MLB PLAYOFFS

Houston 10 Chicago White Sox 1

Atlanta 5 Milwaukee 4

LA Dodgers 7 San Francisco 2

NBA PRE-SEASON

Golden State 111 LA Lakers 99

Toronto 113 Washington 108

NHL SCOREBOARD

Vegas 4 Seattle 3

Pittsburgh 6 Tampa Bay 2

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SECTIONAL SCOREBOARD

Mt. Vernon 3 Richmond 0

Seton Catholic 3 Union 0

HAST 3 21st Century 2

Hammond Central 3 East Chicago Central 1

North Decatur 3 Milan 0

Hamilton Heights 3 Chatard 1

Heartland Christian 3 Indiana Christian 1

Roncalli 3 Southport 0

South Adams 3 Wabash 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 3 Leo 2

Rossville 3 Lewis Cass 1

Tabernacle Christian 3 Calvary Christian 1

Greensburg 3 Franklin County 0

Merrillville 3 Portage 2

Lapel 3 Monroe Central 1

South Putnam 3 Southmont 1

Martinsville 3 Columbus North 0

Western 3 Peru 0

Bellmont 3 Heritage 2

Pendleton Heights 3 Greenfield Central 0

INDIANA ASSOCIATED PRESS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS

Class 6A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Center Grove              (13)   8-0  278  1

2. Westfield                   –     7-1  240  2

3. Merrillville              (1)    8-0  222  3

4. Carmel                     –     7-1  196  4

5. Hamilton Southeastern        –     7-1  164  5

6. Brownsburg                  –     6-2  144  6

7. Carroll (Fort Wayne)         –     7-1  106  8

8. Lawrence North              –     5-2  78   7

9. Warsaw                      –     7-1  50   NR

10. Warren Central              –     5-3  34   9

Others receiving votes: Chesterton 10. Ben Davis 6. Columbus North 4. Crown Point 4. Fishers 4.

Class 5A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Cathedral           (13)   8-0  260  1

2. Decatur Central              –     7-1  232  2

3. Lafayette Harrison           –     7-1  192  3

4. Valparaiso                  –     7-1  170  5

5. Ft. Wayne Snider             –     6-1  160  4

6. Bloomington South            –     6-1  108  6

7. Concord                     –     7-1  94   7

8. Mishawaka                   –     6-1  64   10

9. Zionsville                  –     4-4  54   NR

10. Michigan City              –     5-3  36   NR

Others receiving votes: Ft. Wayne Dwenger 32. Kokomo 18. Castle 8. New Palestine 2.

Class 4A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Roncalli            (12)   8-0  258  1

2. Leo                       (1)    8-0  222  2

3. Jasper                      –     8-0  200  3

4. E. Central                  –     7-1  186  4

5. Mt. Vernon (Hancock)         –     7-1  164  5

6. Ev. Memorial                –     7-1  112  6

7. Mooresville                 –     6-2  90   7

8. Bishop Chatard              –     4-4  84   8

9. New Prairie                 –     7-1  66   9

10. Northview                  –     6-1  34   10

Others receiving votes: Hobart 8. Culver Academy 4. E. Noble 2.

Class 3A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. W. Lafayette              (11)   8-0  254  1

2. Gibson Southern            (2)    7-1  230  2

3. Danville                    –     7-1  176  4

4. Lawrenceburg                –     7-1  156  5

5. Brebeuf Jesuit              –     6-2  152  3

6. Brownstown                  –     8-0  130  6

7. Tippecanoe Valley            –     8-0  106  7

8. Norwell                     –     7-1  84   8

9. Mt. Vernon (Posey)           –     7-1  46   10

10. Tri-West                   –     6-2  44   9

Others receiving votes: Jimtown 18. Mishawaka Marian 12. Owen Valley 12. Sullivan 6. Western Boone 2. Heritage Hills 2.

Class 2A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Ft. Wayne Luers            (13)   8-0  260  1

2. Eastbrook                   –     7-0  222  2

3. Heritage Christian           –     8-0  192  3

4. Eastside                    –     8-0  172  5

5. Linton                      –     8-0  150  6

6. Andrean                     –     6-2  128  7

7. Ev. Mater Dei               –     6-2  96   8

8. Tipton                      –     7-1  92   4

9. Centerville                 –     7-0  60   10

10. Lafayette Catholic          –     5-3  28   NR

Others receiving votes: Speedway 16. Monrovia 14.

Class A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Lutheran            (10)   8-0  248  1

2. Monroe Central            (2)    8-0  232  2

3. Adams Central             (1)    7-1  214  3

4. Winamac                     –     6-0  190  4

5. S. Putnam                   –     7-1  154  5

6. S. Adams                    –     6-2  102  7

7. Parke Heritage              –     6-2  96   8

8. Springs Valley              –     6-1  80   9

9. Churubusco                  –     6-2  42   10

10. Covenant Christian          –     5-3  26   6

Others receiving votes: N. Judson 20. Park Tudor 10. Covington 8. Carroll (Flora) 6. Sheridan 2.

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southside HomeSchool at Indiana Deaf (4-3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

INDIANA BOYS REGIONAL SOCCER SEMI – FINALS

THURSDAY

3A

Noblesville vs. Columbia City

Fort Wayne North vs. Harrison

Elkhart vs. South Bend Adams

Chesterton vs. Munster

Castle vs. Columbus East

Bloomington South vs. Southport

East Central vs Cathedral

Carmel vs. Avon

2A

THURSDAY

Yorktown vs. Fort Wayne Dwenger

Fort Wayne Canterbury vs. Oak Hill

West Noble vs. Bremen

West Lafayette vs. Griffith

Heritage Hills vs. Madison

Gibson Southern vs. West Vigo

South Dearborn vs. Speedway

Brebeuf vs. Tri-West Hendricks

1A

THURSDAY

Park Tudor vs. Liberty Christian

Carroll Flora vs. Wabash

Caston vs. Westview

Trinity vs. Illiana Christian

Forest Park vs. South Knox

Providence vs. Southwestern

Southwestern (Shelbyville) vs. Providence Cristo Rey

Centerville vs. Cascade

INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER SEMI – FINALS

WEDNESDAY

3A

Noblesville vs. Homestead

Fort Wayne Carroll vs. Harrison

Penn vs. South Bend St. Joseph

Valparaiso vs. Crown Point

Castle vs. Floyd Central

Bloomington South vs. Columbus North

East Central vs. Roncalli

Carmel vs. Brownsburg

2A

Hamilton Heights vs Bellmont

Leo vs. Western

DeKalb vs. Mishawaka Marian

West Lafayette vs. Hanover Central

Evansville Memorial vs. Silver Creek

Jasper vs. Northview

South Dearborn vs. Cathedral

Brebeuf vs. Tri-West Hendricks

1A

Fort Wayne Blackhawk vs. Manchester

Faith Christian vs. Tipton

Westview vs. Argos

Trinity vs. Andrean

Forest Park vs. South Knox

Providence vs. Switzerland County

Muncie Burris vs. Heritage Christian

Greenwood Christian vs. Cascade

INDIANA STATE BOYS TENNIS FINALS

Quarterfinals | Carmel HS | Fri, 12 pm ET

Match 1: Munster vs. Columbus North.

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

Quarterfinals | Center Grove HS | Fri, 12 pm ET

Match 3: Covington vs. Zionsville.

Match 4: Westview vs. Jasper.

Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET

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

Semifinals | Carmel HS | Sat, 10 am ET

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

State Championship | Carmel HS | Sat, 2 pm ET

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

INDIANA CROSS COUNTRY REGIONAL SITES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Week 7

Thursday, Oct. 14

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

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

Friday, Oct. 15

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

Clemson at Syracuse | 7 p.m. | ESPN

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

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

Saturday, Oct. 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nebraska at Minnesota | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

Yale at UConn | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Air Force at Boise State | FOX, FS1 or FS2

Fresno State at Wyoming | FOX, FS1 or FS2

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 6

Thursday, October 14, 2021

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

Sunday, October 17, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 18, 2021

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

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Dodgers beat Giants 7-2, force decisive Game 5 in NLDS

LOS ANGELES (AP) Mookie Betts homered and drove in three runs, Will Smith also went deep and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 7-2 on Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 5 in their NL Division Series.

The 107-win Giants host the 106-win Dodgers on Thursday night, with the winner advancing to face Atlanta in the NL Championship Series. The Braves eliminated Milwaukee earlier Tuesday.

San Francisco won the NL West by one game over the Dodgers in an historic race that went down to the final day of the regular season. Now, these storied rivals are set for a winner-take-all showdown.

“I think it’s only fitting,” Los Angeles ace Walker Buehler said.

The wild-card Dodgers managed just five hits during a 1-0 loss in Game 3 – the second time they were shut out in this series – to put the defending World Series champs on the brink of elimination. Los Angeles had that many by the second inning Tuesday and pounded out 12 in all to back a brief but effective outing from Buehler on three days’ rest.

Buehler went to manager Dave Roberts as early as the Dodgers’ 9-2 victory in Game 2 and said he wanted the ball in Game 4 to start on short rest for the first time in his career. The right-hander allowed one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two on 71 pitches.

“I actually felt great,” Buehler said. “Probably the best I have in the second half of the year. We’ll see how I feel tomorrow, but for tonight I felt pretty good.”

After giving up a leadoff single to Evan Longoria and walking pinch-hitter Steven Duggar, Buehler exited to a standing ovation from 52,935 blue towel-waving fans.

The Dodgers chased starter Anthony DeSclafani in the second. He gave up two runs and five hits and struck out two.

The Giants ran through six pitchers by the fifth, leaving them with just three relievers. By the seventh, only backup catcher Curt Casali was available off the bench and he pinch-hit in the eighth.

The biting, steady wind that prevailed throughout Game 3 was gone, leaving just a slight breeze to ruffle the center-field flags.

Smith hit a two-run homer to center in the eighth, extending the lead to 7-2.

Betts homered in the fourth, and his bases-loaded sacrifice fly scored Cody Bellinger in the fifth for a 5-1 lead.

The Giants’ runs came in the top of the fifth on Darin Ruf’s RBI groundout off Joe Kelly, and Kris Bryant’s RBI groundout in the eighth. All-Star catcher Buster Posey, a career .257 hitter in the postseason, went 0 for 4.

Buehler was safe at first leading off the fourth when his shot went off reliever Jarlin Garcia’s leg for an error. Betts followed with a two-run homer to the right-field pavilion, extending the lead to 4-0.

The Dodgers got on the board in the first with NL batting champion Trea Turner’s RBI double to right-center that rolled to the wall, scoring Corey Seager, who singled.

Chris Taylor’s sacrifice fly made it 2-0 in the second.

San Francisco had runners at the corners in the second on consecutive one-out singles by Bryant and LaMonte Wade Jr. But Buehler got out of the jam, retiring Longoria on a swinging strike and Mike Yastrzemski on a liner to second.

Last postseason, the Dodgers went 3-0 in elimination games, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to beat Atlanta in the NLCS.

M-V-Free! Freeman HR sends Braves to NLCS, 5-4 over Brewers

ATLANTA (AP) Freddie Freeman and the Atlanta Braves will get another chance to finish the job they came agonizingly close to achieving a year ago.

It doesn’t matter at all that they had fewer wins than any other playoff team.

Freeman hit an improbable, tiebreaking homer off Milwaukee closer Josh Hader with two outs in the eighth inning and the Braves advanced to the NL Championship Series for the second year in a row, finishing off the Brewers 5-4 on Tuesday night.

The Braves won the best-of-five Division Series three games to one, advancing to face either the 107-win San Francisco Giants or the 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers with a trip to the World Series on the line.

“I’ve had a lot of cool moments in my career,” Freeman said. `I think that’s gonna top `em all. Hopefully it’s not the last one and I’ve got a couple more in these playoffs.”

The game was tied at 4 when the Brewers brought on Hader to make sure it stayed that way. The hard-throwing lefty struck out Eddie Rosario and Dansby Swanson, but he couldn’t get past the 2020 NL MVP.

Freeman caught up with an 84-mph slider, launching a 428-foot drive into the seats in left-center – only the fourth homer all season off Hader, and first since July 28.

Freeman became the first left-hander to homer off Hader since Jason Heyward in 2020.

“The first two guys went down, so I just tried to get a pitch up and he hung a slider and I put a good swing on it,” Freeman said. “There was no rhyme or reason to it.”

Freeman celebrated wildly on his way around the bases, and popped back out of the dugout for a curtain call as the crowd of 40,195 roared. He became the first player in franchise history to hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning or later in a series-clinching win, ESPN Stats & Info said.

“When Freddie hit that ball, I mean, I lost my poise. Everybody in the dugout was going crazy,” teammate Ozzie Albies said.

Will Smith pitched a scoreless ninth for his third straight save in the series, getting Christian Yelich to look at strike three with a runner on first for the final out. Tyler Matzek claimed the win with a perfect eighth.

“Freddie! Freddie! Freddie!” the crowd chanted as the Braves celebrated in the center of the field.

Despite having fewer wins (88) than any other playoff team – and even two teams that didn’t make the postseason – the NL East champion Braves are headed back to the NLCS for the second season in a row.

A year ago, manager Brian Snitker’s team had a 3-1 series lead, only to lose three straight games to the eventual World Series champion Dodgers.

Atlanta hasn’t been to the World Series since 1999, and hasn’t won it all since 1995.

But this team, which floundered under .500 until Aug. 6, overcame so much adversity to clinch its fourth straight division title in the final week.

A season-ending injury to star Ronald Acuna Jr. and legal issues that sidelined Marcell Ozuna forced the Braves to acquire a whole new outfield before the trade deadline.

It paid off.

“We’ve been feeling really good about ourselves in the second half, playing really good baseball,” Freeman said. “We carried it over to the postseason.”

After the Braves and the Brewers combined for just nine runs through the first 30 innings of the series, the offenses suddenly came to life in the fourth.

The NL Central champ Brewers touched home for the first time since Game 1, getting RBI singles from Omar Narvaez and Lorenzo Cain to snap a 22-inning scoreless streak. Narvaez’s hit also broke an 0-for-20 performance by 95-win Milwaukee with runners in scoring position in the series.

But the Braves bounced back in the bottom half, even though Milwaukee may have caught a huge break on a deflected foul popup that was ruled a catch even through it appeared to hit the dirt. Pinch-hitter Eddie Rosario came through with a two-out, two-run single to center.

Milwaukee surged ahead again in the fifth, this time on Rowdy Tellez’s second two-run homer of the series. His first, way back in the seventh inning of Game 1, had produced the Brewers’ only runs of the series until Tuesday. This second one off Huascar Ynoa was a massive shot, plopping into the fountain beyond the center-field wall.

Back came the Braves, who put up another two-spot in their half. Joc Pederson drove in one with a forceout and Travis d’Arnaud delivered a two-out single to right to bring home another.

Pitching on three days’ rest, Charlie Morton lasted just 3 1/3 innings for the Braves. He surrendered four hits and was charged with Milwaukee’s first two runs.

The Brewers decided not to use ace Corbin Burnes, who had gotten the win over Morton in Game 1. He was all set to go in Game 5 in Milwaukee.

Unfortunately for the Brewers, they don’t play again until 2022.

“We’re all really disappointed,” manager Craig Counsell said. “In the end, we had big goals. We didn’t quite get there. But we did win 95 games. It’s a special group. They did accomplish some special things.”

Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer made his first appearance of the series, but didn’t get much farther than Morton. He went 3 2/3 innings, also charged with two runs on four hits.

Altuve, Astros going back to ALCS after routing White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) It was Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman once again.

The Houston Astros are going to the AL Championship Series for the fifth straight year. Their October-tested stars led the way.

Altuve hit a three-run homer and scored four times, and Houston eliminated the Chicago White Sox with a 10-1 victory in Game 4 of their AL Division Series on Tuesday.

“We don’t get tired of this moment,” Correa said. “They’re special, and we perform our best when October comes.”

Correa and Bregman each hit a two-run double as the Astros bounced back from Sunday night’s 12-6 loss with their usual relentless brand of baseball. Michael Brantley had three hits and two RBIs.

Next up for Altuve and company is Game 1 of the ALCS against former Astros bench coach Alex Cora and the Boston Red Sox on Friday in Houston. The Red Sox eliminated Tampa Bay with a 6-5 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

“We’re playing another good team,” Altuve said.

It’s Houston’s second ALCS under 72-year-old manager Dusty Baker, whose club got the best of 77-year-old Chicago skipper Tony La Russa. Baker replaced A.J. Hinch, who was fired in the fallout from the Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing scandal that also resulted in a one-year ban for Cora.

A testy La Russa argued with umpire Tom Hallion after he felt Houston reliever Kendall Graveman hit reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu intentionally with two out in the eighth. Abreu was plunked 22 times during the regular season.

“There is a character choice there that they should answer for,” La Russa said. “Stupid, too.

“I’ll be interested to see if they admit it. If they don’t admit it, then they’re very dishonest.”

Baker, who has sparred with La Russa in the past, said his team did not throw at Abreu intentionally.

“There was no reason for us to hit Abreu,” Baker said. “He hadn’t done anything to us.”

Gavin Sheets connected for Chicago, becoming the third rookie in franchise history to homer in a postseason game. But Carlos Rodon was knocked out in the third inning of his first start since Sept. 29, and the AL Central champions left eight runners on base.

The White Sox also lost in the first round of the 2020 playoffs, dropping two of three in Oakland. Before this year, the franchise had never made consecutive postseason appearances.

“It was a fun ride. Ended a little short,” Rodon said.

The Astros are looking for the franchise’s second championship after winning it all in 2017, a title that still evokes a strong reaction around the game after the team was punished for using electronics to steal signs.

The crowd at Guaranteed Rate Field chanted “Cheater! Cheater!” at times during the two games in Chicago, and White Sox reliever Ryan Tepera implied late Sunday night that Houston may have been stealing signs in Games 1 and 2.

But the Astros, used to dealing with boos since fans returned to the stands this season, brushed it all off.

“We’ve been constantly bombarded by negatives, especially on the road,” Baker said. “But these guys, they come to play and they love each other.”

Correa put Houston ahead to stay with his two-out double in the third, pulling Rodon’s high 0-2 fastball into left. The Astros loaded the bases on two walks and a fastball that hit Altuve, drawing a round of cheers from the crowd of 40,170.

Correa pointed to his left wrist and then pounded his chest and yelled “It’s my time!” as he stood on second after the big hit in his 67th career postseason game.

“You know what time it is, baby. It’s October,” Correa said after the victory. “So yeah, I was happy with that.”

That was it for Rodon, who was limited down the stretch because of shoulder soreness and fatigue. Running his fastball into the upper 90s again after another extended break, the left-hander was charged with two runs and three hits in his first career playoff start.

“He gave us everything he had,” La Russa said.

Houston added three more in the fourth for a 5-1 lead. Kyle Tucker singled and swiped second and third – the latter without a throw – before coming home on Martin Maldonado’s first hit of the series.

Bregman drove in Maldonado and Altuve with his two-out double on a 3-0 pitch from Garrett Crochet. The left-handed reliever then struck out the lefty-batting Yordan Alvarez, ending the inning.

The big hits by Correa and Bregman supplied more than enough offense for Lance McCullers Jr., who departed with right forearm tightness after four effective innings. Yimi Garcia got three outs for the win.

McCullers also pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in Houston’s 6-1 victory in Game 1 on Thursday. If he can’t go in the ALCS, it would be a big blow for the Astros.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with my ligament,” he said. “We’ll have to just wait and see how I feel tomorrow and if we’re going to get any imaging done, things like that.”

Altuve punctuated Houston’s big day with his 19th career postseason homer, a three-run shot off All-Star closer Liam Hendriks in the ninth.

“We’ve been here five times,” Altuve said. “And we just try to pass it on to the guys who are getting here for the first time.”

Sheets’ drive in the second bounced off the top of the wall and over. Astros center fielder Jake Meyers crashed into the wall trying to make a leaping grab, and then departed with left shoulder discomfort.

The White Sox lost their center fielder when Luis Robert left with right leg tightness before the Astros batted in the seventh.

Nets won’t play Irving until he meets vaccine requirement

NEW YORK (AP) Kyrie Irving can keep refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

He just won’t play for the Brooklyn Nets until he does.

The Nets announced Tuesday that Irving would not play or practice with them until he could be a full participant, ending the idea that he would play in only road games.

Irving hasn’t said he isn’t vaccinated, asking for privacy when he spoke via Zoom during the team’s media day on Sept. 27.

But he had rarely been with the team in New York, where a mandate requires professional athletes playing for a team in the city have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to play or practice in public venues.

“Kyrie’s made it clear that he has a choice in this matter and it’s ultimately going to be up to him what he decides,” general manager Sean Marks said. “We respect the fact that he has a choice, he can make his own and right now what’s best for the organization is the path that we’re taking.”

Teams aren’t allowed to reveal private details of players’ health. But asked Tuesday if Irving was vaccinated, Marks said: “If he was vaccinated, we wouldn’t be having this discussion. I think that’s probably pretty clear.”

Marks said he and owner Joe Tsai together made the decision, adding that it came through discussions with Irving and his associates.

“Kyrie loves to play basketball, wants to be out there, wants to be participating with his teammates,” Marks said. “But again, this is a choice that Kyrie had and he was well aware of that.”

Irving wasn’t even eligible to practice with the Nets in New York until Friday, when the city told the team that its training facility was considered a private venue.

Irving then joined the team at an outdoor practice Saturday and worked out with the Nets on Sunday, but didn’t play in Brooklyn’s exhibition game at Philadelphia on Monday.

Coach Steve Nash had said that the Nets knew they were going to be missing Irving for some games. For now, at least, it will be all of them.

With Kevin Durant, James Harden and Irving, the Nets were considered a favorite to win the NBA title. They were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of last season’s playoffs after Irving sprained his ankle and missed the final three games.

Marks conceded that the Nets weren’t as strong without Irving, though they may still be good enough.

“At this point in time, the Nets have more than enough to win a championship,” said Richard Jefferson, a former Nets star who now works for YES Network. “I think adding Kyrie makes them, in my opinion, a heavy favorite and that’s just kind of is what it is. With Kyrie this team can win 55, 60 games. Without Kyrie, this team could still win 55 games.”

Marks wouldn’t predict how long Irving would be away from the team or get into whether the Nets would consider trying to trade him.

“The hope is that we have Kyrie back,” Marks said. “We’ll welcome him back in open arms under a different set of circumstances and so we need to wait and see how that transpires. But in the meantime, we need to focus on the 16 players that are going to be on this roster moving forward with us.”

NBA players are not required to be vaccinated, but they face more testing and restrictions on their ability to be around their teammates. The league had said that players wouldn’t be paid for games they miss because they are ineligible to play.

Marks said Irving would still be paid for road games.

Teammates had said they were supportive of Irving’s decision, but Marks seemed to indicate there was concern for the fan reaction. New York was hit hard in early March 2020 by the virus and the Nets’ arena became a vaccination site this spring.

“There are countless, countless workers who have lost jobs because of this, there are people who have lost loved ones and so forth and as I’ve mentioned before this is serious,” Marks said. “And we play a game of basketball. And although it’s serious and we take our job extremely seriously, these are mandates that right now we don’t have any control over. All we can do is abide by them and think that science and the people governing – whether it’s our city, whether it’s our state, whether the country – are making the right calls for us all to get back and to move on into a healthy and safer environment.”

Tom Brady plans to play despite heavily wrapped right hand

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tom Brady says his heavily wrapped throwing hand is sore but he expects to play when the Buccaneers visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.

Brady injured his right hand in the first half of Tampa Bay’s 45-17 win over Miami on Sunday. He finished off his first career 400-yard, five-TD performance with a pair of scoring passes in the fourth quarter.

“It’s a little sore but I expected it to be,” Brady said Tuesday. “We signed up for a contact sport. You get different bumps and bruises throughout the year and we’ll just deal with it the best we can. This bump and bruise happens to be on my hand. Just trying to be preventive and precautious, be smart. It’s less than 48 hours since it happened so it’s not like it’s had five days, but again I feel confident I’ll be able to go out there and do what I need to do.”

The defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers (4-1) are playing their third road game and fourth overall in 19 days. The 44-year-old Brady leads the NFL with 1,767 yards passing and is second with 15 TDs.

“If it was my left hand, I wouldn’t think two seconds about it,” Brady said. “The fact that it’s your throwing hand, there aren’t many things that are that important to a quarterback other than your right shoulder or your right elbow. Anytime you get banged on one of those, it could be an issue, but I think there is no serious injury at all. It’s more discomfort, but I think it’ll be gone in about a day or two.”

Shoulder injury ends season for Steelers WR Smith-Schuster

PITTSBURGH (AP) JuJu Smith-Schuster’s combination of tenacity and almost theatrical joy endeared the wide receiver to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coaching staff since the moment he arrived in 2017 as the youngest player in the NFL.

Now, the Steelers must find a way to replace both. Smith-Schuster’s season is over.

Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday the 24-year-old wideout is facing surgery on Wednesday and a trip to injured reserve after severely injuring his right shoulder in last week’s 27-19 win over Denver.

Smith-Schuster received the ball from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on an end-around in the second quarter and lowered his shoulder while preparing for a collision with safety Kareem Jackson. The play was typical of Smith-Schuster’s relentlessly physical approach to his position. He slouched to the turf, however, after the 3-yard gain, and needed to be helped off the field before heading to the hospital for further evaluation.

Smith-Schuster felt well enough on Monday night to host an event organized by his eponymous foundation with his right arm in a sling. While he’s expected to make a full recovery, it won’t be in time to help the Steelers (2-3) as they try to climb out of an early-season hole.

The loss is a setback for both Pittsburgh and Smith-Schuster, who opted to return to the Steelers on a one-year deal last spring rather than leave in free agency.

Smith-Schuster’s numbers this season were modest – 15 receptions for 129 yards – even as he continued to burnish his reputation as one of the league’s toughest receivers for his willingness to go over the middle, particularly on third downs.

Tomlin acknowledged his “heart aches” for Smith-Schuster. He said the team will rely on several players to provide the myriad contributions in the run and pass games that Smith-Schuster provided.

“We’re not trying to replace Juju,” Tomlin said. “We’re just trying to provide additional opportunity for those that get expanded roles.”

That list will likely include James Washington, Cody White and Ray-Ray McLoud. Washington missed the win over Denver with a hamstring injury but is by far the most experienced of the group. He also is at an interesting point in his career

A second-round draft pick in 2018, Washington has shown flashes but has also struggled to find consistent playing time. He reportedly asked for a trade during training camp – something Tomlin declined to acknowledge Tuesday – and now finds a chance to prove himself with his own trip to the free-agent market looming next March.

While Tomlin said he hasn’t spoken to Washington about what potentially lies ahead starting this Sunday night against Seattle (2-3), he stressed the team has no concerns about Washington’s attitude.

“James is a professional and a quality dude and teammate,” Tomlin said. “He’s always ready. He is always working. He’s low to no maintenance. I just got a lot of respect for him as a player and as a man.”

Washington isn’t the only player who figures to see an increased workload. Diontae Johnson had already become one of Roethlisberger’s most trusted targets and now likely becomes even more important, particularly on possession downs.

“He’s no longer a rookie,” Tomlin said of Johnson. “He’s been in some circumstances and situations. He’s understanding the game better. I think it’s allowing him to play faster. He’s finding his rhythm as a pro.”

The Steelers hope they found their rhythm as an offense against the Broncos. Rookie running back Najee Harris ran for a career-best 122 yards as Pittsburgh showed the balance it has spent most of the last three seasons desperately searching for to take a little bit off the 39-year-old Roethlisberger’s plate.

Tomlin stressed he’s not ready to say his team, still in last place in the AFC North basically a third through the season, has figured things out. Still, there were tangible and necessary signs of progress following a three-game losing streak.

“We’ve been working hard at developing cohesion and offensive front, and it manifested itself in terms of an efficient run game,” he said. “We saw signs of that in Green Bay. I thought we took another step this past Sunday.”

The line could also see some reinforcements this week. Tackle Zach Banner is nearing a return after opening the season on injured reserve following a setback in his recovery from a torn right ACL that cost him almost all of the 2020 season.

While Tomlin likes the strides the line made with Banner out, that doesn’t mean he’s going to willingly leave Banner out of the mix whenever he’s available.

“… I’m not going to make it a negative to have more than five capable men who are ready and capable of playing,” Tomlin said. “Winning football for us is not a negative. It’s just not. We’ll manage (the division of labor). It’ll be a pleasure to manage, to be quite honest with you. I’d rather have six (capable linemen) than four.”

NFL picks 3 German cities to bid for regular-season game

LONDON (AP) The NFL selected the cities Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich on Tuesday to enter a final bidding stage to host a regular-season game in Germany.

Next season is the target for Germany to host its first game, though it could also debut in 2023 because of potential scheduling conflicts with soccer’s World Cup, which begins next November in Qatar.

“After an initial period in which expressions of interest were received from multiple cities, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich have been invited to proceed to the `candidate phase’ of the process,” the league said in a statement. “Those cities will now participate in deeper conversations about staging games in Germany.”

Germany has a strong and growing NFL fan base and one of the world’s largest economies, making the country a logical target for a league with visions of worldwide growth.

“I hope we’ll see a game in Germany in 2022. We’re on a course for that to happen,” Brett Gosper, NFL Head of Europe and UK, said Tuesday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Along with the potential conflict with the World Cup, “there might be other obstacles that emerge during this process,” Gosper said. “So we’re cautious to say we’re definitely in 2022, but it certainly won’t be later than 2023.”

The decisions on a German city and date for a game are expected to be announced at the Super Bowl in February, Gosper said. A host city recommendation must be approved by NFL team owners.

France, Spain and “the Nordics” are also in the league’s longer-term sights to host games, Gosper told The Associated Press last week.

Tuesday’s announcement comes during the NFL’s return to London after a one-year hiatus because of the pandemic. The Atlanta Falcons beat the New York Jets 27-20 on Sunday at Tottenham, which will also stage the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.

Representatives of the three cities will come to Sunday’s game as part of an observer program.

Germany’s largest city was not among the eight that formally bid after the NFL announced its intentions in June.

“Berlin decided not to show an expression of interest,” Gosper said. “It seems that they were not keen to engage in a competition, so that was their choice.”

The NFL urged German bidders to form a consortium between the region, the city and the stadium owner with the goal of establishing a long-term partnership. The stadium is the key factor, along with infrastructure and ease of travel.

Tottenham’s state-of-the-art facility was custom-built to host soccer and NFL games with capacity of 62,850. There are seven years left on the club’s 10-year contract to host two NFL games annually.

The NFL has played 29 regular-season games in London since 2007 and the majority of them have been held at Wembley Stadium, which can hold more than 80,000 fans.

Germany has become a growing source of athletes for U.S. college football programs and had five teams at various times in the former World League/NFL Europe/NFL Europa. New England Patriots fullback Jakob Johnson is German, as is defensive end David Bada of the Washington Football Team.

After Germany, the league’s analysis has shown that France would be the next logical European host, followed by Spain and “the Nordics are very strong, too,” Gosper said last week. Those markets have high growth rates in viewership and fans, as the NFL tracks consumer figures for products like Game Pass and the video game Madden.

Thus far, the NFL has played 39 international regular-season games: 29 in London, six in Toronto, and four in Mexico City.

The NFL plans to return to a schedule of four international games beginning next season, a move facilitated by the expanded 17-game schedule.

The extra game coincides with the league’s offer to teams to seek specific international regions for exclusive marketing rights.

Even beyond those four international games, teams could volunteer to play home games abroad especially if they’ve been granted marketing rights in a foreign city or country.

“They have the possibility from ’22 onwards to activate commercially in international markets. They haven’t had that right until now,” Gosper said. “There might be five or six teams each in Germany and in the UK who decide to come here and activate, and they may well wish to put games on to accelerate that activation possibility.”

Chris Halpin, NFL chief strategy and growth officer, said Tuesday that they are evaluating foreign-rights proposals from “well more than half” of the league’s teams. An announcement is planned in December with teams being granted five-year licenses taking effect in 2022.

NFL teams with existing links to foreign regions, for example, might be inclined to play more home games there, as Jacksonville has done in London. The Jaguars have played eight times at Wembley Stadium; Sunday will be their first game at Tottenham.

Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, who also owns English second-division soccer club Fulham, made an offer to buy Wembley Stadium three years ago.

THURSDAY NIGHT PREVIEW: TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (4-1) AT PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-3)
Week 6 of the 2021 NFL season gets underway on Thursday, October 14 (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) as the reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-1) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (2-3). Philadelphia leads the all-time regular-season series, 8-7, while Tampa Bay has won each of the past two contests. In their last meeting, Week 2 of the 2018 season, Buccaneers wide receivers MIKE EVANS and CHRIS GODWIN each recorded touchdown receptions in the team’s 27-21 win over the Eagles.

In Week 5, quarterback TOM BRADY threw for 411 yards and five touchdowns as the NFC South division-leading Buccaneers defeated Miami, 45-17. It marked Brady’s ninth career game with at least five touchdown passes, tied with Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (nine games) for the second-most such games in NFL history. In seven career starts against Philadelphia, including the postseason, he has 16 touchdowns (15 passing, one rushing) against two interceptions for a 96.3 rating and has thrown three touchdown passes in two of his three career starts at Philadelphia. In 15 career starts on Thursday, Brady has averaged 298.8 passing yards per game.

Last week, wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN recorded seven receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Brown, who has 906 receptions for 12,071 yards in 143 career games, became the fastest player ever to reach 900 career receptions and the fifth player in league annals to reach 12,000 career receiving yards in fewer than 150 games. Evans registered six receptions for 113 yards and two touchdowns in the Week 5 victory and is one of four wide receivers with at least 30 100-yard games (30) since 2014.

The Buccaneers defense has allowed fewer than 20 points in each of the past two games and leads the NFL in rushing defense (45.8 yards per game allowed). Linebacker DEVIN WHITE led the team with eight tackles last week and has recorded eight sacks in his past seven on the road. Linebacker SHAQUIL BARRETT had a season-high 1.5 sacks and his 15th career forced fumble last week. Since joining Tampa Bay in 2019, Barrett is one of two players (T.J. WATT) with 30-or-more sacks (31).

Philadelphia has won its past seven games played on Thursday, the longest active streak in the NFL. Last week, the Eagles overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Carolina, 21-18, as quarterback JALEN HURTS rushed for two second-half touchdowns in the victory. In nine career starts, Hurts has totaled 2,812 yards (2,284 passing, 528 rushing) and 18 touchdowns (12 passing, six rushing). He has rushed for at least 30 yards in each of his first nine career starts.

Running back MILES SANDERS has 1,262 scrimmage yards (84.1 per game) in 15 career home games and has reached 50 scrimmage yards in four of his first five games this season. Wide receiver DEVONTA SMITH led the team with seven receptions and 77 receiving yards last week and is the only NFC rookie with three games with at least five receptions in 2021. He ranks second among rookies in receiving yards (314) and third in receptions (25) this season. Tight end ZACH ERTZ had 11 receptions for 94 yards in the last meeting between the two clubs and has three receiving touchdowns in his past four Thursday games.

The Eagles defense has allowed fewer than 20 points in three of the first five games this season and ranks third in the NFL in passing defense (194.8 yards per game allowed). Defensive tackle JAVON HARGRAVE ranks tied for second in the NFC with six sacks and is one of four NFC defensive linemen (NICK BOSADANIELLE HUNTER and DARRELL TAYLOR) with at least one sack in four games this season. Defensive tackle FLETCHER COX recorded his first sack of the season last week and registered a sack in the last meeting between the two clubs. Cornerback DARIUS SLAY had his first two interceptions of the season in Week 5, his third-career two-interception game.

FOX will broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games between Weeks 5-15 (excluding Thanksgiving night) and is slated to be simulcast via NFL Network, distributed in Spanish on FOX Deportes and streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

The game will feature Joe Buck, Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink on the call for FOX. The Amazon broadcast features Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm, and the Amazon Scout’s feed is called by Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah and Joy Taylor.

NFL PREVIEW WEEK 6

There are times when numbers can say so much more than words. This is one of those times.

Through five weeks and 80 games, the 2021 NFL season has produced…

  • 19 contests with a game-winning score in the final minute of regulation or in overtime, the most such games through the first five weeks all-time.
  • Eight overtime games, tying the NFL record for most through five weeks (also 2018, 2002 and 1983). At least one game has gone to overtime in each of the first five weeks of the 2021 season, marking the second time ever (also 2018) that a season has featured at least one overtime game in each of its first five weeks.
  • 21 games decided by three points or less, including four such games in Week 5. Those 21 are tied with 2007 (21) and 1988 (21) for the third-most such games through the first five weeks of a season in NFL history.

COMEBACKS EN VOGUE: In Week 5, 13 of 16 games (81.3 percent) were within one score in the fourth quarter while four teams overcame deficits of at least 12 points to win: the Los Angeles Chargers overcame a 14-point deficit to defeat Cleveland, 47-42, New England overcame a 13-point deficit to defeat Houston, 25-22, Philadelphia overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat Carolina, 21-18, and Baltimore capped another thrilling weekend by overcoming a 19-point deficit to defeat Indianapolis in overtime, 31-25. The last time four teams won after trailing by at least 12 points in the same week was Week 5 of last season.

A REGULAR-SEASON TOURNAMENT: Every week matters in the NFL. In the AFC this week, two games feature battles of division-leading clubs: the Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) and Buffalo at Tennessee on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

The last time in Week 6 or later that the schedule produced two games in the same conference matching division leaders was Week 7 of the 2016 season. That week, New England won at Pittsburgh, 27-16, and Denver defeated Houston, 27-9.

Foreshadowing what should be a thrilling ending to the regular season, NFL teams continue to play significant games that will determine each of the key playoff tiebreakers – head-to-head record, best winning percentage in common games, and top conference record.

MONDAY NIGHT WINNERS ON SUNDAYS: The games with likely playoff implications continue in Week 6 with the AFC West-leading LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-1) making the long trek to play the AFC North-leading BALTIMORE RAVENS (4-1) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS).

  • The Chargers are off to their best start in seven years, since opening 5-1 in 2014.
  • Making his 20th career start last week, Chargers quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT passed for 398 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 122.0 rating, and also ran for a touchdown, in a 47-42 win. Down by 14 points in the third quarter, Herbert orchestrated five second-half touchdown drives, including the game-winning march that gave Los Angeles its winning points.
  • Herbert now has 44 career touchdown passes, surpassing TONY ROMO (43) for the fourth-most by a quarterback in his first 20 career starts in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (60) and Pro Football Hall of Famers KURT WARNER (51) and DAN MARINO (47) had more over their first 20 starts.
  • Plus, Herbert now has 11 career games with at least 300 passing yards and surpassed PATRICK MAHOMES (10) and Pro Football of Famer DAN MARINO (10) for the most such games by a player in his first two seasons in NFL history.
  • Baltimore quarterback LAMAR JACKSON last week completed 37 of 43 passes (86 percent) for a franchise-record 442 yards with four touchdown passes, no interceptions and a 140.5 passer rating. He also led his team with 62 rushing yards. With Baltimore trailing by 19 points, 22-3, late in the third quarter, Jackson engineered three consecutive touchdown drives to send the game to overtime, then led Baltimore on a 10-play, 68-yard march on the first series of the extra period to defeat the Colts, 31-25, on a 5-yard scoring pass to MARQUISE BROWN.
  • Jackson’s 86.0 completion percentage established a single-game NFL record among quarterbacks who have attempted at least 40 passes. Previously, the highest completion percentage for a player that attempted 40-or-more passes was 83.3 (35 of 42 attempts) by PHILIP RIVERS on Sept. 29, 2013. Through this point in NFL history, a quarterback has attempted at least 40 passes on 4,017 occasions.
  • Jackson also became the first player ever with a completion percentage of 85-or-better and at least 400 passing yards in a single NFL game.
  • In the win, Ravens tight end MARK ANDREWS set career highs in both receptions (11) and receiving yards (147), while catching a pair of touchdown passes. Since the beginning of 2018, Andrews now has five games of multiple touchdown receptions, tied with TRAVIS KELCE for most in the NFL among tight ends.
  • Meanwhile, Baltimore wide receiver MARQUISE BROWN posted a career-best nine receptions for 125 yards (the second-highest total of his career), and also caught two touchdowns.
  • On offense, the Ravens lead the NFL with 440.6 total yards per game.

YOUNG QUARTERBACKS PROVING CONSISTENT WINNERS: Winning eight times over a nine-game stretch is extremely difficult in the NFL. The league enters Week 6 with five quarterbacks who have done just that.  

  • Three of those quarterbacks, Buffalo’s JOSH ALLEN (25 years old), the Chargers’ JUSTIN HERBERT (23) and the Ravens’ LAMAR JACKSON (24) are under the age of 26. The other two are TOM BRADY and AARON RODGERS. Including postseason, Brady has won 12 of his last 13 starts.

FORMER NO. 1 OVERALL SELECTIONS ON DOCKET IN CLEVELAND: The CLEVELAND BROWNS (3-2) host the league’s only undefeated team, the ARIZONA CARDINALS (5-0), on Sunday at FirstEngergy Stadium (4:05 PM ET, FOX). The starting quarterbacks – the Browns’ BAKER MAYFIELD and the Cardinals’ KYLER MURRAY – were the respective No. 1 overall selections in the 2018 and 2019 drafts.

  • The Browns haven’t lost consecutive games under head coach KEVIN STEFANSKI, and overall haven’t lost two straight since the end of the 2019 season. Cleveland’s two losses this season have been by a combined nine points.
  • On the other sideline, Arizona has improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1974, when the St. Louis Cardinals began 7-0 under head coach DON CORYELL.
  • In Week 5, Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY completed 22 of 31 pass attempts (71 percent) for 239 yards and one touchdown, while wide receiver DEANDRE HOPKINS totaled six receptions for 87 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ victory.
  • Murray has completed 124 of 165 pass attempts (75.2 percent) and has 1,512 passing yards this season and joined DREW BREES (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (2013) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with at least 1,500 passing yards and a completion percentage of 75-or-higher through their teams’ first five games. Murray’s completion percentage leads the league entering Week 6.
  • Hopkins, who will be 29 years and 133 days old on Sunday, has 770 career receptions and last week surpassed LARRY FITZGERALD (764) for the most receptions ever by a player prior to his 30th birthday.
  • Cleveland’s offense, led by running backs NICK CHUBB and KAREEM HUNT, leads the NFL with 187.6 rushing yards per game. Chubb ranks second in the league with 523 rushing yards. Hunt ranks tied for second in the NFL with five rushing touchdowns.

SEVEN THREE-WIN TEAMS WEREN’T IN PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR: With byes beginning this week, and four teams – Atlanta, New Orleans, the New York Jets and San Francisco – getting a weekend off, 16 teams have at least three wins. And of those 16, seven were not in the playoffs last year: Arizona (5-0), Carolina (3-2), Cincinnati (3-2), Dallas (4-1), Denver (3-2), Las Vegas (3-2) and the Los Angeles Chargers (4-1).

  • Two of those seven teams meet this week at Empower Field at Mile High, where the DENVER BRONCOS host the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS). Denver ranks second in the NFL by allowing only 15.2 points per game on defense.
  • Since 1990, 5.8 teams per year have qualified for the playoffs after missing the postseason the previous season. Over that stretch – a streak of 31 consecutive years – at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before.

HENRY, ALLEN MAKING EYE-OPENING HISTORYMonday Night Football this week features a pair of AFC division leaders, the BUFFALO BILLS (4-1) and the TENNESSEE TITANS (3-2) at Nissan Stadium (8:15 PM ET, ESPN).

  • Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY leads the league in rushing yards (640), rushing touchdowns (seven) and scrimmage yards (765). Last week, Henry rushed for 130 yards and three touchdowns in the Titans’ win. He now has five career games with at least 100 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns, tied with JOE MORRIS (five games) and ADRIAN PETERSON (five) for the third-most by a player in his first six seasons in the Super Bowl era. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (nine) and SHAUN ALEXANDER (six) have more such games in that span.
  • Also, over his last 40 regular-season games, since Week 14 of 2018, Henry has 40 rushing touchdowns and 4,792 rushing yards, the most rushing yards by any player ever over a stretch of 40 games.
  • Buffalo leads the NFL in both points scored per game (34.4) and fewest points allowed per game (12.8). Buffalo also ranks first in takeaways (15) and turnover margin (plus-11).
  • Buffalo can become first team since the 2012-13 Denver Broncos with 35-plus points in five consecutive games.
  • The Bills enter the game with an NFL-record 14 consecutive wins when leading at halftime. The previous record was 12, established by four teams.
  • Last week, Buffalo quarterback JOSH ALLEN completed 15 of 26 passes for 315 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 139.1 rating, and ran 11 times for 59 yards with another touchdown. Over his career (2018-21), the Bills are 18-0 in games when Allen registers both a rushing and passing touchdown.
  • Including the win at Kansas City, Allen has won eight road starts since the beginning of 2020, tied for second in the NFL. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (nine) has won more in that period.

PRIMETIME HAS PRODUCED PRIME DRAMA IN 2021: The NFL has played 15 games in primetime (Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights in each weekend), and the majority of those games have been must-see TV. Of those 15…

  • 11 primetime games have been within eight points (one score) in the fourth quarter.
  • Six have been decided by three points or fewer.
  • Six have been decided in the final minute or overtime, including five decided on the last play. Two games have gone to overtime.
  • Four have featured a comeback win of at least 10 points.

In primetime this week, quarterback GENO SMITH is expected to make his first Seahawks start when the SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-3) travel to play the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (2-3) on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC). Smith played college football 75 miles south of Heinz Field, just down the Monongahela River at West Virginia University. It’s the first start by a Seattle quarterback other than RUSSELL WILSON since Jan. 1, 2012, when TARVARIS JACKSON started the final game of the 2011 season, a 23-20 overtime loss at Arizona.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES CONTINUES: This week, the NFL will play its 99th international game, including preseason and regular-season games, when the MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-4) meet the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-5) at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London (9:30 AM ET, CBS). It’s the 40th time the league has played a regular-season game outside of the United States. The Jaguars will be playing their eighth game in London. Jacksonville made the trip to Wembley Stadium for one game in seven consecutive seasons from 2013-19. Miami will be making its fifth appearance in London and first since 2017. This week, the league announced that it is in discussions with three cities in Germany to host future regular-season NFL games: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.

COWBOYS BRING FOUR-GAME WINNING STREAK TO NEW ENGLAND: The DALLAS COWBOYS (4-1) head back on the road this week to face the NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-3) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS).

  • The Cowboys’ offense ranks second in the NFL in both total yards (439.6) and rushing yards (172.8) per game.
  • Last week, Dallas cornerback TREVON DIGGS recorded his league-leading sixth interception of the season in the Cowboys’ win. Diggs is the third player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in each of his team’s first five games of a season, joining BRIAN RUSSELL (first six games in 2003) and LEMAR PARRISH (first five games in 1979).
  • Also last week, New England rookie quarterback MAC JONES led his team back from a 22-9 second-half deficit with four scoring drives in the final 23 minutes, including a 15-play, 84-yard game-winning march, as the Patriots registered a 25-22 victory.

PACKERS, BEARS RENEW LEAGUE’S RICHEST RIVALRY: The GREEN BAY PACKERS (4-1) and CHICAGO BEARS (3-2) are each riding winning streaks heading into the latest installment of their historic rivalry, which renews Sunday at Soldier Field (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The Packers lead the all-time regular-season series, 100-94-6, while the teams have split their two postseason meetings.

  • Last week, Packers head coach MATT LAFLEUR registered his 30th career regular-season win in just his 37th game. Only three other coaches in NFL history have reached that milestone in 37-or-fewer games: Pro Football Hall of Famer GUY CHAMBERLIN (35 games), GEORGE SEIFERT (36) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PAUL BROWN (37).
  • Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS passed for 344 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers’ 25-22 overtime win at Cincinnati. Rodgers has 422 career touchdown passes and surpassed PHILIP RIVERS (421 touchdown passes) for the fifth-most in NFL history.
  • Packers wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS leads the NFL with 42 receptions and 579 receiving yards. Since the beginning of 2020, Adams has seven games in which he posted 10-or-more catches and 100-or-more receiving yards, the most such games among NFL players in that span.
  • Chicago’s defense ranks third among NFL teams in red-zone efficiency, allowing touchdowns on just 37.5 percent of opponent possessions inside the 20.
  • The Bears’ defense also leads the league with 18 sacks.
  • Chicago rookie quarterback JUSTIN FIELDS has won his last two starts and threw his first career touchdown pass in leading the Bears to a win last week in Las Vegas.

BENGALS, LIONS NO STRANGER TO CLOSE GAMES: The CINCINNATI BENGALS (3-2) head north this week to meet the DETROIT LIONS (0-5) at Ford Field on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). The Bengals’ two losses have been by just six combined points. Detroit, meanwhile, has an average margin of defeat of only 8.0 points.

  • Last week, Cincinnati rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE had six receptions for 159 yards and one touchdown. He became the fifth rookie in NFL history with at least 50 receiving yards in each of his first five career games, joining EARL MCCULLOUCH (first seven games in 1968), CEEDEE LAMB (first six games in 2020), TERRY GLENN (first five games in 1996) and TERRY MCLAURIN (first five games in 2019).
  • Chase, who has five touchdown receptions this season, is the third rookie since 1990 with at least five touchdown receptions in his team’s first five games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (1998) and CALVIN RIDLEY (2018).
  • Detroit’s defense ranks second among NFL teams in third-down defense, allowing first-down conversions on just 30.6 percent of third-down plays.

WEEK 6 NFL SCHEDULE

(All times Eastern)

Thursday, October 14Tampa Bay at Philadelphia FOX/NFLN/Amazon8:20
Sunday, October 17Miami at Jacksonville (London)CBS9:30 AM
Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore  CBS1:00
Minnesota at Carolina FOX1:00
Green Bay at Chicago  FOX1:00
Cincinnati at Detroit FOX1:00
Houston at Indianapolis CBS1:00
Los Angeles Rams at New York GiantsFOX1:00
Kansas City at Washington  CBS1:00
Arizona at Cleveland  FOX4:05
Las Vegas at Denver  CBS4:25
Dallas at New England  CBS4:25
Seattle at Pittsburgh NBC8:20
Monday, October 18Buffalo at Tennessee ESPN8:15
   
Byes: Atlanta, New Orleans, New York Jets, San Francisco

Fallout continues from Gruden resignation over emails

(AP) — The NFL is not planning to make public any of the hundreds of thousands of emails it obtained as part of an investigation of the Washington Football Team, some of which led to the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden.

“Based on the material that we have reviewed, we haven’t identified anything that needed to be reported to club or league leadership,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “We have released no emails during this process.”

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times reported that, from 2011-18 while he was an ESPN analyst between coaching jobs, Gruden used racist, misogynistic and homophobic language directed at union chief DeMaurice Smith, Commissioner Roger Goodell and others in around the NFL in written exchanges with former Washington executive Bruce Allen.

The emails were gathered as part of an investigation of the Washington Football Team after former employees made allegations about sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct. The club, which is valued in the billions, was fined $10 million by the NFL and owner Dan Snyder stepped away from day-to-day operations for a period of months, but there was no written report of lawyer Beth Wilkinson’s inquiry.

Lawyers representing 40 former employees of the team on Tuesday urged the NFL to immediately release the full findings of the investigation. They called it “outrageous” that only Gruden has been “held accountable” after the 10-month probe.

Gruden, who had a 10-year, $100 million contract with the Raiders, stepped down Monday night during the fourth season of a mostly unsuccessful tenure, going 22-31 with no playoff appearances.

The fallout continued Tuesday, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team he led to a Super Bowl title nearly two decades ago, removed him from the Ring of Honor at Raymond James Stadium.

“The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have advocated for purposeful change in the areas of race relations, gender equality, diversity and inclusion for many years,” the Bucs said in a one-paragraph statement. “While we acknowledge Jon Gruden’s contributions on the field, his actions go against our core values as an organization.”

Others in and around the sport wondered what, if any, other ramifications might be on the horizon.

Mostly, there were questions.

What did Allen write to Gruden? Allen hung up the phone when contacted by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Could other emails involving current or former coaches or front-office types surface? What disciplinary steps, if any, would the NFL take, after standing back while the Gruden episode played out?

And, perhaps most importantly: Just how pervasive and prevalent around the league are the attitudes and opinions expressed by Gruden?

The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a watchdog group that champions diversity in the NFL, said this episode is a reminder the hiring process should lead to people who offer wide representation.

“There is no place for head coaches who secretly — or brazenly — share Gruden’s small mindedness,” said Rod Graves, the Alliance’s executive director. “We encourage in-depth due diligence and benchmark best practices on all levels when offering positions of leadership. It is imperative that all candidates espouse the values consistent with the responsibilities.”

The Players Coalition declined comment.

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL

• For the first time in the history of the Associated Press college football poll (established in 1936), the Big Ten has five teams ranked in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 8 Michigan, and No. 10 Michigan State. 

• Three Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Michigan and Michigan State are all 6-0. Additionally, Ohio State is 3-0 in conference play and 2-0 in the East Division. 

• No. 2 Iowa defeated then-No. 4 Penn State, 23-20, to earn its first win over a top-5 opponent since the Hawkeyes defeated No. 3 Ohio State on Nov. 4, 2017. The Hawkeyes have now won six straight games against ranked opponents dating back to 2019, marking Iowa’s longest streak since a six-game stretch in 1960. The Iowa defense has now held 28 straight opponents to fewer than 25 points and ranks in the top-5 nationally in the following defensive categories: scoring defense (4th, 13.0 ppg), turnover margin (1st, 2.50 per game) and team defensive passing efficiency (3rd, 89.65).

• Iowa has won 12 consecutive games dating back to last season and has outscored its opponents, 403-161, during the winning streak.

• Michigan State defeated Rutgers, 31-13, and is now 6-0 for the ninth time in school history and the first time since 2015. The Spartans offense exploded in the win for 588 total yards and became just the fifth team in FBS history to have a 300-yard passer (Payton Thorne, 339), 200-yard rusher (Kenneth Walker III, 233) and 200-yard receiver (Jalen Nailor, 221) in the same game. The last team to accomplish the feat was Oklahoma State in 2008. 

• In 2021, the Spartans have received top-5 single-game FBS performances from Kenneth Walker III (2nd, 264 rushing yards at Northwestern on Sept. 3), Jalen Nailor (4th, 221 receiving yards at Rutgers on Oct. 9), Jayden Reed (4th, 285 all-purpose yards vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2) and Jayden Reed (5th, 88 punt return yards vs. Western Kentucky on Oct. 2).

• Ohio State topped Maryland, 66-17, marking the fifth time in six games that the Buckeyes have scored more than 40 points. The Ohio State offense has now scored more than 50 points in each of its last three games and leads the nation in total offense (563.2 ypg), while ranking third in scoring offense (48.5 ppg.) and third in team passing efficiency (187.76). The Buckeyes offense also ranks second in the country in third-down conversation percentage (.565 pct.).

• Ohio State freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud threw for 406 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Maryland and has now registered two 400-yard passing games this season (484 vs. Oregon on Sept. 11) and five passing touchdowns in back-to-back games. Stroud ranks third in the country with a passer efficiency of 191.2 and is sixth in the FBS in passing yards per game (339.8).

• Michigan defeated Nebraska, 32-19, to remain unbeaten and is 6-0 for the first time since 2016. The Wolverines currently rank among the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense (15th, 38.5 ppg) and scoring defense (9th, 15.5 ppg).  

• Wisconsin secured its first conference win of the season with a 24-0 victory over Illinois. The shutout marked the Badgers’ first since a 38-0 win over Michigan State on Oct. 12, 2019 and the school’s first road shutout of a Big Ten team since a 31-0 win at Minnesota on Nov. 25, 2017. Wisconsin outgained Illinois 391 yards to 26 yards on the ground, marking the fourth time in five games that the Badgers have held their opponent to 50 rushing yards or less. This season, the Badgers rank second in the nation in total defense (217.8 ypg), first in rushing defense (41.4 ypg) and third in defensive third-down conversion percentage (.239).     

• Thirteen Big Ten Conference students are among the 176 semifinalists for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy. Now in its 32nd year, the Campbell Trophy is presented annually to the nation’s top football scholar-athlete. Representing the Big Ten as this year’s Campbell Trophy semifinalists are Illinois’ Doug Kramer, Indiana’s Jack Tuttle, Iowa’s Zach VanValkenburg, Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, Michigan State’s AJ Arcuri, Minnesota’s Conner Olson, Nebraska’s Ben Stille, Northwestern’s Sam Gerak, Ohio State’s Jeremy Ruckert, Penn State’s Sean Clifford, Purdue’s Zander Horvath, Rutgers’ Noah Vedral and Wisconsin’s Matt Henningsen. 

• All six of the New Year’s Six bowl games have had a chance to host a semifinal game twice with the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl doing so three times. This year, the Cotton and Orange Bowls will serve as semifinal games. Last year, Alabama became the second-straight No. 1 seed to win the playoff. The No. 1 seed didn’t win a title in the first five years. The No. 2 seed has won it three times and the No. 4 seed has won it twice. The No. 3 seed has won just three playoff games in seven years with Ohio State winning one of those last season.

• The 2021 campaign features 120 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season. Iowa and Ohio State lead the West and East Divisions, respectively, each welcoming back 14 All-Big Ten honorees this season. The talent is split evenly as 60 of the returning all-conference players hail from both the East and West Divisions. Each team returns at least three All-Big Ten performers.  

Vegas defeats Seattle, 4-3, ruins Kraken league debut

LAS VEGAS (AP) Max Pacioretty scored twice and the Vegas Golden Knights spoiled the Seattle Kraken’s debut with a 4-3 win on Tuesday night.

Vegas, which made its league debut four years ago, held off a rally from the NHL’s latest addition in what turned out to be a scrappy effort from the Kraken.

Seattle erased a 3-0 deficit and tied the game, but Chandler Stephenson’s goal midway through the third period held up.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored for the Vegas, while Robin Lehner made 25 saves.

Ryan Donato scored Seattle’s first goal in franchise history, while Jared McCann and Morgan Geekie added goals. Veteran netminder Phillip Grubauer had 18 saves in his first game as a Kraken.

Pacioretty and Marchessault gave the Golden Knights a 2-0 lead on two of Vegas’ first three shots on goal.

The Golden Knights ignited the crowd when Chandler Stephenson took a clean entry into a wide-open neutral zone and picked up momentum and fed captain Mark Stone to send the Kraken one direction while Pacioretty skated down the left side. Stone promptly sent a crisp pass to Pacioretty, who beat Grubauer far side to give Vegas its first goal of the season.

Three minutes later it was one of the original members of the Golden Knights from their expansion season with some crafty stick handling, as Marchessault showed patience by skating in on Grubauer, then deked around him to the goal line before burying the puck to make it 2-0.

Though it appeared Nic Hague extended Vegas’ lead to 3-0 in the second period after taking a beauty of a pass from Stone, his wrist shot was later rewarded to Pacioretty who was at the doorstep for a deflection.

Donato gave the smattering of Kraken fans something to cheer about later in the period when he gathered a loose puck and backhanded past a sprawling Lehner who couldn’t get back in time.

Less than a minute later, McCann’s shot to the crease from the right side trickled just under Lehner’s pad to cut Vegas’ lead to one and breathe life into Seattle’s bench.

Geekie skated into the right circle and beat Lehner top shelf to tie the game in the third period, but moments later Stephenson’s redirect off his skate put Vegas back on top.

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INDIANA FOOTBALL: Game Notes: Michigan State

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana football program returns home after a three-week hiatus to No. 10/9 Michigan State on Homecoming on Saturday (October 16) inside Memorial Stadium . The Hoosiers and Spartans will battle for the Old Brass Spittoon at Noon ET on FS1.

No. 10/9 MICHIGAN STATE (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) at INDIANA (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten)
Memorial Stadium
Saturday, Oct. 16 | Noon ET
TV: FS1 |  RADIO: Indiana Hoosiers Sports Network

Setting The Scene
• Indiana (2-3, 0-2 B1G East) welcomes No. 10/9 Michigan State (6-0, 3-0 B1G East) for IU’s 108th Homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 16. Kickoff is set for noon EDT at Memorial Stadium (52,656; FieldTurf) on FS1.
• The Hoosiers own a 45-56-6 record on Homecoming.
• Indiana will host Michigan State for the ninth time on Homecoming and for the first time since 2014.
• The Old Brass Spittoon has been awarded to the IU-MSU victor since its inception in 1950.
• Last season the Hoosiers blanked the Spartans, 24-0, for their first win in East Lansing since 2001.
• The 24-point victory was the largest margin for Indiana at Michigan State in the history of the rivalry.
• IU is currently in possession of both of its rivalry trophies, the Old Brass Spittoon and the Old Oaken Bucket.
• The Spartans are the Hoosiers fourth ranked opponent and third Top-10 foe in six games.
 
The Coaches
• The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-25 (.510) in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 16)
• Mel Tucker is 8-5 (.615) in his second season at Michigan State. Tucker served as Colorado head coach in 2019 and carries an overall record of 13-12 (.520).
 
News & Notes
• Indiana is 16-10 overall and 11-7 in Big Ten play since the start of 2019.
• IU’s 16 wins share sixth and 11 victories share fourth in the B1G during that span.
• The Hoosiers have won 11 of their last 16 league games.
• Indiana was ranked in the 2021 preseason for the first time since 1969.
• IU appeared in both the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll for the 11th-straight week, a program record.
• The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains.
• Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains.
• The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4).
• Indiana’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88).
• IU has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history.
• Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Munie Earns Second Player of the Week Nod

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the second time this season Indiana men’s soccer redshirt junior Daniel Munie was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday (Oct. 12).
 
Munie and the Indiana defense shut out two non-conference opponents, Omaha and Trine, last week in a pair of wins on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Munie had the fifth goal in Indiana’s 9-0 victory against Trine, scoring a with his head off a Victor Bezerra corner.
 
Starting every match this season, the Maryland Heights, Missouri, native has led five clean sheets, scored three goals and contributed one assist. On September 14, Munie earned player of the week honors for the first time after helping IU hold No. 16 Akron to a 1-1 draw. Munie scored a header from a corner in that match as well.
 
In all, Indiana men’s soccer student-athletes have earned three Big Ten Player of the Week distinctions. Alongside Munie’s two, freshman Tommy Mihalic received the award on August 31.
 
Munie and the Hoosiers are back in action Tuesday (Oct. 12) night as they restart Big Ten play by welcoming Ohio State to Bill Armstrong Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET, and the match will be aired live on Big Ten Network.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Hoosiers Handle Ohio State with Shutout Victory

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Men’s Soccer (8-3-1, 3-2-0 B1G) returned to Big Ten Conference emphatically with its third straight shutout in a 3-0 rout of Ohio State (4-7-1, 0-4-0 B1G) Tuesday (Oct. 12) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
 
IU took advantage of OSU miscues, including a first half red card that left the Buckeyes down a man in the final 45 minutes.
 
KEY MOMENTS
• The Buckeyes gave Tommy Mihalic space, and the freshman forward made them pay. Coming from the right flank, junior forward Herbert Endeley dribbled into space in the middle of the pitch to draw defenders and then released to Mihalic on the edge of the box. The OSU right back never made a challenge, and Mihalic curled a shot into the far side of the net to give Indiana the lead 18 minutes in.
• Ohio State had a collection of shots in the 23rd minute following a corner. Junior goalkeeper Roman Celentano made a diving stop to deny the initial attempt, the second shot was blocked and the third sailed high off the crossbar to keep the IU lead intact.
• OSU’s Owen Sullivan was shown a red card just before the half. With the Buckeyes playing high up the pitch, Indiana took possession in the middle third to open a breakaway chance for freshman forward Samuel Sarver. Chasing Sarver, Sullivan brought him down from behind to draw the foul.
• Ohio State put the ball in the back of the net early in the 63rd minutes, but the goal was waved off due to a foul on a Buckeye attacker.
• Two minutes later junior forward Maouloune Goumballe gave IU a cushion, taking a ball from Victor Bezerra just outside the 18-yard box and slotting it home with his right foot.
• Junior Brett Bebej closed the night with a left-footed finish in the 85th minute. Sophomore Lawson Redmon played a ball from the left edge of the box that got through the Buckeye defense for Bebej on the back post.
 
NOTABLES
• Indiana has won three consecutive matches and five of its last six contests.
• IU improved its win streak against Ohio State to seven matches spanning back to 2017. The Hoosiers have not lost to OSU since 2016 and hold a 12-1-1 record against the Buckeyes since 2011.
• Mihalic’s goal was his fourth of the season, bringing him level with Bezerra and Sarver for the team lead.
• The Hoosier defense earned its third straight clean sheet and sixth shutout of the season. Celentano made four saves in the effort.
• Maouloune Goumballe and Brett Bebej each tallied their first goals of the 2021 season.
• With his assist of Goumballe’s goal in the 64th minute, Victor Bezerra earned his 10th point in four matches. Bezerra leads the Hoosiers with 12 points on the season.
 
UP NEXT
Indiana looks to continue its Big Ten road success as it takes on Penn State in Happy Valley on Sunday (Oct. 17). Kickoff is set for noon ET on the Big Ten Network.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: IUVB Set For Midweek Match At No. 9 Nebraska

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (8-10, 2-4 Big Ten) is set for a midweek matchup on the road against No. 9 Nebraska (13-3, 6-0 Big Ten). The match is slated for Wednesday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPNU.
 
Indiana at No. 9 Nebraska
Lincoln, Neb. | Devaney Center
Wednesday, October 13 | 9:00 p.m. ET
Video (ESPNU) | Live Stats | Match Notes
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The Opening Serve
• The Hoosiers spent this past weekend on the East Coast at Rutgers and Maryland. Indiana picked up the victory, 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23), against the Scarlet Knights before falling to the Terrapins, 3-0 (14-25, 17-25, 24-26) the next night.
 
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth is having a solid start to her first campaign with Indiana in which she is No. 4 in the Big Ten in aces with a total 27. Haworth tallied five this weekend, three against Rutgers and two at Maryland.
 
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame continues to rank No. 5 in digs among the Big Ten after tallying a team-leading 288 so far this season.
 
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg is leading the Hoosier attack, recording 129 kills and a percentage of .385 so far in 2021. Her percentage is good enough for seventh in the conference.
 
• As a team, Indiana ranks No. 8 in digs and No. 9 in blocks amongst the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are averaging 14.25 digs per set and 2.39 blocks per set.
 
All-Time Series
• The Huskers hold a 19-1 advantage in the all-time series between Indiana and Nebraska. The Hoosiers only win came in 1978 when the two teams met for the very first time.
 
Checking Out the Competition
• NEBRASKA: John Cook sits at the helm of the Huskers program and is in his 21st season. He has coached them to a 13-3 overall record in 2021 and has gotten Nebraska out to a perfect 6-0 start in Big Ten play. They currently rank No. 9 in the nation and senior middle blocker Kayla Caffey leads the attack with 110 kills and a hitting percentage of .382. Her percentage ranks No. 8 in the Big Ten. Nicklin Hames does most of the setting for the Huskers and has recorded 484 assists which is the sixth best in the conference. Nebraska has two in the top-10 of the Big Ten in aces, sophomore defensive specialist Keonilei Akana who has 21 and senior outside hitter Lexi Sun who has 13. Senior middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach leads the defense with 56 blocks and currently ranks No. 7 in blocking among the conference. As a team, Nebraska is allowing their opponents to hit just .150 while they are hitting .236. They are No. 4 in Assists with 660 and No. 5 in kills with 719.
 
Last Time Out
• The Hoosiers got back in the win column this past Friday at Rutgers. Indiana was able to get the 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23) victory with senior outside hitter Breana Edwards leading the way with a season-high 19 kills. Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede led the squad in blocks with six which was also a season high. Senior outside hitter Kari Zumach secured the game-winning point with a solo block. Zumach tallied a total of three kills and two blocks. Freshman setter Camryn Haworth picked up another 34 assists and served up three aces.
 
• Returning to the court the very next night, Indiana couldn’t keep with the Maryland attack as they fell 3-0 (14-25, 17-25, 24-26). Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris had a team-leading seven kills while Kjolhede and sophomore outside hitter Morgan Geddes put up a team-high two blocks each. Haworth tacked on another two aces to the weekend.
 
News & Notes
• Senior outside hitter Breana Edwards recorded the 1000th kill of her career in the match at Georgia Tech on Sept. 10. Edwards leads the Hoosiers in kills with 214 so far this season.
• Junior middle blocker Kaley Rammelsberg owns the team’s best hitting percentage at .385 with 129 kills. She is also responsible for the team’s second-highest block count with 54.
 
• Sophomore middle blocker Savannah Kjolhede leads the team in blocks with 60. She has recorded at least one block in the last four games that they have played. The Colleyville, Texas native has recorded 103 kills.
 
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth has seen an impressive first campaign with the Hoosiers and leads the team in aces with 27 so far this season. She is on a three-game streak of recording at least an ace. Haworth does most of the setting for Indiana in which she has tallied 260 assists in 2021.
 
• As a team, the Hoosiers are hitting .193 compared to their opponents .188. They are averaging 12.2 kills per set. 

INDIANA MEN’S TENNIS: Hoosiers Earn Team Title in West Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosiers men’s golf team outplayed the 12-team field to win the Purdue Fall Invitational after compiling a 54-hole score of 858 (289-288-281; -6) at the Kampen Golf Course.
 
Indiana turned in a masterful final round of 281 (-7) to surpass the Purdue Boilermakers, the host of the tournament, to win by X strokes.
 
The victory for the Hoosiers is the first team title at any stroke play tournament since taking home the crown at the NYX Hoosier Invitational on April 13, 2014.
 
TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
Purdue Fall Invitational • West Lafayette, Ind.
Kampen Golf Course
Par 72 • 7465 yards
Live Scoring via GolfStat
Team Standings: 1st/12 – 858 (289-288-281; -6)
Top Indiana Player: Mitch Davis – 213 (74-71-68; -3)
 
CHIP-INS
• Senior Mitch Davis played a near flawless final 18 to jump 12 spots in the final individual rankings. Davis fired a 4-under 68 with five birdies to close out the tournament at 213 (74-71-68; -3). The Valparaiso native was the top Hoosier finisher as he tied for third.
 
• The result is his second top-5 finish of the season and fifth top-10 performance during his time with the Cream and Crimson.
 
• The Hoosiers have played at least one round in the 60s in nine of 12 rounds played this season.
 
• Sophomore Drew Salyers converted three-straight birdies in the final round to finish at 214 (68-73-73; -2). He finished t-ninth, his third top-10 result of the 2021 season and fifth of his career.
 
• Junior Noah Gillard used an eagle in the final round to propel him to a three-round score of 216 (73-70-73; E). He finished t-14th overall and third among IU players.
 
• Fifth-year senior Ethan Shepherd turned in a bogey-free 68 (-4) in the final round that consisted of four birdies. His third-round 68 marked the best round of his collegiate career since carding a 66 in the second round of the 2019 Steelwood Collegiate. In total, Shepherd has played nine rounds in the 60s as a Hoosier. He finished t-22nd overall at 218 (75-75-68; +2).
 
• Sophomore Clay Merchent carded his best round of the tournament at an even-par 72. He holed out a trio of birdies to finish t-28th at 220 (74-74-72; +4).
 
• In the individual ranks, senior Harry Reynolds shot a 227 (76-77-74; +11) and earned a 51st-place result. Freshman Ethan Chelf played a scorecard of 238 (83-79-75; +22) to finish t-73rd.
 
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
t-3rd. Mitch Davis – 213 (74-71-68; -3)
t-9th. Drew Salyers – 214 (68-73-73; -2)
t-14th. Noah Gillard – 216 (73-70-73; E)
t-22nd. Ethan Shepherd – 218 (75-75-68; +2)
t-28th. Clay Merchent – 220 (74-74-72; +4)
t-51st. Harry Reynolds – 227 (76-77-74; +11)
t-73rd. Ethan Chelf – 238 (83-79-75; +22)
 
UP NEXT
Indiana will head south to Vero Beach, Fla., to play in the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational hosted by Michigan State. The tournament is scheduled to begin on Oct. 17 from the Quail Valley Golf Club.  

INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER: Penn State, Maryland Road Trip Next for Indiana Women’s Soccer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  – The Indiana women’s soccer team (9-2-3) will travel to Penn State for a match on Wednesday Oct. 13 at 7pm and play at Maryland on Sunday Oct. 17 at 1pm. The match against Penn State will be televised on ESPNU.
 
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
Penn State was ranked as high as No. 12 in the country but got off to a slow start in Big Ten play with three defeats. Most recently Penn State beat Maryland 5-1 on Friday to improve to 2-4 in conference play.
 
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Maryland has a 4-6-4 overall record and 0-4-2 mark in Big Ten matches. Most recently the Terrapins lost 5-1 against Penn State. The Hoosiers are 3-1-3 all-time against Maryland with the last match being played on March 7 and the Hoosiers winning 3-2.
 
KEEPING OPPONENTS OFF THE BOARD
The Hoosiers have only allowed five goals in 14 matches this season. Indiana ranks third in the country in goals against average. The Hoosiers have a 23-5 advantage in goals over opponents this season.
 
WEBBER, GERSTENBERG EARN BIG TEN HONORS
Paige Webber earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Jamie Gerstenberg earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Sept. 14. Webber got a hat trick against Murray State and added an assist in the Hoosiers win at Kansas State. Gerstenberg has three straight shutouts and six shutouts on the season.
 
GERSTENBERG SHUTING OUT THE COMPETITION 
Indiana goalkeeper Jamie Gerstenberg ranks third in the NCAA in shutouts with eight this season. Gerstenberg is one away from matching the Hoosiers program record for shutouts in a season. 
 
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION
Against Southeast Missouri State on Sunday the Hoosiers scored six goals, their most in a match since the 2011 season. All six goals came in the first half of the match, which set a program record for goals in a half. Six different players scored the six goals for the Hoosiers. The Hoosiers hold a 23-5 advantage in goal scoring over their opponents this season.
 
MAKING HISTORY AT NOTRE DAME
For the first time in program history the Hoosiers got a result against Notre Dame. On Sunday the Hoosiers and Fighting Irish battled to a 0-0 draw. Previously the Hoosiers were 0-11 all-time against Notre Dame.
 
2021 SPRING SEASON
The 2021 spring season was historic for the Hoosiers. Indiana tied a program record for Big Ten wins and established a new school record for Big Ten points in a season with 19. On March 2, the Hoosiers were ranked in the top-25 for the first time since 2013.

PURDUE MEN’S GOLF: Sekne Claims Second Straight Tournament Title

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Herman Sekne continued his red-hot play, earning medalist honors for the second straight event, helping the Purdue men’s golf team to a runner-up finish at the Purdue Fall Invite.
 
The Boilermakers tallied a 54-hole total of 5-under par 859 (293-282-284) to finish just one shot behind Indiana (-6). Toledo was third at 1-over par 865, Kent State was fourth at 2-over par and Cincinnati rounded out the top five at 3-over par.
 
The event closes out the fall season for the Boilermakers with much success. Purdue won the Rich Harvest Farms Intercollegiate and finished in the top three in three of its four events this fall. Purdue ends the fall season with a 283.67 stroke average and a combined 28-under par score.
 
The story of the tournament was Sekne, who became the first Boilermaker since William Sjaichudin (won three straight) to win consecutive events, with a dominating individual performance. Sekne totaled an 11-under par 205 (72-66-67) to win medalist honors by a whopping seven shots over Cincinnati’s Joey McCarthy.
 
Sekne, a sophomore from Oslo, Norway, becomes just the second Boilermaker ever to have two tournaments 205 cumulative or lower (Adam Schenk). His 205 is tied for the sixth-lowest, 54-hole score in school history and he is now the 12th player in Purdue history to win multiple events.
 
Sekne lowered his team-leading stroke average to 69.67 strokes per round and his streak of six straight rounds of even par or better rank fifth in school history.
 
Joe Weiler continued his strong start to his senior season, tying for third at 3-under par 213 (74-70-69). Weiler has placed in the top 12 in all four events this season and his 11 career top-10 finishes are ninth in school history. Weiler lowered his career stroke average to 73.11 strokes per round.
 
Cole Bradley finished tied for 22nd at 2-over par 218 (72-72-74), Nick Dentino was tied for 37th at 7-over par 223 (75-74-74) and Andrew Farraye was tied for 60th at 14-over par 230 (78-76-76).
 
Playing as an individual, Nels Surtani recorded his best career finish, placing tied for third at 3-under par 213 (70-71-72). Peyton Snoeberger was tied for 14th at even par (73-71-72). Nic Hofman tied for 37th at 7-over par 223 (77-74-72), Kent Hsiao was tied for 54th at 12-over par 228 (75-75-78) and Luke Prall finished 70th at 18-over par 234 (79-76-79).
 
Purdue will open its spring season at the Big Ten Match Play Championships in early February.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: Game 6 Prep: Football Travels to No. 2-ranked Iowa on Saturday

WEST LAFAYETTE – After an off weekend to stand with a 3-2 overall record and 1-1 mark in Big Ten Conference action, Purdue Football is back to it with a big-time road matchup at No. 2-ranked Iowa (6-0, 3-0), at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Kickoff on Saturday, Oct. 16, is slated for 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The game serves as the latest road test against a ranked opponent for the Boilermakers.

MORE ON SATURDAY’S MATCHUP

  • Saturday’s Purdue-Iowa game puts the Boilermakers on the field against a Big Ten Conference West Division opponent they’ve seen positive results against, recently. Purdue is 3-1 against Iowa under head coach Jeff Brohm‘s leadership, including last year’s 24-20 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium (Oct. 24, 2020) to begin the pandemic-abbreviated 2020 season.
  • Coach Brohm missed the Iowa game last season due to a positive COVID-19 test. Offensive coordinator Brian Brohm served as acting head coach for the win.
  • Purdue and head coach Jeff Brohm battled, but ultimately yielded a 27-13 result at No. 12 Notre Dame (Sept. 18) earlier this season. Saturday’s matchup against the second-ranked Hawkeyes marks the 11th game against a ranked opponent under Brohm’s watch. Purdue is 3-7 against Top 25 teams since 2017.
  • The Boilermakers are 5-10 all-time against opponents ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.


PURDUE-IOWA SERIES HISTORY

  • Purdue is 49-39-2 all-time against Iowa in a series that dates back to 1910. The Boilermakers have seven regularly scheduled opponents with earlier first meetings than 1910: Illinois (1890), Michigan (1890), Indiana (1891), Wisconsin (1892), Minnesota (1894), Northwestern (1895) and Notre Dame (1896).
  • The last three matchups in the series have been decided by one score, with Purdue coming out victorious in two of those three games.
  • In West Lafayette, Purdue holds a 29-17-1 series advantage over the Hawkeyes. On road trips to Iowa, the Boilermakers hold a nearly even 20-22-2 record. Since 2012, Purdue has gone 2-2 inside Kinnick Stadium.

MR. 2,000

  • Junior WR David Bell crossed the milestone 2,000-yard barrier in receiving production for his Purdue career with his efforts against Minnesota (Oct. 2), hauling in six catches for 120 yards to bring his career totals to 166 receptions and 2,099 receiving yards.
  • Bell is the 12th 2,000-yard receiver in school history and the fastest Boilermaker to crack the mark (22 games). He is the first to do so since WR Greg Orton during the 2008 season. Orton finished his career (2005-08) with 2,356 receiving yards.
  • Notable Purdue receivers who Bell beat to the 2,000-yard mark include: Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04), 27 games; Dorien Bryant (2004-07), 29 games; John Standeford (2000-03), 31 games. Bell’s career (22 games) currently averages out to 95.4 receiving yards per game.
  • Bell is also the fastest active FBS receiver to crack 2,000 receiving yards. Western Kentucky’s Ben Ratzlaff (20 career games) would pose a slight threat to accomplish the feat in 22 games if he were to produce 433 receiving yards in the Hilltoppers’ next two contests.

HELLO, NUMBER TWO

  • The aforementioned 5-10 all-time record against No. 2-ranked opponents should ring an immediate bell for Purdue Football fans.
  • The last time Purdue took on the nation’s No. 2 team was a night to remember at Ross-Ade Stadium, as the Boilermakers took down No. 2 Ohio State, 49-20, on Oct. 20, 2018. In other recent history, the Boilermakers battled at No. 2-ranked Michigan State (Oct. 3, 2015), but ultimately fell, 24-21, during the 2015 season.

RING THE BELL

  • We need to talk about David Bell. The junior WR from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 13 of his 22 career games at Purdue.
  • Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). No. 10 Notre Dame (Sept. 18) held Bell seven catches and 64 receiving yards.
  • Bell missed the Minnesota (Oct. 2) game due to being in concussion protocol after taking a hit to his upper body in the second half at Notre Dame (Sept. 18).
  • The Boilermaker star ranks seventh nationally in receiving yards per game (109.8), and first in the Big Ten Conference.
  • For his career, Bell is averaging 7.6 catches per game, 95.4 yards per game and 0.8 touchdown receptions per game. His 95.4 receiving yards per game is No. 1 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.6 receptions per game is currently the second-most for an active NCAA career, only trailing Western Kentucky’s Jerreth Sterns (8.6).
  • The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).
  • In the win at UConn (Sept. 11), Bell scored on an electric 59-yard catch and dash to the end zone, weaving through Huskies and diving to the goal line. The snag was the second-longest catch of his Purdue career, with the longest being an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5).

WE HAVE LIFT OFF

  • Fifth-year senior QB Aidan O’Connell threw for an outstanding 357 yards on 33-51-1 passing, including one touchdown toss, in the setback to Minnesota (Oct. 2). The effort was the third 300-yard passing game for O’Connell in his Boilermaker career.
  • For O’Connell, 357 yards would seem like a career-best type of performance, but the Boilermaker signal caller actually threw for a career-high 408 yards (28-49-1) and three touchdowns vs. Indiana to close the 2019 season (Nov. 30, 2019).
  • With five career 300-yard passing games, junior QB Jack Plummer is tied for No. 8 in program history with Billy Dicken.
  • The effort was the 19th 300-yard passing performance during head coach Jeff Brohm‘s tenure with the Boilermakers.

    300-YARD PASSING GAMES UNDER BROHM

  1.       David Blough – 7
  2.       Jack Plummer – 5
  3.       Elijah Sindelar – 4
  4.       Aidan O’Connell – 3


A SEPTEMBER TO REMEMBER

  • Head coach Jeff Brohm guided the Boilermakers to their best season start since 2012. Purdue’s 3-1 start matched the school’s 2012 group and was the best since Purdue’s 5-0 start to the 2007 season.
  • The 2012 squad, led by former head coach Danny Hope, started 3-1 on the year with wins over Eastern Kentucky (48-6, Sept. 1, 2012), Eastern Michigan (54-16, Sept. 15, 2012) and Marshall (51-41, Sept. 29, 2012).

PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Purdue Up to No. 19 in National Poll

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team moved up in the national rankings to No. 19 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25.
 
Ranked nationally for the second consecutive week, the Boilermakers’ spot in the poll is its highest since 2009. The team is up six spots after they debuted at No. 25 last week.
 
Purdue is 10-2-2 overall and 5-1-0 in the Big Ten, both its best marks since 2007. Winners of two in a row and eight of their last nine, the Boilermakers are second in the conference standings with 15 points after a dramatic, come-from-behind, 3-2 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
 
The Old Gold and Black also moved up one spot to No. 2 in the North Region ranking, and they are No. 20 in the latest NCAA RPI. Purdue is No. 27 in the College Soccer News Top 30 Poll.

The last time the Boilermakers appeared in the national rankings prior to last week was when they entered the 2009 NCAA Tournament ranked No. 24. This week’s No. 19 ranking is the highest since they were No. 18 on October 12, 2009.
 
One of three Big Ten teams in this week’s poll, Purdue is joined by No. 9 Rutgers and No. 22 Michigan, while Wisconsin is receiving votes. Additionally, non-conference opponents Notre Dame is No. 17.
 
Up next, No. 19 Purdue takes to the road for the final time in the regular season this week, with contests at Ohio State and Penn State. The trip begins in Columbus on Thursday, October 14, at 7 p.m. ET.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Butler MSoccer Travels to Xavier for Wednesday Match

Matchday Information – Butler at Xavier
DATE:                         Wednesday, October 13 / 7 pm
LOCATION:                Cincinnati, Ohio / Corcoran Field
LIVE STATS:              goxavier.com
LIVE VIDEO:             BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 15-6-2
LAST MEETING:        April 3, 2021 – Cincinnati, Ohio – Butler 1, Xavier 0 (OT)

Full Notes (PDF)
 
The Butler men’s soccer team heads to Cincinnati this week to play Xavier on Wednesday, October 13, at 7 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off an 0-1 loss to No. 1 Georgetown, while the Musketeers most recently defeated Seton Hall, 1-0.
 
BULLDOG BITS

  • Gabreil Gjergji ranks 52nd nationally in Goals Against Average (.978). He has made 27 saves (.730) and allowed only 10 goals in ten matches. He has been credited with two shutouts.
     
  • Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. (3g, 6p) and Jack Streberger (1g, 3a, 5p) lead the Bulldogs in offensive points.
  • Four different Bulldogs have scored at least one goal in the ten matches played, while four have also recorded at least one assist.
  • Butler has earned 55 corner kicks compared to 52 for its opponents.
  • The Bulldogs have recorded 119 shots (35 on goal) while holding their opponents to 107 (37 on goal).
     
  • Butler’s 2021 schedule has included four ranked teams, including three ranked in the top-5 when the contest was played. The Bulldogs faced No. 1 Indiana (L, 0-1), No. 1 Georgetown (L, 0-1), and No. 5 Marshall (L, 0-2). Marshall is the defending College Cup National Champion, having defeated Indiana in the spring. The Bulldogs defeated then-No. 18 Lipscomb, 3-1, on September 21.
     

The Matchup

  • Butler and Xavier have met 23 times, with Butler coming out on top in 15.
  • The teams fought to an 0-0 (2OT) draw on March 13, 2021.
  • The Musketeers most recently won, 5-3, on October 31, 2018.

Scouting Xavier

  • Last match: Seton Hall W, 1-0
     
  • Xavier has wins this season over Ohio State (2-1) and Northwestern (1-0). Like Butler, the Musketeers lost, 0-1, to then-No. 1 Indiana earlier this season.
  • The Musketeers have scored 14 goals and allowed 9 goals.
  • Six different players have scored at least one goal, and six have at least one assist.

       Individual Statistics

  • Offensive standouts for Xavier include:
    #12 Karsen Henderlong (5g, 2a)
    #10 Justus Kauppinen (3g, 4a)
    #13 Jerome Jolly (3g)
    #4 Taylor Rhinehart (1g, 2a)
     
  • Matthew Rosenberg (8-4-0) has played every minute of all 12 matches in goal. He has made 21 saves (.700) and has allowed nine goals (0.75 GAA). He has five shutouts.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF: Cardinals Finish Ninth, Kim Ties for Fifth

PORT CLINTON, Ohio. – Liz Kim paced the Ball State women’s golf team in the final round with a 78 (+6) and tied for fifth overall. The Cardinals finished the Rocket Classic in ninth with a combined total of 959 (+95).
 
The par-72, 6,118-yard Catawba Island Club proved to be an extremely difficult course as no team or individual finished the tournament under par.
 
Kim posted a final-round score of 78 (+6) and finished with a three-round mark of 227 (+11). She tied for fifth on the individual leaderboard. Kim was just one of two individuals to record an eagle on the difficult course and during the challenging weather.
 
Morgan Lewis posted a final-round score of 81 (+9) and finished in 41st. Ja Santadusit picked up a birdie on the par-5 fifth and ended the round with a 78 (+6). Santadusit finished in 42nd. Tiegan Taylor tied for 43rd, while Payton Bennett tied for 48th and Dylann Armstrong tied for 51st.
 
Central Michigan won the tournament with a team effort of 900 (+36). CMU also had the top-two finishers as Casilda Allendesalazar won with a 222 (+6) and Claudia Salvador came in second with a 225 (+9).
  
The Cardinals conclude the fall portion of the schedule on Monday, Oct. 18, at the Ozarks National Invitational.
 
From the Coach – Head Coach Katherine Mowat
“The last two days we were led by Liz, who played solid and steady all tournament. She found herself in contention heading into the final round. While the winds picked up and her putts weren’t falling, she remained poised and had the title within reach. She and the rest of the team are ready to finish strong next week.”
 
Team Standings
1. Central Michigan – 900 (+36)
T2. Toledo – 924 (+60)
T2. Butler – 924 (+60)
4. Eastern Michigan – 936 (+72)
5. Cincinnati – 939 (+75)
6. Bowling Green – 940 (+76)
7. Indianapolis – 945 (+81)
8. Ohio – 956 (+92)
9. Ball State – 959 (+95)
10. Purdue-Fort Wayne – 975 (+111)

NOTRE DAME SWIMMING:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame freshman Josh Brown qualified for the US Men’s Junior National Team over the weekend after competing at the Las Vegas Open Water Championships in Henderson, Nev.

Brown competed in the Men’s Senior 10k Elite Open Water Event and finished eighth with a time of 1:45:05.37. He was just one of two swimmers that finished in the top-eight that was under 20 years old. His time confirmed his spot on the Men’s Worlds Team and earned him a spot in the FINA Marathon Swim World Series. He will compete at the next Marathon Swim Series event on December 16 in Abu Dhabi.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE WOMEN’S GOLF

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team wrapped up its appearance at the Rocket Classic on Tuesday (Oct. 12), finishing with a 975 team score.

Taylor Norman competed as an individual and had the best finish of any individual in the field. She also had the best score of any Mastodon, firing off an 80-78-75-233 to tie for 13th place. Arny Dagsdottir also played as an individual, shooting 89-87-85-261.

Leading those shooting for the team score, Anna Olafsdottir turned in a 78-80-83-241. She had a birdie on 10, a 485-yard par-5. She finished with eight pars, taking 36th.

Emma Schroeder’s round was highlighted by an eagle on 12, as she holed out her second shot from 134 yards out. This was one of just two eagles in the field. She had nine pars, seven of which came on the front nine. Schroeder took 46th place with a 85-82-80-247.

Laura Caetano and Kennedy Brooker both finished with 249, tying for 48th place. Caetano had nine pars for an 85. Brooker had eight pars and a birdie on hole six for an 84. Casey Bunner had her score taken on Tuesday, firing an 81 to finish with a 250. She had a birdie on 18 to go with her eight pars.

As a team, the ‘Dons took 10th. Central Michigan won the Rocket Classic with a 900 team score.

The Mastodons will finish up their fall season on October 18-19, when they compete in the Dayton Flyer Invitational in Kettering, Ohio.

PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team hosts Detroit Mercy on Wednesday (Oct. 13) evening. 

Game Day Information
Who:  Detroit Mercy (2-4-4, 1-2-2 Horizon) at Purdue Fort Wayne (3-7-1, 1-4-0 Horizon)
When: Wednesday, October 13 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Hefner Soccer Complex | Fort Wayne, Ind.
Live Stats: Link
Video: ESPN+
Weather: High of 75, partly cloudy
 
KNOW YOUR FOE:
• The last three games for the Titans have gone to overtime, with Detroit Mercy earning ties against Green Bay and Oakland before falling to Northern Kentucky in overtime.
• Kyle Bandyk leads the Titans in goals with three. He has seven points, joined by Demetri Pilakos who also has seven points. 
• Detroit Mercy’s two wins on the season have come over Chicago State and IUPUI.
• Jonathan Kliewer has played all 1001 minutes for the Titans in goal this season. He owns a 1.08 goals against average with 40 saves in 10 games.

ABOUT THE MASTODONS:
• The Mastodons’ last time out was a 4-0 loss to Wright State.
• 17 different Mastodons have started a game this season.
• Keith Larson owns a team-best six points with three goals on the season.
• Vukasin Bulatovic has played 1004 minutes on the season. He has only been subbed out twice this season, for 17 total minutes. 

AWARD SZN:
Erik Josson picked up a Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season after shutouts of Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.
 
SERIES HISTORY:
• Detroit Mercy leads the all-time series 12-4-4.
• The series dates back to 2001 when the ‘Dons joined Division I with the two clubs playing every season in that time.
• The ‘Dons won last season 4-2 in the first ever league game between the two teams. Luke BenfordLogan LeeVukasin Bulatovic and Mathias Mikalsen had goals for the ‘Dons.
 
SMITTEN WITH THE MITTEN:
The Mastodon roster features 12 student-athletes from the state of Michigan. Most have arrived since Mattawan, Michigan native Stephen Gorton took over as Mastodon head coach.
 
UP NEXT:
The ‘Dons travel to UIC for a Horizon League game on Saturday (Oct. 16).

IUPUI VOLLEYBALL: JAGUARS DROP FOUR-SET THRILLER TO OAKLAND INSIDE THE JUNGLE

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI volleyball team had one of its best showings of the season inside the Jungle on Tuesday night (Oct. 12) but ultimately fell short to one of the Horizon League’s top teams in Oakland in four sets (24-26, 25-21, 27-25, 25-22). IUPUI won the initial set and lost back-to-back nailbiters before succumbing in the decisive fourth set. 

Freshman Briana Brown finished with a team-high 14 kills and Emily Alan had 11 while hitting .348 for the match. Brooke Phillips had 36 assists and a team-high 18 digs and Millai Madison put down eight kills. 

Jamie Walling led Oakland (12-7, 6-2 HL) with 17 kills and collected 15 digs and Brittany Welch had 12 kills. Oakland hit .160 for the match while IUPUI was limited to .142 after hitting .294 in the opening set. 

“We had a lot of really high highs and a lot of really low lows (tonight),” Alan said. “I feel like if we just even that out, we’ll put ourselves in a really good position.

“I think our freshmen are really competing against seniors across the board and it’s more about us meshing and building that will help as we go forward.”

The highest high came in a come-from-behind win in set one, 26-24. IUPUI trailed 14-10 early and was still down 23-20 after Welch put home a kill for the Golden Grizzlies. However, an Oakland error and Alli Cook ace got the Jags within one and forced an OU timeout. After the timeout, Sidney Veatch and Madison combined on a block to tie the score at 23 all. A service error gave Oakland a side out, but IUPUI countered to tie the score at 24 all. Brown gave the Jags match point with a kill and Addie Evans ended the set with an ace. 

“It was awesome,” Alan said of the first set win. “To get that feeling of winning something is what we really needed, especially on our home court.”

IUPUI led the second set 21-19 late but saw the guests rattle off six straight points with Walling on the service line to tie the match. IUPUI head coach Lindsey Froehlich called two timeouts in short order, but was unable to shake OU down the stretch.

Rather than fold after a tough second set loss, IUPUI came out on fire in set three, building a quick 10-2 lead. Cook served up the first five points, capped by an ace before Oakland got a side out. Then Evans got hot on the service line, dialing up an ace to give IUPUI a large lead. Oakland fired back quickly to get within 14-13 on a Walling kill. IUPUI refused to hand over the lead though, repeatedly getting side outs to maintain the advantage. A late burst got IUPUI to set point at 24-21 with Phillips on the service line. The Golden Grizzlies fought off three set points to make it 24 all before Maddie Haines came up with a crucial kill to take a 25-24 lead. The Jags gave the lead away with a service error and Oakland closed the set with back-to-back points and win 27-25. 

It was a crushing blow as Oakland rode the momentum to an 11-5 lead early in the fourth set. The Jags chipped within three behind Brown’s hitting from the outside, but Oakland refused to give up additional ground. IUPUI fought off three set points late in the match behind Emma Ashcraft’s service game before ultimately falling, 25-22. 

The Jags showed an improved defensive effort, collecting 60 digs and 10 blocks as Alan had two solos and four block assists. Sidney Veatch had five block assists and seven kills. 

IUPUI will conclude the two-game homestand on Friday (Oct. 15) when the Jaguars host Purdue Fort Wayne at 6:00 p.m. inside The Jungle. 

IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER TO KICKOFF KEY WEEK AT NORTHERN KENTUCKY

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – The IUPUI men’s soccer team will kickoff a pivotal week on Wednesday (Oct. 13) when the Jaguars face Northern Kentucky on the road at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN+. The Jaguars will cap the week with a road contest at Green Bay on Saturday (Oct. 16) at 2:00 p.m., also on ESPN+. 

Head coach Brian Barnett‘s team is looking to snap a six-game skid after opening #HLMSOC play with a 1-0 home win over Wright State. Since then, it’s been heavy sledding for the Jaguars as they’ve tallied just two goals during the six-game slide. 

While the offense has being stymied in terms of production, the Jags have created chances, averaging 10.67 shot attempts during the six games with four double-digit efforts. IUPUI had a season-high 16 shots and 12 corner kicks against Milwaukee on Oct. 2. 

Individually, Tylin Broaders has a team-high two assists and four different players have a goal scored. Rayan Choukri and Tommy Patacca are tied atop the team with 15 shot attempts while Logan Finnegan has 11 attempts. 

Defensively, the IUPUI goalkeeping duo of Lucas Morefield and Quinn McCallion have a 1.76 goals against average. Morefield has started eight of the team’s 10 games and has a pair of shutouts on the year. Patacca has played a team-high 913, primarily at center back, while senior Corey Goede has played 904 minutes along the back line. 

TOP 20
Barnett’s squad was recently honored by the United Soccer Coaches with a Team Academic Award and ranked among the nation’s D1 programs in team grade point average: Read More

PRESEASON POLLS
IUPUI was picked to finish 11th in the Horizon League according to the preseason poll released back on Aug. 24. 

PROBABLE XI (based on the last outing)
GK- Quinn McCallion, Sr.
D- Gianni Catenacci, 5th
D- Ethan Diedel, Sr.
D- Corey Goede, Sr.
D- Tommy Patacca, 5th
MF- Rayan Choukri, Soph.
MF- Logan Finnegan, Soph.
MF- Kirezi Freddy, Jr.
MF- Cameron Haegele, 5th
MF- Chris Workman, Jr.
F- Tylin Broaders, Jr.

SCOUTING THE NORSE
NKU is 5-7 overall and 3-3 in Horizon League play. The Norse are 3-3 at home and come in riding a 1-0 win over Detroit Mercy. Jesse Randall leads the NKU attack with 17 points (7 goals, 3 assists) and Dylan Bufton has 11 points (5 goals, 1 assist). Ryan Godding has a team-high four assists from the midfield. In goal, Daniel Bermingham has a 1.40 goals against average and .766 save percentage in 11 starts with four shutouts. 

SCOUTING THE PHOENIX
Green Bay enters this week at 1-7-3 overall and 0-4-1 in Horizon League play. The Phoenix’s lone win was an early season 2-1 victory over Wisconsin in Madison. Green Bay has been outscored by a 17-6 margin this season and has six different goal scorers. Half of the Green Bay goals have been scored on penalty kicks as the Phoenix have yet to record an assist on the year. Jamison Yoder has started seven games in goal with a 1.71 GAA and Tobias Jahn has a 1.18 GAA in his four starts.

ALL-TIME SERIES
IUPUI is 4-4-3 all-time against NKU and 1-2-2 in the five meetings in Kentucky. (Series History)
IUPUI is 4-3-2 all-time against Green Bay and 2-1-1 in four trips to Green Bay. (Series History)

UP NEXT
IUPUI will play a non-league contest against Eastern Illinois on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Carroll Stadium at 4:00 p.m. on ESPN+. 

U OF INDY WOMEN’S GOLF:

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – The UIndy women’s golf team (309-314-323) battled a tough field at the Rocket Classic Monday and Tuesday, hosted by the University of Toledo at The Catawba Island Club. The Greyhounds ended round one in second place but ultimately settled in seventh in the otherwise Division-I, mostly-MAC field.
 
Freshman Anci Dy (75-79-80) paced the Hounds, finishing at +18 to take 16th place. She was followed by individual-competitor Katelyn Skinner (+20), who tied for 20th in the 63-woman field.
 
Fifth-year senior Anna Kramer and junior Catharina Graf both finished inside the top 25, sharing 22nd place at +21. Seniors Elyse Stasil (+23) and Daniela Gomez (+39) rounded out the team scoring, with the latter earning a spot in the UIndy lineup for the first time.
 
UP NEXT
The Greyhounds are set to conclude their fall schedule in Kettering, Ohio Oct. 18-19 when they head to NCR Country Club for the Dayton Flyer Invitational.

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S SOCCER

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second straight week, the University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team holds a steady position as the No. 2 team in the NCAA Division II according to the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll. Officials made the release on Tuesday afternoon.

UIndy (8-0-1) still rides behind Franklin Pierce in the rankings, who continues to have a strong season at a perfect 11-0 so far. Trailing behind the Hounds in the top five is Lynn at No. 3 (9-1), Davis & Elkins at No. 4 (9-0), and Young Harris at No. 5 (11-0).  

Joining the Greyhounds in the poll is fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member Maryville who made the jump up to No. 11 this week. 

UIndy will return to the field this Friday in a road matchup with Southwest Baptist beginning at 8:30 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s Soccer Named #20 in National Poll

KANSAS CITY, MO –  The University of Indianapolis women’s soccer team has moved into the No. 20 spot in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Poll, moving from the No. 21 spot, after a 4-0 win against William Jewell on Friday and a 1-1 tie with Truman on Sunday.
 
Kiki Sauceda has continued to lead the offensive charge for the Greyhounds, having tallied 10 goals thus far in the 2021 campaign, she is followed by Maria Herrero who has scored three goals, and Elena Espinosa who has been a play maker for the Greyhounds with three assists.
 
Sophia Saucerman has earned five wins in net for the Hounds and continues to prove her grit with 15 saves on the season.
 
 

RankSchoolPrevW-L-T
1Grand Valley State University110-0-1
2Columbus State University211-0-1
3Emporia State University411-0-1
4Lee University59-0-0
5Kutztown University310-1-0
6Southern New Hampshire University710-0-1
7University of Colorado-Colorado Springs1210-2-0
8Seattle Pacific University256-1-0
9Ferris State University98-1-1
10Dallas Baptist University89-2-0
11Bemidji State University118-0-1
12College Of Saint Rose1010-0-1
13Sonoma State University139-1-0
14Catawba College1410-0-1
15Concord University159-0-2
16Palm Beach Atlantic University167-2-0
17University of Central Missouri1810-1-1
18Point Loma Nazarene University197-0-1
19West Texas A&M University218-2-0
20University Of Indianapolis217-1-1
21Molloy College2410-2-0
22University of North GeorgiaNR7-1-1
23Western Washington University68-1-2
24West Chester UniversityRV6-2-1
25Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.)RV3-3-1

INDIANAPOLIS MEN’S GOLF: Hounds Take Third at Fall Regional

EUREKA, Mo. – The UIndy men golf team (305-300-) notched a third-place finish at the Midwest Regional at Fox Run Monday and Tuesday. Fifth-year senior Oliver Mast (73-71-76) led the way, sharing the runner-up spot and earning all-tournament honors among the region’s best.
 
The tournament’s 96 golfers battled wet and windy conditions on Monday that would eventually halt play midway through round two. The teams resumed second-round play Tuesday before finally finishing up Tuesday evening.

McKendree jumped into first place with a final-round 286 (-2), six strokes ahead of runner-up Southern Indiana and 14 ahead of both UIndy and UMSL.
 
Competing in the final group Tuesday, Mast ended his week at +4, three back of medalist Phasin Vichitcharoenpaisarn of McKendree. Keegan Bronnenberg (74-74-74) finished at +6 to share fifth place, earning his third all-tournament nod in as many events this fall.
 
Newcomer CJ Jones tied for 25th at +14. Ian Carroll (+23) and Jacob Nickell (+26) rounded out the team scoring, while Cam Carroll (+15) finished at T-32 in his first action of the season.
 
UP NEXT
The Greyhounds cap the fall slate with a trip to Central Florida Nov. 1-2 for the McDonough Cup. Hosted by Rollins College, the tournament will take place at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando.

VALPARAISO VOLLEYBALL

Valparaiso (13-4, 4-2 MVC)
Friday, Oct. 15 – at Bradley (8-9, 4-2 MVC) – 6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 16 – at Illinois State (7-11, 3-3 MVC) – 7 p.m.

This Week in Valpo Volleyball: For the third time in the first four weekends of MVC play, Valpo heads on the road, making the trip to central Illinois this weekend to face Bradley Friday evening and Illinois State Saturday night. The three teams are three of five separated by just a game for second through sixth place in the Valley standings approaching the halfway mark of the conference schedule.

Previously: In its lone match last weekend, Valpo went to Loyola in a battle of the top two teams in the Valley standings, but the Ramblers came away with a three-set victory. Peyton McCarthy hit .360 with 11 kills to lead the Beacons.

Looking Ahead: After this weekend, Valpo plays six of its next eight matches at home, starting out by hosting Missouri State and Southern Illinois next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23.

Following the Beacons: Both matches this weekend will be broadcasted live on ESPN3. Links for the live video, as well as live stats for all matches, are available via ValpoAthletics.com.

Head Coach Carin Avery: In her 20th season as head coach at Valparaiso, Carin Avery has won 436 matches (436-211, .674) at the helm of the program and has led Valpo to three league regular season and tournament titles, as well as three NCAA Tournament appearances. A two-time league Coach of the Year, Avery has coached 55 All-League recipients over her tenure at Valpo. She is Valpo’s all-time leader in both victories and winning percentage, and owns a 491-235 (.676) record overall as a head coach.

Series History: Bradley – Valpo owns a slight 12-11 edge in the all-time series over the Braves, with an 8-4 advantage under Avery and a 5-4 edge since joining the MVC. Last season, the two programs split their season series at the ARC, as Valpo won the opener in straight sets before Bradley won the next evening in four sets. Haley Hart and Peyton McCarthy combined for seven kills per set on .368 hitting over those two matches.

Illinois State – Valpo is just 3-10 in program history against Illinois State and had lost eight in a row to the Redbirds since joining the MVC – including a 3-1 loss in the first match of last year’s season series – before triumphing in five sets in the second match of the series which featured a 15-2 fifth set, the program’s most dominant fifth set in the rally scoring era.

Scouting the Opposition: Bradley – The Braves own an 8-9 overall record, but are 4-2 in MVC play after splitting last weekend with a loss to Evansville and a win over Indiana State. Hannah Thompson ranks among the top-10 in the MVC in both kills/set (3.12) and digs/set (3.68).

Illinois State – The Redbirds are 7-11 overall and own a 3-3 MVC record after matching Bradley with a win over Indiana State and a loss at Evansville last weekend. ISU boasts two of the MVC’s top-10 in kills/set in Tamara Otene (3.66, 4th) and Sarah Kushner (3.23, 9th).

Valpo Picked Seventh in Preseason Poll: For the fourth time in five seasons as an MVC member, Valpo has been picked to finish in seventh place in the conference standings in preseason polling of the conference’s head coaches. Illinois State topped the poll with 79 points and three first-place votes, narrowly edging out Drake, which tallied 77 points, including three first-place votes. Valpo has outperformed its ranking in the preseason poll in each of its first four seasons in the MVC and is one of two programs (Illinois State) to post top-half finishes in the MVC standings in each of the last four seasons.

Looking Back at the Spring: The spring 2021 campaign saw Valpo post an 11-9 record and finish fifth in the MVC standings with a 10-8 mark in conference action. Rylee Cookerly repeated as MVC Libero of the Year, was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was an AVCA All-Region honoree, while Victoria Bulmahn was tabbed the MVC Freshman of the Year. Included among Valpo’s 11 wins were the program’s first victory over Illinois State since joining the MVC and the first wins in program history over traditional power UNI.

Who’s Back and Who’s New: The Beacons return 10 letterwinners, including four starters and the libero, from the spring 2021 campaign – a group which accounted for 75% of the team’s kills, 90% of aces, 82% of digs and 86% of blocks last season. Valpo also returns a pair of players who didn’t see action last season, while welcoming in one transfer and four freshmen.

Digging Deep: Valpo continued its long tradition of strong back row play in the spring 2021 season, finishing the season ranked third nationally and second in the Valley with 20.37 digs/set. Valpo has ranked among the top-30 nationally in digs/set in each of the last 10 seasons, including leading the nation with 20.03 digs/set in 2017 to go along with a fourth-place rank in 2010 and a sixth-place finish in 2015. Since the move to 25-point scoring, only seven teams have averaged more than 20 digs/set over the course of a season, and Valpo is the only program to have done it twice. 2018 saw Valpo lead the nation with 2,613 total digs – a mark which set a program single-season record and a Division I record in the 25-point era. Valpo currently sits 22nd nationally in digs/set this season and leads the MVC in the category.

Closing In On a Winning Record: With a 13-4 record, this year’s squad finds itself on the verge of clinching a winning record in 2021, something which has been a standard for this program. With two more wins, Valpo would guarantee finishing above .500, which the program has done in 17 of head coach Carin Avery’s 19 seasons. A 20-win season is within reach as well, something Avery’s teams have accomplished 15 times.

Five Stars: After playing five sets in five of the season’s first eight matches, the Beacons had gone nearly a full month without a five-set affair until heading there last Monday against Drake. For the sixth time in as many five-set matches this season, it was Valpo standing victorious at the end of the night. The program has now won nine consecutive five-set matches dating back to last season, the longest-such streak in program history. Notably, Valpo was down 2-0 in two of those matches – UCSB and South Alabama – before rallying to win, and faced a match point in two of those matches – Tennessee Tech and South Alabama – as well

Another Trophy For the Collection: The Beacons earned their second tournament championship of the season as they won the SIUE Cougar Classic, pairing it with the trophy they won earlier this year at Tennessee Tech’s Golden Eagle Invitational. Valpo has now won 27 in-season tournament titles under head coach Carin Avery, and this season marks the 11th time in her tenure the program has claimed multiple in-season tournament championships in the same season.

Cookerly Continues to Dig: Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly has checked numerous milestones off her lists of things to chase this season. First, she broke Valpo’s career digs record, previously held by Taylor Root, on Sept. 24 at Southern Illinois. One week later, on Oct. 1 against Indiana State, Cookerly surpassed former Illinois State standout Courtney Pence as the MVC’s career digs record holder. Finally, the next night against Evansville, Cookerly moved past Minnesota’s Paula Gentil for second place in NCAA history in career digs. The two-time MVC Libero of the Year next has her sights on the 3,000 career dig milestone, a mark which she enters this weekend 155 digs shy of. The ultimate goal would be making a run at the NCAA all-time record of 3,176, held by Chattanooga’s Lara Newberry.

McCarthy Leads the Way: Fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy has led Valpo in kills in each of its last three matches, registering 18 kills on Oct. 2 in the win over Evansville, 15 kills in the five-set win over Drake last Monday and most recently 11 kills on .360 hitting last Friday in the setback at Loyola. McCarthy’s first kill against Drake was the 1,000th of her career and she now ranks 18th in program history with 1,025 career kills, just 52 away from 15th position. McCarthy has now led Valpo in kills 32 times in her career and the team has gone 22-10 (.688) in those matches, as opposed to a .545 winning percentage in all other matches. Also strong on the block, McCarthy is averaging 0.86 blocks/set this year and owns 386 career blocks, seventh-best in program history and just two shy of sixth.

Hart Out to Strong MVC Start: Senior middle Haley Hart has posted some of her best performances in a Valpo uniform over the first three weeks of MVC play. She is currently hitting .329 with 3.13 kills and 1.09 blocks per set over Valpo’s first six MVC matches, and was honored as the MVC Player of the Week on Oct. 4 for her performances against Indiana State (match-high 15 kills on .500 hitting, four blocks) and Evansville (16 kills – tying career best – on 355 hitting, four blocks). Hart currently ranks among the conference’s top-10 this season in both hitting percentage (.304, 6th) and blocks/set (0.95, 9th), while her .257 career hitting percentage is tied for fifth in program history.

Anderson Moves On Up: Fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson is nearing the top-20 in MVC history in career assists. With 4,212 career helpers, Anderson is third in Valpo history and currently sits 22nd in the MVC record book in the category, just 44 shy of 20th position. She is also moving up Valpo’s all-time digs leaders as well, as she has pushed her career digs total to 1,147 entering play this weekend – 18th-most in program history.

All the Honors: Seven different Valpo players received All-Tournament Team accolades over its four early-season tournaments this season. Juniors Bella Ravotto (MVP) and Gretchen Kuckkan picked up awards for their play at the SIUE Cougar Classic. Senior Jillie Grant represented the Beacons on the All-Tournament Team at Toledo in the third weekend of action. In the second weekend of play at Tennessee Tech, fifth-year middle Peyton McCarthy was named Tournament MVP (and went on to be named MVC Player of the Week) and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson and sophomore setter Victoria Bulmahn. In the opening weekend at Milwaukee, McCarthy and senior middle Haley Hart earned spots on that All-Tournament Team.

EVANSVILLE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball earns third consecutive conference sweep

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Playing on its home floor inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse for the third time in five days proved to be a good omen as the University of Evansville volleyball team made it a 3-for-3 homestand with a 3-0 shutout over Missouri State on Tuesday evening.

For just the second time since joining the Missouri Valley Conference in 1994, UE (13-4, 3-3 MVC) has earned three consecutive shutouts over conference opponents.  The other instance came in September of 2006 when Evansville defeated Drake, Illinois State and Indiana State by 3-0 scores.  With the win, the Purple Aces improved to 13-4 on the season, its best start since 2010 when the team won 16 of its first 19 matches.  Evansville also improved to a perfect 5-0 at home.
 
“We knew since pre-conference about the level we can play,” Aces head coach Fernando Morales explained.  “When conference started, we were playing with too much pressure.  Coming back home gave us the confidence to get our rhythm back again.”
 
Reigning MVC Player of the Week Melanie Feliciano picked up right where she left off over the weekend, leading everyone with 19 kills.  She added 11 digs while hitting .586.  Giulia Cardona and Alondra Vazquez also finished in double figure kills.  Cardona recorded 17 while Vazquez finished the night with 14.  Another efficient effort saw Cardona hit .486 while Vazquez was excellent defensively, recording 11 digs.  Rachel Basinski and Kate Tsironis also made big-time contributions.  Basinski led the squad with 12 digs, marking her season high, while Tsironis picked up a career-high six block assists.  Taya Haffner continues to be among the top setters in the NCAA, picking up 39 assists in just three frames.
 
Missouri State (13-6, 4-3 MVC) was led by Azyah Green, who had 8 kills while Amelia Flynn led all players with 13 digs.
 
Set 1 – UE 25, Missouri State 21
Missouri State scored four of the opening six points of the night before Evansville got rolling to take a 7-6 lead.  With the Aces up by a tally of 11-10, Alondra Vazquez helped UE add to its lead, recording a pair of service aces in a 5-0 stretch that gave UE a 16-10 lead.  The Bears made it interesting down the stretch, cutting the deficit to 23-20 before Melanie Feliciano had the clinching kill in a 25-21 win.
 
Set 2 – UE 25, Missouri State 19
The Bears once again had some success early on, opening the set with a 9-6 advantage thanks to a Maddy Bushnell kill.  It was the serving for the Purple Aces that once again helped them jump in front.  This time it was an ace from Laura Ruiz that was part of a 7-1 run that gave UE a 13-10 lead.  Missouri State stayed within striking distance, trailing by just a pair (18-16) before Evansville pulled away late.  Three kills by both Giulia Cardona and Vazquez constituted the Aces final six points as they won by a final of 25-19 to grab a 2-0 lead.
 
Set 3 – UE 25, Missouri State 15
It was all Aces in the third set.  After falling behind by a 2-0 score, Evansville reeled off eight points in a row and never looked back.  Once again, it was thew serving of Vazquez that anchored the run.  Cardona added three more kills while Feliciano added a pair.  The run was capped off by Vazquez’ third ace of the match.  MSU got as close as three points, including a 13-10 score, but Evansville responded with a 4-0 run to go up 17-10.  From there, the Aces cruised to a 25-15 victory and a 3-0 match win.
 
Next up for UE is a weekend trek through Iowa.  The Aces take on UNI on Friday evening before traveling to Drake on Saturday.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: Harris scores as strong Aces effort comes up short at Belmont

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  Turning-in another solid performance, the University of Evansville men’s soccer team saw a late goal spoil its evening in a 2-1 loss to Belmont on Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn.

“I’m encouraged with the way we played tonight against a very good Belmont team, but results matter,” said Evansville head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “We didn’t take advantage of some of the chances we created in the second half and we paid for that late in the game. We have to regroup and get ready travel to Loyola and find a way to get points in The Valley on the road.”

Showcasing his ability to find the back of the net, senior Ryan Harris scored his fifth career goal for the Aces and his first since Sept. 18, 2019, tying the match at one in the 43rd minute. Between the posts, redshirt junior Jacob Madden made three saves on the evening in his eighth-straight start for Evansville.

Despite a lower total of shots than in the previous two matches, Evansville still recorded more shots on the night than its opponent for the third-straight match as the Aces tallied 12 shots to the Bruins’ 11, including a 6-5 split in the first half. Belmont would be first on the scoreboard though as the Bruins found the back of the net in the 42nd minute as a ball played into the box was tapped home to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Just 49 seconds later, Evansville answered. Coming off a free kick from fifth-year senior Filip Johansson that sailed into the six yard box, Jakub Hall sent a shot from point blank range that deflected off the Bruins’ keeper. The rebound rattled around before Harris pushed his way through the scrum and finished to knot the match at one heading to the half.

Evansville continued to generate quality chances in the second half. Again recording six shots in the 45 minute period, the Aces put four shots on frame. One of the best chances came in the 81st minute following a run from sophomore Pablo Guillen. The La Coruna, Spain native dribbled from just inside midfield to the top of the 18, playing the ball ahead to gain some space and whipped a ball on goal that the Belmont keeper stumbled to control before stopping the shot. As the clock ticked towards overtime in the 86th minute, Belmont scored its second of the night. A ball crossed into the box bounced its way past the outstretched appendages of a couple Bruins before finding the side netting untouched to give the Bruins the lead in what would end a 2-1 victory for the home side.

The Aces continue their three-game road trip on Saturday with a trek north to take on Loyola Chicago in the Windy City at 6 PM.

VALPO MEN’S GOLF: Beacons Boast Two Top-10 Finishers at Arkansas State

A pair of top-10 finishers in a competitive, 95-player field led the way for the Valparaiso University men’s golf team at this week’s Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate, which was hosted by Arkansas State at the par-72, 6565-yard RidgePointe Country Club in Jonesboro, Ark. Senior Garrett Willis (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead) recorded the team’s best Round-3 showing to join junior Caleb VanArragon (Blaine, Minn. / Blaine) in the top 10.

How It Happened

  • Willis was the lone Beacon to go under par in Tuesday’s final round, shooting a 71 for his best 18-hole score of the tournament. He finished the event at 218 (+2), tied for eighth on the individual leaderboard.
  • VanArragon solidified another top-5 finish with an even par round of 72 on Tuesday. He was one of three individuals to tie for fourth with a 54-hole score of 215 (-1).
  • Senior Yianni Kostouros (Crown Point, Ind. / Crown Point [Ball State]) also turned in his best round of the event on Tuesday with a 74 (+2). He finished the two days in Jonesboro with a total score of 226 (+10), tied for 38th.
  • Freshman Anthony Delisanti (Sanborn, N.Y. / Niagara Wheatfield) posted a 75 in Round 3 to finish the event at 227 (+11), tied for 44th.
  • The Beacons carded a 292 (+4) in the third and final round to close the week at 886 (+22), placing fifth in a 17-team tournament. Only seven strokes separated second from fifth on the team leaderboard. Host Arkansas State pulled away for the team title at 858 (-6), led by individual medalist Jack Madden (211, -5).

Inside the Round

  • VanArragon secured his fourth top-5 finish this season and the 11th such finish of his collegiate career. He has finished under par in three of his four tournaments this season, and Tuesday represented the eighth time in 13 rounds that he’s gone par or better this fall.
  • The 71 for Willis represented his third round of par or better this season. His tournament score of 218 was his best this autumn. The top-10 finish was his second of the season and the ninth of his collegiate tenure.
  • Willis and VanArragon tied for the best par-4 performances in the tournament, averaging 4.03 on those holes.
  • The Beacons drained 38 birdies, led by Willis with a dozen.

Up Next

Valpo will compete in its final tournament of the fall slate beginning on Monday, Oct. 18 at the TVA Credit Union Invitational. The event will take place at Turtle Point Golf & Yacht Club in Killen, Ala.

MARIAN MEN’S GOLF: WILLIAMS WINS INDIVIDUAL TITLE AS MARIAN CLAIMS VICTORY AT NAIA MEMPHIS SHOOTOUT

Memphis, Tenn. – For the second time in their fall season, the Marian men’s golf team has earned victory as the Knights completed a first place finish at the NAIA Memphis Shootout on Tuesday afternoon. Marian entered the day in third after climbing out of an eighth place round one spot, and captured the team lead after eight holes in the final round to come away with their second team victory of the fall. Jay Williams earned his second win of the season, claiming the individual championship by six strokes. 

The Knights had slow start on the challenging TPC Southwind course in Monday’s first round, as the team shot a 322 to sit in eighth place. The senior tandem of Jay Williams and Matthew Chapman led Marian through the first round with each player scoring a 79, with Patrick Guymon two strokes behind his teammates after shooting an 81 in the first round. Seth Kestranek had the fourth lowest score on the team scoring an 83, and rounding out the lineup was Brandon Heffner‘s 85. Jake Bennett shot an 84 playing as an individual. 

In the second round Marian made a drastic improvement, shaving 31 strokes off their first round to end the second with a team score of 291. Marian moved from eighth to third overall, and were led by Williams’ four-under 68, as the senior moved from 24th to second. Chapman moved from 24th to 12th with a 74 in the second round, and Kestranek gained 18 positions scoring a 75 in the second round. Guymon carded a 77 on his second 18, and Heffner made a leap scoring a 74 in his second 18 holes to gain 29 positions on the leaderboard. Bennett continued Marian’s low scoring in his individual round, shooting a 78 in the second round. 

After their strong 36 holes on Monday, the Knights came out even stronger in the final round, carding their second round of the event in the 290’s with a final score of 292. Marian started strong, and moved into the top-spot on the team leaderboard early in the round after the team finished their eighth hole. Williams was part of the charge with a 70 in his final round, giving him a 54-hole total of 217 to help him close his second championship of the fall. The rest of Marian’s team followed Williams’ lead by going sub-80, with Kestranek making a par 72 to end with a 230 total to tie for 15th. Chapman and Guymon both tied for 20th overall with a 231 total for the event, with Chapman shooting a 78 and Guymon a 73 in the third round. Heffner closed the team with a 236 total to tie for 41st, scoring a 77 in his final round. 

Bennett finished his week as the top individual player, tying for 59th with a total of 242 after hitting an 80 in the final round. 

Marian’s 905 (322+291+292) won the NAIA Memphis Shootout by nine strokes, giving them their second 54-hole win of the season. Trailing Marian on the leaderboard was Truett-McConnell (914), Southwestern Christian (316), and Columbia (916). Mount Vernon Nazarene was the only other Crossroads League team in the field, with Marian defeating the Cougars by 66 strokes. 

Marian will finish their fall season on October 22 and 23 playing in the Huntington Fall Invite. 

IU EAST

WOMEN’S GOLF

WINONA LAKE, Ind. – Brooklynn Cromwell made the all-tournament team with a fourth-place finish as the Indiana University East women’s golf team concluded its fall season at the “Battle at the Henge.”

Cromwell carded a 74 in the final round Oct. 12 to move up five spots on the individual leaderboard and finish with a 36-hole score of 156 on the par-71, 5,851-yard Stonehenge Golf and Country Club.

IU East finished third in the team standings with a 641, including a 317 in the final round.

“It was cold and windy today, and Brooklynn Cromwell played outstanding!” said IU East coach Billy Mullin. “It was good to see her rewarded for all of her hard work.

Cromwell birdied par-4s on No. 8 and No. 15 and had just four holes over par.

Olivia Sanders, who led IU East with an opening-round 76, finished with a 36-hole of 157 and seventh place. Annie Gillock was 13th with a 165. Paola Delgado was 14th with matching 83s (166). Jo Wisecup rallied for a final-round 80 and placed 16th. Playing as an individual, Katie Craig improved her score by six strokes in the final round with an 87.

Tournament host Grace College won the event with a 628. Indiana Tech’s Kim Siercks was medalist with a 149.

The event concluded IU East’s fall season. The Red Wolves’ conference championship season is in the spring.

“We have had an outstanding fall season,” Mullin said, “and we have plenty of momentum heading into the winter conditioning season.”

IU EAST MEN’S SOCCER

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

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

IU East will be hosting WVU Tech on Oct. 16. 

2021 HCAC Women’s Tennis Championship Preview

Transylvania University, who finished the regular season unbeaten, picks up the 2021 HCAC Regular Season title and the No. 1 seed heading into the post season. The Pioneers will look to defend their Spring 2021 Tournament Championship heading into the 2021 post-season.
 
Anderson University earned the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the tournament, finishing the regular season with a mark of 4-1 in league play. Hanover College finished as the No. 3 seed, with their 3-2 mark earning them first round hosting rights. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will join the Ravens in hosting duties, finishing as the No. 4 seed with a 2-3 mark in HCAC play. Both teams will be in action on Wednesday, Oct. 13.
 
Hitting the road to try to extend their seasons are Franklin College, who’s mark of 1-4 in the regular season earned them the No. 5 seed and Manchester University, who finished as the No. 6 seed with an 0-5 record.
 
The winners of the quarterfinal rounds will advance to face the No. 1 and 2 seeds on Saturday, October 16 at Top Seed Tennis Club in Nicholasville, Ky. The Championship contest will be contested on Sunday, October 17 between the remaining teams at Top Seed Tennis Club.
 
For more information on HCAC women’s tennis, visit the websites of any of the participating schools, or go to the HCAC’s home on the internet at www.heartlandconf.org. Be sure to stay up to date on all of your Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference news by following @HCACDIII on Twitter and by liking the “HCAC DIII” Facebook page.

HCAC 2021 Football Notebook, Week 6

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Tyler Prather (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Quarterback | First-Year – In his first collegiate start Lions Prather was outstanding the Lions 28-14 win over Franklin on Saturday. Prather was 30-of-53 passing for 336-yards and three passing touchdowns. Prather also added a touchdown on the ground, scoring all four of the Lions TD’s.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Jamaal Hubbard (Russellville, Ind.) Manchester University | Linebacker | Sophomore – Hubbard provided Manchester with its lone trip to the end zone in Saturday’s 22-0 win over Defiance College. He returned an interception late in the second quarter 70-yards for the pick-six. He also added four solo tackles and two assisted tackles in the win. MU’s defense held Defiance to just 204-yards of total offense on the day.
Special Teams Athlete of the Week:
Andrew Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla.) Manchester University | Kicker | Senior – Kibler went a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts in Manchester’s 22-0 win over Defiance College on Saturday. He knocked in kicks from respective distances of 41, 38, 25, 34, and 25 yards. Kibler also made his lone PAT of the day to finish the game with 16 points. Kibler was one kick shy of tying the NCAA Division III record for most field goals made in a game which was six set back in 1984 by Jim Hever of Rhodes College.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Zachary Nobis (Bryan, Ohio) Bluffton University | Quarterback | Senior – Nobis completed 18-of-34 for 223-yards and two touchdowns as Bluffton knocked off the Ravens 32-20 at Anderson on Saturday.
  • Montez Archer Jr. (Detroit, Mich.) Bluffton University | Returner | Sophomore – Archer Jr. quashed Anderson’s hopes with a 66-yard kickoff return that he took to the house with 8:10 to play. Bluffton’s second huge return of the day made the final score 32-20 in favor of the visitors.
  • Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) Hanover College | Quarterback | Senior – Weimer paced the Panthers against Rose-Hulman as he tallied a game-high 212 yards through the air. The senior added two touchdowns, going 13-of-27 for the contest.
  • Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) Hanover College | Defensive Back | Senior – Treber paced the Panther defense tallying eight total tackles, including six solo stops. He added a tackle for loss as well as one interception for 34-yards.
  • David Smith (Indianapolis, Ind.) Manchester University | Running Back | First-Year – Smith ran for 124-yards on 19 carries in Manchester’s 22-0 win over Defiance on Saturday. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry and his longest run of the day went for 31 yards.
  • Jonathan Finn (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Linebacker | Senior – Finn was all over the field during Saturday’s 28-14 win over Franklin. Finn had a game-high 14 total tackles (six solo, eight assists), including three tackles for loss and a sack.
  • Shane Welshans (Robards, Ky.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Running Back | Senior – Welshans led Rose-Hulman’s ground attack with 70-yards and one touchdown on 21 carries as Rose-Hulman defeated Hanover 31-21 to move into a first place tie in the HCAC standings.
  • Chaikou Sow (Indianapolis, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Defensive Back | Junior – Sow had eight tackles and made the biggest play of the game with a fourth quarter interception to secure Rose-Hulman’s 31-21 win over Hanover. With Hanover trailing 24-21 and facing third and goal at the 12, Sow hauled in an interception in the endzone and returned it 42-yards to nearly midfield to help Rose-Hulman hold off the Panthers.
  • Jailen Hobbs (Bunnlevel, N.C.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Kick Returner | Sophomore – Hobbs made the most of his six kick returns to help Rose-Hulman’s field position during a 31-21 win over Hanover. Hobbs returned three kickoffs for 101-yards, including a 65-yard kickoff return to set up Rose-Hulman’s first touchdown. He also returned three punts for 33 yards with a long return of 27 yards.

HCAC 2021 Men’s Soccer Notebook, Week 6

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Dalton Grubbs (Carmel, Ind.) Anderson University | Defense | First-Year – Grubbs scored five points off a goal and three assists as Anderson finished 2-0 on the week. He assisted on the game-tying goal during Anderson’s 2-1 win against Earlham on Wednesday. Grubbs then notched a goal and two assists as Anderson topped Mount St. Joseph 4-2.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Angel Velasco-Urbina (Louisville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Goalkeeper | First-Year – Velasco-Urbina allowed just one goal in nearly 200 minutes as the Beavers were a perfect 2-0 in Heartland Conference play. Velasco-Urbina notched his second shutout of the season against the Pioneers and the only goal scored against Bluffton came with 25 seconds left off a wild corner kick by MSJ Wednesday afternoon. He finished with a whopping 15 saves for the week.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Maxwell Kennedy (Strongsville, Ohio) Bluffton University | Defense | Junior – When Kennedy delivered with just over six minutes on the clock in the second extra session, Bluffton snapped a string of 12 straight losses to a Transylvania team that was 19-1 against the Beavers all-time heading into Saturday’s contest. He helped the Beavers to a 2-0 week that saw Bluffton take down MSJ 2-1 and Transylvania 1-0 in double OT.
  • Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Hughes led the Panthers to a perfect 2-0 week as he netted the game-winning goal in the team’s 1-0 victory against Manchester. The senior tallied five total shots, including two on frame. In the team’s 4-0 victory over Transylvania, Hughes added two shots.
  • Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Salemi tallied two clean sheets as they defeated both Transylvania 4-0 and Manchester 1-0. The sophomore collected five total saves for a 1.000 save percentage. Hanover moves to 4-0-0 in the HCAC.
  • Harley Kruschwitz (North Manchester, Ind.) Manchester University | Forward | Sophomore – Kruschwitz scored his second career hat trick (and second hat trick this season) in the first 12 minutes of Manchester’s 3-0 road win at Defiance on Wednesday. Kruschwitz scored in the 2nd, 10th, and 12th minutes and is now up to 11 goals on the season.
  • Tatenda Mafa (St. Catharines, Ontario) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward – Mafa scored the first goal in Rose-Hulman’s 2-0 win over Franklin which also marked his first career goal. He also had three shots in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Defiance.
  • Evan Hofer (St. Louis, Mo.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hofer recorded two shutouts and had a total of three saves in wins over Franklin (2-0) and Defiance (1-0) to help Rose-Hulman improve to 4-0 on the season in HCAC play.

HCAC 2021 Women’s Soccer Notebook, Week 6

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
McKenzie Schneeman (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Forward | First-Year – Schneeman led the way for a Lions offense that scored eight goals this week. The first-year scored half of those goals, scoring a career-high four goals in the Lions 7-0 win over Bluffton. She also delivered the assist on the Lions lone goal during Saturday’s 1-1 tie at Anderson.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio) Anderson University | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Paarlberg saved 10 of the 11 shots she faced this week for a .909 save percentage. She saved both of the shots she faced in the first half of Anderson’s 4-0 win against Earlham. Paarlberg then came up with eight saves on nine shots during Anderson’s 1-1 double-overtime tie with Mount St. Joseph.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Autumn Boothby (Mount Orab, Ohio) Hanover College | Forward | Senior – Boothbay helped lead the Panthers to a perfect 2-0 week as they defeated Manchester 4-0 and Transylvania 1-0. The senior finished the week with an assist and the game-winning goal against Transylvania. She added five total shots, finishing the week averaging 2.5 shots per game.
  • Maggie Hinegardner (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Sophomore – Hinegardner posted two clean sheets as they defeated both Manchester 4-0 and Transylvania 1-0. The sophomore tallied four total saves for a 1.000 save percentage, averaging 2.0 saves per game.
  • Lane Lawrence (Ringgold, Ga.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Forward | Junior – Lawrence scored two goals and had two assists last week as Rose-Hulman defeated Franklin 4-0 and Defiance 5-0. She scored two goals with one assist in Saturday’s win over Defiance, after assisting on one goal in the win over Franklin. Lawrence has the team lead with five goals and 14 points.
  • Natalie Dillon (Rochester, N.Y.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Goalkeeper | Junior – Dillon served as goalkeeper in two Rose-Hulman shutouts last week, playing the full game in a 4-0 win at Franklin and the first half in a 5-0 victory over Defiance.
  • Abby Baker (Corbin, Ky.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Senior – Baker powered the Pioneer offense to a 1-1 week in HCAC play. Baker shined on Senior Day in a 2-0 victory over Bluffton on Saturday, scoring the opening/go-ahead goal while collecting five shots, two of which were on goal against Bluffton. Baker also tallied 117 minutes over the two-day span, playing again on Sunday in a 1-0 defeat against Hanover. Baker created a dynamic assist opportunity on a near equalizer with 90 seconds to go against the Panthers, but the ensuing shot at goal was thwarted by the Hanover goalkeeper.
  • Morgan Patton (Lexington, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Patton delivered a solid week in goal earning the Pioneers a 1-1 record as the Pioneers beat Bluffton 2-0 on Senior Day Saturday and fell 1-0 to Hanover on Sunday in a tight-knit affair. In the two-day span, Patton played all 180 minutes in goal. Patton earned a clean sheet against Bluffton while collecting two saves in the 2-0 win. Patton also stood strong against Hanover while saving six shots in the loss.

HCAC 2021 Volleyball Notebook, Week 6

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive Athlete of the Week:
Emily Abshire (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Sophomore – Abshire continues to be a dominant offensive force, this week with 29 kills (3.63 per set) while hitting .338 over 68 total attempts.
Defensive Athlete of the Week:
Tre’Ana King (Toldeo, Ohio) Defiance College | Defensive Specialist | Senior – King led the Defiance backline over the week with 54 total digs. She helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a five-set thrilling win against Anderson with 20 digs last Wednesday and had a game-high 34 digs in a loss against Hanover on Saturday.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Kaylie Campbell (Camden, Ohio) Bluffton University | Middle Hitter | Junior – Campbell hit .256 with 16 kills as the Beavers split a pair of conference matches. She pounded eight kills with no errors for a .444 hitting percentage in a three-set loss at Franklin on Saturday. She also added eight blocks during the week. Campbell led the Beavers with 20.5 points for the week.
  • Brooke Kleman (Glandorf, Ohio) Bluffton University | Libero | Senior – Kleman did the dirty work with 51 digs over eight sets (6.38 DPS) as the Beavers downed Manchester in five sets before getting swept at Franklin. She also added an ace.
  • Mackenzie Benham (Marshall, Mich.) Defiance College | Outside Hitter | Senior – Benham led Defiance with 23 kills over the past week and helped the Yellow Jackets go 1-1 on the week. She led the team with 11 kills in a five-set thriller win against Anderson last Wednesday and recorded 12 kills in a loss against Hanover.
  • Kelsey Ketcham (Mishawka, Ind.) Hanover College | Setter | Senior – Ketcham helped lead the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Earlham and Defiance. The senior tallied an impressive 82 assists, including a week high 44 against Earlham. She also added five kills, four aces, and 28 digs.
  • Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) Hanover College | Defensive Specialist | Sophomore – Dunn helped lead the Panthers to a 2-0 week as they defeated Earlham and Defiance. The sophomore tallied 48 total digs, including a week high 26 against Earlham. She also added seven assists.
  • Erika Kramer (Greensburg, Ind.) Manchester University | Middle Hitter | Sophomore – Kramer finished with 13 kills last week for Manchester. Kramer hit .417 while adding a pair of solo blocks against both Bluffton and Earlham.
  • Brooke Aselage (Tipp City, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Outside Hitter | Junior – Aselage helped the Lions to a 2-0, while being one of the Lions best offensive weapons and was outstanding defensively as well. She led the team with 41 digs (5.13 per set) and a pair of block assists.
  • Cate Scheper (Crestview Hills, Ky.) Transylvania University | Hitter | First-Year – Scheper led the Pioneers to a 2-0 week in HCAC play with sweeps of Franklin on Wednesday and Rose-Hulman on Saturday. Scheper totaled a match-high 11 kills in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over the Grizzlies, crafting a .33 attacking percentage while adding two digs, one assist, and one block in the victory. The first-year built upon that performance with a team-high 10 kills against zero errors (.500 attacking percentage) in Saturday’s 3-0 win against Rose-Hulman. For the week over three matches, Scheper totaled 27 kills to five errors for a .319 attacking percentage, adding six digs, one block, and an ace.
  • Sylvie Miller (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Defensive Specialist | Senior – Miller led the Pioneers’ defense in a 2-0 week against HCAC foes while leading the team in digs in all three matches played this week. Miller guided the Pioneers to a three-set sweep of Franklin on Wednesday with a match-high 16 digs, adding three assists and an ace in the effort. Miller led the Pioneers to their third straight conference win on Saturday in a 3-0 win over Rose-Hulman with a co-match high nine digs. Miller added five assists, two aces, and a kill in the all-around performance. Miller also served as the main line of defense in a loss to Otterbein on Saturday on the tail end of a tri-match, tallying a team-high 12 digs, adding three assists and one ace. For the week, Miller totaled 37 digs in nine sets, 11 assists, four aces, and one kill.

TRINE FOOTBALL

FREELAND, Mich. — Following a lopsided road victory the Trine University football team has received a pair of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Athlete of the Week recognitions. Senior Josh Davis (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Sterling Heights) took home the special teams award and junior Kyle Naif (Riverview, Mich. / Riverview) came away with the defensive award.

It is the first time that either athlete has been named athlete of the week during their careers. The pair become the second and third Thunder football student-athletes to be recognized this season.

Naif was a major part of a strong defensive effort in the contest. He tied for a team high seven total tackles in the contest, including a pair of solo marks. His largest contribution of the day was a 68-yard fumble return ending in a touchdown. The scoop and score came in a crucial time with the Comets threatening to score inside of the red zone for the first time in the contest. Instead the Thunder took a 14-0 lead.

Davis turned in the finishing blow for the Thunder in the contest. Following Olivet cutting the deficit to seven with a score of 21-14 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Davis received the ensuing kickoff and returned it 92 yards for the touchdown. The Thunder never looked back and added another touchdown later on to finish with the 35-14 victory.

This week is a bye for the team, they will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 23 when they host Kalamazoo College for a 1 p.m. contest.

TRINE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s Soccer Breaks Program Record in 4-0 Win Over Adrian

ADRIAN, Mich. – The Trine University women’s soccer team broke another program record on their way to a 4-0 victory over Adrian College.

The team’s first goal of the contest made gave them the program record for most goals in a single season with 36, they ended the night with 39. The team also moves just outside of the program single-season point record standing currently at 99 (39g, 21a).

The Thunder struck early in the contest to break their record and to put the opposition on their heels. Sophomore Olivia Argentieri (East Amherst, N.Y. / Clarence) started the play when she brought the ball up the far sideline and deep into the penalty area. She then passed the ball back to a trailing Veronica Ocampo (Elkhart, Ind. / Elkhart Memorial) who fired a quick shot into the center of the net and past the diving Adrian goalkeeper, to give the team a 1-0 lead just over 11 minutes into the game.

Less than two minutes later the team would add to that lead. This time sophomore Lia Franzone (Lancaster, N.Y. / Lancaster) began the play firing a pass from the center of the field to a running Grace Meara (St. Louis, Mo. / Lindbergh) who wasted no time in placing a pass of her own perfectly into the goal area. The ball was picked up there by freshman Teresa Ashbrook (Dewitt, Mich. / Dewitt) who had just split a pair of Bulldog defenders and fired her shot just before a third came in to tackle her. The ball trickled by the unsuspecting keeper into the right side of the net.

Again, just under two minutes later, the team made their lead 3-0. Junior Olivia Butterworth (Murray, Ky. / Murray) brought the ball into the penalty area before passing it to her right where Ashbrook carried it to the top of the goal area before passing it back. Butterworth then fired a shot on goal that was blocked by a defender, she recovered her own rebound and put the ball in the back of the net.

The team would hold the commanding lead through the rest of the first half taking the 3-0 score into the intermission.

They once again started the period hot adding another goal just six minutes into the half. Argentieri started off the play again, this time by muscling her way through a pair of Adrian defenders and somehow retaining possession of the ball as she sprinted into the penalty area. Behind the defense, she fired a pass to Ashbrook who once again split the defense and found the back of the net.

The goal was Ashbrook’s 13th of the season adding to her already program record setting season. She now holds both the single season goal record and point record for team.

In goal freshman Sophie Aschemeier (Findlay, Ohio / Liberty-Benton) finished the game with five saves for her third shutout of the season.

The Thunder improve to 12-1-1 overall and 3-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play. They will take the pitch again on Saturday, Oct. 16 when they host Calvin University for a 7 p.m. contest set to be played on Shive Field inside of Zollner Stadium.

BETHEL WOMEN’S TENNIS

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

BETHEL MEN’S BASKETBALL

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Bethel University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Zach Filzen is excited to announce the competition of his coaching staff for the upcoming year welcoming assistants Joel ClineCameron Jones and David Leafblad.
 
 Filzen was named to the helm of the Royals program on September 7 after spending the last three years at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wis.
 
Joel Cline joins the staff as a full-time assistant after spending the previous two years at St. Nobert College following a one-year stint at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Cline is fimilar with the Twin Cities after a four-year playing career with North Central University. Cline is found in the Rams’ record books ranking fifth all-time with 660 rebounds and 6.4 rebounding average, top-10 in free throws made and sixth in career starts. In his senior year he became the 24th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-career point mark.
 
Cameron Jones comes to Bethel after spending time at Cretin Derham Hall as an assistant, helping the Raiders complete back-to-back state appearances. Jones also trains players of all different skill levels for over four years through Jones Basketball Academy and Minnesota heat Hoops.  He is currently an elementary school teach in the Minneapolis Public Schools system. Jones received his masters in education from the University of Minnesota after earning his bachelors at Minnesota State, Mankato.
 
David Leafblad, a graduate of Bethel, joins the program following four seasons as an assistant at St. Olaf where he helped with the program’s recruiting as well as game and practice planning. During his time with the program, the Oles made the MIAC Playoffs in all three seasons the tournament was held and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2017-18.  Prior to his timeat St. Olaf, Leafblad, who coaches AAU for Minnesota Select, was an assistant coach for the boys varsity team at Blaine High School. He also coaches a variety of basketball camps and is a basketball instructor for the Minnesota School of Basketball.

BETHEL WOMEN’S SOCCER: Bethel Falls on Late Goal Against Saint Benedict

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Giving up a pair of second half goals, the Bethel University women’s soccer team came up short against the College of Saint Benedict Tuesday evening at Ona Orth Athletic Complex.
 
Bethel held a 2-1 lead at the break, before the Bennies put in the game winner in the 85th minute.
 
While the Bennies broke the scoreless tie nearly eight minutes in, BU responded in the best way possible with a pair of goals before the break.
 
BU took advantage of its first set piece opportunity as a corner kick corner from Bella Heckmann was headed in by Abby Swanda just inside the near post.
 
Swanda was in on the action again as her free kick went off the crossbar on a save from the CSB keeper. Rachel Waterman gave it another chance, but her header also went off the crossbar before Lauren Davis cleaned it up heading in her team-leading fourth goal in the 42nd minute.
 
It didn’t take long for CSB to find the tying goal with Roxy Veldman scoring her second of the afternoon four minutes into the second half.
 
The Royals has some quality looks while Izzy Smith, who collected 10 saves, kept BU in it until that 85th minute. A Bennies player was able to split two Bethel defenders before taking a shot just outside the box getting it past Smith and just inside the left post.
 
The Royals will try and snap their four-match losing streak on the road at Saint Mary’s Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

DEPAUW FOOTBALL:

Greencastle, Ind. – DePauw linebacker Luke Marsh (Fr., Whitestown, Ind./Western Boone) has been selected as the North Coast Athletic Conference Football Defensive Athlete of the Week.

Marsh recorded four tackles in the Tigers’ 17-14 win at Wittenberg and his fourth-quarter, 30-yard interception return for a touchdown gave DePauw its first lead of the game. Marsh was part of a Tiger defense that held Wittenberg to 248 yards of offense which was their lowest total since Wooster limited them to 243 yards on October 3, 2015.

The win was the Tigers first ever at Wittenberg in eight tries.

DePauw, 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the NCAC, returns to action on Saturday, October 16, when it hosts Ohio Wesleyan at 1 p.m.

DEPAUW WOMEN’S SOCCER: DePauw Falls 1-2 to Wittenberg

Springfield, Ohio- The DePauw women’s soccer team fell short in its 1-2 loss to the Wittenberg University Tigers.

Throughout regulation, the battle of the Tigers was neck and neck, trading shots on both attacking ends.

Unfortunately for DePauw, Wittenberg took an early lead in the seventh minute of play, forcing the DePauw Tigers to play catchup.

Despite being down for most of the game, DePauw stayed aggressive and put up six more shots before the end of the first half.

In the 74th minute, Wittenberg scored again to go up 2-0; however, less than a minute later, Anissa Nourse cut the Wittenberg Tigers’ lead in half, giving DePauw hope with just under 15 minutes left in regulation.

Though DePauw outshot Wittenberg 9-8 in the second half, the Wittenberg Tigers came out on top.

DePauw (1-2-1) returns home to host Denison University on Saturday, October 16, at 5 pm EDT.

HANOVER FOOTBALL:

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover football team welcomes Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Defiance College to Alumni Stadium.

THE LAST MEETING: The last meeting between Hanover and Defiance came in the spring of 2021 with the Blue and Red capturing the 56-12 victory. The Panthers were led in the contest by senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) with 134-yards through the air and senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) with 66-yards on the ground.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Hanover enters the weekend averaging 27.8 ppg, while only giving up 25.0 ppg. Pacing the offensive attack is the running back duo of seniors Shawn Coane and Walt Ballinger (Beech Grove, Ind.). Coane averages a team-best 91.0-yards per game, while Ballinger comes in at 54.4-yards per outing. Through the air, senior Jared Frank (Louisville, Ky.) has been the Panthers top target collecting 307 total yards with two touchdowns.

ON THE DEFENSE: The Blue and Red defense has been a key component of the Panther success led by senior Kyle Treber (Mishawaka, Ind.) and junior Devonte Hardiman (Princeton, Ind.). Treber has tallied a team-best 44 tackles, including 23 solo stops. The senior has forced a fumble and added an interception. Hardiman has provided  the pressure in the backfield with six sacks and a fumble recovery.

UNDER THEOBALD: Head Coach Matt Theobald enters his sixth season with the Panthers posting a career 30-19 overall record, 27-10 in HCAC action. He has led the program to three consecutive HCAC titles, while making back-to-back NCAA Playoff berths.

BRINGING THE STING: The Yellow Jackets currently sit at 0-5 overall after falling to Manchester 22-0. Defiance is led this season by senior quarterback Cole Recker averaging 87.0-yards per game. Sophomore Tyshaun Freeman has paced the ground attack averaging 53.4-yards per carry.

MANCHESTER FOOTBALL:

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University senior kicker Andrew Kiblercontinues to rake in the accolades.

D3football.com National Team of the Week

For the second consecutive week, Kibler (Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner) was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.

Additionally, Kibler earned national recognition on Tuesday as he was named to the D3football.com National Team of the Week.

Kibler accounted for 16 of Manchester’s 22 points in Saturday’s Homecoming win over Defiance College. Kibler went a perfect 5-for-5 on field goal attempts, knocking in kicks from respective distances of 41, 38, 25, 34, and 25 yards. He also connected on his lone extra point attempt of the day.

Manchester has started HCAC play with a pair of wins over Defiance and Franklin. The Black & Gold will travel to Cincinnati this weekend for a Saturday matchup at Mount St. Joseph University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

MANCHESTER FOOTBALL:

CARMEL, Ind. – Manchester University sophomore linebacker Jamaal Hubbard has been tabbed as the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday October 12.

Hubbard (Russellville, Ala./Russellville) was joined by senior kicker Andrew Kibler(Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner) this week as HCAC Players of the Week. Kibler was named the HCAC Special Teams Player of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Hubbard provided Manchester with its lone trip to the end zone in Saturday’s 22-0 victory over Defiance College. Late in the 2nd quarter, Hubbard intercepted Jordan Ambrose’s pass and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. Jamaal finished Saturday’s game with 4 solo tackles and 2 assisted tackles. The Manchester defense held Defiance to just 204 yards of total offense this weekend.

The Black & Gold (2-3, 2-0 HCAC) will travel to Cincinnati this weekend for a Saturday matchup at Mount St. Joseph University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

ANDERSON WOMEN’S SOCCER: Paarlberg Tabbed HCAC Defensive Player of the Week

Anderson University women’s soccer standout Emmalee Paarlberg (Franklin, Ohio / Homeschool) was tabbed Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Defensive Player of the Week, which was announced by the conference on Tuesday.

The Ravens (4-5-2, 3-0-1) went 1-0-1 in HCAC action last week. Anderson smashed Earlham College (1-9, 0-4) with a 4-0 victory on Wednesday. The Ravens then fought to a 1-1 tie with Mount St. Joseph University (5-7-2, 3-0-1) on Saturday.

Paarlberg saved 10 of the 11 shots she faced on the week. The sophomore from Franklin, Ohio spent 155 minutes in goal, closing out with a 0.581 goals against average for the week. Paarlberg started the first half against Earlham and saved both of the shots she faced. During Saturday’s tie with Mount St. Joseph, Paarlberg saw nine shots and came up with eight saves during her 110 minutes in goal.

Anderson welcomes Defiance College in HCAC action on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Fridley Field.

ANDERSON MEN’S SOCCER: Grubbs Earns HCAC Offensive Player of the Week

Anderson University men’s soccer standout Dalton Grubbs (Carmel, Ind. / Carmel) earned the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Offensive Player of the Week, which was announced by the conference on Tuesday.

Grubbs provided a goal and three assists for five points last week. Anderson received its first conference player of the week since Wes Erny was named HCAC Offensive Player of the Week in 2018.

The Ravens (5-6-2, 2-0-2) went 2-0 in HCAC action last week. Anderson captured a 2-1 double-overtime win against Earlham College (0-11, 0-4) on Wednesday. The Ravens then rolled past Mount St. Joseph University (2-10, 1-3) with a 4-2 victory on Saturday.

Grubbs assisted on the game-tying goal for the Ravens against Earlham on Wednesday. On Saturday against Mount St. Joseph, Grubbs notched a goal and two assists for four points.

Anderson takes on Defiance College (7-8, 2-2) in HCAC action on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in Defiance, Ohio.

ANDERSON SOCCER:

Anderson University dedicated the newly-named Fridley Field on Saturday.

On Saturday, Anderson celebrated the completion of Stage 1 of the Build AU Soccer project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. A total of $232,000 was raised for Stage 1.   Stage 1 of the project consisted of an underground sprinkling system, video scoreboard, fencing of the facility, fabric for the fencing, finishing the press box, vinyl siding the building, concessions stand purchased, Equipment shed, 25 picnic tables, landscaping, stadium bleachers, and the home team areas with a sports medicine room and a restroom, and the visitor team area update.

Anderson also kicked off Stage 2 of the Build AU Soccer project, which is centered around lights for the stadium. The goal is to raise $300,000 to begin putting in the lights on March 1, 2022 and there have been $203,000 raised in pledges and gifts so far.

“I believe it’s so important to get the evening opportunity for games,” Head men’s soccer coach Scott Fridley said. “Most important is to keep the players from missing classes and staying focused on the academics. Secondly. to give the ability for fans, parents, and those that love our game to get to the game; it’s hard to get fans to a 3 p.m. game, especially midweek. This will give our programs an opportunity to host an event that everyone will love to attend whether they are a soccer fan or not.  I believe it will enhance the experience the AU students will get behind.”

Anderson University’s President, John Pistole, announced on Saturday the AU Soccer Stadium would be renamed Fridley Field in honor of Scott Fridley, who has spent the last 32 years coaching at Anderson University.   Fridley has also spearheaded the construction of the AU Soccer Stadium, which has continuously progressed during his entire time at Anderson.

“Coach Fridley has a vision for the kind of venue the AU soccer field can become, the dedication of the completion of phase 1 provided the perfect opportunity to name the field in honor Coach Fridley’s leadership and commitment to AU Soccer,” Athletic Director Marcie Taylor said. “His legacy is important to AU and its incredible soccer alums and student-athletes, we’re proud to honor that with the naming of Fridley Field.”

“We are so blessed to have great soccer alumni, friends, AU faculty and staff, and family members who have so generously given to this project,” Fridley added. “We have a small group of alumni that got together a couple years ago to put a match program together to give a little push to complete Stage 1. They have again been willing to push along stage 2. As of Saturday, we have hit $200,000 in pledges and gifts. We need $300,000 by March 1, 2022 to ensure the construction completion for the fall of 2022. I will never be able to say thanks enough for everyone’s generosity and excitement for this project. I just want our students to have the best place to call home for their four-year experience while they are at AU, competing on the pitch. This will help continue to grow our strong AU Soccer Alumni connection. We want them to continue to be proud of the traditions and history they provided when they played here.”      

Anderson Soccer began as a club during the 1985-86 school year. The club began playing in the present-day location, which served as the football game field just prior to the club’s establishment. It was also enclosed in the track that existed at the time. When men’s soccer became a varsity sport in 1989, the field did not have a scoreboard, bleachers or a press box. The field just consisted of two goals, which were purchased by Dr. House of Dayton, Ohio, whose son Bret is one of the founding fathers of AU Soccer.

The AU Soccer stadium received several upgrades during the early 1990’s. Pepsi donated the original scoreboard for the field. Anderson also acquired an old set of bleachers from Westfield High School to use as the AU Soccer Stadium’s first set of bleachers. Anderson has had four different team areas with the first team area being built in the early 1990’s. It was during the same time frame that Verle E. Fridley Sr., grandfather of Scott Fridley, designed, bought, and built the current press box. The press box was dedicated in his honor in 2015.  Most of the wood in the original press box was able to be used in the new press box.

It was in 2017 when the AU Soccer programs launched the current Build AU Soccer fundraiser. Part of Stage 1 was installing the present-day scoreboard, which was donated by Meijer. Several upgrades were made to the AU Soccer Stadium in Stage 1 and Stage 1 was capped off by the completion of the facility fencing and stadium bleachers in 2020.

The Build AU Soccer project is currently in Stage 2 and fundraising to implement lights for Fridley Field. After Stage 2 is completed, Stage 3 will focus on bricking each of the buildings, which include the press box, the team areas and the concession stand. 

Stage 1 Completed items:
Project consisted of an underground sprinkling system, video scoreboard, fencing of the facility, fabric for the fencing, finishing the press box, vinyl siding the building, concessions stand purchased, Equipment shed, 25 picnic tables, landscaping, stadium bleachers, and the home team areas with a sports medicine room and a restroom, and the visitor team area update.


Stage 2: (Plans for completion March 1 2022) – Complete by July 2022 for fall season
Stadium Lighting, Pavilion, Burm for additional seating, Brick Wall for AU Soccer honorees, Brick opening of stadium, Fan side Bathrooms, water for the concession stand, additional concrete paths and bench seating.

 
Stage 3:
Bricking the buildings

IU SOUTHEAST VOLLEYBALL: IU SOUTHEAST FALLS TO MIDWAY TUESDAY

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – The IU Southeast volleyball team fell in three sets to Midway University 25-17, 25-17, 25-21 on Tuesday.

Macy Graves led the Grenadiers with seven kills. Abigail Vogel and Jessi Kramer each added four

IU Southeast (10-9, 6-3 RSC) faced an early 5-0 deficit in the first set but used a 5-0 run of their own to tie it up. The Grenadiers saw kills from Maggie Purichia and Vogel on their run. Midway (13-2, 7-2 RSC) answered with a quick 3-0 run and did not relinquish the lead for the rest of the set, winning 25-17.

Midway jumped out to an early lead in the second set, but a kill from Graves put IU Southeast in front 8-7. The Eagles responded with a 6-0 run to take a 13-8 lead and never trailed again in the set. The Grenadiers rallied with four straight points late, but ultimately fell 25-17.

Graves had four of her seven kills in the second set. Four other Grenadiers added one kill apiece.

The third set was tightly contested to start. IU Southeast jumped out to a quick 5-3 lead, propelled by two consecutive aces from Brandy Eisenback. The two teams went back and forth and found themselves in a stalemate at 14-14. Midway scored the next three points, taking a lead that they never relinquished.

The Grenadiers brought it within two on several occasions but could never pull any closer as Midway took the third and final set 25-21. Six different Grenadiers added at least one kill in the closing set.

Lexie Fisher had 18 digs to lead IU Southeast. Averee Yoder added 12 and Eisenback had 11.   Hannah Brown led the team with 9 assists, and Lexie Fisher had 8. The Grenadiers served up three aces in the match, two from Eisenback and one from Santina Schembra.

IU Southeast hosts Ohio Christian at 7 PM on Friday.

IU NORTHWEST WOMEN’S SOCCER: WOMEN’S SOCCER DEFEATED BY ST. AMBROSE TUESDAY

DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Indiana University Northwest women’s soccer team was defeated on the road by the hands of St. Ambrose at the St. Vincent’s Athletic Complex Tuesday.

TEAM RECORDS

St. Ambrose 9-4-0 (7-2-0 CCAC) | IU Northwest 1-11-0 (0-8-0 CCAC)

HALF BREAKDOWN

FIRST HALF: St. Ambrose 2, IU Northwest 0

Brynn Nylin went on the attack early for the RedHawks in the 10th minute but her shot was saved in the 10th minute.

St. Ambrose struck first in the 17th minute after Taylor DeSplinter found the back of the net to make it 1-0.

SAU doubled their lead in the 32nd minute when Grace Kuchar scored a goal off the throw-in from Adriane Latham.

That score would hold up until halftime with the Fighting Bees up 2-0.

Mackenzie Rooke recorded three saves in the first half.

SECOND HALF: St. Ambrose 5, IU Northwest 0

Katherin Vargas went on the attack early in the second half as she recorded a shot attempt in the 47th minute but it was saved.

SAU made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute after recording a goal by Kaitlyn Brunson.

Kuchar scored her second goal of the match in the 58th minute to make it a 4-0 match.

A couple minutes later, Morgan Wahlan made it 5-0 after finding the back of the net.

Wahlan wasted no time and made it 6-0 on SAU’s next possession.

Riley Garcia scored the final goal of the night in the 71st minute to make it 7-0 which held up the rest of the way.

Brooke Durkin looked to get the RedHawks on the scoreboard in the 77th minute but the goalkeeper saved it.

Haley Maze came part way in the second half and recorded two saves.

FINAL SCORE: St. Ambrose 7, IU Northwest 0

UP NEXT

IU Northwest will be back in action Saturday, October 16 as the RedHawks travel to (RV) Cardinal Stritch with match time scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | No. 16 Trojans Come Up Short At Egypt Valley

ADA, Mich. – The Taylor men’s golf team mounted a charge during a rain-soaked final round at the Egypt Valley Championship on Tuesday but in the end the Trojans couldn’t overtake the University of Northwestern Ohio for the title.

The 16th-ranked Trojans opened Tuesday’s final round facing an eight shot deficit but TU quickly began slicing the lead, eventually taking a two-shot advantage near the midpoint of the round.

Juniors Drew Pickering and Noah Ross led the surge for the Trojans. Ross collected an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole while Pickering played incredibly steady golf through the early portion of the round. Rain and wind created challenging scoring conditions and worsened as the Trojans made the turn during the final round as Taylor’s comeback bid lost steam.

UNOH closed the tournament with a 305 to secure the victory and hold off the Trojans who posted a final round 301. UNOH finished the 54-hole tournament at 880 while the Trojans finished runner-up at 884.

Pickering was the low finisher for TU in the event as the junior claimed a tie for runner-up honors with a three-round total of 1-under par 215 (72-70-73). Ross also earned a spot on the all-tournament team with a fourth place finish after tallying a 218 (75-69-74).

Sophomore Adam Kasitz earned an eighth place finish at 224 (75-73-76) while redshirt junior Javan Johnson was next in ninth place at 227 (75-74-78). Erik Fahlen added a tie for 23rd place at 237 (79-78-80).

The Taylor reserve squad also posted solid scores with senior Jason Iler closing with a final round 75 to finish in a tie for 15th place at 234 (84-75-75). Fellow senior Sam Yeager also finished T-15 with rounds of 76-81-77.

Sophomore Lance VanErmen finished T-21 at 236 (77-79-80) followed by freshman Tommy McWatters at 238 (74-83-81) and sophomore Austin Davis at 241 (81-79-81) and junior Payne Moses at 251 (85-80-86).

The Trojans will return to action on Oct. 22-23 when TU heads to the Huntington Invitational at Chariot Run Golf Course in Laconia, Indiana.

IU SOUTH BEND VOLLEYBALL: Titans win eighth straight with sweep of Roosevelt

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – IU South Bend matched the all-time program record with their eighth consecutive win on Tuesday night, as the Titans took care of the Roosevelt Lakers in straight sets, 25-14, 25-19, 26-24.

Hannah Marchand led the offense once again, scoring 17 kills in the win, including nine in the first set alone. McKenzie Powell registered 33 assists, while Amber Jacobs scored 11 kills with seven digs. Libero Suriya Van der Oord picked up 12 digs to lead the IUSB defense.

The Titans (15-3, 11-0 CCAC) jumped out to a big early lead in the opening set, scoring ten straight points – six coming from kills by Marchand – to build a 13-4 advantage. Another 7-1 run later in the set allowed the Titans to pull away at 21-8, on their way to the opening game win.

Roosevelt (2-17, 0-9 CCAC) battled back in game two, scoring three straight midway through the set to take a 17-13 lead. Back-to-back kills from Marchand started a 6-1 rally that also included two straight kills from Jacobs, putting the Titans back in front, 19-18. A Laker kill briefly tied the set, but IU South Bend would score the final six points of the set to take a two-set lead in the match.

The most competitive portion of the match came in game three, with eight lead changes throughout the set. Trailing 19-18, the Titans would score four in a row on Roosevelt errors to move back in front, 22-19. A kill from Jacobs put the home team ahead 23-20, but the Lakers would respond with four of the next five to even the score at 24-24. Marchand would end the night, scoring two more kills on the final two plays to give the Titans their eleventh straight win in conference play, and their eighth straight overall.

The Titans will have an opportunity to set a new win-streak record on Saturday, when they compete in a tri-match at Lincoln College. IUSB takes on Lincoln in a CCAC match at noon, before taking on No. 4 Missouri Baptist in a non-conference battle later in the afternoon.

PURDUE NORTHWEST MEN’S SOCCER: Sebastian Contreras named GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week

GLIAC – Purdue Northwest’s Sebastian Contreras has been named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.
 
Contreras, a junior goalkeeper from Joliet, Ill., helped lead PNW to a 2-0 week and its third straight win with a clean sheet against Northwood and a road victory at Davenport to claim a first-place tie in the GLIAC standings.
 
Contreras totaled six saves combined including four stops in the come-from-behind 2-1 win at Davenport. He has allowed just one goal during the Pride’s current win three-match win streak and is the current league leader in goals-against average (0.75), goals against (6) and wins (6).
 
PNW (6-4-0, 5-2-0 GLIAC) will travel to St. Cloud State (Fri.) and Upper Iowa (Sun.) this weekend.


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sebastian Contreras – Purdue Northwest

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tate Lofdahl – Upper Iowa
 
HONORABLE MENTION
 
OFFENSE: Brady Walker (SVSU), Jake Nicholls (NU), Justice Sikkema (DU), Brady Kronenburg (NMU), Rade Novakovich (UWP), Lucas Bravo olle (PNW),
 
DEFENSE: Callum Harley (SVSU), Robert Gjelaj (NU), Micaiah Papa (DU), Alex Weaver (NMU), Martin Voll (UIU), Marcos Calderon (UWP)

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY:

1862       In a game against the Unions of Morrisania, Jim Creighton of the Excelsiors hits a sixth-inning home run after doubling in each of his first four times to the plate. When he crosses home, the 21-year-old superstar complains of having broken his belt, which turns out to be a suspected fatal ruptured inguinal hernia caused by the torque created by his all upper-body hard swing with the bat.

1903       In Game 8 of the series, the Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) defeat the Pirates, 3-0, to take baseball’s first-ever world championship, five games to 3. In the 95-minute contest, Bill Dinneen gets the win over Pittsburgh’s Deacon Phillippe in front of a Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds crowd of 7,455 fans.

1914       Boston becomes the first team to complete a four-game World Series sweep as the Miracle Braves beat the American League’s heavily favored A’s behind the solid pitching of Dick Rudolph, who bests Philadelphia, 3-1. In mid-July, the Braves were in last place but won the National League pennant by ten and a half games.

1921       In the first all-New York World Series, the Giants beat the Yankees at the Polo Grounds (home for both NY teams), 1-0, to win the Fall Classic in eight games. Art Nehf, the loser in Games 2 and 5, throws a complete-game four-hitter to get the victory, with the lone run of the game tallied in the top of the first inning thanks to an error.

1960       At Forbes Field, Bill Mazeroski’s dramatic walk-off home run off Yankee hurler Ralph Terry breaks up a 9-9 tie, ending one of the most exciting seven-game World Series ever played. Maz’s round-tripper remains the only home run ever to win a World Series Game 7.

1968       Recent World Series foes Bob Gibson and Denny McLain meet again, this time as performers on the CBS variety program The Ed Sullivan Show. After Tiger ace McLain plays The Girl From Ipanema on the organ with his quartet, he is joined by future Cardinal Hall of Famer Gibson on the guitar performing a brief improvised piece together.

1970       In Game 3 of the Fall Classic played at Memorial Stadium, Dave McNally goes deep with the bases loaded off Reds’ right-hander Wayne Granger in the bottom of the sixth inning, becoming the first pitcher in World Series history to hit a grand slam. The Orioles’ hurler’s offensive output contributes to the Birds’ 9-3 victory over Cincinnati and gives Baltimore a commanding 3-0 game advantage in the seven-game series.

1971       In the first World Series night game ever played, the Pirates defeat the Orioles at Three Rivers Stadium, 4-3, overcoming the Birds’ three-run first inning thanks to the Bucs’ bullpen holding Baltimore scoreless for 8.2 innings. All Fall Classic contests will be evening tilts, beginning with Game 6 of the 1987 Series.

1972       The day after Oakland wins the ALCS, Bowie Kuhn announces that A’s shortstop Burt Campaneris, suspended for the rest of the division playoff for throwing his bat at Tiger hurler Lerrin LaGrow in Game 2, will be allowed to participate in the World Series. The Commissioner cites the precedent of Yankee shortstop Frank Crosetti, once suspended for 30 days due to a late-season incident with an umpire, but permitted to play in the 1942 Fall Classic by AL president Will Harridge, who delayed the penalty until next season rather than diminish his circuit’s chance of winning a World Championship.

1973       “No, I don’t think my presence will cause an increase in black attendance at Cleveland. People come out to see the players. When do you see a manager anyway? When he’s out on the field arguing with the umpires, making a fool of himself and you know you can’t win, and when he brings out the line-up card.” – FRANK ROBINSON, commenting on his historical hiring. Frank Robinson, newly-hired Indians manager, appears on CBS’s long-running Sunday news program Face the Nation. The first African-American manager in baseball history tells host George Herman that before his hiring, no one in baseball considered blacks for skipper jobs.

1974       Herb Washington, representing the tying run in the top of the ninth, is picked off first base by Dodger closer Mike Marshall for the second out of Game 2, the only contest the A’s will lose in the Fall Classic. The world-class sprinter, who will never have a plate appearance in his brief 105-game career, was selected by Oakland owner Charlie Finley to become the team’s “designated runner,” a position that doesn’t exist with any other major league club.

1983       “I would like to thank Frank Cashen for being smart enough to hire me.” – DAVEY JOHNSON, speaking to the press about the Mets GM’s decision to name him as the team’s manager. Davey Johnson, the Mets’ Triple-A Tidewater pilot, signs a two-year deal to become the 11th manager in franchise history, replacing Frank Howard, promptly hired as the team’s first base coach. The 40 year-old Floridian will compile a 595-417 (.588) record during his six-plus seasons in the dugout, which includes capturing a World Championship in 1986.

1985       Vince Coleman becomes entangled in Busch Stadium’s automatic tarpaulin while stretching before the Cardinals’ 12-2 rout of LA in Game 4 of the NLCS. The freak accident, which traps his left leg for about thirty seconds, will end the season for the 23 year-old outfielder, who established the rookie record for stolen bases with 110.

1989       In a nationwide poll of sportswriters and broadcasters, Orioles’ skipper Frank Robinson is named the Associated Press Manager of the Year, easily outdistancing the runner-up, Don Zimmer of the Cubs. The Hall of Famer guided a young group of players in one of the greatest comeback seasons in the history of the game, finishing the campaign 32.5 games better than the club’s last-place finish the previous year.

1993       At Veterans Stadium, the Phillies win the National League pennant by beating the Braves in Game 6 of the NLCS, 6-3. With Tommy Greene out-dueling Greg Maddux and the timely hitting of Darren Daulton, Dave Hollins, and Mickey Morandini, Philadelphia wins its third consecutive game to dethrone the defending champs.

2000       Mariano Rivera, extending his streak to 33.1 innings, breaks the 38 year-old record of Whitey Ford for consecutive scoreless frames in postseason play when the Yankees defeat the Mariners, 8-2, in Game 3 of the ALCS. The Yankees’ Hall of Fame lefty had established the record from 1960 to 1962 with 33 innings as a World Series starter.

2001       The Yankees, being down 2-0 in the best-of-five series, stave off elimination, beating the A’s and Barry Zito, 1-0, thanks to the shutout pitching by Mike Mussina and Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada’s fifth-inning home run. Shortstop Derek Jeter backing up an errant relay throw down the first baseline and flipping it home to cut down Jeremy Giambi as the potential tying run becomes one of the most memorable defensive plays in postseason history.

2002       Joining George Brett (Royals: 1978 ALCS Game 3), Reggie Jackson (Yankees: 1977 World Series Game 6), Bob Robertson (Pirates: 1971 NLCS Game 2), and Babe Ruth, (Yankees: 1928 World Series Game 4 and 1926 World Series Game 4), light-hitting second baseman Adam Kennedy becomes the fifth player to hit three homers in a postseason game, helping the Angels to secure their first World Series berth in the team’s 42 year-old history. Using a ten-run seventh inning, Anaheim beats the Twins 13-5 to capture the ALCS in five games.

2003       A tearful 72 year-old Don Zimmer apologizes for his part in yesterday’s brawl during Game 3 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Red Sox. During the fourth-inning matinee melee at Fenway, the Yankees’ assistant to the manager is thrown to the ground by Pedro Martinez, after charging the right-hander.

2006       Mark Kiger becomes the first player in history to make his big league debut during the postseason. The second baseman enters Game 3 as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the eighth inning for D’Angelo Jimenez, who has been filling in for the injured starter Mark Ellis.

2007       Four days after manager Charlie Manuel gets his contract extended, the Phillies re-signed their entire coaching staff for next season. After ending a 14-year postseason drought, the reigning National League East Champs ask Jimy Williams (bench coach), Rich Dubee (pitching coach), Milt Thompson (hitting coach), Davey Lopes (first-base coach), Steve Smith (third-base coach), Ramon Henderson (bullpen coach), and Mick Billmeyer (catching instructor) to return to Philadelphia in 2008.

NFL STANDINGS

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

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

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England29205457342311-2-19-3-365
Nashville SC28111434626208-7-03-7-347
Philadelphia2812973827119-3-33-6-445
Orlando City SC281198414108-4-23-5-642
D.C.28124124941810-0-32-4-940
New York City FC28117104432128-3-33-4-740
CF Montreal2811710403738-3-33-4-740
Atlanta281099373348-3-32-6-639
New York2810711343046-5-34-2-837
Columbus2897123239-77-3-32-4-934
Inter Miami CF2895142543-185-2-74-3-732
Chicago2976162946-176-5-51-1-1127
Toronto FC2867153454-204-5-42-2-1125
FC Cincinnati2848162954-251-5-73-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2817654823258-4-39-2-257
Sporting KC2815765131208-5-27-2-452
Colorado2814954128137-6-17-3-451
Portland2814410454419-2-35-2-746
Real Salt Lake2811611454418-4-23-2-939
Los Angeles28116113945-67-3-44-3-739
Minnesota28108103135-48-2-42-6-638
Vancouver2891093538-38-2-41-8-537
Los Angeles FC2897124041-16-5-33-2-934
San Jose2889113544-94-3-74-6-433
FC Dallas29610133947-84-7-32-3-1028
Houston29512123345-125-6-30-6-927
Austin2874172944-155-2-72-2-1025

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference