INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL-NCC/AREA

CENTERVILLE 3 HAGERSTOWN 2

SHENANDOAH 9 NORTHEASTERN 6

ALEXANDRIA MONROE 14 WINCHESTER 1

KNIGHTSTOWN 9 TRITON CENTRAL 6

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL-NCC/AREA

HARRISON 5 KOKOMO 4

LINCOLN 12 RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 0

MOUNT VERNON 13 PENDLETON 1

GREENSBURG 4 FRANKLIN COUNTY 2

CONNERSVILLE 14 BATESVILLE 0

BOYS REGIONAL TRACK AT CONNERSVILLE

TEAM RESULTS

1) Center Grove 142

2) Warren Central 96

3) Columbus North 63

4) Franklin Central 44

5) East Central 37

6) Batesville 35

7) Whiteland Community 34

8) Roncalli 24

9) Franklin Community 23

9) Greenfield-Central 23

11) Franklin County 19

12) Columbus East 13

13) Indianapolis Lutheran 12

14) Milan 11

15) Connersville 10

16) Beech Grove 8

17) New Palestine 7

18) Triton Central 6

19) Waldron 4

19) Richmond 4

21) Tri 3

22) Indian Creek 2

 22) Greenwood Community 2 24) Hagerstown 1

 24) Oldenburg Academy 1

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: https://www.ihsaa.org/Portals/0/boys%20sports/track/2020-21/2020-21%20Warren%20Central%20Regional.pdf

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NBA PLAYOFFS

LOS ANGELES (AP) Anthony Davis had 34 points and 11 rebounds, LeBron James added 21 points and nine assist and the Los Angeles Lakers celebrated their first home playoff game in more than eight years with a 109-95 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night in Game 3.

Dennis Schroder added 20 points and the seventh-seeded defending NBA champs took a 2-1 lead with their second straight victory in the first-round series. Los Angeles pulled away from erratic Phoenix in the second half for the second straight game, and a fierce late rally by the Suns came up short.

Game 4 is Sunday in Los Angeles.

Deandre Ayton had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the second-seeded Suns, who are in an early hole in their first postseason series in 11 years. Phoenix also came unglued in the final minute when Devin Booker and Jae Crowder both were sent to the locker room early.

Booker scored 19 points on 6-of-19 shooting, but the star guard was ejected with 35.4 seconds to play after committing a flagrant foul against Schroder. Moments later, Crowder got a technical foul, following Booker off the court after apparently trying to confront Schroder.

Phoenix also got another quiet game from Chris Paul, who played just 2 1/2 minutes in the fourth quarter even though coach Monty Williams said the star point guard’s shoulder had healed. Paul had seven points and six assists in 27 minutes.

Roughly 7,000 masked fans watched inside Staples Center as the Lakers hosted their first playoff game in their downtown arena since April 28, 2013. Los Angeles won its 17th title in the Florida bubble last October and the legions of fans confined to watching their beloved team’s rebirth on television turned up in force for this streak-breaking win.

Davis scored 18 points in the third quarter while staking the Lakers to a 17-point lead, and Wesley Matthews hit back-to-back 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter while Los Angeles pushed its margin to 21.

Cameron Payne hit three 3-pointers in a late rally, but the Suns couldn’t get closer than eight points.

Phoenix won the series opener in impressive fashion, but the Lakers answered with much-improved play in a 109-102 victory in Game 2. The Suns were the NBA’s best road team during their outstanding regular season, but the Lakers are proving to be the nightmare matchup most expected when the champs slipped to the bottom of the bracket due to injuries.

Williams said before the game that Paul was “a full go” after his bruised right shoulder that clearly limited him in both games in Phoenix. The 11-time All-Star point guard still didn’t appear to be playing at his usual strengths at Staples Center, his former home with the Clippers.

Both teams got off to solid offensive starts in Game 3, but both then fumbled through a dismal second quarter featuring just 28 points on combined 9-for-39 shooting. The Lakers also got a worry when Davis came down awkwardly and appeared to be moving gingerly both before and after halftime.

But Los Angeles made a 16-6 run out of the break led by James, who increased his aggression and broke down Phoenix’s defense. The Lakers took their biggest lead of the series midway through the third quarter when Schroder’s three-point play put them up 67-51, and Davis made a series of tough buckets to keep LA’s lead at double digits even without a 3-pointer in the quarter.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Nikola Jokic had 36 points and 11 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 120-115 Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Austin Rivers hit four consecutive 3 pointers during a crucial stretch in the final quarter and finished with 21 points for third-seeded Denver, which had 20 3s overall.

The Blazers struggled from 3-point range and got poor shooting from their bench players despite cheers from the biggest home crowd allowed at the Moda Center this season. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 37 points.

Game 4 is Saturday at the Moda Center.

Denver led 84-79 heading into the final period, but Portland tied it at 91 on Carmelo Anthony’s 3-pointer with just under seven minutes to play.

Rivers’ third straight 3-pointer put the Nuggets up 102-94 with 3:49 left and his teammates rushed over to celebrate with him as a timeout was called.

The Blazers were hurt when Jusuf Nurkic fouled out with 5:15 left. Nurkic finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Portland pulled within 108-103 after Lillard’s dunk with 1:38 left, but Rivers answered with another 3-pointer that all but sealed it. Rivers had five 3-pointers.

Sixth-seeded Portland opened the first round with a 123-109 victory in Denver. But the Nuggets adjusted to take Game 2 128-109.

The playoffs have been a scrappy battle for points between Lillard and Jokic. Lillard was averaging 38 points and 11.5 rebounds through the first two games, while Jokic averaged 36 points and 12 rebounds.

The Nuggets led by as many as 12 points in the opening half as Portland uncharacteristically struggled from the perimeter. The Blazers’ bench also struggled, with just three points collectively in the opening half.

Denver made 12 of its 20 3-point attempts and led 64-59 at the break.

Jokic made back-to-back 3 pointers to put the Nuggets up 75-64, but Portland responded with a 11-2 run to get within 77-75.

Portland made just 14 of 45 3-point attempts in the game.

Denver’s playoff record for 3s in a game is 22, set last year in the opening round against Utah.

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MIAMI (AP) Another game. Another blowout.

The Milwaukee Bucks have a chance to sweep the Miami Heat out of the playoffs, and they’re making the task of dispatching the reigning Eastern Conference champions look very simple.

Khris Middleton scored 22 points, Jrue Holiday added 19 points and 12 assists and the Bucks took a 3-0 lead in their East first-round series with a 113-84 victory in Miami on Thursday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds for Milwaukee, which can finish the sweep and move into the East semifinals with a win Saturday afternoon.

“The last two games haven’t been easy,” Antetokounmpo said. “Obviously, we were up 30, but it’s not easy. … I’ll say this: I’ll say by us doing our job, I’m not surprised that we’re able to win a game because once we focus on ourselves, play together, have fun and be tough, good things are going to happen. And in these three games, good things have happened for us.”

Miami has lost three games by 29 points or more this season – all against Milwaukee, two of them in the last two games of this series. The Bucks held leads of 51 and 36 points against Miami in games earlier this season; the margin got to 32 on Thursday night.

And as if Milwaukee needed another edge, there’s this: No team in NBA history has ever squandered a 3-0 series lead.

“We’re not worried about that. We control what we can control, and that’s how we play, that’s how we prepare, how we compete,” Miami forward Jimmy Butler said. “Not too worried about what history says and all of that good stuff, but we’ve got our work cut out for us.”

Butler scored 19 points and Bam Adebayo had 17 for Miami. Nemanja Bjelica – little-used by Miami this season, then called upon Thursday out of desperation for any sort of outside shooting – scored 14 points.

Milwaukee outrebounded Miami 56-41, held the Heat to 38% shooting and became the first team to top Miami by at least 29 points twice in the same playoff series. And that’s after the Bucks beat Miami by 47, in Miami, back in December.

“We’ve got to continue to work,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They have so many weapons on the other side. They do a lot of things that are hard to guard. Defensively, our focus, our attention to detail has got to stay high.”

The biggest Miami crowd of the season, by far – 17,000 in a building that in pre-pandemic times called 19,600 a sellout – showed up, most of them in their seats by tip-off, hoping that they would see the start of a turnaround.

Instead, in the biggest game of the season, they saw Miami’s slowest start of the season.

The Heat managed only eight points in the game’s first nine minutes, the fewest they managed in such a game-opening span since last August and the fewest to open a game on their home floor since Nov. 14, 2018.

It was 26-14 Milwaukee after one quarter, then the lead swelled to as much as 19 – 44-25 late in the second before got to 49-36 at the half. That matched the fewest points allowed by the Bucks in a first half in more than three years.

“They’re making shots and they’re making tough ones,” Adebayo said. “And the ball won’t go in for us.”

The margin swelled to 27 in the third quarter. More than a few of those 17,000 fans didn’t stick around too much longer.

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NHL PLAYOFFS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes finally figured out how to beat the Nashville Predators in overtime: Score quickly.

And now they’re onto the second round.

Sebastian Aho scored his second goal of the game 1:06 into overtime and the Hurricanes advanced with a 4-3 comeback victory over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night in Game 6. It was their second straight overtime win to finish off the series with both winning goals scored within the first couple minutes.

The Hurricanes will play defending champion Tampa Bay, the No. 3 seed in the Central Division. They trailed 3-1 in the second period, the first time in the series that Carolina had trailed by more than a goal.

“It just shows that there’s no quit in this team and we have that confidence that we’re still in the game even though we down a goal in the third,” Aho said.

Carolina won its fourth straight game with a chance to end a series. The Hurricanes are 12-10 in franchise history in clinching games, and they improved to 5-2 on the road in Game 6 with a 3-2 lead.

Aho stunned the largest crowd to see an NHL game this year when he scored so quickly after overtime started for the fourth straight game in this series. Defenseman Jaccob Slavin shot the puck, and Aho tipped it in.

“It was pretty awesome I think just to not have to play too much longer,” Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton said. “We were all pretty happy about that. I think (we) just said stick to our game and didn’t say too much. It was great play and good shot, good tip. Very happy.”

Slavin said the key in overtime is just throwing pucks to the net where anything can happen.

“That’s huge,” Slavin said. “On to the next series.”

Brock McGinn and Hamilton each had a goal and an assist apiece for Carolina. The Hurricanes now have won four straight games with a chance to clinch a series.

Nashville led 3-1 in the second period and 3-2 in the third when the Hurricanes spent much of the period in front of Nashville goalie Juuse Saros.

Hamilton tied it with 6:01 left in regulation after Saros stopped the Canes’ first 13 shots in the period. He scored from the right edge off a pass from Slavin off a faceoff. Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said they just had to win a period after having only 14 shots through two periods.

“Then we had momentum,” Brind’Amour said. “Obviously, got the faceoff win, and it ended up in the net. It’s all good.”

Nashville fell to 1-10 in series when trailing 3-2, and the Predators now are 7-8 in Game 6s.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t find a way to win it, which playoffs you’ve got to be able to find a way to win games,” Nashville coach John Hynes said.

Mikael Granlund had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Johansen and Nick Cousins scored for Nashville. Saros finished with 27 saves.

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TORONTO (AP) Nick Suzuki scored 59 seconds into overtime and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday night, rebounding after blowing a three-goal lead to force Game 6 in the Original Six first-round matchup.

Cole Caufield intercepted Alex Galchenyuk’s pass in Montreal’s zone and moved in with Suzuki on a 2-on-0. Suzuki made a pass to Caufield after crossing into Toronto’s zone, got the puck back from his rookie teammate and beat Jack Campbell to the blocker side.

“Sometimes those 2-on-0s are a little bit more difficult,” Suzuki said. “We’re both capable of scoring and making plays. It was a great play by him to touch it right back.”

Joel Armia scored twice, Jesperi Kotkaniemi added a goal and Carey Price made 32 saves to help Montreal cut Toronto’s series lead to 3-2.

“Resiliency,” Price said. “It’s not easy to have the right mentality going into an overtime like that after giving up a two-goal lead in the third.”

Jake Muzzin scored twice for Toronto. Zach Hyman had a goal and Campbell stopped 26 shots.

“Any time your back’s against the wall, you push back,” Hyman said. “You saw that from them. We’ve been in that situation before and you always respond.”

The Quebec government will allow 2,500 fans into the Bell Centre on Saturday for Game 6, the first NHL crowd in Canada since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020.

“They will deserve that game big time,” Montreal center Phillip Danault said. “It’s going to be crazy there. It’s going to be awesome. I can’t wait to be in front of our fans. Been waiting for that all year. And here we are, Game 6 against Toronto, Saturday night at home. Can’t get any better than that.”

The Maple Leafs missed an opportunity to win a playoff series for the first time since 2004, but still have two more cracks at advancing.

The Winnipeg Jets await the winner following their sweep of Edmonton in the North Division’s other first-round series.

Kotkaniemi gave Montreal a 3-0 lead at 4:52 of the second period.

The top seed in the division during the NHL’s pandemic-truncated campaign, 18 points clear of their opponent in the standings, the Maple Leafs showed some life 1:40 later when Mitch Marner threw a puck in front from behind the goal line that Hyman slid home.

Toronto cut it to one just after its only power play ended when Muzzin blasted a point shot through a screen at 6:52 of the third.

The Maple Leafs got even with 8:06 left in regulation when Muzzin drove the net and tipped Galchenyuk’s shot through Price’s legs.

“They were much more desperate than us in the first,” Toronto star Auston Matthews said. “They jump out to a quick 2-0 lead, but I’m proud of the way that we fought back.”

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MLB NEWS

WASHINGTON (AP) Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit run-scoring singles in the sixth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Cincinnati 5-3 Thursday in the completion of a suspended game.

Washington led 3-0 when Wednesday night’s game was suspended in middle of the fourth inning following a rain delay of 3 hours, 4 minutes.

The interrupted game resumed ahead of Thursday night’s scheduled game, which was shortened to seven innings under pandemic doubleheader rules. Sonny Gray (0-3) was to start for Cincinnati and Stephen Strasburg (1-1) for the Nationals.

Austin Voth (1-0) allowed two hits in two scoreless innings after Joe Ross had pitched four scoreless innings on Wednesday.

“For me, I tried to treat it like I was coming out of the bullpen,” said Voth, who has 21 starts over his big league career but none this season.

“Today kind of felt normal,” he added latter. “Like I was preparing for a day game. It didn’t seem too weird.”

Daniel Hudson allowed two inherited runners to score in a three-run eighth, and Brad Hand worked the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.

Nick Castellanos and Tucker Barnhart singled in runs for the Reds, and Kyle Farmer added a sacrifice fly. Jesse Winker had four hits.

“We didn’t quit,” Barnhart said. “We put some good at-bats together in the eighth. We just couldn’t get anything going in the ninth.”

Ross and Starlin Castro singled in runs Wednesday, and Alex Avila drew a bases-loaded walk off Jeff Hoffman (3-4), who gave up two runs, two hits and five walks in 1 1/3 innings.

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WASHINGTON (AP) Sonny Gray pitched six innings of two-hit ball and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Nationals 3-0 in seven innings on Thursday night for a split after Washington won 5-3 in the completion of a suspended game.

Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit run-scoring singles in the sixth inning for the Nationals in the finish of a game that started Wednesday night.

Gray (1-3) struck out five, walked one and required only two putouts from his outfield to complete Cincinnati’s first series win in Washington since 2015.

“The thought the whole day was challenge guys and throw seven innings,” said Gray, who threw 54 of 90 pitches for strikes and was removed partially because he took a liner to his glove on his final out.

“I think that just made the decision easy for me,” said manager David Bell, who expects Gray to be fine. “He was in a little bit of pain. I think even for a pitcher, it’s a little bit shocking to get a ball hit that hard back at you.”

Eugenio Suarez hit his 11th homer and first leadoff shot of his career. The drive came against Stephen Strasburg (1-2), who allowed all three runs and departed after a two-run fifth.

Jesse Winker singled in a run off the second-base bag and Tyler Naquin doubled inside the left field line. Gray also singled in the inning, one of five hits Strasburg allowed.

“I thought he kept us in the ballgame,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. “Unfortunately, we’re out of the inning and the ball hits the base. The next guy hits the ball to left field.”

Lucas Sims worked the ninth for his third save.

Washington led 3-0 when Wednesday night’s game was suspended in middle of the fourth inning following a rain delay of 3 hours, 4 minutes.

When it resumed Thursday afternoon, Austin Voth (1-0) allowed two hits in two scoreless innings to follow the four scoreless innings Joe Ross pitched on Wednesday.

“For me, I tried to treat it like I was coming out of the bullpen,” said Voth, who has 21 starts over his big league career but none this season.

“Today kind of felt normal,” he added. “Like I was preparing for a day game. It didn’t seem too weird.”

Daniel Hudson allowed two inherited runners to score in a three-run eighth, and Brad Hand worked the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.

Nick Castellanos and Tucker Barnhart singled in runs for the Reds, and Kyle Farmer added a sacrifice fly. Winker had four hits.

“We didn’t quit,” Barnhart said. “We put some good at-bats together in the eighth. We just couldn’t get anything going in the ninth.”

Ross and Starlin Castro singled in runs Wednesday, and Alex Avila drew a bases-loaded walk off Jeff Hoffman (3-4), who gave up two runs, two hits and five walks in 1 1/3 innings.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) Javier Baez hit reverse and chaos ensued, as tends to happen whenever the livewire Chicago Cubs shortstop is on the basepaths.

The quick-thinking star’s latest bit of sorcery led to a comedy of errors by the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates, keying a two-run rally in a 5-3 victory on Thursday.

“He just makes crazy things happen,” Chicago manager David Ross said of Baez. “He runs in moments and guys forget how to play baseball sometimes.”

Pirates first baseman Will Craig certainly did.

With teammate Willson Contreras on second and two outs in the third inning, Baez hit a routine grounder to third baseman Erik Gonzalez. Gonzalez’s throw to Craig at first was a little up the line, pulling Craig off the bag. No biggie. All Craig had to do was tag Baez or touch first. The inning should have been over.

It wasn’t. What followed was 40 seconds of madness that will likely follow Baez and Craig no matter where their careers take them.

Baez hit the brakes to avoid Craig’s glove and started backtracking toward the plate. Craig curiously decided to follow Baez.

The move bought enough time for Contreras to round third and sprint home. Craig attempted a flip to catcher Michael Perez, but Contreras slid under the tag while Baez took off for first. Perez’s throw to first sailed past second baseman Adam Frazier attempting to cover the bag, allowing Baez to race to second.

At any point in time, if the ball gets to first before Baez does, the out is recorded, the run doesn’t count and life goes on. It didn’t, encapsulating a season that is quickly slipping away for the Pirates.

“We have to make sure we get the force,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “That’s just where it’s at. I mean, if Baez runs all the way back or runs into their dugout or runs down to the Strip District, we can walk down and touch first.”

Baez ended up scoring moments later on a single by Ian Happ to give the Cubs a three-run lead they wouldn’t relinquish, adding another chapter to his burgeoning resume as one of baseball’s most exhilarating – and occasionally erratic – players in the game in the process.

“I turn to the dugout and everybody was celebrating like I hit a double,” Baez said. “It’s just great.”

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PHOENIX (AP) Yadier Molina had an RBI double in the 10th inning that led the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win on Thursday night over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have lost 11 straight games.

The 38-year-old Molina ripped a one-out double down the left field line, just out of the reach of a diving Eduardo Escobar. The hit scored Paul Goldschmidt, who started the inning on second base. Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched a scoreless 10th for his first save of the season.

The Cardinals won despite blowing a 4-0 lead. Carlos Martinez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run homer in his return from the injured list.

The Diamondbacks clawed their way back with a big seventh. The first six batters reached base – punctuated by Pavin Smith’s two-run double – and they cut the deficit to 4-3. Smith came up big again in the eighth, driving a tying double into the left-center gap that scored Ketel Marte.

Martinez was brilliant through six innings but ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing three straight hits and getting pulled from the game after David Peralta’s RBI double. He struck out six and allowed three earned runs.

Genesis Cabrera relieved Martinez but allowed all three batters he faced to reach base, including Smith’s two-run double, which cut the Cardinals’ lead to 4-3. Ryan Helsley came up big for St. Louis to hold it at 4-3, pumping 99 mph fastballs past Carson Kelly and Andy Young before Josh Rojas hit a harmless groundout to second base.

Smith tied the game in the eighth, which meant Molina’s big double in the 10th was needed for the win.

O’Neill crushed a 451-foot homer to center field in his first at-bat since a fracture in his left middle finger kept him out of the lineup for nearly two weeks. The ball bounced off the scoreboard in center, which is high above the 413-foot sign.

Martinez retired the first nine batters he faced, including six strikeouts. He didn’t allow a baserunner until Rojas led off the fourth with a walk.

Arizona’s Jon Duplantier was moved into a starting role on Thursday after Matt Peacock was scratched because of non-COVID-19 illness. It was the 26-year-old’s first appearance in the big leagues since 2019, when he made 15 appearances, including three starts.

The right-hander got off to a good start, striking out leadoff hitter Tommy Edman on three pitches. But he ran into trouble in the second, giving up O’Neill’s long homer and walking Goldschmidt with the bases loaded.

Alex Reyes (3-1) got the win with a scoreless ninth. Stefan Crichton (0-4) gave up Molina’s double in the 10th.

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NEW YORK (AP) Mets manager Luis Rojas said Thursday that right-hander Noah Syndergaard will not throw for six weeks after an MRI revealed right elbow inflammation.

Syndergaard, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, appeared to be a few weeks away from rejoining the Mets before he left his second rehab start with Class A St. Lucie on Tuesday after just one inning.

His velocity, normally in the mid-to-high 90s, was clocked in the mid-80s by the end of his stint Tuesday.

“It’s tough but all in all it’s good to hear there’s no structural damage in the UCL,” Rojas said. “Let’s see this work with the six weeks without throwing. We pray that he can pitch for us this year.”

Syndergaard is one of several Mets on the injured list and one of four pitchers along with Carlos Carrasco (right hamstring), Taijuan Walker (right side) and Jordan Yamamoto (right shoulder). Carrasco, expected to serve as the Mets’ No. 2 pitcher in Syndergaard’s absence, is on the 60-day IL and not expected to return until at least July.

In addition, ace Jacob deGrom returned Tuesday after missing a little more than two weeks with a right side injury.

Any subsequent delays in his rehab will likely cost Syndergaard a second straight season and perhaps bring an end to his time in New York. The 28-year-old is eligible for free agency after the season.

Rojas said he hasn’t “really thought about” the possibility of Syndergaard not pitching again for the Mets.

“Right now, just being in the middle of the season, I’m looking forward to having everyone healthy at some point,” Rojas said.

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DETROIT (AP) The Cleveland Indians were on the right side of this no-hit bid.

Shane Bieber couldn’t complete it, but his outstanding performance boosted a pitching staff that could use a lift.

Bieber struck out 12 in seven one-hit innings, and the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-2 on Thursday. Cleveland has been no-hit twice this season, but this time it was Bieber who made it to the seventh before Jonathan Schoop led off with a home run to left.

“Generally I give up a hit in like the first inning and kind of get it over with nice and early,” Bieber said. “Tried to extend it as long as possible. I was just having fun with it.”

Bieber (5-3) eventually left after 103 pitches.

Eddie Rosario homered for the Indians, who helped Terry Francona to his 700th victory as Cleveland’s manager. Only Lou Boudreau (728) and Mike Hargrove (721) are ahead of him in franchise history.

“I love it here. I don’t need a certain amount of wins to verify how I feel here. I enjoy the people,” Francona said. “I think as you get older, sometimes numbers start cropping up – some that you don’t want and some that are OK.”

The Indians recently lost right-hander Zach Plesac to a broken thumb, but Bieber looked like every bit of an ace Thursday.

Matthew Boyd (2-6) allowed four runs and six hits in five innings for the Tigers, who have lost five of six.

Bieber was trying to pitch the seventh no-hitter in the major leagues this season, which would have tied for the most since 1900 and been one shy of the mark set in 1884. It would have been Cleveland’s first since Len Barker threw a perfect game on May 15, 1981.

The Indians have the longest current no-hitter drought in the majors, although Cleveland has been on the other end of two of them this season – by Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox and Wade Miley of the Cincinnati Reds.

Bieber, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed only one flyball out. He did have four walks, however.

“We understand we’ve got to find a way to scratch and claw and stay in the game,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’re still only a couple swings away.”

Harold Ramirez drove in runs with a first-inning double and a sixth-inning single. Rosario added a two-run homer in the sixth to make it 4-0.

Rosario hit an RBI double in the ninth, and Detroit’s Victor Reyes hit a run-scoring triple in the bottom of the inning.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Muncy is feeling it in the month of May, especially against the rival San Francisco Giants.

Muncy hit a go-ahead solo shot leading off the sixth – one of five home runs in the game – and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Giants 4-3 on Thursday night. He homered against them last weekend in the Bay Area, part of a three-hit day for him. He came into the latest showdown hitting .357 this month.

“Just looking for any mistake he made up in the zone and he finally made one,” Muncy said of former teammate Alex Wood. “It was a really good swing.”

Muncy’s 11th homer came on an 0-2 pitch. Wood had given up three homers in his previous seven starts and matched that total.

“That’s one of the ones I just got too cute with. Thought I could sneak 92 past Max,” Wood said. “He’s a great hitter. One of the better hitters in the game. Two strikes don’t really matter to him. He controls the zone so well.”

The Giants have yet to beat their rivals in four games this season, getting outscored 23-12. San Francisco’s seven-game road winning streak ended.

“I don’t think we’ve played our `A’ game, but I also think they’ve played very well against us,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “We have a better game in us as an offense.”

The Dodgers have won 13 of 15, including taking four of five on their recent road trip.

David Price started a bullpen game for the Dodgers. The left-hander retired eight batters, striking out five, in 2 2/3 innings. Since coming off the injured list, Price has thrown 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

“Bullpen games can be a little tough because you got to string together games from seven, eight guys,” Muncy said. “D.P., his stuff was pretty electric and he set the tone for the rest of the bullpen.”

Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth to earn his 12th save.

The Giants tied it 3-all on Donovan Solano’s two-run shot into the lower left-field seats off Victor Gonzalez (2-0) in the sixth. Mike Yastrzemski’s bunt set up Solano. It was the first homer allowed by Gonzalez in his career, a span of 36 games. Gonzalez gave up two runs and two hits in one inning.

The Dodgers extended their lead to 3-1 on DJ Peters’ first major league homer leading off the fifth.

Turner’s ninth homer scored Mookie Betts, who had a sliding triple with two outs, and gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the third. Turner has been scuffling this month, hitting .187.

The Giants closed to 2-1 in the fourth on Evan Longoria’s homer off Joe Kelly, who entered with two outs.

Wood (5-2) allowed four runs and six hits in six innings. He struck out eight and didn’t walk anyone. He hit Betts in the side of the knee in the fifth, and turned around in apparent disgust.

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MEN’S TENNIS

(AP) — Well, here’s a new one for the Big Three of men’s tennis: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer ended up in the same half of the French Open field.

Thursday’s draw in Paris marks the first time in their long and distinguished careers that Djokovic, Nadal and Federer all are on one side of the bracket at any Grand Slam tournament, according to the International Tennis Federation.

It means that no more than one of them can reach the final at Roland Garros, where play begins Sunday. The trio tops the leaderboard for major men’s singles tennis titles: Federer and Nadal are tied at 20 trophies, while Djokovic has 18. No one else has more than 14.

Nadal beat Djokovic in straight sets in the 2020 final for his record-extending 13th championship on the French Open’s red clay, but if they meet again this time, it would have to be in the semifinals.

Djokovic is seeded No. 1, and Nadal is seeded No. 3 – the seedings adhere strictly to the ATP rankings, so the Spaniard’s unprecedented previous success in Paris is irrelevant.

The only certainties before the draw were that Djokovic would be on one side and No. 2 Daniil Medvedev on the other; Nadal and No. 4 Dominic Thiem were randomly placed and could have shown up in either half.

What no one knows is how many more Grand Slam tournaments will feature all three of the sport’s top men. Federer, whose record for most weeks at No. 1 in the ATP rankings recently was broken by Djokovic, turns 40 on Aug. 8. Nadal’s 35th birthday is next week; Djokovic’s 34th was last week.

Federer is currently ranked No. 8 after playing only three matches over the past 15 months because of two operations on his right knee. He could meet Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

The other possible quarterfinal on their side is Nadal vs. No. 7 Andrey Rublev.

The two remaining potential quarterfinals are Medvedev vs. No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Thiem vs. No. 6 Alexander Zverev.

Medvedev is a two-time Grand Slam finalist but is 0-4 for his French Open career. Thiem won last year’s U.S. Open and twice has been the runner-up in Paris.

Serena Williams, who has won three of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam titles in Paris, is in a quarter of the women’s draw filled with familiar faces.

That includes possible matchups with three-time major champion Angelique Kerber in the third round, two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in the fourth, then either two-time Australian Open champ Victoria Azarenka or No. 3 seed Aryna Sabalenka in the quarterfinals.

Other possible women’s quarterfinals: No. 1 Ash Barty vs. No. 5 Elina Svitolina, No. 4 Sofia Kenin vs. No. 8 Iga Swiatek in what would be a rematch of the 2020 final won by Swiatek, and No. 2 Naomi Osaka vs. No. 6 Bianca Andreesscu.

Four-time major champion Osaka announced Wednesday on Twitter that she would not be doing news conferences during the French Open.

A year after withdrawing from Roland Garros before the second round because of an injured left Achilles, Williams will face 74th-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania to begin things. They met once before, with Williams winning, on clay in Rome in 2016, the year Begu reached the fourth round in Paris for the deepest French Open run of her career.

Other first-round matches include Swiatek against Kaja Juvan, a 20-year-old from Slovenia who beat Kerber in the first round in Paris last year; Azarenka against another owner of two major trophies, Svetlana Kuznetsova; and Kenin, last year’s Australian Open champion, against 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko.

Nadal and Swiatek are the favorites to win the singles titles, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

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COLLEGE BASEBALL

When it was Matt Olive’s turn to pick up his teammates, the Valparaiso University baseball freshman came through in the most significant moment possible.

With two outs and two strikes in the top of the ninth inning of a 5-5 tie on Thursday in a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament elimination game, Olive (Minneapolis, Minn. / Blake School) delivered a go-ahead solo homer to left, lifting Valpo to a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory over Illinois State. The Brown & Gold advance to Friday after the team’s second victory in the event, which is being hosted at Itchy Jones Stadium in Carbondale, Ill.

Two days earlier, Olive’s teammates picked him up to render a late error insignificant by beating Missouri State 6-4 in extra innings. With a touch of poetry that only the sport of baseball could provide, it was the other way around on Thursday, as Olive’s late blast carried his team past the Redbirds.

The bottom of the ninth provided another heart-pounding moment as a wild throw to first with two outs pulled first baseman Kyle Schmack (Wanatah, Ind. / South Central) off the bag, and the runner was initially ruled safe as the tying run scored. However, the call was overturned on replay review, sending the Valpo dugout into a state of celebration.

How It Happened

Valpo struck first in the opening inning, using aggressive baserunning to manufacture a run without the benefit of a hit. A double steal with Steven Fitzsimmons (Golden Valley, Minn. / Robbinsdale Cooper) sprinting for third prompted a wild throw by the Illinois State catcher, allowing Fitzsimmons to trot home.

A bases-clearing double by Jack Butler put Illinois State in front in the bottom of the first. The Redbirds added another run in the opening frame to make it 4-1.

Valpo got even with a two-out uprising in the sixth inning. Brady Renfro (Antigo, Wis. / Antigo) rammed a base hit to cut the lead to two, then Schmack ripped a double that drove in Renfro. Schmack scored a moment later when Parker Johnson (Golden Valley, Minn. / Hopkins) added another clutch hit to his tournament resume, lashing a single to right center that tied the game at four.

The sixth inning was a breakthrough frame for Valpo, which had sent only three men to the plate in each of the previous three innings and hadn’t recorded a hit since the second.

After the opening inning, Colin Fields (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) settled in. He held the Redbirds off the board for five consecutive innings from the second through sixth, limiting Illinois State to one hit in that span.

Illinois State got back on top in the bottom of the seventh after a pair of two-out hits.

Valpo had another response in the top of the eighth. The team was down to four outs left to work with as the Brown & Gold had two outs in the eighth with the bases clear. That’s when Riley Dent (Long Beach, Calif. / Wilson) and Renfro ripped back-to-back doubles to produce the tying run.

Nolan Lebamoff (Fort Wayne, Ind. / Carroll [Kankakee CC]) came in to get the final out of the seventh with a runner in scoring position, then worked a scoreless eighth.

After Olive’s aforementioned heroics made it 6-5 Valpo, the Brown & Gold got a double from Alex Thurston (Fowler, Ind. / Benton Central) that was followed by two walks. However, the bases were left loaded to keep the drama high heading to the bottom of the inning.

Nathan Chasey (Ames, Iowa / Gilbert [Indian Hills CC]) entered the game for the bottom of the ninth. After a single and a sacrifice bunt, he recorded a key strikeout. The righty induced the ground ball to short that turned into the final out after replay review, nailing down his first save in the process.

Inside the Game

Valpo played in its 15th one-run game of the season and improved to 7-8 in such contests. The team had 10 one-run games in MVC play alone, its most in league play since competing in 16 one-run affairs in Horizon League action in 2012.

For the first time since joining the league, Valpo has won two games in an MVC Tournament. The team has at least one victory in two of its three MVC Tournament appearances and three total MVC Tournament triumphs.

Lebamoff earned the victory to improve his flawless record to 3-0, while Chasey’s save was his first in a Valpo uniform.

Olive’s home run was his second of the season with the prior long ball coming on May 14 vs. Evansville.

Valpo successfully cut down on its strikeouts as Valpo batters totaled just five strikeouts, the team’s lowest total in the last eight games.

Renfro had two hits, accounting for his eighth multi-hit contest. He has at least one hit in all three MVC Tournament games.

Dent is hitting a team-high .364 in the MVC Tournament, while Renfro and Johnson are both hitting .333 with 3 RBIs apiece this week in Carbondale.

While the win over Missouri State earlier in the week was Valpo’s first-ever victory against the Bears, the triumph over Illinois State sustained a run of success against the Redbirds (23-34). Valpo has won five out of the last six matchups dating back to the final meeting in 2019.

After totaling three walks in his previous 11 games combined, Steven Fitzsimmons worked three walks on Thursday. The three bases on balls marked an outright career high for the Valpo fifth-year senior. He scored two runs in the victory.

Valpo played error-free defense for the second straight game and 19th time this season.

Freshman Kaleb Hannahs (West Terre Haute, Ind. / West Vigo) drew a walk to extend his on-base streak to 19, the second-longest by a Valpo player this season. The longest is Renfro’s 21 gamer.

After Valpo had just one extra-base hit in each of its first two MVC Tournament games, five of the team’s eight hits went for extra bases on Thursday.

Up Next

Valpo (16-34) will play at either 10 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. on Friday. If DBU beats Bradley on Friday afternoon, Valpo will play at 10 a.m. against the loser of Southern Illinois vs. Indiana State. If Bradley beats DBU, Valpo will play Bradley at 2:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN+ with links to live video and stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.

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The top-seeded Wright State baseball team advanced to Friday’s winner’s bracket game after a 4-3 victory on Thursday afternoon over No. 4 seed Milwaukee in the opening game of the 2021 Horizon League Baseball Championship.

The Raiders (33-11) will face the winner of No. 2 UIC and No. 3 Youngstown State at 12 p.m. on Friday afternoon at Nischwitz Stadium.

On Thursday, Wright State used a three-run third inning to break open a scoreless game, adding what proved to be the winning run in the fourth before Milwaukee responded with three runs in the fifth and had the tying run on in the ninth before the Raiders shut the door.

Justin McConnell and Damon Dues led off the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles to bring Horizon League Player of the Year Quincy Hamilton to the plate. Hamilton laced a line shot down the left field line past Panther left fielder Jack Cavanaugh and to the wall, scoring both runners on Hamilton’s triple. Moments later, Tyler Black’s single into center field plated Hamilton for the third run of the frame.

Konner Piotto opened the fourth with a single before a McConnell walk and an intentional walk to Hamilton set up a bases loaded, one out at-bat for Black, who sent a long, sacrifice fly into right-center field to plate Piotto and up the lead to four.

In the fifth, Milwaukee sent nine men to the plate and tallied three hits as part of the three-run inning, keyed by a two-run single from Jack Kraus, to end the afternoon for Raider starter Jake Schrand. Reliever Jake Shirk came on with the bases loaded and two outs, shutting the door on the inning with a strikeout of Jack Cavanaugh to end the frame.

Wright State had chances to extend the lead, leaving the bases loaded in the sixth and stranding a pair of runners to end the seventh, but held the one-run lead going to the ninth. Milwaukee’s Mike Ferri opened the top of the ninth with a double off the top of the left field wall and was bunted over to third with one out. Tristan Haught came on strand Ferri, first getting Nick Winter to ground out to McConnell at third base before freezing Mitchell Buban with a strikeout looking to send the Raiders into the winners’ bracket.

Hamilton, McConnell and Zane Harris all had two hits, with Harris, McConnell and Alex Alders all tallying doubles, while Hamilton had the lone triple of the afternoon.

Shirk improved to 7-0 after 3.1 innings out of the bullpen for the Raiders, allowing just one hit with one strikeout, relieving starter Jake Shrand, who tossed 4.2 innings with five strikeouts, five hits and three runs (two earned). Haught tallied his second save of the season to close the door.

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RICHMOND, Va. – The University of Dayton baseball team took down Saint Joseph’s in an elimination game on Thursday night at the Atlantic 10 Championship 11-5. The Flyers will now take on the loser of Friday’s VCU/Rhode Island game, with Dayton’s contest scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Flyers improve to 23-26 on the season with the win, a game in which UD managed 15 hits. Senior Riley Tirotta hit his second home run in the A-10 Championship and his 16th home run of the season, putting him in sole possession of third place in a season in program history. The senior went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in the game. Junior Marcos Pujols hit his 12th home run of the year, putting him tied for 10th on that same list.

Senior Mariano Ricciardi led the way with three hits, extending his on-base streak to 35 consecutive games and senior Mitchell Garrity went 1-for-3 and was hit by his 20th pitch of the season, putting him tied for fourth in a season in program history.

ON THE MOUND

Graduate student Ben Olson started the contest for the Flyers, pitching the first four innings allowing just two earned runs and striking out five Saint Joseph’s hitters. He was relieved to start the fifth inning by sophomore Anthony Hattrup, who would go the next one-third of an inning allowing just one unearned run.

Junior Bryce Hellgeth entered for Hattrup and would go the next 2.2 innings, striking out two and giving up just one run on two hits. Freshman Austin Brush entered to begin the eighth inning and finished the contest for Dayton striking out four without allowing a hit.

SCORING PLAYS

Top 4: (6-0 Flyers)

Tirotta reached on a one-out error by the shortstop and proceeded to steal second. Another error on the shortstop from graduate student Chris Cabrera put the first run on the board for Dayton. Graduate student Alex Brickman would single through the left side and graduate student Eddie Pursinger walked to load the bases. A two-out base hit by Garrity plated two runs and was followed by a two-run double by Ricciardi to make it 5-0 Flyers. Junior Benjamin Blackwell would finish the scoring in the inning with a single to left field, scoring Ricciardi and extending the lead to six.

Bottom 4: (6-2 Flyers)

A leadoff home run put Saint Joseph’s on the board in the fourth. A single, wild pitch, and second single up the middle brought home the team’s second run of the inning and made it 6-2 Flyers.

Top 5: (7-2 Flyers)

Tirotta hit his 16th home run of the season on the first pitch of the inning to push Dayton’s lead back to five.

Bottom 5: (7-4 Flyers)

Saint Joseph’s led off the inning with a walk. After a fielder’s choice and a single another walk loaded the bases. The Hawks scored the first run using an error by Tirotta and the second on a groundout to Hellgeth, cutting the lead back to three runs.

Top 6: (10-4 Flyers)

Ricciardi and Blackwell used back-to-back one-out singles to put two on and Pujols hit his 12th home run of the season, bringing home all three runs and pushing the lead to 10-4 in favor of UD.

Bottom 7: (10-5 Flyers)

A leadoff home run by Saint Joseph’s cut the lead to five.

Top 9: (11-5 Flyers)

Brickman hit a one-out single and freshman Anthony Steinhardt entered the game as a pinch runner. Pursinger would bring him in to score from first on a double down the left field line giving the game its final score of 11-5.

UP NEXT

The Flyers will take on the loser of Friday’s first game between VCU and Rhode Island. First pitch for Dayton’s game is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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CINCINNATI – Xavier baseball fell to top-seeded UConn in the Musketeers’ opening game of the 2021 BIG EAST Baseball Championship, presented by JEEP.  Xavier fell, 11-1, to the Huskies to move to 25-25 on the season, and will now face the No. 3 Seton Hall at 2:30 p.m. at Prasco Park.

The Huskies scored in each of the first three innings to take a 5-0 lead before back-to-back doubles from Natale Monastra and Jared Cushing brought in a run for the Musketeers to cut it to 5-1. The Huskies added runs in each of the next three innings to take an 11-1 lead into the seventh inning. Both teams were scoreless the rest of the way

The Musketeers will face a 23-24 Pirates team that fell on a walk-off against No. 2 seed Creighton, 8-7, in the opening game of the tournament.

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COLLEGE MEN’S SOCCER

ST. LOUIS – Indiana men’s soccer sophomore forward Victor Bezerra finished as a runner-up for the MAC Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious award in NCAA College Soccer, on Thursday night. The honor is given to the most outstanding men’s player in NCAA Division I soccer at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis. Bezerra, along with Valentin Noel (Pittsburgh), earned runner-up honors to the winner, Gloire Amanda (Oregon State).

Bezerra gave Indiana three MAC Hermann Trophy finalists in the last four seasons, joining Andrew Gutman (winner) in 2018 and Grant Lillard (runner-up) in 2017.

The MAC has honored the top player in collegiate soccer since 1986. Prior to 2002, the Missouri Athletic Club and Hermann Trophy were two separate awards.

Two IU players earned the MAC Player of the Year trophy on three occasions with Ken Snow taking the honor in 1988 and 1990, and current IU head coach Todd Yeagley in 1994. Hoosiers collected five Hermann trophies with Angelo DiBernardo in 1978, Armando Betancourt in 1981, Ken Snow in 1988 and 1990, and Brian Maisonneuve in 1994. Current Hoosier assistant coach Danny O’Rourke (2004) was the first Hoosier to win the combined award.

The All-America first team selection also racked up Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament merits after a prolific second season in the Cream and Crimson. He tallied 12 goals, three assists, and 28 total points while leading Indiana to the national championship match. His goal total marks the highest in a single season by a Hoosier since Eriq Zavaleta secured 18 scores in 2012. Since 2006, only two Hoosiers have scored more goals than Bezerra in a single season: Will Bruin (18 in 2010) and Zavaleta (18 in 2012).

The Chicago native scored five goals in the three Big Ten Tournament matches, the most ever by a Hoosier in a single B1G tournament run, on his way to being selected the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Tournament.

Bezerra finished the season ranked third in game-winning goals (4) and 10th in both goals per game (0.75) and points per game (1.75) nationally.

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COLLEGE TRACK

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Two Boilermakers advanced to the quarterfinals and three top-five marks in program history were set by the Purdue track & field team as the women made their debut at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.

Sophomore Camille Christopher reached to the 100-meter quarterfinals and freshman K’Ja Talley advanced to the 400 hurdle quarterfinals, while Christopher, in both the 100 and 200, and sophomore Jessica Bray in the pole vault, recorded marks that rank in the top-five in the Purdue record books.

Christopher and Talley moved on from Thursday’s 48-competitor first-round field to Saturday’s 24-runner quarterfinals. The top 12 finishers on Saturday advance to the national semifinals at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 9-12.

In the first round of the 100, Christopher finished 21st overall in 11.47 seconds. That moved her up to fifth in team history, from sixth. The sophomore qualified for the quarterfinals by 0.04 seconds as one of six non-automatic qualifiers. Christopher entered the race seeded No. 39 overall.

Talley advanced out of the first round in the 400 hurdles with a time of 58.78. The personal-best mark is just shy of a spot in the Purdue record books. Talley was 18th overall in the event and third in the first heat to earn an automatic berth in Saturday’s quarterfinals. She was seeded 40th overall in the 48-racer field.

Bray cleared 4.17 meters in the pole vault, the third-best mark in Purdue history and a personal-best jump by 0.17 meters. She finished 16th overall after being seeded 47th. Today was the end of the season for the Fishers, Indiana, native, as she competed at her first NCAA East Prelims.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – On day two of the NCAA East Preliminary Round, the Indiana Track & Field women captured three national championships and four advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal in their respective events.

For the first time in her Indiana career, Anna Watson is headed to nationals in Eugene. Watson cleared a height of 4.27m (14′ 0″) in the pole vault to advance.

Also in the field, the dynamic duo of Khayla Dawson and Maddy Pollard took the second and third qualifying spots in the shot put for National Championships. Dawson put a mark of 17.71m (58′ 1.25″) while Pollard saw a season best mark of 17.53m (57′ 6.25″). Both will return in the discus semifinal on Saturday.

Kelsey Harris and Bailey Hertenstein advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinal of the 1500m. Harris came in second in her heat with a time of 4:16.17 to earn an auto bid to the next round. Hertenstein kicked it up a gear in the last 200m to move into the last auto spot with a time of 4:20.46.

Natalie Price will suit up and run the quarterfinal of the 400m after capturing an automatic bid with a time of 52.97. The quarterfinal will be run on Saturday.

Alyssa Robinson found herself in the quarterfinal by laying down a time of 23.22 to come in second in her heat.

The Hoosier men will look to punch more tickets to the NCAA Championships on Friday, May 28. The final day for the men at the NCAA East Preliminary will commence at 1 p.m. with Jyles Etienne in the high jump.

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JACKSONVILLE, Florida – MaQuila Norman measured up against the nation’s best sprinters and represented Ball State well on the national stage Thursday night. Norman made the NCAA Preliminary Round field in the 200m sprint and ended up 42nd with a mark of 24.06.

Norman’s seed time of 23.73 was 2nd in the Mid-American Conference. She placed 2nd in the 200m sprint at the conference meet with that time.

On Thursday, Norman was 6th in her heat and was one one-hundredth of a second behind a Clemson runner and .11 seconds behind a competitor from Florida.

Norman will run with her 4×100 relay teammates on Saturday and Charity Griffith will compete in the high jump.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After watching the men open up the NCAA East Regionals on Wednesday it was the women’s turn to compete in their first day of competition on Thursday. Two Irish athletes punched their ticket to the NCAA Championships in Oregon and another advanced to Saturday’s NCAA Regional finals.

In the final event of the night, Katie Rose Blachowicz placed sixth in the 10,000m with a time of 33:45.51 to advance to the NCAA Championships in June. The NCAA Championship appearance will be the first of her career.

For the second straight day a Notre Dame thrower earned a spot at the NCAA Championships next month, as Rachel Tanczos broke her own school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 65.56m to place sixth in the event.

Tanczos wasn’t the only Irish athlete to break a program record, as Gabe Diederich bested her own school record in the javelin. The junior recorded a mark of 47.52m to improve the Notre Dame record.

On the track, senior Kelly Hart got the Irish off to a good start, recording a season-best time of 2:05.82 in the 800m to finish second in her heat and move on to Saturday’s final for a chance to go to Eugene for the NCAA Championships in June.

Day three of the NCAA East Regionals in Jacksonville will be the final day of men’s competition and will feature the majority of the track finals along with a number of field events. The first Notre Dame athlete in action will be Yared Nuguse, as he looks to take another step in defending his NCAA 1,500m title at 5:45 p.m. ET.

NCAA REGIONALS – DAY 2

Jacksonville, Florida

May 27, 2021

WOMEN

800m Prelims

19 – Kelly Hart (2:05.82 – Qualified for Friday’s Final)

32 – Erin Sullivan (2:09.19)

10,000m Final

6 – Katie Rose Blachowicz (33:45.51)

36 – Kyleigh Spearing (35:40.26)

Long Jump

26 – Jadin O’Brien (6.05m)

Hammer Throw

6 – Rachel Tanczos (PR: 65.56m – ND Record – Qualifies for NCAA Championships)

Javelin

22 – Gabe Diederich (PR: 47.52m – ND Record)

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ALLENDALE, Mich. – UIndy senior Lauren Bailey earned All-America honors Thursday night at the NCAA DII Outdoor Championships, placing eighth in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 34:17.41. Competing in her final race as a Greyhound, Bailey collected her first career outdoor All-America award and fourth NCAA All-America nod overall*.

Bailey capped a stellar collegiate career Thursday, notching her third track & field All-America honor of the 2020-21 academic year. The reigning indoor national champ in the 5,000 meter, she became the first-ever Greyhound to earn All-America honors in the 10K as well as just the fifth UIndy woman to finish in the top eight in a track event (i.e. non-field) at the national meet.

Action continues tomorrow in Allendale, Mich., when junior Ben Nagel takes the track for the 800-meter prelims. The starting gun is scheduled to fire at 3:05 p.m. ET.

*indoor, outdoor and cross country combined

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The RedHawks continued their strong showing at the NCAA East Preliminary, as senior Olivia Bechtel made her debut at the 2021 NCAA East Region Preliminary on Thursday.

Bechtel continued her stellar 2021 outdoor track season in the women’s 400 meters, grabbing third place in her heat with a 53.32, which automatically qualified her to Saturday’s quarterfinal. Late in the day, the Bay Village, Ohio native continued her hot streak in the 200-meter event, also grabbing a place in the quarterfinals with a time of 23.42 which placed 18th overall. Bechtel will continue her senior campaign with quarterfinals on Saturday with the 400m taking place at 7:20 p.m. and the 200m scheduled for 8:10 p.m. in Jacksonville.

The RedHawks continue their stint in Florida with day three of the NCAA East Preliminary. Finley Mclear and Anthony Camerieri look to move on to the NCAA National Championships in their respective events, with Mclear competing in the 800m quarterfinal at 7:35 p.m., and Camerieri racing in the 1500m quarterfinal at 5:45 p.m., after stellar performances in the first round.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – University of Cincinnati sprinter Caisja Chandler advanced to the Saturday quarterfinals of the 100 and 200m on the second day of the NCAA East Preliminary at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida.

The top 48 declared student-athletes in each individual event—24 for relays—are competing for a top-12 finish to secure a trip to the NCAA Championships (June 9-12) at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The NCAA Preliminary mirrors the national meet, held over four days with alternating men’s and women’s competitions. The men take part on Wednesday and Friday with the women in action Thursday and Saturday.

Chandler ran 11.28 to place ninth in the 100m and 23.24 to place 14th in the first round of the 200m, both qualifying marks which will have her running at 7:05 p.m. ET and 8:10 p.m. on Saturday in the 100 and 200, respectively.

Malin Smith just missed booking a trip to Eugene despite throwing a personal best and the UC No. 2 mark of all time with her 16.08m effort in the shot put. The final qualifying spot was the 12th-place mark of 16.52m.

Rachel Coghill tied her personal-best mark in the pole vault, clearing 4.07m to place 25th.

Ellie Leather was 37th in the 1,500m preliminary, placing 37th overall.

Tiona Lattimore finished 42nd overall in the 400m with a 54.87 clocking.

CINCINNATI RESULTS – THURSDAY

Pole Vault

25. Rachel Coghill – 4.07m (13-04.25) T-PR

Shot Put

15. Malin Smith – 16.08m (52-09.25) UC #2, PR

1,500m Run Preliminaries

37. Ellie Leather – 4:26.11

100m Dash Preliminaries

9. Caisja Chandler – 11.28 (Qualified for Saturday Quarterfinal)

400m Dash Preliminaries

42. Tiona Lattimore – 54.87

200m Dash Preliminaries

14. Caisja Chandler – 23.34 (Qualified for Saturday Quarterfinal)

UP NEXT

Aaron Bienenfeld is the only UC men’s runner set to compete Friday, looking to qualify for his second national-championship event in the 5,000m run at 8:30 p.m.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Thursday was a good day for the Ohio State women’s track and field team at the NCAA East Prelims at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. Three throwers have advanced out of Jacksonville to the NCAA Championships and three sprinters have qualified for races Saturday that can send them to Eugene, Ore., for nationals.

The Buckeye shot putters are the first to qualify for nationals (although Emma Nwofor is technically the first as she had advanced from Big Tens with her 16th-best heptathlon score of 5,685 points). National leader Adelaide Aquilla won these East Prelims with a Hodges Stadium record throw of 60-11 ½ / 18.58m with Divine Oladipo sixth (55-1 / 16.79m) and Sade Olatoye ninth (54-8 ¾ / 16.68m). The top 12 finishers in the field events at these East (and West Prelims, being held in College Station, Texas) advance directly to the national championships.

Olatoye also qualified in the hammer throw, taking second with a throw of 219-0 / 66.77m.

Anavia Battle and Yanique Dayle have qualified for Saturday’s quarterfinals in two events apiece. Battle was fourth overall in the 100 with a time of 11.18 that was just off her school record, and she qualified No. 1 in the 200 with a time of 22.58. Dayle qualified 16th in the 100 with a personal best run of 11.39 and she advanced in the 200 with a time of 23.45, good for 16th.

Bryannia Murphy, who set a personal best in the 400 two weeks ago at the Big Ten championships, flew by that best with a time of 53.03 to qualify for the quarterfinals 18th overall.

Six others competed for Ohio State at these NCAA East Prelims Thursday but will, unfortunately, not move on to the next round in their respective events. They are:

Aziza Ayoub in the 800 (fifth in her heat in 2:06.17);

Mary Figler in the 800 (fifth in her heat in 2:07.15);

Emma Nwofor in the 100 hurdles (seventh in her heat in 13.78);

Alexus Pyles in the 100 hurdles (seventh in her heat in 13.59);

Chanler Robinson in the 400 hurdles (fifth in her heat in 1:00.34); and

Sarah Stanley, who threw the javelin 42.85m / 140-7.

Friday will feature Day 2 for the men’s track and field competitors. Five Buckeyes will be competing in individual events and both relays will be in action as well.

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MEN’S LACROSSE

LOUISVILLE, KY – The postseason honors continue to roll in for the University of Indianapolis men’s lacrosse team as the United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) announced the D2 All-America list on Thursday afternoon.  Kyle Basch earned Second Team honors while the trio of Drew Billig, Jack Belobrajdic and Brian Robb were each named Honorable Mentions.

The four selections marks the most All-America nods in a single season in program history as well as the first career honor for all four Hounds.

Short stick defenseman Kyle Basch was named to the Second Team after already bringing home the GLVC Specialist of the Year.  Basch picked up 37 ground balls on the year while causing 15 turnovers.  The junior led the nation in caused turnovers per game at three while ranking 15th in ground balls per game, also at three.

Drew Billig picked up an Honorable Mention nod after tallying 42 points on the year and ranking 6th in the nation in points per game.  The attacker finished third in the nation with three assists per game and 23 on the year.  Billig previously brought home First-Team All-GLVC and Third-Team All-Region honors this season.

Long stick midfielder Jack Belobrajdic earned an Honorable Mention honor after pacing the Hounds with 42 ground balls on the year.  The redshirt senior caused 13 turnovers this season, helping the Hounds to be a Top 10 team with 10.77 caused turnovers per game.  Belobrajdic adds to his Second-Team All-Region and Second-Team All-GLVC honors.

Brian Robb rounds out the Honorable Mentions for the Hounds, adding to his Second-Team All-American nod.  Robb totaled 31 points in 13 games this season, compiling 15 goals and 16 assists.  The redshirt junior finished the ninth in the nation in ground balls per game with four.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

OXFORD, Ohio—Select kick-off times have been announced for Miami University football for the 2021 season. Head coach Chuck Martin and the RedHawks open the 2021 season on Saturday, Sept. 4 at Cincinnati with a 3:30 p.m. kick-off time on ESPN+. The home opener against Long Island University is 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 and also will be aired on ESPN+.

Other kick-off announcements to note are the away contests versus Minnesota at noon on Saturday, Sept. 11 and at Army on Saturday, Sept. 25 at noon. The Army game will offer a three-day/two-night travel package for fans to cheer on the RedHawks; more details to come.

Two home events have been tabbed for the 12-day television selection. Central Michigan comes to Oxford for a 3:30 p.m. kick-off on Saturday, Oct. 2 (Family Weekend), and the RedHawks host Akron (Homecoming) on Saturday, Oct. 16. Kick-off against the Zips will be announced with the television selection.

2021 Miami Football Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 4: at Cincinnati, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday , Sept. 11: at Minnesota, 12 Noon (ESPNU)

Saturday, Sept. 18: Long Island University, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN+)

Saturday, Sept. 25: at Army, 12 Noon (CBSSN)

Saturday, Oct. 2: Central Michigan, 3:30 p.m. (12-day TV selection)

Saturday, Oct. 9: at Eastern Michigan, TBD (12-day TV selection)

Saturday, Oct. 16: Akron, TBD (12-day TV selection)

Saturday, Oct. 23: at Ball State, TBD (12-day TV selection)

Tuesday, Nov. 2: at Ohio, 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN)

Tuesday, Nov. 9: Buffalo, 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU/CBSSN)

Tuesday, Nov. 16: Bowling Green, 7:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN+)

Saturday, Nov. 27: at Kent State, TBD (12-day TV selection)

Home games in BOLD

Season tickets for Miami University’s 2021 football season are on sale now and can be purchased for as low as $120. The season ticket package includes four contests versus Mid-American Conference opponents and a non-conference game versus LIU.

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MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

(INDIANS RELEASE)

PAPILLION, NEB. – The Indianapolis Indians rallied in the seventh inning to tie the game after facing a 5-1 deficit, but the Omaha Storm Chasers sealed the victory with an RBI double off the bat of Kyle Isbel to walk-off the game on Thursday night and take a 3-0 series lead.

The Indians (11-9) jumped on the board first when Bligh Madris launched his first Triple-A home run over the right field fence to lead off the second inning.

Omaha (13-7) quickly returned the favor in the bottom half of the inning with a leadoff home run from Ryan McBroom off James Marvel. Gabriel Cancel doubled to left field and took advantage of a throwing error from Christian Bethancourt on a groundout to come around and score to give the Storm Chasers a 2-1 lead.

With a leadoff double from Alcides Escobar and a walk for Isbel, Omaha tacked on three more runs with a home run from Emmanuel Rivera to right field in the bottom of the third inning to extend the Storm Chasers lead to 5-1.

After four scoreless innings, the Indians attemped the comeback and tied the game at five apiece with a walk to Andrew Susac, double by Chris Sharpe and another walk to Troy Stokes Jr. to load the bases. Kevin Kramer knocked in two runs with a single to left field and Madris earned his second RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly to score Stokes Jr. The Indians scored the tying run off a dropped fly ball by Anderson Miller to allow Kramer to cross home plate.

Anthony Swarzak (W, 1-0) entered in the bottom of the eighth inning to strike out Kramer and shut down the Indians after a two-out walk to Sharpe and single by Stokes off Grant Gavin.

With no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Sebastian Rivero singled and Edward Olivares was intentionally walked to set up the walk-off opportunity for Isbel, who smacked a line drive to right field and drove in the winning run.

Relief pitcher Braeden Ogle (L, 0-1) took the loss and gave up the game-winning single. Joe Jacques and Shea Spitzbarth threw a combined 3.1 scoreless innings in the loss.

The Indians will have chance to break their four-game losing streak tomorrow night at 8:05 PM ET, as the six-game series vs. the Storm Chasers continues. RHP Steven Wright (1-0, 1.00) will face off against RHP Jackson Kowar (4-0, 1.25).

MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY

(FUEL RELEASE)

HEELING – Playing their final game of a 10-game road swing, the Indy Fuel visited the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night. Indy would be the first team to get on the board thanks to a goal from Spencer Watson. The Nailers would respond with five straight goals, eventually taking the 5-1 win.

Through the first 17:33 of the opening period, neither team would be able to get on the board. Crashing the net after a Fuel shot, Spencer Watson gave the Fuel a 1-0 lead when a puck bounced off of him in front of the net past Tommy Nappier.  The Nailers would outshoot the Fuel 11 to 7 but goaltender Billy Christopoulos held on to send Indy into the locker room leading 1-0.

After failing to capitalize on an early power play, Indy would trade chances with the Nailers to start the 2nd period. Wheeling’s Tim Doherty would take advantage of an Indy turnover and walk out front to beat Billy Christopoulos with a backhand shot to tie the game 1-1.

Doubling their goal total a minute later, Patrick Watling crashed the net for a loose puck and pushed the puck past Christopoulos. Referees would review the goal for goaltender interference but would ultimately decide there was no infraction. Tapping home a behind the back pass from Brendan Harris, Nick Rivera scored Wheeling’s third goal of the game at the 16:38 mark in the 2nd period. Wheeling would hold on to the lead for the remaining minutes, sending them into the locker room up 3-1.

The Nailers took a 4-1 lead two minutes into the third period when a streaking Kyle Marino beat the Fuel defense and tucked a wraparound past Christopoulos. Putting the Nailers’ fifth goal on the board, Tim Doherty got alone in front of Christopoulos and tucked the puck into the back of the net. Indy would be unable to score in the remaining minutes, falling 5-1 on Wednesday night.

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 7th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2020-21 season.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Tampa Bay3220.61513 – 1319 – 714 – 84 – 29 – 99 – 1W 2
Boston3020.600114 – 1316 – 712 – 67 – 46 – 86 – 4W 1
NY Yankees2921.580215 – 1114 – 1012 – 169 – 15 – 27 – 3W 1
Toronto2524.5105.510 – 1115 – 1310 – 111 – 35 – 83 – 7L 1
Baltimore1733.340146 – 1811 – 158 – 150 – 48 – 80 – 10L 10
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Chi White Sox2920.59217 – 912 – 113 – 517 – 96 – 45 – 5W 1
Cleveland2721.5631.511 – 916 – 121 – 319 – 113 – 46 – 4W 1
Kansas City2325.4795.512 – 1311 – 125 – 511 – 174 – 26 – 4L 2
Minnesota2029.408911 – 159 – 144 – 39 – 114 – 127 – 3W 4
Detroit1931.38010.510 – 159 – 161 – 510 – 186 – 45 – 5L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Oakland3022.57716 – 1514 – 711 – 99 – 17 – 105 – 5W 2
Houston2722.5511.516 – 1011 – 125 – 40 – 321 – 125 – 5W 1
Seattle2427.4715.513 – 1211 – 156 – 56 – 79 – 83 – 7W 1
LA Angels2228.440713 – 149 – 143 – 77 – 610 – 144 – 6L 1
Texas2230.423813 – 139 – 1710 – 84 – 68 – 114 – 6L 3
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
NY Mets2420.54514 – 510 – 1512 – 82 – 58 – 26 – 4W 3
Philadelphia2526.4902.515 – 1010 – 1613 – 158 – 32 – 44 – 6W 1
Atlanta2425.4902.513 – 1411 – 1111 – 1110 – 41 – 25 – 5L 1
Miami2426.480312 – 1212 – 1410 – 93 – 69 – 86 – 4L 1
Washington2125.457413 – 128 – 136 – 96 – 74 – 65 – 5L 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
St. Louis2822.56015 – 1013 – 1210 – 1013 – 74 – 35 – 5W 2
Chi Cubs2722.5510.516 – 911 – 138 – 614 – 133 – 08 – 2W 4
Milwaukee2525.500312 – 1413 – 114 – 912 – 98 – 35 – 5W 1
Cincinnati2226.458511 – 1311 – 132 – 110 – 86 – 143 – 7W 1
Pittsburgh1831.3679.58 – 1410 – 171 – 37 – 195 – 61 – 9L 6
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
San Diego3219.62718 – 1014 – 90 – 09 – 817 – 118 – 2L 1
LA Dodgers3119.6200.517 – 614 – 135 – 12 – 817 – 59 – 1W 1
San Francisco3020.6001.514 – 716 – 136 – 48 – 313 – 116 – 4L 1
Colorado1932.3731316 – 123 – 204 – 62 – 511 – 214 – 6L 3
Arizona1833.353149 – 129 – 217 – 135 – 26 – 160 – 10L 11

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England32105322-0-00-1-07
New York City FC32018261-0-01-0-16
Orlando City SC31204131-1-00-1-05
CF Montreal31206421-1-00-1-05
Atlanta31114311-0-00-1-14
Inter Miami CF31114400-0-11-1-04
New York31025501-0-10-0-13
D.C.310236-31-0-00-0-23
Nashville SC30304400-3-00-0-03
Columbus20200000-1-00-1-02
Toronto FC201146-20-1-00-0-11
Philadelphia301214-30-0-20-1-01
Chicago301237-40-1-00-0-21
FC Cincinnati3012210-80-0-00-1-21
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Seattle32108172-0-00-1-07
San Jose32018442-0-00-0-16
Real Salt Lake22005231-0-01-0-06
Austin32014310-0-02-0-16
Los Angeles320167-11-0-01-0-16
Los Angeles FC31204221-1-00-1-05
FC Dallas31115411-1-00-0-14
Houston31114401-1-00-0-14
Vancouver31113301-0-10-1-04
Sporting KC311145-10-1-01-0-14
Colorado311123-10-0-11-1-04
Portland310236-31-0-00-0-23
Minnesota300317-60-0-20-0-10