INDIANA SRN SPORTS BROADCASTS

Wed Oct 65:50pCity Alliance Semi-FinalsVolleyball
Wed Oct 65:20pWinners from Round 1Soccer Sectional
Wed Oct 67:20pRitter @ Guerin CatholicSoccer Sectional
Thur Oct 77:20pCity Alliance ChampionshipVolleyball
Fri Oct 86:50pOwen Valley @ GreencastleFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pCovenant Christian @ Park TudorFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pMt Vernon @ ShelbyvilleFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pTraders Pt @ NC FarmersburgFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pWest Central @ FrontierFootball
Fri Oct 86:50pTindley @ Heritage ChristianFootball
Sat Oct 91:15pDefiance @ ManchesterCollege Football
Sat Oct 92pGuerin Sectional FinalSoocer Sectional Championship

MLB PLAYOFFS

Boston 6 NY Yankees 2

MLB PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

NL Wild Card Game, Wednesday, 8 p.m. ET on TBS
Cardinals at Dodgers

AL Division Series (starts Thursday)
Best-of-five format
Red Sox at Rays
White Sox at Astros

NL Division Series (starts Friday)
Best-of-five format
Wild Card Game winner at Giants
Braves at Brewers

DIVISION SERIES
Presented by Good Sam
Best-of-five

Thursday, Oct. 7
• ALDS A, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 1 (FS1 or MLBN)

Friday, Oct. 8
• ALDS A, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 2 (FS1 or MLBN)
• NLDS A, Game 1 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 1 (TBS)

Saturday, Oct. 9
• NLDS A, Game 2 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 2 (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 10
• ALDS A, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 3 (FS1 or MLBN)

Monday, Oct. 11
• ALDS A, Game 4* (FS1 or MLBN)
• ALDS B, Game 4* (FS1 or MLBN)
• NLDS A, Game 3 (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 3 (TBS)

Tuesday, Oct. 12
• NLDS A, Game 4* (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 4* (TBS)

Wednesday, Oct. 13
• ALDS A, Game 5* (FS1)
• ALDS B, Game 5* (FS1)

Thursday, Oct. 14
• NLDS A, Game 5* (TBS)
• NLDS B, Game 5* (TBS)

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
Best-of-seven
Presented by loanDepot

Friday, Oct. 15
• ALCS Game 1 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 16
• ALCS Game 2 (FOX or FS1)
• NLCS Game 1 (TBS)

Sunday, Oct. 17
• NLCS Game 2 (TBS)

Monday, Oct. 18
• ALCS Game 3 (FS1)

Tuesday, Oct. 19
• NLCS Game 3 (TBS)
• ALCS Game 4 (FS1) 

Wednesday, Oct. 20
• ALCS Game 5* (FS1) 
• NLCS Game 4 (TBS)

Thursday, Oct. 21
• NLCS Game 5* (TBS)

Friday, Oct. 22
• ALCS Game 6* (FS1) 

Saturday, Oct. 23
• NLCS Game 6* (TBS)
• ALCS Game 7* (FOX or FS1) 

Sunday, Oct. 24
• NLCS Game 7* (TBS)

WORLD SERIES
Best-of-seven

Tuesday, Oct. 26
• World Series Game 1 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Oct. 27
• World Series Game 2 – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• World Series Game 3 (FOX)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• World Series Game 4 (FOX)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• World Series Game 5* (FOX)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• World Series Game 6* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• World Series Game 7* – hosted by team with better record (FOX)

INDIANA BOYS REGIONAL TENNIS-SEMIFINALS

Homestead 3 Huntington North 2

Fort Wayne Carroll 5 Fort Wayne Concordia 0

North Central 3 Hamilton Southeastern 2

New Palestine 3 Heritage Christian 2

Carmel 5 Logansport 0

West Lafayette 4 Northwestern 1

South Bend St. Joseph 5 Chesterton 0

Penn 4 LaPorte 1

Northview 4 Parke Heritage 1

Covington 3 Terre Haute South 2

Zionsville 4 Avon 1

Brebeuf 5 Ben Davis 0

Center Grove 5 Perry Meridian 0

Franklin Central 3 Triton Central 2

North Daviess 5 S. Knox 0

Jasper 5 Loogootee 0

INDIANA GIRLS SOCCER SECTIONALS

Western 3 Oak Hill 0

North Knox 7 White River Valley 2

New Albany 1 Seymour 0

Westview 2 Central Noble 0

West Noble 4 Angola 4 (West Noble wins in shootout)

Center Grove 9 Franklin 1

Greenwood Christian 4 International 1

Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Fort Wayne Northrup 1

Tipton 7 Sheridan 0

Hanover Central 10 New Prairie 1

Culver 4 Rochester 3

Mount Vernon 6 Richmond 0

Portage 3 Hobart 0

Pendleton Heights 10 Muncie Central 0

Cascade 3 Southmont 0

Evansville Mater Dei 9 Boonville 0

Harrison 1 McCutcheon 0

Marion 3 New Haven 1

Rensselaer Central 9 Oregon Davis 0

Woodlan 3 S. Adams 0

Rising Sun 1 S. Ripley 0

Kouts 2 Morgan Twp. 0

Homestead 10 Fort Wayne South 1

Brebeuf 10 Crispus Attucks 0

Goshen 1 Northridge 0

Plymouth 9 South Bend Clay 0

Westfield 13 Indianapolis Tech 0

Jay County 7 New Castle 0

Tell City 5 N. Posey 1

Lawrenceburg 6 Connersville 0

Tri-West Hendricks 7 Frankfort 0

Plainfield 6 Mooresville 0

South Bend Adams 8 LaPorte 0

Bloomington North 2 Martinsville 0

Leo 6 Garrett 0

Roncalli 4 Lawrence North 0

Providence 8 Christian Academy 0

Northview 2 West Vigo 1

Castle 5 Evansville Reitz 4

Silver Creek 9 Charlestown 0

Jeffersonville 5 Jennings County 3

Fort Wayne Snider 7 Fort Wayne North 0

Tri-Central 5 Eastern 1

Sullivan 2 Vincennes Rivet 0

Princeton 4 Pike Central 1

DeKalb 7 Wawasee 1

Elkhart Christian 2 Bethany Christian 1

Valparaiso 10 Michigan City 0

Mississinewa 4 Peru 0

Greenfield Central 2 New Palestine 0

Griffith 1 Wheeler 0

Argos 2 Bremen 0

Columbus North 4 Greenwood 0

Noblesville 2 Hamilton Southeastern 1

INDIANA BOYS SOCCER SECTIONALS

Colonial Christian 2 Crosspointe Christian 0

Hammond Baptist 3 Heritage Christian 1

Perry Meridian 9 Greenwood 0

Delta 2 Jay County 1

Evansville Reitz 1 Evansville Harrison 0

Southwestern 6 Rising Sun 0

Fort Wayne Concordia 9 Rochester 0

Bellmont 6 Woodlan 0

Chesterton 2 Valparaiso 0

Floyd Central 2 Seymour 1

Lafayette Central Catholic 8 Delphi 1

Oak Hill 3 Maconaquah 1

Danville 5 N. Montgomery 0

Bedford North Lawrence 4 Northview 2

South Knox 7 Washington Catholic 0

West Vigo 4 Owen Valley 1

Suburban Christian 1 Indiana Christian 0

Greenfield Central 5 Richmond 1

North Harrison 3 Salem 1

Tabernacle Christian 3 Columbus Christian 0

Forest Park 6 Wood Memorial 2

Trinity 6 Marquette Catholic 0

Castle 2 Jasper 1

Indianapolis Tech 6 Franklin Central 1

Peru 4 Eastern 0

Roncalli 3 Whiteland 2

Leo 1 Heritage 1 (Leo wins shootout)

Muncie Burris 4 Eastbrook 1

Tri-West 6 Greencastle 1

Crown Point 5 Kankakee Valley 1

Culver Academies 3 Manchester 1

East Central 2 New Palestine 1

Columbus North 4 Jeffersonville 0

Monrovia 1 Brown County 0

Bloomfield 8 Lighthouse Christian 3

Madison 6 Scottsburg 1

Bloomington South 5 Terre Haute South 0

Tell City 5 Shoals 1

Morgan Twp. 3 LaVille 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Benton Central 3 Pioneer 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 3. Fort Wayne Concordia 0

Valparaiso 3 LaPorte 1

Lake Central 3 Merrillville 0

Tell City 3 S. Spencer 0

Greensburg 3 Franklin County 0

North Newton 3 N. White 1

Triton Central 3 N. Decatur 2

Caston 3 Triton 2

DeKalb 3 New Haven 0

Munster 3 Hobart 0

Fairfield 3 Westview 0

Seeger 3 Southmont 0

South Bend Clay 3 South Bend Riley 2

Lafayette Jeff 3 Twin Lakes 2

Carroll 3 Taylor 0

Faith Christian 3 Rossville 1

Washington 3 N. Davies 0

Shoals 3 Orleans 0

Jeffersonville 3 Jennings County 1

Tippecanoe Valley 3 Rochester 1

Yellow Springs 3 Middletown Christian 0

Highland 3 Griffith 0

Clinton Prairie 3 Delphi 0

Frankton 3 Liberty Christian 0

Hagerstown 3 Union County 0

Southwood 3 N. Miami 0

Wabash 3 Manchester 0

Kankakee Trinity 2 Calumet Christian 1

South Adams 3 Union City 0

Terre Haute North 3 W. Vigo 0

Tri-County 3 Covenant Christian 1

Andrean 3 Lowell 0

Cathedral 3 Crispus Attucks 0

Western Boone 3 Tri-West 0

Lawrenceburg 3 Rising Sun 1

Kankakee Valley 3 Hammond Central 0

Greenwood Christian 3 Southwestern 0

Speedway 3 Bethesda Christian 0

Castle 3 Evansville Mater Dei 0

South-Central 3 River Forest 0

Scecina 3 Herron 0

Homestead 3 Woodlan 0

Seymour 3 Bedford North Lawrence 0

Perry Meridian 3 Pike 0

Chatard 3 Ritter 0

Leo 3 Columbia City 1

Brownsburg 3 Roncalli 1

Wawasee 3 W. Noble 1

Pendleton Heights 3 Mississinewa 0

Yorktown 3 Fishers 0

Mishawaka Marian 3 Glenn 2

Delta 3 New Castle 2

West Lafayette 3 Harrison 1

Martinsville 3 Mooresville 0

Greencastle 3 Owen Valley 1

Evansville Reitz 3 Evansville Central 0

Danville 3 University 0

Indianapolis Lutheran 3, Morristown 1

Lakewood Park 3 Eastside 0

Columbus East 3 Madison 0

Fort Wayne Northrup 3. Fort Wayne North 0

Sullivan 3 N. Knox 0

Muncie Burris 3 Muncie Central 0

Penn 3 New Prairie 0

McCutcheon 3 Carmel 0

Tecumseh 3 Mount Vernon 0

SWCHA 3 The Prairie School 0

Floyd Central 3 N. Oldham 0

Norwell 3 E. Noble 0

NBA PRE-SEASON

New York 125 Indiana 104

Chicago 131 Cleveland 95

Houston 125 Washington 119

Memphis 87 Milwaukee 77… Desmond Bane 10 PTS

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL AP FOOTBALL POLLS

Class 6A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Center Grove              (15)   7-0  318  1

2. Westfield                   –     6-1  274  2

3. Merrillville              (1)    7-0  256  3

4. Carmel                      –     6-1  232  4

5. Hamilton Southeastern        –     6-1  154  6

6. Brownsburg                  –     5-2  140  7

7. Lawrence North              –     5-1  124  8

8. Carroll (Fort Wayne)         –     6-1  88   9

8. Warren Central              –     5-2  88   5

10. Chesterton                 –     6-1  48   10

Others receiving votes: Warsaw 24. Fishers 12. Ben Davis 2.

Class 5A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Cathedral           (16)   7-0  320  1

2. Decatur Central              –     6-1  286  4

3. Lafayette Harrison           –     6-1  222  5

4. Ft. Wayne Snider             –     5-1  206  6

5. Valparaiso                  –     6-1  192  2

6. Bloomington South            –     6-1  152  3

7. Concord                     –     6-1  120  9

8. Kokomo                      –     6-1  60   NR

9. Ft. Wayne Dwenger            –     4-3  58   8

10. Mishawaka                  –     5-2  50   NR

Others receiving votes: Zionsville 42. Bloomington North 28. Michigan City 18. Castle 6.

Class 4A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Roncalli            (15)   7-0  316  1

2. Leo                       (1)    7-0  274  2

3. Jasper                      –     7-0  248  3

4. E. Central                  –     6-1  228  5

5. Mt. Vernon (Hancock)         –     6-1  196  6

6. Ev. Memorial                –     6-1  144  7

7. Mooresville                 –     5-2  112  4

8. Bishop Chatard              –     3-4  82   9

9. New Prairie                 –     6-1  72   10

10. Northview                  –     5-1  40   NR

Others receiving votes: Logansport 32. Martinsville 8. Hobart 8.

Class 3A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. W. Lafayette              (14)   7-0  316  1

2. Gibson Southern            (1)    6-1  268  T2

3. Brebeuf Jesuit            (1)    6-1  266  T2

4. Danville                    –     6-1  216  4

5. Lawrenceburg                –     6-1  176  6

6. Brownstown                  –     7-0  144  7

7. Tippecanoe Valley            –     7-0  110  8

8. Norwell                     –     6-1  88   9

9. Tri-West                    –     5-2  48   10

10. Mt. Vernon (Posey)          –     6-1  46   5

Others receiving votes: Western Boone 26. Calumet 16. Sullivan 14. Owen Valley 10. Jimtown 10. Mishawaka Marian 6.

Class 2A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Ft. Wayne Luers            (16)   7-0  320  1

2. Eastbrook                   –     6-0  268  2

3. Heritage Christian           –     7-0  224  3

4. Tipton                      –     7-0  204  4

5. Eastside                    –     7-0  194  5

6. Linton                      –     7-0  166  6

7. Andrean                     –     5-2  140  7

8. Ev. Mater Dei               –     5-2  106  8

9. Speedway                    –     6-1  64   9

10. Centerville                –     6-0  38   NR

Others receiving votes: Lafayette Catholic 16. Monrovia 12. N. Posey 6. Central Noble 2.

Class A

Rank-School                  FPV     Rcd  TP   Pvs

1. Lutheran            (12)   7-0  288  1

2. Monroe Central            (2)    7-0  282  2

3. Adams Central             (1)    6-1  268  3

4. Winamac                     –     5-0  230  4

5. S. Putnam                   –     6-1  172  5

6. Covenant Christian           –     5-2  150  6

7. S. Adams                    –     5-2  114  7

8. Parke Heritage              –     5-2  80   8

9. Springs Valley              –     5-1  56   9

10. Churubusco                 –     5-2  38   10

Others receiving votes: Carroll (Flora) 22. N. Central (Farmersburg)  20. N. Judson 20. Perry Central 20.

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL THIS WEEK

Adams Central (6-1) at Bluffton (3-4)

Attica (0-4) at South Newton (3-4)

Avon (0-7) at Zionsville (3-4)

Ben Davis (2-5) at Lawrence Central (3-4)

Benton Central (0-5) at Lafayette Central Catholic (4-3)

Bowman Academy (0-6) at South Bend Washington (2-3)

Bremen (4-3) at South Bend Riley (1-3)

Brown County (3-4) at North Putnam (1-5)

Brownsburg (5-2) at Noblesville (2-5)

Calumet (6-1) at River Forest (3-3)

Cambridge City Lincoln (0-3) at Winchester (3-4)

Carroll (Flora) (6-1) at Clinton Prairie (3-3)

Carroll (Fort Wayne) (6-1) at Fort Wayne Concordia (1-6)

Castle (5-2) at Evansville Central (2-5)

Caston (2-5) at Winamac (5-0)

Central Noble (6-1) at Eastside (7-0)

Columbia City (4-3) at Leo (7-0)

Columbus East (2-5) at Jeffersonville (2-4)

Columbus North (4-3) at Bloomington North (5-2)

Covenant Christian (5-2) at Park Tudor (5-2)

Crawford County (2-3) at West Washington (2-3)

Crawfordsville (0-7) at Tri-West (5-2)

Crown Point (4-3) at Chesterton (6-1)

DeKalb (1-6) at Bellmont (0-7)

Delphi (4-3) at Clinton Central (2-5)

Delta (4-3) at Greenfield-Central (4-3)

East Central (6-1) at Guerin Catholic (1-6)

Eastbrook (6-0) at Elwood (0-6)

Eastern Hancock (4-3) at Shenandoah (4-2)

Edgewood (1-5) at Northview (5-1)

Elkhart (3-3) at Mishawaka Marian (4-3)

Evansville Bosse (2-5) at Evansville Reitz (2-5)

Evansville Mater Dei (5-2) at Evansville Harrison (1-6)

Evansville North (4-3) at Jasper (7-0)

Fairfield (3-4) at Lakeland (3-4)

Fishers (5-2) at Westfield (6-1)

Fort Wayne Dwenger (4-3) at Fort Wayne Snider (5-1)

Fort Wayne Northrop (2-5) at Fort Wayne North (2-5)

Fort Wayne South (1-5) at Fort Wayne Luers (7-0)

Fort Wayne Wayne (2-5) at Homestead (4-3)

Franklin Central (4-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (6-1)

Franklin County (4-3) at Batesville (4-3)

Frankton (2-5) at Madison-Grant (3-4)

Fremont (2-5) at Prairie Heights (2-5)

Garrett (3-4) at Angola (2-5)

Gary West (4-2) at Hammond Central (1-6)

Gibson Southern (6-1) at Princeton (2-5)

Goshen (2-5) at Plymouth (0-7)

Greensburg (1-4) at Milan (2-5)

Greenwood (2-5) at Franklin (2-5)

Heritage (2-5) at Southern Wells (0-7)

Heritage Christian (7-0) at Indianapolis Tindley (3-3)

Hobart (4-3) at Highland (3-4)

Huntington North (2-5) at Norwell (6-1)

Indian Creek (2-5) at Sullivan (5-2)

Indianapolis Cathedral (7-0) at Brebeuf Jesuit (6-1)

Indianapolis Chatard (3-4) at Terre Haute North (3-4)

Indianapolis Ritter (0-7) at Indianapolis Scecina (4-3)

Indianapolis Roncalli (7-0) at Cincinnati Elder (Ohio)

Indianapolis Shortridge (2-3) at South Putnam (6-1)

Indianapolis Washington (2-4) at Indianapolis Attucks (3-3)

Jay County (3-4) at Lapel (5-2)

Jennings County (1-6) at Floyd Central (2-5)

Kankakee Valley (3-4) at Andrean (5-2)

Kokomo (6-1) at Harrison (West Lafayette) (6-1)

Lake Station (2-3) at Boone Grove (0-5)

LaVille (5-1) at North Judson (5-2)

Lawrence North (5-1) at Center Grove (7-0)

Lawrenceburg (6-1) at Connersville (1-6)

Lewis Cass (2-4) at Hamilton Heights (4-3)

Linton-Stockton (7-0) at Eastern Greene (1-6)

Logansport (5-1) at Lafayette Jeff (4-3)

Lowell (4-3) at Munster (2-5)

Maconaquah (2-3) at Manchester (3-3)

Madison (3-4) at Bedford North Lawrence (3-4)

Marion (3-3) at Indianapolis Tech (4-3)

McCutcheon (0-6) at Muncie Central (1-6)

Merrillville (7-0) at Lake Central (3-4)

Michigan City (4-3) at LaPorte (2-5)

Mishawaka (5-2) at Wawasee (1-6)

Mississinewa (4-2) at Blackford (1-5)

Monrovia (5-2) at Cascade (2-5)

Mooresville (5-2) at Martinsville (5-2)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (6-1) at Shelbyville (1-3)

New Albany (4-3) at Seymour (2-4)

New Castle (2-5) at New Palestine (4-3)

New Haven (3-4) at East Noble (4-2)

North Central (Indianapolis) (0-7) at Pike (0-7)

North Daviess (4-3) at North Knox (5-2)

North Montgomery (2-3) at Frankfort (2-4)

North Newton (4-3) at North White (3-2)

North Posey (6-1) at Mount Vernon (Posey) (6-1)

North Vermillion (3-4) at Fountain Central (3-4)

Northeastern (3-4) at Knightstown (1-5)

Northridge (5-2) at Concord (6-1)

NorthWood (4-3) at Warsaw (6-1)

Oak Hill (5-2) at Alexandria (3-3)

Oldenburg Academy (0-4) at South Decatur (0-5)

Paoli (4-1) at Mitchell (3-3)

Pendleton Heights (4-3) at Yorktown (4-3)

Penn (3-4) at New Prairie (6-1)

Perry Central (6-1) at Springs Valley (5-1)

Perry Meridian (2-5) at Decatur Central (6-1)

Peru (4-2) at Northfield (5-2)

Pike Central (1-4) at Forest Park (2-5)

Pioneer (5-2) at Culver (2-3)

Plainfield (3-4) at Whiteland (3-3)

Providence (3-4) at Corydon Central (0-6)

Purdue Polytechnic (1-6) at Monroe Central (7-0)

Rensselaer Central (4-3) at Northwestern (0-6)

Richmond (1-6) at Anderson (1-4)

Riverton Parke (2-4) at Parke Heritage (5-2)

Rochester (3-2) at North Miami (0-7)

Rock Creek Academy (1-5) at Edinburgh (4-3)

Rushville (0-7) at South Dearborn (5-2)

Salem (4-1) at Charlestown (5-2)

Scottsburg (5-2) at Eastern (Pekin) (0-4)

Sheridan (5-2) at Eastern (Greentown) (6-1)

Silver Creek (4-2) at Brownstown Central (7-0)

South Adams (5-2) at Woodlan (3-4)

South Bend Adams (3-3) at Jimtown (5-2)

South Bend Clay (0-7) at John Glenn (3-4)

South Bend St. Joseph (2-5) at Culver Academy (5-2)

South Spencer (3-4) at North Harrison (2-5)

South Vermillion (3-4) at Seeger (4-3)

Southmont (5-2) at Lebanon (4-3)

Southport (0-7) at Terre Haute South (0-7)

Southridge (4-3) at Heritage Hills (5-2)

Speedway (6-1) at Indianapolis Lutheran (7-0)

Switzerland County (2-4) at North Decatur (2-4)

Taylor (0-3) at Tri-Central (2-5)

Tell City (4-3) at Tecumseh (1-5)

Tippecanoe Valley (7-0) at Wabash (1-5)

Tipton (7-0) at Western (5-2)

Traders Point Christian (3-4) at North Central (Farmersburg) (2-4)

Tri (5-2) at Hagerstown (1-5)

Tri-County (0-6) at Covington (5-2)

Triton (3-4) at Knox (1-6)

Triton Central (4-3) at Beech Grove (3-4)

Twin Lakes (2-5) at West Lafayette (7-0)

Union City (4-2) at Centerville (6-0)

Union County (3-3) at Wes-Del (0-6)

Valparaiso (6-1) at Portage (1-6)

Vincennes Lincoln (1-6) at Evansville Memorial (6-1)

Warren Central (5-2) at Carmel (6-1)

Washington (0-6) at Boonville (1-5)

West Central (1-6) at Frontier (1-6)

West Noble (3-4) at Churubusco (5-2)

West Vigo (2-3) at Cloverdale (0-6)

Western Boone (5-2) at Danville (6-1)

Wheeler (5-1) at Hanover Central (6-1)

Whiting (2-5) at Griffith (3-4)

Whitko (1-6) at Southwood (3-4)

Owen Valley (6-1) at Greencastle (5-2)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK

Week 6

Thursday, Oct. 7

Houston at Tulane | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

No. 15 Coastal Carolina at Arkansas State | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Friday, Oct. 8

Temple at No. 5 Cincinnati | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Charlotte at FIU | 8 p.m. | CBSSN

Stanford at No. 22 Arizona State | 10:30 p.m. | ESPN

Saturday, Oct. 9

Maryland at No. 7 Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX

No. 11 Michigan State at Rutgers  | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Vanderbilt at No. 20 Florida | 12 p.m. | SEC Network

Northern Illinois at Toledo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 21 Texas (Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas) | 12 p.m. | ABC

No. 13 Arkansas at No. 17 Ole Miss | 12 p.m. | ESPN

Akron at Bowling Green | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

West Virginia at Baylor | 12 p.m. | FS1

South Carolina at Tennessee | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 2 Georgia at No. 18 Auburn | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

Georgia Tech at Duke | 12:30 p.m. | ESPN3

Old Dominion at Marshall | 2 p.m. | CBSSN on Facebook

Wisconsin at Illinois | 2:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

North Texas at Missouri | 3 p.m. | SEC Network

Virginia at Louisville | 3 p.m. | ACC Network

Miami (Ohio) at Eastern Michigan | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Middle Tennessee at Liberty | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN3

No. 24 SMU at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Central Michigan at Ohio | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Florida State at North Carolina | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

FAU at UAB | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

No. 19 Wake Forest at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2 

UConn at UMass | 3:30 p.m. | FloSports/NESN

Boise State at No. 10 BYU | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

San Jose State at Colorado State | 3:30 p.m. | FS1

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

No. 4 Penn State at No. 3 Iowa | 4 p.m. | Fox Sports

Oregon State at Washington State | 4 p.m. | PAC-12 Network

East Carolina at UCF | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

LSU at No. 16 Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. | SEC Network

UTEP at Southern Miss | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

Wyoming at Air Force | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

UTSA at Western Kentucky | 7 p.m. | Stadium

TCU at Texas Tech | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Buffalo at Kent State | 7 p.m. | ESPNU

Georgia Southern at Troy | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

Georgia State at UL Monroe | 7 p.m. | ESPN3

South Alabama at Texas State | 7 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 14 Notre Dame at Virginia Tech | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

No. 9 Michigan at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

No. 1 Alabama at Texas A&M | 8 p.m. | CBS

Utah at USC | 8 p.m. | FOX

Memphis at Tulsa | 9 p.m. | ESPN2

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NFL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE
Thursday, October 07, 2021
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 10, 2021
New York Jets at Atlanta Falcons (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN
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Monday, October 11, 2021
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN


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Bogaerts, Red Sox dent Cole, beat Yanks 6-2 in AL wild card

BOSTON (AP) As the ball sailed over the center field fence, landing 427 feet from the plate in a horde of happy Red Sox fans, Xander Bogaerts turned to the Boston dugout to flex his muscles before resuming his home run trot.

This is the matchup the Yankees wanted.

And the Red Sox were ready.

Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber homered off Yankees ace Gerrit Cole, and Nathan Eovaldi took a shutout into the sixth inning in the AL wild-card game to help the Red Sox beat New York 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Bogaerts also cut down Aaron Judge at the plate in the sixth as Boston advanced to the best-of-five AL Division Series against the Rays.

Game 1 Thursday night in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“Now we go to the next one, and we’ve just got to be ready to face a great baseball team,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “Coming into the season, everybody talked about them being the best team in the big leagues, and we have a huge challenge. But we’re ready for it.”

The Yankees, who lead the majors with 27 World Series championships, have not won it all since 2009. After angling for a matchup with the Red Sox in a potential tiebreaker, the Yankees wound up in Boston for the wild-card game instead.

And the Red Sox beat them in the postseason for the third straight try.

“Guys are crushed,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “The ending is really cruel. But there’s nothing better than competing for something meaningful.”

A year after baseball took its postseason into neutral site bubbles to protect against the pandemic, a sellout crowd of 38,324 — the biggest at Fenway Park since the 2018 World Series – filled the old yard to rekindle one of the sport’s most passionate rivalries. Enough Yankee fans were among them to fuel a raucous back-and-forth of insulting chants.

“The Bogaerts homer in the first inning – I mean, talk about a pop. And, you know, the crowd went nuts, and you feed off that energy,” Schwarber said. “You thrive for that, and Red Sox nation brought it tonight. We needed it, and you can’t say enough about the crowd.”

It was the fifth playoff matchup between the longtime foes, with Boston taking a 3-2 edge. That doesn’t count the 1978 AL East tiebreaker — technically regular season Game No. 163 — that the Yankees won thanks to Bucky Dent’s homer into the net above the Green Monster.

Boone was a New York third baseman when added to the heartbreak with his 11th-inning walk-off homer in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series.

The Red Sox haven’t lost to them since.

They got their revenge the next year when they rallied after losing the first three games of the ALCS to eliminate the Yankees, then went on to win their first World Series title in 86 years. They won three more championships, in ’07, `13 and in ’18 when they knocked out the Yankees in the divisional round.

Any lingering pain disappeared into the center field bleachers in the first inning on Tuesday night.

Unlike Dent, who barely cleared the left-field wall that sits just 310 feet from home plate, Bogaerts drilled a line drive 427 feet to straightaway center. And unlike Carlton Fisk, who contorted his body to will the ball fair in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, Bogaerts interrupted his home run trot only to flex for the Red Sox dugout.

With Dent in the crowd and Aaron Boone in the Yankees dugout, the Red Sox chased Cole in the third after he allowed Schwarber’s solo shot and put two more men on with nobody out. In all, he was charged with three runs on four hits and two walks, striking out three in two-plus innings.

Cole said he felt “sick to my stomach.”

“This is the worst feeling in the world,” said the star who signed a $324 million, nine-year deal to join the Yankees for the 2019 season.

Eovaldi only allowed two hits through five innings before giving up a solo home run to Anthony Rizzo — Schwarber’s teammate on the 2016 Cubs championship team — that sparked the first excited cheers from the Yankees fans in the crowd.

With Boston leading 3-1, Judge followed with an infield single that finished Eovaldi, and reliever Ryan Brasier gave up a wall single to Giancarlo Stanton. Mistakenly waved home by third base coach Phil Nevin, Judge was easily thrown out at the plate — 8-6-2 — by the team that led the majors with 43 outfield assists during the season. (The Yankees made 22 outs at home this season, tied for the most in baseball.)

“That was better than a homer for me, personally,” Bogaerts said. “I mean, if that run scores, it’s 3-2. Stanton is at second base, the whole momentum is on their side. The dugout is getting pumped up.”

“As Judge was out at home, I saw Stanton was pretty mad. He probably wanted a homer there, but also an RBI, and he didn’t get that, and he probably felt like he didn’t do much because that run didn’t score. But that changed the game,” he said.

In all, Eovaldi allowed one run on four hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight.

Alex Verdugo hit an RBI double in the sixth, driving in a hustling Bogaerts from first, to make it 4-1 and then singled in two more in the seventh to give Boston a 6-1 lead.

Stanton, who singled high off the wall early, hit a solo homer in the ninth to make it 6-2. Joey Gallo followed with a deep drive to right that was caught at the warning track by Hunter Renfroe.

With one last “Yankees suck!” chant echoing through the ballpark, Garrett Whitlock got Gleyber Torres to pop up to center to end it.

The Red Sox poured out of their dugout and bullpen to celebrate at the pitcher’s mound as “Dirty Water” played on the speakers. A few Yankees stood in the dugout and watched.

The teams swapped places twice in the last 10 days of the season, starting with the Yankees’ three-game sweep in Boston Sept. 24-26 that moved them into the first wild-card spot. At one point, Major League Baseball ran through the tiebreaker scenarios and the Yankees had to choose whether they would want to play in Boston or Toronto to break a four-way tie.

They chose Boston.

Although the tiebreakers weren’t necessary when both teams finished ahead of Toronto and Seattle — with identical 92-70 records, Boston earned home-field by virtue of a 10-9 head-to-head record — word of the Yankees’ decision inevitably made it to the Red Sox clubhouse.

“We knew about it. We don’t really talk about it because we had some business to take care of ourselves,” Red Sox center fielder Kike Hernandez said before the game. “They wanted us and they got us now, so win or go home. That’s it.”

Los Angeles Dodgers favorite to win World Series, St. Louis Cardinals a long shot

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have been World Series favorites the entire season and remain the team to beat as the playoffs begin, according to oddsmakers.

The Dodgers are +375 to win the World Series at Caesars Sportsbook, followed closely by the Houston Astros at +475. The Tampa Bay Rays are +650, and the San Francisco Giants are +675. The Chicago White Sox (+750) and Milwaukee Brewers (+800) round out the teams with single-digit odds.

The New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves are each +1,200, the Boston Red Sox are +1,600 and St. Louis Cardinals +2,000.

The Dodgers, the defending World Series champions, opened at +450 to repeat and were never surpassed as the favorites at Caesars Sportsbook. The Dodgers host the Cardinals on Wednesday in the National League Wild Card Game.

The Astros were 22-1 on Opening Day but saw their odds improve quickly. By June, Houston was 10-1 and attracted the largest reported World Series bet at Caesars Sportsbook, for $2 million. Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, a popular Houston furniture store owner, placed the big bet on the Astros. McIngvale often uses the betting market as insurance on promotional giveaways at his Houston store, Gallery Furniture.

“Obviously, the Astros would be our worst-case scenario,” Craig Mucklow, vice president of trading at Caesars Sportsbook, said in a company release. “We’d also like the Giants, Yankees and Dodgers not to win.”

The Giants overcame long odds to reach the playoffs. They were 100-1 to win the World Series on Opening Day, the longest odds of any team to reach the playoffs. They were 200-1 back in February, when Caesars Sportsbook said a Nevada bettor placed a $2,550 bet on San Francisco that would pay a net $510,000 if the surprising Giants win it all.

The Cardinals faced even longer odd than the Giants, and in August, could be found as long as 500-1 to win the World Series. A St. Louis win would be the worst-case scenario for BetMGM sportsbooks in their odds to win the World Series.

The Yankees and Red Sox face off in a wild-card game Tuesday in Boston to open the playoffs. New York is around a -125 favorite over the Red Sox in what bookmakers are anticipating will be a heavily bet game.

Lefty Shane McClanahan to start Game 1 of ALDS for Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay left-hander Shane McClanahan will start Game of 1 of the Rays’ AL Division Series on Thursday night.

Rays manager Kevin Cash made the announcement before a team workout on Tuesday.

Rookie Shane Baz will take the mound for Game 2 on Friday night. Depending on bullpen use in the opening two games, Cash said Drew Rasmussen is the “highly likely” Game 3 starter.

Tampa Bay will face the winner of Tuesday night’s wild-card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.

McClanahan, who last year became the first pitcher to make his major league debut in the postseason, went 10-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 25 starts this season.

Baz, a member of the silver-medal winning U.S. Olympic team, was 2-0 with 2.03 ERA in three starts after being called up from Triple-A Durham last month.

Rasmussen, acquired from Milwaukee in May, went 4-0 and had a 2.44 ERA in 20 games, including 10 starts for Tampa Bay.

Brewers to start Burnes in NLDS Game 1, Woodruff in Game 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes will start Game 1 of the NL Division Series with the Atlanta Braves on Friday.

The Brewers announced Tuesday that Burnes (11-5, 2.43 ERA) will start the opening game and that right-hander Brandon Woodruff (9-10, 2.56) will start Game 2 on Saturday. The Braves are going with right-hander Charlie Morton (14-6, 3.34) for Game 1 and left-hander Max Fried (14-7, 3.04 ERA) for Game 2.

Burnes led the NL in ERA this season and had 234 strikeouts and only 34 walks in 167 innings.

In his only start against the Braves this season, Burnes gave up five runs and nine hits over four innings. The Brewers still won the July 30 game 9-5. Morton made one start against the Brewers and was 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA.

GAME OF THE WEEK: ALABAMA VS. TEXAS A&M GAME NOTES

ALABAMA NOTES:

Overall: 14th meeting (Alabama leads, 11-2) Current Streak: Alabama, Won 8 Last Meeting: Oct. 3, 2020 (W, 52-24) Series Notes: Alabama and Texas A&M will meet for the 14th time in series history on Saturday evening at Kyle Field. The Crimson Tide holds an 11-2 advantage across the previous 13 pairings, including last season’s 52-24 win in Tuscaloosa on Oct. 3. The 2020 victory is part of the Tide’s eight-game winning streak against A&M dating back to a 49-42 win in Bryan-College Station on Sept. 14, 2013. Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 8-1 in his career against the Aggies with all nine matchups occuring during his time in Tuscaloosa. Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher is 0-4 all-time against Alabama, suffering three of the losses while at A&M and one at Florida State in 2017.

SABAN VS. FORMER ASSISTANTS: Alabama’s 42-21 win against then-No. 12/12 Ole Miss last weekend was the 24th meeting between head coach Nick Saban and one of his former assistants. Saban is 24-0 all-time against his former staffers during his tenure at the Capstone. The Crimson Tide head coach’s most wins against a former assistant is four, which have come against Jimbo Fisher (Florida State, 2017; Texas A&M 2018-20).

SABAN’S ROAD RECORD: Head coach Nick Saban owns a 80-32-1 (.712) mark in road games across his four career stops, including a 52-9 (.852) mark while at Alabama. Saban has notched eight perfect road records (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020) and has lost more than one game on the road in only two seasons (2007, 2010). With Alabama’s 31-29 win at then-No. 11/9 Florida on Sept. 18, the Tide has won 38 of its last 42 road games dating back to the 2011 campaign.

SABAN IN SEC ROAD GAMES: Head coach Nick Saban owns a 62-16 (.861) mark in SEC road games across his time at LSU and Alabama, including a 50-8 (.862) record with the Crimson Tide. Saban has notched nine perfect SEC road seasons (2003, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2020).

UNRANKED, NO PROBLEM UNDER SABAN: With its 63-14 win over Southern Miss on Sept. 25, Alabama has defeated 100 consecutive unranked teams under head coach Nick Saban, the longest streak in FBS history. The current streak began with a win over Colorado on Dec. 30, 2007 in the Independence Bowl. The previous record was 72 games, shared by Miami (Fla.) (1984-95) and Florida (1989-2000). Over the 100-game stretch, only Ohio State has single-digit losses to unranked opponents with nine. Under Saban, Alabama holds a 104-3 (.972) (100-3, .971 after vacations) mark against unranked opponents.

OCTOBER DOMINANCE UNDER SABAN: Alabama head coach Nick Saban has been dominant in the month of October during his time in Tuscaloosa. Saban has compiled a 50-2 (.962) mark, including 28-0 at home and 22-2 on the road . His first October loss at the helm of the Crimson Tide came in 2010 at South Carolina, with the only other loss being a 2014 loss at Ole Miss. For his career, Saban is 79-17 (.823) including a 3-1 mark at Toledo, a 12-8 record at Michigan State and a 12-6 stretch at LSU in addition to his time with the Crimson Tide. Meanwhile, Alabama is the only unbeaten FBS team in the month of October since the start of 2017 at 15-0. UA has also won 26 straight October games going into the Texas A&M contest.

BIG POINTS vs. THE SEC:Last season, Alabama defeated Kentucky by a 60-point margin with a final score of 63-3 on Nov. 21, 2020. The win against the Wildcats was the Crimson Tide’s seventh 50-plus point victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent under head coach Nick Saban. For perspective, since Saban’s arrival in 2007, the rest of the SEC has only combined for seven 50-point victories in league play over that span.

50-PLUS vs. RANKED OPPONENTS: Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has posted 50-plus points against Associated Press Top 25 teams on seven occasions, while three of those seven occasions came last season. The most recent instance came on Jan. 11, 2021 at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game when the Crimson Tide defeated then-No. 3/3/3 Ohio State, 52-24. Below is a look at Saban’s 50-plus point games vs. ranked teams.

SABAN vs. AP TOP 25: The Crimson Tide’s 42-21 win over then-No. 12 Ole Miss on Oct. 2 was Nick Saban’s 93rd career win, and 70th at Alabama, against the Associated Press Top 25. Saban moved past Joe Paterno (86) for the most career wins against the AP Top 25 when he defeated then-No. 22 Auburn on Nov. 28, 2020. The late Florida State legend Bobby Bowden ranks third all-time (82), while Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant is fourth (66). Former Duke, Florida and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is fifth (64). Saban’s winning percentage against AP ranked teams (93-42, .689) tops Bryant (.592), Bowden (.557), Spurrier (.529) and Paterno (.512).

TEXAS A&M NOTES:

WHAT TO WATCH FOR • The Aggies will look to bounce back after dropping their first two games of conference play. • Junior RB Isaiah Spiller has been Texas A&M’s most consistent performer on offense this season as he ranks fifth in the SEC, averaging 90.60 yards per game and fourth with 6.54 per rush. • Junior TE Jalen Wydermyer is climbing A&M’s career receiving touchdowns list as he enters the week with 13 career TDs … His 11-yard grab against Mississippi State moved him into the top 10 all-time at A&M and his next grab will tie him for ninth with Tony Harrison (1990-93). • Wydermyer needs 52 receiving yards to move into second on A&M’s all-time career list among tight ends … He is 117 yards away from Martellus Bennett’s record of 1,246 as he enters the week with 1,129 to date. • Sophomore DB Antonio Johnson has led the defense in tackles in three of the team’s five games this season and leads the team on the year with 41 takedowns so far, 29 of which are solo tackles … He recorded the first double-digit tackles game of his career with 15 against the Bulldogs. • Senior PLK Seth Small is just six points away from moving into third on A&M’s all-time career scoring list, he has scored 303 points to date … Randy Bullock, who was recently inducted into the Texas A&M Athletics Hall of Fame, owns the school record of 365 points from 2008-11.

QUICK HITS • Against Arkansas, junior RB Isaiah Spiller became just the sixth Aggie rusher to tally over 500 career receiving yards, upping his total to 502 with 34 yards through the air. • Junior WR Ainias Smith ranks seventh in the nation and leads the SEC among players that have returned at least 10 punts as he averages 10.53 yards per return … His 423 career punt return yards rank 12th on A&M’s all-time list. • Junior DeMarvin Leal and graduate Micheal Clemons have been a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line over the last three games, as the pair has combined to tally 10.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks and seven QB hurries. • Sophomore P Nik Constantinou ranks 9th in the country, averaging 47.8 yards per punt on the year … Constantinou, who was named SEC Punter of the Week for his efforts against New Mexico, has sent 11 of his 23 punts more than 50 yards downfield and landed 13 of them inside the 20. • A&M boasts the fifth-best scoring defense in the country, giving up 12.6 points per game so far this year. • The Aggies saw great production out of their freshmen against New Mexico, with wide receivers Demond Demas and Moose Muhammad III making not only the first catches of their young careers, but the first TD receptions as well. • Quick starts have been a harbinger of Aggie victories in the Jimbo Fisher era … The Aggies are 21-4 when scoring first and a perfect 20-0 when leading after the first quarter.

Maryland’s Demus out for the season with knee injury

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Maryland receiver Dontay Demus is expected to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a blow to one of the Big Ten’s top passing offenses.

Coach Michael Locksley updated Demus’ status Tuesday. Demus leads the Big Ten with 507 yards receiving on the season, but he was injured returning a kickoff in Friday’s 51-14 loss to Iowa.

The Terrapins play at No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday. Maryland does have productive depth at receiver. Rakim Jarrett (276 yards, four TDs) and Jeshaun Jones (218 yards) also rank in the top 25 in the Big Ten in yards receiving.

Maryland is averaging 317.4 yards passing per game, the second-best mark in the league behind Ohio State.

Steelers’ Tomlin: Roethlisberger ‘absolutely’ the right QB

PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Tomlin admits Ben Roethlisberger can’t move around and extend plays like he used to. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach doesn’t believe that’s reason enough to move on from his team’s longtime quarterback during a 1-3 start.

Tomlin believes the accuracy issues that have plagued Roethlisberger over the opening month of the two-time Super Bowl winner’s 18th season are “fixable” and has no plans to turn to backup Mason Rudolph.

Asked Tuesday if Roethlisberger is the right quarterback to run first-year offensive coordinator Matt Canada’s system, Tomlin replied “absolutely.”

“You know what he does and what he’s done makes me really comfortable in saying that,” Tomlin said.

At least, when Roethlisberger is healthy. Something he’s not at the moment. The 39-year-old is dealing with a hip issue that could limit his practice time ahead of Sunday’s visit from Denver (3-1). This is the second time in three weeks Roethlisberger has been dinged up. He injured his left pectoral muscle during a loss to Las Vegas on Sept. 19, though he took every snap during a 24-10 setback at the hands of Cincinnati the following Sunday.

It’s uncertain when Roethlisberger tweaked his hip. The Packers sacked him twice while beating the Steelers 27-17 last weekend, pushing the season total Pittsburgh’s retooled offensive line has allowed to 10, just three fewer than Roethlisberger took in 15 games while leading the Steelers to the AFC North title.

Tomlin said his concern for Roethlisberger’s safety isn’t “out of the ordinary” from what it has been in recent seasons and attributed some of the bumps and bruises as being a combination of Roethlisberger’s age and playing from behind, a situation that forces the Steelers to pass and gives opponents more opportunities to take aim at his familiar No. 7.

“There’s collateral damage that’s associated with (playing from behind) for him and for us,” Tomlin said. “And I think we all understand that. I think that’s why it’s important that we continue to work to improve and have a well-rounded approach to play and get better in all areas.”

Pittsburgh’s league-worst running game did show signs of life against the Packers. Rookie Najee Harris ran for 61 yards on 15 carries, easily his best total so far as a pro. Yet because the Steelers trailed by two scores or more for the majority of the second half, Roethlisberger ended up throwing it 40 times, completing 26 for 232 yards with a touchdown and a pick.

There were visible signs of the accuracy that’s made Roethlisberger one of eight quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 400 touchdowns. He found Diontae Johnson for a 45-yard score on Pittsburgh’s opening possession and connected with James Washington for a 30-yard gain in the fourth quarter.

In between, however, there were the kind of misses that have cropped up with regularity over his past eight regular-season starts, a stretch in which the Steelers are just 2-6. A pair of deep looks to JuJu Smith-Schuster came up empty – with both receiver and quarterback trying to take the blame afterward – and a handful of times where Roethlisberger failed to recognize teammates running free in the secondary.

“I dropped my elbow down, and when you drop your elbow, the ball isn’t as accurate,” he said. “That’s just on me to make the better throws. We had some plays. We had some guys open on the sidelines early. I throw them a little faster than I want to at times. At the end of the day, you have to make the throws.”

Roethlisberger is completing 62% of his passes since Pittsburgh’s franchise-record 11-0 run to start 2020 ended, with 12 touchdowns, eight interceptions and a pedestrian quarterback rating of 80.6, well below his career average of 93.7.

Tomlin understands mounting outside frustration with the team finding itself in the unusual position of last in the competitive AFC North. Both he and Roethlisberger understand negativity comes with the job when things aren’t going well in a place where – for the better part of two decades – things have gone as well for any franchise in the NFL not named New England.

While Tomlin stressed he has plenty of confidence in Rudolph if for some reason Roethlisberger is unable to go at any point this season. Yet he’s nowhere close to turning to Rudolph even if Roethlisberger isn’t the play-extending master he once was.

“Ben used to be able to run really well when he was young, those days are behind him,” Tomlin said. “Other than that, I don’t see much that’s not a discussion in terms of technical alterations or quality of play that can be improved.”

NOTES: WR Chase Claypool (hamstring) and RT Chuks Okorafor (concussion) both have a chance to return to practice after sitting out last week. … RT Zach Banner (knee) is nearing a return after being activated from injured reserve last week. … The status of DB Cam Sutton (groin) and LG Kevin Dotson (hip) is uncertain.

Chiefs adding wide receiver Josh Gordon to 53-man roster

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs are adding Josh Gordon to their 53-man roster and the wide receiver, who was just reinstated by the NFL last week, is expected to play in Sunday night’s AFC title game rematch against the Buffalo Bills.

The Chiefs signed Gordon, who had finished his sixth suspension for violations of NFL policies, to the practice squad last week with the assumption that he would join the active roster when he learned enough of the playbook.

“I’m just going to see how he does this week and talk to him,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday, when asked whether Gordon would play against the Bills.

“We’ll just see kind of where he’s at and how he’s feeling. There’s a chance, but there’s a chance he’s not also. I’m just going to play it by ear and see how he feels.”

The Chiefs have a robust offensive playbook and it can take an entire season to learn, but Gordon wouldn’t need to know all of it. He would only need to understand a designated package of plays to be able to contribute.

“It’s really more of a comfort thing with the offense,” Reid said. “I don’t want to put him in a bad situation out there.”

Gordon gives the Chiefs an element they’ve been lacking in their dynamic offense: a big, athletic wide receiver who not only provides a downfield option but help in the red zone. He led the league with 1,646 yards receiving in 2013, when he was an All-Pro with Cleveland, and he showed flashes of the same ability during brief stops in New England and Seattle.

The question is whether the 30-year-old Gordon can avoid the drug issues that have derailed his career.

“Oh man, he’s going to help tremendously,” Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill said. “I feel like adding another veteran like that who’s played in this league for a long time is crazy. He’s definitely going to add another value to this team.

“I actually told him, `When you played for the Browns, I was just graduating high school.’ That’s crazy, right?”

Hill and tight end Travis Kelce have combined to catch 54 passes for 765 yards and seven TDs, while the rest of the team combined has 48 catches for 453 yards and seven scores.

Their four other wide receivers – Mecole Hardman, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson and Marcus Kemp – have just 26 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns.

“(Gordon) is going to be a guy that even if he’s covered, he’s not covered,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said. “You can kind of throw it up there and he can make plays. But I’m excited to work with him. I’ve talked to him a little bit here now and he seems like a great dude that wants to come and work, so we’ll see as he gets out here on the practice field how he can help us as an offense.”

Roethlisberger dealing with hip injury ahead of Broncos matchup

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger suffered a hip injury Sunday that could affect his ability to start this week’s game against the Denver Broncos, head coach Mike Tomlin said, according to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.

Tomlin added that Roethlisberger’s participation in practice this week will be a guideline as to whether he’ll be able to suit up versus the Broncos.

This is the second ailment for Roethlisberger this year following a pectoral injury he suffered against the Las Vegas Raiders. He didn’t miss any time as a result of that, though.

Roethlisberger has struggled thus far for the 1-3 Steelers. He’s thrown for 1,033 yards and just four touchdowns to go along with four interceptions.

However, Tomlin still believes the veteran is the best starting quarterback option for the Steelers.

“What he does and what he’s done makes me really comfortable in saying that,” he said, according to Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network.

Report: Montgomery set to miss 4-5 weeks with knee sprain

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery is expected to miss four-to-five weeks after tests revealed he suffered a knee sprain Sunday against the Detroit Lions, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.

Montgomery could potentially return around the Bears’ Week 10 bye, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

The 24-year-old was in the midst of a tremendous rushing effort in Sunday’s victory before exiting, tallying 106 yards and two touchdowns.

Montgomery has been one of the few bright spots in what has been a stagnant offense. He has accumulated 309 yards on the ground and two 100-plus yard performances this season.

Chicago will likely turn to Damien Williams while Montgomery is sidelined. Williams rushed for 55 yards on eight carries during the Week 4 win over Detroit.

AP source: Dolphins send Jakeem Grant to Bears for 2023 pick

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) The Miami Dolphins traded wide receiver and returner Jakeem Grant to the Chicago Bears on Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

Grant is going to the Bears in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2023 draft, according to the person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

Grant had primarily been a returner for the Dolphins this season, with only two catches for minus-7 yards in the season’s first four games.

He returned eight punts for 59 yards and two kickoffs for 46 yards so far this season. But in Sunday’s loss to Indianapolis, he muffed a punt for a turnover deep in Miami territory and the Colts turned that extended possession into a field goal for a 17-3 lead.

Indianapolis went on to win 27-17.

“I think we are still evaluating all positions, to include the returner position,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Monday. “Obviously Jakeem struggled a bit. … He’s been very productive for a number of years but struggled a bit (Sunday). We’ll take a look at that position, like we will for all positions, and do what we feel is best for the team.”

The trade gives Miami the chance to make rookie Jaylen Waddle the primary returner.

Grant was a sixth-round pick in 2016 for Miami. He made 91 catches for 1,001 yards in parts of six seasons with the team, with five touchdowns. He also had five return touchdowns for Miami – three punts, two kickoffs – and a rushing score.

Jaguars owner reprimands Meyer for ‘inexcusable’ behavior

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan publicly reprimanded Urban Meyer on Tuesday for the coach’s “inexcusable” behavior at an Ohio bar over the weekend.

Khan released a statement condemning Meyer’s actions, which were captured on video and released on social media. One shows a young woman dancing close to Meyer’s lap as he sits on a bar stool, a clip that quickly went viral. A second, more damning video appears to show Meyer touching the woman’s behind.

“I have addressed this matter with Urban. Specifics of our conversation will be held in confidence. What I will say is his conduct last weekend was inexcusable,” Khan said. “I appreciate Urban’s remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver.”

Meyer apologized Monday to his family, team and Khan. He called a team meeting and vowed to “own it,” the motto he uses daily and has plastered all around the Jaguars facility.

“Just stupid,” Meyer said. “Should not have put myself in that kind of position.”

Meyer didn’t fly back with his winless team following Jacksonville’s 24-21 loss at Cincinnati on Thursday night, a highly unusual move for any coach. Instead, he remained in his home state of Ohio to see family members and went to dinner Friday at his restaurant/bar in Columbus, Urban Meyer’s Pint House.

“There was a big group next to our restaurant and they wanted me to come over and take pictures, and I did,” Meyer said. “They were trying to pull me out on the dance floor, screwing around, and I should have left.”

The first video shows a young blond woman dancing between the 57-year-old Meyer’s legs as he was sitting on a bar stool. The second, taken from a different angle, shows Meyer’s right hand on or near her bottom.

The Jaguars (0-4) have lost 19 consecutive games, seven shy of tying the NFL record set by Tampa Bay in 1977. Meyer insists they have shown dramatic improvements since Week 1.

Meyer said he’s concerned the videos could have long-term ramifications with players he has asked to buy into his makeover.

“I have a very good relationship with our players,” Meyer said. “I’ve dealt with this, not on the other side but with staff members and with other things, and I’ve dealt with it. So to say I’m concerned, yeah, I am concerned. But I just got to do right.”

Los Angeles Chargers DE Joey Bosa rips into ‘blind’ officials after win

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INGLEWOOD, Calif.–  Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa ripped into the officiating crew in Monday night’s 28-14 win over the Las Vegas Raiders, calling them “blind” following a missed holding call late in the fourth quarter that ultimately led to Bosa being hit with a potentially costly penalty.

“I didn’t even know they called the f—ing penalty on me because I was fuming,” Bosa said while answering a question about the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he received after he complained about the missed call. “But, I mean, refs are blind, simple. I’m sorry, but you’re blind, like open your eyes and do your job. It’s so bad it’s unbelievable.”

With less than four minutes remaining in the game and the Raiders facing first-and-10 at their own 37-yard line, quarterback Derek Carr threw an incomplete pass. Bosa, who had already recorded his 50th career sack in the first quarter, argued that the referees did not call a holding penalty against a lineman trying to block him on the play. The ensuing unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Bosa gave the Raiders the ball at the Chargers’ 48-yard line, down 14 points.

“Fifteen yards, it’s a big deal,” Bosa said. “Obviously that’s on me. I should never lose my temper like that, but these guys have got to do a better job because it’s been years of terrible missed calls left and right. It’s really pathetic, honestly, but pathetic on me too for doing what I did. Call or not I have to take a step back and just go to the next play, but, man, they seem not to have their eyes open half the time.”

The call didn’t end up costing the Chargers, as two plays later, Derwin James intercepted Carr to all but seal the victory. James said the play made up for the 51-yard pass he gave up earlier in the quarter to Raiders receiver  Henry Ruggs III.

“That 4.2 speed [got me],” James said.

The Chargers’ defense limited the Raiders’ offense to 213 total yards as Los Angeles pulled into a first-place tie with Las Vegas and Denver in the AFC West.

Cowboys cutting LB Jaylon Smith with looming $9.2M guarantee

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Cowboys are releasing linebacker Jaylon Smith in what could be considered a cost-cutting move because of a guaranteed salary next season in the case of an injury.

Smith’s role had been reduced after Micah Parsons was drafted 12th overall this year and the Cowboys moved free-agent pickup Keanu Neal to linebacker from safety. The move can’t become official before Wednesday.

The decision won’t save the Cowboys any money on Smith’s $9.8 million salary cap figure this year, but protects them from his $9.2 million salary for 2022 becoming guaranteed if he gets injured.

The team said on its website that attempts to trade Smith were unsuccessful.

Dallas drafted Smith in the second round in 2016 knowing he wouldn’t play as a rookie because of a significant left knee injury sustained in his final game with Notre Dame at the Fiesta Bowl.

After an up-and-down debut in 2017, Smith had his best season in 2018 with 150 tackles and career bests of four sacks and 13 quarterback pressures. It was the only one of his four full seasons when the Cowboys made the playoffs.

Smith signed a $64 million, five-year extension before the 2019 season. About $34 million of that contract was guaranteed.

Even with Neal out for a second consecutive game because of COVID-19 protocols Sunday against Carolina, Smith played just 28 snaps. Neal is expected to return from the COVID-19 reserve list this week against the New York Giants.

NFL THURSDAY PREVIEW: LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-1) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-2)

THURSDAY, OCT. 7, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 25-20

STREAKS: Rams have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/27/20: Seahawks 20 at Rams 9

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/20

RAMS NOTES:

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 280 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 89.5 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row in 2021 with 275+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Passed for 310 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 96.9 rating in his last start vs. Sea. (10/28/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 4th in row on road with 100+ rating. Has 3,220 pass yards (292.7 per game) in 11 career games on Thursday. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had season-high 116 scrimmage yards (89 rush, 27 rec.) & career-high 5 receptions last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 80+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR COOPER KUPP aims for his 9th in row with 5+ catches. Has 5+ receptions in 5 of his past 6 vs. Sea. Has 23 catches for 312 yards (104 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 3 on Thursday. Aims for his 4th in row on Thursday with TD catch. WR ROBERT WOODS had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Aims for his 5th in row on Thursday with 5+ receptions. Has 792 scrimmage yards (88 per game) in 9 career games vs. Sea. WR VAN JEFFERSON had set career highs in catches (6) & rec. yards (90) & had 3rd career TD catch last week. • DL AARON DONALD has 15 sacks & 22 TFL in 15 games, incl. postseason, vs. Sea. Has 5.5 sacks & 8 TFL in 7 career games on Thursday. Aims for his 5th in row on Thursday with TFL. LB LEONARD FLOYD aims for his 4th in row with sack. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 2+ sacks. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 2 PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD.

SEAHAWKS NOTES:

QB RUSSELL WILSON had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 116 rating last week. Joined HOFer PEYTON MANNING (105 wins) as only QBs with 100+ reg. season wins in 1st 10 seasons. Became 3rd QB all-time with 0 INTs & 110+ rating in each of his team’s 1st 4 games. Has 18 TDs (16 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.8 rating in 9 career home starts vs. Rams. Has 13 TDs vs. INT for 125.6 rating in 5 career home starts on Thursday. Aims for his 4th in row at home & 6th in row at home on Thursday with 110+ rating. • RB CHRIS CARSON has 206 scrimmage yards (103 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in 2 career games on Thursday. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with TD. Has 420 scrimmage yards (105 per game) & rec. TD in 4 career games vs. LAR. RB ALEX COLLINS had 78 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 34 rec.) & 17th career rush TD in Week 4. • WR DK METCALF had 65 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 10 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday & 3rd in row overall with TD catch. Has 6+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. LAR. WR TYLER LOCKETT has 5+ catches in 4 of his past 5 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row on Thursday with TD catch. WR FREDDIE SWAIN has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 10 tackles last week. Has 79 tackles (8.8 per game) in 9 career games on Thursday. Aims for his 10th in row at home vs. Rams with 5+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ tackles. S QUANDRE DIGGS had 1st INT of season last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX/NFLN/Amazon (8:20 PM ET): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink (field reporters) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dave Pasch, Rod Woodson SIRIUS: 81 (LAR), 83 (Sea.) | XM: 226 (LAR), 225 (Sea.) | SXM App: 818 (LAR), 828 (Sea.) | National: 88

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 FOOTBALL

• Conference action continues this week, with five Big Ten contests highlighted by a trio of divisional matchups. Action kicks off on Saturday at noon ET when Maryland travels to Ohio State and Rutgers plays host to Michigan State. The complete schedule appears to the right.

• Four Big Ten teams remain undefeated on the season, as Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State are all 5-0.

• Five Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week, highlighted by two of the top five teams and four teams in the top 10. Iowa leads the conference at No. 3, followed by No. 4 Penn State, No. 7 Ohio State, No. 9 Michigan, and No. 11 Michigan State.

• Michigan currently ranks among the top 20 nationally in both scoring offense and scoring defense. The Wolverines rank 11th in scoring offense and sixth in scoring defense, scoring 39.8 points per game and allowing 12.8. Four other Big Ten teams rank among the top-15 in scoring defense: No. 2 Iowa (11.6), No. 3 Penn State (12.0), No. 12 Purdue (15.4) and No. 13 Nebraska (15.5).

• 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.

• Michigan’s 38-17 victory on Saturday marked the first in Madison since the 2001 season, snapping a five-game losing streak of games played at Wisconsin. The Wolverines improved to 5-0 to start the season for the first time since 2016. David Ojabo recorded 2.5 sacks and led the Wolverines with seven tackles (four solo), including two for a loss, for the first multi-sack game of his career.

• Ohio State defeated Rutgers, 52-13, in Piscataway, N.J., becoming the third team to win 20 straight Big Ten games. The Buckeyes also extended their road game win streak to 11 games, which ties for the fourth-most all-time and the longest active road win streak in FBS. It was also Ohio State’s ninth straight road win by double digits, which is the longest streak in Big Ten history and the third-longest by a FBS team since 2000.

• Iowa defeated Maryland 51-14 on Friday and has now won its last 11 games. The Hawkeyes have outscored their last 11 opponents, 380-141, averaging 34.5 points per game offensively and allowing 12.8 PPG during the winning streak. Iowa has won 11 straight for the first time since opening the 2015 season with 12 straight wins. That season, Iowa reached the Big Ten Championship Game and accepted an invitation to the 2016 Rose Bowl. The Hawkeyes have gone 27 straight games allowing 24 points or fewer, which is the longest active streak in FBS and the second-longest streak by a FBS team since 1990.

• Six different Hawkeyes intercepted a pass in Friday’s win over Maryland, tying a school record for most players with an interception in a single game. The six interceptions are the most in a game since Iowa had a school-record seven interceptions vs. Wisconsin in 1982. Iowa leads the nation with 12 interceptions this season and has 76 interceptions since 2017, more than any team in the country.

• A career day of 257 yards from sophomore RB Chase Brown led the Fighting Illini to a 24-14 victory against Charlotte on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Brown’s 257 rushing yards marked the fourth-most in a single game in Illini history and the third-most by an FBS player in 2021, trailing only Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson (277 vs. Tulsa on Sept. 18) and Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III (264 at Northwestern on Sept. 3).

•  Michigan State scored six touchdowns in the first half to open up a 26-point lead and put up more than 500 yards of total offense en route to a 48-31 win over Western Kentucky last Saturday. The Spartans improved to 5-0 for the first time since 2015 and for the 13th time overall in school history. Mel Tucker is the second coach in school history to begin his second season 5-0 joining Charlie Bachman in 1934. Junior running back Kenneth Walker III had 24 carries for 126 yards and scored three touchdowns, while redshirt sophomore quarterback Payton Thorne completed 20-of-30 passes for 327 yards, threw one touchdown pass and had seven carries for 31 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown run.

• 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.


Saturday, October 9, 2021
AwayHomeTimeLocationLinks
MarylandOhio State12:00 P.M.Columbus, OH (Conf.)TV: FOX Radio: Maryland Sports Radio Network
Michigan StateRutgers12:00 P.M.Piscataway, N.J. (Conf.)TV: Big Ten Network Stats Radio: FOX Sports New Jersey 93.5-FM & 1450-AM, WOR 710-AM, XM 196, Sirius 132, Scarlet Knights App Video
WisconsinIllinois3:30 P.M.Champaign, Ill. (Conf.)TV: BTN Stats Radio: Busey Bank Illini Sports Network Video
Penn StateIowa4:00 P.M.Iowa City, Iowa (Conf.)TV: FOX or FS1
MichiganNebraska7:30 P.M.Lincoln, Neb. (Conf.)TV: ABC Stats Radio: Huskers Radio Network Video

Pau Gasol retires from professional basketball

Two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol is retiring from professional basketball, he announced Tuesday during a press conference in his native Spain.

“It was a difficult decision, as you might imagine, after many years,” Gasol said. “But it was a decision made with a lot of thought.

“You have to change gears a little bit and know how to enjoy it. And one of the things I wanted was to end my career while enjoying it. Not because of an injury, not in crutches.”

Gasol played 18 seasons in the NBA from 2001-19. He split time with the Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs. He had a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2019-20 campaign but never made an appearance due to his recovery from foot surgery.

He spent the 2020-21 campaign with Barcelona, the team with which he signed his first professional contract as a teenager.

The Lakers intend to retire the No. 16 jersey Gasol wore over six-and-a-half seasons with the franchise, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

In 1,226 games in the Association, the six-time All-Star tallied 17 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 36.8% from distance. He won both of his titles in back-to-back seasons with the Lakers.

A potential Hall of Famer, Gasol was also the 2002 Rookie of the Year with the Grizzlies and was selected to four All-NBA teams throughout his career.

The former third overall pick helped lead Spain to success on the international stage, winning a silver medal at both the 2008 and 2012 Summer Games. He also earned bronze in 2016.

Wiggins: Options were ‘get vaccinated or not play in the NBA’

Golden State Warriors wing Andrew Wiggins said his choice about whether to get vaccinated for COVID-19 became a straightforward one in spite of his personal beliefs.

“I feel like my only option was to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA,” Wiggins told The Athletic’s Anthony Slater on Monday.

Wiggins was hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine – the failure to do so would have prohibited him from participating in Warriors home games and practices due to local mandates in San Francisco.

The 26-year-old applied for a religious exemption, which the league denied.

“It was a tough decision. Hopefully, in 10 years it works out and I’m still healthy,” Wiggins said.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr confirmed Sunday that Wiggins got vaccinated and is eligible to play in the Warriors’ home opener versus the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 19.

“It’s not something I wanted to do. But I was kind of forced into it … I guess to do certain stuff and to work, you don’t own your body. Hopefully, there’s people who are stronger than me and keep fighting for what they believe in,” Wiggins added.

The NBA announced last week that individuals unable to play in home markets with local vaccine mandates like San Francisco and New York City will forfeit their pay for games missed. Wiggins, who’s entering the fourth season of a five-year, $147-million deal, would have forfeited $15.8 million in salary this season as a result.

“I had COVID before, and it wasn’t too bad,” Wiggins said. “A couple of years ago I had an allergic reaction to something. It was a scary moment and I carry an EpiPen now. I know a lot of people get reactions or injuries from getting the vaccination, also I don’t know what it’s going to do to me in 10 years in terms of gene damage.”

He added: “There are no studies on whether or not it’s going to cause cancerous cells, so I don’t know what (the vaccine) is going to do to my body.

“No one in my family is vaccinated. It’s not really something we believe in. I didn’t want to get the vaccination. It’s not something I wanted to do.”

The NBA reached a 95% vaccination standard for its players last Thursday, which represents an increase since training camps opened, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Phoenix Suns, Deandre Ayton negotiations on max rookie extension have stalled, sources say

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The Phoenix Suns’ reluctance to offer a maximum rookie contract extension to 2018 No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton has stalled discussions on a deal, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Ayton, a key part of the Suns’ run to the 2021 NBA Finals, has no intention of accepting a deal less than the comparable max contracts signed by several of his 2018 NBA draft classmates, including Atlanta’s Trae Young, Dallas’ Luka Doncic, Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Denver’s Michael Porter Jr., sources told ESPN.

Ayton, 23, is eligible for a five-year, $172.5 million extension, with escalators that could reach $207 million — a deal that many executives leaguewide expected would be complete in short order this offseason. But now, with a looming Oct. 18 deadline for rookie extensions, sources said the talks between the Suns and Ayton’s representatives have been slowed by ownership’s current assertion that Ayton doesn’t deserve to be included in that group of players — and a belief by the 7-footer that his performance, his potential and the marketplace dictate that he does.

Without a deal, Ayton could become a restricted free agent next summer. The Suns keep matching rights on any offer sheet next year but risk creating a level of acrimony with Ayton that could impact the team’s long-term relationship with him and the pursuit of another Western Conference championship.

A significant part of Ayton’s development and maturity has revolved around the relationship and trust he has built with coach Monty Williams in their two seasons together. That would be tested should Ayton spend the season believing he’s headed to restricted free agency.

Ayton blossomed under Williams, becoming the two-way force the Suns imagined when selecting him at No. 1 three years ago.

If Suns owner Robert Sarver doesn’t come to an agreement with Ayton before the deadline, it will certainly raise questions again about his commitment to constructing a sustainable contender in the Western Conference.

Sarver hasn’t paid luxury tax as Suns owner since the 2009-10 season — a full decade before the franchise returned to the playoffs in 2020-21. There were long questions about Sarver’s decision to trade future All-Star guard Joe Johnson in 2005 instead of extending his contract, a move that many believe cost the Suns a championship in the Steve Nash-Amare Stoudemire era.

Many contending teams have three max players on the roster. For example, Denver had Porter join league MVP Nikola Jokic and guard Jamal Murray with three maxes this summer. For now, the Suns have Devin Booker and Chris Paul on max contracts.

The Suns signed Paul to an extension over the summer but have yet to come to an agreement with Ayton or with another key member of their roster. Forward Mikal Bridges is also eligible for a rookie extension.

Ayton averaged 14.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks a game in his third NBA season in 2020-21. Among his playoff successes, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information data, his 66% postseason field goal percentage was the highest in NBA history. He shot at least 50% in 17 straight playoff games, trailing only Shaquille O’Neal (2006) for the longest postseason streak in league history.

Ayton held NBA Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo to 53% shooting as the primary defender in the Finals, while Antetokounmpo shot 70% against the rest of the Suns.

Ayton and Paul’s partnership was one of the most productive in the league last season, with Paul assisting on 143 Ayton baskets; only Golden State’s Steph Curry and Draymond Green had more as a combination.

Fighter dies weeks after knock out during Mississippi event

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A 38-year-old mixed martial arts fighter has died more than a month after he was knocked out in the ring during a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Justin Ray Thornton died Monday, the Natchez Democrat reported. He was a Natchez native, and he owned and coached at a mixed martial arts gym in Natchez.

Laird Funeral Home in Natchez, which is handling arrangements, said Thornton died in Gulfport.

Thornton was knocked out Aug. 20 by Dillon Cleckler in a heavyweight bout during the event in Biloxi. Thornton stayed down several minutes after he hit the mat. He was taken out of the ring on a stretcher and taken to a Gulf Coast hospital with serious injuries.

A Sept. 23 post on Thornton’s Facebook page said he was paralyzed, on a ventilator, being treated for a lung infection and being given medication for a spinal cord injury.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship president Dave Feldman confirmed Thornton’s death on Monday.

“We join the rest of the combat sports community in sending our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones,” Feldman said in a statement to MMA Fighting, the Democrat reported.

Koepka, DeChambeau to face off in made-for-TV match in Vegas

(AP) — Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau will finally get their match, even if it’s just 12 holes.

After butting heads in a dispute driven largely on social media for the better part of two years, Koepka and DeChambeau will face each other in the latest edition of “Capital One’s The Match” the day after Thanksgiving at Wynn Golf Course on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Nov. 26 exhibition will be shown on TNT and give everyone plenty of time to relive their back-and-forth that began at Liberty National in August 2019 and appeared to cool when they were teammates on the winning U.S. team at the Ryder Cup.

DeChambeau hinted at “something fun coming up here” during his news conference at the Ryder Cup. Koepka was asked about it two days later at his news conference and said: “I have no idea. I didn’t listen to the comment or hear what he said.”

Both will have open mics during the 12-hole match.

Koepka and DeChambeau have been paired together only four times on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2019 for the opening two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. The other occasions were the third round of the Tour Championship in 2018 and the final round of the 2016 Masters, when DeChambeau was an amateur.

DeChambeau will be making his second appearance in the made-for-TV bonanza, having partnered with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in beating Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady last summer. Koepka is playing in it for the first time.

DeChambeau was in Las Vegas last week and reached the quarterfinals of the Long Drivers Association Championship, a remarkable feat considering he faced the world’s best at swinging as hard and launching as far as they could. He had a number of drives go 400 yards or more.

The exhibition, which began with Mickelson beating Tiger Woods in 2018 at Shadow Creek, has raised nearly $30 million for various charities and generated some 10 million meal donations.

NEXT UP IN RYDER CUP?

Sam Burns won for the second time this year on the PGA Tour, just 13 days after Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker broke the news that Burns would not be part of the U.S. team.

Burns can’t start earning points for the 2023 team until next year.

And if history is any indication, the U.S. team will feature plenty of newcomers. The Americans steamrolled Europe for the largest margin of victory – 19-9 – since the modern era began in 1979 by expanding Britain and Ireland to include continental Europe.

The U.S. team that won at Hazeltine by a 17-11 margin had only six players make it back to the team that went to France in 2018. That’s not unusual. Dating to 1981, there have been only six Ryder Cups where more than six Americans made it back to the next team.

One question is, who would be the six not at Whistling Straits?

Among those who missed out, besides Burns, were Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson and the slumping Rickie Fowler. Matthew Wolff figured to be on the 2021 team when he tied for fourth and was runner-up in consecutive majors in 2020, but he went into a tailspin with his game and emotions. As for newcomers? Remember, Collin Morikawa was still in college when the previous Ryder Cup was played.

Perhaps the better question is, who won’t make it back?

The 1999 and 2012 teams had eight returning players. The two constants were Phil Mickelson, who set a record by playing in 12 successive teams, and Jim Furyk, who played nine in a row.

For now, it’s hard to imagine a U.S. team without Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay, and Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau for years to come.

Then again, Spieth would have been left off the team if not for the one-year postponement because of the coronavirus pandemic.

CADDIE MOVEMENTS

Two major champions are starting the new season with different caddies.

Ted Scott had been with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson his entire career, and they have decided to part ways. Watson said Scott “deserves more credit than anyone can imagine” for helping him on and off the golf course.

Jimmy Johnson is no longer with Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA Champion and FedEx Cup champion. No reason was given for their split, except for Thomas saying he did not fire Johnson. Thomas said Jim “Bones” Mackay, the former longtime caddie for Phil Mickelson, will work for him. Johnson was the second full-time caddie Thomas had as a pro.

MONEY FOR NOTHING

The steady increase in prize money plays a role in Cameron Tringale extending his lead as the player with the most PGA Tour earnings without winning.

His most recent chance was the Sanderson Farms Championship, where Tringale began the final round one shot behind and closed with a 71 to tie for 11th. That was worth $162,750, pushing his career earnings to $14,487,568.

That’s a little more than $1 million better than Brian Davis of England, who played his last full season in 2019. The difference is Davis has played 372 events, compared with 311 for Tringale.

Of the nine players with $10 million or more without winning (who primarily play the PGA Tour), Brett Quigley had the most starts at 408.

Tringale makes his 312th start this week in Las Vegas. He says the joy comes more from competing than the cash.

“I’ve been out here a long time. I haven’t won, but I love competing, and I just want to see if I can keep beating guys,” he said before the final round. “Sunday they give the trophies away, but you’re really out there grinding and you’re playing against yourself. But it’s just fun to see how I can match up when I’m playing well and even when I’m not, just how to manage that and get the most out of each week.

“That’s kind of the fun part for me,” he said. “I’m kind of a journeyman to this point and I’m enjoying the journey.”

RYDER CUP REUNION

Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington are competing again, this time with golf clubs.

Harrington turned 50 on Aug. 31, three weeks before the Ryder Cup. He makes his PGA Tour Champions debut this week in the Constellation Furyk & Friends Invitational at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. Stricker also is in the field.

As much as the PGA Tour Champions often boasts the number of former major champions in its fields, this feels like a reunion of past Ryder Cup captains. Harrington and Stricker are among 10 former captains at Timuquana.

European captains are Bernhard Langer (2004), Colin Montgomerie (2010), Jose Maria Olazabal (2012), Darren Clarke (2016) and Harrington (2021).

U.S. captains are Tom Lehman (2006), Corey Pavin (2010), Davis Love III (2012 and 2016), tournament host Jim Furyk (2018) and Stricker (2021).

DIVOTS

The Asian Tour is set to resume in November, having not played since March 2020 because of the pandemic. The tour has two tournaments scheduled for Thailand and plans two more in Singapore after the Christmas break. … With seven tournaments left in the year, Dustin Johnson and Scottie Scheffler are the only U.S. Ryder Cup members who have yet to qualify for the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua. … Patrick Reed returns to competition this week at the Shiners Children’s Open in Las Vegas, his first event since he was not picked for the Ryder Cup team. … The European Tour again will finish its season with back-to-back tournaments in Dubai. The AVIV Dubai Championship on Nov. 11-14 precedes the DP World Tour Championship that concludes the Race to Dubai. A year ago, the second Dubai tournament was part of the tour’s plan to stay in areas for two events as part of its strict bubble. This year’s Dubai Championship takes the spot on the schedule vacated by the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Tiger Woods won his first PGA Tour title 25 years ago in Las Vegas and earned $297,000. This week in Las Vegas, fifth place pays $287,000.

FINAL WORD

“Nobody turns into a genius drinking.” – Shane Lowry on unruly fans at the Ryder Cup.

Big Ten Network Announces 2021-22 Big Ten Men and Women’s Basketball Schedule

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Big Ten Network today announced its 2021-22 television schedule for men’s and women’s basketball, with nearly 200 total games across the entire season. BTN will air at least 134 men’s basketball games, including 10 Big Ten Tournament games, as well as at least 60 women’s basketball games, including four ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchups alongside 12 conference tournament games.

Men’s play begins with a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Eastern Michigan visits Indiana and Jackson State heads to Illinois, in one of nine games on BTN featuring historically black colleges and universities, including Michigan’s Nov. 13 appearance in the Coaches vs. Racism HBCU Roundball Classic. Additional non-conference highlights include the debut of Indiana head coach Mike Woodson (Nov. 9) and Penn State head coach Micah Shrewsberry (Nov. 10), a pair of Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational games, with Florida vs. Maryland and North Carolina State vs. Purdue on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the Barclays Center and the Braggin’ Rights game between Illinois and Missouri on Wednesday, Dec. 22, in St. Louis.

Men’s conference play gets started on Friday, Dec. 3, with Iowa traveling to West Lafayette to take on Purdue at 9 p.m. ET and continues with three more games on opening weekend with Nebraska at Indiana on Saturday, Dec. 4, and Northwestern at Maryland and Ohio State at Penn State on Sunday, Dec. 5. Throughout the season, the Big Ten Network will air more than 75 men’s conference basketball games.  An additional 40 men’s non-conference basketball matchups will be available via B1G+, the network’s home for non-televised events. 

The women’s schedule is led by a combined 15 appearances for two of the premier players in the game, Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and Michigan’s Naz Hillmon. Clark, a first team All-American standout as a freshman, makes her debut on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. ET versus Michigan State, while Hillmon, the 2021 Big Ten Player of the Year, makes her debut on Thursday, Dec. 9, at 9 p.m. ET against Wisconsin.

The season begins with a non-conference battle between Baylor and Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. ET, followed by four Big Ten/ACC Challenge games in primetime on Dec. 1 and 2. Additional highlights include Oregon visiting Northwestern on Tuesday, Dec. 21, and a tripleheader of action on Sunday, Feb.20. Rutgers welcomes Purdue at 1 p.m. ET, Michigan will host Maryland at 3 p.m. ET and Indiana will visit Iowa at 5 p.m. ET. On Friday, Feb. 25, Indiana travels to College Park for a late season game against Maryland with potential Big Ten championship implications.

Both the Big Ten men’s and women’s conference tournaments are scheduled for March at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The women’s tournament takes place March 2-6, with the first 12 games airing on BTN, while the men’s tournament takes place March 9-13, with the first 10 games airing on BTN. Additional details regarding on-air talent, Big Ten Network Originals productions and studio programming will be available in the following weeks.

All basketball programming on the Big Ten Network can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on the Fox Sports app.

2021-22 Men’s Basketball Television Schedule:

DateVisiting TeamHome TeamTime (ET)
November 9, 2021Eastern MichiganIndiana6:30 PM
November 9, 2021Jackson StateIllinois8:30 PM
November 10, 2021BuffaloMichigan6:30 PM
November 10, 2021Youngstown StatePenn State8:30 PM
November 11, 2021George WashingtonMaryland6:30 PM
November 12, 2021Indiana StatePurdueTBD
November 12, 2021Western MichiganMichigan StateTBD
November 13, 2021Prairie View A&MMichigan8:00 PM
November 15, 2021Bowling GreenOhio State6:30 PM
November 15, 2021NJITRutgers8:30 PM
November 16, 2021Wright StatePurdue7:00 PM
November 16, 2021North Carolina CentralIowa9:00 PM
November 17, 2021George MasonMaryland7:00 PM
November 18, 2021Alabama StateIowa7:00 PM
November 18, 2021Fairleigh DickinsonNorthwestern9:00 PM
November 21, 2021LouisianaIndiana7:30 PM
November 22, 2021CornellPenn State6:30 PM
November 22, 2021Western MichiganIowa8:30 PM
November 23, 2021Jackson StateIndiana7:00 PM
November 23, 2021Tennessee StateNebraska9:00 PM
November 24, 2021Tarleton StateMichigan7:00 PM
November 24, 2021JacksonvilleMinnesota9:00 PM
November 27, 2021MarshallIndianaTBD
December 3, 2021IowaPurdue9:00 PM
December 4, 2021ToledoMichigan StateTBD
December 4, 2021NebraskaIndianaTBD
December 5, 2021NorthwesternMaryland12:00 PM
December 5, 2021Ohio StatePenn State7:30 PM
December 8, 2021IndianaWisconsin7:00 PM
December 8, 2021Michigan StateMinnesota9:00 PM
December 9, 2021PurdueRutgers7:00 PM
December 11, 2021WisconsinOhio State12:00 PM
December 11, 2021Penn StateMichigan State2:00 PM
December 12, 2021MerrimackIndiana12:00 PM
December 12, 2021North Carolina StatePurdue2:00 PM
December 12, 2021FloridaMaryland4:30 PM
December 14, 2021Texas A&M-Corpus ChristiMinnesota8:00 PM
December 15, 2021Nicholls StateWisconsin8:00 PM
December 18, 2021St. Francis (PA)Illinois1:00 PM
December 18, 2021DePaulNorthwestern3:00 PM
December 18, 2021RiderRutgers5:00 PM
December 18, 2021Southern UtahMichigan7:00 PM
December 18, 2021Utah StateIowa9:00 PM
December 19, 2021Kansas StateNebraska6:00 PM
December 20, 2021Incarnate WordPurdue7:00 PM
December 21, 2021Purdue Fort WayneMichigan7:00 PM
December 22, 2021Northern KentuckyIndiana7:00 PM
December 22, 2021MissouriIllinois9:00 PM
December 23, 2021Morgan StateWisconsin7:00 PM
December 28, 2021New OrleansOhio State6:30 PM
December 28, 2021Loyola (MD)Maryland8:30 PM
December 29, 2021High PointMichigan StateTBD
December 29, 2021Nicholls StatePurdueTBD
December 29, 2021UNC-AshevilleIndianaTBD
December 29, 2021Florida A&MIllinoisTBD
December 30, 2021Prairie View A&MNorthwestern5:00 PM
December 30, 2021BrownMaryland7:00 PM
January 2, 2022Michigan StateNorthwestern2:00 PM
January 2, 2022IndianaPenn State4:00 PM
January 2, 2022IllinoisMinnesota6:00 PM
January 2, 2022Ohio StateNebraska8:00 PM
January 3, 2022WisconsinPurdue7:00 PM
January 3, 2022MarylandIowa9:00 PM
January 4, 2022MichiganRutgers7:00 PM
January 5, 2022NebraskaMichigan State7:00 PM
January 5, 2022Penn StateNorthwestern9:00 PM
January 8, 2022PurduePenn State12:00 PM
January 8, 2022NebraskaRutgers2:00 PM
January 9, 2022WisconsinMarylandTBD
January 9, 2022NorthwesternOhio StateTBD
January 11, 2022RutgersPenn State6:30 PM
January 11, 2022IllinoisNebraska8:30 PM
January 12, 2022MinnesotaMichigan State7:00 PM
January 12, 2022MarylandNorthwestern9:00 PM
January 15, 2022NorthwesternMichigan State12:00 PM
January 15, 2022RutgersMaryland2:00 PM
January 16, 2022IowaMinnesotaTBD
January 16, 2022Penn StateOhio StateTBD
January 17, 2022IndianaNebraska6:00 PM
January 18, 2022WisconsinNorthwestern7:30 or 9 PM
January 19, 2022MinnesotaPenn State6:30 PM
January 19, 2022IowaRutgers8:30 PM
January 22, 2022RutgersMinnesota12:00 PM
January 22, 2022NebraskaOhio State2:15 or 4:30 PM
January 22, 2022Penn StateIowa2:15 or 4:30 PM
January 23, 2022NorthwesternPurdue1:00 PM
January 25, 2022MarylandRutgers7:00 PM
January 25, 2022WisconsinNebraska9:00 PM
January 26, 2022NorthwesternMichigan6:30 PM
January 26, 2022Penn StateIndiana8:30 PM
January 29, 2022IllinoisNorthwestern4:30 PM
January 29, 2022RutgersNebraska6:30 PM
January 30, 2022MinnesotaWisconsin1:00 PM
January 31, 2022IowaPenn State7:00 PM
February 1, 2022RutgersNorthwestern7:00 PM
February 1, 2022NebraskaMichigan9:00 PM
February 2, 2022PurdueMinnesota7:00 PM
February 2, 2022WisconsinIllinois9:00 PM
February 5, 2022NorthwesternNebraska1:00 PM
February 5, 2022Penn StateWisconsin6:00 PM
February 6, 2022MinnesotaIowaTBD
February 8, 2022WisconsinMichigan State7:00 PM
February 8, 2022IndianaNorthwestern9:00 PM
February 9, 2022Ohio StateRutgers7:00 PM
February 9, 2022MinnesotaNebraska9:00 PM
February 12, 2022Penn StateMinnesota8:30 PM
February 13, 2022NorthwesternIllinois2:00 PM
February 15, 2022Michigan StatePenn State6:30 PM
February 15, 2022MinnesotaOhio State8:30 PM
February 16, 2022IllinoisRutgers7:00 PM
February 16, 2022PurdueNorthwestern9:00 PM
February 18, 2022MarylandNebraska9:00 PM
February 19, 2022NorthwesternMinnesota4:00 PM
February 22, 2022NebraskaNorthwestern8:00 PM
February 23, 2022RutgersMichigan7:00 PM
February 23, 2022WisconsinMinnesota9:00 PM
February 26, 2022WisconsinRutgers6:00 PM
February 28, 2022NebraskaPenn State7:00 PM
February 28, 2022NorthwesternIowa9:00 PM
March 2, 2022RutgersIndiana7:00 PM
March 2, 2022MinnesotaMaryland9:00 PM
March 6, 2022Penn StateRutgers12:00 PM
March 6, 2022NebraskaWisconsin2:00 PM
March 6, 2022MinnesotaNorthwestern7:30 PM
March 9, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Game #1TBD6:00 PM
March 9, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Game #2TBDApprox. 8:30 PM
March 10, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Game #3TBDTBD
March 10, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Game #4TBDApprox. 2:30 PM
March 10, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Game #5TBD6:30 PM
March 10, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Game #6TBDApprox. 9 PM
March 11, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #1TBDTBD
March 11, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #2TBDApprox. 2:30 PM
March 11, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #3TBD6:30 PM
March 11, 2022Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #4TBDApprox. 9 PM

2021-22 Women’s Basketball Television Schedule:

DateVisiting TeamHome TeamTime (ET)
November 21, 2021BaylorMaryland1:00 PM
December 1, 2021Georgia TechPurdue7:00 PM
December 1, 2021North CarolinaMinnesota9:00 PM
December 2, 2021Notre DameMichigan State6:00 PM
December 2, 2021Miami (FL)Maryland8:00 PM
December 5, 2021MarylandRutgers2:00 PM
December 5, 2021Michigan StateIowa4:00 PM
December 6, 2021Penn StateIndiana6:00 PM
December 6, 2021NebraskaMinnesota8:00 PM
December 9, 2021MichiganWisconsin9:00 PM
December 12, 2021IndianaOhio State7:00 PM
December 19, 2021DrakeNebraska1:00 PM
December 21, 2021OregonNorthwestern9:00 PM
December 30, 2021PurdueWisconsin9:00 PM
December 31, 2021Ohio StateMichigan12:00 PM
December 31, 2021NorthwesternMinnesota2:00 PM
January 4, 2022MichiganNebraska9:00 PM
January 6, 2022Penn StateMaryland6:00 PM
January 6, 2022NorthwesternIowa8:00 PM
January 13, 2022NebraskaIndiana6:00 PM
January 13, 2022NorthwesternIllinois8:00 PM
January 16, 2022NebraskaIowaTBD
January 20, 2022MarylandOhio State6:00 PM
January 20, 2022IowaMinnesota8:00 PM
January 23, 2022IndianaIowa6:00 PM
January 24, 2022PurdueMichigan6:00 PM
January 27, 2022MichiganOhio State6:00 PM
January 27, 2022IowaNorthwestern8:00 PM
January 30, 2022WisconsinMinnesota3:00 PM
January 31, 2022Ohio StateIowa9:00 PM
February 3, 2022MarylandMichigan State6:00 PM
February 3, 2022Penn StateNebraska8:00 PM
February 6, 2022IllinoisWisconsin1 or 2 PM
February 7, 2022RutgersOhio State6:00 PM
February 10, 2022MichiganMichigan State6:30 PM
February 14, 2022IndianaNebraska7:00 PM
February 14, 2022Ohio StateIllinois9:00 PM
February 17, 2022NorthwesternIndiana6:00 PM
February 17, 2022Ohio StateMaryland8:00 PM
February 20, 2022PurdueRutgers1:00 PM
February 20, 2022MarylandMichigan3:00 PM
February 20, 2022IowaIndiana5:00 PM
February 21, 2022Penn StateMichigan State6:00 PM
February 24, 2022Michigan StateMichigan6:00 PM
February 24, 2022IowaRutgers8:00 PM
February 25, 2022IndianaMaryland7 or 8 PM
February 27, 2022TBDTBDTBD
February 27, 2022TBDTBDTBD
March 2, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Game #1TBD2:00 PM
March 2, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Game #2TBDApprox. 4:30 PM
March 3, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Game #3TBDTBD
March 3, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Game #4TBDApprox. 2:30 PM
March 3, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Game #5TBD6:30 PM
March 3, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Game #6TBDApprox. 9 PM
March 4, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #1TBDTBD
March 4, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #2TBDApprox. 2:30 PM
March 4, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #3TBD6:30 PM
March 4, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal #4TBDApprox. 9 PM
March 5, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal #1TBD6:30 PM
March 5, 2022Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal #2TBDApprox. 9 PM

Wisconsin Sweeps Big Ten Weekly Volleyball Awards

Player AND Freshman of the Week
Julia Orzol, Wisconsin
Fr. – OH – Olsztyn, Poland – Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace Mistrzostwa Sportowego – Intended Major: Business
• Averaged 4.71 kills and 2.00 digs per set with a double-double last week to help the fifth-ranked Badgers to wins over No. 7 Minnesota and Illinois
• Recorded a career-high 17 kills and 10 digs for her second career double-double in the victory over Minnesota on Oct. 1
• Added a match-high 16 kills in Sunday’s win at Illinois
• Earns her first career Player of the Week honor
• Last Wisconsin Player of the Week: Dana Rettke (Aug. 30, 2021)
• Garners her second career Freshman of the Week award
• Last Wisconsin Freshman of the Week: Julia Orzol (Sept. 20, 2021)
 
Defensive Player of the Week
Lauren Barnes, Wisconsin
Grad. – L – Naperville, Ill. – Benet Academy – Graduate Major: Business/Analytics
• Averaged 7.00 digs and was nearly perfect on 18 service reception opportunities (17-of-18, .944) in Wisconsin’s wins over No. 7 Minnesota and Illinois last week
• Tallied a season-high 26 digs in Sunday’s victory at Illinois
• Collected a (then) season-best 23 digs two nights earlier in the win over Minnesota
• Receives the third Defensive Player of the Week award of her career, and first this season
• Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Lauren Barnes (Feb. 22, 2021)
 
Setter of the Week
Sydney Hilley, Wisconsin
Grad. – S – Brooklyn Park, Minn. – Champlin Park – Graduate Major: Applied Biotechnology
• Registered 13.57 assists and 2.43 digs per set with a double-double and led Wisconsin to a .325 weekly hitting percentage in victories over No. 7 Minnesota and Illinois
• Posted her 40th career double-double and third of the season with 54 assists and 10 digs in Sunday afternoon’s win at Illinois
• A two-time first-team Academic All-America selection (2019, 2020)
• Named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree each of the past three seasons (2018, 2019, 2020)
• Collects her 15th career Setter of the Week plaudit (third-most in conference history) and third this year
• Last Wisconsin Setter of the Week: Sydney Hilley (Sept. 13, 2021)

HCAC 2021 Cross Country Notebook, Week 5

Athletes of the Week:
Men’s Athlete of the Week:
Connor Del Carmen (Chesterfield, Mo.) Earlham College | First-Year – Del Carmen broke the school record in the 8k by four seconds with a 25:21 in the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic. The first-year earned a finishing position of 31st against top runners from across the country.
Women’s Athlete of the Week:
Elizabeth Lohman (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Manchester University | Graduate Student – Lohman was the top Spartan to finish on Saturday at the Louisville Classic. Lohman placed 30th out of a field of more than 275 competitors after clocking in a time of 23:07.5.
 
Notable Performances:
Men’s

  • Kaleb Gucinski (Fishers, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Gucinski took 36th overall (32nd in the college division) with an 8K time of 29:43.3 during the Huntington Invitational on Friday.
  • John Asplund (Bloomington, Ind.) Franklin College | First-Year – Asplund turned in another great showing for the Grizzlies at the D-III Pre-National meet in Louisville, finishing 80th overall with a time of 26:07.1, setting a new PR and recording the eighth-best 8K race in school history and the best ever by a first-year.
  • Cooper Hanson (Greenfield, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Hanson ran a strong race as the Blue and Red competed as part of the very competitive Live in Lou Meet hosted by Louisville. The senior finished the race with a 78th place mark in a time of 26:06.2. The time is a season-best for Hanson.
  • Thomas Richardson (Ladoga, Ind.) Manchester University | Junior – Richardson was the top Spartan finisher on Saturday at the Louisville Classic. Richardson placed 47th out of more than 340 runners in the meet after clocking a time of 25:37.2.
  • John Sluys (Columbus, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Sluys led Rose-Hulman’s 29th finish at the NCAA Division III Pre-Nationals with a season-best time of 26:03. Sluys came in 74th of nearly 350 of the nation’s best runners in the first truly national cross country event since 2019.
  • Drew Meader (London, Ky.) Transylvania University | Sophomore – Meader had a career day for the Pioneers at the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic. Meader completed his “Silver” 8k race in 26:45.8. The time is the second-fastest time in Pioneer men’s cross-country history in the 8K distance, and also earned him a 116th place finish in the race with a field of 344 runners.

Women’s

  • Noelle Loller (Lapel, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Loller captured 11th overall (ninth in the college division) with a 5K time of 19:58.7 during the Huntington Invitational on Friday.
  • Basil Gates (Galion, Ohio) Bluffton University | First-Year – In the Women’s 6k competition at the Tiffelberg Open on Friday, the Beavers were led by first-year Gates who finished in ninth place (24:33) with an impressive and strong race that secured a spot in the top 10 against a field that was primarily NCAA Division II.
  • Haley Makowski (Osceola, Ind.) Franklin College | First-Year – Makowski topped the Franklin leader board on Saturday at the D-III Pre-National meet in Louisville, hitting the finish line in 25:26.7 for a 150th place finish.
  • Brianna Medcalf (Central, Ind.) Hanover College | Senior – Medcalf tallied a strong showing as part of the very competitive Live in Lou Meet hosted by Louisville. The senior completed the race in a time of 25:29.3, marking her 150th overall.
  • Libby Smith (Williamsport, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | First-Year – Smith led Rose-Hulman’s 24th finish at the NCAA Division III Pre-Nationals with a 6-kilometer time of 24:09. Smith came in 76th of nearly 350 of the nation’s best runners in the first truly national cross country event since 2019.
  • Grayson Bray (Alpharetta, Ga.) Transylvania University | Junior – Bray paced the Pioneers team at the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic. Bray finished the “Blue” 5k race 22:13.4 to put her at the top of the Pioneer time sheet.

HCAC 2021 Men’s Golf Notebook, Week 5

Athlete of the Week:
Tim Alexander (Union, Ky.) Transylvania University | Senior – The senior earned his first medalist finish, winning the individual title at the HCAC Preview / Stateline Shootout this weekend in Harrison, Ohio. Alexander shot a career-low four-under-par 67 in Sunday’s final round to tally a two-round score of 143 to win by three strokes. Alexander’s pristine second round consisted of five birdies, 12 pars, and a bogey. Alexander staked his claim to the first-place finish with back-to-back birdies on the 16th and 17th holes before rounding out his Sunday with a par. Alexander made birdie or par on his final eight holes of the day. His heroics nearly led the Pioneers to an epic team comeback; trailing first-place Franklin by 20 strokes entering Sunday, Alexander’s round helped the Pioneers finish just one stroke behind the Grizzlies to finish as the runner-up team.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Alan Showalter (Lexington, Ky.) Franklin College | Senior – Showalter led the way for the Franklin men’s golf team in their team victory at the HCAC Preview, placing second overall with a 146 (70-76) for the weekend.
  • Luke Van Leeuwen (Kettering, Ohio) Hanover College | Senior – Van Leeuwen paced the Panthers as part of the Stateline Shootout where he finished 11th overall. The senior carded a team-best 153 strokes, with his best round coming on day one where he turned in a 77.
  • Matthew Kadnar (Cincinnati, Ohio) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Senior – Kadnar came home third at the Stateline Shootout to lead Rose-Hulman’s third place team finish. Kadnar had scores of 77 and 70 on the weekend.

HCAC 2021 Women’s Golf Notebook, Week 5

Athlete of the Week:
Maci French (Lebanon, Ind.) Franklin College | Senior – French recorded a first place finish at Saturday’s Rose-Hulman Triad, shooting a 74 to win by two shots and set a new career-low round by two strokes.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Lauren Chapman (Carmel, Ind.) Anderson University | Junior – Chapman took 11th during the Rose-Hulman/Franklin/Anderson Triad at Rea Park Golf Course on Saturday. Chapman fired a round of 88 (+16), which marks the program’s best single round since 2015.
  • Taylor Caldwell Hanover College – Caldwell helped lead the Panthers to a third place finish as part of the Wooster Fall Invitational where she finished tied for eighth overall. She carded a two round score of 169, including a team low round of 81 strokes on the final day of competition.
  • Lily Byrne (Downingtown, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Junior – Byrne tied for second in the Rose-Hulman Triad with a career-best round of 76. The effort marked Bryne’s second career round in the 70s.

HCAC 2021 Men’s Tennis Notebook, Week 5

Athlete of the Week:
Seth Nation (Middletown, Ind.) Anderson University | Senior – Nation won both of his matches during Anderson’s 7-2 win against Albion on Saturday. Nation and Peter Hallam put together and 8-4 victory against Danny McGarry/Matthew Czarnecki at No. 2 doubles. Nation then turned in a 7-5, 7-5 win against Drake Malcolm at No. 3 singles.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Joey Keal (Louisville, Ky.) Hanover College | Sophomore – Keal lost first round to the No. 9 seed from University of Chicago 6-0, 6-2 but then bounced back in his second match in the back draw and defeated the No. 1 from HCAC foe Rose-Hulman by a score 3-6, 6-2 10-7 and then lost his second round match of the back draw to the No. 1 at Capital by a score of 6-7, 6-0 4-10. 

Athlete of the Week:
Megan Long (New Palestine, Ind.) Anderson University | Sophomore – Long finished 4-0 on the week, going 2-0 at No. singles and 2-0 at No. 2 doubles. Long and Madelyn Brown locked up an 8-4 win against Rose-Hulman’s Ella Dorfmueller/Krista Manche at No. 2 doubles. Long then recorded a 6-3, 6-0 win against Dorfmueller at No. 2 singles. Long/Brown opened Saturday with an 8-1 victory against Saige Jost/Josie Dunn at No. 2 doubles. Long then took a 6-2, 6-0 win against Albion’s Katie Valade at No. 2 singles.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Taylor Goldman (Naperville, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Sophomore – Goldman finished 1-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-0 at No. 1 doubles to lead Rose-Hulman’s performance in a 7-2 loss to Anderson. She won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles and teamed with Ruby Kauffman to win 8-3 at No. 1 doubles. 

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Indiana Pacers Announce 2021-22 Broadcast Schedule

INDIANAPOLIS – October 1, 2021 – Bally Sports Indiana enters its 26th season as the official home of the Indiana Pacers, and this year will bring fans comprehensive coverage of 83 regular- and preseason games throughout the 2021-22 season, while every game this season can be heard across the Pacers Radio Network.

BALLY SPORTS INDIANA COVERAGE

Bally Sports Indiana will be there for Pacers Head Coach Rick Carlisle’s return to the Gainbridge Fieldhouse sidelines in two preseason home games, the first against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, October 13, and then again on Friday, October 15 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Regular season coverage will tip off when the Pacers visit the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, October 20, and will also include the team’s home opener on Saturday, October 23 vs. the Miami Heat.

The one regular-season game not aired by Bally Sports Indiana will be Dec. 21, when the Pacers visit Miami in a game carried nationally by TNT. Bally Sports Indiana is widely available on cable, satellite, and streaming providers throughout the region. Fans can visit GetMyHomeTeams.com to see options for getting Bally Sports Indiana in their area. Pacers programming on Bally Sports Indiana also streams live on the Bally Sports app and on BallySports.com for fans who authenticate through their pay-TV service.

BALLY SPORTS INDIANA BROADCAST TEAM

Chris Denari, in his 16th season as play-by-play announcer, and Quinn Buckner, in his 23rd season as analyst, will call all the action, while Jeremiah Johnson serves as in-game reporter. Johnson also serves as host of both the Pacers Live pregame and postgame shows, where he will be joined by lead analyst and former Pacers guard Eddie Gill.

PACERS RADIO NETWORK COVERAGE

The Pacers Radio Network is the official home for all 82 regular-season games and all four preseason games this year, beginning on Tuesday, October 5 when Indiana visits the New York Knicks. All games can be heard on flagship stations 93.5FM and 107.5FM The Fan, as well as on partner stations that are part of the extensive Pacers Radio Network.

PACERS RADIO NETWORK BROADCAST TEAM

Mark Boyle – the “Voice of the Pacers” – returns for his 34th season behind the microphone to bring all the action on the court to life, where he will be joined by lead analyst Eddie Gillfor all home games, as well as sideline reporter Pat Boylan for all games. Prior to every Pacers game, Boylan will also serve as host of the Kroger Pregame Show, and after the game, fans will have a chance to hear Boyle recap all the highlights during the Kinetico Postgame Show. Beginning with the regular-season opener on October 20, host Eddie White will return with The DraftKings SportsBook Overtime Show.

On October 16, Pacers Weekly presented by PetSmart returns, hosted by Boylan and airing Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. on 93.5FM & 107.5FM The Fan. Also, the Pacers will host a weekly podcast, The Sideline Guys presented by Gainbridge, hosted by Boylan and Johnson.

INDIANA PACERS GAME RE-CAP

(PACERS RELEASE)

The Pacers took the floor for the first time in the 2021-22 season on Tuesday night in New York, ultimately dropping their preseason opener to the Knicks, 125-104.

Rookie guard Chris Duarte scored a team-high 15 points and also tallied five assists to lead four Pacers in double figures in the game. Justin Holiday added 13 points, going 5-of-7 from the field and 3-for-3 from 3-point range.

Manning the sidelines for Indiana for the first time in 14 years, head coach Rick Carlisle played his starters just in the first half of the first exhibition game. His counterpart, Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, opted to keep his starters in longer, playing them into the third quarter.

The Pacers got to the rim early in Tuesday’s contest, converting layups on three of their first four attempts. But they missed their next six shots as the Knicks reeled off 10 unanswered points.

Holiday scored eight points in the opening frame for Indiana, but New York controlled the quarter, leading by as many as 13 and taking a 36-26 advantage into the second quarter.

Rookies Duarte and Isaiah Jackson checked in late in the first quarter and combined for 12 straight Pacers points over five-minute stretch spanning the end of the first and beginning of the second periods.

“It’s crazy, having my first game at Madison Square Garden,” Duarte said after the game. “It felt good. I felt good out there. First time playing an NBA game, just trying to learn. Trying to learn from mistakes and trying to learn each and every day.”

The Blue & Gold got within seven with 3:30 remaining in the first half, but the Knicks finished with a flourish as Julius Randle’s buzzer-beating basket gave the hosts a 67-55 lead at the intermission.

Carlisle elected to start Indiana’s second unit in the third quarter, but they struggled out of the gates, missing their first six shots and committing four turnovers over the first 4:30 of the second half. The Knicks’ starters took full advantage, opening the frame with a 15-0 run to break the game open.

The Pacers eventually found some offensive rhythm, knocking down five 3-pointers over the final 6:30 of the third quarter — including two unexpected triples from T.J. McConnell — but they still trailed entering the fourth, 101-80.

Carlisle went deeper into his bench in the fourth quarter. There were some highlights, including five quick points from Keifer Sykes to open the frame and a pair of blocks by Goga Bitadze, but the Pacers never seriously threatened the lead the rest of the way.

“Our focus needs to continue to be on defense,” Carlisle told the media after the loss. “We have to play with a certain attitude on defense and I thought that tonight we came up short in that area on a lot of possessions…We’ve got to play with more edge.”

Myles Turner tallied 10 points, four rebounds, two assists, and a block in the loss, while McConnell had 10 points and four rebounds. No player logged more than 20 minutes for Indiana on Tuesday.

Randle had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks in a game-high 30 minutes. RJ Barrett added 17 points while going 3-for-6 from beyond the arc for New York.

The Pacers will return to action on Friday night, when they travel to Cleveland to take on Collin Sexton and the Cavaliers. Indiana will then host Memphis and Cleveland next week at Gainbridge Fieldhouse to wrap up preseason play.

Inside the Numbers

All 17 healthy players on the Pacers training camp roster saw the floor on Tuesday, with everyone playing at least six minutes.

Duarte and Domantas Sabonis (six points, eight rebounds, and three assists) played a team-high 20 minutes.

Jackson logged 13 minutes off the bench in his first preseason contest, tallying four points and four rebounds, but also picking up three fouls.

Indiana went 15-for-44 (34.1 percent) from 3-point range on Tuesday. New York was 11-for-37 (29.7 percent).

The Knicks outscored the Pacers 56-38 in the paint.

You Can Quote Me On That

“I thought he did a lot of good things. His length, athleticism, he gives us another dynamic creator that can score. He did a lot of good things. He made some mistakes, too, that are correctable mistakes, but when you’re in your first NBA game, these kinds of things can certainly happen. But overall he’s a fearless guy and I love the way he played.” -Carlisle on Duarte’s performance

“Coaches and everybody always tell me if you’re open, let it fly. I can shoot the ball. That’s what I’m here for, to shoot the ball and make plays for my teammates.” -Duarte on taking a team-high 11 shots

“I think we kind of came out coasting a little bit. I think that group of New York came out there and they asserted themselves early and I don’t think we responded quick enough.” -Turner

“It takes time. This is the first preseason game. To people watching it might look like there’s a disconnect, but it doesn’t happen overnight where you gain chemistry like that. It takes time. We’ve got to keep building that chemistry in practice and feeling out each other’s tendencies and how we play with each other. I’m excited for this group. We’ve got to just continue to build.” -McConnell on playing with several new faces with the second unit

Stat of the Night

The Pacers forced New York into just four turnovers on the night, while committing 16 giveaways themselves.

Noteworthy

  • Caris LeVert (sore lower back) made the trip to New York, but did not dress for Tuesday’s contest.
  • Rookies DeJon Jarreau, Terry Taylor, and Duane Washington Jr. also saw their first preseason action on Tuesday, each logging six minutes. Jarreau and Washington are on two-way contracts, while Terry is on an Exhibit-10 deal (training camp contract).
  • The Knicks were without big men Mitchell Robinson (sore right foot) and Nerlens Noel (sore left knee).

Up Next

The Pacers and Cavaliers will meet in Cleveland on Friday, Oct. 8 at 7:00 PM ET for the first of two preseason contests between the Central Division rivals.

Big Ten Announces Times and TV Designations for 2021-22 Men’s Basketball

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Mike Woodson Era at Indiana University will begin officially at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 9 against Eastern Michigan and will air on the Big Ten Network. The Big Ten announced the majority of the TV designations and times for the upcoming season with IU scheduled to make 14 appearances on BTN, six on FS1 and ESPN/ESPN2 or ESPNU, three times on Fox and one appearance on CBS. Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall has had at least one home game shown by one of the four major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS or Fox) every year since 1976.

Start times and television designations for the 2021 Big Ten/ACC Challenge will be announced at a later date and will be carried on the ESPN family of networks.

The Friday, Nov. 12 game against Northern Illinois could air on BTN+ though a decision on programming for BTN that night is pending and the game could be shown on BTN. Three games are still awaiting official start times from BTN including Marshall on Nov. 27, Nebraska on Dec. 4 and UNC Asheville on Dec. 29.

The Gavitt Games home contest against St. John’s on Nov. 17 will be at 9 p.m. on FS1 and the Crossroads Classic matchup against Notre Dame in Indianapolis at Gainbridge Fieldhouse tips-off at 2:30 p.m. IU will host Purdue Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. on FS1 with the return contest against the Boilermakers in West Lafayette scheduled for March 5 at Noon or 2 p.m. Other home game key matchups include Jan. 23 against Michigan on CBS at either Noon or 3:30 p.m. and Senior Night against Rutgers on March 2 at 7 p.m. on BTN.

Six games, including the Big Ten matchup with Ohio State (7 p.m. on FS1) on January 6, are part of a Mini-Series Ticket package, which is now on sale. The package is available for games in which our student season ticket holders are home for Thanksgiving and Christmas break. Main Level seats are available for $288, while Balcony tickets sell for $180.

The Mini-Series includes all three contests of the Hoosier Challenge with games against Louisiana (Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m. on BTN), Jackson State (Nov. 23, 7 p.m. on BTN), and Marshall (Nov. 27) over Thanksgiving week. Indiana will host a pair of games surrounding the Christmas holiday with matchups against Northern Kentucky (Dec. 22,  7 p.m. on BTN) and UNC Asheville (Dec. 29 on BTN). 

Hoosiers To Appear On National TV 13 Times in 2021-22

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Women’s Basketball will play in front of national television audiences 13 times in the upcoming 2021-22 season, announced by the Big Ten on Tuesday.

Potential non-conference Top 25 showdowns against Kentucky (Nov. 14) will air on the ESPN family of networks and NC State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Dec. 2) will air on ESPN2. The Hoosiers will also appear on against Maryland to begin the new year (Jan. 2) and at Michigan (Jan. 31).  Both games will air also on ESPN2.

Indiana will play its first game on FS1 this season when it travels to Rutgers (Dec. 30). Additionally, it will appear on Big Ten Network eight times throughout the conference schedule.

The Hoosiers return all five starters from last season’s NCAA Elite Eight campaign as they finished 21-6 overall and 16-2 in Big Ten play. All-Americans junior forward Mackenzie Holmes and senior guard Grace Berger highlight IU’s veteran group along with seventh-year senior guard Ali Patberg and senior forward Aleksa Gulbe, who all earned All-Big Ten honors a season ago.

Indiana is ranked amongst the top teams in the country, coming in at No. 7 in ESPNW’s Way Too Early Top 25 and No. 8 in the NCAA.com preseason poll. The season will begin on Nov. 10 when IU travels to Butler followed by the home opener against Kentucky on Nov. 14. 

Season tickets for the upcoming campaign are now on sale through the IU Ticket Office by visiting its website, calling 1-866-IUSPORTS or in person at the West lobby ticket office in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Sunday, November 14, 2021KentuckyatIndianaBloomington, Ind.TBDESPN Network TBD
Thursday, December 2, 2021NC StateatIndianaBloomington, Ind.7pm ETESPN2
Monday, December 6, 2021Penn StateatIndianaBloomington, Ind.6pm ETBig Ten Network
Sunday, December 12, 2021IndianaatOhio StateColumbus, Ohio7pm ETBig Ten Network
Thursday, December 30, 2021IndianaatRutgersPiscataway, N.J.8pm ETFS1
Sunday, January 2, 2022MarylandatIndianaBloomington, Ind.3pm ETESPN2
Thursday, January 13, 2022NebraskaatIndianaBloomington, Ind.6pm ETBig Ten Network
Sunday, January 23, 2022IndianaatIowaIowa City, Iowa6pm ETBig Ten Network
Monday, January 31, 2022IndianaatMichiganAnn Arbor, Mich.7pm ETESPN2
Monday, February 14, 2022IndianaatNebraskaLincoln, Neb.7pm ETBig Ten Network
Thursday, February 17, 2022NorthwesternatIndianaBloomington, Ind.6pm ETBig Ten Network
Sunday, February 20, 2022IowaatIndianaBloomington, Ind.5pm ETBig Ten Network
Friday, February 25, 2022IndianaatMarylandCollege Park, Md.7pm or 8pm ETBig Ten Network

Hoosiers, Donegan Win Courtney Cole Invitational

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For the first time since the 2018-19 season, the Indiana Hoosiers women’s golf team claimed the team title after 36 holes at the Courtney Cole Invitational played at The Pfau Course on Tuesday.

The Hoosiers shot an 8-over 296 for the second-straight round to finish at 592 (+16) to finish 36 shots ahead of second-place Cincinnati (626; +52). Indiana earned the team title in the tournament for the first time since the Lady Boilermaker Classic on April 14, 2019.

TOURNAMENT INFORMATION

Courtney Cole Invitational • Bloomington, Ind.

The Pfau Course

Par 72 • 6178 yards

Team Standings: 1st/5 – 592 (296-296; +16)

Top Indiana Player: Áine Donegan – 144 (71-73; E)

CHIP-INS

• Freshman Áine Donegan earned her third-straight top-15 finish and her first collegiate tournament title after shooting a 144 (71-73; E) over two rounds at The Pfau. She converted birdie opportunities on No. 6, No. 9 and No. 13 in the final round.

• The Ennis, County Clare, Ireland, native is the first Hoosier to win an event since Priscilla Schmid (209; -7) took the individual crown at The Landfall Tradition on Oct. 27, 2019.

• Junior Valerie Clancy vaulted to runner-up honors after shooting a Hoosier-best 71 (-1) over the final 18 holes. She converted a team-high four birdies, including back-to-back holes on No. 11 and 12. She finished second overall at 146 (75-71; +2), her best career finish and second top-5 of her collegiate career.

• Fifth-year senior Mary Parsons finished third overall after shooting a 5-over 77 on the second 18. She carded birdies on No. 14 and No. 16 to finish at 149 (+5) for the tournament.

• Senior Alexis Miestowski tied for sixth place overall with a two-round score of 154 (78-76; +10). Her second round of 76 (+4) consisted of birdies on No. 3 and No. 17.

• Freshman Beatriz Junqueira tied for 24th after shooting a 164 (88-76; +20) in her home debut. Her much-improved second round of 76 (+4) played a pair of birdies on No. 10 and No. 17.

INDIVIDUALS

• Junior Hanna Tanaka nearly cracked the top-10 (t-11th) after shooting a second-round 77 to get to 156 (79-77; +12) overall with a birdie on the first tee box. 

• Sophomore Morgan Dabagia knocked in back-to-back birdies on No. 12 and 13 to register a 78 (+6) in the second round. She tied for 14th overall after shooting a 159 (81-78; +15).

• Senior Arushi Singh tied for 21st overall with a two-round tally of 162 (78-84; +18).

• For the second-consecutive round senior Maddie Dittoe turned in an 82 (+10) on the scorecard. She holed out a birdie on No. 5 to finish t-24th at 164 (82-82; +20).

• Freshman Lydia Cryer finished 35th after shooting a 179 (88-91; +35). 

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS – TEAM

1. Áine Donegan – 144 (71-73; E)

2. Valerie Clancy – 146 (75-71; +2)

3. Mary Parsons – 149 (72-77; +5)

t-6. Alexis Miestowski – 154 (78-76; +10)

t-24. Beatriz Junqueira – 164 (88-76; +20)

HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS – INDIVIDUALS

t-11. Hanna Tanaka – 156 (79-77; +12)

t-14. Morgan Dabagia – 159 (81-78; +15)

t-21. Arushi Singh – 162 (78-84; +18)

t-24. Maddie Dittoe – 164 (82-82; +20)

35. Lydia Cryer – 179 (88-91; +35)

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers will finish the fall slate of the 2021-22 schedule at the Illini Invitational, a two-day tournament from Oct. 11-12 at the Medinah Country Club Golf Course in Medinah, Ill.

IUSD Starts 2021-22 Season at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana swimming and diving is set to open its 2021-22 season Wednesday (Oct. 6) at Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center, hosting a dual meet for the men’s team and a tri meet for the women’s program.

The Hoosiers will welcome reigning SEC Champion Kentucky to Bloomington, and Indiana State will make the trip to compete in the women’s tri meet.

Ray Looze enters his 20th season in Bloomington and 18th year leading both the men’s and women’s swimming programs. Head diving coach Drew Johansen is set for his eighth season in charge of Indiana divers.

Both the men’s and women’s programs return the majority of their rosters that finished sixth and ninth, respectively, at the 2021 NCAA Championships. Both of IU’s 2021 individual national champions, divers Andrew Capobianco (men’s 3M) and Tarrin Gilliland (women’s platform), are back for the new campaign.

MEET INFO

Wednesday, Oct. 6 | 2 p.m. ET

Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center • Bloomington, Ind.

Opponents: (M) Kentucky; (W) Kentucky; Indiana State

Stream: N/A

Live Results (Swim): https://bit.ly/3a9t16V

Live Results (Dive): https://bit.ly/3uJ9uDE

SCHEDULED EVENTS

Diving: 1M, 3M

Swimming: 200 Medley Relay, 1,000 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Butterfly, 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 200 Backstroke, 200 Breaststroke, 500 Freestyle, 100 Butterfly, 200 IM, 400 Freestyle Relay

OF NOTE…

HOOSIERS COMPETE FOR U.S. NATIONAL TEAM

The IU swimming and diving program sent 13 current, former, and Indiana Swim Club trainees, and two coaches to the Olympic Games 2020 Tokyo. The athletes returned with 11 medals. Three Hoosier Olympians, Michael Brinegar, Andrew Capobianco and Tomer Frankel, are on the roster for the 2021-22 campaign. Capobianco earned silver in the 3M Synchro Springboard.

Five athletes with Indiana ties were named to the 2021-22 U.S. National Team roster; Zach Apple, Michael Brinegar, Blake Pieroni, Lilly King and Annie Lazor.

LAST TIME OUT: NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS RECAP

2020 Women’s Big Ten Championships: IU, the nation’s 23rd-ranked program, finished third at the Big Ten Championships with 964 team points. No. 19 Ohio State (1,503.5 pts.) earned the team victory, while No. 5 Michigan (1,305.6 pts.) finished second.

2020 Men’s Big Ten Championships: The fourth-ranked swimming program in the nation finished third overall in the Big Ten Championships with a four-day score of 1,321.5 points, trailing No. 3 Michigan (1,548 pts.) and No. 17 Ohio State (1,329 pts.).

Bruno Blaskovic earned Swimmer of the Championships accolades, while Brendan Burns was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Hoosiers Set to Host Omaha Wednesday

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana men’s soccer opens a week of home non-conference matches Wednesday when it hosts Omaha at 7:30 p.m. ET on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

The match will be streamed on the B1G Network+ digital platform with with Jack Edwards, Derek Decker and Grace Ybarra on the call. Live stats can be found at IUHoosiers.com.

SETTING THE SCENE

• Wednesday night’s matchup marks the first-ever contest between the two programs.

• Indiana holds a 3-1-1 record against non-conference opponents this season.

• The Hoosiers have scored 10 goals through seven matches this season. Six of the 10 tallies have been scored by a player that had not recorded a collegiate goal prior to the 2021 season. Freshman midfielder Tommy Mihalic (2), freshman forward Samuel Sarver (2), sophomore

defender Joey Maher, and redshirt junior Ben Yeagley have all provided goals for the Hoosier attack this season.

ABOUT THE WOLVERINES

• Omaha is led by fourth-year head coach Bob Warming. He has compiled a record of 21-24-7

during his time with the Mavericks. Warming was previously the head coach at Penn State,

where he was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in back-to-back seasons in 2012 annd 2013.

• The Mavericks have won three of their last four matches.

• Six of Omaha’s eight results have been decided by one goal.

• The Mavericks have turned to three different keepers this season. Redshirt senior Jeremy

Pollard leads Omaha in minutes played (297:31), saves (7), goals against average (0.30) and save

percentage (0.875).

• Freshman Nathanael Sallah has played the duration of Omaha’s last two matches in goal,

allowing just one goal in a 1-1 split against Creighton (1-0 loss) and Missouri-Kansas City (2-0

win).

HOOSIERS ON THE REBOUND

• For the third time during the 2021 season, IU was defeated (2-1) at home against the Michigan Wolverines on Friday, October 1. The loss

marked just the 16th setback for the Hoosiers in the regular season since the start of the 2014 campaign.

• In the matches immediately following a loss, Indiana holds a record of 12-0-4. IU has outscored its opponent 26-7 in those matches.

• IU bounced back from its first loss of the season (3-0 defeat to Creighton) with a 1-0 victory over Xavier on Sept. 6. After the Hoosiers fell

in their Big Ten opener against Rutgers on Sept. 17, Indiana followed with back-to-back conference road victories at Northwestern (2-1) and

Michigan State (1-0).

• The Hoosiers have not sustained back-to-back losses in the regular season since the 2013 season.

Times, TV Designations Announced for Purdue Men’s Basketball

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In conjunction with its television partners, the Big Ten Conference announced times and television designations for the 2021-22 Purdue men’s basketball season today.

The Boilermakers will be featured prominently on the national scene, making 17 appearances on major national networks (FOX, CBS, ESPN family). Of the 20 Big Ten games, Purdue will be on the three major families of networks in 13 of the contests.

Highlights of the Boilermakers’ television appearances include CBS Sunday afternoon games at Mackey Arena against Ohio State (Noon – Jan. 30) and on Super Bowl Sunday against Maryland (1 p.m. – Feb. 13). FOX-broadcasted games include the Crossroads Classic against Butler (Noon – Dec. 18), Illinois on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Noon – Jan. 17) and against Michigan in Mackey Arena (2:30 p.m. – Feb. 5).

The Boilermakers will make an appearance on the ESPN family of networks against North Carolina, Tennessee, Florida State, Michigan (away), Illinois (home), Michigan State, Wisconsin (away) and Indiana (home). Lastly, Purdue’s FS1 appearances come against Nebraska, Indiana (away), Iowa (away) and Rutgers (home).

The remainder of the games will be aired on the Big Ten Network, with three games slated for B1G+ (exhibition game vs. UIndy, season opener vs. Bellarmine, Nov. 26 vs. Omaha).

Season tickets are sold out this season, but single-game tickets will go on sale Oct. 12 to 14, to varying levels of John Purdue Club members, then will go on sale to the general public Oct. 15.

Women’s Basketball TV Assignments & Home Game Times Announced

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue women’s basketball team is slated for five televised games during the 2021-22 season, the Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday. The Boilermakers under first-year head coach Katie Gearlds will appear on the Big Ten Network for every televised contest.

Purdue’s first appearance on the Big Ten Network will be its Big Ten/ACC Challenge duel against Georgia Tech on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.

The next three games for Purdue on BTN will be on the road – at Wisconsin (Dec. 30), at Michigan (Jan. 24) and at Rutgers (Feb. 20).

The Boilermakers’ regular season finale against Wisconsin at Mackey Arena is the final wildcard selection for BTN. A decision will be made at a later date if the game will be televised or streamed on B1G+.

All other home non-conference games and every Big Ten game not slated for television will be aired on B1G+.

With the television announcement, the Boilermakers released game times for every home game during the 2021-22 campaign.

Nov. 7 vs. Findlay – 2 PM – B1G+

Nov. 14 vs. Western Michigan – 2 PM – B1G+

Nov. 20 vs. Dayton – 6 PM – B1G+

Nov. 22 vs. Marshall – 7 PM – B1G+

Dec. 1 vs. Georgia Tech – 7 PM – BTN

Dec. 5 vs. Ohio State – 2 PM – B1G+

Dec. 12 vs. Denver – 2 PM – B1G+

Dec. 19 vs. Miami – 2 PM – B1G+

Dec. 21 vs. North Alabama – 11 AM – B1G+

Jan. 2 vs. Rutgers – 2 PM – B1G+

Jan. 13 vs. Iowa – 7 PM – B1G+

Jan. 16 vs. Indiana – 2 PM – B1G+

Jan. 27 vs. Minnesota – 7 PM – B1G+

Feb. 3 vs. Northwestern – 7 PM – B1G+

Feb. 9 vs. Penn State – 7 PM – B1G+

Feb. 17 vs. Illinois – 7 PM – B1G+

Feb. 27 vs. Wisconsin – TBD – BTN/B1G+

Boilermakers Enter Top-25 as Griffith Recognized Again

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team is ranked nationally for the first time since 2009, as senior forward Sarah Griffith is recognized as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.

The Boilermakers are No. 25 in this week’s United Soccer Coaches Top 25. Purdue, 9-2-2 on the season and 4-1-0 in Big Ten play, has won seven of its last eight and is off to its best start to a season since 2007. Halfway through the conference slate, the squad is tied atop the Big Ten standings with four wins and 12 points after a bounce-back, top-25 win at No. 18 Wisconsin on Sunday.

Purdue moves into the top-25 after not receiving votes in last week’s poll. The Old Gold and Black also are No. 3 in the North Region ranking, up from No. 6 last week, and No. 22 in the latest NCAA RPI. The last time the Boilermakers appeared in the national poll was in 2009 as they entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 24.

One of three Big Ten teams in this week’s rankings, Purdue is joined by No. 8 Rutgers and No. 16 Michigan, while Wisconsin and Penn State are receiving votes. Additionally, non-conference opponents Notre Dame is No. 24 and Gonzaga is receiving votes.

Meanwhile, Griffith earned her third Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honor and second Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week accolade on Tuesday, after she scored all three of Purdue’s goals last week.

Her three Big Ten offensive awards this year is tied for fourth-most by a single player in conference history, and Griffith is the second Boilermaker to achieve the feat. She is joined by Maddy Williams, who was bestowed with the honor three times in 2017. That also is the last time any Big Ten player earned three or more Offensive Player of the Week awards in a single season.

Griffith’s latest recognition comes after she continued her hot streak with three goals last week, all against top-25 teams, as she extended her goal streak to four consecutive games and her point streak to five.

The Naperville, Illinois, native has 10 goals this season, which is tied for the Big Ten lead and No. 8 nationally. It also is tied for fourth-most in Purdue history, and her 20 career goals is tied for No. 8 in the program record books.

Griffith has scored five goals in the last four games, and she is the seventh Boilermaker all-time with a four-plus game goal streak. She is the 11th player with a five-plus match point streak, as she has recorded at least a point in every Big Ten contest.

While Purdue’s six-match win streak was snapped with a 2-1 loss to No. 17 Michigan on September 30, Griffith scored the equalizing goal in the 23rd minute, just 30 seconds after UM took a 1-0 lead. She led the team with two shots, both on goal, in the match.

Three days later, Griffith led the way with a pair of goals in a 2-1 victory at No. 18 Wisconsin on October 3. The first came in the 12th minute, and the second was a highlight-reel score in the midst of heavy rain in the 60th. That proved to be the game winner, her team-high-tying second of the year. The senior had a match-best six shots and five shots on goal.

Along with her Big Ten-best 10 goals, Griffith paces the league and is No. 14 nationally with 4.50 shots per game and No. 19 in the NCAA with 2.33 shots on goal per game. Her 21 total points is 20th in in the country and second in the Big Ten.

This is the fifth Player of the Week award Purdue has received this season. Griffith and sophomore defender Nicole Kevdzija were both honored on August 31, sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews was recognized on September 21 and Griffith’s second accolade came last week.

Up next, No. 25 Purdue returns home on Sunday, October 10, for a 1 p.m. ET matchup against Minnesota. It is Senior Day, and the Boilermakers’ senior class will be recognized prior to the contest at Folk Field. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021.

Purdue Begins 3-Match Road Stretch at Illinois

Wednesday, October 6 | 9 p.m. ET

#6 Purdue at Illinois

WSHY 104.3 FM or Listen Online | BTN

Saturday, October 9 | 8 p.m. ET

#6 Purdue at Iowa

WSHY 104.3 FM or Listen Online | B1G+

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 6 Purdue volleyball team (11-2, 3-1 B1G) will spend the next three matches on the road, opening Week 7 with the program’s first midweek test.

After falling to Illinois (11-4, 3-1 B1G) in five sets last Friday, No. 6 Purdue will look to even the score with a Wednesday night match on Big Ten Network in Huff Hall. Purdue’s match against the Fighting Illini, who are receiving votes in the latest AVCA poll, marks the seventh match against a team ranked or receiving votes this season.

Then, the Boilermakers will travel to Coralville, Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes (2-12, 0-4 B1G) on Saturday night in Xtream Arena.

LOOKING BACK: ILLINOIS AT PURDUE ROUND 1 (10/1/21)

The Boilermakers suffered its first five-set loss of the season with the 2-3 final score vs. Illinois in Holloway.

Three Boilers recorded double-doubles: Caitlyn Newton (19 kills, 14 digs), Hayley Bush (47 assists, 15 digs) and Grace Cleveland (14 kills, 10 total blocks). Cleveland’s 10 total blocks, which included nine assisted, both tied career-highs.

In total, five players reached double-digit digs.

Taylor Trammell led the team with a .467 hitting efficiency (9-2-15) while adding a 11 total blocks (1 solo, 10 assisted). She was one kill shy of her first double-double.

In Cleveland’s first double-double of the season, she ignited in the fourth set, putting down five kills (5-0-10) to give Purdue the moment to come from behind and push the match to the fifth.

Bush also reached a career milestone in the match, becoming just the 8th Boilermaker in program history to reach 4,000 assists.Purdue had three set-point opportunities in the first set before Illinois clinched the set.

LAST WEEK AT A GLANCE

Purdue led the league with an opponent hitting % of .132.

Taylor Trammell and Grace Cleveland topped the Big Ten charts, leading the league during Week 2 of conference action with 1.83 and 1.75 blocks per set, respectively.

Cleveland recorded the best attack % in the Big Ten last week, tallying a .750 % vs. Rutgers (13-1-16), marking the second-most efficient match of her career.

A WEEKEND OF MILESTONES & RECORD BOOK PERFORMANCES

On Friday vs. Illinois, Hayley Bush recorded her 4,000th career assist, becoming just the 8th Boilermaker in program history to reach the milestone. She currently ranks No. 8 all-time with 4,064. She is on-track to move up in the record books this weekend (7th: March Fischl, 4,116 and 6th: Ashley Evans, 4,124).

The following night vs. Rutgers marked HC Dave Shondell and coaching staff’s 600th match at Purdue.

Additionally, libero/defensive specialist Jena Otec recorded her 145th career service ace to tie for 10th in Purdue history. With the feat, Otec became the first Boilermaker in 24 years to reach 145 aces (last: Brooke White, 1993-96).

Grace Cleveland’s .750 hitting clip vs. Rutgers ties as the 5th-most efficient performance in Purdue history in a three-setter (15-19 attempts).

DEFENSIVE LIVES HERE

Purdue out-blocked opponents 23-10 in the opening weekend of Big Ten play.

Purudue has consistently climbed the national rankings in blocks per set. In the opening weekend of Big Ten play, the Boilers posted 23 total blocks and jumped 11 spots in the national rankings to 15th. This week they are up to 11th with 2.81 per set.

Purdue held Ohio State and Indiana to an average of .140 attack % in the opening weekend of B1G play.

This season, Purdue is averaging 15.5 digs per set (3rd in the league).

Taylor Trammell ranks fifth in the league with 1.38 blocks per set.

Jena Otec, the 2020 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, ranks 6th in the league with 4.16 digs per set.

ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI

Series History: 42-48 (ILL Leads) | Last Meeting: Oct. 1, 2021 (L, 2-3 at PUR)

Purdue has lost the past two meetings to Illinois in five sets.

In the last six meetings dating back to the 2018 season, Purdue has only won once: April 2, 2021 (3-0).

The Illini have played two top-20 opponents in then-#11 Washington and #19 Creighton, which the team fell in four sets on both occasions.

The Illini are looking to rebound after a tough 1-3 loss at home against Wisconsin.

Illinois brings the toughest serve in the Big Ten, ranking 1st in the league and 2th in the NCAA with 2.00 aces per set.  They are led by a trio of players: Raina Terry, Taylor Kuper, and Jessica Nunge, who are all in the Big Ten’s top 10 in aces per set.

Besides being one of the best servers in the Big Ten, Kuper also averages 4.56 digs per set, which is third in the Big Ten.

Illinois could have a tough time hitting the ball as they are up against a Purdue team that is third best in blocks per set in the Big Ten.

IOWA HAWKEYES

Series History: 57-22 (PUR leads) | Last Meeting on Jan. 30, 2021 (W, 3-0 at PUR)

Purdue is riding a six-match winning streak dating back to Oct. 7, 2016.

Their attack is led by First Team All-Big Ten honoree Courtney Buzzerio, who averages 4.42 kills per set, 2nd in the Big Ten and 13th in the country.

Iowa ranks 6th in the Big Ten in service aces with an average of 1.43 aces per set.

Maddie Slagle leads their ack row with 3.3 digs per set.

Butler Golf Women Wrap Up Fall Invitational with Third-Place Finish

The Bulldogs finished third in the 14-team Butler Fall Invitational, which concluded Tuesday.

Graduate student Ally Ross led the Butler charge, finishing third overall at two-over 212. She shot an even-par 70 in Tuesday’s final round. Ross had two birdies during her round at the 6,010-yard Highland Country Club course. Ross shot 70 and 72 in Monday’s two rounds.

Belmont’s Cameron Fish shot a five-under 65 Tuesday to claim the top spot on the leaderboard at 207 (-3). Austin Peay’s Erica Scutt was second at 210 (E). Scutt shot a one-under 69 Tuesday.

Austin Peay took the team title at 878 (+38). That was two shots better than Belmont (880) and four shots clear of Butler (882). Butler entered the final round with a slim three-shot advantage over both Austin Peay and Belmont.

Katelyn Le finished in a tie for tenth at 222 (+12). She opened the tournament with rounds of 73 and 71. Her 78 Tuesday included a hole-out from the fairway to card a 2 on the par-4, 341-yard 17th.

Alaina Bowie carded a 75 Tuesday to finish the tournament at 225 (+15) and in a tie for 20th. Claire Edwards and Madalin Small each finished the event at 19-over 229, tied for 35th.

Four Bulldogs played as individuals. Freshman Katie Steinman shot an even-par 70 in the first round and followed that up with a 76. After a final-round 78 Tuesday, Steinman tied for 16th at 224 (+14).

Lexy Stuckey tied Bowie for 20th at 225 (+15). Nicole Jordan finished in a tie for 60th at 238 (+28). Freshman Gianna Medica, playing in her first tournament as a Bulldog, was 67th at 240 (+30).

The Bulldogs return to action Monday (Oct. 11) at the Toledo Invitational. 

NEFVE HEADED TO ITA ALL-AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame men’s tennis senior Captain Axel Nefve is off to Tulsa to compete in the ITA Men’s All-American Championships. Nefve begins the year with a preseason ITA ranking of #25 in the country and is a direct acceptance in the main draw.

Nefve will open up play Wednesday morning. His opponent will be named by Wednesday morning.

Nefve is coming off a junior year campaign full of notable achievements including a 15-match win-streak. He compiled an overall singles record of 19-5, an 11-1 record in the ACC and was named a 1st-Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. Nefve competed in both the NCAA individual singles and doubles tournaments where he made it to the second round of each draw.

Fraley Named MAC Offensive Player of the Week

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced its weekly soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honorees on Tuesday. Ball State’s Lexi Fraley earned the distinction of Offensive Player of the Week after an outstanding effort.

Fraley earned her first career goal and points in Sunday’s contest with Akron. She gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead early in the second half as she started with an impressive juke of a Zips defender just inside the goal area and followed with a strong left-footer past the goalie. She added a second goal as she put a move on the keeper and drilled a shot into a wide-open net. She finished the match with two goals and four points.

BSU returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 7, for a rematch of this spring’s MAC Championship contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Briner Sports Complex.

From the Coach – Head Coach Josh Rife

“This is a great honor for Lexi. She works tirelessly every day and it’s great to see her be rewarded for her efforts. I think this is just the beginning for her in her collegiate career.”

AUBREY HAMILTON NAMED ACC CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Hamilton has been named the ACC’s Co-Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 5).

Hamilton led the Irish and matched her career-high with 20 kills in last Friday’s comeback victory at #18 Georgia Tech before adding a team-high 12 kills in Sunday’s road sweep of Clemson. In both wins, Hamilton’s last kill represented the match point.

In total, the Hartland, Wisconsin, native amassed 32 kills and hit .375 in Notre Dame’s pair of road wins.

Up Next

The Irish return home next weekend to host Syracuse and Boston College.

Notre Dame takes on the Orange on Friday (Oct. 8) at 7 p.m. ET before taking on the Eagles on Sunday (Oct. 10) at 1 p.m. ET

Both contests will be streamed via ACC Network Extra.

Cardinals Finished Fourth, Kim Ties for Fourth

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Liz Kim led the Ball State women’s golf team on the final day of the Courtney Cole Invitational at The Pfau Course on Tuesday. Kim tied for fourth while the Cardinals moved up on the leaderboard into fourth. 

Kim jumped up three spots on the final day into a tie for fourth. She finished day two with a round of 73 (+1) and posted a two-round mark of 150 (+6). Morgan Lewis notched a final-round tally of 82 (+10) and tied for 24th with an effort of 164 (+20). Dylann Armstrong came in 28th with a two-round score of 165 (+21). Payton Bennett produced a two-round mark of 166 (+22) and came in 29th. Ja Santadusit finished in 33rd, while Tiegan Taylor placed 34th.

The Cardinals return to the course on Monday, Oct. 11, for the Rocket Classic invitational at the Catawba Island Club in Port Huron, Ohio.

Men’s Golf Wraps Up Action At UD Paint Brush Invite

DENVER, Colo. – The Ball State men’s golf team wrapped up action at the UD Paintbrush Invite on Tuesday at the Colorado Golf Club. The two-day event was hosted by the University of Denver.

After a slow start, the Cardinals managed to end the tournament with an eighth place finish out of 11 teams moving up a couple spots after the opening day. Ball State finished with a total team score of 916 ahead of Santa Clara, Wichita State and Wyoming.

Joey Ranieri, who has had a successful fall so far this season, ended the event tied for a fifth-place finish after shooting a 77 in the opening round on Monday while flourishing in the second round with a one under par (71) and then finished the today with a 74. Ranieri’s last two rounds were well under the field scoring average amongst all of the participants.

Evan Bone also turned in a solid performance tying for 44th (231) with his best showing in the second round shooting a 76.

The Ball State men’s golf team returns to action Oct. 11-12 at the Purdue Fall Invitational at the Kampen Golf Course in West Lafayette, Ind.

JAGUARS CARD FINAL ROUND 291 AT BUTLER FALL INVITATIONAL

INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI women’s golf team carded a final round 291 on Tuesday (Oct. 5) at the Butler Fall Invitational, matching the best round by any team in the tournament’s final round at Highland Country Club. The Jaguars moved up two spots on the tournament’s final day, placing fourth at 889 (300-298-291). Austin Peay won the event at 878 and was followed closely by Belmont (880) and Butler (882).

 Belmont’s Cameron Fish earned medalist honors at 3-under 207, fueled by a final round 65.

IUPUI surged early in the round as Kara Blair led the way and others hung around even par. Blair got to 3-under after making back-to-back birdies on Nos. 14 and 15 as part of her four birdies in her first 11 holes. She ultimately finished at 2-over 72, as did sophomore Shelby Busker. Busker was a par machine for her day, making 16 to accompany two bogeys. She made par on her opening 10 holes of the day before giving back a shot on the par-4, No. 16.

Freshman Nerea Lancho closed with a final round 73 and fifth-year senior Amelie Svejda had a countable 74 on a day in which she was without a birdie. Sophomore Annaliese Fox rounded out IUPUI’s lineup at 6-over 76. Sophomore Ally Stuckey carded a final round 82, which included chipping in for birdie from just off the green on her opening hole of the round. Classmate Keisha Bennett posted a final round 84 as an individual.

Blair, Busker and Svejda all finished tied for 12th overall at 223 and Fox tied for 20th at 225. Lancho moved up 18 spots on the tournament’s final day to finish tied for 26th at 227.

“As a team, we did fight back,” Blair said. “It’s still not the result we wanted, but there were some good things to take away from this week.”

IUPUI’s 23 birdies were second to tournament champion APSU’s 27 and both Fox and Svejda played the par-5’s to 2-under for the week. Blair played the par-3’s to 1-under overall. Busker finished with a tournament best 41 pars and Fox tied for fourth overall with seven birdies.

The Jaguars will conclude the fall slate on Oct. 18-19 when they compete in the Charles Braun Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Evansville.

McWILLIAMS SHINES ON FINAL DAY OF TOM TONTIMONIA INVITATIONAL

WESTLAKE, Ohio – IUPUI freshman Sam McWilliams carded a season-best, 1-under 70 on the final day of the Tom Tontimonia Invitational on Tuesday (Oct. 5) as he and his teammates posted a final round 297 at Lakewood Country Club.

McWilliams got to 3-under after making birdie on his tenth hole of the day after playing his first nine to 2-under 33. He stayed solid and made two bogeys on his final nine to ultimately shoot 70. Sophomore Taylor Gardner notched a 2-over 72, which included back-to-back birdies after the turn.

“It feels really good to shoot my first under par round in a college tournament,” McWilliams said. “I’m hopefully going to build on it going forward.”

Morgan Tournemire posted a 5-over 76 and freshman Colten Girgis shot a final round 78. Sophomore Brock Aten rounded out the Jaguars’ lineup at 8-over 79. Tournemire was 1-over at the turn after making a birdie and a double bogey on consecutive holes early on. He got back to even with a birdie on No. 4, but a rough stretch pushed him to 5-over on the day. Similarly, Girgis started well with a birdie on his first hole and was 2-over at the turn, but had two double bogeys on his back nine as part of a 5-over 41.

McWilliams had a team-high six birdies and Tournemire made 26 pars over two rounds. Oakland won the team title at 2-over 570 and Purdue Fort Wayne’s Kasey Lilly earned medalist honors at 5-under 137.

IUPUI will return to action on Oct. 18-19 when the Jaguars participate in the Xavier Invitational.

MOON EARNS SECOND #HLXC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK AWARD

INDIANAPOLIS – IUPUI freshman Grant Moon has been named the Horizon League Men’s Cross Country Freshman of the Week for his efforts at last week’s Joe Piane Invitational. It marks his second weekly honor of the season.

Moon was IUPUI’s No. 7 runner in the Gold Race of the Joe Piane Invite on Friday (Oct. 1), placing 56th overall in a time of 25:55.7. He helped IUPUI to a fourth-place team finish, including defeating Ohio State, Auburn, Vanderbilt and Clemson, among others. The Jaguars subsequently moved up to No. 11 in this week’s USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region polls this week.

Since sitting the season opener, Moon has been among the team’s top seven finishers in each of the Jaguars’ most recent two meets.

Dustin Bredemeier named UE Head Diving Coach

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Dustin Bredemeier has been appointed Head Diving Coach for the University of Evansville Swimming and Diving Program, Head Coach Stu Wilson announced.

“I would like to thank Stu Wilson and the UE Athletic Department for the opportunity to once again be part of the UE Swimming and Diving family,” Bredemeier said.  “I am excited for the continued growth of a strong diving program through core team values, personal connections, and excellent foundations with the UE divers.”

Bredemeier has been coaching diving at Mt. Vernon Senior High School in Mt. Vernon, Ind.0 for the past five seasons.  During his time at Mt. Vernon, he directed both the boys and girls squads while finishing with an IHSAA State Qualifier and multiple Regional Qualifiers.

“I am excited to have Dustin on board as the new UE Diving Coach.  Andy Brown has done a tremendous job with the divers and I am happy for him taking his new position as Compliance Director at UE,” Coach Wilson exclaimed.  “It will be a smooth transition for Dustin. He knows what UE is about and was a former diver with the program.”

This opportunity is a special one for Bredemeier, who was a diver with the program during his college career.  He is fully aware of the tradition of the program as well as the top-notch education that UE offers.  The native of southern Indiana is excited to continue his coaching career with his alma mater.

“I look to encourage the diving athletes to grow and be outstanding in the sport while receiving a top-quality education,” Bredemeier continued.  “It is my goal to contribute to our overall results of our program and achieve our championship goals.  I am excited to be part of the future of our program.”

Women’s golf finishes 8th at Butler Fall Invitational

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Picking up right where she left off from Monday, Caitlin O’Donnell had another strong round on Tuesday to lead the University of Evansville women’s golf team to an 8th place finish at the Butler Invitational.

Highland Country Club saw O’Donnell gain some momentum for the rest of the fall, shooting her three lowest rounds of the season.  After tying her UE career-low with a 72 to open the tournament, O’Donnell had a 75 in round two before carding a 73 in the final round.  Her 220 was good for a 7th place finish.  That marked her best finish since coming home in 4th place at the 2020 ASU Spring Classic.  O’Donnell also finished the event with the 3rd-most pars in the entire field.

“My putter was on fire this weekend!  That was the biggest thing – in order for me to play well, I have to putt and do well with my wedges,” O’Donnell said.  “I was able to finish with under 30 putts in all three rounds, which was a phenomenal accomplishment.”

Coming in second for the Purple Aces and tying for 16th in the event was Allison Enchelmayer.  The junior posted a 76 or lower in all three rounds.  After opening with a 2-over 72, Enchelmayer posted back-to-back rounds of 76 on her way to a final stroke tally of 224.  Mallory Russell also completed each round in the 70’s on her way to a 24th place tie.  Russell began the contest with rounds of 73 and 75 in the opening day before registering a 78 on Tuesday.  Her final total checked in at 226.

Carly Frazier continued her efficient play.  Frazier rebounded from a first round total of 82 to finish day one with a 76 before recording a 79 in the last round.  Her total score of 237 was good for the 59th spot.  Two behind her was Alyssa McMinn, who tied for the 63rd spot with a 239.  McMinn’s scores finished at 80, 77 and 82.  Individual Taylor Keating completed the invitational with a 269.

Top team honors went to Austin Peay, who jumped Butler in the final day with a team score of 291.  The Governors wrapped up the three rounds with an 878, edging Belmont by two strokes and Butler by four.  Cameron Fish of Belmont was the medalist, shooting a 5-under 65 in the final day to clinch the top spot.  Her 207 edge APSU’s Erica Scutt by three shots.

UE will have this weekend off before setting its sights on the Braun Intercollegiate.  The Aces will host the tournament on October 18-19 at Oak Meadow Country Club.

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Falls at Notre Dame 4-0

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team trailed by just one goal at the half before falling at Notre Dame 4-0 on Tuesday (Oct. 5) evening.

The Mastodons went to halftime holding advantages in shots (5-4), shots on goal (2-1) and corner kicks (1-0).

However, Notre Dame held a lead on the scoreboard with the only goal of the first half coming four minutes in by Jack Lynn.

Luke Benford had the best chance of the half for the ‘Dons when his shot from about 10 feet out skipped by the left post by just a few feet in the 27th minute.

Notre Dame scored in the 47th minute on a goal by Daniel Russo, assisted by Paddy Burns and Ben Giacobello to go up 2-0. Mohamed Omar scored in the 70th minute, assisted by Dawson McCartney. The final Notre Dame goal came in the 79th minute when Philip Quinton scored, assisted by Reese Mayer and Ethan O’Brien.

Notre Dame finished with a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal in the game.

Benford had a team-high two shots for the ‘Dons and a shot on goal. Keith Larson also had a shot on goal for the ‘Dons.

Notre Dame improves to 6-4-1. The ‘Dons fall to 3-6-1. Purdue Fort Wayne is back in action on Saturday (Oct. 9) when league-foe Wright State comes to town.

Hounds Place Fourth at Findlay

FINDALY, Ohio – The UIndy women’s golf team (301-306-303) earned a fourth-place finish among a tough field at the William Beall Fall Classic Monday and Tuesday, held at Findlay Country Club in Findlay, Ohio. Battling a field that featured five top-15 teams, senior Elyse Stasil earned all-tournament accolades to lead the way for the Greyhounds.

Meanwhile, a second group of Greyhounds – three individual competitors in all – made the shorter trip to Indiana University for the 36-hole Courtney Cole Invitational.

FINDLAY

Stasil secured her third top-10 finish in as many events this fall, tying for fifth place at +7. She highlighted her stay in Findlay with a one-under 71 in Monday’s rainy opening round.

Fifth-year senior Anna Kramer and true-freshman Ellen Caton were among a half dozen women to finish at +13, sharing 19th place on the leaderboard.

Junior Catharina Graf (+17) and Katelyn Skinner (+18) rounded out UIndy’s scoring, finishing in 34th and 38th, respectively.

INDIANA

UIndy sent a trio of golfers to compete at IU’s fall tournament. Rubbing elbows with the host Hoosiers, as well as student-athletes from Ball State, Cincinnati and Loyola, freshman Anci Dy (78-77) notched a top-10 finish. The Traverse City, Mich., product finished at +11 to tie for eighth place.

Daniela Gomez (80-76) finished one stroke back to share 11th, while sophomore Maggie Schaffer (77-84) tied for 17th.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds return to the course next week for the Rocket Classic, hosted by the University of Toledo. The tournament will be held at Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, Ohio on Oct. 11-12.

Sycamore Swimming & Diving Heads to Bloomington for the Indiana Tri-Meet

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State Swimming and Diving team travels to Bloomington, Ind. for the Indiana Tri-Meet on Wednesday, October 6.

The meet is set to start at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon at the Counsilman-Billingsley Aquatics Center. The Sycamores are facing off against the Indiana Hoosiers and the Kentucky Wildcats for their first official meet of the season.

The Trees are ready for action following their Intrasquad meet on Friday evening.

“We got a good rundown of what it will be like next Wednesday”, Coach Christensen commented. “In this point of the season, we just get back to training and we go to the next meet. Hopefully we can go to IU on Wednesday and be a little sharper in some of the swims as we continue to prepare for the bulk of the upcoming season.”

This will be the first official meet for Indiana and Kentucky as well.

SURGING SYCAMORES

Junior Marni Gray will look to be a leader this year for the Sycamores. She is coming off a great sophomore year where she became only the second conference champion in program history joining ISU alumni Bianca Saez-Illobre.

Freshman Chloe Farro will look to build on her good performance from the Intrasquad meet. Farro finished first in both the 50 and the 100 Free, while also contributing in the relays as well for the Trees. Fellow freshman Alexandria Cotter is also looking to make an impact on Wednesday after winning the 100 Breast Stroke event at the Indiana State Intrasquad.

EVENT SCHEDULE

The meet will open with the 1000 Free. Following that, there will be the 200 Free, followed by the 100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 Fly, and 50 Free.

Following a break they will start back up with the 100 Free followed by the 200 Back, 200 Breast, 500 Free, and 100 Fly.

After another break the Sycamores will finish the meet with a 200 IM and a 400 Free Relay. The divers will also have a 3M diving and 1M diving during the meet.

VALPO FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Valparaiso (1-4, 1-1 PFL) at St. Thomas (2-2, 1-1 PFL)

This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football program will take on one of the two new members of the Pioneer Football League on Saturday as the Beacons make their first-ever trip to St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. After a week where all five PFL games were decided by seven points or fewer including Valpo’s overtime defeat to Marist on Homecoming Saturday at Brown Field, the team will

hope to start 2-0 in PFL road games for the second straight year.

Previously: Valpo rallied from 14 points down to force overtime, but Marist pre- vailed 27-24 on a game-winning 25-yard touchdown pass in OT after Valpo had made a field goal on its OT possession. Running back Robert Washington rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns, while quarterback Ben Nimz went 15-of-25 through the air for 193 yards. The Valpo defense had 12 tackles for loss and six sacks, while

the special teams unit blocked a pair of kicks. Brian Bartholomew missed a 58-yard field goal try on the final play of regulation, but converted a 25-yard attempt on Valpo’s OT possession. Nick Orekoya had his first rushing TD in a Valpo uniform in Saturday’s setback. Valpo outgained Marist 351-349 in the contest.

Series Notes: This will represent the first ever meeting between these two teams. Following the Beacons: Video coverage of this week’s game will be available free of charge on TommieSports.com. Todd Ickow and Brandon Vickrey will handle the hometown radio call on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, ValpoAthletics.com and the TuneIn Radio app. For in-game social media updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.

Scouting the Opponent: St. Thomas is coming off a 27-24 loss at San Diego after top- ping Butler 36-0 in the PFL opener. The Tommies are in their first season of Division-I  competition after more than 30 years in the Division-III ranks. They were picked eighth of 11 in the PFL preseason poll. Prior to conference play, St. Thomas picked up a 12-9 victory at Michigan Tech and incurred a 44-3 loss at UNI.

Women’s Golf Closes Out Second-Best 54-Hole Showing in Program History

For the second time in three tournaments this fall, the Valparaiso University women’s golf team has put together a 54-hole tournament performance better than any in program history prior to this season. This time the Beacons posted the program’s second-best 54-hole overall score (behind only the record set earlier this season) by compiling a strong team performance at the Butler Fall Invitational, hosted at the par-70, 6010-yard Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis.

How It Happened

Senior Payton Hodson (Middleton, Wis. / Middleton) led the team with a 77 (+7) in Tuesday’s final round, finishing the event with a team-low tournament score of 230, which put her in a tie for 41st in an 83-player field.

Junior Cailey Rooker (St. Joseph, Mich. / St. Joseph) followed Hodson with the team’s second-best 18-hole score on Tuesday. She carded a 78 to finish the tournament second on the squad with a 231, tied for 45th among all competitors.

Freshman Anna Fay (Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills) and junior Morgan Kier (Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg) also boasted sub-80 rounds on Tuesday by each carding a 79. Fay finished the event with three straight sub-80 rounds for a total of 233 (t-49), while Kier finished at 238 (t-60).

Freshman Katie Schreiner (Fenton, Mo. / Summit) golfed as an individual this week and finished the tournament at 236. She improved with each round, posting a line of 81-78-77.

As a team, Valpo carded a 313 on Tuesday to finish the three rounds at 932, topping both Marian and Eastern Illinois. Austin Peay won the 14-team event, while Belmont’s Cameron Fish garnered the top spot on the individual leaderboard.

Inside the Rounds

Hodson’s overall 54-hole score of 230 cracked the program record book, as she tied for eighth in program history in 54-hole score overall low. She became the second Valpo player to crack the all-time top 10 in that category this season, joining Rooker’s 227 from the Redbird Invitational.

Rooker’s 231 is the 11th-best 54-hole score in program history. Prior to this season, only eight 54-hole tournaments of 231 or better had taken place since the program began in 2009. This season, there have been three instances of Valpo players going 231 or better, including two at this week’s event.

This week’s 54-hole team score marked the second-best in program history, just a stroke behind the program record of 931 set earlier this season at the Redbird Invitational. Prior to this fall, Valpo’s team 54-hole record was 941, a mark the Beacons have beaten twice in three tournaments.

Valpo had 10 birdies for the tournament, led by Hodson and Rooker with three apiece.

Thoughts from Head Coach Jill McCoy

“We have some good momentum going. The girls are starting to play consistently. I’m excited to continue on to Bradley later this week.”

Up Next

The Beacons will compete in the Bradley Coyote Creek Classic at Coyote Creek GC in Bartonville, Ill. beginning on Saturday. A link to live scoring via BirdieFire is available on ValpoAthletics.com.

VICTORY! Kasey Lilly Wins Tom Tontimonia Invitational

LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Thanks to three-straight birdies on his final three holes, Kasey Lilly of the Purdue Fort Wayne men’s golf team won the Tom Tontimonia Invitational with a 69-68-137 at the Lakewood Country Club on Tuesday (Oct. 5).

Lilly’s tournament win is the first for the program since Zach Schroeder won the Wright State Invitational in April of 2019.

The junior opened his round with two birdies in his first four holes. After a bogey on hole five, he had eight straight holes of par or better, with a birdie on 10. After two bogeys on 14 and 15, Lilly closed his round with three straight birdies, capped off by sinking a 12-foot putt on 18. After his round was over, Oakland’s Anthony Comito was still on the course, sitting even with Lilly with four holes to play. Comito bogeyed 16 and parred 17 and 18, giving way to Lilly’s first tournament win. Lilly had 10 birdies this week, which tied for the most in the field. In his junior season, Lilly has amassed a 323-17 record, a win percentage of .950.

Brett Seward shot 72-70-142 to finish in a tie for seventh. This is his first top-10 finish of his time as a Mastodon. Seward’s last round of the tournament started with a birdie on hole one before he rattled off seven straight pars. He had a bogey-free back nine with a birdie on the 158-yard par-3 16th hole.

Tyler Green used two birdies on his front nine to conclude his week with 76-73-149. He finished in a tie for 45th after an even front nine. He had 12 pars with birdies on four and nine. Reece Compton shot a 74 to have his score taken in round two. He finished the week in a tie for 56th with a 78-74-152. His only birdie on Tuesday came on the 589-yard par-5 ninth to pair with his 13 pars.

Burke Pitz also competed for the team score and fired a 75-75-150. His final round featured four birdies, coming on holes two, five, nine and 16.

As a team, the Mastodons finished in third with a 292-285-577, just one shot back of Dayton. Oakland won the tournament with a 570. This season, Purdue Fort Wayne has a record of 15-3 against Horizon League schools.

Purdue Fort Wayne will take to the course again on October 18, when the Mastodons play at the Dayton Flyer Invitational in Kettering, Ohio.

Men’s Soccer Drops One Spot to #2 in Recent Rankings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Indianapolis men’s soccer team has fallen one spot to No. 2 in the recent NCAA Division II United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll, officials announced on Tuesday.

Despite rolling with an undefeated 6-0-1 record on the season, the Greyhounds fall behind Franklin Pierce in the rankings who earned the top spot by corralling a perfect 9-0 campaign so far. Lynn (No. 3 at 7-1), Davis & Elkins (No. 4 at 7-0), and Young Harris (No. 5 at 9-0) round out the top five.

Joining UIndy in the poll, fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member Maryville makes a massive jump from not being ranked in the previous poll to now be the No. 14 team.

The Hounds will return to action this Friday with a home GLVC match against William Jewell beginning at 7:30 p.m.

RankSchoolPrevW-L-T
1Franklin Pierce University29-0-0
2University Of Indianapolis16-0-1
3Lynn University67-1-0
4Davis & Elkins College77-0-0
5Young Harris College99-0-0
6West Texas A&M University37-1-0
7University Of Charleston87-1-0
8Seattle Pacific University167-1-0
9Wilmington University109-0-1
10Azusa Pacific University56-1-2
11Midwestern State University128-1-0
12Limestone University177-1-0
13Nova Southeastern University205-1-1
14Maryville University of St. LouisNR7-2-1
15Colorado Mesa UniversityRV8-2-0
16Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityRV5-1-0
17Gannon University217-1-0
18American International College228-0-1
19California State University-Los AngelesNR4-2-1
20Southern Nazarene University246-3-0
21Chowan UniversityRV6-2-0
22Walsh University237-1-2
23University Of Tampa116-2-0
24Colorado State University-Pueblo198-2-0
25California State University-Dominguez HillsNR4-1-1

KNIGHTS COMPLETE FOURTH FALL MATCH AT BUTLER FALL INVITE

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s golf team wrapped up their fourth invitational of the fall on Tuesday afternoon, finishing the 54-hole Butler Fall Invite hosted at Highland Country Club. The Knights finished 13th out of 14 teams in a field filled with NCAA DI schools, finishing ahead of Eastern Illinois. Austin Peay State was the winner in the event, followed by Belmont and Butler.

Elizabeth Hedrick led Marian on the first day of Butler’s invitational, firing a team-low 152 over the first 36 holes of the event. Hedrick shot a day-one low card of 74 for the Knights in the opening round, and followed with a 78 in the second round. Macy Stapp carded the second-lowest score on the team after 36 holes, firing a 78+76=154 to sit two strokes behind Hedrick.

Following Stapp on the leaderboard after the first round was MacKendzie Dresbaugh, with the freshman carding an 80+82=162. Sidney Parmer shot an 80+84=164 after the first 36 holes, and rounding out Marian’s lineup on day one was Keely Jones, who scored an 83+84=167.

On Tuesday’s final round, Hedrick continued to hold her spot as the team leader by shooting a 76, ending the event with a total score of 228. Hedrick finished in a tie for 31st place overall in the field. Stapp finished second on the team after tying Hedrick for the lowest Marian score on Tuesday, carding a 76 to finish with a total of 230. Stapp placed in a tie for 31st overall.

Dresbaugh shot an 82 on Tuesday, completing the event with a total score of 244. Parmer ended with an 83 Tuesday to score 247 for her three-round total, and Jones carded an 87 to wrap up a 254 total.

Marian will finish their fall schedule on October 22 and 23, playing at the Huntington Fall Invite. The two-day event will be held at Chariot Run GC in Laconia, Ind.

Del Carmen Named HCAC Runner of the Week

CARMEL — After breaking the school record at the NCAA Division III Pre Nationals meet, Earlham College freshman Connor del Carmen has been honored as HCAC Runner of the Week.

Del Carmen finished the event in 31st place with a time of 25:21 in the 8k race, four seconds faster than the previous school record. The meet featured over 300 athletes in the men’s “silver” division, and saw many top teams coming to prepare for the NCAA Championships in November.

This is the first time Del Carmen has received this conference award.

Del Carmen and the rest of the Quakers will be in action on Friday, October 15 at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic at Wilmington College.

WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT RSC FALL PREVIEW – DAY 2 RECAP

FLORENCE, Ind. – As promised, it was a battle to the very end.

The Indiana University East women’s golf team finished second at a tightly contested River States Conference Fall Preview, which concluded Oct. 5 at Belterra Resort.

IU East finished with a 36-hole team score of 632, just three strokes behind first-place Midway University.

The teams were separated by just a few strokes all tournament long. Fans tracking the live stats saw the teams trading the lead back and forth for the first 27 holes before Midway built a cushion early in the last nine holes and held on until the end.

IU East’s Jo Wisecup finished in a tie for third on the individual leaderboard with a 36-hole score of 155. Wisecup finished two strokes behind medalist Brandi Jones from IU Kokomo in a race for medalist that came down to the results from the final group of three on the final hole.

Annie Gillock posted the tournament’s best score of Round 2 with a 76 on Oct. 5 and finished sixth overall with a 36-hole score of 156.

The final event on the IU East fall schedule is the “Battle at the Henge” at Stonehenge Golf Club in Winona Lake, Ind., starting Oct. 11.

RHIT Football Hosts Hanover in 2021 Homecoming Game on Saturday

Rose-Hulman Football 2021 Homecoming Game Preview

RELEVANT GAME LINKS

LIVE VIDEO: https://boxcast.tv/view/fb-rose-hulman-vs-hanover-909830

LIVE STATS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/sidearmstats/football/summary

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rose-hulman-vs-hanover-football-game-tickets-tickets-168143436545

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology football team hosts Hanover College in the annual Homecoming Game and a showdown of perennial Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference title contenders on Saturday at 2 pm.

TICKET INFORMATION:

* Pre-purchase tickets online to simplify your gameday experience here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rose-hulman-vs-hanover-football-game-tickets-tickets-168143436545  (tickets are cash only at the gate)

* Club seat season ticket purchases ($40 for 4 games) available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1RWFKcbGQzoWEbGSCyVLICD-Z5QwxekEBB_GRefGqWQ0/edit#gid=0

* Rose-Hulman students, faculty and staff are admitted FREE with ID.

ROSE-HULMAN NOTES:

* Rose-Hulman stands 2-2 on the season with losses to a pair of 2019 NCAA Division III Playoff teams in Wabash (20-33) and Hope (20-27). 

* The Fightin’ Engineers scored 42 unanswered points in the first half during last week’s 63-14 win at Defiance.

* Andrew Dion ranks No. 2 in career passing yards (7887), No. 2 in career touchdown passes (73), and No. 3 in pass completions (568). 

* Dion needs 407 passing yards and 9 touchdown passes to become the career leader at Rose-Hulman in both categories.

* Noah Thomas holds the Rose-Hulman career school record for pass reception yards (3033). 

* Thomas ranks No. 2 all-time in pass receptions with 215 (4 shy of the school record) and receiving touchdowns with 30 (6 shy of the school record).

* Defensively, Michael Stevens leads the team with 38 tackles and Kyzer Bowen has 35. 

* Rashard Brown has added a team-high 2 interceptions, and Stevens returned an interception for a touchdown at Defiance.

* Michael Stevens (LB) and Shane Welshans (RB) were named first-team Preseason All-Americans by College Football America; and second-team preseason All-Americans by Lindy’s Football Magazine.  Welshans was also a preseason second-team All-American from D3football.com. 

HANOVER NOTES:

* Hanover has won the last 3 HCAC championships and enters the Homecoming showdown on a 14-game HCAC winning streak dating to 2018.

* The Panthers have not lost an HCAC road game since 9/30/2017 at Mount St. Joseph.

* Matthew Weimer has thrown for 810 yards and 6 touchdowns in the season’s first 4 games.

* Shawn Coane leads the Panthers with 376 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns, and Hunter Eads leads the receivers with 256 yards and one score.

* Kyle Treber has a team-high 36 tackles, Devonte Hardiman leads the Panthers with 5.5 sacks, and Kiefer Askew has a team-high 2 interceptions.

SERIES HISTORY:

* Hanover leads 36-34-2

* Current Streak: Hanover won 3

* Last Meeting: HC 27, RH 24 (3/27/21)

* Last RH Win: RH 38, HC 28 (9/16/17)

Tickets, Talegating For 127th Monon Bell Go On Sale Wednesday

Tickets, tailgating, and parking for the 127th Monon Bell Classic, scheduled for Saturday, November 13, at Little Giant Stadium go on sale Wednesday, October 6 at noon, Eastern Time.

Tickets will be available for purchase online at www.wabashtickets.com. General admission tickets are $25. A limited quantity of “Super Tickets” enabling one exit and re-entry to the game are available for $40. Tickets may be purchased for either Wabash or DePauw seating sections and will be marked appropriately. W. Club tickets are also available for Wabash fans. The reserved chair back seats offer a premium game day experience with exclusive access to game day hospitality and catered food and beverage. Single-game W. Club tickets for the 127th Monon Bell Classic are $150 per person.

Tailgating spaces in the Monon Bell Village are available at www.wabashtickets.com. Tailgate areas measuring 20 feet by 20 feet are $100, with spaces 30 feet by 30 feet available for $150. Access to Monon Bell Village tailgating will open on game day at 8 a.m. Limited space for RV parking in the lot behind Little Giant Stadium is available for $200.

Fans may purchase parking spaces in lots near Little Giant Stadium for $25. A maximum of two spaces may be purchased per transaction. Specific parking spaces will not be assigned in designated lots. Purchasing a parking space guarantees access to the lot, but not a specific parking location.

Wabash alumni “W-Pass” holders may redeem their pass for one general admission ticket, which is required for entry to the game. Presenting a W-Pass without a ticket will result in denied admission to the stadium. To redeem a W-Pass, visit the Allen Center Athletics Office between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday prior to November 9, or on game day at any ticketing table or window, starting at 11 a.m.

Pass holders planning to pick up tickets on game day must contact Samantha Current by email at emmarts@wabash.edu or by calling 765-361-6105 prior to Tuesday, November 9. You may also contact Mrs. Current regarding a replacement W-Pass. Additional tickets may not be available for purchase on game day. Anyone requiring more than one complimentary ticket should purchase at www.wabashtickets.com.

Wabash students, faculty, and staff will receive one complimentary general admission to the game. Tickets will be distributed at the Allen Center on Thursdays between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and remain available for pick-up at the Allen Center through Tuesday, November 9. Please bring an ID to pick-up your complimentary ticket. Any unclaimed tickets after November 9 will be released to the general public.

Kickoff for the 127th meeting between the Wabash and DePauw football teams is set for 1:07 p.m. The game will be broadcast live regionally by the ISC Sports Network and streamed nationally on the ISC and Wabash Video Network apps. Wabash leads the all-time series between the two schools 62-55-9.

Volleyball: Bontrager Tabbed HCAC Defensive Player of the Week

Anderson University volleyball standout Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind. / Fairfield) was tabbed as Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Defensive Player of the Week, which was announced by the conference on Monday.

Bontrager is the first Anderson volleyball player to be named a conference player of the week since Megan Wade was named HCAC Defensive Player of the Week in 2016.

Anderson (8-8, 1-0) opened up the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season by taking down Franklin College (8-10, 0-1) by a score of 23-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-20.

Bontrager racked up seven blocks in her defensive effort. She also collected six digs. On offense, Bontrager produced 13 kills and finished with just one attack error. The 5-foot-8 senior middle hitter from Goshen contributed a .414 attack percentage and a service ace.

The Ravens battle Defiance College (2-9, 0-1) in HCAC action on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Defiance, Ohio.

RHIT Women’s Tennis – Rose-Hulman 5, Franklin 4

FRANKLIN, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology won two singles matches and swept all three doubles flights to pick up a 5-4 women’s tennis victory at Franklin College on Tuesday night.

In doubles play, Taylor Goldman and Ruby Kauffman won 8-3 at the No. 1 position.  Ella Dorfmueller and Krista Manche won 8-5 at the No. 2 flight.  Julia McGuire and Gwyneth Kibbey completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win at the No. 3 spot.

Singles winners included Goldman by a 6-0, 6-0 margin at the No. 1 spot; and Kauffman by a 6-1, 6-2 score at the No. 3 position.

Rose-Hulman improved to 2-4 overall and 2-2 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Franklin dropped to 3-6 and 1-4 in league matches.  The Fightin’ Engineers close the fall 2021 regular season at home against Transylvania University at 11 am on Homecoming Saturday this weekend.

RECAP | Grizzlies Control Singles Play in Regular Season Finale

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College women’s tennis team wrapped up regular season play on Tuesday (Oct. 5) night with a matchup against Rose-Hulman under the lights at Grizzly Park.

The Grizzlies (3-6, 1-4 HCAC) got the better of the Engineers (2-4, 2-2 HCAC) in singles play, taking two-thirds of the one-on-one showdowns. However, the Grizzlies couldn’t dig out of an early 3-0 hole, as the guests were able to hold on for a 5-4 victory.

Franklin’s first win of the night came from senior Sydney Logsdon at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-3. Sophomore Maecee Terhune followed with a well-earned 7-6, 6-1 victory at the four-spot in the lineup while Claire Cherry took a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles. Rounding out the lineup was junior Kinley Harmon, whose 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles rounded out the scoring for Franklin.

Up Next

The Grizzlies will have to wait to learn who their next opponent is, with the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament coming up. Pairings, dates and start times will be announced in the near future.

NEWS | Maci French Earns First Career HCAC Player of the Week Award

CARMEL, Ind. – Franklin College senior Maci French was named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Women’s Golfer of the Week on Tuesday (Oct. 5), earning the league’s weekly honor for the first time in her career.

The Lebanon, Ind.-native paced the field at the Rose-Hulman Triad on Saturday (Oct. 3) in an event that included conference foes Anderson and Rose-Hulman. French ended the day with a 74, winning the tournament by two shots and setting a new career-low round by the same amount of strokes.

French becomes the first Grizzly this fall to earn HCAC Player of the Week and is the first since former teammate Jaley Schlosser, who earned the award on Mar. 23 of this year.

Next up for the Grizzlies is the HCAC Championships, which are set for Oct. 8-10 at The Legends in Franklin.

CROSS COUNTRY: MEET NEW COACH CAM TIBERG

RICHMOND, Ind. – Cam Tiberg, who has produced notable results in performance and recruiting at NAIA programs in recent years, has been named the cross country head coach at Indiana University East.

“There is a lot to really like about IU East,” Tiberg said. “The location, being a public institution, and the rich history. I’m excited to have the opportunity to come in and put my stamp on the program and build it even further than what it already is.”

Tiberg is moving from one pack of Wolves to another. He most recently served as the assistant cross country and assistant track and field coach for the Lourdes University Gray Wolves, another NAIA program. At Lourdes, Tiberg helped sign a 43-athlete recruiting class and helped coach Gray Wolves athletes to 21 school records in just one year.

Tiberg previously served as the head cross country coach at Holy Family College, where he coached three NAIA national qualifiers – including the school record holders for the Holy Family men’s and women’s programs – and brought in the largest cross country recruiting class in program history.

Tiberg’s pledge to IU East runners: “Something I pride myself in is putting my athletes in the best position to compete. I want to make sure the athletes are confident in what they are doing, and I will do everything in my power to prepare them to compete, athletically and academically. I’ll be there behind them and pushing them to make sure they have the confidence to succeed.

“The biggest thing I want to do for each individual athlete is get the best out of them, academically, athletically, mentally and socially. I want them to have the full college experience, and also help them achieve the success they are looking for.”

Tiberg is a native of Forest, Wis. He competed in cross country and track and field at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, where he was a team captain and academic all-conference honoree.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from UW-Superior. He completed his master’s degree in communication at UW-Stevens Point.

Tiberg assumes the role previously held by Adam Mengel, who now serves as the head coach of the East Stroudsburg University men’s and women’s cross country programs

Tiberg’s first meet with the Red Wolves is Oct. 8 at the Brescia University Invitational. He also will serve as a track and field assistant coach.

IU East is an NAIA program. The Red Wolf cross country and track and field programs have qualified for the national meet 11 times in 13 years of NAIA competition.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT CAM TIBERG

“We had a very strong candidate pool, especially for this late in the season. Cam came to the top with his experience in the NAIA as well as his overall experience in recruiting. Cam will be a good addition to the IU East coaching staff. We look forward to him joining us and keeping our cross country and track and field programs moving forward and getting stronger.” – Joe Griffin, IU East Director of Athletics

“Cam is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever been around. His commitment to the cross country program and his student-athletes at Holy Family were a joy to watch. I’m excited for this next chapter in his career.” – Brandt Danals, athletic director at Holy Family College during Tiberg’s tenure

“Cam Tiberg. GREAT young man. Glad you’ve gone with him. He will not disappoint. This I know: He’s highly motivated. Highly invested in his programs and his athletes, and works very hard to be the best coach and mentor he can be. I have no reservations saying he’s a GREAT hire. He showed what he could be while here as an undergrad, but is starting to show just how good he can be at the collegiate level by his past appointments. Cam is a great coach, but an even better person. Someone I often refer to when talking about great leaders in the history of our program. I wish Cam and the Red Wolves the best of luck and much success under coach Cam Tiberg! – Glen P. Drexler, University of Wisconsin-Superior cross country and track & field head coach.

Safety Nate Farm Named to D3football.com Team of the Week

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Bethel freshman safety Nate Farm was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week for his standout performance in the Royals homecoming victory over Gustavus this past Saturday. Farm was the Royals leading tackler to go along with two interceptions in the 34-9 victory. The Royals defense held a Gustavus offense that came in to the game leading the MIAC with an average of over 47 points per game to just nine, forcing five turnovers. Farm is the MIAC’s leader in interceptions with three on the season. He also had a 99-yard fumble return for a touchdown in BU’s season opening win at North Park. On the season the Mounds View high school graduate is Bethel’s second leading tackler with 26 to go along with a sack.

Farm is the second Royal this year to be named to the D3football.com Team of the Week, which honors the top player nationally at each position from the previous week. He becomes the 37th Bethel selection all-time over the 23+ year history of the award.

Farm and the Royals travel down Snelling Avenue this coming Saturday to take on Hamline University in the first MIAC Skyline Division contest of the season for a 1 p.m. kickoff. 

Thunder Hold on to Sixth in USTFCCCA Regional Rankings

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Trine University women’s cross country team holds steady in the sixth spot in the week four United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll.

The Thunder stay ranked in the Great Lakes region with their recent success at the Louisville Classic.

Evie Bultemeyer [Fort Wayne, Ind. / Homestead] led the Thunder to a sixth-place finish at the event with an individual win by 17 seconds over second-place. Bultemeyer’s performance was impressive enough to award her Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and NCAA DIII Athlete of the Week honors.

Also scoring for the Thunder, who went head-to-head with six nationally-ranked schools at the Louisville Classic, were Carol Haldeman [Syracuse, Ind. / Fairfield], Amira Faulkner [Bellbrook, Ohio / Bellbrook], Chloe Brittain [Wheeler, Mich. / Breckenridge] and Lydia Randolph [Jefferson, Ohio / Edgewood Senior].

Trine takes the course once again on Saturday, October 16 for the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble.

Hanover continues to receive votes as part of the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll

HANOVER, Ind. – For the second consecutive week the Hanover women’s soccer team has received votes as part of the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Panthers currently sit at 7-0-2 overall, including a perfect 2-0-0 mark in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.

The 2021 season has seen the Blue and Red chart seven shutouts, all by three or more goals, including their largest margin of victory at Bluffton this past weekend 7-0.

The Panthers entered the season riding a nine game win streak after posting a perfect 9-0 mark as part of their spring campaign.

The Blue and Red return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 6 when they take on Transylvania. Game time is set for 7 PM.

Powell earns second CCAC Setter of the Week honor

CHICAGO, Ill. – For the second time this season and following a dominant three-match run last week, senior setter McKenzie Powell was named the CCAC Setter of the Week on Tuesday.

Leading IU South Bend to three victories over the past seven days, Powell averaged 11.3 assists per set as the Titans took straight-set wins over Trinity International and Trinity Christian before holding on for a five-set victory at St. Francis. Powell recorded two double-doubles on the week, with 34 assists and 12 digs against TIU on Tuesday, followed by her 54 assist-16 dig performance in five sets with the Saints.

On the year, Powell is averaging 10.8 assists per set, and ranks 11th nationally among NAIA setters. The Rolling Prairie, Ind. native is second in the CCAC, by a margin of just 0.01 assists per set to the league leader.

The Titans have kicked off conference play with an 8-0 record, their best start in the CCAC in program history. IU South Bend will look to make it nine in a row when they host IU Northwest from the Student Activities Center on Tuesday, October 5. First serve with the Redhawks is set for 7:00 p.m. ET.

Pride shave off seven strokes to close out Flyer Intercollegiate

LEMONT, Ill. – The Purdue Northwest women’s golf team wrapped up play at the Flyer Intercollegiate in 11th place on Tuesday. The Pride shaved off seven strokes after recording a 340 in the second round at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club to finish with a total team score of 687 over the 36-hole event.

Senior Libby Huston led the Pride with a team-low 163 following rounds of 81 and 82.  Huston tied for 26th overall on the playerboard.

PNW freshmen Halie Wolf and Kaitlyn Valiska each played steady through the final round in contributing to the Pride lineup. Wolf finished tied for 46th with a 172 while Valiska was one stroke behind with a 173 which tied her for 48th place.

Sophomores Miriah Gabel and Catherine Brzycki displayed the most improvement from the first round to the final round for the Pride golfers. Gabel rebounded nicely after taking off 11 strokes on Tuesday to finish with an 84 and overall tournament score of 179. Brzycki shave off three strokes to finish with a second-round mark of 98.

The tournament host Lewis claimed the team title with an overall team score of 624, while McKendree’s Imogen Rafferty won medalist honors with a tournament-low 146 (+2).

UP NEXT

PNW will travel to the Eagle Invitational hosted by Ashland University in Ohio this weekend.

VUVB earns fifth straight win in road sweep over Southeastern Illinois

HARRISBURG, Ill. – The Vincennes University Volleyball team closed out a stretch of playing three road games in five days by traveling to take on Southeastern Illinois College Tuesday night and the Blazers came away with the strong sweep, 25-7, 25-20, 25-17.

Vincennes looked to set the tone early in set one, building a big lead and not allowing the Falcons to score 10 points on their home floor, winning 25-7 to take the opening set.

VU seemed to relax in set two and Southeastern Illinois rallied, battling back in the second set before Vincennes came away with the 25-20 win, giving the Blazers the 2-0 match lead.

Southeastern Illinois looked to avoid getting swept on their home floor in the third set but were ultimately unable to hold off the Trailblazer offense at VU earned their fifth win in a row, taking set three 25-17.

“We had some very good moments on top of some off moments,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “We started well but backed off in the second set. Southeastern played us pretty tough at times at the net.”

“This was our 10th match in the last 11 that we have been on the road,” Sien added. “We have done well overall and this should prepare us greatly as the season winds down with the Region and District tournaments ahead of us.”

The Trailblazers were led offensively by freshman Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) who led VU with 10 kills on the night.

Ainscough also added eight digs and a pair of aces and a pair of blocks.

Sophomores Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ill.) and Breanna Metzger (Dale, Ind.) finished with impressive stat lines at the net, with the duo each finishing with four blocks, with Russell adding seven kills and Metzger finishing with six.

Freshmen Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) and Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) each finished with five kills, with Mulligan also running the offense from the setter position, finishing with a team-high 19 set assists on the night.

Fellow setter Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) had a great night offensively, not only helping with 15 set assists, but earning four kills and four aces of her own.

Sophomore Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada) also would finish the night with four kills, while also adding a pair of blocks.

Freshman Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and sophomore Grace Earp (Mattoon, Ill.) ran the back row for the Blazers with Gomes de Castro leading VU with 10 digs and Earp finishing with nine.

Freshman Kaley Roush (Shoals, Ind.) also saw playing time against Southeastern Illinois, ending her night with five digs and a kill for the Blazers.

“I thought our setters Hannah and Joie did a nice job not only in running the offense, but on offense too,” Sien said. “Lara and Kaley came in and did a very good job in the back row as well.”

The Trailblazers now have a couple of days off now to prepare for a tough weekend ahead as Vincennes will host the “Showdown on the Wabash” Friday, Oct. 8 and Saturday, Oct. 9 at the P.E. Complex.

VUVB will begin the tournament by facing Region 24 opponent Wabash Valley Friday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. eastern, before closing out the day by taking on Gadsden State Community College at 7 p.m. eastern.

The tournament will conclude on Saturday, Oct. 9 when Vincennes will host Region 24 opponent John A. Logan College at 12 p.m. eastern.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1906       On a snowy day in Chicago’s West Side Park, the visiting White Sox edge the Cubs, 2-1, in Game 1 of the first cross-town World Series. Pale Hose starter Nick Altrock outduels future Hall of Fame right-hander Mordecai’ Three Finger Brown,’ going the distance en route to tossing a four-hitter over the heavily favored Northsiders.

1908       In front nearly 30,000 very enthusiastic fans at South Side Park in the season finale, the White Sox start Doc White, coming off a complete game, on only two days rest in an attempt to thwart the Tigers’ from clinching the pennant. Chicago’s efforts will fail with a 7-0 defeat to Detroit, who capture the AL flag by a half of a game ahead of the Cleveland Naps thanks to a rule that doesn’t require a team to make up a rainout game from earlier in the season.

1923       The first unassisted triple play in National League history occurs when Braves’ shortstop Ernie Padgett catches Phillie’s first baseman Walter Holke’s line drive, doubles up James Tierney at second, and then tags Cliff Lee for the third out.

1923       For only the second time in major league history, two 100-loss teams face one another when the 52-100 Braves beat the 50-102 Phillies in the first game of a season-ending doubleheader, 5-4. Boston, then known as the Beaneaters, was also part of the first occurrence of this rare type of matchup when the 50-100 club played the 45-103 team from Brooklyn in 1905.

1926       In a 10-5 Game 4 victory over the Cardinals at Sportsman’s Park, Yankee outfielder Babe Ruth becomes the first player to hit three home runs in a World Series game. History will repeat itself when the ‘Sultan of Swat’ once again goes deep three times against the Redbirds in St. Louis in the fourth game of the 1928 Fall Classic.

1933       Umpire Charlie Moran ejects Heinie Manush from Game 4 of the Fall Classic after calling out the Senator outfielder at first base in Washington’s 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Giants at Griffith Stadium. The arbitrator takes exception when the future Hall of Famer pulls on his bow tie, letting it snap back.

1941       In Game 5 of the Fall Classic, Tiny Bonham goes the distance, limiting the Dodgers to just four hits to give the Yankees their 12th World Championship in franchise history. In one inning during the Bronx Bombers’ 3-1 victory at Ebbets Field, the New York fireballing right-hander will need just three pitches to retire the side.

1943       Cardinal batterymates and brothers Mort and Walker Cooper decide to play Game 2 of the World Series on the day their dad, Robert, dies at his home in Independence. After limiting the Yankees to six hits and winning the game, 4-3, Mort heads to Missouri while his younger brother, Walker, who has a 1-for-3 day behind the plate with an eighth-inning single, will stay with the club until the Fall Classic is over.

1945       To promote his nearby Billy Goat Tavern, William Sianis buys tickets to Game 4 of the Fall Classic for himself and Murphy, his pet goat. The bar owner becomes so upset when the Wrigley Field ushers ask his guest to leave, the Greek immigrant places a curse on the team, preventing the Cubs from winning a World Series again.

1946       During Game 1 of the World Series, Whitey Kurowski is awarded home plate on a controversial obstruction call after he gets tangled up with Red Sox third baseman Pinky Higgins, giving the Cardinals a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning. The Red Sox rally in the ninth to tie the score, and Rudy York’s home run in the tenth gives Boston an eventual 3-2 victory over the Redbirds at Sportsman’s Park.

1949       In Game 2 of the World Series, only one run is scored again, but Preacher Roe and the Dodgers win this contest at Yankee Stadium, 1-0. Gil Hodges’ second-inning single drives in Jackie Robinson to even up the Fall Classic at a game apiece.

1957       In Game 4, Eddie Mathews’ two-run shot off Bob Grim with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning at County Stadium gives the Braves a 7-5 victory and knots the Fall Classic at two games apiece. The Milwaukee third baseman becomes the third major leaguer, joining Tommy Henrich (1949) and Dusty Rhodes (1954), to end a World Series game with a walk-off home run.

1959       The largest crowd ever to attend a major league game, 92,706 fans, watches a nail-biter as White Sox hurler Bob Shaw beats Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 1-0, in Game 5 of the Fall Classic.

1963       The Dodgers complete a four-game World Series sweep of the Yankees as Sandy Koufax wins his second game, 2-1. Frank Howard leads the offense with a home run and a single, the only two hits Whitey Ford gives up, and New York’s first baseman Joe Pepitone’s error (loses a thrown ball in the white-shirted crowd) leads to the decisive run in the seventh inning.

1965       “Hey, skip, bet you wish I was Jewish today, too.” – DON DRYSDALE, commenting after the game about his poor performance on the mound with manager Walt Alston. Sandy Koufax declines to pitch the first game of the World Series against the Twins because the scheduled game occurs Yom Kippur, the most sacred of the Jewish holidays. As the Dodger southpaw attends shul and fasts on the Day of Atonement, Don Drysdale gives up seven runs in three innings in the team’s 8-2 loss at Minnesota’s Metropolitan Stadium.

1965       Mudcat Grant becomes the first black World Series game-winner for an American League team when the Twins take Game 1 from the Dodgers at Metropolitan Stadium, 8-2. Additionally, the 30 year-old right-hander will go deep off Howie Reed in his Game 6 victory, making him just the seventh pitcher to homer in a Fall Classic game.

1966       Jim Palmer becomes the youngest player to pitch a shutout in the World Series when the 20-year-old Oriole right-hander blanks Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 6-0. The contest will become more memorable next month when Koufax surprises the baseball world by announcing his retirement, making this game his last major league appearance.

1966       In the Game 2 loss to the Orioles at Dodger Stadium, Willie Davis establishes a World Series record by committing three errors in one game. The center fielder’s blunders come on two consecutive plays in the fifth inning, the first by losing a fly ball in the sun, then by dropping the next fly ball, followed by overthrowing third base.

1968       Bob Gibson, who went deep in Game 7 of last year’s Fall Classic, becomes the first pitcher to hit two home runs in World Series history when he connects off Detroit’s Joe Sparma leading off the fourth inning of Game 4 in the Cardinals’ 10-1 rout at Tiger Stadium. Oriole southpaw Dave McNally will match the mark with round-trippers in the 1969 and 1970 series.

1978       Despite three solo home runs off Yankees’ ace Catfish Hunter by Kansas City’s third baseman George Brett, the Bronx Bombers win Game 3 of the ALCS, beating the Royals, 6-5.

1980       After the club finishes in last place in each of his first three seasons in the dugout, the Mets extend manager Joe Torre’s contract through the 1982 season. During his five seasons with the team, the future Hall of Fame skipper will compile a 286-420 (.405) record for the struggling franchise.

1980       In the 163rd game of the season, 35 year-old knuckleballer Joe Niekro earns his 20th victory, going the distance to defeat the Dodgers, 7-1, in the winner-take-all contest for the NL West flag. With the win, the Astros hold on to capture their first title in the 19-year history of the franchise after losing a season-ending three-game series to LA (3-2, 2-1, and 4-3) that forced the one-game playoff.

1981       In Game 1 of the ALDS in Kansas City, Mike Norris throws a six-hit complete game, blanking the Royals, 4-0. Oakland’s appearance in the playoffs makes Billy Martin the first skipper in baseball history to manage four franchises (Twins-1969, Tigers-1972, A’s-1981, and Yankees 1976-78) into postseason play.

1983       In the second game of the ALCS, Oriole hurler Mike Boddicker throws a five-hitter, beating the White Sox at Memorial Stadium, 4-0. The Baltimore right-hander, whose performance evens the series, establishes a playoff record when he strikes out 14 Chicago batters.

1984       At Jack Murphy Stadium, Steve Garvey launches the franchise’s first postseason walk-off homer, a two-run shot off future Hall of Fame closer Lee Smith in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Padres a 7-5 walk-off win over the Cubs in Game 4 of NLCS. After losing the first two contests of the best-of-five NLCS, the victory brings the series to a decisive fifth game that San Diego will win to capture the National League pennant.

1985       On the last day of the season, Yankee knuckleballer Phil Niekro becomes the 18th and oldest player in major league history to win his 300th victory when he blanks the Blue Jays, 8-0. The forty-six year and 188 days old pitcher, who will win 318 games, also surpasses Satchel Paige (46 yrs, 75 days) to become the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout in the big leagues.

1991       David Cone ties a National League mark for strikeouts as he fans 19 Phillies en route to a 7-0 victory in the season’s finale. The Mets right-hander finishes the campaign with a league-leading 241 strikeouts, making it the second straight season he has led the circuit.

1991       On Fan Appreciation Day at Shea Stadium, Howard Johnson drives in a run with a seventh-inning single to finish the season with a league-leading 117 RBIs. ‘HoJo’ is the first switch-hitter to lead the National League in runs batted in and the first Mets player to accomplish the feat.

1991       After flying out as a pinch-hitter, Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs completes the season hitting .332, finishing his first ten seasons with a batting average above .300. Al Simmons, accomplishing the feat in the first 11 seasons of his career with the A’s and the White Sox from 1924-34, and Pirate outfielder Paul Waner, reaching the milestone for a dozen consecutive seasons beginning in 1926, are the only players with the longer streaks than the Boston infielder, who has compiled a .345 average during the past decade.

1995       After taking an early four-run lead in the Jacobs Field contest, the Indians hold on to beat the defending World Champion Yankees, 4-3, in Game 5 of the ALDS. The Tribe will beat Baltimore for the AL flag but will lose their second Fall Classic in three years when the team drops Game 7 in extra innings to Florida.

1995       In Game 3 of the ALDS, Bernie Williams becomes the first major leaguer to hit a home run from each side of the plate in a postseason game. The Yankee outfielder’s second round-tripper, an eighth-inning shot batting left-handed off Bill Risley, is tossed back onto the field by a Mariner fan unaware of the historical value of the souvenir.

2000       Reds’ officials announce Cinergy Field games will be on played natural grass during the final two seasons. The surface in Cincinnati has been artificial turf since 1970 when the ballpark made its debut as Riverfront Stadium.

2000       Chief executive officer John Harrington puts the Red Sox up for trade. Since Jean Yawkey died in 1992, the team belonged to a trust bearing her name.

2001       With their 116th win, the Mariners tie the 1906 Cubs as the winningest team in major league history. Bret Boone’s 37th home run of the season and the shutout pitching of five Seattle pitchers prove to be the difference in the 1-0 historic win over the Rangers.

2001       At Camden Yards in front of a full house including Orioles notables Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, and Earl Weaver as well as Commissioner Bud Selig and former President Bill Clinton, Cal Ripken plays his 3,001st and final game. After a hitless night, the 41 year-old Cal watches the last out of the team’s 5-1 loss to the Red Sox from the on-deck circle.

2001       With his 151st pinch hit, Lenny Harris breaks the major league mark for career pinch hits established by Manny Mota. Coming off the Met bench to bat for Rey Ordonez, he lines a 1-2 pitch off Expo starter Carl Pavano for a single to become the career leader in pinch hits.

2001       Tony Gwynn, who played his entire 20-year career with San Diego, collects his 3,141st and final hit, playing in his 2,439th game with the franchise.’ Mr. Padre’s final knock is a pinch-hit run-scoring double off Rockies’ southpaw Gabe White in the bottom of the sixth inning in the team’s 10-4 victory at Qualcomm Stadium.

2003       Defeating the A’s, 5-4, the Red Sox become the seventh team to win the last three games of a best-of-five playoff series. Other clubs to overcome a 0-2 deficit include the 1981 Dodgers (Astros-NLDS), 1982 Brewers (Angels-ALCS), 1984 Padres (Cubs-NLCS), 1995 Mariners (Yankees-ALDS), 1999 Red Sox (Indians-ALDS), and the 2001 Yankees (A ‘s-ALDS).

2005       Reds’ outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. (.301, 35, 92) and Yankee first baseman/DH Jason Giambi (.271, 32, 87) are voted the Comeback Players of the Year in their respective leagues. For the first time, the fans select the winners of the award by voting on MLB.com.

2006       After failing to advance past the first round of the American League playoffs in their previous five postseason appearances, the A’s beat the much-favored Twins, 8-3, to complete a three-game ALDS sweep. The victory, which was the team’s tenth opportunity to win a clinching game, puts Oakland in the ALCS for the first time since 1992.

2007       In Game 2 of the ALDS at Jacobs Field, the Indians score the tying run on a wild pitch thrown by a bug-covered Joba Chamberlain. A rare infestation of insects (midges), which appeared en masse in the eighth inning, impacts the usually reliable rookie Yankees reliever, who suffers his first blown save of the season.

2007       At Wrigley Field, the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs, 5-1, to complete the three-game sweep of their National League division series. The loss for Chicago means the franchise has played for the last 99 years in the Windy City without winning a World Series championship.

2007       With their 17th win in 18 games, the Rockies beat the Phillies at Coors Field, 2-1, completing an NLDS three-game sweep of Philadelphia to advance to their first-ever National League Championship Series. The wild-card team will have to beat the Diamondbacks, their Western division foe, to win the pennant and earn a trip to the World Series.

2009       Joe Mauer wins his third batting title, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Nomar Garciaparra led the league in 1999-2000. The Twins catcher’s .365 mark establishes a major league record for the highest batting average by a backstop.

2009       With one out in the bottom of the 12th inning in the AL Central tiebreaker, the Twins beat the Tigers, 6-5, when Alexi Casilla’s single plates Carlos Gomez from second base with the winning run. The Metrodome victory finishes a remarkable comeback by Minnesota, going 17-4 in the final month to close a seven-game deficit, and completes a colossal collapse for the Tigers, becoming the first big-league team to surrender a three-game lead with only four contests to play.

2010       Rays’ hurler David Price is this year’s recipient of the Oklahoma Sports Museum’s Warren Spahn Award given annually to the best left-handed pitcher in the big leagues. The honor, named after the winningest southpaw in the history of the game, is awarded based on a point system that evaluates performance based on their wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.

2010       The Cardinals exercised their $16 million option for next season with first baseman Albert Pujols. The 30 year-old superstar, a three-time NL MVP, led the circuit with 42 home runs and 118 RBIs.

2010       At Citizens Bank Park, Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay throws the second no-hitter in postseason history when he beats the Reds, 4-0, in Game 1 of the NLDS. Don Larsen became the first hurler to accomplish the feat by throwing a perfect game in the Yankees’ victory over Brooklyn in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

2011       Robin Ventura, seen by many as a surprise choice, is hired by general manager Ken Williams as the White Sox’s new manager. The former All-Star infielder, who played ten seasons in Chicago after being selected as the team’s first-round pick in 1988, replaces a vocal and often-controversial Ozzie Guillen, who left the Windy City to be the Marlins’ new skipper.

2012       With a year remaining on his contract, Jim Tracy resigns as the Rockies manager, a position he has held since his promotion from the club’s bench coach in May of 2009. During his four-year tenure with Colorado, the 2009 NL Manager of the Year compiled a 294-308 record, after going 64-98 last season, a franchise mark for losses.

2012       The Orioles eliminate the two-time AL champion Rangers, 5-1, in the American League’s first win-or-go-home wild-card playoff game. The victory sends the surprising Baltimore team into the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, a best-of-five division series against New York.

2012       The Indians name former Boston skipper Terry Francona, rather than Sandy Alomar Jr., who replaced Manny Acta as the interim field boss with six games remaining to be played on the schedule, to be their 42nd manager in franchise history. The 53 year-old’s father, Tito, played with the Tribe from 1959 to ’64.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills310.7500.0134442-1-01-0-02-1-01-0-03 W
Miami Dolphins130.2502.0621090-2-01-1-01-3-01-1-03 L
New England Patriots130.2502.071700-3-01-0-01-1-01-1-02 L
New York Jets130.2502.047941-1-00-2-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Los Angeles Chargers310.7500.095741-1-02-0-02-0-02-0-02 W
Denver Broncos310.7500.083491-1-02-0-02-1-00-0-01 L
Las Vegas Raiders310.7500.01041002-0-01-1-03-1-00-1-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs220.5001.01341251-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals310.7500.092752-0-01-1-02-0-01-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens310.7500.0105921-0-02-1-02-1-00-0-03 W
Cleveland Browns310.7500.0100672-0-01-1-01-1-00-0-03 W
Pittsburgh Steelers130.2502.067930-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans220.5000.0951111-1-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
Houston Texans130.2501.0671161-1-00-2-01-2-01-0-03 L
Indianapolis Colts130.2501.083970-2-01-1-01-1-00-1-01 W
Jacksonville Jaguars040.0002.0741150-2-00-2-00-3-00-1-04 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys310.7500.0126972-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Washington Football Team220.5001.01011221-1-01-1-02-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles130.2502.0941060-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-03 L
New York Giants130.2502.083950-2-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals4001.0000.0140851-0-03-0-02-0-01-0-04 W
Los Angeles Rams310.7501.0115992-1-01-0-02-1-00-1-01 L
Seattle Seahawks220.5002.01031000-1-02-1-01-1-01-0-01 W
San Francisco 49ers220.5002.01071020-2-02-0-02-2-00-1-02 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers310.7500.0951002-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-03 W
Chicago Bears220.5001.064912-0-00-2-01-1-01-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings130.2502.094921-1-00-2-01-1-00-0-01 L
Detroit Lions040.0003.0811190-2-00-2-00-3-00-2-04 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers310.7500.01221052-0-01-1-02-1-01-0-01 W
Carolina Panthers310.7500.097662-0-01-1-01-1-01-0-01 L
New Orleans Saints220.5001.094691-1-01-1-01-2-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons130.2502.0781280-2-01-1-01-3-00-1-01 L
 

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
Philadelphia2711973626109-3-32-6-442
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 York279711333035-5-34-2-834
Columbus2897123239-77-3-32-4-934
Inter Miami CF2795132542-175-2-74-3-632
Chicago2976162946-176-5-51-1-1127
Toronto FC2867153454-204-5-42-2-1125
FC Cincinnati2748152852-241-5-63-3-920
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle2716654422227-4-39-2-254
Sporting KC2815765131208-5-27-2-452
Colorado2713953827117-6-16-3-448
Portland2814410454419-2-35-2-746
Real Salt Lake2811611454418-4-23-2-939
Los Angeles28116113945-67-3-44-3-739
Minnesota2710893032-28-2-32-6-638
Vancouver279108343408-2-41-8-437
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