INDIANA SRN SPORTS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

TUESDAY 9-13

COVENANT CHRISTIAN V BISHOP CHATARD           7:00PM

DOWN THE LINES INDIANS                                       5:00PM

FRIDAY 9-16

MOUNT VERNON V DELTA                                        7:30PM

EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL V EVANSVILLE HARRISON   7:00PM CST

COLUMBUS NORTH V BISHOP CHATARD                  7:00PM

TINDLEY V COVENANT CHRISTIAN                             7:00PM

HERITAGE CHRISTIAN V SCECINA                              7:00PM (@BEECH GROVE)

HCAC GAME OF THE WEEK

KALAMAZOO V DEFIANCE                                         1:30PM

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 5 CAPSULES:

http://scoreboard.homestead.com/football/capsFri.htm#loaded

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL COACHES FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

1 BROWNSBURG 4-0 (9) 99

2 CENTER GROVE 3-1 (1) 88

3 INDPLS CATHEDRAL 3-1 80

4 HAMILTON SE 4-0 67

5 BEN DAVIS 2-2 51

6 CARMEL 2-2 49

7 CARROLL (ALLEN) 4-0 32

8 WESTFIELD 3-1 17

9 FISHERS 3-1 16

10 WARREN CENTRAL 2-2 14

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

ELKHART 4-0 (11), WARSAW 4-0 (10), LAWRENCE CENTRAL 2-2 (8), PENN 2-2 (7),

LAWRENCE NORTH 2-2 (2)

5A

1 WHITELAND 4-0 (10) 100

2 MISHAWAKA 4-0 83

3 MERRILLVILLE 3-1 77

4 FW SNIDER 3-1 73

5 VALPARAISO 3-1 54

6 FW DWENGER 3-1 47

7 FRANKLIN 3-1 36

8 CASTLE 3-1 25

9 DECATUR CENTRAL 2-2 20

10 HARRISON (WL) 3-1 18

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 3-1 (11), FW NORTH 2-2 (8), BLOOMINGTON NORTH 1-3 (3),

TH SOUTH 3-1 (1)

4A

1 NEW PALESTINE 4-0 (6) 95

2 INDPLS RONCALLI 4-0 (4) 93

3 MOORESVILLE 4-0 76

4 KOKOMO 4-0 63

5 EAST CENTRAL 3-1 48

6 NORTHWOOD 4-0 43

7 BREBEUF JESUIT 2-1 36

NEW PRAIRIE 4-0 35

9 EVANSVILLE REITZ 4-0 25

10 GREENFIELD CENTRAL 3-1 15

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

NORTHVIEW 4-0 (8), MARTINSVILLE 3-1 (5), NORTHRIDGE 1-3 (4), MT. VERNON (FORTVILLE) 1-3 (2),

EAST NOBLE 3-1 (1)

3A

1 WEST LAFAYETTE 4-0 (7) 94

2 INDPLS CHATARD 2-2 (3) 89

3 GIBSON SOUTHERN 4-0 87

4 TRI-WEST 3-1 65

5 GUERIN CATHOLIC 3-1 42

6 NORWELL 4-0 37

WESTERN BOONE 3-1 37

8 HANOVER CENTRAL 4-0 35

9 LAWRENCEBURG 3-1 27

10 OWEN VALLEY 4-0 12

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

SOUTHRIDGE 4-0 (8), OAK HILL 4-0 (6), SOUTH DEARBORN 4-0 (4), VINCENNES LINCOLN 4-0 (4),

CHARLESTOWN 4-0 (2), YORKTOWN 3-1 (1)

2A

1 LINTON-STOCKTON 4-0 (9) 96

2 ANDREAN 2-2 86

3 INDPLS SCECINA 4-0 (1) 82

4 LAVILLE 4-0 59

5 EASTBROOK 3-1 49

6 FW LUERS 2-2 40

7 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 2-2 35

8 HERITAGE CHRISTIAN 3-1 29

9 TRITON CENTRAL 3-1 27

10 LAFAYETTE CC 2-2 17

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

LEWIS CASS 4-0 (8), EASTSIDE 2-2 (5), ALEXANDRIA 3-1 (3), BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL 3-1 (2),

EASTERN (GREENTOWN) 3-1 (1)

1A

1 INDPLS LUTHERAN 4-0 (9) 99

2 ADAMS CENTRAL 4-0 (1) 91

3 PARK TUDOR 4-0 ` 72

4 NORTH JUDSON 4-0 70

5 NORTH DECATUR 4-0 ` 63

6 SOUTH ADAMS 3-1 44

7 CARROLL (FLORA) 4-0 42

8 TRI 4-0 32

9 SOUTH PUTNAM 3-1 14

10 MONROE CENTRAL 2-1 10

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES:

TRITON 3-1 (8), COVENANT CHRISTIAN 2-2 (6), EDINBURGH 4-0 (3), SHERIDAN 3-1 (3),

CLINTON PRAIRIE 4-0 (1), MADISON-GRANT 4-0 (1), PIONEER 2-2 (1)

INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER POLLS

BOYS

3A BOYS

1. ZIONSVILLE

2. CARMEL

3. FISHERS

4. CHESTERTON

5. NOBLESVILLE

6. HAMILTON SE

7. COLUMBUS NORTH

8. CASTLE

9. WARSAW

10. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

11. PIKE

12. PERRY MERIDIAN

13. ELKHART

14. VALPARAISO

15. WESTFIELD

16. PENN

17. GOSHEN

18. BROWNSBURG

19. MUNSTER

20. NORTHROP

2A BOYS

1. WEST LAFAYETTE

2. BREBEUF JESUIT

3. EV. MEMORIAL

4. CANTERBURY

5. MISHAWAKA MARIAN

6. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (INDPLS)

7. SPEEDWAY

8. BREMEN

9. BISHOP DWENGER

10. SB ST. JOSEPH

11. CULVER ACADEMIES

12. HERITAGE HILLS

13. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN

14. PROVIDENCE

15. MT. VERNON (POSEY)

16. BISHOP LUERS

17. LAWRENCEBURG

18. LEO

19. GUERIN CATHOLIC

20. GREENCASTLE

1A BOYS

1. PARK TUDOR

2. WESTVIEW

3. UNIVERSITY

4. FAITH CHRISTIAN

5. CARROLL (FLORA)

6. KOUTS

7. SWITZERLAND COUNTY

8. SOUTH KNOX

9. FOREST PARK

10. PROVIDENCE CRISTO REY

11. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDPLS)

12. BETHANY CHRISTIAN

13. NORTH WHITE

14. WHEELER

15. SOUTHWESTERN (HANOVER)

16. NORTH PUTNAM

17. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN

18. OLDENBURG ACADEMY

19. SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBY)

20. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

GIRLS

3A GIRLS

1. NOBLESVILLE

2. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

3. CARMEL

4. CASTLE

5. SAINT JOSEPH

6. ZIONSVILLE

7. CATHEDRAL

8. CENTER GROVE

9. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH

10. FISHERS

11. CHESTERTON

12. REITZ

13. HOMESTEAD

14. CROWN POINT

15. EAST CENTRAL

16. NORTH CENTRAL

17. WESTFIELD

18. WARSAW

19. MT. VERNON

20. LAKE CENTRAL

2A GIRLS

1. EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL

2. MISHAWAKA MARIAN

3. BREBEUF

4. CHATARD

5. GUERIN CATHOLIC

6. BISHOP DWENGER

7. LEO

8. TRI WEST

9. BELLMONT

10. SILVER CREEK

11. LAWRENCEBURG

12. HANOVER CENTRAL

13. GIBSON SOUTHERN

14. WEST LAFAYETTE

15. BATESVILLE

16. HAMILTON HEIGHTS

17. HERITAGE HILLS

18. NORTHWESTERN

19. JASPER

20. NORTHWOOD

1A GIRLS

1. PARK TUDOR

2. PROVIDENCE

3. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN

4. MATER DEI

5. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN

6. ANDREAN

7. FAITH CHRISTIAN

8. COVENANT CHRISTIAN

9. SWITZERLAND COUNTY

10. ARGOS

11. OLDENBURG

12. FW CANTERBURY

13. WESTVIEW

14. TRINITY

15. NORTHEAST DUBOIS

16. FOREST PARK

17. MUNCIE BURRIS

18. ILLIANA CHRISTIAN

19. FW BLACKHAWK

20. LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

INDIANA GIRLS AND BOYS CROSS COUNTRY POLLS

(GIRLS)

  1. COLUMBUS NORTH
  2. NOBLESVILLE
  3. CARMEL
  4. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  5. HOMESTEAD
  6. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  7. ZIONSVILLE
  8. FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
  9. NORTH CENTRAL
  10. FORT WAYNE CARROLL
  11. VALPARAISO
  12. FLOYD CENTRAL
  13. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  14. PRINCETON
  15. BROWNSBURG
  16. PENN
  17. WESTFIELD
  18. EAST NOBLE
  19. AVON
  20. NORTHVIEW
  21. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  22. CHATARD
  23. LAKE CENTRAL
  24. CATHEDRAL
  25. INDIAN CREEK

(BOYS)

  1. CARMEL
  2. ZIONSVILLE
  3. COLUMBUS NORTH
  4. NOBLESVILLE
  5. VALPARAISO
  6. FISHERS
  7. CENTER GROVE
  8. FRANKLIN CENTRAL
  9. BREBEUF
  10. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
  11. PENN
  12. BLOOMINGTON NORTH
  13. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  14. BROWNSBURG
  15. NORTHRIDGE
  16. FLOYD CENTRAL
  17. LAKE CENTRAL
  18. WESTFIELD
  19. GOSHEN
  20. PORTAGE
  21. MT VERNON
  22. GUERIN CATHOLIC
  23. CHESTERTON
  24. GREENFIELD CENTRAL
  25. NEW ALBANY

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SCORES:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/volleyball/scores/?date=9/12/2022

INDIANA SRN HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL POWER POLL

  1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  2. YORKTOWN
  3. MCCUTCHEON
  4. PROVIDENCE
  5. BREBEUF
  6. CARROLL FORT WAYNE
  7. BROWNSBURG
  8. BELLMONT
  9. CATHEDRAL
  10. RONCALLI
  11. FISHERS
  12. PERRY MERIDIAN
  13. WESTERN BOONE
  14. ELKHART
  15. FLOYD CENTRAL

INDIANA SRN VOLLEYBALL RATINGS

4A

  1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
  2. YORKTOWN
  3. MCCUTCHEON
  4. BREBEUF
  5. CARROLL FORT WAYNE

3A

  1. PROVIDENCE
  2. BELLMONT
  3. WESTERN BOONE
  4. BARR REEVE
  5. NORTHWOOD

2A

  1. WAPAHANI
  2. ANDREAN
  3. PARK TUDOR
  4. SCECINA
  5. PIONEER

1A

  1. SOUTH NEWTON
  2. TECUMSEH
  3. FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK
  4. SPRINGS VALLEY
  5. TRINITY LUTHERAN

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SCORES:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/scores/?date=9/12/2022

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SCORES:

https://www.maxpreps.com/in/soccer/girls/scores/?date=9/12/2022

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE WEEK 3

FRIDAY, SEPT. 16

FLORIDA STATE AT LOUISVILLE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN

AIR FORCE AT WYOMING | 8 P.M. | CBSSN

SATURDAY, SEPT. 17

WOFFORD AT VIRGINIA TECH | 11 A.M. | ACC NETWORK

NO. 1 GEORGIA AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 12 P.M. | ESPN

UCONN AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | ABC

NO. 6 OKLAHOMA AT NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | FOX

TEXAS STATE AT NO. 17 BAYLOR | 12 P.M. | FS1

YOUNGSTOWN STATE AT NO. 9 KENTUCKY | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

ABILENE CHRISTIAN AT MISSOURI | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

VILLANOVA AT ARMY | 12 P.M. | CBSSN

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AT NORTHWESTERN | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

PURDUE AT SYRACUSE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2

CINCINNATI AT MIAMI (OHIO) | 12 P.M. | ESPNU

LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY AT KENT STATE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3

WESTERN KENTUCKY AT INDIANA | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

TOWSON AT WEST VIRGINIA | 1 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

BUFFALO AT COASTAL CAROLINA | 1 P.M. | ESPN+

BUCKNELL AT CENTRAL MICHIGAN | 1 P.M. | ESPN3

SOUTH ALABAMA AT UCLA | 2 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

OHIO AT IOWA STATE | 2 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

RUTGERS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

OLD DOMINION AT VIRGINIA | 2 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

MURRAY STATE AT BALL STATE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+

CAL AT NOTRE DAME | 2:30 P.M. | NBC/PEACOCK

TULANE AT KANSAS STATE | 3 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

NEW MEXICO STATE AT WISCONSIN | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

NO. 12 BYU AT NO. 25 OREGON | 3:30 P.M. | FOX

NO. 20 OLE MISS AT GEORGIA TECH | 3:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 22 PENN STATE AT AUBURN | 3:30 P.M. | CBS

VANDERBILT AT NORTHERN ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN

COLORADO AT MINNESOTA | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2

STONY BROOK AT UMASS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN3

TROY AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+

GEORGIA SOUTHERN AT UAB | 3:30 P.M. | STADIUM

UL MONROE AT NO. 2 ALABAMA | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

KANSAS AT HOUSTON | 4 P.M. | ESPNU

UT MARTIN AT BOISE STATE | 4 P.M. | FS1

LIBERTY AT NO. 19 WAKE FOREST | 5 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

COLORADO STATE AT WASHINGTON STATE | 5 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

MARSHALL AT BOWLING GREEN | 5 P.M. | NFL NETWORK

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT LSU | 6 P.M. | ESPNU

NORTH CAROLINA A&T AT DUKE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX

CAMPBELL AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+

TOLEDO AT NO. 3 OHIO STATE | 7 P.M. | FOX

ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF AT NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE | 7 P.M. | BIG 12/ESPN+

MISSOURI STATE AT NO. 10 ARKANSAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

TEXAS TECH AT NO. 16 NC STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN2

AKRON AT NO. 15 TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+

JACKSONVILLE STATE AT TULSA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

NORTHWESTERN STATE AT SOUTHERN MISS | 7 P.M. | ESPN3

ARKANSAS STATE AT MEMPHIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

CHARLOTTE AT GEORGIA STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

TENNESSEE STATE AT MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+

SOUTH FLORIDA AT NO. 18 FLORIDA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK

NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE AT WASHINGTON | 7:30 P.M. | ABC

NO. 23 PITT AT WESTERN NO. 4 MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU

NEVADA AT IOWA | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK

SMU AT MARYLAND | 7:30 P.M. | FS1

MAINE AT BOSTON COLLEGE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3

UCF AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC | 7:30 P.M. | CBSSN

LOUISIANA AT RICE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+

LOUISIANA TECH AT NO. 5 CLEMSON | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK

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

UTEP AT NEW MEXICO | 8 P.M. | MWN

UTSA AT NO. 21 TEXAS | 8 P.M. | LONGHORN NETWORK

NO. 13 MIAMI (FLA.) AT NO. 24 TEXAS A&M | 9 P.M. | ESPN

SAN DIEGO STATE AT NO. 14 UTAH | 10 P.M. | ESPN2

FRESNO STATE AT NO.7  USC | 10:30 P.M. | FOX

NORTH DAKOTA STATE AT ARIZONA | 11 P.M. | FS1

EASTERN MICHIGAN AT ARIZONA STATE | 11 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK

DUQUESNE AT HAWAI’I | 11:59 P.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV

NFL MONDAY NIGHT

SEATTLE 17 DENVER 16

NFL WEEK 2

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2022

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:15P (CT) 8:15P PRIME VIDEO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2022

MIAMI DOLPHINS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

NEW YORK JETS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

WASHINGTON COMMANDERS AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

CAROLINA PANTHERS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

ATLANTA FALCONS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS AT SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 1:05P (PT) 4:05P FOX

CINCINNATI BENGALS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P CBS

HOUSTON TEXANS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS

ARIZONA CARDINALS AT LAS VEGAS RAIDERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

CHICAGO BEARS AT GREEN BAY PACKERS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2022

TENNESSEE TITANS AT BUFFALO BILLS (MON) 7:15P (ET) 7:15P ESPN

MINNESOTA VIKINGS AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (MON) 8:30P (ET) 8:30P ABC

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

TEXAS 3 MIAMI 2

MIAMI 10 TEXAS 6

CLEVELAND 5 LA ANGELS 4

HOUSTON 7 DETROIT 0

TORONTO 3 TAMPA BAY 2

PITTSBURGH 6 CINCINNATI 3

CHICAGO CUBS 5 NY METS 2

LA DODGERS 6 ARIZONA 0

SAN FRANCISCO 3 ATLANTA 2

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Seahawks survive Wilson’s return, edge Broncos on missed FG

SEATTLE (AP) It was a familiar scene in Seattle: Russell Wilson leading his team downfield for a game-winning score late in the fourth quarter.

This time, he wasn’t given a chance by his new coach in Denver, pulled off the field in exchange for a 64-yard field goal attempt that left plenty of confusion and the Seattle Seahawks celebrating an unexpected season-opening, 17-16 victory over the Broncos on Monday night.

With the Broncos facing fourth-and-5 in Seahawks territory with a minute remaining and all their timeouts, coach Nathaniel Hackett opted to let the clock run down to 20 seconds before sending out Brandon McManus to try the low-percentage kick.

“I don’t think it was the wrong decision. I think he could make it,” Wilson said after his return to the city where he played his first 10 seasons. “Obviously in hindsight, we didn’t make it, but if we were in that situation again, I wouldn’t doubt whatever he decided.”

Geno Smith threw two first-half touchdown passes as the Seahawks’ offense started brilliantly in the post-Wilson era. Denver had plenty of chances after halftime but fumbled twice at the 1-yard line.

Then came the final minute, which raised plenty of questions about Hackett’s clock management and decision-making in his debut as a head coach. NFL kickers are 2 for 35 on attempts of 64 yards or more since 1991, according to Sportradar, and McManus’ career long is 61 yards.

The kick missed wide left, and instead of Wilson leading the 36th career fourth-quarter or overtime comeback of his career, the Seahawks celebrated to chants of “Geno! Geno!”

“I was surprised that they took Russ out there,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

Denver faced fourth-and-5 at the Seattle 46 after Wilson hit Javonte Williams for a 9-yard gain. McManus said that was the exact spot on the field the offense needed to reach to give him a shot at the kick.

“I wish we would have gotten a lot closer, but it put us in that weird spot there because we were in field-goal range, but we were on that fourth-down situation,” Hackett said. “I didn’t think we were gonna get that many yards. … We just made our decision and wanted to take our shot there.”

Hackett then used his timeouts while the Seahawks kneeled down, elongating the Seattle celebration.

Smith and the Seahawks did very little offensively in the second half but their first half was good enough. Smith threw a touchdown pass of 38 yards to Will Dissly on the first possession of the season and hit Colby Parkinson for a 25-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Smith finished 23 of 28 for 195 yards, but was 17 of 18 for 164 yards in the first half.

“For him to go out there and get a win like that shows the confidence we have in him,” Seattle wide receiver DK Metcalf said.

Wilson was 29 of 42 for 340 yards and a touchdown. But Denver couldn’t overcome its red-zone inefficiency with both Melvin Gordon III and Williams fumbling on plays snapped at Seattle 1-yard line.

“We can run the ball. We can pass the ball. We just have to be sound in the red zone. That’s been our issue,” Gordon said.

The Seahawks moved into first place in the NFC West after Arizona, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Rams all lost on Sunday.

Wilson went from being a disputed third-round pick to a franchise cornerstone that helped Seattle to its only Super Bowl title. But his departure this past offseason in a trade to Denver was a messy conclusion to a mostly sparkling career with the Seahawks.

And Seattle fans were ready to let Wilson find out just what it was like to be an opposing QB at the stadium where he enjoyed so many triumphs.

“Just going out there and seeing him in a Broncos jersey was shocking to me,” Metcalf said.

Wilson was greeted with lustful, guttural boos every time he stepped on the field from a crowd notorious for making noise. They started in pregame warmups and didn’t decrease in volume throughout the victory.

Some signs in the stadium compared Wilson to Alex Rodriguez, who infamously left for a massive contract in Texas early in his baseball career. Others switched around the words from a catchphrase during his time in Seattle, urging the Seahawks, “Let’s Cook Russ.”

“Tonight was special, just on the other side than I’m used to. But it was still a special environment in a place that I’ve always loved,” Wilson said.

Wilson and the Broncos had plenty of chances to silence the crowd.

Denver ran eight plays inside the Seattle 12 in the third quarter and came away with zero points after the two fumbles.

The Broncos had three more plays inside the Seattle 10 midway through the fourth quarter and still couldn’t find the end zone. Denver reached the 3-yard-line but its third false start of the game moved Wilson back to the 8 and he was incomplete on his next two throws. McManus’ 26-yard field goal with 6:13 left pulled the Broncos within 17-16.

INJURIES

Seattle safety Jamal Adams suffered what Carroll said after the game was a serious injury to his left quadriceps tendon. Adams limped off the field after nearly sacking Wilson in the first quarter and eventually was driven away on a cart.

Denver lost right guard Quinn Meinerz to a hamstring injury in the first half and cornerback K’Waun Williams to a hand injury in the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Broncos: Host Houston on Sunday.

Seahawks: At San Francisco on Sunday.

49ers lose top running back Elijah Mitchell in opener

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers lost more than a game in a sloppy season-opener at Chicago.

The Niners lost starting running back Elijah Mitchell to a knee injury in the 19-10 loss to the Bears on Sunday. Mitchell is expected to be sidelined for about two months.

“He was pretty down,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday. “For obvious reasons were down for him. Elijah went through a lot last year. It’s well documented, the injuries he had. He really worked hard this offseason. He was feeling really good going into that game. I thought he looked really good before he got hurt.”

This marks the second straight season when the 49ers lost their top running back to a knee injury in the season opener. Raheem Mostert went down with a season-ending injury in Week 1 last year, leading to Mitchell becoming the main back as a rookie when he became the fifth different player to lead San Francisco in rushing in five years under Shanahan.

Mitchell had 963 yards rushing at an average of 4.7 yards per carry last year, despite dealing with a series of injuries. He was excited to be healthy going into this season but lasted only one game.

Jeff Wilson Jr., the 2020 rushing leader, figures to get a heavy load with Mitchell out. Rookie Tyrion Davis-Price, a healthy scratch on Sunday, also should be in the mix, along with undrafted rookie Jordan Mason.

“We’re always been comfortable with Jeff just because of his experience and what he’s done here,” Shanahan said. “We know what we’re going to get. The other two guys, they made our team for a reason. They’re two talented players that we think can help us a lot running the ball. But they got to grow up fast.”

But Shanahan has always been able to find capable running backs.

The other issues on Sunday are more pressing, from a shaky performance by Trey Lance in his first game since being named the starting quarterback, to 12 penalties to breakdowns on defense that led to big plays.

“It’s tough to win when we commit those penalties and it starts with me and we got to make sure to clean those up because I felt we had every opportunity to win that game and our defense had every opportunity to completely dominate that game,” Shanahan said. “That’s what allowed them to get three touchdowns in a row.”

WHAT’S WORKING

Deebo Samuel runs. There was a lot of talk this offseason about whether the Niners would continue to rely heavily on using Samuel as a running back. Shanahan didn’t shy away from it in the opener. Samuel had eight carries for 52 yards, including a 6-yard run for San Francisco’s only TD.

WHAT NEEDS HELP

Penalties. The Niners were extremely undisciplined, getting penalized 12 times for 99 yards. The penalties handed the Bears five first downs in the game, including drive-extending personal fouls on third down by linebackers Dre Greenlaw and Azeez Al-Shaair. Greenlaw had two personal fouls.

STOCK UP

Safety Talanoa Hufanga. The second-year player stepped into the starting lineup this season and was very busy in the opener. He had a team-high 11 tackles, including two for losses, and also intercepted a pass.

STOCK DOWN

Lance completed only 13 of 28 passes in wet conditions for 164 yards. He missed an open Tyler Kroft on a potential TD throw in the first half, took a sack to knock the Niners out of field position and then threw a late interception that helped seal the loss. Lance did show a few bright signs with a couple of big throws and 54 yards rushing but did nothing to quiet skeptics who wonder if Jimmy Garoppolo should regain his starting job this season.

INJURIES

Shanahan hopes TE George Kittle (groin) will be able to practice Wednesday after missing the opener. … DT Javon Kinlaw sprained his ankle in the game but was able to return.

KEY NUMBER

4. San Francisco allowed only four completions to wide receivers. The problem was a few of those became big plays. Former Niner Dante Pettis got wide open on a broken play that led to a 51-yard TD from Justin Fields that changed the tide of the game. Byron Pringle had a 22-yard catch and Equanimeous St. Brown got free for an 18-yard TD catch.

NEXT STEPS

The 49ers host Seattle in their home opener on Sunday looking to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2017.

Notre Dame QB Buchner expected to miss season with injury

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame quarterback Tyler Buchner is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with an injury to his nonthrowing shoulder that will require surgery.

Fighting Irish coach Marcus Freeman said Monday that Buchner has a severe AC joint sprain in his left shoulder. Buchner was injured in the fourth quarter of Notre Dame’s surprising loss to Marshall over the weekend and was scheduled to have surgery Tuesday.

Drew Pyne, who came off the bench after Buchner was hurt, was listed as the starter on Notre Dame’s depth chart for this Saturday’s home game against California.

Notre Dame is 0-2 under first-year coach Freeman after beginning the season ranked fifth in the country.

Trout HR 7th game in a row; Guardians beat Angels, pad lead

CLEVELAND (AP) Angels star Mike Trout homered in his seventh consecutive game, one shy of the major league record, but the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat Los Angeles 5-4 on Monday night.

Trout’s 35th homer of the season came in the fifth inning. The three-time AL MVP connected off Konnor Pilkington for a two-run, 422-foot drive to dead center at Progressive Field.

Pittsburgh’s Dale Long established the MLB record of eight straight games with a home run in 1956. Don Mattingly of the Yankees matched it in 1987, as did Seattle’s Ken Griffey Jr. in 1993.

“That’s good company to be in,” Trout said. “I’m just putting a good swing on the ball and they’re going out.”

Trout can match the mark on Tuesday night when the Angels continue their series with the Guardians. He said he isn’t worried about Cleveland pitching around him.

“I’m going up there ready to hit and whatever happens, happens,” Trout said. “I’ll come in tomorrow and do the same thing because it’s working for me.”

Trout is the first AL player with a seven-game home run streak since Kendrys Morales of Toronto in 2018. Cincinnati’s Joey Votto homered in seven straight last season from July 24-30.

Amed Rosario doubled home Steven Kwan with the go-ahead run in the seventh for Cleveland, which increased its advantage to three games over the Chicago White Sox and five games over third-place Minnesota.

“We’ve got some work to do to clinch the thing, but I think we’ve been working the right way all season,” said Guardians catcher Austin Hedges, who hit a two-run double. “We’re a team that does get the big hit.”

The game featured a strange sequence in the seventh when Cleveland manager Terry Francona and Angels interim manager Phil Nevin were both ejected without a pitch being thrown in-between.

Things got heated in the seventh when Francona argued that Andres Gimenez was hit by a pitch from Ryan Tepera. Francona got ejected by umpire crew chief Ron Kulpa, and when Tepera was denied warmup throws following the delay, Nevin got tossed.

“Truth be told, I don’t know what was going through my mind, and I don’t like that,” Francona said.

Nevin agreed that Francona signaled for a replay challenge in time, but Kulpa didn’t see the gesture. Tepera said both he and Kulpa apologized for their disagreement between innings.

“To me, that was a player safety issue, not allowing Ryan any warmup pitches,” Nevin said. “And I didn’t understand it.”

Kulpa also exited with two outs and two strikes in the ninth after being struck on the mask by a foul ball hit by Matt Thaiss. Second base umpire Carlos Torres replaced him behind the plate.

We weren’t aware that (Francona) was holding for us to look at a hit by pitch,” first base umpire John Tumpane said in a pool report. “By our protocol, if the pitcher is on the rubber and the batter is in the box, we’re moving onto the next pitch.”

“Obviously, player safety is paramount, and looking back at it, yes, we would have given (Tepera) some warmup pitches so his safety was not at risk,” he said.

Enyel De Los Santos (4-0) worked a scoreless seventh for the win and Emmanuel Clase pitched a perfect ninth for his MLB-best 34th save. Aaron Loup (0-5) surrendered Rosario’s RBI double.

The Guardians took a 4-0 lead in the second off Reid Detmers, highlighted by Hedges’ two-run double. Tyler Freeman and his fellow rookie, Kwan, had RBI singles.

Pilkington allowed four runs over five innings on his 25th birthday. The left-hander also was touched for a two-run homer by Matt Duffy in the fourth.

Reigning AL MVP Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 3 for the Angels, who are 1-19 on the road against Cleveland since 2015.

ARMS RACE

The Guardians are in the midst of playing 18 games in a 17-day span, forcing them to adjust their rotation on the fly. Pilkington made his first start since July 23, while they haven’t decided who will work the series finale Wednesday.

Right-hander Cal Quantrill, who has a team-best 12 victories, would remain on regular rest if he pitches against the Angels. Cleveland has a makeup game Thursday at home against the White Sox.

“If Cal had his druthers, he’d stay on his fifth day,” Francona said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: 2B David Fletcher (right hand bruise), who was hurt Saturday at Houston, was held out of the lineup for the second day in a row. Fletcher did fielding drills before the game and was available to pinch-hit.

Guardians: RHP Aaron Civale (right forearm inflammation) threw a bullpen session for pitching coach Carl Willis earlier in the day. Francona is unsure if Civale will require a rehab assignment before being activated.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Jose Suarez (6-6, 3.77 ERA) has won back-to-back starts and is 5-2 with a 1.76 ERA over his last seven outings. Suarez is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA in two career appearances against Cleveland.

Guardians: RHP Cody Morris (0-1, 3.00 ERA) makes his third appearance in the majors. Morris has totaled six innings in two starts, striking out five with three walks, since debuting Sept. 2 against Seattle.

Pirates slam three home runs to down Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Rodolfo Castro and Diego Castillo homered in a five-run fifth inning to power the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

Castro hit a three-run home run off Mike Minor in the fifth inning. His eighth of the season. Castillo, who was recalled from Indianapolis before the game, hit a two-run shot – his 11th – to cap the inning.

“Brian got us on the board early, then we got a couple balls that just got over the fence,” Pirates’ manager Derek Shelton said. “We had good at-bats all night.”

Castillo had to travel from Omaha and arrived about three hours before the game.

“It was a crazy day,” Castillo said. “I was working on hitting right handed pitchers. I’m the same player. I’m going to swing hard all the time. I hit a cutter in. I was just trying to hit the ball hard. I was ready in the moment.”

“`When he was here before he did a nice jobs against left handed pitching,” Shelton said. “There just weren’t enough at bats so we sent him. He came back up here against a left handed starter and did a really nice job.”

Aristides Aquino broke an 0-for-8 slide with his eighth home run with a man on to put the Reds on top. The line drive off Bryse Wilson was Aquino’s eighth of the season and fourth in his last eight games.

Brian Reynolds started the scoring with his 22nd home run off Minor in the first inning.

Minor (4-11) came into the start with wins in his last three starts. He has allowed 23 home runs in 95 innings this season. He finished giving up six runs and seven hits in five innings.

Wilson (3-8) left with the bases loaded in the sixth inning with a 6-3 lead. Former Reds draft pick Robert Stephenson, who was claimed off waivers from the Rockies, retired Nick Senzel on a line out to center. Wilson allowed three runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

“If there is one pitcher I want to get a hit off of it is Rob but I was happy with the at-bat,” said Senzel, who has spent a couple days making adjustments at the plate. “It is important for us to build momentum to the end of the season. We can knock some teams out of the race. It is important to come out and compete every day.”

The Pirates turned two double plays while he was on the mound. Wil Crowe pitched two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

“Six runs like that takes a lot of stress off the pitcher,” said Wilson, who pitched four innings in which the Reds’ leadoff batter reached base. “I was able to execute and command the ball really well. Sinkers were keeping it on the ground. I got a one double play on a two seamer, the other was slider. They are situations were i want to execute the pitch and get a ground ball.”

The Pirates won for the fourth time in the last 21 games at Great American Ball Park.

JUST LIKE HOME

Brian Reynolds has eight career home runs at Great American Ball Park with three this season.

ROOKIE POWER

When Alejo Lopez hit his first career home run on Sunday in Milwaukee, he became the seventh Reds player since July 12 to hit their first major league home run.

MAKING MOVES

Pirates: Recalled IF Diego Castillo from Triple-A Indianapolis. Optioned If Hoy Park to Indianapolis. Added RHP Luis Ortiz to the Taxi Squad. He will be the 29th man for the double header on Tuesday.

Reds: Placed RHP Justin Dunn on the Injured List. He is expected to be available Friday according to David Bell. Selected the contract of RHP Raynel Espinal from Triple A Louisville. Release OF Albert Almora Jr.

TRAINERS ROOM

Reds: RHP Connor Overton slated to make a rehab start on Tuesday at Louisville. RHP Graham Ashcraft is scheduled to make a rehab start on Wednesdat Double A Chattanooga. RHP Hunter Greene completed a rehab assignment Sunday. His next start will be with the big league team.

UP NEXT

The Pirates and Reds play a double header on Tuesday. RHP Luis Cessa (3-2 4,97) expected to start the first game for the Reds. Bell has not made a decision for the second game starter. RHP Johan Oviedo (2-2 3.90 and RHP Luis Ortiz (0-0 0.00) are scheduled to pitch for the Pirates.

Dodgers beat D-backs 6-0, clinch playoff spot (for real)

PHOENIX (AP) Leave the math to everyone else. The Los Angeles Dodgers know how to win baseball games.

Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer, Cody Bellinger added a two-run double and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-0 on Monday night behind Tyler Anderson, becoming the first major league team to clinch a playoff spot this season.

For real, this time.

The Dodgers thought they had secured a playoff berth Sunday after beating the Padres, celebrating with a postgame toast and distributing caps with the postseason logo on them. After further review, the math didn’t quite add up, and the Dodgers were just short.

So for the second straight day, the Dodgers celebrated a trip to the postseason.

“I don’t know if that’s ever been done,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said with a grin. “But it feels good.”

The Dodgers could make it three celebrations in three days on Tuesday, when a win would allow them to clinch the NL West. The Dodgers won their 97th game of the season Monday and are 54 games over .500.

Anderson (15-3) and Diamondbacks rookie Ryne Nelson engaged in an impressive pitching duel for the first six innings.

The Dodgers broke through against the D-backs’ bullpen in the seventh, loading the bases with no outs. Trayce Thompson snapped the scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly off Kevin Ginkel and then Bellinger pushed the Dodgers ahead 3-0 with a double into the right-center gap.

It was a good moment for Bellinger, who was the 2019 NL MVP but hasn’t come close to reaching that level of production since. He came into the game with a .200 batting average, 17 homers and 55 RBIs.

“Belly will be Belly, he’ll be fine,” Betts said. “He always finds ways. He competes. He plays a Gold Glove center field, which is huge. For some odd reason, he comes through in those clutch situations. We always know he’ll be there, be a fierce competitor and be ready when the lights turn on.”

Betts crushed a three-run shot to left in the ninth, giving the Dodgers a six-run cushion. It was his 34th homer of the season, a career high.

Anderson went seven innings, giving up five hits, walking two and striking out two.

“I didn’t think he had his best stuff, to be honest,” Roberts said. “But it just kind of shows his compete and his will. He made pitches when he needed to, got groundballs, fielded his position and got outs.”

Nelson threw six shutout innings in his second major league start, extending his scoreless streak to 13 innings since he was called up to the big leagues last week.

The 24-year-old threw seven shutout innings against the Padres in his debut on Sept. 5.

“He’s been fantastic,” Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said. “He fills up the strike zone, he’s got three pitches he can mix in and he does a great job of following the game plan.”

Nelson didn’t have much trouble with the Dodgers’ potent lineup, giving up just two hits and two walks while striking out six. He allowed a two-out triple to Trea Turner in the sixth and then intentionally walked Freddie Freeman, but retired Will Smith on a liner to center that ended the inning.

WEB GEMS

Betts made a nice play for the Dodgers while getting a rare start at second base.

Speedy D-backs outfielder Alex Thomas hit a grounder that deflected off Anderson’s glove, which made Betts readjust his path as he charged in to field the ball. Betts then flipped the ball with his glove hand to Freeman, beating Thomas by a split second.

Betts is usually the team’s right fielder but made his fifth start of the season at second, subbing for injured Gavin Lux. Betts came to the big leagues as an infielder before switching to the outfield.

Betts’ infield cameo isn’t expected to be a long-term arrangement, but he does give the Dodgers options.

“It makes me miss being in there,” Betts said of playing second. “But they pay me pretty good to be in right field, so I’ll go back out there.”

MAKING MOVES

Diamondbacks: Called up OF Jordan Luplow from Triple-A Reno. Designated INF Wilmer Difo for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: Roberts told reporters that INF Gavin Lux (neck) continues to improve, was doing “all baseball activities” and could be put on the active roster this weekend. … Tony Gonsolin (right forearm strain) threw a bullpen Sunday and Roberts said the All-Star right-hander came out feeling “OK.” Roberts is still confident Gonsolin can return to the rotation by the end of the season but acknowledged that time is running short.

UP NEXT

The teams play again on Tuesday. Arizona sends RHP Merrill Kelly (12-5, 2.94 ERA) to the mound against LHP Clayton Kershaw (7-3, 2.62).

Bichette late HR, Jays edge Rays in testy contender matchup

TORONTO (AP) Bo Bichette launched a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning after being hit by a high fastball in his previous at-bat, leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a testy, 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in a showdown between AL wild-card contenders Monday night.

Toronto tied idle Seattle atop the standings for the three wild-card spots. Tampa Bay is a half-game behind.

Bichette, chosen the AL Player of the Week before the game after batting .500 (16 for 32) with five home runs and 13 RBIs, connected off Jason Adam (2-3) for his 24th homer.

“I’m definitely focused,” Bichette said. “I think the time of the year helps. A lot of big games and we need all of them.”

Bichette went 2 for 3 and drove in all three Toronto runs.

“Bo thrives on competition and he thrives on being great, and I think he understands how well he’s going right now,” interim Blue Jays manager John Schneider said.

In the sixth, Bichette slammed his bat in anger after being hit near his right wrist by a 97 mph fastball from Rays reliever Javy Guerra. The ball ricocheted past Bichette’s face as he attempted to get out of the way.

“It just scared me,” Bichette said, joking that “I just saw my life flash before my eyes” as the ball sailed at his head.

After Bichette was hit, Toronto’s Jose Berrios hit Francisco Mejia with his second pitch of the seventh. While the umpires huddled before issuing warnings, Schneider and Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker were seen yelling back and forth with Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash and pitching coach Kyle Snyder.

“Nothing really,” Cash said of the exchange. “You’ve got two teams that are playing for a lot, competitive, and tensions can get high.”

Toronto’s Yimi Gacia was not ejected after he hit Randy Arozarena on the hand with a 2-0 pitch with two out in the eighth.

Tim Mayza (7-0) got one out for the win and Jordan Romano closed it out in the ninth for his 33rd save in 37 chances.

Tampa Bay has scored 14 total runs in its past five games, losing three straight for the first time since Aug. 9-12.

“We’ve got to start getting some things going offensively,” Cash said.

The Rays used three straight singles to open the scoring against Berrios in the second, with Jonathan Arranda’s one-out hit driving in David Peralta from second base.

Berrios allowed one earned run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.

“We’re looking for more of the same from Jose going forward,” Schneider said.

Making his first appearance with the Rays and the second of his big league career, right-hander Cooper Criswell retired the first nine batters he faced, striking out four, before running into trouble in the fourth.

George Springer led off with a walk, advanced on Vladimir Guerrero Jr’.s single and scored the tying run on Bichette’s single. Criswell left one out later, and JT Chargois came on and got Teoscar Hernandez to ground into a double play.

Tampa Bay reclaimed the lead in the sixth. Arozarena singled, broke for second on a ball four pitch to Peralta and advanced to third on an errant throw by catcher Danny Jansen, and scored on Manuel Margot’s grounder.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: SS Wander Franco (rest) was held out of the starting lineup but grounded out in a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth. Franco returned Friday after missing two months because of a wrist injury and played all three games of a weekend series against the Yankees.

ROSTER MOVES:

Rays: Tampa Bay put unvaccinated LHP Brooks Raley on the restricted list and optioned RHPs Calvin Faucher and Luis Patino to Triple-A Durham. The Rays added Cooper as a substitute player and selected RHPs Kevin Herget and Guerra from Triple-A. LHP Brendan McKay (elbow) was transferred from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day IL.

ONE-RUN RUN

Toronto is 29-17 in one-run games and has won its past seven one-run decisions

BAT TOSS

Guerrero lost his bat on a strike three swing in the first, sending it high into the air. The bat bounced off the protective netting above Toronto’s third base dugout and dropped into the camera bay where a team staffer caught it.

UP NEXT

Rays LHP Jeffrey Springs (7-4, 2.54 ERA) is expected to start the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Blue Jays RHP Alek Manoah (14-7, 2.42). Neither team has named a starter for Game 2 but Toronto is expected to add RHP Mitch White (1-6, 5.09 ERA) from Triple-A Buffalo to pitch the nightcap, possibly behind an opener.

Cubs hound Bassitt, beat NL East-leading Mets 5-2

NEW YORK (AP) Chris Bassitt had his shortest start in three months, failing to get through the fourth inning as the NL East-leading New York Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs 5-2 Monday night.

New York remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta, which lost 3-2 in San Francisco.

The Mets had won each of Bassitt’s last eight starts, a span in which he had a 2.24 ERA. But the right-hander gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings – his quickest exit since he lasted a season-low 3 1/3 innings against San Diego on July 8.

“He’s pitched at such a high level, it really catches your attention (when he doesn’t),” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “Chris has been such a rock for us all year and will be again.”

Rafael Ortega homered in the second – the first home run allowed by Bassitt (13-8) since he gave up Manny Machado’s round-tripper July 23, a stretch of 54 1/3 innings. Zach McKinstry hit a two-run shot in the third before Ortega and Alfonso Rivas each had an RBI single in the fourth.

“It’s a bad start,” Bassitt said. “Obviously, this entire game’s on me. It’s unfortunate. But I’ll work my butt off and go to the next one.”

A quartet of relievers blanked the Cubs on two hits over the final 5 1/3 innings. But the Mets stranded 10 runners – including seven over the first six innings against rookie right-hander Javier Assad (1-1), who allowed five hits in earning the first victory of his career.

Mark Canha struck out with the bases loaded in the first. James McCann delivered a two-out RBI single in the fourth, when Brandon Nimmo whiffed to leave two on. Eduardo Escobar tripled with two outs in the sixth but was left there when Assad struck out Tyler Naquin.

“This is a hostile environment here in New York and they’ve got a really good team,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “He had some innings there that things could have sped up on him.”

The Mets loaded the bases with none out but didn’t score in the eighth, when Showalter utilized Mychal Givens – who’d pitched the seventh and eighth – as a pinch-runner at first base for designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach. It was the first pinch-running appearance of Givens’ eight-year career.

But Manuel Rodriguez struck out Canha before giving way to Brandon Hughes, who retired Escobar and pinch-hitter Darin Ruf on flyouts.

“Thought our bullpen was really good after the fact, gave us a chance,” Showalter said. “Just couldn’t cash in a lot of opportunities we had. That was frustrating for us.”

Ruf is hitting .222 with six RBIs in 27 pinch-hit at-bats this season but is in a 1-for-33 slump dating to Aug. 18.

“It’s frustrating but it’s baseball,” Ruf said with a small smile. “It happens.”

Hughes gave up a two-out homer to Francisco Lindor in the ninth before retiring Jeff McNeil on a groundout for his fifth save.

“The guys played really hard, really well and did a nice job,” Ross said. “And Hughsie locked it down for us. Nice overall team win.”

Escobar, who also singled in the fourth, extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He’s batting .500 (18 for 36) during the run.

MAYGYVER

Mets right-handed reliever Trevor May was activated from the injured list after missing 10 days with COVID-19. May, wearing a mask in the locker room Monday afternoon, said he stayed loose by throwing baseballs against his couch – set on its side and covered in blankets – in his apartment.

“That works really, really well, so I highly recommend it if you ever had to do that,” May said. “You don’t need a net, you can just MacGyver. I was able to throw as hard as I could. I would have had to throw 160 (mph) to get through the couch.”

The IL stint was the second of the season for May, who missed three months with a triceps injury. He had a 3.86 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings over 10 appearances in between stays on the IL.

“Timing-wise, really, really frustrating,” May said of his COVID-19 battle. “Not been a lot of things falling my way this year, in general.”

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Before the first pitch, moments of silence were held for former big league pitcher Anthony Varvaro as well as the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Varvaro, a New York City native and St. John’s graduate who pitched for three teams from 2010-15 before retiring to become a Port Authority police officer, was killed in a car crash Sunday morning on his way to the 9/11 remembrance in Manhattan.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs: SS Nico Hoerner (triceps) didn’t play after exiting Sunday’s game in the sixth inning. Ross said Hoerner was a little sore but planned to take swings in the batting cage before the game. . Willson Contreras (left ankle) is eligible to come off the injured list Tuesday, but Ross said the All-Star catcher will likely return after Thursday’s off day.

Mets: In addition to activating May, the Mets activated INF Luis Guillorme (left groin), who missed the previous 26 games. To make room on the roster, New York placed RHP Bryce Montes de Oca (left hamstring) on the injured list and designated for assignment INF Devan Marrero.

UP NEXT

Cubs: RHP Adrian Sampson (1-5, 3.76 ERA) has one win in 14 starts this season despite allowing two runs or fewer nine times, including in each of his last three outings.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (5-1, 1.66 ERA) has retired at least 12 consecutive batters in each of his last six starts, the longest such streak in the last 40 years.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State Earn Weekly Football Honors

Following Week 2 contests, the Big Ten Conference Co-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
Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland
QB – Jr. – Ewa Beach, Hawaii – Thompson

  • Accounted for five total touchdowns and set the Terrapins’ single-game program record for completion percentage by connecting on 27 of 31 passing attempts in Maryland’s 56-21 win at Charlotte
  • Threw for 391 yards, tossed a career-high four touchdowns, and added a rushing touchdown for his ninth 300-yard career performance
  • Set a new program record with an 87 percent completion rate for a quarterback with at least 15 pass attempts in a game
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree earns his second career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Maryland Offensive Player of the Week: Taulia Tagovailoa (Nov. 2, 2020)

Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
WR – So. – Philadelphia, Pa. – St. Joseph’s Prep

  • Caught three touchdown passes in Ohio State’s 45-12 win over Arkansas State, becoming the second wide receiver in school history to catch three touchdown passes in multiple career games (Harrison also caught three in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2022)
  • Had a career-best seven receptions for 184 yards, averaging 26.3 yards per reception
  • Registered four receptions for 137 yards, with two touchdowns (both for 42 yards), in the first half, before adding a 30-yard catch for a score in the third
  • Earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week award
  • Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: C.J. Stroud (Nov. 22, 2021)

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

  • Caused three forced fumbles versus Akron, the most by a Spartan since Joe Bachie had three against Maryland in 2018, while helping Michigan State to its biggest shutout win (52-0) since 1957
  • Recorded 1.5 sacks (14 yards) and 2.5 tackles for loss (17 yards) in addition to a fumble recovery and five tackles overall
  • Windmon now has 5.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles in just two games this season
  • Earns the second Defensive Player of the Week accolade of his career and second in as many weeks
  • Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Jacoby Windmon (Sept. 5, 2022)


Special Teams Player of the Week
Lukas Van Ness, Iowa
DT – So. – Barrington, Ill. – Barrington

  • Blocked two Iowa State punts, tying a school record, in the Hawkeyes’ 10-7 loss
  • It is the sixth time a Hawkeye has had multiple blocks in a single game and Van Ness is the fifth Hawkeye to accomplish the feat
  • His first block of the game set up the Hawkeyes’ first touchdown, while the second blocked punt in the third quarter gave Iowa possession at the Iowa State 20
  • The Academic All-Big Ten honoree garners the first Special Teams Player of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Iowa Special Teams Player of the Week: Tory Taylor (Sept. 5, 2022)

 
Freshman of the Week
Nicholas Singleton, Penn State
RB – Shillington, Pa. – Governor Mifflin

  • Had a breakout performance with 10 carries for 179 yards, including 70- and 44-yard touchdowns and a 48-yard run in Penn State’s 46-10 victory against Ohio
  • Singleton’s first career touchdown was the longest run since Journey Brown’s 85-yard run versus Pitt in 2019, while his 179 yards are a school record for a Beaver Stadium debut
  • His 219 all-purpose yards (179 rushing, 40 kick return) are the most since wide receiver Jahan Dotson’s 254 (242 receiving, 12 punt return) at Maryland in 2021
  • Earns the first Freshman of the Week honor of his career
  • Last Penn State Freshman of the Week: Joey Porter (Dec. 7, 2020)

MAC FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week
Matt McDonald, Bowling Green, QB
Senior, Newport Beach, Calif.          
Threw a career-high five touchdowns, which is tied for third-most in the nation this season and are the most in the MAC. McDonald’s six total touchdowns were also a career high. McDonald helped Bowling Green overcome a 14-point deficit in the second half, taking a seven-point lead late. He led BG through seven overtimes, including throwing two touchdown passes and going 3-of-5 on 2-point plays starting in the third OT. McDonald also rushed for a touchdown and a game-high 64 yards.
 
MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
Khalib Johns, Kent State, LB
Grad, Lancaster, Calif.           
Johns recorded a pair of sacks of Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel on Saturday night. Both sacks helped to thwart Sooner drives. Johns was part of a defense that held Oklahoma to seven first-half rushing yards and was the first group-of-five team since 2013 to hold Oklahoma scoreless at home in the first quarter.
 
MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Josh Smith, Kent State, P      
Sophomore, Narre Warren, Victoria, Australia
Smith helped to flip the field at Oklahoma on Saturday night. Smith boomed six punts for an average of over 43 per kick with a long of 49. He dropped a pair inside the 20 as well on Saturday night.
 
MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week
Dequan Finn, Toledo, QB      
Sophomore, Detroit, Mich.
Sophomore quarterback Dequan Finn completed 12-of-26 passes for 177 yards and one TD in the victory over UMass. He also ran for a team-high 74 yards and a career-high tying two scores. His TD runs were 21 and 15 yards. He also had an 18-yard run on fourth-and-six that set up Toledo’s first touchdown.
 
MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week
Braden Fiske, Western Michigan, Defensive Line
R-Junior, Michigan City, Ind.
Braden Fiske helped make key tackles and forced and recovered the fumble that led to WMU’s first scoring drive in the 37-30 win over Ball State. He ended up with six total tackles, 0.5 for loss, one bass breakup and one quarterback hurry. Fiske stepped up his play in the second half of the win, helping hold the Cardinals to just 187 total yards offense in the final two quarters.
 
MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week
Nick Mihalic, Western Michigan, Punter     
Graduate, Skokie, Ill. 
Mihalic helped the Broncos win the field position battle in their victory over the Cardinals. He had five total punts and averaged 42.0 yards per punt. He had one punt over 50 yards and one that landed inside the 20. Mihalic also had six kickoffs with one touchback and an average of 63.6 yards per kickoff.

2022-2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball: Top-60 teams preseason rankings, No. 1-30

(SB NATION)

1. North Carolina

1 – RJ Davis, Seth Trimble
2 – Caleb Love, Dontrez Styles, D’Marco Dunn
3 – Leaky Black, Puff Johnson, Tyler Nickel
4 – Pete Nance, Jalen Washington
5 – Armando Bacot, Justin McKoy, Will Shaver

The Tar Heels went to the championship game last season and return almost their entire lineup. Nance and Washington will actually be an upgrade over Brady Manek at the forward, I predict, and if this group stays healthy, North Carolina should be the favorite to win the ACC and the national title. The potential weakness is three-point shooting. Nance will have to maintain his efficiency and dramatically increase his volume from long range, and Washington will have to come in and shoot well from deep right away because none of the other returners were “great” shooters last season — Davis and Love were both good, however, and if they take another step on that front then this team appears pretty complete.

2. Houston

1 – Jamal Shead, Mylik Wilson, Emanuel Sharp
2 – Marcus Sasser, Terrence Arcenaux
3 – Tramon Mark, Ramon Walker Jr.
4 – Jarace Walker, Ja’Vier Francis, Kiyron Powell
5 – J’Wan Roberts, Reggie Chaney

If Houston can stay healthy, it has everything needed to win a title. The Cougars defend superbly, return a ton of veteran talents in the front-court and back-court, and add in a five-star recruit in Jarace Walker, who will have the luxury of picking and choosing his moments. Shead, Sasser and Mark should pour in close to 40 points per game, and Walker, Arcenaux and Wilson should provide a ton of scoring punch against certain matchups. Lock to win the American Athletic Conference, and a potential Final Four team.

3. Duke

1 – Jeremy Roach, Tyrese Proctor, Jaylen Blakes
2 – Dariq Whitehead, Jaden Schutt
3 – Mark Mitchell, Jacob Grandison
4 – Kyle Filipowski
5 – Derek Lively, Ryan Young, Christian Reeves

Another year, another Duke team with overwhelming future NBA talent. Lively, Filipowski, Mitchell, Whitehead, Proctor and Schutt could all eventually play in the NBA. Whitehead and Lively are the presumptive lottery players, and both are great prospects — Lively is huge and a great defender, and Whitehead is a tough shot creator and maker with great positional size. Mitchell will have a ton of defensive responsibility on the wing, while Schutt (whose game I love — evokes Tyler Herro) and Grandison will have a lot of shots on the weak-side of plays.

Young is an ideal third big — a steady scorer to pace bench units and a veteran. Proctor is the mystery man with tons of potential. If he is all that he’s hyped to be, then Duke may become the favorite by mid-season. Finally, Roach should be a solid steadying presence at the point; he is not really a scorer, but he can really defend and will not mind being more of a facilitator (despite that role being somewhat ill-suited to a player who only averaged three assists per game last season).

4. Gonzaga

1 – Rasir Bolton, Dominik Harris
2 – Malachi Smith, Nolan Hickman
3 – Julian Strawther, Hunter Sallis, Marytnas Arlauskas
4 – Anton Watson, Kaden Perry, Braden Huff
5 – Drew Timme, Efton Reed

With Chet Holmgren and Andrew Nembhard gone, Gonzaga will rely even more heavily on Timme, Watson and Strawther. Smith (the transfer from Chattanooga, who is a very good scorer), Bolton, Harris, Hickman and Sallis should form a great back-court, but how exactly that group shakes out remains unclear to me at this point. Maybe Hickman, Harris or Smith take the reins at point guard from Bolton, pushing him off-ball, but, right now, none of them are natural creators. Does this team have enough shooting? I’m guessing the Bulldogs do, if Smith, Bolton and Strawther can all hit, but that is about it. Huff may work his way into the rotation (passing Perry or Reed) if he can consistently defend and hit three-pointers. Still a lock to win the West Coast Conference, and a great bet to make a deep run.

5. Baylor

1 – Keyonte George, Dantwan Grimes
2 – LJ Cryer, Dale Bonner
3 – Adam Flagler, Langston Love
4 – Jalen Bridges, Caleb Lohner, Jordan Turner
5 – Flo Thamba, Jonathan Tchamwa-Tchatchoua, Zach Loveday, Josh Ojianwuna

While Baylor loses a ton from last season, and will have to wait for Tchamwa-Tchatchoua to fully recover from his knee injury (he may not be fully back until February), this team still has enough to vie for the Big 12 title and to make a deep run in March. The key here is George, who should be a top-five pick in next summer’s NBA Draft, and has the scoring, off-the-dribble-jump-shooting and the killer instinct to lead this team in every game. Fortunately for head coach Scott Drew, Cryer, Flagler, Bridges and Love should form a terrific perimeter group around George. When the front-court is fully healthy, this team will be fully loaded.

6. Kentucky

1 – Sahvir Wheeler
2 – Cason Wallace, C.J. Fredrick
3 – Chris Livingston, Antonio Reeves, Adou Thiero
4 – Daimion Collins, Jacob Toppin
5 – Oscar Tshiebwe, Lance Ware

Calipari has a team that should win the SEC and make a deep run in March. Wheeler, Tshiebwe and Fredrick are a great trio of veterans, while Wallace and Livingston are a perfect pair of complementary high-caliber freshmen. Wallace, in particular, is a two-way menace and should end up as Kentucky’s most important player. Livingston’s fit is a bit curious given his paint-oriented game — in any ordinary season, this would not be an issue, but…then there’s Tshiebwe. The big man should be an All-American on both ends of the season’s voting, and will, yet again, prove to be one of the more dominant rebounders and physical forces in college basketball since Tyler Hansbrough.

Collins and Thiero are the X-factors for the Wildcats. Collins was poor last season, but appears to have improved a TON this off-season. This roster will need Fredrick, Reeves, Wheeler and Wallace to all hit consistently from three-point range; if there is a potential flaw that could crop up for this team, then it would have to be shooting — still, this is the SEC favorite.

7. Kansas

1 – Dajuan Harris, Bobby Pettiford, Joseph Yesufu
2 – Kevin McCullar, Kyle Cuffe Jr.
3 – Gradey Dick, Marquise Rice
4 – Jalen Wilson, KJ Adams
5 – Ernest Udeh, Zach Clemence, Zuby Ejiofor

This Kansas team should be terrific. Despite losing so much talent from the Jayhawks’ NCAA title-winning season last year, all of the pieces fit perfectly here. Harris reprises his role as the defense-first-second-and-third point guard, McCullar (Texas Tech transfer) should fit perfectly as a defender, capable scorer and good passer, Dick and Udeh will be superb in their roles as a heady, sweet-shooting small forward and defensive-minded big man, respectively, and Wilson gets to play the role of steady veteran who paces the team through scoring lulls. This team will go as far as the bench guys, however, so Self has got to figure out which of these guys he trusts, as soon as possible. My bets are on Adams, Clemence and Rice. If Baylor falters, Kansas will be there to take home the Big 12 title.

8. UCLA

1 – Tyger Campbell, Dylan Andrews
2 – Amari Bailey, David Singleton
3 – Jaylen Clark, Will McClendon
4 – Jaime Jaquez, Abramo Canka
5 – Mac Etienne, Adem Bona, Kenneth Nwuba

If this team wins the Pac-12, then it will likely be thanks to the veteran savvy and scoring acumen of Campbell, Singleton, Clark and Jaquez. If the Bruins get to a Final Four or beyond, it will be because Bailey, Bona and Etienne take off. Those three have a ton of NBA potential — Bailey, particularly, is a terrific athlete with positional size and a terrific handle. The two bigs are guys I like, but am not certain will have good enough seasons to really take on some of the front-courts ahead of them late in March — we will see once the season gets going. Singleton, Clark and McClendon pack a major scoring punch so the droughts that hurt the Bruins last season, at times, should lessen. This team should comfortably win the Pac-12.

9. Creighton

1 – Ryan Nembhard, Shereef Mitchell, Ben Shtolzberg
2 – Trey Alexander, Francisco Farabello, John Chrisofilis
3 – Baylor Scheierman, Rati Adronikashvili
4 – Arthur Kaluma, Mason Miller, Jasen Green
5 – Ryan Kalkbrenner, Fredrick King

Creighton finished last season at No. 50 in Kenpom’s ratings, so why are the Bluejays so high in my preseason rankings (despite they’re returning most of their team)? They only lost to Kansas, the national champions, by seven points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament despite missing their starting point guard (Nembhard) and their starting center (Kalkbrenner), both of whom were crucial players for Creighton last season. With those two back in the fold, Kaluma back (possibly Creighton’s best player and a high-level athlete), as well as last year’s key bench guard in Alexander slotting into a starting role, this team returns a ton of quality. Add in the sharp-shooting Scheierman, Miller the marksman and Farabello — a solid fourth guard — and this team should have all of the ingredients to take the Big East crown, and possibly more, in March.

10. Arkansas

1 – Anthony Black, Davonte Davis, Derrian Ford
2 – Nick Smith, Joseph Pinion
3 – Trevon Brazile, Ricky Council IV, Barry Dunning
4 – Jordan Walsh, Jalen Graham, Kamani Johnson
5 – Makhi Mitchell, Makhel Mitchell

Arkansas will have one of the more fun and exciting teams in the nation next year, with the only real question mark being the major gamble being placed on the Mitchell twins (who have bounced around more times than a pin-ball). Both are big kids with talent, but both are…mercurial, shall we say? The story of this team, however, is Black, Smith and Walsh — all three will be one-and-done NBA players, and all three will likely go in the first round. Davis should be a solid contributor off the bench, but Brazile and Council (two guys who may play their way onto NBA radars this season) should complete possibly the most dynamic set of wing-forwards in the nation. Graham (Arizona State transfer) and the returning Johnson (a beast of rebounder) cement the front-court. Appointment viewing, and a strong contender for a Final Four in my view.

11. Tennessee

1 – Zakai Ziegler, BJ Edwards
2 – Santiago Vescovi, DJ Jefferson
3 – Josiah-Jordan James, Jahmai Mashack
4 – Julian Phillips, Olivier Nkamhoua
5 – Uros Plavsic, Jonas Aidoo

Similar to Kansas — if Kentucky falters in the SEC (and the Wildcats very well might), then Tennessee and Arkansas will be right there to pick up the scraps — though Arkansas has a dramatically higher ceiling. Ziegler is a lightning-quick “problem,” Vescovi, James, Nkamhoua and Plavsic are great vets that will give the team backbone, and Phillips is the ceiling-raising freshman who should end up in the first round of the NBA Draft. Back-court depth is the concern here.

12. San Diego State

1 – Lamont Butler, Darrion Trammell
2 – Adam Seiko, Myles Byrd
3 – Matt Bradley, Micah Parrish
4 – Keshad Johnson, Aguek Arop, Elijah Saunders
5 – Nathan Mensah, Jaedon Ledee, Demarshay Johnson Jr.

The only reason I do not have the Aztecs higher is because they return basically their entire team — which is great because SDSU finished No. 25 in Kenpom’s ratings last season, and had the second-best defense in the entire nation, but less good because the Aztecs also had the No. 167-rated offensive efficiency in the nation, according to Kenpom. This team should remain elite defensively, and will continue to rely on Bradley to dominate the offense. The big key is whether Butler and Seiko can dramatically increase the volume of their three-point shooting (both had solid percentages). If this team can find more perimeter shot-making, then an entirely new horizon opens up for this squad comprised of six seniors, four juniors, and a couple of young guys. Mountain West Conference co-favorite.

13. Texas

1 – Tyrese Hunter, Rowan Brumbaugh
2 – Marcus Carr, Arterio Morris, Avery Benson
3 – Timmy Allen, Sir’Jabari Rice
4 – Dillon Mitchell, Brock Cunningham, Alex Anamekwe
5 – Christian Bishop, Dylan Disu

Texas returns its core from last season’s strong team, and adds in a few talented newcomers in the transfer, Hunter, and the freshmen — Mitchell, Morris and Brumbaugh. But the sticking point remains Chris Beard’s refusal to play a faster pace. Despite the Longhorns’ terrific efficiency on both ends, Texas allows teams to hang around by limiting possessions in games, and when it needs to make a comeback (like in Texas’ second round loss to Purdue in the tournament), often finds itself ill-equipped to change pace (despite the fit of the team’s personnel to a faster tempo).

This is all on Beard. He has to let go of the reins a bit to play more open at times. In terms of personnel, Hunter and Carr are volume scorers who both want the ball in their hands, and Morris is a similar-style player as well. Allen and Mitchell should get more possessions than I fear they will, and Beard never really used Bishop to the extent that he should have last season. Texas should finish in the top-four of the Big 12, but this is a group that could fade if the lead-guards play selfishly.

14. Indiana

1 – Xavier Johnson, Jalen Hood-Schifino
2 – Tamar Bates, Trey Galloway, Anthony Leal
3 – Miller Kopp, Malik Reneau, CJ Gunn
4 – Race Thompson, Jordan Geronimo
5 – Trayce Jackson-Davis, Logan Duncomb

Indiana returns almost everyone from last season, and adds two highly-rated freshmen additions in Reneau and Hood-Schifino. This is good: Indiana has lots of continuity and experience. This is also bad: Indiana finished at No. 48 in Kenpom’s ratings last season, and the offensive identity of the team remains almost entirely unchanged. Jackson-Davis remains an NBA player, and will be a front-runner for Big Ten Player of the Year, while Thompson, Geronimo, Kopp, Bates, Galloway and Johnson remain who they always have been, which is part of the problem.

The Hoosiers took almost no three-point shots last year (No. 321 in the nation in three-point attempt rate), and did not hit them when they did (No. 200 in three-point percentage). IU also lost the team’s best-percentage and highest-volume three-point shooter (Parker Stewart), and will rely on Johnson and Kopp to dramatically increase their three-point volume, while maintaining their percentages, and Hood-Schifino to hit a ton of threes as well. This is a recipe for frustration. Big Ten favorite, but don’t be surprised by a fade here.

15. Auburn

1 – Wendell Green, Tre Donaldson
2 – K.D. Johnson, Zep Jasper
3 – Allen Flanigan, Chance Westry, Chris Moore
4 – Yohan Traore, Jaylin Williams
5 – Johni Broome, Dylan Cardwell, Babatunde Akingbola

Yes, Jabari Smith and Walker Kessler departed for the NBA. Yes, Green, Johnson and Jasper occasionally shot Auburn out of games last season or were simply too undisciplined to capitalize on the rest of Auburn’s talent. But this season will be different. Broome, Traore and Jaylin Williams (with Cardwell as the fourth big) should form a nice front-court trio: Broome is a paint-scorer with touch and footwork, Traore is a solid freshman stretch-forward who has taken rapid strides in the last few years toward five-star status, and Williams as the mobile forward. The keys to this team may just be Flanigan (now a full year-and-a-half removed from his Achilles injury) and Westry, a savvy and versatile freshman wing — both have been good on Auburn’s European trip this summer. If this team can hit enough shots and defend well in the front-court, then it may outplay this ranking.

16. TCU

1 – Mike Miles, Shahada Wells, PJ Haggerty
2 – Damian Baugh, Rondell Walker
3 – Charles O’Bannon, Micah Peavy, Tyler Lundblade
4 – Emmanuel Miller, JaKobe Coles
5 – Eddie Lampkin, Xavier Cork, Souleymane Doumbia

TCU returns everyone (except for Francisco Farabello, who transferred to Creighton), and added in a few peripheral pieces. Head coach Jamie Dixon (who Pittsburgh has never recovered from firing) will be looking to his stars — Miles and O’Bannon — to lead the progression of a team that defends (No. 15 in Kenpom’s ratings) and crashes the glass (No. 1 in offensive rebounding rate) as the Horned Frogs seek to improve on their final rating of No. 26 and an overtime loss to Creighton in last season’s NCAA Tournament. If Baylor, Kansas and Texas should finish in the top-three of the Big 12, then TCU should lock up the fourth spot.

17. Alabama

1 – Mark Sears, Jahvon Quinerly
2 – Jaden Bradley, Nimari Burnett, Rylan Griffen
3 – Brandon Miller, Dominik Welch
4 – Noah Gurley, Darius Miles
5 – Charles Bediako, Nick Pringle, Noah Clowney

This Alabama team could go one of two directions: if Sears, Bradley, Miller, Burnett and Quinerly all come together, mesh and share the ball, and play as a unit, then this team should ride its collective talent to a great season. But if that group fractures (particularly Quinerly, Bradley and Burnett, who are all recovering from knee injuries, all want the ball and all want to prove they’re NBA prospects), then the solid and steady front-court will have no way to capitalize on the team’s foundation. Second-tier SEC team, for now.

18. Arizona

1 – Kerr Kriisa, Kylan Boswell
2 – Courtney Ramey, Adama Bal, Shane Nowell
3 – Pelle Larsson, Cedric Henderson Jr.
4 – Ažuolas Tubelis, Henri Veesaar, Filip Borovicanin, Tautvilas Tubelis
5 – Oumar Ballo, Dylan Anderson

I don’t love this Arizona team, but it has a lot going for it: Kriisa, Larson, Tubelis and Ballo all return to comfortable roles (with bigger responsibilities for each), and Ramey (the Texas transfer) should fit perfectly in the back-court. The keys for the team will be the other newcomers: Veesar, the mysterious Estonian big man with a sweet stroke, Henderson, the transfer from Campbell who is expected to provide key veteran minutes on the wing, and Boswell, the five-star freshman who will likely play the sixth-man role to perfection. If all three “hit,” then UCLA will find itself in a dog-fight for the Pac-12 title, and the Wildcats may play into April.

19. Villanova

1 – Mark Armstrong, Jordan Longino, Angelo Brizzi
2 – Caleb Daniels, Chris Arcidiacono
3 – Brandon Slater, Brenden Hausen
4 – Cam Whitmore
5 – Eric Dixon, Trey Patterson, Nnanna Njoku

Villanova would be higher for me if Wright was still at the helm, and if Justin Moore had not torn his Achilles in Villanova’s penultimate game of the season last year. With Moore on the shelf, Villanova will rely on a new coach, Kyle Neptune, to get something out of a cadre of unproven guards (Armstrong, Longino, Arcidiacono and Brizzi), and to somehow keep Daniels, Slater and, the freshman and future lottery pick, Whitmore, on the court for 40 minutes every game. Dixon and Patterson have to take huge steps forward, and if they do, then this team may have enough to challenge Creighton for the league title. I just don’t see Villanova making a deep March run with a freshman point guard, even if Armstrong is a quality player.

20. Illinois

1 – Skyy Clark, Jayden Epps
2 – Terrence Shannon, Ramses Melendez, Sencire Harris
3 – Luke Goode, Ty Rodgers
4 – Matthew Mayer, Zacharie Perrin
5 – Coleman Hawkins, Dain Dainja, Brandon Lieb

I want to have Illinois in the top-15 like some others do, but I am just skeptical that it will all come-together for the Illini. Hawkins is the only high-minute returner, and this team will rely on two freshman lead-guards (both with NBA aspirations) to feed veteran wings with their own NBA resumes to burnish. This team will also run the risk of playing some really offense-defense lineups with only Shannon being the best option at his position and a two-way player. Every other spot will likely have to choose offense or defense (unless Clark can really defend much-older point guards as a freshman); that and the lack of continuity are a recipe for disaster.

But I think it can work: Shannon has to play like an NBA player, Mayer has to hit shots like he did two years ago at Baylor, Goode has to defend well enough to stay on the court to hit shots, and intriguing freshmen Rodgers and Perrin have to contribute right away. Most of all, Clark and Epps have to find a real rhythm and cohesion with all of these new faces in what could become a transactional and mediocre season if this group cannot mesh and find a way to build trust. Big Ten chase-group, for now.

21. Michigan State

1 – AJ Hoggard, Tre Holloman
2 – Tyson Walker, Jaden Akins, Keon Coleman
3 – Malik Hall, Pierre Brooks II
4 – Joey Hauser, Jason Whitens
5 – Jaxon Kohler, Mady Sissoko, Carson Cooper

“Why is Michigan State ranked ahead of other Big Ten teams?!” Simple: terrific guard play, plenty of returning minutes and points, and more minutes, possessions and shots for players who were highly efficient in roles they were clearly capable of expanding. Hoggard should be an all-league player, Hall, Walker Hauser and Akins may be as well, and if Michigan State can sort out the center position, then this team should be really good. Starting three seniors and at least one junior makes this team plenty experienced, and I am confident that the Kohler-Sissoko-Cooper-Hauser group (if Cooper doesn’t redshirt) will be more than capable of holding their own at the center — that is all that group needs to do. Because the back-court and forward-group should be scintillating.

This team will defend well on the perimeter, and should be one of the best passing teams in the country. Holloman, Walker, Akins, Hall, Brooks, Hauser and Kohler should all rain three-pointers on teams, and if the center gets sorted out on defense and on the glass, if Hoggard takes another step forward, and if Holloman, Akins, Brooks and Sissoko step into the spotlight, then this team could win the Big Ten, or a part of it — the ceiling is easily as high as Indiana’s and Illinois’. Big Ten chase-group, for now.

22. Texas A&M

1 – Wade Taylor, KK Robinson, Jordan Williams
2 – Tyrece Radford, Andre Gordon, Erik Pratt
3 – Manny Obaseki, Dexter Dennis, Solomon Washington
4 – Henry Coleman, Hayden Hefner, Andersson Garcia
5 – Julius Marble, Ethan Henderson, Javonte Brown

The Aggies lost the NIT final after a real nadir in mid-season (when they lost a staggering eight games in a row), and return most of the key players from a team that ended up at No. 33 in Kenpom’s final ratings (with the No. 30 defense, and No. 66 offense). While Texas A&M currently has 16 players listed on various sites’ rosters (no official roster has been released), I have constructed the depth chart as I am guessing it will shake out. Taylor, Radford, Obaseki, Coleman, Henderson, Hefner, Gordon and Brown all return, and Buzz Williams has added in high-level transfers Marble (from MSU), Robinson and Dennis.

23. Purdue

1 – David Jenkins Jr., Braden Smith
2 – Brandon Newman, Fletcher Loyer
3 – Ethan Morton, Brian Waddell, Camden Heide
4 – Mason Gillis, Trey Kaufman
5 – Zach Edey, Caleb Furst, William Berg

Edey is the toughest individual matchup in the entire nation. He will likely be an All-American and totally dominant. But somehow, Painter has contrived to have a solid team without an actual point guard other than three-star freshman Braden Smith. As crazy as it may seem, this is the reality. Jenkins will, presumably, get the first shot at those minutes, but the much-traveled, under-sized shooting-guard basically tanked Utah’s last season because he was the only “point-guard” on the Utes’ roster, and was pigeon-holed into a role he just doesn’t fit: he just…is not a point guard. He is a great shooter and scorer, but he has a career assist rate of nine percent, which is, for comparison’s sake, a shade higher than Max Christie’s mark last season (Jenkins is really a shooting-guard).

That MAJOR problem aside, this team has size, brawn and plenty of moxie. Does it have enough shooting? Gillis, Furst and Morton will have to maintain their efficiency while dramatically increasing their volume for that answer to be “yes” (Loyer should help with this, as well as the aforementioned Jenkins). Edey may be enough on his own to win most games. Big Ten chase-group, for now.

24. Texas Tech

1 – De’Vion Harmon, Richard Isaacs
2 – Kerwin Walton, Clarence Nadolny, Lamar Washington
3 – Elijah Fisher, Jaylon Tyson, D’maurian Williams
4 – Kevin Obanor, Robert Jennings, KJ Allen
5 – Fardaws Aimaq, Daniel Batcho

I cannot shake my skepticism of Harmon, Walton and Fisher as a trio that will be relied upon to carry the load on both ends for Mark Adams. Fisher, the outstanding Canadian freshman, is the best of the three, but because he will rely on the not-always-effective-as-a-point-guard Harmon to get him the ball, he will likely ebb and flow. Adams produces good teams, however, and refuses to rely too much on any one or two players (hence why talented players keep transferring — Adams’ always-deep rotation does not afford any player big minutes), and did not seem to mind working with a cobbled-together group last season.

The fact remains, however, that this team only returns about 16 points per game, and needs Harmon and Walton (two only moderately efficient transfers who could not lock down starring roles at Oregon and North Carolina, respectively) to produce a ton in the back-court, while Aimaq must also produce instantly at the center position. It will work, but I don’t see it working as well as it often does at Texas Tech this season. Second-tier Big 12 team.

25. USC

1 – Boogie Ellis, Malik Thomas
2 – Reese Dixon-Waters, Kobe Johnson, Oziyah Sellers
3 – Drew Peterson, Tre White
4 – Kijani Wright, Harrison Hornery
5 – Vincent Iwuchukwu, Joshua Morgan

With Ellis, Dixon-Waters, Peterson and Morgan all returning, this team has the veteran core to match its star-studded freshman class. The headliners are Wright and Iwuchukwu — two five-star bigs that should be fun to watch — but White is just as important because he has a level of athleticism that none of the other wings can boast. I do not think this team challenges for a league title, but I could see a second-weekend run in the tournament: this team has shooting (in Ellis, Dixon-Waters and Peterson), size and length (Peterson, Wright, Iwuchukwu and Morgan), and it has a veteran lead-guard in Ellis (even if he is not much of a creator).

26. Oregon

1 – Keeshawn Barthelemy, Brennan Rigsby
2 – Will Richardson, Jermaine Couisinard, Tyrone Williams
3 – Quincy Guerrier, Rivaldo Soares, Ethan Butler
4 – Kel’el Ware, Lok Wur
5 – N’Faly Dante, Nathan Bittle

After completely collapsing last season, Oregon appears primed to surge back into competent territory. Barthelemy and Couisinard were brought in from Colorado and South Carolina, respectively, to sort out the point guard position, and with Richardson and Guerrier returning, the wings should be solid. Ware, Dante and Bittle form the tallest and longest front-court in the nation (all of them at or near 7-feet-tall, and all with plus-wingspans). If those bigs and Dana Altman can figure out how to defend (expect a LOT of 2-3 zone; maybe some 3-2 match-up zone), then this team should be competitive in every game.

27. Miami (FL.)

1 – Nijel Pack, Bensley Joseph
2 – Isaiah Wong, Harlond Beverly
3 – Jordan Miller, Wooga Poplar, Christian Watson
4 – Norchad Omier, AJ Casey, Danilo Jovanovich
5 – Anthony Walker, Favour Aire

This team should be a lot of fun — Pack and Wong will form one of the better guard-tandems in the nation, and Joseph, Beverly and Miller should round out the back-court nicely. The question is the front-court. Omier is a high-level defender, Casey is a highly-rated freshman, as is Aire, but Walker is the only returner to this group, and he was only a bit-part player last season. This team will be small, but dynamic. I do not think the Hurricanes can get much higher than this unless they get some favorable matchups in the tournament. Second-tier ACC team.

28. Wyoming

1 – Ethan Anderson, Noah Reynolds
2 – Hunter Maldonado, Xavier DuSell, Kenny Foster
3 – Brendan Wenzel, Jake Kyman
4 – Jeremiah Oden, Max Agbonkpolo
5 – Graham Ike, Hunter Thompson

A very solid Wyoming team from last season (Maldonado was a star, the Cowboys lost a tight one to Indiana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and they return seven players) adds in two USC transfers in Anderson and Agbokpolo, and the UCLA transfer Kyman, in an effort to bolster the talent-level and size of a team that just was a bit too small and that relied too much on Maldonado. This team could easily rise into the top-20 if everything works well. But there is a reason these three transferred from their respective schools — none of them have had star-turns in three years in the Pac-12 — and Wyoming will need the lower-level, increased confidence and productive supporting cast to boost the production and efficiency of all three for these additions to pay off when it matters: in March. Mountain West Conference co-favorites with San Diego State.

29. Virginia

1 – Kihei Clark
2 – Reece Beekman, Taine Murray, Isaac McKneely
3 – Armaan Franklin, Ben Vander Plas, Leon Bond III
4 – Jayden Gardner, Isaac Traudt, Ryan Dunn
5 – Francisco Caffaro, Kadin Shedrick

This is almost certainly too high for this Viginia team, but I like the talent level on UVA more than I have the last couple of years. Clark, Beekman, Franklin and Traudt are talents. Gardner, Caffaro, Shedrick and Vander Plas should do good work in the front-court, but the team may hinge on what it can get out of Murray and McKneely — two reserve shooting guards who will have to hit at a high rate due to Tony Bennett’s insistence on playing at a snail’s pace and keeping lesser teams in games by limiting possessions. Second-tier ACC team.

30. Virginia Tech

1 – Sean Pedulla, Rodney Rice
2 – Hunter Cattoor, MJ Collins
3 – Darrius Maddox, Darren Buchanan
4 – Justyn Mutts, Mylyljael Poteat, John Camden
5 – Grant Basile, Lynn Kidd, Patrick Wessler

Pedulla, Cattoor and Maddox can all shoot the leather off the ball, and each will probably take about 200 three-point shots next season. Mutts is a great forward, and Basile and Poteat should do well enough at solidifying the paint and the glass. Rice and Collins need to contribute right away, and if they do, then this squad will shock some teams in the ACC. That being said, the Hokies play too slow a pace, lack athletes and simply do not have enough proven size to be a national threat. Second-tier ACC team.

Conference standings predictions:

Big Ten: Indiana, Illinois, Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio State, Rutgers, the rest in some order (six to eight teams in the tourney; eight in the top-60)

Big 12: Baylor, Kansas, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, OSU, Oklahoma, Iowa State, the rest in some order (six to seven teams in the tourney; eight in the top-60)

ACC: UNC, Duke, Miami, UVA, Va. Tech, FSU, Notre Dame, Syracuse, NC State, the rest in some order (seven to eight teams in the tourney; nine in the top-60)

SEC: Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, (six to seven teams in the tourney; seven in the top-60)

Pac-12: UCLA, Arizona, USC, Oregon, Arizona State, Stanford the rest in some order (four to five teams in the tourney; six in the top-60)

Big East: Creighton, Villanova, Xavier, UConn, Seton Hall, Providence, the rest in some order (four to six teams in tourney; six in the top-60)

Others notables: Houston, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Wyoming, Dayton, Memphis, Saint Louis, UAB, Cincinnati, Saint Mary’s, Tulane, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico, VCU, Furman, Loyola Chicago

HCAC 2022 Football Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Josh Taylor (Mt. Orab, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Quarterback | Junior – Taylor had an outstanding week in a big road win, a 43-37 victory over Alfred University. The junior had an outstanding five touchdown throws. Taylor went 20-for-31, netting 305-yards and also picked up 52-yards on the ground.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Winston Amankwah (Columbus, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Back | Senior – Amankwah snagged two interceptions and had two pass breakups – to go along with three tackles – in Rose-Hulman’s narrow 24-23 loss to Trine on Saturday.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Kyle Farsing (Harrison, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Kicker/Punter | Senior – Farsing helped lead the Lions to a 43-37 win over Alfred University on the road. The senior went 2-for-2 on field goals (from 34 and 37-yards.) 5-for-5 on PATs and had eight kickoffs for 430-yards, averaging 53.8 yards per boot.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Cayden Sotelo (Charlottesville, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Back | Sophomore – Sotelo led the Ravens with 12 tackles and two pass breakups during Saturday’s contest against DePauw.
  • Grant Ripperda (Sherman, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Running Back | Junior – Ripperda rushed for 68-yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries to lead the Rose-Hulman ground attack in a narrow 24-23 loss to Trine.
  • Andrew Toler (Bidwell, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Punter | Junior – Toler booted seven punts for a 44.0 yard average, with a long of 55-yards. Two of his kicks surpassed 50-yards with just one touchback.

HCAC 2022 Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Noah Black (Mississinewa, Ind.) Manchester University | Defense | Junior – In the first two of three outings for the Spartans this week Black went 100 percent with three SOG for three goals scoring MUs single goal against Grace Christian (L 1-2) and both in the 2-2 tie with Wittenberg. Black also recorded 265 minutes on the pitch in the three contests. MU-MSOC ended the week 1-1-1.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
John Biederstedt (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goal Keeper | Sophomore – Biederstedt helped Rose-Hulman defeat Wabash 1-0 and draw nationally renowned North Central 1-1 with a strong week in goal. Biederstedt recorded seven saves in the shutout of Wabash and added five saves in the draw against North Central.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Drew Vaughn (Beavercreek, Ohio) Anderson University | Defense | Junior – Vaughn delivered a 40-yard goal to tie the match with DePauw at 2-2 during Monday’s 2-2 draw.
  • Dalton Taynor (Troy, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – Taynor powered the Beavers to a 1-0-1 mark on the week with a tie against Olivet followed up by a 2-0 shutout at Heidelberg. He tallied three points with a goal and assist on Wednesday before netting his second goal of the week on Sunday afternoon, giving the senior four goals through Bluffton’s first three matches. He finished the week with two goals and one assist.
  • Chase Stiner (St. Joseph, Ill.) Defiance College | Midfield | Senior – Stiner scored both goals for Defiance in a 3-2 loss to Mount Union and assisted on one goal for Defiance in their 2-2 tie at Wilmington.
  • Dizdar Omar (Bardstown, Ky.) Hanover College | Forward | First-Year – Dizdar led the No. 18 ranked Panthers to a 1-0-1 week as they fell to No. 9 ranked Calvin 2-1. Dizdar added the lone goal of the week while firing off two shots both of which landed on frame.
  • Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goal Keeper | Junior – Salemi led the No. 18 ranked Panther defensive effort as they posted a 1-0-1 record falling to No. 9 ranked Calvin and tying Hope. In the contest with Calvin, he charted four saves on six shots faced. Against Hope, he recorded a clean sheet with four stops.
  • Tatenda Mafa (St. Catherines, Ontario) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Mafa scored the lone goal in Rose-Hulman’s 1-0 win at Wabash to help the Fightin’ Engineers move to 2-0-1 on the season after a 1-0-1 week.
  • Collen Gudorf (Troy, Ohio) Transylvania University | Goal Keeper | First-Year – Gudorf recorded eight saves and a clean sheet shutout in a 0-0 tie for the Pioneers against Berry College this weekend in a defensive heavy game with 13 shots recorded against the Pioneer defense.

HCAC 2022 Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Nina McGinn (Marion, Ohio) Bluffton University | Forward | Senior – McGinn found the back of the net three times at Grace Christian on Saturday, marking the first Beaver hat trick since Ashley Keller accomplished that feat against Earlham back in 2015. She added an assist in the 7-5 victory for seven total points on the day.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Adrienne Weyers (Granger, Ind.) Anderson University | Goal Keeper | First-Year – During Anderson’s 2-1 victory against Webster, Weyers saved 11 of the 12 shots she faced. Weyers missed Saturday’s match against Wilmington due to injury.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Anhely Montes (Portland, Ind.) Anderson University | Forward | Junior – Montes delivered the game-winning goal during Anderson’s 2-1 victory against Webster.
  • Kenna Patterson (Bloomington, Ind.) Hanover College | Forward | First-Year – Patterson led the Panthers to a 1-0 week as she netted the team’s lone goal to send them to victory over St. Mary’s. The first year recorded four shots all of which landed on frame.
  • Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goal Keeper | Junior – Hinegardner picked up the lone win in frame as she charted three saves and a clean sheet in the team’s victory over St. Mary’s.
  • Abby McLaughlin (Carmel, Ind.) Manchester University | Midfield | Sophomore – McLaughlin scored the game winning goal against Asbury Saturday and created opportunities for others in the attack. With two shots on goal, netting one, her composure up top gave the Spartans the lead early in the second half. She’s not just key to the attack but plays a big role in the organization of the Manchester defense.
  • Kiley McKee (Aurora, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive | Senior – McKee scored one goal and provided one assist to lead the Rose-Hulman offense in the team’s only match – a 3-1 win over Greenville.
  • Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goal Keeper | Senior – Dillon recorded three saves in Rose-Hulman’s lone match last week – a 3-1 win over Greenville.
  • Morgan Patton (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goal Keeper | Senior – Patton recorded three saves in a 1-1 draw with Covenant College. In the second game of the invitational, Patton recorded six saves against Maryville for nine total saves in the invitational.

HCAC 2022 Volleyball Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker | Sophomore –In the Transylvania Invitational, Scheper had 66 kills for a five game hitting percentage of .204 this week for the Pioneers as they went 4-1, with a big 3-1 win over No. 20 Birmingham Southern College.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Lily Ebright (Wichita, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | First-Year – Ebright earned a spot on the all-tournament team at Illinois Wesleyan after recording 65 digs in three matches, including a career-high 28 digs in a narrow four-set loss to Illinois Wesleyan.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Shaylen Perry (Eaton, Ohio) Anderson University | Middle Hitter | Junior – Perry racked up a .538 attack percentage and 2.53 kills per set as Anderson went 5-0 on the week. In four sets against Olivet, Perry contributed six kills and a .222 hitting percentage. Against Alverno, Perry closed out with six kills and a .750 attack percentage in three sets. In a three-set win against Lawrence, Perry put together seven kills and a .700 hitting percentage. During Anderson’s sweep against Mount Mary, Perry turned in six kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Anderson closed out the weekend in a sweep against Finlandia. Perry powered 13 kills and tied the single-match school record with an .800 attack percentage.
  • Erin Roach (Selma, Ind.) Anderson University | Defensive Specialist | First-Year – Roach scattered 3.69 digs per set as Anderson went 5-0 on the week. During Anderson’s four-set win against Olivet, Roach collected 14 digs. The Ravens then rattled off four sweeps. In those matches, Roach tallied 11 digs against Alverno, 17 digs against Lawrence, six digs against Mount Mary and 11 digs against Finlandia.
  • Alysha Like (McComb, Ohio) Bluffton University | Middle Hitter | Senior – Like hit .230 with 36 kills as the Beavers went 2-2 for the week. The senior was named to the Sommer Spiketacular All-Tournament Team after hitting .268 with 31 kills and six blocks over the weekend. She also served up two aces at the Spiketacular.
  • Mackenzie Jones (Oregon, Ohio) Bluffton University | Libero | First-Year – Jones picked up a team-high 59 digs (3.69 DPS) as Bluffton went 2-2 for the week. She also rifled 15 aces in 16 sets.
  • CC Schick (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Outside Hitter | First-Year – Schick led the Panthers last week with 26 kills over a four game span, including a week best 13 against Thiel. She finished the contest hitting .370 on 27 total attempts.
  • Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Dunn led the defensive efforts at the Pam Brigg Classic as she charted two contests with double digit digs, including a game-high 16 on two separate occasions. She also added a week best 21 at Centre.
  • Halle Planck (Gas City, Ind.) Manchester University | Right Side | Senior – In her last performance of the weekend Planck tallied 10 kills on 19 attempts and only one error for a hitting percentage of 0.474.
  • Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind.) Manchester University | Middle Hitter | Senior – At libero against Mount Union and Westminister Walters tallied 13 and 16 digs respectively averaging 4+ digs per set and provided serve stabilization in her sets at Libero.
  • Emily Abshire (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Junior – Abshire had a great week, helping to lead the Lions to a 3-1 finish on the week, defeating Allegheny, Matietta and hosts Mount Union. The junior racked up 45 kills, boasted a .228 hitting percentage and had a 2.65 digs per set, on her way to the All-Tournament Team in the Mount Union Invitational.
  • Erin Androne (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Defensive Specialist | Junior – Androne had a great week, helping to lead the Lions to a 3-1 finish on the week, defeating Allegheny, Matietta and hosts Mount Union. The junior tallied 63 digs on the weekend for 3.71 per set.
  • Lily Ebright (Wichita, Kan.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Specialist | First-Year – Ebright earned a spot on the all-tournament team at Illinois Wesleyan after recording 65 digs in three matches, including a career-high 28 digs in a narrow four-set loss to Illinois Wesleyan.
  • Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker | Sophomore –In the Transylvania Invitational, Scheper had 66 kills for a five game hitting percentage of .204 this week for the Pioneers as they went 4-1, with a big 3-1 win over No. 20 Birmingham Southern College.
  • Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Despite an injury taking her out of the fifth game of the week, Sylvie Miller led the Pioneers with 77 total digs, averaging 15.7 a game. Miller helped led the Pioneers to a win over No. 20 BSC and through the Transy Invite’s four matches against top competition.

HCAC 2022-23 Men’s Golf Notebook, Week 2

Athlete of the Week:
Dawson Long (Paoli, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Long set a new school record and career best on Sunday afternoon as part of the Battle at Belterra. The senior currently sits atop the leader board at 66 strokes, five under par. His round included an eagle on a par four.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Evan Kujawa (Toledo, Ohio) Bluffton University | Senior – Kujawa opened the Battle at Belterra with a 3-over 74 on Sunday, continuing his hot start to the 2022-23 season.
  • Owen King (Crestwood, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – King recorded a top-10 finish in day one of the Battle at Belterra with an opening day round of 75. Rose-Hulman stands third overall after day one of the event.
  • Reed Gritton (Harrodsburg, Ky.) Transylvania University | Senior – In the first round of the Battle at Belterra this weekend, Gritton shot a 73 at Belterra leading Transy and is fourth in the field.

HCAC 2022-23 Women’s Golf Notebook, Week 2

Athlete of the Week:
Precious Saelee (Walnut, Calif.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Saelee placed 10th individually at the Transylvania Invitational with rounds of 75, 79 and 75 for a three-day total of 229. Saelee helped the Fightin’ Engineers place fourth overall in the event.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Allie Waggener (Hilliard, Ohio) Bluffton University | Sophomore – Waggener powered Bluffton to a three-shot win (351-354) over MIAA-power Kalamazoo with her career-best 78 on Monday, placing her second on the school’s all-time list for 18 holes.

HCAC 2022-23 Men’s Tennis Notebook, Week 1

Athlete of the Week:
Arjun Gupta (Fort Collins, Colo.) Transylvania University | Senior – Gupta defeated Asbury’s number one player in the Transylvania Fall Invitational. Gutpa won 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 1-0 (6). His opponent was regionally ranked last year and thus was a great opener for Gupta after missing all of 21-22.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Cory Evans (Middletown, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Evans went 2-0 at No. 2 Doubles and 1-1 at No. 2 Singles. Evans/Sam Songer earned an 8-1 victory against Illinois College’s Kyler Kantor/Jovan Norris at No. 2 Doubles. Evans then rolled to a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Illinois College’s Derek Wilkinson at No. 2 Singles. Songer/Evans put together an 8-2 win against Lourdes’s Alvaro TrilloSanchez/Luis Guzman at No. 2 Doubles. Lourdes’s Ondrej Skokan recorded a 6-1, 6-1 win against Evans at No. 2 Singles.

HCAC 2022-23 Women’s Tennis Notebook, Week 2 

Athlete of the Week:
Taylor Goldman (Naperville, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Goldman won at both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles to help propel Rose-Hulman past Earlham 9-0 in the season opener. Goldman won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles over Earlham’s No. 1 player – the 2021 Empire 8 Conference Player of the Year Maddie Cherry. Goldman also teamed with Wynne Aldrich for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Morgan Oconitrillo (Indianapolis, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Oconitrillo/Claire Hannaford put together an 8-3 victory against Illinois College’s Shya Prescott/Lydia Criveau at No. 3 Doubles. Oconitrillo then recorded a 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (7-5) victory against Prescott at No. 5 Singles.
  • Laila Alton (Corona, Calif.) Hanover College | Graduate Student – Alton led the Panthers to a 1-1 week as they defeated Manchester but fell to Adrian. The fifth year posted a 2-0 record against Adrian wining both one doubles, and one singles. She also claimed a perfect record against Manchester winning No. one doubles and No. one singles.
  • Eva Bazzoni (Wabash, Ind.) Manchester University | Sophomore – Bazzoni had a great week for the Spartans going 4-2 in singles and doubles for the week. Wins included No. one doubles and a three-set win at No. 1 singles against Trine and a win at No. 2 singles against Hanover. 

HCAC 2022 Cross Country Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Athlete of the Week:
Enrique Salazar (Plymouth, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Salazar placed first in the Wittenberg Invitational 8k with a time of 25:57.
Women’s Athlete of the Week:
Basil Gates (Galion, Ohio) Bluffton University | Sophomore – Gates led the Beavers to a third place finish at the Tiffleberg Invitational on Friday night. Gates finished seventh in the 5K race, timing out at 20:45.4, crossing the line behind just two Division III runners.
 
Notable Performances:
Men’s

  • Kaleb Gucinski (Fishers, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Gucinski captured fifth in the Hanover Invitational, clocking a 6K time of 20:09.4.
  • Cole Kropka (New London, Ohio) Bluffton University | Sophomore – Kropka ran 28:00.03 at the 8K Tiffelberg Invitational on Friday night, placing 16th while leading the Beavers to a fourth place finish.
  • Connor Del Carmen (Chesterfield, Mo.) Earlham College | Sophomore – Del Carmen won the Hanover Invitational for the Quakers with a time of 19:37.8 in the 6k race. His effort helped the Quakers to a fourth-place team finish.
  • Ethan Weston (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Junior – Weston led the Panthers as part of the Hanover Invite crossing the finish line in sixth place with a time of 20:09.9.

Women’s

  • Lauren Todd (Greenwood, Ind.) Hanover College | First-Year – Todd led the Panthers as part of the Hanover Invite placing 22nd with a time of 22:16.1.
  • Hannah Brubaker (Goshen, Ind.) Manchester University | Senior – Brubaker finished fourth in a very competitive Wittenberg Invitational 6k, improving her lifetime PR by :15 with a time of 23:26.

River States Conference Player of the Week selections

Miller gets RSC Men’s Golfer of the Week from IU East
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Jake Miller from Indiana University East shot rounds of 69 and 68 to earn River States Conference Men’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11. 

Miller, a junior from Richmond, Ind., won the IU East Invitational with that effort. After opening up with a score of 3-under, he went even lower at 4-under for the final round. That gave him a four-shot victory in a field of 50 golfers. IU East was second of nine teams in the standings. 

Beard chosen RSC Women’s Golfer of the Week from Midway
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University senior Sydnee Beard earned River States Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11. 

Beard, from Campbellsville, Ky., placed first at the IU East Invitational to begin the year. She beat the field of 52 golfers and led the Eagles to the team title with rounds of 80 and 76. She was down by three after the first round but came back to win by a stroke. 

Thompson takes home RSC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Midway
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Midway (Ky.) University goalkeeper Caylee Thompson was selected as the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11. 

Thompson, from Midway, Ky., went 2-0 in her first two starts. Her biggest game was five saves in a 3-0 shutout over Berea. She started out with a couple of saves in an 8-1 victory over Campbellsville-Harrodsburg. 

Sauer selected RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week from Midway
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Marissa Sauer from Midway (Ky.) University was picked for River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11.

Sauer, a senior midfielder from Henderson, Ky., had two goals and three assists for seven points last week. That came in two games, both wins for the Eagles. She started off with a goal and two assists in an 8-1 win over Campbellsville-Harrodsburg. Sauer then had one goal, one assist and the game-winning goal in a 3-0 result over Berea. 

Rivera Paramio picked for RSC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week from WVU Tech
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Lucas Rivera Paramio from WVU Tech was selected as the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11. He won for the second week in a row. 

The latest award for the junior goalkeeper from Zaragoza, Spain, is for making six saves in a shutout of Shaw, an NCAA Division II school. The Golden Bears won the game, 1-0, with Rivera Paramio posting 90 minutes in goal for the clean sheet. 

Ransom scores RSC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week from Carlow
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Janvier Ransom from Carlow (Pa.) University is the River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11. 

A senior forward from Pittsburgh, Pa., Ransom broke his own school record with five goals and 10 points in a game. That came in a 7-2 win over Bryant & Stratton-Albany. His five goals came on 10 shots, and it broke his previous record of four goals. 

Rivera-Pacheco repeats as RSC Volleyball Attacker of the Week for Point Park
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Stephanie Rivera-Pacheco was selected as the River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11. It is the second week in a row she’s won the award. 

The senior from Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, collected 85 kills in five matches and hit .382 for the week. She averaged 4.25 kills and 2.55 digs per set. Rivera-Pacheco totaled 51 digs and seven blocks to lead Point Park to a 3-2 week. 

A big match was 21 kills, eight digs and two aces versus Lock Haven. She had 18 kills and 15 digs in a win over Concord and 18 kills and 12 digs in a victory at W&J. 

Smith named RSC Volleyball Defender of the Week for third time from IU Kokomo
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — For the third time in a row, Alyvia Smith from Indiana University Kokomo was named River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11. 

The junior libero from Muncie, Ind., put up another 86 digs in four matches on the week for an average of 5.38 digs per set. She also added nine assists and six service aces on the week. 

Smith had two matches of over 20 digs including a high of 28 in a win over Grace. She had 17 digs in a win over (RV) Bethel on their own court. 

Richman named RSC Volleyball Setter of the Week from IU Kokomo
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Allison Richman from Indiana University Kokomo is the River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for Sept. 5-11. 

The freshman from Fort Wayne, Ind., led the Cougars to a 3-1 weekend with 10.43 assists per set and 146 total assists in 14 sets. She also averaged 2.07 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.93 kills per set while attacking .300 with 14 total kills.

Richman surpassed 30 assists in all four matches of the week, including two matches with 39. She had a high of nine digs and another match with eight digs. A big match was 39 kills, seven digs, four kills and four blocks versus St. Xavier.

Dickerson races to RSC Men’s XC Runner of the Week for Ohio Christian
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Drake Dickerson from Ohio Christian University set a school record to earn River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for the week of Sept. 5-11.

Dickerson, a senior from Lancaster, Ohio, broke his own school record in the 8,000-meter distance with a time of 25 minutes, 17 seconds. That beat his previous mark by 26 seconds and placed ninth of 240 runners at the IWU Twilight Invitational. 

Camino selected for RSC Women’s XC Runner of the Week from WVU Tech
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Carmen Camino from WVU Tech is the River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week presented by Brown & Brown Insurance for the week of Sept. 5-11. 

Camino, from Puerto del Rosario, Spain, placed second of 49 runners at the Roanoke College Rooney Invite to lead the Golden Bears. She had a time of 20 minutes, 50 seconds in the 5,000-meter race. That was with an average of 6:41 per mile.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

INDIANA SOFTBALL: LOWRY WILL PLAY AT OKLAHOMA

The #2 softball recruit in the class of 2024 has made her college choice…it’s OKLAHOMA. The left-handed pitcher made the official announcement Monday.

Lowry went  22-3 with a 0.42 ERA, 302 strikeouts and only 19 walks last season giving up just 46 hits and held opponents to a .092 BA.

Lowry struck out an state championship event-record 22 hitters and carried a no-hitter into the bottom of the ninth in the 3A championship game against SB St. Joesph.

Oklahoma won the National Championship last season finishing 59-3 last season, and knocked off Texas to secure its fifth national championship.

INDIANA FOOTBALL: Hoosiers, Bearcats Slated for Afternoon Kickoff

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The first road game of the season will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET or 4 p.m. ET on either ESPN2 or ESPNU from Nippert Stadium against Cincinnati.

Indiana (2-0, 1-0 B1G) and Cincinnati (1-1, 0-0 AAC) will meet for the 16th time in program history and just the second time since 2000. In all, IU hosts a 9-4-2 edge in the series, with UC winning the last meeting, 38-24, in Bloomington during the 2021 season.

Indiana has started the season 2-0 for the fourth time under head coach Tom Allen and will be playing a third straight home game to open the season for the first time since 2015 and the 12th time in program history.

PURDUE MEN’S BASKETBALL: Edey Named Preseason All-American by College Hoops Today

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – College Hoops Today, ran by college basketball analyst Jon Rothstein, has named Zach Edey a second-team preseason All-American.

Edey is one of three Big Ten centers and one of six centers nationally named to the first two teams.

The 7-foot, 4-inch center from Toronto was a second-team All-Big Ten honoree and honorable mention All-American (AP) a year ago after averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks per game in just 19.0 minutes per game, while leading the Big Ten and ranking third nationally in field goal percentage at 64.8 percent – the fifth-best single-season percentage in school history.

Edey is the only player in the last 30 years to average 14.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in under 20 minutes per game. In fact, he is one of just five players to accomplish that in under 25.0 minutes per game.

Edey recorded 11 double-doubles during the 2021-22 season and was named to the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 15.0 points in wins over North Carolina and Villanova in November. He tallied a career-high 25 points against Michigan State in February and scored 20 or more points in nine games. He will carry a streak of 17 straight games in double-figures into this season.

Edey was at his best against ranked teams. In nine games against ranked squads, Edey averaged 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds in just 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Boilermakers Struggle in Opening Round of Badger Invite

MADISON, Wis. – The Purdue men’s golf team struggled on a wet day at University Ridge Golf Club, sloshing its way to a 6-over par 294 to sit in a 13th-place tie after 18 holes at the Badger Invitational.

The tournament was shortened to 36 holes after Monday’s first round was rained out. The second and final round will be held Tuesday.

Texas A&M leads the field at 9-under par 279, three shots ahead of Western Carolina. The Boilermakers are 13th, but just six shots out of seventh place.

The Boilermakers are playing short-handed as All-America candidate Herman Sekne is missing this tournament with an injury.

Nels Surtani led the way for the Boilermakers, shooting an even-par 72 to sit in a 24th-place tie after 18 holes. Andrew Farraye, Nick Dentino and Peyton Snoeberger each shot 2-over par 74, while Luke Prall shot a 6-over par 78.

Meanwhile, in the individual tournament played at Pleasant View Golf Course, Kentaro Nanayama rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to earn medalist honors at 1-under par 141 (71-70). He tied with Texas A&M’s Dallas Hankamer after 36 holes to force a one-hole playoff.

Purdue will be paired with UAB and Northern Illinois and will tee off hole No. 10, on Tuesday, beginning at 9:45 a.m. ET.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Hosts Indiana in Highly Anticipated Clash

DATE:                          Wednesday, September 14 / 7 PM
LOCATION:                 Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
VIDEO:                        FloSports/Butler+
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The Butler men’s soccer team is hosting Indiana on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 pm. A large crowd is expected in the Sellick Bowl as the United Soccer Coaches rankings (to be released on Tuesday evening) will quite possibly show both teams with a top-25 ranking. The Bulldogs are coming off a 2-0 loss to (rv) Ohio State, while the Hoosiers most recently defeated No. 9 Akron, 2-0.

Bulldog Bits
(through games 9/11/2022)

  • Palmer Ault’s two game-winning goals lead the BIG EAST and rank second nationally.
  • Wilmer Cabrera Jr. ranks 5th in the BIG EAST and 62nd nationally with 1.5 shots on goal per game.
  • Gabriel Gjergji’s shutouts (2-4th), save percentage (.842-4th), and goals-against average (.763-5th) all rank in the top-five in the BIG EAST.
     
  • Butler has been ranked as high as No. 12 this season, and Indiana has been ranked as high as No. 13 in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
  • The Bulldogs had three wins over ranked opponents in the 2021 season that included No. 18 Lipscomb (3-1), No. 20 Providence (2-1), and No. 24 St. John’s (1-0 OT).
     
  • Butler opened the 2022 season with three victories. This was the first time a Paul Snape-coached team opened with three wins, and it was the first time since 2010 that any Bulldogs team had started the season on a three- game win streak. The 2010 team won its first 12 matches of the season.
  • Gabriel Gjergji has started the season with two shutouts and, with 18 in his career, is now tied for third on Butler’s all-time list for shutouts. He is currently tied with the Bulldogs’ goalkeeper coach, Assistant Coach Fabian Knopfler, who played for Butler from 2007-10.
  • With 353 minutes in goal this season, Gjergji has amassed 6685 for his career. He now ranks number one on Butler’s all-time list for goalkeeper minutes, surpassing the previous leader in the category, Eric Dick (2014-17).

The Matchup

  • SERIES RECORD: Indiana leads, 24-5-4
  • LAST MEETING: 8/31/2021 – Bloomington, Ind. – Indiana 1, Butler 0
  • Butler’s most recent win (2-1) was in Indianapolis on Sept. 24, 2019.
  • In the last ten matchups, Indiana leads 5-2-3.
  • Butler beat the No. 5 Hoosiers (2-1) in 2019 and tied No. 1 Hoosiers (0-0) in 2017.

Scouting (rv) Indiana

  • Previous match: No. 9 Akron, W, 2-0
  • The Hoosiers were ranked No. 13 in this year’s United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll.
  • Indiana lost to last year’s College Cup Champion, Clemson (2-3), tied Portland (3-3), and beat St. John’s (1-0).

        Individual Statistics

  • Offensive standouts for Indiana include: #18 Ryan Wittenbrink (2g, 1a)

        #10 Tommy Mihalic (2g)
        #9 Samuel Sarver (2g)
        #11 Nyk Sessock (2a)

  • JT Harms and Bryant Pratt have each started two games in goal for the Hoosiers. Harms (1-1) has given up 3 goals (1.25 GAA) and made 9 saves (.750), producing one solo and one combined shutout. Pratt has given up 3 goals (1.89 GAA) and made 1 save (.250), and has 1 shared shutout.

BUTLER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Releases Full 2022-23 Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS — The Butler women’s basketball team will play 15 regular season games inside Hinkle Fieldhouse this year with the opener set for Wednesday, Nov. 9 against Chicago State. The first chance for fans to see the team in action this season will be Nov. 5 in an exhibition game against Benedictine (IL).
 
The non-conference slate includes nine games. Five at home, two on the road and two at a neutral site in the Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament. After the opener vs. Chicago State, the Bulldogs will stay in Indianapolis to host IUPUI on Sunday, Nov. 13. The first road test of the 2022-23 campaign will send Butler to Ball State on Nov. 17. BU will then return to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 21 to host Tennessee State.
 
The two-day Florida Atlantic Thanksgiving Tournament will feature Butler playing Sacred Heart and Binghamton. Games will be held on Nov. 25-26.
 
Butler will host Southern Indiana on Dec. 7, and then wrap up the non-conference slate with a pair of Big Ten opponents. The Bulldogs will host Illinois on Dec. 11 before traveling to Bloomington to face the Indiana Hoosiers on Dec. 21.
 
BIG EAST competition opens at home for Butler this year with the Bulldogs playing host to St. John’s (Dec. 2) and DePaul (Dec. 4) opening weekend. The next three conference games will be on the road for BU before the start of 2023. That stretch includes trips to Marquette (Dec .18), Xavier (Dec. 28) and Seton Hall (Dec. 31).
 
Fans will flock to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday, Jan. 3 when the team hosts UConn at 7 PM on the SNY network. Two road games follow that tilt with BU facing Villanova (Jan. 8) and Georgetown (Jan. 11).
 
A national audience will be able to see Butler play live on Saturday, Jan. 14 when the team hosts Creighton on FS1. The 10th home game of the year will follow that contest when the Providence Friars fly to Indy for a matchup on Jan. 18.
 
The conference schedule flips after the Friar game and Butler will then head to UConn for a contest on Saturday, Jan. 21. The Bulldogs will stay on the east coast to play the Red Storm on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
 
The home stretch of the conference schedule includes BU playing at Hinkle Fieldhouse in five of their final eight contests. Marquette (Jan. 29), Villanova (Feb. 4), Georgetown (Feb. 15), Xavier (Feb. 21), and Seton Hall (Feb. 24) round out the home schedule. The three road trips sprinkled in during the final month of the season sends BU to DePaul (Feb. 8), Providence (Feb. 11) and Creighton (Feb. 27).
 
First-year head coach 
Austin Parkinson revamped a Bulldog roster with eight newcomers that will join seven returners. Parkinson also reunited with assistant coaches Latrell FlemingKristin Wodrich and Holly Hoopingarner.

BUTLER MEN’S GOLF: Among Top Five Entering Final Round of the Feaganes Marshall Invitational

The Bulldogs stand in fifth place after the opening 36 holes of the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational.

Play is scheduled to conclude Tuesday in West Virginia.

THE RUNDOWN: App State holds the lead at 550 (-18), a 13-shot advantage over host Marshall (563). Eastern Michigan, Belmont and Butler round out the top five. There are 15 teams in the field.

The Bulldogs were tied for third after an opening-round 277 (-7). Butler followed that with a score of 293 in the afternoon. Butler is at two-over 570.

LEADING THE WAY: Sophomore Damon Dickey is tied for seventh at 139 (-5). In the morning round, Dickey carded a five-under 66 on the par-71, 6,523-yard Guyan Golf & Country Club in Barboursville. Dickey had four birdies on the front nine and six birdies overall.

Dickey followed that with a two-over 73 in the afternoon, featuring three birdies.

Tyler Jones of Marshall holds the individual lead at 136 (-6). He has a one-shot lead entering the final round.

THE SCORECARDS: Henry Quinn is tied for 18th after rounds of two-under 69 and 73 Monday. He stands at even-par 142. Quinn’s opening round included four birdies.

Freshmen Derek Tabor (144) and Connor McNeely (145) are tied for 27th and 34th, respectively. Daniel Tanaka rounds out the Butler line-up at 148, in a tie for 55th. McNeely was five-over through his first four holes Monday morning and then rebounding to shoot six-under over the final 14 holes during his first round.

Butler has two individuals in the field. Freshman Will Horne, making his Butler debut, is tied with Quinn at 142 (E). They are among a group tied for 18th. Raymond Sullivan had rounds of 70 and 73 Monday. His total of 143 (+1) is tied for 24th. Sullivan’s afternoon card included an eagle 2 on the 339-yard, par-4 third hole.

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE: Tuesday’s final 18 is scheduled for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.

IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: JAGUARS TO HEAD TO CHICAGO TO FACE LOYOLA ON TUESDAY

CHICAGO – The IUPUI men’s soccer team will head north to take on Loyola Chicago on Tuesday night (Sept. 13) at 6:00 p.m. CST on ESPN+. The Jaguars come in unbeaten in their last three games and have scored 10 goals over the span, ranking among the nation’s elite attacks.

The IUPUI attack leads the Horizon League in goals (13), assists (16), points (42) and shots (76) in the season’s early going while junior midfielder Lukas Hackaa leads the league in assists (4), ranking seventh in the country in the category. IUPUI boasts three of the top five point scorers in the Horizon League in Hackaa (10), Josemir Gomez (2nd – 9 pts) and Logan Finnegan (5th – 6 pts). Seven different IUPUI players have scored at least one goal this year and 11 of IUPUI’s 13 goals have come from newcomers as Finnegan is the only returning letterwinner to have a score this year.

IUPUI has been involved in some wild contests of late, beginning with the 5-1 win over Eastern Illinois on Sept. 2. IUPUI’s five goals in that game were the program’s most in a game since October 2009 and the most against a Division I foe since November 2007. The Jags followed with a bizarre 3-3 draw with Western Illinois on Sept. 4 as the two teams combined to score three goals in the final four minutes, ultimately ending in a draw. Later, IUPUI played Wright State to a 2-2 draw on Saturday (Sept. 10), marking the first time the Jaguars have earned a road result in the series, having gone 0-10 in the previous 10 trips to Dayton.

QUOTABLE

“Before the fact, if you would’ve told me that you’ll go to Wright State and get a 2-2 tie to start conference play with a point on the road, I would be super happy and positive about that,” head coach Sid van Druenen said. “I think now that we’re there and we got the point, there was more in this game for us, but at the same time, we’re super positive with getting the point. I think it’s a great start to the (conference) season.”

SCOUTING LOYOLA

Loyola is 3-0-2 on the year and a perfect 3-0 at home this season with wins over Bucknell, Bowling Green and DePaul. The Ramblers have outscored opponents by an 8-2 margin on the year and outshoots foes by more than four shots per contest. Billy Hency leads the Loyola attack with three goals and two assists and John Gates has a goal and a team-high three assists. In goal, Simon Jillson has started all five contests, yielding just two scores for a 0.41 goals against average and .833 save percentage with three shutouts.

SERIES HISTORY

IUPUI is 1-1-1 all-time against Loyola although the two sides haven’t met since September 2004. IUPUI dropped the first-ever meeting between the two teams in the only true road game in the series, falling in Chicago by a 5-1 score. The two teams played to a 0-0 draw in DeKalb, Ill., in 2003 and the Jaguars rolled to a 6-3 win in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 2004.

UP NEXT

IUPUI will host Belmont on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 3:00 p.m. at Michael A. Carroll Stadium at 3:00 p.m.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Plitt Named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – – For her role in helping guide the women’s volleyball team to the Ball State Tournament Championship, senior middle Marie Plitt has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week.

Plitt, who earned MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career, was named the tournament’s MVP after leading the Cardinals to a 3-0 record in the event. She paced the squad with 34 kills and a .484 (34-4-62) attack percentage over the three matches.

The .484 hitting mark was the best in the league last week and aided by a program-record .833 (15-0-18) attack percentage in the three-set sweep of Arkansas State. Plitt went on to score 15 more kills and a .353 (15-3-34) rate of success in the championship match victory over Green Bay.

Plitt also led Ball State at the net with eight total blocks and a 0.67 blocks-per-set average, while tallying 14 digs (1.17 per set) and one service ace.

The Ball State women’s volleyball team returns to action Tuesday, when it closes a four-match homestand with a 6 p.m. first serve versus Dayton at Worthen Arena.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Samantha Castaneda Named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week

INDIANAPOLIS – Samantha Castaneda of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday (Sept. 12).

The Fort Wayne native led Purdue Fort Wayne to a 2-0 weekend with a pair of shutouts to close non-league play. The ‘Dons blanked Valparaiso and Southern Indiana, both 1-0 contests. Castaneda recorded 14 saves in two games, including nine against the Beacons of Valparaiso. There was no bigger save than Castaneda’s “walk-off” save, which saw her stop a PK with no time left on the clock on the Beacons’ home field.

The senior has the best goals against average in program history. Her 1.20 career average and 0.88 season average this year are both the best ever by a Mastodon keeper.

This is Castaneda’s second player of the week honor of her career. Castaneda and the Mastodons will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they host unbeaten IUPUI on Sunday (Sept. 18) at 1 p.m.

SOUTHERN INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Eagles Head on the Road One More Time Before Homestand

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The University of Southern Indiana Men’s Soccer team will head on the road on September 13th, to complete a stretch that saw them play five of their first six matches on the road, as they head to Peoria, Illinois to take on Bradley University with a 6pm kickoff before returning home to host Lindenwood University on September 16th at 7pm.

After the match against Bradley the Screaming Eagles return to Strassweg Field for a three match homestand. The homestand will consist of non-conference matchups with Lindenwood and Chicago State University on September 24th. The Eagles then host their first Summit League match of the season when the University of Missouri-Kansas City comes to Evansville on September 28th.

The USI defense was solid against the University of Evansville to earn the Eagles their first result of the season with a 0-0 draw. As the Eagles welcomed defender Sam Benoist (Foristell, Missouri) back into the squad, he was a key component along with starters Colten Walsh (St. Louis, Missouri), Damian McGregor-Wickham (Toronto, Canada), and Travis Sides (Evansville, Indiana). USI was able to hold the Aces scoreless for the first time this season and goalkeeper Alec Meissner (St. Charles, Missouri) earned his first collegiate shutout of his career. Although the Aces had 15 shots and only five were on goal.

USI has had 32 shots this season and 14 shots on goal. Zach Barton (St. Louis, Missouri) is leading the way for the Eagles with five shots and two shots on goal this season. Will Kirchhofer (Fishers, Indiana) is right behind with four shots, Brian Winkler (Philpot, Kentucky), Ednilson Voiles (Plainfield, Indiana), and Jackson Mitchell (Newburgh, Indiana) all have three shots while Winkler is tied with Barton with two shots on goal.

USI came into the season with questions about who would be the starting goalkeeper. So Far, Meissner has started four of the five games for the Eagles, allowing nine goals and making 10 saves on 47 shots faced and one shutout on the season. Freshman Giancarlo Varano (Woodbridge, Canada) has also made his case for the starting job, making one start and coming off the bench against SIUE. Varano has allowed four goals while making nine saves on 20 shots faced.

While the Eagles have been led by a lot of new faces this season, senior defender Colten Walsh has been leading the team with the most minutes played this season with 415. After Walsh, the next four are all new to the program, including two transfers and two freshmen. Transfers Nick Faddis (St. Louis, Missouri) and McGregor-Wickham follow Walsh in minutes played while Faddis is the only other player with over 400 minutes played with 410. Freshmen Kirchhofer and Voiles round out the top five minutes played for the Eagles. All of the top five are the only players to have started all five games so far for USI.

No matter the school or sport, transitioning from Division II to Division I is always tough. While they may not have that first win the board yet, this team has a lot of fight in them. The Eagles have allowed just three goals in the first half of games this season while scoring three of their own. Doing an incredible job of staying with teams through the entire first 45 minutes. The second half is where the experience of the other teams start to set in. the second half is where the experience of the other teams start to set in, while allowing 10 second half goals and scoring one it would seem that after halftime the Eagles can’t get a stop. However, USI has been very physical and tough coming out of the locker room, its experience for the other team in that last 30 minutes that start to set in. For USI, half of the goals that have been allowed have come after that 60 minute mark. The Eagles recorded their first shutout of the season and first since last October with their 0-0 draw against Evansville.

Bradley Braves

The Bradley Braves come into the match following a loss to the University of Nebraska Omaha on Friday, 2-1, falling to 1-3-1 overall. The Braves are being led this season by Kaloyan Somov who leads the team with two goals. Two Braves lead the way with two assists, Francesco Pettinaroli and Reed Rogers. Nick Burke has led the way in goal for Bradley, starting all five matches, allowing nine goals while making 25 saves on 80 shots faced. This will be the fourth meeting between the Eagles and Braves, the first since 1994. USI took the first two meetings in 1992 and 1993 before a 2-2 draw in 1994.

Lindenwood Lions

The Lindenwood Lions come into Strassweg Field on Friday, September 16th, after traveling to Drake University on Tuesday. The Lions found themselves a loss and a draw last week, a 3-0 loss to Missouri State University and a 1-1 draw with Northern Illinois University. The Lions go into the Drake match 0-2-1 on the season. The lone goal scorer for Lindenwood this season was Cole Hutson in the draw with NIU which was assisted on by Feho Sabotic. Hutson also leads the team with three shots. Meldin Sabotic has started all three matches for the Lions, allowing six goals, making 19 saves on 56 shots faced. The Eagles and Lions played each other once last season as apart of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the match ending in a 1-1 draw in double overtime. Gabriel Miranda scored for the Lions while Ryan Nevins (St. Peters, Missouri) scored for the Eagles.

Both the Bradley and Lindenwood matches will be streamed on ESPN+.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Ravotto Named MVC Defensive Player of the Week

For the second time this season, the Valpo volleyball team boasts the Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as the MVC announced Monday afternoon that senior Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) claimed this week’s defensive honor.

Ravotto was strong all weekend defensively as Valpo won the Akron Invitational, highlighted by a 30-dig performance in the tournament finale against Cleveland State — her second career match with 30+ digs and the most by any MVC player in a four-set match this season. Her 27th dig of the match was the 1,000th of her Valpo career, making her the 23rd player in program history to reach the milestone.

Prior to her effort against CSU, Ravotto picked up six digs and two blocks while playing parts of two sets of Valpo’s sweep of Morgan State. She tallied 12 digs and set her career high with four blocks in the Beacons’ win over host Akron. For the weekend, Ravotto averaged 4.80 digs/set and 0.60 blocks/set as her play helped Valpo limit its opposition to .078 hitting over the three matches.

This marks Ravotto’s second career weekly award from the MVC office, as she was previously Defensive Player of the Week on March 2, 2021. In its sixth season as an MVC school, the volleyball team has earned 13 Defensive Player of the Week honors.

U OF I FOOTBALL: Idle Hounds Vault Up Coaches Poll

WACO, Texas—Fresh off an early bye week, the UIndy football team spring boarded six spots in the latest AFCA Division II Coaches Poll, released Monday. With nearly a third of the ranked squads losing over the weekend, the Greyhounds came in at No. 19 among the nation’s best.
 
The Hounds return to action this weekend, traveling to Tiffin Saturday night at 7 p.m. The 2-0 Dragons are receiving votes in this week’s poll.


AFCA DIVISION II COACHES POLL

RKSCHOOL (1st-place votes)RECPTSPTS
1.Ferris St. (Mich.) (29)2-07491
2.Northwest Missouri St.2-07122
3.Grand Valley St. (Mich.) (1)2-06924
4.Shepherd (W.Va.)2-06455
5.Angelo St. (Tex.)2-06256
6.West Florida2-06097
7.Harding (Ark.)2-05678
8.West Georgia2-054310
9.Newberry (S.C.)2-047113
10.Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)2-046816
11.Slippery Rock (Pa.)2-041218
12.Ashland (Ohio)2-037020
13.Augustana (S.D.)2-034119
14.West Texas A&M2-028323
15.Valdosta St. (Ga.)1-12813
16.Pittsburg St. (Kan.)2-0204NR
17.Notre Dame (Ohio)1-1158T-21
18.Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.)1-114414
19.Indianapolis (Ind.)1-014025
20.Bowie St. (Md.)1-11329
T-21.Albany St. (Ga.)1-112115
T-21.Colorado School of Mines0-212112
23.Saginaw Valley St.2-0120NR
24.Minnesota St.2-0119NR
25.New Haven (Conn.)1-111424


Others Receiving Votes: Washburn (Kan.), 102; Virginia Union, 97; Nebraska-Kearney, 81; Tiffin (Ohio), 51; Henderson St. (Ark.), 48; Colorado St.-Pueblo, 46; West Alabama, 43; Frostburg St. (Md.), 33; Kutztown (Pa.), 30; Indiana (Pa.), 25; Missouri Western St., 21; California (Pa.), 18; Assumption (Mass.), 10; Colorado Mesa, 4.

MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER: OLEKSAK TABBED AS CROSSROADS LEAGUE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Jackson, Mich. – Erin Oleksak has been named Crossroads League Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week after her stellar performance this past week. Oleksak’s honor marks her first this season, ninth in her career and the team’s second this season.

Oleksak led the No. 5 Knights to a trio of victories, including a 5-1 win over No. 11 Aquinas. The senior forward posted three goals and two assists over the week, scoring one goal in each of the three victories. The All-American also led Marian in shots for the week, taking a team-high 11 attempts and eight on goal over three games.

Marian will travel to the University of Northwestern Ohio on Wednesday afternoon looking to pick up their seventh win of the season.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trio of Trojans Sweep the CL Volleyball Player-of-the-Week Awards

JACKSON, Mich. – On Monday afternoon, the Crossroads League announced its latest collection of weekly awards, in which a trio of Trojans swept the volleyball player-of-the-week honors.

After leading the Trojans to a 4-1 week, seniors Kacy Bragg and Ryan Czerniak respectively won Setter and Attacker of the Week, while sophomore Grace Ieremia was named the CL Defender of the Week. Furthermore, for each member of the Trojan trio, this week’s honor already marks the second award of the young season.

Bragg was honored in recognition of her continued excellence with the set, averaging 10.50 assists-per-set throughout Taylor’s 18 sets played while surpassing the 40-assist mark in a pair of matches. TU’s setter was also active on the defensive end, averaging nearly three digs-per-set and posting three double-doubles throughout the week.

The senior from Warsaw, Indiana, has now achieved 30-or-more assists in 13 of Taylor’s 15 matches this season and currently leads the Crossroads League with a season average of 10.54 assists-per-set.

Meanwhile, Czerniak notched her second attacker-of-the-week award for doing much of the same work she’s been doing all season. This most-recent exceptional week for Czerniak included five matches with double-digit kill numbers, including 21-kill and 18-kill performances at the Viterbo Tournament in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Czerniak averaged 4.11 kills-per-set throughout the week, while maintaining a ridiculous hitting percentage of .466. In TU’s three-set sweep of Rochester, Czerniak pounded 16 kills in just 21 attacks for a single-match hitting percentage of .667. The lefty right-side hitter from Danville, Indiana, now leads the entire nation with 231 kills and a season hitting percentage of .456.

While Bragg and Czerniak fueled the Trojan offensive attack, Ieremia bolstered the TU defense by racking up 19 total blocks alongside just a single error. In Taylor’s first match of the week, a three-set sweep over RV Bethel, Ieremia totaled six blocks for an average of 2.0 blocks-per-set. Additionally, the TU mid-hitter sent back three solo blocks in Taylor’s route of Rochester.

Ieremia now sits second in the Crossroads League with a season average of 1.10 blocks-per-set.

Thanks to the Trojan trio of Bragg, Czerniak, and Ieremia, Taylor volleyball now boasts six CL weekly awards on the season, meanwhile Taylor athletes now hold a total of 11 thus far into the 2022-2023 athletic calendar.

No. 18 Taylor (12-3, 1-0 CL) is back in action on Wednesday, September 14, when the Trojans travel to Spring Arbor (6-6, 0-1 CL) for a 7:00 pm matchup with the Cougars.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | VanderWall Named Crossroads League Runner of the Week

JACKSON, Mich. – The Crossroads League announced its second installment of weekly awards for the 2022 cross country campaign on Monday, and, after a historic performance at the Indiana Wesleyan Twilight Invitational, TU freshman, Noel VanderWall, was dubbed the Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.

VanderWall, a native of Petoskey, Michigan, took the course for her first collegiate 5k race on Friday, September 9th, and outpaced 195 fellow runners en route to a first-place finish of 17:51.6. The Michigan speedster not only managed to become the first Taylor freshman since Alex Berends in 2014 to win her first collegiate race, but she also posted the fourth fastest 5k time among any runner in program history.

Even more, while leading a group of seven runners who finished in the top-15, VanderWall energized the Trojan women toward their first team title of the 2022 season. As a team, Taylor posted a time of 1:31:44 for the third-fastest in program history.

VanderWall’s honor marks the first of her career, and the 11th for TU athletes thus far into the 2022-2023 athletic year.

The No. 4 Taylor women cross country team is back in action on Friday, September 16th, in Upland for the 2022 Ray Bullock Invitational, which is set to commence at 5:00 pm ET.

RHIT Earns 3 HCAC Player of the Week Awards

FOOTBALL: Winston Amankwah

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology senior Winston Amankwah has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for Week 2 of the college football season.

Amankwah came up with two big interceptions on the day for the Fightin’ Engineers to help the defense control the first half of the game.

The first interception came at the beginning of the 2nd quarter and set Rose-Hulman up in Trine territory. The Fightin’ Engineers would score field goal on the drive following the interception.

Amankwah’s second interception came on the opening drive of the second half once Trine reached Rose-Hulman territory.

The 2021 1st-team all-HCAC member now has seven career interceptions. This also marks his second career HCAC Defensive Player of the Week award with his first coming in 2019 against Rhodes College when he recorded his first career interception, a 97-yard pick-six.

The Fightin’ Engineers return home this upcoming Saturday to take on Albion College for a 12:00 start.

MEN’S SOCCER: John Biederstedt

TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore goalkeeper John Biederstedt has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performances in goal against two top-level opponents.

On Wednesday night, the Fightin’ Engineers took home a 1-0 road win at Wabash behind the first career clean sheet for Biederstedt. He also recorded a career-high seven saves in the win.

Then, on Saturday afternoon, Biederstedt recorded five more saves as Rose-Hulman took home a 1-1 draw against North Central.

This marks the first Player of the Week award of Biederstedt’s career.

The Fightin’ Engineers will return to the pitch on Wednesday night as they travel up US-40 to take on DePauw.

VOLLEYBALL: Lily Ebright

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology freshman libero Lily Ebright was named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week for her efforts at last weekend’s Illinois Wesleyan Invitational.

Ebright earned a spot on the all-tournament team at Illinois Wesleyan after recording 65 digs in three matches (5.42 digs per set).  The statistical efforts included a career-high 28 digs in a 4-set match with Illinois Wesleyan, 19 digs against Concordia Wisconsin and 18 digs vs. Greenville.

Ebright currently leads Rose-Hulman with 129 digs on the season and has reached double figures in digs six times in the first seven matches of the season.

This marks the first Player of the Week award of Ebright’s career.

Rose-Hulman returns to action at the Aurora Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

RHIT Men’s Golf Wins Battle at Belterra

FLORENCE, Indiana — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s golf takes home a first place finish in the Battle at Belterra featuring eight of the nine HCAC teams. This win marks the first tournament win for the Rose-Hulman men since their HCAC Championship in 2020-2021.

Thomas Butler led the way for the Fightin’ Engineers with a 76-70 for a total of 146. This +4 weekend was good enough for third place in the tournament. Butler also finished the weekend with 3 birdies and 7 bogeys, and he scored -1 on the Par 5’s.

Ryan Beerheide also brought home a top-5 finish with a 76-72 for a total of 148. His second round of 72 marks the career-low for the freshman and included three birdies.

Full individual and team results are below.

ROSE-HULMAN INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

3rd – Thomas Butler – 76-70 = 146

T5th – Ryan Beerheide – 76-72 = 148

T15th – Aditya Reddy – 80-75 = 155

19th – Owen King – 75-82 = 157

T20th – Matthew Kadnar – 76-82 = 158

T41st – Zach Leedy – 84-84 = 168 (Individual)

FINAL TEAM RESULTS

1. Rose-Hulman – 303-299 = 602

2. Otterbein – 302-303 = 605

3. Capital – 303-305 = 608

4. Transylvania – 300-309 = 609

5. Spalding – 310-324 = 634

6. Hanover – 306-335 = 641

7. Bluffton – 312-341 = 653

8. Mt. St. Joseph – 339-341 = 680

9. Franklin – 329-354 = 683

10. Earlham – 335-354 = 689

11. Anderson – 366-343 = 709

12. Berea – 351-370 = 721

“SPORTS EXTRA”

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees8556.60350 – 2235 – 3438 – 2625 – 815 – 146 – 4W 2
Toronto7961.5645.539 – 2940 – 3231 – 2519 – 1517 – 158 – 2W 1
Tampa Bay7861.561647 – 2431 – 3736 – 2914 – 1516 – 96 – 4L 3
Baltimore7367.52111.541 – 3032 – 3729 – 3415 – 1519 – 104 – 6L 2
Boston6972.4891635 – 3434 – 3820 – 4016 – 1425 – 86 – 4W 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Cleveland7465.53234 – 3040 – 3513 – 1636 – 2513 – 166 – 4W 4
Chi White Sox7269.511334 – 3638 – 3315 – 1731 – 2918 – 167 – 3L 1
Minnesota6970.496540 – 3229 – 3818 – 1631 – 2512 – 172 – 8L 3
Kansas City5784.4041834 – 4123 – 4312 – 2028 – 3310 – 184 – 6W 1
Detroit5487.3832130 – 4124 – 469 – 2025 – 399 – 194 – 6L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9150.64547 – 2244 – 2810 – 1224 – 848 – 247 – 3W 2
Seattle7961.56411.538 – 3141 – 3016 – 1717 – 935 – 287 – 3W 2
LA Angels6180.4333031 – 4030 – 4011 – 2316 – 1127 – 334 – 6L 2
Texas6180.4333029 – 4032 – 406 – 2017 – 1327 – 383 – 7L 1
Oakland5190.3624023 – 4828 – 4213 – 2012 – 2122 – 362 – 8W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets8953.62746 – 2443 – 2946 – 2217 – 719 – 145 – 5L 1
Atlanta8754.6171.547 – 2540 – 2935 – 2221 – 1218 – 137 – 3L 3
Philadelphia7862.5571044 – 3134 – 3134 – 2820 – 1017 – 166 – 4W 3
Miami5883.41130.528 – 4130 – 4227 – 3511 – 1512 – 213 – 7W 1
Washington4992.34839.522 – 4727 – 4511 – 4615 – 1815 – 184 – 6L 3
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis8358.58947 – 2436 – 3416 – 1840 – 2117 – 97 – 3W 2
Milwaukee7566.532839 – 2736 – 3911 – 1337 – 3114 – 186 – 4W 2
Chi Cubs5982.4182430 – 4229 – 4014 – 930 – 369 – 233 – 7W 1
Cincinnati5683.4032629 – 4027 – 4312 – 2223 – 3210 – 225 – 5L 3
Pittsburgh5288.37130.528 – 4324 – 459 – 2225 – 3514 – 173 – 7W 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-LA Dodgers9743.69349 – 1848 – 2519 – 1421 – 942 – 157 – 3W 3
San Diego7764.54620.538 – 3139 – 3319 – 1519 – 1033 – 305 – 5L 2
San Francisco6873.48229.538 – 3230 – 4118 – 1319 – 1421 – 365 – 5W 3
Arizona6674.4713137 – 3529 – 3916 – 1516 – 1623 – 364 – 6L 1
Colorado6180.43336.540 – 3421 – 4610 – 2414 – 1529 – 315 – 5L 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins1001.0000.02071-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Buffalo Bills1001.0000.031100-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
New York Jets010.0001.09240-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
New England Patriots010.0001.07200-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers1001.0000.024191-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Kansas City Chiefs1001.0000.044210-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Denver Broncos010.0001.016170-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders010.0001.019240-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers1001.0000.023200-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Baltimore Ravens1001.0000.02490-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns1001.0000.026240-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals010.0001.020230-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Houston Texans001.5000.020200-0-10-0-00-0-10-0-11 T
Indianapolis Colts001.5000.020200-0-00-0-10-0-10-0-11 T
Tennessee Titans010.0000.520210-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Jacksonville Jaguars010.0000.522280-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1001.0000.038350-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Washington Commanders1001.0000.028221-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
New York Giants1001.0000.021200-0-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Dallas Cowboys010.0001.03190-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Seattle Seahawks1001.0000.017161-0-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Arizona Cardinals010.0001.021440-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Rams010.0001.010310-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
San Francisco 49ers010.0001.010190-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Minnesota Vikings1001.0000.02371-0-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Chicago Bears1001.0000.019101-0-00-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Detroit Lions010.0001.035380-1-00-0-00-1-00-0-01 L
Green Bay Packers010.0001.07230-0-00-1-00-1-00-1-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
New Orleans Saints1001.0000.027260-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1001.0000.01930-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers010.0001.024260-1-00-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
Atlanta Falcons010.0001.026270-1-00-0-00-1-00-1-01 L
 

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

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1883       Cleveland’s one-arm pitcher Hugh Daily no-hits Philadelphia, 1-0. The fireballing Irish right-hander lost his left hand due to a gun accident earlier in his life.

1902       Johnny Evers, acquired to replace second baseman Bobby Lowe, who broke his ankle, joins shortstop Joe Tinker and first baseman Frank Chance on the Chicago infield, marking the first time the three Cubs’ infielders have played together. Franklin Pierce Adams’ poem, “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon,” better known as “Tinker to Evers to Chance,” immortalizes the legendary double-play trio.

1909       Tigers’ outfielder Ty Cobb hits his ninth round-tripper, all inside-the-park, to win the home run crown. The Georgia Peach will hit 117 round-trippers during his 24-year career but leads the league only this season.

1925       In the first game of a twin bill, Robins’ starter Dazzy Vance no-hits the Phillies at Ebbets Field, 10-1. The Brooklyn hurler had one-hit the team from the City of Brotherly Love five days earlier.

1932       The Yankees, with their 100th victory of the year, clinch the AL pennant when George Pipqras beats the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium, 9-3. Yankee skipper Joe McCarthy, who captured a flag with the 1929 Cubs, becomes the first to win pennants in both the American and National League.

1933       White Sox veteran hurlers Sad Sam Jones (41) and Red Faber (44) are the starting pitchers in a doubleheader split with the A’s at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park. It will be another 53 seasons before another pair of 40+ year-old teammates (Yankees Tommy John and Joe Niekro) start both ends of a twin bill.

1936       Indians’ teenage pitching phenom Bob Feller sets a new American League record by striking out 17 batters when he two-hits the A’s at Shibe Park, 5-2. After the season, the 17-year-old will return to his Van Meter, Iowa home to graduate from high school.

1945       Only 281 patrons are in attendance at Crosley Field to watch the hometown Reds beat New York, 3-2. The Thursday crowd will be the smallest gathering of fans during the 58-year history of the Cincinnati ballpark.

1946       Taking advantage of the left fielder’s shallow positioning due to the Boudreau shift, Ted Williams hits his lone career inside-the-park home run, which proves to be the difference in the Red Sox’ 1-0 victory over the Indians. The win clinches Boston’s first American League pennant since 1918.

1948       Indian right-hander Don Black, while batting in the second inning of the Cleveland Stadium contest against St. Louis, suffers a cerebral hemorrhage and is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. The 32-year-old hurler will survive, but his major league career is over.

1949       Ralph Kiner, for the second time in his career, hits four consecutive homers. After homering in his last two at-bats in the previous game played two days ago, the 26-year-old Pirates slugger goes deep in his first two plate appearances in today’s 11-6 victory over Philadelphia at Forbes Field.

1950       Giants’ right-hander Sal Maglie’s consecutive scoreless inning streak ends at 45 when Pirates’ outfielder Gus Bell hits a 257-foot pop fly that barely clears the Polo Grounds wall for a home run. The Barber’s accomplishment falls four outs shy of the National League record established in 1933 by Carl Hubbell.

1951       At Sportsman’s Park, the Cardinals split a three-team twin bill, beating the Giants 6-4 in a re-scheduled afternoon game due to rain the day before, and then the Redbirds are blanked by the Braves in the regularly scheduled night game, 2-0. The games mark the first time since 1883 that a three-team twin bill takes place.

1953       Bob Trice becomes the first black player to appear for the A’s. The former Homestead Grays hurler will pitch in only three games for Philadelphia this season, compiling a 2-1 record, finishing his brief three-year stint in the major leagues with a 9-9 mark.

1956       Pirates’ reliever Elroy Face appears in his ninth consecutive game, setting a major league record surpassed by Mike Marshall (1974) and Dale Mohoric (1986), who both had 13. The record-setting outing will prove less than memorable when the 28-year-old right-hander is tagged with a blown save and the loss after giving up three ninth-inning hits to the only three batters he faces in the team’s 5-4 defeat to the Reds at Forbes Field.

1960       The Dodgers end their historic affiliation with the Montreal Royals, citing low attendance as a factor for leaving the city where Jackie Robinson famously broke the color barrier in 1946. Next season, after an effort to keep the team in the City of a Hundred Steeples, the Canadian franchise relocates to New York, playing as the Syracuse Chiefs, a farm team for the Minnesota Twins.

1960       In the top of the fifth inning at Crosley Field, Danny Murphy hits a two-out, three-run home run in an 8-6 loss to the Reds. The 18-year-old right-fielder becomes the youngest Cubs player ever to homer.

1963       On Friday the 13th, hard-luck hurler Roger Craig, en route to his 21st loss of the season, allows the lone run of the game to score after getting the first two outs in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 1-0 loss to Houston at the Polo Grounds. The defeat marks the fifth time the New York right-hander has dropped a 1-0 decision this season.

1964       The Cardinals become only the second team in major league history this century to score at least one run in every inning as they rout Chicago, 15-2. A dropped pop-up in the top of the ninth secures St. Louis’ place in history.

1965       At the Astrodome facing Don Nottebart, Giant outfielder Willie Mays becomes the fifth player in major league history to collect 500 career home runs. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ will hit a league-leading and career-high 52 home runs en route to his second MVP season.

1968       Jerry Koosman ties the National League rookie record when he hurls his seventh shutout, blanking Pittsburgh on three singles. The left-hander’s 2-0 victory, the Mets’ 67th win of the season – a franchise high, equals the mark shared by Irving Young (Braves, 1905) and Grover Cleveland Alexander (Phillies, 1911).

1969       Bobby Bonds, with his first-inning two-run homer in the Giants’ 6-4 defeat to the Reds at Candlestick Park, becomes the fourth player in major league history to steal at least 30 bases and hit at least thirty home runs in the same season. The other members of the 30/30 club are Ken Williams (1922-Browns), Willie Mays (1956 & 1957-Giants), and Hank Aaron (1963-Braves).

1971       In the nightcap of a twin bill, Frank Robinson joins the 500 home run club with a ninth-inning three-run homer off Fred Scherman in the Orioles’ 10-5 loss to the Tigers at Memorial Stadium. The Baltimore right fielder connected off Mike Kilkenny for #499 in Game 1 of the doubleheader, a 9-1 Birds’ victory.

1978       At Tiger Stadium, the visiting Yankees defeat Detroit, 7-3, to take sole possession of first place for the first time this season. On July 19, the Bronx Bombers trailed the Red Sox by 14 games in the American East Division.

1982       In addition to throwing a complete-game shutout to beat St. Louis, 2-0, for his 20th victory of the season, Phillies’ southpaw Steve Carlton also goes deep in the fifth inning of the Veterans Stadium contest. The contest marks the fourth time ‘Lefty’ has blanked his opponents and homered in the same game, becoming the first pitcher to have accomplished the feat in three different decades.

1983       Mike Fitzgerald becomes the 48th major leaguer to hit a home run in his first big-league at-bat. The Mets rookie backstop’s second-inning homer of Tony Ghelfi contributes to a 5-1 victory over Philadelphia at Veterans Stadium.

1983       Recording his 39th save, Royals’ closer Dan Quisenberry breaks John Hiller’s single-season record. The submariner gets the last two outs in a 4-3 victory over the Angels.

1986       In a 14-1 rout of Minnesota at the Metrodome, the Rangers set a team record with seven home runs, including blasts from Darrell Porter (2), Ruben Sierra (2), Steve Buechele, Pete O’Brien, and Pete Incaviglia. Minnesota’s starter Bert Blyleven, a future Hall of Famer, is tagged for five of the round-trippers, which raises his gopher ball total to 44 this season, establishing a new American League record.

1986       Ruben Sierra becomes the first Ranger player to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same game when he goes deep off Bill Latham as a right-handed batter in the team’s 14-1 rout of the Twins. In the Metrodome contest, featuring a club-record seven home runs, the 20-year-old rookie switch-hitter also hit a round-tripper, facing future Hall of Fame right-hander Bert Blyleven in the third inning.

1989       Jack Morris, earning his 162nd win since the beginning of the 1980 season, beats the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium, 3-1. During the eighties, the Tiger right-hander compiles the most victories (162-119) during the decade but will never finish higher than third place in the Cy Young Award balloting during the ten years.

1989       Fay Vincent becomes baseball’s eighth commissioner, succeeding the late Bart Giamatti, who died of a heart attack 12 days ago. During the first year of his brief three-year tenure in office, the Waterbury, Connecticut native will oversee the postponement of this season’s World Series due to the Loma Prieta earthquake, the expulsion of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and the owners’ lockout during spring training in 1990.

1995       Tiger second baseman Lou Whitaker and shortstop Alan Trammell, appearing in the same game for the 1,915th time, set an American League record for joint appearances. The Detroit middle infielders surpass the mark established in 1990 by Royals’ teammates George Brett and Frank White.

1996       Alex Rodriguez became the first player in Mariners history to collect 200 hits in a season. The 20-year-old Seattle shortstop, who gets an RBI single off Minnesota’s Travis Miller in the first inning to reach the milestone, will finish the season with 215 hits and a Major League-leading .358 batting average.

1996       Dante Bichette joins his teammate Ellis Burks as a member of the 30/30 club when he homers in the sixth inning of Colorado’s 6-3 victory over Houston at Coors Field. The Rockies join the 1987 New York Mets as the only teams to have two 30-30 players (Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry) during the same season.

1997       Trailing 6-0 and down to their last strike, the Mets rally to tie the Expos, sending the game into extra innings when Carl Everett knots the score with a grand slam. In the 11th frame, Bernard Gilkey ends the contest with a three-run home run, wasting Montreal starter Dustin Hermanson’s one-hit, eight-inning performance at Shea Stadium.

1998       Sammy Sosa eclipses a National League record for the most home runs hit at one park by one player set by Ted Kluszewski when he hits his 35th at Wrigley Field, surpassing the former Reds first baseman’s 1954 total at Crosley Field. The Cubs’ right fielder’s 62nd ties Mark McGwire for the league’s lead in their historic home run race.

1998       Sammy Sosa’s ninth-inning homer in the bottom of the ninth off Eric Plunk helps to tie the game at ten runs apiece in the Cubs’ eventual 11-10 extra-inning victory over Milwaukee at Wrigley Field. The round-tripper, his second of the contest, surpasses Roger Maris’s single-season mark of 61, tying him with Mark McGwire for the league’s lead.

2001       Due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Major League Baseball postpones all games through September 17. The ninety-one games are re-scheduled for the week after the regular season ends, meaning the World Series will likely extend into November for the first time in history.

2002       Oriole infielder Mike Bordick establishes a new American League record, playing his 96th consecutive errorless game at shortstop. Former teammate Cal Ripken previously held the mark.

2002       The U.S. Senate passes S. Res. 327, a resolution honoring Tiger broadcaster Ernie Harwell, planning to retire at the end of the season. The 84-year-old has been a major league baseball announcer for 55 years.

2003       After signing a one-day contract, Ken Daneyko grounds out to short in his professional baseball debut with the Newark Bears. The former New Jersey Devils defenseman, honored by the team before the game, plays DH against the Pennsylvania Road Warriors in a game started in a driving rainstorm and called immediately after his at-bat.

2004       At Oakland’s Network Associates Coliseum, a female fan suffers a broken nose, facial lacerations, and a possible concussion from being struck by a plastic chair thrown by Ranger reliever Frank Francisco. The altercation between fans and the several Rangers players, which occurs in the field box seats between the Texas dugout and bullpen, occurs with two outs in the ninth inning after Texas’ Alfonso Soriano’s second homer of the game ties the game 5-5.

2005       During the six-run second inning uprising by San Diego, each Dodger outfielder commits an error. The fielding of Ricky Ledee (lf), Jose Cruz Jr. (rf), and Jayson Werth (cf) contribute to the 6-4 loss to the first-place Padres.

2006       In the Padres’ 10-0 rout of Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park, Mike Piazza hits his last home run as a catcher to extend his record to 396, the most ever hit by a major league backstop. The 37-year-old receiver surpassed Carlton Fisk in 2004 to establish the big-league mark with his 352nd round-tripper while playing behind the plate for the Mets.

2006       With a single in the first inning, a double in the second, and triple in the fourth, Gary Matthews blasts a homer in the sixth to complete the cycle in order in his first four at-bats. The Texas center fielder, son of a former major leaguer, is only the third Ranger player to hit for the cycle, with Oddibe McDowell (1985) and Mark Teixeira (2004) being the others.

2007       After 13 years on the job, Terry Ryan announces his resignation as Twins’ general manager will be effective at the end of the month. The 53-year-old, who will serve as the team’s senior advisor to the GM, saw his team win the AL Central last season for the fourth time since 2001.

2008       The Marlins become only the second major league team to have three infielders hit 30 home runs in the same season when Hanley Ramirez goes deep in Florida’s 4-2 victory over the Nationals at Dolphin Stadium. The Florida shortstop joins teammates first baseman Mike Jacobs and second baseman Dan Uggla to match the feat accomplished in 2001 by A’s infielders Jason Giambi, Eric Chavez, and Miguel Tejada.

2008       Francisco Rodriguez, striking out Raul Ibanez on a 3-2 changeup in the Angels’ 5-2 victory over the Mariners, earns his 58th save to break the single-season record. K-Rod surpasses the mark established in 1990 by White Sox closer Bobby Thigpen.

2009       At the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Ichiro Suzuki becomes the first player in major league history to collect 200 hits in nine consecutive seasons when he beats out an infield single in the Mariners’ 5-0 nightcap victory over Texas. The right-fielder shared the mark with Wee Willie Keeler, who had eight straight years with 200 or more hits for the National League franchises in Baltimore and Brooklyn from 1894-1901.

2011       After getting the first two outs on strikeouts, Mariano Rivera records his 600th career save when catcher Russell Martin throws out Ichiro Suzuki, trying to steal second base for the final out of the game. The 41-year-old Yankee closer is one save shy of tying Trevor Hoffman’s major league career record.

2013       In a much-anticipated start, David Hale sets a franchise record with nine strikeouts in his major league debut, not collecting the victory when San Diego stages a late rally to overcome a three-run deficit to beat the Braves at Turner Field, 4-3. The 25-year-old right-hander from Marietta (GA) surpasses the previous mark of eight shared by Bob Dresser (1902) and Kenshin Kawakami (2009).

2014       On the AT&T Park’s pitching mound, Giants skipper Bruce Bouchy hands the ball to his son, Brett, marking the first time an offspring has hurled for a major league team his father managed. The 27-year-old right-hander enters the game with the bases loaded and two out, walking in a run before recording the final out in the sixth inning.

2015       The Braves extend their franchise-record home-game losing streak, dropping a dreadful 10-7 ten-inning decision to the Mets for their 12th consecutive loss at Turner Field. Atlanta was leading 7-4 before Daniel Murphy’s three-run tied the game after the first two batters were retired in the top of the ninth inning.

2020       In only his 15th career big-league start, Cubs’ right-hander Alec Mills throws the 16th no-hitter in franchise history, beating the Brewers at Miller Park, 12-0. The no-no marks the first time both Chicago teams have tossed a hitless game in the same season after White Sox hurler Lucas Giolito accomplished the feat against the Pirates on August 25.

2020       Chicago right-hander Alec Mills hurls the franchise’s 16th no-hitter, facing 29 batters in the 12-0 rout of the Brewers at Miller Park. The game marks the second no-no thrown at the Milwaukee venue, the site of the Cubs Carlos Zambrano’s hitless contest, didn’t include the Brew Crew with the ballpark serving as a neutral site for an Astro contest moved from Houston because of Hurricane Ike.

2021       In a 15-1 rout of the Rangers at Globe Life Field, Astros outfielder Jose Siri enjoys a 4-for-5 night in his first major league start. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 26-year-old rookie becomes the first major leaguer to collect at least five RBIs, an official stat beginning in 1920, and hit two homers in his first appearance in the starting lineup.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1985

Kansas City Royals (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (3)

After winning seven West Division Titles, two American League pennants and participating in five out of the last ten Championship Series (76, 77, 78, 80, 85) the Kansas City Royals were still searching for that first elusive World Series title. The National League’s St. Louis Cardinals had played in thirteen Fall Classics, won nine of them and entered the ’85 contest #2 on the all-time world titles list (thirteen behind the New York Yankees).

With two powerhouses on the scorecard, the mid-eighties Classic promised to be a close race and most experts believed that it would all come down to pitching. The theory proved feasible as both clubs boasted stacked rotations including the Royals’ Bret Saberhagen (20-6 record) and the Cards’ John Tudor (21-8).

As the Series opened up at Royals Stadium, Tudor set the pace with a dominant debut that sent the home team home with a 3-1 defeat. The following day Charlie Leibrandt turned the tables and was throwing a 2-0 masterpiece going into the final inning with three more outs to go. What appeared to be the sweet taste of victory for manager Dick Howser’s Royals quickly turned sour as Jack Clark knocked in Willie McGee and it was all down hill from there. Tito Landrum followed with a double down the right field line that sent Clark to third and as the threatening Cesar Cedeno stepped to the plate, the Royal ace was forced to intentionally walk him. Now with the bases loaded, the strategy proved costly as Terry Pendleton doubled down the line in left, sending Clark, Landrum and Cedeno across the plate for the 4-2 comeback.

Now down two games to none, the sinking Royals entrusted Saberhagen to right their course as they entered the hostile waters of Busch Memorial Stadium. The sophomore right-hander got right down to business despite the distraction of his pregnant wife who was due any minute with their first child. In between flashing messages from the team’s bench to his spouse, the expectant father tossed a brilliant six hit, eight strikeout performance. Former Cardinal Lonnie Smith led the 6-1 offensive effort with a two run double off Joaquin Andujar in the fourth and teammate Frank White followed close behind with an RBI double and two run homer of his own.

Tudor returned for Game 4 and held the American League champs to five hits with home-run backing from both Landrum and McGee. Landrum (in for the injured Vince Coleman) nailed a solo blast off Bud Black in the second and McGee went on to match him in the third. Later in the fifth, Tom Nieto added a perfect squeeze-bunt and the Cardinals moved two games up with the 3-0 triumph. The deficit was familiar territory for the Royals who had trailed the Toronto Blue Jays three games to one in the American League Championship and Howser and company weren’t panicking yet.

The Cardinals planned to eliminate their opponents in Game 5 and started veteran Bob Forsch against a much younger and inexperienced Danny Jackson. Both teams struck for single runs in the first-inning, but KC added three more in the second including a two run triple by Willie Wilson. The surprise attack drove Forsch off the mound, but his rookie rival continued for a complete five hit, 6-1 victory that brought the Series back home.

Leibrandt headed to the mound for Game 6 and continued to pitch scoreless ball well into the seventh inning. Neither team changed the board though as Danny Cox matched the shutout and added eight-Ks going into the eighth. Brian Harper (who had substituted Cox at the plate) finally managed to break through the duel with a clutch, two out single that scored Pendleton who was stranded on second. Key Dayley replaced the departed Cox and worked a scoreless effort going into the bottom of the ninth. In a brilliant move, Howser sent in Darryl Motley (a right handed pinch-batter) to face the left handed closer. St. Louis Manager Whitey Herzog caught the move and called for right-hander Todd Worrell to replace Dayley. As the chess game continued, Howser countered with Jorge Orta in place of Motley. The lefty responded with a hot grounder towards first baseman Jack Clark who fielded it with a toss to the covering pitcher. Umpire Don Denkinger called Orta safe although everyone else in the park was convinced he had trailed Worrell by a step. Television replays indicated Denkinger was wrong, but the contested runner remained on first. Steve Balboni followed Orta with a textbook pop-out, but Clarke (still upset from the blown call) was unable to field the ball. Now with two runners on (including pinch-runner Onix Concepcion) Jim Sundberg bunted into a force out at third. As the revolving line-ups continued, Hal McRae stepped to the plate (for Buddy Biancalana) and was intentionally walked after Cardinals catcher Darrell Porter committed a passed ball that advanced all runners. Dane Iorg brought Concepcion home with a single to right followed close behind by Sundberg who avoided Porter’s tag at home and the Royals tied the Series with the 2-1 victory.

Saberhagen was the obvious choice for the grand finale (despite becoming a father the day before) and the proud parent obliterated the Cards with a brilliant five hit shutout. St. Louis’ rotation did not fare as well as Motley hammered a two run homer off Tudor in the second, Balboni delivered a two run single in the three run, third and Lonnie Smith launched a two run double in the six run, fifth. George Brett went four-for-five and Motley finished with three hits in the 11-0 massacre that crowned the “Comeback Kings” as World Series Champions.

After almost a decade of “close, but no cigar” the Royals (and Saberhagen) finally had both.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1993

This time the National League fired the first shot as American League starter Mark Langston was rocked for a two-run homer by Gary Sheffield that also brought in Barry Bonds.

The American League was not concerned and answered back with two home runs of their own. After shaking off the first-inning, the American League pitching staff got down to business and allowed only one run, four hits and didn’t walk a batter.

Kirby Puckett, who had no extra-base hits in seven previous All-Star Games, hit a bases-empty homer in the second and had a run-scoring double in a three-run fifth-inning rally that broke a 2-2 tie and sent the American League to its sixth straight victory. The National League continued to raise the bar on their record for consecutive losses, but little did they know, the streak was about to end.

FOOTBALL HISTORY

September 13, 1981 – The Atlanta Falcons tie a record when they scored 31 points in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers. At the start of the final stanza the Pack had a 17 point lead at home in the confines of Lambeau Field but the Falcon’s quarterback Steve Bartowski and company had not given up even though they had not scored a point all day due in part to a stifling Packer’s defense. The Falcon’s defense became increasingly aggressive with blitz packages that stalled the Green Bay offense and Bartowski found his top wide out Alfred Jenkins with some key strikes to move the Atlanta “O” down the field to paydirt. It looked like Green Bay at one point had found its offense again as they moved the ball with passes from Lynne Dickey to wide out James Lofton, but a back breaking fumble by running back Terdell Middleton and subsequent 57 yard scoop and score by Falcon’s defender LB Joel Williams kept the game’s momentum with Atlanta. Final score 31-17.

September 13, 1987 – Quarterback Steve DeBerg set a Tampa Bay Buccaneer record as he connects on 5 touchdown passes during a game against the Atlanta Falcons in a 48-10 romp by the Bucs. over their divisional rivals.

September 13, 1992 – The New York Giants come close to a late comeback win of their own against their divisional rival the Dallas Cowboys. Down 34-0 in the third quarter the G-Men put up 28 unanswered points but fall short as the “Boys step up late to hold onto a 34-28 “W.”

September 13, 1999 – The Denver Bronco’s officially retire quarterback John Elway’s number 7 jersey.

September 13, 2018 – Internet Giant, Amazon live streams an NFL game with an all-female broadcast team. During the Cincinnati Bengals versus Baltimore Ravens contest the voices of Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm graced the soundwaves to entertain the web viewing audience. The Bengals ended up on top 34-23.

September 13, 2020 – A full slate of Sunday games kicked off the NFL regular season during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most states of these games did not allow fans into the stadiums to watch the games live, but television coverage brought the action into the safety of most American homes. Big news items of this day were how players would respond to recent social events at the National Anthem, of which television would not air. A NFL record for the age of starting quarterbacks was reached as the Tom Brady led Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveled to face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints. The Saints triumphed 34-23 after Brady threw 2 interceptions, including a pick six. The Washington Football Team played their first game after dropping the controversial Redskins nickname, as they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 27-17. The Los Angeles Rams opened up their new home field that they share with the LA Chargers, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA as they knocked off the Dallas Cowboys 20-17.

SUPER BOWL HISTORY-SUPER BOWL 2

Jan. 14, 1968

At Miami—75,546

Green Bay    3    13    10    7    —    33

Oakland    0    7    0    7    —    14

After winning its third consecutive NFL Championship, Green Bay captured its second straight Super Bowl in a game that drew the first $3 million gate in football history. Bart Starr was again chosen the game’s most valuable player as he completed 13 of 24 passes for 202 yards.

Starr’s 62-yard pass to a wide-open Boyd Dowler gave the Packers a 13-0 second quarter lead. Don Chandler kicked four field goals and Herb Adderley capped the Green Bay scoring with a 60-yard interception return. The Raiders’ two touchdowns came on a pair of 23-yard passes from Daryle Lamonica to Bill Miller.

The game marked the last for Vince Lombardi as Packer coach, ending nine years at Green Bay in which he won six Western Conference Championships, five NFL Championships and two Super Bowls.

HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S

September 13, 1898 – Glenn Killinger was a former Penn State University quarterback. As World War I broke out Killinger was informed that at 17 year of age he was too young to enlist in the U.S. Army so instead he enrolled at Penn State in Metalurgical Engineering. While at the school he met a very influential person in his life, Coach Hugo Bezdek. Bezdek was quite an accomplished athlete in his own right (we will get into him in much more detail on his birthday April 1). The player and coach clicked, and Bezdek molded the young Glenn Killinger into a fine QB and a great basball player too! Killinger earned 9 letters in athletics at PSU for football, baseball and basketball. During the 1921 gridiron season, Walter Camp selected the great broken-field runner as the quarterback of the first-team All-American Football Players. The highly regarded sports writer, Grantland Rice described Killinger as “one of the best running quarterbacks.” Legendary coaches Pop Warner and John Heisman compared him to Jim Thorpe for being one of the greatest multisport athletes in America. After graduation Killinger played professional football for the NFL’s Canton Bulldogs and New York Giants as well as for the 1st AFL’s Philadelphia Quakers. The athletic Killinger also played minor league baseball for 10 years and had a stint in the Big Leagues with the New York Yankees. Somehow he also fit in being the Head Football Coach at Dickinson College (1922), Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute (1927-1931), Moravian College (1933), West Chester University (1934-1959 except 1944) and the North Carolina Flight School (1944). His career college coaching record was 176-72-16. Glenn found the time to coach some college baseball and basketball too as well as being a minor league baseball manager to boot! The College Football of Fame chose him to enter their hallowed halls in 1971.

September 13, 1915 – Clint Frank was a former Yale University halfback. At Yale he was a two year captain of the team and earned the selection as an All-American player. In 1937 he won both the Maxwell Award and the Heismann Ward, beating out the legendary Byron “Whizzer” White, for his great play on the field. Though he was chosen by the Detroit Lions in the 12th round of the 1938 NFL Draft he never signed on and thus did not play football at the professional level. He eventually served his country in the Army Air Corp as a Lieutenant Colonel during World War II. The College Football of Fame selected Frank to enter the Hall in 1955’s entry class per the National Football Foundation.

September 13, 1922 – Zygmont Czarobski was a former tackle from the University of Notre Dame that played during the mid-1940’s. Czarobski’s Fighting Irish play was interrupted for a couple seasons as he served in the military during World War II but he went right back after the war to finish his studies and his playing eligibility. Zygmont played pro football in the All-American Football Conference for the Chicago Hornets and Chicago Rockets. He was selected to enter the College Football of Fame in 1977.

FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS

In the early 1920s, George Halas was desperately seeking a special gate attraction to help draw attention not only to his Chicago Bears team but also to the National Football League as a whole. University of Illinois running back Harold “Red” Grange, who ran with ghostlike speed and elusiveness, seemed to be the answer.

Although college stars rarely turned to pro football in those days, Halas and his partner Dutch Sternaman pondered just how much Grange could do for their team. Grange, who worked as an ice deliveryman during his college summers agreed to play for the Bears.

On Thanksgiving Day, 1925, just 10 days after Grange’s last college game, 36,600 filled Cubs Park (now known as Wrigley Field) to see Red’s pro debut against the Chicago Cardinals. Ten days later more than 70,000 packed New York’s Polo Grounds to see Red and the Bears take on the New York Giants.

Sensing that a rare opportunity was at hand, Grange’s agent, C. C. “Cash and Carry” Pyle, Halas and Sternaman, lined up an exhausting “barnstorming tour” of the country winning thousands of new fans for pro football. When Pyle and the Bears ownership couldn’t agree on terms for the 1926 season, Pyle formed a rival American Football League with a team in New York called the Yankees that featured Grange.

While the Yankees had moderate success, the rest of the league failed. Pyle was allowed to move his team into the NFL in 1927 but Grange suffered a crippling knee injury during a game against the Bears. “l didn’t play at all in 1928,”Grange remembers. “l was just an ordinary ball-carrier after that. I did develop into a pretty good defensive back, however.”

Halas invited Grange back to the Bears in 1929 and he remained with them through the 1934 season. In the 1933 NFL Championship Game, Grange was a defensive hero with a difficult touchdown-saving tackle in the final seconds.

SPORTS BY THE NUMBERS

9 – 23 – 18 – 21 – 56 – 24 – 25 – 29 – 32 – 35 – 28 – 17 – 7 – 30

September 13, 1883 – Hugh Daily, a one-armed pitcher for Cleveland (Forest City), tosses 1-0 no-hitter against Philadelphia

September 13, 1902 – Chicago Cubs infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance appear together as teammates for 1st time, creating the famed double-play combination of “Tinker to Evers to Chance”

September 13, 1907 – Canadian Interprovincial Rugby Football Union (IRFU) forms with merge of Hamilton Tigers, Toronto Argonauts (ORFU) and Ottawa Rough Riders, Montreal FC (QRFU)

September 13, 1909 – Ty Cobb clinched the AL HR title with his 9th HR (all inside-the-park)

September 13, 1925 – Brooklyn Dodger Dazzy Vance no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies line-up, in 10-1 Dodgers win

September 13, 1927 – The New York Yankees clinched the AL pennant after 5-3 win over Cleveland Indians at Yankee Stadium; Babe Ruth hits HR #52 en route to MLB record 60

September 13, 1936 – 17 year old Cleveland Indians future Baseball HOF pitcher Number 9, Bob Feller strikes out then record 17 Philadelphia A’s in 5-2 win at League Park, Cleveland

September 13, 1938 – Alexander Cartwright is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cartwright is one of the men credited as the inventor of modern baseball

September 13, 1953 – Pitcher Bob Trice, Number 23 became the first black player for Philadelphia Athletics

September 13, 1954 – Cincinnati Redlegs first baseman Ted Kluszewski, Number 18 scored a run in his record 17th consecutive game as Reds lose 5-4 to Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field

September 13, 1958 – Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn (Number 21) was the first left handed pitcher to win 20 or more games in nine different seasons

September 13, 1963 – Number 56, Jim Bouton’s 20th win clinched the Yankees 28th pennant

September 13, 1965 – Willie Mays, Number 24 smacked his 500th career home run off of Don Nottebart, to aid the San Francisco Giants to an 11th straight win

September 13, 1969 – San Francisco Giant Bobby Bonds, Number 25 is baseballs 4th 30-HR, 30-steal player

September 13, 1982 – Joe Lefebvre, Number 18 earned 6 hits in one baseball game

September 13, 1982 – MLB Phillies Steve Carlton (Number 32) tossed a beautiful complete-game shutout and hits a home run for the 4th time in his career, in 2-0 win over St. Louis, at Veteran’s Stadium, Philadelphia; he becomes only pitcher to do so in three different decades

September 13, 1983 – Dan Quisenberry, Number 29 record 39th season save

September 13, 1983 – Oakland’s Rickey Henderson (Number 35) had a 3rd straight season where he stole at least 100 bases.

September 13, 1986 – Bert Blyleven, Number 28 gave up a record 44 HRs in a season

September 13, 1987 – Tampa Bay quarterback Steve DeBerg, Number 17 establishes a franchise record with 5 touchdown passes in the Buccaneers 48-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons

September 13, 1991 – Joe Carter, Number 29 1st baseball player with 3 consecutive 100 RBI seasons with 3 different teams (Indians, Padres, Blue Jays)

September 13, 1999 – John Elway’s Number 7 jersey is retired by the Denver Broncos

September 13, 2020 – Chicago Cubs pitcher Alec Mills, Number 30 threw a no-hit performance the Milwaukee Brewers, 12-0 at Miller Park, Milwaukee

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