****INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 4 SCHEDULE****
ADAMS CENTRAL (3-0) AT JAY COUNTY (3-0)
ANDERSON (1-2) AT MARION (1-2)
ANDREAN (1-2) AT MUNSTER (1-2)
ANGOLA (0-3) AT WEST NOBLE (3-0)
ATTICA (0-3) AT PARKE HERITAGE (1-1)
BEECH GROVE (1-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA (3-0)
BELLMONT (0-3) AT NORWELL (0-3)
BLACKFORD (0-3) AT MADISON-GRANT (2-1)
BLOOMINGTON NORTH (3-0) AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH (3-0)
BLUFFTON (3-0) AT WOODLAN (1-2)
BOONE GROVE (2-1) AT SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS) (1-2)
BOWMAN ACADEMY (0-1) AT EAST CHICAGO CENTRAL (0-3)
BREMEN (2-1) AT TRITON (2-1)
BROWNSBURG (3-0) AT AVON (0-3)
CALUMET CHRISTIAN AT FRONTIER (1-2)
CARMEL (2-1) AT LOUISVILLE TRINITY (KY.)
CARROLL COUNTY (KY.) AT MADISON (0-3)
CENTERVILLE (3-0) AT WINCHESTER (2-1)
CHARLESTOWN (2-1) AT NORTH HARRISON (3-0)
CINCINNATI MOELLER (OHIO) AT CENTER GROVE (2-1)
CLINTON CENTRAL (0-2) AT SHERIDAN (2-1)
CLOVERDALE (2-1) AT CASCADE (2-1)
COLUMBIA CITY (3-0) AT HUNTINGTON NORTH (0-3)
COLUMBUS EAST (0-3) AT JENNINGS COUNTY (2-1)
COLUMBUS NORTH (2-1) AT INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI (1-2)
CONCORD (2-1) AT WARSAW (3-0)
CONNERSVILLE (2-1) AT SOUTH DEARBORN (1-2)
CROWN POINT (3-0) AT LAKE CENTRAL (2-1)
CULVER (0-3) AT WEST CENTRAL (3-0)
DANVILLE (2-1) AT CRAWFORDSVILLE (0-3)
DELPHI (0-3) AT CARROLL (FLORA) (3-0)
EAST CENTRAL (3-0) AT FRANKLIN COUNTY (2-1)
EAST NOBLE (2-1) AT DEKALB (2-1)
EASTBROOK (2-1) AT FRANKTON (2-1)
EASTERN (PEKIN) (1-2) AT SILVER CREEK (1-2)
EASTERN GREENE (1-2) AT MITCHELL (0-3)
EASTSIDE (1-2) AT CHURUBUSCO (0-3)
EDGEWOOD (1-2) AT OWEN VALLEY (1-2)
ELKHART (1-2) AT MASSILLON WASHINGTON (OHIO)
ELWOOD (0-3) AT ALEXANDRIA (3-0)
EVANSVILLE BOSSE (1-2) AT JASPER (1-2)
EVANSVILLE CENTRAL (0-3) AT VINCENNES LINCOLN (2-1)
EVANSVILLE HARRISON (0-3) AT CASTLE (2-1)
EVANSVILLE MATER DEI (1-2) AT EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL (3-0)
EVANSVILLE NORTH (2-1) AT EVANSVILLE REITZ (3-0)
FAIRFIELD (2-1) AT CULVER ACADEMY (2-1)
FOREST PARK (2-1) AT TECUMSEH (0-3)
FORT WAYNE DWENGER (1-2) AT CARROLL (FORT WAYNE) (2-1)
FORT WAYNE LUERS (1-2) AT FORT WAYNE WAYNE (2-1)
FORT WAYNE NORTH (0-3) AT FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA (0-3)
FORT WAYNE NORTHROP (0-3) AT HOMESTEAD (1-2)
FORT WAYNE SOUTH (0-3) AT FORT WAYNE SNIDER (3-0)
FOUNTAIN CENTRAL (2-1) AT COVINGTON (2-0)
FRANKFORT (1-2) AT SOUTHMONT (2-1)
GARRETT (1-2) AT LAKELAND (3-0)
GARY WEST (1-2) AT RIVER FOREST (3-0)
GIBSON SOUTHERN (2-1) AT SOUTH WARREN (KY.)
GOSHEN (0-3) AT MISHAWAKA (2-1)
GREENCASTLE (1-2) AT SOUTH PUTNAM (3-0)
GREENFIELD-CENTRAL (3-0) AT PENDLETON HEIGHTS (3-0)
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN (1-2) AT EDINBURGH (0-3)
GRIFFITH (0-3) AT WHITING (2-1)
GUERIN CATHOLIC (3-0) AT BREBEUF JESUIT (2-1)
HAGERSTOWN (2-1) AT UNION COUNTY (0-3)
HAMILTON HEIGHTS (3-0) AT NORTHWESTERN (1-2)
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN (3-0) AT FISHERS (3-0)
HAMMOND CENTRAL (3-0) AT HIGHLAND (2-1)
HAMMOND MORTON (1-2) AT PENN (2-1)
HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE) (2-1) AT MCCUTCHEON (1-2)
HERITAGE (3-0) AT SOUTH ADAMS (2-1)
HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (2-1) AT EASTERN HANCOCK (2-1)
HERITAGE HILLS (3-0) AT SOUTH SPENCER (1-2)
HOBART (2-1) AT KANKAKEE VALLEY (1-2)
IMG ACADEMY (FLA.) AT BEN DAVIS (3-0)
INDIANAPOLIS ATTUCKS (2-1) AT CHRISTEL HOUSE MANUAL (1-2)
INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD (3-0) AT INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (2-1)
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN (3-0) AT LAPEL (1-2)
INDIANAPOLIS TINDLEY (1-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE (2-1)
INDIANAPOLIS WASHINGTON (1-2) AT LAKE STATION (1-2)
IRVINGTON PREP ACADEMY (0-3) AT BROWN COUNTY (0-3)
JEFFERSONVILLE (0-3) AT LOUISVILLE FERN CREEK (KY.)
JOHN GLENN (2-1) AT JIMTOWN (1-2)
LAFAYETTE JEFF (1-2) AT RICHMOND (0-3)
LAPORTE (1-2) AT CHESTERTON (0-3)
LAWRENCE NORTH (3-0) AT NORTH CENTRAL (INDIANAPOLIS) (0-3)
LAWRENCEBURG (2-1) AT GREENSBURG (0-3)
LINTON-STOCKTON (2-1) AT SULLIVAN (2-1)
LOGANSPORT (0-3) AT INDIANAPOLIS TECH (0-3)
LOWELL (1-2) AT HANOVER CENTRAL (3-0)
MANCHESTER (2-1) AT ROCHESTER (2-1)
MARTINSVILLE (1-2) AT DECATUR CENTRAL (2-1)
MICHIGAN CITY (2-1) AT VALPARAISO (2-1)
MISHAWAKA MARIAN (1-2) AT NEW PRAIRIE (2-1)
MISSISSINEWA (3-0) AT OAK HILL (3-0)
MONROE CENTRAL (1-2) AT TRI (2-1)
MONROVIA (3-0) AT TRITON CENTRAL (2-1)
MOORESVILLE (1-2) AT GREENWOOD (3-0)
MOUNT VERNON (FORTVILLE) (1-2) AT NEW PALESTINE (1-2)
MOUNT VERNON (POSEY) (2-1) AT WASHINGTON (1-2)
MUNCIE CENTRAL (0-3) AT KOKOMO (3-0)
NEW ALBANY (1-2) AT BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE (1-2)
NEW HAVEN (3-0) AT LEO (2-1)
NOBLESVILLE (2-1) AT WESTFIELD (3-0)
NORTH DECATUR (2-1) AT SHENANDOAH (1-2)
NORTH JUDSON (2-1) AT KNOX (3-0)
NORTH KNOX (2-1) AT BOONVILLE (1-2)
NORTH MIAMI (0-3) AT LEWIS CASS (1-2)
NORTH MONTGOMERY (2-1) AT LEBANON (0-3)
NORTH NEWTON (0-3) AT SOUTH NEWTON (2-1)
NORTH PUTNAM (0-3) AT COVENANT CHRISTIAN (1-2)
NORTHEASTERN (3-0) AT CAMBRIDGE CITY LINCOLN (1-2)
NORTHFIELD (0-3) AT SOUTHWOOD (1-2)
NORTHRIDGE (2-1) AT NORTHWOOD (3-0)
PAOLI (2-1) AT PERRY CENTRAL (1-2)
PARK TUDOR (3-0) AT FREMONT (1-2)
PERRY MERIDIAN (1-2) AT PLAINFIELD (3-0)
PIKE (0-3) AT SOUTHPORT (0-3)
PIKE CENTRAL (1-2) AT SOUTHRIDGE (2-1)
PIONEER (2-1) AT CASTON (0-3)
PLYMOUTH (1-2) AT WAWASEE (1-2)
PORTAGE (0-3) AT MERRILLVILLE (2-1)
PRAIRIE HEIGHTS (0-3) AT CENTRAL NOBLE (0-3)
PRINCETON (0-3) AT NORTH DAVIESS (2-1)
PROVIDENCE (3-0) AT CLARKSVILLE (0-3)
PURDUE POLYTECHNIC (1-2) AT NOBLESVILLE HOMESCHOOL
RUSHVILLE (0-3) AT BATESVILLE (3-0)
SALEM (0-3) AT BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL (3-0)
SCOTTSBURG (2-1) AT CORYDON CENTRAL (0-3)
SEEGER (2-1) AT RIVERTON PARKE (1-2)
SEYMOUR (2-1) AT FLOYD CENTRAL (2-1)
SHELBYVILLE (2-1) AT NEW CASTLE (1-2)
SOUTH BEND RILEY (3-0) AT SOUTH BEND CLAY (0-3)
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH (2-1) AT SOUTH BEND ADAMS (1-2)
SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON (0-3) AT CALUMET (1-2)
SOUTH DECATUR (2-1) AT CRAWFORD COUNTY (0-3)
SPEEDWAY (1-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS RITTER (1-2)
SPRINGS VALLEY (2-1) AT WEST WASHINGTON (3-0)
SWITZERLAND COUNTY (3-0) AT MILAN (1-2)
TAYLOR (1-2) AT EASTERN (GREENTOWN) (2-1)
TELL CITY (2-1) AT NORTH POSEY (3-0)
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (0-3) AT TERRE HAUTE NORTH (0-3)
TIPTON (1-2) AT TIPPECANOE VALLEY (3-0)
TRI-CENTRAL (1-2) AT CLINTON PRAIRIE (3-0)
TRI-COUNTY (1-2) AT NORTH WHITE (3-0)
TRI-WEST (2-1) AT WESTERN BOONE (3-0)
TWIN LAKES (2-1) AT RENSSELAER CENTRAL (2-1)
UNION CITY (0-3) AT KNIGHTSTOWN (1-2)
WABASH (0-3) AT PERU (3-0)
WARREN CENTRAL (1-2) AT LAWRENCE CENTRAL (1-2)
WES-DEL (0-3) AT SOUTHERN WELLS (1-2)
WEST LAFAYETTE (2-1) AT LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC (1-2)
WEST VIGO (0-3) AT NORTHVIEW (3-0)
WESTERN (1-2) AT BENTON CENTRAL (1-2)
WHEELER (0-3) AT HAMMOND NOLL (1-2)
WHITELAND (2-1) AT FRANKLIN (2-1)
WHITKO (1-2) AT MACONAQUAH (2-1)
WINAMAC (0-3) AT LAVILLE (3-0)
YORKTOWN (2-1) AT DELTA (3-0)
ZIONSVILLE (2-1) AT FRANKLIN CENTRAL (2-1)
COVINGTON (2-0) AT NORTH VERMILLION (1-1)
PARKE HERITAGE (1-1) AT SOUTH VERMILLION (1-1)
PHALEN ACADEMY (1-1) AT BOWMAN ACADEMY (0-1)
******ASSOCIATED PRESS INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS******
|1. Indpls Ben Davis||(10)||3-0||288||1|
|3. Center Grove||(3)||2-1||232||3|
|4. Hamilton Southeastern||–||3-0||212||4|
|5. Indpls Cathedral||–||2-1||158||6|
|8. Crown Point||–||3-0||90||9|
|9. Lawrence North||–||3-0||38||NR|
Others receiving votes: Carroll (Fort Wayne) 20. Penn 16. Warsaw 4. Franklin Central 2. Noblesville 2.
|1. Ft. Wayne Snider||(15)||3-0||300||1|
|2. Bloomington South||–||3-0||264||3|
|5. Bloomington North||–||3-0||162||7|
|9. Decatur Central||–||2-1||66||4|
|10. Lafayette Harrison||–||2-1||62||NR|
Others receiving votes: Castle 14. Michigan City 10. Franklin 6. Concord 2.
|1. E. Central||(13)||3-0||294||1|
|2. Ev. Reitz||–||3-0||248||2|
|5. Ev. Memorial||–||3-0||168||5|
|7. Columbia City||–||3-0||110||8|
|8. Indpls Roncalli||–||1-2||68||6|
|9. New Palestine||–||1-2||54||10|
|10. Indpls Brebeuf||–||2-1||44||NR|
Others receiving votes: New Prairie 20. New Haven 18. Northridge 10. Leo 10. Mississinewa 10. E. Noble 8. Hobart 6. Pendleton Hts. 6. Northview 4. Mt. Vernon (Hancock) 2.
|1. Indpls Chatard||(15)||3-0||300||1|
|2. Guerin Catholic||–||3-0||252||2|
|3. Heritage Hills||–||3-0||182||6|
|4. Western Boone||–||3-0||180||3|
|6. W. Lafayette||–||2-1||152||5|
|7. Hanover Central||–||3-0||124||7|
|8. Gibson Southern||–||2-1||94||8|
|9. Oak Hill||–||3-0||66||NR|
Others receiving votes: Peru 22. Hamilton Hts. 20. Yorktown 18. Monrovia 16. Knox 8. Lakeland 4. Delta 4. Danville 2.
|1. Indpls Scecina||(13)||3-0||288||3|
|4. Triton Central||–||2-1||190||1|
|7. N. Posey||–||3-0||136||NR|
|9. Ev. Mater Dei||–||1-2||54||6|
Others receiving votes: Northeastern 28. Heritage Christian 24. Lafayette Catholic 24. Sullivan 8. S. Vermillion 4. Ft. Wayne Luers 2.
|1. Indpls Lutheran||(15)||3-0||300||1|
|2. Adams Central||–||3-0||270||2|
|3. Carroll (Flora)||–||3-0||230||4|
|4. S. Putnam||–||3-0||204||5|
|6. Indpls Park Tudor||–||3-0||120||8|
|7. N. Judson||–||2-1||104||3|
|9. N. Decatur||–||2-1||48||10|
|10. W. Washington||–||3-0||34||NR|
Others receiving votes: S. Adams 24. Madison-Grant 22. Clinton Prairie 16. Pioneer 14. Triton 14. Tri 4.
*******INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL RANKINGS*******
1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
9. CENTER GROVE
10. HARRISON (WEST LAFAYETTE)
2. BENTON CENTRAL
4. EV. MEMORIAL
5. SILVER CREEK
8. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN
9. WESTERN BOONE
1. MUNCIE BURRIS
3. SOUTH CENTRAL (UNION MILLS)
5. LAF. CENTRAL CATHOLIC
7. SOUTH ADAMS
10. BROWNSTOWN CENTRAL
1. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN
3. SPRINGS VALLEY
7. TRINITY LUTHERAN
10. FAITH CHRISTIAN
*******INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL REPORTED SCORES******
NEW PRAIRIE 3 SOUTH BEND ADAMS 0
LAWRENCEBURG 3 S. DEARBORN 0
LAPORTE 3 MERRILLVILLE 0
SOUTH NEWTON 3 N. NEWTON 0
WOOD MEMORIAL 3 PIKE CENTRAL 0
ANDREAN 3 LOWELL 0
PENDLETON HEIGHTS 3 DELTA 2
TRADERS POINT CHRISTIAN 3 PARK TUDOR 0
DALEVILLE 3 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0
COLUMBIA CITY 3 MANCHESTER 1
LAKE CENTRAL 3 MICHIGAN CITY 0
LOOGOOTEE 3 N. DAVIESS 0
SPRINGS VALLEY 3 BARR REEVE 0
EDGEWOOD 3 EASTERN GREENE 0
FORT WAYNE SNIDER 3 HUNTINGTON NORTH 1
SOUTH ADAMS 3 SOUTHERN WELLS 0
GREENFIELD CENTRAL 3 GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 0
MEDORA 3 SEVEN OAKS 0
KOUTS 3 TRI-TOWNSHIP 1
WHITKO 3 PERU 0
LINTON STOCKTON 3 WASHINGTON 0
DELPHI 3 CARROLL 0
MONROE CENTRAL 3 WINCHESTER 1
NEW ALBANY 3 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 0
PIONEER 3 KNOX 0
CRAWFORDSVILLE 3 N. VERMILLION 0
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 3 BLOOMINGTON SOUTH 0
ZIONSVILLE 3 HAMILTON HEIGHTS 0
EASTERN 3 OAK HILL 0
BLUE RIVER VALLEY 3 LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 0
JENNINGS COUNTY 3 GREENSBURG 1
TRI-COUNTY 3 FRONTIER 2
MITCHELL 3 BLOOMFIELD 0
SHERIDAN 3 TAYLOR 1
CRISPUS ATTUCKS 3 IMSAN 0
WABASH 3 MACONAQUAH 1
FISHERS 3 LAWRENCE NORTH 1
HAUSER 3 MORRISTOWN 1
ILLIANA CHRISTIAN 3 GRIFFITH 0
RITTER 3 LAWRENCE CENTRAL 1
NEW HAVEN 3 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 0
WHITING 3 HAMMOND MORTON 0
WESTERN BOONE 3 DANVILLE 2
HOBART 3 HIGHLAND 1
TECUMSEH 3 BOONVILLE 0
MONROVIA 3 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 0
BETHANY CHRISTIAN 3 SOUTH BEND CAREER 0
FORT WAYNE DWENGER 3 NORWELL 0
LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 3 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 1
EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL 3 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 0
ROSSVILLE 3 TRI-CENTRAL 1
RIVERTON PARKE 3 ATTICA 0
FAITH CHRISTIAN 3 UNIVERSITY 0
TIPTON 3 CLINTON CENTRAL 1
WEST NOBLE 3 LAKELAND 2
FORT WAYNE CARROLL 3 FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 0
NEW CASTLE 3 SHELBYVILLE 0
EVANSVILLE REITZ 3 GIBSON SOUTHERN 0
BELLMONT 3 HOMESTEAD 1
JASPER 3 VINCENNES LINCOLN 0
BREBEUF 3 MOUNT VERNON 0
HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 3 YORKTOWN 1
GARRETT 3 FAIRFIELD 0
WARSAW 3 NORTHRIDGE 0
DEKALB 3 FORT WAYNE LUERS 1
SOUTH BEND ST. JOSEPH 3 MISHAWAKA MARIAN 1
WESTVILLE 3 MORGAN TWP. 2
PLAINFIELD 3 PERRY MERIDIAN 0
WAPAHANI 3 HAGERSTOWN 1
ADAMS CENTRAL 3 HERITAGE 1
FORT WAYNE BLACKHAWK 3 NORTHFIELD 0
BENTON CENTRAL 3 W. LAFAYETTE 1
FRANKLIN 3 WHITELAND 0
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3 LAFAYETTE JEFF 2
RONCALLI 3 CENTER GROVE 1
ANGOLA 3 WESTVIEW 0
FRANKLIN CENTRAL 3 BEN DAVIS 0
NORTHEASTERN 3 CONNERSVILLE 1
ELKHART 3 SOUTH BEND CLAY 0
CHRUBUSCO 3 CENTRAL NOBLE 0
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3 TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN 0
NORTH POSEY 3 MOUNT VERNON 0
HARRISON 3 LOGANSPORT 0
NORTH DECATUR 3 S. DECATUR 0
AVON 3 PIKE 0
GREENFIELD CENTRAL GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN 0
******INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER RANKINGS******
3A GIRLS SOCCER
1. HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
5. CROWN POINT
11. EAST CENTRAL
16. BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
19. MT VERNON
20. FLOYD CENTRAL
2A GIRLS SOCCER
3. BREBEUF JESUIT
5. GUERIN CATHOLIC
6. WEST LAFAYETTE
8. BISHOP DWENGER
11. MISHAWAKA MARIAN
12. HANOVER CENTRAL
14. SILVER CREEK
16. GIBSON SOUTHERN
18. TRI WEST
1A GIRLS SOCCER
1. PARK TUDOR
3. EVANSVILLE CHRISTIAN
4. FW CANTERBURY
5. HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
7. MATER DEI
8. FOREST PARK
9. FAITH CHRISTIAN
11. BETHANY CHRISTIAN
18. MUNCIE BURRIS
19. CULVER COMMUNITY
20. SWITZERLAND COUNTY
******INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL REPORTED SCORES******
CORYDON CENTRAL 9 AUSTIN 0
TRINITY 9 LA LUMIERE 0
BREBEUF 9 COVENANT CHRISTIAN 0
UNIVERSITY 9 RITTER 0
JAY COUNTY 4 WAPAHANI 0
KNIGHTSTOWN 1 UNION COUNTY 0
NORTHWOOD 1 CONCORD 0
YORKTOWN 1 EASTBROOK 0
BOONE GROVE 4 RENSSELAER CENTRAL 1
ANGOLA 4 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 1
DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN 2 WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP 2
BETHANY CHRISTIAN 5 ELKHART CHRISTIAN 3
GREENCASTLE 2 INDIAN CREEK 0
DANVILLE 9 CRAWFORDSVILLE 1
BENTON CENTRAL 5 N. MONTGOMERY 0
SOUTH DEARBORN 7 FRANKLIN COUNTY 0
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 5 PERU 0
OWEN VALLEY 1 N. KNOX 0
EDGEWOOD 1 BROWN COUNTY 0
RICHMOND 5 MUNCIE CENTRAL 0
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 2 TIPTON 1
COLUMBUS EAST 8 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 0
NORTHWESTERN 7 MACONAQUAH 0
PENN 4 FORT WAYNE CARROLL 1
TERRE HAUTE SOUTH 6 MONROVIA 3
SILVER CREEK 2 NEW ALBANY 1
CHRISTEL HOUSE 2 TAYLOR 1
MANCHESTER 1 WABASH 1
SCOTTSBURG 2 SALEM 1
WEST VIGO 5 N. PUTNAM 0
FOREST PARK 3 TELL CITY 0
LAPEL 2 MUNCIE BURRIS 1
ANDERSON 1 MARION 1
SOUTH ADAMS 7 NEW HAVEN 1
JASPER 5 PRINCETON 0
CHESTERTON 14 MERRILLVILLE 0
CROWN POINT 11 LAPORTE 1
WESTVIEW 3 CENTRAL NOBLE 1
LAKE CENTRAL 9 PORTAGE 0
OLDENBURG ACADEMY 8 S. RIPLEY 1
DEKALB 2 COLUMBIA CITY 0
LOWELL 3 KANKAKEE VALLEY 0
LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 9 ROSSVILLE 0
LEO 7 E. NOBLE 0
NORWELL 10 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 2
VALPARAISO 9 MICHIGAN CITY 0
MADISON 16 SOUTHWESTERN 0
GIBSON SOUTHERN 1 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 0
CARMEL 4 LAWRENCE NORTH 0
FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 6 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 0
HANOVER CENTRAL 7 HOBART 0
SPEEDWAY 6 TRITON CENTRAL 0
BELLMONT 4 HUNTINGTON NORTH 0
WEST LAFAYETTE 3 LAFAYETTE JEFF 0
EVANSVILLE REITZ 9 EVANSVILLE HARRISON 0
FLOYD CENTRAL 2 PROVIDENCE 2
LAWRENCEBURG 7 BATESVILLE 1
******INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER RANKINGS******
3A ISCA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER POLL
- CENTER GROVE
- LAKE CENTRAL
- COLUMBUS NORTH
- HAMILTON SE
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- WL HARRISON
- FW CARROLL
2A ISCA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER POLL
- MISHAWAKA MARIAN
- BREBEUF JESUIT
- HERITAGE CHRISTIAN (INDPLS)
- EV. MEMORIAL
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- BISHOP DWENGER
- ILLIANA CHRISTIAN
- GUERIN CATHOLIC
- HERITAGE HILLS
- BISHOP NOLL
- SB ST. JOSEPH
- MATER DEI
- HAMILTON HEIGHTS
- BISHOP LUERS
- CULVER ACADEMIES
1A ISCA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER POLL
2. COVENANT CHRISTIAN (INDPLS)
3. FAITH CHRISTIAN
4. PARK TUDOR
5. BETHANY CHRISTIAN
7. OLDENBURG ACADEMY
8. GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN
9. CARROLL (FLORA)
10. FOREST PARK
12. SWITZERLAND COUNTY
14. SOUTHWESTERN (SHELBY)
15. BLACKHAWK CHRISTIAN
16. NORTH PUTNAM
18. MUNCIE BURRIS
19. NORTHEAST DUBOIS
20. ROCK CREEK
*******INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL REPORTED SOCCER SCORES*******
COLUMBUS NORTH 3 PERRY MERIDIAN 1
MANCHESTER 8 ROCHESTER 3
LAVILLE 2 OREGON DAVIS 1
GREENWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 4 INDIANAPOLIS SHORTRIDGE 2
EVANSVILLE CENTRAL 3 GIBSON SOUTHERN 0
TIPPECANOE VALLEY 4 N. MIAMI 2
OAK HILL 3 WABASH 0
WEST NOBLE 9 CENTRAL NOBLE 0
GREENSBURG 5 JAC CEN DEL 5
BETHANY CHRISTIAN 1 ELKHART CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 1
SHAW MEMORIAL 1 SWITZERLAND COUNTY 0
ROSSVILLE 4 TRI-CENTRAL 0
MUNCIE BURRIS 9C CATHOLIC 0
BARR REEVE 5 SHOALS 2
FORT WAYNE LUERS 2 FORT WAYNE SOUTH 2
HENRYVILLE 3 JENNINGS COUNTY 2
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 4 TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN 0
GREENCASTLE 2 DANVILLE 1
WASHINGTON 3 FOREST PARK 1
LEO 3 E. NOBLE 0
ANGOLA 2 GARRETT 1
MUNCIE CENTRAL 3 RICHMOND 0
NORTHWESTERN 11 TIPTON 0
GREENFIELD CENTRAL 1 DELTA 0
HERITAGE 3 LAKEWOOD PARK CHRISTIAN 1
EVANSVILLE HARRISON 5 EVANSVILLE REITZ 3
SOUTHRIDGE 3 EVANSVILLE MATER DEI 2
INDIANA CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 3 SUBURBAN CHRISTIAN 1
MOUNT VERNON 2 HIKES CENTRAL 1
WOODLAN 3 PRAIRIE HEIGHTS 0
JASPER 10 VINCENNES LINCOLN 0
LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 2 ANDERSON PREP ACADEMY 0
INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN 3 CHRISTEL HOUSE 1
FORT WAYNE NORTH 4 FORT WAYNE WAYNE 1
TRINITY 8 LA LAMUIERE 0
CHARLESTOWN 1 SILVER CREEK 0
GRIFFITH 8 RIVER FOREST 1
BREMEN 12 SOUTH BEND WASHINGTON 0
CORYDON CENTRAL 2 LANSVILLE 0
WARSAW 14 MISHAWAKA 0
NORTH HARRISON 1 SALEM 0
NORTH PUTNAM 4 W. VIGO 1
BLACKFORD 4 SHERIDAN 0
BOONE GROVE 2 DEMOTTE CHRISTIAN 1
HARRISON 4 LAFAYETTE JEFF 1
NORTHWOOD 2 WAWASEE 1
CULVER ACADEMIES 4 LOGANSPORT 0
FORT WAYNE CANTERBURY 2 HOMESTEAD 1
ANDERSON 10 DALEVILLE 0
CONCORD 0 GOSHEN 0
ELKHART 3 PENN 1
HERON 2 RITTER 0
HUNTINGTON NORTH 1 BELLMONT 0
TWIN LAKES 8 LAFAYETTE CENTRAL CATHOLIC 0
CARMEL 5 LAWRENCE NORTH 0
JEFFERSONVILLE 4 IRQUOIS 2
COLUMBUS EAST 4 BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 0
FORT WAYNE NORTHRUP 9 FORT WAYNE SNIDER 0
NEW PALESTINE 3 NEW CASTLE 2
ZIONSVILLE 5 FRANKLIN CENTRAL 1
BREBEUF 0 CATHEDRAL 0
WHEELER 8 MARQUETTE CATHOLIC 2
LAWRENCE CENTRAL 1 N. CENTRAL 0
NOBLESVILLE 2 WESTFIELD 0
BATESVILLE 3 SHELBYVILLE 2
CENTER GROVE 7 WHITELAND 0
HAMILTON HEIGHTS 5 BENTON CENTRAL 0
FISHERS 2 HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN 1
UNION COUNTY 1 KNIGHTSTOWN 0
FORT WAYNE DWENGER 2 FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA 1
GREENFIELD CENTRAL 1 DELTA 0
*******INDIANA BOYS HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS POLL*******
18.SB ST JOSEPH
27.MT VERNON (FORT)
******INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS TENNIS SCORES REPORTED******
AVON 5 BROWNSBURG 0
*******INDIANA BOYS CROSS COUNTRY POLL******
- FLOYD CENTRAL
- FRANKLIN CENTRAL
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- LAKE CENTRAL
- COLUMBUS NORTH
- CENTER GROVE
- BLOOMINGTON NORTH
- FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
- EVANSVILLE RIETZ
- NORTH CENTRAL
- GREENFIELD CENTRAL
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- MT VERNON
- PERRY MERIDIAN
- WEST LAFAYETTE
******INDIANA GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY POLL******
- FORT WAYNE CONCORDIA
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- FORT WAYNE CARROLL
- NORTH CENTRAL
- FRANKLIN CENTRAL
- LAKE CENTRAL
- MORGAN TOWNSHIP
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- FLOYD CENTRAL
- CENTER GROVE
- COLUMBUS NORTH
- GUERIN CATHOLIC
- EAST NOBLE
*******INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY NEWS*******
DELEWARE COUNTY MEET: https://in.milesplit.com/meets/568568-delaware-county-meet-2023/results
SCOTTSBURGH INVITATIONAL: https://in.milesplit.com/meets/567342-scottsburg-cross-country-invitational-2023/results
READ MORE: https://in.milesplit.com/
*******INDIANA GIRLS GOLF REPORTED SCORES******
WESTFIELD 161, HSE 174, NEW PAL 187
*****WEEK 1 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE*****
DETROIT LIONS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (THU) 7:20P (CT) 8:20P NBC
CAROLINA PANTHERS AT ATLANTA FALCONS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
HOUSTON TEXANS AT BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
CINCINNATI BENGALS AT CLEVELAND BROWNS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P CBS
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
TENNESSEE TITANS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 12:00P (CT) 1:00P CBS
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS AT PITTSBURGH STEELERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
ARIZONA CARDINALS AT WASHINGTON COMMANDERS 1:00P (ET) 1:00P FOX
GREEN BAY PACKERS AT CHICAGO BEARS 3:25P (CT) 4:25P FOX
LAS VEGAS RAIDERS AT DENVER BRONCOS 2:25P (MT) 4:25P CBS
MIAMI DOLPHINS AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P CBS
PHILADELPHIA EAGLES AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 4:25P (ET) 4:25P CBS
LOS ANGELES RAMS AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:25P (PT) 4:25P FOX
DALLAS COWBOYS AT NEW YORK GIANTS 8:20P (ET) 8:20P NBC
BUFFALO BILLS AT NEW YORK JETS (MON) 8:15P (ET) 8:15P ESPN/ABC
****MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL****
CINCINNATI 7 SEATTLE 6
MINNESOTA 8 CLEVELAND 3
TAMPA BAY 8 BOSTON 6 (11)
NY YANKEES 5 DETROIT 1
KANSAS CITY 7 CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6
HOUSTON 14 TEXAS 1
BALTIMORE 5 LA ANGELS 4 (10)
TORONTO 7 OAKLAND 1
MILWAUKEE 7 PITTSBURGH 3
MIAMI 6 LA DODGERS 3
NY METS 11 WASHINGTON 5
ST. LOUIS 10 ATLANTA 6
CHICAGO CUBS 11 SAN FRANCISCO 8
SAN DIEGO 8 PHILADELPHIA 0
COLORADO 3 ARIZONA 2
BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/scoreboard.asp
PLAYER NEWS: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/news.asp
****MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL****
INDIANAPOLIS 8 TOLEDO 5
SOUTH BEND 12 QUAD CITIES 6
DAYTON 10 FT. WAYNE 4
CONNECTICUT 90 LOS ANGELES 76
CHICAGO 96 INDIANA 69
NEW YORK 94 DALLAS 93
WASHINGTON 100 PHOENIX 77
****MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER****
NO GAMES SCHEDULED
******AP COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL******
1 GEORGIA 1-0
2 MICHIGAN 1-0
3 ALABAMA 1-0
4 FLORIDA STATE 1-0
5 OHIO STATE 1-0
6 USC 2-0
7 PENN STATE 1-0
8 TENNESSEE 1-0
9 WASHINGTON 1-0
10 NOTRE DAME 2-0
11 TEXAS 1-0
12 UTAH 1-0
13 OREGON 1-0
14 LSU 0-1
15 KANSAS STATE 1-0
16 OREGON STATE 1-0
17 NORTH CAROLINA 1-0
18 OKLAHOMA 1-0
19 WISCONSIN 1-0
20 OLE MISS 1-0
21 DUKE 1-0
22 COLORADO 1-0
23 TEXAS A&M 1-0
24 TULANE 1-0
25 CLEMSON 0-1
*****COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES*****
WEEK 2 SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SEPT. 7
LOUISVILLE VS. MURRAY STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
FRIDAY, SEPT. 8
INDIANA VS. INDIANA STATE | 7 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
INDIANA COACH TOM ALLEN MONDAY PRESSER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_SyZL3icPM
RHODE ISLAND VS. STONY BROOK | 7 P.M. | FLOSPORTS
KANSAS VS. ILLINOIS | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN2
SATURDAY, SEPT. 9
WAKE FOREST VS. VANDERBILT | 11 A.M. | ACC NETWORK
ARMY VS. DELAWARE STATE | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
COLORADO VS. NEBRASKA | 12 P.M. | FOX
GEORGIA VS. BALL STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OHIO STATE VS. YOUNGSTOWN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
PENN STATE VS. DELAWARE | 12 P.M. | PEACOCK
VIRGINIA TECH VS. PURDUE | 12 P.M. | ESPN2
PURDUE COACH RYAN WALTERS MONDAY PRESSER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2hxUlzHUAQ
BAYLOR VS. UTAH | 12 P.M. | ESPN
NC STATE VS. NOTRE DAME | 12 P.M. | ABC
NOTRE DAME COACH MARCUS FREEMAN MONDAY PRESSER: https://fightingirish.com/nc-state-marcus-freeman-weekly-press-conference-9-4-23/
BOSTON COLLEGE VS. HOLY CROSS | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCN+
VIRGINIA VS. JAMES MADISON | 12 P.M. | ESPNU
KANSAS STATE VS. TROY | 12 P.M. | FS1
GEORGETOWN VS. SACRED HEART | 12:30 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA TECH VS. SOUTH CAROLINA STATE | 1 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX
PRESBYTERIAN VS. VIRGINIA LYNCHBURG | 1 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL MICHIGAN VS. NEW HAMPSHIRE | 1:30 P.M. | ESPN+
BOWLING GREEN VS. EASTERN ILLINOIS | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA VS. ST. THOMAS (MINN.) | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
CLEMSON VS. CHARLESTON SOUTHERN | 2:15 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
WESTERN CAROLINA VS. SAMFORD | 2:30 P.M. | ESPN+
KENTUCKY VS. EASTERN KENTUCKY | 3 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
BYU VS. SOUTHERN UTAH | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
THE CITADEL VS. CAMPBELL | 3 P.M. | ESPN+
IOWA STATE VS. IOWA | 3:30 P.M. | FOX
MIAMI (FLA.) VS. TEXAS A&M | 3:30 P.M. | ABC
MICHIGAN VS. UNLV | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
MICHIGAN STATE VS. RICHMOND | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
NORTHWESTERN VS. UTEP | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
TULANE VS. OLE MISS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN2
UMASS VS. MIAMI (OHIO) | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
UTSA VS. TEXAS STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY VS. WAGNER | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NORTHERN ILLINOIS VS. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TOLEDO VS. TEXAS SOUTHERN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
SYRACUSE VS. WESTERN MICHIGAN | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX
NORTH DAKOTA STATE VS. MAINE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS VS. KENT STATE | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
EAST CAROLINA VS. MARSHALL | 4 P.M. | ESPNU
WYOMING VS. PORTLAND STATE | 4 P.M. | MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK
SAN JOSE STATE VS. CAL POLY | 4 P.M. | NBC SPORTS BAY AREA
WESTERN ILLINOIS VS. ILLINOIS STATE | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH DAKOTA VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN COLORADO VS. UIW | 4 P.M. | ESPN+
WASHINGTON VS. TULSA | 5 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
SOUTH ALABAMA VS. SE LOUISIANA | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
TENNESSEE VS. AUSTIN PEAY | 5 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
UNI VS. WEBER STATE | 5 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTH CAROLINA VS. APPALACHIAN STATE | 5:15 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
EAST TENNESSEE STATE VS. CARSON-NEWMAN | 5:30 P.M. | ESPN+
LIBERTY VS. NEW MEXICO STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
OLD DOMINION VS. LOUISIANA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
DUKE VS. LAFAYETTE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+/ACCNX
OKLAHOMA VS. SMU | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
WEST VIRGINIA VS. DUQUESNE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA SOUTHERN VS. UAB | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA ATLANTIC VS. OHIO | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
AKRON VS. MORGAN STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
BUFFALO VS. FORDHAM | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
BRYANT VS. LONG ISLAND | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
ROBERT MORRIS VS. ST. FRANCIS (PA) | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
BUCKNELL VS. VMI | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
GARDNER-WEBB VS. ELON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
CHATTANOOGA VS. KENNESAW STATE | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL VS. NORTH TEXAS | 6:30 P.M. | ESPN+
PITT VS. CINCINNATI | 6:30 P.M. | CW NETWORK
ALABAMA VS. TEXAS | 7 P.M. | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA VS. JACKSONVILLE STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
GEORGIA STATE VS. UCONN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
LOUISIANA TECH VS. NORTHWESTERN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
MISSOURI VS. MIDDLE TENNESSEE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
WESTERN KENTUCKY VS. HOUSTON CHRISTIAN | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TEXAS TECH VS. OREGON | 7 P.M. | FOX
BOISE STATE VS. UCF | 7 P.M. | FS1
RICE VS. HOUSTON | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
SOUTH FLORIDA VS. FLORIDA A&M | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE VS. MEMPHIS | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
NEVADA VS. IDAHO | 7 P.M. | NSN/MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN VS. ALCORN STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHERN VS. JACKSON STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
CENTRAL ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS COLLEGE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
TARLETON STATE VS. NORTH ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE VS. MONTANA STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UT MARTIN VS. MISSOURI STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE VS. LINDENWOOD | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
DRAKE VS. NORTHWESTERN (IOWA) | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
MERCER VS. MOREHEAD STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
STETSON VS. WEBBER INTERNATIONAL | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
FLORIDA VS. MCNEESE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
LSU VS. GRAMBLING | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MARYLAND VS. CHARLOTTE | 7:30 P.M. | NBC
MINNESOTA VS. EASTERN MICHIGAN | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MISSISSIPPI STATE VS. ARIZONA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
RUTGERS VS. TEMPLE | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
SOUTH CAROLINA VS. FURMAN | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
WASHINGTON STATE VS. WISCONSIN | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
SAN DIEGO STATE VS. UCLA | 7:30 P.M. | CBS
SAM HOUSTON VS. AIR FORCE (NRG STADIUM IN HOUSTON, TEXAS) | 8 P.M. | CBSSN
TCU VS. NICHOLLS | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
UL MONROE VS. LAMAR | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
NEW MEXICO VS. TENNESSEE TECH | 8 P.M. | MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK
FLORIDA STATE VS. SOUTHERN MISS | 8:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
OREGON STATE VS. UC DAVIS | 9 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
UTAH TECH VS. MONTANA | 9 P.M. | ESPN+
FRESNO STATE VS. EASTERN WASHINGTON | 9 P.M. | UNIMÁS/MOUNTAIN WEST NETWORK
SACRAMENTO STATE VS. TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE | 10 P.M. | ESPN+
USC VS. STANFORD | 10:30 P.M. | FOX
CAL VS. AUBURN | 10:30 P.M. | ESPN
ARIZONA STATE VS. OKLAHOMA STATE | 10:30 P.M. | FS1
HAWAI’I VS. ALBANY | 12 A.M. | SPECTRUM SPORTS PPV
TOP NATIONAL NEWS HEADLINES/PRESS RELEASES
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MLB ROUNDUP: JOSE ALTUVE’S 3 HRS IN FIRST 3 INNINGS CARRY ASTROS
Jose Altuve homered in each of the first three innings as the Houston Astros rolled to a 14-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas.
With the first three-homer game of his career, Altuve joined Carl Reynolds (1930 Chicago White Sox) and Manny Machado (2016 Baltimore Orioles) as the only players ever to go deep in each of the first three innings of a game, per MLB.com.
Altuve, who increased his season total to 15 long balls, has five in the past two days. He went deep twice as the Astros took the series opener against the Rangers 13-6 on Monday, then added the three solo shots on Tuesday.
Texas starter Nathan Eovaldi (11-4) exited his highly anticipated return from a forearm injury after just 1 1/3 innings, having allowed four runs on five hits, including two of Altuve’s homers. Framber Valdez (11-9) fired seven innings for Houston, yielding one run on six hits and four walks with four strikeouts.
Marlins 6, Dodgers 3
Bryan De La Cruz hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning, Jazz Chisholm Jr. followed with a homer and Miami earned a victory over visiting Los Angeles in the opener of a three-game series.
Jake Burger and Josh Bell added home runs for the Marlins, who won their fifth consecutive game to keep pace in the National League wild-card chase. Andrew Nardi (7-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win, and Tanner Scott blanked the Dodgers in the ninth for his fifth save.
Chris Taylor hit a home run for the Dodgers, while Freddie Freeman and Will Smith each drove in a run.
Reds 7, Mariners 6
Nick Martini belted a pinch-hit, three-run, game-tying homer in the eighth inning and Christian Encarnacion-Strand singled home the winning run in the ninth as Cincinnati rallied for a win over visiting Seattle.
The Reds erased a 5-1 deficit for their 44th come-from-behind win. Noelvi Marte had three hits, including his first career homer, and Alexis Diaz (8-4) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the victory.
Julio Rodriguez homered twice for the Mariners, who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Teoscar Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a long ball. Reliever Andres Munoz (3-7) took the loss.
Twins 8, Guardians 3
Donovan Solano hit a three-run triple to highlight a five-run eighth inning and Christian Vazquez homered to lead Minnesota over host Cleveland.
Vazquez went 2-for-2 with two walks and Solano and Willi Castro each had two hits for Minnesota, which extended its American League Central lead to seven games over the second-place Guardians. Griffin Jax (6-8) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief.
Bo Naylor homered and Will Brennan had two hits and scored a run for Cleveland. Trevor Stephan (6-6) took the loss, allowing five runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter in two-thirds of an inning.
Cubs 11, Giants 8
Seiya Suzuki launched a two-run homer to highlight his four-hit, three-RBI performance as host Chicago beat San Francisco for its third straight win.
Chicago’s Christopher Morel belted a three-run homer and Yan Gomes had a two-run double as part of a three-hit game. San Francisco’s J.D. Davis belted a two-run homer among his three hits and LaMonte Wade Jr., Mike Yastrzemski and Wilmer Flores also went deep.
After Suzuki’s homer tied the game in the seventh, Jeimer Candelario doubled off Luke Jackson (1-2) and scored the tiebreaking run on a throwing error on Nick Madrigal’s grounder. Drew Smyly (10-9) struck out two in one scoreless inning of relief for the win.
Brewers 7, Pirates 3
Andruw Monasterio hit an RBI triple to highlight a six-run fifth and Brandon Woodruff pitched seven scoreless innings as visiting Milwaukee topped Pittsburgh to end a two-game skid.
Woodruff (4-1), making just his eighth start after spending much of the season on the IL because of a shoulder injury, gave up two hits, walked two and struck out six. Carlos Santana added an RBI double and Brice Turang and Mark Canha each an RBI single for the Brewers.
Pittsburgh starter Andre Jackson (1-2) allowed six runs and three hits in 4 1/3 innings, with two strikeouts and five walks. He was coming off his first big-league win, Wednesday at Kansas City, as he appears to be making the transition from the bullpen to the rotation.
Mets 11, Nationals 5
Francisco Alvarez hit a three-run home run in the first inning, Brandon Nimmo homered twice more and New York romped past host Washington.
Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso hit solo homers for the Mets, who have won four of their past five games. Jose Quintana pitched seven strong innings for the win, though his efforts were somewhat overshadowed by New York’s power display. Quintana (2-5) gave up one run, four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Patrick Corbin (9-13) took the loss, allowing eight runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out two. Washington relievers Andres Machado and Amos Willingham each gave up one homer.
Yankees 5, Tigers 1
Giancarlo Stanton became the 58th player in major league history to reach 400 career homers by hitting a tiebreaking, two-run shot with two outs in the sixth inning as host New York beat Detroit.
With the victory, New York returned to the .500 mark for the first time since Aug. 15.
Stanton reached the milestone in his 1,520th career game, becoming the fourth-fastest player to accomplish the feat. Only Alex Rodriguez (1,489 games), Babe Ruth (1,475) and Mark McGwire (1,412) were faster.
Cardinals 10, Braves 6
Nolan Gorman hit two homers and drove in three runs as visiting St. Louis outslugged Atlanta.
Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run homer and Jordan Walker went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, an RBI double and three runs for the Cardinals, who won for the fourth time in the past six games. St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas (7-10) earned his first victory since July 17.
Braves starter Michael Soroka (2-2) struggled in his return to the big leagues. He allowed five runs on four hits in three innings in his first game back from Triple-A Gwinnett. Ozzie Albies, Austin Riley, Matt Olson and Marcell Ozuna hit solo homers for Atlanta.
Royals 7, White Sox 6
Kansas City rallied from an early six-run deficit to earn a walk-off win over visiting Chicago.
Gregory Santos (2-2) balked in the winning run, blowing his fourth save of the season as the White Sox dropped their fifth straight game.
Bobby Witt Jr. tied the game with a one-out RBI double before Santos failed to come set while pitching to Edward Olivares, forcing home Maikel Garcia.
Rays 8, Red Sox 6 (11 innings)
Brandon Lowe smashed a walk-off, three-run homer as Tampa Bay evened its home series with Boston.
With Christian Bethancourt placed on second base and Yandy Diaz drawing a leadoff walk, Lowe roped a 2-2 pitch from Kenley Jansen (3-6) around the right-field foul pole for his 18th home run. Jansen blew his fourth save in 33 opportunities.
Erasmo Ramirez (3-3) allowed an unearned run in the top of the frame to get the win.
THE STARTING 11 — HOPE IS ALIVE AND WELL AS NFL EMBARKS ON 104TH SEASON
Hope always abounds in the National Football League, especially when every team is undefeated and tied for first place.
At last check of those standings following the 2022 regular season, seven teams had clinched playoff berths after missing the prior postseason. Two of those clubs – the MIAMI DOLPHINS and LOS ANGELES CHARGERS – will kick off their seasons at SoFi Stadium on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, CBS), with plenty of optimism for 2023.
Will the CAROLINA PANTHERS, with No. 1 overall pick BRYCE YOUNG, or ATLANTA FALCONS, with second-year quarterback DESMOND RIDDER, follow in those footsteps after missing the postseason last year? History will be on their side as those teams open their seasons on Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (1:00 PM ET, FOX).
Entering the final day of the 2022 season, 19 teams remained in Super Bowl contention, more than any year since there were 20 in 2006. Plus, in 19 of the past 20 years, at least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs.
And who will be the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS of 2023? Led by TREVOR LAWRENCE last year, Jacksonville made the worst-to-first turnaround, clinching the AFC South after finishing last in 2021. In 18 of the past 20 seasons, at least one team has won its division the year after finishing last or tied for last.
Will it be the NEW YORK JETS, who added four-time MVP AARON RODGERS to a roster that includes the reigning Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, GARRETT WILSON and SAUCE GARDNER?
How about the HOUSTON TEXANS and new head coach DEMECO RYANS, architect of the NFL’s best defense last year in San Francisco? After all, Ryans gets to coach quarterback C.J. STROUD and defensive end WILL ANDERSON, the respective No. 2 and No. 3 overall selections in the 2023 NFL Draft.
So, lock in those fantasy lineups and dust off those tailgate recipes. Oh, and be sure to pick up those new No. 0 jerseys. The NFL is back with more hope than ever, and you can’t make this stuff up.
The Starting 11 entering Week 1…
1. STRONG STARTERS: Defending Super Bowl champion KANSAS CITY has won its past eight Kickoff Weekend games, the longest active streak in the NFL. On Thursday when the Chiefs host the Lions in the annual primetime kickoff game (8:20 PM ET, NBC), they can become the sixth team in NFL history to win nine consecutive season-opening games. Only the DALLAS COWBOYS (17 from 1965-81), MIAMI DOLPHINS (11 from 1992-2002), NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10 from 2004-13), PORTSMOUTH SPARTANS/DETROIT LIONS (10 from 1930-39) and CHICAGO BEARS (nine from 1984-92) have opened with victories in at least nine straight seasons. Portsmouth moved to Detroit and became the Lions in 1934.
2. NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 18: The team that fell just shy of the Chiefs in a 38-35 Super Bowl thriller last season, PHILADELPHIA, kicks off its season Sunday at NEW ENGLAND (4:25 PM ET, CBS). That opener is significant because the Eagles and Patriots have squared off in two of the past 20 Super Bowls (XXXIX to conclude 2004 and LII to close 2017). In fact, New England’s victory in the ’04 season marked the last time an NFL team has repeated as Super Bowl champion. Last year, for an 18th consecutive season, the NFL had a new Super Bowl champion, extending the longest streak without a repeat winner in league history. Only eight teams have repeated as champions since the first Super Bowl at the end of the 1966 season.
- Eagles quarterback JALEN HURTS led the Eagles to a Super Bowl LVII appearance in his second season as the team’s full-time starter and became the seventh-youngest quarterback ever (24 years, 189 days) to start a Super Bowl. In the 2022 regular season, Hurts became the fourth quarterback ever with at least 3,000 passing yards (3,701), 20 touchdown passes (22) and 10 rushing touchdowns (13) in a single season, joining KYLER MURRAY (2020), CAM NEWTON (2011 and 2015) and KORDELL STEWART (1997).
3. ADAMS LOOKS TO CONTINUE SUCCESS WITH FIFTH QUARTERBACK: In the Mile High City on Sunday, wide receiver DAVANTE ADAMS and the LAS VEGAS RAIDERS will open the year against the DENVER BRONCOS and new head coach SEAN PAYTON (4:25 PM ET, CBS).
- Adams has the opportunity to join Pro Football Hall of Famer MARVIN HARRISON (1999-2002) as the only players in NFL history with 100 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions in four consecutive seasons. During that stretch, since the beginning of 2020, Adams has caught passes thrown by Aaron Rodgers (232 receptions by Adams), Derek Carr (88), Jarrett Stidham (12) and Jordan Love (6). This season, Adams is expected to be the top target of JIMMY GAROPPOLO, who joined Las Vegas after six seasons in San Francisco.
- On the other sideline, only two teams over the past 20 years have won the Super Bowl after finishing last in their divisions the prior season, the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles and 2009 New Orleans Saints. Payton, who held the reins of that Saints team, sets sail on a similar challenge this season in Denver.
4. SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUPS: Expect popcorn in short supply at MetLife Stadium when DALLAS meets the NEW YORK GIANTS in the Sunday Night Football opener (8:20 PM ET, NBC). When Dallas has the ball, eight-time Pro Bowl guard ZACK MARTIN squares off against DEXTER LAWRENCE, a Pro Bowler last year and one of the league’s top young defensive linemen. When the Giants have the ball, New York’s talented young left tackle ANDREW THOMAS draws Cowboys All-Pro linebacker MICAH PARSONS.
- Since Dallas selected Parsons with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, no player has more games with at least two sacks. In fact, his nine career games with at least two sacks are tied with ALDON SMITH for the most multi-sack contests by a player in his first two career seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Last season, Parsons recorded a career-high 13.5 sacks and became the third player since 1982 with at least 13 in each of his first two NFL seasons, joining Smith (2011-12) and Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (1985-86). Since 1982, only White has reached the mark in each of his first three NFL seasons.
5. SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: The chess match between coordinators will take center stage on the shores of Lake Erie, when CLEVELAND hosts CINCINNATI on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). Three of the game’s top wide receivers will be in action.
- The Browns’ AMARI COOPER has six career seasons with at least 70 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards since entering the league in 2015 (the second-most such seasons among wide receivers over that span). In 2023, he needs five touchdown receptions to become the fourth player ever to reach the mark in each of his first nine NFL seasons, joining MARQUES COLSTON and Pro Football Hall of Famers MARVIN HARRISON and DON HUSTON.
- Cincinnati’s JA’MARR CHASE had a career-high 87 receptions for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns in 2022, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS as the only players under age 23 with at least 2,000 career receiving yards and 20 touchdown receptions in NFL history. Chase has 2,501 receiving yards and 22 touchdown catches in his two career seasons.
- The Bengals’ TEE HIGGINS had 74 receptions for 1,029 yards and a career-high seven touchdown receptions in 2022. In 2023, he needs 65 receptions, 900 receiving yards and six touchdown receptions to become the third player ever to reach those marks in each of his first four seasons, joining A.J. GREEN and Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS.
- In 2022, Cincinnati’s JOE BURROW ranked tied for second in the league with 35 touchdown passes and fifth with 4,475 passing yards, while adding a career-high five rushing touchdowns. He joined JOSH ALLEN and Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG as the only players ever with at least 4,000 passing yards, 35 touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns in a season. In 2023, Burrow can join Dan Marino as the only players ever to record at least 4,000 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes in three of their first four seasons.
- Cincinnati’s JA’MARR CHASE had a career-high 87 receptions for 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns in 2022, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS as the only players under age 23 with at least 2,000 career receiving yards and 20 touchdown receptions in NFL history. Chase has 2,501 receiving yards and 22 touchdown catches in his two career seasons.
6. STREAK SPEAK: Quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES has assembled a phenomenal stretch of six seasons to begin his NFL career, considering he made just one start as a rookie in 2017. Mahomes enters the year just 29 touchdown passes shy of the most ever by a player in his first seven seasons (Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO, 220). Mahomes has 192 career touchdown passes since then-Chiefs general manager JOHN DORSEY traded up to select him 10th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Dorsey is now a senior personnel executive in the Detroit front office.
7. DID YOU KNOW?: Keep an eye on the Commanders’ interior defensive line when WASHINGTON hosts ARIZONA on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX). Last season, Washington was one of two defenses in the NFL with multiple players posting at least 16 tackles for loss. DARON PAYNE (18) and JONATHAN ALLEN (16) each recorded career highs in that category. The Panthers (FRANKIE LUVU and BRIAN BURNS) were the only other team with two players with at least 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage a year ago.
8. UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: The Monday Night Football opener featuring the BUFFALO BILLS and NEW YORK JETS at MetLife Stadium (8:15 PM, ESPN/ABC) has countless storylines, including a pair of star quarterbacks from the state of California, JOSH ALLEN and AARON RODGERS. The contest also will be significant for a talented running-back family from Miami, Fla. That’s where both DALVIN and JAMES COOK starred in high school before carving their respective paths from college to the second round of the NFL Draft. Like Rodgers, Dalvin makes his Jets debut on Monday. It’s also the second time he’ll face younger brother James on a professional field. The first time? Week 10 of last season, an overtime thriller in Buffalo: Vikings 33, Bills 30.
9. TREND TIME: Getting off to a strong start is important. Over the past 10 years, eight teams have a winning percentage of at least .600 in September games. Those eight clubs have combined for 49 playoff berths and 13 Super Bowl appearances – including eight Super Bowl championships – during that span (2013-22). Two of those teams – the LOS ANGELES RAMS and SEATTLE SEAHAWKS – meet Sunday at Lumen Field (4:25 PM ET, FOX). The list also includes BALTIMORE, DALLAS, DENVER, GREEN BAY, KANSAS CITY and NEW ENGLAND.
- In 2022, the four teams to appear on Championship Weekend – CINCINNATI, KANSAS CITY, PHILADELPHIA and SAN FRANCISCO – began with a combined 8-5 record in September contests.
10. NEXT GEN STATS NOTES OF THE WEEK: For the second time in three years, and just the third instance since the 1970 merger, at least three rookie quarterbacks are expected to start Week 1 games (three started in 2021 and five in 2012). The 2023 preseason provided a snapshot of the excitement to come.
- BRYCE YOUNG, who makes his NFL debut when CAROLINA meets ATLANTA on the road Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX), was the first of three quarterbacks taken among the initial four selections in the 2023 NFL Draft. And among those three rookie starters this past preseason, Young completed the longest in-air pass. On Aug. 25 against Detroit, according to Next Gen Stats, Young’s pass was in the air for 21 yards before wide receiver ADAM THIELEN secured it. Also on that play, five pass-rushers were in Young’s face, giving him just 3.5 seconds from snap to pass release.
- C.J. STROUD, who gets his first NFL start Sunday when HOUSTON is at BALTIMORE (1:00 PM ET, CBS), finished on a strong note during his preseason dress-rehearsal. Overall, he completed 11 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown despite playing only 24 snaps. According to Next Gen Stats, on Aug. 10 at New England, Stroud hit a top speed of 18.35 miles per hour while covering 38 yards during one of his three carries in the preseason.
- ANTHONY RICHARDSON also flashed his running ability on Aug. 24 at Philadelphia. Among that trio of rookie quarterbacks, Richardson posted the longest rushing attempt before first contact, a 16-yard gain. Richardson leads INDIANAPOLIS against JACKSONVILLE at Lucas Oil Stadium in his NFL debut Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).
11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: When JORDAN LOVE leads the GREEN BAY PACKERS into Soldier Field against the CHICAGO BEARS on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), he will become only the third quarterback to start a season-opener for the Packers since Week 1 of 1993, following AARON RODGERS and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE. During the Super Bowl era (1966-present), Green Bay is the only NFL team to start no more than two quarterbacks in season-openers over a stretch of 30 years.
- Like Love, the Los Angeles Chargers’ JUSTIN HERBERT also was selected in a stellar 2020 draft class. Since 2020, Herbert ranks third among all players with 14,089 passing yards and sixth with 94 touchdown passes. Last season, Herbert ranked second in the league with 4,739 passing yards and became the first player ever to record at least 4,500 passing yards in two of his first three career seasons and the first player ever with at least 4,000 passing yards in each of his first three seasons.
- Yet another star from that 2020 NFL Draft, MINNESOTA wide receiver JUSTIN JEFFERSON begins his fourth season on Sunday at home against TAMPA BAY (1:00 PM ET, CBS). In 2023, Jefferson can continue to rewrite the receiving record books. He needs 688 receiving yards to surpass MICHAEL THOMAS (5,512 receiving yards) for the most-ever by a player in his first four seasons. Jefferson also can become the first player ever with at least 1,250 receiving yards in each of his first four seasons.
LIONS FIRST TO TEST CHAMPION CHIEFS IN 2023 OPENER
Conventional wisdom suggests maybe it’s best to get the first shot at the defending champs, to run into them early before the complete calibration of systems around MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Not these Kansas City Chiefs.
Undefeated in Week 1 since drafting Mahomes, head coach Andy Reid breaks camp with his troops prepared to hit the ground running. Reid is 9-1 in Week 1 since taking over in Kansas City. The Chiefs scored 44 in the opening week win over the Arizona Cardinals in 2022, and have scored at least 33 points in every opener since 2017.
Entering the arena on Thursday as the visitors, the Detroit Lions are widely expected to be in the hunt in the NFC this season following narrowly missing the playoffs in 2022. The Lions made it clear they want to be in the position the Chiefs are in, at the top of the NFL heap glaring down on challengers.
“The guys know all that. They understand that; that’s how they work,” Reid said. “They’re not going to change that part, that comes with the territory, and you’ve got to make sure you’re ready.”
Mahomes arrived to training camp with a clenched jaw, challenging teammates to fight to overcome complacency. He’s one player Reid won’t doubt is ready on Thursday. And Mahomes thrives in regular-season openers. He has five three-plus-TD games in five starts with 18 touchdowns and zero interceptions cumulatively in Week 1.
Kansas City rules the AFC West and has hosted five consecutive AFC Championship games, but even the most recent Lombardi Trophy shouldn’t be on the mind of players Thursday night, according to All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce.
“As sick as it sounds, I’m over last year. I’m ready to keep things moving forward,” Kelce said of the Super Bowl banner-raising ceremony pregame. “You know, I think it will be cool for the fans, for the Hunt Family to be able to put another banner up, and that’ll be a moment for them. For me right now, I’m focused on beating the Detroit Lions, not really focused on any of the other stuff that goes on for the first game of the year.”
Fast starts are not exactly the forte of the recent-vintage Lions.
The Lions lost a heartbreaker to eventual NFC champion Philadelphia in Week 1 last season, 38-35, and Detroit staggered to a 1-6 start before finding its footing and finishing 9-8. They didn’t win their first game in 2021 until December.
With Aaron Rodgers out of the NFC North and no clear heavyweight, the Lions are a popular pick to step to the forefront.
Lions coach Dan Campbell called Mahomes “the engine” of the Chiefs and said the only way to beat Kansas City is to make Mahomes go backward.
“Make him go backwards and never turn around where he can throw back that way. That would be about the best way to sum it up,” Campbell said. “Yeah, look, this guy is — he’s tough. That’s the easy answer to all this. He is a highly competitive, highly instinctive aware player and it all — he is the engine in this offense, everything runs through him, he makes it go.”
Detroit itself is buying into Campbell’s team, selling out season tickets to Ford Field for the first time in the history of the stadium and maintaining optimism quarterback Jared Goff and offensive coordinator Ben Johnson can keep their rhythm from the second half of last season.
“It’s fun being here in a city with all this excitement,” Goff said. “That being said, it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win. I think we all know that. I know that. I’ve been on winning teams. I’ve been on losing teams. People will continue to be excited if we continue to win. Winning fixes everything, as they say.”
Goff had 29 TD passes last season but the Lions lost most of their proven point producers from 2022. Running back Jamaal Williams scored 17 touchdowns and rushed for 1,066 yards. D’Andre Swift had five rushing touchdowns and three receiving TDs and was the second-leading receiver on the team (48 receptions) to Amon-Ra St. Brown (106 receptions, 1,161 yards).
Campbell wants his team’s success to come down to a polished and powerful offensive line and a defensive line built around 2022 No. 2 pick Aidan Hutchinson. He led the team with 9.5 sacks as a rookie.
General manager Brad Holmes selected running back Jahmyr Gibbs in the first round of the 2023 draft, bolstered the depth on the defensive line and found playmakers at positions of need in the offseason.
“We feel even more confident that we’ll be able to compete with the big dogs,” Holmes said. “There’s not a better test than that first opener. I mean, they’re the champs.”
Reid’s next win will be his 270th in the NFL, which would tie Cowboys legend Tom Landry for fourth all-time in victories as an NFL head coach.
KELCE UNCERTAIN FOR OPENER AFTER HYPEREXTENDING KNEE IN PRACTICE
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce’s status for Thursday’s season-opener against the Detroit Lions is uncertain after the star hyperextended his knee during Tuesday’s practice, head coach Andy Reid announced, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Kelce is the key pass-catcher in the reigning champion’s offense and is again set up to be Patrick Mahomes’ favorite target in 2023.
The 33-year-old produced career highs in catches (110) and touchdown receptions (12) last season while also racking up 1,338 yards. It was Kelce’s seventh straight 1,000-yard campaign, earning him his seventh All-Pro nomination and eighth Pro Bowl nod.
If Kelce is forced to miss the first game of the season, Noah Gray and Blake Bell will be the Chiefs’ two top tight ends.
Kansas City should have Kadarius Toney available after Reid said last week that the wideout is on track to play after missing most of training camp with a knee injury. Fellow receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore will likely act as Mahomes’ other top weapons.
NFL PREVIEW: DETROIT AT KANSAS CITY GAME NOTES
QB JARED GOFF passed for 4,438 yards & 29 TDs vs. 7 INTs for 99.3 rating in 2022. Has 324 consec. pass atts. without INT, 5th-longest streak in NFL history. Passed for 413 yards & had 5 TDs (4 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 117.1 rating in his only career start vs. KC (11/19/18 w/ LAR). Has 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 110.1 rating in 7 career Thursday starts. • RB JAHMYR GIBBS was selected in 1st round (No. 12 overall) in 2023 NFL Draft. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY makes Det. debut. Is 1 of 5 RBs with 1,000+ scrimmage yards & 5+ rush TDs in each of past 4 seasons. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN had career highs in catches (106), rec. yards (1,161) & rec. TDs (6) in 2022 & became 3rd player ever with 90+ receptions & 900+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 career seasons. Has 196 career catches, tied-most by player in 1st 2 seasons in NFL history. • TE SAM LAPORTA was selected in 2nd round (No. 34 overall) in 2023 NFL Draft. • DL AIDAN HUTCHINSON became 1st rookie since 1982 with 7+ sacks (9.5, most among rookies in 2022) & 3+ INTs (3). • LB JAMES HOUSTON ranked 2nd among rookies with 8 sacks in 2022 & became 3rd rookie since 1982 with sack in each of his 1st 4 career games. • LB JACK CAMPBELL was selected in 1st round (No. 18 overall) in 2023 NFL Draft. • LB MALCOLM RODRIGUEZ had 83 tackles & 8 TFL in 2022. • DB C.J. GARDNER-JOHNSON tied-1st in NFL with career-high 6 INTs with Phi. in 2022. • S KERBY JOSEPH had 74 tackles last season & became 1st rookie since 2014 with 4+ INTs (4) & 2+ FFs (2).
ALL-TIME SERIES HISTORY REG. SEASON: KC leads series, 9-5 (won past 2) POSTSEASON: — THE LAST TIME … REG. SEASON: 9/29/19: KC 34 at DET 30 POSTSEASON: —
CHIEFS can become 5th team in SB era to win 9 straight season opening games. Defending SB champion is 15-4 in Week 1 games over past 19 seasons. • QB PATRICK MAHOMES led NFL with 5,250 pass yards & 41 TD passes in 2022 & became 7th player ever to win NFL MVP & SB MVP in same season. Has 24,241 career pass yards & 192 TD passes, both 2nd-most ever by player in 1st 6 seasons. Had 315 pass yards in last meeting. Has 19 TDs (18 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 136.9 rating in 5 career starts in Week 1, with 75+ comp. pct. in each of past 4. • RB ISIAH PACHECO ranked 4th among rookies with 830 rushing yards last season & ranked 2nd with 5 rush TDs. • RB JERICK MCKINNON led RBs with 9 rec. TDs in 2022, tied most by RB in a season in SB era. • TE TRAVIS KELCE led TEs with 110 catches (2nd-most ever by TE in a season) & 1,338 rec. yards (4th-most ever by TE in a season) in 2022, with rec. TD in each of 3 playoff games. Needs 2 catches to surpass HOFer Shannon Sharpe (815) for 4th-most by TE in NFL history. Had 7 catches for 85 yards in last meeting. • WR MARQUEZ VALDES-SCANTLING had career-high 42 catches with 687 rec. yards last season. • WRs SKYY MOORE & KADARIUS TONEY each had rec. TD in SB LVII. • DT CHRIS JONES ranked tied-4th in NFL with 15.5 sacks in 2022. Had 10 sacks in 10 home games, incl. playoffs. Is 1 of 5 with 7+ sacks in each of past 5 seasons. Had sack & FR in last meeting. • LB NICK BOLTON ranked 2nd in NFL with career-high 180 tackles last season. Had FR in 2 of 3 2022 playoff games. • CB L’JARIUS SNEED was 1 of 2 players (Roquan Smith) with 100+ tackles (108), 3+ sacks (3.5) & 3+ INTs (3) last season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS
COLORADO, DUKE SURGE INTO TOP 25 AFTER HUGE UPSETS; FSU CLIMBS TO NO. 4
No. 21 Duke and No. 22 Colorado moved into the Associated Press Top 25 college football poll Tuesday after scoring the biggest upsets of the opening weekend of the season and No. 4 Florida State jumped into the top five after its resounding victory over LSU in Week 1’s marquee game.
Georgia remained No. 1 with 58 first-place votes and Michigan held steady at No. 2 with two first-place votes.
No. 3 Alabama moved up a spot and Florida State climbed four places and received the remaining three first-place votes after beating LSU, 45-24. The Seminoles are in the top five for the first time since the beginning of the 2017 season.
Ohio State rounded out the top five in the AP’s first regular-season poll of the season.
RANK TEAM RECORD
1 GEORGIA 1-0
2 MICHIGAN 1-0
3 ALABAMA 1-0
4 FLORIDA STATE 1-0
5 OHIO STATE 1-0
6 USC 2-0
7 PENN STATE 1-0
8 TENNESSEE 1-0
9 WASHINGTON 1-0
10 NOTRE DAME 2-0
11 TEXAS 1-0
12 UTAH 1-0
13 OREGON 1-0
14 LSU 0-1
15 KANSAS STATE 1-0
16 OREGON STATE 1-0
17 NORTH CAROLINA 1-0
18 OKLAHOMA 1-0
19 WISCONSIN 1-0
20 OLE MISS 1-0
21 DUKE 1-0
22 COLORADO 1-0
23 TEXAS A&M 1-0
24 TULANE 1-0
25 CLEMSON 0-1
LSU dropped nine spots to No. 15. Clemson, which was upset at Duke, fell 16 places to No. 25. TCU, which lost to Colorado, dropped all the way out of the rankings after being No. 17 in the preseason.
Colorado’s victory as a three-touchdown underdog at TCU in coach Deion’s Sanders debut was the story of the weekend, and now the Buffaloes are ranked for the first time since a brief stay in the 2020 season. The Buffs were also ranked for two weeks in 2018, but have only finished a season in the Top 25 once (2016) in the last 20 seasons.
Sanders, the former NFL star and Florida State All-American, took over a team that went 1-11 last season and did an unprecedented roster makeover, with nearly 90 new players, 58 of them transfers. The new-look Buffs came away with a 45-42 victory on the road against the program that played in the national title game last season.
The rest of the top 10 was Southern California at No. 6, followed by Penn State, Washington, Tennessee and Notre Dame.
Duke capped the long Labor Day weekend of college football by knocking off Clemson 28-7 on Monday night in Durham, North Carolina. It was the Blue Devils’ first victory against a team ranked in the top 10 since 1989 against a Clemson team ranked seventh.
In Year 2 under coach Mike Elko, perennial basketball powerhouse Duke is ranked for the first time in the AP college football poll since a one-week stint in 2018.
That season was also the last time Florida State made an appearance in the preseason Top 25. The Seminoles quickly faded that year, slipping into the worst stretch the program has had since the 1970s.
These Seminoles opened with their most impressive victory since coach Jimbo Fisher left for Texas A&M late in the 2017 season.
Coach Mike Norvell’s team broke through last season, going 10-3 and finishing No. 11 in the country. The victory over LSU was the Seminoles’ first against a team ranked in the top five since October 2014 at home against No. 5 Notre Dame.
Having Florida State near the top of the AP poll is a familiar sight, just not as much recently. The last time FSU was ranked this highly during the regular season was when it reached No. 2 in September 2016.
The Seminoles had one of the greatest stretches in college football history under coach Bobby Bowden from the late 1980s into the early 2000s. That included a record 14 straight seasons finishing in the top five and two national titles.
The Seminoles went three consecutive seasons (2019-2021) never being ranked, the longest streak of futility for the program since the mid-1970s, before turning it around in 2022.
Florida State’s top-five ranking was its 240th since 1980, second only to Alabama with 281.
Colorado’s entry gives the beleaguered Pac-12 six ranked teams, the same number it finished with last season.
SEC — 6 (Nos. 1, 3, 9, 14, 20, 23).
Pac-12 — 6 (Nos. 6, 8, 12, 13, 16, 22).
Big Ten — 4 (Nos. 2, 5, 7, 19).
ACC — 4 (Nos. 4, 17, 21, 25).
Big 12 — 3 (Nos. 11, 15, 18).
American Athletic — 1 (No. 24).
Independent — 1 (No. 10).
RANKED vs. RANKED
No. 11 Texas at No. 3 Alabama. The game in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will be the first regular-season meeting between Texas and Alabama with both ranked.
No. 20 Mississippi at No. 24 Tulane. The 64th meeting in the series will be the first since 1956 where both teams are ranked.
BIG 10 FOOTBALL WEEK 2
• All 14 Big Ten schools will be in action this weekend, highlighted by a pair of teams hosting non-conference opponents in their home openers: Northwestern and Ohio State.
• Four Big Ten teams appear in the AP Poll this week. Michigan leads the conference at No. 2, followed by No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State and No. 19 Wisconsin. Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota are all receiving votes.
• Iowa travels to Ames to take on in-state rival Iowa State this Saturday for the 70th meeting of the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series. The Hawkeyes have won six of the last seven Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchups over Iowa State. Iowa has won the last five games in Ames dating back to 2013, including a 27-17 victory over the ninth-ranked Cyclones in 2021. The five wins have come by an average of 6.8 points and two of the victories have been by three points or less. A win would give head coach Kirk Ferentz his 200th career victory, becoming just the 24 Division I coach to reach the 200-win mark.
• Michigan scored on five straight drives against East Carolina, with four of them being touchdowns, as J.J. McCarthy had his best performance in the Big House, throwing for 280 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 86.7% of his throws, which was the second highest in a single game in Michigan history, trailing only Elvis Grbac’s 20-for-22 performance against Notre Dame in 1991. The Wolverines are building on a 16-game home winning streak dating back to 2021. It is the longest home winning streak under head coach Jim Harbaugh and the program’s best since a 16-game streak from 2002-05 under coach Lloyd Carr.
• Ohio State defeated Indiana 23-3 on Saturday, marking the Buckeyes’ 28th consecutive victory over Indiana in the series, the longest winning streak in a series in the nation. The win was also the 16th consecutive for Ohio State in a season-opening game against a Big Ten Conference opponent, improving to 16-0 in such games.
• Minnesota’s Dragan Kesich kicked the game-winning 47-yard field goal with zero time remaining on the clock to break a 10-10 tie and lift the Gophers to a three-point victory against Nebraska. It was his second field goal of the game, as he opened the scoring for Minnesota with a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter. Kesich’s game-winner was Minnesota’s first walk-off field goal in regulation since 2003 when Rhys Lloyd kicked a last-second field goal to beat Wisconsin.
• Wisconsin’s Chez Mellusi ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns, Braelon Allen added 141 yards and two more scores and the Badgers started the first season of Luke Fickell’s coaching tenure with a 38-17 victory over Buffalo on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers have won 27 of their last 28 home openers and 48 of their last 50 non-conference home games overall, with their only losses coming in 2018 against BYU and last year against Washington State. It was the first sellout for a season opener at Camp Randall Stadium since 2009.
• Michigan and Purdue will look to repeat as division champions this season, as the Wolverines finished 9-0 to win the East Division and the Boilermakers finished atop the West Division standings at 6-3 in conference play.
• The 2023 campaign will feature 99 All-Big Ten honorees (first-, second-, third-team or honorable mention) selected by either the coaches or the media last season, with Ohio State leading the way with 16 all-conference returnees. The East Division welcomes back 56 all-conference players, while the West returns 43. Illinois is the only West team with double-digit all-conference returnees with 10, while each team has at least one All-Big Ten performer returning.
• The Big Ten finished last season with three teams ranked in the AP Top 25, tying for the third-most of any conference. All three teams finished in the Top 10, marking the second straight year that the conference had three top 10 teams at the end of the season. The 2023 AP Preseason Poll also featured five Big Ten teams in No. 2 Michigan, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 7 Penn State, No. 19 Wisconsin, and No. 25 Iowa, while Illinois and Minnesota are both receiving votes.
• Last season, the Big Ten posted the fifth-highest single-season attendance total in conference history with 6,333,196 fans attending home games. Excluding 2020, this marked the ninth consecutive season and 10th time in 11 seasons that more than six million fans have attended Big Ten home football games.
• This season’s Playoff Semifinals will take place Monday, January 1, 2024, at the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl. Houston will host the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday, January 8, 2024, at NRG Stadium. The College Football Playoff matches the No. 1 ranked team vs. No. 4, and No. 2 vs. No. 3 in semifinal games that rotate annually among six bowl games – the Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Vrbo Fiesta Bowl, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game.
WORLD BASKETBALL NEWS
U.S. ROUTS ITALY, ADVANCES TO FIBA WORLD CUP SEMIFINALS
Mikal Bridges scored 24 points and Tyrese Haliburton added 18 off the bench as the United States routed Italy 100-63 on Tuesday to reach the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup in Manila, Philippines.
The U.S. was coming off an upset loss to Lithuania in the World Cup on Sunday. And even though that defeat didn’t impact the Americans’ qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympics — the United States and Canada will represent the Americas region — coach Steve Kerr’s team undoubtedly took out some of that frustration on the Italians.
Team USA next will face the winner of Germany-Latvia, who play Wednesday, in the semifinals on Friday.
The Americans, led by Bridges’ 14 first-half points, took a 22-point lead into halftime.
Bridges added six rebounds, two steals and a block as the Americans outrebounded Italy 51-33.
Kerr employed a halfcourt trap that kept the Italians off balance as they hit just 30.7 percent of their shot attempts, including 18.4 percent from three-point range.
“Just a great defensive effort,” Kerr said after the game. “Our guys got after it right from the beginning, put pressure on and kept the pressure on. The next group came in, did the same thing, and it was our best defensive effort of the tournament to this point. And that’s what it’s going to take to win two more games.”
The Americans, by contrast, shot 53.7 percent from the field, with a blistering 47.2 percent from three.
Bridges and Halliburton were a combined 14-of-20, including 10-of-14 from long range.
Utah Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio led Italy with 18 points.
Austin Reaves added 12 for the United States.
DENNY HAMLIN SIGNS MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH JOE GIBBS RACING
Denny Hamlin is sticking with Joe Gibbs Racing and the No. 11 Toyota.
The team announced Monday that Hamlin signed a multi-year contract extension to remain part of the team. Terms were not announced.
“Joe Gibbs Racing has been my home for almost 20 years now,” Hamlin said in a news release. “My relationship with Joe, my team and everyone at JGR means a lot to me. We have accomplished so much together over the years. I’m excited to finally announce this so we can put all our focus on chasing the championship.”
Hamlin has 50 NASCAR Cup Series wins, each of them coming with the Gibbs team. All 641 of his series starts since he entered the NASCAR circuit in 2005 have been in a Joe Gibbs Racing car.
“It is amazing to think it has been almost 20 years since … we signed him to that first contract,” Gibbs said. “He has been a big part of Joe Gibbs Racing ever since then and we look forward to that continuing for years to come.”
Hamlin will drive Sunday in the Hollywood Casino 400 at the Kansas Speedway. Chasing his first Cup series title, he is fifth in the playoff standings.
The 42-year-old driver has two wins this season, at Kansas and Pocono Raceway.
Hamlin also co-owns the 23XI Racing team with Michael Jordan.
BEN SHELTON TOPS FRANCES TIAFOE AT THE US OPEN FOR HIS FIRST SLAM SEMIFINAL. NOVAK DJOKOVIC IS NEXT
NEW YORK (AP) Ben Shelton is still just 20, still new to this whole professional tennis thing. He is equipped with a tremendously good serve, but don’t think he can’t come through in other ways when it matters the most.
On a muggy night in which, yes, he hit 14 aces but also hit 11 double-faults, Shelton used one blink-and-you-missed-it booming return to save a set point in the pivotal tiebreaker and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal by edging Frances Tiafoe 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 at the U.S. Open in a back-and-forth contest filled with huge hitting by both.
“Sometimes you’ve got to shut off the brain, close your eyes and just swing,” Shelton said about his forehand return winner off an 83 mph second serve that prevented Tiafoe from taking a two-sets-to-one lead. “Some may say ‘clutch,’ but I don’t know about all that.”
“An unbelievable return from way back there,” he acknowledged. “Come on. That’s unheard-of stuff.”
Two missed shots by Tiafoe later, that set belonged to Shelton. He broke to begin the fourth and never looked back.
“End of that third set is when I really had to dig deep,” said Shelton, the youngest man from the United States in the U.S. Open semifinals since Michael Chang was 20 in 1992.
The matchup, which began in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday evening and ended after midnight on Wednesday, was the first major quarterfinal between two African-American men in the Open era, which dates to 1968.
“It’s great with two people of color going at it. Obviously a historic moment,” Tiafoe said. “But ultimately, once you get out there, you just want to win.”
It was also the first U.S. Open quarterfinal since 2005 between two men from the host country, which hasn’t claimed a Slam trophy in men’s singles since Andy Roddick won at Flushing Meadows two years prior to that.
The crowd seemed to have a tough time deciding for whom to cheer, prodding both players at various points of the often even matchup.
Shelton will face Novak Djokovic on Friday for a berth in the final. Djokovic, a 36-year-old from Serbia, reached his record 47th Grand Slam semifinal, breaking a tie with Roger Federer for the most by a man, by defeating Taylor Fritz 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Asked whether he knew whom he’d play next, Shelton smiled and said, knowingly, “He’s won maybe 23 of these? Something like that?” – referring to Djokovic’s total number of major championships. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Both the unseeded Shelton and No. 10 seed Tiafoe, a 25-year-old from Maryland who was a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows a year ago, wore sleeveless muscle shirts. Shelton’s was mostly black with fuchsia down the left side; Tiafoe’s was green with a multi-colored mix of colors on the front that Coco Gauff described as “confetti.”
Both were soaked by sweat throughout, because although the temperature had slid from the 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) of the afternoon to about 82 F (28 C) by nighttime, the humidity rose to 70%.
“I’m thinking to myself as I’m walking to get my towel in the fourth set, and it’s like, ‘This is the greatest moment on the tennis court of my life, and I’m in a lot of pain physically,’” Shelton said. “But I’m loving it. I think that was just kind of the story of today.”
Both hit the ball hard. So hard. But Shelton was the one drawing “ooohs” and “aaahs” from the crowd with his every-bit-of-strength lefty forehands that topped 100 mph and serves that zoomed even faster. An ace at 138 mph – he reached 149 mph twice in a fourth-round win against another American, No. 14 Tommy Paul – generated a loud reaction from spectators, as well as a “Yeah!” from the excitable Shelton himself.
“He was able to hit through the ball better than I was,” Tiafoe said.
It was Tiafoe, the one with a tad more experience, whose game was littered with mistakes early. A double-fault here, a flubbed over-the-shoulder volley that bounced way in front of the net there.
Maybe he just was unaccustomed to being the one in the favorite’s role at this stage of a Slam.
“It’s a different seat to be in. Obviously Ben really wanted to win. Ben came out and played with a lot of energy,” Tiafoe said. “Obviously a lot of times (when) I play late in tournaments, I’ve been the underdog, so I just go out and play. Kind of like how Ben did – play and swing and do whatever you want.”
When Tiafoe pushed a forehand long to cede the match’s first break, Shelton yelled and looked over at his guest box, where his father – former pro Bryan, who coached Ben to NCAA team and individual titles at the University of Florida and now coaches him on tour – jumped to his feet.
A 127 mph service winner off Shelton’s racket ended the first set, and he again stared at his box and held the pose for a few seconds.
Shelton celebrated taking the third set by leaning over and pointing to his ear, asking for more noise from the fans, then tapped his chest as he walked to the sideline. Soon enough, he was breaking to get going in the fourth set. In all, he won seven of Tiafoe’s service games.
And when the match ended, Shelton used his hand to pretend it was holding a phone and pantomimed chatting, before hanging up the “call.”
COCO GAUFF REACHES HER FIRST US OPEN SEMIFINAL AT 19. BEN SHELTON GETS TO HIS FIRST AT 20
NEW YORK (AP) Coco Gauff knows what it takes to reach a Grand Slam final. Been there, done that. What she hasn’t experienced is winning a major championship. So her first trip to the semifinals at the U.S. Open does not leave her satisfied at all, no matter how dominant the performance was that got her to that stage.
“The dreams never came with the people in the stands and autographs. That was never in the dreams,” the 19-year-old from Florida said. “It was just, like, the trophy.”
That hardware is getting closer. Gauff dealt just fine with the heat, the humidity and a big-hitting opponent to defeat Jelena Ostapenko 6-0, 6-2 on Tuesday, becoming the first American teenager to reach the final four at Flushing Meadows since Serena Williams in 2001.
“Even though (by) the semifinals, (in) theory, if you want to win, there’s two matches left, you can’t think like that,” the sixth-seeded Gauff said. “I’m still in the mindset that I’m in the beginning of the tournament. That’s what I have learned in the past (from) being in quarterfinals: Before, I would think, ‘Close to the end.’ But right now, I have the mentality that I told myself, ‘I still have another two weeks to play.’ So that’s where my mind is at. Then, obviously when it’s over, it’s over. But right now, I’m just saying, ‘Another two weeks.’”
This was the 16th victory in her past 17 matches for Gauff, who will face No. 10 Karolina Muchova of the Czech Republic on Thursday. Muchova, who made it to the French Open final in June, also used a terrific start – saving the nine break points she faced in the opening set, all in one game – to get past No. 30 Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-0, 6-3 at night.
A year ago at this time, Muchova was ranked 235th and exited the U.S. Open in the first round. But she showed off every bit of the variety she possesses to accumulate a 32-12 advantage in winners against Cirstea, who was appearing in her first Slam quarterfinal since 2009.
For Gauff, a first-round exit at Wimbledon in July sure feels like ages ago.
She reached the final at Roland Garros last year, but lost that title match to Iga Swiatek; they could have met again in the U.S. Open quarterfinals. But Swiatek didn’t make it, instead losing to Ostapenko in the fourth round. That defeat not only ended Swiatek’s title defense but also meant she will relinquish her spot at No. 1 in the WTA rankings to Aryna Sabalenka next week.
“I was shocked,” Gauff said.
When she is on the mark, as she was Sunday night against Swiatek, 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko, a 26-year-old from Latvia, can be as challenging an opponent as there is, because she goes for broke on nearly every stroke. If the balls land in, she is in business. When they don’t, she is in trouble.
She finished with 36 unforced errors Tuesday; Gauff had 14.
“Honestly,” said Ostapenko, who beat Gauff at the Australian Open in January, “I was expecting a little bit more from her today.”
Ostapenko complained that she had a short turnaround because that victory over Swiatek ended so late and then the Gauff match was so early – it began shortly after noon, with the temperature at 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius) and the humidity above 50%, prompting a rule change about the use of the roofs on the two largest arenas.
“I was pretty sure (I was) going to play at night session, because that’s what they told me,” Ostapenko said. “When the schedule came out, I saw I’m playing first match and was, like, ‘Wow, that’s a little bit strange scheduling.’”
Tournament referee Jake Garner said Ostapenko’s team did not request – and was not informed she would receive – a late start.
“She certainly wasn’t told anything from me or anybody on the referee’s staff. There’s always conversations between coaches, players to the referee’s, team tournament management, about the schedule, but I don’t believe that she was promised anything about specifically when she would play,” Garner said. “And that would be very unusual for anybody to be promised anything that far in advance.”
In men’s action, Ben Shelton, a 20-year-old American, reached his first Grand Slam semifinal, and now meets 23-time major champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia.
The unseeded Shelton beat No. 10 Frances Tiafoe 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-2 at night in the first Grand Slam quarterfinal between two African-American men in the Open era. Djokovic got past No. 9 Taylor Fritz of the U.S. 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
Gauff, naturally, had the pro-American crowd on her side. They applauded and yelled for her even before she stepped out on court, reacting when she was shown on the arena’s video screens during a prematch TV interview.
The roars crescendoed when Gauff was introduced before play began.
And once it did, she got off to about as good a start as possible, grabbing 12 of the initial 15 points for a 3-0 lead after just 10 minutes.
Gauff didn’t need to try to force things. To her credit, she didn’t. What she did do was use her instincts, smarts and speed to get to Ostapenko’s best groundstrokes and send them back over to the other side. That exemplary defense would extend points, more often than not, until Ostapenko erred.
“Today was the best match I’ve played, for sure,” Gauff said, “even though it wasn’t how I like to play.”
BIG 10 VOLLEYBALL
PENN STATE, MICHIGAN STATE, MARYLAND AND PURDUE CLAIM WEEKLY VOLLEYBALL HONORS
ROSEMONT, Ill. (Sept. 5, 2023) – The Big Ten Conference has announced this week’s Volleyball Weekly Awards for the week of August 28 – September 3.
Offensive Player of the Week
Jess Mruzik, Penn State
Sr. – Outside Hitter – Livonia, Mich. – Farmington Hills Mercy – Major: Master’s in Business Adminstration
- Hit .345 with 53 kills, 14 digs, eight blocks and three aces as No. 12 Penn State went 3-0 at the PSU Invitational with wins over No. 22 Western Kentucky, Colgate and James Madison
- Reached 1,000 career kills in the second set of the win over Colgate
- Closed the tournament with a 26-kill performance against James Madison, the most by a Nittany Lion in a match since 2018, and the program’s top mark in a four-set match sicne the 25-point rally scoring era began in 2008
- Last Penn State Player of the Week: Kashauna Williams (9/12/22)
Defensive Player of the Week
Nalani Iosia, Michigan State
Sr. – Libero – Long Beach, Calif. – Redondo Union – Major: Sociology
- Named the Most Valuable Player of the inaugural Kathy DeBoer Invitational where the Spartans went 3-0 on the weekend
- Recorded 20+ digs in two-of-three matches, averaging 5.22/set
- Last Michigan State Defensive Player of the Week: Jayme Cox (9/3/19)
Setter of the Week
Sydney Dowler, Maryland
Sr. – Setter – Oconomowoc, Wis. – Green Hope – Major: Cell Biology & Genetics
- Led the Terrapins in assists in all three matches at the Kristin Dickmann Invitational, averaging 10.8/set
- Became the sixth player in Maryland history to reach the 2,500 assist milestone
- Last Maryland Setter of the Week: Sydney Dowler (10/17/22)
Freshman of the Week
Chloe Chicoine, Purdue
Fr. – Outside Hitter – Lafayette, Ind. – McCutcheon – Major: Business Management and Kinesiology
- Recorded back-to-back double-doubles to help lead No. 20 Purdue to wins over No. 23 Kansas and No. 19 Marquette
- Led all players with 21 kills in the win over Kansas, and ranked second on the team with 2.30 digs/set during the weekend
- Last Purdue Freshman of the Week: Eva Hudson (11/28/22)
BIG 10 WOMEN’S SOCCER
NEBRASKA, IOWA, MINNESOTA, MARYLAND NET WEEKLY WOMEN’S SOCCER HONORS
Offensive Player of the Week
Eleanor Dale, Nebraska
Sr. – F – Billingham, Eng. – Major: Criminology, Criminal Justice
• Tallied a pair or braces last week, in wins over Missouri and Kansas State
• Notched four goals, as the Huskers recorded two clean sheets
• Garners her first Offensive Player of the Week award
• Last Nebraska Offensive Player of the Week: Faith Carter (Sept. 28, 2018)
Defensive Player of the Week
Samantha Cary, Iowa
Gr. – D – St. Charles, Mo. – Frances Howell North – Major: Sports Media
• Anchored a defensive effort that posted two shutouts last week
• Surrendered just five shots on goal in a win over Mississippi State before holding SEMO without a shot
• Earns her first Defensive Player of the Week award
• Last Iowa Defensive Player of the Week: Sara Wheaton (Aug. 21, 2021)
Goalkeeper of the Week
Megan Plaschko, Minnesota
Gr. – GK – Eagan, Minn. – Eagan – Major: Marketing, Communication Studies
• Notched eight saves in a 0-0 draw at No. 22 Georgia
• Saw 171 minutes of scoreless action in two matches, extending her personal scoreless streak to 318 minutes
• Earns fifth Goalkeeper of the Week honor
• Last Minnesota Goalkeeper of the Week: Megan Plaschko (Oct. 11, 2022)
Freshman of the Week
Kennedy Bell, Maryland
D – Charlotte, N.C. – Hough – Major: Kinesiology
• Assisted on the game-winning goal to give the Terps their first win of the season
• Played the full 90 minutes as Maryland recorded a pair of clean sheets
• Earns her first Freshman of the Week honor
• Last Maryland Freshman of the Week: Tahirah Turnage (Sept. 20, 2022)
BIG 10 MEN’S SOCCER
PENN STATE SWEEPS WEEKLY MEN’S SOCCER AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Week
Alex Stevenson, Penn State
Gr. – M – Bel Air, Md. – C. Milton Wright – Major: Recreation, Park & Tourism Management
• Paired a goal and an assist as Penn State went 1-0-1 on the week
• Assisted on the 89th minute goal that gave the Nittany Lions a 1-1 draw against No. 1 Syracuse
• Garners his first Offensive Player of the Week award
• Last Penn State Offensive Player of the Week: Liam Butts (Oct. 11, 2022)
Defensive Player of the Week
Kris Shakes, Penn State
Gr. – GK – Parkland, Fla. – YSC Academy – Major: Journalism
• Tallied nine saves as the Nittany Lions went 1-0-1 on the week
• Recorded four stops in a 1-1 draw with No. 1 Syracuse
• Earns his third Defensive Player of the Week award and second of the season
• Last Penn State Defensive Player of the Week: Kris Shakes (Aug. 29, 2023)
RIVER STATES CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK AWARDS SELECTED FOR AUG. 28-SEPT. 3
Alderton picks up RSC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Breanna Alderton from Brescia (Ky.) University is the River States Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
A senior from Owensboro, Ky., Alderton placed third of 84 runners at the Centre-Berea Jamboree to begin the season. That was with a time of 14 minutes, 27 seconds in the 4K race.
That performance crushed the previous school record for a 4K of 16:09.
Windelband selected RSC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Point Park (Pa.) University’s Jannik Windelband garnered River States Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
Windelband, a junior from Germany, placed ninth of 106 runners at the NCAA Division I-hosted St. Francis (Pa.) Invitational. He ran the 6K race in 19 minutes, 58 seconds to register a Top 10.
Seven of the eight runners ahead of Windelband were from NCAA Division I. He led the Pioneers to fourth place of 10 teams with four runners in the Top 25.
Hernandez named RSC Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Marc Hernandez from WVU Tech earned River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
The freshman midfielder from Spain tallied five points in two games on the week. Hernandez had two goals and an assist as the Golden Bears went 1-1.
WVU Tech beat No. 8 Georgia Gwinnett, 2-1, with Hernandez providing an assist. He had two goals in a 6-5 loss to Lawrence Tech (Mich.).
Felix garners RSC Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Luka Felix from WVU Tech was chosen as River States Conference Men’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
A sophomore goalkeeper from Portugal, Felix got the victory in goal for a 2-1 win over No. 8-ranked Georgia Gwinnett. He made five saves in that game during 90 minutes of action.
Felix made four saves in an earlier loss to Lawrence Tech (Mich.), 6-5.
Hann selected RSC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Brescia (Ky.) University midfielder Geneva Hann picked up River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
Hann, a sophomore, came up big with the game-winning goal in the Bearcats’ 1-0 victory over No. 16-ranked Grace (Ind.). Hann tucked a ball just under the crossbar from 22 yards out. It came with just five minutes left to win the game.
Greenwell earns RSC Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Ashby Greenwell from Brescia (Ky.) University is the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
A junior goalkeeper, Greenwell made 22 saves and gave up just one goal in two games on the week. The big highlight was 12 saves in a 1-0 upset victory over No. 16 Grace (Ind.).
Despite 10 saves from Greenwell, the Bearcats dropped a 1-0 result to Goshen (Ind.). Greenwell played all 180 minutes in goal on the week.
Lyons named RSC Volleyball Setter of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University Kokomo senior Kaley Lyons was selected the River States Conference Volleyball Setter of the Week for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
A native of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Lyons tallied 94 assists in four matches for the Cougars. She averaged 6.27 assists per set in a 6-2 offense. She also totaled 46 digs for 3.07 per set.
Lyons put up 24 assists and 12 digs in a 3-1 win over No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.). She also had 21 assists and 10 digs in a sweep of RV Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and a third double-double with 16 assists and 15 digs despite a 3-0 loss to No. 13 Bellevue (Neb.).
Smith picked for RSC Volleyball Defender of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Alyvia Smith from Indiana University Kokomo is the River States Conference Volleyball Defender of the Week for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
Smith, a senior libero from Muncie, Ind., averaged 5.73 digs per set in four matches on the week. She totaled 86 digs and posted a passing rating above 2.0 for the weekend.
IU Kokomo was 2-2 with Smith getting 24 digs in a 3-1 win over No. 14 Ottawa (Kan.). She had 15 digs in a sweep of RV Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) and 19 digs in a three-set loss to No. 13 Bellevue (Neb.).
Zuege selected RSC Volleyball Attacker of the Week
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Hannah Zuege from St. Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College is the River States Conference Volleyball Attacker of the Week for Aug. 28-Sept. 3.
Zuege, a senior outside hitter, put up an attacking percentage of .482 in five matches on the week. She totaled 62 kills with the Pomeroys going 5-0. She also had 22 digs and eight blocks on the week.
Zuege had 16 kills and a .714 percentage in a sweep of Health Sciences. Other big performances were 13 kills and a .571 clip in a sweep of Goshen and 13 kills with a .458 march in three sets over Brescia (Ky.).
TOP INDIANA PRESS RELEASES
COLTS RELEASE UNOFFICIAL DEPTH CHART FOR WEEK 1 GAME VS. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
» WR: Michael Pittman Jr.
» LT: Bernhard Raimann, Ryan Hayes
» LG: Quenton Nelson
» C: Ryan Kelly, Wesley French
» RG: Will Fries, Josh Sills
» RT: Braden Smith, Blake Freeland
» TE: Mo Alie-Cox, Drew Ogletree
» TE: Kylen Granson, Will Mallory
» WR: Josh Downs, Isaiah McKenzie
» WR: Alec Pierce
» QB: Anthony Richardson, Garnder Minshew, Sam Ehlinger
» RB: Zack Moss, Deon Jackson, Evan Hull
- During Monday’s media availability, Shane Steichen said that he plans on taking a running-back-by-committee approach but did mention that if anyone was playing particularly well, they would ‘ride the hot hand.’
- Anthony Richardson and Josh Downs are both atop of the depth chart as rookies.
» DE: Kwity Paye, Tyquan Lewis, Jake Martin
» DT: DeForest Buckner, Taven Bryan
» NT: Grover Stewart, Eric Johnson II, Adetomiwa Adebawore
» DE: Samson Ebukam, Dayo Odeyingbo, Isaiah Land
» WLB: Shaquille Leonard, Grant Stuard
» MLB: Zaire Franklin, Segun Olubi
» SAM: E.J. Speed, Cameron McGrone
» CB: Darrell Baker Jr., JuJu Brents
» FS: Rodney Thomas II, Trevor Denbow
» SS: Julian Blackmon, Nick Cross
» N: Kenny Moore II, Tony Brown
» CB: Dallis Flowers, Jaylon Jones
- Last season, Zaire Franklin set a new franchise record in tackles with 167.
- Sunday will be Samson Ebukam’s first game after signing with the team back in March as a free agent. He had a career-high five sacks last season with the San Francisco 49ers.
- Dallis Flowers and Darrell Baker Jr. have maintained their spot high on the cornerback depth chart throughout training camp and the preseason.
» P: Rigoberto Sanchez
» PK: Matt Gay, Lucas Havrisik
» H: Rigoberto Sanchez
» LS: Luke Rhodes
» KR: Dallis Flowers, Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs
» PR: Dallis Flowers, Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Downs
- Last season, Dallis Flowers was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s (PFWA) 2022 All-Rookie Team after leading the NFL in yards per kickoff return (31.1).
INDIANS SNAP SIX-GAME SLIDE BEHIND MARTIN AND KOCH EIGHTH-INNING JACKS
INDIANAPOLIS – Mason Martin and Grant Koch launched back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning, and Canaan Smith-Njigba and Nick Gonzales recorded four hits apiece to lift the Indianapolis Indians to a thrilling 8-6 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Tuesday night at Victory Field.
With two deficits already erased, the Indians (60-71, 27-30) broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth with one-out solo shots by Martin – his first of the season with Indy – and Koch. One out later, Gonzales singled for his fourth hit of the night ahead of a walk to Jared Triolo, setting up the fourth run-scoring hit of the game by Smith-Njigba.
Wil Crowe (W, 1-0), who pitched around two singles in a scoreless eighth, surrendered a leadoff home run to Eddys Leonard in the ninth. He then escaped a bases-loaded jam on a fly ball caught by left fielder Ryan Vilade on the warning track in left-center. The victory ended Indy’s season-high tying six-game losing streak.
Indianapolis struck first in the opening frame against Sean Guenther. Gonzales reached on an infield single and took third on a double by Triolo before both hustled home on a two-run single off the bat of Smith-Njigba. The Mud Hens (63-69, 30-28) pulled even in the second on a two-run homer by Dillon Dingler and grabbed a 4-2 lead midway through on a sacrifice fly by Nick Maton in the fourth and two-out RBI single by Michael Papierski in the fifth.
Gonzales and Triolo sparked another Indy rally in the bottom of the fifth with two outs, reaching on an infield single and walk to set up Smith-Njigba’s second run-scoring knock of the night. Domingo Leyba tied the game moments later with an RBI single of his own.
The Mud Hens and Indians traded runs in the seventh to keep the score level. Ryan Kriedler drove in Leonard with a sacrifice fly, and Smith-Njigba rocked another RBI single to plate Gonzales following his one-out triple.
Sawyer Gipson-Long (L, 2-3) was charged with four earned runs on five hits in 1.2 innings of relief.
Smith-Njigba padded his team lead in stolen bases with two swipes to go with his four hits and five RBI. He tied single-game bests for his career in all three categories. Gonzales also tied career highs with four runs and four hits.
Martin and Koch’s blasts in the eighth marked the seventh time this season in which the Indians have hit back-to-back home runs and first since Alika Williams and Chris Owings accomplished the feat on June 23 vs. Columbus.
The Indians and Mud Hens continue their six-game series on Wednesday at 6:35 PM ET. RHP Roansy Contreras (0-0, 2.81) is slated to start for Indy against LHP Zach Logue (3-8, 6.45).
GAME RECAP: SKY BEAT FEVER ON TUESDAY NIGHT
INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Fever (12-26) fell to the Chicago Sky, 96-69, on Tuesday night in the final matchup between the two teams this season. The Sky gained the lead at the 8:06 mark in the first quarter and never trailed again.
Indiana was led by forward NaLyssa Smith’s 16 points on 6-of-15 shooting and seven rebounds on the night. Kelsey Mitchell followed behind with 10 points and two assists, while Emma Cannon came off the bench to also contribute 10 points.
Rookie guard Grace Berger dished out a career-high six assists to go along with six rebounds and four points. Maya Caldwell tied a season-high six points, while Aliyah Boston, Victoria Vivians and Erica Wheeler also pitched in six points a piece.
After Mitchell netted the first bucket of the game 30 seconds after tipoff, Chicago went on to lead Indiana on an 11-0 run through the next five minutes. Mitchell supported the Fever comeback effort with seven points in the first frame. The Sky led the Fever, 18-9, at the end of the quarter.
Following the lowest-scoring first quarter of the season, the Fever opened the second frame 6-of-6 from the floor and closed the deficit to five points on one occasion. Smith led the way for Indiana by notching 11 points on 4-of-4 shooting from the court, while Wheeler added four points on a 2-of-2 shooting clip. Indiana closed the second frame shooting 66.7 percent (10-of-15) from the floor but trailed Chicago, 49-34, at halftime.
Chicago started the second half shooting 5-of-5 from the floor and eventually led the Fever on a 15-4 scoring run in the third frame. In the fourth quarter, Indiana shot 50 percent from the court (6-of-12) and tied the Sky, 20-20, in scoring, highlighted by Cannon’s six points.
For the Sky, Chicago’s four scorers who ended the night in double-figures were led by Kahleah Copper’s 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor. Copper also netted four 3-pointers on six attempts to guide Chicago to tying its season-high 14 completed 3-pointers.
Marina Mabrey and Courtney Williams both added 17 points in the win. Williams also pulled down a team-high eight rebounds, while Mabrey led the team with six assists. In addition, Robyn Parks added 11 points.
The Fever play the final road game of the regular season on Friday at the Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. ET. Friday’s game will be broadcast on ION.
INDIANA FOOTBALL NOTES VS. INDIANA STATE
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana will host Indiana State for the seventh time in program history on Friday night at 7 p.m. on Big Ten Network. All seven
meetings between the two programs have come inside Memorial Stadium (55,250; Field Turf).
• The Hoosiers are 6-0 all-time against the Sycamores, with the last meeting coming in 2014, a 28-10 victory for Indiana. That
game capped a string of three straight seasons the teams played.
• Indiana State head coach Curt Mallory is the son of Indiana’s all-time winningest head coach Bill Mallory, who coached
the Hoosiers from 1984-96. The elder Mallory piled up 69 victories and coached the Hoosiers to six of the program’s 13 bowl
• Friday’s game will mark the sixth time in program history that IU has played under Friday night lights. The Hoosiers have played
just two prior Friday contests at Memorial Stadium, the last a thrilling 23-20 victory over Illinois to open the 2022 campaign.
• Since the FCS (former Division I-AA) was formed in 1978, Indiana is 16-1 against opponents from the division. The Hoosiers have
won 13 straight games, including all four games versus FCS teams under head coach Tom Allen.
NEWS & NOTES
• IU opened a season with a Big Ten foe for the fifth time in Tom Allen’s seven campaigns and each of the last fourth seasons.
Allen has faced Ohio State twice (2017 & 2023), Penn State (2020), Iowa (2021) and Illinois (2021) to open the season as the
Hoosiers frontman. Four of those five games have come at home.
• Redshirt senior Aaron Casey tied a career-high 11 tackles on Saturday versus Ohio State in the season opener. It was Casey’s
fifth career double-digit tackle game and equaled his career best total versus Rutgers (10/22) in 2022.
• Sophomore Jaylin Lucas entered the 2023 season at No. 2 on the career kickoff return touchdowns charts at Indiana. The only
true freshman in the FBS with multiple kickoff return touchdowns in 2022, Lucas needs just 149 kickoff return yards to enter the
top-15 all-time at Indiana.
• The Hoosier roster features 24 transfer scholarship student-athletes for the 2023 season and a total of 36 scholarship newcomers,
which is among the most in the FBS. The eight returning starters are among a handful of FBS programs with single-digit returning
starters entering 2023.
• Head coach Tom Allen joined a select group of coaches in IU history with his 30th career victory as the Hoosiers’ head coach. Of
the 30 wins, 12 have come in one possession games, including a 4-1 mark in overtime contests.
• The Indiana special teams units blocked multiple kicks in a year for the second straight season in 2022. Special teams
coordinator Kasey Teegardin’s crew blocked three field goals in 2022 to give his unit nine blocked kicks in the last five seasons.
INDIANA WOMEN’S GOLF
INDIANA PLACES SEVENTH AT BOILERMAKER CLASSIC
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Indiana Hoosiers women’s golf team finished seventh at the Purdue Boilermaker Classic played at the Kampen-Cosler Course over Labor Day Weekend with a 54-hole score of 884 (298-294-292; +20).
The seventh-place finish marked the best finish by the Hoosiers in a season-opening tournament since opening the 2019-20 campaign at seventh in the Branch/McGuire Invitational.
Purdue Boilermaker Classic • West Lafayette, Ind.
Par 72 • 6299 yards
Live Results: SpikeMark
Team Standings: 7th/14 – 884 (298-294-292; +20)
Top Indiana Player: Chloe Johnson – 217 (75-74-68; +1) & Faith Johnson – 217 (73-73-71; +1)
• Sophomore Chloe Johnson fired a three-round total of 217 (75-74-68; +1) to secure a t-12th-place finish. She recorded three birdies in each of the first two rounds with conversions on No. 8, No. 11, and No. 13 in the opening frame and No. 2, No. 16, and No. 17 in the back-half of day one. The Furman transfer turned in a masterful final round with a team-best six birdies. Her scorecard of 68 is tied for the 13th-lowest score in program history.
• Sophomore Faith Johnson posted a score 217 (73-73-71; +1) to finish t-12th overall. The Evansville native sank birdie putts on No. 1, No. 8, and No. 13 in the first round. Her second round consisted of birdie makes on No. 10 and No. 13, and she added birdies on No. 6, No. 12, and No. 13 in the final frame.
• Redshirt senior Caroline Smith placed t-30th with a 54-hole scorecard of 222 (72-73-77; +6). Her opening-round 72 was the lowest round played by a Hoosier on day one and featured a pair of birdie conversions on No. 1 and No. 13. The Wake Forest transfer posted a birdie on No. 15 in the second round and on No. 10 in the final round.
• Fifth-year senior Caroline Craig finished t-51st overall after shooting a 228 (78-74-76; +12) for the tournament. The Georgia transfer birdied 13, 14, and 15 in the opening round before tallying her lone birdie on No. 10 in the second round. She nabbed a pair of birdie putts on No. 11 and No. 14 in the third round.
• Freshman Nicole Kolbas shot a 231 (80-74-77; +15) to finish t-66th. She knocked in two birdie conversions in each round, including No. 6 and No. 8 over the first 18 holes, No. 1 and No. 4 in the second round, and No. 1 and No. 15 on the final day.
• Redshirt sophomore Maddie May, playing as an individual, ended her weekend at 233 (78-74-81; +22) to tie for 70th place. The Ole Miss transfer holed out one birdie (No. 5) in the opening round before carding three birdies in each of the final two rounds of play.
HOOSIERS IN THE STANDINGS
t-12. Chloe Johnson – 217 (75-74-68; +1)
t-12. Faith Johnson – 217 (73-73-71; +1)
t-30. Caroline Smith – 222 (72-73-77; +6)
t-51. Caroline Craig – 228 (78-74-76; +12)
t-66. Nicole Kolbas – 231 (80-74-77; +15)
t-70. Maddie May – 233 (78-74-81; +22)
Indiana will return to the golf course for the Wisconsin Badger Invitational played from Sept. 17-19 at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis.
PURDUE MEN’S GOLF
BOILERMAKERS FINISH THIRD AT STRONG ERIN HILLS FIELD
HARTFORD, Wis. – The Purdue men’s golf team couldn’t hold off a strong Chattanooga charge in today’s final round and finished tied for third at the Marquette Intercollegiate.
The Boilermakers led after the first and second rounds, but couldn’t hold on for their first win of the season in the season-opening event.
Chattanooga fired a final-round, 3-under par 285 to win by three shots with an 11-over par 875 (296-294-285). California was second at 14-over par, while Purdue (287-296-296=879) and Texas A&M finished tied for third at 15-over par 879.
Cincinnati rounded out the top five at 17-over par.
Herman Sekne started his season off on the right foot with a fifth-place finish at 1-under par 215 (74-73-68). His final-round 68 was the second-lowest round all week, and marked his ongoing school-record 26th career round in the 60s.
Sekne now ranks fifth all-time in career top-10 finishes with 14, coming in just 28 career events. He owns nine career top-five showings.
Playing as an individual, Luke Prall recorded his first career top-10 finish with a sixth-place finish at even-par 216 (70-71-75).
Nels Surtani finished tied for 12th at 3-over par 219 (70-71-78). Nick Dentino was tied for 22nd at 7-over par 223 (75-73-75).
Sam Easterbrook (71-81-76=228) and Peyton Snoeberger (72-79-77=228) tied for 43rd.
As individuals, Kentaro Nanayama (77-75-75=227) and Kent Hsiao (76-73-78=227) were tied for 40th at 11-over par.
Purdue’s next action comes Sept. 15-17 at the loaded Olympia Fields Invitational at Olympia Fields Country Club.
PURDUE WOMEN’S GOLF
WOMEN’S GOLF WINS BOILERMAKER CLASSIC TO START THE SEASON
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue Women’s Golf protected its home course, starting the 2023-24 season by beating 14 other teams to win the Boilermaker Classic. The Boilermakers finished the 54-hole event 12-under par (296-270-286—852) on the Kampen-Cosler Course at the Birck Boilermaker Complex, six shots ahead of runner-up Alabama.
After building a lead thanks to a school-record 270 (-18) in the second round, Purdue posted another under-par round (-2) to remain atop the leaderboard and capture the team title. The 54-hole team total matched the fourth-lowest score in school history alongside the Boilermakers’ performance at the 2008 Indiana Invitational.
Once again, senior Kan Bunnabodee paced Purdue with a final round 69 (-3) to finish runner-up on the individual leaderboard at 9-under. Her 207 (75-63-69) matched her career low and tied for the third-best 54-hole total in program history with the help of a school-record 63 in the second round. Bunnabodee earned her best performance as a Boilermaker and the fifth Top 10 of her career.
Speaking of Top 10, Jocelyn Bruch cracked the Top 10 for the first time in her career. She placed sixth with a career-low 212 (69-69-74), breaking her previous best by five strokes. The Carmel, Indiana, native only made three miscues throughout the three rounds, and she broke 70 for the first time with consecutive 69s.
Momo Sugiyama finished another tournament in red figures, firing a 215 (-1) with a 69 sandwiched in between rounds of 73. Starting her second season as a Boilermaker, she recorded her fourth Top 10, tying for ninth on the individual leaderboard.
Ashley Kozlowski tied for 22nd, her tournament highlighted by a second round 69. The senior contributed to the team score during the final round as well, firing a 73 that included a trio of birdies.
Playing in her first tournament as a Boilermaker, Natasha Kiel saved her best round for last with a 1-under 71. The Vanderbilt transfer made a team-high four birdies throughout the final round, including back-to-back birdies on the par-4 15th and the par-5 16th. The under-par round vaulted her 25 spots up the leaderboard and into a tie for 37th.
Freshman Jasmine Kahler competed as an individual, wrapping up the tournament on her 18th birthday. She tied for 22nd at 5-over, which included an even-par 72 in the second round. Lana Malek, another Purdue freshman, also debuted and tied for 30th on the individual leaderboard (+6). The Hoce, Slovenia, native had her best round at the start of the tournament, also a 72.
Purdue won its second tournament under Zack Byrd, who began his second season as head coach of the Boilermakers. The last time Purdue won tournaments in consecutive seasons occurred during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 campaigns.
Up next, the Boilermakers hit the road for the first time this season. Purdue travels to East Lansing, Michigan for the Mary Fossum Invitational (Sept. 17-18), hosted by Michigan State.
2. Kan Bunnabodee: 75-63-69—207 (-9)
6. Jocelyn Bruch: 69-69-74—212 (-4)
T9. Momo Sugiyama: 73-69-73—215 (-1)
T22. Ashley Kozlowski: 79-69-73—221 (+5)
T37. Natasha Kiel: 79-74-71—224 (+8)
*T22. Jasmine Kahler: 73-72-76—221 (+5)
*T30: Lana Malek: 72-73-77—222 (+6)
*T68. Jade Gu: 74-79-79—232 (+16)
*Competing as an individual
1. Purdue: 296-270-286—852 (-12)
2. Alabama: 284-287-287—858 (-6)
3. Minnesota: 288-288-288—864 (E)
4. Louisville: 292-297-287—876 (+12)
5. Notre Dame: 297-293-289—879 (+15)
6. Georgia Southern: 298-290-292—880 (+16)
7. Indiana: 298-294-292—884 (+20)
T8. Western Kentucky: 292-299-296—887 (+23)
T8. Long Beach State: 293-305-289—887 (+23)
10. Rutgers: 297-297-300—894 (+30)
11. Old Dominion: 294-305-302—901 (+37)
12. James Madison: 292-305-307—904 (+40)
13. Charlotte: 303-298-309—910 (+46)
14. Ball State: 310-310-299—919 (+55)
15. Mercer: 306-307-307—920 (+56)
CHICOINE NAMED BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – After back-to-back five set victories over top-25 opponents in under 24 hours, Chloe Chicoine of the Purdue volleyball team was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
The outside hitter led the team with 41.5 points over two matches, was second on the team in digs (23) and produced double-doubles in each win.
To open Week 2, Chicoine led all players with 21 kills in the 3-2 win at #23 Kansas. The newcomer hit .296% with just five errors in 54 swings while securing 12 digs in the match. Chicoine was instrumental in the Boilermakers’ late push to upend the Jayhawks, posting a .400 attack % (5-1-10) in the fourth set and six digs in the fifth set.
The following night, the Lafayette, Indiana, product totaled 17 kills in the match behind a season-high 55 swings. Chicoine recorded four kills with a .500 attack % vs. #19 Marquette in the fifth set to help Purdue win the match, 17-15.
The honor marks the first of Chicoine’s career and the first of the season for a Boilermaker.
After posting back-to-back top-25 wins for the first time since the 2021 season, #20 Purdue will return to Holloway Gymnasium this weekend for the Stacey Clark Classic. The Boilermakers will take on SMU on Friday at 7 p.m., followed by #19 Kentucky or #21 Houston on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. All tournament matches will be streamed on B1G+.
DILLON THIENEMAN NAMED B1G FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK AFTER STRONG DEBUT
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Fresh off a strong individual performance in his Boilermaker debut, defensive back Dillon Thieneman was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday (Sept. 5).
The season-opening accolade marked the third time a Boilermaker earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors dating back to the 2022 campaign. Devin Mockobee collected the distinction twice, helping lead the Boilermakers to a pair of conference wins on the way to the Big Ten West title. Thieneman became the first defensive freshman to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Week since cornerback Frankie Williams in 2012 following a victory over Indiana.
Thieneman made an immediate impact in his first game as a Boilermaker. The defensive back led the team with 10 tackles, all solo, becoming the third Purdue freshman over the past decade to record at lead double-digit tackles in a game (Ja’Whaun Bentley twice in 2014, Navon Mosley in 2016). He became one of only nine players to record at least 10 solo tackles in the opening week of the season.
The Carmel, Indiana, native also hauled in a big, fourth quarter interception that flipped the field and led to a Purdue touchdown. It marked just the third time since 1996 that a Purdue true freshman made an interception in their debut (1999 – James Dunnigan vs. UCF, 2016 – Josh Hayes vs. Eastern Kentucky).
Thieneman and the Boilermakers hit the road for the first time this season, traveling to Blacksburg, Virginia to battle the Virginia Tech Hokies. Kickoff from Lane Stadium is set for 12 p.m. ET Saturday (Sept. 9) on ESPN2.
BUTLER CROSS COUNTRY
KLEBOWSKA SELECTED AS BIG EAST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Butler’s Wiktoria Klebowska has been named the BIG EAST Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week after capturing the Vic Godfrey Open title in her Butler cross country debut.
The conference office made the announcement Tuesday, Sept. 5. It is the first BIG EAST weekly honor of Klebowska’s Butler career.
Klebowska and teammate Abby Olson went 1-2 in the women’s 4k race, propelling the Bulldogs to a team title. Klebowska and Olson crossed the line with times of 14:09.18 and 14:09.58, respectively. Butler was joined in the field by BIG EAST rival Xavier, with the Bulldogs taking the team title 27-35. Host UW-Parkside was third (91) in the 10-team field.
For Klebowska, it marked her cross country debut in a Butler uniform after she transferred from Cal Baptist following the fall 2022 semester.
There were a total of 10 teams and 84 runners in the women’s field.
The Wayne E. Dannehal Cross Country Course utilized for Friday’s meet will also host the 2023 BIG EAST Championships Oct. 28.
The Bulldogs return to action with the Jaguar Invitational Friday, Sept. 15. The event, hosted by IUPUI, will take place in Shelbyville, Ind., at the Blue River Memorial Cross Country Course.
IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER
JAGS FIND LATE EQUALIZER TO SECURE DRAW AGAINST PANTHERS
CHARLESTON, Ill. – In the final match of a three-game road stand, the IUPUI (1-2-1) men’s soccer team fought back from a goal down to force a 1-1 draw against Eastern Illinois (1-1-1).
“We really struggled with EIU’s defensive game plan in the first half, and they ended up getting a scrappy goal and taking a 1-0 lead into halftime,” said head coach Sid van Druenen. “We made some adjustments at half and the guys reacted well and we fought our way ack into the game with a nice goal. We probably deserved more as we missed a penalty and hit the post a couple times.”
Following a lengthy weather delay, the teams took to the pitch about an hour after the scheduled kick off time. Despite the delay, both squads came out energized. The Jaguars looked to get on the board early, drawing multiple fouls and generating free kicks in the opening minutes of play.
The hosts settled into the game, maintaining the lion’s share of possession for the remainder of the first half. The Panthers turned up the pressure at about the halfway point of the opening stanza, registering five shots in just over four minutes play, including the match’s first goal. The tally came from Sam Eccles—the Panther’s leading scorer from a year ago—off an assist from Casey Welage.
Despite being outshot 9-0, the Jags went into the break only down a goal. Senior Bryson Najarian, in his first start of the year, recorded five saves to keep the team in the game.
The visitors looked much sharper at the beginning of the second 45 minutes. The best scoring chance came in the 59th minute when Kyce Toutanji made an exceptional save from point blank on a Logan Finnegan shot. After getting his own rebound, Finnegan lofted the ball up to strike partner Josemir Gomez who hit the post with his header. The ball fell kindly to Spencer Holland who sailed the ball over the crossbar.
Less than a minute later, a penalty was awarded to the Jags after Lukas Hackaa was taken down from behind inside the 18-yard box. Finnegan stepped up to take the penalty but hit the right post.
IUPUI finally broke through in the final minutes of regulation. After winning a corner, Dominic Breidenbach sent a beautiful ball into the box that sailed over the heads of multiple Eastern Illinois defenders onto the left foot of Kyle Healy, who sent the ball over the keeper’s head for his first IUPUI goal.
Both sides looked to find a winner in the closing five minutes, but neither was able to secure a second tally.
IUPUI begins Horizon League play on Saturday (Sept. 9), taking on Wright State at Michael A. Carroll Stadium at 3:00 p.m.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL
CARDINALS PREPARE FOR BATTLE WITH TOP-RANKED GEORGIA
Ball State faces the No. 1-ranked team in the nation for just the second time in school history on Saturday, battling at Georgia against the defending national champion Bulldogs. It is the first time in Cardinals history to face a defending national champion on the gridiron.
** Ball State continues its two-week grind against Southeastern Conference foes – battling two-time defending national champion Georgia this week after falling to Kentucky in last Saturday’s opener.
** Ball State faces SEC opponents in consecutive weeks for just the second time in its history. The Cardinals opened the 2001 season on Sept. 1 at Auburn, then Sept. 8 at Kentucky. Saturday’s game is the Cardinals’ first football matchup with the Bulldogs.
** The Cardinals fared well in Lexington, but for a pair of turnovers before halftime that saw a 10-7 deficit bulge to 20-7, and eventually 23-7 before intermission when the Wildcats tacked on another late field goal. But for those miscues, Ball State outgained Kentucky in first downs, 18-17, and consumed 38:02 elapsed time compared to 21:58 for the Wildcats. The Cardinals led in time of possession in all four quarters and ran 20 more plays than UK (71-51). Kentucky outgained Ball State 357 yards to 295.
** Offensive performances were highlighted Saturday by a cast of newcomers – QBs Layne Hatcher and Kadin Semonza, transfer receiver Ty Robinson and transfer running back Marquez Cooper. Hatcher drew the start — starting for his third school in his fifth college season — and scored the season’s first touchdown on a 2-yard QB sneak, while true freshman Semonza opened the second half and led the Cardinals with 165 yards and a touchdown on 15-of-21 passing. Robinson, from Colorado, had career highs of five catches and 90 yards while snaring his first touchdown catch since 2021 at Oregon. Cooper, from MAC-rival Kent State, carried 15 times for 33 yards.
** The defense, meanwhile, was led by its solid cast of returners – Jack Sape, Sidney Houston Jr., and Kyron Mims up front, Cole Pearce in the middle and Jordan Riley and Red Potts in the secondary. Riley paced the Cards with five tackles, followed by Sape and Pearce, each with four. Sape recorded a sack, Potts had the game’s only interception and Mims batted down a pass. Potts and Mims were each credited with three tackles.
** The Cardinals limited the Kentucky offense to just three touchdowns and forced three field goals. Other Kentucky scoring came on a 69-yard fumble return and a 99-yard kickoff return. The Wildcats offense reached the red zone just twice.
BALL STATE MEN’S GOLF
MEN’S GOLF FINISHES FOURTH AT GOLFWEEK COLLEGIATE KICKOFF
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Ball State men’s golf team wrapped up play Tuesday afternoon with a fourth-place finish after a three-round score +1 amongst a field of 12 at the Golfweek Collegiate Kickoff at Dalhousie Country Club. The 54-hole two-day event was hosted by the University of Missouri.
“It was good to get our first competition under our belt,” Ball State head men’s golf coach Mike Fleck said. “Finishing fourth in this field is a good start to the fall. I am proud of how our guys played through the unusually hot weather conditions. I am looking forward to returning to Muncie and hosting the Earl Yestingsmeier Invitational at Delaware Country Club this weekend.”
In total, the Cardinals had 46 birdies and one eagle. Carter Smith continued to lead Ball State with a third-place finish after shooting all three rounds under par -7 (69-69-71).
Smith wrapped up the Golfweek Collegiate Kickoff with 15 birdies and one eagle. The 15 birdies were tied for second best amongst all 72 participants. Griffin Hare was the second highest on the Cardinals’ squad after shooting a -1 (74).
The Ball State men’s golf team returns home this weekend for their annual Earl Yestingsmeir Invitational (Sept. 9-10) at the Delaware Country Club.
BALL STATE WOMEN’S GOLF
DRISCOLL’S 68 LEADS STRONG FINAL ROUND BY WOMEN’S GOLF
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – – Sophomore Jasmine Driscoll turned in the lowest round of her Ball State career Tuesday to lead the women’s golf team in the final round of the Boilermaker Classic at Kampen-Cosler Golf Course.
Driscoll, whose previous career-low was a 72 in the final round of the Falcon Florida Classic on Feb. 7, 2022, fired off a third-round 68 (-4) to tie for the second-lowest score among the 84-golfer field on the day.
“Jasmine played a great round of golf today,” head coach Cameron Andry exclaimed. “She showed today what we’ve been seeing in practice all fall with elite ball striking and excellent putting. She has worked extremely hard, and it’s nice to see that hard work paying off.”
The round of 68, which included five birdies, also ties as the third-lowest round in program history, two off the program-record 66 set by Jenna Hague at the 2013 Hoosier Fall Invitational.
With the effort, Driscoll climbed into a tie for 37th overall with a 56-hole score of 225 (+9). Among the sextet of players tied at 225 (+9) was sophomore teammate Sarah Gallagher, who closed out the tournament with a 76, following scores of 75 and 74 in yesterday’s opening two rounds.
Freshman JJ Gregston also turned in another big performance, shooting Ball State’s second-lowest score on the final day, coming into the clubhouse at 75 (+3). The effort included her fifth birdie of the tournament and second straight on the par-3 second hole.
Junior transfer Sabrina Langerak closed her first tournament for the Cardinals with a round of 80 (+8), while sophomore Madelin Boyd carded an 81 (+9) to end the competition.
“Today was a great day for our program,” Andry added. “We went toe to toe with some perennial top-level programs and showed we can compete.”
With the solid final-round effort, the Cardinals finished the day shooting 299 (+11) to climb past Mercer in the final team standings. Ball State shot 310 as a team in both rounds Monday.
In fact, Ball State’s final round score was better than Rutgers (300), Old Dominion (302), James Madison (307), Charlotte (309) and Mercer (307).
“This was a solid way to start the season and shows us where we are and what we can be as we continue to work every day,” Andry concluded.
Ball State Individuals:
T37th – Jasmine Driscoll, 225 (+9): 80-77-68
T37th – Sarah Gallagher, 225 (+9): 75-74-76
T76th – Sabrina Langerak, 237 (+21): 77-80-80
T78th – Madelin Boyd, 238 (+22): 78-79-81
N/A – JJ Gregston, 156 (+12): NA-81-75
1 – Purdue, 852 (-12)
2 – Alabama, 858 (-6)
3 – Minnesota, 864 (E)
4 – Louisville, 876 (+12)
5 – Notre Dame, 879 (+14)
6 – Georgia Southern, 880 (+16)
7 – Indiana, 884 (+20)
8 – Western Kentucky, 887 (+23)
Long Beach State, 887 (+23)
10 – Rutgers, 894 (+30)
11 – Old Dominion, 901 (+37)
12 – James Madison, 904 (+40)
13 – Charlotte, 910 (+46)
14 – Ball State, 919 (+55)
15 – Mercer, 920 (+56)
NOTRE DAME MEN’S SOCCER
#20 IRISH SHUTOUT DETROIT MERCY IN 1-0 WIN
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The No. 20 Fighting Irish men’s soccer team secured its third straight clean sheet to remain undefeated on the season with a 1-0 victory over Detroit Mercy on Tuesday evening at Alumni Stadium. The win pushes Notre Dame’s record to 3-0-1.
Matthew Roou was once again the difference maker for the Irish, as the junior scored his team-high fifth goal of the season to give Notre Dame the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
For the third consecutive match the Irish struck first within the opening 20 minutes of play. The visitors attempted to build out of the back on a goal kick and Bryce Boneau picked the defender’s pocket and played the ball to an open Roou, who slotted his right-footed shot into the bottom right corner of the net to put the Irish on top 1-0.
The Irish controlled the majority of possession the rest of the first half but couldn’t add to their lead, taking a 1-0 advantage into the halftime intermission.
Notre Dame came out of the break on the front foot, pushing for a second goal but the Titans’ backline stood up to the task in the opening phases of play of the second half.
Daniel Russo nearly doubled the lead in the 58th minute after a beautiful diagonal ball from Josh Ramsey found the senior’s foot. Russo then cut inside and curled an effort that was headed for the far post before the Detroit Mercy keeper made a diving stop.
The Irish had another golden opportunity in the 85th minute, as Kyle Genenbacher’s throw in played Eno Nto in on goal but his effort was saved to keep it a one-goal game.
Notre Dame’s defense did its job in the final moments of action, seeing out the match to secure the shutout victory.
McFARLAND FAMILY MEN’S HEAD SOCCER COACH CHAD RILEY’S TAKE
On the performance…
“I’m proud of the group. From the first half to the second half we improved and you could see that in the chances we created and the corners we were able to get. We did a good job of staying aggressive throughout the second half and keeping our composure to keep a shutout.”
On three straight clean sheets…
“The defense is coming together. When we don’t have the ball the whole team defends. Matthew Roou scored the goal and then did a great job blocking a cross with 10 seconds remaining in the match. It’s a mentality that when we don’t have the ball we all defend.”
ND STAT OF THE MATCH
Notre Dame is off to its best start since the 2018 season, Riley’s first year with the Irish, when the team also started 3-0-1. Also, the Irish defense has allowed just one goal over the first four matches, the best start since 2016 when they gave up just one through the first four contests.
The Irish improve to 12-2 against Detroit Mercy in the all-time series
Notre Dame finished with a 15-8 shot advantage, including 6-1 for shots on frame
Roou leads the team with five goals on the season, all coming in the last three matches
With an assist, Boneau has two assists on the year and five in his Notre Dame career
Dowd’s clean sheet is his third of the season and 16th of his career
The Irish open up ACC play against Clemson at Alumni Stadium at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 9. The match will air on ACCNX.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER
GAME 6 – MICHIGAN
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The No. 11 Notre Dame women’s soccer team (3-0-2) will be breaking out their brand new green jerseys on Thursday evening when they host their neighbor from up north in Michigan (2-1-2). The annual Irish Wear Green contest will kickoff at 7 p.m. ET inside Alumni Stadium. We are encouraging all Notre Dame fans in attendance to show support by donning green attire as well. As always, admission is free.
It’s been four years since Notre Dame and Michigan have squared off on the pitch. The Irish own a 15-4-1 advantage, but recently in the series it has been split even – 2-2 in the last four encounters.
Notre Dame has had much success against the Big Ten as of late. In fact, Notre Dame’s last loss against a Big Ten opponent – a 3-2 decision to Iowa on Sept. 15, 2019. Since that 2019 loss – a record of 8-0-2.
This season, Michigan started with a 1-0 loss at No. 22 USC, then recorded ties against Pepperdine and No. 5 Virginia. They have since won two in a row with 1-0 victories over Boston College and Cincinnati.
Senior forward Ellie Ospeck has been nothing short of electric in the last two matches for the Irish. First, she came up big by scoring the late equalizer against top-10-ranked Arkansas in the 85th minute to earn the 2-2 draw. She then followed that up with her first career three-point performance in the 2-1 win at Michigan State. Ospeck scored in the 10th minute, then garnered the assist in the 51st on Mercado’s goal.
She might not be showing up on the stat sheet but Kiki Van Zanten has been operating on a different level. She set up Ospeck’s late equalizer against Arkansas. Then, Van Zanten was responsible for distributing the ball out wide perfectly on both occasions on both assists against Michigan State.
GAETINO ALREADY MAKING AN IMPACT
The reigning ACC Defender of the Year continues to take leadership in holding the backline, but what’s been incredible so far this season, has been her ability to be a force on set pieces. In fact, Gaetino is leading the team in scoring with three goals through five games. She first scored off a corner kick against Ball State on Aug. 20, then got her second against Butler on Aug. 24 off a free kick from Mercado outside the box. The third came via a corner kick against Arkansas as she battled for the ball in the box.
The three goals are already a career best, for she entered the season with tw0 career goals to her name. Two of her goals were game-winners.
TURNED A “CORNER” THIS SEASON
You can say the Irish have turned a corner in 2023 in terms of scoring off of set pieces, specifically corner kicks. Last season, the Irish ranked 1st in the ACC in corners per game (6.4), but only had 3 goals to show for the 146 total corners taken.
This year has been quite a different story. Out of 30 corners taken, the Irish have scored four goals — two from Gaetino, one from Fisher and one from Ospeck.
Now add in a goal scored off of a free kick from Mercado and the Irish have scored five set-piece goals out of their 13 total goals on the year.
GOAL SCORERS FROM ALL OVER
The Irish have tallied 13 goals on the year and it’s come from eight different players: Last season, 47 of the team’s 56 goals came from Albert, Wingate, Mercado and Van Zanten, with 11 different goal scorers total.
This year, the scoring spread goes as follows: Gaetino (3), Mrowicki (2), Mercado (2), Ospeck (2), Van Zanten, Fisher, Roy, and Lynch.
MAKING YOUR SHOTS COUNT
The last three games, the Irish have been efficient with their shots – eight goals from 16 shots on goal. Here’s the breakdown: two goals from three SOG at Michigan State; two goals from five SOG against Arkansas; four goals from eight shots on goal vs. Butler.
ND has posted a .411 SOG pct and is averaging a goal every 2.8 SOG.
NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S GOLF
IRISH FINISH FIFTH IN BOILERMAKER CLASSIC
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s golf team opened up the fall season at Purdue University’s Kampen-Cosler Course in the 2023 Boilermaker Classic on September 4-5. The Irish competed amongst 14 other programs, securing a fifth place finish as team with a score of 879 (+15).
“The Boilermaker Classic was a really solid kickoff to our season,” said head coach Caroline Powers Ellis. “We have a lot of new faces on our team this year and the energy and growth we have seen in these first few weeks has been fun to work with.”
Notre Dame was led by graduate student Lauren Beaudreau, who finished T4 with a score of 211 (-5). Beaudreau recorded 11 birdies, seven of which came in the final round as she shot an impressive 67 (-5) in round three. She was followed by freshman Anna Heck who recorded a T17 finish in her first tournament with the Irish. Heck shot a 219 (+3), with her best performance coming in round two as she recorded five birdies and shot a 70 (-2).
“Lauren played great all three rounds and it was good to see her patience pay off with the putts falling today,” said Powers Ellis. “It is exciting to see so many birdies and good rounds through the depth of the lineup early in the year. I’m really proud of Anna Heck in her first collegiate tournament with a top-20 finish. We will continue to learn from each round we play and build on this momentum.”
NOTRE DAME MEN’S TENNIS
DOMINKO OPENS RANKED 5TH; THOMPSON/DOMINKO NATIONALLY RANKED IN DOUBLES
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – As the fall season is getting under way for collegiate tennis, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released their individual preseason singles and doubles rankings today. In those rankings, sophomore Sebastian Dominko appeared in both polls while freshman Chase Thompson appears with Dominko in the doubles.
Dominko comes in at #5 in the singles rankings, a new career high for the second year player from Maribor, Slovenia. He is coming off of the greatest freshman campaign in Notre Dame men’s tennis history in which he held the top spot in singles from start to finish, finished the year ranked #15, made the second round of the individual NCAA Singles Championships and was named a 2022 Singles All-American.
Entering the year at #5, Dominko joins elite company in Irish history as he is only the fifth player to achieve a top-5 singles ranking and the third in the past 8 years. He joins three-time All-Americans Ryan Sachire and David DiLucia, two-time All-American Quentin Monaghan and 2020 All-American Richard Ciamarra as the only player to achieve this mark in singles.
Chase Thompson is a freshman from Mission Viejo, California who appears in the rankings for the first time in his career with Dominko, debuting at #43 in the doubles rankings. He comes in as one of the best American recruits in the country, having been ranked as high as #4 in his class and a blue-chip throughout his junior years.
Coach Sachire on Dominko Top-5 Ranking:
“This ranking highlights the special season that Sebastian had last year as a freshman. He is working extremely hard to continue to improve his game and develop into a better player this year. We are all really excited to begin our fall season in a couple of weeks!”
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL
SYCAMORES HIT THE ROAD FOR FIRST TIME WITH ROAD TRIP TO INDIANA
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State hits the road for the first time in the 2023 season as the Sycamores make the trip to Bloomington, Ind. on Friday night for a nonconference FBS matchup against Indiana University. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Hoosiers inside Memorial Stadium is set for 7 p.m. and will be carried live on the Big Ten Network and 105.5 The Legend.
Indiana is home for the second consecutive week to open the 2023 season after hosting Ohio State this past Saturday on September 2. The Hoosiers have won all six matchups against Indiana State dating back to the 1925 season. IU and ISU last faced off in the 2014 season, a 28-10 Hoosier win at Memorial Stadium. Indiana was selected seventh overall in the Big Ten East Division preseason standings as voted on by the conference media members. IU had multiple players named to the FBS preseason postseason award watch lists. Andre Carter (Bednarik), Jaylin Lucas (Walter Camp & Doak Walker), Aaron Casey (Butkus), and James Evans (Ray Guy) all earned the recognition. Indiana posted a 4-8 overall record in the 2022 season with a 2-7 mark in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers won their lone FCS competition topping Idaho (35-22) last season in Bloomington. Head Coach Tom Allen enters his eighth season on the sidelines with the Hoosiers this year. He’s posted a 30-41 career record at IU.
The Indiana State secondary has another star in the making as redshirt sophomore Maddix Blackwell was the brightest star for the Sycamores this past weekend in the season opener against Eastern Illinois. The Bloomington, Ind. native posted his first collegiate double-digit tackling game (11) and added his second collegiate interception in the fourth quarter to pace an ISU defense that limited the Eastern Illinois offense throughout the contest. With All-American Rylan Cole on the injured list, Blackwell has taken leadership of the group and looks to build off a strong freshman campaign that saw him finish fourth on the team in tackles (51), while adding 4.0 tackles-for-loss, a sack, and six pass breakups. His 11-tackle performance on Thursday night surpassed his previous career-high of seven set at Purdue last season as the safety continues to perform in big games.
Sycamore head coach Curt Mallory has a special tie-in to Indiana University courtesy of his father Bill Mallory – the long-time Hoosier head coach from 1984-96. The elder Mallory piled up 69 career wins and coached Indiana to six of the program’s 13 bowl appearances over his time at IU. Friday night’s game marks the first time the Sycamore head coach will take the sidelines against IU at Memorial Stadium. He previously served as the secondary coach for the Hoosiers back from 2002-04. The Mallory coaching tree is extensive with both of Curt’s brothers currently in the coaching profession as well. Both Doug and Mike are members of the University of Michigan coaching staff in the 2023 season.
Mallory against the FBS
The Sycamores have lined up against six FBS opponents in the Curt Mallory coaching era dating to their first matchup in the 2017 season against Tennessee. The Sycamores fell to the Volunteers, 42-7, and enter the Friday night contest with an 0-5 mark against the FBS overall since the 2017 season. Among the defeats have been at Louisville (31-7, 2018), at Kansas (24-17, 2019), at Northwestern (24-6, 2021), and last season’s 52-0 loss at Purdue. The Sycamores are set to face two FBS opponents this season in both Indiana (Sept. 8) and Ball State (Sept. 16) on back-to-back weeks.
Same Season, Same FBS Opponents
Indiana State has two games against FBS opponents for the first time since the 2014 season. Their opponents that year, Indiana and Ball State. The Sycamores will reprise the schedule this season as the Sycamores take on the Hoosiers on Friday night, while traveling to Muncie and Ball State next weekend. In the 2014 season, the Sycamores fell to ISU, 28-10, on August 30 that season, while rebounding for a 27-20 win at Ball State two weeks later. The 2014 season marked the second consecutive year Indiana State faced back-to-back FBS programs within the state as the Sycamores fell to both IU (73-35) and Purdue (20-14) to start the 2013 season. The 2023 season also marks the fifth time ISU has played two FBS opponents in the same season since the 2006 season.
Sycamores starting first of three contests inside the Hoosier State
Indiana State has the rare distinction of playing just one home game in the opening month of the season and not leaving their home state. The Sycamores opened the year on August 31 with a Thursday night contest at home against Eastern Illinois. From there, Indiana State will travel to Bloomington for a September 8 contest at Indiana. ISU will remain within the state the following week on September 16 with a Saturday afternoon game in Muncie against Ball State. The Sycamores will finally leave the state on September 30 to open Missouri Valley Football play at MVFC newcomer Murray State in Murray, Ky.
Career Game for Hauser
Micah Hauser had a game to remember in the Sycamore Blue & White as the redshirt freshman earned his first collegiate start this past Thursday against Eastern Illinois. Drawing the start at safety alongside Maddix Blackwell, Hauser finished with a team-high six solo tackles on his way to finishing behind Blackwell for the team lead in stops in the contest. The sophomore has showcased a nose for the football throughout fall camp and rose quickly through the ranks of the two-deep on his way to paying off with the start. The Westfield, Ind. native surpassed his previous career-high of five tackles set last season against Montana after spending most of the year on the ISU special teams unit in 2022.
Wabash Valley Natives
Head Coach Curt Mallory prides himself on recruiting local talent and the Indiana State roster features that commitment in 2023 as the Sycamores have 18 players from the Wabash Valley on the roster. Among the key players already listed on the two-deep or seeing key playing time from the Valley on the team include Dakota Caton (Sullivan), Korbin Allen (Brazil), Joey Shew (Clinton), Carter Herrin (Terre Haute), Lance Rees (Marshall), and Jack Sherman (Terre Haute). Overall, the Sycamores have 12 athletes from Terre Haute on the team and 58 from the state of Indiana on the team.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL
PANNA RATKAI NAMED HORIZON LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
INDIANAPOLIS – Panna Ratkai of the Purdue Fort Wayne women’s volleyball team was named one of the Horizon League’s Players of the Week on Tuesday (Sept. 5) after being named the Red Flash Classic MVP last weekend.
Ratkai led the Mastodons to a 3-0 week at the Red Flash Classic, putting up big numbers in Pennsylvania. The redshirt-freshman averaged 4.69 kills per set with a .397 hitting percentage over 13 sets of play. In the Mastodons’ match against Stony Brook, she had a double-double with 18 kills and 16 digs while hitting .400. In the following match against Saint Francis (Pa.), Ratkai managed a season-high 22 kills with 10 digs and still hit .364. In the final match of the weekend against Manhattan, she had 21 kills with a very efficient .421 hitting percentage and nine digs.
Through two weeks of the 2023 season, Ratkai is leading the Horizon League with 3.91 kills per set.
Ratkai is the first Mastodon to win a Player of the Week award as a freshman since Rachael Crucis in 2019.
Ratkai and the ‘Dons (3-3) are back in action on Friday (Sept. 8) in Buffalo, New York against Kent State
AINOAH CRUZ NAMED MVC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
ST. LOUIS – In a week that was highlighted by a career-best 27 digs against Samford, University of Evansville libero Ainoah Cruz was named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Week on Tuesday.
With two weeks in the books, Cruz continues to pace the defense for the Purple Aces. Cruz posted 5.08 digs per set in a perfect 3-0 week along with 11 assists and 5 service aces. She picked up 20 digs, 2 aces and 2 assists in the home-opening win over USI before starting the Samford Invite with the top performance of her young career.
Cruz set another career mark with 27 digs and 4 assists. Saturday’s win over North Alabama saw her total 14 digs,5 assists and 3 more aces to complete the week.
FOOTBALL SET FOR INSTATE TRIP TO INDIANA WESLEYAN
Valparaiso (0-1, 0-0 PFL)
at Indiana Wesleyan (1-0, 1-0 MSFA)
Game #2 Saturday, Sept. 9, 5 p.m. CT
Wildcat Football Stadium (2,500) – Marion, Ind.
This Week in Valpo Football: The Valparaiso University football team will continue a challenging nonconference schedule this week with a visit to NAIA powerhouse Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday evening. The Wildcats are ranked fifth nationally in NAIA. This will mark the second of back-to-back road games to begin the season before the Beacons finally kick off the home slate on Sept. 23 vs. Marist.
Previously: A promising first half saw Valpo trail just 17-10 at the break against Youngstown State, a full-scholarship Missouri Valley Football Conference program that was ranked as high as 23rd nationally in preseason polls. The Penguins pulled away in the second half to win 52-10. Ryan Mann had a 2-yard run that accounted for Valpo’s lone touchdown of the day late in the second quarter. That play was set up by a 53-yard connection between quarterback Michael Appel Jr. and Preseason All-PFL wide receiver Solomon Davis. Patrick Oliva’s first career field goal – a 33 yarder – accounted for the remainder of Valpo’s scoring.
Series Notes: This will mark the third installment of a four-year agreement between these two teams. The home team has prevailed in each of the first two matchups including Valpo’s dramatic 20-17 victory in front of a large home crowd for a season-opening night game at Brown Field a year ago. Brian Bartholomew drilled a career-long 50-yard field goal in the final two minutes to account for the difference in the game. That came after a trip to Marion in 2021 that Valpo would like to forget, a game that saw the Wildcats jump out to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and never look back on their way to handing the Beacons a 28-10 defeat.
Following the Beacons: Saturday’s game will air on ESPN+. In addition, the hometown radio call will be available on 95.1 FM WVUR, The TuneIn Radio App and ValpoAthletics.com with Todd Ickow (play-by-play) and Brandon Vickrey (analyst) describing the action. For in-game updates, follow @valpoufootball on Twitter. Links to live video, audio and stats will be available on ValpoAthletics.com.
Head Coach Landon Fox: Landon Fox (14-28) is in his fifth season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2023. Over the last three seasons, Fox has led Valpo to 12 Pioneer Football League victories, the most in a three-year period in program history. The program finished with a PFL record of .500 or better for a third consecutive season in 2022, the first time that has occurred since 1998-2000. Prior to that, Valpo had not had a stretch of three straight years with a league record of .500 or better since 1961-1964. The program won four PFL games in the same season just once in the 26 seasons prior to Fox’s arrival. Now, the program has reached that threshold in three straight seasons and three of the first four years under his direction (Spring 2021, Fall 2021, 2022). During his four years in charge of the program, Valpo has boasted 43 All-PFL honorees and 22 academic all-PFL selections. During his second season at the helm in Spring 2021, Fox was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award – which is presented annually to the FCS National Coach of the Year – after guiding Valpo to its best winning percentage since 2003 and tying for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. He led his team to Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003. Fox’s defensive roots paid dividends on that side of the football in his second year at the helm, as the team enjoyed its best defensive season in four decades. Valpo held opponents to 283.3 yards per game, the program’s best total defense in the last 40 years. In Year 1 of the Fox Era in 2019, Valpo ranked in the Top 5 in the PFL in scoring defense (32.0, fifth), total defense (381.6, fourth), rushing defense (184.2, fourth) and passing defense (197.3, fifth). After spending the previous 11 seasons as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton, Fox was named the head football coach at Valpo prior to the 2019 season. He helped the Flyers finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff and guided a defensive backfield that produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and three corners who were invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. Prior to joining Dayton’s staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. He also spent time as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). Fox began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season. During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999 and graduated with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.
On the Road Again
Valpo starts the season with back-to-back road games for the seventh time in the last 15 years. The last five times Valpo started with consecutive road dates, the Beacons found themselves 0-2 leading into their home opener.
Because this week’s game at Indiana Wesleyan is followed by an early bye week, Valpo will have to wait until the Sept. 23 homecoming game vs. Marist to kick off the home slate. This will mark Valpo’s latest home opener since 2009 (Sept. 26).
The nonconference season provides a challenging gauntlet again this year with Youngstown State and Indiana Wesleyan on the road before a home date with Southwest Minnesota State.
Valpo is looking to snap an eight-game road nonconference losing streak that dates back to Sept. 16, 2017 at Trinity International.
Other Notes Wrapping Up Week 1: Youngstown State 52, Valpo 10
The two-yard TD plunge by Ryan Mann represented his first score in a Valpo uniform.
Youngstown State improved to 41-2 in its last 43 nonleague home games. They brought back the bulk of their starters from a team that went 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the MVFC.
This marked Valpo’s first Thursday night game since 2019 at Eastern Kentucky, the first game of the Landon Fox head coaching era.
The defense was paced by Colin Graves, who accumulated eight tackles, while Evan Annis registered seven in his return to the gridiron after missing all of last season with a knee injury.
Scouting the Opponent – Indiana Wesleyan
Started the season with a 56-7 victory over Lawrence Tech (Mich.) on Saturday.
Ranked fifth nationally in NAIA.
After falling at Valpo in last year’s season opener, won 11 straight games before losing at Northwestern College (Iowa) in the NAIA national semifinal.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Andrew Rode after former head coach Jordan Langs departed to become the running backs coach and special teams coordinator at Iowa State.
U OF INDY FOOTBALL
UINDY FOOTBALL MOVES UP IN WEEKLY COACHES POLL
WACO, Texas—The UIndy football team inched up one spot to No. 19 in this week’s AFCA Division II Coaches Poll, released Tuesday. The Greyhounds are coming off a season-opening 39-20 win against Hillsdale last weekend.
Truman State University sits outside the top 25 as the only other GLVC school to receive votes. Meanwhile, five Super Region 3 squads are featured in the top eight, including No. 1-ranked Ferris State.
AFCA DIVISION II COACHES POLL
|RK||SCHOOL (1st-place votes)||REC||PTS||PREV|
|1.||Ferris St. (Mich.) (27)||1-0||721||1|
|2.||Colorado School of Mines (1)||1-0||693||2|
|3.||Pittsburg St. (Kan.)||1-0||663||4|
|4.||Angelo St. (Tex.)||1-0||616||5|
|5.||Northwest Missouri St.||1-0||583||6|
|7.||Grand Valley St. (Mich.)||0-1||536||3|
|8.||Ouachita Baptist (Ark.)||1-0||510||8|
|10.||Delta St. (Miss.)||1-0||472||10|
|11.||Bemidji St. (Minn.)||1-0||441||11|
|15.||Slippery Rock (Pa.)||1-0||309||15|
|16.||Benedict (S.C.) (1)||1-0||274||17|
|18.||Emporia St. (Kan.)||1-0||235||19|
Others Receiving Votes: Newberry (S.C.), 44; Bowie St. (Md.), 38; Wayne St. (Neb.), 20; Henderson St. (Ark.), 16; Western Colorado, 15; Davenport (Mich.), 13; Central Washington, 8; Fort Hays St. (Kan.), 8; Texas A&M-Kingsville, 8; Minnesota-Duluth, 7; Notre Dame (Ohio), 5; Saginaw Valley St. (Mich.), 5; Central Oklahoma, 4; Limestone (S.C.), 4; Truman St. (Mo.), 4; Augustana (S.D.), 3; Tiffin (Ohio), 2; Tuskegee (Ala.), 2; Millersville (Pa.), 1.
MARIAN MEN’S TENNIS
(RV) MARIAN SCORES SEASON-OPENING VICTORY OVER BETHEL
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian men’s tennis team earned a thrilling season-opening victory on Tuesday afternoon, as Marian scored their first Crossroads League win of the year in a 4-3 win against Bethel University. The Knights win came down to the final point and against weather threat, with Andrew Ilett scoring the winning point.
Marian took the doubles point from the Pilots, as they won two of the three matches while leading at the third. Andrew Ilett and Borja Delgado won at No. 1 doubles by a 6-3 score against Victor Bonsergent and Luka Markovic to score the first point, while at No. 2 doubles James Ashworth and Luis Sobanski won 6-4 over Santiago Flores and Daniel Jancic. Marian was leading on the third court of doubles, with Jones McNamar and Ashwin Bhat holding a 5-4 lead over Nicolo Marchetti and Adriano de Oliveira at No. 3 doubles.
In singles, Marian scored the first point with Ashworth landing a 6-3, 6-1 win over Flores at No. 3 singles, pushing the match score to 2-0 in favor of the Knights. At No. 2 singles, the Pilots were able to claw back and score their first point, with Markovic defeating Sobanski 6-4, 6-2. Bethel would level the match as the next court finished, with Marchetti defeating Jan Bartolome 6-3, 6-2.
With the match tied at 2-2, Marian looked to get a go-ahead point at No. 1 singles, with Borja Delgado taking on Bonsergent. Delgado dropped his first set 3-6, but came roaring back with wins in the second and third by 6-2 and 6-4 counts to push Marian ahead 3-2. The lead would not stick as Jona Henze was unable to clinch at No. 6, falling to Jancic 3-6, 6-0, 6-4, as the match once again drew to a tie with a 3-3 score.
Eyes turned to the final court with Ilett taking on de Oliveira. Marian’s Ilett dropped his first set of No. 5 singles by a 7-5 score, but took the second 6-3. Ilett then attacked the third set, winning by a 6-2 score to clinch his match and the win the contest for Marian, as the Knights claimed a 4-3 win.
Marian will now look forward to their next matchup on Thursday following the win, as the Knights host Indiana Wesleyan at 3 p.m. at the Marian Tennis Courts.
MARIAN WOMEN’S TENNIS
NO. 23 MARIAN FALLS TO (RV) BETHEL IN SEASON OPENER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s tennis team opened their 2023 Crossroads League season on Tuesday afternoon on a sour note, as the Knights fell to (RV) Bethel University. The 5-2 defeat drops the Knights to 0-1 on the young season.
Marian lost two of the three doubles matches and trailed in the third, as Bethel took the first point of the match to lead 1-0. Katharina Bopst and Yasmin Imamniyazova were defeated at No. 1 doubles by a 6-2 score, and at No. 3 doubles the pair of Emma Chrome and Paloma Caceres Villalba were defeated by a 6-3 score. At No. 2 doubles, Marian’s duo of Ana Barbosa Fernandez and Gabriela Irigoyen Palacios were trailing 5-2 when the watch went unfinished.
In singles, things did not go in favor for the Knights, as the Pilots claimed four of the six matches to seal the match. Imamniyazova lost her match at No. 1 singles by a 6-2, 6-1 score, and at No. 2 singles Barbosa Fernandez was defeated in a hard-fought 7-5, 7-5 match to Szilvi Forenczy.
Marian was able to claw back as they got on the board by winning No. 3 and No. 4 singles, as Irigoyen Palacios and Chrome scored three-set wins. Irigoyen Palacios won by a count of 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 against Ariadne Kokoula at No. 3, and Chome defeated Julieta Gonzalez 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 at No. 4. Despite the two wins, Marian was unable to get wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, allowing Bethel to clinch the match and victory. Sara Corrio Alemany fell to Kyla Steyn at No. 5 singles by a 6-4, 6-2, count as the Pilots clinched the match, and at No. 6 Sandy Sharaf defeated the Knights’ Bopst 7-5, 6-4.
Marian drops to 0-1, but will have a chance to get back in the win column on Thursday afternoon when they host No. 19 Indiana Wesleyan at 3 p.m.
MARIAN WOMEN’S SOCCER
NAOMI WALTERS EARNS CROSSROADS LEAGUE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Jackson, Mich. – On Tuesday morning, the Crossroads League released the Players of the Week for the week of August 28 through September 3. For the second time in the 2023 season, the Marian women’s soccer team has earned a Player of the Week award, with Naomi Walters bringing home the Offensive Player of the Week award.
Naomi Walters had a dominant week for the Knights, scoring four of the team’s nine goals last week, while assisting on another. Against Indiana Tech, Walters put away her first hat trick of the season while sprinkling in an assist, totaling seven points in the win. Walters added a goal for the week in the team’s Arizona trip, scoring a late go-ahead goal in Marian’s 2-2 draw at No. 9 Embry-Riddle.
Walters award is the second in her soccer career, now totaling a pair of Offensive Player of the Week awards. Walters scoring frenzy in the past week has helped the senior climb to No. 7 in the NAIA in goals scored this season.
Fresh off their trip to the desert, Marian will travel to the Windy City on Wednesday night as they take on St. Francis (Ill.) at 8 p.m. ET.
SMALL COLLEGE ATHLETIC SITES:
INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/
EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/
WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/
FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/
ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/
ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index
TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index
BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/
DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/
HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/
MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/
HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/
OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx
ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index
IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/
IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/
IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/
PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/
INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx
GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/
ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/
GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/
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*****MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL STANDINGS*****
|Baltimore||87||51||.630||–||42 – 26||45 – 25||26 – 15||20 – 8||18 – 10||7 – 3||W 4|
|Tampa Bay||84||55||.604||3.5||46 – 24||38 – 31||23 – 16||21 – 8||13 – 12||6 – 4||W 1|
|Toronto||77||62||.554||10.5||35 – 30||42 – 32||12 – 25||19 – 10||16 – 11||7 – 3||W 3|
|Boston||72||67||.518||15.5||36 – 33||36 – 34||20 – 15||18 – 11||14 – 15||4 – 6||L 1|
|NY Yankees||69||69||.500||18||37 – 33||32 – 36||16 – 26||16 – 11||19 – 13||7 – 3||W 4|
|Minnesota||73||66||.525||–||40 – 29||33 – 37||12 – 17||26 – 21||16 – 10||6 – 4||W 2|
|Cleveland||66||73||.475||7||35 – 36||31 – 37||14 – 14||21 – 24||13 – 12||5 – 5||L 3|
|Detroit||63||75||.457||9.5||29 – 40||34 – 35||6 – 24||28 – 15||10 – 15||4 – 6||L 1|
|Chi White Sox||53||86||.381||20||28 – 40||25 – 46||9 – 19||19 – 22||12 – 21||3 – 7||L 5|
|Kansas City||44||96||.314||29.5||26 – 45||18 – 51||7 – 20||15 – 27||6 – 19||3 – 7||W 2|
|Houston||79||61||.564||–||35 – 34||44 – 27||15 – 15||13 – 12||28 – 17||7 – 3||W 2|
|Seattle||77||61||.558||1||39 – 29||38 – 32||12 – 15||20 – 13||24 – 12||5 – 5||L 3|
|Texas||76||62||.551||2||43 – 28||33 – 34||14 – 11||19 – 10||21 – 17||4 – 6||L 2|
|LA Angels||64||75||.460||14.5||32 – 35||32 – 40||13 – 15||14 – 8||18 – 25||2 – 8||L 5|
|Oakland||42||97||.302||36.5||23 – 47||19 – 50||7 – 24||11 – 14||10 – 30||4 – 6||L 2|
|Atlanta||90||47||.657||–||44 – 23||46 – 24||27 – 8||16 – 7||21 – 12||7 – 3||L 2|
|Philadelphia||76||62||.551||14.5||41 – 26||35 – 36||16 – 19||15 – 10||17 – 15||6 – 4||L 1|
|Miami||71||67||.514||19.5||39 – 31||32 – 36||19 – 21||13 – 10||13 – 16||6 – 4||W 5|
|NY Mets||64||74||.464||26.5||35 – 33||29 – 41||19 – 19||12 – 17||15 – 13||5 – 5||W 2|
|Washington||62||77||.446||29||29 – 41||33 – 36||15 – 29||12 – 14||14 – 14||2 – 8||L 6|
|Milwaukee||77||61||.558||–||40 – 28||37 – 33||12 – 10||26 – 15||13 – 19||6 – 4||W 1|
|Chi Cubs||75||64||.540||2.5||39 – 31||36 – 33||11 – 17||28 – 18||11 – 8||7 – 3||W 3|
|Cincinnati||73||68||.518||5.5||35 – 36||38 – 32||13 – 16||18 – 25||18 – 14||5 – 5||W 2|
|Pittsburgh||64||75||.460||13.5||33 – 37||31 – 38||10 – 10||20 – 25||16 – 15||6 – 4||L 1|
|St. Louis||60||78||.435||17||31 – 40||29 – 38||12 – 15||15 – 24||12 – 17||4 – 6||W 2|
|LA Dodgers||84||53||.613||–||47 – 24||37 – 29||14 – 12||19 – 14||26 – 12||5 – 5||L 1|
|Arizona||71||68||.511||14||37 – 35||34 – 33||13 – 15||14 – 11||26 – 23||3 – 7||L 1|
|San Francisco||70||69||.504||15||38 – 31||32 – 38||13 – 18||20 – 12||19 – 14||4 – 6||L 5|
|San Diego||66||74||.471||19.5||39 – 35||27 – 39||16 – 15||9 – 20||20 – 23||5 – 5||W 1|
|Colorado||51||87||.370||33.5||29 – 38||22 – 49||14 – 20||11 – 13||9 – 28||3 – 7||W 1|
*****TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY*****
1883 At Chicago’s Lakefront Park, the National League’s White Stockings send 23 batters to the plate, scoring 13 runs before the team makes an out. Tommy Burns and Ned Williamson score three times in the 18-run, 18-hit seventh inning, establishing a major league record today.
1905 In the biggest no-hit rout in major league history, Frank Smith no-hits the Tigers at Detroit’s Bennett Park, 15-0. The 26-year-old White Sox right-hander will toss another no-hitter in 1908, beating the A’s, 1-0, thanks to Freddy Parent’s ninth-inning shallow sac fly hit while being walked intentionally by Eddie Plank.
1912 In a game that purposely matches the superstars, Boston hurler Smokey Joe Wood bests Senators’ legend Walter Johnson, 1-0, for his 30th (14th consecutive) victory in a season he wins 34. The Red Sox’s only run results from back-to-back doubles by Tris Speaker and Duffy Lewis; the first two-bagger should have been an easy fly out, but the ball lands into an area cordoned off by a rope to section off the overflow Fenway Park crowd.
1912 Jeff Tesreau, joining Christy Mathewson (Giants, 1901) and Nick Maddox (Pirates, 1907), becomes the third post-1900 rookie to throw a no-hitter. The 24-year-old right-hander holds the Phillies hitless in the Giants’ 3-0 victory in the first game of the Baker Bowl’s twin bill.
1924 In a game that features a total of only six hits, the Brooklyn Robins beat Boston, 1-0, behind the strong two-hit performance of right-hander Bill Doak. The Braves Field victory is the team’s 15th consecutive win, establishing the longest winning streak in franchise history.
1924 Browns’ right-hander Urban Shocker throws two complete games, beating the White Sox 6-2 in both Comiskey Park contests. The 1922 major league strikeout leader faces 77 batters in the twin bill, but fans only one opponent, getting Chicago’s first baseman Earl Sheely in the opener.
1943 At Shibe Park, Carl Scheib became the youngest player to appear in an American League game when he tosses two-thirds of an inning in the A’s 11-4 loss to New York, giving up two hits and an earned run in the ninth inning. The 16-year-old good-hitting right-hander will post a 45-65 win-loss record, along with a .250 batting average during his 11 seasons in the major leagues.
1948 After 2,592 plate appearances, Emil Verban hits his first and only major league home run, establishing the mark for the longest homerless streak to start a career. The Cubs’ second baseman hits the historic home run off Johnny Vander Meer in the seventh inning of the team’s 3-1 loss to Chicago at Crosley Field.
1952 The National League’s longest game of the season ends when Del Ennis hits a walk-off home run in the 17th inning, giving the Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Braves in the first game of the Shibe Park twin bill. Philadelphia starter Robin Roberts goes the distance, giving up 18 hits in the three-hour and fifty-minute contest.
1953 With Giants manager Leo Durocher yelling, “stick it in his ear,” Ruben Gomez hits Carl Furillo, the National League’s leading hitter, on the wrist by a pitch. After taking first base, the Dodgers right fielder bolts into the opposing dugout to choke ‘Leo the Lip,’ but in the melee, he factures the knuckle on his little finger, putting an end to his season.
1954 Cuban-born Carlos Paula integrates the Senators when he collects a single and a double, playing left field in the team’s 8-1 victory over Philadelphia at Griffith Stadium. Next year, the 27-year-old Havana native, in his only full season in the majors, leads all freshmen when he compiles a .299 batting average, playing 115 games for Washington.
1967 In Detroit, Tiger right-hander Earl Wilson throws a complete game to earn his 20th victory of the season, beating the A’s in the nightcap of a twin bill, 6-3. The 32-year-old Louisianian will compile a 22-11 record, along with an ERA of 3.27, helping to keep the second-place club in the pennant race until the season’s finale.
1972 Paying respect to the eleven Israeli Olympic athletes killed yesterday by terrorists in Munich, A’s southpaw Ken Holtzman and first baseman Mike Epstein don black armbands on their uniforms’ sleeves. The action taken by the Jewish players, affirming the importance of their faith, is well received by the club, with Reggie Jackson wearing an armband in solidarity, along with skipper Dick Williams being fully supportive of the symbolic gesture made by the Oakland teammates.
1973 The formerly first-place Pirates make a rash decision to replace their skipper Bill Virdon after the team drops three of four to St. Louis to fall three games back in the standings. The bespectacled manager, who led the club to a division title last year, will be replaced with Danny Murtaugh, the man he had replaced before the 1972 season.
1973 Two Alou brothers are released by the Yankees when Felipe is selected off waivers by the Expos and Matty is purchased by the Cardinals. Felipe and Matty will finish the season with their new teams, retiring the following season after brief stints with the Brewers and the Padres.
1974 Behind the complete-game pitching performances by Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar, the Orioles sweep a twin bill, blanking Cleveland twice, 2-0 and 1-0. The victories are the fourth and fifth consecutive shutouts thrown by the Birds, who establish an American League mark by hurling 54 straight scoreless frames.
1981 Fernando Valenzuela ties the National League’s rookie record for shutouts, blanking St. Louis, 5-0, for his seventh whitewash of the season. The Dodger lefty shares the mark with Irv Young (1905 Beaneaters), Grover Alexander (1911 Phillies), and Jerry Koosman (1968 Mets).
1981 “I told him to quit threatening me. If he wants me to go, make the move – don’t wait. I can’t take it any longer” – GENE MICHAEL, speaking to the press about his relationship with George Steinbrenner. Calling the decision the most the ”most agonizing” he has made running the club, Yankees’ owner, George Steinbrenner fires Gene Michael and replaces him with Bob Lemon. The former skipper’s demise was prompted by his comments to the press concerning his inability to no longer tolerate the Boss’s constant threats of dismissal and for his refusal to apologize for the August 28 remarks.
1982 The Pirates retire the number 8 worn by Willie Stargell, who was the team’s all-time leader in home runs, RBIs, and extra-base hits, after spending his entire 21-year career with the Bucs. In 1988, the Hall of Fame will induct “Pops,” a seven-time NL All-Star who won NLCS and World Series MVP honors in 1979, in his first year of eligibility.
1985 In a matchup of aces that lives up its advanced billing, Dwight Gooden and Fernando Valenzuela hook up in one of the best pitchers’ duels in recent memory. New York beats Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine, 2-0, thanks to Darryl Strawberry’s two-run double on a day that the 20-year-old Mets right-hander strikes out ten batters, throwing nine shutout innings, while the Dodger southpaw pitches 11 innings without allowing a run.
1995 Cal Ripken breaks Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game record, playing in his 2,131st straight game. When the game becomes official in the middle of the fifth inning, the new ‘Iron Man’ takes a victory lap around Camden Yards during the 22-minute standing ovation from the sellout crowd, including President Bill Clinton.
1996 Paul Molitor reaches the 200-hit plateau for the fourth time in his career when he singles off Chuck Finley in the Twins’ 6-2 victory over California at the Metrodome. The Minnesota DH becomes the second major leaguer to reach the milestone as a 40-year-old, joining Sam Rice, who accomplished the feat while playing with the Senators in 1930.
1996 Thirty-nine-year-old center fielder Brett Butler returns to the Dodger lineup after having surgery in May to remove a tumor and receiving intensive treatment for squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsils. The premiere leadoff hitter, who will retire at the end of next season, steals a base and scores the decisive in the eighth inning of the team’s 2-1 victory over the Pirates at Chavez Ravine.
1996 Eddie Murray of the Orioles becomes the 15th player in major league history to hit 500 home runs when his seventh-inning solo shot goes deep, knotting the score at 3-3 off Tiger pitcher Felipe Lira at Camden Yards. The Los Angeles native joins Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players to reach this milestone and also have three thousand hits.
1996 After reaching a sponsorship deal with a local energy company, the Reds officially rename Riverfront Stadium to Cinergy Field. The ballpark, a multi-purpose, circular cookie-cutter stadium, which opened in 1970, will be imploded in 2002 after serving the team for 32 seasons to help make room for Cincinnati’s new home, the Great American Ball Park.
2000 After reaching an agreement with Mogan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Major League Baseball can now use the URL www.mlb.com. The law firm registered mlb.com in 1994 and had refused to release the domain name, making it necessary for the sport to use www.majorleaguebaseball.com.
2000 Scott Sheldon joins Bert Campaneris (A’s, 1965) and Cesar Tovar (Twins, 1968) to become the third player in baseball history to play all nine positions in a single game. With the White Sox ahead 10-0, the Ranger infielder comes into the game defensively in the bottom of the fourth inning, replacing backstop Bill Haselman, and will proceed to play in every spot on the field, including a third of an inning on the mound, where he strikes out the only batter he faces.
2001 Joining Babe Ruth (1927 Yankees), Roger Maris (1961 Yankees), Mark McGwire (1998 Cardinals), and Sammy Sosa (1998 Cubs), Barry Bonds becomes the fifth major leaguer to hit 60 home runs in a season. The 37-year-old Giant left fielder, the oldest to join this elite group, reaches the historic plateau the quickest, needing only 141 games to reach the milestone.
2002 For the first time in 11 years, the Homer Hanky makes its return to the Metrodome in hopes of halting Oakland’s record-setting 20-game winning streak. The Twins, 8-0 in World Series home games (1987 and 1991) with the fans waving their trademark towels, see the magic continue when they blank their opponents, 6-0.
2002 The Twins and Brad Radke, who throws a six-hitter, stop Oakland’s 20-game winning streak, blanking the visitors at the Metrodome, 6-0. Oakland falls one game short of equalling the second-longest modern winning streak in baseball history, established by the Cubs, who won 21 straight contests in 1935.
2005 At an afternoon press conference at PNC Park, Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield announces the dismissal of manager Lloyd McClendon. The former skipper, who compiled a 336-446 record during his 3+ year tenure in the Bucs dugout, will be replaced by bench coach Pete Mackanin on an interim basis for the remainder of the season.
2005 As part of the National Roberto Clemente Day celebration, teams will collect donations from fans in support of the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Also, in remembrance of those affected by the disaster, major league players will don helmets bearing the Red Cross logo on the right side, and the number to call to help those in need will appear on the sides of the bases.
2005 Mark Teixeira, with his 36th round-tripper this year, becomes the fifth player in major league history to collect 100 homers during his first three seasons, hitting a ninth-inning two-out three-run to give the Rangers a come-from-behind 10-7 victory over Minnesota at the Metrodome. The 25-year-old slugger, who will finish with 43 dingers, went yard 26 and 38 times, respectively, in his first two seasons with Texas.
2006 With the help of three defensive gems at Miami’s Dolphin Stadium, Anibal Sanchez no-hits the Diamondbacks, 2-0, when Eric Byrnes makes the last out of the game on a questionable, bang-bang play at first base. The 22-year-old Venezuelan hurler is the 18th rookie to throw a no-hitter, and he joins Al Leiter, Kevin Brown, and A.J. Burnett as the fourth Marlin to throw a no-hitter.
2009 With a leadoff first-inning double in the Mariners’ 5-2 loss in Oakland, 36-year-old Ichiro Suzuki becomes the 259th player and the second-quickest to collect 2000 major league hits. In 1933, Al Simmons, playing with the White Sox, reached the milestone in his 1,390th game, a dozen contests less than Seattle’s superstar.
(Ed. Note: Four-hundred and forty of Ichiro’s 2,000 hits have come in the first frame, with 215 to lead off a game. -LP)
2012 Cal Ripken becomes the fifth Oriole of the six O’s inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame to have a statue dedicated in Camden Yards’ Legends Park. The Iron Man joins Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, and Brooks Robinson, scheduled to be honored at the end of the month.
2013 Facing his former team, Yusmeiro Petit retires the first 26 Diamondbacks he faces in the Giants’ 3-0 victory at AT&T Park. Eric Chavez, who strokes a pinch-hit line-drive single to right field with two outs in the ninth inning, spoils the 28-year-old right-hander’s bid for perfection.
2017 The Diamondbacks win their 13th straight game when they defeat the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine, 3-1. The victory establishes a franchise mark for consecutive wins, surpassing the team’s 12-game winning streak in 2003.
*****BASEBALL HALL OF FAME******
TIM RAINES SR.
Tim Raines finished his big league career as the most successful base stealer – ranked by percentage – in MLB history.
He also a part of baseball’s most exclusive club: The one percent of big leaguers elected to the Hall of Fame.
Born Sept. 16, 1959 in Sanford, Fla., Raines was selected in the fifth round of the 1977 MLB Draft by the Montreal Expos. During his first full season in the big leagues in 1981, he batted .304 with 71 stolen bases in a strike-shortened campaign – electrifying fans with his speed. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting, 19th in MVP voting and earned his first All-Star selection.
Raines earned All-Star Game selections in each of his first seven full seasons. He finished in the Top 10 in MVP voting three times and won a Silver Slugger and a batting title in 1986 with a .334 average. He led the league in stolen bases from 1981-1984 and in runs scored in 1983 and 1987.
In 1991, after 13 years in Montreal, Raines was traded to the Chicago White Sox. After five years on the South Side, Raines went to the Yankees and got a taste of postseason success. Raines helped the Bronx Bombers to World Series Championships in 1996 and 1998.
But six months after signing a free agent contract with the Athletics in 1999, Raines was diagnosed with lupus. He spent the rest of the year and all of 2000 undergoing treatment and recovery.
Raines returned to the big leagues in 2001 and played for the Expos, Orioles and Marlins during his final two seasons. On a minor league rehab assignment for a shoulder injury, Raines and his son, Tim Raines Jr., became the first father-son pair to play against each other in a professional game. Later that year, he played with his son as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.
During his 23-year career, Raines recorded 2,605 hits, 980 RBI and a .294 batting average. He hit better than .320 for three in a row (1985-87) and his 808 stolen bases rank fifth all-time. He is the only player in big league history with at least 100 triples, 150 home runs and 600 stolen bases and is the only player to record four different seasons with at least 50 extra-base hits and 70 steals
Raines finished his big league career with the best stolen base percentage (84.7) of any player with 400-plus steals (since caught stealing became an official statistic in 1951).
He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2017.
September 6, 1946 – Cleveland Municipal Stadium packs in 60,135 fans as the All American Football Conference has it’s very first regular season game played with the Cleveland Browns blanking the Miami Seahawks 44-0. The legendary Paul Brown coached the Brownies to victory while a 25 year old Otto Graham was under center.
September 6, 1980 – Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota ends college football’s longest losing streak ever, 50 games, as they find victory on this football day. The Division III Scots, started their long losing streak in 1974. The low point was probably in 1977 when they gave up an average 59.1 points per game, according to espn.com and in one of those contests they lost by the score of 97-6 as the Concordia Moorhead Cobbers set an NAIA record with 14 TDs in the game. The game that broke the streak on this day in 1980 was a very dramatic and emotional win. With 11 seconds remaining in the game against Mount Senario College with the game deadlocked at 14 apiece, Macalester Kicker Bob Kaye, nailed a 23-yard field goal to put an end to the losing streak.
September 6, 1987 – A CFL record field goal is reached as Saskatchewan kicker, Dave Ridgeway booted a 60 yard field goal at Taylor Field in Regina, Saskatchewan. The record would hold up for over 14 years, that is when on October 27, 2001 veteran kicker Paul McCallum kicked a 62 yard field goal to break the record on the same field while also playing for Saskatchewan.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAYS FOR SEPTEMBER 6
September 6, 1890 – Earl William Bill Sprackling was Brown University’s quarterback during the 1909, 1910 and 1911 seasons. The 1910 season was special for Sprackling as not only he selected as an All-American but he also was rated as the best college football player in 1910. Walter Camp chose the smallish 155 lb Sprackling to three straight seasons as a member to the All-American team; 3rd team in 1909, 1st team in 1910 and 2nd team in 1911.
September 6, 1901 – George Wilson or Wildcat Wilson, was a halfback from the University of Washington. Wildcat showed his importance to the Huskies team in the 1926 Rose Bowl Game. Wilson’s dominant performance for much of the first half of the “Grand Daddy of them All” had opponent Alabama on their heels and down by a couple of scores. The Crimson Tide finally got a break late in the second quarter when George Wilson left the game due to injury. The Tide rolled led by Johnny Mack Brown with 20 unanswered points and were driving down the field to score again when the banged up Wildcat Wilson re-entered the contest and was significant installing the ‘Bama drive at the Husky 12 yard line. Wilson then guided the Washington offense down the field and capped off the drive with Wilson throwing a 20 yard scoring strike to John Cole. It was not enough as the Tide held on to win the game 20-19. The stat line of the game showed that with Wilson on the field, the Washington Huskies gained 317 yards and put up 19 points, when he was out they mustered a mere 17 yards and were shut out while the Crimson Tide scored all 20 of their points in that 22 minute absence of Wilson from the contest. It really put Alabama football on the map as a prominent football power in the college football landscape. The 1926 Rose Bowl has gone down in history known as “The game that changed the South.” but it could have been a much different game had Wildcat Wilson played the whole game. Needless to say, the College Football Hall of Fame invited George Wilson into their exclusive club of legends in 1951.
******FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME******
Years: Chico State [CA] (1984-88), Oregon (1995-2008)
Place of Birth: Concord, Calif.
Date of Birth: Dec 21, 1950
The winningest coach in Oregon football history, Mike Bellotti created a Hall of Fame career, turning the Ducks into a national powerhouse.
After a brief coaching stint with Chico State (Calif.), Bellotti became Oregon head coach in 1995, becoming the first coach in school history to post a winning record in each of his first nine seasons. He took the Ducks to 12 bowl games in 14 seasons, including a win in the Fiesta Bowl after the following the 2001 season. The Fiesta Bowl victory gave Belloitti and the Ducks a single-season school-record 11 wins and a No. 2 national ranking. Nationally ranked in eight seasons, Bellotti’s Ducks claimed the Pac-10 championship in 2001 and a share of the conference title in 2000.
Boasting more overall (116) and conference (72) wins than any other Pac-10 coach during his 14-year tenure, Bellotti was a finalist for the 2001 Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award, and he was the 1986 Northern California Athletic Conference Coach of the Year while at Chico State. At Oregon, he coached 2007 NFF National Scholar-Athlete and Heisman Trophy finalist Dennis Dixon as well as five First-Team All-Americans and First-Team Academic All-Americans. Bellotti finished his coaching career with a 137-80-2 record, winning 63 percent of his games.
A tight end and wide receiver at California-Davis under Hall of Fame coach Jim Sochor, Bellotti helped the Aggies to a Far Western Conference championship in 1972 and a share of the conference title in 1971. A member of the American Football Coaches Association Board of Trustees from 2003-09, the Concord, Calif., native has served as the chair of the NCAA Football Rules Committee, a national vice president for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a college football analyst for ESPN.
*****INDIANA FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME*****
Junior reserve football and senior year varsity letterman.
University of Evansville
All-Conference ICC 1964; Team Best Lineman Honor 1964; first U of E player to be drafted into the NFL.
Inducted into Evansville University Hall of Fame 1979; member of NFLPA Retired and NFL Alumni; works as an account executive with Koester Companies, Inc. in Evansville.
Wife, Jeanne; children, C. Martin and Michelle.
Coaching Experience: While at U of E, coached offensive and defensive linemen in 1965.
Professional Athletic Background: Drafted by Dallas Cowboys as an offensive guard in 1965 but did not make team; free agent with Denver Broncos as a defensive end in 1966 but did not make team; was sent to Wheeling Ironmen in the Continental Football League; was picked up by Chicago Bears as defensive end 1967-1969; played defensive end with Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers 1970; retired in 1971 due to a ruptured achilles tendon.
Professional Athletic Honors: In 1967, awarded game ball by teammates for outstanding individual performance in Bears 14-3 win over Detroit Lions; shared award of game ball with outstanding performance by defensive line in Bears 34-7 win over the NY Giants; named to NFL All-Star All-Rookie Team.
******NUMBERS IN SPORTS******
12 – 39 – 26 -10 – 48 – 8 – 36 – 4 – 33
September 6, 1905 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Frank Smith no-hits Detroit Tigers, 15-0
September 6, 1945 – A’s catcher Greek George, Number 12 punches umpire Joe Rue gets suspended
September 6, 1953 – Roy Campanella, wearing Number 39 sets record for home runs by a catcher at 38
September 6, 1977 – Angels acquire Dave Kingman from Padres for cash, 9 days later Yankees buy Kingman (started with Mets) who plays in all 4 divisions in 1977. His jersey Numbers worn in that season were Number 26 (Mets and Padres), Number 10 (Angels) and Number 48 (Yankees)
September 6, 1982 – The Pittsburgh Pirates retired Willie Stargell‘s Number 8
September 6, 1987 – Saskatchewan Rough Rider Dave Ridgway, Number 36 kicks a CFL-record 60-yard field goal
September 6, 1995 – Cal Ripken Jr (Number 8) broke Lou Gehrig’s (Number 4) record, plays in 2,131 straight games
September 6, 1996 – Baltimore Orioles’ (Number 33) Eddie Murray’s 500th career home run
AUSTRALIAN RULES FOOTBALL (MEN’S)
5 a.m. (Thursday)
FS2 — AFL: Melbourne at Collingwood
GOLF — The Folds Of Honor Collegiate: Final Round, American Dunes Golf Club, Grand Haven, Mich.
COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL (WOMEN’S)
BTN — Creighton at Nebraska
12 a.m. (Thursday)
GOLF — Asian Tour: The Shinhan Donghae Open, First Round, Ocean Course at Club72, Incheon, South Korea
MLBN — Regional Coverage: Minnesota at Cleveland OR Milwaukee at Pittsburgh (12:30 p.m.)
MLBN — Regional Coverage: Philadelphia at San Diego OR Colorado at Arizona (3:30 p.m.)
MLBN — Regional Coverage: St. Louis at Atlanta OR Boston at Tampa Bay (6:30 p.m.)
NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL
NBATV — Exhibition: Perth at Team Ignite
FS2 — International Friendly: Malta vs. Gibraltar, Attard, Malta
CBSSN — NWSL Challenge Cup: North Carolina at Kansas City, Semifinal
CBSSN — NWSL Challenge Cup: Racing Louisville FC at OL Reign, Semifinal
ESPN — ATP/WTA: The U.S. Open, Quarterfinals, Flushing, N.Y.
ESPN — ATP/WTA: The U.S. Open, Quarterfinals, Flushing, N.Y.
7 p.m. NBATV — Seattle at Atlanta