ALL-STAR GAME

AMERICAN LEAGUE 3 NATIONAL LEAGUE 2

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COLTS TRAINING CAMP

JULY 27, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

JULY 28, THURSDAY: KIDS’ DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

JULY 30, SATURDAY: “BACK TOGETHER SATURDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, 7 P.M.

AUG. 2, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON  

AUG. 3, WEDNESDAY: SALUTE TO SERVICE DAY; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 4, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON  

AUG. 7, SUNDAY: “GIVE BACK SUNDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 8, MONDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 10, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 11, THURSDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 13, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME AT BUFFALO, 4 P.M. ET 

AUG. 16, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON 

AUG. 17, WEDNESDAY: FAN APPRECIATION DAY; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 18, THURSDAY: “THIRSTY THURSDAY”; OPEN PRACTICE WITH DETROIT LIONS, NOON

AUG. 20, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. DETROIT, 1 P.M.

AUG. 23, TUESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG. 24, WEDNESDAY: OPEN PRACTICE, NOON

AUG., 25, THURSDAY: FINAL OPEN PRACTICE, 10 A.M. 

NFL PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

NFL/HALL OF FAME GAME – AUGUST 4

JACKSONVILLE VS. LAS VEGAS (NBC)

WEEK 1 (AUGUST 11-15)

TENNESSEE AT BALTIMORE

INDIANAPOLIS AT BUFFALO

KANSAS CITY AT CHICAGO

ARIZONA AT CINCINNATI

DALLAS AT DENVER

ATLANTA AT DETROIT

NEW ORLEANS AT HOUSTON

CLEVELAND AT JACKSONVILLE

MINNESOTA AT LAS VEGAS

L.A. RAMS AT L.A. CHARGERS

N.Y. GIANTS AT NEW ENGLAND

N.Y. JETS AT PHILADELPHIA

SEATTLE AT PITTSBURGH

GREEN BAY AT SAN FRANCISCO

MIAMI AT TAMPA BAY

CAROLINA AT WASHINGTON

WEEK 2 (AUGUST 18-22)

BALTIMORE AT ARIZONA (8/21, FOX)

DENVER AT BUFFALO

PHILADELPHIA AT CLEVELAND

NEW ORLEANS AT GREEN BAY

DETROIT AT INDIANAPOLIS

PITTSBURGH AT JACKSONVILLE

WASHINGTON AT KANSAS CITY

DALLAS AT L.A. CHARGERS

HOUSTON AT L.A. RAMS

LAS VEGAS AT MIAMI

SAN FRANCISCO AT MINNESOTA

CAROLINA AT NEW ENGLAND

CINCINNATI AT N.Y. GIANTS

ATLANTA AT N.Y. JETS (8/22, ESPN)

CHICAGO AT SEATTLE (8/18, ESPN)

TAMPA BAY AT TENNESSEE

WEEK 3 (AUGUST 25-29)

JACKSONVILLE AT ATLANTA

WASHINGTON AT BALTIMORE

BUFFALO AT CAROLINA

L.A. RAMS AT CINCINNATI

CHICAGO AT CLEVELAND

SEATTLE AT DALLAS

MINNESOTA AT DENVER

SAN FRANCISCO AT HOUSTON (8/25, PRIME VIDEO)

TAMPA BAY AT INDIANAPOLIS

GREEN BAY AT KANSAS CITY

NEW ENGLAND AT LAS VEGAS

PHILADELPHIA AT MIAMI

L.A. CHARGERS AT NEW ORLEANS

N.Y. GIANTS AT N.Y. JETS

DETROIT AT PITTSBURGH (8/28, CBS)

ARIZONA AT TENNESSEE

WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 08, 2022

BUFFALO BILLS AT LOS ANGELES RAMS (THU) 5:20P (PT) 8:20P NBC

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2022

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

CLEVELAND BROWNS AT CAROLINA PANTHERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P FOX

PITTSBURGH STEELERS AT CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT DETROIT LIONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS AT HOUSTON TEXANS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS AT MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

BALTIMORE RAVENS AT NEW YORK JETS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS AT ARIZONA CARDINALS 1:25P (MST) 4:25P CBS

LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS

GREEN BAY PACKERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

NEW YORK GIANTS AT TENNESSEE TITANS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT DALLAS COWBOYS 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2022

DENVER BRONCOS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (MON) 5:15P (PT) 8:15P ESPN/ABC

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Stanton, Buxton lead AL over NL in 9th straight All-Star win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Giancarlo Stanton homered into an especially sweet spot in his Dodger Stadium homecoming at the All-Star Game, putting his name alongside some of the sluggers he loved watching from the left field seats as a kid.

Byron Buxton followed with another drive and the American League won its ninth straight Midsummer Classic, beating the National League 3-2 on Tuesday night.

AL manager Dusty Baker reminded his team of the winning streak before the game.

“We had to hold it down for him and keep it going,” Stanton said.

Fans rooting for a tie score after nine innings so they could see a first-time home run derby decide the winner instead of extra innings didn’t get their wish.

Instead, the back-to-back homers in the fourth inning were the difference as the AL boosted its overall edge to 47-43-2.

Facing 11-game winner Tony Gonsolin of the Dodgers, Stanton’s impressive 457-foot, two-run shot landed in the left-field pavilion.

“He smokes them,” NL manager Brian Snitker said. “Big, strong kid.”

Stanton and his father, Mike, would sit out there after buying tickets off scalpers for whatever price they could afford.

“My Pops took me to my first Dodger game, showed me how to have love for this game and now we’re here,” the New York Yankees slugger said. “Look at us, it’s just incredible.”

Despite his love for the home team, Stanton thrilled at seeing the visiting sluggers.

“It was really the big boppers when they came into town,” he said. “I wanted to see (Mark) McGwire, (Sammy) Sosa and (Barry) Bonds, even if it was two at-bats. All that wraps around full circle.”

Stanton was chosen the game’s MVP, receiving a glass bat engraved with his name from two-time MVP Steve Garvey and Billie Jean King, part of the Dodgers ownership.

“It hasn’t fully sank in,” he said. “It’s going to be an amazing memory for all of our lives.”

The homer ended Stanton’s career 0 for 7 skid in the game and at 111.2 mph, it was the hardest-hit homer in an All-Star Game tracked by Statcast. Also scoring was Jose Ramirez, tying the game 2-all.

Four pitches later, Buxton went deep to give the AL a 3-2 lead against a clearly frustrated Gonsolin, who took the loss.

Nine-time All-Star Clayton Kershaw got the first start of his career for the NL in his home ballpark, with the Dodgers hosting for the first time since 1980. Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani got the game’s first hit on Kershaw’s first pitch.

Framber Valdez of Houston got the win, tossing a scoreless third inning.

AL starter Shane McClanahan of Tampa Bay gave up two runs and four hits. The first-time All-Star, who owns an MLB-leading 1.71 ERA, had allowed four hits or fewer in his last seven starts.

McClanahan combined with 10 other pitchers on the five-hitter. Cleveland closer Emmanuel Clase put on quite a show, striking out the side in the ninth to earn the save.

Austin Riley’s single in the eighth was the NL’s only hit after the first inning.

Ohtani led off for the AL as the designated hitter. Interviewed moments before the start, the Japanese superstar said, in English, he was going to swing. He cracked a 91-mph fastball into center field on the first pitch.

“I was definitely swinging a hundred percent,” Ohtani later said through a translator. “Kershaw has really good command.”

His hit snapped an 0 for 8 streak as a hitter against Kershaw. Last year, Ohtani was the starting pitcher and led off as the DH in the AL’s 5-2 win at Denver. He didn’t pitch this year so he can start Friday in the Angels’ first game after the break at Atlanta.

“I mean, you can’t throw the first pitch of an All-Star Game as a breaking ball,” Kershaw said. “You kind of had to give him a heater there, I think just for everything. Had to do it.”

But the three-time NL Cy Young Award winner had the last word. Kershaw fired a pickoff throw to first that caught Ohtani off the bag.

“Honestly, I didn’t know quite know what to throw yet. Sometimes I throw over there for a second to be convicted with the pitch,” Kershaw said. “I wasn’t trying to pick him off. I was trying to delay the game for a bit, but it worked out.”

Then the Yankees’ Aaron Judge, who leads the majors in home runs, went down swinging. After Rafael Devers walked, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounded into a fielder’s choice, and Kershaw walked off to applause from the appreciative crowd.

“I tried to take a minute at the beginning to take it all in and look around, which I usually never do,” Kershaw said. “It kind of calmed everything down for me and then I had a lot of fun.”

The NL wasted no time in taking its first 2-0 lead in 10 years. Styling in yellow spikes and alternate yellow and red sleeves, Ronald Acuna Jr. led off the bottom of the first with a ground-rule double to left and scored on Mookie Betts’ single. Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer with two outs.

In between runs, Guardians second baseman Andres Gimenez made a defensive stop on Manny Machado and followed with a dazzling behind-the-back toss to shortstop Tim Anderson, who threw to first to complete the double play.

A sellout crowd of 52,518 filled Dodger Stadium two years after the third-oldest ballpark in the majors was supposed to host before the game was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HERE’S TO YOU, MS. ROBINSON

Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts, with all of the other All-Stars bunched behind him, led the crowd in sending out 100th birthday wishes to Rachel Robinson. On his 1-2-3 count, the crowd and players shouted “Happy birthday, Rachel!” The widow of Jackie Robinson didn’t travel from her home in Connecticut. She visited Dodger Stadium in April on Jackie Robinson Day to mark the 75th anniversary of her husband breaking baseball’s color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Jackie Robinson’s achievement was honored with on-field comments by Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington and a presentation on the video boards.

FIRST PITCH

Backed by a mariachi band, Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela tossed out the ceremonial first pitch. Fittingly, first-time All-Star Alejandro Kirk of Toronto served as catcher. Kirk and Valenzuela were both born in Mexico. Fernandomania gripped the Dodgers in 1981, when the left-hander won Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award in helping LA win the World Series.

FASHION CRITICS

The reviews were mostly negative for the second straight year on the All-Star uniforms. The AL wore dark gray uniforms that blended into the plate umpire’s black shirt and dark gray pants. The NL wore all-white uniforms. Both had gold lettering. Fans were critical on social media, with “atrocious” a frequent critique. Last year, MLB went away from wearing traditional jerseys, which met with heavy online criticism.

MIC’ED UP MANOAH

Alek Manoah, Toronto’s expressive right-hander, wore a microphone and earpiece while pitching the second inning, engaging in an entertaining conversation with Fox analyst and Hall of Famer John Smoltz. “How hard am I throwing?” Manoah asked early. He also sought scouting reports on Joc Pederson and Acuna Jr. Manoah did fine, striking out three and also plunking Jeff McNeil with a pitch. A lot of players were mic’ed up. Fans heard Judge and Stanton talking back and forth while playing the outfield, and Yankees batterymates Nestor Cortes and Jose Trevino talking while working together.

THE SHIFT IS STILL ON

Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman batted in the third to the now familiar chants of “Freddie! Freddie!” Even in the exhibition game, an extreme shift was on and he was thrown out from right field. Home Run Derby champion Juan Soto got thrown out by the third baseman playing much closer to second base to end the fifth. Next season, the shift is likely going away in the majors.

TAKING IT EASY

Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, the voice of the Dodgers for 67 years before retiring in 2016, watched the game from his Los Angeles home. The Bronx-born 94-year-old began calling games when the franchise was located in Brooklyn and followed the team out West ahead of the 1958 season.

UP NEXT

The regular season resumes with six games on Thursday, including Stanton, Judge and the Yankees playing a doubleheader at Houston. The Yankees own the best record in the majors at 64-28. Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez and Baker’s Astros have the second-best mark in the AL at 59-32.

“I just regret that we have to play him a doubleheader on Thursday,” Baker said. “But for today, we’re on the same side.”

Also, it will be Freeman, Betts, Trea Turner and the Dodgers, topping the NL at 60-30, hosting the Giants.

Ohtani mum on trade talk: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future’

Los Angeles Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani is staying focused despite the Aug. 2 trade deadline looming.

“It doesn’t really change what I do, of course,” Ohtani said in Japanese, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “As long as I’m with the Angels, I want to do my job the best I can.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future, but like I said, I’d like to focus game by game on what I have to do: pitching and hitting.”

Ohtani, who’s eligible to test free agency after the 2023 campaign, was mum on the idea of leaving the struggling Angels through a trade.

“More than my feelings, that will be determined by what the organization wants to do,” the reigning AL MVP said. “When it comes to something I can’t control, I don’t really have any feelings about what I want.”

The 28-year-old is firmly in contention to become the first player since Miguel Cabrera (2012-13) to win back-to-back MVPs. He went deep 19 times with 10 steals and an .835 OPS as a hitter before the All-Star break while also making a case for a Cy Young finalist nomination thanks to a 2.38 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and 12.7 K/9 over 15 starts (87 innings).

Hornets forward Bridges facing 3 domestic violence charges

LOS ANGELES (AP) Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges is facing three felony domestic violence charges after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend in front of their two children last month, the Los Angeles County district attorney said Tuesday.

District Attorney George Gascon said his office filed one felony count of injuring a child’s parent and two felony counts of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death. Bridges is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

“Children who witness family violence are especially vulnerable and the impact on them is immeasurable,” Gascon said.

Bridges was arrested on June 29 by Los Angeles police and was later released on $130,000 bond.

The Hornets and the NBA both said they were aware of the charges filed against Bridges.

“These are very serious charges that we will continue to monitor,” the Hornets said. “As this is a legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

Bridges’ agent, Rich Paul, could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Mychelle Johnson, the mother of Bridges’ two young children, addressed the incident on Instagram on July 1, posting several pictures of injuries and a medical report that read “adult victim of physical abuse by male partner; Assault by strangulation, Brain concussion; Closed fracture of nasal bone; Contusion of rib; Multiple bruises; Strain of neck muscle.”

“I hate that it has come to this but I can’t be silent anymore. I’ve allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our kids for life,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “I have nothing to prove to the world, but I won’t allow anyone who could do something so horrible to have no remorse and paint a picture of something I’m not. I won’t allow the people around him to continue to silence me and continue to lie to protect this person.”

The 24-year-old Bridges is a restricted free agent who was expected to command big money in the free agent market this summer following a breakout season.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Bridges was the Hornets’ leading scorer last season, averaging 20.2 points and seven rebounds in his fourth NBA season.

The Hornets have extended Bridges a qualifying offer allowing them a chance to match any offer sheet made by another team. The team had indicated prior to knowledge of Bridges’ arrest that it wanted to re-sign him.

Mets’ deGrom sim game delayed amid mild shoulder soreness

NEW YORK (AP) Mets ace Jacob deGrom pushed back a simulated game scheduled for Tuesday after experiencing muscle soreness in his right shoulder.

New York said deGrom’s soreness was mild and the right-hander’s live batting practice was delayed to Thursday “out of an abundance of caution.”

The two-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined since spring training with a stress reaction in his right scapula. He made his third minor league rehab start last Thursday, pitching four innings of one-run ball for Triple-A Syracuse. He has been expected to return shortly after the All-Star break.

The Mets say he played catch Monday and Tuesday before opting not to face hitters at the team’s spring complex in Florida.

Manfred defends treatment of minor leaguers, presses Oakland

LOS ANGELES (AP) Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred defended the sport’s treatment of minor leaguers, prompting immediate criticism from a players’ advocacy group.

“I kind of reject the premise of the question that minor league players are not paid a living wage,” Manfred told the Baseball Writers’ Association of America before Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

“I think that we’ve made real strides in the last few years in terms of what minor league players are paid, even putting to one side the signing bonuses that many of them have already received. They receive housing, which obviously is another form of compensation.”

MLB raised minimum salaries in 2021, increasing Class A pay from $290 to $500 per week, Double-A from $350 to $600, and Triple-A from $502 to $700 over the roughly five-month season. Players are only paid in-season, with salaries ranging from roughly $5,000-$15,000 annually.

Amateur players residing in the United States and Canada who are selected in this week’s amateur draft have slot values for their signing bonuses, which clubs use as guidelines, ranging from $8.8 million for the first pick to just under $150,000 for the last selections of the 10th and final round. MLB says it spends about $450 million each year on signing bonuses for first-year players.

Last November, MLB announced it was requiring teams to provide furnished accommodations, with a single bed per player and no more than two players per bedroom. Teams are responsible for basic utility bills.

“Most minor league baseball players work second jobs because their annual salaries are insufficient to make ends meet,” Harry Marino, executive director of Advocates for Minor Leaguers, said in a statement responding to Manfred. “His suggestion that minor league pay is acceptable is both callous and false.”

Papers filed Friday in federal court revealed MLB agreed to pay $185 million to settle a lawsuit by minor leaguers. MLB agreed in the deal to rescind any prohibitions against teams paying wages to minor league players outside of the season.

An early estimate is that perhaps 23,000 players could share the money with an average payment of $5,000 to $5,500, with $55.5 million going to the players’ lawyers.

Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked Manfred to explain by next Tuesday the impact of potential legislation stripping the sport’s antitrust exemption from covering the sport’s relationship with minor league players.

While players with major league contracts are unionized, players with minor league contracts are not. The Major League Baseball Players Association gave Advocates for Minor Leaguers $50,000 last November, according to a federal disclosure statement.

“It is exciting to see players recognizing and appreciating the power of their collective voice in effecting positive change in things that they live day to day,” union head Tony Clark, a former first baseman, told the BBWAA in a question-and-answer session prior to Manfred’s. “Harry Marino and the Advocates for Minor Leaguers have done a tremendous job in engaging and educating the the minor leaguers and helping them to find their voice. … We are watching. We are providing support when and where possible.”

In other news:

– Manfred said the Oakland Athletics need to quickly reach a binding agreement for a new ballpark, and that relocation – the team is exploring Las Vegas – could be considered if a deal isn’t struck for a facility in the Bay Area. “It needs to happen now. It needs to be done.”

– His preferred location for a new Rays ballpark would be on the Tampa side of the bay rather than in St. Petersburg, but he says the site alone won’t be a determining factor.

– MLB is moving ahead with plans for advertising on uniforms next season. The new labor contract agreed to in March allows teams to add uniform and helmet advertising patches. San Diego in April became the first team to announce a deal for 2023, with Motorola. “I think that jersey patches advertisements on jerseys are a reality of life in professional sports,” Manfred said.

– Clark is worried about the sport’s increased commercial deals with sports gambling companies. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2018 to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which outlawed sports betting. A BetMGM Retail Sportsbook opened this year at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., and DraftKings is building a sports book scheduled to open next year at the southeast corner of Wrigley Field. “We’re entering a very delicate and, dare I say, dangerous world here,” Clark said. “When you have players suggest that no sooner was PASPA repealed, that they started to have book houses following them on social media, that gets you a little twitchy pretty quick.”

– MLB says it is unable to let former and current major leaguers who defected from Cuba play for their nation in the World Baseball Classic. The Association of Cuban Professional Baseball Players was formed with the goal of gaining entry to the WBC, which will be played next March 8-21.

Tony Clark appears likely to stay on as baseball union head

LOS ANGELES (AP) Tony Clark appears likely to stay on as head of the baseball players’ association.

“There’s a lot of work that needs to be done, and I am more than committed to continue to do it,” the former All-Star first baseman told the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Tuesday.

Now 50, Clark took over as union head in late 2013 following the death of Michael Weiner. Clark led the union during labor negotiations in 2016 and during the deal in March that followed a 99-day lockout. The new agreement expires in December 2026.

Bruce Meyer headed the day-to-day bargaining during the most recent talks and was promoted last week to deputy executive director from senior director of collective bargaining and legal.

The union’s key decisions are made by a 38-man executive committee, which includes an eight-man executive subcommittee. Seven of the eight members of the executive subcommittee made $12 million or more in 2021 and the other made $3.5 million.

While the executive subcommittee voted 8-0 against approving the five-year contract, team player representatives voted 26-4 in favor, leaving the overall ballot at 26-12 for ratification.

Clark said voices are heard from lower-paid members of the union.

“The veteran players were the most vocal players about improving the system for the younger players,” Clark said. “They recognize the changes that were happening in the game and they recognize because they are in the clubhouse with the young players and wanting to let them know that they had their back when sitting down to negotiate.”

The agreement included a $50 million annual bonus pool for players not yet eligible for arbitration.

Clark said players pushed for “the acknowledgment that younger players were delivering more value and needed to realize more of that value.”

NFL Training Camps Open This Week

NFL clubs this week begin on-field preparations for the 2022 season. Two clubs, Buffalo and Las Vegas, have rookies reporting today while the Raiders, who will face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the NFL/Hall of Fame Game on August 4 (8:00 PM ET, NBC) in Canton, OH, have veterans reporting on Wednesday and will be the first club to have its entire team on-site.

The defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams, who host Buffalo in the league’s annual primetime kickoff game on September 8 (8:20 PM ET, NBC), have rookies and veterans reporting on Saturday.  

Tomorrow, rookies from eight clubs will report: Atlanta, Baltimore, the Los Angeles Chargers, Miami, New England, New Orleans, the New York Giants and New York Jets. For every club except Buffalo, Jacksonville, Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Rams, veterans will report Tuesday, July 26.

On Saturday, July 30, for the second-consecutive year, all 32 clubs will hold practice with club-led fan events. July 30 will be branded as Training Camp: Back Together Saturday presented by Wilson, with NFL Network providing 13 hours of live coverage, beginning at 9:00 AM ET. NFL Network’s “Inside Training Camp” kicks off July 25, providing extensive coverage of training camps throughout the summer.

In a growing trend, 24 clubs have scheduled joint practices with other teams, beginning with Miami and Tampa Bay on August 10 at AdventHealth Training Center in Tampa, FL. Both teams are among the eight that will practice against multiple opponents, along with Atlanta, Dallas, New England, the New York Jets, Philadelphia and Tennessee.

Seven clubs will be spending camp away from their facilities – Buffalo (St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY), Carolina (Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC), Dallas (Marriott Residence Inn at River Ridge in Oxnard, CA), Indianapolis (Grand Park in Westfield, IN), Kansas City (Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO), the Los Angeles Rams (University of California, Irvine) and Pittsburgh (Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA).

Excluding 2020, the 25 clubs (78 percent) that are opting to “stay home” this summer, trailing only 2021 for the most such teams since 2000. Teams considered to be “staying home” hold camp at their respective practice facility, home stadium or at a site within 10 miles of their team headquarters. In 2000, only 10 of 31 (32 percent) teams stayed close to home.

The number of NFL teams that stayed home for the entirety of training camp since 2000:

YEARNFL TEAMS WITH HOME TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)YEARNFL TEAMS WITH HOME
TRAINING CAMPS (PCT.)
200010 of 31 (32%) 201219 of 32 (59%)
20019 of 31 (29%) 201320 of 32 (63%)
200210 of 32 (31%) 201420 of 32 (63%)
200314 of 32 (44%) 201521 of 32 (66%)
200415 of 32 (47%) 201620 of 32 (63%)
200517 of 32 (53%) 201721 of 32 (66%)
200615 of 32 (47%) 201821 of 32 (66%)
200716 of 32 (50%) 201922 of 32 (69%)
200815 of 32 (47%)2020*32 of 32 (100%)
200917 of 32 (53%) 202126 of 32 (81%)
201017 of 32 (53%) 202225 of 32 (78%)
201119 of 32 (59%) 

*All teams trained at home due to COVID-19 pandemic

The following is a list of joint-practice sessions scheduled for 2022:

FIRST SESSIONTRAVELING TEAMHOST TEAMLOCATION
8/10MiamiTampa BayTampa, FL
8/11DallasDenverEnglewood, CO
8/16New OrleansGreen BayGreen Bay, WI
8/16CarolinaNew EnglandFoxborough, MA
8/17DetroitIndianapolisWestfield, IN
8/17DallasL.A. ChargersCosta Mesa, CA
8/17San FranciscoMinnesotaEagan, MN
8/17Tampa BayTennesseeNashville, TN
8/18PhiladelphiaClevelandBerea, OH
8/19AtlantaN.Y. JetsFlorham Park, NJ
8/23New EnglandLas VegasHenderson, NV
8/24JacksonvilleAtlantaFlowery Branch, GA
8/24L.A. RamsCincinnatiCincinnati, OH
8/24PhiladelphiaMiamiMiami Gardens, FL
8/24ArizonaTennesseeNashville, TN
8/25N.Y. JetsN.Y. GiantsEast Rutherford, NJ

The following is a list of training-camp sites and rookie and veteran reporting dates:

TEAMSITELOCATIONROOKIESVETERANS
ArizonaState Farm StadiumGlendale, AZ7/217/26
AtlantaAtlanta Falcons Training FacilityFlowery Branch, GA7/197/26
BaltimoreUnder Armour Performance CenterOwings Mills, MD7/197/26
BuffaloSt. John Fisher CollegeRochester, NY7/187/23
CarolinaWofford CollegeSpartanburg, SC7/267/26
ChicagoPNC Center at Halas HallLake Forest, IL7/237/26
CincinnatiPaul Brown StadiumCincinnati, OH7/237/26
ClevelandCrossCountry Mortgage CampusBerea, OH7/227/26
DallasMarriott Residence InnOxnard, CA7/247/26
DenverUCHealth Training CenterEnglewood, CO7/267/26
DetroitDetroit Lions Training FacilityAllen Park, MI7/237/26
Green BayNitschke FieldGreen Bay, WI7/227/26
HoustonHouston Methodist Training CenterHouston, TX7/247/26
IndianapolisGrand ParkWestfield, IN7/237/26
JacksonvilleEpiscopal School of JacksonvilleJacksonville, FL7/247/24
Kansas CityMissouri Western State UniversitySt. Joseph, MO7/227/26
Las VegasIntermountain Healthcare Performance CenterHenderson, NV7/187/20
L.A. ChargersJack Hammett Sports ComplexCosta Mesa, CA7/197/26
L.A. RamsUniversity of California, IrvineIrvine, CA7/237/23
MiamiBaptist Health Training ComplexMiami Gardens, FL7/197/26
MinnesotaTCO Performance CenterEagan, MN7/247/26
New EnglandGillette StadiumFoxborough, MA7/197/26
New OrleansOchsner Sports Performance CenterMetairie, LA7/197/26
N.Y. GiantsQuest Diagnostics Training CenterEast Rutherford, NJ7/197/26
N.Y. JetsAtlantic Health Jets Training CenterFlorham Park, NJ7/197/26
PhiladelphiaNovaCare ComplexPhiladelphia, PA7/267/26
PittsburghSaint Vincent CollegeLatrobe, PA7/267/26
San FranciscoSAP Performance FacilitySanta Clara, CA7/267/26
SeattleVirginia Mason Athletic CenterRenton, WA7/267/26
Tampa BayAdventHealth Training CenterTampa, FL7/237/26
TennesseeAscension Saint Thomas Sports ParkNashville, TN7/237/26
WashingtonThe ParkAshburn, VA7/267/26

2022 NFL PRESEASON NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

DATEGAMENETWORK (TIME)
Thursday, August 4NFL/Hall of Fame Game, Canton, OH Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Las Vegas RaidersNBC (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 1  
Thursday, August 11New York Giants at New England PatriotsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Friday, August 12Atlanta Falcons at Detroit LionsNFLN (6:00 PM)
Friday, August 12Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ersNFLN (8:30 PM)
Saturday, August 13Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago BearsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 13Indianapolis Colts at Buffalo BillsNFLN (4:00 PM)
Saturday, August 13Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh SteelersNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 13Dallas Cowboys at Denver BroncosNFLN (9:00 PM)
Saturday, August 14Minnesota Vikings at Las Vegas RaidersNFLN (4:25 PM)
Preseason Week 2  
Thursday, August 18Chicago Bears at Seattle SeahawksESPN (8:00 PM)
Friday, August 19Carolina Panthers at New England PatriotsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Friday, August 19Houston Texans at Los Angeles RamsNFLN (10:00 PM)
Saturday, August 20Denver Broncos at Buffalo BillsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Saturday, August 20Washington Commanders at Kansas City ChiefsNFLN (4:00 PM)
Saturday, August 20Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee TitansNFLN (7:00 PM)
Saturday, August 20Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles ChargersNFLN (10:00 PM)
Sunday, August 21Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland BrownsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 21Cincinnati Bengals at New York GiantsNFLN (7:00 PM)
Sunday, August 21Baltimore Ravens at Arizona CardinalsFOX (8:00 PM)
Monday, August 22Atlanta Falcons at New York JetsESPN (8:00 PM)
Preseason Week 3
Thursday, August 25Green Bay Packers at Kansas City ChiefsNFLN (8:00 PM)
Thursday, August 25San Francisco 49ers at Houston TexansPrime Video (8:15 PM)
Friday, August 26Seattle Seahawks at Dallas CowboysNFLN (8:00 PM)
Saturday, August 27Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta FalconsNFLN (3:00 PM)
Saturday, August 27Los Angeles Rams at Cincinnati BengalsNFLN (6:00 PM)
Saturday, August 27Minnesota Vikings at Denver BroncosNFLN (9:00 PM)
Sunday, August 28New York Giants at New York JetsNFLN (1:00 PM)
Sunday, August 28Detroit Lions at Pittsburgh SteelersCBS (4:30 PM)

*Live games on NFL Network will be blacked out in the participating teams’ over-the-air station markets.

NFL Network’s Extensive ‘Inside Training Camp’ Coverage Kicks off Monday, July 25

NFL Network provides extensive coverage of all 32 NFL training camps with Inside Training Camp.

Starting Monday, July 25 and continuing through Wednesday, August 10Inside Training Camp offers more than 112 live hours of training camp coverage, highlighted by Training Camp: Back Together Saturday Presented by Wilson on Saturday, July 30 starting at 9:00 AM ET.

Beginning Thursday, July 28Inside Training Camp provides eight hours of continuous live coverage from various training camps each day starting at 10:00 AM ET (coverage July 25-27 kicks off at 1:00 PM ET). As teams report to camp and take the field, NFL Network is there to provide in-depth coverage and access, interviews with players and coaches, analysis from former players, head coaches and front office executives, and live reports from reporters stationed at training camp sites.

For NFL Network’s extensive Inside Training Camp coverage, hosts MJ Acosta-RuizKimmi ChexPatrick ClaybonScott HansonRhett LewisChris RoseAndrew SicilianoMatt “Money” SmithColleen Wolfe and Mike Yam are joined by analysts Brian BaldingerKyle BrandtBucky BrooksDavid CarrCynthia FrelundDeAngelo HallDaniel JeremiahMaurice Jones-DrewSteve MariucciWillie McGinestShaun O’HaraScott PioliAdam RankMichael RobinsonMarc RossSteve Smith Sr.LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner to provide analysis and interviews.

Also lending their voices throughout are NFL Media Insiders Ian RapoportMike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero, and NFL Network reporters Judy BattistaTaylor BisciottiKayla BurtonJeffri ChadihaBridget CondonStacey DalesMike GiardiJames PalmerOmar RuizJane SlaterJim TrotterSara WalshCameron Wolfe and Steve Wyche providing the latest news reports from training camps around the league.

On Saturday, July 30Training Camp: Back Together Saturday returns for the second consecutive year starting at 9:00 AM ET, with a combination of NFL Network and club personnel providing 13 live hours of extensive on-location coverage as all 32 teams will hold practice with club-led fan events. In celebration of Back Together Saturday, the NFL released a new spot featuring music and voiceover from rapper Lil Baby, highlighting some of the best training camp moments and reflecting the excitement that comes with the return of football.

Additional information will be announced throughout Inside Training Camp coverage. Visit @NFLMedia for further details.

Beginning Monday, July 25NFL Total Access expands to two hours daily and moves to 6:00 PM ET starting Thursday, July 28 with host MJ Acosta-Ruiz and various analysts providing daily training camp recaps and comprehensive analysis.

Starting each day at 7:00 AM ETGood Morning Football kicks off NFL Network’s daily coverage with Jamie ErdahlPeter SchragerKyle Brandt and Will Selva.

Digitally, NFL.com and the NFL app offer extensive coverage throughout training camps, highlighted by the following:

  • Daily news coverage on NFL.com and the NFL app from the Around the NFL team
  • On-location columns from Judy BattistaJeffri Chadiha and Jim Trotter
  • Training camp edition of Bucky Brooks’ Scout’s Notebook
  • Gregg Rosenthal’s weekly Debrief column and his Making the Leap candidates for all 32 teams
  • Kevin Patra’s most important position battles to track
  • Lance Zierlein’s top Offensive and Defensive Rookie of the Year candidates
  • News, analysis and more available at NFL.com/trainingcamp

Additionally, the NFL Podcast Network offers further coverage and analysis with training camp-related editions of the following:

  • Around the NFL – Dan HanzusGregg Rosenthal and Marc Sessler spin through their favorite training camp “whispers,” recapping the most interesting reports and storylines from training camps across the league

  • Move the Sticks – Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks track rookies to watch and breakout players during training camp. Segments from Move the Sticks will air throughout NFL Network’s Inside Training Camp coverage July 25 – August 10. Additionally, Move the Sticks will have an on-location episode from Los Angeles Chargers training camp
     
  • NFL Fantasy Football Podcast– Throughout the week of August 10, the NFL Fantasy Football Podcast discusses which players give the most draft value
     
  • Benched with Bonnetta – Rachel Bonnetta brings her unique perspective to the bustle, intrigue and news from training camps around the league. Additionally, Benched with Bonnetta will have an on-location episode from Los Angeles Chargers training camp

Ayton ready to put turbulent free agency behind him: ‘I’m happy’

Despite never being offered a max contract from the franchise that drafted and developed him, center Deandre Ayton is pleased to return to the Phoenix Suns.

“I’m happy,” Ayton told ESPN’s Marc Spears. “The process is over. I put all this behind me and focus on chasing a championship this upcoming season with my brothers.”

Ayton didn’t receive an offer as a restricted free agent until the Indiana Pacers signed him to a four-year, $133-million maximum offer sheet July 12. The Suns matched it as soon as they received it, according to Spears.

Ayton lobbied for a max extension last offseason, but the Suns balked. The 23-year-old said he views his free agency roller-coaster ride as “all in the past,” suggesting there are no hard feelings between him and the organization.

“We wanted Deandre here,” Phoenix general manager James Jones said. “He’s vital to what we do, at the core of everything that we do.”

Suns head coach Monty Williams also expressed his happiness with Ayton’s return.

“I’m happy for Deandre just because I know this is what he wanted,” Williams said. “He wants to be in that class of players that’s regarded in this way.”

Ayton’s fourth season with the Suns ended on a sour note after he was benched during the second half of the team’s second-round 123-90 Game 7 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. But both Williams and Ayton are ready to move on.

“I didn’t feel like I had to say anything. I was just doing my job,” Williams said. “We had a bad day, but we had an unbelievable season. Unfortunately, in sports and even in society, we focus on the one bad thing.

“It hurt like crazy, and it still hurts. It was embarrassing to play that way, but as the dust settles and I look at the season from a holistic perspective, I look at all the good stuff that happened.”

Ayton averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds last season.

“Game 7 was an anomaly,” he said. “We let that get away from us as a team. That is all in the past. We’re going to look forward. We are going to move on.”

Serge Ibaka staying with Bucks; agrees to terms on deal

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Serge Ibaka is staying with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bucks announced Tuesday that they have re-signed the 32-year-old center, who came to Milwaukee as part of a four-team deal at the Feb. 10 trade deadline. Terms of the deal weren’t released.

“Serge is an elite defender and shot blocker who will continue to add depth for us at center,” Bucks general manager Jon Hors said in a statement. “He was a valuable acquisition for us last season, and we look forward to having him back in Milwaukee.”

Ibaka averaged 7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 17.8 minutes in 19 games with the Bucks last season.

The Bucks acquired Ibaka while starting center Brook Lopez was still recovering from a back injury that required surgery and caused him to play just 13 regular-season games this past season. Ibaka’s playing time diminished after Lopez returned to action.

Milwaukee sent guard Donte DiVincenzo to the Sacramento Kings and forwards Rodney Hood and Semi Ojeleye to the Los Angeles Clippers in the deal that brought them Ibaka as well as a pair of second-round draft picks and cash.

Ibaka averaged 6.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in 35 games with the Clippers before getting traded.

The three-time All-Defensive first-team selection led the NBA in total blocks four straight seasons while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He led the league in blocks per game in 2011-12 and 2012-13. His 1,752 career blocks rank him second among all active players, behind only Dwight Howard.

NASCAR to hit the streets of Chicago with downtown race

CHICAGO (AP) Ben Kennedy is thinking big. As in big cities, big ideas and big plans.

That’s how NASCAR and Chicago got together.

Kennedy played an instrumental role in NASCAR bringing an unprecedented street race to downtown Chicago next year during its 75th season in yet another radical change to its once staid schedule.

“We want to be bold and innovative as we think about new venues and new concepts that we’re going to,” said Kennedy, the 30-year-old great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France. “This is No. 1 on the list for us right now, and it’s certainly going to be the most anticipated event of our season and one of the biggest sporting events in our country in 2023.”

The Cup Series will race against the backdrop of Lake Michigan and Grant Park next July 2 as part of a three-year deal with the city of Chicago. It will be paired with an IMSA sports car race the day before, as well as music and entertainment options located along the 12-turn, 2.2-mile street course.

“The opportunity to bring something so unique as NASCAR to the city of Chicago, and I think it’s going to be one of those iconic race courses … we couldn’t pass up that opportunity,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday during an outdoor press conference announcing the event.

The course will include Lake Shore Drive, Michigan Avenue and South Columbus Drive, where the start/finish line and pit road will be located directly in front of Buckingham Fountain. It will pass through Grant Park and approach the northern edge of Soldier Field – site of the only other Cup Series race to take place in downtown Chicago, in 1956.

Kennedy said NASCAR will be the promoter, which typically means the party responsible for all costs of producing the race. Asked about the price tag for the city, Lightfoot responded: “We’ll be working out the details on this with NASCAR. Once we have those specifics, we’ll be happy to share them with you.”

The Chicago announcement comes after NASCAR’s successful January exhibition race inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that will return for a second running in 2023. Kennedy told The Associated Press he began working on both the Coliseum and Chicago street race in 2019.

It’s part of NASCAR’s sweeping changes to its oval-heavy schedule, first by adding both a dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway and additional road courses and now a completely new concept. It sounds as if it plans to keep going, too.

“We want to continue to explore new markets,” Kennedy said. “We’ve talked a lot about the Pacific Northwest. We’ve talked a lot about the Northeast area. That’s an important market for us. But even internationally as well.

“I don’t know that they’ll be a day, at least in the short term, that we’ll go necessarily overseas. But there might be an opportunity for us sometime in the future to go north of the border up to Canada or go to Mexico.”

NASCAR last month confirmed the Coliseum would return next January, but the rest of the 2023 schedule has yet to be announced. The Chicago street course will replace the road course race at Road America on the Cup schedule.

Road America in Wisconsin hosted the Cup Series the last two seasons on the same weekend. By moving into downtown Chicago, NASCAR keeps a race in the Midwest region while returning to a coveted market. NASCAR ran 19 Cup races at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, a 45-mile drive from downtown.

NASCAR had tried to build interest in the market and even made Chicagoland the opening race of the playoffs in 2011. But the track was simply too far from downtown to attract a new audience and NASCAR pulled out after the 2019 season.

“This is a top-three market for us, worldwide frankly, for NASCAR fans,” Kennedy said.

The decision to hold a race in downtown Chicago presents all sorts of logistical challenges for NASCAR, mostly centered around the safety of drivers and fans. Kennedy said NASCAR had design, development, competition and asphalt experts look at the surface, and he felt the roads were in “really good condition” when he drove around Grant Park on Tuesday.

“It’ll be a lot of fun to figure out what it’s going to take to be successful here,” said Bubba Wallace, who drives for 23XI Racing – which is co-owned by former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan. “We’re going to be turning left and right, going past iconic landmarks, and just the sounds of the engines roaring and reverberating off the buildings here, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Saban: Alabama players topped $3 million in NIL money

ATLANTA (AP) Nick Saban has been vocal about his issues with the status quo in name, image and likeness deals and their use in recruiting.

But it’s not like Alabama’s coach and his players haven’t benefited, too. Saban said Crimson Tide players have made more than $3 million in NIL money.

“The biggest concern is how does this impact and affect recruiting?” he said Tuesday at the Southeastern Conference Media Days. “On the recruiting trail right now, there’s a lot of people using this as inducements to go to their school by making promises they may or may not be able to keep in terms of what players are doing.

“I think that is what can create a competitive balance issue between the haves and have-nots. We’re one of the haves. Don’t think that what I’m saying is a concern that we have at Alabama because we’re one of the haves.”

The $3 million figure stands out for another reason: Very few schools have shared details about how much their athletes make on NIL deals, but the number is growing since it could be seen as a way to show recruits another benefit to signing. Earlier this year, Ohio State said its athletes had earned $2.98 million over the first six months of the NIL era.

The touchy topic boiled over in the offseason after Saban singled out Texas A&M and other schools for using the NIL deals in recruiting. Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher fired back at his former boss and denied any wrongdoing in his program, which landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

“I think they both kind of illustrate the frustration of how things are right now,” Mississippi State coach Mike Leach said. “It’s not sustainable, so something’s going to change.”

Leach says as things stand “college athletes have more privileges than anybody at any other professional level.”

“Go up to your next favorite NFL guy, say: `Hey, I heard in the NFL they’re going to have unmitigated free agency, 365, 24/7. And, by the way, there’s not going to be any salary cap or draft, you’re just going to have bidding wars,'” Leach said. “Just watch the expression on their face. Don’t look at anything else or write down any notes because the expression on their face will be well worth it.”

YOUNG’S APPROACH

Alabama quarterback Bryce Young says he can’t afford to rest coming off his Heisman Trophy-winning season. That is, after all, old news.

“I don’t feel like I’m a finished product by any means,” Young said. “I have a lot of stuff I want to keep getting better at.

“The way I look at it, it’s an award that celebrates the past, which is an honor, but it doesn’t entitle me to anything in the future.”

Young is trying to join Archie Griffin (1964 and 1965) as the only two-time Heisman winner.

SHANE’S STYLE

Shane Beamer didn’t let any of his fellow SEC coaches upstage him at media days, not even Alabama’s Saban.

South Carolina released a hype video on social media of Beamer ahead of his appearance at the podium. It showed Beamer swaggering into a team meeting room to Soulja Boy’s “Turn My Swag On” earlier Tuesday in Columbia. Players wiped his brow, handed him a Gamecocks cap (which he placed on backward) and some shades.

Beamer showed off a few moves while players held up lights in the background.

“Walked in, changed clothes, knocked it out in three takes,” he said later in Atlanta. “Had a lot of fun doing it as well. I was a little bit taken aback because one of our players thought I needed to hear the song so I knew what the song was and I knew what the words were. I’m not that old. I know who Soulja Boy is. I know some of the words to that song. It was an easy ask.”

VANDY’S WRIGHT MOVE

Mike Wright enters preseason camp as Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback.

Coach Clark Lea said he informed Wright and former starter Ken Seals of that decision after spring practices.

“It’s all about moving the ball,” Lea said. “One way to do that is with a mobile quarterback. Mike Wright is one of the best in the country in that respect.

“We want him to develop as a total quarterback, which he is. He’s demonstrated leadership abilities, too. We’re excited for him to enter the fall as our starting quarterback. He knows that he has to earn that every day. That’s part of our covenant.”

Wright flashed his personality and sartorial style, enthusiastically discussing his suit purchased in Atlanta and sporting a red carnation.

“I’m a big fashion guy,” he said, giving a shout-out to his suit guy.

Devils, goalie Vitek Vanecek agree to $10.2M, 3-year deal

(AP) — The New Jersey Devils acquired Vitek Vanecek so he would compete for the starting goaltender job.

Now they’re paying him in line with those expectations.

Vanecek and the team agreed to terms Tuesday on a $10.2 million, three-year contract that counts $3.4 million against the salary cap through 2025. After avoiding arbitration, he will make $3.55 million next season, slightly less than incumbent starter Mackenzie Blackwood, who is going into the final year of his contract.

“There is an opportunity for me to play lots of games,” Vanecek said Tuesday from his home in Czechia. “I am really happy for that. I will battle with Mackenzie, and that’s what I need.”

General manager Tom Fitzgerald said last week he expects Blackwood to have a bounce-back year and he is excited about the 25-year-old’s upside.

“It was important to go out and find someone who was as hungry to be a No. 1 goalie and go out and push each other,” Fitzgerald said.

New Jersey did that by acquiring Vanecek in a trade with the Washington Capitals at the NHL draft, swapping picks to fill the spot in tandem with Blackwood that previously belonged to veteran Jonathan Bernier, whose career is in jeopardy following hip surgery.

After Blackwood’s last season was derailed by a heel injury, Vanecek, 26, gives the Devils a level of dependability in net. He went 20-12-6 with four shutouts, a 2.67 goals-against average and .908 save percentage with the Capitals last year, splitting time with Ilya Samsonov.

The Capitals opted to trade Vanecek and not tender Samsonov a qualifying offer in the name of overhauling their goaltending with Stanley Cup-winning starter Darcy Kuemper and backup Charlie Lindgren. Samsonov signed a $1.8 million, one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“The young guys were good,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said. “I guess it’s a little frustrating that I wish one of them would have taken over the No. 1 spot. And it seemed like one or the other were going to, but then they never quite did it and I think we ran out of time to wait for it. I still think they both have good futures in the NHL. They’re still young, they’re still improving. It was just a situation where we tried it and we don’t have more time to stick with them both.”

The rebuilding Devils have that time. Fitzgerald thought they’d take a major step forward last year before the injuries to Blackwood and Bernier forced them to dig deep into organizational goaltending depth, with Nico Daws, Jon Gillies, Andrew Hammond, Scott Wedgewood and Akira Schmid all seeing action.

Now they’re handing the top two jobs to Blackwood and Vanecek, the latter of whom is no stranger to sharing the net.

“Every single game, you have to give the team the best and show the coaches,” Vanecek said. “And then who will be better, that guy will play No. 1.”

Fitzgerald said New Jersey would have improved with just average goaltending and he expects even better with Blackwood healthy and Vanecek in the mix.

“For a third summer in a row I feel very comfortable with our goaltending and really excited,” he said. “I think that position will help dictate everything else, and we feel real confident about that.”

US beats Canada for W Championship title, ’24 Olympic berth

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Alex Morgan never gets tired of winning championships, even after so many titles already.

Morgan converted on a penalty in the 78th minute and the U.S. women’s national team won the CONCACAF W Championship 1-0 over Canada on Monday night to secure one of the region’s spots in the 2024 Olympics.

“It just always feels good to be called the champion, and this game just, like, means a lot to us. It’s always going to mean a lot,” Morgan said. ”Obviously against Canada, they gave us a run for our money, but we prevailed and feel good about the performance.”

As FIFA President Gianni Infantino watched from a private box, the United States finally broke a stalemate when Rose Lavelle was fouled in the box and Morgan fooled Canadian goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan on the penalty. It was Morgan’s 118th overall career goal.

“Alex is a big player, and big players are born for big moments,” U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “And that’s what makes her special.”

Jamaica defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in overtime earlier Monday to claim third place in the tournament.

The four semifinalists all earlier earned spots in the 2023 World Cup next summer in Australia and New Zealand. Runner-up Canada will play Jamaica in a playoff for the region’s other Olympic bid in September 2023.

The United States is now 33-0 in World Cup or Olympic qualifying matches since losing to Mexico 2-1 in advance of the 2011 World Cup.

The game was a rematch of the Olympic semifinal a year ago in Tokyo. Canada edged the United States 1-0 on a late penalty kick to advance to the final, its first victory over the Americans in 20 years.

The Canadians went on to win the gold medal on a penalty shootout with Sweden. The U.S. team finished with the bronze.

Alyssa Naeher was in goal for the United States instead of Casey Murphy, who started the last game at the tournament. Defender Emily Fox also returned to the lineup from COVID-19 protocol.

The United States has changed since the Olympics, and Morgan is now one of the older players on the roster surrounded by up-and-coming talent like forward Sophia Smith and Mallory Pugh.

But the team has clearly benefitted from the steady veteran presence of Morgan, Megan Rapinoe and Becky Sauerbrunn. All three are veterans of two World Cup titles and know what it takes to perform on the big stage.

Temperatures hovered in the low 90s at the start of the match at Estadio BBVA. Sheridan had a big save in the 31st minute when Pugh made a break down the right side and took a hard shot at the goal.

She made another in the 45th, with an assist from teammate Kadeisha Buchanan, on Smith’s scramble to score at the goal line. Smith had another chance in the 64th, but it went wide.

Canada had a flurry of late opportunities, including a header from Jordyn Huitema that went wide.

“I think what I was most pleased with is, after you get that penalty call, the bounce back from the group after that, they showed that they were willing to do anything to get the result back. So we gave it everything and that’s all you can ask,” Canada coach Bev Priestman said.

Kalyssa van Zanten scored in the 102nd minute to give Jamaica the edge in the earlier game. Van Zanten, who plays for Notre Dame, came into the game as a substitute in the 99th minute and scored on a well-placed pass from Drew Spence.

“I talked to her before she goes in and told her there’s a goal in those boot and she nodded to me and it gave her some confidence,” said Jamaica coach Lorne Donaldson, who just took over the Reggae Girlz early last month amid upheaval.

Costa Rica had perhaps the best opportunity in the first half when Melissa Herrera faced Jamaica goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer alone, but her shot when wide left.

Rocky Rodriguez, who plays for the Portland Thorns in the National Women’s Soccer League, hit the post with a shot in stoppage time, and the game went to overtime.

Costa Rica fell to the United States 3-0 in the semifinals, while Jamaica lost to Canada 3-0. Jamaica and Costa Rica have each been to the World Cup once before.

The United States has been to every World Cup since the tournament started in 1991. The Americans have four titles, including the last two in 2015 and 2019.

Devils, goalie Vitek Vanecek agree to $10.2M, 3-year deal

The New Jersey Devils acquired Vitek Vanecek so he would compete for the starting goaltender job.

Now they’re paying him in line with those expectations.

Vanecek and the team agreed to terms Tuesday on a $10.2 million, three-year contract that counts $3.4 million against the salary cap through 2025. After avoiding arbitration, he will make $3.55 million next season, slightly less than incumbent starter Mackenzie Blackwood, who is going into the final year of his contract.

“There is an opportunity for me to play lots of games,” Vanecek said Tuesday from his home in Czechia. “I am really happy for that. I will battle with Mackenzie, and that’s what I need.”

General manager Tom Fitzgerald said last week he expects Blackwood to have a bounce-back year and he is excited about the 25-year-old’s upside.

“It was important to go out and find someone who was as hungry to be a No. 1 goalie and go out and push each other,” Fitzgerald said.

New Jersey did that by acquiring Vanecek in a trade with the Washington Capitals at the NHL draft, swapping picks to fill the spot in tandem with Blackwood that previously belonged to veteran Jonathan Bernier, whose career is in jeopardy following hip surgery.

After Blackwood’s last season was derailed by a heel injury, Vanecek, 26, gives the Devils a level of dependability in net. He went 20-12-6 with four shutouts, a 2.67 goals-against average and .908 save percentage with the Capitals last year, splitting time with Ilya Samsonov.

The Capitals opted to trade Vanecek and not tender Samsonov a qualifying offer in the name of overhauling their goaltending with Stanley Cup-winning starter Darcy Kuemper and backup Charlie Lindgren. Samsonov signed a $1.8 million, one-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

“The young guys were good,” Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said. “I guess it’s a little frustrating that I wish one of them would have taken over the No. 1 spot. And it seemed like one or the other were going to, but then they never quite did it and I think we ran out of time to wait for it. I still think they both have good futures in the NHL. They’re still young, they’re still improving. It was just a situation where we tried it and we don’t have more time to stick with them both.”

The rebuilding Devils have that time. Fitzgerald thought they’d take a major step forward last year before the injuries to Blackwood and Bernier forced them to dig deep into organizational goaltending depth, with Nico Daws, Jon Gillies, Andrew Hammond, Scott Wedgewood and Akira Schmid all seeing action.

Now they’re handing the top two jobs to Blackwood and Vanecek, the latter of whom is no stranger to sharing the net.

“Every single game, you have to give the team the best and show the coaches,” Vanecek said. “And then who will be better, that guy will play No. 1.”

Fitzgerald said New Jersey would have improved with just average goaltending and he expects even better with Blackwood healthy and Vanecek in the mix.

“For a third summer in a row I feel very comfortable with our goaltending and really excited,” he said. “I think that position will help dictate everything else, and we feel real confident about that.”

TOP INDIANA RELEASES

Weekend Homestand: Friday Fireworks and MARVEL Super Hero™ Night with Thanos

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians will open up the second half of the season with a three-game

weekend series against the St. Paul Saints – Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins – starting Friday,

July 22 through Sunday, July 24 at Victory Field. Friday Fireworks (July 22), MARVEL Super HeroTM

Night with Thanos (July 23) and Kids Eat Free Sunday (July 24) highlight the homestand.

Friday, July 22 – Friday Fireworks presented by FOX59 and the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

Enjoy activations from the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation in the Center Field Plaza, and stick

around after the final out for a spectacular postgame fireworks show.

Gates open at 6 PM ahead of the 7:05 PM first pitch.

Saturday, July 23 – MARVEL Super HeroTM Night with Thanos presented by Elements Financial &

Nucor

The first 2,500 fans through the gates receive a MARVEL comic giveaway that features Indians slugger

Mason Martin on the cover. The Indians will wear Thanos jerseys that will be auctioned off to benefit

Indianapolis Indians Charities. Fans must be in-park to bid on the jerseys.

Gates open at 6 PM, and the game gets underway at 7:05 PM.

Sunday, July 24 – Kids Eat Free Sunday presented by Aquafina and Meijer, Knot Hole Kids Club

Baseball Cap Giveaway presented by Riley Children’s Health

Every Sunday, all children 14 and under receive a free hot dog, bag of chips and bottle of water with price

of admission. In addition, the first 150 Knot Hole Kids Club members will receive a baseball cap at the

Standings & Lineup Board. This is the last opportunity for Knot Hole members to receive the July

giveaway item. Knot Hole members may also run the bases after the game.

Gates open at 12:30 PM before first pitch at 1:35 PM.

Single-game tickets are available along with season tickets, mini plans, group and premium reservations.

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Lazor, Looze Named to USA Swimming Duel in the Pool Roster

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Two breaststroke swimmers with ties to Indiana swimming and diving were named to USA Swimming’s 2022 Duel in the Pool roster on Tuesday (July 19).

IU senior Mackenzie Looze and Indiana Swim Club’s Annie Lazor each earned selections ahead of the competition, an international meet between Team USA and Australia set for August 19-21 in Sydney, Australia. This year’s event will be the first rendition of the competition since 2015.

Lazor competed for Team USA earlier this summer at the 2022 FINA World Championships, where she finished 13th in the 50-meter breaststroke (30.89). At the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, Lazor earned a bronze medal in the 200-meter event.

Looze had strong performances in the world championships qualifying event, the Phillips 66 International Team Trials, in April. She reached the A final in all four events she swam and earned top-five finishes in the 200 IM (2:13.28) and 400 IM (4:44.95). A five-time All-American, Looze has qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of her four seasons at IU.

O’Connell Lands on Davey O’Brien Award Watch List

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – For the second day in a row, Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell found himself on a preseason award watch list. As one of the top returning quarterbacks in the nation, O’Connell was named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List. 

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. O’Connell was one of five Big Ten quarterbacks to make the preseason watch list.

After being selected to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Monday (July 18), O’Connell landed on another watch list thanks to his stellar 2021 season. He earned Second Team All-Big Ten accolades by the conference coaches and media, the first Purdue quarterback to be named to one of the first two All-Big Ten teams since Kyle Orton in 2004. O’Connell was one of the most accurate QBs in the entire country, completing 71.8 percent of his passes to set a new school record and rank fourth nationally. Despite splitting time at the start of the season, the Long Grove, Illinois, native threw for 3,712 yards (11th nationally) and 28 touchdowns (17th nationally). He produced six 300-yard games for the third-best in a single season and the most by a Boilermaker QB since Curtis Painter in 2007. O’Connell also completed 26.3 passes per game, good for sixth in national rankings.

O’Connell put together some of his best performances when facing elite competition. In games against Top 5 competition (at No. 2 Iowa, No. 3 Michigan State, at No. 4 Ohio State), O’Connell threw for 1,301 passing yards (433.7 avg.) and completed 110-of-146 pass attempts (.753). For those three games, he secured a 9-0 TD-INT ratio.

O’Connell passed for a career-high 536 yards in the win over No. 3 Michigan State before ending the season with 534 yards against Tennessee in a TransPerfect Music City Bowl victory. He became the only quarterback in Purdue history to produce two 500-yard passing games in a single season, while joining Drew Brees as the only Purdue quarterbacks to record multiple 500-yard games over a career.

Entering his final season as quarterback for the Boilermakers, O’Connell looks to maintain the top marks in program history for career completion percentage (.685) and career passing efficiency (148.2). The sixth-year senior also ranks in the Top 10 of Purdue’s career charts for 300-yard games (fifth – 8), touchdown passes (seventh – 43), completions (eighth – 506) and passing yards (eighth – 5,729).

The Purdue quarterback will lead the rest of the Boilermakers against Penn State to kick off the 2022 season (Sept. 1). The Thursday night conference battle is set to begin under the Ross-Ade Stadium lights at 8 p.m. ET on FOX.

San Diego Selects Smeltz in 10th Round of MLB Draft

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue baseball’s Jackson Smeltz was selected in the Major League Baseball Draft as the San Diego Padres picked the dynamic lefthander in the 10th Round.

Smeltz had his named called with the 14th pick of the 10th round, the final round of sections on day 2 of the draft. He was the 300th pick overall, making the Lafayette native a top-10 round and top-300 overall selection. He’s the first Boilermaker to be selected in the MLB Draft since Patrick J. Smith (33rd Round) in 2019 and the Boilermakers’ highest pick since Tanner Andrews and Nick Dalesandro both also went in the 10th round in 2018.

With 79 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings this spring, Smeltz (12.40) eclipsed a minimum 30-inning strikeouts per nine innings team record that had stood since 1965. He was on pace to eclipse Purdue’s single-season record (95) for punchouts as well before an injury sidelined him for the final month of the season. He was throwing bullpens again this summer and the Padres made him Purdue’s highest-selected lefty ever. That distinction was previously held by Andy Loomis (16th Round in 2008).

Smeltz has been training under the tutelage of fellow McCutcheon High School graduate and former big league pitcher Clayton Richard, who was the featured speaker at Purdue’s First Pitch Dinner in February to celebrate the forthcoming 2022 campaign. Richard had two extended stints with the Padres – first from 2009 to 2013 and again from 2016 to 2018 – spending at least portions of eight of his 11 big league seasons in San Diego. Eric Charles (29th Round in 2012) was the last Boilermaker drafted by the Padres.

Smeltz was Academic All-America and an All-Big Ten starting pitcher. He graduated in May with a higher cumulative GPA (3.70) than career ERA (3.08). After overcoming multiple injuries and other ailments dating back to his early teenage years, he finally put it all together this spring – compiling a 2.83 ERA, .198 batting average against and 1.08 WHIP in his 10 appearances.

Smeltz was honored as a Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after a memorable 13-strikeout, one-hit shutout of rival Indiana at Alexander Field on April 9. He matched Dave Gassner, the Boilermakers’ last lefthanded pitcher to make the big leagues, for the most strikeouts ever by a Purdue lefty. By game score (90), it was the finest performance ever in the 10-year history of Alexander Field.

The Fort Wayne Tin Caps are the High-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres in the Midwest League.

JACKSON SMELTZ’S 2022 HONORS & ACHIEVEMENTS

• MLB Draft Pick

• Purdue Graduate

• Academic All-America

• All-Big Ten Starting Pitcher

• Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Week (April 11)

• Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (April 11)

• Purdue Athletics’ Male Recipient of the Big Ten Postgraduate Scholarship

• Big Ten Distinguished Scholar

• Academic All-Big Ten

• Team Record for Strikeouts per Nine Innings (12.40)

Cameron Andry named head women’s golf coach

MUNCIE, Ind. – Cameron Andry has been named the head women’s golf coach at Ball State, director of athletics Beth Goetz announced Tuesday. Andry arrives in Muncie after spending the previous 11 seasons at nearby Taylor University.

“Cam’s success at Taylor has been truly impressive, and we’re excited to bring one of our own Ball State grads back home to build on the success of our women’s golf program,” Goetz said. “His rise to success has been built on the foundation of developing his student-athletes to win on and off the course.”

At Taylor, Andry was the director of golf in which he oversaw both the men’s and women’s golf programs. During his tenure, the Trojans won 10 Crossroads League titles and recorded top-11 finishes at the NAIA National Championship four times.

“Along with my family, I am elated to be returning to my alma mater as the leader of the Ball State women’s golf program,” Andry said. “I would like to express my gratitude to President Geoffrey Mearns, director of athletics Beth Goetz and deputy athletics director Shawn Sullivan for this opportunity. Ball State is a special place with tremendous resources, and I am excited to begin the work of building a championship program here.”

While serving as the men’s coach, Andry helped facilitate the establishment of the women’s program at Taylor in 2012. From 2012-22, the Trojans captured four Crossroads League championships (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) and finished second at the NAIA National Championship in 2021.

During the same time frame, Andry coached the men’s team to six consecutive conference crowns from 2016-22 and improved the program’s Golfstat ranking from 118 to 8.

Combined between the two programs, Andry coached 46 all-conference performers and 14 All-Americans while racking up 79 tournament victories. For his efforts, Andry has been named the conference coach of the year 10 times.

In the classroom under Andry’s guidance, the Trojans earned NAIA Scholar Team honors each of the last nine seasons. In addition, the men’s team held the highest team GPA in the conference in eight of the last nine seasons.

No stranger to Muncie, Andry graduated from Ball State in 2009 after earning a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications. He was a four-year letterwinner at Paoli High School in Paoli, Ind., where he was a two-time all-conference player.

Schweitzer Drafted by White Sox, Cole Selected by Astros

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Chicago White Sox drafted Ball State pitcher Tyler Schweitzer with the 161st pick and the Houston Astros drafted outfielder Zach Cole with the 313th pick of the 2022 MLB Draft.

Schweitzer was named to the ABCA Midwest All-Region First Team, was a Collegiate Baseball Second Team All-American, named the MAC Pitcher of the Year, and earned a spot on the All-MAC First Team. Schweitzer earned a spot on the ABCA All-America Second Team. He was a three-time MAC Pitcher of the Week honoree throughout the season. He finished the year with an 11-2 record. His 11 wins is tied for the second most in the NCAA this year and are tied for the third most in a single season in Ball State history. He recorded a career-high 122 strikeouts on the season, which was tied for 22nd in the NCAA and was third in the MAC. He finished third in the MAC with an ERA of 2.65 and led the conference with 91 2/3 innings of work. He held opponents to a .205 batting average for the course of the season.

Schweitzer finished his Ball State career with a 14-2 record in 135 1/3 innings on the mound. He recorded 176 strikeouts and surrendered 55 runs, 51 of those were earned. He produced a career ERA of 3.39. He held opponents to a .214 batting average across his three-year career.

Schweitzer became the 65th Cardinal to be drafted and he is the 37th pitcher drafted.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Tyler Schweitzer set his sights on the prize the day he walked onto our campus. His bar was always high and that proved true when he pitched his high school team to the state championship. His “work hard and then some” attitude, his willingness to be coached, and his drive to be the best catapulted him to great heights. This year he earned MAC Pitcher of the Year as well as a fifth-round selection by the Chicago White Sox in the MLB Draft. A tremendous accomplishment for an outstanding young man.”

Cole was named to the All-MAC First Team as an outfielder. He led the NCAA with nine triples and set a new BSU single season record in the process. He is a two-time MAC Player of the Week honoree. His .727 slugging percentage was 12th in the NCAA and led the MAC. His on-base percentage plus slugging percentage of 1.176 led the MAC, was third in the conference with a .400 batting average in conference-only games and fifth with an overall batting average of .361, he was fourth in the conference in on-base percentage for conference games with a .483. He was fifth in conference game home runs with 11 and sixth in overall home runs with 13.

Cole finished his career with a .335 batting average. His career slugging percentage of .647 is tied for fourth in BSU history. He posted a career on-base percentage of .435 along with 74 hits, 59 runs scored, 50 RBIs, 13 home runs, 12 doubles, and nine triples.

Cole became the 66th Cardinal to be drafted and he is the 29th position player drafted.

From the Coach – Head Coach Rich Maloney

“Zach played the last six weeks of the season at one of the highest levels I have seen. He is a gifted athlete who put it all together the second half of this season. Zach gave our championship team a huge lift down the stretch. He earned the right to be selected in the MLB Draft!”

FOUR SELECTED ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE MLB DRAFT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  The University of Notre Dame baseball team saw four student-athletes drafted on the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft. It marks the second-straight season that Notre Dame has had a pair of players taken in the MLB Draft, and the 37th-consecutive season the Irish have had at least one player selected.

Infielder Jack Brannigan was selected in the third round by the Pittsburgh Pirates, right-handed pitcher Liam Simon was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the fifth round, right-handed pitcher Alex Rao was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth round and John Michael Bertrand ended the day as the final pick of the 10th round by the Giants. Brannigan’s third round selection is the highest pick for a Notre Dame player since Eric Jagielo was taken in the first round in 2013.

Brannigan, a junior two-way player, was a third team All-American by Perfect Game for his performance this season. This past year, he played and started 56 games, appeared in 11 games on the hill with one start. The Orland Park, Illinois-native slashed .291/.360/.540 as he led the Irish in doubles (15) and was second on the team in homers (12). He was integral in the team’s trip to Omaha for the College World Series, hitting the go-ahead homer in a 7-3 Super Regional-clinching victory over top ranked Tennessee in Knoxville. Brannigan also swiped 10 bases, and earned a .974 fielding percentage manning third base.

Simon worked in 16 games this season, making seven starts on the hill. He threw 30.2 innings, striking out 56 hitters as opponents hit just .188 against him. He tallied multiple strikeouts in 13 of his 16 appearances, and his total of 56 strikeouts was good for the fourth-most among the Irish pitching staff, trailing the All-American, Bertrand, weekend starter Austin Temple and Rao.

Rao worked in 25 games this season, the second-most appearances by any pitcher this season. The senior threw 47.0 innings, striking out 57 hitters. The Florida-native picked up three saves, and earned a 3-1 record. He held opponents to a .188 average against. He threw multiple innings in 17 of his appearances, striking out multiple hitters in 14 appearances. Rao earned the win in the series opening game at top-ranked Tennessee in the Knoxville Super Regional, and appeared in two games at the College World Series in Omaha.

Bertrand worked as the Irish ace during the 2022 campaign. He was named an All-American by all five major college baseball publications, including a pair of Second Team All-American selections. He was named the Statesboro Regional Most Outstanding Player as he helped pave the way on the Irish’s run to the College World Series and was a First Team All-ACC honoree. This season, he started 18 games for Notre Dame, leading the team in innings pitched (109.0), strikeouts (111) and wins (10). He earned a 2.81 ERA and limited opponents to a .234 average against.

Gabrielle Fanning Named NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer student-athlete Gabrielle Fanning was selected as a nominee for the 2022 Woman of the Year award. A total of 577 female college athletes were nominated for the accolade, which is awarded to a graduating female student-athlete that has distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

A key member of the Mastodons’ defensive line since 2017, Fanning is partially responsible for 10 shutouts in her time as a Mastodon. She has played in 64 games with 61 starts, and has a chance to become the program’s all-time leader in both categories. She is a two-time All-Horizon League pick, and a six-time Academic Honor Roll selection.

Most recently, Fanning helped the Mastodons to a sixth-place finish in the Horizon League in 2021, the best for the program in nearly a decade. The Mastodons qualified for their first Horizon League Championship berth thanks to Fanning’s help anchoring the back line.

Fanning has been a member of Chi Alpha Sigma National Athlete Honor Society for two years. She is also a published author in the Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research with her article “Effects of Face Masks on the Acoustic Properties of Speech.”

Fanning graduated from Purdue Fort Wayne in the spring of 2022 with degrees in communication sciences and disorders and general studies. She will return to the Mastodon women’s soccer team this fall, utilizing the extra year granted through the NCAA. The Mastodons open their season with an exhibition at Indiana State on August 7, with the regular season opening on August 18 when they welcome Chicago State to the Hefner Soccer Complex.

Moore joins USI Men’s Basketball staff

EVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Men’s Basketball Head Coach Stan Gouard announced hiring of Chris Moore as an assistant coach in 2022-23. Moore will be assisting Gouard in all facets of the program.

“As USI inches closer to its Division I debut, I wanted to get someone with Division I coaching experience or Ohio Valley Conference experience and we found both in Chris,” said Gouard. “I’ve known Chris for 15 years and he has a very strong background in the OVC from a coaching and a recruiting standpoint, but more importantly he is a high-character professional. 

“Chris also has the ability to relate to young people,” continued Gouard. “He also has a passion for player development and we are excited to welcome Chris into our basketball family.”

Moore, who comes to USI after spending the last year as the director of basketball operations for Recruiting Boost in Greenville, South Carolina, has a wealth of coaching experience at all levels during the last 22 years.

Within the OVC, Moore was an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State University (2015-18) and Morehead State University (2006-10). He helped coach three All-OVC performers and the 2017 OVC Freshman of the Year during his tenure at SEMO, while assisting Morehead to the 2009 OVC Tournament title, back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in program history, and coaching the 2008 OVC Freshman of the Year.

In addition to tenures at SEMO and Morehead, Moore made stops at Wright State University (2010-15), Bellarmine University (2003-05), Indiana University-Southeast (2002-03), and the University of Cincinnati (2000-02).

Over the last 22 years, Moore has coached two All-Americans, 18 All-Conference performers, three Freshmen of the Year honorees, eleven 1,000-point scorers and 26 players who have gone on to play professionally. He also coached Kenneth Faried (2007-10), who was the 22nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets, during his tenure at Morehead.

Ranked as one of the top 25 mid-major assistants in the country according to CoachStat.net and a top five assistant in the Horizon League by Next-Up Recruits after the 2014-15 season, Moore

was a three-time letterman at Kentucky State University, earning Academic All-America honors in 1990-91 and serving as team captain his senior year.

Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kentucky State in 1991 and a master’s degree in sport administration from the University of Louisville in 2000.

Valpo TBT Team Enjoys ‘Magical’ Experience in Omaha

As Jason Karys ‘17, M.S. ‘19 looked around the hotel bar and restaurant area on Saturday night in Omaha, he took a moment to soak up the satisfaction of achieving the primary goal of the Cru, a team comprised of mostly Valpo alumni that competed in the $1 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event known as The Basketball Tournament (TBT).

The eighth-seeded first-year TBT team had just dropped a competitive first-round game 88-78 to the Gutter Cat Gang, yet the moment remained satisfying for Karys, the head coach and general manager of The Cru and a former Valpo student manager, walk-on player, graduate assistant and Director of Operations. He sat surrounded by former Valpo men’s basketball standouts, some of whom played together with the Brown & Gold and others of whom played at different times but bonded through a shared experience of representing Valpo Athletics, Valpo basketball and Valparaiso University.

“It was amazing; it was magical,” Karys said. “It was stressful for our staff of DJ (Darryl Jackson ‘16), Kendall (O’Banner ‘16, M.S. ‘18), Sam (Back), Leah (Earnest) and myself to put it all together. We didn’t know exactly what to expect. The payoff was not even the game we played, but the hangout afterward. Everyone on the team came down and we shared a meal together. That was the point of the whole thing – bringing Valpo alumni together to make those connections. This allows alumni to lean on each other for opportunities and networking and sharing good memories of our time at Valpo. That is what I wanted to get out of the whole experience, and it definitely happened.”

The Cru was led by Brandon Wood’s 25 points, while Cory Johnson poured in 18 and LaVonte Dority added 15. Other former Valpo players to take the court included Keith Carter, Jay Harris and Darien Walker, while the team also featured Ivan Almeida and Derrick Nix.

“All of the players were incredibly grateful, and we heard through the grapevine that three players were getting calls from professional teams overseas inquiring about getting them on their team for the following year,” Karys said. “It gave these players the boost we were looking for as far as providing opportunities. Derrick Nix, a phenomenal leader who played at Michigan State and has great perspective, came out of this saying that he doesn’t want to play for any TBT team other than ours in the future. That means a lot.”

 This year’s first-time experience was a building block for the future of the Cru, which put together a solid showing as the No. 8 seed in the Omaha Regional, facing the No. 1 seed and a team comprised of EuroLeague players.

“The night before the game, I talked with our assistant coaches and we had no idea what this was going to look like,” Karys said. “The experience that we had this year really helps us for next year because we all understand how doable it is. We felt competitive throughout the whole game. Brandon Wood was able to let his talent shine. We leaned on Keith Carter to make decisions and create offense for the team. LaVonte Dority really stepped up in a big way and was a rock for us all week with his maturity and defensive intensity. I think knowing what we know now, we’re poised to make a run next year.”  

Colin Fields Joins Detroit Tigers Organization

Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) is a member of a Major League Baseball organization.

What started as a dream and evolved into a realistic goal became a reality on Tuesday afternoon for the now former Valparaiso University baseball right-handed pitcher who was the ace of head coach Brian Schmack’s pitching rotation this past season, closing out a four-year career with the Brown & Gold. Fields agreed to a free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers following the conclusion of the Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday.

“It means a lot knowing that all of the hard work that everyone around me has put in to help me get to this point,” Fields said. “It’s very gratifying. I still have a lot to prove with this being a free agent deal. I’m ready to get going and prove myself.”

The MLB Draft was reduced from 40 rounds to 20 rounds within the last few years surrounding changes to the draft and minor league baseball that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating heightened competition for undrafted free agent opportunities.

“Nowadays the free agent market is just as competitive and as good of an accomplishment as getting drafted,” Schmack said. “This is something that he really wanted, and I’m very happy for him. He worked extremely hard to get to this spot. Colin was a little unsure of himself when he first joined our program, but this year he matured tenfold. He went out and did his job, and even when we didn’t score for him, he wouldn’t let that affect him. He showed signs of maturation that will play well for him as he moves on in his career.”

Fields achieved All-MVC Second Team recognition this season after leading the MVC in strikeouts with 110, a number that ranked 15th nationally. He led the conference and ranked second in the nation with 14.08 strikeouts per nine innings. Fields finished the season fifth in program history with 260 career strikeouts while also ranking fifth on the program’s single-season strikeout list. He had three games with double figure strikeout totals in 2022, including 13 at UIC, the most by a Valpo hurler in a single game since 2011.

“Valpo means the world to me,” Fields said. “I wouldn’t trade my experience at Valpo for going anywhere else. It’s home, and it’s become home over the past four years. I’ll always cherish my memories there, especially the friends that I’ve made along the way. I’ve made a lot of friends for life and connections that I’ll never let go.”

Fields’ tenure was highlighted by the eighth no-hitter in program history and first since 1992 on March 13, 2021 at Middle Tennessee. He achieved another rare baseball feat in that same game, turning in an immaculate inning (nine pitches, three strikeouts).

“During my time in college, I improved my knowledge of the game,” Fields said. “I’ve learned more about how my stuff moves and what my stuff does. That understanding is the biggest thing, along with getting bigger and stronger on top of that.”

Coincidentally, Fields will not be the only former member of Valpo’s program making his way to the Tigers’ spring training facility in Lakeland, Fla. this week. Left-handed pitcher Jake Miller was selected by the Tigers in the eighth round on Monday.

“It’s awesome; I love Jake to death,” Fields said. “He’s one of my best friends. To be able to continue a dream that we’ve both had for as long as we can remember is hard to put into words. Going to the same organization is unexpected, but I wouldn’t want to continue with anyone else. He’s going to push me and I’ll push him and that will lead to both of our success along the way.”

James Delaney Bestowed IWLCA Division II National Coach of the Year

INDIANAPOLIS – The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) has named University of Indianapolis’ James Delaney the 2022 National Coach of the Year after guiding the Hounds to a NCAA Division II National Championship.

This is the first time in Delaney’s career that he has been named the National COY and the second time he’s earned Midwest Region COY (2018).  He will be honored at the IWLCA Convention this November at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas.

In five seasons as the head coach at UIndy, Delaney boasts a record of 77-10.  Among active NCAA Division II coaches, he currently sits tied for first with a career winning percentage of 88.5%.  Excluding the COVID-shortened 2020 season, he has posted at least 14 wins in each season as well as making the NCAA tournament is each of the four seasons.

From the IWLCA

Delaney led the 22-1 Greyhounds to the Division II NCAA Championship with an 11-9 win over East Stroudsburg University. The Greyhounds collected eight IWLCA All-Region accolades and six All-American nods, with Abigail Lagos claiming IWLCA Attacker and Player of the Year honors. UIndy finished the season ranked No. 1 in the IWLCA/ILWomen Division II Poll.

Anderson Women’s Soccer Announces 2022 Recruiting Class

The Anderson University women’s soccer program and head coach Jennifer Myhre have announced the commitment of 17 players for the 2022 season. Kira Dashewich, Julia Drier, Rebekah Fannin, Kyndall Ferguson, Abigail Fessel, Meghan Foster, Rebekah Hays, Caroline Hill, Izzy Jahjah, Grace Mentel, Jolie Scheidt, Hannah Thompson, Paige Tomallo, Keri Townsend, Lillie Wessel, Adrienne Weyers and Emily Wilusz will represent the Anderson Class of 2026.

“We are really excited about the 2022 [high school] class and their impact on the AUWS program and campus community,” Coach Jennifer Myhre said. “With graduating a large influential class last year, we knew the 2022 class was going to be key, and I appreciate all the work the staff and current players put into the recruiting process. These players are champions on and off the field, who seek excellence in all they do. They have already been intentional about connecting with each other and the returning players over the recruiting process and this summer! August will be here soon and we look forward to having the team back together and starting the 2022 season!”

Kira Dashewich

Midfielder

Dayton, Ohio (Dayton Christian School)

CUSA

 Dayton Christian School: Garnered first-team all-Metro Buckeye Conference (MBC) honors as a senior … earned second-team all-MBC recognition as a junior … named to Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association (MVSSCA) all-area third team as a senior … team locked up MBC title during senior season … team shared MBC crowns during sophomore and junior seasons … ranked second in MBC with 11 assists as a senior … produced three goals and 11 assists for 17 points as a senior … tallied four goals and five assists for 13 points as a sophomore … contributed two goals and three assists for seven points as a junior … totaled nine goals and 19 assists for 37 points in career … team went 13-2-3 during junior season … team finished 11-2-3 during sophomore season … dished out career-high four assists vs. Miami Valley School as a senior … turned in career-high six points behind two goals and two assists vs. Yellow Springs as a sophomore … received LaSertoma Club of Dayton Youth Service Award.

Major: Nursing

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because the family environment was so inviting. I can’t wait to be a Raven.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Kira has great technical skill on the ball and is always moving to support the play. She plays quick, simple and is strong getting out of tight spaces.

Julia Drier

Defender

Muskegon, Mich. (Muskegon Catholic Central)

Muskegon Catholic Central HS: Named to all-district team … received academic all-state honors … team recorded four shutouts during junior season … team turned in three shutouts during senior season … team tallied two shutouts during freshman season … team recorded nine shutouts during career … competed for Grand Haven/Spring Lake rowing team … team took third in states during junior year … team qualified for states during senior year … competed in volleyball for two years … competed in basketball for two years

Major: Chemistry

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because I like the friendly atmosphere that surrounds the community. Anderson has many good programs academically and the professors are well rounded and helpful.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Julia is a great athlete, who steps strong on the ball defensively and recovers well chasing down attackers. In the counter attack, she will give us an offensive presence getting numbers forward and serving dangerous balls in behind.

Rebekah Fannin

Forward

Westerville, Ohio (Westerville Central)

Polaris SC

Westerville Central HS: Garnered second-team all-Ohio Capital Conference (OCC)-Ohio honors … team recorded seven shutouts during freshman season … team tallied six shutouts during junior season … team put together five shutouts during senior season … team turned in five shutouts during sophomore season … team recorded 23 shutouts during career … scored two goals as a senior … won National Choral Award at Westerville Central.

Majors: Social Work/Spanish

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because it provides a friendly environment that I’ve always had playing soccer and it provides everything I want academically out of a school. With both of these things combined, my transition from high school to college might be a bit easier.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Rebekah brings athleticism to the wing and is very effective going at players one on one. Her ability to drive to goal and connect on crosses will be an important asset.

Kyndall Ferguson

Forward

Tipton, Ind. (Hamilton Heights)

Indiana Fire Juniors

Hamilton Heights HS: Team claimed Hoosier Conference title during junior season … team earned Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2A sectional titles during sophomore and senior seasons … notched 26 goals and five assists for 57 points as a senior … recorded 22 goals and seven assists for 51 points as a junior … tallied eight goals and five assists for 21 points as a sophomore … put together seven goals and three assists for 17 points as a sophomore … totaled 63 goals and 20 assists for 146 points during career … team went 17-4 during senior season … team finished 13-3-4 during sophomore season … netted career-high four goals and scored career-high eight points vs. Greenfield-Central as a senior.

Major: Criminal Justice

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because when I visited, Coach Myhre was very welcoming and the campus felt like home!

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Kyndall makes opportunistic runs into the final third and is able to get behind the back line. She has great speed and quickness on the ball, always looking to get open for the finishing touch or shot.

Abigail Fessel

Defender

Oxford, Ohio (Talawanda)

TempesT FC

Talawanda HS: Received Honorable Mention in Cincinnati Enquirer for Fall Sports All-Stars as a junior … garnered first-team all-Southwest Ohio Conference (SWOC) honors a junior … earned second-team all-SWOC recognition as a sophomore … received all-SWOC Honorable Mention as a senior … four-time academic all-SWOC recipient … team recorded 10 shutouts during freshman season … team tallied seven shutouts during sophomore season … team put together five shutouts during junior season … team turned in three shutouts during senior season … team recorded 25 shutouts during career … team went 12-4-2 during freshman season … member of National Honor Society … graduated with honors … received Alton D. Rudolph Service Award … earned The Greater Oxford Community Foundation Captain David C. Foley Scholarship.

TempesT FC: Three-time Ohio Presidents Cup Champions … 2020-21 Ohio Soccer State League U18/U19 Finalist … three-time Warrior Classic Champions … 2018 Creek Classic White Division Champions.

Major: Physical Science

Why I Chose AU: I chose Anderson University because as soon as I stepped on campus for the first time, I felt right at home. The atmosphere is exactly what I was looking for with a smaller university to have a focus on my education. Coach Myhre showed genuine interest in me not only as a player but also a student, which was something I admired. Anderson University has many opportunities for me to thrive in my field of interests as well, which made it an easy choice for my college education.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Abigail will be a stronghold in the defensive line, challenging hard on the ball and playing with a lot of passion and perseverance. She tracks the runs well and is decisive on the ball, with the ability to play the simple pass, take space or serve into the forward checking run.

Meghan Foster

Defender

Springfield, Ohio (Catholic Central)

Ohio Sting

Catholic Central HS: Garnered first-team all-Ohio Heritage Conference (OHC) honors as a junior and senior … earned second-team all-OHC recognition as a sophomore … received all-OHC Honorable Mention as a freshman … tabbed with Miami Valley Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association (MVSSCA) first-team D-III North all-sectional honors as a senior … collected MVSSCA second-team D-III North all-sectional recognition as a junior … received MVSSCA third-team D-III East all-sectional honors as a sophomore … team tallied eight shutouts during sophomore season … team produced six shutouts during freshman season … team put together five shutouts during senior season … team turned in four shutouts during junior season … team recorded 23 shutouts during career … notched five goals and five assists for 15 points as a senior … scored two goals for four points as a sophomore … provided one goal and two assists for four points as a junior … added one goal and one assist for three points as a freshman … totaled nine goals and eight assists for 26 points during career … team went 12-4-1 during freshman season … team finished 11-4-1 during sophomore season … competed in basketball for four years … garnered second-team OHC South Division honors as a senior … received OHC South Division Honorable Mention as a sophomore and a junior … team captured OHC South Division titles during junior and senior seasons … team went 16-5 during senior season … team finished 17-6 during junior season … team went 17-7 during freshman season … team compiled four-year record of 67-26 during career … scored career-high 21 points vs. Madison Plains as a senior … provided 20 points vs. Southeastern as a senior … dished out career-high 11 assists vs. Fairbanks as a freshman … provided eight assists in two games … record career-high eight steals vs. Dunbar as a senior … collected seven steals in three games … competed in track and field for four years … clocked personal-record (PR) time of 1:07.00 in the 400 … turned in PR of 30.48 seconds in the 200 … raced to 100 PR of 14.69 seconds.

Major: Education

Why I Chose AU: I chose Anderson University because it reminded me of my hometown high school with a small community that was something more like a family.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Meghan is a competitor, who has a great soccer IQ and provides quality leadership for the backline. She reads the timing of the runs well, tackles hard and has a high work-rate, contending for everything on the field.

Rebekah Hays

Midfielder

Hebron, Ind. (Hebron)

Tigers Soccer Club

Hebron HS: Garnered all-Porter County Conference (PCC) honors as a junior … named to Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) academic all-state team as a senior … received academic all-PCC recognition … team captured PCC title during freshman season … team earned Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) A sectional crown during freshman season … contributed nine goals and five assists for 23 points as a senior … notched nine goals and four assists for 22 points as a sophomore … tallied seven goals and four assists for 18 points as a junior … provided three goals as a freshman … totaled 28 goals and 13 assists for 69 points during career … ranked in top 10 in school history in career assists … recorded 52 steals as a sophomore … collected 41 steals as a junior … team went 14-3-1 during freshman season … member of National Honor Society … class secretary … National Honor Society secretary … graduated eighth in class … member of student congress.

Tigers SC: Fall Fusion Champions … Challenge Cup Champions … Junior Irish Memorial Day Invitation Champions … competed in Presidents Cup and advanced to premiere division.

Majors: Exercise Science/Athletic Training

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because I love that it’s a Christ-centered community. The campus is beautiful! Everyone at AU is so kind and welcoming, I knew I found the right school when I was on a campus tour. I love that it’s a smaller school so I can have more one-on-one contact with my teachers. As for the women’s soccer team, I absolutely love how they are just one huge family. The girls are so supportive and enjoy being around each other on and off the field. Coach Myhre is such a caring coach and treats each player like her own kid. As you can see, I absolutely love everything about AU and I’m so excited for the many new adventures to come!

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Rebekah has exceptional vision of the field, switching the point of attack, finding the penetrating pass or taking space when needed. She is a player who will go all in and always be moving to find the splits to create combination plays.

Caroline Hill

Forward

Pleasant Prairie, Wis. (Westosha Central)

Wisconsin Rush

Westosha Central HS: Earned all-Southern Lakes Conference (SLC) honors … received second-team all-county recognition … team captured first-ever undefeated SLC championship during junior season … provided 10 goals and six assists for 26 points as a senior … tallied three goals and two assists for eight points as a junior … team went 9-3-3 during junior season … competed in golf for four years … Distribution Education Clubs of America (DECA) International Career Development Conference (ICDC) … Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) State Qualifier … class president for four years … student council president … Peer Helpers president … Associate of Business Students vice president … student liaison of Westosha School Board … yearbook editor.

Major: Public Relations (Event Planning)

Why I Chose AU: I chose Anderson because they offer my degree in Public Relations with an emphasis in Event Planning. When I visited Anderson, I met with the Dean of Communications, and I immediately felt a connection to her. She seemed genuinely interested in what I want to do with my degree and was very encouraging.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Caroline has a strong drive and determination on the wing, as well as great ability to cross and serve the ball. She tracks back well defensively and is very effective playing quick in transition.

Izzy Jahjah

Defender

Lansing, Mich. (Lansing Christian School)

Nationals Girls Academy

Lansing Christian School: Team captured Greater Lansing Activities Conference (GLAC) titles during junior and senior seasons … team claimed GLAC Tournament title during senior season … team secured Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) district title during senior season … team put together 16 shutouts during senior season … team turned in 10 shutouts during junior season … team posted 18-3-1 record during senior season … team finished 13-4-2 during junior season … named a GLAC Scholar Athlete … competed in basketball for four years … competed in track and field during freshman season … member of National Honor Society as a junior and senior … president of school’s multicultural club … worship and chapel team leader.

Major: Political Science

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because after my first time visiting campus, I immediately fell in love with the community and atmosphere of this school.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Izzy will bring a great defensive presence on the field and ability to challenge hard for balls both on the ground and in the air. She has a competitive mindset and gives great support options on the field.

Grace Mentel

Defender

Madison, Wis. (Madison Memorial)

Wisconsin Rush

Madison Memorial HS: Team captured Big Eight Conference title during freshman season … Team recorded 11 shutouts during senior season … team tallied four shutouts during junior season … team put together two shutouts during freshman season … team totaled 17 shutouts during career.

Major: Nursing

Why I Chose AU: I choose to play soccer at au because of how nice and welcoming everyone was when I first stepped on campus.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Grace brings a solid soccer mindset to the game, giving great defensive support off the ball and anticipating the play well. She is always looking to play the attacking runs and is comfortable getting forward out of the back.

Jolie Scheidt

Defender

Cincinnati, Ohio (Deer Park)

Alliance Cincinnati

Deer Park HS: Received academic all-Cincinnati Hills League (CHL) honors … team recorded six shutouts during sophomore season … team put together four shutouts during senior season … team turned in three shutouts during junior season … team tallied three shutouts during freshman season … team totaled 16 shutouts during career … notched one goal and two assists for four points as a sophomore … provided one goal and one assist for three points as a junior … added an assist as a senior … contributed two goals and four assists for eight points during career … competed in basketball as a senior … National Honor Society president … ranked third in graduating class.

Major: Chemistry

Why I Chose AU: I Chose AU because I immediately fell in love with campus and I felt that at AU I would be in good hands surrounded by people that would help me accomplish all of my academic goals while also getting to continue playing soccer.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Jolie has great awareness of the game and works hard to close down attackers. Her capability to distribute the ball to feet or drive into space, will be key in our possession style of play.

Hannah Thompson

Midfielder

Westerville, Ohio (Westerville South)

Club Ohio Soccer

Westerville South HS: Garnered first-team all-Ohio Capital Conference (OCC) honors as a senior … named team’s defender of the year … club team advanced to regional semifinals during state cup … member of National Honor Society … received scholar athlete award … received merit award.

Major: Nursing

Why I Chose AU: I Chose AU because Coach Myhre was super kind and always willing to answer any of my questions. I also wasn’t ready to give up on my dream of playing collegiate soccer and Anderson gave me the perfect opportunity to fulfill it.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Hannah is a dynamic midfielder, who is dominant in tackles and reads the game well. She works relentlessly, tracking on both sides of the ball, and has a great touch and control of the ball.

Paige Tomallo

Defender

Westerville, Ohio (Worthington Christian)

United Elite

Worthington Christian HS: Garnered first-team all-district honors as a senior … received first-team all-Mid-State League (MSL) honors as a senior … notched one goal and 10 assists for 12 points as a senior … team went 13-1-5 during freshman season … dished out four assists at Buckeye Valley as a senior … competed in softball for four years … earned second-team all-district recognition as a senior … tabbed with first-team all-MSL honors as a senior … received Columbus Dispatch All-Metro Honorable Mention as a senior.

Major: Cyber Security

Why I Chose AU: I chose Anderson University because after meeting the coaches and team, I felt like they really cared about me. I loved the team culture and positive atmosphere of the people on campus.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Paige reads the game really well and is an anchor defensively. She is composed on the ball under pressure, finds feet well and builds out of the back at speed to start the transition.

Keri Townsend

Defender

Cicero, Ind. (Hamilton Heights)

Hamilton Heights HS: Earned Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) second-team all-District 2 honors as a junior and senior … team claimed Hoosier Conference title during junior season … team earned Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2A sectional titles during sophomore and senior seasons … team recorded nine shutouts during senior season … team put together nine shutouts during sophomore season … team turned in eight shutouts during junior season … team tallied five shutouts during freshman season … team totaled 31 shutouts during career … produced six goals and six assists for 18 points as a senior … contributed six goals and an assist for 13 points as a sophomore … provided three goals and six assists for 12 points as a junior … added one goal and one assist for three points as a freshman … recorded 16 goals and 14 assists for 46 points during career … team went 17-4 during senior season … team finished 13-3-4 during sophomore season … dished out career-high three assists vs. Greenfield-Central as a senior.

Major: Undecided

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because it felt like home. Going to AU allows me to get a great education while continuing to play the sport I love.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Keri’s ability to get forward out of the back and provide dangerous crosses will be crucial. She is a competitor who contents well and will make it difficult for attackers to get around.

Lillie Wessel

Midfielder

Seymour, Ind. (Seymour)

Alliance FC Indiana

Seymour HS: Named The Tribune Co-Player of the Year as a senior … received Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) academic all-state recognition as a junior and senior  … garnered first-team all-Hoosier Hills Conference (HHC) honors as a junior and senior … received all-HHC Honorable Mention as a freshman … earned all-county recognition as a junior and senior … team captured HHC title during junior season … notched 11 goals and six assists for 28 points as a junior … produced 10 goals and five assists for 25 points as a sophomore … contributed 10 goals and two assists for 22 points as a freshman … tallied seven goals and five assists for 19 points as a senior … totaled 38 goals and 18 assists for 94 points as a senior … team went 11-3-1 during junior season … team finished 13-5-2 during freshman season … provided three goals and two assists for career-high eight points vs. Salem as a senior … recorded three career hat tricks … earned Many different winnings through showing pigs for 4-H.

Major: Biology

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because I just loved the atmosphere of the campus when I was there for my visit. Everyone made me feel very comfortable and welcome!

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Lillie is an effective midfielder, who is strong technically and has great timing of her runs into the attack. She combines well at speed and is skilled at controlling the tempo of play.

Adrienne Weyers

Goalkeeper

Granger, Ind. (Marian)

Junior Irish

Marian HS: Received Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ISCA) academic all-state recognition as a senior … team captured second place in Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) 2A state tournament during senior season … team locked up IHSAA 2A regional titles during sophomore and senior seasons … team claimed IHSAA 2A section crowns during sophomore and senior seasons … recorded 72 saves (80.9 percent) on 89 shots as a sophomore … collected 99 saves (80.5 percent) on 123 shots as a freshman … posted 1.328 goals against average as a sophomore … turned in 1.580 goals against average as a freshman … recorded five shutouts as a sophomore … tallied two shutouts as a freshman … added one shutout as a junior … contributed to 12 shutouts as a senior … contributed to nine shutouts as a sophomore … contributed to seven shutouts as a freshman … contributed to five shutouts as a junior … contributed to 33 shutouts during career … team went 20-4 during senior season … team finished 14-4-1 during junior season … team went 16-5-2 during sophomore season … team compiled three-year record of 50-13-3 (So.-Sr.) … recorded career-high 11-save shutout vs. Concord as a freshman … competed in track and field for four years … captured third in pole vault during IHSAA sectional with height of 8 feet, 6 inches … cleared PR height of 8 feet, 6 inches twice during career … raced to 100-meter hurdles PR of 18.51 seconds as a junior … clocked 300 hurdles PR of 56.35 seconds as a junior … received silver and gold national medals for photography.

Major: Exercise Science

Why I Chose AU: I chose AU because of the way I feel when I step on campus. I know I will be challenged in my academics, but also supported in all of my activities outside of the classroom. Most importantly however, the women’s soccer team has become a family for me that I know I can count on and trust no matter what challenges I’m facing. I am excited to see the person I become at AU.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Adrienne is an excellent keeper, who comes off her line strong, can get up on the high balls and distributes well with her hands and feet. She brings a great presence in box and communicates effectively on the field.

Emily Wilsuz

Forward

Crown Point, Ind. (Portage)

Portage HS: Received Indiana Soccer Coaches Association (ICSA) first-team all-District 1 honors as a senior … three-time all-Duneland Athletic Conference (DAC) selection (So.-Sr.) … posted 63 goals and 39 assists for 165 points during career … member of World Language Honor Society.

Major: Biology

Why I Chose AU: I chose Anderson because on my multiple visits I was treated like I was already family, not only from the team but from everyone I encountered.

Coach Myhre’s Comments: Emily is a tenacious player, who has a mindset to take players on in the attack, and presses hard in the box. She checks and turns under pressures well and will have an impact with her ability to strike the ball.

Anderson University Prospective Student-Athletes comply with NCAA D-III rules regarding no athletic scholarships, no athletic financial aid adjustment and only signed the NCAA D-III Celebratory Form.

VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES 2022 RECRUITING CLASS

MARION, Ind. –  No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball is excited to announce the signing of eight new faces for the upcoming 2022 Season. Wildcats finished the 2021 season in Sioux City, Iowa at the final site for the NAIA National Tournament. The team finished the season with an overall record of 24-6. The 2022 class features two transfers and six freshmen.

I am thrilled with this group of student-athletes who will continue to add to our team’s national level of play. However, most importantly, they desire to build a culture that is supportive of each other and honoring to the Lord! Each athlete on the 2022 roster is a great competitor but an even better person. I am also excited about the diversity within this class as we added two Italians to the program. I believe diversity grows a team as we learn from each other’s differences! We are excited to have them join our Wildcat family!

Head Volleyball Coach Candace Moats

BEATRICE BETTINETTI

Sophomore

HOMETOWN: Monza, Italy

HIGH SCHOOL: Liceo Mose Bianchi

PREVIOUS SCHOOL: University of Milano

HEIGHT/Position: 5’10 | Outside Hitter

PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2018-2019 Sanda Volley Under 18 6th place in Provincial Championship of Milano/Lecco. 2019-2020 Net Volley Cinisello Under 18 5th Place in conference, Serie C 5th place. 2020-2021 Volley Brianza EST Under 19 6th in Provincial Championship of Milano/Lecco, Serie C 3rd place, 2021-2022 Series B2 5th place.

Why IWU

When I got the offer from Coach Moats, I had no doubts. It is a very beautiful campus with a lot of courses to offer to students and a great volleyball program.

EVA BUXTON

Freshman

HOMETOWN: Wheaton, Ill.

HIGH SCHOOL: Homeschool

HEIGHT/POSITION: 5’4 | Defensive Specialist/Libero

MAJOR/MINOR: Psychology

Why IWU

I loved the Christian culture and the students there.

Eva Joldersma

Freshman

HOMETOWN: Hudsonville, Mich.

HIGH SCHOOL: Hudsonville High School

HEIGHT/POSITION: 5’11 | Outside Hitter

MAJOR/MINOR: Pre-Med

PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: State of Michigan semi finalist

Why IWU

I decided to attend IWU because I wanted a school that would help me grow in my faith and who I am as a person. I also loved the community aspect of IWU and its campus. I loved the team and coaching staff at IWU, which led me to commit to play volleyball!

ALEX LLOYD

Freshman

HOMETOWN: Prior Lake, MN

HIGH SCHOOL: Prior Lake High School

HEIGHT/POSITION: 5’10 | Outside Hitter

MAJOR/MINOR: Biology & Pre-Med

PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2021 South Suburban Conference Runner up, 2019 5th Place at AAU Nationals, 2019 5th place in USA division at USAV Nationals

Why IWU

I decided to go to Indiana Wesleyan University because of the faith driven education and welcoming environment of the school and volleyball program. After my first visit I knew that IWU was going to lead me to be my best self. My future teammates and coaches were the first ones to show me exactly what being a Wildcat entails. I couldn’t be more excited to join the IWU family.

CADEE NOTTER

Freshman

HOMETOWN: Danville, Ind.

HIGH SCHOOL: Covenant Christian High School

HEIGHT/POSITION: 5’7 | Defensive Specialist/Libero

MAJOR/MINOR: Nursing

PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2021 Sectional Champions

Why IWU

Coach Moats was a huge part of my college decision because she was very intentional about recruiting me. I also loved the campus, the team, the community, and the nursing program.

ABBIGAIL PORTER

Freshman

HOMETOWN: Winona Lake, Ind.

HIGH SCHOOL: Warsaw Community High School

HEIGHT/POSITION: 5’10 | Setter

MAJOR/MINOR: Nursing

PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2021 Northern Lakes Conference Champions

Why IWU

I love the Christ-centered community and loving people!

DANYELLE PRADO

Freshman

HOMETOWN: Heath, TX

HIGH SCHOOL: Heath High School

HEIGHT/POSITION: 5’6 | Setter

MAJOR/MINOR: Business Marketing

PLAYING ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2019-2020 Outstanding Server Superlative, 2020-2021 First Team All District Setter, 2021-2022 Outstanding Setter Superlative

Why IWU

After getting a last minute offer from Coach Moats, I felt like it was a sign from God telling me to take it and run with it.

MARTA ZAMBETTI

Grad

HOMETOWN: Bergamo, Italy

HIGH SCHOOL: High School of Human Sciences

PREVIOUS SCHOOL: University of Bergamo

HEIGHT/POSITION: 5’11 | Middle Hitter

MAJOR/MINOR: Master in Business Administration 

Why IWU

Coach Moats made a beautiful impression on me. It seems to me a welcoming University in which I will be able to best balance volleyball and studying. Watching the matches, it is a very competitive team, I can’t wait to play with them!

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Andry Resigns as Head Coach of Taylor Golf Programs

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor University’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Kyle Gould, announced on Tuesday that Cameron Andry had stepped down from his role as head men’s and women’s golf coach to accept the head coaching position of the Ball State University women’s golf program.

“Cam ran our golf programs with unprecedented excellence for the entirety of his 11 years here at Taylor,” stated Gould. “He has recruited at an incredibly high level and provided an elite collegiate golf experience for our student-athletes. In doing so, Cam has turned both our women’s and men’s programs into not only the dominant teams in the Crossroads League but perennial forces at the NAIA National Tournament. Cam has been able to do all of that while prioritizing the discipleship and development of the student-athletes he coached as his highest priority. Coach Andry is respected and loved by not only the student-athletes he coached but also by his colleagues in our department. His excellent work at Taylor has led to this incredible opportunity at his alma mater, and I look forward to following his success at Ball State.”

Andry came to Taylor in 2010 following his time as an undergraduate student at BSU and immediately began working within the TU Sports Information Department. In 2012, Andry took the reins of the men’s golf program in Upland, before also assuming head coaching duties of the women’s golf program prior to the 2016-2017 season.

During his 11 seasons with the men’s team and six with the women’s squad, Andry was named the Crossroads League Coach of the Year a total of 10 times, sweeping those honors in each of the 2017, 2018 and 2019 campaigns. Andry was also touted as the Golf Coaches Association of America NAIA North Region Coach of the Year in 2018 and 2019.

“I want to thank Taylor University for the incredible opportunity to be the men’s and women’s golf coach over the last 11 years. Taylor is a special place that is dear to me and my family,” expressed Andry. “I also want to thank the many student-athletes I have had the honor of coaching during my time at Taylor. I will forever cherish the relationships I have shared with each of them and I will carry forward many fond memories of our times together. I am extremely proud of what the men’s and women’s golf programs have accomplished over the last decade and those accomplishments are a direct result of the work, grit and determination embodied by the student-athletes that have represented Taylor so well on the course, in the classroom and in the community. I also want to thank Taylor Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Kyle Gould, Associate Director, Natalie Young, Sports Information Director, Seth Mikel and Head Athletic Trainer, KC Hackman for their unwavering support of the Taylor golf programs. The Lord is at work at Taylor and the future of Taylor and the TU golf programs is very bright.”

In addition to the long list of personal accolades heaped upon Andry over his past decade at the helm of TU golf, the teams had no shortage of success, with the men’s squad having secured each of the last six Crossroads League Championships and the women’s program winning four-straight league crowns from 2017 through 2021.

The success spilled over onto the national stage as well, with the women’s team finishing as the NAIA National Runner-Up in 2021 and ending top-15 in the nation in each of the past four seasons. The men’s team also has finished top-25 in five-straight years and has finished inside the top-15 in three of the last four full seasons.

Along with all the team success, Andry’s squads re-wrote the record books at Taylor, posted a combined 80 tournament victories, piled up over 50 All-CL honors, claimed a total of six CL Player-of-the-Year awards and produced 13 NAIA All-American honors.

A national search for Andry’s replacement will begin immediately.

Vincennes University Cross Country announces several distance runner signings

VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Cross Country and Track and Field coaches have had a very busy summer hitting the road, looking to sign the next great VU runner for next season.

Assistant Cross Country/Distance Running Coach Tyler Steigenga has helped sign nine middle and distance runners for the 2022-23 season.

“We are bringing in a lot of talent with this year’s recruiting class, especially on the middle distance side,” VU Assistant Track and Field/Distance Coach Tyler Steigenga said. “It will give us a lot more flexibility with different events on the track. This fall in Cross Country we are looking forward to finishing a lot higher at the National meet than we did last year. Our depth is tremendously better and our frontrunners will allow us to be a lot more competitive this fall. I am very excited to see what we can do.”

The incoming VU running recruit are;

TyDarius Clark

Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence Central

“I am most excited about continuing my running career at Vincennes University,” Clark said.

Matthew Gray

Washington, Ind. / Washington HS

Matthew was a Semi-State Qualifier, Second-Team All-Conference and earned All-Area and All-District Honors.

“I am most excited about meeting my new teammates and having new experiences,” Gray said.

Gavin Gillum

Lawrence, Ind. / Lawrence North HS

Finished seventh at Sectionals in the mile and won the 4×800 Relay at Regionals in 2021. Helped his team to a second-place finish at the County meet and Regional as a Junior and Won the Team Regional Championship as a senior.

“I am most excited to continue my running career at the next level with other great runners,” Gillum said.

Elijah McCartney

Crawfordsville, Ind. / North Montgomery HS

Was an Individual Qualifier at Semi-State Junior and Senior Years in Cross Country. Went to State in the 4×800 Relays and was First Team All-Conference Four Years. Elijah has also completed ultra-marathons and many half marathons.

“I am most excited about getting to compete at the collegiate level with many other great athletes,” McCartney said.

Sol O’Blenis

Amboy, Ind. / Oak Hill HS

Four-time State Qualifier in Cross Country and a State Qualifier in the 4×800 Relay and 800 Meters.

“I am most excited to continue running and hopefully take the next step in my career,” O’Blenis said.

Ada Peterman

Clay City, Ill. / Flora HS

Ada was the Top Female Runner at her High School as a Junior and qualified for Sectionals in Cross Country as a Senior. She was also a State Qualifier in Track in the 4×100 Relay event.

“I am most excited about experiencing life away from my hometown, meeting new people and improving as an athlete over the next few years,” Peterman said.

Makenna Pruett

Montgomery, Ind. / Barr-Reeve HS

Makenna is a Three-Time Conference Champion, Two-Time Sectional Champion and Regional Runner-Up. She was a Two-Time State Finalist as an individual, along with two Conference Team Championships and two Sectional Team Championships.

“I am most excited just to see what VU has to offer me. With this being my first year of college, I am definitely eager to start a bunch of new things,” Pruett said. “I am also grateful! I chose a place with such helpful staff and that is close to home. I think VU will be the perfect fit for me.”

Connor Roberson

Delphi, Ind. / Delphi Community HS

Connor was the Team Captain and Team MVP for Cross Country and Distance Runner Team MVP in Track and Field. Connor was also a Two-Time All-Conference award winner.

“I am most excited to broaden my connections and increase my knowledge on conservation, create new friendships and increase my overall fitness and running ability,” Roberson said.

Griffin Worzella

Indianapolis, Ind. / Martinsville HS

Two-time Semi-State Qualifier, Four-Time Regional Qualifier in Cross Country.

“I am most excited about meeting new people and experiencing a different place,” Worzella said.

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome these nine runners to the 2022 VU recruiting class.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1906       At St. Louis, 27-year-old Brooklyn right-hander Mal Eason no-hits the second-division Cardinals at Robison Field, 2-0. The ‘Kid’ was the losing pitcher when Phillies southpaw Johnny Lush pitched a no-hitter against the Superbas in May.

1926       A’s outfielder Al Simmons establishes an American League record by playing in 394 consecutive games to start a career. Hideki Matsui, who will begin in 518 straight games after signing as a Japanese free agent with the Yankees, will surpass the Hall of Famer’s mark in 2005.

1944       Browns’ hurler Nels Potter is banned for ten days, becoming the first pitcher ever to be suspended for throwing a spitball in the team’s 7-3 victory over the Yankees at Sportsman’s Park. The major league’s Joint Rules Committee outlawed the spitball, shine ball, and emery ball in 1920, which allowed the seventeen pitchers using the doctored pitches at the time to keep throwing the banned pitches legally until they retired.

1949       Larry Doby is thrown out trying to steal home with no outs with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning in a 7-3 loss to the Yankees at Cleveland Stadium. Tribe manager Lou Boudreau will fine his center fielder for the failed attempt to steal home and for taking several other unnecessary chances recently.

1951       In a game against the Reds with All-Star hurler Ewell Blackwell on the mound, the Giants, for the first time, employ their infamous scheme for stealing catchers’ signs using a telescope positioned in the center-field clubhouse. The ‘Jints’ beat Cincinnati, 11-6, and New York will win 22 of the remaining 27 games at the Polo Grounds, overtaking the Dodgers to win the National League pennant.

1958       Tiger right-hander Jim Bunning no-hits the Red Sox, 3-0, and will become the first modern-day pitcher to toss a hitless game in both leagues when he throws a perfect game against the Mets in 1964. Bob Murphy will be behind the microphone doing the play-by-play for both of the future Hall of Famer and U.S. Senator’s no-no’s.

1965       Yankees’ pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam against the Red Sox. The fifth-inning shot to deep center field proves to be the difference in the 23-year-old right-hander’s 6-3 complete-game victory at Yankee Stadium.

1969       At Connie Mack Stadium, the Astros and Phillies move silently to their respective baselines to look skyward when the PA announcer informs the crowd the Eagle had landed on the moon. After a recording of Kate Smith’s rendition of “God Bless America” is played, along with a prayer for the safety of the astronauts over the loudspeaker, the game resumes.

1970       Twenty-six-year-old right-hander Bill Singer pitches the first Dodger no-hitter since Sandy Koufax’s departure when he keeps the Philadelphia batters hitless in a 5-0 victory at Chavez Ravine. The ‘Singer Throwing Machine,’ who spent 52 days on the disabled list earlier in the season recuperating from hepatitis, posts a 5-0 record along with a 1.84 ERA in July and will be named NL Player of the Month.

1973       Wilbur Wood, the last pitcher to start both games of a twin bill, takes the loss in each contest when New York sweeps the White Sox at Yankee Stadium, 12-2 and 7-0. The knuckleballer gets the nod to start the nightcap after not making it out of the first inning in the opener.

1974       The Indians, trailing the A’s, 9-8, get runners to second and third with nobody out. Rollie Fingers retires George Hendrick and Charlie Spikes, but with first base still open, Oakland manager Alvin Dark elects to pitch to John Ellis, who promptly lines a single to center to win the game.

1976       Hank Aaron hit his last big league homer off Angels’ hurler Dick Drago en route to a 6-2 Brewers’ win. The round-tripper is Hammerin’ Hank’s 755th and establishes the all-time major league record for career home runs.

1976       Mark Fidrych throws his twelfth complete game in his 13th start of the season, a streak that includes three 11-inning contests. The 21-year-old Tiger rookie right-hander from Massachusetts gives up ten hits, defeating Minnesota at Metropolitan Stadium, 8-3.

1984       Toronto establishes a team record for runs scored in an inning when eleven players cross the plate at the Kingdome in the ninth inning. The Blue Jays’ barrage in the final frame leads to an eventual 12-7 victory over Seattle.

1987       Don Mattingly ties a major league mark when he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees’ 7-1 victory in the Metrodome. ‘Donnie Baseball’ matches the one-game record established in 1906 by Hal Chase, another Bronx Bomber first sacker.

1993       The game against the Cardinals is delayed for an hour after a fire breaks out in the skybox/press box area of Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Recently acquired Fred McGriff pinch-hits a homer, enabling the Braves to rally from a 5-0 deficit to win 7-5, and appears to ignite the beginning of the team’s historic comeback from a 9.5 games deficit to win the National League West Division.

2004       At Wrigley Field, Albert Pujols goes 5-for-5, including three home runs and five RBIs, as the Cardinals beat their Central Division rivals Cubs, 11-8. The Redbird first baseman’s first career three-homer game helps St. Louis to erase a six-run deficit.

2006       In a 26-inning New York-Penn League game which takes 6 hours, 40 minutes to complete at KeySpan Park in Coney Island, the Oneonta Tigers outlast the hometown Brooklyn Cyclones, 6-1. Mark Wright, a reserve outfielder, is the losing pitcher in the third-longest game by innings in professional baseball history.

2006       Trying to keep their 14 consecutive postseason appearances streak intact, the Braves trade Class A catcher Max Ramirez to the Indians for Bob Wickman. Atlanta, winning 12 of 16 to get back into the wild-card race, is hoping the veteran 37-year-old closer can help solve the team’s late-inning woes, which includes the bullpen blowing half of this season’s 40 save opportunities.

2008       The Dodgers, with a five-run ninth-inning rally at Chase Field, beat the Diamondbacks, 6-5, and move into a flat-footed tie (48-50) with Arizona for first place in the National League West. Andre Ethier has the key hit in the comeback victory, a go-ahead triple off the center-field wall, as D-Back closer Brandon Lyon, pitching in his third consecutive game, couldn’t hold a three-run lead.

2008       Francisco Rodriguez, surpassing John Smoltz’s effort for the 2003 Braves by ten games, becomes the quickest reliever ever to reach 40 saves. The Angels closer strikes out the side in the ninth of a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Red Sox, completing a sweep of the reigning World Series champions.

2009       The Pirates, with an 8-5 win over Milwaukee at PNC Park, snapping their 17-game losing streak against the Brewers, the longest skid against a single opponent in 39 years. During the 1969-70 seasons, the Royals dropped 23 decisions to the Orioles to establish the major league mark.

2009       After trailing 12-2, Oakland comes back to beat the Twins, 14-13, making it the first time the A’s have come back from a ten-run deficit since being down by twelve runs in 1925, when the team, then known as the Philadelphia Athletics, beat the Indians, 17-15. The 3 hours, 32 minutes slugfest ends with Michael Cuddyer being called out at home plate on a very controversial call after trying to score on a wild pitch.

2011       Hideki Matsui, leading off the sixth inning in Oakland’s 7-5 victory in Detroit, hits his 500th career home run. The Japanese native went yard 332 times for the Yomiuri Giants before collecting another 168 round-trippers since 2003, playing with the Yankees, Angels, and A’s.

2012       After trailing the Nationals by nine runs after five innings of play, the Braves take the lead, 10-9, when the team plates two runs in the top of the ninth. Washington will knot the score in the bottom of the frame on Danny Espinosa’s home run, but Atlanta completes its amazing comeback with an unanswered run in the eleventh inning.

2013       At Miller Park in a game against Miami, the Brewers wear throwback jerseys to honor the Milwaukee Bears, a Negro League team that played in Brew Town during the 1923 season. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has a wardrobe malfunction when the letter u on his uniform is misplaced, spelling out Milwakuee.

2013       Although the Mariners manage just one hit and strike out 15 times, the team beats the Astros at Minute Maid Park, 4-2. Seattle scores two runs in the top of the sixth thanks to two bases on balls, two passed balls, and a sacrifice fly, and then tallies another pair in the next frame when Michael Saunders’ double plates Justin Smoak and Mike Zunino, who both reached base via a walk.

2015       Xu Guiyan, nicknamed ‘Itchy,’ at the MLB China Development Center in Wuxi, signs with Orioles, becoming the first Chinese player by birth and ancestry to ink a contract to play in the United States. The 19-year-old outfielder/first baseman Jiangsu will be evaluated by the Orioles scouts in the spring before being assigned to a minor league affiliate.

2020       Alyssa Nakken becomes the first woman to coach on the field during a major league game, entering during the eighth inning of the Giants’ 6-2 exhibition victory over the A’s to coach first base. The former Sacramento State’s four-time Academic All American softball player, who joined the team as an intern in the baseball operations department, was hired as an assistant coach as part of San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler’s staff in January.

2021       Melanie Newman, as part of the first all-female broadcast team, does the play-by-play when Rays host the Orioles in a game streamed nationally on YouTube. Color analyst Sarah Langs, on-field reporter Alanna Rizzo, pregame and post-game show anchors Heidi Watney and Lauren Gardner join the MASN and Orioles Radio Network announcer to complete the historical on-air crew.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1929

As baseball prepared to close its books on the 1920’s, the National League’s Chicago Cubs were still looking for their third World Series Championship. Joe McCarthy’s team was more determined than ever after losing in their previous two attempts (1910 & 1918) and had made it back to the big show on the arm of Pat Malone, who boasted twenty-two victories during the regular season. On the American League side, one of baseball’s original dynasties, the Philadelphia Athletics were back on top after a lengthy rebuilding process. Connie Mack had finally assembled a line-up of talent that brought back memories of the perennial championship A’s and featured players like Al Simmons, who had topped the American League with one-hundred fifty-seven RBIs. The A’s were 104-46 in 1929 and won the American League pennant by eighteen games over the New York Yankees, who had swept the World Series in 1927 and 1928.

The Athletics’ skipper shocked everyone after selecting Howard Ehmke, their seventh best pitcher, for the start in Game 1. The thirty-five-year-old veteran had a 7-2 record with an unimpressive ERA of 3.29. In a brilliant move, Mack had placed Ehmke in the stands at various games to study the Cub’s hitters anonymously. His strategy paid off as the surprise underdog went on to beat Charlie Root and Guy Bush in a 3-1 opening victory. George Earnshaw and Lefty Grove maintained the Athletics’ momentum with a Game 2 win over four of the National League’s best. Pat Malone, Sheriff Blake, Hal Carlson and Art Nehf all came up short in a game that featured a combined twenty-three hits in a 9-3 Philadelphia romp. The Cubs struck back in Game 3 with a crucial 3-1 triumph that put them back in the hunt and set the stage for one of the most exciting comebacks in the history of the World Series.

Game 4 rotated nine different pitchers including the Cubs’ Charlie Root, Art Nehf, Sheriff Blake, Pat Malone, Hal Carlson and the A’s Jack Quinn, Rube Walberg, Eddie Rommel and Lefty Grove. Things appeared to remain in Chicago’s favor even as Al Simmons added to his league leading stats with a homerun in the bottom of the seventh. Jimmie Foxx, Bing Miller and Jimmy Dykes followed him with singles. With the score still in the Cubs’ advantage at 8-3 (with two runners on and no outs) Joe Boley stepped up to the plate and delivered another run-scoring single and the fifth consecutive hit off of starter Charlie Root. As the rally continued, Philadelphia had pulled within four and Root was pulled in favor of Art Nehf. The veteran lefty had won several crucial games for the New York Giants (in four consecutive World Series match-ups) but promptly surrendered three more runs on an error by outfielder Hack Wilson, who had let a long drive roll to the fence. The A’s line-up had clearly taken control leaving Chicago in shock as they watched their significant lead dissolve to a single run in a single inning. Then, Mickey Cochrane walked as Sheriff Blake came in to replace the struggling Nehf. Simmons, who had started the Athletics’ comeback, stepped up for the second time in the inning and added yet another single. Jimmie Foxx returned as well driving in the tying run making it an 8-8 contest. McCarthy’s team had fallen into “quicksand” and was sinking fast. Pat Malone was summoned from the bullpen, but nothing changed as he hit Miller with a pitch, loading the bases. Dykes followed suite and slammed a double scoring the ninth and tenth runs of the inning, but Malone dug in and struck out Boley and Burns ending the devastation. Lefty Grove came in to finish to job and retired Chicago in order in the eighth and ninth innings while striking out four consecutive batters. The A’s, staring at the likelihood of a 2-2 tie in games when they came to bat in the seventh inning, now boasted a three games-to-one lead after their unlikely 10-8 triumph and looked to close out the Cubs in Game 5.

A battered Pat Malone returned for the start in Game 5 hungry for payback after his team’s Game 4 debacle. Paired up against the unlikely Game 1 winner Howard Ehmke, he managed to keep the Cubs’ hopes alive with a clutch performance. Both aces were locked in a 0-0 struggle until the fourth inning when Chicago drove in two runs and Ehmke off the mound. Rube Walberg came in as relief and matched the National League ace until the bottom of the ninth. With one down and a two run lead, the Cubs stood two outs away from sending the Series back to Wrigley Field, but Max Bishop kept the A’s alive with a crucial single. Mule Haas stepped up to the plate for his biggest at-bat of the season and tied the game with a bomb over the right-field wall. Down, but not out, Malone remained tough and got out #2 off a Mickey Cochrane grounder. With two down now and one to go, the Cubs still had a chance. That was until Al Simmons came up big with a priceless double – forcing the intentional walking of Jimmie Foxx. Bing Miller completed the cycle, hitting one off Shibe Park’s scoreboard for the winning run and another World Series Championship. The 3-2 comeback gave Connie Mack’s Athletics’ their first title since 1913 and sent Chicago packing after surrendering leads in both Games 4 and 5.

ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1940

The National League started off the new decade with a surprising shutout over the previously dominant American League. The game’s hero was also a surprise and a perfect example of what happens when ordinary players do extraordinary things.

Boston Bees outfielder Max West, who hit .261 with seven home runs that year, stepped up to the plate in the first inning and set the game in motion. With Red Ruffing pitching, Arky Vaughan and Billy Herman had led off with singles. He sent Ruffing’s delivery into the right-center stands and that was the ballgame, the first shutout in All-Star history. West had just one at-bat in his only All-Star appearance. In the second, he was injured leaping for a Luke Appling double and had to leave the game.

TODAY IN FOOTBALL HISTORY JULY 20

USFL Gave Hebert Needed Exposure

The article discussed the mass exodus of USFL players who were terminating their contracts enmass with the cash strapped United States Football League and in particular star Oakland Invaders Quarterback Bobby Hebert was one that was talking quite a bit about it. Other USFL players such as Joe Cribbs of the Birmingham Stallions, Herschel Walker and Doug Flutie and many more were all in negotiations with NFL clubs.

July 20, 1994 – Former NFL RB O.J. Simpson offers a $500,000 reward for information/evidence given for the killer of his wife, Nicole.

July 20, 1997 – The Detroit Lions re-signed Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders to a 6-year, $33.5 million contract extension. The NFL.com shares that Sanders only played 2 seasons of this contract before at the age of 30 years old, the former Oklahoma State star retired from playing football in 1998. Those two season of the contract that he did play he led NFL with 2,053 rush yards in 1997 which was the fourth highest rushing total for a season in League history and he was chosen with Packers Quarterback Brett Favre to be Co-MVP of the NFL after that same season.

July 20, 1998 – Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson from Michigan signed his rookie contract with the Raiders after he was chosen with the fourth overall selection in the1998 NFL Draft according to the NFL.com.

July 20, 2008 – A monster trade went down when the Miami Dolphins traded future Hall of Fame pass rusher Jason Taylor to Washington for two draft picks. The NFL.com website says that 2006 AP Defensive Player of the Year played just one season with D.C. before being waived in 2009. Taylor then rejoined the Dolphins roster for the 2009 & 2011 seasons and squeezed a one season cup of coffee with the New York Jets in 2010 in between.

Hall of Fame Birthdays for July 20

July 20, 1864 – Hartford, Connecticut – William “Pa” Corbin was a center on the 1886 through 1888 Yale University teams and played so well that he earned his spot in the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. The National Football Foundation’s website says that Corbin’s very appearance demanded respect as he was tall and had prominant facial bone structure, and he received nothing but loyalty and support from his teammates as he led Yale during football’s pioneer era per the National Football Foundation. “The captain should be the real leader,” he said, appraising his position among his peers. “He should be able to say `come on’ instead of `go on.’ He should be a strategist, always checking the signals and often changing them. Quarterbacks may come and go, but the captain should always be largely responsible for the tactics and the success of the plays.” Corbin was the fireplug and catalyst of the great Yale teams he played on. In the 1888 season, his senior year, Pa was the captain of the squad that went undefeated and outscored their opponents 698 -0! Yale’s record was 31-0-1 in his career.

July 20, 1920 – New York City, New York – Frank Merritt was a tackle from 1942 to 1943 with Army that entered into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996. According to the National Football Foundation, Frank was selected as an All-America team member in 1942 and 1943. Mr. Merritt served as the Athletic Director for the United States Air Force Academy from 1967 through 1974.

July 20, 1927 – San Francisco, California – Dick Stanfel Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrined guard that played for the Detroit Lions and later the Washington Redskins. He was a two way player for the University of San Francisco. Prior to college Mr. Stanfel served in the US Army. Dick suffered an injury just before the College All-Star game in Chicago and missed the majoirty of the 1951 season. Through pateince and diligent rehab his body recovered and he had a sensational 1952 season. In fact the Lions advanced to the NFL championship game in the first three seasons in which Stanfel played. He was a standout player on the Lion’s NFL Championship teams of 1952 & 1953. According to the ProFootballHOF.com Stanfel made the Pro Bowl in four of the seven seasons he played in the NFL. After his playing days he put in another 35 years of coaching, mostly offensive lines, on teams such as Notre Dame, Cal, the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints. His total football career as a player and coach spanned over 50 years!

July 20, 1932 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Dan Rooney was the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2000 enshrined former owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Mr. Rooney guided the Steelers franchise to 6 Super Bowl Titles, the first two with the assistance of his father Art Rooney Sr. One of his greatest contributions to the NFL was his inception of the Rooney Rule that established a protocol for teams to follow when hiring a head coach to give minorities an opportunity to be interviewed for the positions. Dan was integral in the operation of the franchise, working in many different positions and capacities throughout the years. When Three Rivers Stadium was being planned in the 1960s, Rooney fought for and got a dual-purpose stadium design, rather than a horseshoe shape that would have favored baseball. In 1975 he was selected to the position of franchise President. Mr. Rooney also served as the US Ambassador to Ireland under the Obama administration.

July 20, 1945 – Greenwood, South Carolina – Jake Scott was a safety from Georgia that was enrolled into the College Football Hall of Fame in the entry class of 2011. Besides playing defensive back, Jake was also an excellent punt returner for the Bulldogs from 1967-68, leading the Bulldogs to an SEC championship his final year in Athens. In addition to making numerous All-America teams in 1968, he was named the SEC’s Most Valuable Player by the Nashville Banner per the National Football Foundation. Mr. Scott later played in the NFL as a member of both the Dolphins and the Redskins. In Miami he went to 5 consecutive Pro Bowls as he recorded an amazing 35 interceptions in 5 years with the orange and blue. In Washington he added another 14 picks in 3 seasons.

FAMOUS NUMBERS JULY 20

24 – 16- 41 – 14 – 30 – 40 – 44 – 41

July 20, 1906 – Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Mal Eason no-hit the St Louis Cardinals line-up, for a 2-0 victory at Robison Field in St. Louis

July 20, 1911 – Boston Red Sox pitching sensation Smokey Joe Wood tossed a no-hitter of his own against the St Louis Browns line-up, in a 5-0 blanking.

July 20, 1912 – Philadelphia Phillies player Sherry Magee stole home plate twice in a single game. According to an article on SABR.org they say Wood. “was undoubtedly the National League’s most valuable player in 1910, and either he or Johnny Evers deserved the appellation in 1914. That season one Philadelphia writer called Magee “probably the best all-around ball player in the National League,” and a Cincinnati reporter went a step further: “To my mind Sherwood Magee is one of the best all-around players the game has ever seen.””

July 20, 1916 – New York Giants traded future Baseball HOF pitcher Christy Mathewson to the Cincinnati Reds

July 20, 1944 – St Louis Browns Number 24, Nelson Potter became the first pitcher suspended for throwing illegal spitballs. Potter denied the charge against him but to no avail as the suspension held. It is a shame because he was on his way to a 20-win season in that season when he became the first player in big-league history not only to be suspended but also ejected from a game throwing a spitter. Well reknown for the screwball and slider he mastered were reasons with his success with these two legal pitches played a big role in the Boston National League club reaching its first World Series in 34 years in 1948.

July 20, 1956 – New York Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford, Number 16 tied an American League record of 6 straight strike-outs. This amazing record would eventually fall as Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, Number 41 and more recently Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola, Number 27 threw 10 consecutive strikeouts within one game

July 20, 1958 – Detroit Tigers future Baseball Hal of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning wearing Number 14 threw an amazing no-hit masterpiece against the Boston Red Sox to cruise to a 3-0 win.

July 20, 1965 – NY Yankee pitcher Mel Stottlemyre (Number 30) hit an inside-the-park grand slam home run!

July 20, 1970 – LA Dodgers Bill Singer in his Number 40 uniform no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks

July 20, 1976 – Hank Aaron, Number 44 hit his 755th career and final home run off California Angels pitcher Number 41, Dick Drago

July 20, 2020 – Cristiano Ronaldo, in uniform jersey Number 7 became the first man to score 50 goals in Series A, La Liga and the Premier League with a double in Juventus’ 2-1 win over Lazio

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY

1858 Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Bkln 22-18)

1896 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Harold Mahony beats 3-time champion Wilfred Baddeley 6-2, 6-8, 5-7, 8-6, 6-3

1906 Brooklyn Superbas pitcher Mal Eason no-hits St Louis Cardinals, 2-0 at Robison Field, St. Louis

1911 Boston Red Sox Smokey Joe Wood no-hits St Louis Browns, 5-0

1912 Phillies Sherry Magee steals home twice in 1 game

1916 NY Giants trade future Baseball HOF pitcher Christy Mathewson to Cincinnati Reds

1920 Dutch soccer club Sportclub Heerenveen is formed; initially known as Athleta; KNVB Cup Champions 2008–09

1923 Yanks hit into a triple-play but beat A’s 9-2

1924 18th Tour de France won by Ottavio Bottecchia of Italy

1932 An injured Babe Ruth entertains the touring Australian cricketers in his private box at Yankee Stadium as his NY Yankees beat Chicago White Sox, 7-2; ‘The Babe’ meets ‘The Don’ (Don Bradman)

1938 IOC awards Helsinki, Finland 1940 Summer Olympic Games after Tokyo, Japan withdraws (Second Sino-Japanese War)

1941 Yanks beat Tigers 12-6 in 17

1942 Barbados dismiss Trinidad for 16 in 69 minutes, Derek Sealy taking 8-8; West Indian cricket domestic first class record

1944 Browns Nelson Potter is 1st pitcher suspended for throwing spitballs

1947 Tour de France: French rider Jean Robic takes lead on final stage to win overall classification; Pierre Brambilla of Italy mountains champion

1952 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)

1954 American tennis champion Maureen Connolly’s right leg is crushed in a horse riding accident ending a brilliant career at just 19

1956 Yankee pitcher Whitey Ford ties AL record of 6 straight strike-outs

1957 44th Tour de France: French cyclist Jacques Anquetil wins first of 5 general classification titles

1958 PGA Championship Men’s Golf, Llanerch CC: Dow Finsterwald wins 1st PGA C’ship held in current stroke play format; wins by 2 from Billy Casper

1958 Detroit Tigers future Baseball HOF pitcher Jim Bunning no-hits Boston Red Sox, 3-0

1963 US Open Women’s Golf, Kenwood CC: Mary Mills wins her first of 3 major titles by 3 strokes ahead of runners-up Louise Suggs and Sandra Haynie

1965 NY Yankee pitcher Mel Stottlemyre hits an inside-the-park grand slam

1969 56th Tour de France: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx wins general, points, mountains, team classification titles

1970 Dodgers Bill Singer no-hits the Phillies 5-0, giving up no walks

1973 Chic’s Wilbur Wood starts and loses both games of a doubleheader with NY Yankees, 12-2, & 7-0

1975 US Open Women’s Golf, Atlantic City CC: Sandra Palmer wins her second major title by 4 strokes from JoAnne Carner, Sandra Post and Nancy Lopez

1976 Hank Aaron hits 755th and last home run off Angels Dick Drago

1980 British Open Men’s Golf, Muirfield: Tom Watson wins his 3rd of 5 Open titles, by 4 strokes from fellow American Lee Trevino

1980 67th Tour de France won by Joop Zoetemelk of Netherlands

1984 Uwe Hohn of East Germany throws javelin a record 104.8 m

1986 British Open Men’s Golf, Turnberry: Australian Greg Norman wins his first major championship at even-par, 5 strokes clear of runner-up Gordon J. Brand

1991 Mike Tyson is accused of raping a Miss Black America contestant

1994 Former NFL running back, broadcaster and actor O.J. Simpson offers $500,000 reward for evidence of ex-wife’s klller

1997 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Troon: American Justin Leonard recovers from 5 strokes back after 3 rounds; wins by 3 from Darren Clarke and Jesper Parnevik

2000 The leaders of Salt Lake City’s bid to win the 2002 Winter Olympics are indicted by a federal grand jury for bribery, fraud, and racketeering

2003 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal St George’s GC: American Ben Curtis becomes first debut winner since Tom Watson in 1975; in his first major appearance at #396 in world rankings beats runners-up Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh by 1 stroke

2008 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Birkdale GC: Irishman Pádraig Harrington successfully defends his Open title; shoots 4-under par over the final 9 to be 4 strokes clear of runner-up Ian Poulter

2014 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool GC: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland wins wire-to-wire by 2 from Sergio Garcia & Rickie Fowler

2015 British Open Men’s Golf, St. Andrews: American Zach Johnson wins in a 4-hole play-off with Australian Marc Leishman & Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa

2020 Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first man to score 50 goals in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League with a double in Juventus’ 2-1 win over Lazio

2021 NBA Finals: Milwaukee Bucks beat Phoenix Suns, 105-98 in Game 6 to win first title in 50 years (1971); MVP: Giannis Antetokounmpo, 50 points in Game 6

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Yankees6428.69637 – 1227 – 1630 – 1519 – 610 – 45 – 5W 2
Tampa Bay5141.5541331 – 1820 – 2323 – 176 – 912 – 96 – 4W 1
Toronto5043.53814.530 – 1920 – 2416 – 1813 – 1015 – 115 – 5W 3
Boston4845.51616.523 – 2025 – 2512 – 2612 – 719 – 73 – 7L 2
Baltimore4646.5001825 – 1721 – 2916 – 2111 – 1312 – 88 – 2L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Minnesota5044.53227 – 2223 – 2213 – 1023 – 1910 – 93 – 7L 1
Cleveland4644.511225 – 1921 – 256 – 1023 – 199 – 86 – 4W 3
Chi White Sox4646.500319 – 2527 – 2114 – 1518 – 197 – 97 – 3W 1
Detroit3755.4021223 – 2414 – 317 – 1419 – 243 – 102 – 8L 4
Kansas City3656.3911319 – 2717 – 295 – 1218 – 209 – 165 – 5L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston5932.64828 – 1431 – 186 – 816 – 429 – 166 – 4L 1
Seattle5142.548924 – 2027 – 2212 – 157 – 624 – 1610 – 0W 14
Texas4149.45617.521 – 2620 – 235 – 1111 – 817 – 234 – 6L 4
LA Angels3953.42420.522 – 2717 – 266 – 189 – 518 – 192 – 8L 3
Oakland3261.3442811 – 3121 – 3010 – 169 – 1511 – 254 – 6W 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets5835.62428 – 1530 – 2028 – 1212 – 513 – 106 – 4L 1
Atlanta5638.5962.531 – 2025 – 1822 – 1417 – 1013 – 117 – 3L 1
Philadelphia4943.5338.524 – 2125 – 2218 – 198 – 516 – 116 – 4W 3
Miami4348.4731422 – 2221 – 2624 – 195 – 89 – 144 – 6L 3
Washington3163.33027.515 – 3616 – 278 – 369 – 89 – 111 – 9W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Milwaukee5043.53821 – 1929 – 2411 – 1328 – 194 – 83 – 7L 3
St. Louis5044.5320.529 – 2021 – 2410 – 1424 – 1410 – 76 – 4W 2
Pittsburgh3954.4191120 – 2319 – 316 – 918 – 2713 – 115 – 5W 1
Chi Cubs3557.38014.518 – 3217 – 254 – 620 – 217 – 181 – 9W 1
Cincinnati3457.3741518 – 2816 – 295 – 912 – 218 – 216 – 4L 2
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
LA Dodgers6030.66730 – 1330 – 1711 – 917 – 621 – 119 – 1W 4
San Diego5242.5531025 – 2127 – 2112 – 919 – 1020 – 204 – 6L 1
San Francisco4843.52712.526 – 2222 – 2114 – 1311 – 1016 – 147 – 3W 3
Colorado4350.46218.528 – 2315 – 278 – 198 – 521 – 187 – 3L 1
Arizona4052.4352122 – 2618 – 2612 – 1010 – 1112 – 273 – 7W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot