MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

SEATTLE 6 SAN DIEGO 2

MIAMI 2 LA ANGELS 1

PITTSBURGH 5 NY YANKEES 2

BALTIMORE 10 TEXAS 9 (10)

TAMPA BAY 8 BOSTON 4

DETROIT 11 CLEVELAND 4

MINNESOTA 8 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 2

HOUSTON 9 KANSAS CITY 7

OAKLAND 5 TORONTO 3

CINCINNATI 1 NY METS 0

PHILADELPHIA 11 WASHINGTON 0

ATLANTA 7 ST. LOUIS 1

CHICAGO CUBS 8 MILWAUKEE 3

ARIZONA 6 SAN FRANCISCO 2

LA DODGERS 5 COLORADO 2

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WNBA

SEATTLE 95 INDIANA 73

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DALLAS 82 CONNECTICUT 71

INDIANA PACERS SUMMER LEAGUE SCHEDULE

JULY 8, FRIDAY: 6 P.M., VS. CHARLOTTE, ESPN2

JULY 10, SUNDAY: 3 P.M., VS. SACRAMENTO, ESPN

JULY 12, TUESDAY: 9 P.M., VS. DETROIT, NBA TV

JULY 15, FRIDAY: 9 P.M., VS. WASHINGTON, ESPN2

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. 

AUG. 27, SATURDAY: PRESEASON GAME VS. TAMPA BAY, 7:30 P.M.

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Report: Big 12 in talks to add up to 6 Pac-12 schools, merger possible

The Big 12 is in deep discussions to add multiple Pac-12 schools following the impending departures of USC and UCLA, sources told CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd.

Arizona, Arizona State, Utah, and Colorado were mentioned specifically, though Washington and Oregon are also in consideration, Dodd reports.

A merger between the Big 12 and Pac-12 is reportedly also a possibility.

However, Colorado released a statement shortly after Dodd’s report, assuring the school remains committed to the Pac-12, according to Brandon Marcello of 247Sports.

The Big Ten welcomed USC and UCLA as its newest members last month. Both schools are expected to join their new conference in 2024. In the wake of their departures, the Pac-12 announced its intentions to explore expansion options.

The Big 12 has been aggressive in its search for new members after Texas and Oklahoma shared their intentions on joining the SEC. The pair are expected to leave the league after the 2024 season.

Cincinnati, BYU, Houston, and UCF are set to join the Big 12 in 2023.

Meanwhile, the Pac-12’s board of directors announced Tuesday that the conference will begin negotiations for its next media rights agreements immediately. The conference’s deal with Fox and ESPN is set to expire in 2024.

Reds spoil Scherzer’s return with a 1-0 ninth-inning win

CINCINNATI (AP) Max Scherzer turned in a stellar performance for the New York Mets in his return from an oblique injury.

Perhaps more importantly for the NL East leaders, the ace right-hander felt good the entire time on a steamy Tuesday night in Cincinnati.

Scherzer struck out 11 while pitching six innings of two-hit ball, but New York lost 1-0 to the last-place Reds on Mike Moustakas’ game-ending sacrifice fly.

Scherzer, who turns 38 in three weeks, had been sidelined by a strained oblique muscle on his left side. It was his first big league game since May 18.

“I felt great,” he said. “No issues whatsoever today. Felt strong all the way through. (The oblique) never tightened up on me, so that’s a good thing.”

Mets manager Buck Showalter took Scherzer out after 79 pitches – mostly fastballs and sliders – but the ace believed he could have gone deeper into the game.

“This is a good problem to have,” Scherzer said. “Buck is going to make the best decision for the ballclub and for my health and my long-term health, so I completely understand where he’s coming from. With that being said, I didn’t have any problems tonight. I felt good. I felt strong. I had nothing tighten up. I wanted to get to that 90, 95 pitch count.”

Tommy Pham led off the Cincinnati ninth with a double into the right-field corner against Seth Lugo (1-2). It was the Reds’ fourth hit of the game.

Tyler Naquin was walked intentionally before Donovan Solano walked to load the bases. Moustakas’ deep fly ball to center drove in Pham with the game-winner.

“It is kind of how you want to draw it up when you’re coming up to win the game,” Moustakas said. “You just get a pitch to hit and don’t miss it.”

Reds rookie Nick Lodolo combined with four relievers on a six-hitter. Lodolo struck out eight and gave up just three hits in 4 2/3 innings in his return from a back injury.

It was Lodolo’s first major league game since April 24.

“Lodolo – as good as he was – that lineup made him work,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He was really on a mission.”

Hunter Strickland (2-2) got three outs for the win.

“I’m so happy for the bullpen, they kept us right there,” Bell said.

“I know the players are frustrated to have that kind of outing, but I knew that their pitcher was going to be a challenge before the game,” Showalter said of Lodolo. “Watching a lot of stuff on him and talking to people, we knew he was going to be a challenge for us tonight. I was hoping it wasn’t that much of a challenge as it ended up being.”

The Reds threatened in the eighth, putting runners on second and third with one out. But Tommy Hunter got Jonathan India to pop out and Brandon Drury to fly out to right.

DELAYED

There was a 53-minute weather delay before the start of the game. But it never rained.

NICE CATCH

Pham prevented a potential extra-base hit in the Mets ninth when he went into the left-field corner to snag a deep fly off the bat of Jeff McNeil.

TRAINERS ROOM

Reds: RHP Tony Santillan (back) was transferred to the 60-day injured list. … RF Tyler Naquin (strained quadriceps) was back in the lineup for the first time since May 31.

MOVES

The Reds claimed right-hander Ian Gibaut off waivers from the Dodgers. They also optioned utilityman Max Schrock and catcher Mark Kolozsvary to Triple-A Louisville. Catcher Chris Okey was designated for assignment. … To make room on the roster for Scherzer, the Mets designated lefty Chasen Shreve for assignment.

UP NEXT

Right-hander Graham Ashcraft (4-2, 4.53 ERA) starts for the Reds against Mets lefty David Peterson (5-1, 3.24 ERA). Ashcraft was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in a 15-7 loss to the Cubs last week. Peterson is coming off the paternity list to start for New York.

Suzuki homers again, Hendricks hurt as Cubs top Brewers 8-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) Seiya Suzuki has wasted no time getting back into the swing of things since coming off the injured list.

Suzuki homered for the second straight night and had three RBIs as the Chicago Cubs overcame Kyle Hendricks’ early exit to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Tuesday.

Suzuki ripped a pitch well off the inside corner for a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the fifth inning. That came one night after he hit an inside-the-park homer in the ninth to give Chicago a 2-1 lead, though the Cubs lost 5-2 in 10 innings. The team activated Suzuki from the injured list Monday after a sprained left ring finger caused him to miss about five weeks.

“He looks really comfortable,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “The timing’s back, to me. I think Seiya’s looked as good as he started.”

The Cubs needed power from Suzuki and precision from their bullpen to overcome the loss of Hendricks, who left after three innings with a sore right shoulder. He threw 69 pitches, with his velocity slightly lower than usual.

Hendricks said he felt fine before the game but could tell as soon as he threw his first warmup pitch at the start that something was off. The Cubs’ pitching staff already is at far less than full strength with Marcus Stroman, Drew Smyly, Wade Miley and Alec Mills on the injured list.

“No point in pushing it,” Hendricks said. “It’s not something that’s so bad that it’s going to get out of control, but it’s just not great. Something I’ve definitely got to get checked out to see what it’s all about.”

Chicago’s bullpen stepped up in Hendricks’ absence. Matt Swarmer (2-3), Rowan Wick and Michael Rucker combined to allow just one run over the last six innings.

Most of Milwaukee’s offense came on Rowdy Tellez’s two-run homer off Hendricks in the first inning. Tellez’s last 10 hits have gone for extra bases, tying a Brewers record Ryan Thompson set in 2002.

After starter Jason Alexander (2-1) held Chicago scoreless for the first three innings, the Cubs totaled eight runs over the next three frames to turn a 2-0 deficit into an 8-2 advantage.

“There were just a lot of unlucky things that happened,” Alexander said. “A lot of ground balls that were just a little bit out of reach or just a little bit out of place to where we couldn’t make a play. And that just happens, you know? Sometimes you get unlucky.”

The Cubs scored a run in the fourth without hitting the ball out of the infield. After they loaded the bases on a walk, a hit batter and an infield single, Patrick Wisdom scored from third when Nelson Velazquez grounded out.

Chicago pulled ahead with three runs in the fifth.

The rally started when Brewers shortstop Willy Adames fielded a one-out grounder and threw wildly to first, allowing Nico Hoerner to reach second on the error. Hoerner scored the tying run when Ian Happ hit a grounder that got past third baseman Luis Urias and went into the left-field corner for a double.

Suzuki then lined a first-pitch sinker and sent it just to the right of the left-field foul pole.

The Cubs extended the lead to 8-2 in the sixth as Rafael Ortega drove in two runs and knocked Alexander out of the game with a triple into the right-field corner. Ortega scored as part of a double steal with Happ. Suzuki’s single to left brought home Happ.

Alexander allowed seven runs – six earned – and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

“We didn’t play good enough defense to keep some runs off the board early, and then we sent him out there for the sixth and unfortunately that inning just kind of fell apart on us,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said.

Milwaukee loaded the bases when Swarmer opened the sixth inning with three straight walks, but the Brewers failed to capitalize. Wick took over and retired Urias on a liner and Jace Peterson on a double-play grounder.

“That’s as good as I’ve seen Ro in a long time,” Ross said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cubs C Willson Contreras was out of the lineup after leaving in the 10th inning Monday due to hamstring tightness. Ross said Contreras is day to day.

UP NEXT

The three-game series concludes Wednesday afternoon as Corbin Burnes (7-4, 2.36 ERA) pitches for the Brewers and Adrian Sampson (0-0, 3.38) starts for the Cubs in a matchup of right-handers.

Greene, Reyes lead Tigers to 3rd straight win over Guardians

DETROIT (AP) Riley Greene and Victor Reyes drove in three runs apiece, Eric Haase blasted a two-run homer and the Detroit Tigers pounded the Cleveland Guardians 11-4 on Tuesday night.

Miguel Cabrera added three hits, two runs scored and an RBI for the Tigers, who have won the first three games of the four-game series. Greene had a pair of doubles, while Reyes supplied three hits and scored twice.

Drew Hutchison (1-4) got his first victory since last Sept. 25, allowing two runs – one earned – and five hits in five innings.

Guardians starter Cal Quantrill (4-5) surrendered six runs – three earned – and eight hits in four innings. Cleveland’s Owen Miller drove in two runs.

Cleveland scored an unearned run in the first. Detroit countered with a four-run second that included Reyes’ two-run single, Greene’s RBI double and Cabrera’s run-scoring single.

The Tigers increased their advantage to 6-2 in the fourth on Haase’s two-out homer.

Detroit took a six-run lead on Greene’s two-out, two-run double in the fifth. The Tigers tacked on three more runs in the sixth to make 11-2.

ROSTER MOVES

Guardians: RHP Nick Sandlin was recalled from Triple-A Columbus and LHPs Alex Young and Konnor Pilkington were optioned to the Clippers. Sandlin allowed two runs in one inning of relief on Tuesday.

Tigers: To make room for Hutchison on the active roster, RHP Will Vest was optioned to Triple-A Toledo. Detroit opened a spot on the 40-man roster by designating LHP Sam Howard for assignment.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Guardians: OF Josh Naylor was a late scratch with lingering back spasms. He departed the opener of Monday’s doubleheader in the seventh inning. “He’s a little sore,” manager Terry Francona said. “I don’t know that anything good comes from trying to force the issue.”

Tigers: RHP Alex Faedo has some inflammation in his hip but manager A.J. Hinch hasn’t ruled out the possibility of recalling Faedo from Triple-A Toledo to start a game next week. … RHP Wily Peralta departed in the eighth inning with a left hamstring spasm.

UP NEXT

Guardians: RHP Shane Bieber (3-4, 3.16 ERA) will start the finale of the four-game series on Wednesday. In 10 career starts against the Tigers, Bieber is 7-3 with a 2.18 ERA.

Tigers: RHP Michael Pineda (1-3, 3.62 ERA) will be making his second start since coming off the injured list. Pineda, who suffered a fractured finger on May 14 after being struck by a line drive, is 2-0 with a 3.04 ERA in five career outings against Cleveland.

Kirilloff hits 2 homers as Twins pound White Sox 8-2

CHICAGO (AP) The Minnesota Twins were well on their way by the time Alex Kirilloff started knocking the ball over the wall. He just helped put the game away.

Kirilloff hit two of Minnesota’s five homers, Jorge Polanco went deep on his birthday for the second time, and the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 8-2 on Tuesday night.

Kirilloff went back to back with Polanco against slumping White Sox starter Michael Kopech in a three-run fifth, and then hit a two-run drive against Vince Velasquez in the seventh. The lefty-swinging Kirilloff drove the ball the opposite way both times in his second career multihomer game.

“He’s a hitter first,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He’s not a guy that’s just going up there trying to pull the ball and hit it in the seats. But when you stay on the ball and you stay through the ball the way that he does very naturally, he has a chance to still hit it in the seats – but the left-field seats. He can drive the ball that way very, very well.”

Max Kepler and Jose Miranda also connected, and the AL Central-leading Twins finished one homer shy of their season high.

Josh Winder pitched five solid innings on short notice after Chris Archer went on the 15-day injured list because of tightness in his left hip, and Minnesota improved to 5-0 against the reigning division champions.

The game was delayed 35 minutes in the bottom of the eighth because of rain. By then, the Twins were in control.

GOING DEEP

Kepler got things started in the third with a solo drive to the right-field bullpen. He also singled and scored on Polanco’s two-run shot in the fifth.

Miranda made it 3-0 in the fourth with a two-run drive to left following a leadoff single by Kirilloff.

The Twins broke it open in the fifth and chased Kopech, with Polanco and Kirilloff delivering the big blows.

Polanco, who turned 29, smacked a two-run drive to right after Kepler singled. He also homered on his 26th birthday, going deep in a romp over Texas in 2019.

Kirilloff followed with a drive to left-center against Kopech, making it 6-1. His shot to left in the seventh gave him his first multihomer game since he hit two in a win over Kansas City on April 30, 2021.

“I’m still just trying to flush it and take the same approach and routine and keep things simple for tomorrow,” Kirilloff said.

Winder (4-2), recalled from Triple-A St. Paul, gave up two runs and seven hits in his fifth start and ninth appearance for the Twins.

KOPECH STRUGGLES

Kopech (2-6) allowed just just five home runs in his first 14 starts and none in his first seven outings at home. But things sure were different for him this time.

He got tagged for six runs and eight hits – both season highs – over 4 2/3 innings in losing his fourth straight start. His ERA has climbed from 1.92 to 3.34.

The four home runs he allowed matched his career high during a lopsided loss to Detroit on Sept. 5, 2018, in his fourth major league appearance.

“It’s not a good day but unfortunately that’s how baseball goes sometimes,” he said. “Made some bad pitches over the heart of the plate and they hit them hard. I’ve just got to be better than that. That’s something that’s easy to fix from start to start, it’s just executing pitches better.”

TOSSED

White Sox outfielder AJ Pollock was ejected in the ninth for arguing a called third strike.

TRAINER’S ROOM

White Sox: OF Eloy Jimenez (hamstring tear) could be activated from the injured list as soon as Wednesday, manager Tony La Russa said. He has been cleared to play the field, though the White Sox probably will avoid having him do it three days in a row at least for now. Jimenez has been sidelined since April 23, when he was hurt stretching for first base as he tried to run out a ground ball at Minnesota. … C Yasmani Grandal (back spasms) is scheduled to start a minor league rehab assignment on Wednesday and likely will return after the All-Star break, La Russa said.

UP NEXT

The three-game series wraps up, with RHP Joe Ryan (6-3, 3.00 ERA) starting for Minnesota and RHP Lance Lynn (1-1, 4.50 ERA) getting the ball for Chicago. Ryan has a 4.37 ERA in four starts since returning from the COVID-19-related IL. Lynn threw six scoreless innings in Chicago’s 1-0 win at San Francisco on Friday, though he did not figure in the decision.

Gilbert wins 10th, surging Mariners sweep sliding Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) Logan Gilbert earned his 10th win to tie for the major league lead, Sam Haggerty hit his first home run in over two months and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Tuesday.

The Mariners, who have won 12 of their last 15 games, swept the two-game set to win their fifth consecutive series. Seattle (41-42) moved within one game of .500 for the first time since May 4.

“We played really good baseball for a couple of days against a team that is having a very good year,? Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We’re starting to get things going on our side.?

Haggerty had three hits, Dylan Moore doubled twice and hot-hitting rookie Julio Rodriguez had two singles for Seattle. Haggerty and Rodriguez also both stole a base – Moore, meanwhile, was twice caught stealing.

“We do it with the names that are out there,? Servias said. “They understand who they are and that’s what it takes to put good streaks together. We can talk about Julio all you want and it’s great and he’s awesome. But it’s the other guys around him that are making things happen so he doesn’t have to do it every day.?

The Padres have lost nine of 12.

Gilbert (10-3) allowed one earned run and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked three, struck out one and has a 2.61 ERA.

Gilbert, who is seeking his first All-Star selection, matched Houston’s Justin Verlander and the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin atop the big league win chart. He was more efficient than electric, and that was fine by Gilbert.

“I don’t think I had my best stuff today but I was just trying to find a way to get out and be competitive,” Gilbert said.

He wiggled from a massive jam in the second when the Padres loaded the bases with no outs.

Last year, Gilbert might have wobbled. This year, he went to work and escaped unscathed after getting a groundout from Austin Nola and flyballs from Trent Grisham and C.J. Abrams.

“That’s the difference,? Gilbert said. “Just taking a breath and understanding I have everything that I need out there. It’s just a matter of executing and believing in myself, knowing that I can get out of things like that.?

Mike Clevinger (2-1) gave up four runs and six hits over six innings. With the Padres’ offensive struggles, that was enough for the Mariners – San Diego has scored 10 runs in six games, with four coming in the ninth inning on Sunday.

The Padres left 11 runners on base and went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Clevinger retired the initial eight batters before Haggerty’s first home run since April 24 gave Seattle a 1-0 lead in the third. Haggerty sprinted around the bases almost as quickly as his shot left the yard.

“I’m just fast and I kept running,? he said.

Seattle scored three times in the fourth for a 4-1 lead. Moore hit a two-run double and Haggerty had an RBI single.

The Padres got a run in the third on a rare error by the Mariners, who entered the game with 28 miscues, the fewest in the majors. With two on, Eric Hosmer hit a grounder that ricocheted off second baseman Adam Frazier’s glove.

Nomar Mazara had three of San Diego’s eight hits.

The Mariners head home with a renewed confidence that their season which started slowing is gathering momentum.

“We’re playing well right now,? Gilbert said. “When we were going through a little rough stretch earlier, getting a ton of questions about it, I don’t think anybody really panicked. We know the baseball we can play. We know we’re really good.?

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: 1B Ty France (elbow) is expected to be activated for this weekend’s series against Toronto.

Padres: LHP Adrian Morejon (shoulder) will begin a rehab stint with Triple-A El Paso and could return prior to the All-Star break.

UP NEXT

Mariners: After Wednesday’s day off, Seattle LHP Marco Gonzalez (4-9) faces the visiting Blue Jays to start a four-game series.

Padres: San Diego resumes play on Thursday when RHP Joe Musgrove (8-2) goes against the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a four-game series at home.

Pirates spoil Taillon’s return to Pittsburgh, top Yanks 5-2

PITTSBURGH (AP) Bill Mazeroski threw out the first pitch. David Bednar froze one of the most feared hitters in baseball with the last.

In between, the Pittsburgh Pirates offered a fleeting glimpse of what they’re trying to build, one that came at the expense of an old friend and briefly cooled off the hottest team in the majors.

Rookie outfielder Jack Suwinski hit his 14th home run, Daniel Vogelbach added his 11th and the Pirates spoiled Jameson Taillon’s return to PNC Park with a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night.

The Pirates played a short tribute video for Taillon – who spent more than a decade with the organization before being traded to New York in January 2021 – as he walked to the mound. “When The Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin blared as Taillon warmed up, just as it had for home starts made by the popular right-hander during his four seasons in Pittsburgh’s rotation.

Taillon called running out of the visitors’ dugout a little weird, though nearly 18 months removed from the trade that sent him to New York in exchange for a handful of prospects for a club in a top-to-bottom reset, he wasn’t exactly overcome with emotion. His bigger concern was trying to figure out a way to navigate Pittsburgh’s left-handed-heavy lineup.

He didn’t fare as well as he liked. Vogelbach hit a laser over the right-field wall leading off the second and Suwinski flicked a ball into the first row of seats in center field that scored two runs as Taillon (9-2) took his first loss since April 11.

Despite his stellar won-loss record, Taillon’s ERA over his last six starts is north of 5.00. Even with the Yankees cruising atop the AL East with the All-Star break looming, Taillon is wary.

“It’s a results-oriented league,” he said. “But at the same time, I feel healthy and I feel like I’m making a lot of quality pitches, but it seems I’m getting burned every outing on just a couple of pitches.”

Jose Quintana (2-4) held New York in check for five innings and Pittsburgh’s bullpen did the rest. Bednar worked the ninth for his 13th save – striking out Aaron Judge looking with a runner on to end it – as the Pirates sent the Yankees to consecutive losses for just the fifth time this season.

Pittsburgh leaned into a rare visit by the Yankees, whose first appearance at PNC Park since 2017 produced the first sellout of the season at a ballpark that is typically more than half-empty most nights. Fans caught a glimpse of a lineup that included promising rookies like Suwinski and shortstop Oneil Cruz, and a gritty effort by Quintana.

The veteran left-hander, brought in on a one-year deal in the offseason, retired the Yankees in order just once but struck out seven.

“He just competes,” Vogelbach said. “You can just feel it from him, that he’s never out of the count, never out of the inning. He’s always one pitch away. That rubs off on you. That makes you want to make a play behind him and makes you want to score runs for him.”

A FULL HOUSE

Mazeroski, who hit the clinching home run in the bottom of the ninth in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series against the Yankees at Forbes Field, tossed the ceremonial first pitch. The crowd roared as the 85-year-old waved, setting the tone for a night that felt as if there was something at stake for two teams separated by more than 25 games in the standings.

HALFWAY HOME

New York reached the season’s midway point at 58-23, the best record in the majors by a significant margin and well ahead of the club’s pace last year, when the Yankees slogged to a 41-40 mark through the first 81 games.

New York rallied to make the playoffs a year ago. That likely won’t be required this time around, not with the Yankees entering the day leading the AL East by a staggering 13 games.

Still, New York’s blistering pace has cooled a bit of late with the All-Star break approaching. The Yankees are 2-3 halfway through their four-city road trip that wraps up in Boston this weekend.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits for New York. Gleyber Torres and Matt Carpenter added two apiece. Judge went 1 for 5, grounding into an inning-ending double-play with two runners on in the seventh and striking out in the ninth, symbolic of a night when the Yankees left nine men on.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo was scratched an hour before the first pitch with lower back tightness. DJ LeMahieu filled in for Rizzo at first. … RHP Domingo German (right shoulder) will make at least one more rehab start before the team makes a decision on when he might be activated off the 60-day injured list. Manager Aaron Boone said German “looked good” and he is “encouraged” by German’s progress. … RHP Miguel Castro (paternity leave/restricted list) could rejoin the team on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

New York’s Luis Severino (4-3, 3.35 ERA) will try to pick up his first win in a month when he faces Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller (2-5, 5.14) on Wednesday. Keller has allowed three runs or fewer in five of his last six starts following a brief stint in the bullpen.

Oakland police investigating ‘celebratory gunfire’ at A’s game

The Oakland Police Department is looking into firearm use within the Coliseum following the Oakland Athletics’ victory against the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, the team announced.

After the game’s celebratory Independence Day fireworks display, the police were made aware of at least one victim within the ballpark.

“During the preliminary investigation, officers located three fans struck by bullet fragments from what appears to be celebratory gunfire occurring throughout the city of Oakland,” the A’s said in a statement. “A fourth victim later walked into a local hospital. All four victims sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

“The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering a reward up to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest.”

The A’s beat the visiting Blue Jays 5-1 on Monday, with the league celebrating July 4th.

Earlier in the day, the Chicago White Sox and Major League Baseball opted to continue playing a game at Guaranteed Rate Field, despite a shooting that killed at least six people during an Independence Day parade at nearby Highland Park.

Phils’ Harper vows to play this year, but no date for return

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper has three pins in his left thumb, a cast on his left hand and an unyielding belief that he will return from injury this season to try and lead the Phillies to their first playoff appearance in 11 years.

“I’ll be back,” Harper said.

With those three words, Harper injected genuine expectations in the franchise and the fan base that the reigning NL MVP will play again at some point this season – and with a hope the Phillies are still in the wild-card hunt when he returns.

Harper declined to put a timetable on when he could he return to the lineup as the feared designated hitter in the middle of the order that led the team on a summer surge and put Philadelphia in the thick of a real pennant race.

“I don’t want to give anybody a timetable because I don’t know,” Harper said. “If I knew a specific date that I’d be back, I’d tell you. I just don’t think it’s fair to anybody. I’ll be back when I’m ready to go.”

Harper was injured last month when he was hit by a 97 mph pitch from San Diego Padres left-hander Blake Snell. Harper had pins inserted last week and will need them in the thumb for at least another three weeks. He is in a cast and unable to throw or do much of a workout.

“I don’t want to hope or think about anything,” Harper said. “I just want to go day by day and be back when I can, whenever I feel healthy, whenever that is to help this team win. Granted, if we’re out of it, I’m going to come back and play no matter what, just so I know that I can go out there and play the game. I don’t want that to be my last day playing this year. No matter what the outcome, I’m going to come back and I’ll be playing.”

The 29-year-old Harper, who signed a $330 million, 13-year deal with the Phillies in 2019, is hitting .318 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .985 OPS. Harper talked Tuesday before the Phillies were set to open a three-game set against Harper’s former team, the Washington Nationals.

Philadelphia is 4-3 in Harper’s absence and entered Tuesday only one game back of the final NL wild-card spot.

“I hate sitting there watching,” Harper said.

Harper had already surrendered his spot in right field earlier this season because of because of a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his throwing elbow. He last played the field at Miami on April 16. Harper did not have a scheduled checkup on the elbow last week because of the surgery but he said it could happen in another two weeks.

“I’m not going to rush the elbow,” Harper said. “If it feels good, I’m gonna go. I want to play out there, I want to be out there, I want to be helping this team.”

Harper said he did not expect to travel with the Phillies – who have the longest playoff drought in the National League – on an upcoming nine-game road trip that opens Friday in St. Louis and included stops in Toronto and against the Marlins.

“I don’t really feel the need for me to go anywhere, especially with appointments for the next two weeks with the doctors,” he said. “If I didn’t have those appointments, I’d be going on this road. After the break, I’ll be kind of a little more open to going on the road and travel and get the things done I need to.”

2 sets down, Djokovic wins 26th consecutive Wimbledon match

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) It says a lot about Novak Djokovic that a two-sets-to-none hole at Wimbledon on a day he was hardly at his best never seemed insurmountable. Not to him. Not to anyone watching.

Says a lot about his history of overcoming that sort of deficit. A lot about his ability to adjust, to adapt and to right himself. A lot about his preeminence at the All England Club in recent years.

Djokovic spotted 10th-seeded Jannik Sinner of Italy the huge lead Tuesday, then worked his way back to win 5-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 at Centre Court, earning an 11th semifinal berth at Wimbledon with his 26th consecutive victory at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament.

“I always believed,” said Djokovic, who faces ninth-seeded Cam Norrie of Britain next, “that I could turn the match around.”

Among men, only Roger Federer has made more semifinal appearances at Wimbledon with 13 and won more championships (eight) than the seven Djokovic could reach by lifting the trophy Sunday for what would be a fourth year in a row.

“He makes you play differently – well, not differently, but in a way that he likes,” Sinner said.

Djokovic was responsible for just one of Wednesday’s comebacks: In all four singles quarterfinals on a sunny day, the player who dropped the first set ended up victorious. Norrie edged David Goffin of Belgium 3-6, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, 7-5; No. 3 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia beat Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 6-1, 6-1; Tatjana Maria defeated Jule Niemeier 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 in an all-German matchup.

Norrie, Jabeur and Maria all earned the right to make their debuts in a Grand Slam semifinal.

“Can’t enjoy it too much now,” said Norrie, 26, who was born in South Africa to British parents, grew up in New Zealand and played college tennis at Texas Christian University. “Just get ready for Novak in a couple days.”

The 103rd-ranked Maria is, at 34, the oldest first-time women’s semifinalist at a major and only the sixth woman at least that old to get this far at Wimbledon in the professional era, which began in 1968. The others? Quite a list: Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Serena Williams and Venus Williams.

“I always believed that I have something inside,” said Maria, who only once before reached as far as the third round. “That I can do this.”

Djokovic, a 35-year-old from Serbia, managed his seventh career comeback in a match in which he trailed by two sets – he last did it in the 2021 French Open final against Stefanos Tsitsipas – and improved to 37-10 in five-setters. That includes a 10-1 mark in matches that go the distance at Wimbledon, including nine straight victories; the lone loss came in 2006.

“He’s been in this situation many times,” the 20-year-old Sinner said. “That definitely helps.”

Tuesday’s match brought Sinner’s major quarterfinal appearance total to three, which is exactly 50 fewer than Djokovic’s.

Sinner has shown enormous potential, reaching the quarterfinals at the 2020 French Open before losing to Rafael Nadal and the 2022 Australian Open before losing to Tsitsipas. As for grass? Sinner was 0-4 until last week. But he got win No. 1 at Wimbledon by eliminating three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka and then beat a pair of seeded foes: No. 20 John Isner and No. 5 Carlos Alcaraz.

With his wide wingspan, and a Djokovic-style ability to slide into strokes, the 6-foot-2 (1.88-meter) Sinner gets to balls that appear out of reach and is able to reply with considerable power. That allows him to lengthen exchanges and make even a consummate baseliner like Djokovic put in extra work to earn a point.

On Tuesday, Sinner went up a set and a break when Djokovic sailed a backhand long, then bowed his head. Sinner broke again for 5-2, and soon enough, 1 1/2 hours in, was a set from the biggest triumph of his nascent career.

Before the start of the third, Djokovic headed toward the locker room for a bathroom break, just like he did at Roland Garros against Tsitsipas 13 months ago.

“You approach these particular situations when you’re two sets down a bit more calmly, a bit more confident,” Djokovic said, “with more self-belief.”

When play resumed, Djokovic was so much better than he had been.

“Two different matches,” he said.

After 19 unforced errors over the initial two sets, he made 14 over the final three. After getting broken four times over two sets, he won all 13 of his service games the rest of the way.

He became increasingly animated, too. Djokovic shook a fist and yelled after breaking twice to move out to a 3-0 edge after 20 minutes in the third set.

“He was dictating more,” Sinner said.

After landing on his stomach following a slide that turned into the splits on a backhand in the fifth set, Djokovic spread his arms out wide like a child pretending to be an airplane – or a baseball umpire calling a runner safe.

Sinner’s play, meanwhile, dipped. His form at the net, so good early, faltered: He was successful on 14 of 17 trips forward over the first two sets but 8 of 18 in the last three. He caught a toe in the grass and turned his left ankle on one push forward, falling and immediately clutching his ankle; Djokovic climbed over the net to help Sinner get up. That did not seem to affect Sinner’s footwork, though.

Djokovic was simply a lot to deal with.

Wimbledon quarterfinalist Kyrgios due in court in Australia

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) Wimbledon quarterfinalist Nick Kyrgios is due in court back home in Australia next month, and a lawyer representing him said Tuesday the “precise nature of” the allegations “is neither certain at this moment nor confirmed by either the prosecution or” the 27-year-old professional tennis player.

Kyrgios practiced at the All England Club on Tuesday, and the All England Club confirmed he is scheduled to play his match against Cristian Garin of Chile on Wednesday.

“While Mr. Kyrgios is committed to addressing any and all allegations once clear, taking the matter seriously does not warrant any misreading of the process Mr. Kyrgios is required to follow,” attorney Pierre Johannessen wrote in a statement emailed to the media.

Johannessen wrote that “the allegations are not considered as fact” by the court, and Kyrgios is not “considered charged” with an offense until a first appearance in court.

Wednesday’s match against Garin is the third Grand Slam quarterfinal of the Australian’s career – he is 0-2 in the others – and first in 7 1/2 years.

“We have been made aware of legal proceedings involving Nick Kyrgios in Australia, and as they are ongoing, we are not in a position to offer a comment,” an All England Club spokesperson said Tuesday. “We are in touch with Nick’s team and he remains scheduled to play his quarterfinal match tomorrow.”

The Canberra Times reported that Kyrgios is supposed to appear in court on Aug. 2. The newspaper cited local police as saying that a 27-year-old Australian man is involved in a case about “common assault following an incident in December 2021.”

Canberra police did not immediately respond to an after-hours request for comment emailed by The Associated Press.

A spokesperson for the ATP men’s tennis tour wrote in an email: “The ATP is aware of the Australian case involving Nick Kyrgios but as legal proceedings are ongoing it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

PRE-SEASON INDIANA SRN COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS

The college football season begins Saturday August 27. That means all the experts

are ready to make the early predictions of who will be #1. Right now there aren’t

any huge surprises in the Indiana SRN pre-season top 25.

1. ALABAMA (13-2 IN 2021, LOST TO GEORGIA IN THE CFP TITLE GAME)

2. OHIO STATE (11-2, BEAT UTAH IN THE ROSE BOWL)

3. GEORGIA (14-1, CFP NATIONAL CHAMPIONS)

4. TEXAS A&M (8-4, WITHDREW FROM GATOR BOWL DUE TO COVID-19

POSITIVE CASES, INJURIES)

5. NOTRE DAME (11-2, LOST TO OKLAHOMA STATE IN THE FIESTA BOWL)

6. UTAH (10-4, LOST TO OHIO STATE IN THE ROSE BOWL)

7. CLEMSON (10-3, BEAT IOWA STATE IN THE CHEEZ-IT BOWL)

8. OKLAHOMA STATE (12-2, BEAT NOTRE DAME IN THE FIESTA BOWL)

9. MICHIGAN (12-2, LOST TO GEORGIA IN THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF

SEMIFINALS)

10. WAKE FOREST (11-3, BEAT RUTGERS IN THE GATOR BOWL)

11. OREGON (10-4, LOST TO OKLAHOMA IN THE ALAMO BOWL)

12. BAYLOR (12-2, BEAT OLE MISS IN THE SUGAR BOWL)

13. PITT (11-3, LOST TO MICHIGAN STATE IN THE PEACH BOWL)

14. MICHIGAN STATE (11-2, BEAT PITT IN THE PEACH BOWL)

15. NC STATE (9-3, HOLIDAY BOWL VS. UCLA CANCELED)

16. HOUSTON (12-2, BEAT AUBURN IN THE BIRMINGHAM BOWL)

17. ARKANSAS (9-4, BEAT PENN STATE IN THE OUTBACK BOWL)

18. KENTUCKY (10-3, BEAT IOWA IN THE CITRUS BOWL)

19. IOWA (10-4, LOST TO KENTUCKY IN THE CITRUS BOWL)

20. OKLAHOMA (11-2, BEAT OREGON IN THE ALAMO BOWL)

21. USC (4-8)

22. BYU (10-3, LOST TO UAB IN THE INDEPENDENCE BOWL)

23. WISCONSIN (9-4, BEAT ARIZONA STATE IN THE LAS VEGAS BOWL)

24. TENNESSEE (7-6, LOST TO PURDUE IN THE MUSIC CITY BOWL)

25. CINCINNATI (13-1, LOST TO ALABAMA IN THE CFP SEMIFINALS)

WEEK 1 SCHEDULE

AER LINGUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL CLASSIC: NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN

(AVIVA STADIUM IN DUBLIN, IRELAND)

CRICKET MEAC/SWAC CHALLENGE: ALABAMA STATE VS. HOWARD (CENTER

PARC STADIUM IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA) @ 7:00 PM ET ON ESPN

DUQUESNE AT FLORIDA STATE

FLORIDA A&M AT NORTH CAROLINA

WYOMING AT ILLINOIS

VANDERBILT AT HAWAII

AUSTIN PEAY AT WESTERN KENTUCKY

NEVADA AT NEW MEXICO STATE

UCONN AT UTAH STATE

CHARLOTTE AT FAU

NORTH TEXAS AT UTEP

Former NFL receiver Demaryius Thomas’ family says he had CTE

BOSTON (AP) Former NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is the latest in a growing list of football players diagnosed with CTE.

His family said Tuesday that researchers found that Thomas, who died in December at age 33, suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy. The four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver was dealing with depression, anxiety and other CTE symptoms at the time of his death.

CTE, a degenerative brain disease which can only be diagnosed posthumously, has been found in hundreds of former NFL players as well as semi-pro and high school soccer players. Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau had CTE when he died in 2012 of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Hall of Famers Ken Stabler, Frank Gifford and Mike Webster also were diagnosed with CTE.

Boston University CTE Center researchers discovered that Thomas was at stage 2 following a brain study through the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Thomas’ family released the findings of the study.

“Once I became aware of CTE and began to familiarize myself with the symptoms, I noticed that Demaryius was isolating himself and I saw other changes in him,” Katina Smith, Demaryius’ mother, said in a statement. “He was just so young, and it was horrible to see him struggle. His father and I hope all families learn the risks of playing football. We don’t want other parents to have to lose their children like we did.”

Stage 2 CTE is associated with “progressive behavior, cognitive and mood abnormalities.” Family members say Thomas developed depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and trouble with his memory in the years before his death. Stage 4 is the most severe stage of CTE and is usually associated with dementia.

“Like so many that have gone before, we found stage 2 CTE in the brain of Demaryius Thomas. The question I keep asking myself is `When will enough be enough?’ When will athletes, parents and the public at large stop ignoring the risks of American football and insist that the game be changed to reduce subconcussive hits?” said Dr. Ann McKee, chief of neuropathology for the VA Boston Healthcare System and director of the BU CTE Center and VA-BU-CLF/UNITE Brain Bank.

CLF co-founder and CEO Dr. Chris Nowinski arranged the study through Thomas’ family.

“The football community would have no idea why so many former players struggle with neurological disorders after their career without the families who say yes to brain donation, so I want to thank Bobby Thomas and Katina Smith – and all families – for their trust in Dr. McKee and this team,” said Nowinski, a former football player at Harvard. “I hope this is a wake-up call to high profile current and former NFL players that CTE is rampant among them, and they need to get involved in creating real solutions. CTE should be their number one off-the-field issue.”

Thomas is one of more than 300 former NFL players who have been diagnosed with CTE by McKee and the BU CTE Center research team.

Thomas’ cause of death has not yet been identified. In 2021, Thomas began experiencing seizures. McKee told ABC News she believes the seizures were due to severe traumatic injuries off the football field, including a car wreck and a fall on stone stairs.

“CTE itself does not cause death. You don’t die from CTE. What CTE does is it changes your behavior and your personality,” McKee said.

Thomas played 10 seasons in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Houston Texans. He won a Super Bowl with the Broncos and Peyton Manning following the 2015 season.

Thomas had 724 catches for 9,763 yards and 63 touchdowns.

Jody Allen: Seahawks, Blazers not for sale at this time

SEATTLE (AP) The NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers are not currently for sale, the chairwoman of both franchises said Tuesday.

Jody Allen’s statement came amid growing speculation about the future ownership of the teams due to stipulations in Paul Allen’s will that called for both teams to eventually be sold and the proceeds given to philanthropic endeavors. Most of the speculation has centered on the future of the Trail Blazers.

“As chair of both the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks, my long-term focus is building championship teams that our communities are proud of,” Jody Allen said in her statement. “Like my brother Paul, I trust and expect our leaders and coaches to build winning teams that deliver results on and off the court and field. As we’ve stated before, neither of the teams is for sale and there are no sales discussions happening.”

Allen has overseen both teams since her brother died in 2018 and is the trustee for his estate. She acknowledged the teams will eventually be put up for sale but said there is no set timeline.

“A time will come when that changes given Paul’s plans to dedicate the vast majority of his wealth to philanthropy, but estates of this size and complexity can take 10 to 20 years to wind down. There is no pre-ordained timeline but which the teams must be sold,” Allen said.

Paul Allen purchased the Trail Blazers in 1988 and bought the Seahawks in 1997 to help keep the NFL franchise in his hometown. He also had a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders of MLS.

Jessica Campbell becomes AHL’s 1st female assistant coach

The Coachella Valley Firebirds, AHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken, named Jessica Campbell an assistant coach Tuesday, making her the first woman to hold a full-time position behind the bench in league history.

“I’m very excited, it feels like it’s going to be a really good fit,” said Campbell. “I am thrilled to join the Kraken organization. Everybody’s been so fantastic through the process.”

Campbell is a former Team Canada player and spent last season as skills coach for the DEL’s Nurnberg Ice Tigers. She also served as an assistant coach for Germany at the 2022 world championship.

The 30-year-old hopes to be a role model for young women in the sport.

“I always had a belief as a young girl, playing boys’ hockey until I was 17, that I was equal and capable too. I’ve never focused on my gender,” Campbell told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.

“Growing up, I never dreamed of coaching, because I didn’t see it and therefore didn’t know what that path looked like. But for young athletes now, it’s so important to have that visibility for them to understand they can literally be anything they want. Some of the guys I will be coaching, their daughters can now watch them have a female coach. And that opens up the conversation, which can inspire young girls for something they might not have seen as possible.”

The 2022-23 season will be the Firebirds’ first in the AHL. The club hired former NHL bench boss Dan Bylsma as head coach.

Agent: Top NHL goalie prospect sent to Russian military base

(AP) — Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov, who reportedly was picked up by law enforcement in Russia last week ahead of a planned move to the U.S., is now at a remote military base in northern Russia, his agent said Tuesday.

The agent, J.P. Barry, spoke with The Associated Press amid speculation about Fedotov’s well-being. The situation raised fresh concerns over whether Russian players will be willing or able to join National Hockey League teams that draft them this week as the war in Ukraine continues.

The 25-year-old Fedotov is considered one the top goaltenders in the world outside the NHL, and the Flyers expected him to compete for a spot on their roster next season. He won the silver medal as the Russians’ starting goalie at the Beijing Olympics in February and led CSKA Moscow to the Gagarin Cup as KHL champion.

He was a seventh-round pick of the Flyers in 2015 but has since played in Russia, with CSKA retaining his rights. The NHL and KHL do not have a transfer agreement for players and Fedotov was eligible to sign with Philadelphia in May only because he did not have an existing contract in Russia for next season.

CSKA, whose name translates to “Central Sports Club of the Army,” was founded as the Soviet army’s hockey team in 1946 and still has traditional ties to the military.

The first sign something had gone wrong for Fedotov came Friday. Russian media said he was picked up by law enforcement outside a hockey rink in his home city of St. Petersburg, where he’d been filming a documentary with a TV crew, and taken to a military enlistment center. Local news site Fontanka reported he was suspected of evading compulsory military service required of Russian men.

Alexei Ponomaryov, a lawyer representing Fedotov, told Russian news agency RIA Novosti on Saturday that Fedotov had been taken to a military hospital with apparent stress-induced gastritis. Ponomaryov said he and Fedotov’s relatives had not been allowed to visit.

The Russian Defense Ministry hasn’t commented on Fedotov’s location. Russian newspaper Sport Express published Monday what it said were photographs showing Fedotov at a military base in Severodvinsk, a naval city with shipyards on Russia’s north coast, though there have been conflicting reports about exactly where he is.

“We have a draft in line with the law, so any emotional commentaries would be utterly inappropriate,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday when asked about Fedotov’s case. “There are certain reasons for deferments and various ways of undergoing military service for athletes.”

Russia was aiming to conscript more than 130,000 men for a year of military service this spring. The law allows for 21-month alternative civil service in facilities like hospitals for those who object to military service, but requests can often be ignored. In theory, Russian men can be conscripted between the ages of 18 and 27, though some never serve at all.

Russians often seek to avoid or delay being drafted with medical or educational exemptions, and athletes are no different. Some arrange to be signed up with universities on years-long programs of distance learning while they continue their sports careers.

The military also has special units for elite-level athletes who can keep competing while they serve. The defense ministry boasted of numerous athletes with military ranks competing at recent Olympics in sports ranging from judo to skiing.

The NHL and Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher have said the team is aware and investigating. As recently as last week, Fletcher said he expected Fedotov to compete for a spot on the roster next season.

Wickenheiser, 2 others promoted to assistant GM with Leafs

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser, Ryan Hardy and Darryl Metcalf to assistant general manager and hired Curtis Sanford as a goaltending coach.

Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medalist with the Canadian women’s hockey team, joined the Leafs as assistant director of player development in 2018 and was promoted to senior director of the department last year.

Wickenheiser was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019.

She joins Emilie Castonguay and Hockey Hall of Famer Cammi Granato with the Vancouver Canucks and Meghan Hunter with the Chicago Blackhawks as other women who have been hired as NHL assistant general managers.

Wickenheiser will continue as AGM of player development, the team said Tuesday in a statement.

Hardy will serve as assistant GM of minor league operations. He was hired last year as senior director of the department after three years as GM of the USHL’s Chicago Steel. Hardy was voted the USHL’s GM of the year in two of his three seasons in Chicago.

Metcalf has been promoted to AGM of Toronto’s hockey research and development department in his ninth season with the Leafs. He’s been special assistant to GM Kyle Dubas since 2018.

Brandon Pridham will continue in his role as Toronto’s primary AGM.

Sanford joins the Maple Leafs after five seasons as goaltending coach with the AHL affiliates of the Vancouver Canucks. He played 144 NHL games with St. Louis, Vancouver and Columbus.

Laurence Gilman will be governor and senior vice president of the American Hockey League’s Toronto Marlies.

Avs start moves toward defending title, bring back Cogliano

DENVER (AP) The Stanley Cup championship celebrations are quieting down for the Colorado Avalanche. Time to get down to the business of defending their title.

Colorado’s first big move in what’s sure to be a busy offseason was re-signing veteran forward Andrew Cogliano to a one-year deal Tuesday. The 35-year-old Cogliano played a gritty role in helping the Avalanche hoist their first Cup since 2001.

More big decisions are looming.

All over the ice, the Avalanche are filled with unrestricted free agents. There are forwards like Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, Valeri Nichushkin, along with defensemen such as Josh Manson and Jack Johnson, and goaltender Darcy Kuemper. There are also several restricted free agents like Artturi Lehkonen and Nicolas Aube-Kubel.

“The guys that drive the bus every night are still here and are very hungry, ” Cogliano said over a Zoom call.

That would be the nucleus of Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Mikko Rantanen and captain Gabriel Landeskog. Makar is the reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the postseason MVP.

“We’re going to be hungry for more. We’ve got a taste of it now,” said Cogliano, who plans to take the Cup back to the Toronto area when he gets his chance with it. “With the guys we have on our team who are very driven, I think they’re only going to want more of that. I think that’s a perfect place to start next season.”

Cogliano was acquired by Colorado at the trade deadline from San Jose for a fifth-round pick in the 2024 draft.

More than his three goals and three assists in the postseason, he demonstrated his determination by returning from a hand injury he suffered in the Western Conference finals against Edmonton. He went through surgery but was back for Game 2 of the Cup final against Tampa Bay in a series the Avalanche would take 4-2.

Cogliano also delivered a heartfelt speech at the team hotel before the series clincher to rally the squad. They lost Game 5 at home and he wanted to help them regain their focus.

“It was a new experience for a lot of guys, going into the game thinking you’re going to win the Stanley Cup and expecting to, really,” Cogliano said. “I felt like if I got that out in the open, we could all kind of accept it and make a plan heading into Game 6 and get our minds right and get our emotions right.

“I thought we did that perfectly. Everything we talked about, everything we agreed upon that night I thought we executed 100% that Game 6. I think that’s why we played probably the game of our lives in terms of execution.”

Simply the voice of a veteran shining through.

“Andrew was such a big part of our Stanley Cup championship with his leadership and veteran presence,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. “He’s a great teammate who works hard on and off the ice and sets a great example for the rest of the group.”

Cogliano is already planning his workouts for next season.

First, though, a little more relaxation time at his cabin in British Columbia with his family.

“Obviously, a short summer but I think it’s exciting. It will go by quick and I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing,” Cogliano said. “Come back in September and get to work as a team and get back to where we were this year.”

Sharks hire Mike Grier as NHL’s first Black GM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks’ three-month search for a general manager ended with a barrier-breaking hire as the team made longtime NHL forward Mike Grier the first Black GM in league history.

“It means a lot to me,” Grier said at his introductory news conference Tuesday. “It’s not something I take lightly. I realize there’s a responsibility that comes with the territory. But I’m up for it. How I carry myself and how this organization carries himself, I think we’ll do well and hopefully we’ll leave a footprint and open some doors for people to follow.”

Grier fills the spot that opened when Doug Wilson stepped away for health reasons on April 7. Wilson had taken a leave of absence in November with Joe Will serving in the interim role since then.

Team President Jonathan Becher said Grier emerged from a pool of dozens of candidates because of his experience as a player, scout, coach and executive over the last few decades and his commitment to building a winning culture in San Jose.

But he acknowledged the history-making nature of the hire as well.

“I hope you do serve as an inspiration to lots of people and that I hope you’re the first and certainly not the last,” Becher told Grier.

Grier spent three of his 14 seasons in the NHL with the Sharks from 2006-09. He retired in 2011 after playing 1,060 career games, and has spent time as a scout in Chicago, an assistant coach in New Jersey and most recently the hockey operations advisor for the New York Rangers, where he was given many of the responsibilities of an assistant general manager.

The hire comes less than a week after Will announced that head coach Bob Boughner and three of his assistants wouldn’t return next season. Will said he made the move two months after the season ended to give the new general manager a clean slate.

Grier has a tough task in San Jose in trying to rebuild a team that has missed the playoffs for three straight seasons for the first time in franchise history.

Grier will have to get to work quickly, dealing with the draft Thursday and Friday, the start of free agency next week and the need to hire a coaching staff and build up the front office.

Grier said the draft and free agency are the immediate priorities as well as trying to create more salary cap flexibility if possible before he turns to the coaching search.

“I just think that’s a challenge to try to get everything in order as quickly as possible, but still doing it the right way and being thorough,” he said. “It’s all a challenge but everything I’m looking forward to.”

Grier said he’s not interested in tearing the team down and doing a complete rebuild but acknowledged taking one step back to move forward may be necessary.

San Jose has many high-priced veterans on the roster and could look to either trade defensemen Brent Burns or Erik Karlsson or buy out defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to create more flexibility.

“It’s definitely a balance,” Grier said. “I don’t want to get ahead of myself and be the kid in a candy store and be like `I can go get this. I can go get that.’ We’ve got to stay patient and stick with the vision that we believe in and not rush things. I think we’ll set a path and stay the course and not rush anything and get ahead of ourselves and end up digging a hole that we can’t get out of in the future.”

Grier comes from a family of successful sports executives. His brother, Chris, serves as general manager of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, and his father, Bobby, served as a longtime coach and front office executive for the New England Patriots and Houston Texans.

Grier said he’s been preparing for this new role since he was about 10 years old in discussions he had with his brother and father.

“Growing up we talked about the challenges of building rosters and things like that at dinner,” he said. “I would want to talk football, they would want to talk hockey. I lean on them a lot. They get a different perspective because of the sports, but I definitely lean on them a lot and trust their input.”

The NHL has been stressing diversity with several women also getting opportunities in front office positions and on coaching staffs.

The Arizona Coyotes announced Tuesday that Kelsey Koelzer and Kori Cheverie will serve as coaches under head coach Andre Tourigny during the team’s development program next week.

Horschel: A lot of LIV players are liars, hypocrites

Billy Horschel is done holding his tongue after a recent spate of statements from LIV Golf players.

“There’s a lot of guys that are hypocrites, that aren’t telling the truth, that are lying about some things. … I can’t stand to sit here anymore and be diplomatic about it, as I have been in the past,” he told reporters, according to Sky Sports News.

Horschel, who won the Memorial Tournament in June, has been relatively quiet until now regarding Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed LIV Series that pried players such as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Bryson DeChambeau from the PGA TOUR.

“I don’t fault anyone for going to play the LIV tour, I don’t have any ill will for anyone going to play the LIV tour,” he said. “I have ill will towards the comments that they’ve made. Comments saying that Jay Monahan doesn’t listen to the PGA TOUR, that the PGA TOUR doesn’t listen to us.”

During a press conference ahead of the second LIV Invitational Series, Patrick Reed claimed the PGA TOUR could’ve potentially stopped him from leaving if it chose to “listen to the players for once,” according to ASAP Sports.

Pat Perez, also at the conference, said Monahan “shut it out from the start” and agreed that things may have turned out differently had Monahan listened to those who were interested.

On Tuesday, Horschel touched on the notion that the TOUR commissioner doesn’t take note of players’ thoughts and feelings.

“To say that they don’t listen is a complete farce. It really is,” said Horschel. “If they listened to everything 200 plus players on the PGA TOUR said, our tour would be a complete mess. We wouldn’t even have a tour.”

Both Reed and Perez admitted in June that being away from family was key a factor in their decisions to leave for LIV.

“It’s not only just schedule-wise but being the guy who’s played 30-to-35 events my entire career and basically living through FaceTime watching my kids grow up. I want to spend more time with my children,” Reed said.

Perez echoed that sentiment, revealing he missed his son’s birth in order to play the first FedEx Cup playoff event.

Horschel isn’t buying any of it.

“It’s ridiculous to hear some of these comments some of these guys made, saying, ‘Well, you know, this allows me to play less tournaments. I’ve played 30-35 weeks a year,'” Horschel said. “No one’s forced you to play that many events.”

“No one’s made you play that first playoff event to miss family obligations. No one has,” he added.

For the 2020-21 season, Horschel played in 25 events on the TOUR schedule. He finished No. 9 on the FedEx Cup standings at the end of the playoffs that year.

The seven-time TOUR winner is set to play the Scottish Open this week, which is making its debut as a co-sanctioned event between the PGA TOUR and DP World Tour.

Tiger: ‘No way’ I could have competed at U.S. Open

Tiger Woods has shed some light on his absence at the U.S. Open last month.

The 15-time major champion said he was in no condition to play at The Country Club and didn’t want to risk missing next week’s Open Championship at his beloved St. Andrews.

“The plan was to play the U.S. Open, but physically I was not able to do that. There was no way physically I could have done that,” Woods said Tuesday during his press conference at the J.P. McManus Pro-Am in Ireland.

“I had some issues with my leg, and it would have put this tournament in jeopardy, and there’s no reason to do that. This is a pretty historic Open that we’re going to be playing. I’m lucky enough to be part of the past champions that have won there, and (I) want to play there again. I don’t know when they’re ever going to back while I’m still able to play at a high level.”

Woods won The Open at St. Andrews in 2000 and 2005 and has often referred to The Home of Golf as his favorite course. His appearance this week at Adare Manor is his first since he withdrew from the PGA Championship in May.

Tiger said he’s conserving energy by using a cart at the pro-am but will be ready to go for the season’s last major.

“I’ve gotten a lot stronger since the PGA (Championship), that’s for sure,” Woods said. Been able to put in a lot more reps, which has been great.”

Woods has only played in two competitive events since he nearly lost his leg in a car accident in February 2021. He finished 47th at this year’s Masters and withdrew from the PGA Championship before the final round.

TOP INDIANA RELEASES/NEWS

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL ALL-STATE

4A

P: ETHAN MCCORMICK, HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE); DREW DICKSON, ZIONSVILLE; GAGE STANIFER, WESTFIELD

C: SAM GLADD, COLUMBIA CITY

1B: NICK WILEY, MOORESVILLE

2B: JOSH ADAMCZEWSKI, LAKE CENTRAL

3B: JAKE WINZENREAD, LAWRENCE NORTH

SS: TUCKER BIVEN, NEW ALBANY

OF: GARRISON BARILE, CENTER GROVE; MAX CLARK, FRANKLIN; CONNOR MISCH, LAKE CENTRAL

HONORABLE MENTION: COLLIN LINDSEY, WESTFIELD; DREW BRADLEY, JASPER; ANDREW CLEMENTS, NEW ALBANY; JOHN CURL, KOKOMO; KEVIN HALL, MUNSTER; LUKE LEGAULT, NEW PALESTINE; BRAYDEN ROUSE, EAST CENTRAL; CONNOR FOLEY, JASPER; GAVIN SMITH, LOGANSPORT; JOE HUFFMAN, AVON; CAMERON DECKER, EVANSVILLE NORTH; BRODY CHRISMAN, ZIONSVILLE; JACK BROWN, FISHERS; GARRETT JONES, NEW ALBANY; GAVIN COLLINS, NORTHRIDGE; CARSON DUNN, FISHERS; CHRIS HEDINGER, JASPER; OWEN QUINN, LAWRENCE NORTH; KANNON STULL, JEFFERSONVILLE; ETHAN LYLE, EVANSVILLE CENTRAL; JOEY WILMOTH, FISHERS; KEVIN REED, MARTINSVILLE; BRAYDEN RISEDORPH, EAST NOBLE; CADEN CROWELL, VALPARAISO; CONOR PANGBURN, LAKE CENTRAL; ETHAN IANNI, COLUMBUS EAST

3A

P: MITCHELL DEAN, WESTERN; ANDREW DUTKANYCH IV, BREBEUF JESUIT; PEYTON NIKSCH, ANDREAN

C: KEIFER WILSON, GREENCASTLE

1B: BRYCEN HANNAH, JOHN GLENN

2B: JACE BURTON, SILVER CREEK

3B: COLLIN STEPHENS, JOHN GLENN

SS: DOMINIC DECKER, SILVER CREEK

OF: EVAN PEARCE, OAK HILL; PARKER DEAN; GRADY KEPPLING, NEW PRAIRIE

HONORABLE MENTION: JAX KALEMBA, ANDREAN; ALEX WATKINS, WESTERN; DAVID EDWARDS, SCOTTSBURG; GABE SKELTON, WEST VIGO; BRAYTON BOWEN, LEBANON; BROOKES WALTERS, NORTH MONTGOMERY, GRANT BROOKS, WAWASEE; CARTER MURPHY, WEST VIGO; SILAS KASER, JOHN GLENN; IAN POTTS, PERU; JOE CHRAPIWY, JOHN GLENN; LANDON CARR, NORTHVIEW; JAYDEN OHMER, BREBEUF JESUIT; JAYCE LEE (SOUTH BEND SAINT JOSEPH); DREW LANNING, LAWRENCEBURG; COLE WISE, NORTHWESTERN; DALTON WASSON, HERITAGE; COLIN KAPUST, SILVER CREEK.

2A

P: ALEC HERSHBERGER, FAIRFIELD; WYATT BLINN, CASCADE; OWEN WILLARD, EASTSIDE

C: CHASE LONG, DELPHI

1B: BEN SEITZINGER, MITCHELL

2B: CAYDEN CALLOWAY, EASTERN (GREENTOWN)

3B: DAWSON GLASSCO, MITCHELL

SS: GAVIN LASH, WAPAHANI

OF: GABE ESLINGER, LINTON-STOCKTON; ANDREW WIGGINS, HERITAGE CHRISTIAN; KEVIN CORCORAN, ILLIANA CHRISTIAN; WADE PETERS, CARROLL (FLORA)

HONORABLE MENTION: LUKE WILLMANN, WAPAHANI; LOGAN GIBBS, CASCADE; HUNTER ALLEN, PRAIRIE HEIGHTS; CALEB SNYDER, MONROE CENTRAL; TREY PITCOCK, BOONE GROVE; JAMARI PAMLIN, CENTERVILLE; NOAH STEPHEN, SEEGER; BRACEY BRENEMEN, LINTON-STOCKTON; AIDYN COFFEY, MONROE CENTRAL; LEVI MAVRICK, EASTERN (GREENTOWN); CALEB EDWARDS, SEEGER; BRADYN DOUGLAS, FRANKTON; REID KEISLING, EASTERN (GREENTOWN); ELI HARSHBARGER, CARROLL (FLORA); IAN VANBEEL, ILLIANA CHRISTIAN; CORBIN SNYDER, EASTERN (GREENTOWN); GRAYSON KNIGHT, UNIVERSITY; WILL ELDRIDGE, CARROLL (FLORA); BROCK BUCKLEY, COVENANT CHRISTIAN

1A

P: PEYTON MERICA, RISING SUN; BEN MAZUR, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC

C: NICK MILLER, FREMONT

1B: CHASE SMITH, COWAN

2B: BRADY YERYAR, SHAKAMAK

3B: OWEN WINTERS, KOUTS

SS: ETHAN BOCK, FREMONT

OF: GAVIN GENTRY, BORDEN; KORBIN LAWSON, TRI-COUNTY; SETH WAGLER, BARR-REEVE

HONORABLE MENTION: OSCAR PEGG, SHAKAMAK; MO LLOYD, SOUTHWOOD; NICK SWARTZENRUBER, BARR-REEVE; DERRON HAZZARD, RIVERTON PARKE; OWEN MUNN, LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC; GABE KAHL, ELKHART CHRISTIAN; AJ AGNEW, BORDEN; PEYTON ROBBINS, RIVERTON PARKE; DYLAN KINDIG, ARGOS; BRENNEN MARTIN, DUGGER (UNION); ELIJAH QUASEBARTH, NORTH WHITE; COLTON STULL, BARR-REEVE; HUNTER COLLINGS, RIVERTON PARKE; DYLAN TOLER, BORDEN; JOEY SPIN, CASTON; GABE PENTECOST, FREMONT; BRADLEY FERRELL, SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS); CARTER CREWS, SPRINGS VALLEY

Game Recap: Fever End Four-Game Roadtrip with Loss in Seattle

SEATTLE – In its first regular season matchup against the Seattle Storm this season, the Indiana Fever suffered a 73-57 loss on Friday night. This is the first of back-to-back games against Seattle, with the second one coming on July 5 at 7 p.m. ET at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

The Fever were led in scoring by rookie center Queen Egbo, who reached a career-high 14 points and 12 rebounds. Rookie forward NaLyssa Smith was next in line with nine points and in her first career start, Lexie Hull added four points and five rebounds.

The Fever committed seven turnovers in the first quarter and went 0-of-5 from the floor in the last 4:29, resulting in a 19-11 deficit.

The Storm began to hit three-pointers in the second quarter, connecting on 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the quarter. Storm forward Breanna Stewart scored 11 of her 18 first-half points in the second quarter, leading Seattle to a 27-point second quarter and a 19-point lead at halftime.

Indiana was able to keep Stewart relatively quiet in the fourth quarter, as she would end her night with 20 points to go with six rebounds and four steals.

Storm center Ezi Magbegor scored 11 points and forward Gabby Williams scored 10 points. The Storm led the Fever 17-6 in fastbreak points and though they committed 17 turnovers,  Seattle also forced 17 turnovers which resulted in 21 points.

Report: T.J. Warren joins Nets on 1-year deal

Free-agent forward T.J. Warren has agreed to a one-year contract with the Brooklyn Nets, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 28-year-old missed the entirety of the past season with the Indiana Pacers with a left foot injury and only played four games the season prior.

Warren averaged a career-high 19.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.2 steals in 67 games in the 2019-20 season with the Pacers. In the 2020 NBA bubble, he averaged 26.6 points and 6.3 rebounds.

The Nets retained Patty Mills and Nic Claxton in free agency while losing veterans Goran Dragic, Andre Drummond, DeAndre Jordan, and Bruce Brown. Brooklyn only has 11 players under contract, according to Wojnarowski.

Brooklyn also acquired forward Royce O’Neale from the Utah Jazz for a 2023 first-round pick. The team continues to explore potential trades for franchise superstars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving.

Indiana Wrestling Adds Transfer Clayton Fielden

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –––– Indiana Wrestling head coach Angel Escobedo has announced the signing of transfer Clayton Fielden from Army.

Fielden will arrive in Bloomington as a junior for the 2022-23 season but will have three years of eligibility remaining.

At Army, Fielden wrestled most recently at 174 lbs. as a sophomore, while wrestling at 165 lbs. as a freshman. He holds a career 8-10 collegiate record and went 5-6 last season.

In the 2021-2022 season, Fielden owned notable victories that included a 2-1 showing at the Journeyman Classic on Nov. 14, and a win over Connor O’Neill in the team’s dual at Rutgers on Dec. 10.

The move to Indiana marks Fielden’s return to his home state. The grappler is a native of Garrett, Ind. At Garrett High School he was a two-time team captain, two-time state runner-up and four-time all-conference selection.

Grimes Welcomed to Purdue as Deputy A.D. and Senior Woman Administrator

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Tuesday, July 5) – Tiffini Grimes will join Purdue Athletics in the role of Deputy Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator, it was announced Tuesday by Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, Mike Bobinski. Grimes, who will officially come onboard in early August, returns to Purdue, her alma mater, following a nearly six-year stint at the University of Alabama (2016-22), most recently serving as Senior Deputy Director of Athletics/Senior Woman Administrator and Chief Diversity Officer.

As a member of Alabama’s executive leadership team, Grimes supported the Crimson Tide’s football program as an administrator, as well as provided strategic direction for the department and oversight of several internal areas.

For the Boilermakers, Grimes will provide leadership and oversight for several areas of the department, including: academic services, business, compliance, human resources, student-athlete development, sports medicine and sports performance. She will support Purdue’s football, women’s basketball and softball teams as a program administrator.

“We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Tiffini Grimes home to Purdue University,” said Bobinski. “Tiffini has an exceptional track record of accomplishment and growth in college athletics, and is particularly skilled in the numerous emerging trends and areas of focus in our industry. Her level of expertise and experience is nationally recognized, and we look forward to the positive impact Tiffini will have on our student-athletes and entire department as a leader and colleague.”

Grimes will help shape Purdue’s departmental strategy and advise staff on the ever-changing landscape of college athletics. She will join the department’s Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) working group to utilize her expertise in the area, including her previous experience with establishing Alabama’s Elite Athlete Program, which helped notable student-athletes from the Crimson Tide’s 18-time national champion football program transition into the realm of professional sports and encompassed “The Advantage”, Alabama’s NIL initiative.

“I am elated to return to Purdue,” said Grimes. “As a proud Boilermaker, it has always been both a dream and goal to serve as a member of the department’s staff. The history of excellence, commitment to innovation, and the dedication to elevating the success of our student-athletes in the classroom, community, and in competition is a mission I am committed to furthering. In addition, the leadership of Mike Bobinski, is one that I have long admired; I’m grateful to him, President Daniels and the Purdue University Board of Trustees for allowing me this amazing opportunity.”

As part of her duties as Senior Woman Administrator, Grimes will represent the University within the Big Ten Conference as a member of the governance structure and through engagement in leadership at the national level through her roles as a member of the NCAA Division I Rowing Committee and a member of the Women Leaders in College Sports Nominating Committee.

Grimes was recently named to the Sports Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2022, an annual distinction bestowed upon top team executives, administrators and officials within the sports industry. Grimes is one of four honored to the list representing for either an NCAA institution or conference office.

Grimes, who is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, began at Alabama in October 2016 as assistant athletics director for football and men’s basketball compliance before ascending after just six months into the role of associate athletics director. She also served as men’s basketball sport administrator. She was promoted again by Alabama Director of Athletics Greg Byrne in December 2019 to the role of deputy director of athletics. Additionally, she carried the designation of chief diversity officer for the Crimson Tide since 2017.

Prior to her time in Tuscaloosa, Grimes worked in Indianapolis for two years at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) headquarters as an assistant director within the Enforcement Football Development Group. She was primarily responsible for identifying trends and cultivating information regarding issues detrimental to the game of football.

Prior to joining the NCAA, Grimes was employed in athletics compliance at both Penn State and Georgia Tech, where she worked specifically with football in the areas of recruiting, amateurism, agents and waivers of NCAA legislation. In addition to her football specific responsibilities, she worked with both institution’s basketball programs and Olympic sports in a compliance, policy and life skills programming capacity.

A former intern for the John Purdue Club during her undergraduate career at Purdue University, Grimes earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Grimes is also a graduate of Valparaiso University, earning both a Master’s degree in Sports Administration and a Juris Doctorate.

Sydney Cammon Joins Butler Softball Program After Four Seasons at Eastern Illinois

Sydney Cammon has signed a commitment with Butler as a grad transfer and will join the Bulldogs’ softball program beginning with the upcoming 2022-23 season. The pitcher spent the last four seasons at Eastern Illinois and brings 44 games of collegiate experience with her to Indianapolis.

Cammon, who did not participate in the 2022 season due to injury, appeared in 17 games in 2021 as a junior, making two starts. She posted a 4-0 record with an ERA of 4.39 and wins over Jackson State, Alabama State, Morehead State, and Eastern Kentucky. In 36.2 innings of work, she posted 17 strikeouts.

The Flora, Ill., native appeared in five games as a sophomore after making two starts in 22 appearances during the 2019 campaign. As a freshman, in the circle, she finished the season with a 3-2 overall record and 3.98 ERA over 59 innings at work. At the plate, she hit .266, notching two hits and two RBI.

Cammon was a four-year starter at Flora High School, earning All-Conference and All-State honors in each of her four seasons. As a senior, she was named First Team All-State, batting .497 with 35 hits that included 11 doubles and eight home runs. In the circle, she recorded a 1.57 ERA with 173 strikeouts.

Sycamore Summer Ball Updates – July 5

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State baseball players continue to standout in summer ball throughout the country this summer.

Great Lakes League

Lima Locos

Matt Gauer and Diego Gines have been lighting it up for the Lima Locos over the summer nearing the midway point of the season.

Gauer has been among the league’s leaders in multiple pitching categories sitting tied for the Great Lakes League with a 4-0 record on the mound, while sitting second in the league with 32 strikeouts and seventh in ERA (2.35). He’s gone at least five innings in each of his last three starts, including a 7.0-inning, 11-strikeout performance on June 25 in a 9-3 win over the Sandusky Ice Haulers.

Gines has posted a pair of five-game hitting streaks over the season and added six multi-hit games so far this summer. He’s scored in nine consecutive games and sits among the league leaders with three home runs while adding a .303 batting average on the season.

Michigan Monarchs

Tyler Nelson and Seth Gergely have been two of the key sluggers for the Michigan Monarchs this summer to pace the team on the season.

Nelson leads the Monarchs with a team-best 21 RBI, while adding seven doubles, two triples and 16 runs scored. Nelson also has drawn a team-best 18 walks and has been the team leader on the base paths with 10 stolen bases. He’s posted two five-game hitting streaks with a pair of three-hit games early on the year, while adding four RBI on June 12 against Lima.

Gergely is tied for second on the team with 15 RBI on the summer and has added 12 runs scored and four stolen bases. He recorded a five-game hitting streak from June 25-30 and added four multi-hit games over the summer.

Prospect League

Rex Baseball

Jordan Schaffer and Aaron Beck have been among the REX’s top players since joining the roster midway through the summer. Schaffer is hitting a team-best .426 from the plate with four doubles, a triple, and two home runs over 54 at-bats, while adding 11 RBI. Beck (.362) is third on the team over 16 games played with a pair of doubles and a triple while sitting among the team’s leaders with a .474 on-base percentage.

On the mound, Jared Spencer (1-0) is tied for the team lead with five starts, while posting a 4.50 ERA over 26.0 innings pitched. He added 27 strikeouts over the first half of the season. Brennyn Cutts (2-0) is also among the team’s win leaders with a 3.94 ERA over three appearances.

Cape Cod League

Wareham Gatemen

Matt Jachec continues to put up strong numbers for the Wareham Gatemen throughout his first four starts of the 2022 season. He is coming off his second consecutive 5.0+-inning outing this past week with 6.0-innings of three-hit ball coming on Monday in a 2-2 tie against Bourne. Jachec has struck out at least five batters in each of his last three starts and has a 3.50 ERA through 18.0 innings this summer.

Northwoods League

Mankato Moondogs

Sean Ross continues to rake as the outfielder sits among the Northwoods League leaders in multiple hitting categories on the year. He sits second in the NWL with a .397 batting average, second in RBI (32), and second in hits (46). He added a 5-for-5 game earlier this summer against St. Cloud on June 25, while adding a five-RBI contest on July 2 against Rochester.

Kenosha Kingfish

Parker Stinson has been among the team leaders in multiple offensive categories on the year as the outfielder boasts a .292 batting average with a team-high four home runs and 17 RBI through 31 games. Stinson has added a team-best 12 stolen bases on the year and added five doubles and two triples.

Luke Patzner has also posted a strong summer through six starts as the right-hander has gone 28.2 innings and posted a 2.51 ERA. He’s gone at least four innings in all six of his outings on the year and picked up his first win in a 5.0-inning game against Traverse City back on June 14.

Ohio Valley League

Hoptown Hoppers

Aaron Moss has been among the Ohio Valley League’s top relievers in the 2022 season as the left-hander sits among the league leaders in both appearances and saves. Moss is currently eighth in the league with 10 appearances and sixth overall in the league with two saves on the year. He picked up his second save of the summer in his most recent outing after allowing one hit while striking out three over 2.0 innings in a 4-1 win over Franklin.

Schertz Adds Brett Putz as Special Assistant

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State head basketball coach Josh Schertz announced the addition of Brett Putz to his coaching staff Tuesday as a special assistant. Putz comes to Indiana State after two years as head coach at Des Moines Area Community College where he led the Bears to a 49-13 record, a NJCAA DII National Championship in 2020-21, and a third-place finish during the 2021-22 season.

“I couldn’t be happier to add Brett to our staff. When hiring coaches, I have always tried to look for people that are intelligent, hardworking and have the highest levels of integrity,” Schertz said. “Brett checks all those boxes and more as he is already a National Championship winning head coach and a National Coach of the Year honoree. I look forward to working alongside Brett and the rest of our staff this coming season.”

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to work at a program like Indiana State, with such a rich history in its men’s basketball program,” Putz noted. “My wife and I are extremely excited to become a part of the Terre Haute community.”

Putz continued: “I can’t thank Coach Schertz enough for the opportunity to learn from and work with one of the most well-respected basketball coaches in the game. Coach Schertz is someone I would adopt concepts and ideas from while running my program at Des Moines Area Community College, so getting the opportunity to work with him every day is not one I would have passed up. I look forward to contributing whatever is necessary to help this program reach the level of success it deserves.”

In his first season, Putz led the Bears to a record of 21-5 and a conference record of 17-4. That included an ICCAC Championship, Region XI-A Championship, a North Central-A District Championship, and brought home the school’s first National Championship. He continued that success into 2021-22 when he helped the Bears to a 28-8 overall record that culminated with a third-place finish in the NJCAA Tournament.

Along with leading the Bears to those team honors, Putz was named ICCAC Coach of the Year, NJCAA National Coach of the Year, NJCAA National Tournament Coach of the Tournament, and NABC Two-Year College Coach of the Year.

Five of Putz’s players were named to the All-Region XI Team, which included Willie Guy, who was named NJCAA First Team All-American, NABC All-American, ICCAC Player of the Year and ICCAC Student-Athlete of the Year.

Putz came to DMACC from Chicago State University, where he was involved in player development with both guards and post players, game planning, team travel and academics for the past two seasons. As recruiting coordinator for the Cougars, Putz helped recruit domestic and international student-athletes to Chicago State’s campus.

Putz arrived at Chicago State after a short stint as an assistant coach at Highland Community College, located in Freeport, Ill. During his time at Highland, he was involved in recruiting, specifically international student-athletes, and organized player development.

In 2016-17, Putz was recognized on the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ 30 Under 30 List, which recognizes a group of up-and-coming young coaches in men’s college basketball.

Putz spent two years as the Director of Men’s Basketball Operations at Omaha from 2016-18 while overseeing administrative and logistical duties of the program’s day-to-day operations, team travel and summer camps. During his time in Omaha, the Mavericks tied their Division I record for wins in a season (18) and reached the championship game during the 2017 Summit League Tournament.

A native of Forest City, Iowa, Putz served three years as an assistant coach at Wayne State (Neb.) College from 2013-16 where he was the recruiting coordinator and coached the Wildcats’ perimeter players. He also shared responsibility over academic duties and managed scouting reports at WSC.

A native of Forest City, Iowa, Putz served three years as an assistant coach at Wayne State (Neb.) College from 2013-16 where he was the recruiting coordinator and coached the Wildcats’ perimeter players. He also shared responsibility for academic duties and managed scouting reports at WSC.

Previously, Putz was an assistant coach for one season at St. Cloud State (SCSU). He helped guide the Huskies to the 2013 NSIC North Division title with a record of 20-8 (16-6 NSIC). Putz also coached with the Iowa Mavericks and Iowa Barnstormer AAU programs from 2010-12.

As a player, Putz was a four-year starter at St. Cloud State and was part of the Huskies’ NCAA Division II Final Four team in 2010. He finished his career as SCSU’s career leader in games played (124) and was second in 3-pointers made (245), 10th in steals (142) and 18th in scoring (1,315).

Putz graduated with his bachelor’s degree in recreation/sports management from SCSU in 2012 and earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership from Saint Mary’s (Minn.) in 2016.

LeCompte Named Director of Cross Country/Track & Field At UE

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Evansville Director of Athletics Dr. Ziggy Siegfried has announced that Brooks LeCompte, who has helped collegiate runners achieve record-breaking performances and personal-best times at LSU, Elon, UNC-Wilmington and most recently at Western Kentucky University, has been named the new Director of Cross Country/Track & Field at UE.

“We are thrilled to have Brooks as the new leader of our Cross Country/Track & Field program,” said Siegfried. “The search committee and I knew coming in that Brooks had a history of success in recruiting and developing student-athletes at the Division I level.  But, what stood out for us during the in-person interview was his high-level of energy, passion for student-athletes, and his enthusiasm for this opportunity.

“Please join me in welcoming Brooks and his family to the University of Evansville family.  They will be a great addition to our campus and the community.”

“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the UE Cross Country/Track & Field program,” said LeCompte.  “First and foremost, I want to thank Dr. Siegfried for affording me this amazing opportunity.  Thank you to the UE administration and support staff for welcoming me into the Evansville family!

“I know that I have some big shoes to fill in replacing Don Walters, but I am up for the challenge to continue pushing the UE Cross Country/Track & Field program forward to higher heights.”

LeCompte comes to UE from Western Kentucky, where he has served as the head cross country coach and assistant track & field coach since January, 2020.  Starting just months before the COVID-19 pandemic, LeCompte immediately made his mark at WKU, helping the mid-distance and distance runners for the Hilltoppers earn numerous personal-best times in the indoor track season, including helping Dedrick Troxell finish fourth in the indoor mile at the 2020 Conference USA Track & Field Championships.

In his first full year at WKU during the 2020-21 school year, LeCompte added two freshmen to the WKU program which placed in the top 10 in the Outdoor C-USA Track & Field Championships.  He also helped build a third-place Distance Medley Relay Team at the 2021 Indoor C-USA Championships.

On the cross country course, LeCompte helped numerous WKU runners post personal-best marks, including helping senior Savannah Heckman develop from an individual who placed 95th as a freshman at the Conference USA meet into a second-team all-C-USA runner by her final season.   In fact, the women’s team at WKU posted its best C-USA team finish since 2016 last year under his tutelage.

LeCompte began his collegiate coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at LSU under his mentor and two-time U.S. Olympian Khadevis Robinson.  While at LSU, LeCompte assisted various Tigers to a number of school records in 2017.  He helped guide LSU’s Ruby Stauber to a fifth-place, All-American performance in the indoor 800-meters.  He also helped Christian Johnson to his first All-SEC performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

During his coaching career, LeCompte has also served as an assistant cross country and track and field coach at both Elon and UNC-Wilmington.

A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, LeCompte earned his bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance from McNeese State University in 2008, where he also competed in track and field and cross country.  Brooks and his wife, Kelly, have one daughter, Emma, and two sons, Jayden and Kai.  LeCompte takes over the UE program from Don Walters, who recently retired after 23 years as head coach of the Purple Aces.

Oakland City’s Halley Powers named RSC Bill Melton Champion of Character Award winner

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Oakland City (Ind.) University cross country and track & field student-athlete Halley Powers has been chosen as the River States Conference Bill Melton Champion of Character Award winner for 2021-22

The RSC Bill Melton Champion of Character Award annually recognizes student-athletes for excellence in academics, athletics and the embodiment of the NAIA Champions of Character values. The award is named for former RSC (then called KIAC) Commissioner Bill Melton. It promotes and recognizes the core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Servant Leadership and Sportsmanship. 

Powers is this year’s female honoree from the RSC, and she will have her name forwarded on to the national ballot as a candidate for the NAIA Leroy Walker Award, of which the Bill Melton Award is modeled after. 

Nominated by their institution, candidates must be at least a junior with a 3.0+ GPA. Other considerations for the award are campus and community leadership, embracing the five core values and athletic achievement. The award was established in 2015-16, and the honoree is selected after a vote of the RSC Champions of Character Committee. 

Powers is an exemplary member of the Oakland City cross country and track & field teams. She is a team captain, a two-time team MVP in cross country and a team MVP in track and field. She has been one of the top three runners for the Mighty Oaks her entire career.

She is studying early childhood education, special education and christian studies at Oakland City. Powers has a 3.17 GPA, and she will be a senior in the fall. She has been Oakland City’s RSC Champions of Character honoree three years in a row 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

Powers is noted as being a team leader on and off the track/course. She is an ordained minister who leads bible study for her fellow students and members of the community. Powers is also lauded for hosting international students for meals with foods of their native countries, volunteering as a janitor and holding her teammates accountable with straight-forward leadership. 

YEAR BY YEAR RSC BILL MELTON CHAMPION OF CHARACTER AWARD WOMEN’S WINNERS
2015-16 — Sarah Bonar (Rio Grande), Women’s Basketball
2016-17 — Kaitlyn Smith (Point Park), Women’s Basketball
2017-18 — Courtney Reels (Brescia), Volleyball
2018-19 — Alex Satterfield (Brescia), Volleyball
2019-20 — Autumn Herriford (Asbury), Women’s Basketball
2020-21 — Maddie Horn (Point Park), Softball
2021-22 — Halley Powers (Oakland City), Cross Country, Track & Field

VUVB makes unique addition with signing of outside hitter Audrey Buis

VINCENNES, Ind. – The 2021 Region 24 Champion Vincennes University Trailblazer volleyball team picked up a very unique signing with the addition of outside hitter Audrey Buis.

Buis comes to Vincennes after being homeschooled while playing for the Indy Genesis of the National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) in Greenwood, Ind.

Buis also played for one of the largest club programs in the state of Indiana The Academy Volleyball Club during her senior season and was named to the Junior Volleyball Association (JVA) Watch List.

Buis is a six-foot tall hitter from Franklin, Ind., who helped guide the Genesis to a 31-7 record this past season and the 2021 NACA Division II National Championship.

Buis recorded 364 kills, 272 digs and 92 aces this past season, with a .268 hitting percentage.

Buis also set school records for most kills (1,125), digs (770), aces (274) and hitting percentage (.308).

“While Audrey doesn’t have experience traditionally at the high school level, she does have experience playing with Indy Genesis and playing for The Academy,” VUVB Head Coach Gary Sien said. “When we watched some film of Audrey playing for Genesis, she really stood out and one of the things that is impressive about Audrey is that she tried out for one of the largest club teams in Indiana, The Academy and made their No. 1 team.”

“For someone to come in before her senior year and make their No. 1 team, that never happens,” Sien added. “She was playing on that team with four NCAA Division I and two Division II players and was getting on the court. That really made her stand out to us, that she was able to do that.”

“It is going to be really neat to work with Audrey, because she is coming in as almost a blank canvas,” Sien said. “She is someone that I really look forward to working with because she hasn’t had much high-level training. She is probably going to need a little bit of time to catch up to some of our other players but we feel that Audrey’s potential is extremely high. She has everything that we are looking for in an athlete, her lack of experience is really the only thing that is separating her.”

Buis received several individual honors this past season with Genesis including; NACA All-State and State All-Star honors, Midwest Classic First Team All-Tournament, Regional All Tournament, NACA Nationals All Tournament, NACA Nationals MVP, Indy Genesis Team MVP and Indy Genesis Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Buis additionally guided her team to second place finishes in the 2021 State Championship and Anderson Kickoff Tournament and third place finishes in the Indianapolis Invitational and NACA Midwest Rumble.

“Audrey represents the best parts of growing through athletics,” Indy Genesis Head Coach Dalton Cox said. “Her drive for greatness on the court is matched by her desire to develop as an individual who understands leadership, embraces hard work, implements planning and strategy into her approach and consistently looks for and executes on opportunities to show up for her teammates.”

“Audrey’s obvious court skill draws attention from many, but it is her commitment and growth to servant leadership that will continue to be the most defining thing she brought to our team and program,” Cox added. “From the athlete who set every single-season and all-time record for her position, that means a lot. Vincennes is bringing on an impact player and person and I can’t wait to see her embrace this next opportunity.”

Audrey is the daughter of Matt and Cari Buis and is still undecided about what her major will be a Vincennes University.

“If everybody does their job, this could be a very good freshman class,” Sien said. “Even if everybody only reaches part of their potential this is still a very strong recruiting class. We have a good amount of experience and leadership coming back, so that is a good group to build on.”

“I know the games aren’t played on paper, but just looking at it, we are potentially pretty strong at every position heading into this season,” Sien added. “If everybody does their job and we reach our potential, really our toughest opponent will be ourselves.”

“We expect Audrey to contribute this season,” Sien said. “We don’t bring anybody on board unless we feel like they can contribute. She seems like a very mature and coachable person. She is my first homeschool athlete, so that will be something new for me as well. She has had a different learning experience through school and we will see what we can do to help bring everything out of her to help her be the best student and best athlete she can be.”

The Vincennes University Athletic Department is excited to welcome Audrey Buis to the 2022 recruiting class.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1929       The first two pitchers for Philadelphia never record an out, and before the home team comes to bat in the bottom of the first inning, they are trailing the Redbirds, 10-0. The Cardinals, who tally ten runs in the first and fifth frames, will pound the Phillies at the Baker Bowl, 28-6, to set the modern National League record for the most runs in one game by one team.

1930       Bill Veeck Sr.’s popular Ladies’ Day promotion at Wrigley Field reaches new heights when more than 30,000 female fans attend the Cubs’ doubleheader against Cincinnati. An over-capacity crowd packs the small ballpark with thousands of others, including late-arriving regular paying patrons who cannot gain admission into the North Side venue.

1933       At Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the first-ever All-Star Game is played. Babe Ruth’s third-inning two-run home run off Bill Hallahan proves to be the difference when the American League defeats the Senior Circuit, 4-2.

1936       After the first batter makes an out trying to bunt, 17-year-old right-hander Bob Feller, a farm boy from Van Meter, Iowa, strikes out eight consecutive batters in three innings during an All-Star break exhibition game against the Cardinals’ Gas House Gang. The contest marks the Indian rookie’s first appearance in a big-league uniform.

1938       At Crosley Field, Yankees’ hurler Lefty Gomez loses for the first time in four All-Star starts when the National League beats the Junior Circuit, 4-1. Leo Durocher gets a ‘home run’ single when Jimmie Foxx tosses his sacrifice bunt into right field, and Joe DiMaggio overthrows catcher Bill Dickey, scoring Frank McCormick and Durocher, who keeps running until he reaches home.

1941       The Yankees unveil a center field monument dedicated to Lou Gehrig. The memorial, similar to the honor bestowed on the team’s late skipper Miller Huggins in 1932, is a tribute by his teammates to their beloved captain, who died last month of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

1942       Powered by first-inning home runs by Indians’ shortstop Lou Boudreau and Tigers’ first baseman Rudy York, the American League All-Stars defeat the National League, 3-1. The Polo Grounds contest also features the first and only starting sibling battery in All-Star history as losing pitcher Mort Cooper throws to backstop Walker Cooper, his brother.

1945       Tommy Holmes hits safely in his 34th consecutive game, surpassing Rogers Hornsby’s modern National League record set in 1922. The Braves outfielder will extend the streak to 37, with the new mark lasting 33 years until broken by Pete Rose in 1978.

1949       Walker Cooper goes 6-for-7, helping the Reds rout the Cubs at Crosley Field, 23-4. The 34-year-old Cincinnati catcher, acquired in a trade with the Giants last month, collects three home runs and three singles, scores five runs, and drives in ten runs.

1953       In his first major league start, 24-year-old right-hander Al Worthington throws a two-hitter, blanking the Phillies, 6-0. The Giants’ rookie, known as ‘Red,’ will become the first National League freshman to throw consecutive shutouts at the start of a career when he repeats the feat in his next outing, blanking the Dodgers, 6-0.

1956       Jim Busby hits his second grand slam on consecutive days to beat the A’s, 4-2. In a 13-7 loss yesterday, the Indians’ outfielder hit a first-inning bases-loaded homer off Detroit’s right-hander Frank Lary.

1958       A day after he walks outfielder Willie Kirkland with the bases loaded to give the Giants a 5-4 victory, Cardinal reliever Larry Jackson hits Jim Davenport with the bases full in the ninth inning to again force in the winning run.

1962       Rod Kanehl, appearing as a pinch-hitter, hits the first grand slam in Mets history, going deep off Bobby Shantz in the eighth inning of the team’s 10-3 victory over the Cardinals. The Polo Grounds bases-loaded round-tripper comes in the 79th game of the franchise’s existence.

1962       At the Polo Grounds, Gil Hodges homers off Cardinal hurler Ray Sadecki for the 370th and final home run of his career, finishing tenth on the all-time list and the most ever hit by a right-handed batter in the National League. Eight-year-old Howie Rose, the team’s future radio voice at his first major league game, and broadcaster Ralph Kiner, who reminds the first baseman on his show, Kiner’s Korner,he established the right-handed NL home run mark in 1954, witnessed the moment.

1966       Boog Powell, tying an American League record, knocks in 11 runs in a doubleheader. In Game One, the Baltimore first baseman hits two homers, including a grand slam, two doubles, and a sacrifice fly, driving in seven runs in the Orioles’ 11-0 victory over the Kansas City A’s, adding four more RBIs in the nightcap.

1970       Ron Santo drives in ten runs, helping the Cubs sweep a doubleheader against Montreal at Wrigley Field. The third baseman’s two-run homer in the opener gives the team a 3-2 victory, and his eight RBIs, including another two round-trippers, contribute to the club’s 14-2 rout in the nightcap.

1970       Atlanta Stadium, the Braves’ second baseman Felix Millan goes 6-for-6, becoming the first player in franchise history to collect six hits in one game. The 26-year-old infielder, called the Cat by his teammates, contributes to the team’s 12-4 victory over the Giants with four singles, a double, and a triple.

1977       After 1,887 plate appearances without a home run from the start of his career, Cubs outfielder Greg Gross finally goes deep when he homers off Don Stanhouse, a three-run shot to left field with two outs in the sixth inning, in the team’s 8-6 victory over the Expos at Wrigley Field. The 24-year-old’s homerless drought establishes a new major league record, far surpassing runner-up Duane Kuiper, who recorded his first round-tripper needing 355 fewer trips to the plate to accomplish the feat.

1983       On the Midsummer Classic’s 50th anniversary, Fred Lynn hits the first grand slam in All-Star competition en route to the American League, setting a record for runs scored by one team in a game in their 13-3 victory, including a record seven-run third inning. The Junior Circuit’s victory at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, the site of the first All-Star Game in 1933, halts the National League’s 11-game winning streak.

1986       At Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, first baseman Bob Horner becomes the eleventh major leaguer to hit four home runs in one game. However, three of the four homers are solo shots, allowing the Expos to beat the Braves, 11-8.

1989       Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired player to be elected to start an All-Star Game. The Phillies’ third baseman, who announced his retirement on May 29th, is hitting only .203 this season and has decided not to participate in the Midsummer Classic.

1991       In a 9-7 loss to Oakland, Danny Tartabull hits three home runs, one off Gene Nelson and two off Bob Welch. The right-fielder becomes the first Kansas City player to accomplish the feat at Royals Stadium.

1992       Commissioner Fay Vincent, using his ‘in the best interest of baseball’ power, mandates the National League’s realignment next season, forcing teams to be more geographically correct in their respective divisions. The plan, approved by 12 of the 14 NL owners in March, but blocked by Tribune Co., owner of the Chicago franchise, will send the Cubs and the Cardinals to the West Division, with the Braves and Reds moving to the East.

2000       Cardinal rookie Keith McDonald, who homered pinch-hitting in his first big league appearance, hits a round-tripper off Reds’ hurler Osvaldo Fernandez, becoming only the second player in history to homer in his first two major league at-bats. Bob Nieman is the other major leaguer to accomplish the feat, having gone deep twice in his 1951 debut with the Browns.

2000       Vin Scully, 72, is voted the No. 1 sportscaster of the 20th century by members of the American Sportscasters Association. The Dodger veteran broadcaster’s 51-year career has included play-by-play of 25 Fall Classics and a dozen All-Star Games.

2001       The Cubs, playing in the 101st different park since 1876, beat the Tigers in Comerica Park, 15-8. For the first time in 56 years, the Cubs win in Detroit, dating back to Game 3 of the 1945 World Series when Claude Passeau threw a 3-0 shutout in Briggs Stadium.

2002       Daryle Ward becomes the first player in the brief history of Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to hit the Allegheny River on the fly, helping the Astros rout the Pirates, 10-2. PGA legend Arnold Palmer, also known for long drives, is on hand to watch the Houston left fielder’s fifth-inning towering grand slam, estimated to have traveled 479 feet before making a splash.

2002       During Old Timers’ Day ceremonies at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers dedicate a plaque in Monument Park honoring Reggie Jackson. During his tenuous five-year tenure with the team, the slugging outfielder helped the club reach the postseason four times, including winning two consecutive world championships in 1977 and 1978.

2003       Devil Rays’ skipper Lou Piniella becomes a blonde, keeping his promise to dye his hair if his last-place Devil Rays won three in a row at any point this season. Last night’s 3-2 victory over the White Sox gave Tampa Bay their first three-game winning streak since last September.

2004       Recently acquired outfielder Richard Hidalgo establishes a club record, homering in five straight games for the Mets. In 16 games with New York, the former Astro has eight home runs, compared to hitting just four with Houston in 56 games.

2005       Starting in the third inning, Marlins’ hurlers retire 28 consecutive Brewers en route to a 5-4 extra-inning victory over Milwaukee at Dolphins Stadium. The club sets a franchise mark with 22 strikeouts, with A.J. Burnett contributing a career-high of 14, establishing a team record in six innings of work.

2007       The Twins sweep a twin bill from the White Sox, beating the home team 20-14 and 12-0 at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field. The 32 runs tallied by Minnesota are the most scored by one club in a twin bill since the Red Sox crossed the plate 35 times in their double victory over the Philadelphia A’s on July 4, 1939.

2008       In the ninth inning of a tied game at Yankee Stadium, Manny Ramirez, appearing as a pinch-hitter, upsets the citizens of Red Sox Nation when he strikes out on three consecutive fastballs thrown by Mariano Rivera without swinging the bat. Citing knee pains, proven baseless by MRIs ordered by the team’s management, Boston’s disgruntled outfielder had asked to be left off the starting lineup for the critical series with New York.

2009       In the most lopsided loss in Reds history, the Phillies rout the team at Citizens Bank Park, 22-1. The previous dubious mark was a 20-run differential, established in 1892 when the Reds lost 26-6 to Philadelphia.

2009       The settlement of a federal lawsuit brought by a fan kicked out of Yankee Stadium by a police officer for allegedly leaving his seat to use the men’s room during the playing of ‘God Bless America’ results in the resident of Queens receiving $10,001 from New York City. The Yankees claim patrons have always had freedom of movement, with ushers blocking some exits in previous years after complaints that spectators showed a lack of respect by leaving their seats during the playing of the patriotic song.

2010       Down six runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Rockies score nine runs in the final frame to beat the stunned Cardinals, 12-9. Seth Smith’s two-out, three-run homer off Ryan Franklin deals the fatal blow in Colorado’s amazing come-from-behind walk-off victory at Coors Field.

2013       With a late surge of support from the Nationals fans, Bryce Harper is selected as an All-Star, making the 20-year-old outfielder the youngest National League starter in the history of the Midsummer Classic. Four days ago, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year trailed the Braves’ left fielder Justin Upton by 15,000 votes for the final spot in the outfield.

2016       In the Marlins’ 4-2 loss to the Mets, Giancarlo Stanton’s home run in the sixth inning, his second of the game off Jacob deGrom, gives him four homers in four at-bats, with a base on balls between the second and third round-trippers. The Miami masher went deep twice in his last two at-bats in yesterday’s contest, contributing to 17 dingers at Citi Field, the most by any visiting player.

2017       At Busch Stadium, Ichiro Suzuki becomes the all-time major league hits leader for foreign-born players when he collects an eighth-inning single in the Marlins’ 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. The Miami right fielder’s 3,054th hit surpasses Rod Carew, who hails from Panama.

2019       Andrew Heaney, making his first start since the untimely death of Tyler Skaggs, fellow Angel southpaw and close personal friend, delivers a slow overhand curveball as his first pitch, the signature toss of his late buddy. Before lining out to deep right field on a 3-1 court, George Springer intentionally takes the offering, leading off in the Astros’ 4-0 loss at Minute Maid Park.

WORLD SERIES HISTORY 1915

Boston Red Sox (4) vs Philadelphia Phillies (1)

The 1915 Fall Classic was notable mostly for the debut of a young twenty year old lefty named George Herman Ruth. “The Babe” and five others from Boston’s pitching staff had won fourteen or more games for Manager Bill Carrigan on their way to a 101-50 record and were able to edge out the Detroit Tigers for the American League pennant. Another great pitcher, Grover Cleveland Alexander, a thirty-one game winner, and his Phillies had just won their first National League title and were ready to take their shot at the big one. Philadelphia was also stacked at the plate with Gavvy Cravath, who had led the league with twenty-four home runs and one-hundred fifteen runs batted in.

Alexander was given the opening start against Ernie Shore and later emerged as both a 3-1 winner and the first World Series pitcher to shut down baseball’s biggest legend. Ruth, who despite his eighteen victories was limited to this one appearance (as a pinch-hitter for Shore) grounded out in the ninth. Little was said at the time as no one could have possibly predicted what the future held for this promising pitcher from Baltimore. Boston turned the tables in Game 2 riding on the back of pitcher Rube Foster who held the Phillies to three hits and drove in the winning run in the ninth inning. Foster’s one man show was witnessed by Woodrow Wilson, who was the first president ever to attend a Fall Classic. A true fan of the game, his appearance validated baseball as America’s national pastime and many future chief executives would follow his lead.

With the contest now tied at a game apiece, both teams traveled to Boston for Game 3. The cross-town Braves returned the favor from last year’s championship by allowing the use of their yard in place of Fenway Park. Although the home of the Red Sox was considered a more attractive facility, Braves Field was much larger and could handle the capacity crowd of over 42,000. Philly ace, Grover Alexander returned for a second appearance against the left-handed Hubert “Dutch” Leonard. In spectacular fashion, the Red Sox pitcher retired the last twenty batters on the way to a 2-1 victory. Duffy Lewis drove home Harry Hooper in the ninth for the Series leading win. It was more of the same the following day when Philadelphia suffered it’s three consecutive loss due to the outstanding performance on the mound by Game 1’s loser Ernie Shore who only allowed seven hits in another 2-1 triumph. Boston had rolled over the City of Brotherly Love and wasn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

Despite the valiant efforts of first baseman Fred Luderus and reliever Eppa Rixey, Philadelphia was unable to hang on in Game 5. Offensively, Luderus had driven in a two run double and added a homer in the fourth giving his mates a 4-2 lead. Defensively, Rixey, who had taken over for Erskine Mayer in the third, shut out Boston through the seventh. However, the Phillies ran out of luck in the eighth inning after Duffy Lewis launched a game-tying, two run blast. Later in the ninth, Hooper added his second homerun for a 5-4 victory and the Red Sox’ third World Championship.

In a strange twist, the two other teams from Boston and Philadelphia, who were previous World Series contenders, experienced a very different story in 1915. Boston’s Miracle Braves had run out of divine intervention and barely finished second in the National League and the Philadelphia Athletics, a Fall Classic mainstay, had completely disbanded and ended up in last place 58½ games behind the American League leading Red Sox. Babe Ruth’s modest contribution went unnoticed although he would soon become the focal point of a World Series controversy that would haunt the Boston franchise for many years to come.

THIS DAY IN SPORTS HISTORY JULY 6

1887 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Lottie Dod becomes youngest ever Wimbledon champion (15 years, 285 days); defending champion beats Blanche Bingley 6-2, 6-0

1889 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Blanche Bingley-Hillyard beats Lena Rice 4-6, 8-6, 6-4

1907 Tom Reece takes 5 weeks to compile the highest recorded billiards break in a match (499,135) in London, his ‘cradle’ cannon method is soon banned

1912 V Summer (Modern) Olympic Games officially open Stockholm, Sweden; events conducted prior to the ceremony dating back to 5 May

1920 New York Yankees score MLB record 14 runs in 5th inning of a 17-0 rout of Washington Senators

1923 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Suzanne Lenglen of France beats Kitty McKane 6-2, 6-2 for her 5th straight Wimbledon singles title

1928 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-French final René Lacoste beats defending champion Henri Cochet 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2

1929 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Henri Cochet beats fellow Frenchman Jean Borotra 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 for his 2nd Wimbledon singles crown

1929 St. Louis Cardinals set MLB run record with 28 runs on 28 hits (28-6 v Phillies)

1931 US Open Golf, Inverness Club, Ohio: Billy Burke wins by 1 stroke from George Von Elm in a second 36-hole playoff; longest playoff in tournament history

1932 Cubs’ future All Star shortstop Billy Jurges is shot twice in Chicago hotel room by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli; no charges laid

1933 1st MLB All Star Game: AL wins 4-2 at Comiskey Park, Chicago, Babe Ruth hits first All Star home run

1934 American doubles specialist Elizabeth Ryan wins her 12th Wimbledon doubles title as she and Simone Mathieu of France defend their crown 6-3, 6-3 vs Dorothy Andrus & Sylvie Henrotin

1934 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Home favourite Fred Perry beats Australian Jack Crawford 6-3, 6-0, 7-5 for the first of 3 straight Wimbledon titles

1935 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Helen Wills Moody wins her 7th of 8 Wimbledon singles titles beating Helen Jacobs 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

1938 6th MLB All Star Game: NL wins 4-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati on 4 AL errors

1941 New York Yankees team unveils a monument to former captain Lou Gehrig in center field at Yankee Stadium; the future Hall of Famer died the previous month

1942 10th MLB All Star Game: AL wins 3-1 at Polo Grounds, NYC, AL runs are homers

1945 Washington Senator Rick Ferrell catches a record 1,722 games

1946 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In an all-American matchup Pauline Betz beats Louise Brough 6-2, 6-4 for her only Wimbledon crown

1949 Cincinnati Reds catcher Walker Cooper goes 6 for 7, (3 HRs, 3 singles, 5 runs scored, 10 RBI) in 23-4 win v Chicago Cubs

1951 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: American Dick Savitt wins his only Wimbledon title beating Ken McGregor of Australia 6-4, 6-4, 6-4

1951 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Portrush GC: Englishman Max Faulkner wins by 2 strokes from Antonio Cerdá of Argentina

1956 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: In an all-Australian matchup Lew Hoad wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles crowns beating Ken Rosewall 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4

1956 British Open Men’s Golf, Royal Liverpool: Australian Peter Thomson wins by 3 shots from Flory Van Donck of Belgium for his 3rd consecutive Open victory

1956 MLB Commissioner Ford Frick inaugurates Cy Young Award, to honour baseball’s outstanding pitcher of the season

1956 Cleveland outfielder Jim Busby hits a second grand slam on consecutive days during Indians 4-2 win v Kansas City A’s

1957 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Althea Gibson becomes the first black female athlete to win Wimbledon beating Darlene Hard 6-3, 6-2

1959 LPGA Championship Women’s Golf, Sheraton Hotel CC: Betsy Rawls wins her second title in the event by 1 stroke from Patty Berg

1962 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Rod Laver beats fellow Australian Martin Mulligan 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 for the 3rd leg of his first Grand Slam

1962 NY Yankees ‘M&M boys’ Roger Maris & Mickey Mantle hit 2 HRs each in 7-5 win v Twins, Mantle his 4th consecutive homer

1968 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Billie Jean King beats Judy Tegart 9-7, 7-5 to earn first ever prize money (£750) offered at Wimbledon

1974 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Jimmy Connors wins his first of 2 Wimbledon singles titles beating Ken Rosewall of Australia 6-1, 6-1, 6-4

1975 Art Wall Jr. at 51 years, 7 months, 10 days becomes the second oldest to win a PGA Tour event, beating Gary McCord by 1 at the Greater Milwaukee Open (oldest Sam Snead)

1979 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova successfully defends her title beating Chris Evert Lloyd 6-4, 6-4

1980 MLB Philadelphia Phillies starter Steve Carlton fans 7 Cardinals to reach 2,836 strikeouts, the most by a left-handed pitcher in MLB history

1983 50th MLB All Star Game, Comiskey Park, Chicago: Angels outfielder Fred Lynn hits first AS grand slam, AL wins 13-3

1984 New Zealand sisters Liz and Rose Signal become the first twins to play in the same cricket Test match, v England at Headingley

1985 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Martina Navratilova beats Chris Evert 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her 6th Wimbledon singles title

1985 Mom’s Command wins the Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont to clinch American thoroughbred racing’s Triple Tiara for fillies

1986 100th Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Germany’s Boris Becker successfully defends his title beating Ivan Lendl 6-4, 6-3, 7-5

1986 Atlanta infielder Bob Horner becomes 11th player to hit 4 home runs in a MLB game during Braves 11-8 loss v Montreal

1989 Ex-Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt becomes the first retired MLB player to be named to start the All Star game; he elects not to play

1991 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis Open: Steffi Graf beats Gabriela Sabatini of Argentina 6-4, 3-6, 8-6 for her 3rd Wimbledon crown

1994 CFL American expansion Shreveport Pirates lose game, 40-10 at the Ottawa Rough Riders; fold 1995

1996 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Steffi Graf beats Arantxa Sánchez Vicario 6-3, 7-5 for her 20th Grand Slam title & 7th Wimbledon crown

1996 In a 2-0 win v Brewers, New York Yankees closer John Wetteland sets MLB record 20 consecutive saves en route to 24

1997 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Pete Sampras beats Cédric Pioline of France 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 for his 10th Grand Slam title

1997 Montreal Expos retire Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder Andre Dawson’s uniform #10

1998 US Open Women’s Golf, Blackwolf Run: Se Ri Pak of South Korea wins a 20-hole Monday playoff over American amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn

1998 England cricket spin bowler Robert Croft saves England from defeat with a famous unbeaten 37 in 190 minutes on day 5 of 2nd Test v South Africa at Old Trafford, Manchester

2000 West Ham United FC pays a record £1.8 million for the late Bobby Moore’s collection of memorabilia; 79 items including his 1966 World Cup winner’s medal

2000 Real estate developer Stan Kroenke announces the acquisition of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche and the Pepsi Centre for $450m from the Ascent Entertainment Group

2002 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: Serena Williams beats older sister Venus 7-6, 6-3 for her first Wimbledon singles title

2003 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Roger Federer beats Australian Mark Philippoussis 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 for his first Grand Slam title

2003 Martina Navratilova claims her 20th all-time Wimbledon title as she and Leander Paes beat Andy Ram & Anastassia Rodionova 6-3, 6-3 in the mixed doubles final

2008 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Rafael Nadal of Spain ends Roger Federer’s 5 year reign at Wimbledon 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-7, 9-7

2013 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Bob & Mike Bryan beat Ivan Dogic & Marcelo Melo to be the only doubles pair to hold all 4 major titles and Olympic gold medal at same time

2013 British & Irish Lions Rugby Union team thrash Australia, 41-16 in Sydney for a 2-1 series win, their first against the Wallabies since 1997

2013 Wimbledon Women’s Tennis: In her last appearance at a major championship, Marion Bartoli of France beats German Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 6-4 for her only Grand Slam title

2014 Wimbledon Men’s Tennis: Novak Đoković beats Roger Federer 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 to regain his world #1 ranking

2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr. is stripped of his WBO welterweight boxing title after failing to pay $200k sanctioning fee and vacate his 2 junior middleweight titles

2019 Super Rugby Final, Christchurch: Canterbury Crusaders win their 10th title with a 19-3 win over Argentina’s Jaguares

2019 LA Clippers acquire 2 NBA megastars in one day; Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard from Toronto in free agency, and Paul George from OKC for an unprecedented trade bounty of players and picks

2019 Jorge Masvidal (34-13) sets a UFC record by needing just 5 seconds to KO Ben Askren (19-1, 1 NC) during their welterweight bout at UFC 239 in Las Vegas, Nevada

2020 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes agrees to the largest contract for an athlete in sports history, inking a 12-year deal that could end up being worth US$503 million

MLB STANDINGS

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY YANKEES5823.71634 – 924 – 1426 – 1219 – 610 – 46 – 4L 2
BOSTON4536.5561321 – 1724 – 199 – 1712 – 719 – 75 – 5L 1
TAMPA BAY4437.5431425 – 1719 – 2016 – 166 – 912 – 95 – 5W 1
TORONTO4438.53714.525 – 1819 – 2016 – 1810 – 914 – 74 – 6L 5
BALTIMORE3844.46320.520 – 1718 – 2715 – 1911 – 137 – 85 – 5W 3
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MINNESOTA4737.56025 – 1822 – 1913 – 1022 – 159 – 76 – 4W 2
CLEVELAND4039.5064.520 – 1720 – 226 – 1017 – 149 – 84 – 6L 3
CHI WHITE SOX3841.4816.516 – 2322 – 1814 – 1510 – 147 – 95 – 5L 2
DETROIT3347.4131222 – 2411 – 237 – 1415 – 163 – 106 – 4W 3
KANSAS CITY2950.36715.514 – 2515 – 254 – 913 – 188 – 153 – 7L 2
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
HOUSTON5327.66326 – 1127 – 166 – 815 – 324 – 129 – 1W 8
SEATTLE4142.49413.520 – 2021 – 228 – 157 – 620 – 167 – 3W 4
TEXAS3742.46815.517 – 2020 – 225 – 109 – 715 – 184 – 6L 3
LA ANGELS3745.4511721 – 2316 – 226 – 149 – 517 – 173 – 7L 4
OAKLAND2855.33726.510 – 2818 – 2710 – 159 – 157 – 204 – 6W 2
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
NY METS5031.61726 – 1324 – 1824 – 98 – 413 – 105 – 5L 1
ATLANTA4834.5852.526 – 1722 – 1715 – 1116 – 913 – 117 – 3W 2
PHILADELPHIA4338.531723 – 2020 – 1814 – 186 – 316 – 116 – 4W 2
MIAMI3940.4941020 – 1619 – 2422 – 143 – 69 – 147 – 3W 6
WASHINGTON2954.3492214 – 3115 – 236 – 299 – 89 – 113 – 7L 6
CENTRAL
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
MILWAUKEE4736.56620 – 1627 – 2011 – 1327 – 163 – 57 – 3L 1
ST. LOUIS4439.530324 – 1620 – 237 – 1122 – 149 – 54 – 6L 3
PITTSBURGH3347.41312.520 – 2213 – 254 – 715 – 2512 – 94 – 6W 1
CHI CUBS3348.4071317 – 2716 – 213 – 319 – 217 – 146 – 4W 1
CINCINNATI2852.35017.514 – 2614 – 265 – 811 – 188 – 214 – 6W 1
WEST
TEAMWLPCTGBHOMEROADEASTCENTRALWESTLAST 10STREAK
LA DODGERS5129.63825 – 1326 – 1611 – 911 – 520 – 117 – 3W 2
SAN DIEGO4736.5665.521 – 1826 – 1812 – 919 – 1015 – 142 – 8L 2
SAN FRANCISCO4039.50610.521 – 2019 – 1914 – 138 – 911 – 112 – 8L 6
ARIZONA3744.45714.521 – 2216 – 2212 – 1010 – 119 – 195 – 5W 2
COLORADO3546.43216.523 – 2112 – 258 – 196 – 415 – 154 – 6L 2

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