

Kakko’s second goal of the season snapped a 2-2 tie at 9:54 of the second. Lafreniere extended the Rangers’ lead to 4-2 at with 2:21 remaining in the middle period with his first before Panarin fired the puck past to make it 5-2 with 34 seconds to go with his second goal of the season.

Panarin’s four-point game was his second already this season. He also had a goal and three assists against Minnesota last week. His 10 points set a Rangers franchise mark for most points through the first four games of a season.

“It’s a good start to the season,” said Panarin, who led the Rangers last season with 96 points. “We definitely had a good power-play tonight.”

After Comtois pulled the Ducks within two 5 1/2 minutes into the third, Zibanejad scored his second of the game and fourth of the season a little more than 6 minutes later on the power play again to make it 6-3.

“Tight games, 5-on-5 you have to take advantage of your power plays. When you get it, you have to take advantage of it,” Zibanejad said.

Grant capped the scoring with just under 4 minutes remaining.

The Rangers continued their mastery over the Ducks, improving to 6-0-1 in seven matchups back to the 2018-19 season. Since 2014-15, the Rangers are 12-2-1 against Anaheim.

“I thought we were in the game but one power-play goal in the first was a gift,? Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “In the second period, we gave them two absolute gifts. So we gave them three easy ones and lose by two.”

Trocheck and Zibanejad had power-play goals in the first to give the Rangers the early lead. Trocheck, who signed a seven-year deal with the Rangers in the offseason, scored his second goal at 7:34. He has points in three out of four games. Zibanejad made it 2-0 at 13:10, whipping a high shot past Gibson for his third goal of the campaign.

Rangers coach Gerard Gallant was pleased with the power-play prowess exhibited by his team.

“The way they snap the puck, they just have so much skill and power,” he said. “Tonight they were finishing their plays and making it happen.”

Gallant did caution that he also expects to his team to defend better.

“I want to win games every night, but I don’t want four goals going in our net every night,” he said. “Our guys know that, too.”

Vatrano, who finished last season with the Rangers after being acquired at the trade deadline, got the Ducks on the scoreboard with 4 1/2 minutes left in the first and Zegras tied it at 1:34 of the second as he rifled a shot past Shesterkin.

Anaheim, coming off a 7-1 loss at the New York Islanders on Saturday night, lost its second straight after winning its home opener over Seattle last Wednesday.

SEASON DEBUT

Forward Sammy Blais made his season debut for the Rangers after missing the first three games with an upper-body injury. Blais played just 14 games last season before suffering a major knee injury. He was acquired from St. Louis in a trade for Pavel Buchnevich in July 2021.

STROME RETURNS

The contest also marked the New York return for popular forward Ryan Strome, who played four seasons for the Rangers before signing with Anaheim as a free agent. The 29-year-old Strome, also with the Islanders for four years, said he loved playing in Manhattan, especially contributing a career-best 21 goals last season and helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals. “The city was pretty bananas,” he said of the post-season hysteria. “It was awesome.”

PANARIN’S POINTS

Panarin leads the Rangers with 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and has scored in all four games. Panarin’s eight assists tied Rod Gilbert (1976-77) for the most through the first four games and are the most for a Rangers player since Jaromir Jagr had six in 2006-07.

UP NEXT

Ducks: At New Jersey on Tuesday night in the third of five-game trip.

Rangers: Host San Jose on Thursday in the second game of a four-game homestand.

Ovechkin scores twice, Capitals come back to beat Canucks

WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin and Washington’s best players got going just in time to put together their best period of the season and avoid what would have been the Capitals’ worst four-game start in nearly a decade.

Ovechkin scored twice, and the Capitals rallied past old coach Bruce Boudreau and the Vancouver Canucks 6-4 on Monday night for their second consecutive victory. They trailed by two going into the third period before turning the game around.

“We find ourselves down going into the third period and turning the puck over too much and it keeps us from playing fast and getting into their end,” coach Peter Laviolette said. “And I thought in the third period, we straightened out and played a really good third period. … We were on the attacking, and we were pushing the whole time.”

Ovechkin’s first two goals of the season, 56 seconds in and with 2:58 left in regulation, bookended the Capitals blowing a lead and storming back. Dylan Strome got the comeback started with a power-play goal early in the third, continuing his strong start with his new team, before John Carlson tied it and Conor Sheary put the Capitals ahead.

“It was a great response by everybody,” Ovechkin said. “You can see when we play the right way it doesn’t matter what kind of score, we can always bounce back and win the game.”

Winger Connor Brown, a newcomer like Strome, exited with an apparent right leg injury after going into the boards awkwardly early in the third. The team said Brown had a lower-body injury, and Laviolette only added that an evaluation was ongoing.

Down a skater, the Capitals (2-2-0) were still able to get back into the game with goals from Carlson with 11:17 left in regulation and Sheary with 7:16 left.

They spoiled Boudreau’s latest chance to reach 600 career regular-season NHL wins. Despite a goal and two assists from Elias Pettersson, the Canucks blew a two-goal advantage for a third consecutive game, all losses.

Vancouver became the first team to lose each of its first three after enjoying a multigoal lead in each game. Boudreau said it would be fair to call the Canucks “mentally weak” at this stage.

“When you’re on a roll, you’re waiting for good things to happen,” Boudreau said. “When you’re in something like this, you’re waiting for something bad to happen.”

Washington’s Darcy Kuemper rebounded well after whiffing on the puck on a bad bounce to give Pettersson a gift goal with 7.3 seconds left in the first. He finished with 26 saves.

Ovechkin joked of the rough bounce: “Welcome to Capital One ice,” adding sarcastically, “Boards and ice is probably top in the league.”

Lars Eller also scored for Washington, taking advantage of a big bounce off the end boards 8 seconds into the second. Evgeny Kuznetsov had three assists hours after missing the morning skate and being considered a game-time decision.

Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko allowed six goals on 30 shots. The Canucks had a players-only meeting after the loss, which Boudreau acknowledged is “not usually” a good sign.

NOTES: Ovechkin’s goal was the 11th of his career in the opening minute of regulation. Only Sidney Crosby and Mark Messier with 13 and Dave Taylor, Phil Esposito and Gordie Howe with 12 have more. … Canucks defenseman Tucker Poolman was out with an undisclosed injury.

UP NEXT

Canucks: Make their fourth stop on a five-game trip Tuesday night at the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Capitals: Travel to Canada’s capital to face the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Danault’s overtime goal gives Kings 5-4 win over Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) Phillip Danault scored 1:12 into overtime for his second goal of the game, and the Los Angeles Kings handed the Detroit Red Wings their first loss with a 5-4 victory on Monday night.

Danault’s winning shot in front hit a defender’s skate and bounced into the net.

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, giving him 47 points in 42 games against Detroit. That’s the second-most among active players, trailing only Chicago star Patrick Kane at 56 points.

Adrian Kempe supplied his fourth goal and assisted on Kopitar’s goal. Gabriel Vilardi also scored for the Kings (2-2-0). Jonathan Quick made 29 saves.

Los Angeles has won its last two games despite allowing 10 goals.

“We’re getting better, but we still have a lot to do,” Danault said. “The last two games were unacceptable and we all know that. We want to be better as a line and we want to better as a team. We solved some things tonight, but there’s more to fix.”

Wings forward Oskar Sundqvist scored in the final minute of regulation to send the game into overtime. David Perron had two goals and an assist for Detroit (2-0-1), and Adam Erne added a goal. Ville Husso made 31 saves.

Kopitar dove toward a loose puck situated just behind Husso and knocked it in with 6:44 remaining in regulation. His first goal this season gave Los Angeles a 4-3 lead.

Sundqvist tied it with 40.9 seconds left shortly after Dylan Larkin prevented an empty-net goal, knocking the puck off Viktor Arvidsson’s stick.

“It was an amazing play,” coach Derek Lalonde said of Larkin’s effort. “He never gave up on it. I just think it’s a good message.”

Detroit’s net was still empty when Sundqvist delivered his tying goal.

“We’re starting to play the right way more and more,” Perron said. “It was great to see that fight there in the third period, to get that one back and get a big point.”

The Kings managed to refocus after Arvidsson failed to score what should have been a clinching goal in regulation.

“We have some guys on this team with a lot of experience and they got everyone calmed down and ready for overtime,” coach Todd McLellan said. “I saw a bunch of guys telling Arvie to not worry about it and they were going to win it for him, but we can’t put ourselves in that position very often.”

Erne scored on a 2-on-1 break 4:26 into the game. The Kings tied it 19 seconds later on Vilardi’s third goal of the season.

Los Angeles grabbed the advantage at 14:40 when Kempe ripped a shot from the right circle over Husso’s right shoulder.

Dominik Kubalik set up Perron’s one-timer from the left circle midway through the second, tying it at 2.

The Kings regained the lead later in the period when Trevor Moore found Danault heading toward the net just after Detroit killed off a penalty.

Perron scored Detroit’s first power-play goal this season with 8:46 left in regulation with another shot from the left circle.

“It wasn’t perfect all the time throughout the first three games here but the way we approached every period, every game, there’s a lot of positives,” Larkin said.

NOTES: F Tyler Bertuzzi will miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury, according to Lalande. Bertuzzi was injured while blocking a shot at New Jersey on Saturday. … Detroit F Jakub Vrana missed the game due to personal reasons. … Kings F Alex Iafallo recorded his 100th career assist in the first period.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Nashville on Tuesday.

Red Wings: At Chicago on Friday.

Avalanche keep goalie-challenged Wild winless in 6-3 victory

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Colorado’s stars have picked up where they left off last season, even with the captain sidelined.

The defending champion Avalanche are a lot to defend, a vital trait that has so far eluded the division rival Minnesota Wild.

Mikko Rantanen scored the go-ahead goal midway through the second period and Nathan Mackinnon and Valeri Nichushkin each had a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who beat Minnesota 6-3 on Monday night to keep the Wild winless.

Ben Meyers and Samuel Girard scored in the first period for the Avalanche to put the first start for Wild goalie Filip Gustavsson with his new team in immediate trouble. Josh Manson added an insurance goal for the Avs in the third period.

Mackinnon (two goals and five assists), Nichushkin (four goals, two assists) and Rantanen (one goal, five assists) have combined for 19 points in three games. The Avs have won twice, with captain Gabriel Landeskog still out with a lower body injury.

“All of our big guys have been kind of carrying the load here so far. Hopefully we’ll be able to spread it out here a little bit as we go on,” coach Jared Bednar said.

Kirill Kaprizov’s second score of the game brought the Wild back within one a few minutes later, but Alexandar Georgiev stayed strong down the stretch in Colorado’s net and finished with 36 saves. After Freddy Gaudreau missed an open net on a short-handed rush, Mackinnon scored on the power play on the other end to seal it.

“He’s playing his game – playing fast and heavy and smart and making nice plays and getting rewarded for it,” center J.T. Compher said. “Whether he gets points or not, he’s driving the bus and we try to feed off that.”

Joel Eriksson Ek had the tying goal on a power play redirection in the second period and Calen Addison had three primary assists, but the Wild (0-3-0) saw their goals-against total spike to 20. Gustavsson stopped 32 shots.

After allowing 14 goals over their first two games, the most in any such stretch in franchise history, the Wild badly needed every skater to sharpen their play and improve their decision-making in the defensive zone. Facing the defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche was far from the ideal scenario for this test.

“It’s on the goalie. It’s on the defense. It’s on the forwards. It’s on the coaches. It’s on all of us,” Wild coach Dean Evason said. “We’re giving up way too many goals.”

THE NEW GUY

Minnesota’s season started with a 7-3 defeat by to the New York Rangers on Thursday. After Marc-Andre Fleury allowed 11 goals on 49 shots over his first four periods, he was pulled at the first intermission in a 7-6 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday.

The Kings scored three times in 20 shots on Gustavsson, who was acquired in a trade with Ottawa when Wild general manager Bill Guerin decided not to put Fleury in a job share and dealt Cam Talbot to the Senators.

Gustavsson never saw the first goal, just 3:30 into the game when Erik Johnson ping-ponged a shot off the stick of Kurtis MacDermid that hit Meyers with his back to the net in traffic in the circle.

Johnson flashed a surprised smile at his teammates in a moment of uncertainty about the celebration, but the rookie Meyers – who played in five games for the Avs last spring after leaving the University of Minnesota – was credited with his second career goal in his home state.

Girard muscled a backhander through traffic after outmuscling former teammate Tyson Jost for the puck, a bleeder that trickled into the net. The 24-year-old Gustavsson had trouble controlling pucks, most egregiously when a dump-in by Mackinnon slipped out of his grasp to allow Rantanen to swoop in for the tap-in and a 3-2 lead midway through the second period.

“We’ve been behind every single game and you’re pushing, so your defensive hockey, it lacks because you’re thinking offense,” Evason said. “But that’s not to say it’s an excuse. You still have to freaking defend, right? You still have to keep the puck out of our net.”

LINEUP SHUFFLE

Evason scratched rookie Marco Rossi, and his replacement Mason Shaw produced plenty of energy on the fourth line wing. Jost moved up to the first line to center Kaprizov and Mats Zuccarello, dropping Ryan Hartman down to the right wing on Eriksson Ek’s line. That’s the spot normally occupied by Jordan Greenway, who has not played while recovering from upper body surgery.

UP NEXT

The Avalanche return home to face Winnipeg on Wednesday.

The Wild finish their season-opening four-game homestand against Vancouver on Thursday.

Stars win 4-1 over Jets without Bowness, move to 3-0

DALLAS (AP) Jani Hakanpaa and Joel Kiviranta scored during a frenzied two-minute span in the second period, and the Dallas Stars went on to a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets, who were still without new coach Rick Bowness on Monday night.

Hakanpaa got his first goal of the the season on a nearly 60-foot shot from the top of the right circle with 4:22 left in the second, putting the Stars up 2-1 right after they failed to score on a power play.

“Sometimes I thought, you know, I’ll just blast one,” Hakanpaa said. “It was nice it went in.”

Not long after that, Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck wasn’t able to corral a long shot by Nils Lundkvist but still denied Kiviranta right in front. Kiviranta wound up falling down, but got up and backed out of the crease while the Stars maintained control. He then made a one-timer from the right circle on a cross-ice pass from Esa Lindell.

“It would be a disappointment if I would have got to the bench without that goal like right after,” Kiviranta said.

A positive COVID-19 test right before the Jets’ season opener Friday has kept the 67-year-old Bowness out of their first two games, including the trip to Dallas to face the team he led to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final and took back to the playoffs last season.

Pete DeBoer, who replaced Bowness, is the first coach in Stars franchise history to win his first three games. They have outscored their opponents 13-3, and scored four goals in regulation in three games in a row for the first time since the end of 2019.

“I thought that this group would be able to score, I really did,” DeBoer said. “I didn’t know to what degree. But, I felt I felt that we could be more than a one-line team, which is essentially the tag that was hung on them last year, and probably warranted. … I think just about every line has chipped in so far through three games.”

Tyler Seguin and Miro Heiskanen also scored for the Stars (3-0-0). Mason Marchmant, who had three goals in his first two games with his new team, had two assists.

Mark Scheifele scored his third goal of the season for the Jets (1-1-0) only 3 1/2 minutes into the game. That was the only of their 24 shots that got past Dallas goalie Jake Oettinger, including five shots during a four-minute power play in the third period.

“They really did a real good job of slowing us down,” Jets assistant coach Scott Arniel Took said.

Hellebuyck had 25 saves.

Bowness was hired by Winnipeg in early July, weeks after the Stars ended their season with a Game 7 overtime loss to Calgary in the first round of the playoffs. Bowness was at the end of his two-year contract, and days later said he was stepping aside to allow the Dallas organization to pursue a different direction.

The Stars play in Winnipeg in three weeks, on Nov. 8. The Jets return to Dallas on Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving, to wrap up the regular-season series between the teams.

Seguin tied it at 1 late in the first with his first goal of the season, and 306th in his career. He slid onto his knee across the front of the crease when he scored off a pass from Ty Dellandrea.

Heiskanen scored a power-play goal midway through the third.

NOTES: The Jets got their extended power play when Kiviranta got a double minor for high sticking. Officials took a long look at the replay before confirming the four-minute penalty. Neal Pionk had a visible cut just above on his right cheek and below the eye. … The Stars have won their last four games over Winnipeg. The previous six meetings in the series had gone to overtime or a shootout. Dallas has won seven in a row at home in the series.

UP NEXT

Jets: Play the second of three consecutive road games Wednesday at Colorado.

Stars: Begin a four-game road trip Thursday night at Toronto.

Svechnikov scores twice, Hurricanes blow through Kraken 5-1

SEATTLE (AP) Andrei Svechnikov scored two goals 70 seconds apart in the second period, Sebastian Aho had a goal and two assists, and the Carolina Hurricanes remained unbeaten with a 5-1 win over the Seattle Kraken on Monday night.

Carolina improved to 3-0 behind a barrage of second-period goals. Carolina scored three times in less than three minutes, two of them coming on the power play after the Hurricanes started the season 0 for 5 in extra-man opportunities.

“You need your best players to be the best players if you want to have any kind of success as a group,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “So far, those guys have been – three games in – but they certainly have done their job. We need to keep that going.”

Svechnikov’s two goals helped Carolina create separation after Andre Burakovsky scored on the power play to pull Seattle to 2-1.

Svechnikov’s first came at 13:24 of the second when Aho found him alone at the side of the net. Barely a minute later, Martin Necas’ shot from between the circles was tipped by Svechnikov in front of the net and trickled past Seattle goalkeeper Philipp Grubauer.

It was Svechnikov’s first two-goal game of the season after he had five last year on his way to a career-high 30 goals.

“He’s a great player. You want to find him because he can put the puck in the net,” Aho said.

Seth Jarvis jammed a short-side goal past Grubauer in the opening minutes of the first period to give Carolina an early advantage after coming back from 1-0 deficits in each of its first two wins. Aho’s power play goal midway through the second made it 2-0.

“You’re playing with fire when you put these guys on the power play that often and you know it came back to get us on their second goal,” Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said.

Jordan Martinook scored on a rebound at 14:41 of the third period for his first goal of the season.

Carolina goaltender Frederik Andersen made 22 saves, including 12 in the third period as Seattle pushed to get back in the game.

Burakovsky’s goal was his 300th career point and pulled Seattle within 2-1 at 13:06 of the second period. It was his second goal and fifth point in four games with his new team. But Seattle’s’ scoring chances were limited for the first 40 minutes and the Kraken had just 11 shots through two periods. Seattle was routed at home for the second straight game after losing 5-2 to Vegas on Saturday.

Grubauer made 29 saves, but the soft early goal allowed to Jarvis left Seattle playing from behind form the outset.

“That puts you in a hole right away and you have to play from behind. Now we were able to get going and pushed back in, but again that’s not a great way to start a hockey game,” Hakstol said.

HOME DEBUT

Seattle first-round pick Shane Wright made his home debut after being scratched on Saturday against Vegas. The Kraken plan to be cautious with Wright’s workload early in his rookie season. Wright was paired on the fourth line with Daniel Spring and Morgan Geekie, but the amount of special teams time on the ice limited Wright to just 6:50.

“That’s partly the special teams and partly the flow of the game,” Hakstol said.

NOTES: Ondrej Kase missed his second straight game for Carolina due to a concussion. … The game was delayed several minutes during the third period after a section of the glass had to be repaired.

UP NEXT

Hurricanes: Continue their season-opening road trip Thursday night in Edmonton.

Kraken: Close out a three-game homestand on Wednesday against St. Louis.

Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue Earn Weekly Football Honors

Following Week 7 contests, the Big Ten Conference Offensive, Defensive, and Special Teams Players of the Week, and the Freshman of the Week were announced this morning. Below are this week’s honorees:
 
Co-Offensive Players of the Week
Chase Brown, Illinois
RB – Jr. – London, Ontario – St. Stephens Episcopal (Fla.)

  • Rushed for 180 yards against Minnesota, adding to his national leading total of 1,059 and becoming the first running back in the country to reach 1,000 yards rushing this season
  • Tallied 233 all-purpose yards against the Gophers, pushing his NCAA-leading total to 1,166 yards
  • Becomes the first Illini back to open a season with eight-straight 100-yard games, moving past Howard Griffith, Rashard Mendenhall, Pierre Thomas, Juice Williams, Mikel Leshoure, and Josh Ferguson to jump from 12th to sixth on the Illinois all-time rushing list
  • Earns his fourth career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Illinois Offensive Player of the Week: Chase Brown (Aug. 29, 2022)

Aidan O’Connell, Purdue
QB – Sr. – Long Grove, Ill. – Stevenson

  • Threw for 391 yards and four touchdowns, the 12th 300-yard game of his career and the fifth four-touchdown game of his career, to lead Purdue to its fourth straight victory
  • Passed Jim Everett (7,411) and Scott Campbell (7,636) to move into sixth on Purdue’s career passing yards chart
  • Helped the Boilermakers tie a school record for first downs (38) and rack up 608 yards of total offense, the eighth most in program history
  • The four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his second career Offensive Player of the Week award and his first of the season
  • Last Purdue Offensive Player of the Week: Aidan O’Connell (Nov. 8, 2021)

 
Defensive Player of the Week
Jacoby Windmon, Michigan State
DE/LB – Sr. – New Orleans, La. – John Ehret

  • Recorded a season-best 11 tackles, including two for losses (6 yards), in his first start at linebacker against Wisconsin
  • Caused both Wisconsin turnovers that led to Spartan touchdowns, picking off his first career pass in the first quarter at the Badger 12-yard line, leading to Michigan State’s first touchdown of the game
  • Forced a fumble on Wisconsin’s second possession in overtime, his sixth forced fumble of the year
  • Earns the third Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Jacoby Windmon (Sept. 12, 2022)

 
Special Teams Player of the Week
Jake Moody, Michigan
K – Gr. – Northville, Mich. – Northville

  • Converted on four field goals (23, 24, 29, 37) and three PATs for a 15-point day as the Wolverines defeated Penn State 41-17
  • Recorded his first career tackle to begin the third quarter on Penn State’s Nicholas Singleton
  • Hit five touchbacks on nine kickoffs for an average return of 14 yards
  • The three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree garners the third Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Michigan Special Teams Player of the Week: Jake Moody (Oct. 11, 2021)

 
Freshman of the Week
Devin Mockobee, Purdue
RB – Boonville, Ind. – Boonville

  • Set the Purdue freshman rushing record for a single game, tallying a career-high 178 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to help the Boilermakers win their fourth straight game against Nebraska
  • Caught two passes for 28 yards to total 206 all-purpose yards, the most by a Boilermaker this season
  • Helped the Boilermakers tie a school record for first downs (38) and rack up 608 yards of total offense (eighth in program history)
  • Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: David Bell (Nov. 25, 2019)

BIG TEN FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

• Conference action continues this week, with five Big Ten contests highlighted by a pair of divisional matchups. Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Nebraska will enjoy byes this week, with the complete schedule appearing to the right.

• Two Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Michigan and Ohio State are 7-0 and 6-0, respectively. The Wolverines and Buckeyes are both undefeated in conference play at 4-0 and 3-0, respectively.

• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week, highlighted by two of the top five teams. Ohio State leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 4 Michigan, No. 16 Penn State and No. 18 Illinois. Maryland, Minnesota and Purdue are all receiving votes.

• Michigan and Ohio State currently rank among the top 10 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines rank seventh nationally in scoring offense, averaging 42.7 points per contest, while ranking No. 5 nationally in scoring defense (12.1 points per game). The Buckeyes lead the nation in scoring offense, averaging 48.8 points per game, while ranking No. 10 nationally in scoring defense (15.7 points per game).

• Four additional Big Ten teams rank in the top 25 in terms of scoring defense: Illinois (1st, 8.9 points per game), Iowa (3rd, 9.8 points per game), Minnesota (4th, 11.7 points per game) and Penn State (22nd, 19.2 points per game).

• Michigan improved to 7-0 on the season following a 41-17 victory against Penn State on Saturday. It marks the third 7-0 start under head coach Harbaugh (2016, 2021) and the first time the Wolverines have begun 7-0 in consecutive years since 1973-74. Running back Blake Corum eclipsed 100 yards for the fourth straight game and ran for his 13th touchdown of the season, the most in FBS.

• Illinois defeated Minnesota 26-14 on Saturday to become the 10th team in the nation to reach bowl eligibility. The Illini have now won six straight home games for the first time since 2001-02 and have beaten Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota in a single season for the first time since 1983.

• The Illini’s Chase Brown became the first running back in the nation to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark this season. He has 1,059 rushing yards to lead the nation, while also leading the country with 1,166 all-purpose yards. Brown became just the third Illini in history to rush for 1,000 yards in two seasons, joining an elite group that includes Jim Grabowski and Robert Holcombe. Brown has rushed for over 100 yards in an Illinois-record eight straight games.

• Purdue has won four straight games for the first time since 2018, defeating Nebraska 43-37 on Saturday. Aidan O’Connell threw for 300 yards for the 12th time in his career, tying Curtis Painter for the third-most in school history. O’Connell has thrown for 200 yards in 20 of 21 career starts and threw four touchdown passes for the fifth time in his career.

• Boilermaker running back Devin Mockobee set the school freshman rushing record for a single game, tallying a career-high 178 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries to help Purdue win its fourth straight game against Nebraska. He caught two passes for 28 yards to total 206 all-purpose yards, the most by a Boilermaker this season.

• The Big Ten boasts six top 20 FBS running backs in rushing yards per game, including four of the top 15: Illinois’ Chase Brown (2nd, 151.3), Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim (4th, 138.8), Michigan’s Blake Corum (6th, 128.7), Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen (13th, 108.1), Ohio State’s Miyan Williams (18th, 99.4) and Nebraska’s Anthony Grant (20th, 97.4).

• Seven Big Ten Conference programs appear in the top 25 of the latest NCAA attendance rankings, including four of the nation’s top 10 schools: No. 1 Michigan (110,053 fans per game), No. 2 Penn State (106,485), No. 3 Ohio State (104,355), No. 10 Nebraska (86,854), No. 19 Wisconsin (73,578), No. 20 Michigan State (72, 786) and No. 21 Iowa (69,250). Additionally, Big Ten teams own 12 of the top 15 single-game attendance highs this season, including the top six spots.

• The 2022 Big Ten Football Championship Game will be played at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and will be televised nationally on FOX. The winner will earn the Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Trophy and a chance to play in one of the six bowls that comprise the College Football Playoff, including the Rose Bowl Game.

• Nine Big Ten Conference students are among the 156 semifinalists for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy. Now in its 33rd year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Representing the Big Ten as this year’s Campbell Trophy semifinalists are Illinois’ Alex Pihlstrom, Indiana’s Beau Robbins, Iowa’s Jack Campbell, Michigan’s Jake Moody, Nebraska’s Travis Vokolek, Northwestern’s Charlie Mangieri, Ohio State’s Bradley Robinson, Penn State’s Jonathan Sutherland and Rutgers’ Adam Korsak.

• The 2022 campaign features 94 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Ohio State leads the way, welcoming back 17 All-Big Ten honorees this season. Each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning this season, with 56 of the 94 returning All-Big Ten players coming from the East Division.

• This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Saturday, December 31, 2022, at the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. The Los Angeles region will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 9, 2023, at SoFi Stadium. The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.

Maryland, Nebraska and Wisconsin Capture Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Awards

Player of the Week
Sarah Franklin, Wisconsin
RS-So. – OH – Lake Worth, Fla. – Lake Worth Christian – Major: Civil Engineering
• Averaged 5.36 points, 5.14 kills, 2.43 digs and 0.43 blocks per set with a double-double last week in pacing No. 5 Wisconsin to conference wins at Iowa and vs. No. 24 Michigan
• Collected 20 kills and hit .567 in an Oct. 14 sweep of Iowa
• Added 16 kills and 11 digs in Sunday’s four-set win over nationally-ranked Michigan
• Named an Academic All-Big Ten selection last season
• Captures her first career Player of the Week award
• Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Dana Rettke (Oct. 25, 2021)
 
Defensive Player of the Week
Anastasia Russ, Maryland
RS-Jr. – MB – Pittsburgh, Pa. – Hampton – Major: Pre-Med
• Posted 3.67 points, 2.50 blocks and 2.17 kills per set last week as Maryland registered a pair of sweeps on the road in conference play at Northwestern and No. 9 Purdue
• Had six blocks and seven kills in Sunday’s win over Purdue, the Terrapins’ first on the road against a top-10 opponent since joining the Big Ten Conference in 2014
• Contributed nine blocks and six kills in Maryland’s Oct. 14 win at Northwestern
• Earns her first career Defensive Player of the Week award
• Last Maryland Defensive Player of the Week: Rainelle Jones (Sept. 19, 2022)
 
Setter of the Week
Sydney Dowler, Maryland
Jr. – Cary, N.C. – Green Hope – Major: Pre-Med
• Delivered 10.33 assists, 2.67 digs, 1.17 blocks and 0.83 kills per set in Maryland’s conference sweeps last week at Northwestern and No. 9 Purdue
• Recorded 35 assists, eight digs and four blocks in Sunday’s win at Purdue, the Terrapins’ first top-10 road victory since joining the Big Ten and giving Maryland its third consecutive Big Ten sweep for the first time in program history
• Added 27 assists, eight digs and three blocks in the Oct. 14 win at Northwestern
• Receives her first career Setter of the Week selection
• Last Maryland Setter of the Week: None (Dowler is school’s first honoree in this category)
 
Freshman of the Week
Bekka Allick, Nebraska
MB – Lincoln, Neb. – Waverly – Major: Business Management
• Logged 3.33 points, 2.50 kills and 1.33 blocks per set with a .481 hitting percentage last week, contributing to No. 3 Nebraska’s conference sweeps over No. 14 Penn State and Northwestern
• Tallied a season-high nine kills and hit .571 in Sunday’s win over Northwestern
• Contributed six kills (on .385 hitting) and six blocks in the Oct. 14 win over 14th-ranked Penn State
• Garners her first career Freshman of the Week plaudit
• Last Nebraska Freshman of the Week: Lexi Rodriguez (Nov. 29, 2021)

MAC Announces Week 7 Football Players of the Week

MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Sieh Bangura, Ohio, RB
R-Freshman, Bowie, Md. (Dematha Catholic)     
Bangura led the Bobcats on the ground, recording 25 carries on 77 yards and scoring two of Ohio’s three touchdowns. In the air, the redshirt freshman finished with four receptions and 28 yards.
 
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Demetrius Hardamon, Bowling Green, OLB        
Junior, Beavercreek, Ohio (Beavercreek)
Hardamon helped lead a team defensive effort in a win over Miami. He Notched five tackles, four of which were solo in the win. Hardamon had a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss and a career-high 2.0 sacks (BGSU had 4.0 sacks). One of his sacks was a strip sack with BGSU recovered. He help spearhead a BGSU defensive effort that held Miami under 200 yards of total offense.
 
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Nathanial Vakos, Ohio, Kicker
Freshman, Avon, Ohio (Avon)   
Vakos had another successful game for the Bobcats, going 3-for-3 on PATs and 4-for-5 on field goals. The freshman’s strong game was highlighted by a 55-yard field goal, marking a personal career high as well as tying him for the third-longest field goal in program history.
 
MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dequan Finn, Toledo, Quarterback         
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King)              
Finn completed 16-of-22 passes for 263 yards and a career-high six TDs to four different receivers in Toledo’s 52-31 win over Kent State. Finn’s heroics helped Toledo rally from a 21-0 deficit.  Finn tied the school record for touchdown passes which is shared by Bruce Gradkowski and Logan Woodside. His six passing touchdowns are tied for the most by an FBS quarterback this season. Finn is the first quarterback in school history to account for at least seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing) in a game. He also did not commit a turnover. Finn also rushed for a season-high 87 yards and a touchdown. It is the fifth time this season that Finn has rushed for at least 60 yards in a game. He leads the Rockets with 455 rushing yards this season and paces the MAC with 6.4 yards per attempt.
 
MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Jordan Riley, Ball State, Safety  
Sophomore, Clinton, Md. (National Christian Academy)
Jordan Riley had a career-high 14 tackles to help Ball State keep UConn at bay in its third consecutive double-digit comeback. Riley had the key play of the game defensively when he forced a fumble when the game was 21-13 in favor of the Huskies. The Cardinals pounced on the ball and scored four plays later to key the comeback. Riley and the defense shut out UConn in the second half, limiting the Huskies to just 53 yards on 30 plays and induced a pair of turnovers. Riley is 10th in the conference in total tackles and is the only player in the conference to have 57 tackles and seven passes defended this season.
 
MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
John Richardson, NIU, Kicker     
Junior, Orland Park, Ill. (Brother Rice)   
John Richardson made all four of his field goal attempts Saturday at Eastern Michigan, hitting from 41, 39, 28 and 33 yards in NIU’s 39-10 win. He hit two field goals in the second quarter to give NIU a 20-7 halftime lead, then added a pair in the second half as the Huskies pulled away to win. Richardson also made all three of his PATs for 15 points, just one shy of his single game career high. Richardson kicked off nine times in the game, often kicking shorter to control field position, with one of his squib kickoffs fumbled and recovered by NIU.

MAC Announces Week 8 Volleyball Players of the Week

West Division Offensive Player of the Week        
Taylor Alt, Outside Hitter, Toledo
Taylor Alt had another highly productive weekend for Toledo this past weekend at WMU, averaging 5.00 kills/set and helping the Rockets split their two matches against the Broncos. Alt tallied 14 kills in Friday’s match and officially eclipsed 1,000 career kills, becoming the 11th player in program history to do so. One day after her historic personal milestone, Alt led Toledo to a four-set win over Western Michigan by registering 21 kills and a .349 attack percentage while adding 11 digs. It marked her fifth double-double of the season and the third time this season she has had at least 20 kills in a match. Alt leads the MAC in kills (3.95/set) and scoring (4.55 points/set).
 
West Division Defensive Player of the Week       
Maggie Huber, Libero, Ball State
Ball State senior libero Maggie Huber lead all MAC players with a 7.29 digs-per-set average last week. Her play helped Cardinals earn a pair of road wins at Northern Illinois, which entered the week as the top team in the league. Her defensive play helped limit the Huskies to back-to-back season-low attacking marks; a .166 in Friday’s four-set win and a .084 rate of success in Saturday’s sweep. Huber collected a season-best 30 digs in Friday’s win, while adding 21 more in Saturday’s sweep, giving her 51 total digs on the weekend. She also finished the two-match set with a perfect 1.000 reception percentage in 35 attempts.
 
West Division Setter of the Week
Megan Wielonski, Setter, Ball State
Sophomore setter Megan Wielonski led all MAC players with an 11.71 assists-per-set average last week. She set the Cardinals to a .247 attack percentage in a two-match road sweep over league-leading Northern Illinois. Wielonski also turned in another solid effort in the backcourt, ranking second on the squad with 23 digs and a 3.29 digs-per-set average. The effort helped limit the Huskies to back-to-back season-low attacking marks; a .166 in Friday’s four-set win and a .084 rate of success in Saturday’s sweep. Wielonski registered her 13th double-double of the season in Friday’s four-set win, with 54 assists and 16 digs. She added 28 more assists and seven digs in Saturday’s sweep. She also led Ball State with three service aces on the weekend.

 
East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Petra Indrova, Outside Hitter, Bowling Green

Bowling Green outside hitter Petra Indrova led the Falcons attack in two 3-0 victories over Central Michigan, landing 24 kills for the Orange and Brown as well as seven aces. Indrova tallied two aces in the first match of the weekend before registering a season-high five on Saturday, accounting for nearly half of the Falcons’ 12 team aces. On Friday, Indrova also logged a double-double with 16 kills and 15 digs while maintaining a .297 hitting percentage and adding a solo block and block assist. The double-double marked Indrova’s seventh of the season.
 
East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Yelianiz Torres, Defensive Specialist, Bowling Green
 
Bowling Green defensive specialist Yelianiz Torres led the Falcons’ defense against Central Michigan with 38 digs over six sets. Torres began the weekend with 23 digs in just three sets for Bowling Green, coming just one shy of her season-high. Torres added four assists in the match as well. Torres followed that up with 15 digs and four assists on Saturday to help the Falcons complete the weekend sweep.
 
East Division Setter of the Week
Jaden Walz/Lauryn Hovey, Setter, Bowling Green
The Bowling Green setter duo of Jaden Walz and Lauryn Hovey put together a strong weekend for the Falcons against Central Michigan, completing two 3-0 victories. Walz began the weekend with a near double-double, logging 18 assists and eight digs on Friday. She followed that up with 22 assists and five digs on Saturday. As for Hovey, she filled the stat sheet on Friday with 18 assists, nine digs, six kills and five blocks before logging a double-double on Saturday. In the Saturday match, Hovey registered 14 kills, 13 assists and three block assists. Walz and Hovey led the Falcon attack on Saturday to a .300 hitting percentage, committing just 12 attack errors as a team on 110 attempts in the 3-0 win.

Big Ten Network Announces 2022-23 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Big Ten Network today announced its 2022-23 Big Ten men’s ice hockey schedule, with 23 games appearing on BTN and the FOX Sports app.

Action begins in late October with three consecutive top-20 matchups. BTN’s season opens on Friday, Oct. 28, as No. 2 Minnesota visits No. 11 Ohio State at 6:30 p.m. ET, ahead of No. 6 Michigan visiting No. 20 Penn State on Friday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. ET and No. 2 Minnesota taking on the No. 6 Wolverines on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. ET.

Additional schedule highlights include a Friday night rivalry doubleheader on Dec. 9, as Michigan takes on Michigan State at 6:30 p.m. ET followed by Wisconsin at Minnesota at 9 p.m. ET. On Feb. 18, BTN will televise the Faceoff On The Lake between Michigan and Ohio State at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, the first-ever hockey game at the venue, at 4 p.m. ET.

Five Big Ten teams are ranked in the latest edition of the USCHO.com poll, with No. 2 Minnesota, No. 6 Michigan, No. 11 Ohio State and No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 20 Penn State leading the way.

More than 80 games will be available for streaming on B1G+, BTN’s home for non-televised events and on-demand archives. Subscription options include a conference hockey pass, which delivers all men’s and women’s ice hockey on B1G+ for $59.99 per month.

Additional coverage includes the return of On The Ice, BTN’s multi-platform, behind-the-scenes look at Big Ten hockey, as well as BTN’s Big Ten ice hockey Instagram page.

The Big Ten Network’s wrestling schedule is below and is also subject to change.

2022-23 Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Schedule

DayDateVisiting TeamHome TeamTime (ET)
FridayOctober 28, 2022MinnesotaatOhio State6:30 PM
FridayNovember 4, 2022MichiganatPenn State8:00 PM
ThursdayNovember 17, 2022MinnesotaatMichigan6:30 PM
FridayNovember 18, 2022MinnesotaatMichigan6:00 PM
FridayDecember 2, 2022MinnesotaatMichigan State6:30 PM
SaturdayDecember 3, 2022MinnesotaatMichigan State6 or 8 PM
FridayDecember 9, 2022MichiganatMichigan State6:30 PM
FridayDecember 9, 2022WisconsinatMinnesota9:00 PM
SaturdayDecember 10, 2022Michigan StateatMichigan6:30 PM
SaturdayJanuary 7, 2023Michigan StateatOhio State4:00 PM
SaturdayJanuary 7, 2023Notre DameatWisconsin6:30 PM
SaturdayJanuary 14, 2023Ohio StateatMichigan4:30 PM
SaturdayJanuary 14, 2023Penn StateatMichigan State7:00 PM
SaturdayJanuary 21, 2023MichiganatMinnesota8:00 PM
SaturdayJanuary 28, 2023Penn StateatMichigan7:00 PM
SaturdayFebruary 4, 2023Notre DameatMichigan State4:00 PM
SaturdayFebruary 4, 2023Penn StateatOhio State6:30 PM
SaturdayFebruary 11, 2023MinnesotaatWisconsin6:00 PM
FridayFebruary 17, 2023MinnesotaatPenn State6:30 PM
FridayFebruary 17, 2023Michigan StateatWisconsin9:00 PM
SaturdayFebruary 18, 2023Michiganvs.Ohio State4:00 PM
SaturdayFebruary 25, 2023Notre DameatMichigan8:00 PM
SaturdayFebruary 25, 2023Ohio StateatMinnesota5:30 PM

HCAC 2022 Football Notebook, Week 7

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Cornell Beachem Jr. (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Running Back | Senior – Beachem was again fantastic for the Lions in the teams 59-3 win over Anderson. He carried the ball 14 times for 168 yards and a pair of touchdowns for an outstanding 12.0 yards per carry. Including a 49-yard touchdown run to get the scoring started for the Lions.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Thomas Coltrain (Leslie, Mich.) Defiance College | Linebacker | Senior – Coltrain led the Yellow Jackets in the defensive category, recording 10 solo tackles and seven assists, giving him a total of 17 tackles in the game against Franklin.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Jailen Hobbs (Spring Lake, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Kick Returner/Wide Receiver | Junior – Hobbs returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to help Rose-Hulman defeat Bluffton 48-20. Hobbs later added two receiving touchdowns as part of a day that included eight receptions for 137 yards. The kickoff return also helped Rose-Hulman earn a rare distinction of leading 14-0 before running an offensive play as the Fightin’ Engineers also had a pick-six touchdown before running a play from scrimmage.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Andrew Geiger (Mishawaka, Ind.) Anderson University | Offensive Lineman | First-Year – Geiger recovered a muffed Mount St. Joseph punt return to regain possession for the Ravens.
  • Karl Foster (Detroit, Mich.) Bluffton University | Linebacker | Junior – Foster led the Bluffton defense with 12 tackles as the Beavers dropped a 48-20 Homecoming decision to Rose-Hulman.
  • Tawann Rome (New Orleans, La.) Defiance College | Wide Receiver | Sophomore – Rome caught three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Franklin.
  • Emanuel Guitierrez (Round Lake Beach, Ill.) Defiance College | Punter | Sophomore – Guiterrez punted the ball four times for 168 yards, giving him an average of 42 yards per punt. His longest punt went 55 yards and he pinned one inside the 20 yard line.
  • Garrett Cora (Lizton, Ind.) Franklin College | Running Back | Sophomore – Cora had 27 carries for 198 yards and hauled in two passes for 22 yards with three total touchdowns in Franklin’s convincing win over Defiance on Saturday. He led all players in the game with 220 all-purpose yards and rushed for one score and caught two others out of the backfield.
  • Kody Wilkerson (Chesterton, Ind.) Franklin College | Linebacker | Senior – Wilkerson notched four tackles and two turnovers for the Grizzlies Saturday against Defiance. He recovered a fumble early in the game and recorded a 60-yard pick six in the fourth quarter to seal the Griz’ win over the Jackets.
  • Austin Oppel (Brandenburg, Ky.) Hanover College | Running Back | Sophomore – Oppel led the Panthers past Manchester rushing for 109 yards and three touchdowns. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry including a 25 yard run.
  • David Wall (Sellersburg, Ind.) Hanover College | Linebacker | Sophomore – Wall led the Panthers past Manchester on Saturday recording four total tackles including two for loss. He also added a sack for a loss of five yards.
  • Yoann Kinganga (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Hanover College | Kicker | Sophomore – Kinanga posted a strong day against Manchester going 7-for-7 in PATs. He also charted eight kickoffs with five touchbacks.
  • David Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Running Back | Sophomore – Smith had 15 carries, 93 rushing yards, and two touchdowns against the Hanover Panthers on Saturday.
  • Haylee Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Safety | Junior – Smith had eight solo tackles, three assists, one tackle for loss, and one interception during Saturday’s game against Hanover.
  • Noah Hammond (Brookville, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Defensive End | Graduate Student – Hammond continued his fantastic run of play. He tied for a team-high five solo tackles, including three sacks for 15 yards lost. The Lions as a team had six sacks in the 59-3 win over Anderson.
  • Kyle Farfsing (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Kicker | Junior – Farfsing was perfect again for the team. He was 7-for-7 on PATs, and hit on his lone field goal attempt from 36-yards.
  • Miguel Robertson (Petaluma, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Quarterback | Junior – Robertson finished 20-of-24 through the air for 319 yards and four touchdowns to lead Rose-Hulman’s 488-yard offensive performance in a 48-20 win over Bluffton. Robertson threw touchdown passes of 50 and 26 yards to Jailen Hobbs – and 32 and 57 yards to Adam Tice-Saliu in the effort.
  • Riley Roberts (Greenwood, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Linebacker | Senior – Roberts snagged an interception on Bluffton’s first play and returned it 22 yards for a touchdown, helping Rose-Hulman earn a 48-20 road win. The interception return also helped Rose-Hulman earn a rare distinction of leading 14-0 before running an offensive play as the Fightin’ Engineers also had a kickoff return touchdown before running a play from scrimmage. 

HCAC 2022 Volleyball Notebook, Week 7

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Scheper had 23 total kills with in two matches (.556 hitting percentage against Defiance) as the Pioneers went 2-0 on the week against Earlham and Defiance in straight set 3-0 fashion wins.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Miller had 17 digs and zero errors in a 2-0 week against Earlham and Defiance as the Pioneers won in straight sets in both matches. Miller now has 302 digs on the season.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Tess Perdue (Lexington, Ky.) Anderson University | Outside Hitter | Senior – Perdue closed the week with 3.88 kills per set and a .301 attack percentage. In a five-set decision against Bluffton, Perdue powered to 24 kills, tying the school record in the 25-point scoring era. She also racked up a .396 hitting percentage for the match. In three sets against Earlham, Perdue provided seven kills.
  • Shaylen Perry (Eaton, Ohio) Anderson University | Eaton, Ohio | Junior – Perry closed out the week averaging 1.00 block per set. She recorded six blocks in five sets against Bluffton. Perry then followed up with two blocks in two sets against Earlham.
  • Maddie White (Ashland, Ohio) Bluffton University | Setter | Senior – White did it all with 48 assists, 10 kills, 31 digs and two aces as the Beavers split a pair of matches with Anderson and Hanover.
  • Emma Organ (Lambertville, Mich.) Bluffton University | Libero | First-Year – Organ picked up 44 digs (4.89 DPS) in nine sets as Bluffton took down Anderson in five sets on Wednesday night before falling at Hanover on Saturday.
  • Maria Young (Bedford, Va.) Earlham College | Right Side | Junior – Young led the Quaker offense on a 1-1 week with 23 kills. She also added two aces and one block in her effort.
  • Miranda Wilson (Indianapolis, Ind.) Franklin College | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Wilson recorded a total of 29 kills (4.8/set) for Franklin in games against Mt. St. Joseph and Rose-Hulman last week. She recorded a season-high 19 kills and hit .405 for the Griz in their three-set win over Rose on Wednesday.
  • Elliot Mays (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Hanover College | Outside Hitter | First-Year – Mays led the Panthers to a 1-1 week as she posted 15 total kills including a week best nine against Bluffton.
  • Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Dunn led the Panthers to a 1-1 week as she picked up 40 digs including a week best 21 against Bluffton.
  • Brooke Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Senior – Aselage had a milestone week for the Lions, helping the team to a 2-0 record over Hanover and Franklin. For the week Aselage had 19 kills and hit .164. Her 19th kill on the week though put her at exactly 1,000 for her career. This came just two weeks after she registered her 1,000th dig.
  • Allie Fults (Centralia, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Middle Hitter | Junior – Fults led Rose-Hulman in kills (14) and blocks (nine) as the Fightin’ Engineers split two matches last week. Fults hit .294 for the week.
  • Lily Ebright (Wichita, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | First-Year – Ebright recorded 37 digs in six sets (6.17 digs per set) to help Rose-Hulman defeat Trine in three sets after falling at Franklin on Wednesday.
  • Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Scheper had 23 total kills with in two matches (.556 hitting percentage against Defiance) as the Pioneers went 2-0 on the week against Earlham and Defiance in straight set 3-0 fashion wins.

HCAC 2022 Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 7

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Jackson Seida (Frankfort, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Seida scored both goals as Rose-Hulman rallied from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 at Bluffton on Sunday. Rose-Hulman finished 2-0 for the week with a win over Manchester on Wednesday.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Salemi led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as he picked up wins in frame over Franklin and Anderson. The junior charted six saves and allowed only one goal.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Jackson Clark (Mount Blanchard, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Sophomore – Clark hit paydirt just over seven minutes into the match, giving the home team an early 1-0 lead over Rose-Hulman that would hold through the half. It marked the first time in 2022 that Rose-Hulman had trailed in a Heartland Conference match as the Engineers came into Sunday with a 5-0 mark and 20-0 edge in goals scored.
  • Jeremy Fuller (Liberty Township, Ohio) Defiance College | Midfielder | First-Year – Fuller gave Defiance an early lead at Anderson, giving the team a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the game. In the game, he had two shot attempts, one on goal, and one goal.
  • Andre Moriel (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Earlham College | Midfield | First-Year – Moriel had a big day on Saturday during Homecoming on campus. The first-year scored two goals for the Quakers in a 4-2 loss to Franklin. He took nine total shots on the week.
  • Joao Domenici (Alphaville, Brazil) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore – Domenici led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Anderson and Franklin. He added two goals and seven shots, five of which landed on goal.
  • Luke Dawdy (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defense | Senior – Dawdy played 160 minutes between Rose-Hulman victories over Manchester (3-0) and Bluffton (2-1). He led an effort that allowed just one goal (0.50 GAA), five shots and two shots on goal combined over the two games.

HCAC 2022 Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 7 

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Beth Cook (Goshen, Ohio) Hanover College | Forward | Sophomore – Cook led the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Franklin and Anderson to remain perfect in HCAC action. The sophomore finished the week with two goals and three assists. Cook added 14 shots, seven of which landed on frame.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Senior – Dillon recorded five saves and allowed zero goals in 135 minutes of action last week as Rose-Hulman defeated Manchester 6-0 and Bluffton 3-0.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Taylor Fort (Pendleton, Ind.) Anderson University | Midfielder | Senior – Fort notched one goal and three assists for five points during Anderson’s 8-0 win against Defiance. The Ravens reached the program’s highest single-match goal total since 2017.
  • Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Hinegardner led the Panthers posting to clean sheets as the Panthers defeated Franklin and Anderson to remain perfect in HCAC action. The junior picked up just three saves on zero goals.
  • Poetrie Bedgood (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Midfield | Junior – Bedgood was fantastic in the Lions 2-1 win over Transy on Wednesday. She got the Lions scoring started and then late in a tied game scored the winner on a header to keep the Lions unbeaten in HCAC play.
  • Lane Lawrence (Ringgold, Ga.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Senior – Lawrence scored two goals with one assist as Rose-Hulman finished 2-0 last week with wins of 6-0 at Manchester and 3-0 at Bluffton. Lawrence scored the first two goals in the Bluffton game to help Rose-Hulman improve to 5-0-1 in HCAC play.

River States Conference Player of the Week selections made for Oct. 10-16

ter Meulen selected RSC Women’s Golfer of the Week again

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Quirine ter Meulen from University of Rio Grande (Ohio) pulled in a victory and also River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16.

A freshman from Maasland, The Netherlands, she won first place at the Lourdes Gray Wolf Invitational. That was with a score of 78, which won by two shots over the other 61 players in the field. The 6-over winning effort came at Sylvania Country Club. 

Miller gets RSC Men’s Golfer of the Week for fourth time

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — For the fourth time this fall, Jake Miller from Indiana University East has been chosen River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance. This week’s award is for Oct. 10-16.

The junior from Richmond, Ind., placed eighth overall at the NAIA Memphis Shootout to win the award. In the 54-hole event, Miller was 5-over for the tournament, which included 75 players. Miller was 1-under par after the first 36 holes with opening rounds of 1-under 70 and even-par 71 on the first day. He shot 77 in the final round. 

Cisco runs to RSC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — University of Rio Grande (Ohio) freshman Olivia Cisco was named River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16.

The native of Waverly, Ohio, led all RSC competitors with a seventh-place finish at the Jenna Strong Invitational. She did so with a time of 19 minutes, 31 seconds in the 5K. In all, 14 of the 154 runners in the race came in under 20 minutes. That performance led the RedStorm to a Top-10 placement of ninth place as a team. 

Kocis named RSC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Jacob Kocis from Midway (Ky.) University for the third time this year is the River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance. The latest honor is for Oct. 10-16.

Kocis, a sophomore from Island Pond, Vt., once again broke his own school record at the Jenna Strong Invitational. He ran a time of 25 minutes, 14 seconds in the 8K course. That not only broke the record, it also finished fifth of 247 runners in the race, the top finish by any NAIA member. 

Garcia picks up RSC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Sandra Garcia from WVU Tech was chosen for River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16.

Garcia, a freshman from Zaragoza, Spain, had a big game in a 2-0 win over Rio Grande (Ohio). Garcia came up with 14 saves in 90 minutes to earn the shutout. She moved to No. 7 in the NAIA in total saves with 109 on the year. 

Pascoe scores RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University forward Holly Pascoe scored 12 points for River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16.

A senior from Christchurch, New Zealand, Pascoe had six goals in two games, both RSC road wins for Point Park. She set school records for goals and points in a single game with five goals and 10 points during a 7-1 win at Brescia (Ky.). She continued her big play scoring the opening goal to send the Pioneers on their way to a 3-1 win at St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.). Her six goals came on eight shots, all of which were on goal. 

Rivera Paramio named RSC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week again

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Lucas Rivera Paramio from WVU Tech earned River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16. It is the third time this year he’s claimed the honor.

Rivera Paramio, a junior goalkeeper from Zaragoza, Spain, had a big performance in the biggest game of the week. In a matchup with No. 23 Rio Grande (Ohio), he had nine saves in 90 minutes. Rivera Paramio gave up just the one goal as both teams remained unbeaten. 

Silva chosen for RSC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Gabriel Silva from No. 23-ranked University of Rio Grande (Ohio) had 10 points to pick up River States Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16.

Silva, a sophomore forward, had four goals and two assists in two games for the RedStorm. The big game was a 20-0 win over Ohio Christian, where Silva did all of his points scoring. The four goals came on nine shots. He got off another three shots in the other game versus WVU Tech, but it ended in a 1-1 tie. 

McClanahan picks up RSC Volleyball Setter of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — WVU Tech junior Julia McClanahan is the River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16.

A native of Charleston, W.Va., McClanahan had 90 assists in two matches, which were both conference wins for the Golden Bears. She averaged 12.86 assists per set and also totaled 25 digs for an average of 3.57 over the seven sets played. McClanahan also tossed in three kills and three blocks. 

A big match was 53 assists and 15 digs in a 3-1 win over Ohio Christian. She the had 37 assists, 10 digs, three blocks and three kills in three sets over Alice Lloyd (Ky.). 

Koester snags RSC Volleyball Attacker of the Week

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Aubry Koester from Midway (Ky.) University had a big week to earn River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16.

Koester, from Apple Valley, Calif., had 60 total kills and 6.00 kills per set in a 2-1 week for the Eagles. She hit .300 for the week to stay in the NAIA lead for kills per set (4.79) and points per set (5.60). She also had 26 digs for 2.60 per set. 

Koester had 14 kills, zero errors and a .636 percentage versus Brescia, a 3-0 win. She also had 17 kills, just two errors and a .441 percentage in a sweep of Oakland City. Despite 29 kills and 22 digs, there were a 3-1 loss to IU East. 

Smith earns RSC Volleyball Defender of the Week for sixth time

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Alyvia Smith from Indiana University Kokomo is the River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Oct. 10-16. It is the sixth time this season she has earned the award. 

A junior from Muncie, Ind., led the Cougars on defense for a 3-0 week. She had 61 digs in nine sets, all of which were sweeps in RSC play. She averaged 6.78 digs per set and also added 14 total assists. 

Smith had a big match of 28 digs and seven assists in a 3-0 win over Brescia. That featured 9.33 digs per set. She was above 5.00 digs per set in sweeps of St. Mary of the Woods (Ind.) and IU Southeast as well with 17 and 16 digs, respectively. 

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

Hoosiers Improve in Second Round, Sit Sixth Overall

WEST POINT, Miss. – The Indiana Hoosiers women’s golf team moved up four spots in the team standings during the second round and sit sixth with 18 holes to play at The Ally 2022. Indiana shot a 603 (309-294; +27) over the first two rounds of the tournament on Monday at the Old Waverly Golf Club.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

The Ally 2022 • West Point, Miss.

Old Waverly Golf Club

Par 72 • 6353 yards

Live Results: GolfStat

Team Standings: 6th/11 – 603 (309-294; +27)

Top Indiana Player: Dominika Burdová – 148 (77-71; +4)

CHIP-INS

• Junior Dominika Burdová leads a trio of Hoosiers ranked inside the top-30 of the individual standings after shooting a 148 (77-71; +4). Burdová shot a team-low 71 (-1) in the second round that included a day-best five birdies. Her first round of 77 (+5) included a birdie on No. 10.

• Senior Valerie Clancy shot a 150 (77-73; +6), which included four birdies in the second round. Her first round of 77 (+5) included a birdie on No. 7.

• Junior Morgan Dabagia netted three birdies in the second round on her way to a 152 (78-74; +8). Her first round of 78 (+6) included a team-best four birdies, including three in her final four holes.

• Graduate transfer Alexis Florio played on birdie in the second round of her scorecard that finished at 153 (77-76; +9). Her first round of 77 (+5) included a birdie on No. 7.

• Sophomore Beatriz Junqueira played a steady second round with one birdie to conclude her day at 157 (81-76; +13). Her first round of 81 (+9) included birdies on No. 4 and 6.

• The Hoosiers are two strokes ahead of No. 42 Alabama in the team standings with one round left to play.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

t-12. Dominika Burdová – 148 (77-71; +4)

t-19. Valerie Clancy – 150 (77-73; +6)

t-28. Morgan Dabagia – 152 (78-74; +8)

t-34. Alexis Florio – 153 (77-76; +9)

t-43. Beatriz Junqueira – 157 (81-76; +13)

UP NEXT

Indiana will be paired with Big Ten rival Illinois and Old Dominion in the final round of the tournament. The field will begin with a 9:30 a.m. ET shotgun start on Tuesday.

Indiana Finishes 10th, Salyers Earns Medalist Honors

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Junior Drew Salyers concluded his historic tournament with individual medalist honors after shooting a 199 (65-65-69; -17) at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational on Monday. The Indiana men’s golf team finished 10th overall after shooting a 841 (281-282-278; -23) for the weekend.

The final round of 278 (-10) tied for the 15th best single round for the Hoosiers and was the lowest IU round since securing a team-record 271 in the 2016 Loyola Intercollegiate.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational • Vero Beach, Fla.

Quail Valley Golf Club

Par 72 • 7350 yards

Live Scoring via GolfStat

Team Standings: 10th/16 – 841 (281-282-278; -23)

Top Indiana Player: Drew Salyers – 199 (65-65-69; -17)

CHIP-INS

• Junior Drew Salyers won his second-career collegiate tournament with a personal-best scorecard of 199 (65-65-69; -17), tied for the second-lowest round in program history. His final round of 69 (-3) included three birdies and an eagle on his 17th hole to jump ahead of Michigan State’s Drew Hackett heading into the final hole of the event.

• The Howard, Ohio, native is the second Hoosier to ever secure a three-round score under 200 for the Hoosiers. Jeff Overton accomplished the feat on three occasions, including a school-record 192 at the 2004 Xavier Invitational.

• Salyers has accumulated eight top-10 finishes throughout his three seasons with the Cream and Crimson.

• Fifth-year senior Mitch Davis tied for 43rd overall after shooting a 212 (71-71-70; -4). His final round included a team-best six birdies and an eagle.

• Senior Eric Berggren finished in a tie for 59th at 216 (71-75-70; E). His third, and best, round consisted of four birdies, including three in a row on the front nine, and an eagle.

• Senior Noah Gillard tied for 62nd at 217 (74-71-72; +1). The Illinois transfer finished the tournament with two birdies in the final round.

• Fifth-year senior Harry Reynolds finished the event tied for 77th at 221 (75-77-69; +5). Reynolds played bogey-free golf over his final round that included three birdies.

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS

1. Drew Salyers – 199 (65-65-69; -17)

t-43. Mitch Davis – 212 (71-71-70; -4)

t-59. Eric Berggren – 216 (71-75-70; E)

t-62. Noah Gillard – 217 (74-71-72; +1)

t-77. Harry Reynolds – 221 (75-77-69; +5)

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will have a quick turnaround as the fall slate will conclude at The Williams Cup Presented by Stitch Golf hosted by North Carolina from Oct. 21-23. The event will take place at the Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington, N.C.

Indiana Ranked 13th in Preseason AP Poll

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana men’s basketball team will enter the 2022-23 college basketball season as the No. 13-ranked team in the country, the Associated Press announced on Monday afternoon.

The ranking marks the first time since the 2016-17 season (No. 11) in which the Hoosiers will begin the season ranked in the AP Poll.

Indiana is led by second-year head coach Mike Woodson and a quartet of seniors that includes All-American Trayce Jackson-Davis, All-Big Ten performers Race Thompson and Xavier Johnson, and Miller Kopp.

The Big 12 and SEC lead the way with five ranked teams. The Big Ten, Pac 12 and ACC have three apiece and the Big East has two. The West Coast, Atlantic 10, Mountain West and American Athletic conferences each have one team in the poll.

Indiana will square off with national title favorite and preseason No. 1 North Carolina in the annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge at 9:15 p.m. ET on Nov. 30 at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. On Dec. 10, Indiana will travel to No. 5 Kansas for the first installment of a home-and-home series with the Jayhawks before taking on No. 17 Arizona in the Las Vegas Clash on Dec. 17.

PRESEASON ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL

1. North Carolina*

2. Gonzaga

3. Houston

4. Kentucky

t-5. Baylor

t-5. Kansas*

7. Duke

8. UCLA

9. Creighton

10. Arkansas

11. Tennessee

12. Texas

13. INDIANA

14. TCU

15. Auburn

16. Villanova

17. Arizona*

18. Virginia

19. San Diego State

20. Alabama

21. Oregon

22. Michigan*

23. Illinois*

24. Dayton

25. Texas Tech

*2022-23 Indiana opponents

Mockobee, O’Connell Earn B1G Weekly Honors

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Leading Purdue Football to a 43-37 win over Nebraska, a pair of Boilermakers earned weekly accolades from the Big Ten Conference. Quarterback Aidan O’Connell was named B1G Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while running back Devin Mockobee became the B1G Freshman of the Week.

Mockobee collected the first weekly award of his career, Purdue’s first B1G Freshman of the Week since David Bell three years ago (Nov. 25, 2019). O’Connell earned offensive player of the week honors for the second time, his first coming after the Boilermakers’ upset victory over No. 3 Michigan State last season. The two give Purdue three on the season, including Cam Allen becoming B1G Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 3).

In the win over the Cornhuskers, the duo helped the Purdue offense tie a school record for first downs (38), while also racking up 608 yards of total offense for the eighth most in program history. Mockobee accounted for 206 yards of offense, running for 178 yards and catching a pair of passes from O’Connell for 28 yards. Carrying the ball 30 times, Mockobee’s 178 yards on the ground set a Purdue freshman rushing record for a single game. The walk-on running back found the end zone as well, recording his team-leading fifth rushing touchdown of the season.

O’Connell marched Purdue down the field all night long, throwing for 391 yards for the 12th 300-yard game of his career. The sixth-year senior tossed four touchdown passes as well, the fifth time he has produced a four-touchdown game. Continuing to climb the Purdue passing charts, O’Connell moved into sixth all-time with 7,679 yards. He passed Jim Everett (7,411) and Scott Campbell (7,636) in Saturday’s victory over Nebraska.

Mockobee, O’Connell and the rest of the Boilermakers look to continue their winning ways, traveling to Wisconsin for another conference matchup. Kickoff from Camp Randall Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Butler Golf Women Tied for Second After Opening 18 of Dayton Fall Invitational

The Bulldogs are tied for second after the opening 18 holes of the 2022 Dayton Flyer Invitational. The teams will tee it up for the final round Tuesday morning in Ohio.

THE BULLDOGS:

Freshman Kelli Scheck is the top Bulldog after the first round as her seven-over 77 on the 5,958-yard NCR Country Club North Course has her tied for sixth.

T6. Kelli Scheck – 77 (+7)

T11. Cybil Stillson – 79 (+9)

T11. Reese Wilson – 79 (+9)

T15. Katie Steinman – 80 (+10)

T21. Alaina Bowie – 81 (+11)

T21. Madalin Small (playing as an individual) – 81 (+11)

Anci Dy of the University of Indianapolis holds the first round lead after shooting four-over 74 Monday. She holds a one-shot lead on the individual leaderboard.

There are a total of 65 players in the field, with all six Bulldog competitors among the top third.

THE TEAMS:

Butler is four shots off the pace of host and first round leader Dayton. The Flyers shot 311 (+31) Monday. The Bulldogs and the University of Indianapolis each posted team scores of 315 (+35).

The Bulldogs were the runner-up in last year’s event.

The 2022 event field includes 10 teams.

TUESDAY SCHEDULE: The final round is scheduled for a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start.

FOLLOW ALONG: Live scoring is available via GolfStat with a link posted on ButlerSports.com.

Martin and Sommer Earn BIG EAST Player of the Week Awards for @ButlerUWSoccer

Two student-athletes on the Butler women’s soccer team have received recognition from the BIG EAST for their performances the past week against St. John’s and UConn. Sophomore Emma Martin was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week, and Freshman Talia Sommer was selected BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.

Earning her first start of the season, Martin made seven saves in a 2-0 shutout on the road against Connecticut. The sophomore goalkeeper faced seven shots on goal throughout the match and finished with a 1.000 save percentage. Martin led the league in save percentage, goals against average and shutouts last week.

Sommer had two assists in two matches last week. Her first one was a pass to Arianna Jalics in the 22nd minute against St. John’s, which led to the Bulldogs’ only goal of the match. Then, in Butler’s 2-0 win at UConn, the midfielder gave Abigail Isger an opportunity to score in the 12th minute to give the Bulldogs a lead they would keep until the final whistle. Sommer was tied for first in the league last week in assists.

The Bulldogs return to action Thursday, traveling to Seton Hall.

JAGUARS SIT FOURTH AFTER OPENING DAY OF TVA COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION INVITE

KILLEN, Ala. – The IUPUI men’s golf team flirted with the top of the leaderboard for much of the day before ultimately finishing the day in fourth-place of 10 teams at this week’s TVA Community Credit Union at Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club on Monday (Oct. 17). The Jaguars carded rounds of 301 and 302 and sit fourth at 603, trailing host North Alabama (585), Purdue Fort Wayne (596) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (596).

Sophomore Sam McWilliams led the way with rounds of 73 and 71 and is tied for seventh among the 64-player field at even par 144.

The Jaguars will return to action with a 9:00 a.m. tee time on Tuesday (Oct. 18).

In the morning round, both McWilliams and Gardner both started fast and ultimately closed at 1-over 73. Junior Kevin Tillery closed with an opening round 77 and sophomore Morgan Tournemire shot 78. Both Josh Yoder and Harry Ward came in with opening round 83’s.

McWilliams got to 3-under with birdies on his first, fourth and seventh holes of the day. A stretch of four straight bogeys pushed him to 1-over, where he’d ultimately end his round. Like McWilliams, Gardner also made four birdies in the morning round while Tillery and Tournemire made two each.

In round two, McWilliams got to 1-under early and held that line for much of the round before closing with nine straight pars for a 71. Both Gardner and Tournemire shot 76 and Yoder shot 79. Tillery had a round of 81 while Ward shot 77 as an individual.

Ward had a team-high four birdies in round two while Gardner and McWilliams had three each.

Carter Goodwin (North Alabama) and Alejandro Pedryc (Mississippi State) are tied atop the leaderboard at 2-under and four others are tied at 1-under.

KUDLO NAMED #HLWSOC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

INDIANAPOLIS – Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ashton Kudlo has been named the #HLWSOC Defensive Player of the Week this week after leading the Jaguars to back-to-back league wins last week. It marks the first time in her career she’s earned the award.

Kudlo delivered back-to-back shutouts in wins at Green Bay (1-0) on Thursday (Oct. 13) and against Robert Morris (3-0) on Sunday (Oct. 16) as the Jaguars climbed the Horizon League standings. She made two stops in recording her fourth shutout of the year at Green Bay on Thursday and followed with seven saves to tie her season-best in the 3-0 win over Robert Morris.

In doing so, she advanced her record to 7-0-6 on the season and is now second in the league with a 0.68 goals against average and third in the league with an .837 save percentage. She last yielded a goal back on Sept. 25 in the 2-2 draw with Wright State.

Riley tabbed MAC Defensive Player of the Week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ball State safety Jordan Riley was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. It is sophomore’s first career recognition from the conference.

Riley is the fifth Cardinal to earn a weekly honor from the MAC this season, joining John Paddock (Sept. 26, Oct. 3), Jaquan Amos (Oct. 3), Lucas Borrow (Oct. 10) and Carson Steele (Oct. 10).

Riley had a career-high 14 tackles to help Ball State keep UConn at bay in its third consecutive double-digit comeback. The Clinton, Md. native had the key play of the game defensively when he forced a fumble when the game was 21-13 in favor of the Huskies. The Cardinals pounced on the ball and scored four plays later to key the comeback.

Riley and the defense shut out UConn in the second half, limiting the Huskies to just 53 yards on 30 plays and induced a pair of turnovers.

Riley is 10th in the conference in total tackles and is the only player in the conference to have 57 tackles and seven passes defended this season.

Ball State returns to Scheumann Stadium Saturday afternoon against Eastern Michigan for Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+, the Ball State Gainbridge Radio Network, WLBC and SiriusXM.

Wielonski And Huber Earn MAC West Weekly Awards

CLEVELAND – – For their role in guiding the Ball State women’s volleyball team to a weekend sweep at Northern Illinois, sophomore setter Megan Wielonski and senior libero Maggie Huber both picked up Mid-American Conference weekly honors for the second time this season.

Wielonski was named the MAC West Division Setter of the Week for the sixth time in her career, while Huber earned MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time in her career.

Thanks to their combined effort, the Cardinals limited the then-league-leading Huskies to their two worst attacking matches of the season, while passing NIU for the top spot in the MAC West Division standings.

Wielonski led all MAC players with an 11.71 assists-per-set average last week, setting the Cardinals to a .247 attack percentage in the two-match road sweep. She also turned in another solid effort in the backcourt, ranking second on the squad with 23 digs and a 3.29 digs-per-set average.

Wielonski registered her 13th double-double of the season in Friday’s four-set win, with 54 assists and 16 digs. She added 28 more assists and seven digs in Saturday’s sweep. She also led Ball State with three service aces on the weekend.

Huber led all MAC players with a 7.29 digs-per-set average last week, with her defensive play helping limit the Huskies to back-to-back season-low attacking marks; a .166 in Friday’s four-set win and a .084 rate of success in Saturday’s sweep.

Huber collected a season-best 30 digs in Friday’s win, while adding 21 more in Saturday’s sweep, giving her 51 total digs on the weekend. She also finished the two-match set with a perfect 1.000 reception percentage in 35 attempts.

It will be a busy week for the Ball State women’s volleyball program which has three matches on the docket, starting Wednesday when it battles Toledo for the top spot in the MAC West at 6 p.m. inside Savage Arena.

Driscoll Paces Cardinals on Day One of Little Rock Classic

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. – Jasmine Driscoll led the Ball State women’s golf team on day one of the Little Rock Classic at the Diamante Country Club on Monday. Driscoll is tied for 28th and the Cardinals sit in 10th.

The Diamante Country Club is a difficult, par-72, 6,051-yard course. No teams finished the two rounds below par, despite Georgia State shooting a 283 (-5) in the second round and Missouri State shooting a 287 (-1) in the opening round.

Driscoll started the day with two birdies and a score of 73 (+1). In the second round, she shot a 77 (+5). Her two-round tally of 150 (+6) has her in a tie for 28th.

Sarah Gallagher began the day with two birdies in the first round and a mark of 78 (+6). She rocketed up 16 spots on the leaderboard after a second-round score of 73 (+1). Her two-round score of 151 (+7) has her tied for 35th.

Madelin Boyd recorded a 74 (+2) with two birdies in round one. She added a tally of 79 (+7) and has a two-round mark of 153 (+9). She is tied for 50th after day one.

Peyton Broce moved up six spots into a tie for 52nd after round two. She began the day with a 79 (+7) and followed that with a 75 (+3). She has one birdie for the tournament and has a combined score of 154 (+10).

Paige Hillman started the tournament with a 76 (+4) with one birdie. She posted an 85 (+13) in round two. Her two-round score of 161 (+17) has her tied for 77th.

The Cardinals return to the Diamante Country Club on Tuesday for the final round of the Little Rock Classic. Tuesday will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. ET and live results can be found on golfstat.com.

Team Standings

1. Georgia State – 580 (+4)

2. Houston Christian – 583 (+7)

3. Missouri State – 586 (+10)

T4. Belmont – 589 (+13)

T4. ULM – 589 (+13)

6. Troy – 592 (+16)

7. Little Rock – 596 (+20)

8. Wichita State – 597 (+21)

9. Tarleton State – 599 (+23)

10. Ball State – 605 (+29)

11. Texas A&M-Commerce – 607 (+31)

12. Southern Illinois – 618 (+42)

13. Stephen F. Austin – 622 (+46)

14. UT Arlington – 626 (+50)

15. Southern Indiana – 634 (+58)

16. Idaho State – 642 (+66)

Cardinals face tough conditions on first day of UD Flyer Invitational

KETTERING, Ohio – The Ball State men’s golf team faced tough conditions on the opening day of the UD Flyer Invitational Monday. The Cardinals and the rest of the 13-team field played through frigid temperatures and were unable to complete the scheduled 36-hole day.

Joey Ranieri is tops on the leaderboard for Ball State and sits at 6-over through 33 holes. The senior had four birdies on the day, including three thus far into his second round.

Ali Khan and Carter Smith are tied for 30th and 35th at 9-over and 10-over, respectively. Khan eagled the par-4, 458-yard No. 12 hole in his first round and has 14 pars through 16 holes in the second round. Smith had a birdie on the ninth hole in his opening round and racked up 22 pars through 33 holes.

The remaining trio of Griffin Hare, Colin Nasser and Drew Todd are part of a six-man tie for 63rd at 15-over.

As a team, the Cardinals are 11th at 38-over, but are just seven strokes away from fifth. Illinois and Wright State are tied for the lead at 19-over.

The remainder of the second round and the entire third round are expected to be completed Tuesday with a later start due to a freeze warning, beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

IRISH TAKE HOME SEVENTH IN QUAIL VALLEY COLLEGIATE INVITATIONAL

VERO BEACH, Fla. – The Notre Dame Fighting Irish tied for seventh in their final competition of the fall at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational on Sunday, Oct. 16 and Monday, Oct. 17 hosted at the Quail Valley Golf Club. 

The Irish finished the competition shooting an 835 (-29), with their best round being the first round as they shot a 274 (-14) and were led by Palmer Jackson who shot five under (67) in round one. Nate Stevens shot a team-best 66 (-6) in round two on Monday, where the Irish finished with a 275 (-13) on the day.  

Taichi Kho finished T-9 with a team-best final score of 207 (-9), followed by Palmer Jackson who finished T-14 after shooting eight under (208).

T7Notre Dame274275286835
T9Taichi Kho (2)706968207
T14Palmer Jackson (1)676972208
T23Nate Stevens (5)726671209
T53Angelo Marcon (3)697175215
T67Andrew O’Leary (4)687476218

MATCH 13 PREVIEW: UIC

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Notre Dame remains on the road with a midweek, non-conference matchup against UIC in Chicago at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 18. The match will be streamed on ESPN+.

NOTRE DAME vs. UIC
Location: Chicago | Flames Field
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vs. UIC

THE UIC SERIES

• The Irish and Flames will meet on the pitch for the fifth time on Tuesday.

• Notre Dame is unbeaten in the all-time series against UIC, going 4-0-0.

• The Irish defeated the Flames in the most recent matchup, winning by a score of 3-0 at Alumni Stadium last season on Oct. 19.

• All three of Notre Dame’s goals came in the second half, as Reese Mayer, Matthew Roou and Jack Lynn each found the back of the net in the clean sheet victory.

THE LAST TIME OUT

• The Irish suffered a 2-0 loss against No. 3 Duke in Durham at Koskinen Stadium.

• The Notre Dame defense held Duke to a season-low four shots for the game.

• The Irish outshot the Blue Devils 8-4 over the 90 minutes of play and earned six corners to Duke’s three.

FIRST HALF DOMINANCE

• The Irish are outscoring the opposition 13-4 over the opening 45 minutes of play this season.

• Notre Dame has given up just two goals from open play in the first half of matches this season, the other two goals coming from penalties.

• Three of Paddy Burns’ team-leading four goals have come in the first 45 minutes of play in 2022.

NUMBERS TO KNOW

• Of the 15 Notre Dame players that have recorded starts this season, eight have been either freshmen or sophomores.

• Notre Dame has allowed one or no goals in eight of its last 10 outings.

• The Irish are a perfect 5-0-0 when scoring first in matches this season.

• Eleven different Notre Dame players have scored a goal this season.

• Seven players have recorded multiple assists through eight games, with KK Baffour, Daniel Russo and Kyle Genenbacher leading the team with three assists apiece.

BAFFOUR’S BUZZER BEATER

• Notre Dame escaped Charlottesville with a thrilling 2-1 road win over Virginia in ACC play on Friday, Sept. 16.

• KK Baffour provided the heroics, scoring the match winner with 3.1 seconds left after Matthew Roou played him through on goal just before crossing the midfield line.

• Baffour’s goal was the first of his collegiate career.

• Notre Dame has now won three of the last four matchups against Virginia and the last 11 matches have been decided by a goal or ended in a draw.

#3 RANKED FRESHMAN CLASS IN THE COUNTRY

• The Irish welcome a seven-man freshman class to South Bend which was ranked as the No. 3 class in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.

• The class features four players ranked in IMG’s top 200 rankings, each ranking in the top 100.

• The seven players come from a combined five states and one foreign country (Ghana).

• Kelvin Baffour (M), Daniel Boateng (M), Wyatt Borso (F), Owen Cornell (GK), Mitchell Ferguson (D), Sebastian Green (M) and Nicholas Legendre (F) make up the class.

• Notre Dame also welcomes Mo Williams to the team, a grad transfer defender from Seton Hall.

Mefford Top-10, ‘Dons in Second at TVA CU Invitational

KILLEN, Ala. – Hunter Mefford of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team shot a team-best 71-74-145 on the first day of the TVA Community Credit Union Invitational on Monday (Oct. 17). Mefford is in seventh place, just three shots off the lead, with 18 holes to play.

Purdue Fort Wayne is tied for second place with Arkansas-Pine Bluff after 36 holes at the Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club, firing 297-299-596. The Mastodons’ 297 was the best opening round in the field.

Mefford had the fourth-best opening round of the morning. Two pars and a bogey started off the round, but the senior had a 2-under and bogey-free back nine. He birdied 11 and 17. He dropped in another birdie on four after making the turn. In round two, he stayed under par with eight more bogey-free holes, including a birdie on 11. Mefford finished 1-over after birdieing hole five.

Burke Pitz had his seventh-career round at par or better with an even 72 in the morning. His second round was a 77, pushing his total to 149 for 14th. In the morning, Pitz had a bogey-free back nine with two birdies on 14 and 16 after birdieing eight. He had 12 pars in his first 18, then 13 in his second.

Kasey Lilly shot 77-73-150 and is in 17th place. He had eight pars on the front nine in round one to go with five on the back. Lilly shot up the leaderboard in round two. After starting 3-over in the first six holes, Lilly rattled off three birdies in a row on 11, 12 and 13. Then he dropped in four pars and another birdie on 18 to move to 1-under for the round.

Jadden Ousley turned in 77-79-156 to tie for 38th place with Nick Holder. He had four pars in a six-hole stretch to start before dropping in birdies on 14, 15 and 17. He had another birdie on hole seven, his closing hole, to cap off round one. He had 11 pars in round two.

From the No. 5 spot, Holder recorded 80-76-156. He had a birdie on the 378-yard 14th in round one. In his second, he birdied five, seven and 18. On the back, he had five-straight pars before his birdie on 18.

Reece Compton played as an individual, turning in a 76-79-155. He had four birdies on the day and is tied for 34th.

The host, North Alabama, is leading the way with a team score of 585. Carter Goodwin (North Alabama) and Alejandro Pedryc (Mississippi State) are tied for the individual race at 142.

The final round of the event will tee off on Tuesday morning (Oct. 18).

Anna Olafsdottir One Shot Back at Dayton Flyer Invitational

KETTERING, Ohio – Anna Olafsdottir of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team is just one shot behind first place after the opening round of the Dayton Flyer Invitational.

Olafsdottir finished her round on Monday (Oct. 17) with a 75, putting her in a tie for second. She is one stroke back of Indianapolis’ Anci Dy. Olafsdottir had a stretch of 14 holes with just one bogey. She had all 13 of her pars in this section of the round.

Fellow Icelander Arny Dagsdottir was the team’s second-best in round one, firing a 79 to tie for 11th. Her round featured 12 pars with a birdie on hole three.

Adrienne Rohwedder shot an 82 to tie for 28th with seven pars. Laura Caetano was two shots back in 34th with an 84. She started her round with a birdie and finished with four pars in her last five holes. Luiza Caetano shot 86 to round out those competing for the team score. She parred six holes.

Taylor Norman (82, T28) and Natalie Papa (85, T40) competed as individuals. Norman birdied hole seven to go with seven pars. Papa parred seven holes as well.

As a team, the Mastodons shot 320 and occupy fourth place. They are nine shots off the leader, the host Dayton Flyers. The ‘Dons are ahead of Horizon League members Cleveland State (323) and Northern Kentucky (332).

Purdue Fort Wayne will play its final round of the fall season tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 18) with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Mastodon WVB Makes Longest Road Trip of the Year to Green Bay

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team will make the 370-mile trip to Green Bay on Tuesday (Oct. 18) to play against the Phoenix at 7 p.m. ET.

Game Day Information

Who: Green Bay Phoenix

When: Tuesday, October 18 | 7 PM ET

Where: Green Bay, Wis. | Kress Events Center

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN+

Match Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne

Know Your Foe

Green Bay is 16-7, 7-2 Horizon League this season and is coming off a pair of wins over Cleveland State and Milwaukee. The Phoenix swept the Panthers for their fifth 3-0 win in league play. Alexandra Zakutney is the most significant threat on Green Bay’s roster, recording 3.29 kills per set. She was named Horizon League Player of the Week on September 14. Calli Gentry is dishing out 10.00 assists per set to lead the team to a .251 hitting clip.

Series History

The Mastodons and Phoenix have played 13 matches dating back to 2001 with the last five coming since the Mastodons joined the Horizon League in 2020. The Mastodons have won two of those five. Green Bay won the first meeting between the two teams this season 3-0.

Coincidence? I Think Not!

Four Mastodons have exactly 11 aces this season: Sidney Schiller, Molly Mirabelli, Taya Haffner and Rachael Crucis. What does this mean? I have no idea but it’s definitely something.

That’s a lot of Digs!

The Mastodons had a season-high 91 digs in their match at Cleveland State (Oct. 14), recording 23 more than the Vikings in that contest.

Sidney Slammer

Sidney Schiller had 20 kills in the Mastodons’ three-set match against Wright State. It was a career-high for Schiller in three-set matches. It was just two shy of her career-high in matches of any length.

Dynamic Defensive Duo

Rachael Crucis and LonDynn Betts had 26 and 20 digs, respectively, in the Mastodons’ five-set win at IUPUI. This was the first time since 2018 that two Mastodons had 20 or more digs in a match. They did it again at Cleveland State on October 14, this time Crucis with 27 digs and Betts with 25.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne split its last week of the first go-around of league play, topping Cleveland State 3-2 and falling to Oakland 3-0.

Coming Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will return home for a three-match homestand with IUPUI, Youngstown State and Robert Morris.

Eagles Head on the Road for Two

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer heads on the road for back-to-back matches starting with a flight to Denver, Colorado to take on the University of Denver on Wednesday, October 19 at 8pm (CDT). The Screaming Eagles then head to St. Charles, Missouri to take on familiar foe in Lindenwood University for the second time this season on Sunday, October 23, with kickoff at 2pm. USI will then return home for their final homestand of the season with matches against Western Illinois University and the University of St. Thomas.

USI had an extended break from play this past week. Having 11 days between matches. The break will try to boost the Eagles back into form, coming off two losses following their first win of the season at Eastern Illinois University. The Eagles had been outscored in their last two matches, 6-1, and have allowed 44 shots. With a tough matchup with the 8th ranked Pioneers looming on Wednesday, the Eagles have a favorable schedule to look forward to after. USI’s next three opponents have a combined five wins on the season, and each have just one conference win on the year. The Eagles will face Lindenwood for the second time this season. The Lions were victorious when these two met on September 16 at Strassweg Field in a non-conference match, 2-1. USI will then host two new opponents in Western Illinois and St. Thomas.

USI has been trying to find that consistent goal scorer up front all season. The Eagles have three players leading the team with two goals this season. Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri), Sam Benoist (Foristell, Missouri), and Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri) lead the team in goals while Faddis is one of four Eagles with two assists this season. Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) has been the head man up front for USI, playing 12 games and starting 10. Barton leads the team with 18 shots and 11 shots on goal but has scored just one goal.

The USI defense has been one of the talking points this year. The defensive line is what has been keeping this team in so many games. In eight of the teams 12 matches this season they have allowed two goals or less. With the main stays of Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri), Travis Sides (Evansville, Indiana), and Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada), the team has gone seven of their last eight matches allowing two or less. Only recently has the team allowed double digit shots on goal, allowing double digits in their last three matches. The Eagles have been struggling to find that final defender to fit in. Marky Lara (Evansville, Indiana) looked like the man for the job but recently we’ve seen Head Coach Mat Santoro mix it up with the likes of Aevar Ofjord (Grindavik, Iceland) and Luke Lindsay (Plymouth, Minnesota) getting starts.

Junior Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) has been the main man in goal for the Eagles this season. Meissner has starting in 11 of the 12 games this season. He has allowed 23 goals and has made 47 saves while facing 144 shots. Meissner was also the man in net when USI earned a shutout against the University of Evansville earlier this season. Freshman Giancarlo Varano (Woodbridge, Canada) looked like another one to throw their name in the hat early in the season, starting against Norther Kentucky University and coming on against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Varano has allowed four goals and has made nine saves while facing 20 shots.

Summit League

Summit League play continued over the weekend with eight teams in action. Western Illinois earned their first win of the season over Lindenwood, 3-2. Oral Roberts University earned a dominating win over Eastern Illinois, 6-1. The University of Nebraska Omaha was victorious against St. Thomas, 1-0. Denver and the University of Missouri-Kansas City fought their way to a 1-1 draw. Conference play starts on Wednesday this week, as St. Thomas travels to Oral Roberts and USI heads to Denver. There are three matches on Saturday, starting with Eastern Illinois hosting UMKC. The late afternoon game sees Western Illinois heading north to take on St. Thomas. Then it’s a battle at the top as Oral Roberts hosts Omaha in the nightcap. USI heads to Lindenwood on Sunday to finish off the conference weekend.

Denver Pioneers

The 8th nationally ranked Pioneers come into the match with USI with a 7-2-5, 2-0-2 Summit League, record and have drawn their last three matches, including a matchup with ranked the University of Pittsburgh. Sam Bassett leads Denver this season with five goals and 12 points on the year. Aidan O’Toole leads the team in assists with four. Bassett also leads the team with 24 shots and 16 shots on goal. Isaac Nehme leads the Pioneers in goal, starting 13 out of the teams 14 matches. Nehme has allowed 10 goals this season while making 29 saves on 113 shots faced. Will DeSantis started the other match in net for Denver against St. Thomas, earning a clean sheet and making three saves on three shots faced. Denver is outscoring their opponents 18-10 this season and have allowed just 116 shots compared to taking 170. The Pioneers have also committed the most fouls this year in the Summit League with 185. They have also gone 3/3 from the penalty spot.

Lindenwood Lions

Lindenwood comes into the match with USI with a 2-8-1, 1-3-0 Summit League, record after falling to Western Illinois on Saturday, 3-2. The Lions were victorious in their non-conference matchup with the Eagles earlier this season, 2-1. USI took an early lead off a goal from Nick Faddis but Lindenwood took the lead with goals from Anis Smajlovic and Roland Dearborn. Smajlovic leads the team in both goals and assits with three each. He also leads with 20 shots and 13 shots on goal. Meldin Sabotic has started all 11 matches for the Lions this season. He has allowed 25 goals and has made 43 saves while facing 161 shots. Lindenwood is being outscored this year by their opponents 29-11 and outshot 174-96.

The Eagles match with Denver can be found on Pioneer All-Access, a paid subscription service, and the match with Lindenwood will be streamed on ESPN+.

MARIAN DT FALLS TO BETHEL RESERVES 2-1

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s soccer developmental team suffered a 2-1 defeat to Bethel on Monday afternoon, losing their home finale for the 2022 season.

The Knights scored the first goal of the game with 20 minutes remaining in the first half, as Adam Andres drove home a goal from the top of the box after Marian was awarded a free kick. Marian’s lead was held in check until the final second of the half, as Bethel was able to drive in a goal from over 30 yards out into the upper pocket of the net over the outstretched arms of Spencer McCumber.

In the second half the Pilots controlled possession, limiting Marian to minimal shot attempts while they hounded the net. Alvaro Ruedo made multiple saves in net, but was unable to preserve the draw as he was beat with a goal in the 82nd minute. Marian was unable to counter, and ended the game falling 2-1.

Marian will finish their season next Monday at St. Francis.

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

GOSHEN ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills510.8330.0176812-0-03-1-04-1-00-1-03 W
New York Jets420.6671.01431281-2-03-0-03-2-01-0-03 W
Miami Dolphins330.5002.01311552-1-01-2-03-2-02-1-03 L
New England Patriots330.5002.01411131-1-02-2-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs420.6670.01791492-1-02-1-02-2-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.01411522-1-02-1-04-2-02-1-03 W
Denver Broncos240.3332.091992-1-00-3-01-3-00-2-03 L
Las Vegas Raiders140.2002.51251301-1-00-3-01-3-01-2-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens330.5000.01581411-2-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals330.5000.01381151-1-02-2-02-2-00-2-01 W
Cleveland Browns240.3331.01481631-3-01-1-01-3-01-0-03 L
Pittsburgh Steelers240.3331.0971461-2-01-2-01-4-01-1-01 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans320.6000.0961181-1-02-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Indianapolis Colts321.5830.01031212-1-01-1-13-2-11-2-12 W
Jacksonville Jaguars240.3331.51381141-1-01-3-02-2-01-2-03 L
Houston Texans131.3001.586990-1-11-2-01-2-11-0-11 W
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles6001.0000.01611053-0-03-0-05-0-02-0-06 W
New York Giants510.8331.01271133-1-02-0-03-1-00-1-03 W
Dallas Cowboys420.6672.0110982-1-02-1-03-2-02-1-01 L
Washington Commanders240.3334.01021351-2-01-2-01-3-00-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers330.5000.0122892-0-01-3-03-2-02-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams330.5000.01041262-2-01-1-03-2-01-1-01 W
Seattle Seahawks330.5000.01461632-1-01-2-02-3-01-1-01 W
Arizona Cardinals240.3331.01141420-3-02-1-01-3-00-2-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings510.8330.01391183-0-02-1-04-1-03-0-04 W
Green Bay Packers330.5002.01071232-2-01-1-02-2-01-1-02 L
Chicago Bears240.3333.0931182-1-00-3-01-4-00-2-03 L
Detroit Lions140.2003.51401701-2-00-2-01-3-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers330.5000.01211031-2-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Atlanta Falcons330.5000.01461362-1-01-2-02-3-00-2-01 W
New Orleans Saints240.3331.01411581-3-01-1-02-3-01-2-01 L
Carolina Panthers150.1672.01031461-3-00-2-01-4-01-0-03 L
 

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

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1913       In Cincinnati, the Giants rout the White Sox, 11-2, beginning a five-month worldwide barnstorming trip that will include stops in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. The teams recruit top players from both leagues, including Tris Speaker, Buck Weaver, Christy Mathewson, and Sam Crawford, with former Olympian Jim Thorpe being the main attraction during the global tour.

1925       Two weeks after pitching his final game for the Reds, 34-year-old Army Reserve First Lieutenant pilot Marvin Goodwin’s plane goes into a tailspin and crashes near Houston’s Ellington Field. The right-hander, appearing in four games for Cincinnati, three as a starter, posted an 0-2 record, which included two complete games, will die in three days due to being severely injured, with two broken legs, a fractured skull, along with critical internal injuries.

1950       After spending half a century managing in the major leagues, Connie Mack retires as skipper of the A’s. The 87-year-old manager, who has the most wins and losses in the game’s history, will be replaced by Jimmy Dykes, after compiling a 3731-3948 (.486) record during his 50 years in the dugout.

1960       “Resigned, fired, quit, discharged, use whatever you damn please. I’ll never make the mistake of being seventy again” – CASEY STENGEL, announcing his dismissal from the Yankees for being too old to manage. Five days after losing to the Pirates in Game 7 of the World Series, the Yankees fire Casey Stengel, believing he’s too old to manage. During his twelve-year tenure with the Bronx Bombers, the ‘Old Perfesser’ compiled an 1149-696 (.623) record while capturing ten AL pennants and seven World Championships.

1967       Avoiding a protracted legal battle, the American League awards a new franchise to Kansas City, replacing the team the city lost when the owners permitted Charlie Finley to move the A’s to Oakland. Also, the AL announces a new team, soon known as the Pilots, will play in Seattle, an ill-advised decision given that new owners will prove to be under-financed.

1971       Dick Williams is named the Associated Press American League Manager of the Year after guiding the A’s to their first playoff appearance since the franchise faced St. Louis in the 1931 Fall Classic. The 42-year-old skipper also copped the honor for piloting the Red Sox during the team’s Impossible Dream season in 1967.

1972       With runners on second and third base in Game 3 of the World Series, Johnny Bench strikes out looking with a full count when a trick play dupes him. After the A’s manager visits the mound and catcher Gene Tenace returns to his position, the Reds’ slugger, believing he is getting an intentional walk, is fooled when the A’s backstop quickly crouches behind home to catch a called strike three from Rollie Fingers.

1977       After homering in his last at-bat yesterday and drawing a walk in his first at-bat, Reggie Jackson hits three more on each first pitch he sees in the Yankees’ 8-4 victory over the Dodgers in the Bronx, giving him three homers on three consecutive pitches. Mr. October’s heroics in Game 6 of the Fall Classic assure the team of their twenty-first World Championship and first since 1962.

1988       At Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Mark McGwire goes deep off LA’s Jay Howell with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the A’s a 2-1 victory for its only win in the Series. Along with Kirk Gibson’s heroics in Game 1, Big Mac’s walk-off home run marks the first time two game-winning round-trippers occur in the same Fall Classic.

1992       In the top of the ninth inning, Ed Sprague, pinch-hitting for the first time this season, takes Braves’ closer Jeff Reardon deep for a two-run homer, giving the Blue Jays an eventual 5-4 comeback victory in Game 2 of the World Series. The corner infield er’s second round-tripper of the year knots the Fall Classic at one game apiece, with the series shifting to Toronto.

1992       The Canadian flag is inadvertently flown upside-down by a United States Marine Corps color guard at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium during the pregame ceremonies before Game 2 of the World Series between the Blue Jays and Braves. Although the international incident annoys the U.S.’s northern neighbors, most Toronto fans resist the call to fly the American Stars and Stripes similarly during Game 3 at the SkyDome but opt instead to wave Canada’s L’Unifoli with the message “This end up” affixed to the top.

1999       The Yankees win their record 36th pennant when the team beats the Red Sox, 6-1, in Game 5 of the ALCS. Orlando Hernandez blanks Boston into the eighth inning with Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada providing the offense punch with two-run round-trippers, respectively, in the first and ninth frames of the Fenway Park contest.

2001       The Yankees win their record 36th pennant when the team beats the Red Sox, 6-1, in Game 5 of the ALCS. Orlando Hernandez blanks Boston into the eighth inning with Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada providing the offense punch with two-run round-trippers, respectively, in the first and ninth frames of the Fenway Park contest.

2004       After 5 hours, 49 minutes, and 471 pitches, the Red Sox outlast the Yankees, 5-4, in Game 5 of the league championship. Boston’s DH David Ortiz, who is the first player in baseball history to hit two walk-off home runs during the postseason, ends the longest game in ALCS history at 1:22 a.m. with a two-out single into center scoring Johnny Damon from second in the 14th inning at Fenway Park.

2005       The Montreal Canadiens pay tribute to the departed Expos team by raising a commemorative banner to the rafters of Montreal’s Bell Centre. Working in his first game for the NHL team, displaced mascot Youppi, and former players Gary Carter and Andre Dawson assist in the hoisting of the blue and orange banner that features their retired numbers, 8 and 10, respectively, as well as the numbers for Tim Raines (30) and Rusty Staub (10).

2008       The Red Sox, scoring in each of the last three innings, erase a seven-run deficit in the seventh to beat the Rays, 8-7, in Game 5 of the ALCS. The Philadelphia A’s, who rallied after trailing 8-0 to beat the Cubs, 10-8, in Game 4 of the 1929 World Series, are the only team to have made a bigger comeback in the postseason.

2010       The Mariners hire Eric Wedge to be the team’s new manager, Seattle’s seventh skipper since 2003. The former Cleveland field boss, out of baseball last season after spending seven seasons in the Tribe’s dugout, replaces Daren Brown, filling in on an interim basis for Don Wakamatsu, dismissed in August.

2010       The Cardinals announce the signing of its long-time manager, keeping Tony La Russa in the Redbirds’ dugout for at least one more season, the skipper’s sixteenth with the club. The franchise has won eight division titles, two National League pennants, and a World Championship under their 66-year-old pilot; however, his heavily favored team collapses during the season’s final two months, finishing five games behind Cincinnati.

2012       At Comerica Park, the Tigers win their second American League pennant in seven years when they beat the punchless Yankees, 8-1, to complete a four-game sweep. The contest marks the first time the Bronx Bombers have failed to win a game in a best-of-seven series since they dropped four straight to the Reds in the 1976 Fall Classic.

2013       The Cardinals advance to their second World Series in three seasons, routing the Dodgers, 9-0, in Game 6 of the NLCS. Behind the timely hitting of Carlos Beltran and the strong pitching performance of rookie right-hander Michael Wacha, St. Louis beats Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83) for the fourth time this season, including a pair of victories in this round of the postseason.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-2019

Washington Nationals (4) vs Houston Astros (3)

The 2019 World Series was the 115th edition of Major League Baseball’s World Series, a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Washington Nationals and the American League (AL) champion Houston Astros.

The Nationals won the National League wild card then defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card Game. However, their next opponent was the Los Angeles Dodgers, winner of the previous two National League pennants. The teams went the distance, but after the dust settled, the only 100-win team in the NL lost the Division Series. Riding some serious momentum, the Nationals swept the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series, securing their first pennant in franchise history!

The Astros entered the playoffs with a Major League leading 107 wins, easily winning the American League West Division. They played the Tampa Bay Rays, who won the American League Wild Card Game, in the American League Division Series, and defeated them in five games. In the American League Championship Series, the Astros defeated the Yankees, winners of 103 games during the regular season, after a hard fought six game series.

Game 1 matched-up a pitcher who hadn’t lost a game since May 22, 2019, and entered with a league leading 2.50 ERA versus another who was a virtual lock for the Hall of Fame – Gerrit Cole versus Max Scherzer. A moment of silence for the late 21-year Major League Umpire Eric Cooper was observed prior to the first pitch being thrown and the umpire crew, throughout the 2019 World series, wore a uniform patch in Cooper’s memory.

The dueling aces weren’t perfect, but both of them were also pitching to the “other” best team in baseball. Houston got to Scherzer early, putting up two runs in the first, but Washington countered, scoring a run in the third, tying it in the fifth, then taking a lead they would not lose in the fifth, scoring three more runs against Cole. Houston made it interesting, scoring a run versus the bullpen in the seventh and eighth frame, but Sean Doolittle sealed the save earning the Nationals their first World Series win in franchise history.

Game 2, more dueling aces, but more of the same shocking results! Houston sent up their future hall of famer, Justin Verlander, and Washington sent up Stephen Strasburg in what should have been yet another pitcher’s duel. Both aces, however, surrendered two in the first frame, but were then able to settle in – for a while. The Nats erupted in the seventh, scoring six runs, forcing the Astros to reach back into the bullpen, but the runs kept coming, in that same frame, then three more in the eighth, then another in the ninth.

With their backs up against the wall, Houston traveled to Washington down 0-2, to play in the first World Series game held in the Nation’s capital since 1933. Josh Reddick drove in Carlos Correa in the second inning, scoring the first run of the game, and the Astros never trailed — putting up aces in the third, fifth, and sixth, the latter coming off the only homer of the game, by Robinson Chirinos.

The momentum gained a day earlier continued during Game 4, as the Astros lept forward in the first inning, 2-0, on four consecutive singles, added another Chirinos homer in the fourth, followed by a Alex Bregman grand slam in the seventh, leaving the Nationals stunned, two days in a row.

The Nationals had Max Scherzer on the mound for Game 5, so things were going to change, until he was scratched from the lineup three hours before game started, due to neck spasms. President Donald Trump was in attendance and he saw a carbon copy of the previous two games, regular scoring by the potent Astros lineup, and an anemic single run being scored by the Nationals, who lost every game played in Nationals Park!

With the momentum fully in Houston’s favor, there would be no way the home team was going to lose yet again, that was thought entering Game 6, especially with Verlander back on the bump. The Nats matched their ace with Stephen Strasburg, who simply outpitched his competition, surrendering two runs in the first, but settling in for a near complete game, surrendering no more runs after the first, and allowing only three more hits. Teammates Adam Eaton, Juan Soto, and Anthony Rendon ensure he had the run support he needed, each supplying a homer in the latter innings.

Yet another truly historic Game 7. There is no way David could defeat Goliath. There is no way the visiting team could win every single game. There is no way those pesky Nats could rally late in the game, after being down 0-2, with Houston just nine outs away from another ring; however, Rendon and Kendrick did not get the memo, and both went deep in the seventh, the latter with a runner on, giving them a 1-run lead, which was enough. Patrick Corbin had relieved Scherzer in the sixth, surrendered only two hits, no runs, and the bullpen prevented any runs from being scored.

Vegas said it wasn’t going to happen, but they were wrong, David defeated Goliath, winning all four games in Minute Maid Park, and securing their first World Series championship in franchise history.

FOOTBALL HISTORY/BIRTHDAY’S

Camp revises the game to truly become American Football

October 18, 1880 – Walter Camp presents rules revisions to set a limit of 11 players on the field for each team, and also creating the snap to prevent the chaos of teams fighting for the ball in a scrum. Prior to that some colleges played games with 12 to 25 players per side participating on the field and the ball was put in play with a scrum, much like rugby!

Iron Bowl

October 18, 1902 – Birmingham, Alabama – The famous Iron Bowl is played for the seventh time as Auburn defeats their longtime rival Alabama 23-0. The term “Iron Bowl” comes almost as a tribute to the City of Birmingham’s involvement in the steel industry. The Crimson Tide holds the advantage at the time of this writing with 45 wins compared to 36 victories for the Auburn Tigers over the history of the series. There was only one tie in the series between these two founding members of the SEC and that occurred in 1907.

The Galloping Ghost has a Historic Day

October 18, 1924 – Urbana, Illinois – Harold “Red” Grange, also known as the “Galloping Ghost ” may have played his best collegiate football game in his career on this day. Per the source of a New York TImes archive article from the day from the Associated Press, Grange in front of 67,000 fans packed into the new Illinois Memorial Stadium witnessed the Ghost and his Illinois teammates take apart their rival Michigan University. Red Grange, the University of Illinois phenomenon, All- America halfback, was the star attraction and his play did not disappoint the onlookers. Grange displayed a remarkable exhibition of running and passing in the game and set this college game as what would be the measuring stick of a truly great individual performance for the gridiron for years to come.

The Ghost galloped hard that afternoon as he scored five of Illinois’ six touchdowns leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind on how hard it was to defend against him. It started on the opening kickoff as Grange scooped up the ball on the Illinois five-yard line and raced 95 yards through the Michigan eleven for a touchdown in less than ten seconds into the contest! Before the Michigan team could catch their breath and collect themselves, Red Grange had struck paydirt multiple more times in rapid succession with runs of 66, 55 and 40 yards, respectively, for his next three scores. Coach Bob Zuppke took him out of the line-up before the first quarter ended. He returned later to launch several successful passes and score a fifth touchdown in the second half. Final score had the Illini with 39 points, and the Wolverines scoring 14. Red was the first collegiate star to turn pro, signing with the Chicago Bears in 1925 and he became the face of the pro game, eventually making a name not only for himself, but for a young National Football League.

Racial Milestone Moment in NFL History

October 18, 1953 – Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois – Willie Thrower had the perfect name for an NFL quarterback. What was truly remarkable is what a pioneer in American professional football history. A chicagobears.com article shares how Willie overcame unbelievable obstacles when he became the 1st NFL quarterback in modern times to be of African- American descent. The contest pitted the Chicago Bears against the San Francisco 49ers and Bears starting quarterback George Blanda was struggling. Papa Bear, George Halas could not watch any more of Blanda’s ineffective play in the contest so looking for an offensive spark, he sent in the promising backup QB Willie Thrower. Thrower was a collegiate quarterback with the National Champion Michigan State Spartans of 1952. The Niners rendered Willie’s effectiveness too allowing him to throw for a mere completion rate of 3 of 8 for 27 yards. Halas returned Blanda to the game but the San Fran squad had the Bear’s number on that day as the game resulted in a close 35-28 Niners victory. Willie played in only one more game for the Bears in 1953 before being released by Halas but though his playing career was short, it certainly had a tremendous impact. Thrower helped to pave a path that many others followed. NFL legend Warren Moon mentioned Willie Thrower in his Pro Football Hall of Fame acceptance speech, thanking him for providing inspiration to Moon’s football journey.

Six Big Kicks

October 18, 1981 – Kingdome, Seattle, Washington – NY Giant kicker, Joe Danelo tied an NFL record of 6 field goals in a game, per pro-football-reference.com, as the G-men cruised to a comfortable 32-0 shutout of the Seahawks. Successful Danelo kicks from 29, 54, 21, 47, 31 and 37 yards helped pad the Giants score in the route.

Scrammblin’ Randall Cuningham

October 18, 1992 – Philadelphia Eagle Randall Cunningham sets NFL quarterback career scramble yardage record of 3,683 yards.

A Big Moment for Football as a Gender Barrier is Broken

October 18, 1997 – Liz Heaston became the first woman to score in a college level football game as she kicked two extra points for NAIA’s Willamette University. The school’s wubearcats.com website recounts the event with a story that Heaston was a woman’s soccer player for the University and that she was in one of Head Football Coach Dan Hawkins’ classes during the fall semester. When the starting kicker, Gordon Thomson, suffered an injury, with no backup on the roster and the men’s soccer schedule conflicted with the football team’s, Coach Hawkins went to another resource, one of his students that was on the women’s soccer team, one Liz Heaston. Heaston was an honorable mention in NCAA Division III All-American selections and she helped the ladies of Willamette win four conference titles in soccer. Liz had 3 weeks of practice on the gridiron before she stepped her 5-foot-5-inch, 135 pounds onto the football field. The schedule for that October Saturday timed out just right for Liz. She played a home soccer game at noon and as soon as the clock hit zero’s she tore off to slip on the shoulder pads and helmet and scooted on over to the football field to play in the Willamette Football teams home game against Linfield University. Then it happened, with little clock remaining in the first half, Liz Heaton strolled out onto the field and knocked through an extra point. The crowd went wild, but then there was a pause…a flag had been thrown by one of the officials. Could history just be undone? Offsides…Linfield, Liz Heaston had just become the first woman to score points in an organized regular collegiate football game! The season for the Willamette Bearcat football team was truly memorable, not only with Liz’s great milestone accomplishment, but the team went undefeated until they lost to Findlay Ohio in the NAIA Championship game by the score of 14-7. Liz’s other team, the women’s soccer of Willamette, they played well too finishing 18-3-1 and Liz Heaston was a part of each of their success and for breaking through a barrier, where a woman put her mark in a place that had traditionally been a place where only men had tread.

The G.O.A.T keeps doing what he does

October 18, 2009 – Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts – New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady threw five second quarter touchdown passes against the Tennessee Titans, setting an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter. Brady finished with six scoring strikes in the game as the Patriots shelled the Titans 59-0.

Hall of Fame Birthday for October 18

Charlie Berry

October 18, 1902 – Phillipsville, New Jersey – Charlie Berry the end from Lafayette College was born. Charlie played collegiate football from 1921 through 1924 for the Leopards. Berry earned the distinction of making the great Walter Camp’s last handpicked All-America Team just a short time before the innovator of football’s untimely death. Per the National Football Foundation’s article on Charlie, in his four years at Lafayette the Leopards compiled a record of 29-5-2 with the 1921 team going undefeated. Charlie went on to play professionally for the NFL’s Pottsville Maroons and was the equivalent of being an All-Pro. The great athlete also played in pro baseball’s major leagues as well for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox and even umpired in the MLB. The National Football Foundation selected Charlie Berry to enter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980.

Joe Routt

October 18, 1914 – Joe Routt arrived in the world. Joe was a two-way guard from Texas A&M. Joe was an individually exceptional player on some very poor college teams with the Aggies in the 1930’s. To counter his exceptional play , opposing teams would negate his effectiveness by triple teaming Routt, he was that good according to footballfoundation.org. He would eat up so many blockers that it would free up his defensive teammates to make the play. College Football Hall of Fame in 1962. Routt was the 16th overall pick by the Cleveland Rams in the 1938 NFL Draft. He died a wa Hero during WWII as a U.S. Army Infantryman leading his troops during the famous Battle of the Bulge in Europe.

Forrest Gregg

October 18, 1933 – Forrest Gregg the famous offensive lineman from Southern Methodist University was born. Gregg was the 1956 NFL Draft’s second pick by the Green Bay Packers. The Pro Football Hall of Fame states that he was considered too small to be a guard by most as he weighed only 249 pounds and stood 6-foot-4-inches tall, so Vince Lombardi put him in as a tackle. Forrest Gregg learned techniques of finesse to nullify the rushes of bigger more powerful NFL defensive ends. He won All-NFL acclaim eight straight years from 1960 through 1967 and was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls in 15 NFL seasons. 14 of those were with the Packers and the last being with the Dallas Cowboys. He was on 3 Super Bowl Champion teams during his career and 6 NFL/NFC Championship teams. The Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Forrest Gregg in 1977. Gregg went on to coach in the NFL for many seasons after his playing days. But his greatest honor may have been from his former Coach, Vince Lombardi, who in his book, “Run to Daylight,” stated matter of factly: “Forrest Gregg is the finest player I ever coached!”

Iron Mike

October 18, 1939 – Carnegie, Pennsylvania – Michael Keller Dyczko was born. A story on Chicagobears.com in December of 2007 relays that The Ukrainian surname “Dyczko” was difficult to pronounce in his hometown, so the family name was changed to “Ditka”. Mike Ditka was a 3 sports star at local Aliquippa High School. The University of Pittsburgh was the college of choice by Ditka after Notre Dame and Penn State also recruited the youngster. He may have been the best pure tight end that college game had ever seen at that point and he revolutionized the position with not only the traditional blocking, but he caught passes quite frequently. Mike also was the punter for the Panthers for his three seasons there. In the 1961 NFL Draft Mike Ditka was the first pick by the Chicago Bears. He became the star of the 1963 Chicago NFL Championship team. Per the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s bio on Iron Mike, he was the Rookie of the Year in 1961, and received All NFL honors in four different seasons. Ditka set a career record for tight end receptions when he retired at 427 catches and finished with 5812 yard receiving and 43 touchdowns. Mike played in 5 straight Pro-Bowls to start his career and did not miss a minute of his 84 games played with the Bears. In 1967 Chicago traded Ditka to the Eagles. He suffered an injury while with Philadelphia that hampered his playing time there. The 1969 season found him playing in Dallas , playing four seasons there and he scored the final TD in the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl VI victory. The College Football Hall of Fame selected him in 1986 to enter their museum and the Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined Mike Ditka in 1988. Ditka was a successful coach leading the Chicago Bears to victory in 1985 with a win in SuperBowl XX. He later coached in New Orleans with the Saints.

SPORTS IN NUMBERS:

77 – 14 – 42 – 44 – 18 – 12

October 18, 1924 – University of Illinois running back, Number 77, Red Grange, had his best day on the collegiate gridiron with 4 long TD runs. Per the source of a New York TImes archive article from the day from the Associated Press, Grange in front of 67,000 fans packed into the new Illinois Memorial Stadium witnessed the Ghost and his Illinois teammates take apart their rival Michigan University. Red Grange, the University of Illinois phenomenon, All- America halfback, was the star attraction and his play did not disappoint the onlookers. Grange displayed a remarkable exhibition of running and passing in the game and set this college game as what would be the measuring stick of a truly great individual performance for the gridiron for years to come.

The Ghost galopped hard that afternoon as he scored five of Illinois’ six touchdowns leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind on how hard it was to defend against him. It started on the opening kickoff as Grange scooped up the ball on the Illinois five-yard line and raced 95 yards through the Michigan eleven for a touchdown in less than ten seconds into the contest! Before the Michigan team could catch their breath and collect themselves, Red Grange had struck paydirt multiple more times in rapid succession with runs of 66, 55 and 40 yards, respectively, for his next three scores. Coach Bob Zuppke took him out of the line-up before the first quarter ended. He returned later to launch several successful passes and score a fifth touchdown in the second half. Final score had the Illini with 39 points, and the Wolverines scoring 14. Red was the first collegiate star to turn pro, signing with the Chicago Bears in 1925 and he became the face of the pro game, eventually making a name not only for himself, but for a young National Football League.

October 18, 1925 – Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League) Tony Lazzeri hit his 60th HR of the season

October 18, 1953 – Chicago Bears signal caller, Willie Thrower, Number 14 became the first African-American quarterback in NFL modern history when he entered a game against the San Francisco 49ers.at Wrigley Field, Chicago. Willie Thrower had the perfect name for an NFL quarterback. What was truly remarkable is what a pioneer in American professional football history. The contest pitted the Chicago Bears against the San Francisco 49ers and Bears starting quarterback George Blanda was struggling. Papa Bear, George Halas could not watch any more of Blanda’s ineffective play in the contest so looking for an offensive spark, he sent in the promising backup QB Willie Thrower. Thrower was a collegiate quarterback with the National Champion Michigan State Spartans of 1952. The Niners rendered Willie’s effectiveness too allowing him to throw for a mere completion rate of 3 of 8 for 27 yards. Halas returned Blanda to the game but the San Fran squad had the Bear’s number on that day as the game resulted in a close 35-28 Niners victory. Willie played in only one more game for the Bears in 1953 before being released by Halas but though his playing career was short, it certainly had a tremendous impact. Thrower helped to pave a path that many others followed. NFL legend Warren Moon mentioned Willie Thrower in his Pro Football Hall of Fame acceptance speech, thanking him for providing inspiration to Moon’s football journey.

October 18, 1974 – Chicago Bulls Number 42, Nate Thurmond became the first in NBA to complete a quadruple double-22 pts, 14 rebounds, 13 assists & 12 blocks

October 18, 1977 – New York Yankee Number 44, Reggie Jackson hits 3 consecutive home runs tying Babe Ruth’s World Series record and earning Jackson the Series Most valuable Player Award; NY Yankees beat LA Dodgers, 8-4 to clinch, 4-2 series win.

October 18, 1981 – New York Giant Number 18, Joe Danelo tied NFL record of 6 field goals in a game

October 18, 1992 – Philadelphia Eagle Number 12, Randall Cunningham set an NFL quarterback scramble record of 3,683

October 18, 2009 – New England Patriots QB Number 12, Tom Brady threw five second quarter touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans, an NFL record for touchdown passes in one quarter

TV  TUESDAY

MLB PLAYOFFSTime ETTV
ALDS Game 5: Cleveland at NY Yankees4:00pmTBS
NLCS Game 1: Philadelphia at San Diego8:00pmFS1
NBATIME ETTV
Philadelphia at Boston7:30pmTNT
LA Lakers at Golden State10:00pmTNT
NHLTIME ETTV
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay7:00pmESPN
Anaheim at New Jersey7:00pmBally Sports
MSG
Boston at Ottawa7:00pmSportsnet
NESN
Vancouver at Columbus7:00pmSportsnet
Bally Sports
San Jose at NY Islanders7:30pmNBCS-CA
MSGSN
Buffalo at Edmonton9:00pmMSG-BUF
Sportsnet
Vegas at Calgary9:00pmATTSN-RM
Sportsnet
Los Angeles at Nashville9:30pmESPN
SOCCERTIME ETTV
La Liga: Sevilla vs Valencia1:00pmESPN+
La Liga: Getafe vs Athletic Club2:00pmESPN+
EPL: Brighton & Hove Albion vs Nottingham Forest2:30pmUSA
La Liga: Atlético Madrid vs Rayo Vallecano3:00pmESPN+
EPL: Crystal Palace vs Wolverhampton Wanderers3:15pmPeacock
Argentina Primera División: Colón vs Defensa y Justicia3:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Lanús vs Racing Club6:00pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Huracán vs Platense8:30pmParamount+
Argentina Primera División: Central Córdoba SdE vs Tigre8:30pmParamount+

What to Watch: Tuesday, 10-18-22

MLB PLAYOFFSTIME ETTV
ALDS Game 5: Cleveland at NY Yankees4:00pmTBS

The Cleveland Guardians and New York Yankees series is tied 2-2. The Guardians are 1-1 on the road versus Yankees in ALDS.

NLCS Game 1: Philadelphia at San Diego8:00pmFS1

The Philadelphia Phillies were 4-3 overall and 3-1 on the road versus San Diego Padres during the regular season.

NBATIME ETTV
Philadelphia at Boston7:30pmTNT

The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics series was tied 2-2 last season. Both teams finished in top four of the Eastern Conference standings in the 2021-22 season. The Celtics lost to the Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Finals.

LA Lakers at Golden State10:00pmTNT

The Golden State Warriors won the 2021-22 regular season series 3-1 versus Los Angeles Lakers. The Warriors won the NBA Championship last season versus the Boston Celtics.